The end. The beginning.

grippingly authentic! is celebrating the removal of this guy with the removal of this sticker:


We’ve worn it for so long we can hardly remember when we first peeled the paper off and slapped the sentiment onto our purses and messenger bags for the world to see. Though the feeling was there right after the Supreme Court called off the Florida recount – Justice John Paul Stevens, joined by Justices David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, wrote: “The Florida court’s ruling reflects the basic principle, inherent in our Constitution and our democracy, that every legal vote should be counted.” Furthermore, Stevens wrote: “Preventing the recount from being completed will inevitably cast a cloud on the legitimacy of the election.” You said it, brother! And what a dark and heavy cloud it has been, looming large over our nation and the world for eight long fucking years – we seem to remember that it was shortly after the Patriot Act was passed that we saw our blind rage articulated in black and white, literally, as a free sticker. Low-brow, sure, but it fit the man. Bold white letters on a black background supplied by Chicago’s Strange Cargo, an independent purveyor of vintage and contemporary clothing and accoutrement, we gladly, giddily took a handful of stickers and wore them proudly, defiantly.

Back then the voice of dissent was not nearly as loud as it is now. Back then many of us were still letting our fear rule us. Remember the run on duct tape, plastic sheeting and gas masks? No? Trust us, we were a nation of scardy cats. And the fear mongers used our terror to strip us of our inalienable rights and to pad the coffers of their partners in crime. The privatization of the war in Iraq was/is very, very profitable.

In his final addresses and press conferences, Bush is trying to sell a bill of goods, along the lines of I-did-what-I-had-to-do-under-circumstances-no-one-could’ve-predicted. Don’t you buy it for a second. How much more clear could, I believe the title was, “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States” be?! And the financial meltdown that no one could have predicted? Take a look at the faces that wrote the playbook:


The history is here, and two of many accounts are here and here.

Only this time they have totally upped their game and they’re laughing all the way to the (off-shore) bank, again, using the politics of fear: “It’ll be the worst depression since the… er… The Great Depression!” They have once again pillaged and plundered, only this time they’ve choreographed the swankiest ball of all and you (and your children, and their children and, well, you catch the drift, no?) are stuck with the caterer’s bill.

But we digress…

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