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Today, I read an SG1 fic set in the near future, which makes a subtle reference to "President Obama." I love science fiction fans. I mean, there's the rare Orson Scott Card of the genre, but as a whole, SF usually visions a world in which I'd be happier to live.

In not entirely unrelated news, I just got back from my "it's-warmer-than-35-degrees-so-I-have-no-excuse-not-to" walk. Crossing Pennsylvania Avenue, I came upon a big dinosaur-guzzler with a bumper sticker showing a very distorted US map that appeared almost entirely red, and the words (in red) "Bush Country". More charming still was the sticker proclaiming the owner a "licensed terrorist hunter" and his intention to shoot people of apparent Arabic descent on sight.

Coming around the front of the truck, what did I see under the windshield wiper? A big old D.C. parking ticket! Oh, it was all I could do not to leave a little note beside it saying "Welcome to Bluesville, sucka! But, d. being the better part of v., I left well enough alone.

You know, googling an old high school friend today, I found that he'd recently had a lot of wise things to say about treating bigots with the humanity with which they should treat us. That's like him, if I recall correctly. For example, he's strongly in favor of legalizing gay marriage, and can articulate the reasons for it beautifully. But he also makes a (damned if I'm lyin') pretty good case for why we should be patient with people who don't get it.

Gods, it's so hard to be level-headed and compassionate. It's so much easier just to get angry. It's so satisfying. And so ultimately useless.

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rimrender
Feb. 5th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
Yes, yes it does. Seeing as I seem to be on Karma's rollodex.
fenriss
Feb. 5th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
Poor thing! I am fervently wishing the universe would see fit to give you a break.
rimrender
Feb. 6th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Maybe. I in the process of moving to Florida. Now the whole house split up fiasco and work turning into a gullag doesn't have such bad timing.
To drive home the point, the opportunity/ reason for moving to Florida came up hrs after donating $25 to the tsunami relief the day after it happened.
Of course it had to be Florida. As far away from the snow and mountains as I can get in the US i think. Its just so flat!
rionnkelly
Feb. 5th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
Aren't we all?

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