The Hunting of the President


The Hunting of the PresidentHave you seen this film, “The Hunting of the President?” I checked it out from the library yesterday and watched it last night. It’s a documentary (from 2003) that is based on the Joe Conason book of the same name. It’s about the Conservative’s attempt to discredit the Clinton presidency during the nineties. I remember when all of this was happening, and even believed some of the slander because I was conservative at the time. It’s funny, but when 9/11 happened I seemed to forget about all of it.

I was especially sickened to find out that Mrs. McDougall was coerced into testifying against Clinton, and when she refused to agree to Starr’s made up story she was thrown in prison – on the block with the women that killed their babies. She was made to wear the same clothing as these women and, thus, marked as a baby killer. Because of this she was severely abused by the other prisoners. I was also sickened to discover that the Clintons were found to have done NOTHING WRONG regarding the whole Whitewater investigation. Nothing. But the news didn’t report that because it wasn’t a sexy enough story for them.

I highly recommend watching the speech that Clinton gave after the premiere of the film (it’s in the special features section). The man is so smart. I watched his speech with total interest, thinking to myself, “this is the way a president is supposed to speak.” He had some really interesting and hopeful things to say about the state of our nation, and how what we are going through right now fits in with it’s history. Of course, this was filmed back in 2003 before the election, but I think it still applies. We really can’t lose hope now. Not when there is so much at stake.

Go Harry!


This is an excellent statement given by Harry Reid for the Center for American Progress. I especially liked this quote:

I was reminded of another lesson from college, this one taken from George Orwell and his book, 1984.
In that book, Orwell spoke of “doublespeak” – naming something just the opposite, in order to cover how unpleasant it is in reality.
As we saw in the video, the President has been giving us doublespeak for years. He utters platitudes about helping Americans, when he’s
really helping his special interest friends.

Yes! Doublespeak. Have you noticed it, too? I’ve remarked on it here a few times, not calling it Doublespeak, but noticing that the Neo-con Republican Machine say the opposite of what is happening, or accuse thier dissenters of doing that which they are doing. It is absolutely maddening!

Seahawks go to the Superbowl!


Well, being that my hubby and I don’t watch sports of any kind at all (even if we were watching television) I had no idea what all of the hubbub was about as I was going on my errands. Everyone was updating everyone, everywhere, on some score of some game. Whatever.

Well, my mom calls me as soon as this game ends and tells me that the Seahawks are going to the superbowl! And it’s the first time they have ever gone! So, of course I’m stoked for them. Even though I normally couldn’t give a rat’s ass who went to the Superbowl.

I guess this year I will be attending a Superbowl party. Bring on the buffalo wings! > Sports — Seahawks earn first Super slot

note on category heading: While Seattle is not the city I live in I am still placing this under “locally flavored.” It’s strange, but Spoaknites kind of latch on to the cool things about other larger Pacific Northwest cities as if it were thier own success. It’s kind of like the little brother or sister being proud of the older brother or sister.