Who does Bush remind you of?
I was asked that today. I've said that he reminds me of Ron Burgandy in the movie Anchorman. Of course, Ron is played by Will Farrell who played Bush on SNL, but I never really liked his SNL impression. I just think the utter cluelessness and egotism of Burgundy's character fits Bush well.
But I was thinking about it today and finally pegged it. "William J," was my answer.
"You mean William Jefferson Clinton?"
"Nope. William J. LePetomaine."
British poll in Iraq
The British Ministry of Defence conducted a secret poll in Iraq.
The survey was conducted by an Iraqi university research team that, for security reasons, was not told the data it compiled would be used by coalition forces. It reveals:
• Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;
• 82 per cent are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops;
• less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;
• 67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;
• 43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;
• 72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.
Gotta love conservatives
Lifted from here
Number of Pork Projects in Federal Spending Bills
2005 - 13,997
2004 - 10,656
2003 - 9,362
2002 - 8,341
2001 - 6,333
2000 - 4,326
1999 - 2,838
1998 - 2100
1997 - 1,596
1996 - 958
1995 - 1439
Using 2005 numbers, by voting down the “Bridges” amendment, the Senate let the country know that it was unwilling to defund 2 out of 13,997 pork projects today. That’s 0.0142887762 percent.
In other news, A Victory for Pork
A victory for pork: An effort to restore fiscal responsibility to Capitol Hill was defeated handily in the Senate yesterday. Two amendments, authored by freshman Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and much-hyped by a growing community of blogger-activists, would have eliminated several particularly egregious pet projects from a recent spending bill to offset the major, unanticipated costs presented by Hurricane Katrina.
"It appears the majority of senators think it is more important to shelter dogs and cats in Rhode Island than people in Louisiana and Mississippi made homeless by Hurricane Katrina," laments journalist and family man Mark Tapscott.
You gotta be kidding
A CBS poll says that a majority on Americans don't believe in evolution.
The three options for this poll were:
1. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process
2. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, but God guided this process
3. God created human beings in their present form (they later added "within the last 10,000 years" and got the same results)
51% chose number three. My answer would be number one because evolution is so unimaginably impossible to ignore that I don't know where to start. You can look at fossils or early humans or of billions of other animal and plant life or you can look at the evolution of TB in Russian prisons or even the "bird flu" that's in all the newspapers. Evolution is here to stay.
That doesn't mean there is no God. Number one only says that evolution has been happening and, if you believe in God, He has just let it happen without actively making a species magically change in a certain way. I think that's obvious. There is no indication that evolution has taken place out of the blue by "magic". Maybe He even started evolution, but He just let it run on it's own. I would think an all powerful God would be able to design the system of evolution without having to tweak it down the road wouldn't he?
But 51 percent chose nmber three. It is extremely difficult for me to believe that here in one the most advanced, industralized, educated and scientifically oriented nations in the world, people find it possible to deny that humans are more than 10,000 years old.
All The Kings Horses has been silenced
Daniel Goetz an Army soldier in Iraq blogging at All The King's Horses, has been shut down. I don't particularily have a problem with that. Though he was always careful not to write anything that would aid the enemy and never crossed the line of what he could and could not say, but his bitterness over being forced to stay due to stop-loss was evident in hiw profile at Operation Truth, and that certainly did him in.
The frightening thing is what he said in his last post. Note the title "Double Plus Ungood" is an Orwellian phrase which, I can only assume, he chose to show that he was being forced to write these things.
Double Plus Ungood
I thank all of you who have been so supportive recently. I have never before received so much positive feedback, and it was very heart-warming to know that so many people out there care. Having said that, it breaks my heart to say that this will be my last post on this blog. I wish I could just stop there, but I can not. The following also needs to be said:
For the record, I am officially a supporter of the administration and of her policies. I am a proponent for the war against terror and I believe in the mission in Iraq. I understand my role in that mission, and I accept it. I understand that I signed the contract which makes stop loss legal, and I retract any statements I made in the past that contradict this one. Furthermore, I have the utmost confidence in the leadership of my chain of command, including (but not limited to) the president George Bush and the honorable secretary of defense Rumsfeld. If I have ever written anything on this site or on others that lead the reader to believe otherwise, please consider this a full and complete retraction.
I apologize for any misunderstandings that might understandably arise from this. Should you continue to have questions, please feel free to contact me through e-mail. I promise to respond personally to each, but it may take some time; my internet access has become restricted.
I just don't know how to read this headline.
I don't like Stern, but the writer gets has guts, immature guts but still guts, for peppering the article with suggestions of Stern being jacked off.