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Bush’s first post-election vocabulary blunder

November 4, 2004 2 comments

Bush’s first grammatical faux pax of his second term as president! He gets ‘exacerbated’ by the press constantly berating his political and intellectual IQ… i believe the word should be exasperated.

So i just watched Bush’s first press conference of the second term, and i’ve decided to let all of my qualms go. everything will be fine, b/c as Bush constantly makes us aware, he ‘understands’ things. he believed things before and he ‘still believes’ in what he said. and if you question how he might achieve things such as slashing the budget deficit or fixing public education, he’ll just refer you to things he’s done, such as the ‘no child left behind act’ (a winner, that one) and the budget that was just submitted to congress which will apparently slash the deficit by half in 5 years.

what really makes him so aggravating, to me at least, is the way he answers questions. he speaks as though everything that has occurred during his administration was foreseen, and they had and have game plans for everything. you question me on this, well let me just refer you to that. i believe i answered that with a one-liner that was broad enough to claim jesus returned from the grave.

Categories: frustration, politics

a brief run-down

October 30, 2004 Leave a comment

since it appears that i have barely a moment to create any new entries, this entry will appear in bullet fashion, accounting for notable occurrences and humorous items.

– funny anti-bush stickers that i haven’t seen frequently:

— bush + dick = fucked

— somewhere in texas, a village has lost its idiot

– i voted last week in texas’ early voting. i tried to hold out as long as i could, b/c i’m convinced that all electronic votes are going to be hijacked and/or lost. not that it matters, b/c travis county is pretty much the only democratic stronghold in this overwhelmingly republican pro-bush state. but i figured that lines would be outrageous on election day, and texas is going to bush anyway. a bit of irony, though – the crawford daily newspaper has apparently endorsed kerry…

– while noting who isn’t endorsing bush, it’s pretty significant that the economist has endorsed kerry.

– it’s also notable that the bush campaign is consistently making up all sorts of stupid shit.

— the bush campaign website has blocked all non-US internet traffic. they haven’t released any info regarding their reasons, and nobody i know can come up w/ anything to explain it. are they that afraid of dealing w/ the rest of the world? i really can’t fathom this one – they’re specifically using the internet in a way antithetical to the internet’s purpose.

–yup, these photos really prove that the missing explosives were moved before US troops got there. there very well could be other explosives moved by US troops, though. my favorite part of this fiasco is that the Bush admin claims the explosive may have been moved before US troops arrived by relying on satellite imagery showing trucks outside the bunkers where these weapons were stored. ahem…isn’t this the same faulty method used by the Bush admin to state they knew exactly where Saddam kept his supposed weapons of mass destruction??

–it seems to me that everyone hears about bush’s significant faux pas, but i’m wrong. there are many people who appear unaware that bush thinks ob/gyn’s should practice their love w/ women, or that he adamently supports the creation of a drafted army, or that he’s not concerned about bin-laden, or that he supports relations between sovereign entities. but it’s ok, b/c it’s hard work.

–here’s a moving rallying cry to unseat bush.

-off the bush subject, i got a new phone yesterday. my nokia 6200 kept shutting itself off, and it wasn’t a battery issue. i managed to get at&t to give me a $99 credit towards a new phone. as my contract was about to expire, i extended that for 2 yrs as well (i have a charter plan that gives me unlimited minutes, so i’m not going to let that slip away). by extending my contract, i got a super cheap deal on a new phone – the LG 1150 camera flip phone for $110. add my $99 credit and an additional $50 rebate, and i made $40 off the deal. sweet.

— it’s too bad i feared for my life on the bus last night after i got the new phone, b/c some of those freaks would have made great subjects using the new cameraphone. really, i’ve never seen more crazies on the bus than i did last night, and it had nothing to with halloween.

Categories: frustration, haha, politics, tech

and so it begins…

October 27, 2004 Leave a comment
Categories: frustration, politics

i bet that if the media were to actually make note…

October 5, 2004 Leave a comment

i bet that if the media were to actually make note of bush’s horrendous performance in the first presidential debate, this election would be kerry’s – hands down. i know so many people who don’t read up on the candidates’ positions, and get all their information and opinions from tv news and brief glimpses at newspapers or news websites – and i mean brief. the bush camp can easily spin the debate off by saying it’s a draw and redirecting criticism towards kerry’s comments, which is what they’re doing. granted, anybody who actually watched the debate and has the capacity to breathe clearly saw that kerry was the winner. apparently, though, there are many people who watched the debate w/o the capacity to breathe.

if cnn or nbc or anybody would mention – not even in a partisan sense, just reporting the fact – that bush faltered for a solid 5 seconds on more than one occassion, or that he made a joke of a concept b/c he either couldn’t understand it or couldn’t answer it – i’d bet that a lot of on-the-fence bush supporters would switch to kerry. they just need to hear it from a ‘reputable’ news source.

also, urbancoral.com is now live. at the moment it just redirects you to this website, but it will eventually become its own monster.

Categories: frustration, politics

The most amazing interview ever w/ Bush. Ever.

June 29, 2004 Leave a comment

The most amazing interview ever w/ Bush. Ever> requires RealPlayer

An Irish interviewer takes on Bush, and he fails miserably, becoming visibly defensive and irate. his canned answers do not suffice her continued questions. he is also condescending to anyone not agreeing w/ the US war in Iraq. he then also contradicts himself regarding putting people in harms way (‘i won’t put people in harms way’…yet we’re in iraq). me me me! i’m the best president ever! i’m the first president to do this! i’m the first president to do that! me me me! let me feed you 8th grade answers! “my job is to do my job.” very eloquent, mr. president.

Categories: politics

Bush Administration and faulty info

June 22, 2004 1 comment

so i think i see a reason for all the false reports coming out of the bush camp. this reason may be simplistic, it may have already been identified, but i think that they are releasing false info on purpose. not to release good news and hope they won’t get caught – they know they’ll get caught; but they know that the number of people who are apprised of the error will be fewer than the ones who hear it at first, and they hope that those first few people will be swayed to the bush camp. then when the error comes to light the next day, which it inevitably does, the bush camp can feign ignorance, blaming the mistake on the CIA or some other branch of the government. the bush camp is never at fault – ever. bush’s state of the union faux pax; the reduction in worldwide terrorism faux pax; the rising hourly wage faux pax… it’s never the bush camp’s fault, they’re always given faulty information. well do the fucking research! and they know it – they have the research before they release the faulty info, it’s an elaborate hoax to make them look the victim in this giant mess they continuously dig themselves into.

and on the other hand, if they’re not aware of all these screw-ups before they’re committed? well that’s far scarier…

Categories: frustration, politics

…durr??

June 21, 2004 Leave a comment



Categories: haha, politics

films to see:

June 21, 2004 Leave a comment

next films to see: Fahrenheit 9/11, of course; The Corporation.

Categories: movies, politics

…to the moon, Alice!

June 13, 2004 Leave a comment

the Bush administration has initiated another brilliant behind the scenes – or actually right in your face – move to increase $$ opportunities for the private sector. this whole mission to the moon and mars thing – why? what the fuck? what can we do on the moon? it costs so much money to send humans into space in the first place, let alone send them to the moon and mars. woopdeedoo!! we’re goin to the moon! this isn’t the 1960’s and we’re not in the cold war – oh no! china might make it to the moon! so what? we’ve been there, done that. hmmm… unless … unless china might set up a moon base and train nuclear missiles on the US! well, then – we definitely need to get back to the moon so we can pre-emptively blow them up. kind of like Iraq in space.

but really, it’s just a jumping point to getting to mars, right? that’s why we should go to the moon, right? sure. uh-huh. billions and billions of dollars will be spent on missions that have nearly 0 – ZERO! – opportunities for scientific advance. we can send autonomous robots all over the solar system, at fractions of the price tag it will cost to send humans. if we lose a robot here and there, the overall cost of robot missions will still keep us ahead of what one single human based mission will cost.

the real culprit here is opening space to the corporate sector. i don’t deny that private corporations will likely produce cheaper and more effective instruments and missions into space. but they will likely keep their results private, and start to patent and hold private any discoveries that they may make. space will no longer belong to everyone (does it now anyway?). it will also pave the way for narrowly focused space missions that don’t advance our knowledge of the universe, the solar system, our planet, what have you. there will be no more exploration for the sake of knowledge – it will only be exploration to satisfy the bottom line. and that’s where the real problem lies.

bush’s new streamlining of NASA to get the US back to the moon and mars is narrow in its desire to keep the US in the front of all new milestones, its ability to sideline broad based scientific advances, and giving his rich buddies and lobbying corporations another strangle hold on a long off-limits market.

Update on A Journey to Inspire, Innovate, and Discover’

Categories: politics, science, tech

on Vaio, Reagan, and hot water.

June 11, 2004 Leave a comment

and, as i’m waiting for my lovely little bitch computer – i love you, laptop, i really do, but you have so many freakin problems – to complete it’s virus scan, i think i’ll post again w/ a few tidbits that have occurred in the past day or so.

watched reagan’s funeral on nbc this morn. also on cbs, abc, and fox – the wb graciously didn’t interrupt their scheduled jerry springer marathon. i was 10 yrs old by the time reagan left office, so i remember growing up w/ reagan in office. i’m not particularly political, so i won’t bash him for this policy or that – despite some of them being pretty screwy. but i definitely liked him as a person from afar. i don’t think it’s hard to agree w/ all this schmaltzy ‘reagan was a good person, i love him’ stuff. he really did exude an amiability that none of the presidents since have displayed. the former canadian PM eulogy and british PM thatcher’s eulogy i thought were particularly eloquent. i didn’t feel that either of the Bush eulogies really displayed any warmth – at least the elder bush didn’t seem to, despite his getting choked up. the younger bush had some good speech writers on this one, but that didn’t seem to help the fact that he’s an imbecile and can’t speak in public anyway.

went to a forum on solar hot water heating yesterday, hoping it would impart some knowledge useful for the solarD house. it didn’t. as a matter of fact, it seemed like a hippie gathering. the first guy to speak was from a company called AET. no joke – this guy spoke as if he were an eighth grader giving his very first public appearance before the US Congress. he stammered, he faultered, he sweated bullets, he repeated himself, and he didn’t say ANYTHING about his company’s products. the only thing i learned was that AET believed strongly in using drain-back systems (which means that when the outdoor temp goes below freezing, or the water quality is bad, the system detects it and stops circulating and heating water). well, any solar hot water system that is in an area where either of these items might be an issue should have something like this installed, so AET isn’t bringing anything revolutionary to the market. really, this guy spoke for 20 minutes and said nothing. then the second guy to speak actually could speak in front of crowds. unfortunately, he too said absolutely nothing about HIS company’s product. his speech was a brief history in solar hot water heating dating back to 1890, and a pat on the back that solar hot water heating will save the environment. i got up and left at that point.