Deep Thinker at the Helm

· dKo journal, Katrina

And they say his imagination is limited…
…in Air Force One. Turning to his aides, he said: “It’s totally wiped out. … It’s devastating, it’s got to be doubly devastating on the ground.” (Newsweek)

Yes, I get sophomoric when I vent.

· dKo journal, Katrina

President Bush has announced his first priority response to the disaster in New Orleans has been to head off flooding in all major waterways surrounding Crawford, Texas. “We are not about to fall back into a passive, reactive, defensive strategy on this. If we do not fight flooding in Crawford today, we will be fighting it in New Orleans tomorrow.”
Bush pointed to a sharp decline in population density in the New Orleans area in recent days as a sign that the threat there was diminishing. “The is a very positive sign, a milestone.” However, “There is still a lot of hard work to be done, before the process is complete.”
Today, on the heels of his success against Crawford flooding, Bush is shifting location to tackle the crisis in New Orleans itself, or possibly in Washington, or in other appropriate vital locations–despite the fact that emergency-response units in these areas are not even equipped with the same model of bicycle on which Mr. Bush has qualified in the course of his training.
Bush has not actually been seen in any of those places, however there are official records of his having kept a dental appointment “directly in the very heart of some very same vicinity.”
The President refused to set a date on when his long, strategically planned vacation might end, saying that information would only give encouragement to the flooding, disease, and economic hardship we are suffering, and would send absolutely the wrong message that these problems are seriously impacting us.
“Indeed, I have no information to indicate that any of these conditions have actually had any substantial impact on us at all, based on what I have seen personally, nor from the high-level daily briefings I receive–briefings which he emphasized were maintained “without fail, every single day,” even during the most intense periods of vacation.

Action Movies–History of Advanced Fighting Techniques

· dKo journal

As far back as Blade Runner it was already well established that the fastest way to cross a room was by a sequence of rapidly repeated back flips. Bit it was only in the Matrix films we learned that bullets cannot harm you as long as you are engaged in tumbling exercises of any kind.

The Course

· dKo journal

“…the Americans, who have already expressed their frustration with the Sunnis, have recently become irritated with what they regard as the stubbornness of the Shiites as well.” NYT, 8/26/05
I can’t understand this criticism. Each of the three Iraqi factions is doing its utmost to emulate the American model. They are Staying the Course and they are Not Cutting and Running. These are the things they owe to the mourned sacrifices of their dead, respectively.
If we can succeed in planting the seeds of a new intransigence in Iraq, it could launch a widening revolution of intransigence throughout the entire Middle-East and, hopefully, in the hearts of all people throughout the world.

Basketball Practice

· dKo journal

I know this isn’t really a usual topic for me, but one thing I find a little bit embarrassing for the professional NBA basketball players is that you can see them out there–just minutes before the game starts–and they’re practicing! I mean, isn’t it a little late for that? They should have thought of it before.

We Shall Overcome

· dKo journal

Deep in my heart,
I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.

I sang it a hundred times. But, how sure was I really? How hard did I believe?
And have we overcome?
A lot of us on the left would answer, almost reflexively, “No!” Because there is no cause to be satisfied or complacent about where things stand today. I think about the circle. “Housing segregation–that’s because of jobs. Job inequality–that’s because of education. Education inequality–that’s because of housing.”
We put a lot of weight on the promise of education, even though it seemed intolerably distant and indirect. And it has yet to be redeemed.
I know that the social status and respect earned by people like Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Halle Berry is in no way typical of America at large. But we still can learn a lot from them, even as paradigms.
I think we must do honor to the truth of how despicable and ugly this thing actually was. All of these things, heartbreakingly, had relevance within my lifetime:
They all look alike to me. (Who? Michael Jordan and Bill Cosby?)
The character of the doctor just happened to be black.
Would you want your sister to marry one?
Do you think you could kiss a Negro?
So, Yes. For a moment I can feel Yes. We have overcome a lot.
–David