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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Propaganda!

(Saw "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" last night. Brad & Angelina. Loved it.)

Lotta stuff today

"Our Kid" is still on the road, pushing his Social Security "reform."

Here's a great moment from yesterday's stop in upstate NY - straight from the White House transcripts:
"Now, a personal savings account would be a part of a Social Security retirement system. It would be a part of what you would have to retire when you reach retirement age. As you -- as I mentioned to you earlier, we're going to redesign the current system. If you've retired, you don't have anything to worry about -- third time I've said that. (Laughter.) I'll probably say it three more times. See, IN MY LINE OF WORK YOU GOT TO KEEP REPEATING THINGS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN FOR THE TRUTH TO SINK IN, TO KIND OF CATAPULT THE PROPAGANDA."

(Applause.)
Yes. Yes you do, sir.

"You got to you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
We're making good progress.

I'm a uniter not a divider.

Saddam has weapons of mass destruction.

We've got (the evildoers) on the run.

They hate our freedom.

The Cubs are going all the way this year.
Man.

(Former Buffalo Bill QB Jim Kelly was a guest on this particular tour stop, BTW.)

One more classic GW bit from this appearance:
THE PRESIDENT: You are Audrey Ceglinski.

MRS. CEGLINSKI: That's right. I'm a 70-year-old widow.

THE PRESIDENT: Don't ever say your age. (Laughter.)

MRS. CEGLINSKI: Oh, that's -- I have no problem. Don't ask me my weight, though.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay. (Laughter and applause.) Reminds me of my mother. (Laughter.)
Great schtick.

I love it when he bashes mumsie.

Hey, speaking of propaganda:

"Rumsfeld Laments Global Reach of War News"

You mean...the truth, Don?
PHILADELPHIA - One of the military's new wartime challenges is dealing with global media that can instantly spread around the world information that may be false or damaging to U.S. interests, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday.
Information...that may be damaging to U.S. interests.

Like troop casualties? Prisoner abuse? 9 billion US dollars...set aside for reconstruction...missing in Iraq?
The United States needs to respond to anti-American messages with greater agility and speed if it is to win the ideological struggle with Islamic extremists, Rumsfeld said in a speech to members of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

"We'll need to develop considerably more sophisticated ways of using these new means of communication that are now available to reach the many and diverse audiences," he said.

"This is really the first war in history that is being conducted in an era of multiple global satellite television networks, 24-hour news outlets with live coverage of terrorist attacks, disasters and combat operations," Rumsfeld said.

He said U.S. officials must also deal with "a global Internet with universal access and no inhibitions, e-mail, cell phones, digital cameras wielded by anyone and everyone" and "a seemingly casual disregard for the protection of classified information, resulting in a near continuous hemorrhage of classified documents, to the detriment of the country."
The SUBTEXT is pretty clear, don't you think?

"Our companies - SBC, Verizon, FOX - what have you - need to buy everything. Once we do that, we'll be fine."

Right.

More e-mail fun:

"(Jeb) Bush's office, GOP leaders exchanged e-mail on Schiavo"

You're kidding:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Jeb Bush's office was in daily contact with GOP congressional leaders as court efforts to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo faltered in the weeks before the brain-damaged woman's death.

E-mails obtained by The Palm Beach Post on a public records request also showed that state lawmakers pursued LEGISLATIVE MOVES after Bush's top legal adviser concluded the effort was hopeless.

Bush's executive staff exchanged dozens of e-mails with attorneys for U.S. Senate Majority Leader BILL FRIST and U.S. House Majority Leader TOM DELAY in early March as legal teams in Florida and Washington tried unsuccessfully to halt the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube.
Jeb, Bill, and Tom just seem to show up together in the darndest of all places, don't they?

Love reading about those guys.

And look forward to reading about them for years and years to come!

More later...

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