"Democrats don't yet have a fully worked-out alternative system," explained E.J. Dionne Jr., in the Washington Post. As usual, they cannot seem to decide between two mutually inconsistent goals:
--Pursuing the emotional satisfactions of ideological purity, by portraying all conservatives as evil, focusing on partisan hot-button issues, and dismissing moderates as DINOS or "Democrats in name only."
--Creating a big enough tent to welcome millions of sincere voters who are not classic liberals, but who are waking up to the debacle of Bush Era neoconservatism -- a calamitous movement that promulgated divisive "culture war" and betrayed many American values, including conservative ones.Continue to a more extensive (though older) riff on "the real issue the Democrats are ignoring" can be found on my website: America's Declining State of Readiness.
AND NOW AN APPEAL FOR ADVICE FOR A FAMILY TRAVELLING IN CHINA AND JAPAN.
I am taking my wife & kids to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu then Tokyo/Yokohama... for a series of science fiction events, in just one month. Xian to Chengdu will be by overnight train!
1. Best method to use a cell phone over there? Will a GSM phone work? Should we just borrow a Nokia and buy a sim chip upon arriving in China? If so, from whom do you buy it?
2. Will my Vista machine be able to access Wifi in the hotels?
3. Any other advice?
4. Anyone good at tracking the bona fides of a tour company? We plan to use "Marco Polo & company" www.China77.com
5. Any of you planning to be in Japan for Worldcon?