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George W. Bush, International Shoe-Ducking Man Of Mystery


Yes, I know everybody already made this reference the moment that shoe came flying at President Bush. The question is, how many talk shows will feature this clip tonight? I’m guessing more than one, at least. Probably not Leno.

Speaking of talk shows, Ken Levine (who wrote two episodes of The Simpsons among his many other credits) uses Mr. Burns and Smithers to explain why NBC Leno-ized its prime time lineup. Though it’s kind of unfair to Mr. Burns. Compare him to Rupert Murdoch, fine; everybody does that, including Murdoch, but Jeff Zucker is no Montgomery Burns.

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George W. Bush, International Shoe-Ducking Man Of Mystery

  1. You spurred me to look up Ken Levine, and he wrote two great Simpsons episodes:

    Saturdays of Thunder (soapbox derby)
    Dancing Homer

    I wonder why he only wrote the two

  2. Chris,

    The reason Levine only has two Simpsons credits is that he and his writing partner David Isaacs were never actually a part of the show’s staff; they were brought in as freelancers during the second season, and the staff liked them enough to have them back again for the third (under different showrunners, no less). There could any number of reasons why they haven’t been back since; I would guess it’s a combination of them being unavailable and the show, as it found its footing and became an institution, opting to give more of the freelance assignments to younger writers starting out than to seasoned pros like Levine and Isaacs.

  3. Speaking of George W. Bush:

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did.

    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

    Bush was absolute evil.

    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

    Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about.

    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it is a linguistically excellent statement, and it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memory so it never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think the quotation came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.