2004 was a year of success and failure. For Republicans, it was a success. For Democrats, it was a failure. In Iraq, the verdict is still out. Afghanistan was a success, so far. Israel was never happier now that Arafat is dead, but success or failure of PEACE over there depends on whether the terrorism died with him, and we all know the answer to that one. For all the failures in our intelligence services, we were not attacked again, though Spain was attacked twice, before and after they left the coalition force in Iraq. The 9/11 commission was a big thing this year. Political force wielded like a baseball bat is what it looked like to me. The high point was when AG Ashcroft brought out the memo by Jamie Gorelick, a 9/11 commission member, that instituted a "heightening" of the wall between branches of the government, or making it HARDER to share information, from her time as assistant AG under Pres. Clinton.
Another big scandal was Abu Graib prison. Compared to what went on there under Saddam, this was college hijinks!!! While I can't get too upset about the stuff in the famous photos, I know that any serious violations, like deaths in custody are being investigated. Now the libs are saying similar things about Gitmo. All I can say is that there are more terrorists out there, so let's GITMO! I think we give them more rights over there than they afford captured Americans or innocent civillians in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Geneva convention specifically neglects to cover persons who ignore it's conventions, leaving these terrorists without legal protection other than what the US constitution gives, and they're stretching that!
MARTHA STEWART was a big thing, as was SCOTT PETERSEN. 2 jailbirds, one on death row, the other ready to make multi-millions after her release. MARTHA, already a big name, will soar. PETERSEN, a nobody, will sink back into the ether of anonymity, and his case will be all but forgotten by the end of '05.
Janet Jackson rivaled Howard Stern for most offensive act of the year, and Michael Powell had inverse popularity poll numbers than his father Colin... RUSH LIMBAUGH survived the exposing of his drug habit, and still hasn't been charged with any crime. (I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY HE WON'T BE, EITHER!)
WE LOST MORE THAN ANY YEAR'S SHARE OF PEOPLE IN THE LAST WEEKS OF LAST YEAR. I WANT TO ASK ALL OF MY FRIENDS, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO IS ABLE TO PITCH IN AND HELP OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVERSEAS. THEY NEED US, AND I ALREADY KNOW THAT WE'LL BE THERE FOR THEM. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE START OF THE NEW YEAR SUCH A GENEROUS ONE!