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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, Sep. 15th, 2004 09:42 pm
Blech. Other people's stress has been rubbing off on me, I think. But I went to the beach this afternoon with caitsonion, which was much-needed relaxation time.

kithkanan is also back in town. He stopped by last night on his way in and we went out for a bite to eat. He's been gone for most of about a month, but I'm sure he'll tell you all about that whenever he gets around to updating his own LJ. (Oops, someone dropped a hint ... ;) )

Sooo ... people are starting to show up here again, which is good, because it means I won't be quite as affection-starved. I hope.

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I generally try to keep politics out of this journal. There are enough people out there ranting; adding one more voice to the mix rarely does any good. But for this one post I'm going to make an exception.

kion posted a link to a firsthand account of the RNC protests in his journal tonight. Read it. All the way through. If you read no other news, or LJ posts, or anything, read this. (And then, if you don't mind, spread it around to everyone else you know.)

It's sick, and wrong. Now I have a bad taste in my mouth.

On a semi-related note, for the love of God, get rid of Bush this November. Kerry's not really much better, but at least we have his reelection to hold over his head. If we reelect Bush, we won't even have that. He'll be able to do whatever he damn well pleases for 4 years, because he knows he's going to get booted at the end of it anyway.

This is making me want to become a journalist ... just so I can dig shit like this up. :p (Except Poly's journalism department sucks ass, at least if their school newspaper is any indication ...) One has to wonder how much goes on in government that we're not even aware of ...

-- Des

Current Mood: bitchy bitchy
Current Music: System Of A Down - Chop Suey

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queueball
queueball
Q
Wed, Sep. 15th, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC)

The handling of the RNC protests, assuming this account is fair (and unlike most reporters I trust emmanuel goldstein to have been plenty fair), is, as you say, sick and wrong. Unfortunately, relatively speaking, this is no big deal. Stuff as bad and worse stuff happens every day as part of the War on Drugs and of general law enforcement, to say nothing of your occasional Waco or Seattle/WTO. More sickening to me than what actually happened is my reaction to it -- "oh, yeah, this is how it works, I've read and heard this lots of times..."

Even down to piddly local stuff. You could substitute a few proper nouns and it would have been a faithful report of the aftermath of the post-football-game riots at OSU in 2001. And I mean it literally -- the tactics, problems faced, and other experiences all sound like things described to me by arrestees and and reported in the news in Columbus that year.

As for Kerry, he got in because he was safely "electable," unlike an actual Democrat like Dean or an actual radical like Kucinich. Which means he is, as you say, awfully Bush-like, except less consistent; plus, international events and which parties gain or keep control the houses of the legislature and other factors may hold far more sway over American politics in the next four years than whether re-election is an issue.

It's too complex to care. Vote Green or Libertarian and go shopping. ;-)


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Thu, Sep. 16th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC)

The reporting seemed very objective to me when I read it. There were a lot of negative things he could have said, and didn't, and there were probably some positive things he could have said, and didn't. It was very "just-the-facts", which is exactly how I like my reporting...

And yes, I know this isn't a particularly unusual event. (Hell, SLO had something quite similar happen during Mardi Gras, except that involved pepper spray, tear gas and the like ...) BUT, for such an event to be as well-documented as this one is very rare, and as such, it's worth the read. People need to understand that shit like this can--and does--happen routinely.

And I still think Kerry's the only one who has a chance of making it in, so I might as well hedge my bets ... *sigh* Stupid US govt and its 2-party system ...


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