September 7th, 2005


"and the beat goes on"


I am asked why I haven't posted of late. It's simple, really: any other topic than the ongoing American nightmare seems trite to me, at present*...and, as I recently put it on sal93's page:

I haven't trusted myself to comment on all this yet -- I am still too overwhelmed by the sight of GOP "government" in action. They took the treasury, military, and finally government, of the U.S. itself...and near as I can tell, just snorted it up their nose. This while doing their damnedest to turn Americans against one another, by the way.

And what's Frist's first priority this week? Cutting still more taxes for the richest Americans.

Have they got some sort of bet going? You know: "If we can just get our approval rating to 5%, we win a bazillion dollars"?

Ahem. You get the idea.

Besides, noting that the current GOP are doing rather a poor job running things is like noting that cancer is, on the whole, an unpleasant phenomenon: that is, the observation is so obviously and incontrovertibly true that it's almost stupid to mention it. Beyond that, with every possible apology (again) to the good and decent President Jimmy Carter for the invidious comparison, I'm reminded of the last days of the Carter administration: you just can't find supporters of the current bunch any more. The ones I used to see on LJ have either fallen silent, or taken their thoughts to locked posts. Republicans are for the most part no stupider than you are, and those who haven't long since turned against this bunch of crooks, incompetents and lunatics are in a practically indefensible position, and know it.

So, yeah, this is far and away the worst administration in American history. Its record consists of unremitting failures, of the most ghastly and horrific sort; its only successes in its attempts to steal for its corrupt friends. I have never seen such a relentless string of disasters from an American administration, nor such an equally relentless series of desperate attempts to place the blame elsewhere...and (news flash for Democratic friends), the vast majority of Republicans are perfectly aware of this, and don't care to discuss it any more.**

Can you blame them? I can't.

Polls tell us -- with what accuracy I can't say -- that there's an irreducible minimum of supporters for these clowns who will continue to support them even if every member of the administration and GOP congressional leadership shoot puppies on national television and proceed to eat their brains. I appreciate the efforts of those, on LJ and off, who are trying to educate such hallucinatory folk (and if you want some counterinformation, see e.g., but confess I see little point in continuing to rag on this stuff myself.

Anybody left in America who doesn't wish that somebody, ye gods anybody, other than the current GOP were in power today, is pretty certainly not reading this page, and not amenable to reason if they were. I intend to return to other topics shortly; in the meantime, now ya know.

93 93/93 -- AJ

* Though if you love (a) short stories and (b) film, and you (c) haven't seen Tony Takitani (a film by Jun Ichikawa based on the short story by Haruki Murakami -- co-starring several wonderful actors, and music by Ryuichi Sakamoto), you may want to, and I may post a brief review shortly. All that humans ever leave behind is culture and discovery: as I've noted before, that's where my primary focus will be here, in future.

** In fact, I'm seeing more defense of these jokers from ill-informed liberals (if that's not a redundancy) than from conservatives, these days. Not much, to be sure, but still.

I ganked this P-A-R-O-D-Y...


...and already posted it as a comment to my last post. But something this funny shouldn't be buried in a comment.

Gank it thine ownself. That's what I did. :D

93 93/93 -- AJ


WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Two key U.S. senators said on Friday they will launch a bipartisan coverup of what they described as an "immense, but probably unavoidable failure" of the government response to Hurricane Katrina.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who heads the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the panel's other top-ranking Republican, said they hope to shift as much blame as possible to lower-ranking officials and career federal employees -- ideally at an obscure government agency that few Americans have ever heard of.

"In keeping with recent congressional practice, we will try to shield the president and the senior members of his administration from direct responsibility for this fiasco, although a few token resignations may be required this time around," the pair said in a joint statement. "Our primary focus, however, will be on figuring out how to throw billions of dollars in additional funding to the very same agencies that failed so spectacularly this past week."

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist expressed his own support for a cover up, saying it would follow in the "proud footsteps" of Congress's refusal to hold anyone accountable for the failure to stop the 9/11 attacks, the completely inadequate investigation into the Abu Ghraib torture abuses, and the Senate Intelligence Committee's whitewash of administration efforts to cook the intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Speaker of the House Denny Hastert declined to comment on the hurricane or the proposed Senate investigation, other than to make a loud "BRRRRRRRR" sound while pushing a toy bulldozer across a map of New Orleans.