Thursday, February 22, 2007

I'm the man they're protecting. I'm the President.

The answers- apparently they were all availble via Google. Thanks don.

Congrats to Swine and don for getting so many. Especially the Star Trek one which I thought would've been practically impossible.

1. Only when you've been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is on top of the highest mountain.

Richard Nixon, "Nixon"

2. Leon, somewhere in Libya right now, a janitor's working the night shift at Libyan Intelligence headquarters. He's going about doing his job... because he has no idea, in about an hour he's going to die in a massive explosion. He's just going about his job, because he has no idea that about an hour ago I gave an order to have him killed. You've just seen me do the least presidential thing I do.

President Andrew Shephard, "The American President"

3. I saw... its thoughts. I saw what they're planning to do. They're like locusts. They're moving from planet to planet... their whole civilization. After they've consumed every natural resource they move on... and we're next. Nuke 'em. Let's nuke the bastards.

President Thomas J. Whitmore, "Independence Day"

4. I like Grant, he takes what we give him, and he doesn't ask for the moon.

President Abraham Lincoln, "Lincoln"

5. Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I have you here. I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police? Here's one that's really important because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you? One last thing: while you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits.

President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet , "The West Wing"

6. I want the people to know that they still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for them, and that ain't bad.

President James Dale, "Mars Attacks"

7. Shhhh. We're keeping that on the QT. We're calling it "secret mission to go in and get the guys captured last time."

President Thomas 'Tug' Benson, "Hot Shots! Part Deux"

8. There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy; there is nothing good in war except it's ending.

President Abraham Lincoln, "Star Trek," TOS

9. Get off my plane!

President James Marshall, "Air Force One"

10. The people will die regardless. But this duck still has a fighting chance.

President Harris, "Scary Movie 4"

They was giving me ten thousand watts a day, you know, and I'm hot to trot!

If we lived in China you'd all have electrodes strapped to your toes.

What difference does it make, you're leaving anyway?

I'm usually hesitant to link to RealClearPolitics finding the name a misnomer. A better name for the site might be BlurryRightwingPolitics, for anyone that's familiar with their dribbling. But in this case it's a simple transcript (FOX, of course) in which one comment in particular stood out.

SAMMON: It was a pretty tough statement by Geffen and the reason Hillary came out after it was because, they've been itching for some time to go after this guy. They look at Barack Obama as the biggest single obstacle to her securing the Democratic nomination.

If this is true then Hillary's even more deliriously out of touch than I've assumed. The biggest obstacle to her securing the Democratic nomination isn't Barack Obama. The biggest single obstacle to her (or Obama for that matter) securing the Democratic nomination are the voters in the Democratic party.

They're the ones collectively shaking their heads in disgust as the two biggest stars in the party publicly argue over trivial crap like what some supporter said, rather than over the giant issue looming over this country for years to come.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

In the end there can be only one.

Looks to me like the Globe and Mail forgot Poland. It's a common mistake.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hold on, Man. We don't go anywhere with 'scary', 'spooky', 'haunted', or 'forbidden' in the title.

Hardblogger Rick Francona argues that the politicians, specifically John Murtha, are about to tie the hands of our military with statutory limitations on how military funds are spent. He argues that this is the exact same sort of "betrayal" our troops experienced in Vietnam.

For example, for years we were not permitted to bomb North Vietnamese targets north of 20 degrees north latitude – even when the North Vietnamese Air Force built an airfield just north of the line.

Bombing our way to victory? Care to place money on which branch of the military Francona served in?

There are a ton of lessons to be learned by the Vietnam war, of course. Unfortunately Francona expresses none of them in his piece. He could have argued the importance of the Powell Doctrine, or of expressing skepticism towards politicians and wariness of jingoism. Instead he chose to argue a wives's tale. Worse; he chose to invoke that wives's tale in order to attack a straw man.