The Fifth Horseman: Fun With Quotes And Numbers

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Fun With Quotes And Numbers

As a present to you, my readers, I bring you these excellent quotes. First, I bring you Krugman with a fun new game..."Find The Brownie":
The objective in Find the Brownie is to find an obscure but important government job held by someone whose only apparent qualifications for that job are political loyalty and personal connections. It's inspired by President Bush's praise, four days after Katrina hit, for the hapless Michael Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."
There are a lot of Brownies. As Time magazine puts it in its latest issue, "Bush has gone further than most presidents to put political stalwarts in some of the most important government jobs you've never heard of." Time offers a couple of fresh examples, such as the former editor of a Wall Street medical-industry newsletter who now holds a crucial position at the Food and Drug Administration.

O.K., enough joking. The point of my games - which are actually research programs for enterprising journalists - is that all the scandals now surfacing are linked. Something is rotten in the state of the U.S. government. And the lesson of Hurricane Katrina is that a culture of cronyism and corruption can have lethal consequences.

Wow...just wow. I, quite honestly, could not have said it better myself. Dubya has, from Day One, appointed cronies and brownnosers (get it? BROWNnosers!) to the most vital of positions...and now we are paying for that with our lives. Disgraceful.

Also, tied for today's best quote is this gem from Frank Rich:
"Bring Back Warren Harding"

You can read the full article here. It speaks for itself.

My next two topics, I write of for my amusement.

First Up: This Daily Show Clip. As usual, it is both more truthful and far more interesting than anything else you will see on cable news. Thinks of it as my present to you.

Lastly, I present some Fun With Numbers, courtesy of skippy the bush kangaroo:

Over 100,000: Number of pro-peace demonstrators in Washington this past weekend.

400: Number of pro-war demonstrators in Washington this past weekend.

Hmmmmm....I wonder if these numbers could mean anything.... Perhaps that the American public is finally fed up with Dubya's Pointless War Of Aggression?

I'll let you be the judge of that.

"Over 100,000: Number of pro-peace demonstrators in Washington this past weekend.

400: Number of pro-war demonstrators in Washington this past weekend."

Yeah, it tells me all you dirty hippys on the left need to get a job.

Outsourcing is a bitch, ain't it?
Hey, Other-Anonymous-Guy, if you could spell "Hippies" correctly, you'd be more likely to have a job that didn't make you work a Saturday shift....
"Bring Back Harding"? I'd be happy to have G.H.W.Bush back instead of Dubya. I'd even be happy to have Richard Nixon back - at least it was ok to publicly disagree with him, and he generally cared about knowing what the truth was, even if he was going to lie to the public.
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