Daily Archives: December 14, 2008

Iraqi journalist hurls both shoes at ‘President’ Bush; misses, unfortunately

In this image from APTN video, a man, centre throws a shoe at ...

In this image from APTN video, a man, centre throws a shoe at ...

Video frame grab of U.S. President George W. Bush (L) ducking ...

In this image from APTN video, US President George W. Bush, ...

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki tries to block US President ...

Associated Press, Reuters and AFP video grabs

An Iraqi journalist threw both of his shoes at “President” Bush during a press conference in Iraq today. Bush successfully ducked both shoes. “In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt,” The Associated Press notes. The AP also reports that the Iraqi journalist had shouted to Bush in Arabic, “This is a farewell kiss, you dog!”  before he tossed his shoes, adding, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!” (Reuters quotes the journalist as having said in Arabic, “This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog!”) In Islamic culture, dogs are considered to be dirty. I’m a dog lover, so I think of Bush as a swine, which also is considered dirty in Islamic culture, although swine are believed to be pretty smart, so that comparison doesn’t completely fit Bush, either…

So why didn’t something like this (must-see video clip) happen years ago?

Oh, well; better late than never, and anyway, this has made my day.

“President” Bush dared to show his face in Iraq, the nation that his unelected war-mongering and war-profiteering regime raped, pillaged and plundered, causing the deaths of at least tens of thousands of Iraqis. (Oh, did I mention the Abu Ghraib House of Horrors?)

Bush is damned fucking lucky that having had to duck flying shoes is all that happened to him in Iraq.

For his treason (stealing a presidential election and starting a bogus war for the war profits* of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and the other war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp certainly qualify as treason in my book) and his crimes against humanity — he is responsible for the wholly unnecessary deaths of more than 4,200 members of the U.S. military in Vietraq as well as the deaths of at least tens of thousands of Iraqis — Bush deserves to be pelted to death with a whole fucking lot of shoes.

They hanged Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for his mass murder, and in Bush’s home state of Texas, if you kill just one person you are likely to be executed for murder, especially if you aren’t white.

But if you’re a white mass-murdering dictator from Texas, you’re going to get off scot-free.

*The illegal, immoral, unjust and wholly unnecessary Vietraq War has cost American taxpayers more than $575 billion. Meanwhile, our schools and infrastructure continue to crumble, millions have inadequate health care, and our economy continues to tank. The unelected Bush regime has done far more damage to our nation that our enemies, real or fabricated, ever could have done.

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Does he really have a choice?

Ted Rall gets it right in his latest ’toon, but the million-dollar question is why President-elect Barack Obama publicly displays such a limited emotional range.

Is it his inherent personality? He is a Leo, and Leos are known for having a cool (if not cold) detachment.

Or has Obama learned that a black man who displays emotion in the United States of America is going to be labeled by the white supremacists as “unstable” or “angry” or even “dangerous” or the like?

I mean, didn’t Obama have to be non-threatening to enough whites in order to get elected as president? Wasn’t the whole point of Team McCainosaurus’ failed attempt to link Obama to William Ayers of the Weather Underground — a “terrorist” group that killed nor even maimed not even one person, but only caused property damage — to paint Obama as dangerous to whitey?

The Repugnicans and other wingnuts love to castigate their detractors as “angry.” (I recall a fairly recent fundraising e-mail from the Repugs that cast Democrat Al Franken, who, hopefully, will win the U.S. Senate seat for Minnesota that remains undecided, as an “angry liberal.”) “Angry,” you see, as the Repugs and wingnuts use it, if it doesn’t actually mean insane, means at least unstable.

Yet in the debates between Repugnican John McInsane and Obama, it was the former, not the latter, who repeatedly became unglued and unhinged.

Of course, when a Repugnican or wingnut becomes angry, it’s perfectly justified, of course. When their detractors show the normal human emotion of anger — anger, by the way, indicates that you are alive, alert and aware, and the Repugs and wingnuts want you to be a zombie like they are — that means that their detractors “hate America” or the like.

In any case, yes, I’d love to see a visibly pissed-off Obama, but I rather doubt that that’s ever going to happen, and I’m thinking that that’s because it’s just not his disposition, as it is McInsane’s, or because he’s so incredibly disciplined to be acceptable and non-threatening to whites that it’s second nature to him now.

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