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Random Thoughts- Some Of Them Cheerful [Sep. 7th, 2008|11:34 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz thinks we can live on £150 per month. I think that's pretty steep, but I like a challenge.

At least we don't have to worry about flooding- because we're so high up- though it seems like most other places do. How many flood warnings were issued yesterday? Over a hundred, I think. This new climate of ours- whether caused by global warming or not- is taking some getting used to.

We bought a couple of halogen heaters. One for the living room, one for the kitchen. Apparently they cost about a penny an hour to run.

Sarah Palin is an ignorant woman. I read a report that, as mayor of Wasilia, she wanted to ban Twelfth Night from the local library. Can that really be true? I don't like the thought of her becoming empress of the world.

The scum rises to the top. Pakistan has just acquired a guy notorious for graft as its Prime Minister. I say "acquired" because no-one elected him. He was appointed by the ruling party.

Mind you, no-one elected our Prime Minister either. He too was appointed by the ruling party. Matthew Parris- a columnist I respect- came right out and called him the worst Prime Minister in British History. Is that really the case? What about Anthony Eden?

I watched Longford the other night. Longford was the do-gooding aristo who tried to get parole for Myra Hindley- the most notorious British murderer of the 20th century.  It was a play about identity. Was Longford a saint or a fool or a bumbling egotist? And who on earth was Myra Hindley? Her partner, the clever psychopath Ian Brady, had her down as a "classic hysteric"- a person who becomes whatever their interlocutor wants them to be- a Zelig- a shapeshifter. We're all a bit like that- but are we enough like that to murder children? This is a question we'd rather not deal with- which is why we start shouting and stamping and waving our arms about whenever her name is raised.

Jim Broadbent was Longford, Samantha Morton was Hindley, Andy Serkis was Brady. What a lot of good actors we have in this country at the moment!

[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2008-09-11 10:42 pm (UTC)
The scum rises to the top.


It is true about Sarah Palin. She tried to get the librarian fired because she wouldn't cooperate.

She is going to win. People LOVE her.

I am amazed, appalled.

How must Hillary feel? All her hard work and this, this--cheerleader--shoots past her, a cheerleader with a grating voice and who was ON A CLIP saying that "We must pray for our troops WHO ARE DOING GOD'S WILL IN IRAQ."

Are we to be ruled by zealots now? Apparently.

And I thought we were sliding toward a police state with Bush. With a zealot at the helm (McCain might not last long, might die), will we be told what to do because it's God's will and for our own good? How smug she is, and all her ilk.

The Evangelicals are kneeling at her feet. She's the new Saint of the Homeschool Moms.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-12 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to be philosophical about it.

I wonder how her evangelical faith will cope with exposure to the world outside Alaska.

Perhaps she'll be "converted".

I'm banking on her being uncultured and ignorant rather than stupid. I believe, from what little I've seen of her, that she's a smart woman- smarter than Bush, smarter than McCain.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2008-09-12 04:50 pm (UTC)
I think she may be smart, too, but I think she is inflexible, and that worries me more than her intelligence.
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