Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Monday, October 18, 2004

Alert

I have heard talk of a possibility of raising the color coded terrorism watch around election day. While I have always thought that the coding, alerts, alarms, etc., are complete bullshit, it makes sense for people to be more wary around that time given the bombing in Madrid before the Spanish election last year. No, I don't believe that the Spanish voted out the government because they were afraid of Al Qaeda (reading the news and opinions of people there lets you see the truth, that the people were pissed off at the government for lying to them by coming out and saying it was the Basques without any proof and then trying to force the media to follow along). But, it would seem to be a good move for the terrorists who love Bush for giving them more fodder for recruitment than they could have dreamed of 4 years ago. Scare the Americans right around the election to make sure they give in to their fear and vote for the bully juice thus increasing their own numbers at AQ for at least another 4 years.

There is another element to elevating the threat level around that time. It will give the authorities an excuse to increase security visibly in areas where minorities and immigrants vote to scare people away in these Democratic-leaning districts. Yes, voter suppression. It's alive and well these days, it is just less brutal than in the past. I don't agree with those who think we should use this to hail to the media some sinister plan because they will blow us off thinking we are nuts. The best thing we can do is get the volunteers into these districts to ensure the voters that they have nothing to fear from the police state and that they have every right to vote as they wish.

On happier news: my baby, at 11 months, is ready to walk. He manages a few steps on his own before falling on his diaper-cushioned butt but he can make it up and down the hallway repeatedly holding on to a hand. My wife showed me the fun the other day and now both of us have sore backs from hunching so much. If we try with two hands, he throws away one of the hands expressing his independence. The problem, of course, is that he often does not want to walk but run and this leads to all sorts of lopsided and spinning problems for him. He has picked up on this, though, and sometimes turns sideways to shuffle that way. By the time we come back to the US around Thanksgiving, I think he will be able to walk comfortably and surprise his American family members.

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