Thursday, December 25, 2008


Santa Does Not Torture

Post-celebration. We had a nice day that began and ended with pie. This indeed is living well.

First was the skillet apple pie from the latest issue of Gourmet magazine. Caramelize the apples, then add a mixture of apple cider and maple syrup. Yow! Then lay a crust across the top and bake, right in the skillet. Que vida!

That was for the large group. We (spouse, spouse's mother, and I) finished off dinner with a pumpkin pie so rich that I don't even want to disclose the ingredients.

Now the bloat has me thinking of that ol' departing dick, Cheney. It was a mark of sickness that I read half of
Angler: the Vice Presidency of Dick Cheney. I would have finished it if I hadn't been short of time, if the book hadn't been on hold for the next reader. It's a good read if you're into self flagellation.

Thrill to Cheney's de facto selection of the Cabinet! Chuckle knowingly as the Dickster crushes Dubya's interest in global warming and creates policy by blocking Dub's contact with other staff members while vetting every issue privately with his presidential wanna-be. Watch him read all the emails sent to Dubya by his staff, having ordered a copy of each of them to be sent to his office. Walk on the wild side as Cheney chooses the linguistic stuff sack into which he crams the administration's torture practices.

And that's just the first half! I'd read excerpts last year in the Washington Post, but clearly, it was not all there was. Cheney's manipulation of the White House staff was so deft that he makes Machiavelli seem positively spontaneous and lacking in guile. I'll probably finish it. As I said, after 8 years of these clowns I am not a well puppy.

In the meantime, friends are helping me achieve closure. One of my closest friends sent me Goodnight Bush, and what a dandy little book it is. If you have a progressive friend you have yet to see and gift in this holiday season, it's just the ticket. I won't spoil it here, but if you haven't seen it and are taking your neurosis out to the post-Christmas sales, drop by a book store and check it out. It's a lot more fun than Angler, unless you're a federal prosecutor who wants to take on somebody more challenging than Delusional Rod.

Will there ever be justice for the loss of life, the maiming of American troops and Iraqi civilians, the undermining of the Constitution, the dismantling of government function under the banner of privatization (with taxpayer money, of course)? Or will we simply stumble along into the next administration, not wanting to appear "divisive" for real crimes against the Constitution and humanity?

If there's anything to wish for in the new year, along with the success of the next president and the rest of us, it's the justice on which so many of us have given up.

Happy holidays, anyway.

I could not read that book dear woman. You are a far better person than I.

I love that your day started and ended with pie...SO DID MINE! ;) I love being an adult sometimes. ;p

putting this up at Sirens, ok?
Love it! Just stopped by to send good wishes your way.... happy to hear of the pie eating bliss.
hey lulu!
just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy holiday. sounds like you had a good (and filling day). i was planning on going to sleep now, but the thought of that poor child on santacheney's lap might keep me up all night. besides, now i want pumpkin pie.
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