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Monday, March 06, 2006

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The busH

George W. Bush's 50 greatest accomplishments



  1. I attacked and took over two countries.
  2. I spent the US surplus and bankrupted the US treasury.
  3. I shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in history (not easy)
  4. I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.
  5. I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
  6. I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
  7. I am the first president in US history to enter office with a criminal record.
  8. In my first year in office I set the all-time record for the most days on vacation by any president in US history (tough to beat my dad's, but I did).
  9. After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.
  10. I set the record for most campaign raising trips by any president in US history.
  11. In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.
  12. I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.
  13. I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month period.
  14. I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any other president in US history.
  15. I set the record for fewest press conferences of any president since the advent of TV.
  16. I presided over the biggest energy crisis in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.
  17. I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other US president in history.
  18. I cut health-care benefits for war veterans.
  19. I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any one person in the history of mankind.
  20. I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.
  21. I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.
  22. Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history (the poorest multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her).
  23. I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the union simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy.
  24. I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.
  25. I am the first president in US history to order a US attack and military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the vast majority of the international community.
  26. I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the US.
  27. I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history (Reagan was hard to beat, but I did it!!!)
  28. I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations to remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.
  29. I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.
  30. I removed more checks and balances and have the least congressional oversight of any presidential administration in US history.
  31. I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.
  32. I withdrew from the World Court Of Law.
  33. I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.
  34. I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations elections inspectors access during the 2002 elections.
  35. I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for the most corporate campaign donations.
  36. The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of EnronCorporation)
  37. I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.
  38. I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1).
  39. I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.
  40. I took the world's sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).
  41. I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.
  42. I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
  43. I set the all-time record for the number of administration appointees who violated US laws by not selling their huge investments in corporations that later made bids for gov. contracts.
  44. I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.
  45. I have created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided that the US has been since the Civil War.
  46. I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.
  47. I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).
  48. I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during time of war. I refused to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.
  49. All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my father's library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view. All records of any SEC investigation into my insider trading or bankrupted companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
  50. All minutes of meetings of any public corporations for which I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view. Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.




a big thanks to ducky
http://www.flukiest.com/

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

the photograph

in the center of my friends,
begins,
a moment of silence...

standing on the dock,
saltwater breeze against our faces,
our eyes are too serious, squinting
at the Arab sun;
our minds won't relax,
having seen the things the news wouldn't show...


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little girls, bare feet cracked, callused,
run across the pavement
our tires grab at 70 mph.

the freeways are forlorn with their tired waves; delicate, brown, insignificant hands reaching for water bottles thrown from hands relaxing,

just for a second,

their pistol grip...

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on my way home

on my way home--

from sallowed mornings
and fist-fights in bars,

from Nashville,
from my escape,

I wonder if the day can get any prettier.


the interstate,


lined with pine trees
--ever so green,
and medianed in grassy strips,
full of wild flowers
and old snakes of tires,


is backed up farther than I can see.


the sky is umbrella’d by an impossible
canopy of rain clouds,
purple and blue,
saturated and angry,

but,
I don’t let loneliness set in…


because even at 5mph,
I’m only getting closer.

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at last comes the horizon...

amber-peach, in a gentle
fade across my view,

at last comes the horizon...

over the clouds, thru the window,

into the airplane reflecting off my unfocused stare,

where my head sits sideways, adjusted.

military haircuts, military conversations are all around me,
and it's an easy dream to believe we're not scared,

that our minds are heroic, and sleeping is something that
we can do as the sun falls,

and the stars surround us.

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some of my work...

sofia...


i loved you for a moment;

and as the jukebox explains and
beer in tall glasses chases...

you loved me back.

as if it was a consequence
for laughter,
harmless
kisses below your ear
and
your hands idly resting
above my thigh...

--we left,
just not together.

your friends pulling you
my friends dragging me;

nagging sighs dictating reminders of jobs and boyfriends

__swallow our hope__

and couple with
taunts that 5hrs of asphalt
define our separation.

But 2nd AVE Nashville is
a place that lives and breathes
and speaks to me in the afternoons
when i finally sleep...

and there,
in between cigarettes and low tones of voice

we can tryst,
and consummate our infatuation.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

for the bens...

alright dude,


i'm on here.

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