Back in the Saddle
I have returned from a very relaxing week of vacation and will be returning to a semi-regular blogging schedule this week, time willing - although it'll probably take me a bit to get back into the swing of things. It's definitely weird coming back to the internet and cable after a week of getting all my news from network television and the occasional newspaper (not to mention the fact that I came to realize just how bereft of any substantive comment the network morning shows are). I still have scads of emails to get through, some of which I'm sure are about postable topics.
A few brief comments for now (in no particular order whatsoever):
- On the stem cell veto. Not a surprise, but certainly a disappointment. We can hope that the next president will have a more enlightened attitude when it comes to this important research area, and we can remember well the role this one has played.
- On Ralph Reed's loss in the Georgia lieutenant gubernatorial primary. It's about time GOP voters realized that the Abramoff scandal is a serious issue. This loss is undoubtedly as good for Georgia as it is for the Republican Party.
- On the Lieberman-Lamont primary. Wowsers, what a mess. I probably need say no more than that I stand firmly with the Bull Moose on this one. I may disagree with Joe Lieberman on some issues associated with the war in Iraq, but I think the attacks being leveled at him by Lamont and his blogospheric surrogates are really over the top.
- On the renewed Mideast violence. I think Hezbollah is getting exactly what it deserves, but I regret wholly the loss of civilian life and infrastructure. I hope that a suitable arrangement can be reached, but that must involve the disarmament of Hezbollah and a strong security presence in south Lebanon to maintain the integrity and safety of northern Israel.
- On the ABA report faulting the president for his use of "signing statements." Their conclusion that the Bush Administration's widespread and substantial use of these runs "contrary to the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers" is one I entirely share. I hope that some of their recommendations will be considered.