Sunday, March 02, 2008

Almost Settled In

The main part of the move is done and we are getting settled into the new house. The cat came home from the kennel today and is exploring the new digs. After an initial hour of panic, she's decided she likes the place, I think.

We're exhausted and not looking forward to the coming work week. There is still a lot to be done around here and most of the boxes remain packed. The master bathroom is still under construction and there's a leak in the roof that needs fixing.

I've been back on line for only 24 hours so am still catching up on the news. I see that people are finally starting to wake up to the fact that Golden Boy Barry is short on substance, enamored of truthiness, and entirely too eager to kiss Republican ass to get a few primary votes.

Something I realized as I was looking over my links is that Riverbend (Baghdad Burning) has not posted since late October 2007. I keep checking her blog, hoping to see some word on where she is. Nothing. I'm afraid of what the answer might be. She had a two month visa at the end of October. It's now two months beyond that deadline. This is how her last post ends:

By the time we had reentered the Syrian border and were headed back to the cab ready to take us into Kameshli, I had resigned myself to the fact that we were refugees. I read about refugees on the Internet daily… in the newspapers… hear about them on TV. I hear about the estimated 1.5 million plus Iraqi refugees in Syria and shake my head, never really considering myself or my family as one of them. After all, refugees are people who sleep in tents and have no potable water or plumbing, right? Refugees carry their belongings in bags instead of suitcases and they don’t have cell phones or Internet access, right? Grasping my passport in my hand like my life depended on it, with two extra months in Syria stamped inside, it hit me how wrong I was. We were all refugees. I was suddenly a number. No matter how wealthy or educated or comfortable, a refugee is a refugee. A refugee is someone who isn’t really welcome in any country- including their own... especially their own.

We live in an apartment building where two other Iraqis are renting. The people in the floor above us are a Christian family from northern Iraq who got chased out of their village by Peshmerga and the family on our floor is a Kurdish family who lost their home in Baghdad to militias and were waiting for immigration to Sweden or Switzerland or some such European refugee haven.

The first evening we arrived, exhausted, dragging suitcases behind us, morale a little bit bruised, the Kurdish family sent over their representative – a 9 year old boy missing two front teeth, holding a lopsided cake, “We’re Abu Mohammed’s house- across from you- mama says if you need anything, just ask- this is our number. Abu Dalia’s family live upstairs, this is their number. We’re all Iraqi too... Welcome to the building.”

I cried that night because for the first time in a long time, so far away from home, I felt the unity that had been stolen from us in 2003.

Bloggers Without Borders...

This is the Bush legacy, father and son. This is what Cheney and the neocons would gladly do to every being on the planet. Are these the ideas you thought were so awesome, Barry? Is this what you think is a pretty darn good way to run the White House, just like Saint Ronnie would do? Are these the people you intend to invite into your administration, and seat in your cabinet, and get all warm and bipartisan with? Because this is the core of the Republican Party.



Anonymous said...

Good luck with the rest of your move in and unpacking.
I've also been reading a lot on various blogs as well as from my friends that they plan to vote for McCain if Obama gets the nomination and I think I'm moving towards that position as well. Two months ago I told myself that I would vote for the Democratic nominee be it Clinton or Obama. Then last month I decided that I would just write in Clinton. But now that the contest hinges on OH and TX and I've been so disgusted with Obama and his supporters that I want him to lose if he is the nominee - even if it means voting for McCain. It's horrible but I've felt better about my decision to write in Hillary and vote McCain now that more of my friends are more comfortable saying that they will support McCain too. It's a sad day when a Republican seems like a better choice to Democrats than our own nominee.

Anglachel said...

I would vote Hillary rather than McCain because it still costs The Precious a Democratic vote and it sends a clear message to the DNC and other Dems that the problem is *Obama*, and that you'd have been glad to vote for the candidate who ran as a real Democrat. I also think McCain is a ghastly person - as morally bankrupt as The Precious - and don't care to give him any support, either.

If you vote McCain *and* write in HRC, you void your ballot, so be sure to do only one of those two options. And vote Dem the rest of the ticket.

Above all, the Democratic nominee has not yet been chosen. It can go in interesting ways. The Golden One is not guaranteed of a win, and at the convention, he can't call on Republicans to come rescue him.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Anglachel. I didn't realize it would void my ballot and I'll feel better writing in Hillary than voting for McCain. At least I won't feel guilty electing a Republican if I still vote for Hillary.
And I am still hoping for a TX and OH win for Hillary on Tuesday! I haven't given up hope yet!