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Outrage overload continues

Friday, May 16th, 2008

You have to give George W. Bush credit, in a “My, that leech certainly sucks blood well,” sort of way. Just when you think he can’t get any lower, he proves you wrong.

Every single time.
 
Before yesterday, I would have happily sworn on a first edition copy of Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species that Bush simply couldn’t act any more despicably in playing the “terrorism” card than he already has. Surely, I foolishly believed, there must be a saturation point for such things — a low that’s so low that it simply can’t be outdone.
 
Consider, after all, the dreary parade of his past dishonor.
 
Manipulating public fear of terrorism for political gain?
 
Been there, done that.
 
Falsely besmirching the patriotism of political opponents?
 
Oh, please! That’s just so 2002!
 
Using terrorism alerts to scare people when it’s politically helpful?
 
Just another day at the office.
 
Arguing that Americans must surrender their sacred freedoms in order to be safe from attack?
 
Does the phrase standard operating procedure mean anything to you?
 
Using the fear of terrorism to perpetrate a fraud on the nation leading to a disastrous war in Iraq?
 
Hey, whatever works.
 
Abusing claims of national security to justify obsessive governmental secrecy?
 
What part of I don’t care what you think do you not understand? 
 
But clearly I had underestimated the ingenuity of the Bush White House when it comes to finding new and even more pathetic forms of disgraceful conduct.
 
(AP) Democrats outraged by Bush “appeasement” remark

Democrats erupted in outrage on Thursday after President George W. Bush suggested a pledge by the party’s presidential front-runner Barack Obama to meet Iran’s leader was akin to appeasement of Nazi Germany.
 
Bush’s comments, made in Jerusalem to the Israeli parliament during celebrations for Israel’s 60th anniversary, stirred up the campaign for the November election and prompted Obama to accuse him of engaging in “the politics of fear.”
 
“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” Bush said.
Without mentioning Obama by name, Bush compared “this foolish delusion” to the prelude to World War Two.
 
“As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history,” he said.

Yup, he’s done it: he’s found a way to sink even lower. He appeared before the parliament of a foreign nation, where partisan politics isn’t supposed to follow, and used the opportunity to accuse his political opponents of wanting to make love to terrorists. Pathetic. Simply pathetic.  
 
You’ll have to forgive me, however, if I can’t quite summon up the energy required for the sort of no-holds-barred outraged response this clearly calls for: seven plus years of the Bush presidency has drained it out of me. So Bush said something offensive, moronic and disgusting. Well, I guess then this must be Thursday — or Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday, or Monday, or Tuesday or Wednesday.
 
As I’ve mentioned before, right wing nutcase, William Bennett, once wrote a stupid book about the Lewinsky affair titled The Death of Outrage. Basically, the theme was that it pissed off Bennett that people weren’t more pissed off than they were about the “scandal.”
 
Bennett was wrong, of course. The Lewinsky dustup wasn’t proof of the death of outrage: it was proof that the common sense of the American people had once again overpowered one of Bennett and his friends’ repeated attempts to bring down an American president through any means possible (which isn’t to suggest Clinton didn’t act in a stupid and dishonest way in the Lewinsky matter itself).
 
But as I look back now, I have to wonder whether Bennett may actually have been a prophet before his time (assuming a pompous ignoramus can qualify as a prophet).  Because right now, for a lot of us anyway, I think outrage may actually be dead.

To a significant extent it’s dead in me.

George W. Bush killed it. He drove it to an early grave through overwork.

Spam inspired query: muscle building where?

Thursday, May 15th, 2008


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Not so deep thoughts: part one

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

John Edwards just endorsed Barack Obama in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Do you think there’s any cosmic significance to this?

Yeah, me neither.

Giving Hillary her due

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

It didn’t change anything in terms of the big picture, but let’s be honest: Hillary Clinton just gave Barack Obama a world class thumping in West Virginia.

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Maybe this is the year you should run for Congress

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008


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Café stuff: so what’s up with the episodes?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

For anyone who misses the regular café episodes . . .

“Is anybody there?
“Does anybody care?” 
(1776, the musical)

. . . I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that Horace, Winston, Tom and Zach are still gathering around the large round table in the café’s lounge each Wednesday evening. They’re doing well and have plenty of wisdom — or banter anyway — left to share.

The bad news is that their normally faithful scribe, yours truly, has been overwhelmingly busy of late, for both business and personal reasons. I just haven’t had time to get episodes up. 

Finally, the promise: I will try very hard to start posting episodes again soon. So stay tuned. 


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Tuesday, May 13th, 2008


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John McCain: the great uniter — of Democrats

Saturday, May 10th, 2008


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Are you as tired of this shit as I am?

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Maybe I haven’t been totally honest about why I so badly want Hillary Clinton to throw in the towel.

I really do believe that the ongoing fight is damaging the Democratic Party’s chances in November by polarizing the party.

And I really do believe that the benefits the Democratic Party has received from the long primary season — and there have been some very real and important ones, including the massive amount of grassroots organizing that’s been happening — are pretty much shot now: little positive will be accomplished by continuing the battle.

And, yes, I also really do believe that the Democratic Party’s chances in the fall are being harmed by all of the negative advertising.

But to be honest, none of that represents the biggest reason why I want this nomination fight to be over. The real biggest reason is this: I’m just sick and tired of this shit — sick and tired of fighting with other Democrats when it’s George W. Bush and the Republicans who have been doing so much damage to this country.

It was Bush, not Clinton or Obama, who led this nation into the war in Iraq based upon a pack of lies.

It was Bush who made torture the official policy of the United States of America.

It was Bush who appointed two reactionary Supreme Court justices, transforming what had been a radically conservative — but also at times unpredictable — Court into one that today is little more than cog in the rightwing machine.

It was Bush who championed tax cuts that dramatically increased an already alarming level of economic inequality in this nation.

It was Bush who made it official US policy to ignore the threat of global warming.

It was Bush who turned the federal government into an all you can eat smorgasbord for pro-Republican special interests.

And on and on.

The truth is, I’m sick and tired of arguing with other Democrats.

I’m sick and tired of all the negative campaigning.

I’m sick and tired of pro-Clinton sites like, say, BartCop (with whom I’ve exchanged a few blows) attacking Obama.

I’m sick and tired of pro-Obama sites like Daily Kos (and sometimes my own) beating up on Clinton.

For better or worse, Barack Obama is going to be the Democratic nominee: no one can reasonably doubt that now. It’s time to move on.

Yes, we need to begin the healing.

And yes, we need to start turning our fire on John McCain, instead of each other.

But maybe more than anything else, we need to change the subject. The Obama vs. Clinton discussion isn’t just destructive.

It’s also getting old.

Time to stop pretending: Obama’s the nominee

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

He won North Carolina huge.

He fought to a near draw in Indiana (if not a win).

He gave a hell of a victory speech.

It’s over. Hillary Clinton no longer has any plausible path to the nomination: she didn’t before this evening, but now it’s obvious.  Expect the super delegates to start moving to Obama ever more rapidly.



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