From Pine View Farm

Magickal Shrinking Man 2

Someone told me yesterday that she was looking forward to hearing what I had to say about the Current Federal Administrator’s last scheduled press conference.

Please, I said, I’m trying not to think about him. I don’t want to write about that.

Besides, I said, I’m afraid it will make my fever and headaches come back, not to mention the shakes and chills.

Nevertheless, she said, I’m looking forward to what you write.

Man, I just want to see him ride off into the sunset on his mountain bike and go clear brush somewhere (I hear there’s brush in Van Diemen’s Land), while still holding my breath about what more damage he might do.

Remember, there’s a week left. He has demonstrated an impressive capacity for doing immense harm in short time spans. Now he’s down to the two-minute drill of his presidency. He has nothing left to lose.

Cause he’s lost it all.

Not just for him. For us.

And, of course, it wasn’t just him. It was him and the whole rotten Republican and neocon establishment, which finally got to work its way on the United States, leaving her naked, bleeding, penniless, and violated, lying in a ditch on the road to Crawford.

Let us consider the record.

  • Pissing away blood and treasure on the Glorious and Patriotic War for a Lie . . .
  • . . . and in the marvelous Wall Street sinkhole, because, well, rich people can be trusted to do what is right. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be rich, now would they?
  • Deregulating the economy right into the sewer.
  • Trashing a 250-year tradition–one not always maintained, but one not before trashed by God-help-me the Preznut–of treating prisoners of war with at least a modicum of humanity.
  • Not just ignoring, but destroying truth.
  • And displaying a general ability to get anything and everything wrong.

Oh, yeah, and remember how he was going to solve the Israel-Palestine problem by the end of his term?

Furthermore, picking up from the Blondie comic strip, his party even managed to sully the image of the plumbing industry.

But there is a bright side.

He seems to have brought the Republican Party right down with him. One can only hope.

Of course, now that party is back in the role of doing what it does best: fighting progress, blowing stuff out of proportion, making mountains out of molehills, and impugning the patriotism of honest Americans.

Come next Tuesday, I expect to be bitchin’ about the Obama administration.

(I also expect to be reading with glee all the news reports that will no doubt spill forth from decent, honest civil servants who have feared to speak of the abuses and corruption they have witnessed under the regime of neocon hack political appointees.)

Nevertheless, however much I expect to disagree with them from time to time, I look forward with relief to the prospect of a Future Federal Administration that so far gives no signs of actively working as to do evil.

I don’t mind policy disagreements. Reasonable persons can disagree in good faith. Not that any policy-makers ever notice me unless I drag out Open Office and write them letters.

But I sure am tired of the bad faith, tired of the lies, tired of evil done in my name.



  1. Karen

    January 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I sincerely hope that Obama doesn’t just let all the abuses go, & not investigate anything, as he sounded Sunday on “This Week”. If they don’t know how or why some of the crap happened, it will happen again.

  2. Frank

    January 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I tend to agree with you.

    At the same time, he’s got bigger, stinkier fish to fry than Cheney.

    You might want to listen to this. It sets forth the arguments both ways in a most cogent fashion.