Just Above Sunset Archives
August 17, 2003 Odds and Ends
An observation on the California recall election from the Los Angeles Times. 17 August...
Larger issues raised by the Calfornia recall as I see them...
The Republican right cannot easily win elections. The obvious solution is to work around them. Yeah, yeah.
Banana republics have coups d'etat where those who can't win an election just seize power. This usual involves tanks and guns and crap like that. Seriously, you have to admire the Republican right for being a bit more subtle than that. They pretty much deserve to take over the country from the fools who think elections actually matter. There are always work-arounds.
More power to them. Political power and wealth are for those with the guts and ideas to grab them. We are a nation of entrepreneurs. Success is for those with audacity... and the right attitude.
I'm getting grumpy, as you see.
Gayle Lelyveld sent me a narrative of the New York City blackout as seen from, well, New York City. I received it just as this was going to press. I will post it as soon as I can edit it into shape. It's full of random characters and odd symbols. I expect the loss of power was not kind to the mail servers over there. It's pretty, in an abstract sort of way. But I need to replace dropped characters and drop odd symbols. Technology fails in the face of some crises.