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Yet More Editing of Reality

Parodia de propaganda militar en la novela de ficción \

Parodia de propaganda militar en la novela de ficción by Jaume d'Urgell @ Flickr

Don’t like reality?  Rewrite it.

It’s long been the policy of the Republican party at large, and the George W. Bush administration in specific, to screw with science and edit out the parts of it they don’t like.  They’ve done it at the EPA, NIH, NASA, wherever they’ve been able to get a political hack to use as a mouthpiece between the scientists and the people.

It’s very Orwellian.

Guess what?  Yeah, still at it.

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney’s office was involved in removing statements on health risks posed by global warming from a draft of a health official’s Senate testimony last year, a former senior government environmental official said on Tuesday.

The former official, Jason Burnett, made the assertion and described similar incidents in a three-page letter to Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who is the chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He then stood with her at a news conference at which she excoriated the Bush administration.

“History will judge this Bush administration harshly for recklessly covering up a real threat to the people they are supposed to protect,” Boxer said.

Only if we manage to get them out of power before they rewrite it, Senator.  What have you done lately to facilitate that?

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That image is titled Parodia de propaganda militar en la novela de ficción “1984” by Jaume d’Urgell and is licensed by the artist under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 license.

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19 Responses

  1. Only if we manage to get them out of power before they rewrite it, Senator. What have you done lately to facilitate that?

    If you were as old and wise as Lou the boy and I you would realize that you cannot rewrite history without the aid of those who claim to be the opposition.

  2. JanieBelle says:

    If I were as old as you two, I’d be senile, not wise, silly.

    😉

    Kisses

  3. Infophile says:

    It’s quite sad. By this point, 70% of Americans know this administration is a catastrophe, and most are sure it’ll be judged as such by history. And yet, the Democratic congress isn’t doing anything about it. No impeachment is forthcoming, and I have zero idea why. Where the hell have their spines gone?

  4. JanieBelle says:

    I don’t know, Infophile. I just don’t get it.

    If you happen across those spines, give me a shout. I’ll see what I can do to get them re-installed in their proper owners.

  5. How long before we have a viable third party? (Or second party as it may appear to most of us?)

  6. JanieBelle says:

    I’m hedging my bets, Kevin. Either soon or never, depending on what happens come November.

    If McBush wins, it could be soon as voters with sense bail from the Democratic Party for having been betrayed so badly.

    If it looks like Senator Obama will win, it could go either way. I don’t rule out the possibility that the crazy man in the White House now would attempt to stage a preemptive coup by declaring marshal law, justified by some ambiguous “Threat of Terrorism”. Yes, I think he’s insane enough to try.

    If Senator Obama wins and His Holiness, The Glorified Houseplant Who Would Be Caesar steps aside like he’s supposed to, it’s likely that the sane part of America will be breathing a sigh of relief. They might just be so relieved that McBush didn’t win that they become complacent and relax. Should that happen, I’ll bet on never, as the Overton window will have been successfully nailed into place at a point where Senator Obama’s position becomes the “far left”.

  7. Janie,

    OK, maybe I’m a cynic…but I can’t see that the great black hope is really, fundamentally any different than the McBush or the houseplant. Enlighten me.

  8. JanieBelle says:

    Oh Kevin, don’t misunderstand me. The more I see of Senator Obama, the less I like him, and the less difference I see between him and the Republicans on the issues.

    That being said, I think he at least wants to do for the people, and that’s a gulf that anyone bearing an R after their name simply can’t span.

    Now bear in mind that just a few short months ago, I would have been as happy as a pig in his sty to see any of the three main Democratic Senators win.

    My early thoughts on Senator Obama and on Senator Clinton.

    The more time that passes however, the more Senator Obama seems to be drifting to the right, when we need him to drift to the left. Also, his drifting further and further from a secular to a religious style of campaigning (and presumably governing) becomes more distressing by the day.

  9. Rystefn says:

    One can only hope that he’s playing tactically and trying to win, but plans to step back to reality if he gets into office. How sad is that? That the BEST case I can think of is that he’s lying about his position to get elected…

  10. JB,

    The more I see of Senator Obama, the less I like him, and the less difference I see between him and the Republicans on the issues.

    Agreed.

    I think he at least wants to do for the people

    Anyone–even those with an R after their name–can make speeches. Obama may still have a little more honesty in him and that may be why he is saying some of the things publicly his is saying. Maybe he wants to help people, maybe not, but the reality is sinking in for him and for us. Why did he vote for the telecom immunity? Likely because the dems convinced him he had to–either to get their support or because they convinced him it was right or for some other reason.

    But here’s the rub: saying you didn’t “want” to vote for something, but then voting for it anyway, has the same net result of supporting it.

    Rystefn,

    If you are correct, is that really a president you would want?

  11. JanieBelle says:

    I don’t disagree with anything either of you have said, but Kevin, given the alternative at this point…

    I am so bummed about this. I was terribly excited about this election at the beginning of the primary campaigns. We had three really good (although not perfect) candidates from which to choose.

    At this point, I’m just depressed because we’re back to the lesser of two evils.

  12. JanieBelle says:

    It never ends with this administration.

    Arguing that it’s the wrong tool for the job, the Bush Administration today said that it will not use the nation’s leading clean air law to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. “It would be irresponsible” to use the Clean Air Act to attack climate change, said Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen Johnson, arguing that the strategy would produce decades of legal paralysis and economic disruption and few benefits.

    More at the link.

  13. “Until the become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

    George Orwell–who, ironically, was very “Orwellian”

    (And, yes, I know that’s not really ironic, but in common use it’s better than a fly in your Chardonnay)

  14. JanieBelle says:

    That’s a rather appropriate quote, Kevin.

    Thanks

  15. Rystefn says:

    If you are correct, is that really a president you would want?

    No, but I think I prefer to the McCain alternative, which is the horrifying part.

  16. I’m not convinced there is a significant difference between the two–they are willing to work toward the good of the people as long as it is consistent with their own self-interest. Seducing the electorate with rhetoric is step one.

  17. JanieBelle says:

    Well, if you’ve got a suggestion, Kevin, I’m all ears (well maybe not all ears…)

    🙂

    Kisses

  18. Here are some things I believe would help:

    The upcoming presidential election:

    * Determine if your vote will “count”–otherwise, you live in a state that is up for grabs and not already decided.

    * If your vote DOESN’T count, vote for a third-party candidate–even if you don’t necessarily agree with that candidate.

    All other Elections:

    * Vote against the incumbent.

    For the future:

    Call for…

    * Public financing of elections.
    * Term limits
    * Federal and state laws prohibiting once elected officials from holding another political office for 3 years following their last term
    * Federal and state laws prohibiting once elected officials from working for a PAC, any paid government position, any company that lobbies government nor for a government contractor.
    * Federal and state law requiring pre-election assets of an elected official to placed into a blind trust for the duration of the time they serve, with any other assets accumulated during the time they serve being surrendered to the government upon their leaving office.
    * Require detailed certified audits of both personal and professional expenses conducted annually of all state and federal elected officials.

    My 25 cents.

    IMHO incumbency is the real problem,

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