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Monday, November 27, 2006

George W. Bush An Honest Man

During a visit in recent days to Abu Dhabi the president's father, former President George Herbert Walker Bush, also known as Bush Senior, was jeered by an audience of Arabs when he stated:
"My son is an honest man."
We sympathize with the former president's earnest attempt to defend his son. However, we agree with the Arab audience and find the description of George Walker Bush as an "honest man" to be one of the most outrageous we've heard with regard to our current president. Earlier this year we pointed out the only conditions when, "George Walker Bush, President Tells The Truth"

Many of the truths the president has told us have been disclosed while jesting with reporters and not really admitting he means what he is saying. The problem, as we see it, is that when the job of president calls for the leader to be forthright and honest about policies and actions taken by his administration, he equivocates and deliberately misleads us.

He makes up words in order to muddy the meaning and put forth his version of "what-had-happened-was". He even outright lies-- repeatedly; and then admits the lies two years later; or in the case of the Rumsfeld firing/resignation he admits one week later he lied about Rummy's tenure with the Bush administration.

"This son is not going to back away; he's not going to change his view because some poll says this or some poll says that, or some heartfelt comments from the lady who feels deeply in her heart about something....You can't be President of the United States and conduct yourself if you're going to cut and run. This is going to work out in Iraq. I understand the anxiety. It's not easy." George H.W. Bush speaking in defense of his son, President George W. Bush
The preceding statement is from a man who, while president, went into the Middle East with a full understanding of his political limitations. He understood resources and manpower were limited; he recognized, quite prudently, an extended war in the area with no clear-cut plan for leaving, would bankrupt our country. He wrote a book on the subject. Obviously a tome his son eschewed.

The current quote from the former President Bush "This son is not going to back away..." seems to tell us his son, George W. will continue to disregard, ignore, tune-out the opinions and recommendations of his advisors as well as the public opinion.

With regard to his lack of integrity, as far as we're concerned, we wish President George Walker Bush really had Pinocchio's nose.

"I'm sick and tired of games and deception." — G. W. Bush

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Michael "Kramer" Richards: Another Reason to Abolish the N-Word

As the consequence of overreacting, and a poor choice of words actor
Michael Richards finds himself

at the heart of controversy over using racist words in an outburst during his recent performance at a comedy club in Los Angeles.

For those who do not know, Richards lost his cool while performing because two men in the audience were talking during his stand-up comedy routine. They just happened to be black. Having had enough Richards just happened to let fly several sentences verbally assailing the men with the tried and true racial slur, the term which currently enjoys popular usage along with a stream of foul language.

Richards has been making the rounds of national tv programs and radio talk inverview shows to say he's sorry, and to declare "I'm not a racist." According to his publicist, Richards, the former "Seinfeld" star, has even begun psychiatric counseling in Los Angeles to learn ways to manage his anger and why he made the racist remarks. His publicicst also says Richards is searching for the two men whom he insulted at the club in order to apologize.

We can not say if Michael Richards is a racist. His words and actions indicate he could be. And although we are suspicious of his motives for wanting to find these men, we think his desire to apologize to them personally is admirable. As our leader Henry Gandolph said when he heard of Richards seeking the men he insulted, "I hope this doesn't end up like O.J. or Robert Blake looking for the real killers." We hope if Michael Richards is successful in finding the men to whom he was rude, the apology will be given in a venue that receives as much exposure as the initial affront and the subsequent attempts to ameliorate this volatile situation. One good thing that has come out of this affair--
Michael Richards has provided one more reason to abolish the n-word.

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