Monday, February 05, 2007

Bizarro World

My formula for a balanced budget reflects the priorities of ... keeping spending under control while making federal programs more effective. -President Bush

President George W. Bush on Monday proposed a $24-billion US increase in military spending from a Democratic-controlled Congress as part of a $2.9-trillion budget plan for the 2008 fiscal year.

The massive boost in military spending for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 includes billions more to fight the war in Iraq, while squeezing the rest of government — including health-care programs — to meet Bush's goal of eliminating the deficit in five years...

If the Democrats go ape-shit over this, there's only one thing I want to hear out of the Pentagon : Iraqis need the medical aid more than Americans, so suck it up and stop your belly aching... it's so much worse in France (where Le Monde newspaper is reporting slightly different figures : il a demandé 141,7 milliards de dollars de "fonds d'urgence" pour financer "la guerre contre le terrorisme" en 2008, ainsi qu'une rallonge de 93,4 milliards de dollars, en plus des 70 milliards déjà votés, pour l'année budgétaire en cours, qui se terminera le 30 septembre...) That's quite the difference.

...Speaking of bizarreries, try this one on for size :

[Ted Turner] and a marketing company have agreed to pay $2m after a "guerrilla" advertising stunt that sparked bomb scares across Boston. The city went on high alert last week, closing bridges and roads, after 38 flashing devices were discovered.

"We understand now that in today's post-September 11 environment, it was reasonable and appropriate for citizens and law enforcement officials to take any perceived threat posed by our light boards very seriously and to respond as they did," Turner said in a statement.

If Americans use "nite" for "night," would they consider using "rite" for "right"? Why not, if this is what passes for "reasonable and appropriate."


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