Posted by The Happy Tutor
Colbert face to face with Bush before the Washington Press Corps(e). A truly instructive moment. Three - no, four - possibilities:
Bush went with 2) and his newshounds licked his hand lest they be beaten. Colbert did not back off. Satire is serious fun (serio ludere). The satirist wagers his own skin against that of the Powers that Be. The circle around the two may stand in stricken awe, chant, applaud, laugh, or slow clap, but the ritual moment is dangerous. It is an ancient art, goes back to Dionysus, and is allied to the saving slaughter of the scapegoat. Bush played it wrong. Rigid is broken in this game of fun. When the audience begins to laugh, my suggestion to him is, "Laugh good and hard, lest the laugh turn ugly." Can't take a joke?
Posted by The Happy Tutor
Anyone have any good advice for Chastity Powers on how she might get promoted around here? What would she have to do to please her bosses at the Wealth Bondage News Network (WBNN) and get a big raise after her next performance review? What criteria would come into play? If you were Chastity's immediate superior (Candidia) in the WBNN chain of command, what would be your goals, as you decide whether to keep her, replace her, or provide her with coaching, incentives, and encouragement? When the Revolution is televized by our Free and Independent Press, will our own Chastity Powers sit in the anchor chair or the tumbril? Can news be so dispassionate, with two sides to every story, between the ads, as democracy goes darkling? My advice to Chastity was to keep her head down, say nothing to offend the higher ups, and never publicize leaks from The Office of the Ponyboy, lest she go to jail. Chastity has the latest, but first this from Wealth Bondage Brand Dog Treats.
Message to the President from "Jerry Gates." I'll bet that some liberal dirty tricks squad is leaving Gates' bogus comment all over the internet to sow dissension in the Homeland. They are trying to Swiftboat our President in a time of war. I am disturbed that Jon Husband would let his blog be used for anti-American propaganda. Cuba, Jon, may be your ideal, but it is not mine. I am against Terrorism.
Posted by Captain Blowtorch
Justice is served upon Carol Fisher,
A jury found a Cleveland Heights peace activist guilty of assaulting two police officers.
Carolyn Fisher claimed she was trying to protect herself from the officers, who were trying to stop from hanging posters to utility poles. Fisher, a graphic artist, ended up being charged with two counts of assault on a peace officer.
Resisting arrest and assaulting a peace offier - these liberals are going to get what they have coming. What part of "freedom" don't you Osama-lovers understand? Freedom is on the march. You can't protest that and get away with it, not in a Free Country. Carol Fisher had better apologize to the judge and to the citizens of this great country, or she had better bring a toothbrush to court. One to eight is my guess and it is too easy on her. They ought to make an example of that trouble-maker. Victory for the Forces of Freedom. Hippies - the 60's are over. Chicago says, "Never again!"
Posted by The Happy Tutor
Lohmann compares neocons in power to thugs among geniuses. Might makes it right enough, when intelligence cowers and placates. What we have seen is not a failure of theory, but a failure of courage. We have proven, whatever happens to Bush, that a determined power group, contemptuous of the "parchment regime" of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, can do what it pleases from the White House, with no kick coming from the press, the public or Congress. Whether we will lose democracy this time around or not, we no longer deserve it. We have proven ourselves unwilling to defend it. The Patriots will wave flags long after democracy is gone. The tyrant will insist and they will comply delirious to meld with the Militant Nation. How does one resist tyranny and survive? Study and imitate those who have. Diogenes comes to mind. He fared better than Socrates, Christ and the martyrs. Celebrate what you cannot resist! No worse indictment of any Tyrant than the quality of his sycophants. Be first in line to mouth the the ever-revised talking points. Prostrate reason. Spin even wilder lies. Set an example for others in moral cowardice, while splicing into your discourse direct quotation from cowardly placators. Let their discourse converge in the face of a moral monster, as glib and sleek as they are themselves. Let them adopt as boon companion the canting knave. Thousands of other strategies, but mock epic, Carnival, the Praise of Folly, and pseudodoxia (false learning) are my personal favorites. How can they shoot us for spouting their absurdities with a moronic face of praise? "The Little Dictator" was filmed in America. What would Chaplain have done in Weimar? What did Good Soldier Schweik do, under the Austrian Emperor? Salute! Salute twice! Salute on tippytoe!
Posted by Jack and Jill, Satisfied WB Consumers
Yuck. It says here: Condom in bottle dilutes Pepsi's brand. Well, it's over in India anyways. Whew. Besides we drink Coca-cola. Can we say that? Can you like say a real brand name on a blog? God, Jack, I hope we are not in trouble. I mean it is not like we were critical or anything.
On Philanthropy in Secret at The World We Want. Jeezum, whose business is it anyways what I do with Daddy's Foundation money? The accountant makes me give away five fucking percent every year whether I want to or not. What else do you people expect from me? Why don't you mind your own business. Get your Daddy to give you a foundation if you are so curious about it all. Booooring. Giving money away is so booooring. I could just die. All those stupid meetings. You are lucky to be poor.