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Friday, May 27, 2005

So Much Junk

So much junk today.

First up...me went "Jeff Gannon" on the White House press releases this morning and found a wonderful 'zample of Bush-o-nomics from the Prez.

"President Tours Hydrogen Fueling Station, Discusses Research"

Dude showed up at a Shell station in D.C. to discuss hyrdrogen fuel ("some fantastic technology!") and took a few questions from "reporters."

Get ready to do some learnin.' :
Q: How much did you fill up with, and how much did it cost?

MR. SCOTT: Yes, sir, we filled up .183 kilograms, because it's a gas. Now the cost factor -- right now it's a demonstration mode, so when it rains, I jack up the cost, and when it's sunny I bring it back down.
Spoken like a true Republican, er, businessman.
MR. SCOTT: (Laughter.) Today, with the --

THE PRESIDENT: How is -- what is the -- what he really wants to know is the equivalency.

MR. SCOTT: Right now, the cost is $4.75, and what we're looking at is --

THE PRESIDENT: But what's the equivalency to the normal tank?

MR. SCOTT: It's twice as much as premium, because the car is two times more efficient in its energy, and it's a quality fuel.

THE PRESIDENT: It's also the beginning of technology. In other words, a new product generally is more expensive, and, you know, there's more volume, more distribution.
See, you liberal bastards, dude paid attention at Harvard.

"In other words, a new product generally is more expensive, and, you know, there's more volume, more distribution."

I remember when DVD players were, like, $300. Now, you can get one at Target for $30.

All in all, though, Our Kid's appearance at the Shell was "folksie."

Then...this:

NBC clashes with Tom DeLay on Law & Order

"Law" and "order"; two words I'd definitely use when talkin' about the Bugman.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representative Majority Leader Tom DeLay accused NBC on Thursday of slurring his name by including an unflattering reference to him on the NBC police drama "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

DeLay's name surfaced on Wednesday night on the show's season finale, which centered on the fictional slayings of two judges by suspected right-wing extremists.

In the episode, police are frustrated by a lack of clues, leading one officer to quip, "Maybe we should put out an APB (all-points-bulletin) for somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt."

In a letter to NBC Universal Television Group President Jeff Zucker, DeLay wrote: "This manipulation of my name and trivialization of the sensitive issue of judicial security represents a reckless disregard for the suffering initiated by recent tragedies and a great disservice to public discourse."

The Texas Republican went on to suggest the "slur" against him was intended as a jab at comments he had made about "the need for Congress to closely monitor the federal judiciary."
He also asked Zucker to bring back the "Emeril sitcom."

Kidding.
Producer Dick Wolf, creator of the "Law & Order" franchise, took a swipe at DeLay in his own statement on Thursday, saying, "I ... congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show."
Tough.
The flap came as ethics questions swirling around DeLay mounted with a Texas judge ruling on Thursday that a political action committee (TRMPAC) formed by the congressman violated state law by failing to disclose $600,000 in mostly CORPORATE donations.

The show's season finale drew 14.5 million viewers, but DeLay wasn't one of them. An aide said he heard about the show through his wife, who learned of it from someone else who saw the episode.
Classic.

He heard about the show...through his wife...who learned of it from someone else...who saw the episode.

I wonder what the DeLay's were watching on Wednesday?

Heat-Pistons? VH1Classic (Metal Mania)? American Idol?

"The 700 Club."

Right.

One more thing...

40,000 Iraqis to Form Shield in Baghdad

Kinda like "Hands Across America," but not really:
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq announced plans Thursday to deploy 40,000 police and soldiers in the capital and ring the city with hundreds of checkpoints "like a bracelet" in the largest show of Iraqi force since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

In a reminder of the difficulty Iraqi security forces face in stopping insurgent attacks, violence claimed at least 15 lives Thursday in Baghdad including a car bomb that exploded near a police patrol, killing five people and wounding 17.

A U.S. helicopter was shot down Thursday near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, the military said.
2 US soldiers died in that crash.
Iraq currently has 89,400 security personnel attached to the Ministry of Interior, according to the U.S. military. This includes police, highway patrol and some commando units, although the figure may include SOME WHO HAVE DESERTED. Another 75,800 forces are in the country's military, most of them in the army.

Al-Jaafari said his government was working hard to recruit, train and equip its police and army, but still needed support from 160,000 foreign troops, including 138,000 from the United States, to deal with the raging insurgency.

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In one of the insurgency's most bizarre attacks to date, SOMEONE TIED A CRUDE HOMEMADE BOMB TO A DOG, which exploded near an Iraqi army patrol south of Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, police said. None of the soldiers was harmed in the blast.
Okay. That's it. I've had enough. That's where I draw the line with the goings on in E-raq..

I'm a total dog-person: You don't use my little furry buddies to carry bombs.

Insurgent crazy dudes, homeless guys, kids - fine - but dogs?! No way. No way. No way.

I'm so bummed out right now.

I'll sign up - if they let me start a task force to rescue potential insurgent pups.

"Operation Puppy Freedom."

Man.

I'm so not kidding.

PETA? Where are you guys on this one?

More later...

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