Tuesday, November 18, 2003
As a state visit, this trip appears to be less political than it is ceremonial. Although the President and Prime Minister Tony Blair will endeavor to get much business done, on Iraq as well as on other aspects of the War.
But the ceremonial aspects of the visit never stopped the Idiotarians of the British Left. Yup, as if on cue, several hundred thousand Labourites, Trades Unionists, Anarchists, Muslims, Muslim Terrorist sympathizers, and other Che Guevara t-shirt wearing idiotarians will take to the streets to protest the President's visit in particular, and the existence of Christendom in general. One idiotarian, Kate Allen of UK Amnesty International, argues in today's Daily Mirror that Bush has made the world less safe than before the war began. It's worth the click to.
Meantime, in the same fishwrapper, Brian Reade satirizes Dubya in an "interview" that hews to all the old lefty stereotypes.
Naturally, for a more balanced view from Britain, go to Matt Drudge and click on the links to the main UK papers, such as The Times, the Daily Telegraph, or the Daily Mail. To get the Left side of the ledger, go the the Guardian and the Independent websites; Matt has links to them as well.
Finally, as George and Laura journey to the UK, the Lord Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone (aka, "Red Ken") has chosen to roll out the welcome mat for the Bushes. Take this passage from our friends at The Independent:
Mr Livingstone recalled a visit at Easter to California, where he was denounced for an attack he had made on what he called "the most corrupt and racist American administration in over 80 years". He said: "Some US journalist came up to me and said: 'How can you say this about President Bush?' Well, I think what I said then was quite mild. I actually think that Bush is the greatest threat to life on this planet that we've most probably ever seen. The policies he is initiating will doom us to extinction."
I had no idea George W. Bush ordered the Luftwaffe to bomb London, sent the Jews to the Ovens, or conducted the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Boy, for a Dumb Guy from Texas, Bush sure gets around.
To be an Idiotarian means never having to say you're sorry. Or sentient, for that matter.
Meantime, the debate over the Douglas Feith memo about Iraq's connections with Al Qaeda continue. Liberals endeavor to fight a rearguard action, in the hopes that a Defense Department "non-denial denial" will kill the whole story. It's as if Liberals do not want to find out what really happened between Saddam and bin Laden. Of course they don't. Liberal Democrats have a huge psychological investment in their version of reality. The fact that the data points present in the Feith memo correspond to the hunches and suspicions of most of the voting populace in this country is enough to drive any liberal chatterer to the closest bottle of Stoli.
Or latte, in the case of the libs.
Finally, in LT Smash country, Citizen Smash has a new governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ahnuld, Ahnuld's wife Mahreeah, and the four kindern took the oath of office yesterday in a modest, subdued inaugural. Arnold's first act was to sign an Executive Order that repealed the increase in the dreaded Car Tax. Further, he signaled that he was going to be an activist, hands-on governor by calling a Special Session of the Legislature to consider repealing the new license law, reforming workmen's compensation rules, and reining in the state budget.
One doesn't quite take it all in until one sees the new State of California Website. Take a look.