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Been listening to people I know talking about the Black Bloc riot attacks. What disheartens me (beyond people being wantonly stupid in the situation and hurting people on either side)?

That both sides of the philosophical equation are using it as proof they were always right.

Those that thought there would be riots and that the security measures might be justified are looking at the rioters and saying "We were right to be scared."

Those that thought the riots would be staged to justify the security measures have started speculating that the rioters were on a payroll somewhere.

I take a deep breath and think that the only people who know the truth are the people who created the damage - and pray that I don't know anyone with so little regard for their fellow man.

I wish that it wasn't so, but the divide will get no smaller because both sides seem to see things to suit what they want to believe. I grok deep heartfelt emotions. I just don't happen to like this.

Flame as you will, if you will.
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Rep. Peter King (N.Y.), the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, is also asking whether Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the treatment of Shahzad with the intelligence community before deciding to arrest him on criminal charges, Politico reports.

"If they believe they got enough from him, how much more should they get? Did they Mirandize him? I know he's an American citizen but still," King said.


Is it me, or are there more and more elected members of the Republican party who seem to think that the rules the US has put in place and used for years are somehow only applicable to people they like??

I'm back to one of my most frustrated moments with sections of the US - if you espouse a set of laws and believe them to be what makes you a good and great nation, then you don't get to pick and choose whom of your citizens they apply to. This isn't something I would have thought needed to get pointed out, but more and more, it seems that's the case.

If this guy really set that bloody bomb up, then he needs to get hit with the full force of due process. But willy nilly deciding who we should give the rights granted in the Constitution and the laws of the United States and who shouldn't get them is a recipe for a place that doesn't look like the USA I was raised learning about, the USA that my friends & some of my family hail from, and it sure isn't somewhere I want way too close to my border (and way to close to my own pet authoritarian, PM Harper)...

Bloody hell - "I know he's an American citizen but still"???

Really?

Is that the hill you want to die on, you bloody idjit?
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Interrupting a political newscast for a 5 second bit of silliness that involves rocking out to 80's British punk bands while trying to explain the various "Gangs" in the US government just entertains me.
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Don Quixote)
Representative Grayson from Florida?

I have only seen a little of you. Mostly your two big bits in Congress recently - the "Die Quickly" speech and the "Not apologizing" speech.

As a die hard Canadian who has many loved ones in the US, I have one thing to say.

Get 'em, Tiger.

You may be grandstanding, but hell, you're doing it with some serious balls, and I have to respect that.
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Soul)
but on last night's Countdown, Keith Olbermann became someone I will respect for the rest of my days.

A man explaining how his father fell ill and his experiences within the US health care system and his anger and frustration, delivered without the shouting he occasionally resorts to, at a system that prevents anyone from effectively complaining about it.

Hon - you may not have liked the man when you dealt with him as a sports caster. Really? You might want to check out last night's show.

here, if you want
the_nita: (Thinking)
Just watched it (cause I knew that I was waking up at 5am,I wasn't staying up all night, not with the joys of the internet to help me).

Damn, but that man's a fine orator.

Because it wasn't that inspired a speech. He's definately done better.

It covered what it needed to: kudos to his defeated opponent, thanks to his running mate, family, and staff, call to both sides of the partisan divide, an initial statement of essentially "I may not be everything you want me to be" and a very inspiring, but ultimately non-specific call to the people for coming together as a nation.

It was on message (how many times can you say "Yes we can" and attribute it to iconic figures of american history?)

But at the end of the day, it wasn't a brilliant speech. It did what it was supposed to do, and that was all.

I still had tears in my eyes at the end of it. And that's the difference between someone who can deliver a speech and someone who can orate well.

It also distresses me, and at the same time I grok utterly the need, that the whole thing was buffered with bulletproof glass.

I long for a day when a leader doesn't have to be encased in security when they go out in public. I doubt we'll ever be there, but damn, it would be nice.
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I live in a home with a man with dual citizenship, who was born and raised in the US.

As interesting as I've found the US election, has been his reactions. To the election. To the "big time" media coverage. To the smaller media coverage. And to the reactions of the Canadians he knows (and those he doesn't).

I continue to hold my hope and keep my fear that the hope doesn't have a strong foundation. It should be an interesting few days, few months and 4 years.
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Don Quixote)
I really really want Obama to be for real.

He's likely going to be the boss in the US for the next 4 years.

Please god, let the world not have been sold a brilliant bill of goods. Let the marketing and the oratory skills and the rest be reflective of the truth, and not give us "yet another politician".

I know he'll have to be a politician - it is what he is. Let him please be a new kind - or at least a portion of one.

I have tremendous respect for the way he and his handlers have marketed him, and how they have handled his campaign.

The marketing, the organization, the oratory skills, the ability to recognize most of the pitfalls.

Please, please, please - let it be real.
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (BTB)
I've been doing a lot of paper crunching today for work.

What have I had in the background to keep my brain from getting tired?

Debates.

Canadian. US.

It is an interesting way to spend an afternoon, listening to politicians discuss paperwork while you do it.
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Doing a sound clip synopsys of the Maxime Bernier/Julie Couillard incident, to try to provide a background on the story they were about to do, CBC did it against a musical backdrop.

Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend"

I have finally laughed listening to that song. Mostly because now I have a very clear mental image of both Jack Layton & Stéphane Dion singing it.....
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Copying straight from [livejournal.com profile] much_ado's post....

Olbermann saved his most vicious scorn for Bush's no-golf pledge. "Golf, sir? Golf sends the wrong signal to the grieving families of our men and women butchered in Iraq?...You, Mr. Bush, let their sons and daughters be killed. Sir, to show your solidarity with them you gave up golf?" He then went on to lambaste Bush for failing to keep to that pledge — ostensibly made in August 2003 — and showing photos of Bush playing golf in October 2003. [...] "But the war in Iraq is not about you....It is not, Mr. Bush, about your grief when American after American comes home in a box." The directive to "Shut the hell up!" came soon after.


the full 12 minute video isn't up on YouTube yet, but you can catch it in its entirety here with an attendant article from the Huffington Post.
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Work)
My sweetie's post about the candidates for the US Presidency sinking that much lower into the "you've got to be kidding me, you'll do what to win votes?
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Obama addressing the question of race.

I really really really want this man to be for real.
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Ken Epp, an MP in Alberta, is putting forward a bill (going into it's second hour of debate today at 11am ET) to make it a crime to harm or kill a fetus during the attack on the pregnant woman carrying it

Conceptually, I have to say I agree.

Granted, this is a Conservative MP from Alberta. Which has the liberal part of my soul searching in the corners for the catch that would eventually use this piece of legislation to make it illegal to have an abortion, or perform one. Then again, the information on that page seems to make it clear that he's specifically trying to avoid that.

People harming women so they cannot have their desired children does bother me enormously - anyone who's seen the white knight complex I have knows that damned well.

Problem is, this government has pulled so many damned fast ones on the people of Canada that I also have trouble taking any "good works" of theirs on faith.

More thinking & reading ahead, methinks. Not that I can really change this - I believe it goes for a final vote on Friday, if I'm remembering the CBC interview correctly. I suppose if nothing else, I can get on the horn to my MP's office and tell them what I think.

After all, what's a White Knight Complex for if you don't try to do what's right?
the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Dork)
It's so stupid it's funny...
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Don Quixote)
So far I'm at 5 reminders/exhortations/etc to vote in the provincial elections on my flist today, and another 6 emails.

It's quarter to 11 in the morning.

*wry grin* Wonder what the final tally will be.
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I suspect someone in the security system is getting their ass chewed today.
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Marvel attempts to be topical

I can't make up my mind if this is cool or old hat.

Maybe if it wasn't on the heels of the US already getting cool on GWB.

It's hard sometimes reconciling the "what's right" in my head with the mercenary tendencies....
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