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Temple to the Cult of the Shrubbery

The Dallas Morning News reports the Southern Methodist University has agreed to be site of the library and public policy center of the current resident of the White House.

Since I like to be helpful, I looked for some plans for this new development in the Dallas area. If they are in a hurry, this model has all the conveniences and is certified as an American with Disabilities Act compliant design.

If they would like something of a more historic design, there is always this gem of a building which is a display of traditional American craftsmanship and values.

30 comments

1 hipparchia { 02.24.08 at 10:38 pm }

i need that litterbox.

2 Bryan { 02.24.08 at 11:06 pm }

The June residence is better built than today’s houses, and a nice traditional design.

3 hipparchia { 02.25.08 at 1:24 am }

it’s not a lot smaller than some aprtments i’ve lived in. it’s nicer looking though.

4 Bryan { 02.25.08 at 1:52 am }

They obviously had some money, because all that glass was pretty expensive before the Civil War. It’s rather palatial compared to the 55 square feet you were “guaranteed” as aircrew in the Air Force – Federal prisoners got more.

5 Michael { 02.25.08 at 5:15 am }

They only need room for My Pet Goat and what else?

6 Jack K., the Grumpy Forester { 02.25.08 at 9:52 am }

…well, I believe that there is room to consider a suitable facility with more clean, modern lines – like this, for example…

7 andante { 02.25.08 at 10:14 am }

Given the B.S. emitted from any GWB library, I’d say it should just be open air. There is no ventilation system adequate on this earth to deal with all that stuff.

8 Bryan { 02.25.08 at 1:31 pm }

Come on, Michael, there’s photographic evidence that he has also mastered “Cat in the Hat”.

We could use some of those on our beaches, Jack. For some reason Florida doesn’t believe in such things.

So you’re voting for a Shrubbery Hedge, is that correct, Andante?

9 andante { 02.25.08 at 3:14 pm }

Only if there are a few well-placed rattlesnakes in the hedges, Bryan.

Both designs leave out the altar and seating for the one or two acolytes who will come to worship and soak up the “wisdom” of Dear Leader.

One can have endless fun imagining oneself a SMU student and the various ways of showing displeasure with the edifice.

10 Bryan { 02.25.08 at 3:27 pm }

This is nothing more than an attempt to hide the evidence. By moving everything into a “library” yo can deny access to the records. There is going to be a reckoning on this one day, but they want the truth buried as long as possible.

We both know that this is just going to be a graffiti magnet, which is another reason SMU should have avoided it.

11 Anya { 02.25.08 at 4:16 pm }

So, they coat it with Teflon paint. They must have gallons of the stuff.

12 Bryan { 02.25.08 at 5:33 pm }

Oh, I think a “W” shaped hedge with a small shovel available would be perfect.

13 Frederick { 02.25.08 at 6:01 pm }

An outhouse is too good.

14 Badtux { 02.25.08 at 6:51 pm }

Or if they want to get fancy, they can use this classic design by Jesus’s General… the Rotunda of Blame, methinks, is getting a big BIG workout right now.

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

15 Kryten42 { 02.25.08 at 7:27 pm }

Don’t forget that he needs a place for his well worn book of classic fart jokes! That must have served him well at diplomatic functions. I guess most foreign diplomats would consider it an appropriate example of American culture as personified by the current Administration. 🙂

LOL

16 Bryan { 02.25.08 at 8:11 pm }

From the response I must conclude that toilet humor is one of the best topics for a on-line opinion magazine.

17 Kryten42 { 02.25.08 at 10:00 pm }

Far be it for mere mortals such as my humble self to point out to citizens of ‘The Worlds Greatest Nation'(tm) that the leader of said Nation has many a precedent for setting the social agenda and the standards of etiquette and propriety of said nation. It has in fact been pointed out many times that the current President of ‘The Free World'(tm) is above the law and any social conventions or moral standards, and is, therefore, free to set the standards for social discourse , etiquette and moral standards for his ‘Great Nation'(tm) the United States of America. Therefore, I submit that toilet humor is not only entirely appropriate, but demanded when discussing ‘The Worlds Greatest Nation'(tm) and ‘The Worlds Greatest Leader'(tm). After all, G. W. Bush is the ‘Leader Of The Free World'(tm), and all others are merely his loyal subjects.

Given his oft discussed penchant for fart jokes, it is incumbent upon us all to follow his lead. In fact, I submit, it would be treasonous for any citizen of ‘The Worlds Greatest Nation'(tm) and dangerous for any other Nation State NOT to do so!

I rest my case. Thank you. 🙂

18 Bryan { 02.25.08 at 11:00 pm }

Spoken like an individual who knows he can’t be traced, Kryten.

19 Kryten42 { 02.25.08 at 11:41 pm }

Thank you. 🙂 I was well trained and remember my lessons well. 🙂

And practice keeps one from being lax. 😉

I even learned a few tricks from my USA counterparts (and Russian & UK associates) LOL

I wouldn’t be much of a ‘Security Consultant’ if I didn’t practice what I preach. And the World is a dangerous place these days. In many, many ways.

20 Bryan { 02.26.08 at 12:07 am }

This is what we get for closing down the mental hospitals under Reagan. Instead of going into non-existent community treatment centers they ran for Congress and got elected.

21 Kryten42 { 02.26.08 at 7:09 am }

Too true! It’s also what a nation gets when said Nation allows their Wealthy Elites to inbreed for generations. 🙂 But, of course, genetics (like global warming) is for the plebeians, and has no bearing whatsoever on said Wealthy Elites, who are, of course, of such superior stock, that they have no choice BUT to inbreed! Heaven forbid the merest hint of a suggestion that such superior blood lines should be contaminated by common blood! Of course, it goes without saying that the many illegitimate bastards (using the original meaning of the word and not the modern vernacular) bred out of the purity and sanctity of wedlock, do not count. Once again, those rules only apply to the commoners. After all, the two most prized mottoes of the Wealthy Elites are: “Rules are for everyone else”, and “Do as I say, not as I do”. 😉 LOL

Isn’t it wonderful how simple it is for humans to rationalize any and all words, thoughts and deeds? Unless one has any true morals or sense of ethics or honor, of course. 🙂

I learned long ago Bryan that when the future looks very bleak, and all hope seems to be draining rapidly away, the one thing to keep a hold of is a good sense of humor! I also learned the value of laughing at myself, and have done many times. Especially in recent years. 🙂

22 Bryan { 02.26.08 at 12:42 pm }

The underlying definition of “privilege” is “private law”. and that’s how it works out everywhere. They don’t have to obey the law or pay taxes. In the old days they were at least expected to fight in wars, but they dumped that requirement too.

It’s amazing to think that recent studies have shown that there is more social mobility in Britain than the US. It’s hard to accept that we have become a stratified society every bit as “aristocratic” as the “old country” was. Europe is progressing and evolving while the US is caught in a period of stasis.

23 Kryten42 { 02.27.08 at 9:35 am }

‘Decadent’ is the word that springs instantly to mind.

The British Monarchy these days is a very pale version of their past glory. The British people had enough of the excesses of ‘privilege’ and effectively sidelined the Monarchy. They still have to deal with the assorted Lords and Ladies, Dukes, etc. of the Peerage. It’s curious that the modern American Capitalist system has much in common with the old British Monarchy that the American forefathers despised so much. 🙂 I do so love irony! LOL Of course, the names and descriptions have been radically changed (to protect the guilty), and superficially they seem quite different. However, as my (British) mother would say… ‘The proof of the pudding is in the eating’! Heh… Mmmmmmm… puuuddding! Now I’m hungry. Drats!

24 Bryan { 02.27.08 at 4:38 pm }

If it weren’t for American tourists, the Brits would probably dump the whole concept. It is a solid money maker for them, so I don’t see any changes in the near future.

At least they work at it, doing all the PR stuff and joining the military. The American version can’t get a hang of noblesse oblige, although they are really fond of the “entitlements”.

25 Kryten42 { 02.27.08 at 5:33 pm }

Again, very true. Sadly. Another irony is that if past British monarchs behaved as the current Queen Elizabeth II (and were even half as intelligent), they would probably still rule the UK and possibly the USA. 🙂 The Queen has been a real force in the World and is a true diplomat. She shows what ‘Regal’ means. Many people around the World have a real admiration and respect for the Queen. And I think she is really the last of the line now. I very much doubt that Charles will get the same admiration or respect. I think the World will mourn Queen Elizabeth’s passing (for the most part. I am sure others will breathe a sigh of relief. She’s no fool.) 😉

In the late 80’s, I was tasked with keeping an eye on Eastern Europe and the growing friction within NATO. Many people don’t realize how much influence Queen Elizabeth had on Gorbachev. Bush Snr. likes to grab credit for the Nuclear Arms reduction in Europe, but the fact is that it was Gorbachev (and Queen Elizabeth) who really began the process and all but sidelined the USA (as Bush Snr was seen as much too ‘passive’ on European affairs and only got involved when NATO commanders gave him an ‘or else!’ ultimatum. As with junior, Bushmoron Snr almost single-handedly scuttled the advances already made. As an example: Moscow had threatened to stop dismantling the SS-23 missiles if Washington proceeded with its plans to deploy new short-range missiles in West Germany in the mid-1990’s.

On Saturday the Pravda published an interview with Shevardnadze (the then Soviet Foreign Minister), withdrawing the threat to violate the treaty. But on Sunday, in Boston, Bush Snr made a scathing speech at Boston University about the issue – ‘apparently’ unaware that the Soviets had actually withdrawn the threat. The following Monday, a senior Soviet official met with a senior aide to Secretary of State James A. Baker to ask, essentially, why Mr. Bush was criticizing the Soviets when they had already withdrawn their threat. After that event, Bush Snr was ‘invited’ to lunch with Queen Elizabeth. By accounts, it was an interesting lunch! LOL

Lack of communication and intelligence delivery is not a recent phenomenon in the USA. 🙂 Of course, we will probably never know if Bush Snr (like his idiot offspring) did know and simply ignored it so he could grandstand. It could be a genetic trait. 🙂 ‘A bad seed does not fall far from the tree’! LOL

And the World turns…

26 Bryan { 02.27.08 at 9:36 pm }

The British monarch is one of the last surviving “neutral” referees in the world, basically because they are separated from the politics.

If I were Charles, I would abdicate almost immediately following the funeral and finally get around to living while I could. He has a hard time not commenting on things, and abdication would give him the freedom to say what he pleased.

27 Kryten42 { 02.27.08 at 11:48 pm }

That’s amazing! How did you do that? LOL

I had a phone call from an ex-pat British friend living here now (he was ‘in the biz’ too, for the Brit’s) at about the same time you posted that comment! And he said almost exactly the same thing! Honest! . That’s freaky… LOL

Charley boy takes after his father and should learn (as his father has finally) the value of silence! And of course, the British public adored Princess Di (with all her flaws) and is not ready to forgive Charles for Camila yet (if ever!) So, you are correct I think. 🙂

The Brit’s see Di’s Sons as more worthy, and both (in spite of their sometimes youthful over-exuberance) as more worthy. 🙂

I’ll have to tell my Ex-UK friend that you and he seem to be on a similar wavelength! He’ll get a laugh out of that! (The reasons are a long story for another day!) LOL

Freaky… 😀

28 Bryan { 02.28.08 at 12:31 am }

Given the longevity of his family, he’d be lucky to inherit before he’s ready to retire. The only good thing for William is that Charles waited so long to marry, else he’d be of retirement age too.

29 Kryten42 { 02.28.08 at 1:04 am }

When you think about that… it’s quite strange really! I mean… In all the long history of the Monarchy until the last Century, longevity was definitely NOT a word to be associated with a King or Queen of England! LOL Short and sharp were generally much more the norm (or short and poisonous)! 🙂

I wonder if William ever longs for the “Good ol’ days”? LOL I suppose that if he did, his ancestors would be proud. 😀

30 Bryan { 02.28.08 at 12:16 pm }

It’s the infusion of the Bowes-Lyon gene line, because the Hanover line was definitely corrupted by Prince Albert, the multiple hyphens showing that he was the product of many failed lines. A good dog breeder would have neutered him.