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What exactly is Bush pledging his allegiance on here?
Is he a space alien with parts in different places than our own, or is he merely suffering from indigestion?
Or is he just f*cking stupid? We report. . .you decide.
What exactly is Bush pledging his allegiance on here?
From the "just when you thought you'd heard it all" department:
Reported by MSNBC at 10:08 pm EST. More as this story develops. . .but apparently he was hanged between 10 and 10:10 pm this evening.
Welcome to tonight's edition of Friday Nite Retro! This evening I'm featuring the work of Tim and Neil Finn. You may not recognize those names, but I'm sure you'll recognize their bands. . .
I saw this one over at Left of Centrist, and just had to know:
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President Gerald R. Ford, center, with Chief of Staff Donald H. Rumsfeld, left, and Rumsfeld's assistant, Dick Cheney, on April 28, 1975. (By David Hume Kennerly -- Ford Library Via Associated Press)
(As reported by The Washington Post)
On July 28, 2004, former president Gerald R. Ford sat down for an interview with The Washington Post's Bob Woodward. The interview was conducted at Ford's Beaver Creek, Colo., house; the former president agreed that his comments could be published any time after his death. Below are excerpts from the interview:
Ford says he does not believe the United States should intervene militarily overseas unless it is directly in America's national interests.
Ford says that, based on the facts as he understands them, he does not think that he would have ordered the Iraq war if he had been president.
Ford says he believes that President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld erred in justifying the Iraq war as one aimed at eliminating Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
Ford says that while he never publicly criticized the Bush administration's war in Iraq, he does think they made a mistake in how they justified the war.
"I don't think I would have gone to war," he said a little more than a year after President Bush launched the invasion advocated and carried out by prominent veterans of Ford's own administration.
During the four-hour conversation at his house in Beaver Creek, Colo., Ford "very strongly" disagreed with the current president's justifications for invading Iraq and said he would have pushed alternatives, such as sanctions, much more vigorously. In the tape-recorded interview, Ford was critical not only of Bush but also of Vice President Cheney -- Ford's White House chief of staff -- and then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who served as Ford's chief of staff and then his Pentagon chief.
"Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction," Ford said. "And now, I've never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do."
In a conversation that veered between the current realities of a war in the Middle East and the old complexities of the war in Vietnam whose bitter end he presided over as president, Ford took issue with the notion of the United States entering a conflict in service of the idea of spreading democracy.
"Well, I can understand the theory of wanting to free people," Ford said, referring to Bush's assertion that the United States has a "duty to free people." But the former president said he was skeptical "whether you can detach that from the obligation number one, of what's in our national interest." He added: "And I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security."
The Ford interview -- and a subsequent lengthy conversation in 2005 -- took place for a future book project, though he said his comments could be published at any time after his death. In the sessions, Ford fondly recalled his close working relationship with key Bush advisers Cheney and Rumsfeld while expressing concern about the policies they pursued in more recent years.
"He was an excellent chief of staff. First class," Ford said. "But I think Cheney has become much more pugnacious" as vice president. He said he agreed with former secretary of state Colin L. Powell's assertion that Cheney developed a "fever" about the threat of terrorism and Iraq. "I think that's probably true."
Describing his own preferred policy toward Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Ford said he would not have gone to war, based on the publicly available information at the time, and would have worked harder to find an alternative. "I don't think, if I had been president, on the basis of the facts as I saw them publicly," he said, "I don't think I would have ordered the Iraq war. I would have maximized our effort through sanctions, through restrictions, whatever, to find another answer."
America's favorite populist, Jim Hightower, speaks at the "Fighting Bob" festival in Wisconsin earlier this year. His mix of hard core irrefutable facts and figures and humor are irresistible!
The fact that the following is an actual headline speaks volumes about the Bush presidency:
I found this over on Torpor Indy today. In Torp's own words it "lists many atrocities in which the US government and people have been involved. This is a 3 minute video and is not for the faint of heart."
Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth. The obliteration of Lohachara island, in India's part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true.
In a small Southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it.
One small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left.
At a "Quik Stop" on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets.
She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, "You darn Yankees never do read the Bible!"
I assured her that I did, but simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible.
She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled thru some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage.
Sticking it in my face she said "See, it says right here, 'The three wise man came from afar'."
From the same guys who brought you "Lazy Muncie". . .Enjoy!
Welcome to this week's version of Friday Nite Retro here at Left in Aboite!
Schizophrenia - Do You Hear What I Hear?
"It's one week before Christmas. 2,948 American families will be missing a family member this Christmas due to this immoral war in Iraq. According to a recent study it is estimated that around 650,000 Iraqis have also died since the war begin. This Christmas we need to all take time out of our busy holiday schedules to think about those who have been killed in the Iraq war.
As a teacher, Ms. Jones, was very curious about how each of her students celebrated Christmas. She called on young Patrick Murphy. "Tell me Patrick what do you do at Christmas time?", she asked.
Another piece of my childhood has just vanished, along with an amazingly talented man. Joe Barbera has died at the age of 95. Barbera was an animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, producer and co-founder of Hanna-Barbera. That studio produced cartoon favorites such as Tom and Jerry, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and the musical film, Charlotte's Web.
Barbera (originally spelled "Barberá" and pronounced barBERA by colleagues in the "special features" section of the Warner Video Tom and Jerry CD collection) was born in Italy. He started his career as a tailor's delivery boy. During the Great Depression he tried unsuccessfully to become a magazine cartoonist for a magazine called The NY Hits Magazine. In 1932 he joined the Van Beuren Studio as an animator and scriptwriter. He worked on cartoons such as Cubby Bear, and Rainbow Parades and also co produced Tom and Jerry. When Van Beuren closed down, Barbera moved over to the MGM studios.
Lured by a substantive salary increase, Barbera left Terrytoons and New York for the new MGM cartoon unit and California in 1937. The following year he teamed up with William Hanna on Puss Gets the Boot (1940), the first Tom and Jerry film, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best (Cartoon) Short Subject.
Hanna and Barbera's 17-year partnership on the Tom & Jerry series resulted in 7 Academy Awards for Best (Cartoon) Short Subject, and 14 total nominations, more than any other character-based theatrical animated series. Hanna and Barbera were placed in charge of MGM's animation division in late 1955; however this was short-lived as MGM closed the division in 1957. Following this they teamed up to produce the series The Ruff & Reddy Show, under the company name H-B Enterprises, soon changed to Hanna-Barbera Productions.
By the late 1960's, Hanna-Barbera Productions had became the most successful television animation studio in the business, producing hit programs such as The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! by the end of the decade.
Hanna-Barbera had been a subsidiary of Taft Broadcasting (later Great American Communications) since 1967. The studio thrived until 1991, when it was sold to Turner Broadcasting. Hanna and Barbera stayed on as advisors and periodically worked on new Hanna-Barbera shows, including the What-a-Cartoon! series.After Hanna's death in 2001, Barbera had remained active as an executive producer for Warner Bros. Animation on television series such as What's New, Scooby-Doo? and Tom and Jerry Tales. He also wrote, co-storyboarded, co-directed and co-produced the theatrical Tom and Jerry short The Karateguard in 2005, thus returning to his and Hanna's first successful cartoon format. Barbera died of natural causes at home today with his wife at his side.
Harry Reid offered qualified support yesterday for a plan to increase U.S. troops in Iraq, saying it would be acceptable as part of a broader strategy to bring combat forces home by 2008, but only on a short-term basis.
The old Indian chief sat in his home on the reservation, smoking his ceremonial pipe, eyeing the two U.S. government officials sent to interview him.
The Undeniable Liberal has tagged me!
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
I've decided to go in a slightly different direction with FNR this evening. . .I'm going to showcase some favorite artists of mine that don't always get the mainstream airplay that they deserve. I think you'll enjoy these "alt artists". . .
From The New York Times:
I'm not even going to attempt to cover this one; the source material speaks for itself. Click on Phillip Martin's picture below to read his take on Iraq, as a U.S. soldier experiencing it firsthand:
These are the states that I've actually set foot upon. I've seen a few of the others via airplane, etc.
I wanna know!
A sample of the wisdom of Marie Rudisill, the Fruitcake Lady, who died in Hudson, Florida on November 3, 2006, at the age of 95.
A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking her faithful aged poodle named Cuddles, along for the company.One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies and before long, Cuddles discovers that he's lost.. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.The old poodle thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!"Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap the old poodle exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?"Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees."Whew!", says the leopard, "That was close! That old poodle nearly had me!"
It's that time again. . . The Darwin Awards are finally out, the annual honor given to the persons who did the gene pool the greatest service by killing themselves in the most extraordinarily stupid way. Last year's winner was the fellow who was killed by a Coke machine which toppled over on top of him as he was attempting to tip a free soda out.
These pictures are of a man who works for the US Forest Service in Alaska and his trophy bear (killed in self defense).
Welcome once again to the official Monday edition of "Make Your Own Caption" day here at Left in Aboite, accept no substitutes! ;) Have at it you wonders of wit, you sneakers of snark, you sellers of sarcasm, you. . .oh just amaze me already!!
That's the unofficial motto of the Barack Obama campaign. It refers to Clinton's nickname as first lady and the conflicted loyalties of Democratic political aides, many of whom are talking to both camps about possible jobs in the presidential campaigns. Obama's explosive rise has startled Clinton and her advisers, who now are unsure of which direction they will take.
Time once again for another version of Friday Nite Retro here at Left in Aboite!
Shamelessly stolen from JQP. . .
Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America described the pregnancy as "unconscionable", adding "It's very disappointing that a celebrity couple like this would deliberately bring into the world a child that will never have a father; they are encouraging people who don't have the advantages they have." The Bush administration, which already has been chided by conservatives for what they felt was a halfhearted commitment to anti-abortion and anti-gay-rights causes in this year's general election, can't help but be damaged by this.
Carrie Gordon Earll of the conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family, expressed empathy for the Cheney family but added, "Just because you can conceive a child outside a one-woman, one-man marriage doesn't mean it's a good idea. Love can't replace a mother and a father."
Mary Cheney, 37, and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, 45, are expecting the baby in late spring, according to a spokesperson for the vice-president.The couple moved from Colorado to Virginia a year ago to be closer to the Cheney family.
Family Pride, which advocates on behalf of gay and lesbian families, noted that Virginia last month became one of 27 states with a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
"Unless they move to a handful of less restrictive states, Heather will never be able to have a legal relationship with her child," said Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler.
The couple "will quickly face the reality that no matter how loved their child will be. ... he or she will never have the same protections that other children born to heterosexual couples enjoy," Chrisler said. "Grandfather Cheney will no doubt face a lifetime of sleepless nights as he reflects on the irreparable harm he and his administration have done to the millions of American gay and lesbian parents and their children.".
A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked,
I couldn't find this video to download last Christmas. You have likely seen it before, but it just HAS to be re-posted! Thanks to Marked Hoosier for finding it:
From Jim Hightower:
Alright everybody, it's Monday again. . .so dust off your grey matter and "make your own caption":
According to a news report, a certain school in Garden City, MI was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the washroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints. Every night, the maintenance man would remove them and the next day, the girls would put them back.
Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. He called all the girls to the washroom and met them there with the maintenance man. He explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, he asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.
He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY. . .
There are Teachers, and then there are Educators.
Opening up Alaska's Bristol Bay and expanding drilling off Florida's coast — a goal of House Republicans before losing power to Democrats — would amount to "a last minute giveaway of public lands as an early Christmas present to the big oil companies."
From Nancy Greggs on D.U.:-- SSSHHHH! (Memo smuggled out of the WH!)