Worst President Ever

George Walker Bush is a criminal and a murderer.

I suppose technically a murderer is a criminal… but let me explain further.

The thing with a hurricane is that it’s big. You can see one from space. Hurricane Katrina was no different. Clicking on the link shows you a weather pattern stretching from the Cuba/Mexico part right across the gulf to the south coast of the United States. It’s not like it magically appeared either. No. Miss Katrina was heralded into existence by the National Hurricane Centre as early as 26 August 2005. Previously they’d just thought it a bit of a storm next to the Bahamas I suppose…

Come the end of September New Orleans was a toxic swimming pool and Bush had lost the Republicans the next election. So bad was the hatred that not only did the Republicans lose to the Democrats, they lost to a Black Democrat who was half African.

Good old Bush.

By good I mean appalling and by old I mean dickheadedly arrogant. Bush was to the United States of America the type of thing that Ebola is to humans. One minute you’re petting the cute Texan monkey funded by the Halliburton of the Congo, next minute your internal organs are melting and you’re bleeding out your eyeballs. Having read over that metaphor it was making sense at the start but I think I lost it towards the end. Basically I’m trying to compare His Bushness with something terrible – perhaps Ebola or some kind of Bobbit-like incident upon your person – because he was truly the most atrocious president I have had the misfortune of living through. That’s saying something because Nixon was in power when I was born.

George W. Bush – an anagram of Beg Worse Hug… mmm, indeed.

How could someone in the face of total catastrophe leave a city to wash into the gulf? How could someone leave one of the cultural capitals of his country to rot in the summer sun? How could a ex-drinking coke-fiend decide to spend anywhere between $US177,000,000 and $US400,000,000 per day in Iraq looking for weapons of mass distraction. Oh that’s right, I remember now. Bush wasn’t actually president. Cheney and his mates were. Bush was just the Texan joker with the mellow accent who made all the evil done by the satanic lapdogs the extreme right boosted to the White House kind of sound OK.

It’s estimated the cost to repair the damage from Hurricane Katrina is going to be around$150 billion – depending on where you look. This would equate to around 850 days (2 and a bit years) worth of Iraq War (based on above estimates which I suppose can be questioned as to accuracy since I didn’t count the actual money as it was being spent). If the Bush/Cheney regime of plantation owning oil munching slave traders had pulled out of Iraq when the world called their bluff on the weapons of mass distruction they may have been able to rebuild New Orleans in about a week.

Why am I going on about this 4 years after the fact? See the Spike Lee documentary When the Levees Broke. It’s an astounding portrayal of how little a federal government made up of rich whities can care about its people. No wonder there are so many fundamentalists roaming around Utah and Montana training for the imaginary apocolypse.

Ah well… at least in New Zealand we don’t have to worry about that sort of nonsense. The government here looks after the people and the country. Oh no, wait, that’s right. They don’t at all. This week the National government, whose been in power for about a year, announced that vast tracts of land owned by the Department of Conservation – the government department responsible for looking after what’s left of our natural landscape – up to mining and exploration of our mineral wealth.

My god. Honestly. Could you be any more unsustainable than that????? Well yes you could. By invading Iraq and spending more than the entire yearly New Zealand GDP figure per day on a war that was argued for on the basis of weapons that didn’t exist.

The reason this is happening is because of the unsustainable thinking of idiots who run the country. Making money seems to be the goal of those on the right. Making money any way possible. The capitalist juggernaut barrels through the pristine countryside on the hunt for gold or silver or nickle. What do we get in return? A filthy great hole in the ground, massive pollution left over from tailings dams and no wildlife because the bush covering the stripped land was cleared to get at the land in the first place.

Phew! Why am I so against capitalism? Because the model just doesn’t work. Time and time and time again we see suffering and deprevation that occurs because some boffin in an office, with no sense of humanity, just a sense of the bottom line of his company’s/government’s wallet, makes a decision to cut and slash and burn. Capitalists only see the balance sheet. Their projections are made only in dollars. They cannot or will not see the people their decisions affect.

Economists have a lot to answer for. Formulas are ok in your computers or on your office whiteboard but as soon as you add the complex requirements of a human being, or many, many human beings, the formula is rendered obsolete.

Money was the reason for the Katrina disaster also. The levees broke because the government cut corners. The government failed to respond because the majority of those affected by the levees lived in the poor parts of town. Those votes don’t really count because they can’t really fund-raise like a Newt Gingricher. Iraq wouldn’t have been invaded if there wasn’t oil there or the contract to reconstruct wasn’t won by Cheneyburton (how that conflict of interest failed to get impeached I’ll never know).

I did promise last time something more upbeat and lively. Unfortunately the Spike Lee doco got in my way and Bush pissed me off again. He’s like the athletes foot of thought in his continued return to my psyche.

George W Bush – anagram of bugger he sow.. how very true.

Boon x


Death to All

Hello to everyone,

Recently I talked about the rank hypocrisy displayed by many members of what has been dubbed ‘the right’ or ‘the religious right’. This time I plan to delve deeper into this most interesting and perhaps tragic of areas.

Whatever your views on any political subject, abortion seems to the the single topic that so divides thinking. On the one hand you have the likes of me (the Roers) who believe it is a woman’s right to choose and others (the Waders) who believe it should be their right to choose. Being in the midst of some fertility issues (and a man), abortion is not high on my list of things to experience, and I would never want any baby/foetus/embryo that was created in part thanks to my vigorous swimmers to be excised in any way. Even though I hold this belief, it is NOT my place to tell others to do it my way. This is how it should be…

However, there are those members of the community who do believe that life begins, not at 40 as the old song goes, but at conception – that point when sperm and egg meet somewhere in the fallopian tubes, combine together and begin to divide (Of course, if this bunch of cells were to be removed from the body they would not be able to survive on their own, so perhaps this isn’t when life begins???). Anyway, these people have been dubbed the ‘pro-lifers’ with their thoughts that 2 cells is a human being.

So begins the critique…

I believe that people have the fundamental right to believe anything that they want to. In New Zealand we don’t actually have a constitution (as they do in the USA), but we do have a Bill of Rights which holds for every citizen. If you believe, as those members of the Heaven’s Gate cult did, that the earth was about to be ‘wiped clean’ by the comet Hale Bopp, and ate tainted pudding to pass to the ‘next level’ then that is your fundamental right as a human. The main issue I have with belief is that so often it takes on a ‘we’re right and you’re wrong’ aspect (see Christians v. Muslims, 1095-present / Jews v. Everybody, dawnoftime-present).

The ability of pro-lifers to take on the mantel of the chosen ones whose belief system is the correctest has been a time honoured tradition passed down through many a family since the process was invented. The Bible is often used as a way of justifying their thinking (as you would expect I suppose since it is the basis of their belief system). However, because it was written by the church to quell the masses, and not by God and Jesus, then it is full of major contradictions.

And the Lord said unto him, therefore whoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold (Gen 4:15).

Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you (2 Cor 13:11).

God bless the Lord for being so multi-dimensional.

Of course, believers will say we are taking the Bible out of context when we quote these various contradictory scriptures. What about them? They like to quote single lines here and there (an eye for an eye etc.), they just fail to mention the contradictory bits (turn the other cheek, do unto others etc).

Ultimately, when that hippy Jesus came along (see new testament), the whole vengeful God thing calmed down. He walked around the middle east in his bare feet singing songs of love and praising God, who, he said was his father. Of course, if this sort of thing happened now (someone claiming to be the son of God), they would undoubtedly be institutionalised and diagnosed with schizophrenia. So Jesus preached a message of love and goodwill towards man, so how have things gone so tragically wrong?

This week, in a church in the United States, a doctor was shot dead. In a church. In a church!! What??!!?!? This doctor George Tiller gained notoriety for performing ‘late term’ abortions – these are abortions performed on foetuses that could survive outside the woman’s body if they were born. Controversial? Yes indeed. Worth being murdered for? I think not. The person who shot an killed Dr Tiller walked into a church on a Sunday morning last week and shot him once, then left. Presumably this person is opposed to the service that Dr Tiller provides on religious grounds.

What I can’t understand, perhaps because I’m barking up the wrong tree, is how anybody could walk into a house of God on a Sunday and murder someone. To that person I ask, “How on earth are you promoting your cause in this case?”

If you are pro-life, if you believe that life does indeed begin at conception, then you can’t, on the other hand, kill someone, bomb a clinic, or generally terrorise other people who don’t believe what you believe. It’s just wrong. So so wrong. There is no defence for killing someone for what they believe in. None at all. I don’t care if you’re a Christian from the mid-west, Osama bin-Laden or George W. Bush. You have no right to take the life of another.

There. I’ve said my piece. A bit preachy this time, but it had to be said.

Boon x

100 Days…

So Obama’s been in for 100 days. They’re all going on about it….

What’s he achieved so far? Well I think his crowning achievement is not moves halting US torture of detainees, time-line of withdrawal from Iraq, or his decisive moves to halt world economic collapse.

His greatest accomplishment to date is the way he has totally freaked out the right wing lunatic fringe of the US. Of course, when I use the word ‘fringe’ here it implies that there aren’t very many of them. In actual fact there is a vast swath of this fringe that regularly drapes itself over all aspects of the United States. So much so that a brother such as Obama, and recently our southern white brother Clinton, have to turn up to church of a weekend to keep up appearances. I have do doubt that they believe, but having to be pictured heading off to the great building with the family rather than just kicking back, reading the papers and having a latte like the rest of us must be more than just a little bit annoying.

The fact that this right wing lunatic fringe uses religion and Fox News as a front to spout all sorts of ridiculous atrocities makes it even more frightening. Think about the sorts of things that these types talk about inside and outside the electoral process: against same sex marriages, for guns, against abortion, ardent unfettered patriotism. All these things can be quite scary to a little New Zealand free liberal such as myself…

The rallying call of the right recently has been the quaking and shaking. I suppose it happened accidentally before the election when they mistook Barack for some kind of Muslim because of the chocolaty nature of his hue and the fact that his last name sounds a tiny, little bit like the first name of some mystery beardo who nobody’s seen for a decade. Anyhoo, the conservative right are now terrified of Obama. Terrified to the point that they have begun a group called the ‘teabaggers’ (see recent blog) whose main objective is not testicular in nature, but to reduce their federal tax burden. Terrified to the point that their main media outlet fails to fully research a moniker before implementing its blanket usage. Terrified to the point that they don’t actually know what to do other than to complain and moan that, “he’s doing it all wrong.”

Ahhhh… the religious right… That vast group of conservative idiots whose main goal in life is to live by the code of the bible while at the same time to live by the code of the self. Their call for individual rights above all others is only tempered by the doomed hypocrisy of telling other people how to live their lives.

Here is just a short list of contradictory ideologies that make up the founding platforms of these selfish twats (twat: noun a man who is a stupid, incompetent fool. syn dickhead, idiot). They are pro-life with their blinding hatred of a woman’s right to choose, yet at the same time they will willingly exercise their constitutional right to kill people they find on their property – even if that people is a friend and/or relative. They like to send people to prison for life or to death row (see previous pro-life point), yet they are unwilling to pay the necessary level of tax required to support the cost of housing those prisoners, or indeed rehabilitating them to the point where they may once again contribute to society. Conservatives will espouse individuals rights over the rights of the collective (i.e. society), yet are quite willing to tell everyone else what to do when it comes to things like those mentioned in this paragraph.

The great thing about conservatives and their hypocrisy is how far they fall. With a liberal type you generally know what they’re about. I believe in this, I did that at university but didn’t inhale etc. Religious conservatives have to keep up appearances. If you need to appear moral in character and then you start fiddling the books of your company/church, or have sex with prostitutes, then you’re in much bigger trouble when you get caught compared to say someone like Clinton who got some, allegedly, in the oval office with a young intern. Even though he denied fully any accusations, when he ultimately did fess up, nothing much happened because everyone knew he was a bit of a loose cannon and quite a lovable one at that. The Republicans couldn’t even impeach him.

Of course, being a blogger, I am prone to gross generalisations without any foundation. Check this book out (thanks to Google books). I particularly love the front cover – much fire and brimstone. Not all conservatives or religious people are going to be the selfish, pro-life, pro-death, money-grubbing, gun toting nazis that get all the media coverage (Dick Cheney). A vast majority of the religious right go to church because they love Jesus and God and their ideas. It’s just that they expect everyone to be like them, and if, “we’re not with them, we’re against them.”

Totally free and independent individual rights don’t necessarily work. Some regulatory checks and balances are needed. If these were in place then the US banking system would not be owned by Obama now.

Can’t we all be good without being God?

Boon x