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The Top 10 Bushisms of 2007

In Are you kidding me?, Congress, Fun Stuff, Geroge Bush, Humor, Politics, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq on December 31, 2007 at 2:06 pm

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Another list from Daniel Kurtzman from About.com:
10. “And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I’m sorry it’s the case, and I’ll work hard to try to elevate it.” –interview on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007

9. “I fully understand those who say you can’t win this thing militarily. That’s exactly what the United States military says, that you can’t win this military.” –on the need for political progress in Iraq, Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2007

8. “One of my concerns is that the health care not be as good as it can possibly be.” –on military benefits, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

7. “Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your introduction. Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit.” –addressing Australian Prime Minister John Howard at the APEC Summit. Later, in the same speech: “As John Howard accurately noted when he went to thank the Austrian troops there last year…” –referring to Australian troops as “Austrian troops,” Sept. 7, 2007

6. “My relationship with this good man is where I’ve been focused, and that’s where my concentration is. And I don’t regret any other aspect of it. And so I — we filled a lot of space together.” –on British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Washington, D.C., May 17, 2007

5. “You helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in 17 — 1976.” –to Queen Elizabeth, Washington, D.C., May 7, 2007 (Watch video clip)

4. “The question is, who ought to make that decision? The Congress or the commanders? And as you know, my position is clear — I’m a Commander Guy.” –deciding he is no longer just “The Decider,” Washington, D.C., May 2, 2007 (Watch video clip)

3. “Information is moving — you know, nightly news is one way, of course, but it’s also moving through the blogosphere and through the Internets.” –Washington, D.C., May 2, 2007

2. “There are some similarities, of course (between Iraq and Vietnam). Death is terrible.” –Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

1. “As yesterday’s positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured.” –on the No Child Left Behind Act, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2007 (Watch video clip)

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The Top 20 Funniest Political Quotes of 2007

In 9/11, Congress, Election 2008, Fun Stuff, Humor, Politics on December 31, 2007 at 1:54 pm

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I have to agree with some of these 😉

From About.com’s Daniel Kurtzman:

20. “I don’t want to be invited to the family hunting party.” –Barack Obama, on revelations that he and Dick Cheney are eighth cousins (Watch video clip)

19. “If I adopt the same policy, we’re going to need a heck of a lot more chairs in the Cabinet room.” –Mitt Romney, who is Mormon, referring to Rudy Giuliani’s comment that he might let his wife attend Cabinet meetings

18. “Look, for someone who went to parochial schools all his life, this is a very frightening thing that’s happening right now.” –Rudy Giuliani, after a lightning strike cut out his mic as he was answering a difficult question about abortion during a Republican debate.

17. “Thanks for the question, you little jerk.” — John McCain, after being asked by a high school student if he was too old to be president.

16. “I think the reason that some 28, 29 percent are not comfortable voting for a Mormon is they think they’re voting for Harry Reid.” –Mitt Romney, a Mormon, on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Mormon

15. “My name is Patrick Fitzgerald … I like to tear the tops off small animals.” –Karl Rove, before rapping at the Radio-TV Correspondents’ dinner (Watch video)

14. “Hillary is not the first politician in Washington to declare ‘Mission Accomplished’ a little too soon.” –Barack Obama (Watch the video)

13. “You can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the Vice President’s motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges.” –Hillary Clinton

12. “I’ve been asked if that nickname bothers me, and the answer is, no. After all, Darth Vader is one of the nicer things I’ve been called recently.” –Dick Cheney

11. “This morning I was with the vice president. I was asking him what costume he was planning. And he said ‘I’m already wearing it.’ Then he mumbled something about ‘the dark side of the Force.” –George W. Bush, on Halloween

10. “I’m from Hope, Arkansas, you may have heard of it. All I’m asking is, give us one more chance.” –Mike Huckabee

9. “I hate these white-tie getups. There’s just no room for my shoulder holster.” –Dick Cheney, at the 2007 Gridiron dinner

8. “You look at that Democratic debate, I had to laugh at what I saw Barack Obama do. I mean in one week he went from saying he’s going to sit down, you know, for tea, with our enemies, but then he’s going to bomb our allies. I mean he’s gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week.” –Mitt Romney

7. “We’ve had a Congress that’s spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop.” –Mike Huckabee

6. ‘I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating.” –Harry Reid, referring to Dick Cheney

5. “The president is really sorry he couldn’t be here tonight. … His book club is meeting.” –Dick Cheney, at the 2007 Gridiron dinner

4. “A year ago, my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn, and my Vice President had shot someone. Ahhh, those were the good old days.” –George W. Bush, at the 2007 Radio-TV Correspondents’ dinner

3. “Even though I honestly had not planned on doing this, I guess with a billion people watching, it’s as good a time as any. So, my fellow Americans, I’m going to take this opportunity right here and now to formally announce…” –Al Gore, before being drowned out by the orchestra at the Oscars (Watch video clip; read more Al Gore quotes)

2. “In case you missed it, a few days ago Senator Clinton tried to spend $1 million on the Woodstock Concert Museum. Now, ladies and gentlemen, I wasn’t there. I’m sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was tied up at the time.” — Sen. John McCain (Watch video clip)

1. “I mean think about it, Rudy Giuliani, there’s only three things he mentions in a sentence — a noun and a verb and 9/11 and I mean, there’s nothing else.” –Sen. Joe Biden, during the MSNBC Democratic presidential debate (Watch video clip)

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Benazir Bhutto’s Son to Take Her Place

In Democracy, Pakistan, Politics, World News on December 31, 2007 at 1:20 pm

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Not only will Benazir Bhutto’s son take her place as co-chairman as the Pakistan Peoples Party with his father Asif Ali Zardari, but he will have to be kept on the backseat and sidelines while under close security as he finishes his university studies.

From Reuters:

Crowned her political successor on Sunday, Bhutto’s 19-year-old son Bilawal will not be eligible to run for parliament for another six years, but banker and party stalwart Haseeb Ala can wait.

“Truly, Benazir left a great vacuum,” said Ala, 48, sitting under an awning outside the towering fortress-like walls of the Karachi home Bhutto named after her only son.

“But the Bhutto name is a legacy. It’s a binding force, because of their sacrifice. He is the future.”

At the same age, fresh-faced Bilawal showed himself assertive and composed on Sunday as he was unveiled as party chairman.

“The party’s long and historic struggle for democracy will continue with a new vigour,” he said. “My mother always said, democracy is the best revenge.”

But is he destined to follow his mother and grandfather into the role of prime minister?

“Time will tell,” Ala said. “But I can tell you this. His eyes spoke truth.”

Renamed Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday to carry on the family name, the party’s new hope has spent most of his life abroad as his mother opted for self-imposed exile rather than face corruption charges she says were politically motivated.

He is set to return to Oxford to complete his degree, with his father, co-chairman of the Bhutto dynasty’s Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari, carrying the torch in his absence.

“Bilawal has a very good sense of humour, he is a gentleman, he has talent. He will fill the vacuum,” said party acolyte Tariq Khan, who worked in Bhutto’s media unit and is still based at Bilawal house.

Both Husband and Son will continue on in Benazir’s legacy and I’m sure they will follow her untimely death as this is Pakistan that we are talking about. After all, Benazir said she knew the risks but the principle of her standing up for the people and democracy outweighed the possibility of her being assassinated.

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Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto Killed

In 9/11, news, Pakistan, Politics, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, Women's Rights, World News on December 27, 2007 at 10:11 pm

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Benazir Bhutto, 1953-2007

Pakistan opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up. According to the AP, At least 20 others were killed in the attack on the rally for Jan. 8 parliamentary elections where the 54-year-old former prime minister had just spoken.

She was an inspiration to the Pakistan people, men and women alike. The first woman to lead a Muslim nation, Bhutto followed a political legacy, one that included her own father as Prime Minister in the 1970’s. Like his daughter, he too was killed, but by execution in 1979.

Benazir Bhutto chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) a centre-left political party in Pakistan affiliated to the Socialist International Organization.

She survived an attempt on her life in October of this year. Like today’s attack, a man was able to walk right up to her van and detonate a suicide bomb. What does this say about security? The video from the October attack can be seen here:

Watching this video again now is chilling as the reporter talks about possible future attempts on Bhutto’s life.

Her official website has been unattainable since the news of her death. I would imagine that it may be down permanently.

Her body is being flown home and what is customary in Muslim religions, her body will be buried immediately on Friday.

Time magazine has a story about how Bhutto’s death effects the U.S, including President George W. Bush’s speech about the death of Bhutto.

RIP

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Merry Christmas From Our Home to Yours: Music by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

In Christmas, Music on December 25, 2007 at 12:18 pm

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! Cheers!

Below is a picture of our animals this morning as they patiently await to unwrap their Christmas gifts.

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Happy Christmas: War is Over by John Lennon

In Christmas, Congress, Military, Music, Pakistan, Politics, War in Afghanistan, World News on December 25, 2007 at 11:59 am

I found this video this morning but I have to warn you that it is very explicit with actual footage from past wars. Children and the deceased are involved in the video but the message rings very clear. DO NOT WATCH if you do not want to be subjected to these images.

God Bless John Lennon and his message…

Merry Christmas! Christmas Lights Galore!

In Christmas, Music, Politics on December 25, 2007 at 11:35 am

The White House at Christmas

So what do you do if a light goes out and the whole strand goes kaput? Most of you have seen this one, but it’s still one of my favorites at this time of year…and I complain about putting lights on the tree…

Merry Christmas: A Christmas Story

In Christmas, Fun Stuff, Humor, Movies, Politics, Television on December 25, 2007 at 11:19 am

A Christmas Story

Every Christmas you can find “A Christmas Story” playing 24 hours a day on some station. If you still haven’t seen it, watch the trailer:

I can’t believe you can still purchase the Leg Lamp and other Leg items! Check ’em out!

If you don’t feel like purchasing the movie or watching it on TV, check out the 30 Second Movie from AngryAlien.com, performed by the bunnies! Click on the image-

A Bunny Christmas Story

The 12 Days of Christmas: MacKenzie Style

In Christmas, Fun Stuff, Humor, Politics on December 25, 2007 at 10:56 am

The 12 Days of Christmas

‘Twas The Night Before Iowa

In Christmas, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, Humor, Politics on December 23, 2007 at 11:46 pm

May Santa bring you all you have wished for….

Merry Christmas!!!