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Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Date:2005-12-08 08:45
Subject:Very odd wishlists.
Mood: amused

This is one of the best installments of the Bateman365 thus far. There've been some really good political ones (e.g. Actual Excerpts from the President's Speech of 2/6/03), but today's is just darn funny...

Oh, what is "Bateman365", you ask? It's a project by scottbateman to publish one animated short per day, every day, for a year. Best of all, random people are allowed to submit MP3s, clocking about 30 seconds, with amusing stories, and Scott will pick ones he likes to animate. (If I had a recording device, I'd send in a story about my cats' terrifying plot to conquer the world, which has been foiled only by their lack of thumbs.)

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Date:2005-12-08 11:00
Mood: anticipatory

Would people be interested in going to the Narnia movie next Tuesday Wednesday, at the AMC Mercado? Going after the opening weekend would make the competition for decent seating rather less intense. (Xta and I went to HP4 on the Tuesday after opening, arrived only about a half-hour before the show started, and ended up being the first people into the theater...)

(BTW, Xta, you want to repost this? I think a bunch of people read you but not me...)

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Date:2005-12-08 13:31
Subject:Article on withdrawal from Iraq...
Mood: pensive

Nir Rosen is persuasive in arguing that the aftermath of a pullout would not be quite as awful as one might fear, and that there really is no hope of making things better by extending our stay...

On the purely political side, ignoring the very real plight of the Iraqis... It would be nice if the GOP could be made to actually pay a price for the damage they've done to our nation's finances, military readiness and morale, and standing in the world. I'm concerned that they will, in fact, "declare victory and go home" before the '06 elections, and that Faux News will then manage to persuade their voters that we really did win. *sigh*

ETA: Fred Kaplan is also considering the issues, and does a good job capturing how people of reasonable political persuasions can feel torn about exactly what to do.

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