Friday, January 30, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It's been eight long years, folks. We've been LONG overdue for this historic moment. A new presidential term would not be nearly as iconic without a special Blog of Bryan going away party for the predecessor. It is my pleasure to present to you, compliments of http://politicalhumor.about.com/, the 50 dumbest George W. Bush Jr quotes, starting with number 50!
50. "I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." —at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002
INTERJECTION: What's to account for the absence in the remaining days of the eight years in office?????
49. "We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." —Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001
48. "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' —Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001
47. "We both use Colgate toothpaste." —after a reporter asked what he had in common with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Camp David, Md., Feb. 23, 2001
46. "Tribal sovereignty means that; it's sovereign. I mean, you're a — you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004 (Watch video)
45. "I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves." —Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2003
44. "I'm the commander — see, I don't need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president." —as quoted in Bob Woodward's Bush at War
43. "I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport." —Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001
42. "The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself." —Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 29, 2003
41. "I saw a poll that said the right track/wrong track in Iraq was better than here in America. It's pretty darn strong. I mean, the people see a better future." —Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2004
40. "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." —discussing the Iraq war with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, as quoted by Robertson
39. "I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft." —presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004 (Watch video)
38. "Haven't we already given money to rich people? Why are we going to do it again?" —to economic advisers discussing a second round of tax cuts, as quoted by former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil, Washington, D.C., Nov. 26, 2002
37. "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption." —Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 2002
36. "After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain, we will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week — we will have an all-volunteer army!" —Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 16, 2004 (Watch video)
35. "Do you have blacks, too?" —to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001
34. "This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." —as quoted by the New York Daily News, April 23, 2002
33. "I got to know Ken Lay when he was head of the — what they call the Governor's Business Council in Texas. He was a supporter of Ann Richards in my run in 1994. And she had named him the head of the Governor's Business Council. And I decided to leave him in place, just for the sake of continuity. And that's when I first got to know Ken and worked with Ken." —attempting to distance himself from his biggest political patron, Enron Chairman Ken Lay, whom he nicknamed "Kenny Boy," Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2002
32. "It is white." —after being asked by a child in Britain what the White House was like, July 19, 2001.
31. "I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." —at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001
30. "For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it." —Philadelphia, Penn., May 14, 2001
29. "I don't know why you're talking about Sweden. They're the neutral one. They don't have an army." —during a Dec. 2002 Oval Office meeting with Rep. Tom Lantos, as reported by the New York Times
28. "You forgot Poland." —to Sen. John Kerry during the first presidential debate, after Kerry failed to mention Poland's contributions to the Iraq war coalition, Miami, Fla., Sept. 30, 2004
27. "I'm the master of low expectations." —aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003
INTERJECTION: You can say THAT again, Dubya!
26. "I'm also not very analytical. You know I don't spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things." —aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003
25. "I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe — I believe what I believe is right." —Rome, Italy, July 22, 2001
24. "We need to counter the shockwave of the evildoer by having individual rate cuts accelerated and by thinking about tax rebates." —Washington, D.C. Oct. 4, 2001
23. "People say, how can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you." —Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002
22. "I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it…I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with answer, but it hadn't yet….I don't want to sound like I have made no mistakes. I'm confident I have. I just haven't — you just put me under the spot here, and maybe I'm not as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one." —President George W. Bush, after being asked to name the biggest mistake he had made, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2004
21. "The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway." —explaining why high taxes on the rich are a failed strategy, Annandale, Va., Aug. 9, 2004
20. "My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire." —radio address, Feb. 24, 2001
INTERJECTION: Hey, this is precisely the reason why Wall Street is doing so well today!!!!
19. "You know, when I was one time campaigning in Chicago, a reporter said, 'Would you ever have a deficit?' I said, 'I can't imagine it, but there would be one if we had a war, or a national emergency, or a recession.' Never did I dream we'd get the trifecta." —Houston, Texas, June 14, 2002 (There is no evidence Bush ever made any such statement, despite recounting the trifecta line repeatedly in 2002. A search by the Washington Post revealed that the three caveats were brought up before the 2000 campaign — by Al Gore.)
18. "See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction." —Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003
17. "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." —State of the Union Address, Jan. 28, 2003, making a claim that administration officials knew at the time to be false
16. "In Iraq, no doubt about it, it's tough. It's hard work. It's incredibly hard." —repeating the phrases "hard work," "working hard," "hard choices," and other "hard"-based verbiage 22 times in his first debate with Sen. John Kerry
15. "The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." —Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2001
INTERJECTION: Yeaaaaaaah, you did a fabulous job of capturing him, when your troops had him cornered in the mountains of Tora Bora in Afghanistan in 2001. To this day, we STILL do NOT know if the most dangerous man in the world is alive or dead.
14. "I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." —Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002
INTERJECTION: Of course not! Troops had the man cornered months earlier... but you shit your pants, chose NOT to deploy the troops, and figured it was easier to bully Iraq instead.
13. "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." —summing up his first year in office, three months after the 9/11 attacks, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001
12. "I try to go for longer runs, but it's tough around here at the White House on the outdoor track. It's sad that I can't run longer. It's one of the saddest things about the presidency." —interview with "Runners World," Aug. 2002
11. "Can we win? I don't think you can win it." —after being asked whether the war on terror was winnable, "Today" show interview, Aug. 30, 2004
10. "I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." —Washington, D.C. June 18, 2002
9. "I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." —to a group of Amish he met with privately, July 9, 2004
8. "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." —speaking underneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003
7. “We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories … And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." —Washington, D.C., May 30, 2003
6. "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere!" —President George W. Bush, joking about his administration's failure to find WMDs in Iraq as he narrated a comic slideshow during the Radio & TV Correspondents' Association dinner, Washington, D.C., March 24, 2004
5. "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." —Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000
4. "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002 (Watch video)
3. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." —Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004 (Watch video)
2. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 (Watch video)
1. "My answer is bring them on." —on Iraqi insurgents attacking U.S. forces, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003
There you have it folks, we have ended an eight year, two (felt like a prison) term of Bushy leadership. May he head back to his ranch in Texas.
As for Dick Cheney, where does he go from here?? He had the look of a rapid dog ready to strike. He still has the look of a rapid dog ready to strike. What Cheney does next primarily depends on when he gets out of that wheelchair! Any speculation as to why he ended up in the chair in the first place?????
Following his recovery, maybe Cheney can take his hunting rifle and a few of his other friends into the woods and shoot them too! Many would probably claim that Bush is the ideal candidate for that next hunting trip with Cheney. Go get him, you rabid, angry dog! LOL.
I'll tell you what really amazes me. Some of these conservatives who work at my company complain about how they don't believe in 'sharing the wealth'. Sharing the wealth is what's wrong with Obama's tax plan, but they're approving and giving out $3.5 billion U.S. tax dollars of grant money each year to impoverished schools throughout the country? These salty conservatives have a lot of nerve offering up their criticism (especially before the new president even has a chance to prove himself) on whatever THEY believe 'spreading the wealth' means, when they in fact contribute to what they believe will be the problem in this term, and possibly even the next two terms. I suppose the ten million dollars a month going to Iraq isn't sharing either. HAHAHA!! You're all too much!
I suppose the conservatives will never be totally happy until the U.S. is also giving its money away to every other country outside of our borders, along with Iraq. Afterall, up until this point, giving away 10 billion a month to Iraq and losing all of the troops we lost has proven a greater cause than the idea of making business tax cuts as well as tax cuts for middle class in the United States. You see the heights it's taken us to, right???? Talk about the Iraqi.... I mean, I mean, the AMERICAN Dream. hahahahaha
In any case, whatever political party you support, stubbornness aside, we are all citizens of this great nation. This is the greatest nation in the world. President Obama has one gigantic mess to straighten out, including a free-falling economy, two wars, health care, and illegal immigration. We should give this man a chance to prove himself and show what he has got. It all begins today. November 4th 2008, the night before my 28th birthday, was a historic election that I will remember for the rest of my life. Today marked a historic inauguration.
Welcome, President Obama!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Greg accurately predicted Eagles victory!
The night before the big football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants this past Sunday, Greg "Rootman" Root - star of The Root of All Evil (2003) - took some time out of his busy schedule of sitting down on his living room couch to talk to me about the big game as well as what it meant to the sport of football. Notice the shocking accuracy at which he predicted the winner. Not only did he accurately pick the victor (Eagles, of course!) but the score that he called was pretty damn close to that of the actual outcome. On Sunday, January 11, 2009 in New York, the Eagles beat the Giants 23-11.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Mike shares his thoughts on the poster -vs- the village!
When asked whether he liked the poster the village better, Mike claimed that he's not touching the question with a "ten foot pole". Smart answer on his part, from the perspective that Greg put in a lot of work assembling the village. However, I loooooooovvvveeee the behinds in that poster!
This is Greg Root's Christmas village that he put up for Christmas 2008. It took him about two days to assemble this village. He has said that he probably won't take it apart due to the difficulty of putting it up all over again. He's keeping it up throughout the year and he's going to light it up again come Christmas 2009. Whatever the case may be, I absolutely love this village. Job well done, Greg!
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Well ladies and gentlemen, we're a little over a week into this brand new year. From Greg's Tsunami challenge at Surf Taco to my return to Stockton and Atlantic City, I honestly say that my NYE five day weekend is one that will be remembered for a long time. Our five day celebration was euphoric, at which time I partied, went around to different parts of New Jersey South of Point Pleasant, and ate like a slob.
Such habits are inclined to happen during New Years vacation, or any vacation for that matter, but now it's back to business - making money, getting in shape, handling my business appropriately and accurately at work, and did I say making money? All work and no play would surely make me a dull young man. While this is a new year that could very well bring about new ventures as well as new endeavors, I realize that I must put in the work if I wanna play.
Along with the business comes just a little bit more pleasure, as Greg Root is celebrating his 28th birthday this weekend down at his house in Cinnaminson. I'm looking forward to making the trek down there after work tomorrow and meeting up with all who are involved to celebrate the Rootman's 28th birthday. I also look forward to seeing Mr. and Mrs. Root, as always. In a couple of weeks, I'll also be celebrating best friend Billy Dyer's 28th birthday, so as you can see there are at least a couple of significant birthday celebrations taking place this month.
On January 20, President-elect Barack Obama will be removing the "elect" moniker from his title and we will then be calling him President Obama! I'll be watching his presidential inauguration on television. There are many citizens in our country who are skeptical of Mr. Obama's economic stimulus package and plans for economic recovery, but keep in mind that he is assuming the role of President of the United States in one of the worst eras of our country's history. Obama has a continuously free falling economy, two wars, health care, illegal immigration, and a number of other serious issues to deal with.
Our country is at a trillion dollar deficit right now. No question about it, the dire straights that our country is currently facing can viewed as baptism under fire for Obama. There is only so much one man can do, but how he deals with this crisis is what will either gain or deny him the approval of his greatest skeptics and build his character. We're quick to judge people these days before they even allow one to prove one's self.
I voted for Obama because I believe he is a leader who has better intentions, such as helping the middle class and cutting business taxes, and also had a better overall plan for our nation as a whole than that of his opponent. Let's give him a chance to prove himself and see what he is made of.