did anybody else see the eat-shit-and-die look the pope gave law when he approached to kiss the ring? if so, do you know where i can find a still picture of it? or even a video?
on the seventh day of christmas, my true love gave to me:
seven swans a-swimming!
jill sobule - heroes.mp3 (you missed it)
why are all our heroes so imperfect
why do they always bring me down
william faulkner drunk and depressed
dorothy parker mean, drunk and depressed
and that guy in seven years in tibet
turned out to be a nazi
the founding fathers all had slaves,
the explorers slaughtered the braves,
the old testament god can be so petty
my amelie dvd, scotch and soda, freshly washed hair, and brand new fuzzy footie pajamas. go sexy mama. oy vey.
on the sixth day of christmas, my true love gave to me:
six geese a-laying!
the ‘rents are finally back in town. until grama’s surgery in a few weeks, anyway. we had christmas dinner last night. my stepdad is extremely intelligent, but very low key about it, and i love picking his brain. it’s usually about computers or the economy or taxes, but i hit him up about the military tensions last night. we almost never talk politics in the house, because my mother lost a freakish number of friends in vietnam, and because our politics often don’t overlap.
“before i forget again,” i began, charging blindly into the fray, “what’s our position on the war in this house?”
he put on his battle smile. “which war? iraq? al q’aeda? north korea?”
i love this guy. we discussed north and south korea and decided that we need to pull out completely and leave it up to china to deal with them. china’s in much more danger than we are when it comes to either country. their problem.
i asked him if he thought bush was dumb, kissing up, or pulling a rope-a-dope, with the saudis. he looked at me strangely, but he’s a sports fan, and i know he knows what a rope-a-dope is. it took him about 10 seconds to get the context (it took me more than a day), and he laughed. but he thinks bush is trying to keep the saudis seperate from the terrorism. he thinks 9/11 was an enormous embarassment to the saudis, and the royal family was clueless. that they were completely uninvolved. i don’t agree, personally, but i didn’t argue. i was just gathering data.
he’s an extreme pacifist, but one with the sense to understand and accept that sometimes the only road to peace is paved thru the middle of a war. he’s deathly concerned about the generals in our military. they are either unwilling or unable to fight this kind of war, he says, and to be as vigilant and vicious as necessary to protect this country and our way of life. even as a pacifist, that’s a horrifying thought, he says. these are the men that are meant to lead the fighting, and they’re completely ineffectual.
he doesn’t necessarily agree with the way israel is handling the suicide bombers and other terrorists. he thinks their eye-for-an-eye strategy is hurting their appearance in the press. he didn’t say it’s the wrong strategy, mind you. just that it’s making the rest of the world look at them askance. he thinks we need to do something very soon to help them, because the nato treaty says we will do so. he freely admits that he doesn’t understand the israelis, but when he talks, and when he listens to me explain what i’ve seen of the people in israel, and what the country itself has gone thru in the past fifty-odd years, it’s clear that he has a much better understanding than he admits. he just wishes there was a peaceful route to solving this. many of us do.
he taught a bible study class in the 70s and 80s, and he had a note in his bible that said “think middle eastern.” the muslim mindset is very different from the western rules of behavior. the yelling and carrying on and “we will bury you” has always been common in that culture. but it’s fighting with words. just like kruschev banging his shoe on the table. it’s harmless. it’s very difficult to remember that they were exactly the same way before 9/11, and only the psycho islamofascists take this machismo seriously. he believes that bush has a very intelligent set of advisors who understand that when this babble comes from sane leaders, it’s all talk. and they remind him. and remind him. and remind him.
which is really neither kissing up. nor stupid. nor rope-a-dope. it’s politics. i don’t think bush will flinch when it comes to deposing saddaam. but i think he’ll try to keep the other middle eastern countries as seperate from the war as possible for as long as possible. is that bad politics or good? i don’t know. if you understand and accept that their religion and lifestyle are just about our polar opposite, you can see why we make them uncomfortable. but as long as uncomfortable simply involves a lot of yelling and fist-waving, well, that’s not reason to bomb them to oblivion. if they knew about the attacks, knew they were coming and didn’t save us, well, ok, they’re glass. i can work with glass.
on the fifth day of christmas, my true love gave to me
five golden rings!
i don’t ever remember having dreamed of shaving my legs or armpits or anything. but just let my eyebrows get the tiniest bit out of control, and i’ll dream about it every night until i either fix them or go nuts.
i’m thinking today’s the day. *twitch*
i know. i know. they’re all static-y.
i found the twelve beasties at the christian resource institute, and it’s one of the most lovely sets of gifs i’ve seen. they don’t have a link to the artist, unfortunately. it only says that they were made by “the twelve days of christmas.” whoever that is. i’m going to fix the singed ones in paint shop pro’s animator suite and then return them, if they want the fixed versions. maybe it’s just mozilla…
update: sorry again. i got distracted with importing old entries. i’m fixing the gif’s now. please hold all epileptic seizures for another half hour or so…
update ii: thank the gods only two are messed up. fixing them is a royal pain. i need to get a real mouse. doing graphics on a touchpad is a nightmare.