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Saturday, July 12, 2008

San Francisco to Name Sewage Plant After George W. Bush

The City of San Francisco is preparing to vote on whether to rename one of its sewage plants after George W. Bush.

Here's an except of the story here from England's TimesOnline:

San Francisco is to hold a vote on whether to rename one of its largest sewage treatment facilities after George W. Bush, in what supporters describe as “a fitting monument to the President’s work”.

More than 8,500 signatures have already been gathered in support of the plan — 1,300 more than the minimum required to get the proposal on the November ballot. The scheme was devised by an official-sounding group called the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco.

"On matters ranging from foreign relations to fiscal and environmental stewardship, no other president in American history has accomplished so much in such a short time," says the group on its website. "We believe this is an appropriate honour for a truly unique president. If you think so too, join this grassroots movement to rename this important and iconic landmark in his honour."

The official renaming ceremony — the sewage facility is currently named the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant — would take place in January, when the next President is sworn in. Part of it would include a "synchronised flush", described as a way to send a gift to the renamed plant.

[H/T to Elizabeth Imeson on this great news tip.]

The Death of Pro-Bush Neocon Tony Snow

Like the media frenzy over the sudden yet unexpected demise of NBC's "Meet The Press" chief Tim Russert, the media hysteria over the sudden yet expected demise of the mainstream media's (MSM) "one of our own" pro-Bush neocon Tony Snow. Snow, who had passed away earlier today from colon cancer (which had taken its final toll on him by the way), certainly had the skills of real journalists like Russert but lacked one attribute that distinguished both gentlemen from Mencken, Hayek, Mises, etc.: the passion and desire for the truth.

While I wasn't able to express my condolences and sympathies to the Russert family at the time of his death on June 13, I do express my condolences and sympathies to the Snow family. However, I don't feel sorry for Snow because he was a compulsive liar, considering the dishonesty that persists to follow him to his grave. I can sympathize with a family who loses a loved one to cancer (even if that one is a politician), but I can't sympathize with one of the practitioners person for his lies and distortions that have become the hallmarks of his life and career.

What is interesting at this point is that Snow, like Russert, was in his fifties. Maybe -- just maybe -- this is the result of a lifetime of an erosion of his inner life, given the fact that he was a paid shill for the state and was a defender of the state's violent activities, especially when the ends justified the means (and, in the eyes of its current defenders, still does to this very day).