Monday, December 15, 2008


According to reports, the man who threw the shoes at Bush in Baghdad shouted, "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq." It reminded me of what I think is one of the iconic photos of the past eight years. I don't know how the hell some people sleep at night.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep it up TCR.


12/15/2008 8:14 PM  
Blogger Chris Bray said...

I mailed that photo to the White House, back when I first saw it. Maybe it would be possible to convince a lot of other people to do the same.

12/15/2008 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh goodness, that is a sad one. I agree with you that it is one of the iconic photos from Iraq.

I'm thinking that there are a few others, unfortunately, including the one with the prisoner at Abu Ghraib with the hood on his head.

- Whammer

12/15/2008 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a hellish image.

12/15/2008 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush said today IRT the Shoeman "And so, the guy wanted to get on TV and he did. I don't know what his beef is. ..."

I sweat to God, Bush has no conscience.


I've never seen anyone so far removed from reality, and he is still president of this country. And I still feel like I'll lose my bloody mind if someone doesn't do something to make it STOP.

12/15/2008 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that little girl was mine, I would hope that she would avenge my death.

Just wait until the number of homeless families in this country rise to 20%. No amount of police will save the rich.

12/15/2008 11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Look Bush has been DODGING all his life. His BIGGEST of all DODGES was not a shoe, but being drafted in Vietnam. Seems his Daddy got him a cushy stateside immunity ... Cheney took it one step further!

I am not sure why military personnel bother to salute two VIETNAM WAR draft dodgers! How is it the US Voters elected these two? And then how is it these tow ever got nominated? I thought military service was tops on the list for Republicans candidates? What happened?

Of course Democrats are no great trade off. Where was Clinton hiding out then? Hasn't Clinton inhaled yet? I guess I need to define the word "Hasn't"? Then define "?"

The two party circus is never ending!!! Come on FDR JR ... what's next?

I am waiting for one of these idiots to just cut lose and bust a move and slip an amendment into one of the pork bills that eliminates the US FED! HA!!

Here I'll even write it for you ... "The US Federal Reserve banking system is now officially eliminated!" No copyright, so you have my permission!

Poetic justice ...

12/16/2008 1:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's surprising that the folks that call themselves "Family Value" and "pro-lifers" have no problem with war, destruction, and "collateral" damage.

I was surprised by the reporter's ability to not just throw one, but two shoes. Where was the security detail? What do you think would have happened if a reporter in the US threw a shoe at Bush? Prison? I think what Iraq does next with the reporter will show if they value life after Saddam and their new Democracy that American men and women fought and died for. We know what Saddam would have done. Let's hope things have changed.

Bush did receive the, "International Medal of P.E.A.C.E.", for his AIDS relief program. PEACE acronym stands for promotion of reconciliation, equipping servant leaders, assisting the poor, caring for the sick and educating the next generation. HHHHmmm..., kind of odd considering he started two wars and continued to divide the country, and walk over our Constitution and Democracy.

That's true about the "dodging" metaphor. Just like when Bush was in Beijing and couldn't open the door or find an exit. It symbolized his inability to find an exit strategy for the Iraq War. The energy in the Universe works in strange ways ;-)

Did you watch any of those exit interviews on network TV. ~barf~ They were pretty lame. Bush said he wasn't prepared for war... he didn't run thinking about war.
That's a great question, "I don't know how the hell some people sleep at night." What's the answer?

It feels like the last 8 years especially have culminated into this HUGE mess that was fed and care for by the Fed Res, SEC, Congress, and mostly this administration. This administration was the tipping point. It could have been different. I suppose those on Wall Street thought they should get theirs while the environment was hot, and all the Joe and Jane investors, consumers, citizens are collateral damage.

12/16/2008 4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sociopaths have no conscience. They sleep just fine.

12/16/2008 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now multiply that times a million and throw a shoe for each.

12/16/2008 2:17 PM  
Blogger Montag said...

Right on.
In another context, I once said I had Iraqi or Palestinian bookmarks:
looking for news items in Arabic language papers, I would look for a photo of someone holding a dead baby (my Arabic was not all that good.);
at once I knew that the probability that I had a news item about Iraq or Palestine was almost 100%.

What you have is an classic Iraqi bookmark.

12/17/2008 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shoe thrower is an Iraqi Shi'ite. Perhaps he should consider what would have happened to any Iraqi who threw a shoe a Saddam Hussein.

For that matter, he should consider what happened to a lot of Iraqi Shi'ites who didn't throw didn't throw shoes at Saddam.

BTW, an AP report describes the shoe thrower as resentful of Iranian interference but also a huge fan of Muqtada al-Sadr. The mob is fickle!

12/17/2008 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't know how the hell some people sleep at night."

Huge amounts of denial, rationalization, and an unwillingness to self-reflect. It's kinda like the SEC, or the 9/11 commission, or the Democratic Congress. If you don't look for wrongdoing, you don't find wrongdoing.

Ironically, I would guess that Bush has a very disciplined mind. He would have to, to support the walls that he has built to protect his psyche. He can never admit the truth; least of all to himself.

You can see this in the quote that Danielle provided above. Bush doesn't know what the guy's beef is. Everyone who saw the video or read about the incident knew exactly what the guy's beef was. There was no explanation necessary. Bt you could read the man's words to Bush and he still would not understand. The foundation of his self-image is his lack of understanding.

12/17/2008 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not everyone Kilfarsnar. Look at the poster above you. LOL. That moron still thinks we brought them "freedom" LOL. What the stupid poster doesn't realize is the only reason he isn't being waterboarded now is that he created a media sensation. If they could wisk him off to an "undisclosed location" without creating a big uproar they most certainly would.

12/17/2008 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course maybed I was wrong...maybe they really don't care what the world thinks. I guess if nobody ever sees the body we'll never know what happened to him. LOL.

Mr. Zaidi was subdued by a fellow journalist and then beaten by members of the prime minister’s security detail, who hauled him out of the room. Mr. Zaidi’s cries could be heard from a nearby room...
How badly injured Mr. Zaidi was by members of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s security detail is not clear. He has not appeared in public since his arrest, and his family members and his legal representatives say they have not been permitted to visit him.

12/17/2008 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, he was likely beaten severely and may never see the light of day again. See what a great system of democracy and freedom we have fostered in Iraq!

Bush continues to be a walking irony-free zone.

12/18/2008 10:39 AM  
Blogger DB said...

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet has a slide show of (largely Turkish) editorial cartoon responses to the shoe -- #6 is especially striking

12/21/2008 12:13 PM  

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