Favorite Bushisms from the debate tonight
Fighting so vociferously
Nude in Iraq
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. - Oscar Wilde
George is great friends with Vladimir. Sir, I knew Vladimir. Vladimir was a friend of mine. And, sir, you're no Vladimir.
Kerry says nuclear proliferation is the biggest threat to this globe. Make Bush say nook-ya-lure. And quote JibJab....you can't say nuclear, and that really scares me.
BUSH: The enemy attacked us.
He can add spastic if he keeps banging his hand on the podium.
From USA Today: BAGHDAD (AP) — At least three bombs exploded near a U.S. convoy in western Baghdad on Thursday, killing 37 people and wounding more than 50, officials said. Hours earlier, a suicide car bombing killed a U.S. soldier and two Iraqis on the capital's outskirts.
George Bush is pandering to his "Christianity" just like he pretended to be a Vietnam warrior. I wonder when he'll go AWOL from Jesus. Bush dresses up in religion, just like he played dress-up in a flight suit. It's more about image than authenticity. His religion is a political Halloween costume. But he's carrying the cross prop for Partially Reborn.
It's not just Mr. Bush's self-deification that separates him from the likes of Lincoln, however; it's his chosen fashion of Christianity. The president didn't revive the word "crusade" idly in the fall of 2001. His view of faith as a Manichaean scheme of blacks and whites to be acted out in a perpetual war against evil is synergistic with the violent poetics of the best-selling "Left Behind" novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins and Mel Gibson's cinematic bloodfest. The majority of Christian Americans may not agree with this apocalyptic worldview, but there's a big market for it. A Newsweek poll shows that 17 percent of Americans expect the world to end in their lifetime. To Karl Rove and company, that 17 percent is otherwise known as "the base."
Drink one sip if:
Every province in Iraq has been hit over the past month. A map of where they happened and how.
This is funny.
Kerry-ka-ture Mission: To support Senator John Kerrys election as President, and begin the process of bringing our troops home from Iraq.Charlie has spoken about this - preaching to the converted isn't what we need, we must get to those who are undecided or against us. Dale Axelrod has an open source idea. He draws caricatures and says "by showing off your Kerry-ka-ture you can open up a low key dialogue about the election in almost any location." He's encouraging artists to download his artwork template, and draw Kerry-ka-tures for profit (or for donations to the Kerry campaign). He makes very good points. Check him out. Here's the sketch. If you see him, have your face put there. If he's there on Friday, I will.
Strategy: To provide a way for Kerry supporters to communicate their support in a fun, positive, non-intimidating way to friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family and to engage them in a dialogue about how important it is for them to register and vote in the upcoming election.
I'm so pleased that the assault weapons ban was lifted. Now crazy Carolina wingnuts can write "death and destruction to Arabs" blog postings and have the weapons to back it up (he says he has a closet-full). And get kudos. Get this part: He's a professor at UNC-Wilmington. Read more. Follow the links. And once again, be afraid. Be very afraid.
Al Gore has some advice for John Kerry as he prepares for the debates with George Bush. It's about Bush's record. Bush can no longer run on promises, he's created a mess, but is either too stubborn or too stupid to know what he's facing. From the article How to Debate George Bush:
The debates aren't a time for rhetorical tricks. It's a time for an honest contest of ideas. Mr. Bush's unwillingness to admit any mistakes may score him style points. But it makes hiring him for four more years too dangerous a risk. Stubbornness is not strength; and Mr. Kerry must show voters that there is a distinction between the two.
The Gadflyer made a list of 16 questions for George Bush that won't be asked in The NASCAR Debates. Thomas Schaller writes, "With the formats now agreed upon, it's time for the presidential debates. Of course, we don't have real debates in American presidential politics. Real debates allow opponents to spar, to ask each other questions, to follow up. The world's greatest democracy prefers its circuses to be highly scripted, its cakes pallid enough so as not to offend the national palate."
From The Onion: Freshly unearthed public documents, ranging from newspapers to cabinet-meeting minutes, seem to indicate large gaps in George W. Bush's service as president, a spokesman for the watchdog group Citizens for an Informed Society announced Monday.
13 questions for George Bush. Bet these become the anti-Lays: he can't answer just one.
So, it's come down to this: Republicans using images of Osama bin Hidin' and scary voice over saying "children have been killed in Russia" while lying about John Kerry's voting record on Iraq, terrorism, and national defense. (See the lies for yourself.) Looks like desperation time, because they don't have their own record to run on. 1,053 American soldiers dead in Iraq is just an afterthought. Read more on FactCheck.
I was headed to the Drinking Liberally event in Philly this evening. I started walking. Then swimming. And while I was squishing in my shoes as the rain drenched my pants, I thought about a stat I heard at the Barack Obama/Joe Hoeffel event yesterday: 1.3 million registered voters in Philly. Get out and vote, my friends. One John Kerry vote for every raindrop that fell this evening in Philly.
A new RNC ad is out It features "selective use of Kerry's own words makes him look inconsistent on Iraq. A closer look gives a different picture."
MIchael Moore's site has a summary of 10 alternating postions that Bush and his administration have taken on Iraq.
Stewart's rapier wit vs. O'Reilly's dull butter knife of doltishness
Neil Young keeps humming in my head as I think about the Secretary of State killing voters in Ohio with lethal paper cuts.
Read Holy F***ing Jim Crow in MyDD.Don't let the Bushies steal this election again folks. Start calling and writing.
Atrios outlines voting rights laws that are well worth reviewing.
Oliver Willis writes about Vote Theft in Progress
Barack Obama said, "Eighteen months ago, you didn't even know who I was. Just some skinny state senator. And now look."
Oliver Willis provides this quote: "Like Vietnam, the military is again being asked to clean up the detritus of a failed foreign policy." And he asks, "Who is this freedom-hating hippie?" His answer will surprise you.
Boing Boing featured a vintage anti-vandalism poster by the WPA. This one, titled Result, made me think about George Bush's work to throw rocks at the street lights of the world. He's that little creepy kid who's tough when he's in a group, but a weakling by himself. I added some text to the poster.
From Maureen Dowd (she is always so clever): Rummy also blew off Colin Powell's so-called Pottery Barn rule that if we broke Iraq, we own it.
George Walker Bush|George Armstrong Custer
VLWC outlines the classic example of Fascism that the "Bush Junta" uses. He also links to a great article titled Fascism Anyone? that shows the 14 common threads that link Fascist regimes in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power. George Bush's government is overlaid. Now I am afraid.
Elections must be open to all. Four out of five ain't bad. We'll work to get it right. It's already perfect.
From an article by Nancy A. Youssef in the Philadelphia Inquirer titled Military faulted on Iraq deaths
BAGHDAD - Twice as many Iraqis, most of them civilians, are dying as a result of operations by U.S. and multinational forces and Iraqi police as are being killed in attacks by insurgents, according to statistics compiled by the Iraqi Health Ministry.
According to the ministry, the interim Iraqi government recorded 3,487 Iraqi deaths in 15 of the country's 18 provinces from April 5, when the ministry began compiling the data, until Sept. 19. Of those, 328 were women and children. An additional 13,720 Iraqis were injured, the ministry said.
Note to self: watch this. HBO schedule.
Iraqi newspaper identifies insurgent groups. I hated writing the word "insurgent" and wonder if we could come up with a better word. The report uses "revolutionary," "brigade" and "faction." There must be something. Comments?
Mr. Bush and His 10 Ever-Changing Different Positions on Iraq: "A flip and a flop and now just a flop." From Michael Moore to George Bush (aka Baghdad Bush).
"It is not the wealthy and the elite who don't vote," added Moore. "The non-voters are the poor, the disenfranchised, the single moms and young people. I am calling for a non-voter uprising, led by thousands of campus slackers who proudly sleep 'til noon and who believe papers are for rolling, not reading. They are rightfully cynical, but this year their motto will be: "Bush and Kerry Both Suck -- That's Why I'm Voting for John Kerry!"
People voted on Kos...here's the "Best of" list.
When Kerry said abortions should be moved "into the mainstream of medical practice," he was talking about safer locations, not more frequent abortions.
A Republican National Committee website urging Catholics not to vote for Kerry prominently features a 1994 quote in which Kerry said abortions "need to be moved out of the fringes of medicine and into the mainstream of medical practice."
But Kerry wasn't advocating more frequent abortions, he was calling for them to be performed in safe locations. His stated position on abortions is that they should be "safe, legal and rare."
The Kerry quote came from remarks inserted into the Congressional Record about the murder of two people at a Florida abortion clinic. More recently Kerry has said he's personally opposed to abortion and believes life begins at conception, even though he favors the right to abortion and has promised if elected to appoint to the Supreme Court only persons who support the Roe v. Wade decision.
From a powerful article by Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan:
What would America look like if it were in Iraq's current situation? The population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics would have to be multiplied by that number.
Thus, violence killed 300 Iraqis last week, the equivalent proportionately of 3,300 Americans. What if 3,300 Americans had died in car bombings, grenade and rocket attacks, machine gun spray, and aerial bombardment in the last week? That is a number greater than the deaths on September 11, and if America were Iraq, it would be an ongoing, weekly or monthly toll.
Okay, at the risk of this becoming a slide show from my summer vacation, here's a great set of pictures from John Kerry's visit today to UPenn in Philadelphia. (I was lucky to get a Red Ticket because of Sarah's persistence, so we got lots of closeup pix and even got to shake Big John's hand.) Other dignitaries included Gov. Ed Rendell, Mayor John Street, Sen. Joe Biden, Congressman Joe Hoeffel, and Bernard Hopkins, the undisputed middleweight champion of the world.
George Bush is living in fantasyland again. From today's NYT article titled Bush Upbeat as Iraq Burns:
The president said he is personally optimistic and he delivered an upbeat assessment of conditions in Iraq to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. Iraq, he said, is well on its way to being "secure, democratic, federal and free."
If you spend more than a little time immersed in the world according to Karl Rove, you'll find that words lose even the remotest connection to reality. They become nothing more than tools designed to achieve political ends. So it's not easy to decipher what the president believes about Iraq.
This is scary. With Americans, Iraqis and others dying horribly in the long dark night of this American-led war, the world needs more from the president of the United States than the fool's gold of his empty utterances.
John Kerry is in Philly today. Speaking at Temple U this morning; UPenn this afternoon. I'll post pix when I return.
I'm watching him right now during his press conference with Allawi. When asked if it's an act of hypocrisy to use CIA reports about WMD to invade Iraq and then dismiss them when it says Iraq is foundering, Bush said: "Anyone who believes that this world is better off with Saddam Hussein is just wrong. He harbored terrorists like Abu Nidal...Abu Abbas, al Zarqawi." Only problem, as has been shown on VLWC and others, Bush can't get the name of the bad guy right. Heck, at this rate, what's the difference between Iraq and Iran? (Just one little letter.)
Why pay attention to the thousand-plus soldiers killed in Iraq, the millions of Americans without healthcare, or the state of America's declining reputation in world when you can just try to poke fun at John Kerry? That's how Baghdad Bush and the rest of the Liars Brigade does it. See the Kerry-Edwards response to the Bushies' stupid high-school AV class video in Juvenile.
Watch George Bush kick his own ass in this debate against himself on The Daily Show. Video.
From the AP, Little Georgie Porgie in his world of make-believe, where he gets to play with plastic Army men and use dirt-clod bombs:
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Sept. 22, 2004 President Bush is living in a make-believe world in his understanding of Iraq, misleading the American people and attacking Democrats on phony issues, presidential rival John Kerry said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.
"Even today, he blundered again saying there are only a handful of terrorists in Iraq," Kerry said. "George Bush retreated from Fallujah and other communities in Iraq which are now overrun with terrorists and threaten our troops."
Bush, campaigning in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, said, "It's hard to help a country go from tyranny to elections to peace when there are a handful of people who are willing to kill in order to stop the process. And that's what you're seeing on the TV screens. You know, these people cannot beat us militarily."
A long e-mail from MoveOn today (I thought it was worth having in its entirety):
The Philadelphia Inquirer did a story yesterday on political prayer sites. I'm praying that Pat Robertson and Jimmy Swaggert get boils in very uncomfortable places. Have a look. And be very afraid. (BTW: These Friends in Cheez-Whiz are not praying for John Kerry. Funny, because the sky is blue - a blue state if I ever saw one.)
George Bush is the anti-Midas. He took a golden opportunity with the UN and turned it into lead (to be kind, I was thinking more like sh*t). It's much worse than that. From today's NYT editorial titled George Bush's Lead Balloon:
Mr. Bush might have done better at wooing broader international support if he had spent less time on self-justification and scolding and more on praising the importance of international cooperation and a strengthened United Nations. Instead, his tone-deaf speechwriters achieved a perverse kind of alchemy, transforming a golden opportunity into a lead balloon.
Baghdad Bush addressed the United Nations General Assembly today. In characteristic fashion, Bush said without a hint of irony, "We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace." (Link.) The French delegate was heard to shout, "Incroyable!"
Unapologetic Bush calls on UN to 'help spread democracy and freedom throughout globe' - The ScotsmanA side note: Bush's remarks drew applause only once at the end of his speech. (Link.) Little different than his Triumph of the W campaign stops where attendees have to swear allegiance to Der Fumbler.
UN takes a new swipe at Bush - Gulf Daily News
Defiant Bush defends war in speech to UN - The Guardian
Sweet Nothings: Bush's U.N. speech offers platitudes instead of solutions. - Slate
Bush defends Iraq war in U.N. speech - Japan Today
Bush, Annan trade barbs over Iraq at United Nations - The (Lebanon) Daily Star
Bush returns to UN to ask for help in Iraq as bloodshed threatens progress - Canada.com
Michael Moore's message starts: "Enough of the handwringing! Enough of the doomsaying! Do I have to come there and personally calm you down? Stop with all the defeatism, OK? Bush IS a goner -- IF we all just quit our whining and bellyaching and stop shaking like a bunch of nervous ninnies." Read more. Well worth the read.
Obviously Sen. Kerry isn't like Pearl Jam's Jeremy, but it's great to see him taking direct aim at the Liar-in-Chief. From Sen. Kerry's speech today at NYU:
The President has said that he “miscalculated” in Iraq and that it was a “catastrophic success.” In fact, the President has made a series of catastrophic decisions … from the beginning … in Iraq. At every fork in the road, he has taken the wrong turn and led us in the wrong direction.
The first and most fundamental mistake was the President’s failure to tell the truth to the American people.
He failed to tell the truth about the rationale for going to war. And he failed to tell the truth about the burden this war would impose on our soldiers and our citizens.
By one count, the President offered 23 different rationales for this war. If his purpose was to confuse and mislead the American people, he succeeded.
His two main rationales – weapons of mass destruction and the Al Qaeda/September 11 connection – have been proved false… by the President’s own weapons inspectors… and by the 9/11 Commission. Just last week, Secretary of State Powell acknowledged the facts. Only Vice President Cheney still insists that the earth is flat.
From CNN: When a reporter asked Hastert if he thought al Qaeda would operate with more comfort if Kerry were elected, the speaker said, "That's my opinion, yes."
John Edwards was in Phoenixville, PA today. So were thousands of his supporters. That included my son, Stephen, and me. Pix.
From the 9/11 Public Discourse Project:
The ten members of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (known as the 9-11 Commission) have initiated a nationwide public education campaign for the purpose of making America safer and more secure. In so doing, the commissioners will give people throughout America the opportunity to participate in a debate that has been limited largely to those inside the Washington Beltway.Summary in NYT.
In the absence of such an effort, they are concerned that there will be insufficient public examination of how the lessons learned from the terrorist attacks can be used to shape public policy. The perils of inaction are far too high-and the strategic value of the Commission's findings too important-for the work of 9-11 Commission not to continue.
To: President George W. Bush
I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but this video is a bit unnerving. Where is the airplane?
This is an interesting piece by Jimmy Breslin about the sham in political polls. As Breslin says, "Anybody who believes these national political polls are giving you facts is a gullible fool." Read more.
George W Bush - Colmar, PA, Sept. 9, 2004
From the Seattle PI:
WASHINGTON -- Campaign mail with a return address of the Republican National Committee warns West Virginia voters that the Bible will be prohibited and men will marry men if liberals win in November.Read more.
The literature shows a Bible with the word "BANNED" across it and a photo of a man, on his knees, placing a ring on the hand of another man with the word "ALLOWED." The mailing tells West Virginians to "vote Republican to protect our families" and defeat the "liberal agenda."
Credible reporting now indicates that al-Qaeda is moving forward with its plans to carry out a large-scale attack in the United States in an effort to disrupt our democratic process. - Tom Ridge, July 8, 2004 (Source: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security)
Here's a real kick-ass media strategy by Thomas Schaller titled Out-Roving Rove that he wrote to Sen. Kerry. Well worth the read.
This is a banner from the White House archives on 1/2/03
Um, not. From the USA TODAY:
The National Intelligence Council presented President Bush this summer with several pessimistic scenarios regarding the security situation in Iraq, including the possibility of a civil war there before the end of 2005.Still, Bush continues to lie about the situation in Iraq. He and his cabal continue to tout the dancing in the streets happy-happy-joy-joy even while all evidence and video shows Iraq imploding.
From the Guardian this morning, UN Chief Kofi Annan said "that the invasion was not sanctioned by the UN security council or in accordance with the UN's founding charter." In an interview with the BBC, Mr. Annan said, "I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter. From our point of view and from the charter point of view it was illegal."
Booze and nose candy. Read about it in The Nation.
The assault weapons ban ended thanks to George Bush and the Republicans. That hasn't gone unnoticed by John Kerry, who was quoted in The Washington Post about the risk this poses to American citizens:
"For the first time in 10 years, when a killer walks in a gun shop, when a terrorist goes to a gun show somewhere in America, if they want to purchase an AK-47 or some other military assault weapon, they are going to hear one word - sure," Kerry said. "Today George Bush chose to make the job of terrorists easier and make the job of police officers harder, and that's just plain wrong."Read more.
I got this today from Wes Boyd. My show is in Philly; you can check the MoveOn site for a screening near you.
Dear MoveOn member,
Last winter, MoveOn members gathered in living rooms across the country to help launch Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War, the documentary film which clearly and powerfully shows how the Bush administration mislead the American public into this failed war on Iraq.
Remarkably, Uncovered has been such a success on DVD, it's now on the big screen in your area. The new theatrical version includes an exclusive interview with UN weapons inspector David Kay and a section on the media's role in the build up to war.
Uncovered opens Friday at:
The Ritz East
125 S. Second St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Showtimes: (215) 925-7900
The theatrical version is not to be missed. And bringing friends and family is a great way to mobilize them. Thanks for bringing Uncovered into the world. Now let's use the film to spread the whole truth about the Iraq War.
- Wes Boyd
September 15th, 2004
There are less than two months until the election, an election that will decide the next President of the United States. The man elected will be the President of all Americans, not just the Democrats or the Republicans. To show our solidarity as Americans, let's all get together and show each other our support for the candidate of our choice. It's time that we all came together, Democrats and Republicans alike.
From SF Gate, this summary or Sen. John Kerry's direct body blows at the Liar-in-Chief, George Bush:
"This president has created more excuses than jobs," Kerry told the Detroit Economic Club. "His is the excuse presidency - never wrong, never responsible, never to blame. President Bush's desk isn't where the buck stops - it's where the blame begins."
"This president consciously turned a $5.6 trillion surplus into trillions of debt for our children," Kerry said. "George Bush accomplished all of it in only four years. Imagine what he could do in another four years."
A study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center says George Bush's job approval rating is plummeting. According to this Bloomberg news summary, "The poll found 32 percent of uncommitted, or 'persuadable,' voters approved of Bush's handling of the economy and 63 percent disapproved. In August, 39 percent approved and 54 percent disapproved. Bush's approval rating among these voters dipped from 56 percent in August to 44 percent in September."
In this piece by Robery Parry in Consortium News, George Bush over-ruled the on-site general twice: once to demand an extreme retaliation and then three days later demanding that the Marines pull back. Six Marines and hundreds of Iraqis were killed during this assault, which was so bad that a soccer field was turned into a mass grave. Read more.
An article on MSNBC by Mike Allen is titled "Bush's agenda could top $3 trillion: President doesn't emphasize 10-year price tag." There a lot of information in the piece that outlines the $3 trillion that Bush outlined in spending over the next decade. And in the Unmitigated Gall category: he's been criticizing John Kerry for proposing $2 trillion in long-term spending. Note in the article that the Bush Administration is ignoring the $4 billion per month cost of the Iraq war.
We've been saying Mr. Kerry needs to call George Bush on the quagmire on Iraq. He did today. Bush gave another "it's getting better all the time" speech to the National Guard Association today.
From Paul Krugman this morning:
Some pundits are demanding that Mr. Kerry produce a specific plan for Iraq - a demand they never make of Mr. Bush. Mr. Kerry should turn the tables, and demand to know what - aside from pretending that things are going fine - Mr. Bush intends to do about the spiraling disaster. And Mr. Kerry can ask why anyone should trust a leader who refuses to replace the people who created that disaster because he thinks it's bad politics to admit a mistake.Read more.
Evidence of prisoner abuse and possible war crimes at Guantánamo Bay reached the highest levels of the Bush administration as early as autumn 2002, but Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, chose to do nothing about it, according to a new investigation published exclusively in the Guardian today. Read more.
Play presidential ping-pong. In Dutch. Worth a look. As my friend Pepijn says, "It's about pingponging for the 'Kiesmannen' of the different states. Try it." And impress your friends with a few words in Nederlandse. Groetjes.Link.
We've neither smoked 'em out or killed 'em. Heck, Osama bin Laden is still loping across the scree of the Pakistan/Afghanistan border and has his lieutenants making videos threatening worldwide terrorism. Meanwhile, the Bush administration seems to have forgotten about the real war on terror while persuading 43% of Americans (idiots) that Saddam Hussein had connections to al Quaeda (not). What we're doing to fight terrorism isn't working. From an article by the Cato Institute:
According to Shibley Telhami, a member of President Bush's advisory group on public diplomacy, we are "worse than failing. Failing means you tried and didn't get better. But at this point, three years after September 11, you can say there wasn't even much of an attempt, and today Arab and Muslim attitudes toward the U.S. and the degree of distrust of the U.S. are far worse than they were three years ago." Telhami's forecast is bleak: "There is a total collapse of trust in American intentions and it's only gotten far worse over the past year. When people hate or resent the United States far more than they dislike bin Laden, how can you succeed?"
This piece in MediaMatters shows the deception in presidential polling. From the article:
On September 7, Zogby explained that poll's sample was weighted too heavily Republican:Read more. And remember: lies, damn lies, and statistics.
Their [Newsweek's] sample of registered voters includes 38% Republican, 31% Democrat and 31% Independent voters. If we look at the three last Presidential elections, the spread was 34% Democrats, 34% Republicans and 33% Independents.
On 9/11/04 it's worth thinking about lives lost and costs incurred both three years ago...and now. 3,000 killed on that day. Since then, 1,006 American soldiers have been killed in an unjust war with Iraq; over 13,000 Iraqis have been killed; and over $136B has been spent. For what? Feel any safer today?
Once again, the Bush administration continues to lie about links to the Swift Boat Liars. But the evidence show quite the opposite. From today's NYT, this article about the $6.7 million the Swifties raised to continue their smear campaign against John Kerry:
The largest contributor was T. Boone Pickens, a famous Texas oilman and longtime Republican supporter who was a major political backer of Mr. Bush's father, who gave $500,000 to the Swift boat group. Aubrey McClendon, chief executive of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma, gave $250,000; Bob Perry, another Bush supporter from Texas, gave $200,000 to seed the group; and Albert Huddleston, a Texas energy executive who has raised money for Mr. Bush, gave $100,000, records show.
Lies, damn lies, and Bush statistics. That's what Paul Krugman writes about today in The Dishonesty Thing in today's NYT. It's not that the Bush Administration can't help themselves, they actively and premeditatedly lie, and lie big, about budget numbers and deficits and that black is white and white is black. Krugman says:
It's the dishonesty, stupid. The real issue in the National Guard story isn't what George W. Bush did three decades ago. It's the recent pattern of lies: his assertions that he fulfilled his obligations when he obviously didn't, the White House's repeated claims that it had released all of the relevant documents when it hadn't.
It's the same pattern of dishonesty, this time involving personal matters that the public can easily understand, that some of us have long seen on policy issues, from global warming to the war in Iraq. On budget matters, which is where I came in, serious analysts now take administration dishonesty for granted.
Today in Willow Grove, PA, a female AIDS protestor was dragged by her hair from a George Bush rally. The President stood there and smiled. Story developing.
Something stinks on the bottom of George Bush's cowboy boots. He walked in it while whistling the Texas anthem "A Smell Arose in Texas." While he should have been in his National Guard uniform, Bush was out partying like it's 1969. Watch the CBS video of Bush's lost year. Choose "Bush's service questioned."
Did not perform. Failed to meet standards. Received favorable treatment. That's what recently-released memos from George Bush's National Guard file show. (BTW: These are the self-same records that "couldn't be found" until there were several FOIA requests filed by leading media institutions.) From the NYT today:
Colonel Killian wrote in another report, dated Aug. 1, 1972, that he ordered Lieutenant Bush "suspended from flight status" because he failed to perform to standards of the Air Force and Texas Air National Guard and "failure to meet annual physical examination (flight) as ordered."Read more.
Colonel Killian also wrote in a memo that his superiors were forcing him to give Lieutenant Bush a favorable review, but that he refused.
"I'm having trouble running interference and doing my job," he wrote.
From WSJ, Kerry's lead looks to be 307-231. So what's all that stuff about Bush's 11-point lead? It's a poll of all people - not all registered voters or calibrated for electoral votes. Here's the map that tells the story:
Dick Cheney is using terrorism as political napalm. In his typically unseemly way, the Veep tried to give a terrorism heart attack to the American public with another scary story. This one's about the risk of the U.S. taking a major terror hit if John Kerry is elected president. All the more interesting that the administration continues to scare people and say big terror hits were going to happen at least 5 times this year, most recently during the RNC. Crazy. Cheney's version of The Blair Witch Project. Here's what he said:
"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice," Mr. Cheney told a crowd of 350 people in Des Moines, "because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States." Link.
From Sen. Bob Graham's new book, Intelligence Matters.
In sum, I will argue that the Bush administration's action and inaction-in protecting a foreign government (Saudi Arabia) which played a central role in the loss of nearly 3,000 lives; in failing to alert government agencies of known tactics of terrorists; in diverting the nation from the real war on terrorism in Afghanistan to a falsely justified war in Iraq; and in politicizing and falsifying intelligence in order to build support for that war, and then in covering up these and other actions-constitute an indictment of President Bush's leadership so serious that it warrants his removal from office.
"One dead is a tragedy, a million dead is a statistic," said Joseph Stalin. The Bush Administration's latest "statistic": 1,000 dead American soldiers in Iraq. And the number is climbing. No "one dead" items from The Service-Dodger-in-Chief, who won't allow pictures of solders' coffins returning to the US. Because, after all, when your philosophy is based on Stalin's principles, why not oppress and suppress? Read more about all the casualties, American and Iraqi, at Anti-War.com.
From George Bush's lips to our ears: "Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." The luv doctor is in. Read more.
Bush's National Guard records are "missing." This story is developing. And growing. Bet those Bushies hate bringing that silly Vietnam thing up. Read more.
White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card said yesterday that President Bush views America as a ''10-year-old child" in need of the sort of protection provided by a parent. If that's the case, it's more like Home Alone than Father Knows Best. Read more.
Les Payne's piece in Newsday about Republican flip-flopping during the RNC has some great lines. My favorite: "Zell Miller is as fond of the flip-flop as he is of his dirt roots in Georgia." LOL. Read more.
George&Co. are gonna hate this. All that mud slinging is boomeranging, and now the Democrats are getting angry. And even. To paraphrase Adlai Stevenson: " If you don't stop telling lies about us, we're going to have to start telling the truth about you." Here's what's coming out:
George Bush is back drinking; the rumors are flying all over Washington. Read his DUI summary.Read more of Susan Estrich's "Mad as Hell" article.
One of George's old girlfriends wasn't as pro-life as he professes to be now. Two of her girlfriends who drove her and George's baby to the clinic supposedly signed an affidavit that will be exposed in Kitty Kelly's new book. Link1 Link2.
While I'm not in the habit of quoting Pat Buchanan, his words in his new book, Where the Right Went Wrong, ring true: [L]istening to the neoconservatives, Bush invaded Iraq, united the Arab world against us, isolated us from Europe, and fulfilled to the letter bin Ladens prophecy as to what we were about. We won the war in three weeks - and we may have lost the Islamic world for a generation." (p. 84)
Bush Lies as a Punch Line
In a speech on Friday, Senator Kerry decided he was going to go Network on George Bush's ass and he just wasn't going to take it anymore. From his speech:
"Let me tell you what I think makes someone unfit for duty," Kerry said. "Misleading our nation into war in Iraq makes you unfit to lead this nation. Doing nothing while this nation loses millions of jobs makes you unfit to lead this nation. Letting 45 million Americans go without health care makes you unfit to lead this nation. Letting the Saudi royal family control our energy costs makes you unfit to lead this nation. Handing out billions [in] government contracts without a bid to Halliburton while you're still on their payroll makes you unfit."Read more.
Audience boos as Bush offers best wishes for Clinton's recovery
George Bush disappeared from his Guard duty and needed some babysitting in Alabama. This story in Salon recounts the recollections of the widow of a Bush family confidant.
"The impression I had was that Georgie was raising a lot of hell in Houston, getting in trouble and embarrassing the family, and they just really wanted to get him out of Houston and under Jimmy's wing," Allison's widow, Linda, told me. "And Jimmy said, 'Sure.' He was so loyal."Read more.
This is a powerful list by Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair. Examples:
0 Number of times Bush mentioned Osama bin Laden in his three State of the Union addresses.
73 Number of times that Bush mentioned terrorism or terrorists in his three State of the Union addresses.
83 Number of times Bush mentioned Saddam, Iraq, or regime (as in change) in his three State of the Union addresses. 0 Number of times Bush mentioned Saudi Arabia in his three State of the Union addresses.
1,700 Percentage increase between 2001 and 2002 of Saudi Arabian spending on public relations in the United States.
79 Percentage of the 11 September hijackers who came from Saudi Arabia. 0 Number of minutes that President Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, the Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, the assistant Defence Secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, the former chairman of the Defence Policy Board, Richard Perle, and the White House Chief of Staff, Karl Rove the main proponents of the war in Iraq served in combat (combined).
0 Number of principal civilian or Pentagon staff members who planned the war who have immediate family members serving in uniform in Iraq.
10 Number of days that the Pentagon spent investigating a soldier who had called the President "a joke" in a letter to the editor of a Newspaper.
The campaign battle over Vietnam War records is still raging, but President Bush may soon be the one answering uncomfortable questions about his past service. Ben Barnes, the former lieutenant governor of Texas, will finally break his silence and talk to the press about what role he played in helping Bush get a coveted slot in the Texas Air National Guard in 1968. Sources say Barnes has already sat down for a "60 Minutes" interview that will air a week from Sunday. A "60 Minutes" spokesperson declined to comment, saying the program does not discuss reports that are in progress. (Source: Chester County Combined Campaign)
My job tonight is an easy one: to present to you one of this nation's authentic heroes, one of this party's best-known and greatest leaders – and a good friend. (Source: Introduction of John Kerry, March 1, 2001))
For more than 20 years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure. (Source: CNN transcripts
Clever word play on Buzz Flash: George Bush - Flipocrite
No More Years Therapy
In response to today’s outrageous attacks on John Kerry’s service by Karl Rove, former George Senator Max Cleland and former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey made the following statements:
What is the deal with that iRobot thing that stood in for John McCain last night at the RNC? The real John McCain thinks clearly; he speaks his mind. This one is an iRobot sent in by Karl Rove if I ever saw one. Heck, he spent more time attacking Michael Moore than he did attacking the terrorists (Republicans booed Moore more loudly than they did the mention of Osama or Saddam). And he said through the side of his mouth that George Bush would do a good job for four more years.
The Ebert and McCain show(via USA TODAY)
By Michael Moore
NEW YORK Poor John McCain.
Here's a guy I've always sort of liked, a courageous war hero reduced to carrying water for the Bush campaign.
So it was Monday night, as I sat in the press section unbeknownst to Sen. McCain when he switched from pro-war convention speaker to film critic. Out of nowhere, he began to attack my movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, calling me a "disingenuous filmmaker." The problem is, he hasn't seen the movie, a fact he later admitted to Chris Matthews on MSNBC.
In the category of "How in the hell do they just keep getting away with it?" House Speaker Dennis Hastert appeared on Fox "News" to say about world financier George Soros (who supports liberal causes): "I don't know where George Soros gets his money, I don't know if it comes from overseas, I don't know if it comes from drug cartels..." See the video.
Bush was asked whether the war on terrorism can be won.