Saturday, November 20, 2004
Peak Oil, Stolen Elections, Energy Wars
Friday, November 19, 2004
Media Lies to you...learn how
Global Free Press - Interesting news when you need it....
Thursday, November 18, 2004
You will have to ignore reality...
Monday, November 15, 2004
Bush threatens mankind, says Caldicott
"This is the most serious election that has ever occurred in the history of the human race, without a scrag of doubt," she told smh.com.au.
"I don't know if we'll survive the next four years ... I don't think the Americans have, on the whole, the faintest idea - and I have to say also I don't think most Australians do either. But it's not just the threat from nuclear war. It's the threat of what's happening to the environment, the global warming which is occurring rapidly now, to ozone depletion, to species extinction, to deforestation - it's the whole thing."
Speaking from her son Will's Boston home, the Australian paediatrician, who runs the Nuclear Policy Research Institute in Washington, has just spent a frantic two-and-a-half months criss-crossing America to deliver her anti-nuclear and anti-Bush message. She discovered the country was more divided than at any time since she first stepped onto American soil in 1966.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Four more years...
"4 more years America...
If you voted for Bush, didn't vote, or voted no on gay marriage, I hope you get drafted.
I hope they stick you in my unit, and you go with me to Iraq when my unit goes back in September. I will laugh when you see what soldiers in that country face on a daily basis. I hope you work with gay soldiers too. I did. One of them saved my life. Think he shouldn't have the right to get married? Fuck you. He fought just as hard as I did and on most days, did his job better than me. Don't tell me gays don't have the same rights you do.
Think the war in Iraq is a good thing? I'll donate my M-16 to you and you can go in my place."
Hack The Vote...here are instructions
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Bob Jones is happy...
Don't equivocate. Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ. Honor the Lord, and He will honor you.
Had your opponent won, I would have still given thanks, because the Bible says I must (I Thessalonians 5:18). It would have been hard, but because the Lord lifts up whom He will and pulls down whom He will, I would have done it. It is easy to rejoice today, because Christ has allowed you to be His servant in this nation for another presidential term. Undoubtedly, you will have opportunity to appoint many conservative judges and exercise forceful leadership with the Congress in passing legislation that is defined by biblical norm regarding the family, sexuality, sanctity of life, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and limited government. You have four years--a brief time only--to leave an imprint for righteousness upon this nation that brings with it the blessings of Almighty God.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Former candidate Felber, flanked by his family and supporters, steps up to the podium in the bright autumn sunlight. Cheers and applause are heard.] My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken, and spoken with a clear voice. So I am here to offer my concession. I concede that I overestimated the intelligence of the American people. Though the people disagree with the President on almost every issue, you saw fit to vote for him. I never saw that coming. That's really special. And I mean "special" in the sense that we use it to describe those kids who ride the short school bus and find ways to injure themselves while eating pudding with rubber spoons. That kind of special.
I concede that I misjudged the power of hate. That's pretty powerful stuff, and I didn't see it. So let me take a moment to congratulate the President's strategists: Putting the gay marriage amendments on the ballot in various swing states like Ohio... well, that was just genius. Genius. It got people, a certain kind of people, to the polls. The unprecedented number of folks who showed up and cited "moral values" as their biggest issue, those people changed history. The folks who consider same sex marriage a more important issue than war, or terrorism, or the economy... Who'd have thought the election would belong to them? Well, Karl Rove did. Gotta give it up to him for that. Now, now. Credit where it's due.
I concede that I put too much faith in America's youth. With 8 out of 10 of you opposing the President, with your friends and classmates dying daily in a war you disapprove of, with your future being mortgaged to pay for rich old peoples' tax breaks, you somehow managed to sit on your asses and watch the Cartoon Network while aging homophobic hillbillies carried the day. You voted with the exact same anemic percentage that you did in 2000. You suck. Seriously, y'do. Thank you. Thank you very much.
There are some who would say that I sound bitter, that now is the time for healing, to bring the nation together. Let me tell you a little story. Last night, I watched the returns come in with some friends here in Los Angeles. As the night progressed, people began to talk half-seriously about secession, a red state / blue state split. The reasoning was this: We in blue states produce the vast majority of the wealth in this country and pay the most taxes, and you in the red states receive the majority of the money from those taxes while complaining about 'em. We in the blue states are the only ones who've been attacked by foreign terrorists, yet you in the red states are gung ho to fight a war in our name. We in the blue states produce the entertainment that you consume so greedily each day, while you in the red states show open disdain for us and our values. Blue state civilians are the actual victims and targets of the war on terror, while red state civilians are the ones standing behind us and yelling "Oh, yeah!? Bring it on!"
More than 40% of you Bush voters still believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11. I'm impressed by that, truly I am. Your sons and daughters who might die in this war know it's not true, the people in the urban centers where al Qaeda wants to attack know it's not true, but those of you who are at practically no risk believe this easy lie because you can. As part of my concession speech, let me say that I really envy that luxury. I concede that.
Healing? We, the people at risk from terrorists, the people who subsidize you, the people who speak in glowing and respectful terms about the heartland of America while that heartland insults and excoriates us... we wanted some healing. We spoke loud and clear. And you refused to give it to us, largely because of your high moral values. You knew better: America doesn't need its allies, doesn't need to share the burden, doesn't need to unite the world, doesn't need to provide for its future. Hell no. Not when it's got a human shield of pointy-headed, atheistic, unconfrontational breadwinners who are willing to pay the bills and play nice in the vain hope of winning a vote that we can never have. Because we're "morally inferior," I suppose, we are supposed to respect your values while you insult ours. And the big joke here is that for 20 years, we've done just that.
It's not a "ha-ha" funny joke, I realize, but it's a joke all the same.
Being an independent candidate gives me one luxury - as well as conceding the election today, I am also announcing my candidacy for President in 2008.
So that's why I'm asking for your vote in 2008, America. I'm talking to you, you ignorant, slack-jawed yokels, you bible-thumping, inbred drones, you redneck, racist, chest-thumping, perennially duped grade-school grads. Vote for me, because I know better, and I truly believe that I can help your smug, sorry asses. Vote Felber in '08! Thank you, and may God, if he does in fact exist, bless each and every one of you.
Nation of Assholes.......
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
The Russionas get it....
Did Bush fix the elections?
Why did Kerry throw in the towel so soon?
The appearance of Osama bin Laden bang on cue was suspicious, to say the least, as is now the increasing evidence pointing toward election fraud in the United States of America on November 2nd. Exit polls in sensitive districts just don't add up to the official figures. Did Bush fix it?
In Ohio, for instance, the sensitive state which gave Bush the 20 electoral college votes he needed, CNN exit polls among women awarded Kerry the vote by 53 to 47% and among men by 51 to 49%. The question was "Who did you vote for" but the point is were the votes counted?
Let us examine the various complaints against the official result on November 2nd and let us see in how many ways the Bush regime could have influenced the vote, through ballot tricks.
Absence of Control
Russian observer Aleksei Ostrovsky declared that he was shocked by what he saw. "It is enough to say 'I am Mr. Smith' and (the person) is allowed to vote. The same person can exit one polling station and vote again using the same procedure".
These votes belong principally to African Americans, Hispanics or ethnic minorities, who have not been properly instructed how to vote and more interestingly, would be more inclined to vote for the Democratic Party. On average, these votes account for 3% of the total and can be excluded from the count arbitrarily, or included, depending on the whim of the Secretary of State in the State concerned.
For example, in 2000, Secretary of State Kate Harris in Florida decided to arbitrarily exclude the counting of 179,855 votes, the so-called hanging chads. It was worthwhile: Ms. Harris got a seat in Congress and Bush won the state.
In Ohio, 2000 the spoiled vote accounted for 1,96% of the total, 110.000 votes. Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell stated shortly before the 2004 election, "the possibility of a close election with punch cards as the state's primary voting device invites a Florida-like calamity". The Ultra-right Blackwell would therefore have been well prepared for what was going to ensue.
In New Mexico, uncounted spoiled votes in 2000 accounted for 2,68% of the total, translated into 18.000 votes. Bush won the state by 11.620.
In some states, including Ohio, the Republicans adopted the Challenge, in which Republican watchdogs manned the doors of the polling stations and challenged those they thought might be ineligible to vote - mostly African Americans and Hispanics, who would be more likely to vote Democrat. The idea is to block the line, forcing people to lose patience and go away.
Provisional ballots are often handed to African Americans and Hispanics, rather than the type of vote that will be counted. Provisional and absentee ballots are not always counted and it is the decision of the Secretary of State of the State concerned to decide whether to count them or not. Bush won Ohio by 136,483 votes. There were between 175,000 and 250,000 uncounted votes.
Turning away voters
Santiago Juarez, of the "Faithful Citizens' Program" in New Mexico, stated that voters were turned away from some polling stations. In Ohio, at the Glenwood Elementary station in Toledo, over 200 people left the station because it opened late and then ran out of pencils - this being in a primarily Democratic district.
Before the election, the Baltimore Chronicle reported, "Through a combination of sophisticated vote rustling, ethnic cleansing of voter rolls, absentee ballots gone AWOL, machines that 'spoil' votes, John Kerry begins with a nationwide deficit that could easily reach one million votes".
In Ohio, Ken Blackwell tried to force through legislation requiring that registration applications not posted on the correct weight of paper should be discounted, then he sought to suppress the provisional ballots, challenging the validity of 35.000 new voter applications.
Manipulation of votes and results
In Florida, 13 counties reported more votes than voters, these accounting for 39.4% of the vote. In Ohio, at the Gahana 1 Precinct, Bush received 6,253 votes, Kerry 1,916 votes, and the others, 23. This totals 8,192 votes, which is strange, since only 4,346 people voted.
At another Precinct in Gahana, Ohio, 4,258 votes were cast for Bush and only 260 for Kerry, while only 638 people were registered as having voted.
Electronic vote and rigged machines
Hernando Country recorded 0 votes. In Ohio, 14,6% of votes cast were by e-voting machines, which are susceptible to hacking and fraudulent manipulation and the Republicans had worked hard to exclude the possibility of there being a paper trail to provide any proof.
In Florida, electronic scan machines registered a gain of 128.45% for Bush and a decrease of 21% for Kerry, whereas in some places a gain of 400% was recorded for the Republicans and in Liverty County, 700%. Strange.
Ohio purchased e-voting machines from the Diebold Corporation, whose CEO Wally O'Dell is a Bush fundraiser, who promised "to help Ohio deliver its votes to the President". What a good professional he appears to have been.
Fewer machines were placed in Democrat areas in many Precincts, causing long queues to form and people to turn away, frustrated. In Ohio, Blackwell held back the distribution of 2000 machines.
In Franklin County, Ohio, Ron O"Brien, County prosecutor declared to 10TV that "people are being paid to register new voters". One man who died in February was registered to vote and in another case, 25 applications belonged to the same person.
In Chaves County, New Mexico, which has an enormous Hispanic, African American and Native American population (who traditionally vote Democrat), Bush won by 68% to 31%. ??
In a county in North Carolina, 4.500 votes went missing due to software problems - the computer had run out of memory.
Not very impressive, especially for a country that likes to stick its unwanted nose into the electoral affairs of other nations and then to make snide remarks. On the basis of this evidence, the USA had better not ever again make any statement whatsoever about fair voting procedures, anywhere.
In conclusion, does this surprise anyone? Not really, since Bush and his regime have spent four long years telling lies and cooking up tall stories. The question remains, why did John Kerry throw in the towel so soon, since all this was taking place. Didn't he know? Wasn't he informed? Or did something more sinister happen?
Or, could something else be behind both Messrs. Bush and Kerry, such as the neo-conservative clique orchestrated by Cheney, a form of supra-political party eminence grise which really pulls the strings in the USA and dictates Washington's foreign and domestic policy?
A Tale of Two Brothers....
Once upon a time there were two brothers: Bob and Todd Urosevich. In the 1980's, with the financial backing of the right-wing extremist Christian billionaire Howard Ahmanson, Bob and Todd founded a company called American Information Systems (AIS) that built voting machines. They were also certified to count votes. It is interesting to note that back then there was no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry. Even more interesting is the fact that this is still true today. Not even the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has a complete list of all the companies that count votes in U.S. elections.
Voting Fraud in the USA: Did you know....
80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.
The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
35% of ES&S is owned by Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, who became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.
Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.
Diebold is based in Ohio and supplies almost all the voting machines there.
None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.
30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines.
Bush's Help America Vote Act of 2002 has as its goal to replace all machines with the new electronic touch screen systems.
Republican Senator Chuck Hagel owns 35% of ES&S and was caught lying about it
ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.
Exit polls for the 2004 elections were accurate within 1% or less in areas where ballot machines were used.
Major exit poll data discrepancies were noted in counties where touch screen machines were used, especially in Ohio and Florida.
Eyeballing the Fallujah Kill Zone
Monday, November 08, 2004
What you need to believe....
2. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.
3. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
4. A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multinational corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.
5. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.
6. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.
7. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.
8. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.
9. HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.
10. Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but Creationism should be taught in schools.
11. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense.
12. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is a solid defense policy.
13. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internets.
14. The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's driving record is none of our business.
15. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.
16. You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.
17. What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest (smoke pot), but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant (snort coke and become an alcoholic).
Friends don't let friends vote Republican.
Red Staters, We tried to warn you....
Don't come crying to me when YOUR job is outsourced. I tried to warn you, you preferred to answer the rallying call of Guns, Abortion, Gays, God (hereafter referred to as GAGG.)
Don't come crying to me when you have no health insurance, and a catastrophic illness or injury bankrupts YOUR family, eats away at the nest egg YOU spent a life building, and leaves you with nothing. I tried to warn you...you preferred to answer the call of GAGG.
Don't come crying to me when you have less and less time to do the things YOU enjoy, because you have to work longer and longer hours to make ends meet...and without the benefit of overtime pay. I tried to warn you, but you heard only GAGG.
Don't come crying to me when your son, or your daughter, or even YOU...or someone YOU love is drafted to go to Iraq. I tried to warn you, you didn't hear me, you were too enthralled by the siren song of GAGG.
Here are my words to you now - "Fuck the red VOTERS!!"
I TRIED to warn you, to tell you...and you didn't listen. So don't cry later on, because the first thing I'm gonna ask, when you do come crying is...Who did YOU vote for? And if the answer is Bush...you get zero sympathy from me. I tried to warn you. You preferred, instead, to service your holier-than-thou self image, and project your hatred bigotry and prejudice onto others, by hearing only GAGG.
Gods, the lack of intelligence on your part, Red Voter, is ab-so-fucking-lutely breathtaking!!
How could ANYONE vote for economic serfdom, and against their own best interests...all in the name of shit that DOESN'T REALLY MATTER...like GAGG?
Let me make this perfectly clear for you:
1. NO ONE is gonna take your guns away, America...wake the fuck up!!
2. NO ONE wants to stop you from worhipping your god, whoever he may be...IN YOUR OWN HOUSE OF WORSHIP...we only want to stop you from forcing YOUR god on US!!
3. NO ONE wants you to be gay, or like gays or approve of what gays do...but, really, how the FUCK does it hurt you, what they do? Why the FUCK can't you just leave them alone? So it's not your cup of tea?? Fine! Have some fuckin' coffee! And let them drink their tea. Quit trying to force them to drink coffee, they are not trying to force YOU to drink their tea!
4. NO ONE advocates abortions. It's a hard, horrible choice, and my heart goes out to any woman who is forced into making that painful choice. But, until there are enough funds to care for these children...enough potential adoptive parents for ALL of them...and until you crack the fuck down on deadbeat dads (many of whom are Red Voters)...until you take away the economic conditions that force a woman to that awful choice, abortions will happen, legal or not. They did before, and they will again. Only difference is, if they are not legal, then many women will die horrible deaths at the hands of quack "doctors" with unsterile equipment and dirty hands. What if she was someone YOU loved? Wouldn't you feel so wonderful that YOU had forced her into the position that put her life in jeopardy? Wouldn't you want her to have the best medical treatment available? It is a hard enough thing to have to do in the first place, the least we can do is make it safe and legal for her to do if she is left with no other choice!
Y'all Red Voter stupid fucks scream about the sanctity of life...yeah, until it costs YOU something!! You're all in favor of life IN the womb, but give a giant middle finger to that same life, once it is OUT of the womb!!
You cut needy children from Medicaid and Head Start programs...you cut funding for education and school lunches...and you give big tax breaks to huge corporate polluters who will cause or children to grow up unhealthy, many with fucking asthma...all in the name of the God-Almighty Fucking Buck! And how do YOU do this? YOU VOTE RED!! The blood that is on their hands is also on yours, because YOU put them in power! I blame YOU, Red Voter!
Sunday, November 07, 2004
Molly Ivans...How to Cure aChicken Killing Dog....
AUSTIN, Texas -- Do you know how to cure a chicken-killin' dog? Now, you know you cannot keep a dog that kills chickens, no matter how fine a dog it is otherwise.
Some people think you cannot break a dog that has got in the habit of killin' chickens, but my friend John Henry always claimed you could. He said the way to do it is to take one of the chickens the dog has killed and wire the thing around the dog's neck, good and strong. And leave it there until that dead chicken stinks so bad that no other dog or person will even go near that poor beast. Thing'll smell so bad the dog won't be able to stand himself. You leave it on there until the last little bit of flesh rots and falls off, and that dog won't kill chickens again.
The Bush administration is going to be wired around the neck of the American people for four more years, long enough for the stench to sicken everybody. It should cure the country of electing Republicans.
And at least Democrats won't have to clean up after him until it is real clear to everyone who made the mess.
In some circles, that will be seen as sour grapes. But in Texas, we've been losing elections to the demagogic triad of God, gays and guns long enough to be pretty cynical about how it works out. I'm sure millions of Americans voted for George W. under the honest impression that he stands for moral values -- family, patriotism, faith in God. I'm sure it's the Democrats' fault that such a silly ruse is allowed to stand. What Bush actually does stand for is nicely summed up by a rather common news story that got stuck on the business pages lately.
In September, Merck & Co., the huge drug manufacturer, pulled Vioxx off the market. Vioxx was a popular pain-killing, anti-arthritis drug, but Merck said it was putting patients' safety first. A new study from the Federal Drug Administration showed high doses of Vioxx triple the risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death.
From there, the story bifurcates -- it takes two directions. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa revealed that the FDA had tried to silence the author of the study, Dr. David Graham, associate director of science in the Office of Drug Safety. Grassley said the FDA first sat on Graham's study and that then he was "ostracized" and "subjected to veiled threats and intimidation."
The Wall Street Journal followed the other fork, finding internal memos from Merck showing that company officials may have been aware of the dangers of Vioxx as long ago as 1996, including a memo apparently instructing its sales reps to "dodge" the question when doctors asked about the cardiac record of Vioxx.
In short, we have a toothless regulatory agency in the pocket of the industry it is supposed to patrol. We have an administration-wide contempt for science and plain facts. And the allegation against the folks at Merck is that they were making such enormous profits on a drug that killed people that when they knew or suspected it was killing people, they kept right on selling it. When the information that Merck had known for a long time about Vioxx and heart attacks became public, the company's stock fell by 9.6 percent.
That's the system George W. Bush stands for: where a corporation can knowingly kill people for profit and, when it finally comes out, everyone knows the penalties will be so light the company doesn't even lose a tenth of its worth. Hey, just a little bump in the road.
We sure don't want any of that terrible, burdensome government regulation to control that kind of behavior, do we? We sure don't want an FDA that listens to its own scientists and acts promptly, do we? We sure don't want anyone to sue these monster corporations, do we? I bet if it were possible to compare the odds of an American getting killed by a negligent regulatory agency and rapacious corporate behavior versus an American getting killed by a terrorist, it would turn out we need to be a lot more scared of rank greed and its enablers than we do of terrorists. And that's not counting what the corps. (pronounced corpse) steal and mess up.
So, fellow progressives, stop thinking about suicide or moving abroad. Want to feel better? Eat a sour grape, then do something immediately, now, today. Figure out what you can do to help rescue the country -- join something, send a little money to some group, call somewhere and offer to volunteer, find a politician you like at the local level and start helping him or her to move up.
Think about how you can lend a hand to the amazing myriad efforts that will promptly break out to help the country recover from what it has done to itself. Now is the time. Don't mourn, organize.
To find out more about Molly Ivins and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
More from the internets...
Message xxx of 169 Subject 6 of 50
Subject: Re: Liberals Don't get it
Date: 11/4/2004 8:20 PM Eastern Standard Time
Take note: Bush didn't really win where it mattered. Not one major state elected him except Florida where his brother is governor (that and a nickel cup of coffee can be bought anywhere in town). NYC didn't vote Bush, LA didn't vote Bush, San Diego didn't vote Bush, Chicago didn't, San Francisco didn't, none of New England voted for Bush, Pennsylvania didn't vote Bush, Washington, DC didn't vote Bush it was 90% Kerry. Not one state that makes a "difference" and is worthy of mentioning "honor" voted for Bush. Who did then?
It took all the "loser states." State's with no money or full of retiree's, empty ports of call, homes that are $18,000.00, cars parked on the lawn, truck beds used as swimming pools. People who go "tubing" down at the creek, quilting bee people. States full of uneducated, ignorant fools who aren't living in "cutting edge" places of which are high education and cosmopolitan. It also took Texas, where Bush is from. A place full of $20,000 homes and plenty of poverty. All these states wonder why they are so broke and cant get anywhere. As a fact: Texas industry has stolen California blind and stolen gas money from the whole nation. Oh yes, gas is back up to $2.50 a gallon, remember you DESERVE it, you WANTED it. If Texas was a name in the Bible its name would be Cain; understand? Look up the name "Cain" in the Bible. Do something that is truly "Christian" for a change. Since you just voted for a man who alleges to be antiabortion when his woman has had one.
Bush did not win, it took states full of ignorance to keep Bush in the White House and black box voting. What many call "lowlife's," country hee haws, "kin" (lol), toothless beer drinkers and squealing pigs like in the movie "deliverance," trailer park BBQ people, "southern hospitality" phonies all "sweet talking you" as they drive a knife in your back, Mary Kay cosmetics Cadillac drivers with a backcomb. And lets not forget; an old lady and man with a hearing aid on here and there. You know the ones, they are in church every Sunday and still live in a $5,000.00 house they bought in 1950. The saddest day of their lives was the day Jim and Tammy Bakker stole $8,000.00 of their money for Heritage USA while he was out by the pool skinny dipping with other men. They watch wheel of fortune on rabbit ear antenna TV every night and listen to fear tactics on FOX and are predominantly clueless. You'll find them gossiping and judging plenty then running back and asking forgiveness in prayer for all the sin they have done. Its an endless cycle, it started when they were children for these people, its all they know.
On Black Tuesday, all these people woke up at 5 am and "fired up" their 1987 Ford Taurus and drove like a bat out of Hell in a hurry to the voting polls. Worried that a terrorist was going to bomb their car all the way their and all the way back home. Completely without a clue, that they had just committed the worse voter atrocity in 226 years of American history. Not one state that counted and was cosmopolitan, wealthy and "cutting edge" as well as an industry empire, went red for Bush. Those states that DO COUNT because they have MINDS and are the backbone of this country didn't vote Bush. Who was part of what voted for Bush of the states that really matter and make this country "rock n roll" so these fools can live? Not one. In other words, the rest of you states who voted Bush failed the rest of this nation and who really DOES matter when it comes to running this country.
As a fact Lily Mae and Jethro, see how long you can keep Walmart stocked without California and New York. As yes, Saturday at Walmart is the "high light" of your human existence. Why, those sales on Palmolive and Tide detergent and those dollar days are like a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue for you. Why, the rest of us should imagine you have your radios on the car set on the Federal Disaster warning station (just in case there might be a terrorist threat). Since, you need to know "right now" about any bombings so that you can run and tell Pastor Williams on isle 17 as he's buying toilet paper and pray on the floor at Walmart or the Piggly Wiggly and then run to Sonic Burger for a soda with your valium pill. You have to live with this now.
As a fact: If you voted for Bush? You are directly responsible for every dead trooper in Iraq. You are responsible for every maimed trooper, every blind trooper, every wheelchair for life trooper, every orphan, every man, woman or civilian child in Iraq who is dead. The world watched as you voted for a man who declared a war on a nation based on lies. Your ignorance kept America divided as people as well. Your ignorance with lies directly to your face, knowing that Bush flew the Bin Laden family out of the U.S.A. a few days after 9/11, your ignorance when you had viable proof of corruption? Makes you directly, undeniably responsible.
When you take that trip of a lifetime to Rome, Greece or France and they spit on you and make fun of you? Remember: you wanted it, you asked for it. Also, if I were you Bush states I wouldn't expect cooperation from any state with this President from any place in the USA that truly matters. Those who follow corruption and ignorance; will live in corruption and ignorance. Because to those states that count? They didn't vote for Bush, who did? The cast from the movie "deliverance" did, ever seen that movie? Go rent it, you'll see a lot you can relate to...to the cosmopolitan "classy, intellectual and dignified" people of this nation; that's you! And now be sure and remember: You get now what you deserve. All the Hell, and misery, and migraines that Bush gives you. All the pain, all the strife, all the setbacks, all the struggles, all the bloodshed, all the deaths, all the corruption and the crime. All the abuse dignified nations give you, all the prejudice, all the hate, all the murder, all the poverty, all the taxes when Bush is gone. All the bankruptcy, any and all of it. You voted for it, you wanted it, you asked for it, you rooted it on...now you will live it, you DESERVE it.
We, who are of the "justification for a good education" crowd: Who live in palaces and on the beaches and in the Trump Towers and travel the world. The ones who will be the ones paying taxes for the war in Iraq eventually because our incomes are well over $200,000 a year (while your out driving around in a station wagon with a rebel flag all torn up blowing off the back). Do not want to read one damn word of your sobbing over the next 10 years of Hell Bush brings to this nation and the world. You in fact only a "part" of America, of which will pay dearly for your actions. You refused to listen to sound doctrine. As such, you soon will wallow and squeal in the misery you chose. You were warned all over the place about all of the corruption. You were warned for years, by motion picture, by news, by media. And now you shall pay dearly for your ignorance. For those of you who are on top of things please read the below link and take it into serious consideration. See the average IQ of people in the United States by State, it will shock you. "Forgive them; for they know not what they do." http://chrisevans3d.com/files/iq.htm God has Blessed those of whom the Lord has opened their eyes. However the AntiChrist "will convince and deceive the very elect. http://www.bushisantichrist.com And remember without a liberal, you wouldn't have any Social Security Bubba. Without a liberal, you wouldn't have safe air. Without a liberal, you'd be one homeless, bag carrying hobo!
17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Wrists...by Michael Moore
Ok, it sucks. Really sucks. But before you go and cash it all in, let's, in the words of Monty Python, “always look on the bright side of life!” There IS some good news from Tuesday's election.
Here are 17 reasons not to slit your wrists:
1. It is against the law for George W. Bush to run for president again.
2. Bush's victory was the NARROWEST win for a sitting president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916.
3. The only age group in which the majority voted for Kerry was young adults (Kerry: 54%, Bush: 44%), proving once again that your parents are always wrong and you should never listen to them.
4. In spite of Bush's win, the majority of the Americans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction (56%), thinks the war is a mistake (51%), and doesn’t approve of the job George W. Bush is doing (52%). (Note to foreigners: Don't try to figure this one out. It's an American thing, like Pop Tarts.)
5. The Republicans will not have a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate. If the Democrats do their job, Bush won't be able to pack the Supreme Court with right-wing ideologues. Did I say "if the Democrats do their job?" Um, maybe better to scratch this one.
6. Michigan voted for Kerry! So did the entire Northeast, the birthplace of our democracy. So did 6 of the 8 Great Lakes States. And the whole West Coast! Plus Hawaii. Ok, that's a start. We've got most of the fresh water, all of Broadway, and Mt. St. Helens. We can dehydrate them or bury them in lava. And no more show tunes!
7. Once again we are reminded that the buckeye is a nut, and not just any old nut -- a poisonous nut. A great nation was felled by a poisonous nut. May Ohio State pay dearly this Saturday when it faces Michigan.
8. 88% of Bush's support came from white voters. In 50 years, America will no longer have a white majority. Hey, 50 years isn't such a long time! If you're ten years old and reading this, your golden years will be truly golden and you will be well cared for in your old age.
9. Gays, thanks to the ballot measures passed on Tuesday, cannot get married in 11 new states. Thank God. Just think of all those wedding gifts we won't have to buy now.
10. Five more African Americans were elected as members of Congress, including the return of Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. It's always good to have more blacks in there fighting for us and doing the job our candidates can't.
11. The CEO of Coors was defeated for Senate in Colorado. Drink up!
12. Admit it: We like the Bush twins and we don't want them to go away.
13. At the state legislative level, Democrats picked up a net of at least 3 chambers in Tuesday's elections. Of the 98 partisan-controlled state legislative chambers (house/assembly and senate), Democrats went into the 2004 elections in control of 44 chambers, Republicans controlled 53 chambers, and 1 chamber was tied. After Tuesday, Democrats now control 47 chambers, Republicans control 49 chambers, 1 chamber is tied and 1 chamber (Montana House) is still undecided.
14. Bush is now a lame duck president. He will have no greater moment than the one he's having this week. It's all downhill for him from here on out -- and, more significantly, he's just not going to want to do all the hard work that will be expected of him. It'll be like everyone's last month in 12th grade -- you've already made it, so it's party time! Perhaps he'll treat the next four years like a permanent Friday, spending even more time at the ranch or in Kennebunkport. And why shouldn't he? He's already proved his point, avenged his father and kicked our ass.
15. Should Bush decide to show up to work and take this country down a very dark road, it is also just as likely that either of the following two scenarios will happen: a) Now that he doesn't ever need to pander to the Christian conservatives again to get elected, someone may whisper in his ear that he should spend these last four years building "a legacy" so that history will render a kinder verdict on him and thus he will not push for too aggressive a right-wing agenda; or b) He will become so cocky and arrogant -- and thus, reckless -- that he will commit a blunder of such major proportions that even his own party will have to remove him from office.
16. There are nearly 300 million Americans -- 200 million of them of voting age. We only lost by three and a half million! That's not a landslide -- it means we're almost there. Imagine losing by 20 million. If you had 58 yards to go before you reached the goal line and then you barreled down 55 of those yards, would you stop on the three yard line, pick up the ball and go home crying -- especially when you get to start the next down on the three yard line? Of course not! Buck up! Have hope! More sports analogies are coming!!!
17. Finally and most importantly, over 55 million Americans voted for the candidate dubbed "The #1 Liberal in the Senate." That's more than the total number of voters who voted for either Reagan, Bush I, Clinton or Gore. Again, more people voted for Kerry than Reagan. If the media are looking for a trend it should be this -- that so many Americans were, for the first time since Kennedy, willing to vote for an out-and-out liberal. The country has always been filled with evangelicals -- that is not news. What IS news is that so many people have shifted toward a Massachusetts liberal. In fact, that's BIG news. Which means, don't expect the mainstream media, the ones who brought you the Iraq War, to ever report the real truth about November 2, 2004. In fact, it's better that they don't. We'll need the element of surprise in 2008.
Feeling better? I hope so. As my friend Mort wrote me yesterday, "My Romanian grandfather used to say to me, 'Remember, Morton, this is such a wonderful country -- it doesn't even need a president!'"
But it needs us. Rest up, I'll write you again tomorrow.
From somewhere on the internets....
"In the days ahead, we must find common cause, we must join in common effort, without remorse or recrimination, without anger or rancor."
ARE YOU FUCKIN' KIDDING ME, SENATOR?!
You want me to find common cause with people who openly and gleefully hate and piss on everything I believe in?
You want me to find common cause with people who think doctors that perform abortions should get the death penalty?
You want me to find common cause with people who think gay and lesbian schoolteachers should be fired BECAUSE they're gay or lesbian?
You want me to find common cause with people who thought it was funny to disrespect America's veterans by wearing Band-Aids with purple hearts drawn on them?
LIKE. FUCKING. HELL.
I hate those maggots with every fiber of my being. They're lower than the microscopic bacteria that exists in human feces. They are nothing more than brainwashed, bigoted perverters of true Christianity.
You wanted four more years of Bush? Well, you got what you wanted.
When your job is outsourced to India and you become one of the homeless people you think are lazy bums who refuse to work: well, you got what you wanted.
When you're ready to retire but there's nothing left in your privatized Social Security account because the stock market crashed: well, you got what you wanted.
When Bush gets us into wars with Iran and Syria and finds the military stretched so thin he has to reinstate the draft; when your kid is drafted and comes home in a flag-draped casket: well, you got what you wanted.
When your taxes keep going up because somebody has to foot the bill for Bush's tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% of Americans: well, you got what you wanted.
If your daughter accidentally becomes pregnant and can't consider terminating it because Roe v. Wade has been overturned: well, you got what you wanted.
When somebody you know gets a visit from Homeland Security because he made an off-the-cuff remark that got him pegged as a "potential terrorist threat": well, you got what you wanted.
When the next 9/11 happens (and trust me, it will), violently killing thousands more people on American soil: well, you got what you wanted.
I hope every one of you motherfuckers gets your job outsourced and loses somebody you love in one of Bush's wars. And when you find yourself in desperate need of compassion, don't even think about coming to me. Because I'll just laugh in your fuckin' face, and I'll say:
"You didn't give a damn about your job on Election Day. All you cared about was voting for a man who'd keep the goddamned faggots from gettin' married!
"You didn't give a damn about your dead relative on Election Day. All you cared about was voting for a man who'll racially profile those fuckin' towelhead Ay-rabs."
Where's my liberal compassion, you ask? I save that for people who deserve it, i.e. the 98% of Americans that you hate because they aren't exactly the same as you are. You have no compassion for ethnic minorities, no compassion for sexual minorities, no compassion for religious minorities, no compassion for those who've been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay without actually being charged with a crime, and you sure as fuck have no compassion for people with my political views. If you had your way, I and my kind would be in jail, or even dead.
I got your liberal compassion right here, you fascist cocksuckers. Fuck you and the Panzer you rode in on!
Ein volk. Ein Reich. Ein Party.
The Republican Moral Compass...
The Republican Moral Compass
Serial killer/rapist Ted Bundy campaigned for the Republican Party
Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.
Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.
Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a minor and sentenced to one month in jail.
Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges.
Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.
Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.
Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a minor working as a congressional page.
Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.
Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a juvenile and one count of delivering the drug LSD.
Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks, an advisor to a California assemblyman, was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.
Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.
Republican preacher Stephen White was arrested after allegedly offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.
Republican talk show host Jon Matthews of Houston was indicted for indecency with a child, including exposing his genitals to a girl under the age of 17.
Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling confessed to molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.
Republican Party leader Paul Ingram of Thurston County, Washington, pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.
Republican St. Louis Election Board official Kevin Coan was arrested and charged with trying to buy sex from a 14-year-old girl whom he met on the Internet.
Republican politician Andrew Buhr, former committeeman for Hadley Township Missouri, was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.
Republican politician Keith Westmoreland, a Tennessee state representative, was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to minors under 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).
Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15 year old girl.
Republican legislator, Richard Gardner, a Nevada state representative, admitted to molesting his two daughters.
Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.
Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.
Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.
Looking to vocalize your anger??
Voting for Family Values....
I work at a domestic violence shelter in a rural conservative district in Mich. that is has had its economy gutted by NAFTA and where Christianity dominates the culture.
Yesterday while reflecting about 4 more years of Bush I was talking with a woman staying in the shelter. I will give her a fake name, lets call her Laura B. Laura is 28, pregnant, (never considered an abortion). She finished highschool and did a year of college before dropping out to have a couple of kids with her military husband. Living in Virginia on base with her autocratic mate (he doesn't allow the boys 3 and 4 to say "yeap" they have to answer "yes sir") drove her crazy and she was hospitalized for suicidal thoughts. Military dude divorced her and has custody.
She came home to Mom in Mich and ended up at our shelter to try and sort out her life. (Mom has no money either and her own problems.) We, like all secular agencies, have seen a steady erosion of funds.
Laura B. has found a job working in the kitchen at a local faith based Christian College. She makes $6/hour. She drives a dying Ford Escort wagon pays $2.15/gallon for gas. Her latest crisis is her insurance expired on Oct. 9 (her ex-partner cancelled policy). She needs to come up with $211 to get insurance for one month or face a $1,000 fine if she gets caught driving with no insurance. We have some public transportation, Dial-a Ride, minibus runs between 7 am and 6 p.m., M-F $1.50 one-way. She has to be at work at 6am.
She has been walking to work lately but it is about 2 miles she is 5 months pregnant, it is dark at 5 am, and winter is coming. Solution? Go begging at the churches who seem to have money for these things. They will give her the money if she attends bible school. So last night she was at bible school until 9 p.m.
She has never attended our domestic violence support groups as she is too tired at night and goes to bed early but the bible study was not optional.
She was excited about "God's message" when she came back.
This week she moves into low income subsidized housing. Her newest crisis is she has found out when the college is closed for the Christmas holiday (one month) she has no employment. She is hoping to find temporary employment as a seasonal retail worker if the Christmas sales are brisk to tide her over. She doesn't know what she will do when the baby is born, hopes she can work up till the last week (she is on her feet all day with this job). She will be eligible for subsidized daycare.
She voted for Bush because of his "family values."
"We had a good conversation," the senator said. "And we talked about the danger of division in our country and the need, the desperate need, for unity, for finding the common ground, coming together. Today I hope that we can begin the healing."
Democrat: Heal thyself.
W. doesn't see division as a danger. He sees it as a wingman.
The president got re-elected by dividing the country along fault lines of fear, intolerance, ignorance and religious rule. He doesn't want to heal rifts; he wants to bring any riffraff who disagree to heel.
W. ran a jihad in America so he can fight one in Iraq - drawing a devoted flock of evangelicals, or "values voters," as they call themselves, to the polls by opposing abortion, suffocating stem cell research and supporting a constitutional amendment against gay marriage.
Mr. Bush, whose administration drummed up fake evidence to trick us into war with Iraq, sticking our troops in an immoral position with no exit strategy, won on "moral issues."
The president says he's "humbled" and wants to reach out to the whole country. What humbug. The Bushes are always gracious until they don't get their way. If W. didn't reach out after the last election, which he barely grabbed, why would he reach out now that he has what Dick Cheney calls a "broad, nationwide victory"?
While Mr. Bush was making his little speech about reaching out, Republicans said they had "the green light" to pursue their conservative agenda, like drilling in Alaska's wilderness and rewriting the tax code.
"He'll be a lot more aggressive in Iraq now," one Bush insider predicts. "He'll raze Falluja if he has to. He feels that the election results endorsed his version of the war." Never mind that the more insurgents American troops kill, the more they create.
Just listen to Dick (Oh, lordy, is this cuckoo clock still vice president?) Cheney, introducing the Man for his victory speech: "This has been a consequential presidency which has revitalized our economy and reasserted a confident American role in the world." Well, it has revitalized the Halliburton segment of the economy, anyhow. And "confident" is not the first word that comes to mind for the foreign policy of a country that has alienated everyone except Fiji.
Vice continued, "Now we move forward to serve and to guard the country we love." Only Dick Cheney can make "to serve and to guard" sound like "to rape and to pillage."
He's creating the sort of "democracy" he likes. One party controls all power in the country. One network serves as state TV. One nation dominates the world as a hyperpower. One firm controls contracts in Iraq.
Just as Zell Miller was so over the top at the G.O.P. convention that he made Mr. Cheney seem reasonable, so several new members of Congress will make W. seem moderate.
Tom Coburn, the new senator from Oklahoma, has advocated the death penalty for doctors who perform abortions and warned that "the gay agenda" would undermine the country. He also characterized his race as a choice between "good and evil" and said he had heard there was "rampant lesbianism" in Oklahoma schools.
Jim DeMint, the new senator from South Carolina, said during his campaign that he supported a state G.O.P. platform plank banning gays from teaching in public schools. He explained, "I would have given the same answer when asked if a single woman who was pregnant and living with her boyfriend should be hired to teach my third-grade children."
John Thune, who toppled Tom Daschle, is an anti-abortion Christian conservative - or "servant leader," as he was hailed in a campaign ad - who supports constitutional amendments banning flag burning and gay marriage.
Seeing the exit polls, the Democrats immediately started talking about values and religion. Their sudden passion for wooing Southern white Christian soldiers may put a crimp in Hillary's 2008 campaign (nothing but a wooden stake would stop it). Meanwhile, the blue puddle is comforting itself with the expectation that this loony bunch will fatally overreach, just as Newt Gingrich did in the 90's.
But with this crowd, it's hard to imagine what would constitute overreaching.
God wanted this....
Can I have an AMEN?
God wanted George Bush to win because he wants him to have to answer for Haliburton...Can I get a hallelujah!
God wants him to feel the publics wrath for sending young Americans off to die in a pointless war based on lies..
Oh Yes I feel it...I feel the Holy Spirit rising up in me..
The Holy ghost iza telling me that God wants GW Bush to be president so he can answer to the evil deficit Satan to which he has sold his soul!
Oh Lord can I get an AMEN!
The sins of the father will also be the sins of the son.
God want's GW Bush to be President when the evil Saddam is put on trial and he testifies that Ronnie Reagan and George Bush Sr sent Donald Rummsfeild to Iraq and gave Saddam the chemical weapons which he unleashed upon those poor Kurdish people...
I say brothers and sisters can I get an Amen!
God shines the light of truth upon those who hide in the darkness and show them for what they truly are.
The Lord works in mysterious ways but fear not my children for he has a grand plan of redemption for all of you. You will see the Lord strike down the false prophet, the heretic, the blasphemer who goes by the name of George W. Bush. He has used the name of the Lord thy God to further his reign of lies and deceit and judgment day is drawing near for him.
I feel the power of the baby Jesus jast a' tingling in my toes.
Can I have an AMEN!
from the Progressive Monthly Editor...
John Kerry gave a lousy, reprehensible concession speech.
Oh, it had its poignant moments, especially when he said, choking up a little, "I wish I could just wrap you up in my arms and embrace each and every one of you individually all across this nation."
But he soon began to ramble, and halfway through, when he should have been done, he mistakenly hit the "play" button on his stump speech. Off he went talking about the little boys who helped raise money for him on the campaign trail, and then he dove into issue after issue, draining every drop of pathos from the occasion.
He never could give a decent speech.
But what was reprehensible about it was Kerry's insistence that his supporters cave.
And I'm not even talking about the question of whether to challenge the Ohio tally.
I'm referring to Kerry's command that we act like good little boys and girls and eat our spinach and work with George Bush.
Amazingly and nonsensically, Kerry said, "In an American election, there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans."
What does that mean?
You lost, John. We all lost. Huge. And your fatuousness cannot hide that fact.
Kerry continued his lecture. As Americans, he said, his supporters have an "obligation. We are required now to work together for the good of our country. In the days ahead, we must find common cause, we must join in the common effort, without remorse or recrimination, without anger or rancor."
Common cause with George W. Bush?
Common cause with Dick Cheney?
Common cause with Karl Rove?
Common cause with Donald Rumsfeld?
Common cause with Paul Wolfowitz?
Common cause with John Ashcroft?
We have nothing in common with them. Their cause is not our cause.
For the good of the country, we must resist them.
Kerry said, "We must stand together and succeed in Iraq."
We will resist this war in Iraq with every nonviolent bone in our bodies.
So don't talk to us about the need "to bridge the partisan divide."
We don't want to bridge it.
And don't be naïve. Neither does Bush.
We lost, this time. But we refuse to lay down our principles and sleep with snakes.
Instead, we will regroup and live to fight another day, and one of these days we will win, not by making common cause with reactionary Republicans, but by convincing a majority of Americans that ours is a better way.
How dare you demand that we join up with Bush!
How dare you demand that we support his war in Iraq!
-- Matthew Rothschild
For a Bush win you have to believe.....
1- That the exit polls were WRONG...
2- That Zogby's 5pm election day calls for Kerry winning OH, FL were WRONG. He was exactly RIGHT in his 2000 final poll.
3- That Harris last minute polling for Kerry was WRONG. He was exactly RIGHT in his 2000 final poll.
4- The Incumbent Rule I (that undecideds break for the challenger)was WRONG.
5- The 50% Rule was WRONG (that an incumbent doesn't do better than his final polling)
6- The Approval Rating Rule was WRONG (that an incumbent with less than 50% approval will most likely lose the election)
7- That Greg Palast was WRONG when he said that even before the election, 1 million votes were stolen from Kerry. He was the ONLY reporter to break the fact that 90,000 Florida blacks were disnfranchised in 2000.
8- That it was just a COINCIDENCE that the exit polls were CORRECT where there WAS a PAPER TRAIL and INCORRECT (+5% for Bush) where there was NO PAPER TRAIL.
9- That the surge in new young voters had NO positive effect for Kerry.
10- That Bush BEAT 99-1 mathematical odds in winning the election.
11- That Kerry did WORSE than Gore agains an opponent who LOST the support of SCORES of Republican newspapers who were for Bush in 2000.
12- That Bush did better than an 18 national poll average which showed him tied with Kerry at 47. In other words, Bush got 80% of the undecided vote to end up with a 51-48 majority - when ALL professional pollsters agree that the undecided vote ALWAYS goes to the challenger.
13- That Voting machines made by Republicans with no paper trail and with no software publication, which have been proven by thousands of computer scientists to be vulnerable in scores of ways, were NOT tampered with in this election.
The world mourns....
THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN..
THEY say that in life you get what you deserve. Well, today America has deservedly got a lawless cowboy to lead them further into carnage and isolation and the unreserved contempt of most of the rest of the world.
This once-great country has pulled up its drawbridge for another four years and stuck a finger up to the billions of us forced to share the same air. And in doing so, it has shown itself to be a fearful, backward-looking and very small nation.
This should have been the day when Americans finally answered their critics by raising their eyes from their own sidewalks and looking outward towards the rest of humanity.
And for a few hours early yesterday, when the exit polls predicted a John Kerry victory, it seemed they had.
But then the horrible, inevitable truth hit home. They had somehow managed to re-elect the most devious, blinkered and reckless leader ever put before them. The Yellow Rogue of Texas. More here.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Helps put it in perspective...
And they voted....
snippet from Democratic Underground
While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn't want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the North?"
When another person jumped in and explained that the sun rises in the east (and has for some time), she shook her head and said, "Oh, I don't keep up with that stuff."
And then she voted. ---------
I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an InDUHvidual who asked what hours the call center was open.
I told him, "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." He responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?" Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, "Pacific.."
And then he voted. ---------
So my colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria when we overheard one of the administrative assistants talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in a convertible, but "didn't think she'd get sunburned because the car was moving."
And then she voted. ---------
I was in a high school advanced physics class and the teacher was talking about a new military weapon that uses sonic waves on the battlefield to burst enemy soldier's chests. One InDUHvidual in the class spoke up and said,
"Well that's stupid! Why don't they just wear headphones?"
And a few years later, he voted. ---------
My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car. It's designed to cut through a seatbelt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk.
And then she voted. ---------
My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought two cases. The cashier multiplied two times 10% and gave us a 20% discount.
And then they all voted. ---------
I was hanging out with a real conservative friend of mine when we saw a woman walk by us with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, "Wouldn't the chain rip out every time she turned her head?" I had to explain to her that a person's nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned.
And then she voted. ---------
I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because they were trained professionals and I was in good hands. "Now," she asked me, "has your plane arrived yet?"
And then she voted.
Monday, November 01, 2004
If you are even thinking of voting Bush...read this, or pass it on to those in danger...
By now we're all sick of the campaign. But hear me out. What's 5 minutes when it comes to the future of our nation and your family? We both know this election may be the most important in our lifetime. Can we afford to make a mistake? What are the broad issues in play?
WAR ON TERROR: Forget the sound bites about the war. Common sense tells us any war must focus on the existing enemy and not create new ones. After 911 the enemy was obvious.... it was Bin Laden, his radical jihadists and the Taliban who sheltered them. Suddenly we're fighting Ba'athists, Sunnis, Shiites, Iraqi nationalists opposed to occupation, new Al Quida recruits, and anyone else driven by Iraq's culture of revenge. When we should have ratcheted down tensions with Arab world, trying to ally with moderates against those few jihadists... the whole Islamic world is now inflamed. How did things go so terribly wrong? Here's the thumbnail history of the past four years.
Leaving aside the question of whether 911 could have been prevented as the Chair of 911 Commission believes.... we now know that even before 911 Bush and his neo-conservatives wanted to invade Iraq. 911 provided that excuse. But what shaped their policy? Several titanic forces clashed in the Bush administration. The first were those neo-cons like Cheney and Wolfowitz. They believed in a radical new doctrine to use the military to impose a Pax Americana on the world. They were unconcerned about legalities or alienating old allies. Quite the flip-flop for Cheney who in 1991 predicted invading Iraq invasion would be a "quagmire". The second force was Rumsfeld. He had a radical agenda to make the Pentagon meaner and leaner. The result was an ill-conceived war plan to be done on the cheap. It reversed the long-standing Powell Doctrine: to insure there's a vital national interest, to use overwhelming force, and to have a clear exit strategy. The neo-cons also rejected Powell's Future of Iraq project. It predicted chaos after an invasion. Oops.
Bush spent 2002 building support for invading of Iraq, knowing it would divert resources from fighting Al Quida. It was a scare campaign of dire warnings... mushroom clouds and WMDs. With NO evidence they claimed Saddam was linked to 911. It was so often repeated that even today over 40% of Americans believe it. Also in 2002 the military had drawn up plans to attack al-Zarqawi's terrorist base in Kurdish-controlled Iraq. Bush refused three times thinking it would weaken the political support for the war. Now al-Zarqawi leads the terrorist war in Iraq. Oops.
Fall 2002: many in Congress opposed a second war when Afghanistan was not yet secure. Bush promised Congress he wasn't a cowboy. He'd go the UN route to get Inspectors back into Iraq. But first he wanted Congress's backing to show Saddam the US meant business. It seemed logical. What other language did such murderous thugs understand? Bush got his war resolution and most everything he wanted from the UN.... except a resolution giving the US permission to act alone in behalf of the UN. Why did Bush even want this language if he truly intended to work with our allies?
January 2003: Saddam had caved in to every demand and in February 2003 UN Inspectors were finding evidence that Saddam had destroyed his WMDs back in 1991. None the less, Bush began the war that March ending the work of the UN Inspectors... work which we now know would have proved the war unnecessary. If that isn't a "rush to war", what is? There were no WMDs, no connections to 911 or Al Quida, and Saddam was a toothless tiger. So much for Bush's "gathering threat". Letting Bin Laden get away at Tora Bora was bad enough. The Iraq diversion gave Bin Laden two more years to rebuild his terror network and hatch new plots. Now he's back. Oops.
Bush claimed he had a broad coalition. But only THREE allies actually provided troops for the invasion. After the UK those contributions were a paltry 2200 troops. In the Gulf War allies other than the UK sent 300,000 troops. Bush tried to buy off nations offering $15 Billion in aid to Turkey alone. They turned it down. Other nations were bullied to support the war or Bush would block trade deals. THIS is why Bush's coalition was dubbed "coerced and bribed". Only in May 2003 after the UN recognized the US/UK as occupying powers did other nations send troops. Bush constantly blurs the two coalitions. Why?
But where there OTHER good reasons for the war? Surely spreading democracy was a laudable goal. But why not pressure our friends in the region to institute democratic reforms? Why rush to war? Why alienate allies? Why risk inflaming the Arab world? Why risk the Arab world thinking the US was making an oil grab or a Christian president was on a new Holy Crusade? Did Bush really believe his invasion would NOT create more anti-US hatred? Apparently. He listened to those like Ahmad Chalabi, convicted as an embezzler in Jordan but beloved by those neo-cons. Chalabi promised US troops would be greeted with flowers. Oops.
AXIS OF EVIL: Before Iraq our ace in the hole was our military might. Bush played that card in Iraq and our enemies learned to trump it. Surely the troops weren't to blame. Rumsfeld's doctrine of war on the cheap was. But, worst, the invasion made the "rogue" nations like Iran and North Korea realize their best deterrent to a US invasion was to accelerate WMD programs. Didn't Bush claim the Iraq invasion would get them to stop? Oops.
In deferring to the radicals in his administration, Bush has shown appalling judgment. I fear he's made the US and the world LESS safe for perhaps decades to come.
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Once the Republicans were the party of fiscal responsibility. What happened? In 2000 Bush ran on protecting the Clinton surplus to strengthen Social Security and pay down the debt. He broke his word. Where it took 205 years for the US to run up the first 1700 billion in debt, Bush managed the same in less than 4 years. Politicians hide behind the abstract numbers. Here's how much we're talking about. In tightly packed $1 bills, Bush's debt would cover a regulation football field with a skyscraper of cash nearly 1300 FEET tall. The FY04 deficit alone was 568 BILLION... not the 415 Billion you may have heard. We can't even fund our own military without borrowing money from nations like China! We may like those tax cuts, but at what point are they irresponsible? Remember, ALL of Bush's debt will be repaid by our children. The average family of 4's share of the debt is over $100,000. As for Social Security, Bush now claims only he can fix what he spent four years undermining. He simply has no credibility.
Clearly Bush can not run on his record so he never fails to exploit 911. He glosses over the mess he's made with great sound bites like we're fighting terrorists there so we don't have to fight them here. It sounds like a plan. But none of the 911 hijackers were Iraqi... and many became jihadists in EUROPE. Bush has increased anti-American hatred and invaded a nation which did not tolerate Islamic extremists. Now Bush, himself, has unleashed it. In doing so world terrorism is way up, not down. Bush also bogged down our military... while diverting resources away hunting for Bin Laden. Forget the election sound-bites and slogans... does this REALLY sound like an effective war on terrorism?
Yes, we are in a war. We're told it's unwise to switch horses in mid-stream. But what if while crossing the Mississippi you realize your horse is blind and is in way over its head? Ya, it's time to switch. Our nation MUST have more competent leadership.
Kerry has some warts but none of Bush's fatal flaws. Kerry's positions have not always seemed clear. But how much of our perceptions are because Bush spent some $100 million misrepresenting his positions? Remember that infamous 87 Billion vote. Of COURSE Kerry voted to support the troops. He just favored the bill that was fiscally responsible.
If you're leaning Bush, please reconsider.
Yes, we will reject the politics of fear...BUSH'S POLITICS!!!
what does europe think?...watch