Friday, September 02, 2005

Rumsfeld: "While no one condones looting, on the other hand, one can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of repression."

But don't get the wrong impression. He's talking about Iraqis, not his fellow Americans. He has compassion for those he enabled to loot their country's art treasures, but Bush is spouting law and order nonsense for those who are trying to survive on bread and water.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for about three weeks to try and gain a feel for your thoughts and views.

It is quite apparent that you fancy yourself as an intellectual and one that has all the answers particularly after the fact.

One constant that I have observed is a definite insecurity with achievement. You frequently refer to Country Clubs and vehicles such as BMW's and Hummers. While it appears that you have achieved some degree of success yourself, there is still a large amount of antimosity deep within you. I can only assume that this "get evenism" is deeply rooted in not being popular in high school or having to work harder than those designated "golden boys" in your professional life.

While I am in no way a right wing-conservative-republican, I have to inform you that your constant lock-step move-on.org talking points do little to change the present state of affairs in this country.

I would encourage you to reflect on yourself and recognize that personal disdain and jealousy does not galvanize others to your way of thinking.

It is also not beneficial to capitalize on the victims of Hurricane Katrina and their suffering to further your own personal agenda

9/02/2005 8:49 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

You know, this is one of those comments that tests my commitment to not deleting comments, as set forth in my commenting policy. Of course, I'm personally offended by the free psychoanalysis from someone who has known me solely (apparently) through this blog, for all of three weeks.

But, from a bigger perspective, what's the point? If you don't find interesting commentary here, or sufficient original thought, then, by all means, don't bother coming here. I get a lot of daily hits here, so I don't think your anonymous absence will be felt.

I don't feel compelled to defend my personal success (or lack thereof) from your assumptions. I don't feel compelled to defend my self-reflection from your insulting anonymous commentary. Indeed, what you're doing here is a version of "guilt by association" tactic I decried below - it's just that this time, you're trying to associate me with a pathetic, jealous, politically unoriginal, unreflective, unsuccessful, get-even version of myself. I'm not going to play that game. You may feel free to play with yourself.

So, setting the personal junk aside, you claim that it is not beneficial to capitalize on the victims. I'm not quite sure what you mean. If you mean that I should not point out the criminal failings of our government and our president, because they should be able to hide behind the suffering they have facilitated, I most definitely disagree. Bush was put in a position of responsibility because of politics, and your attempted deft little twist of compassion to deflect attention from his incompetence is despicable.

Can you believe that 4 years after 9/11, and countless dollars thrown to cronies at Halliburton and others, our emergency response was THIS terrible? Can you believe that this administration can get my library records, but not get water to people dying in New Orleans? Can you believe that our President lied to us and claimed this tragedy was unforeseeable?

I'm deeply angry at Bush and his completely inept handling of this crisis. I refuse to let you twist that legitimate anger into some illegitimate abuse of the victims that Bush has created.

You want to play psychological parlor games. You want to invest your energy in making guesses about me and in creating a strategy to deflect criticism of the worst president we have ever imagined. You act like this is some kind of political chess match.

No. I'm not playing. It's not fun, and it's not funny.

9/02/2005 9:30 AM  
Anonymous dolphin said...

Had it been posted on my blog it woudl have been deleted on two counts (being anonymous and being cmpletely off topic are both expressly outlined as reasons for deletion in MY posted commenting policy).

Anyways, anonymous's "commentary" was good for a laugh. I think my favorite part was "I am in no way a right wing-conservative-republican" which in my experience with political blogging can be loosely translated as "I'm a troll who seeks out liberal blogs just copy and paste thise comment on them because I'd rather troll than be forced to explain why I vote a completely republican ballot." Of course that's just from my experience and since Anonymous here didn't leave a link to any blog he might have like most do, there's no realy way to confirm.

9/02/2005 9:45 PM  
Blogger les said...

Anon's statement was particularly content free, even for a troll. Maybe s/he's a "moderate" repub trying to deal with buyer's remorse. It's good to know s/he's not troubled by affluence, tho.

9/06/2005 11:28 AM  

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