Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Atrios notes that Dick Cheney will probably not be forced to resign for his role in breaking Bush Sr.'s law
when Cheney outed Valerie Plame's CIA identity for crass political gain.
Wasn't there a time that aWol said
Listen, I know of nobody -- I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information. If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it, and we'll take the appropriate action.
I don't believe appropriate action includes a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Speaking of Hurricane Katrina and Failure
This excellent article
at the N.Y. Times mentioned my belief that there was renewed interest in the Miserable Failure Googlebomb after Hurricane Katrina. I now have more data to back up that assertion
, interestingly enough, from Google itself. Hurricane Katrina was a huge search term which isn't surprising considering it was one of the worst natural disasters
to hit the U.S. recently. Shortly after that "failure" was a huge search term which happened to coincide with the large number of references to Hurricane Katrina in news articles (the second graph on the page.)
Two things stick out about top graph in the chart. "Failure" lasted as a search term much longer than "Hurricane Katrina" and it surged again right before the November 2006 elections.
One last note about the trend page. The top U.S. city to use the search terms, according to Google, was Washington D.C.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
World's Problems Solved
Is this thing on? George Bush has failed miserably as President
<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/">George Bush has failed miserably as President</a>.
If one wishes to find out if Google used a new algorithm or just dressed up a blacklist and called it an algorithm, one could try some variation on that theme it may help to vary the sentence and use variations of the root words.
Likewise, one could try George Bush has acted more like a top international terrorist rather than an American President
<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/">George Bush has acted more like a top international terrorist rather than an American President</a>
or some variation on that theme...
Now that Google has removed George Bush from the #1 hit for the search miserable failure
What other results will Google hide because Republicans complained?
Friday, January 26, 2007
News For Nerds has a post about Google stepping on the bomb for Bush and Blair
. It provoked a lively discussion. It appears that Google's tactic of claiming it was algorithmic change prevented a replay of the Google China censorship fiasco
. No news on why Google flip-flopped
on their earlier opinion of the web
stance. As one of the poster's noted, his Googlebomb still works.
This change came just a few months after Google started a PAC
Was it political pressure? Google has changed their algorithm because miserable failure
no longer leads to Bush. However, the right wingers' google bomb of miserable failure still leads to Michael Moore so contrary to Google's lies that they are better at detecting Google bombs
it is more than likely their algorithm just excludes whitehouse.gov from criticism.
Update: As Stefano pointed out in comments. Michael Moore no longer came up in the results for miserable failure just hours after I posted. However, French Military Victories still works...Further update
. The right wing "Great President" Googlebomb
still works. New algorithm, my ass. This is nothing but Google's China Syndrome
with technogeek mumbo jumbo thrown in to deflect criticism.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Shock & Awe
Monday, January 22, 2007
How Is That Job Going, Karen?
Tomato or Tomahto?
That Is Suspicious
I need a Hebrew language expert to tell me if it is miserable failure
or complete failure
Yahoo wouldn't let me post a negative review about one of the hotels that had misleading advertising about its location that I booked through their service. Not only was it a horrible experience but I discovered I could save $100 a night by calling the actual hotel directly rather than using Yahoo's useless service.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
You Say Awful
Presidential Primary - 2008
I say offal
. Let's call the whole thing off and impeach Bush now!
. It seems that like heckuvajob Brownie the speechwriters were most concerned about where to get a bite to eat
Just As We Suspected
Any Democrat willing to say George Bush should be impeached has my vote. Any candidate who says George Bush should be tried for war crimes will have my money.
Simon Cowell can dish out criticism but he sure can't take it
. He defends his program where rich, attractive, successful people mock and criticize unattractive and/or untalented people. It is a hit but car wrecks attract crowds also.
Time and again, Americans try to comfort themselves over Bush's illegal and failed invasion with not as many have died in this quagmire as in Viet Nam. The yardstick they use is the U.S. death toll after 15 years in Viet Nam vs. less than 4 years in Iraq II, WMD Boogaloo.
In 1961-1965 the U.S. had 1,864 deaths in Viet Nam compared to over 3,000 in Iraq. Relative troop involvement isn't the same but Bush's quagmire
is nowhere near finished.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Like The News Only Sooner
Obama is running for President
. I wonder what I was saying in July of 2004
? I guess I shoud use the magic of posting on my blog to say I will be the only winner in a $42 million Lotto jackpot.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Isn't It Always Good News For George Bush?
Police in Iraq see jump in recruits
trumpets USA Today.
U.S. commanders attribute the sudden increase in police applicants to the support of local tribal leaders and a deepening rift between Sunni tribesmen and extremist groups such as al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Sorry to rain on the military's parade but perhaps they are signing up for the arms and ammo? For example, the BBC reported:
Insurgents 'inside Iraqi police'
It would seem that not only has the American occupation failed to prevent a civil war but also modernizing the Iraqi police force armament is likely to lead to more American deaths. This is beyond a quagmire.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Consider The Source
we see that Cheney thinks we have made enormous progress in Iraq
. What do you expect from a man who shot his friend in the face?
Saturday, January 13, 2007
A Man With A Plan
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Advice For The Big Speech
Resident Mumblemouth is supposed to give a big speech tonight. Some say: Bush's Iraq speech may be his most important
Some pointers for free, Mr. Bush:
- Don't wear a flight suit.
- Don't say "Bring 'em on"
- Also from the bring them on speech, don't say : "See, we've been there, what, how many days? You're counting the days since we've been there?:
- Be sure to mention 9/11 9 or 11 times.
- Don't mention New Orleans.
- Don't mention Halliburton.
- Don't bring up that Obama Osama is still out there
- Don't say "Democrat Party" in the same sentence you want them to give up their mandate.
- Don't mention the sacrifice your family members are making for this war.
- Remind us to go shopping; it's what we do best.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Like The News Only Sooner
Limousine Liberal Redux
That Was Fast
Nancy Pelosi was chauffeured to school as a child
? Heaven forfend! Of course, this means my daughter is right in step with the Speaker of the House. I didn't know how fashionable and exclusive it was to have a child chauffeured to school. I didn't know how uncomfortable Republicans would be with this display of wealth. Did I mention that my daughter's chauffeur is my wife in our ten year old Volvo? Perhaps my daughter will grow up to be Speaker of the House someday as well!
In less than 24 hours of the new Congress Reichert proves he lied
about being a moderate. He voted against a balanced budget amendment because it would make it impossible to extend Bush's ruinous Paris Hilton tax breaks.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Bush At 30
30% approval that is
. After his negative surge in the polls for embracing a surge in Iraq will Bush want to have a beer with himself?
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
After what those fuckers did to this country for the last six years it is up to Republicans to show that they can be bi-partisan
as Democrats try to clean up the unholy shit pile that the Bush junta and his enablers have created.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
While They Are At It
It's Just A Hunch
I would guess that there have been no executions in the US on Christmas day for over a hundred years if ever. Riverbend notes that an execution on the first day of Eid isn't cricket
Monday, January 01, 2007
The Texacutioner Didn't Think This One Through
In Bush's global war on
terrorists he let his glee for executions overcome common sense. Saddam's execution won't stop the bloodshed in Iraq. Millions of Iraqis will now consider Saddam a martyr and this will do nothing to cool down their passion for their cause.