Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The Character of George W. Bush, our President

I got this via Atrios who got it via Tom Tomorrow. I think it summarizes the character of our president well.

George W. Bush sucker-punches a rugby opponent at Yale

The above photo, credited to the Yale yearbook (the caption is in the original), appeared in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, alongside a story on the appeal of "bad boys" in American politics. It's not in the Times' online version, and the rest of the country should see it, I think.

Incidentally, while rugby is a contact sport, every player knows that tackling above the shoulders is a foul. So is leaving your feet during a tackle. Either of these is serious enough that the other team is immediately awarded a penalty kick, often directly resulting in points for the other team.

So even without throwing a punch, Bush is already well outside fair play.

Grasping an opponent by the back of the head and punching him in the face is beyond the pale -- I've watched rugby avidly for years, and I've never seen it during an open-field tackle like this, honest -- and will typically result in a player being immediately sent off.

Of course Dumbya has already lied about playing Varsity Rugby at Yale, as Rugby never has been a varsity sport at Yale.

Let's see what else: George W. Bush has lied about all aspects of his life and work including:

Weapons of Mass Destruction
Drug use in the 70's
Fulfilling his National Guard Commitment
What he did on 9/11/2001
About arrests for drunk driving
About everything political

Lastly, here are some of my favorite Bush quotes that really speak volumes about his character.

Fuck Saddam. We're taking him out.
-George W. Bush, March 2002, as reported in Time.

You no-good fucking son of a bitch, I will never fucking forget what you wrote.
-George W. Bush, to journalist Al Hunt in front of his 4-year old daugher, 1987.

Of course, let's not forget:

-George W. Bush, 1988, in response to a question about what he and his father are talking about when they're not talking politics.


Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Things to read today

From the daily kos:

Sources confirmed that freshman Rep. Rodney Alexander's (R) entire DC staff resigned today, in reaction to his last-minute party switch. The staff, en masse this a.m., handed in letters of resignation and returned office keys.

Bush is losing it

Bush also said high taxes on the rich are a failed strategy because "the really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway."

Kerry's Battleground State Bounce

August SUSA polling is showing Kerry beating Bush by 52-41 in Michigan, by 53-41 in Pennsylvania, and by 51-43 in Washington. ARG polling done in August shows Kerry up 50-43 in Florida, and atop Bush 49-42 in New Hampshire. Outside the battleground states, Kerry leads Bush by 20% in New Jersey in a poll done by Rutgers. And Bush leads Kerry by just 2% in Tennessee in a SUSA poll. Both done in August.

Wealthy Enjoy Wall Street Journal's News

One of the great mysteries in my life is how so many Republicans read the Wall Street Journal and yet remain Republican.

Because, aside from its extraordinarily right-wing editorial page, no newspaper does a better job explaining just how unfair the American economy has become to the middle class and continually documenting the growing divide between America's rich and poor.


Monday, August 09, 2004

Up, Up, and Away

Oil hit another record price today on the futures market. Don't let anyone tell you it is because of trouble in Russia (Yukos), or Iraq, or Venezuela. Oil is produced all over the globe and there will never be a time when all of the producing/exporting countries will be stable. We are only concerned about those instabilities now because demand is starting to overtake the available supply.

If you are interested in my credentials on this subject, I address them here.

The Guardian has some comments on the underlying causes of the price of oil today also.

OK, so why do I keep writing about this stuff. Because it really is the gravest and greatest threat to mankind out there. Forget global warming. Forget Dumbya and his band of Merry Neocons. This shit is real and it's consequences are potentially really bad.

Don't take my word for it - how about the word of Mathew Simmons, advisor to the Bush Administration on Energy Policy (as quoted from Life After the Crash):

"The situation is desperate. This is the world's biggest serious question."

In an August 2003 interview, Mr. Simmons was asked if it was time for Peak Oil to become part of the public policy debate. He responded:

"It is past time. As I have said, the experts and politicians have no Plan B to fall back on. If energy peaks, particularly while 5 of the world’s 6.5 billion people have little or no use of modern energy, it will be a tremendous jolt to our economic well-being and to our heath - greater than anyone could ever imagine."

When asked if there is a solution, Simmons responded:

"I don’t think there is one. The solution is to pray. Under the best of circumstances, if all prayers are answered, there will be no crisis for maybe two years. After that it’s a certainty."

Simmons' message has remained consistent. At a May 2004 conference on Peak Oil, he predicted oil will be priced at $182 per barrel in the near future - over five times its current price. Keep in mind, this is Simmons' prediction for oil prices in the near future. It's anybody's guess how high they will be in 10 or 15 years.
Hey, I support Kerry and the Dems, but he is totally out to lunch about the US being energy independent. US oil production peaked in the 70's. So did our production of natural gas.

Back then the Texans had a saying for the Yankees: Let the bastards freeze in the dark! We all may be freezing in the dark before long.