Sun - August 8, 2004

Assessing the Bush Presidency

Thu - August 5, 2004

A "Museum-Quality Tax-and-Spend Bleeding-Heart Knee-Jerk Liberal"

"Next: Wonderful new Free Religion Zones are created, where non-Christian Americans can worship, live and work! Please report to designated train stations for free transportation."

"I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there, so I certainly wouldn't imitate it."

Terror Alert Timeline (via Martini Republic)

Sweet Jesus, I hate Bill O'Reilly.

"On the anecdotal front, he notes that lobsters work hard to escape the 212-degree water, hooking their claws over the sides of kitchen pots and thrashing around, audibly, during the 30 seconds or so it takes them to die. 'The lobster, in other words, behaves very much as you or I would behave if we were plunged into boiling water,' he writes. 'If you permit yourself to think that lobsters can suffer and would rather not, the [Maine Lobster Festival] can begin to take on aspects of something like a Roman circus or medieval torture-fest.'"

"Master of the Universe, have mercy upon us and upon the borders of our village and do not allow the persecution to come inside our home; please remove from upon us the plague of the artists, so that we shall not drown in evil waters, and so that they shall not come to our residence to ruin it."

"It is through the truthful exercising of the best of human qualities--respect for others, honesty about ourselves, faith in our ideals--that we come to life in God's eyes. It is how our soul, as a nation and as individuals, is revealed. Our American government has strayed too far from American values."

Wed - August 4, 2004

The Onion Is Brilliant

According to McLaughlin, several recent entries on have compromised military operations, while other posts may have seriously undercut the PR efforts of White House press secretary Scott McClellan:

Talking to Cheney and realized I forgot the nuclear launch codes again. It's so simple, too. My birthday, Dad's birthday, and then 1776.

Bush said he could not understand McLaughlin's anger, characterizing his blog as a "personal thing written for friends and family or whoever" and therefore "none of the CIA's business."

"Right now, the president insists it's his right to have it, as long as he doesn't work on it during White House work hours," McLaughlin said. "But I believe we'll be able to convince him, if we let him calm down. And even if we don't, frankly, I can't see the blog holding his interest for too long."

Tue - July 27, 2004

Perhaps There's Hope

"Almost half the women said they preferred single life because it was easier to keep their homes tidy and 36 percent said with no man on the scene they didn't have to endure watching sports on television." (via Neva)

"It was reported that some boys who were given Risperdal in Florida, where it is used as a 'chemical restraint' in state facilities, developed lactating breasts."

"...strength and wisdom are not conflicting values..."

"I believe tonight, as I always have, that the essential decency, compassion and common sense of the American people will prevail. And so I say to you and to others around the world, whether they wish us well or ill: do not underestimate us Americans. We lack neither strength nor wisdom."

"Not many Republicans in the business community want to own up to the fact that the financial markets have been in a bear since the beginning of the year. ...even conservatives can see now that it has mostly been attributable to fear of Bush record deficit spending."

"Did you get the whole subtext-thing about how much I think you suck? Because sometimes I can be a little *too* subtle."

"There is no sweeter, more empowering sound than the sound of an unanswered phone or doorbell. You can even sing a little lighthearted song to yourself while you wait for them to hang up or go away, something along the lines of, 'La la la, I'm not answering, la la la, I'm not talking to you...'"