Friday, December 5

The hard part about ruling the world is pretending 

Pretending to care. Pretending to be a people person. Pretending to have spontaneous conversations with workers.

"Let's put on a play. I'll be the president." That's how we get Bush out in front of crowds. We stage them meticulously, and rehearse him.

Here we have Bush going to Detroit to talk about, oh, who even knows anymore? Does it matter? But it still takes practice to handle an opportunity to meet regular folk. Wouldn't want to say goodbye when one is suppossed to say hello, and that sort of thing.

"The six Metro Detroiters involved in the conversation rehearsed for hours Sunday. At times, Bush prompted them to mention prearranged topics, reminding one worker that he'd been able to refinance his home at low interest rates and another that he'd saved $2,700 through recent tax cuts.

The White House created a backdrop especially for the occasion, meant to project Bush's empathy for industry. Each of three banners were emblazoned with the words 'Strengthening America's Economy' over fabric bearing the image of steel beams and rivets. "

Riveting, eh? And you fall for it. Again and again. We love you, stupid Americans.

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Thursday, December 4

Which Turkey Do You Mean? 

The Post says Bush and his turkey were staged. Really? I'm shocked, I say.

Listen to the whiny reporters wanting to report on something truthful.

"Some of the reporters left behind at Crawford Middle School, where they work when Bush is staying at his Texas ranch, felt they had been deceived by White House accounts of what Bush would be doing on Thanksgiving.

Correspondent Mark Knoller said Sunday on 'CBS Evening News' that the misleading information and deception were understandable, but that he had been 'filing radio reports that amounted to fiction.'

'Even as President Bush was addressing U.S. personnel in Baghdad, I was on the air saying he was at his ranch making holiday phone calls to American troops overseas,' Knoller said. 'I got that information from a White House official that very morning.' "

Get with it, folks, you have to spread the lies.

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Tuesday, December 2

Rum remark wins Rumsfeld an award 

BBC News reports today:

"US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has won a 'Foot in Mouth' award for one of his now legendary bizarre remarks.
Mr Rumsfeld won the prize for comments made at a news conference in February last year which left observers baffled."

The original quote can be heard at the BBC News web site:


"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know " (Donald Rumsfeld, February 2003)

"I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman." (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

"I believe what I said yesterday. I don't know what I said, but I know what I think... and I assume it's what I said" (Donald Rumsfeld)

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Monday, December 1

Bush Wins! 

The NY Times says Bush will win.: Therefore, he will.

Don't read any deeper than the first paragraph, though, or you'll find out that he may not win, and that it may not be that easy:

"Because of those shifts, both sides predict that 15 states may be up for grabs: Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Maine and Florida."

Whatever you do, don't pay attention to what we are doing in those states. Focus on your state (if it isn't one of those) or directly on Fox News.

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Our Pal Neil 

Talking Points Memo has a bit of business news for those who follow the Bush family businesses. Neil, the one who made off after the S&L scandals of the 80's, is going through a divorce, which just so happens to be exposing his financial transactions. Don't pay attention. Nothing to see here. Move along now. The president's brother isn't profitting from the war in Iraq.

"It turns out Neil is Co-Chairman of something called Crest Investment Corporation. Whatever it is Crest does, it pays 60 grand a year to get a few hours a week of advice from the President's ne'er-do-well brother on how to do it.

The other 'co-chairman and principal of Crest,' reports the Financial Times, 'is Jamal Daniel, a Syrian-American who is an advisory board member of New Bridge Strategies ...'

The New Bridge website says that before Daniel started up Crest he was in the international real estate biz and also 'has extensive experience in structuring investing in energy and oil and gas projects throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.'

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Republicans Move Convention From NYC 

Tom Delay has a brilliant plan to hold the GOP Convention in New York, but, get this, not in New York.

Sure, we all want to get close enough for the photo op at the WTC, but mostly we want to get to the high seas and spend our time and money privately. We don't want to catch cooties from New Yorkers, do we?

We also don't want to be easily protested. I called Tom about this and he says it is all a ruse, anyway. They are "floating" this story to distract people while we get to work buying, er, getting out the vote. There will be no ship in NYC. The convention parties will be held in helicopters hovering above Central park.

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Before the Backstabbing 

Bush will cut the steel tarrifs. Just not before he gets his donations from the steel industry, that is.

"Tomorrow he flies to Pittsburgh, headquarters of U.S. Steel Corp., which is the nation's largest domestic steel producer and led efforts to pressure the administration to retain the tariffs. Bush is going there for a fundraiser for his campaign. One of the organizers is Thomas J. Usher, U.S. Steel's chairman and chief executive."

The day after or so, he plans to eliminate the steel tarrifs this guy loves so much. Sure, the WTO found them to be illegal. But when does legality matter?

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