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Friday, September 23

Should All Floridians Have Evacuated?

Forida's HeraldTribune.com reported that Governor Jeb Bush unleashed his imaginary friend at a solemn swearing in ceremony naming Rep. Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, as the 2007-08 House Speaker.

Here are Bush's words, spoken before hundreds of lawmakers and politicians: "Chang is a mystical warrior. Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society.

"I rely on Chang with great regularity in my public life. He has been by my side and sometimes I let him down. But Chang, this mystical warrior, has never let me down."

Bush then unsheathed a golden sword and gave it to Rubio as a gift.

"I'm going to bestow on you the sword of a great conservative warrior," he said, as the crowd roared.
It is not reported whether the crowd was roaring with laughter or fright. Probably a little bit of both. The article goes on:

The saying was apparently quite popular with Gov. Bush's father, and referred to a legendary warrior named Chang who was called upon to settle political disputes in Chinese dynasties of yore.
The first president bush used "chang" to fix tennis games as well. The author of the article, not a good researcher, talks about Chinese Mysticism. Well this blonde, who may or may not have had an imaginary friend, did a little digging to find out what the hell this 'Chang' is and if the good people in Florida should begin evacuating now that it is unleashed.

It appears that "Chang" is none other than Chiang Kai-Shek. From The Cold War Museum:

First Taiwan Strait Crisis (11 August 1954 - 01 May 1955)
During the First Taiwan Strait Crisis the Peoples Liberation Army launched heavy artillery attacks on the offshore island of Quemoy after the US lifted its blockade of Taiwan, making possible Nationalist attacks on mainland China. The Truman Administration had resisted calls by hard-liners to "unleash Chiang Kai-shek." But shortly after his inauguration, on 02 February 1953 President Eisenhower lifted the US Navy blockade of Taiwan which had prevented Chiang's force from attacking mainland China. During August 1954 Chiang moved 58,000 troops to Quemoy & 15,000 to Matsu.
Maybe Jebby has been hitting the bottle with his bro- Golden swords, imaginary friends, capitalism (read: corporatism) and morals in the same sentence?

Maybe if Clinton had used the phrase, "unleashing Chang" during the Lewinsky Scandal, he could have stayed out of trouble. "Oh, you should have told us that it was Chang you were unleashing, Bill. You could have saved the taxpayers millions of dollars."

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