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March 31, 2004

The Emperor Is Wearing No Clothes!

Norbizness is open to suggestions for the "frightened Bush cowering behind Condoleeza Rice" picture. How's this? He's not cowering but clueless works just as well):

Bush testifying in front of 9/11 Commission:

Posted on March 31, 2004 at 05:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

March 29, 2004

George Bush's Resume

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Another Update: I just received e-mail from "Dave," who wrote "Did you really research all those things you said there about the president? Or are you just regurgitating them from some liberal website? I would really like to see proof of what you say." I suggest all the "Dave's" who are wondering the same thing please visit One Thousand Reasons: George Bush's Resume, and see the multitude of back-up resources in the left sidebar, "The Reasons by Category." Each link is a .pdf file with numerous sources and URLs. The categories are as follows:

war
honesty
economy
labor
environment
global affairs
social programs
personal liberties
race and class
energy
education
gender and sex
government
attitude
democracy

By the way, the slasher film Bush produced was The Hitcher. He was a board member of Silver Screen Productions, which produced that film and more than two dozen other R rated films. I have no problem one way or the other about whether or not he produced R rated films. I've seen "The Hitcher." It's rough, especially the murder of the character played by Jennifer Jason Leigh that is mentioned most often when discussing Bush's connection to the film. I liked it, but I'm weird. The problem I do have is that Bush has moralized about violence in movies. He and his administration have stuck us with this transparent "decency" witchhunt. It's the hypocrisy that bothers me, not the movies themselves.

Update: Although I wish I had written this, I had not. I don't know who wrote it. It has been circulating the Internet again recently (it's at least a year old), and I received it in my e-mail this morning. It was so eye-catching that I decided to post it.

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I'm George Bush

I attacked and took over 2 countries.

I spent the U.S. surplus and bankrupted the US Treasury.

I shattered the record for the biggest US annual deficit in history.

I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any
12 month period.

I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock
market.

I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.

In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on
vacation by any president in US history.

After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over
the worst security failure in US history.

I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in
US history.

In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.

I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other
president in US history.

I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month
period.

I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any
president in US history.

I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president, since
the advent of TV.

I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any
other US president in history.

I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to
intervene when corruption was revealed.

I cut health care benefits for war veterans.

I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take
to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record
for protest against any person in the history of mankind.

I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.

I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US
history.

Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history.

I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union
simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy.

I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in
any country in the history of the world.

I am the first president in US history to order a US attack AND military
occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the
United Nations and the vast majority of the international community.

I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the
history of the United States, called the "Bureau of Homeland
Security."

I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases,
more than any other president in US history.

I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations remove
the US from the Human Rights Commission.

I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove
the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.

I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of
congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US
history.

I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant, and I withdrew from
participation in the World Court.

I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default
no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.

I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election
inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.

I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign
donations.

The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my
best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds
in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).

I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US
history.

I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack
(and then lied about it, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1.)

I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.

I took the world's sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year
made the US the most resented country in the world, possibly the biggest
diplomatic failure in US and world history.

I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of
Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and
stability.

I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government
contracts.

I set the all-time record for the number of administration appointees who
violated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations
bidding for gov't contracts.

I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any
other president in US history.

I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than
two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.

RECORDS AND REFERENCES: I have at least one conviction for drunk driving
in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).

I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during time
of war.

I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.

All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to
my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt
companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All minutes of meetings of any public corporation for which I served on
the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding
public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public
review.

With Love,
GEORGE W. BUSH
The White House, Washington, DC

Note: this information should be useful to voters in the 2004 election.
Circulate to as many citizens you think would be helped to be reminded
about this record.

Posted on March 29, 2004 at 11:52 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

March 28, 2004

"One Good Thing" Makes Chicago Tribune

We're going out shortly to see The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the King, so I won't be back until April, but I wanted to get this out before we left. The Chicago Tribune wrote a wonderful article about Leigh Ann Wilson's blog, One Good Thing. I am quoted in the article, and so is Christine Cupaiuolo from Ms. Musings. In my opinion, Leigh Ann's blog is one of those political blogs written by a woman that doesn't fit the stereotypical definition of a "real" political blog. She does not exclusively cover that very narrow range of Bush & Co. topics that a very small group of predominately male bloggers and media pundits have decided constitutes political discussion. Her rather unusual profession and raising a family lend themselves to amusing observations about the politics of daily life. (If you don't know what she does for a living, I ain't telling you. Heh heh. Go to her blog and find out.) Leigh Ann's blog can definitely help political debaters think far outside the box.

Posted on March 28, 2004 at 10:29 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

March 25, 2004

The New Oregon State Nut is Benton County

Oh, come on. This can't be for real. Even Utah wouldn't pull a stunt as asinine as this.

Posted on March 25, 2004 at 04:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Stuff I'm Reading Today

Update: Someone please remind me to never listen to Happy Hard Core early in the morning, before my body has had the opportunity to adjust to the shock wave.

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I'm a bit busy with some writing projects (and the first Uru expansion pack is out), so I don't plan to blog much in the next couple of days. Here are links to what some other bloggers are posting:

  • Collective Sigh posted about Sibel Edmonds, who "was offered a substantial raise and a full time job in order to not go public that she had been asked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to retranslate and adjust the translations of [terrorist] subject intercepts that had been received before September 11, 2001 by the FBI and CIA."

  • Eric's post at Wampum about West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943), in which "the Court ruled that the school district violated the rights of students by forcing them to salute the American flag" is an interesting one to read in light of the "Under God" Pledge of Allegiance arguments.

  • Indigo Ocean wrote about her weekend with "Lama Kunga Rinpoche and 9 other students in a retreat for the dakini Vajrayogini, shown above. "Vajrayogini, is a representation of complete buddhahood in female form. Classified as Wisdom or 'Mother' Anuttarayoga Tantra, the practices originate with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras." (Jeff Watt)."

  • Mac-a-ro-nies wrote an excellent post about the recent FDA decision to ask "makers of 10 drugs to add or strengthen suicide-related warnings on their labels. The drugs of concern are newer generation antidepressants: Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, which are called SSRIs or SSRI-like drugs, and Remeron, Serzone and Wellbutrin, which operate differently. The pressure was brought by families of people who have committed suicide while using antidepressants. There was special pleading by parents of dead children that proved to be particularly effective. Though no studies have established a link between antidepressants and suicide, the British claim there may be a causal connection between being a minor on antidepressants and committing suicide."

    She believes that the FDA has allowed a poorly-researched claim about anti-depressants to influence the decision. She wrote "Allowing warnings on drug labels without a basis in research is the first step toward assigning liability without a reason in wrongful death cases involving suicidal users of antidepressants. I believe the irrationality of that will be a blow to plaintiffs with real reasons to sue and further fuel the drive for 'tort reform.'"

    She wrote a post a while back about the drive to give fetuses personhood that is sitting in my slush pile. I will eventually add to what she wrote. It's going to be a long post, which is why I haven't written it yet. Don't feel like it. I have plenty of time, though. It's not like the abortion issue is going to resolve itself any time soon...

  • Rick's Cafe Americain praises "Citizen Kane," a film that definitely deserves praise. The power of that film is lost on the small screen, especially that famous mirror-infinity moment. I noticed the same lack of impact the first time I saw the open pan-out of Scarlett O'Hara at the Civil War casualty scene on television. On the big screen, you are blown away at the level of carnage. You felt as if you were in Scarlett's shoes, alone and tiny in the midst of a great tragedy. That was exactly what the direct wanted.

  • Musing's Musings has a tasty little rant up about Zealot Miller's new "Democrats for Bush" high school clubhouse, where he spends too much of his time bashing John Kerry. He'd make a great bunkmate for Ralph Nader, but you know what happens when two monster-egos collide...

  • The Gotham City 13 knows what happens when you drink the Kool-Aid...

  • bloggg's rant about all of those lackeys politicians in the Bush and Clinton administrations who had plenty of warnings about terrorist threats yet did little or nothing was worth the read all by itself, but the icing on the cake was seeing Bush described as the "Humungatoid Ego of one Very Small Shrub."

  • Contrary to rumor, Number 4 in Norbizness's "match the war-pundit reaction to Clarke's 60 Minutes interview with the appropriate Simpsons quote" is not a picture of me.

  • Please, let this be true. Please, please, please!!! Pretty please. With a cherry on top. ;) [via Kevin Drum at The Washington Monthly.]

  • Ampersand at Alas, a Blog gave a list of links of others discussing same sex marriage. Barry has been writing a great deal about same-sex marriage himself. Just go to the main page of the semi-permanent temporary location (I'm going to have to add it to my blog roll if it doesn't revert to the original URL soon), and scroll down to read all of his same sex marriage posts. PinkDreamPoppies hasn't posed much lately. He's been coping with horrible 70 degree weather, but he lives in Colorado Springs, home of Jim Dobson and Focus On Everybody's Family But Your Own. Pray for him. Don't miss Bean's "On This Day In Women's History" posts. I had the displeasure to learn that Kitty Genovese was murdered on my birthday. Sheesh, the next day Caesar bit the dust. I was born in the midst of Mayhem Central.

  • Skippy has a couple of posts up about the reactions to Richard Clarke's testimony to the 9/11 Commission. Let the CSPIN/Faux News/CNN barking head game of Twister begin!


    Posted on March 25, 2004 at 08:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

    March 23, 2004

    Updated Blog Roll

    I've just added The American Street to my blog roll. I've also finally gotten around to adding Norbizness (a. k. a. Happy Furry Puppy Story Time), Musing's Musings, Iddybud, New World Blogger, All Facts And Opinions (Natalie Davis), Yellow Doggerel Democrat, and Indigo Ocean to my Liberal Coalition blog roll. I also moved Bloggg from my main blog roll to the LC blog roll.

    I don't feel like posting much today. Just not in the mood. I'll stick to "fluff." Heh.

    Posted on March 23, 2004 at 08:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

    Walking Dead More Popular Than That Other Guy Who Rose From The Dead

    Gotta love that headline...

    Zombies Push Jesus From Top Of North American Box Office

    I haven't seen "Dawn of the Dead" yet. Even though it isn't directed by George Romero, it could be fun. Horror make-up meister Tom Savini is in it. I met him in a hotel bar during a horror convention a few years ago. He's as nutty in real life as he is in the movies.

    I own the original DOTD. Zombies in a shopping mall? Who would notice? evil_smiley.gif

    Posted on March 23, 2004 at 08:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

    March 21, 2004

    Virgin Airlines Drops Urinals

    After receiving many complaints, Virgin Airways has decided to no longer install the sexist urinals in its VIP men's room in it's JFK airport clubhouse. Many women found those urinals offensive because they were in the shape of a woman's mouth, complete with bright red lipstick. [via Ms. Musings.]

    The Dutch designer of the urinals (called "Kisses" in the "Bathroom Mania!" line) has accused the women who protested of not having a sense of humor: "'Kisses' is made as an art-piece with a wink to reality. The thought that this urinal only represents a man peeing in a womans mouth, never even occurred to me while making it. Lighten up, it just a cartoonish looking mouth, there are worst things in the world to get all worked up about."

    A man did not say that. The designer is a woman, and she emphasized that fact at the end of her letter defending her work, as if being a woman makes creating sexist crap "okay."

    Let's see her create a urinal shaped like a man's hairy backside or a black person's mouth, and then listen to her defend her "art."

    There is a problem, though -- all the attention paid to these urinals will probably only make installation sales go through the roof.

    Posted on March 21, 2004 at 08:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

    March 20, 2004

    Homophobic Bigots

    Just doing my patriotic duty...

    Homophobic bigots

    [via The Fulcrum, Rubber Hose, and BlogAmy.]

    Posted on March 20, 2004 at 08:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

    March 19, 2004

    Marcus Wesson

    Who? you ask.

    Forgot already, didn't you?

    He's the dad who murdered his 9 children in Fresno, California.

    Wesson was charged on Tuesday (March 16) with nine counts of allegedly shooting his children. His arraignment was postponed until Thursday so his new attorney can talk to his family and decide whether or not to take the case. Wesson had turned down a public defender. His family has to determine if they can afford a private defense attorney. He is being held in jail on a $9 million bail.

    Prosecutors are deciding whether to seek the death penalty.

    This is the largest mass shooting in Fresno history.

    I thought it was about time for an update. This case is getting some coverage, but there doesn't seem to be the same level of outrage that is being expressed over Melissa Rowland, who has been charged with murder for refusing the c-section that killed one of her newborns.

    Posted on March 19, 2004 at 11:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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