December 15, 2008

I believe in dinosaurs
not god

Alex Roulette, Dan & Grace, Oil on Panel, 2006

* From Harper's, Retrospective of the Bush era, January 2009:

-- Minimum number of Bush appointees who have regulated industries they used to represent as lobbyists: 98

-- Rank of Mom, Dad, and Rudolph Giuliani among thos whom 2002 college graduates said they most wished to emulate: 1, 2, 3

-- Percentage change since 2000 in U.S. emigration to Canada: +22

-- Percentage change since 2002 in the number of U.S. teens using illegal drugs: -9

-- Percentage change in the number of adults in their fifties doing so: +121

-- Number of White House officials in 2006 and 2007 authorized to discuss pending criminal cases with the DOJ: 711

-- Number of Clinton officials ever authorized to do so: 4

-- Minimum amount that religious groups received in congressional earmarks from 2003 to 2006: $209,000,000

-- Amount such groups received during the previous fourteen years: $107,000,000

-- Percentage change in U.S. discretionary spending during Bush's presidency: +31

-- Percentage change during Reagan's and Clinton's, respectively: +16, +0.3

* Cara Ober curates Quasi-Painting, works by young mid-Atlantic artists (including Alex Roulette), at DC's Randall Scott Gallery through January 10, 2009.

* "By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher." -- Socrates


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