Wednesday, July 09, 2003

"A plan known only to Providence." What does Rhode Island have to do with it?

So Stephen Hawking rolls into a strip club.... No, seriously. There’s a picture.

The US may not have admitted that its “ultimate objective” in sending troops to Iraq is to gain access to its oil, but the Polish foreign minister has (the words in quotes are his).

Bush comes out against slavery. He thinks it was a bad thing. Although he doesn’t actually apologize for it. Now remember how I complained about the affirmative action decision that the “diversity” argument was used as if you couldn’t just do it to redress injustices against minorities but had to claim that it benefitted white guys as well? How’s this for logic--Bush again: "the spirit of their captors was corrupted . . . small men took on the powers and airs of tyrants and masters. Years of unpunished brutality and bullying and rape produced a dullness and hardness of conscience. Christian men and women became blind to the clearest commands of their faith..." Then he goes on about the black people convincing whites to free them. "By a plan known only to Providence, the stolen sons and daughters of Africa helped to awaken the conscience of America. The very people traded into slavery helped set America free." So the real crime of slavery was that it hurt white people. (Most reports omitted the “Christian men and women” line; the NY Times carried it, and noted the intense religiosity of the speech, although it didn’t mention that Senegal is a mostly Muslim country.)

By the way, I was wrong about the residents of Gorée being confined to their homes during Bush’s visit. They were actually herded into a football field and kept there most of the day.

Maybe the drug tsar should be retitled the drug pope? He was at a Christian drug rehab clinic to “celebrate its miracles. ... Institutions that connect people to God are crucial to the many millions of people who are in recovery.” Hey if you want to connect them to God, give them their LSD back. Obviously the Bushies are preparing yet another cash giveaway to the God-botherers. (In the first line of this paragraph it would have bene more appropriate to say drug patriarch than drug pope, that being the title of the head of the Russian orthodox Church, thus extending the “tsar” theme, but I couldn’t be sure how many of you would have recognized the term)

WashPost headline: “U.S. to Appoint Council to Represent Iraqis.” Appoint. Represent. Don’t think so.

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