and keep blood between brothers...
Just got back from a most refreshing mini-vacation to Boston. I really enjoy Beantown... While there, I saw one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Aimee Mann, perform at the Orpheum Theater, a lovely venue which she'd played at once before, seventeen years ago, when she was fronting 'Til Tuesday. She quipped, "That's right; I was fifteen." Heh-heh... She wasn't at that time, but I was. Aimee and her band were awesome, and they even played a slow and haunting version of "Voices Carry."
While I was standing on line outside the Orpheum, a group of anti-war protesters marched in front of the Park Street Church, and presumably in front of the State House as well. In fact, I noticed several people, students and otherwise, making clear their objections to war over the course of my weekend in Boston, which I thought was very cool. Guess it shouldn't be very surprising that the 'Cradle of Liberty' should be vocal on an issue of such import to the nation, and indeed the world.
Has anyone else considered the parallels between the Star Wars saga's Senator Palpatine and the forty-third President of the United States? I wonder how much longer the administration can use the threat of terrorism to get its way. It does seem that Dubya is trying to argue that, in order to maintain the integrity and the sovereignty of the U.S., we the people should cede to him and to the executive branch carte blanche and let them do as they will, in the name of democracy. That's not democracy, though. Besides, his arguments are getting weaker and weaker, and devolving into name-calling and threats.
Well, I wish I could get a little more riled up
(this column is called
Vitriol, after all), but I guess I just got too relaxed. And
introspective, rather than extrospective. Boston brings back memories,
some very old, some nearer to the present, but all belonging to a life now
behind me. So I'll spare the warmongers the rest of my barbs, at least
until next month. ;) "Hush, hush, keep it down now..."