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Karl’s Mantra

Litany Against Truth

I must not speak truth.
Truth is the election-loser.
Truth is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will avoid the truth.
I will force it to pass by me or through my distortion.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the truth has gone there will be nothing.
Only my lie will remain.

[with apologies to Frank Herbert]

September 6, 2006   2 Comments

Enough Already

If The Path to 9/11 is a docudrama, then so is Gone with the Wind.

From Wikipedia’s entry on Docudrama:

Docudramas tend to follow a set of following guidelines…

* A strict focus on the facts of the event being treated, as they are known
* A tendency to avoid overt commentary or authorial editorializing
* The use of literary and narrative techniques to flesh out or render story-like the bare facts of an event in history.
* A tendency to eschew such literary techniques as regards the overt assertion of the creator’s own point of view or beliefs.

Docu-fiction, then, is distinct both from the main line of historical fiction, in which the historical setting is a mere backdrop for a plot that could be set in many periods, and from straight documentary or journalistic writing in its creation of a coherent narrative out of the materials of history.

Notice that first item, “A strict focus on the facts”, that means you can’t make it up as you go along.

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September 6, 2006   4 Comments

Local Results

Okaloosa County Results: Only 28.4% of registered voters could be bothered to make it to the polls, worse, only 21.5% of Democrats made the effort as compared to 34.9% of Republicans.

The big reason for Republicans to go to the polls seemed to be the primary race for School Superintendent.

Cruella de Harris received almost as many votes in her primary in this county as Charlie Crist did for governor, not a good sign, as it reflects a dissatisfaction with the party. Remember the party regulars were pitching “anyone but Harris”.

Without the Superintendent’s race and tax proposal it would have been worse. A sad commentary on democracy.

September 6, 2006   4 Comments