Slippery and Fishy

SLIPPERY AND FISHY….Here’s the headline at MSNBC today:

Bush takes credit for salmon revival

You betcha, and I take credit for the nice sunny weather we’re having here in Southern California. Needless to say, it turns out that Bush had nothing to do with increasing the salmon population:

Everyone agrees that the primary reason for the recent abundance of salmon is a dramatic improvement in ocean conditions. Because of global weather patterns and regional current cycles in the Pacific, fish biologists say that the ocean off the coast of Washington and Oregon has become a far more nutritious and healthful place to be a salmon than it has been since the late 1970s.

What’s more, despite spending billions of dollars to increase returns of wild salmon, the increase in the salmon population is almost entirely made up of hatchery salmon.

What’s next? Will the Bush administration take credit for the lack of earthquakes in California this year? Because, you know, we haven’t had any.

UPDATE: MSNBC has changed the headline on their story to “President Defends Economic Plan,” and the story itself has been heavily modified too. How annoying.

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