Tuesday edition - April 25, 2006
RETIRED US GENERALS More Top Brass Blast Rumsfeld
Bush ad-libs as he dips in polls
Rebuilding of Iraqi Pipeline as Disaster Waiting to
This administration is going to hell in a Humvee.
"Big shakeup in the Bush administration. Karl Rove will no longer coordinate policy at the White House. That is a shocker -- someone coordinates policy at the White House?" --Bill Maher
US Casualties in Iraq Nearing 2,400 ABC News
Car Bombs Kill 10, Wound Nearly 80 in Iraq Washington Post
Bomb Hidden in Minibus Kills 2 Iraqis AP
Hussein Prosecutors Wrap Up Their Case Los Angeles Times
Kurdish Sufis Dance, Chant in North Iraq AP
Blasts kill at least 23 in Egypt
5 People Killed in Afghan Plane Crash Houston Chronicle
Warrior Prince Harry Wants the Right to Fight Washington Post
Greek leftists greet Rice with violent protests Washington Post
Osama is on the run, says White House CNN-IBN, India
Even Mick Jagger Doesn't Like Bush
George Bush can’t get no
satisfaction — after Mick Jagger grabbed his hotel room.
The Rolling Stone splashed out £3,600 a night for the suite days before the US leader tried to book it.
Now Mick, 62, who has been a fierce critic of the Bush-led war in Iraq,
"The Minutemen, the vigilante group that's on the border, they gave Bush an ultimatum. They said, 'Either you build a wall along the border, Mr. President, or we will.' I say let them try, because if there's one thing that will change your mind about immigration, it's trying to build a 2,000-mile fence without the help of Mexicans."--Bill Maher
E-Mail from Belgium
Subject: Biking with Bush
After reading that bit about how Bush likes to ride at the head of the column, suffering no-one in front of him I thought I could hazard a few guesses as on what this tells us about him, his character and behaviour...
He is no team-player, except when he can be the boss. He won't tolerate opinions which he does not share himself and won't accept good advice. He likes to play the rough tough ranch-boy but needs an ambulance, a team of medics, and heavily-armed thugs -oops, I meant Secret Service Officers- to follow his every move, playing it safe at all times. He pretends to be the "commander-in-chief", when all the military experience he has was flying and goofing a bit around while dodging service in a real war-situation. He likes to dress up when he visits people. He likes to play a role.
And that last bit is important. Very few know the real George W. Bush. He rarely deigns to offer a glimpse of his true self to the public. While Clinton charmed a crowd by picking up a saxophone and sharing a not-so-bad jamming session in public, taking the risk that he might make a fool of himself by playing badly, Bush will never ever commit a spontaneous gesture or display. The man is a control-freak. He needs a carefully selected crowd to work with. He's rarely at ease in public and always displays this dominant body language that I can only compare with the swaggering stance of a dictator who knows he's in control of the situation. When you watch him biking you see a man driven by something. He likes to call it character, I prefer to think of obsession. He's obsessed with control.
Basically I pity that kind of person. They find no true joy, they cannot appreciate a fine moment because to them every moment is dedicated to staying on top of things. Bush claims biking gives him a sense of peace. I fear his biking is just another way of telling the world how on top he is, because he continues to radiate the message "I am in charge" at all times.
With a degree in communication sciences, specializing in non-verbal communication, I think I can speak with some confidence. I don't say people with his kind of behaviour pattern could be good rulers. But I do say that when this is allowed to go on unchecked that kind of person can become a danger.
And that doesn't include his religious beliefs, which I fear are a bigger danger still. Or his particular type of upbringing - the wealthy spoiled überbrat.
Your ancestors fled from that kind of people in charge in the Old World. And now it has come to you at last. I hope your Constitution is strong enough to survive it.
Vilvoorde, Belgium, Europe
Are you "Old Europe" -- the phrase Donald Rumsfeld coined?
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an eloquent response.
Bush reminds me of the kid who always took his ball home when things didn't go his way and went and got his Dad to straighten the other kids out.
Isn't Bush already an unchecked danger?
Our Constitution would be strong if it was followed by the überbrat and his minions. That is the problem in my eyes.
The Bush America (father & son) has ravaged our Constitution and Treasury from Iran-Contra to an unprovoked war in Iraq. And they have made the world a more dangerous place with their presidential decisions. Yet they never let war or hurricanes disturb their excessive "vacation time".
I often wonder how many Americans are even paying attention? Because the rest of the world is.
Thank you, Babeth.
Accused Leaker Claims Her Faucet Was Closed
The lawyer for a Central Intelligence Agency official dismissed last week after being accused of leaking classified information said on Monday that his client denied disclosing any classified information and was not the source for newspaper articles about secret C.I.A. prisons abroad.
Sham Lobbying Reform Washington Post
Doolittle blames media in letter to fellow Mormons San Jose Mercury News
2 legislators sue top education official Sun-Sentinel.com, FL
Pet Projects Unleash Anger in Republican Ranks
"I don't see panic setting in yet, but there's certainly increasing concern when the president is in the 30s [in approval polls] and we're [Congress] in the 20s," said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.)
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President Bush is trying to calm Americans' outrage over soaring gas
prices by ordering an investigation into whether the price of gasoline has
been illegally manipulated, his spokesman said Monday.
During the last few days, Bush asked his Energy and Justice departments to open inquiries
George Goes Horseback Riding
a real cowboy, George Bush decides to go horseback riding.. He mounts the horse
unassisted, and the horse immediately springs into motion.
It gallops along at a steady and rhythmic pace, but W begins to slide from the saddle. In terror, he grabs for the horse's mane, but cannot seem to get a firm grip. He tries to throw his arms around the horse's neck, but he slides down the horse's side. The horse gallops along, seemingly oblivious of its slipping rider.
Finally, giving up his frail grip, W attempts to leap away from the horse and throw himself to safety.
Unfortunately, his foot has become entangled in the stirrup, and is at the mercy of the horse's pounding hooves as his head strikes the ground over and over. As his head is battered, he is mere moments away from unconsciousness when to his great fortune........
Frank, the Wal-Mart greeter, sees his dilemma and unplugs the horse.
Sent in by Chris C
The President George W. Bush Story: "American Dildo" - Grant Gerver
Bush Sinks To 24% In State Poll Hartford Courant, United States
close to the White House said Monday that Fox anchor Tony Snow is likely
to accept the job as White House press secretary, succeeding Scott
The sources said they expect him to announce his decision within the next few days.
Bush continues White House shakeup; moves West Wing to FOX News studios.- Grant Gerver
Bush approval hits new low in CNN poll Seattle Times, United States
How a Billionaire Friend of Bill Helps Him Do Good, and Well New York Times, United States
Some E-mail Responses to Biking with Bush Thank you all
Maybe the space he sees is from the hole in his head!
Remember January 20, 2009 the most historic day in the Bush Administration! - James M
"Being the Puppet King of an illegal Neocon cabal that is
transforming America into a fascist dictatorship is hard work, ya know? It's
hard, hard work. Gotta burn off some of that evil energy, heh, heh. Yeah! Not
burnin' any oil using a bicycle, though. Uncle Dick is scolding me for not
using a Hummer instead. But hey, who's the decider around here? I am!
(As far as seeing nothing but empty space is concerned, have you ever looked into one of Dubya's ears? That's the only light at the end of the tunnel this country has seen in six years, folks.) - Ron B
Like father, like son. These Bush's just have a genetic problem with the "vision thing."- Rick O
Hi Lisa! What he said....., what I heard.........." I Shill, ride the mountain bike primately, to help settle the mole and to churn off the sexist energy one gets when you're living life to its foolest." - Paula
My thoughts are these: 1) In a time of war, albeit a bogus one based on subterfuge and deceit, W. should not openly engage in juvenile activities and should act more statesmanlike 2) W claims that bike riding settles his soul, but makes no mention of the souls of 2000+ American servicemen and women who gave their lives for his futile war. Nor does W allude to the souls of the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis who fell victim to his horrendous practice of "shock and awe." They have souls, too, but, unfortunately, they will never have a chance to settle theirs. - Cynthia
What an arrogant prick! - Stephen
Maybe Bush will finally do what I've been wanting him to do
years now: Get Lost. - Jim
Most people like to get outdoors and careen with nature now
It's unfortunate that the President doesn't feel quite the same when he
is indoors signing ecology bills.Maybe he just doesn't read them first.
I wonder. - Jim
He likes to feel like he's alone? What an illusion! But isn't that
one of the themes of this regime? He'll do things his way no matter
what the evidence shows?
If he wants to be alone, why doesn't he just go back to Crawford?
"Living life to it's fullest" omfg what a greedy sob...tell that to the Katrina refugees or the wives/husbands/children/parents that have lost loved ones in Bushes bloody Iraq invasion...how is riding a god damned bicycle living life to it's fullest? bastard never strapped on a gun and fought why should anyone else? what's next? ...El ~
He had a "bit of anxiety" about the steep drop over several miles? How in hell does he think we feel, watching him take this country through a steep drop over the last several years? And how would he feel if he stopped his bike, looked around, and saw nobody was behind him? What gives him the impression he is leading this country, just the fact that he will allow no one in front of him? Fortunately, he will thus be the first person on the scene of any accident that might result from this foolish behavior. He will thereby set a great example that presidents to come would not follow.-- David P
It is unfortunate the President considers himself the "Big Wheel" and rarely considers the spokes that are holding him together as he rides through his fog.- Biley
Oil Prices Dip to Just Above $73 ABC News
Bush aims to halt gas price rise Reuters
Lay proclaim his innocence Houston Chronicle
Judge: Web-Surfing Worker Can't Be Fired Houston Chronicle
Bush: God Shapes My Foreign Policy
President Bush today said he had tried to avoid war with
Iraq "diplomatically to the max."
Speaking to a business group in Irvine, Ca., he admitted mistakes were made in planning for the Iraq invasion, but he defended the troop level, saying "it was the troop level necessary to do the job," and he would commit the same number if given a second chance.
CIA rendition flights 'used German air bases' Expatica, Netherlands
Pentagon to release 141 Guantanamo detainees Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX
Qaeda mystery man found in custody Boston Globe
Pentagon preparing more Guantánamo prosecutions Miami Herald, FL
Deep Throat's New Book
few conclusions about his role in Watergate, Felt remained stalwart in his
belief that the public needed to know the truth.
"People will debate for a long time whether I did the right thing by helping Woodward," he wrote. "The bottom line is that we did get the whole truth out, and isn't that what the FBI is supposed to do?"
“A professor at USC wrote the story on Kobe Bryant. He said that Kobe is not very popular with his fans. … He said, ‘Kobe has about as much street cred as Dick Cheney.’ Actually, Cheney has more street cred. He actually shot a guy.” -- Jay Leno
Paper calls for Dick Cheney's early retirement Washington Post
"During the big meeting [with Chinese President Hu], Vice President Cheney fell asleep, although the White House said he was just reading his notes. That's the same way he hunts: with his eyes closed. " --Jay Leno
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Why Rice Krispies Go Snap, Crackle, Pop! SPACE.com
Woman nabbed driving corpse across country Reuters.uk
Qi Pao style : Models display body paint at a live exhibition of the Qi Pao, the classic Chinese Dress, to officially launch Australian Fashion Week in Sydney. (Photo/Greg Wood)