Friday night, Keith Olbermann recited the voiceover for video depicting the Bush presidency, calling it "eight years in eight minutes." I wasn't certain if it would be grandiose and over the top or not, but -- damn. Every data point hit. Nothing extra, and he caught a great deal of the disastrous data points, big and small.
Watch, and while you may weep for what our nation has been subjected to and reduced to, you can also be thankful that the long national nightmare is effectively over, and a time of reckoning and accountability is upon us if we are to restore ourselves to a whole, healthy democratic republic once more:
Transcript over the fold, snatched from the comment by True Blue Majority from within the dKos diary of thereisnospoon. The snatch was done with plenty of respect and genuine affection; no pixels were harmed in the process.
Two trains derailed early this morning1 near Dresback, Minnesota. There were only two reported injuries -- two railroad employees were taken to the hospital with minor injuries -- but the area was evacuated due to a leak caused by the crash. Some articles report a leak of both propane (from a switching station) and liquid ammonia from one of the cars, other news bits report just one or the other.
Two of the derailed cars (at least) plummeted into the Mississippi River.
The NTSB will be investigating, but some initial reports indicate that the two trains collided by "sideswiping" each other. For the most detailed and up-to-date information, check out the story in the Star Tribune.
By itself, this incident is obviously newsworthy. Taken in context with news from the other day about another "midnight rule change" by the Bush Administration, and it sounds downright ominous...
What is this Country waiting for?
This is Our Government, those in Washington work for Us!
Little georgie likes to say "His Government", it ain't his, He Works For Us, as do everyone appointed and hired to federal jobs!
The Government we have isn't just Incompetent, It's Totally Corrupt!
And it isn't only those hired to Represent that have no Backbone, it's this Whole F**cking Country!
They served their country honorably but after risking their life in combat abroad, coping with coming home was too much. In the last three months seven servicemen being treated by Spokane's VA Hospital have committed suicide.
What does one say when they have watched others go through All This Before, and having beared witness through these many years!
Bumped. Originally posted Sat, 04/19/2008 - 00:33.
Recognize the title? Perhaps you may, particularly if you are married -- it's a snippet from a marriage vow.
To Have and to Hold From This Day Forward,
For Better or for Worse,
For Richer, or for Poorer,
In Sickness and in Health,
Forsaking All Others,
To Love and to Cherish,
Until Death Do Us Part.
Unfortunately, when I came across the phrase and paused long enough to take each line separately, it was not any type of matrimonial bliss that graced my mind, but instead the unholy union that has resulted in the current disaster currently damning our nation at the highest levels. What follows are the random thoughts I found darkly circling each phrase in the vow; tread softly now, that the imprints left do not permanently mar the once-bright promise and potential formerly associated with it...