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When the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 my first thought was “my grandfather didn’t live long enough to enjoy this.”  I was reminded of this thought recently while reading lots of the articles and blogs about Obama’s reelection and the corresponding shell-shocked Republicans.  

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The New York Times has an interesting article today about Brigham Young University students protesting the university's invitation to Dick Cheney as commencement speaker.  Rare Protests at Brigham Young Over a Planned Cheney Appearance

Although I particularly liked the photograph of a student holding a sign that says "Love Your Enemies...Unless They Are Enemy Combatants," the reason for this diary is to highlight a quote attributed to David Lassen, 23, the chairman of the B.Y.U. College Republicans who is reported as saying,

“We’re excited for the world to see what B.Y.U. really is,” Mr. Lassen said. “No matter what you think of Cheney, he’s easily the most powerful man in the world.”

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I often can't even read David Brooks becasue I get so annoyed, but today I thought his article was revealing.  His article, No Apology Needed, (sorry but it is behind the wall) defends Hilary Clinton's position on the Iraq war by looking back on her statements in 2002 and 2003,

She voted yes in order to give Powell bipartisan leverage at the U.N.

Therefore Democrats shouldn't take her to task for her vote now because she never intended that vote to turn into the debacle that is the Iraq War.  I think David Brooks feels a kinship with this position himself.  

I am reminded of a child who, when confronted by the broken lamp, says "But I didn't mean to do it."  It is the parent's role to point out to a child that intent is not the only factor.  Even if it was completely unintentional, the lamp still got broken and for that you will be held accountable.  There may even be aggravating circumstances involved (like playing catch in the living room) that will increase the accountability.  

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Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 03:38 PM PDT

My Letter to the Editor today

by louise the dog

I wrote a letter to the editor of the local Grand Rapids (MI) Press today in response to the article the paper wrote about our congressman's support of Dennis Hastert in the House page scandal.  I think this is a good example of how to bring the House scandal to each district.  

My letter after the jump:

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I was snoozing in bed this morning while NPR's Morning Edition was on when I was jolted awake by Cokie Roberts.  What she said was so slanted that I went and found it on the NPR website and played it back just to make sure I really heard her.  You can hear it at

She was discussing how the Democrats and the Republicans are working to fire up their respective bases.  It is so important to Cokie to have "balanced" coverage that she compares completely unequal events to make her point.  

She played a clip of former President Clinton in his interview with Chris Wallace about why he failed to catch Bin Laden.  Clinton said,

You did a nice little hit job on me...It was a perfectly legitimate question, but what I want to know is how many people in the Bush administration you asked this question of.

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