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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

 

Iraq: The New Balkans



Senator Joe Biden thinks Iraq should be divided up into ethnic conclaves vis-a-vis Bosnia as a method of ending the violence and bringing the troops home.

"It is premised on the proposition that the only way to hold Iraq together, and to create the conditions for our troops to responsibly withdraw, is to give Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds room to breathe in their own regions," he said.


What was it Santayana said? "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Various "partitioning" attempts throughout history: the Midle East, Germany after WWII and, by the way, the breakup of Czechoslovakia, have all resulted in abject failure as people who wound up on the wrong side of some politician's line either wanted to move to the other side of the line or tried to impose their will on the people living on the other side - sometimes both at once.

I'll Never Understand Advertising



Maybe I'm just getting old, but advertising is making less and less sense to me. There's a billboard near where I live that Abercrombie & Fitch uses for advertising. A&F, as I understand it, is a clothing store for the under-30 crowd. Funny thing is, I have yet to see any clothes on their billboard. That tells me they're either so ashamed of their product they don't want anyone seeing it, or else they think their clothes are so good you wouldn't want to ruin them by doing something as stupid as actually putting them on your body.

Say That Again, Harry?



Despite reports that the Social Security Trust fund is in even worse shape than first thought, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) seems to have found his rose-colored glasses:

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come. The real threat to Social Security comes from Republicans, most of whom support and voted for privatizing Social Security," Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said in a statement.


US Medicare fund 12 years from running out. - Reuters UK

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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