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Political rant #57291, and Bon festival [Aug. 15th, 2005|12:32 am]
I wish I could ignore politics sometimes, but knowing it's politics that decides my freedoms makes me not back away from it. I can't just sit idly while a vocal minority decides the chain of events that make up my life.

That said, the Senate Majority leader Tom DeLay says the Supreme Court (aka "judicial autocracy") is "casting aside moral values (to rewrite the law instead of interpreting it [the Constitution])".

The Constitution is a good general framework to guide our lives with, but nothing such as a Constitution is ever set in stone. Or laws. Things change, and therefore laws change (I'd hope they'd change in a progressive manner). I think sometimes people follow laws too rigidly without allowing for exceptions (ie: mitigating circumstances).

It's funny, in a sad way, how Republicans generally accuse Democrats or other progressive-type parties, for example, of turning things into a "circus" when they (Democrats et al) don't agree with something and try to block it... but when Republicans don't agree with something the Democrats are trying to do, they do the same thing. Too much hypocrisy running rampant in this country, and perhaps the world also.

lol I talk about this kind of stuff too much.

On Saturday we went to a Bon festival at the Morikami Japanese Gardens and Museum in Delray Beach. We actually went there last Saturday (6th), but it was the wrong day, lol. He surprised me with the excursion, but I'd figured out halfway there where we were going. We were all sick too, then, but still went. We figured something was wrong when there was nobody there.

But when we went this weekend, the correct weekend, man... there was thousands of people there. We thought the festival would've been astounding, but really, it wasn't as cracked up like we thought it might be. They had taiko(?) drums there, and a Bon Odori dance (I didn't see the dance), and it was white people performing them. I don't think there were any Japanese (or even other Asians) operating anything there. The festival didn't feel authentic to either me or Hsiaokwai.

The gardens themselves look authentic enough, but then again, i'd have to visit Japan to know for sure how authentic they are. I've been here a couple times before, and it is a pretty place to be, though. :)

[User Picture]From: h_lovelace
2005-08-15 01:29 am (UTC)
What a bummer that the Bon festival wasn't as expected. I remember one time I went to a Japanese restaurant (My husband's favorite) and there was not a single Japanese or Asian person there. All the cooks and servers were white. It took away from the experience.
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From: lin_bai_mao
2005-08-15 01:00 pm (UTC)
lol white people hosting a Japanese Festival..
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