A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Monday, April 24, 2006


George W. Bush is well-known for repeating the same inane lines over and over. Sure, we've all heard how 9/11 taught him the oceans could no longer protect. As if anyone who grew up with the threat of mutually assured destruction from intercontinental ballistic missiles and had a lick of sense, held on to that parochial notion.

Recently, he said, ""I believe liberty is universal. I believe people want to be free. And I know that democracies do not war with each other."

Now, I don't know exactly how to take this. Does he mean that since we went to war with Iraq without being attacked or truly threatened that we're not a democracy?

Or, does he mean that if the other country is a democracy and we're a democracy, they're safe from us and we're safe from them. By extension then, is he correct since we went to war (being a democracy) against Iraq ( a dictatorship.) Does this mean that the Palestinian Authority (democratically elected) is safe from attack by us or by Israel?

Damn, I so confused. Of course, if I just take off my hypocritical blinders I can see he just can see the irony of his remarks, or he doesn't care, or he's not bright enough to make the connection.

The other thing he said was that the recent increases in the price of gasoline were like a tax. In California, it's not like a tax, it is a tax. California charges sales tax on gasoline after federal and state excise taxes are added. We pay a tax on a tax. Now with every increase in the price of gas, we pay more sales tax. That, my friend, is an increase in taxes!

He's also said, in the same vein as the democracy crap above, that a democracy in Iraq will help keep us safe from the terrorists. The worst terrorist attack in the U.S. was on 9/11 and carried out by religious extremists. It's hard for me to fathom that they would not have carried out the attacks if Iraq had been a democracy back in 2001. The ever changing rationales for Bush's war should cause outrage.

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