The War on — what, now?

December 19, 2008

Note to put-apon Christians: Hang in there. Someday we’ll have a Christian in the White House, and then things will be different!

Brilliant at Breakfast points out that the “War on Christmas” does not exist:

Conservative Christians have elevated feeling persecuted to an art form in this country. Their leaders rake in the cash and build megachurches and become TV stars and write bestsellers. But they are the ones who are besieged. When was the last time a Christian in this country was beaten to a pulp and tied to a fence to die in this country just because he was Christian? When was the last time someone told a Christian that his very being was an affront to all that is decent and holy? When was the last time that a Christian wasn’t allowed to marry whom s/he chooses?

The great thing about a War on Christmas is that when you get tired of it, you can just declare yourself the victor and go home.


Nixon shoplifted a Snickers bar

December 9, 2008

TV comedy perpetrator Ken Levine comments on the movie FROST/NIXON:

I had only one problem with this movie. If it had been released ten years ago it would have had a thousand times the impact it does today. What seemed so shocking, so unthinkable back then–a United States president lying to the American people and covering up a botched break-in–is nothing in comparison to what Bush, Cheney, Rove, & Co. have done. Nixon shoplifted a Snickers bar compared to these Visigoths. And at least Nixon was tortured by his actions for the rest of his life. When George Bush has his comparable interview in a few years with Tyra Banks I’m sure there will be no such remorse. He may have destroyed the country and the world but at least he spared Vegas.

Poor Dubya seems doomed to be misunderstood by history.

Tyra Banks is maybe not the best choice to conduct that interview with the weight and gravity it deserves.  How about Jimmy Fallon?


The problem with Christmas

December 8, 2008

It’s funny to hear people arguing about the problem with Christmas. 
They usually mean that “I don’t have a problem with Christmas, it’s
just that everybody else is doing it wrong and I can’t stand it.”

Just stating an atheist opinion is an affront to Christians, because
it’s rude to say you think someone else is wrong.  But stating
Christian beliefs is apparently not an affront to atheists — or to
Jews or Muslims, who presumably don’t like being told that their
fondest personal beliefs are incorrect either.

I guess the only sign that everybody can support is one that says “Yay for us!  We’re the only ones who got it right!”


What a loser … in chief.

December 4, 2008

In a weird way, Dubya has run his administration based on the available evidence.  He had no trouble believing anything he wanted as long as there was a complete lack of evidence that it might be true.

The buck stops where? – Joan Walsh – Salon.com

Bush made a second stunning admission in his interview with Gibson. “The biggest regret of all the presidency has to have been the intelligence failure in Iraq,” he said. “A lot of people put their reputations on the line and said the weapons of mass destruction is a reason to remove Saddam Hussein. It wasn’t just people in my administration; a lot of members in Congress, prior to my arrival in Washington, D.C., during the debate on Iraq, a lot of leaders of nations around the world were all looking at the same intelligence. And, you know, that’s not a do-over, but I wish the intelligence had been different, I guess.”

What a cowardly, buck-passing answer. It was his administration that was responsible for the faulty intelligence; his administration that notoriously “stove-piped” the available evidence to make the case for war, ignoring all facts that contradicted the neocons’ theories, crushing any dissent in the Pentagon and intelligence establishment. His administration then sold that corrupt evidence to Congress and browbeat members into authorizing the use of military force on the eve of the 2002 midterm election, by depicting them as traitors and sissies if they raised questions. Now Bush is trying to say he was misled by the “failure” of his own intelligence leaders and Cabinet advisors? What a loser.

You don’t get points for sincerity of belief if you’ve got no good reason for that belief based on the evidence. All along there were plenty of observers and commentators to point out what was wrong with Bush’s rationale for war. All those people turned out to be right. Bush was shown to be wrong. Incredibly, he’s still claiming in essence that there was no way he could have known.

“What a loser” seems like an unfortunate schoolyard insult, but it does have the virtue of being entirely accurate.