2. My roommate thaitea is illin' today, possibly because of a sandwich I brought her yesterday. Wish her good health if you have a moment.
3. Lileks today: ha ha, I didn't even bother to read him! That guy is an asshole.
4. I think I'm overusing the word "awesome", if such a thing is possible. (Brendan Wetherbee, in his piece Saturday night at the Quimby's reading for Sanitary & Ship, vowed that, just as President Bush used the word "freedom" 28 times in his inauguration speech, he would used the word "awesome" 50 times in his.) I need a new word, and I feel like I'm kinda over "crippling". So I'm thinking about "poultry". Like "Dude, this is so poultry!". I dunno. It's just a trial balloon.
5. The Swift Boat Veterans for Peace are back, and despite the claim that they're NOT a front organization for the G.O.P., they've decided to focus their wrath (and still-massive coffers) on, of all things, the AARP. Because, apparently, opposing social security privatization is an affront to all Viet Nam War naval veterans everywhere. Leaving aside the theoretical headache this gave me, and leaving aside the clear indicator of how goddamn cocky the Republican hatchetmen are feeling these days (as a rule, attacking the AARP is like crossing the NRA; it's political suicide, the equivalent of attacking Russia in winter), I wondered: what could they possible use to attack the AARP? What are they gonna do, accuse every retiree in America of lying about their war record?
Of course, I was hopelessly naive. When I saw the first SBVfT-sponsored internet ad, I realized that they'll just use the same slander that seems to work against everybody, the same target that (now that blacks and women are generally off limits) everyone can agree to hate: homos. Yes, the first attack ad accuses the American Association of Retired Persons of being anti-war and pro-faggot! It features a banner reading "WHAT THE A.A.R.P. REALLY WANTS", and then the following graphics:
- A shot of an American soldier in full Desert Storm camo, with a big red X superimposed over him. NO! NO SOLDIERS!
- A shot of two men in tuxedos, presumably at (their own) wedding, kissing, with a big green checkmark superimposed over them. YES! YES TO GAY MARRIAGE!
(EDIT: See the ridiculous anti-AARP ad here.)
Of course it was at this point that my head exploded. So I am no longer able to think about whether this will actually work (on the one hand, America's elderly hardly seem to be the demographic most likely to be pro-gay marriage, and I've never once heard the AARP make a pro-gay marriage stand; on the other hand, the right has had great success in slandering people and groups with accusations that have absolutely no basis in reality; on the other other hand, attacking the veteran-rich AARP as being somehow anti-military is risky to such a huge degree I'm almost praying it blows up in their face; and on the other other other hand, they seem able to get away with pretty much anything these days because, after all, four legs good, two legs baaaaaaad, right?).
But one thing is for sure: "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" is too limiting a title for them now, what with their wide-ranging new agenda. I think they should go for an official name change. Some possibilities:
(a) Swift Boat Veterans For Non-Swift Boat Veterans
(b) Swift Boat Veterans For Social Security "Reform"
(c) Swift Boat Veterans For Whatever Karl Rove Tells Us to Be For
(d) Swift Boat Veterans For Slandering Old People
(e) Swift Boat Veterans Against Men Kissing