Controversial artist George W. Bush, whose paintings of dogs, cats, and portions of his own nude body
and swept the Twitterverse by storm, has opened a new one-man show of paintings, consisting of portraits of world leaders,
in a library in Texas. Though political content has not usually been a part of his work in previous years, his interest in the subject matter may stem from his brief stint in public service
a few years back.
Bush's memoir, Decision Points,
gets a Foucauldian
analysis in the London Review of Books.
Awesome quote: "On his first trip to Paris in 2002, Junior, now president of the United States, stood beside Jacques Chirac at a press conference and said: ‘He’s always saying that the food here is fantastic and I’m going to give him a chance to show me tonight.’"(Book mentioned previously.)
George Bush's failings and follies inspired some of Vanity Fair’s illustrators' best work.
The Great Iraq Swindle: How Bush Allowed an Army of For-Profit Contractors to Invade the U.S. Treasury
Bush = Christ?! William Smatt
is under the impression that Dubya is the returned Messiah. More here.
On behalf of all Christians everywhere, I'm going to go vomit now.
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
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)
It just keeps unravelling
...Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Mr Powell until last January, said: “What I saw was a cabal between the vice-president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made".
I suppose now we have extra proof of the bumbling and fumbling of GWB, but now it's almost overkill.
"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
behind George W Bush's appeal to the majority of Americans has been revealed at last (warning: embedded quicktime video); it's all the work of his professional speechalist.
Seventh Bush cabinet member to resign since Election Day.
(National threat level remains at yellow.) Of course, the best part about being the second
Secretary of Homeland Security is, the only person they can compare you to is Tom Ridge. Meanwhile, any picks for the next security czar?
Dubya: The Movie
Starring the only man ready to take on that role.
PIPA : who's your daddy ? "
"The roots of the Bush supporters' resistance to information....very likely lie in the traumatic experience of 9/11 and equally in the near pitch-perfect leadership that President Bush showed in its immediate wake. This appears to have created a powerful bond between Bush and his supporters"
In other news... Bush’s security detail gallantly protects
President from triple amputee
. Meanwhile, a local father expresses his opinion of Bush’s foreign policy results in a more illuminating
Lying Action Figure!
Pre-9/11, Bush Deprioritized Counter-terrorism and Targeted It For Cuts
The Bush handlers would try to paint Kerry as weak on defense and intelligence, yet it was the GOP that in fact cut budgets for intelligence.
The Bird Was Perfect But Not For Dinner The bird is so perfect it looks as if it came from a food magazine, with bunches of grapes and other trimmings completing a Norman Rockwell image that evokes bounty and security in one of the most dangerous parts of the world.
But as a small sign of the many ways the White House maximized the impact of the 2 & 1/2-hour stop at the Baghdad airport, administration officials said yesterday that Bush picked up a decoration, not a serving plate.
Bush Blasts 'Revisionist Historians' on Iraq
President Bush countered those questioning his justification for the invasion of Iraq on Monday, dismissing "revisionist historians" and saying Washington acted to counter
an imminent a persistent threat.
"Now there are some who would like to rewrite history; revisionist historians is what I like to call them," Bush said in a speech to New Jersey business leaders. Is the currency that oil is denominated in the real reason for the Iraq War?
"The Federal Reserve's greatest nightmare is that OPEC will switch its international transactions from a dollar standard to a euro standard. Iraq actually made this switch in Nov. 2000 (when the euro was worth around 80 cents), and has actually made off like a bandit considering the dollar's steady depreciation against the euro. (Note: the dollar declined 17% against the euro in 2002.)"
Buy Bush a Playstation 2.
If the fundraising goal is met, the President will be given a PS2 with a copy of SOCOM
and Conflict: Desert Storm,
hopefully distracting him long enough to forget about the real war. Send your donation and you'll save a lot more people than just Karyn.
“President Bush’s case against Saddam Hussein ... relied on a slanted
and sometimes entirely false reading of the available US intelligence, government officials and analysts claimed yesterday.” Another article on the same subject says, “Rumsfeld’s recent remark that the United States has ‘bulletproof’ evidence of links between Al Qaeda and Hussein struck many in the intelligence community as an exaggerated
assessment of the available evidence.” One paper explains the differences this way, “The C.I.A. has to maintain its credibility
for objective estimates. The White House is mobilizing the public and preparing foreign nations for a potential American invasion of Iraq.”
Could 9/11 Have Been Prevented?
From the Time Mag. article "
Long before the tragic events of September 11th, the White House debated taking the fight to al-Qaeda. It didn't happen and soon it was too late. The saga of a lost chance.
The president and his aides often described climate change as a "serious issue," but rarely as a serious problem.
- new york times
this statement reminds me of: "depends on what the meaning of is, is?"
at least, admitting you have a problem is usually the first step.
Bush Suggests Politics Are Behind Sept. 11 Questions.
President Bush, suddenly challenged about what he knew before the Sept. 11 attacks, told fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill on Thursday "there is a sniff of politics in the air," a congressional source said.
U.S. Foreign Policy: Attention! Right Face! Forward, March.
"...with no foreign policy experience, Dubya was essentially a blank slate, and U.S. foreign policy has been up for grabs since he took the oath of office. As everyone now knows, the main contestants consisted of two factions: one headed by Secretary of State Colin Powell, who represents continuity of policy with both Bush's father and Clinton; the other, led by Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney, whose vision is far more sweeping, not to say Manichean. Since September 11, the latter faction has emerged as dominant and is using the 'war against terrorism' to impose its own, quite radical ideas on U.S. foreign policy and the global order. At their core, those ideas call for a world order based on U.S. supremacy and enforced by U.S. military power--a unipolar world in which the U.S. imposes the rules but, because of its own self-evident goodness, is not necessarily bound by them."
Ah, not quite lebensraum
(yet), but "benevolent" Bushists
Dubya Goes to War
I know the ridicule of Dubya is getting a bit old and tired, but this made me smile.
(Found via Zeldman
Bush clarifies "terror doctrine" to exempt Arafat
because of Arafat's past participation in peace negotiations.
The Bush White House spent up to $250,000 on a fireworks show last night without publicizing it beforehand to keep the public away, according to Matt Drudge
. (Check out the fireworks this is generating among a few surprisingly irate
members of FreeRepublic.Com.)
Legalization?!? Try "zero tolerance" taken to a whole new level
"Older Americans tend to give in to peer pressure," Lakewood said. "They just do what their doctor tells them because they want to 'be cool' or 'live,' and win their doctor's approval.
In my own defense, I got this via email rather than directly from the source, but I was four paragraphs in before the light went on. Is there any idea so unbelievable
that you immediately know Bush wouldn't support it
Life Father, like Daughter (Dubya and Jenna, that is...)
Did anyone read this piece by Garry Trudeau in Time magazine? It's very funny. What amazes me is a card for intramural stickball league was actually accepted for age id!
Bush to frisk toddlers at annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
High school massacres aside, isn't this going too far? I doubt that a 2 year old could fire off several rounds on an AK-47, much less load one. Even balloons are banned becaue they'll be mistaken for gunfire.
Bush soft on China, so pundits say
Spouting a tough guy stance, the talk shows guests, all conservative commentators, suggested Bush whimped out and made America look weak. They preferred a much tougher stand even while the military were "on loan."
Bush laughs at himself
A new approach: join the others in laughing at you and maybe they will come to think of you as "just plain good folks." My problem is not what he says or how it is said but what his policies portend. But I could be wrong.
Selling the Tax Cut
Time Magazine pokes some holes in Bush's Tax/Budget plan. He wants to increase spending, decrease taxes, pay down the budget, AND set aside a trillion dollars for emergencies. In fuzzy math terms 10-1-1-1-1=10. On top of that he plans to piss on senators who dare to question the plan.
Dirty tricks from Dubya...?
that our friend Dubya did in fact authorize the attack on Iraqi radar stations. We're killing people and giving a dictator fuel for the propaganda mill he needs to prop up his regime. But that's okay, because the people who are dying don't share our race and religion and so, in fact, they're not really "people" at all. They're ciphers and objects and statistics. Apparently it's only when white Protesetants die that death really matters. Incidentally, remember this bombing isn't a matter of protecting the Kuwaiti ethnic minority (read: our oil interests), this is over perceived violation of arbitrarily imposed NATO sanctions. Scum. Scum scum scum!
Andrew Sullivan on the blessed relief of presidential silence:
"The promise of Bush is to make politics boring again, to return it to the prose of government rather than the drama of private life or the poetry of the broader culture."
Major league asshole:
Y'all have probably heard about this already, but I'm thinking it'd make for good discussion. While I'm always happy to hear of dirt on Dubya, is this really all that big of a deal?
The Smoking Gun
has a copy of the wedding video mentioned on Drudge with George W. Bush. Bush tries to be sarcastic and funny. I certainly wouldn't say he's obnoxious or drunk at all.