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Ear to the Ground

Bush, God Still Tight

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Posted on Mar 8, 2007
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The San Francisco Chronicle’s Andrew S. Ross rounds up some first-hand accounts of last week’s White House luncheon, at which President Bush and a gaggle of conservative guests discussed the lessons of history, the Iraq war and the Almighty.  According to one attendee, the president said he has an edge over Winston Churchill, as his British political predecessor was an agnostic while Bush “has God.”


SFGate.com:

“It was an intimate affair,” one of the attendees wrote. “The historian Andrew Roberts and I had to squeeze our chairs together to allow the vice president, Dick Cheney, to pull his up to the table.”

The occasion was a book club-cum-luncheon last week at the White House thrown by President Bush, with conservative intellectuals, including Gertrude Himmelfarb, Norman Podhoretz and Michael Novak, among others, in attendance, and the guest of honor, Roberts, the author most recently of “A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.”

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By C Quil, March 9, 2007 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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There is no god - otherwise he would have smited (smote?) Bush by now with a lightning bolt for his blasphemies.

These people are humans, unfortunately, the worst examples of our species.

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By dick, March 9, 2007 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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Mythology is defined as your religion. Religion is defined as a misrepresentation of myth. Bush has the support of 30 million religious fascist fanatics, all wishing for death and eager for Armageddon. And all of Washington buracracy is for wars.

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By Sondree, March 9, 2007 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment
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God??????
Has he ever stopped to think that just maybe it IS"NT God who is talking to him????
think about it.

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By David, March 9, 2007 at 9:58 am Link to this comment
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So if god is on Bush’s side then this must be part of god’s plan.  Hundreds of thousands dead or maimed, a country in ruins, a once free people denied their basic rights, war for profit, smearing critics, tax cuts for the rich while children starve, female soldiers raped by their own comrads.  If this is god’s work…...

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By James Yell, March 9, 2007 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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I believe this snippet of an old poem says it all: “We are the hollow men, We are the stuffed men, head piece filled with straw, when we whisper together our voices are as quiet and meaningless as wind in dried grass, or rats feet over broken glass in our dry cellars.

Shape without form, Shade without color, Paralyzed force, gesture without motion————-” Sorry for errors in transcription as this is just from memory. Still I think it explains everything.

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By TAO Walker, March 9, 2007 at 12:29 am Link to this comment
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The other night Jon Stewart was doing a bookchat interview with an ex-army physician who’d treated U.S. casualties during the criminal assault on Fallujah.  The good doctor used the term “Indian Country” to refer to that city then in the throes of being nearly obliterated because some stupidly arrogant U.S. mercenaries had wandered in where they had no business, and gotten themselves killed and mutilated for their sins…..and (like Custer ala DeLoria) for America’s sins (joey #57450).

A lot of people say the U.S. Army suffered for years from “the Viet Nam syndrome,” supposedly its first real taste of the ignominy of defeat.  Of course Korea, twenty years earlier, wasn’t exactly an unqualified success, either.  Grenada was a cruel farce, and Panama Bush the elder’s infantile temper tantrum.

Here in Indian Country we see plainly that neither the military nor America itself ever really recovered from YellowHair’s foolhardy debacle on the bluffs above the Makes Fat Grass River, on the eve of the grandiose Centennial celebration.  This old Indian’s great grandma was a young mother in that camp.  She told us everyone there knew the American’s had received a mortal wound that day….when the Lakota and Cheyenne and Arapahoe had rubbed-out “The Son of the Morning Star” and captured his (and America’s) flag.

Of course something so big can take awhile to die, and do a lot of local damage thrashing around in the process.  But, as Jon Stewart’s medical guest inadvertantly revealed, the U.S. military is trapped to this day in OUR country, must do all its dirty-work in places called Washita and Wounded Knee and My Lai and Fallujah (good Indi’n names, every one, and every one a warcrime-scene with the Seventh Cavalry’s bloody fingerprints all over it). The U.S. Army will ultimately perish here, too, if it doesn’t stand down and surrender its arms.

Some people on the Rez are sure the “George” Americans are cursed with these days is actually Custer himself, come back to haunt you by reprising his earlier fifteen minutes of fame on a grandly global stage.  They both sure do have a bunch of character traits (mostly flaws) in-common….pig-headed stubbornness and a refusal to listen to the native scouts, being only a couple of the more obvious ones in the current circumstances.  YellowHair also believed he was a special favorite of his god, who was supposedly urging him on to the greater glory of “himself.” 

Ronnie Reagan played Custer in one of those racist Hollywooden “westerns.”  Now Bush tries to play “the Gipper” playing president of the United States.  Talk about your “six degrees of separation,” eh?

Maybe old TwoMoons was right when he said time itself stopped that day….that ever since, America has had to relive that day over and over and over again.  Only the set-dressings are changed, to even further confuse the wilfully ignorant.  This old horse might be called crazy for saying so, but it sure looks like that old man knew exactly what he was talking about.

HokaHey!

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By Tobiaz, March 8, 2007 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment
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Just as the preacher who expounds on the glory of Armageddon surrounds himself with people who welcome seeing everyone but them fry, Bush surrounds himself with people who walk in an altered dimension.

The people of the world who wake and work in reality have time for faith if it builds their personal character. The people in the world of altered reality require faith like an opiate to inure their feelings.

Of course such a person will not worry, or feel pangs of guilt. That just will never happen. Proof once again how truly dangerous it is to give such a person power.

You see, a normal person would never be able to revisit the site of a disaster their indifference and conceit compounded one hundred fold, without feeling shame. Nor would a normal person be able to stand at a podium and express indignity over the plight of the legless and the brain injured when they knew their decisions were responsible for the missing legs, the injured brain, without feeling guilt.

That ability comes only by the absence of normal feeling. The ability to totally detach from the reality around them. The complete absorption of self as the only reality. The incredible conceit that allows them to connect God and themselves, part and parcel as one, in a consequence free self-perception.

Some might call that madness.

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By Joe, March 8, 2007 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment
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Bush “has God” alright - Mars, the god of war! It is ludicrous to consider Mr. Bush a participant in a theological discussion.  Sorry, just being a so-called “believer” doesn’t cut it! Honk if you love Bush’s god!

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By Quy Tran, March 8, 2007 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment
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Bush’s God is Bush’s Dog (God was spelling in reserve order)

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By Jon B, March 8, 2007 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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When a historian freely dispensed foreign policy to Bush, I wonder how many people have stuffed their advice on Bush.

Does he really know what’s really going on and the consequences this nation bear?

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By Steve Hammons, March 8, 2007 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment
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From the article referenced below titled “Recognizing the dangerous people in our world is necessary” . . .

“Some of them are overseas in distant foreign countries around the world. Some of them are here in our own nation. They may claim that are fighting for good or God, that God wants them to wage war and bring death and destruction.”

America has many enemies within, and many of them are preaching God and country.

The article noted above can be found at:

“Recognizing the dangerous people in our world is necessary”

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
April 11, 2006

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=7979

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By joey, March 8, 2007 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment
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Just give me one last chance , they are savages. They don’t know about Christ. They don’t even have guns. They are not even human. They live in tents. It will be a cake walk. A slam dunk..  We will be back in a week.        George Armstrong Custer- 1876

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By James V, March 8, 2007 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment
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The Churchill comment had me going for a second, oh the hubris of it all! But then I got to this: conservative intellectuals, and I realized that this must be one of those Onion pieces that get’s mistaken for an actual news story! The fact that this was a “book club-cum-luncheon” with an author of a book entitled “A History of English-Speaking Peoples” was the icing on the cake. President Bush? Book club? English-Speaking? They may have taken the joke a little too far…

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By Druthers, March 8, 2007 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment
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Good for Bush that he has God…Churchill had a brain.

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By Dale Headley, March 8, 2007 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment
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If God is on Bush’s side, perhaps it’s God who should be impeached.

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By Christopher Robin, March 8, 2007 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment
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This crowd is delusional.

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By James Yell, March 8, 2007 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment
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Even with God, Baby Bush isn’t even up to Winston’s ankles. Dillusional fool, may he some day be sent where we have all been told GOD sends people who are cold blooded murderers.

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By Margaret Currey, March 8, 2007 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment
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Imagine this administration and all the misdeeds and they have the nerve to call on God.

Where was their Christian feelings about the soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital, did God tell them it was allright to put the injured soldiers to the test of living with rats and roaches, or was that to make them stronger.

Margaret from Vancouver, Washington

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By god, not bush's friend, March 8, 2007 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment
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bush is the grandson of alestair crowley, founder of the church of satan. his family, and their nazi friends, rushed satanism memes into the baby boom culture to counter act the centuries-leap in progress given us by the beatles. the bush family also did the hit on lennon.
yes, satanism is a branch of judeo-christianity, but it is also first and foremost just psy-ops, EASY psy-ops perped upon the have nots by the ultra-haves.
there’s boy bush’s god. read up, and you’ll see he and pnac are ALL satanism.

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