Well, I watched Pootie Tang and it was not sufficiently entertaining to excuse how awful it was. So I'm off BET for a while. Wanda Sykes was great, as usual, but for the rest of it, it was just junk food for the eyes. I sure miss the 70's, where movie making is concerned. But I guess, too, I'd have to be the different person I was in the 70's to get that thrill again. Today I think I'm more sophisticated but also cruder. Could be lots of people are like that, these days. The mass media are to blame!
The mynahs have been terrorizing Fred the cat, divebombing him from the deck. The deck is on the flightpath between the nest they have made in the palm tree and the breadfruit tree where they hang out. So he lies in the doorway, keeping an eye out for those raucous birds.
Yesterday I held a guinea pig while over at the neighbor's. These guinea pigs are on vacation from a school class. I realized that Fred is a genius compared to a guinea pig. If they did not eat and poop it would be hard to distinguish them from stuffed toys.
Our neighbor has created a farmlet next door. Her kids love it. I think it's fun, too. I try to visit over there once a day.
We are going to be gone during the Democratic Primary, and the early voting starts too late for us, so we have to pick up absentee ballots. Having just remembered after watching Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue's documentary, Body of War (available on Netflix) that Abercrombie voted against the authorization of force in Iraq, I am going to vote for him. The unlikely hero who emerges from this film was Robert Byrd.
Byrd led a filibuster against the resolution granting President George W. Bush broad power to wage a "preemptive" war against Iraq, but he could not get even a majority of his own party to vote against cloture.
Clearly his major concern was preventing an unbalancing of the three branches of government. He said that Congress had the power to declare war, not the President. So he was thinking in institutional terms, but he did the right thing in this case. But he was also incensed about the Vietnam War where 50,000 Americans died and untold numbers of Vietnamese. And thinking it over, I don't want to vote for anyone who authorized that war. What a disgrace.
I was working up at the prison, and except for Mary and me, everyone, staff and inmates, was just go go and pumped up about the war,which looked like an easy kill and patriotic shot in the arm for America. The media were pumping out the propaganda by the bilgeload and almost everyone fell for it. The fact that some of us had figured out the truth proves that there were ways of knowing what was happening.
And now with social media and other kinds of online publishing, it is possible to get a fair idea of the current assaults and their motives for anyone who really wants to know.
At the same time, theory is important. Why are the Israelis bashing the Palestinians again? Why is the Ukrainian government destroying cities in the east of the country causing thousands to flee into Russia? Why are Honduran children being sent back to a country where they will be killed or turned into soldiers or prostitutes for the drug lords? What are the commonalities of fascism now on display in Israel, Ukraine, Honduras and the U.S?
This is hardly one thing happening after another but something systematic going on. The goal is not to exterminate; it is to subordinate and humiliate or drive away whole peoples through terror. I don't even think it's about money and resources at this point. All these assaults on civilians are only destructive of property and lives. What kind of activism is effective against such a juggernaut of evil?
Somehow I guess I'm supposed to feel lucky because nobody is persecuting me personally, but we all pay for living in the times we live in.
On this light note, I wish you a happy weekend.