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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Ultimately as relevant as the rich and privileged accusations directed at Bush - people have no control over the family they're born into - still,
interesting...

posted by Rachel 10/19/2004
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More on Kerry, drugs, and healthcare.

More on why the UN sucks.

posted by Rachel 10/19/2004
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How much press do you think
this is gonna get?

posted by Rachel 10/19/2004
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Well, I thought that I'd dive back into the political commentary at some point before the election, but I just can't bring myself to wallow in that muck. This election is already so very ugly. "Vote for us or the country will go straight to HELLL!!!" ads on every freaking channel. I don't think I've ever seen this kind of media saturation.



I do have to weigh in on the damned prescription drug issue. Prescription drugs are cheaper
in Canada for a number of reasons. The largest of which is that the government fixes the price. The US is the largest market. The US is the richest market. The US is the home of the companies that bring you prozac and lipitor, and all the other pharmaceutical marvels that people just can't live without. Then the pharmaceutical companies are demonized for refusing to drive themselves out of business by giving their products away. So they take a loss on the smaller markets in the name of good PR.

I'm sorry that prescription drugs are expensive. I'm sorry that people didn't plan better for their old age. But since when are we entitled to have the government take care of us? Since when do we want the people who brought us HIPPA involved any further in the health system? Learn to live with generics. Learn to live without a specific pill for every ache, sniffle, discolored toenail, uncomfortable emotion, and other bodily inconvenience.



Bush is an adequate president. Kerry would be worse. I sometimes wonder if there wasn't a bet somewhere. In any event, whichever side loses is going to go stark raving barking mad.

I would however, like to add my support to the notion of Lileks in the senate. We need another Minnesota straight talker since Paul left. I doubt we'd have to worry that he'd secretly sell the country to the Chinese while our attention was elsewhere. Plus, it'd be funny. I mean, how much would you pay to hear one senator turn to another after some particularly loathsome utterance and say: “Blow it out your jaw-hole, Hairboy”? I'd pay at least $100.

I also heartily agree with his outrage at including the children of politicians in the coverage. A few months ago I saw a magazine with a section on celebrities who look bad in swimsuits. Of course I had to look.) They included Chelsea Clinton and I was beyond horrified. She didn't seek celebrity, she didn't have a say in being famous, and this magazine (not a tabloid either,) is holding her body up for public ridicule? When did our standards fall so low? Leave the kids out of it. I sent a strongly worded letter on the subject to the party and you should too. The kids have a right to privacy. Leave them alone. How would you feel if your parent decided to run for office and suddenly every detail of your life was fair game?

posted by Rachel 10/19/2004
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Well I got to spend my weekend peacock wrangling. What did you do?

No seriously, we went up north again to scout around and visit. There's not a whole lot for sale right now but it's kind of the off season for land sales. Anyway, grandma has half a dozen peacocks and for some unfathomable reason never clipped their wings. You can see where this is going.

The white peacock decided that it really liked the neighbor's yard much better. (The neighbors didn't know that grandma had peacocks, adding greatly to the humor of the situation.) So this bird is wise to the net and won't let anyone near it. It's been out and unfed for a week and the temperature is starting to get down near freezing. Picture 6 people stalking a white peacock all over a working farm yard. Finally Kathy trapped it in one of those pull on the rope attatched to the stick and the door falls shut traps that John had constructed specifically for the peacock. I wish we'd had the video camera.

posted by Rachel 10/19/2004
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