8.26.2005 ||> He should really just go back to snorting coke
This blog is mostly apolitical. It's not that I'm not a political person, because I have a degree in Political Science. It's simply that I don't believe that arguing about it makes any difference. But as you know, every once in awhile, I stick a toe into the muddy waters. And today I felt compelled to do so again.
I had also avoided talk of Cindy Sheehan because I felt it was a complicated situation. On the one hand, I understood exactly why she was doing what she was doing. I think that if I was in her place, I might very well do the same thing. On the other hand, I had to question whether or not what she was doing was really going to make a difference. And indeed it doesn't seem like she's changed the playing field one iota.
Plus, Tony Pierce pretty much said everything I felt about the whole thing. So why rehash what he put so eloquently? But after surfing the Washington Post today, I just couldn't take it anymore. It was the sick feeling that I got from reading about how our president, rather than giving Mrs. Sheehan the time of day, instead actively recruited another mom to be her evil twin.
Even I, the Great Liberal Skeptic, did not expect him to go touting another woman around in Idaho as if she were a great cosmic counter-example. Let's not point out that she has 4 sons in Iraq and hasn't lost a single one (in fact, they even posed together for the liberal media while in Iraq). Or even that she let George Bush quote her as saying, "I know that if something happens to one of the boys, they would leave this world doing what they believe, what they think is right for our country. And I guess you couldn't ask for a better way of life than giving it for something that you believe in."
How presumptuous of her to say that when she has never lost a child. And how sickening that the president was looking around for someone to say something just like that. Well, at least it meant he was doing something during his 5 weeks of vacation.
When I read that story, I felt as if he was not only spitting on Mrs. Sheehan's grief, but on the sadness and despair felt by all the Americans out there who have lost loved ones to this war and are not certain that it was worth it.
I realize that Mrs. Sheehan put the President in a sticky situation, but fuck him for doing that.
Yesterday at work I almost left my job. It wasn't because of anything in particular, and in fact work yesterday was business as usual. When I have a something to do that's unpleasant, I always ask myself, Can I do this for one more week? Usually, the answer is yes. However, yesterday, my gut came back as no, so I progressed to asking, Can I do this for one more day? There was a long pause before my subconscious came up with I'm not sure. I got panicky at this, and almost left. It would have been a stupid thing to do before I get another job, so I'm taking Monday off as a proactive way of dealing with this job.
I can now only remind myself that I was just as unhappy when I was unemployed. Let's wait and see how long it takes my subconscious to figure out that I'm bluffing.
I just read the Joss interview over at In Focus. While I spent my most productive minutes at work reading it (instead of doing, well, work) I became more and more certain that Joss should be cloned until Hollywood is filled with duplicate Josses who will run the entire movie industry. We could get these clones to write, direct and produce.
Think about it. It would be a whole new era. War of the Worlds wouldn't have sucked, we would have better dialogue and nothing would be predictable ever. We would be so used to main characters getting killed off with impunity, that it won't faze us again. Only talented producers would make the cut. Oh, if only he could be crowned King of Hollywood and everyone would have to follow his dictates!
My favorite parts of the interview was about what he would have done differently in Star Wars, and when he says that he rewrote whole episodes of Buffy without a mention. I have my own suspicions about which episodes they are. But Joss is definitely a god.