what to do about iraq? the nation magazine makes a strong argumentfor dated withdrawal. they also detail many other reasons and issues to be aware of. i said much of the same when moveon asked its members’ opinions. disagreements follow: one is whether giving a target date does more good than the problematic message that missing that date would send. another is my question of whether the UN would involve itself or could be effective in such a large nation.
former president reagan passed last night. i was not a fan. one night, quite a while ago, i pulled over to spit on his statue in some town in illinois where he was either born or lived for a while. i like to think i respect the man more now. let me say i still abhor much of what he did in office. should one try to separate the man from the office, from his decisions and deeds? or is that separation, when applied to one’s self as a governmental representative, what allows people to do horrible things? i dont know. clinton says we need to say that we do not like bush’s policies instead of saying that we do not like him. while bush’s policies are nowhere near as bad as hitler’s, we would be ridiculed for parcing our language in his case. bin laden? somewhat of a different subject, but most americans say that they do not like clinton but liked his policies. word games…with bush, ill just say that his policies are evil.
i forgot. let us only remind those who can cast no critical eye on reagan or dubya about stem cell research. it may hold many cures, as nancy believes, and allowing further research would probably be the best way to memorialize the man. stand against the politics of the day, and bring light to those in darkness.

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