The Bush Administration: 100 Facts and 1 Opinion

I found a great article titled 100 Facts and 1 Opinion about the Bush Administration [via]. It’s pretty damning, IMO. Read it over, if you still feel like voting for Bush … well … that confuses me.

The problem, of course, is that millions of Americans don’t care that the President has underfunded ports by 1 billion, spent 140 billion on a war of choice (that was a total sham), assigned five times as many agents to investigate a 50 year old embargo against Cuba as he did to investigate Osama bin Laden’s money trail, etc.

And I love you idiots out there saying “BUT HE LOWERED TAXES!”. Really? You got your $300 check FOUR YEARS AGO. And the followup was given to the top 1% of the country. To top it all off, your job is being exported to places like Mexico, India and Russia. Why? Because Bush has given tax breaks to companies that offshore jobs.

Schwarzenegger Says Pro-Bush Speech Irked His Wife

This is the funniest political news I’ve read in a long time. Evidently Ahhhhnahhhld got snubbed by his wife, who is a Democrat, after his convention speech.

“Well, there was no sex for 14 days,” Schwarzenegger told former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta in an on-stage conversation in front of 1,000 people.

“Everything comes with side effects,” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

“I don’t know why I watched the presidential debates,” he said. “If I want to watch a smart liberal Democrat and a Republican leader argue, all we have to do is go out to dinner. They were lucky. They only had to do it three times.”

I wish more politicians were less formal and more candid. Arnold, along with McCain, are two Republicans that are exactly what I would look for in a Republican: socially they are rather liberal, while being both for state’s rights and fiscally conservative (as much as a politician can be anyways). However, I am NOT for changing the Constitution to allow Arnold to run for President.

At any rate I hope someone else gets a good laugh out of this.

Goodbye Bill of Rights … It was fun.

I’m not going to speak about this as a Bush hating, tree hugging, liberal, but rather as a concerned citizen who is afraid a few core values in the Bill of Rights no longer apply in the country that invented such radical ideas as equal protections and freedom of speech. At a recent speech given by the POTUS three teachers where thrown out for wearing t-shirts saying “Protect our civil liberties”. The irony here is so thick I’d need a fucking chainsaw to cut through it.

My first question is: Why do I need a fucking ticket to see the POTUS speak? We pay his wages, we (well a little less than half of us) voted him in, we probably paid for his flight to the speech, but we can’t watch him speak? When you combine this with the “designated protestor areas” that both sides are using and, as far as I can tell, the following clauses in the Bill of Rights no longer apply to either sides:

  1. The right to freedom of assembly. Who the hell could ever think “designated protester areas” would be legal or acceptable? Well, they are. Both the Democrats and the Republicans used such devices at their conventions. The Democrats where especially offensive, literally fencing them in with barbed wire around the top.
  2. The right to freedom of speech. Clearly this went out of style years ago. A majority of Americans believe that freedom of speech is too far reaching. At this recent Bush speech these teachers were not allowed to silently express their opinions.

Look, this is exactly why I keep saying both sides aren’t all that great. Both the Democrats and Republicans will do just about anything to keep their portion of the power structure, even if this includes treading on our rights.

Introducing Maya the Chihuahua

A few days ago Josh and I went to get our hair cut at the local barber shop. While I was there I noticed that there was a sign for a free chihuahua. Lauren and I had been looking for a new pet, possibly a cat or a small dog. After talking it over with Lauren we decided to go ahead and call the lady about the dog.

Chihuahuas are extremely small dogs and work well in apartments. They are also loyal dogs that border on jealous. They excite easily and almost constantly shake for one reason or another. Maya is black with a white chest and and huge ears. Like other chihuahuas she has huge black eyes.

She is still getting used to everyone and Crash is a little pissed, but I think everything is going to work out fine in the end. Lauren is having a hard time getting Maya to like her too. Maya likes me though, which annoys Lauren.

Mazda 6i

We bought a new car on Sunday. It’s a 2004 Mazda 6i (with the 5th door). It’s nothing too special, but it definitely is a step up from Lauren’s dying Escort and my Ford Focus. We needed something that ran well and would last the next 3 to 5 years. We settled on the Mazda because it got high ratings on, got decent gas mileage (with the 4 cylinder) and qualified for the Ford A-Plan that Lauren and I both have through family members.

As can be expected we are selling my 2000 Ford Focus SE on eBay Motors. If you live in Seattle, WA and are looking for a car go bid!