a chummy post
Quaker in a Basement has noted a pattern in Bush's behavior that surfaces even when he's on one of his many vacations:
The Presidential schedule was apparently too tight to give the fish a sporting chance. The Associated Press reports "To tempt the fish, dad and son used live bait. A third man in the boat threw chopped fish into the water.
Throwing fish scraps into the water is called "chumming." The scent of the fish scraps draws hungry fish from miles around. It's like hunting deer by spreading grain across a field. It's a common practice, but it's one more example of how the Bush family doesn't like to play games that aren't rigged in their favor.
Also, I refrained from commenting on Bush's recent mishap on one of the supposedly fool-proof Segway scooters, but this morning it occurred to me: We're supposed to believe that this guy piloted a jet fighter out to his Top Gun photo-op?
I'm just being sarcastic, of course. Having flown myself, I know that it's no big trick to hold the stick while flying straight and level; the pilot in command is the one really in charge. I'm sure it was a thrill and all to get to play with the toys -- hey, I wouldn't mind a check ride in an S-3B Viking -- but let's not pretend it was an accomplishment, any more than the notion that hostilities in Iraq are actually over.