The past few days here in the desert have been interesting, weather wise. There is a monsoon season in the southwest, in case you didn’t know. A monsoonal flow is caused by a large desert area heating up. The hot air rises in a counterclockwise spiral (I think this is called the coriolis effect but I could be wrong.) In India and southeast Asia this drags a lot of water off of the Indian ocean and piles it up against the Himalayas, resulting in famously hard rains. Here the water comes from the cool Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico, and there’s less of it, but still every day it clouds up and frequently enough it rains. Even if it doesn’t rain there are thunderstorms all over the valley, so you’ve got to be careful. A bolt hit behind our house that took out two TVs and two computer memory chips. That’s what surge protectors are for, but I thought laptops were naturally protected. If you own a laptop, be advised that this is not the case. Nothing like a little EMP to mow down one’s electronics.
But anyway as the storms have moved through, dropping the temperature by at least fifteen degrees from a week ago, I’ve been thinking. Nothing new, I’m afraid, but to show you that I saw this rant’s subject coming a long time ago, I offer this link: Comedy Isn’t Pretty. You’ll note that it’s an article from my funny pages, and is in fact the first thing I ever published there, way back when they were on an AOL site. August third nineteen ninety nine it was, so there’s an anniversary for you. Six years of lame humor and I’m still not in jail for reaming the government a new one every so often. Well, I guess they’re pretty busy what with Osama bin Hussein or whomever. Mostly the site is lame observational humor anyway, but I digress as usual.
If you’ll look at the tenor of the article, especially the last verse, you’ll see that I anticipated this era of stupidity reigning supreme all the way back in the last century! Nostradamus, eat your heart out! The point being that things are proceeding pretty much according to plan. Not my plan, but apparently some plan, because it’s a typical way for things to proceed. Take for instance:
The same people who impeached Clinton for lying about cheating on his wife (which is all that was when you get right down to it) and who accuse their opponents of lying wholesale, are rushing to defend Karl Rove. If Karl Rove had worked for Clinton, they’d be picking pieces of him out of the White House fence by now.
The President’s supporters portray him as a great leader. Remember what he did on 9/11? No, not the story thing, that might have been the best thing to do with the schoolkids there, but after that. He went somewhere, certainly not to Washington, and stayed away until somebody told him it was safe. By contrast, when London was attacked recently, Tony Blair cut short a very important conference to rush back and see what was happening at home. Great leader? Who skips town when there’s trouble? Okay, they’ve said, the Secret Service wouldn’t let him return. He’s CIC, the pilots are Air Force, and he can’t simply order them to take him to DC? Some leadership that is.
See, I don’t mind that Bush skedaddled on 9/11. It’s something a sane person would do. What I mind is hearing what a fine leader he is when he demonstrates over and over that he is in fact just some joe sixpack with an Ivy League education. That’s okay too, but I dislike pretention almost as much as I dislike being lied to. All the complaints about Slick Willie dodging the simple meaning of the word “to be” and nobody in the administration has yet come up with a simple statement about them being wrong about the WMDs. So they made a mistake; that’s just being humans. It’s the disinformation that irks me.
(I don’t really think Bush has ever lied, or at least has ever known he wasn’t telling the truth. Somebody is lying, though, and they’ve got his ear.)
I just hope somebody runs in opposition to the party in power who has more charisma than liver and onions, more brains than a cabbage salad, and more courage than that lion in The Wizard of Oz. I think a party like that might actually stand a chance of winning.
On the other hand, the Republicans are probably pretty safe, sad though that is to report. Where’s TR when you really need him, eh?