Tuesday, August 31, 2004
I've had C-Span on since I came home from work at 6 and I just don't have it inj me to comment.
Fake compassion about issues that really matter to me is upsetting.
If Bush is such a compassionate conservative, then why are we all fighting?
EVENTS Avoiding The Anarchists Protesters have announced their plans to cause trouble today outside the Garden and other "convention sites" like Tavern on the Green, but here are some good bets for peaceful gatherings:-- Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, ABC's George Stephanopoulos and others discuss "urban politics and the Republican Party" at New School University (55 W. 13th St., 8-10 a.m.)-- Former Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry moderates a WNET Channel 13 discussion called "Red God, Blue God: The God Gap in Presidential Politics" (450 W. 33rd St., 10 a.m. - noon)-- Batting practice and barbecue at Shea Stadium (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)Granted, this last one may be a protest target, but at least you'll have a bat and helmet!
PARTIES But Has Blankley Hit CNN's Diner? Monday night’s tribute to RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie at Guastavino boasted a beautiful buffet, but party-goers -- with the notable exception of Washington Times editorial page editor Tony Blankley -- seemed oblivious. A far bigger crowd was at the bar, where Don King was holding court. The ubiquitous King is turning into the Ben Affleck of this convention...The CNN Diner viewing party, on the other hand, was all about the food -- including convo-themed cocktails and foot-high slices of chocolate cake. And did we mention there are no tabs at this diner? Thanks CNN!
POLLS The MBA Approach To WH 2004 The latest Gallup Tuesday Briefing bypasses normal horse-race matchups to see which candidate investors think would be best for the market. President Bush gets the nod with a 41 percent plurality, while 36 percent predicted John Kerry would boost their portfolios. And 21 percent said that November's outcome won’t affect the investment climate.According to Gallup's Steve Hanway, "those who think a Bush win would be positive are more optimistic about their personal investment situations and the overall economic situation: the Index of Investor Optimism score for these investors is 184, compared with a -17 score among those who think a Kerry win would be positive."
TCHOTCHKE WATCH Selling The Stereotype Republicans sometimes get a bad rap for being the party of wealth and privilege, but at least some vendors at the Hilton New York's "Grand Old marketPlace" are taking that idea straight to the bank. To be certain, plenty of convention standards are available -- but why settle for buttons or commemorative playing cards when you could go home with a limited-edition merlot or a bronze bust of Dick Cheney? There's even something for the GOP fashion guru: Fox and mink shawls are available at upwards of $2,000, and a crystal-beaded elephant handbag can be yours for a mere $1,800.
QUOTED "It would have been easier to go to a more Republican city, but it's not a bad thing to have disagreements. The other thing protesters need to remember is that we're Republicans. We pack." -- Colorado Delegate Kendal Unruh, dismissing concerns about unpleasant run-ins with convention interlopers.
GOTHAM LOCKDOWN Police Seek Officer Assault Witness If you have a National Lawyers Guild hat and were outside the Garden last night, the NYPD would like to talk. Video of the altercation that left a police officer unconscious show a woman wearing the guild's distinctive green cap right next to the assailant, and police say the witness had "a clear view of the attack." The injured officer remains hospitalized in stable condition; anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-577-TIPS.
CAMPAIGN CHATTER NASCAR Dads' Godless Competition Hispanics, soccer moms, NASCAR dads and other vital voter blocs apparently have company: The Nones. At today's "Red God, Blue God" forum, the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Michael Cromartie said voters who do not identify with any religion comprise 16 percent of the electorate. Wesley Theological Seminary's Shaun Casey added that Nones, along with Hispanics, are the largest growing demographic. And President Bush isn't likely to attract many of these votes -- assuming, of course, that he'd want to."Persons who intensely dislike religious believers have found a home in the Democratic Party," Cromartie said. "And it's a BIG voting bloc in the Democratic Party." In fact, he argued, the Nones (sometimes called anti-fundamentalists) are just as large a Democratic constituency as labor.
PEOPLE New (Old) Faces Join Kerry Team John Kerry's campaign today announced the official addition of several "key new staff" for the race's final weeks. Joe Lockhart joins as a senior adviser, while Joel Johnson will be director of rapid response; other additions include Lori Denham, Karen Finney, Dr. Susan Rice and former Congressman Mel Levine. Rumor has it that the recent Swift Boat skirmishes are at least part of the reason behind the hires.
EVENTS What's A Lefty To Do? Liberal activists who have poured into New York face a tough scheduling conflict tonight. The Left Wing’s best-known alternative presidential candidates -- independent Ralph Nader and Green Party nominee David Cobb -- are holding counter-convention events at opposite ends of Manhattan. Nader will be uptown speaking at Columbia University’s campus anti-war rally, while Cobb will debate Libertarian Party candidate Michael Badnarik at midtown’s Saints Cyril and Methodius Church. Nader's event starts at 6 p.m.; the Cobb-Badnarik debate begins an hour later.
TCHOTCHKE WATCH Bet This One's Not RNC-Approved...Sassy Republicans can sport a button that vows to "Keep Bush On Top" -- and features an image of an elephant mounting a donkey. According to the "Grand Old marketPlace" vendor selling them, the message has proved especially popular among patrons from Texas.
HALL MONITOR Franks Gets Thursday Speaking Slot Convention officials announced this morning that Gen. Tommy Franks will deliver a speech during Thursday night's session. Spokesman Mark Pfeifle dismissed the suggestion that President Bush felt he needed the general's visible support on the podium, saying that both the speakers list and overall delegate pool are "strong and broad." He did note, however, that 18 percent of GOP delegates this year are either veterans or reservists.
MEDIA The Trouble With A Free Press...Press gallery officials are reportedly livid with USA Today for giving Michael Moore credentials and causing such a scene. And judging from the reporters kept standing outside the Garden's Gate 77 last night, many of Moore's new-found colleagues agree. "Who let him in?" and "I can't believe they let him through" were the most frequent comments -- albeit usually with a few other words added for emphasis.Moore, for his part, is trying to play by press rules. He said, for example, that he will not be joining in any of today's protests...
POLLS Tough Test Ahead On Education Education Secretary Rod Paige will have his work cut out for him when he speaks from the podium tonight. According to Gallup's Tuesday Briefing, President Bush’s current approval rating on education is the lowest since he took office. Gallup's Linda Lyons notes that "these findings may more reflect the general political polarization... than specific feelings about Bush’s education policies," but numbers have dropped nine percentage points since January. Just 47 percent of Americans now approve of Bush's education record; an equal percentage disapprove.The Hotline Electoral Scoreboard, meanwhile, includes five new polls today, but the overall vote count remains unchanged: 274 for Bush, 231 for John Kerry and 33 that are tied or disputed. For a full roundup of new numbers, please see Poll Track on NationalJournal.com.
CAMPAIGN CHATTER Flipper Had Better Watch His Back First it was Republicans in dolphin costumes, highlighting Kerry's habit of flipping on various issues. Now Democrats have dispatched the "Super Zeroes" -- GOP-inspired personalities like Hal E. Burton, Enron Ed and the Un-Credible Hulk -- as part of its "Mission Not Accomplished" campaign. At Monday's DNC press briefing, spokesman Matt Bennett said the costumed characters would be roaming Manhattan this week.
TCHOTCHKE WATCH Now THAT's Party Unity! Forget pro-Bush pins or anti-Kerry T-shirts. Kathy Hosner of Bold Concepts Unlimited reports that her best-seller so far has been a red button reading, "I only sleep with Republicans." Hosner said "One lady wanted one that said, 'I only sleep with Republican men'" -- great for GOP gals, but possibly problematic given the whole same-sex union issue. Hosner's reply: "Er, I don't think we're gonna get that."
GOTHAM LOCKDOWN And Please, No Indoor Fireworks By most accounts, Monday's primetime session went off smoothly, right down to the fog machine that accompanied the rising stage for interlude bands. From the press seats, however, a mist drifting down from the rafters prompted a little Code-Orange nervousness -- and sent a few security types scrambling as they talked furiously into their cuffs.
QUOTED "I love the Electoral College because, if you live in New York like I do, which is a lock, then you never have to see a campaign ad." -- Comedian Mo Rocca, on last night's "Larry King Live."
POLLS More Signs Of A Pro-Bush Shift Newly released numbers from the ICR Presidential Election poll show John Kerry still leading President Bush, but suggest underlying trends that would favor the incumbent. ICR found an 11-point shift among independent voters' support, while Bush is also gaining ground with low-income voters and those with no schooling beyond high school. The latest polling from CNN/Gallup/USA Today, meanwhile, gives the Democrats a strong but utterly hypothetical advantage. Pollsters asked people which candidate would they elect as vice president if they could vote separately for that office. Fifty-two percent chose John Edwards, while 42 percent preferred Dick Cheney.
PEOPLE Romash Leaving Kerry Campaign Hotline learned this afternoon that Marla Romash, who has been serving as Teresa Heinz Kerry's spokeswoman, is quitting the Kerry campaign. The decision comes on the heels of today's high-profile hires, but Romash stressed that the two were unrelated and that she is leaving for "family reasons." No word yet on her replacement.
AD SPOTLIGHT Swift Boat Group Debuts New Spot Swift Boat Veterans for Truth today launched a new line of attack against Kerry, this time focusing on his decision to throw away medals in protest over the Vietnam War in 1971. An announcer asks: "How can the man who renounced his country's symbols now be trusted?" The spot will run through Thursday in Florida, and begin a two-day run tomorrow in Nashville, where Kerry is to address the American Legion convention. The video, script and additional details will be on NationalJournal.com tomorrow morning.
MEDIA CNN Passes On Gay Republicans' Ad The Log Cabin Republicans yesterday launched an ad protesting the GOP platform plank on marriage and same-sex unions. And while the spot is running nationally on Fox News and in New York on various stations, CNN is refusing to air it unless the group edits the final frames. According to LCR's Christopher Barron, the network took issue with pictures of Topeka minister Fred Phelps Sr. holding signs reading "God hates fags" at the funeral for Matthew Shepherd, a gay man who was murdered in 1998. "If CNN thinks that image is too controversial," Barron said, "Imagine being Judy Shepherd and having to see it at your son's funeral."
PARTIES Giving Arnold A Run For His Money It's a tough call -- even invitation-holders may have trouble getting into these events if they stick around for all of tonight's session. Among the highlights:-- Texas delegates groove to the Fabulous Thunderbirds at BB King's Blues Club & Grill (237 W. 42nd St., 8-11 p.m.)-- The Distilled Spirits Council, Weekly Standard, The Economist and Roll Call fete Bill Frist at the New York Yacht Club (37 W. 44th St., 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.)-- Oscar de la Hoya, Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro are expected for the Gran Fiesta Salsa Party at the Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 11 p.m. - 2 a.m.)-- The Warehouse party resumes at the Tunnel Nightclub (220 12th St., 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.)
QUOTED "I spend most of my time talking to the media. This can be a horrifying, gritty experience."-- Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt, warning college-aged Republicans this afternoon of the perils posed by a career in politics.
Monday, August 30, 2004
Poor Gillespie- nobody laughed at his jokes.
Roll call time.
The cartoon elephant is pretty cool, but I love elephants. Too bad they're rooting for the wrong guy.
This is mean, but the delegates are really creepy. The one from Nevada really creeped me out.
The worst part of this is watching delegates from the blue states (especially my neighboring states) get all excited about Bush. This is rough.
I keep missing the little videos because I think it's just a musical segue but I can say that they're evoking the legend of presidents past.
George Sr. just walked in. Earlier, they(C-Span) showed his 1980 speech accepting his VP nomination. I'm aware that his presidency is considered a failure, but I actually liked him in this speech. My fiance said the same thing and we decided that next to his son, he looks really good. Isn't that sad?
Actor Ron Sliver is speaking. I thought the Dems were the ones who loved those awful Hollywood folks? Why are so many of them speaking at the RNC? Couldn't they get any respectable Repubs to speak?
Side note: I love the "We salute the troops" signs. I almost forgot that us liberal folks hate them. Oh, wait. I was one.
There's a cute redhead in the audience wearing a pink shawl. She looks really lost.
Note to Rep. Heather Wilson: I know you're a vet, but your war story is just reminding me that Kerry fought and George didn't.
Note to delegates: Pay attention to the cameras. It's pretty rude to stand around chatting while the first female vet to serve in Congress speaks during wartime.
Tribute to Veterans: Am I the only one who feels like the super heavy emphasis on the veterans just makes people want to vote for Kerry? According to the RNC, we owe Kerry for our freedoms, he is a hero, and no one can take that away from him. (Did you hear that Swift Boat Guys?)
A veteran in attendance just said that Bush got rid of the double dipping that caused wounded pay to be subtracted from retirement pay. I've read the opposite. Was this a recent thing maybe?
Cheers to the Army song! That's my branch.
Thank you RNC: Although they showed clips of Bush Sr. during the Navy song, they refrained from showing Jr. during the Air Force song.
Anyone noticed how they're getting the minorities involved? Sad.
Finally figured out why Laura married George: She was hoping to teach him to love to read.
I really want to see a Mystery Science Theatre version of the RNC video they just showed. If you missed it: pictures of Bush's presidency narrated by clips of Bush speeches.
Time for a Break (for me)
McCain: "Our president will work with any countries [that will help us]." Is that why he consistently declares "You're either for us or against us." That's not working with other countries.
Michael Moore even disrupts McCain's speech. Go Mike! True it was with boos and chants (and some whistles?), but when the biggest response you get is from Michael Moore then you have a problem.
McCain had a great line about arguing as friends and being Americans first. Unfortunately, he followed it with a mean attack.
For the record, McCain didn't say Bush's name once!
I'm barely watching them exploit the 9/11 widows. This part is really bothering me. I know, I know, these women chose to be here, but I still don't think that makes it okay.
Giulani's quote of the night: "I've never seen so many Rebublicans in New York. I finally feel at home." That was beyond rude.
I can't believe Rudy actually used the line: Either you're with us or with the terrorists.
The crowd just clapped and cheered for Kerry. Rudy mentioned Kerry's service- there were a few stifled giggles, then loud cheers that came across as support. Odd.
Rudy continues to spew the Republican talking points that completely oversimplify everything Kerry has said and done in his last 14 years of public service. Clearly folks don't do their research or read anything, because they are still falling for these same lines. I will say, though, that this is the most enthusiastic the crowd has been all night.
Overall convention theme: Playing Offense With Terrorism. I guess that's why Kerry was the only senator willing to risk his career by taking down the banks that funded terrorists.
Rudy quote 2: New York constructions workers are very special people (smirk). Giggles from the audience.
So much for a convention that would appeal to moderates. Rudy is not appealing to moderates.
New Republican spin: Saddam himself was a weapon of mass destruction.
Oh, I get it now. So we really did attack Iraq solely because of Saddam.
Rudy just brought up Iran and Sudan as places in danger, yet our country has avoided getting involved.
And to end the night? You guessed it! An evangelist gives a benediction!
That marks day one of the RNC. See you tomorrow.
I think it is too funny that the RNC is being opened by a Broadway medley. Is this to help remind the viewers that the Republicans are a bunch of darn good actors?
America, it's all a farce!!!!
Run-in with a republican last night... (none / 0)
My partner and I had just left the Eagle, a gay bar on the west side, and the Crobar (right next door) was having some kind of Republican dance party (Also probably the first time that block has seen so many Khakis and blue oxfords).
I wasn't paying attention to the line of Republicans waiting to get in, as they were laughing and talking amongst themselves. A huge amount of laughter erupted as we passed the line. My partner didn't say anything, and it never occured to me that they were talking about us -- after all, this is New York -- but he told me later that he overheard them say, "Look, our first sinners."
I think that's the first time in years I've heard any anti-gay slur on the streets of Manhattan directed at me, and I wanted to go back to say, "Look - you're guests in our city. We can disagree on issues, and that's all fair, but we won't insult our guests to to their faces, and we expect you our guests not to insult us."
by MarcusWoollen on Mon Aug 30th, 2004 at 22:47:52 GMT
Joe gets up at 6:00 AM to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot with good, clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.
Oh, and you're very welcome.
I'll keep looking for more news on this.
BLOOMBERG! (none / 1) I was actually just watching MNF and they cut to the local NYC news coverage of the convention (as opposed to the national shorter piece). They showed part of Bloomberg's speech where he said something about how terror money needs to be spread based on need - meaning give the promised money to NYC to make it safe, basically calling them out. STONE SILENCE. And then he continued, "I'll say it to Republicans, Democrats and independents as many times as I have to, until something gets done." Not quite the sort of 9/11 talk they were expecting, huh?
I think this needs to get out. The image and the silence were powerful, especially to a New Yorker.
"I've been going to Republican conventions since 1972, and I've never seen a convention with as many protesters in the streets," said David Gergen, who has worked for several Republican presidents, and Bill Clinton. "The irony is that was a convention held here because of echoes of 9/11, but it opens with echoes of Chicago and the Vietnam war.
"The protests are anti-Bush, with heavy antiwar overtones, but this is Chicago without the fisticuffs, without the fight, without the bloodshed - so far," Mr. Gergen added. "To interpret this politically is hard, but my gut is that large, peaceful protests are not what the Republicans want. The protesters are stealing the story for the first day and drowning out the Republican message. If there's violence, that could all change."
GOTHAM LOCKDOWNProtecting Us From IndigestionThe New York City Police Department has evicted street vendors from 24 square blocks in the vicinity of Madison Square Garden. In banning street sales between 27th and 35th streets, from 6th to 9th avenues, city officials say they acted out of worry about pedestrian traffic. Vendors note that other businesses were not shuttered, and complain that the GOP is costing them money. "We've got to pay the rent at the end of the month," grumbled hot dog vendor Abdul Prince. "Mr. Bush is not going to pay the rent."
PARTIESBowling, Martinis And BikinisIt was quite a scene to see and be seen last night at California Rep. David Dreier's bowling bash. If you made it past the packed bowling lanes on the first and second floors -- and the subterranean bar down below -- more than pool tables and a slide show of Dreier photos awaited. In the third floor lounge, an attractive woman in a black bikini was suspended from the ceiling on a trapeze, performing for the somewhat perplexed guests below (once she got going, the Dreier photo gallery gave way to a live feed of her aerial antics). Bo Derek, Geraldo Rivera and Joe Scarborough all made appearances.As for "R: The Party," we have two words for you: Cash Bar. Celebrity sightings were few and far between; even the photographers were having trouble matching names with faces as they snapped away. No glimpse of the Bush twins, either -- but to be fair, our reporter left early, while she still had cab money.
MEDIAWhose Convention Is This, Anyway?It's no secret that midtown Manhattan is rotten with journalists right now, but it turns out delegates are outnumbered by media *organizations* in and around Madison Square Garden. There are 2,509 official delegates, compared to 3,400 credentialed media outlets -- 2,300 dailies, 900 radio and TV organizations, and 200 magazines or other periodicals.
CAMPAIGN CHATTERAbout Those Kerry Vote Ratings...National Journal has gotten plenty of press in recent months for the 2003 vote ratings that gave Kerry the highest composite liberal score in the Senate. But as editor Charlie Green explains in today's Convention Daily, calling Kerry "the most liberal senator" is a bit misleading, since the Dem nominee missed 37 of the 62 votes used to calculate the rankings. While Kerry has landed at the left-most end of the list before (in 1986, 1988, and 1990), his lifetime average score puts him at 11th-most-liberal among current Senate Dems. Running mate John Edwards ranks 27th of the 48.Green's full explanation of the numbers is available on NationalJournal.com in addition to this morning's Convention Daily.
QUOTED"We got 64 days left, not that anybody is counting, and I'm asking you todo more than you've ever done before." -- Karl Rove, addressing the Ohio delegation this morning. Rove added that, "like it or not," Ohio is "ground zero" for the 2004 campaign, "and we'll be back again and again."
MEDIALibby... Audrey... Anyone?Today's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" event with New York's first lady, Libby Pataki, snuck onto calendars in the New York Post, the Village Voice and a host of protest Web sites -- but not, apparently, onto Tiffany's own schedule. "There never was a breakfast," said Tiffany's spokeswoman Martha Garrett. "We saw it advertised all over, and we tried to stop it... It's just a movie! Not real life."
POLLINGShowing Rudy The LoveNewly released CNN/Gallup/USA Today national numbers show Rudy Giuliani -- one of tonight's convention speakers -- with a 65 percent favorable rating. And almost three years after the terrorist attacks that brought the former mayor into the national spotlight, Americans don't think the nation is "back to normal." In fact, they are less optimistic on that question than they were two years ago. Forty-seven percent said things were "somewhat back to normal," down from 62 percent in 2002. And 48 percent said things were "not yet back to normal," up 14 points from two years ago. Just 4 percent said the nation was "completely back to normal."
EVENTSSqueeze 'Em In Before The SpeechesTonight's big speakers include Giuliani and John McCain, but plenty of schmoozing can be had before the gavel: -- Karl Rove parties with the College Republicans at Windfall Bar and Grill (23 W. 39th St., 5 p.m.)-- Grover Norquist hails pols who've signed his tax pledge at the New York Yacht Club (5 p.m.)-- Ed Gillespie is the guest of honor at Guastavino (409 E. 59th St., 6 p.m.)-- Wachovia serves up cocktails for Eric Cantor at the New York Public Library (5th Ave. & 32nd St., 6 p.m.)-- Newsweek takes over the Four Seasons Grill Room (99 E. 52nd St., 6 p.m.)
PEOPLESorry, ArnoldMake what you will of today's L.A. Times report of White House "anxiety" that Arnold Schwarzenegger's Tuesday speech could overshadow Bush's acceptance, but one thing is certain: The California governor's own presidential aspirations won't be getting an assist from Team Bush. At today's Convention Daily Live briefing, MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked Bush adviser Matthew Dowd if the campaign would push a constitutional amendment to allow "non-native-born citizens" to become president. Dowd laughed, but didn't dodge: "No," was his unambiguous answer.
QUOTED"You ought to ask the Kerry campaign why the only pro-life Democrat to speak at a national convention was Zell Miller -- and he wasn't in Boston."-- Newt Gingrich at today's Republican Main Street Partnership forum.
HALL MONITORSept. 11 Families On Stage TonightAlthough they weren't on the official program released Sunday, three family members of the Sept. 11 victims who are sympathetic to President Bush and Rudy Giuliani will precede the former New York City mayor's speech on Monday night. GOP sources tell National Journal's Convention Daily that the individuals are Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles was a pilot on American Airlines Flight 77 when it struck the Pentagon; Deena Burnett, whose husband Tom died on United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside; and Tara Stackpole, whose husband, Capt. Timothy Stackpole, was a firefighter who died at the World Trade Center.
POLLINGEight More Signs Of A WH SqueakerNew CNN/Gallup/USA Today polling puts President Bush ahead of John Kerry in Wisconsin, 48 percent to 45 percent. In Iowa, Kerry leads 51-45, while there's a 47 percent deadlock in Pennsylvania. The Hotline's Electoral Scoreboard now stands at 274 for Bush, 231 for Kerry, and 33 tied or disputed.On the national front, meanwhile, the new Battleground 2004 poll asks the White House question five different ways -- and every time comes up with a Kerry advantage of one to three percentage points. The president, however, gets a 51 percent job approval rating and a 64 percent personal approval rating.
CAMPAIGN CHATTERTrue Toss-Ups, Bogus BattlegroundsAccording to The Hotline's Chuck Todd, there are only six states that qualify as "true coin flips" for WH 2004: Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin. And he argues that four states -- Louisiana, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington -- are real battlegrounds only in pundits' imaginations. (For the full rundown, go to http://conventions.nationaljournal.com/)
GOTHAM LOCKDOWNGot A Phone? You've Got A LawyerThere already have been more arrests in New York than during the entire Dem convention, but to date no reporters have landed in the can. Just in case, though, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has arranged legal help for credentialed press covering the convention. Attorneys from Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz, LLP will be available via the 24-hour "Media Hotline" to offer cost-free legal advice and representation with regard to convention access and coverage. The hotline phone number is (212) 850-6122.
PROTESTS What Would The Gipper Say?Protesters at Sunday's march co-opted a few phrases from one of the GOP's most beloved icons: former President Ronald Reagan. Among the sea of standard "Down with Bush" and "No More W" placards, one sign from a pro-Palestinian group read, "Mr. Bush, tear down that wall." Another, citing job-loss statistics and casualties in Iraq, proclaimed, "It's Mourning In America."
QUOTED"I think [Kerry] going to Vietnam was more heroic than my flying fighter jets. He was in harm's way and I wasn't. On the other hand, I served my country. Had my unit been called up, I would have gone."-- President Bush, in a "Today" interview that airs this morning.
BREAKING NEWS Rep. Schrock Drops Re-Election BidRepublican Congressman Ed Schrock today announced that he would not seek re-election, as "allegations have surfaced that have called into question my ability to represent the citizens of Virginia's Second Congressional District." Schrock's press release did not specify the allegations, but the conservative, married two-term member was "outed" on Aug. 19 by a gay activist Web log. Schrock plans to serve out the remainder of his term; details on how he may be replaced on the November ballot were not immediately available.
MEDIA A Manicure, And 15 Minutes Of FameThanks to the New York City Host Committee, reporters covering the convention are enjoying complimentary haircuts, facials and massages at the Farley Building's temporary spa, "Barney's New York Loft." Now that unprecedented perk is about to hit the big time: "The David Letterman Show."John Allen, who is lending his company's men's grooming services to the loft, said Letterman has asked to film a segment from the spa sometime this week. He'd better move fast -- the spa is open only through Thursday.
PARTIES Tonight's Top ShindigsPresumably, John McCain's speech isn't a huge draw for pro-choice Republicans -- which is convenient, since Republicans for Choice and Planned Parenthood host their "big-tent extravaganza" tonight starting at 8 p.m. Lou Reed, Kathleen Turner, Moby, Louis Black, Joan Osborne and Cynthia Nixon are all expected at the Beacon Theatre (2124 Broadway). And so, for that matter, are pro-life protesters from the American Life League. For those looking to avoid an abortion debate tonight, there are other options:-- California Rep. Richard Pombo parties at Crobar, with .38 Special and Otis Day and the Knights. (530 W. 38th St., 10 p.m.)-- Travis Tritt plays at the GM Hammerstein Ballroom bash. (311 W. 34th St., 10 p.m.)-- ZZ Top and Kiss Nation take the stage at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill (237 W. 42nd St., 10 p.m)
AD SPOTLIGHT Log Cabin Republicans Debut New AdThe Republican platform's stand on same-sex unions has prompted a GOP gay rights group to launch a TV ad campaign condemning the "outrageous insult." The Log Cabin Republicans spot, titled "Hope Not Fear," opens with footage of Ronald Reagan, and also includes images of John McCain and Rudy Giuliani as it warns that "history will record the Republican Party's choice.... will we divide the American family with the politics of intolerance?" The ad began airing today, and is mainly appearing on New York cable network feeds to target GOP delegates in their hotel rooms.
QUOTED"I don't follow this stuff as much as you think I might now. I'm 80, for heaven's sake."-- Former President George H.W. Bush, when asked by CNN's Paula Zahn what he thought of Bob Dole's comments regarding John Kerry's Purple Hearts. CNN's interview with the former president airs tonight.
There were signs that the White House was not entirely successful in ending tensions between different wings of the party. A group of former Republican governors, senators and other public officials placed a full-page advertisement in today's issue of The New York Times urging the party to move to "more mainstream" positions on the environment, the deficit, embryonic stem cell research and cooperation with international allies.
"Come back to the mainstream," the ad declares.
I can't believe they did this! An advisor to Bush stated that he doesn't think Bush has ever left the mainstream. No wonder the President sees nothing wrong with mixing church and state or calling for a constitutional ammendment for discrimination.
I'll be watching tonight, but so far, the Republicans have provided an awful lot of ammunition.
Hey, maybe they could also make 9/11 the central theme of the campaign!
Sunday, August 29, 2004
This is a picture of the current UPJ protest going on in NYC. By all accounts, the march is peaceful. The organizers also arranged the march into demographic groups to show how many different people oppose the war.
For ongoing coverage of the protests, go here.
So anyway, this quote from the NYT made me laugh because it pretty much sums up what I've read:
more than 250 people were arrested for biking through the city
Okay, I cut off the rest, but it's really funny. Here's the whole article.
I've heard Blitzer's name before but that was about the extent of my knowledge. I sat there watching Sen. Clinton get interrupted and watching Mr. Blitzer attack each point she made (even though she backed up all her points decently) until I finally was inspired to do a search on the man. He wasn't just asking her tough questions, he was basically just saying you're wrong and moving on. There's a distinct difference. Is he supossed to be biased?
I found this account of another interview he did last year that echoed my complaints.
Update: Wolf Blitzer is still on and he's being almost as much of a jerk to Reed, a Bush advisor, so I guess that this is just his style.
For those of you looking for more math and politics, take a look at The Mathematics of Voting.
We should all be pretty upset that the President only cares about staying on top of things when his job is at stake. His aides report that Bush knows all the ins and outs of all the counties in all the swing states. In his four years, Bush has never shown this much knowledge about even the most basic things.
When Bush doesn't like one of the newspaper articles he reads, he has one of his aides call the reporter to complain. Comforting, huh? No wonder our media has been to scared to tell the truth about Iraq or 9/11 or the economy. How is it okay for the President to do this during an election year?
Also, aides report that Bush writes some of his talking points, especially those attacking Kerry. In fact the article talked about attacking Kerry an awful lot which says a lot about the tone of their campaign. Somehow it doesn't surprise me that the President takes special joy in coming up with ways to make his opponent look bad.
What a beautiful article to take us into the convention.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Q: What do you want the American people to take away from the convention?
A: I want them to remember we have done a lot, we've accomplished a lot. We put together a coalition, and we're battling al-Qaeda. We cut taxes to help with the recession, to recover from a recession. We passed the Medicare law, the No Child Left Behind Act, trade promotion authority. You only say you've accomplished a lot to lend credibility to the fact that you're going to accomplish more. I will remind them there's more work to be done to defeat terror, to secure the homeland and to spread freedom. I will also remind them there's more to be done to make sure that government helps citizens to be able to adjust and cope with a changing world.
Thanks for clearing that up.
Besides all that, Bush continues to show how ignorant he is about everything. He couldn't answer a question about the environment so his press secretary had to answer for him later. He refused to reflect on the Iraq war. He claims things aren't going well now because of how quickly Saddam was captured (interesting logic there). But the best part was when he dismissed the threat of Iran and North Korea. All the people out there who think we went into Iraq because Saddam was a threat need to ask themselves why our President isn't suggesting attacking Iran and North Korea, two countries that are a lot more dangerous to us than Iraq ever was.
He's playing all of you.
For another Bush interview, check out USAToday.
It Takes Real Courage to Desert Your Post and Then Attack a Wounded Vet
Dear Mr. Bush,
I know you and I have had our differences in the past, and I realize I am the one who started this whole mess about "who did what" during Vietnam when I brought up that "deserter" nonsense back in January. But I have to hand it to you on what you have uncovered about John Kerry and his record in Vietnam. Kerry has tried to pass himself off as a war hero, but thanks to you and your friends, we now know the truth.
First of all, thank you for pointing out to all of us that Mr. Kerry was never struck by a BULLET. It was only SHRAPNEL that entered his body! I did not know that! Hell, what's the big deal about a bunch of large, sharp, metal shards ripping open your flesh? That happens to all of us! In my opinion, if you want a purple heart, you'd better be hit with a bullet -- with your name on it!
Secondly, thank you for sending Bob Dole out there and letting us know that Mr. Kerry, though wounded three times, actually "never spilled blood." When you are in the debates with Kerry, turn to him and say, "Dammit, Mr. Kerry, next time you want a purple heart, you better spill some American red blood! And I don't mean a few specks like those on O.J.'s socks -- we want to see a good pint or two of blood for each medal. In fact, I would have preferred that you had bled profusely, a big geyser of blood spewing out of your neck or something!" Then throw this one at him: "Senator Kerry, over 58,000 brave Americans gave their lives in Vietnam -- but YOU didn't. You only got WOUNDED! What do you have to say for yourself???" Lay that one on him and he won't know what to do.
And thanks, also, Mr. Bush, for exposing the fact that Mr. Kerry might have actually WOUNDED HIMSELF in order to get those shiny medals. Of course he did! How could the Viet Cong have hit him -- he was on a SWIFT boat! He was going too fast to be hit by enemy fire. He tried to blow himself up three different times just so he could go home and run for president someday. It's all so easy to see, now, what he was up to.
What would we do without you, Mr. Bush? Criticize you as we might, when it comes to pointing out other men's military records, there is no one who can touch your prowess. In 2000, you let out the rumor that your opponent John McCain might be "nuts" from the 5 years he spent in a POW camp. Then, in the 2002 elections, your team compared triple-amputee Sen. Max Cleland to Osama bin Laden, and that cost him the election. And now you are having the same impact on war hero John Kerry. Since you (oops, I mean "The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth!") started running those ads, Kerry's polls numbers have dropped (with veterans, he has lost 18 points in the last few weeks).
Some people have said "Who are you, Mr. Bush, to attack these brave men considering you yourself have never seen combat -- in fact, you actively sought to avoid it." What your critics fail to understand is that even though your dad got you into a unit that would never be sent to Vietnam -- and even though you didn't show up for Guard duty for at least a year -- at least you were still IN FAVOR of the Vietnam War! Cowards like Clinton felt it was more important to be consistent (he opposed the war, thus he refused to go) than to be patriotic and two-faced.
The reason that I think you know so much about other men's war wounds is because, during your time you in the Texas Air National Guard, you suffered so many of them yourself. Consider the paper cut you received on September 22, 1972, while stationed in Alabama, working on a Senate campaign for your dad's friend (when you were supposed to be on the Guard base). A campaign brochure appeared from nowhere, ambushing your right index finger, and blood trickled out onto your brand new argyle sweater.
Then there was the incident with the Crazy Glue when your fraternity brothers visited you one weekend at the base and glued your lips together while you were "passed out." Though initially considered "friendly fire," it was later ruled that you suffered severe post traumatic stress disorder from the assault and required certain medicinal attention -- which, it seems, was provided by those same fraternity brethren.
But nothing matched your heroism when, on July 2, 1969, you sustained a massive head injury when enemy combatants from another Guard unit dropped a keg of Coors on your head during a reconnaissance mission at a nearby all-girls college. Fortunately, the cool, smooth fluids that poured out of the keg were exactly what was needed to revive you.
That you never got a purple heart for any of these incidents is a shame. I can fully appreciate your anger at Senator Kerry for the three he received. I mean, Kerry was a man of privilege, he could have gotten out just like you. Instead, he thinks he's going to gain points with the American people bragging about how he was getting shot at every day in the Mekong Delta. Ha! Is that the best he can do? Hell, I hear gunfire every night outside my apartment window! If he thinks he is going to impress anyone with the fact that he volunteered to go when he could have spent the Vietnam years on the family yacht, he should think again. That only shows how stupid he was! True-blue Americans want a president who knows how to pull strings and work the system and get away with doing as little work as possible!
So, to make it up to you, I have written some new ads you can use on TV. People will soon tire of the swift boat veterans and you are going to need some fresh, punchier material. Feel free to use any of these:
ANNOUNCER: "When the bullets were flying all around him in Vietnam, what did John Kerry do? He said he leaned over the boat and 'pulled a man out of the river.' But, as we all know, men don't live in the river -- fish do. John Kerry knows how to tell a big fish tale. What he won't tell you is that when the enemy was shooting at him, he ducked. Do you want a president who will duck? Vote Bush."
ANNOUNCER: "Mr. Kerry's biggest supporter, Sen. Max Cleland, claims to have lost two legs and an arm in Vietnam. But he still has one arm! How did that happen? One word: Cowardice. When duty called, he was unwilling to give his last limb. Is that the type of selfishness you want hanging out in the White House? We think not. Vote for the man who would be willing to give America his right frontal lobe. Vote Bush."
Hope these help, Mr. Bush. And remember, when the American death toll in Iraq hits 1,000 during the Republican convention, be sure to question whether those who died really did indeed "die" -- or were they just trying to get their face on CNN's nightly tribute to fallen heroes? The sixteen who've died so far this week were probably working hand in hand with the Kerry campaign to ruin your good time in New York. Stay consistent, sir, and always, ALWAYS question the veracity of anyone who risks their life for this country. It's the least they deserve.
PS. George, I know you said you don't read the newspaper, but USA Today has given me credentials to the Republican convention to write a guest column each day next week (Tues.-Fri.). If you don't want to read it, you and I will be in the same building so maybe I could come by and read it to you? Lemme know...
Thursday, August 26, 2004
To sum it up:
Still, the dots are there, making it clear that the road to Abu Ghraib began well before the invasion of Iraq, when the administration created the category of "unlawful combatants" for suspected members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban who were captured in Afghanistan and imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Interrogators wanted to force these prisoners to talk in ways that are barred by American law and the Geneva Conventions, and on Aug. 1, 2002, Justice Department lawyers produced the infamous treatise on how to construe torture as being legal.
In December 2002, Mr. Rumsfeld authorized things like hooding prisoners, using dogs to terrify them, forcing them into "stress positions" for long periods, stripping them, shaving them and isolating them. All this was prohibited by the Geneva Conventions, but President Bush had already declared on Feb. 7, 2002, that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to Al Qaeda.
Of course, no one in the administration is worried about these things. They all report that they sleep just fine at night. Isn't that nice?
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
I'll start with the lows. To be fair, I have to tell you that I may not be the best judge. I already love Kerry so I'm not exactly the audience being targeted. For a crueler take, look at Slate magazine.
- Kerry's talking points. They drove me crazy. I wanted to see him loosen up, talk like a normal person, engage the audience. We don't need to hear a bunch of pre-packaged sound bites. I cringed every time he started one.
- Turning to Bush. I'm sure it's all a bunch of political stuff that an average citizen like myself just doesn't get, but I was really annoyed that every time Kerry was asked a question about him, he told us why Bush was wrong. I wanted to hear about Kerry, not Bush.
- He didn't interact with the audience enough. To be fair, Kerry warmed up toward the end, but to be honest, I think Jon Stewart may have given him a bit of advice during the commercial break. For the first bit, it seemed like Kerry forgot they were there. At one point, when the audience cheered, he seemed caught off guard and seemed to brush them off (the gesture could also be seen as commanding an audience. I know that seems weird, but it's like when someone takes control of a room, a mere glance causes the crowd to settle down and perk up their ears for what was to come.)
- If it's true that Kerry saluted the audience (I've seen the show twice already and missed this, but the Slate blogger mentioned it so I'm guessing it's true) then I think it was a bad idea. I hated it at the convention so I'd probably like it even less now.
- Kerry's simple no answer to the question of whether or not he is the most liberal senator. Frankly, I thought it was one of the stupidest things ever to come out of his mouth.
- Kerry's explanation of our oil needs. I know I said I hated the talking points, but this was a good one. As much as I've read in the past few months, I was still in the dark about the numbers involved. I think he made a good point when he explained that we could drill the heck out of the U.S. and barely make a dent in our oil needs.
- The bathroom story. Okay, surfergirl from Slate thought it was weak, but I thought the opposite. In the middle of being all stiff and boring, Kerry comes out with his "Most Bizarre Parts of Campaigning." It wasn't the story so much as the spontaneity and I think the surfergirl is wrong when she says Stewart had to hold back. He may have, but not because Kerry couldn't handle it but because it would be inappropriate to make those types of jokes with a presidential contender. As much as liberals are accused of having no morals, most of us really do. This is even more true of Kerry as his stiffness and lack of discussion about religion and the like are pretty typical of Massachusetts liberals. Sex jokes are embarrassing.
- His nod to the audience. I criticized Kerry earlier, but when he finally did remember his audience, he did it really well by reminding everyone that the audience is who we want to hear from (I did not give that little piece justice but you can always watch it yourself.)
- His smile. As a self-described geek, I have a certain fondness for Kerry. He reminds me of a dorky guy I once dated. He seems a little uncomfortable in his skin, he loves to read and think, and when he finds something he feels strongly about, he shines (I'm kind of like that, too). His smile is so dorky, but I love seeing it. When Kerry smiles, it's so genuine. Maybe we shouldn't be so hard on him for smiling so little- it makes the moments when he does smile so much more memorable.
- The moment when Kerry leaned on the edge of the couch almost nose to nose with Stewart. It was so completely unexpected and such a quick reaction that it was awesome.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
A funny article announcing the news:
Seriously: Kerry on Comedy Central (washingtonpost.com)
"I said, 'John, I didn't mean to offend you,' " Dole said. "But I said, 'You know, when you continue to attack George Bush . . . you know, George Bush is my guy.' . . . The final words were 'John, I wish you good luck up to a point.' "
So Dole makes a ridiculous comment filled with speculation about the accuracy of the Swift Boat ads (I think two of the Purple Hearts were awarded for events from the same day) which not surprisingly are false, yet he has the nerve to say that Kerry's attacking Bush? Isn't the whole stink going on because the SBV are attacking Kerry?
Kerry Team Lines Up Vietnam Witnesses (washingtonpost.com)
Monday, August 23, 2004
Here is a scathing condemnation. Think about it folks.
And a big thanks to my aunt for sending this my way.
"I think we ought to be looking forward, not backward," he said.
You know what President Bush? I agree. We should look forward, not backward. Kerry in '04!!!!
Read the whole article here.
Update: I took this quote directly from a news story. Today I read the entire transcript. The two statements above did not appear together. Pres. Bush did say all of that, but in response to two separate questions.
But......because it's still funny, I'm leaving it up while noting it's misleading.
While I agree that the headline screams liberal, the accompanying article gives an awful lot of weight and credibility to Sen. Dole's remarks while failing to mention any of the folks who have stepped up to defend Kerry and who were actually there! There is a brief mention of McCain, but everyone knows McCain is playing nice to both parties right now. Other than comments from Kerry's camp (which will automatically be discredited) this article offers nothing.
Plus, the SBV are getting a ton of free press these days. No matter how the conservatives spin it, the media would never get away with giving that much positive press to MoveOn.
Waiting to get back to the issues.
Hey conservatives, watch out! Guess who tried to stop the funding of terrorists? (Hint: His initials are JFK) Guess who pressured him to stop investigating? (Hint: His initials are GWB)
In the meantime, I'll keep my fingers crossed that more folks get wind of this. (Somehow I don't think my loyal readership of five is enough.)
"Aside from sporadic, short-term ground operations meant to capture, not kill, al Qaeda and Taleban leaders, and infrequent air strikes -- which have hit several weddings or social occasions instead of terrorists -- al Qaeda and the Taleban have been under almost no military pressure in Afghanistan since March 2002…Only in summer 2003 did a new round of fighting start in the U.S.-Afghan war as the Taleban and al Qaeda -- in league with the forces of the "old" mujahideen -- increased attacks on U.S. bases, as well the convoys and patrols of U.S. forces and their Afghan allies. As events of recent months show, al Qaeda and its allies not only survived the wretchedly ill-conceived U.S. military campaign a waged against them, but have retained a strong presence in Afghanistan and seized the initiative."
For the entire article on the state of Afghanistan, read this.
And this isn't in the papers because?
I've been worried and I'm well aware that other Democrats have been just as worried. We know how well the Bush administration plays the press and the public. The Republican party is also well-known to have the upper hand on playing politics.
I've been waiting for the next few months to see what new thing will come out from the Bush camp to hurt Kerry and the Democratic party. While some of my like-minded citizens would criticize my pessimism, I'm aware that the Swift Boat controversy has hurt Kerry in one of his strongest areas.
I'm so glad I read this article. While I am sure there is more to come, at least I feel like things could just as easily emerge to hurt the other side. I can feel my shoulders loosening up already.
Sunday, August 22, 2004
It is best to read the whole account, but here is a sample:
Three things that are forever pictured in my mind since that day over 30 years ago are: (1) The No. 3, 50-foot long, Swift boat getting huge, huge air; John Kerry thought it was about two feet. (He was farther away from it than I). I think it was at least four feet and probably closer to six feet; (2) All the boats turning left and letting loose at the same time like a deadly, choreographed dance and; (3) A few minutes later, John Kerry bending over his boat picking up one of the rangers that we were ferrying from out of the water. All the time we were taking small arms fire from the beach; although because of our fusillade into the jungle, I don't think it was very accurate, thank God. Anyone who doesn't think that we were being fired upon must have been on a different river.
Saturday, August 21, 2004
Cheney’s Own RNC Convention Speakers Think Kerry Is Qualified To Be Commander-In-Chief. “Rudy Giuliani said the fact that Mr. Kerry had been elected to the United States Senate four times and had a war record made him ‘absolutely’ qualified to be president. ‘It would be a terrible mistake for the Republican side to argue he is not qualified.’” And Tommy Franks, who is rumored to be speaking at the GOP convention, said, John Kerry was “absolutely” qualified to be Commander-in-Chief. [ABC, "This Week," 8/8/04; NYT, 8/12/04, “This Week,” ABC, 8/7/04]
Poll Shows Global Attitude Of The United States At An All Time Low. “The nonpartisan Pew Research Center, which conducted the survey, said the image of the United States in the world has never polled lower. ‘This poll says to me the discontent with America is a long-term problem that U.S. leaders have to confront,’ said poll director Andrew Kohut. ‘We've never seen ratings as low as this for America.’ The Pew poll is three years old, and Kohut has been conducting similar surveys in Europe for two decades.” [Washington Post, 3/17/04]
Karl Rove Said Bush Policy Has Damaged U.S. Stature In The World. “The White House is so gloomy about the repercussions that senior adviser Karl Rove suggested this week that the consequences of the graphic photographs documenting the U.S. abuse of Iraqi detainees are so enormous that it will take decades for the United States to recover, according to a Bush adviser.” [Washington Post, 5/7/04]
Donald Rumsfeld: Rumsfeld suggested that the U.S. is winning some battles in the war on terror but may be losing the larger battle against extremism that is terrorism’s source. “It’s quite clear to me that we do not have a coherent approach to this,” Rumsfeld said at an international security conference. [WP, 6/6/04]
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE): “We weren’t prepared for an occupation. We made a tremendous amount of mistakes. We did essentially go after this in a unilateral way.” [CNN, “Inside Politics,” 7/1/04]
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN): In a speech delivered at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, the United States risks “catastrophic terrorism” unless it repairs international alliances, expands trade and encourages global economic development. [AP, 5/23/04; Reuters, 5/21/04]
The clip shown in this video is quite telling.
Friday, August 20, 2004
Even though I am a math geek, I will confess I do not know much about the economy (my specialty is pure mathematics). Recently, I've been trying to learn more about it because many republicans vote that way for purely economic reasons. I'm well aware of how numbers can be spun to support either party so I've been quite reluctant to discuss this issue in depth.
The article above is the comments section of a post from a seemingly undecided (but possibly right leaning) blog. In it, both sides offer views and the economy is explained in surprising depth and in friendly language.
I highly recommend it to both sides so that you may become more informed debaters (and there's enough ammunition for both parties).
As a side note: I did not participate in this conversation. I'm actually looking for a report about terrorists being arrested in Nantucket this week. My (future)father-in-law told me about it and I'm trying (unsuccessfully) to find a news report about it.
Yet another compelling argument that President Bush has done more to help Osama Bin Laden and Al Quaeda than to hurt him.
For another excellent article about this topic, check out the August issue of Mother Jones. For those who don't know anything about the magazine or only know what they've heard in rumors, Mother Jones is equally hard on both parties. In fact, this same issue has another interesting article about Teresa Kerry that echoes many of the criticisms that have been heaped on her by conservatives. It is a sound investigative magazine.
I imagine that most of you have seen this, but I'm sharing it anyway.
There is a lot of chatter on the conservative sites about the media not giving enough airplay to the Swift Boat Veterans. Well, you got your wish. My problem with all of this is that the ad was discredited pretty much on the same day it came out. It really angers me that it has spread so quickly and that so many people will not bother to take the time to learn more.
Another reminder: Kerry chose to go to Vietnam, Bush chose not to. There is no comparison.
My sympathies to all you conservatives who now have to come up with even more elaborate arguments now that Thurlow's records have been made public. For those who are unaware, his Bronze Star (awarded for the same battle as Kerry's) citation is identical to Kerry's and contradicts Thurlow's current position. What is even more interesting is the fact that technically, Thurlow should have been the one to write the report of what happened. He is currently claiming that Kerry must have written it. Even if this is true (which I doubt), as the one who was suppossed to write the report, he should have at least read it before it was submitted. That is what the military chain of command is all about.
Saddest part of all: Americans are falling for these lies instead of seeing them as the political bull that they really are.
The folks over at polipondit have challenged the left (more specifically the folks at DailyKos to find five instances of right leaning bias in the media. I submit this article as an answer to that challenge. I realize that I will face some harsh criticism from my conservative readers, but I'll take the risk.
On a side note, I like the challenge and may just take it up independently.
Kerry Vs. Bush timeline
So that the skeptics can see if he's showing everything(let me know!). On Kerry's Official Site
A legal site with both candidate's records
Update: I fixed the links on this and apologize if I misled anyone. Must have been tired!
Make of these what you will.
It probably wasn't a good idea to say that the Iraqi soccer team gets to play soccer because of you after you destroy their stadium.
You know what folks, not everyone in Iraq is a bad guy.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
To all who commented, I will get back to you and I thank you for visiting.
Side note to Wild Bill: I was just thinking about how much I missed going back and forth with you and being happy that you've been nothing but kind to me even though we completely disagree and then you had resort to namecalling. Tell me it was just a bad day!
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
In response to these comments, I add:
First of all, I was in the military, honorably discharged. My father and grandfather are both veterans and Purple Heart recipients.
I support Kerry.
Many of your arguments against him would work just as well on Bush (and no, Bush didn't follow the rules.)
In one breath, you say it shouldn't matter what happened 30 years ago, then in the next you argue that the public has a right to know about Kerry's service.
A moment later you say that it was okay for people to avoid that horrible war, but then you criticize Kerry for taking advantage of a rule that allowed him to leave.
Make up your minds!
As for their records, Bush did everything he could to keep his secret (as a matter of fact, most of Bush's other records are sealed and not available for public view). Kerry's have been available this entire time.
We have over 30 years of Kerry to look at including his autobiography, but we only have about ten years of Bush and he has tried everything he could to keep things secret.
Last, McCain did ask Kerry to denounce the MoveOn ad and Kerry did. Enough said.
Pastors Issue Directive in Response to Reelection Tactic (washingtonpost.com)
That's right, the President asked churches to provide member lists (among other things). I can't believe I forgot about this. We don't need a President who believes pastors should urge their congregations to vote for him.
In other news (in this same article), Kerry made a smooth political move by taking McCain's suggestion that he condemn the latest MoveOn ad attacking Bush's service. While I don't believe for a second that Kerry really thinks this ad is in bad taste, I think he was wise to say it is especially after Bush refused. See, Kerry plays nice. I'm so proud.
Just one of many telling quotes in the above Washington Post article.
[Bush] said he was "disappointed" by Kerry's pledge to reduce
U.S. troops in Iraq in six months if he is elected president. "I
think that sends a terrible signal; after all, the enemy has to
wait for six months and one day," he told the crowd. "It sends
a bad signal to our troops over there. . . . It sends a bad
signal to the Iraqis. They're wondering if America is going to
cut and run."
With this argument, we can never leave Iraq. Is that really what this country wants (or needs)? How can Bush win with this kind of argument? Isn't the whole idea to leave Iraq? Aren't we trying to turn things over to them now? I know that some have predicted we'll be there for years, but I don't understand how this fits into what Bush has been feeding us all along.
Is it just me, or does his argument also apply to our attack on Iraq?
Read the whole article here.
I recently read a piece that I strongly agree with that stated that we should expect more from our President. Many argue that Bush is just a regular guy so we should excuse his language errors. I would argue that we shouldn't- the presidency requires better.
As a teacher, I already knew that No Child Left Behind isn't working. Never mind the fact that it isn't being funded properly, the plan for failing schools just isn't workable.
It seems our President is pretty good at ridiculous planning (Iraq, anyone?).
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
"'I'm 60 years old and I've voted Republican from the very first time I could vote. And I also want to say this is the very first time that I have felt that God was in the White House.''
'Thank you,'' Mr. Bush replied, to applause."
Do these people realize that terrorists also believe God is on their side?
Read this article.
I thought it was pretty straightforward, but it seems the right can spin anything.
I'm still trying to figure out why all the Bush supporters are wasting so much energy defending the top 1%.
Awhile back, I read about taxes in some European country (this was pre-blog, so no I won't provide a link). There, the upper 1% pay something like 65% of their incomes in taxes. Nobody complains though because the rich folks know they're outnumbered.
Our economy stinks right now- nobody should be getting tax cuts. My problem though is that someone making about $60,000 a year is really feeling the squeeze, but the millionaires are not. This is why they pay more taxes, folks.
I have a lot more to say about this, but for now I'll leave you with the conservative spin:
It almost makes me want to quit. What's worse is that this is supposedly a media watchdog group. They admit to being a conservative group, but still.
I'm going to play with these numbers a bit and get back to you.
I'll leave you with some humor. My "good friend" Bill over at Passionate America did his own research on these new numbers. He cites several sources and comes to the following conclusion: They are all lies!
Read it here.
You'll have to scroll down to where Kerry is praying.