Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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Washington Post Editor’s Dad Has Anti-Bush Blog
You remember Marcus Brauchli? First, short-lived editor of the Wall Street Journal under the reign of Rupert Murdoch and now the newly-installed executive editor of the Washington Post? Well, it’s a good thing Brauchli finally escaped the Journal, because Paul Gigot and his gang of conservative editorialists must have given him unending grief over his father’s awesome left-wing blog! We were just alerted to the existence of the site, but the dad, a lawyer and contributor to sites like Spot-On and Counterpunch, has been at it for some time, posting items steadily since 2005. Officially, Christopher Brauchli’s site is about more than Bush — “political commentary and satire,” the tagline reads — but, more often than not, the president makes an appearance. And you know what? The site is pretty damn funny! In fact, I’ll take Christopher Brauchli’s posts over most of the op-ed content in American newspapers, the Post and Journal
included. After the jump, a sampling.
In mid-May it was reported that the Chancellor had concluded that what the University of Colorado needed was an endowed university chair for a Professor of Conservative Thought and Policy, Conservative Thought he apparently believes, being somewhat different from normal thought, a belief in which he may be correct… = The wonderful thing about having George Bush as president is that a commentator can write about the same subject repeatedly and it will always be timely and fresh. That is because when George Bush finds a bad thing to do, he does it repeatedly because he’s too sure of his own good judgment to notice that it’s a bad thing…
Lowest common denominator. That’s what George Stephanopolous and Charles Gibson of ABC news were appealing to during the first half of the debate for which they recently served as moderators. That explains the reason for the really dumb questions they not only posed but pursued with remarkable, if mindless, persistency about lapel pins, helicopter landings, bitter people and sermons, none of which has the slightest relevance to determining which of the debaters would be a better president… Since appealing to the lowest common denominator was the goal of Messrs. Gibson and Stephanopolous, I have a suggestion for a future program that will draw even more viewers than did the debate and will appeal to an even lower common denominator. They should interview Ashley [“Dupre”] Youmans for an hour and a half. . . .
What does George Bush have in common with prostitutes? For the answer see the end of the next paragraph.
As was observed in last week’s column, photographs of French president François Mitterand’s funeral, showed his widow, mistress and their daughter, all gazing sadly at the casket. Had Eliot Spitzer died while consorting with prostitutes there would have been no photographs of the prostitutes standing sadly by the coffin with Mr. Spitzer’s wife and daughters. That’s because prostitutes don’t do funerals. Here is the answer to the riddle. Neither does George Bush
George Bush doesn’t even like to be in the presence of coffins even though it is thanks to him that the sad remains of more than 4000 service personnel have found resting places in coffins. . . .
It would be unfair to compare the response of Myanmar Junta leader, Than Shwe, to Cyclone Nargis to George Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina. For one thing, the two disasters were separated by thousands of miles. Furthermore, Burma initially rejected all foreign aid whereas Mr. Bush only rejected aid from Cuba. . . .
As the recent hearings show, by not tracking the purposes of the disbursements, there is no risk of embarrassing anyone because of the failure of the recipient to satisfactorily complete the work for which it was paid. As teenagers would say, if asked, “That is SO Iraq.” . . . .
Health insurance companies are constantly looking for new ways to make money. Two of the major impediments to their quest are sick people and the drugs they need. . . .
If there were only one agency (and there’s probably not) that has consistently enjoyed the benefits lavished on it by an ignorant president who continuously diminishes its standing in the world of science, it would be the Environmental Protection Agency. No other agency has so thoroughly given in to the importunings of a president who lives in constant fear of what science might offer if left to its own devices, science being a branch of knowledge that cannot be controlled by him or Dick Cheney. . . .
We live in a country run by a consummate liar whose most egregious lies have resulted in (a) the deaths of more than 4000 American servicemen and women, (b) the infliction of life altering wounds on more than 20,000 servicemen and women, and© millions of people in a far-off land becoming homeless and refugees in foreign countries.
Great stuff! If only this blogger could somehow get someone in the mainstream media to pay attention to his concerns! For example, by writing, or calling, or at least coming home for the holidays this year.