Saturday, May 26, 2007

Pelosi assumes the position

From today's NYT:

Pelosi stopped short of condemning the president's call for slowing the nation's growth rate in carbon emissions.

"In seeking solutions," she said, ''we need to shorten the distance between inconceivable and inevitable.''

Yep. The inconceivable is that the doormatocats will do anything beyond muttering incoherently in a way designed not to offend anyone -- not the people who vote for them, not their corporate masters, much less their republican overlords.

The inevitable is that they will lay down on the porch to facilitate those who enjoy stepping on them.

Speaking of stupid

I can't help noticing, despite the general silence of the leftish blogs, as well as my own efforts to avoid reading the news, that the doormatocrat party has suffered yet another humiliating defeat by Bush and the republicans. After threatening, and actually voting to withhold funding for military operations in Iraq, they totally caved, gave the idiot everything he wanted, and pocketed $20 billion or so in pork at the same time just to add a whiff of corruption to their aura of imbecility.

How fucking stupid can they be? They chose to fight a high profile battle which they had no chance whatsoever to win. The troops would be funded. They said so from the outset. The question wasn't if they would surrender, it was when? And how?

And Karl Rove must have devised the "and how?" The Democrats did't just surrender, they profited from it, lined their pockets, and/or those of their campaign contributors. Can they really not see that trap? Wasn't Dick Cheney daring them to walk into it a clue? It's like a Bugs Bunny cartoon in which huge blinking signs with the word "trap" point at a trap, yet Daffy Duck walks right into it anyway. They're a bunch of maroons, that's what they are.

It's not like Bush and friends are all powerful super geniuses. They are idiots, widely hated and ridiculed. Losing to them is like getting beat up by a mentally challenged 1st grader. Could the democrats be any more stupid and weak? I don't see how.

The only explanation is that they are not a real opposition party. They are not laying there on the porch with a sign on their back saying "step on me (only $20 billion}" because they are stupid and weak. Who could be that stupid and weak? They are to the Republicans what the Washington Generals are to the Harlem Globetrotters, a team paid to lose.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Poetics, the sequel

Another Sunday has rolled around with no original content on Chuckling, the on-line magazine. Since last week's poem went over so well, I will offer up for sacrifice the other one I've written. If you don't like them, don't worry. I've worked on each for about four years, so it will likely be 2011 before you see another.

It's kind of fun to tell stories this way, with more elevated forms of language, but I won't be putting out the requsite "slim volume of poetry" anytime soon. I don't even submit them to magazines, other than Chuckling, which will publish just about any crap I submit.

In response to several emails I recieved on Pan, although my soul may well be wracked with the tortures of the damned, these poems are just writing exercises for the most part. Pan, like much poetry, takes the perspective of a mythical personage, in this case a forest god tempted by the sea. On the Eleventh tells a similar story.

On the Eleventh

My heart
is confusion
together with my soul
It is desolate
like consuming fire

Conceal yourself for a little while
in the midst of these coals
where living creatures,
torches, as it were,
burn in place of my grief

A vision will come
Life and old age
Counsel and prudence
Secrets of all living things

The days will hasten on fast,
draw together, bone to bone,
joint to joint,
sinews come upon them

To those without sense
from the earth
there will be
For them, graves