Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen


Tuesday, June 29, 2004  

Via Eschaton comes >this hilarious story.

I'll take hypocrisy for 2,000, Alex.

"Iyad Akmush Kanum, 23, learnt the limits of sovereignty on Monday when US prosecutors refused to uphold an Iraqi judges' order acquitting him of attempted murder of coalition troops.

US prosecutors said that he was being returned to the controversial Abu Ghraib prison because under the Geneva Conventions they were not bound by Iraqi law."
Shorter admin position: We're not bound by the Geneva Conventions unless we want to be.

posted by lazarus | 20:03 | |
 

Those lying bastards are at it again:

Justice Department Says It Can't Share Lobbying Data Because Computer System Will Crash - from TBO.com: "The Bush administration is offering a novel reason for denying a request seeking the Justice Department's database on foreign lobbyists: Copying the information would bring down the computer system.
'Implementing such a request risks a crash that cannot be fixed and could result in a major loss of data, which would be devastating,' wrote Thomas J. McIntyre, chief in the Justice Department's office for information requests.
Advocates for open government said the government's assertion that it could not copy data from its computers was unprecedented but representative of generally negative responses to Freedom of Information Act requests.
'This was a new one on us. We weren't aware there were databases that could be destroyed just by copying them,' Bob Williams of the Center for Public Integrity said Tuesday. The watchdog group in Washington made the request in January. He said the group expects to appeal the Justice Department's decision. "
So, tech folks, is this pathetic, ridiculous, or both?

Oh, and here's the real reason behind the whole thing: "The government said an overhaul of the system should be finished by December and copies should be available then."

posted by lazarus | 14:35 | |
 

Clip used in 'Fahrenheit 9/11' upsets local TV station: "While an appearance by a local TV reporter in the controversial film 'Fahrenheit 9/11' has yielded shouts of recognition among local movie-goers, it's less delightful for managers at WNEM TV-5.
'All I can tell you is we're totally surprised that clips from our local newscast were used,' said Ian Rubin, news director for WNEM, the CBS affiliate based in Saginaw.
'We're looking into it right now as a potential copyright violation,' Rubin said. "
And I'm sure Mr Rubin will hold a press conference to clarify the issue when he's told that it's not copyright violation. Surely he will....

posted by lazarus | 12:27 | |


Sunday, June 27, 2004  

Kevin Drum at The Washington Monthly has a truly disturbing story about the Lysenkoism of the Bush Administration.

I'm starting to wonder if we can recover from the damage these fanatics are doing. I really am.

posted by lazarus | 12:08 | |
 

I just found out that my wife, a retired Navy Chief, met Dick Cheney once.

Her impression? Jon Stewart is right. He is a homicidal android. Too interested in the bottom line. He didn't care what the system was doing, he cared about the cost of the system, in dollars only. Didn't seem to care about people at all. Would have preferred not to see the crew. This could be explained, I guess, by the fact that Halliburton, doesn't supply personnel, just equipment.

She also met:

Les Aspin (fairly cool, talked to her and listened to her opinions)

Colin Powell (wife is very cool, he's nice, but was nicer to people who could further his career. Impression is that he was very focused on moving up the ladder, not too worried about the people below him. His wife was sponsor of the ship, and he wasn't even talking to the crew.)

Amazing what one can learn about one's spouse...

posted by lazarus | 12:02 | |


Friday, June 25, 2004  

The Governator is still the Terminator, apparently. This isn't going to go over well at all, IMO.

Schwarzenegger Wants Strays Killed Faster: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) wants to repeal a state law that requires animal shelters to hold stray dogs and cats for up to six days before killing them.
Instead, there would be a three-day requirement for strays. Other animals, including birds, hamsters, potbellied pigs, rabbits, snakes and turtles, could be killed immediately.
Schwarzenegger has told the state Legislature that the changes could save local governments that operate shelters up to $14 million. "


On edit: This email is apparently making the rounds:
Subject: CRISIS AVERTED - GOVERNOR ADMITS MISTAKE AND CONFIRMS HE LOVES ANIMALS!
***PLEASE FORWARD AND CROSS POST!***

The will of the Legislature and the people of California has been upheld.

Governor Schwarzenegger just announced to the media that he made a terrible mistake proposing the repeal of the Hayden law. He said he loves animals and his daughter was of particular influence in recognizing the situation this repeal suggestion created.

PLEASE THANK Governor Schwarzenegger for recognizing the value of the Hayden legislation and tell him we look forward to working with him on legislation to protect animals in the future. You can contact the Governor here http://www.govmail.ca.gov /.

PLEASE also thank the conference committee members for their efforts to correct this error. Special thanks to Assemblymembers Koretz, Levine and Leno for showing their leadership on this issue as well.

The concerns of the animals were heard loud and clear. Please be sure your thanks are just as loud.

Thank you for all your efforts,
Jennifer


Jennifer Fearing
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posted by lazarus | 07:48 | |


Thursday, June 24, 2004  

This was just a fraternity prank by the police, of course:

"Sheridan, the 20-year-old Mequon man who died in police custody, is heard yelling on the tape as an officer calmly speaks above the shouts and reports to dispatchers that Sheridan is kicking the inside of the squad car.
Sheridan died after an officer put what was believed to be a spit bag over Sheridan's head on Saturday. The device, meant to protect officers from saliva, turned out to be a high-tech respirator called the SURVIVAIR Quick2000 escape hood. Its manufacturer said that if used improperly, the respirator could cause death or serious injury."
Sheridan was the passenger in a car pulled over for driving off without paying for gas.

How did that turn out?
The Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate Sheridan's death. Lt. Dean Roberts said Wednesday that he is in the "heart of the investigation."
Although he is not focusing on the gas drive-off incident, Roberts said that the individual who was initially taken into custody in connection with the complaint was released because of insufficient evidence.


posted by lazarus | 08:08 | |


Tuesday, June 22, 2004  

Man, those "few bad apples" really got around, didn't they?

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | US tortured Afghanistan detainees: "Detainees held in Afghanistan by US troops have been routinely tortured and humiliated as part of the interrogation process in the same way as those in Iraq, a Guardian investigation has found.
Five detainees have died in custody, three of them in suspicious circumstances, and survivors have told stories of beatings, strippings, hoodings and sleep deprivation.
The nature of the alleged abuse indicates that what happened at Abu Ghraib was part of a pattern of interrogation that has been common practice since the invasion of Afghanistan.
'The abuses in Afghanistan were no less egregious than at Abu Ghraib, but because there were no photographs - at least to our present knowledge - they have not received enough attention,' Senator Patrick Leahy, the Democratic member of the Senate subcommittee on foreign operations, told the Guardian.
'Prisoners in Afghanistan were subjected to cruel and degrading treatment, and some died from it. These abuses were part of a wider pattern stemming from a White House attitude that 'anything goes' in the war against terrorism, even if it crosses the line of illegality.' "

posted by lazarus | 19:32 | |
 

Powell Announcing Rise in Casualties, Incidents:

"Secretary of State Colin Powell is prepared to announce a sharp increase last year in victims of terrorism worldwide, correcting findings that were used to bolster President Bush's claim of success in countering this scourge of violence.
A revised State Department report ready to be released shows a dramatic increase in both the number of deaths and other casualties, as well as a less dramatic boost in incidents, a senior department official said Monday.
Still, the revised report shows that international cooperation and a heightened awareness of the terror threat were bringing positive results, said the official, who agreed to discuss the still-unreleased report only on condition of anonymity."
I'd want to remain anonymous, too, if I was making the claim that increased deaths from terrorism is a positive result.

posted by lazarus | 12:26 | |


Monday, June 21, 2004  

Well, they just keep gaining more control over the media, don't they?: "District-based investment firm The Carlyle Group is one of three investors that have agreed to buy Loews Cineplex Entertainment from Onex Corp. and Oaktree Capital Management for $1.46 billion. "

posted by lazarus | 13:46 | |
 

Michael Moore concerning Bill O'Reilly and F911:

" I'd go on O'Reilly but, like a coward, he walked out on a screening we invited him to (with Al Franken just a few rows away!). I personally caught him sneaking out. Embarrassed, he tried to change the subject. He said, 'When are you coming on my show?' and I said, 'Turn around and watch the rest of the movie and I will come on your show.' He walked out. Fair and balanced."

posted by lazarus | 07:24 | |
 

The Gadflyer: Political Aims by Amy Elizabeth Sullivan
The Mighty Power of Prayer...


Some of these are so priceless I couldn't even make them up if I tried.

Last night I hung out with some former Daschle office friends who are heading up the office of newly elected Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth and -- knowing of my interest in all things related to religion and politics -- they told me about their new governor's strategy for dealing with the drought that plagued South Dakota this past spring. Republican Governor Mike Rounds put together a task force to deal with drought-related problems, tasked state agencies to develop solutions, and proclaimed a state-wide day of prayer for rain.

Makes you wonder ;)

posted by RogueTrooper | 03:52 | |


Sunday, June 20, 2004  

2 Allies Aided Bin Laden, Say Panel Members

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia helped set the stage for the Sept. 11 attacks by cutting deals with the Taliban and Osama bin Laden that allowed his Al Qaeda terrorist network to flourish, according to several senior members of the Sept. 11 commission and U.S. counter-terrorism officials.

The financial aid to the Taliban and other assistance by two of the most important allies of the United States in its war on terrorism date at least to 1996, and appear to have shielded them from Al Qaeda attacks within their own borders until long after the 2001 strikes, those commission members and officials said in interviews.

"That does appear to have been the arrangement," said one senior member of the commission staff involved in investigating those relationships.

That's right. Bush is so stupid he invaded the wrong country, and we're now allies with the terrorists. Remember the Bush Doctrine? Does this mean we're going to invade ourselves?

posted by lazarus | 02:04 | |
 

Syria drafts sanctions for US:

"More than 130 Syrian lawmakers have prepared a draft law to impose sanctions on United States interests in Syria, parliamentary sources said on Saturday.
In a faxed statement, the sources said the draft law was a response to Washington's policy in the Middle East region. Last month, US President George W Bush banned all US exports to Syria except for food and medicine. Flights to and from the United States were also banned after complaints that Syria was supporting terrorism and undermining US efforts in Iraq.
The most important part, though:

Further details of the sanctions on US interests in Syria were not given. However, the sanctions could impose restrictions on US oil companies working in the country, they said. "

posted by lazarus | 01:15 | |


Saturday, June 19, 2004  

Family Feud - Family courts don't solve conflict, they create it.
Damned fine article. Especially timely for me, as I've just filed for custody of my daughter.

posted by lazarus | 23:18 | |


Friday, June 18, 2004  

BBC NEWS | Europe | EU heads 'agree new constitution' Happy birthday to a new economic superpower.

Are you paying attention, W?

posted by lazarus | 12:46 | |


Thursday, June 17, 2004  

Kevin Drum has an interesting discussion regarding just how bad US intel was before the war. From the LA Times piece:

U.S. analysts also erred in their analysis of high-altitude satellite photos, repeatedly confusing Scud missile storage places with the short, half-cylindrical sheds typically used to house poultry in Iraq. As a result, as the war neared, two teams of U.N. weapons experts acting on U.S. intelligence scrambled to search chicken coops for missiles that were not there.

Remember, we've known for a long time that our human intel in Iraq sucked, but the technical intel, like satellite photos and communications intercepts, are the things we're supposedly good at. Think again. (But Colin Powell sure sounded pretty confident about those tapes and photos a year ago, didn't he?)
Indeed. I still feel that the greatest damage the Bush cabal has wrought on this nation, other than having us lose whatever moral or ethical cache we had, was to make us look weak. Before our entry into Iraq, our military had a reputation: you don't mess with us.

Now, we can get whipped by a bunch of disgruntled "insurgents" when we've got a huge military presence.

And our intel has always had an amazing reputation: we know everything. Don't try to fool us, because we've analysed your stool samples before you even flush. We know what you had for breakfast, what you're planning to have for lunch, and where every weapon in your nation is. We know what your planning to do before you do.

At least, that was the reputation. And, along with our military reputation, it's trashed. We can't even tell the difference between a missile silo and a chicken coop now.

This means nations don't have to be quite as careful in their dealings anymore. And that care and concern they had to show because of our intel superiority hampered their operational effectiveness.

No more.

And we're going to be reaping this whirlwind for a long, long time.

posted by lazarus | 11:24 | |


Wednesday, June 16, 2004  

Words fail me....

California ordered to refund $270 million to Enron, others: "As California struggled through the 2000-01 energy crisis, Enron traders gloated about gouging the state. Now state Attorney General Bill Lockyer says federal regulators are heaping insult upon injury by demanding California pay Enron and other energy companies almost $270 million in refunds.

In a motion filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Lockyer said the refunds would reward 'the sellers a second time for their market manipulation activities and predatory pricing.'

The order was particularly unfair considering recent evidence of market manipulation by energy generators, Lockyer said in an interview Tuesday."
But they didn't fail a friend of mine, who summed it up nicedly:

-Enron takes over electricity distribution for California

-California bankrolls their startup

-Enron quickly begin to manipulate the system to artificially increase prices

-Enron collapses because of massive violations of ethics and accountability

and therefore,

-California is held liable for extra costs

Thanks for the help, Arnold. Let's not forget that the head of FERC was appointed by Bush, and is Ken Lay's boy.

posted by lazarus | 12:07 | |


Tuesday, June 15, 2004  

My congressman, Duncan Hunter.

Sigh.

posted by lazarus | 17:03 | |
 

In honour of Reagan's ketchup & relish rulings:

Yahoo! News - Batter-Coated Fries OK'd As Vegetable: "Batter-coated french fries are a fresh vegetable, according to the Agriculture Department, which has a federal judge's ruling to back it up.

But the department said Tuesday that the classification applies only to rules of commerce, not nutrition, and it doesn't consider an order of fries the same as an apple in school lunches. "

posted by lazarus | 16:22 | |
 

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Fox News censured for rant at BBC
Excuse my whilst I enjoy this bit of schadenfreude. Fox News is broadcast in the UK on the Rupert Murdoch owned Sky satellite service ( channel 531 if you are ever in the uk, watching Sky and your brains suddenly start dribbling out the back of your head ). That means it comes under the UK's broadcast laws.


Fox News, the US news network owned by Rupert Murdoch, has been found in breach of British broadcasting rules for an on-air tirade that accused the BBC of "frothing-at-the-mouth anti-Americanism".
Television regulators said the broadcaster failed to show "respect for truth" in a strongly worded opinion item, broadcast on the day the Hutton report was published, which also accused BBC executives of giving reporters a "right to lie".
Ofcom, which licenses commercial channels shown in Britain regardless of where they are based, received 24 complaints about the remarks. In a ruling published yesterday, it described the offending item as a "damning critique" but said it did not stand up to scrutiny.

This is the part where the boot is put in...

The Fox presenter, John Gibson, said in a segment entitled My Word that the BBC had "a frothing-at-the-mouth anti-Americanism that was obsessive, irrational and dishonest"; that the BBC "felt entitled to lie and, when caught lying, felt entitled to defend its lying reporters and executives"; that the BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan, in Baghdad during the US invasion, had "insisted on air that the Iraqi army was heroically repulsing an incompetent American military"; and that "the BBC, far from blaming itself, insisted its reporter had a right to lie - exaggerate - because, well, the BBC knew that the war was wrong, and anything they could say to underscore that point had to be right".
Ofcom said Fox had breached the programme code in three areas: failing to honour the "respect for truth" rule; failing to give the BBC an opportunity to respond; and failing to apply the rule that says, in a personal view section, "opinions expressed must not rest upon false evidence".

Lying Wankers.


posted by RogueTrooper | 02:58 | |


Monday, June 14, 2004  

Yikes! I'm back, had major computer issues. Finally upgraded to a new motherboard and CPU, with bunches more RAM, and in the process of swapping it out, the power supply gave up the ghost. Weird timing. Took a while to figure out the problem, but I had another power supply laying around, thankfully.

Look for new posts starting ASAP. And tomorrow I upgrade to WinXP, which will hopefully go smoothly.

Then again, as Al Swearingen said on Deadwood Sunday night, "Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh."

Deadwood is the best show I've seen in a long, long time. Possibly the best ever on television.

posted by lazarus | 23:09 | |


Sunday, June 13, 2004  

Shades of the lies about the Patriot missile in Gulf War 1. Notice that, as usual, bad news comes out on the weekend.

Errors Are Seen in Early Attacks on Iraqi Leaders: "The United States launched many more failed airstrikes on a far broader array of senior Iraqi leaders during the early days of the war last year than has previously been acknowledged, and some caused significant civilian casualties, according to senior military and intelligence officials.
Only a few of the 50 airstrikes have been described in public. All were unsuccessful, and many, including the two well-known raids on Saddam Hussein and his sons, appear to have been undercut by poor intelligence, current and former government officials said.
The strikes, carried out against so-called high-value targets during a one-month period that began on March 19, 2003, used precision-guided munitions against at least 13 Iraqi leaders, including Gen. Izzat Ibrahim, Iraq's No. 2 official, the officials said.
General Ibrahim is still at large, along with at least one other top official who was a target of the failed raids. That official, Maj. Gen. Rafi Abd al-Latif Tilfah, the former head of the Directorate of General Security, and General Ibrahim are playing a leadership role in the anti-American insurgency, according to a briefing document prepared last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
The broad scope of the campaign and its failures, along with the civilian casualties, have not been acknowledged by the Bush administration. "

posted by lazarus | 00:05 | |


Friday, June 11, 2004  

Ah, family values. I guess this is the result of gay marriage?
Limbaugh announces end of 10-year marriage

Oh, and in October, Bill and Hillary Clinton will be celebrating their 29th anniversary. Family values indeed.

posted by lazarus | 15:33 | |
 

Tampabay: TIA now verifies flight of Saudis

As usual, first the government denies it, then they admit it quietly in a news dump where it can get lost. In this case, I wonder what else we're missing during the "Reagasm" the "liberal media" is having.

posted by lazarus | 07:31 | |


Thursday, June 10, 2004  

So, who else is both not surprise, and disgusted, by this revelation?

New Premier: Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks: " Iyad Allawi, now the designated prime minister of Iraq, ran an exile organization intent on deposing Saddam Hussein that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990's to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A., several former intelligence officials say.
Dr. Allawi's group, the Iraqi National Accord, used car bombs and other explosive devices smuggled into Baghdad from northern Iraq, the officials said. Evaluations of the effectiveness of the bombing campaign varied, although the former officials interviewed agreed that it never threatened Saddam Hussein's rule.
snip
The Iraqi government at the time claimed that the bombs, including one it said exploded in a movie theater, resulted in many civilian casualties. But whether the bombings actually killed any civilians could not be confirmed because, as a former C.I.A. official said, the United States had no significant intelligence sources in Iraq then.
One former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was based in the region, Robert Baer, [b]recalled that a bombing during that period "blew up a school bus; schoolchildren were killed."[/b] Mr. Baer, a critic of the Iraq war, said he did not recall which resistance group might have set off that bomb."

posted by lazarus | 11:28 | |


Wednesday, June 09, 2004  

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Scientists 'see new species born'

But some idiots still want to teach "creation science".

posted by lazarus | 22:33 | |


Monday, June 07, 2004  

Yahoo! News - Bill Allows Mixing of Religion, Politics
WASHINGTON - Churches that mistakenly mix religious and political activity would face reduced fines but keep their tax exempt status under a provision in a corporate tax bill the House is to consider this week.

The proposal, which could invalidate the strict separation of religion and politics in current tax laws, was introduced by House Republicans the same week President Bush (news - web sites)'s re-election campaign targeted 1,600 Pennsylvania congregations to recruit voters.

Critics fear it would give politicians a pass to flout the rules without putting religious organizations at risk.

The mammoth bill, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, would impose reduced fines against churches and other places of worship that inadvertently allow political activity on their properties more than twice a year. On the third violation, the religious organizations would lose their tax exemption for one year.
They're trying to get things passed before the inevitable slaughter in November. This is a heinous bill that would do immense damage to this nation.

posted by lazarus | 23:11 | |
 

Ronald Reagan's testimony before a federal grand jury, 1962. So when did Reagan start suffering from Alzheimer's, anyway?

posted by lazarus | 14:36 | |
 

Today marks 1,000 days from the tragedy of 9/11.

Where's Osama? When's the last time you heard Bush mention him, except in relation to Iraq?

posted by lazarus | 14:06 | |


Sunday, June 06, 2004  

More about how bad Reagan was. Two great articles.

posted by lazarus | 01:34 | |


Saturday, June 05, 2004  

So the old fart finally died. He's been brain dead for 20+ years, but get ready for an orgy of sorrow and anguish that The Great Communicator has passed on.

Of course, if he was a liberal, here's how the obituary would start:

"Our first divorced president, his second wife was already pregnant when he married her. (Suppose there would be a mention that her rep was for giving the best head in Hollywood?) He presided over the most corrupt administration of the 20th Century, with countless member of his administration indicted or convicted of crimes, some of them near treasonous.

His response to the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon was to pull out of Lebanon and invade Grenada, a small island in the Caribbean. This told the terrorists that we are weak, and will run if hurt badly enough.

While often remembered for his line, 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,' the fact that Mr Gorbachev didn't tear down the wall isn't mentioned at all."


I'm sure there's about a thousand things I could add, but that's a good start, and you can bet the "liberal media" would be playing that angle if Reagan had been a liberal president.

posted by lazarus | 20:46 | |


Friday, June 04, 2004  

Bradbury Fired Up Over Moore

I am stunned at the irony here.:

"Famed sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury is not very happy with filmmaker Michael Moore.
The 80-year-old author is peeved that Moore's latest documentary, 'Fahrenheit 9/11' -- which just picked up the highly coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival -- is trading on the title of Bradbury's famous 1953 novel 'Fahrenheit 451.'
'Michael Moore is a dumb [expletive], that's what I think,' Bradbury told the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter during a phone interview from Los Angeles. 'He stole my title and changed the numbers without ever asking my permission.'Not one to hold back, Bradbury said he tried to contact Moore's production company to express his grave displeasure, but to no avail. It would be nice, he added, if Moore changed the title of his soon-to-be released film. "

posted by lazarus | 13:53 | |


Wednesday, June 02, 2004  

This just pisses me off to no end. And the "liberal media" blamed Gray Davis for our state economy's going in the shitter.

CBS News | Enron Traders Caught On Tape | June 2, 2004?11:26:21: "When a forest fire shut down a major transmission line into California, cutting power supplies and raising prices, Enron energy traders celebrated, CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales reports.

'Burn, baby, burn. That's a beautiful thing,' a trader sang about the massive fire.

Four years after California's disastrous experiment with energy deregulation, Enron energy traders can be heard - on audiotapes obtained by CBS News - gloating and praising each other as they helped bring on, and cash-in on, the Western power crisis.

'He just f---s California,' says one Enron employee. 'He steals money from California to the tune of about a million.' "

posted by lazarus | 11:37 | |


Tuesday, June 01, 2004  

From the UK Times Online (subscription required) comes this snippet:

PRESIDENT BUSH used his country’s Memorial Day yesterday to laud American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to argue that because of their courage “two terror regimes are gone forever”.

But shortly before he spoke his own father, the first President Bush, cautioned that Iraq could become a significant barrier to his son’s reelection this November, adding that a national depression similar to the one that contributed to the defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980 was beginning to set in. “The country is doing pretty darn well, but the war in Iraq is a large problem, ” the elder Mr Bush told Time magazine. “There’s a lot of what Jimmy Carter called ‘malaise’ around.”

Mr Bush said that his son had his “total support, without any reservation”. But comparing his administration to the Carter era is a long way off message as far as the President’s re-election campaign is concerned.

Mr Carter and Mr Bush are members of a very small club, presidents who failed to win re-election after their first four-year term. Mr Carter was swept from office by Ronald Reagan in 1980 amid a fuel crisis and a botched military attempt to rescue the US hostages in Iran. President Bush also faces a foreign policy crisis and soaring oil prices. Bush Snr touched on another source of discomfort for his son. The US economy is picking up speed, but the recovery has yet to give Mr Bush any lift in the polls.
When Poppy is comparing Shrub to Carter and using the word "malaise", it's all over.

posted by lazarus | 10:41 | |
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