WHAT A CUT-UP
P&J continue to be fierce foes of domestic violence. So we were glad to see how, as described in the police log in the December 28 edition of the Jamestown Press, a woman exercised her option to go upside her partner’s head:
[Name and address omitted] was arrested for cutting up her boyfriend’s clothes during a domestic dispute and charged with domestic vandalism.
Much better than the previous modus operandi in Jamestown, where one woman burned down the house of her boyfriend’s best friend. We recommend a visit to Jos. A. Banks to replace that wardrobe, sir.
We’re not yet ready to cast our lot with the non-candidacy of Senator Obama, but we fully understand why he is the “flavor of the month,” and to our way of thinking, much more than that. Obama signifies hope, and hope is a big, big thing. We admire Hillary, Edwards, Biden, and even Kucinich (who hasn’t got a prayer). But Obama enthralls us, and many others.
The world is not black and white, nor cut and dried. Obama represents a renewed sense of faith and excitement, not unlike what FDR and John F. Kennedy unleashed when they were first elected. Do not underestimate the importance of having an inspiring leader on the horizon.
We believe in inspiration. We believe that something like Disney classic’s “The Three Little Pigs” played a role in getting a lot of people through the Great Depression. Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf indeed?
While Obama has not even announced if he intends to run for the presidency, we think that the promise of this man — and the fervor and the hope that he inspires in so many — is no fluke. This could indeed be a most interesting and intriguing year, and it only gets better if Barack Obama becomes a real candidate.
STAND DOWN, GEORGIE BOY
It is not enough that a number of retired generals have told President Dubya how he has his head so far up his ass regarding Iraq that he needs a window in his stomach. Now, the ground troops are expressing their displeasure with our service-dodging commander-in-chief and his armchair generals.
A December 29 article by Robert Hodierne, senior managing editor of the Army Times cites the 2006 Military Times poll with the statistics mentioned below. (Of the respondents, 66 percent had been deployed at least once to Afghanistan or Iraq.)
For the first time, more troops disapprove of the president’s handling of the war than approve of it. Barely one-third of service members approve of the way the president is handling the war.
When the military was feeling most optimistic about the war — in 2004 — 83 percent of poll respondents thought success in Iraq was likely. This year, that number has shrunk to 50 percent.
Only 35 percent of the military members polled this year said they approve of the way President Bush is handling the war, while 42 percent said they disapproved. The president’s approval rating among the military is only slightly higher than for the population as a whole. In 2004, when his popularity peaked, 63 percent of the military approved of Bush’s handling of the war. While approval of the president’s war leadership has slumped, his overall approval remains high among the military.
Just as telling, in this year’s poll only 41 percent of the military said the U.S. should have gone to war in Iraq in the first place, down from 65 percent in 2003. That closely reflects the beliefs of the general population today — 45 percent agreed in a recent USA Today/Gallup poll.