Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Poodles and Rockets

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - The maiden launch of a private rocket bankrolled by a millionaire entrepreneur was doomed by leaking fuel that caught fire seconds after liftoff, a government review board said Tuesday. The review determined that "the only plausible cause" of the fire was a corroded aluminum nut that allowed fuel to leak onto the main engine. The fire then caused a loss of pressure that shut down the engine.
I guess you had to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.
Sorry ... couldn't resist such an obvious joke.
Meanwhile...
LONDON (Reuters) -British Prime Minister Tony Blair was roundly mocked as a U.S. poodle on Tuesday after an off-the-cuff chat with President George W. Bush was accidentally broadcast. Bush and Blair enjoyed a gossip over lunch at the Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg on Monday, unaware that a microphone in front of them was switched on and their words would be relayed around the world.
Breaking with diplomatic formalities, Bush hailed Blair, his closest European ally, with the words "Yo, Blair." His solution to the Middle East crisis was that Syria should press Hizbollah to "stop doing this shit."
The British media pored over the text of the conversation, saying it cast Blair in a subservient role and showed the unequal nature of Britain's much-vaunted "special relationship" with the United States. "Yo, Bush! Start treating our prime minister with respect," the popular tabloid Daily Mirror said, joining others in seeing the U.S. president's greeting as disrespectful. The broadcast chat "reinforces the damaging public image of Blair as the U.S. president's poodle," it said.
So the British think Bush is disrespectful? Try living with the guy for 6 years. Apparently, they have this inflated notion that a world leader is supposed to be some sort of noble icon. They are surprised to learn, so late in the process, that the guy is a farmer with a good job. It's something that many of us knew all along, but we couldn't convince millions of voters of the same thing.

9 comments:

Forty_Two said...

Why do you think they named him after a part of the body?

Kate Michele said...

Oohhh thanks!!!

Well not that I agree with all that Bush is or has done, but I think too, people (the media) blow things out of porpotion. Prime Ministers and Presidents can have a conversation between them as friends and joke around with out the media turning it into some S&M relationship!!! I mean, shit over there does have to stop!!

Kate Michele said...

After Note: And so does the shit over here!!

Kate Michele said...
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Pam said...

You forgot rich family & friends. "He'a farmer (or really a rancher?) with a good job that his rich family and friends bought for him."

I don't think he really won either presidential election. And Blair IS his lap dog. But most of us knew that long before the microphone snafu. Remember a little something called the Downing Street memo?

Anthony said...

There's no doubt in my mind that he is the idiot son of our 41st President, and that the reason he's president is because he is easily manipulated.
But that may be the subject for another post (rant).

Anthony said...

There's no doubt in my mind that he is the idiot son of our 41st President, and that the reason he's president is because he is easily manipulated.
But that may be the subject for another post (rant).

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