Thursday, November 18, 2004


A few broadsides from a sinking Swift boat...

White Women and Whine

I was going to do a whole rant about the Terrell Owens/Desperate Housewives/Monday Night Football sketch "controversy", but even I'm getting sick of it and the best blog on it I've so far come across is King Kauffman's Daily Sports Column in, so I suggest you check it out. All I'll say here is that if you think any outrage like this DOESN'T have a racial element to it, however minor, then you probably haven't been living in this country very long. Or you're Ward Connerly (California's Black anti-affirmative action activist). Personally, I didn't find it offensive--just stupid and unnecesary. Especially since DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is the number 2 show on TV even without a shamelessly sleazy skit to promote it.

Alberto Gonzalez and Condoleeza Rice: The Bad Kind of Affirmative Action

My support for affirmative action, even with it's so-called "flaws" is on record and vociferous. Except when Republicans try to practice it, because they only promote lapdogs of color, not people who actually have the qualifications and, oh by the way, belong to a minority group. This happened with Clarence Thomas (who had the gall to be anti-affirmative action of course) and it has happened again with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. As the LA Weekly reports, Gonzalez wrote several of the sloppiest legal memos in Texas history when Bush was governor, all in favor of the state's death penalty sentencing, a horror unto itself.

As for Rice, while she is undeniably smart, witty and cunning, her qualifications to run the State department, which let us not forget, is supposed to be the coordinating agency of national DIPLOMACY, are questionable and best and downright laughable at worst. It wouldn't shock me at all if the U.S. just up and pulled out of the United Nations altogether by 2008 as long as Rice is in charge. Then again, if we go to war with Iran in the next four years, we may not be alive to be outraged. Small blessings.

True Wisdom

This came in the email from a Friend of out Blog. It gave me a feeling of peace and calm, rare for things that come into my inbox. I hope it helps you all. Until next time, Peace:

"An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, 'A fight is going on inside me...It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride and superiority. The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside of you and every other person too.'

They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old Cherokee simply replied..."The one I feed."