This afternoon was a special day at the White Castle, the King had the pleasure of awarding some more Freedon Tokens. He gave a irritated spasmodic little burp of a speech in the morning, and saved his Jim Beam gusto for the afternoon Prize Patrol.
The annual-when-I -feel-like-giviin'-it event when he awards WHO he thinks should recieve the once esteemed Medal Of Freedom.
Quick Mommy put on the popcorn and Koolaid it is time for the Medals of Freedom to be awarded. It never ceases to amaze me what the Dear Leader will do to desecrate these awards. In the 1940s President Truman gave Medals of Honor to the Brave who helped defend the Country with noble service in War. ( President Kennedy was one of the few Presidents that recieved one before being president). In 1963 President Kennedy changed the Medal of Freedom to honor Civilians who had served the country with Executive Order 11085. It was awarded to honor people that have contributed to World Peace, cultural and signifigant public and private endeavors. "Any person who has made especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interest of the United States".
Now I could be wrong, but I think in the Dear Leader's brain the word meritorious means: " real good at sports or big TV star from the 1970's". And then of course he has also used the medal to reward "loyalty", ( or his twisted version of that said concept).
So I was making a list of possible candiates for this year's Chosen:Gilligan from Gilligan's Island, Lance Armstrong, Clint Black for Patriotic Music at the Freedom Walk, Judy Miller and Scooter Libby for their fine coughgag Literary efforts. ( Now the funny thing is that Mr.Bush has NEVER awarded ANY writers- isn't that shocking??? or has he??!!!). Jeff Gannon for his Press Skills. Bill O'Reilly for Journalism Endeavors. And gee, some Nascar guys, and some Rodeo guys. And Heckuva Job Brownie for his Katrina Work. Terry Shiavo for her Right to Life Work. And Pat Robertson for his wonderful diplomatic efforts with South America, and Mr.Chalabi. And some golf guy that I won't recognize.
Okay- so I am being sarcastic and rude. But his previous award icons include : Doris Day, Paul Bremer, George Tenet, And Tommy I got-no-exit-plan-no-peace plan Franks. It amazes me Women that sing and dance are considered patriotic, but not women that are writers or activists, or know how to SPEAK. Oh, wait that is right he doesn't give the award to journalists. ( hey how about if he gave it to Dan Rather- now that would be a Popcorn moment.) So I re-examined the evidence, ooops, he did award ONE writer. In 2004 he awarded Robert Bartley, a writer for the WSJ in bygone days, and actually he awarded the man the honor after he was dead. He also did hand deliver a Medal of Freedom to the Pope in his dying Days. ( His past awardees include Rita Moreno, Estee Lauder, and Arnold Palmer also).
Ans yes, I miss the days when it was awarded with all the prestige and honor that Kennedy intended to people that have made a huge difference in the world, and don't play golf, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, and President Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter were all awarded under President Clinton.
THE 2005 MEDALS OF FREEDOM ? ( YOUR MAYBERRY MOMENT)
So today he gives out the Awards with all the obligatory pomp and circumstance befitting the little dictator.The Chosen are:
Aretha Franklin, Jack Nicklas, Muhammad Ali, Andy Griffith, Paul Harvey, Paul Rusesbuinga, Sonny Montegomery, Carol Burnett, and Frank Robinson, Alan Greenspan. Now I just have to say- the atheletes that he awarded did not JUST contribute to sports, they also broke color barriers,and also were Activists. And Muhammad Ali also has really helped educate people about Parkinsons Disease. Now about Andy Griffith, I am sure for folks with insomnia Matlock is sure a blessing,and we all know Mayberry.
( And yes, the WhiteHouse Website mentions that Ali was an athlete- period. And it also basically credits Andy Griffith with founding Mayberry like it is a REAL place in America.) So am I the only person who wonders if the Dear Leader is trapped in a Time Warp Video Store at night, that he hasn't seen anything newer than Matlock or Mayberry ??!!!
And then I notice on the list is General Meyers, and this is what the WH press release says, "" His Tenure was marked by the Toppling of Brutal Dictatorships in Afganistan and Iraq and liberation of 50 million people." Now I don't mean to quibble, but HOW MANY did he KILL??? Come on I would like honest numbers of Shock and Awe ? And the Taliban would be offended by the Dictator description.....I think Meyers whined about Paul Bremer and Franks and Tenet getting their dog collar trophies.
I also think that there are 1000's of troops and their families that should be insulted by these War-Toy-Boys being awarded for their lies and incompetence.
THE GREAT GULAG MOMENT: HONORING CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Now I was worried that once again the Literary Greats had missed Dear Leader's Great Vision of Freedom,( I mean even Hitler had Propaganda Moguls), and then I saw a name I sort of recognized as a writer, but in a rather ill-described way. Matter of fact, the way he is described is less than Honest, and very circumspect. ( Kind of like saying Larry Flint is a fine Romance writer...)
Near the bottem of the list , is the name Robert Conquest. ( And yes, that really is his Macho cool name, that probally really fed Mr.Testrosterone Bush with absolute glee ). Now I am not a betting woman- but I will bet $1,000,000 dollars that King George did NOT read anything written by this man, EVER. Now as of yesterday, the White House website stated that Mr.Conquest had written a great influential work in the 1960s called the "THE GREAT TERROR; STALIN'S PURGE OF THE 1930'S", and yes, that is the WHOLE name of the Book. I actually read the book many years ago in College. THE BOOK, is actually a history of Stalin written with even a hint of glory and admiration, and examines the genious of Stalin, his use of GULAGS to purge the country of PROBLEMS: ie, writers, and scholars, thinkers, and scientists, and yes, DISSIDENTS and ACTIVISTS, EVEN LAWYERS.
( Now the really Ironic side of me, would even hope that he is reading up on PURGES...hint-hint of his own little house)
It even goes into wonderful little details about INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES AND TORTURE. And yes, it was written in 1963 after Mr Conquest had been a communist for many years and then was a British diplomat , a "Soviet Laison" sent to Bulgaria. In the 1990s he was friendly with Christopher-interviewed-often-on-Fox-Hitchens. Now in 1997, His publisher asked him if he wanted to change the name of his book, because as accurate as it was, "THE TERROR", he thought maybe 35 years later a more suitable title should be chosen. MrConquest replied ,"HOW ABOUT I TOLD YOU SO, YOU FUCKING FOOLS".
So please mummy pass the Fascist cookies and would someone please explain to me what "FUCKING FOOL" put this "Writer " on the list to be awarded a Medal Of Freedom for OUR Country ? Because call me a woman of reason and deduction, I would say all dirty sticky fingers should be pointing at the man behind the Curtain, The Lord Of Lies, the Biggest Dick in the White House. Don't you agree Mr.Conquest ?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: CROOKS & LIARS HAS GREAT VIDEO OF MUHAMMED ALI GIVING THE CRAZY SIGN TO THE KING.HE SPOKE THE TRUTH, MAY WE ALL BE INSPIRED TO DO THE SAME....EACH AND EVERY DAY IN OUR OWN WAY...
*** also go to Blog With A View and learn more about Gulags- the right way...not the "Conquest " way....