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"New" Speech, Same Old Rhetoric

Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2006 12:32 AM

Watching President Bush take his Freedom Bus routine on the road one more time is like watching those sad, last seasons of the Star Trek franchise. No matter what the ads promised, all they managed to do was deliver the same, tired story. Time Travel. The Borg. Time Travel. The Borg. Hell, that crap even made it into Enterprise.

And the Freedom Bus is rolling down the same road. Despite promises of bringing the strategy down to eye level, of clarifying things for the American public, the President trotted out the same, tired slogans.

But the similarities don't end there. Instead of Trek producers accepting responsibility for their work, they chose to blame it on the fans. The fans were just 'tired' of Star Trek, you see. And instead of Mr. Bush accepting responsibility, well, it's everyone's fault but his. It's faulty intelligence. It's what everyone else believed. It's the mainstream media. It's the Democrats.

Judge Leonie Brinkema, presiding over the trial of Zacarais Moussaoui has abruptly halted the proceedings, after learning that a lawyer for the Transportation Security Administration had coached four witnesses from the FAA, despite an earlier ruling that no witness should hear trial testimony in advance.

There has been no word as to how the trial will be affected.

Pop Quiz: In the National Anthem, what comes after the words, "... whose broad stripes and bright stars ..."?

A) ... were so gallantly streaming ...
B) ... o'er the ramparts we watched ...
C) ... through the perilous fight ...

The answer is C), but, according to the National Anthem Project, 61% of a survey group don't know all the words to the Star Spangled Banner. (Not the entire poem by Francis Scott Key, just the part we use as the Anthem.)

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