Just Another Day

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

Friday, October 15, 2004

Rove

Thanks, Attaturk, for the idea.

How can anyone be afraid of what he plans for the October surprise? He doesn't need to do anything now that he has primed things to a point that if anything goes wrong for Kerry, it will be blamed on Rove. This has the effect of pushing him to the background as everyone runs around blaming him with no proof. Just keep pushing the truth out there to anyone who will listen and fight vociferously on an intellectual basis.

Intellect and the truth are the two things that Rove has no capability of combatting successfully. After that, it is up to the people and the press to do their job and think. I don't have much faith in the latter, but that's what we are left with.

Rove is a simperingly, insecure and immature piece of shit, and the sooner the world realizes it the quicker we can cut out this cancer from our body politic.

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Ummm

What role does faith play? What have you learned from your wife? Christ, I'll be glad if America can ever move beyond the Phil Donahue/Oprah Winfrey/Larry King questioning. It's a presidential debate and these questions don't belong.

Culture of life? The president says he wants to promote it which is code for ending abortion. That's a culture of life? Abstinence education is supporting that? Bullshit. He wants to throw pro-choice in the same camp as pro-abortion. It's always been a lie. Telling kids to "Just say no" doesn't work. Educating them on the realities of sex and how to do it safely when they decide to engage goes a lot further to reducing abortions than banning the practice. Additionally, forcing women into back alley abortions does not promote a culture of life.

On outsourcing, why doesn't Kerry push the idea that pursuing environmental policies will create jobs at universities and research institutions, and, ultimately, for manufacturers in America. It won't happen tomorrow but it will work eventually...just like internet technologies. The tax policies for the purpose of outsourcing are a nice way to stem the tide immediately but you have to get it past congress.

On education, Bush wants to test the kids and spend more educational resources on making all kids bricks in the wall. Not sure what Kerry wants to do.

On minimum wage, it's about god damned time to raise it. What did Bush say?

On health care, Bush lied and lied and lied...again. On budget issues, Bush lied and lied and lied...again. Kerry still needs to enunciate better what his plans are because they are good. On doing what's best for our military, Kerry needs to sound bite what he's said all along, "The best way to ensure we get the bext out of our servicemen and women is to make sure they aren't enrolled forcibly in wars of choice and are reserved for wars of necessity.

And, in the end, Bush is still an idiot. Kerry looks infinitely more presidential. Bush smirked plenty and what the hell was that spittle in the corner of his mouth? Kerry's voice cracked a couple of times and he did some weird knee dip at one point apparently looking for a glass of water.

I wished Kerry had hit a bit harder and called Bush a liar but he is trying to be diplomatic.

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Shame

I ran into a British architect this evening and we talked about a number of issues, politics being one of them. Surprised? He said that he met two people in the past week who said they supported Bush. This is the first time in 4 years that he has heard someone say that. Now, I know that the ex-pat vote is going to be overwhelmingly for Kerry but by sheer force of numbers and the fact that the electorate is so split overall one would think that there would be more willing to admit this. My new colleague explained that this was a phenomenon in the UK during Thatcher's time, i.e., few people would admit to supporting her but she managed to win the votes anyway. If you're ashamed to say you support someone, why the hell would you vote for them?

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Fear (Part 2)

Let me see if I can explain with a personal analogy.

I was always physically small growing up, if athletic, and people liked to pick on me. So, I learned to tap into my inner animal and fight. We moved a lot so I was often the new kid which, in addition to physical stature, made me a target for bullies. I encouraged them many times with smart ass comments and when they approached the inner animal came out and I showed them that it is probably wise not to mess with me. And, many times, after they saw that I could hold my own, they wanted to befriend me. Of course, I made sure that this didn't happen because I had no interest in being friends with idiots and people for whom I had no respect. Who did I respect? The smart kids? Not necessarily. I liked intellectual and athletic activities but I didn't respect either camp outright. Those that I respected were those who were very capable intellectually but didn't use it to pummel others and make them feel like idiots. Same goes for the athletes. I had no problem with with the big, strong kids as long as they didn't make that aspect central to who they were. I still feel the same way. Those that mouthed were challenged and taken down - I'm not just referring to me, here, but those who projected their strength by not having to flex it; those that were modest in their position of strength were those with whom I could relate.

This is the same situation for the US. As long as we are the strongest, toughest kid on the block, someone will always look to hurt us. If we react too strongly, we show basic insecurities and those who have attacked will be emboldened to try to hurt us again. There will always be someone out there doing this so we will have to continuously swat flies. However, if we pull out the big guns to go after each fly then we have shown that we must have vulnerabilities. Otherwise, why go through that much trouble? If we show vulnerabilities, these nuisances will look to keep coming at us because they know they can illicit a reaction. If we react calmly, diplomatically, then we show our strength, will be more respected and will have less interest placed in us as a potential target.

The mosquito can sense carbon dioxide, our exhalations, from far, far away. However, they don't zero in on the source in a bustling world. What they eventually zero in on is the bustle itelf. In other words, if you are alone in a room and a mosquito flies in through the window after detecting your exhalation, she won't necessarily know where to go next because there will be CO2 all over the room. She'll fly around until she can feel the heat from your body, which is greater if you are active, or she will find you because she will see you moving.

The mosquitoes (somebody ask Dan Quayle if that spelling is correct) will find us. If we are jumping around trying to chase one of them, we are that much more vulnerable to attacks from others because we are focussed on just one and exposing ourselves with bustle and heat. Don;t be afraid, calm down, let them come to you, swat when you have to. Rinse, repeat, if necessary.

Otherwise, the mosquitoes will win.

Man, I can ramble, can't I?

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Fear

My basic feeling about religion is that it is for the weak. I don't need some supernatural punishment hanging over my head to do the right thing. I do the right thing because I am a social animal and doing the right thing helps society maintain its fabric. The Ten Commandments are nothing spectacular and not divinely inspired. Society was around long before these rules were written in stone and these rules were evident for a long time. Otherwise, humanity would not have lasted very long...we need to work together and these rules, among many others, help keep us working together, to a point obviously. The idea of god was simply laid down by someone who figured he could use it to explain those things not understandable by others. Why? Because god told me he wants it that way. I don't think knowledge will ever destroy god because there will always be questions since people will forever believe that time, in the physical sense, had to begin somewhere and that space has to have limits. I don't, which might possibly make me intellectually lazy but I am not so far advanced in physics that I have had to grapple with those issues. I think there was no beginning and there will be no end. I think space goes on in every direction endlessly. So, some people have used this fear of the unknown to subjugate other people and god let it happen? If there is a religion that believes that god is an incredible asshole than I may be able to return to some religious fold. However, no one seems to have found this ethereal elightenment yet. So, yes, people believe because they are afraid of eternity and thus are slaves to a higher conscience than their own.

And...to get to where I am going with this since everything is political these days except my conversations with my kid (although I have taught him to do a nice raspberry which I encourage every time a Republican shows up on the news)...this is where we are with the Republicans. They encourage people to be afraid so they can manipulate the people. The terrorists also want us to be afraid so the fabric of our life is changed to be on alert. They want the same thing, people, and that's why if the GOP wins the terrorists win. Fear.

I knew I could circle back to it if I really tried.

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Looney?

I think I've figured out an apt analogy to raising an infant: Warner Bros. cartoons or Tom & Jerry. Everything is about chasing him somewhere. He starts to crawl down the hallway or towards the balcony and stops, turns around, and looks to see if I'm behind him. If I am, he turns around and flies in his desired direction. If not, he will come back and do something to get my attention so that I will follow him. the slower I follow the better so when he has his target in sight, I can then jump at him and he can take off at high speed. Beep-beep!!

Oh, yeah, Looney. Uh, the third debate is tonight and I expect to see Kerry finally go full frontal on Bush and say, outright, "Mr. President, that's a lie." Oh and for any GOP who may happen by here a little explanation: full frontal here means 'assault' not nudity and this reference to a lie as regards Bush has nothing to do with golf...biggest waste of prime real estate.

I expect company here soon.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Allies

Oh yeah, on the cover of one of the English language rags here in Kiev, there was a picture on the cover of a transposed image of one of the candidates for president here for the October 31 elections and Bush. The candidates name is Yushchenko and he is, for my opinion, the best choice...my wife agrees. The title of the picture was Bushchenko. The current administration of Leonid Kuchma, which is notoriously corrupt, is pushing for its own candidate (Yanukovych) to succeed Kuchma and is doing all in its considerable power to denigrate Yushchenko including saying that the fact that his wife is American should disqualify him and that he will break up Ukraine to make Americans happy, i.e., as a front against Russia, they are pushign the line that America wants to separate Ukraine into its more Ukrainian, western part and leave the more Russified, eastern part for Russia. Bush and his administration have said that Ukraine is a key partner and have held up Kuchma by not pursuing aggressively the fact that Ukrainian military equipment suppliers assisted Iraq with missile technology, small arms munitions, and an advanced radar system that can track 'stealth' aircraft (not 100% effective but better than most of what's out there). So, here is Bush's ally, denigrating America and Americans. Nice to know there's so much love to go around and that you can pick such good friends, Mr. Bush.

P.S. - The theme of Yanukovich's campaign posters and TV ads is "Because." That's a good reason to vote for the guy, eh? Because?!?!

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Cold

Temperatures have fallen here and we saw our first snowflakes yesterday. Nothing major but a good harbinger towards weather I like. Of course, maybe one fall/winter combination in tis town will cure me of this illness.

In other news, I have nothing to add to what others have written about quite volumuniously over the past few days on Sinclair, the multitude of lies from Bush in the second debate, or the fact that Bush puts politics before the security of our country.

I'm ready for the third and last debate of this season, even if I have to get up at 3am to watch the pre-game. I didn't think there was any way for Bush to lose the second debate since he had managed to set expectations so low from the first but he did. So, I'll leave out predicitons of victory for either side in tomorrow's debate. We know Kerry will tell the truth, Bush will lie and people will believe him, and the media will spin it as even if Bush shits himself and kills the moderator. If he manages to come out on top, somehow, there will be no spin.

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