January 6, 2009

There is no reason to grieve
The world that you need is wrapped in gold silver sleeves
Left beneath Christmas trees in the snow

Gary Komarin, Yarrow, 2006

* Clusterfuck Nation wishes farewell to George W. Bush, who is outta here in two weeks! excerpt:

"A prankish fate put George W. Bush in the oval office to keep America stupid. The nation was far from ready to see where it was going in the 21st century, and he was just the figure to keep it that way, with his void of curiosity, his allergy to reading, and his panderings to wealth-worshipping, Ponzi-loving, science-hating Jesus cultists. He goes out of office broadly regarded as an object of horror and loathing while the nation, now facing wholesale bankruptcy, struggles to imagine a plausible future, like someone who has just awakened from a cheap red wine drunk into the grip of a vicious hangover.

"GWB was reputed to be an appealing personality off-camera, relaxed among his cohorts, full of fun, warmth, jokes, and nicknames. He was not quite as bad on-stage as his critics complained -- his natural obtuseness sometimes came off as candor -- but he was programmed by handlers with a range of poor locutions that eventually amounted to a world-view. For instance, the idiotic 'war on terror,' which served mainly to portray our adversaries as abstractions. His insistence on the term 'victory' when speaking of our situation in Iraq actually fooled even his worst critics into thinking we were engaged in a 'war,' when for years it has been more accurately an awkward and lethal occupation."
"The same prankish fate that elevated GWB may end up excusing or papering over his current ill-standing. Decades from now he might be remembered as the last national leader who presided over an orderly transition of power in a cohering federal system. The fickle public that longs for the last symbolic photo op, when Mr. Obama waves at the helicopter bearing GWB into the Texas gloaming, may soon turn on the new president for failing to return them to the Blue Light Special nirvana of days gone by.

"To me, GWB will remain the perfect representative of his time, place, and culture. During his years in Washington, America became a nation of clowns posturing in cowboy hats, bethinking ourselves righteous agents of Jesus in a Las Vegas of the spirit, where wishing was enough to get something for nothing, where 'mistakes were made,' but everybody was excused from the consequences of bad choices. The break from that mentality will be very severe, and we may look back in twelve months and wonder how we ever fell for the whole package. The answering of that question will occupy historians for ages to come."

* Baltimore artist Cara Ober has updated her website and expanded her online portfolio. go check out her newest works in which "appropriated images and texts are combined to explore personal and public sexual fantasies."

* Twofer Tuesday: R. Stevie Moore:

-- I Hate People

-- Funny Child

* "The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." -- Theodore Roosevelt


Blogger RSTVMO said...

Thanks then, twice like.

1:32 PM  

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