May 6, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Impugn BushCo's Impunity!
Not exactly a memorable battle cry, is it? I have to admit that
it feels a bit creepy to type the word "impunity" without the preposition
"with" coming before it. But that's exactly the point: our side
is always stuck in Logos Gear while the other side races along in
Pathos Overdrive. (During the first BushCo administration, many
of us scrawled "Subvert The Dominant Paradigm" with, er, impunity,
because no one knew what it meant. We thought we were oh-so-clever,
Seriously, folks! How much longer will our country allow its elected
(by hook and/or crook) officials, prominent religious and/or social
issues leaders, and our national media to lie, inveigle, and obfuscate
Even without a snappy catch phrase, bloggers are determined to
fight fire with fire, relentlessly impugning BushCo's impunity -
sometimes with a "liberal" dose of laughter. Craig's Booknotes
offers an interesting take on Pat Robertson's "Meet The Press" assertion
that the US judicial system in the USA is more dangerous than Bin
Laden's terrorist attacks.
Coup dissects the Florida judge who actually expected
an expectant 13-year-old to carry a baby to term and turn it over
to Florida's DCF (who, by the way, couldn't keep the expectant mother
from escaping their facilities five times). Bloodless Coup also
comments on George W.'s Texas Two-Step Through The
Blue Bonnets, hand-in-hand with the Saudi Prince (while the Saudi
king was home, selfishly clinging to life), in a post called, "Saudis,
Texans - Can You Tell the Difference?":
Ugh. There are days when I am disgusted by close to everything
relating to the Saudi government and how the Bush administration
deals with them. Those are the days that end in "d-a-y."
Is Slavery warns against believing happy-face news
stories concerning BushCo's FWOT (Failed War On Terror). Reacting
to the Washington Post story, "Domestic Terrorist Threats
Declining, Officials Say," Freedom Is Slavery writes:
But they never actually lived up to the hype in the first place
... This is really kind of meaningless. First of all, no rational
person should believe anything out of the Bush misadministration
that makes them look good, especially right now when Bush is
Of course, no rational person believes Bush, except those who
look the other way while
FOX Bush & Friends say
and do outrageous things with impunity.
As for George W. "struggling politically," Hughes
For America skewers George W.'s "I wish I could simply
wave a magic wand and lower gas prices tomorrow" crap by citing
Dennis Kucinich's brilliant, thoughtful energy initiative.
Bush's approval rating has fallen to 47%, down from his 2005
high on Feb. 4 of 54%.The only question I have is what have
the dingdongs who voted for him come to learn in the past four
months that wasn't already apparent to anyone with a working
On the fascist fundie front, Deep
Something's post, "This
Is What Hate Looks Like," takes on the Son Of Dobson:
Ryan Dobson, son of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson
is a on a roll these days. "Christian Rap" artist, author, evangelical
heart-throb and all around hip dude, the younger Dobson is quite
the renaissance man. In fact, Dobson has written a new book, just
in time to take full advantage of pre-Rapture shopping season.
"Be Intolerant" is the title of this soon to be classic primer
on hate and it is clearly aimed at the rather vacuous minds of
hip, young, evangelical dudes and chicks everywhere. The book's
thesis attempts to make the spiritual case for intolerance as
a spiritual precept.
Ryan Dobson is but a symptom of the malignancy that underlies
the new tone of belligerence from the religious right. The idea
that gays, Muslims and women who won't shave their legs for Jesus
can be bullied with impunity by Christians (and should be) is
a pathetic testament to our colossal backslide on civil rights
in general over the past several years.
When it's all said and done, however, I have to confess that
there are just a couple of things I haven't quite figured out
about Ryan Dobson, like the reason for his bitter hatred of gay
people? I also can't help but wonder why this 30-ish, good looking
young man with such a flair for fashion lives alone, happily single
in a county that just happens to be home to one of the highest
concentrations of gay men in the country?
Lady Penelope, at Catch,
has this (and more) to say about George W.'s special friend, Pastor
What? Pastor Ted, are you high? Those Iraqi war planes you
thought were flying over Indiana - they may be what you call
visions, but the rest of us call them flashbacks.
Ailes (the good one) calls his post about Girlfriend
Strangler/Family Values And Lover, U.S. Rep. Don Sherwood, "Another
Victim of Gay Marriage."
Named Blog reports, "Chalabi Wins Big." Cleverly
Named Blog then cleverly notes:
Ahmed Chalabi, the guy that the Bush Administration alternatively
celebrated or blamed, will now head the Oil Ministry. In other
news, Mr. Fox has been put in charge of the Iraqi henhouse.
No word if any children will be given supervisory control over
the Iraqi candy store.
Lament (my blog), I serve up George W. Panophobia's
acute case of nephophobia (fear of clouds) with a heaping portion
of Tom DeLay's Cuban Cigar caper.
On an even lighter note, The
Blue Republic posts a seriously funny fan letter
to Guckert/Gannon, then offers a "reply" from the ManDate, himself.
Pork (be patient while the site is being updated)
has a new caption gallery and plans to start a regular capping game
soon. I can't wait!
Monkeys Typing reviews Laura Bush's lame stand up
routine: "Which is worse, the mental imagery we're exposed to or
the horribly recycled joke?" DUer ruggerson, recently returned from
down the River Styx to Freeperland, entertains
us with Freeper
posts, such as, "Our President will go down in history as The
Horse Masturbator, thanks to his mouthy wife." Be sure to scroll
down for some extremely witty DU replies to ruggerson's thread.
People's Republic of Seabrook comments on the second
anniversary of George W.'s flightsuit: "Now here's a clusterf**k
worth celebrating, eh?" Teenage
Enthusiast points out Evan Bayh's resemblance to
SNL's Will Forte and links to one of Quizilla's hilarious online
kind of elitist are you?" And Tin
Foil Hat Pundit pokes fun at the knitted-afghan-draped
"Runaway Bride" in a post titled, "Cable News Executives Lament
Early End To 'Runaway Bride' Story." By the way, congrats to Tin
Foil Hat Pundit for being invited to join the prestigious Satire
ass-warts seriously funny blog posts,
News has the scoop on the Manson-eyed bride to be's
real motive for greyhounding it out of Duluth, GA. So much for the
corporate media constantly impugning the integrity of the wide-eyed
wonder's fiancÚ - although I'm still not convinced he and his fundie
pastor weren't somehow at least part of the problem. But that's
just my personal experience with (and distinct distrust of) megalochurches.
Getting The Real News
For coverage of significant milestones and serious issues (because
we all know how bad TV News Hairdos and White House Stenographers
are at connecting those pesky little dots), more and more of us
are turning to blogs. News
Dissector Danny Schechter asks us to pause and reflect
on the anniversary of Kent State, TBogg
combines images of military coffins with W.H. Auden's "Funeral Blues,"
and master dot-connector Wampum
traces Lawrence A. Franklin's clandestine activities directly back
to Feith and the gang:
The criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria,
Virginia charges that on June 26, 2003 Franklin provided classified
military information on Iraq to two individuals.
Feith, "the dumbest [expletive] guy on the planet" (Tommy Frank's
opinion) had Franklin invent the sinister twist to Iran's uranium
commercial fuel enrichment centrifuge story, making it wicked
dangerous to adult American journalists, who don't lose a wink
of sleep over the technically equivalant (but not Franklo-Feith'd)
United States Enrichment Corporation's American Centrifuge project
in Piketown Ohio.
His other accomplishments have been to transform the support
for the Northern Alliance by Iran (and the US) during the Afghan
War, and the arrests of Al Quida cadres (over five hundred, some
quite high-level) by Iran into Iran's obstruction of the War on
Terror, the transformation of the 4,000 MEK cultists bagged at
Camp Ashraf into a "popular resistance organization" (credits
shared with Swift Boater Corsi), and turning the Iranian efforts
to calm Iraq, which cost Khalil Naimi, the first secretary of
the Iranian Embassy his life, and to some benefit to Iran, but
not at a cost of hundreds of car-bombed political, para-military
and civilian Iraqi casualties plus a sprinkling of American dead
and wounded each week, into ... Iranian infiltration and destabilization.
Feith, however, like everyone else atop the BushCo food chain,
will skate while Franklin takes the rap. Why? Feith lies with impunity.
Impunity. It's what's for dinner. It's also our country's standard
"news" fare for breakfast, lunch, and between-meal snacks. Any time
we turn on cable "news" these days, Hairdos with Cheshire Cat smiles
do nothing more than read the teleprompter versions of editor-approved
newswire stories and follow up with "fillers" until they can locate
Dr. Phil, Dr. Joyce "Pay No Attention To My Phyllis Diller
Facelift" Brothers, some random BushCo-endorsed retired Army
general, a loathsome religious whack job, or a current BushCo spokes
to tell us how we should react to the "news."
I read recently that there are currently over 81 million blogs
online, 8 million of which have attracted enough attention to spook
print and TV news moguls (That would be you, Rupert!). One has to
wonder why that would be. Duh. Obviously, millions of citizens are
so fed up with the Fear Of Fear Itself/Runaway Bride status quo
that they've opened their virtual windows and shouted in virtual
voices, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
Speaking of Hell, those of us who expect (yea, verily, demand!)
accountability from elected officials, prominent religious/social
issues leaders, and our national media under the thumb of George
W. Impunity must look, for all the world, like those often-cited
Hell Dwellers who want ice water: just because we want it doesn't
mean we're gonna get it.
Until we put an end to the BushCo impunity streak once and for
all, wanting a glass of ice water will be the least of our worries.
If you don't have one, start a blog today (it's free and relatively
painless). "Bite me, BushCo!" would make a fine blog title, and
it's certainly one hell of a memorable battle cry.
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