Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Question (Guest Question by Noise)

Why is Congress AWOL in terms of oversight? How did that happen?

To illustrate my question, I quote Gore Vidal:

...and I had written about Bush that he's like a kind of crazy kid in a dream, and he thinks he's invulnerable, and he's marching along through a dry forest, and he's lighting matches, dropping them, watching the fires, dropping another one. Link

And Congress watches and applauds. WTF?

13 comments:

Uranus said...

Kurt Vonnegut said recently the purpose of life is to fart around. Bush takes this advice to a very serious and vulgar extreme. And Congress would applaud him even if he put all their families in concentration camps, and forced them into crematoriums at gunpoint. You're no less confused about that than anyone else. At times like these I turn to philosophy: some screwed-up stuff doesn't make sense, and stupid is as stupid does. About half the people don't vote, and half who do are a hillbilly feud looking for a place to happen. And most anyone in the other half, chosen at random, would make a great public servant, but isn't enough of a criminal to run. What to do, what to do. An old friend gave me some advice about 15 years ago, and it didn't make sense then: "get a guitar and go on the road." Woody Guthrie would be proud of that tip.

oldschool said...

...and I had written about Bush that he's like a crazy kid in a dream, and he thinks he's invulnerable...

Bush can somewhat easily be dismissed, perhaps as a self-defense mechanism, as but a figurehead, a non-entity, irrelevant in the larger scheme of things, because he is actually so far removed from what really matters and is decided (without his input)(and most likely without his knowledge to the extent possible).

BUT, the guy is still fascinating in a horrible, slow-motion-train-wreck kind of way. He's on record as fully believing that only two things matter to him. ONE, that he is on a mission from God, with direct personal and infallible input, and TWO, that it simply doesn't matter what polls, Americans, or the rest of the world thinks about him - his judgment will not come for another 50 or 100 years, when the historians look back, and he is safely in the bosom of that same politically-deficient God.

So he has nothing to lose - he has nothing presently on the line - there is nothing for him to worry about - he's the most care-free guy in the country - for God is guiding him, and the judgment of historians will come long after he's departed this mortal coil. He's invincible.

Now - how happy are we that this twisted simpleton, unfettered by fear or doubt, as are the rest of us mere mortals, has the power of life or death over millions, perhaps billions? We're a single bottle of Absolut Vodka away from total nuclear war and possible annihilation. And, figurehead or not, the doofus with the ultimate decision is not Cheney, is not Rumsfeld or Rice, is not Richard Perle or William Kristol, it is our drunk-in-chief.

I feel better now - how 'bout you?

Uranus said...

Bush reminds me of so many frat boys I saw in college--and a conversation I overheard between two in particular. One was telling the other about a girl he took to dinner. He kept saying, "I was really diggin' her chili," like she was privileged to have his drunken, obnoxious ass entertain her with a meal. Then he used some class remark like "wanna fuck," and when she refused apparently he slapped her around and raped her. In the course of his college career, and probably life beyond, he no doubt did that to a great many women. Certainly he never had to answer to the law, and for no better reason than his trendy clothes and overbearing attitude suggested he'd be the kind to retaliate. It's that way with Bush. More people need to realize bullies are actually terrible cowards, and will back away with haste at the first suggestion they will personally suffer. Living in fear is a very bad habit. But bad habits are easily broken.

LeeB said...

Ever since Wellstone was killed, in the back of my mind is the thought the entire Congress has been threatened in some way or another . . . do as I say or you could be next . . .

Lucyp said...

We're a single bottle of Absolut Vodka away from total nuclear war and possible annihilation.
Brilliant. I am SO going to use that in a future blog and claim i made it up all by myself. Sorry oldschool.

oldschool said...

lucyp said....

No problem... Like I just wrote to LeeB, when we all meet in D.C. for the Revolution, she's gonna owe me a great big cheeseburger - maybe a bacon-cheeseburger. So now maybe I got 2 coming?

LeeB said...

Oldschool, you're letting me off waaay too easy!

I'm still here at this office where I can't get at personal email due to IT blocks and black holes to fall into if we try (yuk!), so you'll have to be content to wait for a sensible reply for another couple of hours, it appears . . . but, you are brilliant. It appears Lucyp has execellent taste. That will have to tide you over for now . . . :-)

rimone said...

great commmentary, Uranus. i knew the same kinda dipshits in school. they hated chicks like my friends and i (the losers in black, y'know the freaky beatniks/hippies) cause we weren't impressed by their bullshit. i had to tutor the (get this) captain of the football team to pass English one time...i enjoyed it. he hated it, hated having ME have to teach him. hah! i can still savor the Schadenfreude after all they made us put up w/.

oldschool: ...there is nothing for him to worry about - he's the most care-free guy in the country...

so i imagine nobody's informed him about Den Haag. good. i love when he's surprised. can't wait.

regarding that 'mission from god' shit, methinks he's seen Animal House once too muchly. after the chomping w/his mouth open and the uninvited neck massage et al. ad infinitum, i'm waiting for this:

'YO BLAIR! See if you can guess what I am now. [puts mashed potatoes in his mouth, chews it, hits his cheeks with his fists and spits it out]

'I'm a zit. Get it?'


i mean, we already had You fucked up! You trusted us!

LeeB: Ever since Wellstone was killed, in the back of my mind is the thought the entire Congress has been threatened in some way or another . . . do as I say or you could be next . . .

as i posted in a reply to another thread here (and a lotta other sites) i truly believed they had a weirdass blackmail thing going. then we found out about the NSA wiretaps.

case closed.

Lucyp said...

Oldschool - Being one of those English types, rather than a cheeseburger how about a nice cup of tea?

lukery said...

thnx for all your comments. it looks like we'll aave a smorgasboard when the revolution comes, canadian beer, tea, and burgers galore. (i'm not sure what Rimone is going to bring).

and the answer to the original question, I'm with RImone and LeeB - there's some serious blackmail going on. Perhaps we'll get one of those massive public video screens for the Revolution parties and show all the blackmail videos... (perhaps not. who wants to see Hastert naked? ewwwww)

LeeB said...

EEEWWWWWWW . . . yyYYYUK! . . . I wonder if there's any brain bleach left . . .

rimone said...

thanks, luke--i just puked. get yer ass over here w/the windex &C and clean this shit up, pronto!

(i'm not sure what Rimone is going to bring).

Kahlua for white russians? Glenmorangie for the true Scotch drinkers amongst us? *hic!*

and let's just call the rest 'fun stuff' and leave it at that. oh and *thwoooooop!* 'white widow' anyone?

lukery said...

ha! sorry bout the mess.