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1984 Redux

April 23rd, 2009 Comments off

For the last few weeks I’ve cringed when I came across Glenn Greenwald’s column in Salon. I really didn’t want to read about any of Obama’s failures, and GG does go on about his failure to call for a thorough investigation of the torture practices of the Bush administration. I knew he was right, but I just didn’t want to hear about it, good liberal that I am.

But the latest release of memos really got to me.

The one about the close-confinement of the arachnophobic prisoner with spiders — up to the number of insects with which he might be confined — was especially sickening beyond sickening to me, a phobic.

Ever read Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four? The prisoner is taken to the infamous Room 101, where he is pesented with the thing which he fears most. For Winton Smith, the protagonist of 1984, the object of terror is rats. He is to be confined to face a cage full of rats in his face.

Nineteen Eighty-Four has long been presented as the epitome of totalitarianism, and the depths to which it might sink.

The government of the United States of America has now been shown to have sunk to a similar depth. No, even greater depths; Winton’s toturers didn’t pretend the were followintglegal orders.

Nice to have literature validate my own repulsion at these tactics. I’d rather not, rather this had been a bad dream, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. We need to wake up and see the scum,

We need to see it all.

And it may be that a special prosecutor, and legal presentation to a grand jury, is not the best way to reveal the full extent of these evils, because evidence presented to a grand jury is kept secret at least until, and often beyond, indictment. Maybe the Truth Commission of Barney Frank is the best way to go?

I don’t know. But something’s got to release the poison from within the body politic.

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My List

April 13th, 2009 Comments off

Make this list (Ok, check)

Update Coley Blease Blog

Finish note to nephew re software development

Finish reading book on Reconstruction

Organize photos on Coley Blease site

Research Blease speeches in The State at Greenville Library

Convince doctor on Wednesday that my high blood pressure is normal and non-threatening, really!

Make contact with old friend through Facebook or Twitter, whichever works

Read more Itallo Calvino in Italian

Finish (and post) blog entry on tight pants

Update Italian American Club site with officers

Figure out fencing for puppy in back

Contact cousins–long over-due

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Your Social Ass

April 12th, 2009 Comments off

“What’s your social?” the clerk at the hospital asks me, as I’m registering for a blood test. You jerk! It’s my social security number, dummy, not my “social”. If you want a social, go to the church basement where the ice-cream social is being held. And why do I have to register for a blood test, anyway? This place is giving me the creeps.

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Hooray, Vermont!

April 7th, 2009 Comments off
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April 7th, 2009 Comments off

Catholics feel guilty for having done the things they ought not to have done.  Jews feel guilt for not having done the things they ought.  Baptists don’t feel guilt, just shame.  Atheists:  “La, la la, la la…”

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Hilde, Age 4 Months

April 6th, 2009 Comments off


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You say tomahto…

April 6th, 2009 Comments off

Who decided that Afghanistan would be pronounced with short a’s, as in taxi and cab, but Pakistan would be pronounced with broad a’s, as in father a bar?

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