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Tace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-08 11:18 AM
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The 'Bush Effect' -- Hopefully for a Third and LAST Time (Mary Lyon)


Mary Lyon, On The Left -- World News Trust

Dec. 31, 2008 -- Third times a charm, maybe?

Ive compiled three of these lists now. In 2006, I issued the first one, looking back on everything George W. Bush has adversely affected since he first arrived in the Oval Office. Just a damage assessment, really. At the time, I thought it would be instructive to look back, at years end, over what many Bush critics have come to refer to as his Reverse Midas Touch -- everything he touches turns to something far more foul, germ-laden, and smelly than gold. It ran at least nine pages. Last time I looked, the page count had expanded to 17.

I say Third and Hopefully LAST Time for a reason, at this writing. Im hoping against hope that we can be done with this list, as we are technically done with George W. Bush, once he FINALLY leaves the White House -- the house The People awarded to Barack Obama -- Jan. 20, 2009. Unfortunately, I know Im just dreaming, really, because the effect of George W. Bushs leadership over his party and our country for the past eight long, grueling and shameful years will prove to be the gift that keeps on giving. Its probably going to take more than simply an additional eight years to undo all the damage this individual has heaped upon our country, our reputation, our democratic system, our Constitution, our cities, our states, our environment, and our people. The problems are so deep, widespread, systemic, and many-headed by now that it may indeed take decades to solve and reverse them all. And thanks to Bushs surprisingly vocal and willfully ignorant apologists, some issues may never be properly corrected, or even addressed.

As with the lists of the past two Christmases, these items appear in no particular order and undoubtedly is STILL incomplete, despite being compiled over at least three Christmases of thought, the repeated ransacking of my memory, and a fair amount of Googling. Especially since many more of the sins of the Bush administration have yet to surface (or be whistle-blown by a partisan who suddenly grows a conscience or an investigative reporter who inexplicably decides to look into the voluminous Bush/Cheney abominations rather than an all-Blagojevich-all-the-time (Keep looking! Its a Democrat! GOTTA be another blue dress in there or a way to destroy Obama maybe!) orgy. Feel free to add your own. If nothing else, its my attempt to offer a little fairness and balance to the spin-mongers who are desperately trying, nonstop, to recast the Bush legacy as that proverbial pig with lots of nice new lipstick. This list is filled with people, places, things, groups, and concepts well worth remembering. They will NEVER be quite the same again. So here goes

THINGS BUSH AND THE REPUBLI-CON PARTY HAVE RUINED, INJURED, INSULTED, OR SOMEHOW COMPROMISED, directly OR indirectly:

more

http://www.worldnewstrust.com/wnt-reports/commentary/th...
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-08 03:47 PM
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1. Thanks, Tace! This is the updated list that I started trying to compile in 2006.
I finally stopped at 17 pages because otherwise, I knew it'd just keep going and keep going and keep going, especially since there are CERTAINLY tons more affronts, crimes, and sins that we haven't yet uncovered. I suspect those will continue to roll out, the farther away we move from this awful period in American history. I also suspect that there will be more mea culpas, whistle-blowings, and other confessionals that start dripping out as though from a leaky levee. Once some of the underlings finally "get it" - that these people are out of power after January 20th and no longer able to do much, I'll bet they'll be more forthcoming (well, unless cheney picks up the phone and calls eric prince of Blackwater, or bush summons rove or baker to do some dirty work). Some may even come forward in deals to protect themselves from future prosecution.

I fear we'll still be unearthing shit from this era FOR YEARS.

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Tace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-08 05:27 PM
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2. It's Mind-Numbing
We need to prosecute these crimes.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-08 06:28 PM
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3. And we DEFINITELY have to keep track.
WE have to be the truth-serum, because he's got an army of spinners and liars and apologists and excuse-makers and cover-up artists and blame-somebody-else blatherers. WE have to be there as an anti-dote to them. Granted they have better podiums and more microphones and cameras available. But there are FAR MORE OF US.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-08 11:22 PM
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4. A Happy New Year kick to DU!
Edited on Wed Dec-31-08 11:23 PM by calimary
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Ghost in the Machine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 12:40 AM
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5. K&R!
Thank you for posting this, Tace... and thanks to calimary for all her hard work!

Happy New Year!


Peace,

Ghost

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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 01:03 AM
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7. Hugs, Ghost!
:pal:
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 12:49 AM
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6. K&R :o)
:toast: Happy Days are a coming....Happy Daze are here Again
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 01:05 AM
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8. I know - it's so close I can taste it!
Cannot wait til the 20th!!!
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 09:57 AM
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9. Turned to shit.
There, I said it.

I didn't attend charm school.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 03:38 PM
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10. Hey, I've said worse, too.
LOTS worse. Hey, how can I help it? He "inspires" me.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 03:56 PM
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11. The 'Great Uniter.'
Edited on Thu Jan-01-09 03:58 PM by formercia
He united the vast majority of the World against him and his Gang.

Mumsy Dearest lives in Kennebunk and is a big Poppy fan but Junior just doesn't inspire her.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 04:04 PM
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12. Yeah, he DID wind up uniting a whole bunch of us after all, didn't he?
Not in the way he expected, of course, but he did. World-wide, too.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 04:08 PM
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13. He should have been careful what he wished for.
:rofl:

Generalities sometimes beget unexpected conclusions.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-09 11:53 AM
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15. Babs should have read him the tale of King Midas
instead of Alexander the Great.
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Samantha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 11:36 PM
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14. I had to smile when I read the theme of your thread
I had been thinking about trying to compile a list of the Bush* atrocities to forever memorialize them. The thought this needed to be done was prompted by the recent revelations of his team trying to rewrite his presidential (sic) term.

What stopped me was the question that arose shortly after I had the idea: why do you think you even begin to know the atrocities he has perpetrated? I had no answer for this question I had asked myself. I do believe as time marches on, we will learn more and more as of this moment in time which has been completely obfuscated by these perpetrators of illegal acts and Constitutional breaches.

But I am very glad you have the list. Somebody's got to try and keep track. Hopefully you will change your mind about it being the "third and last time." I believe you will see a need to update it as more becomes known.

Nice piece, and nice hearing from you again. Here's a big kick for your thread.

Sam :hi:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-08-09 02:05 AM
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16. Oh Lord, Samantha, sorry I neglected to say hi, and thank you!
Happy New Year! And thanks for the kick.

One other thing - I'm CERTAIN you're correct, that we're going to be finding more bush-instituted atrocities FOR YEARS. I think the road ahead is riddled with bush-created IEDs, landmines, booby-traps, and other assorted sneaky-ass hidden WMD and every now and then someone's going to roll over one by accident and get themselves blown-up. Several million of us, is more like it.

Just all the more reason to remain RUTHLESSLY vigilant. Absolutely non-stop. We can NEVER drop our guard as long as there's a bush around.
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