Caveat emperor: Bush to speak, but not under oath
If ever we needed a good laugh, the time is ripe, because we’re only a few hours away from George W. Bush‘s State of the Union speech.
For background, check out the History News Network’s perspective on past speeches by past presidents. I’m partial to that site anyway. You see, historians tend to sneer at journalists, and journalists tend to sneer at historians, and HNN tries to explain why that separation between journalism and history just won’t cut it these days, or any day:
Among the many duties we assume are these: To expose politicians who misrepresent history. To point out bogus analogies. To deflate beguiling myths. To remind Americans of the irony of history. To put events in context. To remind us all of the complexity of history.
Because we believe history is complicated our pages are open to people of all political persuasions. Left, right, center: all are welcome.
Back to Bush: The POTUS is likely to be more soothing and less bellicose tonight, as I’ve pointed out, but now he has even more reason to get his handlers to place a twinkle in his eye: The chief investigator of the Wampumgate scandal, Noel Hillman, has just left the building, for a presidentially appointed federal judgeship in New Jersey.
This move may delay the deadly fallout from that massive scandal long enough for the GOP to keep its death grip on Congress in this year’s elections. Now another prosecutor will have to get up to speed.
It’s enough to make you go postal, but someone in Santa Barbara, California, already beat you to it.
No, Bush won’t mention Wampumgate, but he’ll probably wax warmly about the Supreme Court, because 19 Democrats have caved in to the GOP. As the Washington Post‘s Charles Babington writes this morning:
Leaders of both parties said Alito, 55, will comfortably win confirmation today, although not by the 78 to 22 margin that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. received last fall. Legal analysts say Alito’s 15-year record as an appellate court judge suggests he may be more consistently conservative than Roberts. Moreover, they say, Alito is poised to make a larger impact on the court because he will replace Sandra Day O’Connor, the deciding vote in numerous 5 to 4 decisions over the years. Roberts succeeded a fellow conservative, the late William H. Rehnquist.
All the more reason for those of you who browse via Firefox to install Mike Ely‘s Homeland Insecurity Idiocy Level extension, which keeps you current with the regime. I couldn’t agree more with one Firefox denizen who wrote, “Useless, but funny!”
Ely, a web brainiac in southern Oregon (check out Taupe Hat Systems), has raised a ruckus, especially among the humorless, with his funny extension. He explains it this way:
But Ely doesn’t just speak in code. His extension has generated lots of comment from Firefox users, and he’s not afraid of the heat, explaining:
Ely tries to tell die-hard Republicans to get a funny bone and continues:
As I write this, Ely’s “idiocy level” extension translates the DHS’s fearmongering “elevated” level of “threat” to “scared.” Me, I just know that God must have a sense of humor or she wouldn’t have scheduled Bush to speak tonight.