Friday, September 26, 2003

When Dr. King said, "I have a dream," I doubt he meant this.
"More than 200 people gathered in front of the Barrow County Courthouse this afternoon to support the county's decision not to remove the Ten Commandments from the government building.

The rally was organized by J.J. Harper, the self-proclaimed imperial wizard of the American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and members of the controversial African-American church, the House of Prayer.

The groups were protesting against the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a lawsuit to force the removal of a framed poster of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse. Barrow County commissioners voted in June to fight the ACLU over the poster, and county officials have said there are no plans to take it down.

I really have to look into getting an underground bunker because reading stuff like that does not bode well.
Joe Conason at Borders Bookstore

September 29, 2003 7:00 PM
Chicago - Michigan Ave.
830 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL
Busy, busy

Posting is light this week, as you’ve probably noticed. Ever get busy to the point of exhaustion? Ever been working on the computer for so long that the act of scrolling triggers a migraine? I’m not quite there, but blogging every day— at least right now— might do the trick. Kinda sucks too since this week was very blogworthy.

The news on Bush’s poll numbers was bittersweet. Bitter because to my thinking he never should have been able to garner that much public goodwill based on the sorry job he’s doing. Bitter because the freefall means that things are getting worse. Much worse.Salon has a good piece today on joblessness.
According to numbers released by the Federal Reserve in August, there are approximately 9 million people currently unemployed in the United States. My husband and I are lucky to not be among them., which calls itself a leading Web-based glossary for financial terms of art, defines our condition as underemployment, "a situation in which a worker is employed, but not in the desired capacity, whether in terms of compensation, hours, or level of skill and experience. While not technically unemployed, the underemployed are often competing for available jobs." My husband, Andrew, and I, motorcycle salesperson and movie-house concession bitch, respectively, embody all the features of the definition.

Before his current inability to be employed in his "desired capability," Andrew worked at a software start-up. Prior to my scraping gum off the bottoms of chairs and reheating popcorn, I was a Web writer for a multimedia dot-com corporation. It's been like this for 16 months, the two of us struggling to make ends meet, to emotionally and financially support ourselves and our two young children while battling self-pity and overwhelming panic.

Yes things are bad.

I’ve also been trying to put together a longer post on the Clark, Democratic candidates, and the media which hopefully will come together this weekend during one of those lulls when I should be doing other work. The gist of it is going to be how far behind the press is when it comes to how these campaigns attract interest, and how that translates into underestimating voters. Remember how shocked they were at Deans fundraising success? If they had been paying attention they would have seen it coming. But I’ll come back to that later.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Josh is being coy so I'll go ahead and say it...


Monday, September 22, 2003

It's Almost Over

The dog just farted. My thoughts exactly.

"The most objective sources I have are the people on my staff." Somehow that's a perfect ending to a Fox News Interview.
I Am a Masochist

"I believe we're gonna have jobs." Blink, blink.

This is terrifying. This man is in charge. We are stuck with him. Help!


Yech, that smirk. I swear, if his poll numbers go up after this I may have go to Canada.
And We're Back

His desk is clear. Shouldn't they have attempted to make him look busy? I work at a tiny not-for-profit organization and my desk is never that clear.

"Man o'peace."

Mr. President, sir, could you please point out Yemen on a map for me?

Whoever produced this should lose their job. Even Leni Riefenstahl is spinning in her grave. Why am I watching this?

My mom: "He blinks twice when he lies."

Okay so we weren't exactly sure. We only sorta had an idea.

Brit Hume wants Bush to bomb Syria. He's egging him on!

"We believe in getting rid of people by peaceful processes." Um hello, Uday and Qusay.

I can't wait till the directors cut of this interview comes out.

He doesn't read the papers himself. Why am I not surprised?

Hurray! He remembers everybody's name.

If you do something every single day, shouldn't it be easier to remember?

That was the most awkward segway ever. From the War On Terror to interior decoration. I'm guessing they were going for the symbolism of decisions of the past influencing the decisions of the present. It's really not working.

"Lincoln kept it united." Um actually, sir, Lincoln's election precipitated the Secession, starting the Civil War. That's pretty divisive, wouldn't you say?

"Serve something greater than ourself."
I need a drink.
Faux News Softball Interview

Ever see someone try so hard to appear sincere and fail?

Jesus, did he just say, "People, pray for me. Lil ole me."???

I think Dubya forgot to read the script.
Popular President, my ass.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Broken Windows has great take on the Friedman vs. France piece. Ever notice that these people who say things along the lines of, "Violence is the normal in (insert war-torn area here)," get to go home at the end of the day to suburbs, gated communties, buildings with security cards, etc.? Here's the thing; if one can get used to violence why are you so unwilling to live in a dangerous part of town? Conversely, if the term violence in a particular area has gone on so long as to make it the new normal, haven't we failed somewhere?