Fiancee refuses to stop smoking in his
apartment. German man sprays her and
her cigarette with fire extinguisher.
Barack Obama has won the primary in Wisconsin, a state ostensibly favorable to Clinton. This means that Ohio and Texas will be Clinton’s last stand. It already appears from the polls that Texas is split about even. Clinton is ahead in Ohio but that will certainly be subject to change after tonight. I fear that just like “The Son of the Morning Star,” Clinton will soon be massacred. Unfortunately, her own political ambition is going to come back to haunt her. She voted for the “war.” She voted for the Lieberman/Kyl bill (potentially more war). She voted repeatedly to continue funding for the Iraq misadventure. And perhaps worst of all, she voted to continue the use of cluster bombs. The American public is forgiving, but I doubt they are that forgiving. If this unexpected upset holds I hope she will leave graciously. I like Hillary. I think she is well-intentioned and exceedingly well-versed in the problems that beset our ailing country. But she is DLC and on the wrong side of history. Our country clearly wants no more of business as usual.
I hope Obama is fully prepared for what the Brafia will begin to throw at him non-stop. Now that he looks pretty sure to be the Democratic candidate the roviating will begin in earnest. It has already been suggested, as you doubtless know, that he is really a Muslim (totally false but some of he ultra-right nitwits will stick with it). Not only is he said by them to be a Muslim, he is a Muslim plant whose aim is to destroy America (this deserves no comment at all). A few days ago someone suggested that Obamarama was really a cult of some kind (a cult, I guess, with the largest membership in the history of such things). Now someone has slyly suggested he is a black Jim Jones. I guess this is related to the fact that on at least six occasions someone has fainted during his speeches. As far as I know all these were women. I think a more accurate comparison might be that he is a black Frank Sinatra (without the famous bow ties that Sinatra used to untie at just the right moment while the girls swooned). I assure you these slanders will be much worse before the Brafia gets through with him. Watch them try to make something out of Michelle Obama’s comment that for the first time in her adult life she is proud of America. I know what she means. For me, until something actually changes, I say it’s the first time in my life I have been completely ashamed to be an American. You can thank Bush/Cheney and their not so merry band of cutthroats, thieves, and war criminals for that.
Castro has resigned after 49 years of rule. His brother is now in charge of Cuba. The U.S. is going out of its way to make clear there will be no changes in policy (no lifting of sanctions), even though Raul Castro is believed to be more flexible than Fidel. As the sanctions have been in place for many years and seem to have had little effect, and as Cuba can hardly be seen as a threat to the U.S., you might think that reason and common sense would prevail. But, hey, this is the U.S., there doesn’t seem to be any place for either reason or common sense.
The Brafia is saying some pretty strange and provocative things of late. Karl Rove, in a speech somewhere in Canada, is reported to have said that “someday the world will look back and say it was really a good thing that Bush invaded Iraq” (or words to that effect). I guess he thinks that Canadians don’t have any brains. Just today Eagleburgear (remember that cranky old man) suggested if the Democrats win the Presidency it will be “horrifying.” Wow! Horrifying. What the hell does he think its going to be if McCain should win? Horrifying won’t come close to describing it. McCain, tonight in his victory speech, referred to our “enemies” in the Middle East as “moral monsters.” I guess people who resent having their country invaded and their people killed by the thousands are somehow morally deficient. I hope he meant only al Qaida but I’m not sure. I don’t think he’s very sympathetic to “towel-heads” and those with the temerity to not do what we tell them to do. I saw the Brafia battle cry on a raised big pickup truck even before we actually attacked Iraq but I didn’t recognize it at the time: “Nuke their ass and steal their gas.” We haven’t managed to literally do both of those things as yet, but Cheney hasn’t given up trying.
“Her own mother lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house.”