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According to a Speculum poll released on Thursday, President Bush has received his lowest numbers ever in key areas of public confidence in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. A set of ten standard questions on key issues of public confidence produced the following ratings:

Has the President engaged in sufficient hand wringing during the crisis?

77% No, he needed to wring his hands, pull his hair and cry a lot more.
18% Yes, any amount of handwringing always makes things better.
5% Not Sure, but where do I apply for a free $2000 debit card?

Did the president appear in meaningless on-site photo ops early enough?

68% No, by the time he got there too many people were dry and the wreckage was no longer fresh.
27% Yes, he hugged just enough old people at just the right time.
5% Not Sure, but where do I apply for a free $2000 debit card?

Did the President ignore enough other vital responsibilities to look like he was trying?

71% No, he spent far too much time doing his job and not enough flying around looking furious.
24% Yes, the President clearly understands that his personal attention to the needs of New Orleans is more important than his personal attention to the needs of everyone else in the nation.
5% Not Sure, but where do I apply for a free $2000 debit card?

Has the President used enough different facial expressions?

58% No, he seems to be stuck in a concerned frown.
37% Yes, I noticed a concerned frown, eyebrows knitted in sorrow and downcast eyes of shame.
5% Not Sure, but where do I apply for a free $2000 debit card?

Has the President made enough meaningless gestures yet?

62% No, he needs to fire at least 3 people for no reason and approprate another 20 billion dollars to make the prostitutes in the French Quarter younger and better looking.
33% Yes, his gestures are both the most meaningless and most expensive I’ve ever seen.
5% Not Sure, but where do I apply for a free $2000 debit card?

Has the President exploited his family enough during the crisis?

52% No, we’d like to see at least one family member pilloried or maimed.
43% Yes, please don’t make us look at Barbara anymore.
5% Not Sure, but where do I apply for a free $2000 debit card?

Has the President done enough to placate extremists and legitimize crackpots?

63% No, he needs to appoint John Conyers ambassador to Somalia.
22% Yes, everything he does helps moveon.org advance their agenda.
5% Not Sure, but where do I apply for a free $2000 debit card?

Has the President shown enough personal suffering during this crisis?

73% No, he should immediately kill himself.
22% Yes, he had to shake hands with Ray Nagin.
5% Not Sure, but where do I apply for a free $2000 debit card?

Did the President spend enough time in the oval office brooding?

69% No, JFK brooded a lot better.
26% Yes, but we like his brooding on Airforce One way better.
5% Not Sure, but where do I apply for a free $2000 debit card?

Should the President have parachuted into New Orleans with a 30mm Machinegun and a backpack full of MREs and Evian?

48% No, he might have fallen on an innocent looter.
47% Yes, we want a president who’s part Rambo and part Mother Theresa.
5% Not Sure, but where do I apply for a free $2000 debit card?

As these numbers demonstrate, the public is not at all satisfied with the president’s handling of the crisis. Delegating authority to the appropriate and qualified federal disaster agencies has shown a clear weakness of resolve, and the public would have much preferred if he had spent more time kissing babies in Baton Rouge and less on the phone telling the Louisiana government to get off their asses and do their jobs.

This poll was conducted with a sample of 1000 likely voters living in paisley-patterned Jetstream trailers and clothing optional retirement homes in Central Texas. No Kinky Friedman voters were harmed in conducting of this poll.

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  • http://www.magnaveritas.com Roger Ebert

    OMG, it’s like a Shark post, only funny and with punctuation.

    Rog

  • nugget

    hahahahah! good call Roger.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Burn :)

    But here’s the really important question, Rog: what about the silly comments I write?

    That’s a U of I education at work here.

    That is all.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    You should quote that for your blogs, Sharky poo and Dave.

    That is all.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    I find myself wanting to guess what the ‘I’ in U of I stands for…and I’m not thinking Indiana, Iowa or Idaho…

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Doh, or Illinois…not thinking in terms of state names at all.

    Dave

  • http://adamash.blogspot.com adam

    Dave, this is really your finest moment. Great, great, great post.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    It came to me in my sleep, Adam.

    Dave

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    I’ve already forwarded the link to three VRWC talk-stations…

    OUTSTANDING!!

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Dave, it stands for Illinois, which is probably slightly prouder to claim Roger as an alum than me, and even a little less proud than that to claim right-wing enfant terrible John Bambenek as a tech employee.

    Roger may have found this piece funny, but that’s mainly because it’s satirical and hence it’s impossible to take away from it your own uniquely reactionary point of view. Ebert’s way to the left of you on this issue and many others, obviously.

    And it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve disagreed with his critical judgment.
    I mean 4 stars for the last 3 Star Wars films? Come on :)

    Just giving ya a hard time, Roger.

    What the hell is VRWC, DrPat?

    That is all.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Dave, I may use fancy Ivy League words now and then, but public school all the way for me, buddy. I keep it real … real stupid with my street cred. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth at St. Alban’s :) I was poor and it was the best school I could afford with in-state tuition — it was alright, I guess, though not my first choice.

    Roger grew up in Urbana, so he can give you a more vigorous defense of the U. of I. than I can. I’m just glad the NCAA is against that silly mascot finally, although you had problems with that NCAA edict too, if I recall your rich comments. That’s why all I could muster on the Indian mascots topics were how sad I thought the whole discussion was from people like you and Al Barger who were never close to the situation and had no idea of the hurt feelings and animosity as a result of Indian mascots at campuses like U of I.

    I can’t think of any private school that’s a U of I. Can you?

    That is all.

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    My three initial responses to your question (What the hell is VRWC, DrPat?) are all on Shark’s prohibited list…

    The V is for Vast, the R is for Right — need I go on?

  • gonzo marx

    distract, distort, destroy and deny…

    still the same olde, eh?

    spin it how ya like…Fact incoming

    from the National Response PLan, past of Homeland Security…signed into law in 2004 by GWB…

    “Federal departments and agencies are EXPECTED to provide initial and/or ongoing response, when warranted, under their own authority and funding; alert, notification, pre-positioning and timely delivery of resources; proactive support for catastrophic or potentially catastrophic incidents using protocols for expedited delivery of resources. (NRP, 6) ”

    and

    “Notification and full coordination with States will occur, but the coordination
    process must not delay or impede the rapid deployment and use of critical
    resources.”

    and of course, my favorite…

    “The President leads the Nation in responding efficiently and ensuring the
    necessary resources are applied quickly and effectively to all Incidents of
    National Significance.”(NRP, 15)”

    “The Prsident leads..” and “Notification and full coordination with States will occur, but the coordination
    process must not delay or impede the rapid deployment and use of critical
    resources.”

    those two say it all, right from the Law as signed by the President

    joke all you like…those are the Facts…

    Excelsior!

  • billy

    this is satire, but in fact its also true. the bush approval rating as of today has dropped below 40%, which makes him about as popular as gential herpes.

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    Or comments from billy-boy…

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>Dave, I may use fancy Ivy League words now and then, but public school all the way for me, buddy. I keep it real … real stupid with my street cred. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth at St. Alban’s :) I was poor and it was the best school I could afford with in-state tuition — it was alright, I guess, though not my first choice.< <

    I wasn't born at St. Albans, Babs. I was born in Beirut Lebanon. St. Albans came much later.

    >>Roger grew up in Urbana, so he can give you a more vigorous defense of the U. of I. than I can. I’m just glad the NCAA is against that silly mascot finally, although you had problems with that NCAA edict too, if I recall your rich comments. That’s why all I could muster on the Indian mascots topics were how sad I thought the whole discussion was from people like you and Al Barger who were never close to the situation and had no idea of the hurt feelings and animosity as a result of Indian mascots at campuses like U of I.< <

    I think I'm a bit closer to the subject of indian mascots than you or Al Barger since my wife is a native american.

    >>I can’t think of any private school that’s a U of I. Can you?<<

    Well, there’s Indiana University in Pennsylvania, but I was actually thinking something along the lines of Union of the Irrelevant.

    Dave

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Nice to see that gonzo still has problems putting his responses on the proper threads.

    Dave

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    Gonzo’s right on the money.

    It’s ironic that this satiric piece comes when Bush’s (real) approval rating is the lowest its ever been.

  • gonzo marx

    oh Mr Nalle..it was on EXACTLY the Thread i wanted it on…

    nice try at the Funny…but scope my first line…i won’t go for the Distraction…

    Excelsior!

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>It’s ironic that this satiric piece comes when Bush’s (real) approval rating is the lowest its ever been.<<

    Yep, it’s both ironic and satiric at the same time, and I hope people are getting the point. For those who are a bit slow, that point is that Bush’s approval ratings and the criticism he receives derive from expectations that he should have done things which if he did them he would be crucified for irresponsibility and incompetence. His job is NOT to go to Louisiana during a disaster and get in the way, that’s a job he should and did delegate. Beyond that, he’s being criticized and his ratings are going down mainly because he did his job and carried on with his schedule rather than going back to the oval office and posing for some photo ops staring out the window looking troubled. That’s the nugget of truth beneath the satire.

    Dave

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Sorry not to have seen the connection, Gonzo. I was misled by all those quotes you included.

    Dave

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    I’m one of the people who understood your point but disagree with its premise.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    So, Eric, you’re with those who would have been happier if Bush had parachuted in with a gun in one hand and MREs in the other and then been shot by a looter?

    Dave

  • gonzo marx

    no Mr Nale..

    i would have been happy if he had lived up to the spirit and letter of the fucking LAW he signed..which is the source of all those “quotes” that distracted you

    nuff said?

    Excelsior!

  • gonzo marx

    Nalle even…my Apologies for misspelling your name..not intentional..

    Excelsior!

  • http://ezsgblog.com/vtdawson/index.php Bennett

    Good stuff Gonzo!

    Dave, how could this quote confuse you?!?!?!

    “The President leads the Nation in responding efficiently and ensuring the
    necessary resources are applied quickly and effectively to all Incidents of
    National Significance.”(NRP, 15)

    My god man, it spells out what GW’s responsibility was, and he failed miserably!

    “Keeping to his schedule” was so totally wrong it’s criminal. I don’t care where he did it from, but he should have been ON TOP of this situation minute by minute.

    That’s his job.

    Do you get it?

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    I think he did a terrible job in response to the tragedy, and it didn’t help at all that he did not seem very engaged by the crisis until it was far too late to do anything about it.

    There were multiple failures, of course (some of which were policy failures that date back many years), but the buck stops with the President.

    Can the government stop a hurricane? Of course not. But a more effective / engaged / dynamic leader would have acted more decisively (another supposed Bush trademark) to save more lives than were saved during last week’s tragedy.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    I think you’ve run out of wit with this one:

    “Union of the Irrelevant.”

    Is this where they employ 21st-century Internet McCarthyists who are chasing the spectre of Communism through hypertext comments in the name of freedom to defend our President?

    That is all.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    >>”Keeping to his schedule” was so totally wrong it’s criminal. I don’t care where he did it from, but he should have been ON TOP of this situation minute by minute.

    That’s his job.<<

    And you honestly think that in the modern electronic age he can’t be on top of his job and what his subordinates are doing from a thousand miles away?

    Give me a break.

    Dave

  • gonzo marx

    i am certain he has the capabil9ty to handle things from anywhere, Mr Nalle…

    but as his actions during this entire disaster, and now that my quotes above show he had total Responsibility…

    i’m not certain he has the capacity to deal with shit, even when he does have the capability

    just let it go, and quit being an Apologist for this kind of ineptitude

    just a Thought

    Excelsior!

  • http://ezsgblog.com/vtdawson/index.php Bennett

    That was exactly my point Dave. He should have stayed in Crawford to coordinate the effort instead of going to fundraisers in San Diego.

    BUT, here is a President who flew back to DC “in the middle of the night” to sign a bill on the whole Shaivo incident…..

    Don’t you find it amazingly comic that he showed more gumption over that fucking circus than over the worst national disaster ever?

    I sure do.

    He’s a clown, and you really make yourself look stupid by defending his ineptitude in the handling of Katrina.

  • Anthony Grande

    “here is a President who flew back to DC “in the middle of the night” to sign a bill on the whole Shaivo incident…..”

    Shiavo was starving to death.

    I wonder what the approval rating is of Mayor Nagin or Governor Blanco??? Uhhhh 0 probabally. But you got to remember we can’t crisize them, because they are DemocRATS.

  • http://ezsgblog.com/vtdawson/index.php Bennett

    Ah young Anthony…

    FEMA is a Federal Agency. Got that?

    The President (head of the Federal Government) is responsible for “leading the Nation in responding efficiently and ensuring the necessary resources are applied quickly and effectively to all Incidents of National Significance.”

    Got that?

    What do I care about the approval rating of the Govenor of LA? As an American I expect our President to do his job, not fly off to fundraisers in San Diego.

    He should have been on the phone asking “Are the helicopters in the air yet?” every 30 minutes while he watched any news source showing people dying in the heat of New Orleans without food or water.

    Did he?

    No.

    Did he fail do do his job?

    Yes.

  • nugget

    Bob A Booey said:

    “Roger may have found this piece funny, but that’s mainly because it’s satirical and hence it’s impossible to take away from it your own uniquely reactionary point of view.”

    True. I hope you would say the same about shark’s satire.

  • Anthony Grande

    A President cannot send relief to a state that doesn’t request it.

    Mayor Nagin claimed that there was enough food and water in New Orleans for the people who chose to stay. 500 buses were never used to evacuate the people. Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco did not do their job by protecting their citizens.

    I guess Bush should have parashooted in New Orleans and used his superman powers to save the people who chose to stay.

    Exactly what did you want the President to do???

    Also do not refer to my age anymore, you are the only one who continues to do this.

  • Anthony Grande

    The strategy of the Democrat party is to give the poor minorities enough to make them able to eat (welfare) but not to give them enough to rise out of poverty. This is because as long as they are in poverty they will need the Democratic Party and continue to vote for them.

    This is also the same strategy that Mao, Lenin, Castro and Chavez have used to gain complete control over their governments. They got support of the poor majority and got the power which led to burning the constitution and all of the people’s rights. The poor stayed poor, but the rich also became poor and the government became amazingly rich.

    Now the only thing that seperates the dems and the commies are that in commie countries the poor were the majority. Now all that we need here is a few million people to become poor and the democrats can take the entire Senate, Supreme Court, Presidency, Governorships and Mayorships which would eventually lead to a single party state (Communism) and eventually lead to no more elections.

    To know history is to know the future

  • http://ezsgblog.com/vtdawson/index.php Bennett

    Ah, mon enfant terrible Anthony,

    It’s so fun to watch you spout things you think are true…

    In times of emergency, declared by the President, the Federal Government can pretty much do as it sees fit.

    A really goo job would have had the Prex on the phone saying “I don’t give a flying fuck WHAT you think, I’m hearing reports that there are thousands of Americans at the Civic Center without water and it’s 90 degrees down there.”

    “Now you get helicopters into the air RIGHT FUCKING NOW! And I want them to have cargo nets full of water bottles and MREs hanging from ‘em.”

    “You get them into the air within an hour or I’ll bust you down to buck private, and then I’ll throw your sorry ass into the brig.”

    “You got that soldier?”

    “Do it. Right fucking NOW!”

    I listened to a NPR broadcast two days after, It was an interview with Brown or Chertov, denying that anyone was at the Civic Center, on the other line was an NPR reporter saying “Goddammit! I’m here right now and there are thousands of people, and people are dying from the heat.

    And I’m all the way up here in Vermont with more of a clue to what’s going on than the head of FEMA…..

    It’s a total disgrace Anthony, and no matter what crap you write about “commie countries” (name ‘em) it won’t change the facts right here.

    GWB is a clown, FEMA is headed by his appointees that have NO BACKGROUND in emergency management, and thousands of people died because of it.

  • Anthony Grande

    You know Bennett not everyone is like Nancy Pelosi, a conversation between two people in government is confidential and you have no idea that a conversation like that didn’t occur.

    The federal government CANNOT do as it wishes. Mayor Nagin made it public that New Orleans was perfectly ready for Katrina less than 24 hours before the storm hit. He ushered thousands of people in the Superdome. He let over 500 buses sit there and get flooded instead of using them to evacuate his people.

    What did Bush do wrong???

  • http://ezsgblog.com/vtdawson/index.php Bennett

    “a conversation between two people in government is confidential and you have no idea that a conversation like that didn’t occur.”

    Wrong. If the conversation happened, the helicopters would have delivered water and food on day two.

    “The federal government CANNOT do as it wishes.”

    Wrong. If the president declares a state of emergency he has broad powers to deal with national disasters.

    “What did Bush do wrong???”

    He failed to uphold a law that he signed.

    “The President leads the Nation in responding efficiently and ensuring the
    necessary resources are applied quickly and effectively to all Incidents of
    National Significance.”

    And because he failed to act, and because the people he appointed to FEMA had no experience in disaster relief, and because he chose to attend fundraisers in San Diego instead of dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane and subsequent flooding of New Orleans…

    Thousands of American citizens died.

    i.e. Mass Murder
    i.e. Manslaughter
    i.e. Genocide
    i.e. Men, women, and children, dead.

    President Bush failed to do his sworn duty to our country. He was “too busy” to be “in the know” about what was happening in New Orleans.

    Me? Up here in Vermont? I knew more about the situation than he did!

    And if he knew what I knew, and he didn’t get the helicopters into the air delivering food to the Civic Center, he is responsible for the deaths.

    I would have made the call, the helicopters would have delivered the food and water.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    I do have to point out that the Red Cross attempted to get supplies into the city and they were first stopped by the Louisiana National Guard and then later stopped again by FEMA. In the first clase because Governor Blanco wanted to motivate people to leave the city by essentially starving them out. In the second case because in the immediate aftermath of the storm FEMA felt it was too dangerous to go into the city to render aid until the waters had subsided.

    Whether those were good decisions or not is certainly debatable, but they were not irrational.

    As for Bush, we know that he did make calls to Governor Blanco to get her moving on deploying troops and giving FEMA access. The problem is that he can only react to problems he knows about, and since his people on the ground were clearly having problems keeping him informed about their blunders, that certainly hampers his ability to give them effective instructions.

    Recent reports from the city suggest all sorts of things still going wrong. Supposedly there have been confrontations between the 82nd Airborne and the National Guard over how to evacuate the city. They’re also confiscating guns in violation of the constitution. Plus it’s been reported that the regular army units have been instructed not to shoot civilians under any circumstances and the National Guard has a shoort first, ask questions later policy going. Sounds like it’s still a big mess.

    Dave

  • http://leoniceno.journalspace.com Sam Jack

    To me it seems like something of a false alternative. Surely there’s a middle ground between staying in your office and working eighteen hour days, and throwing bottled water from Air Force One.

  • nugget

    Bennett. Spare me the sentimental fabrications. At your core, that is, in your soul you don’t give a damn about what goes on in New Orleans. I mean let’s be real. I don’t really either. It’s a place far away from me. My biggest fear today was getting to work on time, taking sudafed to humble my cold, go to publix for my wife, and pick her up from one of her classes. Not a thought went by about New Orleans or the victims or anything. Do I feel guilty???? NO. I have my own life to live as do you. The only reason you bark online about how bush should do this or that is because you despise something. You’re not sure what it is but you’re sure that that something is somehow manifested in George W. Bush. It’s fun to place our personal burdens on some fantastic figure of authority we see pictures of everyday in the headlines.

    Who’ll take the hit for our misgivings that get us down? Hey THAT guy that everyone talks about. Oppressor! Southerner! Christian! He’s conspiring! He’s a liar! Oh please.

    Sorry you have to be the butt of my rant. But it’s people like you that turn everything into some idealistic firestorm lit for the greater good of society. Society? fuck society. I’ll save my family. YOU worry about bush and save the world.

    That goes for the rest of you idealistic nitwits that can’t hold together your own personal lives yet somehow find compassion where compassion cannot act.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>throwing bottled water from Air Force One.<<

    Do you have ANY idea how much damage a bottle of evian can do when dropped from 20,000 feet?

    Dave

  • nugget

    I’ll continue with my George Bailyish seethe.

    Bennett this is no longer about you. I don’t understand journalists like all of you. You tear each other to pieces over some abstract scenes and sentiments sent via the media and various types of journalism, yet none of you have any hard facts or evidence. You think and hope that you do, but truthfully you don’t. Your real convictions rest in your distrust of the “other side.” The right or the left take your pick. I don’t trust anyone strongly associated with either side. You’re silly if you do. Politics is a superficial means of stabillity for a commune, and the distribution of world power is much deeper than elections or holding a public office. The most powerful people in the world are ARTISTS. Then, philosophers…then various types of creators such as architects et al. The avant-garde literally controls the future. Politicians (and the journalists who “objectively” report their actions) are simply reality’s guinea pigs that have to actually carry out what all the thinkers have already prepared for and understood.

    Point being, it’s upsetting to see a bunch of grown adults bicker on the internet about…well, NOTHING.

  • Jewels

    “I guess Bush should have parashooted in New Orleans and used his superman powers to save the people who chose to stay.”

    Anthony Grande you are the brightest crayon in the box! I think I should sew Bush his superhero costume so he can make a completely Grande entrance! Again, I must say you are brilliant! :)

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Nugget, let’s all agree to distrust government first. Let’s start at local because it’s the most corrupt and work our way up to the national government and the UN. I’m sure most of us can agree on that.

    Then my choice is to next be highly skeptical of anyone who thinks they should impose their morals on everyone else – in other words the extreme ideological fringes of the right and the left.

    Dave

  • nugget

    dave: how can I agree to that when some crazed lunatic cuts me off and nearly takes out my family and me. Was that the government? NO. It was a lunatic. A person. Perhaps I might like him in real life. Perhaps he died in New Orleans last week. The truth is, he almost killed me and my family.

    I just don’t understand why you want to manifest your distrust with humanity into your distrust for the government. Men are men. Thankfully our democracy was devised in a way that wouldn’t allow men to interfere with our very personal lives. you may say that I take my government for granted. I say that I gladly take it for granted until somehow the constitution is breeched and my family is in real danger. THEN will I involve myself in all of this idealistic refuse, because THEN it will be practical.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    The bad driver only had the power to kill or ruin your life and perhaps the life of a few others. The government has the power to make all of our lives hell or get us all killed.

    THAT is why they are the ones you should distrust first.

    Dave

  • Anthony Grande

    Where did you go Bennett??? Too many fact for you??? Licking your wounds???

    You cannot beat me in political debates, how come you can’t see that??? The only reason I can’t beat you is because you always run and hide when my or anybody else has a better argument than you. The only thing you got against me is my age and that is all you attack, you have done this in every comment. You must be younger than me because you don’t know shit!!!

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    Anthony, I’m guessing it’s something other than your command of “fact” that has Bennett off to greener pastures.

    And let me be the first to say that B knows shit, and it’s good shit at that.

  • Shark

    Dave, nice try. I see you’re learning some new comedy writing techniques from yer buddy Shark.

    Zzzzzzzzz…

    Um, also, you’ll find it’s hard to write ‘satire’ these days — since the most absurd, insane shit also resembles the current reality, ie. most of your ‘responses’ sounded pretty friggin’ logical to me, especially the one about Bush offin’ himself.

    Interesting that you should see the accountability of Homeland Security Officials (in an era of a “war on terrorism, mind you!) as Hmeaningless gestures.

    Please explain.

    ====

    PS: Gonzo, nice quotes; but please don’t confuse Dave’s Diversions with Issues.

    [sic]

  • Shark

    PS: Is it just me, or does that photo of Bush above look like “Dobby, the house elf” from the Harry Potter movies?

  • http://ezsgblog.com/vtdawson/index.php Bennett

    Anthony: Try to follow the bouncing ball…

    #32 You came on the scene and said “Shiavo was starving to death”.

    Uh, you do know of course that it was this unfortunate woman’s body that was starving. Terri was already long dead. That’s established fact via autopsy.

    #33 I try and educate you a bit on how a real leader could have acted.

    #35 You come up with a response based on your favorite talking points, plus an attempt at satire.

    #36 You rant on about communism and conspiracy theories. (which you then take and paste into at least one other thread)

    #37 Again I lay out how our President could have acted responsibly, but didn’t.

    #38 More talking points based on the lies you hear on talk radio, which you unfortunately swallow whole.

    #39 Point by point I refute every claim you make. Somewhat eloquently, imo.

    #40 Dave offers more excuses for GWB failing miserable “he can only react to problems he knows about”.

    #42 Nugget comes along with a rant that doesn’t seem to be anything other than beer fueled frustration, and lashing out at the complexity of life. Even though he puts my name as the first word, he never really explains why he does so. Sentimental I’m not.

    Nugget: I don’t despise GWB. I’m have mixed feelings about the man. I’m glad that he has put new life into NASA, he appointed a GREAT new administrator, and we finally have something to cheer about. I think he fucked up by taking our country to war in Iraq before finishing the job in Afghanistan. I think he appointed people to head up FEMA that are totally unqualified for the posts. I think he had his head up his ass as Hurricane Katrina bore down on the Gulf Coast. I don’t mind sharing my thoughts on all of this, but I don’t have my knickers in a twist over it.

    #43 Dave points out the obvious. Probably for the sake of amusement.

    #44 Nugget waxes philosophical.

    #45 #46 #47 #48 Not germane to this comment.

    #49 You come back to the scene (at long past 2AM by my clock) and ask “Where did you go Bennett??? Too many fact for you??? Licking your wounds???”

    A: I went to bed.

    What “fact” are you referring to?

    What “wounds” are you referring to?

    You continue: “You cannot beat me in political debates, how come you can’t see that??? The only reason I can’t beat you is because you always run and hide when my or anybody else has a better argument than you. The only thing you got against me is my age and that is all you attack, you have done this in every comment. You must be younger than me because you don’t know shit!!!”

    You are so naive that you actually think that there can ever BE a winner in an online political debate. It does become obvious when one side or the other is hopelessly outclassed, as is the case right here.

    I don’t “attack” you about your age, I simply point out that you are only sixteen. That’s not a fault of yours, hell I wish I was 16 again. Believe me, 47 (with two kids in college) is a long long way from 16.

    But it is obvious (based on your inability to actually engage in debate) that you haven’t spent enough time in school to fully develop your critical thinking skills.

    Please continue to prove my points. The whole world is watching!

    ========================================

    Thanks EB! And you’re right. I do know shit. I have cows and chickens.here on the farm (where early to bed and early to rise…).

    I’m still working on the wealthy part.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>nteresting that you should see the accountability of Homeland Security Officials (in an era of a “war on terrorism, mind you!) as Hmeaningless gestures.<<

    Never said anything like that. The much demanded Bush rushing to the scene asap to hug wet people is the meaningless gesture. I thought that was obvious.

    Dave

  • Anthony Grande

    Bennett all you did was list off comments on this thread. Who said you won any of those arguments??? You are the one throwing out liberal talking points, like saying Shiavo was as good as dead. All you do is attack my age, you don’t need to let everyone know my age, because they already know my age and they are ALL cool with it.

    My strategy is to come at you, your strategy is like a savage, shoot and run. You leave for good or you come back a day later with your response.

    I have been posting comment 49 at you for about a week now and this is the first time you responded back.

    Shiavo was not dead, she was not even on life support, she was eating through a tube and you liberals pulled it out.

    Even if she was as good as dead, her parents still cared about her and her husband had an entire new life. How would it have hurt to give her parents the right to her life.

    I guess we should change your guy’s names from pro-choice to pro-death.

    I am not expressing conservative talking points, I am simply expressing the the truth.

  • Bennett

    Heh! Thanks for the laughs Anthony! It’s great that you are so willing to do as I suggest. I’ll let you in on a little adult secret here: Rude children are no fun to have around. Really! It’s true!

    When you come right down to it, you’re a child that found his way into an adult forum, got banned for being obnoxious and rude, waited a few months, came back to the adult forum and are barely hanging on – trying not to get banned again.

    Almost all of the adults here simply ignore your petulant outbursts, as I did after reading all the nonsense you wrote about “there were not many gay people before the 60’s, but then a few admitted to being gay and that made a lot of other people turn gay”.

    Your comments are tragically amusing on occasion, but mostly they’re bare bones ignorant.

    I can’t imagine being 16 and thinking that it would be socially acceptable to tell an adult “you don’t know shit” and “I’m smarter than you”. What a laugh riot, if it weren’t so rude and childish that is.

    Go on, take a poll:

    A) Anthony is an incredible wise boy and his comments add so much to my enjoyment of Blogcritics.

    B) Anthony is a rude child with delusions of grandeur, who has no sense of protocol, manners, or noblesse oblige.

    It is fun to torture you every now and then, mon petit bonbon, by pointing out that you are a child in a room full of adults, but ultimately, it’s a waste of time. We can only hope that you get a girlfriend someday.

    Anyway, as Bob would say “That is all”. I’ll go back to ignoring you but never fear, I WILL remind you from time to time what your position is in the grand scheme of things.

  • Jewels

    Shark; badger, I think the pic makes Bush look like a badger. But now that you bring it up…

    >>PS: Is it just me, or does that photo of Bush above look like “Dobby, the house elf” from the Harry Potter movies?< <

    ROFL :)

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Looks like a hungry vampire to me, but I think he’s trying to look concerned.

    Dave

  • http://www.bobice-bolieve.blogspot.com Jewels

    President Nosferatu.

  • Anthony Grande

    Oh I am sorry Bennett I will act my age now:

    Bush is a racist Kanye was right, It is Republicans from Texas who are to blame for the poverty. Bush is in Iraq murdering muslims and stealing the oil. The only reason we are in Iraq is oil. I should just give up life, because Bush already inserted the draft and I will probabally die in Iraq stealing oil, I cant believe that all the terrorists from 9/11 were born in Saudi Arabia and we invaded Iraq instead, it is because Saudi Arabia has no oil. The only reason why Bush beat Kerry was because old ladies in Texas voted for him, no one else voted for him, exept old ladies in Texas. But I will leave now so you groun ups can talk about how Bush sucks.

    Is that better Bennett??? Is that how your kids sound???

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