Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ADMIRAL

ADMIRAL, n. That part of a war-ship which does the talking while the figure-head does the thinking.

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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.

He says stuff that makes sense in the future he envisions...

Monday, February 27, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ADMINISTRATION

ADMINISTRATION, n. An ingenious abstraction in politics, designed to receive the kicks and cuffs due to the premier or president. A man of straw, proof against bad-egging and dead-catting.

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It was just inebriating what Midland [Oil Company] was all about then.

GWB
Comment made in a 1994 interview. Quoted in First Son, by Bill Minutaglio

Friday, February 24, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ADHERENT

ADHERENT, n. A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get.

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If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow.

GWB
7 Jan 2000
Spoken in Rochester, New York during presidential campaign.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ADDER

ADDER, n. A species of snake. So called from its habit of adding funeral outlays to the other expenses of living.

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I've supported the administration in Colombia. I think it's important for us to be training Colombians in that part of the world. The hemisphere is in our interest to have a peaceful Colombia.

GWB
11 Oct 2000
Presidential Debate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

I hope your tax cuts were worth it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ADAMANT

ADAMANT, n. A mineral frequently found beneath a corset. Soluble in solicitate of gold.

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We just had some really good news out of Yugoslavia. I'm especially pleased that Mr. Milosevic has stepped down. That's one less Polyslavic name for me to remember.

GWB
19 Oct 2000
Speaking at the Al Smith Dinner in New York.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ADAGE

ADAGE, n. Boned wisdom for weak teeth.

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When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly who they were. It was us versus them, and it was clear who them was. Today we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're there.

GWB
21 Jan 2000
From a speech given at Iowa Western Community College.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACTUALLY

ACTUALLY, adv. Perhaps; possibly.

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Now, by the way, surplus means a little money left over, otherwise it wouldn't be called a surplus.

GWB
27 Oct 2000
From a campaign speech in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACQUAINTANCE

ACQUAINTANCE, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.

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I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question.

GWB
4 Oct 2000
Speaking in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACKNOWLEDGE

ACKNOWLEDGE, v.t. To confess. Acknowledgement of one another's faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth.

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I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race.

GWB
2 Dec 2000
Referring to a phone conversation with Louisiana Democratic Senator, John Breaux.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACHIEVEMENT

ACHIEVEMENT, n. The death of endeavor and the birth of disgust.

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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.

Huh?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Why I don't believe God can be trusted?

Ted Selker and Steve Jobs have not combined forces. Every Powerbook... sorry MacBookPro (wtf? (MacBookPro? (wtf?)) *must* have *two* *two* *two* TrackPoints so people can get work done. That's all I'm saying...

Friday, February 10, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACEPHALOUS

ACEPHALOUS, adj. In the surprising condition of the Crusader who absently pulled at his forelock some hours after a Saracen scimitar had, unconsciously to him, passed through his neck, as related by de Joinville.

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I can't remember any specific books.

GWB
26 Aug 1999
The candidate's answer when asked by an elementary school student to name his favorite book as a child. Reported by the Associated Press.

How 'bout that bible you like to thump while cracking jokes about people whose death warrants you signed?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACCUSE

ACCUSE, v.t. To affirm another's guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged him.

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You've heard Al Gore say he invented the Internet. Well, if he was so smart, why do all the addresses begin with 'W'?

GWB
28 Oct 2000

Props to W... *that's* funny.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACCOUNTABILITY

ACCOUNTABILITY, n. The mother of caution.

"My accountability, bear in mind,"
Said the Grand Vizier: "Yes, yes,"
Said the Shah: "I do -- 'tis the only kind
Of ability you possess."

Joram Tate

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In terms of being a president that says there's no place in racism, it starts with saying there's no place for racism in America...

GWB
10 Jan 2000
Spoken during Republican debate held in Michigan.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACCORDION

ACCORDION, n. An instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin. Compare accord.

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I did denounce it. I de --- I denounced it. I denounced the interracial dating. I denounced anti-Catholic bigacy --- bigotry.

GWB
25 Feb 2000
The candidate responding to criticism that he visited Bob Jones University.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACCORD

ACCORD, n. Harmony. Compare Accordian.

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As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards.

GWB
30 Aug 2000
From the CNN Internet chat line.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Celeb Spam

Just got a hot stock tip from Liz Taylor... I've got to train my spam filter better.

Ambrose's Antidote: ACCOMPLICE

ACCOMPLICE, n. One associated with another in a crime, having guilty knowledge and complicity, as an attorney who defends a criminal, knowing him guilty. This view of the attorney's position in the matter has not hitherto commanded the assent of attorneys, no one having offered them a fee for assenting.

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We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.

GWB
21 August 2000
Comments from a campaign speech delivered in Des Moines, Iowa.

It's like W poetry:

I want to hold you.
Hold you hostile.

Do you think he was trying to get his hip hop on with ho-style? I have no idea. I don't think he does, either.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACCIDENT,

ACCIDENT, n. An inevitable occurrence due to the action of immutable natural laws.

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This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mential losses.

GWB
14 Jan 2000
Quoted in the Financial Times.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: ACADEME v. ACADEMY

ACADEME, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.

ACADEMY, n. [from ACADEME] A modern school where football is taught.

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A family in Allentown, Pennsylvania -- I campaigned with them the other day... Under my plan, they get $1,800 of tax relief. Under Vice President Gore's plan, they get $145 of tax relief. Now you tell me who stands on the side of the fence.

GWB
3 Oct 2000
First Presidential Debate in Boston, Massachusetts.