06 January 2008

2007

OK, enough politics for a while. Here's JibJab's look back at 2007.

I'm not going to try to do a summary of the whole year myself. One of the things that does stand out about 2007, though, was how the squeaky-clean plastic curtain of the Republican-fundamentalist Axis of Arrogant Moral Judgmentalism was cast aside to reveal, not a wizard, but something more like Sodom and Gomorrah. It turns out that Mark Foley and Ted Haggard were just a warm-up act. Larry Craig, David Vitter, Gary Aldridge, Bob Allen.....have I missed anyone? The only authority figure who managed to emerge from the closet with his dignity intact was Albus Dumbledore.

Just for clarification, I don't really object to eccentric sexual behavior, so long as it's among consenting adults. What I object to is these people ranting and raving and pushing for laws to limit everyone else's freedom. That's hypocrisy.

The most positive developments of the year? The achievement of two major new breakthroughs in stem-cell technology, and the success of the US change in military tactics in Iraq. We'll probably have to wait until a Democratic President takes office a year from now to see the greatest benefits from these, though.

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