Monday, October 09, 2006

Over the Edge

I woke up early this morning, thanks to Murphy, and turned on the TV. The first thing I heard was that N. Korea had reportedly tested an underground nuclear devise. That did it. I realized the I had fallen victim to the dreaded political fatigue bug.

Symptoms of this condition are meltdown and the brain’s refusal to deal with any political matters for a while. The mind just refuses to try to make sense of anything that is going on in the political world.

I don’t know if this condition is contagious or self-inflicted, but I sure do know it hit me this morning.

29 Comments:

Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Do you know how many times the U.S. has tested nuclear weapons, under and over ground? No, because it isn't reported and you didn't feel bad then - so why feel worried now? The neocons are spready the worst kind of epidemic - fear warts. Tell them thanks, but no thanks you can keep it for yourselves.

October 09, 2006 4:56 AM  
Blogger PaxRomano said...

I have been suffering the same.

October 09, 2006 5:07 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

I got up this morning and turned on my computer, started the coffee. Got the same news on the web, my TV isn't hooked up to anything but a VCR. It's a waste of my time to turn it on to watch their commericals. I can ignore the commericals on the web. I go right to the news I'm interested in, it all gets filterd a lot faster.

Too often we feel like there is nothing we can do. We are just victims. But you can turn your TV,s off. Why support them. Sigh.

October 09, 2006 5:15 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

It's a bad case of the fuckits. And it's all Clinton's fault

October 09, 2006 5:17 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

I overheard one talking head on one of the morning shows this morning put it pretty well- Il may be crazy, but he's not suicidal - he is smart enough to know that a nuclear attack against the US would result in the destruction of his country, so that's not the worry. The real worry is that S.E. Asian countries will feel the need to follow suit, and there will be a nuclear arms race among Korea, Vietnam, Japan and others. I don't know how that would impact our foreign policy - such as it is - but the bunch directing it now is certainly not capable of dealing with this issue - thus far it has resulted in NK building an operable bomb with no direct talks to set limits on NK's nuclear development. Of course, Cheney will put NK on the list of terrorist countries on the "them" side of the war on terra, then they'll really get scared (or dangerous).

ps, pop-had a great weekend, you?

October 09, 2006 5:23 AM  
Anonymous ScottG said...

Pogo is absolutely right. The US still commands the most impressive nuclear arsenal in the world, and they're still the only country who's used them against civilian population centers. Our nuclear deterrant works, and now we know NK's does too. This is really no big deal. Like Pogo says, KJI is not suicidal.

This is good timing for the GOP though, since it gets Foley Gate off the front pages for a while.

October 09, 2006 5:31 AM  
Blogger Mimus Pauly said...

North Korea having nuclear arms doesn't bother me. Bush having access to America's nukes, on the other hand...

As for the political fatigue: Contagious or self-inflicted? In my case, both...

October 09, 2006 5:41 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

I have noticed a distinct increase in alarming news lately...part of the agenda to terrify Americans into voting for repubes in a few weeks (gotta counter the Foley debacle somehow). They want to scare us into compliance. It's a Big Brother strategy.

Bury your face in the scruff of Murphy's neck, breathe deep, and make 3 wishes. It always works for me. With Stella, of course. She sends her love!

October 09, 2006 6:22 AM  
Blogger researcher said...

North Korea may not pose a direct threat to the U.S. but the threat of a nuke getting into the hands of another crazy is real.
Nuclear proliferation is the greatest threat we face. North Korea wanted to end any doubt that they have a bomb. They may not be crazy enough to launch one at us but selling one is not be beyond possibility. Unlikely but still needs to be taken very seriously.

bluegrrrrl (how many r 's are in bluegrrrrl?) may be right that Bush will try and spin this into a reason to vote Republican. Reality is their policy with North Korea failed.

October 09, 2006 6:37 AM  
Blogger Lulu Maude said...

Yeah... we have taken a few days off from our addiction to the NY Times. We'll be back for Tuesday (for the Science Times), but I am having too many bludgeoning fantasies, esp. after having viewed the War Tapes over the weekend.

Know what you mean.

October 09, 2006 6:41 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

America, do you feel safer with Republicans in charge? Just another reason to vote these suckers out.

October 09, 2006 7:02 AM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

I used to listen to MPR in the morning. I stopped because I wanted to enjoy my drive in to work. This morning I turned NPR on and heard about NK.

I turned the radio complete off and just listened to the cool wind rush through the cab of my truck.

October 09, 2006 7:11 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

The cynic in me has to wonder if this isn't the much anticipated "October Surprise" and if Rove didn't know this was coming all along. Look what it has accomplished:

1. Foleygate is off of the front pages

2. People are scared shitless. And when they are scared, they vote Repuglican.

Rove's latest ploy: "If you don't vote for Repugs this fall, N. Korea will nuke your house."

I am WAY more scared of what our own government is doing than some nuke in N. Korea.

October 09, 2006 7:12 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Afterwhile, I think we all get sick of the same old diet of rotten trash called political news, and want a little yogurt for the mind!! Take a break, Pop. It's not like this crap is going anywhere...(: Do an exclusive interview with Fred. See if Murphy will talk to the keyboard. It'll likely make more sense than the crap we're hearing and watching daily.

October 09, 2006 7:12 AM  
Blogger thepoetryman said...

It streaks into us like the death of a nation... Fatigue.

Fight it at every step...

Peace.

October 09, 2006 8:19 AM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

I went over the edge awhile back. Every staged event planned by Rove to get the base charged up and the rest of us scared became just a bunch of white noise to me. But I have found the Bible-Thumpers defence of Foley strangely funny. And I know Bill Clinton has to be laughing his ass off on this one as well. The Bible-Thumper Dobson and hack Matt Drudge saying Foley-gate is a joke or prank while they wanted to hang Bill who had something with a consenting adult is just too bizarre to be real. Looking forward to being the first in line to vote Democrat on election day. And in a few more years I'm moving to Mexico.

October 09, 2006 9:08 AM  
Blogger Time said...

I hope you get over it by election day.

October 09, 2006 9:10 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

This is why I blog my grandbaby.

October 09, 2006 9:16 AM  
Blogger researcher said...

may you live in interesting times...

I think that's some kind of Chinese curse.

October 09, 2006 9:35 AM  
Blogger azgoddess said...

this is exactly the reason why i don't watch the news...nor read about it..

it's all total BS - a smoke screen for what 'they' don't want us to see...

HUGS!!!

October 09, 2006 11:18 AM  
Blogger Endorendil said...

Problem with NK is not that they'll nuke the US, or anyone else for that matter. Problem is that they have little else to export than knowledge. They're a knowledge-based economy ;).

They'll sell to the highest bidder, as they have been doing with missile technologies. That is still a concern, no matter how jaded we get about anything else. And all because Shrub decided talking to NK wasn't a good idea, back in 2001.

But Foleygate off the pages must be a sore disappointment to Rove. It was his finest trick yet. It stopped all the talk about the deficit and the war, you know, the things that drive people to consider regime change. Sexual deviancy is one area where Democrats have no edge on Republicans...

October 09, 2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

I know exactly how you feel P.O.P. Upon arriving home from work, I announced to BabyGirl that she was going to help me make M & M cookies (well... as much a 4 yr can help) and that we were both going to get very large cold glasses of milk and then eat as many of them as we wanted while they were still warm before dinner. Stupid rules be damned! And I go to the OB/GYN for another pregnancy check-up, and I could care less what that damn scale says I weigh :)

October 09, 2006 1:37 PM  
Blogger Lola Heatherton said...

Well. Mr. Il is so scary, it's scary.

October 09, 2006 2:10 PM  
Blogger HillCountryGal said...

I just love these "tubes" that make this big ole' machine called the Internet work, don't you? You stopped by my site, and now I'm seeing who you are amd you know what??? I found another daily stop on my rounds.
Nice to meet you.

October 09, 2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger carbunclefrank said...

Bluegrrrrl and pam got it right. It's just scare tactics. The gas prices dropped 60 cents around these parts but that aint gonna save those bastards eiother. Vote 'em out in November....period....and Impeach King Bush the liar.

October 09, 2006 3:35 PM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

Definitely understand POP....we can't do a lot about it and it seems like those who can aren't.

October 09, 2006 3:44 PM  
Anonymous paris said...

I've been over the edge ever since they yanked Monica out from under the Presidents Desk Aaauugghhh!

October 09, 2006 4:37 PM  
Blogger The Beltway B@stard said...

A little of both for me POP. Every three or four weeks, I have to stop and allow some brain cells to regenerate.

October 09, 2006 6:35 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

It's the pits...but I am trying hard to remain upbeat for November. If it goes south...then will be the time of deep sadness and reflection...like I felt in 2004. Or maybe I'll go a murderous rampage and make the news. I'll be sure to wave to the camera and shout..."It's Sumo...see I told you I'd do it"!

October 10, 2006 12:32 AM  

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