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Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Posted 7:09 AM by WiN
Okie Blog Awards
Cool. I wish they had been doing these back when I was more active in blogging. I was one of only two or three Oklahoma-originated political blogs at the time - I would have been a shoo-in :)
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Posted 7:41 AM by WiN
Run, Jeb, Run
Though he's been written off by most pundits as a result of a self-confessed disinterest in the job, Brendan Miniter makes a solid case for Jeb Bush to step up and run for W's job in 2008.
I happen to agree. In fact, I think Jeb is by far and away the best bet for Republicans in 2008. Guliani is charismatic and confidence-inspiring, with a strong record on crime and at least the aura of having 'the Right Stuff' for the War on Terror. But social issues and his dodgy personal history kill any hope of support from the Religious Right. John McCain is strong on defense and comes across as a fiscal hawk, but his willingness to shred the First Amendment with McCain-Feingold and his squishiness on social issues will hurt his support. Mitt Romney has been getting tons of positive press in conservative magazines, but unfortunately his faith (Morman) and his fuzziness on abortion issues softens his support with a good chunk of the party.
Right now, to my way of thinking, only Jeb has all the credentials for solid support from all major factions of the GOP. For fiscal conservatives, he's shown his bona fides on smaller government and lower taxes. On education, he's taken bold steps toward educational choice and school accountability. As a practicing Catholic, he's strong on pro-life issues, most recently and dramatically illustrated in his willingness fight for Terri Schiavo. And with a racially mixed marriage, any discrimination allegations will be hard to make stick, not to mention the possibility of building on recent Republican inroads with Hispanic voters.
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.