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The Fifth Estate

The relations which exist between the social and political condition of a people and the genius of its authors are always numerous; whoever knows the one, is never completely ignorant of the other. - Alexis de Tocqueville

Friday, February 27, 2004

We knew this was coming

I remember when Pres. Carter began mandatory sign-up for the draft back in 1980. This latest news on mandatory service (think Israel) was inevitable, given the abstract, neverending war on terror.

$28 million has been added to the 2004 Selective Service System (SSS) budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005. SSS must report to Bush on March 31, 2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation. Please see website to view the SSS Annual Performance Plan - Fiscal Year 2004.

The Pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide.. Though this is an unpopular election year topic, military experts and influential members of Congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a "long, hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan [and a permanent state of war on "terrorism"] proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to draft.
posted by Ileana  # 6:08 PM

Testing Mozilla

My link buttons are operable!
posted by Ileana  # 6:01 PM

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Well, some things might not be meant to be. IE is no longer being developed for the Mac and I'm stuck with IE 5.2. Strike one.

Safari has link and style issues with Mac, but apparently it's evolving. Strike two.

If anyone knows of a site to publish blogs from a Mac (I-Mac, OS X), I'd sure appreciate a tip. Otherwise, it's strike three.

Bummer.
posted by Ileana  # 12:57 AM

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Ok, so for some reason, the blogging buttons aren't working. Bear with me...
posted by Ileana  # 11:44 PM

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

That's why I liked the other guy

We know Kerry is getting the big donations. We know he's establishment. We know he's taken his cues on charisma campaigning from Dean, but there's not a drop of sincerity about him.


posted by Ileana  # 9:04 PM

Sunday, February 22, 2004


posted by Ileana  # 8:24 PM

They say it like it's a bad thing II

Just in case you forgot what them liberals have been up to all these years.
posted by Ileana  # 7:51 PM

John Muir is rolling in his grave

The Sierra Club, which helped preserve the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge from Bushco, is factionalizing. The zero-population growth, anti-immigrant board members are growing.
posted by Ileana  # 7:36 PM

Have a cigar

Well of course we're an empire and had to put even more restrictions on Cuba (part of the BBC's six-part series on America: The Accidental Empire?).
posted by Ileana  # 7:16 PM

I can think of worse abominations than Roe v. Wade

One by one, Bush is loading the federal benches with his kind. The pods are everywhere!
posted by Ileana  # 7:00 PM

no, no, no, no, no, no, no!!!

Stay home, Mr. Nader. Have a nice cup of tea.
posted by Ileana  # 6:57 PM

Lie no. 529,681

Well of course that tidbit about bin Laden being cornered is not true.
posted by Ileana  # 6:52 PM

They say it like it's a bad thing

You'd think the Bush campaign team would want to avoid military service as an issue in the election. So what if Kerry "laid out a lengthy and passionate case for ending U.S. military involvement war in Vietnam"? Makes me believe he'll be passionate about getting us out of Iraq. via electablog
posted by Ileana  # 6:33 PM

Saturday, February 21, 2004

I miss him

A nice wrap-up of Howard Dean's contributions by Mother Jones. However, I think Legal Fiction's Ode to Dean provides a great historical perspective.

posted by Ileana  # 1:01 PM

Friday, February 20, 2004

Hello, it's me

I'm usually two to three days ahead of the news since I began reading blogs. Some are so excellent I sit at my computer in awe and simply ingest the information like I was taking it intravenously.

Ah, context. That's it. Drip. Drip. Drip.

Most of the time, I just scream at the computer. "Why the hell haven't I heard about this? I fucking read. How is Joe Sixpack supposed to know any of this?" Jeesus, by the time it gets to print, the info has been reduced to formulaic garbage and then it gets regurgitated back to me by some headline reader who wants to impress me at the bar. Ugh!
posted by Ileana  # 12:29 PM

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