Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

The 23rd Qualm

The 23rd Qualm
Written by a retired minister,
sent to me by a reader.

Bush is my shepherd; I dwell in want.
He maketh logs to be cut down in national forests.
He leadeth trucks into the still wilderness.
He restoreth my fears.
He leadeth me down paths of international disgrace for his ego’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of pollution and war,
I will find no exit, for thou art in office.

Thy tax cuts for the rich and thy media control,
they discomfort me.
Thou preparest an agenda of deception in the presence of thy religion.
Thou anointest my head with foreign oil.

My health insurance runneth out.

Surely megalomania and false patriotism shall follow me
all the days of thy term,
And my jobless child shall dwell in my basement


  1. #1 pablo
    February 28, 2006

    I read this morning that his approval rating has gone down to 34 percent. I wonder what the record is.

  2. #2 biosparite
    February 28, 2006

    In recent history Nixon, Carter and Bush I all dropped below 34% during their terms. Nixon hit 24% the month he resigned. See presidential popularity websites.

  3. #3 Martin
    February 28, 2006


    Sadly true.

  4. #4 Roman Werpachowski
    March 2, 2006

    The graphic is not in good taste, IMHO. But I imagine the artist felt himself on the frontline of the battle for free speech, so what the hell with decency and good taste…

  5. #5 cfrost
    March 4, 2006

    Good Taste? WTF? Are thousands of corpses in Iraq and New Orleans in good taste? Is a stolen election decent?
    Go to for an image that is perhaps more to your taste.

  6. #6 Yomin Postelnik
    May 28, 2006

    More reforestation has been done in Pres. Bush’s term in office than in any previous administration.

    The Iraq war was not an “ego” trip – I feel absurd even answering this. The war was necessary based on Saddam’s refusal to open the country to full inspections. UN reports documented the weapons he had at the end of the first gulf war minus the ones he destroyed and showed that he still had tremendous arsenals at his disposal. All intel agencies around the world showed the same.

    Whether they were hidden underground, shipped to Syria and Libya or whether UN reports were wrong to begin with is irrelevant. What is relevant is that if Bush had not acted based on the intel at hand – from all world intel agencies, he would have then been derelict of duty.

    The author complains of international disgrace. That term could more aptly describe the situation had the US not taken action after 12 years of warning Saddam concerning numerous blatant ceasefire violations. That term best describes the UN which indeed took that course of action.

    The author blames Bush for tax cuts for the “rich” and for joblessness. Sorry Chuck, you can’t have it both ways. The tax cuts were across the board and the lower brackets were cut far more than the highest was. However, the cuts to the highest bracket and the investor cuts (which mostly benefited the middle class – but benefited the wealthy as well) led directly to the economic recovery after the tech bust and the 1 million jobs lost in one day alone after 9/11. They are what led to us having the lowest unemployment rate after WW2 – Yes, during Bush’s tenure.

    Most pitiful and pathetic are the lines about “foreign oil” and “media censorship.” In 2000 now Pres. Bush was the only candidate ever to stress drilling in Alaska, warning that we must curb our reliance on foreign oil. The narrow minded lib who wrote this was laughing mightily at the time.

    But this does not come close to the line about media censorship. Whoever wrote this is kidding, right? Does he mean the media that has been on an all out campaign to reshape the popular opinion of this President? If they had pulled the same antics during World War 2, focusing on each war casualty and every accusation the opposition hurls, while never mentioning the reasons for going to war, a significant portion of the country would have been up in arms about that war as well. Thanks to the media we hear about every war protestor and rarely, if ever, are credible advocates of the war brought on to explain the reasons this war is necessary. Likewise with every policy of this administrator. The opposition, whether warranted or consisting of nothing more than malcontents, is trumpeted out and their views are given full coverage. Quite different to the situation when Clinton when President and the exact opposite was true. Yet the author of “Qualm 23” insinuates that Bush controls the media. To be polite – Thanks for the laugh!

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