Friday, May 30, 2008
  Awake



Polistra is up and about. Rush's salute to classical music yesterday did the job.

She's happy that a couple of good things happened during her rest: Italy has taken the reins of Western Civilization, and something like justice has begun to undo the Texas Kristallnacht. The return to justice has been solidly reinforced by the Texas Supreme Court. Unfortunately, there's still no basic accountability; Nurse Ratched shows no signs of learning anything, and will continue her witch-burning campaign.

Polistra observes that both of our idiotic political parties have done a truly peculiar thing this year. Each has intentionally destroyed its winning candidates in order to appoint its own version of the Guaranteed Loser. Plenty of historical data is available, but both parties made the same stupid move. Party R has appointed the Ancient Wounded Warrior, even after Bobdole's total defeat showed the stupidity of such a move. Party D has appointed the Egghead Radical, even after both Stevenson and McGovern showed the stupidity of such a move.

Each party had a better candidate available, a potentially winning candidate, a candidate who offered specific party-appropriate solutions to today's problems. Namely, Huckabee and Hillary. Both of these candidates were deleted by a conspiracy between the media and the party apparatus.

Normally one party puts forward its best available offering while the other, knowing it's going to lose this time, throws in the sacrificial lamb, the known loser and place-holder. This year is different. Loser vs Loser, with a campaign based on multi-layered deconstruction of Biblical interpretations.

The absolute loser, of course, is this unfortunate land. Either way, we're doomed to at least four more years of wild bizarre incompetence; four more years of filth, corruption and paralysis; four more years of unspeakably trivial jibber-jabber. Sheikh Osama is the only winner. Congrats, Sheikh!
 


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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.

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