I awoke this morning in my usual good mood. Why, I didn't even think I would blog anything today, because things were going so well. Tsk, tsk. That was only because the only power button I'd hit was to the coffee pot. I had yet to turn on the computer, radio, or TV. But it wasn't long after doing so, I suddenly felt compelled to upload something here. What follows is just a couple of items that got me all "inspired".
They all have to do with Bush sending us, as he said himself, "mixed signals". He was referring to the embarrassing fact that a national renewable energy lab Bush visited in Colorado today just fired 32 employees due to a federal budget shortfall after he assured us in his state of the union address he was really committed--no, really, really, committed--to renewable technologies and green energy reform.
Well, "Egg on my face and call me Shithead!" yes, that seems like mixed signals. It was just supposed to be another great public relations spin around the country for the Americans still dumb enough to swallow Bush's swill.
Fortunately (and transparently), as reported on NPR, CNN and others, a *miracle* happened before Bush showed up at that renewable energy lab, i.e., the Bush administration managed to "find" $32 million to bring those fired people back on payroll.
That's probably enough to keep those poor folk's canned asses on the payroll for another month or two until this whole embarrassment blows over, at which time they'll once more gain unemployment status--this time permanently.
Another amusing story was given me by Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! It's undisputably accepted among true scientists of the (what else?) scientific community (I'm not talking about corrupted scientists who sold out, put on blinders and went to work spinning oil industry propaganda) that global warming is real. No, seriously, real! But what I round amusing was the following from Amy:
Is Sci-Fi Writer Michael Chricton Advising Bush on Global Warming?
"Questions are being raised in Washington if science fiction writer Michael Crichton may be advising President Bush on global warming. A new book reveals Bush met with Chricton in 2004 to discuss his best-selling novel “State of Fear” which suggests that global warming is an unproven theory and an overstated threat.
"The meeting is recalled in a new book by Weekly Standard editor and Fox News commentator Fred Barnes. According to Barnes, Bush is a 'a dissenter on the theory of global warming' and that he was in near total agreement with Chricton. Barnes added that Chricton’s visit, “was not made public for fear of outraging environmentalists.”
"While Crichton’s novel is a work of science fiction, he was recently awarded a journalism award – by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists."
The mixed signals Bush admits to is illustrated in his faux determination to develop green energy out of concern for the environment as he cuts funding for such while seeking confirmation global warming is a lie from a sci-fi fiction writer like Crichton, who often uses a literary technique called "false document" to validate phony science through "fictionalized scientific documents in the form of diagrams, computer output, DNA sequences, footnotes and bibliography." From Answers.com
But of course, the REAL mixed signals that Bush is sending, the story that seems to be overshadowing all others, is his threat to veto any effort to stop a company owned by Dubai to provide security to six U.S. seaports.
Juxtapose this with the fear Bush has instilled in the U.S. for the past four and a half years now and his vow to pursue terrorism to the ends of the Earth and bring bin Laden in 'dead or alive' against his hell bent desire to see a state owned company of one of the United Arab Emirates providing U.S. port security. Ask Bush about bin Laden and you're likely to get a response, "Who?"
Sure, while it appears to be a mixed signal, maybe we shouldn't be so rushed to judge. There may be good reason for Bush's eagerness to permit this deal:
- there's been hints of cronyism. Hopefully more of this will come to light in the days ahead. And this seems perfectly reasonable in that this is a normal Bush modus operandi. Also, there has been talk today of Bush's Carlyle Group cronies involvement (which includes his dad).
- and then there's always the speculations of conspiracists who feel betrayed that an honest and valid investigation into exactly how 9/11 happened was never conducted. Some are now speculating a Dubai company overseeing our port security is another aid to assist terrorists in their next attack on the nation. With all we learned (or did NOT learn) of 9/11, I suppose that's a valid thought.
- there was even radio conjectures this afternoon that Bush is just flat out nuts! Truthfully, that sounds as reasonable a theory as any other at this point.
Whatever the real reasons Bush is so adamant in seeing this deal through are, I have no idea. I'm as confused as anybody by his mixed signals. Of course, "Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President" by Justin A. Frank may help explain a lot about the president. As a dry drunk with multiple pathologies at work inside his brain, Bush's mixed signals may just be the result of some of his crossed wires shorting out .