Friday, September 09, 2005

W. and Bill O'Reilly have Jumped the Couch

According to UrbanDictionary.com, the term "jump the couch" has become slang for "a defining moment when you know someone has gone off the deep end", we can thank Tom Cruise's insane behavior on "Oprah" for this one.

So when did Bush first jump the couch? Personally, I think it was in 2003 when he stood on the deck of that Navy aircraft carrier claiming "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, and how many people have died in Iraq since then? If there was ever any doubt, Bush's actions the past couple of months solidifies his incompetence. The following article by Maureen Dowd (published just days before Hurricane Katrina unloaded on the Gulf Coast) does a good job summing up the Bush administration's leap off the sofa. I don't always agree with everything Dowd writes, but I think this one's worth a read. Thanks to Fawn at Impervious Surface for the heads up and link to this article.

Bike-Deep in the Big Muddy

W. and his administration of spinsters never ceases to amaze me with their shenanigans. The very fact that Bush has spent the better part of the past two months on vacation is enough to make me question his stability. How can Bush and Cheney kick back in Texas and Wyoming, hosting BBQ's and flyfishing, when soldiers are dying everyday in Iraq?
I'm sorry, but when you are President and your country is fighting a war you got us into, you don't get a vacation, it goes with the territory. It has almost gotten to the point where I have stopped listening, I don't know how much more I can take. I have come to question everything they say and do.

This article, also written by Dowd, was published after the hurricane leveled New Orleans, and sheds light on the administration's further incompetence.

United States of Shame

I really despise Bill O'Reilly from Fox News. I can't stand watching him, and I do not understand how anyone can take him seriously. Here is what Bill O'Reilly said a few nights ago about the people who were stuck in New Orleans last week.

"If you're poor, you're powerless. That's why the poor got smashed in the hurricane zone. Columnist Liz Smith wrote that I failed to 'give the poor any advice on how one finds a proper education or a job.' Liz Smith is extremely fair and accurate, so I am pleased to respond to her. The USA has mandatory education, but nobody can force you to learn. If you refuse to do the work, you're going to be ill-equipped, and all the government programs in the world are not going to change that. Every American kid should be required to watch video of the poor in New Orleans and how they suffered because they couldn't get out of town. And every teacher should tell the students that if you refuse to learn, you will be poor and powerless. One does not 'find' an education. Public education is free, libraries are free, and scholarships are everywhere. For centuries charlatans have been telling Americans that government will provide, and you deserve to be provided for. Bull! Depend on yourself - get educated, get smart, and get personal resources. That is the lesson of Katrina."

Are you kidding me Bill? Do you really believe this? So the people stranded in the Superdome and Convention Center deserved to suffer and die? While it is true that education is the key to a better life, that is only a small piece of the problem. There is no mention of the institutional racism that still exists in this country that doesn't allow everyone the same opportunities to education. No mention of the fact that our schools (and most major cities) are just as segregated today as they were in 1967. And what about the government's lack of response during those first days?

I'm crawling back into my hole.


Listening to: Bob Dylan- Time Out of Mind

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