* The Packers just beat the Redskins.
* I thought dead or alive meant "in custody". Who would have guessed, that for OBL, being alive and making videos was akin to a gift for the GOP?
"We want people to think 'terrorism' for the last four days," said a Bush-Cheney campaign official. "And anything that raises the issue in people's minds is good for us."
A senior GOP strategist added, "anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush."
He called it "a little gift," saying it helps the President but doesn't guarantee his reelection.
Ann Coulter's recent "buy my book" email started off with the best lead-in's I've ever received. Not only is it full of more truths than any of her books or articles but my head was nodding faster than the purple cow in the back window of grandma's car on a dirt road.
Dear Fellow Conservative,
My name is Ann Coulter, but to listen to liberal pundits tell it I am Cruella DeVil, Bloody Mary and Lizzie Borden all rolled into one -- with none of the warm, welcoming, nuanced nonjudgementalism of a Hillary Clinton!
she forgot Elena Ceausescu...
|You Are a Pundit Blogger!|
Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read. Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few.
yeah, no kidding?
Capitalizing on Tragedy
A cut and paste of the RNC ad behind a laughing Bush is surreal, no?
* Speaking of voting, if you've not seen it yet, the new Eminem video is fantastic.
* Make your own culturally relevant costume.
* The latest craze in debate assists can be used to que up your kid for trick or treating.
* kos provides pretty pictures of the IAEA stamp.
* Remember, Bush is running on his record as president. Interesting how he's trying to remind everyone that his administration ignored all warnings about 9/11 and yet they're still trumping it as..... um, a success?
Dennise Garcia is running for Family Court Judge in Dallas County. I hope you will consider voting for her.
To learn more about her, you can watch a brief movie here:
(All three links pull up the same movie...)
High quality Quicktime video:
Small file Quicktime video:
Streaming "Real" video:
You can learn more about Dennise's substantial qualifications to be a judge at her main website: www.dennisegarcia.com
Many people say they never know who to vote for in judicial races. In Dennise, I believe that we have a candidate who is qualified to serve and as diverse as
I hope you will vote for Dennise this coming Tuesday, November 2.
Style over substance only works if you're doing it right
* via Blah3, depressed goths for Bush. Pitifully sad.
* Bush supporters display compassion and love when confronted with a difference of opinion.
* More Pentagon officials state that Al's Kaka den of iniquity had been searched. what, just not inventoried?
* Whoever says the pro-marriage, amendments don't breed intolerance needs to crawl back under their proverbial rock.
* Worst case scenario.
* The Pope catches Bush explaining the loss of munitions in Iraq.
* Bush's attempt to win over moderate Democrats.
* Nice Halloween mask.
The Canine Vote
The Curse of the Bambino has been lifted from the Red Sox. Game 4 shutout in the World Series with a 3 to 0 win over the Cardinals under a lunar eclipse.
May all the "contestants" from Boston have this level of success.
Rah Rah Rah.... vote Cheerleader in Chief
Why vote for Bush? His qualifications? How about his record and administration's behavior? Maybe it's his fantastic record of quietly screwing those who think he's still doing well by them? If all that fails, his record of sharing love and thinking through consequences of his actions.
and last but not least, how he reaches out to expat swing voters... (C&P from a friend in Belgium)
You don't have permission to access "http://www.georgewbush.com/" on this server
* $50 says Ben Shapiro masturbates while writing his more effusive articles.
* Expect more tax cuts, they need more money for Iraq and the emperor needs new clothes.
* I believe. The best pro-Bush yet anti-Bush diatribe yet.
* Thousands turn out for Kerry, Bush turns out to be Benny Hinn.
* The Crawford paper *and* the Waco paper both endorse Kerry? Even sending Bush back home's not going to have that warm fuzzy he's come to expect.
* Dear Georgie, 2004's going to be a bit harder to do than 2000. Sincerely Jeb.
* Holy crap, Allawi talks differently without the administration's hand up his ass.
* Who sends out a write-in candidate email a week before the elections?
* Get Your War On ver 42
* The primary reasons wounds don't heal, dumb f*cks keep picking at the scabs. Can't we just fight our current war for a second?
* How not to win swing voters.
The last Texas Tuesday of the 2004 election cycle focuses on Charlie Stenholm. Charlie's one of the last of a dying breed of old-time Democrats in Texas. He's in an uphill battle to retain his seat after being directly impacted by the redistricting. Check him out.
Close to home
Spinning is old hat, Whirling is in
* Anyone else catch Peggy Noonan last night on MSNBC spinning the loss of 380 tons of known explosives as proof Saddam was a bad bad man? We know this ammunition is there, we invade, ignore the cache and then attempt to look surprised when it comes up missing? The Keystone Cops looked more together than this team of "planners". We've got Condi Rice saying she only *just* found out about the disappearance a couple of weeks ago. Um, wasn't she the queen bee in charge back in 2003? Wouldn't knowing be her job, being National Security Advisor and all?
* Things are going to really start settling down after 65.82434% of the Iraqi population vote in January for a new leader, hand picked from the grouping of expats we've imported. Please ignore the bombings, they're simple distractions for the media.
* Onward Christian Soldiers.........marching as to war.....
* No, really, it's about protecting marriage. It's not about hate or discrimination or working tirelessly to ensure that a portion of the population is marginalized due to minor differences.
* Internal Bush pollings are displaying something less than wine and roses. How do you think this will play out in the stump rhetoric? Yep, Kerry is scary and Bush is brave, wash rinse repeat.
* Sinclair and the power of the shareholder. One small step for man...
* Bush says "P.U.L.L. my finger". I've been waiting for this to bubble up since I read "Fortunate Son", three years ago.
* Bohemian Presidency.
* Track the key electoral votes election night with this handy dandy guide.
News and other flying bits and pieces
* Treatment of Max Cleland by Chambliss seems to pale in comparison to these tactics.
* Kerry wins in the Nickelodeon vote for president? It's no wonder they don't lower the voting age.
* Have we outgrown the Electoral College as the selector of choice or is it simply time for it to simmer on the back burner, in case of emergency?
* I want this degree of optimism. I don't, however, possess it.
* The DNC's work to protect voters, is not a partisan grab.
* Miserable failure part MMIV.
* How much damage to the planet and negative impact to marginalized countries will it have to take before people wake up and will we have passed the point of no return?
* Martin Frost plug. Pete Sessions is bad for the economy and very bad for Texas.
* James Wolcott is, justification for cloning. We need more than one.
Part of the mystery of my stolen yard signs has been solved. Last night, I chased approximately 6 teenage white guys off my lawn after they ripped up all my signs and were throwing them against my front window, screaming "BITCHES". Easy jab at their inability to engage in intelligent discourse aside, this is theft of property, vandalism and tresspassing. I'm more disappointed than appalled at the way my neighbors have apparently raised their children.
The fight will go on, the signs, will be replaced and the next time, the cops will be called.
Capturing what's probably "old news" sent in.
The trouble with Keyes, you know where he stands.
"And for anyone to suggest that you leave it behind at the door of the
voting booth or public service suggests something utterly incompatible
with what the Lord ourself -- himself rather-- told us about the
of our faith."
the Lord ourself...
Hopeful in Kentucky
* Bunning's starting to look like loose cannon even to his most ardent supporters.
Lesser of two Weevils.
* In hopes of turning the balance of the Senate, the ultra-conservative Democrat is beating the uber-wacky Republican in Oklahoma. *shudder**
* Jon Stewart on Crossfire was what legends are made of. Given the comparative ratings, Paul, Bob, Tucker and James need to stop for one wee minute and ask themselves how much of his critique contains stark reality.
* The then and now of pResident bubble boy.
* Vote smart, not f@#$ing stupid.
* A retort to the Kerry/cicada comparison.
Local Texas Campaigns
We all know enough about the presidential candidates to cast an informed vote. But do you know about the local races?
Don Adams, a friend of mine, is running for judge of Criminal District Court #2 which is a felony trial court. If you live anywhere in Dallas County, you can vote for Don Adams.
Don Adams has been married to Linda for 32 years and they have 3 adult children – Shawn, Ryan & Katie. While he’s been a lawyer in this area for many years, Don Adams has also been a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist for 20 years and a judge in Irving for 13 years.
We need judges who work for the taxpayers!! We need judges that run a smooth and efficient court for all parties involved, jurors included!! Don Adams will work to reduce the jail population by trying cases.
I urge you to vote for Don Adams, Democrat for Judge of Criminal District Court #2 in this November 2, 2004 election.
Late Texas Tuesday
Greetings. Our penultimate Texas Tuesday takes us to East Texas and the
campaign of Max Sandlin in CD01:
Thanks to Sandlin's stout fighting, this is another winnable race. We've got two weeks to go, so let's make the most of it. Thanks!
Also, I want to draw your attention to a 501(c) group called Campaign Money Watch (http://www.campaignmoney.org/index.htm), who are gearing up
to run some anti-Tom DeLay ads in CD22. You can see the ad here:
and you can help them buy airtime here:
As always, thank you very much for all your help.
What About The Bi-Parental Children?
* Check out this group's focus, children. You know, those poor citizens who are going to be left with our debt, international state and no rights?
Why is it illegal to partake in tasty smoke, but there are no laws keeping pharmacutical companies from spamming my website's comments over 500 time in less than 7 days?
friggin' upside down
Points of Interest
* Dear Bill O'Reilly, How long will you be able to hold on to your 'above the fray' credibility and will people coming on your show be tainted now? Maybe if John Kerry comes on your show, you can chat about your interests.
* Pissed Off Pundit On Free Fire (POPOFF) (term donated)
* Conservative review roundup on Bush's compassion and performance.
* Kevin Drum's recommendation on tackling Sinclair and their advertisers.
* Additional updates to voter fraud or disenfranchisement.
That's the news and I am ooooooooooooutta here!
cya in a week.
Win Place or Show?
Kerry by a nose. Kerry's lack of follow through on fixing the vaccine issue, the lost job question, and failure to directly attack the marriage amendment proposal were only slightly counter-balanced by Bush's memory failure on the Osama quote, inability to talk to Roe v Wade, odd jocular approach and his strong conviction that everyone benefitted from his tax cuts. Kerry missed fantastic opportunites to slam Bush's record as Bush skewed Kerry's voting record in the Senate. It is though, incredibly surreal to watch Bush, crack what he thinks is a joke and hear only him chuckle.
A few of the finer moments
Bush: We held to account a terrorist regime in Saddam Hussein.
BUSH: Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations.
Golly Wally, after kicking terrorist ass in Iraq, I'm surprised we're still having to talk about Osama. Damn! Now you made me say his name!
BUSH: We're working with Canada to hopefully -- that they'll produce a -- help us realize the vaccine necessary to make sure our citizens have got flu vaccinations during this upcoming season.
Um, from Canada? Last week they were a 3rd world portal for bad drugs coming into the states.
Cutting taxes vs deficit
BUSH: He talks about PAYGO. I'll tell you what PAYGO means, when you're a senator from Massachusetts, when you're a colleague of Ted Kennedy, pay go means: You pay, and he goes ahead and spends.
Instance #1 of the use of Kennedy's name in this debate.... both used to identify the right person this time. Wasn't the budget balanced 4 years ago? Wasn't there a cutback on spending? Ah for the days of Democrat sponsored fiscal discipline.
uses education as a diversion
BUSH: Got four more years, I've got more to do to continue to raise standards, to continue to reward teachers and school districts that are working, to emphasize math and science in the classrooms, to continue to expand Pell Grants to make sure that people have an opportunity to start their career with a college diploma.
Hello!!!! As much fun as returning to college might seem, I suspect the unemployed would rather hear about how we'll be working to ensure jobs remain here and we will still have education assistance benefits.
Blame for Job Loss
BUSH: I believe the role of government is to stand side by side with our citizens to help them realize their dreams, not tell citizens how to live their lives.
Reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally? My dream is to have an administration that not only gives a shit but doesn't consider favors to big business over the welfare of the people. Can this president guarantee that?
Is homosexuality a choice?
BUSH: You know, Bob, I don't know. I just don't know. I do know that we have a choice to make in America and that is to treat people with tolerance and respect and dignity. It's important that we do that.
BUSH: I proposed a constitutional amendment. The reason I did so was because I was worried that activist judges are actually defining the definition of marriage, and the surest way to protect marriage between a man and woman is to amend the Constitution.
So, it doesn't matter if it's a choice or not, just whether it impacts the heterosexual contingent? Dear Dred Scott......
On stem cell research and Roe v Wade
BUSH: I think it's important to promote a culture of life. I think a hospitable society is a society where every being counts and every person matters.
Wouldn't ensuring healthcare for all citizens be included in this logic?
Healthcare cost increases
Summary of Bush's 4 points
1. Consumers are not involved.
2. Not enough tort reform
3. No IT, used horse & buggy reference
4. Generic drugs.
So, patients can't get generic drugs because they're not involved and their doctors are still using stone tablets to track their progress while spending too much time suing the archaic physicians?
BUSH: In all due respect, I'm not so sure it's credible to quote leading news organizations about -- oh, nevermind.
Winning friends, influencing people and trying to humorously attack the media at the same time. Multi-tasking.
BUSH: Talk about the VA: We've increased VA funding by $22 billion in the four years since I've been president. That's twice the amount that my predecessor increased VA funding.
Of course we're meeting our obligation to our veterans, and the veterans know that.
Um, not so much.
BUSH: People need to remember: Six months prior to my arrival, the stock market started to go down. And it was one of the largest declines in our history. And then we had a recession and we got attacked, which cost us 1 million jobs.
It's everyone's fault but mine. 9/11!!! The Clenis!!!! What was I supposed to doooooo?
BUSH: Actually, Mitch McConnell had a minimum-wage plan that I supported that would have increased the minimum wage.
and???? Then he goes on to champion education as what, an alternative?
Roe v Wade
BUSH: What he's asking me is, will I have a litmus test for my judges? And the answer is, no, I will not have a litmus test. I will pick judges who will interpret the Constitution, but I'll have no litmus test.
He gave up 110 seconds to avoid touching this? His follow up segues back to education Wow! Considering the bribe to involve Turkey in Iraq was more that we allocated for NCLB, you'd think he'd shy away from this too.
BUSH: in denial, convinced stop loss makes spirits high.
BUSH: And secondly, like my opponent, I don't agree we ought to have quotas. I agree, we shouldn't have quotas.
Faith & religion
BUSH: I believe that God wants everybody to be free. That's what I believe.
And that's been part of my foreign policy. In Afghanistan, I believe that the freedom there is a gift from the Almighty. And I can't tell you how encouraged I am to see freedom on the march.
God wants us to liberate the oppressed and spread freedom. Um.
BUSH: My biggest disappointment in Washington is how partisan the town is. I had a record of working with Republicans and Democrats as the governor of Texas, and I was hopeful I'd be able to do the same thing.
Eight years of Reagan, 4 under his dad, and he's surprised how DC functions. Give me a break.
The closing question, on what have you learned from the women in your life, was about as much fun as listening to fingernails on a chalkboard. Overly sappy and desperate attempts on both sides to generate laughter.
Here's to going on vacation tomorrow.
What a morning. There's nothing like the rush of adrenaline that accompanies a complete hard drive failure. 100% restoration and we're back in bidness.
* When did the US become a banana republic?
* Failure of the Iraq reconstruction will be directly related to the number of Christians in country. Cool. Send over Falwell, Roberston, Roberts, Tilton, et al. Everyone needs a patsy.
* October surprise? Man, I get some weird emails, the one that included this parody link, tops the charts.
* How are our boys on the ground in Iraq doing? Some shared a bit with Seymore Hersh. Careful, heavy stuff.
Bush indicates attention span, level of focus on detail and length of internal debate fuse.
* Stealing or defacing a campaign sign is an indication that you believe your own candidate is in trouble. Don't send that message, no matter who you support. Do though, have a long talk with the pseudo-patriots erecting these in their yards.
* Flippin' the floppity rhetoric around a little and doing it with style.
* The public owns the airwaves, the FCC regulates the airwaves. Let them know how you feel about partisan abuse. update: In addition to Peter's comments, kos also has the breakout of the unique approaches to attacking this travesty head on.
* How to determine if people have too much time on their hands... they buy gay magazines to bitch about the companies who advertise in them.
Debate Logic and Random Rhetoric
* Au Contraire mon frere. Tout Alors! Mon Dieu! Escargot! Le tailleur de Français de bush's dit le non, it's juste une ride. Merde!
* Finally, someone in the media is actually calling the candidates on their abuse of the sound bite vs the full context of a statement. This post brought to you by the word "nuisance" and the number "200 billion".
* When one of the leading GOP pundits asks you not to watch the debate on TV, it's not because he *really* believes you'll get more out of it on the radio or print. He'd rather you not see his "last hope" perform. Watching a true Republican defend Bush as the best man for the job has to be one of the more pitiful elements to this campaign.
* You're the leader of the free world. You need to invade another country to vindicate your daddy and show everyone who's boss. You're a dry drunk with an axe to grind and you're too visible to deliver a genuine ass-kicking stateside. Take the global test and see if you have what it takes.
* Miss the days when all we had to worry about was rolling black-outs and the energy policy. Revisit the era of big business bliss in full and living color.
* From the guest columnist on Townhall this week, we get this gem, "On November 2, keep in mind what mattered most on 9-11." Yeah, finishing "My Pet Goat".
Dennis Prager, on the side of the 'we can justify anything' team gives us this view this morning.
* regarding the mistake of invading Iraq
They say this: There are far more terrorists in Iraq since the invasion, and, therefore, the invasion was a mistake.
Yet, in order to believe that the greater number of terrorists in Iraq means the invasion was a mistake, you have to believe one or both of the following -- that were it not for the invasion, the terrorists who are in Iraq would have been engaged in some peaceful work in some other country, or that they are newly minted terrorists who were perhaps selling shoes prior to the war in Iraq.
What is it with these 'black and white only' believers? How about the possibility that the invasion, based on the reasons and logic used to justify it, was a mistake. The number of troops and lack of follow through also classifies as a mistake and although the desire was to create terrorist flypaper in Iraq, we never built up the local support needed to combat that which we were attracting?
After much more scatagorical justification, he ends with this;
That is why so many terrorists have moved to Iraq. They agree with President Bush -- the war on terror is taking place in Iraq.
Super, the friggin Middle East 'Field of Dreams'. We built it, they came and now the Iraq citizens get to bear the brunt of our Democratic Terrorist baiting?
Here's a suggestion, let's send Dennis to Iraq. Some of his newshound compatriots don't seem to be having quite as easy of a time as it appears back home on the TeeeeVeeee.
Little by little, day-by-day, being based in Iraq has defied all those reasons. I am house bound. I leave when I have a very good reason to and a scheduled interview. I avoid going to people's homes and never walk in the streets. I can't go grocery shopping any more, can't eat in restaurants, can't strike a conversation with strangers, can't look for stories, can't drive in any thing but a full armored car, can't go to scenes of breaking news stories, can't be stuck in traffic, can't speak English outside, can't take a road trip, can't say I'm an American, can't linger at checkpoints, can't be curious about what people are saying, doing, feeling. And can't and can't. There has been one too many close calls, including a car bomb so near our house that it blew out all the windows. So now my most pressing concern every day is not to write a kick-ass story but to stay alive and make sure our Iraqi employees stay alive. In Baghdad I am a security personnel first, a reporter second.
Next, they'll be blaming the Iraqis for not shaping up fast enough. Stay tuned.
* We can now rule out friendlies as the culprit for my missing J/E '04. Last night two more were stolen from our precinct chair and his neighbor's house. Are the Republicans in the neighborhood (of which they are the majority) so frightened of an opposing view that they need to squelch the minority points of view? When the number of Bush/Cheney signs out number the Kerry/Edwards signs 4 to 1 wouldn't that make their point clearer (assuming they have one)? I guess the high road, for these compassionate conservatives is out of the question this election year. Here's to them driving home their point.
* This week will see the monkey household travelling to Boston MA to attend, drum roll please, a gay marriage. So not only will we get to experience the history and legacy of the freedom of our nation, but the freedom of two people in love being joined in matrimony. A leap forward in progress is when your kid's first attended wedding is between two people of the same sex and, you get to explain how wonderful it is that their state recognizes this commitment and allows them the freedom to pursue their union. That and the seafood's pretty awesome up there too.
* Gary Trudeau points out in Sunday's strip that Bush 41 falls into the "against us" category as defined by 43.
* Oh the vast irony. Cutting up the flag into the shape of a "W" in support of the pResident who wraps himself in the cape of jingoism. I've seen these now as car stickers and yard signs and am appalled that we seem opposed to burning a flag in protest but for slicing and dicing it to support an adminstration that cheapens it's meaning.
* Not new news, Sinclair broadcasting is demanding that all of their affiliates run an anti-Kerry film days before November 2nd without commercials. Sinclair? Why does that ring a bell? Oh yeah, this. Now, go be pissed off and do something.
* Could there truly be a medical explanation for all the cognitive dissonance?
* Comment from a discussion last night "possible new Onion article headline 'Bush Opposes Slavery, Recommends 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments'".
* Click through... and through and through and through.
* Bush's notes from the first debate. The notes from Friday night's simply said "jump and holler".
* Superman succumbs. Odds the stem cell argument becomes more heated?
* US sponsored elections in Afghanistan.... oh, come on. What were they expecting?
So he didn't sneer, scowl or eyeroll....but when he's pissed, his voice increases like he's a tourist who feels he needs to yell to be understood, grinds his teeth and blinks like a coke fiend fighting off DTs.
I remember going down to the basement of the White House the day we committed our troops as last resort, looking at Tommy Franks and the generals on the ground, asking them, "Do we have the right plan with the right troop level?"
And they looked me in the eye and said, "Yes, sir, Mr. President." Of course, I listen to our generals. That's what a president does. A president sets the strategy and relies upon good military people to execute that strategy.
It's kick-ass having nothing but yes men.
GIBSON: Mr. President, let's extend for a minute...
BUSH: Let me just -- I've got to answer this.
GIBSON: Exactly. And with Reservists being held on duty...
BUSH: Let me answer what he just said, about around the world.
GIBSON: Well, I want to get into the issue of the back-door draft...
BUSH: You tell Tony Blair we're going alone. Tell Tony Blair we're going alone. Tell Silvio Berlusconi we're going alone. Tell Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland we're going alone.
...and here Bush is a head spin and some pea soup shy of a Linda Blair moment which fails to translate into text well. Not enough time for his handlers to scream 'stop it' into his earpiece? DON'T FORGET POLAND!!
BUSH: That answer almost made me want to scowl. He keeps talking about, "Let the inspectors do their job." It's naive and dangerous to say that. That's what the Duelfer report showed. He was deceiving the inspectors. Secondly, of course we've been involved with Iran.
Pulled the wool right over Hans' eyes didn't he? We gave them four months to come up with proof and before we started bombing. Yeah so we haven't found anything either, what of it?
regarding Canadian drugs
BUSH: I haven't yet. Just want to make sure they're safe. When a drug comes in from Canada, I want to make sure it cures you and doesn't kill you. And that's why the FDA and that's why the surgeon general are looking very carefully to make sure it can be done in a safe way. I've got an obligation to make sure our government does everything we can to protect you. And what my worry is is that, you know, it looks like it's from Canada, and it might be from a third world.
Sweet, they plan to protect us now. Will they start reading the PDBs? What they really need to do is protect us from third worlders posing as Canadians.
We have a deficit. We have a deficit because this country went into a recession. You might remember the stock market started to decline dramatically six months before I came to office, and then the bubble of the 1990s popped. And that cost us revenue. That cost us revenue.
Secondly, we're at war. And I'm going to spend what it takes to win the war, more than just $120 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan. We've got to pay our troops more. We have. We've increased money for ammunition and weapons and pay and homeland security.
How does all of this justify a tax cut or two?
BUSH: What happens in those forests, because of lousy federal policy, is they grow to be -- they are not -- they're not harvested. They're not taken care of. And as a result, they're like tinderboxes.
And over the last summers I've flown over there. And so, this is a reasonable policy to protect old stands of trees and at the same time make sure our forests aren't vulnerable to the forest fires that have destroyed acres after acres in the West.
We've got a good, common-sense policy.
I guess you'd say I'm a good steward of the land.
...and you'd be lying. Since when did common-sense dictate that good forest management equaled harvesting. Oh yeah, when lumber lobbyists got White House jobs.
Yes, he does and this joke did not generate laughter from anyone but Bush.
So I really don't think so. I hope you don't think that. I mean, I -- because I think whoever is the president must guard your liberties, must not erode your rights in America.
And so, I don't think the Patriot Act abridges your rights at all.
Of course, when quizzed, I thought my campaign finance law killed 527s too... so don't expect me to be able to speak directly to how policy affects you.
GRABEL: President Bush, during the last four years, you have made thousands of decisions that have affected millions of lives. Please give three instances in which you came to realize you had made a wrong decision, and what you did to correct it. Thank you.
BUSH: I have made a lot of decisions, and some of them little, like appointments to boards you never heard of, and some of them big
And in a war, there's a lot of -- there's a lot of tactical decisions that historians will look back and say: He shouldn't have done that. He shouldn't have made that decision. And I'll take responsibility for them. I'm human.
Now, you asked what mistakes. I made some mistakes in appointing people, but I'm not going to name them. I don't want to hurt their feelings on national TV.
Lindsey, O'Neill, Clarke, that silly faith based guy, but remember 9/11!!!!! Saddam = bad!
But our long-term security depends on our deep faith in liberty. And we'll continue to promote freedom around the world.
Freedom is on the march. Tomorrow, Afghanistan will be voting for a president. In Iraq, we'll be having free elections, and a free society will make this world more peaceful.
and if they don't like it, we'll bomb them to freedom from this earthly prison.
* Presidential version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Kerry in lipstick's just a little creepy.
* Digby explains the two faces of Bush.... one of which has only recently been made available to the masses.
* How we wish John Edwards could have responded in Tuesday's debate.
* How much does this administration really hate lawyers?
* Spectacular news on the voter registration front.
* Rumsfeld has not received his talking points from the Bush '04 campaign recently.
* DeLay update via kos. Can we get an indictment before November 2nd?
What other job in the world allows any employee the leeway to perform poorly and still remain employed? In what other role can a person be able to fail on all fronts and still be seen not only as a leader, but a role model? I've been racking my brain to come up with any job or position that would allow the individual in charge to trump up charges for an action then weasel out of the primary justification, only to then move on to a third or fourth reason in order to appear tough and staid.
Bush has taken the logic for invading Iraq from WMD threats all the way down now, to violations of the oil for food program. Troops are dying, Iraqis are dying, the American taxpayer is funding a large (corrupt) corporation to rebuild the country's infrastructure and a large majority of our international goodwill has been eroded and he's still convinced it was the right decision.
Through all of this there have been zero firings, no terminations with cause and a tangible void of 'buck stops here' type responsibility. When did this nation become so lazy and complacent that settling for the lowest common denominator is preferable to the ability to change and hightened intellect? If any other average citizen performed in this manner in the workplace we'd be asking "you want fries with that" so fast it'd make the tasmanian devil dizzy.
Cheney teaches John Edwards' dad math, on television... and people say he has no heart?
You know, when I was young and growing up, I remember coming down the steps into the kitchen, early in the morning, and I would see the glow of the television.
And I'd see my father sitting at a table. He wasn't paying bills, and he wasn't doing paperwork from work.
What he was doing was learning math on television.
* Cheney eats babies, Edwards offers up his.
* Bring back the Fairness Doctrine.
* Spots that need to be on TV.
Personally I didn't see a "clear" winner in the VP Debate just distinct differences. The happy puppy, balanced out the sullen curmudgeon's disposition. The glaring inaccuracies have already been beaten to death by the professionals but there were a few points that need to be played with. in no particular order
Cheney: You end up with a situation in which -- talk about demeaning. In effect, you demean the sacrifice of our allies when you say it's the wrong war, wrong place, wrong time, and oh, by the way, send troops.
Which is to say that they support the opposing view? Right war, right place, and right time, and oh, by the way, send less troops. Didn't Bremer just state that one of the biggest hurdles was the lack of forces?
Cheney: John Edwards, two and a half years ago, six months after we went into Afghanistan announced that it was chaotic, the situation was deteriorating, the warlords were about to take over. Here we are, two and a half years later, we're four days away from a democratic election, the first one in history in Afghanistan. We've got 10 million voters who have registered to vote, nearly half of them women.
After redirecting 95% of our forces, funding and attention away from Afghanistan, they're now seeing a 75% increase in the opium trade and our man in Kabul can barely leave his compound. This weekend's election will provide a good indication as to the real successes in this, once again, abandoned country.
CHENEY: Well, I clearly believe that George W. Bush would be a better commander in chief. He's already done it for four years.
And he's demonstrated, without question, the conviction, the vision, the determination to win this war against terror. He understands it's a global conflict that reaches from the United States all the way around the globe to Jakarta.
And those very special qualities are vital in a commander in chief. And I think the president has them, and I'm not at all convinced his opponent does.
Because my 5 deferments don't really qualify me for anything other than a superior puppeteer.
IFILL: Would you like to respond? Thirty seconds.
I'm sorry, I'm meant to say "Go Fuck Yourself" but got all caught up in the moment.
CHENEY: Well, the reason they keep mentioning Halliburton is because they're trying to throw up a smokescreen. They know the charges are false.
They know that if you go, for example, to factcheck.com [sic], an independent Web site sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, you can get the specific details with respect to Halliburton.
It's an effort that they've made repeatedly to try to confuse the voters and to raise questions, but there's no substance to the charges.
This one speaks for itself.
IFILL: Thirty seconds.
CHENEY: Oh, I think his record speaks for itself. And frankly, it's not very distinguished.
Nothing like declaring war on a sovereign nation who posed much less of a threat than, Pakistan, Iran, or North Korea. Wuss.
Cheney: But let's look at what we know about Mr. Zarqawi.
We know he was running a terrorist camp, training terrorists in Afghanistan prior to 9/11. We know that when we went into Afghanistan that he then migrated to Baghdad. He set up shop in Baghdad, where he oversaw the poisons facility up at Khurmal, where the terrorists were developing ricin and other deadly substances to use.
We know he's still in Baghdad today. He is responsible for most of the major car bombings that have killed or maimed thousands of people. He's the one you will see on the evening news beheading hostages.
He is, without question, a bad guy. He is, without question, a terrorist. He was, in fact, in Baghdad before the war, and he's in Baghdad now after the war.
The fact of the matter is that this is exactly the kind of track record we've seen over the years. We have to deal with Zarqawi by taking him out, and that's exactly what we'll do.
Gawrsh Mr. VP, making up for missed opportunities?
It's Thursday and I'm playing catch-up.
Good news from this week;
Much needed R&R without too much focus on politics is a good thing. Unfortunately it occured simultaneous to the VP debate. I'll be using the "Daily Show" approach and tearing stuff up, after the fact. Today's email gem was the clever Coulter rant which included the following typo.
* In case you're keeping score at home, Kerry is ahead in the polls. Panties everywhere are bunched. If a runningback fails to catch a pass, do you fire the referee? No, you try and figure out why your player seemed to be so distracted and angry. Maybe he's simply unqualified and no one noticed until the playoffs and is now praying for a natural disaster-type distraction. Running a campaign based on fear, terror, nook-u-lar threats, 9/11, and misinformation... has got to be exhausting.
to the brave soul who stole the John Kerry '04 sign in broad daylight from in front of my porch, use it wisely or be plagued with guilt and scabies for eternity.
the race, sure is heating up, ain't it?
(why did they leave the other 6?)
Overheard Post Debate Rhetoric
Needless to say, this wasn't a discussion I was willing to leap into.
Subtle messages and physical innuendos
Size isn't everything, is it?