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Ramifications of the Bush “shit”

Posted by austinburns on July 18, 2006

So we all know that President Bush dropped the “s” word (no, not “shut up”) in casual conversation with PM Blair at the G8 Summit in Russia. What I find odd is the various censorship/lack of censorship over the president’s usage of the word. For instance, the Orlando Sentinel printed the word without censorship. However, I cannot find a printing of the word online. The Daily Show, however, allowed the audio to go uncensored, but censored the caption that accompanied the video. CNN and BBC News have also published the word uncensored.
Why is this utterance allowed to go uncensored while Jon Stewart can’t say it without a bleep? Is the president uncensored only because he’s the president?

I have no problem with the president cursing. In fact, I wish he would do it more often. Many situations in this modern world require cursing. Israel and Hezbollah blowing each other up is such a situation. I, too, wish that something could be done to stop that shit.

We will likely not hear very many criticisms of Bush’s speech by the conservatives. If this had been Clinton or Gore or Kerry, we probably wouldn’t have heard the end of it. Why do we tolerate moral posturing?


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On the evils of Mallard Fillmore

Posted by austinburns on July 6, 2006

So, after a couple of months of reading Mallard Fillmore disgrace himself again and again in the Opinion section of the Orlando Sentinel, I decided to write to the editors regarding my distaste for the strip. Here is the letter:

Ok, can we admit a mistake? We tried it out, but it’s just not working. Having Mallard Fillmore next to Doonesbury is just embarrassing. Even if you remove the political leanings, Doonesbury has a decent narrative, tying together multiple storylines to tell a story. Meanwhile, Mallard Fillmore “reports” on “current” events. The problem with Mallard Fillmore is by the time he draws the strip and submits it and it’s published, whatever he was writing about has vanished off the political radar. In about three weeks we’ll get the first batch of North Korea missile test “jokes”.

Another problem with Mallard Fillmore is his hypocrisy. Last month, he was shouting for the media to remember, “Innocent until proven guilty,” with respect to the Marines alleged behavior in Haditha. Within a week, he was back on his personal warpath to condemn the U.N. Peacekeepers who have been accused of trading food for sex in impoverished countries. What happened to, “Innocent until proven guilty”?

And, lastly, I was pretty aware that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed. In addition to the Orlando Sentinel reporting that, the “godless liberal” Jon Stewart told me, too. Do the right thing, Orlando Sentinel, get rid of this lame duck.

Here’s hoping it gets published (doubtful). Anyway, I doubt they’ll pull the strip. In today’s paper, they ran this letter:

Thanks for printing the “Mallard Fillmore” cartoons alongside “Doonesbury” on the op-ed page. It obviously is getting under the skin of those on the left who write you with emotional tirades when they view blunt truths they don’t want to acknowledge. The liberal feedback gives me additional laughs following my daily read of “Fillmore.”

Just to put letter writer Patrick Murphy at ease, we on the right don’t get our facts on global warming from a comic strip. We actually look at the complete factual data over a long period of time instead of buying into Al Gore and other liberals trying to find something to work their constituency up into an emotional lather.

I will admit that we have had a global warming trend over the past 25 years, but in the 1970s, scientists were predicting global cooling. If you get past the hype and look at the real facts, you will see that this has been a cyclical issue since the dawn of time.

The real facts are that the “godless liberals,” as Ann Coulter calls them, believe that man is capable of overwhelming this accidental planet that came into being with our big SUV emissions, as opposed to an omnipotent Creator who controls the balances of the nature He brought into being.

Thanks Sentinel. Keep printing “Mallard Fillmore,” and keep the laughs coming.

I won’t even go into the contradictions in the letter. (You admit a warming trend for 25 years, but scientists in the 70’s predicted a cooling? Didn’t you just prove that global warming is happening? How is it a cycle if it’s not getting colder? And what “balances of nature” is he seeing the world? Arrrghh! Whoops. I said I wouln’t go into this.) I’m just surprised that anyone actually likes Mallard Fillmore. I used to lean pretty conservative (growing up in a religious private school and all), but even then, I don’t think I would have liked this comic strip. There’s no subtlety, no nuance, he just bashes you over the head with his ideals. Ok, time to calm down. Rant over.

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I just wrote my Senators!

Posted by austinburns on June 6, 2006

I’ve never written to my Senators before. That’s probably not a good thing. But, now I can say that I have. I read in the paper that the Senate will be debating a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on Wednesday. So, I looked them up and wrote them this:

Senator Martinez:

I am writing you to urge you not to endorse the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. This ban is an affront to freedom. America was built on principles that every person was created equally and endowed with unalienable rights. I consider the right to marriage to be one of these fundamental rights. Especially in our time, where there are so many benefits to being married, from tax breaks to the ability to adopt.

In America, you are free to do whatever you want to do with your life. You are also free to NOT do whatever you do NOT want to do with your life. If you are opposed to gay marriage, you do not have to marry someone who is gay. That does not give you the right to deny others their rights.

Please think long and hard about your decision.

Thank you for your time.

Here is the link to contact Florida Senators: Click here

I hope this does NOT go through.

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The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Posted by austinburns on May 27, 2006

The Plot Against America

Wow. What a great book. What a weird book. What a creative book. This book is about what happens when Charles Lindberg wins the presidency at the start of World War II. He keeps America out of war and starts a sort of “Anti-Semitism lite” policy. The story centers around a young boy, Philip Roth (it’s written as kind of a memoir), and his Jewish family living in Newark. His family goes through the best and the worst of the new presidency.

Also, at the end of the book, he gives a true timeline of all the player’s involved. Great reading.


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Mideast Oil Reduction Not Meant Literally – Center for Media and Democracy

Posted by austinburns on February 6, 2006

Center for Media and Democracy:

Mideast Oil Reduction Not Meant Literally
Topics: Iraq | U.S. government
Source: Knight Ridder, February 1, 2006"One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally," Knight-Ridder's Kevin Hall reports. "What the president meant, they said in a conference call with reporters, was that alternative fuels could displace an amount of oil imports equivalent to most of what America is expected to import from the Middle East in 2025." In his State of the Union address, Bush spelled it out: "America is addicted to oil." Why did Bush call to "break this addication" to Middle East oil when he didn't really mean it? "[O]ne administration official said Bush wanted to dramatize the issue in a way that 'every American sitting out there listening to the speech understands," Hall writes, adding, "The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because he feared that his remarks might get him in trouble."

Well, there goes the only part of the State of the Union I liked. I guess Bush isn't really ethusiastic about getting our dependence off foriegn oil.

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Thoughts on the State of the Union

Posted by austinburns on January 31, 2006

First thoughts …

I like how Bush gave Cheney a copy of the speech as if the VP has no clue what's going to be said.

Started off with a mini-eulogy on Mrs. King. (Something he never would have commented on on public television had it not been the SOTU.)

"Tonight the State of our Union is strong"? (We are at our most divided state in a looong time.)

Call against isolationism. Continue to be the world economic leader, open trade. (Why is our currency falling against the Euro and Pound?)

Democracy replaces terror with hope and fosters a respect for our neighbors. (I guess he's got his fingers crossed on Hamas.)

Half the population under democracy, we don't forget the other half. (He didn't even mention China! They've got a third of the population by themselves.)

He calls Islam a noble faith. (I seriously doubt that he thinks that.)

Straight into the camera: "We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it." (He says it with such a lack of conviction and a blank stare on his face. No anger, no passion. Full of bullshit.)

No peace or honor in retreat. We won't retreat from evil. (Troop reductions, however, are allright.)

America rejects the false comfort in isolationism. (We can never be truly isolationist.)

He claims a clear plan for victory in Iraq.
1. Building army & police
2. Restructure economy
3. Strike terrorist targets
(Well, one out of three ain't bad.)

Troop reduction decisions made by military commanders, not politicians. (That actually sounds like a good idea.)

Seeking good advice from both parties? (That's new to me.)

Second guessing not a strategy.

Now he's reading a letter from a solider to his family. (This is shit. All this does is pander. This has nothing to do with the State of the Union. He might as well have said this on Oprah. He picks one solider's family to sit behind the First Lady. How do you pick one out of 2,000 to represent all solider's killed?)

Supports broad democracy and supports election. (We'll see how this goes with Hamas' new win. He calls for Hamas to recognize Israel (they've said they wouldn't), disarm (doubtful), and work for peace. What happens when people elect terror? What happens when a democratic people elect extremists? They have the right to choose. They choose terror.)

Speaking out against Iran, blah, blah, blah. (If he doesn't talk about decreasing our dependence on oil, then he is implicitly supporting Iranian crazies. We will be dependant on them for oil.)

Now he's speaking to the Iranian people. (Speech renamed State of the Iranian Union.)

Defending his wiretapping policy. "We will not sit back and wait to be hit again." (What the president doesn't realize is that nobody wants him to stop wiretapping. We just want him to get a fucking warrant when he does it.)

More about isolationsim. (Is anyone advocating isolationism? I hadn't heard.)

(Policies against isolationism are one thing, but unilateral first strikes are another.)

Talking about the economy. (Talks about more money in the hands of the people, yet our savings-to-income rate is negative for the first time since the Depression.)

Wanting to make the tax cuts permanent gets cheers and boos.

Still on track to cut deficit in half by 2009. (We'll see.)

"Congress did not act on my proposal to save Social Security." Democrats cheer. Bush then flubs his next line. Classic.

"With open markets and a level playing field, no one can outproduce the American worker." (I think many countries workers are harder working than Americans. We're lazy.)

America will be competitive with affordable health care. Claims America is meeting responsibility of providing care to poor and elderly. (We're still a long way off.)

Now he regurgitating some lines from his radio addresses.

Asks Congress to pass medical liability reform this year.

Here we go … Energy.

Americans addicted to oil, which comes from unstable parts of the world.

Advance Energy Initiative
1. change how we power homes: cold fire plants, wind and solar energy, and clean, safe nuclear energy.
2. change how we power automobiles: better batteries for hybrids, hydrogen cells, better sources for ethanol. make ethanol competitive in 6 years.

Replace 75% of oil imports by 2025.

Move past oil dependency. (This is something I can stand behind. Hopefully, he can put his money where is mouth is.)

Firm grounding in math and science important for our competitiveness.

Lots of talk about technology research, nothing about medical research (stem cells, anyone?)

Encourage children to take more math and science. Make sure courses are tough enough to be on par with rest of world. (This is very much needed.)

Pass legislation against cloning, animal-human hybrids (??), and selling embryos. Every life is gift from Creator (at least he didn't say God). Life should never be discarded or destroyed. (That was a big shout out to Iraqi, Afghani, or Pakistani civillians.)

$85 billion to Gulf Coast.

End waiting list for AIDS medicine in America.

Working with churches and faith-based organizations to eradicate all new infections of HIV/AIDS in America. (Good luck with that.)


What I really don't like about this guy is that he's so hard to believe. He's just reading words up there. It didn't seem like he meant much of anything he said. He's a horrible speech giver. He does nothing to motivate me at all. Democrats really need a strong alternative or this country will continue to spiral into dischord.

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Vatican Blasts “Intelligent Design”

Posted by austinburns on January 22, 2006

From Orlando Sentinel:

[Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna,] lamented that certain American “creationists” had brought the debate back to the “dogmatic” 1800s, and said their arguments weren’t science but ideology.

Amen to that. Hopefully, this will keep some IDer’s mouths shut, but I doubt it.

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