Archive for the ‘Say what?’ Category

15 bizarre true stories

May 3, 2009

This list was compiled by the co-editor of the Fortean Times, a Journal of Strange Phenomena, a monthly British magazine. (more…)

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Big Three CEOs Flew Private Jets to Plead for Public Funds

November 19, 2008

Auto Industry Close to Bankruptcy But They Get Pricey Perk

By BRIAN ROSS and JOSEPH RHEE

November 19, 2008—

The CEOs of the big three automakers flew to the nation’s capital yesterday in private luxurious jets to make their case to Washington that the auto industry is running out of cash and needs $25 billion in taxpayer money to avoid bankruptcy.

The CEOs of GM, Ford and Chrysler may have told Congress that they will likely go out of business without a bailout yet that has not stopped them from traveling in style, not even First Class is good enough. (more…)

So Little Time, So Much Damage

November 5, 2008
November 4, 2008
Editorial

While Americans eagerly vote for the next president, here’s a sobering reminder: As of Tuesday, George W. Bush still has 77 days left in the White House — and he’s not wasting a minute.

President Bush’s aides have been scrambling to change rules and regulations on the environment, civil liberties and abortion rights, among others — few for the good. Most presidents put on a last-minute policy stamp, but in Mr. Bush’s case it is more like a wrecking ball. We fear it could take months, or years, for the next president to identify and then undo all of the damage. (more…)

Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart

October 3, 2008

Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 01:39:13 AM PDT

I know some folks out there might have had trouble following the Vice Presidential debate. Particularly, trying to parse meaning from the things that Sarah Palin said. With that in mind, I have compiled a handy resource for your perusal. I hope to update this chart, both graphically and grammatically, when it is no longer ten to five in the morning. For for the mean time. . . enjoy!

Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart.

Bush Urges Democrats to Act Quickly on Bailout

September 22, 2008
September 23, 2008

This article was reported by David M. Herszenhorn, Stephen Labaton and Mark Landler, and written by Mr. Herszenhorn.

WASHINGTON — As President Bush urged lawmakers to act quickly on the bailout legislation, Senate Democrats on Monday put forward their version of the rescue plan, including a bold addition aimed at helping homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

President Bush urged the legislators to resist the temptation to add provisions that, he said, “would undermine the effectiveness of the plan.” But it is becoming clear that Democrats have their own ideas about what should be in the plan, who should be helped, and who should not. (more…)

Does Bush Believe McCain Was Tortured?

August 21, 2008

19 Aug 2008 10:54 am

<!– –> Agabuse

In all the discussion of John McCain’s recently recovered memory of a religious epiphany in Vietnam, one thing has been missing. The torture that was deployed against McCain emerges in all the various accounts. It involved sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating. Sound familiar?

According to the Bush administration’s definition of torture, McCain was therefore not tortured. (more…)

The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers

July 23, 2008


The Iraq war is many things to different people. It is called a strategic blunder and a monstrous injustice and sometimes even a patriotic mission, much to the chagrin of rational human beings. For many big companies, however, the war is something far different: a lucrative cash-cow. The years-long, ongoing military effort has resurrected fears of the so-called “military-industrial complex.” Media pundits are outraged at private companies scooping up huge, no-questions-asked contracts to manufacture weapons, rebuild infrastructure, or anything else the government deems necessary to win (or plant its flag in Iraq). No matter what your stance on the war, it pays to know where your tax dollars are being spent.

Following is a detailed rundown of the 25 companies squeezing the most profit from this controversial conflict. (more…)

85% of US Unhappy with Economy

July 20, 2008
Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2008

You would expect Americans, in a period of falling home prices, a wobbly stock market and an ongoing war, to be less than satisfied with the direction of the country. It’s natural. But Americans are not simply dissatisfied. They are very unhappy. O.K., deeply, pessimistically unhappy. Un–American Dreamy unhappy: 85% of respondents in an exclusive TIME/Rockefeller Foundation poll believe that the country is on the wrong track. (more…)

Dumb Bush Quotes

July 16, 2008

You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that.
to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005

It’s in our country’s interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm’s way.
Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005

Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.
to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

I’m going to spend a lot of time on Social Security. I enjoy it. I enjoy taking on the issue. I guess, it’s the Mother in me.
Washington D.C., April 14, 2005

In this job you’ve got a lot on your plate on a regular basis; you don’t have much time to sit around and wander, lonely, in the Oval Office, kind of asking different portraits, ‘How do you think my standing will be?’
Washington, D.C., March 16, 2005

President Bush: “Peter. Are you going to ask that question with shades on?”
Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times: “I can take them off.”
Bush: “I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.”
Wallsten: “All right, I’ll keep it, then.”
Bush: “For the viewers, there’s no sun.”
Wallsten: “I guess it depends on your perspective.”
Bush: “Touché.

An exchange with legally blind reporter Peter Wallsten, to whom Bush later apologized
Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006

I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound largemouth bass in my lake.
George W. Bush, on his best moment in office, interview with the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, May 7, 2006

You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you’re gone.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

The point now is how do we work together to achieve important goals. And one such goal is a democracy in Germany.
George W. Bush, D.C., May 5, 2006

That’s George Washington, the first president, of course. The interesting thing about him is that I read three — three or four books about him last year. Isn’t that interesting?
George W. Bush, while showing German newspaper reporter Kai Diekmann the Oval Office, Washington
I strongly believe what we’re doing is the right thing. If I didn’t believe it — I’m going to repeat what I said before — I’d pull the troops out, nor if I believed we could win, I would pull the troops out.
George W. Bush, Charlotte, N.C., April 6, 2006, D.C., May 5, 2006

I believe that a prosperous, democratic Pakistan will be a steadfast partner for America, a peaceful neighbor for India, and a force for freedom and moderation in the Arab world.
George W. Bush, mistakenly identifying Pakistan as an Arab country, Islamabad, Pakistan, March 3, 2006

People don’t need to worry about security. This deal wouldn’t go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America.
George W. Bush, on the deal to hand over U.S. port security to a company operated by the United Arab Emirates, Washington, D.C., Feb. 23, 2006

School bans boy, 3, over haircut

July 10, 2008

Tavis Cook

Tavis chose the hairstyle himself

A three-year-old boy has been banned from his Tyneside nursery school class for his trendy “tramlines” haircut.

The mother of Tavis Cook was told the youngster’s distinctive hairdo broke the rules of Riverside primary School in North Shields.

Donna Cook has been told to keep her son away until his hair grows back.