July 30th, 2004


The Federalist Papers and the Illusion of Safety

Cool! I've found links to the Federalist Papers online, as well as the Anti-Federalist Papers. I look forward to reading them.

Just finished listening to a speech that President Bush gave at a college in Missouri. He pointed out on a humorous note that four more years of him means four more years of Laura. *snicker* Oddly enough, that was exactly my sentiment, regarding Barbara Bush.

It seems that someone--I can't remember whether it was Jesse Jackson or someone else--accused Bush of book-burning. Now, I ask you--Do you really think the husband of a librarian would be caught dead advocating the burning of books? Laura would kick his ass for even suggesting such a thing.

What is all this bullshit about John Kerry in the clean suit?! He doesn't look silly, to me; he simply looks like a lab tech in a clean suit. It really pisses me off that the news media are going gaga over this, even Fox News, who usually have more intelligence, except when Geraldo is on. It's a non-issue, folks! Go back to reporting the real news!

Mark and I will be going to see The Village this afternoon with our friend Tom. It looks like a fascinating movie, to me, not at all like your typical slasher/horror flick. I like the fantasy element.

The report of the 9/11 Commission is a best-seller. I am totally thrilled at this! Looks like Joe Lieberman is the ranking Democrat on the committee that is working to implement the report's suggestions. I like Lieberman; would have voted for him in the primary, but I think he had dropped out, by then. I really wish Lieberman had won his party's nomination, instead of Kerry. I respect Lieberman a lot, but Kerry is just...Ugh. The Senate hearings on the Commission's report begin today.

I have to say, though, I don't like it when people say that 'We must be prepared, so we can prevent another attack.'

The problem with this statement is, no matter how well prepared we are, all it takes is one successful attack to cause accusations to fly that 'We were caught with our pants down; it's X group's fault that we weren't prepared to defend ourselves, and people died because of it,' etc.

There is no such thing as being prepared enough or 'safe,' and to imply that there is, is to set oneself up for criticism from the other side, no matter how good the defenses in place are.

Both political factions in the US would be equally guilty of blame-laying against each other, and it's just stupid. Neither side should ever say that we are prepared enough or safe. All it will take is one attack, and suddenly, we will be just as unsafe as we ever were. Much as I like Bush, it's hypocrisy for him or anyone to claim that. There is always room for failure, and once you fail, the vultures will close in. Once you fail, the fear is back, and 'safety' is revealed as the gossamer-thin illusion it is.

If it were me on the campaign trail, my speech would be: "We are not safe, and we never will be. We are, we hope, safer, with better intelligence-gathering capabilities than we had and better guardianship of our ports, but this country is by no means safe. No country is. The key to preventing further attacks is vigilance--not vigilantism--from all of our citizens. Government can do a lot, but it cannot do it all."

I mean seriously--How did those terrorists get onto those airplanes in the first place? The whole plot could have been foiled so easily at the airports' x-ray scaners. But we were too complacent; we didn't think to ask why those people were going onto the planes with box-cutters in their pockets or carry-on luggage. Sure, we can blame the government for letting those people into the country, but part of it is our responsibility, too. We the people are the last line of defense, and we should remember it.
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Book Lover

Letters Across Time

If you could write letters across time to any one person in history, living or dead, whom would you write to, and why?

I would write to Emily Dickinson. If you have ever read her letters, she wrote some of the most fascinating correspondence ever to grace this planet. For her, even writing about catching a cold was an entertaining exercise in anthropomorphism. If she ever tried to conform to normal conventions of what to discuss and how to discuss it, I'm not aware of it. Every one of her letters is like one of her poems, full of unusual, crystal-clear images which the reader could take away with him after he read.

I almost wonder, in fact, whether my own letters would seem quite boring and mundane, compared to hers. I don't naturally exude her uniqueness of thought or her gift for metaphorical imagery. But I would still like to be able to write to her. If only there were some CDW wormhole that I could use... (g)
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The Village

I don't think there are any spoilers in this, but feel free to skip this entry just in case, if you like.

I saw The Village this evening, and I enjoyed it. The film takes place in the small, late 19th century village of Covington. The village is surrounded by a dense forest that the tosnwfolk are warned never to enter, lest they incur the wrath of the creatures who live in the forest. Naturally, someone decides to check the forest out, and there begins the trouble.

I give this movie a B+ rating. It has a completely unexpected twist ending, not at all what I thought would happen. Unfortunately, I went into this movie expecting and wanting it to be something other than it was, so that, in the end, I was not as satisfied with it as I would otherwise have been. Another flaw is that the twist ending, while good, does not stand up to logical scrutiny, once you leave the theater and start thinking about how it would really work.

Still, while you're watching it, this movie does suck you in. To get the full effect of it, let the character of Ivy Walker be your beacon, and let her guide you through the movie. That will make the experience all the more intense.

In some ways, this movie is like Malice, with regard to the wonderful twist. But, where the plot twist in Malice made it more than the viewer expected, this twist, to my mind, makes the movie less than the viewer expects--at least, it does if you go in there wanting it to be what I was wanting.
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