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First, a speech of your own to deliver during George W. Bush’s inauguration:

Mr Bush’s personal authority, at least until 2007, may be really exceptional. Only Franklin D. Roosevelt has been equivalently placed in the past 100 years. This might oblige his many vocal critics, who have habitually mocked him, to deliver their own five-word speech this Thursday. It should read: “He is not an idiot.”

With practice, you may even be able to memorise it. And second, a John Hawkins-designed superfun quiz! Feel free to post your answers in comments.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/17/2005 at 11:44 PM
    1. I’m really disappointerd. I didn’t get any yes answers. Does this mean I’m a right-wing fanatic?

      Posted by Bunker on 01/18 at 05:33 AM • #


    1. who else would have gotten Genius level of 20+?
      DAn Rather, Holywood and the BBC?

      Posted by davo on 01/18 at 06:10 AM • #


    1. Slightly OT but
      LGF reports imminent threats to US and Australian Aceh relief forces from “insurgeants” (don’t you just love that moonbat word).
      do you believe that huge outpouring of goodwill and aid to Aceh will result in a “softening’ of the hatred of Islamic Jihadist rebels towards westerners?

      Posted by davo on 01/18 at 06:16 AM • #


    1. Dang!  All “no” answers….I think my tenure is in jeopardy!  I’ve finally gone over to the dark side!

      Posted by BeckyJ on 01/18 at 07:03 AM • #


    1. Phillip Adams, get this, has now done a full 360 on Latham and is comparing him to Jonathan Shier!

      Posted by Quentin George on 01/18 at 07:15 AM • #


    1. “I own this town now” and then sit down again.

      I love it.

      Posted by m on 01/18 at 07:40 AM • #


    1. Anybody else succumb to statistic fatigue in that one?

      “For the first time since 1937…” “first blah blah since Wilson…” longest speech: Warren Gamaliel Harding… shortest speech: G. Washington… RBIs: James Buchanan… most home runs in innings later than the seventh during night games in the first half of the season: Justice Roger Taney… Most post-season tobacco chewed: Henry Clay… fewest fifth-inning pop-fly catches in left-field while injured in away games: Calvin Coolidge… most members of Congress tagged out at third base (American League): Thomas Dewey.

      All those factoids, AND Gamaliel gets a mention, and not one word about Gamaliel’s biggest fan… what a shame.

      Posted by Aarrgghh on 01/18 at 08:45 AM • #


    1. #24 Yes.

      Damn this having to get up in the morning and go to work stuff.  Torture, I tell you!

      Posted by Pixy Misa on 01/18 at 08:57 AM • #


    1. I’m giving #23 on the superfun quiz a fuzzy yes since we always had a plan to get Iraq, although noting was “pre-ordained” since we still had to go through the usual motions to put the plan into action.  No on everything else.

      Posted by Sortelli on 01/18 at 09:48 AM • #


    1. re number 28 (Bush planned 9/11) – there is a French documentary along these lines tonight on SBS (8.30pm EDST)

      Posted by graboy on 01/18 at 11:00 AM • #


    1. Well I got one yes answer, and as a father of a three week old I stand behind my belief that sleep depravation could be construde as tourture.


      Posted by VolFan on 01/18 at 11:05 AM • #


    1. Erm, I got four. I feel mildly ashamed. Still, I stand by it. Although, at least one ‘yes’ answer is hardly un-conservative: question 37, about the existence of Al-Qaeda, is tricky. I believe Mark Steyn wrote in a recent article that it doesn’t exist as a group in the way of say, the IRA or ETA. Still, four is a bit high. never mind.

      Posted by Steve on 01/18 at 11:15 AM • #


    1. A few years ago I would have gotten 40 yes- now none, I’m afraid. I made the mistake of going out without my tinfoil beanie one day, and that gosh-durn CIA scrambled my cerebelum with evil rays. Now I think Lyndon LaRouche is a commie.

      Posted by Habib on 01/18 at 11:19 AM • #


    1. I love DU always good for a laugh.

      Bush is not an idiot
      Bush is not an idiot
      Bush is not an idiot

      Posted by Cheesie on 01/18 at 01:11 PM • #


    1. Sortelli. I don’t think that was the thrust of the question.  This has more of a puppet people feel to it.  I think this is the neocon conspiracy play.  Even the left knows that the military has battle plans for all sorts of situations.  So this would be a “no”.

      Posted by yojimbo on 01/18 at 01:27 PM • #


    1. Sleep deprivation=torture?  Ranger qualification.  SEAL qualification.  “Crucible” anyone?

      Posted by yojimbo on 01/18 at 01:32 PM • #


    1. Some more refined questions for the esteemed Academics:

      1] Do you believe abortion rights are justified by the right of self-defense of the mother against the fetus?

      2] Do you believe that the highest form of patriotism is paying taxes? That it is both necessary and sufficient?

      3] Do you believe that the principle of Academic Freedom justifies the playing of Farenheit 9/11 in an English Literature class? Or, by extention, in a Math class?

      4] Do you believe comic books are a revolutionary tool in regard to teaching children to read?

      I am not shitting you, big academics believe this kind of thing: see  Your mind will boggle, though it is a good site because it is very civil and the “Right” shoots these space cadets down quite well, though the Left may not realize it, since they have put up topics directly stating 1 and 2, for example, freely as main arguments for discussion – without any kind of provocation at all to do so.

      Posted by J. Peden on 01/18 at 02:03 PM • #


    1. Yojimbo– Yeah, but as we love to point out to pinheads, regime change in Iraq has been US policy since Clinton was in office.  So yes, we were planning to go get the bastard well before 9-11. I think Hawkins was trying to fudge it with the word “preordained” since even though it was not a secret that we’ve always wanted less Saddam in the world Bush still had to go before Congress and bothered to try through the UN, too.

      Peden– I read Left2Right once and laughed it off as hopeless when I saw some post about how all the people with Support The Troops stickers seemed to drive SUVs and therefore supported the troops so we could steal all the delicious oil our troop-supporting SUVs crave.  Oh, and the anti-war left supports the troops more because they don’t support the war or oil hungry SUVs.

      Posted by Sortelli on 01/18 at 02:25 PM • #


    1. Sortelli.  I’ll go along with your explanation.  I just read the “preordained” as Bush bringing in the neocons who were looking for any excuse to get all that delicious oil and rule the world.  I just equated “preordained” with neocon.

      Posted by yojimbo on 01/18 at 03:14 PM • #


    1. It just seemed to me that the question had the esteemable Ms. Kingston written all over it.

      Posted by yojimbo on 01/18 at 03:22 PM • #


    1. OT.  “24 Hours” just ended here and still nobody in a Halliburton or KBR hat.  Could there be hope?  Could this actually be the gang that could shoot straight?  Does anybody know how this puppy ends?  I hate to keep my hopes up for nothing.

      Posted by yojimbo on 01/18 at 03:30 PM • #


    1. J Peden � Hey I taught myself to read by age 4 by breaking into the neighbors’ houses to read comic books (I remember thinking Archie was kind of unsophisticated)…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 01/18 at 03:59 PM • #


    1. 4) Michael Moore’s distribution group, Front Row Entertainment, received help marketing “Fahrenheit 9/11” in Lebanon from the terrorist group Hezbollah. Do you believe that was appropriate?

      Yes… I mean, come on, who else was going to do it?

      Posted by taspundit on 01/18 at 05:39 PM • #


    1. richard mcenroe – I agree you should have to break and enter to get them, as a special treat and also to set you onto a great carreer path.  Actually I think these were 8-12 year olds who were found to not need the practice, and somehow missed the opportunity right in front of them.  Why they would now want to read them is a mystery.

      Posted by J. Peden on 01/18 at 09:39 PM • #


  1. Only difficult question was Number 30.  I believe that somebody did try to rig the Ohio vote, but fortunately not well enough to swing it into the Democrats’ column

    Posted by rexie on 01/18 at 10:20 PM • #