Thursday :: Nov 18, 2004

Working Class Hero


by Duckman GR

Digby, bless him and his fingers, has a post about Candy Crowley pontificating in her own corpulent way, well here's the link he references, and here's the story, a breakfast interview with crowley, at a Holiday Inn in Dubuque, IA.

"I'd like to start out with some green tea," Kerry told the waitress, who stared at him for a moment before responding, "We have Lipton's."

Lipton's would be fine, Kerry said, but the memory stayed with Crowley.

"There were many green tea instances," she [said]. "There's a very large disconnect between the Washington politicians and most of America and how they live. Bush was able to bridge that gap, and Kerry was not."

Then there's the letter one of Digby's readers, Joseph Musco, sent to cnn, cc and Digby. A couple of points struck me.

1. The Prostate Cancer Research Institute notes that some chemicals in green tea are useful in fighting parts of cancer and may aid in keeping some cancers in remission.

2. The American Cancer Society lists prostate cancer as the 2nd deadliest cancer among men.

3. John Kerry lost his father to prostate cancer.

4. John Kerry himself was diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in early 2003 and underwent successful surgery just weeks after the breakfast Ms. Crowley mentions.

Gee, maybe that's why he asked for green tea. So this got me to thinking. I can understand her ignorance at the time, she may not have been aware of the Senator's health at the time, but since certain salient facts, like his prostate cancer and treatment are now known, how can you excuse her?

How do you explain her? Uncurious? Unconcerned? Uncompassionate? Unconscious?

While we ponder the fungus patterns in her coconut, (more later) lets also look at taxes. The WaPo (via Atrios) has an article that gives us a glimpse into the kind of world bushco wants for us. (my bolds)

Instead the administration plans to push major amendments that would shield interest, dividends and capitals gains from taxation, expand tax breaks for business investment and take other steps intended to simplify the system and encourage economic growth, according to several people who are advising the White House or are familiar with the deliberations.

The changes are meant to be revenue-neutral. To pay for them, the administration is considering eliminating the deduction of state and local taxes on federal income tax returns and scrapping the business tax deduction for employer-provided health insurance, the advisers said.

They just don't want to pay for anything. They are only interested in reaping the benefits, not sharing in the burdens. They are ruled by greed and envy, and don't you know why.

And candy, who needs to wash her hair and take a bath once in a while, fancies herself one of Them.

Them?

John Lennon wrote a song about Them and us.

Working Class Hero

As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function you're so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

There's room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

John was a smart dude, and the world is a lot sorrier place without him, but his words still speak today as clear as they did then.

Why would you want to work with these people? Unless you want blood on your hands.

Let cnn via Media Matters know what you think about a reporter who is so disconnected from reality she can't comprehend the difference between affectation and taking care of your health, instead she trys bashing Sen. Kerry for using a common and frequently applied anti-oxident as part of his healthcare regimen. That maybe she should be praising and encouraging this sort of simple measure that, get this candy, saves lives and money, instead of mocking it.

candy, try as you might, They don't want you on their hill. So you might as well just do your job and stop trying to be something you're not.

Duckman GR :: 11:06 PM :: Comments (3) :: Digg It!