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March, 2008 Monthly archive

Moving residence is a humbling endeavor. The boxes and dissaray do not lie. For the next few weeks I will live under their law, alive in this hour of new independence, stationed on a ship of organization. I dream of waffles hot on a table before me, but this morning there is only thyme in the fridge. Day 1! Can you feel the glamour?! 🙂

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[according to Peggy Noonan at www.opinionjournal.com]

I think we’ve reached a signal point in the campaign. This is the point where, with Hillary Clinton, either you get it or you don’t. There’s no dodging now. You either understand the problem with her candidacy, or you don’t. You either understand who she is, or not. And if you don’t, after 16 years of watching Clintonian dramas, you probably never will.

That’s what the Bosnia story was about. Her fictions about dodging bullets on the tarmac — and we have to hope they were lies, because if they weren’t, if she thought what she was saying was true, we are in worse trouble than we thought — either confirmed what you already knew (she lies as a matter of strategy, or, as William Safire said in 1996, by nature) or revealed in an unforgettable way (videotape! Smiling girl in pigtails offering flowers!) what you feared (that she lies more than is humanly usual, even politically usual).

But either you get it now, or you never will. That’s the importance of the Bosnia tape.

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[from "Democracy Now" full transcript

AMY GOODMAN: Obama was speaking at the Cooper Union. I had a chance to briefly interview him as he was shaking people’s hands after he left the stage. I asked Obama why he’s not calling for a total withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in accordance with the 70 percent of Iraqis who say they want the US out.

    AMY GOODMAN: Senator Obama, quick question: 70 percent of Iraqis say they want the US to withdraw completely; why don’t you call for a total withdrawal?

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Well, I do, except for our embassy. I call for amnesty and protecting our civilian contractors there.

    AMY GOODMAN: You’ve said a residual force—

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Yeah, but—

    AMY GOODMAN: —which means [inaudible] thousands [inaudible].

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Well, no. I mean, I don’t think that you’ve read exactly what I’ve said. What I said is that we do need to have a strike force in the region. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in Iraq; it could be in Kuwait or other places. But we do have to have some presence in order to not only protect them, but also potentially to protect their territorial integrity.

    AMY GOODMAN: Can you call for a ban on the private military contractors like Blackwater?

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA: I’ve actually—I’m the one who sponsored the bill that called for the investigation of Blackwater in [inaudible], so—

    AMY GOODMAN: But would you support the Sanders one now?

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Here’s the problem: we have 140,000 private contractors right there, so unless we want to replace all of or a big chunk of those with US troops, we can’t draw down the contractors faster than we can draw down our troops. So what I want to do is draw—I want them out in the same way that we make sure that we draw out our own combat troops. Alright? I mean, I—

    AMY GOODMAN: Not a ban?

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Well, I don’t want to replace those contractors with more US troops, because we don’t have them, alright? But this was a speech about the economy.

    AMY GOODMAN: The war is costing $3 trillion, according to Stiglitz.

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA: That’s what—I know, which I made a speech about last week. Thank you.

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For Someone Considering Death

I told you.
Life is one big Hanon
up and down the piano,
ten fingers skipping over each other
in every conceivable way,
two hands getting stronger.

And sure,
the notes are the same for everyone,
but you can choose to whisper or shout,
to fade or grow.
And haven’t you noticed that some people’s hands sing,
but others are Midwestern on the keys,
each crescendo a secretarial swell.

Think about this.
How can you dream to play the Pathetique,
how can the moment come to truly look
into someone’s eyes
and say,The hell with everything, I love you,
when you haven’t done your time,
hour after hour, year after year
in that small closed room.

by Lola Haskins

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Some things in life are better left said. By a 3 year-old. 

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I had a very canine weekend. Dogs every day. Dog training observations, clicker classes, running sessions. It was a stumbled upon, unplanned reintroduction to dog wisdom, dog appreciation, and dog affection. I am growing more smitten with pit bulls every day. Again, unplanned. We’re seeing where it’s all going. No decision to jump into lightly. I am not telling my kitties about their someday future cross-species brother or sister. We’re sticking to jingle mice and unscented litter, for now. (All this action could be much in part to my upcoming move to a dog-friendly apartment building, btw, which is very, very, very exciting, if you hadn’t yet gotten the TPS report on that.)

So here is something special. To dogs! Der Hunden! Il Cane!

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