This Is What It Sounds Like -- When Crocodiles Cry

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 at 11:27 AM

The phrase?  "Crocodile tears."

Meaning -- Fake tears.

Origin -- Crocodiles sometimes secrete a fluid from their eyes when they kill prey.

And my, but aren't the airwaves FILLED with the sound of weeping crocodiles today.

With the urging of the MSM, every Republican pundit with a cell phone and an e-mail address is bemoaning the fact that a few activists used the occasion of Coretta Scott King's funeral to jab at the current administration.

A weeping reptile in the New York Post wrote (He wasn't alone in that regard, more of which in a bit)...

In a reprehensible (albeit typical) display of tone-deafness, the former president (Carter) used the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King's widow to score cheap points against President Bush.

Cheap?  Carter said that the victims of Hurricane Katrina are waiting for justice?  That's "cheap"?  Carter also noted that the Kings once were "victims of secret government wiretapping" -- echoing Bush's domestic spying program.

So, why all the weeping?  Are we saying the Katrina victims AREN'T waiting for promises to be kept?  Are we saying the Kings were NOT victims of secret government wiretapping?  Or are you just upset that the President - by his presence at the funeral - was being forced (for the first time since the debates) to hear opinions he doesn't like?

The Reverend Joseph Lowrey said about Mrs. King...

"She extended Martin's message against poverty, racism and war. She deplored the terror inflicted by our smart bombs on missions way afar. We know now that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there..."

This led to a two-minute standing ovation during which President Bush shifted in his seat like a man who wished he had some Preparation H handy.  Then the Reverend continued...

"But Coretta knew, and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here," he said, nodding his head toward the row of presidents past and present. "For war, billions more, but no more for the poor!"

So... was he wrong?  Did someone FIND the WMDs during the funeral service?  Did the 2007 budget suddenly find more money for education, health, public welfare and the other things slashed to pay for the war and the tax cuts for the wealthy?


Has anyone from the family complained?  Hardly!  Those closest to her say Mrs. King would have LOVED the remarks.

So who was offended?

Could it be the crocodiles?  Those who have the most to lose by the public being alerted to the horrible stewardship of this country?

That seems to be the most likely reason for all the phony outrage.

So, the crocodiles weep.  Crocodiles who, for the most part, probably wouldn't have been able to pick Mrs. King out of a lineup before her death.

The media is giving the crocodiles a platform to pretend to be outraged.  The media, good little lapdogs that they are, don't ask which is the bigger outrage...

That activists spoke out on behalf of their constituency?


That President Bush has led this country into the morass that requires people of conscience to stand against it.