Some days I can take the current state of affairs better than others. Sure, I yell at the TV nightly and cruise the lefty blogosphere daily to reassure myself I'm not alone. But every now and then, events begin to build on one another and before you know it I start doing a great impersonation of Zell Miller (or the guy on Saturday Night Live who does Zell Miller) and begin to worry that I'm becoming completely unhinged.
My current state of unhingitude began on Veterans Day when I heard Bush's speech. (See *offended* on the chart above.)
"Veterans Day is not about you, you National Guard bailout artist!" I yelled in the general direction of the nearest Republican that I know.
But then *offended* quickly morphed into *disgusted* as I watched a news clip of Dick *I got five deferrments and had other priorities and I prefer torture* Cheney place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Because the Blue Girl Disgust-O-Meter above is a perfect invention -- so completely accurate, I became *enraged.*
(Truly, if you want to get a Blue Girl Disgust-O-Meter of your very own, you don't even have to fill out a warranty card, it is guaranteed for life, or until a true patriot rises up from this mess to save our nation. And if that's the case, you can just retire your Disgust-O-Meter to the attic or basement for safe keeping and remember it forever in all of its glory as it totally portrayed the feelings and emotions of all thinking people everywhere while the world had to endure the asinine behavior and destructive nature of the Bush administration.)
Here's the gist in a nutshell and I completely believe this is true:
According to U.S. intelligence sources, the White House exposure of Valerie Plame and her Brewster Jennings & Associates was intended to retaliate against the CIA's work in limiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. WMR has reported in the past on this aspect of the scandal. In addition to identifying the involvement of individuals in the White House who were close to key players in nuclear proliferation, the CIA Counter-Proliferation Division prevented the shipment of binary VX nerve gas from Turkey into Iraq in November 2002. The Brewster Jennings network in Turkey was able to intercept this shipment which was intended to be hidden in Iraq and later used as evidence that Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction. U.S. intelligence sources revealed that this was a major reason the Bush White House targeted Plame and her network.
*Not Shocked In The Least* is not on the Blue Girl Disgust-O-Meter. (Which does not make the Disgust-O-Meter imperfect. The designer of this product did not want it to become too wordy and knew the target audience was smart enough to know other emotions can be felt between the ones indicated.)
Everyone is capable of feeling *Not Shocked In The Least* right before you hit *Exasperated* which is what happened next as I learned about the Bob Woodward fiasco. But let's stay on the subject of the Bush administration getting caught planting WMD in Iraq.
This is when the comment thread from that post by Shakespeare's Sister became very important. I wondered aloud in that comment thread, "Why wouldn't Joe Wilson just come right out and say this is the reason Bush & Co. outed his wife?"
Shaker Merciless answered:
bluegirl: Why hasn't Joe Wilson come out and said what's going on? My
guess is that a lot of the info is so classified that even more people
(agents, informants, government officials, troops) would be put in
specific danger if it were to come out. That's the whole point of
classified information here--whatever Valerie Plame was working on was
a multilevel, deeply-held operation that the Bushies didn't want anyone
Unlike those evil thugs, Joe Wilson is a patriot and will not reveal such information without dire reason to do so.
The CIA has a memorial at their headquarters for agents who've died in the line of duty. Each is represented by a gold star, but no name. I've heard rumors that even family members and friends may not know that their loved one gave their life that way.
I read in the funny pages somewhere (help, anyone?) that, since Valerie Plame was outed, two more stars have been added to that memorial. We will never know why.
Although by this time I had already become *Incensed,* I thanked Merciless for the perspective and he answered back:
blue girl, thanks for the props, but don't get too consumed; the way things are going, we'll have a fresh outrage tomorrow.
Honestly, my outrage-o-meter is broke.
"Ha!" I thought. Merciless needs a Blue Girl Disgust-O-Meter. I remember reading somewhere that the Outrage-O-Meter was made in China. The Blue Girl Disgust-O-Meter was made right here in the good old U.S.A. It's one American-made product that won't ever let you down. Much like Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia. Or Woody Allen's Annie Hall.
As I watched the House pull that all too transparent stunt on the floor yesterday, where they distorted John Murtha's words and put forth a resolution wanting to pull the troops out of Iraq immediately, I became *vengeful.*
Like that vein in that guy's forehead that does the impression of Zell Miller on Saturday Night Live, I felt as if I was going to blow.
And then I read that Patrick Fitzgerald is going to present evidence to a new federal grand jury. And that Michael Scanlon has copped a plea and may flip on Abramoff, DeLay and possibly others, sending a chill through all those corrupt right-wingers hiding in the shadows across this great land!
And I began to feel something strange! A twinge unrecognizable at first, but then I remembered what it was ... and where I had felt it before.
It is hope! Yes! I have hope!
As John Keats wrote:
When by my solitary hearth I sit,
And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom;
When no fair dreams before my "mind's eye" flit,
And the bare heath of life presents no bloom;
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!
Yes! Wave they silver pinions, whatever that means, o're my head!
Take that you right-wing nutcases! You will not take my hope from me.