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And you thought the bailout was shocking!

This photo is not doctored. It’s from the White House itself and makes me immensely happy. Enjoy!

President Bush to USA: shocker!

President Bush to USA: shocker!



Edit: yes, I totally changed the title of this post. I originally agonized over the title and then gave up, going with the less-than-spectacular “President Bush wants to give you the shocker. No, seriously.” I like what I’ve got now much better. Sorry for altering the space-time continuum this way.

Via BoingBoing

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Staying vigilant on Obama’s promise

I pointed you to the Obama administration’s transition website the other day and said nice things about the potential of inclusion contained therein. Well, it looks like I spoke too soon. As of yesterday, two key pages at change.gov (technology, ethics) have disappeared without explanation. If you didn’t get a chance to view them last week, here are Google’s cached versions of ethics and technology (and just in case those go dark, I’ve got them cached here and here).

The Obama camp says the pages were taken down for “retooling“. I’m unconvinced. This is an incredibly web-savvy political apparatus. It shouldn’t take them this long to retool anything. I’m sorry to say this incident smacks of the secrecy and duplicity of the Bush administration under Cheney.

Am I borrowing trouble? Yes. I want you to steel yourselves to the possible reality that Obama may be nothing more than a great speaker who is just as in the pocket of the corporations as any other politician. Let’s just keep a wary eye cast on what Obama was advocating right out of the gate.

Nobody was holding Bush to this standard when he took office. Well, actually, we still didn’t have a President-Elect at this time in 2000. Antonin Scalia hadn’t voted yet. But these are the cards Obama has been dealt and honestly, there is nothing wrong with a citizenry becoming hyper-vigilant towards their government. In fact, it is about time we did!

Via BoingBoing

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Quotable: Mister Jalopy

Mister Jalopy is a renaissance man. He is a contributing editor for Make magazine and is currently guest blogging over at BoingBoing. Here is a bit of his unique wisdom that we can all benefit from:

People are not born craftsmen, they just have the courage to screw things up. Embrace your inner amateur and try everything. There will always be an expert to take your money and fix the mistakes.Mister Jalopy
Maker

This is just as true in life as it is in a maker’s workshop. Get out there and mix it up, people! Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

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