Showing posts with label Plan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Plan. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Scapegoat ...Aaaaaaggghhhh!

The President of the USA told 60 Minutes in an interview that if Americans wanted a "scapegoat" he was it. There have been "things that could've been done better" and if we need a scapegoat he'll take it on for us. My head exploded.

I like Webster's 9th New Collegiate, it's not the best but they do get to the point fairly quickly and are accepted:

scapegoat - 1. *biblical, never mind* 2. a: one who bears the blame for others b: one that is the object of irrational hostility

If Merriam Webster take these people in the White House seriously they're going to be publishing an entirely new type of dictionary, one with meanings optional. They'll just spray words at a page and you get to pick what you like.

Now if you can explain to me how exactly it is that the Commander-in-Chief, you know, The Decider, is bearing the blame for someone else regarding the conduct of his war I'll try to put my head back together and apologize. Failing that, explain to me how this person who has mislead us into a war, mismanaged a war, inaccurately described the progress of a war, and divided this country into Patriots who back him and Traitors who do not is the object of irrational hostility on this basis and I'll just stop writing anything at all, ever again, because I must be psychologically imbalanced and just plain retarded.

There is such a complete and total disregard for the meaning of the English language demonstrated by these people that there probably are no words to adequately describe it to them. This misuse of the language goes beyond spin into the realm of propaganda. For Condi Rice to argue that escalation isn't the proper term, that augmentation is a correct description to a US Senator - Republican - is just plain ... stupid. Augment means: to make greater, more numerous, larger, or more intense and escalate means : to increase in extent, volume, number, amount, intensity, or scope. This is the best we can do for a Sec. State? This isn't about the diplomacy of correct language, this is about using the language to deny that what you're doing is exactly what you say you're doing. Does this make your head spin? 'We don't want you to think we're doing exactly what we're telling you we are doing because you might not like us doing exactly what we just told you we are doing.' If you don't like being treated like a complete idiot, it would pay to remember that these people were elected by us TWICE.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Suppose I Wreck Your Sleep Tonight...

I know that looking at the Administration's accomplishments over the last six years bears resemblance to what you'd get if you dumped ten pounds of Legos in front of a two year old, but what if...

There's actually meaning to it all?

Suppose that no group of adults could actually manage to behave that stupidly, that there is an end behind all the meaningless means. If you could devalue government statements sufficiently, if you could run the economy into the dirt, create a plutocracy, if you could bankrupt the central government, if you could corrupt legislators, if you could wreck the media, if you could bury the Constitution and Ancient English Law, and you could teach the military how to function in civil strife with a scared spitless population what would you have accomplished? Forget legal and moral restraints, work on this from the standpoint of wealth and power and where would this set get you to?

I'd rather I hadn't thought of this, I won't sleep well tonight. How about you?