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J. Tirrell jtirrell at purdue.edu
Wed Sep 21 10:30:49 EST 2005


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Curious indeed the kind of naming that goes on in a scenario such as  
this. A president who has inculcated a manifest destiny justification  
for his leadership chooses not to interpret a natural disaster as a  
theological sign. Bush sees the hand of God in Iraq but not the slap  
of God in our other Gulf crisis, which is attributed to alien forces.  
The very symbolic system Bush has cultivated implies that the series  
of hurricanes is the retribution of an angry deity. Yet, the system  
remains self-fulfilling, naming evidence of ordainment where the  
result is positive yet labeling evidence that seems clearly contrary  
as other.

Curious also that hurricane Katrina, a female blowhard, is the work  
of "Mother Nature," another donna mobile. I guess the kung-fu of the  
God that empowers Bush is no match for hers. Where is papa KB when we  
need him?


  - J. Tirrell
http://www.jtirrell.com


On Sep 21, 2005, at 10:02 AM, Edappel8 at cs.com wrote:

> A nice take by M. Dowd in this morning's NYT on Burke's  
> "Unanswerable Opponent":
>
> "Mr. Bush's "Who's Your Daddy?" bravura - blowing off the world on  
> global warming and the allies on the Iraq invasion - has been  
> slapped back by Mother Nature, which refuses to be fooled by spin."
>
>
>
> Ed
>


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naming that goes on in a scenario such as this. A president who has =
inculcated a manifest destiny justification for his leadership chooses =
not to interpret a natural disaster as a theological sign. Bush sees the =
hand of God in Iraq but not the slap of God in our other Gulf crisis, =
which is attributed to alien forces. The very symbolic system Bush has =
cultivated implies that the series of hurricanes is the retribution of =
an angry deity. Yet, the system remains self-fulfilling, naming evidence =
of=A0ordainment=A0where the result is positive yet labeling evidence =
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class=3D"khtml-block-placeholder"></DIV><DIV>Curious also that =
hurricane=A0Katrina, a female blowhard, is the work of "Mother Nature," =
another donna mobile.=A0I guess the kung-fu of the God that empowers =
Bush is no match for hers. Where is papa KB when we need =
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</DIV><BR><DIV><DIV>On Sep 21, 2005, at 10:02 AM, <A =
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