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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.