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January 18, 2009
The Bush Years, Part One: Bush and the Weather

June, 2004. The OYSH headline that captures the entire Bush Presidency:

Bush Says Umbrella Working "Just Fine"

President Bush said that his present umbrella was "working perfectly" and rejected calls for a new one.

And in August, 2004, during the 2004 election cycle, when Bush beat us like a drum with his "everything I'm doing I'm doing for the sake of national security" lie, telling us Kerry was soft on terrorism, a particularly prescient OYSH story, just one year before Katrina:

Bush Says Kerry Soft On Weather

Electing Kerry Is Just What Terrible Weather Wants, Says GOP -- Bush announced plans to invade Cuba and Jamaica in what he called a "preemptive strike" against future Category 4 hurricanes. . . .

The truth was the terrible weather wanted Bush to be President all along.

Posted by Tom Burka at 1:31 PM in Fundamental ObservationsYear in Review

April 12, 2008
But What About Their Pitching?

"There have been many Presidents who have thrown out first pitches, but I don't know if any have done it better than this particular President," gush television announcers when President Bush, in the midst of a chorus of boos, opened the Nationals' season this Spring.

And now from the historians:


As one historian put it,

No individual president can compare to the second Bush. Glib, contemptuous, ignorant, incurious, a dupe of anyone who humors his deluded belief in his heroic self, he has bankrupted the country with his disastrous war and his tax breaks for the rich, trampled on the Bill of Rights, appointed foxes in every henhouse, compounded the terrorist threat, turned a blind eye to torture and corruption and a looming ecological disaster, and squandered the rest of the world's goodwill. In short, no other president's faults have had so deleterious an effect on not only the country but the world at large.

H/t to Steve M. and Skippy.

Posted by Tom Burka at 9:04 AM in Fundamental Observations

April 2, 2008
Next Time Just Say You'd Prefer Not To Answer

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's response to a Congressional question on the advisability of Bush's scheme for overhauling the nation's "regulatory" (read: "lack of regulatory") structure:

"The Treasury plan is a very interesting and useful first step," he said. "I think we all agree there is going to be quite a bit of discussion and analysis before we are ready to do major changes in our regulatory structure."
Our tax money, once again providing us with basic college-level bullshit from the world's greatest authorities in answer to serious and fundamental questions upon which the future of our country depends.

Posted by Tom Burka at 1:36 PM in Fundamental Observations