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While his uncle hits the motivational speaker circuit, 33 year old George P. Bush ships off to war: other than being arrested at 18 for burglarizing the home of an ex-girlfriend, George P. Bush appears to have all the right credentials to carry the Bush legacy well into the future. And while his dad wants the GOP to shed its "old white guy" image, some are positioning George P. Bush to be America's first Hispanic president.
posted by HP LaserJet P10006 (102 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Now watch this drive.
posted by Artw at 2:28 PM on October 27, 2009 [18 favorites]


Ain't gonna happen. I liked the scene towards the end of "W. The President" where it's clearly implied that W ruined the family legacy and the ball was not coming back down. This only speaks of desperation on the part of the GOP.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:29 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


some are positioning George P. Bush to be America's first Hispanic president.

An 18 year old kid on a boxing message board is what passes for a GOP kingmaker these days these days? Really?
posted by dersins at 2:30 PM on October 27, 2009 [17 favorites]


Know of anyone better?
posted by brundlefly at 2:31 PM on October 27, 2009 [6 favorites]


I liked the scene towards the end of "W. The President" where it's clearly implied that W ruined the family legacy and the ball was not coming back down.

I think you'd be surprised by how short the memory of the American voter can be.
posted by mr_roboto at 2:31 PM on October 27, 2009 [7 favorites]


Wait, people are paying for GWB to speak? I really don't know how to approach that, I though it would have been the other way 'round.
posted by Talanvor at 2:32 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


I think you'd be surprised by how short the memory of the American voter can be.

This is totally outrageous and I won't stand here and have you slam the reputation of the American what were we talking about.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:33 PM on October 27, 2009 [14 favorites]


The "ships off to war" link was such a flagrant journalistic rim job ("Compared to JFK Jr. due to his good looks and seemingly effortless public charisma..."?) that I had to see who this Brett Michael Dykes was.

Brett Michael Dykes - Writer/Co-Creator is a 35 year old writer and actor based in New York City. He is the co-creator of The Mod Couple, a television show in development at Warner Brothers prior to the recent WGA strike. ... Brett spends most of his free time contemplating infinity as he goes careening through the universe, his axis on a tilt.
posted by Joe Beese at 2:33 PM on October 27, 2009


An 18 year old kid on a boxing message board is what passes for a GOP kingmaker these days these days? Really?

For the 2018 Presidential election, no less. I guess that's for the shadow government that gets elected in cycles two years apart from the regular president, but no one tells me anything.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:34 PM on October 27, 2009 [10 favorites]


A partner in a real estate investment firm who has never held any elective office? well, he certainly will make Sarah Palin look more qualified to be Prez.
posted by bearwife at 2:35 PM on October 27, 2009


Joe Beese - Sounds like he could face off against this guy in a "who is the biggest Nathan Barley-like tosser" competition and actually have a shot at winning.
posted by Artw at 2:36 PM on October 27, 2009


other than being arrested at 18 for burglarizing the home of an ex-girlfriend, George P. Bush appears to have all the right credentials

What do mean "other than?" Is he a recovering alcoholic yet? That would clinch it for him.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 2:36 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


other thanstarting with being arrested at 18 for burglarizing the home of an ex-girlfriend, George P. Bush appears to have all the right credentials to carry the Bush legacy well into the future.
posted by DU at 2:37 PM on October 27, 2009 [21 favorites]


Bill Richardson had a good run for the 2008 Dem nomination, maybe he'll stick it out and run in 2018.

An 18 year old kid on a boxing message board is what passes for a GOP kingmaker these days these days? Really?

He's 33, so he'll be 36 for 2012, or 40 for 2016. Plenty of time to get more recognition for whatever reasons people like Republicans.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:38 PM on October 27, 2009


An 18 year old kid on a boxing message

Well the whole thing is meant to be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but everything one reads about George Prescott Bush III mentions that he is, technically and through his mother, Hispanic: or is at least Hispanic enough to sit on the RNHA (Republican National Hispanic Assembly). Let's face it, they have to package him as just different enough from his family members to have something "new" about him.
posted by HP LaserJet P10006 at 2:40 PM on October 27, 2009


What do mean "other than?"

Yeah exactly: he's already begun his life in crime. I was just quoting the article.
posted by HP LaserJet P10006 at 2:42 PM on October 27, 2009


I love Branding, especially in my politicians!
posted by tittergrrl at 2:42 PM on October 27, 2009


According to the Smoking Gun link: "Young Bush avoided arrest when the victims declined to press charges." So no arrest, but don't let that stop you from flogging this dead horse.
posted by peeedro at 2:42 PM on October 27, 2009


Could a possible Bush vs. Biden matchup be in the works for 2020 or 2024, with George P. Bush taking on Beau Biden, the attorney general of Delaware and son of the current vice president who also served in Iraq? In some circles, it may not be too early to speculate.

Is Brett Michael Dykes a pandering douchebag? In some circles, it may not be too early to speculate.
posted by brain_drain at 2:43 PM on October 27, 2009 [10 favorites]


Finally, seizing on a DNC talking point, Bush suggested his party needs to come up with more ideas of its own.

so they're just figuring this one out now?
posted by mannequito at 2:44 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Technically I'm not sure the GOP really has an "old white guy" image anymore, so much as a "screamingly racist mob of armed idiots" image, but I guess it would help with that too.

Lou Dobbs would drop dead on the spot though.
posted by Artw at 2:44 PM on October 27, 2009 [12 favorites]


People were speculating on P the moment W became president. The only chance this guy has now is if his appeal to voters is that he's half un-Bush.
posted by spamguy at 2:45 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Que Malo Por America!
posted by boo_radley at 2:45 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


Is he a recovering alcoholic yet? That would clinch it for him.

Smart money's on a "battlefield" wound on one of the more sequestered lower decks of the USS Weekend Warrior leading to a teary-eyed born-again conversion live on Fox.

As this Brett Michael Dykes breathlessly notes, the lad was inspired by Pat Tillman to join the forces, and I'm sure Unkie Dick's still got enough pull to turn a dropped screwdriver into a Medal of Honor moment.
posted by gompa at 2:45 PM on October 27, 2009 [7 favorites]


George P. Bush appears to have all the right credentials to carry the Bush legacy well into the future.

Let me assure you that there is literally nothing less important to the United States than maintaining the "Bush legacy" ...except maybe Cricket.
posted by pwally at 2:51 PM on October 27, 2009 [8 favorites]


Gawd, the comments thread on the "old white guy party" link is . . . just . . . well, par for the course, actually. But man, if these batshit birthers think mainstream Democrats are ultra-super-duper-Communists, I'm trying to imagine the noise of the collective head-asplosion that would result if they ever encountered a real leftist. Do these people have any clue whatsoever that the leftiest US leftist is, like, center-right everywhere else in the world?
posted by FelliniBlank at 2:51 PM on October 27, 2009 [10 favorites]


They also seem to believe that Obama won just for being Black, and that if they throw up any old guy who isn't white it's automatically going to work in their favour.
posted by Artw at 2:58 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


For the 2018 Presidential election, no less. I guess that's for the shadow government that gets elected in cycles two years apart from the regular president, but no one tells me anything.

Well, 2018 makes sense, but the links have it all wrong: they have overlooked Santos as the first Hispanic president. After his two terms, you have to figure Baker will step up in 2014, but then who knows?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 3:01 PM on October 27, 2009 [6 favorites]


Brett Michael Dykes.

I wonder how high school went for him.
posted by jimmythefish at 3:02 PM on October 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


George P. Bush, or "P" as he's known to some

BAHAHAHHAHAH
posted by Ratio at 3:05 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


Artw: They also seem to believe that Obama won just for being Black, and that if they throw up any old guy who isn't white it's automatically going to work in their favour.

Well to be fair, this strategy worked for Sarah Palin.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:06 PM on October 27, 2009


I love the logic: white male candidates are chosen on merit, everyone else on affirmative action, because white males are the only qualified, intelligent, capable people in the universe.

Yep. Clearly reverse racism is the problem here...
posted by yeloson at 3:07 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


For the 2018 Presidential election, no less. I guess that's for the shadow government that gets elected in cycles two years apart from the regular president, but no one tells me anything.

It's the first election after Sarah Palin's first half term.
posted by stavrogin at 3:12 PM on October 27, 2009 [6 favorites]


"A little brown one" makes good!
posted by CunningLinguist at 3:15 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


If George W. Bush can pass as Texan, George P. Bush can pass as Hispanic. After all, Barack Obama is only "Halfrican" (which I would dismiss as a semi-racist term if not for TWO people I know using it to describe themselves... of course, that could make it like the n-word which only African Americans can use). Just call me a M.A.T.C.H. (Merely Another Totally Confused Honky)

I wonder how hotel entrepreneur Larry Whitten would treat G.P.B. as an employee.

Of course, we are talking about the "Future of the Republican Party", which if it continues its current rate of negative growth may place 3rd in the Presidential Election of 2016 whoever it has as a candidate (Fourth if the Greens can keep Nader off the ticket).
posted by wendell at 3:17 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well, 2018 makes sense...

ORLY?
posted by torquemaniac at 3:18 PM on October 27, 2009


stavrogin It's the first election after Sarah Palin's first half term.

Good point. If a US president were ever to actually be impeached, or again to show the grace of Nixon and when faced with overwhelming likelihood of impeachment, resign; would there be another election any time soon, or would the order of succession apply and the new VP, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State or whoever get to serve out the remainder of Palin's term?
posted by aeschenkarnos at 3:23 PM on October 27, 2009


I have it on good authority that we won't have an election after 2012. This thread is meaningless!
posted by Atreides at 3:27 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


From her record she might not even need the threat of impeachment, she might just get bored.
posted by Artw at 3:27 PM on October 27, 2009 [4 favorites]


which I would dismiss as a semi-racist term if not for TWO people I know using it to describe themselves... of course, that could make it like the n-word which only African Americans can use

I'm thinking maybe you should go with your instinct on that one.
posted by Artw at 3:28 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


show the grace of Nixon

Good lord we've lowered the bar haven't we?
posted by lumpenprole at 3:31 PM on October 27, 2009 [4 favorites]


Man, if you cant say Halfrican, next thing you know, Creole Creams will be considered racist. Oh, wait.
posted by cjorgensen at 3:34 PM on October 27, 2009


I think almost by definition, a great-grandson of Prescott Bush cannot be used as an example of inclusiveness.
posted by Mcable at 3:35 PM on October 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


I'll bet they're hoping for a "Bush kid dies at war" PR blitz to recover the previously-inevitable W-fumbled Jeb Administration.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:37 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'll bet they're hoping for a "Bush kid dies at war" PR blitz to recover the previously-inevitable W-fumbled Jeb Administration.

The likelihood that the Navy brass would let that clown out of their sights is close to nil. Also note that he has pretty good odds just being a Naval Reserve intel officer. Not too many of those go missing.
posted by jsavimbi at 3:51 PM on October 27, 2009


This couplet of comments makes me laugh:

Brett Michael Dykes.

I wonder how high school went for him.
posted by jimmythefish at 6:02 PM on October 27 [1 favorite +] [!]


George P. Bush, or "P" as he's known to some

BAHAHAHHAHAH
posted by Ratio at 6:05 PM on October 27 [+] [!]

posted by nosila at 3:58 PM on October 27, 2009


but everything one reads about George Prescott Bush III mentions that he is, technically and through his mother, Hispanic: or is at least Hispanic enough to sit on the RNHA

I had no idea one could be "technically Hispanic".
posted by cmgonzalez at 4:27 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


I take the 'Technically' in 'Technically Hispanic' to be akin to 'Technology.' So he's something of a cyborg-Hispanic. He probably can shoot salsa beams from his eyes and grow a large bigote at will.
posted by Mister Cheese at 4:38 PM on October 27, 2009 [9 favorites]


But man, if these batshit birthers think mainstream Democrats are ultra-super-duper-Communists, I'm trying to imagine the noise of the collective head-asplosion that would result if they ever encountered a real leftist.

I think it would just confirm their suspicions

From cjorgenson's creole creams link:
But Mr Cooper today disputed the racist claims and said the name Creole Creams referred to the "well-known Creole cuisine style that originated in the US.''

Ah yes, that fine creole cuisine, which created bland sugary white cream between two bland chocholate-ish cookies.
posted by deliquescent at 4:49 PM on October 27, 2009


other than being arrested at 18 for burglarizing the home of an ex-girlfriend, George P. Bush appears to have all the right credentials

What do mean "other than?" Is he a recovering alcoholic yet? That would clinch it for him.



Nah...he still has to drive two oil companies into the ground. That'll give him the business cred to be able to represent the corporate class.
posted by darkstar at 5:00 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm trying to imagine the noise of the collective head-asplosion that would result if they ever encountered a real leftist.

In general, people that write that kind of crap are living within an ideological cocoon. They have no idea how people outside their little social group or church live. If you knew them through work or something, they would be SHOCKED to find out a regular person can be a liberal democrat. They really, genuinely, think that all democrats are satanists or communists or corrupt thugs.

Also, Newt Gingrich is now the voice of moderation in the GOP and Michelle Malkin is leading the charge to purge him from the party. I'm really, really enjoying watching the GOP self-immolate.
posted by empath at 5:05 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


i think we'll probably see the GOP split into two parties in the next few election cycles. They basically don't exist as a functioning party in the NE any more, and the west is probably next to go.
posted by empath at 5:07 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Someone please wish him into the cornfield.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 5:07 PM on October 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


burglarizing the home of an ex-girlfriend

He turned her home into a burglar?

(Burglars burgle. Burglarisers burglarise.)
posted by robcorr at 5:26 PM on October 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


robocorr--I am just the messenger. The quote is verbatim from the linked article.
posted by HP LaserJet P10006 at 5:34 PM on October 27, 2009


And sadly, robcorr, in the US "burglarize" is a completely legitimate synonym for burgle. Ridiculous but true.
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 5:42 PM on October 27, 2009


(Burglars burgle. Burglarisers burglarise.)

Well, um, actually, burgle is a back-formation of burglar, circa 1870. (Notice how it's burglar, and not burgler? All the difference!) Burglarize is the more historically "correct" verb. Of course, burglar itself is quite the bastard of a word, so whatever.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:43 PM on October 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


Actually, I take that back. Burglarize also pops up around 1870. They're both equally wrong!
posted by Sys Rq at 5:44 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


As much as I hate the Bushes, I hate political dynasties even more. I don't want another Bush, Clinton or Kennedy.
posted by brundlefly at 5:50 PM on October 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


If it is George P Bush v. Beau Biden in 2016, can I suggest that the Senators take a walk through the White House Rose Garden, picking white or red roses depending on which candidate they will support? I'll book the big conference room at Bosworth Field for the election night party.
posted by athenian at 5:56 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


If it's George P. Bush v. Beau Biden, I'll be voting for a third-party candidate. Does Nader have any kids?
posted by box at 6:09 PM on October 27, 2009


I agree with brundlefly, I want a Kennedy-Clinton-Bush.
posted by oddman at 6:34 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


If it's George P. Bush v. Beau Biden, I'll be voting for a third-party candidate. Does Nader have any kids?

The aptly named Gonna B. President Palin will still not be of age yet, sadly.
posted by maxwelton at 6:47 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


I agree with brundlefly, I want a Kennedy-Clinton-Bush.

I tried growing one of those once. It took over the entire yard.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:06 PM on October 27, 2009 [6 favorites]


Good point. If a US president were ever to actually be impeached, or again to show the grace of Nixon and when faced with overwhelming likelihood of impeachment, resign; would there be another election any time soon, or would the order of succession apply and the new VP, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State or whoever get to serve out the remainder of Palin's term?

Um, yeah, that's how the Constitution works. If the president can't serve out the remainder of his term, the vice president (or the next person in line, if he's not eligible for some reason) finishes out the rest of the term for him.

Also, if you think there will ever be another President George Bush, I have some primo real estate in the Everglades to sell you.
posted by EarBucket at 7:09 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


And I am praying for the Palin/Bachmann 2012 ticket. I can't wait! lol.
posted by alicesshoe at 7:18 PM on October 27, 2009


"Well the whole thing is meant to be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but everything one reads about George Prescott Bush III mentions that he is, technically and through his mother, Hispanic: or is at least Hispanic enough to sit on the RNHA (Republican National Hispanic Assembly)."

How low of a bar is this? Are Hispanics over, under or proportionally represented in the Republican party?

Why does both this article and the wiki entry state "Bush's mother, Columba Garnica Gallo, was born in Mexico." instead of say his mother is/was Mexican? Is there some unmentionable secret like she is open secretly Cuban or something? Or is this just the way talking about a person's nationality is done and I never noticed before?
posted by Mitheral at 7:35 PM on October 27, 2009


I thought it was going to be Palin/Schock 2012.

It'd be eponyperfect.
posted by darkstar at 7:36 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


Looks like it's been stable that way since 16 May 2007, so the odd phrasing is not the result of some weird wikifight or anything (like the continually shifting natioanlity of Shan McGowan, born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England on Christmas Day, 1957 to Irish parents).
posted by Artw at 7:43 PM on October 27, 2009


I thought it was going to be Palin/Schock 2012.

Oh how about Palin/Comparison to 2001-2009
posted by pwally at 7:44 PM on October 27, 2009


secretly Cuban or something?

Well Prescott Bush owned a sugar plantation in pre-Castro Cuba, Jeb Bush put Batista's grandson on the Florida Supreme Court, and George HW Bush was running the CIA when Luis Posada Carriles blew up Air Cubana Flight 455. So the Bushes definitely have a "Cuba connection."
posted by HP LaserJet P10006 at 7:50 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


P's as dumb as W. Pat Tillman inspired him? Really?
posted by leonard horner at 7:53 PM on October 27, 2009


Why does both this article and the wiki entry state "Bush's mother, Columba Garnica Gallo, was born in Mexico." instead of say his mother is/was Mexican? Is there some unmentionable secret like she is open secretly Cuban or something? Or is this just the way talking about a person's nationality is done and I never noticed before?

It doesn't strike me as at all unusual. She was a Mexican national, but she is now a national of the United States. The construction "she was a Mexican national" is extraordinarily awkward, and to say "she is Mexican" potentially confuses ethnicity and nationality. "She was born in Mexico" conveys the information economically and with a minimum of potential confusion.

I mean, do you expect to actually say "Columba Garnica Gallo Bush is/was Mexican"? That would be a lot weirder.
posted by mr_roboto at 7:58 PM on October 27, 2009


Her Wikipedia entry also mentions that her father was a migrant worker.
posted by box at 8:21 PM on October 27, 2009


Do these people have any clue whatsoever that the leftiest US leftist is, like, center-right everywhere else in the world?

Well, yes they do, but then the rest of the world is half communist. But isn't that what you just said?
posted by dhartung at 8:57 PM on October 27, 2009


Why does both this article and the wiki entry state "Bush's mother, Columba Garnica Gallo, was born in Mexico." instead of say his mother is/was Mexican?

BECAUSE SHE IS AMERCADN NOW AND WHEN SHE TOOK THE OATH OF CIRTIZENSHIP THE HOLY SPIRIT WENT INTO HER AND TOOK AWAY ALL HER FILTHY MEXICANNESS AND NOW SHE LIKES HAMBURGERS AND HOT DOGS AND NOT SIN-FOOD LIKE FIHS TACOS

I mean, do you expect to actually say "Columba Garnica Gallo Bush is/was Mexican"?

I think "Columba Bush is a naturalized ctiizen of the US originally from Mexico" would be clearer; she wasn't born in Mexico to American parents like McCain in Panama.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:07 PM on October 27, 2009 [4 favorites]


I think ", who is not Colombian," needs to be appended to "Columbia Bush."

"Columba Bush, who is not Colombian, is a naturalized citizen of the US originally from Mexico," says it best.
posted by oddman at 9:16 PM on October 27, 2009


Why does both this article and the wiki entry state "Bush's mother, Columba Garnica Gallo, was born in Mexico." instead of say his mother is/was Mexican?

Cause I'VE NEVER SEEN HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!
posted by inigo2 at 9:18 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Newt Gingrich is now the voice of moderation...my head just asploded. Who can keep up with the crazy stuff these people come up with? If Jesse Helms were still alive would he be center right now?
posted by Tashtego at 10:03 PM on October 27, 2009


I think "Columba Bush is a naturalized ctiizen of the US originally from Mexico" would be clearer; she wasn't born in Mexico to American parents like McCain in Panama.

Done.

And cited, with an article quoting George H. W. Bush!
posted by Artw at 10:25 PM on October 27, 2009


...also if he runs for President he should totally run as "The Multicultural Kid", per his granddad.
posted by Artw at 10:40 PM on October 27, 2009


HP LaserJet P10006: ... some are positioning George P. Bush to be America's first Hispanic president.

Heh heh. Fool us twice, shame on you. Fool us three times... well... if that happens then please fucking nuke us now.
posted by koeselitz at 10:54 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


koeselitz: Don't worry; if you'll settle for gridfire incursion, I've got you covered.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:22 PM on October 27, 2009


CAM dusting for the remains, I presume?
posted by Artw at 11:26 PM on October 27, 2009


Can you remind me what CAM stands for? My google-fu has failed, and I think I loaned that book out.
posted by dopeypanda at 12:08 AM on October 28, 2009


Congratulations America. You rejected one king in favour of many! I'm voting Clinton for 2016. Not Hilary. Chelea.
posted by PenDevil at 2:21 AM on October 28, 2009


Urgh... Chelsea.
posted by PenDevil at 2:21 AM on October 28, 2009


I just came in here to say "The Grace of Nixon".

I'm tempted to form a new band just so we can call it that. Maybe "Nixonian Grace".

aeschenkarnos: the VP serves out the term. If not then the Speaker as you said, then the President pro tem, etc. No new elections. Apparently Americans get all confused if there are elections in a non-leap year.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:27 AM on October 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Also note that he has pretty good odds just being a Naval Reserve intel officer. Not too many of those go missing.

If he can't manage to go missing from his reserve duty, he's totally failing at carrying on the Bush legacy.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:47 AM on October 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


other than being arrested at 18 for burglarizing the home of an ex-girlfriend, George P. Bush appears to have all the right credentials to carry the Bush legacy well into the future.

Don't you mean "Since being arrested at 18 for burglarizing the home of an ex-girlfriend, George P. Bush appears to have all the right credentials to carry the Bush legacy well into the future." ?
posted by grubi at 5:50 AM on October 28, 2009


I see that joke has been taken. I will gracefully bow out, like Nixon.
posted by grubi at 6:00 AM on October 28, 2009


Is burglarizing even a word? Why not go the whole hog and say he spends his time burglarisationifcationizing?

Shouldn't it have been burglar, who burgles, committed a burglary and spends his time burgling?
posted by xpermanentx at 6:01 AM on October 28, 2009


Hamburglar struggled with these same usage issues.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:06 AM on October 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Can you remind me what CAM stands for?

Compressed Anti Matter

posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:36 AM on October 28, 2009


Is burglarizing even a word?

Yes, it's a well-recognized and commonly understood word in American English. Both it and the British English "burgle" were formed from the long-existing words "burglar" and "burglary" around the 1870s.

Why not go the whole hog and say he spends his time burglarisationifcationizing?

Burglarisationifcationizing is not a well-recognized and commonly-understood word in American English, so people who speak that will have difficulty understanding what you mean, and/or you'll look like a thickie or wanker if you're conversing in that language with native speakers of that language and use that word.

Shouldn't it have been burglar, who burgles, committed a burglary and spends his time burgling?

That would be an entirely sensible argument if any variant of English were a supremely consistent array of utterly logical rules. On Earth, however, applying "should haves" to English is a bit of a fool's game.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:51 AM on October 28, 2009


It's a perfectly cromulent word.
posted by Babblesort at 7:57 AM on October 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wow, what a versatile expression:

"Did you see Dancing with the Stars last night? Donnie Osmond moved with a Nixonian grace."

"Before we enjoy our turkey and stuffing, who'd like to say the Nixonian grace?"

"A key characteristic of the Hemingway protagonist is the ability to show Nixonian grace under pressure."

"Nixonian Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me."
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:06 AM on October 28, 2009 [3 favorites]


>I thought it was going to be Palin/Schock 2012.

Cute, but actually Aaron Schock won't be old enough to run in 2012; he's not old enough to run for Senate next year, which relieves me to no end, let me tell you.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:13 AM on October 28, 2009


On the Rachel Maddow show the other night, Kent Somebodyorother went to Texas to attend the motivational seminar/religious salesfest at which Bush was speaking. He did a number of "man on the street" interviews to get attendees' reactions to Bush's performance. Everyone was essentially complimentary but vague (although there did seem to be consensus that Terry Bradshaw was far funnier and the actual event headliner), but the only one who said anything specific regarding what Bush did well in his speech called him "articulate." This was the basis of his positive evaluation. When GW Bush is considered articulate, and that is the basis for a positive evaluation by conservatives, the bar is set way too low.

The GOP right now is every bit as disorganized as the Democrats have been for decades, but they have no experience with it and are panicking. Democrats will run 7 candidates into primaries and come out smiling. I doubt the GOP will fare as well, with their love for order, cohesion and black-and-white thinking. Keep the popcorn coming.
posted by notashroom at 8:51 AM on October 28, 2009


If George P. Bush becomes president, why don't we stop prevaricating and just call him "king"?
posted by Dr. Send at 9:29 AM on October 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Why not go the whole hog and say he spends his time burglarisationifcationizing?

Tis a common word, down our way
posted by dmt at 10:26 AM on October 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Except, we pronounce it *stealing.*
posted by oddman at 8:12 AM on October 30, 2009


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