Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Chief Justice Scalia

I am disappointed with the election, to say the least. Distraught might be a better word.

The most frightening aspect of it is going to the Supreme Court nominations. The words Chief Justice Scalia fill me with so much dread.

We can forget about the right to privacy, the right to reproductive freedom and the right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures. The Republicans now control all three branches of government. But Bush will be able to fill the Court with right wing ideologues and that will be his true legacy.

The global war between Islam and the West has been given a big xenophobic thumbs up. Time to take up our White Man's Burden and kill some more darkies. On the bright side, all the military spending will probably result in some nice surveillance technology to spin off to the police so they can monitor the population more closely.

I recently watched the movie the Professional again with Jean Reno and Natalie Portman. Natalie Portman plays Mathilda and Jean Reno plays Leon.

There's a scene where Mathilda is nursing a bloody nose because her father has slapped her around (again). Leon comes up and gives her a handkerchief. Mathilda asks Leon if it's always like this, or just when you're a kid.

Leon pauses, and then tells her that life is always like this.

Life is full of heartache and stupidity and there is no getting around it.

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