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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Summer Reading

Good news, citizens.

Bush Salts His Summer With Eclectic Reading List

"He is tackling three historical sagas while on vacation, impressing even the authors."

I thought Dr. Seuss was dead.

Am I wrong?
According to the White House, one of three books Bush chose to read on his five-week vacation is "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky, who chronicled the rise and fall of what once was considered the world's most strategic commodity.

The other two books he reportedly brought to Crawford are "Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar" by Edvard Radzinsky and "The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History" by John M. Barry.
No snarky comments re: the other books on Dude's summer reading list.

That "Why Do Men Have Nipples" book is right behind Harry Potter on Amazon.
Bush, a former oil company chief, has not said why he picked Kurlansky's 484-page saga.
"Former oil company chief" is a nice way of saying "failed oil executive who, somehow, ended up in the White House."
"The president enjoys reading and learning about history," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.
Learnin' 'bout Cuba and havin' some food. Ha ha.
But the analogies between salt and oil are striking.

For most of recorded history, salt was synonymous with wealth. It established trade routes and cities. Adventurers searched for it. Merchants hoarded it. Governments taxed it. Nations went to war over it.

More than four centuries ago, Queen Elizabeth I warned of England's growing dependence on foreign salt. France's salt tax, the gabelle, was one of the grievances that gave rise to the Revolution of 1789.

Then, in the early 20th century, salt became ubiquitous. Refrigeration reduced its value as a preservative, and geological advances revealed its global abundance.

"It seems very silly now, all of the struggles for salt," Kurlansky said. "It's quite probable that some day, people will read about our struggles for oil and have the same reaction."
"What? Were they retarded?! They were sitting on top of all that dirt!"


Editor & Publisher has more on Dude's vacation. Specifically - the bike riding.
"It brings out the child in you," (Bush) said, according to Bill Adair of the St. Petersburg Times. "I think it's okay for a 59-year-old guy to still seek that youth, chase that fountain of youth. And I hope to be mountain biking for a long time."


According to participants, Bush had opened his latest 17-mile, two-hour, trek with what comedian Bill Maher might call “New Rules”-- principally that NO ONE would be allowed to pass him on the trail.

Dude's supposed to ride with Lance Armstrong this week.

He'll resent Lance for getting out in front. For sure.

Don't think he'll call his sponsor, though, 'coz he doesn't have one.
A few miles from where he rode, antiwar activists were demanding that he speak with Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in the Iraq war.

“I think it's important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say."

"But it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life."

"The people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy. And part of my being is to be outside exercising."
Obviously, those 'crisp decisions' are paying off for everyone.

Like these guys:

Gas prices soaring, but they'll keep on boating

Quick piece on Texas boaters and high gas prices.
At the Three Amigos marina near Seabrook, the bigger the boat, the smaller the bite from the gasoline price of $3.07 per gallon.

"If you can't afford the gas, you can't afford the boat," said Tommy Moore, of Houston, who used about 1,400 gallons of gas to bring his Hatteras down from Virginia. "The gas is the least expensive part."

Moore did take note of the sudden and steep price increase, however. He said that, only three weeks ago, he had bought gas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for about $2.75 per gallon.

"I guess we're helping the Texas economy," Moore said. "Now, let's go burn some gas," he told his boating companions.
Where have I heard that before.

Oh, I know:

"Now, watch this drive."
Many boat owners echoed that view about the expensive, but relaxing, way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

"I love these prices. THE HIGHER, THE BETTER," said Frank Gafke, of Galveston, a senior service leader for HALLIBURTON on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Still looking for Cheney's quote from the late 90's...saying the same thing.
Gafke said Halliburton's profits - and his savings account - had increased markedly since fuel prices began rising. He predicted that prices soon will reach $3 per gallon for automobile drivers, as well as for recreational boaters.

And, he said, relief at the pump probably won't come anytime soon.

"Oil just hit $66 per barrel and gas jumped up 6 cents," Gafke said. "And if we take any action against IRAN, that's only going to cause more price increases.
Did you get that?

Action + Iran = Future oil industry profits.

A done deal, people.

One more quote from the dickhead in the article:
"But if you can afford the boat, it doesn't matter what gas costs."
Which brings us to today's final lesson...Conservatism 101:
If you can't afford the gas, you can't afford the boat.

But if you can afford the boat, it doesn't matter what gas costs.

We are so fucked.

More later...


  • $2.80 a gallon for Special (89 octane) at the Mobil Mart in Lower Makefield, PA. Bush is such a pissant!

    By Blogger doomsy, at 3:10 PM  

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