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June 30, 2006
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Make a little space for me.

I'm not in the mood for this any more. I've been screaming into the void for three years and I'm tired. I can't tell any more when I'm repeating myself again (heh) for the fifteenth time and when I just think I've ranted at length about something but have never actually had the time to mention it.

Reading, quite casually, the results of various polls here and there around the country, I'm astonishingly discouraged to see that there is still about 30% of the population not entirely disenchanted by our new "shoot first, and torture the prisoners later" approach to international relations. Because there is nothing important happening in the world, that idiotic "anti-flag-burning amendment" thing is actually being covered like a serious news story by some publications. Just as if it wasn't some tired anti-issue that the rightwing nutcases trot out every time they need to distract public attention from some scandal or other.

The Dorkhead-in-Chief is pushing for a line-item veto. Apparently using "signing statements" to announce that he doesn't feel compelled to obey whatever legislation he's signing into law no longer satisfies him. (Nice to read that SCotUS is telling him differently.) Now he wants to decide which parts and pieces of Congress's business he approves of. (Okay, no, the line-item veto isn't that simple. But I'm ranting.)

Nevertheless. The Neocon Cabal O'Crazies isn't getting any saner, the Iraqi people aren't getting any freer, the world isn't getting any safer, and the Stars & Stripes are starting to look a little frayed around the edges. (Also? All that red? Is it beginning to look to anyone besides me that Old Glory is giving us a shameful blush?)

I'd gird up my loins if I was quite certain what part of my anatomy constituted loins and if I didn't suspect that it's not a part that's nice to talk about in public.

Anyhow. I had a nice, long rest when I steadfastly refused to care and tried hard not to know.

In spite of myself I'm aggravated about so many things, large and small these days, it's hard to know where to start.

So. Bush's "approval" numbers have "edged up". Big whoopie.

But the poll on that page has some interesting and scary stuff in it. Like the bit where most (56%) of the respondents said that they think we'll eventually wind up nuking Iran. (How on earth...why on earth do we seem to be creating a second-round version of the Cold War?) (Or is it wishful thinking on my part that this one will remain "Cold"?)

Never mind. I'm going to go hide again.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:09 AM


Cheer up, Peevish. Things aren't as bad as you think they are. Actually, they may be way worse, but we're all in the same boat...well, except for the righties who are living in some kind of utopia where reality never intrudes. You can't go there, of course, unless you accept Dubya as your spiritual guide, and promise not to utter the word "impeach" until the Democrats are back in the White House.

But the sun will shine tomorrow, as long as you don't live near the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, in which case you may want to start building an ark.

This is my good deed for the day, and I now feel so....so...liberal.

Posted by: Cranky Daze at June 30, 2006 11:27 PM

do you have any canned peaches where you're hiding? 'cause i've got some sugar and evaporated milk. we could make dessert.

how deep underground to you have to be not to get baked like a chicken pot pie by a nuke, by the way?

Posted by: r@d@r at July 1, 2006 10:30 PM

Take a break if you must, we'll always be here if/when you return, but don't hide for too long!

I think we need to remember that most people's egos are fragile and cannot withstand a wholesale challenge to their worldview. Fanatics and fervent believers are going to dig in their heels that much more deeply when confronted with reality. It's very difficult and often personally painful to give up ego for the sake of learning and growing. Many people just aren't strong enough (particularly those who use superstition as a crutch in the first place).

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at July 4, 2006 08:49 AM

Everyone needs cheering now and then, Anne. And, Elayne, you're 100% on target about the fragility of our egos when we are under attack, as they have been for quite a while now. We're probably tougher than we sometimes think we are, but there are definitely times when attacks or challenges do cut through the veneer, and for a day or two, lay bare the soft underside.

Actually, Anne, I'm not all that liberal. I'm really more of a closet-moderate, but I run the same paths of the Dems and Libs most of the time, and have just enough hutzpah to claim to be one.

Nice blog, by the way!

Posted by: Cranky Daze at July 5, 2006 02:40 AM