Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Little Too Much "God" in Kentucky

Over 46% of Kentucky's population is not affiliated with any organized church. 1% are Asian and Louisville has recognized Muslim population.

So... (from Roger Alford, Associated Press, Dec. 2)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A group of atheists filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove part of a state anti-terrorism law that requires Kentucky's Office of Homeland Security to acknowledge it can't keep the state safe without God's help.

Of particular concern is a 2006 clause requiring the Office of Homeland Security to post a plaque that says the safety and security of the state "cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon almighty God" and to stress that fact through training and educational materials.
Christofascists may have a hold in Kentucky disproportionate to their state's religious demographics. It obviously doesn't have a hold in Indiana:

The Phoney Baloney Flies Free: Dimwit Lies Again

Of course, it'll be higher than Georgie wants it to be held!

Excerpts from Dec. 1st interview with Charles Gibson

On the economy:

You know, I'm the President during this period of time, but I think when the history of this period is written, people will realize a lot of the decisions that were made on Wall Street took place over a decade or so, before I arrived in President, during I arrived in President.
Huh? Blaming the economy on Clinton? Did Clinton deregulate anything? "...during I arrived in President." His grammar is getting worse, if that's possible.

On The Wars:
Well, I think I was unprepared for war. In other words, I didn't campaign and say, "Please vote for me, I'll be able to handle an attack." In other words, I didn't anticipate war. Presidents -- one of the things about the modern presidency is that the unexpected will happen.
"Unprepared" - YES. "didn't anticipate" - NO! Waaay too many people, papers and situations pointed to the fact that he WANTED war with Iraq in the worst way (which we got).

Did it hurt that you were criticized so much during the campaign?
No, not really. You know, I've been around politics a long time. Remember, I was the guy in 2000 who campaigned for change. I campaigned for change when I ran for governor of Texas. The only time I really didn't campaign for change is when I was running for reelection.
The "change" was to roll back everything Clinton did back to 1992 standards and regulations, then to continue deregulating as many things as possible.

(Gibson) Was there a time when you thought, if I do this I will be compromising my principles --
The pullout of Iraq. It would have compromised the principle that when you put kids into harm's way, you go in to win. And it was a tough call, particularly, since a lot of people were advising for me to get out of Iraq, or pull back in Iraq, or -- and rather than listen to -- I mean, I listened to a lot of voices, but ultimately, I listened to this voice: I'm not going to let your son die in vain; I believe we can win; I'm going to do what it takes to win in Iraq.
We knew he heard "voices," especially when God was talking to him, but he never listened to the voice of the people!

On briefing Obama and staff about the Treasury putting up $200 billion for the bailout:
I sure did -- oh, no, no, no, I have not on that. But I know his team was briefed. I didn't speak to him personally about that, but I know his team was briefed. We're in touch with the Obama transition team a lot. And I don't feel any -- I don't feel any intrusion whatsoever, because he knows what I know -- I'm -- our administration still will be making the decisions necessary until he becomes the President.
As if he's trying to make the transition as smooth as possible. Truth is, he doesn't care about the transition because he's all ready make it next to impossible to undo the damage of deregulating over 90 policies in the last 4 weeks.

On missing the Presidency:

Well, I'll miss being Commander-in-Chief. I have gotten to be -- grown to be so appreciative of our military. It's hard to believe that so many kids, and some not-so-kids, have volunteered to fight in a war. And I'll miss -- and it's going to sound strange to you -- I'll miss meeting with the families whose son or daughter have fallen in combat, because the meetings I've had with the families are so inspirational. They -- I mean, obviously, there's a lot of sadness, and we cry, and we hug, and we occasionally laugh. And we share -- I listen to stories. But the Comforter-in-Chief is always the comforted person.

Believe it or not, I'll miss going to the hospitals as the Commander-in-Chief, and looking a kid in the eye, and have him say, heal me up, Mr. President, I want to go back in. And so, there will be a lot of these special moments that we'll miss.
What he didn't say is that he enjoyed going to mental hospitals. What sane soldier would say "heal me up, M.President..." He probably said, "Beam me up, Mr. President!"

Last statement:

"I will leave the presidency with my head held high."

Unfortunately, the world might consider that an insulting gesture. It's either stupid or arrogant. George B**h is both.

Even though you've seen it, watch this video. It reinforces what the world thinks of George Bush:


Originally uploaded by Emma Pop
The irony is:

He isn't.

He gathered together a team of mediocre-to-good advisers, inept cronies and ne'er-do-wells and then never listened to any of them (except the Machiavellian Rove).

He never listened to the people, either. He never wanted to let them know what he was doing. He never paid attention to polls. He never read anything about his administration. He hated "details" so he ignored what everyone else did.

Now, he's concerned about his "legacy". It would have been better for the country if he had considered it back in 2001. He thought everyone approved of what he did because he said the words "freedom" and "democracy" a lot. Now he's scurrying around trying to find the good photo-ops with African children who had AIDS.

For eight years, we had a President who never really cared what anybody else thought.

He'd better have those photo-ops ready before Jan. 20. After that, he'll be lucky if anyone knows he's alive.