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state of the onion

It was a grand night for our duly selected prez. He was so pleased to be giving this last speech you could practically see the bristles through his suit. He came out through a press of people with hands waiting to be grasped, and grasp he did. He shook hands, thumped shoulders and actually rubbed one man’s head. It was like watching an exalted quarterback entering the field for his last game before some known tragedy would take him up and fictionalize him as a humble god-man for the silver screen.

And then the speech. Oh, he preened, he pointed, he told us all the lies we already knew. He mentioned the economy might be in trouble; Afghanistan was getting along great; We need to see it through with Iraq; Iran better watch out; We need to continue to lead the world to clean up the environment; We love Africa; We love our boys in the military; No Child Left Behind works–because–test scores are up in English and “Mash” and blacks and “Hispanish” kids are doing real good too!

I kinda lost it after he said “Mash” and “Hispanish.” At first I didn’t believe it, so I rewound the DVR thingy on the cable box and listened again. Yup. “Mash” and “Hispanish.”

All the congress critters, judges, generals and invited dignitaries, dupes and dummies raved over his words at all the planned pauses, clapping and standing in ovation. They roared their pleasure so many times, I thought if I closed my eyes, I’d hear the band start playing and smell the heady whiffs of marijuana. But no, it was Bush they were cheering, for the words they all knew were coming. And I thought to myself again, but this time I thought, “There’s not a principle or a spine anywhere in that room.”

and my brain shut down and i stopped listening and wandered off to find some small comfort in an old fantasy.

bush’s soopifyin’ speechifyin’

i mean…what do you do with that? bush! the dems “response” to the “most important bush speech” of the year? the term? the what?
it was so dumb. all i can say is it was dumb dumb dumb and the response was predictably dumb as well.
dumb people are in charge.
we are all so….

ouch ouch and right on

just found this — a little late, but the sting is just as strong.


molly on war, truth and ducks

Molly Ivins is one of my favorite columnists, and this her first that I’ve seen since Thanksgiving was worth waiting for.

pinched this from the Star Telegram…

Bubba, we — yes, we –have to stop the war now
By Molly Ivins
Creators Syndicate

The president of the United States does not have the sense that God gave a duck — so it’s up to us. You and me, Bubba.

I don’t know why George W. Bush is just standing there like a frozen rabbit, but it’s time we found out. The fact is that WE have to do something about it. This country is being torn apart by an evil and unnecessary war, and it has to be stopped. NOW.

This war is being prosecuted in our names, with our money, with our blood, against our will. Polls consistently show that less than 30 percent of the people want to maintain current troop levels. It is obscene and wrong for the president to go against the people in this fashion. And it’s doubly wrong for him to increase U.S. troop levels in this hellhole by up to 20,000, as he reportedly will soon announce.

What happened to the nation that never tortured? The nation that wasn’t supposed to start wars of choice? The nation that respected human rights and life? A nation that from the beginning was against tyranny?

Where have we gone? How did we let these people take us there? How did we let them fool us?

It’s monstrous to put people in prison and keep them there. Since 1215, civil authorities have been obligated to tell people the charges against them if they’re arrested. This administration has done away with rights enshrined in the Magna Carta, and we’ve let them do it.

This will be a regular feature of mine, like an old-fashioned newspaper campaign. Every column, I’ll write about this war until we find some way to end it. Every column, we will review some factor we should have gotten right.

So let’s take a step back and note that before the war, one of its architects, Paul Wolfowitz, testified to Congress that Iraq had no history of ethnic strife.

Sectarian and ethnic strife is a part of the region. And the region is full of examples of Western colonial powers trying to occupy countries, take their resources and take over the administration of their people — and failing. The sectarian bloodbath we see daily completely refutes Wolfowitz.

And let’s keep in mind that when the Army arrived in Baghdad, we, the television viewers, watched footage of a bunch of enraged and joyous Iraqis pulling down the statue of Saddam Hussein, their repulsive dictator, in Firdos Square. Only one thing was wrong: The event was staged, instigated by a Marine colonel and a psychological operations unit that made it appear spontaneous.

When we later saw the whole square where the statue was located, only 30 to 40 people were there (U.S. soldiers, press and some Iraqis — and one of several U.S. tanks present pulled the statue down with a cable). We, the television viewers, saw the square being presented as though the people of Iraq had gone into a frenzy, mobbed the square and spontaneously pulled down the statue.

We need to cut through all this smoke and mirrors and come up with an exit strategy, forthwith.

The Democrats have yet to offer a cohesive plan to get us out of this mess. Of course, it’s not their fault — but the fact is that we need leaders who are grown-ups and who are willing to try to fix it. Bush has ignored the actual grown-ups from the Iraq Study Group and the generals and all other experts who are nearly unanimous in the opinion that more troops will not help.

It’s up to you and me, Bubba.

We need to make sure that the new Congress curbs executive power, which has been so misused, and asserts its own power to make this situation change.

Molly Ivins writes for Creators Syndicate.
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good commentary from Garrison Keiller

Garrison Keillor’s article written for the Baltimore Sun and reprinted by CommonDreams.org is worth reading. http://www.commondreams.org/views07/0104-20.htm
In one paragraph, he gives us a brilliant, succinct analysis of Bush the Lesser.

Here we have a slacker son of a powerful patrician father who resolves unconscious Oedipal issues through inappropriate acting-out in foreign countries. Hello? All the king’s task forces can gather together the shards of the policy, number them, arrange them, but it never made sense when it was whole and so it makes even less sense now.

We have yet much to fear from this administration. Mr. Keillor has a bit more confidence than I in the new crop of critters just elected. He says:

The earnest folk in Congress are prepared to discuss policy issues, to plant their butts in hard chairs and sit through jargon-encrusted reports and long, dry perorations thereupon. They’re trained for that. That’s one good reason they’re there and not you or me. But to address the war and the White House, you’re talking pathology.

Yes, it’s going to take more than hard work and good judgment on the part of our congress critters to deal with this insane war, but honestly, if what I saw last night on ABC World News is any indication, this bunch will be towing Shrubs line, complete with hooks and sinkers, and the men and women who will be surging over to Iraq when (not if) this congress gives The Decider everything he requests will be left out on the sands of Iraq without boat, paddle or the creek needed to get stranded in.

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