March 17, 2005

Obligatory Political Rant

If I may just get political on your asses for a second...I really fought the urge to post this last night but I'm afraid I just can't restrain myself any longer.

Wolfowitz Tapped For World Bank. Fucker. Dear Wolfy has been partially responsible for a Department of Defense that's tripped over its own feet at a constant clip for the last five years. The only shock and awe they've been able to deliver is that over their own inability to do anything correctly. So, by all means, Wolfy should run the World Bank. Good choice, George. How bout naming one or two of those Abu Ghraib guards to homeland security or attorney general posts?

Senate Votes on ANWR Oil Drilling. Fuckers. Maybe we should all start driving fuel-efficient cars...maybe the government could light a fire under the collective ass of the automotive industry to invest in hybrid technology...maybe we could get used to higher gas prices as ours are among the lowest in the world. How bout we try some of those common sense approaches before we start ripping apart Alaska?

Bright Eyes, wunderkind Conor Oberst's sonic vehicle and one of the more talented bands making music these days, released a song via iTunes not long ago. Thought I'd share the lyrics with you. Sure, its a bit extreme but he makes some good points.

When the President talks to God,
are the conversations brief or long?
Does he ask to rape our womens rights,
and send poor farm kids off to die?
Does God suggest an oil hike,
when the President talks to God?

When the President talks to God,
are the consonants all hard or soft?
Is he resolute all down the line?
Is every issue black or white?
Does what God say ever change his mind,
when the President talks to God?

When the President talks to God,
does he fake that drawl or merely nod?
Agree which convicts should be killed?
Where prisons should be built and filled?
Which voter fraud must be concealed,
when the President talks to God?

When the President talks to God,
I wonder which one plays the better cop.
"We should find some jobs, the ghetto's broke,"
"No, they're lazy, George, I say we don't;
just give 'em more liqour stores and dirty coke!"
That's what God recommends.

When the President talks to God,
do they drink near beer and go play golf
while they pick which countries to invade,
which Muslim souls still can be saved?
I guess God just calls a spade a spade
when the President talks to God.

When the President talks to God,
does he ever think that maybe he's not?
That that voice is just inside his head,
when he kneels next to the presidential bed?
Does he ever smell his own bullshit?
When the President talks to God?
I doubt it...I doubt it.

Posted by Chris at March 17, 2005 07:41 AM

I really like that song... It is very appropriate. I've been falling back on the old standards "Ball of Confusion" by Love n Rockets or "The Beat(en) Generation" by The The.

Posted by: amber at March 17, 2005 08:29 AM

Holy Shit! That's the exact dialog I had last night at the kitchen table. Almost verbatum! Except the Abu Ghraib guards for homeland security thing. I didn't think of that.

Posted by: melman at March 17, 2005 08:41 AM

I saw the report that was issued when they were studying the benefits of drilling in the Alaskan Refuge. We would decrease our oil in imports by a whopping 5%. Yeah.

Not sure what drilling for oil does for anyone. Will it lower gas prices? Or just increase oil company profits?

Posted by: Jon in Michigan at March 17, 2005 08:44 AM

Honestly, if it means making people stop driving those fucking ridiculous SUV's because they actually have to pay for gas, I'm willing to pay $3 a gallon, and I can't afford my hybrid for at least two years. I've got it picked out though.

And the bank thing? Wtf? I don't think it's humanly possible to understand a goddamnnedthing this administrations done. And they all have the nerve to make it out like we're the ones who have issues with what reality and human rights are. Gah.

Posted by: Autumn at March 17, 2005 08:56 AM

The whole drilling thing had me so mad I couldn't even make coherent sentences come out of my mouth. Yes please, let's destroy one of the last things we've yet to destroy.

Posted by: Oliquig at March 17, 2005 09:31 AM

Motherfucker. I can't believe they're going to drill it.

No, wait -- yeah I can.

Posted by: Broad at March 17, 2005 10:07 AM


Posted by: Spring at March 17, 2005 10:16 AM

I feel compelled to clarify that the Senate's intent with passing the ANWR bill is to use the oil from ANWR to get us over the hump until renewables are at the point where they can provide most of the U.S.'s energy needs. ANWR is not meant to be just 'another source of oil'. It's going to reduce our reliance on foreign sources while we get biofuel technology, fuel cell technology, and the like to the point where it can provide energy on a massive scale.

Posted by: Bond Girl at March 17, 2005 10:21 AM

Great song!
Unfortunately, that is how most envision things, going by the end of the song. The President pretends to speak to God, only thing he doesn't realize is that he's so corrupted that he's actually talking to Satan in disquise. Ok, harsh, yes. The song does have some pretty valid points and I think it's something that should find it's way to the inner White House radio stations to be played repeatedly.

Posted by: Jade at March 17, 2005 10:38 AM

Of COURSE you know who I'm listening to as I read this, right? Mmm hmm. Yep! LOVE that kid.

And just to add to your points? Do we REALLY need to have a star-studded "hearing" about baseball when there is, I don't know...a WAR going on (amongst other atrocities at the hands of our government)? Just sayin'...

Posted by: GS at March 17, 2005 11:30 AM

You know, I've said it a million times but I'm going to say it again because it still blows my mind EACH time I see something like this on your site: WHY DO YOU GET NO HATE MAILS?! My inbox would be full with the intelligence of "Go hug a tree, Jane Fonda!"

I like your readers (and MOST of mine, the ones that don't call me weird aerobics instructors from the 80's), they have common sense.

And the oil??!?! Gah. Gah. Gah. Gah. Gah. What else is there to say, really?

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at March 17, 2005 11:42 AM

Oh, the Wolfy thing may seem like a reward for good deeds done, but rest assured it's not. (He beat out BONO for the job.) His position at the World Bank will be largely that of a figurehead. Bush needed to clean house in a way that would not make him look like he's recanting on the decisions made (and sacking those who were in his ear when making those decisions). So he "rewards" Wolfy by taking him out of the power circle that he's worked so hard to gain a prominent place in (Wolfy considered himself next in line for the SecDef position), and exiles him to a P.R. position that has no real influence on U.S. foreign or military policy. Rumsfeld will be gone by the fall, if not sooner - he'll "retire". Yes, I agree with you that they are all a bunch of animate piles of amphibian shit, but they won't have the ability to throw any more lives away.

As to ANWR - having lived in Alaska for a few years, nothing sickens me more than the prospect of cutting up that unimaginably beautiful part of the earth. But we're all oil addicts, folks, and unless you heat your house with solar energy, have the car driven by Fred Flintstone, and rack up your frequent flyer miles with a hang glider, righteous indignation is a bit hypocritical.

Posted by: Jason at March 17, 2005 11:45 AM

Ah, but Jason, we're hypocrites trying to do the right thing, eh? :)

Posted by: Spring at March 17, 2005 12:10 PM

Spring - Speaking as the proverbial "pot" (a big shout-out to all my kettles out there!) I love my Xterra, but I'd love that Lexus hybrid SUV even more! The positive thing about the popularity of the Prius, et. al., is that today's hybrids are actually GOOD LOOKING CARS that people aren't embarrassed to be seen in. Thus the increase in demand, which is really unprecedented and will hopefully increase production...sadly, there has to be financial incentive for companies to "go green", but the optimist in me thinks that a big paradigm shift is already underway.

Posted by: Jason at March 17, 2005 12:39 PM

I think someone up there above my comment said that they were so angry that they weren't able to form a coherent sentence. That's where I am, so let me just say: Hell. In. A. Handbag.

Posted by: Heather at March 17, 2005 01:28 PM

something about the appointment of Wolfwitz reminds me of a song... i guess it's a good thing I have that audioblog account now. :)

Posted by: jodi at March 17, 2005 03:04 PM

You talked about two topics that are just irking me right now. I couldn't agree with you more. When will it be enough? I've never heard the song, but I like the lyrics.

Posted by: Nicole at March 17, 2005 04:11 PM

Thats heavy man, heavy.

Posted by: Jeff A at March 17, 2005 05:18 PM

Wonderful...I may have to go get that song now. And thank you for the political rant! I finally got a free moment to go read some of thisisnotover today, and it just depressed the hell out of me. Glad to see I'm not the only one.

Posted by: Kerry at March 17, 2005 05:28 PM

Bush and his boys never cease to amaze me. They are a joke..this is what the moral majority and those who made those rigged voting machines wanted. A polluted environment and more oil, the poorest nations to remain poor because there is a doochebag in charge of the World Bank who doesn't care about them, and oh yeah, that whole continual war in the Middle East. Let kill people.

Posted by: Chris at March 17, 2005 05:42 PM

Just a sidenote which I'm sure most of you know...all Christians are not in favor of destroying wildlands for oil. Even though I'm a Canuck, I saw that bit on the news last night and felt an anger I haven't felt in a long time. The whole idea of stewardship, and taking care of the earth, is foundational to *real* Christian belief.

Posted by: Heather at March 17, 2005 06:21 PM

Um, just thought I'd share that government investments in developing hybrid-technology has more than quadrupled in the past four years. Many companies have developed the technology to run a hydrogen engine, but unfortunately only one company has produced a viable option. While Japanese companies have been relying on the development of an entirely new hydrogen fueling station infrastructure - something that would take decades to implement - BMW has produced a hydrogen powered 7 series that can be run with your garden hose. BMW funded initial research on their own, but they've received substantial funding from the government in recent years, as well as an open testing plan in California. Hydrogen 7's began testing over a year ago and are seeing remarkable results. The engine should be ready for mass production some time within the next three to five years. And don't worry, BMW isn't hogging the technology - they'll make it available to other automakers as well.
So yeah, there's more to the Arctic drilling issue than just how much we guzzle gas, or what the government is or is not funding. Oil is used for a whole lot more than just gasoline - gas isn't even one of the largest uses. I appreciate the fact that you're angry and you have a right to be, but I there's always more to the issue that may not be as readily publicized.

And I just wanted to say, I'm offended by people making fun of Bush's or other Christian's faith. If he were Muslim or Jewish, nobody would dare to say such things. I don't make fun of you for being an Athiest, I don't question your choice of beliefs when I disagree with you. Disagree with policy all you want, but I think it's dangerous to step on someone's religious freedoms in the name of "free speech."

Posted by: Heather at March 19, 2005 02:37 AM