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11 December 2003 @ 12:43 pm
On this day in 1936, King Edward VIII of Britain abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American.

I mentioned this 60 Minutes story, "Operation Iraqi Freedom," in someone else's LJ, but never posted it here. Well, there it is, so go read it and weep.

Joel Achenbach on more stupid Virginia laws and other hazards of the holiday season (courtesy Regent.)

* Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance reform alters the landscape, and angers groups on both sides of the fence.
* Nice timing: Bush calls allies to relieve Iraqi debt, a day after barring them from contracts in Iraq.
* France considers banning head scarves, yarmulkes, and "large-sized Christian crosses." Though the latter would only really affect the Hot Topic goths.
* Thomas Friedman, on the fallout of the Iraqi war, felt in Israel.
* States calling out lack of federal policy and action on the environment.
* Profiling: Arab-American scheduled to work during a Bush visit sent home by Secret Service.
* Judge orders hearing on prosecutors' misconduct in terrorism trial.
* Growing legislation to restrict the use of camera-phones.
* Israel's new tourists.
* Interesting: revitalizing cities by developing a brand, targetting growth aimed towards youth culture.
keep it darksnidegrrl on December 11th, 2003 10:23 am (UTC)
Profiling: creepy. Hard to tell where the blame lies there, it sounds like the Hyatt people might be covering their asses. Either way: lame.
Mara: Geek chic by mediemarag on December 11th, 2003 10:36 am (UTC)
If I weren't already married, I'd have asked Joel Achenbach to marry me long ago.

Yes, it's true: I'm a science writer fangirl. How sad.
MsCongenialitymscongeniality on December 11th, 2003 10:41 am (UTC)
I'd actually considered forwarding you the article on France and the separation of church/state but then I realized it was in todayz 'newzizzle' and figured you'd find it that way.
Mara: Bite me by jyorrakumarag on December 11th, 2003 11:16 am (UTC)
Hint for the French: When *I* think somebody is going too far in excising religion from public life, that's a bad sign. A really bad sign. A horrendously horribly bad sign, in fact.

I mean, geez, even *I* have never said that people shouldn't wear yarmulkes and crosses and sheitls and headscarves! As long as they're not insisting that I do the same, more power to them.

See, this is the whole point of the US establishment clause. The government can't tell you not to wear a headscarf. And it can't tell you that you *must* wear one either.

I know, I know, ranting to the choir.
Jenexamorata on December 11th, 2003 12:06 pm (UTC)
If I weren't already married, I'd have asked Joel Achenbach to marry me long ago.

Hear hear!
Though in my case, it's if /he/ wasn't already married, I'd have asked him long ago!
Mara: Geek chic by mediemarag on December 11th, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC)
::shuffles feet:: Yes, well, there's that as well ;)

Besides being smart, he's so cuuuute! And he even seems to be a nice guy in real life, too, which just makes it even better.

::sigh:: It's a good thing my husband is a tolerant man, as many men might be disturbed by their wives having a crush on a reporter at their local paper!
Jenexamorata on December 12th, 2003 05:59 am (UTC)
I have, in fact, had email exchanges with him, and wrote him a poem at some point. I mean, a doofy poem, but c'mon. It's so fifth-grade-crush, it's painful!

But yeah, he is a really nice guy. AND smart!
Maramarag on December 12th, 2003 06:25 am (UTC)
I've spoken and e-mailed with him three or four times, thanks to my job. The last time he called, we hadn't spoken in two years but he remembered me (because of my distinctive name). I ran around the office actually saying "Squee!" for about half an hour.

::happy fangirl sigh::

I'm sure he thought your poem was nice :)
Jen: BTAFexamorata on December 12th, 2003 07:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I totally empathize with your girlish glee. And, you must have the coolest job ever. I was just sending fangirl notes. He *did* like the poem, if I recall. (It was a few years back!)