I don't blog on Thursdays so I'm only now able to note it. I do love it and always love it when Isaiah can work in a movie classic. (Morning Glory is a film which starred Katharine Hepburn. She utters the lines he's put in Barack's mouth.)
So the election came and went . . . except in useless media where they're going to tease this out until there's nothing else to do. Why?
It's cheap. It's cheap to make and it's cheap for the whores. They just gas bag and gas bag. The worst offenders are outlets like The Nation magazine which should be covering real issues but that died when Katrina vanden Heuvel took over. (I was asked about her days as a piss panty girl -- she had a horrible stench as a child -- in an e-mail Sunny read. Yes, it left a scar when that little brat kicked me in the shin. it also left a gully. You can run your hand along it and feel the depression. She was a horrid and unattractive child. I think we knew all we needed to know about her back then.)
"The enemy didn't hurt soldier in Iraq, the toxic smoke did" (Howard Altman and Lynn Carson, Tampa Tribune):
Bill McKenna served two tours as a U.S. Army sergeant in Iraq. No bullet ever hit him, no shrapnel from an improvised explosive device ever pierced his skin.
But sitting on the couch of his Spring Hill home, it's obvious he's suffering from the wounds of war: He's blind in one eye, is missing some teeth and his head is scarred. He has cancer, knee problems, doesn't hear well and has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
McKenna's cancer, according to him and to his doctors at the James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital, is directly attributable to constant exposure to the thick, acrid smoke that wafted almost every hour of every day across Balad Air Base in Iraq where McKenna was stationed for about 18 months.
In bases across Afghanistan and Iraq, amputated body parts, Humvee parts, human waste, plastic meal trays and other garbage is incinerated, using jet fuel, in large trenches called burn pits. The smoke billowing from the pits is so pervasive it can be seen from miles away.
"The smoke was black," McKenna says. "You could taste it. You could actually taste the way it smells."
That's a real issue, so The Nation isn't interested. Is the nation interested? I hope so. I hope we're interested in something more than 'how does this effect Barack!!!!!!!!!!' I hope we actually give a damn about the people. But then I was never a member of anyone's fan club. Never wanted to be. Never bought into blind worship.
It's amazing how many people on the left -- especially those who called out the devotion to Bush -- have revealed that blind leadership is all they can do. They truly are sad. I could offer an analysis of them but won't. I don't put you on the couch unless you visit my office.
I hope that, come Monday, we will get time for the real stories. I applaud those, like C.I., who have done nothing but stick to the real issues all week. I know it was hard and tempting, but she went with Iraq and these real issues. She is among the few who have.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):