Thursday, February 09, 2006

Anything Shiny Will Do

In the midst of the NSA scandal and the disaster we call the war in Iraq, in the midst of the Republican culture of corruption and cronyism, and in the midst of cartoon wars and holy hell in the middle east, what are the 24/7 cable news shows and the right wing talking about? They're all about Mrs. King's funeral.

See, the hard right can't seem to deal with the true tragedies of our world, but they will quickly focus on something shiny, like bitching about what the different speakers said at Mrs. King's funeral. Imus said that President Carter was a horrible person and more than one shill has stated that Carter is a worse ex-president than he was a president. Catchy, huh?

They are saying that it was disrespectful to talk of wiretapping and poverty and such at a funeral. The same group had no problem dragging Terri Schiavo's brain-dead body with them on their trail of tears. Nah, nothing disrespectful about using a woman's body for a religious/political cause. Nothing undignified about that .

To my memory Senator Wellstone's family never complained about his funeral, and as yet, I haven't heard the King family complain about anything said at Mrs. King's funeral. Just like with the Schiavo case, the right wing has assumed the role of family pro tem. They somehow feel that complaining about how a family chooses to deal with the life or death of their loved one is up for debate and critique.

Seems all their shiny things are connected to something that is not one bit of their business. But hey, it keeps them off the street and away from focusing on the reality of our world.


Anonymous The Heretik said...

White punks on dope is what they are.Or were.

February 09, 2006 9:07 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Hey Heretik!

Wow, my first non-husband commenter. I love it!

February 09, 2006 9:13 AM  
Blogger Bowman C said...

Shiny like a dead fish washed up on shore, pretty from a distance, smells when you get too close.

February 09, 2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Isn't it nice that someone other than Emily Post is out there to keep all of us within the lines of polite society? I've got 5 bucks (sorry Bob) that says Bill Bennett weighs in on the matter.

February 09, 2006 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Cherokee said...

Great Post! Their hypocrisy is breathtaking.

February 09, 2006 11:48 AM  
Blogger Bowman C said...

Did anyone see Rep. wilson (R-New Mexico) last night.? I thought she was very good. Here is a quote.

“The president is the commander in chief of the military. He executes the laws and he administers the programs,” Wilson said. “In the Congress, we authorize programs, we set up agencies, we appropriate funds and we oversee the execution of programs. Those are very different roles under our Constitution, but that constitutional structure has kept us safe and free and the strongest country in the world for a very long time.”

I haven't seen if there is a move afoot to discredit her. You can only imagine how this played down at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

February 09, 2006 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

So glad you tipped me off to your new location. Definitely a bookmarker. Everything that was said at Mrs. King's funeral was very, very appropriate and she would have been the first to say it could she have done so. The right wingers are just angry that their true colors were shown - let that be black and blue and a mottled greenish color.

February 09, 2006 12:46 PM  
Blogger Pogo said...

pop, I mentioned it on ATM's blog, but Molly Ivins' column today is particularly appropos to your post. Apparently hypocricy has no limit in Bushworld.

February 09, 2006 1:12 PM  
Anonymous ds said...

Bowman, Rep. Wilson also claimed anger over Abu Grahib but then voted against investigating.

She's in a tight (almost 50/50) race for retaining her district seat.

She carefully danced around on Countdown last night. I'd be surprised if she didn't come out after the closed meetings and say she was satisfied, giving more credibility to the administration.

February 09, 2006 3:07 PM  
Blogger Bowman C said...

Could be, I don't know much about her background. I did see that her dem opponent did say that it was an attempt to move to the left because of her upcoming re-election bid. In any case, it is may be that some people in Congress are real patriots that will stand up for our constitutional rights. I keep hoping that it is so.

I think that I need to spend alittle time reading up on the McCarthy era. The commie threat and black listing may have many parallels to what is happening now.

As an aside, I really dislike the Courier typeface for writing comments. If only my keyboard would make the sound of an IBM Selectric while I am typing this, it might be bearable.

February 09, 2006 4:05 PM  
Blogger Auntie Roo said...

heretik - I still have a pin/button that says Rich punks on coke. Seems to fit too.

It was great watching georgie having to sit there & listen to some criticism for once. Gave me a boost to see him squirm.

February 10, 2006 1:16 AM  

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