McENGLISH Bush versus coherence today: . . .we are not going to destroy this business about people being able to walk into the Oval Office and say, Mr. President, here's my advice to you, here's what I think is important. [via Poverty Barn]
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The Heretik links to THIS which links to THIS which links to THIS. This is how the free and beautiful world works. Pass it on.
Time and time again, information has actually lived up to the cliche "it wants to be free."[Chicago Dyke]
Simian Brain also LINKS to this about that. Shamaniac then links THIS and THAT. That this is not the same as the first that. Or this THIS. Did I get everything? What did I miss?
What do you think? What will you link? Do you care?
MORE ON THIS AND THAT
What is this about? The New York Times is going backwards in time trying to control information and access to its pages. The Washington Post is linking to bloggers on its own pages.Froomkin sees what bloggers see:
"Asked about Mr. Brown's resignation after he toured a school
in Mississippi on Monday afternoon, Mr. Bush declined to comment. He
told reporters, 'Maybe you know something we don't know.'
pointedly brushed off questions about how Mr. Brown and the
administration had handled the storm, saying 'don't ask me again' about
But, Stevenson writes: "Scott
McClellan, the White House spokesman, later told reporters aboard Air
Force One on the trip back to Washington that Mr. Bush was informed on
Monday morning of Mr. Brown's resignation but was not sure when asked
about it whether the decision had been made public."
reporters and bloggers jumped on Bush's statement as an admission of
ignorance -- and therefore as a symptom of his detachment. But in fact,
it was more a symptom of his duplicity.
They link to us and we link to them about this and that. This is good.
That in this case is Mike "Heckuva Job" Brown. Bush saying he didn't know about Brown was like floating a different nominee's name when John Roberts was first selected to succeed Sandra Day O'Connor. The moment I saw Bush plead ignorance I knew I was seeing more bad acting.
DON’T EAT WHAT IS OFFERED AT THE McKRAP BUFFET Far more new and tasty treats await those who will wait a moment longer before the feast. Or not. Damn, but it is a wasteland for the wastrels everywhere a wise ass looks. We recommend you avoid a diet of junk news, do exercise your muscle for outrage until you feel the burn, then try a tonic of humor, perhaps with a squeeze of lime. If you smile, maybe someone will squeeze your lime for you. Perhaps someone as smart and as beautiful as Hedy Lamarr. Probably not. Dream. Reach. Grasp. Sigh.
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO HELP YOU GET OVER THE REALITY that life is not fair. We have been up against it forever. The end. Our own native stupidity. Some wisdom from Making Light:
If all the counsels of religion and philosophy, and all the long experience of the human race, weren’t enough to teach us that we lead interdependent lives, and that we can’t oppress and abandon our fellow critters with impunity, surely the existence of infectious diseases should do it.
WE THINK WE ARE SO SMART. Oy. There is only one person I can count on fooling everyday, the guy looking back at me in the mirror. When I need a little wisdom, I can find it in an old, familiar place or in some place new.We find ourselves in flux.
. . . all it took was the complete obliteration of a major American city and the deaths of God knows how many thousands broadcast live on television. [more] [somegenius]
SOMETHING IN US CAN BE DEFEATED, but never destroyed. I am going out now to find some limes.
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?
THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING You may even be able to read about it in THE NEW YORK TIMES. The new term for going a little nuts isJUMPING THE COUCH. Thanks,TOM CRUISE. DOWD goes off on the President going off. God bless the DAMNED MEDIA for cluing us in on the crazy man. A FUNNY STORY about what we should and should not know.
THE HERETIK ASKS: Now the word is out that Bush is a little "off?" Now we find out, after that strange HUMP and odd behavior in the Presidential debates? Bush is off now? We should never have paid any attention to STUFF LIKE THIS until now? F*ck you very much, mainstream media dogs. Thank you very much, acolytes at the altar of ass kissing.