Friday, February 03, 2006

The Weekly Rewind

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, honored guests… my fellow Americans…

We are fortunate to be alive at this moment in history, as never before have this many in our nation had the opportunity to read and enjoy The Bush Whacked Administrations’ Weekly Rewind. Why? Because we live in an age of possibility…

Some one hundred years ago we moved from farm to factory. Now we move to an age of technology, information, and global competition where everyone and their brother has a blog. But none… none are as informative, intelligent and thought-provoking as TBWA. And with that, I give you this week’s “Weekly Rewind”.

Applaud: to Coretta Scott King who passed away this past week at the age of 78. Your elegance, your spirit and your devotion to your Husband's memory was massive, and you truly brought grace and dignity to the Civil Rights movement.

Heckle: to that loud and annoying buzzing sound I heard coming from Washington DC on Tuesday night, around 8-9 pm CST. I swear, it was like a nasty humming in my ear…. buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Did anyone else hear it?

Applaud: to the brilliant smack down the Democrats did on Tuesday’s SOTU. The moment Bush said, “Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security…” Democrats gave him a standing ovation. Nice. Very well-played everyone. Wish all of you could act with that much backbone ALL THE FREAKIN’TIME!

Heckle: to the House GOP conducting elections like it was Florida 2000. How? Well, they are redoing the vote after the first count showed more votes cast than Republicans present at the Conference meeting. Wait a minute... who's that huddling near the ballot table? Is that Katherine Harris?? Oh my God, don’t look directly into her eyes!

Heckle: to new blood that’s, not so new. The GOP, as mentioned above, voted for a new majority leader this past week, electing John Boehner (R-OH) to the position. Supposedly, at least according to the GOP Leadership, a “Post-Abramoff Mood” shaped the vote for Boehner, who replaces disgraced (but whom is still ignorant of that fact) Tom DeLay. Will he be any better? Who knows, all we can say is stay tuned…

Heckle: to the day the music died. On this date in 1959, Buddy Holly (22), The Big Bopper (28), and Richie Valens (17) died in a plane crash soon after taking off from Clear Lake, Iowa. Bopper and Valens had taken the seats of two members of Holly's band, Tommy Allsup and Waylon Jennings. An Applaud within a heckle to the fact that your music and your all-too short lives will NOT be forgotten.

Heckle: to a series of fires that have damaged multiple (the number jumps from 5 to 6, depending on which media outlet you read) rural-Alabama churches overnight while investigators try to determine whether or not they were arson. Most of the churches were Baptist and all of them were in Bibb County. Stay tuned…

Heckle: to the passing of Samuel Alito as the next Justice of the SCOTUS. Hard to gauge what’s more pathetic… HIS pathetic attempts to hide his loyalties during the SOTU on Tuesday night or the democrat’s feeble attempt’s to block his approval. Can I take back my applaud from above?

Applaud: to NOT following the herd. The top climate Scientist at NASA has been told by the Bush administration stop talking about global warming… as of now, and Monday when I saw the interview on CNN’s American Morning, he is not heeding the administrations advice. Gotta respect anyone who won’t kowtow to Dubya’s hired-goons (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc) Now an FBI-led watchdog agency has launched an investigation into NASA Inspector General Robert W. Cobb amidst charges of retaliating against whistle-blowers. As I always say on this site, ‘Karma, baby!’

Applaud:There’s a better way’… ‘nuff said.

Applaud or Heckle (your call): to what I am sure is eventually going to be called “T-Shirt Gate.” At the end of the day, I think the take away should be.... don't wear a t-shirt to the congressional gallery for a State of The Union's just tacky, no matter who you are, what your beliefs are, or what side of the aisle you may represent.

Applaud: to new Justice Alito, for not siding with Scalia, Thomas and Roberts and voting to block a Missouri death penalty case. Not so much for the decision itself (I personally support the death penalty in most cases) but more-so for going against the grain and not following the lemmings over the cliff. Enjoy our applaud now Justice Alito because I have a feeling that will be the LAST time you will EVER see an applaud on here for you.

Heckle: to this quote from Commander Cuckoo Bananas. Why a heckle? Well, read it and tell me how it’s not a lie.

“Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires---a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution" ---President George W. Bush April 20, 2004

Uh….ok? While I am split on the wiretap issue (ok for non-domestic, not ok for domestic), I am more concerned with the fact that Shrub (Bush) is blatanly lying to the American people now. What changed from April 20, 2004 – February 2006?

Applaud: to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for donating $100 million towards stem cell research. Bravo Mayor Bloomberg, bravo. (The gift was give anonymously, but his gift’s rarely stay anonymous for long) Did I mention he was a Republican and that he is, once again, going against his party’s wishes? Gotta love it when a Republican lemming strays from the herd and refuses to jump off the cliff with the rest of them (you really must ask yourself how many times I can use* that allegory in 1 Weekly Rewind)

Heckle: to John Bolton. Now this is just wacky. It was his turn to chair the Security Council meeting and nobody was there on time. So what did Mr. Bolton do? He made a list of the times that all the members showed up! This is the U.N. Mr. Bolton, not grade school.

Applaud: to a rebirth? The brilliant Donna Brazile, who was Al Gore's 2000 Presidential campaign manager, told CNN recently that she thinks the former VP is the only Democrat who could seriously challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (New York) for the party's nomination in 2008. You have to ask yourself, with as much Bush-bashing that Al has been doing, you really have to wonder if Gore think about getting back onto the field. As of right now he’s not talking, but stay tuned…

Heckle: The Line item veto. President Clinton signed the “Line Item Veto Act” in April 1996,only to see it struck down two years later by the Supreme Court deeming it unconstitutional. Now Shrub (sorry, I must stop doing that) Bush is trotting it out again, even mentioning it during the SOTU. Well, since he has now stacked the Supreme Court with a couple of government Bush-men, he must think he can bring it back to life. Yeah, I don’t think so

Applaud/Heckle: Again, I am not sure about this one as it could go either way. The plan could be useful, but it could also teach a whole new generation to ignore the Constitution. Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security trotted out an animated family of mountain lions to lead a public service campaign (Titled ‘Ready Kids’) aimed at getting families to prepare for natural disasters or terrorist attacks. I guess you can call this the new and updated version of ‘Duck and Cover’

The applauds and heckles are evening out my friends. Could we be on a national shift to the left? We must be patient and wait. But let’s remember this; as we continue on this journey of self-discovery, the nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you… goo goo ga joo.


Bruce -- Harper Blue said...

Concerning the fires, it was six total, but five here in Bibb County. I'm trying to summarize at Harper's Mews as news comes in; and if opportunity allows, I will attempt some original reporting.

Anonymous said...

As Bush hasn't vetoed anything yet, it would be interesting to see if he would even use a line item veto.

Bush: The mother of all spenders.