I can't post a link to a depressing web site without including a humorous one to balance things out, so have a look at PostSecret and then this sophomoric yet irresistably entertaining site (especially for parents of young children): Richard Scarry covers we'd like to see. On second thought, PostSecret isn't depressing except in a global sense; I imagine it actually makes most individuals feel better after they see that other people's secrets and problems are the same as theirs, or quite possibly worse.
A couple of really good writers have artfully voiced some general suspicions about Bush and Cheney. E.L. Doctorow have his opinion earlier in the course of this war that Bush is essentially an emotional cripple. And James Carroll in the Boston Globe (Nov. 7) spells out the ways in which Dick Cheney is -- all hyperbole aside -- really one of the most evil people to hold high government office in American history. I would love to be a fly on the wall during his psychoanalysis and hypnotherapy to find out what the hell is causing such a warped worldview in an otherwise intelligent and seemingly functional person. And just in case the prez and the veep don't make your teeth chatter, it seems Pat Robertson has lost none of his vigorous moral rectitude. The "good people" of Dover, Penn., should have known they'd pay a steep price for running over the Big Guy with the Satanic truck of intelligent design. Pat is the same swell guy who informed us that feminism is a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." Pat, you may recall, is a buddy of the irrrepressible fellow rev Jerry Falwell, who once said that the Sept. 11 attacks were caused by pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians the ACLU and People for the American Way."
The scariest things about laughable pronouncements like these is not that Robertson et al actually believe such nonsense, but that they feel no hesitation in voicing them to the national press and then see no reason to retract their words, meaning we can assume there are an awful lot of readers and viewers out there who agree with these clowns. Yikes.