|The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
|Lying Among the Animals
Thursday, January 17th, 2008
|The Nossiter Net is cast to snare some of the riper rascalities of the day. Comments? Send a letter to the editor.|
|In a nifty bit of campaign legerdemain, John McCain reinforced his straight-talking reputation by lying his way to a loss in the Michigan primary. He assured the hordes of unemployed Michigonians their lost jobs were never coming back, blaming the usual suspects of globalization and cheap foreign labor. His blunt- spokenness was universally admired -- except by the Michigan unemployed. They would have welcomed his mentioning that Detroit dug its own grave by producing shoddy cars few buyers wanted, throwing hundreds of thousands of auto and ancillary industry workers on the street. While US auto manufacturers fought internecine marketing battles, foreign marques won the quality control war unopposed. Misreading the market, the Big Three continued to produce gas guzzling four wheeled monsters in the face of rising petroleum prices. If McCain had engaged in actual straight talk, laid the blame for Michigan unemployment in the laps of the auto bosses where it belonged, and proposed some workable solutions, he might have won the state. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce would have been offended.
McCain has no corner on the market in lies, but he’s going around telling another whopper. Actually a double whopper. Rewriting history and confusing cause and effect, McCain insists that sending 30,000 more troops to Iraq since last February worked as advertised and that it was his idea. More or less.
Since the troop increase, Thomas Ricks, author of the definitive Iraq war study Fiasco, says the level of violence in Iraq has been reduced from the “pure hell” of 2006 to the “no picnic” of 2005.* On the Washington Post web site Ricks says ” there are three reasons security has improved. One is the increase in U.S. troop numbers and more importantly moving those troops out into the population and making protecting that population their top priority. A second reason is that ethnic cleansing was largely completed in Baghdad. A third is the decision of many Sunni tribes to turn on al Qaeda in Iraq.”** Fourth is that Muqtada al-Sadr, head of the largest and nastiest Shiite group, declared a cease-fire in 2005. Fifth is that when calculating the violence level the Pentagon doesn’t count roadside and suicide bombs that kill civilians only. And so on. The test of the so-called surge’s actual results? The number of triumphal photo ops Bush has posed for in newly peaceful Baghdad is zero. By coincidence that same number of pro war legislators is planning to take a spring break in Baghdad. And oh by the way, eight civilians were killed by a suicide bomber yesterday. Three more US soldiers were killed and two were wounded. Another Wednesday in post-surge Iraq.
Upholding the family tradition of shameless lying, Hillary Clinton told Tim Russert on Meet the Press that her support for the Iraq war resolution stemmed from her belief that it referred to returning weapons inspectors to that country. This although the act was officially titled “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.” It all depends on what the meaning of military force against Iraq is. But of one thing we can be sure: at least Hillary didn’t have sex with that woman. Probably. It’s only in a great country like ours that some voters can enthuse about another four years of the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton era.
Speaking of sex, Mike Huckabee says that as president he’ll work to “amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards." Challenged to demonstrate how a metaphorical not to say racy document like the bible might be used as the basis for governance, the Huckster went on to explain “I think the radical view is to say that we're going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal.” On the Democratic side it took the white woman to play the race card. It figures it would be the Southern Baptist among the Repubs who first laid down the bestiality card. But does that make Huck a liar, or just plain pyscho? He also signed a Southern Baptist manifesto stating that “A wife should submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband.” What is “servant leadership”? Just ask your nearest psycho liar.
But the biggest lie of the week spilled from the lips of NY Times sage David Brooks. He told a NewsHour audience yesterday that “there is nothing wrong with the Republican candidates. They’re fine, just fine.” Brooks should get together with Huckabee. The latter doesn’t believe in evolution, and the former proves it has a long long way to go.
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A NOTE TO READERS
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming. No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2008
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