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An ad for this book has started appearing at the bottom of some of these threads:



Take a look at only a part of what the editorial review says:

Since taking office in 2001, George W. Bush has shifted national debate, redefined federal policy, and provoked strong emotions like no President in modern history save Ronald Reagan. With Bush running against John Kerry—the nation’s most liberal Senator—in the race for the White House, America’s voters face a stark choice between two very different visions for the future.

Together in print for the first time, the nation’s leading conservatives examine the Bush Administration’s track record over four challenging years of war, terrorism, recession and recovery. George Shultz, Ed Meese, James Dobson, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Phyllis Schlafly, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, Bill Bennett, and Gov. Jeb Bush join a host of other political luminaries to make the persuasive case that George Bush not only merits a return to the Oval Office, he also deserves our nation’s thanks.
Omigod...that conservatives list reads like Batman's Rogues Gallery.

For the second time in as many days, I'm almost beyond words.

"Thank you"??? "Thank you"?!?!?!?!?
 

blackfox

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Well obviously something like this was bound to happen. There are plenty of Anti-Bush books around also.

You may argue the validity of what is written in any of them, but the Publisher's business is merely to look towards sales and revenue.

I am sure it will sell well.

I obviously haven't read this book, but I would find it hard-pressed to beat a Coulter book for sheer sensationalist tripe (to be polite).
 

Zaid

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Thomas Veil said:
An ad for this book has started appearing at the bottom of some of these threads:

"Thank you"??? "Thank you"?!?!?!?!?
The cult of the leader.

Soon ...

"From the desk of our illustrious leader, the respected and pious Dubya"

hopefully the bugger concentrates on internal stuff ... i can hope
 

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...It's okay, I'm recovered now...sort of.... I still feel a bit dehydrated. Maybe a good stiff drink to get the bad taste out of my mouth....

Ugh. *Ahem.*

Okay. I guess what I see here is an effort to bestow upon Dubya the same kind of deification (should be defecation, but anyway...) that they've given in the past to Wretched Ronald Reagan. Heck, they could make Dubya into an even bigger hero: he's taken supply-side economics (and the resulting income stratification) to a whole new level.

Do us all a favor, please. If you see this book at Borders, place it where it belongs: in the science fiction section.

You know, I think I'm going to edit a "response" book, written from the liberal/moderate point of view, and I'd like each of you to contribute a chapter. And I'm going to see if John Kerry will write the introduction.

Here's a pre-production cover:

 

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Mmmmm, mmmmm. The stuck pigs sure do squeal, don't they?

Ads for political books get stuck in political forums. I really love this Dem.Underground view of life that's shown here about who can say what about whom...

I know I'd never buy that book, and, most likely, not bother reading it were it given to me by a Bushoid. But I could care less about a Clinton- or Kerry-lauding book, either.

And I sure wouldn't whine about an ad...

:D:D:D,

'Rat
 

Chip NoVaMac

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Thomas Veil said:
...It's okay, I'm recovered now...sort of.... I still feel a bit dehydrated. Maybe a good stiff drink to get the bad taste out of my mouth....

Ugh. *Ahem.*

Okay. I guess what I see here is an effort to bestow upon Dubya the same kind of deification (should be defecation, but anyway...) that they've given in the past to Wretched Ronald Reagan. Heck, they could make Dubya into an even bigger hero: he's taken supply-side economics (and the resulting income stratification) to a whole new level.

Do us all a favor, please. If you see this book at Borders, place it where it belongs: in the science fiction section.

You know, I think I'm going to edit a "response" book, written from the liberal/moderate point of view, and I'd like each of you to contribute a chapter. And I'm going to see if John Kerry will write the introduction.

Here's a pre-production cover:

LOL

Thanks for what I think is a vote of confidence in my opinions and outlook on life in the US. I only wish that I could be considered the same light as those conservative voices listed for this book. While I may not agree with them, they do have the ear of the public.
 

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Don't panic said:
you forgot "His Majesty"...
remins me of a joke that was making the rounds when georgie came over for a sleepover at tony's

George Bush met The Queen, and he turns round and says: "As I'm the President, I'm thinking of changing how the country is referred to, and I'm thinking that it should be a Kingdom."

The Queen replies "I'm sorry Mr. Bush, but to be a Kingdom, you have to have a King in charge - and you're not a King."

George Bush thought a while and then said: "How about a Principality then?"

To which the Queen replied "Again, to be a Principality you have to be a Prince - and you're not a Prince, Mr. Bush".

Bush thought long and hard and came up with "How about an Empire then?"

The Queen, getting a little annoyed by now, replies "Sorry again, Mr. Bush, but to be an Empire you must have an Emperor in charge - and you are not an Emperor."

Before George Bush could utter another word, the Queen said: "I think you're doing quite nicely as a Country."



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* :D :D An old'n but a good'n :D :D
 

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IJ, I think your comment about satire be directed more toward

"Omigod...that conservatives list reads like Batman's Rogues Gallery.

For the second time in as many days, I'm almost beyond words."

I was commenting about the apparent non-satire belief in a non-satire ad.

Like I said, I don't bother with such books. Too much like G. Stein's Oakland.

:), 'Rat
 

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I think we can agree that these sorts of books are empty calories, but no less worthy of satire for all that. Satire is in the eye of the beholder; if it wasn't, it probably wouldn't be satire.
 

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Very good work, Mr Veil.

On a side note, I wonder about satire when things are already absurd.
 

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Sayhey, where (and when) is that image from? Trying to to read the small print, it seems to say that it is "public service announcement" brought by Clear Channel. Who is behind this?

I find that to be a disturbing billboard. In part because it is Bush, but more aptly, because it seems to deify the President (whomever it may be). Does this set a precendent? I do not like it either way.
 

Thomas Veil

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blackfox said:
I wonder about satire when things are already absurd.
How true. When real life gets this surreal, it's hard to top it.


Sayhey said:
Then there is this, although it could, of course, have been more effective if left in the original german. :eek:
Subtle, Sayhey. Very subtle. ;) :p


And thanks, one and all, for the compliments on my book cover. Glad you found it amusing.
 

Zaid

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Thomas Veil said:
How true. When real life gets this surreal, it's hard to top it.



Subtle, Sayhey. Very subtle. ;) :p
Of course in a 60 yrs time, people will be saying:

Then there is this, although it could, of course, have been more effective if left in the original american.


:p :p
 

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blackfox said:
Sayhey, where (and when) is that image from? Trying to to read the small print, it seems to say that it is "public service announcement" brought by Clear Channel. Who is behind this?

I find that to be a disturbing billboard. In part because it is Bush, but more aptly, because it seems to deify the President (whomever it may be). Does this set a precendent? I do not like it either way.
Sorry, blackfox, I went to sleep and missed your post. It is indeed from a Clear Channel billboard outside Orlando, Florida. I should have given a link, but I just grabbed the image from one of the many websites talking about the billboard after hearing about it on Air America. Here is one and here is another - although the latter has some clearly photoshopped images of the original that are "interesting." I don't doubt its existence.

Most people would have no problem if the billboard just said "our President," but the use of the word "leader" harkens back to another world "leader" who went by that title some sixty years ago. Thomas, if I'm still being too subtle for some (I thought I was being as subtle as a two-by-four across the forehead ;)) could you confirm the translation of "Der Führer"?
 

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Sayhey said:
could you confirm the translation of "Der Führer"?
Our leader == Unser Führer

Der Führer == the leader

(pretty certain about this, though my German is rubbish :) )
 

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Zaid said:
Our leader == Unser Führer

Der Führer == the leader

(pretty certain about this, though my German is rubbish :) )
correct but of course the phrase "der Führer" isn't used very often..(and not at all for/by politicians...)
but there are a lot of german words who use it in a different combination where it's perfectly fine like "der Bergführer", "der Anführer" etc.

similiar,but worse, happened to the word "Heil" which is nothing more than a greeting... and in some parts still in use in it's original greeting form (not in the leader-cult saluting form) ..including Voralberg where i grew up so i'm perfectly fine using "heil" ,heile" as greeting under good/close friends for example...