:: 7.07.2004 ::
We're back from two glorious weeks off in beautiful western Mass. It really was lovely - so green, so quiet... there was an incredible thunderstorm last Thursday evening that lasted thru 2am (I was amazed that the weather services predicted that so accurately). I do miss them out here... but not the mosquitoes. I've got bites in some odd and uncomfortable places!
We saw Fahrenheit 9/11 on opening night in Great Barrington - it sold out, predictably. Things I'd never heard/seen before that evening: Bush's inagural motorcade was egged on its way to the Capitol, and he was the first President-elect to forgo the pre-ceremony walk to the White House (because there were so many protestors lining the streets, it wouldn't have been much of a photo-op for him; more on that later); a bunch of Representatives formally protested the Florida election results but were not backed up (as required by the laws of Congress for recognition of their complaint) by ONE SINGLE SENATOR; the Saudi ambassador to the US has 6 or 7 Secret Service agents guarding him at all times - a uniquie priveledge among diplomats; that look of "oh shit" confusion on Bush's face as he sat in that Florida classroom for 7 minutes after being told the US was under attack. There's prolly more but that's all I can think of offhand.
Things I wish Mr. Moore had included in his movie: the Bush administration's largely successful efforts to silence anti-Bush protestors - most recently at campaign stops (Dearborn, MI; Santa Clara, CA), most memorably in London; the fact that the US gave the Taliban $4 billion dollars the year before the attacks; the fact that the CIA trained Bin Laden; the way that the Patriot Act has been abused since it was passed, i.e. the illegal detentions of both American citizens and foreign nationals. Again, I think I missed a few but that's a start. Any you can think of?
:: Deb 5:01 PM :: permalink ::
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