Thursday, July 07, 2005

How big is your rabbit hole?

You know, I really wish I had a decent post to accompany this photograph. Though, in some respect, virtually every post I've written has been an attempt to decode it. Like the thought of a clown at your door at midnight, it scares the hell out of me. In fact it's gone 1:00 a.m. and I can hardly bear to look at it.

And no, I'm not about to argue that the giant rabbits are entities from Dimension X. I know the picture is from an Easter photo op, and those are just costumes, and inside are probably just sweaty interns. But you know, if I were a two or three-year old, my thoughts would probably run to Whoa - big bunnies! The McMartin toddlers, who spoke of being assaulted by lions and elephants - they were two and three-year olds. They didn't know the big game of the urban jungle have zippers in their hides, as did "older, less credulous children" a few years later in similar incidents in the Netherlands, England and North Carolina.

There's something about the incongruities of the composition that, for me at least, demolishes even the tacky simulacra of innocence. It doesn't look like Easter, it looks like a mind control session to implant bizarre, childlike images for later triggering. And the bunnies aren't even the scariest part. Because that grinning grandfatherly figure? He's your programmer. He's wearing a costume, too.

Those must be good, life-like outfits on the Bush people. Grown men and women in the US media are paid to look at them all day, and reportedly have yet to detect a zipper. This makes it maddening for those of us who have, and who suspect what lies beneath. If we say too much we may sound crazy, even to ourselves.

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in Iraq, recently described a visit to the George W Bush White House in terms that suggest she saw him step right out of his skin. "His mouth kept moving, but there was nothing in his eyes," she says. "His eyes were empty, hollow shells."

The inapppropriate and bizarre behaviour included giving Sheehan's daughter "one of the filthiest looks she had ever gotten in her life" when she seemingly annoyed him by saying "I wish I could bring him back"; repeatedly addressing the grieving parent as "Ma" and appearing to have not bothered to learn their names; and most disturbing, saying, I can’t even imagine losing a loved one, a mother or a father or a sister or a brother," when he had, at the age of six, lost his beloved three-year old sister Robin to leukemia.

Justin Frank writes in Bush on the Couch:

Robin died in New York in October 1953; her parents spent the next day golfing in Rye, attending a small memorial service the following day before flying back to Texas. George learned of his sister's illness only after her death, when his parents returned to Texas, where the family remained while the child's body was buried in a Connecticut family plot. There was no funeral.

I wrote that Sheehan saw Bush step out of his skin, but after considering the sheer vacancy of his behaviour, perhaps what she saw was that there is nothing beneath the skin. Maybe that's all there is left to some Bushes.

Some other Bushes, though, they have both the insides and the incongruent outsides.

By the way, you should head over to Professor Pan's blog and read "Sex, Drugs, Mind Control and Gitmo." Pan assesses the ritualized sex and violence of Abu Ghraib's "giant human experiment" and sees a possible clandestine school for Manchurian Candidates:

Clearly the purpose of these treatments is not to gain information. Most of the detainees are low-level members or conscripts of Al Qaeda, and many are innocents. The military has admitted that only a quarter of the detainees had any valuable information. Is Guantanamo the 21st Century version of Allan Memorial Hospital -- an experimental torture chamber for testing new mind-altering and controlling technologies?

And if it's July they must be cleaning the grill at Bohemian Grove, and Jeremy of Fantastic Planet shares some timely meditations on initiation, counter-initiation and deep politics:

Heck, what the devil is “initiation,” anyhow? It can be anything from simple ritual instruction or fraterntity hazing to the honest-to-goddess experience of Isis like good ol’ Apuleius had in the quote at the top of this post. The only way I can really describe initiation with any definitiveness is by being vague; my personal definition of initiation is The Crossing of a Threshold. The question then becomes, what does one do after said threshold is crossed, and what kind of deals did one make with the Dwellers on the Threshold in order to pass?


Blogger S.M. Elliott said...

Sometimes a giant bunny is just a giant bunny.

4:49 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... and sometimes a giant bunny is something from hell, that hurts you.
Even without Knowing What We Know about child rape techniques (click Jeff's links for a primer), there's something about the whole Disneyland people-dressed-as-cute-animals thing that scares the living shit nout of me, when I'm in a certain delicate mood. I never liked clowns, either.

Sometimes, funny is not funny.

5:09 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is an excerpt from Cathy O'Brian's book "Trance Formation", quoted in

President George Herbert Walker Bush continuously lauded himself before the public as the “family values” president. Bush should know about family values. One of his favorite pastimes, allegedly, is having sex with children—including girls and boys. According to child pedophile victims in Nebraska and former self-described mind-control sex slave Cathy O’Brien, he is also a kidnapper and a drug fiend. As O’Brien writes:

“It was late evening when [George] Bush and [Dick] Cheney finished programming me with numerous messages pertaining to the immediate opening of the Juarez, Mexican border to free [the drug and slave] trade. They then took me downstairs to the living quarters of the western cedar and redwood structure where Kelly soon joined us. George Bush, Jr. deposited my obviously traumatized and withdrawn child at the door....

“Centered between two facing black leather sofas was a coffee table littered with drugs and paraphernalia.... Heroin, Bush’s drug of choice, was in abundance and Cheney joined him in using it. The smorgasbord of drugs laid out supposedly included opium, cocaine, and Wonderland Wafers (MDMHA-XTC, AKA: Ecstasy), which indicated to me they intended to celebrate their vacation with abandon. I had seen Cheney stumbling drunk before, but this was the only time I saw him use heroin and give it to me. Kelly, too, was subjected to the drugs.

“Bush attempted to sell Cheney on the idea of pedophilia through graphic descriptions of having sex with Kelly. Both were already sexually aroused from drugs and anticipation. Cheney demonstrated to Bush why he did not have sex with kids by exposing himself to Kelly and saying, “Come here.” Upon seeing Cheney’s unusually large penis, Kelly reeled back in horror and cried, “No!” which made them both laugh. Bush asked Cheney for his liquid cocaine atomizer as he got up to take Kelly to the bedroom. When Cheney remarked how benevolent it was of Bush to numb her with it before sex, Bush replied, “The hell it is. It’s for me.” He described his excited state in typical vulgar terms and explained that he wanted it to spray cocaine on his penis to last longer. Cheney said, “I thought it was for the kid.” Bush explained, “Half the fun is having them squirm.” He took Kelly’s hand and led her off to the bedroom.

This excerpt concerning the pedophilia refers to George Herbert Walker Bush; however George Jr apparently brings Kelly, Cathy's daughter, to "join in the fun" with his father, Bush Sr. This took place at Bohemian Grove.

5:36 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reinforcing the accuracy of the above description by Cathy concerning Cheney is Jeff's post some months ago:

5:48 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of pix. In an unrelated image search I found this 'un.

No, it's not some photoshopped joke either. It seems to actually be legit. Whatever that is anymore.

5:49 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For what it's worth. A picture is always worth a thousand words.

In the pic you provide Jeff, the female bunny next to babs is holding her skirt by just the nick of her unweildy, furry costume. Unless that bunny walked around in a continual pose as if she were fanning a fart, it looks as though the photo was completely posed and the dress tacked up just before the shot was taken.

Again, FWIW.

5:58 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Upon further inspection, the male bunny's ears seem tacked down so that George Bush can remain the most prominent figure in the shot. Albeit not by much.

Everything is clearly managed with these people.

6:01 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please actually look at the image. The male bunny is the most prominent figure in that photo. It's got better lighting, foreground position, and its ear blocks a bit of Bush's face. Though if Bush the POTUS were to be the most prominent figure in a White House photo op, that wouldn't be out of place.

And of course a White House photo op is "managed." Every photo op everywhere is, including the one where you and your cousins are getting together for a picture at Grandma's. Smile! Move over behind your brother! Jason, get your finger out of your nose!

The reason the female bunny's skirt is up like that is because she is doing a curtsey, and that's how you do it.

7:20 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The composition of that shot is crazy, it looks like a Kubrick or Lynch still.

10:08 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of horrible giant bunnies scaring kids, I can personally attest to that. Not that I experienced any trauma, but as a wee lad, I was taken to a play of Alice in Wonderland or something, and at one point a giant bunny came out no stage screaming: "I'M LATE FOR A VERY IMPORTANT DATE!" and I just lost it. I flipped out and my dad took me out of the play. To this day, I still get really uncomfortable around people dressed in giant costumes.

12:02 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The composition, as 10:08 points out, is kind of strange. But as a fairly serious amateur photographer I'd say that it's an inherently difficult tableau to set up, since the size differentials are so conspicuous and you don't want to be cutting off the rabbit ears with the top of the picture.

It looks more like an out-take of a more formal shot. George and Barbara are posed in a normal static fashion, while the rabbits look like they are caught in transition to another position.

12:31 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, wasn't bugs bunny featured rather prominently as some kind of ultradimensional portal key in the illuminatus trilogy by RAW? or am i mis-remembering that?

12:48 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't EVER discuss Trickster stuff without bring in Bugs!

12:54 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You may decode this picture by google-ing the word "furries". Nuff said.

2:57 p.m.  
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3:47 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In hearing about Cindy Sheehan's experience with Bush it brought to mind an experience I had about 3 or 4 years ago when I attended a conference hosted by the Dalai Lama in St Paul. The opening talk was introduced by then-mayor Norm Coleman (now Senator of Minnesota).

The effect of seeing these two people present themselves side-by-side was difficult to describe. I can only say that I had an unmistakeable impression that, as compared to an individual with real presence and sincerity, Norm Coleman appeared to me as distinctly unreal. He seemed to be a characature of a human being. I felt genuinely embarrassed for him.

Interestingly, right after his Senatorial election win (on the coattails of Paul Wellstone's death and the Democratic embarrassment in handling his memorial), Garrison Keillor wrote a remarkably perceptive piece about Coleman called Empty Victory for a Hollow Man: How Norm Coleman Sold His Soul For a Senate Seat.

4:01 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheesh, McMartin again! We know very well those 400 kids were whipped up into witch-hunt hysteria by their parents and the prosecutors, culminating in an explosion of sometimes coincidental False Memories.

4:12 p.m.  
Blogger S.M. Elliott said...

Oh, come now. Huge animal costumes aren't that scary. It's the people in them we should be concerned about; at Disneyland, the costumes are so heavy and hot they can only be worn for less than an hour.

8:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God you explained that ... I thought I was just having a REALLY bad night.

1:24 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing that really strikes me about this is the Alice-in-Wonderland quality to it- these hugely unreal figures next ones even more plastic and unreal, as even Bushs supporters would admit the media makes him. Turning things upside-down and inside out- making the unreal real and vice versa until there is no way to tell what "reality" is all about...

6:00 p.m.  
Blogger S.M. Elliott said...

It's quite easy to tell where reality begins and ends in the Bush dynasty. They're rich, they're dumb, they're connected, and they're in control of the planet.

1:56 a.m.  
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