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January 23, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

STATE OF THE UNION LIVEBLOGGING....For the first time in five years I won't be liveblogging the State of the Union address tonight. In fact, I won't even be watching it. Instead, I'm taking my wife to dinner to celebrate her birthday. Seems like a pretty good trade to me.

But that doesn't mean the rest of you can't snark at it. Comments are open.

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Can't wait to hear how that mission to Mars is going, or the progress in the war on animal-human hybrids.

Posted by: Max Power on January 23, 2007 at 9:09 PM | PERMALINK

"My fellow Americans...uh...uuhhhhh...9/11! GoodnightandGodBlessAmurka!"

Posted by: Chris on January 23, 2007 at 9:09 PM | PERMALINK

http://drinkinggame.us (may be harmful if you're pregnant, underage, or alcoholic)

Or watch sober (may be harmful.)

Posted by: nobody on January 23, 2007 at 9:10 PM | PERMALINK

Good for you.

Posted by: steve duncan on January 23, 2007 at 9:15 PM | PERMALINK

Sounds like a far better use of your time. Happy birthday to your missus.

Posted by: dr sardonicus on January 23, 2007 at 9:16 PM | PERMALINK

I'm still waiting for my hydrogen car, of course.

Posted by: Max Power on January 23, 2007 at 9:16 PM | PERMALINK

Don't worry Kevin. I'll live-blog for you. Just the first few minutes but Bush looks brilliant.

Al

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Posted by: lklffed on January 23, 2007 at 9:16 PM | PERMALINK

If your pregnant, underage, or an alcholic, please don't drink. Bong hits are healthier and less risky.

Posted by: AkaDad on January 23, 2007 at 9:17 PM | PERMALINK

Well, one good thing about this SOTU... no Donald Rumsfeld.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 23, 2007 at 9:18 PM | PERMALINK

I'm going to sit with a glass of tequila and a glass of meyer lemon juice with some salt dissolved in it and watch last night's Daily Show on TiVo. Tomorrow somebody will tell me what Bush said. I can't imagine him saying anything I will feel bad about not hearing live.

Posted by: anandine on January 23, 2007 at 9:22 PM | PERMALINK

This is the Motumbo SOTU.

Posted by: humble blogger on January 23, 2007 at 9:23 PM | PERMALINK

Apollo 13: "... no Donald Rumsfeld."

And a vice president who's found himself squarely in the legal crosshairs, thanks to Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on January 23, 2007 at 9:27 PM | PERMALINK

Chatty Bush with little lady Pelosi. Cheneystoop isn't so scary. Madame Speaker! He can't even look at her.

Get em up early. Get them up hard. Endeavours ours to begin. Spits out a Democratic congrats.
Cheney is a bloated gerat white. Beady eyes staring. He knows everyone knows. He's done.

Maybe it'll happen on stage.

Posted by: canucklehead on January 23, 2007 at 9:27 PM | PERMALINK

It boggles the mind how a man with a 70% disapproval rating can have so much applause and...um..what's the word...approval.

Posted by: Captain on January 23, 2007 at 9:27 PM | PERMALINK

Strange, your grrlfriend Ann Althouse isn't live blogging it either, and she live blogs everything else.

Posted by: anon on January 23, 2007 at 9:32 PM | PERMALINK

I already commented on part of it here. Oddly enough, even though I compare Bush's statement to blackmail, I imagine that Kevin Drum agrees with him.

Posted by: TLB on January 23, 2007 at 9:32 PM | PERMALINK

Can I go to dinner as well?

Posted by: terry k on January 23, 2007 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

has the nerve to tout No Child Left Untested... "build on the success" -- oh please. Now health care. Yes, Nancy stood up! why wasn't that a good idea last year? or the year before, or the year before or the... oh never mind

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

Gosh, so much clapping and why, Bush is so completely hated now in the US and thoughout the world, so it's kind of like congress's little off-world, on another planet party devoid of reality. A Thomas Friedman moment.

ABC shows Bush is now at 28% percent approval ratings, two more points higher than Nixon just pre-impeachment that was 26%.

At this point it doesn't matter what Bush says, Bush is irrelevant. Bush doesn't have a mandate any more, his speech is worthless.

Posted by: Cheryl on January 23, 2007 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

Budget crap. We've reduced the deficit. Ahead of schedule. We don't need no stinkin' taxes.

He just wrote out his own Earmark strategy. Now that we can't do it, lets abolish.

Cheny is trying to make eye contact. Reading the room. 3rd rail flim flam. Dems jump all over health care.

Cheney just took a pill. No really.

Posted by: canucklehead on January 23, 2007 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

Put those hands together Liberman! Good, boy! Goood Boy!

Posted by: ibc on January 23, 2007 at 9:35 PM | PERMALINK

Did anyone catch his total babble about tax cuts for low income earners for the health care proposal?
Pelosi almost started snickering.

Posted by: John on January 23, 2007 at 9:35 PM | PERMALINK

Gee, so much for all that talk about a "hostile congress." The degree of obsequiousness on display here is sickening.

Posted by: Brian on January 23, 2007 at 9:36 PM | PERMALINK

Lip service, anyone? Rhetoric for two.

Posted by: Captain on January 23, 2007 at 9:36 PM | PERMALINK

I want the Hilary-Barack camera on splitscreen!

Posted by: captain on January 23, 2007 at 9:38 PM | PERMALINK

temporary worker plan "won't hafta sneek in" -- just showed McCain, he has an eye twitch now.

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 9:38 PM | PERMALINK

All these proposals...where were they while the GOP held all power for the last six years?

Posted by: John on January 23, 2007 at 9:39 PM | PERMALINK

Here's the text of the speech, for those who can't wait, or can't stand to watch our fearless leader.

Posted by: bad Jim on January 23, 2007 at 9:39 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

A far better use of your time.

Posted by: Tigershark on January 23, 2007 at 9:40 PM | PERMALINK

oh man wood chips are back! grass for biodiesel

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 9:40 PM | PERMALINK

Did you see Cheney smirks almost laugh out loud regarding oil?

Yeah, Donald from Hawaii... for true. Heh.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 23, 2007 at 9:42 PM | PERMALINK

And once again I predict that Bush won't mention his 'vision' of seeing people on Mars.

And by the way, WTF is up with Cheney? It's like he has meth-mouth or something. Maybe he's chewing on some coal or switchgrass for fuel...

Posted by: Tuna on January 23, 2007 at 9:42 PM | PERMALINK

Suckin' on something. Dems cueing on Pelosi. Why only four judges?

Medical liability the first big room divide. First divide cause it's the first time the Repuber have jumped up.

Caved on immigration. He's in trouble. Cheney is dying on oil. McCain clown clapping squint. They're not even paying attention.

Reduce gasoline usuage by 20% He's dead!

Double the strategic reserve as a sop to the Exxon Valdezes.

Posted by: canucklehead on January 23, 2007 at 9:43 PM | PERMALINK

Cheney's got a big smirk with all this talk of reducing dependency on foreign oil. wish that snake OIL salesman had some real oil...

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 9:43 PM | PERMALINK

hes sayin shit about oil i been sayin fer years

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 9:44 PM | PERMALINK

Why couldn't Congress be like the House of Commons. Oh man... that crowd's a Hoot to Tony Blair. Talk about people who can call BullSh%t.

Posted by: absent observer on January 23, 2007 at 9:44 PM | PERMALINK

hes sayin shit about oil i been sayin fer years

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 9:45 PM | PERMALINK

"Take the fight to 'The Enemy'."

Good Lord, I've seen better writing on Journey albums.

Posted by: Tuna on January 23, 2007 at 9:46 PM | PERMALINK

notice how he stumbled over "global warming?" He probably doesn't say it very often with a straight face.

Posted by: John on January 23, 2007 at 9:46 PM | PERMALINK

did you see Bush & Cheney talk sips of water at the same time? old puppeteer's trick?

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 9:47 PM | PERMALINK

lol

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 9:48 PM | PERMALINK

Happy Birthday to Marian (I think that's her name!).

Posted by: luci on January 23, 2007 at 9:48 PM | PERMALINK

Cheney took a powered?

REALLY? A heart powder?

Congress is beginnig to drift and Bush just stuttered, oh my, it begins, the cold shoulder from the majority. Such hostility – what ever will Rush Limbaugh say? That it's amazing black people can run with a football?

I say, Bush, get a life. Hey, I know, start you're own oil company - call it Spectrum II, try not to drink yourself under the table this time. See if Bushie can go a day without lying. I bet not. Either grow a beard or commit suicide - and since I’m fairly sure Bush can’t grow a beard anymore then he can grow balls – well that leaves...

Posted by: Cheryl on January 23, 2007 at 9:49 PM | PERMALINK

Good Lord, I've seen better writing on Journey albums

Hey, thanks dude!

Posted by: Steve Perry on January 23, 2007 at 9:49 PM | PERMALINK

Good old judges. Nothing beats judges. Sop to Dick.

We must take the fight to the enemy. Wierd choice of cooperative claps.

Listing the fear. The FEAR. We are winning. We are saving the Homeland.

Evil Bingo. Al Quedo is Sunni. He's gonna side with the Shiites. Sunnis are Totalitarian. Quoting Zarqawi and Bin Laden. Hezbollah.

Clinton is sick. Fear Fear Fear.

The only thing that will save these fuckers is another attack. Quick.

Posted by: canucklehead on January 23, 2007 at 9:50 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, Cheney's doing that scientology no-blinking death stare. Someone should tell Pelosi the blink blink blink makes her look shady.

Posted by: Tripp on January 23, 2007 at 9:51 PM | PERMALINK

notice the problem Pelosi has with responding to "take the fight to the enemy?" A good thought, like in Afghanistan, but then you have the Iraq misdirection.
"We must help moderates." Yeah, Abu Ghraib really helped.
Guantanamo really helped.
Encouraging torture really helped.

Posted by: John on January 23, 2007 at 9:51 PM | PERMALINK

I was watching it on Politico .. and the feed they had .... McCain was falling asleep ... lol

Posted by: Ghost of Tom Joad on January 23, 2007 at 9:52 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder who the idiot Republican is who keeps howling and hooting every time the GOP applauds? He should have a clown hat on his head.

Posted by: John on January 23, 2007 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

doesnt it look like dubya has no control over his forces if he pleads ignorance on torture

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

We must build free societies. It is our duty.

Lebanon. Afghanistan. 2005. Purple thumbs. The thinking enemy watched and learned and struck back. Outlining the whole war. A new perspective. A civil war outlined.

Dicks jowl eats his tie.

Posted by: canucklehead on January 23, 2007 at 9:56 PM | PERMALINK

just a ?

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 9:57 PM | PERMALINK

As he reels off all the bad outcomes of the nightmare he unleashed, I wonder if it occurs to him it. is. all. his. fault?

No. Of course not.

Posted by: John on January 23, 2007 at 9:58 PM | PERMALINK

"My fellow citizens, our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options." and I got rid of those who don't agree with Dick. and now "the Sept 11th lesson" again. Nancy sitting w/o applauding while Repubs give a standing ovation

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 9:59 PM | PERMALINK

Nothing is more important IN OUR HISTORY to win in Iraq? Hillarious!

Posted by: John on January 23, 2007 at 9:59 PM | PERMALINK

u no hes got it out for her

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK

Did he just say we're hiring mercenaries?

Posted by: Shamhat on January 23, 2007 at 10:02 PM | PERMALINK

shes a first, make her look bad no more this will happen (evil laugh) hehe no more woman in man chair

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 10:02 PM | PERMALINK

Wait until he gets to the part enumerating the heroes of America. The Hall of Fame of heroic Americans.

There's the African who plays basketball, and sent money back home.

There's the woman who made a lot of money selling artsy things.

There's the guy who jumped under the subway to save the kid.

And there's the soldier who got shot.

These are America's heroes.

(What about the guy who can paint the future, or the one who can bend spacetime because he has mass.) Personally, I think Turq is the best hero, although the Todd is pretty cool, too.)

Posted by: Absent Observer on January 23, 2007 at 10:02 PM | PERMALINK

Darfur? ARe you KIDDING me? THat's gotta be the first time EVER he's even said the word in public!!!

Posted by: John on January 23, 2007 at 10:03 PM | PERMALINK

"and continue to awaken the conscience of the world to save the people of Darfur." though WE won't do much to save Darfur ourselves...

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 10:04 PM | PERMALINK

dark furr what!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 10:04 PM | PERMALINK

Bush: We're facing a horrendous future in Iraq...

one that I was warned would result from my actions - but I ignored those warnings...

Now I'm finally putting together some ideas for how to deal with this horrendous mess...

but they're my ideas - not those of people I ignored the first time around, or even those chosen by Congress, or those in the military, or those who were right all along...

and I want you to give me a chance to clean up this mess

when you should really just get rid of me so that someone more competent can take over.

Posted by: DNS on January 23, 2007 at 10:05 PM | PERMALINK

Hijo, madre, puto, cabron. Not even tequila helps. I've seen more stirring performances from Pia Zadora.

Posted by: Fido Castro on January 23, 2007 at 10:05 PM | PERMALINK

How many times has this retard said "9-11" or "September 11th"? Hasn't that phrase become as stale as a moldy dog turd coming out of this mongoloid's piehole?

Nancy Pelosi looks visibly disgusted in the background. Good God - how does she restrain herself from standing up and rapping this knucklehead on the noggin with her gavel? If I was that close to him, I would have to hit him - and I am a peacenik.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on January 23, 2007 at 10:05 PM | PERMALINK

Worst. president. ever.

Does he not realize that the mess we are dealing with in the Middle East wouldn't be happening if he hadn't taken us to war in Iraq?

And his domestic proposals were typical and uninventive.

As soon as he started talking about Iraq, it just started to sound like Charlie Brown's teacher.

I wonder if he'll have Oprah on at the end?

Posted by: Carolyn on January 23, 2007 at 10:06 PM | PERMALINK

The charity of the American people. Oh yes. Bush has asked SO MUCH of us.
PLease, rich people, accept my tax cuts.

Posted by: John on January 23, 2007 at 10:06 PM | PERMALINK

Laura has that drugged out Xanax look on her face - sitting next to the token Negro boy...

Posted by: Joe Bob Briggs on January 23, 2007 at 10:07 PM | PERMALINK

but u poor takeit in the butt

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 10:10 PM | PERMALINK

In such courage and compassion, ladies and gentlemen, we see the spirit and character of America — and these qualities are not in short supply. This is a decent and honorable country — and resilient, too. We have been through a lot together. We have met challenges and faced dangers, and we know that more lie ahead. Yet we can go forward with confidence — because the State of our Union is strong … our cause in the world is right … and tonight that cause goes on.

Thank you.

Posted by: Absent Observer on January 23, 2007 at 10:10 PM | PERMALINK

Wesly Autry ought to give Bush the finger and cry out "I am not your stooge you blithering retard"!

Posted by: bmaz on January 23, 2007 at 10:10 PM | PERMALINK

Did you see the commentary on the Daily Show?

They spoofed our "sacrifices." It was pretty spot on.

I know some have sacrificed alot, but mostly...the Daily Show was right on, that we haven't been asked to sacrifice anything.

Posted by: Carolyn on January 23, 2007 at 10:10 PM | PERMALINK

what about all the dead soldiers? Why aren't they being propped up to appaud to?

Not such a great photo op?

Posted by: John on January 23, 2007 at 10:11 PM | PERMALINK

Because America is uniquely good. and just.

(We're more good than any of your sinner nations.)

Posted by: Absent Observer on January 23, 2007 at 10:11 PM | PERMALINK

sleepwalking and phoning it in.

Posted by: gregor on January 23, 2007 at 10:12 PM | PERMALINK

Not one single word about the ordeal that New Orleans has endured.

Shameless.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on January 23, 2007 at 10:12 PM | PERMALINK

cause the dead dont vote anymore

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 10:13 PM | PERMALINK

He won't look at the Dems when congratulating them. Whatever you voted for you didn't vote for failure. He's smiling and evangelizing now.

Grow the miltary. Give civilians guns.

He just groped Pelosi.

Posted by: canucklehead on January 23, 2007 at 10:13 PM | PERMALINK

Well, that's it, nothing in that SOTU speech worth listening too, turned the TV to a Kevin Costner movie - jeebus.

Bush must of gone out there knowing it would be a big flop, and it was a big flop.

Posted by: Cheryl on January 23, 2007 at 10:13 PM | PERMALINK

or-was it a flip flop

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

It's too bad that that the speech came on at 4:15pm in Honolulu -- I couldn't use Kevin's excuse about having to go out to dinner.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on January 23, 2007 at 10:16 PM | PERMALINK

Hillary and Obama were one row apart - lined up. who was next to the v. tanned John Kerry?

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 10:18 PM | PERMALINK

i wanted to go back and watch nhl allstars but its over dammit

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 10:18 PM | PERMALINK

LOTS of autographs -- Jesse Jackson Jr siad "while you are still Presidnet" -- that's what I heard!

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 10:19 PM | PERMALINK

Jesus freaking Christ, who was the idiot woman commenting on CBS that Bush was masterful and the Democrats rebut his powerful speech at their own peril? I only flipped over there for a minute and didn't catch her name. Most disconnected from reality thing i ever heard, and thats including Bush himself! Somebody tell me who that was.

Posted by: bmaz on January 23, 2007 at 10:21 PM | PERMALINK

baby einstein(wtf?)

but, i feel sorry for the baby einstein lady, he probably just killed her business.

Posted by: tony not tony on January 23, 2007 at 10:22 PM | PERMALINK

So much crap, so little time. We're gonna increase fuel efficiency AND alternative energy, but we're also going to double the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, (because, really, we're lying about the first and we want more money for our oil pals.) It was hard to miss the Penguin smirking in the background over that one.

We're going to have a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps, because we're tired of actually paying people to go to foreign lands for crappy duty. Gotta budget to balance, ya know.

Maybe they'll get nice brown shirts to wear?

Posted by: biggerbox on January 23, 2007 at 10:24 PM | PERMALINK

Go, Jim Webb. He mentioned NOLA.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 23, 2007 at 10:25 PM | PERMALINK

Tuna: "'Take the fight to "The Enemy".' Good Lord, I've seen better writing on Journey albums."

I thought it sounded more like Def Leppard. But then, all those '80s big hair glitter rock bands sound alike.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on January 23, 2007 at 10:25 PM | PERMALINK

now Jim Webb - perfect choice for response! "We hope this admin is serious" -- good! got in New Orleans & that this is the SEVENTH time Bush talked about oil independence! snap.

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 10:26 PM | PERMALINK

Is it over?
Is Stupid done shitin' up teevee?

Can I take fingers and plugs out of my ears?

Posted by: ROTFLMLiberalAO on January 23, 2007 at 10:26 PM | PERMALINK

you didn't miss anything.

Posted by: jeremy on January 23, 2007 at 10:27 PM | PERMALINK

looks like a toon made about bush. its called Wakko's Wish on HBO hehe

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 10:28 PM | PERMALINK

Webb is no JFK, but he is doing an excellent job at oration and the content is spot on. Even managed to mention New Orleans - fancy that.

Posted by: bmaz on January 23, 2007 at 10:28 PM | PERMALINK

bmaz: "[W]ho was the idiot woman commenting on CBS that Bush was masterful and the Democrats rebut his powerful speech at their own peril?"

Leave it to Sen. Jim Webb to take up her challenge and walk point. He's currently taking apart Bush, brick by brick.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on January 23, 2007 at 10:30 PM | PERMALINK

"The president took us into this war recklessly..."

Jim Webb is kicking butt.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 23, 2007 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

Jim Webb: military family "We trusted our leaders" -- "but they owed us. Sound judgement..." now a list of militay leaders that Bush ignored over the YEARS.

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

Best Bush state of the union ever!

The photographic proof is here.

Posted by: Zeno on January 23, 2007 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

Holy crap. Webb is killin them on the war bit. Yahoo!

Posted by: bmaz on January 23, 2007 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

Robber barons! Heh.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 23, 2007 at 10:32 PM | PERMALINK

Webb is amazing! Finally, a real Democratic rebuttal.

Posted by: JS on January 23, 2007 at 10:33 PM | PERMALINK

Mark Shields on PBS just said "A Star is Born" re Webb.

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 10:34 PM | PERMALINK

Well done, Jim Webb. Well done!

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 23, 2007 at 10:34 PM | PERMALINK

Great job by Webb. Brokaw was giving Bush high marks too. YUKK!

Posted by: Michael7843853 G-O in 08! on January 23, 2007 at 10:35 PM | PERMALINK

Thank you Jim Webb and the intelligent people of Virginia who elected you!

Posted by: slanted tom on January 23, 2007 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

I'm watching CNN... Obama is on now.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 23, 2007 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

Fucking David Brooks! "Jim Webb wouldn't even have a civil conversation with the president in the White House"

Reason number 976 why David Brooks should be placed in a pit and a large box of angry and hungry weasels dumped on him.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 23, 2007 at 10:37 PM | PERMALINK

Reason number 976 why David Brooks should be placed in a pit and a large box of angry weasels dumped on him.

Given Brooks' peculiar taxonomic traits I believe the weasels in question should be horny rather than angry for the punishment to be fitting.

Posted by: trex on January 23, 2007 at 10:39 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmm ... Pres Obama w VP Webb?

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

You did not miss a thing

Posted by: maccabee on January 23, 2007 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

I don't care what trait the weasels exhibit, so long as they rend his flesh. Bush was the uncivil one in that exchange.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 23, 2007 at 10:42 PM | PERMALINK

Almost missed Webbs message, talk about way ahead of curve. Americans are looking for a strong Libertarian - a consevative old style (almost Southern) Democratic warhorse.

Thanks Webbs - he speech was great, it sounds strangly like a mix of Poppy Bush and Ford (the forgotten Republican), and the truth, how refreshing.

Webb could take on Hillary and win.

Posted by: Cheryl on January 23, 2007 at 10:42 PM | PERMALINK

Did Webb have his boots on?

"We will show him the way." Showdown.

Posted by: wishIwuz2 on January 23, 2007 at 10:42 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Kevin.

Well, while you guys were hunkered down here in your echo chamber, I sat and actually listened to the President's speech. I thought it was thoughtful, bold, masterful and energetic. Before tonight, Bush I admit was in rough waters; tonight will mark the date when the winds shift, and fortunes for this country and administration will rally.

Webb, on the other hand, looked constipated and sour. A real triumphant night for the President!

Posted by: egbert on January 23, 2007 at 10:43 PM | PERMALINK

Jim Webb: "...or we will show him the way."

Oh baby! Bring it on!

Posted by: stevedwight on January 23, 2007 at 10:44 PM | PERMALINK

Obama spoke about NOLA too. How disappointed he was in Bush not addressing it.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 23, 2007 at 10:45 PM | PERMALINK

Webb looked very determined.... (and constipated).

His statements were direct challenges, not rebuttal.

Posted by: wishIwuz2 on January 23, 2007 at 10:45 PM | PERMALINK

I thought

Ah, egbutt...These words belong nowhere near any post by you, let alone as part of the content.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 23, 2007 at 10:46 PM | PERMALINK

I would pay good money to see a cage-match between Senator Webb and the President on the Washington mall.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 23, 2007 at 10:48 PM | PERMALINK

Gee Egbert, yes I'll bet the winds of change will hoist Bush's poll numbers up to almost 30%!

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 10:50 PM | PERMALINK

Egbert - Hawking has discussed the existence of an infinite number of alternate realities. You clearly inhabit a very, very distant one.

Posted by: bmaz on January 23, 2007 at 10:51 PM | PERMALINK

Obama is on ABC now, and they are showing subtitles of his past posts, Harvard Law Review, IL senate, etc. How refreshing in contrast to CNN's labeling him as Osama.

Posted by: Mary Nell on January 23, 2007 at 10:54 PM | PERMALINK

Coupla good quotes from Webb's rebuttal:

The stock market is at an all-time high, and so are corporate profits. But these benefits are not being fairly shared. When I graduated from college, the average corporate CEO made 20 times what the average worker did; today, it's nearly 400 times. In other words, it takes the average worker more than a year to make the money that his or her boss makes in one day.

The President took us into this war recklessly. He disregarded warnings from the national security adviser during the first Gulf War, the chief of staff of the army, two former commanding generals of the Central Command, whose jurisdiction includes Iraq, the director of operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many, many others with great integrity and long experience in national security affairs. We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable - and predicted - disarray that has followed.


Posted by: trex on January 23, 2007 at 10:55 PM | PERMALINK

360^360, I believe, is the number of alternate realities that can theoretically exist. We need to collapse that portal that Eggie and Al and Hawk are sneaking through.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 23, 2007 at 10:55 PM | PERMALINK

and when avg joe cant pay da bills he got to put it on credit wich also feeds the rich

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 10:58 PM | PERMALINK

thank god for tv and beer or their would be another american revolution
ps. dont forget the microwave

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 11:00 PM | PERMALINK

eggie: "...tonight will mark the date when the winds shift..."

I wondered what that smell was.

Posted by: Kenji on January 23, 2007 at 11:01 PM | PERMALINK

Webb, on the other hand, looked constipated and sour. A real triumphant night for the President!

Once again egbert shows his disdain for our veterans.

(yeah, I know eggie is a parody.)

Posted by: Disputo on January 23, 2007 at 11:03 PM | PERMALINK

Partisan loser quotes: "Jim Webb wouldn't even have a civil conversation with the president in the White House"

I believe that Webb had a broad appeal to conservatives (voters) if not pundits everwhere but Brooks can't see the forest though the trees since his lips are so firmly planted on Bush's big sorry, loser ass. Brooks will not understand why the elderly, veterans find Webb the voice of reason in a lost GOP world.

Bush wasn't a conservative, because conseratives never practices so many liberal ideas as Bush tried to foster on Americans.

Posted by: Cheryl on January 23, 2007 at 11:04 PM | PERMALINK

Did anyone catch that bit in Bush's speech about a civilian reserves corps? Am I paranoid; or was that an allusion to conscripting the likes of me in certain circumstances?

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 23, 2007 at 11:04 PM | PERMALINK

Did my ears deceive me, or did W not say one word about the most pressing issue of our time: steroids in baseball? Dang, this guy just can't follow through on anything...

Posted by: josef on January 23, 2007 at 11:05 PM | PERMALINK

Btw, I thought it was in pretty poor taste for Webb to try to politically capitolize off the tragedy of New Orleans for a cheap smite against the President.

He should have taken the high road and rebutted the President's speech point by point, as is customary by the opposition party.

Posted by: egbert on January 23, 2007 at 11:06 PM | PERMALINK

not really a draft but aaaahhhhh a draft

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 11:06 PM | PERMALINK

Is it safe to come back out now?

Posted by: dr sardonicus on January 23, 2007 at 11:08 PM | PERMALINK

the NAC the new american conscripts

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 11:09 PM | PERMALINK

josef: Steroids? He just about congratulated Mutumbo for taking them.

Posted by: Max Power on January 23, 2007 at 11:14 PM | PERMALINK

he dont need steroids to knock down bballs
hes huge he dont need to jump to get his hands over the bucket

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 11:17 PM | PERMALINK

Okay, so, I'm embarrassed to ask this, but...

Who was the hot older chick sitting with the Supreme Court Justices?

She couldn't possibly have been Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

No offense to Justice Ginsburg.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 23, 2007 at 11:18 PM | PERMALINK

why be embarrassed your a dirty old man

Posted by: mr maki mmmkaayyy on January 23, 2007 at 11:21 PM | PERMALINK

Dirty Old Man - Have you been dreaming of Harriet Myers again?

Posted by: bmaz on January 23, 2007 at 11:21 PM | PERMALINK

No, she was brunette.

Sitting behind the first row of Justices; she came in with the Justices, I think. She wasn't wearing a robe.

I refuse to believe that she was Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 23, 2007 at 11:24 PM | PERMALINK
thoughtful, bold, masterful and energetic…eggbutt at 10:43 PM
I know this is the parody eggbutt, but what the heck: Bush was underwhelming, wimpy and emetic. Bush was in rough waters, tonight he sank. The time for a Nuremberg Rally is long past. Webb mopped the floor with Bush by being serious and by challenging the bizarre assumptions of bushworld..
… it was in pretty poor taste for Webb to try to politically capitolize off the tragedy of New Orleans ….eggbutt at 11:06 PM
C-a-p-i-t-a-l-i-z-e Ah, finally, the real eggbutt. All the tragedy of New Orleans meant to Bush was a photo-op. He couldn't even bring himself to mention his second worst failure in his term. Bush: smited. Posted by: Mike on January 23, 2007 at 11:28 PM | PERMALINK

Okay, here's a picture with her partially in it.

She's on the left side of the picture, and only half of her is visible. She's wearing a black thing with a white-and-black spotted collar.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 23, 2007 at 11:30 PM | PERMALINK

Crooks and Liars has video and transcript of Jim Webb's awesome speech. Worth seeing again.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 23, 2007 at 11:31 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin

From all of us to your lovely wife, happy birthday. You are right taking her to dinner was a pretty good trade.

Posted by: Ron Byers on January 23, 2007 at 11:31 PM | PERMALINK

Global Citizen,
I wouldn't bet, only cause I wouldn't get good odds. I mean would the oddsmakers give Smirk a chance? Webb would kick his ass all over Washington, D.C.

Posted by: Ghost of Tom Joad on January 23, 2007 at 11:36 PM | PERMALINK

re: "civilian reserve corps"

It would allow the government "to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them. And it would give people across America who do not wear the uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time."

In other words:
Ummm... yeah, this Iraq thing turned out to be a lot more work than we expected, and we've burned out the Army and the Marines, and no one wants to sign up - at least no one who can actually do anything or who knows anything about, you know, stuff... So we need, y'know, like, a lot of people to help... people who can actually do something (not just loyal young Republicans), and people who actually have training and skills (so we don't have to expect soldiers and Marines to suddenly become engineers and translators and detectives...)

So if you want to sign up 'n' help out, we'd really 'ppreciate it.

And, uh, yeah, we were told about all this before it all started, but, y'know, these things is hard, and we all gotta pitch in... so come on down and be a part of sum'p'm bigger 'n yerself. OK?

Posted by: DNS on January 23, 2007 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

I started to watch Bush, and his second or third sentence congratulated the "Democrat" majority, right after talking of working in a bipartisan manner. F*ck him.

"Veronica Mars" was on opposite, and as usual it was excellant. If the fool said anything significant he's too stupid to recognize it and unable to implement it.

Posted by: Rick B on January 23, 2007 at 11:38 PM | PERMALINK

Dirty - Its hard to tell, but it might be Ginsburg. Bring us another photo! Perhaps alt.nude.Ginsburg!

Posted by: bmaz on January 23, 2007 at 11:39 PM | PERMALINK

Clarification... When I used the phrase "people who can actually do something...", I was talking about non-infrantry, non-military tasks like civil engineering, accounting, auditing, human resources, sewage treatment, stringing powerlines, pouring concrete, etc. I did NOT mean to suggest that soldiers and Marines can't "do anything." I know that many of them are doing some or all of the above - and more - and probably doing it pretty damn well. My point is that infantrymen should not be expected to do any of these things. There should have been civilians lined up in advance to do ALL of these things. Apologies for any offense taken because of a poor choice of words.

Posted by: DNS on January 23, 2007 at 11:43 PM | PERMALINK

I'm looking for a better photo, but that's the only one I've found so far.

She had no glasses, and didn't have her hair pulled back as Ginsburg (I think) usually does. And she didn't look as old as Ginsburg is.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 23, 2007 at 11:43 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, this State of the Union was one of Bush's better speeches. It seemed like he was trying to reach out to the democrats to accomplish some things domestically. A man has to have a "legacy" don't you know.

Jim Webb was great. It didn't sound a lot like a traditional political speech. I loved the way he focused on two big ideas. Then he built on them. Finally he closed the deal. I loved his final line. Classic. Damn, there is a man you wouldn't mind having your back in a bar room fight.

Posted by: Ron Byers on January 23, 2007 at 11:44 PM | PERMALINK

Okay, here's a better picture of her.

Second row, towards the right. Only female in the picture.

Any ideas?

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 23, 2007 at 11:46 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
Happy birthday to Marianne. You didn't miss anything regarding Bush. But Jim Webb... now that was something to see. But you can read his speech later.

Hope the missus and you enjoyed the birthday celebration.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 23, 2007 at 11:47 PM | PERMALINK

"Mr. Webb Goes to Washington".....and this time kicks ass and takes a name(Bush).

Posted by: R.L. on January 23, 2007 at 11:48 PM | PERMALINK

What was that deal about a new "standard exemption" that applies to the first $7,500 of BOTH income and payroll taxes?

Payroll taxes are FICA (Social Security) and the unemployment tax paid by the employer. This sounds like it gives a new exemption from taxes to ALL WORKERS from payroll taxes on the first $7,500, and also probably exempts the employer from the employer half of social securty taxes and the employer tax that covers unemployment insurance. That would gut unemployment insurance for low income workers and reduce a lot of the revenue for Social Security.

Posted by: Skeptic on January 23, 2007 at 11:49 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe I'll just start smoking pot so they will deem me unfit for anything besides academia?

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 23, 2007 at 11:55 PM | PERMALINK

"civilan reserve corps"

You mean we didn't learn the lesson yet? This was just a practice run and we'll get this nation building thing right the next time?

Stop this right here.

Posted by: notthere on January 23, 2007 at 11:56 PM | PERMALINK

JFK had the Peace Corps. 47 years later GWB has the Mercenary Corps. That's one hell of a devolution. Oh, and 7 million new jobs. Great economy. How many jobs did the guy before you get credit for? More? How many more? What's that number? Hey Charlie Cook: If Joe Wilson's a documented liar, what's that make you?

Posted by: milo on January 24, 2007 at 12:01 AM | PERMALINK

As usual, Bush demonstrated with his eloquence and gravitas why he was elected president. It's very clear now, with the perspective that 7 years gives us, what a mistake it would have been to elect Al Gore.

Posted by: Al on January 24, 2007 at 12:08 AM | PERMALINK

re: Civilian Reserves Corps...No thanks. I'm not averse to volunteering for the Red Cross and stepping up. I did it in 1993 in the Mississippi Valley. I did it in Andover, KS in 1991. But nobody is deploying me to a war zone just because my first career was as a flight nurse.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 12:12 AM | PERMALINK

As usual, Bush demonstrated with his perfidy and fecklessness why he was not elected president. It's very clear now, with the perspective that 7 years gives us, what a mistake it was to have been selected over Al Gore.

Fixed it for ya.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 12:14 AM | PERMALINK

Dirty - I don't know. My guess is that it is Ginsburg sans glasses and hair bun, and the black is her robe with the black and white collar at the neck. It would not be natural for a "civilian" to be seated in the middle of the SC Justices, who historically sit as a group.

Posted by: bmaz on January 24, 2007 at 12:19 AM | PERMALINK

I'm virtually certain that the two people she is seated between are not Supreme Court Justices, so I don't see why she necessarily would be.

Plus, she was definitely not in a robe. She was in a black(ish) jacket, with a white/black spotted blouse.

And she can't be Ginsburg. She just can't.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 24, 2007 at 12:24 AM | PERMALINK

Who gives a rat's ass about Bush's SOTU when there is Webb's STFU response? Webb was OUTSTANDING.

As a Virginian and lowly Democratic worker bee who joined Webb's campaign early, I have two words for all of my fellow Americans and members of the human race:

"You're Welcome!"

Posted by: LAS on January 24, 2007 at 12:25 AM | PERMALINK

It's the row behind the Justices. Maybe a spouse?

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 12:28 AM | PERMALINK

My brain is melting from being sucked into Dirty's quest - must stop now. On a different note, Atrios ponders:

"It occurs to me that Rover may have convinced the White House Gang that he was indispensable, causing them to sell out Libby...


...and then there was a problem with the math".

Posted by: bmaz on January 24, 2007 at 12:33 AM | PERMALINK

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!

(And just so you know, the very minute Claire McCaskill goes all inner-city prosecutor on someone, I'll be pointing out my early and unwaivering support and on-the-ground campaigning and phone banking and SASC transcript reading...)

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 12:33 AM | PERMALINK

I've looked for pictures of Justices' spouses; I haven't found all of them, but those that I found are almost definitely not her.

The Justices in attendance seem to be Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer, and Alito. I have found pictures of the wives of all of those people, and additionally the wife of Justice Thomas.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 24, 2007 at 12:37 AM | PERMALINK

My brain is melting from being sucked into Dirty's quest - must stop now.

Thanks for the efforts.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 24, 2007 at 12:39 AM | PERMALINK

I think that's (Sc)Alito's wife. Seriously. I think I saw her during his confirmation hearings.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 12:40 AM | PERMALINK

I think that Cheney got the pill he gagged down in the middle of the address from Limbaugh and his concubine housekeeper.

Posted by: bmaz on January 24, 2007 at 12:41 AM | PERMALINK

I really don't think it's Alito's wife. Here's a picture of her.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 24, 2007 at 12:43 AM | PERMALINK

Good Lord.

While searching for the identity of my new infatuation, I found the following tidbit:

"Attorney General of the United States Alberto Gonzales was not present, as traditionally a member of the President's cabinet does not attend in order to ensure presidential succession."

Fantastic. President Alberto Gonzales.

Couldn't they have picked another cabinet member for this contingency?

Like, oh, any of them?

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 24, 2007 at 12:47 AM | PERMALINK

So Scalito is married to a woman that looks like Ruth Bader Ginsburg without glasses and hair bun? Well, jeez, that really confirms that the GOP wingnuts have only the best and brightest eh?

Posted by: bmaz on January 24, 2007 at 12:48 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, no bad-mouthin' my new love.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 24, 2007 at 12:50 AM | PERMALINK

Dirty Old Man....Maybe its the birth mother of Robert's adopted kids......Along your line,wo was the 35-45 short blond hair woman in pink in 1st row on right?

Posted by: R.L. on January 24, 2007 at 12:52 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, that's Scalito's wife, with longer hair.

Posted by: dj moonbat on January 24, 2007 at 12:53 AM | PERMALINK

Along your line,wo was the 35-45 short blond hair woman in pink in 1st row on right?

I'm not sure who you're referring to. Do you have a picture?

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 24, 2007 at 12:54 AM | PERMALINK

I live-blogged this at my place...

Dear God - I know we've had issues with your existence, but Alberto Gonzalez is the cabinet member not in attendance, so please nix those prayers for a catastrophic event that I am sure you have been petitioned heavily for over the last few days...

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 12:55 AM | PERMALINK

No way that's Alito's wife, unless she has:

* Gotten a lot thinner
* Changed her hairstyle dramatically
* Changed her hair color INCLUDING streaks of grey that she NOW has
* Lost her glasses
* Gotten tauter skin
* Gotten a different face
* Learned how to smile pleasantly as if she enjoyed her life, despite the fact that she's married to Justice Alito

Again, here's Alito's wife, and here's my new love. I really don't see the resemblance.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 24, 2007 at 12:58 AM | PERMALINK

No picture of lady in pink. She was shown quite a lot.A little heavy and had her legs stretched out in front of her.Being in the 1st row and I think next to the aisle made me wonder who she was.

Posted by: R.L. on January 24, 2007 at 1:06 AM | PERMALINK

Aaaargh! I emailed Dirty's photo to a friend for his input. He whiffed but sent me back a picture of Pelosi in a bikini. I am going to watch a rerun of Bush's speech to clear my head.

Posted by: bmaz on January 24, 2007 at 1:06 AM | PERMALINK

FreqK brings the toxic vapid shit he picks up at that malignant bitch Malkin's site, and PowerLine and the Corner around once more.

Go away, sockpuppet, or I'm going to go fetch those links of your stellar pre-election predictions.

Loser.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 1:12 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, Kevin - My birthday's tomorrow, Jan. 24th. Does your wife share her birthday with me?

Happy Birthday, Marian. Hope the coming year is a great one for you.

Posted by: Sandy-LA 90034 on January 24, 2007 at 1:20 AM | PERMALINK

OT: Globe, I tried posting a comment re: your Lizzie C post. Don't know if it got through. Blogger is acting screwy. I'll check later and maybe try again.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 24, 2007 at 1:25 AM | PERMALINK

A-13: After mods came online here, Charlie started spamming me and I enabled comment moderation. It's published now. Great comment! Thanks!

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 1:28 AM | PERMALINK

Could this be the same woman? If so, it's Mrs. Roberts. Hair looks different, but mine has been known to change...It's a womans prerogative, afterall...

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 1:33 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, Globe, I knew you were moderating and smart to do so. Blogger's word veritification thingie wasn't working. But you got it. Kewl.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 24, 2007 at 1:36 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, Globe. I believe you're right. It's John Robert's wife with longer hair and perhaps a brunette dye job. See here.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 24, 2007 at 1:39 AM | PERMALINK

Let me rephrase my earlier post:

So Roberts is married to a woman that looks like Ruth Bader Ginsburg without glasses and hair bun? Well, jeez, that really confirms that the GOP wingnuts have only the best and brightest eh?

Posted by: bmaz on January 24, 2007 at 1:43 AM | PERMALINK

Well, I knew I had seen that face at a confirmation hearing...

And bmaz, I'm really sorry you had to see that bikini shot. But I think Nancy is hotter than Mrs. Roberts...And she is downright smokin' next to Mrs. ScAlito!

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 1:48 AM | PERMALINK

LAS: As a Virginian and lowly Democratic worker bee who joined Webb's campaign early, I have two words for all of my fellow Americans and members of the human race: "You're Welcome!"

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!! Ah, a Dem with spine, integrity, and intelligence. What a beautimous thing to see.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 24, 2007 at 1:49 AM | PERMALINK

>Instead, I'm taking my wife to dinner to celebrate her birthday.

Dont forget to bring home a "kitty bag" for the kids. Especially the new one.

Posted by: James on January 24, 2007 at 2:04 AM | PERMALINK

Apollo 13 - just ventured over to Global's site to read your comment on the spawn of Cheney. Good stuff. I am not sure, but is my recollection that Bush actually had a very minority interest in the Texas Rangers and was basically brought in by the real owners as a stooge front man to pitch his name and family cache in order to weasel public financing for a new stadium. The Rangers were a joke hapless franchise that operated at a loss, but with a new stadium approved, the value of the team skyrocketed and Bush was sent on his way with a nice little profit for his stooge service. As far as his actual record at baseball operations, it was the usual pitiful failure. Is this right?

Posted by: bmaz on January 24, 2007 at 2:08 AM | PERMALINK

bmaz,
Yes, you are correct. Joe Conason's book, Big Lies, goes into Bush's Texas Ranger history and his other lackluster business experience. You summarized his baseball background very well.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 24, 2007 at 2:12 AM | PERMALINK

Molly Ivins and Lou DuBose shine lights in every dark corner of the idiot prince's *awl bidness* failures in Shrub and Bushwhacked(if you woulda read the firt one we wouldn't have had to write this one). And they get into the Rangers shell-game too.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 2:23 AM | PERMALINK

Gotta love Molly Ivins. She has been so right for so long. Both her books are must-haves. Glad you mentioned her, Globe.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 24, 2007 at 2:26 AM | PERMALINK

Molly Ivins is a national treasure and I want to be just like her when I grow up. I frequently make a conscious effort to send good karma toward Texas.

Every column she writes, I post immediately. The more people who read Molly, the smarter the population in general becomes.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 2:37 AM | PERMALINK

An article on Bush and the Texas Rangers that quotes GOP strategist Kevin Phillips (who woke up) from his book, American Dynasty, and Molly Ivins/Lou Dubose (emphasis added in bold):

"In 1988, George W. also began angling for a role in the acquisition of the Texas Rangers baseball team, which was being sold by oil man Eddie Chiles, an old friend of his father's. The deal did not go through easily, despite Bush's love of the sport, but it finally concluded in 1989 on three pivots of cronyism. The first was the help in arranging meetings and financing given to Bush by baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth, a family friend. Number two was the investment participation of Texas billionaire Richard Rainwater, a major Reagan-Bush contributor.
"Last but not least was the arrangement by which the city of Arlington agreed to finance a new $191 million stadium for the Rangers with a bond issue paid for by a small sales tax increase. The stadium was to be deeded over to the baseball consortium in 12 years, after the Rangers group had paid $60 million in annual payments of $5 million.
"What sold investors was the highly rewarding stadium deal, which depended on the city of Arlington pushing the sales tax increase through in a special election and then stretching its power of eminent domain to seize the necessary land for what was mostly a private purpose."
Bush and his cronies bought the team for $63 million. Bush's contribution was a paltry $640,000, which got him 2 percent of the franchise. But the family name was his real contribution. His main function was not unlike that of retired baseball players who hire on as greeters at casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
In their book, Shrub, columnist Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose note that, "Not satisfied with the taxpayers picking up the tab on the construction of the (new) stadium, the ball team used its quasi-government sports authority to 'take' the 13 acres needed for the stadium complex at a price so low a state court had to step in on behalf of the unwilling 'sellers.' "
In 1998, by then Gov. G.W. Bush, who had campaigned as a strong advocate of private property rights, cashed in his interest in the baseball team for $15.4 million.
Bush...a first-class grifter with connections he's used to enrich his cronies and himself. That's what his presidency has been about, too.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 24, 2007 at 3:02 AM | PERMALINK

Good post, Apollo.

Goodnight all. We'll do it again tomorrow. Sleep well, nightowls, when you get around to it. :)

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on January 24, 2007 at 3:07 AM | PERMALINK

Good night, Globe. I'll hit the rack soon myself.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 24, 2007 at 3:10 AM | PERMALINK

The YouTube of Webb kicking ass and taking names is finally up!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=5g9LovmQq9E

Posted by: Caitlin on January 24, 2007 at 4:04 AM | PERMALINK

Yesterday was my birthday, too. I can't imagine any circumstance wherein I would voluntarily spend it watching an ass tricked out in an expensive suit braying the same worn out farrago of lies and misrepresentations.

Posted by: MsNThrope on January 24, 2007 at 8:22 AM | PERMALINK

I really don't think she's Justice Roberts' wife, either.

Besides the fact that their faces look different, why would she dye most of her hair black and some of her hair grey?

Posted by: Dirty Old Man on January 24, 2007 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

Dinner with the wife for her birthday v. watching the SOTU with Dubya saying a bunch of crap he either believe in too much or not enough. Eat dinner v. loose your lunch.

Hmmmmmm - you definitely picked the better event.

Posted by: ET on January 24, 2007 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

The 'civilian reserve corps', "to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them. And it would give people across America who do not wear the uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time."

So, the government can't do that now?

Posted by: cld on January 24, 2007 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

With all of those lakes in Minnesota, thought more of the populace would be adept in fishing. Seems Rep Michelle Bachmann was having problems with her "catch and release" technique.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on January 24, 2007 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

i watched the entire thing, fell asleep and was awakened by a repeat of it around 3 a.m., and that voice was really was annoying after being in slumberland.
Suffered through it twice. Tried to look for nuances. Noted several misrepresentations and over-statements...no child left behind credit had just partial data, there were yet more attempts to connect Iraq with 9/11. I wondered how a person of limited means would be able to purchase health care with his or her measly tax cut. Over the top with new and improved enemies with evil intentions.
No mention of the Gulf Coast. That disaster is clearly part of the state of the union.
Way too much applause--hideous clapping--a most annoying, silly human habit.
The VP was forever in the background and i kept thinking of Scooter Libby's recent assertive behaviors...

Posted by: consider wisely always on January 24, 2007 at 11:10 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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