Max Fischer at the Washington Post has posted the most intelligent thing I've read about Ukraine in many a day.
He describes the ethnic divide that makes Ukraine's political problems so intractable.
It is important to understand that this is not just protests in Kiev, the opposition is taking over government buildings in towns and regional centers all over Western Ukraine. This was happening long before the recent laws that have been so widely criticized by Westerners.
It is difficult to see this as anything but insurrection. It is hard to understand why so many people are so against the legitimate government taking action to restore order.
I've read too many diaries to harbor illusions about this. I have been told and told again by the most knowledgeable of kossacks. When I question this pronouncement they ask me why I'm so angry. They say they just don't get it. What's got into me that I respond badly to hearing that my vote won't matter? Why is that such a terrible thing?
Why don't I say it again, just so we can all remember clearly what we're talking about. My vote won't matter in '06. Your vote won't matter either.
One more time, what? Your vote won't matter in '06.
HEY OUT THERE! "Your vote won't matter in '06."
16 seats in the House to have a real voice in Washington. Coleen Rowley can absolutely be one of them. Got this from her today. I sent $100.00 to help her get a start on beating John Kline, a DeLay enthusiast of the first stripe. Who'll help us out? The 2nd Minnesota can be one of those 16 seats with Coleen Rowley. More after the jump.
I recently got an e-mail response from Senator Coleman in answer to my query as to why George Galloway's testimony had not been put up on the Subcommittee's website. I imagine that he sent the same thing to everyone that wrote to him about the Galloway testimony on CSPAN. Anyway, Coleman's e-mail was a complete rationalization of his decision to go after Galloway in the first place. I don't like to publish someone else's correspondence without their permission so I won't put up Coleman's e-mail. But my next letter to Coleman is in the usual place...
Update [2005-7-8 13:58:53 by DanielMN]: Someone requested that I post Senator Coleman's Letter and so I have done so below. Perhaps my notions of netiquette are a bit dated.
I got my membership card in the mail yesterday. I am now a contributing member of the Democratic National Committee. I know that many of you joined long ago. I know that this card is just a card. Nonetheless, I am proud to have it and carry it with me.
I have never been an activist before this year, the year I turned 50, even though I have lived through Watergate, Iran/Contra, and Monica. I had to join this year because of, oh, so many things. I've always told myself that American Democracy will right itself in time, that it is too big and complex and there are too many moving parts for it to be effectively subverted, even for a little while. I was wrong. Now, I need to do my part to set things right. I will remain committed and active until the corruption of this Republican majority government is repudiated everywhere my vote can reach. I know that this is at least until the election in 2008. I am ready for that and more if necessary.
Donkeytale had a snarky diary earlier complaining about Dylan's lyrics from this unfortunately titled Album. What does Dylan have against bald people?
Anyway, the album is http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00026WU8M/qid=1118348140/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/002-9278
More contemporary lyrics are below the fold. I couldn't improve on the bit about the preacher or the neon madmen.
I read pastorDan's recent diary in which he offers a refutation of the moral basis for the Ohio Restoration Project:
I think that if we really want to make this about values we need more than a polemic, we need an alternative. The following is not meant as a parody of this Republican travesty. I did copy a few lines at the end just to make my point a little clearer. We can do what they are doing. I don't know if this works for us but this seems like a fuller, faith-based, values oriented answer. I call it the Ohio Faith Reclamation.
Today I received a survery and a request for a contribution to Senator Clinton's re-election campaign for the Senate. I got them in the mail from something called Friends of Hillary along with a letter signed by the distinguished Senator from New York. It might be noted that I live in Minnesota. Some of the questions from the survey follow:
"3) How concerned are you that the massive budget deficits caused by Republican economic and tax policies will inevitably result in drastic cuts in Social Security, Medicare, education, and social services? Very Concerned, Somewhat Concerned, Unconcerned."
The Washington Post reports:
by FREDERIC J. FROMMER
the Associated Press
"A former FBI whistle-blower who urged the agency to investigate terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui in the weeks before Sept. 11, 2001, is considering a race for Congress in Minnesota.
"Coleen Rowley told The Associated Press on Monday she will make a decision by early next month on whether to run as a Democrat against incumbent GOP Rep. John Kline in next year's election."
A couple weeks ago someone commented that they would like to read more about Ethical Theory and how it might apply to defining values. I promised to write something and said it would take a few days. I had a family emergency out of state so it has been more than a few days. Sorry about that.
Ethical Theory in Progressive Politics is a book I am not going to write. Perhaps it has already been written and we are about to hear about it in a comment. In that case I will defer. If not, I'll check to see how popular this diary is. If it is well received I can imagine that I might write other diary entries about values. So, if you like it, recommend. I will put out a tip jar because this is a bit of work for me.
I read the Russian Language news on the Internet and have some thoughts about the Bushification of Eastern Europe. Two Caveats:
- My Russian is not as strong as it might be although I have help.
- The Russian Language Press is not as reliable as it might be. I guess the same could be said of other, more, um, respected news outlets.
Having roamed the blogosphere for the last few weeks I've come to feel that I don't know much about politics or public policy. But I do know a few things about religion. And I know more than a few about American Evangelical Protestant movements. I think I'll offer a few observations.