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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Heat Makes Hundreds of Jamboree Scouts Ill

I'm not sure what to make of the news that over three hundred scouts fell ill while waiting for the President to arrive. It's late, I can't sleep for whatever reason, and I'm prone to see the dark side to nearly every action this administration takes, but doesn't it seem careless if not insensitive and manipulative?

One: the president wedges in to a tragic story in order to offer comfort. Okay, perhaps I can give him this one. The scouts, after all, are a faith-based, discriminatory group. He probably does feel bad at losing some of his own. But my suspicion is that it was mostly done for p.r.

Two: Assuming the handlers of the president are aware of how complicated it is for any gathering to host POTUS, and assuming they can read a weather report, did it not occur to them that a significant delay on a day when temperatures approached 100 and high humidity would be at the very least, remarkably uncomfortable.

So a generous person gives the president the benefit of the doubt and assumes he wanted to make a gesture of respect and condolences to an iconic group assembling nearby. But a person disgusted with an isolationist, lying and manipulative white house with its collective head in the sand about anything outside its own sphere of interest sees one more instance of the collateral damage done.

The Bush years are best seen against a background of fallen men and boys in uniform.


At 2:37 AM, Blogger GorgeouslyGeorgina said... got me thinkin bout that huh?..well im just a newbie im really hopin id enjoy the blogging and stuffs! visit me in my profile.. cheers!!!!!

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Dr.K said...

Of course it seems insensitive and manipulative, because it is. My revulsion knows no bounds, and I'm sick of revulsion, I really want this presidential ass to do something to make me proud. It ain't gonna happen, I'm afraid. Hey, how about that new energy bill, by the way? Lots of incentives for big oil, a push for ethanol (which uses as much oil in tractor fuel and petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides as it saves, not to mention the pollution)and almost no incentives for clean fuel initiatives and low fuel autos. How can such a thing be? And yet, there he sits. I just put a Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker on my car, because now more than ever it's important for us to show our support.

At 8:40 AM, Blogger Dr.K said...

Hey, by the way, I'd LOVE to meet that GorgeouslyGeorgina , wouldn't you? Did you see her interests? Facial c___? Hmmm--looks like your blog is attracting a very liberal and highly sensitized readership these days! (I wonder who she voted for.) Actually, I suspect that she just wants to be a star. While she's busy attracting her audience, I hope she enjoys all that blogging and stuffs! cheers!!!!!

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Dr.K said...

Aw, heck--looks like I've been had! I wanted to read her blog, and now I bet Georgina isn't even a real girl! Silly me!

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Not Scott said...

Yes, it appears that LiO(iS) has been a victim of cynical manipulation. I can only assume it was another act of the Bush administration to distract people from the real issues. I bet that's really Scooter Libby behind that doe-eyed mask.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Dr.K said...

It's really Karl Rove. This blog has put you on his hit list, you know, although you're down somewhere below 1500 or 1600 in line. Given his troubles these days--he's too tied up defending his arogant, sorry ass to get to his real work--I think you're safe for the time being. But watch your back, pal.

At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Shecky said...

First: like the new colors.

Second: I read that Dubya was scheduled to speak at the "jamboree" before the deaths. When CNN.COM originally reported the story, they said Bush would still attend after the deaths of the 4 scout leaders.

At 7:46 AM, Blogger Not Scott said...

Well, hell. That screws up most of my theory. Still, look at a weather report for Pete's sake.


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