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Saturday, August 07, 2004

A Tale of Two Candidates Both Bush and Kerry addressed minority journalists this week. Guess who did better?
a Native-American editor from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer asked, “What do you think tribal sovereignty means in the 21st century?” As president and a former governor, the journalist said, Bush had a “unique experience, looking at [the issue] from two perspectives.” The president fumbled. “Tribal sovereignty means that—it’s sovereignty,” he stammered. “I mean, you’re a—you’re a—you’ve been given sovereignty and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity.” As Bush rambled, looking like a schoolboy unprepared at the front of the class, many of the hundreds of Asian, black, Native American and Hispanic journalists gathered before him…well, snickered.

Well I think we have an answer, though read the whole article. Surprised to learn that Bush is against legacies being given preference in college admissions. Its an amazinf contrast, Kerry, both intellectually and in terms of leadership qualities is heads and shoulders above Bush. Bush/Cheney know this and explains why they're running a campaign based on the exploitation of fear. Bush lives in fear just as the right does. They fear all Muslims, not just the crazy ones. They fear democracy, remember Florida 2000. They fear economic justice, why else did they choose to give the bulk of the tax cut to america's richest and laziest, when they could have given the working class a little extra rent money. BushCo fears nature, why else have they worked so hard to gut our environmental laws and exclude sound science from the decision making process. Bush and his apologists live in fear, and want us all to live in fear. While Kerry wants us to live with hope and be true to our dreams. Terrorism will need some bombs and bullets to destroy it, but to bury it we need to reject fear and live the dream of democarcy and social justice. Kerry did better at the Journalists of Color convention then Bush, we all know why.

Kerry impresses crowds in Kansas. Kerry-Edwards draw 20,000 at KC rally
“We know in our heart that we can do better in America,” Kerry said in a talk that deviated little from his standard stump speech. “We can lift people up. We can put people back to work.”

That sounded good to Shirley Williams, of Mission, who was at the rally wearing her “Buck Bush” T-shirt. “I can't stand Bush,” she said, “because I've been unemployed since about 9-11 and I'm starting over. I'm 61.”

She also disapproved of Bush's handling of Iraq: “I think we need to clean up our own messes before we barge into another country and tell them how to run things.”

Kathleen Bergman, 58, of Shawnee, said she was there “to support a positive Democratic ticket.

“I like their truthfulness,” she said. “There's so much about them I like: their stance on women's rights, help for the children.”

America at 10MPH on an american journey on a segway.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Band of Sisters female soldiers/ Marines in Iraq via Intel Dump
Although barred from serving in infantry positions per se, these women (who dub themselves "Team Lioness") are going out on patrol, carrying a rifle, and taking the fight to the enemy. They are proving their mettle under fire, and once again proving the wisdom of the Marine Corps ethos that every Marine (regardless of gender and job title) is a rifleman first.

Considering how thin the military is streched right now not only do women play a vital role, but make the difference between winning and losing the peace. While you're over at Intel Dump read America's reserves play a shell game to make ends meet. yes, I think the argument can be made that the military wouldn't be having personnel problems if Bush was a competent commander-in-chief, but the military has to deal with the cards they're dealt right now.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Submerging the truth about Swift Boat Vets
In the new ad, members of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth claim that they "served with John Kerry." Hannity & Colmes co-host Sean Hannity echoed the false claim, saying that the veterans in the ad are "the people that know him best," and referred to them as "some of his fellow crewmates." Even Pat Halpin, who was filling in for co-host Alan Colmes, called them "some of John Kerry's crewmates." Scarborough echoed Swift Boat Veterans' misleading claim that they "served with John Kerry in Vietnam."

In contrast, many of the veterans who have appeared on the campaign trail with Kerry did serve alongside him. The Wall Street Journal's Albert R. Hunt noted in his August 5 "Campaign Journal" column, titled "Sham Charges Against a War Hero" (subscription required): "Indeed, 10 of the 11 men who served on his two swift boats all have sworn by John Kerry; nine living members were in Boston [for the Democratic National Convention]."

These cretins are neither swift or honorable. More at Atrios Swift Boat Liars

Another reason to vote for Kerry: Bush is afraid of Bin Laden, Kerry isn't. from Bad Attitudes

Shifty George thinks al Qaeda is capable of destroying America; John the Warrior understands that America is capable of destroying al Qaeda.

FDR said it best: the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. And, right now, we have a president and an entire administration scared stiff. Bush is made of fear: he offers fear, he feeds on fear. He can only win the election if he can make us afraid.

guest post from Minister Mike:
I was thinking of doing a write up about these Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and had this great intro and damn if The Daily Howler didn't beat me to it. NOT TOO SWIFT:
Ironically, they call themselves “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,” but some don’t seem to be all that swift—and they don’t really seem all that truthful. Yesterday, they met in DC to swear that John Kerry simply isn’t fit to be president. But here’s how one angry swift boat vet described something he found ironic:

ELLIOTT: The second irony is, in 1971...he claimed that the 500,000 men in Vietnam in combat were all villains. There were no heroes. In 2004, one hero from the Vietnam War has appeared running for president.
That is, of course, a buffoon’s account of what Kerry actually said way back then. But that’s what former lieutenant commander George Elliott had to say at yesterday’s session. Get ready to hear much more of this sort of thing as these men-who-are-angry-but-not-all-that-swift continue to vent against Kerry. (Elliott publicly praised Kerry in 1996 when Kerry was running for the Senate.)

John E. O'Neill the official Nixon hitman and lifelong John Kerry stalker get a profile at Salon.
Houston attorney John E. O'Neill, the Navy veteran who has emerged recently as a harsh and ubiquitous critic of John Kerry's military service, tells reporters that he has never really been interested in politics and isn't motivated by partisan interests. In the media, O'Neill is often described simply as a Vietnam vet still enraged by the antiwar speeches Kerry delivered more than 30 years ago. That was when O'Neill first came to public attention as a clean-cut, pro-war protégé of the Nixon White House's highest-ranking dirty trickster (aside from the late president himself), Charles Colson.
Joe Conason claims my second favorite play-on-words title : Smear Boat Veterans for Bush
The "swift boat" veterans attacking John Kerry's war record are led by veteran right-wing operatives using the same vicious techniques they used against John McCain four years ago.

The latest conservative outfit to fire an angry broadside against John Kerry's heroic war record is "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" , which today launches a campaign to brand the Democrat "unfit to serve as commander in chief." Billing itself as representing the "other 97 percent of veterans" from Kerry's Navy unit who don't support his presidential candidacy, the group insists that all presidential candidates must be "totally honest and forthcoming" about their military service.......( something they don't care about as regards Preznit Bush, who as of this writing has still not released all his military records or anyway accounted for not fulfilling his ANG duties).

And last, but not least Matt Gunn pulls a lot of the threads together: Swift Boat Veterans for a Big Lie

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.-- John Quincy Adams

Teachers, Before Buying “Tampering with Nature” for the Classroom, Know the Truth about John Stossel
Intrigued, I looked up CEI on the net. There I found a reference to “”. Stossel is a reporter with ABC news and the 20/20 news program. He is also a known critic of environmental regulations. CEI was dismayed at the tongue-lashing Stossel received when, incredibly, he reported that organic foods are no safer than foods sprayed with pesticide. As evidence for his claims, Stossel referred to test results, which an independent inquiry found not to exist! In defense of Stossel, CEI claims in their web page that he is entitled to his “right to free speech”. They warn supporters that “politically correct causes and special interests” are prepared to place that freedom in “jeopardy”. Excuse me, but what freedom are they referring to? Are these charlatans discussing the freedom to lie when you’re supposed to be telling the truth on national TV? In my world, investigative reporters are held accountable to verifiable sources and factual reporting. Stossel neglected these.

Stossel, among others has made me painfully aware of the fact that soft spoken, seemingly intelligent people can look you right in the eye and lie like an old rug.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Chords for Change By Bruce Springsteen
A nation's artists and musicians have a particular place in its social and political life. Over the years I've tried to think long and hard about what it means to be American: about the distinctive identity and position we have in the world, and how that position is best carried. I've tried to write songs that speak to our pride and criticize our failures.

These questions are at the heart of this election: who we are, what we stand for, why we fight. Personally, for the last 25 years I have always stayed one step away from partisan politics. Instead, I have been partisan about a set of ideals: economic justice, civil rights, a humane foreign policy, freedom and a decent life for all of our citizens. This year, however, for many of us the stakes have risen too high to sit this election out.

Through my work, I've always tried to ask hard questions. Why is it that the wealthiest nation in the world finds it so hard to keep its promise and faith with its weakest citizens? Why do we continue to find it so difficult to see beyond the veil of race? How do we conduct ourselves during difficult times without killing the things we hold dear? Why does the fulfillment of our promise as a people always seem to be just within grasp yet forever out of reach?

I don't think John Kerry and John Edwards have all the answers. I do believe they are sincerely interested in asking the right questions and working their way toward honest solutions. They understand that we need an administration that places a priority on fairness, curiosity, openness, humility, concern for all America's citizens, courage and faith.

People have different notions of these values, and they live them out in different ways. I've tried to sing about some of them in my songs. But I have my own ideas about what they mean, too. That is why I plan to join with many fellow artists, including the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., the Dixie Chicks, Jurassic 5, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, in touring the country this October. We will be performing under the umbrella of a new group called Vote for Change. Our goal is to change the direction of the government and change the current administration come November.

Like many others, in the aftermath of 9/11, I felt the country's unity. I don't remember anything quite like it. I supported the decision to enter Afghanistan and I hoped that the seriousness of the times would bring forth strength, humility and wisdom in our leaders. Instead, we dived headlong into an unnecessary war in Iraq, offering up the lives of our young men and women under circumstances that are now discredited. We ran record deficits, while simultaneously cutting and squeezing services like afterschool programs. We granted tax cuts to the richest 1 percent (corporate bigwigs, well-to-do guitar players), increasing the division of wealth that threatens to destroy our social contract with one another and render mute the promise of "one nation indivisible."

It is through the truthful exercising of the best of human qualities - respect for others, honesty about ourselves, faith in our ideals - that we come to life in God's eyes. It is how our soul, as a nation and as individuals, is revealed. Our American government has strayed too far from American values. It is time to move forward. The country we carry in our hearts is waiting.

There's a reason he's called the Boss. It has to do with having a certain moral weight. It doesn't mean that he's an unblemished idol, only that he's shared his soul searching with us and he has been profoundly honest.

They understand that we have a moral responsibility to create a better future for our children and grandchildren. And they want a stronger America here at home. South Dakotans reject the defeatist view that we have enough money to rebuild Iraq, but can’t afford to take care of our needs here. They wonder how we can build new schools in Iraq, while so many American schools are crumbling. And it doesn’t make sense to them that we’re paying over $2 for gasoline at home, while American taxpayers are funding nickel-a-gallon gas in Iraq. Americans aren’t asking for special deals from Washington. They simply want their government to do right by America.

Doing right by America means we don’t just talk about our values—we live them. And we honor the fundamental difference between right and wrong. John Kerry’s entire life has been an inspirational example of doing right by America.
- Patriot and Senator Tom Daschle

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

They Knew...
Despite the whitewash, we now know that the Bush administration was warned before the war that its Iraq claims were weak
David Sirota puts much of the scattered bits of evidence together for us to paint a devastating picture of not just the lies of Bush and Company, but the insane zealotry that is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people and still has not made america safer.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Reagan: Amazing cry against Bush
The son of former Republican President Ronald Reagan has taken a remarkable step. In the upcoming issue of Esquire, in an essay titled “The Case Against George W. Bush,” Ron Reagan warns the public that the Republican president is hurting America through a needless war, giveaways to the rich, environmental ravages and other ills.

“The Bush administration can’t be trusted,” he writes. “Politicians will stretch the truth. ... But George W. Bush and his administration have taken ‘normal’ mendacity to a startling new level far beyond lies of convenience. On top of the usual massaging of public perception, they traffic in big lies, indulge in any number of symptomatic small lies, and, ultimately, have come to embody dishonesty itself. They are a lie. And people, finally, have started catching on.”

All of the White House’s reasons for the Iraq war turned out to be false, Reagan notes. Worse, he says, the Bush team had planned the attack even before gaining office. The 9/11 terrorist attack merely provided an excuse, allowing the president to manipulate the patriotism that surged after the suicide horror.

“The Bush administration no doubt had its real reasons for invading and occupying Iraq,” Reagan says. “They’ve simply chosen not to share them with the American public.” Reagan doesn’t speculate about what Bush’s hidden reasons for the war may be. He says the White House “tenaciously clings to secrecy, not to protect the American people, but to protect itself.”

Sunday, August 01, 2004

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Go read this. War Debt as a security problem. It didn't have to be this way and is a large part of the reason that BushCo should be seen as just plain old fashioned incompetent. War and Deficit

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