Questions still unanswered

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I am watching (because I have no choice) the special report declarations… the surviving Boston bomber suspect has been apprehended alive.   A life saved and wasted all at once.

I say watching because I have no choice because the answers to the questions that I am asking will not be resolved in the near future.  Some weeks, or perhaps months down the line, there will be reports giving us an accurate, clear picture of why this happened.  I want to know why, so that it doesn’t have to happen again.

We can go through the chicken and egg arguments, pontificate about American hegemony or lament with our 20/20 hindsight about the realities that may have contributed to the loss of life and maiming that happened on Marathon Monday 2013.

I think about the Chechen kids who would never have done such a thing, had they been given the opportunity for a better life in the USA, I think about how people with such seemingly promising futures extinguished their own lights the moment they left two pressure cookers as a crowded event, hoping (I suspect) for optimal   impact.   I think of entire communities moving in fear and all those forever maimed physically and emotionally by all that happened.

And it’s heavy.  It’s  relief that this part of the nightmare is over, but there is still so much more to be done, to be revealed.

What will be the effects of these events on American society?  There is an article running in the Onion, something to about Americans being too ignorant about Chechnya to stereotype anyone… ha, ha?… to be honest it’s a thought that came across my mind:  Thanks goodness the perpetrators don’t fit the stereotype.  I wonder if that really makes a difference to anyone.

But we will see how this all goes and how it unfolds.

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On Politics: Arabs, Muslims and Terrorists?

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What has bothered me about last week’s election coverage is the way that so many people on the left and the right have no qualm with equating Arab and Muslim with terrorist. 

I am so sick of hearing about people’s fears of Obama being a Muslim and that crazy, ignorant as hell McCain supporter who thinks Obama is

 

 

McCain has been getting props for setting her straight (which on a certain level he did). BUt he didn’t do it fully.  What if he was an Arab?  What the heck has that got to do with anything? McCain’s response bothers me because it still left me with a bitter taste in my mouth: No Obama is not an Arab, he’s a descent family man citizen….”  

 

Um, so Arabs can’t be descent family men and citizens? No one picked up on that, except (funnily enough) Joe Scarborough— which makes my love-hate relationship with his off-beat conservative self all the more intense ;-0

 

America can do better than this.

Gloria Steinem

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I’m like a week late, but I finally got a chance to read Gloria Steinem’s critique of Sarah Palin.   I’ve said it before that Palin’s politics scare me (and quite frankly so do her religious convictions etc.) but I have a sort of “eh” relationship with Steinem.

She does however make some important points in this op-ed piece.

National Politics: McCain’s VP – a suicidal choice?

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Not feeling it at all, her politics scare me.  Here is an op-ed article from the Washingtonpost about Gov. Palin and Clinton supporters. In the author’s words, she is “A Suicidal Choice for Clinton Supporters.

Got to agree, I certainly hope they “come to their senses” on this one, by November at least.

uck! Politics is so icky, I am so tired of hearing all of the pundits and campaign organzers flip the script on a bunch of issues to support their person. I am tired of the analysis of speeches, and who is a maverick, conduit of change, promises of x,y and z.

And I am of course noting the copy-cat strategy of the GOP– appropriating Obama’s slogan/strategy + the historical nature of the Democratic fight for the White House.

Meanwhile, there is nothing on the news besides the conventions/campaign speeches.

Oh well, I will keep praying for OBIDEN ’08!!!!!!!!!!!

.. oh well… the battle for the White House continues

He Did it!

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A tornado hit my area yesterday knocking out our electricity for 24 hours, os I couldn’t mark the moment on my blog:

He did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama ’08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s official!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I am satisfied!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And at the same time, I can not be 100% satisfied, because as proud/happy as I am to have lived to say the day when a black person can actually be a viable candidate for president, the more I hear “historical, this” and “historical that” in reference him clinching the nomination, I’m wondering how that will affect the way people look at black folk and their status in society as a whole.

Will it be the Oprah effect? i.e. “Well Oprah is a successful, educated black woman and that proves that racism etc. doesn’t exist anymore.”

I’m not naive, Obama is not some messiah on earth, and minority/women leaders who make it into the head of state/top position in their respective nations aren’t necessarily the greatest boost to the minority groups they represent: Benazir Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir etc.

maybe I am being selfish, but it’s time to figure out what clinching this nomination means to me 🙂

I’m trying to make sense of this stuff in my head… ;-/