Monday, July 17, 2006

Would You Prefer Camel Dung?

The media loves to find a crack in the armor of the powerful. One small little slip and here we go...

During a luncheon meeting at the G8 summit President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair was talking. Luncheon conversations at this summit have been anything but light. Enlightening is more the word for it, as the press got an unexpected inner look at the relationship and the thoughts of George W. and Tony when a microphone was accidentally left open.

You know you are in the company of a true friend when you can not only tease and kid around, as Pres. Bush did with Tony about a sweater he had received from the English PM, but also curse in the next breath to him about the crisis in the Middle East. President Bush to Tony, "What they need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit."

Wow, the President dropped the s-bomb. A big deal? Not hardly. But the media would report it this way, as did this news source who piped
It's not the first time the unwary President, who claims to be a born-again Christian, has been caught cursing. He called a New York Times reporter a "son of a bitch" to an open mike, told Wall Street Journal reporter Al Hunt "fuck you" in front of his daughters and, in a meeting with members of Congress, called the Constitution "just a goddamned piece of paper."
Gee, let's consider the source. Syria is supplying the attack on Israel. Israel has been an ally to the US in the Middle East for years. It's not like we don't have enough war right now without the Syrians helping to start another one. That might be a reason to curse. Calling a New York Times reporter a "son of a bitch" doesn't seem out of line either, considering the Times has been the open sore in a festering wound in the on-going upper-level governmental security leaks. As far as the incident with the WSJ reporter goes, I am sure that if George W. told him to f-off in front of his daughters, the guy had it coming. Those kind of public slips, don't come easily without provocation when you are the President.

Last but not least, the President called the Constitution, "just a goddamned piece of paper". He's right, even though the adjective used to describe it probably wasn't necessary. It is a piece of paper, that has become "a living" document to a bunch of people who see it's doctrine as capable of taking on a life of it's own that can be interpreted to meet today's needs as well as it did over 200 years ago. These same people have an attitude eerily similar to those of the extremist followers of the Koran and the Bible, who believe that word for word the text is a mandate to be followed explicitly, without application or allowance to meet the needs of an ever-changing world. Extremists, in any form, can be the source of real consternation when trying to create a harmonious atmosphere. So cursing here, does not seem entirely out of line to me either.

For those sanctimonious reporters, who think that being a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or any believer means you aren't human and shouldn't curse, think again. People are people, and regardless of how pious they are supposed to be and try to be, it isn't a happening thing in real life. Life isn't easy, in fact it can be a real bitch at times. Especially, when you are trying to keep camel dung from being flung.

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posted by Is It Just Me? at 6:33 AM