If Bush had done this, the media would have been plastering the image all over the place and Bush would have been lambasted as a moron and some brain-damaged and possibly retarded frat boy. Obama gets a “hey, it happens to everybody”. And to top it off they go back to when Bush tried to exit a room on a trip to China and found it locked and they compare the two. So, not being able to get out of a room in another country that you have never been in other than the few minutes that you give your press conference is the same as not being able to get into your own house? Yeah, not hardly. If you are the President of the United States and you can’t get your shit together enough to get your doors unlocked for you when you get home from a trip, you really have some serious issues.
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When the left gets the hoi poloi to do its bidding, it’s called community organizing (like with ACORN, MoveOn.Org, Code Pink, IVAW, etc.). When the right does so, apparently it’s called AstroTurf.
When the left makes derogatory remarks about the seated President and/or draws comparisons between that President and, say, Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin it’s called freedom of speech. When the right does it, it’s racism.
When the left protests the current administration and said protests feature uncomplimentary caricatures of the seated President, it’s patriotism. When the right does the same thing it’s racism and even dangerous fringe behavior and the participants should be put on terrorist watch lists.
When the left disrupts public hearings they’re exercising their civic right… nay, duty to express individual outrage. When the right even shows up at a town hall meeting to let their elected representatives know how they feel about a certain subject, they’re mindless puppets doing the bidding of their corporate masters (oh, and they’re probably racists, too).
Isn’t it grand how the more things stay the same, the more they change?
No comment, just watch.
Brazenly stolen from The Pickle
Funny how you can show up to arrest someone and end up arrested yourself…
I’m very disappointed by this video… there was far too little kicking, punching, tazering, etc. What the hell is with cops these days? Don’t they teach these things at the police academy anymore? I mean, I know it’s Canada so I can’t complain about my tax dollars being wasted on paying cops that refuse to use a choke-hold, but shouldn’t the entire global community be incensed that our police forces are withering away to nothing more than living hippie-barriers? I for one am going to demand that our local police forces get an eight hour, quarterly block of instruction on police brutality and that they be mandated to use it at least once during a protest involving the chant “arrest [insert random republican here]” or “no war for [insert random commodity here]” or “save the [insert random walking food or pelt product here]”.
Seriously guys… you have billy clubs and asps for a reason. The people’s tax dollars weren’t spent on those things for them to hang impotently on your utility belts. If you want to keep them, I think you should be required to bring them in and show them to your supervisors encrusted in clotted blood and patchouli scented hair once a year or you have to give them back. A blood soaked, fake green card will do as a substitute.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: “I certainly hope he doesn’t succeed.”
Carville was joined by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who seemed encouraged by a survey he had just completed that revealed public misgivings about the newly minted president.
“We rush into these focus groups with these doubts that people have about him, and I’m wanting them to turn against him,” Greenberg admitted.
The pollster added with a chuckle of disbelief: “They don’t want him to fail. I mean, they think it matters if the president of the United States fails.”
Minutes later, as news of the terrorist attacks reached the hotel conference room where the Democrats were having breakfast with the reporters, Carville announced: “Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!”
The press followed Carville’s orders, never reporting his or Greenberg’s desire for Bush to fail. The omission was understandable at first, as reporters were consumed with chronicling the new war on terror. But months and even years later, the mainstream media chose to never resurrect those controversial sentiments, voiced by the Democratic Party’s top strategists, that Bush should fail.
Huh. So, all Rush Limbaugh had to do to avoid the media lynching that he’s been enduring is get caught up in a terrorist attack caused by the weak stance on defense that the previous administration took as well as that administration’s myopic and overly soft foreign policy. Oh, he didn’t have those advantages? Tough luck, Rush. Too bad the current president flushing a trillion dollars down the toilet and driving our country toward socialist oblivion doesn’t count as a terrorist attack.
This changes everything indeed… it would have sunk Carville and probably wounded the dems so seriously that it would have damaged their party for decades. But as I said before, move along… no media bias here.
Bush showed America’s enemies a country that does not retreat in fear, does not bomb with impunity, and most important, does not desert civilians or foreign governments that trust us. If you think that doesn’t matter, look at Libya, which disarmed its weapons program. And see how much easier Obama’s presidency will be, because Bush kept the faith.
If you guessed the San Francisco Chronicle, you were right. I know… I’m just as shocked as you are. This is probably the fairest article on Bush that I have ever read coming from the left coast let alone San Fran.
H/T to Sith by Sithwest
You stay classy folks, you stay classy.
H/T to Hot Air
It’s Okay To Blame The Current Financial Crisis On Irresponsible Lending Now That We Can Tag It On Bush!Monday, December 1st, 2008
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration backed off proposed crackdowns on no-money-down, interest-only mortgages years before the economy collapsed, buckling to pressure from some of the same banks that have now failed. It ignored remarkably prescient warnings that foretold the financial meltdown, according to an Associated Press review of regulatory documents.
“Expect fallout, expect foreclosures, expect horror stories,” California mortgage lender Paris Welch wrote to U.S. regulators in January 2006, about one year before the housing implosion cost her a job.
So, more than a decade of loose rules, no down payments, counting unemployment and welfare as income, and shifty political affiliations (hint: FM+FM+BO=SOL) get pushed to the wayside as the REAL culprit gets caught red-handed… Bush and his knuckling under to greedy bullies back in 2006! Wait, what was the party that was arguing that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac didn’t need more stringent oversight during that time period? Anyone? Anyone?
I generally try to keep things light here and inject humor into everything (like Texas’ executions… get it? “Inject” humor?) I write, but this post is different. This post is just analysis of a crappy situation that’ getting worse by the moment. If you care to skip the humor and read something serious for a change, read on. If not, skip down to my Olympic post.
*sigh* I’m completely aghast at the lack of support George is getting over this, too. I mean – it seems pretty black and white this point in terms of sovereignty issues. Democratically elected government, no question of fraudulent elections, Russia clearly exceeding the “contested” territory in Ossetia well beyond, and thumbing their nose at the international community’s attempts to secure peace. Is anyone going to do *anything* about this, or are we all going to just say we’re busy at the Olympic Games, and gee Georgia, it’s really a shame but hey, you all speak Russian anyway so…..
The next few paragraphs are my response to her e-mail.
I’m certain that I know some of the guys fighting the Russians over there… I don’t envy those Russian soldiers… nor do I pity them.
I would love to dip Putin in a vat of tuna juice and catnip and then throw him into a pit of HIV positive cats.
I agree, I would love to see the mice roar on this one (all the former Republics like Ukraine , Latvia , Lithuania , Poland , etc…who have been expressing vehemently their displeasure) and step up to do more than declaim. At least the Ukraine has threatened to close ports to Russia over this. This is Hungary 1956 all over again and inactivity as a legitimate democratically elected government gets bulldozed under Soviet (yes Soviet) aggression turns my stomach just as much now as when I learned the history of the Hungarian revolution. I applaud that our declamations have been fairly strong (Bush’s sly jabs about the Russian president as a way of lampshade hanging Putin’s obvious control of Russia in defiance of their own constitution on the Olympics earns some marks from me) but decrying something with no means of enforcement is empty in a world where people don’t care what you think. This is the problem with UN resolutions, without the means to back them up, they are words and words can ultimately be just wind.
This is exactly the sort of thing that the US should exist to back up with force. Invasions of the sovereign territory of our close allies (which Georgia has certainly become) are exactly what we should send troops and support to. Pardon my French but Eff the Russians. They’re clearly trying to send a message to Poland , the Ukraine , Kazakhstan and others of what they are capable of, we really should put our money where our mouth is with regards to support of democracy and our allies. At the very least air support until the Russians back off back to the August 6 “status quo” and leave the Georgian government intact.
Just pissed off about this.
My response to his e-mail…
You are dead on with your assessment also… except for one point which I will explain later. We should step up to the plate until Russian withdraws and the situation reverts back to status quo ante bellum, but Russia sure as hell doesn’t want that because it is now impossible to revert back to status quo ante bellum because the number of Russian passport holders in S. Ossetia is now a lot lower due to Georgia’s reactions to Russia-backed “separatist” (read: SpetSnaz) raids across the border. The Russians are trying to send a message here, and that message is “Russian superiority and payback”. Do you think that it is a coincidence that they’ve been concentrating their airstrikes on Gori, which is Stalin’s home town? Yes, they are trying to rattle the ex-Soviet satellite states’ cages with this, but it’s not in the name of the great “Soviet”. In Russian, Soviet means “council” or “counsel” or “advice” depending on the context… this isn’t the Soviet Union rearing its ugly head again, it’s the Russian Empire. Putin doesn’t fancy himself Premier or Party Chief, he thinks of himself as a Czar.
Russia has refused to step down its offensive operations despite a unilateral cease fire by Georgia and now that Georgia is back to defending itself again, the Russian press is crying foul. According to Vesti.RU (not the Cyrillic spelling, of course) the Georgians have “renewed shelling of heavily populated civilian areas” in South Ossetia. What they don’t mention is that there is absolutely no tactical advantage to shelling civilians so that means one of three things; 1) the Georgians have completely lost their minds and are wasting time and ammo trying to kill civilians who can do them no harm, 2) the Russians are hiding amongst civilians, or 3) the Russia press is lying again. Only the last two are viable reasons for the Georgians dropping shells on populated areas. The Russians set up this war. They had 120,000 troops massed very close to the Georgian border… according to international standards, the massing of troops on a border is an act of war so for all intents and purposes Russia started this shooting match.
If we really want to end this quickly, the best way (IMHO) is to only direct discourse to Medvedev and completely bypass Putin. Ignore him. Run rough shod over him. Disenfranchise him and watch his blood boil until it causes him to make vain mistakes in the name of hubris. Let Putin be his own enemy. Putin’s power lies not only within his politcal savvy, but moreover within his cult of personality. In this case, if you marginalize his presence and you marginalize the man.
Putin isn’t the playground bully, he’s the little jerk who talks the biggest kid on the playground into being a bully. Ignore the little jerk and talk to the big kid. Hell, the big kid may eventually even beat up the little jerk himself. It’s happened time and again in Russia, why not once more?
America’s first Muslim congressman has provoked outrage by apparently comparing President George W Bush to Adolf Hitler and hinting that he might have been responsible for the September 11 attacks.
Ok, first off, no comparison to Hitler is ever apt. It’s not original, it’s not thought proviking, it’s just f’n weak. And ridiculous, but in the realm of ridiculousness, nothing beats this comment:
Mr Ellison also raised eyebrows by telling his audience: “You’ll always find this Muslim standing up for your right to be atheists all you want.”
Yes, Muslims are well known for fighting for your rights to worship other Gods or no Gods at all. Hilarious.
“When the decision was made to liberate Iraq, I was going on what my advisers were telling me and what everyone has said for nearly a century—that the U.S. military is the best in the world,” Bush said. “But if that were the case, and we did have the most powerful army, navy, marines, and air force on the globe, we would be winning, right?”
Relax people, it’s the Onion.
Chew on this:
While oil-rich Saudi Arabia has never been a large recipient of US aid, the Bush administration channeled a total of more than 2.5 million dollars to the kingdom in fiscal 2005 and 2006 as part of their partnership in the war on terror, congressional officials said.
That’s 2.5 million dollars that we sent to THEM because they are “partners” in the war on terror. Partners, eh? Well if my business “partners” were helping the competition across the street, I think I would have to get rid of said “partners.” Read on…
In a media fact sheet, the lawmakers said that Hamas received more than half of its financing from Saudi Arabia, and last May alone the Saudi government planned to send 300 million dollars to the Islamist group.
The sponsors of the measure also accused the Saudi government of undermining US military efforts in Iraq by making “no official move” to stop about 3,000 Saudis allegedly fighting US troops in the country.
As many as 61 percent of all suicide bombers in Iraq are of Saudi Arabian descent, they claimed.
The lawmakers also argued that Saudi clerics continued to preach hate towards the United States, Israel and their allies.
So just why the hell are we sending these Richard craniums our tax dollars when they just use that money (along with the billions we send them in the form of oil profits) to propagate hatred and violence toward western countries… ours and Israel’s in particular? Partners pay their own fair share (which in this case should probably be MORE than we pay) and don’t try to undermine the efforts of their associates. Oh wait, the Saudis don’t undermine their associates… because their associates are the terrorists.
This afternoon, President Bush uncorked his Samurai veto pen for only the third time in his presidency, vetoing a stem cell bill. His first veto was for the same thing (his second rejected timetables for troop withdrawal in Iraq).
Now, we all know from John Edwards that if John Kerry were president this country would be Stem Cell Central, free of any disease, and Christopher Reeve would have just pranced his way out of that chair and began skipping around the park with a basket of posies, but I digress. I’m not going to get into a discussion of stem cells because I am strangely indifferent towards the issue.
Here’s what gets me: why the $#%&!!!! can’t we get this man to veto a $#%&ing spending bill?