Thursday, September 30, 2004

 

listen to the national review...hahaha

Don’t Shoot the Messenger . . .. . . ’cause this assessment’s grim.

Don't shoot the messenger.


I thought Kerry did very, very well; and I thought Bush did poorly — much worse than he is capable of doing. Listen: If I were just a normal guy — not Joe Political Junkie — I would vote for Kerry. On the basis of that debate, I would. If I were just a normal, fairly conservative, war-supporting guy: I would vote for Kerry. On the basis of that debate.

And I promise you that no one wants this president reelected more than I. I think that he may want it less.

Let me phrase one more time what I wish to say: If I didn't know anything — were a political naïf, being introduced to the two candidates for the first time — I would vote for Kerry. Based on that infernal debate.

 

the russians get it.....

George W. Bush - The Christian Apprentice
09/30/2004 12:30

George Bush II has encouraged the world to consider him as a Born Again Christian and we should respect that and encourage him to become a better person for it. In time, he may even realize that his savior Jesus Christ may help him to grasp the meaning of truth.

Hopefully he will pursue the reading of the Bible, and eventually enter the revealing world of the New Testament. Currently, he appears to have stalled at an ancient law of Babylonian retributive justice:"lex talionis" commonly referred to today as "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth".

It is possible that his busy schedule has not allowed him the leisure of delving more deeply into this area, and discover that the interpretation of this law according to the Torah is to minimize retribution as in: "no more than an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth", in effect, a limitation of response. This would have been refined in further readings of the Oral law of Judaism in the Hebrew Bible, as a "retribution of a financial kind".

Perhaps this whole question may be put to rest with a quote from none other than a humble truthful man, Mahatma Gandhi: "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind". How did he know that Bush's war in Iraq would be such a mess?

Had George Bush ll persisted in his efforts to understand Jesus Christ, he would have stumbled on some fairly well known quotes from his savior in the New Testament, " If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also" and "Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you."

George W. Bush - The Christian Apprentice - PRAVDA.Ru
 

posted by ABCNews several hours before the debate....

posted at 2:30ish MDT....several hours before the debate....notice the tense used in the article.....

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20040930_1184.htm...

CORAL GABLES, Fla. Sept. 30, 2004 — After a deluge of campaign speeches and hostile television ads, President Bush and challenger John Kerry got their chance to face each other directly Thursday night before an audience of tens of millions of voters in a high-stakes debate about terrorism, the Iraq war and the bloody aftermath.

The 90-minute encounter was particularly crucial for Kerry, trailing slightly in the polls and struggling for momentum less than five weeks before the election. The Democratic candidate faced the challenge of presenting himself as a credible commander in chief after a torrent of Republican criticism that he was prone to changing his positions.

Bush was expected to confront questions about leading the nation into war on the still-unproven premise that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. He also has faced accusations that he lacked a strategy to deal with the violence and chaos that have left more than 1,000 Americans dead and that the Iraq war has diverted U.S. attention from al-Qaida and other terrorists.

With a record of four years in office to defend, Bush had a debate strategy of being optimistic about Iraq but acknowledging that times were tough. His stance is that Americans know he is a decisive leader even if they don't always agree with his decisions and that Kerry has taken conflicting positions on Iraq and can't be trusted to lead the nation.

Although Kerry voted to give Bush authority to invade Iraq, he says he would not have followed Bush's path to war a path that alienated allies and, the Democrat says, left Americans less secure. Kerry argues Bush is out of touch with reality, paints too rosy a picture about Iraq and lacks a strategy to end the crisis.

Kerry also says Bush has neglected other major problems like North Korea and Iran, two nations suspected of pursing nuclear weapons.

Kerry, in a taped interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday, said, "George Bush is scaring America. He's talking terror every day, and people see terrible images of what's happening in the world, and they're real."

Bush spent the morning comforting hurricane victims on his fifth survey of Florida areas hit by storms. At the Martin County, Fla., Red Cross center, Bush thanked volunteers for showing "the true heart of America. We long to help somebody when they're hurting."

The debate's focus on Iraq was sharpened by bombings in Baghdad Thursday that killed three dozen children.

Ahead in the polls, Bush could afford to settle for a debate draw while Kerry needed something to break the status quo. Some Democrats saw the debates as the last chance for a Kerry breakout.

Thursday night's meeting at the University of Miami was the first of three Bush-Kerry debates over a two-week period. Neither side was underestimating its importance with a TV audience of 30 million to 40 million expected. Almost a third of people surveyed say the debates will be a deciding factor in how they vote.

The first debate drew the nation's attention to hurricane-battered Florida and its political importance. Florida swung the presidency to Bush in the disputed 2000 election and could determine whether he wins re-election.

The debates were staged under a rigid set of rules negotiated by the candidates' representatives to limit spontaneity and opportunities for back-and-forth exchanges.
 

just a reporter chatting with his friends....

you can see it here

The Wall Street Journal's Farnaz Fassihi is the author of an email winging its way around the internet. This first came to my attention via Poynter Online, an online resource for Journalists.

Fassihi subsequently confirmed this actually was from him, and her editor stated "Ms. Fassihi's private opinions have in no way distorted her coverage, which has been a model of intelligent and courageous reporting, and scrupulous accuracy and fairness."

Here is the actual email from WSJ reporter Fassihi's e-mail to friends"

From: [Wall Street Journal reporter] Farnaz Fassihi Subject: From Baghdad
Being a foreign correspondent in Baghdad these days is like being under virtual house arrest. Forget about the reasons that lured me to this job: a chance to see the world, explore the exotic, meet new people in far away lands, discover their ways and tell stories that could make a difference.

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.


It's hard to pinpoint when the 'turning point' exactly began. Was it April when the Fallujah fell out of the grasp of the Americans? Was it when Moqtada and Jish Mahdi declared war on the U.S. military? Was it when Sadr City, home to ten percent of Iraq's population, became a nightly battlefield for the Americans? Or was it when the insurgency began spreading from isolated pockets in the Sunni triangle to include most of Iraq? Despite President Bush's rosy assessments, Iraq remains a disaster. If under Saddam it was a 'potential' threat, under the Americans it has been transformed to 'imminent and active threat,' a foreign policy failure bound to haunt the United States for decades to come.
Iraqis like to call this mess 'the situation.' When asked 'how are thing?' they reply: 'the situation is very bad."

What they mean by situation is this: the Iraqi government doesn't control most Iraqi cities, there are several car bombs going off each day around the country killing and injuring scores of innocent people, the country's roads are becoming impassable and littered by hundreds of landmines and explosive devices aimed to kill American soldiers, there are assassinations, kidnappings and beheadings. The situation, basically, means a raging barbaric guerilla war. In four days, 110 people died and over 300 got injured in Baghdad alone. The numbers are so shocking that the ministry of health -- which was attempting an exercise of public transparency by releasing the numbers -- has now stopped disclosing them.

Insurgents now attack Americans 87 times a day.

A friend drove thru the Shiite slum of Sadr City yesterday. He said young men were openly placing improvised explosive devices into the ground. They melt a shallow hole into the asphalt, dig the explosive, cover it with dirt and put an old tire or plastic can over it to signal to the locals this is booby-trapped. He said on the main roads of Sadr City, there were a dozen landmines per every ten yards. His car snaked and swirled to avoid driving over them. Behind the walls sits an angry Iraqi ready to detonate them as soon as an American convoy gets near. This is in Shiite land, the population that was supposed to love America for liberating Iraq.

For journalists the significant turning point came with the wave of abduction and kidnappings. Only two weeks ago we felt safe around Baghdad because foreigners were being abducted on the roads and highways between towns. Then came a frantic phone call from a journalist female friend at 11 p.m. telling me two Italian women had been abducted from their homes in broad daylight. Then the two Americans, who got beheaded this week and the Brit, were abducted from their homes in a residential neighborhood. They were supplying the entire block with round the clock electricity from their generator to win friends. The abductors grabbed one of them at 6 a.m. when he came out to switch on the generator; his beheaded body was thrown back near the neighborhoods./CONTINUED BELOW

PART II WSJ reporter Fassahi's e-mail to friends /2 9/29/2004 2:47:12 PM

The insurgency, we are told, is rampant with no signs of calming down. If any thing, it is growing stronger, organized and more sophisticated every day. The various elements within it-baathists, criminals, nationalists and Al Qaeda-are cooperating and coordinating.

I went to an emergency meeting for foreign correspondents with the military and embassy to discuss the kidnappings. We were somberly told our fate would largely depend on where we were in the kidnapping chain once it was determined we were missing. Here is how it goes: criminal gangs grab you and sell you up to Baathists in Fallujah, who will in turn sell you to Al Qaeda. In turn, cash and weapons flow the other way from Al Qaeda to the Baathisst to the criminals. My friend Georges, the French journalist snatched on the road to Najaf, has been missing for a month with no word on release or whether he is still alive.

America's last hope for a quick exit? The Iraqi police and National Guard units we are spending billions of dollars to train. The cops are being murdered by the dozens every day-over 700 to date -- and the insurgents are infiltrating their ranks. The problem is so serious that the U.S. military has allocated $6 million dollars to buy out 30,000 cops they just trained to get rid of them quietly.

As for reconstruction: firstly it's so unsafe for foreigners to operate that almost all projects have come to a halt. After two years, of the $18 billion Congress appropriated for Iraq reconstruction only about $1 billion or so has been spent and a chuck has now been reallocated for improving security, a sign of just how bad things are going here.

Oil dreams? Insurgents disrupt oil flow routinely as a result of sabotage and oil prices have hit record high of $49 a barrel. Who did this war exactly benefit? Was it worth it? Are we safer because Saddam is holed up and Al Qaeda is running around in Iraq?

Iraqis say that thanks to America they got freedom in exchange for insecurity. Guess what? They say they'd take security over freedom any day, even if it means having a dictator ruler.

I heard an educated Iraqi say today that if Saddam Hussein were allowed to run for elections he would get the majority of the vote. This is truly sad.

Then I went to see an Iraqi scholar this week to talk to him about elections here. He has been trying to educate the public on the importance of voting. He said, "President Bush wanted to turn Iraq into a democracy that would be an example for the Middle East. Forget about democracy, forget about being a model for the region, we have to salvage Iraq before all is lost."

One could argue that Iraq is already lost beyond salvation. For those of us on the ground it's hard to imagine what if any thing could salvage it from its violent downward spiral. The genie of terrorism, chaos and mayhem has been unleashed onto this country as a result of American mistakes and it can't be put back into a bottle.

The Iraqi government is talking about having elections in three months while half of the country remains a 'no go zone'-out of the hands of the government and the Americans and out of reach of journalists. In the other half, the disenchanted population is too terrified to show up at polling stations. The Sunnis have already said they'd boycott elections, leaving the stage open for polarized government of Kurds and Shiites that will not be deemed as legitimate and will most certainly lead to civil war.

I asked a 28-year-old engineer if he and his family would participate in the Iraqi elections since it was the first time Iraqis could to some degree elect a leadership. His response summed it all: "Go and vote and risk being blown into pieces or followed by the insurgents and murdered for cooperating with the Americans? For what? To practice democracy? Are you joking?"

-Farnaz


 

you'll need this for the debate...

Bush Debate BINGO card
 

if we can't torture....we will find someone who can...

this is sick and the path your govenment is taking....when will they come for you?

Obsidian Wings: Legalizing Torture
 

keep moving nothing to see here...

1. The Pentagon is wasting taxpayer money to send Iraqi-Americans around the country to convince the news media that everything in Iraq is a-okay (please ignore that dead man behind the curtain). Yes, your tax money is going to a domestic propaganda campaign to influence the election. Gee, how many laws does THAT violate? And you thought Bush had sunk as low as he could go?

2. The US Agency for International Development is now going to restrict information about the security situation in Iraq after the Washington Post got its hands on a not-so-flattering report and published it last week. The report showed that Bush was lying to the American people about the "improving" situation in Iraq. Apparently, AID is no longer solely focused on international development but now is also a political arm of the Bush re-election campaign. That should go over REAL well in developing countries where AID workers already had to watch their back.

3. The US Embassy in Baghdad, the British Foreign Service, and a Bush campaign official helped write Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi's speech to Congress last week. Yes, a Bush campaign official was busy helping write a speech to Congress by a foreign leader. A speech that coincidentally backed up every lie the Bush campaign is trying to spread about Iraq. Where to even begin with that one?

U.S. Effort Aims to Improve Opinions About Iraq Conflict (washingtonpost.com)
 

george soros has suggestions on who to vote for...

grab it print it read it...from george soros, 2-page spread in the WSJ

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

 

not me...listen to texas monthly about the the cowboy myth...

from Texas Monthly:


WE'RE TOLD REPEATEDLY THAT George W. Bush's leadership style is rooted in Texas values, but what's so Texan about squinty-eyed moral clarity, shoot-from-the-hip decisiveness, and go-it-alone gunslinging?

Not long after he moved into the Eastern White House, George W. Bush let it be known that he could just as easily do the free world's business at the Western White House. "This is a fabulous environment in which to make decisions," Bush said of his Prairie Chapel Ranch, near Crawford, far from the Georgetown chatter and the Foggy Bottom bureaucrats, deep in the heartland of his "Texas values." When Crawford began hosting the state visits that really mattered, the media began to see the ranch as a metaphor for the president's leadership style; Bob Woodward concluded his laudatory account of the Afghanistan campaign, Bush at War, with an elegiac tour of the former hog farm, a literary wide-angle shot to frame the president's declaration: "I'm not a textbook player. I'm a gut player." If the guy who caught Nixon fibbing could believe in Crawford, we all could. Bush's unapologetic cowboy-style leadership became perceived as irrevocably rooted in a Texas as real and timeless as the blackland prairie beneath his battered work boots.

Even amid a polarizing war in Iraq, the idea that American policy bears an indelible made-in-Texas stamp remains a rare point of bipartisan—and international—consensus; whether you are red or blue depends on how you take to the laconic, Bible-toting gunslinger who finally rode down the black hat his Yankee daddy had turned loose. But beyond the Western-themed clichés, there is nothing inherently Texan about the president's leadership style. Indeed, it's arguable that his once-formidable job-approval rating wouldn't be hovering at the margin of reelectability if his decision-making owed more to a Texas history textbook than to his Harvard Business School case studies. You don't have to look further than the most familiar names in the Lone Star pantheon—Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and Lyndon B. Johnson—to discover a distinctly Texan leadership model as contrary to popular expectations as it is to the president's squinty-eyed moral clarity and shoot-from-the-hip decisiveness. To understand how to really rule like a Texan requires a short course in the leadership habits of the state's most highly effective icons

Look at the dark side. The late El Paso artist Tom Lea wrote that he lived on the east side of the mountain, "the sunrise side . . . the side to see the day that is coming, not the . . . day that is gone. The best day is the day coming." Bush has frequently cited this passage as characteristic of his own, Reaganesque outlook, but his serene, no-doubts optimism really isn't a Texas leadership thing: Our three historical exemplars were world-class brooders who frequently greeted the day with paralyzing fears of inadequacy and failure. Periodically suffering funks that today we would probably treat as clinical depression, Austin relentlessly forecast his own ruin, writing to confidants that although his colonists were thriving as a result of his labors, he could be found in a miserable "log cabin . . . soured with the world." Houston was a legendary lush given to years-long bouts of solitary, almost suicidal despair. LBJ was at times so depressed that staffers had to physically evict him from his bed and pump his arms to get him going. ("I cannot stand Johnson's damn long face," complained chipper Boston aristocrat JFK of his pining VP.) The dark side used to be a familiar place for Texas's desperately poor country folk, oppressed by greedy landlords and malignant nature, who knew that ruin was only a hailstorm away. But a leader who knows that the sky really can fall isn't such a bad thing: Nothing guarantees failure more than blithe expectations of success.

 

very good stuff...

spend some time at the site:

big path
 

once gain...listen to a republican...Buchanan no less

don't listen to democrats...just look to republicans on who to vote for:

buchanan endorses kerry
 

someone always profits from war....guess who??

guess who profits from this war?

Carlyle and Haliburton are on the list...
 

bush...this is your war

watch the ad and pass it on....i grieve for this nation....

real voices
 

Kerry/Bush timeline

Take a look at the Kerry bush timeline and learn a little about their lives.

Timeline Comparing The Lives of Bush and Kerry: Birth - 1998 - Independent Media TV
 

don't listen to me...listen to a 20-year Army Soldier

Again....listen to those who are there....

Why We Cannot Win by Al Lorentz
 

more republicans for kerry

john eisenhower will be voting kerry....a good read for fence sitters or republicans who might realize that the current republican party is no the real republican party...

John Eisenhower: Why I will vote for John Kerry for President
 

condi lies in front of the 9/11 comission...

read and learn...

Condi quotes and facts

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

 

what do other pilots have to say about georgie?

a republican pilot no less....

George W. Bush: The Phony Fighter Pilot
 

George Bush is the AntiChrist

too funny...he is, he is the anti-christ....burn him!


 

Listen to Molly Ivans

whenever you see something written by Molly Ivans, read what she has to say....she was telling everyone who georgie was and what he was up to long before you started asking...

Molly Ivans Archive
 

a good tune and I can dance to it...$B for bush...

enjoy the billionaires for bush video...

Billionaires For Bush:
 

here is your war mr. bush...

read the whole article....then try to vote for bush...

TheStar.com - U.S. casualties grim cost of Iraq war
 

Not an 11 point lead by bush

calm yourselves about the '11 point lead' that bush has...it is a false lead due to poor polling methodology...also isn't it interesting that that all corporate polls have bush in a satrong lead, and the independant polls have only a slight lead...learn more about the methodology below...

Zogby International
 

remote protest against Ohio's lightweight paper registration

sign the petition about Ohio's desire to refuse paper voter registration form printed on lightweight stock:

Desperation and 80 Pound Paper Stock in Ohio | America Coming Together (ACT)
 

GeorgeSoros.com

the man has been working to get the message out on W...check out his blog once he gets started...pretty common sense arguments to not (re)elect bush...


GeorgeSoros.com
 

He is a misunderstood genius

he is a misunderstood genius....and o'lielly is a piece of work himself....transcript from the Bush/O'Lielly interview. I would like to see Maureen Dowd interview him...

FOXNews.com - The O'Reilly Factor - Interview - Transcript: Bush Talks to O'Reilly
 

don't listen to me...listen to republicans...

"The worst thing we can do is hold ourselves hostage to some grand illusion we’re winning. Right now, we are not winning. Things are getting worse. The fact is, we’re in deep trouble in Iraq."
--Chuck Hagel, Republican Senator from Nebraska

"We made serious mistakes right after the initial successes by not having enough troops there on the ground, by allowing the looting, by not securing the borders. There were a number of things that we did. Most of it can be traced back to not having sufficient numbers of troops there."
--John McCain, Republican Senator from Arizona

"Our committee heard blindly optimistic people from the administration prior to the war and people outside the administration -- what I call the ‘dancing in the street’ crowd -- that we just simply will be greeted with open arms. The nonsense of all that is apparent. The lack of planning is apparent."
--Richard Lugar, Republican Senator from Indiana

 

local paper doesn't support local boy...news at 11

George should read his local paper in crawford more....so he can understand why he should be voting for the other guy...

The Lone Star ICONOCLAST - Editorial, Opinion of the Publishers
 

freeway blogger...check him out



go check out the freeway blogger for ideas to inform the public...good stuff. If everyone went out and did some of their own freeway blogging the world would be a better place.

Monday, September 27, 2004

 

this is hilarious...

georgie can use this to figure out his new look when he retires in January....

build a better bush
 

served....didn't serve

Democrats

Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.
David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.
Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.
Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971 as an army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.
Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam.
Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-'47; Medal of Honor, WWII.
John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Hearts.
Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.
Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam.
Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-1953.
Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.
Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze Stars, and Soldier's Medal.
Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit.
Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.
Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam; BronzeStar with Combat V.
Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.
Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57
Chuck Robb: Vietnam
Howell Heflin: Silver Star
George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII.
Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments. Entered draft but received 311.
Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.
Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953
John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and Air Medal with 18 Clusters.
Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg.

Republicans

Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
Tom Delay: did not serve.
Roy Blunt: did not serve.
Bill Frist: did not serve.
Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
Rick Santorum: did not serve.
Trent Lott: did not serve.
Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage.
John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business.
Jeb Bush: did not serve.
Karl Rove: did not serve.
Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked
Cleland's patriotism.
Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
Vin Weber: did not serve.
Richard Perle: did not serve.
Douglas Feith: did not serve.
Eliot Abrams: did not serve.
Richard Shelby: did not serve.
Jon Kyl: did not serve.
Tim Hutchison: did not serve.
Christopher Cox: did not serve.
Newt Gingrich: did not serve.
Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as aviator and flight instructor.
George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard; got
assigned to Alabama so he could campaign for family friend running for
U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam, disappeared from duty.
Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non-combat role making movies.
B-1 Bob Dornan: Consciously enlisted after fighting was over in Korea.
Phil Gramm: did not serve.
John McCain: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bob Dole: an honorable veteran.
Chuck Hagel: two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, Vietnam.
Duke Cunningham: nominated for Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Silver Stars, Air Medals, Purple Hearts.
Jeff Sessions: Army Reserves, 1973-1986
Colin Powell: Long career in military management.
Don Nickles: National Guard, 1970-1976
Jim Inhofe: Army, 1954-1956
Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve.
John M. McHugh: did not serve.
JC Watts: did not serve.
Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee," although continued in NFL for 8 years.
Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Ind! iana National Guard.
Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
George Pataki: did not serve.
Spencer Abraham: did not serve.
John Engler: did not serve.
Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army ZZZbase.
George H.W. Bush: Pilot in WWII. Shot down by the Japanese.
Tom Ridge: Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam.
Sam Johnson: Combat in Korea and Vietnam, POW in Hanoi.
Ted Stevens: WWII pilot, DFCs, two Air Medals.
John Warner: Served in the Navy during WWII as a RM3
Heather Wilson: Air Force 1978-1989
Gerald Ford: Navy, WWII

Pundits & Preachers

Sean Hannity: did not serve.
Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst.')
Bill O'Reilly: did not serve.
Michael Savage: did not serve.
George Will: did not serve.
Chris Matthews: did not serve.
Paul Gigot: did not serve.
Bill Bennett: did not serve.
Pat Buchanan: did not serve.
John Wayne: did not serve.
Bill Kristol: did not serve.
Kenneth Starr: did not serve.
Antonin Scalia: did not serve.
Clarence Thomas: did not serve.
Ralph Reed: did not serve.
Michael Medved: did not serve.
Charlie Daniels: did not serve.
Ted Nugent: did not serve.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

 

yes...replace rather!!!

this is from the daily show with jon stewart...i finally found it on AmericaBlog:

JON STEWART: Well Stephen, what do you think is going to happen now at CBS News?

STEPHEN COLBERT, Daily Show Senior Media Correspondent: Jon, there's got to be some accountability. Dan Rather is the head, the commander in chief if you will of his organization. He's someone in the ultimate position of power who made a harmful decision based upon questionable evidence. Then, to make things worse, he stubbornly refused to admit his mistake, choosing instead to stay the course and essentially occupy this story for too long. This man has got to go!

STEWART: Uh ... we're talking about Dan Rather...?

COLBERT: Yes Jon, Dan Rather. CBS is in chaos, it's unsafe, riven by internal rivalries. If you ask me, respected, reputable outsiders need to be brought in to help the rebuilding effort.

STEWART: ... at CBS News?

COLBERT: Yeah, at CBS news! What possible other unrelated situation could my words be equally applicable to?! Now people need to be held accountable. The commander in chief, the vice president, the secretary of defense, the national security adviser -- everyone at CBS News needs to go! Jon, I can tell you, Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave.

STEWART: Walter Cronkite is still alive.

COLBERT: Not according to my sources ... at CBS News.
 

Maybe he has Alzheimers?...(or maybe he is just an idiot)

yes, even Pravda has something to say about the man in the whitehouse:

read Pravda for once in your life
 

Ron vs. Moron

Ron Reagan is a guy who thinks for himself...obviously....check it out:

Ron vs. Moron

Saturday, September 25, 2004

 

911 Uncovered

in case you have time to burn, some interesting info...

911 Uncovered - Cognitive Dissonance

Friday, September 24, 2004

 

bush misunderestimated

a god in collecting info on the web:

Bush Misunderestimated
 

propaganda for the new world order

take a look at some of the propaganda that you'll be seeing in the train stations after the election...

the propaganda remix project
 

we are not in lake wobegone anymore...

How did the Party of Lincoln and Liberty transmogrify into the party of Newt Gingrich’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk?

find the rest at: in these times
 

former CIA agent say Bush to blame for 9/11 - imagine that!

Former CIA agent Ray McGovern went over what he considers the failures of the intelligence community and current administration over the past few years. He has 27 years of experience as a CIA analyst to draw upon and has dealt with every administration from Kennedy to Bush Sr.

He criticized the 9/11 Commission's final report, saying the committee was comprised of political extremists who couldn't reach a consensus.

"It wasn't a bipartisan commission; it was more like a bipolar commission," McGovern said. "To say that no one could prevent 9/11 was a bold-faced lie. It basically let the president and everyone responsible off the hook."


from:
the oracle
 

why did bush stop flying?

Janet Linke has been thinking about George W. Bush a lot lately. Thirty-two years ago, her late husband Jan Peter Linke served briefly in the Texas Air National Guard's 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. According to Linke… Bush's flying career was permanently disabled by a crippling fear of flying.

Linke's husband was admitted to the Texas Guard in the summer of 1972 to replace Bush. Bush has said that he stopped flying fighter jets because the Alabama Guard unit didn't have jets, and he wanted to transfer to Alabama in order to work on a political campaign. But Linke says she heard a different story from her husband and Bush's squad commander, the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian. Shortly after her husband joined the Texas unit, Linke says, the couple discussed Bush's service with Killian at a social event. Contrary to some news reports that suggest Killian admired Bush, Linke says the officer didn't have much use for the young Lieutenant. He mentioned that Bush appeared to have a drinking problem, she recalls, but he was most offended by another incapacity: his fear of flying. According to Linke, Killian said Bush was grounded in his fourth year of flying after he became incapable of flying or properly landing a plane. "He was mucking up bad, Killian told us," Linke says. "He just became afraid to fly."

…flight logs released by the White House three weeks ago in response to a lawsuit by the Associated Press (link below) show a strange retraction of Bush's air time around that period. In February and March 1972, Bush switched from flying the F102A fighter jet, which the guard used to patrol U.S. borders, to a two-seat T-33 training jet. His superiors also returned him to flight simulator practice sessions. But records suggest the extra training sessions didn't help. Logs show that in March and April 1972, Bush twice needed multiple tries to land the F102 fighter. Days later, on April 16, Bush piloted a plane for the Texas Air National Guard for the last time. "He just couldn't cut it," says Linke. "I was let to believe he was kind of a coward." (Folio Weekly was able to reach two former Bush squadmates in Texas, but both declined to be interviewed.) In May 1972, Bush left Texas. He headed to Alabama, where he requested assignment with the postal reserve unit. Bush's request was initially denied. Bu in August 1972, Killian stripped Bush of his flying duties for failing to take an annual physical. In September he was ordered to taken an administrative post with the Alabama Guard.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

 

sounds like an election here...

seems rumsfeld isn't sure that we should have a ful election in iraq....kind of like us not having a full election with florida in 2000:

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday raised the possibility that some areas of Iraq might be excluded from elections scheduled for January if security could not be guaranteed.
"If there were to be an area where the extremists focused during the election period, and an election was not possible in that area at that time, so be it. You have the rest of the election and you go on. Life's not perfect," Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee...

But the Pentagon chief said there could be a situation where an election could be held in "three-quarters or four-fifths of the country. But in some places you couldn't because the violence was too great."

 

did the bush twin inhale?

interesting commentary from ashton kutcher on the bush twins....

USATODAY.com - Did the Bush twins inhale? Kutcher won't say or this:

salon.com
 

kerry is such a wimp!

He is a COMBAT VETERAN -- and that ALWAYS shows you a man is a WIMP!

The NAVY gave him MEDALS -- and you CAN'T TRUST THE U.S. NAVY to know ANYTHING about courage or honor, so therefore, he is a WIMP!

He pissed off that paragon of virtue RICHARD NIXON when he came back from Vietnam and fought against the war – and only WIMPS would dare “Speak Truth to Power!”

He was a PROSECUTING ATTORNEY -- and Prosecuting Attorneys ARE ALWAYS WIMPS!

Then he was an ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY -- I've watched Law & Order, and I know THOSE FOLKS are DEFINITELY WIMPY!

He WASTED his time in the Senate going after TERRORISM FUNDING, and HELPING OUT OTHER (WIMPY!) VETERANS, and FIGHTING CORRUPTION, and going after RICH POLLUTERS, and PUTTING POLICE ON OUR STREETS -- what kind of REAL MAN would waste his time doing WIMPY STUFF like that???

The truth is, we just can't trust Kerry to "protect us" when it comes to Terrorism because HE IS A WIMP. And he is spending this entire election telling HIS VERSION OF THE TRUTH which makes EVERYONE HAPPY (NOT), so that just shows you how good he WOULDN'T be at governing THE WHOLE COUNTRY INSTEAD OF JUST THE WIMPY LEFT WING WIMPS!!!

Besides, I would rather trust MY LIFE in the hands of a corrupt businessman whose only goal was profits who was smart enough NOT to get in the way of people shooting guns at him and couldn't figure out how to stop 19 guys with box cutters from killing thousands of my fellow citizens. Picking a COMBAT TESTED MILITARY GUY, EX-PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, ANTI-CORRUPTION SENATOR WHO SPEAKS A BUNCH OF LANGUAGES is JUST STUPID!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

 

see what buschco has wraught?

a letter from a loser in bush's america:

I am a senior citizen. During the Clinton Administration I had an extremely good and well paying job. I took numerous vacations and had several vacation homes.

Since President Bush took office, I have watched my entire life change for the worse. I lost my job. I lost my two sons in that terrible Iraqi War. I lost my homes. I lost my health insurance. As a matter of fact I lost virtually everything and became homeless.

Adding insult to injury, when the authorities found me living like an animal, instead of helping me, they arrested me. I will do anything that Senator Kerry wants to insure that a Democrat is back in the White House come next year. Bush has to go.

Sincerely,
Saddam Hussein

 

yeah...they're getting the job done alright....

with the collapse of the detroit investigation, john ashcroft's record for terrorism convictions is now zero....three years in jail, then nothing!

ashcroft's complete lack of results
 

interesting comparison on bush and rather

Dan Rather, CBS News Anchor
1) given documents he thought were true
2) failed to thoroughly investigate the facts
3) reported documents to the American people as true to make his case
4) when confronted with the facts, apologized and launched an investigation
5) number of Americans dead: 0
6) should be fired as CBS News Anchor

George W. Bush, President of the United States
1) given documents he thought were true
2) failed to thoroughly investigate the facts
3) reported documents to the American people as true to make his case
4) when confronted with the facts, continued to report untruth and stonewalled an investigation
5) number of Americans dead: 1100
6) should be given four more years as President of the United States
 

learn more about money in politics

this site does a great job in breaking down the money associated with politicians, from the president on down...take a look at your congressman if you like.

Opensecrets.org--Money in politics data
 

why kill a terroist when you can have a war??

dubya had a chance (actually several) to get the terrorist zarqawi and a terrorist chemical lab....but instead opted to start a war....imagine that!

MSNBC - Avoiding attacking suspected terrorist mastermind

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

 

makes you sick thinking of the incompetence



here is a seymour hersch article in the new yorker about missed opportunities to see the 9/11 attacks coming....dubya says that he is best to fight against the terroists, but do not forget that these attacks occured on his watch, after receiving numorous indications that something was going down:

The New Yorker
 

take a look at true majority and the cookie analogy

read the true majority website, join, and change the world!

do not miss the the true majority cookie analogy!

 

american corporations making a profit over 9/11? No way.

interesting article on halliburton and new contracts on 9/10....some might say that this is not good news for the company"

Liberty Whistle - Halliburton
 

please welcome the right wing squares!

take a look at the new hottest game show going! it's the right wing squares! (flash animation)

Media Matters for America: Right Wing Squares
 

bulletin boards, telphone poles, windshields

looking for information for posting? take a look and consider these:

bush data sheets for posting
 

bishops, bush, and kerry

So maybe you are wondering how us catholic bishops point of view compares to kerry and bush? take the quiz at the following site and compare your views with the candidates....it might surprise you how much the bishops are not just mind numb bush backers:

The 2004 Catholic Voter Guide - A Service of the Catholic Voting Project
 

have some fun

enjoy a little humor:

George W Bush: warp him! Warp Dubya!

Monday, September 20, 2004

 

put your head down and get the job done

michael moore discussed the finer points of how to win an election....put you nose to the grindstone and get your work done:

Michael Moore.com : Mike's Message : Messages
 

if you won't listen to kerry on iraq.....

listen to the republicans themselves provide their insight:

"The fact is a crisp, sharp analysis of our policies is required. We didn't do that in Vietnam, and we saw 11 years of casualties mount to the point where we finally lost," said Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam War veteran who is co-chairman of President Bush's re-election committee in Nebraska.

A major problem, said leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was incompetence by the administration in reconstructing the country's shattered infrastructure.

The chairman, Sen. Richard Lugar, noted that Congress appropriated $18.4 billion a year ago this week for reconstruction. No more than $1 billion has been spent. "This is the incompetence in the administration," Lugar, R-Ind., said on ABC's "This Week."

"We made serious mistakes right after the initial successes by not having enough troops on the ground, by allowing the looting, by not securing the borders," McCain said. "Airstrikes don't do it; artillery doesn't do it. Boots on the ground do it," McCain told "Fox News Sunday." Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said Bush had pointed out from the beginning the risks of combat in Iraq.

Yahoo! News - Senators Urge Bush to Assess Iraq Policy
 

foreign press - part 2 - this is bush's war alright

again let's turn to the foreign press for more insight into the abu graib situation:

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | After Abu Ghraib
 

foreign press - part 2 - brrrrr. do you feel a draft?

OK....let's take another look at the foreign press...interesting views on having enough soldiers for the current wars (yes wars...keep in mind the war in iraq id different from the war on terrorism):

New Zealand News - World - US runs low on soldiers
 

foreign press - part 1 - thanks ron!

i often hear republicans say that one should get their news from foreign papers because you can't trust the liberal media in america....funny, but i also hear from democrats that you should get your news from the froeign press because you can't trust the corporate media.....well start with this from Ron Reagan:


It may have been the guy in the hood teetering on the stool, electrodes clamped to his genitals. Or smirking Lynndie England and her leash. Maybe it was the smarmy memos tapped out by soft-fingered lawyers itching to justify such barbarism. The grudging, lunatic retreat of the neocons from their long-standing assertion that Saddam was in cahoots with Osama didn’t hurt.

Even the Enron audiotapes and their celebration of craven sociopathy played a part. As a result of all these displays and countless smaller ones, you could feel, a couple of months back, as summer spread across the US, the ground shifting beneath your feet.

Something was in the air, and people were inhaling deeply. I began to get calls from friends whose parents had always voted Republican, “but not this time”.

sundaytimes.co.za : Home of the Sunday Times : South Africa's best selling newspaper

 

america, listen to your mothers

maybe BushCo should spend some time listening to their mothers....instead of arresting them:

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: No Stars, Just Cuffs

 

john kerry foreign policy peech at new york university

"In the dark days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy sent former Secretary of State Dean Acheson to Europe to build support. Acheson explained the situation to French President de Gaulle. Then he offered to show him highly classified satellite photos, as proof. De Gaulle waved the photos away, saying: “The word of the President of the United States is good enough for me.”

How many world leaders have that same trust in America’s president, today?"


In Iraq, this administration has consistently over-promised and under-performed. This policy has been plagued by a lack of planning, an absence of candor, arrogance and outright incompetence. And the President has held no one accountable, including himself.

In fact, the only officials who lost their jobs over Iraq were the ones who told the truth.
General Shinseki said it would take several hundred thousand troops to secure Iraq. He was retired. Economic adviser Larry Lindsey said that Iraq would cost as much as $200 billion. He was fired. After the successful entry into Baghdad, George Bush was offered help from the UN -- and he rejected it. He even prohibited any nation from participating in reconstruction efforts that wasn’t part of the original coalition – pushing reluctant countries even farther away. As we continue to fight this war almost alone, it is hard to estimate how costly that arrogant decision was. Can anyone seriously say this President has handled Iraq in a way that makes us stronger in the war on terrorism?


John Kerry for President - Speech at New York University
 

27 rationals for war in iraq

here is a thesis discussing the rationals put forward by BushCo on iraq....very interesting reading:


 

Fuzzy Math - Dubya Tells The Truth

for diplomacy to be effective, lies must be credible. Good flash animation:

Fuzzy Math - Dubya Tells The Truth
 

First Person: For whom did my son die in Iraq?

make sure you take the time to read this question to the nation.

"Now my son is dead. How did he die? According to the Army, he was killed on Aug. 13 in western Iraq when an IED -- an "improvised explosive device" -- detonated near his vehicle. According to me, he was killed by the arrogance and ineptitude of George W. Bush aided by Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld."

First Person: For whom did my son die in Iraq?
 

Osama and al qaeda never in iraq? say it ain't so

the state department says that al qaeda was never in iraq? that's funny, the white house seems to think differently...

Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda around the world
 

Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda

the state department says that al qaeda was never in iraq? that's funny the white house seems to think differently...

Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda around the world

Sunday, September 19, 2004

 

democracy for all

tke a look at the following flash and videos from new democrat network:

http://www.newdem.org/flashmovie.php

 

an important man, doing important things, during an important time

let's take a step back and see what kind of man george bush was...

NYT: Portrait of George Bush in '72: Unanchored in Turbulent Time

 

where is the world's super-cowboy sitting on a horse?

OK I found one...just one...



what is the deal with bush and horses? how can you be a cowboy and not ride a horse? pretty please? can we get a picture of the true cowboy actually on a horse? seriously...george bush sitting on a horse captured on film....anyone?

That's what thought...all hat and no horse....or maybe:

all hat, no cattle
 

you can't correct a problem if you refuse to acknowledge it

denial ain't a river in egypt....do you think his inability to acknowledge there is a problem stems from being in an alcoholic haze for the first 40 years of his life? some might say so....

Bush failing to admit Iraq's worsening situation: Washington Post
 

so now expats are being denied the right to vote?

if i wanted to reduce the number of people voting for the other guy, i might want to make sure that ex-patriots can't get to websites to help them vote.....but i don't, i am kind of for democracy and making sure that all votes count and that type of thing...republicans, generally are not.

Pentagon blocks site for voters outside U.S.
 

what can you do to change this?



this is the simple part....the winner needs only the majority of voters in a state to take the electoral college votes...he who gets the most to the polls will win the race......so try this:

talk to 20 people....register 20 people.....get 20 people to the polls....repeat
 

who profits from war?



"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
April 16, 1953

 

nostalgic about my future

seems only a short time ago we had a budget surplus....government would figure out how to pay for something before implementing it....we were not at war, and i could have had said America would never invade first and ask questions later....a while ago i had hope that my children would not be burdened with the deficit......

but in four years the bush team has changed all that....here you will find what i think bush has done and continues to do to erase the future i once thought i had....


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