March 24th, 2003

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The Oscars are over and what am I going to talk about to keep it light?

Last night I spent about an hour laying in bed, feeling my heart pounding in my chest. It was like I'd been drinking tea, but I was sure I hadn't had any in the afternoon or evening. And this morning I was waking up an hour before I was supposed to, but not feeling rested at all. I put some Chinese horse liniment (wood block balm, I think) on my back before I got dressed in the hope that it would loosen the sheet of steel between my shoulderblades. We'll see. At least I smell good, if you have a thing for lockers.

I had a magnificent time at Cort's Oscar party last night. Not only did I win the Best Movie pool (due to picking Nicole Kidman as best actress, the tie-breaker catgory), but I was getting lots of laughs at my jokes. Obviously I thrive on being the center of attention, which can be very difficult to do at Cort's parties due to the incredible competition provided by Cort himself. Everybody at the party seemed to be on the same wavelength, as witnessed by the rush to hit the mute button everytime ABC cut in with its news coverage (boring!).

I was also super-excited that Chigaco won best picture (we're all supposed to go see it Sunday afternoon). And I could have kissed Michael Moore. I knew that he was going to be a loose cannon when he started walking up those stairs, but it was so GREAT to hear someone say on such a public stage what I have been thinking for so long, just to know I was NOT the only person in America who felt this way:

"We live in fictitious times. We live in the time when we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time when we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. . . .We are against this war. Shame on you Mr. Bush, shame on you! [As the music was faded in over him...] And any time you have the pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up!"

God, what a FABULOUS night!

(Oh yeah, and after the commercial break, Steve Martin came back with about his only funny joke of the night: "I just returned from backstage, where some teamsters were helping Mr. Moore into the trunk of his limo.")
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Intelligent look at Chicago

Before I start my rant, I did get to read a great story in the Seattle Times yesterday about slaves suing their masters back in the early 1800s. It was uplifting, a real day brightener, at least if you can start off from the point of accepting that you live in a nation that once accepted slavery as a way of life. You can avoid it and read about Japanese plays instead. I wish someone would do one of those for the Seattle Fringe fest, but I guess it's too much work.

Ooh, someone linked the press conference from Chicago to the sycophantic parody that was the pre-war Bush press conference. About damn time! And look, someone else has noticed that Colin Powell has lost his legitimacy. That's been a real shame, I wonder why he caved? And Worthy Opponent told me last night that someone in Indonesia said the UN should slap sanctions on the US. Wouldn't I just love that! And the US saying Iraq needs to follow Geneva conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war? What, just like we do with the people in Camp Xray?

British reporter Terry Lloyd was killed by friendly fire. Is that part of the plan to bomb journalists that British reporter wrote about? I hear that the whole war is now turning into a battle for the Euro vs. the Dollar. I can believe that.

And I had to say that this war was planned before 9/11 ever happened ... before Bush was even "elected." Just in case you were wondering.

For trash news? How about a little something about Roman Polanski?
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I guess I could work instead of surf

But for some reason I've been surfing for about five hours now. Maybe I should go weed the yard or something.

OK, I admit it! I've stopped looking at Oscars news and I'm looking at war news. I'm trying to find alternative media sources, and I've come up with Le Monde and Al Jazeera (which I can't read even with the Arabic language support). And I finally found pictures of the five captured americans that the US media wouldn't show us (not like I was looking, but that last link is the dead folks in case you were wondering). Now there's two helicopter pilots, too. Still, it's nothing compared to the hospital footage from Iraq.