Archive for August 6th, 2008

When Will Reality Be Post-Partisan?

Marty Kaplan points out the sad reality of our time:

Ron Suskind’s new book reports that in 2003, the White House ordered the CIA to forge a letter to “prove” that Iraq had a hand in 9/11 and that Saddam was buying yellowcake uranium from Niger for his WMD program with the help of Al Qaeda.

When this came up on MSNBC, moderator Chuck Todd asked Politico’s Mike Allen whether this would lead “the anti-war crowd” in Congress to call for impeachment. Allen replied that it would “give the lefty blogosphere something to grab onto.”

And so, in less time than it takes to say “Dick Cheney,” the subject is changed from what would be one of the most outrageous violations of the Constitution in the history of the Republic to a left/right issue. Instead of taking a breath to consider the merits and consequences of Suskind’s charges, MSNBC’s It’s-Always-Super-Tuesday-Over-Here reframing machine instantly transforms a shocking allegation about the abuse of power into a piece of political football, a tactic, an occasion for the players in the grand political theater that cable news says Washington really is to assume their designated roles, like a Punch and Judy show.

…If the White House asked the CIA to cook up this disinformation aimed at the American people, why shouldn’t the righty blogosphere, too, be up in arms? Why doesn’t every American, regardless of political party, have a stake in the truth and the rule of law?

…Unfortunately, the closest that the MSM usually comes to weighing the evidence is saying: Ron Suskind charges X, and the White House denies it. This is what is now called reporting.

Every time the Bush administration gets caught breaking the law, conservative pundits and bloggers are either excusing it or pretending that it never happened.  Never do they say, “Okay, yeah, they’re on my team, but this really is so far beyond the pale as to be despicable and criminal.”  It just doesn’t happen.  (They do slam BushCo. with that kind of hyperbole sometimes, but it’s usually for stuff like trying to compromise on immigration or negotiate with North Korea.)

When did reality become so irrelevant to our discourse?  Was it just during the Bush administration, or during the Clinton administration, or has it always been like that and I just never noticed it?

August 6th, 2008 at 10:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Corruption/Cronyism,Iraq,Media,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers,War

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Looks like the McCain veepstakes are heating up!

VICE PRESIDENT HOPEFUL VISITS BAT BOY’S HOME!

Romney promises to protect spelunkers from monsters

WEST VIRGINIA — Former Gov. Mitt Romney made a campaign stop at the famous cave where Bat Boy was found, using the scenic location to discuss safety issues.

Romney, campaigning for the Republican Party’s vice presidency nomination, stood before the cave entrance for a photo op while a press representative told a throng of supporters, bewildered tourists and reporters, “Given the incredible discovery that was made in this cave, the governor feels we need to be more vigilant about protecting workers and explorers from monsters. We ask our fellow citizens to enter these caves to work and we need to ensure that they can safely walk out at the end of the day.”

Walking near the entrance but declining to enter, Romney reportedly remarked that the country needs to wean itself from foreign energy supplies so it’s of paramount importance that our nation’s resources are safe. Creatures like Bat Boy, he was overheard to say, are a threat that has to be contained so our miners can dig with confidence.

(…)

Bat Boy, last seen in Manhattan, was unavailable for comment.

We’ve been so focused on fighting terrorists that we have lost sight of the dangers we face from the domestic monster community.  Kudos to Mr. Romney for his courageous efforts to raise our awareness of the monster threat.

August 6th, 2008 at 09:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

Happy Ignoriversary!

Yes, it’s that time again: The lucky seventh anniversary of Dubya dismissing the “Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US” PDB with a sneery, “Okay, you’ve covered your ass.”  So it’s either the Copper or Wool Anniversary. Wool somehow seems more appropriate, given the Bush administration’s approach to informing the public.

Would the tragedy of 9/11 have been averted if he had gone to the appropriate red-alert full court press?  Who knows – even if he had, what are the odds that someone competent would have been in charge of it?  But I can pretty much guarantee that completely ignoring the threat – and terrorism in general – just about guaranteed its success.  Which may have been the whole point.

Mercifully, this will be the last anniversary with Dubya as president, so hopefully the next dire PDB will get taken a little more seriously.  And by “seriously,” I do not mean scaremongering to score political points – I mean actual preventive measures.  The only way that scaremongering ever prevents terrorist attacks is by making them unnecessary.

(Graphic by Tengrain)

August 6th, 2008 at 08:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Terrorism

Nearing The End Of The Demolition Photoblogging

Probably only enough for one or two more posts.  Next up: Ice sculpture photoblogging!
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Mmm, construction equipment…

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Wow, God really is everywhere! (Hopefully He’s visible; if not, try clicking on the photo for a larger version)

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Another angle on God…

August 6th, 2008 at 11:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Move Along, Nothing To See Here…

Yes, I’m sure there’s absolutely nothing dodgy at all about McCain’s campaign contributions.  It’s perfectly normal for a middle-class couple to suddenly donate $60,000 to a presidential campaign, or for people with no interest in politics to send in maximum contributions.  No cause for investigations at all, I’m sure…

1 comment August 6th, 2008 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,McCain


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