A Straight Shot of Politics

A blog from a gentleman of the Liberal political persuasion dedicated to right reason, clear thinking, cogent argument, and the public good.

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Friday, May 13, 2005

The Meaning of Ennui

This must be quick. I'm back to my status as a intellectual hired gun: eight full hours of running my mind at flank speed for ten days, with only a one day break. It's a strain on the limits of what I now can work due to the psychoactive drugs. So blogging must be short and muted.

Even then, its hard to make the writing come lately. The political side of things is nothing new. The paradigms and limits of the Libelous Republican Noise Machine, the General Bunnypants division of Blogging Colonels, and the Licenced Lunatics of Family Values were set long ago. The new permutations are merely repetitions of the same familiar types: numbing, boring, and morally trivial--since the general karmic effect for the perpetrators is so deeply ingrained that repetition merely lengthens the amount of time they will spend dealing with it in the future.

So what's to write about?

Even the wells of memory and the currents of immediate life do not yield more than a trickle of interest lately. How can they when eight hours a day revolves around either staring at a computer flat screen or staring at other people staring at a computer flat screen?

So I'll leave you with one really good quotation:

Col. Janis Karpinski, a former one-star Army Reserve general who was punished in the scandal, blamed Gen. Geoffrey Miller for the methods that were used to humiliate detainees. Miller headed the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and was sent to Iraq to recommend improvements in intelligence gathering and detention operations there. "I believe that Gen. Miller gave them the ideas, gave them the instruction on what techniques to use," she said in an interview on the ABC News "Nightline" program. Asked if she was referring to the positioning of prisoners in human pyramids and putting dog leashes on detainees, Karpinski said, "I can tell you with certainty that the MPs (military police) certainly did not design those techniques, they certainly did not come to Abu Ghraib or to Iraq with dog collars and dog leashes."

Sayonara.

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