Monday, May 15, 2006

Bubble People!

Xanax poster queen Laura Bush doesn't believe her husband's bad poll numbers.
"I don't really believe those polls. I travel around the country. I see people, I see their responses to my husband. I see their response to me," she said.
"As I travel around the United States, I see a lot of appreciation for him. A lot of people come up to me and say, 'Stay the course'."
Of course what is said, and one wonders is if she even knows, is that Mrs. Bush travels in the same bubble her hus band does. Hand picked and pre-screened crowds of hard core supporters. Dissenters locked away in "free speech" zones hundreds of yards away from any where Ms. Bush might see them. So of, course she has no clue to the reality.
Many people have wrapped themselves in bubbles as well, preventing themselves from seeing the whole picture. watching FOX News, you may think things are going good, if only those protesters would shut up. I myself spent a lot of time thinking everything was a conspiracy, until I realized that I was only reading the news from conspiracy websites. So I started reading different sources and realized that...uh, well, everything is a conspiracy!
I was just reading an article over at Truthdig, about BattleCry!, a Christian brainwashing seminar aimed at American youths. Now, I've got nothing against the Bible (well, actually I do. What a load of crap) but it seems to me if you limit yourself to only listening to Christian rock, watching only Christian entertainment and reading only Christian literature you have placed yourself in a bubble as well. Several atendees interviewed said it was okay that Bush lied to start the war in Iraq, because God had placed him in power. Funny, I thought it was scrubbed voter rolls in 2000, and touch screen voting fraud in Ohio in 2004, but if that's the way God works, well then I don't feel so bad not believing in that shit. Let me spell it out for those whose brain may have been damaged from too much Bible reading. God broke one of His own commandments (Thou Shall Not Steal) to put George Bush in power to break another commandment (Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness). I guess that's why I have such a hard time with religion, if God is such a fucking hypocrite, why should I follow Him?
Well, actually God is not a hypocrite. However, those who follow Him blindly are, because they've never learned to think for themselves or question their leaders who exploit their belief system for their own gain. Ron Luce, and BattleCry! want to remove the peace and love from Christianity and make something as evil as they claim Islam to be.


kissfan said...

You forgot one, lew. Bush broke another commandment - "Thou shallt not kill."

Lew Scannon said...

Thanks_how could I forget that ome?

pissed off patricia said...

To the far right religion is a wonderful excuse for not taking responsibility for a damned thing that happens. That's all the hell it is, an excuse.

Jason H. Bowden said...


I'm an atheist, and I have no problem with policies that kill religious fanatics, whether they be David Koresh or al-Zarqawi. Turning the other cheek is for morons.

Lew Scannon said...

How about policies that kill religious fanatics like Olmert or Sharon?

Peacechick Mary said...

There's one phrase in the Bible that applies to this country - The truth shall set you free. We are in bondage to this maniac administration and we have to get the truth out. Keep telling the truth the way you do and we will be free soon.

Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker said...

Lew, can I have your iPod when the lightning strikes you?

Kathy said...

This is your key statement:

...God is not a hypocrite. However, those who follow Him blindly are.

The bible warns against false prophets. It also teaches that we will know christians by the fruit that they bear. Bush and his followers may be pro-life, but they have also sown hatred, division, poverty and death across the globe. This qualifies them as false prophets in my opinion.

God is not a single issue God. We must act with love and justice in all situations.

Lily said...

What people forget about David Koresh is that he walked around freely in town and could have been grabbed by anyone at any time, thus avoiding the whole dramatic standoff scenario. Until someone gives me an explanation for why the ATF didn;t get him when, for example, he got the infamous haircut while they were AROUND... I reserve the right to question as a citizen.

bet Bowden will think of some excuse for why so many had to die in something like that, that even those involved admitted went wrong the way of Ruby Ridge...but I suppose patriotism means thinking your government can kill you at their whim.

Nice comparison, Bowden. As usual your head is up your arrogant ass.

Lily said...

And by the way, lew, as a person who believes in separation, the ten commandments have little relevance. But you could quote the US Constitution and a number of treaties, conventions, and agreements to which we were parties and signators.

But again- who needs law when we can have a dictatorship?

Omnipotent Poobah said...

Well if it hadn't been for her bubble Laura would have never been able to marry George. She wouldn't have been able to stomach the crapweael otherwise.

kissfan said...

bowden -

Does that include religious fanatics like Dobson? Or Falwell? Or Perkins? What about Bush, he's pretty fanatic about his religion, right? Does it include him? Or how about the Pope? He's kind of fanatical, isn't he? Do you endorse policies that would kill Bush and the Pope, too?

Well, do you?

Elizabeth Branford said...

I don't see how Bush can be fanatical about his religion. While true he once worked as a political liason to the religious right groups, that was a job. Bush is a Methodist and it is a documented fact that the Methodist religion has a criteria for moral war and they do not feel the Iraqi invasion met that criteria. They have requested many times- the Bishops- to meet with him and discuss this and Bush has not agreed.

Bush may be a fanatic but he is clearly not very devout or beholden unless God calls him on the phone directly. Perhaps religion is not good enough when you have divine conversations!!!

Snave said...

Right on, Patricia, it's an excuse. Kathy, I would agree that the Bushies are wolves in sheeps' clothing, false prophets, etc.

Elizabeth, I agree re. separation. How can people be apoligists for a guy who has referred to the Constitution as a "goddamned piece of paper"?

Laura probably sees a lot of support for Dumbya when she travels the country, because those audiences and people with whom she meets have probably been carefully screened, so that her poor little ears won't have to hear anything bad about her tute widdo snookums. Yuccch.

Omnipotent Poobah: "crapweasel". Can I borrow that one? What a great name, I love it.

That Damned Jezebel said...

I bet they are preselected. or scared she will run them over with her damn car.

Now she denies poll numbers? Well- using data and intelligence is not their most famous skill, is it?

michael the tubthumper said...

snave, i think they are wolves in wolves clothing.

as for laura bush... what she said reminds me of a thing that is said about the queen here...

"the queen thinks that the world smells of fresh paint"

...because everuwhere she goes there is a guy giving something a touch-up about 10 feet in front of her.

i think this is the same syndrome.

Lew Scannon said...

Michael-LOL that is too funny, but true!

Diane S. said...

You know it's pretty easy to want to condemn Laura for this. Mostly because it's pretty easy to try to condemn Laura, but I think your more general point is well taken. I think it may even apply more broadly than most of us would like to admit.

Speaking strictly for myself, I tend to move in circles of people who share my basic political ideologies are similar to mine. Professionally this is impossible, but all the rhetoric I hear over the water cooler or get via intra-office email is just so much "blah blah blah Yay! Bush!" to me. Five minutes after I've deleted the email or the conversation is over, I'd have a hard time telling you what it was about.

As to the breaking of Christian Commandments, the Christian right does this all the time. They completely ignore the one about casting the first stone or removing the beam from your own eye.

To Elizabeth, allow me to just say, "Hear! Hear!"

And to you Lew, allow me to say, "Great Post!" and then "Gee, I kind of miss your old Munsch like icon, and I find your current one sort of sexual and a wee bit frightening..." (Which probably says way more about me than it does about you.)

I'm sorry I've been so verbose. I'm frankly incapable of writing a short comment. I try. Really, I do. And what comes out is pages and pages. I actually deleted a whole section. Really. No. Really.

The Coveted Thong of helen Thomas said...

Diane is funny.

Some call Lew's picture a razor-scathed nipple.

Some call Lew's picture herpes.

Some call it a g spot. What's that, ladies?

Looks like ass acne to me.

Newsguy said...

Lew, I got here late. What the hell is that a picture of, up there on your profile? It looks a little like something I use to describe people like Dubya and his sidekick, Karl.