WE HAVE A QUESTION as you walk out onto the deck overlooking the Bay of Confusion where sharks of every color circle under the moon tonight. What blogger's imagination inspires you? Who has something different and new? Who has changed the way you think?
THE HERETIK SEES SO MUCH IMAGINATION out there. Jeanne at BODY AND SOUL is the reason I even thought of blogging. Though I may never meet her, her imagination and spirit make me stronger. RICHARD CRANIUM made me see more than white girls matter. More heros and heroines in comments.
A SECOND QUESTION Everyone here seems so well read and so easily reads everyone else. What fictional character would have a killer blog?
ON ANOTHER DAY IN LOUISIANA THAT STUNS THE MIND tonight
at Lefty's Lounge we ask for the grace of your imagination. Disaster
has struck before and surely will strike again. Through it all
imagination and the strength to see things in a new way while standing
firmly on the ground of our convictions has saved us in the past and
may still again. Betty Blogger, Lefty Louise, and The Heretik are
glad to have you all around. All drinks on us. Drink and comment freely.
GREAT LINKS AND THOUGHTS FROM RJ ESKOW, WATERTIGER, AGITPROP, FEMINISTE, ROGER MORRIS and the rest of the best of the blogs. Somebody should tell Bush about the history of musical instruments and disaster. Um, Nero, dude. And the band played til the end as Titanic went down.
RJ THINKS BUSH PILOTS A RUDDERLESS SHIPTHE HERETIK SAYS Oy, Captain, oy captain, your scary trip is done. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Bush looks like he never learned. RJ SAYS Bush fakes playing guitar while New Orleans drowned. WATERTIGER ASKS if everything the Prez gets must have the Presidential seal? WHEN WILL PEOPLE SAY stop playing us for fools? Could Bush seal his own fate more foolishly?
LAUREN AT FEMINISTE SURVEYS a scene more troubled than Bush's conscience:I read this story
and cried for a long while, thinking of the horror of yet another
Sophie’s Choice. The loss, real and imagined, is overwhelming.
WHEN BUSH SEES WATER, maybe he only sees HIMSELF, a modern day know nothing Narcissus.
ROGER MORRIS SAYS IT ALL IN COUNTERPUNCH: This president is not simply the least competent ever thrown up. He is also the most pathological. Every shred of evidence of the man and his rule, every witness, leak, and gesture reek of it. Freshman psychology students and amateur therapists smell it instantly. To quote a distinguished analyst who'll remain anonymous for the sake of his Republican patients:
George W. is a narcissistic personality. He is self referent. He sees things only from his point of view--and by extension sees and represents the America that reflects it. He is able to create a seamless ball into which nothing else can penetrate. As with other narcissistic personalities, he lives his entitlement and grandiosity--in his case even seeing himself as fulfilling God's wishes on earth. He does not need to check any other reality. He knows that what feels right to him is right for everyone. The rules do not apply to him (college, the reserves, etc)--only to those who need rules to do what is right. Unlike Senator Frist, I tend not to diagnose in absentia, but with George W., all of us could go on and on.
On and on is how the pathology will be manifest in the torment of Iraq. It hardly matters how vested Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, the Generals, corporations, media claque, complicit Democrats. Bush is enough. The cowardice and blindness, craftiness and stupidity of the war policy, and of the whole myth-encrusted and corrupt mentality around it, will persist so long as Bush and all who used and accepted him remain in office.
ANOTHER WAY of looking at the disaster from THE DISGRUNTLED CHEMISTMAN IS ARROGANT They think that nature is something to be beaten, not acknowledged. That's why THIS PLAN [from CORRENTE] Via ALTERNATE BRAIN I found the suggestion, linked above, that it's time to give up on New Orleans. And I totally agree. . . . Man can only triumph over nature's entropy for so long. Eventually,
nature wins. And, as insensitive as it sounds, she might have just done
so in New Orleans won't be considered as seriously as it should be.
YEAH, WHAT SHE SAID [SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER] I don’t even know what my point is. I guess just that everything seems really fucked up at the moment.
WRITE ON, SISTER, RIGHTON Even before this disaster, a disconnect between the real world and the fantasy world of one man has been so evident it hurts the head and would harden the heart, but now is not the time for the head to go soft nor for the heart to turn to stone and sink.
AND THE HERETIK NOW ASKS New Orleans drowns in water, Iraq drowns in blood: how much longer will we allow Bush to drown in his own delusions and take us all down with him?
IN CONDI al SALAAM'S OWN WORDS: He is a master of saying something different from his words. Kissingerr toys with the sauerkraut on his plate with his fork, straightening the strands of cooked cabbage in this wacked Teutonic order. I mean, who takes the time to do that stuff? Nobody but the K, I tell you. I know it is all part of his power is the ultimate aphrodisiac, I can have any part of the world if I wanted to style he has. Still I am not quite ready when he asks me if I would like a bite of his pastrami.
Scowcroft mentions what mad times these are in the Carnegie Deli . . . (page 2)
SOME PROVE THEMSELVES BY FIRE, some prove themselves by water. Other elements of earth and air shout testimony, shout out about our leaders of where we were, of where we are, and where we yet still might be. We have known the fire. In Rome of old and Caesar Nero a fire burned, a fiddle played. So we know a leader.
WE HAVE KNOWN THE FIRE, the fire in Manhattan air, the fire that fell strange from air to Manhattan ground, the fire that fell that ground out light with smoke devil dark, the hateful fire no water can wash out.
SOME TELL TALE of the Caesar American who played all August, then flew from fear when fired burned the air and eye of all who were witness weary. The smoke within still stings the eyes, mothers unrelated by birth share a common smoke eclipsed sun.
SOMEWHERE MOTHERS NOBLE hang their heads and nod knowing no end to a crying of the heart where fires fade. There is no end to some fires dying. Somewhere sons related only by blood spilt or splattered, somewhere sons in unrelated cause are dying for one, all for one, one for all, all for a noble cause, a just cause, just what it is no one knows.
WE HAVE KNOWN THE FIRE, the fire of hell, falling strange from sky and air above that crushes earth and makes of the heart an ember. And now we will know water. The city creole crescent drowns in the curve of water flood flow over levees lost. Our Caesar American unseen plays sad on his invisible fiddle.
There are well over a 1200 people still in the Tenet Memorial Hospital on Napoleon in New Orleans. Predictions are that flood waters will continue to rise to another 9 feet tonight. Latest info is that they have started helicoptering out people, but verY small numbers, less than 100 since 1 pm. Giving you this update because we may have no electricity before long. Our phone numbers are 504.897.4531 and 504.897.4530, we cannot call out. Feel free to call us or give numbers to media to call us. They are estimating that it may take several days to evacuate these people - water electricity food security all will be gone by then.
Please help by notifying the press and the government. People are hoping that friends around the country can help out. Thanks for giving people hope.
Everyone, men and women, girls and boys are welcome especially BOUPHONIA,, who I mistakenly thought was XX, but now realize is XY
LAST WEEK THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS RESPONSE not just HERE, but ELSEWHERE to the Second Question: What woman of the past would have been a killer blogger in her day?
Edna St. Vincent Millay. Dorothy Parker. Shirley Chisholm, Hedy Lamarr, Marie Curie, Sylvia Plath, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Doris Lessing were some of the answers.Let's keep it going tonight.
EMILY DICKINSON IS NOT HERE TO ACCEPT HER AWARD, but she got tremendous support here and in e mails. Bonus points tonight to contributors who name a woman of the past who would be a killer blogger in her day and who can name the blog itself.
THE HERETIK STARTS it off with Emily Dickinson HER BLOG? From Out of This Plain Wood Drawer
FEEL FREE TO DROP A LINK New, undiscovered, hot, on a roll? Everyone is welcome. Who do you read daily and why? (Other blogwhoring is okay too!)
All drinks are on The Heretik, on his tab. Drink and comment freely
MY WIFE WANTS TO STAND WITH CINDY SHEEHAN. Damn Cindy Sheehan. I have never seen my wife so excited. The ice in my wife's veins has melted and she is hot blooded again in a Midwest kind of way. My wife says Cindy makes her feel like we can finally give peace a chance. Will my wife give me a peace or a chance? No. Damn, Cindy Sheehan. Damn.
TALK ABOUT THE FORTUNATE SON GEORGE BUSH means talking baseball. His magical mystery tour through the NATIONAL GUARD and his COKE USE AND DENIAL can be canned for later. George Bush made money for nothing. No word about chicks for free. (Chicks for free is the story of his brother Neil. Brother Neil made money in China. And brother Marvin too. Remember Dad had a few jobs. One of them was as an ambassador . . . to China.) But George W. doesn’t like to travel.
SO GEORGE W. BUSH GOT HIS MONEY CLOSER TO HOME. In Texas, in baseball. George Bush made a mint for relative nothing due to relative connections. Somewhat reminiscent of his magical mystery Guard tour, where he did relative nothing compared to boys who are dying in Iraq, whose funerals he will not go to. Somebody else always pays the TAB.
THIS IS AN EIGHTIES STORY. George Bush took $600,000 dollars he got in a hand out from a failed HARKEN energy company and got millions in return on his hand out as “owner” of the Texas Rangers. Bush wasn’t actually the owner. He just played one on TV. Just like he plays a president on TV. And has this mysterious need to clear brush when the cameras are around. A CLEAR PICTURE ABOUT THE FORTUNATE SON who his fortune in baseball can be found by anyone wanting to know the story. Swing away for a google grand slam. Or not. Try as he might, Bush cannot change the facts. Nor can he change growing opinion that he connects less than he used to down in Texas. When one more fortunate than most cannot answer a few questions about Iraq or from a mother about how, or why or when, more and more people think the President has struck out
RECOMMENDED READING [COMMON DREAMS] Kevin Phillips, a long-time Republican strategist turned apostate, describes the deal in his book, American Dynasty. "In 1988, George W. also began angling for a role in the acquisition of the Texas Rangers baseball team, which was being sold by oil man Eddie Chiles, an old friend of his father's. The deal did not go through easily, despite Bush's love of the sport, but it finally concluded in 1989 on three pivots of cronyism. The first was the help in arranging meetings and financing given to Bush by baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth, a family friend. Number two was the investment participation of Texas billionaire Richard Rainwater, a major Reagan-Bush contributor. "Last but not least was the arrangement by which the city of Arlington agreed to finance a new $191 million stadium for the Rangers with a bond issue paid for by a small sales tax increase. The stadium was to be deeded over to the baseball consortium in 12 years, after the Rangers group had paid $60 million in annual payments of $5 million. "What sold investors was the highly rewarding stadium deal, which depended on the city of Arlington pushing the sales tax increase through in a special election and then stretching its power of eminent domain to seize the necessary land for what was mostly a private purpose." Bush and his cronies bought the team for $63 million. Bush's contribution was a paltry $640,000, which got him 2 percent of the franchise. But the family name was his real contribution. His main function was not unlike that of retired baseball players who hire on as greeters at casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. In their book, Shrub, columnist Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose note that, "Not satisfied with the taxpayers picking up the tab on the construction of the (new) stadium, the ball team used its quasi-government sports authority to 'take' the 13 acres needed for the stadium complex at a price so low a state court had to step in on behalf of the unwilling 'sellers.' " In 1998, by then Gov. G.W. Bush, who had campaigned as a strong advocate of private property rights, cashed in his interest in the baseball team for $15.4 million.
[TEXAS OBSERVER] STEALING HOME . . . Yes, baseball has been very good to Bush. Moreover, the biggest deal Bush has ever done, the career-shaping transaction he boasted of on the campaign trail—the planning, funding and construction of the Texas Rangers’ Ballpark at Arlington—has been largely ignored by the national media. [LEGAL DECISION: KELO v NEW LONDON] [MARK A.R. KLEIMAN] [HAT TIP: MAJIKTHISE]