October 24, 2006

George Bush talks about “The Google”

Permalink | October 24th, 2006


Maria Bartiromo: I’m curious, have you ever Googled anybody? Do you use Google?

George Bush: Ah, Occasionally. One of the things I’ve used on The Google is, ah, to pull up maps. And it’s, ah, very interesting to see — I’ve forgot the name of the program — but where you get the satellite, and you can — like, I kinda like to look at the ranch. It remind me of where I wanna be sometimes.

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September 14, 2006

George Bush hosts talks over Borat

Permalink | September 14th, 2006

Borat

US President George Bush is to host White House talks on British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

Cohen, 35, creator of Ali G, has infuriated the Kazakhstan government with his portrayal of Borat, a bumbling Kazakh TV presenter.

And now a movie of Borat’s adventures in the US has caused a diplomatic incident.

The President has deemed the antics of a comedian important enough to hold international talks about it — is he serious?!

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June 16, 2006

A Presidential Apology

Permalink | June 16th, 2006

Peter Wallsten

On Wednesday good ol’ George Dubya stuck his foot in his mouth yet again when he unknowingly questioned a legally blind correspondent over his choice to wear sunglasses:

The President: Yes, Peter. Are you going to ask that question with shades on?
Peter: I can take them off.
The President: I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.
Peter: All right, I’ll keep it, then.
The President: For the viewers, there’s no sun.
(Laughter)
Peter: I guess it depends on your perspective.
(Laughter)
The President: Touche.
(Laughter)

Peter Wallsten is legally blind and suffers from Stargardt’s Disease, a degenerative disease affecting the part of the eye sensitive to light. Studies have shown sunglasses help slow the degeneration. The President, who was most likely informed of Wallsten’s condition following the press conference, called him to apologize. Wallsten told him he accepted his apology, though it wasn’t necessary and he didn’t want the president to treat him any differently.

May 15, 2006

Bush has poor network ratings

Permalink | May 15th, 2006

George Bush TV address

Only two of the Big Four broadcast networks have committed to showing President Bush’s address to the nation tonight regarding immigration. ABC and CBS have not yet verified their coverage. Regardless, all networks have voiced their displeasure over the timing of the address, saying that it cuts into May Sweeps.

Some of the networks were said to be annoyed that the White House had timed the Oval Office address during the May Sweeps, that critical time in the broadcast year when the networks and their affiliates fight for ratings. At least one show, Fox’s “Prison Break,” was scheduled to have its season finale at 8 p.m. Monday.

“It’s always tough in sweeps,” said one executive, who explained that the networks usually differentiate between a White House request for air time and a notification that a speech would occur if the networks were interested in televising.

In May 2004, the White House had requested coverage of the president’s speech at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., on what was the last Monday of the May sweeps. NBC, Fox and ABC instead went on its normally scheduled programming, including NBC’s “Fear Factor,” Fox’s “The Swan” finale and ABC’s “A Beautiful Mind” premiere.

ABC’s Oprah Winfrey’s Legend Ball and CBS’ King of Queens is currently set to air in the 8:00p time slot; making Oprah, and King of Queens stars Kevin James and Leah Remini more important popular than the president. Nice.

[via Washington Post]

April 17, 2006

President Bush steals music

Permalink | April 17th, 2006

President Bush steals music

President Bush steals music (as defined by the RIAA), just like everybody else. Good ol’ George has recently admitted that he listens to the Beatles on his iPod. However, since the Beatles’ music is not yet available for legal download, that means he must have ripped the music from his CDs. No big deal, right? Ah, that’s where you’re mistaken — let’s not forget that the RIAA issued a statement last February stating that ripping CDs is not fair use and is illegal.

Read: boingboing: GW Bush’s iPod contains “illegal” (according to RIAA) music

Dick Cheney is richer than you

Permalink | April 17th, 2006

Dick Cheney is richer than you

Dick and Lynne Cheney released their 2005 federal income tax returns on Friday. The damage? They are set to receive a refund just shy of $2 million. Yep, a refund!

The Cheneys reported adjusted gross income of nearly $8.82 million, a number largely padded with income they received by exercising stock options that had been set aside in 2001 for charity.

After subtracting the charitable contributions, the Cheneys’ income was $1.95 million on which they owed $529,636 in taxes, according to a statement released by the vice president’s office.

Since the Cheneys paid $2.46 million in withholding and estimated taxes over the year, they were entitled to a refund of about $1.93 million.

Ok, they did give a reported $6.87 million to charity, but it’s interesting that the gift was given in the same year that Bush signed into law the new tax breaks on charitable giving — particularly the bill which allowed individuals and corporations to deduct 100% of all charitable contributions in 2005 (previously the ceiling was set to 50%). Lucky break, wouldn’t you say Dick?

Compared to Cheney, Bush made a poor showing with an adjusted gross income of only $735,180.

[via AP]

February 10, 2006

The holy trinity’s war on porn

Permalink | February 10th, 2006

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Awhile back another war was quietly announced by the Bush administration, the war on porn. Well, here they are, the holy trinity, George W. Bush, Alberto Gonzales, and Pat Robinson — the poster children for all that is morally right ultra-conservative.

Note, clicking the images above are NSFW, but are well worth the look.

[thanks “Alberto Gonzales”]

[images via Thumb Recon NSFW]

December 22, 2005

A higher power strikes down Intelligent Design

Permalink | December 22nd, 2005

A higher power strikes down Intelligent Design

A court in Pennsylvania has struck down the idea of Intelligent Design in the classroom, calling the school board’s promotion of the curriculum a disguise for sneaking religion in the public school.

The school board argued they had sought to improve science education by exposing pupils to alternatives to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

But Judge Jones said he had determined that ID was not science and “cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents”.

In a 139-page written ruling, the judge said: “Our conclusion today is that it is unconstitutional to teach ID as an alternative to evolution in a public school science classroom.”

He accused school board members of disguising their true motives for introducing the ID policy.

“We find that the secular purposes claimed by the board amount to a pretext for the board’s real purpose, which was to promote religion in the public school classroom,” he said.

Darwin: 1, Extreme Religious Conservatives: 0.

[via The BBC]

December 19, 2005

Bush admits to spying on Americans

Permalink | December 19th, 2005

Bush admits to spying on Americans

George Bush has admitted that he gave the order to spy on Americans.

President Bush acknowledged on Saturday that he had ordered the National Security Agency to conduct an electronic eavesdropping program in the United States without first obtaining warrants, and said he would continue the highly classified program because it was “a vital tool in our war against the terrorists.”

In an unusual step, Mr. Bush delivered a live weekly radio address from the White House in which he defended his action as “fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities.”

He also lashed out at senators, both Democrats and Republicans, who voted on Friday to block the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act, which expanded the president’s power to conduct surveillance, with warrants, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Read: NY Times
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October 21, 2005

War on Venezuela

Permalink | October 21st, 2005

War on Venezuela

We all know that George Bush Junior loves to go to war; in fact it seems to be the only thing this administration is overly passionate about — war on terror, war on porn, war on nature, war on crime, war on liberals, war on taxes, war on anyone that questions the Bush administration’s war polices. Junior has decisively secured ‘Warlord of the Year,’ to the point where other countries are now fearing we will invade them.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that his government is preparing for a possible U.S. invasion and he warned that such “aggression” would send gasoline in the United States prices soaring higher. The U.S. government repeated that it is not planning any such thing.

“That’s why Pat Robertson, the spiritual adviser of Mr. Bush, is calling for my assassination — that would be much cheaper than an invasion,” Chavez said.

“We must be ready for an aggression,” said Chavez, who previously said Venezuela is organizing an expanded military reserve and civilian defense units.

In an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. radio aired earlier Thursday, Chavez said he had evidence to prove the U.S. government was planning an invasion.

Did he just refer to Pat Robertson as Junior’s spiritual advisor? Whoa.

[via AP]