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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Komedy Kollege 

While reading the recent Greg Mitchell piece in Editor and Publisher, we were trying to figure out exactly why Dana Milbank's alleged sense of humor seemed so repellently familiar --
Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, in a column on Friday, suggested that the congressional forum the previous day on the Downing Street memos was something of a joke. In his opening sentence he declared that House Democrats “took a trip to the land of make-believe” in pretending that the basement conference room was actually a real hearing room, even importing a few American flags to make it look more official.

Oddly, he seem less interested in the far more serious “make-believe” that inspired the basement session: the administration's fake case for WMDs in Iraq that has already led to the deaths of over 1,700 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis. No, Milbank used the valuable real estate of the Post -- its only coverage of the event -- to mock Rep. John Conyers, who arranged the meeting, and his “hearty band of playmates.”

This fun-loving “band” included a mother who had lost her son in Iraq.
-- and then, as if on cue, the answer materialized in our inbox, courtesy of Zemblan patriot J.M.:
Both Kerry, Class of '66, and Bush, Class of '68, are extremely reluctant to discuss their common ties to what Skull and Bones expert Ron Rosenbaum calls "the most powerful of all secret societies in the strange Yale secret-society system" . . . .

Since its founding in 1832, Skull and Bones has had fewer than 2,000 members, including three Presidents - Bush, his father and William Howard Taft - and such powerbrokers as W. Averell Harriman, Henry Stimson and Henry Luce, who all engaged in what Rosenbaum calls "certain occult rituals of the ruling class."

Bonesmen tend to help other Bonesman. The current President has staffed his administration with such Bones brothers as Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William H. Donaldson, Assistant Attorney General Robert McCallum, Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Roy Austin and Edward McNally, general counsel to the Office of Homeland Security . . . .

In what might be eerie coincidence or further disturbing evidence of a scheme for world domination, The Washington Post has assigned Bonesman Dana Milbank to chronicle the battle between Bush and Kerry.
Of course! we thought. Is it any wonder that Mr. Milbank's attempted jokes sit there like last week's lox when he honed his comedic skills catering to an audience that regards Karla Faye Tucker impressions as the very acme of hilarity?

Ruth Lopez of Florida, whose 18-year-old son just joined the Marines, offered a rather more eloquent critique of Mr. Milbank's baggy-pants act in a letter she wrote to Mitchell:
I realize that if, God forbid, something happens to my loved one, it will be meaningless to the people who have unnecessarily started this war for their "political capital" and the sycophants who further their own careers off of them.

The truth is that they have engineered an ongoing tragedy of Faustian proportions and they do not care. In fact, they are morally oblivious to what they are doing. People throw around the Hitler comparison much too lightly, but perhaps the real comparison to the Nazis is that moral oblivion. They really are completely unaware and unconcerned for the horrors they have brought to so many lives.

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