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I realized two things about social media I wanted to get away from. First was that I was often using it as a journal, which is boring and maybe TMI for those platforms. Secondly I was using it too much for my taste, so that I felt like a tool for marketers rather than using social media as a tool for my ends.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Well I'm still feeling a lot of rage, and yesterday's thought of darth vp going hunting when he's blasted again, only blasting himself himself instead of a nearly eighty year old lawyer this time wasn't enough to make me cheerful. Dinner with BD last night did indeed make me cheerful, so it's not like I'm wandering around under a black cloud. Overall I'm still happier than sad, but there is a big issue or two I'm dealing with.

Deep in my heart I truly believe our whitehouse houses the most despicable humans ever in it's 200 year history, and I also believe these hardened criminals will never be prosecuted in international or national courts, which is about the only thing which would restore enough trust and respect for our country to survive a few more generations. Yes, Bush and his accomplices, or co-conspirators if you prefer, have not only destroyed our long term strength, economy, and leadership, they have irreparably destroyed our reputation. More and more countries are asking, "Why should we trust the US with nukes more than Iran?" I never in my wildest dreams expected that to be a reasonable question, and now I'm asking the same thing.

I think having a social and family history rife with chemical dependency has a lot to do my rage at the moment. I'm planning on an Al-Anon meeting tonight to help deal with the latest substance victim in my life. With one exception all my relatives and friends that have had profound dependency issues were strident conservatives. The one exception (mom) has the same characteristics I'm thinking of though. For example she talks in exactly the same irrational manner as Bush when defending herself or condemning others. There is something about the baseless self-righteousness of the whacked out end of the conservative spectrum that is indistinguishable from personalities deeply damaged by addiction.

The fact I'm having to deal with the addiction of someone close once again has me pretty pissed off. For the moment I've lost nearly all patience with other people exhibiting the same predictable behavior as addicts. That covers most if not all the loudmouths who call themselves republicans, and a particularly deluded and/or amoral people who are republi-cons in everything but name. (Zell Miller, Joe Lieberman, ...)

Here's my problem. I have no desire to ever forgive the war criminals in our government. I have every desire, or think I should, to find forgiveness for my friends and relatives with substance abuse problems. The problem is I haven't found that forgiveness or an honest desire to forgive them. Do I have to wait for them to get clean? Should I wait? Just a few of the questions I hope to explore through Al-Anon. Not only do I not feel forgiveness, I have no concern for, or desire to ever see these people again. That is in part due to my uncles and mother. They got so mean, petty, and vicious in their behavior that I completely let go, and after many years I'm finally able to recall the positive impacts they had on my life when I was a child. I feel like I'm doing that prematurely for other(s) right now.


Blogger B.D. said...

Drunkicans is a good term. Here's a snippet from Paul Krugman's column in todays NY Times that ought to add fuel to the impeachment fire:

The Gonzales Eight were fired because they wouldn’t go along with the Bush administration’s politicization of justice. But statistical evidence suggests that many other prosecutors decided to protect their jobs or further their careers by doing what the administration wanted them to do: harass Democrats while turning a blind eye to Republican malfeasance.

Donald Shields and John Cragan, two professors of communication, have compiled a database of investigations and/or indictments of candidates and elected officials by U.S. attorneys since the Bush administration came to power. Of the 375 cases they identified, 10 involved independents, 67 involved Republicans, and 298 involved Democrats. The main source of this partisan tilt was a huge disparity in investigations of local politicians, in which Democrats were seven times as likely as Republicans to face Justice Department scrutiny.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

It's fun to watch the neo-con dirty tricks and self-enrichment schemes unravel. I don't think they'll ever get justice, but at least everybody but whack-jobs will look back on these guys as scum, unlike the hapless (and exceedingly weak) Reagan who they still manage to lionize as some fictional demi-god standing for truth and restraint. Uh-huh.

I kind of like my other term too, republi-con. Reminds you of their willingness to whore everything for the neo-cons, to con the country, and of course rubicon signifying the irreparable damage done to our country's reputation and honor.

9:24 PM  

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