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Wednesday, November 06, 2002
Election Results

The local results are in.
For complete details, see
WP or NYT

In Washington, DC the Democrats won everything, of course. Republicans had the best voter turnout: 100%; all 14 of them voted.

The news from Washington is that the voters have paid attention to national statistics and voted overwhelmingly to approve treatment rather than jail for drug offenders. This will cut the costs of dealing with the same offenders over and over again in courts and jails. Some of them will get the opportunity to become productive citizens. The rest will be tied up in the less expensive and easier to maintain treatment system.

In Maryland, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. won election as Governor. His being a Republican does not bode well. The last Republican Governor we had in Maryland was Spiro Agnew. He was as crooked as Marvin Mandel, the last Democratic Governor of Maryland to be convicted of crimes in office.

The Democrat elected in Maryland's 8th district will not advance liberal causes as well as the Republican he defeated. Ms. Morella was a wolf in sheep's clothing as a Republican. She was as good as a secret agent. She has been sloughed off by faithless, thoughtless 'liberals' cravenly counting Democrats in the House as if control there could be achieved or would be used with the courage Ms. Morella consistently displayed. Her loss is unfortunate because she was one of the few politicians who acted on principle rather than party loyalty or corruption.

Conservatives should be glad. Van Hollen can be swayed.

posted at 3:15 PM
memento mori


After the elections, it is well to remember
Ramses II. He was the greatest builder of ancient times and the pharaoh that chased Moses to the sea. Shelley's sonnet uses the Greek form of one of his many names: OZYMANDIAS.







I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Please do not impute to any bitterness this reminder. I am as pleased with the results of the elections as I expected to be. The poem is sent to those who may be so pleased as to feel hopeful or (bless 'em) triumphant.

posted at 10:07 AM
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
Changes

These two guys

climbed to the top of Mt. Everest when I was six years old.

Now Tenzing Norgay, the one on the left, has been dead since 1986.

Sir Edmund Hillary, the one on the right, is selling cars.




posted at 12:11 PM



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