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Sunday, June 27, 2004

Greens Against the Green

I find it rather ironic that the Green Party is so antagonistic toward money, and their roll call of the states at their convention this weekend was filled with negative commentaries:

New York, for instance, described itself as "home of Wall Street and unbridled corporate greed." And the official spokesman for Indiana said that his state stretched "from the shores of polluted Lake Michigan in the north to the clear-cut banks of the Ohio River in the south, with many other sins in between."

I also found myself puzzled by the Political Points column on Howard Stern's listeners and potential trouble for Bush:

But one bit of solace for Republicans is that Mr. Stern's listeners go to church frequently, which tends to correlate with voting Republican. The poll showed that Mr. Stern's listeners were slightly more likely than nonlisteners to call themselves born-again Christians and were three times more likely to attend church daily. The pollsters did not ask why they went to church after listening to Mr. Stern, so there is no way to calculate how many were performing an act of contrition.

So the people who like to listen to interviews with strippers about when they had their first lesbian experiences are also packing churches? That one stretches credulity--perhaps the Stern listeners were all lying to the pollster and having a little fun?

Tom Friedman is taking a three-month break, and he really needs one, judging from the growing inanity of his column, including the bizarre and unrealistic ideas he puts forth today. Maureen Dowd, meanwhile has a good response to the Cheney F-bomb:

"I felt better afterwards," he told Neil Cavuto during a no-bid interview with Fox News. Hey, if it feels good, Dick, do it.

Just to beat this into the ground, let's recall the president's words at an April fundraising lunch in North Carolina:

We stand for a culture of responsibility in America. We're changing the culture of this country from one that has said, if it feels good, do it, and if you got a problem, blame somebody else, to a culture in which each of us are responsible for the decisions we make in life.

They might want to work on that "blame somebody else" part too.