". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Desirée's one of ours,

She's from New Orleans!

Dayem They're still at it. The rethuglians are howling threats to issue subpoenas to force her testimony. Her testimony for what?????

Her great crime is being black and a friend of the black POTUS and First Lady. And that she rode on a Mardi Gras float, a Zulu Queen of the Zulu krewe the first and only BLACK Mardi Gras parade krewe.

Instead of being that beloved Bacchus krewe caricature ape libel at which the viewers pelt the beads and tokens at with the greatest strength they can summon up.

Like the First Lady and the POTUS, Rogers is elegant, smart, high achieving, socially competent and rich. The assholes that are destroying the nation can't stand it.  She's uppity, doesn't know her place, doesn't stay in her place, doesn't bow, scrape and be invisible while doing so.  Honey chile -- Breaking News!  Black Creole royalty is brought up to shine and strut, not bow and hide.

So instead of criticizing going to a sinkhole Vietnam war in Afghanistan -- which they are all in favor of -- they're criticizing freakin' seating arrangements -- and why, yes, LYING ABOUT IT too. Letitia Baldridge says that it is perfectly usual for the social secretary to be seated at state dinners, though the social secretary doesn't stay seated post the first few minutes. By all accounts that's exactly what Desirée Rogers did.

Four stories in the WaPo Style section this week, pimp slapping Desirée, the First Lady and Obama -- two of them about the Salahi invasion and the Secret Service Fail, which are blamed on Rogers and the White House -- one of them taking the Obama White House to task for invoking Exec. Priv against Rogers's testifying re the Salahi invasion and screaming about 'transparency' -- and one somehow finding fault with the First Lady's seasonal decorations for the White House, though just what is wrong is never stated, thiough it is hinted that they may be a 'little cold' (in fact nothing is wrong -- they are lovely and traditional and I wish I could be there on one of the tours to see them in person). However, today, in the NY Times piece the cause for anger and criticism became clear. Earlier in the year, at a luncheon with previous social staff -- presumably prior to Cathy Hargraves leaving -- it was suggested that the First Lady was planning a 'non-religious' Christmas theme -- i.e. emphasis on diversity, including everyone, and thus the traditional créche wouldn't be displayed in the East Room. Horrors! Horrors! Horrors! Break with hidebound iron-clad tradition! Noeeeeeeeees. Well the créche is there, proving, for instance, that Rogers and the First Lady listen. (Unlike others we could mention.)

You gotta love the White House women, proving themselves far tougher than the POTUS -- no way are they throwing Desirée to the wolves upon the wolves' demand.

By my count this is at least the 5th catty, mean and lying article about her this week, speaking only of the WaPo & NY Times (I can only imagine how fauxnoose etc are howling), regarding the state dinner, that by all accounts in every way that matters was a huge, unequivocal, elegant success -- except, for huge fail, and that belongs to the secret service. The howling mobs are faulting the social secretary for not having her own security staff ... imagine, if she had one? Imagine their howlings then.

As usual with these assholes there is no way to win. Except ... well you all can use your imaginations as well, if not better, than I.

They just better be glad Desirée was a Zulu Queen, not a Mardi Gras Indian. Let's go get 'em!"

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