Sunday, March 19, 2006


Delusion (n):

1: (psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary 2: a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea; "he has delusions of competence"; "his dreams of vast wealth are a hallucination"

3: the act of deluding; by creating illusory ideas

Over the past few days, both Dear Leader and Darth Cheney gave speeches discussing Iraq, the military, Medicare D, Afghanistan, NSA wiretapping and other areas. And as I read through the steaming pile of crap that they both served up, I couldn't help but remember George Costanza's great line, "it's not a lie if YOU believe it".

But then, the "reality based community" part of me kicked in and I realized that lying, while a wholly appropriate term, isn't the best to describe what these assclowns are.

Delusional is a much better term.

Witness a few choice examples of the great deluders at work:

I'll start you off with an easy one by Dear Leader:

You know, mine is an interesting job. I get to make a lot of decisions, and I have to rely on people to give me good, sound, steady advice. And Vice President Dick Cheney gives me good, sound, steady advice. The country is lucky to have him as the Vice President of the United States.
Let's start with the fact that every "decision" made (or made for him) has turned out to be a collosal and catastrophic mistake - see Iraq, Medicare D, lying to the American people, Congress, the UN and the world, cutting taxes on the very very rich at the expense of We the People, hell, see this for a littany of "sound decisions"...

Or how about this one from Colonel Blackheart himself:

The authorization the President made after September 11th helped address that problem in a manner that is fully consistent with the Constitution and with the legal authority of the President and the civil liberties of the American people. The activities conducted under this authorization have helped to detect and prevent possible terrorist attacks against our nation. They are within the President's authority under the Constitution and the laws of the land. And they are vital to the security of our country.

We are talking here about a wartime measure, limited in scope to surveillance associated with terrorists, and conducted in a way that safeguards the civil liberties of the American people.

Obviously, there has already been numerous legal issues with this and numerous legal challenges already. Even the Congressional Research Service issued a release indicating that:

"it appears unlikely that a court would hold that Congress has expressly or impliedly authorized the NSA electronic surveillance operations" and that the Administrations reliance on executive power was not "well-grounded."

The Liar-in-Chief:

We understand that if somebody harbors a terrorist, feeds a terrorist, houses a terrorist, they're equally as guilty as the terrorist, and they will be held to account.

But I guess it is ok if your father who also happened to be President pardoned a terrorist who was backed by the CIA and remains in the US.


We have faced, and we are facing today, enemies who hate us, who hate our country, and hate the liberties for which we stand. They dwell in the shadows, wear no uniform, have no regard for the laws of warfare, and feel unconstrained by any standards of morality.

You mean these liberties that were taken away by the Patriot Act? Or these liberties that the unconstitutional wiretapping is "protecting"? And the laws of laws that don't let you do this? Or this? Or this either? Or this, this and this...

More Chimpy delusions:

- "We have a strategy for victory in Iraq." Too bad noone thinks you do.

- "And we've got a strategy to train Iraqis so they can defend their freedom." Except for the fact that there are ZERO battalions ready to fight on their own.

- "My message to Debbie and the message from people here from the United States Congress is the same: We will complete the mission."But I thought that happened nearly three years ago.

- "But as we did so, we not only provided prescription drugs for our seniors, but we had a uniquely Republican idea as a part of that bill, and it said that we ought to give our seniors choices." Of course, no thought was given to the roll out, which predictably was a mess.

- "Thanks to the leadership of the people up here on this dais, the Patriot Act passed and the homeland is more secure." But last week, Republicans in Congress voted down a Democratic amendment that would increase port and homeland security as well as disaster funding where it is most needed and grossly underfunded.

- "If the tax relief is not made permanent, the American people will get a mighty tax increase they do not want and they do not deserve." But according to this study,

Half of all Americans will receive less than $100 from the tax cut in 2003, according to Citizens for Tax Justice. But Americans making $1 million or more will receive $93,500 from the tax cut, according the Tax Policy Center. [Further,] half of all Americans will receive less than $100 from the tax cut in 2003, according to Citizens for Tax Justice. But Americans making $1 million or more will receive $93,500 from the tax cut, according the Tax Policy Center.

So there it is, we have been calling them liars, which is clearly true. But when you are lying and you know you are lying, or if there is overwhelming and incontrovertible evidence to the contrary, the lies morph into delusions. And that leaves us stuck with a delusional President and a delusional Vice President.

Which is a pretty scary thought.

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