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January 19, 2009

Patriotic observances in Dupont Circle
Posted by Patrick at 11:45 PM *

Via commenter Scott Wyngarden.

Comments on Patriotic observances in Dupont Circle:
#1 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 12:49 AM:

A moderator I know who hangs out not very far from here was telling me that the wingnuts on his board were going crazy tonight: "In between posting how Liberals are Full of Hate, they're spewing the most hateful things imaginable."

I said it must be vexing them exceedingly that the country and the airwaves were full of joyful people.

"It is," he said.

Just look at all the pictures. It's not just a good day for Democrats. It's a good day for Americans, and for everyone who's a friend of what we stand for.

#2 ::: Becky ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 12:52 AM:

I watched yesterday's We Are One concert, and, you know, it was fine. But it's these pictures that made me tear up and think about how I really do love this country.

#3 ::: Nenya ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 12:54 AM:

Damn, that's cool. :D

#4 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 12:56 AM:

Look at the Pinocchio nose!

#5 ::: Dan ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 01:07 AM:

Wait a minute... I think... Yes. That's it.

I feel something strange stirring inside of me. It's a soft, fluttering sensation moving through my chest and pressing gently behind my eyes. And, my teeth! My god! My teeth are dry and my cheeks are a little sore.

This is pride with a side order of happy, happy laughter.

#6 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 01:24 AM:

You could help ease the national debt by sending that thing on tour and charging for shoe rental.

#7 ::: albatross ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 01:34 AM:

I'm visualizing some dry history lecture, 50 years in the future, in which the professor is explaining the origin of the common practice of throwing shoes the day before the inauguration of a new president....

Teresa #1: I think a lot of folks on the right had built themselves a fact-proof model of the world in which this was impossible. They were the party of the permanent majority, the party that had a natural majority, the party that true Americans always would follow, the party that God had chosen. They were capable of believing this when their guy won in 2000 by gaming the counting rules to resolve a tie in their favor, when their guy won in 2002 and 2004 mainly on the basis of wartime support of the president. They kept believing it, somehow, even when they got clobbered in 2006, and when they were staring with wide eyes up at the freight train of voters' disapproval that just ran over them. And it's still kind-of unbelievable for them.

Is there any good literature written about the folks who believed the Soviet propoganda right up until the day the USSR dissolved? Or who believed the German government propoganda right up until the day the Red Army (if they were unlucky) or the US/British Army (if they were lucky) showed up and took over? Because that's what the reaction of a certain fraction of true believers on the right looks like to me--like people who had completely bought into the propoganda, and have just seen their whole manufactured worldview come crashing down into scrap.

I wonder what happens next. Do most of those true believers go back to believing the propoganda, as spun by Limbaugh and Fox News and such, and just somehow forget the stuff that turned out to be all wrong? Do they fall away from the movement? Do they somehow become harder targets for propoganda? (Alternatively, am I just misdiagnosing what's happening?)

#8 ::: Alayne ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 02:02 AM:

To albatross: have you seen the movie _Goodbye, Lenin!_?

#9 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 02:07 AM:

It just has to be this version of Liberty Bell

#10 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 02:35 AM:

albatross @ #7, I'd add this thumbnail analysis to your diagnosis: Obama is mixed-race. His father was an African and his mother was white. That goes against all the preaching about The Other they've heard for years from Limbaugh, Savage, Beck, Hannity, and to a lesser degree Dobbs. To them integration was bad enough, but inter-racial marriage does not compute.

They ought to live here for a while. Hawai'i is so polyglot their heads would explode.

#11 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 02:50 AM:

What did they do with the shoes afterwards, does anyone know? It would have been appropriate IMO to have donated any that were in wearable condition to a charity that provides clothing for the poor.

#12 ::: heresiarch ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 06:54 AM:

I want to distribute these pictures in Iraq.

#13 ::: Chris ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 07:44 AM:

#7: I think some sincerely believe that the 2006 and 2008 elections must have been stolen, because their results were so different than what the Real Americans voted for in 2000-04.

I sincerely hope the FBI is keeping an eye on such people, because believing the government is illegitimate is a proven path to domestic terrorism of the McVeigh sort.

Fortunately, I believe in a law enforcement solution to terrorism, not large-scale bombing and occupation of Oklahoma, Texas, Montana and Utah.

However, I can't completely support Muntadar al-Zaidi - his gratuitous insult to dogs was clearly unjustified and he owes the species an apology.

#14 ::: Josh Jasper ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 09:22 AM:


#15 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 03:56 PM:

TNH #1: And the wingnuts continue... Michelle Malkin attacked Joseph Lowery for 'glib racialism'.

#16 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 04:08 PM:

Fragano @ 15: When Ms. Malkin reaches the age of 88, and can look back on her distinguished career in civil rights, then she can label Rev. Lowery a "glib racialist". Until then, she needs to walk a g*damned mile in his shoes.

#17 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 05:47 PM:

Ginger #16: I doubt very much that Ms Malkin would understand what you wrote.

#18 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 06:37 PM:

Fragano @ 17: I agree, quite sadly.

#19 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 07:06 PM:

If Michelle Malkin were sane, she wouldn't have a career.

#20 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 07:23 PM:

TNH #19: True, except she's a beacon of sanity compared to Pamela Geller. What is it with right-wing female bloggers?

#21 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 07:38 PM:

Fragano, #20: Remember that sexism and tokenism are rampant in the entire right-wing culture. Add the old saw about a woman having to be twice as good as a man to be thought half as good. The only women who get positive right-wing notice are the ones who can out-wingnut the wingnuts.

#22 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 07:43 PM:

Oh my . . . this is breathtaking.

Patrick Farley, he of the slumbering E-Sheep Comics, has posted

All Circuses and No Bread

Trying to explain what was wrong with the Bush Era feels like trying to vomit up a cannonball. I don't think my jaw can stretch that wide.

Seriously, where does one even begin? Abu Ghraib? Ahmed Chalabi? Mission Accomplished? The "Battle of Iraq?" Valerie Plame? No-bid contracts? The billions of dollars the Pentagon can't account for, and apparently never will? The Department of Justice firings? The blue Iraqi flag? The staged press conference? The fake Thanksgiving turkey? Terry Schiavo? Freedom Fries?

I can at least say this for Bush: he *didn't* plant any WMDs in Iraq.

But really, Bush himself wasn't the problem. Bush was a cipher, the perfect vacuum at the center of a perfect storm -- an ideological superstorm which rotated, like some slow, sick, wobbling hurricane of raw sewage over America for 8 years, like some brown, shitty version of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. This Neo-Conservative Superstorm, as I'll call it, had three major sources of energy feeding it:

a) a panicked population in need of a Protective Patriarch,

b) a Republican party crowded with brazen and reckless ideologues,

and most significantly:

c) A network of Conservative Think Tanks with deep pockets and a fearsomely coordinated army of media pundits.

And it goes on. Go read the rest.

#23 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2009, 09:03 PM:

Lee #21: Or who give them the reassurance they seek about their world-view(see also black right-wing apologists like Alan Keyes).

#24 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2009, 08:27 AM:

*Footnote to Fragano @ 23: Alan Keyes, the virulent homophobe with an openly lesbian daughter**.

**Footnote to the footnote: Speaking of openly lesbian daughters, did anyone else notice Liz Cheney entering the Capitol before the ceremony? She appeared to be by herself (i.e., without her partner).

#25 ::: Scott Wyngarden ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2009, 01:33 PM:

Goodness, yesterday was fantastic. Obama was sworn in, I went to a good concert and I came back to my friends' house to find that a picture I'd taken made the front page of Making Light.

Lee @11: I don't know, and now wish I'd have asked. Most of the shoes were in pairs and looked to be in at least secondhand store condition.

#26 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2009, 04:30 PM:

((Adapted from an old Russian joke about the KGB burning down.))


"White House switchboard, how can I direct your call?"

"I'd like to speak to President Bush."

"Sorry, Mr. Bush is no longer the president."

"Ah, thank you."


"White House switchboard, how can I direct your call?"

"President Bush please."

"I'm sorry, Mr. Bush is no longer the president."

"I see, thank you."


"White House switchboard, how can I direct your call?"

"I'd like a moment with President Bush."

"I'm sorry but . . . HEY! I recognize your voice. George Bush is NO LONGER THE PRESIDENT. Why do you keep calling?"

"Please . . . just say it one more time. I can't hear that enough."

#27 ::: Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2009, 07:34 PM:

#26: hee. There was a great riff on that sort of joke in an episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law. Redacto's shrink-ray misfires and enlarges Inch-High Private Eye to normal human adult size, at which point the overjoyed detective tells the court to hold on just a moment, there's something he's gotta do... Cut to an amusement park ride entrance with a "you must be this tall to ride" sign, and an exasperated ride attendant.

Inch-High: "Again. Say it again."
Attendant: [sighs] "Sir, will you please get on the ride."
Inch-High: "Again!"

hee hee hee hee hee

#28 ::: Pfusand ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2009, 08:42 PM:

Here's the follow-on:

Huffington Post story.

#29 ::: Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little ::: (view all by) ::: January 22, 2009, 01:22 PM:

Has anyone linked this in yet?

US Democracy Server: Patch Day

Not as simple nor as factual as the robots.txt particle, but a well-crafted piece of satirical beauty nonetheless.

#30 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: January 22, 2009, 04:32 PM:

Nicole, #29: I put it in the Open Thread, but linking it here may have been a better choice.

#31 ::: Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little ::: (view all by) ::: January 22, 2009, 06:57 PM:

Argh! I had not revisited the Open Thread today, and missed your post. I'm very good at telling the ML community what they already know, aren't I?

(At least this time the response wasn't, "Already particled, ya ditz!" In the nicest possible way, of course.)

#32 ::: Mary Aileen ::: (view all by) ::: January 22, 2009, 08:32 PM:

Nicole (31): I saw your post and Lee's more or less simultaneously. Actually, I think I saw yours first.

#33 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: February 02, 2009, 02:13 PM:

Another shoe drops, this time, during a speech by Wen Jiabao.

#34 ::: Joel Polowin ::: (view all by) ::: February 02, 2009, 04:00 PM:

Earl Cooley III @ 33: "The incident was similar to an event last month when US President George W Bush was forced to duck to avoid shows thrown at him during a visit to Iraq."

Boxed sets of DVDs?

#35 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: February 02, 2009, 04:06 PM:

At the very least, fodder for YouTube mashups. heh.

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