Bush Has Bad Day at Sydney Opera House

Is somebody hitting the sauce again or has he raised the bar on his usual level of incompetence?

SYDNEY, Australia – President Bush had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the Sydney Opera House.

He’d only reached the third sentence of Friday’s speech to business leaders, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, when he committed his first gaffe.

“Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit,” Bush said to Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Oops. That would be APEC, the annual meeting of leaders from 21 Pacific Rim nations, not OPEC, the cartel of 12 major oil producers.

Bush quickly corrected himself. “APEC summit,” he said forcefully, joking that Howard had invited him to the OPEC summit next year (for the record, an impossibility, since neither Australia nor the U.S. are OPEC members).

The president’s next goof went uncorrected — by him anyway. Talking about Howard’s visit to Iraq last year to thank his country’s soldiers serving there, Bush called them “Austrian troops.”

That one was fixed for him. Though tapes of the speech clearly show Bush saying “Austrian,” the official text released by the White House switched it to “Australian.”

Then, speech done, Bush confidently headed out — the wrong way.

He strode away from the lectern on a path that would have sent him over a steep drop. Howard and others redirected the president to center stage, where there were steps leading down to the floor of the theater.

Update:

Thanks to Eddie for the YouTube clip:

Friday Guest Cat Adoption/Blogging


Thanks to Flaming Atheist and the Cat Adoption Team in Oregon for today’s guest cat blogging. If you’re interested in adopting a cat and live in or close enough to Oregon, take a look at what the Cat Adoption Team has to offer.

Here’s another adoptable kitty. Meet Martha, she’s 4 years old and FIV+ which means she can only go to a home with other FIV+ cats or by herself. FIV is not contagious to humans. The FIV cats at the shelter have their own room and tend to be older cats and end up here a lot longer, all can live long healthy lives and come with a wellness guarantee from the shelter.

And for those of you, like me, who didn’t know what FIV is:

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), commonly known as Feline AIDS is a lentivirus that affects domesticated housecats worldwide. According to Richards (Dec 2005:215-217), 11% of cats worldwide are infected with FIV. According to another study, 2.5% of cats in the USA are infected with FIV (Zislin Dec 2005, p. 219-220). FIV is in the same retrovirus family as Feline leukemia virus (FeLV). FIV differs taxonomically from two other feline retroviruses, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline foamy virus (FFV). Within FIV, five subtypes have been identified based on amino acid sequence differences coding for the viral envelope. FIV is not a death sentence for cats, but is also not curable. A vaccine is available although its efficacy remains uncertain.[1]

FIV was first discovered in 1986 in a colony of cats that had a high prevalence of opportunistic infections and degenerative conditions, and has since been identified as an endemic disease in domestic cat populations worldwide

Osama Drives Up to Bush’s Hotel in Australia

Bush is in Australia for Asia-Pacific Economic (APEC) Summit which is costing the Australian government $165(A) million for security alone. That’s an impressive amount of money used for security and one would think it would be nearly impossible for anybody to penetrate it except for perhaps a highly trained terrorist strike force…… Or a comedy team with canadian flags on their car and a member dressed up to be Osama bin Laden:

Members of an Australian TV comedy show, one dressed as Osama bin Laden, drove through two security checkpoints Thursday before being stopped near the Sydney hotel where President Bush is staying during a summit of leaders from Pacific Rim countries.

The stunt embarrassed Sydney police who have imposed the tightest security measures in city history for this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino had few details on the incident, but Australian press reported that 11 members of the comedy troupe “The Chaser’s War on Everything” had been charged with entering a restricted area.

The group staged a faux motorcade, pretending to be the delegation of Canada with one of the comedians dressed as bin Laden, and made it past two police checkpoints before being stopped, reported The Hill.

Cast members hired two motorcycles and three large cars on which they put Canadian flags. Police waved the motorcade through two checkpoints before pulling it over near the Intercontinental Hotel where Mr. Bush is staying.

Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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Happiness is the result of all that is really right and sane. But there are many people who regard the desire to he happy as a very low and degrading ambition. These people call themselves spiritual. They pretend to care nothing for the pleasures of “sense.” They hold this world, this life, in contempt. They do not want happiness in this world — but in another. Here, happiness degrades — there, it purifies and ennobles.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Myth and Miracle”(1885)