Friday, November 03, 2006

The Weekly Rewind

It's that time again, time for The Weekly Rewind

Applaud: I’m not necessarily a fan of Jay Leno, but I have to throw out an applaud for this quote from The Tonight Show: “President Bush warned Democrats not to celebrate (the mid-terms) too early. This is from the guy who put up the 'Mission Accomplished' sign three years ago.”

Heckle: There’s been yet another theft of personal data from a Veterans Administration facility, making it the third such theft in less than a year. This time it was a computer containing the personal data of military veterans that was stolen back in September from a V.A. hospital in Manhattan. Why are we just hearing about this now you ask? Because V.A. officials only sent a letter out to the veterans whose information was stolen within the past two weeks… way to be on top of things guys…

Applaud: to conserrvatives fears once again being undounded. Four years ago the state of Oregon raised their minimum wage despite conservative attempts to claim that it would hurt the economy. The Wall Street Journal examined those claims and found that (surprise, surprise!) “none of these fears materialized” and the state’s job growth is still strong… once again, the republicans have absolutely no clue, and that doesn’t surprise me in the least…

Heckle: to the new winner of the “Dumbest Quote About the Status of Iraq Award.” This one goes to U.S. Maj. Gen. Caldwell, who stated “Every great work of art goes through messy phases while it is in transition. A lump of clay can become a sculpture. Blobs of paint become paintings which inspire.” Uh… okay… The Chicago Trib’s Frank James had the best response to this quote: “I’m not making this up, he actually said this.

Applaud: to the ever-growing number of conservatives running away from Bush. House leader Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) is just the latest republican to run as far away from Bush as they can as she told CNN earlier this week: “What’s happening in Iraq is not a direct reflection on me.” (Must not gloat… must not gloat… must not gloat…)

Heckle: to trying to cover-up the failings of their administration. The Bush administration has delayed the release of an annual hunger report (that’s usually released in October) until after next week’s mid-terms. This comes at the same time that it was announced that the House ethics committee report on the Foley page scandal won’t be released before Election Day either. Hmmmm… seems to me the administration is tying to bury some bad information … but this administration wouldn’t do that, would they??? No, I didn’t think so… (it’s so hard to express sarcasm in the writen form…)

Applaud: to more lemmings coming in from the cold. Almost 70% of Americans disapprove of Dubya’s handling of Iraq (meaing only 29% approve – which matches the lowest mark of his presidency) and can see through the rhetoric that amounted to nothing more than a change in language but not policy. (I love it when a plan, starts, coming together…)

Heckle: to our beloved country losing its status and position in the world. Because of the current administration’s actions, the U.S. is now seen as a “threat to world peace” by countries that are our neighbors and by countries that were once our allies. This according to a new survey of Great Britain, Mexico, Israel, and Canada. The poll shows “just how far the country’s reputation has fallen” (Way to go administration… way to go… fuc**** idiots….)

Applaud: to not being bullied by the current administration. Inspectors general from NASA and the Commerce Department are going to investigate if Bush and his cronies strong-armed their political appointees and prevented their climate researchers from conveying their findings about the greenhouse effect to the public. (Nice… looks as though things are starting to unravel at a higher clip for Bush than before… hope if keeps up…). However, this ties in nicely with this heckle:

Heckle: to the State Department who, in order to protect Bush and his cronies, screened all public statements and writings for criticism of the Bush administration before they would decide if they should be used for foreign affairs gigs. (Come on now… does this really surprise anyone??)

Heckle: to what appears to be never-ending stupidity from this administration. A federal government web archive of Saddam-era documents was shut down after weapons experts said some of the documents that were posted “could help states like Iran develop nuclear arms.” (Brilliant… absolutely brilliant…)

Hmmmmm.... the heckles seem to vastly outnumber the applauds. I won't say anything about that save for this: remember to vote on Tuesday, November 7th... our nation depends on it.

(Okay... that last part was a little much, but it's true. So do your civic duty and vote. And if you don't, then you lose all right to complain about politics...)

Take 'em as you will...

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