Chapter 5, page 56: "When you step outside in Midland, Texas, your horizons suddenly expand. The sky is huge. The land is flat, with not even the hint of a hill to limit the view. The air is clear and bright. The impression is one of the sky as a huge canopy that seems to stretch forever. Appropriately, 'the sky is the limit' was the slogan in Midland when I arrived in the mid-1970s, and it captured the sense of unlimited possibilities that you could almost feel and taste in the air. You can see as far as you want to see in Midland, and I could see a future."

This blissfully privileged bullshit is just rage-making. Just juxtapose that garbage with the Rape Culture Discussion Thread alone, no less the rest of the content on the main page today, and imagine living a life where none of it ever touches you, where the endless plains with nary a bump are the perfect metaphor for your life. Jesus.

[From George Bush's A Charge to Keep, gifted to me by Deeky, because he hates me. In the US, all people who plan to run for president write a shitty book. (Some are less shitty than others, by which I mean the Democrats' books.) A Charge to Keep was George W. Bush's shitty I-wanna-be-president book, published in 1999. I am blogging one random quote per page every day until I have either made my way through the book or lost it behind a couch.]

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