February 10, 2004

Passing my mind these days:

Bushwhacked Again
So Bush has appointed his own committee to investigate what are essentially questions about his own wrongdoing. Funny how familiar that sounds. Just like Arnold investigating himself for sexual harassment. Odd that his investigation didn't turn up anything. And even if Bush's investigation turns up wrongdoing, it won't be released until 2005--long after the election is over.

I've seen this email before, Bush's "resume", but it struck me today for *some* reason. Perhaps see above...


"I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the
influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's
license suspended for 30 days.
My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.

"I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a
drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas
Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.

"I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.


"I ran for US Congress and lost.

"I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas, in 1975. I bought
an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went
bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.

"I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took
land using taxpayer money.

"With the help of my father and our right-wing friends in the oil industry
(including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.


"I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making
Texas the most polluted state in the Union.

"During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city
in America.

"I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in
borrowed money.

"I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American

"With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida, and my father's
appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President after losing by over
500,000 votes.


"I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one
billion dollars per week.

"I spent the US surplus and effectively bankrupted the US Treasury.

"I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in US history.

"I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any
12-month period.

"I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the US
stock market.

"I am the first President in US history to enter office with a criminal

"I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period.

"After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst
security failure in US history.

"I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a
WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction).

"In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking
Iraq, and then
blamed the lies on our British friends.

"I set the record for most campaign fundraising trips by a US President.

"In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and
that trend continues every month.

"I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.

"I appointed more convicted criminals to administration than any President
in US history.

"I set the record for least number of press conferences of any President
since the advent of television.

"I presided over the biggest energy crisis in US history and refused to
intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.

"I presided over the highest gasoline prices in US history.

"I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty
benefits for active duty troops and their families -- in wartime.

"I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously
protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for
protest against any person in the history of mankind.

"I've broken more international treaties than any President in US history.

"I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any
administration in US history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice,
has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.

"I am the first President in US history to order an unprovoked, preemptive
attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against
the will of the United Nations, the majority of US citizens, and the world

"I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the
history of the United States government.

"I am the first President in US history to have the United Nations remove
the US from the Human Rights Commission.

"I withdrew the US from the World Court of Law.

I refused to allow inspector's access to US "prisoners of war" detainees
and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.

"I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election
inspectors (during the 2002 US election).

"I am the all-time US and world record-holder for receiving the most
corporate campaign donations.

"My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends,
Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in US
history. My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys
to assure my success with the US Supreme
Court during my election decision. I have protected my friends at Enron and
Halliburton against investigation or prosecution.
More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than
been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history.

"I garnered the most sympathy for the US after the World Trade Center
attacks and less than a year later made the US the most hated country in
the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.

"I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%)
view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.

"I changed the US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded
government contracts.

"I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to


"All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's
library, sealed and unavailable for public view.

"All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt
companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

"All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-president, attended
regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for
public review.

"Please consider my experience when voting in 2004."

Rodentia World
Have you seen the bizarre singing rodents in the new Quiznos commercials? #1--why would you use rodents to sell a food product? #2--Those things are frightning and make me want to run screaming from any Quiznos I might encounter. In fact, I walked past one the other day and all I could think of was those rodents and I shuddered and hurried past.

11 lessons I have learned (in bad homage to The Fog of War)
1. Documentaries are cool.
2. TV has created better presidents than we will ever have. If Dennis Haysbert or Martin Sheen were in the primaries they'd only be running against each other.
3. If you're a presidential candidate, don't scream like a madman.
4. Dennis Miller is newly evil. He must be stopped. CNBC has shown me the light.
5. Nothing is black and white.
6. Charm can take an evil man a long way.
7. Clean laundry is its own reward.
8. It's better to speak your mind than stay quiet if you believe in something.
9. Showing up every day and having a lick of sense is all you really need to be considered a good worker.
10. The two best shows on television will always be on against each other.
11. Politics should be the most important thing in our lives. The people we've been giving power over us are abusing it and destroying our economy, our rights, and killing our people. Everyone should vote. But don't vote unless you know who you're voting for. And don't vote for someone just to see what happens. Every action has a consequence.

Posted by Alyssa at February 10, 2004 07:44 PM
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