Friday, September 22, 2006

Humanity is one of our strong points

from wikinews today:

" 'There is not much choice. There is not, because we screwed up. Not a little, a lot. No European country has done something as boneheaded as we have. Evidently, we lied throughout the last year-and-a-half, two years. It was totally clear that what we are saying is not true. You cannot quote any significant government measure we can be proud of, other than at the end we managed to bring the government back from the brink. Nothing. If we have to give account to the country about what we did for four years, then what do we say?'
The prime minister confirmed the authenticity of the recording and uploaded its transcript on his blog..."
My feeling about this is good. It just reads as too sincere to have any hidden agenda behind it; sure it means he messed up, but to open up so much to the world putting his future at risk, admitting the long chain of blunders, well, if only a U.S. President would come clean like that. Any U.S. president. We could start with the ones who are living. Some of their former cabinet members have already in book or in other media either come clean, tried to right their administrations wrongs by being an active participant in current policy shaping, or have waffled or even have come out slightly more on the denial side...well its a beginning- at least that's an admission that something bad did happen. Ann Richards who recently died who was governor for a term before our current leader of the "free world" took that post, had it written in her obit in one online newssource that she was an alcoholic....Don't know if that was said before now. But that only makes her appear stronger- she struggled and overcame it enough to take on a job with a huge responsibility. People are human... Evil is tempting, where god is the devil is close by. In fact the devil was once the most beautiful angel, which , among other things lost his modesty. Jack Benny was quoted as saying Modesty was one of his strong points.

To make that even stranger, after reading a translated blurb which sounds like a first person confessional, I go on later in the evening to put on "Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus" a documentary film about the poor back roads of the deep south, with alt-country Lauka Bop label artist Jim White as our guide, driving in his friends beat up rusty Chevy impala, and going to a Pentecostal church where the rockabilly guitar slingin' preacher conjures up the holy ghost and people go into trances and speak in tongues; go into a prison, into a dive, talk with a biker who is shootin' a stop sign, enter a place where people get spiritual guidance with their fried catfish, drive along a swamp, talk with others too, one scene an old banjo player(Lee Sexton) talking to a young coal miner is particularly interesting. And David Johansen, formerly a New York Doll and Buster Poindexter, sings some very powerfully deep and dark stuff, and tells a story about how Harry Smith, a man who collected old 78s is connected the shape in which rock n roll took. our humanity is one of our strong points, as well as what makes us interesting, and yes being modest is a strength too just not when you are the one admitting to it, obviously!

Stephen pdx 9/23/06 12:44 a.m.

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