Sunday, August 19, 2007

“And isn't it ironic... don't you think?”

“An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn't it ironic... don't you think?”
“Ironic” ~ Alanis Morrissette

Hmmm, yes, isn’t it ironic? To hear so-called ‘conservatives’ braying to high heaven that the federal government spend endlessly on endless wars and occupations? Isn’t it ironic to hear a Republican Congressman (Tom Davis, R-VA) defending a woman (Lurita Doan, GSA Administrator under G.W. Bush) from attacks by Democrats purportedly on the basis of her race? Photo of Lurita Doan

There were myriad references as to Ms. Doan’s race, primarily by the Republicans. The Republicans were chiding the Democrats for their ‘attacks’ on Ms. Doan, criticizing the Democrats for the ‘racial insensitivity’. Allow me to dredge up reference up from the naphthalene. In 1961 a book was released entitled ‘Black Like Me’. It was written by a white man (John Howard Griffin) who temporarily had his skin chemically blackened and then toured the South to experience life in the Deep South as experienced by a black man. It was a sobering experience. The reason why I linked a picture of Ms. Doan above is simple. At the time that that book came out, Ms. Doan could, and probably would, have ‘passed’. ‘Passing’ was used by many light colored blacks in the days of segregation to enable them to access what were normal amenities to white people of the time yet denied to blacks. I saw the Congressional hearings where Ms. Doan was being questioned. First, I had a hard time understanding what the Republicans, i.e., Rep. Tom Davis, were talking about when he kept bringing up Lurita Doan’s ‘race’. Obviously, it was of some import to Rep. Davis albeit I certainly didn’t see or hear any racially based attacks on Ms. Doan from Rep. Conyers or other Democratic African American representatives. Isn‘t it ironic?

Isn’t it ironic how ‘conservative’ Republicans insist on propounding their so-called ‘family values’ upon the rest of society, even in light of the most glaring lack of such among their own number? Isn’t it ironic how these self-appointed arbiters of public morals, ‘Christianity’, ‘decent’ behavior and conduct show, time and time and time again, that they themselves are most lacking in any of these?

As some have suggested, I do believe that 911 may well have torn a hole in the space time continuum; since that day in 2001, wrong has now become right, honesty and fair dealing have become deceit and treachery, morality has become the rankest of immorality. Isn’t it ironic?

Update: Well hush my mouth! Smell the utter hypocrisy! When I heard news on August 17, 2007 that Jenna Bush was engaged to be married, I was mildly amused. However, when I heard all the news commentators asking if there would be a White House wedding I was mildly surprised. After all, engagements quite frequently last a good while. Seems there may be a reason as to why all the commentators were speculating about the rather rapid marriage of Ms. Jenna. Click on this link and look carefully at Jenna (she's on the left). Seems that the daughter of "President Abstinence-Only-Sex-Education" may well be pregnant and so the need for a shotgun wedding. Will it be Uncle Darth Cheney bringing up the rear with the shotgun?
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