Sunday, July 17, 2005

Naming Names or Not

"There is a man who plays a game with a bat and a ball. He plays this game for money. He plays this game in the bay area of Northern California. He has been hitting home runs prodigiously for many many years. He's currently injured, but some say that he may or may not be involved in a process wherein he may or may not have been chemically aided in the game he plays.

"I've already said too much."

Now, is there anyone out there--even in other countries, Daniel--who does NOT know who and what I'm talking about?

Of that group, is there anyone who does NOT think that with a couple of quick internet searches, you COULD find out who and what I'm talking about?

Of THAT group, is there anyone who does NOT think that a veteran journalist at the top of his field, whose job is to investigate, and put pieces together, and ask questions and check sources and draw conclusions based on the evidence gathered, could find out who and what I was talking about?

Interestingly enough, there are people who could not figure out who I'm talking about, and don't think anyone else could either. Apparently they all work for Karl Rove.

My therapist says I need to stop using sarcasm. But goddam, it feels so good sometimes.



Blogger Philip Morton said...


12:42 AM, July 18, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Even I know what you're talking about.

3:50 AM, July 18, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Incredible interview with James Moore, author of "Bush's Brain," on Karl Rove, here:


5:43 AM, July 18, 2005  
Blogger indygirl said...

Nice analogy!

7:33 AM, July 18, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

I'm great at analogies. Analogies to me are like...


Something to, um, something else.

I guess.


7:38 AM, July 18, 2005  
Blogger Jessica said...

I think your only breach of journalistic integrity is reversing the photograph.

2:19 PM, July 18, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Two reasons for that decision, Jessica: One is I'm from the old school of layout, where faces alway point to the center of the screen or page. Of course, I'm adept enough at PhotoShop that I could have easily re-reversed the logo on his cap.


5:17 PM, July 18, 2005  
Blogger Jessica said...

Ha, so arguably you are being more true to the image by leaving it backwards. I'll give you credit for that.

7:14 PM, July 18, 2005  
Anonymous Boni said...

Hysterical BP. I gotta admit, I'm enjoying a little
schadenfreude at Rove's (aka the Pillsbury Dough Boy) expense. Loved the interview with James Moore. What's fascinating to me is this puppetmaster's long and creepy history of dirty tricks. Let's recap:
He bugged his own office and blamed it on a Democratic candidate which caused the Democrat to lose the election; He snuck into an opponents campaign office, stole stationery and used it to create flyers for free food and drinks and passed it out to the homeless so they would show up en masse for one of the candidate's important rallies; He used the FBI to investigate Democrats in Texas (It doesn't matter that it was all unwarranted, the goal was to weaken the Democrats and it did.); He helped Bush win as Governor of Texas by claiming that incumbent Ann Richards' office was full of lesbians; He was behind the outrageous rumor during the presidential primaries that John McCain had fathered a mixed race child; He was the mastermind behind sending a tape of Bush's pre-debate practice to the Kerry campaign and claiming Kerry's campaign secretly taped it! - and with all this - the Republican Party reveres him and protects him. Now he's helped expose a covert CIA agent and jeapordized all her contacts. And still the Republicans come to his rescue. They've drunk the KoolAid. They're no different from the Branch Davidians.
To Karl Rove, it's not just about winning. It's about complete and total annihilation. That's what he was going for with Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame.
I just hope that he's finally tripped over his big fat hubris at last and he spontaneously combusts someday soon.

12:02 AM, July 19, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

My favorite quote by Moore about Rove is "he's the guy you find standing outside of every housefire claiming 'I don't know how to use matches.'"


4:17 AM, July 19, 2005  
Anonymous Boni said...

BP, read James Moore's post on Huffington's post

Also, I was wrong about Bush's pre-debate practice tape going to the Kerry Campaign. It was Gore's campaign that got that tape.

9:26 AM, July 19, 2005  
Blogger SFChick74 said...

Sarcasm is a lost art. It's usually lost on those who need to understand its meaning.

7:07 PM, July 25, 2005  

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