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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

SOTU Speeches More Better Than Bush's

I have a colb in my nobe and a terrible sore throat. It has been several days now and I am not well yet. My head is so clogged that I cannot thimk. I feel, as my daughter's friend Melissa says....meh! Meh is such a descriptive word. I will not write anymore or reply to everyone's comments until I am over this misery.

Tonight, I plan to watch the State Of The Union address because I believe that it is necessary to know one's enemy. Since I have studied types of propaganda and the methods of its application all of my life, it should be interesting to see what kind of manipulation is passed off as policy this evening. Otherwise, I expect more of the same old Bushshit.

I would like to direct anyone who is interested to two other SOTU speeches that were recently posted by my fellow bloggers. I think both of these speeches will put whatever Bush manages to deliver into perspective.

Jolly Roger of "Reconstitution" was kind enough to post "The Farewell Address of Dwight David Eisenhower" on Sunday, January 29th. I had never read the speech in full. It was riveting. Eisenhower predicted the nasty world we live in today with the control of our country in the grip of the military industrial complex and its whores in the White House. Go to the above date at Reconstitutuon and scroll down to "Since there's a SOTU coming..." to read the speech of a REAL LEADER.

Zen Yenta of "ZenYenta" took Bush's 2006 pending State Of The Union address one step futher. She wrote a more truthful version of Georgie's speech and did a great job. Go to ZenYenta and scroll down to her Sunday, January 29th, 2006 post entitled, "SOTU: Don't expect much". Enjoy, it will make it so much easier to listen to Bush's State Of The Disunion pep talk.

You will find both "Reconstitution" and "ZenYenta" in my Links column on this page.

That's all I got in me for now so I will wave this crumpled tissue to bid you adieu. Me and my nobe are going back to bed. MEH!

..............Kitchen Window Woman...........

14 Comments:

Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

The most interesting thing to happen during the entire event was that it took Bush 36 minutes to actually talk about something other than the War on Terror. Also interesting to note that he couldn’t even hold off mentioning 9/11 for more than two minutes. Indeed, he brought 9/11 up less than two minutes after his speech began.

I was dissapointed that the President didn’t actually present any ideas for pushing America forward. He ranted about the WoT and then rhetoricized about a few domestic issues and then proceeded to pat himself on the back for a job well done. What job well done? I asked myself that. For example: Bush said we have created 4.6 million new jobs. Ok, that’s nice but how does it help us when most of those are minimum wage jobs (which they are)?

I found this State of the Union Address to be more of a State of the WoT Address than anything else.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Paladin said...

I'm reminded of Toby Keith's moving song Have Your Forgotten? The events of 9/11 and the WoT will shape this country for years to come... how can you so easily dismiss this?

I'd expect my President to spend time on this important topic... not brush it under the rug because the steps necessary to fight it don't sit well with my constituency.

I could address each of your points, Lionhearted, showing you where you're mistaken and where you're simply spouting your party line... but FactCheck.org has already done this. See their latest release where they dissect an ad run by the Democratic National Committee. Like your post, this ad was full of half-truths and seriously misleading.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Paladin: What partyline would that be, given that I am NOT a Democrat or a member of any party of any kind?

The SOTU Address is supposed to be just that- not the State of the WOT Address.

As to disproving each point, go right ahead. I'd love to see you prove me wrong about Bush spending over half of the entire speech (indeed the first 36 minutes or so) rhetoricizing aboout the WOT instead of talking about the State of the Union. I would love to see that.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Ken Grandlund said...

It was actually a "State of GW's Mind" speech, and it showed us very little in the way of new ideas. We do know that he seems to believe his own rhetoric, which is even more disturbing somehow.

KWW- feel better. This cold is nasty this year.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Pat Kirby said...

I'm reminded of Toby Keith's moving song Have Your Forgotten?
Giggle. Yeah, I know it's wrong to be dismissive, but anyone finds their truth in a Toby Keith song gives me the giggles.

I didn't bother to watch the speech knowing that, A) it would be available online, without having to watch his smirking face, and B), because one could predict what he'd say: "That State of the Union is just spiffy and it's all because of me."

This isn't just a partisan thing. Pretty much every president says the same, bloody thing in their SOTU speech. As if they'd ever say: "The country is fucked and it's all my fault."

10:37 AM  
Blogger Brad said...

Makes me remember why I love the Dixie Chicks. Not their music (except for the songs Patty Griffin wrote for them : "Top of the World"? Anyone?), but when Natalie wore that awesome "FUTK" t-shirt.

To the uninitiated that means "Fuck You Toby Keith".

If you dug Eisenhower's speech, you should check out the documentary "Why We Fight" by Eugene Jarecki. It aired on the BBC and I think it's just coming out in the States. It starts with Eisenhower's speech and slowly dissects how all of his military-industrial complex prognostications came very, frighteningly true.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Paladin said...

The 'Union' is being targeted by Islamo-fascists... any SotU address that doesn't cover this would be less than complete. And lets not forget the sacrifices our armed forces are making to clean up the regimes from which these terrorists are drawn. We can fight 'em over there - or fight 'em over here, after they've claimed innocent lives.

Considering all that, I'd think you'd be able to keep your attention on our President's speech for a few minutes, LL. But I guess that's too much to ask...

And Brad likes the Dixie Chicks... shows how out of touch you are! The rest of America boos them off the stage, and now they can only sell tickets overseas. Well, no loss... maybe they can get FUTK printed on a burkha??

4:45 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Paladin, like most of his ilk, attempts to affix the talking points to each and every counter-argument, trying to avoid actually discussing anything but what his so-called leadership deems he should discuss.

While he wines about "islamofascists," Texofascists are busily scrapping the Constitution, stomping civil liberties and the American standards of due process and personal freedom into the dust. Cheered on by Shrubbofascists, an example of which has now commented twice here.

El Shrubbo harps on 9/11 to try to keep people from thinking. To ignore the precarious situation his lying, stealing, and needless killing have left the country in. The Paladins of the world, of course, are either too scared or too stupid to see it-I wish there was a nicer way of putting it, but there isn't.

Every American should ask him or herself a simple question, especially in light of what we know the Chimperor has concentrated his energies on in the last few years.

"Who is more dangerous to me and my freedom-Islamic terrorists, or a paranoid Federal Executive with no checks or balances?"

The answer is so clear, only the Shrubberals will miss it.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Hello Lionhearted Liberal!...
Yep, 9/11, 9/11, and more 9/11 followed by WoT, WoT, and more WoT! However, a new verse was added to Bush's combative aria. He droned on endlessly extolling "COMPETITION" as the solution to virtually all of society's problems both domestic and global.

Unfortunately for us, George W. is one of those shallow, weak people who thrive on competition because they lack the ability to live with themselves or with others. This character flaw causes them to view everything in terms of "win or lose" for it is only when they have an excuse for practicing destruction that they feel "whole" or "alive".

His speech was, on the whole, boring, uninspired, disconnected (from the people who actually PAY the taxes), dishonest, manipulative, arrogant, and embarrassing to the American public. We can truly say about George W. Bush, that all of us would be far better off if he had never been born.

PALADIN...
I see that you have taken umbrage at what my lionhearted friend has so liberally expressed about Bush's lackluster SOTU speech.

You brought up music so we'll start with music...

"Have Gun will travel reads the card of a man.
A knight without armor in a savage land.
His fast gun for hire head's the calling wind.
A soldier of fortune is the man called Paladin."

That's the first verse from the theme song of a TV show that debuted in the 50's. I used to watch it. Is that where you found your name?

Paladin was an educated man who worked against the type of injustice that forms the foundation of the Bush administration. Do you see yourself as a soldier of fortune in America's Imperial army? You seem to be here in the States - not SERVING your master in the neocon conquest of the Middle East. Hey, even if you are in your 50's like I am, you could be driving a truck for Kellog, Brown, and Root!

"Maudlin" and "Mawkish" are the words that best describe "Have You Forgotten" by written Darryl Worley and covered by Toby Keith. It is almost as bad as Greenwood's whiney "I'm Proud To Be An American." As "Paladin" I thought that your refined tastes would find you sipping wine while enjoying a classic opera.

Further, I suggest that you abandon your dependence on FactCheck.org and task yourself with reading, analyzing, and processing information. You will find such mental exercise both invigorating and enlightening.

I am sorry that you seem to count yourself among the high percentage of clueless Americans who prior to 9/11 couldn't find Iraq on a map, but were SURE that Saddam attacked New York...sure enough to spill the blood of innocents.

In closing, consider liberalism - "a political or social philosophy which advocates the freedom of the individual and governmental guarentees of individual rights and civil liberties". If not for the "liberal" framers of the Constitution you would be a subject bowing before a king.....wait a minute...please, get up, we don't suffer kings here, in America.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Ken GRANDLUND...
I am finally getting better.I even lost my voice for several days! It has been almost two weeks. My poor nose was also under assault from various pollens. Did you have this cold, too?

I agree that it is scary that George W. believes his mythological rhetoric. Nothing really new was said because the plans are still the same as they were when he ran for president the first time. War and Empire.

PAT KIRBY...
Giggles are good for us! It's a horrible song. So phoney! So trite! So "crying in your beer" with effusive sentimentality. What an insult to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. "We're Killing all of these other people because we have an excuse and 9/11 gave it to us".

I think Eisenhower's speech was really something because he was warning the citizens of this country against corporate power and tainted leaders like the Bushes.

BRAD...
I like some of the songs that the Dixie Chicks do but I like them best for saying what they think. I didn't know about Natalie's shirt but that's a good one, too!

I ordered "Why We Fight" and am eagerly waiting for it. Auntie sent me a link to the film's website and after looking it over we ordered it from Amazon. I'll probably write about it after we watch it.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

PALADIN, honey...
The fascists are in the White House and we should be fighting them here! Boy, did you ever drink the Kool-Aid.

We've MURDERED thousands of innocent people by bombing and invading THEIR country and in the process flushed trillions of dollars down the neocon toilet while our own people go without food, housing, and medical care. And don't forget the millions of new Middle Eastern
enemies that Bush and his belligerent band of bullies and mindless believers have created.

Once again....The Iraqi's DID NOT ATTACK ON 9/11...They did not "Spill American Blood"...Bush's friends in Saudi Arabia had a lot to do with it. Do your homework....but then it is easier to repeat the party line, isn't it?

JOLLYROGER...
Good to hear from you and you have put it so well!

I think perhaps that many, like Paladin, need to contrast themselves against enemies in order to reflect and justify their own existences. They feed on war and brandish it's accessories like heroine addicts with their fits.

Others are simply greedy and profit mightily from the manufacture of murder, mayhem, and misery.

I'm with you....I find a paraniod federal excutive with a crazed, neocon cabinet sans checks and balances, is by far the more direct, and most dangerous threat to Americans, and their freedom.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Paladin said...

"Scrapping the Constitution?!" Our President just put on the Supreme Court a judge who interprets the Constitution as written. It's your Liberal judges legislating from the bench that has thrown the system of checks and balances out of wack. (Vermont rape case as but one example)

As for "stomping civil liberties" - 3000+ of my fellow Americans died in a terrorist attack. As an American, I can put up with a bit of inconvenience while the authorities ferret out the murderers who did this. Oh, and I'm intelligent enough to realize that working with these authorities protects me and my family from other terrorist attacks. (The foiled west coast attack, as an example)

Window Woman, I never said Saddam instigated the 9/11 attack... nor has anyone else to my knowledge. We do know that Iraq aided the terrorists of several groups (Salman Pak, Al Answr, PLO documents, airplane fusilage, etc.) which is reason enough to hold their Govt. accountable. Analogy Time: if your home has a vacant lot next door and vermin are breeding and coming onto your property, you close up the holes and inlets in your home then you clean up the vacant lot.

I knew this was a liberal blog when I first sighted it, and figured I'd be out-numbered... but I didn't see anyone presenting the other sides of the arguments so I thought I'd step up. What I am surprised at is the lack of pride in one's country. Window Woman sounds so unpatriotic! Could it be that songs like "Proud to be an American" and "Have you Forgotten" disturb you because they are patriotic, so they rub you the wrong way? Maybe we can find some common ground and take a lesson from the Beach Boys' "Be True to your School" [Grin!] You may not approve of what your country's Govt. is doing, but you should still love your country.

Window Woman, I know about the 50's western "Paladin" but I selected that handle from its older roots... the Peers of Charlemane. These were knights who had the ear of the king, and were treated as his equal. They were tasked to speak their mind and render honest advice, whether it was solicited or not. Their love of country and duty to the same came before any fealty to their king.

I don't serve overseas because I haven't been trained to do so. I'm doing my part here in the states with USO fund raisers and care packages for the troops... plus, by running my own business and contributing to the economy as best I can. And also, by publicly supporting my country and its decisions. I don't think our fighting men and women are done any favors by spitting on them, after they have offered so much.

And finally, I don't "contrast [myself] against enemies in order to reflect and justify [my] own existence" - I just want to protect myself and my family. Our last President (from your party) failed to adequately protect us from the growing terorrist threat (USS Cole, Dhahran truck bomb, Kenya & Tanzania bombings, first WTC attack, 9/11 [before Bush had his administration in place]) - logic dictates placing my support behind the more successful candidate. Your John Kerry would have followed an appeasement-based course of action... we're seeing how well that has worked in France and Spain.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

"Paladin" has revealed once and for all a complete, utter inability to think for himself. All he can do is retype the talking points he probably gets in his E-Mail every day.

The stupid "appeasement" bullshit is so far from reality it isn't funny. Not one of these brain-dented wingnuts can find even one example of "appeasement" of Iraq since 1991, nor can they produce even a scintilla of evidence that Iraq was a danger to anybody-then, anyway. We kidked a sick dog, because we have a coward in the Oval Office. The sick dog, of course, can only be kicked so many times, and it is clear now what happens if you don't refrain from kicking.


Appeasement? How about that "tilt" we did under the offices of another Republican? How about us looking the other way while Saddam perfected his chemical killers? That was some appeasement for you! I am trying to remember what role John Kerry had in that, and none comes to mind.

Why, why, why are there no Goppers who can think anymore? They are so few and far-between as to be a non-entity. What we have in their wake are the Shrubberals-generous with YOUR money and YOUR sacrifice, but absolutely unwilling to give up anything THEY have, other than some meaningless trinket here and there-a yellow magnet for the SUV, a hey-I'm-a-great-American drive to buy the GIs a few bars of soap here and there. But if you want to have some real fun, just do with the Kitchen Window Woman did here, and ask them to put up a little ass-you'll get a long litany of their "support" for the Troops! that amounts to nothing. They don't even want to pay for this war that they all love so much-they expect my children and grandchildren to do it.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Paladin said...

Examples of "Appeasement?" Gladly...

Kerry would have gone back to the UN for more meaningless resolutions...

Kerry admitted that he firmly believed Iraq had WMDs and per Hans Blix, that Iraq was not in compliance...

Kerry stated it was "right to hold Saddam Hussein accountable, absolutely correct. And anybody who doesn't believe it wasn't correct should go dig around in those graves..."

(MSNBC - Aug 31, 2003)

And despite all this, he still would not have gone to war!?!

*THAT* is appeasement.

Not having the gumption to take the security of the US seriously. Thank God we have someone in office strong enough to do what needed to be done.

3:31 PM  

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