Tuesday, October 19, 2004:

Night and Day

Django Reinhardt -- Night and Day
Now I'm going to ask the question that's been on my mind for several years:

What is up with these these douchebags running our country?

They got nothing. They've trashed the economy, cut countless social programs, eviscerated the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th amendments, and cut every environmental protection they can think of. And then there's that war on a sovereign nation that had nothing to do with 9/11 and had no WMDs (and no, did not have "38,000 liters of botulinum toxin" and "the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent" "in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad," or anywhere else). What did they find? A hazmat suit. Big deal; there are half a dozen in the chem lab building on campus. Then when someone brings that up, they fall back on the "isn't the world better now that Saddam's out of power?" bit as if the whole thing were just some grand humanitarian mission, nothing whatsoever to do with Bechtel and Halliburton contracts and Bush's complaint "he tried to kill my Daddy."

They try to cover it all up by sending out a steady stream of messages that reduce to "here's why you should be afraid," and painting dissenters as unpatriotic and immoral--always on about their own peculiar brand of "Christianity," which is so thoroughly divorced from what Christ taught that it's both hilarious and enraging. Christ taught love, humility, fairness, acceptance, and voluntary poverty; and Bushco are into pre-emptive war, profiteering, torture, and taxcuts for the wealthy. Not quite the same thing.

All those pederast priests were religious, so I don't see why faith is supposed to prevent evil. It's absurd. I know that one definition of "Christian" is that you aspire to be like Christ, and I'm well aware that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," but I really don't think that definition excuses anything Bush has done. I might as well call myself a "Jordanian" because I'd like to be like Mike, even though I can't dribble and don't practice.

So here's a track in honor of Bush and Christ. It's a Cole Porter tune; Reinhardt was most known for playing acoustic guitar with Stephane Grappelli, but here he is on electric. As you probably know, he was in a fire that badly burned his left hand, leaving two of his fingers mostly immobilized. It had a dramatic effect on his guitar playing, but I think he rallied nicely. Our democratic principles are currently on fire in the U.S., but maybe those can rally as well.
[Verve Jazz Masters 38 @ Amazon.com].

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