Friday, September 30, 2005

Good Advice from Brad DeLong

Whilest defending William Bennett's, Brad DeLong uncorked this bit of avice:

Never attempt a reductio ad absurdum argument on talk radio. You can't keep exact control over your phrasing in real time, and so somebody is bound to think you are endorsing the horrible absurdity that you are rejecting.

(And, while we're at it: never get involved in a land war in Asia; do not read My Pet Goat when death is on the line; never play poker with a man named 'Doc'; never accept a battle of wits where iocane powder is a factor; never blithely download and install a file from Microsoft without carefully, carefully researching what it will do beforehand; never get involved in an argument over Noam Chomsky; and never post about human genetics on you weblog.)

I see Brad has an appreciation for a certain fantastic movie...

daily dose of w

There's a huge trust. I see it all the time when people come up to me and say, 'I don't want you to let me down again.'

GWB
3 Oct 2000
Boston, Massachusetts

Thursday, September 29, 2005

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Not over my dead body will they raise your taxes.

GWB
5 Jan 2002
Referring to Democrats opposed to the Administration's tax policy. Town Hall Meeting in Ontario, CA. (Source: C-SPAN)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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That's a chapter, the last chapter of the twentieth, twentieth, twenty-first century that most of us would rather forget. The last chapter of the twentieth century. This is the first chapter of the twenty-first century.

GWB
24 Oct 2000
Comment made by the presidential candidate in Arlinton Heights, Illinois.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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The explorationists are willing to only move equipment during the winter, which means they'll be on ice roads, and remove the equipment as the ice begins to melt, so that the fragile tundra is protected.

GWB
18 May 2001
From a speech made in Conestoga, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Get thee to Extreme Unction

Extreme Unction turned one. Check it out... a fun site, especially for those who read. Sailor!

daily dose of w

REPORTER: What do you think tribal sovereignty means in the 21st century, and how do we resolve conflicts between tribes and the federal and state governments?

BUSH: Yeah -- tribal sovereignty means that, it's sovereign. It's -- you're a -- you're a -- you've been given sovereignty, and you're -- viewed as a sovereign entity. [Laughter emanates from the audience]

REPORTER: Okay.

BUSH: And, therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between -- sovereign entities.

GWB
6 Aug 2004
Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

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I hope we get to the bottom of the answer. It's what I'm interested to know.

GWB
26 Apr 2000
The presidential candidate is referring to the Elian Gonzalez negotiations.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Talk like a Pirate, Type like a Pirate

I saw the Talk like a Pirate! stuff going around, but didn't get really jazzed until I found Type like a Pirate!

TerraGo

The company for which I work has gotten a makeover. LGI begat LGS which begat TerraGo.

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I think we agree, the past is over.

GWB
10 May 2000
The governor's comment after meeting with Senator John McCain. Quoted in the Dallas Morning News.

Friday, September 16, 2005

World's Suckiest Company Would Be...

Clear Channel *and* Ticket Master. Those evil sons of bitches are spamming me.

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Let me put it to you this way, I am not a revengeful person.

GWB
December 2000
From a Time magazine interview, published in the December 25, 2000 issue.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

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They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.

GWB
2 Nov 2000
The presidential candidate speaking in St. Charles, Missouri. Reported by USA Today. (Note: Social Security _is_ a federal program.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

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The best way to relieve families from time is to let them keep some of their own money.

GWB
13 Sep 2000
Comment made in Westminster, California.

Tax cuts prevent aging? What next?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

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He has certainly earned a reputation as a fantastic mayor, because the results speak for themselves. I mean, New York's a safer place for him to be.

GWB
18 May 2000
Speaking on The Edge with Paula Zahn about New York City Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Bad Science

More of the same at Bad Science.

Bad Science

Don't Dumb Me Down. Juicy quote: Statistics are what causes the most fear for reporters, and so they are usually just edited out, with interesting consequences.

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Well, it's an unimaginable honor to be the president during the Fourth of July of this country. It means what these words say, for starters. The great inalienable rights of our country. We're blessed with such values in America. And I -- it's -- I'm a proud man to be the nation based upon such wonderful values.

GWB
2 Jul 2001
Spoken during a visit to the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Friday, September 09, 2005

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Home is important. It's important to have a home.

GWB
18 Feb 2001
Comment made by the President in Crawford, Texas.

FEMA is important. It's important to have a FEMA.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The Onion v All Comers

God Outdoes Terrorists Yet Again. Key caption: FEMA representatives call out to survivors, "Show us your tits for emergency rations!" Key headline: Louisiana National Guard Offers Help By Phone From Iraq. No, wait! Key headline: Government Relief Workers Mosey In To Help. No, wait! Key headline: Bush Urges Victims To Gnaw On Bootstraps For Sustenance.

Key passage from Louisiana National Guard Offers Help By Phone:

"The soldiers wanted to know if they could call 911 for anyone, or perhaps send some water via FedEx," said Louisiana National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Pete Schneider. The Guardsmen also "would love to send generators, rations, and Black Hawk helicopters for rescue missions," but, said Schneider, "we desperately need these in Iraq to stay alive."

Oy!

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"Well, they asked me of whether or not I'd meet with them."

GWB
16 Dec 1999
In response to a question from Larry King who inquired if the governor had been asked to speak to a gay republican group. From CNN's Larry King Live.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

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Put the off button on.

GWB
14 Feb 2000
Advice to parents who have concerns about violence on television.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

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We've got to end the process-oriented world of public schools.

GWB
20 Mar 2001

Says what he means with whack words to distract you.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Aaargh! Feebtard already coined!

A Top hair bands post has the one and, as of the time of posting, only google detected usage of feebtard on the whole dubya dubya dubya eenteernyet.

Top hair band according to poll? Whitesnake with 40% of the vote, followed by Poison with 30% and Motley Cr-doesnt-this-have-some-umlaut-or-soemthing-e with 20%. If those numbers seem as round as Barb Wire's boobies it because that each 10% corresponds to exactly one vote. 10 people took part.

duyba dose!

Just started reading my mang Dan Froomkin's PDB, when I see the dubya dose. In DC, on his way to Mobile

I'm looking forward to my trip down there

Wait for it... On arrival:

I'm not looking forward to this trip

I'm feeling a new word coming on... feebtard...

Ignoramus

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

abecedarian, alphabetarian, apprentice, articled clerk, ass,
beginner, boot, born fool, buffoon, catechumen, clown, dabbler,
debutant, dilettante, doodle, dullard, dullhead, dumbbell,
dummkopf, dummy, dunce, egregious ass, entrant, figure of fun,
fledgling, fool, freshman, greenhorn, greeny, idiot, illiterate,
illiterati, inductee, initiate, jackass, know-nothing, lowbrow,
lunatic, middlebrow, milksop, mooncalf, moron, neophyte, new boy,
newcomer, no scholar, novice, novitiate, perfect fool, postulant,
probationer, probationist, puddinghead, raw recruit, recruit,
rookie, schmuck, simpleton, softhead, sop, stupid, stupid ass,
tenderfoot, tomfool, tyro, unintelligentsia, zany

daily dose of w

I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees.

GWB
1 Sept 2005
Interview with Diane Saywer on ABC.

A series of articles in the Times Picayune and senior Corps of Engineers staff indicate otherwise. Tracking the storm coming ashore the projected 18-22 foot storm surge and 20 foot levee gave me pause for thought...

W: Liar or ignoramus? Pick one. Oh, he "misspoke", huh.

Yeah, right.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I'm guessing 100% voted W

Will Lester writes on the AP wire:

In the poll by the Pew Research Center, 42 percent of those surveyed held strict ``creationist'' views that ``living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.'' Creationism generally refers to a literal reading of the Bible's story of the creation of man.

Almost half, 48 percent, said they believed humans have evolved over time. Some of those people, 26 percent of all those polled, said they believe evolution occurred through natural selection, and another 18 percent of all those polled, said evolution was guided by a supreme being.

Almost half? Why does Highway to Hell keep ringing in my ears?

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We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.

GWB
6 Sep 2000
From a speech delivered in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The reason I have absolutely no patience with W fanatics is that he says *exactly* what he means. Exactly. If you buy that crap, you're rich, idiotic, or delusional.