Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Five Ways to Spend Black Thursday

Like most of the sane and morally solvent world, I will be doing everything in my power to not participate in that piggish and grotesque ceremony that will be taking place in our nation's capital on Thursday, January 20. I certainly won't be watching the orgy of smug self-congratulation on television. So what is there to do? Well, you have a few options.

Do Nothing. Fueled by anonymous emails proclaiming "not one red cent" (or, in these inflationary times, "not one damn dime") progressives across the country have been urging people to opt out of the US economy for 24 hours -- to spend nothing in a store, restaurant, gas station, online, or anywhere else. I'm not sure what effect this will have on the nation's economy, but I'm sure it will have a good effect on mine.

Dis Dat Or D'Udda. If you can get your ass down to 'Nawlins by 10 am Thursday morning, you can join in the Jazz Funeral for Democracy (but it will probably cost you more than a few red cents and damn dimes). The rest of us will be in the Crescent City in spirit.

Express your mourning. Wear a white (or black) armband to work--or better yet, stay home from work, and write a letter to your elected representatives explaining why you did, as the site suggests. Nobody in Washington will be working that day, why should you?

Black out your Website. I'm undecided on that one yet, but the Bush Blackout site has some pretty nifty graphics to put up instead.

Turn Your Back on Bush. Some folks have been urging people to turn their backs when they see Bush (fine if you’re camped along the parade route in DC, kinda silly if you’re doing it in front of your TV). I say go one better: grab your ankles, drop your drawers, and give Georgie-Boy a 21-bun salute.


Blogger Al S. E. said...

I think there is a perception that the Bush Blackout protest was not successful. To try to counter that perception, I have collected a list of about a hundred Websites, among many others, that actively participated in the protest. You may leave comments there and/or on my blog.

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