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I'll miss you Bush

from neezy - Saturday, February 16, 2008
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I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion from the many Americans here about their upcoming election. Perhaps there is a general feeling of "as long as it ain't Bush y'all". Or maybe, being American, they just don't care. :P

But I for one am going to miss the comedic moments Bush has left us with, and I'm sure people like Dave Letterman will feel the loss even more. So I felt it only fair to say farewell to Bush the way a man of his status deserves. By mocking him relentlessly.

Feel free to contribute, it might be the last time you guys have such an oppurtunity. I've seen the new candidates make speeches and they didn't make me laugh once.

This clip really says it all for me:

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from Hillary's cult 'Family'
Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 10:23


Published on Thursday, March 20, 2008 by The Nation

Hillary's Nasty Pastorate
by Barbara Ehrenreich

There's a reason Hillary Clinton has remained relatively silent
during the flap over intemperate remarks by Barack Obama's former
pastor, Jeremiah Wright. When it comes to unsavory religious
affiliations, she's a lot more vulnerable than Obama.

You can find all about it in a widely under-read article in the
September 2007 issue of Mother Jones, in which Kathryn Joyce and
Jeff Sharlet reported that "through all of her years in Washington,
Clinton has been an active participant in conservative Bible study
and prayer circles that are part of a secretive Capitol Hill group
known as "The "Fellowship," also known as The Family. But it won't
be a secret much longer. Jeff Sharlet's shocking exposé The Family:
The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power will be
published in May.

Sean Hannity has called Obama's church a "cult," but that term
applies far more aptly to Clinton's "Family," which is organized
into "cells"–their term–and operates sex-segregated group homes for
young people in northern Virginia. In 2002, Sharlet joined The
Family's home for young men, forswearing sex, drugs and alcohol, and
participating in endless discussions of Jesus and power. He wasn't
undercover; he used his own name and admitted to being a writer. But
he wasn't completely out of danger either. When he went outdoors one
night to make a cell phone call, he was followed. He still gets
calls from Family associates asking him to meet them in diners–alone.

The Family's most visible activity is its blandly innocuous National
Prayer Breakfast, held every February in Washington. But almost all
its real work goes on behind the scenes–knitting together
international networks of right-wing leaders, most of them
ostensibly Christian. In the 1940s, The Family reached out to former
and not-so-former Nazis, and its fascination with that exemplary
leader, Adolf Hitler, has continued, along with ties to a whole
bestiary of murderous thugs. As Sharlet reported in Harper's in 2003:

During the 1960s the Family forged relationships between the U.S.
government and some of the most anti-Communist (and dictatorial)
elements within Africa's postcolonial leadership. The Brazilian
dictator General Costa e Silva, with Family support, was overseeing
regular fellowship groups for Latin American leaders, while, in
Indonesia, General Suharto (whose tally of several hundred
thousand "Communists" killed marks him as one of the century's most
murderous dictators) was presiding over a group of fifty Indonesian
legislators. During the Reagan Administration the Family helped
build friendships between the U.S. government and men such as
Salvadoran general Carlos Eugenios Vides Casanova, convicted by a
Florida jury of the torture of thousands, and Honduran general
Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, himself an evangelical minister, who was
linked to both the CIA and death squads before his own demise.

At the heart of The Family's American branch is a collection of
powerful right-wing politicos, who include, or have included, Sam
Brownback, Ed Meese, John Ashcroft, James Inhofe and Rick Santorum.
They get to use The Family's spacious estate on the Potomac, The
Cedars, which is maintained by young men in Family group homes and
where meals are served by The Family's young women's group. And, at
The Family's frequent prayer gatherings, they get powerful jolts of
spiritual refreshment, tailored to the already powerful.

Clinton fell in with The Family in 1993, when she joined a Bible
study group composed of wives of conservative leaders like Jack Kemp
and James Baker. When she ascended to the Senate, she was promoted
to what Sharlet calls the Family's "most elite cell," the weekly
Senate Prayer Breakfast, which included, until his downfall,
Virginia's notoriously racist Senator George Allen. This has not
been a casual connection for Clinton. She has written of Doug Coe,
The Family's publicity-averse leader, that he is "a unique presence
in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to
anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her
relationship with God."

Furthermore, The Family takes credit for some of Clinton's rightward
legislative tendencies, including her support for a law
guaranteeing "religious freedom" in the workplace, such as for
pharmacists who refuse to fill birth control prescriptions and
police officers who refuse to guard abortion clinics.

What drew Clinton into the sinister heart of the international
right? Maybe it was just a phase in her tormented search for
identity, marked by ever-changing hairstyles and names: Hillary
Rodham, Mrs. Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton and now Hillary
Clinton. She reached out to many potential spiritual mentors during
her White House days, including New Age guru Marianne Williamson and
the liberal rabbi Michael Lerner. But it was the Family association
that stuck.

Sharlet generously attributes Clinton's involvement to the under-
appreciated depth of her religiosity, but he himself struggles to
define The Family's theological underpinnings. The Family avoids the
word Christian but worships Jesus, though not the Jesus who promised
the earth to the "meek." They believe that, in mass societies, it's
only the elites who matter, the political leaders who can build
God's "dominion" on earth. Insofar as The Family has a consistent
philosophy, it's all about power–cultivating it, building it and
networking it together into ever-stronger units, or "cells." "We
work with power where we can," Doug Coe has said, and "build new
power where we can't."

Obama has given a beautiful speech on race and his affiliation with
the Trinity United Church of Christ. Now it's up to Clinton to
explain–or, better yet, renounce–her long-standing connection with
the fascist-leaning Family.

Barbara Ehrenreich, the author of Nickel and Dimed (Owl), is the
winner of the 2004 Puffin/Nation Prize.

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from conan
Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 08:43

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"Donald Rumsfeld briefed the president this morning. He told Bush that three Brazilian soldiers were killed in Iraq. To everyone's amazement, all of the color ran from Bush's face, then he collapsed onto his desk, head in hands, visibly shaken, almost whimpering. Finally, he composed himself and asked Rumsfeld, 'Just exactly how many is a brazillion?'"
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From Uh....What?!
Thursday, February 28, 2008, 09:20


One problem with your little story, conan. Why would Donald Rumsfeld brief the President, when he hasn't served as Secretary of Defense since 2006?(reply to this comment

From Captain America
Thursday, February 28, 2008, 11:00


First, this is clearly a joke, not a story (Although considering some of the things Bush has said, I understand your confusion) The quotation marks imply that he is re-telling the joke, not telling it the first time. In this case, the date of the joke should not be drawn from the date of the telling, but rather from clues taken from the joke i.e. the fact that Rumsfeld was secratary of defense.

Also, this is not the first telling of the joke. There are several Bush jokes that were originally Quayle jokes, but this one seems to have origninated as a 'dumb blonde' joke:

"A blonde was sitting on the train reading the newspaper.
The headline blared, "12 Brazilian Soldiers Killed".
She shook her head at the sad news, then turned to
the stranger sitting next to her and asked,......"Wow that is really sad, how many is a Brazilian?""

Hope this helps.

Have a nice day.

(Yes, I have too much time on my hands. Yes, there are spelling errors above. They took away my google toolbar, and the built-in spellcheck won't work, and I'm too lazy.)

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from mandela is dead
Monday, February 18, 2008 - 11:45


do you reckon bush is going to go into stand up...

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From neezy
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 00:08

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from bye georgie-hello hilary
Monday, February 18, 2008 - 10:31

Ring of Power

One Nation Under Seige

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From neez
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 00:48

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Oh please. This is a thread to remember the comedic moments of the Bush. Not to post(really really fucking badly made) videos related to 911 etc.(reply to this comment
From neez
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 00:49

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From "He took our liberties"
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From neez
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 00:51

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A comletely non-related website?

You recieve an F dude. Try again next time.(reply to this comment
from endless love
Monday, February 18, 2008 - 10:27

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