Monday, November 21, 2005

Colorblind Me

I can remember the combination lock to my junior high locker (14-36-24), but I can't remember if I'm living in a "red" or "blue" state. During the election last year, I figured it was a short-lived media catch phrase, not worth committing to memory. Who cares if my state is red or blue--all I know is that my vote doesn't really "count," because my state always vote along liberal Democratic lines and I don't. (Yes, I know--"every vote counts"--but surely you understand what I mean.)

But a year later, the media keeps referring to us as "red" and "blue" and I am puzzled each time. I miss the entire point of the report because I can't remember what color I am. Or what color my state is. Am I red? Or blue? Or really purple, as some have suggested?

I propose that "red" and "blue" labels be eliminated immediately.

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In other news, a 20-year old man shot six people at my local mall. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. My neighbor and I were discussing this shocking event and she confided, "I don't think I'll ever go back." And I said, "You know, I think there must be something wrong with me, because it won't stop me at all."

After a crazy incident like that, what are the chances it will happen again soon?

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Last week, I wept as I finished reading My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. A couple of nights ago, I picked up Anne Lamott's Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith and although I love her writing, I am weary of her constant bashing of George W. Bush and all Republicans. I'm starting to take it personally, because how else can I take it? But I will persevere. I am loyal to a fault.

Even if I do live in a red blue red blue red blue state. Or red state.

Never mind. I'm colorblind, as only a white Republican from Washington state can be.


Blogger Heather said...

I'm not a Republican or even an American, but I AM a big fan of Anne Lamott, and I would agree - Plan B could do with a little less Bush bashing. It just got tiresome after awhile.

6:05 AM  
Anonymous beth said...

I am hoping to find that Jodi Picoult book today at the library to take on my Thanksgiving trek. I've been wanting to read it!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

My state is more of a greenish brown, depending on the season.
:-) :-)

6:17 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I like your blog. That red and blue business is cute. Remember the maps that appeared with the border redrawn and the blue states added to Canada. If we are colour coding I am definite Pink somewhere to the left of our mild socialist party NDP. I still like dialogue with Conservative but George Bush and his cabal are not Conservatives. They are Democrats on steroids. Some of their thinking is rooted in Trotsky and the philospher, Leo Stauss. Few of the Bush policies are grounded in conservative principles. His people have fooled classic conservative more that Liberals. They are just now speaking up. I pray for the recovery of the Great Republic from the grip of fascism.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

I remember my jr. high lock combination too - that's cuz I stole it at the end of the year. Still have it, as a matter of fact - and use it on my storage locker! lol [Confessions of a jr. high criminal...]

11:22 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Mine was 13-43-7. I will NEVER forget it.

I also do not know what color my state is. Soon, it will be 'snow white' though.

I will pass on this Anne Lamont book, although I love her. I'm not a huge Bush fan, but I certainly did not think that Kerry would have been a better choice. Actually, I LOVE history. It's the present I just can't seem to figure out.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Julana said...

I can't get it straight either. My husband recently said it's the opposite of what you would intuit. Which I think means Republican is Red. As in radical, or emotional. I really used to like Lamott, too. Then I saw her on C-span months ago, and she just made radical political comments, which didn't take much creativity, and the luster wore right off. I think she's getting old and tired. She hasn't treated her body well.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous surcie said...

I love Anne L., too. And I actually enjoyed her Bushranting because I mostly agreed with her. Still, I was surprised that she wasn't more concerned about alienating her readers. On the otherhand, it's Anne's frankness and her being little different (dreadlocks, drug addiction, activism, etc.) that won her so many fans in the first place.

As for the shooter, I'm sure he scared the crap out of your community. Remember the D.C. sniper? He killed someone in the parking lot of my Home Depot, which is right next to my Barnes & Noble. Sure, it was shocking and upsetting, but something like that isn't likely to happen there ever again. We have to live our lives.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Diddy-Win said...

Not really trying to start something Mel, but I get so sick of hearing "Bush bashing" that I could spit! BUT - since I'm not a particularly good arguer I will shut up only AFTER take GREAT exception to, and give the definition of, "cabal" - a term that "tossing pebbles in the stream" used in an above comment. This is how he or she defines the leaders of this great country, MY COUNTRY - America:

CABAL - a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue [syn: faction, junto, camarilla] 2: a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot) [syn: conspiracy] v : engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together; "They conspired to overthrow the government" just HAVE to say one more thing about the above hate-speech....FASCISM?? Do you KNOW what THAT means?? Do you live in our country? Do you not enjoy the freedom that I do?
Fascism defined:

1. A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
2. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.

Oppressive, dictatorial control.

...I'm done...for now..°Ü°

7:10 PM  
Blogger ginabina said...

I live in a very blue state. In 44 days I will move to...

another blue state. (Where I will be actively campaigning to unseat Dick Durbin).


Ditto, diddy-win.

5:17 PM  
Blogger dinodoc said...

With all due respect diddy, I must fervently agree w/pebbles. What, so those of us who *do* consider BushCo a cabal don't appreciate our great country & democracy??? Does that mean I can't be a good Christian too? As my bumper sticker says, I don't have to like Bush to love my country. (Nor to love my fellow Americans, red blue or fluorescent yellow.)

3:37 PM  
Blogger Diddy-Win said...

dinodoc - Who said ANYTHING about being a Christian? Does just because I love my country, and am loyal to MY president make ME a Christian? Or are you assuming that only Christians are loyal to their country?
If you will re-read my post, I took GREAT exception to the hate speech given regarding our leaders. I took great care to define the very words that this pebble-person used.

11:58 PM  

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