ME and Ophelia

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Secession: great blog by John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald, author of Secession blog in New York, writes a great post entitled After the Revolution.

Also,, I enjoyed Pauly's quick run down on Kerry vs. Bush. He is sure Bush will win another term. Looking forward to more news as Pauly sees it at Sidetruth in the run up to the election.

I've not seen much on TV of the electioneering in America. I'm surprised how quickly the electronic voting system is being accepted - it's hard to believe it will run without a hitch or controversy.

Over past year I'd predicted Bush would win, and still believe he will. I'm surprised to see them running neck to neck at this stage. With Kerry I get the feeling his burning ambition is simply to hold office and come into his own with his network of wealthy friends and hangers on - none of whom have the foggiest idea of how the other half live.

Kerry seems to have no real plan or inner voice that drives him into wanting to make the world a better place. He's not an inspiring visionary. Gives the impression he is making things up as he goes along, creating policies up on the hoof and saying whatever he gets advice on to say. From the quotes I'd seen written in blogs about the debates, it looked like Kerry and Bush can't speak whole complete sentences.

One news clip I saw on TV showed Kerry touching his nose when he started to tell the story of how he sat beside his mother on her deathbed in hospital listening to his mother's dying words to him: "integrity, integrity, integrity." Body language training films say that people are fibbing when they touch their nose. I'm not implying that Mrs Kerry never said those words to her son, but the touching of the nose made me wonder if he'd stretched the story to include a hospital death bed and last words.

Sadly, it seems because of the huge wealth that is needed behind someone to reach the White House, the U.S. presidency could never be within the reach of creative innovators and inspirational visionaries - or anyone like Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King or any great thinkers. Strange how most of the great peace makers are not caucasian.

Charming Austrian Arnie and brain box Hilary as VP (or Arnie as VP) would at least make a fun looking and interesting team. I'm joking. Or at least I think I'm joking.
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Courtesy New York Times

World history takes a major turn today in 1781 as British forces under General Cornwallis surrender to the combined armies of American General George Washington and French Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau. This is the last major battle of the American War of Independence and assures the freedom of the United States of America.
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OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS there is a big to do going on here in Britain. American soldiers in Iraq have disobeyed U.S. orders to drive fuel and supplies to their buddies on the front line - they refused, saying it's too dangerous (never mind about those stuck in the thick of things without supplies and fuel).

The British are more respected and accepted by the people in Iraq and so the U.S. are now asking the U.K. for British forces and support in Iraq - and for them to come under U.S. command. At the same time, some loud voices in America are pushing for the U.S. to attack and bomb Sudan.

If American soldiers can't hack it in Baghdad, they wouldn't last five minutes in the heat and sand of Africa surrounded by warring militia and saber rattling bedouins.

Wannabe President Kerry clearly talks a lot of irresponsible and damaging nonsense. He and his friends don't seem to see America the way the rest of the world sees it. They'd better be careful, or it may find itself alone and get another punch on the nose.

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 10/19/2004
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