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.
On October 10, 2007 Brzezinski along with other influential signatories sent a letter to President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice titled 'Failure Risks Devastating Consequences'. The letter was partly an advice and a warning of the failure of an upcoming
US sponsored Middle East conference scheduled for Nov 2007 between
Israelis and Palestinians. The letter also suggested to engage in "a
genuine dialogue with Hamas" than to isolate it further.
Though it was nominated for a Grammy, we just don't think there's been nearly enough screaming about Harry Shearer's musical send-up of the Bush administration's main players. If you've had all the peace and good will you can handle, you might enjoy a bit of black comedy, in diverse musical stylings.
If you're looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a progressive friend, we don't see how you could do better than this album (available at I-Tunes):
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?
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?
As Bush prepares to move into his exclusive new neighborhood his neighbors are worried that his presence might disrupt their Way of Life. Those neighbors include "former presidential candidate Ross Perot and Mark Cuban, the billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner" and some guy next door who just installed a "trout-filled lake" on his property. (Raw Story)
Will Bush turn their American dream into a Bush administration-style nightmare?
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.
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.
The biggest regret of all the presidency has to have been the
intelligence failure in Iraq. A lot of people put their reputations on
the line and said, you know ... the weapons of mass destruction is a
reason to remove Saddam Hussein. It wasn't just people in my
administration, and um ... You know, that's not a do-over, but I wish
the intelligence had been different, I guess.
Remember back in the day when we only got to hear the tapes with the expletives deleted?
But we always knew there would be more and now they're here! For the best round-up of Nixonian quotables for the aspiring Republican pol, see Amygdala. The thing about Nixon you have to
like---if, that is, you subsequently lived through Reagan and Bush---is
that he didn't bother to conceal his ruthlessness or cynicism under a genial mask
or a crimp-browed chimp-like smirk of good-natured puzzlement.
Pondering the relief expressed by military officials that Bush is finally on his way out, Dave at Orcinus reflects:
better way to lose a war than to have your on-the-ground decisions be
forced through an ideological prism. And it was obvious even to
outsiders that this was how Bush was conducting the Iraq war -- indeed,
it was the decisive factor behind the very decision to invade in the
In his interview with his sister, Bush discussed how he wishes to be remembered. If he were someone else, I'd find the hopes he confides rather touching. But he's Bush and I find the whole thing disturbing and embarrassing and distressing in light of the, you know, FACTS.
Give the man this. At least he didn't say he wants to be remembered as a man who left the world a little better than he found it. (He might have implied it, but he didn't actually say it.)
They---i.e., those in charge of declarations---have at last declared a recession! It's official! Huzzah! And to celebrate, and to ensure that there's plenty of shredded ticker-tape for the parade, the Dow plunged 680 points.
(There had better be a parade, after they made us wait all this time.)
Without presuming to argue the religious questions addressed in the post, we were very interested in the conclusion of Poputonian's post at Rumproast, which takes a sharply incised line on the GOP conception of the free market.