Tuesday, July 04, 2006


I am and remain an American Patriot.
Despite the actions of a band of reprobates
determined to undermine her,
Without the consent of the governed,
And against everything she once stood for.
Let us resolve on this Independence day
To oppose with every means available
This continued assault of American ideals.
It may take years
It may take decades
I may not live to see it.
But I will have my country back.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are so many Americans like you, that I think you will see it in your lifetime, so do not ever let yourself despair. Take it from a pro, despair is the start of a long spiral into defeat. You and those like you will prevail, and it won't be beyond your life - it may take years to repair the damage, but as long as there are voices in the wilderness, it will happen, and it will happen before your country goes the way of the Roman empire. You are a strong people. The rest of the world depends upon the integrity of the average American, and I think most of us do not believe that this admistration and it's blind zombie followers are indicative of the average American. Unfortunately, the longer this goes on, the more folks will think ill. Time to get your politicians to be more receptive to the needs of the people, needs of the nation and turn away from some empirical idea of ruling the globe. Ain't gonna happen, as Hitler, so definitively discovered. It's up to folks like you to take action and stop this madness.
Of course, I'm rather partial to you and som others, so I may be totally off base, but I honestly think that it's not Armaggedon yet.
Of course, I'm chronically depressed, so I'm probably wrong.
On the other hand, before the depression, I was considered to be a chronic optimist. Take the good, the bad, divide by two....

9:54 PM  
Blogger KidKawartha said...

Happy birthday to your country, durrati. Here's to hope and the optimism that your country was born with. Keep speaking the truth to power, keep encouraging all progressives to vote and convince others to vote.
You can attempt to strangle hope but you can't kill it. You just need to have more good people aware of the problem and committed to fixing it. Your minorities are engaged in heavy voter registration, and the gals over at FireDogLake made the point that there are 20 million unregistered single women potential voters. Therefore, by the power vested in me, I proclaim you as an official ambassador to single women everywhere.;) Go now and encourage as many of them as possible to vote and get involved just a little bit more that they are.

6:46 AM  
Blogger durrati said...

Kid and what,

Thank you my friends for your "encoraging words". Dear what I have no doubt you will climb out of your funk and be the stronger for it...
I will try to discharge the duties you annoit me with, kid, but fear a voter backlash :) ...

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Durrati, I came here after reading so many other blogs on the latest "scoop" about terrorism - bombing the Holland tunnel etc. I heard about it on BBC, but being BBC they also indicated that the supposed terrorists had beed identified through internet chat rooms, none of them were in the US, and not one of them had any connection, so would not have any way to identify where the Holland Tunnel was. being the depressive personality that I am, I could only think that this was more propaganda to ensure the Republicans won in November, and had a moment wondering how many republicans would still believe this shite.
Then I went out to buy some wine (yes I know, I shouldn't have any with my medication, but what the hell, it's my 20th year anniversary without my beloved Mom). Interestingly, I walked into a funny little situation where Daughter and Mom were making fun of each other, while they shopped. Mom was 84 - daugter was playing along with whatever Mom wanted, they were terrific together - so much love. I bought my wine and walked out, and there was Mom and her friend, waiting for daughter to drive up and pick them up. I turned to Mom, and thanked her, for reminding me of the wonderful times I had with my own Mum, and wishing her the best, and she told me that her daughter was that the best that could have happened to her. Interestingly, before this happened, daughter ( in the store) told me that Mom was the best thing that could have happened to her.
I cried all the way home, missing my Mom, envying the ladies I had just met, and wishing everyone had someone like that to love and cherish. I believe that someone named Jesus lived, just as I believe someone called Tut lived, but I don't believe in all that other stuff with the exception that I believe that someone with an acute empathy wrote the Beautitudes. Today, I was given a gift. I was down, because it was twenty years since my Mom and Dad died, and somehow, today I was given a gift - a reminder of that love - not the bad part, but the wonderful, loving, giving, all embracing love.
Screw Bush, screw Blair, screw Harper and all their cronies. As long as there are people such as the lady who gave me that wonderful gift of remembrance of the good times, I don't think we will descend into Bush's dream of a final Armaggedon.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgive me, I'm blubbering. As mentioned, it's twenty years, and it seems like yesterday. I know at 56 years old I should be beyond this, but gosh darn it, I miss them and no, it's not a result of the depression, although it could be part of it. I loved and hated my parents at various times of my life - like most teens, although I had more reason. One thing they both taught me was critical thinking - the other was building on a natural empathy and blending the two. There were terrible times in our relationship, but so much love, so much learning, so much strength, so much damage - but I think the strength and love and love of learning have won out. I miss them very much. They would both have been outraged by this situation in both our countries.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. Thank you for giving me a forum for expressing my pixilated feelings. You are a peach - a ripe one of course. Ignore my ramblings - I needed an outlet on his 20th anniversary, and you always provide a sympathetic ear, so blame yourself for being so receptive.
Geez, now I'm listening to BBC on forced impregnation - aka rape - versus abortion ....damn, time to go to bed.
Thanks Durrati, you're a true pal.

5:42 PM  
Blogger durrati said...


What a touching series of comments. I am gonna leave this post up a couple of days in case anyone else cares to comment on your words. I was the sixth of seven children and lost my parents in my early thirties. I feel cheated in a way not to have known them longer as in adulthood, which with me did not even get a toehold until after I was twentyfive....so it goes.

5:41 AM  
Blogger Sgt Marks-a-lot said...


Drop me a line at: knutton@pacifier.com

I have a few things I would like to mail to you.

Kindest regards,


7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marks, I tried to send an e-mail, but got the following message:
This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.


Perhaps you should try to send something to me at

Thanks for the regards. I come to Durrati's because of the folks who post here. They are a caring lot, and I can babble like a lunatic, yet they still accept me. I haven't seen you post much, either here or JC, so hope is all okay with you and Lakshmi. I find that most of the folks posting at JC are mostly new, the topics are so very depressing and I just don't seem to have the snark anymore.
Has anyone heard from Partz and Fixit?

8:15 AM  
Blogger KidKawartha said...

What's interesting is that despite our deeply different experiences with our parents and our family, we are here together in shared political and moral passion.....
I care about my folks, and have some respect for them, but I would be lying if I said I loved them. Just way too many disappointments over the years- too much baggage to decipher and discard over time, and now too much religious fundamentalism. The time when we could have had something approaching a "normal" relationship is long past. I never really knew my mom's parents at all, only by reputation and the emotional damage trail left behind them. My dad's folks? My grandma was one of those women who only had a life through my domineering, arrogant, ignorant grandfather. A kind, giving, generous woman who simply married the wrong man. All four are gone now, and when my dad's dad passed, no one even cared. No funeral, no ashes to spread, no grave, no memorial, as per his wishes. Even from the grave he caused pain with his selfishness and pride.
Oh well, take the hand you're dealt and discard what's necessary to get a better one......

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Kid, my dear, your last line is so true, and we are encumbered with the past until we can truly get beyond it, which is what my therapist keeps saying. I haven't been so successful, cause in my case, the past keeps repeating. I hope your journey is much more successful.
My Dad's mother made my Mom's life hell, but no moreso than my Mom's mother. They were both very strong women, who because of their situation were relegated to a "woman's role", which is what we fought so long against, yet in a very few years, George, Stevie and Tony have brought back. Strange that they all have very strong women as mommies, yet fight to reintroduce the patriarchy, n'est-ce pas?
Ah for the good old days, when matriarchy ruled - of course the pope and the religious fundamentalists made sure that would never happen again, what with the Inquisition and witch trials.

Getting beyond that, I'm watching a movie with one of my most favourite actors in the world, Jean Reno. It's french, and I'm trying to polish up my much disused ability, but they've put in subtitles. Gotta get back, cause I'm losing the thread of the movie. Must rewind, must rewind.

6:07 PM  
Blogger KidKawartha said...

What's the movie? I've seen a lot of Reno's french cop movies- including Empire of the Wolves and Crimson Rivers. Has anyone seen Wasabi to tell me if it's worth watching? And don't forget to watch Ronin- one of my favourite Reno roles.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Empire of the Wolves, and it's fascinating, even if I only understand a quarter of what is said. Thanks for the tip on the others. As I mentioned, he's one of my most favourite actors. Actually, when I think about it, he is my favourite actor.
Ronin? I'm getting senile,but I think I'm confusing that with a Kurosaki film. I'll be looking for it, and Wasabi as well. You're a good friend.

6:49 PM  
Blogger KidKawartha said...

Ronin is the best. Deniro, Sean Bean, Stellan Skarsgaard, and the ineffably beautiful Natasha McElhone. It's not Kurosaki, I believe it's Kurosawa, and the movie is the 7 Samurai, or it's 47 Ronin by Ichikawa, which is referenced in the Jean Reno film very well.

9:16 PM  
Blogger durrati said...

Uncultured American that I am I am not familiar with Reno but one of my favorite films listed in my profile I saw in France, with English subtitles "Litzomania". It starred Roger Daltry as Franz Litz, battling Wagner for control of the Earth. A fantastic and fantasy filled study of the contrast betweem the German and English cultures.....

2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kid, Don't know what I was thinking, but it was Kurosawa, not saki, and the movie was Rashomon, not Ronin (hits forehead with open palm). Hmmmm, mayhap I am going senile.
Duratti, if you saw the Godzilla remake, with Matthew Broderick, then you have seen Reno. He was the French secret agent who kidnapped Broderick on the way to the airport. He's also in the DaVinci Code, although I haven't seen that one yet. Lots of good suggestions for movies, if I can only track them down. Most video stores up my way are only interested in the most recent releases, and don't stock the oldies but goodies, however, I shall go looking today.

4:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marks, I responded to your e-mail, but got another delivery failure notification...Help!

12:11 PM  
Blogger Sgt Marks-a-lot said...


Arrrgh. Time to call my internet service provider. You aren't blocked in Norton and I can't seem to find my way back to the service provider email screening system.

Double arrgh!

I will meditate and prepare a suitable assault...

Over and out,


6:26 PM  

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