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Friday, December 02, 2005

The DeathBar unloads laser cannons on the Millenium Cheney

From The Washington Note:

Barbara Bush is allegedly TICKED off at Dick Cheney...The matriarch of the Bush clan is colder than North Pole ice right now to those around her son who she thinks have undermined him...Barbara was about to "pull a Nancy Reagan" on these attendants.

Image: Google, 20th Century Fox
Wednesday, November 30, 2005

I was drawn to a particular sequence of events, noted during the telecast of President Bush’s lengthy speech this morning in Annapolis, Maryland, as additional redundant proof of our inept leader’s calculated ruthlessness.
As the speech built to its emotional conclusion, Mr. Bush, after a lengthy and noticeable windup, turned on a heavy dose of Bush waterworks as he, again, misconstrued a young soldier’s understanding of duty with his own poor execution of presidential responsibility:

There is only one way to honor the sacrifice of Corporal Starr and his fallen comrades -- and that is to take up their mantle, carry on their fight, and complete their mission.

With these words and the practiced sob of theatrical emotion President Bush has found so occasionally useful since September 11, the midshipmen dutifully burst into applause and TV’s switched to wide shots.
When the cameras returned to Mr. Bush all traces of emotion had vanished and the President, sideways and through the slits of his eyes, appeared to be watching the reaction of his live captives.
In fact, before he continued speaking in a suddenly perfectly normal speaking voice, the President appeared to nod and smile to himself as if offering congratulations for a sell properly delivered.

My impression, as a viewer, is of a long, dull speech similar to many others by Mr. Bush spiced only by a rather over-the-top NeoImperial Prisoner of Zenda stage setting.

Modified Images: Reuters
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
"A moron, an idiot or a nefarious bastard."
--Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

According to the AP, Wilkerson continues:

[The President] was "too aloof, too distant from the details" of postwar planning. Underlings exploited Bush's detachment and made poor decisions...The president failed to discipline the process the way he should have ultimately responsible for this whole mess.

Image: Associated Press,
Monday, November 28, 2005
Fasces Value

If we really were like the ancient Roman people, whose symbols of state our Founders copied, the non-lethal crumbling of a portion of the Supreme Court building's West Pediment moments before the opening session of a Court returning from a two-week recess during the initial months of a new Chief Justice's inaugural term would be a much more significant story than this morning's interpretation by the MSM would suggest.
Spookily, from the Associated Press:

The fallen marble lay directly in the center of the path up to the court entrance.

Like Imperial Rome, and sadly for the new Chief Justice and allegedly sober historians, omens and portents, like today's falling chunk of Vermont marble, occasionally present themselves along the Potomac for the casual to serious amusement of a wide swath of the citizenry and state priesthood.
Notice that the allegorical figure of Authority wields the ancient Roman fasces, a rod bundle surrounding an axe.
This device, carried before high Roman officeholders, symbolized imperium, literally the ability to command and divine the behavior of birds.
Authority seems to have protected the fasces while sustaining some damage himself.
Our President should be so lucky.

Photo: Reuters

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