Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Bush Losing Core Supporters

WASHINGTON, July 18 – President Bush appears to be losing support among a key group of voters who had hitherto stood firmly with the president even as his poll numbers among other groups fell dramatically.

A new Gallup poll shows that, for the first time, Bush’s approval rating has fallen below 50% among total fucking morons, and now stands at 44%. This represents a dramatic drop compared to a poll taken just last December, when 62% of total fucking morons expressed support for the president and his policies.

The current poll, conducted by phone with 1,409 total fucking morons between July 14 and July 18, reveals that only 44% of those polled believe the president is doing a good job, while 27% believe he is doing a poor job and 29% don’t understand the question. The December poll, conducted by phone with 1,530 total fucking morons, showed 62% approved of the president, 7% disapproved and 31% didn’t understand the question.

Faltering approval ratings for the president among a group once thought to be a reliable source of loyal support gives Republicans one more reason to be nervous about the upcoming mid-term elections. “If we can’t depend on the support of total fucking morons,” says Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), “then we’ve got a big problem. They’re a key factor in our electoral strategy, and an important part of today’s Republican coalition.” [more...]

Friday, July 14, 2006

Graphic Designers Turn Down Laura's Invitation

Dear Mrs. Bush:

As American designers, we strongly believe our government should support the design profession and applaud the White House sponsorship of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. And as finalists and recipients of the National Design Award in Communication Design we are deeply honored to be selected for this recognition. However, we find ourselves compelled to respectfully decline your invitation to visit the White House on July 10th.

Graphic designers are intimately engaged in the construction of language, both visual and verbal. And while our work often dissects, rearranges, rethinks, questions and plays with language, it is our fundamental belief, and a central tenet of "good" design, that words and images must be used responsibly, especially when the matters articulated are of vital importance to the life of our nation.

We understand that politics often involves high rhetoric and the shading of language for political ends. However it is our belief that the current administration of George W. Bush has used the mass communication of words and images in ways that have seriously harmed the political discourse in America. We therefore feel it would be inconsistent with those values previously stated to accept an award celebrating language and communication, from a representative of an administration that has engaged in a prolonged assault on meaning...

-- Michael Rock, Susan Sellers, Georgie Stout, Paula Scher and Stefan Sagmeister

From the Department of Things Only I Find Interesting.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Mexican Elections


REUTERS - The lead of Mexico's leftist presidential candidate narrowed to less than 1.5 percentage points over his conservative rival on Wednesday with results in from almost 88 percent of polling stations in the recount of a fiercely contested election... Results of the recount on display at Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute showed Lopez Obrador had 36.38 percent of the vote with results in from 87.73 percent of polling stations. Conservative ruling party candidate Felipe Calderon was second with 34.92 percent. Preliminary results earlier this week from Sunday's election gave Calderon a lead of about 0.6 percentage points over Lopez Obrador.

I admit it - I'm an election-results junkie. I stayed up way too late watching the preliminary count of Mexican ballots on Sunday night, and I've been absolutely transfixed watching the "official" tally today too.

I mentioned one of the candidates, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a year ago. No comments. Haha.

In case it isn't obvious, I'm pulling for AMLO.

COUNTING MUSIC

On a related note, I wish I could play the guitar like this:

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Tamacun
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Diablo Rojo (gracias!)

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Grandma ~

Donna Henry Lintz

November 16, 1919 - June 28, 2006