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Saturday, September 10, 2005

spitting up what they feed us

"Seattle, Wash.: Why do the Bush advisors shield him from the reality all the rest of of see and manipulate his public encounters?

"Robert G. Kaiser: Well, do we know for sure that they do this? I share your suspicion that they do, but we also know that Bush DOES read the newspapers, despite saying he doesn't, and I bet he watches some TV too." Washington Post associate editor Robert G. Kaiser , September 8, "live" discussion

“The president, long reluctant to fire subordinates, came to a belated recognition that his administration was in trouble for the way it had dealt with the disaster, many of his supporters say. One moment of realization occurred on Thursday of last week when an aide carried a news agency report from New Orleans into the Oval Office for him to see.

The report was about the evacuees at the convention center, some dying and some already dead. Mr. Bush had been briefed that morning by his homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, who was getting much of his information from Mr. Brown and was not aware of what was occurring there. The news account was the first that the president and his top advisers had heard not only of the conditions at the convention center but even that there were people there at all.

"He's not a screamer," a senior aide said of the president. But Mr. Bush, angry, directed the White House chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., to find out what was going on.

"The frustration throughout the week was getting good, reliable information," said the aide, who demanded anonymity so as not to be identified in disclosing inner workings of the White House. "Getting truth on the ground in New Orleans was very difficult." -Elizabeth Bumiller, September 9 Italics added


The bullhorns of the national greatness movement, who will no doubt surround Hillary in her triumphant second place finish in 2008, have been experiencing uncharacteristic depression about the whole greatness thing. Luckily, the White House has been throwing greatness at us in clumps and cities lately. Not content to preside over the flight of a million people from the NOLA area, the White House modestly tossed another 200,000 on the pile from Tal Afar

“In a bid to soften resistance, the U.S. military carried out repeated air and artillery strikes on targets in the city, where most of the population of 200,000 was reported to have fled to the surrounding countryside.”

As Tom Friedman might put it, those 200 thousand are the freest people in the Middle East right now, and so soft and squeezable, like Charmain's toilet tissue, after we tickled them with our high explosives. We are very enthusiastic here. Many have been freed from a burden that all Buddhists deplore – life and limb. Others are freed of their houses, their vehicles, and all potable property left behind. Freedom is what the Iraq war is all about, and… and greatness. Oh, some say the Huns were great, others plump for Tamerlane. But such are the prejudices of liberal historians. Surely an objective view of King George the Feeble would elevate him to his proper place.

One is especially pleased to see that the bombing of a civilian town wasn’t accompanied by any of that less than great preparation for refugees, which mars freedom by burdening down the population with objects and possessions.

That’s why we love this country of ours. So thoughtful!

Be sure to compare the AP story on the Tal Afer war crime with the latter softcore NYT account -- NYT is on the battlements again, guarding against the facts whereever they are inconvenient to our way of life. Bully for them!


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roger said...

Sorry about the deleted comments. A little spam attack. I don't know how such things turn a profit, but whatever.

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I don't think their purpose is to turn a profit. Part of it is certainly stupid people attempting to boost their page rank, and some is the wishful thinking of the drunken frat boy who propositions every single girl he sees in order to A) increase the odds one will say "yes" and, more importantly, B) increase the odds that they'll say "no" to everyone else. It's cretin capitalism, which focuses on the creation of negative value. Earning $100 million is pointless unless you also manage to destroy at least $1 billion.

roger said...

Harry, some day I wish someone would explain spam to me. I mean, a man who asks every girl out might actually have a certain success rate, and the asking wouldn't cost that much. But does anybody, at all, ever respond to spam? Are there really people in the world who buy penis extension kits, plug into Nigerian bank accounts, and -- in the case of my spams -- light upon asbestos caused disease medicines at Limited Inc, knowing our expertise in same? Is this possible? I mean, many spams are so constructed that just to figure out what they want you to do requires considerable finesse, since the sites they send you to are often opaque.
I wish I knew one person who actually bought something from a spammer. They must be out there. What are they thinking?

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Sometimes I think the spamming is a loss leader for Microsoft et al. They're trying to make it such an enormous nuisance and so costly to handle that any solution at all will be welcomed.