Okay, so I'm not even going to go into here how PISSED OFF I was while driving home from Baltimore, listening to the McBimbos spewing all their hot, rancid air at the RNC last week. No, I won't say anything. I won't use the "F" word. I won't SCREAM AND YELL 'til my lungs collapse. I won't PUNCH AND SPIT ON the next person I hear talking favorably about the McBimbo ticket while waiting in line somewhere. I will not VIOLENTLY RAM INTO the back of the next car I see with a Bush/Cheney or McCain/Palin bumper sticker on it.
Despite the fact that I disagree with most of my country's foreign policy decisions and ABSOLUTELY DETEST the Bush administration, I am still glad to be an American. This country is far from perfect, but it's still a great place to live and the ideals upon which it was founded are once and forever honorable and admirable. And I always, always get the chills whenever I hear the national anthem sung. Always. No matter how hard I try not to. No matter how corny I think it is. No matter how much I think I hate America sometimes and all it stands for. No matter how much I threaten to move to Canada, France, or Scandinavia when I get so pissed off that I can't even listen to the news anymore.
Anyway, this whole Pangea Day concept is pretty cool. I hope I can find a place in DC that's partcipating.
Taken by yours truly, today outside the White House during a protest against China and their latest crackdown in Tibet. The protesters started at Pennsylvania Avenue, marching up Connecticut Ave via Dupont Circle to the Chinese Embassy where the crowd really started to get more animated and lively. By that time, though, my card was full and my battery dead. I really
need more storage space. Do they make terabyte cards yet? That's what
I'm waiting for....
I left the Chinese Embassy at about 4:00p and while I was waiting for the bus across the bridge, all of a sudden police and Secret Service cars started speeding down the road with their sirens wailing. And then they blocked the intersection at Connecticut and Calvert. But for what, I'm not sure. All I could see looking across the bridge toward the embassy were siren lights. And I've read nothing about it so far anywhere online. Probably just the stupid cops, compensating for their little you-know-whats. I think there are a disproportionate number of small penises in this town.
To red-state voters, to the rural voters, residents of small, dying towns, and soulless sprawling exburbs, we say this: Fuck off. Your issues are no longer our issues. We're going to battle our bleeding-heart instincts and ignore pangs of misplaced empathy. We will no longer concern ourselves with a health care crisis that disproportionately impacts rural areas. Instead we will work toward winning health care one blue state at a time.
This was written after Bush illegally stole the election in 2004.
For the Democratic nomination, anyway. But if it comes to a final match between her and Guiliani or Mitt, I'll vote for her as the lesser of two evils.
Why, you might ask (I'm sure some of you who know my far left political leanings thought for sure she'd be a shoo in with someone like me)? Partially because of a damning essay I just read about her in a recent New York Times magazine. I mean, I'm all for a woman president like the next girl, but she sounds a little bit too wishy-washy for me. And Bush-y. An excerpt:
Americans have to be outraged that any senator would vote to send the nation to war without reading the most relevant document: the 90-page 2002 National Intelligence Estimate. This report, available to all 100 senators, contained enough information to cause Bob Graham to doubt the threat to the United States posed by Iraq. He was one of only six senators to read the report. Clinton was not among those six; she opted for ''briefings'' instead. She voted, as did many others, for a disastrous foreign policy blunder based on the CliffsNotes version of a national intelligence report. Not very smart for one of the ''brainiest'' people in the Senate.
It's a nice day here in Seattle - FINALLY. The first of July and the weather is starting to look up.
I disagree with the Supreme Court's decision about the Seattle School District's use of race in determining school placement. I think its a testament to the problem it was trying to solve that the parents who brought the suit were white. I wonder what would have happened had they been a minority? Well, for starters, they probably couldn't have afforded the attorney's fees to fight.
This whole argument about the way to stop racism is to stop taking race into consideration is simplistically naive, imo. There are so many other factors involved. I agree with the dissenting opinion that this ruling is actually a step backward in achieving racial diversity in schools. Once again, the legal system, of which whites are the designers and controllers, has dealt a blow that will serve to continue the status quo, e.g., racial minorities at the bottom of the socioeconomic and educational ladder.
And another testament that the Supreme Court is slowly but surely getting more and more conservative. It scares me. It will take YEARS to undo all these "wonderful" things Mr Bush has done.
Don't even get me started on racism and the War on Drugs.... BTW, this is a photo I took of Lisa and Trane.
More about the genocide in Darfur, as promised. I just came across this website by Amnesty International. An incredibly powerful use of design and visual communication to inform people of what goes on outside our comfortable, capitalistic bubble. And what they can do to make a difference.
Amnesty International has offices in DC. Maybe I'll try to get a job there. I've been talking to a lot of people about my pending move to the Capitol and about 90% of them have just raved about what a great city DC is. So, I'm really looking forward to moving there. That and having Will's help with the dogs/yard/house again. It's only been a month and already I'm exhausted from being a single parent to two Weimaraners!
p.s. I wonder how this sort of big brother technology would have affected the events of WWII? Interesting to thinking what Hitler might have refrained from doing had he known the whole world was watching. Food for thought. Crunch on that for a while....