For the last few
weeks, the Twitter account @Homer_Marijuana
has been publishing a bizarre piece of long-form fan fiction about The Simpsons
, family, America's wars in the Middle East, and marijuana, vast amounts of all sorts of marijuana. Now, 5,015 tweets later, Marijuana Simpson has concluded
, and is available to read on an easier-to-follow Scribd document
The apparent hack of several e-mail accounts has exposed personal photos and sensitive correspondence from members of the Bush family, including both former U.S. presidents, The Smoking Gun has learned.
Among this leak are some of George W.'s self-portraits.
NYT Op/Ed on 9/11: 'The Deafness Before the Storm'
"goes into teeth-grinding detail about how the Bush administration had even more advance notice about Osama Bin Laden's attack than we previously realized." Summary
: significantly more negligence than has been disclosed.
Jamie Johnson, a heir to the Johnson & Johnson
fortune, uses his family connections to gain a critical insider’s perspective and remarkable unguarded interviews of those who hold 50% of America’s wealth in two self-made documentaries: The One Percent (parts 1
) and Born Rich
, along with a Vanity Fair blog
. From the other side: Elizabeth Warren, The Woman Who Knew Too Much
. [more inside]
George Bush cancels a trip
to Switzerland citing “threat of demonstrations” . However
two victims of torture in U.S. detention have prepared a criminal complaint against Bush backed by a coalition of international human rights groups, two former United Nations rapporteurs, and two Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
His legacy continues
with the death in Guantanamo of Abdul Gul held without trial for 9 years.
The official cause of Mr Gul's death is "Heart attack during exercise"
The Obama administration has decided to continue to imprison
without trial nearly 50 detainees at Guantanamo.
Computer technicians have uncovered 22 million messages believed lost by the George W. Bush administration
. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics
(CREW) and George Washington University's National Security Archive
"...reached a final settlement of their long-running lawsuits challenging the failure of the Bush White House and the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA) to take any action after confronted with evidence that millions of emails had gone missing from Bush White House servers over a two and one-half year period." "Documents produced so far show the Bush White House was lying when officials claimed no emails were ever missing. The record now proves incontrovertibly that Bush administration officials deliberately ignored the problem and, in fact, knowingly allowed it to worsen."*
"We may never discover the full story of what happened here," said Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director. "It seems like they just didn't want the e-mails preserved." [more inside]
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
"After six years of humiliation, of indignity, of killing and violations of sanctity, and desecration of houses of worship
, the killer comes, boasting, bragging about victory and democracy. He came to say goodbye to his victims and wanted flowers in response.
"Put simply, that was my flower to the occupier, and to all who are in league with him, whether by spreading lies or taking action, before the occupation or after."
Muntadhar al Zaidi
, the journalist sentenced to three years of prison for assaulting a foreign leader after throwing his shoes at President Bush
, has been released from prison
after serving only nine months. [more inside]
With George W. Bush's presidency coming to a close David Letterman on last night's The Late Show
bid farewell to his recurring segment "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches" with a video montage
[4:00] of clips. Another compilation of clips
C. Brian Smith gets invited to dinner
at a college friend's house. The father drinks "non beer" and scolds the dog for farting. Smith remembers that he has a joint in the cigarette box in his pocket. One of the sisters "severs the tension by asking her father how many words he screwed up" during a recent speech he gave. Just another family dinner at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
George Bush's failings and follies inspired some of Vanity Fair’s illustrators' best work.
has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war.
Karl Rove Resigns.
The man known as “Bush's Brain
” and whom Frontline called “The Architect
” will leave office at the end of August.
The UK media is like a "Feral Beast"
, and is undermining Britain, says Tony Blair. Simon Kelner, editor of The Independent, responds
. Some reasons why Blair might not be too keen on the press
The New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark is in Washington DC at the moment and met President George W. Bush formally
for the second time this morning (NZST). Although New Zealand is no longer an ally of the US we are apparently very, very, very good friends
– but there is only talk
about a free trade agreement between us (unlike some
Bush Goes to Indonesia. Black Magic ensues.
Ki Gendeng Pamungkas, stating that he didn't "hate Americans, but [he doesn't] like Bush," added that he "believed the ritual would succeed as, 'the devil is with me today.'" Well then, mission accomplished.
While his intent was to place the Secret Service agents in a trance, causing the entourage to think they were under attack, it appears the curse was far more effective. The tally so far? While landing in Vietnam, the brakes and tires malfunctioned on Air Force One.
. One Bush twin had her purse snatched and a Secret Service Agent was beaten
in Argentina (on the largely unreported 43rd Anniversary of JFK's assasination, no less). One White House aide assaulted in Hawaii
. One motorcycle cop from Bush's Hawaiian motorcade killed, and another badly injured
in a traffic accident.
Strange Bedfellows: Radical Leftists for Bush
Among the German far-left, one subgroup called the anti-Germans holds some contradictory views. Most call themselves communists, yet loudly proclaim their support for Israel and George W. Bush.
Tony Snow On President Bush: ‘An Embarrassment,’
It seems clear now that we will have Snow In Late April
as the Bush appointment to be the new press spokesman. Snow comes to the lawn of the White House all the way from Fox News, where he represented their view of Fair and balanced. So balanced in fact that he said things such as this: "“No president has looked this impotent this long when it comes to defending presidential powers and prerogatives.” [9/30/05]. But that was then and this is now and so can we assume that suddenly Bush will be seen as a masterful leader of his nation?
Quotes from pundits during the beginning and early stages of the Iraq War.
I love the Joe Scarborough rant where he calls Scott Ritter the "former chief U.N. weapons inspector who played chief stooge for Saddam Hussein..."
Battle plans for Iran...
resonates with the sad ring of real possibility.
The State of the Union Address
was tonight. C-Span not only has the video, but transcripts of every State of the Union address starting from 1945. Howard Dean responded
'He's God's gift to today's political cartoonist'
: Misunderestimating the President through Cartoons
, an exhibition of the work of leading political cartoonists from both the UK and the United States focusing on their depictions of George Bush, opens today in London at the Political Cartoon Gallery
. Watch the video report from Channel 4
and read essays on the history of political cartoons
The Bush administration
is bracing for impeachment
hearings in Congress. "A coalition in Congress is being formed to support impeachment," an administration
Bush Buzzword Bingo
- If you can't stand listening to the president speak, try playing this game. Like the Thanksgiving version, you get a bingo card randomly printed with Bush's favorite buzzwords, bushisms and talking points. First to get five in a row gets bingo, but probably will just end up feeling bad about the world. For more bush/bushism fun, try the "Give Bush a Brain" game
from egreetings. (see if you can beat my high score of 8)
Bush Threatens U.N. Over Clinton Climate Speech
Bush-administration officials privately threatened organizers of the U.N. Climate Change Conference, telling them that any chance there might’ve been for the United States to sign on to the Kyoto global-warming protocol would be scuttled if they allowed Bill Clinton to speak at the gathering today in Montreal,
Bush and Blair slated by Pinter
George W Bush and Tony Blair must be held to account for feeding the public "a vast tapestry of lies" about the Iraq war, writer Harold Pinter said.
[Postroad: but then, what do artists know about politics?]
Finally, The Bush vs. Blair debate
that we've all waited to see. Silly Friday-Flash. [Warning, contains profanity]
Bush Ignores Generals and Admirals, Again
Once again, President Bush is ignoring the good advice of the most experienced military officers, and endangering our troops in the process. A host of retired flag officers are asking the Supreme Court to stop Bush's military tribunals because it destroys our moral credibility abroad.
BBC confirms the story
That box on his back, that earpiece? He's never said exactly how God talks to him, only that He does ....
Bush Considers Military Role in Flu Fight
If the flu (say) breaks out in New Jersey, why not use the New Jersey National Guard. Just what is the guard for? Simply to be sent overseas for our bringing freedom to nations not having what we believe we have?
"We'll help rebuild this part of the world
." "...tell the good people of this part of the world
that the federal government is going to help." "I know the people in this part of the world
are suffering..." "May God bless the people of this part of the world
, and may God continue to bless our country." Is it odd that Bush kept referring to the Gulf Coast as "this part of the world
A Maoist take on Cindy Sheehan.
To quote the Revolutionary Worker quoting Ms. Sheehan: "I want him (Bush) to tell me 'just what was the noble cause Casey died for'?", she declared. "Was it freedom and democracy? Bullshit! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died to expand American imperialism in the Middle East.
"We're not freer here, thanks to your PATRIOT ACT. Iraq is not free. You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism! There, I used the 'I' word--imperialism, and now I'm going to use another 'I' word -- impeachment--because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail."
(Meanwhile, on the spot,
Bush's neighbor is becoming irate;
more on that via Yahoo News.
Flip-Flop faux-paux at the White House.
On a recent visit to the White House, the 2005 national champion Northwestern women's lacrosse teams choice of footwear is causing quite a stir. Let the Kerry jokes begin.....
The 'Captain' and his buddies
have been stuck with the 'Downing Street Memos'
that have to be dealt with on the merits of what they say because no one has questioned their validity.
Not anymore. What do you do when you need a miracle? Go back to what has worked in the past and scrutinize the paper and typeface
The Still Unsolved Stoffel Affair: How Is Known – but Not Who or Why
Iraqi guerrillas calling themselves Rafidan – the Political Committee of the Mujahideen Central Command – have recently woken up and begun releasing a series of communiqués claiming to shed new light on the still unsolved deaths on December 8, 2004, of two Americans, Dale C. Stoffel, 43, whom they describe as “a CIA shadow manager in Iraq, close friend of George Bush,” and his associate Joseph J. Wemple, also 43.
I read these Wonkette excerpts of Laura Bush's speech at the WH correspondence dinner last night and I thought it was satire. But I just saw the tape and it's for real:
"I am married to the President of the United States and here is our typical evening. Nine o'clock, Mr. Excitement here is sound asleep, and I am watching Desperate Housewives. With Lynne Cheney. Ladies and gentleman, I am a desperate housewife. I mean if those women on that show think they're desperate, they ought to be with George. One night after George went to bed, Lynne Cheney, Condi Rice, Karen Hughes and I went to Chippendales....I won't tell you what happened, but Lynne's Secret Service code name is now Dollar Bill."
George Bush Loves The Melvins
Are you sitting down? Good, because what you are about to see may both shock and titillate. I know that most MeFites don't think they have much in common with the President and his family, but oh, you are mistaken. Just like you, George W. Bush is a total f*cking metalhead. And so are lots of other people.
Ann Coulter Runs Her Mouth, Universal Press Syndicate Shoves an Eraser in It -
It would appear that Ann Coulter's love of all people non-white reared its blonde, anorexic head again in her February 23rd column, with a racial remark about columnist Helen Thomas. However, because of some editing on Universal Press Syndicate's part, you wouldn't know it. Maybe Annie's just upset that Ms Thomas isn't a fan
of her boy Dubya.
Found via the ever-entertaining Wonkette
With a Hush and a Whisper, Bush Drops Town Hall Meeting with Germans
During his trip to Germany on Wednesday, the main highlight of George W. Bush's trip was meant to be a "town hall"-style meeting with average Germans. But with the German government unwilling to permit a scripted event with questions approved in advance, the White House has quietly put the event on ice. Was Bush afraid the event might focus on prickly questions about Iraq and Iran rather than the rosy future he's been touting in Europe this week?
"The Bush administration intervened to argue that their claims should be dismissed"
I seriously can't believe it. This is Brechtian
. Something has to be missing. This can't be my government.
Some sites have gone black today in protest of black box voting and/or four more years of Bush. But, actually, I haven't seen many. Are people tired of fighting or is this just a poorly-organized effort no one knows about?