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Friday, January 23, 2009

St. Barack's Fire

One of my readers emailed me with a video link, which they thought would make a great post given that I would usually skewer it to the mirth of all (maybe).

As I started to watch these actors and actresses, singers and dancers pledge themselves to their country, a huge wave of sadness overcame me. I mean, massive depression bubble, with darkening horizon and slo-mo eyelid flutter.

Where was this sentiment during other Administrations? Where was the love for a hard-working, stressed President, the desire to reach out to one's community, the unalloyed pride to be American...BEFORE OBAMA?

Why, oh why do liberals only love their country the most when a liberal is at the helm? I don't love the US any the less after January 20, 2009, just because the guy I didn't vote for is President now.

I actually do have a response, and it's one most of my friends have heard before as I treat them to my bully pulpit. I will save it for another, more well-rounded post.

So for the record here is the "I, Pledge" video. Try to see if you can make it past David and Courtney. I couldn't.


So as not to waste a post, I give you another. This is much more filled with comic potential.

Here are Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore generously sharing their time and experiences attending the Inauguration, so the huddled masses in front of their monitors watching on Youtube can see what it might've been to attend if they were as cool and famous, and totally awesome like they are.

First question:

Isn't Ashton a Nikon spokesman? I can't believe he couldn't get a better lens to record his pimpin' ride.

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  • Ugh. That video looks like something produced by the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.

    By Blogger Ophir, at Fri Jan 23, 12:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • What's amazing is that they are so vapid they don't even realize how, well, vapid they look. Almost as bad as the "This Is My American Dream" music video. That one was truly puke-worthy.

    By Blogger knox, at Fri Jan 23, 01:35:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The second is worse in a way--it represents a close-up glimpse any one of the stars in the first video.

    Having never seen Kutcher in anything but That '70's Show, I never realized that he really is Michael Kelso. He reminds me of Canoe Reeves before those voice lessons.

    And by God, Bruce Willis's stock just rose.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Fri Jan 23, 02:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Just skip ahead to 2:23 where Jason Bateman in full snark pledged to only flush after a deuce. He is never serious.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Fri Jan 23, 02:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Amazing how Demi manages to look like a very hot 20-year-old dumb slut. Her ugly daughers must hate her. Now I understand why she's with a guy who's the poster boy for your average dumb college douche.

    I'm positively jealous of Ashton.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jan 23, 03:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Why, oh why do liberals only love their country the most when a liberal is at the helm?

    20%'ers will never be able to grasp the fact that disliking President Bush didn't mean disliking America. The two are distinctly different and separate issues.

    It's a convenient way to bash liberals, so I'm not surprised that this mantra is repeated here, but, really, 80% of Americans did not dislike their own country at the end of W's 2nd term, Victoria. They merely disliked the president.

    One other thing that you will probably never fully grasp is that these same people disliked Bush because they actually loved their country and didn't like what the Bush Administration had turned it into.

    But like I said, it's what I hear at every other conservative website and blog, so it's a given it will show up here.


    By Blogger Rick, at Fri Jan 23, 07:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • So Rick.

    What exactly did President Bush turn America into?

    By Blogger JAL, at Sat Jan 24, 12:03:00 am GMT-5  

  • JAL:

    What has Bush turned this country into? A nation that accepts torture as a viable means of protecting this country. Torture used to be taboo, before 2001, if you recall. Now, many people accept it as one of the acceptable ways of extracting information from suspected terrorists.

    That's #1. Bush also used this country's fear of terrorism to justify unprecedented intrusions into our personal lives. Stoking our fears, the Bush Administration justified all sorts of wiretaps and communication interceptions that have always been sacrosanct.

    What else has he done? Well, by spending money like a drunken sailor in two wars, he's helped drive this economy into the ground and has weakened America's position as a leader in the free world. I know some could give a flip about what others think of the U.S., but the reality of the situation is that for us to achieve anything productive in the world in which we live, we all need to work together.

    These things and others are accepted by a nation that has been scared to death into thinking the next 9/11 is around the corner. Indeed, Bush has let the terrorists live up to their namesake.

    Hope not fear, JAL. If you were listening, of course, and not merely dismissing everything that was said as liberal BS.


    By Blogger Rick, at Sat Jan 24, 11:47:00 am GMT-5  

  • Torture used to be taboo, before 2001, if you recall. Now, many people accept it as one of the acceptable ways of extracting information from suspected terrorists.

    Oh give me break Rick. Lots of other things used to be taboo too--like crashing airplanes into buildings. Yet after setting theat first outrageous example, did our enemies not attempt and carry through other atrocities?
    The evil that appeared that day had not been seen in so long that people like you forgot that it existed. Perhaps you lack an appreciation of the depth and breadth of their cause.

    Our leaders (and that's exactly what they were) meted out an appropriate response. We can call that response ugly and repugnant, because it was. But it cannot be fathomed out of context as you attempt to do.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sat Jan 24, 12:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • sorry-"that" and not ""theat" in above.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sat Jan 24, 01:05:00 pm GMT-5  

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    By Blogger Rick, at Sat Jan 24, 02:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • So, chickenlittle, what you're saying is essentially "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." We need to forget our ideals as a country in order to exact revenge and justice? Really? You honestly believe we need to sink to their level in order to mete out justice in this case?

    I remember 9/11 every day, chickenlittle, for reasons that you never, ever could imagine, so don't tell me I've forgotten. I also haven't forgotten the standards and the code of conduct that Americans have almost always abide by in past conflicts and wars and they never involved attaching electrodes to a body and pulling a black hood over someone's head. That isn't American. It never has been American and as a country we should leave it to those who aren't.


    By Blogger Rick, at Sat Jan 24, 02:59:00 pm GMT-5  

  • You honestly believe we need to sink to their level in order to mete out justice in this case?

    Rick, we don't even begin to approach that level--get real.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sat Jan 24, 05:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • rick, are we as bad as the Germans in Poland or the Japanese in China in WWII? Ummm...no, thank god. Were we squeaky clean in any war prior to the Bush years? Don't be ridiculous. C'mon, say it with me...Andersonville.

    By Blogger Ron, at Sun Jan 25, 12:40:00 am GMT-5  

  • Chickenlittlr: whattumean we're not even close? So there are degrees of torture? I'm not sure what you're saying.

    Listen, if we torture then we are no better, morally, than those who torture. There are no degrees, there are no levels. Some torture is worse than others, but torture is torture.

    You can reason it away and even say that because Jack Bauer does it, it's okay. But it isn't and it never was....before the Bush Administration.

    Now we have Americans who defend it.


    By Blogger Rick, at Mon Jan 26, 06:25:00 am GMT-5  

  • Ron...under your reasoning any future burglaries of Republican offices by Democrats are justifiable and to be expected because, well, you know why, of course.

    Let's go round us up some Japanese-Americans and put them in intern camps while we're at it, Ron.



    By Blogger Rick, at Mon Jan 26, 06:33:00 am GMT-5  

  • So there are degrees of torture? I'm not sure what you're saying.

    I suppose there are degrees of torture, though I'm no expert--I've never personally tortured. I have practiced genocide on various insect species around the house, have even taken out a few small mammals--all quickly though.

    In my view, torture is less morally reprehensible than say abortion. So I guess I'm all for keeping torture safe, legal and rare.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Wed Jan 28, 12:29:00 am GMT-5  

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