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August 16th, 2004

the only earth?

priorities, failure of imagination

o.k., so you might have guessed that having the olympic fever involves watching a lot of television. And watching a lot of television gives one the opportunity to see the hot new political ads.

Let me tell you, I'll bet that a lot of people are going to change their vote for president in the 2004 election based on this new ad from George W. Bush called "Solemn Duty" [gwb]. The centerpiece of the ad is George, sitting next to Laura, saying,
"I can't imagine the great agony of a mom or a dad having to make the decision about which child to pick up first on September the eleventh."
What is that even supposed to mean? Maybe he's trying to explain why he sat at the elementary school for all of those minutes during the reading lesson after being informed of the terrorist attacks.

It's not really clear why he should need to imagine how a parent would feel, since one would expect that he might have first-hand experience on the subject, given that he has two children of his own.
the only earth?

the smiling wife affair

Dan Savage on the McGreevy press conference and the irony of protecting traditional marriage:
If it does nothing else, the McGreevey marriage highlights the chief absurdity of the anti-gay-marriage argument: Gay men can, in point of fact, get married -- provided we marry women, duped or otherwise. The porousness of the sacred institution is remarkable: Gay people are a threat to marriage, but gay people are encouraged to marry . . . as long as our marriages are a sham.[salon]
I'm surprised that he didn't mention his own apparently short-lived sham marriage from earlier this year.