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I've been reading/watching/obsessively refreshing a fair amount of coverage of the uprising in Iran this past week. I knew I was saddened by it, but hadn't really thought it was affecting me particularly outside of the time I spent actually watching it.

Today, driving back to work after lunch, Moxy Fruvous's "Gulf War Song" came on the radio, and I sang along like I usually do:

"Won't you stand by the flag?"
Was the question unasked,
"Won't you join in and fight with the allies?"

What could we say? We're only twenty-five years old,
With twenty-five sweet summers, and hot fires in the cold.


And then my eyes filled with tears and I could not get another sound out as the rest of that verse played.

This kind of life makes that violence unthinkable.
We'd like to play hockey, have kids and grow old.


***

There is a line on my lj/Dreamwidth profile that reads "Writing makes me crazy, but not writing makes me crazier." This is amended, during particularly trying projects, to "Writing makes me crazy, but not writing makes me crazier and this is one of those times." I went today to change it from the latter to the former, only to find I'd already done that a while ago, and am now pondering how to make the second part of that more emphatic. In possibly-related news, my attention span and I both really, really hate summer.

***

So I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] cliche_bingo! And here is my card:

Under here! )

DC Peeps?

Jun. 22nd, 2009 06:28 pm
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You guys all okay? [Anybody know if [personal profile] embracepassion rides the Red Line? ETA: She's fine!] If you're reading this and if you live in the range of the Metro, please pipe up! I worry! I used to ride that train, although not usually on that stretch. STILL.

{{{Red Line}}}

{{{{{{{{{{{{{DC Commuters}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

I'm thinking of you, guys.
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1. Apparently the Caps only acknowledge the luckiness of ONE of the lucky shirts that worked for the Wings last year--if I wear my Fall Out Boy (pre-C&D Young Wild Things Tour) t-shirt, then they win 100% of the time (based on three data points, WHAT THAT'S PERFECTLY REASONABLE). So. I guess I will be doing some laundry tomorrow, to prepare for Game 7 on Tuesday.

2. Continuing with the Great Stargate SG-1 Rewatch, and "Foothold" is about as purely fun and entertaining an episode as I think I've watched so far. ♥

3. I blew past 10,000 words on the time-traveling kidfic last night. Every time I get really going on something big that I'm really having fun writing, it's like discovering how awesome writing is all over again. \o/

4. On Friday, [personal profile] iulia and I went to see Girlyman play a show down in Chicago. We love those guys (girls and guy, technically, but whatever)--it was the fourth time seeing them for both of us, though only our second time seeing them together.

It was also my first time hearing them play "Commander" live, and it turns out to have been the greatest thing, because--ever since discovering them, that song has been my one reservation about them. It's musically up there with any of their other songs, and there were lines in the lyrics that I found hooky and fascinating, but I'm a lyrics person and the lyrics--about a man placed in command who "couldn't be it", garnished with vague accusations of cowardice and impure motives--always really bugged me. It was a little reminiscent of my least favorite plot device, in that it seemed to rely on my sharing some kind of specific negative view of this military man, to be instantly willing to say, ha, yes, coward, profiteer, of any random commander. I know and love people who've served in the military; and thanks to fandom (through which I process everything), when somebody says commander I think, you know, base commander--so General Hammond, or John Sheppard, or someone like that. Someone who might sometimes do the wrong thing, but has a damn hard job and is doing his best.

So: the song always bugged me and I rarely listened to it, and it was the fly in the delicious ointment of my love for Girlyman.

Then, Friday night, Ty introduced the song by saying something to the effect of, "You know, I thought we'd never have to play this song again after George W. Bush left office, but things keep coming out about what went on during his administration, and people still seem to need to express that, so here it is."

And I realized that they left in Chief off the title, and it's about a very specific flawed commander, suddenly the song does not bug me in the slightest, anymore. (And in fact sounds like an attempt to make sense, to understand someone incomprehensible, rather than an attack.)

Have a listen, if you like (and if you do like, please consider supporting the artists--they are currently without label, going it alone to record their fourth album).
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1) YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.

2) OMG you guys! Look! It's Frank and Bob! In dog form!
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I guess Keith Olbermann heard us all talking about how much we love him and said, "But wait! There's more! What if my show randomly featured an ADORABLE BABY?"

It's a pretty compelling point, guys.
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Tonight's Special Comment on Prop 8.

What the transcript cannot convey (though hopefully there will be video up soonETA: up now on youtube--or, if you see this when it's posted and have MSNBC, the rerun will cycle around at about ten to the hour) is the terribly subdued tone in which it was delivered, and the way Keith kept getting quietly choked up as he spoke.

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http://superobamaworld.com

Best political flash game ever. And not just for the Mario Bros. flashbacks.

Well, okay, maybe a little bit for the Mario flashbacks.
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I actually did make it all the way through election night without really crying--maybe just because it wasn't truly sinking in. Maybe because of the vodka.*

Today I cried, twice.

First at this poem which [livejournal.com profile] cereta linked to, First Step (Lech Lecha) by the Velveteen Rabbi.

Don't be surprised by tears.
This right here is holy ground.

Take a deep breath and turn away
from cynicism and despair


And second at this video [livejournal.com profile] astolat posted, a rally in Portland reacting to the announcement of Obama's victory. Seriously, seriously crying at this one. VIVA PORTLAND. AMERICA ILU.

* It is really hard to explain to anyone who isn't you guys how I wasn't watching the election alone - to say nothing of how I celebrated - when I was watching with a half-dozen people in the computer box, and the way my living room went wild was the explosion of joyous posts up and down my friendslist. But it was awesome, and I love you guys.
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Back in junior year of high school, [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis and I were lab partners in Chemistry and sat side-by-side all year. There was one particular test we took where we scored precisely the same; the teacher told us that if it had been any other two students, she would have assumed cheating.


Her county in Illinois and my county in Wisconsin are going for Obama by the exact same margin. It's hardly even surprising anymore.

YOU GUYS.

Nov. 4th, 2008 08:55 pm
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NATE SAYS.




NATE SAYS, YOU GUYS.

VOTED!

Nov. 4th, 2008 07:44 am
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I cast the 106th (lovely, traceable paper) ballot at my polling place, and it only took half an hour in line! \o/
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Okay. Off to the polls. Have managed to stop randomly crying, so hopefully will not freak out my neighbors in line.

Today! Today is the day!
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Do not attempt to participate in the democratic process when you have had more beer than food in the recent past.

Also: I have now discovered the downside of those form letter websites that allow you to easily contact your congressperson about whatever issue someone on your flist is in hysterics over.

And for the record, as I have remembered now, I actually think cleaning up the problems of orphan works, and thus limiting the infinite red tape of copyright, is a good thing. I just have to trust that my congresswoman is, uh, not an idiot, and not too much swayed by form e-mails. Sent by mildly intoxicated constituents up past their bedtimes on a Sunday night.

/o\

Oh my god parts of it were CAPS LOCKED. AND I THINK I MAY HAVE CLAIMED TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR OF SOME SORT, IDK, I DIDN'T REALLY READ IT. I'M SORRY, CONGRESSWOMAN. *facepalm forever*
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Words no one is allowed to say anymore:

fundamental(s)
'Wall Street' and 'Main Street' in the same sentence

Also John McCain is going to make my brain explode, why do I even bother? )

why yes.

Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:35 pm
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets there is something I need to tell you guys. I, like the person who made this secret, LOVE BUSH. )
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The thing is, I can't remember a time in my adult life when I wanted to wave an American flag. When I didn't feel like my country's flag belonged to everybody in my country who wasn't like me.

If we could elect this guy, though.

I would wave a flag. I would be proud to. I would be proud of my country. My country. Like Patrick Nielsen Hayden said:
I'm a patriot. I love my decadent, cosmopolitan, self-indulgent, racially-mixed, godless, intellectually dilettante, drug-abusing, promiscuous, queer-loving country. And its flag is the Stars and Stripes.

also

Aug. 25th, 2008 09:51 pm
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Free Obama/Biden stickers from MoveOn!

It's not quite as cool as a sekrit mixtape from Fall Out Boy, but everybody's gotta do their own thing.

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