a bad mood. More freakin’ rain and cold temps. Supposed to have a breakfast ride with the MBC Riders but I prefer my breakfast dry, thank you very much. So I went back to sleep, only to wake up in a deeper funk.
Plans changed last night too late to make alternatives, so no live music. No Mark May. No loud, funky chops. No sweet, bluesy melodies. Just piss poor playing on my Takamine EF-341SC. Needs new strings.
Instead, SU and I sat down and watched The Outlaw Josey Wales, a distant memory from our school daze. I’d forgotten or never noticed what a graphic movie that was. My guess is that Don Wildmon, James Dobson and every other so-called family activist out there would protest it because of the attempted rape scene. I don’t think that they would bother with protesting the violence, that seems to be okay in their world. Or the other side of the nut-case aisle would protest it because of it’s portrayal of the American Indian and Mexicans. I don’t think that they would protest it because of the violence because that is just realism, right?
Back to the movie itself, I didn’t realize that Eastwood directed it as well as played the central character. I thought his directorial career started much later. At any rate, it is an excellent film, especially the use of camera angles, lighting and music to pull you into the scene. Highly recommended.
Another reason for the dark mood is that I woke up thinking about the big Border Agent brouhaha and uproar. It is so sad for me to see conservatives trashing our judicial system, spewing forth conspiratorial scenarios that include the President of the United States, totally ignoring the consequences of their illegal immigration fueled emotions. Consequences you say? Yeah, I say. Check out this New York Times editorial blasting Bush and Cheney because, well, they are Bush and Cheney. Then think about the current crop of conservative talk show hosts that are joining the Al Sharpton’s of the world saying the same thing. Bush is pro-illegal immigration. Bush is pro-open borders. Bush is selling us out to the North American Union idea. Bush is not patriotic – yes, folks, conservatives are saying this. And tell me that doesn’t erode confidence in the BEST and FAIREST judicial system in the world.
But not to worry, this funk won’t last long. Today I’ll be spending much time preparing for tomorrow’s discussion in Nehemiah, Making and Keeping Commitments. Oh, yeah, it’s easy to make commitments. It’s quite another to keep them. Everyone would do well to read the last three chapters of that book of Kethuvim in the Tanakh. Especially our Senate as they vote on undermining the troops that are on the ground in Iraq.