From the New York Times:
Where are those who worry about Bill Ayers when the terrorists actually show up at the White House? Chuck Colson got a medal?
There’s an air of hypocrisy about the whole thing, and an air of sadness, and oddly, an air of fire and brimstone that makes Hugo Chavez look like a prophet. Anything with anyone who makes Hugo Chavez look good is beyond funny. Farce or tragedy, Madison worried, or maybe both; in this case tragedy eclipses farce.
Photographic proof that George Bush has America backwards. (Avert your Cub Scout’s eyes — he shouldn’t see his president doing that to the U.S. flag. Your Cub Scout knows that the union should always be displayed to its own right — to Bush’s right, the opposite of how he’s holding it here.)
Worse, there’s more:
But, by God! He’s wearing his lapel pin! Wearing the pin makes one immune to the rules of respectful flag display, one would assume, from the complaints of Sen. Barack Obama’s not wearing the lapel pin, and the remarkable silence from those same people about Bush’s many insults to the flag.
George Bush makes the case: We don’t need a Constitutional Amendment to make flag desecration illegal. We need Americans who pay attention to flag etiquette, instead.
Tip of the old scrub brush to Larry Perez, and to BuzzFlash, “The Diplomatic Decathlon: Bush’s Marathon of Olympic Blunders”
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd is one of my favorite books of all time. I first read it when I was in college, but it was a toddler favorite of both of our sons, and it rapidly became one of mine, too. Reading it to them at bedtime helped calm them down and put them to sleep. There is from the book a feeling of safety, of warmth, coziness, and love. I may have liked reading it to them more than they liked being read to.
With our youngest off to college this fall, I wish there were some book to give them that would reproduce those good feelings of nearly 20 years ago.
Here’s what we have instead. Goodnight Bush.
This image is scary enough (see the bugging microphone? the burning ballot box? the tilted scales of justice? the polluting smokestacks?).
This is the one that makes the more serious statement:
A story on this book at NPR was the “most e-mailed” last week.
- ‘Goodnight Bush’ closes chapter on Bush years (audio link to story, there)
- Website for the book, Goodnight Bush
- Update, August 6, 2008: I bought the book just over a week ago – it’s better than the glowing reviews say it is. It’s more incisive, better drawn, and more thought provoking that you thought possible. American President’s Blog also talks about the book. It won’t make you seep easier, but the laughs may make you live longer.
Images by Gan Golen and Erich Origen, Goodnight Bush, copyright © 2008, Little, Brown and Co.