Yesterday Mrs. Dada and I went to see Daniel Day O'Conner (whoops, misspoke, sorry!) in the movie There Will Be Blood. The high point of the movie came when they mentioned the home of my formative teen years: Santa Paula (California).
I don't think I enjoyed the movie much. While the acting was quite good, I didn't like the main characters portrayed, i.e., phony, heartless, greed driven son-of-a-bitches types. However, upon reflection, if I equate those characters to those casting much misery upon Earth today, it becomes more pertinent, I suppose.
Later in the day, I turned on the TV after what I thought was a safe enough period of time to have elapsed for the president to finish his State of the Union message. I was wrong. About 40 minutes past the top of the hour, Bush was still at it.
I listened to one sentence and watched as the vice president and speaker of the house began applauding Bush behind his back. Then Cheney, echoing members of the chamber rose in deep appreciation of Bush's pronouncement seasoned, as always, with gross hypocrisy and a dash of phony piety. I sprang for the remote. I didn't want to know if Pelosi joined 'em in lauding the war criminal bastard.
A couple final thoughts. We already know what democrats and republicans feel about veterans, health care for children and now I'm reading in today's paper Medicare is cutting reimbursements of tests for our seniors. (Example, a $140 X-ray to check for osteoporosis in seniors that Medicare reimburses $85 for, will be cut to $35 reimbursement by 2010. It's all part of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. Yes, take your stinking war out of the hides of children, vets, seniors and every god-damned one of us. Let's not cut war funding lest we be branded an unpatriotic, terrorist sympathizing son-of-a-bitches. )
And yet I keep hearing from places like from Code Pink and others, saying we're supposed to celebrate because this is Bush's last year? Celebrate, tune in because last night was Bush's last SOTU message? What the fuck?
We have 12 more months of the same bullshit we've endured the past 7 years! Democrats have shown they're not part of the solution. Check out the 12 democrats in the senate voting with republicans to support Bush's demand for immunity of the telecoms for spying on Americans. Check out Bush's additional $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for 2009 above and beyond what's been budgeted for the Pentagon for '09.
What the fuck is this? Cause for celebration? Why? Because there's now less than 12 months of this bullshit left? But twelve months is more than enough to leave the Earth a blackened, burnt out hulk of a planet Bush and Cheney's derring-do is endlessly tempting. Yet I'm supposed to be partying? Bullshit.
Bush wants the tax cuts be made permanent? Bush wants, Bush wants. And Bush gets, Bush gets. And for this we're supposed to be dancing in the crumbling streets as he reminds us if we don't support his lunacy, we're terrorist sympathizers? Bullshit.
Or is the state of the Bush economy beginning to seep into your nightmares? Replacing your fear of terrorists maybe?
I suspect the most dangerous terrorists are already in the country. They reside in Washington and pretend to be "protecting us," to be "making us safer" as they throw us tidbit tax rebates and promise us better things to come with one of the democratic or republican candidates that special interests and their media have chosen and culled for us to think we've chosen. Bullshit!
And for this were supposed to be celebrating because these wonderful things are just around the corner after Bush and Cheney hand the shambled nation over to their successors? Whoopee! There's less than twelve months left of this bullshit. Better pray we're not in a nuclear war by summer.