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Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from The Bride, starring Sting as Dr. Frankenstein, and Jennifer Beals as the bride of the monster. No, really.

You never told me about cats. I thought it was a tiny lion.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…

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The late, much-beloved Codename F., seen here with the now somewhat less shadowy and mysterious Codename V.

5 comments April 28th, 2006 at 08:01pm Posted by Eli

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Yo Soy El Smoothador.

Oh, this’ll really win over the Hispanic vote…

WASHINGTON (AP) — The national anthem should be sung in English — not Spanish — President Bush declared Friday, amid growing restlessness over the millions of immigrants here illegally.

“One of the things that’s very important is, when we debate this issue, that we not lose our national soul,” the president exclaimed. “One of the great things about America is that we’ve been able to take people from all walks of life bound as one nation under God. And that’s the challenge ahead of us.”

A Spanish language version of the national anthem was released Friday by a British music producer, Adam Kidron, who said he wanted to honor America’s immigrants.

When the president was asked at a Rose Garden question-and-answer session whether the anthem should be sung in Spanish, he replied: “I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.”

Sounds like Dubya’s been getting his talking points from Lou “I Don’t Believe In St. Patrick’s Day Parades” Dobbs (would this make him “Dobbsya”?). It’s basically a great big fuck-you to any immigrants who want to embrace America on their own cultural terms.

So, George, if you’re worried about our “national soul,” how about banning and denouncing torture? How about not pissing all over the Constitution in the pursuit of naked power? How about not lying us into any more disastrous unprovoked wars? How about, oh I don’t know, for once in your worthless wretched life doing something that makes me proud of my country instead of ashamed? I realize that anything more complicated than quitting is probably beyond your meager abilities, and that’s fine. Just do what you can – you’ll be amazed at how grateful everyone will be.

Oh, and you might want to consider learning English, too…

April 28th, 2006 at 03:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Immigration,Politics,Wankers

Whither Rove?

So right now all we really know for sure is that Fitz called Rove back to testify for a fifth time, which is… a lot. But what the exact significance of it is is still subject to fevered speculation. It could mean he’s getting indicted, it could mean he’s going to flip on someone (presumably that could only be Bush and/or Cheney), or it could mean that he has managed to miraculously squirm free. To my untrained legal mind, his “I would have been stupid to think I could get away with it” defense is pretty damn weak, so I think it comes down to the first two.

The first question this raises is, Who is Rove loyal to? Is he entirely Bush’s creature, willing to throw himself to the wolves to protect his beloved master, or is he a self-interested parasite who will just attach himself to a new host once Dubya is spent?

The second question is, What does happen if Rove flips? Even if he does avoid jail time, would the Republican mafia repudiate him as a disloyal squealer? If this were happening during Bush’s Swaggering Codpiece Of Victory period, I think turning on him would be certain political death. But Bush’s approval ratings are so low right now that the Republicans would be relieved to get rid of him. They might decide to praise Rove as some kind of courageous whistleblower who just couldn’t stomach the lies and coverup any more, and cheerfully welcome him back into the fold to run 2008.

The least satisfying outcome (and therefore the most likely, according to Murphy’s Razor) would be for Rove to rat out Cheney. Not only would Bush be in the clear, but it would be a very convenient way to get rid of his political baggage and begin grooming a new VP as Dubya’s heir. On the plus side, while this might protect Bush from legal jeopardy, I don’t think anyone but the most fanatical Republican Kool-Aid drinkers will believe that Rove knew about the Plame-Out operation and never once mentioned it to his master.

The best outcome would be for Rove to rat out Bush and Cheney, forcing them both to resign or face impeachment (President Pelosi?). And while he saves his own skin, he becomes an untouchable within the Republican party. As with DeLay and Abramoff, no-one will admit to knowing him, much less let him anywhere near their campaign. I know it’s about as likely as a Jets-Giants Superbowl next February, but I’m rooting for that too.

UPDATE: I should probably clarify that it were all up to me, I would indict Rove over Bush in a heartbeat. Once Bush’s second term finishes (whenever that might be), he’ll just quietly drink himself to death in between $100,000 speeches and fundraising appearances. But there are no term limits for dirty tricksters. Rove could go on engineering slimy, mean-spirited victories for the GOP for the next 20-30 years.

Yes, I’m sure the Republicans have a very deep bench of amoral scumbags just waiting to run underhanded, Rovian campaigns – we’ll just have to keep chipping away.

3 comments April 28th, 2006 at 10:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Politics,Republicans,Rove,Wankers

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