64 posts categorized "GEORGE W. BUSH"

Feb 08 2013
Bushhacked Comments (0)

A bold-as-hell hacker has gotten access to many Bush Family e-mails and personal photos, including a snap of George H.W. Bush on what was at one time being considered his deathbed. In the e-mails, Shrub talks a lot about planning a eulogy, saying at one point that his father did more to rehab Bill Clinton's "sordid reputation" than anything Clinton himself did. (Uh, no.)

A criminal investigation is under way.

Feb 01 2013
How'm I Dyin'?: Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Dies At 88 Comments (1)

NYC is abuzz with the news that former Democratic Mayor Ed Koch has died at 88. I was not a big EdKochfan of Mr. Koch, who is being remembered as bluntly honest but whose legacy regarding the AIDS epidemic (which was almost certainly clouded by his position in the closet) argues otherwise. On that tip, the eulogy I'd be most interested to read would be one written by Larry Kramer.

Still, a towering figure over the not-so-distant history of the city, Koch remained very visible and his endorsements (he broke ranks with his party to back George W. Bush in 2004—ugh!) made news right up until the end of his life.

He is also well remembered for paying off NYC's federal debt and for his unabashed love of the city.

One tidbit that's being widely reported is that Koch was at peace with death—he had purchased an engraved tombstone and planned his final services. But also poignant is the fact that a documentary on his life opens...today!

Nov 06 2012
Bush Votes For...Obama??? Comments (2)

George-W-Bush-votes-for-ObamaOur own little "cast"-off

Apparently, George W. Bush voted for Barack Obama today.


I still hate everyone who ever voted for him in spite of the humor of this (fake) story.

Oct 23 2012
Popular Bluff Comments (2)

Romney_sweating1"I will win by this much!"

Jonathan Chait has a compelling read at NYMag.com about how Romney's team is semi-successfully duping the media into going along with the idea that his election—considered nearly impossible before the first debate—is now a fait accompli. It's a bluff, but it's one that could work because when the media buys into something, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Obama humor Romney Battleship"You sank—I mean, my battleship is as ship-shape as ever!"

I was particularly struck by Chait's comparison to George W. Bush. He was slightly ahead in all the polls in 2000 and behaved very much like his election was a foregone conclusion. However, it was not. In fact, Al Gore bested him in the final popular vote and the only reason Bush won the electoral college was by Supreme Court intervention. He was projecting confidence, and it probably took him as far as he wound up going.

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Oct 22 2012
Debate #3: Obama Wins Easily Comments (1)

Mitt Romney horses bayonets Barack Obama debateFrom here...to eternity

The fourth debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, the third and final between the presidential candidates and—gulp!—the last debate of President Barack Obama's career came off beautifully for the president. I don't see how any of his first-debate critics could complain about his focus, his judicious doling out of zingers, his handling of the facts or his passion. Or, especially in his close, his warmth. He was fully engaged and engaging, and he certainly won on substance as well as on style.

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My other impressions:

I was beginning to see faint traces of sweat on Romney (flip-flop sweat? if only it were that severe!), was distracted by that single stray hair, was superdistracted by his show-offy Secret Service black star on his U.S. flag lapel pin and felt his red-faced grimacing cast him as the evening's Nixon. It was not a disaster for him—not by a mile—but he was clearly out of his element and reciting memorized points except when he began to speak about business (the Chinese pipe story). He struck me as babbly and nervous, especially at the outset. I think he pees a bit whenever Obama fixes his stare upon him.

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Sep 11 2012
Bush Administration Determined Not To React To Bin Laden Warnings Comments (1)
Kurt Eichenwald writes in The New York Times that the negligence on the part of the Bush Administration leading up to 9/11 was far worse than is already known. Using his knowledge of classified and declassified memos leading up to the infamous "Bin Laden Determined to Attack" memo that Condoleeza Rice—impossibly, sill a right-wing fave—blithely testified about to Congress, Eichenwald presents a damning article that should make every American's blood boil.
Aug 26 2012
Worlds Apart: Journey Fundraises For Romney/Ryan Comments (3)

Journey Neal Schon Journey's Neal Schon with the person he's lovin', touchin', squeezin'—Michaele Salahi

Journey (aka, the group calling itself Journey in spite of Steve Perry's absence) is said to be making $500,000 for a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Florida. Romney's spox says no money was paid, and Journey says no political statement was intended.

Someone's lying, because there is no reason to do the fundraising gig if not for love or money.

This is as annoying as when Chaka Khan performed for Bush. She at least regrets that. Also hated when Ricky Martin gamely shook his bon-bon with Bush for his inauguration. And let's not forget Sophie B. Hawkins—actually, scratch that, I've forgotten her already.

Feb 22 2012
I Don't Care What Anyone Says—I *Like* Activist Judges Comments (2)


DOMA unconstitutional, sez George W. Bush appointee. Ouch.

Nov 06 2011
Boy Culture Turns 6: My Favorite Posts Comments (13)

IMG_7536Prove it!

As of midnight last night, it was exactly six years since my first post. It's been a tough thing to keep up with a dayjob and outside activities, and just when I think I might walk away, a valuable connection or interesting opportunity or a kind word comes my way. Thank you all for reading me.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e89143e3e970d-400wiOf whom are you more jealous?

Here are my favorite 100+ posts out of nearly 11,000. Please take some time to read (or re-read!) a couple and tweet or Facebook any you like.

xoxo Matt

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54ff027a28833-800wiThe pocket pool championships were intense this year



FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novell and novel Boy Culture as well as the movie version; might be my ultimate post.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5599878833-800wiJonathon Trent & Derek Magyar make an Allan Brocka sandwich

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f18238834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5ebead8833-800wiNo one would've mistaken me for Taylor Lautner

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.




PreviewScreenSnapz001Construction worker (shot this week) vs. James Dean

GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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Img_0330Not totally built

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0120a58f680c970bUnaltered iPhone image that still blows me away

"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e551ff08528834-800wiLet's call it a draw

DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01156faa215c970cThe shirtless one

LOST ANGELES (2009): My favorite photographic travelogue of L.A.

Img_0986_1Even then, New Yorkers feared 9/11 was the beginning of the end

ART IMITATES LIFE (2006): My 9/11 and my distaste for grief tourism.


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f435c1a8834-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e862b4a41970d-400wiSigned, sealed (eventually) delivered

LOST BOY FOUND (2011): There is a book in here somewhere.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01538f1f464a970b-400wiBe Italian

CIAO HOUNDS: OUR TRIP TO ITALY (2011): Finally got José to Europe.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f10b4de8833-800wiDeath becomes here

ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

Zehnders Life is short...and meaningful

PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

Lots more...

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Aug 15 2011
Smarm Schooled Comments (4)

Alg_bush_perry_mirrorGetty Images; New York Daily News photo illustration

This illustration stands alone (as does this one!), but it makes for a great accessory to Mike Lupica's take-down of Rick Perry, the latest in a series of remarkably dumb people attempting to win the Republican nomination. He just might outdo them all, though, in the smarminess department.

Lupica writes:

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