Modest As Cake

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Sympathy Card to the people of Tennessee: So this is "clean coal"

Sunday, December 14, 2008

What if... we all got bailed out by making companies just pay their taxes?

This piece of news is from August, 2008. I'm thinking this was overlooked in the mad rush to save felonious financial institutions.

The GAO may be the only hope for a government with conscience.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

When you mess with Captain America, it's personal

Is there any remaining question that every display of patriotism from the Bush administration was simply a cynical tool to shellack the rest of us?

Good job, Rummy.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

So, for Bush "being a part of history" clearly means "living in the past"

W's new home in Dallas was whites-only until 2000.

That's a mere eight years ago. So, like, just before Bush became president, this gated community was still excluding anyone who wasn't white. So, like, from 1956 until 2000, when Bush was Governor of Texas, this community excluded people of color. Unless you needed a live-in maid or nanny. Who could be of color. And be allowed to live there. Only as a servant.

And actually? The owners signed the amendments in July of 2000, but the amendments removing the restrictions weren't recorded until February of 2001. Bush assumed the office of the presidency on January 20, 2001.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Paraguay? No way!

Official Denial from the State Department

Alleged Bush Ranch in Paraguay

In October 2006, newspapers in Paraguay, the Cuban news service Prensa Latina and others circulated allegations falsely claiming, variously, that:

  • Former President George H.W. Bush owns 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) in the Chaco region of Paraguay, or
  • Current President George W. Bush owns 40,000 hectares (98,842 acres) in the same region, or
  • Timothy Towell, former U.S. ambassador to Paraguay from 1988 to 1991, administers the 70,000 hectare ranch on behalf of former President Bush.

These supposed land acquisitions were often claimed to be associated with alleged U.S. designs on the Guarani aquifer or the Mariscal Estigarribia air base.

There is no truth to any of these allegations:

  • The White House has stated that the rumors about President Bush are not true.
  • The office of former President George H.W. Bush has confirmed that the allegations about former President Bush are not true.
  • Ambassador Towell has confirmed that he does not administer any land in Paraguay on behalf of either former President George H.W. Bush or current President George W. Bush.

So it's not true, because the White House said it's not, and Bush's Dad said it's not, and some guy who works for the Bushes said it's not true. So it's not true. Repeat. Your eyes are getting heavy...

Wonkette covered this is 2006. Why is it coming up now?

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Professionals know PR

HANNITY: Can I ask you a question? Those glasses, that's like from the Elton John collection?

CHOPRA: I wasn't getting enough attention.

HANNITY: No, no, no. I mean, he used to wear the crazy glasses on stage.

CHOPRA: Actually, yes, but I think Liberace had better taste.


COLMES: Deepak, thank you very much. Thanks for being on the program.

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Monday, December 01, 2008

This is the guy who wants a "shadow government" when his brother leaves office

I guess what I find very odd about this press release is that Jeb is able to get a job while all about him are losing theirs. Oh, and the fact that the press release doesn't mention the last job he had, which was announced on August 30, 2007 -- you know, when he joined Lehman Brothers?

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Seth Godin, internet hero

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How many times does the end of the world as we know it need to arrive before we realize that it’s not the end of the world as we know it?

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