Sometimes the best thing about David Blaine's magic tricks are the reactions he elicits. A rather Regarding Henry
-ish Harrison Ford
: "Get the fuck outta my house." A predictably overwrought Ricky Gervais
: "Oh for fuck's sake!" Or maybe you just enjoy seeing someone manhandling George W. Bush
while the President maintains a look of childlike wonder.
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Jul 16, 2014 -
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
posted by Small Dollar
on Jul 9, 2014 -
Mark Danner has been writing a series in the New York Review Of Books
: Rumsfeld's War And Its Consequences Now
A bare two weeks after the attacks of September 11, at the end of a long and emotional day at the White House, a sixty-nine-year-old politician and businessman—a midwesterner, born of modest means but grown wealthy and prominent and powerful—returned to his enormous suite of offices on the seventh floor of the flood-lit and wounded Pentagon and, as was his habit, scrawled out a memorandum on his calendar:
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Feb 13, 2014 -
NSC mtg. with President—
As [it] ended he asked to see me alone…
After the meeting ended I went to Oval Office—He was alone
He was at his desk—
He talked about the meet
Then he said I want you to develop a plan to invade Ir[aq]. Do it outside the normal channels. Do it creatively so we don’t have to take so much cover [?]
From a small town in Romania, Guccifer skewered and glorified the power elite.
If Snowden perfectly fit the profile of geek crusader, Lehel, a stone-faced, disheveled man in a tight leather jacket, seemed an odd candidate for one of the world’s most notorious hackers. But Guccifer is to hacking what the Beatles are to rock and roll. He had predecessors, 4Chan cowboys like Anonymous and Sabu of LulzSec, but he’s changed the nature of hacking fame. Guccifer rose by exploiting the connections people make online to infiltrate the private lives of some of the most powerful people on Earth. He served up the results to the media, irresistible high-low raw material for an online news cycle driven by leaks and voyeurism and racked by anxiety over privacy.
What Is A Guccifer? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 27, 2014 -
In a 32 page report to Congress [pdf]
President Obama concludes:
...the current U.S. military operations in Libya are consistent
with the War Powers Resolution and do not under that law require
further congressional authorization, because U.S. military
operations are distinct from the kind of “hostilities”
contemplated by the Resolution’s 60 day termination provision.
Now, the New York Times reports
that this legal opinion was reached by rejecting the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department. It is instructive to compare President Obama's actions
with those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz
on Jun 20, 2011 -
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
posted by ericb
on Jan 17, 2009 -
Craig ("Who?") Ferguson at the White House Correspondents Dinner: Part 1
, Part 2
, and Part 3
. (it's a Three-Link YouTube Post!) Not as pointed as Colbert but lots of funny and acouple moments of OMG. SOME JOKE SPOILERS WITHIN... [more inside]
posted by wendell
on Apr 27, 2008 -
A coworker hipped me to this
, and I found it quite astonishing that I'd heard nothing about it.
It's a great irony that, while the United States has probably never been less popular among Canadians than in the era of George W Bush, plans to integrate Canada more deeply into the US have been proceeding at a brisk clip.
The threat of Canada being absorbed into the US has traditionally provoked strong reactions here, as the pitched electoral battles over the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1980s and '90s attest.
But the issue seems to have largely disappeared in recent years, leaving the impression that the push for deeper integration has stopped or that Canadians no longer care about it. Neither is true.
It seems that a goodly number
of politically active groups
are aware, however, and are organizing
protests. How effective will those protests be when they won't be able to get within several kilometers
of the site?
Has anyone got any thoughts about this?>
How will they fit 52 stars on the Star-Spangled Banner?>
Should I don my tinfoil hat?>
Is the protest even relevant, given that most of the news reports I can find are calling it a fait accompli
posted by I, Credulous
on Jul 23, 2007 -
"As he has before, Bush told the story about how his first presidential decision was to pick a rug for the Oval Office..."
In a speech before Ohio High Schoolers and business leaders in a
Republican district outside of Dayton,
President made some interesting commentary
on marriage, chicken-plucking,
polling, his own legacy, comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam, and of course,
loves the rug
like Ronald Reagan loved Jelly Beans,
, even on the whitehouse.gov's
. Shortly after a President takes office, they
their own imprint on the character of the Oval Office by redecorating
task usually taken by the First Lady. The rug, designed by Laura Bush is
as the President stated
wanted the room to convey a sense of optimism
, "because you can't make
decisions unless you're optimistic that the decisions you make will lead to a
better tomorrow." Hopefully the rug doesn't become a bookended anecdote to
posted by rzklkng
on Apr 24, 2007 -
Singer-songwriter Margo Guryan
takes the 16 words from George W. Bush's 2003 State Of The Union address and set them to music. Comes with great video, directed by James Reitano (iFilm
). [more inside]
posted by Ira.metafilter
on Feb 9, 2007 -
Carl Cannon on why Presidents lie
, including a lengthy discussion of George W. Bush. Even giving him the benefit of the doubt on honesty, why doesn't the nation's first-ever M.B.A. president demonstrate a better command of the facts?
posted by russilwvong
on Jan 26, 2007 -
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.
posted by rzklkng
on Nov 27, 2006 -
Taste's great! Less filling!
So did "several former judges who served on the panel also voiced skepticism at a Senate hearing about the president's constitutional authority to order wiretapping on Americans without a court order" or did "FISA judges say Bush within law"? Just in case you doubted that different newspapers present news stories (even those with official audio coverage
posted by twsf
on Mar 29, 2006 -
Bush authorized domestic spying before 9/11. What had long been understood to be protocol in the event that the NSA spied on average Americans was that the agency would black out the identities of those individuals or immediately destroy the information.
But according to people who worked at the NSA as encryption specialists during this time, that's not what happened. On orders from Defense Department officials and President Bush, the agency kept a running list of the names of Americans in its system and made it readily available to a number of senior officials in the Bush administration, these sources said, which in essence meant the NSA was conducting a covert domestic surveillance operation in violation of the law.
posted by rxrfrx
on Jan 13, 2006 -