One Veteran's Voice

15 February 2006

"It never got weird enough for me."

Sorry for the shortage of posts. It's been a busy and weird week.

Got hit by a truck the other day in downtown Columbia. A Dodge Ram 2500 series. I was riding my week old bike northbound on 9th street, and as I approached the intersection of Locust I saw the truck pull up to the light, headed south. He stopped like he saw me, and was yielding to me, since we both had green lights, but when I was about thirty feet from the intersection, at the end of a long downhill slope, probably hitting about 20mph or so, he suddenly makes his left turn. Pause for about a 1/4 second reaction/shock time. Holy shit he's going to t-bone me. Slam on the breaks, not hard enough, veer right, and smash into his right quarter panel. The world spun, and I wound up flat on my back. I popped up almost instantly-- my adrenaline level was REDCOM 1, and I started running down Locust screaming at the truck to stop. He pulls over, and this sheepish, boyish faced, bespectacled, 19 or 20 year old redneck wearing a camo trucker hat steps out. I was panting from the bike ride and trembling from the shock of just getting hit by a truck, but the anger was pretty much gone when I realized he was scared shitless already. So I looked over my bike, the only damage was to the left handlebar, and weighed my options. I asked him if he saw me at all, he said no. Filing a police report would have been an hour long ordeal, and I didn't feel hurt, so I told him to be more careful and took off. Aside from a few bruises and the loss of a little skin on my hand, I was unscathed. I'm a little more careful now at busy intersections.

The vice president shot a man. I feel kind of sorry for the guy-- I mean, it was a mistake. He finally wised up and talked about it on, big surprise here, FOX news. He seemed genuine enough. He should have issued a statement much, much sooner. What world are we living in when a small Texas newspaper is the first to break the story that the Vice President of the United States has shot a man, albeit accidentally? By trying to sweep all the mistakes under the rug, even the innocent/tragic ones such as this hunting accident, it only reinforces the growing opinion that these guys have major issues with things like truth, and public accountability for mistakes. Resign guys. Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rumsfeld, Mr. Chertoff-- you've all had a great run of it, but it's time to fess up to the music. The lawbreaking, negligent, lying, corrupt music. Who's gonna be the last one standing when this crazy game of musical chairs is over?

Not Paul Hackett. I'm angry at you Paul. Run as an independent Paul. What the fuck, Paul?
Mr. Hackett said he was unwilling to run for the Congressional seat because he had given his word to three Democratic candidates that he would not enter that race.

"The party keeps saying for me not to worry about those promises because in politics they are broken all the time," said Mr. Hackett, who plans to return to his practice as a lawyer in the Cincinnati area. "I don't work that way. My word is my bond."

Jennifer Duffy, who analyzes Senate races for the Cook Political Report, said that part of what made Democratic leaders nervous about Mr. Hackett was what had also made him so popular with voters.

"Hackett is seen by many as a straight talker, and he became an icon to the liberal bloggers because he says exactly what they have wished they would hear from a politician," Ms. Duffy said. "On the other hand, the Senate is still an exclusive club, and the party expects a certain level of decorum that Hackett has not always shown."

Mr. Hackett was widely criticized last year for using indecent language to describe President Bush. Last month, state Republicans attacked Mr. Hackett for saying their party had been hijacked by religious extremists who he said "aren't a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden."

Though Republicans called for an apology, Mr. Hackett repeated the mantra of his early campaign: "I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it."

Once again, the democrats seem to me to be intentionally sabotaging themselves. The party of principle created in the 1960's has become the party of in-fighting pussies. If Bush were a Democrat the Republicans would probably have him impeached by now. Impeachment doesn't get done by talking nice about admitted criminal acts by the president. Sorry. The truth hurts, America. Paul Hackett knows, and got stomped by his own party for the kind of straight talk that could actually energize the lethargic democratic base. So instead of Hackett the democrats front
Representative Brown, a seven-term incumbent from Avon, has a far better chance of toppling Senator DeWine.

"It boils down to who we think can pull the most votes in November against DeWine," said Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. "And in Ohio, Brown's name is golden. It's just that simple."

Mr. Fern added that Mr. Brown's fund-raising abilities made him the better Senate candidate. By the end of last year, Mr. Brown had already amassed $2.37 million, 10 times what Mr. Hackett had raised.

It's the money people. Mr. Hackett, I urge you to run as an independent in the senatorial election. Fuck the republicans. Fuck the democrats. They both voted for war, and what's worse, many democrats did it knowing that it was a disaster waiting to happen, but the polls, hey, the polls win. Money wins. Principle can still win. Step up, Paul. Don't quit, Paul.

What's gonna go down next? Still hasn't got weird enough for me...
The news is bad today, in America and for America. There is nothing good or hopeful about it-- except for Nazis, warmongers, and rich greedheads-- and it is getting worse and worse in logarithmic progressions since the fateful bombing of the World Trade Towers in New York. That will always be a festering low-watermark in this nation's violent history..
HST May 10,2002

RIP Hunter, you would have loved to see this shit.

8 Other Voices:

Cpl. D.C. said...

Hey mate,
So glad you’re cool. I share your fellings a bout Paul Hackett. I was shitless angry at Paul Hacket’s decision not to run. What da fu&^%&^%* sir. I got man down, man down you get.
I realize, however, that this is a different theater, thank god. Would I put my family thru it? Fu^%$^% no.

2/15/2006 05:08:23 PM  
WhoAskedU said...

Welcome back. Glad you only lost skin.

2/15/2006 07:15:03 PM  
Elmo said...

Come home from Iraq and get hit by a truck...now that's irony...I think?

Hold on to your passion though, and run for office one day

2/15/2006 08:27:28 PM  
The Un-Apologetic Atheist said...

I remember reading a story one time about a guy who survived like four or five destroyers being shot out from under him in the south Pacific in WW2, being repeatedly rescued and returned to duty, only to fall off the gangplank at the harbor in San Francisco after the war was over, hit his head on the way down, and drown.

Watch yourself, man. And get over here to Lawrence KS some weekend, if you have a four-wheeled vehicle.

As for the Cheney thing, you know I'm a critic of almost everything about this NeoRepubliCon administration, but I can't really blame him for waiting to tell people-- that guy probably didn't want everyone knowing what a gun-safety idiot he was, and Cheney respected that. The only way the delay is criminal is if they were drinking and waited that long for time to sober up. But it doesn't really smell like a cover up to me so much as waiting to break the story until more was known about the guy's condition.

Kinda cracks me up that Cheney is having to "accept full responsibility" for the shooting, when it was really the guy's fault. Rule one of any shooting range: never never ever ever walk downrange when firing is still going on. It IS the other guy's fault that Cheney shot him, not Cheney's. I can't even imagine someone walking downrange at our qualifying range, and that was with M16s and relatively stationary targets. This guy was on a range with shotguns and randomly-flying birds. Sorry, but it's just not Cheney's fault his friend is an idiot.

Now, Cheney does have a lot to fess up about, but I don't think the shooting is it. In fact, I think this shooting makes a nice distraction for them.

2/16/2006 09:10:12 AM  
The Statistics said...

Paul Hackett gave his word and is now sticking to the deal. If the rest of the democratic party had an once of integrity they would have no problem ousting the corupt Republicans.

Glad you and your bike had only minor damage.

the heretic

2/16/2006 06:31:36 PM  
D. said...

My uncle was killed by a drunk driver a few months after he was discharged, around 1970.
Weird shit happens, eh?

What happend with Hackett doesn't appear to be "weird shit". Appears to be a calculated move by the Dems. Seems they basically BS'd him and then shawshanked him.
It's nauseating. I don't know how I'll vote for these guys again - even with my nose held shut.
Very dissappointing, indeed.

Glad you're OK, pal.

2/17/2006 11:21:54 AM  
Gabriella said...

Perhaps Cheney's shooting was an accident, however I have to say that this is a nice little distraction for the American people to chew on while their other obvious lies regarding the war that is still going on are pushed aside. The media has to have a hand in aiding the government's lies, afterall aren't those media companies owned by the "big brother" companies that hold the president's hand? Perhaps it isn't a surprise that it was a local small newspaper columnist that dipped into the "accident," for why would the big ones bring it up to hurt any image of our vice president? The while thing is just sad...

2/19/2006 11:25:04 AM  
Gabriella said...

Perhaps Cheney's shooting was an accident, however I have to say that this is a nice little distraction for the American people to chew on while their other obvious lies regarding the war that is still going on are pushed aside. The media has to have a hand in aiding the government's lies, afterall aren't those media companies owned by the "big brother" companies that hold the president's hand? Perhaps it isn't a surprise that it was a local small newspaper columnist that dipped into the "accident," for why would the big ones bring it up to hurt any image of our vice president? The whole thing is just sad...

2/19/2006 11:28:00 AM  

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