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It takes a national election going against Bush’s grain to get him to do what he should’ve done, what everyone said he should have done. Sad, but true. What a day, what a day. Rain all around, and a new set of leaders on their way in.
I guess a lot of people are very pleased with the results of Tuesday’s elections. They see a dramatic shift across the boards and that this marks a new dawn for the Democratic party, for the nation. They say, “finally Bush will be held accountable,” even as we await the final Senate results to see whether there will be an ever-so-slim majority or minority for the Democrats.
Hold it right there. We don’t need to only hold Bush accountable. We need to hold Congress accountable too. If this is really the bold change we’ve been waiting for then that requires we too change. It means that the Republicans should watch, and the Democrats should watch, and impose a new dynamic of discussion on our leaders to avoid the traumas we’ve witnessed in the past.
So that’s my take, and the only other thing I have to say is what I’ve said since 2000. Look at the numbers. This was not some landslide for the majority of races. Virginia is every bit evidence of that fact as were Montana and Missouri and many others. This is still a nation divided as we were in 2000, 2002, and 2004.
The issue we are so divided over isn’t an ideological one. We’ve split over and over because of these abstract notions of political parties. Some of us actively don’t want Republicans, others actively don’t want Democrats. I’d guess that at best 2/3 of the votes for each party want them. The rest just don’t want the other guys. We need to put a stop to that; we need more third parties. And they’re coming.
There is a gradual shift by at least some Republican-leaning individuals to the Libertarians, and by some Democrat-leaning persons to the Green party, among others. But until the election laws are reformed, until the people regain access to the process and the ballot, it will be very difficult to push through a third party candidate virtually anywhere in this Republic. That’s unless you’re Joe Lieberman (*cough*).
Well it’s finally upon us, and I suppose I’ll try to do some sort of wrap up for the hell of it, but right now I just have a simple message.
Over the course of this campaign and extending beyond and before we’ve been hit over the head by this Repugnantan line about how if we leave Iraq it will signal to Osama bin Laden that America won’t stand and fight.
If you really believe that our soldiers’ lives are worth proving to an enemy some idiotic point, a line in the sand, you go die, and they can come home in your place. O.K.?
Indeed, why are we so hell-bent on showing a man that is by all accounts an insane religious fundamentalist that we aren’t afraid of him? What good is this serving? It’s completely nonsensical that we show Mr. bin Laden this much respect, that we are occupying foreign soil amidst endless attacks simply to drive home this _principle_ that America will tough it out. It’s like some macho asshole that goes to the twenty-below football game in his skivvies, and ends up in the ER because he couldn’t admit, hey it’s cold.
That kind of fervor I have no stomach for. It is antithetical to the logical mind to take such a tack. But then again, you won’t see me putting my life or anyone else’s on the line to drive it home to a bunch of arrogant greedy flagsucking biblemongers. And that’s that. I’ll see you on the other side.
You’ve probably heard about this noted Evangelical Preacher that has been revealed to have had a relationship with a gay prostitute and bought (if not used) crystal methamphetamine.
The question is, who cares? I mean, he was giving hope and so on to all those people, and now he’s a pariah? This sounds a lot like the Oprah thing with that book that they thought was nonfiction. One minute they are empowered by the message and the story, the next minute they find out it’s a lie, it’s not good enough for them.
If it was good enough to begin with, it’s still good enough. If it was only good enough before because it was from a holy mouth, then it was never good enough. You’d think after this happens over and over, they’d start to realize that and examine their beliefs, what they buy into, etc., as scrupulously as possible. But they won’t.
The source of a thought, whether it’s legitimate, real, a story is real, etc. does not matter. Whether the motivational speaker is clean or not, either the message itself has legs, or it’s another empty shell to occupy the mind.
Yes, we don’t want drug-addled smilers leading us no matter their good message because even if the message is saleable they won’t implement it. But we don’t want greed-addled or god-addled or hate-addled leaders either for precisely the same reason. Drugs and gay sex have a bad reputation because they are verifiable and the majority of people believe these things are damnable in the eyes of an all-perfect, all-loving asexual abiotic inorganic pandimensional super-being. Go figure.
Humans shot and killed two humans acting as human shields between the humans and human fighters in a place.
The dramatic events came on the third day of a human assault on the place, the largest operation in the place in months and designed to put a stop to humans firing homemade rockets into place.
Sixty human fighters holed themselves up in the place Thursday.
Friday, about 50 veiled humans, answering an appeal on local radio, marched towards the place, attempting to act as a shield against the human troops.
Television footage showed human forces opening fire and two of the humans were killed. At least six others were wounded.
The human army said it had fired at armed humans but was investigating whether it had also shot the humans. A spokeshuman said the army had footage showing armed humans mingling among the humans, which the army described as human shields.
Footage filmed by [Redacted] shows no humans mingling among the humans when the first shots were fired.
In the ensuing melee, the fighters fled the place. And members of organization, the human militant group that heads the human government, said they also escaped from place, which is almost entirely surrounded by human troops.
The human army confirmed the fighters escaped.
Shortly after they fled, the roof of the place – one of the oldest in place – collapsed. The part of structure was left standing, but most of the building was reduced to rubble.
The human military, which earlier demolished a wall of the place and fired stun grenades and tear gas to try to force the fighters to surrender, said the collapse was the result of gunfire and damage done during the 12-hour siege.
With the latest deaths, at least two dozen humans have been killed, more than half of them militants, since human troops entered place Wednesday. One human soldier has been killed in the operation.
Res Ipsa Loquitur