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Wed Jun 28, 2006 at 12:23 PM PDT

Dumb As A Fence Post

by peterfredson

DUMB AS A FENCE POST?

By Peter Fredson

June 28, 2006

Many people have debated the mentality and honesty of George W. Bush. There is a hard-core fundamentalist Christian Republican component that still believes George Bush is a good president, a canny strategist, and a compassionate conservative. But about 70% of Americans feels he is the worst president that has ever disgraced this country.

 They point out that "staying the course' is a sure indication of lack of imagination and that lunatics follow that strategy in the hope that failure will magically become success. Some even have large VICTORY signs printed in desperate anticipation.

The lack of new ideas is shown by the Bush formula of having his speech writers use slightly different wording but without altering the basic message one whit. Anyone can predict what any of his speeches will include. First of all is the famous 9/11, the date which Bush has mentioned innumerable times to make up for a lack of ideas.

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Tue Jun 06, 2006 at 10:00 AM PDT

What is it Like to be a Failure?

by peterfredson

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A FAILURE?

By Peter Fredson

June 6, 2006

I watch the Bush administration bellow and bluster its incompetence to the world. I watch as the cabinet dances war dances, shouts ominous threats, pronounces rivals to be EVIL and therefore unfit to live with decent Christian Republicans.

 I listen to little Condi Rice, the Black Angel of Death; scare the public once more with visions of mushroom clouds, aluminum tubes, yellow cake and other strategic lies. But Donald and Dick are optimistic that everything is going super well.  They weekly repeat this mantra and will do so until Bush retires in disgrace, an utter failure, letting someone else manage the national deficit, the war, the utter division of the country, and the immense build-up of personal hatred.

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Sun May 07, 2006 at 09:43 AM PDT

Strategy For Total Victory

by peterfredson

STRATEGY FOR TOTAL VICTORY

By Peter Fredson

May 7, 2006

I recently reviewed remarks of George W. Bush and those of his cabinet officials regarding war, terrorism, environment, deficit, employment, pensions, social security, Medicare, the oil crisis, health management, education, science, religion, patriotism, scare tactics, security arrangements, CIA, and many other topics of national interest.  

In no case have I been satisfied with the clarity of the remarks, or their credibility. Instead I find a steady diet of misinformation, deliberate falsehood, preemptive denials, and completely undeserved optimism concerning the status of any problem. The word "incompetence" constantly recurs.

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Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 04:32 AM PDT

Why George Can't Fire Donald

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Why George Can't Fire Donald

By Peter Fredson

April 24, 2006

People have wondered why Bush will not fire his Pentagon friend, Donald Rumsfeld. Some ascribe it to loyalty, to stubbornness, or to his absolutist mentality. Some believe that Rumsfeld knows where too many bodies are buried, and that firing him might force some leakage to occur. He was with Bush during his campaigns and knows what promises were made, to whom, and what inducements were offered.

If ever a Deep Throat could reveal embarrassing secrets it certainly is Rumsfeld, not to mention his colleagues Rove, Wolfowitz, Cheney and a half dozen others.  If George won't fire Donald it is understandable for many reasons. I don't know.

But, let me take a different tack, instead of WON'T let me try CAN'T.

Bush CAN'T fire Rumsfeld because of many reasons.

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Sat Apr 22, 2006 at 06:19 AM PDT

Bush Main Gouger

by peterfredson

 BUSH GOUGER

By Peter Fredson

April 22, 2006

I watched two actors strut on stage yesterday in Los Angeles.  Arnold Schwartzenegger and George W. Bush appeared for the purpose of bolstering up faltering popularity polls, and pumping for pet projects.  Arnold wanted state levees rebuilt quickly and George wanted desperately to be liked again.  George went back to his Education President disguise while simultaneously seeming to do something about high gasoline prices.

You may say what you like about George, but once he has made up his mind about something, nothing will stop him. He will "stay the course" regardless of any amount of failure. He is like the guy who watches reruns of football games, hoping that the result will be different the next rerun around.

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FLYING HIGH

A VERY EARLY HISTORY OF FLIGHT

By Peter Fredson

April 16, 2006

People, watching birds, probably wished they too could fly. In ancient times, in many countries, flying Gods were imagined by story tellers, who invested them with immortality, supernatural powers to overcome natural conditions such as gravity, with the ability to live in the sky and travel through space.

In Ancient Sumer, gods flew in vehicles called Shems, described as rocket-like "rocks" emitting fire. It was thought possible to travel to the sky home of the gods for a visit. Gods could ascend and descend at will from their abode in the sky.

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 at 06:59 AM PDT

Dick Cheney, Explorer

by peterfredson

If Dick Cheney Were A Christian Explorer in the 1400's And Kept A Diary Of His Exploits.

A Satire

By Peter Fredson

April 12, 2006

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(This article was published several days ago but nobody seems to have read it. The original title was: REQUIREMENT FOR A JUST WAR. This probably discouraged people from accessing it. So, I'll try again using a different title. )
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It was a pleasant day when I sailed my small sloop out of port.  I had taken on full provisions of food and drink, had my CD of THE BEST SERMONS OF PAT ROBERTSON in my player and set full sail for the eastern horizon.

Suddenly a vast wind sprang up which tossed my small sloop like a cork in a bathtub. I was blown off course, my compass stopped working, and for several hours I fought desperately to survive the savage roiling heaving sea.

I awoke in uncharted waters, probably surrounded by hostile nations, but I remembered my mission was to search for cheap labor and oil for my country and our beloved leader King George.

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Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 07:51 AM PDT

Bush Inc. Selling Cow Cookies

by peterfredson

BUSH SELLING COW COOKIES

By Peter Fredson

April 11, 2006

George W. Bush Company, Inc. has an oversupply of Cow Cookies, Buffalo Chips, Clumps of Dump, Anal Cheese, Blurtch, and Spineless Brownfish that it would like to sell to the public as their substitute for Unvarnished Truth.

 And, though many of our textile mills have been outsourced and they no longer spin thread into yarn, the Bush administration is working overtime spinning yarn into ersatz truthiness.

Their supply of prevarication, misrepresentation, distortion, deception, tricks, sham, fraud, cheats, ruses, falsehood, and deceit as raw material for their product seems endless.

The employees also seem tireless in promoting their shoddy inferior product and will undoubtedly continue for several more years unless public opinion forces them out of business sooner.

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Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 05:17 AM PDT

Requirement For A Just War

by peterfredson

REQUIREMENT FOR A JUST WAR

(If Dick Cheney was a Christian Explorer and kept a diary of his exploits.)

By Peter Fredson

April 10, 2006

It was a pleasant day when I sailed my small sloop out of port.  I had taken on full provisions of food and drink, had my CD of THE BEST SERMONS OF PAT ROBERTSON in my player and set full sail for the eastern horizon.

Suddenly a vast wind sprang up which tossed my small sloop like a cork in a bathtub. I was blown off course, my compass stopped working, and for several hours I fought desperately to survive the savage roiling heaving sea.

I awoke in uncharted waters, probably surrounded by hostile nations, but I remembered my mission was to search for cheap labor and oil for my country and our beloved leader King George.

Then I saw it. It was an unknown large island, full of swaying palm trees with swaying natives, gaily painted, dancing on the beach with savage rhythms in lustful embraces.

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ABOUT EASTER BUNNIES AND EGGS

By Peter Fredson

April 9, 2006

A nephew in Mexico e-mailed me a question concerning Easter.  His wife is a school teacher, and her pupils wanted to know why in the U.S. bunnies and colored eggs are associated with Easter.  Most of the Mexican pupils were raised as Catholics and they only know of the alleged crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ in connection with Easter symbolism (Las Pascuas).  No bunnies, no Easter Eggs. How did that occur?

My nephew sent the query to me as he knew I was an anthropologist, interested in "weird" traditions of many societies, and had access to many resources. "And", he said, "You have a curious turn of mind."

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Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 11:03 AM PST

Saving Our Honor

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SAVING OUR HONOR

By Peter Fredson

March 31, 2006

It is indeed heartwarming to see the vigilance that Republicans are exercising over our morals, virtue, honor, and fine American character.

Recently a baseball player seemingly lied about taking some sort of performance enhancement drugs. This is abominable, unheard of, something destined to bring disrepute to the entire game, and will shame us on the world-wide stage.

Harsh treatment is certainly called for, to make sure that sports players are clean, virtuous, and without blemishes on their reputation, in order to uphold the image of the United States as the paragon of virtue and the policeman of morality in the world.

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Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 07:26 AM PST

Working in a Foreign Country

by peterfredson

WORK IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY

By Peter Fredson

March 28, 2006

It is not my intention to weigh in on the current immigration debate in the U.S. other than to say that George Bush has been careless, negligent and inept at dealing with securing our borders.  As I looked at the protest demonstrations on TV, in Los Angeles, most of the several thousand protestors looked like they recently came from some Mexican countryside towns.

That jogged my memory. After WWII I had 4 years of G.I. Bill and searched for some place where $65.00 a month would allow me to live. I could have returned to England to one of the fine universities that had never closed. I could have gone to Canada with many fine universities, within driving range of my home town in Wisconsin.

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