THE PRESIDENT IS GETTING MORE FRENCH BY THE MINUTE. Soon he will be speaking with a Parisian accent, quoting Sartre.
FROM THE AP >> BLONDESENSE >> THE HERETIK >> YOU: President Bush drew laughs from his audience Tuesday when he asked whether the Galveston area still hosts "Splash Day."
The annual beach party that dates to the 1950s does live on -- but now as an unofficial gay and lesbian event.
In town to speak about Social Security, Bush told the crowd: "I want to thank the mayor for being here -- Lyda Ann Thomas greeted me coming in. I said, 'Do you still have Splash Day?'"
The crowd laughed. "You have to be a baby boomer to know what I'm talking about," Bush said. The crowd laughed again.
Splash Day once marked the end of school and the beginning of summertime fun. The city backed off from it many years ago when it turned a little too wild, says Christy Benson of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce. It later became a party day for gays and lesbians.
Drawing another round of laughter, Bush said: "I'm not saying whether I came or not on Splash Day. I'm just saying, 'Do you have Splash Day?'"
NOT TO BE TOO MUCH A DAY LATE ON THIS BUT . . . . If this were a Democrat and this happened during an election wouldn't we be hearing endlessly how um French Bush looks with his new Saudi boyfriend? And if you read the transcript of Bush talking to the Press Pool, he sound just like a West Texas girl. Do you like the foot path? Let's just tiptoe through the tulips. Let no one say our President is not giddy. Giddy and Fabulous.
President Speaks to Press Pool
Prairie Chapel Ranch
APRIL 25 11:05 A.M. CDT
Q What do you expect to get out of this meeting, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: Do you like the footpath?
Q Let's talk about the meeting.
THE PRESIDENT: This is an important relationship -- personal
relationship with the Crown Prince is important. I look forward to
talking with him about a variety of subjects. I'm glad you're here.
Thank you for coming. I hope you're enjoying this day.
Q How much progress can you make on oil prices?
THE PRESIDENT: I'll be glad to answer those questions at a later
Q Later today?
THE PRESIDENT: No. No, of course I'll talk about energy. And the
Crown Prince understands that it's very important for there to be a --
make sure that the price is reasonable. A high oil price will damage
markets, and he knows that. I look forward to talking to him about
that. But as well as -- you know, we'll talk about his country's
capacity. It's an important subject.
One thing is for certain: I need to sign an energy bill. I
appreciate the House passing the energy bill. And now it's time for
the Senate to pass the energy bill. The bill is a long time in
coming. The Vice President and I suggested they pass a bill in 2001,
and nothing happened. Now is the time for something to happen. I'm
looking forward to getting back to Washington and continuing to talk
Q Sir, do you think gas prices can be any lower than it is
THE PRESIDENT: That depends on the supply and demand. One thing
is for certain: The price of crude is driving the price of gasoline.
The price of crude is up because not only is our economy growing, but
economies such as India and China's economies are growing.
Here comes my guest. Anyway, nice going -- you got me to answer
END 11:07 A.M. CDT
The Heretik wants to know if you think the President is French on this? How French can a President be before it becomes a problem?
JEB BUSH TO REPORTERS WHO ONLY OCCASIONALLY SEE WHAT HE IS SAYING: Go away! I said go away! Come back when I am done chewing this issue for all it is worth.
THE HERETIK ON THE BURNING BUSHES FOR AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE: George W. Bush. Jeb Bush. Marvin Bush. Neil Bush. Billy "How the F*ck Did I Get on Television If I Wasn't a" Bush. Prescott Bush. F. Scott Fitgerald Bush. Bushes. Burning. Bushes. As far as the eye can see. The Heretik wants to see a Burning Bush headline someday. He knows this is unlikely. Oy. More likely every single member of this family will get elected. Oy. And somwhere out there, some fruit far out on a branch of the family tree, there must be a Dick Bush. When I have a particularly bad nightmare with me asleep with my head on the desk where I sit in my hotseat working even as I sleep at the mouth of hell, I can hear the reporter cries: President Dick Bush, President Dick Bush . . .
MOVING IN ONE DIRECTION Senator Medical Bill Frist Seems to Be Playing Politics With Schiavo. Reports Indicating Conscience Only Recently Removed May Be Inaccurate
Frist wrote a book in 1989 called Transplant where he advocated changing the definition of "brain dead" to include anencephalic babies. Anencephalic babies are in the same state as Terri Schiavo except that she suffered a physical trauma that put her into a vegetative state while the anencephalic babies are born that way.
This remarkable discovery buttresses the argument that Frist's advocacy for Schiavo is wholly political. How does he explain this remarkable inconsistency? Here is the relevant passage on Frist as quoted by the New Republic in 2003:
"And, although Frist writes frequently about the ethical issues surrounding transplants--for example, the question of when death begins--he approaches these issues in starkly scientific terms, with little patience for religious objections.
"Near the end of the book, for example, Frist suggests changing the legal definition of 'brain death' to include anencephalic babies, who are born with a fatal neurological disorder but show just the slightest hint of brain-stem activity. Such a change would make it possible to harvest their organs for transplant--something the Catholic Church and pro-life groups oppose. 'Three thousand anencephalic babies were born a year, enough to solve our demand many times over--but we never used them.'" [The New Republic, 1/27/03]