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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

I haven't posted in a while, because my time has been devoted more or less exclusively to work and a side project that will be done in a week or two.

But in the meantime, I have to recommend this piece of writing -- an Iraq vet's story of fighting PTSD and the reaction he got from the people in his Austin neighborhood.

I recommend not only the article itself -- which is powerful, to say the least -- but also the constellation of responses from the Daily Kos membership.

As one who opposed the war -- and still does -- yet who supports the troops, articles like this one give me great concern. And some of the responses concern me even more.


 1:03 PM

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

A friend pointed me to this collection of maps, which attempt to weight the "red" vs. "blue" dynamic by showing the margin of victory and by equalizing the map to show population density.

Once all that has been equalized, you see a purple blob shot through with veins of red and blue.

Definitely not a mandate.

In other news, John Ashcroft fell off his broom. I think I speak for all Americans when I say, "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!"

Not that the new guy will be all that different. You will remember Al Gonzalez as the guy responsible for the Abu Ghraib memoranda that I dissected several months ago. Remember that? Abu Ghraib? Americans enforcing a policy of torturing the "disappeared"?

I didn't think so. We've always been at war with Eastasia.

 2:08 PM

Monday, November 08, 2004

I have a lot to say, but I don't have the time in which to sort it all out and make it worth reading.

So in the meantime, I'll just say this -- "The Incredibles" is incredible.

P.S. I don't have "a lot to say" about "The Incredibles." I have a lot to say about other things.

P.P.S. That's not really right either. I do have a lot to say about "The Incredibles." Great voice talent, and CGI so good that you can look past the animation and see the worthwhile little story inside. But that's not the point I was trying to make.

P.P.P.S. Actually, now that I think about it, that is the point. Why post about "The Incredibles" if you're not going to post about "The Incredibles"?

P.P.P.P.S. But, that's all I have to say about "The Incredibles." So I guess it's not "a lot."

P.P.P.P.P.S. But you should also keep an eye out for this frog. Him name is hopkin green frog. And Terry will find him.

 8:31 AM

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Oh, by the way...

Right after the election comes the proof that the U.S. military stood there and watched helplessly as Iraqis looted a WMD weapons complex. Remember all the protestations from the Bush campaign that it was completely improbable that troops would stand and watch as Iraqis backed up trucks and started loading them?

"Liberal" media my ass. Bastards. Good-for-nothing bastards.

God-damned, pants-wetting, knock-kneed, good-for-nothing, brown-nosing, scared-sh*tless, ass-kissing, sycophantic heaps of putrid, infected pus.

Who wants to bet that this is just the first of a series of "revelations" that will start coming to light? Like the CIA report that was withheld. Like the 9/11 commission's investigation into Bush administration wrongdoing. Like the Kennedy assassination.

Just kidding about that last one.

The sad thing?

I don't know that it would have mattered.

 1:47 PM

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Oh, and, apropos of nothing, I thought I would mention that Air Canada is coincidentally running a special on one-way airfares to Canada.

 8:23 AM
"The American people get the government they deserve, good and hard."

-- H.L. Mencken

 7:42 AM

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Three Conversations

I had three conversations today worth writing about.

The first was with G, the endearingly off-kilter guy down the hall. He's a lowercase-L libertarian who supports Bush because he believes that Islam is a cancer on the world and that Bush is more likely to try to eradicate it. We have had many conversations about his emphatic atheism, but he told me this morning that he wants to pray for the first time in years. This was odd, he said, because he hasn't even felt this much of a desire to pray when friends died. He was desperate because he felt that Kerry was going to win it.

The second was with B, my friend on the other side of my floor. B's a uppercase-C Christian and uppercase-R Reaganite who supports Bush because, inter alia, Bush is an uppercase-C Christian and uppercase-R Reaganite. (B has the distinction of having actually met Bush, which is not entirely uncommon here in Texas.) We had a lengthy debate over the merits of Bush and Kerry, and it was particularly interesting because he was trying to be generous and even-handed but couldn't get across the cultural divide. E.g.: "If you want nationalized health care, then support Kerry. That's great. Just don't say that Bush lied about Iraq, because he didn't." We were able to whittle each other down to a single proposition. Though Bush has never said he made a mistake by going into Iraq the way he did, and though he has never done anything to indicate that he felt he made a mistake, B thinks that Bush knows he made a mistake and simply can't say it out loud because the Democrats would punish him for being weak. B is confident that Bush would be wiser the next time around. Kerry would be a disaster because he was a war protestor.

The third was with P, a legal assistant. She sends me liberal propaganda on occasion, and I return the favor. We discovered each other's political leanings when she walked in on me having a political debate with her boss, the head of my section and the sort of man who supports Bush for purely financial reasons. This was the conversation with P, as I walked by her desk this morning:

Me: "Can you feel it?"
P: "We're gonna have a revolution, baby."


 2:56 PM
A Word From The Election Supervisor

"This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."

Deuteronomy 30:19

"Choose life" been preempted by the anti-abortion movement and twisted into a context for which it was never intended, so I thought I would do the same.

You have before you two choices:

A man who criticises those who based their decisions on "reality" -- or a man who, well, bases his decisions on reality.

A man who took more vacation before 9/11 than most presidents take in a four-year term -- or a man who tirelessly used the power of his Senate office to investigate fraud and corruption.

A man who demands loyalty oaths of those that would attend his rallies -- or a man who asks all Americans to listen to what he has to say.

A man who used the power and influence of his family to avoid combat, then repeatedly used that influence to rescue his failed career as a businessman -- or a man who volunteered for combat despite the power and influence of his family, then served America honorably as a prosecutor and Senator.

A man who looks like a chimpanzee, and acts like one -- or a man who looks like Lurch, and acts like a President.

So you have before you life and death, blessings and curses.

Choose life.

 7:52 AM

Monday, November 01, 2004

An Open Letter To The Kids Who Stole The Plastic Pumpkin Off My Front Porch

Damn Kids!!!

I'll get you!!!

[shakes fist]

 10:30 AM

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