• Cogent. All too cogent. And I think of this snippet of Dubya in action. Still smug, still completely…out of touch? I don’t even know what to call it anymore. I wonder if I would have the same feelings watching the French aristocracy in the 18th century, but I don’t know if even that compares.


    April 13, 2006
  • You always think these things out so clearly, and it’s always depressing. True, clear, and depressing.

    We the mice despair because we can’t get the elephant to stop flailing around long enough to hear us. He just slams around in a panic, and we have to keep jumping out of the way and watching in despair as he steps on our families and strangers alike. This is the charitable interpretation: just as likely is that the elephant is willing to sacrifice a few good mice in his quest to eradicate all the evil mice — and everything defined by the elephant (or more accurately, his handlers).

    The only thing that would sober GWB down is possession of a forebrain.

    Did you see that the pharmacy at Swedish Medical here in Seattle has been refusing to fill ANTIBIOTIC PRESCRIPTIONS that came from an abortion clinic? I am fucking ashamed of my species, I really am.

    April 13, 2006
  • My father is trying to get back to Iran to see his family before they, and he get oo old to make it. It’s hard because I want him to go to see them, but I am scared of what might happen when he gets there. I have nothing but foaming hate for this administration right now and what they are doing. It makes me not sleep.

    April 13, 2006
  • Josh Marshall, speaking of Iran, made the following point a couple of weeks ago about the foreign-policy types who advocate various positions in good faith:

    Folks like me, who thought that threatening war [with Iraq] (and being willing to follow through on the threat) made sense, assuming a good-faith commander-in-chief at the helm, were just wasting their time and making a major miscalculation.

    And that is one thing I fear in the current debate [about Iran]. I think a lot of people of good faith will game out the Iranian nuclear question acting on the hypothetical assumption that we have a president whose goal is to prevent a nuclearized Iran and who is acting in good faith.

    That, after all, is what right-thinking, mainstream foreign policy types are supposed to do. They’re not supposed entertain the possibility that the president or his advisors are dishonest in their portrayal of the entire situation or pursuing goals different from the ones they profess to be pursuing. And they’re certainly not supposed to tailor their policy prescriptions to take into account that possibility. That’s political. It’s not policy.

    But to follow that approach—sensible under sensible circumstances—just doesn’t take into account what we’ve all seen in the last five years.

    (He also talks about the Hersh article this week.)

    April 13, 2006
  • When I first heard about this, I thought, “Surely the band of selfish, radical conservative idealogues can’t be that stupid.” But I think all one needs do is listen to one of the Bushite administration talk to reporters and you realize that either they are truly evil – I mean in their Satan’s Minions definition, consciously serving the forces of evil – or incredibly retarded (no, that’s unfair to the mentally challenged; they’re beyond simple unintelligence) and hypnotized by their own lies.

    I hate Bush and his minions. I used to scoff at the neocons and their railing against liberal “hatred,” but how else can a sane person respond to willful acts of evil against humanity?

    Fuck calls for impeachment; I want Congress to move that he be executed as a war criminal and traitor to our country. And all his shit-eating minions who draw up these stupendously insane plans, ignoring realities while destroying our world.

    April 13, 2006
  • Rock on Dude!

    There I times when I can’t hold in the outrage anymore and it comes vomitting out onto my LJ. Most of the time I don’t publish it figureing that no one want’s to hear that. That they’ll just scroll on by, that they’re too inured to the horror that is our country that it won’t make a dent.

    Thanks for letting me know that there are people out there like me.

    April 14, 2006
  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the pointer.

    I have a theory that in our country of Goddamn Individualists and Pioneers, we still fall out into sub-groups we don’t like to admit: leaders and followers.

    Leaders are alphas (and betas) who do what’s best for the team/family. Followers are omegas (and others) who are anxious for approval from everyone, including those who depend on them. Leaders have a hard time taking instruction from others, and followers have a hard time giving it.

    In England, with its historical delineated class structure, I think people more readily understand that not everyone is born to lead. In America, we think by virtue of being Americans we all have the potential to shed class restrictions and become leaders. We forget that innate disposition affects us too.

    It’s like anyone who doesn’t display leadership qualities is thought less of. But what kind of madhouse would we live in if we were all leaders?

    January 14, 2007
  • Anonymous

    Of course, now that winter is over (except for tonight, when it’s 28 degrees outside in Kansas), I finally have a winter-worthy vehicle: A lovely Saab Turbo Convertible.

    So, Bob, it’s been a while… how’s everything in the Great Northeast?

    April 04, 2007

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