Monday, August 01, 2005

ummm, what?

eat me blogger.

a commenter on another blog referred to george bush as a "genius", which started me thinking about evidence to the contrary. i was researching some of his quotes and felt like posting some of the better ones:
  • "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"
  • "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."
  • "I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein."
  • 'I don't know why you're talking about Sweden. They're the neutral one. They don't have an army.''
  • "We stand for things."
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "I hope you leave here and walk out and say, 'What did he say?'"
  • "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."
  • "I think it's very important for the American President to mean what he says. That's why I understand that the enemy could misread what I say. That's why I try to be as clearly I can."
  • "The truth of that matter is, if you listen carefully, Saddam would still be in power if he were the president of the United States, and the world would be a lot better off."
  • "I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft."
  • "We thought we were protected forever from trade policy or terrorist attacks because oceans protected us."
  • "Justice ought to be fair."
  • "And so during these holiday seasons, we thank our blessings."
  • "Because the — all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those — changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be — or closer delivered to what has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the — like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate — the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those — if that growth is affected, it will help on the red."
  • "If they pre-decease or die early, there's an asset base to be able to pass on to a loved one."
  • "Well, we've made the decision to defeat the terrorists abroad so we don't have to face them here at home. And when you engage the terrorists abroad, it causes activity and action."
  • "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

jesus i can't read any more. i'm starting to question my own verbal and written acumen. if you want to read them all go here.

after reading all that, though, i have to wonder whether a supposed intellectual would produce such abuses of the english language. if you read even a moderate amount - books or magazines or anything - wouldn't your communication skills improve? wouldn't you be able to form a cogent sentence?

yes, the answer is yes. the man is not inquisitive or curious, and may be functionally retarded. his supporters too.

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