January 7, 2003
FAQ of the Moment
The Lord of the Rings FAQ answers some questions, but avoids others, like what happened to Gandalf exactly, and if a Balrog has wings--but there's a seperate FAQ for that last one.
Actually, looking around, there seems to be a much more complete (meta?-)FAQ, but in a slightly less browsable form.
Bad News of the Moment
"Mass casualties, severe damage to the U.S. economy and maximum psychological trauma"
--the November 14th Warning from the FBI.
With 9/11 seeming surprisingly far away, with all this talk of a possible draft (probably won't come to anything...though I wonder if Washington would be less Gung Ho if more voters' kids were at risk), troops gathering around Iraq...sometimes I forget how screwed we really are here on the homefront. The CIA wouldn't be surprised by moving on Iraq bringing woes upon us back in the states.
Stupid things include, beyond worrying about my loved ones and masses of civilians getting hurt, the current economic stumbling is going to turn to a full-on implosion. And Bush will somehow come up smelling like a rose, as the nation continues to cower--er, rally behind him, despite how his policies will have made the situation increasingly dangerous for the guy on the streets. Spending money on antimissile systems instead of port inspections? Underfunding "Homeland Security"? 'There was a war on, son, and these terrible, terrible events prove how right we were to attack!' It's the same kind of logic that makes things so happy with Israelis and Arabs.
A few days ago I mentioned my metaconcern about my new apathy about Iraq...that's pretty much gone away now.
Followup: a reasonably balanced Conservative's view of GWB reminded me of an old point: what the hell happened to "humble" foreign policy?
"I think the American People--I hope the American--I don't think, let me--I hope the American people trust me."
--GWB, Dec 18 2002, via Slate.com's Bushism of the Day. Please, wise sir, let us trust you to lead us into war!
Sports News of the Moment
Oh look, Ohio State over Miami for the equivalent of the national championship. Ohio State, 'cause of my time in Cleveland, and Tufts are the only college teams I'm even vaguely interested in.