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           Wednesday, April 9 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterWhy do they hate? - 3

I must confess that when I watched George W. Bush and Al Gore in debate during the 2000 Presidential campaign neither one of them instilled great confidence. Both lacked dazzle; both seemed awkward and ill-at-ease in the debates. Both made me nostalgic for the poise, on-the-feet adeptness, and wit of a John F. Kennedy or even, heaven forbid, Bill Clinton.

However, we Americans are great believers in the adage, "the job makes the man," and it seems to have been proven again with George W. Bush. His notes after the attacks on September 11 2001 were on key and genuine, and his resolve to make the international climate more hostile to terrorism and respectful of the United States hasn't wavered since. And the electorate, despite Tina Brown's silly and unsupported claim that the prevailing preference of Americans is for a Tony Blair as our President, has continued to support him by wide margins. But still there's a hard core of animosity—I think even outright hatred—expressed toward the President by thousands, hundreds of thousands if the mass media coverage of the anti-war protests is to believed.

Such sentiments were summarized by Dixie Chick Natalie Maines in saying she and her bandmates are ashamed to have Mr. Bush as a fellow Texan and Pearl Jam lead Eddie Vedder stomping the President's face in effigy in a recent concert. Such disdain is reinforced by thousands carrying banners and placards at the anti-war demonstrations and at least dozens of vocally critical entertainment figures who have lost no love on Bush. Tina Brown echoed such attitudes to the President by saying he looks lackluster alongside Britain's Tony Blair, the top ally in the United States' campaign to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein.

There have been some clues to the animosity's sources. Weapons inspector Hans Blix gave one such clue when he remarked (in what seemed an unguarded moment, after months of looking but not finding substantial hidden WMDs in Iraq), "I think global warming is a greater threat to the world than Saddam Hussein." More than a few international leaders seem to have taken umbridge with President Bush's refusal to support a worldwide treaty on air pollution and its contribution to atmospheric changes in the early days of his administration. This Bush demurral on the world stage may be the source of many of the claims that he's stupid, a moron, or an idiot, depending on which critic you're listening to, despite his having won degrees from both Yale and Harvard Universities.

This is also hinted in Tina Brown's statement: "There is something dense and taciturn about Bush even when hes being charming. He has the damped-down anger of the dry drunk. When hes not scripted, his bald answers seem to be covering up ulterior motives. His true motives are private and his own and he will tell us only whatever it takes to mollify us." Here, Tina Brown shows her distance to the way most Americans think, based on our experiences and our belief in the possibility of spiritual reformation. She's failing to realize that as a convert to Christian belief and a reformed alcoholic, President Bush is still learning how to express himself in the vocabulary of the new man rather than that of his preconversion personna. The hesitancy to speak the first words that come into his mind is, as they say in the software industry, a feature, not a bug. At least that's how it strikes me.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 More evidence for those who need it - 2

In case you need further proof that the human race is doomed because of stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods.

On packaging for a Rowenta iron: "Do not iron clothes on body."

On Boot's Children Cough Medicine:"Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication." (We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5-year-olds with head-colds off those forklifts.)

On Nytol Sleep Aid: "Warning: May cause drowsiness" (and...I'm taking this because?).

On most brands of Christmas lights: "For indoor or outdoor use only" (as opposed to...what?)

On a Japanese food processor: "Not to be used for the other use" (now, somebody out there, help me on this. I'm a bit curious).

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Lenten thought for today

God allows the devils to suggest sin to a person, but that cannot force him to do it. We ourselves are responsible for accepting or rejecting their seductive suggestions.

—St. John Damascene, c. 675-750

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