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John Howard remains as embarrassing as ever

Not content with perpetuating his phony image as a "cricket tragic" at the Test against South Africa this week, John Winston Howard was revealed as a recipient of one of not-soon-enough-ex President Bush's final batch of "Presidential Medals of Freedom". (Along with Tony Blair and Alvaro Uribe, no less.)

Political quotes of the week

Counting down the three outstanding political quotes of the past week:

Number Three:

"...there are 350 million people in India who are classified as middle class. That's bigger than America. Their middle class is larger than our entire population."

- George Walker Bush, assigning blame for the global food shortage, 1.5.08

Number Two:

You're living in your own private Kyoto

sydney declaration

1. Mike Atherton's closure of England's innings at the SCG when Graeme Hick was 98 not out.

2. An aspirational emission of greenhouse gases not worth the paper it is written on.

It's over. Martial law is gradually winding down and Mister Iemma is Tearing Down That Wall. GW Bush has found the right exit and left Austria following the conclusion of OPEC.

Today's funnies from the White House

Iraq Fact Check: Responding to Key Myths

So you thought the US was losing the war in Iraq? How wrong could you be!

This and a dozen other myths are busted by the Fox News Channel's fact verification arm, the White House Press Office.

And just so you are certain about things, "the US is currently in Iraq at the invitation of a sovereign government and the unanimous approval of the United Nations Security Council".

At the invitation of a sovereign government... in March 2003 that would have been Saddam Hussein?

The fact sheet is here

On yer scooter, George!

As Independence Day, the 231st anniversary of the collective breakaway of thirteen British colonies from King George III's empire, draws to a close (US time), I can think of just one way to mark the occasion here.

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Impeachment Centre was officially launched. It is intended as a "countywide resource for advancing the impeachment of George W. Bush & Richard Cheney".

Four years of Mission Accomplished

It would be remiss of me if I ignored the fact that today is the fourth anniversary of the end of the Iraq War, as proclaimed by Fighter Pilot Dubya Bush.

(Refer my post for three years of Mission Accomplished).

Oh, and check this item from the Peek blog on about the Commander-in-Chief recently being presented with a Purple Heart.

Great moments in US constitutional freedom

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech....

- The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America

Last week, a fourteen year-old eighth grader from Sacramento was interrogated by Secret Service officers for putting a picture of the president on her Myspace website with the words "Kill Bush" on it. They pulled her out of class to do the interrogation without notifying her parents or the school principal.


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