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George W Bush Exhibits His Paintings of World Leaders

George W Paintings World Leaders

The artist formerly known as President George W Bush has unveiled his portraits of 24 current and former world leaders at his presidential library in Texas.

George W, who took up painting after leaving the White House because he was a “driven person”, finally revealed his long-awaited portraits of different world leaders – which include Vladimir Putin, Tony Blair, the Dalai Lama and his father, George H.W. Bush.

The paintings are part of an exhibit — “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy” — that will go on display Saturday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. Price of admission: $16. Seeing George W attempt a career as a painter: priceless.

George W Paints Putin

But in some paintings, like the stern-faced portrait above of Russian President Vladimir Putin, George W really captures the essence of the subject.

“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’” Bush recalled. “A year later, I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’

“I just took it in. I didn’t react,” Bush continued. “I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”

George Bush SelfiesWhile the former president admits “I’m not a great artist”, someone should probably tell him these portraits aren’t exactly exhibit-worthy. His infamous bathtub/shower selfies? Yeah, I’d pay to see that. But a distorted oil painting of Putin? Meh.

I mean, it’s not like telling someone their artwork isn’t good enough will lead to anything bad… oh wait… the Holocaust.

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Oops, Bush Became President… And Other News

Sandra Day and Bush

Oops, Bush happened.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor suggested that the Supreme Court probably should have stayed out of the whole Bush v. Gore 2000 election fiasco. O’Connor, who provided the crucial fifth vote in the 5-4 decision to make George W. Bush president, said, “It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn’t done a real good job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme Court added to the problem at the end of the day.” Oh well, no harm done.*

*Minus harm done to Iraqis, Hurricane Katrina victims, and those not fortunate enough to profit from the Bush tax cuts (among others)

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Inseminate MeThink your mother is bad? Well, she might be, but here’s one even worse (hopefully): A British woman has been issued a five-year prison sentence for forcing her 14-year-old daughter to get pregnant via a sperm donor. The mother really wanted a fourth child but was denied adoption so she did what any normal human would do and forced her virgin daughter to inseminate herself. Over two years the daughter had to inseminate herself seven times, “alone in her bedroom, using syringes of semen and douches prepared by the mother”. Although she miscarried at 14, she went on to have another baby at age 16. The Guardian

Hillary 2016Looks like patiently waiting for 8 years may pay off for Hillary Clinton. Two new polls released this week reveal that Clinton is the early favourite in New Hampshire’s 2016 Democratic presidential primary. 61% of the voters surveyed in the state indicate they’d vote for Clinton while poor Joe Biden would only garner 7% of the vote. Republicans, on the other hand, are more divided – at this point (which really means nothing since it’s years in advance…), it looks like a four way fight between Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Paul Ryan. Huffington Post

Prague ExplosionPrague goes boom. 35 people were hurt in a gas explosion in central Prague Monday morning. The blast ripped through a building containing offices and an art gallery, prompting more than 230 people to be evacuated from the area. Officials do not believe anyone is trapped in the rubble, which is more than they can say for BangladeshCNN

Secret Afghan CashAfghan President Hamid Karzai has been getting secret bags of US cash from the CIA. Method of delivery: suitcases, backpacks, and plastic bags full of cash. I just love getting plastic bags full of cash. The New York Times says it smells corruption – tens of millions of dollars have gone to Karzai’s office and much of it is used to pay off warlords and politicians. Karzai admits the CIA sent him secret cash but that the money was for projects such as helping the sick. New York Times

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George W. Gets a Library… And Other News

George W. Tribute

Everyone gathered around today to pay tribute to George W. Bush in Dallas at the dedication of a museum, policy institute and library built in his name: the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

And by everyone, I mean the 5 living presidents, their spouses, a collection of current and former foreign leaders and lawmakers, hundreds of former Bush administration officials and thousands of his admirers. It was an emotional day for George W., who choked up as he finished his speech. Bill Clinton, however, took things in a different direction and addressed the thing that’s been on everyone’s mind: George W.’s new painting career: 

“Your mother showed me some of your landscapes and animal paintings and I thought they were great. I seriously considered calling you to paint my own portrait, until I saw the emails that were stolen from your sister’s account,” Clinton said. “Those bathroom sketches were wonderful. But at my age, I think I need to keep my suit on.”

They are nice paintings though:

George W. Bush Paintings

New York Times

Bombers in NYCNext stop: New York City! That’s what he Boston Marathon bombers were thinking until they got shot/captured. Mayor Bloomberg announced today that the suspects planned to drive to New York City and detonate the rest of their bomb stockpile in Times Square. As much as I hate Times Square, that’s not a very nice thing to do. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect who is currently in the hospital, provided the new information. Unfortunately, following 16 hours of interrogation, Tsarnaev stopped cooperating with officials after being read his legal rights to remain silent and have a lawyer. Did he not know that before? Has he never seen Law & Order?? So many questions… NBC News

Marco RubioWell that’s a bit of an overreaction Sen. Marco Rubio, the GOP’s solution to immigration reform, said that he was “open” to considering the idea of halting all student visas from Muslim countries as a reaction to this month’s Boston Marathon bombings. When asked how the terrorist attack may affect immigration reform, Rubio said ,“We need to be open to changes that provide more security. I don’t like profiling anybody or singling or generally leading, on the other hand student visas are something this country does because it’s in our national interest but you don’t have a right to a student visa. I’m not prepared to take a firm position on restriction. I want to learn about what might have worked to prevent past attacks.” Note: the Boston bombing suspects did not come to the States on student visas. But I guess they could have…? Raw Story 

Jaser-court-room-sketchCome to think of it, Rubio might be on to something… News got out today that Canadian immigration authorities tried to deport the Toronto VIA Rail terror suspect nine years ago but were unable to because, as a stateless Palestinian, he could not be sent to any other country. Instead, officials were forced to set him free two days after he was arrested on an outstanding immigration warrant. That’s quite the loophole. National Post

man-cat-gunF*ck Nelson, Georgia! Craig, Colorado has totally one-upped those losers. The Colorado town is looking into a proposal that would require that every home have at least one gun – but not just any type of gun like those Nelson wimps – but an assault-style rifle / AK-47. Craig resident Craig Rummel (was the town named after him? It should be!) asked City Council members to consider passing the ordinance which would apply to all households within Craig city limits. Now, obviously Rummel is not insane – he has requested exemptions for those not physically or mentally capable of operating a firearm. While most council members agreed with Rummel’s message, some were unsure about whether to implement it. In the end, Craig Mayor Terry Carwile said they’d think about it. Craig Daily Press

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Breaking News: The US Engaged in Torture

US Torture

A nonpartisan, independent review of the United States’ interrogation program in the years after 9/11 concludes what everyone who saw Zero Dark Thirty already knows: the US engaged in torture.

The 577-page report, put together by the advocacy group The Constitution Project and led by a former top Bush administration official, reveals that the former president and his top advisers knowingly ordered interrogation techniques that U.S. officials have previously referred to as torture.

The review is based on numerous interviews with former American and foreign officials, as well as former detainees, and focuses on the post-9/11 treatment of suspects at Guantánamo Bay, war-zone detention centres, and at CIA black sites.

The report confirms the widespread use of waterboarding and other practices such as slamming prisoners into walls, chaining them in uncomfortable positions for hours, stripping them of their clothing, conducting mock executions and keeping them awake for days on end. Or what the Bush administration called “enhanced interrogation tactics”.

I imagine it looked a little something like this:

Water Board Cat

Whether or not these methods amounted to torture is a matter that has been debated both in and out of government. But the report emphasizes that these techniques do meet the clinical definition of torture.

The report concludes that the United States’ use of torture has “no justification” and “damaged the standing of our nation, reduced our capacity to convey moral censure when necessary and potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel taken captive.”

Bush, meanwhile, is off in Texas enjoying his retirement hobby of painting self-portraits as well as hundreds of dog portraits. Bush says people are surprised by his love of painting and that “people are surprised I can even read.”

Via: The New York Times

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George Bush is the Most Expensive Ex-President

George Bush Phone

The U.S federal government spends about $3.7 million on its former presidents each year and George Bush makes sure he gets his share (and then some).

Former president George W. Bush cost the government $1.3 million in 2012, which included a $200,000 pension, compensation and benefits for office staff, and other costs like travel, office space and postage. Bush, pictured above trying to figure out how a phone works, spent $400,000 for 8,000 square feet of office space and $85,000 in telephone costs. What is he doing – calling sex hotlines? Or does he really not know how to use a phone?

Bill Clinton came in second place at just under $1 million. He probably is calling sex hotlines… George Bush the elder follows with $850,000 and Jimmy Carter trails behind with only $500,000 worth of expenses (probably because he lives in a Habitat for Humanity house).

At the very least, this should shut “some Republicans” up about Obama’s “extravagant” lifestyle with his non-existent dog walker and movie projectionists. But if the federal government ever wants to cut down on their expenses they should just send George Bush off on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney. Problem solved.

Via: Politico

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