Surrealism is dead, it has been
pushed away by a distorted reality nothing can match.
ex-Governor of Texas finally acknowledges that he
waged war on false information, killing thousands
of Americans and Iraqis. But he insists he was right
to do so and would do it again. The question is this:
So he admits he led the country into war on the basis
of lies, but did he know they were lies? Of course
he did. Wasn't it for lying about an insignificant
sexual interlude that Clinton was impeached? Asked
recently about reports that his aides keep him isolated,
Bush responded: "I don't feel in a bubble."
Arnold Schwarzenneger exults in the power over life
or death of inmates on death row. "Without apology,"
his speech writers pontificate for him, "there
is no redemption." Did this man ever admit to
or apologize for his various abuses of women? It is
difficult not to consider that his Nazi background
influenced this posturing clown's actions.
would be difficult to grant Tookie Williams the status
of martyr, given the violence he is associated with.
It was not his exceptional acts while on skid row
but the barbarity of the death penalty that demanded
clemency, for him and all others scheduled for execution.
Life without possibility of parole should replace
the death sentence.
actor Tom Cruise is now expounding on postpartum depression,
chastising women who don't subscribe to his nonsensical
scientological ranting, which have so empowered him
that he plays the clown over middle-age romance, to
assert his heterosexuality. He should change his name
from Cruise, which allows this play on words: "Does
Tom Cruise Gay Bars?"
eunuchs of the Catholic Church headed by an ex-nazi
renew their hypocritical attacks on homosexuals, citing
homosexual acts as "against nature." What
is most against nature than denying sexual desire?
Repressed, it expresses itself in malignant actions,
like child molestation, so much a part of the Catholic
Bush Administration opposes guaranteed strictures
against torture of detainees.
wonderful "Brokeback Mountain" is--and it
is wonderful--there is this irony: It took voyeuristic
heterosexuals--Larry McMurtry and his female collaborator,
and Director Ang Lee, and Annie Proulx--to be able
to entice heterosexual actors into homosexual roles
and thus create enough intimations of Heterosexual
power that the
studios would get behind the film.
the number of American military casualties in Iraq
and Afghanistan reached 2000. The number of Iraqis
killed in Bush's illegal war is, so far, uncountable--tens
of thousands is a current conjecture.
On Sunday, October 23, the Defense Department identified
military personnel killed in war the preceding week.
The ages of the casualties were listed as: 18 years
old, 24, 21, 22, 20, 19, 23, 36, 22, 31, 22, 21,
22, 23, 26, 24, 28, 20, 27, 20, 21, 20.
Decades of life have been stolen by the man who
wants to be known as the "war president"
although he dodged any conflict during the Viet
Nam war, his most vigorous activity having occurred
as cheer leader for his college football team. To
the decades of life stolen by repeatedly lying to
the country about the need for his personal war,
add decades of grieving by the families of the dead
soldiers and dead Iraqis; and you have a portrait
of a man who feels nothing for the devastation he
has spawned—he lazes comfortably for months
at a time in his Texas ranch; a man who should be
impeached and tried.
It is now accepted that the ex-Governor of Texas
is unquestionably the legitimately elected president
of the United States since apparently winning the
But that is not so. If not for the cheating that
threw the 2000 election his way--the intervention
of the Supreme Court despite the fact that the popular
vote favored Al Gore--George W. Bush would not have
been in a position to run a second term as incumbent
president. He might not even have been again nominated
by his party.
Now forgotten are several of the seemingly unlikely
culprits that threw the election to the cheating
president. Beyond the fact of the Supreme Court's
partisan intervention, there was the callous interference
of Ralph Nader, Also forgotten is the complicity
of New York Times editors. In an editorial soon
after the election, the newspaper urged Al Gore
to stop challenging the fraudulent outcome--"for
the good of the country." That allowed Republicans
to trumpet that even the "liberal New York
Times" was proclaiming Bush president.
As the presidency was being stolen, Democrats remained
catatonic. They, too, helped create an illegal administration.
George W. Bush remains for all time the president
who cheated his way into office.
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