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Posted on 2005.18.05 at 11:55
How I feel about it all: frustratedfrustrated
Soundtrack: The Al Franken Show
I'm becoming more like Full Spectrum's Draco. I keep collecting quotes.

Here's one, in light of the Newsweek kerfuffle:



Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

-Thomas Jefferson, 1787.


Really, America. It's okay if we protest the media, but when our government does it, calling for retractions and resignations, isn't that taking away our freedom of speech?

My opinion (you knew you were going to get it, now weren't you? Bwah) is that if the White House is going to call for the resignation of members of the press and retraction of an article because they made mistakes (which are that the source is questionable and not that the allegations are untrue), why aren't we calling for the resignation of the president and the Secretary of Defense, who sent our kids to die in Iraq under false intelligence at best and a lie at worst?

It's strange (or not) that the whole demand for retraction and resignation is coming out just in time to make us forget about the Downing Street Memo? Could the apathy the US is showing surroundint this be because Dubya, Karl and the boys just threw us a bone in the other direction?

Comments:


peacey at 2005-05-19 12:41 (UTC) ()
While I agree with you in theory, is not denying the White House et al the right to protest taking away *their* freedom of speech? They can say whatever they wanted. Granted, it will have more punch coming from them than it would, say, from a gal in Michigan pecking away on her keyboard, but still, the principal is the same.

What has me up in arms moreso than any other pronouncement to come from the Bush White House is the possibility of using space for weaponry. This CANNOT happen. Space belongs to no one; it is the only realm of peace we know (say what you will of spy satellites). Write the president, your congressmen, your senators. Pray - hard. No weapons of any kind in space, ever. I've supported Bush on a lot of things (although I grow more disillusioned of late, it seems), but here I draw the line. I'd kick him out of office on this alone.

Lastly, I saw the midnight show of Star Wars last night. (No overt spoilers to follow) Right now I am literally on no sleep and I have to think that there may be some blood in my adrenaline stream. Going into this movie, I was petrified that, like Ep I, there would be no way for this flick to live up to expectations. After all, this is *the* one. Anakin's descent to the dark side, the extermination of the Jedi, the birth of Luke & Leia, and The Duel between Father Figure Obi Wan and Son Anakin (the single most pivotal event in the Star Wars franchise and the one I have salivated over for years). I mean, honestly, how could it live up to what it could be? Guess what? It did. I don't know what Georgie Boy did between Ep II and III, but his writing has improved tenfold and he did not ignore the emotional undercurrents that should be so prevalant in this story like he has in the past. On the contrary, the emotional sweep is front and center - and rightly so. Hayden Christiensen has improved his acting skills and he embodies the character completely. I don't know what kind of baggage he draws upon to show so much rage *in his eyes*. Anakin is now clearly a man, albeit a weak one emotionally. And if you're an Obi-Wan fan, this movie is his moment to shine. So much more fleshed out and real than in previous Eps, we really get more an idea of who he is. His fearlessness is front and center and we get to see his sense of humor along with an easy, more brotherly dynamic between him and Anakin that makes their duel that much more poignant. My one nitpick: Padme is wasted in this Ep. But it's a small nitpick. I simply cannot believe that I am not disappointed and I am even more astonished that it surpassed my highest expectations. I could go on. And on. And on. But I won't. Just go see it.
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primroseburrows at 2005-05-21 19:25 (UTC) ()
While I agree with you in theory, is not denying the White House et al the right to protest taking away *their* freedom of speech?

I don't deny the White House their right; I question the integrity of it. People respect the office of the President and often believe blindly, whether right or left, what issues forth from the White House. IMO, the whole Newsweek kerfuffle is a diversionary tactic.

What has me up in arms moreso than any other pronouncement to come from the Bush White House is the possibility of using space for weaponry. This CANNOT happen. Space belongs to no one; it is the only realm of peace we know (say what you will of spy satellites).

I can't agree with you more, love. Have you ever heard the song "The Last Resort" by the Eagles? You should.

I've supported Bush on a lot of things (although I grow more disillusioned of late, it seems), but here I draw the line.

*loves* I'm not anti-Republican, even though it sometimes looks like it (and despite my love for the phrase "Republicans for Voldemort" *g*). My favourite politician currently is a Republican (*gasp!*). I don't always agree with what Senator Chafee says, or how he votes, but geez. Here's a guy who votes his conscience without knee-jerk reactions. I might even vote for him for president, if he ran (or Vice-President--competition with a McCain/Chafee ticket would have to be mighty fierce for me to side with said competition). I just don't like George W. Bush or most of what he stands for. People like him and Cheney used to be the ultra-Right fringe of the party, with people like McCain being mainstream. I think the Republicans need to take their party back.

Re: Star Wars. I haven't seen it yet...I will on Monday, I think. I was going to go today but got caught up in housecleaning and picking up my Hannah. I'm very, very much looking forward to it, given the reviews. Whee!



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primroseburrows at 2005-05-23 01:06 (UTC) ()
Of course I don't mind--the more the merrier. *swings you around*
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