". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Monday, October 6, 2008

Not New Info Re da mavrik

I've been reading this information for years in various places. Counterpunch and the Daily Kos have published it. But for whatever reasons, no one, not even the dems I know, would take it seriously, until now -- when it is published in Rolling Stone. This is more than annoying.

When I'd speak of da mavrik's treatment of his planes -- exhbiting a great deal about his character, and how he behaved in the POW prison -- people would gasp, cover their ears and run away. Metaphorically, sometimes, but sometimes literally.

In contrast In the WaPo.

This article which was in their Sunday magazine is about Michelle Obama, taken from a book about to be published about her. She refused to be interviewed or to comment about the book for the article, for who knows what reasons. There's nothing negative in the article.

[ So when Barack came over for dinner, the whole family felt sorry for him, assuming he wouldn't be around for long. "He was very, very low-key," Craig, the head basketball coach at Oregon State University and a former star player at Princeton, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I loved the way he talked about his family because it was the way we talked about our family. I was thinking: 'Nice guy. Too bad he won't last.' "

Not long afterward, Michelle asked Craig to take Barack out on the basketball court to test his character. He obliged her, and emerged from that game with a positive report: Barack was self-confident but not a ball hog or a hotshot. ]

And this:

[ When Craig asked about his career plans, Barack replied, "I think I'd like to teach at some point in time, and maybe even run for public office." Craig assumed Barack wanted to run for a post like city alderman, but Barack let him know that his sights were set higher. "He said no, at some point he'd like to run for the U.S. Senate," Craig recalled. "And then he said, 'Possibly even run for president at some point.' And I was like, 'Okay, that's great. But don't say that to my Aunt Gracie.' I was protecting him from saying something that might embarrass him." The Robinsons tended to be cynical about politics and politicians. ]

There's another photo gallery. Michelle's just so much more interesting looking than Cindy (not mention just plain more interesting, period). Some of the photos of her, and of her family, are early and older than the current campaign period. One is of Barack's swearing in on Capitol Hill in 2005 -- with Cheney. Woo.

There's also a WaPo mag story on McCain and his first marriage. His first wife has remained loyal. He sure as hell hasn't been to her. Even Nancy Reagan turned against him because he turned against Carol. Woo.

1 comment:

Foxessa said...

dubya, rove and the whole criminalgangofcronies kinda left the reThugz runnin' on empty this year.

But with da mavrik, at least they're runnin' wild.

Love, C.