After almost two days devoted to air conditioning issues, I am pleased that the house is back to normal this morning. Son and I got a good night's sleep thanks to a newly fixed ac system. It is not pleasant, as a woman who can experience a hot flash at any given time, to try to sleep in a hot room. The fan I aimed on myself wasn't much help. Poor son had to sleep downstairs on the couch instead of his own bed as the upstairs was too hot. But after numerous phone calls to the repair service, to hubby in Wyoming and a big dent in the checkbook, it's all good now.
The most irritating fact of the ac problems is that hubby had ordered a fan motor to replace the one in the system. He could have done the whole fix himself, as in a previous life he serviced heating and ac units, but no, as usual, he is out of town when this stuff comes to a head. At least he was in a spot where he could be reached.
I will watch President Bush later this morning make his speech at the U.N. I won't be watching the Iranian president's speech this evening.
I was reading an opinion piece written by the screenplay writer of "The Path to 9/11" published in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. He described writing the screenplay and the reaction to it. He described the sense of duty he felt in telling the whole story and using the actual findings in the 9/11 Commission report as his foundation.
The man, Cyrus Nowrasten, is the son of Iranian parents, who fled Iran and that oppressive way of life. He was raised with a strong appreciation of his country, instilled by his grateful parents. He is not Muslim. He is not a conservative zealot. He is not best friends with Rush Limbaugh. He does not appreciate being ethnically profiled as a way of dismissing his writing skills. The L.A. Times, "characterized me by race, religion, ethnicity, country-of origin and political leanings --wrongly on four of five counts.", according to the op-ed. He was born in Boulder, Co. He describes himself as devoutly American. How is that for a terrific description? When asked if the L.A. Times has a new policy of this type of labeling, the reporter had no response.
Seems it is acceptable to label conservatives as some sort of right wing zealots but don't label the other side of the aisle.
"The Path to 9/11" was intended to remind us of the common enemy we face. Like the 9/11 Report itself, it is meant to enable us to better defend ourselves from a future attack. Past is prologue, and 9/11 is merely another step in an escalating Islamic fundamentalist reign of terror. By dramatizing the step-by-step increase in attacks on America -- all of which, in fact, occurred -- we are better able to see the pattern and anticipate the future. That was the point of the series, its only intention. Call it the canary in the coal mine. Call it John O'Neill in the FBI." Past is prologue - I love that. That's my new favorite saying.
He finishes up the article by publicly thanking Disney CEO Rober Iger and ABC for not bending to the demands of the Clinton people to pull the movie from the network showing. He thanked them for standing up to the threats of Democrat senators on the floor of the Senate - unprecedented behavior. Hey, I thought it was those mean conservatives that suppressed movies and books.
And on a contrasting note - The Toronto Film Festival, basking in the glow of showing a movie all about a Brit's idea of what America's foreign policy should be and what a great idea it is to show a sitting American president assassinated, as awarded the film an award. It was awarded the Fipresci prize, chosen by international critics. It was noted by the jury "for the audacity with which it distorts reality to reveal a larger truth." Yeah, ok.
Tonight on A&E Dog and his family speak about the recent arrest and all. They are out after posting a $300,000 bond.
"Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow." - Alice Mackenzie Swaim