When blogging, I typically use other articles as source material, providing links to them and attempting to briefly summarize their main points within my own writing, but every once in awhile an article or editorial comes along that makes all of the points that I would seek to make on its own, and which does so in such an effective, concise way that I can do nothing more than sit back and point the Adventurers in its general direction. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has such a piece in his newspaper today, an editorial in which he summarizes the way that he fears future generations will see the damage and failed leadership of the current White House administration. Robinson points out the long list of human rights abuses and violations of the Geneva Convention that our current administration has committed (accompanied by an air of almost casual arrogance), including illegal domestic wiretappings, government rendition programs, the use of torture on prisoners, the interminable imprisonment of foreign and domestic "enemy combatants" without access to open court proceedings or rights of habeas corpus, etc.. Robinson describes the damage that such actions have had upon America's standing as a world leader and as a champion of human rights (e.g., it's hard for us to continue to argue that there are still basic, fundamental, inalienable human rights in the world that need defending when we seem willing to routinely violate the fundamental rights that other countries have already agreed upon in the Geneva Convention, U.N. doctrines, and other treaties). Basically the article underscores the fact that the current administration has damaged America's credibility in the world community for decades to come, and that, sadly, this will probably be the most enduring part of their legacy to the american people. Anyway, it's a good op ed article, and I think you guys should read it.
Not too much other news. Ryan is supposed to be getting a new car today. Word on the street has it that he's getting a Honda Element.