George W. Bush, Coward

(via Musings of a Philosophical Scrivener…)

BUSH: CLAP ME OR NO EU SPEECH:

GEORGE Bush pulled out of a speech to the European Parliament when MEPs wouldn’t guarantee a standing ovation.

Senior White House officials said the President would only go to Strasbourg to talk about Iraq if he had a stage-managed welcome.

A source close to negotiations said last night: “President Bush agreed to a speech but insisted he get a standing ovation like at the State of the Union address.

“His people also insisted there were no protests, or heckling.

“I believe it would be a crucial speech for Mr Bush to make in light of the opposition here to war. But unless he only gets adulation and praise, then it will never happen.”

Mr Bush’s every appearance in the US is stage-managed, with audiences full of supporters.

It was hoped he would speak after he welcomed Warsaw pact nations to Nato in Prague last November. But his refusal to speak to EU leaders face-to-face is seen as a key factor in the split between the US-UK coalition and Europe.

The source added: “Relations between the EU and the US are worsening fast – this won’t help.”

Bush is not only a Miserable Failure, he’s also a pussy (to use language a typical Bush supporter can understand).

Relative Popularity of the Major Presidential Candidates’ Web Sites

Based on Google’s “Reverse Links” Search.

Candidate Web Site Number of pages linking to
Howard Dean Dean for America 7,010
George W. Bush (aka Miserable Failure) GeogeWBush.com 2,640
Dick Gephardt Dick Gephardt for President 2,050
John Kerry JohnKerry.com 1,840
John Edwards John Edwards 1,300
Carol Moseley Braun Carol Moseley Braun for President 948
Joe Lieberman Joe Lieberman for President 2004: 812
Wesley Clark General Wesley Clark for President 602
Al Sharpton Sharpton Explore 2004 561
Dennis Kucinich Dennis Kucinich for President Campaign, 2004 288

No surprise that Dean’s in the lead. He has the most internet savvy campaign I’ve seen.

I was expecting a bit more from Kucinich. He seems to have a lot of support from left wing bloggers.

I suspect Clark’s poor showing is due to sites still linking to various “draft Clark” web sites rather than the official web site.

Note: rankings are current as of 18 November 2003. I plan on updating these rankings whenever I feel like it (I plan on eventually automating the process).

Thanks to Public Nuisance for pointing out the “correct” Clarke web site.

Mmmm, Beer

Guinness good for you – official (from BBC News):

A pint of the black stuff a day may work as well as an aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks.

They found that those given the Guinness had reduced clotting activity in their blood, but not those given lager.

Guinness Ad

For once, good news about something many people enjoy.

DNC and RNC Web Sites

Though this article from Linux Journal pretty much rehashes “A Technical Summary of the Major Presidential Candidates’ Web sites“, it’s worth checking out for this tidbit:

For what it’s worth, the Republican National Committee is running Microsoft IIS on Windows 2000, while the Democratic National Committee is running Apache on Linux.

As of this writing, November 5, 2003, the RNC has an uptime of 4.26 days (maximum of 39.04) and a 90-day moving average of 16.91. The DNC has an uptime of 445.02 days (also the maximum) and a 90-day moving average of 395.38 days.

Draw your own conclusions