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From a notebook, November 2005 - February 2006; Kilkenny, Ireland —

From notebooks

Excerpting physical notebooks, where I write without stopping....

It has become fashionable to question the Iraq war, if not denounce it. That will come, too. People will ultimately come to denounce the 2003 invasion as altogether wrong — that will, most likely, become the fashion of the majority opinion.

Fashion? That is a word that conveys a gape cynicism. But there it is.

Yes, now Democrats are saying it was wrong. "If I had known then what I know now...." Which is a sham. I remember that time. They knew enough. What they didn't know is no excuse — It's what you know that justifies killing people; not what you don't know that excuses it.

Yes, disgusting, sick, and shameful.

These Democrats, these useless pieces of shit, these twits, who could not so much as raise a decent objection to an elective killing spree. There were exceptions. Don't stop me.

But no — enough of that. The Democrats were, as a rule, useless. Enough of that. Now theyu're trying to grovel back into an anti-war position. Ugh. Feh. But enough of that. There's no more to say.


There is a sickening and maddening flaw to the burgeoning anti-war sentiment of the general public. Good, great — I'm glad there is a growing anti-war movement, and I hope it grows by exponent. Let the ground swell up and the grassroots grow and spread and overtake.

But a bothersome feature of this new sensibility is its basis upon the lack of weapons of mass destruction.

The lack of weapons of mass destruction within the invaded Iraq is, it's true, the tip on the dunce cap that George W. Bush wears above that shit-eating getting-rich-while-people-die grin. But the lack of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is not the reason that the invasion was wrong. That feature of this debacle only points up how ludicrously wrong the invasion was and the war is.

If the Bush team had "gotten lucky," if their big WMD-justification gamble had paid off and there was, for example, a single stockpile of dangerous material within the country — that would not have made the invasion appropriate, justifiable, moral nor necessary.

The fact that no such weapons were found was a surprise for everybody, sure. But it was not material to the morality of the 2003 invasion. That invasion was unnecessary, and that fact is not reliant upon the falsehood of any supposed justifications slobbered out by the Bush administration.

The invasion was wrong. It was unnecessary. And it is wrong to discuss the matter in any way that complicates that fact.


17 November, 2005


I went to the art shop. Oh, God. Well. S_ is her name. Talked about my project.

My nose dripped, onto the plastic of the screen wrap. I was mortified. I acted like it didn't happen. Oh, Jesus. Wanted to die, as the saying goes.


... Maybe that's a disservice to academic linguistics, but it's a disservice I'm happy to provide.

... The distinctions Standard English, just English, Queen's English... Certainly I'm not going to refer to it as British English, because however much it is a variant, Irish English is a subset of the languge this side of the Atlantic (I live in Kilkenny now.)

None of the academic terms are suitable for the distinction. "Euro-English" is the nearest to suitability, in my opinion.


The White House rolled over on the CIA.


No contact with K_, for Christmas.

She emailed me two days ago her SIM card doesn't work there.

I didn't know what to say. She said we'll have to email.

No sense that she wants to talk with me yet.

Sort of in a pattern for Christmas, no talk.


You hurt me, I feel pain, and anger, and I hurt you.

Stopping the cycle.


• psychopsymatic


The silliness, the childisheness, the girlishness, of religious fervor.


I need to find out more about Kilkenny castle.


The first historical reference to a castle at Kilkenny was in 1173, when a native Irish tribe expelled the [Anglo-]Norman occupiers from the area.


Some way to write the story
Do magic work magic.


This is glorious, really. both of my flatmates (both of whom I like very much) are gone during the day.


Thank God I have the dole. This is a deep and fabulous opportunity for me to seriously apply myself, to really do something go on get it going take it easy mellow boy.


Yeah it's an opportunity to go to the Rock of Cashel with B_ and S_. So. But No; I do feel some like staying home, to be some time alone.
S_ asked what are your plans today. I defended my right not to lay my plans out.

God speed B_ and S_. Drive safely.


There was rioting in Dublin yesterday [25 February '06] -- a planned unionist parade was canceled, republican protesters clashed with police. At least one unionist maintained that the rioters had come down from the North to cause trouble.



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* "Liften" is a classic example of the Dutch language's use of a foreign word, in which the noun, "lift" is brought on as a noun and a verb at the same time.

A "lift," in Euro-English, is a "ride," which you wouldn't use here because that is a crude sexual term.

Liften: to hitchhike.

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