Friday, March 04, 2005

Artists from the 60s: Where Are they Now?

Iddy presents- Artists from the 60s: Where Are they Now

Mr. Bat, also known as Bruce A. Tweten

"Mr. Bat Sings", 1960s LP. Mrs. L. E. Tweten, accompanist. Bruce dresses as a clown and sings.


The artist formerly known as "Mr. Bat" is currently performing as a circus clown named "Mr. Moth", whose gimmick is to dress up to look like a classical singer.
Mrs. Tweten accompanies him
on the rubber fart horn, which is honked
flatulently whenever he amazingly hits a high "C".

Former Canadian minister's open letter to Condi

I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defence system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results. But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game.

Former Canadian minister's open letter to Condi

Canada's Lloyd Axworthy, a former Canadian foreign minister and president of Winnipeg University fires away in an open letter to Condoleeza Rice. He attacks the gargantuan U.S. deficits and places the U.S. "liberation war" for Iraq in quotation marks.He stabs at the U.S. for massive tax breaks given to the top one per cent of our population while cutting food programs for poor children. For critics of Canada's recent missile-defence decision, Axworthy chalks it up to a different sense of priorities about what a national government's role should be "when there isn't a prevailing mood of manifest destiny." He welcomed President Bush to come to Ottawa to see a real example of the press freely questioning their leaders and holding them accountable. He claims that, unlike the U.S., Canada's governing party's caucus members are not afraid to tell their leader that their constituents don't want to follow the ideological fantasies.

I see that Axworthy really has Bush's number when he says to Condi:
Your boss did not avail himself of a similar opportunity to visit our House of Commons during his visit, fearing, it seems, that there might be some signs of dissent. He preferred to issue his diktat on missile defence in front of a highly controlled, pre-selected audience.

Such control-freak antics may work in the virtual one-party state that now prevails in Washington. But in Canada we have a residual belief that politicians should be subject to a few checks and balances, an idea that your country once espoused before the days of empire.
Control is the only way Bush can accomplish anything. I recall the presidential campaign stumps where you needed to be screened for your ideological beliefs before you could come and listen to the President. If you were skeptical, you didn't get in. That is not in keeping with the American spirit, that is not an example of freedom or democracy.

In this letter, Bush is exposed as a controlling little dictator who is a mad-dog for his subjective form of Neocon liberty.

But we knew that already, didn't we?