Einde zelfkwelling Colin Powell

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Colin Powell De amerikaanse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Colin Powell komt niet terug in een tweede kabinet Bush. Zijn vertrek kwam niet als een verrassing want Powell leek in de afgelopen vier jaar de enige amerikaanse bewindspersoon met een beetje introspectie en was derhalve een buitenbeentje.

Powell has had a controversial tenure in the secretary of state’s job, reportedly differing on some key issues at various junctures with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld (YahooNews).

Dat zijn opgeklopte WMD-presentatie in de VN Veiligheidsraad door deskundingen achteraf volledig werd afgebrand moet hem het schaamrood op de kaken hebben gegeven. Nu mag Colin rustig gaan vissen en misschien moet hij ook maar zijn lidmaatschap van de Republikeinse partij opzeggen? Want in wezen was deze man gewoon schaap in wolfskleren.

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#1 mark

“The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They’re the kind of people who’d stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn’t bother to stop because they’d want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.” -Douglas Adams

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#2 mark

oh, nu zie ik voorgaande kwoot toegeschreven aan Dave Barry ipv Adams.

nog een poging:
“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.” ~P.J. O’Rourke

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#3 larie


IJzersterk de kwoot. Over gras gesproken (uiterlijkheden) daar hebben amerikanen wat mee. In droge periodes mag de “lawn” niet bewaterd worden en wee… dus met waterverf groen gespoten en dat werkelijk bijna overal. Bij de eerste regenbuien, die vaak lang op zich laten wachten, zijn de straten in de “goede” buurten dan ook groen, bizar gezicht.

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#4 Sikbock

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#5 Sikbock

“I voted republican this year, the democrats left a bad taste in my mouth”

Monica Lewinsky

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#6 moi

Fijn, het laatste beetje gezond verstand ook nog weg. Zijn ‘show’ voor de UN was natuurlijk een blamage maar hij was de enige die de echte havikken nog een beetje in toom hield. Nu dus niet meer. De CIA is ook de rangen aan het schonen; iedereen die maar een beetje tegen Bush was wordt er nu uitgeflikkerd, Gonzales neemt Ashcroft’s baantje over wat -hoe is het in godsnaam mogelijk- een NOG slechtere kandidaat is. Amerika is over and done;
Who is the real enemy? by John Kaminski

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#7 Sikbock

Beetje flauw, maar toch grappig:

Business in California:

– You have a cow and a bull.
– The bull is depressed.
– It has spent its life living a lie.
– It goes away for two weeks.
– It comes back after a taxpayer-paid sex-change operation.
– You now have two cows.
– One makes milk; the other doesn’t.
– You try to sell the transgender cow.
– Its lawyer sues you for discrimination.
– You lose in court.
– You sell the milk-generating cow to pay the damages.
– You now have one rich, transgender, non-milk-producing cow.
– You change your business to beef.
– PETA pickets your farm.
– Jesse Jackson makes a speech in your driveway.
– Cruz Bustamante calls for higher farm taxes to help “working cows.”
– Hillary Clinton calls for the nationalization of 1/7 of your farm “for the children.”
– Gray Davis signs a law giving your farm to Mexico.
– The L.A. Times quotes five anonymous cows claiming you groped their teats.
– You declare bankruptcy and shut down all operations.
– The cow starves to death.
– The L.A.Times’ analysis shows your business failure is Bush’s fault.

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#8 mark

@larie: goed verhaal, lijkt me mooie foto’s opleveren.

@sikbock: wel grappig, niet zo flauw in elk geval als:

FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and as many eggs as the regulations say you should need.

FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.

PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

RUSSIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.

SINGAPOREAN DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. The government fines you for keeping two unlicensed farm animals in an apartment.

MILITARIANISM: You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: The government promises to give you two cows if you vote for it. After the election, the president is impeached for speculating in cow futures. The press dubs the affair “Cowgate”.

BRITISH DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. You feed them sheeps’ brains and they go mad. The government doesn’t do anything.

BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. After that it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows..

ANARCHY: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to kill you and take the cows.

CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

HONG KONG CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly – listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother – in – law at the bank, then execute a debt / equity swap with associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows. The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the rights to all seven cows’ milk back to the listed company. The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because the fung shiu is bad.

ENVIRONMENTALISM: You have two cows. The government bans you from milking or killing them.

FEMINISM: You have two cows. They get married and adopt a veal calf.

TOTALITARIANISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned.

COUNTER CULTURE: Wow, dude, there’s like… these two cows, man. You got to have some of this milk.

SURREALISM: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

LIBERTARIANISM: You have two cows. One has actually read the constitution, believes in it, and has some really good ideas about government. The cow runs for office, and while most people agree that the cow is the best candidate, nobody except the other cow votes for her because they think it would be “throwing their vote away.”

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#9 Jan des Bouvrie

Vers van de pers. Mijn grote vriend Bill O’Reilly heeft zo zijn eigen mening over wie Colin Powell had moeten opvolgen:

“…And now I’m going to be controversial. Now, I know the word is Condoleezza Rice (search) will get the job. And she is absolutely brilliant and very loyal to President Bush, but I would replace Secretary Powell with Bill Clinton.Yikes! The former president probably wouldn’t take the job, but if he did, countries like France, Germany, and Spain would like the move, perhaps cooperate more with America. Add Canada and Indonesia to that group as well.

Mr. Clinton is a smart guy, knows the players and the issues, and has clout, especially in the Palestinian-Israeli arena. So there you go, bold move, little downside, maybe big benefits. But I’m sure President Bush isn’t going to do it.”

Ik vraag me af of hij ook zo open-minded zou zijn als er enige kans was dat Bush zijn advies echt zou opvolgen.

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