Cartel of Defiance

cartel of defiance (noun): 1. In medieval combat, a formal declaration, delivered by herald, of a combatant's intention to fight and refusal to submit. 2. An electronic assemblage of engaged and enraged citizens. 3. An intertextual mode of reading, writing, and thinking that puts the current political, cultural, and personal moment in dialogue with text/art from the past in counterargument to the ahistorical Memory Hole into which America seems to have slipped.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

freudian slip?

MCCLELLAN: You have accomplished a lot over the last several years with this team. And I have been honored and grateful to be a small part of a terrific and talented team of really good people. Our relationship began back in Texas, and I look forward to continuing it, particularly when we are both back in Texas.

BUSH: That's right.

MCCLELLAN: Although I hope to get there before you. (laughter)

--AP 4.19.06


Blogger wg said...

Hmm. Under what circumstances could Bush end up back in Texas before the now-shitcanned McClellan?

Can you say "impeachment"? I thought you could.

3:53 PM  
Blogger &y said...

Nah. Impeachment's a delightful thought, but I think you're misinterpretating [sic] Scotty's remark. It's not about Bush going back to Texas before his term expires. It's about whether Scotty can find Texas before Bush's term expires. He's got a 1000-day head start, but smart money says it's going to be a close race. Bookies predict a photo finish sometime around 2012.

Good catch, wg.

5:07 PM  
Blogger wg said...

I'm sure there's an "ongoing investigation"...

"Let me just say something about Texas. There are too many states here in this country. There's states on the East Coast; there's states on the West Coast. There's just too many states. And if there is a state out there that I can't find, I want to know where it is. And if that state is just tryin' to piss me off by making itself all hard to find and stuff, that state will be taken care of."-- Dubya

6:10 PM  
Blogger awol said...

"No one should psychoanalyze the playlist," said McKinnon. "It's really just great songs designed to for a great workout. And if there any songs in there with controversial lyrics, I'll take the heat for that." -- Mark McKinnon, What Does Bush's iPod Reveal About Him?, ABC NEWS

"I don't sit around and psychoanalyze myself all the time. I am much more of a doer," -- Bush, George W. Bush: A legacy reclaimed, Boston Globe

7:47 PM  
Blogger &y said...

"Hapless" Former Official Detained

DETROIT (AP) -- Scott McClellan, a former spokesman for President George W. Bush, was detained Thursday on the Ambassador Bridge by agents of the US Border Patrol.

Responding to a tip from a concerned motorist, border patrol agents found McClellan, age 42, on the shoulder of a northbound lane on the bridge.

"Mr. McClellan was standing there reading a map," said Thomas Carboy, a spokesman for the US Border patrol. "He was putting himself and others in considerable danger, so agents removed him from the bridge and brought him in for questioning."

The Ambassador Bridge serves as a border crossing between the US and Canada and is closed to pedestrian traffic for safety and security reasons.

US officials are unsure how McClellan gained access to the bridge. Ongoing interviews with him have yet to provide any clues.

A US Border Patrol official familiar with the investigation commented, "McClellan's not the most cooperative individual we've ever had to deal with--we've been at it for eight hours now and still haven't been able to make much sense of his story.

"He says he's looking for Texas, but as far as we can tell, he was just in Canada. We suspect he wandered onto the bridge from their side because the cameras didn't pick him up on ours."

The official was referring to security cameras that continuously monitor the US checkpoint. Canadian officials did not reply to requests for comment.

McClellan faces a fine for trespass, but officials do not anticipate any further charges.

Carboy explains, "Agents determined he was a US citizen because of an expired drivers license he was carrying. He was picked up on the US side of the border and is obviously not a threat. We're going to ascertain exactly what it is he was doing up there, then we'll probably let him go."

Another official added, "I almost feel sorry for [McClellan], so hapless and confused, no money or anything--just that ... 'Cracker Barrel' map."

The official was referring to the promotional map of 'Cracker Barrel' restaurants McClellan was carrying when he was detained.

The nearest 'Cracker Barrel' to the Ambassador Bridge is fifteen miles away, in Roseville, Michigan. McClellan's hometown of Austin, Texas is 1,400 miles from Detroit.

Former President Bush could not be reached for comment.

9:05 PM  
Blogger &y said...

And then there's this guy.

Wow, awol. Never seen that Boston Globe article. It is rich. Great link.

9:16 PM  
Blogger wg said...

Truly Onion-worthy, &y. I'm still chuckling. Which makes a pleasant change from the retching experienced earlier after reading awol's link.

12:10 AM  
Blogger wg said...

Somebody else over at dKos picked up on Scotty's inaugural, if inadvertent, adventure in truth-telling....

12:25 AM  

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