Monday, 5 October 2009

10 days to go.

Awake early - the backlog of things to be done ahead of the move seems to be growing rather than shrinking so my mind was in gear and racing by four thirty. We've been carting 'stuff' out of the front door for over two weeks now and the house seems to be as full of things as ever . On top of it all Italian bureaucracy is having a field day - the list of bills to be paid and tax documents to sign keeps getting longer and longer. Anyway, there are still ten full days to go before we hand over the keys.

An interesting/worrying column by Thomas Friedman in the NY Times in which he raises a subject that is exercising many of our American friends. " I have no problem with any of the substantive criticism of President Obama from right or left - but something very dangerous is happening. Criticism from the far right has begun tipping over into delegitimation and creating the same kind of climate here as existed in Israel on the eve of the Rabin assassination". One of the satellite channels we can get here in the Italian mountains is Fox News and there does seem to be a tendency towards rage in their analyses. Was it there before or is it a new phenomenon ?

Digby is outside on the grass keeping a watchful eye on the central heating boiler repair man (he doesn't throw the ball and is therefore held to be suspicious) while Wilf is as usual, unconcernedly asleep at the front door. Digby may be the smaller of the two boyz but he has the heart of a lion.


kks said...

Fox news is known for this type of reporting.....sad
so glad the move is going well?!
we've been in our home for 20yrs, can't imagine moving, but will the country...
have a great, productive week!

KB said...

I've stopped paying any attention to the far right but perhaps that's a mistake. I think that the hate has been there all along but maybe is worse now.

Keep on trucking things out the door!

Winchester whisperer said...

Have you decided where you're going?

Angus said...

KKS - I promise you this we aren't going to move again for at least the next twenty five years.

KB - Some of what I see on the small screen seems a bit unAmerican to me. Perhaps the move is a good distraction.

WW - Yes indeed. House was sold on the first viewing ( always use a British agent ) and a sweet little manor on the site of an old Roman camp is in the process of being bought.

Winchester whisperer said...

So you're staying in Italy?

Cynthia said...

I've always thought that FOX news is riddled with aggressive communication-it moves over into the personal without restraint.