03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
Recently I have been trying to renew my drivers licence so that I can take my highway road test. The process is mindboggling. I have to wade through the bureaucracy at different public and semi-private, testing or licencing centres. It is so frustrating.
I am surpirsed that more irrate drivers don't bomb those damn testing or licencing centres. They would be doing the world a favour.
Of course, it's still a bourgeois electoral system, anyway, so what kind of change do you expect, really? BAH.
I have been reading about teh feminisms in this book I picked up in New York called In Our Time. It catalogues, in incredible detail, the rise and fall of second wave feminism and discusses, I think fairly, its successes and failures. Brownmiller is a pretty moderate voice, which means that she's perhaps a bit too critical of some of the radicalesbian initiatives, and while she's careful to include as much as she can about the black feminists, it's pretty obvious that it was a much smaller part of what was pretty obviously mostly white straight and well-to-do.
But what it really accomplishes is putting things in perspective, of the concurrent civil rights struggles, the war, and the fact that just about EVERYTHING they did was radical-- and still is. It's frightening to see how little has changed-- worse, how much has regressed. I'm feeling more inspired by the book than anything else, by the direct action resulting in such direct results, but I also realise that it's a work of polemic in itself. Whatever. Kudos to the old-school feminists, for, at the very least, what they started.
As I write this – as I write this – the Democrats have taken both houses of Congress. Rick "Man-on-Dog" Santorum is history as are 5 other Republicans giving the Dems 51-49. Of course the race in Virginia is razor fucking thin and they might well lose it (making it 50-50 and letting Dick Cheney, who is also President of the Senate, break the tie). And if the Dems lose in Virginia it's because of the retards in the Green Party who learned nothing from 2000. The Democrats have a 2000-vote margin in Virginia and the Greens got 25,556 votes in that state. Good job guys.
Still, no matter what, a good night.
Edit: In the space of time between looking at the results and writing this blog post the Democratic lead in Virginia has been slashed to 1 524 and the Greens have gone up to 25,818 votes. I really should stop looking at this stuff.