RANGER AGAINST WAR: From Bumpkin to Loon <

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

From Bumpkin to Loon

Shake it up is all that we know
Using the bodies up as we go
--Out of Touch
, Hall and Oates

Standing well outside the Bush compound in Kennebunkport the other day, we can report the dialog was far from happy.

Even those pilgrims whose bloated SUV's sported "McCain" stickers were not in jovial moods. Most faces were drawn into pensive stares, and the scene had something of a Bastille feel about it. But instead of a quickening, there was a sense of dejected dissolution from among the spectators.

The only amusing point was a glance at the map: the neighboring Island to the compound on Walkers Point is
"Bumpkin Island." One must ask: How did they know to issue that name, generations en avance of Mr. George W. Bush? Just brilliant topography.

Addendum: I just learned we are one mile away from Loon Mountain, where the Highland Games will be held this weekend. As far as situations in the country right now, I feel like we are in the place to be.

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Blogger The Mad Celt said...

Yet another example of the "slippage" in our current reality...there I go waxing metaphysical again. Peace and joy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 9:17:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous CTuttle said...

Add 'topographically challenged' to the extensive list of Bush failings over the generations... What's the next stop, Calais or Houlten? ;-)

Btw, this made my day...

"Maliki told journalists that both sides have agreed 'that by December 2011 all American troops will leave Iraqi soil.'

'The Americans have agreed on this. At the beginning, we demanded that they leave by 2010, but they (Americans) asked to leave by 2011.'"

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 11:37:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous wordplay said...

dinosaur wednesday

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 11:49:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous mike said...

I thought you were going to stay away from the big city - and yet here you are frolicking in the elite Boston suburb of Kennebunkport. For shame!!!

Calais is great. Houlton used to be beautiful. It was where my maternal great-grandparents ended up when they waded across the border one night after eloping. Her wanna-be-apple-baron Nova Scotian father was against her marriage to an itinerant fruitpicker from New Brunswick. But I hear from family and friends that it is now a major transhipment point from the Maritimes to the US - so think Truck Stops and Railyards. But it is still Aroostook County, so I can say nothing bad about it.

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 12:27:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Camden was as far north as we achieved in ME. Acadia N.P. and the Maritimes seem appealing, but I think they merit a separate visit all to themselves.

Far as Maliki's quote, ridiculous both in it's falsehood and its implication: "we demanded that they leave by 2010, but they (Americans) asked to leave by 2011."

Ummm... we don't want to leave Iraq because it is so atmospheric and welcoming a venue (?/!) Thanks for letting us soak up that extra year, in which you imagine you might rip off a few more billion greenbacks.

When Burger King, Pizza Hut and McDonald's gets there, you know we're there to stay.

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 3:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Jim does so hate big cities, but I traded him one Antietam for one Kennebunkport! Thankfully, nothing in ME is that big.

I'll bet your Aroostook Co. is a breathtaking area. Everything we saw in ME was exceptional.

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 3:35:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

Lisa: Yes, Acadia is worth a visit for itself; the sunrise from Cadillac Mtn is one of the true delights of Maine.

As far as the Sceptered Fool and his coterie of Gentleidiots, in the words of Dante: "Non ragionam de lor; ma guarda e passa."

"They are not worth speaking about; look at them and pass on."

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 5:55:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous CTuttle said...

Lisa, Aah, ya missed out on the pink granite of Cadillac Mtn in Acadia NP... Hmmm... Is that where the notion for a Pink Cadillac originated from?

Anyways, Erdla of Gorilla's Guides had to rain on my parade...

"Maliki Says The US Forces Will Withdraw By 31 Dec 2011"

No he didn't he said that the Americans had agreed in principle to 31/12/2011. There's lots of weasel word room contained in those two words "in principle"

She's a party pooper...! ;-)

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 6:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yes, Chief, as they say in the South: don't waste your time barking up the wrong tree. And of the dog: that dog won't hunt for you.

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 7:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous CTuttle said...

Lisa, Check out my post today... Some serious f*ckery...! 8-(

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 7:48:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger HopeSpringsATurtle said...

Lisa, is it true or just a vicious rumor that the new Cheney compound is being built on Loon Island?

Thanks for the post

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 11:04:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous CTuttle said...

Ranger, can you check out this explosive article from The Nation... McCain and the POW Cover-up

It's before my time...! ;-)

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 11:58:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Thanks for the heads up on The Nation piece. I'll be looking at it later today.

Also, we will read your post today.

Friday, September 19, 2008 at 6:50:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous fnord said...

mad celt: Beware of reading the Gunslinger novel by S. King. I know what you mean by slippage...

Friday, September 19, 2008 at 1:47:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ctuttle -- THANK YOU for that link to the Nation article!! Confirms or repeats much of what I have read over the years! We can only hope it brings the POW/MIA back into the public arena(!!)...and it would be sweet poetic justice indeed if McCain's history and actions (going all the way back to his POW experience) bite him back hard!!


Friday, September 19, 2008 at 9:51:00 PM GMT-5  

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