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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:31 PM
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*'s summer reading list is somewhat disturbing
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/20024...

"According to the White House, one of three books Bush chose to read on his five-week vacation is "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky, who chronicled the rise and fall of what once was considered the world's most strategic commodity.

The other two books he reportedly brought with him to Crawford are "Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar" by Edvard Radzinsky and "The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History" by John Barry."


-"Salt: A World History": salt as an invaluable historic commodity may be compared to the current value of oil, according to some. OK,

-"Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar": Is the attraction of a book with "The Last Great Tsar" in its title really any mystery when Bush believes it's about HIM??

The third book in the list is the most disturbing: "The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History". Why was this chosen for Shrubya's summer school reading list, when 'My Pet Goat' had already presented a serious challenge? Will Avian flu become the Black Plague of the coming decade, and if so, will it be treated seriously as a crisis by the Administration, or as simply another "you're doin' a heckuva job" stumble?
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tompayne1 Donating Member (346 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:32 PM
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1. uhhh
i am going to go hide somewhere in northern canada and smoke weed.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:35 PM
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6. I wish you would invite me to come along
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tompayne1 Donating Member (346 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:39 PM
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12. i'll send you the GPS coordinates
bring a radio
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:47 PM
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17. .
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Vektor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:33 PM
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2. Everything about * is a little disturbing.
Including his reading list.

He can read?
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:36 PM
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8. Nah, his nannies Condi and Karen take turns reading to him
while he goes to sleep.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:38 PM
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10. I could read those books in three days, and I'm not a fast
reader. What did he read the rest of the vacation?
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Vektor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:52 PM
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20. That's what I thought.
I bet they get sick of his multiple attempts to breastfeed, though.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:33 PM
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3. Oh yeah, like I really believe
this idiot with the attention span of a gnat reads anything but baseball stats while he's taking a dump.
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Ksec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:34 PM
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4. The dude is out of touch
Seriously.

He is the President of the United States and he doesnt read newspapers but instead reads about frickin salt? I think hes crazy. I really do.

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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:35 PM
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5. I thought all he read was grade school books
like My Pet Goat
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:36 PM
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7. I saw the Salt book at Borders, and thought of Mr. Vacant that moment
call the activists, there's a chimp being held captive at Crawford!
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:37 PM
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9. If he really is reading "Salt"
He is doing well because it is avery informative book...maybe over his hat.
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:39 PM
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11. I read somewhere Clinton was a reading maniac...
He went through books rather quickly and could retain the content very well.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:39 PM
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13. Frankly, I think the reason he looks like crap all the time is because
yes, he is drinking, but he is drinking because he knows something terrible, like the end is near or something. Maybe because of global warming, maybe because oil is almost gone, or maybe because he's been told this flu could wipe us out.
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:47 PM
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16. I think you're right, Ilsa
Shrub has been told by his handlers that the next biblical catastrophe is near, and it ain't the rapture.
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Wickerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:41 PM
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14. THat is a very "cherry-picked" reading list
And I call bullshit on him actually reading it. "Salt" is a mildly hot topic book these days, "The Last Csar", similar, and the Influenza thing, all to give him an appearance of an intellectual. I would love to have seen his summer reading list in 1999. ___________ nada.


The man is not intellectually curious, why would he read?
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:43 PM
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15. * stikes me as someone who gets bored reading rather quickly...
I don't think he has the interest to sit with a book unless it only has pictures.
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chalky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:50 PM
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19. Thank you. Come ON--that man ain't reading CRAP.
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 09:51 PM by chalky
He doesn't have the attention span of a gnat, but we're supposed to believe he's working his way through a book above the intellectual level of "My Pet Goat"?

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Digit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:48 PM
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18. I don't for one second believe he reads anything beyond a comic book
For one thing, he is not CURIOUS enough to want to learn anything.

This reading list is purely a Rove creation meant to make you think he is a person who can DIGEST a book beyond a middle school level.
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BeyondThePale Donating Member (895 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:01 PM
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21. Great Influenza is a fantastic book...
Fascinating account of the rise of modern medical science against a tumultuous period of world history. Highly recommended. I am not familiar with the other two books.

Oh yeah, and regardless of what is on his reading list, * is an idiot.

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