Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Random Musings

"The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers..."
~ William Wordsworth

This has been the proverbial "hell week" at work, and it promises to continue sucking the marrow from my bones (figuratively speaking) straight through Friday. There's not much time, let alone mental energy, remaining for me to address the numerous and momentous world events unfolding all around us. But I do have my random thoughts as I scurry through the days.

Paris is Burning--wasn't that a movie? No, wait, I'm thinking of Is Paris Burning?, a 1966 flick. Without replowing the grim news of the past two weeks, it appears the answer is yes. Pity, that. Just don't expect any U.S. troops this time, Monsieur. We're otherwise engaged.

Speaking of movies, "Jarhead" is in the top ten at the moment. But Froggy hated it, so I won't be wasting my hard-earned $$$.

Al Qaeda has dropped in again, this time in Jordan. Three hotels bombed to blazes. Casualty count may not be complete. Yet Great Britain's Labor party today voted down Tony Blair's request for a 3-month detention period without charges for suspected terrorists. It appears that last July's London bus and tube bombings are a mere memory, and a fuzzy one at that.

Yes, three months is quite an unreasonable amount of time to hold a suspected terrorist. The explosives sitting dormant in their basements might go stale, and that would certainly be a violation of their civil rights. Or some such rot.

Here at home, all of Gov. Schwarzenegger's ballot propositions went down to defeat. So it's business-as-usual in sunny California. That's a scary thought, but we're stuck with the status quo for now. Probably forever, or at least until bankruptcy.

It could be worse. We could be in Paris.