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QUOTATION: People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing. - Walter H. Judd
2004-09-16 - 12:45 p.m.
On the Road Again!
My drivers' license came up for renewal in January '03 just after I'd had my second knee replaced and two ankle tendon surgeries. Needless to say, I could barely get around the house and didn't feel much like risking a parking lot fall, so I had not bothered to take the trip to the DMV - until this morning. A couple of weeks ago my daughter Valerie, who lives in Irvine, mentioned that her birthday is coming up, necessitating getting a new picture taken for her license. You know, every five years or so they figure we may have changed just enough to warrant a new picture. Val moaned a bit about how crowded and disorganized the DMV in Irvine is...I suggested she come up and get her license renewed in Davis. I made the appointments, she flew in last night, and this a.m. bright and early found us at the appointment counter of the DMV.
I had to take a written test - I think because I'm over 70. I stumbled over a couple of the questions - 1)allowable weight for a child of 5 and 6 to be required to wear a special child's seat [I have no children that age nor do I have any car seats, but I took a guess and got it correct.] 2) legal blood alcohol limits -- I never drink and drive, so again...moot question...and I got it wrong. I was remembering the old limit.
Anyway, my new photo makes my eyes look like those of a deer in the headlights. I tried to convince them to let me use the last photo, which looks like one of those glamour shots. My hair had just been cut and styled! Today, my hair was definitely wash and wear!
I put my second contact in to pass the eye test...and watch out, folks! I'm on the road again!
Surely you didn't think I'd go one day without a good rant, did you? What's that saying about "Denial being more than a river?" Our President is a perfect example of someone either in denial or just outright lying...take your pick.
Yesterday, totally ignoring a U.S. intelligence report of a grim future in Iraq with the possibility of civil war that had just been issued, Bush assured voters that "freedom is on the march in Iraq".
What I can't understand is how he believed the intelligence reports about WMD without any equivocation before starting the war, but chooses to ignore their intelligence and "disagree with their assessment" now when they and even the Generals are saying it's a bleak scene over there. What is wrong with this picture?
By Caren Bohan
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Reuters) - President Bush said on Thursday freedom was on the march in Iraq even as a U.S. intelligence report depicted a bleak outlook for the country's future.
Bush insisted the U.S. strategy in Iraq, where more than 1,000 U.S. troops have died, was working as he campaigned in Minnesota, a traditionally Democratic state that Republicans are targeting in the Nov. 2 election.
"In Iraq, there's ongoing acts of violence," Bush told a rally here. But he added, "Freedom is on the march," emphasizing his campaign image as a "war president" in the election battle against Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry
Sidney Blumenthal in a recent Op-Ed in The Guardian writes that the