Bloggfęrslur mįnašarins, janśar 2007

Bush reynir aš drepa blašamenn meš jaršżtu

bush aš keyraŽaš er eins og öll framvaršasveit nż-ķhaldsmennskunnar sé mönnuš litlum strįkum sem ekki kunna aš skifta um sokka, eša dreymir um aš terrorķsera fólk meš skuršgröfum. Viš heimsókn ķ CAT verksmišju ķ Illinois, žar sem Bush var aš śtskżra fyrir verkalżšnum hversu djöfullega gott allir hefšu žaš, žvķ bandarķska hagkerfiš hefši aldrei įšur veriš eins sterkt, įkvaš Bush aš sżna į sér léttari og grallaralegri hliš. Og kynni aš keyra vegavinnutęki. Sagan segir aš Bush hafi lęrt aš stżra stórvirkum vinnuvélum į "bśgaršnum" sķnum ķ Texas. Fyrir utan verksmišjuna stóš risavaxin jaršżta - samkvęmt Newsweek, sem var meš einna ķtarlegustu lżsinguna į jaršżtuuppįtęki forsetans, var žetta D-10 jaršżta frį Caterpillar. Og žegar forsetinn var bśinn aš flytja ręšuna sķna, gerši hann sér lķtiš fyrir og klifraši uppķ žessa jaršżtu - og reyndi aš keyra nišur alla višstadda! Frįsagnir višstaddra eru flestar frekar gloppóttar - blöšin segja bara aš forsetinn hafi fariš uppķ, fķraš jaršżtuna upp, og segja žvķnęst aš hann hafi stigiš nišur, eftir aš hafa keyrt jaršżtuna ašeins um. Eini fjölmišillinn sem segir hvaš geršist ķ millitķšinni er Newsweek, sem birti į heimasķšu sinni lżsingu į žvķ hvaš geršist į žeirri rśmlega mķnśtu sem Bush keyrši jaršżtuna! Newsweek lżsir ašdraganda žessarar uppįkomu žannig:

Wearing a pair of stylish safety glasses--at least more stylish than most safety glasses--Bush got a mini-tour of the factory before delivering remarks on the economy.

Og svo komum viš aš Jaršżtunni. Žegar forsetinn var kominn uppķ gólaši hann į višstadda: 

"I would suggest moving back, I'm about to crank this sucker up."

Brumm, brumm... Starfsmenn forsetans įttušu sig į žvķ hvaš var ķ vęndum og reyndu aš bjarga blašamönnum sem voru višstaddir: 

As the engine roared to life, White House staffers tried to steer the press corps to safety, but when the tractor lurched forward, they too were forced to scramble for safety."Get out of the way!" a news photographer yelled. "I think he might run us over!" said another. White House aides tried to herd the reporters the right way without getting run over themselves. Even the Secret Service got involved, as one agent began yelling at reporters to get clear of the tractor.

Mešan blašamennirnir og leynižjónustan hlupu ķ hringi fyrir nešan skemmti forsetinn sér konunglega!

Watching the chaos below, Bush looked out the tractor's window and laughed, steering the massive machine into the spot where most of the press corps had been positioned. The episode lasted about a minute, and Bush was still laughing when he pulled to a stop. He gave reporters a thumbs-up. "If you've never driven a D-10, it's the coolest experience,"

Chicago Tribune bętti viš aš forsetinn hefši sagt "Oh, yeah" Žegar hann steig śtśr jaršżtunni, mešan USA Today lżsti lokum jaršżtuakstursins žannig: ""That was fun," he exclaimed as he got off". Newsweek viršist vera eini fjölmišillinn til aš lżsa skelfingunni sem greip um sig mešan forsetinn lék sér aš jaršżtunni. Ašrir fjölmišlar segja frį žessu uppįtęki eins og hér hafi veriš į feršinni frekar saklaust, og bara svolķtiš karlmannlegt grķn, en ekki "That was fun! ... the coolest experience, ever! Oh yeah!

Bush er reyndar ekki fyrsti pólķtķkusinn til aš keyra um į traktor - Washington Post upplżsti lesendur sķna nefnilega um aš "uppįhalds dęgradvöl" George "Macaca" Allen vęri aš keyra ķ hringi į litlum slįttutraktor. Allen og Bush eiga reyndar fleira sameiginlegt en įhuga į vinnuvélum: Žeir eru lķka bįšir žykjustu-kśrekar!

Seinasta haust var "macaca" mįliš allt ķ hįmarki - macaca uppįkoman kostaši Allen kosninguna gegn Jim Webb, sem hefur oršiš ein bjartasta stjarna demokrataflokksins. Ķ kosningabarįttunni afhjśpaši hann Allen sem tilgeršarlegan uppskafning og aula - og fyrir nokkrum dögum sķšan tók Webb aš sér aš flytja andsvar demokrata viš stefnuręšu forsetans, og meira aš segja fréttaskżrendur, sem vanalega eru helstu klappstżrur forsetans, uršu aš višurkenna aš Webb hefši flutt miklu flottari ręšu en Bush. Webb viršist žvķ vera į krossferš gegn žykjustukśrekum repśblķkanafloksins! (sjį fęrslu mķna um ręšu Webb hér, og ręšu Bush hér  og hér.)

En žykjustukśrekunum žykir mjög óžęgilegt žegar fólk fattar hverskonar prinsipplausir aular žeir eru. George "Macaca" Allen tapaši tiltrś "The Sons of Confederate Veterans", og Bush hefur tapaš fylgi höršustu stušningsmanna repśblķkanaflokksins - sérstaklega ķ kjölfar fyrrnefndrar State of the Union ręšu. "The moral majority" hefur lżst yfir djśpstęšri vandlętingu į innihaldi SOTU ręšu hans. The Moral majority fattaši nefnilega aš žeir, eins og allir ašrir Bandarķkjamenn, hefšu keypt köttinn ķ sekknum žegar žeir kusu Bush sem forseta.

Žegar George Allen kom heim eftir aš hafa eytt öllum deginum ķ aš reyna aš sannfęra kjósendur og fjölmišla um aš hann ętti virkilega erindi į žing, aš hann vęri žeirra mašur, var hann aušvitaš atkeršur. Žaš er erfitt aš eyša öllum deginum ķ role-playing! Og žegar Allen róaši taugarnar meš žvķ aš keyra litla slįttutraktorinn sinn:

His favorite time of the week is when he comes home, sits on his riding mower, by himself and mows his lawn and no one is asking him questions.

Mešan Macaca Allen var bara óbreyttur senator - er Bush leištogi hins frjįlsa heims. POTUS sjįlfur! (aš vķsu var Allen meš heljarinnar plön um įš bjóša sig fram til forseta - og National Review spįši žvķ voriš 2006 aš forsetakosningarnar 2008 yršu einvķgi milli Mitt Romney og Allen... Talandi um spįdómsgįfu nżķhaldsmanna!) Og žó smįvęgilegur senator geti kannski žaggaš nišur allar óžęgilegar spurningar meš žvķ aš keyra ķ hringi į poggulitlum traktor, žarf forsetinn eitthvaš stórtękara! Alvöru jaršżtu!

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Paul Wolfowitz, einn valdamesti mašur heims, gengur ķ götóttum sokkum

Nś vantar mig bara sósubletti į bindiš, og žį er outfittiš fullkomiš...Svona eiga allar fréttir aš vera! AP, sem er augljóslega varhugaverš kommśnķsk undurróšursstofnun, hefur hafiš ófręgingarherferš gegn Paul Wolfowitz, bankstjóra alžjóšabankans, og einum valdamesta manni heims. Rannsóknarblašamennska AP og fréttaljósmyndarar hefa nefnilega svift hulunni af žvķ aš Wolfowitz er einhverskonar labbakśtur og sokkböšull. Eins og sést į myndinni er karlinn nefnilega ķ götóttum sokkum: Bįšar stórutęrnar standa śtśr! Žaš besta er aš svona göt fį menn bara į sokkana ef žeir klippa ekki į sér tįneglurnar!!

In this combo picture, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, with holes on his socks, is seen as he leaves from the Ottoman era Selimiye mosque in Edirne, western Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. Wolfowitz was in turkey for a-two-day official visit. (AP Photo/Nadir Alp/Anatolia)

Žaš hafa vķst įšur borist fréttir sérkennilegum hreinlętisvenjum karlsins, žvķ ķ einni senu ķ Fahrenheit 9/11 slefaši han munnvatni į greišuna sķna, įšur en hann renndi henni ķ gegn um hįriš... Mašurinn er ķ götóttum sokkum og vatnsgreišir sig meš eigin munnvatni? Og hvaša hvķtu blettir eru žetta į buxunum hjį karlinum? Sannar aš mannasišir og völd žurfa ekki aš fara saman!

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Žróunarkenningin er satanismi

Strķš bókstafstrśarmanna gegn žróunarkenningunni er bęši meš žvķ allra furšulegasta og allra skuggalegasta sem er aš gerast ķ bandarķskum stjórnmįlum og menningu. Af öllum ęsingamįlum evangelista er žetta lķka žaš asnalegasta. Bęši vegna žess aš žessi and-skynsemis og and-vķsinda hyggja sumra bókstafstrśarmanna ber vott um aš sumir, ķ žaš minnsta, af leištogum og hugmyndasmišum hreyfingarinnar séu asnar, og lķka vegna žess aš žessi hugmynd er svo herfilega vond aš hśn gerir mįlstaš evangelista meira ķllt en gott. 

Reyndar held ég aš žessi sköpunarsögu-trśarbrögš, sem sumir bandarķskir evngelistar viršast farnir aš ašhyllast, sé einhverskonar furšulegt cult - žvķ ķ kringum sköpunarsögu-trśna hefur vaxiš upp heljarinnar bissnessapparat - feršapredķkarar og nokkur "Institutes" td. The Institute of Creation Research, sem er einhverskonar "hįskóli" - žaš er meira aš segja hęgt aš fį Doktorsgrįšur frį žeim! Žaš er reyndar eitthvaš grunsamlegt viš slķka menntastofnun sem er meš tengil į "online store" į forsķšu sinni - semsagt allir sem heimsękja sköpunarsöguhįskólinn žurfa aš stoppa ķ gjafasjoppunni? Žar geta foreldrar keypt "kennsluefni" og aušvitaš barnefni. Nś, vegna žess aš fólk vill aš börnin sķn fįi sem besta menntun!

Nśna į fimmtudaginn mun HBO frumsżna mynd um žetta fyrirbęri, "Friends of God" - sem viršist vera djöfullega góš - allavegana er žetta sżnishorn (sem einhver hefur af póstaš į YouTube) magnaš!

Unglingarnir ķ lokin eru eiginlega skemmtilegastir! Ég hef töluvert horft į kristilegar sjónvarpsstöšvar hérna ķ Bandarķkjunum, og seint į kvöldin getur mašur horft į samskonar unglinga renna sér į hjólabrettum fyrir Jesś og spila žungarokk fyrir Jesś. Svo ętla žau aš verša vķsindamenn fyrir Jesś og vinna Nóbelsveršlaunin fyrir Jesś! Yeah for Jesus!

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ps - Mér sżnist aš megakirkjupresturinn, spķttfķkillinn og kynvillingurinn Ted Haggard birtist ķ myndinni! - Haggard er einn af žessum karakterum sem er nįnast ótęmandi uppspretta af furšulegum hugmyndum! Žaš viršast reyndar vera einhverjar nżjar fréttir af žessu Ted Haggard mįli - kannski verša einhverjir skemmtilegir eftirmįlar? Ég hįf vona aš svo verši, žvķ žaš er miklu skemmtilegra aš blogga um sišspillta sjónvarpspredķkara en hversu margir vinni į skrifstofu Dick Cheney - sem viršist vera helsta įhugamįl liberal blogosphersins žessa dagana! - Aš vķsu daušlangaši mig aš blogga um Cheney og žetta imperial council sem hann viršist hafa komiš upp ķ kringum sig - en fannst ég vera bśinn aš skrifa nóg um The Sith ķ bili!


"Terror-Free Oil" ķ Nebraska selur enga araba-olķu!

Terror Free OilFréttin af žessu fyrirtęki er bśin aš vera aš birtast į bloggsķšum ķ Bandarķkjunum - žvķ žetta er svona "barn festist ķ brunni"-frétt fyrir žį sem žykjast hafa įhuga į alvöru fréttum! Fox news hefur lķka fjallaš um bensķnsölufyrirtękiš "terror-free-oil. Og reyndar fullt af öšrum fjölmišlum lķka. Sem žżšir sennilega aš žetta sé frétt? Allavegana viršist* "terror-free-oil" vera alvöru fyrirtęki meš heljarinnar heimspekipęlingar ķ kringum olķkaup sķn:

Terror-Free Oil Initiative is dedicated to encouraging Americans to buy gasoline that originated from countries that do not export or finance terrorism.

We educate the public by promoting those companies that acquire their crude oil supply from nations outside the Middle East and by exposing those companies that do not.

Žetta var einfalt mįl. Ef mašur vill ekki hryšjuverkaolķu skal mašur ekki kaupa arabaolķu. Žó ég hafi fįtt gott aš segja um stjornarfar ķ flestum olķuframleišslurķkjum miš-austurlanda er ég žó ekki viss um aš sś olķa fjįrmagni neitt verri stjórnarhętti en olķugróši t.d. Angóla. Į heimasķšu fyrirtękisins kemur einnig fram aš žaš sé mjög erfitt aš finna olķufyrirtęki sem ekki kaupi olķu frį Arabalöndunum.

Reyndar er langsamlega mest af žeirri olķu sem brennt er ķ Bandarķkjunum, og ekki kemur frį Miš-Austurlöndum, upprunnin ķ Venesśela, og seinast žegar ég athugaši var forseti žess lands upptekinn viš einhverskonar Sósķalķska byltingu. Vališ stendur žį į milli žess aš styšja hryšjuverkamenn eša sósķalista? Žaš er reyndar merkilegt aš bandarķskur almenningur hafi ekki fyrir löngu skift yfir ķ ašra eldsneytisgjafa - af žjóšernisįst einni saman!

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*Žaš myndi ekki vera ķ fyrsta skipti sem Fox news og blogospheriš dreifšu tröllasögum sem fréttum!


Palpatine hafši nokkuš til sķns mįls, Jedi-reglan er stórhęttuleg!

Jedi CouncilEftir aš hafa horft į bįšar Star Wars trķlógķurnar óžarflega oft tóku Jedi-riddararnir og allt djöfuls mśnklķfiš og sjįlfumgleširugliš ķ žeim aš fara meira og meira ķ taugarnar į mér. Ķ fyrstu myndunum er ekki žaš mikiš af jedi-riddurum aš mašur geti lįtiš žį pirra sig, en ķ nżju myndunum er Jedi-riddarareglan allan tķmann ķ ašalhlutverki. Og žaš er eitthvaš mjög óžęgilegt viš žį og allt žeirra baktjaldamakk, eins og senator Palpatine bendir réttilega į. Ef ég vęri óbreyttur borgari ķ Star Wars heiminum fyndist mér mjög óžęgilegt aš vita af žessari leynilegu og vopnušu munkareglu. Hver veit hvaš žeir vilja? Eru žeir įbyrgir gagnvart einhverjum öšrum en litlum gömlum frosk ķ nįttslopp?!

Žaš eru fleiri sem hafa įhyggjur af Jedi-reglunni, žvķ um daginn birti Boing Boing tengil į gamla grein af Marginal Revolution,* sem er skrifaš af hagfręšiprófessor viš George Mason University, um Jedi-regluna. Žó žetta sé gömul frétt og hafi įbyggilega įšur fariš nokkrum sinnum um veraldarvefina fannst mér hśn žaš góš aš ég stóšst ekki freistinguna aš endurbirta hana:

The core point is that the Jedi are not to be trusted:

1. The Jedi and Jedi-in-training sell out like crazy.  Even the evil Count Dooku was once a Jedi knight. 

2. What do the Jedi Council want anyway?  The Anakin critique of the Jedi Council rings somewhat true (this is from the new movie, alas I cannot say more, but the argument could be strengthened by citing the relevant detail).  Aren't they a kind of out-of-control Supreme Court, not even requiring Senate approval (with or without filibuster), and heavily armed at that?  As I understand it, they vote each other into the office, have license to kill, and seek to control galactic affairs.  Talk about unaccountable power used toward secret and mysterious ends.

3. Obi-Wan told Luke scores of lies, including the big whopper that his dad was dead.

4. The Jedi can't even keep us safe.

5. The bad guys have sex and do all the procreating.  The Jedi are not supposed to marry, or presumably have children.  Not ESS, if you ask me.  Anakin gets Natalie Portman; Luke spends two episodes with a perverse and distant crush on his sister Leia, leading only to one chaste kiss.

6. The prophecy was that Anakin (Darth) will restore order and balance to the force.  How true this turns out to be.  But none of the Jedi can begin to understand what this means.  Yes, you have to get rid of the bad guys.  But you also have to get rid of the JediThe Jedi are, after all, the primary supply source and training ground for the bad guys.  Anakin/Darth manages to get rid of both, so he really is the hero of the story.  (It is also interesting which group of "Jedi" Darth kills first, but that would be telling.)

7. At the happy ending of "Return of the Jedi", the Jedi no longer control the galaxy.  The Jedi Council is not reestablished.  Luke, the closest thing to a Jedi representative left, never becomes a formal Jedi.  He shows no desire to train other Jedi, and probably expects to spend the rest of his life doing voices for children's cartoons.

8. The core message is that power corrupts, but also that good guys have power too.  Our possible safety lies in our humanity, not in our desires to transcend it or wield strange forces to our advantage

What did Padme say?: "So this is how liberty dies, to thunderous applause." 

Addendum: By the way, did I mention that the Jedi are genetically superior supermen with "enhanced blood"?  That the rebels' victory party in Episode IV borrows liberally from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will"?  And that the much-maligned ewoks make perfect sense as an antidote to Jedi fascism?

Og žó Palpatine hafi lįtiš žróa klónaherinn vafšist žaš ekkert mjög lengi fyrir Jedi-riddururnum aš beita honum, enda voru óvinirnir skordżr, sem über-mennirnir įsamt stormsveitum sķnum gįtu śtrżmt aš vild. Allt žetta reyndar eykur bara į įgęti Star Wars sem fyrsta flokks Sci-Fi.

*BoingBoing og Marginal Revolution eru meš bestu bloggsķšum ķ Bandarķkjunum. Boing Boing er lķka śtnefnt ķ nokkrum flokkum ķ "Annual Weblog Awards, 2007 Bloggies" - mešal annars sem besta bloggsķša įrsins. Ég męli eindregiš meš žeim bįšum!


Hervęšing forsetaembęttisins

Codpiece-in-chiefĶ New York Times ķ morgun var forvitnileg grein eftir sagnfręšiprófessorinn Garry Wills um embętti Bandarķkjaforseta, og vaxandi notkun hugtaksins "commander in chief" žegar talaš er um forsetann. Wills leggur ekki śt af žessu neina heimsendaspįdóma, og žaš er svosem ekkert nżtt aš forsetinn skuli vilja aš kjósendur sjįi sig sem "strķšsforseta". Aš vķsu viršist forsetinn vera oršinn hręddur viš žaš orš, samanber fęrslu mķna hér.

Į seinustu įrum hafa ótal greinar veriš skrifašar ķ bandarķsk dagblöš eša bloggfęrslur ritašar į veraldarvefjunum um aš forsetinn vęri hęttulegur strķšsęsingamašur og aš hann og Dick Cheney vęru aš breyta Bandarķkjunum ķ einhverskonar fasķskt lögreglurķki... žaš fer svo eftir žvķ hvaša hóp į hęgrivęngnum greinarhöfundur hatar mest hvort stjórna eigi žessu lögreglurķki af evangelistunum eša stórfyrirtękjunum, oft olķufyrirtękjunum, The Military Industrial Complex eša bara CIA. Žó sumar žessara greina séu vel skrifašar, og veki mann stundum til umhugsunar eru žęr yfirleitt frekar yfirdrifnar. Vissulega eru óžęgilega mörg teikn į lofti um aš rįšandi öfl innan rķkisstjórnarinnar beri litla sem enga viršingu fyrir stjórnarskrįrvöršum réttindum almennings, og stundum grunar mann aš Bush stjórnin sęki innblįstur sinn fyrst og fremst til Kafka. En ég hef engar įhyggjur af lżšręši ķ Bandarķkjunum. Žaš er of mikiš af skynsömu og vel innręttu fólki ķ Bandarķkjunum, og lżšręšishefšin stendur į žaš gömlum grunni aš Bandarķkjunum veršur ekki breytt ķ fasķskt lögreglurķki. Ķ žaš minnsta ekki žegjandi og hljóšalaust.

En grein Wills er laus viš mest af žeirri ęsingu sem oft einkennir greinar af žessari tegund, og er lķka skemmtilegar skrifuš.

WE hear constantly now about “our commander in chief.” The word has become a synonym for “president.” It is said that we “elect a commander in chief.” It is asked whether this or that candidate is “worthy to be our commander in chief.”

But the president is not our commander in chief. He certainly is not mine. I am not in the Army.

...The president is not the commander in chief of civilians. He is not even commander in chief of National Guard troops unless and until they are federalized. The Constitution is clear on this: “The president shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States.”...

Meš žvķ aš tengja forsetaembęttiš viš hermennsku er nefnilega hęgt aš halda žvķ fram aš frambjóšendur sem ekki žykja nógu vķgreifir og eru ekki meš nógu stórkarlalegt göngulag geti ekki gengt embęttinu. Menn eins og Al Gore eru einfaldlega of miklir bókaormar til aš geta veriš forsetar! Og Hillary Clinton? Hśn er kona! Žegar mašur hugsar um forsetann į mašur aš hugsa um ęšsta yfirmann bandarķkjahers, ógurlegustu hernašarmaskķnu allra tima. Og yfirmašur heraflans er ekki ķ hįum hęlum og pilsi! Hann stendur į lendingarpalli flugvélamóšurskips, er ķ stķgvélum og ólķvugręnum samfesting.

Wills tengir žessa hugmynd um aš forsetinn sé fyrst og fremst yfirmašur hersins, og aš völd hans og umboši komi einhvernveginn frį žessu embętti "commander in chief", viš nįnast sjśklegan įhuga Bush į leynilegum rķkisprógrömmum:

There has never been an executive branch more fetishistic about secrecy than the Bush-Cheney one. The secrecy has been used to throw a veil over detentions, “renditions,” suspension of the Geneva Conventions and of habeas corpus, torture and warrantless wiretaps. We hear again the refrain so common in the other wars — If you knew what we know, you would see how justified all our actions are.

But we can never know what they know. We do not have sufficient clearance.

When Adm. William Crowe, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, criticized the gulf war under the first President Bush, Secretary of State James Baker said that the admiral was not qualified to speak on the matter since he no longer had the clearance to read classified reports. If he is not qualified, then no ordinary citizen is. We must simply trust our lords and obey the commander in chief.

The glorification of the president as a war leader is registered in numerous and substantial executive aggrandizements; but it is symbolized in other ways that, while small in themselves, dispose the citizenry to accept those aggrandizements. We are reminded, for instance, of the expanded commander in chief status every time a modern president gets off the White House helicopter and returns the salute of marines.

That is an innovation that was begun by Ronald Reagan. Dwight Eisenhower, a real general, knew that the salute is for the uniform, and as president he was not wearing one. An exchange of salutes was out of order. (George Bush came as close as he could to wearing a uniform while president when he landed on the telegenic aircraft carrier in an Air Force flight jacket).

We used to take pride in civilian leadership of the military under the Constitution, a principle that George Washington embraced when he avoided military symbols at Mount Vernon. We are not led — or were not in the past — by caudillos

Greinin öll er hér.

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Tag-clouds af SOTU ręšum Bush og Webb

Um daginn sį ég žetta tag-cloud af State of the Union ręšu Bush, og rakst nśna įšan į samskonar tag cloud af andsvari Webb, og sömuleišis tag-clouds af fyrri SOTU ręšum Bush. Fyrir žį sem ekki žekkja til eru Tag-clouds leiš til aš draga saman teksta į myndręnan hįtt. Į myndinni birtast orš stęrra eftir žvķ hversu oft žau eru nefnd, en röš oršanna getur żmist fariš eftir žvķ hvenęr žau birtast fyrst ķ tekstanum, eša žį er žeim rašaš ķ stafrófsröš. Og žó tag-clouds hafi veriš hönnuš af leitartękni-fręšingum eru žau lķka frįbęrt tęki til aš greina oršręšu. Į Amazon.com er t.d. hęgt aš sjį Tag-clouds af stafręnt leitanlegum bókum (undir concordance).

Ręša forsetans:

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Andsvar Webb:

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Hvor ofan į annarri sżna myndirnar blįtt į hvķtu muninn į ręšum žeirra Bush og Webb, og žar meš muninn į žvķ "public message" sem forsetinn annarsvegar og žingiš undir stjórn demokrata hins vegar, eru aš senda bandarķsku žjóšinni. Žaš er sérstaklega forvitnilegt aš bera saman hversu oft Bush og Webb nefna oršiš strķš: Bandarķkin eru ķ strķši sem hefur kostaš žśsundir mannslķfa og stjarnfręšilegar upphęšir ķ skattfé almennings. Ķ skošanakönnunum, žegar Bandarķkjamenn eru spuršir hvaš sé mikilvęgasta og alvarlegasta mįliš sem stjórnvöld verši aš takast į viš, nefnir yfirgnęfandi meirihluti almennings strķšiš ķ Ķrak. Og kosningarnar ķ nóvember snérust mjög um strķšiš. Žaš er til marks um hversu žungum skugga žessi misheppnaša og vanhugsaša herför er oršin į forsetanum og Repśblķkanaflokknum, sem skķttapaši žessum sömu kosningum, aš hann foršast ķ lengstu lög aš nefna oršiš "strķš". Žessi yfirsjón forsetans er enn meira slįandi žegar ręša hans er borin saman viš andsvar Webb!

Americablog - sem er eitt besta liberal blogg ķ Bandarķkjunum - birti auk žess myndir af tag-clouds fyrir fyrri SOTU ręšur forsetans. Žęr veita merkilega innsżn ķ žróun žess hvaš Hvķta Hśsiš hefur viljaš telja fólki trś um aš žaš hefši į stefnuskrįnni.

Fyrsta allar SOTU ręšur forsetans, 2001-2007:

SOTU tag clouds 2001-2007

Og 10 mest notušu oršin hvert įr:

SOTU tag-cloud summary 2001-2007

Ef mašur horfir į žessa mynd sżnist mér aš įriš 2001 hafi fjįrlög, rķkisrekstur og skattar veriš ašalmįlin į dagskrį, 2002 hryšjuverkamenn og Amerķka, 2003 Amerķka, žjóšin, Saddam, vopn og heimurinn, 2004 (sem var kosningaįr) voru skattar og Amerķka aftur ašalmįliš, 2005 var klįrlega um frelsi og öryggi - en ég get ekki įttaš mig į žvķ hvaš 2006 snérist um: Amerķku, žjóšina og heiminn? En žetta hlżtur aš hafa veriš hįstemmd ręša! En nś ķ įr? Sś ręša viršist ekki hafa fjallaš um neitt - eina oršiš sem stekkur śt er "Amerķka".

Ég gat meš engu móti fest fingur į žvķ hvaš forsetinn var aš reyna ķ stefnuręšu sinni - hvorki žegar ég horfši į hana ķ sjónvarpinu, né žegar ég sį žessi Tag-cloud af henni. En žegar ég var aš horfa į tķu orša langa śrdrįttinn sżndist mér aš ręšan hafi ašallega snśist um Amerķku, heilsu, hśs - og žjóšina. Žetta byrjar į Amerķku, en svo er talaš um heilsu og hśs, og annaš mikilvęgasta orš ręšunnar birtist: žjóš. Kannski er žetta inngangur aš angurvęrri sögu um fallegt ęvintżraland žar sem žjóšin er sęl og bżr ķ hśsum og er heil heilsu? Mjög patriotic og bjartsżnn tónn allavegana. Gott aš byrja svona ręšur į bjartsżnum tón og patritisma- allt frį žvķ Reagan sigraši Carter į žvķ aš vera "jįkvęšur" hafa bandarķkjaforsetarn vonast eftir žvķ aš fólk sęi žį sem bjartsżna frekar en svartsżna. En um leiš og oršiš Žjóš birtist sjįum viš, sem fjarlęgan vįboša, oršiš Ķrak, svo viš vitum aš žaš eru blikur į lofti og žjóšinni kunni aš vera órótt? En svo er nefndur til leiks forsetinn. Og lesandinn stendur į öndinni! Hvaš ętlar žessi karakter aš gera? Er veriš aš kynna til leiks ķllmenniš ķ sögunni eša hetjuna? En nś veit lesandinn aš žetta er spennusaga! Hvaš gerir forsetinn? Žaš er ekki alveg ljóst af śrdręttinum - en žaš viršist hafa eitthvaš meš öryggi og terrorista aš gera. Svo mikiš er vķst. Kannski eiga lesendur aš halda aš forsetinn ętli aš gera śti um terroristana svo žjóšin geti veriš örugg ķ hśsunum sķnum? Ég veit ekki, en žetta er įgętis saga, žó plottiš sé svolķtiš linsošiš.

Žaš er lķka eins og fyrri helmingurinn sé betur śthugsašur en seinni helmingurinn, žetta meš hvernig forsetinn ętli aš enda sem hetja sögunnar og gera śti um hryšjuverkamennina. Reyndar held ég ekki aš forsetinn hafi sjįlfur minnstu glóru um hvernig hann ętli aš nį žvķ takmarki! 

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Gibson, "fréttamašur" Fox neitar aš bakka meš aš Obama sé hryšjuverkamašur

MadrassaUm daginn flutti Insight mag "frétt" žess efnis aš Barack Obama hefši veriš ķ einhverskonar mśslimskum heilažvottaskóla žegar hann var barn. Fréttin var byggš į nafnlausum heimildarmönnum og getgįtum, en nišurstašan var samt krassandi. Fox, sem žykist vera "fréttastöš" greip žessa frétt aušvitaš og fjallaši ķ löngu mįli um madrassavist Obama.

En svo fór CNN į stśfana og gerši žaš sem fréttamenn eiga aš gera: athuga sannleiksgildi žeirra frétta sem žeir flytja, frekar en aš hafa eftir sögusagnir śr öšrum fjölmišlum. John Gibson, einn žeirra sem glöddust hvaš mest yfir žvķ aš hafa einhverskonar afsökun fyrir žvķ aš įsaka Barack Obama um aš vera į mįla hjį mśslimskum öfgamönnum, neitar hins vegar aš višurkenna ašh hann hafi haft į röngu aš standa. Ķ śtvarpsžętti sķnum (Gibson, eins og ašrar stjörnur Fox, er nefnilega lika meš śtvarpsžįtt) gerši lķtiš śr fréttamennsku CNN, og lét ķ vešri vaka aš fréttamašur žeirra hefši vķsvitandi hylmt yfir hverskonar stofnun žessi skóli "raunverulega" vęri, og hefši sennilega sjįlfur veriš heilažveginn žar!

GIBSON [W]hat did they see when they went to the madrassa where Barack Obama went to school? ...  Playing volleyball, right. They didn’t see them in any terrorist training camps?... No. Um, but they probably didn’t show them in their little lessons where they’re bobbing their heads and memorizing the Koran.

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Michelle Bachmann króar Bush af fyrir smį presidential kelerķ...

Bachmann og BushŽetta var ašalsagan allan lišlangann daginn ķ gęr! Michelle Bachmann, sem er einn af žingmönnum repśblķkana fyrir Minnesota, króaši George Bush af eftir aš ręšunni lauk ķ gęr, greip ķ hann og sleppti ekki takinu fyrr en hśn var bśin aš fį smį action frį leištoga hins frjįlsa heims...

Ķ kjölfar SOTU ręšu forsetans ķ gęr gekk hann um žingsalinn og gaf stušningsmönnum sķnum eiginhandarįritanir og vķnkaši sumum - svona eins og alvöru rokkstjarna! Heitustu stušningsmenn forsetans fengu handaband, eša klapp į öxlina og stutt oršaskipti. Žetta var eiginlega skemmtilegasti hluti ręšunnar! Jack Kingston stóš aftarlega ķ žvögunni og veifaši til forsetans aš hann vildi eiginhandarįritun, sem forsetinn krafsaši handa Jack "žriggja daga vinnuvika er fullnóg" Kingston. Chris Matthews, eša hver žaš nś var sem ég var aš horfa į, śtskżrši aš forsetinn notaši sķna fręgu "Sharpie" penna viš žessa eiginhandaįritunagjöf, sem er fastur višburšur aš lokinni žessari įrlegu stefnuręšu.

Michelle Bachmann var mętt žarna (og Katherine Harris - fyrrverandi žingkona Flórķda sem var secretary of state ķ Flórķda žegar "kosningavandręši" tryggšu Bush forsetaembęttiš ķ nóvember 2000). Bachmann nįši athygli forsetans, sem skrifaši "Go Broncos! Go Team!" eša eitthvaš įlķka ķ dagskrįna hennar, og ętlaši aš snśa sér aš öšrum repśblķkönum sem Hvķta Hśsiš er aš reyna aš halda į flokkslķnu žessa dagana. En Bachmann var ekki sįtt viš aš fį bara eiginhandarįritun. Hśn vildi aš forsetinn talaši viš sig! Andskotinn hafi žaš! Hśn hafši unniš kosningar śtķ į frosinni steppunni ķ Mišvesturrķkjunum og var sannfęrš um aš ef hśn bara gęfist ekki upp gęti hśn lķka nįš nokkrum žakkaroršum upp śr forsetanum. Og kannski lķka koss?

Bachmann vildi meira, svo hśn greip ķ öxlina į forsetanum, sem var aš reyna aš halda leišar sinnar - og hśn hélt fast ķ Bush žar til hann loksins fattaši aš hann yrši lķka aš kyssa hana įšur en hśn sleppti af honum takinu! Bachmann hélt forsetanum föngnum ķ heilar 30 sekśndur, sem sérfręšingar ķ "presidential etiquette" sem National Public Radio talaši viš segja aš sé mjög vafasamt athęfi. Žaš žykja vķst ekki góšir mannasišir aš snerta forsetann, hvaš žį aš halda ķ hann! Samkvęmt KSTP, sem er lókal ABC sjónvarpsstöš okkar Minneapolisbśa, fóru samskipti Bachmann og Bush žannig fram:

Newly-elected Congresswoman Michele Bachmann got quite a bit of face time with President Bush after his State of the Union Speech Tuesday night.

While the President was signing autographs for members of Congress after the speech, the sixth-district Republican put her hand on Bush's shoulder. However, it wasn't just a tap. After he signed an autograph for her, Bachmann grabbed the president and did not let go for almost 30 seconds.

After signing the autograph for Bachmann, the president turns away, but Bachmann doesn't let go. In fact, the video shows her reaching out to get a better grip on him.

Bush then leans over to kiss another congresswoman, but Bachmann is still holding on. Bachmann then gets more attention, a kiss and an embrace from the president. A few seconds later, Bachmann's hand finally comes off the presidential shoulder.

Bachmann er kona sem fer sķnu fram - og fęr žaš sem hśn vill! Žaš er hęgt aš sjį upptöku af samskiptum Bachmann og Bush į heimasķšu KSTP. Fréttaskżrendur og nokkurveginn allir liberal bloggarar Bandarķkjanna hafa veriš į bįšum įttum hvort Bachmann hafi veriš réttu megin viš velsęmismörk žegar hśn "greip" ķ forsetann og "hélt" honum žar til hann hafši žżšst hana!

Ég veit ekki hvort skiptir meira mįli ķ įhuga fréttaskyrenda į žessu kossaflangsi forsetans og Bachmann aš:

  • a) Bachmann sé bęši falleg og glęsileg, (sumir segja "hot") og kannski dįlķtiš próvókerandi - svona į mišvesturrķkjamįta ķ žaš minnsta - hśn mętti ķ sjónvarpsvištal į TPT, Twin Cities Public Television, sem er "gullstandard" pśkalegrar en yfigengilega hįstemmdrar pólķtķskrar fréttamennsku og stjórnmįlaumręšu ķ Mišvesturrķkjunum, ķklędd uppreimušum sandölum, ķ stuttum kjól og meš meirihįttar brjįlaša tśberingu, sem heitir lķka "Texas hair" - klęšaburšur sem žykir mjög próvókerandi ķ liberal krešsum ķ Minnesota. Minnesota er nefnilega fylki sem kżs sósķalķska hįskólaprófessora ķ flauelisjökkum ķ öldungadeildina - samanber Paul Wellstone! Eša,
  • b) hśn er žaš sem sumir kalla "Jesus-freak". Bachmann var einn hįvęrasti talsmašur evangelista į Minnesotažingi, og rekur einhverskonar barnabśgarš fyrir noršan tvķburaborgirnar... žvķ hśn og eiginmašur hennar eiga saman fimm börn, og hafa ęttleitt allt ķ allt 23 önnur!

Ašrir hafa bent į aš žaš sé reyndar dįlķtiš grunsamlegt hversu spennt Bachmann sé fyrir forsetanum, žvķ auk žess aš hafa vera linnulausa barįttu fyrir fjölskyldugildum hefur Bachmann lķka veriš einn af eldheitustu stušningsmönnum forsetans ķ Minnesotafylki. Fréttatilkynning sem Bachmann sendi frį sér ķ kjölfar heimsóknar forsetans til fylkisins ķ įgśst ķ fyrra vakti töluverša athygli, enda stórskemmtileg lesning!

Fréttatilkynningin segir semsagt ķ smįatrišum frį bķlferš Bachmann og forsetans. Bachmann var samferša forsetanum ķ einhvern fjįröflunarmįlsverš, og svo er įkvešiš aš stoppa ķsbśš ķ Wayzata til aš kaupa ķs handa mannskapnum!

I have never been in the Presidential limousine before so I was a little unsure what to do when the limousine stopped at the custard stand. I wasn't sure if I should exit with the President or get out of my side of the car. Karl Rove told me I would exit out the door on my side after The President steps out and someone would open the door for me. I could not believe I was discussing what flavor of custard to order with the President of the United States! ...

As we were driving, President Bush was constantly waving to people along the streets. I was struck by the humility he has towards his role as President of the United States. He enjoys connecting with people, even ever so briefly, and having them feel they have made contact with the President of the United States. I turned around and looked out the back window. The expressions on people's faces were priceless. They were just ecstatic when they realized The President had just waved at them.

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Og nęst į dagskrį: Jim Webb svarar ręšu forsetans

Jim WebbOk - forsetinn var rétt ķ žessu aš klįra ręšuna, og į leišinni śt žurfti hann aš skrifa eiginhandarįritanir fyrir herskara af senatorum. Žaš var eiginlega skemmtilegasti partur sjónvarpsśtsendingarinnar. Og nśna var Webb aš byrja andsvar Demokrata! Byrjar vel... AmericaBlog er meš allan teksta ręšu Webb. Hann byrjar vel...

It would not be possible in this short amount of time to actually rebut the President's message, nor would it be useful. Let me simply say that we in the Democratic Party hope that this administration is serious about improving education and healthcare for all Americans, and addressing such domestic priorities as restoring the vitality of New Orleans.

Further, this is the seventh time the President has mentioned energy independence in his state of the union message, but for the first time this exchange is taking place in a Congress led by the Democratic Party. We are looking for affirmative solutions that will strengthen our nation by freeing us from our dependence on foreign oil, and spurring a wave of entrepreneurial growth in the form of alternate energy programs. We look forward to working with the President and his party to bring about these changes.

Og Webb hefur lķka įhyggjur af millistéttinni og launafólki:

When one looks at the health of our economy, it's almost as if we are living in two different countries. Some say that things have never been better. The stock market is at an all-time high, and so are corporate profits. But these benefits are not being fairly shared. When I graduated from college, the average corporate CEO made 20 times what the average worker did; today, it's nearly 400 times. In other words, it takes the average worker more than a year to make the money that his or her boss makes in one day.

Webb bendir lķka į hiš augljósa:

The President took us into this war recklessly. He disregarded warnings from the national security adviser during the first Gulf War, the chief of staff of the army, two former commanding generals of the Central Command, whose jurisdiction includes Iraq, the director of operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many, many others with great integrity and long experience in national security affairs. We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable – and predicted – disarray that has followed.

The war's costs to our nation have been staggering.
Financially.
The damage to our reputation around the world.
The lost opportunities to defeat the forces of international terrorism.
And especially the precious blood of our citizens who have stepped forward to serve.

The majority of the nation no longer supports the way this war is being fought; nor does the majority of our military. We need a new direction. Not one step back from the war against international terrorism. Not a precipitous withdrawal that ignores the possibility of further chaos. But an immediate shift toward strong regionally-based diplomacy, a policy that takes our soldiers off the streets of Iraq's cities, and a formula that will in short order allow our combat forces to leave Iraq.

Og nokkuš góšur endir lķka!

As I look at Iraq, I recall the words of former general and soon-to-be President Dwight Eisenhower during the dark days of the Korean War, which had fallen into a bloody stalemate. "When comes the end?" asked the General who had commanded our forces in Europe during World War Two. And as soon as he became President, he brought the Korean War to an end.

These Presidents took the right kind of action, for the benefit of the American people and for the health of our relations around the world. Tonight we are calling on this President to take similar action, in both areas. If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way.

Thank you for listening. And God bless America.

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Update: Chris Matthews į NBC hélt žvķ fram aš andsvar Webb hefši veriš "sterkara" en ręša forsetans: "...this was perhaps for the first time since Ed Muskie delivered the Democratic adress in 1970, that the opposition response was stronger than the Presidents own state of the union address..." Žess er skemst aš minnast aš įriš 1970 var Richard Mihlouse Nixon forseti Bandarķkjanna, og aš vinsęldir Bush nśna eru jafn litlar og vinsęldir Nixon žegar hann žurfti aš segja af sér ķ kjölfar Watergate!

 


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