Sunday, September 19, 2004

When's the revolution?

In the line of AddieStan readers who seek to convince your blogstress that reality is no substitute for wishful thinking, your cybertrix's dear friend, Nancy the New York Artist, writes:

I think that of all times we need to keep on having some sort of faith that good will win over evil, and that responding to the display with fear is exactly what they want. It's propaganda, and there are those who will buy into it, and there are others who have to fight to keep their faith in the intelligence of our neighbors...

Jaded though she be, your Webwench truly does appreciate the sentiment expressed by the Artist. She does not necessarily find her own defeatism to be a good thing; it's just her thing--for your cybertrix lives to fight another day by getting her mind beyond November 2nd, a day she contemplates with a deep sense of foreboding.

And so your blogstress asks her readers to consider this question above all else: What kind of art should we be making?

Art? Whattaya mean, Stan-o-trix, art? We got the Constitution to save, lives to save in the Middle East, jobs to get made, an economy to fix...

Step back, people. Look at the landscape. Ain't no tinkering under the hood gonna fix this mess. We need a revolution. (Or, in this case, a counter-revolution to the one currently underway.) And revolutions always begin with art.

What kind of art will you be making, reader dear?

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You get what you pay for

You'll recall that your blogstress's dear White Dragon (yes, dragons can be dear), provided AddieStan with a link to a remarkable clip (which has mysteriously disappeared from its Web location) of the president of the United States before an audience of women, discussing the problem of those pesky frivilous law suits that prevent ob/gyns from "practicing their love".

Here's the president's riff, lifted from the transcript of Keith Olbermann's September 6th "Countdown" show on MSNBC:

OLBERMANN: And one last political item in our No. 3 story. We mentioned last week that President Bush struck an odd tone in his acceptance speech by referencing the plight of doctors, specifically, OB-GYNs, who had to give up their practices due to legal and insurance costs. Not that it wasn‘t a valid point necessarily, just that it rang so oddly in a president‘s acceptance of his renomination, making the world safe for gynecology.

Well, tonight at a campaign stop in Poplar Bluffs, Missouri, Mr. Bush brought up the same topic and it rang odder still.


GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Too many good docs are getting out of business.


BUSH: Too many OB-GYNs aren‘t able to practice their love with women all across this country. [Emphasis added by blogstress.]



OLBERMANN: All righty then. As Adlai Stevenson once told a similar audience, these rights are being circumcised—circumscribed.

Your Webwench had wondered aloud in private why this delightful bit of presidential turpitude has not gotten more, ahem, play--to which the Dragon replied, breathing fire:

No surprise that as shockingly "compassionately conservative" as the Bushism clip was, it didn't receive [much] air play. Money talks and W's campaign is keeping the lights on at many media outlets. I guess it's bad luck for a station to piss off a paying customer, so mum's the word.

The press ain't free--pay up or shut up (or in this case get paid to shut up).

To clarify the part about keeping the lights on: though the actual Bush advertising budget may not be doing as much for the media coffers as, say, Procter & Gamble, our Dragon does have a point when one considers that big media's very best friend is a guy named Michael Powell, Bush's chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). (Jeez, think that's why his dad, late of the yellow cake theory, still has a job?)

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Cheese log

It is with great pride that your blogstress cites AddieStan's listing on a charming site, The Toon Show presented by one Harry Claude Cat, in the category of "cheese log". (Hey, the cat has Al Franken there, too.)

Today our feline friend treats us to Don Imus's interview with John Kerry, plus a delicious bit of Texas Air National Guard propaganda.

As for cheese, your cybertrix imagines herself as an inventive blend of Velveeta and Camenbert: inescapably American and creamy-smooth, but with a bit of a bite.

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Major arcana, no. 15

The correspondence keeps rolling in regarding your blogstress's prediction of a Republican win in the presidential contest. Karen, Executrix from Jersey, sent us this Wall Street Journal piece on the ostensibly tightening race, as seen by the Harris poll people.

The Harris poll, conducted by telephone Sept. 9-13, shows Sen. Kerry leading Mr. Bush 48% to 47% among likely voters nationwide. The poll also found that a slender 51% to 45% majority doesn't believe that Mr. Bush deserves to be re-elected.

Another reader points us to this Pew poll:

Sept 16 - Pew: Bush 47 percent, Kerry 46, Nader 1 (likely voters). Margin of error 4 percentage points.

Your cybertrix does indeed hope they're right, but she has ceased to believe the polls, since to do so would require a level of gymnastics in the mental and psychological departments of which she is capable only in the realm of good lovin'. Why? Because it is impossible to simultaneously accept the results of the Harris poll, which shows a dead heat, and the Gallup poll on which USA Today reports, which shows a double-digit lead for the president.

President Bush has surged to a 13-point lead over Sen. John Kerry among likely voters, a new Gallup Poll shows. The 55%-42% match-up is the first statistically significant edge either candidate has held this year.

So your blogstress prefers to go with her gut and the tarot cards, which come up with El Diablo (major arcana, no. 15) in the final spot.

Note that in the tarot deck, "The Devil" stands for something more than simple evil. He represents the seeds of chaos sown through the use of coagulation: melding together existing material in ways that achieve his malevolent ends. Among the attributes awarded this card by the infamous Aleister Crowley are these: "Irresistibly strong and unscrupulous person...Secret plan about to be executed." (How 'bout them disappearin' votin' machines, huh?)

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