Thursday, November 09, 2006

It's a Girl!

Another election day has come and gone, and our great nation is dancing to the bells of change. As a country, we have decided that the Republicans are incapable of leadership – not to mention, a band of war-hungry evildoers – so we’re going to let the Democrats try their hands at it.
I stand for women everywhere when I say, third in line ain’t half bad. Hats off to the first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Hopefully her maternal nature and womanly compassion will convince these men to put their guns down and retreat, among other things.

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Target Practice with the Lord by Jason Archer

Another surprise brought by the newly elected leaders is the resignation of our Secretary of Defense, Mr. Donald Rumsfeld – commonly referred to as ‘The man with no soul.’ One Al Jazeera reporter spoke of the resignation as “victory for the insurgents.” I say “victory for our world.” I saw a haunting clip of Rumsfled on an ABC News report. He coyly looks off in the distance, as if amused by his thoughts, and tells the camera that his childhood motto would have to have been, “If it doesn’t go easy… force it.” I find this statement to be both ignorant and alarming. In political rhetoric, this translates as determined and focused. What oh what will little Dick do without his partner in crime?

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Jesus? by Paul Beck

I went to an Art opening tonight at Gallery Lombardi featuring anti-war collaborations by Austin artists Jason Archer and Paul Beck. I found myself in a small room with white walls hidden behind a Starbucks/OfficeMax mega-complex right next to the tracks. There were several of our city’s homeless relaxing outside – mingling with Austin’s hipsters, musicians, painters and liberals.

Inside, I stumbled upon something that I have been looking for under rugs and couches for years: patriotism. Our parents experienced it, but my generation is conflicted. We have not bound together in support, but rather scattered in frantic turmoil. Today, my friends, patriotism is alive, but it’s a different animal. We no longer stand together in uninformed sheepish support of our administration. Instead, we stand together in the hopeful glimpse of change … possibly peace. We the People have spoken, and our voices and efforts just may change our world.

Thank you for voting, and get ready America. The times they are a-changin’.

The Archer$Beck exhibit will show at Gallery Lombardi until Nov. 29.


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