Sunday, May 21, 2006

Stop! You're making me crazy!

In the movie 1944 classic movie, Gaslight, Charles Boyer plays an evil, Victorian criminal husband. He systematically and methodically attempts to torment his poor, fragile wife, played by the incomparable Ingrid Bergman. He attempts to drive her insane by frequently dimming and flickering the gaslights.

The phrase "to gaslight" someone (viz., to deliberately drive someone insane by psychologically manipulating their environment and tricking someone into believing that they are insane) was derived from the title of this film.

Many of us have been going slightly mad because of what I describe in my bio (right) as “what is being done to the country I love … by the current crop of crooks.” Now, I have come to believe that this is a deliberate policy of the Bush administration – they’re making us nuts on purpose!

How else can you explain this snippit of dialogue from Meet the Press:
MR. RUSSERT: Would it be easier to deal with Iran and this issue if, in fact, we did not have the complication of Iraq? And the reason I’m asking that is, you went before the world and said, “Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. Our very best intelligence says that and that’s the rationale to go in.” And now the world and many in this country are saying, “What evidence do you have about Iran? And is—are you being distracted by Iraq? And are your options being limited in dealing with Iran because of the difficulties we have in Iraq?”

DR. RICE: Well, let’s remember, first of all, that the United States didn’t go and say Iraq is a, is a problem on the WMD side. …
If that doesn’t put you in the madhouse, I don’t know what will.

“… and tell ’em Big Mitch sent ya!”

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