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By ana (Thu Dec 20, 2007 at 09:43:38 AM EST) xmas (all tags)
Hm. I seem to have clicked the "new diary" button.

It's snowing. Again. I've had enough snow. But they claim it'll start raining, a bit later, which will quite possibly be worse, as all the snow, followed by snow-then-rain, lately has buried the storm drains under tons of ice. I think this must be how glaciers form. They then grind to powder all evidence of the civilization that spawned them.

Yesterday I had four meetings in a row. Didn't get a whole lot done, as you might well imagine. Though one of the four meetings was a small topical one, reporting progress on an investigation we've been working on for a while now. It's cool to see what people are doing.

For a very long time, I've resisted the siren call of people who think that, suitably educated, everybody would of course arrive at the same conclusions they do. The "Wake Up!" school of political discourse.

It occurs to me that this is a great situation for a novel; and indeed, it occurs in a slightly different form in the one I just wrote. The main character, urged to action by her partner, wakes up and does something very different from what he expected. Both of them, acting for the best reasons, provoke massive unforeseen consequences. And, between the two of them, end up killing the very person who gave them the power to act in the first place. There's something very cool about flawed characters.

Hm. Seems the Lak[h]ota Nation have declared "continuing independence" from the USA. Should be interesting seeing how this shakes out, because they certainly have a point: the US Government has certainly violated treaties with them early and often. AP story. This might be somewhat more productive than when the American Indian Movement (AIM), also pushed by Russell Means, got into a shootout with the FBI on the Pine Ridge reservation in the 1970s.

And, it's almost Christmas. The music this year is relatively straightforward. Should be fun. We're visiting my folks this year; they're coming up on their 60th wedding anniversary in March, which is quite the feat. I think the shopping is done; we really should do the Christmas Card thing this year, though.

Which reminds me of a story. There was a guy I knew, an Episcopal priest, who was very much into the notion of celebrating Advent in the weeks prior to Christmas, and then Christmas for the 12 days that are actually a part of that season. After I moved away, I got a card from him in mid-December, which surprised me, given the above. Opening it up, it was deep purple, with, in gold lettering, the legend "And they recieved Him not." It was not a Christmas card at all; it was an Advent card. And I'm out.

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I'm sure this will work well by theantix (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Dec 20, 2007 at 03:53:51 PM EST
Historically, America has a great record of fair treatment to "Indians", and has also been quite tolerant of the idea of splitting up the union.  Especially given that the current leftist administration is likely to be sympathetic to their cause, this sounds like a sure plan for success.

mns: oh, dude, join my facebook group!

In re: snow, by blixco (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Dec 20, 2007 at 04:13:58 PM EST
we've been in the 70s here in the tropics of Texas, with a couple of days in the 80s.

Think about that.

Good thing global climate change is a filthy liberal myth!
"You bring the weasel, I'll bring the whiskey." - kellnerin

The "Wake Up!" school of discourse. by Horatio Hellpop (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Dec 20, 2007 at 08:53:57 PM EST
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't that Marx's schtick?

"You can't really know something until you ruin it for everyone." -some guy who used to have an account here

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