Reasons to Dislike Bush

Some pundits wonder why so many people have visceral dislike for George W. Bush. Ted Rall sums up the reasons here. Here’s some excerpts:

First but not foremost, Bush’s detractors despise him viscerally, as a man. Where working-class populists see him as a smug, effeminate frat boy who wouldn’t recognize a hard day’s work if it kicked him in his self-satisfied ass, intellectuals see a simian-faced idiot unqualified to mow his own lawn, much less lead the free world. Another group, which includes me, is more patronizing than spiteful. I feel sorry for the dude; he looks so pathetic, so out of his depth, out there under the klieg lights, squinting, searching for nouns and verbs, looking like he’s been snatched from his bed and beamed in, and is still half asleep, not sure where he is. Each speech looks as if Bush had been beamed from his bed fast asleep. And he’s willfully ignorant. On Fox News, Bush admits that he doesn’t even read the newspaper: “I glance at the headlines just to kind of [sic] a flavor for what’s moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read [sic] the news themselves.” All these takes on Bush boil down to the same thing: The guy who holds the launch codes isn’t smart enough to know that’s he’s stupid. And that’s scary.

Bush bashers hate Bush for his personal hypocrisy–the draft-dodger who went AWOL during Vietnam yet sent other young men to die in Afghanistan and Iraq, the philandering cocaine addict who dares to call gays immoral–as well as for his attacks on peace and prosperity. But even that doesn’t explain why we hate him so much.

Bush is guilty of a single irredeemable act so heinous and anti-American that Nixon’s corruption and Reagan’s intellectual inferiority pale by comparison. No matter what he does, Democrats and Republicans who love their country more than their party will never forgive him for it.

Bush stole the presidency.

The United States enjoyed two centuries of uninterrupted democracy before George W. Bush came along. The Brits burned the White House, civil war slaughtered millions and depressions brought economic chaos, yet presidential elections always took place on schedule and the winners always took office. Bush ended all that, suing to stop a ballot count that subsequent newspaper recounts proved he had lost. He had his GOP-run Supreme Court, a federal institution, rule extrajurisdictionally on the disputed election, a matter that under our system of laws falls to the states. Bush’s recount guru, James Baker, went on national TV to threaten to use force to install him as president if Gore didn’t step aside: “If we keep being put in the position of having to respond to recount after recount after recount of the same ballots, then we just can’t sit on our hands, and we will be forced to do what might be in our best personal interest–but not–it would not be in the best interest of our wonderful country.”

David Limbaugh is also a Big Fat Idiot

(via Eschaton)

David Limbaugh makes the following claim in his book, Persecution:

IN 1776, 99.8% OF THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA WERE PROFESSED CHRISTIANS

99.8 is obviously a made up number. Never mind the fact that it clearly ignores Native Americans and many African slaves (which if counted would likely put the number well below 50%), but there is no way one could honestly come up with such a precise number.

By the way, to the Christian Right, persecution means “other beliefs are tolerated in the U.S.A.” or “they won’t let us turn the U.S.A. into a theocracy”.

A Technical Summary of the Major Presidential Candidates’ Web sites (2004 election)

Candidate Web Site Webserver information
John Kerry JohnKerry.com Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) (Red-Hat/Linux) FrontPage/5.0.2.2623 mod_python/2.7.8 Python/1.5.2 mod_ssl/2.8.12 OpenSSL/0.9.6b DAV/1.0.3 PHP/4.1.2 mod_perl/1.26 mod_throttle/3.1.2
John Edwards John Edwards Microsoft-IIS/5.0
Howard Dean Dean for America Apache/1.3.12 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.6.5 OpenSSL/0.9.6e ApacheJServ/1.1.2 mod_fastcgi/2.2.10
Wesley Clark General Wesley Clark for President Apache/1.3.28
Dennis Kucinich Dennis Kucinich for President Campaign, 2004 Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) PHP/4.3.1 mod_ssl/2.8.14 OpenSSL/0.9.6b
X-Powered-By: PHP/4.3.1
Carol Moseley Braun Carol Moseley Braun for President Apache/1.3.26 (Unix) ApacheJServ/1.1.2 mod_webapp/1.2.0-dev PHP/4.1.2 mod_ssl/2.8.10 OpenSSL/0.9.6g
Bob Graham Bob Graham for President Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) FrontPage/5.0.2.2634
Joe Lieberman Joe Lieberman for President 2004: Apache/1.3.12 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.6.5 OpenSSL/0.9.6e ApacheJServ/1.1.2 mod_fastcgi/2.2.10
Dick Gephardt Dick Gephardt for President Microsoft-IIS/5.0
Al Sharpton Sharpton Explore 2004 Microsoft-IIS/5.0
MicrosoftOfficeWebServer: 5.0_Pub
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
George W. Bush GeogeWBush.com Microsoft-IIS/5.0
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
X-AspNet-Version: 1.1.4322

No surprise that W.’s campaign is hosted on a expensive, buggy, and relatively insecure web server. I’m somewhat disappointed in the Democrats who also serve there web pages with IIS.

Opus Returns!

From the Boston Globe:

Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed is resurrecting Opus the penguin from the 1980s comic strip “Bloom County” for a new series to appear in Sunday comics this November.

The Sunday-only strip, to be called “Opus,” begins Nov. 23, the Washington Post reported yesterday. It will be syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group.

Polygraph Testing Less than Worthless

(via APS – What’s New by Bob Park – September 5, 2003)

A two-year study by the National Academy of Sciences, “The Polygraph and Lie Detection,” showed polygraph testing to be less than worthless (WN 18 Apr 03). You might have expected at least a token decrease in testing by the Department of Energy. Instead DOE boldly reissued the old policy, which would subject about 20,000 employees to random character assassination. There was an immediate outcry from employees, and Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) convened an Energy Committee oversight hearing on Thursday, where DOE announced that a mere 4,500 employees with top-secret clearance or positions in intelligence will now be subject to having their careers trashed by polygraph roulette. It was a victory for Sen. Domenici, who praised DOE for its enlightened policy. But nothing in the NAS study says the polygraph works better if you have top-secret clearance.

I’m sure you will all take comfort that our national security relies, in part, on such an “enlightened policy”.