Friday, July 01, 2005

Round the Horn. An Irwin J. McIckleson Production

This is Irwin J. McIckleson bringing you information from around this strange future world, by members of the Liberal Coalition. For those of you who don't know I am a fictional 1910's plutocrat.

AND THEN . . . has
a story on a sort of marvelous ticker tape invention that allows parents to monitor what there children are eating at school. Apparently children in this modern age prefer unhealthy juice rather than cool refreshing coca Cola. I understand they've taken the cocaine out of Coke in this future age so maybe it's not as good for you.

blogAmY writes about some
unethical practices by some pharmaceutical companies. I don't totally understand why she is so upset by this practice; everybody knows that the medicine show people are all filthy liars and quacks. According to her, some of the vaccines put out by big companies may cause damage to the brain; but fortunately Congress has acted to see that the companies involved can keep their money anyway.

LeftyBrown's Corner has news of an
enormously popular comic book artist. The future is strange in some ways; in my day Comic books are disposable and the people who write and draw them are treated little better than peasants (I assume).

Collective Sigh has
a picture of a medium sized fish on his blog, although he reacts as if it were enormous. Perhaps your future fish are punier than our fish. That's probably thanks to me and my friends dumping so much stuff in the water - you should thank us. If you are afraid of sharks now; think how much more afraid you would be if we hadn't done it!

Dohiyi Mir
has news of a new President of Persia (what you future people call Iran). Apparently at one time he threatened United States Citizens by taking them prisoner? And now he is President of Iran. I think what you future people forget is how much the primitives of the world respect and admire strength. He probably benefited from being able to stand up to the mighty America.

Happy Furry Puppy Story Time
continues this discussion of dealing with Iran. Apparently President Bush has stretched the military to thin, and they may not have the power to force his will on Iran. Happy Furry Puppy Story Time does suggest as an alternative to human soldiers, Mechano Soldiers.

Respectful of Otters gives
another reason why such Mechano Soldiers may be needed. A growing contingent of Liberal Soldiers is speaking out, letting their voices be heard. While this might be troubling that they would speak out (generally being socially lesser), even soldiers don't want to die in vain.

The Mechano Soldiers would have another advantage as well; no need to eat. Apparently,
according to LEFT is RIGHT, the plutocrat in charge of feeding our troops, a Mr. Halliburton, is serving expired food (I don't know what that means, exactly, but it doesn't sound good) and double billing the Government. While normally I would applaud such money making techniques; in this case a higher principle trumps them. That is, if you are going to skim, don't get caught!

Iddybud has
some comments on this war in Iraq that is currently going on, and how it may hurt the Republican Party. I have to say, the problems in Iraq remind me of a phrase from our time, the White Man's Burden. We used it to justify all sorts of foreign excursions, but I never really understood the point to it. The cost involved in pacifying and controlling a native population never equaled the amount of profit that could be extracted. Of course there were those who believed in it; that it was our duty to help the poor benighted peoples of the worlds. Bah! People have to help themselves and make their own decisions.

That said, I don't agree with Rook's Rant, which
proposes impeachment for President Bush. While certainly he has his problems if people aren't interested in hearing what he has to say, there will never be a successful impeachment. The lesson of Andrew Johnson has taught us that impeachment is impossible.

Finishing our journey around the Horn we have T. Rex's Guide to life who
offers a more sober look at President Bush and his Republican Allies chances for ongoing success. President Bush may not face impeachment but that doesn't mean he might not face serious challenges in the road to success.

And that is it for today. I am working on a further comment but will have to finish it up and provide it next week sometime.

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