I read an article today that laid out a grossly offensive offer of “support” to our troops. “Thank you for defending us in Iraq,” it read very simply. Defending us. You and me? That single sentence is so full of inflammatory bullshit that it should receive immediate dismissal. But I also believe that to allow idiots like this to define the gratitude we feel for the people serving in our armed forces is to invite the assumption that we’re against the individuals, rather than against the president.

So I need to make it clear: I thank the American soldier for being there. Doing their duty even when they may disagree politically. If it weren’t for that fortitude of the typical, American soldier, our nation would be vulnerable on many levels. We would have already lost our freedoms.

The fact that this war is so wrong and yet the men and women of our military continue to do their duty, live by their oath, and support the decisions of our government, is a testament to the strength of character of these individuals and a promise to me that I don’t have to fear the oppression of tyranny, chaos, fanaticism, or zealotry. I believe that our military is one of our greatest assets and that, in a true crisis and under the right leadership, their dedication and selflessness would hold the nation together.

The establishment of this force, backed by a morality that values individual expression, democracy, freedom of speech and idealism, and the active disempowerment of any type of monarchy, religious, political, genetic, or otherwise, gives me great comfort.

I also believe that if we have a series of federal administrations who choose to treat the loyalty, strength, and self sacrifice of our great American Military as a given, to do with whatever they please, it won’t last. If the people continue to ignore the root values that make us American and choose security over freedom, choose leaders with an unclear agenda, and refuse to send the message that we are Americans, with traditional American values, we won’t find comfort in the force of our military. Either it will disintegrate and no longer protect us, or it will serve as a force that enslaves and imprisons us.

Thank you Lord
Oh thank you for the hurricane
I see your boundless love
In the faces etched with pain

Thank you Lord
Oh thank you for the memories of the ark
You are the shining light we see
When we’re drowning in the dark

Thank you Lord for Jesus
And the rope from which he hung
And thank you for the cross
Upon which they nailed your son

Thank you thank you for our leaders
With their blind and stupid eyes
Your mysterious wisdom
Is embedded in their lies

Thank you for the rich man
Who gets richer by the hour
For the professor of higher learning
Hidden in his ivory tower

Thank you for the earthquake
For the fire and devastation
And the suffering that results
From your inscrutable equation

And thank you Lord oh thank you
Your mercy falls like rain
That destroyed the mighty levy
That held back Lake Pontchartrain

So thank you for Katrina
And the mighty towers that fall
Thank you oh thank you
We thank you one and all

Lyrics from “Thank You Lord” from the Hellwood album, Chainsaw of Life.

Hellwood is Johnny Dowd, Jim White, and Willie B.  The three of them recorded the album in 2006 in a cabin in central New York.  The album hasn’t been released in the United States, and apparently won’t be any time soon, but you can buy it from second sellers at Amazon or from Johnny Dowd’s website.

If you are fan of Johnny, Jim, and Willie, you better go buy the cd while you can.

Oh, and for another fine Thanksgiving prayer, go here to read William Burroughs.

Just as you suspected and knew all along, President Bush knew about the outing of Valerie Plame before it happened.

How did he know?  Because he planned it with Dick Cheney.

How do we know they did it?

Their former humble servant Scott McClellan says so:

In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recounts the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby were “not involved” in the leak involving operative Valerie Plame.

“The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.”

“There was one problem. It was not true,” McClellan writes, according to a brief excerpt released Tuesday. “I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president’s chief of staff and the president himself.”

Who’s going to be the newest demon condemned by the Bush Administration and the media mouthpieces of the right?

Why Scottie of course.

And a question for you Ms. Pelosi:  Is impeachment still “off the table?”

Drink some today, if you can find some.

Oscar Wilde said:  “After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.”

Albert Maignan painted it.

The Green Muse by Albert Maignan

Find out more in this New York Times article.

This site lists all that is currently available in the U.S. and has some photos of the liquor bottles.

Hey you Washington State residents – I checked the W.S.L.C.B. site for availability and it looks like the only one available is Absente