Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hotter Than Five Hells

Still hotter than five hells in Detroit, though it's breaking up with storms, thank God. Meanwhile, the heat-related power outages in New York City must suck.

Near an air conditioner, I've caught snippets of the James Bond in 007 marathons on twin retro cable channels. Love it! I'd have to go with Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service as tops -- if I had to choose. But I never saw a Bond I didn't like at least parts of.

Meanwhile, in the current REAL "real world," Tony Blair is out and Gordon Brown is in as British PM. Brown will want to wind down British involvement in the Iraq debacle, at least faster than Blair.

New poll data: global enthusiasm for the USA has fallen yet again. To me, it seems very significant that the vast majority of people in Pakistan and Turkey oppose American policies -- only 15% support the US in Pakistan, and a bare 9% approve of the US in Turkey. The ramifications should be obvious to anyone paying attention. VP Dick Cheney may be too busy concealing documents and hoping to bomb Iran to care. As for the president, who's he again?

In the USA itself, nearly 70% of Americans oppose the Iraq War and occupation -- including 38% of Republicans (a day late and a dollar short, but movement toward pragmatism). Overall 30% of the public (probably all Republicans) still support the misadventure. With cracks in the Republican ranks and continued bloodletting in Iraq, something must give. The "leadership" and the wishes of the preponderance of American citizens must converge in closer harmony -- and soon.

Images: Grace Jones, Karen Dor, Monday Michiru.

Today's Rune: Harvest.

Birthdays: Emma Goldman, Helen Keller, Robert Aickman, Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), Isabelle Adjani, Meera Syal, Margo Timmins, Pascale Bussières, Kim Gyu-ri.


JR's Thumbprints said...

Just remember, VP Dick Cheney says he's not part of the Executive Branch. If you ask me, he's on an island all to himself where he doesn't have to answer to anyone.

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

I agree the jr, except I think they are all on an island, just making things up as they go along.

ugh, they will not be happy until we are bombing everyone. Then look out because our butts will be in a sling, if it isn't already!