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Dear friends and readers,

For May Day:

That's right. Italicized. It's Romney's Achilles' heel.  Romney's real self, his dog knew. How he treated his dog. Apparently it did no harm to Bush fils that he murdered a young woman on death row and laughed in public at her pleas to him. But it does harm to Romney.  Also that his wife never worked a day in her life for a boss who was to give her money for it. I vow to start making blogs on both of these.

The man without a heart. The woman who lived an utterly privileged existence and Romney seems not to know it. Of course she does and preens himself on it. On his keeping her.  What he's sure all women who had not got a man to support ought to be out of the house and working for money no matter how little, with their children with no mother to care for them from Day One. Day One is the day she gives birth. Children of women without men don't deserve mothers.



by Adrienne Rich

December 25, 1972

You show me the poems of some woman
my age, or younger
translated from your language

Certain words occur: enemy, oven, sorrow
enough to let me know
she's a woman of my time


with Love, our subject:
we've trained it like ivy to our walls
baked it like bread in our ovens
worn it like lead on our ankles
watched it through binoculars as if
it were a helicopter     ~
bringing food to our famine

or the satellite
of a hostile power

I begin to see that woman
doing things: stirring rice
ironing a skirt
typing a manuscript till dawn

trying to make a call
from a phonebooth

The phone rings endlessly
in a man's bedroom
she hears him telling someone else
Never mind. She'll get tired.
hears him telling her story to her sister

who becomes her enemy
and will in her own way ,
light her own way to sorrow

ignorant of the fact this w:ay of grief
is shared, unnecessary
and political


When they arrived in Canada, the dog ran away. Who would not? let us all run away from this "businessman" and his obedient wife.



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May. 1st, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Correction or comment from a friend (I've turned my comments off because of the level of spam I get on this site):

Arthur: "As far as I know, W never killed anybody in Florida, though his bother might have. Are you thinking of Karla Faye (if I'm remembering the name correctly) Tucker, the murderess whose plea for a stay was based on her being, like W, a born-again Xtian?"

My reply: I'm thinking of the prostitute whose life and death was the subject of a film. It was W who laughed so nastily at her pleas, but it may have been his brother who murdered her.

May. 1st, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Arthur: "The movie you're thinking of is _Monster_, with Charlize Theron (2006?). The prostitute/serial killer was named Aileen Wornos and she was executed under Jeb Bush, who refrained from mockery. Back in Texas, George Bush is supposed to have mocked Karla Tucker's televised pleas for commutation, but denies that he ever did so. The only source for the story is Tucker Carlson, not a whole lot more believable than W."

May. 1st, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
That is the movie I was thinking of andIi thought it powerful -- and also her story. I did see the tape of Bush laughing. It was perhaps the first time I ever saw him. Simian, swaggering, jeering. I may have gotten wrong some of the details which might explain to me why it never resonated against him on his campaign for presidency. I knew from that moment the man was a shallow sadist, not to be trusted with anything (not even a dog). Sylvia
May. 1st, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
The Tucker case hurt W a little, since she was articulate and persuasive as well as quite possibly a real convert. However, the sad fact is that a fairly large majority of Americans -- and a very large majority of Texans -- support the death penalty. W executed more people than any other governor and when he left they replaced him with Rick Perry who has executed even more people than he did. Clinton, remember, executed a retarded prisoner in Arkansas during the '92 campaign -- the guy who saved the dessert from his last meal so he could eat it later. It increased Bill's popularity on the right. Arthur
May. 1st, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
But to laugh at her, Arthur, to laugh. We can foresee his allowance and encouragement of torture here. Sylvia
May. 1st, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
I do realize a slew of attitudes that go unvoiced or half-articulated may enable Romney to win and there's very little decent people can do about these. Katha Pollitt deeply resents women who stay at home and when their husbands die are eligible for the husband's social security (at a decreased rate). She doesn't care that the law is not meant to be "fair" -- or treat everyone the same -- because eveyrone is different and its purpose is to prevent aging people from starving or becoming homeless. She just so hates any woman who has not chosen the rough lot she did on behalf of ambition. Such resentment lies at the heart of the destruction of welfare for women. If Romney wins, this will bring more vicious ruthless types to the supreme court and deeply maim individual rights and liberty for decades to come. I noticed the "dog" and his heartless treatment of it keeps coming up so I bring it up again -- in the hope this turns that gut level reaction which will lead people not to vote for Romney. Probably it does not weigh as much as his having been a successful, indeed super-rich businessman. Most American seem not to care about his cheating; indeed when it's not them hurting they admire it. Sylvia
May. 1st, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
Arthur wrote: "We can indeed, but the people who were disgusted -- us, for example -- weren't going to vote for him anyway. Fox viewers, on the other hand..."
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