Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Benchmarks, Milestones, and a pissed off Faculty

So, the faculty of SMU is angry about the proposed Bush presidential library at Southern Methodist University. “There’s been a lack of transparency from the beginning,” said Tony Pederson of the journalism faculty, urging the university’s administration “to be more forthcoming with detailed information.”

Mr. Pederson could well be talking about the way Mr. Bush has conducted his presidency: lying to the American people in order to invade Iraq, Bush now plans to send 20,000 more troops to Iraq. In his address to the Nation tonight, Bush plans to admit Iraq mistakes, and his solution is to send more US troops. The Democrats, led by Senator Edward Kennedy, plan a largely symbolic vote that would require Mr. Bush to gain Congressional approval before sending more troops. I read this and vacilate between thinking it's too little, too late OR it's about time the Democrats demand accountability. Or both.

And in his general disdain for the environment, his refusal to find alternative energy sources, Bush has lifted a ban on offshore oil and gas leasing in Bristol Bay. U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and other state politicians praised Bush's action, but said care must be taken not to damage the bay's extraordinary sea life.

The common thread in these three items is disdain and arrogance, woven together with lies and secrecy. We've lain waste to Iraq, once home to incredible riches of history and art. Some mother's child will be the last US soldier to die in Iraq in pursuit of Bush's folly. We will destroy the environment in pursuit of Bush's folly. But not to worry: Halliburton will be there, building condos on the Moon for the Bush family and the Cheney family, once our Earth becomes uninhabitable.

And to remind us of how beautiful our planet is, Laura of Somewhere in New Jersey is hosting the Good Planets gallery for January. Send your photos to her at lc-hardy AT comcast DOT net for this Saturday's offering.

Tahiti trip report will follow.


Anonymous said...

Welcome home. Yes, to everything you said. I read this morning about the democrat's symbolic vote. I didn't realize we had elected a symbolic congress. Shit, I was so hoping for the real thing.

Sewmouse said...

Welcome back, Diva - hope your trip went well.

Sorry we couldn't get the war over while you were gone - but Der Shrubmeister is just CERTAIN that if he continues to stay his course, he will manage to kill at least another 20k soldiers - I mean - democraticize Iraq.

Brother brother.. there's no need to escalate...

SB Gypsy said...

Glad to see you're back!

I don't know if Bush has the imagination to want to live on the moon. I think he may well believe that Jeebus will come down and snap His fingers and heal all the world's wounds. Failing that, he might think his family's $$ will isolate him from the war and famine, when the shit hits the fan here.

annie said...

a dear friend is here in calif. for a bit, caring for her mom. she has lived most of the last 20 years on huahine and moorea. i look forward to your stories and photos.
... much more than i look forward to the coming "surge", although i do have a sliver of hope that the dems. will stand up and fight this. i'd be happy to join them in that fight.

pissed off patricia said...

I watered your plants while you were gone and took in your mail. Was everything okay when you got home :)

I think I am mentally numb to all things political this afternoon. Just tired of thinking about it and dreading it getting worse.

Frederick said...

ooopps, I've been so busy down here, I almost forgot about the pics!

Peacechick Mary said...

You're back! Hope you got some rest and feel a lot better. Maybe you should skip the speech tonight as it might throw things into a relapse.

Anonymous said...

How are ya?

Libarry? I didn't know that Prez Bush reads any books.

pissed off patricia said...

Glad everything was okay, no thanks needed. That's what friends are for :)

pekka said...

Did you lose some weight because you sure look a lot better than before the trip?

DivaJood said...

Robin Andrea, no kidding. I mean, hell, last night Bush committed another 21,500 troops - it's just a number, right?

Sewmouse, I know you guys tried to get it ended, and I salute you all. However, it's just a number, right?

SB Gypsy, you are right about Bush's lack of imagination, but a Kowboy is a Kowboy, and they all want to live on the moon. Besides, it's just a frickin number, right?

Annie, thanks for visiting - and I would love to go to Huahine - Moorea was great, but Bora Bora, oh, my god. And it was all so French - and the French think we are complete idiots for allowing Bush to do his thing. Altogether now, it's just a number, right?

POP, it is truly appreciated. I hope the dog didn't give you and Fred too much trouble. Anyway, don't worry about the war. It's just a number, right?

Frederick, training is training is training. Don't forget the pics, send to Laura at the email listed. As for the war: It's just a number, right?

PC Mary, I skipped the speechafyin lyin bastard in favor of getting my hair coifed for Saturday's black tie dinner. Hair, nails, spiffy dress, killer two-hour shoes, all for a dinner to honor Russell Crowe, who is rumored to be a no-show. Can't hardly wait to not worry about the war and troop increase. It's just a number, right?

Ah, Bittman. You did a public service announcement about libarries, right?

Pekka, my snark has always been healthy - it's the rest of me that's all screwed up. But a little vacation helps me, thanks for noticing. Anyway, the war bullshit isn't anything to worry about. It's just a number, right?

Anonymous said...

hope that you enjoyed some respite from all of the crap here at home. good to have your voice back!