September 1, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Who's AWOL? Who's MIA? Who's still a traitor? Who's God's favorite?
Better yet, who's the media's favorite? Who's dumber than dirt?
Who's "scommenting" the blogosphere? And who wrote The Book of Love?
President AWOL: Let Them Eat
by DUer IanDB1)
Once again George W. Bush flies westward out of harm's way during
a national crisis. Bush took one
minute out of his vacation's vacation to read a prepared comment
on Hurricane Katrina's devastation. AmericaBlog,
in an open letter to the president, writes:
In the face of this tragedy, rather than call
off your vacation days ago and head back home
to coordinate the relief, but even more importantly,
to show the American people that you care and
are in charge, you did not fly east to Washington.
You flew west to Arizona and to California. While
New Orleans and the south were in the process
of being destroyed yesterday, you flew west and
devoted the day to Medicare. While the death toll
for the hurricane increases by the hour, and even
FOX News has just now cut away from your live
WWII speech in order to return their coverage
to New Orleans, you continue to babble on about
WWII and Iraq.
WWII? Frankly, I've lost count of the changing
excuses for invading and occupying Iraq. I addressed the latest
(Bin Laden & Zarqawi will take over Iraqi oil fields!) on my
Scrivener's Lament this week; however, Bateman365
has posted a real video blast from the past: "Actual Excerpts From
The President's Speech of 2/6/03." Bateman vows to post a new video
each day for a year.
Hey, Bateman! How about creating a video history of the ever-changing
excuses for the Iraq war?
Speaking of Iraq, Gen. Wesley Clark is guest-blogging this week
Points Memo's TPMCafe. Here's an
But one thing is absolutely clear: we need action
from the President, right now, while we still
have the opportunity to bring peace and lasting
stability to the Iraqi people. Only the man in
charge, the Commander in Chief, can make it happen,
though, and it is up to all of us to make our
options heard and clearly articulate our ideas.
Well, what do you know? Our corporate-owned media-whores actually
found an attractive white family to showcase while less fortunate
survivors braved rising waters filled with debris, poisonous snakes,
and amphibious fire ants to find shelter. Live Journal blogger missvn
Wooo.... let the media jump all over the privileged,
wealthy and attractive family that managed to
get out. By hiring a limo. Bravely driving past
train stations and airports all the fucking way
back to Chicago. Lets all highlight their story...
just so it can be more apparent that no doubt,
scores of people who lacked the means to get out
of NO are going to be greatly affected by the
hurricane. Highlight the pretty white people...
The attractive white family reports 80 requests for interviews,
including Larry King, "The Today Show," and CBS's "The Early Show."
Tucker Carlson scored an exclusive with the family (via satellite)
for his Monday night show.
For those of us without limo access, the best real-time blog for
Hurricane Katrina updates, The
Irish Trojan's Blog, offers news, links to the Missing
Persons Board, and info on relief efforts. Democratic Underground
has a list
of ways you can help. And civil rights blogger, Prometheus6,
writes the best description of the current heartbreaking racial
issues in New Orleans.
The meek might well inherit the earth, but do we have to wait
that long for elected democrats to speak up? All
These Wonderful Things writes: "Memo To Dems: Where
The Hell Are You?", citing poll results from the most recent Washington
Post/ABC News poll:
Self-identified Democrats were particularly impatient.
More than three in four said congressional Democrats
have not gone far enough to oppose Bush on Iraq
or on administration policies in general.
It's way past time to abandon those famous fence-straddling centrist
voters (2%) and register 10 or 20% more Democrats, damn it!
Karl Rove Is Still A Traitor
Man Spouts' h20man has the 411 on The Rendon Group:
"When Karen Hughes or Karl Rove has needed 'expert' advice on communications,
they turned to The Rendon Group." If you remember wondering where
all of those smiling, liberated Kuwaitis got those little Dollar
Store American flags to wave, read h20man's excellent post on The
Rendon Group, which includes their involvement in the Plame affair.
Enlightening, to say the least.
On The Fascist Fundie Front
Questionable Authority has investigated the California
creationist lawsuit against the University Of California (UC refuses
to accept fundie high school biology course credits) and learned
this about their high school biology text book:
From the Introduction:
Biology for Christian Schools is a
textbook for Bible-believing high-school students.
Those who do not believe that the Bible is the
inspired, inerrant Word of God will find many
points in this book puzzling. This book was
not written for them.
That's funny. There I was thinking that science
is a universal concept, open to anyone who is
willing to study the natural world. I had no idea
that there are things in science that can only
be understood if you believe what these folks
The people who prepared this book have tried
consistently to put the Word of God first and
science second...If...at any point God's Word
is not put first, the authors apologize.
Let's see. What we have here is a "science"
textbook, written by people who have made a conscious
effort to put science second. Wow. What possible
reason could the University of California have
for being concerned about the quality of classes
using this book?
Wait! There's More!
has found another example of Fundie textbook tampering, but this
time it's the Texas State Board of Ed rejecting a science book.
What Chiras didn't anticipate, however, was
strong opposition from Citizens for a Sound
Economy and the Texas Public Policy Foundation,
two conservative lobbying groups. Chiras, a
visiting professor of environmental studies
at Colorado College, said the groups branded
him "anti-free enterprise, anti-Christian
The groups had several qualms with Chiras'book.
They decried his assertion that Americans, only
5 percent of the world’s population, generate
25 percent of the greenhouse gases widely believed
to contribute to global warming. They labeled
him "anti-free enterprise" for describing
American industries' roles in environmental
pollution, and they compared him to Osama bin
Laden for noting the pollution caused by the
Despite its use in some of the state's most
prestigious colleges, including Baylor University,
the Texas Board of Education rejected the book
by a vote of 10-5.
Instead, they used "environmental science" books
published by.....the coal-mining industry.
I wish I could say that this shocks me; however, when I started
teaching in Texas, Shirley Jackson's The Lottery had been
neatly razor-bladed out of every 10th grade literature textbook
in the district. Can't allow kids to question authority, can we?
A Little Levity
As Dolly Parton said in Steel Magnolias, "Laughter through
tears is my favorite emotion." That being said, there were a few
funny moments this week. No
More Mister Nice Blog cites Paula Zahn's interview
with Leslie Unruh of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, who's
excited about that new "abstinence-related" film, The
40 Year Old Virgin.
Serving serves up the latest Christian "proof" that
God is punishing New Orleans (along with everyone in Mississippi,
Alabama, and Florida) because of abortion. The proof? The eye of
God's intelligently designed hurricane looks like a 6 week old fetus...
Hm. Looks like an amoeba engulfing a paramecium to me...
Either that or PacMan.
of Clowns posts: "Some idiot neurosurgeon seems to
think he can form a testable hypothesis supporting Intelligent Design
... by studying ... NASCAR drivers."
"Scomments" suck. Leave it to spammers to figure out a way to
leave spam comments on individual blog posts! Thankfully, Blogger.com
now offers a "Retype the word into the text box" option, which stops
computer-generated scomments. Thanks, Blogger.com! Penile enhancement
offers won't do anything to help me get rid of George W. Busholini.
All You Need Is Love!
asks why the media always puts quotation marks around the term gay
marriage. Groundedgroove continues: "Here's to hoping the (Washington
state) court does the right thing and rules the constitution guarantees
equal protection for all citizens."
Good golly, Miss Molly! Those women could've served your hot lunches,
taught your kindergarten class, or shushed you in your local public
library. What a charming couple! Thanks for the thoughtful post
and pic, groundedgroove.
We all feel like we've been "rode hard and put away wet" this
week, mainly because of a sense of helplessness. Unlike the freeper
who complained that public housing units in New Orleans were "built
Honey, the Tragedy is ongoing. I was hoping
that the Government Housing was completely destroyed,
but we built it too strong, now we have to replace
their Bigscreens, Cadillacs and deep pile carpet
so they can procreate in the manner that they
have been accustomed to.
379 posted on 08/29/2005 9:39:14 PM PDT by TexasTransplant
(NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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of race, creed, or political party affiliation. If you haven't done
so, click the links in the "Aftermath" section above and
make little miracles happen. Donate blood if you're able, and share
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one life saves the world entire: we really are a village, and we're
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