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Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish
Author: m-hadley    Date: 05/26/2008 13:48:24

Cleaning House on Memorial Day Weekend.
Yesterday I was going through a box of old bills, letters, cards, solicitations from worthy organizations and wondering why in the hell I hung on to all of this crap for years and let it all sit in boxes in my "junk room" formerly known as my office, when I came across a pile of sheets from one of those daily calendars (you know the kind where each day gives you some pithy piece of information, you read it, then when the day is over, you tear it off and voila there is another page waiting for you to read and admire). Well, the calendar pages that I came across were from a George W. Bushisms calendar that one of my sisters had given me for ChrismaHannaKwansica year before last. I took a few moments to read through the pile of pages torn from the calendar, wondering why I had bothered to save them. Well, I promised Raine that I would attempt a blog post this morning (BTB, Raine, I hope that you are havng a great time with your friend, it sounds like you two are having a blast). So my point (and I do have one) is to share some of the more egregious (mis)statements made by the man who stole the white house in 2000 with the help of the Supreme Court. So without further ado - I give you some of the most ridiculous remarks to come out a president's mouth (with commentary, of course).

"There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead"
Washington, D.C., May 11, 2001

The following comment is an interesting thought from a president who just vetoed the Farm Bill and whose veto was subsequently overridden by Congress.
"I want you to know that farmers are not going to be secondary thoughts to a Bush administration. They will be in the forethought of our thinking."

Salinas, Californina, August 10, 2000

Here are a few golden oldies:

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

Washington, D.C., August 5, 2004

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."

Poplar Bluff, Missouri, September 6, 2004 Huh???

Here is a not-too-helpful assessment of the recession:
"Recession means that people's incomes, at the employer level, are going down, basically, relative to costs, people are getting laid off."

Washington, D.C., February 19, 2004

Here's a rare moment of reality slipping into the presidunce's thoughts, followed immediately by more incompresensible gibberish:
"The march to war hurt the economy. Laura reminded me a while ago that remember what was on the TV screens - she calls me 'George W.' - 'George W.' I call her 'First Lady." No, anyway - she said, we said, march to war on our TV screen."
Bay Shore, New York, March 11, 2004

Here's some evidence as to why we are paying so much for gas:
"We need an energy bill that encourages consumption."
Trenton, New Jerssey, September 23, 2002

And finally (I could go on and on, but I realize that there may be folks waiting to read this blog). Here he admits that he has a problem speaking, but my question is "Is he cunning?" Perhaps we should ask Condi Rice?
"I admit it, I am not one of the great linguists."
On the NBC News Special, The Bush White House: Inside the Real West Wing, January 23, 2001

If you have the day off - good on ya. If you are working - I hope that you are making triple-time. In any case, enjoy the day and thank our lucky stars that we have only 238 days, 14 hrs, 13 min until Bush/Cheney are gone and ready for prison!

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Comment by velveeta jones on 05/26/2008 13:52:50
Ahhhh. Bushisms. Won't we miss them?





NO!!

Comment by m-hadley on 05/26/2008 13:55:14
Mornin' folks,

Sorry it took me a while to get this up, but I hope that you all enjoy this little trip down memory lane. Have a great Memorial Day, everybody.

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by BobR on 05/26/2008 14:01:10
annnnndd... a good morning in this blog as well! :coffee:

Comment by m-hadley on 05/26/2008 14:05:14
Mornin' Velveeta,

Sorry, I didn't mean to add such a bummer of a post, but I thought there are many many excellent reasons why we don't need to elect Grampy McSame, just wanted to remind everybody of a few reasons why we need to work like hell to elect Barack Obama to the White House - at least he speaks cogently, coherently and intelligently :)

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by Random on 05/26/2008 14:08:14
"The march to war hurt the economy. Laura reminded me a while ago that remember what was on the TV screens - she calls me 'George W.' - 'George W.' I call her 'First Lady." No, anyway - she said, we said, march to was on our TV screen."

Bay Shore, New York, March 11, 2004




that wasn't even coherent enough to make into a real thought

Comment by Random on 05/26/2008 14:09:29
Quote by m-hadley:

Mornin' Velveeta,

Sorry, I didn't mean to add such a bummer of a post, but I thought there are many many excellent reasons why we don't need to elect Grampy McSame, just wanted to remind everybody of a few reasons why we need to work like hell to elect Barack Obama to the White House - at least he speaks cogently, coherently and intelligently :)

Cheers,

mfaye


He makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.



Comment by BobR on 05/26/2008 14:13:14
Does anyone else think it's a little odd that Clinton is spending Memorial Day in a foreign country... when she's running for president of this country?

Comment by m-hadley on 05/26/2008 14:16:08
Quote by Random:

"The march to war hurt the economy. Laura reminded me a while ago that remember what was on the TV screens - she calls me 'George W.' - 'George W.' I call her 'First Lady." No, anyway - she said, we said, march to was on our TV screen."

Bay Shore, New York, March 11, 2004




that wasn't even coherent enough to make into a real thought








Ooops Random,

I misquoted the idiot-in-chief - it should have read "war" rather than "was." Not that it makes the statement any more comprehensible, just thought I should point out that your typist is not perfect :(

Cheers,

mfaye (who was in quite a rush) :D

Comment by m-hadley on 05/26/2008 14:17:37
Quote by BobR:

Does anyone else think it's a little odd that Clinton is spending Memorial Day in a foreign country... when she's running for president of this country?


BobR,

Makes me ask the question: "Where in the world is Hillary Clinton?" Do tell...

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by livingonli on 05/26/2008 14:31:31
Morning everyone.



Took advantage of the holiday and the fact that I don't have to be in until 5 today to do a little sleeping in.



And the scary part of that Bush quote in Bay Shore is that it was right in my back yard (OK, one county over).

Comment by BobR on 05/26/2008 14:34:10
Quote by m-hadley:



BobR,

Makes me ask the question: "Where in the world is Hillary Clinton?" Do tell...

Cheers,

mfaye


Puerto Rico... Actually, I may have to retract that, since the article said she was there yesterday, and doesn't say where she is today...

Comment by Random on 05/26/2008 14:44:48
Quote by BobR:

Quote by m-hadley:



BobR,

Makes me ask the question: "Where in the world is Hillary Clinton?" Do tell...

Cheers,

mfaye


Puerto Rico... Actually, I may have to retract that, since the article said she was there yesterday, and doesn't say where she is today...


is puerto Rico a foriegn country? I thought it was owned by the states, and hence part of the country (just not a state)



Comment by m-hadley on 05/26/2008 14:56:16
Quote by Random:

Quote by BobR:

Quote by m-hadley:



BobR,

Makes me ask the question: "Where in the world is Hillary Clinton?" Do tell...

Cheers,

mfaye


Puerto Rico... Actually, I may have to retract that, since the article said she was there yesterday, and doesn't say where she is today...


is puerto Rico a foriegn country? I thought it was owned by the states, and hence part of the country (just not a state)





Random is technically correct - "The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a semi-autonomous territory of the United States." Good on ya, Random - way to be awake on a holiday morning :coffee:

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by BobR on 05/26/2008 14:57:09
Quote by Random:



is puerto Rico a foriegn country? I thought it was owned by the states, and hence part of the country (just not a state)



I believe it is a "protectorate". Let's see what the Wiki says...



okay, apparently it's a U.S. Territory and a commonwealth. Glad we cleared THAT up.

Comment by TriSec on 05/26/2008 14:57:49
Puerto Rico is the de facto 51st state.



They have Representatives but no Senators; they vote in the primary but not the general election, and they get boatloads of tax money from the mainland but don't pay a dime in return.









Comment by m-hadley on 05/26/2008 14:58:44
Velveeta is on the Stephanie re-run this morning

Giving a shout out to Raine and BobR !

Fun to hear that call-in again :D

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by BobR on 05/26/2008 15:05:06
Quote by m-hadley:

Velveeta is on the Stephanie re-run this morning

Giving a shout out to Raine and BobR !

Fun to hear that call-in again :D

Cheers,

mfaye


we just heard it!

Comment by BobR on 05/26/2008 15:07:20
Just saw live feed on the news with Clinton in Puerto Rico today talking to the locals. She looks like a fish out of water.



After further investigation, it seems that Puerto Ricans were drafted into the U.S. Military, and ostensibly died in service to this country, so I will retract my snark about her being there on Memorial Day.

Comment by Random on 05/26/2008 15:08:14
yay, Random is intellegent.

This reminds me of my fourth grade teacher, telling us that there were really 51 states. wanna guess which was 51st state was? (hint: not the one you may think)

Comment by BobR on 05/26/2008 15:12:01
Am I the only one bothered by the way the word "heros" gets tossed around? The news teaser was just saying "coming up - a look at America's fallen heros". In a way it actually seems disrespectful to me... it seems to reduce a soldier's death to a jingoistic sound bite.



Today should be a day of somber reflection, not USA! USA! USA! :: pumps fist ::

Comment by BobR on 05/26/2008 15:12:56
Quote by Random:

yay, Random is intellegent.

This reminds me of my fourth grade teacher, telling us that there were really 51 states. wanna guess which was 51st state was? (hint: not the one you may think)


Alaska?



I think people get confused between 50 states and 52 cards in a deck.

Comment by Raine on 05/26/2008 15:14:12
Quote by TriSec:

Puerto Rico is the de facto 51st state.



They have Representatives but no Senators; they vote in the primary but not the general election, and they get boatloads of tax money from the mainland but don't pay a dime in return.







Good morning!



That is interesting, becuase when I just saw her on the TV mosheen, she said she wanted to give to Puerto Rico all the same rights as Americans... Including equal access to medicare medicaid and schip.



No mention on equal access to paying taxes.



it was very uncomfortable to watch, a man was talking to her and she turned her head away, they were all just sitting there in some rocking type chairs, so they were very close to each other.



Muy uncomfortable.



The 51st state isn't Puerto Rico? I thought it was.



Comment by livingonli on 05/26/2008 15:15:22
Quote by TriSec:

Puerto Rico is the de facto 51st state.



They have Representatives but no Senators; they vote in the primary but not the general election, and they get boatloads of tax money from the mainland but don't pay a dime in return.













And Washington, DC pays taxes, can vote in the Presidential elections but only has one non-voting congressperson. What happened to the DC statehood movement?

Comment by m-hadley on 05/26/2008 15:16:47
Mornin' Everybody,

I am just wondering what Randi Rhodes thinks of Stephanie re-running the show that discussed Randi's off-air comment about Hillary and Geraldine. I wonder about the wisdom of replaying this particular episode (although I did enjoy hearing Velveeta's call-in) :D

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by Random on 05/26/2008 15:16:48
Quote by BobR:

Quote by Random:

yay, Random is intellegent.

This reminds me of my fourth grade teacher, telling us that there were really 51 states. wanna guess which was 51st state was? (hint: not the one you may think)


Alaska?



I think people get confused between 50 states and 52 cards in a deck.


*buzzer* wrong. try again. (nother hint: it's not one of the known 50 states)



Comment by m-hadley on 05/26/2008 15:20:16
Quote by Random:

Quote by BobR:

Quote by Random:

yay, Random is intellegent.

This reminds me of my fourth grade teacher, telling us that there were really 51 states. wanna guess which was 51st state was? (hint: not the one you may think)


Alaska?



I think people get confused between 50 states and 52 cards in a deck.


*buzzer* wrong. try again. (nother hint: it's not one of the known 50 states)



Guam, American Somoa, the Marianna Islands, or the Virgin Islands?

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by Random on 05/26/2008 15:24:06
Quote by m-hadley:

Guam, American Somoa, the Marianna Islands, or the Virgin Islands?

Cheers,

mfaye


wrong. >< Maybe this wasn't such a good idea.

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/26/2008 15:30:48
Morning all. Watching some war movies on AMC. In the station IDs they are using the chorus of Bowie's "Heroes" as a drop. That is making me rather enraged.

Comment by Raine on 05/26/2008 15:48:58
Washington DC is the 51st state according to Random's teacher?



OK, we are off again. Today to Decatur!

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/26/2008 15:50:46
Spaceballs is on teevee!! WooHOOOOOOOO!

Comment by Random on 05/26/2008 15:51:15
Quote by Raine:

Washington DC is the 51st state according to Random's teacher?



OK, we are off again. Today to Decatur!


O.o how'd she know...

*hides* WIIIIIIIIITCH!

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/26/2008 15:54:36
Quote by Raine:

Washington DC is the 51st state according to Random's teacher?



OK, we are off again. Today to Decatur!






Why for are you going to DickHater? :rofl:

Comment by livingonli on 05/26/2008 16:00:49
Quote by Raine:

Washington DC is the 51st state according to Random's teacher?



OK, we are off again. Today to Decatur!


Tell Stan I said Hi.

Comment by TriSec on 05/26/2008 16:09:49
Passing through briefly...we're about to head for Drumlin Farm for a couple of hours...



Then back in time to light fire and grill animal flesh.



*grunts, caveman-style*





Comment by livingonli on 05/26/2008 16:11:29
Tri wants to get in touch with his inner caveman.

Comment by livingonli on 05/26/2008 16:25:45
They are talking about Hillary's appearance on Bill-O's show as being last night. Thom must be a repeat too. He used to work the holidays so Air America must be requiring him to take those days off.

Comment by Random on 05/26/2008 16:57:36
Hm....well, AAR has started goin down the tubes since Al left. Now that Rhandi's gone, and the likely hood of Rachel gettin a show or sumtin on MSNBC has shot up, they only have Thom.

Comment by m-hadley on 05/26/2008 17:12:24
Quote by TriSec:

Passing through briefly...we're about to head for Drumlin Farm for a couple of hours...



Then back in time to light fire and grill animal flesh.



*grunts, caveman-style*





Heya TriSec,

I remember a field trip to Drumlin Farms when my nieces were young and I was the live-in nanny for my sister and her hubby - we were all living in Arlington, MA. Good memories - thanks mucho :D

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by Will in Chicago on 05/26/2008 17:39:15
Quote by Random:

Hm....well, AAR has started goin down the tubes since Al left. Now that Rhandi's gone, and the likely hood of Rachel gettin a show or sumtin on MSNBC has shot up, they only have Thom.






Good afternoon, bloggers! I hope that everyone is doing well this Memorial Day. Take a moment to remember our soldiers.



Random, I think that AAR started going down the tubes earlier - see the Jerry Springer Show as an example of bad management.



I figured Thom was a rerun, so I am listening to Norman Goldman, the fill in host for Ed Schultz who is live.





The UNN Daily Headlines are up. Among the stories are one about the last WWI veteran - age 107 - being honored today and stories of mental health professionals volunteering to provide services to our veterans.

Comment by livingonli on 05/26/2008 17:50:12
And after the Jerry Springer debacle, we ended up with Lionel. Talk about crap on the radio.



Will, how's the job hunting going?

Comment by Will in Chicago on 05/26/2008 18:02:24
Quote by livingonli:

And after the Jerry Springer debacle, we ended up with Lionel. Talk about crap on the radio.



Will, how's the job hunting going?




Hi, livingonli and all the good people here. Sorry that I have not been here often of late, but I have been working as a substitute teacher a lot and job hunting.



I am not really getting many interviews here and it is nearly June. So, I am also going to check some other parts of the country that have more of a demand for teachers - including Phoenix, Atlanta, and Dallas. (I know several people in Phoenix, and a teacher there is giving me advice. ) So, down the road, I may need to change id to will from chicago.



I am optimistic about finding a job somewhere. So, my motto may become "Have dog, will travel."



Comment by Random on 05/26/2008 18:06:28
hm...never new what happened to Springer.

Lionel is such B.S.

Course, it annoys me when anyone uses terms like "Obamaniacs" to denegrate supporters. which i heard him use a few times.

Comment by livingonli on 05/26/2008 18:08:20
That's the hard part with TV work. You have to know someone often to get in, and with consolidation good paying jobs have been hard to find outside of the large markets. If I had one of those nice paying union jobs in the city, I would be making a lot more money than I currently am which I need to keep up with the increasing cost of living.

Comment by livingonli on 05/26/2008 18:10:11
Springer was losing stations left and right. His show was canceled because it was on too few stations with too few listeners. Most stations are carrying Steph and a few others were carrying Sam Seder at the time.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 05/26/2008 18:25:06
Quote by livingonli:

Springer was losing stations left and right. His show was canceled because it was on too few stations with too few listeners. Most stations are carrying Steph and a few others were carrying Sam Seder at the time.






If I recal correctly, some of the stations that carried Sam have dropped Lionel and put Steph on instead. Lionel can work at night, and if he had been carried in his old slot, he could have brought several affiliates with and promoted other AAR programs by bringing their hosts on. Instead, Mark Green and friends put him on 12 hours earlier in the mornign slot.



Let's say that I have almost no confidence in AAR's management. Rachel may leave soon. Thom owns his program and can at any time find a new distributor. (Heck, I would advise him to contact Nova M Radio.) So, AAR is at a crossroads. Either it will revive itself or it will slowly become less and less relevant.

Comment by m-hadley on 05/26/2008 18:34:10
BobR,

I just finished adding a Memorial Day post to my blog, so feel free to substitute it for the piece I posted on this blog this morning. I felt like Velveeta did such a brilliant job with the Memorial Day post on May 25, that I didn't think that we needed another post about Memorial Day, but I may have been wrong about that. Check out my blog and let me know if you think that I should substitute the Memorial Day post for the one that is there now - thanks mucho!

Cheers,

mfaye :D

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/26/2008 18:37:24
: sputter: Ministry of Silly Walks! Monty Python marathon on BBC America. :rofl:

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/26/2008 18:40:31
at 5pm, on BBC america the dead parrot skit!

Comment by livingonli on 05/26/2008 18:47:11
Quote by will in chicago:

Quote by livingonli:

Springer was losing stations left and right. His show was canceled because it was on too few stations with too few listeners. Most stations are carrying Steph and a few others were carrying Sam Seder at the time.






If I recal correctly, some of the stations that carried Sam have dropped Lionel and put Steph on instead. Lionel can work at night, and if he had been carried in his old slot, he could have brought several affiliates with and promoted other AAR programs by bringing their hosts on. Instead, Mark Green and friends put him on 12 hours earlier in the mornign slot.



Let's say that I have almost no confidence in AAR's management. Rachel may leave soon. Thom owns his program and can at any time find a new distributor. (Heck, I would advise him to contact Nova M Radio.) So, AAR is at a crossroads. Either it will revive itself or it will slowly become less and less relevant.


It wasn't a good move for Lionel either. He was carried on fewer stations than when his show was distributed on WOR. His only pickup was a live DC clearance and that's only because 1260 AM lost Steph to 3WT. Actually, here in New York, Lionel was replaced by Infomercials when WWRL changed programming.

Comment by Random on 05/26/2008 19:25:24
It seems to me the best Liberal Talk isn't from AAR anymore. Steph, Rhandi, Ed Shultz, Mike Malloy are the biggest leaders, i believe. Lionels gotta be going down the toilet. Thom's smart and all, but he isn't a good personality for the radio.