Rice for President

Bush can’t run again and Cheney won’t. Matthew May wants Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be the Republican nominee in 2008. He created the Citizens for Condi blog to promote the idea. Hillary vs. Condi — we can dream, can’t we?

He starts his blog with Dream Woman, an article he originally published on The American Thinker, November 9, 2004.

Update (2/15): The American Thinker posted Beware the Condi bandwagon, by Steven M. Warshawsky. Taking a contrary view, Warshawsky summarizes:

Republicans should stop fantasizing about Rice and start thinking seriously about the next Republican President.

Go read the rest.

Privatize Marriage

According to at least one of the legends, Saint Valentine was martyred for marrying soldiers in defiance of Emperor Claudius II. Now, religious leaders laud President Bush for stating support for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

John Coleman asks in Reason Online where St. Valentine would stand on the issue.

It is time to privatize marriage. If the institution is really so sacred, it should lie beyond the withering hands of politicians and policy makers in Washington D.C. There should be no federal or state license that grants validity to love. There should be no state-run office that peers into our bedrooms and honeymoon suites. If the church thinks divorce and homosexuality are problematic, it should initiate the real dialogue to address these problems in-house rather than relying on state-sponsored coercion to affirm doctrinal beliefs. And if tax-codes and guardianships need some classification for couples, let’s revise civil union standards to reflect those needs.

As the World Turns

Stop the world; I want to get off. Actually, I feel like I did and I’m trying to get back on. After being sick for over a week, going on vacation for a long weekend (while sick), and then having a two-day business trip packed with fun-filled meetings (yup, that’s the closest I’ll come to blogging about work; see Dooce for the reasons), I have no idea what’s going on in the “real world.” I don’t care.

Reading progress. I planned to finish Hugh Hewitt‘s book In, But Not Of while on vacation, but didn’t even pick it up. So much for giving it to my brother while on the business trip. That’s okay; he’s still reading Hewitt’s Blog.

After getting The Message for Christmas, I resolved (yeah, I lied, so sue me) to read it straight through. I’ve slogged through Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy and am now making quicker progress: I zipped through Joshua and am in Judges.

I’m convinced Moses was trained as a middle manager or accountant in Egypt. He tells you everything three times. “God told me to tell the Israelites X. I told the Israelites to do X. The Israelites did X.” Or worse, he gives painstakingly, redundant detail. (See Numbers 7.) I got it the first time. Is it cheating to skim?

Reading Joshua was a breath of fresh air. For example, there’s detail for day one marching around Jericho, and then: “On the second day they again circled the city once and returned to camp. They did this six days.” (Joshua 6:14, The Message.) Wow!


Nemo veggin'

After a week of showing up with an increasingly sore throat, I’m going on vacation this weekend. We’ll be veggin’, like Nemo in the picture.

With luck, we’ll have snow to enjoy. Otherwise, we’ll be able to drive to Crater Lake and catch some sights.

Have a great weekend!

Update: Corrected a redundancy. It was a long week… The weekend was wonderful, though. It snowed Sunday afternoon and evening. Got about 4-5 inches. Might post a picture or two later.

Iraq the Vote

I’m in awe. Somewhere between 8 and 10 million Iraqis turned up to vote this past weekend. That amounts to 57 to 72 percent of Iraq’s 11.4 million eligible voters.

Compare that to the 60.0% voter turnout for the 2004 U.S. presidential election. But in that comparison, don’t forget to consider:

  • Iraqis were threatened with beheading if they showed up to vote. This was no idle threat. At least three poll workers and the governor of Baghdad were killed in attempts to stop this election.
  • Iraqis couldn’t drive to or from the polls because of security regulations.
  • Many Iraqis had to stand in long lines, outdoors, and vulnerable to attack.
  • Iraqis had to dip their fingers in ink that would brand them as voters (and potential targets) for up to three days.

We don’t yet know who won the election. We won’t ever know what motivated individual voters; some may have cast their vote to speed the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. That works for me. What we do know is that a large percentage of Iraqis were willing to risk their lives to cast their votes.

I say let’s celebrate this great moment in history.