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October–December 2002

BartCop's Political Humor - Today's BartCop RantsUntitled Document
Volume 953 - GOP Pixie Dust
Sunday-Monday December 15-16, 2002
Gore says 'no' to re-election effort
Tongue-in-cheek attempt at humor. Oldest known use of "non-curious" apropos of George W. Bush.

Al Gore, who won the presidency two years ago, but was butt-raped out of it by the partisan thugs of the Whore Court who owed the Bush boy's daddy a favor, said Sunday he will not run for re-election in 2004.

"Why should I bother?" Gore asked.
"Between the Whore Court, the GOP Diebold vote-counting software, and the good puppy Bush press, the election has already been decided in favor of the non-curious moron who bungled America into our never-ending terror war."

Bush copies Nixon model of an Imperial Presidency, by Bob Conners - Democratic Underground
December 7, 2002

The masses, the rural, uneducated, low-income white males, who make up the core of the red states that Bush Bush won, identify with their incurious, soul-mate Bush Junior.

Bush anything but moronic, according to author | Metafilter
posted by jonp72 at 11:05 PM PST on November 29, 2002

[Mark Crispin] Miller [author, The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder] also makes the point that Bush is probably the least well-read and most intellectually uncurious chief executive in the history of the U.S. It's one thing if you don't want an Adlai Stevenson-style egghead running the country, but it's quite another matter to view the deliberate embrace of ignorance as a badge of moral purity.

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Jonathan Freedland: On the Bush campaign trail
The natural
Tuesday November 5, 2002

One senior Democrat laments that the office of presidency is wasted on a person so lacking in the "curiosity" to really enjoy it. . . .

He is resolute, in a way that makes his lack of curiosity an asset: he is not tortured by seeing all sides of an argument.

No Replacement For Displacement: The First Letter from John to the Idiotarians
Posted by John Bono at November 4, 2002

George W. Bush received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1975. Al Gore, on the other hand, did not achieve any higher degree. So the amiable and incurious dunce Bush achieved a higher degree than the intellectual Gore.

in my opinion... 3.0: et tu, Uncurious George?
October 24, 2002
A rant against President Bush and crony capitalism. No mention of Bush's lack of curiosity, except in the title.

July–September 2002

Los Angeles Times: Plotting a Story, Plotting a War
Neal Gabler, a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, is the author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
September 29, 2002

Bush was our James Dean president--a young no-account who had bounced from job to job with his father's safety net below him, a hellion with an admitted drinking problem, intellectually incurious, until he finally discovered how to parlay his geniality into political hay.

Words of a US Army Public Information Officer
September 25, 2002
By Sheila Samples
Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma freelance writer and a former US Army Public Information Officer.

[The Bush Dyslexicon author Mark Crispin] Miller says you can search in vain throughout the archives of Bush family utterances -- both scripted and off-the-cuff -- and you will not find a single moment of self-criticism, self-doubt, ambivalence, open-mindedness -- or even simple curiosity.

philosophic | politics | shadows
September 22, 2002
tiny "category" headline is "Uncurious George" (with the quotes)

There are a least a thousand ways this could go unbelievably wrong. Like what if Saddam instead of trying to fight back against the Death Star simply launches all he's got at Israel? Or what if China, seeing that the Evil Empire is busy, decides to bring Taiwan back into the fold. Or what if India and Pakistan decide to settle the Kashmir problem once and for all? Or what if... ... we go into Iraq, murder Saddam Hussein and several thousand innocent Iraqis and find out he doesn't have weapons of mass destruction after all. Oops! or should I say, "Surprise!"

A BuzzFlash News Analysis - Bush The Fool: Shame on You
September 20, 2002
Bush The Fool: Shame on You
BuzzFlash News Analysis
by Mark Crispin Miller, Author of "The Bush Dyslexicon"

Search all throughout the mammoth archive of his off-the-cuff remarks (and his scripted statements, too), and you won't find a single moment of self-criticism, self-doubt, ambivalence, or even open-mindedness or simple curiosity.

Re: Restful Alertness
From: jstein@panix.com (Judy Stein)
Newsgroups: alt.meditation.transcendental
Subject: Re: Restful Alertness
Date: 20 Sep 2002 21:38:02 -0700

MMY = Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

You know, I take it back.  Even given MMY's obvious
deficiencies as a political leader, I'd rather have
him in charge than Bush, simply because he's *curious*.
It's Bush's lack of curiosity, his appalling *shallowness*,
that gives me the shudders.  If ever there was a time
when we needed a leader who was interested in learning
and expanding his viewpoint, it's now.

Nobody would mind Bush's dysphasia if there were the tiniest
indication that he'd ever had an original thought or insiight.
But it's as if his mind had atrophied before it ever had the
chance to mature. Essentially, we have a third-grader as
the head of the world's only superpower.

Emphasis Added
© Copyright 2003 Rob Salkowitz.
Friday, September 6, 2002
War Drums

He is a stupid, incurious man but he does not seem unprincipled.

South By Southwest 2002
September 2002
Ain't That America
The South By Southwest Film Festival 2002
by Katharine E. Monahan Huntley

Journeys with George

Both filmmaker and subject are political progeny. Daughter of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, house minority whip (D-CA), Alexandra Pelosi, a (then) producer for NBC news, was a member of the traveling press corps for George W. during his 2000 presidential campaign.

The intrepid journalist sported deep purple-framed glasses to distract, and a handheld camcorder to document. High jinks with the unwitting and incurious George ensue. What he believes to be a game of trivial pursuit, Pelosi reveals as a rather frightening look at America’s clown prince—a man as full of baloney as the campaign trail’s lunch staple. Edited and co-directed with Aaron Lubarsky, Journeys with George is a bright red flag for all who blindly bow down before the red, white, and blue.

Tallahassee Democrat | 07/30/2002 | GOP extremists overrun Powell
Tallahassee Democrat Tue., Jul. 30, 2002
GOP extremists overrun Powell
By Cynthia Tucker
First appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution July 28, 2002. Also appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News July 30.

Unlike incurious George, Powell understands the global realities of crushing poverty, oppression of women and a related misery -- AIDS.

Steve's No Direction Home Page
Saturday, July 27, 2002
Powell Should Bow Out Now
This weblog item quotes from the above AJC editorial by Cynthia Tucker.

April–June 2002

Bush Knows Nothing About Soccer, by Bruce Douglass
June 13, 2002

Mr. Bush continues to be an uncurious and insular intellect shaped by a sports culture whose rules frustrate those not familiar with the game—that is, the rest of the world.

BuzzFlash presents Southern Style - Intelligence Failure
Intelligence Failure
By Rebecca Knight
June 4, 2002

Where is the balance with this Shrub administration? The rhetoric, the actions, and the blind ambitions don't match reality. Uncurious George better get a grip and soon. His penchant for secrecy does not bode well for calming the turbulence of inquisitive Americans or Congressional investigations. . . . Yes, we have a severe intelligence failure and it starts at the top!

January–March 2002

Shine On, You Crazy d'Monquis...
March 5, 2002

un-curious George goes to China

New America Foundation : article -757- "The Pure Heart"
By Jedediah Purdy
Die Zeit
February 27, 2002
Mainly about how the Bush administration uses the "war on terror" as a pretext to take away freedom, and they cannot be trusted to use anti-terror authority honorably.

In the 2000 presidential election, voters chose between a loquacious polymath given to speculation and a candidly ignorant, intellectually uncurious candidate whose chief appeal was that he promised decency and good sense—sound moral instincts and a sure hand to carry them out.

Die Zeit 10 / 2002 - Jedediah Purdy : Das Amerika der reinen Herzen
The above excerpt in German

Bei der Wahl im November 2000 entschieden sich die Amerikaner zwischen einem geschwätzigen, vielseitig interessierten Grübler und einem unbedarften, intellektuell rundum desinteressierten Kandidaten, der Anstand und gesunden Menschenverstand in Aussicht stellte - gute moralische Instinkte und eine sichere Hand, um diese ins Werk zu setzen.

Forum - Press release from Juan Xuna, FL atheist candidate
02/26/02, 17:30

Little by little, organized religion has been percolating into our system of Government. Our current President, the "intellectually non-curious" Mr. Bush, is more than just a church-goer. If he could, he would eliminate the separation between Church and State.

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