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Nothing Grows Under a Bush

I have made a small but, I feel, decisive strike against consensual (consensus) reality today. Frell fall back. I have set all the clocks in the house back to daylight savings time, regaining the hour of daylight that I lost early Sunday morning and establishing what I shall think of as CST (Caitlín Stabilizing Time). There will be some oddness, dealing with the Outside world, but I think Spooky and I can adjust. Jennifer will continue to exist within the tyranny of daylight savings time/not daylight savings time, because she works outside the house. It's an experiment. We'll see if we can make it work.

Have you voted? Well, on the one hand, I'm not one of those people given to condemning those who choose not to vote. As I've said before, this system is entirely too screwed to justify such an attitude. We have freedom from voting, even as we have the freedom to vote. But, on the other hand, there's somewhat more hanging in the balance this time than there seemed to be in 2000. America was lied to by its Commander in Chief so that he might justify a war. We know about the lies. We know that more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers, many allied soldiers, and many, many more Iraqis have died in this war, which, by all accounts, will persist for quite some time. Why G. W. has not been brought up on charges of treason is beyond me. If I, as a civillian, did something that sent Americans off to kill and die in an unjust, poorly conceived and unwinnable war, my ass would be, as they say, grass. And the war's only part of this. For me, it's not even a question of whether or not Kerry can or will halt the war machine set in motion by Bush, but whether or not we should allow such a deceitful, hateful, dangerous shit as George W. Bush to keep his throne when his sins have been laid out for all the world to see. He has unleashed a New American Gestapo to try and silence those who oppose his actions, even in jest, and in doing so has made a mockery of many of the fundamental values of this country. Note, there are two wars being waged by the Bush Administration — the war against the Iraqi people and the war against the Bill of Rights. You may not become a casuality in the former, but you're almost certainly in the crosshairs of the latter. If you've been following this blog, you know I'm not optimistic about our chances of getting Bush out of office, but there does appear to be a chance. Anyway, you have some small say in how this goes. If you want a say.

We just got word from the realtor that the house is ours, the one I mentioned a few days back. So, now we have to pack, go to Minneapolis, come back and finish packing and be out of here by December 1st. I've not had a whole house to myself since 1997 when I left Athens. It'll be nice not to have people above or below or to one side or the other. There's an enormous wooded yard, front and back. It's a very quiet neighborhood. It should be a very good place to write Daughter of Hounds.

Today, I'll be compiling the Dancy ms. for Bill Schafer and possibly reading through the prologue of Daughter of Hounds.

And voting.

Sever the line to the guilty past, to the ones who brought us nothing.
Spoke of futures brave and proud and brought only hate and war.
Lined the roads with hollow praise. Marked the land with paper statues.
— "Solitary," VNV Nation


( 14 comments — Have your say! )
Nov. 2nd, 2004 04:51 pm (UTC)
Look at the bright side. If we're really lucky, we'll finally hear the concession speech Bush was supposed to read at the 2000 election: "Uhhh...like, this sucks worse than anything has ever sucked before. Huh huh huh huh."
Nov. 2nd, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
I've had to fight for my right to vote today (if you're interested in the plight, it's all in my LJ). Insane! I'll be voting via provisional ballot later today, though (which the idiots at the polling place apparently didn't know about and I just found out about).

I was actually one of those people who had to contact the ACLU who called my county and told them they couldn't refuse me. That's just... sad.
Nov. 2nd, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC)
That's really scary. I'm glad the ACLU is on the ball.

At our polling place there was a guy who had a card but wasn't on the list, even though his wife was. But they had pads of provisional ballots ready and waiting.

Lots of people voting down here in Florida. We waited an hour in line, during the supposedly slow time from 10 to 11:30.
Nov. 2nd, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
I lived in Indiana for two years and they don't change time. It took a little getting used to, but it's certainly doable.
Nov. 2nd, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC)
I currently live in Indiana and our refusal to change time is quite controversial. People against the current system say it's "backward" "hilljack", but those who want to do DST can't decide on aligning with CST or EST.

I think changing clocks is stupid. Time is what it is, and no changing of the clock is going to alter it. Arizona is another state that doesn't fiddle with their clocks.
Nov. 2nd, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
Arizona is another state that doesn't fiddle with their clocks.

Unfortunately, I can't really see myself in either Indiana or Arizona.
Nov. 2nd, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
Me either.

Translate that into not seeing you in either state, or me in either state, they'd both apply. I'm still leaning toward the me-and-the-dog-in-an-RV lifestyle, which means I can have my own timezone. Jim would vote for calling it BST, for Biscuit-Standard-Time, because the words "Biscuit time!" are music to his pointy little ears.
Nov. 2nd, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC)
The ACLU are my personal heroes. I'm still worried that my vote won't count, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Right now, I'm happy I can vote.

What bothers me is that the polling place didn't even mention the provisional ballot to me. They just let me walk out without voting.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:39 am (UTC)
I've read the updates concerning your voting problems. That's just ridiculous. It may be too late and you may have exhausted all of your resources, but you may want to consider looking at www.ourvote.com or calling 1-866-OURVOTE(1-866-687-8683).

Nov. 2nd, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your house!

I sense a housewarming present coming on. Will your contact information be the same?
Nov. 2nd, 2004 06:00 pm (UTC)
Will your contact information be the same?

Yep. I'll still have the same P.O. Box (Caitlín R. Kiernan, P.O. Box 5290, Atlanta, GA 31107).
Nov. 2nd, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
Definate congrats on the house--I find it much more liberating to own rather than rent (of course, with a ton of rescue cats, I don't really have a choice anyway . . .). Hope I'm not assuming--I think I've read you're renting (sorry, short memory span).

I've done my voting duty, but as always, I'm always annoyed at the fact that the republicans and democrats dominate politics (and in Utah, it's actually strong Republican rule). My partner is working as a poll watcher today (for the democrats), and there were some problems there. Then she was asked to leave a little later.

Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:54 am (UTC)
The house sounds great! I'm envious.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the house, it sounds like a nice place.

Re; G W Let's hope, my friends and I performed a rite on Samhain to get him voted out. Sins we're in Sweden but feel he's a menace to our rights and safety also.
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