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Chicago Tribune – After months of campaigning on his resolve for fighting the war against terror—the predominant theme of his 10-state, five-day campaign closing tour—President Bush is attempting to call in some of his economic chips. The president used his weekly radio address, delivered live Saturday morning from a mile-high coffee shop in Colorado, to tout his tax cuts.

The White House’s revolving search for compelling themes in these closing days of the campaign—targeting conservative voters with war talk, and appealing to a national audience on the strength of the economy—is a measure of how hard-fought the contest for control of Congress will be.

The president will continue to deliver a message of national security and economic prosperity at each stop. But Saturday morning, at a table of the Mile High Coffee shop in Englewood, seated with several small businessmen who have prospered there, Bush touted his tax cuts and warned that electing Democrats on Tuesday will jeopardize that tax relief.

“Our tax cuts have helped businesses like these create jobs. . . .  Yet Democrats in Washington have consistently opposed cutting taxes,’’ Bush said in his radio address. “The Democrats are still determined to raise taxes. If they gain control of Congress, they can do so without lifting a finger.”

Bush also urged Americans to consider what a Democratic takeover of Congress would mean for gas and oil prices as winter approaches.  “Measured by the barrel, oil prices have hit record highs,” Bush noted, “but Americans have seen prices at the pump plummet over the past six months.  My administration has worked hard to keep prices low for the American consumer, and it’s hard work—hard, hard work.  A Democrat victory will change all that.  Here in Colorado, good hard-working people are paying $2.10, $2.20 a gallon for regular gasoline.  Come Wednesday, if Americans make the wrong choice on Tuesday, those prices will be $3.80, $3.90.  High-octane gasoline will be well over four dollars a gallon.  Diesel fuel will skyrocket by 80 percent.  And home heating oil will be out of reach for all but the wealthy few.”

Bush’s remarks sparked controversy among Democrats, who immediately accused the administration of colluding with oil companies to fix consumer prices for partisan political gain.  But White House press secretary Tony Snow brushed off the accusations, saying, “everyone knows that the President has no control over gas prices.  Gas prices are set by the Vice-President’s office without any outside interference from George Bush.”

In other news, the International Comparison Court sentenced former German Chancellor Adolf Hitler to death yesterday, charging him with “derailing innumerable comment threads” and “providing political debaters with spurious analogies for more than six decades.” “Hitler was the first and most egregious example of Godwin’s Law,” said a spokesman for the court, “constantly interjecting himself into other people’s conversations and demanding, ‘then what would you do about me?’”

“Even more damaging, in recent years,” the official added, “has been Hitler’s willingness to allow American newspaper columnists to invoke him at every turn, from George Will to Richard Cohen.  In the past five years, it’s all been ‘appeasement’ this and ‘1938’ that, and this toxic combination of political hysteria and intellectual laziness would never have been possible if not for the initial efforts of Mr. Hitler himself.”

President Bush called the conviction and death sentence of Hitler “a major achievement for international law,” and Republican Party officials predicted that it would swing voters their way in the final hours before the midterm elections.  “This proves that the Democrat policy of appeasement was a mistake in 1938, and remains a mistake today,” said Weekly Standard editor William Kristol.

Posted by on 11/06 at 12:54 PM
  1. Indeed, my dangerous friend, indeed. If you’ll excuse me, I need to prepare to vote at the wrong poll location on Wednesday.

    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  11/06  at  02:33 PM
  2. Hey, it’s Tuesday over here already and NHK is reporting the Republicans didn’t lose a single race.  And that, in a Grotian Moment, Hussein was found not guilty of being a born-again Hitler. 

    Bouncing off earlier comparisons of the Clarke-Hussein show trials in comments on other posts here, I do have to ask (in all seriousness, since I’m co-editing a book on the subject) what people think of the comparison, which is a common critique of all crimes-against-humanity-type international tribunals ("victor’s justice,” etc.).  Is it possible these days to do one a them things w/o it becoming a show trial, being one from the start, or (just) being perceived as one?

    I think a great test case would be a Bush-Cheney one.  If we can establish the baseline for what a really good show trial is all about on <s>St.</s> Herr Clarke, perhaps we can help the international law folks (who seem to me a very earnest and idealistic bunch) figure out what its opposite would be.  Or maybe peter ramus could point out some of the problems with such binaristic thinking....

    Posted by The Constructivist  on  11/06  at  02:53 PM
  3. Heh, please scroll down on this collection of international reactions to the Hussein verdict now and read the Russian commentator’s comment.  Now there’s a natural for the WAAGNFNP!

    Side question:  has the Hussein verdict gotten off page 14 of major US newspapers?  I’ve heard they’ve seriously cut back on international reporting over the past couple of decades and I’m concerned they might not give this story proper coverage.

    Posted by The Constructivist  on  11/06  at  03:02 PM
  4. My administration has worked hard to keep prices low for the American consumer, and it’s hard work—hard, hard work.

    Bush’s remarks sparked controversy among Democrats, who immediately accused the administration of colluding with oil companies to fix consumer prices for partisan political gain.  But White House press secretary Tony Snow brushed off the accusations, saying, “everyone knows that the President has no control over gas prices.  Gas prices are set by the Vice-President’s office without any outside interference from George Bush.”

    So it’s hard, hard work not to interfere? The Vice Preznit is setting gas prices? A Democratic Congress can interfere, but the Preznit can’t?

    I’m really confused.

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  03:28 PM
  5. I’m really confused.

    Good!  Now get out there and vote to stay the course—not that our commitment to staying the course has ever included using the phrase “stay the course,” except when it has.

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  03:32 PM
  6. And remember, Wendy, voting is Wednesday, use pencil!

    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  11/06  at  03:49 PM
  7. I don’t know what to do - since a certain German dictator (name withheld for privacy reasons) already shows up in the original post, isn’t any comment to it a violation of Godwin’s law?

    As for the show trial business - how would you define a show trial? For me, the trial of Hussein, while it may have been a farce, and for show, doesn’t quite qualify; a show trial is, as Chris Clarke no doubt noticed, first of all a ritual self-purification of a movement or organisation; the actual accused is secondary. In the CCST, Chris could be replaced by any of us without diminishing the effect (although we’d probably loose some very good poetic defense speeches); Hussein, on the other hand, could not have been replaced by a random member of the former Iraqi ruling circle.

    captcha: members as in “we are all members of the WAAGNFNP”

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  04:15 PM
  8. Hitler is dead; Mussolini lives!!! 
    Is Bérubé the Ducé of Dangeral Studies??? I can’t wait for the book on this one, as long as it covers Somalian and Ethiopean relevances to our pomo plight (their post-Italian experiences without espresso). 

    I have already voted early and often, and thus look forward to the results on Thursday: when the diabolical machines are revealed, and the tabulations are printed out, showing the pre-set inputted GOP victory data.  It is so wonderful to have an election that is a model for a great show trial.

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  04:21 PM
  9. This proves that the Democrat policy of appeasement was a mistake in 1938, and remains a mistake today,

    Oh, this is so true. And how about that Kerry insulting the troops the way he did, *snort*?

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  04:51 PM
  10. already shows up in the original post, isn’t any comment to it a violation of Godwin’s law?

    I thought the same thing originally, but then I figured out (using powerful logic-like methods that I picked up from reading the ACTA blog) that Godwin’s Law is an analog to the Peter Principle - and a well-known way to circumvent the Peter Principle is to enter an organization at a level already above your level of incompetence. And as the world of commmerce and politics clearly show, there are no further constraints after that. So Michael, by cagily mentioning Hitler by name in the initial post, has made this a rare Hitler Free Speech Internet Autonomous Region.

    ... the spokesman for the Court denied that the timing of the verdict was politically-motivated, “Although more than 60 years have elapsed since Hitler’s death, first we had to wait for Godwin’s Law to be discovered invented and then there were just like a jazillion old Usenet postings to go through and then we had to find that bunker movie that Delillo mentions in Running Dog”. However, when this reporter pressed the spokesman on reports that the verdict was still lacking details, he snapped back, “What kind of Facist question is that? This thread is so over.”

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  04:54 PM
  11. And remember, Wendy, voting is Wednesday, use pencil!

    Um, okay ... although I really like my pretty red crayon.

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  05:14 PM
  12. I’ve never felt good about the death penalty. It gives sympathy where none is deserved, and puts justice at risk where it’s needed most.

    Perhaps his heart should be eaten afterward so that his powers can be absorbed.

    Posted by Central Content Publisher  on  11/06  at  06:08 PM
  13. What, Goodwin’s Law doesn’t apply??

    That’s the kind of fascist lawlessness they had under HITLER!!!

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  06:34 PM
  14. And home heating oil will be out of reach for all but the wealthy few…and Democrat-controlled municipalities with energy accords with Hugo Chávez’s Marxist-Leninist regime, agreements, I would note, that raise serious questions about their comittment to the nation’s best interest.

    Posted by J—  on  11/06  at  06:50 PM
  15. "And home heating oil will be out of reach for all but the wealthy few.”

    News Flash from Reuters:

    With a bleak winter ahead, and only public heating centers to anticipate (much like those “cooling centers” that people without air-conditioning or homes have to utilize in the summer), the forlorn citizens of America began this afternoon to embrace the coming of the GNF.

    While many admit they do not understand the nature or source of the GNF, they describe it as a warm-hearted primordial dinosaur of sorts. Images of the electrifyingly handsome creature were raised high into the sky on fence-posts and rakes as congregations assembled throughout the nation to praise “Gojira.”

    The Bush administration now acknowledges that their efforts to raise public concern about rising heating prices have taken an unexpected turn. They seek information about the whereabouts of the party behind the GNF, and would like to meet as soon as possible with the person responsible for circulating images of the neon reptile.

    If you have tips, please call 1-888-GNF-WATCH

    Posted by  on  11/06  at  07:39 PM
  16. It goes without saying that, as an equal opportunity affirmative action event, the great good and glorious GNF (4GNF) does not discrimate between individuals. Comrade Hussein will be admitted to the conflagration on the same basis as other human beings.

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/06  at  08:39 PM
  17. Just like Herr Clarke, alas.  Is there any way to reserve the Cormac McCarthy/Barefoot Gen for the really really really bad people?

    Posted by The Constructivist  on  11/07  at  12:49 AM
  18. I thought a mention of the German dictator *proved* Godwin’s Law rather than breaking it.

    But all I know is what I read in Wikipedia: 
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin&#x27;s_law

    I’m looking forward to voting because I think this time the Democrats actually have candidates running in my state and congressional races.

    Posted by luolin  on  11/07  at  12:57 AM
  19. Mr. Godwin,

    Keep your laws off my name.

    Sincerely,
    Adolf Hitler

    Posted by A. Hit  on  11/07  at  01:08 AM
  20. "While many admit they do not understand the nature or source of the GNF...”

    But that’s the beauty of the GNF, there’s no further need to understand anything. Once you’ve been Giant Nuclear Fireballed, nothing else matters.

    Captcha: however - which, however, I reject. There can be no qualification of the all-encompassing GNF.

    Posted by  on  11/07  at  03:54 AM
  21. A page from Barefoot Gen, from this site:

    littleboy

    captcha: “wish”—Wooshhh! KaaBloooommm! is more like it

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/07  at  05:02 AM
  22. WAAGNFNP has authorized gas mask drills in preparation for the glorious post 4GNF festivities. Instructions and examples may be found here (information courtesy of Comrad Mark Iktomi Thompson).

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/07  at  06:14 AM
  23. The technical department of the WAAGNFNP Ministry of Visual Propaganda is proud to unveil Gojiravision, through which we can see the internets as Gojira sees them from within. Here is the first picture, showing that the webtubes are in repose:

    gojiravision

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/07  at  06:27 AM
  24. Oh wow--I love Gojiravision! And I think you’re right, Maud, about the GNF.

    Speaking of which, could we combine Gojiravision with the power of the GNF in order to see a post-trial image of Crisp Clarke? I suspect he will be transformed by the judgement of the GNF.

    captcha: show

    As in: too obvious--it’s the first part of what we all await!!

    Posted by  on  11/07  at  08:48 AM
  25. I thought a mention of the German dictator *proved* Godwin’s Law rather than breaking it.

    Oh, all right.  Have it your way.  I’ve edited the post accordingly, but only because you’re, um, right about that.

    Posted by  on  11/07  at  09:26 AM
  26. Gojiravision update:

    gup

    While Gojiravision is a technical marvel, it is not (yet) omniscient. This is the best it could do with respect to envisioning a potentially crisped Chris (got it here):

    crispy

    captcha: “play” as in Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/07  at  09:28 AM
  27. No worries, I’m sure the technology will improve as the trial draws nearer. In the meantime, that Chris looks sufficiently Crisp to me!

    Posted by  on  11/07  at  09:35 AM
  28. Right, Gojira has no desire to envision further crispness for Chris. But she does harbor thoughts of water and various officials.

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/07  at  10:32 AM
  29. Sadly, sisters and brothers, we do not yet have the technology for Gojiravision to keep a watchful eye on all the reprehensible Republican voter supression tactics going on across the country. Therefore, it is up to each of us to be as vigilant and make as much noise as possible.

    gerogia10 has a round up of election protection services here. Please scroll to the bottom for important links.

    I realize the nihilist in many of you is saying, “What’s the point?”. Protect Our Vote answers that:

    The experience of 2000 and 2004 shows that if Election Day violations do not become headlines immediately, there is little chance they ever will. The mission of ProtectOurVotes.org is to highlight the most serious violations as soon as they are discovered and to place them immediately in context for journalists along with all available trusted documentation.

    Yes, we’re going to have to embarrass the media into doing the right thing. Use your video camera. Use your cell phone camera. When the incidents go up on YouTube today, help distribute them widely.

    Today, we must all be Gojiravision.

    captcha: part, as in We all must do our part.

    Oaktown Girl
    Minister of Justice
    WAAGNFNP

    Posted by Oaktown Girl  on  11/07  at  10:37 AM
  30. The mother of all GNFs asks that we protect the vote so that her children, her children’s children, and the children of their children unto the Nth generation do not have to manifest their glory in vain.

    zig-zag

    Bill Benzon
    Minister of Visual Propaganda
    poetry is more important than logical consistency
    WAAGNFNP

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/07  at  11:19 AM
  31. Godwin’s Law even applies in real life:

    http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/507328.html

    “Sometime back, coach Shearer and the team started using `On to victory’ as a slogan,” Carpenter wrote. “We have a German exchange student on our team. He taught our students to say it in German. Some of our more zealous students sought to capture this slogan in German and to play it on the PA. They copied it from a speech by Hitler but could not just copy the `On to victory’ and got too much of the speech.”

    Posted by  on  11/07  at  11:39 AM
  32. Yes. They laughed at Hitler and look what happened.
    And they laughed at Bush, and look what happened.
    OOOOPs.

    Posted by Hattie  on  11/07  at  12:45 PM
  33. image hosting by thumbsnap.com

    Gaah!

    I knuckle under to the suasions of procedural liberalism once again…

    Posted by  on  11/07  at  12:45 PM
  34. Gojiravision update:

    update

    Does all the red signify a potential disturbance in the internets?

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/07  at  12:50 PM
  35. [...] if Election Day violations do not become headlines immediately, there is little chance they ever will.

    Yeah. I’m under the impression that the problem isn’t that atrocities (yes, atrocities come in a light(TM) version) aren’t making it into the news fast enough, but that people don’t put up much of a fuss until things get really bad for them personnally. Keep the oil and video games flowing and you can do just about anything you want to.

    Sadly, things can only get worse once this sort of trend becomes over-indulged. When civil unrest does come, it will be sudden, ugly, round, and hot.

    captcha: massive explosion.

    Posted by Central Content Publisher  on  11/07  at  01:15 PM
  36. In response to reports of problems at the polls, Gojira has summoned his old buddy Astro Boy:

    astro

    Click on the picture to go to the website for Astro’s creator, Osama Tezuka.

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/07  at  02:41 PM
  37. It is rumored that Krispy Klarke is hiding his GNF potential in other graphix novels at this time.  The character Ted has the capacity to create his own variations of the GNF

    Posted by  on  11/07  at  02:49 PM
  38. Gaah!

    I knuckle under to the suasions of procedural liberalism once again…

    Oh how I love puttin’ the suasions on you, Peter!

    Posted by Oaktown Girl  on  11/07  at  03:11 PM
  39. Gojia sees:

    suasions

    Gladys Knight and the Suasions!

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/07  at  03:27 PM
  40. I just want to say that although Gladys Knight and the Suasions recorded what I believe is the kickinest version of “Heard It Thru the Grapevine,” procedural liberalism does not actually commit one to the wearing of those sportcoats.

    Posted by Michael  on  11/07  at  03:31 PM
  41. I thought a mention of the German dictator *proved* Godwin’s Law rather than breaking it.

    Yes, technically. It is interesting that the popular invocation of Godwin’s (thread over when mentioned) is at such variance with the the technical formulation,

    As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

    which itself is technically true only in a somewhat uninteresting “monkeys-with-typewriters"** way. (Of course the implied statement is that it approaches one much too quickly.)

    I guess we just have to wait for the American Heritage Dictionary of Contemporary Internet Jargon, which I expect to come out momentarily, to interview experts like Lee Siegel and John Hinderaker to find out what the right usage really is.

    ** (monkeys-with-typewriters)
    For instance it is logically (if not mathematically) identical to Stormcrow’s Two Improbabilities:

    As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a screamingly funny post which beautifully illustrates why the Lutheran’s have it right approaches one.

    or

    As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a post which masterfully uses foreign phrases to awe readers with the intellectual superiority of the writer approaches one.

    Posted by  on  11/07  at  03:39 PM
  42. Lutheran’s

    Stormcrows Certainty:

    The probability of an apostrophe usage mistake in one of my comments is precisely one.

    Just GNF me now for Mussolini’s sake.

    Posted by  on  11/07  at  03:46 PM
  43. EIRS (Election Incident Reporting System)

    Allegheny Pennsylvania - A tiny sampling from Our Chairman’s state:

    only 3 machines at 7am when polls opened. couldn’t unlock the machines and they couldnt print out vote. called county and couldn’t vote. election officer refused (to give emergency ballot?) and said machines would be running by 8am. election site did not have provisional ballots available.

    only 2 machines, everyone can see screen. someone watches you vote. doesn’t feel that is right. Election judge gave 311 number. complained to everyone there and asked for a number but was given an incorrect number to call.

    At 11:42am there was still no zero print out. People still voting, but machines not confirmed with zero print out. Also polling place moved from City Public works, people coming to wrong poll.

    Was turned away at the polls because the electronic machines were down. Was in line since 7:10am. Was told to come back later. Was hearing on the radio at about 9:15am that the machines were now working.

    Voter and partner are mysteriously dropped from voter list

    Listen people, I really have to go to bed. Seriously. I mean it this time. Only got 2 hours of sleep yesterday. But when I get up tonight, I want all this shit straightened out, got it?

    Oaktown Girl
    Minister of Gojira-infused ‘Suasional Mojo Justice
    WAAGNFNP

    Posted by Oaktown Girl  on  11/07  at  03:53 PM
  44. Michael, the sportcoats are optional, but you gotta’ do the steps. Why? Because that’s the procedure.

    captcha: “staff”—nope, I’m not gonna’ mess with this one, it’s too dangerous

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  11/07  at  05:03 PM

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