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Glad you're a fan, but...
The Bush campaign abruptly stopped using the 1970s hit "Still the One" at campaign rallies Friday after the songwriter, no fan of the president, claimed the Republicans never got permission.

John Hall, a former Democratic county legislator in upstate New York, co-wrote the song and recorded it with his band Orleans almost 30 years ago.

The cheery pop tune was opened and ended a Bush campaign rally in New Hampshire Friday, but after Mr. Hall complained it then vanished from the political playlist.

"Out of deference to Mr. Hall's views, the song will no longer be played," said Bush campaign spokeswoman Nicole Devenish. She said the song had been included in a catalogue of music that the campaign's licensing company used to provide music for events.

Mr. Hall is still a working musician at 56, saying he's "not just some guy that's stoned out and happened to write a song."

"And even if I were," he added, "it would still be a problem, because you should always ask permission to use the work."
Associated Press
Sox pitcher backs away from campaign
Only days after endorsing George W. Bush in an interview just after his Boston Red Sox won the baseball World Series, pitcher Curt Schilling has apparently cancelled a campaign appearance with Mr. Bush.

In a statement thought to have come from the pitcher, he cited his injured ankle as the reason but left open the possibility that he had also had time to reconsider his political activism.

A person identifying himself as Schilling posted a message on a fan website that the pitcher has been known to contribute to.

"I am now not medically cleared to do anything until I see Doc on Sunday, so I cannot travel with President Bush," the message read, according to Associated Press.

The e-mail goes on to say that he should have kept his opinions to himself.

"While I am a Bush supporter, and I did vote for him with an absentee ballot, speaking as I did the other day was wrong. While I hope to see him re-elected, it's not my place, nor the time for me to offer up my political opinions unsolicited," the email read.
Bush wins British election
In a result unlikely to bring comfort to the incumbent's campaign team, U.S. President George W. Bush has been named the year's best movie villain by a poll of almost 10,000 Britons.

News of Mr. Bush's victory came as he campaigned furiously against Democratic challenger John Kerry. The most recent polls showed a statistical dead heat only days before the election.

But Mr. Bush comes second to none among these British voters — not even Leatherface, cannibal star of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, and the beautiful and sword-wielding Elle Driver, one-eyed assassin in Kill Bill, Volume 2.

Mr. Bush also bested Doctor Octopus, who appeared in Spider-Man 2, and Gollum, the creepy obsessive from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Although not commonly known for his acting chops, Mr. Bush was ruled eligible for the appearances he made in Fahrenheit 9/11, the anti-Bush documentary made by Michael Moore.

The poll was conducted by Total Film Magazine. The magazine's editor conceded that the vote may have "a little bit tongue in cheek here."

"But they are also saying that Bush was very scary in Fahrenheit 9/11," magazine editor Matt Mueller told Associated Press.
'Were we rolling tape on that?'
An anti-Bush group has released a short video clip that shows the President, or an actor bearing unnatural resemblance to him, making a rude gesture.

The tape appears to date from Mr. Bush's days as Texas governor and seems to show him fooling around during the taping of an ad or a speech.

Mr. Bush counts down from five to one, reaches up to adjust his hair and then offers what he calls a "a one-fingered victory salute" to the unseen audience. He remain straight-faced until the audience reacts and then bursts out chuckling.

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