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Pixie Dust, Insta-Declassification and Bogarts in the Closet


Did I mention that J.K. Rowling is a genius? And maybe we should be giving her mad props as an American Constitutional scholar? In her books, she tells us Americans how to stop George Bush, Dick Cheney, John Yoo and the rest of the Unitary Executive crowd, right in their tracks: The Ridiculous Charm.

For non-Harry Potter fans, the Ridiculous Charm is how you banish bogarts in the closet (or as we say in America, monsters under the bed).

OK. Reader’s Digest version. A bogart in the closet can take many forms, every kid is afraid of something different. The way to disarm and destroy the bogart (before it "gets" you) is to imagine it as something you find funny while saying the charm-word "Ridiculous." Then the scary monster is transfigured into the funny looking thing, which makes you laugh. Your laughter disintegrates the monster and "poof," it’s gone!

Well, the Unitary Executive is like a bogart in the closet. How much time have we spent on these threads, in Congressional hearings, even sometimes in the MSM hearing about how frightening the Unitary Executive is and how helpless anyone is to stop it. The big scary Unitary Executive has all these super powers like Insta-declassification and the power to change Executive Orders without a paper trail, and to certify illegal wiretapping when the AG refuses to, and a host of other things that have no foundation in the Constitution or in statute, and in some cases are clearly in violation of the Constitution and/or statute—is like the bogart in the closet. It’s all bullpoop, that’s why they are so desperate not to let any of these claims get in front of the courts; they know they have no legal basis for the things they have done in the name of it.

All we have to do to make it stop, is laugh at it. Marcy has been tying herself up in knots trying to figure out how Bush’s claim that he can change Executive Orders without leaving any paper record of having done so would actually work in practice. She calls it turning them into Pixie Dust. The problem is, of course, that it could NEVER work in practice because how can anybody follow a rule, if they don’t know about it because it is not written down. It’s, oh yeah, ridiculous.

Think about it. All we have to do America, is when Bushco makes some crazy assed claim that WE KNOW IS NOT TRUE, that we all shout out


and poof, his ability to pull off that scam will evaporate. The time to fear the Unitary Executive has passed. The time to rail against it has passed. The time to laugh at it, snigger at it, point fingers and bellylaugh until your sides hurt has come.

Read up, White House Press Corps. Your job just got to be fun again. You’re gonna have to take turns though. (Or you can do it as a chorus?) Every time the president/Dana says something over the top, I want to hear at least one of you say "Isn’t that just ridiculous?" or "How can the Administration actually expect the American people to believe something so ridiculous?" or, well, you get the drift….

As for the rest of us, every chance we get, individually and in groups, sing out RIDICULOUS and make sure to laugh. This ought to be a fun thread, let’s list the funniest claims made by this Administration.

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In rugby, the looseheadprop is the player in the front row of the scrum, who has the ability to collapse the scrum, pretty much at will and without the referee knowing who did it.
While this can give the LHP's team a great tactical advantage, it also exposes scrum players from both teams to the dangers of catastrophic spinal cord injury.
Consequently, playing this position makes you understand your responsibility to put doing the right thing ahead of winning, and to think beyond your own wants and desires. It also makes you very law and order oriented.