Did you know that Bush is still president? It's true. BUT NOT FOR VERY MUCH LONGER.
Bloggenfreude at Agitprop mourns W's passing. "We will never see his like again."
As a lefty blogger, I will miss him. Sure he’s a dangerous
sociopath, a pathological liar, and a national embarrassment. But he’s
also The Decider, The Commander Guy, and Commander Codpiece. Think about that as January 20, 2009 approaches....
The photographic tributes are particularly choice. We recommend clicking.
Jonah Goldberg said liberals only liked Obama because they didn't know any real (that is, poor and dangerous) black people; Taranto
said Democrats were intimidated into nominating him, as an old lady
might be intimidated into surrendering her purse to a mugger.
All during the campaign we kept hearing from Sarah Palin that Obama and his supporters didn't think about America the same way she and the morons who voted for her aspire to think of it or give it the same blind love and loyalty that the wingnuts claim to give it. In a way, this is true. We think it's the duty of the citizen of a democracy to place democratic ideals before blind loyalty and that "tough love" is required to keep the country on the right path.
Sure, we liberals claim that our love is deeper because we seek to
improve the United States by pointing out its flaws. But calling your
wife fat isn’t love. True love is the blind belief that your child is
the smartest, cutest, most charming person in the world, one you would
gladly die for. I’m more in ‘like’ with my country.”
Conservatives had a field day with this, ingenuously taking him at his word and assuming that he is infallible on the subject of liberalism and is appointed by all liberals to speak for them. And so Clif at Sadly, No! thoughtfully compiled a list of all the things those America-lovin' wingnuts HATE HATE HATE!!!!! about their country.
Er, Coulter? Ann Coulter? Oh. Yeah. We remember Ann Coulter.
Ann’s wardrobe consists entirely of black cocktail dresses from ”Skanks ‘R Us.” You
know, the title of her book reminds me of that pretentious Calvin
Klein perfume ad from the ’80’s with the slogan, “If obsession is a
sin, let me be guilty.” In Ann’s case, I guess the line would be, “If
an obsession with demonizing half the country is a sin, let me be
guilty, and then send me to Gitmo for the rest of my life.” Ah,
Coulter, the smell of it. Smells like tobacco breath, stale gin, and
We are talking about rhetorical courage, the
puffed-chest bravado and keyboard-rattling grandiloquence from which
true heros are made. Whether they are warning off the Moorish hordes,
threatening to start a civil war if they don’t get their way,
fearlessly yelling racial slurs from behind a pseudonym on the
internet, or steadfastly proclaiming their indomitable will to continue
blabbing on about all the super-butch things they’d do if only they
hadn’t already made plans to play Starcraft, these Warriors of Words are truly our last line of defense against not having to listen to them.(The Poor Man)
We're all caught up in holiday activities at the moment, but who could resist all these cherishable Cheney moments? Certainly not us. It's just the right time for the Anti-Claus!
As Jon Stewart has so rightly said, we don't know Dick. Yes, he's still douchebag wrapped in an enigma and dipped in a mystery! And---in the immortal words of the Turtles, c. 1960-something---the more we see, the more we see there is to see!
So it seems Dick Cheney, Man of Mystery, had quite the little gabfest on Fox News:
WALLACE: Did you tell Senator Leahy, “bleep yourself”?
CHENEY: I did.
WALLACE: Any qualms, second thoughts, or embarrassment?
Basically it appears that Prager thinks that individual members of
minority groups should apologize for the bad things that other members
of that group did which forced the majority to enact discriminatory
laws against the entire minority group and then feel vaguely guilty
years later for doing so....
...which are, of course, in completely different coloring books. Meanwhile, the Left just laughs the bitter laughter of adults who have seen it all before because OF COURSE everyone knew it was coming, even though it is all so stupid, so stupid and transparent, so stupid and transparent and bogus, and yet full of wingnutty media-fuelled portentousness and pomposity.
Here's "the washed-up old terrorist," as McCain called him, speaking for himself but also with strange prescience. Highlights:
Asked about his reaction to Palin's "palling around with terrorists
remark, Ayers said: "I thought it was outrageous and profoundly
dishonest, and I chose not to react to it at the time."
Ayers added, "I was on a board with President-Elect Obama, we did live
in the same neighborhood, but the dishonesty of the narrative is that
if you can place two people in the same room or prove that they took a
bus downtown together, that they're somehow responsible for one
anothers politics, policies, outlook, and behavior, and that seems to
me to be patently absurd."
William Kristol made number 1, with his prediction that Hill had the Democratic nomination all sewed up. Kristol is, of course, reliably wrong, which is why we love him so. Cockney Robin wrote a piece back in 2007 deconstructing Kristol's "Why Bush Will be a Winner" that still makes us laugh out loud. (Naturally, we're laughing at Kristol rather than with him).
So...we can all stop worrying. Santa Claus WILL come down your chimney as usual with his bag full of toys for your kids and a new job and a new mortgage for you! There WILL be presents under your tree and a turkey dinner (with razzleberry dressing) on your table!
Would Papa Bear or Karl Rove misrepresent the facts?
Suddenly, it's our problem and only our problem. They'll just stand on the sidelines and jeer. If they had any constructive ideas, or anything like a solution, we'd have heard them back when it mattered.
Ain’t it just curious now with the NeoCon and Republican roaches braving the light of day, that all of a sudden they profess concern about, oh, food quality, health items, housing, jobs...ethics...etc.?
In celebration of Gen. Shinseki's selection, let us ride the Wayback Pony to that later time when everyone knew he was right. Rumsfeld wanted to take his hand off the bicycle seat; Bush wanted to hear "from as many ideas and opinions as possible." And he wasn't going to stop fighting and put diplomats on the ground till all violent means were utterly exhausted!
We've been trying very hard not to think about the "Bush legacy project," since its very existence defies common sense, decency, geometry, and reality. We're afraid of getting sucked into some GOP black hole of revisionism and coming out on the other side in a world like Camazotz in A Wrinkle in Time where everything is controlled by "Bush's Brain" and all the moms stay home, the dads all go to work, and everyone does everything in exactly the same way and at the same time, all the time. And (channeling Berke Breathed now) is compelled every Sunday to attend the Christianist Church of his or her choice (no Quakers on Bush World).
Peggy Noonan hasn't seen any sign yet of this "recession" thing everyone keeps banging on about---her corner of the world looks pretty comfy and business-as-usual and full of affluent Christmas shoppers to her---and she and her ilk are feeling a bit nervous because now that Bush is going, some menace or threat might saw off the branch on which their designed-by-Hermes silk cocoons are suspended and crush their way of life under its collective heel.
big on displacement, whenever some atrocity occurs wingers accuse
liberals of showing insufficient outrage. It's not so much a policy
prescription as an accusation of psychological unfitness because,
though we agree that we would rather kill terrorists than let them kill
us, we don't express it in blood-curdling howls...
Speaking of Wall Street and jackasses, Blue Texan discusses Noonan's post hoc ergo propter hoc argument that at least Bush kept us safe, except of course--as he points out---for the people in New Orleans' 9th Ward during Katrina and the kids we sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. P.S. At her "sparkling" GOPfest, she stillcould not see the foreclosure signs. Walk her out in the morning dew, this morning.
On ABC tonight,
George W. Bush said he was "sorry" that Americans are losing their jobs
and watching their 401(k) plans get fiendishly rear-ended into the next
12 dimensions thanks to the throbbing fiscal phallus of Friedman and
Laffey, free marketeers to whose semen- and feces-slathered altar knelt
Harvard MBA George "Fuck Everyone Including the Shareholders" Bush like
a love-lorn acolyte.