Yawn...Hasn't been much worth commenting upon of late. Work is alternating between Really Cool ™ and boring; Vindication IPA is aging, there's snow on the ground and I have few complaints with Life.
Let's see, positions on issues, to drum up convo:
Iraq: the conflict will be quick, vicious and largely bloodless if you're in the Iraqi rank and file. France and Germany are opposed because they've got lots of UN-resolution-breaking skeletons in the closet, and because they hate to think that the U.S. is actually capable of acting on its own, and fear what might happen if we get (yet another) taste of victory. Yes, destabilizing the region is likely - what did you think was the point?
UN: The UN is (along with NATO) now pretty much defunct as a seriously-taken organization. Ditto the European Union, unless a lot changes in the next year or so. Again, thank France and Germany.
Belgium: it's a shame they had to be French toadies. I was getting ready to buy a lot of Belgian beer over the next several years, and now I'm not - I'll be making my own in Belgian-reminiscent styles, from US / UK / Aussie ingredients.
UK: Bully for Tony Blair, Labour socialist though he be, upholding an alliance that's hurting him politically. Ditto John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia.
War: Hardly the worst of human fates (as some would frantically have us believe). Ask the liberated Jews from Auschwitz and Dachau, or, more recently, anyone female in Afghanistan. Or, for that matter, ask the soldiers doing the liberating.
Bush: A guy doing the world's hardest job better than almost anyone I can imagine, except for perhaps a young and healthy Reagan. No, he's not perfect (why are we asking the UN's permission yet again?), but I'm damn glad he won instead of Gore. And yes, he actually won. Do some reading: there's a thing called the electoral college, and some things called state and federal electoral law, which were all followed to the extent Gore's team failed to interfere with them.
There. That ought to stir up the waters a bit.