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Old 11-07-2008, 12:34 AM   #121
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Barney obviously heard the news about the Obamas getting a puppy and is cranky about being replaced by a younger White House dog.
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I love Barney, I will miss him
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out of sheer curiousity, how can/how is it possible that anyone can miss a dog that they've had quite literally, nothing to do with?

not trying to be a smart ass, but alas, it's probably too late.
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:57 PM   #125
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Bush: 'Can I Stop Being President Now?' | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:05 PM   #126
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out of sheer curiousity, how can/how is it possible that anyone can miss a dog that they've had quite literally, nothing to do with?
You're kidding, right? It was an offhand comment..as in I will miss his dog but not him. I do love dogs though, I miss my own terribly that I had to put down in September after knowing and loving her for 15 plus years. That's how I spent my birthday, the day before, knowing that I had to face that the next day.

Happy? I think it is too late, as that (being a smart ass) seems to be your hobby around here.
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:22 PM   #127
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Wire taps without warrant, they can check the books you've checked out, the websites you've looked at, they can detain you without reason...just because you aren't Muslim doesn't mean you can't be next. You give them an inch and they can take a foot...
Well w the new Democrat team in place you think they'll make any effort to over turn it?

Draft new legsislation etc?

Or now that they're in power keep quiet and spy on the Republicans?

Btw I think the "knowing what library books one checks out" had existed long before the Patroit Act and FISA.

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George W. Bush has given himself the power to detain you, an American citizen, without reason or explanation, for an indefinite period of time, at his own discretion.
And guess who has that power now?

Sleep tight, Republicans.
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not trying to be a smart ass, but alas, it's probably too late.
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Well w the new Democrat team in place you think they'll make any effort to over turn it?

Draft new legsislation etc?

Or now that they're in power keep quiet and spy on the Republicans?

Btw I think the "knowing what library books one checks out" had existed long before the Patroit Act and FISA.

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Before you didn't get visited by Homeland Security agents after having done an extensive background check on you because you were a political science major who was working on a paper about socialist systems and therefore tried to get a original copy of Mao's red bible through your university's inter-library borrowing service questioning your patriotism and threatening you with consequences if you don't give up.
Before, it wasn't whole government institutions that knew about that. Before Bush, such actions could only be blamed on repressive regimes like the former Soviet union and its related states, China, Cuba etc. That's no more.
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:05 AM   #131
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You're kidding, right? It was an offhand comment..as in I will miss his dog but not him. I do love dogs though, I miss my own terribly that I had to put down in September after knowing and loving her for 15 plus years. That's how I spent my birthday, the day before, knowing that I had to face that the next day.

Happy? I think it is too late, as that (being a smart ass) seems to be your hobby around here.
i'd rather be a smart ass than a dumb ass. i'm pretty sure noone's ever said that before, so if anyone else is going to use that, give me the credit.
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:00 AM   #132
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out of sheer curiousity, how can/how is it possible that anyone can miss a dog that they've had quite literally, nothing to do with?

not trying to be a smart ass, but alas, it's probably too late.
Because some people give more value to animals than they do to humans which is utterly shocking.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:18 PM   #133
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Dick Morris and Eileen McGann : Bush's Legacy: European Socialism - Townhall.com

Bush's Legacy: European Socialism
Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The results of the G-20 economic summit amount to nothing less than the seamless integration of the United States into the European economy. In one month of legislation and one diplomatic meeting, the United States has unilaterally abdicated all the gains for the concept of free markets won by the Reagan administration and surrendered, in toto, to the Western European model of socialism, stagnation and excessive government regulation. Sovereignty is out the window. Without a vote, we are suddenly members of the European Union. Given the dismal record of those nations at creating jobs and sustaining growth, merger with the Europeans is like a partnership with death.

At the G-20 meeting, Bush agreed to subject the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and our other regulatory agencies to the supervision of a global entity that would critique its regulatory standards and demand changes if it felt they were necessary. Bush agreed to create a College of Supervisors.

According to The Washington Post, it would "examine the books of major financial institutions that operate across national borders so regulators could begin to have a more complete picture of banks' operations."

Their scrutiny would extend to hedge funds and to various "exotic" financial instruments. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), a European-dominated operation, would conduct "regular vigorous reviews" of American financial institutions and practices. The European-dominated College of Supervisors would also weigh in on issues like executive compensation and investment practices.

There is nothing wrong with the substance of this regulation. Experience is showing it is needed. But it is very wrong to delegate these powers to unelected, international institutions with no political accountability.

We have a Securities and Exchange Commission appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, both of whom are elected by the American people. It is with the SEC, the Treasury and the Federal Reserve that financial accountability must take place.

The European Union achieved this massive subrogation of American sovereignty the way it usually does, by negotiation, gradual bureaucratic encroachment, and without asking the voters if they approve. What's more, Bush appears to have gone down without a fight, saving his debating time for arguing against the protectionism that France's Nicolas Sarkozy was pushing. By giving Bush a seeming victory on a moratorium against protectionism for one year, Sarkozy was able to slip over his massive scheme for taking over the supervision of the U.S. economy.

All kinds of political agendas are advancing under the cover of response to the global financial crisis. Where Franklin Roosevelt saved capitalism by regulating it, Bush, to say nothing of Obama, has given the government control over our major financial and insurance institutions. And it isn't even our government! The power has now been transferred to the international community, led by the socialists in the European Union.

Will Obama govern from the left? He doesn't have to. George W. Bush has done all the heavy lifting for him. It was under Bush that the government basically took over as the chief stockholder of our financial institutions and under Bush that we ceded our financial controls to the European Union. In doing so, he has done nothing to preserve what differentiates the vibrant American economy from those dying economies in Europe. Why have 80 percent of the jobs that have been created since 1980 in the industrialized world been created in the United States? How has America managed to retain its leading 24 percent share of global manufacturing even in the face of the Chinese surge? How has the U.S. GDP risen so high that it essentially equals that of the European Union, which has 50 percent more population? It has done so by an absence of stifling regulation, a liberation of capital to flow to innovative businesses, low taxes, and by a low level of unionization that has given business the flexibility to grow and prosper. Europe, stagnated by taxation and regulation, has grown by a pittance while we have roared ahead. But now Bush -- not Obama -- Bush has given that all up and caved in to European socialists.

The Bush legacy? European socialism. Who needs enemies with friends like Bush?
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Here is a nice summary of his legacy:

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Wow. Would've been a great scene for that Oliver Stone movie. The world, literally, not willing to shake his hand.
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I saw that on CNN last night, they said (and showed) that he shook hands with all of them when he met with them privately before the photo op
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:55 PM   #137
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Yeah, he greeted all of them when they arrived. I guess he just didn't want to do it again (or maybe it's normal).
It's like saying hello to someone. You do it once a day, but when you meet the same person again you don't repeat it.
Okay, Americans found a way around it by saying "What's up?", "What's going on?" or something like that.

But he also looked down most of the time, which looked a bit strange. I would love to hear what all those politicians would have to say about him if they could just be honest.
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wow, breaking news, the Iraq war really was all about WMDs and had nothing to do with removing Saddam from power because he was the greatest existential threat ever to the world's oil supply:

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President George W. Bush Says He Will Leave Office With 'Head Held High'
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Dec. 1, 2008—

Looking back on his eight years in the White House, President George W. Bush pinpointed incorrect intelligence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction as "biggest regret of all the presidency."

"I think I was unprepared for war," Bush told ABC News' Charlie Gibson in an interview airing today on "World News."


"In other words, I didn't campaign and say, 'Please vote for me, I'll be able to handle an attack,'" he said. "In other words, I didn't anticipate war. Presidents -- one of the things about the modern presidency is that the unexpected will happen."

Bush, who has been a stalwart defender of the war in Iraq and maintaining U.S. troop presence there, said, in retrospect, the war exceeded his expectations.

"A lot of people put their reputations on the line and said the weapons of mass destruction is a reason to remove Saddam Hussein," Bush said. "It wasn't just people in my administration. A lot of members in Congress, prior to my arrival in Washington, D.C., during the debate on Iraq, a lot of leaders of nations around the world were all looking at the same intelligence.

"I wish the intelligence had been different, I guess," Bush added.
(Irvine: don't fret, George, Cheney did his best )

When pressed by Gibson, Bush declined to "speculate" on whether he would still have gone to war if he knew Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction.

"That is a do-over that I can't do," Bush said.
(Irvine: gosh, and i thought that WMDs had nothing to do with why we went to war, i thought it was all about how awful Saddam was and how he threatened our oil )

Despite failed intelligence and accusations of mismanaging the war, Bush said his decision not to prematurely withdraw troops from Iraq was grounded in his values.

"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," he said. "I believe we can win. I'm going to do what it takes to win in Iraq."

Bush said that one of his biggest disappointments was the failure to pass a comprehensive bill on immigration reform.

"I firmly believe that the immigration debate really didn't show the true nature of America as a welcoming society," he said. "I fully understand we need to enforce law and enforce borders. But the debate took on a tone that undermined the true greatness of America, which is that we welcome people who want to work hard and support their families."

Bush: Serving as President 'Joyful'

Reflecting on his time in the Oval Office, Bush said that he hopes to be remembered as a president who made difficult decisions in a principled way and "didn't sell his soul for politics."

He also spoke about his role as the "comforter-in-chief."

"The president ends up carrying a lot of people's grief in his soul," he said.

"One of the things about the presidency is you deal with a lot of tragedy -- whether it be hurricanes, or tornadoes, or fires or death -- and you spend time being the comforter-in-chief," Bush said. "But the idea of being able to serve a nation you love is -- has been joyful. In other words, my spirits have never been down. I have been sad, but the spirits are up.
" (Irvine: you've been so strong, George, we all know it's you that's suffered the most here, keep your spirits up, we'll pray for you alongside the thousands upon thousands your policies have killed )

Bush underscored his reliance on his values to guide him through tough moments.

"The thing that's important for me is to get home and look in that mirror and say, 'I did not compromise my principles,'" he said. "And I didn't. I made tough calls. And some presidencies have got a lot of tough decisions to make."

Bush said that he regrets that he was unable to change the partisan tone in Washington -- one that permeated his presidency.

"I didn't go into this naively; I knew it would be tough," he said. "But I also knew that the president has the responsibility to try to elevate the tone. And, frankly, it just didn't work, much as I'd like to have it work."

"9/11 unified the country, and that was a moment where Washington decided to work together," he said. "I think one of the big disappointments of the presidency has been the fact that the tone in Washington got worse, not better." (Irvine: and you tried so hard to unify us, George, what what your mandate and amendments to the constitution and Terri Schiavo, really, you've tried to be everyone's president, and we failed you, poor thing)

Nevertheless, Bush said that he felt his administration brought significant change to Washington, with reforms like the No Child Left Behind education policy, and international relief efforts such as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Malaria Initiative.

President Bush said that his administration responded promptly to the economic crisis.

"When you have the secretary of the treasury and the chairman of the Fed say, 'If we don't act boldly, we could be in a depression greater than the Great Depression,' that's an 'uh-oh' moment," he said.

Through government action such as the Troubled Assets Relief Program, Bush insisted that the government has taken the necessary first steps towards economic recovery.

"Slowly but surely, the system is becoming unthawed, and it's going to take time for the system to become unthawed," he said. "What the American people have got to know is we've taken the steps to unthaw it, which is the first step to recovery.

"The American people got to know that we will safeguard the system," he said. "I mean, we're in. And if we need to be in more, we will."

While many have cast blame on the Bush administration for mishandling the economy, the president said he did not have feelings of guilt for the financial collapse.

"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," Bush said. "And when people review the history of this administration, people will say that this administration tried hard to get a regulator. And there will be a lot of analysis of why that didn't happen. I suspect people will find a lot of it didn't happen for pure political reasons."

Bush on President-Elect Obama's 'Smooth Transition'

President Bush said that he encouraged President-Elect Barack Obama to become involved in the planning and implementation of the economic stimulus plan, personally calling the Obama for a briefing on the government's decision to infuse money into Citigroup.

"This is a very unique period in American history where a new president is coming in, where we are fighting a two-front war against terrorists and, at the same time, dealing with a very difficult economic situation," he said. "And the more we can work together, the better off our country will be."

Obama has assumed a leading role on the economy, announcing key members of his economic team in three consecutive press conferences last week in Chicago, despite assurances that there that there is only "one president at a time."

But Bush insisted that he did not find the president-elect's role intrusive.

"I don't feel any intrusion whatsoever & our administration still will be making the decisions necessary until he becomes the president."

Asked if Obama's election was in any way a repudiation of his administration, Bush saw more nuance.

"I think it was a repudiation of Republicans," he said. "And I'm sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me. I think most people voted for Barack Obama because they decided they wanted him to be in their living room for the next four years explaining policy."

He also said that Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain faced a "tough headwind" in the campaign, particularly in terms of the economic climate and the perception of the Republican party.

Bush praised the Obama campaign's organization and message, and when asked what his parting relationship will be with President-elect Obama, Bush said that he will reach out to the incoming president.

"One of my parting words to him will be: 'If I can help you, let me know,'" Bush said.

Bush Looks Forward to Life Out Of Spotlight

President and Mrs. Bush agreed that said that they've had enough of the limelight and are looking forward to living a "normal daily life."

"It's going to be an interesting adjustment. We'll adjust. We got each other, we've got our kids, we've got fabulous friends in Texas," Bush said.

"I'm going to have a lot of time to think," he added. "My day is going to go from getting up early-early, and being at the Oval Office at 6:45 a.m., and having a lot to do when you get there, to waking up at 6:45 a.m., getting Momma the coffee -- and kind of wandering around trying -- 'What's next, boss?'"

Bush said he plans to write a book and to continue serving the country with his wife through an institute for policy and library at the Southern Methodist University.

As they prepare to say goodbye to the White House, the first lady said she thinks the country is thankful for her husband's leadership.

"I think they think he's somebody that kept them safe for eight years," she said. "And I hear that all the time, people thanking me, telling me to thank him."
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In what was a remarkable admission that contradicted - to a large extent - the past statements from his onetime boss, former Bush strategist Karl Rove said on Tuesday evening that had the President known Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction, the United States would not have gone to war.

"In the aftermath of 9/11 the concern was about a tyrant accused of enormous human rights abuses," but who also possessed weapons of mass destruction, said Rove. "Absent that, I suspect that the administration's course of action would have been to work to find more creative ways to constrain him like in the 90s."

The remarks, delivered at a debate in New York on Bush's legacy, came amidst a vigorous defense by Rove on behalf of the war's purpose and outcome. At no point was it mentioned that the administration -- specifically Vice President Dick Cheney -- reportedly advanced faulty or poorly sourced information to fit the conclusion that Iraq possessed WMD, or that intelligence reports from the run-up to the war suggested that such a case was flimsy. Later in the event, Rove argued that Saddam Hussein was supporting terrorism, poised a grave threat to the region, and had systematically duped the international community into assuming he was armed.

"He told his interrogators it made him look big in the neighborhood," said Rove, before noting all of the Democratic officials who believed as much.

As such, Rove argued, the Bush administration was justified in the course it chose and the world better off for its actions.

And yet, his remarks stand in contrast to those offered by the president himself, both recently and in the past. In an interview that aired last night with ABC's Charlie Gibson, Bush declared that the greatest regret of his presidency was "the intelligence failure in Iraq." But he claimed it was "hard... to speculate" as to whether or not he would make the same decision to invade with the correct information.

Back in December 2005, however, Bush did just that, declaring the WMD issue effectively irrelevant when he said that, "knowing what I know today, I would have still made that decision."

"So, if you had had this -- if the weapons had been out of the equation because the intelligence did not conclude that he had them, it was still the right call?" Fox News' Brit Hume asked.

"Absolutely," replied Bush.

On Tuesday night, Rove wasn't the only Iraq war protagonist indulging in a bit of retrospection. Bill Kristol, of the Weekly Standard and Project for a New American Century fame, said he agreed with the sentiment that "the President would not in fact have gone to war if he had known what seems to be the case, that Saddam did not have functioning weapons programs at the time."

At the same time, Kristol too, argued that the decision to invade was ultimately correct, asserting that with Hussein still in power, radical groups would be more empowered, and radicalism would be resurgent far more than it is today.
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