March 20th, 2003


On selfishness

I've been watching the news all day. Hard to avoid really, unless you watch the WB. Which really throws off my schedule. I'd rather be watching COPS and Judge Judy. I can't help thinking how this war is inconveniencing my viewing schedule.

Is that selfish?

I mean really-- how does this war affect me directly? Other than a sense of disgust, I'm still walking the dog, looking for a job, and scratching my ass like normal. Hey, I'm not asking for more. Intellectually I hate seeing all of the destruction, while at the same time I'm marveling at the technology of the U.S. war machine, but it's less involving than a videogame.

And I have plenty of other stuff to be thinking about.

From the AP

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina House members say the Dixie Chicks should apologize for lead singer Natalie Maines' criticism of President Bush by performing a free concert for troops.

Republican state Rep. Catherine Ceips introduced a resolution Wednesday calling for the country music trio to perform for South Carolina troops and their families.

Maines, speaking about President Bush's push for military action against Iraq, told a London audience last week, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."

Radio stations nationwide are boycotting the Dixie Chicks even though Maines, a native of Lubbock, Texas, has publicly apologized.

Cindi Berger, the Dixie Chicks' publicist, had no comment on the resolution, which passed the House on a 50-35 vote and left some lawmakers angry and others confused.

"I think it's an olive branch to the Dixie Chicks," Ceips said.

"But only after they apologize first for exercising their free speech, is that correct?" asked House Minority Leader James Smith, a Democrat.

The Dixie Chicks have been in Europe promoting their recent release "Home," which won a Grammy last month for best country album.