Saturday, October 16, 2004

There's Nothing About Mary

As the final lap approaches, the Rove machinery is engaged in tactically maneuvering the public eye from the REAL issues to the hypocritical indignancy and false outrage about Kerry's reference to Mary Cheney during the 3rd debate.

Debating Bush, Kerry referred to Mary Cheney when asked whether homosexuality is a choice. “We’re all God’s children,” he said. “And I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney’s daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she’s being who she was. She’s being who she was born as. I think if you talk to anybody, it’s not a choice.”

Bush said he didn’t know if it was a choice or not - what a moronic statement! But no one is talking about that. Kerry was well within bounds, particularly given that Cheney has also talked about his daughter when discussing gay issues.

Talk about flip-flop: during the VP debate, Edwards made a long reference to Cheney's lesbian daugher and Cheney responded graciously and expressed his thanks. Well Kerry does the same thing and all walls of human decency breaks loose?

All I can do is to flip the bird at Cheney's chihuahua-faced wife as she calls Kerry a "a bad man", "a tawdry political trick". Liz Edwards, responded in a more politically correct fashion to Mrs. Cheney, "She's overreacted to this and treated it as if it's shameful to have this discussion ... I think that it indicates a certain amount of shame with respect to her daughter's sexual preferences." Liz had it so right.

I agree Kerry might have tried to tactically wedge an ideological divide in the GOP ultra-conservative base. But the GOP whipping up a tempest clearly is an attempt to distract attention from Dubya's lies and pathetic record. Stop fooling the country and get on with the REAL issues.

In an awkward segue, watched the "Thin Red Line" last night - a superb movie war movie, poetically rendered by Terrence Malick. The lyrical cinematography, Hans Zimmer soundtrack and an excellent who's who cast synergize together and de-romanticizes war; brings the lurking personal terror and reality of it in the forefront. The only improvement I would suggest - rigor in the editing room to make the the movie more taut. A must watch though - looking forward to watch other Malick movies like "Bad Lands" and "Days of Heaven".

Keep it real!


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