It’s really hard to pick up a blog when it’s been lying fallow, just wallowing in the mud. The blog just feels so worn out and yucky. However, today is this blog’s most loyal follower, the one who makes an effort to comment and sends little messages of loss when the blog hasn’t been updated. So, in honor of that birthday, I will attempt some sort of an update.
It’s been 2 1/2 months. How can I possibly review all that’s happened in that time? The reason I stopped blogging is that the political work keeps me so busy that I have no energy for any other creative activity. Right now I’m way behind, in fact, so far behind that I get that giggly “What the H” feeling. Besides, I have just watched the final two episodes of my favorite TV show in ages. It never fails to give me the giggles and I marvel at its cleverness. Maybe — well, a lot — of my fascination is the show’s setting at the U.S. Senate and the way it weaves current issues and events into the basic crazy story. The show is Braindead. Yeah, I know. Whenever I have mentioned it since it started a few months ago, people ask with near horror, “Is that the show where people’s brains blow up?” Yup, that’s the one. Not everyone who’s infected blows up though, only a few. Most of them lose half their brains to the invading bugs — that’s right, an alien invasion. After half their brains fall out one ear, the same ear that the bugs crawled into, then they continue, except their actions and what’s left of their thoughts are directed by the bugs. Yuck, yuck, yuck! The fun is that, initially, most of the people infected are Republicans and the leader, who is host to the queen bug, is a Senate leader. The good guys are mostly Democrats. No wonder I loved it, right? I loved it today when Democratic senators staged a sit-in on the floor of the hearing room to prevent a vote. When the Republican leaders cut off the TV feed to C-SPAN, because too many Americans were watching and supporting them, they figured out how to live stream it via the Periscope App on their phones. This actually happened in June when John Lewis led a sit-in on the House floor to protest the Republican leadership’s refusal to allow a vote on gun safety laws. Even the episode names are hilarious. If you have not watched this and can download it or watch on-demand, or whatever, may I please reassure you that it will make you laugh.
Season 1 1. 1-1 13 Jun 16 The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century 2. 1-2 20 Jun 16 Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Showdown - A Critique 3. 1-3 27 Jun 16 Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy Steps 4. 1-4 11 Jul 16 Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and How We Can Keep America Great by Encouraging an Informed Electorate 5. 1-5 24 Jul 16 Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn't) 6. 1-6 31 Jul 16 Past as Prologue: Notes Toward a Post- Reagan Theory of Party Alliance, Tribalist, and Loyalty 7. 1-7 07 Aug 16 The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics 8. 1-8 14 Aug 16 The Path to War (1): The Gathering Political Storm 9. 1-9 21 Aug 16 Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. are Discovered and Patched 10. 1-10 28 Aug 16 The Path to War (2): The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes 11. 1-11 04 Sep 16 Six Points on the New Congressional Budget: The False Dichotomy of Austerity vs. Expansionary Policies 12. 1-12 11 Sep 16 Talking Points Toward a Wholistic View of Activism in Government: Can the Top Rebel? 13. 1-13 11 Sep 16 The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens when Democracies Fail: A Brief Synopsis
Here is a group of pictures from the coolest thing I did this summer. I went with some other local friends to Charlotte for a Hillary Clinton rally with her special guest, President Obama. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Some of these pictures have been on Facebook, but it’s fun to share them again. They are not news-worthy photos, but they give you a feel for what it was like to be down in the midst of a crowd that was wildly enthusiastic. Enjoy. Til next time!