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September 17, 2006

Permission Slips

After a brief 48-hour hiatus, this website seems to be allowing new posts (and comments) again.


Q: Thank you, Mr. President. Earlier this week, you told a group of journalists that you thought the idea of sending special forces to Pakistan to hunt down bin Laden was a strategy that would not work...recently you've also described bin Laden as a sort of modern day Hitler or Mussolini. And I'm wondering why, if you can explain why you think it's a bad idea to send more resources to hunt down bin Laden, wherever he is?

THE PRESIDENT: Pakistan is a sovereign nation. In order for us to send thousands of troops into a sovereign nation, we've got to be invited by the government of Pakistan.

Man, I hope no one tells President Bush or Vice President Cheney about this! They'd be really mad!

2004 State of the Union Address:

BUSH: America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country.

Two months later:

CHENEY: The United States will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country.
Posted at September 17, 2006 07:42 PM | TrackBack

I'm impressed you didn't go for the more obvious "asking permission from the governments of Aghanistan and Iraq."

Good for you.

Posted by: john at September 17, 2006 08:37 PM

I guess Pakistan wasn't so sovereign in January:

Posted by: CR at September 17, 2006 10:55 PM

Wow, a whole new facet of George is revealed or on the other hand maybe George just learned a new word, that being 'sovereign', which he manages to use twice in one sentence.

From what font of knowledge doth this spring from?

I must admit the permission slip ploy should have strong appeal in certain quarters and will no doubt be hailed as another landmark in the long sordid, dreary and dismal history of this administration. As November winds its weary way to our doorstep the innuendo and a certain rewriting of known history will become more prevalent and asinine with each passing hour, day and week.

Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more...

And stretching before us is the shadow of the next two years under Bush who is under God which may be comforting to some but is certainly not to me.

Posted by: rob payne at September 18, 2006 02:34 AM

Don't forget Kerry! From

In fact, Kerry said the exact opposite at another point in the debate. In his very first answer of the night, the Democratic candidate said, "I'll never give a veto to any country over our security."

The misleading quote isn't only being used in a Bush ad. The President has also made it part of his stump speech. Speaking October 1, the day after the debate, in Lehigh, Pennsylvania, he said, "One other point I want to make about the debate last night. Senator Kerry last night said that America has to pass some sort of global test before we can use American troops to defend ourselves. He wants our national security decisions subject to the approval of a foreign government."

Posted by: Bob at September 18, 2006 10:15 AM

Wait! Maybe it's true! Maybe the government of Pakistan did invite us to invade Iraq. Maybe the invitations to invade Iran are at the printer's in Karachi right now.

Posted by: Bob at September 18, 2006 10:18 AM

Well, actually this is all my fault. Back in 2001, George did bring home a permission slip, but I didn't want him in the company of those rude Saudi princes any more, so I didn't sign it, and I even told him, "Georgie, I'm not signing this permission slip."

And when he went anyway, I grounded him! He was in a lot of trouble, that one, and his father yelled at him for a half an hour, and gave him a paddling. The poor child could hardly sit down for a week!

So this time he's been a good boy. He asked me carefully and politely, and I said, "Ok, Georgie, I'll sign this one." But I think he's afraid his father will smack his rear again like last time, so he's not taking any chances.

That's how we raise 'em in Texas, yessiree!

Posted by: Salil Maniktahla at September 19, 2006 07:10 PM