IN MY OPINION
Books Read in 2006
'TIS THE SEASON
3 November 2006
Hurry, folks. Only four more ideology shopping days until the mid-term elections.
They're having a grand ol' sale of ethics and morals down at the RNC, in the wake Foley and Abramoff. Those once bright ideals they carried into office are a bit tarnished and they'll go for cheap.
Over on the other side, they're looking to buy remedies for foot-in-mouth disease.
There are campaign promises for sale a dime a dozen, all meaningless, as they will be forgotten before the network talking heads have tossed the last of their notes into the wastebasket as election coverage ends.
I love this time of year. When else do I have a chance to hang up on Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Boxer, and Al Gore in the same day?
The winner of the elections are the guys who make protest signs, lawn signs, flyers, and a host of other paper products. The phone company comes in for its share of the profits with the phone banks which place thousands of unwanted telephone calls which interrupt us at the most inopportune times.
And now that HBO has shown us, in Hacking Democracy, (described by Joy Behar as scarier than any Halloween movie she'd ever seen) how the votes of 87% of the country can be meaningless because of how easy it is to hack into the machines and rig the results, you have to wonder if it's even worth going to the polls any more.
But they say people get the kind of government they deserve and I have to believe we have a fighting chance to turn things around and, ever Pollyanna, I will be at the polls trying to make my voice heard.
I'm just glad that we still use paper ballots in our district and that I know the country registrar and trust that her office is honest.
Missbehavens posts these instructions:
Yum. This actually is from a book I haven't started yet, "Mutant Message Down Under, a Woman's Journey into Dreamtime," which was recommended to me by Jade McCutcheon, the Australian director I interviewed recently. I'm not exactly sure what the book is about, as I haven't started it yet, but it appears to be the ultimate reality show, as an American woman goes on a walkabout with a group of Aborigines.
I think I'll pass on the honey ants, however.
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