While loafing at the Olympic games in Beijing, presumptive (but never elected) President Bush held up the American flag. Backwards, of course.
Seems a perfect image for his breathtaking idiocy and for his handling of the country itself.
Won’t it be nice to have a president with a brain, and the will and integrity to treat us and the country with respect? Hint: Such a man is not John McCain.
Photo from the Huffington Post.
Remember when the phrase “It’s the eonomy, stupid” helped Bill Clinton beat Bush The Elder in 1992? GHW Bush was leveraging foreign policy issues, and James Carville put the phrase in Clinton’s office as a reminder of what would really stir up American sentiment. Now, as Bush II has destroyed our foreign policy (among 2,456 other critical areas of American concern), and (Mc)Bush III persists in chatting up Republican foreign policy machismo (the word stupid really comes to mind here), Mister McBush Magoo McCain has offered up this brilliant assessment of our serious recession: “It’s psychological.”
This funny video says it best:
Livingston’s favorite conspiracy theorist and losing City Commission candidate has updated her list of People Who Run This Town. For a very long time, that list, often referred to as the Oligarchy or the Triumvirate, included these favorites: The City Commission and City Manager, the Livingston Gallery Association (LGA), and the Livingston Enterprise. There were heavily dropped hints of a Lesbian Conspiracy a few years ago, too, astonishing in light of the fact that there are not enough lesbians in town to form a string quartet, never mind a Conspiracy. But those barely-veiled homophobic remarks never made it into the Enterprise Letters to the Editor, so this imagined oligarchy remained a triumvirate.
In what no one would mistake for a graceful concession or a move toward reconciliation and healing, the losing candidate sent the Enterprise a written statement yesterday that included this update on the Oligarchy:
“My only regret is that the community is still, basically, run by the same small group of organizations that was in place three years ago: the Gallery Association, CNR (Corporation for the Northern Rockies), the Stafford Animal Shelter.”
The triumvirate became a Quinumvirate with the addition of Corporation for the Northern Rockies (CNR) and the Stafford Animal Shelter. [What’s next? The City Commission meeting agenda is secretly set behind a vegetable stand at the CNR Farmer’s Market?] The Livingston Gallery Association seems to have maintained its enviable status. It isn’t exactly clear if the two new conspiratorial organizations were in addition to the LGA, or replacements for the City Commission and the Enterprise. It seems doubtful that these favorite targets were supplanted, so let’s go with the update of the Triumvirate to a Quinumvirate.
There’s also a math challenge here. If these two new conspirators were “in place three years ago,” then wasn’t it a Quinumvirate all along? [I’ll leave puzzles like these to a new LOL mascot, the Puzzled Lemur at right. LogicEscapesMe-ur.]
For those who are not able to follow conspiratorial logic, let alone the math challenge just posed, the theory here seems to be that if anyone who serves our city has ever volunteered for, contributed to, or been on a board for an organization, then that organization Runs The Town. Considering that about 4,367 Livingstonians volunteer, contribute, and serve on boards, that might mean that the only folks who should rightfully have an influence in our town, are–heaven forbid–those dreaded “outsiders.” Considering our favorite theorist’s unbridled contempt for Nontanans, that poses a conundrum. Her theories have shot themselves, basically, in the foot. And a word to you Rotarians out there; don’t even think about serving in government! I basically mean it!
If you buy the notion that there is no such thing as bad publicity, then I would think every organization in town is very, very eager to make the list. The good news for them is that it is, basically, pretty darn easy.
The bad news for us is that two more excellent community organizations with good reputations just got added to what is rapidly becoming very much like, and as long as, basically, the Nixon Enemies List.