September 22, 2004

Poetic Leanings

On the way to join the Dean campaign for a day with the Sleepless Summer tour last August, I struck up a conversation with the gentleman sitting next to me on the the flight out. We exchanged emails, and he's been sharing his poetry and commentary with me from time to time via my inbox. So the other day, I told him it was high time to get his own blog.

He may regret it later, when it becomes an all-consuming pastime from which he feels guilty taking a break. But misery loves company ;) So go say 'hi' to Scott at Poetic Leanings.

Be sure to check out a recent post where he brings us a link to an Air Force Times article about Bush's erratic Guard service. As he notes, definitely not part of the 'liberal' media, and it lays out a fairly straightforward case in contradiction of the Bush campaign's claims. The article includes this quote from Colin Powell, by way of explaining to younger readers why the issue is such a hot one for people who lived through the era:

“The policies — determining who would be drafted and who would be deferred, who would serve and who would escape, who would die and who would live — were an antidemocratic disgrace,” Powell wrote. “I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well placed … managed to wangle slots in reserve and National Guard units. Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their country.”

Posted by natasha at September 22, 2004 06:33 PM | Community | Technorati links |

Hmm, I have never been referred to as the "gentleman (I feel so old!) sitting next to me ...," but thank you for the kind words, Natasha. I am thoroughly enjoying my new blog and hope your readers will find it worthy of being read on a regular basis. I welcome comments, too.

I hope to bring my own, liberal take on the goings on in this country, but will also try to add some spins on causes near and dear to me, show off some of my poetry(political and otherwise), and also promote some independent music I have come across and love.

So, again, thanx, Natasha for the promo, but also for being my blogging mentor of sorts.

Posted by: Scott at September 22, 2004 06:47 PM