Monday, May 22, 2006

Absurd Person Plural

You know you're in San Francisco when the lead Letter to the Editor savages Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi for being too conservative. The writer demanded to know why Nan would not commit to impeach President Bush if the Dems win the House in November. On March 1, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted 7-3 to impeach, citing Bush's wiretapping program and the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina. In the US Senate, Russ Feingold (D.-Wis.) has two supporters -- Tom Harkin (D.-Iowa) and Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.) -- in his quest to censure President Bush over his wiretapping of international conversations for terrorist intelligence. What’s wrong with Ms Pelosi?

I did have a great time in San Francisco. John and I visited my ninety-eight year old Aunt Marie who is still sharper than I am; we watched my Cousin Lou’s grandkids Anthony and Nicky play little league baseball; went to a designers show at a Pacific Heights mansion; watched the dogs frolic at the beach, wondering why we can’t have a dog beach in Palos Verdes; ate too many wonderful meals, including a fabulous brunch at Rulli’s on Sunday just before we headed to the airport.

One event we passed on was the annual Bay to Breakers footrace where an estimated 62,000 runners staggered through San Francisco on Sunday. From the SF Chronicle: Local bands played while scores of people dressed like smelly hippies from the '60s danced barefoot on the sidewalks. Oh wait. Those weren't costumes. This year's most clever entrepreneur may have been Craig Wong, a Hayes Street resident holding a sign outside his garage reading: "PEE IN OUR SINK -- $1." He said he planned to spend the money on beer.

It reminds me of Cousin Lou’s comment: I love California, but we live in a liberal cesspool.

I was happy to return home.

Continuing the Absurd theme, Al Gore has decided that the world faces a stark choice between the end of civilization and a future for its children. Mr. Gore said global warming was a challenge to our moral imagination to understand it and then to respond to it urgently. Apparently forgetting about his invention of the Internet, Mr. Gore explained: One can only attempt to create one's own reality for so long. Reality proper has a way of insisting itself upon you. Mother nature has joined this debate with a very powerful and persistent voice.

From the Washington Post: Gore stars in a movie An Inconvenient Truth that opens this week featuring the 2000 presidential candidate lecturing about climate change: There are charts, bullet points and diagrams; there are maps of ocean currents and endless iceberg pictures. It's hard to say which menaces the nation more: movie stars who go into politics or politicians who go into movies.

Gore said he was not considering running again for presidential office in 2008. DARN!

Finally, in a stunning reversal of their former reversal the Dixie Chicks have reaffirmed their embarrassment at being Texans. As war in Iraq loomed, the Chicks' Natalie Maines told the London audience: Just so you know, we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas. Then during a London concert in 2003, Maines apologized for disrespecting President Bush. But now, she's taking it back. I don't feel that way anymore, she told Time magazine for its issue hitting newsstands Monday. I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever.

Earl’s gotta die, but Saddam’s gotta live.

Are you ready for Chickdom? Repeat The Pledge: I promise that when I hear Natalie sing, or Martie fiddle, or Emily pick, that my heart will fill with admiration and respect for these women who give so much to the music world. I promise that when the day comes when they become (heaven forbid) old and wrinkly, saggy and gray, I will still respect them, still admire them, and have a high regard for the Chicks and all they stand for and do.

Respek?? NOT!!


Blogger fetching jen said...

Bill, how else was Al Gore ever going to make it in Hollywood? I can't believe these vacuous people keeping straight faces when they speak of his movie.

Oh, but he invented the internet too.I forgot that he is already famous. Make that notorious.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


My pledge is to never listen to the ridiculous chix let alone ever buying one of their CD's. There are too many other good pieces of music that deserve my ears and respek. Wish this state would wise up and be conservative, alas that wish will never be.


8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you well know, I was raised and educated in Texas. I originally liked the Dixie Chicks when they first started recording. I not only have not purchased any of their albums since the London remark, I've tossed the CD's I already owned. It'll be a cold day in hell before I ever again purchase anything they produce. I hope all Americans speak with their pocketbooks and their sales plummet!

I like George Bush, I trust George Bush (altho I do believe he's missed the point on illegal immigration) and I'm proud of him and our Country. My father and uncles fought so these idiots could have their "freedom of speech." They should be grateful that we aren't all speaking German! May the Drive-By Media (Rush's words) take a very long walk on a very short pier!

What twits!


10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jen, Prim and Betty. Amazingly, it seems that "Bill's Bushie Broads" don't like the "Dixie Chicks"

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it when wingnuts like Betty cast the unpatriotic stone, comparing our involvement in WWII with the current disaster in Iraq. Killing 100000 Iraqis does not preserve our freedom of speech, nor does it protect us. But if you dare criticize the Iraq war, all of a sudden you're a terrorist. Fortunately, those who continue to trust and like Bush are getting to be a rare breed. Years from now you will all look like the people who liked Nixon and thought he did a good job!

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do we compare the War in Iraq to the Vietnam War? Why do we even care what the Dixie Chicks think??? And, Al Gore...what is his most memorable contributioin to our country in any capacity? I agree with Bill's aunt regarding California and yet I still love it, too. Great reporting Bill...and keep up the good work.


1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do we compare Vietnam to Iraq? For a couple of very good reasons:
1. America illegally invades a country in order to establish a government it can control
2. America expects everything to go their way. It doesn't
3. Fighting continues sporadically for years (it will you know)
4. The rising death toll and lack of coherent plan embarass America
America withdraws (they will)
5. They leave behind an unstable mess of a country, hoplessly politically divided.
Is that good enough for ya?

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you're all WRONG!

Dana Rohrabacher said it all when he said:

"This job in Iraq will be EASIER then what happened in Afghanistan!"

Why can't you people embrace the WAR!? It's AMAZING! WE OUT-KILLED OSAMA!

We're way more hardcore then he is. WE ARE THE BEST KILLERS IN THE WORLD!

here watch this

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or try this on for size:


Humor me and answer the question!

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Felching Jen,
Enough about Al Gore and the internet! Sheesh! The horse is already dead.

3:05 PM  
Blogger gary daily said...

Gore never claimed to have "invented" the Internet. What he said was:

“During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

"Libertarians typically believe that the government can't do anything right, and they prefer to forget or ignore the part government has played in the Net's triumph. Giving Gore credit means admitting the government's role; distorting and mocking his claims helps deny it."

This all comes from Scott Rosenberg's Oct. 05, 2000, definitive piece in Salon. (Way back in the good old days when Salon was free.)

6:08 PM  
Blogger Free Agency Rules said...

gary d,

Said: "Libertarians typically believe that the government can't do anything right, and they prefer to forget or ignore the part government has played in the Net's triumph."

Well, even a blind squrill finds an acorn once in a while.

Sometimes the government actually does something right by accident.

I am a Software Engineer and I studied the way the internet came into being and it certianlly was not meant to be what it became.



3:19 PM  
Blogger Free Agency Rules said...

gary d,

Said: Gore actually said...“During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

So, he said it in a way as if to "infer" that he invented it.

Either way, his contribution was minimum at best and that is certianlly not what he wanted the public to gather from his statement/boast.

Good Politician. Can't pin them down to much of anything, unless they want you to understand what their definition of "is" is.


3:24 PM  

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