Monday, November 26, 2007


This is really, really bad - I mean, really, really good. In his yet to be released memoirs (due to be published next April), former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan is starting to spill an entire troth of some extremely nasty tasting beans. He is now stating that when he stood in front of the Press Corps last year and proclaimed that no one other than Scooter Libby was involved in the outing of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plaime Wilson, he wasn't telling the truth. In fact he is now claiming that Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush were involved in the cover up. It appears that McClellan, a devout Christian, is starting to get a long overdue pang of conscience. Good for him!
That's the good news. Are you ready for the bad? What should be a front page story is barely being recognized by the Corporate Media. As far as I know, this might even be the first time you're even hearing about it. All of the New York dailies chose to either bury it deep inside their pages (as in the case of the New York Times) or ignore it completely (the Post and the Daily News). And in the electronic media, the only network giving this story the coverage it deserves is MSNBC (Chris Matthews, David Shuster and Keith Olbermann to be precise). That's the only cable news channel worth watching and it's only worth watching between the hours of seven and nine PM, EST. If you're still a habitual viewer of FOX News....What am I saying??? If you're addicted to FOX, you're definitely not reading my stuff! Never mind.
I've said it on this site before and I'll repeat it here: out of the entire army of walking excrement that comprises this disgusting administration, the only person with whom I ever felt any degree of sympathy for was poor old Scott McClellan. That the guy was in over his head there can be little doubt. I always got the distinct impression that he knew he was nothing more than the First Fool's chief liar and that he was uncomfortable in the roll. As I always suspected would happen, the first person to blow their cover would be McClellan. Incredibly, Rush Limbaugh dismissed the story by implying that all one had to do was look at Scott's record of distortions as spokesman for the Bush White House to see that he's a known liar. Why believe him now? I wonder; did Rush even bother thinking that one through before blurting it out? It's the drugs; it must be.
The administration has found itself in a tricky predicament to be sure. In the past, whenever anyone had the nerve to stand up and expose the corruption of and incompetence of the Bush Mob (Paul O'Neil, Richard Clarke, Joe Wilson, Scott Ritter, John Kerry....the list is endless) that person's reputation was seriously damaged by the Karl Rove propaganda machine or, as in the case of Wilson and his wife, their ability to make a living was put in jeopardy. Now how the hell are they going to be able to tarnish squeaky clean little Scott McClellan? He's a guy who is not only a deeply religious family man, but he was also - for three years - the voice of the Bush White House! This is going to be REALLY interesting to watch. It's a fairly safe wager that Rove is manufacturing some non-existent dirt at this very moment.
The Corporate controlled media will only be able to ignore the implications of McClellan's book for so long. Five months from now when it is finally released, they're going to have to deal with it, like it or not. My biggest fear is that Scotty is going to cave in to the pressure that Bush's henchmen will undoubtedly place on him. A person who comes under the disapproving smirk of our hideous president has a good many reasons to be fearful to be sure - for his or her life even. Is that too bold an accusation to make? Not at all. Don't forget that these are the same people who are responsible for the slaughter of over a million Iraqi men, women and little children - not to mention almost four thousand dead American servicemen and women; three of whom lie less than a quarter of a mile from where I now sit, at the Orange County Veteran's Cemetery in Goshen, NY. Honestly, what's one more dead body to these murderous assholes? Seriously!
Incredibly, the right wing insists on maintaining the fiction that the news media is being controlled by a secret cabal of extremist liberals - and the American people (most of them anyway) are just dumb enough to believe it. The fact that most of the so-called "reporters" in the main stream press have been acting as mere stenographers for this administration for almost seven years now hasn't seem to have gotten through to them. As of this writing, the highest rated cable news channel is still - incredibly - FOX Noise. Is it any wonder that we are the laughingstock of the entire planet? This deplorable situation would not be but for the deregulation of the communications industry during the eighties and nineties. The American people had a clear choice between enlightenment and stupidity. They chose to remain stupid.
A lot can happen (and probably will) between now and April of 2008. My funniest dream is that the White House gets hold of the manuscript and deems it "CLASSIFIED" to prevent its publication. If you think that that's a stretch, you obviously haven't been paying close attention to George W. Bush and company all of these years. As has been demonstrated time and time again, these treacherous bastards will stop at nothing to carry out their corrupt agenda. Just look at what they're doing to your country! For over seventy years, whenever they have managed to achieve executive power, the GOP was only able to whittle away at the legacy of the New Deal. Except for a brief, two year period in the fifties, they hadn't had control of the presidency and both houses of congress since the early thirties. All of that changed on January 20, 2001. Although the timid, pathetic Democrats were able to regain control of the House and Senate back in January, the damage had already been done. It is obvious to anyone paying attention that the goal of the Republican party these last seven years has been to loot our national treasure to the point of bankruptcy, forcing the American people to do away with the social safety nets put into place by President Roosevelt all those decades ago. While they were carrying this grand theft out, they were able to distract their clueless constituency with phantoms of gay marriage and flag burning. The result will be the collapse of our entire social and economic infrastructure - and it's going to happen any day now - COUNT ON IT.
In the mean time we can all look forward with juicy anticipation to the publication of Scott McClellan's autobiography. It's a certainty that in the next four or five years, the book stores around the country will be flooded with books such as this: desperate attempts by desperate people, trying to cleanse their place in history by explaining away their exposure to and association with the worst president in American history. While most of these people will portray themselves as innocent bystanders to horrific felonies, McClellan will be one of the few who can reasonably take that position. The Press Secretary serves only as a conduit for explaining the policy, he doesn't make it. Ron Ziegler (Nixon's beleaguered Press spokesman) might have been mean and stupid, but as far as the crimes of the Nixon Gang were concerned, he was a pure as the driven snow.
From my very first posting on this site a year and a half ago on June 2, 2006:
"PREDICTION: George W. Bush will be remembered in history, primarily, as the first (pray last) former chief executive to go to federal prison. Sound crazy? Stay tuned."
Let me add this one, further thought to the discussion:
He will die there.
I promise you that.
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY.
by Amy and Mark Goodman


At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...


How true and how sad. Will we ever be able to flush this toilet load of crap from the White House?

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Hello, Charles.
Eventually we'll be able to cleanse our government of the damage that has been done to it by this dispicable bastards - but I'm afraid it will take generations. You and I will not live to see America'a day of salvation. Nor, I fear, will our children.

Tom Degan

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Rambleman said...

That's just plain depressing, but probably true. As my 15 yo daughter grows up, I'm definitely worried.

At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can run but they can't hide.....Sooner or later, their time is going to be up. Actually this all has been so predictable to those of us with half a brain while the Fox crowd sits there with drool leaking down their faces lapping up the lies and spin so they can scream at anyone who might question why in the hell they actually voted for these cretins of hell.
I just hope we all live long enough on this planet to see the war tribunals begin and these slime-filled bastards get put away. your blog!

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tom,

I have a brother that voted for Bush twice, and I'm ashamed to say I voted for him the first time, I was really upset with Clintons pardon of Marc Rich and I believed the BS. I don't know what my brothers opinion of bush is now. I can't believe anyone could still support this ugly little human, but then there's an ass for every seat. I pray he does end up in prison, nothing less would be appropriate nor would it be possible to restore the rule of law in our country without it.
You are a very couragous person for doing what you do and you give me hope that our Republic might yet survive this nightmare.
God Bless,

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Dr. Rick Lippin said...

Keep shining the light of truth on this national nightmare

It doesn't matter if "we win". It matters that people like you care.

Be Well

Rick Lippin


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