Saturday, February 21, 2004

Bonjour! Buenos dias! So far, cool, cloudy Saturday, time now 0720. One kind is watchig an Irish cartoon, Jakers. My lad just woke; I hear his pitter patter and jibber jabber. Going to greet 'im. Now he's sittin' next to his sister on the bench, attentive to the tube. Am me. We had no television until a couple of years ago, when having returned from the Balkans, one of my mates says to me, "J.P. when I head back to Maine, you can have my television." ( I wonder how old Smart is doing these days? His wife died in a car crash, leaving him with an infant child. He came from somewhere between Lewiston and Portland, I think).

Have elections on the mind, these days. Yesterday, Iran held their bogus elections. They invalidated so very many progressive or moderate candidates. Looking at some back issues of the closest big city newspaper, I see a small AP article buried in the middle of the paper, "Khatami confined to home with back pain; Cabinet meeting postponed." Khatami had announced that his pro-reform government shouldn't hold the elections, since the Ruling Council disqualified more than 2,400 liberal candidates. An aide to Mr. Khatami told AP that the back problem was "exacerbated by stress."
The Islamic Iran Participation Front has called a meeting Monday--coincidental to our Ground Hog day--and was expected to announce a boycott of the polls. Nearly all of their candidates were barred from running in the elections.

And here in the States, Super Tuesday is approaching, which is relevant to me, since I live in Georgia, where one of those primaries will be held. Strange enough, I hear no one talking about the elections, not in the barber shop, nor at DJ's the only bar in our dry little county, where all you can get is a popular American brand of beer in the standard and light versions, both can and bottle. DJ's also happens to be a towing place. Behind the bar by the front of the building, on a corner table, sits a scanner which is always on, so patrons and DJ or his wife can listen in on the police and emergency channels. On weekends Nascar or football will be on, if it's not the local weather or news.

From the New York Times, 20
February 2004, By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and ELIZABETH BECKER
:... once in the Senate, Mr. Edwards voted for a trade accord with China in 2000, and he initially supported a bill to give President Bush sweeping new authority to negotiate trade deals.

Mr. Kerry has been a classic free trader in the Clinton mold, supporting free markets as the key to economic growth. He backed President Bush's push for fast-track negotiating authority. But now on the campaign trail, he stands side by side with labor leaders who oppose Nafta and pledges that as president, he would review the pacts he supported. once in the Senate, Mr. Edwards voted for a trade accord with China in 2000, and he initially supported a bill to give President Bush sweeping new authority to negotiate trade deals.

Mr. Kerry has been a classic free trader in the Clinton mold, supporting free markets as the key to economic growth. He backed President Bush's push for fast-track negotiating authority. But now on the campaign trail, he stands side by side with labor leaders who oppose Nafta and pledges that as president, he would review the pacts he supported.:... once in the Senate, Mr. Edwards voted for a trade accord with China in 2000, and he initially supported a bill to give President Bush sweeping new authority to negotiate trade deals.

Mr. Kerry has been a classic free trader in the Clinton mold, supporting free markets as the key to economic growth. He backed President Bush's push for fast-track negotiating authority. But now on the campaign trail, he stands side by side with labor leaders who oppose Nafta and pledges that as president, he would review the pacts he supported.


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