Saturday, September 25, 2004

A few notes about pandemonium 

It's been quite a while since I had time to post. I've been doing good things, registering students to vote, trying to slip in a few words about being a good citizen into my class discussions, trying to give my own kids a good life while they can get it.

Today I read a really paranoid posting at Atrios, but didn't find it so off the wall anymore. The person was calling people to be prepared for a terrorist attack here, which would spur panic and conflict. And it seemed true.

I guess the administration decided it wouldn't be such a good idea to announce National Preparedness Month, but the local Walmart quietly has a few "readiness" kits for sale. Cheap orange backpack with freezedried food. Doesn't look like anything that will get me through the apocalypse.

A couple of months ago, my husband and I decided to move to Seattle, to get away from the backward social conservatism in Iowa. He's going on ahead in a few weeks, and I'm following at the end of the semester. The kids are going sometime in the middle there. I'm going to wait until after the election to bring them out because I'm afraid no matter what the result, there will be violence. Iowa may be boring and provincial, but it's probably just a little safer.

Anyway, my posts from now on are likely to be rather disconnected wanderings. Maybe sometimes I throw in whatever I'm working on in the "real" world.

Like my letter to CBS this AM:

I was shocked to read in the NY Times that you are now planning not to cover the forged documents that led us into war, before the election. Undoubtedly, 60 minutes may not be the most credible source when it comes to forged documents, but the public has a right to know what's going on with something as important as a President's decisions about war in a timely fashion. If you can't run the segment, let someone else have the story. Be a good citizen!



Saturday, September 04, 2004

Letter to the Des Moines Register 

In his column, David Yepsen mentions the Time poll as another piece of evidence that President Bush received a huge bounce from the RNC. However, there are several problems with this claim. First, it is too early to tell what kind of bounce President Bush received; that is, just how big it is and whether it is long lasting. Second, the Time poll has very different results from all the other polls taken during this time frame, which all show Bush with a meager bounce at this point. Most experts in either party know there is a very small group of undecided voters and a poll showing that kind of bounce is highly suspect. But the most important problem with the Time poll is its methodology. It was conducted during the convention, which stands in contrast to the Time Poll taken 5-7 days after the DNC. Also, in contrast to other polls and to the Time Poll conducted after the DNC, this survey "pushed" undecided voters to choose a candidate.

This all may seem like a nitpick, but considering how bizarrely mainstream media behaved toward Al Gore during the 2000 presidential election, I feel it necessary to hold your feet to the fire this time around.


Friday, September 03, 2004

Yesterday, I registered about 15 people 

I invited someone from the New Voters Project to my class to help new graduate students register, and most of them registered! YAY!


Thursday, September 02, 2004

The Hypocrite Party 

I couldn't really bear to watch the thuglican national convention, but I eventually watched the Bush twins' cutesy banter. I didn't think it was such a disaster as some people are saying. But I did notice how the republicans like to portray themselves as these wink wink nudge nudge churchgoers who aren't very hip to the crazy vice going on all around them. But doesn't it seem like 95% of the time, they are the ones getting caught participating in the most extreme forms of it?

I know it's unfair to say that the thugs are more immoral than the dems when it comes to things like sex and drugs and rock and roll. The problem for the thugs is that their tolerance threshhold is so very low, that every day is an exercise in willpower. The dems are a lot more laid back, so not only is sex not considered much of a sin, they don't have to fight those urges all the time. If they want sex, they go get some and don't look back.

The bottom line is that the thugs are at least as likely to want to cuss, have sex, be gay, like porn, smoke dope, drink liquor, go to sex clubs, listen to music with cussing, etc., as dems. But because they think of all these things as moral failings, they are more likely to feel like they can't get enough and pursue them with an obsessive vengeance. Hell, dems don't even find any of those of any consequence whatsoever.

Yesterday, I was talking to a friend who has been an activist for legalizing medical marijuana. He asked me what I thought about it. I didn't hesitate: thumbs up. Then I said it was terrible that gravely ill and dying people were being denied something that makes them feel better. On top of dealing with their horrible illness, they have to engage in illegal activities and take all the risks associated with that. Denying sick people medical marijuana is immoral. Having sex is not. Get your shit straight, thugs.


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