Thursday, April 03, 2008



I'm going to miss George W. Bush, I really am. A McCain presidency will mean all the same terror, but without the constant comic relief that Bush has offered. I don't expect a democratic presidency to be much different either, the democrats are not particularly distinguishable from their republican counterparts when it comes to foreign policy, and you can forget about getting any laughs. There must be folks who are more humorless than democrats, though I'm not sure who they might be.

Of course laughing at Bush's buffoonery is never without bitterness since we know the cost of his reckless stupidity for the people of the United States and the world.

I know that Thomas Young, 25, paralyzed from the chest down because of a bullet wound through the spine, is one of Bush's victims who doesn't find his antics one bit funny. Thomas is the main character in the documentary Body of War, which shows Thomas' personal tragedy against the backdrop of the rush to war.

The film is produced by Phil Donahue, who I am pretty sure pioneered the afternoon talk show before that genre spiraled out of control. The last time Donahue had a show, it was on MSNBC, where he was the only person in mainstream media who was skeptical about the 'evidence" for war and questioned the motives behind it. Of course, the "free" US media couldn't deal with that and canceled the popular show because it presented "a difficult public face for NBC in a time of war."

But anyway, back to the film. In addition to Thomas Young, the other hero of the film is Senator Byrd of West Virginia, who made a valiant effort to convince his colleagues in the congress to slow down the rush to war. And boy, if you thought the 90 plus senator is a character based on what you've seen about him on CSPAN--like footage of him kicking out code pink protesters or taking a stand against the Bush administration's notion of preemptive war--wait until you see the guy in person.

I was at a special screening of the film last night, and Senator Byrd, Thomas Young, and Phil Donahue were in attendance. Every now and again, one member of the audience would make loud sounds, not exactly words, in enthusiastic support of something on the screen. I'm pretty sure it was Senator Byrd who was doing the yelling.

Here is the trailor, have a look and watch the film if you like (and the soundtrack is quite good as well.)