Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bush, Follies And Foibles

Vincent Bugliosi (the District Attorney who successfully prosecuted Charles Manson) has a new book entitled The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder. And like any good prosecutor, he makes a good case. Even if he does have the usual tendency to overlook the deaths and contributions of the women in our military in the botched attempt at bringing democracy to a country that doesn't really want it. Or whatever the current excuse is, I lost track long ago.
Perhaps the most amazing thing to me about the belief of many that George Bush lied to the American public in starting his war with Iraq is that the liberal columnists who have accused him of doing this merely make this point, and then go on to the next paragraph in their columns. Only very infrequently does a columnist add that because of it Bush should be impeached. If the charges are true, of course Bush should have been impeached, convicted, and removed from office. That's almost too self-evident to state. But he deserves much more than impeachment. I mean, in America, we apparently impeach presidents for having consensual sex outside of marriage and trying to cover it up. If we impeach presidents for that, then if the president takes the country to war on a lie where thousands of American soldiers die horrible, violent deaths and over 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians, including women and children, even babies are killed, the punishment obviously has to be much, much more severe. That's just common sense. If Bush were impeached, convicted in the Senate, and removed from office, he'd still be a free man, still be able to wake up in the morning with his cup of coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice and read the morning paper, still travel widely and lead a life of privilege, still belong to his country club and get standing ovations whenever he chose to speak to the Republican faithful. This, for being responsible for over 100,000 horrible deaths?* For anyone interested in true justice, impeachment alone would be a joke for what Bush did.
So true about the mainstream media, but they do tend to get distracted by shiny things meant to direct their attention away from reporting the news. Look! Over there! Has worked almost perfectly for the last twelve years. The press spent more time on a spot on a blue dress than they have reporting on the atrocities done in our name by the crew without a clue.

Secret to who?. I didn't even work in Hollywood at the time and I had heard that Raymond Burr was gay. So what and who cares? He was an entertaining actor, has been dead for almost fifteen years and it definitely won't change the price of tomatoes. Some closets don't need to be opened because unimportant stuff has a tendency to fall out.

The car doesn't go anywhere unless I have several errands to run, which I map out to save time and gas. I used to fill up almost every week, now it's maybe once a month. I'm growing my own vegetables (tomatoes, beets, peas, chard, green beans, serranos) and herbs (parsley, basil, cilantro, rosemary, sage) and I try to lay in a store of frozen chicken, pork and fish at the beginning of the month. When we have it, I prefer to buy my beef fresh along with other greens and squashes that are too big for me to grow in the little area I have. Now if I could only acquire a taste for tofu and ride a bike without pain.

Some punishments are so severe that if a mistake has been made, it can't be undone. Being pardoned for a murder you didn't commit is nice but it isn't very helpful 86 years after you've been hanged.

Gee, with stories like Walter Reed and Ft. Bragg, why would anyone not think that military healthcare sucks? With the Bushmaster-in-charge bloviating about supporting the troops out of one side of his mouth and vetoing benefits out the other, why would anyone believe that our troops were getting anything but the best? Other than Bush, anyone with half a brain.


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