Ryan's Review

Friday, May 12, 2006

George W. Bush Is No William Jefferson Clinton

So sayeth the folks

In a new poll comparing President Bush’s job performance with that of his predecessor, a strong majority of respondents said President Clinton outperformed Bush on a host of issues.

The poll of 1,021 adult Americans was conducted May 5-7 by Opinion Research Corp. for CNN. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Respondents favored Clinton by greater than 2-to-1 margins when asked who did a better job at handling the economy (63 percent Clinton, 26 percent Bush) and solving the problems of ordinary Americans (62 percent Clinton, 25 percent Bush).

On foreign affairs, the margin was 56 percent to 32 percent in Clinton’s favor; on taxes, it was 51 percent to 35 percent for Clinton; and on handling natural disasters, it was 51 percent to 30 percent, also favoring Clinton.

Moreover, 59 percent said Bush has done more to divide the country, while only 27 percent said Clinton had.

When asked which man was more honest as president, poll respondents were more evenly divided, with the numbers — 46 percent Clinton to 41 percent Bush — falling within the poll’s margin of error. The same was true for a question on handling national security: 46 percent said Clinton performed better; 42 percent picked Bush.

I wonder if Bush fatigue + Clinton nostalgia = President Hillary?


Wow. Just… wow.

“These sorts of things are going to upset people, but the truth can be very upsetting,” said Brookland-Cayce High School teacher Winston McCuen.

That truth, at least according to McCuen, is that black people are inferior to whites.
“Intellectually, yes they are,” said McCuen. “This has been confirmed over and over, and this is a generalization. Again, there are some blacks who are more intelligent than individual whites. But as a rule, that is true. I-Q tests prove it over, and over and over.”

News19’s J.R. Berry asked McCuen, “Do you think slavery in America was a good thing? “Yes,” said McCuen. “In America there was a rational assessment saying listen, if we give these people freedom right as they are and you have to go back to see how they were, you can’t assume they were like us.

J.R. asked, “How were they?” “They were coming out of the jungles,” said McCuen. “They had been enslaving each other for centuries in Africa, and in terms of being used to rule of law, they knew none of that.”

I’m waiting for cable news to make as much noise about this guy as the teacher who (wrongly) went on an anti-Bush rant during his class. A high school teacher says slavery was a good thing.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

This Call Is Between Me, You, And The NSA Guy On The Line

The new reality is superawesome terrific.

If the president wants to assume wartime powers…declare war then.

Jeb For President!!!

I’m not sure what prompted Bush to pimp his brother today, but I always thought Jeb! would have been the Bush kid that ran for President...he’s articulate, bilingual, charming… his downside now of course is his last name. I'm sure he's saying “Thanks little brother.”

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

He's No Bill Clinton!!!

Bush’s approval drops to a record 31% while his disapproval jumps up to 65%.

Only four presidents have scored lower approval ratings since the Gallup Poll began regularly measuring it in the mid-1940s: Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and the first George Bush. When Nixon, Carter and the elder Bush sank below 35%, they never again registered above 40%.

He’s no Bill Clinton!!!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Smear Artist Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is the type of beltway journalist all good Americans should loathe. He twists in the wind, tied up like the gimp in Pulp Fiction for any brute with a set of talking points a bullhorn to dominate like there’s no tomorrow. How else to explain that the same guy who goes on to play tv psychiatrist (Frasier’s been cancelled so I guess Matthews chose to step in) and diagnoses Al Gore with “a psychological problem”. 51,003,926 Americans voted for Al Gore to be their leader, Chris Matthews just attacks him without any substance.

The Battle For Hearts & Minds

Iraqis Cheer Crash of British Helicopter

A British military helicopter crashed in Basra on Saturday, and Iraqis hurled stones at British troops and set fire to three armored vehicles that rushed to the scene. Clashes broke out between British troops and Shiite militias, police and witnesses said.
Police Capt. Mushtaq Khazim said the helicopter was apparently shot down in a residential district. He said the four-member crew was killed, but British officials would say only that there were “casualties.”

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Damn Damn Oil Companies

Oil costs ExxonMobil $2.

They resell it as gas for $5.

Right now if the oil goes up to $3 they resell it for $6.

Now, when they’re making $8.4 billion of profit in one quarter, what would be the big downside of absorbing the cost increase and keeping the end user’s price at $5? Their profit drops from $3 to $2.

Would that be so horrible???


Three U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq blast

Insurgents killed three U.S. soldiers Friday south of Baghdad and a police officer in the Iraqi capital, and authorities found five slain bodies around the city, the U.S. military and Iraqi police said.

The three soldiers died when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Babil province, a military statement said.

Eleven American troops have died in the first five days of the month in Iraq — all but one in hostilities.

Republican response: 9/11...9/11...9/11....

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Oil Is The Problem

In the future, we’ll be beholden to oil powers, even moreso than today.

Today, oil and gas experts around the world are growing alarmed not just at future scarcity—the idea that the world may have hit “peak oil” seems to be taking hold—but at who’s in control of the precious stuff. As demand for energy explodes worldwide, there is less of it available and less exploration for it. That is partly because of a dropoff in investment created by the decline in oil prices in the ’90s. But it is also because multinational corporations like ExxonMobil (despite its record profits) now own just 6 percent of supplies, versus a whopping 77 percent that’s now owned by state-owned entities, according to the Petroleum Finance Corp., a Washington-based consulting group. State control guarantees less efficiency in the exploration for oil, and in the extraction and refinement of fuel. Further, these state-owned companies do not divulge how much they really own, or what the production and exploration numbers are. These have become the new state secrets.

The future of America shouldn't be subject to the whims of others...but if we insist on looking no further than oil...we will be. The next Democratic president will be the one who makes energy the centerpiece of their campaign. We’ve got to draw a line in the sand marking the day we were enslaved by oil and the day we began liberating ourselves from it.

A superpower can’t be a superpower if its beholden to others.

Friday, May 05, 2006

The Zarqawi Follies

Releasing this tape of Zarqawi (that we just happened to have lying around) is, I guess, supposed to be our way of showing his would-be followers how much of a dope the guy is. But what’s more interesting to me is that if the guy is such a clueless wonder, how come he’s still on the loose directing the murder of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians?


Looks like maybe Rep. Kennedy isn’t necessarily a drunk driver rather than… a bad driver.