Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Republican duplicity at its very best: Rep. Ed Schrock

Rep. Ed Schrock is a two-term Republican congressman from Virginia's Second District. The National Journal ties him as the second most conservative person in all of Congress in 2003, behind only Dennis Hastert. This isn't necessarily a turn-off in his district, which includes Virginia Beach, home of Pat Robertson, as well as Hampton Roads, home of 300,000 active-duty military and veterans. A strong family man with a wife and kids, Schrock was a co-sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment and opposes any possible rights for gay people, including non-discrimination in employment.

The problem is, his constituents may soon discriminate against his employment, as Schrock also seeks out gay sex on telephone dating services, and gay activists are about to release the tapes. Read more.

(via Daily Kos)

Register to Vote!



The Wingnuts are holding their convention, and Arnold is talking right now. Want to really get them? Register to vote. And vote. Visit Declare Yourself and get the process started.

Protest.com



Seen in NYC on Sunday. (via haacked.com)

Republicans in Name Only

Michael Moore wrote this piece about Republicans in Name Only to the Wingnuts attending the RNC in NYC. Moore says that many Republicans don't really hold to the Republican platform or intend to discriminate. And that could make all the difference on Nov. 2. Read more Moore..

Monday, August 30, 2004

How Bush reads security briefings



"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" - George W Bush

Top 10 Conservative Idiots

George W Bush made the list three times. Read this DemocraticUnderground piece that outlines the hypocrisy, lies, flip-flopping, and chickenhawk tactics of our Wingnut friends. Read more.

Funny Anti-War Slogans

One nation under surveillance.
How did our oil get under their sand?
(On a five year old) More Candy Less War.
It's the oil, stupid.
War is expensive, Peace is priceless.
Read between the Pipelines
Smart weapons, Dumb president.
The only thing we have to fear is Bush himself.
Peace Takes Brains
Anything war can do, peace can do better.
Negotiation Not Annihilation.
Drop Bush, Not Bombs
Oh Say can You Cease?
Don't do it George, Dad will still love you.
The last time we listened to a Bush, we wandered in the desert for 40 years.

More.

RNC protest sign-of-the-day

500,000 protesters turned up to welcome the RNC to New York City. My favorite sign: What would Jesus bomb?

(photo via NYT)

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Thousands protest Bush and RNC



(via USA TODAY)

Rummy just can't stop lying



(Rumsfeld raises his hand halfway, signifying he's about to tell a lie while saying "this is the God's honest truth.")

In an interview with a radio station in Phoenix, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, "I have not seen anything thus far that says that the people abused were abused in the process of interrogating them or for interrogation purposes."

Incredible. Incroyable! A panel appointed by Rumsfeld found that abuse took place, there are photos and videos of abuse, and sworn testimony by Army personnel say there was abuse. Yet...Rumsfeld continues to lie and say no abuse took place. This administration is so mendacious - and they seem to get away with it. Where is the outrage? Read more.

For an interesting take in good thinking, check out Whisky Bar: Free Thinking in a Dirty Glass

Is the President a Pathological Liar?

David Corn writes in LAWeekly:
So Bush tells us the ongoing war in Iraq is a strike against the forces that hit America on 9/11 and would do so again (were it not for the invasion of Iraq), and he proclaims the Taliban extinct. None of this is supported by the readily available information provided by the media or Bush’s own military. Making such melodramatic and misleading claims may or may not be pathological, but it certainly isn’t a sign that Bush has a healthy relationship with reality.
Read more.

Borders is dead in my book

One of the proven Swift Boat Liars was scheduled to do a book signing at Borders in Canton, OH. I wrote to say that I think they shouldn't be supporting liars and shouldn't be promoting lies. Here's their response:
Dear Frank,

Thank you for contacting Borders with your comments regarding the appearance by Jerry Corsi at our Canton, OH store.

In its 30-year history, Borders has built a reputation for understanding and meeting customer needs in a manner that distinguishes our stores from others and makes us known for offering a comfortable and accepting environment. Our commitment to providing a vast and deep selection of materials that represent viewpoints across a broad spectrum of political, social and cultural views has fostered this reputation. This commitment to diversity extends to our in-store events and author appearances. We work to represent the interests of all of the people in the communities we serve.

We understand that the presence of these personalities delights some and outrages others. We ultimately decide to host individuals because they are of interest to many of the people who shop in our stores, not because we wish to validate or contest the viewpoints held by them. We reflect the interests of our customers and the communities where we do business and we strive to do this in a balanced way where many viewpoints are represented.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Cat
Borders Customer Care
http://www.bordersstores.com
Let's see how "balanced" they are. Probably "balanced" like Fox News.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Chewing up stem cell lies by the Bushies



The Bushies claim stem cell research is nowhere near practical results. Another Bush lie. A German man had a new jaw grown on his back (shudder now) to replace the jaw he lost to cancer. Stem cells started the process. Read more.

We're here to vote



MoveOn is featuring the work of some of America's best directors in politically stirring ads. 10 weeks until the election. Check out this one with the knockout line: "We're here to vote."

Million more Americans in poverty - better off than four years ago?

The US Census Bureau announced that the number of people living in poverty had risen to 35.8 million or 12.5 per cent of the population - up from from 34.5 million or 12.1 per cent in 2002.

Tthe report showed the number of Americans without healthcare had risen to 45 million from 43.6 million in 2002.

This was the third successive year of rises in both categories, and incomes remained stagnant last year.

(via The Australian)

Quote of the day - Where is Bush's shame?

"The question is, where is George Bush's honor? Where is his shame?" - Former Georgia and Senator and valiant Vietnam veteran, Max Cleland, in Crawford, Texas to ask Bush to condem the Swift Boat attacks on Sen. Kerry. Read more.

Republicans suppressing minority voter participation

From People for the American Way: "In recent years, many minority communities have tended to align with the Democratic Party. Over the past two decades, the Republican Party has launched a series of “ballot security” and “voter integrity” initiatives which have targeted minority communities. At least three times, these initiatives were successfully challenged in federal courts as illegal attempts to suppress voter participation based on race."

Sign a petition. Remind the Republicans about "one man (or woman); one vote."

Speaking Republicanish

Rod Watson offers some definitions for "Republicanish," which, he says, sounds a lot like English, only with different meanings. For example:
sen-si-tive (sens' sa tiv) adj. 1. receiving and responding to stimuli from outside agencies [John Kerry realized that in order to have allies in the war on terror, the United States must be sensitive to other points of view] 2. having or showing keen sensibilities [sensitive to the possibility of being killed, Dick Cheney sought multiple deferments instead of serving in Vietnam]

di-ver-sion (de vur' zhen) n. 1. a diverting or turning aside 2. distraction of attention [the president created a diversion by lauding tax cuts for average Americans while the Congressional Budget Office just reported that the top 20 percent got two-thirds of all the benefits and everyone else got crumbs] 3. anything that diverts or distracts the attention [the GOP used the war-records controversy as a diversion from new Census data showing the income gap between the rich and everyone else has widened]

flip-flop (flip' flap) v. 1. to make an abrupt change, as to an opposite position [the president campaigned four years ago against "nation building," only to flip-flop when seeking a rationale for invading Iraq]; [after initially opposing an independent panel to probe 9/11, the president flip-flopped when public opinion demanded one]
(via The Buffalo News)

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds

So true. And Dubya's mind is the most consistent of them all. A thought from Daniel Schoor:
The answer to the flip-flop accusation: Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. Show me a politician who has stuck to his position through thick and thin, and I will show you a politician who cannot be trusted to represent our interests in a changing world.
(via The Christian Science Monitor)

They call him W because that's all he could manage to spell correctly

I parked my car at the train station today with my Vote Peace '04 and John/John bumper stickers from KerryTShirts affixed on the back. I found this note from a Bushie wedged under my windshield this afternoon. Please note the punctuation. Semi-literates for Bush in '04!

Kerry to Rumsfeld: Resign; Rumsfeld to Kerry: How'd Ya Like a Chemical Light Stick?

Sen. Kerry urged the chief torturer, Donald Rumsfeld, to resign. Rummy, who led the Abu Ghraib "torture 'em" brigade, was praised by George Bush for his leadership. Read more.

What a friend we have in Dubya

Demonstrating more Bush hypocrisy and bigotry, the general in charge of tracking down Osama bin Laden says "his god" is better than "their god."
The first reports sounded like an over-the-top satire of the Bush Pentagon: the deputy secretary of defense for intelligence - the ranking general charged with the hunt for Osama bin Laden - was parading in uniform to Christian pulpits, preaching that God had put George Bush in the White House and that Islamic terrorists will only be defeated "if we come at them in the name of Jesus." But now a Pentagon inquiry has concluded that Lt. Gen. William Boykin did indeed preach his grossly offensive gospel at 23 churches, pronouncing Satan the mastermind of the terrorists because "he wants to destroy us as a Christian army."
(via NYT)

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Real Republican Values

Listen to what real Republicans have been saying lately. Say no to Republican values - we can do better.

John O'Neill - A Not-So-Swift Liar

The commander of the Swift Boat Liars was busted bigtime. Read this analysis on MediaMatters. And a really good writeup on The VLWC.

Bush campaigns lies keep mounting

Like the dead American soldiers and Iraqi civilians, the Bush campaign lies keep piling up. This time, after deny-deny-deny, it is shown that there is a definite link between the Bush administration and the Swift Boat Liars. From USA TODAY:
Ginsberg's acknowledgment Tuesday evening that he was providing legal advice to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth marked the second time in days that a person associated with the Bush-Cheney campaign had been connected to the group, which Kerry accuses of being a front for the Republican incumbent's re-election effort.

The Bush campaign and the veterans' group have said repeatedly that there is no coordination.

Kerry on The Daily Show


Here's a good synopsis of Sen. Kerry's appearance on The Daily Show from USA TODAY.

It's a short trip from stubborn to stupid

"Stubborn" is the word that Sen. Kerry used several times to describe George Bush. Kerry appeared on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show last night and said several times that George Bush is stubborn and stubbornly sticks to bad decisions. Transcript to follow.

Rummy responsible for prison abuse


Here's a picture of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld demonstrating proper backhand form when striking a prisoner at Abu Ghraib. A commission said that Rumsfeld and his command "conditions that led to "acts of brutality and purposeless sadism" at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison." Read more.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Bush can't spell "cat"

From Working for Change, this cartoon titled The Media Compares the Candidates.

Dick Cheney feathering his nest

Missing: one-third of the Pentagon's equipment and $1.9 billion of Iraqi money. Guess who has it? Read more.

If at first you don't succeed, go negative

"They know they can't persuade voters that Bush is good on the environment, so they're trying to create enough confusion about Kerry's record that people decide it can't be the issue that decides their vote." Read more in this article in Working for Change.

Blame the terrorist behind that tree

From Media Monitors Network, this is a powerful indictment of the media's reluctance to hold George Bush accountable for what he says and does. Read more.

Questions about Bush's record in saving Alabama during the Vietnam War



From the Kerry-Edwards website: Bush has said he used no special treatment to get into the Guard.
How Does He Explain The Fact That He Jumped Ahead Of 150 Applicants Despite Low Pilot Aptitude Scores?

Col. Albert Lloyd Said A Report From Alabama To Ellington Should Have Been Filed. Where Is That Report?

Why Did Bush Miss His Medical Exam In 1972?

Where Are The Complete Results Of The Required Investigation Into Bush’s Absence From The Exam?

Why Did Bush Specifically Request To NOT Be Sent Overseas For Duty?

Why Does The White House Say Bush Was On Base When Bush’s Superiors Had Filed A Report Saying He Was Gone For A Whole Year?

Why Is The Pentagon Under Orders To Not Discuss Bush’s Record With Reporters?

Where Are Bush’s Flight Logs?

Why Hasn’t Bush Himself Demonstrated That He Showed Up For Service in Alabama?

The Bush-Cheney Lie Machine

Mr. Kerry speaks, and Bush-Chency misquote and lie about him. It's astonishing that they continue to get away with it. A sample from this article by Dana Milbank in today's Washington Post:
"Every performer tonight in their own way, either verbally or through their music, through their lyrics, have conveyed to you the heart and soul of our country." -Kerry, July 8

"The other day, my opponent said he thought you could find the heart and soul of America in Hollywood." -Bush, Aug. 18

Quote of the day: The Rambo Coaltion

Paul Krugman writes, " In this election, a man who plays the action hero is questioning the patriotism of a man who risked his life in war." Read more.

George Bush drunk at a wedding


Watch him be witty. Watch him use the word "mundane" in a sentence. Watch him be somewhere without Dick Cheney telling him what to do. Maybe he should drink before his press conferences. Watch the video.

Bush: Lie, then deny


Proof that the that world is ending soon: George Bush getting press coverage by "denouncing" negative advertising. Lie, then deny. Republicanism at its very best. Read more.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Comment dit-on "flip-flop" en Francais?



This photo depicts a label in French on a laptop bag made by a small American company. The translation:
Wash by hand with warm water.
Use mild soap.
Dry flat.
Do not use bleach.
Do not dry in the dryer.
Do not iron.
We're sorry that our President is an idiot.
We didn't vote for him.

Proof that Viagra causes brain damage



Bob Dole, former Senator and Viagra shill, now goes on talk shows to say that Sen. Kerry got three Purple Hearts but didn't bleed. Wrong, Bob. The record says so. Watch out, Bob, that dang blood flow diversion must cause brain damage. Read more.

George Bush wearing medals he didn't earn

Georgie Boy shouldn't have opened this can of worms. Here's a picture of him wearing medals he didn't earn saving Alambama from the bad guys. Oops.Read more.

Not that the Republicans care, but here are your rights

For those planning to be in NYC and letting the Republicans know there's still a First Amendment, there are things you should know. The Just Cause Law Collective has assembled an RNC activists' kit in case the Republicans try more of their police-state tactics. Here's a drawing about personal searches that told me something I didn't know.

Get out the vote...unless you're a black Floridian...

...then you can have the State Police "investigate" you. In 2004. This from the lede of a story in today's NYT:
The state police investigation into get-out-the-vote activities by blacks in Orlando, Fla., fits perfectly with the political aims of Gov. Jeb Bush and the Republican Party.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Iraqi body counts

“We don’t do body counts” - General Tommy Franks, US Central Command.

But someone does. Iraqi dead: about 12,000. Read more.

Let's go positive for a minute: Kerry bumper stickers

Great products from kerrytshirts.net



Bumper stickers

For a laugh and some serious thoughts, check these out at FiretheLiar.net.


That pesky First Amendment

The Bushies once again have the police do their bidding to trample the First Amendment. This from a CNN report that also cites a man fired for protesting against Bush at a recent rally:
Last month, Charleston City Council apologized to two protesters arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts to the president's July 4 rally. The pair were taken from the event in restraints after revealing T-shirts with Bush's name crossed out on the front and the words "Love America, Hate Bush" on the back. Trespassing charges were ultimately dismissed. Read more.

More Swift Boat lies - the graphic

Here's a great graphic showing the links between the Bushies and Swift Boat Liars.

Guess that Iraqi sovereignty isn't quite sovereign

Condi Rice insists that Iraqi is a free and sovereign nation. Seems like the opposite is the case. Today's USA TODAY has this news item:
U.S. warplanes bomb Najaf's Old City
NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — U.S. warplanes bombed Najaf's Old City and gunfire rattled on Sunday amid fears a plan to end the standoff with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr could collapse. An Iraqi mediator pleaded with al-Sadr's fighters to clear out of the revered shrine at the center of the crisis.

Bush turning the corner


Fun and games from toostupidtobepresident.com.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Shame on you, George


John McCain says, "Shame on you" to George Bush in a taped presidential debate in 2000. This ad, titled Old Tricks, shows George hasn't changed a bit. Of course, that would take thinking.

Bush campaign linked to Swift Boat Liars

A Bush campaign staffer quit today because of his appearance in the most recent Swift Boat Liars ad. And the Bushies, once again caught red handed as liars, said, "Who, me?" Read more.

Dubya, listen to daddy

I can tell you this: If I’m ever in a position to call the shots, I’m not going to rush to send somebody else’s kids into a war.
– George H. W. Bush

You can't pronounce nuclear; that really scares me


More fun at humorgazette.com.

Bush scolded by Iraqi athletes for ad

George Bush lays claim to increasing democracy in the world since 1972 in this ad. And uses the Olympics to lay claim that two more countries are free: Afghanistan and Iraq. But Iraqi athletes beg to differ:
"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Sadir told SI.com. "He can find another way to advertise himself."

McCain hugs Bush; dips himself in iodine later


You couldn't Photoshop something this bad. John McCain and George Bush hugging and cheek kissing. As Bill Maher said, "Whatever the Bush administration is blackmailing John McCain with, stop!" Read more.

Friday, August 20, 2004

How many reasons do you need?

Just in case the lying and lack of intelligence aren't reasons enough to vote against Bush, One Thousand Reasons has compiled more than 1,400.

The list even includes Bush's attempts to portray Kerry as a flip-flopper. Interesting how Bush keeps attacking Kerry in areas where Bush himself is weakest. It's beyond reason that he would ever raise military records. But reason doesn't seem to be one of Bush's strengths.

I care about choice, stem cell research, and peace (among many other things). Check it out and please share your comments about what's important to you.

Virtual bumper stickers

Techies are sharing their opinions about our flip-flopping president. Daily Kos offers ideas about broadcasting your opinions via wifi and Bluetooth Users Against Bush "uses bluetooth enabled devices (mobile phones, PDA's, laptop computers) to create moments of ad-hoc solidarity for people opposed to George W. Bush and his disastrous policies." Daily Kos tells of people naming their networks "WiFi Against Bush." I've also seen "George Bush lied to you" and "George Bush is a liar." Please share other creative (and tasteful) ideas for virtual bumper stickers.

Bush Lies to National Guard and Reserves

Read this analysis of George Bush's outright lies to the National Guard and Reserves in this piece in American Progress Action.

Vote for Change Tickets

Sadly, I didn't get advance tickets for the Vote for Change concert. But I'll get tickets and go this October. You should, too.

Quote of the day - The gall of George Bush

"[The ad is] surely is shameless, but in some ways it is appropriate - George Bush has executed a perfect back-flip - taking the goodwill and solidarity of the world and turning it into disillusionment and disdain." - Former Senator Gary Hart on George Bush using the Olympics as a backdrop in recent ads. Read more.

Lying Swift Boat Veterans Part 2

The New York Times has done some substantial journalism to expose the fraud and lies of the Swift Boat Veterans for the Untruth. Long and powerful read about how Karl Rove's pudgy little fingers are all over these guys. Read.

Bush the Flop-Flipper

George Dumbya Bush can't even get that right. Did you know his campaign has spent $120 million to characterize Sen. Kerry as such? Craziness. Read about Bush's flip-flops (or as he would call them, flop-flips) today.

The "Patriot Act" gone wild


Sen. Edward Kennedy was prevented from boarding airplanes in April 2004 because his name resembled an alias used by a suspected terrorist. If this can happen to a U.S. Senator whose face is on TV everyday, imagine what the "Patriot Act" means for the rest of us. Read the article in today's IHT.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Swift Boats Veteran for Truth are Liars

"Newly obtained military records of one of Sen. John F. Kerry's most vocal critics, who has accused the Democratic presidential candidate of lying about his wartime record to win medals, contradict his own version of events," writes Michael Dobbs in today's Washington Post. More liars who tell the Big Lie and think if they repeat it often enough, they will make it true. Once again, using Truth in the title of their organization is really just the opposite.

Westworld


Remember that movie, Westworld? The tagline was: "Westworld ...where robot men and women are programmed to serve you for you." George Bush's campaign appearances are Westworld (or West Wing World), replete with robo-questioners and programmed syncophants. Read this piece by Hanna Rosin in today's Washington Post to find out how the Bushies fulfill Dubya's fantasies by giving him "real Americans" on a platter. Lies, damn lies, and Dubya lies.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Dubya and dissention

No dissention at Dubya events. Even from 55-year-old teachers from Traverse City, Michigan. Read about the Bush hypocrisy that involves the Secret Service ripping up this woman's invitation to a Bush event because she was wearing a small Kerry sticker. Hey, that First Amendments is so messy anyways. Let's get rid of it. Free speech is for liberals.

Remember that crazy separation of Church and State thingy in the Constitution?

Apparently the Bush Campaign, once again, seems to have forgotten that crazy document, the Constitution. (Heck, maybe Dubya was reading My Pet Goat Ate the Constitution on 9/11.)

They're at it again, violating the separation of Church and State. And Bush is being called to task. BY PASTORS! Alan Cooperman writes in today's Washington Post:
"Ten teachers of Christian ethics at leading seminaries and universities have written a letter to President Bush criticizing his campaign's outreach to churches, particularly its effort to gather church membership directories.

The Aug. 12 letter asked Bush to "repudiate the actions of your re-election campaign, which violated a fundamental principle of our democracy." It also urged both presidential candidates to "respect the integrity of all houses of worship."

President Bush authorizes killing Americans

"American citizens working for al Qaeda overseas can legally be targeted and killed by the CIA under President Bush's rules for the war on terrorism, U.S. officials say." George Bush, in a secret signing, authorized the CIA to kill Americans. Read the entire scary details in this article on ABC News.

Good thing we didn't have this kill-any-American first, ask-questions-later rule when Richard Jewel was falsely accused of setting off a bomb at the Atlanta Olympics. This is worse then guilty-until-proven-innocent, this is the death penalty without the opportunity to defend yourself.

Bush flip-flops on assault weapon ban

Want to get high-capacity magazines for your assault weapon? Just wait until Sept. 14. Once again, George Bush has flip-flopped on an issue that will end up killing Americans. This article by Nicholas Kristof in today's NYT, outlines Bush's promise in the last presidential campaign to support an extension of the ban. Now, for political reasons, Bush is flip-flopping. Remember to duck.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Bushisms - Part 37

Check out this article by Dana Milbank in today's Washington Post. Lots of Bushisms from the past few weeks. Milbank lists a few that Bush said last week when talking to minority journalists:

Taxes? "I cut the taxes on everybody. I didn't cut them. The Congress cut them. I asked them to cut them."

Discrimination? "I knew this was going to be an issue in our country, that there would be people that say, 'There goes a Muslim-looking person.' "

Immigration reform? "I have talked about it lately. I talked about it this winter."

War? "I wish I wasn't the war president. Who in the heck wants to be a war president? I don't."

Katherine Harris' big lie

Check this out. George Bush's attack dog in Florida, Katherine Harris, made a huge lie, saying she talked to the mayor of Carmel, IN, and that there was a terrorist plot to blow up a power grid. Only problem...Harris never met the mayor of Carmel, and he said so. Harris, like many of the Bushies who perpetrate the Big Lie, didn't address the fact that she told thousands of people that she lied, she just talked about the threat of Saddam Hussein. And what about the threat of Ashcroft and Harris? Yikes.

Is Iran next?

Are we sanctioning or imposing sanctions? On Slate, they record "Bush's accidential wit and wisdom." Here is the latest...

"Secondly, the tactics of our—as you know, we don't have relationships with Iran. I mean, that's—ever since the late '70s, we have no contacts with them, and we've totally sanctioned them. In other words, there's no sanctions—you can't—we're out of sanctions."—Annandale, Va., Aug. 9, 2004

What does that mean anyway?

Queer eye for the right wing guy

Worth a watch. See the opression, revel in the judgments of leading right wing nut jobs. Laugh at Rush Limbaugh eating pills from a medicine cabinet.

Phrase of the day

Let's kick the right wing out of the West Wing. Very clever Flash movie on bushrecall.org.

Bush has turned the corner....onto Duplicity Street

ABC News reports today about how the Bush Camp screens attendees to its campaign stops. Billed as open "townhalls," they are anything but "open." The Bushies don't want to listen to dissention, yet they send their Righties into open Kerry campaign stops and try to shout down the candidate. Now...who's the flip-floppper? When Bush uses the words "open and honest" it's a little like Fox News using the slogan "fair and balanced."

Monday, August 16, 2004

A new name for right wing judges: Judicial re-activists

Great article in today's NYT op-ed. Writer Dahlia Lithwick suggests a new name for right-wing judges: re-activists. She writes: "Re-activist judges are the ones trying to roll back time to the 19th century. Re-activists are the judges who have reactivated federalism by rediscovering the "dignity" of states. Re-activists view Lawrence v. Texas - last year's gay sodomy case - as having all the jurisprudential force of a Post-it note."

Good reading. And a nice way to overcome another Repiblican Big Lie: that all liberal judges "make" law, while conservative judges "interpret" it.

Alan Keyes: Flip-flopping to failure

Al Kamen of The Washington Post ran his In the Loop Carpetbagger Deflector contest recently. Here are a few of my favorites that expose Alan Keyes' drive to flip-flopping failure in the Illinois Senate race.
Alan Keyes - representing the interest of all Illinoisans since, well, last Friday.

I intend to walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln - a man who was born outside of Illinois, moved to Illinois, ran for Senate and lost.

Did I say federalism? I meant FedEx - when you absolutely, positively have to get a black Republican overnight.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Bush obfuscates about his military record

Here's a full documentation of Bush's misleading and obfuscations about being AWOL from his National Guard duty. Interesting way to propagate The Big Lie: attack Sen. Kerry's record while Bush's own record is so suspect.

Bush Jokes Part 1

80% of humor is the truth. These jokes from late night comediens ring true. Espcially in light of the attacks the Bushies are making about Sen. Kerry's honorable record as a war veteran.
"In Louisiana, President Bush met with over 15,000 National Guard troops. Here's the weird part: nobody remembers seeing him there." - Craig Kilborn

"There was an embarrassing moment in the White House earlier today. They were looking around searching for George Bush's military records. They actually found some old Al Gore ballots." - David Letterman

"The big story now is that President Bush is coming under attack for his service in the National Guard. The commanding officers can't remember seeing Bush between May and October of '72. President Bush said, 'Remember me? I was the drunk guy." - Jay Leno

Swift Boat Veterans for Bush Caught in Lying Flip-Flop

An article in today's Toronto Star outlines outright lies and flip-flops by the misleadingly named Swift Boats Veterans for "Truth."

The Big Lie
When Sen. Kerry appeared at the DNC with his 12 Vietnam crewmates, Swift Boats Vets for "Truth" attacked with a big lie:
A parade of 13 Swift Boat Veterans,— none of whom served on Kerry's boat and in direct contradiction to the recollections of those who did, said such things as:

"His account of what happened and what actually happened are the difference between night and day." (Repeat The Big Lie often enough and uncritical people will start repeating it.)

The Big Flip-Flop
Sen. Kerry's former commander said in the book that Mr. Kerry couldn't be trusted. But George Elliott he lied. And flip-flopped. Elliott recommended John Kerry for both his bravery medals back in 1969.

Elliott now, however, has signed an affidavit for the Swift Boat group saying he regretted the Silver Star.

But one day after the ad started to appear, Elliott recanted his affidavit.

"[I]t was a terrible mistake probably for me to sign the affidavit with those words ... I knew it was wrong."

The next day, however, Elliott changed course yet again, signing a second affidavit for the group, downgrading his "terrible mistake" to a minor correction.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Bush flip-flops as he dredges for votes in Oregon

George Bush was doing more flip-flopping in Oregon than the salmon swimming upstream in the coldwater Columbia River. Bush gushed about his support for a dredging project in Portland. The only problem: in February he eliminated the funding for that very project. More of these kind of flip-flops and his presidential career will end like the salmon. On the rocks. Read this article about his Oregon flip-flop. From the article:
Big Statement
"I'm not the kind of guy that likes to stand up and say this is going to happen and it doesn't happen," Bush told a crowd of about 300 business leaders, government officials and Republican supporters.

Big Lie

But Democrats were quick to point out the president rejected an initial funding request for $15 million to kick off the dredging project when he submitted his budget proposal to Congress in February.

Bush's radical anti-intellectualism on stem cell research

For a great read on how George Bush and the Radical Right are hurting real Americans with their fundamentalist oppression of stem cell research, read this article by James McManus in the August issue of Esquire. Its provocative title: Please stand by while the age of miracles is briefly suspended. Subtitle: How the president is trying to kill my daughter.

Simple e-mail registration required. It's worth it. Get a stem cell primer. Use the words pluripotent and blastocytes in a sentence.

Watch Bush flip-flop himself in this video


Bush-the-President debating Bush-the-Governor/Candidate. Funny flip-flops in this video. Piece from John Stewart's brilliant The Daily Show.

Subliminal State of the Union

Find out what Bush was saying if you played his State of the Union backwards. LOL. Click here.

The Misunderestimated Man

Subtitle: How Bush Chose Stupidity. Read the scary details in Slate.

Bush administration's 237 misleading statements about the Iraq war

Rep. Henry Waxman prepared a report titled Iraq on the Record Database. The document is a searchable collection of 237 specific misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq made by the five Administration officials most responsible for providing public information and shaping public opinion on Iraq: President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice. The attached PDF, Iraq on the Record Report, is a comprehensive examination of these statements: admin_iraq_on_the_record_rep.pdf

Administration flip-flop on "enemy combatant"

People for the American Way outline another Bush Administration flip-flop, this one on the enemy combatant status of a U.S. citizen:
Less than four months after asserting before the U.S. Supreme Court that releasing U.S. citizen Yaser Esam Hamdi would be such a threat to U.S. security that it justified his indefinite detention in a U.S. Navy brig without access to a lawyer or the courts, the Bush Administration has suddenly reversed course and has begun negotiating the terms of his release.

No flip-flopping here


DNC staffers have been blanketing the city of Philadelphia with one consistent question -- do you want to help get George Bush out of the White House? Okay, so it's not scientific, but it sounds to me like much more often than not the answer is ABSOLUTELY. No flip-flopping on that issue.

Cheney's certainly not sensitive, but he is an accomplished hypocrite

"Not a one of [America's wars] was won by being sensitive." – Vice President Cheney, mocking Sen. John Kerry's comments that America must be more "sensitive" to allies, 8/12/04

"Because America is powerful, we must be sensitive about expressing our power and influence." – President George Bush, 3/4/01

This article in American Progress Action outlines 10 highly-documented instances when Bush, Cheney and the rest of the Republican Taliban used the word "sensitive" when speaking about conducting war.

These twists and turns by the Republicans are about as intellectually honest as when the minority in 1917 Russia co-opted the word Bolshevik (majority). Then again, it's about telling the Big Lie. Or does George Bush now actually believe that he's now "the peace president" in light of irrefutable evidence?

The Top 10 Lies of George W. Bush

Here's a powerful list of the top 10 lies of George W. Bush from the book The Lies of George W. Bush by David Korn. Also, Maryscott O'Connor distilled the book in this highly readable piece.

Friday, August 13, 2004

CIA flip-flopping

George Bush nominated Porter Goss to head the CIA, saying "[Goss] knows the CIA inside and out" and "He's the right man to lead this important agency at this critical moment in our nation's history." Goss himself seems to differ, saying he's unqualified. Another Bush flip-flop? Watch the video for yourself here.

Bush flip-flopping on his 9/11 reaction

He sat there for 7 minutes and thumbed My Pet Goat while the U.S. was under attack on 9/11. Now Geo. Bush wants to re-write history. In an interview on Larry King Live, Bush said:
[H]e was collecting his thoughts while staying with the children, and suggested what he did in the first minutes is beside the point. "What is relevant," he said, "is whether or not I understand and understood then the stakes. . . . And I made a determination that we would do everything we could to bring those killers to justice and to protect the American people."
Read more about his foggy logic in this article in the Washington Post by John F. Harris and Dan Balz.

Bush flip-flopping on Social Security

George Bush said in his 2000 campaign he'd work to privatize Social Security. Once again, a Bush flip-flop. Paul Krugman writes in today's (Aug. 13, 2004) NYT that Bush has done nothing of the sort. Krugman writes:
"The one seemingly substantive proposal is a blast from the past: a renewed call for the partial privatization of Social Security, which would divert payroll taxes into personal accounts. Mr. Bush campaigned on that issue in 2000, but he never acted on it. And there was a reason the idea went nowhere: it didn't make sense.
Another Bush flip-flop. Of course, he would like you to believe, as Krugman, says, that 2-1=4.

GW Bush - career flip-flopping

Close your eyes...collect your thoughts...imagine Jan. 22, 2005...George Bush, flip-flopper-in-chief is unemployed and working the crowds of Times Square as: The Naked Cowboy (of course, he'd be The Nekkid Cowboy). I just didn't have the heart to show the picture of Dick Cheney in his briefs.

Bush flip flops on war and peace (he never read the book)

"I'm a war president." [Source: MSNBC, Meet the Press, Feb. 8, 2004]

"I want to be the peace president." [Source: Reuters, July 21, 2004]

The Case Against George W. Bush, by Ron Reagan

Son-of-40 makes the case against Son-of-41 in this article in Esquire. Reagan's piece, also referenced on Michael Moore's site, can be summed up in this paragraph:
"Politicians will stretch the truth. They'll exaggerate their accomplishments, paper over their gaffes. Spin has long been the lingua franca of the political realm. But George W. Bush and his administration have taken "normal" mendacity to a startling new level far beyond lies of convenience. On top of the usual massaging of public perception, they traffic in big lies, indulge in any number of symptomatic small lies, and, ultimately, have come to embody dishonesty itself. They are a lie. And people, finally, have started catching on."
It's worth reading the entire case against George W. Bush. Bush flip-flops and big lies are everywhere.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Who's the flip-flopper?

Richard Cohen exposes Bush's duplicity in this Washington Post article titled Who's the flip-flopper? Cohen outlines Bush flip-flops and says "Bush has flipped and flopped with the best of them." Simple registration required. (It's worth it.)

Bush flipping from Osama to Michael


Vic Harville shows a Bush flip-flop from "Get Osama" to "Get Michael" in this cartoon.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Bush's amazing flip-flops

"BUSH-CHENEY team likes to say president is "steadfast." And John Kerry is "flip-flopper." But Senator Kerry is bolted to floor compared to Bush. President Bush is no more steadfast than Tony Soprano is faithful," writes Dan Payne in his article titled "Steadfast" Bush's Amazing Flip-Flops. [Souce: Boston Globe Online, June 5, 2004.]

All the president's suckers

That's the title of this Slate article sub-titled, "Flip-flopping is the last stage of trusting Bush." It outlines how "the White House will get away with this chicanery." Let's hold them accountable.

Bush flip-flop watch

Wampum did a Bush flip-flop watch that's highly documented. Articles include Bush Flip Flop Watch - Part IV and Bush Flip Flop Watch - Part V and Bush Flip Flop Watch - Part VI.

Top 10 Bush Flip-Flops

The DNC documents these top 10 Bush flip-flops. Great reading with verified sources.

Bush's brain does flip-flops


It's a cautionary tale, kids: drug use does have lingering effects, like brain flip-flops. Look what it's done to George Bush, who said last week: "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." [Source: BBC, August 6, 2004; President Gaffes in Terror Speech]

Will Farrell shows where Bush's brain flip-flops are headed in this piece titled White House West

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Flip-flops don't flatter Specter

Senator Arlen Specter has opposed recess judicial appointments in the past (when Clinton made them). But, last month supported one made by George W. Bush. Flip-flop? Read the article and see what you think. Maybe Joe Hoeffel would be more responsible with that seat.

Lie detection and Republican flip-flops


People can't generally tell when others are lying. That must be how the Republican flip-floppers get away with telling the big whoppers: I'm the war president and I'm the peace president; I know where the WMD are and WMD was insignificant in our decision to invade Iraq; I served my country with distinction and my military records don't need to be released.

According to this article in Science News, "people don't seem to be very good at spotting deception signals. On average, over hundreds of laboratory studies, participants distinguish correctly between truths and lies only about 55 percent of the time."

Bill, can you say flip-flop?


Bill O'Reilly, one of Fox's attack dogs, was at it again, flip-flopping like crazy. Look at this piece in The Daily Howler that has a transcript of O'Reilly's appearance recently on Tim Russert's show. (Paul Krugman was there, too.) Media Matters has the video.

Bush flip-flop reality : Taxes

Bush Promise
[B]y far the vast majority of my tax cuts go to the bottom end of the spectrum." [Source: George W. Bush, 2/15/00]

Bush Flip-Flop Reality
The top 20 percent of earners received 69.8 percent of President Bush's tax cuts. [Source: CBPP, 4/23/04, p. 17]

Data from American Progress Action Fund

Flipping and spinning job numbers

The current Administration keeps flipping and flopping on job numbers. Only 20,000 jobs were created last month, which is microscopic (population growth alone brings 150,000 new job seekers a month to the job rolls). Paul Krugman writes today in the NYT about how Republicans spin the jobs numbers in Spin the Payrolls. Lies, big lies, and Republican jobs number flip-flopping.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Did someone say flip flop?

On Daily Kos -- Fri Aug 6th, 2004 at 20:59:41 GMT pointed out the hypocrisy of the Republican candidate for Senator of Illinois.

Keyes on running for office in another state in 2004:
Former GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes told Illinois Republicans Monday that he is "open to the idea" of taking on the Democrat in the U.S. Senate race ... Keyes lives in Maryland.

Chicago Sun Times, "GOP wooing Keyes to take on Obama," August 3, 2004

Keyes on running for office in another state in 2000:
"And I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there. So I certainly wouldn't imitate it."

Fox News, "Special Report with Brit Hume," March 17, 2000



Obama was so eloquent at the convention - wow - no contest in my mind.

Flip-flopper-in-chief



Check out the Democratic Underground for a discussion on why flip flopping may not be so bad... and some notable changes in positions by our current "leader."