Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 3, 2005

In Memoriam, Shirley Chisholm

Filed under: — Different River @ 11:17 pm

This has not been a good week for members of Congress. Former Representative Shirley Chisholm (D-TX) passed away as well.

The New York Times has an obituary here.

Amazon is so comprehensive…

Filed under: — Different River @ 11:10 pm

Amazon.com has a list of books so complete, it includes books that don’t even exist.

In Memoriam, Robert J. Matsui

Filed under: — Different River @ 10:50 pm

Representative Robert J. Matsui (D-CA), has passed away.

There is a brief tribute from one of his critics, Michelle Malkin, here.

I first heard of Rep. Matsui when I was a teenager following elections returns. I didn’t know anything about him, but I thought his name sounded cool. An official biography is here

Miscellaneous Tsunami Info

Filed under: — Different River @ 10:38 pm

Some more-or-less unrelated, but interesting (to me) updates on The Wave:

Voices of Iraq

Filed under: — Different River @ 2:20 pm

OpinionJournal has Arthur Chrenkoff’s biweekly roundup of underreported news from Iraq. Given the nature of news, “underreported” usually means “good.”

Most enlightening perhaps, is his discussion of the Voices of Iraq project. A couple of film producers distributed 150 digital video cameras to ordinary people all over Iraq and basically said, go interview your friends, your relateives, each other, whoever has something to say. The result is a mosaic of views different from each other and unslanted by the bias of western reporters asking leading questions.

Though I haven’t seen the film, I actually heard the producers on the radio last week, and their “summary” of the film was fascinating. The picture that emerges is one of people who are optimistic, positive — and very eager to vote, if for no other reason that to send a message to the “insurgents” that they will not be tolerated. The overwhelming majority are tremendously grateful to be rid of Saddam, and their attitude toward American troops seems to be “Thanks very much for giving us our country back, now go home — but not yet, we still need to get rid of these insurgents first.” Which is basically what the plan is anyway.

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