The Changing of the Guard, Part Deux

No one but no one is the least bit surprised about Colin Powell, right? I skipped that bit of news and went right on to finding out the buzz around who’s next in line for the Sec’ty of State.

I’m sure it could change over the course of the week, but this morning, the press suggests the pick of the litter is John Danforth. Salient points for me about this guy? He went to Yale where he studied Divinity and Law. Oh, and look, he’s heir to the Ralston-Purina fortune. Also on his resume? Mediation of the civil war in Sudan.

There’s more detailed lefty dirt on Danforth here. It’s worth checking out. We gotta keep a close eye on these people.

Okay, next up: Condi?

Take Paulette’s Advice: Shake It Out

At Jay & David’s ‘wagon circle’ the other night, Paulette recommended seeing some live music to help exorcise any demons lingering and festering from Black Tuesday, or the appropriately Euro date order, 2-11.

Apparently, a Russian punk band inspired Paulette to mimic her dog shaking out water in his fur — kickstand legs, starting at the tip of his nose, working its way through the head, neck, body, limbs and tail. The effect was less ridding her body of a cold-inducing layer of liquid and more a physical fighting off of frustration molding into despair. She felt bathed and clean afterwards, surprisingly refreshed and invigorated.

Yeah, I thought, I could really use some of that. I think I smell rot.

My Eastern European punk band took the form of Wilco last week and Blonde Redhead last night. A combined one-two punch to my sad soul. Jeff Tweedy even asked if we were “bummed about the election.” He lamented his own bummed-outness but went on to say the election was supposed to be a “political solution” while “tonight was a spiritual solution.” He asked if we understood how amazing it was to be alive and feel the human spirit. To feel the power of transcending the world for a few hours and “get our minds blown at a rock show.”

No. Show me. So they did, a head-nodding two hours later replete with a killer “Don’t Fear The Reaper” cover. Nice dude.

Am I cured? Absolutely not. I’m despondent. Frankly, I’ve been deeply hurt by this either grossly misinformed or downright malevolent country. I don’t know how to overcome it. I’m still getting used to this never-expected concept of another Bush term.

That said, a good shake is a god-send. Thanks for the advice Paulette. And for those meatballs. Good lord.

Now THIS is news

Haven’t we all gotten a little gloomy lately? Let’s ignore (just for a minute) that the sky is falling and dish. Here is big news in the British actors world– Hugh Grant is retiring. Isn’t it fun to think about? Now the Brits are down to two men they can try (and fail) to pass off as hunky– Colin Firth and Jude Law. (I saw a preview of the new Bridget Jones movie last night and it looked to me like Hugh started his retirement before filming began!)

Wasn’t it nice to think about someone vaguely charming?

Zombie therapy

Chris Frizelle’s “LEAVING THE HOUSE ISN’T ESCAPISM, IT’S A POLITICAL ACT FOR THE WEEK OF NOV 11-17” kind of ties in with the whole discussion we had here last week about retreating into the happy little lefty enclave that is our Seattle. It’s a bit of a love-letter to the eccenticity of our city. And a call-to-arms for those of us who like being different from the rest of the zombies in the flyover states to take a stand and support those differences by going out and living it up for the next week.

And it just made me kind of happy reading it.

Kerry, Mary, and the Mullahs

AMERICAblog has this charming little post about the gigantic knicker-twist some of America’s favorite Christians mullahs have decided, in its post-eclection orgy of self-righteousness, to give themselves. It’s hard to believe it was only a month ago when Kerry was evil, evil, EVIL for merely mentioning that Mary Cheney, Professional Lesbian, was a, um, lesbian. Now, read what the preznit’s allies at the Family Policy Network are saying about her:

“The day after George Bush was elected president again, because of this morals revolution taking place in our country, he allows his vice president to not only put his lesbian daughter on the platform, but to bring her lesbian ‘partner’ up on the stage with him,” Glover says. “It almost seems to be a slap in the face from the get-go against the very conservatives that re-elected the president at a time when he ought to paying them some homage and respect.” Glover says the Cheney daughter’s open flaunting of her homosexuality is the antithesis of what the administration claims to stand for — and that the post-election display sends a mixed message to Bush supporters.

Clearly, the GOP can’t tolerate any mixed messages (strong leader, rezzaloot). Luckily, Bush and Co. have some visiting experts on theocracy hanging out at Gitmo… I think what Glover really wants is to have the Taliban up for a little pan-fundamentalist love-fest where a bunch of straight monotheistic landowning men can get together and stone Mary Cheney to death. After which Lynne Cheney will, undoubtedly, blame it all on John (“not a good man”) Kerry.

[And in a final note: do we think it’s technically correct to say that a woman who looks so much like Dick Cheney in a bad wig could really flaunt anthing? If Mary is going to be America’s Most Controversial Dyke for the next four years, can someone take her shopping? Ellen, she’s a Republican but a sister first– can you help her out?]

the king is dead, long live the fool

Jerry Falwell is at it again.

Why, oh why must we take people like this seriously? Isn’t there some sort of legal challenge that can be brought against this type of activity? Isn’t it illegal to enforce a religious test upon public officials? Yes, I know, it is illegal for the government to do it. How do we get this guy to go away?

I want my country back.

soldier as citizen

I have never wanted to serve in the military. However, I have family members and friends that have either served or are serving in one branch or another of our nation’s armed forces. While not all of those currently serving are in Iraq, a few are and I worry and pray for them everyday. I have told them and others who serve, past and present, “Thank you for putting your life on the line so that I can enjoy my freedoms.”

One of the reasons that I won’t serve in the military is that once you are in, you are the property of the US government (for at least 30 years). Now, while this may not be true legally (de jure), it is technically (de facto). And I am growing more and more concerned for the civil liberties of our men and women in uniform. (continued)
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Good news! Everything’s fine!

Apparently not a member of the “reality-based community” John Ashcroft announced that he is resigning as Attorney General because “The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.”

I am breathing such a sigh of relief. I’m putting away the bat signal, since there’s nothing to worry about. Think of all the money we no longer have to spend on police, 911, Homeland Security. Everything will now balance out even WITH all those tax cuts for the rich.