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Thursday, September 30, 2004
  Dueling sound bites

The Banjo Dance - dueling banjos

I received an invite to watch the 'debate' at Manuel's Tavern tonight with the students and alumni of the School of Public Policy [In the two years I attended the MS program, I don't ever remember anyone using "Ivan Allen College" and "Liberal Arts" in the same breath - the new web design - just interesting] from GA Tech. As much as I would enjoy seeing old friends again, and as anyone who reads this blog on any kind of regular basis knows, I am a big fan of Manuel's Tavern, but even at this late date, I'm not sure I can be bothered to attend this mockery of the democratic process and insult to the tradition of political discourse. Besides, it will like watching Deliverance (1972) again, without the plot, suspense or entertainment value.

Besides, I really cannot stand to hear/watch George Bush. He causes me to have a visceral reaction that makes me want to lash out. I'm scared I would start throwing beer glasses through every television in the place. In fact, Baby Bush reminds me of Eddie Albert as Capt. Erskine Cooney, CO, Fox Co from the 1956 movie, "Attack", which if you've never seen it, is worth your time. [It is most certainly the role that made me realize how much real depth Eddie Albert had as an actor] In fact, his portrayal as a cowardly, psychopathic army officer, who got his position based on family connections, and sends his troops to almost certain death in combat, while he cowers in the rear and smirks, creates the same loathing in me that Baby Bush evokes just being himself. Really, if you can get a copy, this movie could be Baby Bush's life in an alternate universe - "Attack"

I just wish I could think of Kerry in Jack Palance's role as Lt. Joe Costa, Fox Co. It almost fits, but in contrast to Jack Palance, Kerry is boring and uninspiring. I think Kerry's performance so far reminds me of any Chuck Norris performance - flat. You don't doubt that he can physically accomplish (in the early films, at least) what's presented on screen, but you can always tell your watching a B movie, with a B actor reading from a B script. I just wonder who thought Kerry was worth a roll on the casting couch in the first place. Besides, in the end of "Attack", a wounded Lt. Joe Costa (arm run over by a German tank - fairly horrific scene) finds and shoots Capt. Erskine Cooney so you get the feeling that good triumphs over evil, even if there are no survivors. I just don't think Kerry is going to win in the end so the parallel to the movie ends at the ending. Too bad.

So, rather than watch two or three hours of a sham and the associated coverage, where know-nothing assholes tell me who won and how I'm supposed to interpret what was said, I think I'll read a book. 
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