Bashing Bush like it’s going out of style.

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

I had planned on blogging an animal rights advertisement tonight, but…meh. I got all distracted by this shiny little counter from CREDO Action, which I’ll soon be able to remove from my sidebar:

we can has new prez now?

we can has new prez now? o plz says yes!

So, in honor of dubya’s last day in office, here’s a retrospective of some of my favorite print ads featuring the decider himself. As it turns out, Bush II is “good” for selling everything from blenders to climate change awareness. (And, after eight very long years, a few hearty teehees, too.) I’ve blogged a few of the animal-friendly ads here in the past, but most are “new,” as in, new to the blog.

And if the ads don’t make you cry-laugh tears of joy, the music video sure will.

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Kinship Circle: Exit Strategy – The Rush To Ruin Everything

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 19, 2008 3:29 PM
Subject: Exit Strategy: The Rush To Ruin Everything

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY / PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

December 2008, BUSH EXIT STRATEGY:
The Rush To Ruin Everything — For Animals & Environment

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While preparing Kinship Circle’s year-end UPDATES, I found so many zero-hour assaults upon animals/environment — I opted to send this laundry list solo. A quote from a St. Louis Post Dispatch Op-Ed piece sums up the onslaught: http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/2889001

“Now, as the president’s last term winds to a close, the administration has embarked on a fast-paced anti-regulatory spree… No longer is there even any attempt to disguise its anti-environmental actions with such Orwellian labels as ‘Clear Skies’ and ‘Healthy Forests.’”

BUSH ADMIN’S ANTI-ANIMAL LAUNDRY LIST:

1. BLM To Sheep: We Like Roads Better Than You
2. Bush To Penguins: Get A Life, But Not On Our Dime
3. Hack Job: Endangered Species Act Stripped Top To Bottom
4. EPA Says Factory Farms Don’t Have To Report Poop
5. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Turns Its Back On Polar Bears
6. FDA Was Just Kidding About Ban On Animal Antibiotics
7. Snowmobiles In Yellowstone National Park – Let Em’ Rip!
8. Goodbye Flowing Streams, Hello Coal Mine Blasters
9. Drill Baby, Drill!
10. Ask Incoming Obama Team For A Swift Repair Job

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The White Man’s Burden (A Book Review)

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

The White Man’s Burden: Great book review or The Greatest Book Review ™?

Read on, and be your own decider person…

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Cluckin’ hilarious.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. (Applause.) Welcome to the Rose Garden. Thanks for coming. We’re glad you’re here at the White House. Each of you is taking part in a tradition that goes back to the days of Harry Truman.* And to paraphrase Harry today, we have a message for our two feathered friends: You cannot take the heat — and you’re definitely going to stay out of the kitchen.

(Laughter.)

I also thank everybody who voted online to choose the names for our guests of honor. And I’m pleased to announce the winning names. They are “May” and “Flower.” They’re certainly better than the names the Vice President suggested, which was “Lunch” and “Dinner.”

(Laughter.)

Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.

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Liberators, terraists, it’s all the same.

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

So when dubya said that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah “knows our position loud and clear” re: punishing the victims of gang rape, I guess this is the “position” he was referring to:

A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the incident.

Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job. […]

In a lawsuit filed in federal court against Halliburton and its then-subsidiary KBR, Jones says she was held in the shipping container for at least 24 hours without food or water by KBR, which posted armed security guards outside her door, who would not let her leave.

“It felt like prison,” says Jones, who told her story to ABC News as part of an upcoming “20/20” investigation. “I was upset; I was curled up in a ball on the bed; I just could not believe what had happened.”

Finally, Jones says, she convinced a sympathetic guard to loan her a cell phone so she could call her father in Texas.

“I said, ‘Dad, I’ve been raped. I don’t know what to do. I’m in this container, and I’m not able to leave,'” she said. Her father called their congressman, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas.

“We contacted the State Department first,” Poe told ABCNews.com, “and told them of the urgency of rescuing an American citizen” — from her American employer. […]

According to her lawsuit, Jones was raped by “several attackers who first drugged her, then repeatedly raped and injured her, both physically and emotionally.”

Jones told ABCNews.com that an examination by Army doctors showed she had been raped “both vaginally and anally,” but that the rape kit disappeared after it was handed over to KBR security officers. […]

Over two years later, the Justice Department has brought no criminal charges in the matter. In fact, ABC News could not confirm any federal agency was investigating the case.

Legal experts say Jones’ alleged assailants will likely never face a judge and jury, due to an enormous loophole that has effectively left contractors in Iraq beyond the reach of United States law.

And we were gonna spread freedom and democracy over there. Right.

(Via.)

Oh, when Bush bashing and animal advocating intersect! (Swoon.)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Anima Pro - Bush

“A dog loves you the way you are. Adopt one.”

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LCV: Tell President Bush he can’t have it both ways

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Via the League of Conservation Voters (photo via me):

Tell President Bush he can’t have it both ways

The Bush administration has made a lot of blunders, but they made a whopper of one this week.

On Thursday, the president made a big show of rolling out what he claims is a plan to address global warming.

At the same time, the top NASA official, Michael Griffin – a man Bush appointed himself! – said this when asked about global warming on National Public Radio:

“I’m not sure it’s fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with.”

SK Bedding - George W. Bush

Excuse me??

It goes without saying that the science on global warming is now clear. Rising sea levels, intensifying storms, increasing risk of forest fires – these are the results of global warming. And global warming is being compounded by human actions.

The consensus of scientists, including NASA scientists, is clear. It is inexcusable that the most important research agency on global warming is headed by someone who denies the science!

Now, after six years of remarkable inertia, President Bush says he’s had a revelation: global warming really is a problem. Then just as quickly, his NASA appointee says he’s not so sure.

Which is it going to be, Mr. President?

Michael Griffin’s statements are unbelievable. Not only did he question whether global warming is a long term concern, he actually suggested that it might be beneficial! At a time when more Americans than ever are looking for strong leadership to help curb global warming, such rhetoric is ignorant, dangerous, and has no place in NASA leadership.

President Bush should be embarrassed. He should take action, to show which side he’s on.

What planet is President Bush on? Tell him to choose, by demanding Griffin’s resignation.

Together, we can turn this snafu into an opportunity. Congress is hard at work on critical clean energy legislation to increase fuel efficiency and renewable energy. The more pressure Bush feels now, the more likely he’ll be to sign those bills when they get to his desk!

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LCA: Breaking News – President Bush Signs AETA, 11/27

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Oy. Literally seconds after posting this update re: AETA, I received the following alert from Last Chance for Animals in my inbox. What a sham.

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From: Campaigns Department – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Nov 27, 2006 9:28 PM
Subject: Breaking News – President Bush Signs AETA 11/27

President Bush Signs AETA Today — 11/27/2006

President Bush signed The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA, S.3880 ENR) into law today, Monday, November 27th.

The AETA not only puts our constitution in jeopardy, it puts all of us who speak out against the status quo in jeopardy. Animal rights activists, civil rights activists, the media, entertainers and even the NRA are all in danger of being called “Terrorists.” The broad language in this bill creates a dangerous, slipperly slope that can be used to take away our first amendment rights and put innocent people in jail!

The bill was fast-tracked through both the House and the Senate by the biomedical industries — people who have everything to gain by silencing legitimate protests against their cruel animal abuse. Click here to see the official language of the bill as it was signed today.

“LCA has been at the forefront of fighting and opposing the AETA on a national level. Former Congressman and lobbyist for LCA, Charlie Rose, has been working feverishly against the AETA,” states LCA President Chris DeRose. “This is not over for LCA, this is just the beginning.”

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Fight the AETA

Contact your Senate and House Representatives and let them know you oppose the AETA and their complacency during the passing of the bill.

Visit http://www.house.gov and http://www.senate.gov for contact information.

email: campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
phone: (310) 271-6096 x30
web: http://www.lcanimal.org

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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Finally, some good news from Hawaii!

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

In case you haven’t yet heard:

Bush Plans Vast Protected Sea Area in Hawaii

President Bush will create the world’s largest protected marine area today, designating as a national monument a 1,200-mile-long chain of small Hawaiian islands and surrounding waters and reefs that are home to a spectacular array of sea life, senior administration officials said last night.

In his second use of the 100-year old National Antiquities Act, which empowers the president to protect important cultural or geological resources instantly, Mr. Bush will enact a suite of strict rules for the area, including a five-year phasing out of commercial and sport fishing, officials said.

The chain of largely uninhabited atolls, seamounts, reefs and shoals, which sweeps northwest from the big islands of Hawaii, is called the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and is home to some 7,000 species of marine life, including endangered green sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals and millions of breeding seabirds.

Before you vow to vote Republican in ’08, it’s worth noting that this doesn’t necessarily indicate a turning for Bush and his disastrous enviro policies:

Some environmentalists noted yesterday that the extra protection was an easy call for the administration, in part because there was little significant opposition in Hawaii or Washington. The move could also help the re-election prospects of Linda Lingle, Hawaii’s Republican governor, who last fall banned commercial activities in state waters in the area and endorsed the federal sanctuary plan.

They noted that there were only eight commercial fishing boats licensed to fish in the remote islands, and that rising fuel costs had made such trips less and less profitable.

Even so, it’s something to celebrate.

Go read the whole article via The New York Times.

UPDATE: MoJo blogger Bradford Plumer has a spot-on take of this story:

Gotcha. Fishermen don’t really care about this sanctuary, not much harm was being done to the reefs anyway, so Bush may as well go ahead and protect the damn thing, especially since he can now claim that he has “accomplished the single largest act of environmental conservation in history.” Our hero. Well, it’s good news regardless, although there are countless other reefs and coastal regions that still need actual protection. What are the odds of Bush acting on those? No, let’s not answer that.

While I’m certainly not falling for Bush’s green posturing, it’s still good (i.e., in a lukewarm kinda way) news nonetheless – at least one marine area is receiving federal protection, even if it isn’t currently in need of it. Could it be better? Sure. But with Bush at the helm, it could most definitely be worse.