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At Least He Can Probably Pronounce "India" - Riffs and Licks
At Least He Can Probably Pronounce "India"
The wonderful Arundhati Roy has a typically scathing article in The Nation about Shrub's visit to India, where he'll be speaking not to the Parliament (whose members have a nasty habit of thinking for themselves and speaking up, and cannot be arrested and ejected the way American citizens can), but at a medeival fort that also contains the Delhi zoo. She says,
George Bush's audience will be a few hundred caged animals and an approved list of caged human beings, who in India go under the category of "eminent persons." They're mostly rich folk who live in our poor country like captive animals, incarcerated by their own wealth, locked and barred in their gilded cages, protecting themselves from the threat of the vulgar and unruly multitudes whom they have systematically dispossessed over the centuries.

So what's going to happen to George W. Bush? Will the gorillas cheer him on? ... Will the crocs recognize a kindred soul? Will the quails give thanks that Bush isn't traveling with Dick Cheney, his hunting partner with the notoriously bad aim? Will the CEOs agree?
She is particularly incensed, with good reason, at the idea of Shrub visiting the Gandhi memorial, which is indeed a bit like Tom Metzger visiting the Lorraine Motel (although in fact Metzger is probably too honest to do so).


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From: shunn Date: March 1st, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful article. I need a shower after reading the Metzger page, though.
From: shunn Date: March 1st, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Come to think of it, I need a shower after reading about Bush too.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: March 1st, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's a brainwashing you need...
From: trash80 Date: March 15th, 2006 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm...he'd probably need one of his associates to inform him that Gandhi was a famous political figure, and not an Indian sports drink. He'd probably also make a comment about insects if he was asked if he had any interest in cricket.

As an aside, I noticed you were part of harmonicanotes and just wanted to know if I could add you to my friends list?

I usually like to ask first. I get a bit estranged when I suddenly have addons to my friends list and I have absolutely no idea who they are.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: March 15th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you see the pictures of Bush playing cricket on his trip? From the looks of his swing, perhaps he did think he was swatting at flies. I personally get the biggest kick out of the look on the wicketkeeper's face; I'm sure he's thinking "I can't laugh. I can't laugh. If I laugh they'll send me to prison in Pakistan. I can't laugh. I can't laugh."

I am a member of harmonicanotes and have been meaning for a while to start adding some more interesting/useful content to it. Do you play? And yes, please feel free to add me and I'll do the same.

And by the way, as a reporter for a small newspaper in central Pennsylvania in the late 80s, I wrote many a story on a Trash 80 portable computer, sending them into the copy desk with acoustic couplers. I wrote a few games in BASIC for it as well, to while away those long zoning board meetings.
From: trash80 Date: March 16th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
At first when I saw that picture I just shuddered, then I noticed that the bails were off and laughed. Most likely the bowler probably did his utmost to make the ball as slow and as easy to hit as possible, and he still missed. Kind of like me when I'm at stumps.

Oz's Prime Minister John Howard was visiting our SAS troops in Iraq sometime in 2004, and they were all playing a friendly game of cricket. He was passed the tennis ball and was offered to bowl, and sheesh...I thought 'I' was a terrible bowler. Then one of the soldiers tried to pass him the ball back, slow and underarm, and he dropped it. I guess politics and sport never go well together.

I've been playing the harp on and off for a long time now, but I really only started to get serious with it in the past year or so. I'm currently trying out in a blues band at the moment, we're all a group of amatuers so at least I don't feel like I'm falling behind. I've stuck a few links up on harmonicanotes, too.

As for Trash80's.... I used to own a CoCo Model 1 a while back. I never really got into the TRS heavily, just stuffed around with BASIC for a while, made it go 'beep!' and change colour a few times. I was more a Commdore fan with the 64 and it's bigger brother Amiga.
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