"Hollow Resonance"Sidney Blumenthal, David Corn, and Andrew Sullivan on Bush's amazingly pathetic speech. Also the Guardian's Julian Borger on Bush's obvious attempts to once again conflate Iraq and 9/11.And these were the ratings of the most bloodless, painfully boring, and pointless speech in presidential history.There's a pattern forming. Remember the press conference that happened a few months back which was so full of his usual talking points, nothing new as usual, that the networks, no doubt incensed at kind of having been fooled into pre-empting the start of sweeps into covering what was meant as a speech but disguised as a press conference, cut away from him before he was done? Each of his appearances has been limper than the last. Karl Rove had to go out and attack on his behalf, in person.They're looking more desperate and seem to have prematurely ejaculated their political capital, and this looks like flailing to me. But what will we do with four more years of such flailing?Of course, they could always let another terrorist attack through--that might perk up his poll ratings. I'm sure they're nostalgic for that; it was the neocon's Woodstock. But if another terrorist attack occurred, it would only prove that he has never actually cared what the terrorists do to us.So even if they are so evil and cynical as to have done such a thing--on the bare facts, we can only call them apathetic, rank incompetents in that matter--they're trapped.Nasty things snap when they're trapped. They take fingers. So this isn't a pleasant thought exactly. Polls say we're no longer afraid. They have stimulated and relied upon fear. What can they do without it? Are they capable of doing without it? "What must I do to be taken seriously?" --George IV, The Madness of King George
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil."
--E. Blackadder, 1789
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson
FOR MATURE READERS in most casesNEW
Book 1 (2013)
with an introduction by Martin Pasko
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