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7.14.2004

 

Fairly Unbalanced or...Bill O'Reilly is a Cry Baby.


First hand account from the Nation's David Cole on just how unbalanced Fox News really is.

Click here to purchase "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism."


 

Rejecting Hate


CNN is reporting that the Bush Hate Amendment will go down to defeat. It seems the Fascists in the Senate won't be able to throw together a simple majority, let alone the 67 votes the amendment would need to pass.

UPDATE: Democrats Byrd of West Virginia, Miller of Georgia, and Nelson of Nebraska voted with the Fascists. Byrd's vote isn't too surprising, yet it was a disappointment. I greatly admire the Senator for his passionate oratory against the Iraq war last year. Miller? The fact that he calls himself a Democrat is laughable. He has already endorsed Presiden Bush for "re"election and is scheduled to speak at the Fascist National Convention next month!



7.13.2004

 

Bounce, Bounce, Bounce


God, I love Bill Schneider...

A new opinion poll today gives Senator John Kerry a 4-point lead over President Bush. Senior political Analyst Bill Schneider reports.

WILLIAM SCHNEIDER, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: How big a bounce? For that, a poll of polls. Before, the race was a dead heat in the June polls. Then last Tuesday...

KERRY: I am pleased to announce that with your help the next vice president of the United States of America will be Senator John Edwards from North Carolina.

SCHNEIDER: And after, Kerry-Edwards leads Bush-Cheney by an average of 50 percent to 46 percent. Looks like Kerry got a 3-point bounce.

SEN. EDWARD KENNEDY (D), MASSACHUSETTS: Kerry-Edwards. It's got a winning ring to it.

SCHNEIDER: Maybe. The Democrats' lead is not statistically significant in any single poll, but the fact that Kerry and Edwards are ahead in four polls suggests there was a bounce. Who bounced?

Listen to what they're saying about Edwards.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's being described today as charming, engaging, a nimble campaigner, a populist and even sexy.

SCHNEIDER: Well, women seem to be impressed. The Democratic ticket got a 4-point bounce among women, just 1 point among men.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: John Edwards is a fantastic addition to this ticket.

SCHNEIDER: Well, young people certainly think so. The Democratic ticket gained a whopping 10 points among voters under 50. The Democrats actually lost ground among older voters. Maybe they're listening to the president.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How does he stack up against Dick Cheney?

BUSH: Dick Cheney can be president.

SCHNEIDER: Is John Edwards' accent turning southern voters on? No sign of a bump for the Democrats in the South voters. Edwards advertises his small town origins, and, sure enough, the Democrats seem to have picked up support among rural voters. Republicans say Edwards adds geographical, but not philosophical balance to the Democratic ticket.

SEN. BILL FRIST (R), MAJORITY LEADER: There's no ideological balance. He's the fourth most liberal person to the left of Senator Kennedy and to the left of Senator Clinton.

SCHNEIDER: Sure enough, conservatives are not impressed. No bounce on the right, but there was on the left -- and in the middle -- where the swing voters are.

SCHNEIDER: By naming Edwards to the ticket early, Democrats are looking for a month-long bounce, right through the Democratic convention. And then in August, the Republicans will get the ball...Kitty.


7.12.2004

 

Election Postponement?


Newsweek has the scary details here. My take? ABSOLUTELY NOT! What would that say to the enemy? The President, those in his administration, and John Kerry should all say, up front and with full force, that a terrorist attack will NOT derail the democratic process of the United States.


 

Shameful


A superb, passionate column from Bob Herbert in today's New York Times takes the Bush administration to task for taking their eye off the ball. We are fighting the wrong war while the real enemy sits back and prepares to attack.
Nearly 900 G.I.'s and more than 10,000 Iraqi civilians have already perished, and there is no end to the war in sight. The situation is both sorrowful and disorienting. The colossal intelligence failures and the willful madness of the administration, which presented war as the first and only policy option, can leave you with the terrible feeling that you're standing at the graveside of common sense and reasonable behavior.

A government with even a nodding acquaintance with competence and good sense would have launched an all-out war against Al Qaeda, not Iraq, in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11. After all, it was Al Qaeda, not Iraq, that carried out the sneak attack on American soil that destroyed the World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon and killed 3,000 people. You might think that would have been enough to provoke an all-out response from the U.S. Instead we saved our best shot for the demented and already checkmated dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein.
900 dead American soldiers. Where in God's name is the enormous outrage on the part of the American people?!?

Nine hundred Americans...dead...because they were sent to war on the wings of a lie.

Yet in their last moments on Earth, 3,000 souls stared terror in the face on September 11, 2001 - and the President of the United States has let their murderers roam free. Instead, in their name, he used his power to take down a dictator who was in no way responsible for 9/11 and posed no serious threat to the United States.

As we approach the November presidential elections, I would like Mr. Bush to think back to that horrible morning...to the heart-wrenching pictures of people on the upper floors leaning out the windows, waving shirts and throwing papers into the air, hoping for help...to the crushing images of bodies falling hundreds of feet from the upper floors of the towers of the World Trade Center. There is something unbearable about seeing people clinging to hope when, you know, there is no hope.

Yet it is all too obvious that the President (THE PRESIDENT!) doesn't get it.

Shameful.

The only way those 3,000 souls can rest peacefully is if George W. Bush rejects his party's nomination and retires to Crawford a miserable failure. That way, you see, his mess can be cleaned up and an all out war fought against the real enemy.


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