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Hero or Criminal?

Tom from thebadrash kind of gave me the idea to do a Hero or Criminal series, but I don’t know how long it will last. I couldn’t help doing this one, though. Muntazer al-Zaidi is the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at president Bush in a fit of enraged passion, shouting, “You dog .. you think you are superior to us. This is what we think!”

HERO. He couldn’t help what he was doing in his irrational state of Dionysian rage, and he was expressing his anger in an essentially harmless way. Had he written an op-ed column it would have been drowned in the sea of information.

Now the poor guy is probably being waterboarded or subjected to eardrum-splitting renditions of Barney’s I Love You. Oh, the legacy of our beloved neocons!

Proposition R

This is awesome. San Francisco’s Proposition R, for renaming the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the George W Bush Sewage Plant.

President Bush has left us with a gigantic mess, and that this facility symbolizes the city’s deft ability to clean up its share of the financial and diplomatic mess left in this administration’s wake. It will also become the world’s first presidential sewage plant, a potential tourist attraction, and therefore an opportunity for the dedicated plant workers to educate visitors about this essential and heretofore unknown public works …

Fellow San Franciscans, we urge you to vote Oui! On November 4th.

I hope it gets passed (no pun intended).

Crisis! Coup! Fascism!

Crisis!
Take two hours to listen to This American Life’s programs on the massive credit crisis brought on by unregulated crony capitalism: The Giant Pool of Money, and last Sunday’s Another Frightening Show About the Economy. TAL has easily the best and fairest assessment of the crisis that I have come across.

Coup!
Representative Brad Sherman on fear mongering and the threat of martial law:

Fascism!
Naomi Wolf on the steps to fascism taken by the current regime:

It’s hard not to dismiss a lot of the points that Naomi makes, but I don’t know if her solutions are that viable, or if we’re in “April of 1933″. Then again, as Schopenhauer said: “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

(via boingboing and metafilter)

Dubya Gets Stoned

Bush gets the Oliver Stone treatment in, W. – The Improbable President.

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The End of History … for Bush

Bush in berlin

Bush, on his last official trip to Berlin

Bush just popped in to Berlin to say tchüss to the Germans. Ever the intransigent and “visionary leader”, he still says he has no regrets about his disastrous 8 year mandate. Though he does concede on one point: he could have been a little more tactful in his rhetoric leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Make no bones about it, “The world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein.” Which, of course, is just one of the many unprovable facts the neocons try to warp our minds with.

How do we know the world is a safer place? Compared to what? What the world might have been like? Of course, a sharp reversal in public approval ratings won’t make Bush question the spurious logic that drove us into the Iraq war. Because – as his neocon cronies so like to hammer into our heads – history will be the judge of them, and they will win*. Which is, of course, exactly what Fidel Castro says.

Castro: \

Castro – Absolved by history

I love how they both act like they’re beyond good and evil, like they’re tapped into the dialectical synthesis of history, like they know they’re right. They know they will be absolved by history.

The same actors wearing different masks, on the world stage.

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* Compare this choice bit of neocon thinking (taken from the article I linked to):
Let’s look at the broad forest rather than the often unlovely trees.
William Kristol

with this:
You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.
Vladamir Lenin