From the always entertaining Capitol Hill Blue comes,

Bush is taking powerful anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression and paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned

Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush stormed off stage on July 8, refusing to answer reporters’ questions about his relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J. Lay.

“Keep those motherfuckers away from me,” he screamed at an aide backstage. “If you can’t, I’ll find someone who can.”

Now I don’t want’ anyone to get the wrong idea. I have nothing againest anti-depressants, they are often a very good thing. I just don’t want to have a president that needs to be taking them.

Dirty Republican games shouldn’t shock anyone by now. They’re up to their tricks again in Florida, conveniently filling in voter registration forms for new immigrants. Guess they can’t be trusted to fill out those forms themselves.

New Citizens Say GOP Took Away Their Right To Choose

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Dario Cruz has lived in the United States for 16 years, but just became a citizen last week as he and about 200 other immigrants were naturalized.

One of the things he had always wanted to was register to vote, but when he was offered the chance to do that right outside the ceremony, he knew something wasn’t right — the place on the form where you’re asked to choose Democrat, Republican or independent was already filled out.

“It’s like one side,” Cruz said. “You don’t get to choose.”

According to Cruz and his family, every form was checked off Republican.

It was something his wife, Linda Cross, first noticed. She said she asked what was going on, and was told the woman registering voters said they were with a Republican organization.

“I am Republican,” she told Channel 4’s Jim Piggott. “I was very angry with that if they want to register whatever party, you shouldn’t try to dictate to people what party they are going to register; who they are going to vote for, because then you don’t have any freedom.”

The couple left without registering, but they did tell local Democratic Party officials what happened.

“These new citizens that were coming out and maybe did not know much of what was going on were all registering Republican,” Cross said. “Not by choice, but by someone else’s choice.”

Clyde Collins, who runs the local Democratic Party, says this practice is not right, and as informed federal officials about the incident. They told him an investigation is underway.

“First of all, it violates your fundamental right,” Collins said. “You have right to decide which political party you wish to enroll.”

Collins says those who were sworn in last week will be contacted and told they have the right to register for the party of their choice.

For Cruz, that is what’s important.

“I think you should be able to choose who you want to vote for,” he said.

For the record, any registered voter can vote for any candidate of any party in a general election, but in most primaries in Florida, people can only vote for candidates of their own party.

Channel 4 has tried contracting federal officials about this issue since last Friday and have not received a response, nor have local Republican leaders responded. Folio Weekly will have more on this story in this week’s paper.

more of the same

There hasn’t really been much in the way of exciting or interesting things to write about. The daily routine has taken over with its sweet repitions, sleep wake work home dinner relax sleep repeat. Work is still wonderful and I still enjoy it immensily.

Mikes sister will be visiting us this weekend so we’ll be going out and trying to stay cool. The forecast for Seattle is in the lower to mid 90’s. Thats pretty warm, no matter were you are. I personally don’t like and it renews my appreciation for all things Fall, cool and breezy.

Tomorrow I have a lot of running around to do, get the (overdue) tabs for my car, drop mike off at work, some shopping at Petco for the baby-ones, go and get my library card validated and activate. The King County Libary (which is different than the Seattle Public Library) has ebooks to check out. This is a very cool thing, as there isn’t any waiting for the book, you just download it and read it on your handheld (palm, pocketpc etc). There aren’t that many branchs and you do have to go in to get your card activate, but once its activated no returning of ebooks just read it and go.

I like the idea of going to Church on Sundays. It fuels my desire for there to be order and harmony in Life. I think its the ritual, which I can appreciate. The theology is a whole nother can of worms.

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
John F. Kennedy

I noticed an interesting contrast tonight that made me feel proud to be an American. I stayed around home tonight, I just wanted some quite time. I watched movies, ate popcorn. Anyway, I heard the fireworks shows going off down over Elliott Bay and at the same time, I was watching Queer as Folk, two of the characters were fucking. Outside, possibly up on the roof there were a bunch of frat boys whooping it up and screaming, breaking into spontaneous choruses of “Happy Birthday”.

I just realized something this morning. It was one of those I’ve know all along in the back of my mind but never really paid too much attention to kind of things. I’ve never really had a voice with my mom. Since my teens I’ve never really spoken my mind expressed my insgihts or beliefs if they’ve disagreed with hers. My mom is a very interesting person. She grew up in the 50’s going to Catholic boarding school. She entered the noviate to become a nun and moved to Mexico. Through some things that happened she was forced to leave and join the ranks of us regular folk. She met and eventually married my father. When my (biological) mom was killed in a car accident, I was placed with her and my dad. They eventually divorced and I went with her while my dad stayed in Florida (if memory serves). She had offically adopted me at this point (I was 3-4). We moved back up north to New York (Nyack) were we lived. She met my sisters father, Paul and they married. I remember the wedding because I didn’t like him at all, and carried on and fussed as they were getting married. She told me later on in life that the main reason she married him, was that she thought I needed a father. Funny choice because Paul was the least fatherly like choice I could think of. Stone would have been a better choice and warmer too. They got divorced in a scene that would make any drama queen proud. He says he caught her in adultery, which she later told me was true. I work to her screeming and running around the house, “he’s gonna kill me, he’s gonna kill me” while Paul was very methodically cleaning out one of his many guns. She eventually called the police who came and arrested him. The only good thing that came out of that marriage was my sister Karen. So to make this long post shorter, it was Karen my mom and myself. Mom eventually returned to the Church and became a lay nun. She has been taking in AIDS (and drug addicted) babys since the beginning of the crisis. She has been a major advocate for pediatric AIDS care in NY. We have always had an unusual relationship. Shes got the whole gay is ok, as long as you don’t do anything stuff going on. Which is the Catholic party line even though she has always supported my relationships (Mike and William). Shes become more Republican as shes gotten older, a natural consequence of senility I think. I’m tremendously proud of the work my mom does, shes the most selfless person I know and she doesn’t have a clue that she is. The point of this pose was to remind myself that I need to use my voice. I got my brashness and confrontational nature from her, yet I don’t use it with her. I don’t want her to think any less of me than I already think she does. That’s what I was trying to get to, I knew if I wrote this all out I’d get to the truth of it. Now theres something laid bare and plain. Nothing startling I’m sure to most and certainly not some great insight, but it is a truth for me that I needed to lay plain.

An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him “How do you expect to get into Heaven?”

The boy thought it over and said,

“Well, I’ll run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, ‘For Heaven’s sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!'”

“On these and a whole host of values, John Kerry’s votes and statements over the decades that he’s been in office put him on the left, out of the mainstream and out of touch with the conservative values of the heartland.”

The Kerry campaign was quick to respond. “Considering that Dick Cheney got five deferments from the military to avoid combat, he’s the last person who should be attacking Vietnam veteran John Kerry’s commitment to the flag,” said spokesman Phil Singer.