"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours." -Sir Charles Napier
BigEarth of New Mexico sez, The warmest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great national moment, reserve their neutrality.
Bill Whittle's mom sez, If you can’t say anything of deep and meaningful scientific or political import that is not supported by fact, reason, historical precedent and in-depth step-by-step logical analysis then don’t say anything at all!
:: Friday, April 22 ::
(same) OLD MELODY
So an unknown Melody Townsel emerges to say she was, what?, sexually harassed? in Moscow 11 years ago. Gee, where have I heard this before?
My strong interest in politics really began with the Clarence Thomas hearings and may, at least temporarily, end with the John Bolton hearings.
I'm tired of politics for now. I hate TV news. I hate it that a great thinker like Andrew Sullivan resorts to the word "shocked" in describing his own reaction to the new Pope, and then learning that he wrote that even before the white smoke. Fox News is using the phrase "nuclear option" which shows they don't think anymore there, either.
Republicans have a wonderful chance to rage about the worthless UN as well as against the Democrats wanting to side with it, but I don't sense much more than men who still want a favorable media spotlight.
And there goes my motivation to blog. I may just take a hiatus and think about what I think about.
Because, I foresee no real change in the discourse for the near future:
Gold Hill Coffee is where Ashevillians go to read the NYT op-ed page and nod in agreement, and where I go to see the talented Stephanie for perfect cappuccino. I take advantage of an already-read Times, if available (to disagree with the op-ed but indulge in the Arts Section), until yesterday, when I read this, appropriately on the front page:
Now, dammit, enough illegal activity went on at that time for Officer Wohl and his like-minded eager-to-arrest to have a field day. Actually, enough significant illegal activity goes on with or without a Republican Convention. Not only did this officer commit crimes himself, his wasted time let some real lawbreakers get away and he wasted the time of the overburdened courts.
Nor was the officer seen taking part in the arrests of four other people at the library against whom he signed complaints.
The proof of his crimes is right there. I hope he goes to jail for this. But this is just as disturbing:
Don't you feel good, knowing how stupid he thinks you are? Unfortunately, too many are already that stupid, mainly due to such institutional deception by "men" like Kerry, the kind of men who go on talking like this five months after an election. A different news source, Boston.com, reports this version of Kerry's intent:
Yes, it really does boil down to the responsible doing the voting. Anyone who would believe a leaflet over the major news media concerning voting day, who would believe the bit about parking tickets, is too stupid to be voting anyway.
This morning NPR was talking about Tom DeLay. The DeLay media thing is happening while I am about to burn out on politics... even considering a break from blogging for a while. Last week's paper news seemed to pin nothing on him, in fact seemed to be saying that he'd done nothing but was still bad.
This morning, still not so familiar with all this, I listen to NPR report on the questions surrounding his ethics, and additionally on the "Republicans now putting pressure on DeLay", naming specifically the "moderate" from Connecticut. NPR's formula is laughably familiar, and all I needed to believe that DeLay is therefore not all that bad after all.
Oh, yes. I lost sleep over this: I had the royal wedding on as I vacuumed and cleaned out the fireplace on Saturday morning and observed the faces of the British aristocracy. They seemed downright bored with the whole thing - their lives, that is. The royally wedded looked unhappy. I don't think their expressions would have changed even if they had been given six months to live. And really, what kind of a king-to-be cannot stand firm about who he wishes to marry, anyway?
Funerals, common and noble, are better, and not just for the food...
While there is nothing I could blog about the Pope that has not been written already, my thought today is inspired by a recent post by Karol at Alarming News, where she asked, "what is Michael Jackson thinking?"