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Bush: Let them (drown while I) eat cake

So there’s a news item about former “President” George W. Bush having told interviewer NBC’s Matt Lauer that allowing a photo of him to be taken above Hurricane Katrina-devastated New Orleans in Air Force One was a “huge mistake.”

Wow.

Here is the exchange:

LAUER: Let’s get to the picture that we may have seen more of you in the last couple years of your presidency than any other picture. You’re sitting in Air Force One, flying back toward Washington. You fly right over New Orleans and you look out the window.

BUSH:  Yes. Huge mistake.

LAUER: Yeah. And in comes the press and they take that picture. And it made you look so out of touch.

BUSH: Detached and uncaring. No question about it.

LAUER: Whose fault was it?

BUSH: It’s always my fault. I mean I was the one who should have said, A, don’t take my picture, B, let’s land in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, C, let’s don’t even come close to the area. Let’s — the next place to be seen is in Washington at a command center. I mean, it was my fault.

LAUER: When the picture’s released, you write, “I immediately knew it was a problem.”

BUSH: Of course. I’d been around long enough to know that when it was released. And the reason why we didn’t land in Louisiana is because I was concerned that first responders would be pulled off their task and I’d be criticized. In retrospect, however, I should have touched down in Baton Rouge, met with the governor and walked out and said, “I hear you. We understand. And we’re going to help the state and help the local governments with as much resources as needed.” And then got back on a flight up to Washington. I did not do that. And paid a price for it.

Nowhere in the news article do I see Bush (or Lauer) express concern for the more than 1,800 confirmed fatalities due to the unelected Bush regime’s criminal negligence regarding Hurricane Katrina. Instead, I see a discussion about how Bush should have handled the public relations aspect of it better.

Does the apparent sociopathic Bush feel any remorse or guilt for the more than 1,800 dead? Or is his only concern that he “paid a [public-relations] price” for his bungled post-Katrina itinerary?

And is the news photo in discussion —

Associated Press photo

really worse than this news photo?

Associated Press photo

That photo is a photo of what George W. Bush was doing on August 29, 2005, the day that Hurricane Katrina made landfall: He was sampling John McCain’s birthday cake near Phoenix, Arizona.

But don’t call Bush detached from just one photo!

How about Barbara Bush’s recorded comment about the Hurricane Katrina refugees in Texas: “And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them”?

No, it wasn’t just one news photo that might have given someone the impression that Richie Rich frat boy George W. Bush is a bit detached.

Again, note that corporate media celebrity Matt Lauer also seems to be pretty fucking detached from the suffering that thousands of people have experienced due to Hurricane Katrina. Lauer is in his own little privileged bubble just as much as Bush is, and no doubt Lauer’s corporate overlords prevent Lauer from asking any tough questions of Bush, such as whether or not Bush feels guilty for the thousands and thousands of deaths that he caused, directly or through criminal negligence, during his eight long years of unelected rule, not only on American soil (such as with Hurricane Katrina and with what took place on September 11, 2001) but also in the sands of Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Being that George W. Bush was a major fucking liar during his hostile occupation of the White House, I can’t imagine that his forthcoming book, Decision Points, contains much, if any, substantive truth that isn’t flattering. And, as Yahoo! News puts it, “It’s likely that most of the revelations in Bush’s book will be covered before the title becomes available in stores [on November 9],” so that’s further reason not to waste the time and money on the book.

In any event, it was horrible enough having to live the George W. Bush years. I have zero desire to relive them by reading his candy-coated version of the events.

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Glenn Beck is NOT just like you (and other observations on the sorry state of the marketplace of ideas)

Wingnut kingpin Glenn Beck, who, despite the cover of his upcoming book (uh, does he actually write any of his books?), is worth tens of millions of dollars, wants you to believe that he’s just like you.

I like to check amazon.com’s top-100-selling books periodically to see how the marketplace of ideas is looking.

Unfortunately, it usually looks like the actual marketplace is looking.

I’m always dismayed to see the number of wingnut titles that make the top 100, and I wonder whether wingnuts really read these books or whether they just get a high from buying them.

At No. 18 on amazon.com as I type this sentence, for instance, is Dinesh Dikshit’s The Roots of Obama’s Rage. On the cover is a stern-looking Barack Obama lacking only horns and a Hitler ’stache. Obama is shaded red to show his rage:

Except that I can’t recall ever seeing Obama enraged. He always plays it as coolly as a cucumber. How would we even know that Obama is angry?

Indeed, Obama apparently has learned to avoid, at all costs, looking like an “angry” black man to the point that he shows about as much emotion as does a Vulcan. (White men, especially rich ones, are allowed to be angry, but a black man, even one living in the White House, isn’t; an angry black man is just violent, out of control, deranged, savage, animalistic, etc., you see.)

The Roots of Obama’s Rage is published by Regnery Press, which publishes only wingnutty dogshit, and on its page on amazon.com, Dikshit’s book is endorsed by Newt Gingrich, who reportedly finds it “stunning.”

I find it stunning, too — stunning that blatant crap like this actually sells.

But probably even worse that Dikshit’s shit is Glenn Beck’s upcoming load of horsecrap titled Broke.

Glenn is on the cover looking broke.

Poor guy.

He feels your pain.

Really.

Except that Wikipedia notes of Beck’s income:

In June 2009, estimators at Forbes calculated Beck’s earnings over the previous 12 months at $23 million, with 2009–2010 revenues on track to be higher. Although the majority of his revenue results from his radio show and books, his website’s 5 million unique visitors per month also provides at least $3 million annually, while his salary at Fox News is estimated at $2 million per year.

Additionally, Beck’s online magazine Fusion sells an array of Beck-themed merchandise, while his website offers a web subscription service called “Insider Extreme” where for $75 a year one gets access to behind-the-scenes footage and a fourth hour of his daily radio show. In April 2010, Forbes calculated Beck’s earnings for the previous year (March 2009 – March 2010) to be $32 million.

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but we should ask Glenn Beck how happy he feels.

Beck’s millions come from Joe-the-Plumber-like dipshits who believe that Beck is one of them. And that they, too, can become a millionaire. Except, of course, that 99.9-repeating percent of them never will. But they’ll buy Beck’s book on how to get rich — which will only make Beck richer.

And I’m sure that Beck’s book, which right now is only at #184 on amazon.com but surely will climb higher in the coming weeks, advises you to buy gold. (Wikipedia also notes of Beck’s income: “Goldline International also sponsors Beck’s radio show and was the exclusive sponsor of Beck’s 2009 comedy tour; their sponsorship has brought Beck criticism.”)

Then there’s The Coming Economic Armageddon: What Bible Prophecy Warns About the New Global Economy, now at No. 69 on amazon.com (because you’d trust a faith healer over a smarty-pants surgeon, right? So fuck those egg-headed economists!), and Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama, which is yet another Obama-hating book (right now at No. 89) with the premise that it’s downright fucking TYRANNY!!! if your stupid white male candidate loses the election but isn’t given the office anyway, as was the case with George W. Bush.

Speaking of the devil, not be outdone, George W. Bush has a book coming out next month, just in time for Christmas:

Called Decision Points, and already at No. 37 on amazon.com’s top 100 right now, I’m guessing from its title that it’s not a coloring book, as I’d have expected from Bush, but that it’s a connect-the-dots book.

But seriously, what don’t we already know about George W. “Decider in Chief” Bush and his Big Decisions?

We know that he decided to steal the 2000 presidential election with the help of his brother (then-Florida Guv Jeb), then-Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, the wingnuts on the U.S. Supreme Court and some others, and that he decided to launch his illegal, immoral, unjust and unprovoked Vietraq War against the wishes of the United Nations Security Council and against world opinion for the war profits of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and the other oily war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp.

And that he decided to ignore the August 2001 presidential daily briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” and the August 2005 presidential daily briefing titled “Hurricane Katrina Determined to Strike in U.S.”

There: I just summed up the Bush II presidency for you. Save yourself some money and buy something that will make you smarter, not dumber, such as the latest by Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, actual economist Robert Reich or even Jon Stewart, whose comedy at least is intelligent.

Because ultimately, dipshittery is treason.

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