Friday, May 11, 2007

What is McCain smokin'and where can we get some?

An interesting item from The Nation: Hiasl, a 26-year old Austrian-based chimpanzee, is petitioning the courts for human status
If a chimpanzee can be declared a person, then there's nothing in the way of a person becoming an ape - and I'm not just talking about a retroactive status applied to ex-husbands. In fact, I predict a surge in trans-specied people, who will eagerly go over to the side of the chimps.

- Barbara Ehrenreich, The Huffington Post

There is no cause for alarm. This field was pioneered by George W. Bush, who became the first human-ape conversion and he has given chimps a bad name.

I see a simian pattern here. The GOP gets territorial and attacks whenever anyone dares tell the truth about them. So it is with John McCain. There was a time when John McCain had a reputation for straight talk and common sense. McCain was even vilified by the Religious Right and, therefore, must have been doing something right. Sadly, McCain hasn't made sense since drinking George W. Bush's kool-aid.

Back from his trip to neverland (Iraq) McCain was in need a left wing demon and, thus, he resurrects Michael Moore though he had not been dead.

Oh, I get it! The delusional McCain would have us believe that US has not (I suppose) created, where Saddam left off, a place of "...indescribable cruelty, torture chambers, mass graves, and prisons that destroyed the lives of the small children inside their walls". Has McCain heard of Abu Ghraib? Is he unaware of US operated torture centers throughout eastern Europe? As far as I know, Saddam did not export torture. He left the "globalization" of war crimes to the Americans.

According to Seymour Hersh, the Bush administration did not close down Abu Ghraib; we took it over and upheld the traditions of heinous torture, murder, and criminal human rights violations. Saddam was hanged for his efforts. Bush has only a red neck but not from the rope that might await him for his commission of capital crimes probibited by US criminal codes. But, I suppose all my mentors were idiots. I was taught that there is no justice when justice is applied inequitably. For committing the same crimes, Saddam is reviled, Bush is praised. The GOP is a party of liars, hypocrites and idiots.

Republicans, especially the fascists seen in the clip, do not tolerate truth tellers. If Iraq had not been an "oasis of peace", it most certainly had not been a nation comming apart at the seams, without infrastructure, without lights, water, refuge, and, in many cases food, medicine, or care. No one pretends that Saddam was a good man, but, it is a measure of how quickly the US itself has descended into hell that Saddam was no worse than Bush, perhaps, sadly, better. Iraqis were better off under Saddam.

Like many another GOP cultist, McCain seems desperately seeking strawmen or, failing that, a subject that he can get away with changing. He has within the period of a week attacked both the "blogosphere" and film maker Michael Moore for daring to exercise free speech.
When I was a young man, I was quite infatuated with self-expression, and rightly so because, if memory conveniently serves, I was so much more eloquent, well-informed, and wiser than anyone else I knew. It seemed I understood the world and the purpose of life so much more profoundly than most people. I believed that to be especially true with many of my elders, people whose only accomplishment, as far as I could tell, was that they had been born before me, and, consequently, had suffered some number of years deprived of my insights…It’s a pity that there wasn’t a blogosphere then. I would have felt very much at home in the medium.

- John McCain [quoted in Think Progress]

What a pity that the millions of us who dare to write about failed, last gasp politicians are not quite stupid enough to have been GOP politicians! With a little less effort and merit, we, too, might have been praised daily for failing. At last, we are consigned to being vilified by liars -or worse: by traitors. It was Bill Maher, I believe, who said recently that "...traitors do not get to question my patriotism!"

Democrats never had that kind of luck. Clinton, for example, should never have become a Rhodes Scholar. The GOP never forgave him for it. Nor did Clinton get the memo that Ronald Reagan had set a new standard, i.e, hereinafter failure and incompetence would be celebrated and rewarded. Could "they" have gotten into office in any other way?

The "celebration of stupidity" must surely explain that dwindling 28% who still think Bush is doing a splendid job. But if he is not, then it is most surely the fault of the blogosphere for pointing it out. In the meantime, plans are being made for celebrations in Texas. When the missing idiot returns to his village, there will be a parade for him down main street.

Like other goppers, McCain had promised always to tell the truth, "straight-talk" he called it. Apparently, McCain learned that in a GOP "America", straight-talk will not get you into the White House.

It has taken long enough, but it is, nevertheless, encouraging to hear Sen. Joseph Biden challenge Bush's failed strategy in Iraq. As far as I know, it is the first time that any American politcian has dared speak the unspeakable, that is, Bush has taken sides in a civil war.

Alas, McCain is just a GOP damn liar and not even a good one. In GOP-land, that and a brother in Florida is enough to get any dumbass into the White House.

But the times are tragic when the best are offered up lightly and remorselessly for the vainglorious ambitions of the very worst.

Clancy Brothers - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Waltzing My Matilda - Artist Unknown

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