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9.30.2004

Kerry Beats Bush

In tonight's debate, John Kerry stepped up to the plate and gave an incredibly strong, articulate and educated performance. In his speech and manner Kerry came across as the more diplomatic and presidential of the two candidates. Bush, on the other hand seemed confused, repeated himself often and was incapable of voicing anything more than the stump speech talking points over and over.

I watched the debates on several different channels to see the difference between the coverage. C-Span had a split screen of the candidates during the entire debate. Bush was fidgety, slouched and made faces while Kerry was speaking. Kerry stood upright, listened and looked directly at Bush. He smiled and responded in to charges from Bush by taking notes and smiling. Bush looked angry and frustrated.

Bush broke the rules his campaign had forced upon the debates by repeatedly demanding a 30 second rebuttal to a rebuttal. He did it on at least 4 occasions. He could not even follow his own rules. When he got his 30 seconds, he had nothing new to say.

I watched a portion of the debates on CNN FN and they had a live real time reaction of an audience watching the debates. Women and men were tracked separately for their reactions to the candidates. While I watched (about the last 40 minutes, Bush was consistently rated lower than Kerry. The tracking was based on a scale of 1-10 and Bush stayed generally in the 6-7 range while Kerry scored in the 7-8.5 range. This was a consistent result during the entire time I watched. While Kerry spoke the tracking line would rise, then when Bush spoke you could see it fall dramatically.

From the limited post-debate coverage I have watched, Kerry is being touted as the clear winner. Except for Fox News which is covering it in it's usual non-partisan "Bush Rulz" way.

Even Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, gave Kerry a resolute and clear victory on tonight's performance.

With two more of these to go, Bush is in trouble. The more people see of an unscripted stumbling, slouching, angry, pouting Bush, the less they will like him.




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9.29.2004

27 Former Diplomats, Military Commanders and Intelligence Officers Denounce Bush

A website called Diplomats & Military Commanders for Change has come forward to lobby Americans to vote against George W. Bush in the upcoming election.

Leaders ranging from Admirals who served under the first President Bush to commanders of entire sections of our military or intelligence agencies have come out strongly against George W. Bush's foreign policies which, they say, have severely damaged America.

The website www.diplomatsforchange.com states the following:

Deep concern about the current state of our nation's international relations compels us, 27 men and women who have served the United States in senior diplomatic, national security, and Military positions, to speak out and call for a fundamental change in the United States' approach to foreign policy.

Let me note that we did not seek large numbers of supporters for our statement--we have assembled a varied and representative group of like-minded former senior career officials. Since news of the statement came out, we have been besieged by calls from friends and colleagues around the world who have offered support and encouragement. This is very gratifying.

Which candidate we can trust to protect our national security and manage successfully our relations with the rest of the world for the next four years is the fundamental and most important issue in the upcoming election. On the evidence of the past four years, that person is not the incumbent president, George W. Bush.

He is running as a wartime president and should therefore be judged on the performance of his administration in the wars that he took us into, first in Afghanistan and then most importantly in Iraq. He finally but belatedly admitted that he had miscalculated about Iraq, an extremely rare acknowledgment of error--rare apparently because he thinks admitting a mistake and changing course denotes weakness and he is running as a strong leader. Changing course or modifying a policy when new facts and developments emerge is not a display of weakness but rather of maturity, sound judgment, common sense, and wisdom--in other words, good leadership.

This would be devastating to Bush's re-election...if anyone in the liberal media took notice. This group came forward in June of this year and I this is the first I have heard of them.

*****Update*****

Another prominent Republican against Bush

As son of a Republican President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, it is automatically expected by many that I am a Republican. For 50 years, through the election of 2000, I was. With the current administration’s decision to invade Iraq unilaterally, however, I changed my voter registration to independent, and barring some utterly unforeseen development, I intend to vote for the Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry.

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God to Florida - "Don't Vote for Bush"


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9.28.2004

Frankly, Larry Stein is a Crude Little Wimp

*****Editor's note: I have updated this story to remove some of the colorful language I originally used. I was angry when I wrote this piece and even though, as our Vice President says, it made me feel better at the time, it was not appropriate and it may have offended some of my readers. I apologize for that. I do not apologize for being critical of the two people who are paid to broadcast over the public airwaves making disparaging remarks about a family who was burned to death or mocking and ridiculing an 87 year old woman. Shame on them and shame on Citadel Communications for giving them a forum from which to do it.******

Local Oklahoma City AM radio talk show host and assistant county assessor Larry Stein is normally just a strangely effeminate moron who occupies my commute to and from work. He, along with washed up FM DJ Mark Shannon, now host the vacuous and insulting Shannon and Stein Show from 6:00 am to 9:00 am on WKY radio (AM 930).

Stein acts as Shannon's little sidekick during the morning assault on the senses that is filled with homophobia, bigotry, personal vendettas and other conservative Christian values. Normally the foppish Stein is just the human laugh track to Shannon's incredibly mean and vitriolic attacks on whatever minority, politician or person who has rankled the stereotypical mean old man (You kids stay outta my yard!!!) but today Stein was in rare form. He not only managed to mock a family of six who were killed in a house fire implying that they were too stupid to get out of the burning home and saying they were to blame for their own deaths but he and Shannon went on hang up on and insult an 87 year old lady who called in to rebuke them for their meanness.

I called in shortly after to ask them why they felt the need to mock, insult and pillory those who called in to disagree with them. They mumbled some incoherent nonsense. attacked me and then tried to rationalize what they had done. I then suggested that someone should come up to the radio station parking lot, meet Stein in person and "whip his puny ass". They hung up on me and then Stein, big brave boy that he is, said he carried a gun for just such incidents.

If you don't think it is appropriate to make fun of an entire family burning to death or to mock and insult the elderly, here are some contacts to voice your complaints:


WKY Supertalk 930
4045 Northwest 64th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73116
(This information is for letter writing purposes only-Do not go here at 9:05 and wait for Stein to get off work to whip his puny ass)
(405) 460-0959 Office
(405) 460-8255 On Air line

Larry Stein Assistant County Assessor
(Call this county employee in person to let him know what you think)
320 Robert S. Kerr, Suite 313
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone Number (405) 713-1201

The Oklahoman (Newspaper-Stein has column)
(405) 478-7171
9000 Broadway Extension, Oklahoma City, OK 73114


Here is a story about the "stupid" family who died:

'Burglar bars' kept family, neighbor from fleeing fire

By Susan Parrott
The Oklahoman

While flames engulfed the front entrance to their southeast Oklahoma City house Sunday morning, Connie Somers-Wilder called frantically for her children to run to the garage exit. Burglar bars prohibited escape through windows in the house.

“Where’s Daneel? Do you have Leisylle?” she screams on a tape of the 911 call to the fire department.

As she excitedly tells the dispatcher they are getting out of the house, she begins coughing and says she is choking. She then goes silent.

Firefighters found the family of five and a teenage neighbor dead in the garage, their path obstructed by suffocating smoke and a blocked door.

“We summarize it may have been blocked because they were in the process of moving and they were overcome,” fire Maj. Brian Stanaland said.

Dead are Oliver “Jack” and Connie Somers-Wilder, ages 63 and 48, respectively, and their children, Daneel, 19; Leisylle, 17; and Aimy, 12; and neighbor Kayla Hayes, 15.
Hayes, who had spent the night at the Somers-Wilder home, lived down the street.
Oklahoma City firefighters spent the day Monday sifting through the rubble at 5109 S Madera Terrace.

Stanaland said it is the city’s deadliest house fire, according to records. No cause has been determined, and investigators don’t know yet whether there were working smoke detectors in the home. The state medical examiner’s office reported the victims died of smoke inhalation.


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9.27.2004

Please Watch This

We are repeatedly reminded by the Bush administration that things are going well in Iraq. They are not. The following link takes you to a flash animation of images that were taken in March and April of this year (believe it or not, things have gotten worse since these pictures were taken). It is heartbreaking and graphic and real. These are the pictures of things going on there that the "liberal media" will not show us. The things that are done in our name by our government.

I realize I am posting a lot of negative and depressing stuff, but it is what is going on in Iraq and it is the best example of how we, as a country, have been failed by George W. Bush and his administration.

Bush Flash

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September Fourth Worst Month for US Troops

With three days left to go in the month of September 74 US Soldiers have been killed in Iraq's escalating violence. There have only been three worse months for casualties since the beginning of the 19 month war and two of those were after President Bush declared "major combat operations" over.

While the Bush administration tries to put a happy face on the situation there, most experts recognize a failure of the planning and strategy provided by the neo-cons that run the administrations foreign policy.

The war in Iraq is starting to be the primary factor most voters are considering when choosing our next President. As the architect (or at least administrator) of this failed war, Mr. Bush is responsible for the deteriorating situation and it is affecting him negatively as is evidenced by his drop in the polls.

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Secretary of State Colin Powell, Iraq is 'getting worse.'

On this weeks Meet the Press, Secretary of State, Colin Powell said, "They do not want the Iraqi people to vote for their own leaders in a free, democratic election, and because it's getting worse, we will have to increase our efforts to defeat it, not walk away and pray and hope for something else to happen."

I guess he didn't get the memo from the administration that everything is going great (except for the car bombings, no go zones, beheadings and increased deaths and casualties). I guess we can expect Mr. Powell to be smeared in the very near future for telling the truth.

I was also glad to see that the Bush administration does have a plan for Iraq. It is the hope and pray plan. So, far it is not working too well. Maybe more prayer will fix everything up, we can always hope.

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Bill O'Reilly's Audience Dumber Than Daily Show Audience

When Bill O'Reilly had Comedy Central's John Stewart on his program recently, he repeatedly referred to "The Daily Show" audience as "stoned slackers" and insinuated that they were too stupid to vote.

Comedy Central did a little checking and, surprise, the audience that watches TDS w/John Stewart are better educated and more politically knowledgeable than those who watch the O'Reilly Factor.

I hope now that the truth is out there, Bill will encourage his audience to not vote in the Presidential election.

******Update********

Matthew pointed out I didn't provide a link to the survey. It was done by the Annenberg Foundation under it's election survey.

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9.26.2004

Bush's Last Stand





President Bush likes to think of himself as a "war President," who is "resolute," "steadfast," and "decisive." He also likes to compare himself to historical figures. His favorite is Winston Churchill who lead Great Britain through the horrors of World War II.

I believe a comparison to a historical figure is appropriate but I think he is much more like a famous American military leader. General George Armstrong Custer.

Like George W. Bush, George A. Custer was born to a privileged family. He used his family's political connections to get into West Point, an institution of learning he was not otherwise qualified for. While at West Point, George did not distinguish himself among his 34 classmates.

His carefree attitude and joking demeanor did not sit well with the rigid requirements of military school life. He was often punished and, at one point, received enough demerits to be expelled. Someone was watching out for young George though and his demerits were mysteriously removed from the record, allowing him to continue.

Cadet George Custer graduated from West Point 34th out of 34, last of his class. He was nearly court martialed for neglect of duties while still at West Point awaiting his commission but again, somehow, skated by without punishment. A now recurring theme in George's life.

Despite his poor grades and inability to grasp basic military requirements, George was given a plumb assignment in the military during the Civil War. The units he commanded suffered unusually high casualty rates even by the standards of the time due to George's arrogance, brazen aggression and disregard for his men's safety.

In late 1867 Custer was court-martialed and suspended from duty for a year for being absent from duty but he used his connections to, once again, skirt punishment and regain his standing in the military. General Phil Sheridan used his military power to excuse young George's youthful mistake and brought him back into a position with more power and authority.

George was a master of military politics and somehow worked his way up to Brigadier General at the age of 25, the youngest man ever to attain that rank. Gen. George was placed in command of a contingent of men to seek out "renegade" Indians who were holding up the "progress" of miners and other business venturers from gaining profit off of the unexplored lands. The Natives were portrayed as vicious savages intent on killing innocent American civilians though the majority of them just wanted to live their lives in peace in their homelands.

George's fate and historical fame were both wrapped up in an expedition to destroy the Lakota, Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in Montana because of the wrongful association of all of the tribes in that area with the attacks by one tribe and chief, Crazy Horse. The U. S. government in all of it's wisdom, decided to round up, imprison or destroy all of the Native people in that area and they relied on their young brash arrogant commander to do it.

Riding with his men and two other brigades, the plan was to use overwhelming force to destroy the less well armed and organized Indians. Young, boastful and arrogant; George knew that this mission would ensure his fame, fortune and political future for all time and led his men into battle in spite of the intelligence he was getting from the field.

He was warned in advance by scouts that the Indians had a much larger force than was originally thought, he continued his march.

His allied units commanded by far more experienced leaders fell behind and were not with him. He pushed forward, resolute.

He split his forces into three separate units weakening them and rode ahead, confidently. He went into battle with underwhelming force but did so convinced of his ability to bring forth a glorious victory for his country and himself.

Convinced of his own superiority and leadership skills, George pushed valiantly forward into one of the greatest military blunders in U.S. history. The Indians, formerly opponents of each other, united against the vicious attacks of the U.S. military and thousands of former enemies combined their forces to attack George and his troops.

General George Armstrong Custer led all of his men, cocksure, to slaughter. Not one soldier under his command survived his confident, resolute blindingly wrong blunder.

The amazing thing is, there are still George defenders who claim he was a great leader and military mind. In spite of evidence to the contrary, he will always, in some minds, be considered a brave patriot whose confidence, resoluteness, and conviction in his decision making outweighed the ultimate result of his foolish choices.

While there are many historical similarities between the two Georges, there is one glaring difference: One led his men into battle and faced the bullets and arrows of the enemy. He donned the uniform and fought for his country in the wars our country faced, some neccessary others not. He led his men from the front and not the rear. He stood behind his choices personally and was forced to accept their fatal outcome.

The other is our President.

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9.25.2004

Comments Section

I have upgraded the comments section so you can now post up to 3000 word rants. I can also delete comments or ban posters. I believe in a free and even heated exchange but if you are here to just insult and run, then consider yourself warned. I also don't like fake e-mail addresses or anonymous postings. Usamibinlazy, consider yourself warned. Everyone else, enjoy the new features.

Steve

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9.24.2004

Ask the President

Not much time this morning or last night to post. Here is a quick one. If you could ask the President one question (no partisan questions like: Why are you such a pathological liar? Or... Why are you such a kickass Patriot?) But a real question from you heart, what would it be?

I will be playing the part of the president to provide, what I believe to be, truthful answers.

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9.22.2004

This just in...

Dan Rather's ratings have gone up 14% since the memo scandal broke. I guess the reports of the demise of Dan Rather, CBS and 60 Minutes have been greatly exaggerated.

60 Minutes recieved an 18.0 share in the Nielson ratings for last week. That made it the number 4 show in the country for the week.

CBS finished a winner in total viewership for the week, narrowly beating NBC.

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Bush Speech Enthralls the Young'uns


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Bush Sinks to Lowest Point of His Presidency

George W. Bush favorability rating has sunk to it's lowest level ever.

According to Harris Interactive the President's overall job rating is 45% positive and 54% negative.

No Incumbent President in modern times has ever been re-elected with such low approvals.

Start packing Bushy.

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New Ad from Texans for Truth

Pretty good counter to the Swift Boat Liars for Bush. The ad is called Honor.

The $50,000 reward for anyone who can confirm Bush served in Alabama still stands unclaimed.

I remember when I was in the National Guard we had a state representative stop by the armory one day. You would think that God Almighty himself had stepped down from heaven and was walking amongst us. The brass nearly crapped in their pants trying to make a good impression. Again, this was an Oklahoma state representative.

I can't imagine the amount of attention the son of an US congressman would get. Bush was that fortunate son and if he served he would have been remembered...but he didn't and he isn't.

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Cam Edwards, Double Agent?

National Rifle Association radio talk show host Cam Edwards is everything a conservative propagandists should be. He is articulate, knowledgeable, antagonistic, sarcastic, critical of all things democratic, likeable (if you are a conservative) and he has a good voice.

His story is the usual rags to riches tale of a young cub Oklahoma radio reporter who worked his way into his own talk show. His show became more conservative as time went by and he was soon the number one drive time AM host in Oklahoma City. Early this year, he got the call up to the big leagues. He is now the host of the NRA web show that is available nationally on the internet and on satellite radio.

My question is this. Is it possible that Cam is working as a double agent? Some facts lead me to believe that he may be.

Cam has stated (or not stated) several things in the past which make it hard to reconcile his on air opinions and his personal experiences. His mother, for instance, is a rabidly pro-democrat Michael Moore fan. His wife is a Democrat. Prior to getting his gig with NRA, I never heard Cam mention guns, gun control, hunting, Waco or any of the other standard rhetoric normally associated with the "from my cold dead hand" crowd.

All of this is anecdotal and not worth the bandwidth it is taking up but there is one more thing. Twice now, I have jokingly stated that Cam may be working undercover for my side. Each time it has been met with an over reaction on his part. Just yesterday, I floated the idea again that if Cam was a double agent and he had infiltrated the right wing cabal, he would be guaranteed millions from a book published on his experience.

He almost immediately disabled the comments section on his website. He stated it was because of spam and a continuing back and forth between me and an antagonistic asshole named Kevin.

Wouldn't it be an incredible story (I know, I would buy the book) If Cam Edwards, or anyone else, could infiltrate, witness the firsthand goings on of the right wing media and shed some harsh light on the techniques and cooperation from our republican dominated government? Something like that may very well damage this dangerous propaganda machine beyond repair.

I realize by stating this publicly that I may well destroy the undercover operation (much like Robert Novak did to Valerie Plame) but I am willing to take that chance. Cam is too good at what he does to allow him to endanger the future of this country by convincing people (in direct contradiction to the evidence at hand) that Bush is a good president worthy of re-election. The only logical explanation for his bizarre statements and behavior is that he is a double agent and is trying to see how extreme and ridiculous he can act and still have the full support of the right wing community.

You the man, Cam. I can't wait for the book.

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My Article Lead on Democratic Underground

Toooot (me blowing my own horn).

My story on the startling inconsistency in the mainstream media's views of CBS' mistake in using potentially forged documents critical of George W. Bush in comparison to the reaction to his use of forged documents that lead us to war is the lead story on Democratic Underground.

There were a few editorial changes and some cool graphics added but it is the same story my faithful readers have had access to for several days.

This is my fifth article published by DU and my second lead. Thanks to the administrators at DU for giving me the opportunity of having my work read by thousands of people.

If you haven't ever gone to DU, check it out. The Latest Breaking News section is an outstanding source of information that is usually a few hours to several days ahead of the mainstream media.

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9.20.2004

I Am Tired

So I am going to bed. How am I doing so far? Here is your opportunity to critique my blog. What am I doing right? What sucks? What would you like to see in the future. Thanks to everyone who stops by. I sincerely enjoy this and hope that you do to (except you usamabinlazy and that other guy). See ya tomorrow.

Steve

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"My only point is that, in retrospect, knowing that some of the documents underneath may have been--were, indeed, forgeries, and knowing that apparently there were concerns swirling around about this, had we known that at the time, we would not have put it in. . . ."

It's about time Dan Rather and CBS fessed up and took responsibility for accepting an unreliable document at face value and portraying it to the country as real. It is a good thing this "misleading" document did not have more far reaching or devastating consequences for this country. I mean, can you imagine what would happen if our President did something like this. Wait once galdarned minute! He did! The above quote is not from a humbled Dan Rather or CBS executive, it is from one Condi Rice talking to the American public on Face the Nation on July 13, 2003.

You guys remember a little document mentioned in the President of the United States (George W. Bush's) speech to the American people on Jan. 28, 2003 in which he said these sixteen little words:

“The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa .”

You remember, the State of the Union address that took us to war by scaring the shit out of the American people. That same document that was proven to be a forgery by Ambassador Joseph Wilson prior to it being used in the SOTU. The same Joseph Wilson who was repaid for his service by having his wife, undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, outed by "two senior administration officials," in an article by "douchebag for liberty" Robert Novak. The same Valerie Plame whose undercover mission was to seek out and identify real weapons of mass destruction and intercept them before they could be given to terrorist to use against us. The same mission that was compromised and aborted because of the outing; endangering the lives of untold agents, operatives and informants, our country and every citizen in it.

It seems the righteous indignation felt by many (all) conservative commentators for the outrageous conduct of CBS news was not felt for the President when he "mislead" the country. In fact, all of the people who are now calling for Dan Rather's head on a pike are the same ones who made these statements:

“It’s just 16 words, for crying’ out loud. Give the guy a break.”
-Rush Limbaugh. Rush later said the document was "100% correct."

"They also addressed the issue of the yellow cake uranium in Niger, and that of course brings up the old issue of Joe Wilson. In fact, this was a real and credible threat, correct?"
-Sean Hannity in a hard hitting question(?) to Condi Rice July 22, 2004

"Reluctance at the White House to admit a mistake has led Democrats ever closer to saying the president lied the country into war. Even after a belated admission of error last Monday, finger-pointing between Bush administration agencies continued."
-Robert Novak in his story that outed CIA undercover operative Valerie Plame

If only the American public and conservatives had held the President of the United States and his administration to the same standard that they hold Dan Rather and CBS news, this administration could not have gotten away with half the things they have.

When CBS news "misleads" it is embarrassing to Dan Rather, CBS, reporters in general and a portion of the public feels betrayed. When Bush "mislead", our country was plunged into a long term war at the cost of hundred of billions of dollars, over 1030 American soldier's lives, our standing and reputation in the world, the destabalization of the Middle East and revitalization of terrorists across the globe.

Which one was worse?


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9.19.2004

Bush's Demands for Debates

A newly uncovered document shows President Bush's demands that must be met before he will agree to any debate(s) between Democratic nominee John Kerry and himself.

The demands, which were leaked by a "top administration official" seem to give the incumbent Bush a slight advantage.

"It is common for the incumbent to dictate the terms of the debate," stated Whitehouse Press Secretary Scott McClellan, "This is nothing new."

Some Democrats are protesting the Bush demands, which seem far more demanding and over-reaching in their scope and benefit to the President.

Here are the requirements as requested by the Bush Whitehouse:

1. Kerry must stand in a hole surrounded by Swift Boat Vets and flip flop flapping protesters outside of the main venue.

2. Kerry must not be given a microphone or any other voice amplifications devices.

3. Kerry must wear the 'bunny suit' that he wore at NASA.

4. Kerry is not to answer any question for more than 8 seconds.

5. The Moderators will be Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage.

6. The debate audience will be hand picked by republicans and all attendees will have to sign a loyalty pledge to Bush.

7. Bush will be transported into the event via F-16, Apache Helicopter, Mounted Cavalry and finally a Bradley fighting vehicle with guns blazing right up to the stage.

8. Kerry will have to ride to the event a VW micro bus with Jane Fonda's picture and peace signs plastered all over it and literally drive over the prone bodies of handicapped Vietnam veterans to get to his speaking location.

9. Bush will be allowed to use "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" style help lines three times during the debate.

10. Bush reserves the right to leave the debate at any point if "National Security" dictates it would be prudent. In this case, the debate would be declared an automatic win for Bush.

John Kerry, when asked about the Bush debate requirements said simply, "Bring it on!"

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9.18.2004

What Happened to Investigative Journalism?

If the last few weeks have shown us anything, it is that the American media, for the most part, has become a lazy echo chamber. Major stories fall through the cracks or are given cursory verbatim press release coverage. The majority of our media repeats the current "hot button" issue ad nauseum until the next topic comes along. We are treated to the same "experts" saying the same thing over and over again. Lies repeated with authority and even angry indignation become the equivalent of urban legends. Truth via repetitiveness.

Flash over substance has become the motto of our free press. Hurricanes are the new shark attacks. Pregnant women killed by their husbands or basketball players who rape are much more emotionally charged stories and easier to pontificate on than say, which "administration officials" leaked the name of an undercover CIA agent or If we were we taken to war under false pretenses. The administration's complicity in under inflating Medicare prescription costs and the complexities of no bid contracts.

The line between entertainer and reporter has become so blurred that it is hard to tell if it is even there. Talking heads fill our screens and repeat the words written for them or, more likely, pulled off of a national wire service. It is the same story being "reported" by every other personality on every other radio, television, newspaper and magazine in the country. The lemmings syndrome. Follow the leader even if it takes the entire country over a cliff.

The days of an intrepid young reporter wearing a jauntily cocked hat and searching through the basement records to "scoop" the competition and take down a decieptful beaurocrat are gone...or are they?

The last few weeks have shown that "bloggers", internet amateurs, have become the new investigative journalists. Armed only with a computer connection and a burning desire to find the truth, these armchair reporters have busted open the thinly reported, unreported or cosmetically covered stories presented by our billion dollar media corporations.

Breaking news is now found on websites like Democratic Underground, Buzz Flash, Atrios, DailyCos and others too numerous to mention. Members of these websites do the investigative work that the media used to do. They slog through pages and pages of boring information looking for the nugget of truth that the major media missed, the connection not investigated or the contradiction not exposed. These intrepid geeks have become America's freedom of information fighters. The fifth estate has been replaced by the sixth apartment with a DSL connection.

Two stories in the last few weeks have exposed the mainstream media's apathy and sluggishness. The first involved the, now infamous, CBS documents that allegedly showed President Bush received favorable treatment and did not complete his service in the National Guard. The documents were part of the evidence which included first hand testimony of a pattern of lies and irresponsibility by our 43rd President. Almost immediately, the documents were put throug the internet ringer. Both sides of the controversy presented factual information for or against the authenticity of the documents. Every media outlet used the information culled by the bloggers and websites after the facts were already discovered and presented them to the American public. The intricacies of the 1970's model IBM Selectric Composer were dissected and touted and contradicted. The end result is the document's credibility were damaged though the content was reinforced.

The second story involves a man who was allegedly accosted by a crowd of rabid democratic Kerry supporters. According to this poor victim, he went to a Kerry rally to show his support for President Bush and was promptly set upon by a bunch of wild eyed crazy democrats who tore a sign out of his cherubic daughter hands and ripped it to shreds like a pack of mad dogs on a wounded bunny. The only problem. Phil Parlock, the alleged victim, has a history of setting up this kind of publicity for 12 years. He, it was discovered by bloggers, has repeated this same basic ruse 4 times to three different democratic candidates. He was thoroughly completely debunked in a matter of hours but not before his story was repeated by a few lazy and or partisan mainstream media personalities.

According to the television show the X-Files, "The truth is out there." Ironically enough, many of the original fans of that program have now become the ones responsible for finding the truth and sharing it with an ever voracious public. A public who have become emaciated by the table scraps and junk food the mainstream media throws to them. Reporters have become "repeaters" and the media elite have become a free country's worst enemy guided by greed and corporate convergence. Thankfully the truth is getting out and the success of this band of "conspiracy theorists" and "internet whackos" will not be deterred by the barbs and arrows of a threatened entrenched and increasingly irrelevant establishment.

Go forth truth seekers. I am depending on you and so is your country.


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9.17.2004

Whitehouse Releases New Bush Guard Documents "Oh, he gets high, alright..."

Isn't this the third time they have released documents after they have categorically stated that they have released all the documents?

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Who is Phil Parlock?

Phil Parlock is the unluckiest political supporter...ever. He has been accosted at three different political rallies over a 12 year period and children have been involved each time. He has also been shot at. You would think Mr. Parlock would maybe curtail his political activities because of his bad experiences, unless the purpose of his appearances and subsequent victimization is to cast bad publicity on the political party and candidates he opposes.

The picture currently flying around the internet showing a crying little girl on top of her daddy's shoulders is creating a furor among republicans, conservatives and free republic aficionados. The story, taken at face value, is pretty damaging to the democrats and indirectly to the candidates they support. Mr. Parlock claims that he just went to the rally to show two of his ten children the wonders of the American political system. Of course, it was a rally for John Edwards, the democratic vice presidential nominee and Mr. Parlock is a republican, a die hard republican who has worked for republican candidates for decades. Mr. Parlock thought it would be okay to get right in the middle of a motivated crowd of democratic supporters and union members and have his daughter wave a Bush/Cheny sign. Of course, he also thought it would be okay to hold up a sign that said, "Remember Vince Foster," at a Clinton rally in 1996.

The funny thing is that Mr. Parlock stood idly by while a man unknown to him snatched his Bush/Cheney sign out of his cute little 3 year old daughter's hands and made her cry. The problem is that Mr. Parlock has refused to pursue charges against the man who accosted him and his daughter. He also made no effort to defend his daughter against this man's aggression. He stood idly by while a man snatched a sign out of his baby daughters hand and tore it to pieces and then posed forlornly while a photographer (from the same paper who has reported his "incidents" each time) took the now famous picture. The other funny thing is how much the young man in the backwards ball cap and union t-shirt looks shockingly similar to one of Parlock's sons.

Phil Parlock is an unlucky guy alright. But, somehow, he is able to turn the sow's ear of his bad luck into a political silk purse time and time again.

Phil Parlock's history of disruptive behavior and victimization.

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9.16.2004

Mother of Dead Soldier Arrested
The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq was arrested for talking to reporters outside a GOP rally, a rally she had a ticket for. The woman, Sue Niederer, of Pennington, N.J., mother of 1st Lt. Seth Dvorin, who was killed in action in Iraq on Feb. 3 was escorted out of the event in Hamilton New Jersey after she interrupted Laura Bush's speech. Mrs. Niederer, wearing a t-shirt which said "President Bush You Killed My Son", stood up in the crowd of 700 and demanded to know why her son was killed in Iraq. The crowd began shouting "four more years" and Mrs. Bush responded, incorrectly, that the woman had lost a son on 9/11.

She was escorted out of the event by secret service agents and local police. Once outside, Mrs. Niederer was calmly giving a statement to a throng of reporters when local police approached her and told her to leave. She refused and was forcibly handcuffed and dragged into a police van.

The reporters seemed stunned at the treatment of this woman by police and several asked why she was being arrested.

Mrs. Neiderer later made a statement to reporters and said that she had sent a letter to Bush asking about her son's death. All she received in response was a request for a donation to the Bush/Cheney campaign.

During World War II, the US Government gave mother's of soldiers who died gold stars to put in their windows. They became known as Gold Star Mothers. Their sacrifice was honored and deeply respected. I guess, under Bush's leadership we need to revise and rename this group: How does the Silver Cuff Mothers sound?

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Iraq headed for Civil War

A leaked classified assessment of the situation in Iraq is bleak. The three possible scenarios for the situation in Iraq reportedly laid out by the National Intelligence Estimate can be summed up as tenuous, bad and downright ugly.

The report is clearly at odds with the optimistic assessment the President, George W. Bush, has been putting during his campaign speeches, and today it prompted the Democratic challenger, Senator John Kerry, to accuse President Bush of dishonesty over Iraq.

In another report showing Bush was wrong and mislead the American People, the senior weapons inspector in Iraq concludes that Iraq did not have any WMD and only had only small research and development programs for chemical and biological weapons.

No wonder Bush has lost his 11 point bounce in a little over a week.


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If Bush Wins - Draft Back

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Bush administration is reviewing policies regarding the military draft. The formerly secret plan has several steps to strengthen and renew the military draft and the Selective Service System.

In the secret planning meeting document, the next steps strongly recommended by SSS Acting Director Brodsky were:

1. “Promptly” redefine the SSS Mission to draft men and women up to age 34 for skills, and deliver them within 90 days or sooner to the Department of Defense. Program a massive database to be ready to enter millions of names of those registering their critical skills.

2. Expand mission to deliver personnel in skills draft to the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, including FEMA, NSC, Border Patrol, INS, Customs, Corporation for National Service, Public Health Service and other agencies.

3. Form interagency task force to provide Administration with recommendation on this skills draft for the entire government.

4. Obtain White House Statement of Administration Policy on the future of the SSS.

5. Be prepared to market the skills draft, raising the non-combat age to 34 and the drafting of women to the Armed Services and Appropriations Committee.


Selective Service eyes women's draft
The proposal would also require registration of critical skills


The previously secret document.

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New Democratic Committee Ad Hits Bush Hard

A new ad titled "Guard" has been released by the National Democratic Committee. The ad features Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech and transposes it with the continued mayhem and destruction that goes on today in Iraq. The second part of the ad touches the terrible economic trends this president has wrought. It is an ad that goes for the jugular and succeeds. This is an issues ad and Bush cannot win on the issues.

"Guard"

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9.14.2004

$50,000 to Anyone Who Can Prove Bush Served in Alabama

Come on you big shot tough talking conservatives. Prove it and get 50K.

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The Ad That Beats Bush

"My husband died in tower two and the people who killed him have not heard from us three years later. The president will not even talk about these murderers."
"Anybody could accept a good-faith effort that failed. But we cannot accept a so-called war on terror that has never aggressively targeted the number one terrorists."


~Monica Gabrielle-9/11 Widow

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Woman Fired for John Kerry Bumper Sticker Hired by Kerry Campaign

Lynn Gobbel of Moulton, Alabama was fired by her pro-republican boss for refusing to take a Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker off of her personal vehicle. Ms. Gobbel was called into the office of her employer, Phil Gaddis, shouted at told to remove the sticker and, when she refused, was told to get out. Later her supervisor came to her and told she was fired because she could "...either work for him or John Kerry."

John Kerry found out about the story and called Ms. Gobbel personally and offered her a job. Kerry told her, "Let him know that as of today, you're working for John Kerry."

What kind of domineering asshole is Phil Gaddis? The kind that would put a flier into all of his employee's paycheck envelopes that read:

"Just so you will know, because of the Bush tax (cut):
I was able to buy the new Hammer Mill
I was able to finance our receivables
I was able to get the new CAT skid steer
I was able to get the wire cutter
I was able to give you a job"

and then fire someone for having the temerity to express their own political views in the parking lot, on her own car.

The message to working people is; the tax break was great for your rich boss so if you want a job, you better vote for Bush, like I tell you to. NOW GET BACK TO WORK OR YOU'RE FIRED!

Story about the asshole, Phil Gaddis who fired his employee for not supporting Bush:


Story about good guy Kerry, who hired her:

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Second Page of Incriminating Personal Handwritten GWB Note Found

Here it is folks. I wouldn't believe if it if I hadn't made seen it with my own eyes. A second page to the now infamous handwritten note that many have ascribe to a young George W. Bush circa 1973. Questions were raised about how anyone could positively connect George W. Bush to the previously released note and how it could be dated so precisely. Well here it is. If it is true, it is incredibly damaging to our sitting president.


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9.13.2004

Alleged Bush Letter Found - Un-Impeachable Source

A friend of a friend of mine who lives in Houston found a box in his attic that contained some correspondence from a lot of people to one of the former owners of the house. This house is in what used to be a flashy neighborhood in the 70's and it used to be a big party house from what my friend says. The owner in question went to prison for 30 years after an arrest in 1979 for dealing drugs. Anyway, my friend faxed me a copy of this letter and I think it is very interesting. I hope you do to.




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Fox poll shows Kerry Leading in Battleground States (Yeah,Fox)


Battleground States: Bush 44% Kerry 46%

What happened to your convention bounce baby?


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Just a Question

After only three and a half years, Bush has divided the country more than any other President in my memory. Our anger towards each other grows each day. The question is this:

Will anything (besides another terrorist attack) unite this country again? If so what?

I look forward to hearing your responses.

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9.12.2004

Here is why Bush does not tout his military record:




He tried it once before, lied about it and got caught.

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Cheney Executes a Perfect Flip Flop

Vice President Dick Cheney today reversed himself on a comment he made last week. The comment that America would be attacked by terrorists if John Kerry was elected over Bush, outraged many.

Here is what he said:
"...because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again."
"We'll get hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States and that we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mindset if you will that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts and that we're not really at war."


Here is what he is now saying:
"I did not say if Kerry is elected, we will be hit by a terrorist attack."

Nuance. It's not just for Democrats anymore.




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Don't take my word for it...

Why Conservatives Should Not Vote for Bush

{snip}

Quite simply, the president, despite his well-choreographed posturing, does not represent traditional conservatism -- a commitment to individual liberty, limited government, constitutional restraint and fiscal responsibility. Rather, Bush routinely puts power before principle. As Chris Vance, chairman of Washington state's Republican Party, told the Economist: "George Bush's record is not that conservative ... There's something there for everyone."


About the writer: Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He served as a special assistant to President Reagan and was a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation


Read it all here:



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9.10.2004

Why Democrats, Independents (and disenfranchised Republicans) Shouldn't be Scared

I have heard a little defeatist talk lately from some of my political brethren (and sistren). Bush has taken a small lead in some polls and it has caused a little hyper-ventilation and over-reaction.

Here to sooth you is a clip from Michael Moores assesment of the situation. This serves two purposes. One, it calms the naysayers and two, it pisses off the conservatives.


From USA Today:

Kerry supporters and Bush-bashers should not despair. These Republicans have not made a permanent dent in Kerry's armor. The only person who can do that is John Kerry. And by coming out swinging as he did just minutes after Bush finished his speech Thursday night, Kerry proved he knows that the only way to win this fight is to fight — and fight hard.


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Separation of Church and State No More

Political pressure is building on a powerful House lawmaker to remove the so-called IRS “muzzle” that prevents religious leaders from endorsing political candidates from the pulpit.

Frustrated that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) essentially rejected House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert’s (R- Ill.) request in June to change the tax code on this issue, 131 House lawmakers are pressing the Speaker to act before the 108th Congress adjourns.

In a letter that was quietly delivered to Hastert before the summer congressional recess, the lawmakers claimed that the House “lost an ideal opportunity” when it failed to change the IRS policy in the corporate tax reform bill that passed the chamber June 17.

The bill is set to go to conference, and many key players on and off Capitol Hill want Thomas to agree to IRS policy changes before Congress votes on the merged measure...

© 2004 The Hill

If you don't think your church should be in the business of endorsing political candidates and vice versa, please click on the picture below and sign the petition.




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New Zogby Poll Shows Statistical Dead Heat

President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney hold a two-point lead over Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and North Carolina Senator John Edwards in the head-to-head presidential ticket match-up (47%-45%). * No change since last month’s polling.

Zogby-The most accurate pollster in my opinion.

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CBS Documents Authenticity an "absoulute certainty"

Despite a flurry of allegations, amateur sleuthing and conspiracy theories in the blogosphere, CBS News stands by the documents as authentic which showed President Bush did not fulfill his obligation to the Texas Air National Guard and, in fact, pulled strings to get out of it.

From the Washington Post:

A senior CBS official, who asked not to be named because CBS managers did not want to go beyond their official statement, named one of the network's sources as retired Maj. Gen. Bobby W. Hodges, the immediate superior of the documents' alleged author, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian. He said a CBS reporter read the documents to Hodges over the phone and Hodges replied that "these are the things that Killian had expressed to me at the time."


Update:

Link to the CBS report of the authenticity of the documents -

Just click and wait, the report will begin automatically.

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9.09.2004

Why Won't Bush Answer the Cocaine Question?

The new book by Kitty Kelly alleges Bush used cocaine repeatedly while his father was president. The book has re-opened questions about Bush's pre-born again Christian status as an alcoholic, drug using, irresponsible playboy.

Dating back to 1999, George W. Bush has never answered the question of whether or not he has used cocaine definitively. Why? Bush claimed in 1999 that he could pass a current background check which only covered the previous 7 years. Bush has spoken about his heavy drinking problem but has actively avoided the drug use question. The closest he has come is the cop out "I have made mistakes in the past."

Here is an interesting piece from 1999:


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9.08.2004

Sit your ass down!

A man with ties to the Bush administration and the Swift Boat Liars for Bush was smacked down by some fed up union men at a speech by Kerry today.

Police said 48-year-old Michael Russell of Foster, Kentucky, complained that his neck was hurt by a man who put him in a headlock after Russell started to yell about Kerry's allegation of war atrocities after returning from Navy service in Vietnam.

MSNBC reported that Michael Russell was a 2000 county election campaign chairman for the Bush campaign.

It appears that people are fed up with the tactics of Bush's goons and many think it is time to fight back, physically if necessary.

Hey, at least they didn't kick the guy in the head while he was on the ground like that upstanding young republican did to the restrained female protestor at the RNC.

By the way, according to my math, Mr. Russel was 16 years old when Vietnam ended. What the hell is he doing representing the SBLfB as their spokesman?

Carry on Conservative Fighters.


Help me Mommy...


Here, let me answer your question



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LOU DOBBS TONIGHT QUICKVOTE

Do you believe Vice President Cheney should renounce his comments suggesting a Kerry presidency would increase the risk of a terror attack in the U.S.?

As of 5:31pm

Yes 91% - 3241

No 9% - 323

What a stupid patronizing comment to make to the American people. Vote for King George or the terra-ists is gonna getcha. Americans apparently don't like being threatened.

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1000 Points of Light

“I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good. I will go to the people and the programs that are the brighter points of light, and I will ask every member of my government to become involved. The old ideas are new again because they are not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.”
-George H. W. Bush 1988

George H. W. Bush put forward an idea in 1988 based on the phrase “1000 points of light” encouraging individual contribution to society. Sixteen years later we have another Bush in the Whitehouse who has contributed another 1000 points of light to our society. These 1000 points of light are shining tonight, Tuesday September 7 2004, on the families; mothers, fathers, spouses, children, siblings and friends of those who mourn the death of a service member killed in the Iraq war.

1000 military men and women killed in combat, friendly fire, helicopter crashes, vehicle accidents, small arms fire, by suicide bombers and roadside bombs. 1000 people who will never spend another day with the ones they love, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or holidays. 1000 people who won’t get a chance to vote in the upcoming election. They died in different places and different times. The first died on March 20, 2003:

Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin, 36, of Waterville, Maine

Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, of Bloomington, Ill.

Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy, 25, of Houston, Texas

Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Watersbey, 29, of Baltimore, Md

The 1000th died today:

BAGHDAD - One U.S. Soldier was killed in action at 12:19 p.m. today, when a Multi-National Division - Baghdad patrol was attacked by small arms fire in the western part of the city.

The Soldier was assigned to the 89th Military Police Brigade.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notification

Many conservatives say 1000 troops lost is a small, almost insignificant number. I would argue that one lost in an un-needed war is too many. We lost over fifty thousand in Vietnam and hundreds of thousands in the World Wars they reply. What is a thousand?

Half of all the cities, townships, burroughs, villages and towns in the United States have populations under 1000. Half. Imagine the entire population of any one of 30,000 towns in the United States being gone, the town empty and desolate. That is 1000.

Most of the high schools in this country have total enrollment of less than 1000. Imagine losing every student, staff and faculty member in a large urban high school dead.

To put it in military terminology 1000 is;

100 Squads.

50 Platoons

10 Companies

2 Battalions

1 full Regiment

One full Regiment of service men and women lost. Those losses have to be made up and the military under the command of President Bush is making hard decisions. Decisions to pull 5600 men and women out of the Individual Ready Reserves. People who had served their time and, in many cases, had returned to civilian lives and jobs for many years. Even that may not be enough to stem the tide of losses. Some have suggested a draft may be necessary to replenish a worn and fatigued force.

We have lost, on average, two personnel per day since the fighting began March 20,2003. This occupation will last, by conservative estimates 4-10 more years.

883 troops have given their lives since George W. Bush announced an end to “combat operations” on May 1, 2003.

Our President taunted the enemy on July 2, 2003, daring them to “Bring them on”. 795 of our bravest soldiers have lost their lives since that bold challenge.

The world is safer, we were told on December 13, 2003 after Saddam Hussein was captured. It was not safer for the 588 U. S. service members killed since then.

We were told that there was an imminent threat. That we were in peril. Saddam Hussein, we were warned, was a madman who possessed the ability and intent to wreak havoc and death upon the United States. He also had the motive and will to do it. A mushroom cloud was the smoking gun that awaited us if we did not act. So we did.

We placed our faith in our government and our leaders to protect us from the WMD’s that were perched precariously in a nefarious country waiting to be given away by it’s demonic leader to shadowy enemies who wished us dead.

The President does not declare war lightly. It is the most serious and deadly decision he is faced with. It is a last resort. George W. Bush did not want to go to war, he had to. The overwhelming evidence forced his hand. So he sent soldiers like Sgt. Ryan Campbell, 25 who was killed on April 29th of this year.

Sgt. Campbell wrote his sister shortly before his death:

"We had all been led to believe that Iraq posed a serious threat to America as well as its surrounding nations. We invaded expecting to find weapons of mass destruction and a much more prepared and well-trained Republican Guard waiting for us. It is now a year later, and alas, no weapons of mass destruction or any other real threat, for that matter."

"Just do me one big favor, ok? Don't vote for Bush. No. Just don't do it. I would not be happy with you."


For Sgt. Campbell’s sister Brooke, there is a light shining down on her. There is a light from each of the 1000 dead that lives on and radiates the love and life sacrificed. Individually, I hope they cast a warm peaceful glow on those they left behind. Combined they cast a thousand harsh awful spotlights on our President and his needless war.

There are one thousand words in this piece.

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9.06.2004

Bush Supporters Heckle 70 Year Old Woman (Wonder if it was members of Protest Warrior)

From MSNBC:

During a speech in Cannonsburg, PA, John Kerry was heckled by a crowd of drunken Bush/Busch supporters. The group shouted and disrupted the Kerry speech continuously but Kerry handled them with ease, cool headedness, intelligence and confidence (you would think he had been under fire before). The low point, for the Bush supporters, came when they continued to shout down a frail 70 year old woman who was trying to speak to the crowd. John Kerry chastised the protesters; "While the Bush people were rudely shouting...a 70-year old woman was trying to tell the story of how she has to go out and work because she needs to take pills." Nice job boys you really made the republicans and your boy George look good.

I wonder how Bush would handle a situation like this? I guess we will never know since any sign of protest at a Bush event, including(gasp!)t-shirt wearing, is quickly shut down.

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Campbell, Ryan Montgomery
SGT US Army
Veteran Service Dates: February
2002 - April 2004
Date of Birth: 11/07/1978
Date of Death: 04/29/2004
Date of Internment: 05/11/2004
Buried at: Section 60 Site 7979 - Arlington National Cemetery

"Don't vote for Bush. No. Just don't do it. I would not be happy with you."


***Edit***
I would love to see people post some sort of tributes to this young soldier who died regardless of your political affiliation. Honor our troops who have made the ultimate sacrifice. No attacks, no politics just respectful comments. Thanks.


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Protest Warriors-1st Ammendment Proponents or Cowards

The group Protest Warriors has recently come to my attention. This group of mostly young college age men, goes to legitimate legal protests and mocks and ridicules the protesters there. They try to instigate violence by getting in the faces of protesters and compelling a fight. They then tape and edit their encounters and post them on their website where they sell them to other right wing morons for profit.

There is an excellent Protest Warrior debunking here. The person doing the debunking is a Marine who fought in the first Gulf war. He was ridiculed, attacked, slandered and his personal information was exposed for using the same tactics the Protest Warriors use. Apparently Protest Warriors are hypocrites as well as cowards.

Protest Warrior prides itself on being a defender of free speech and an alternative to the dangerous left wing radicals. The tactics they claim are protected under the First Ammendment are really just a ruse for disrupting and mocking protesters who are truly exercising their freedom of speech rights.

From reading some of the posts on their website, they are also very anti-gay, racist and violent. They seem to advocate the use of weapons and violence against demonstraters, not overtly of course but the undertones are definately there.

From the site:

Welcome to ProtestWarrior.com, a website created to help arm the liberty-loving Silent Majority with ammo...


The thing I wonder is this; if the young men who are members of Protest Warrior are so fired up about defending America against people they consider enemies, why aren't they in uniform fighting in Iraq? The group uses military terminology (Operation Wolverine, missions, warriors etc.) but, it appears that is where the love of the military stops. They are like little boys who like to play dress up and talk tough but when it comes to laying their asses on the line in real combat, or making a true sacrifice of a commitment to the military, they would rather stay home and poke fun at peaceful protesters. Very brave boys.




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9.05.2004

August Fifth Worst Month for US Deaths in Iraq

Latest casualty figures from Iraq show that August was one of the worst months for US troop deaths since the war began over 19 months ago. 66 US troops were killed in August and an additional 382 were wounded in action (the sixth highest casualties in the last 19 months).

The situation in Iraq appears to be as bad now as it ever was for our troops. Despite rosy predictions and assesments from the Bush administration and their surrogates on a.m. radio, things are not going well in post occupied Iraq. Several recent hostile engagements have contributed to the increase in casualties.

Here are the names of the fallen that won't be honored by the conservative media:

09/04/04 Knott, Eric Seaman E-4 21 U.S. Navy
09/03/04Winchester, Ronald 1st Lieutenant 25 U.S. Marine
09/03/04Rowe, Alan Captain 35 U.S. Marine
09/03/04 Perez, Nicholas Lance Corporal 19 U.S. Marine
09/01/04 Thibodeaux III, Joseph C. Specialist 24 U.S. Army
08/30/04 Holleyman, Aaron N. Staff Sergeant 26 U.S. Army
08/29/04 Anderson Jr., Carl L. A1C 21 U.S. Air Force
08/28/04 Lopez, Edgar E. Sergeant 27 U.S. Marine
08/27/04 Aldrich, Nickalous N. Lance Corporal 21 U.S. Marine
08/27/04 Razani, Omead H. Specialist 19 U.S. Army
08/27/04 Perez, Luis A. PFC 19 U.S. Army Reserve
08/26/04 Skinner, Nicholas M. PFC 20 U.S. Marine
08/26/04 Humlhanz, Barton R. Corporal 23 U.S. Marine

This covers the last 10 days. The average age of these men was 23. I honor these men and the sacrifice they have made. I don't believe they needed to die.

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Quote of the Day

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.
-Errol Flynn (1909 - 1959)

I didn't know Errol Flynn was a Republican.

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Word of the Day

malodorous \mal-OH-duhr-uhs\, adjective:
Having a bad odor.


Bush's use of surrogates to attack opponents with lies and mischaracterizations is malodorous and the stench of his complicity is obvious to anyone who sniffs the facts.

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Bush Involved in Cover-Up to Protect Saudi Arabia

A new book by Senator Bob Graham charges that the Bush administration covered up information and stonewalled investigators, keeping them from information regarding 9/11 that would be damaging to the Saudi royal family.

The congressional inquiry—which was underway long before the 9/11 Commission began its work—was a contentious investigation that led to repeated clashes with the FBI and the Bush White House. Graham and others charged that the administration was engaged in a "cover-up" to protect a key ally, Saudi Arabia.

-Newsweek

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Scott Rasmussen Debunks Time Poll


Scott Rasmussen, founder of Rasmussen Reports, slams the Times poll as using unreliable and biased methodology. The poll, according to Rasmussen is 9% points off, and the when the mistakes are factored out, Kerry and Bush are in a statistical dead heat.

Scott's Page by Scott Rasmussen...September 4, 2004---

Time Magazine Shows Bush by 11..."A Time magazine poll released yesterday shows Bush up by 11 points. However, that poll appears to have the mirror image problem of a Los Angeles Times poll reportedly showing Kerry with a huge lead in June. As I discussed earlier in this page, the LA Times included too many Democrats in their sample. Today, it seems clear that Time Magazine included too many Republicans."

"Time reports that Republicans will vote for Bush by a 89% to 9% margin; Democrats for Kerry by 80% to 9% margin; and, unaffiliated voters for Bush 43% to 39%. When I apply some reasonable assumptions about partisan turnout (35%R to 39%D), the Time results show Bush up by about 3 percentage points. That's very close to the Rasmussen Reports data and where I believe the race stands today." Scott Rasmussen concluded.


This information is only available on his premium page for subscribers.

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Zogby and Rasmussen agree-Bush up only 2 points

Two of the most respected polling firms in the country, Zogby and Rasmussen, have Bush showing a miniscule two point lead after the Kerry bashing convention. Rasmussen, who is admittedly Republican leaning personally, and Zogby are both showing in their most recent polls a statistical dead heat.

The left leaning media for some reason is only reporting the biased Times poll showing a ridiculous 11 point lead for Bush (why would the media do that if they so desperately want Kerry to win?).

Zogby

Rasmussen

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9.04.2004

How much do you hate/like Bush/Kerry?

Take this quiz to find out.

Bush Quiz


Kerry Quiz


Here is my result for Bush:

Your score is 0 on a scale of 1 to 10. You hate Bush with a writhing passion. You think he is an idiot, a liar, and a warmonger who has been a miserable failure as president. Nothing would give you greater pleasure than seeing him run out of the White House, except maybe seeing him dragged away in handcuffs.


Here is my result for Kerry:


Your score is 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. You are a pure, unabashed, die-hard John Kerry supporter. Nothing would give you greater pleasure than seeing Kerry run Bush and Cheney out of the White House, except maybe seeing them dragged away in handcuffs.


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Bush Gets 3 Point Baby Bounce

According to the respected polling firm Zogby, Bush/Cheney got a small bounce from their hate filled convention. Bush/Cheney currently lead Kerry/Edwards by 2 points (46% to 44%). The poll was conducted August 30 to September 2, 2004. The 2 points lead is well within the margin of error.

No incumbent has ever won an election going into it with under 50% support. Bush is headed for a loss in November but don't expect them to go down without a dirty, cheating, low down, backstabbing bar fight mentality. Although they have thrown ever lie and mischaracterization they could think of at John Kerry, they have not gotten a significant increase in the polls.

Bush has sued to try to reign in the 527 political groups, although he still refuses to specifically denounce the ones using lies to attack John Kerry. I believe that Bush and company know there are about to be a flood of Democratically themed ads coming out to relay to the American people what kind of lying coward we have serving in the Whitehouse and he is more scared than he has been since he nearly had to serve his country during Vietnam.

The Poll.




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Outsourcing Sucks


Bring Back the Geeks

I hate outsourcing! I have had to deal with three different outsourced jobs in the last two days. My first experience was last night when, while helping a friend recover his crashed computer, it became neccessary to call MSN support to answer a simple question. I had everything done, but I did not know MSN newsgroup server name. This should be a simple question the guy in the picture above could throw out before you finish asking your question and laugh at you for not knowing it.

I dialed the 800 number and was connected to a computer voice which guided me through the simple process of pushing 14 different numbers to get to a live person. I was finally connected to a lady who asked me in a heavy Middle Eastern accent and broken English, what she could help me with. I replied I needed the MSN newsgroup server name. After several seconds she asked again what I needed. I told her again. She put me on hold. She came back and gave me the website address to MSNBC. I told her that wouldn't help. I then tried to explain what a newsgroup was. She didn't get it. She put me on hold. She came back a few minutes later and gave me the MSNBC address again. I asked to speak to someone else. She put me on hold. She came back and asked what I wanted.

40 minutes of this and I was becoming an angry American. I finally hung up frustrated angry and leaning towards supporting Bush and his Middle East policy (not really, Bush is a douchebag).

I also bought a wireless router and a laptop yesterday. It was supposed to be plug and play, according to the helpful Best Buy kid. It wasn't. I called the tech support for Linksys and was immediately tranferred to somewhere in the Middle East (I swear I heard a few bombs go off). The person on the other end spoke in such a thick accent, I had to have him repeat nearly everything. After several minutes of not being understood, he gave me a website to go to. It fixed my problem.

I then had problems with the laptop connecting to the wireless router. Same scenario. Middle Eastern accent on the other end, very friendly but not so helpful. The end result, another web link which solved the problem.

American companies who send there customer service overseas, are, in my experience, doing a grave disservice to their customers. I had three bad experiences with three different companies in two days. I hated dealing with AOL customer service back in the stone age when I used AOL, but at least they understood me and I them.

US Companies, if you are listening, get rid of the outsourced customer service folks and put clearer instructions to the websites that will fix your customers problems or simply employ some good old smartass US computer geeks. I miss being talked down to by guys with bad acne and a pocket protector.

By the way, does anyone know what the MSN Newsroup server address is?

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9.03.2004

Freedom Fighters



At least 2 protesters disrupted President Bush's acceptance speech Thursday night. The protesters made it into the security fortress of Madison Square Gardens and waited until quiet moments in Bush's speech to stand up and express their first ammendment rights to protest and speak freely.

Facing protesters is something the President is apparently unaccustomed to at his heavily screened and appearances which are usually limited to the party faithful who have been forced to sign loyalty statements. Bush was genuinely shaken by the protesters. The first stood up and shouted something at Bush but was quickly drowned out by chants of, 4 more years. Bush was knocked out of his rythym by the shouts and stumbled through his next few lines, his eyes darting about apprehensively.

The protester, a young lady, was quickly hustled out of the arena by 5 or 6 men, some wearing yellow hats with W. on them. The protester was struggling to get her message out the entire time.

Bush regained some of his composure and continued his speech, never commenting on the outburst. He seemed to be unable to deviate from his prepared remarks.

Just as he was getting back into his groove, another protester stood up and began shouting. The crowd started chanting again and the young man was quickly hustled out. Bush was shaken. He speech continued haltingly but his rythym and the crowds response had been badly derailed.

The protesters were non-violent, they just wanted an opposing voice to be heard. Perhaps the Republican National Convention was not the ideal place for airing disagreements with the President, but I salute their bravery and fortitude in doing what they did.

Maybe if Bush heard a dissenting voice occassionally, he would make more informed and better reasoned decisions. Probably not.

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Zell Miller Kicked out of Bush's Box

Like a $10 Time's Square whore, Zell Miller has been used and discarded. After the republicans got what they wanted, namely a hateful, lie filled, mischaracterization of John Kerry from the senile old Democrat, the booted him from a seat of honor. Zell was supposed to sit with Laura Bush in the family box to hear W. give his acceptance speech. Unfortunately, the backlash against Miller has forced the Bush team to back away from him, to use a Zellerism, faster than a calf backing away from a branding iron.

From MSNBC:

GOP backs away from Miller’s blast

Late Thursday, Miller and his wife were removed from the list of dignitaries who would be sitting in the first family’s box during the president’s acceptance speech later in the evening. Scott Stanzel, a spokesman for the Bush campaign, said Miller was not in the box because the campaign had scheduled him to do too many television interviews.

There was no explanation, however, for why Miller would be giving multiple interviews during Bush’s acceptance speech, or what channels would snub the president in favor of Miller. Nor was it made clear why Miller’s wife also was not allowed to take her place in the president’s box 24 hours after his deeply personal denunciation of his own party’s nominee.


Zell's status has been diminished to that of a guest star on Star Trek. He will be appearing at a gun show or conservative convention near you. Autographs $5. Signed Polaroids $10. Stabbing a "good friend" and a "authentic American hero" in the back while betraying the political party you "love"...Priceless.

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9.01.2004

Zell Miller is...

a sad pathetic turncoat. I hope it was worth it Zell. You were once a Democrat, now you are a transmogrified old turd with no loyalty or dedication to the party you claim to love. If you had any decency, you would switch parties but another old white decrepid piece of offal like you would not stand out amongst the rest of the dried up windbags on the Republican side.

As a self professed disenfrachised Democrat, you get the spotlight one more time in your rapidly fading career and life. You went from a postscript in the Democratic party to the tap dancing shucking and jiving star of the Republicans. You are little better than the house boys of the old southern plantations, you would be more comfortable living in, waiting to turn in the field hands for some percieved transgression so the master of the house would shine done his favor upon you.


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Republicans-The Real Party of Inclusion?

Alot of hot gaseous coffee tainted breathy halitosis has been expelled today touting the virtues of the Republican Party. The right wing pundits and the AM radio talk jocks have enlighted me with previously unknown facts about the party they love. I was unaware, until today, that Republicans don't discriminate against people on the basis of their race, religion, sex, sexual preference or any other criteria that they have been previously accused of ignoring or harboring hatred for. You could have knocked me over with a brightly colored boa. Where did I get the idea that Republicans were the party of intolerance. Musta been that damn liberal media.

Now that I know the Republican party is one of loving acceptance and non-judgemental support, I feel foolish for all of my pre-conceived prejudices.

There are a few more things that would completely clear up this issue. Just some questions I would like answered. If the Republican party is the party of inclusiveness, how do you explain this?

1. How many black Republicans are currently serving as members of the US House or Senate? Answer: 0 (There are 39 black Democrats)

2. How many Hispanic Republicans are currently serving as members of the US House or Senate? Answer 5 (There are 20 Hispanic Democrats)

3. How many openly gay elected federal, state and local officials are Republican? Answer: 11 (There are 207 Democrats)

NUMBERS: Of 511,039 elected federal, state and local officials, 218 are openly gay or lesbian. Of the group, 149 are men, 69 women; 207 are Democrats, 11 Republicans. Three serve in the U.S. House, 47 are state legislators, and the rest are local officials.

4. How many Republican Asian or Pacific Islanders currently serve in the US House or Senate? Answer: 0 (There are 5 Democrats in the House and 2 Democrats in the Senate)

5. How many Republican women currently serve in the US House? Answer: 21 (There are 41 Democratic women serving)

6. How many Republican women currently serve in the US Senate: Answer 5 (There are 9 Democratic women Senators)

It appears that Republican tent is smaller than they thought. Minorities are represented in our government by their own people by a 320% greater margin in the Democratic party over the Republicans.

Just like the olympics, every 4 years the Republican party becomes inclusive and compassionate. But just like the olympics, that torch is only lit for a few weeks and then rapidly extinguished. It is nice that the Republicans pretend to be like Democrats but it will take a little less talk and a lot more action to reach the standard of inclusiveness set by the Democrats. Keep reaching.


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