I have been following the developments in response to the cartoon of Muhammed quite closely in the past few days. The scene outside the Danish embassy in Beirut was quite a shocking sight. It occurs to me that these violent reactionary outbursts only serve to credit the assertion the cartoon is making of a militant and subversive Islamist culture. There appears to be such a great divide between our cultures when it comes to diplomacy. It makes me wonder why people would prefer fighting to just sitting down and having a friendly chat.
Watching this whole nuclear showdown unfold between Iran and the UN also, what a mess. Believe me, I don't want to see Iran with nuclear warheads, but from their perspective why should they listen to the US when we continue to develop our nuclear arsenal? Bush and his bunker-busters, the US although in the process of decreasing the size of our arsenal in coordination with Russia, we are in the process of upgrading and maintaining our nuclear warheads, so as to make them more effective. Bush scrapped the IBM treaty, it's no wonder Iran pays the UN no heed.
Alito to the Supreme Court... an interesting tidbit I picked up recently that I hadn't realized until now, there is now a Catholic majority on the Supreme Court. Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, Alito and Roberts. Trouble for Roe although you never know with these tricky justices. Maybe at the very least they'll get rid of the death penalty too.
Boehner as speaker of the house of representatives, don't know much about this guy yet, but from what I gather he's about as knee-deep in lobbyist money as "Teflon Tom." Tim Kaine addressed the nation as the Democratic representative to rebut the President's State of the Union address. Go Tim. I can personally attest to the fact that he's a good man, with good character, and a kind heart. Everyone keeps talking about how he's emblematic of the solution to the Democrats woes, I'm not sure I agree, but still nice to know I worked to get that guy elected. A Catholic too.
I'm in Venice now, a beautiful, if surreal city. Too expensive though. Travelling to Turin the day after tomorrow for the Olympics. Gotta run now... Super Bowl is about to kick-off. Go Steelers!