silversolitaire: (hehehe)
Oh Wikipedia, you never cease to amuse me. Being an "inclusionist", I really dislike all this wikilawyering lately where all the "deletionists" say that this and that article harms Wikipedia's respectability and reputation, so they keep taking down all sorts of articles. Personally, I think there's no such thing as "too much information". It's not like Wikipedia is going into print NOW and the information represented there has to outlast the next twenty years. So what if someone adds some article about some shortlived internet phenomenon? While it's hot, people will look it up. Eventually, nobody will care anymore and then you can either purge it or just let it sit there. The more info, the better. Just my opinion.

Anyway, as I was snooping around old W I noticed that the list of POTUS (that's Presidents of the United States for ya) was locked for editing. Weird, I thought. What's there to argue? Apparently quite a lot. Check this out. Apparently people are having a major disagreement over whether to include Obama already or not. Some (read: butthurt Republicans) insist that he's not yet President, in fact, he's not even President Elect yet as the Electorial College hasn't voted yet. Since the list clearly states POTUS and there's only one POTUS at a time, Obama shouldn't be on the list. Others (read: joygasming Democrats) believe this is just wikilawyering and he should at least be mentioned, and if it's just as "President Elect". Also, there should be a prettier picture of him.

Ah, hours of fun.

Also, this. )
silversolitaire: (banana)
Something I found on YouTube today and that I found rather amusing, but also a startingly accurate portrayal and assessment of modern day culture and politics.

The Word: Nazis

I don't know if you've seen the President's latest approval ratings. I'm happy to report that they're at 37%. That is two percents down from the same poll a week earlier. This is great news. Why? The answer is tonight's Word: Nazis.

Last week marked the 70th anniversary of the famous 1936 German referendum where, weeks after invading the Rhineland, Adolf Hitler received a staggering 99% approval rating. 99% thought he was on the right track (1% thought he was a great painter). And today there is one thing that everyone, Democrat or Republican, Left or Right agrees about: There is no one worse than Hitler (not even Hitler). And, with his approval ratings as a new low, President Bush is just proving, once and for all, that he's the president least like Hitler (the Unfuhrer).

Let's compare Bush to another president, not on the approval scale, but on the Hitler Scale (more accurate than the Mussolini Meter). Now, with an approval rating of 99% on the Hitler Scale, Hitler himself scores one full Hitler. John F. Kennedy had an approval rating of 63%. Pretty good, for a Nazi. He scores 2/3 of a Hitler. But in these recent polls, President Bush barely scores 1/3 of a Hitler! You don't get any more less Hitler than that (great slogan for mid-term elections). And, folks, it takes courage to be this little like Hitler. It takes a real leader to continue policies that the vast majority of Americans clearly want to stop.



So, the President's gonna keep going his job: invading countries preemptively, maintaining secret programs to monitor citizens and ignoring any attempt Congress may make to curtail his executive powers. And America, you've gotta keep doing your job: disapproving of what the president does. Not only will this prove he's not Hitler, it'll prove we're not Nazis.

And that's the Word.

From "The Colbert Report" from April 6th 2006
silversolitaire: (mockety-mock!)
Seen on [livejournal.com profile] eiluned's LJ.

Bill Clinton totally pwns Chris Wallace on Fox.

God, that man rules so hard. Not only is he intelligent and articulate, but he also says it exactly like it is. He knows that Wallace totally set him up and tried to do the usual Fox thing with him, but instead of getting defensive he rides a major counterattack. It's a bit annoying how Wallace in the end tries to yank the whole thing around by mockingly asking "Well, I thought you wanted to talk about that Global Initiative thing. How come you don't talk about it?" but he really just comes off as an asshole and he knows it. I also dislike the way they introduce the whole thing as if they don't realize they've just gotten their ass handed to them. Regardless, Clinton wins at life.

"So you did FOX’s bidding on this show. You did you nice little conservative hit job on me."
"And you've got that little smirk on your face and you think you're so clever." Hahaha...
silversolitaire: (pissed)
Okay, I feel the need to rant a bit about current affairs. Everybody who isn't interested in a political rant (Meimi?) or who's absolutely with everything the Bush administration does should better look away now.

What the fucking fuck is wrong with Rumsfeld? Does anyone remember last September (a NO I don't mean anything even remotely related to 9-11 or any other tear-jerking memorial)? Election in Germany. Very important election, too, since one canditate was pro-war and the other one con-war. At about the same time some paper wrongly reported a Germany polician had compared Bush to Hitler. What she actually had done was to say that "some people have tried to distract people from the problems in their own country by waging war against others. We've witnessed that already in history with people like Adolf H.,"while talking about Bush in a private conversation which had been eavesdropped and the words then twisted around in her mouth.

What happened was that the US of A went into a hissyfit, bemoaning how wrong Germany is in its political course and how they should stop and think what they're doing. Rumsfeld stepped up and said that the relations between Germany and America were "poisonous". The politician in question was forced to resign without anybody even giving her a chance to explain. Nobody in the US gave a flying fuck about the elections and while the extremely important news-conference of a woman who had slapped her child was on all channels, a tiny newsticker at the bottom said "German politician compares Bush to Hitler. Relations are poisoned." and after a long string of useless newsflashes it said "Oh and they're electing, too, right now, but hey that's not really important. Let's just remember that they're all a bunch of Nazis, okay? * " [* dramatized]

And what happened? Nothing. Germany swallowed the reprimands and hoped it'd all wash over quickly. At some point the USA realized they couldn't go on sulking forever and still kinda needed Germany's support, so now it was all forgiven and forgotten.

Then, around January, Germany and France actually dared to agree not to participate in any Iraq war and the subsequent reparation payments. Both countries agreed wholeheartedly. The US of A went into another hissyfit, calling them both a bunch of partypoopers, stomping their feet sulkily at having their plans for their nice war spoiled. Okay, now seriously. Rumself put up his head once more and dismissed the "axis of France-Germany" [anyone recognizing reused rhetorics here?] as "The Old Europe". But hey, it's just us, right? Germany always has to take verbal abuse from the US, so why should anybody care?

And now, just now, Germany STILL hasn't given in! How dare they! So, after Germany renewed its opposition to war against Iraq in response to Powell's speech... yes, you guessed it right, Rumsfeld steps up again and lumps Germany alongside with Libya and Cuba by saying "Then, there are three or four countries that have said they won't do anything. I believe Libya, Cuba and Germany are ones that have indicated they won't help in any respect."

Uhm, hello? Reality check, Rummy: it's not only Germany and a handful of other countries that oppose your country's insane drive to wage a war. It's a whole bunch of them. And not only that, a good portion of your own citizens do not want another war. Get. Real.

So sure, we can all go ahead and call Germany bad names since they're been used to taking the abuse for over 50 years and since they've been so evil and nasty they have absolutely no right to oppose such a grand and righteous nation as the US of A. So, everyone, get your rotten eggs and tomatoes and toss them at the huns since they really deserve it.

/ rant

Okay, done now. *shuffles off*
silversolitaire: (tongues)
This is a poem made up entirely of actual quotations from George Bush,
Jr. These have been arranged, only for aesthetic purposes, by
Washington Post writer Richard Thompson. Too good not to share,
especially during National Poetry Month.

MAKE THE PIE HIGHER
by George Bush, Jr.


I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet become more few?

How many hands have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.

I know that the human being
And the fish can coexist.
Families is where our nation finds hope,
Where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize Society!
Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!

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