Friday, December 19, 2008

Anchors Aweigh, My Boy!

So, remember a few months ago when I said Sarah Palin actually makes George W. Bush look smart? Yeah. Well, I take that back. Bush is officially back in the "Stupidest Human Alive" category. And why, you ask? Because of this:

President George W. Bush, asked earlier about an auto bailout, said he hadn't decided what he would do but didn't want to leave a mess for Barack Obama who takes office a month from Saturday. A White House decision on helping the troubled automakers could come as early as Friday.

Um, sir? Mr. President? Sir, that ship has sailed looooooooooooong, long, long, long, long, looooooooooong, long, long ago.

Asshat. Read the entire story here, if you want.

January 20 won't be here soon enough.

15 comments:

foundinidaho said...

Yeah, that train left the station. However, I must, grudgingly, give the man credit for trying. Way too late, he's trying. At least he says he has regrets whereas dumbass Chaney seems to have none whatsoever.

Maybe Laura will pummel him in the limo after the Inaguration and he'll turn into a human being.

In other words, our Republican Senator assures me that there was "an overwhelming number" of requests for tickets - so no go to D.C. in January. Not that I had the time off or money to do so anyway.

Gilahi said...

Bush/Palin: That would be the ticket of a lifetime. Beavis & Butthead in the White House.

I really just wanted to leave a note thanking you for spelling "aweigh" correctly in the context of the anchor. I'm a little AR about words and such, but I think a lot of people would have done that incorrectly.

D.C. Confidential said...
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D.C. Confidential said...

FII: You're generous with your credit. Frankly, I give him none. He made this mess and it's awfully glib of him to say he wants to fix it now so Mr. Obama doesn't have a mess on his hands in January. What a crock of stupidity and crap. GWB is worse than a WMD would have ever been.

As for inaugural tickets, your senator gave them away to his biggest donors. You, too, could have had a ticket for a mere $25,000 or more!


Gilahi: I'm glad I could spare you a day of the tics vis-a-vis the correct spelling and usage of aweigh in connection with anchor. (How else would it be spelled and used? Oh wait. I know. Someone out there has used "away" haven't they? Now that's just sad, because that means they've also misunderstood the phrase and its proper application... You know, sometimes it hurts my head to be a wordsmith.)

Gilahi said...

Yes. "Anchors away". Yeesh. I was reading a novel last night that referred to someone who "didn't give a tinker's damn", which demonstrates the same lack of understanding of the phrase and its application by the author and the editors. I know what you mean about the whole wordsmith thing. I try to ignore these things, but I can't help it, they bother me. Don't even get me started on "rising to a crescendo".

D.C. Confidential said...

Gilahi: I need to introduce you to my friend, JaneAnne. She's the grammar police in these parts. Case in point: a piece she wrote about Obama's pronunciation of the word divisiveness.

Katherine said...

HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA. Too late.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Katherine: Precisely.

Maya said...

HahahahahahahaHAH! I needed a good laugh.

Maya said...

Hmmm. I never thought about anchors aweigh vs. away. If you think about it, both could work.

BTW, my word verification is "hootta". heh.

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: I guess at this stage, all we have left is laughter, eh?

As for the debate between aweigh and away as they relate to anchors, I shall leave that clarification to my good friend, Gilahi.

G?

Gilahi said...

Well, given that the word is a form of the verb weigh, as in "weigh anchor" (raise the anchor), then "anchors aweigh" means that all the anchors have been lifted and we're ready to sail. I wouldn't know if "anchors away" means that the anchor is away from the boat and therefore we're anchored, or the anchor is away from the bottom and therefore we can sail. What's it "away" from? "Aweigh" has a clear meaning. "Away" rhymes, but doesn't make a lot of sense.

j.m. tewkesbury said...

G: See? This is why I asked you to provide the definition. I would have gone on for paragraphs and paragraphs and paragraphs. (Case in point: my repetitive use of the word paragraphs.) You, on the other hand, are succinct. Thank you!

Maya said...

Now that you've explained it so clearly, it makes much more sense. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

La-hohhhhhhhhhhnnnnnnnnnnnng long, long, long time ago. He's been busy leaving a mess for Obama, but that's not all. His parting shot to women is to issue a rule that individual health care providers that receive federal money should redefine birth control as abortion -- and then refuse this basic health care to women. Ahhh, what a fucker.

- Phoebe