Did Bush really just say that Saudi Arabia had taken steps toward freedom and reform? SAUDI ARABIA???

Also: I hate how Bush deliberately misframes the NSA wiretapping controversy. Look, everyone wants to tap al Qaeda’s phone calls, jack-ass. The major issue is that you should obtain a warrant when you’re tapping calls being made by American citizens.

UPDATE: Uh-oh. Bush just praised immigrants. Michelle Malkin is going to freak. This should be fun to watch…

UPDATE II: Now he’s just plain lying when he’s talking about spending restraint. Jesus Christ, I hate this president. “The federal budget has too many speical interest projects,” he says. Well why don’t you try vetoing some of them, you schmuck? (*frothing at mouth*)

UPDATE III: Good job on the part of the Dems standing up and applauding when Bush angrilly said “Congress didn’t work on my plan to fix social security.”


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I have no idea what he’s been saying. I’ve been playing the drinking game, and I stopped being able to feel my fingers about ten minutes ago.

I think this is my frist drunk post.



He said “orderly borders”.

The assonance of that phrase will now be stuck in my head for days.

You know, we used to produce orators in this country. Even when they were odious, like John Calhoun, they could at least speak the frigging language.

The best part of the game is you get to drink when he says nukular.

I dunno how I’m going to work in the morning.


And the creationist president wants to improve our science education standards.

This is like some sort of Hindu hell…we’ve all been reincarnated as losers on the planet of the losers, right?

I just don’t understand. And I’m still six drinks behind.


I’m watching Coronation Street on CBC-Nunavut right now. Let me know if Bush sneezes and gets snot on his tie, or something.


Hey Mal, if you’re single, I’m available. Your conservatives are STILL less scary than ours.

I’m totally hip with the gay marriage. And I like hockey. I’d make a great Canadian. I’m a fabulous cook. I’ve got an awesome library. And I don’t care if you put the toilet seat down or not.

Just get me off this rudderless ship.


Is it over yet?

I decided to skip the speech and just do the drinking.

Much more relaxing this way…


Well… technically, he’s telling the truth in a lot of that, though he’s framing it to his advantage, for obvious reasons.
The Saudis have actually started a series of reforms on their religious establishments, but there is significant resistance from the conservative factions, and, more importantly, he stated it in such a way that implies that it comes anywhere close to… well, even what we’ve got going in Iraq right now.
A lot of what’s he’s been talking about now are great goals (stated so as to be universally acceptable)… with solutions based off of unrealistic economic idealism. Some of the statistics are also misleading, because it doesn’t provide context for the stats to show that the economy isn’t as healthy as he would have you believe.
In other words, no surprise.

Oh… and if it’s any consolation, I don’t recall Bush mentioning being a creationist (most Methodists aren’t IIRC)… it’s his little buddies that are. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t said so, but I don’t recall him saying so.
Oh- and the science funding idea is good, though I’d have to look at the plan to determine what it actually entails.


President Bush invigorated proponents of teaching alternatives to evolution in public schools with remarks saying that schoolchildren should be taught about “intelligent design,” a view of creation that challenges established scientific thinking and promotes the idea that an unseen force is behind the development of humanity.

Although he said that curriculum decisions should be made by school districts rather than the federal government, Bush told Texas newspaper reporters in a group interview at the White House on Monday that he believes that intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution as competing theories.

“Both sides ought to be properly taught . . . so people can understand what the debate is about,” he said, according to an official transcript of the session. Bush added: “Part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought. . . . You’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes.”


Whatever the numbers may be at the moment, this is clearly a President with a high I.Q.


Thanks, Jillian- couldn’t remember whether he’d said anything on that.
Can’t speak to his personal beliefs, and I suspect it’s a peon to his buddies, but yeah, makes the irony fun.
Ah well- warmed over rhetoric, standard SotU.


I’m glad he addressed the problem of human-animal hybrids. Those pig- and squid-people and all that are ruining America.


If you’re into making safe bets, then anytime there’s a sensible position on a topic and a batshit fucking insane position on a topic – just assume Bush has taken the latter.

You’ll average better than any of those baseball players y’all were going on about before.

Somebody share a drikn with me.


Oh, and Kaine is doing good so far providing our alternative solutions for the (deliberately universal) goals laid out by Bush, though his teleprompter skillz are about as good as Bush’s… Ah well…
And Jillian, dear… make sure you get to bed safe- I prefer to assume that he tries to peon to the nutzy evangelicals and while trying not to lose credibility with your average voter, I just didn’t remember whether he’d addressed it (I woundn’t have, in his place- too much to lose with both of my bases).


Should be a period and a space between the “safe” and “I prefer” bits. Otherwise it’s a bit non sequiter.


You’re out of luck, Jillian. Since the Compulsory Gay-Marriage Act of 2005, all conservative men were assigned, by lottery, another man to marry. I was paired up with..*ugh*…Myron Thompson, MP for Wild Rose, Alberta. Isn’t he dreamy? Things here suck way more than you can imagine.


I guess you two can always hope for the passing of the Compulsory Polygamous Gay-Marraige Act currently in parliment.


I think I’m good 🙂 I can’t tell if I’m tippled, or just in shock over hearing so much concentrated stupidity at one go. You have to laugh at it, or else you’ll just cry.

And I’ve spent the last five years trying to decide which is worse: having a President who actually believes the world is only six thousand years old, or having a President who’s willing to pretend he believes the world is only six thousand years old just to get votes.


I liked his idea about making alcohol out of grass cuttings.



United States is addicted to oil! Bush shocks the nation by revealing the truth on live television.

In other news, irony is dead…


You all have stronger constitutions than I do-I’m on four blood-pressure meds, and the sound of Chimpy’s voice sends my pressure up about 25% or so if I listen to him for more than 5 minutes. A SotU is enough to put me in the hospital. As it is, I can barely handle reading excerpts of one the next day. The Kerry debates in ’04 almost killed me, so concentrated was the stupid. Besides, when he got to the part where he inevitably smirked about the Alito confirmation, I would have thrown a boot through the TV screen, and I can’t afford a new one. And, what, no Mars this year? Wha hoppen?


To clarify, the Alito smirking no doubt came in tonight’s speech, not the ’04 debates. Ugh.




apparently the opposite of pre-emptive, unjustified warfare is isolationism. he said that word about 15 times.

i haven’t looked at a transcript or anything, but i don’t remember hearing anything about bird flu. forbes reports an outbreak in iraq. good thing that’s way over there…


Have we ever had a President who recycled his old speeches for SOTU material?

Our coalition has learned from experience in Iraq. We have adjusted our military tactics and changed our approach to reconstruction. Along the way, we have benefited from responsible criticism and counsel offered by members of Congress of both parties. In the coming year, I will continue to reach out and seek your good advice.
Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success, and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second-guessing is not a strategy.

“We will continue to listen to honest criticism, and make every change that will help us complete the mission. Yet there is a difference between honest critics who recognize what is wrong, and defeatists who refuse to see that anything is right. Defeatism may have its partisan uses, but it is not justified by the facts.”


“Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success, and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure.”

It seems like they’ve been easedropping right here at Sadly, No!


Ein Volk
Ein Reich
Ein IQ Point…


I watched The West Wing reruns. Then I put on a tape of Bush’s SOTU. All I want to do now is cry cry cry.

Dr. BLT, The Song Blogger

“cry cry cry”

bulbul, that sounds like a great idea for a song title. thanks for the inspiration, I’m really going to “cash” in on this one.


i haven’t looked at a transcript or anything, but i don’t remember hearing anything about bird flu. forbes reports an outbreak in iraq. good thing that’s way over there…

We’re catching avian flu over there so that our troops can bring it back over here! Freeance!


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