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April 23, 2004

Finally, some photos from Dover showed up in a newspaper. The people involved in taking the photos were immediately fired.

For those unaware of what Dover is, it is the place where all dead American soldiers first arrive upon their return to the United States.

If you need a dose of sobriety, look at this, especially if you're an American. Those aren't Weapons of Mass Destruction coming back in those flag-wrapped tin boxes. Those are people. Or rather, those were people.

A little stranger every day. The good news, of course, is that the Tournament of Evil has spread to New Jersey and Denmark. More hot entries on Monday. If I ever sober up again.

April 22, 2004
Short Hairs

Due to incomprehensible rage, the Daily Mingus will be severely shortened today.

The world doesn't need more poison.

This was all I had today.

Good luck with your DM-less days.


is everything fine?

there are two shoes
in the middle of the road

where that man used to be

I am tired of smiling
when I don't feel like smiling.

April 21, 2004
An Evening With Chloe

Chloe did phone. And she did come over. And we talked a bit, and it was fine. We ate a bit, fooled around a bit. Didn't talk about the time since Easter, didn't apologize. Didn't ask what she'd done on the weekend. We played a couple of games of whist.

And I guess she put her purse on my fifty dollar kitchen table and knocked some of the contents on the floor before she left. That's what I'm telling myself. That she didn't do it on purpose.

Cause I found an envelope. And I didn't understand what it was doing there, thought maybe I had dropped it. So I opened it. Even though it was already opened. Read it.

It was from the Accountant to dear Chloe. And in it, he thanked her for a lovely weekend in the mountains. Some comments about the fireplace and the rug and making sweet sweet love.

The grammar was horrible and the phrases were nut-twistingly cliched. And he spelled breath wrong. Apparently, he love the feeling of her breathe on his neck.

But once it was open, I couldn't stop reading it. And I read it two or three times, to make sure I was understanding it right.

Enraged, obviously.

That haze of red that settles in behind the eyesockets and paints everything with blood. Thinking directly about a weekend in the mountains, all three of us.

the logs from the fireplace splintered
the bear rug - coated in blood
the fire poker caving in
the back of his skull

and her screaming

oh god. oh god.


and I, saying calmly

There is no god.

But if there was
and maybe there is
right now
he would be a vengeful god



For what else can I think. Even though I have no real right to be enraged. We're not officially together. I had this illegal thing with Colette at the same time Chloe was being poorly serviced by the accountant in the mountains. But still. That sting - of what, of humiliation? Of pure, bestial rage?




April 20, 2004
An Evening With Colette:
A Haiku Sephirot

Sultro I
filibuster bars
and ice cream - early afternoon
melting already

Sultro II
stained shirt
and the flurry to change
in time

Sultro III
the first night-time touch
written in gossamer

Sultro IV
red wine
darkening her lips
jazz plays

Sultro V
under the table
hands slide over silk
the candle flares

Sultro VI
after the wine ends
standing in a sudden spring snowstorm
catching flakes in our mouths

Sultro VII
the unasked question
answered with a purr - of course
opening her door

Sultro VIII
two bright young toads
croaking madly - legs kicking
endlessly entwined

Sultro IX

soft velvet heat
rippling against the stars
shaking limbs

Sultro X

nipples harden
under a glaze of sweat
months till summer

April 19, 2004
The Good Fight

The battles have raged across the internet, drawing international contestants from as far away as the UK. And the results have been blessed. Check the latest submissions to Tourette's Tournament of Evil. They're evil.

Speaking of evil, America continues to take its crusade for the goodly people to the infidels of the world. Ten American troops were killed in Iraq over the weekend, bringing around a pair of milestones for the mighty crusaders.

The deaths brought to 503 the number of American soldiers killed in action in Iraq since the start of the U.S.-led war in March last year to oust Saddam Hussein.

This month's toll of 104 is higher than the number killed in action in the three-week war that toppled Saddam. - Reuters

It appears that Spain has tired of the war on Evil, and has decided to pull its 1300 troops and go home. Sounds awfully evil to me. However, America stands for all that is good and mighty, and will stay the course in Iraq, no matter how many popular evil uprisings they must crush. Because good must be rewarded, and evil deplored, whenever possible. Which must be why they have refrained from condemning the goodly act of assassinating popular leaders with assault helicopters.

The United States has refrained from condemning the killing of a top Hamas leader and has instead limited its criticism of the assassination to saying it feared for the stability of the Middle East.
Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi died on Saturday after an Israeli helicopter fired two missiles at his car in the Gaza Strip. Enraged Palestinians said President George W. Bush shared the blame for his death. - Reuters

Of course, Mr. Bush could not have known about the assassination. It's not like he was visiting with Israeli president Ariel Sharon three days before the assassination. Aren't assassinations evil? George would never have anything to do with evil. The rest of the world might be evil, because they condemned the assassination, but not Mr. Bush. He is good.

The U.S. response to the assassination was in stark contrast to condemnations from around the world,

The European Union condemned the killing as unlawful and "not conducive to lowering tension."

A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the assassination violated international law and could lead to more violence in the Middle East.

In Gaza, Palestinians poured into the streets to view the wreckage of Rantissi's car and vowed revenge on Israel.

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie accused the United States of giving a green light to the assassination.

And good is good! Good will be carried forward to the evil-doers of the world. Like the rest of them Hamas terrorists, who have vowed revenge for some reason. Evil perpetuates evil, and must be eradicated. Good perpetuates good and must be supported, in all cases. It is the duty of the good to eliminate the evil.

"Good, better, best; never let it rest till your good is better and your better is best." -Anon.

"And be on thy guard against the good and the just! They would fain crucify those who devise their own virtue." -Friedrich Nietzsche

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