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August 13, 2005

Grim And Non-Grim

I've found it pretty grim to witness the right wing slime machine go after Cindy Sheehan. The depth of the hatefulness is terrifying. It makes me understand how every horrible thing in history has happened.

But then I took a walk around the block and cheered up. Here's some stuff that is also non-grim:

1. Colin Whitworth at the Gainesville Report has done something I'd been meaning to do for a while—transcribe the dialogue on the television in the bombed window at the beginning of Brazil. Take a look and learn again why there is no such thing as satire.

INTERVIEWER: Do you think that the government is winning the battle against terrorists?

HELPMANN: Oh yes. Our morale is much higher than theirs, we're fielding all their strokes, running a lot of them out, and pretty consistently knocking them for six. I'd say they're nearly out of the game.

INTERVIEWER: But the bombing campaign is now in its thirteenth year...

HELPMANN: Beginner's luck.

2. Chris Floyd says there's a fancy new version of Empire Burlesque on the way.

Also, check out this about Dennis Hastert:

One of the grubby little secrets of the Great Potomac Grease Pit – otherwise known as the government of the United States – is that the massive amount of bribes given and taken there often has little effect on the final outcome of policy decisions and legislation...

The plain fact is, most politicians take bribes to push policies they already support. With very few exceptions, you are just not going to achieve a place of prominence in national politics unless you are already the kind of person happy to do the bidding of rapacious elites, whatever the cut of your rhetorical jib ("progressive," "moderate," "conservative," etc.). Like Macbeth's spectral dagger, bribery merely marshall'st the politician in the way he was going...

Talk of bribery in high places leads us, of course, to Representative Dennis Hastert of Illinois...

And Mr. Floyd's take on how the US government will avoid embarrassment while putting Saddam on trial is worth reading too.

3. Finally, why not some Ecolanguage from Lee Adam Arnold?

Posted at August 13, 2005 08:06 PM | TrackBack

Well, a bunch of us held a vigil in solidarity with Cindy in Beantown this evening - led by Veterans for Peace. I don't think there were any overtly negative comments or passersby. There were _well_ over a hundred of us. Plus, I got to speak to a woman carrying a live parrot on her back.

Posted by: mk at August 13, 2005 11:27 PM

There were a couple of terrific articles by Arthur Silber at the Light of Reason posted about Cindy Sheehan over the weekend. I especially enjoyed the one where he pointed out that it is patronizing in the extreme to say that this woman is being "manipulated".

Posted by: Anna in Cairo at August 14, 2005 01:58 AM


You're right—it's much better to focus on the positive, of which there's a lot, including women carrying around live parrots on their backs. Cindy S. herself makes this point repeatedly. (I hope you'll be generous with further details about the parrot.)

Still... what I've found difficult about this is the way it makes me viscerally understand—in a way I never have before in my life—how all the darkest events in human history have happened. Looking at these people is a brief glimpse into hell.


Thanks for mentioning that—I hadn't seen it yet.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at August 14, 2005 07:22 AM

The left has a mighty nasty machine of its own from what I read on this blog.

And who is left here in the middle?

You sound more and more like Pat Buchanen every day.

Posted by: callie at August 17, 2005 02:45 PM