Friday, September 05, 2003

Fun at the President's Expense, Part Two: 

There's a movie on Showtime this weekend about Bush's 9-11 conduct, manipulating facts in order to present Bush in the best possible light. I'd like to present a couple of lines of dialogue not within the final script that were cut for security reasons:

"No. I don't care what it takes to get the Saudi families out of the US. I don't care that all the planes are grounded. Yes. They can have tweezers as carry-on luggage."

"How can we blame this on Clinton, Karl?"

Fun at the President's Expense, Part One: 

First off, the substantive stuff. Bush's approval rating drops from 56 to 52% in the latest Ipsos-Reid poll. But... wait for this one, according to Ron K. of Daily Kos:

"Per CNN poll results released this hour:

29% would definitely vote to re-elect Bush.

41% would definitely vote against Bush."

Yeah, I think we can take him. The poll won't be released officially until later this weekend. Be the first on your block to taunt your right-wing friends!


In honor of his performance at last night's debate, I'd like to post Holy Joe's website.

Joseph Lieberman: A New Kind of Democrat. The Republican Kind.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Meetup Success! 

Huge Meetups everywhere. Please post your comments here about them, but... there will be published reports regarding Meetups in both the KC Star (probably on Sun) and the Post-Dispatch, if not elsewhere.

Stay Tuned.

PS: I will post about the debate, but it seemed pretty uneventful. Except that every story was about how "cordial" it was, which surprised me.

PPS: It was pre-empted here for some sort of local show. In PBS' defense, one fella on the show looked a little like Bob Graham if you squinted.

Protesting the President 

The President was in KC today, with the message that: the deficit is big, but that's not my fault. That's because there was a recession. The recession isn't my fault because, well, Clinton... um, was President at one time. I think he wore horns. Oh, and lawyers are very bad. Oh and tax cuts bring us closer to cold fusion. Something like that, anyway.

Anyhoo, here's a reader contribution from someone who was there, Bob of the KC Finance Committee:

The last time I protested was in 1968, when activists in my high school organized busloads of us for the anti-Vietnam war march on Washington.

Today, 34 years later, George Bush came to Kansas City to sneer at the KCChamber of Commerce and drawl about his economic "plan." (Or, as the Kansas City Star's Mike Hendricks said to me yesterday, "Plan? What plan? These
folks don't plan. They write press releases and hope that does the trick.") This morning, I made a very simple sign of protest and drove my hardlyworking self-employed no-longer-sedentary ass to the Municipal Auditorium.
(And to think I saw PBS Kids' Dragon Tales Live! there just a few short>weeks ago.)

When I arrived there were two lines about three blocks long: By far thethicker, longer, better dressed line of people comprised invited attendees waiting to see the head liar himself. Opposite them, lining Barney Allis
Plaza, in a thin dotted line were the protestors: Local unions. Howard Deansupporters. Greens. The unafiliated. There was an invisible wall between thetwo lines as each looked across at the other with curiosity. It was a
typical Kansas City event: The crowds were polite. Of course, I jumped atthe first opportunity to broach sacred space of separation when I recognized local conservative activist Rich Nadler. "Hello Rich," I said, my "Bush
Lies" sign in full view. He nodded and rasied an eyebrow. "I don't supposey you'll throw in a 'boo hiss boo' for me during the presentation, will you?" I couldn't tell whether he took me seriously. "No," he said. What a charming

Among the Dean contingent were Becky of the fundraising committee (hope your bruise heals quickly!) and Roger, who organizes a protest called Satyagraha at 63rd & Brookside every Tuesday at 5 p.m. One of the Greens was Jan R's
>mom (name?), who said, "I've lived in this country 77 years and never has it>been as bad as it is today." Lauren and other Kumbaya Dammit folks were there wearing pink slips. (Get it? It took me awhile, but those of you who
>know me know I am often slow on the uptake.)
>Anyway, cops kept us in our places across from the main entrance as Bush'smotorcade arrived. We never saw Bush. The southeast entrance was draped with tents, into which Bush's car disappeared. We chanted "Bush Lies" and "Liar
Liar" and other mature rants until Bush and his entourage were inside. We milled about and chatted and chanted some more until the motorcade once again came alive. More loud and silly name calling from our corner and then
Bush was gone.

I was there with others holding signs of protest. The Chamber of Commerce saw us. The Bush motorcade saw us. The media saw us. We saw each other. And it was good.

Out For Dean 

A couple of guys here in St. Louis have started an Out for Dean chapter. If you're interested in joining, they've set up a yahoo group and all that jazz.

Pictures! Neat. 

Pictures from last night's Meetup from KC and Warrensburg, St. Louis and Springfield. The St. Louis and Springfield sites will be updated soon with pictures, but you get to look at everyone back in August for now.

There won't be a picture of either myself or Matthew, as we have both entered the witness protection program.

Diplomacy, Bush Style or Willy Wonka, Can You Send Troops To Iraq? 

According to a press report picked up by fellow blogger Uggabugga,

The United States sneered at plans by four European countries to create an autonomous European military command headquarters near Brussels separate from NATO, referring to the idea's proponents as "chocolate makers."
[State Department spokesman Richard Boucher] described the April meeting as one between "four countries that got together and had a little bitty summit" and then referred to them collectively as "the chocolate makers."

For a helpful map to our future allies in Iraq and what Boucher might call the rest of Europe, click here.

With friends like these.... 

Pat Robertson endorsed Arnold yesterday. What was odd about it was the, well.... read below.

Pat Robertson on yesterday's Buchanan and Press:


First off, the idea of Pat Robertson weight lifting? Creepy. Second, why doesn't Pat get someone to "knock some heads together" in Sacramento? He claims he has connections with those who can smite folks...


OK, it was the best Meetup night ever. Share your stories. Kvetch in the comments.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003


If you haven't already, join DeanLink. And check out the hippest picture on the net.

Even the Insane, Rev. Moon-owned, Washington Times.... 

is not exactly sanguine regarding the Bush Administration regarding Iraq:

"A secret report for the Joint Chiefs of Staff lays the blame for setbacks in Iraq on a flawed and rushed war-planning process that "limited the focus" for preparing for post-Saddam Hussein operations."

Andrew Sullivan, right-wing blogger, agrees:

THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER LANDING: Can we all now agree that that was the dumbest political gesture of the last two years?

Finally, Republican operative Michael Cudahy endorsed Dean yesterday.

Salon.com | Why Dean and Franken are so hot right now 

Why Dean and Franken are so hot right now:
"And what is the temper of the Democratic Party base? They loathe Bush and everything he stands for -- he's become a lightning rod for dark and febrile passions in the same way Bill Clinton was (and is) for the GOP core. It's not just his harebrained ideological nostrums for how to reorder America and the world. They hate him and it's personal. They hate his frat-boy smirk, his phony fly-boy act, his cringe-inducing mangling of the language, his born-again sanctimony, even his Texas twang and his godforsaken, tumbleweed ranch where only someone as fence-post-dumb as W. would hole up in August. They hate him like their lives depended on it, lives that will certainly be unbearable if this bumbling extremist is reelected (or elected) in 2004. "
Every once in a while I remember why I subscribe to Salon. Go get a daypass, it's entertaining.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Heh, heh, heh. 

The results of CNN's online poll on Bush's efforts to reduce unemployment.

As Wolf Blitzer would say, the results are not scientific. As Wolf Blitzer wouldn't say, they're pretty accurate.

Poor John Kerry 

The day he officially announces his candidacy, he's branded as done by reporters.

It is pretty clear that Joe Trippi, campaign manager for Dean, just doesn't like Kerry's staff:

"For seven months, they ignored us and laughed at us. Now they're either saying what we were saying or attacking us," Dean's campaign manager, Joe Trippi, told the Grind. "There's no doubt why they've changed course. They've been floundering and we've been moving."
"No one has spent more time dishing dirt under the table on us than that campaign. Then, every once in a while, they realize that's not working, so they come out from under the table. A lot of their energy is spent trying to figure out the Dean campaign. They need to spend more time figuring out their own campaign."

WHOA. That's almost NBA-style trash talking. You have expect Trippi to yell out "That all you got?!?"

News for Tuesday 

The Washington Post has a disturbing piece regarding the increasing toll on US soldiers in Iraq:

"U.S. battlefield casualties in Iraq are increasing dramatically in the face of continued attacks by remnants of Saddam Hussein's military and other forces, with almost 10 American troops a day now being officially declared "wounded in action."
"Attacks have become so commonplace, that U.S. Central Command usually issues news releases listing injuries only when the attacks kill one or more troops. The result is that many injuries go unreported."
"Indeed, the number of troops wounded in action in Iraq is now more than twice that of the Persian Gulf War in 1991. The total increased more than 35 percent in August -- with an average of almost 10 troops a day injured last month."

Meanwhile, in USA Today, John Aschroft is "ruling out any future campaign for elective office, but he indicates that he would like to continue serving the administration if President Bush is elected to a second term."

Its okay, John. You're pretty unelectable right now.

Finally, Josh Marshall has a great article in the Washington Monthly regarding the President's lies and fabrications.

Sunday, August 31, 2003

In Sun/Mon news 

Time Magazine and War and Piece (a new blog) have the first info out on an explosive book about the Saudi/Bin Laden connection, written by Gerald Posner. Money quote:

"In Posner's stark judgment, the Saudis 'effectively had (bin Laden) on their payroll since the start of the decade.' Zubaydah told the interrogators that the Saudis regularly sent the funds through three royal-prince intermediaries he named."
One thing's for sure, Ahmed Chalabi is becoming a real pain. The Iraqi National Congress "leader", who has been the neocons pet in the area, has one solution to security problems in Iraq, according to Matt Yglesias: America must do more to support Ahmad Chalabi. Or, as freelance journalist Laura Rozen aptly explains,

"Chalabi's piece in the Post plainly campaigns for his circle of Iraqis -- the same people who brought us years of bogus propaganda about Iraqi WMD and links with al Qaeda and three months of "post-conflict" misery in Iraq -- to be the group rewarded with more power. But why should Chalabi be rewarded, when the post-war has made clearer than ever that Chalabi et co are as untrustworthy, illegimate, possibly treacherous and certainly unworthy as apparently the CIA and State Department have long had reason to believe?"
On a final note, when this guy thinks he can hand out political advice, it is time to look at the Canadian border with new interest.

Too interesting for words.... 

Gerald Posner's new book, raising new allegations regarding the Saudi-Al Queda link, may be a bombshell.

Meanwhile, in political news that will piss you off, check out this wonderful quote (via Pandagon):

"The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

The Aug. 14 letter from Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. - who has become active in the re-election effort of President Bush - prompted Democrats this week to question the propriety of allowing O'Dell's company to calculate votes in the 2004 presidential election. "

Political News on Sunday 

Kraske gives a nice overview of the Democratic race to date in today's KC Star, stating that "(Dean's) proving to be a monster, jumping ahead so far and so fast that the race's big question has become whether Dean can maintain his momentum."

The Des Moines Register goes big on Dean, with a profile and a horse race story (former asterisk leads pack, yada, yada).

Finally, there will be a house party in KC for Howard Dean on 9-12. Click here to register and for all the details.

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