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The Bush White House, irritated by pesky questions from congressional Democrats about how the administration is using taxpayer money, has developed an efficient solution: It will not entertain any more questions from opposition lawmakers...Every day, this looks like a much better world to be in.
The director of the White House Office of Administration, Timothy A. Campen, sent an e-mail titled "congressional questions" to majority and minority staff on the House and Senate Appropriations panels. Expressing "the need to add a bit of structure to the Q&A process," he wrote: "Given the increase in the number and types of requests we are beginning to receive from the House and Senate, and in deference to the various committee chairmen and our desire to better coordinate these requests, I am asking that all requests for information and materials be coordinated through the committee chairmen and be put in writing from the committee."
He said this would limit "duplicate requests" and help answer questions "in a timely fashion."
It would also do another thing: prevent Democrats from getting questions answered without the blessing of the GOP committee chairmen.
I will say one thing for the Wachowski brothers: their goal of making a deep Christian film that makes people take a new look at faith and belief has been realized; because of this movie, I now can say with confidence that God does not exist.
Actually, that's a lie. Matrix Revolutions has actually convinced me that God does indeed exist, and that He wants me to be unhappy.
This movie was a betrayal; I loved the first two installments of the Matrix. When people knocked Reloaded, I argued with them. I defended the pacing. I defended the orgy. I defended the convoluted melodrama of the Architect. So help me, I even defended The Kid (while secretly hoping for his speedy demise in Revolutions, of course, but still).
And what do Larry and Andy Wachowski do? They count their money and piss all over me.
Revolutions is an unending parade of crap from start to finish. To pick apart the individual flaws, fuckups, and moments that made me want to die would be an injustice to the sheer godawfulness that is this motion picture as a whole.
Den Beste ex Machina (n.) - The creation of a fake political movement, such as Transnational Progressivism, that has virtually no basis in reality in order to disparage ideological opponents.Update: There's a fuller version available here.
The Mail on Sunday, which is said to offer up to £500,000 a time for material from royal servantsHow long do you have to have been a servant for to get that sort of payment, do you reckon?
BTW, who is betting that the same people who love this bill are the ones who fiercely deny that incestuous rapes and bloody murder on television night after night has no ill effect?I'm just wondering what TV channel shows 'incestuous rapes...night after night'. Any suggestions as to which channel Peter may have found this on?
The main difference between Americans and the English is the desire for intensity. Americans say, 'Let's do it now motherfucker, let 's go!' and the English are more like, 'Should we be intense right now, or should we wait till after dinner? 'I think anyone who stays in England long enough gets a little defanged.
All that heaven and hell stuff sounds like fun. But come on, be serious - nothing happens after you die. When you turn off the toaster, it doesn't sit there longing to make more toast, it doesn't become the ghost of a toaster. When the spark of life is gone, we're just a sack of flesh and chemicals with no ignition. That's why I live life with such enthusiasm.
The music business hasn't changed. It has always been about getting some Christ-like figure who has a lot of sex and money and looks good in pictures, and then exploiting him for money. Which is great!
This book contains a story and several other things. The other things might be connected with the story, or they might not; they might be connected to stories that haven't appeared yet. It's not easy to tell.The story within the book itself may not be the most important thing there, but it's the simplest part to review, and in that it's a typically accomplished Pullman tale. On the surface it's an exciting tale of Lyra and Pantalaimon's attempts to guide an assistance-seeking witch's daemon across Oxford, reminiscent of the early chapters of Northern Lights, but beneath the surface there are other powers working, mysteries being created and strange motives at work leaving the reader with a sense that are important questions still to be asked.
Among Mansfield's revelations is his insistence that Bush and Tony Blair have prayed together at a private meeting at Camp David. Blair has previously denied this.Or Tony Blair?
Mansfield, however, says that, while there were no witnesses, aides were left in little doubt as to what had happened. He told The Observer: 'There is no question they have shared scripture and prayed together.'
JEREMY PAXMAN: You don't pray together for example?It's always good to know that people in positions of power can't agree whether they spoke to their invisible friend or not.
TONY BLAIR: No, we don't pray together Jeremy, no.