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Condoleeza Rice and KISS Team Up

In Bush Administration, Condoleeza Rice, Music, Politics, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq on May 30, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Today from Scott Thill of Wired.com:

Kiss_condi_2 In what has to be a sign of some sort of apocalypse, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice took time off from the war on terror to enlist in the KISS Army during a stopover in Stockholm for a conference on Iraq.

Can Condi help this Army’s chances of being greeted as liberators? Probably not.

But at least she got to spend what the Associated Press called a “late-night encounter” with Gene Simmons and walk away without becoming one of his thousands of bedded women, dignity intact — despite a photograph that may some day rival one of Richard Nixon and Elvis for head-scratching “What the hell led up to that?!” honors.

“I was thrilled,” the classically trained, piano prodigy Rice told reporters. “It was really fun to meet Kiss and Gene Simmons,” she added, noting that she has yet to catch the band whose fan club she just joined in, er, the flesh.

That’s debatable. While in Australia in 2004, the Israel-born Simmons notoriously slammed Islam, saying “This is a vile culture and if you think for a second that it’s going to just live in the sands of God’s armpit you’ve got another thing coming…They want to come and live right where you live and they think that you’re evil.”

That less-than-diplomatic remark may mean that you’re more likely to see a picture of Rice in Simmons’ hotel room than Gene at Foggy Bottom.

Photo: State Department/Ann Lyons

Wow…never thought that they would look better WITH the make-up on. Maybe we should send them in au-natural to scare Bin Laden out of his cave. 😉

Pre-school Political Ads

In Humor, Political Humor on May 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm

The Politics of Preschool

In Democracy, Election 2008, Fun Stuff, Humor, Political Humor, Politics on May 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm

If she wasn’t carrying around a red ball, you’d think this was about a present female presidential candidate…or is it? 😉

By the way, “No one should have a ball that big.” 😀

Proposed Hurricane Names Honoring the Bush Administration

In Bush Administration, Congress, Dick Cheney, Geroge Bush, GOP, Humor, Political Humor, Politics, White House on May 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm

These are great…

From the Daily Kos:

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

Tue May 27, 2008 at 05:39:22 AM PDT

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…

Hurricane season starts in five days. If the Grand Committee of Meterological Poobahs hasn’t come up with their list of names yet, may I suggest the following as a way of commemorating the greatest hits of the Bush administration in this, its final year:

Ashcroft
Brownie
Condi
Dick
Enron
Feith
Gonzales
Hughes
Iraq
Jack Abramoff
KBR
Lieberman
Matalin
Negroponte
Osama
Perle
Quagmire
Rummy
Scooter
Turdblossom
Uranium from Africa
Viceroy Bremer
Wolfowitz
Xenophobe
Yoo
Zell

On second thought, that would really be unfair. To the hurricanes.

 

Texas Awaits TAKS Results

In Education, Texas Politics, Texas Schools on May 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Students across the state were tested in reading, math, writing, social studies, science at the end of April and first part of May. Tomorrow statewide results of Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) testing should be released.

The controversial exit-level test will be phased out during the next few years under a law signed last year. The TAKS will be replaced with 12 end-of-course exams throughout high school takes effect in 2011-12, but only for the ninth-grade class. Students in the upper-level grades will continue to take the high-stakes exit-level TAKS test until the class of 2015 enters 12th grade.

Districts could also use the TAKS as a final exam.

How crucial are these tests for students? At least 100 high school seniors in Galveston County failed the TAKS and will not graduate this year. While state law prohibits high school seniors from receiving a degree if any part of the exam is failed, it is up to school district administrators to allow students to walk on commencement day. Students are allowed to retake the exam at a later date.

There have been past allegations of death threats and injury to teachers and administrators if students in their schools do not pass the test. Additionally, there has been ongoing controversy surrounding teacher bonuses that are shaped around TAKS results.

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) wants accountability to move away from minimum standards and towards measuring growth, which is the basis for the teacher bonus system.

For now, as long as any type of testing and exit exams are in place, the controversy will remain.

 

 

Scott McClellan: Outing the Bush Administration

In Books, Bush Administration, Dick Cheney, Geroge Bush, news, Politics, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, Washington D.C., White House on May 28, 2008 at 11:54 am

Some harsh criticisms and allegations were brought to light Tuesday as an ex-spokesman for President Bush releases a new book.

Scott McClellan’s What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception details his time as White House Press Secrerary and gives a crushing negative perspective about the president’s handling of the administration. According to the Politico, who was the first to break the story yesterday:

• McClellan charges that Bush relied on “propaganda” to sell the war.

• He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.

• He admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be “badly misguided.” 

• The longtime Bush loyalist also suggests that two top aides held a secret West Wing meeting to get their story straight about the CIA leak case at a time when federal prosecutors were after them — and McClellan was continuing to defend them despite mounting evidence they had not given him all the facts.

• McClellan asserts that the aides — Karl Rove, the president’s senior adviser, and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the vice president’s chief of staff — “had at best misled” him about their role in the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

Karl Rove and the White House has disputed McClellan’s book. McClellan also describes the involvement of others such as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, and Bush’s Texas “connections.”

Read the story from the New York Times here (free registration may be required).
 

 

Summer Classes Begin…Already?

In College, Fun Stuff, Humor, UST on May 27, 2008 at 9:12 am

Summer I classes begin today at UST. Why so soon? 😦

Courtesy of Gary Larsen:

Commencement Skit with Steve Carrell on SNL

In College, Humor, SNL, Television on May 25, 2008 at 12:15 pm


Click on image above for the Commencement skit from the May 17th show (WARNING: MAY BE OFFENSIVE – ADULT HUMOR). – you have to sit through a short commercial first.

Mike Gravel Humor

In Barack Obama, Democracy, Election 2008, Libertarians, Mike Gravel, Political Humor, Uncategorized on May 25, 2008 at 11:55 am

Many have forgotten that there are still Libertarians running for president, including former Democratic Sen. Mike Gravel, who switched to the Libertarian Party in March after an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. At 78, Gravel is taking part in the Libertarian National Convention in Denver, Colorado. The convention runs from May 22 – May 26.

This year, the Libertarian Party is boasting two former members of Congress: Senator Gravel from Alaska and former GOP Congressman Bob Barr, who joined the Libertarian Party in 2006 and has since served on the Libertarian National Committee.

Mike Gravel Humor:

Senator Gravel Lobbies Obama Girl (he may be barring for a VP slot in this one)

Crank That Mike Gravel

Happy Birthday Mike (May 13th)

Hillary Gone Wild

In Democrats, Election 2008, Fun Stuff, Hillary Clinton, Humor, Political Humor on May 25, 2008 at 11:09 am

This is disturbing on so many levels… 😉

From BarelyPolitical: