Archive for November 10th, 2005

Bush’s Top Secret Avian Flu Plan Revealed

I have managed to obtain a highly classified copy of the Bush administration’s strategy for countering a potential avian flu epidemic.

Phase 1: Invade Turkey.

Phase 2: Invade Geese.

Phase 3: Bomb Parrots and Chicken Itza into smithereens.

Phase 4: Declare victory. Medals for everyone!

Guinea, New Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau are tiptoeing around and hoping no-one remembers they exist.

1 comment November 10th, 2005 at 09:55pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Puns

Euphemism Of The Day

From Bloomberg, by way of The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin:

Republican congressional leaders don’t want to confront voters in an election year with hard choices such as trimming homeownership tax breaks to help abolish the alternative minimum tax, as a presidential panel has recommended, according to strategists.

I’ve agonized over this, and I just can’t decide whether this qualifies as a euphemism or outright doublespeak. Are there any experts out there who can give me some guidance on this?

November 10th, 2005 at 04:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans

You Forgot Poll-Land!

The polling just continues to get worse and worse for the Republicans (for the life of me, I can’t imagine why…). The latest train wreck is the latest NBC/WSJ poll, in which BushCo. plumbs new depths in overall (38%) and topical approval ratings.

One of the sections I found particularly interesting charts the progression of “Who would do a better job of handling ________, Democrats or Republicans?” The Democrats have taken the lead on issues that the Republicans have owned for over a decade.

o Dealing with taxes: 10% edge for the Dems after solid R’s going back to 1993.

o Dealing with foreign policy: 9% edge for the Dems.
Republicans have owned since 1992.

o Dealing with Iraq: 3% edge after sizable Republican margins going back to 10/02.

o Protecting America’s interests on trade issues: 10% edge after trailing since 1990. This one kinda surprised me, actually – I thought most people were already aligned with the Dems on this.

o Still trailing on “Dealing with the war on terrorism”, but it’s narrowed from a 36-point gap in 10/02, to 26 in 12/03, to 18 in 12/04, to 9 currently. If the Dems ever overtake the Republicans on this one, it’s all over.

All in all, very encouraging. There are also some tantalizing similarities to ’93-94 in the “Does your representative deserve to be re-elected” results.

November 10th, 2005 at 04:31pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Elections,Politics,Polls,Republicans

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