Someone Take The Wheel
11.29.2003
  Gosh, I don't know boys...Do You Think It's Worth It?

This one just has to be printed in full - So sue me AP - President Bunny in a flight suit still wants to run...

Oh yeah, and Faux News: Fuck you.

Aides Prodded Reluctant Bush on Iraq Trip
Fri Nov 28, 3:20 PM ET


By Adam Entous

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - For a president fond of a tough-guy image, George W. Bush was uneasy when an aide casually asked him, "You want to go to Baghdad?"

With Bush safely back at his Crawford ranch on Friday, White House supporters seized on the U.S. Thanksgiving Day visit to Iraq (news - web sites) as a public-relations coup that could boost troop morale and Republican fund raising.

But the trip -- one of the most secretive by any U.S. president -- also highlighted how precarious security remains in the Iraqi capital, captured by U.S. forces in April.

Despite unprecedented precautions, the president slipped into Baghdad under cover of darkness on Thursday to minimize the risk of being targeted by surface-to-air missiles and was confined to the heavily guarded airport throughout his 2-1/2-hour stay.

"Obviously there continues to be a security problem in the triangle around Baghdad," Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites), said in Crawford.

One day after the president left Iraq, another high-profile visitor, New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (news - web sites), toured Baghdad to meet with troops and top officials from the occupation administration and aid groups.

It was White House chief of staff Andrew Card who first proposed the surprise trip -- not the president.

"Andy (Card), as he often does, said (to Bush) almost in passing: 'Thanksgiving's coming up. Where do you want to go? You want to go to Baghdad?"' Rice recalled, and the planning got under way.

Seven months after his dramatic landing in a flight suit on the USS Abraham Lincoln with its "Mission Accomplished" banner, Bush conceded about the Iraq visit, "I was the biggest skeptic of all."

Instead of a flight suit, Bush wore a standard Army jacket to meet with the troops, and acknowledged he thought "all along" it might be too risky and that he "had a lot of questions" about security.

Bush aides considered scrapping the visit less than a week ago after a DHL cargo plane, landing at the same airport, was hit by a surface-to-air missile.

"The president had made clear that he was prepared to call this off at any time," Rice said, adding the DHL incident "made people go back and take a look at whether we thought the plane would be safe going in."

The Secret Service (news - web sites) was deeply involved in the planning from the start, although it expressed some initial reservations. The White House went to extraordinary lengths to keep the trip a secret, including outright deception.

"Everybody was concerned that it was a trip with some risk. ... It wasn't going to Cleveland, we knew that." Rice said.

'ONE-DAY WINNER'
More than 180 U.S. soldiers have died since Bush declared major combat operations over in May with his controversial visit to the aircraft carrier.

He has seen his popularity decline as Americans' concern over the operation has grown. Experts said the visit could boost Bush in the polls, but doubted it would last.

"Is this a moment that the RNC (Republican National Committee (news - web sites)) will try to use as a fund-raising moment? Yes. ... (But) it's a one-day winner. This is not a solution to anything," said Douglas Brinkley, director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans.

Dan Feldman, a National Security Council director under former President Bill Clinton (news - web sites), called the trip a "great PR stunt ... yet another in a long line of photo ops that don't say anything concrete about improving security and what our long-term plans are."

Rice denied the trip was politically motivated. "This was generated out of the president and the policy side," she said, but declined to say if political adviser Karl Rove or Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman were among the handful of aides who knew about the trip.

She said the administration had briefly considered a visit to Baghdad during the summer or tagged on to Bush's recent London trip.

Rice said the president was concerned about his own security as well as the possibility the visit would increase the risk to front-line troops.

Before giving the final green light, he convened a meeting with his top advisers.

"The (military) commanders still wanted this to go forward. And the president went around the room and just said, 'Do you still think this is the right thing to do?' And each of us thought it was the right thing to do," Rice said.  
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  Hillary Ventures Past the Airport

Ha ha - Our Dear Leader still ends up looking like a scared bunny...Run curious George Run...

Hillary Clinton Meets With Iraq Officials
1 minute ago

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer

KIRKUK, Iraq - U.S. senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (news - web sites) and Jack Reed met in this oil-rich northern city Saturday with local officials who urged the visitors to raise the problems of their city with U.S. officials back home.

After the 90-minute private meeting, Kirkuk's governor Abdel-Rahman Mustafa said the senators were briefed on the severe economic problems and high unemployment facing the city.
 
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  To Continue Another Theme

Drudge continues to demonize Dean...

 
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  Have A Nice Day (Smiley)!

Who says Americans are rude, thoughtless, greedy, capitalistic pigs? Not those kind folks at Wal-Mart - Apparently, they put a DVD back for this woman. What more could you ask for?

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Woman Knocked Unconscious While Shopping
ORANGE CITY, Fla. - A mob of shoppers rushing for a sale on DVD players trampled the first woman in line and knocked her unconscious as they scrambled for the shelves at a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Patricia VanLester had her eye on a $29 DVD player, but when the siren blared at 6 a.m. Friday announcing the start to the post-Thanksgiving sale, the 41-year-old was knocked to the ground by the frenzy of shoppers behind her.


"She got pushed down, and they walked over her like a herd of elephants," said VanLester's sister, Linda Ellzey. "I told them, `Stop stepping on my sister! She's on the ground!'"

 
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11.28.2003
  Our Dear Leader's Photo Op Endangers Troops' Lives

"After 13 months in theater, my morale had kind of sputtered," said Capt. Mark St. Laurent, 36, of Leesburg, Virginia. "Now I'm good for another two months."

But other soldiers grew angry that their departure from the airport was delayed for an hour, while they waited for Air Force One to depart. Finding the door barred, about 50 troops got into a shouting match with the soldier blocking their exit. The streets of Baghdad were too dangerous to delay their departure any longer, they shouted.

"Do you have any idea how many IEDs are on this road?" one soldier shouted, referring to improvised explosive devices or roadside bombs. "I have to get back to my base. I don't want to lose a soldier because the president wants us to sit here." 
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11.27.2003
  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Stranger told us today that Bush had a sneak trip to Iraq to thank the soldiers. It's about time he did something for them. But that's not my gripe today. I know, I know, I'm supposed to be thankful. And I was. Until I read in the Tulsa World that Bush arrived last night in Crawford Texas to spend the holiday with his family. It was worded something like: "Bush arrived here last night to spend the holidays with his family...".

It's one thing to publish the Resident's holiday plans. It's another thing altogether to report the news you're given as if it's happened because you got a blastfax from the GOP. Even though we know they do that all the time anyway.

Happy Thanksgiving U.S. Government: You Suck.

 
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11.26.2003
  Veterans Outraged (Again)

As seen on www.bartcop.com

The Bush administration says its ban on ceremonies honoring the dead is intended to prevent invasion of the privacy of families during a time of grief. Excluding military honors is one less thing for families to worry about, it says. The administration claims that it's trying to save family members the burden of feeling obligated to attend base homecoming ceremonies.

The truth is that the White House is obsessed with not associating President George W. Bush with slain American troops so close to the 2004 presidential elections. Bush worries that it will harm the already poor image of his occupation of Iraq as a supposedly bloodless "piece of cake" for the United States.

 
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  Hmmm

Ok, I'll definitely buy that it's not terrorism related, but this odor put five people in the hospital and they still don't know what it is or where it's coming from? Sheesh. That's one foul bouquet.

NY Subway Odor Not Terrorism Related - Police
Wed November 26, 2003 12:04 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An unknown odor that put five New York subway workers in the hospital on Wednesday was not terrorism-related, said police, who have been on the highest security alert since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
"The incident is not terrorism-related," said a police official who asked not to be identified. "No subway line has been shut down or evacuated."

Firefighters and other emergency services personnel were checking the southbound "F" subway line from the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan to Chinatown for the cause of the odor in a tunnel, the fire department said.

 
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  Chen denies he paid to meet a Bush

C'mon folks, where are all the howls of outrage from the librul media? I can't heeeeaaaar yooooooouuu.

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003
President Chen Shui-bian yesterday defended himself against accusations by People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong that he paid US$1 million to meet with a family member of US President George W. Bush during his visit to the US earlier this month.

Although Soong did not say who the family member was, PFP and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) officials later identified the person as Bush's brother Neil Bush.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500 people in Yunlin County on Sunday, Soong said the US' high-profile reception for Chen was a result of the US$1 million that Chen gave to the Bush family.
 
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  A Thanksgiving Prayer

By Williams Burroughs

Thanks for the wild turkey and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shit out through wholesome
American guts.


Thanks for a continent to despoil
and poison.


Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge and
danger.

Thanks for vast herds of bison to
kill and skin leaving the
carcasses to rot.

Thanks for bounties on wolves
and coyotes.

Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize and to falsify until
the bare lies shine through.

Thanks for the KKK.

For nigger-killin' lawmen,
feelin' their notches.

For decent church-goin' women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter,
evil faces.

Thanks for "Kill a Queer for
Christ" stickers.

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.

Thanks for Prohibition and the
war against drugs.

Thanks for a country where
nobody's allowed to mind their
own business.

Thanks for a nation of finks.

Yes, thanks for all the
memories-- all right let's see
your arms!

You always were a headache and
you always were a bore.

Thanks for the last and greatest
betrayal of the last and greatest
of human dreams.

 
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  Did Someone Kick Colin?


Secretary of State Colin Powell, right, accompanied by Macedonian Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski, gestures while talking to reporters outside the State Department in Washington Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003 after their meeting. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh) 
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"This is exactly how much benefit you'll get for the billions of dollars you'll pay for the new Medical Bill" 
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  This is taking things a little bit too far I think...

L.A. Wants to End 'Master' and 'Slave' Equipment

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive.

The request -- which has some suppliers furious and others busy re-labeling components -- came after an unidentified worker spotted a videotape machine carrying devices labeled "master" and "slave" and filed a discrimination complaint with the county's Office of Affirmative Action Compliance.

In the computer industry, "master" and "slave" are used to refer to primary and secondary hard disk drives. The terms are also used in other industries.
 
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  "Let me walk down the highway with my brother in peace..."

Bloggerheads mentions this very cool site:


 
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  Don't Let The Door Hit You

MSNBC is canceling "Buchanan and Press". 
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  Spin Cycle

Yeah, we're not using the war on terrorism to spy on protestors, we just need to spy on protestors in order to determine if they're terrorists so we know whether or not to be at war with them....um, or um, something like that. Yeah, right guys.

FBI Publicly Denies Spying on Protesters

CURT ANDERSON
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Senior FBI officials took the unusual step Tuesday of publicly declaring that agents are not using the war against terrorism as a cover to collect information on people who demonstrate against the government.

John Pistole, assistant FBI director for counterterrorism, told The Associated Press in an interview that recent allegations by civil liberties groups and some members of Congress about such an intelligence effort are "flat-out wrong."

"We have to have some type of predicate, some foundation, some basis for saying, 'This person poses some type of threat,'" Pistole said. "The endgame is not to collect intelligence for political purposes. The endgame is to prevent terrorism or criminal activity."

 
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  Atrios reminds us about the porn of mass destruction...here
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  More "Rule of Law"

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said Tuesday he had put one of his staffers on administrative leave for improperly obtaining data from the secure computer networks of two Democratic senators.

Hatch, R-Utah, said preliminary interviews suggested that a former Republican member of the committee staff may have also been involved in penetrating the Democratic computers.

"I was shocked to learn that this may have occurred," Hatch said in a statement. "I am mortified that this improper, unethical and simply unacceptable breach of confidential files may have occurred on my watch."



And this site gives you an insight into how many laws this staffer broke in order to earn his "administrative leave". 
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  More Bush Family Values

Perhaps it's time for Babs to take a long look at her own "sorry lot". And don't even get me started on that whole "trading technology secrets with China" stuff...

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Neil Bush, younger brother of President Bush (news - web sites), detailed lucrative business deals and admitted to engaging in sex romps with women in Asia in a deposition taken in March as part of his divorce from now ex-wife Sharon Bush.

According to legal documents disclosed on Tuesday, Sharon Bush's lawyers questioned Neil Bush closely about the deals, especially a contract with Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., a firm backed by Jiang Mianheng, the son of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin (news - web sites), that would pay him $2 million in stock over five years.

Marshall Davis Brown, lawyer for Sharon Bush, expressed bewilderment at why Grace would want Bush and at such a high price since he knew little about the semiconductor business.
 
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11.25.2003
  Thanks to One Tweezy for this joke

George W. Bush was having afternoon tea with Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace, outlining his plans for the future of the USA.

"As I'm the President" said Bush, "I'm thinking of changing how the country is referred to, and I'm thinking that it should be a Kingdom", to which the Queen replies, "I'm sorry Mr Bush, but to be a Kingdom, you have to have a King in charge - and you're not a King."

George Bush thought a while and then said: "How about a Principality then?", to which the Queen replied "Again, to be a Principality you have to be a Prince - and you're not a Prince, Mr Bush". Bush thought long and hard and came up with "How about an Empire then?"

The Queen, getting a little p****d off by now replied "Sorry again, Mr Bush, but to be an Empire you must have an Emperor in charge - and you are not an Emperor."

Before George Bush could utter another word, The Queen said: "I think you're doing quite nicely as a Country". 
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  I don't have a problem with the odd piercing, but I just have to say 'Ewwwww!'


Elaine Davidson of Brazil, who holds the Guinness world record for being the woman with the greatest number of body piercings, 1,903 altogether, sticks her tongue out at the Tate Modern art gallery in London, November 11, 2003. The gallery held an event on Tuesday to mark the release of the 100th millionth copy of the Guinness World Records books. (Lee Besford/Reuters)  
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  You Lookin' For a Vacation in Gitmo, Boy?

Oct. 29, 2003 | The writer, director and costar of one of the most amusing plays currently running in New York doesn't want his name published. The address of the theater where his show is running is a secret, too. To get there, you must stand on a street corner in DUMBO, a rapidly gentrifying industrial neighborhood in downtown Brooklyn, and wait for an operative to tell you which way to walk. Soon, you'll be intercepted by another agent, who will jog you down the street and quickly usher you into a nondescript doorway, telling you to take the elevator to the 10th floor.

At 8 p.m., once everyone has been shown in, a man in a suit, a ski mask and a comic German accent welcomes you to "I'm Going to Kill the President," a madcap farce about terrorism and apathy in John Ashcroft's America whose performance may or may not be a federal offense.

 
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  Which Is It?

It was reported widely during Bush's campaign that he had never been out of the country. Now he seems to be taking on the world-wise traveler persona. Which is it?

"SIR DAVID: Mr. President, a lot of people say this might be your first trip to London, but it's not.

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: No, it's not. I've been there a couple of times. I remember Laura and I went to see "Cats" in London. Gosh, I remember going to some nice pubs -- when I was drinking man in London. It's a great city, and I'm looking forward to going."
 
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On the 40th anniversary of his death, members of the Kennedy family gather at dawn to pray beside the grave of slain President John F. Kennedy, right, and his wife, first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, left, in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003. From right to left in front row are: Victoria Kennedy, the wife of Sen. Edward Kennedy, JFK's brother Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., Ethel Kennedy, Robert Kennedy's widow, JFK's daughter Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, her son John Schlossberg, husband Edwin Schlossberg, daughters Rose Schlossberg, and Tatiana Schlossberg. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
 
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  Bang Bang. You're Dead.

I wonder if this game has the part about 7,000 sick and injured soldiers in German hospitals alone, many of them amputees?


"Three million people worldwide have joined America's Army -- online.

The popular Internet video game of the same name, which can be legally downloaded for free at www.aaohq.com, has young adults around the world scrambling to join and train like a real U.S. Army soldier and act out combat scenarios in online teams.

The game is also an increasingly important recruitment and branding tool for the U.S. Army as it attempts to reach a young audience that knows little about the army and spends much of its time in front of a computer.

"It's very efficient for us in terms of communicating with people," said Chris Chambers, deputy director of the America's Army project. "This is much cheaper than those alternate mediums.... It (creates) an engagement with someone. They come in and play for hours as opposed to a few seconds for a print ad or TV ad."

 
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  Beasts of Burden

We'll teach those damn donkeys to mess with us...

Iraqi donkeys face U.S. wrath

By Michael Georgy in Baghdad
Tuesday, 25 November , 2003, 17:25

Baghdad:Since guerrillas used donkeys to outwit the high-tech defences of the U.S. military in Iraq, the life of the beast of burden has never been so miserable.
Attackers used donkey carts to launch Katyusha rockets at the Oil Ministry and two fortified Baghdad hotels on Friday. Two other donkey carts were stopped -- one carrying more rockets, the other a donkey-bomb wired up with explosives.

Every donkey in Baghdad is suddenly under suspicion as U.S. President George W. Bush wages a global war on terror. In a crackdown on an animal that already suffers multiple daily whippings, U.S. soldiers with automatic rifles regularly stop and search donkey carts for weapons.

Donkey owners say petrol stations have been refusing to sell them kerosene for resale since the rocket attacks. The animals salivate and wheeze with exhaustion as they pull their owners and heavy loads across the potholed streets of the Iraqi capital in a desperate search for kerosene.


 
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  Torture School Tortures Protesters of Torture

With a larger-than-expected first-day crowd at the annual protest of an institute at
Fort Benning, tensions amped up Saturday after the Army and protesters engaged
in a day of electronic and legal jousting.

As protest leaders took to the stage with speeches and music, Fort Benning blared
anthems and martial music from loudspeakers positioned just inside its gates,
about 50 yards away.

SOA Watch, which conducts the annual protest against
the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security
Cooperation, called the move a "psychological
operation," and said it planned to file suit against the
Army.


"There's a lot of ill will being caused that's not
necessary," said SOA Watch founder the Rev. Roy
Bourgeois. "The closer we get to shutting that school
down, the meaner they get. We see this as a form of
psychological violence."  
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  Not The Queen's English

"An American woman has been left with a British accent after having a stroke.
This is despite the fact that Tiffany Roberts, 61, has never been to Britain. Her accent is a mixture of English cockney and West Country.

Doctors say Mrs Roberts, who was born and bred in Indiana, has a condition called foreign accent syndrome."

 
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11.24.2003
  Gosh Darn It.

Bullet fired during KKK ceremony hits participant

Nov. 24, 2003 | JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A bullet fired in the air during a Ku Klux Klan initiation ceremony came down and struck a participant in the head, critically injuring him, authorities said.

About 10 people, including two children, had gathered for the ceremony. The man who was being initiated was blindfolded, tied with a noose to a tree and shot with paintball guns as Freeman fired a pistol in the air to provide the sound of real gunfire, Sheriff Fred Phillips said.

 
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Tell Your Friends!

The Democratic debate is tonight. Let's hope they actually let them talk/debate on this one (but don't hold your breath). 
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  Weirdo Crazy Site of the Day

These people say my boyfriend, General Clark is a dog and a swine because not only did he kill everyone in the balkans and in Waco, but worst of all, he converted to Catholicism. Uh huh.

 
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  To Continue a Theme

 
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  Drudge demonizes Dean

Check out this picture on his front page today:

 
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  Reported UK Protest Sign

"You say Potatoe, We say F*ck Off!!"  
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  HUH?

And who'dve thunk Kennesaw had a similar law for 21 years! WTF.

Kan. Town Requires Homes to Have Guns

GEUDA SPRINGS, Kan. - Residents of this tiny south-central Kansas community have passed an ordinance requiring most households to have guns and ammunition.

Noncomplying residents would be fined $10 under the ordinance, passed 3-2 earlier this month by City Council members who thought it would help protect the town of 210 people. Those who suffer from physical or mental disabilities, paupers and people who conscientiously oppose firearms would be exempt.

"This ordinance fulfills the duty to protect by allowing each individual householder to provide for his or her protection," said Councilman John Brewer.


 
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  Liz is Pissed. Pissed Off, That Is.

First, this is from the Mirror, so let's take it all with a grain of salt. But if it is true, what I don't get is why they didn't foresee that when you land a helicopter it blows around a lot. Haven't they seen the movies? Furthermore, don't they have a friggin' helipad fer chrissakes? They're the Royal Family! I mean we realize the Brits are "quaint" and all, but surely they have helicopters, right? Right. So why the hell was Bush landing in the Queen's favorite rose garden?

"THE Queen is furious with President George W. Bush after his state visit caused thousands of pounds of damage to her gardens at Buckingham Palace.

Royal officials are now in touch with the Queen's insurers and Prime Minister Tony Blair to find out who will pick up the massive repair bill. Palace staff said they had never seen the Queen so angry as when she saw how her perfectly-mantained lawns had been churned up after being turned into helipads with three giant H landing markings for the Bush visit.

The rotors of the President's Marine Force One helicopter and two support Black Hawks damaged trees and shrubs that had survived since Queen Victoria's reign."


Thanks to J.T./Killer Tomato for the pic! 
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Rip out the table
we need room to move
in a life unstable
you're so easily amused
anywhere you hang
yourself is home
throw in a tape, fix the tone

The windows are dirty let's hope it rains
add another newspaper
something to do with my change
I see we're fighting again
In some fucking land
throw in another tape man

Someone take the wheel
and I don't know where we're going
anybody say what you feel
everybody's sad, but nobody's showing

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