From the monthly archives: January 2007

George W.?Bush will never get an award from Toastmasters International for his public speaking skills.? But that’s part of his appeal, I suppose, to the American public.?? It’s the kind of thing that makes him seem like one of us.

I always thought his speech writers deserved an award though for their ability to compose easy to read and recite speeches on relatively complicated topics.? (note: this online tool may have offered them some help)

So when I read this story about the president refering to the ?Democrat-controlled Congress? rather than the Democratic Congress, and all […]

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Bob Ney has no sense of ethics

On January 31, 2007 By

Seriously. How else can you explain this?

Former Rep. Bob Ney kept his wife on his congressional campaign payroll through the end of last year, even though he dropped out of the race in early August, a report filed yesterday shows.

Elizabeth Ney was one of several campaign staff members who received paychecks in August, according to a Federal Elections Commission report.

But she was the lone recipient of a campaign salary through the rest of the year, getting about $850 every two weeks. Since the end of August, Mrs. Ney has been paid more than $6,800, according to […]

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“Well, it’s just like – they’re people I work with, and our job is being popular and shit.” – Winona Ryder in Heathers.


Polls measure popularity.? Period.


They don’t predict presidential primaries any more than they predict elections.? That’s because they involve people.?? Real people. ?People who watch TV.? People who read the paper.? People with horrible memories of high school or wonderfully improbable dreams of the future.? People who can and […]

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That is all.

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While researching the 2000?presidential election, I came across this?great article from the?Washington Post…

Silent George W.
by Richard Cohen

Washington Post – June 1, 1999??

Stop the presses!

George W. Bush has taken a position. This most extraordinary and rare turn of events followed the release of a House committee report alleging long-term Chinese espionage and the filching of just about every nuclear secret of the United States. Bush found the Clinton administration culpable, which, indeed, it seems to be. Other Republican presidential candidates said more or less the same thing.

This sign of political-intellectual activity in Austin is […]

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In the New York Times

President Bush has signed a directive that gives the White House much greater control over the rules and policy statements that the government develops to protect public health, safety, the environment, civil rights and privacy.

In an executive order published last week in the Federal Register, Mr. Bush said that each agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. The White House will thus have a gatekeeper in each agency to analyze the costs […]

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I’ll come right out and say it. We are one of the highest per-capita energy consumers on the planet, and we are completely oblivious to what is going on in the world.

In North America which is the world?s largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions, 84% say they are aware of global warming, but less than half of them (43%) consider it?s a very serious problem. More worrying, 13% of North Americans said they had never heard or read anything about global warming and one in ten consumers said it was ?not a serious problem at all.?

Our ignorance […]

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The Real McCain

On January 29, 2007 By


Personally, my opinion of McCain went into the crapper in 2004. You can see more at

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Bush SOTU word clouds

On January 29, 2007 By

A nice comparison of Bush’s SOTU speeches in word-cloud form. You can pick up some interesting trends…

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Reality has a liberal bias

On January 29, 2007 By

Not just here in the States, but in Iraq too!

The Shiite Muslim leadership has informally recommended to ministerial and parliamentary delegations heading to Washington that they cultivate closer relationships with Democrats as well as Republicans.

Many pointed out advantages to the Democrats’ increased sway over Iraq policy. Government officials said they had generally found the Democratic position on handing over security to Iraqi forces sooner rather than later closer to theirs. Almost all agree on Democratic Party initiatives, squashed when Republicans controlled Congress, to prevent the building of permanent U.S. bases here. They note news reports of Democrats […]

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Nassssty Padgett-es!

On January 29, 2007 By

Brian Rothenberg has an update on The Legend of Joy Padgett: Bankruptcy Court.

Remember the curious case of Joy Padgett’s Bankruptcy Abuse from last Fall. Or for those of you in eastern and central Ohio, the memorable Joy Padgett for Congress commercial where she is standing like Julie Andrews — sound-of-music like — on the family farm.

Some of you may have known that at the time she pirouetted on her TV farm, she didn’t even own the family farm having transferred ownership as part of her bankruptcy case. And during the campaign that questionable transfer became embroiled in […]

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