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found done in needlepoint on Mel's Front Porch: I Pledge Alligence to the Constitution of the United States of America. And to the Republic for which it guarantees, One Nation, Undeniable, with Liberty, Truth, and Justice for All.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail

Did you guys see Bush last September down in the Gulf States? One of his photo ops was a Habitat For Humanity construction site, and I swear it took him forever to work a ten-penny nail into a piece of particle board sitting on two sawhorses. You would think a Texas rancher capable of clearing brush would know not to choke up on a hammer like that, but maybe I'm just being too hard on such a "man of the people".

I never figured out what help that was anyway to the other volunteers rebuilding the house, but supposedly it, um, looked good?

I guess it's no surprise Shrub's useless building something. But he's a handy little somebody destroying stuff. Like every business he's been in charge of. Arbusted? Nice to be an inept businessman always able to bail, or be bailed out by Daddy's friends. Heh, heh, heh.

How did this cipher ever get to be Our Only President?

We all know Cheney is Geppetto to the long-nosed Boy. But our Pinocchio is no innocent this time. And his puppetmaster is no good Daddy.

I'm still torn about ABC's airing of "The Path to 9/10", from all reports a fictional representation of one of the saddest events in our history. I probably will tune in...partially for the same reason I tune into Rush and his cohorts from time to time, just to keep up with what the little pricks are saying. And I was disgusted as a kid to be confronted by a stern-faced priest when I came out of seeing "Life of Brian". I've always hated people who protest movies who haven't even seen them on the theory that Some Subjects Are Sacred.

On the subject of an already-paid-for-no-need-for-commercials mini-series that reportedly plays fast and loose with established facts, I understand the idea of boycott. ABC claims to still be in the editing process; a large joke. Since when is a network editing a mini-series hours before broadcast? This pig has been in the can for months. What kind of magical lipstick can change the tone? I will watch to see just that.

Then again, I'm hearing my mother's dictum, You Don't Have to Stick Your Head in a Bucket of Crap to Know it Stinks.

Here's some homework for anybody else tempted to sit through ABC's offering; count how many times you hear the following:

72 virgins

Extra credit for pointing out admin buzzwords I'm not already anticipating.

And for the record? Disney characters always sucked. Bugs could whoop Mickey's butt without touching him.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, i won't be watching ABC tonight, mel. Brokeback Mtn is on the $1.99 pay-per-view in a few minutes & since we've never seen it, husband & I thought that would be a better choice.

But just to show i'm no fan of censorship, I think I'll be tuning in for a bit tomorrow just to see what kind of shite-wash our dear leader receives. I'm sure I'll be flipping the channel quick.

and, ummm, i agree about Bugs (smartest toon ever), but I still loved the older disney stuff, esp Fantasia. c'mon you gotta admit those hippos & crocs dancing were the stuff of legend. D.K.

6:42 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

Just a reminder. Patriotism is an infantile disease. - Albert Einstein. I would like to add that so is Nationalism. People like that are tearing this world apart. You people need to study Einstein more instead of the crap they are writing today.

7:31 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Got news for you, Deke...go ahead and tune in tomorrow night. If you need some sleep!

What I'm seeing (and still an hour to go tonight) is not going to influence voters... right or left. And in fact may stimulate some conversation long past due.

The Dittoheads will love the movie, the libs are boycotting, and Mom and Pop America? I think they got bored about 45 minutes ago.

The smearing of Clinton? I think the right is failing to understand something that is going on now. America got tired of hearing about Clinton's blow job. The right may be missing another point: they have excelled at the 30 second sound bite. They SUCK trying to make a debate.

Anybody who sits all the way through this nonsense already has their opinion set. The rest of America is still going sour on this unending war in Iraq.

To sum up, it's wack on history, it dumbs up how our overseas people act under any admin (blame the little guys again), and OH!

Just, as a female, got tossed some creds for smelling out the guy who was going to bomb the Space Needle for the Millinium (that actually made me a little happier...she looked like she might be from up here!).

It's a docu-drama -- docu part already busted, drama not up to Shakespeare, much less Poe. People were watching cable tonight, while getting their kids ready for bad and school tomorrow.


10:46 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Billy. Hi.

Who is You People? Sometimes I suspect you don't vote...

Other than my personal habits, I can do little to leave the earth a better place than to stand up to the moneychangers. If the current officeholders continue after November, I wonder if I may be one of the traitors our President mentions in his signing statements.

Makes it a bit personal.

You keep on living the good life out there on the penninsula...and more power to ya. A little less disdain for us'ns who care might suit a man of wisdom better.

Bean keeping an eye out, me. Either way, it doesn't matter to the worms.

When Rainier blows...

Better hope you're already dead. And on that cheery note...

sign me doing what's right.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review, mel. Glad we passed. BBMtn was a little disappointing, but at least we didn't have to endure Clinton's BJ being blamed for the decline & fall of american empire. plus i'm a big fan of donnie darko, esp the music.

side note (since you mention Mt Rainier): were you in WA when Mt St Helens blew? I was living in Spokane. Scary! That stuff covered everything, including our lungs. Far from fertilizing (as we had been led to believe), it became an impermeable mass that wouldn't allow water to reach plants. Jeez, between that and Hanford and the aryan supremecists, no wonder we were gone in a few yrs. And you can actually SEE Rainier from Seattle! (vancouver, vancouver, this is it) -- D.K.

11:59 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

I'm thinking they are trying to cover the whole hog with lipstick, but it's just not making the pig any prettier.

I was in AR during Mt. St. Helens, still in HS, but actually had a close friend a year out I met who lived in Portland at the time. She did feel for you guys over in Eastern WA...

And there was an earthquake in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, of all things. Too fuckin' weird.

Or maybe Mama Earth is just belching at us?

Like Dada says, we are living in interesting times...

1:06 AM  
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3:32 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

meldonna ... You bet I vote, and I didn't vote for Bush. When that mountain blows the winds will blow all that away from me.

A bomb headed for Seattle may fall short, nothing I can do about that though. Or an earthquake might strike, I'm pretty much ready for that though.

Still, one day or the other I die, no big deal to me, it's just one body of my omnipresence.

4:42 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

meldonna ... PS, I'm exactly who I say I am in my profile and blog. I've never much been into hiding things.

4:44 AM  
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5:36 AM  
Blogger dada said...

NOTE: whew boy....sorry for the revision of the revision of the previous two comments above (now deleted). I think I've finally gotten it right.

Hi Mel: In search of more boring times, I retired last eve at 8:30. Out of boredom? Probably not. It felt more like depression brought on by my visit to the vortex swirling around the local university's first home football game (a sign of fall), and a small band of war protestors whom I decided to join pre-game with the wife.

I confess my motives were different from the rest of the anti-war crowd. I was a traitor in their midst, for I went to reinforce the tilt of the Earth sense that came to me for the first time earlier in the week in the form of an autumn breeze that I hadn't felt in nearly a year. You know the sense - just another wind like all the others except it leaves you saying to yourself, "Hey, what was that?"

I don't know why I only get those hints of change a couple of times at the very beginning of autumn. The winds of fall blow for months. But it's those first ones that really make me sit up and pay attention.

And I guess all the pre-game celebrating, the tailgating parties the smell of brats and chorizos grilling on the barbie were what I wanted to absorb. But I suppose the reactions to my and my wife's protest signs tainted the whole experience.

Fortunately, my wife was standing next to a police officer by the time I joined her. A nice guy. As I shook hands with "Ed" I realized he was their to insure public safety, helping the hordes cross the busy blvd unmaimed by distracted motorists. He wasn't there to bust their heads. (But maybe that comes later in the night after all the cases of beer I saw being carted towards the stadium are consumed?)

It was good I was standing next to Ed, because the second time someone waiting for the light to change asked me, "Just who are we bombing?" I was ready to step off the curb at 'em. I'm not cut out to try to persuade retarded people. Being pleasant to bastards and dumb sons o' bitches isn't one of my notable traits.

Another debate ensued when someone told my wife you can't have bombs and tuitions falling at the same time. ("Drop tuition, not bombs").

At one point when a woman passing by declined the handout warning of unscrupulous tactics being used by military recruiters and how to counter them for her son's sake, she declined saying, "No thanks, I'm a Republican!" proudly. Ed the policeman then remarked, "I guess you can't be against the war then?"

But that afternoon had the opposite effect from the one I went seeking. Then yesterday I coupled that with the docu-drama I knew ABC was airing and sank into a real funk.

It was nice to awaken this morning and read your thoughts on it. Thanks for the reassurance. Maybe today I'll rebound from the funk, knowing of your opinion of last night. And who knows? Maybe I'll get bored later this morning communing with the lawn mower. One can always hope.

p.s. In reading this over, I don't mean to imply the reaction to the war protestors was negative. Oh no, nay! The vast majority were positive and very supportive.

~ Dada, former part-time demonstrator, now retired.

6:36 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Hey Mel, This is the first response I have seen from anybody who actually watch the ABC tripe last night. It seemed to me that all the publicity would backfire. At least that's what I was hoping...

11:26 AM  
Blogger azgoddess said...

i prefer not to give the show any ratings myself

and i'm sure lots of people will be either praising it or condeming it

to me - - i think it's a smoke screen..they know it's bullshit...

so what are they trying to hide while we watch it??

3:23 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

I love the Hammer post...and hmm, about the ABC show...had to watch other's stomach can only take so much....Ya know I know my Albert pretty well- I actually don't remember him ever saying that about patriotism...I do know he believed in peace...more than anything.....Fantasia is the BEST film...esp where the brooms is amazing how blowjobs and volcanoes can be discussed at the same time....and Dada we know that you were there for the give support...and yeah, we all slide into the Funk Abyss from time to time..hang in there...and Mel thanks for letting me sit on your stoop for a bit...

6:57 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Thanks to everybody for their comments, and Dada, rest assured it's not just you feeling the Blue Funk. Maybe it's the looming election, and the disappointments of the last few that is putting a special pall over the anniversary this year for me; then again maybe it's the disturbingly recurring nightmares I've been having of the people jumping out of the doomed WTC -- real horrorshows -- but it's been a challenge this week to put on a happy face.

I've been listening to reactions on the ABC offering on Air America; Franken was "just bummed completely" Monday, and said today he opted for the Monday night football game instead of enduring another night of twisted history. I can't say I blame him.

I did end up watching the second half myself (must be a sucker for punishment), and I admit I was surprised to find the second half much more watchable (even tho' still rife with inaccuracies; at least at this point it was Condi taking it on the chin instead of Madeliene) than the first. As someone called into Randi and said today, the denouement grading the response by the current admin did point out that NONE of the suggestions of the 9/11 Commission have yet to be implemented.

So they threw us a few sops...

Dada, I do hope you get back out sometime again with a sign...hell, make your own tailgate party out of it. Emma Goldman (I forget who she was quoting) said "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of this revolution." And Molly says us progressives don't win very often (especially in Texas); might as well have fun. I believe that came from the essay in which she told the story of mooning the KKK in front of the Capitol in Austin. YeeeHaw!

Best wishes, all. And keep smiling. It keeps the bastids wondering what you're up to.


9:11 PM  

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