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Make that 2 million books sold for former President George W. Bush....
http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/ap/Entertainment/68635Make that 2 million books sold for former President George W. Bush....... more
Knowyourborder.gov is reportedly an agency of the North American Union (NAU) agenda under the apparent directive of the Security and Prosperity Parternship (formerly detailed in SPP.gov) which has been signed by former Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2005 with former U.S. President George W. Bush. Knowyourborder.gov is a U.S.-ased website enabling Canadians to register their Canadian drivers license with enhanced featured to help fight the “War against Terrorism”.
http://lecanadian.com/2010/12/12/north-american-union-spp-agenda-re-manifests-through-knowyourborder-gov/Knowyourborder.gov is reportedly an agency of the North American Union (NAU) agenda... more
Recently News Updates Palmieri also was a confidant of Ms Elizabeth Edwards, the candidate's ex-wife. Ms Elizabeth Edwards is gravely ill and doctors have told her she only has weeks to live, according to a family friend who....Recently News Updates Palmieri also was a confidant of Ms Elizabeth Edwards, the... more
Alberto Gonzalez memorably served as Attorney General under George W. Bush.
Sure, there were a few bumps along the way, what with the torture and helping Karl Rove purge the roster of U.S. Attorneys in a way that an official report declared violated the principles of the Department of Justice.
But all that's behind us now. Now Gonzalez just wants your cash.
Politico reports today on a high-powered e-mail fund-raiser going around elite circles asking for donations to pay Gonzalez' still-lingering legal bills.
Anyway, we guess Texas Tech isn't paying Gonzalez enough, so he needs the cash. We cannot think of a better charity to receive a donation this holiday season.
Just think how thrilled your kids, nieces, nephews and godchildren will be to open that envelope on Christmas Day and read "In lieu of a gift, I have made a donation in your name to pay Alberto Gonzalez' legal bills." It will bring tears to their eyes!!Alberto Gonzalez memorably served as Attorney General under George W. Bush. Sure,... more
DALLAS — Former President George W. Bush has pledged not to publicly criticize his successor, Barack Obama, but he did offer some praise Monday during a live broadcast on Facebook to promote his new book.
Bush participated in an hour-long discussion on Facebook Live with the site's founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and was asked what he thought the current administration was handling well. The former president responded that he liked Obama's policy on Afghanistan.
"I think the idea of putting more troops in was something that I can applaud," Bush said. "I also appreciate some of the education position. As I understand it they do believe strongly that accountability is necessary in order to achieve excellence in the classrooms."
As the discussion started, Zuckerberg asked Bush why he decided to appear on Facebook. Bush quipped: "Because you've got a lot of people paying attention to us, and I'm trying to sell books."
He then told Zuckerberg that he loves entrepreneurship and a country that could help make someone like Zuckerberg able to realize his dream and, in turn, create jobs for many people. "Yours is a really interesting company, and plus: I'm shamelessly marketing," he said.
Bush, whose book, "Decision Points," was released earlier this month, visited Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., fielding questions from Zuckerberg, Facebook employees and those watching online who submitted questions during the broadcast on the company's streaming video channel.
"I've written this book because I recognize there's no such thing as accurate short-term history. I want to give future historians a perspective: mine," he said, adding, "I've also written it for people who wonder what it's like to be president."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40424747/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/40325955DALLAS — Former President George W. Bush has pledged not to publicly criticize... more
Wow what a week it has been in the world of political gaffes! First out was French President Nicolas Sarkozy who told a reporter he was a paedophile when the guy asked him about curruption allegations.
Then it was Sarah Palin, no surprise there perhaps, but still - mixing up North and South Korea in a time like this makes it even scarier (but also hilarious) that she is even thinking about running for president.
And then it was Prime Minister David Cameron, comparing the speaker of the house to one of the seven dwarfs.
Below are 10 of the best political gaffes of recent times, please post your favourites in the comments! Wow what a week it has been in the world of political gaffes! First out was French... more
We were graced with a new Bushism on Tuesday this week but it seems to have conveniently slipped under the radar.
President Bush gave a talk at the Athena Performing Arts Center at Greece Athena Middle and High School Tuesday, May 24, 2005 in Rochester, NY. Bush traveled to Rochester, trying to win support for his proposed overhaul of the Social Security system.
About half way through the event Bush came out with this pearler.
"See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
CLICK HERE to listen to the Bushism. http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/2010/11/bush-you-have-to-keep-repeating-things.html
Don't believe it? Click here to go to the White House's own website and read the transcript. You can also watch the entire video of the speech. The Bushism is 22 minutes 50 seconds in.
It was also picked up in an op-ed by the Washington Post.
This reminded us of another famous quote which is similar to Bush's.
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."
Who said that?
Joseph Goebbels, Hiter's Nazi Propaganda Minister.
Nothing to worry about. Go back to sleep. Watch American Idol. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzWe were graced with a new Bushism on Tuesday this week but it seems to have... more
Due to the recent national outrage against the allegations of abuses by the agents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), it's time to remember what the so-called "War on Terror" really is.
The War on Terror is a Hoax
By Paul Craig Roberts
According to US government propaganda, terrorist cells are spread throughout America, making it necessary for the government to spy on all Americans and violate most other constitutional protections. Among President Bush’s last words as he left office was the warning that America would soon be struck again by Muslim terrorists.
If America were infected with terrorists, we would not need the government to tell us. We would know it from events. As there are no events, the US government substitutes warnings in order to keep alive the fear that causes the public to accept pointless wars, the infringement of civil liberty, national ID cards, and inconveniences and harassments when they fly.
The most obvious indication that there are no terrorist cells is that not a single neocon has been assassinated.
I do not approve of assassinations, and am ashamed of my country’s government for engaging in political assassination. The US and Israel have set a very bad example for al Qaeda to follow.
The US deals with al Qaeda and Taliban by assassinating their leaders, and Israel deals with Hamas by assassinating its leaders. It is reasonable to assume that al Qaeda would deal with the instigators and leaders of America’s wars in the Middle East in the same way.
Today every al Qaeda member is aware of the complicity of neoconservatives in the death and devastation inflicted on Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Gaza. Moreover, neocons are highly visible and are soft targets compared to Hamas and Hezbollah leaders. Neocons have been identified in the media for years, and as everyone knows, multiple listings of their names are available online.
Neocons do not have Secret Service protection. Dreadful to contemplate, but it would be child’s play for al Qaeda to assassinate any and every neocon. Yet, neocons move around freely, a good indication that the US does not have a terrorist problem.
If, as neocons constantly allege, terrorists can smuggle nuclear weapons or dirty bombs into the US with which to wreak havoc upon our cities, terrorists can acquire weapons with which to assassinate any neocon or former government official.
Yet, the neocons, who are the Americans most hated by Muslims, remain unscathed.
The “war on terror” is a hoax that fronts for American control of oil pipelines, the profits of the military-security complex, the assault on civil liberty by fomenters of a police state, and Israel’s territorial expansion.Due to the recent national outrage against the allegations of abuses by the agents of... more
Say what you like about George W. Bush's intelligence, but he's done one thing you probably haven't — write a book. Or most of it anyway.
Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post dropped a bombshell on Friday:
"[The book includes] worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections. He took equal license in lifting from nonfiction books about his presidency or newspaper or magazine articles from the time. Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial "decision points" of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush's character: He's too lazy to write his own memoir."
To say this is mind-blowing would be an understatement. The victims include Bob Woodward and the Washington Post, among others. Of course the publisher, Crown Books, has come out with a strong denial, but the facts speak for themselves. Check out the slideshow at the HuffPost for all the examples found thus far. Grim encourages readers to scour the book for more possible instances of plagiarism, and to use online tools to verify, and then email them in for compilation.
The list of examples will surely grow. And although most of these literary crimes were probably committed by Bush's assistant Peter Rough rather than the former president himself, the damage has been done. Apologists will say something along the lines of: "It wasn't Bush, he was misled by the people who were working for him." Which sounds eerily similar to the excuses used for the missteps committed when he was the most powerful man in the world.
http://talkingskull.com/article/plagiarism-in-bushs-memoirSay what you like about George W. Bush's intelligence, but he's done one... more
Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi are always eager to support a fellow Texan, even if they didn't vote for him (twice). So they saddle up and ride to their local bookstore to be the first to buy George W. Bush's new memoir. But the Lonestar Staters are dismayed to find Bush's opus getting less respect at Book Soup than Keith Richards' tome. Hey, the Rolling Stones were cool and all, but England's no El Paso, dadgummit.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Erin Gibson, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 11/10c on Current TV.
Go to http://current.com/infomania for more, and make sure to check out our Facebook profile for special features at http://facebook.com/infomania.Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi are always eager to support a fellow Texan, even if they... more
Just two days after Kanye West apologised to George W. Bush for calling him a racist on US television, the über sensitive performer backtracked - claiming he was "set up" by an NBC reporter in twitter rant. In a pre-recorded interview with the Today Show's Matt Lauer on Tuesday, Kanye West apologised to former US president George W. Bush for calling him a racist in a MTV clip about hurricane Katrina in 2005. He said: "I would tell George Bush, in my moment of frustration, I didn't have the grounds to call him a racist. But I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that, we as human beings don't always choose the right words. And that's why I'm here."Bush, who was interviewed live on the NBC Today Show yesterday, said (even though he got the rapper's name wrong): "I appreciate it. I don't hate Conway West. I am not a hater."But the peace didn't last long, even before West’s interview was aired, he went on Twitter to criticise Lauer."He tried to force my answers," West tweeted in all capital letters. "It was very brutal and I came there with only positive intent."West said that NBC set him up by playing the MTV clip while asking him questions about Bush. West went on to rant about being used and abused by the media. He even invoked Michael Jackson’s name, and said he could relate to the scrutiny the King of Pop was under."I wish Michael Jackson had twitter!!!!!!" West wrote. "Maybe Mike could have explained how the media tried to set him up!!! It's all a f-----g set up!!!!"Despite having an album scheduled for release this month, West said he would give no more interviews."I don't trust anyone but myself," West wrote. "Everyone has an agenda. I don't do press anymore. I can't be everything to everybody anymore."
Just two days after Kanye West apologised to George W. Bush for calling him a racist... more
One cannot fault him for dodging responsibility. In his autobiographical book, 'Decision Points' published this week in the United States, former President George W. Bush admits, - no, boasts, of having authorized the practice known as waterboarding in interrogations of suspected members of Al Qaeda by the CIA.
The problem? Bush does not believe that this method of 'enhanced interrogation' constitutes torture. But the preceding U.S. administration and the one following, as international experts and foreign courts, disagree.
Has he then, by this confession, made himself vulnerable to criminal charges (and ex-Vice President Dick Cheney also had said in an interview last February that he had been staunch supporter of waterboarding)?One cannot fault him for dodging responsibility. In his autobiographical book,... more
So Georgie Porgie has defied us all and has managed to write a 481-page book with only a few pictures in it - well he got a 28-year-old ghost writer to do it, but who cares about minor details like that. Not that he isn't man enough to admit that it's a feat for a man like him to publish a potential bestseller: "This is going to come as quite a shock to people...that I can write a book, much less read one"...(no we are not sure what that means either, so it should be a fun read). In the book Bush makes some revealing claims about his presidency, and it's rumoured that he was given a eight figure cash advance for the book. In it, he claims that British lives were saved by "waterboarding" (an interrogation technique that simulates drowning) terrorist suspects who were plotting attacks on Heathrow airport and Canary Wharf.
When asked in an in an inertview with The Times if he authorised it to extract information from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaeda mastermind behind the 9/11 attack, he said: "Damn right!"The 64-year-old former president also describe his close relationship with Tony Blair, but is very dismissive of public opinion in Britain about the war in Iraq. "It doesn't matter how people perceive me in England. It just doesn't matter any more. And frankly, at times, it didn't matter then," he said.When Blair faced a possible vote of no confidence in Parliament on the eve of war, Bush said he offered him the chance to opt out of sending British troops into Iraq: "Rather than lose the government, I would much rather have Tony and his wisdom and his strategic thinking as the prime minister of a strong and important ally".
But Blair told him: "I'm in. If it costs the government, fine."Bush said he still had "a sickening feeling" about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.He also claims he was "blind-sided" by the biggest financial crisis since the 1930s, saying that he focused on "kitchen-table" economics such as jobs and inflation rather than credit issues, assuming that others would warn him about it. So Georgie Porgie has defied us all and has managed to write a 481-page book with... more
Some people give lame reasons to be pro-life, but George W. Bush really has a pretty good excuse. While on his current “Say Anything To Get People To Buy My Book Nobody Would Read Otherwise” tour, Bush revealed to Matt Lauer the reason he dislikes abortion: His mother had a miscarriage when he was a teenager and liked to parade around her dead offspring in a jar. Holy hell, this family. “Junior, please pass sister fetus jar the mashed potatoes.” “Junior, please drive your brother the fetus jar to school.” “Junior, doesn’t your sister the fetus jar look beautiful in her prom dress? Pull her out of the goo and pin that corsage on her, wouldn’t you? Then give her a kiss goodbye. She’d best be going or she’ll be late!”
“She said to her teenage kid, ‘Here’s the fetus,’ ” the shockingly candid Bush told NBC’s Matt Lauer, gesturing as if he were holding the jar during the TV chat, a DVD of which The Post exclusively obtained.
“There’s no question that affected me, a philosophy that we should respect life,” said the former president
But “the purpose of the story wasn’t to try show the evolution of a pro-life point of view,” Bush insisted to Lauer.
It was to scare children on Halloween?
“It was really to show how my mom and I developed a relationship.”
Oh Lord, did the two of them have sex? This almost excuses the whole torture thing.
http://wonkette.com/429674/young-george-w-bush-traumatized-by-barbara-bushs-fetus-jarSome people give lame reasons to be pro-life, but George W. Bush really has a pretty... more
Former President George W. Bush says that Kanye West's insinuation that he is a racist, made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, still stings today — and that the episode was the "all-time low" point of his presidency.
Bush's long-delayed reaction to West's ad-libbed comment that "George Bush doesn’t care about black people," made during a live TV benefit show for hurricane survivors, is from an interview the former president taped with Matt Lauer of NBC.
Here's the exchange, from an early transcript the network released, as quoted by Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly:
“He called me a racist,” Bush tells Lauer. “And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true.”
Lauer quotes from Bush’s new book: “Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust.” Lauer adds, “You go on: ‘I faced a lot of criticism as president. I didn’t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low.’
President Bush responds: “Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words. I felt ‘em when I heard ‘em, felt ‘em when I wrote ‘em, and I felt ‘em when I’m listening to ‘em.
Lauer: “You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your presidency?”
Bush: “Yes. My record was strong, I felt, when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment.”
Lauer: “I wonder if some people are going to read that, now that you’ve written it, and they might give you some heat for that. And the reason is this — “
Bush [interrupting]: “Don’t care.”
Lauer: “Well, here’s the reason. You’re not saying that the worst moment in your presidency was watching the misery in Louisiana. You’re saying it was when someone insulted you because of that.”
Bush: “No, and I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well. There’s a lot of tough moments in the book. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple.”
Before we proceed, allow me to ask: What is it about a midterm election that makes former presidents start talking about rappers? First there's the Bill Clinton-Lil' Wayne story, and now this.
While it's not clear if Lil' Wayne has an opinion about Clinton's remark that the oft-incarcerated rapper is a smart guy who should try to stay out of trouble, Kanye West has — believe it or not — offered his opinion on Bush's comments to Lauer.
As reported by Rap Radar, West was speaking to Houston deejay Devi Dev of Houston's 97.9 The Box when he was asked what he thought about Bush's sharp words. Here's what he said:
"Well, I definitely can understand the way he feels, to be accused of being a racist in any way, because… the same thing happened to me, you know, where I got accused of being a racist," West said — referring to his troubled TV appearance with Taylor Swift last fall.
"For both situations, it was basically a lack of compassion that America felt in that situation. You know, with him, it was a lack of compassion of him not rushing — him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans.
For me, it was a lack of compassion of, you know, cutting someone off in their moment. But nonetheless, you know, I think we’re all quick to pull, like, a race card in America.
And now I’m more open. And the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went [through]. And now I really more connect with him, on… just a humanitarian level. Because that next morning, when he felt that — I felt that, too."
Back to the Katrina fallout: Reuters quotes another portion of the transcript, in which Bush discusses his words of praise for emergency response chief Michael Brown. When he said, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job,'' Bush explains, he was trying to keep up morale.
"I never imagined those words would become an infamous entry in the political lexicon,'' he said.Former President George W. Bush says that Kanye West's insinuation that he is a... more
George W. Bush has described the 'lowest moment' of his presidency in his memoirs "Decision Points," which are to be released next week.
So what was it? The legally-questionable invasion of Iraq that led to scores of civilian deaths? The horrors of 9/11? Refusing to sign the Kyoto Protocol?
Nope. Turns out it was the time Kanye West called him a massive racist.
In the book, Bush writes that he was "disgusted" and "deeply insulted" by Kanye West's insistence that Dubya didn't 'care about black people'. The president told his wife, Laura, that it was the lowest moment of his presidency.
In a TV interview with NBC News that's due to be aired on Monday, Mr Bush said:
"I didn't appreciate it then and I don't appreciate it now. It's one thing to say, 'I don't appreciate the way he's handled his business.' It's another thing to say, 'This man's a racist.' I resent it. It's not true. And it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency."
In the book he writes: 'The suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Hurricane Katrina represented an all-time low'.
Here's another look at Kanye's famous criticism and Mike Myer's hilariously shocked reaction:
In 2007, Kanye West spoke about how his life improved after he accused Bush of not caring caring about black people:
George W. Bush has described the 'lowest moment' of his presidency in his... more
The largest leak in history reveals torture, killing, children shot – and how the US tried to keep it all quietSo now we begin to know the full extent of what Tony Blair called the blood price. A detainee tortured with live electrical wires here, children shot by US troops at a checkpoint there, insurgents using children to carry out suicide bombings somewhere else; on and on, through 391,832 documents. At the Pentagon, these messages were the day-to-day commonplaces of staff inboxes; for Iraqis, they detail, in the emotionless jargon of the US military, nothing less than the hacking open of a nation's veins.
Today, seven and a half years on from the order to invade, the largest leak in history has shown, far more than has been hitherto known, just what was unleashed by that declaration of war. The Iraqi security services tortured hundreds, and the US military watched, noted and emailed, but rarely intervened. A US helicopter gunship crew were ordered to shoot insurgents trying to surrender. A doctor sold al-Qa'ida a list of female patients with learning difficulties so they could be duped into being suicide bombers. A private US company, which made millions of dollars from the outsourcing of security duties, killed civilians. And the Americans, who have always claimed never to count civilian deaths, were in fact secretly logging them. At a conservative estimate, the new documents add at least 15,000 to the war's death toll.
It was yesterday morning when WikiLeaks, the crowd-funded website which achieved worldwide fame for releasing Afghanistan material earlier this year, uploaded nearly 400,000 US military documents. Covering the 2004-09 period, they consist of messages passed from low-level or medium-level operational troops to their superiors and ultimate bosses in the Pentagon. They are marked "Secret", by no means the highest of security classifications.
Civilian death tolls
The Pentagon and the Iraqi health ministry consistently refused to publish a death toll of civilians, even denying such a record existed. "We don't do body counts," said US General Tommy Franks, who directed the Iraq invasion. The Iraq War Logs reveal just how hollow his words were.
Since the beginning of the war, The Independent on Sunday has asserted that the true death toll of civilians in the war was far higher than military officials were suggesting. As early as 2004 the IoS reported that the Pentagon was in fact collecting classified casualty figures and that academics believed the death toll might be as much as 100,000 – or more.
The logs detail 109,032 deaths, some 66,081 of which are civilians. Iraq Body Count said yesterday that an analysis of a sample of 860 of the Iraq War Logs led it to estimate the information in all the logs would add 15,000 extra civilian deaths to its previous total of 107,000. To these should be added military deaths, and IBC's revised total deaths in Iraq would now be around 150,000, 80 per cent of them civilians.
However, some care needs to be taken in using this data. The information in the logs is by no means a comprehensive tally of all deaths.
The death toll of civilians is in stark contrast to President Bush's words in 2003, when he said that new technology meant troops could go out of their way to protect Iraqi civilians. "With new tactics and precision weapons, we can achieve military objectives without directing violence against civilians," he said.
The leaked documents provide a ground's-eye view of abuses as reported by US military personnel to their superiors, and appear to corroborate much of the past reporting on such incidents. Beatings, burnings and lashings surface in hundreds of the documents, giving the impression that the use of cables, metal rods, wooden poles and live electrical wires to torture detainees was far from rare. Although some abuse cases...
More in the link at the top, check it out.So now we begin to know the full extent of what Tony Blair called the blood price. A... more