Hawking Up Hairballs

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Part Donald Duck

This is just plain nuts. Grand Canyon National Park is not allowed to give an official estimate of the age of the canyon, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Here is the relevant press release from the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. PEER

According to an article by Robert Fisk in the Independent, Thomas Friedman once described Sadaam Hussein as "part Don Corleone, part Donald Duck". I've tried to come up with a similar description of George Bush. The best I have come up with is that he's part Oliver Cromwell, part Donald Duck. The trouble with that is that Cromwell is generally acknowledged as a brilliant soldier. Otherwise though, it seems to fit. Cromwell was a religious zealot and, according to the Wikipedia entry for him, "He was a parliamentarian who ordered his soldiers to dissolve parliaments. Under his rule, the Protectorate advocated religious liberty of conscience but allowed blasphemers to be tortured. He advocated equitable justice but imprisoned those who criticised his raising taxation outside the agreement of Parliament." There seems to be a certain parallel there.


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