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Veritas_et_Aequitas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:16 AM
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What's up with the asterisk next to Bush's name?
I've noticed a few folks on DU doing it, and I was curious why. Is it liked the proposed asterisk for Barry Bonds holding the most homeruns in a single season record?
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:19 AM
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1. Whenever I see it I think of
a puckered asshole.

Ideal symbol for *W*.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:26 AM
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9. That wasn't what I origanilly was thinking but it sure will be from now on out..
Damn I'm happy I didn't have a mouth full of coffee when I read that. :rofl: :woohoo::clap: :applause:
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:20 AM
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2. selected, not elected
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:20 AM
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3. Bwhahaha! Not quite.
He didn't and doesn't deserve acknowledgment or respect, so that was a shortcut-that and various and sundry other nicknames he's earned over the years so people could show how they feel about him.
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:22 AM
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4. Selected by the Supremes.
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Hokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:23 AM
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5. It goes back to 2001 on DU
Edited on Sat Jan-10-09 09:23 AM by Hokie
After the appointment of Bush by the Supreme Court some people started adding an "*" to W's name to indicate the illegitimacy of his presidency. It comes from the "*" that was added to the baseball record book after Roger Maris "61*" home runs by commissioner Ford Frick because Maris broke Babe Ruth's record 60 but had 162 games vs. 154 games that Ruth played. You might remember the movie 61* that was made about the home run chase by Maris and Mantle in 1961 on Babe Ruth's record.

For several years a lot of people referred to Bush as either Bush* or just *. I think Doonesbury also picked up on this.
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:42 AM
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14. Yes, Doonesbury depicts Dubya as an asterisk
At one time wearing a Stetson (all hat and no cattle), later wearing a Roman helmet(for imperialism) and the helmet has gotten battered and dented--as the wars go, so goes the helmet.
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:45 AM
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15. This is the correct origin....
Edited on Sat Jan-10-09 09:45 AM by Davis_X_Machina
...and was widely discussed at the time. It antedates Trudeau, who may have picked it up without knowing the Maris reference -- he doesn't mention it.
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foo_bar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 10:31 AM
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18. it goes back to Doonesbury in 2000
Edited on Sat Jan-10-09 10:32 AM by foo_bar


DU didn't exist until the following year. (per http://www.hail-to-the-thief.org/archive/24.html )
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 03:31 PM
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26. I wonder if Trudeau knows that Kurt Vonnegut penned the * as a symbol for"asshole"
in one of his novels?

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foo_bar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 04:49 PM
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27. perhaps, but dubya might have been portrayed as a wide open beaver
Plus the Breakfast asterisk had 8 spokes IIRC, which has its own unicode character ( ✳✳✳ ) distinct from the thingee above the 8 key ( *** ) and the math operator kind ( ∗∗∗ , the Dubya footprint).
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 12:41 AM
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28. LOL. Foo_bar, that's great. I never knew there are three different types of assholes,
I mean asterisks.

Thanks for that.

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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:24 AM
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6. I prefer asshole *
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:24 AM
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7. He was not elected president by the people, Gore was.
He was appointed by the Supreme Court. Just think, what if the will of We The People had been carried out that day. We would be seeing NONE of this Depression.
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:36 AM
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11. maybe we wouldn't have seen this depression but we wouldn't have seen
the housing bubble either...

I think if Gore had been inaugurated the dot-com bust would have been his recession. It would have been bigger and longer... from 2002-2005 80% of new jobs in Silicon Valley were created by the Real Estate market.

Enron et al were gaming California's energy market during the Clinton Administration.

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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 10:59 AM
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19. "None"? You're quite the optimist about capitalism, I see.
Gore championed NAFTA.

Rubin (of Goldman-Sachs) shepherded the Glass-Steagal repeal into law, then took a reward at Citibank.

All parties celebrated Greenspan for his genius.

The Democrats made no sustained move to impose regulation on the debt and derivatives markets, or warn about the obvious.

Obama and McCain both voted for the recent "bailout" heist.

No one in power wants to restore progressive taxation on the rich quite yet, as this would "dampen stimulus" (i.e., trickle down doctrine still applies).
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 11:36 AM
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21. Okay, that was probably a little too optimtistic
on my part. You are, of course, correct in all your points. But I'm pretty confident in saying that Gore would not have gone into Iraq which has been nothing but a fiscal shithole from the beginning. I think his response to Katrina would have been far superior in that I think by now, a good portion of New Orleans and outlying areas would have been at least on the road to rebuilding -- unlike the disaster it is now. I don't think he would have engaged in the drunken deficit spending that we've seen in the last 8 years. I don't think he would have completely trampled our Constitution and I'm pretty sure torture would not have even been an issue. We also would have had an intact C.I.A./F.B.I. for the REAL war on terror instead of Cheney's shadow military (NSA & Blackwater).

For the reasons you stated (at least the ones I could understand) and more, although we probably would be facing a pretty severe downturn, I don't see that we would actually be headed for Great Depression, Part Deux as we are now.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 12:05 PM
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22. Okay, all that is possible too...
It's hard to imagine things would not have been better with Gore instead of Bush, starting with Iraq. I won't even go into 9/11. This still ignores:

Capitalism will always generate injustice, power imbalance and, inevitably, crisis.

There is a ruling class (the rich) and a secret, parapolitical state (the spooks). These sectors are where agendas are hatched regardless of what a president does. No US politician has addressed the problem of hidden power.
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Uben Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:24 AM
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8. Oh, I thought that was representative of......
....an a$$hole. I like that thought better.
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livvy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:27 AM
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10. He doesn't deserve the respect of using his given name.
My preferred name for him is the lying weasel, and you'll notice people on this board use a wide variety of terms of endearment for he who shall not be named.
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Mira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:38 AM
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12. Here is the Doonesbury explanation:
...... the view of Garry Trudeau, who portrays Bush in ''Doonesbury'' as an asterisk in a Roman helmet..... the view of Bush as a basically limited and shallow person .......a simpleton for his simplicity...... a man who isn't there.

Whenever the empty helmet floats over the asterisk, that's the idea.

I think that's what started it.
Let us change over to the *W* puckered asshole explanation.
Because no simpleton who isn't there could have wrought such destruction.

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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:39 AM
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13. I use the asterisk to avoid the proper surname
If necessary, I'll employ syntactic gymnastics to avoid using his given name. Mostly, however, I use some colorful nickname. Over the years, I've pretty much settled on 'Chimpolini' as my favorite.
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rox63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:51 AM
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16. Whenever I see * on the news
I'm tempted to yell out "There's a poo-flinging monkey on my teevee!"
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:53 AM
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17. Shrub even adopted it for himself on one of his Wiccan trees:

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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 11:07 AM
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20. I use * because I can't ever bring myself to type his name.....
:puke: :puke: :puke:
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 12:45 PM
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23. Its the name too awful to be spoken.
It would be like showing a penis on television.
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EconomicLiberal Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 12:54 PM
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24. That's an insult to penises everywhere... n/t
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 02:55 PM
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25. ... and here I was, thinking it was just to mess with ...
... search engines, so the feds wouldn't notice what we were saying about him.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 04:32 AM
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29. Kind of. Throughout history, whenever there's a list of former presidents,
an asterisk will always appear by George Bush*'s name because of the unorthodox way he assumed the office, selected by the Supreme Court, not elected by the American people... :-(
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