Friday, September 30, 2005

 

THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS

David H. Safavian
"Scooter" Libby
Bill Frist
Tom Delay

"ONCE AGAIN, WE CAN DEPEND ON THE THE REPUBLICANS FOR ETHICAL LEADERSHIP....WHEN THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN CHARGE
" Greg Alexander in Salon 11/23/04


Any of you old enough to remember the above titled TV show with David Frost, Buck Henry, Alan Alda, Henry Morgan, and Nancy Ames, who narrated in folk song? Remember how she used to sing "that was the week that was, it's over, let it go" How the Republican party must be desperately hoping we take that message to heart! The week that was was a disaster for the Elephant.

First, we have Bush administration official David H. Safavian arrested for fraud and obstruction of justice. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is indicted in Texas, and indications are that a federal one may be coming soon. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Dept. announce that both are investigating Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on insider trading charges. Vice President Dick Chaney's chief of staff "Scooter" Libby is outed as Judy Miller's source in the Valerie Plame case. Mike "Brownie" Brown further embarrasses himself and the administration while testifying on Capital Hill. The man in charge of US military forces in Iraq,
Gen. George Casey testifies that the number of Iraqi battalions capable of acting independently of US troops has fallen from three to one. He further testifies that there appears to be no way of reducing the numbers of US troops in Iraq anytime soon. Meanwhile, the body count in Iraq continues to balloon, 160 dead, including at least 5 US troops, just since yesterday! Yeah, the week that was was a week the Yellow Elephants and Phightin Phundies would just as soon we let go. Somehow, I doubt anyone will!
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More people tune into American Public Radio's MARKETPLACE than any business show on the broadcast media. This week, they ran a terrific series of commentaries on poverty in America. One of the things that struck me is how much agreement there was on one premise. That people are kept in poverty because big business and the government profit from poverty. Walmart was a prime example given by one commentator. In the state of West Virginia, Walmart doesn't have to pay any taxes for 50 years, because they built one store in an impoverished area. They have discovered what the mining and timber industries knew. That if you pay folks just enough to subsist, you can become filthy rich riding on their backs.

But government has a vested interest in poverty too. Thousands and thousands of people make a living off the impoverished, from all the people employed by HHS, to all the local people working at the social services and unemployment offices. Even the police profit, as one commentator put it "the near poor riding herd on the unruly poor"

This was a really interesting series of commentaries. I hope you'll take the time to listen in.
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I love Robert Reich. He is a true rarity. An absolutely brilliant man who is down to earth, funny, and can communicate on everyman's level. He has a wonderful commentary on no bid contracts and the rebuilding of New Orleans HERE
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An Epidemic! Damn my daughter! She started singing the Manamana song from the Muppet Show at work today. Pretty soon it was stuck in everyone's head. I went in to buy groceries, and one of the cashiers was humming it. I've had it stuck in my head ever since! So now, I'm passing it along to you.... Manamana doo dooo doo doo doo, manamana doo dooby doo, manamana doo dooo doo doo doo de doo doo de doo doo do dooby do ba ba babba ba..... In case you somehow can't remember the Manamana song, you can see and hear it performed HERE (I DARE you!)
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Finally, I had my first appointment with my new doctor today. She is terrific. Her name is Dr. Ebonee Davis. A thirysomething black woman fresh out of the Navy. A terrific sense of humor, easy to talk to, very conversational. To be honest, I know she took my blood pressure and listened to my heart and all that stuff, but I was so engrossed in the conversation I really don't remember the exam. And the REALLY good news... I've lost 20 lbs and my blood pressure was 120/80! Yea!

Now cooking at THE CHURCH POTLUCK: Country Captain Chicken

Comments:
I love the Manamana song. When I clicked on it, my daughter said "Mom, why are you listening to the Dr Pepper song?"
Now I'm going to go around humming manamana for days!

I don't think I ever watched an episode of David Frost's show, but I do remember it.

It has been a terrible, awful, very bad week for the elephant people, but they've had bad weeks before and bounced right back. Come to think of it the past five years have been a series of bad weeks followed by months of bounce. I'm starting to wonder if this bunch can be brought down. Where are those great white hunters and their elephant guns?
 
Great post GWB,

And now I've got "manamana" running through my head!

Add to The Scandal Ridden Bush Administration this:

Buying of News by Bush's Aides Is Ruled Illegal

By ROBERT PEAR

Federal auditors said the administration had disseminated "covert propaganda" in the U.S., in violation of a statutory ban.

In today's NYTimes

www.nytimes.com

We no longer have an administration running the country.

What we have is a CRIME SYNDICATE.

The stench of scandal has enveloped Washington DC.

Never in my life have I witnessed such dishonest, thieving, lying, venal public servants.

And the fish stinks from the head.

Ptoohey!
 
Great post GWB,

And now I've got "manamana" running through my head!

Add to The Scandal Ridden Bush Administration this:

Buying of News by Bush's Aides Is Ruled Illegal

By ROBERT PEAR

Federal auditors said the administration had disseminated "covert propaganda" in the U.S., in violation of a statutory ban.

In today's NYTimes

www.nytimes.com

We no longer have an administration running the country.

What we have is a CRIME SYNDICATE.

The stench of scandal has enveloped Washington DC.

Never in my life have I witnessed such dishonest, thieving, lying, venal public servants.

And the fish stinks from the head.

Ptoohey!
 
I first saw the Ma-na-ma-na skit on Sesame Street as a kid. I love the way Animal is being crazy and the two girl creatures keep giving him a strange look while prompting him to get even more whacked. Then he walks off the set only to ring the stage phone with another interjection of his part.

Elephants have a good memory...unless it is about their own mistakes.
 
Now you've sent that damn song to MN; thanks a lot! ;)

I'd forgotten all about That Was the Week That Was. Sort of our generation's version of The Daily Show.

I've seen a LOT on the "poverty thing" lately. More and more of us working poor are catching on to what corporate America is doing to us. Maybe we're lucky that Bush and Co. aren't bright enough to cover their tracks. They're enabling the "huddled masses" to see what's really going on!
 
Gotta love the muppets! One of the classic songs of my childhood!

Wow, quite a week in politics. Kinda makes me glad I'm Canadian. As for the poverty thing - yep, it pays to keep other people poor. Sad.
 
Isabella: If you look at those photos, they even look like mug shots.

Wanda: It may take more that guys with elephant guns... It may take anarchists with bombs.

TJ: You've just aged me, I remember it from watching wth my kids. And you're right, the Elephant;s memory is nothing if not convenient!

tshsmom: Take a good look around, maybe Minnesota's huddled masses are brighter than Indiana's. Here, I huddle not only from the powerful, but for protection from the stupidity of my fellows in the masses.

SS: Be thankful, be very thankful. By the way, i am available for adoption.
 
GWB,

I understand Blogger is having a nervous breakdown today. I posted my comments only once, I swear.

Over at Atrios' blog, all of his posts got eaten alive by Blogger this morning.
 
Congrats on the good news at the doc's office. And congrats on finding a doc you actually like and who actually listens to you. That is becoming a rarity, I think.

Losing 20lbs is excellent, but I am even more happy to hear about your blood pressure being down. Go you!
 
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She started singing the Manamana song from the Muppet Show at work today. Pretty soon it was stuck in everyone's head.

Ha ha. I'm proud to say that I've never heard that song, so it could never be stuck in my head. :p

I know the Swedish chef though.
 
is it just me or could everyone else tell delay was corrupt just from his looks? btw, congrats on losing 20 lbs!
 
Laura and I own two different versions of Mahna Mahna, the muppet version, and the Cake version.

Both have their merits. If I want to "have a moment" with Laura, all I have to do is say "Mahna Mahna" and she'll "doo doooo doo doodoo" at me.
 
"btw, congrats on losing 20 lbs!"

Wow!
I'm impressed, Pops.
Certainly you didn't manage this by eating the fabulous dishes featured on Church Potluck. Just in case you missed it, I did a shout out of all my blogs I frequent --I threw Church Potluck in there on your shout out, because my cousins are in charge of potluck at our church and also because we eat dinner at each others homes so often, we're always looking for a good meal.
 
I take it you also have the Muppet Show Season 1 on DVD? THat's on there - I LOVE manamana. Ever hear the Cake version?

As for Bush bringing "honor and integrity" back to government - all I have to say is my left butt cheek has more honor and integrity than Bush's administration.
 
According to Doud (www.cursed-juggler.blogspot.com) who posted last week, that manamana song was originally made for a porn movie!!

What about the former secretary of Education, mr. book of virtures and his comments last week? that was a juicy one for republican leadership as well.
 
yeah, the entire republican leadership seems to be be cursed with permanent vertical smiles!
 
Hey, congrats on the weight loss! The only downside is you might have to buy a lotta new clothes.
Now I have the song in my head, dammit, but at least it replaced the Smurf song - which is worse. "La LA lalalala, la la la la la..."
 
See GWB, I get back from my vacation and I'm expecting you to have about a half dozen new posts for me to read! I've been cut off from civilization for a week. I need to be enlightened and entertained (not necessarily in that order).
 
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