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Saturday, August 28, 2004

We’re Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore
How did the Party of Lincoln and Liberty transmogrify into the party of Newt Gingrich’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk?
Can you tell this is an essay by Garrison Keillor.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Texas official regrets allowing Bush to enlist in National Guard
"I got a young man named George W. Bush into the National Guard ... and I'm not necessarily proud of that," Barnes, an Austin lobbyist and John Kerry supporter with a lucrative Washington practice, said on the tape. "It was the worst thing I did, was help a lot of wealthy supporters and a lot of people who had family names of importance get into the National Guard. And I'm very sorry of that and I'm very ashamed, and I apologize to you as the voters of Texas."

Josh Marshall has more.
Like most people I'm a little tired of all this crap. For over fifty years conservatives have used military service as a test of both manhood and patriotism, so along comes a war hero that certainly performed better then most in his duties, yet the smears just keep coming. The Smearvets have been caught in lie after lie and just start making up new ones.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Kerry's Jubilee
What does this presidential candidate's environmental record really look like after his nearly 20 years in the U.S. Senate? Rifle through the archives of the League of Conservation Voters, and you'll find he gets an A+ -- literally. Kerry has a 96-percent lifetime voting record, outscoring all of the other candidates.

In between Smearboat attacks, running away from disabled veterans, and increasing the ranks of the poorest americans, the Bush team has been trying to smear Kerry's environmental record. I guess they'll get some more rabid attack dogs to swear Kerry never voted on environmental legislation.

From A Chill in Florida by Bob Herbert
"A Democrat can't win a statewide election in Florida without a high voter turnout - both at the polls and with absentee ballots - of African-Americans," said a man who is close to the Republican establishment in Florida but asked not to be identified. "It's no secret that the name of the game for Republicans is to restrain that turnout as much as possible. Black votes are Democratic votes, and there are a lot of them in Florida."

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Kerry Says Bush Weakens Middle Class
Bush and his allies have "turned to the tactics of fear and smear because they can't talk about jobs, health care, energy independence, and rebuilding our alliances -- the real issues that matter to the American people," Kerry will say in a speech prepared for delivery to Cooper Union in New York City.

"They have no plans, no positive vision and no understanding of an urgent and undeniable truth -- a stronger America begins at home," he will say, according to excerpts of the speech made available to Reuters.

If the smear attacks against John Kerry are a sign of anything its that the Bushies are running scared. Most americans are not happy with the direction the country is taking and Bush has no record to run on. The economy has soured in real time for working families that didn't get the trickle down from Bush's tax cuts. Bush has done his damnest to gut environmental laws and ignore a sound science based policy. What can we expect for another four years of Bushnomics? That he'll admit he's wrong and change course. Not likely.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Republican-funded Group Attacks Kerry's War Record
Ad features vets who claim Kerry "lied" to get Vietnam medals. But other witnesses disagree -- and so do Navy records.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Military records support Kerry's account of Vietnam service
Military records back John Kerry's account of his service in Vietnam and have backed at least two of his accusers into a corner.

Although the 15 veterans featured in the attack ad all state "I served with John Kerry," none of them served on the same boat with him. Those who did, such as retired Chief Petty Officer Del Sandusky, 60, of Clearwater, Fla., praise Kerry for his leadership and credit him with keeping them alive to make it home.

"We are really upset at this stuff," Sandusky told Knight Ridder. "They are calling us all liars. They dishonor us and they dishonor all those who died over there. They are getting awfully desperate. Last year many of them were on board with us. Now they are telling outrageous lies."

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