Saturday, August 07, 2004

Synoptic Gospel

Vacation? Nah, nothing to write about. I wasn’t too inspired by the convention and the rest of the news has been nitpicky. I’m just going to indulge in synopses and work on my other blogs…

Terror Alert? To me, that’s a win-win situation for Bush. If nothing happens he can take credit for putting out the alert and preventing potential disaster. If something does happen the rethuglicans will use it as a reason why we need our war time preznit to hold the helm. Look folks, Amurkins are motivated by fear and Dubya’s got us by the balls on that account.

Swift Boat Veterans For the Truth? Sure dudes, I’m going to believe your Fred Flintstone asses. First of all, all the guys who actually served with Kerry on that boat are the ones telling the story, for the most part, NOT Kerry. So you’re calling THEM lairs but you’re too chickenshit to say THAT. And for that, I call you chickenshits. Cowards. Liars.

Secondly, Kerry got THREE Purple Hearts and you’re saying he lied about one of them? I mean really, why lie for one of them when you have two others? “Well, he really wanted that first one” doesn’t fly; earning the other two honestly shows he had the cajones and didn’t need to lie about the first one. And thirdly, a couple of the so-called Swift Boat Veterans have equivocated statements in the ads – I mean they can’t even get their own little bullshit story straight! To Mister and Missus Halfabrain Amurka, this still looks like a Right Wing smear job.

Bad economic news? Only 32,000 jobs created, substantially less than the 243,000 that were projected. Of course, Dubya spun it “…the economy has responded to tax cuts and is still growing,” My hunch is (and seems to be backed up by these numbers) that the tax cuts have given rich folk plenty of time to vacation this summer and they’re dropping a wad on snow globes. Unfortunately, they have yet to substantially turn that tax dividend into new jobs or capital investment.

Sadder still is the Bushy response to the news. First Talking Point was BLAME CLINTON… “we were handed this recession by that bad, evil man.” Actually, fuckwits,
the 2000 economy was strong until the end of the fourth quarter and… well, I don’t know if there’s any way to prove this but could the US have been responding to a stolen election? Could consumer and business confidence have been shaken by the fact that their country had suddenly become Nazi Germany? Just asking… but it seems pretty infantile that this administration time and again indulges in finger pointing rather than taking responsibility for its fuck ups.

And the finger pointing persists as the second Talking Point is BLAME 9/11 and begging the question, didn’t 9/11 happen on Bush’s watch? And didn’t Bush ignore the warnings that were handed to him? Do the Democrats not see the opportunity here to bring up the obvious, the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission’s report, the reams of reports from other sources showing that Bu$hCo was asleep at the switch… so there’s no use in blaming 9/11?

To rip off The Daily Show, I’m ending this post with a “Moment of Zen”, Bush doing his usual Bush-speak gig at the signing ceremony for a $417 billion defense spending bill.

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we," Bush said. "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."


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