Monday, March 13, 2006

No truth, no consequences

Column up @ Raw.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but what's your point?

T-shirt slogan of the day:
The obvious doesn't need to be explained.

Who said Bush is the exception to the American character?

3:00 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

I don't know what anonymous is talking about. I think it is obvious that the obvious does need to be explained. Obviously, someone needs to explain it to you, anonymous. But that someone is not me. At least not today.

Further, Bush is not the exception to the American character. His character is distinctly un-American. He was born in to privilege, he isn't very smart, he doesn't work very hard, he lies, he never has to accept responsibility for his actions, and he is never punished for his transgressions. Most of us are not born in to privilege, are of at least average intelligence, tell the truth, etc. You can say I am wrong, but try showing up to work drunk or talking your way out of a speeding ticket.

2:01 AM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

Sorry, I got sidetracked by that first comment.

Anyway - nice post, and congratulations on another publication with wider recognition.

I have two things to say in response - First, where I live, there is a lot of geothermal activity. My wife works at a geo-thermal plant that will be generating a whole lot of megawatts of renewable energy by this time next year. Just a couple of hours North of San Francisco, you can go to Harbin Hot Springs or Calistoga. You can even see an "Old Faithful" Geyser just up the road from Calistoga. And it has that smell you describe. If you make the trip up, let me know and I'll meet you in Calistoga for lunch or something.

Second, I agree that Bush lies alot. But I also think he is misinformed a lot. I keep thinking about a scene from one of the lefty DVDs on my shelf - Maybe F 9/11 or maybe The Whole Trtuh About The Iraq War - where it shows Bush chatting with a reporter whose wife was working on his campaign. Bush had that faraway look in his eyes and manner of speaking that I have only seen in religious fanatics and drug addicts.

In the specific instance you mention, I think the case could be made that in the meeting, he simply wasn't paying attention.

And this is my biggest problem with Bush - I can't tell when he's lying and when he simply doesn't know what he's talking about.

2:08 AM  
Blogger V said...

America has a love affair with liars, con artists, thieves, and anyone--like Dirty Harry--who shows contempt for the rule of law in pursuit of a desirable end.

How many TV shows and movies can you remember where the person insisting on tolerance, due process, and non-violence was shown as a weedy, cardigan-wearing, eyeglass-wearing PUSSY who was elbowed out of the way by a Ramboid?

The wonderful folks on CSI and Law & Order (let's not even go to the extremes of "24") often subvert the legal process. They have a few qualms about it, quaff a beer while the camera silhouettes them and the mournful alt-rock soundtrack rises, and then it's on to the next one. No consequences. We prefer it that way.

7:55 AM  

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