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Saturday, June 10, 2006  

Mr Bush goes to work in latex

I dreamed that Mr Bush went to work as an architect at Vandelay Industries, but he got fired because he kept referring to latex as "playtex." Then I woke up and drank my coffee while listening to our president's weekly Radio Address. You could tell that he was very happy. There was more death in Iraq. Death is good thing, he said:

This was a good week for the cause of freedom. On Wednesday night in Iraq, US military forces killed the terrorist Zarqawi.

And, really, it's been three successful years of death. Lots of death. But it's all good:

In the past three years, our troops have overthrown a cruel dictator, fought the terrorists and insurgents house to house, and trained Iraqi forces to defend their new democracy. All the while, they stayed on the trail of this brutal terrorist, persevering through years of near misses and false leads and never giving up hope. This week they got their man. And all Americans are grateful for their remarkable achievement.

And he said that in the near future we would have more such good news, because there would be more death in Iraq. But all Americans must be resolute as we wait for more optimistic reports from him concerning more death in Iraq:

And Coalition and Iraqi forces are seizing this moment to strike the enemies of freedom in Iraq at this time of uncertainty for their cause. The work ahead will require more sacrifice and the continued patience of the American people.

Death is a good thing, he said. I imagine that he must also be absolutely giddy over the three suicides in his torture camp at the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.1 After all, the aim of our apparent aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq was to inaugurate a campaign to capture or kill every terrorist on earth.2 Heck, we'll even detain them forever if we merely suspect them of being a terrorist! If they should happen to hang themselves while in one of our torture camps, oh well. Death is a good thing, he says.

1.  "Three inmates die at Guantanamo," BBC News, June 10, 2006.
2.  See my blog of July 20, 2005. Leave it to the Busheviks to git 'er done.

posted by Merle Harton Jr. | 11:25 PM |

Friday, June 09, 2006  

Fiction: Love in a flash

Abby and I were in love for six months. That was as long as it lasted, short but hot, like the flame of gunpowder. We made love on the floor in my apartment in front of the 13-inch television where we had been watching a video of the movie Phenomenon. The floor wasn't my first choice, but the bed was only a single and I had no sofa. After my divorce, all I had was a rented apartment in Covington, Louisiana, the television, the single bed, a dining table, three computers, a stereo system, and a 1976 2-door Buick LeSabre with chipped paint and a bad transmission. Abby loved me in spite of it all.

She was tall, a natural blonde, a fitness trainer who could have been a model. She was also a Christian and I think we both struggled over the sex part, but I think, too, we planned to be together for a long time and making love seemed so very natural for us. We did that often, even if the floor was uncomfortable. She finally bought me a futon. Occasionally she spent the night, but she always left early in the morning before I got up.

In addition to the love making, which was good, we talked a lot. That was good, too. Abby was the only woman I remember ever talking so openly with, or felt free to talk openly with. Our first telephone conversations went on for about three hours each night. It was like high school again and I was in love for the first time. I was then 46 and she was 30 and still we could talk for hours every night. She lived in Hammond, about twenty-five miles away, and we didn't realize the cost of the toll calls until the end of the first month—and so then we just spent more time together.

We also wrote letters to each other. Mostly email, because that took less time and there's a pleasant immediacy to email. It also enabled us to type, so we didn't have to struggle with the tedium of the handwritten note. I was elegant and prolific and wrote some of my best love letters. They were poetic and lyrical and sweet and all the things that make love letters clever. She would write me back little darling pieces, always signing them with just the lower-case letter "a" and a period.

She had never married. From grade school through high school she was in a girls' boarding school and always felt, as a result, that something was missing from her emotional development. Her parents were divorced and she was reminded of the pain of that event whenever my children came over. She saw in their faces an emotion that I could not see. She told me this one night and cried. Eventually that pain became for her unbearable and she said that we couldn't see each other anymore. She took a job out of state and I never saw her again.

She sent me a Christmas card at the end of the year. It arrived with postage due.

posted by Merle Harton Jr. | 1:35 AM |
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