Frontier Former Editor

January 15, 2009

Even better than a ‘Simpsons’ rerun!

Our soon-to-be-ex-president makes a live speech to family and friends at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Guess he needed a sympathetic laugh track .

Just the other day, MSNBC ran parts of his press conference in defense of his presidency. The national lack-of-command-of-his-faculties authority defended the federal response to hurricane Katrina, noting that 30,000 New Orleans residents were rescued from their rooftops.

Let’s see. Thirty thousand people recovered from rooftops, as opposed to evacuating them – and thousands of others stranded in the city – before the hurricane. That doesn’t sanctify the federal response. It does, however, speak volumes of the courage of hundreds of military helicopter aircrew who risked their lives to rescue the victims of criminally stupid municipal, state and federal government officials.

Enjoy your speech, Dubya. If there was any justice on January 20, you’d get nothing more than a car ride to the train station so you could buy your own train ticket home.

January 14, 2009

The best way to honor our soon to be ex-president . . .

Filed under: 2008 election, Bush, Dubya, neighborhood preservation, politics, presidential election, Shrub — Frontier Former Editor @ 3:00 pm
Bush Number 2. Stand by please.

Bush Number 2. Stand by please.

 

Since Dubya and his wife are moving to a gated community in Dallas, let’s also honor the late Patrick McGoohan by installing giant bouncing weather balloons in Bush’s new neighborhood. Given his coordination and sense of logic, there’d be a pretty good chance of success.

December 14, 2008

Missed by that . . . much! or . . . . if the shoe fits . . .

Maxwell Smart obviously has an influence on terrorism and political assassins more than four decades later . . .

No, I am not making this up. He missed by that . . . much!!

Interestingly enough, more than five years go, Iraqis were beating on a toppled statue of Saddam Hussein with shoes. Dubya must be mildly embarassed.

And in a late breaking development to the Iraqi-U.S. securityagreement signed after the press conference, Iraqi forces are banned from carrying the following weaponry: clogs, hard-soled dress shoes, stilettoes, platforms, pumps, sabots, flip flops with soles more than 7/16″ thick, steel-toed boots, tap shoes, Doc Martens and anything worn by Sarah Palin.

October 19, 2008

W.

I went to see the movie ‘W.’ It was like a five-year old sachertorte. It could have been delicious, but it was five years too late.

I just finished reading ‘Hubris’ by Michael Isikoff and David Korn a few days ago, and much of the film’s 2002-2005 moments track pretty well with that book.

Scott Glenn’s broad-brush portrayal of Donald Rumsfeld and Richard Dreyfuss’s Bela Lugosi-like depiction of Dick Cheney were enjoyable in an “I-told-you-so” way, and Thandie Newman was a well-done characature of Condoleeza Rice.

Toby James as Karl Rove; What an inspired piece of casting! Rove as a malignant Truman Capote.

Josh Brolin as Shrub – it deserves an Oscar for its depth in portraying someone so intellectually shallow.

As for Oliver Stone? Stone is pretty restrained here. Given the proven outlandishness of the real-life cast of characters inspiring, Stone didn’t have to resort (much) to methods already used in ‘JFK’ to move that version of events.

Most of the people I saw in the theater were, based on their demeanor and appearance, probably Democrat. The film’s appeal probably will be partisan and may have little if any real impact on the election.

But it still would have been better for this movie to have appeared before 2004.

September 24, 2008

Wonder why Bush begged for public support on the bank bailout Wednesday night?

I knew there was something up when Bush’s deer-in-the-headlights look was more stunned than usual. Here’s a hint:

BEIJING, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Chinese regulators have told domestic banks to stop interbank lending to U.S. financial institutions to prevent possible losses during the financial crisis, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday.

 

The Hong Kong newspaper cited unidentified industry sources as saying the instruction from the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) applied to interbank lending of all currencies to U.S. banks but not to banks from other countries.

 

“The decree appears to be Beijing’s first attempt to erect defences against the deepening U.S. financial meltdown after the mainland’s major lenders reported billions of U.S. dollars in exposure to the credit crisis,” the SCMP said.

 

A spokesman for the CBRC had no immediate comment. (Reporting by Alan Wheatley and Langi Chiang; editing by Ken Wills)

They didn’t sell us the rope. They merely bought the paper funding the rope. And now, let’s hear Sarah Palin tell us this one is a task from God . . .

July 6, 2008

Club Lecter

Those wacky cost-savers in the Bush Administration are at it again . . . .

Club Lecter
Club Lecter

 

You’ve heard of Plum Island. Just think back to when you last saw “Silence of the Lambs.”

Yep, it’s where Jodie Foster floated a false offer to Anthony Hopkins to be imprisoned there and walk the white sand beaches and enjoy the wildlife – near the Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

Now, in a feat of mental legerdemain every bit as awe-inspiring as the Federal Government’s rapid response to hurricane Katrina, the Department of Homeland Security (I snicker my ass off more each day at that title . . .) is evaluating six possible sites for a new National Bio and Agro-defense Facility. Five of them are on the mainland U.S.

According to our good friends at UPI:

“The department wants to build the new lab, dubbed the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, at one of five potential mainland sites, but is also evaluating the existing site of the lab it would replace, the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center, in New York state’s Long Island Sound.

The draft Environmental Impact Statement, published Friday, is a 1,005-page federally required assessment of a range of effects the planning, construction and operation of the lab would have at each of the proposed sites.

It says the health and safety impact — including the possibility of an accidental or deliberate release of pathogens from the lab — was “negligible” at all six possible sites, because of its assessment that the risk of such a release “was none to low for all accident scenarios except an over-pressure fire,” which can cause an explosion if flammable gases build up in an enclosed space.

The risk for this kind of accident was “moderate” for all six sites.

The department also assessed the possibility of a terrorist attack releasing pathogens from the lab — which will work on the most infectious animal diseases, like Foot and Mouth; and on those most deadly to humans, like the Hendra and Nipah viruses.

The overall risk assessment for a release at the five mainland sites was “moderate” because of “the potential easy spread of a disease through livestock or wildlife” nearby, the statement said. The Plum Island site overall risk rank was “low or none” because of “the low likelihood of any disease getting off of the island,” the statement concluded.”

It seems to me – pardon my attempt at logical and rational thought here – that one would want to keep a lab dealing in major threats to livestock and humans as remote as possible. Sigourney Weaver grasped the concept quite nicely in the “Alien” movies.

And, according to the Associated Press in a story that ran about two weeks ago, federal officials ran a simulated exercise called ‘Crimson Sky’ to consider the effects of a mass foot-and-mouth disease outbreak . The ‘results’?

  • “Fictional riots in the streets after the simulation’s National Guardsmen were ordered to kill tens of millions of farm animals, so many that troops ran out of bullets.”
  • “In the exercise, the government said it would have been forced to dig a ditch in Kansas 25 miles long to bury carcasses.”

Following that general theme, wouldn’t it be somewhat questionable to consider just how safe putting an animal disease research laboratory in the middle of one of several major livestock centers is when the original laboratory was put out on an island away from such centers?

The only way this could get any funnier is if Halliburton were involved. They aren’t, right?

 

 

December 27, 2007

Amateur night at the White House and the State Department

You’ve probably heard the latest from Pakistan by now, so I won’t bore you with the details of that particular bloodbath.

But if anything will finally illustrate to the most know-nothing Bush and GOP supporters that we’ve had bipolar kindergarteners running this country’s foreign policy since January 2001, the fallout from Bhutto’s murder should suffice.

In a peanutshell (quite adequate to contain the substance of 21st century American foreign policy):

  • The spawn of Reagan-era U.S. policy toward Afghanistan blows up the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
  • Bush (heavily under Cheney’s influence) declares global war on terror and extorts the cooperation of an already-unstable, nuclear-armed Muslim country (Pakistan, in case you haven’t read the news for the past 2.5 decades) in said GWAT.
  • Bush (or Cheney) orders the invasion of Afghanistan – probably a reasonable rat hunt since we helped spawn the rise of the Taliban as well as the other warlords  in that perverse Flanders Field of a rock farm.
  • Bush – channeling Cheney and a whole bunch of Nixon-Reagan era manifest destiny disciples – decides to bring democracy to the Middle East and to defeat terror by invading Iraq, thus distracting us from the Afghanistan rat-catching expedition.
  • While contributing to a rising Islamic radicalism and militancy by invading Iraq, the Bush administration is distracted (or bored?) from the Afghanistan expedition.
  • U.S. adventurism in Iraq and support of our man in Pakistan also help fuel a rising militancy in Pakistan while we engage in the schizophrenia of supporting Musharraf for his ostensible anti- al Qaida stance and criticizing him for his anti-democracy stance.
  • And after finally going through the motions of being a democratic society, Pakistan  one of its prime candidates shot and shredded.
  • And our fearless leader/decider’s response? He asks Musharraf to go ahead with elections.

Some may say that we have a bunch of psychotics running our foreign policy. I still subscribe to the theory that we have stupid amateurs who couldn’t figure out a Fisher Price shape and color box for ages 2 and under.

September 23, 2007

I agree wholeheartedly . . . .

with Stiletto on this one:

By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer Sat Sep 22, 1:59 PM ET

WASHINGTON – President Bush again called Democrats “irresponsible” on Saturday for pushing an expansion he opposes to a children’s health insurance program.

“Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they know will be vetoed,” Bush said of the measure that draws significant bipartisan support, repeating in his weekly radio address an accusation he made earlier in the week. “Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor children purely to make a political point.”

In the Democrat’s response, also broadcast Saturday, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell turned the tables on the president, saying that if Bush doesn’t sign the bill, 15 states will have no funding left for the program by the end of the month . . . . more

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