Friday, December 01, 2006

Odds and Ends Quickie 02: Bush's Kinda Guy; Miyazaki No.3 No Stand-Up Guy; Newsweek Covers Tell a Story of Their Own

The talks come off after a delay, and President Bush gives a ringing endorsement to Prime Minister Maliki. Money quote:

Speaking after a summit here with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Bush also offered a strong endorsement of the embattled leader, calling him "the right guy for Iraq."

It's probably a good thing Mr. Al-Maliki 's not a US news junkie, because he probably didn't seethis

Again, I want to thank you all for -- and, Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job. The FEMA Director is working 24 -- (applause) -- they're working 24 hours a day.

And this:

"[Cheney and Rumsfeld] are doing fantastic jobs and I strongly support them," Bush said in an interview with The Associated Press and others.

And if he did, he can at least take comfort that Mr. Cheney's chances of serving out his term have actually gone up. Still, Mr. Bush does have a deadly touch with his words of praise.

It's official. Two weeks after he was hoisted up by the MSW to the indictment gods, then left Tadahiro Ito, governor of Miyazaki Prefecture, hanging there, is once again a dead man walking. This became inevitable when Mr. No. 2 began singing and implicated the governor, and, today, even the Miyazaki Prefecture Assembly resurrected their long-tabled non-confidence resolution.

BTW, I understand the resignation of the Wakayama governor is only effective as of Dec. 2, which happens to to be my birthday. I think it has something to do with getting the full year's end bonus, but you'll have to ask.

Speaking of my birthday, Cuba has decided to honor my birthday with a huge military parade. Unfortunately, Fidel can't come, and Hugo won't, so I said to myself, fugeddaboutit, I'll stay home and wait for the presents to come in. (Yeah, you. And you. And you.)

And speaking of birthdays, a shoutout to DWT, MH and their bountiful bundle of beautiful babyhood. Shisaku tacked up an APB, and he must have a huge readership, because my email to you bounced back, saying your in box was full.

That Shisaku also writes about the MSM’s trial by pictures. I touched on another aspect of visual editorializing. With these Newsweek covers depicting George Bush in varying degrees of humiliation. Well, look at what Newsweek did the following two weeks. I'm going to keep an eye on this, but it's clear that Newsweekis mindful of Muslim sensibilities in predominantly Muslim countries, but it's okay to show an evil Shiite anywhere people can buy Newsweek.


Seriously, though, how did Newsweek convince the cleric to do a Darth Sadr? Amazing. What next? The Daily Show?

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