I'm already cringing. I can't look. I'm pacing around my room, trying not to shout at the TV. (except for sitting down to type this)
6:10 - OK, I liked Bush saying, "It isn't going to happen." (when asked about Kerry being elected and another 9/11 attack)
Oh, "you regret to say". Suuuuuure! Listing military people is the best you can do?
6:14 - Hah! (Bush commenting on Kerry's stament that no one who didn't think Saddam was a threat didn't deserve to be President) Pre Sept. 10th mentality!
6:18 -- Dear god, I'm so sick of the whole "no plan to win the peace". Get a new line!
6:19 -- ARGH!!!!!!!!!!! no particular reason, just on general principles.
Oh, wait, will he tell us about his "secret plan"???
6:24 -- Kerry is such a goober. How does a tax cut relate to tapes not being translated? You can't magically create translators. It takes time! You can't make people work for the FBI. Maybe Kerry would like to institute a draft for anyone that speaks Arabic?
I think I've mentioned that one of my pet peeves is people who pollute an email list with off topic political screeds. (And it probably wouldn't surprise you that those who do so are usually of the leftist variety.) Anywho, one of the lists I'm on just had a moonbat eruption where the person in question decided that we all really needed to know how evil Bush is ("Bin Laden's business partner"). I present a small sample for your entertainment:
The man blew up Iraqui women and kids while Bin laden hid safely elsewhere, and oil was never mentioned. Now they are debating to see who is the best choice to lead their failure retreat from this dryland Vietnam left sadly with no more bombing opportunities. Maybe this time they will figure out how to count the ballots, and people of colour won't be disenfranchised of their democratic right. Normal America....logical orderly election.....hmmmmm.
It went on and on from there. And what prompted such a post? Hell if I know! But it gets better, and my fellow Red Ensign bloggers will love it. He's Canadian, and states in yet another off topic email:
War is such a sin. At least that is the national view of we Canuks.
So there you go! Don't you all feel silly now?
A Bit Later: This guy is turning out to be a grade A lefty moonbat! A fellow list member took him to task and now he's privately emailing her stuff that makes the above look somewhat sane! Boy, he needs a royal fisking! It's like he gets his scripts from Dem Underground -- he certainly has yet to express an original thought.
That there's been more time spent covering the debate before it even happens, than the time the debate itself will actually take?
Oh, and BTW, does anyone else find debates cringe inducing? I just hate watching them, even though I do watch.
Really, truly, I wish I was doing better at posting regularly, but RL just seems to be overwhelming me right now. I stayed home yesterday since I was having some chest pain/tightness from all the anxiety. Probably a good thing since we were told the lender now will not fund the mortgage. Our realtor is filing a complaint and taking matters into her own hands by working with a lender she knows in town. She's told us not to worry, there's still life. Either way, we'll know in the next week [shrug]
Right about now, I'm thinking it's time to go shopping. No, I'm not going to, but my wish list is calling, so is the mall. But I shall be strong and not give in to the temporary mental fix shopping gives! Well, maybe just one book... a CD? Okay, okay...
Jusy had a fairly active earthquake roll through here. Almost headed outside as it got stronger and didn't stop for a while.
I'm still shaking, but the ground stopped.
No magnitude yet.
Update: it's a 6.0, near Parkfield.
Update 2: now it's being listed as a 5.0
Now: So it seems there were two quakes about three minutes apart: one was 5.9, the other 5.0.
(Parkfield is slightly NE of Paso Robles (about 20 miles away) and it's a very active earthquake zone. There are lots of earthquake monitoring stations there)
(132 miles SE of San Jose)
Here's the listing.
Instead of any meaningful posting, I'll slide with this quiz. (via the lovely Jeb & Day)
Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating your environment you selflessly use your powers to care for others.
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
I'm quite happy with this result seeing as she's one mf my favourite LotR characters.
(still stressed, still no news, it's all back and forth and up and down) (I'm going to have a nervous breakdown real soon now)
Didn't post yesterday since I was having another house related stress meltdown. As of Thursday afternoon, it seemed the whole thing was going to collapse. As of yesterday afternoon, it seems it all may be on again. My tummy feels like it's on a constant rollercoaster. Monday will be do or die day, so I'll let you know what happens.
Back to packing.
Via my boss who said, "While you're waiting to (not) buy the DVD's" comes this
This article says that question misses the point.
.... Media types, candidates, partisans – all appear to believe these are meaningful questions. They are not. They miss this point: Wars cannot be won by pursuing safety. They can be won only by accepting risks. A little history may help to illustrate.
In 1940, the future of freedom looked bleak. The Nazi military machine had easily and swiftly cut down the armed forces of France and Belgium. British troops had to be evacuated from the continent at Dunkirk.
Key advisors to Winston Churchill counseled him to “seek terms” from Hitler. And, uncharacteristically, Churchill considered that option. Finding an “exit strategy” certainly would have made Britain safer.
But, Churchill decided against safety. He decided instead to fight an all-out war against totalitarian extremism. He understood how perilous that would be.
“If this long island story of ours is to end at last,” he said, “let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground.” (emphasis mine)
Yes, definitely a winner! I'm going to watch this new series with interest.
Nin and I had a running guess conversation about what the "creature" is. It could be a dinosaur, but that's kinda cliche. It seems to only like the dark/overcast, so maybe something nocturnal? My guess: a giant mutant opossum!!
Later: My friend, Jen, says that they're airing part one and two of the pilot on Sat, Oct. 2 from 8pm-10pm if you missed it yesterday.
Someone on an email list said they'd heard that the critter is "Death". ('possum! really!) (uh huh)
John Hawkins has "11 Rules Of Basic Blogger Etiquette" that I think are well worth checking out. This one in particular is a pet peeve of mine:
Don't do a trackback to someone's blog if you're not actually linking to the post. That's called trackback spamming and it's about as welcome as viagra spam.
An Alvin & the Chipmunks movie?
Fox is developing a theatrical film featuring the adventures and musical stylings of Alvin and the Chipmunks, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will combine live-action and real actors with CG-animated chipmunks.
An email list mate of mine just started up a blog. Check it out!
Da Goddess could use a little help right about now.
Anyone else looking forward to this new series? My attention was initially caught by the fact Dominic Monaghan of LotR was going to be in it, and now, I'm reading all sorts fo great buzz. Sounds like this one may be a winner.
Keep your fingers crossed, because if all goes well, the house in Utah should close late today, early tomorrow. That will be one stress relieved, knowing that my mum and all the kitties, dog, birds, will have a roof over their heads. I'm still stressed over finding a place for me to live since I haven't looked yet since my money (such as it is) was all tied up helping my mum get the house due to timing and such. So now, here's hoping that I have enough money, and that I can find something I can afford that isn't totally skanky.
Wish me luck!
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a hearty "AVAST!" to Fugitive Jen for the link!
(and it really will be about ten seconds of your time)
My review: I keep forgetting that I actually did see it.
I didn't see or read a speck of news from Friday night till this morning. Almost went into withdrawal, but not quite :)
And if you ever have the opportnity to try Gioia Luisa Lemoncello Creme liqueur, by all means do! Yummy!!
Though you probably didn't realize I was away, huh?
The eminent Islam scholar Bernard Lewis recently observed that Europe is likely to be effectively Islamic - an extension of the Middle East and North Africa - by the end of the century. That view has now found an echo at the heart of the European Union itself.
In a speech delivered at Leiden University last week, European Commissioner Fritz Bolkestein described demography as the "mother of politics." America's youth and dynamism, said the former senior Dutch politician, will ensure it remains a superpower. China is a rising economic power. But Europe, he said, is destined to be "Islamized."
I was talking to Nin last night about George Bush, Fighter Pilot. I'd read on the Corner that this forgery scandal has made a lot of people aware, who weren't really before, that the President was an actual honest to god fighter pilot back in the day, and that that knowledge raised their estimation of him.
I started thinking a little more about it, and said that I think a lot of us have this image of fighter pilots from the movies. You think "fighter pilot" and think of Tom Cruise in "Top Gun". We admire them, we think they're cool, women think they're sexy, and we think they're brave and honourable -- an Officer and a Gentleman. And like Tom Cruise in "Top Gun", we figure they go for the gusto, living and partying hard, cutting a swathe through the ladies. I don't think we imagine them sitting in their apartment on a Saturday night playing solitaire. Whether or not our perceptions have any basis in reality, nevertheless it's an image seared, seared (sorry, couldn't resist!) into our culture by Hollywood.
Put all that together, and it isn't really surprising that the more people get to know the George Bush of yesteryear, the more their mental image of him would change: goodbye National Guard slacker, hello dashing fighter pilot!
LONDON - British women are packing some pricey handbags. The average British woman's handbag is worth about $1,037, according to a survey published Wednesday that examined both the cost of the bag and its contents.
The results of the survey of 1,700 women by Prudential Home Insurance will come as a shock to many — those surveyed estimated their bags and the things inside them to be worth only an average of $275.
The majority of women polled said makeup was the most valuable single item, with one in four carrying a set worth up to $90. Half of those surveyed said they regularly carry up to $90 in cash.
"Apart from the usual bits and bobs, women really do carry a lot of valuable items in their handbags without actually realizing it," said Prudential spokeswoman Nicole Dodunski.
The average handbag itself was worth $54, and British women carry cell phones worth an average of $360, the survey found. Sunglasses accounted for around $90, perfume $72, and house and car keys $180. Other items included a hairbrush and a diary.
Never mind, I think I know the answer!
Later: For the record, the above was posted in a spirit of fun. It didn't occur to me that anyone would think I'm voting for the President based solely on his looks. (rumours to the contrary aside I'm not (quite) that shallow) But I tend to forget that not everyone knows me as well as others do, so....
Later, later: Ilyka is the bestest :) And on the subject of women and voting and stuff, you should go read this post of hers -- it's a goodun.
Dan Rather blabbered on again on how even if the docs were forgeries, it's not the central issue.
Listen up, Dan... YES IT IS!!! It's the only issue. Either you were duped in your eagerness to try and get the President, or you knowingly presented those forgeries, in which case you made an attempt to subvert the election. You aren't emperor, Dan, you don't have the right to play fast and loose with the truth. I know this comes as a shock to you in all your journalistic greatness, but you aren't special, you aren't better or smarter than us. You're just a sad and sorry excuse for an institution that passed its prime long ago. Edward R. Murrow, you're not. Honest. It's time for you to head for the old anchor's home and sit on the beach knitting or something.
I started out at AV this morning and read that Jim's beagle, Gravy, was poisoned. The good news is that shes holding her own right now. Keep some good thoughts for his baby, and some really bad ones for the monster that did this.
I'm listening to a local talk radio, and they're discussing a bill currently in front of the governor of California to give illegals the ability to get a driver's license.
Why should people that are breaking the law every moment they live in this country be given any rights?
It's bad enough that they're getting basically free medical care.
I'm going to go crush some tablets to work out my aggression.
(I knew compounding would be good for something!)
I found this over at Michelle Malkin's from a comment board for Border's employees:
You guys don't actually HAVE to sell the thing!
Just "carelessly" hide the boxes, "accidentally" drop them off pallets, "forget" to stock the ones you have, and then suggest a nice Al Franken or Micheal Moore book as a substitute. Borders wants those recommends, remember?
I don't care if these Neandertals (sic) in fancy suits get mad at me, they aren't regular customers anyway. Other than "Left Behind" books, they don't read. Anything you can do to make them feel unwelcome is only fair. They are the people pushing retailers to cut costs, don't forget. And they would censor your speech, your books, your music in a heartbeat, so give them a taste of it!
Don't get mad, get even!
What a bunch of !@$#$%#$! I don't read anything but "Left Behind" books? I've never read one. In fact, I think I can safely say I probably read more in a year than the average Border's Employee reads in their whole frigging life!
Are these people born stupid, or did they have to study?
I am so exhausted today -- my eyes hurt, my head hurts. I could easily nod off right here at my desk. Part of it is all the stress with the moving thing, because I'm not sleeping well at all, and when I do sleep, I have awful dreams. The other part is the construction across the street. A week of heavy machinary pounding, grinding, banging, and they've just started!
I need a vacation.
Talking about how Kerry no longer has a lock on the female vote, and why women love the President:
.... I’m thinking that Bush has developed some qualities that Ronald Reagan once used to garner strong female support. These characteristics were eloquently outlined last June by Michelle Easton of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute in an editorial tribute titled “Why Women Loved Reagan.” Easton identifies three key factors:
First, she pointed to Reagan’s appointment of women to high-level positions.
Similarly, George Bush has given top assignments to such likable and visible women as Condoleezza Rice, Karen Hughes, Christine Todd Whitman and Elaine Chao. We saw many of these women in prominent roles during the convention.
Second, Easton cited Reagan’s respectful and loving relationship with his wife Nancy. The incumbent first couple exhibits some of the same chemistry. Laura Bush made her presence particularly felt during August, when Kerry was losing ground to her husband.
I did a check of the Factiva.com news database and found that in July there were 1,024 articles about Laura Bush. But in August, there were more than twice that number, 2,128. With Laura Bush’s favorable rating at 66 percent in both July and August, according to the ABC/Washington Post polls, that doubling of the coverage of Laura Bush paid huge poll dividends for her husband.
Finally, Easton said, “Reagan made women laugh — often by laughing at himself.” In the past month, we have seen more Bush humor, especially of the self-deprecating kind.
Over and over, I have heard ordinary people repeat his line from the GOP convention: “I knew I had problems with the English language when Arnold Schwarzenegger started correcting me.”
Like Laura Bush, women everywhere are finding reasons to love George Bush.
This article just dropped on one of the many email lists I'm on: Syria tested chemical arms on civilians in Darfur region
Syria tested chemical weapons on civilians in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region in June and killed dozens of people.
The German daily Die Welt newspaper, in an advance release of its Wednesday edition, citing unnamed western security sources, said that injuries apparently caused by chemical arms were found on the bodies of the victims.
It said that witnesses quoted by an Arabic news website called ILAF in an article on August 2 had said that several frozen bodies arrived suddenly at the "Al-Fashr Hospital" in the Sudanese capital Khartoum in June.
Die Welt said the sources had indicated that the weapons tests were undertaken following a military exercise between Syria and Sudan.
Syrian officers were reported to have met in May with Sudanese military leaders in a Khartoum suburb to discuss the possibility of improving cooperation between their armies.
According to Die Welt, the Syrians had suggested close cooperation on developing chemical weapons, and it was proposed that the arms be tested on the rebel SPLA, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, in the south.
But given that the rebels were involved in peace talks, the newspaper continued, the Sudanese government proposed testing the arms on people in Darfur.
Of course, it makes you wonder if what the Syrians are using is courtesy of Saddam.
You must go see this, readers dear, either in your house or using your mouse.
Who knew I could get so much attention by just posting a few pics of scantily clad models? Maybe I need to make this a regular feature!
I present the (sorta) official Chicks For Bush Digital Brown Lingerie! [insert drumroll]
I got an email from somone wanting to buy my blog.
it's going to be bad Monday when your day already sucks dead bunnies through a straw by 845am.
I ended up not doing a 9/11 post yesterday because I couldn't seem to put my feelings into words, so it seemd better to let the silence speak instead. That make sense?
VDH has a good column on three years from 9/11 that you might like to read. His words, as usual, are worth noting.
Some of the things being discussed on my currrent events email list today:
My comment: Yes, us Republicans hate it when blacks vote, let me tell you. Gee, look at all those black votes in FL... Oh, wait! Those problems were in districts run by DEMOCRATS!! And when it came to proof about trying to disenfranchise blocs of voters, it was the Gore campaign that made sure that the votes of men and women serving overseas were thrown out.
Topic: The most disingenuous and lame thing I've heard from the Dems over this is a variety of riffs on, "It doesn't matter if the docs are forged because we know the information in them is true."
My comment: Unbeleviable. The Dems must think we're stupid, they really must. They have no respect at all for the "average American" they claim to care so much for. They only care that we stay uninformed and meekly accept the pabulum they force feed us. Heaven forbid that we think for ourselves! It has been so ironic that the average joe has been the one responsible for this blow to the MSM -- just dozens of bloggers who won't accept the pabulum. They can't control the information anymore, and they can't control us, and I say, AMEN!
Topic: For the 100th time, WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE MEXICAN BORDER!!
My comment: Neither party is willing to buckle down and do something. Mark my words, the border problem is going to bite us later,
if not sooner. Reember when there was a possibility that some of 9/11
terrorists came across the Canadian border? Imagine what's happening to the south, and tell me that al-Queida isn't coming across there.
Any or all of the above are open for discussion in the comments, or introduce your own topic. Readers, start your engines!
Maybe we need to have an official line of CfB lingerie....
And speaking of the Chicks, the Irish Lass provides a veritable Chick Bacchanal over at her blog.
Later the next day.... it occured to me that our bits of silk would have to be brown. Digital Brown Teddies, anyone?
Don't ask me! It was the subject of a piece of email spam I just got.
Now I know that this forgery story is big -- my mum knows all about it. I just got off the phone with her and she brought it up. Go, mum!
With all the news reading I do on the internet, plus morning talk radio, I'm never sure if what I think is a big story and know the ins and outs of is something those less interested in current events are even aware of. Anyone else ever have the experience of bringing up a topic only to have your friends look at you blankly?
thinking about the "Hitler Diaries" forgery back in the 80's?
Drudge's headline banner right now is priceless!
Like everyone else, I'm following the forgery story with great interest. So I have to ask, if these are forgeries, and the documents came from the DNC, would it be wrong of me to be insanely gleeful?
I mean, wouldn't it be poetic justice that the hate the Dems have for the President becomes the vehicle of their own destruction? It would be delicious payback, wouldn't it?
So maybe it's not dignified, but it sure would be damn satisfying!
Digital Brownshirts ineed!
As I mentioned before, Tuesday was our monthly Towhall Meetup. We actually had a whole 7 people show up this time -- a record! One of the new faces was a gentleman who teaches Nuclear Nonproliferation at MIIS. What he had to say was fascinating and we probably would have pestered him with questions for hours given half the chance!
His department has a great website that you might like to check out. And he tells us they have something new coming soon that's going to be pretty amazing. When it's up and running, I'll let you all know.
I was talking about just this at our Townhall Meetup last night on why I'm afraid Kerry could win:
.... And he may be hitting on something that will resonate with the not-very-engaged voter. In short, his message is, “Go away, world.” The Iraq war is costly and casualties are unpleasant to hear about. Americans don’t want to say, “cut and run,” but they want the Iraq war, the war on terror, the ugly images of the Beslan school massacre — all of it to go away.
From The Kerry Spot
Fellow Bear Flag chick, Irish Lass, is looking for a few good women who love our Prez. I'm in -- how 'bout you?
(I've always wanted to be in a clique)
Jim Geraghty at the Kerry Spot (which you should be reading!) says this in reaction to the Kitty Kelly book:
We've had Howard Dean spreading the rumor that the Saudis warned Bush about 9/11. Ted Kennedy contended - in an argument that defies logic - that the war on Iraq was "planned in Texas" to benefit the president politically. We've had Michael Moore making the case that the war in Afghanistan was about a natural gas pipeline and oil company profits. We've had Paul Krugman arguing in the pages of the New York Times that Bush is trying to destroy democracy. We've had the antiwar left arguing, again and again, that Bush is the second coming of Hitler. I suspect that after a while, the public just tunes out this stuff.
I mean, once you've killed thousands in a war to boost Halliburton's profits, repealed the Constitution, and destroyed democracy, isn't cocaine use kind of mild?
My "Bushalanche" of yesterday has now turned into a second hand Instalanche!
Sitemeter is spinning.
Dang! And welcome!
This is kinda fun.
You probably know what Kerry said yesterday about what "W" stands for. So I wonder what "F" stands for? Hmmm....
What do you think the "F" stands for?
Later: Flake, Fruitcake
And Later Still: Fop!
I have a commenter (who may actually be Susan Estrich!) (j/k) who thinks pasting excerpts of Kitty Kelly's (who knew Kitty Kelly was still pumping out "biographys") (I hadn't heard about her since the Sinatra book she did) new book in my comments is somehow going to make some sort of difference to me.
One, it's only what Susan Estrich promised last week, two, all this stuff was in the press (been there, done that, bought the t-shirt) during the last election (who knew you could be paid to write a book about things that have been written and reported on five years ago?) (I need a job like that!), and three, I'm supposed to care that Laura Bush smoked pot in her youth? Practically everyone I know in RL has smoked pot (and a good portion have used stronger drugs than that) (is it only because I live in CA?) (is pot use unusual in other parts of the country?), I'm the oddball in my circle of friends and acquaintances that I haven't. If we kicked everyone out of the government that has used drugs in the past, D.C. would be a ghost town.
It must be a symptom of Dem desperation. Amusing, yet kinda sad, all at the same time.
[yawn] wake me up when the Dems actually have something to say that matters.
Great traffic numbers today! I was linked on "Blogs For Bush" and the visitors are streaming in. Welcome!
And thanks, Russ, for ther link!
I decided to tackle my VHS tapes, deciding what to keep here in Monterey and what to send to UT for storage. I thought I was going to explode from the heat -- there isn't even a breath of air right now. Called it a day for packing, just had a shower and thinking of getting a glass of wine. I've decided to watch Methos HL eps tonight. Mmmmm.... Methos!
Normally, here in foggy Monterey, we'd welcome a warm sunny day (it's actually above 80 today) but why does it have to the weekend we're cleaning the garage so we can condense stuff so the movers will cost less?
I'm musty, dusty, hot, tired... UGH!!!
Aren't we always being told that the Nazi/Hitler stuff comes from the far left fringe of the Dem party?
Former senator John Glenn (D-Ohio) took the defense a step further by comparing the Republicans' misleading statements to those of Nazi Germany. "You've just got to separate out fact from fiction. . . . Too often, too often, in this country, if you hear something repeated, it's the old Hitler business -- if you hear something repeated, repeated, repeated, repeated, you start to believe it," he said.
It's looking to me like the whole damn party is "the fringe".
And I used to respect John Glenn.
(via The Corner)
I'm going to link posts and articles that catch my interest, and that I think my readers would find of interest, here this weekend. Enjoy!
First up: The Butcher's Bill
John of Arghhhh! has "The Limits of Soft Power".
From the BBC, "Bush's Tactical Victory".
Random Jottings on "Hate Speech".
Byron goes on a "Blog Fact-Finding Mission".
Later in the day....
FOX is reporting that sources are saying they're close to capturing Bin Laden, and it could happen at any time.
Gold star to whoever is the first to say, "I question the timing".
Can you imagine if they did get him? We'd be cleaning up after all those Dem heads exploding for days!
As I posted yesterday, Susan Estrich promised the Dems are going to get "mean" [ooooh! shivers in boots]. Looks like she keeps her promises, because NEWS ALERT!! George Bush was a drunk!! Yes! It's true! Can you believe it?!?!?!
All hat, no issues.
Going through old boxes and repacking stuff, and I came across a report I did in 7th grade (this would have been 75/76) that was about how the people of Lafayette would survive as the only non-contaminated zone after a nuclear war.
And you wonder why I'm like I am today!
(I got a B)
Susan Estrich declares that, " The trouble with Democrats, traditionally, is that we're not mean enough". On what planet would that be?
For more than four years, starting when Bush was the Republican nominee, the Dems have been nothing but mean.
He's a drunk
He got his girlfriend an abortion
He stole the election
He's a fascist
Iraq was all about Haliburton
He was AWOL
And those are just off the top of my head. Guess what, Susan? It's been the Dems continual meanness and hate that has turned this election personal for me. If you think the Dems haven't been "mean", then I have no idea what your definition of the word would be.
(via The Corner)
Depending on what you read, he's had a heart attack, he's having tests, he's having bypass surgery, or this Drudge headline, "LIFE AND DEATH BATTLE: Clinton in NY Hospital for Emergency Bypass Surgery... "
Now, let's see, if I take page from the Dems, I would probably make some tasteless and mean comment right about now. But I'm not one of them, so I think not. I hope the former President makes a swift recovery and that his daughter doesn't have to go to her father's funeral at such a young age.
Okay, not really:
Very glad I went! And I even volunteered. It was fun watching it with a group, and the food and the company were good too. Very enthusiastic group, and not at all the stereotype of the Republican Party: as many women as men, lots of college age volunteers and attendees, and very multi-ethnic. I'd say we all came away energized and wanting to support the President.
After, they played that video I've been hearing about, and what I'd heard is right: it's pretty devastating and all it does is show Kerry in his own words. You can see it on the web. I'm going to try and watch it again when there aren't a bunch of people in from of me. If you haven't seen it yet, I reccomend a viewing.
Later: What she said!
Things aren't going to well here on the moving/buying a house front. Just when you think things are finely going well for once, the cosmic rug gets pulled out from under you. We're supposed to go to a "Party for the President" tonight, but I feel so queasy, I'm thinking of not going after all. But maybe getting out would do me good.
If I go, I'll tell you how it went.
As I mentioned yesterday, I've been participating in an email list discussion on John Kerry and the Swift Boat Vets. After finishing and posting a long email on the subject, that I'd closed with, "this time, it's personal", it occurred to me that maybe it was.
A coworker, and good friend of mine, lost his father in Vietnam when "V" was five. He's a year older than I am, and we've often discussed how those years shaped who we are today. Between the list emails, and my recent conversations with "V", I think I finally realized just why John Kerry's actions after he came back from Vietnam seem to get to me on a personal level: he's a "face" on my childhood.
I lived in Berkeley, about a block from the UC campus. My father was Resident Manager of a hotel there, and we lived in. The John Kerry, and the men with him, on the cover of his book personifies the people that made my neighborhood a place under siege, a war zone.
The tear gas, the troops in the park out my hall window, the bombs, the evacuations because of bomb threats, the curfews, the riots, the smashed windows, all of it. When I see that photo of him and his buddies, I am reminded of a hippie like him who chased our van down Telegraph Ave while waving a metal bar, trying to catch us so he could smash our windows.
No, I'm not saying John Kerry rioted in Berkeley, or called in the bomb threat to the hotel that forced our evacuation, or smashed in the windows of the coffee shop. But he was part of the culture that committed such actions, and he doesn't seem to have any regrets over the part he played . Yes, it's an emotional reaction on my part, and perhaps not very rational, but that photo is in my mind's eye now when I think about John Kerry. And in turn, it makes me take his actions more personally than I would normally take those of a candidate for President. (and then I read things like this, and it brings back even more emotions)
Not any great insight here, but it is interesting how certain things are triggers for childhood memories. It never occurred to me that John Kerry would trigger my not-so-happy memories of growing up in Berkeley. I've often said that my childhood in Berkeley made me the conservative I am today. I bet Kerry wouldn't be too happy with that result!
(Not sure this was worth the wait, but there you go.)