Folks, as you may have heard on Maddow, the Newsweek cover story this week is the latest in the long deafening drumbeat of the great hypocralyse that we’ve witnessed recently as we are told we did not see what we thought we saw. What would Dick “Doo” crappy article link here.
To suggest that Obama’s got a lot to learn from Mr. Cheney ’cause he’s been soooo successful, as everyone who’s anyone in the house of W knows, the youngster Obama will soon realize that our wise dark overlord Cheney knows what’s best for keepin us from harm. As with all great propaganda, it is written from the perspective of a zealot who could not comprehend that an alternative point of view exists, God forbid actually consider it.
I have already cut the cord with the NYT for lesser transgressions. Why does this mindless rag soil my magazine rack every week? If it cost more than a penny a day I probably would have shut it down long ago…
That’s the title, the rest is crap, and there’s really no point in quoting any more. Suffice it to say, mister teevee doctor published an article in Time magazine the week before the 2006 midterm election in order to discourage residents of Colorado and Nevada from voting to decriminalize reefer. Oh yes, he’s very familiar with the medicinal properties of the miracle herb…
But I suspect that most of the people eager to vote yes on the new ballot measures aren’t suffering from glaucoma, Alzheimer’s or chemo-induced nausea. Many of them just want to get stoned legally.
Yeah, no shit, asshole. Got anymore brain busters? What do you care anyway?
Why do I care? As Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, puts it, “Numerous deleterious health consequences are associated with [marijuana’s] short- and long-term use, including the possibility of becoming addicted.”
Oh, addiction, riiiiiiiight…
Bottom line, there are any number of sniveling media peons who are glad to mouth whatever status-quo gate-keeping bullshit happens to be the order of the day. Gupta seems to be happily in their number. Hell, it’s probably why Obama picked him. That doesn’t make him any less of a gutless asshole. (Or, as it’s called in DC: “centrist”)
I mean honestly, to write an article in a national magazine disparaging pot on the eve of an election under the auspices of medical authority? Were you in the running for bootlicker of the year? If so, congratulations. I eagerly await your expose about the unsung nutritional benefits of American beef.
And so, Dr. Gupta, you are my Hypocrite of the WeekTM. Witness this classic performance nitpicking the movie Sicko. Be sure to hang in there for Moore’s real-time response around the 5 minute mark…
Here’s the head-to-head on Larry King…
As Krugman notes in the link at the top:
appointing Gupta now, although it’s a small thing, is just another example of the lack of accountability that always seems to be the rule when you get things wrong in a socially acceptable way.
I’m giving my Bush Derangement Syndrome a night off to share some delightful musical theatre…
couple months late, eh?
On a somewhat related note, I was reading about the schism taking place within the Episcopalian Church here over the acceptance of gay priests and bishops (with thems-that-don’t-like trying to pack up their things and go) when I was surprised by this paragraph:
Conservative leaders in North America say they expect to win approval for their new province from at least seven like-minded primates, who lead provinces primarily in Africa, Australia, Latin America and Asia.
With all due respect to our Anglican friends, you must admit that’s funny, having a church comprised of like-minded primates. If nothing else, it’s the most honest description of organized religion you’ll ever see. I presume they have liberal views about evolution…
Bishop Minns, a priest who led his large, historic church in Fairfax, Va., out of the Episcopal Church two years ago and was subsequently ordained a bishop by the Anglican Archbishop of Nigeria, said in an interview: “One of the questions a number of the primates are asking is why do we still need to be operating under the rules of an English charity, which is what the Anglican Consultative Council does. Why is England still considered the center of the universe?”
I’ve come across this Dubya quote a number of times in the last few days. That must mean others are having the same visceral reaction to it as me. I try to ignore it, but the hypocrisy is too powerful…
In an interview conducted earlier this month by his sister, Doro Bush Koch, Mr. Bush said he wanted to be remembered “as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process.”
“I came to Washington with a set of values, and I’m leaving with the same set of values,” Mr. Bush said. “And I darn sure wasn’t going to sacrifice those values; that I was a President that had to make tough choices and was willing to make them. I surrounded myself with good people. I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions.”
I used to think I hated American politics and politicians. Reagan, Bush, Clinton… And then the last 8 years happened… like a bucket of cold water… administered upside down with a bag over my head… The Dubya presidency has been a non-stop horror show. I’ve read pretty much everything Hunter Thompson wrote about Richard Nixon, and I can only conclude that Nixon was a piker next to our outgoing president. I find it interesting that Nixon was run out of office under threat of impeachment and criminal indictment, and yet Dubya is still widely considered the worst president in history. I’m not about to let him rehabilitate his legacy just yet.
It’s been at least 3 years since I was last able to watch/listen to Bush speak. I try not to be head-in-the-sand, but the disgust I feel is too overwhelming. He is our National Disgrace.
I don’t know what sick bastard put that clip on “Funny or Die”. The audience was amused, but it sure as hell doesn’t make me laugh. I suppose it’s some relief to know that the days of him yukking it up with a friendly crowd are over. Republicans won’t be seen with him (cowards). Conservatives claim he failed their cause (hypocrites). Liberals speculate on the inability of Bush administration officials to travel abroad for fear of being arrested and charged with crimes against humanity (we can dream).
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Since I’m suddenly balls-deep in a post I didn’t want to write, let me close by linking the most balls-a-licious moment of the the Bush presidency. That’s right, baby, it’s Stephen Colbert at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner! It grieves me that I can’t embed this performance properly (C-SPAN has some kind of copyright bug up its ass), but this represents the moment for me when the sun came back out in America.
Of course you remember the cinematic masterpiece Dude Where’s My Car. No? Well there seems to be a complete absense of people asking that all important question when it comes to policy…”And then?” And that’s what makes me think of this (not so) classic scene.
The latest case in point is this asshole Rep Mica during the hearings on the financial crisis presided over by The Waxman. His contention is that it was not deregulation, voluntary regulation, speculative markets driving commodities, hedge funds, or any other explanation that has been offered through analysis of the situation. No, its a vast consipiracy, and those greedy incipid beurocrats have screwed us again because took contributions from lobbyists for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. AND THEN?
And then? Any politics in your little conspiracy theory there buddy? Unfortunately Mr Mica knows that his base will never utter those two important words. They will lap it up like morons incapable of stringing together two coherent thoughts…but why can’t they put together those two simple words? It could have been handy for: mo childs left behind, touchscreen voting machines, the war on terror, need I go on? So when you’re talking to someone that ‘just don’t get it’, refer them to ‘Dude Where’s My Car’ and everything will fall into place.
This is the version where you actually get to hear Obama’s answer to Joe the Plumber. Its a pretty damn good answer too. By the way doesn’t this dude look a bit like that male prostitute that they used to keep in the White House?
On the other hand, if you looked at the Fox news version, they clip out the answer.
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I’m having a vision… it’s the future of the GOP… PALIN/PLUMBER 2012