George W. Bush scribbled on American flags at a rally in Michigan, July, 2003.

DAMFA

Saturday, July 31, 2004

LIBERAL RANKING AND FUNDING TROOPS

The Daily Howler has been positively obsessed with the contagious enRoNC spinpoints calling Kerry and Edwards the 1st and 4th most liberal Senators; and the one claiming that Kerry's vote against the 87 billion was simply against the troops.

The Howler notes that nobody, nobody, nobody in the media is doing anything to stop the lies by noting two simple things: 1) the ranking given for the Johns were based on 2003 only, when in fact their lifetime average is far more moderate; and 2) Bush himself threatened to veto the funding bill if Congress made any of it a loan.

WHAT KERRY NEEDS TO SAY

My friends, there has been a lot of talk about a terrorist attack near the election. Some say that terrorists want to influence the election. Some speculate that people might vote for me out of pain and anger, or for President Bush, to show support for our leader. Well, let me say right now, no one should allow a terrorist to change the way they vote.

If, God forbid, an attack does occur between now and November, I ask every American to pledge that their vote will not be influencd. Don't get me wrong - we will all rally around our commander-in-chief in the face of tragedy. But America must send the message to the terrorists, right now: you cannot influence our vote by killing. You will not win anything with violence. You will not succeed because America will not let you. Democracy cannot fail.

So, as I call for every American to stand fast against the terrorists, to uphold Democracy, I call on President Bush to join me in this call. I am asking the President to reject the notion of terrorist influence by instructing the nation, if the worst does happen, to vote exactly as they would if an attack never happened. He can tell the world and the country, just as I am saying now, "I don't want any vote that a terrorist would give me."

REPUBS: OUT-OF-TOUCH AND NAME-RECOGNITION RELIERS

The Petrolicans needed to install the Gropenator in California because the name was everything. The rubes voted for him.

The Shrubya piggybacked on his dad's name, who, famously, did not know what a check-out scanner was during the '92 race. Then they romanced Mike Ditka to run for the Senate against Obama in Illinois, like they previously toyed with a Dennis Miller run in California.

Out in Colorado, Peter H. Coors is way ahead in the Senate polls. He's just another ignorant slob running on his name:
In a debate, the wily Schaffer demanded to know whether Coors agreed with Paul
Martin on U.S.-Canadian trade. Coors fell right into the trap. "I'm not sure I
know who Paul Martin is
," he said warily. Schaffer pounced: "A U.S. senator
needs to know who the prime minister of Canada is."


"RACE" TO THE WHITE HOUSE

A Boston College student leader who wears a turban and full beard in accord with his Sikh religion says he was detained and interrogated for seven hours Saturday night by Secret Service agents for doing nothing more than taking photographs of the campus. [Timshel]

President Bush's re-election campaign insisted on knowing the race of an Arizona Daily Star journalist assigned to photograph Vice President Dick Cheney. [Eschaton]

GEORGE W. OUTTAKES

Gotta go watch this video. Thru RogerAiles.

FROOMKIN STILL ROCKIN

This guy is alright. Washington Post. Thru Atrios.

No Dissenters Welcome

Vice President Cheney speaks at campaign rallies in Yakima, Wash., and Central Point, Ore., today. On Saturday, he speaks at a Disabled American Veterans convention in Reno, Nev., and then at campaign rallies in Tucson, Ariz., and Rio Rancho, N.M.

Jeff Jones writes in the Albuquerque Journal: "Some would-be spectators hoping to attend Vice President Dick Cheney's rally in Rio Rancho this weekend walked out of a Republican campaign office miffed and ticketless Thursday after getting this
news: "Unless you sign an endorsement for President George W. Bush, you're
not getting any passes
."

Jones writes that Republicans said they were trying to thwart Democratic operatives, but that "some who left the office . . . without tickets on Thursday said they're not affiliated with an operative group and should have a right to see their vice president without pledging their allegiance to Bush."



Friday, July 30, 2004

MIGHT AS WELL

The world has officially gone mad today, or maybe it's just that we finally officially noticed. This 9/11 commission thing is just bizarre. We're told "no one was in charge." We're told that everyone ios going to hurry up and be thoughtful. 98% of what people are saying is simply meaningless. Then we hear Wolf Blitzer pipe up during an interview to "correct" Joe Lieberman, by stating "just to clarify, it was Al Qaeda that caused the attacks, bad intelligence caused the failure to prevent them." So blatent...but nothing new in an insane world.

Meanwhile, terrorists attacked one of our embassies today and there is little or nothing about it in the news. One can assume that this is because no Americans were reported killed, but even if that is true, where is the coverage? It appears CNN does not even have a camera crew over there.

Oil is officially through the roof again, the govt borrowed 450 billion to fund the defense department and Tom Ridge says he wans to resign as Col. Duck Tape and Plastic (probably because this 9/11 shakeup thing makes his post even more devoid of meaning). Powell went over to Iraq to reaffirm something or other.

On the eve of Jerry Garcia's birthday (Sunday) we "might as well" go see Festival Express, the new documentary about the Dead's legendary train ride party across Canada. It opens tonight. We sure miss the old guy lately...

THE WAR ROOM

Good movie from 93 about the '92 Clinton campaign.  Watching the Bush I tactics ... how little things change.


A TIE IN NOVEMBER?

Tinkering around at the LA Times Interactive Electoral Map, we discover that a tie is not at all impossible to imagine. 

You start with Kerry keeping all the Gore states, giving him 260, ten short of victory.  Assume Bush stays the same as 2000, except NH (4), NV(5), WV(5) are too close to call.  As the tallies come in, Bush hovers at 264.

Say Kerry gets NH and they split on the other two - 269 to 269. 

The site explains that a tie means each state sends a delegate to the House and that the Republicans control 30 states.  So, a tie favors Bush, and Kerry must do more than convert just NH and WV (or NV).  Frightening.

To get an idea of how important Iowa is, if Bush grabs it, Kerry cannot win, despite converting all three of the above-mentioned states.  The good news is that Iowa must succumb to the Damfacratic Dukakis rule, which holds that no state voting for Mikey in '88 is truly at risk.

UPDATE: The proprietor of I Like To Write noted in comments that Colorado may decide to change it's process by referendum, such that it's nine electoral votes could be apportioned.  If it gets on the ballot and approved, it could mean a few bonus votes for Kerry.

While exploring this fascinating info (for us electoral geeks), we learn that ME and NE currently use a split system where the first two electoral votes go to the overall winner but the remainders (2 and 3, respectively) go to the winner within each Congressional district. So, imagine Kerry just reaches 270, BUT, Bush wins the outer sticks in Maine and there is a one-vote shift, spelling doom for us all.


THAT LIBERAL NYT

Chump-change, no-good, cheap-shot, hypocritical Editorial - "Kerry Speaks."
Modern presidential campaigns are all about expectations, and in many ways, Mr. Kerry had the advantage of a fairly low bar when he entered Boston's FleetCenter last night. America was already pretty well aware that it is not going to fall in love with him. But in tough times, the public loses interest in the president as a celebrity and yearns for solidity, trustworthiness and sensible judgment. Mr. Kerry was shooting for that standard. ... The promise to cut middle-class taxes, however, is pure pandering, given his new spending proposals and commitment to balanced budgets.
Compare that little vignette with BoBo Brooks from the other day:
It's not that voters will ever love Kerry, but it could be that if you presented them with some variety of an interesting candidate, they would recoil and like that candidate even less.
  Jesus.  Well, at least they still have Paul Krugman.

TRIUMPH AFTER HOURS

The comic dog was hanging out with Ron Jr., Panhandle Joe Scarborough, Dee Dee Myers and Carl Bernstein last night. MSNBC.

Instant Audio - Triumph talks Teresa and Florida - 208K - 1:11 - mp3
Instant Audio - Triumph talks media bias with Joe - 60K - 20 sec. - mp3


DICK MORRIS - CREEPY BASTARD

We caught a moment of Dick Morris on the No-Spine Zone.  He was feeding O'Reilly RNC attacks against Kerry and seeing if O'Reilly could show how they would be countered.  At the very end he it was all moot because "Al Qaeda will decide this election."

O'Reilly paused a second then said, basically, "er, right, because of terrorism and all that."

Something in the way Morris said what he said heightened our fears that the Cartel will stage something very evil to rally support around Bush.  We'll say again, Kerry needs to send the word out now: no American should change their vote if an attack happens, and demand that Bush call for the same thing.

LOST RECORDS - A CARTEL TREND

U.S. civilian authorities in Baghdad failed to keep good track of nearly $1 billion in Iraqi money spent for reconstruction projects and can't produce records to show whether they got some services and products they paid for, an audit concludes.

State officials emphasized Wednesday that votes from the election were recorded, but the crashes in May and November of 2003 erased computer copies of the votes and deleted some records of other elections in Miami-Dade.

The Pentagon announced yesterday that it had found payroll records related to President Bush's time in the National Guard -- records that earlier this month were reported accidentally destroyed -- but the discovery did nothing to resolve the dispute over Bush's military service in 1972 and 1973.

Secret work at a key US nuclear weapons facility, Los Alamos National Laboratory, was halted on Thursday after a fresh security breach in which classified data went missing, officials said.



KERRY'S SPEECH

One hundred times better than we could have hoped.  This is a man who brings his best on game day.  He hit every point he had to hit, he kicked the crap out of Dubya without sounding bitter and his delivery was nearly flawless.

 ... and he said "Saudi Royal Family!

I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war. I will have a Vice President who will not conduct secret meetings with polluters to rewrite our environmental laws. I will have a Secretary of Defense who will listen to the best advice of our military leaders. And I will appoint an Attorney General who actually upholds the Constitution of the United States. ...


Now I know there are those who criticize me for seeing complexities - and I do - because some issues just aren't all that simple. Saying there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq doesn't make it so. Saying we can fight a war on the cheap doesn't make it so. And proclaiming mission accomplished certainly doesn't make it so. ...


And let me tell you what we won't do: we won't raise taxes on the middle class. You've heard a lot of false charges about this in recent months. So let me say straight out what I will do as President: I will cut middle class taxes. I will reduce the tax burden on small business. And I will roll back the tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals who make over $200,000 a year, so we can invest in job creation, health care and education. ...


I want to address these next words directly to President George W. Bush: In the weeks ahead, let's be optimists, not just opponents. Let's build unity in the American family, not angry division. Let's honor this nation's diversity; let's respect one another; and let's never misuse for political purposes the most precious document in American history, the Constitution of the United States.




Thursday, July 29, 2004

PERFECT TIMING

Pakistan nabs a terrorist involved in the U.S. African embassy bombings.

Baby food with crushed castor bean and threatening note turns up in Irvine.

South African Arab woman busted sneaking into US from Mexico.

Texas charity busted for funding terrorists.

BOLO for brown-skinned folks ...

SHAME

"As Teresa Heinz Kerry gave her prime-time address that never mentioned Iraq, Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin attemped to bring an anti-war message onto the floor of the convention. Moments later police were dragging her out of the Fleet Center."



Wednesday, July 28, 2004

KUCINICH HOLD OUTS

25 delegates so far ... 31 ... 34 ... 41 ... 42 ... 43 ... good for them!

Instant Audio - NY delegates from the North Country to Harlem - 152K - 51 sec.


THE BS TEST

If a phrase could be included in a speech at the enRoNC convention this Spetember, then it is bullshit. 

We sit and scrap for each little crumb of actual progressive ideaology.  The bullshit is piling way too high for the Damfacrats this week.  Hope the pros know what they are doing. 


RED MEAT

Don't you hate it when the media finds some idiotic catch-phrase and repeats it again and again?  Timid Tim Russert can't get enough of this "Bush-bashing is red-meat for the Dems" etc.


BUSH ON DRUGS

Also from the Bartcop treehouse, we find this, from Cap. Hill Blue, which is biased but reliable to some degree: 

President George W. Bush is taking powerful anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression and paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.

The prescription drugs, administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the White House physician, can impair the President’s mental faculties and decrease both his physical capabilities and his ability to respond to a crisis, administration aides admit privately.

"It's a double-edged sword," says one aide. "We can't have him flying off the handle at the slightest provocation but we also need a President who is alert mentally."  Angry Bush walked away from reporter's questions.

Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush stormed off stage on July 8, refusing to answer reporters' questions about his relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J. Lay.

"Keep those motherfuckers away from me," he screamed at an aide backstage. "If you can't, I'll find someone who can."

Bush’s mental stability has become the topic of Washington whispers in recent months. Capitol Hill Blue first reported on June 4 about increasing concern among White House aides over the President’s wide mood swings and obscene outbursts.



LETTERMAN

"While the Democrats are up in Boston, the Republicans are    down in Florida tinkering with the voting machines."  Thru Bartcop.

FLORIDA IS LOST CAUSE

Fraud is the order of the day.  Forget it.  Write it off and look to MO, NV, WV, NH and TN.


HOW DO YOU SPELL FOX NEWS?

C-N-N.

RON FOURNIER  - AP ZOO KEEPER
BOSTON (AP) - No Bush-bashing, the memo said. No way, some Democrats replied. Eager to take President Bush head-on, they have found the convention's go-positive strategy easier to understand than to heed. ... They were not the only Democrats chomping at the bit ...Then, while leaving the room, Gore's former aide said the harness comes off with the sounding of the closing gavel.

 

IS SOMEONE AT THE AP ON DRUGS?

Seven Iraqi Troops Killed in Poland  4:47 a.m. ET WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A fierce battle between insurgents and Iraqi soldiers fighting alongside multinational forces in the south-central city of Suwariyah on Wednesday has left seven Iraqi soldiers and 35 insurgents dead, a coalition military spokesman said.

This is the more serious story, also from the whacked-out AP: A huge explosion caused by a suicide car bomb tore through police and government buildings in central Baqouba on Wednesday, killing 51 people and injuring scores more, U.S. military and Iraqi health officials said.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

TERESA

"My right to speak my mind, to have a voice, to be what some have called "opinionated" is a right I deeply and profoundly cherish.  And my only hope is that one day soon, my only hope is that, one day soon, women, who have all earned their right to their opinions, instead of being labeled opinionated will be called smart and well-informed, just like men."

OBAMA

They would give me an African name, Barack, or "blessed," believing that in a tolerant America, your name is no barrier to success.  ...

If there's an Arab-American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It is that fundamental belief -- it is that fundamental belief -- I am my brother's keeper, I am my sisters' keeper -- that makes this country work. ...

the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too.

ON THE BIG DOG

We agree with everyone's praise for Bill's speech.  We just wanted to acknowledge that a lot of it was from the same speech he gave in March, at the Unity Dinner.  That speech was better, by the way, but a little too abusive for the "positivity parade."  From MSNBC , March: 

Clinton's speech was folksy, anecdotal, full of scornful gibes at the Republicans, and rhythmic with the cadences of a Southern preacher -  in other words, it was vintage Clinton. The speech was structured by the repetition of the phrase "and John Kerry said, 'send me.'"

"In the Vietnam era," Clinton declared, "most young men, including the president, the vice president and me, most of us could have gone to Vietnam and didn't go. And John Kerry said, 'send me.'"

Link to Damfacratic audio from that dinner.



ON WIVES

Let's not miss the subtext when it comes to Presidential wives.  When Teresa is described as "outspoken" and "blunt," the message to the cretin-Christian rubes is "this here little girl don't know her place."  It's all part of the cultural war here in the good ole' USA.

ON THE ISSUES

Wolfie B., for the billionth time among hacks, asks the question "Which issue will be more important; the economy or Iraq?"  It might help Democracy if Blitzer and other clowns would acknowledge that the Iraq war has a gigantic effect on the economy.  The issues are inextricably entwined.

ON BANDWAGONING

Just a quick comment on polls as influence.  Americans love a winner.  Some Americans will ignore all reality to support what they perceive as a winning cause.  For example, many Americans support the Iraq war simply because they see it as a "victory," a belief they are loath to discard.

If the media keeps acting like Bush has a slight lead in the polls, eventually, the mindless wannabe-winners will shift to Bush. The media needs to stop focusing on meaningless national polls and remind people that Kerry has a solid projected lead when it comes to the electoral college.  But it won't.




AP GROSS INCOMPETENCE: A DAILY EVENT

Thru Atrios, the AP thinks Obama would be the "first African-American Senator."  Not conspiracy, just stupidity.

KRUGMAN FIGHTS FLORIDA VOTER FRAUD

 ...and no, he's not just a sore loser or shrill extremist.  People better take this seriously, once and for all.

BIKE BUCKS BUSH BOY - AGAIN

Seems he went over the bars and landed on his back.  Isn't his reckless riding a fitting analogy for his so-called leadership?  ...and no, not in a good way, despite the purple prose in the AP article. 
Monday's ride brings his entourage past the new office ... where he says he will probably practice his convention speech next month. He slips at first, saying he will practice his inauguration speech there. ... In one meadow, cattle stare back at him as he rides a path littered with cow dung.
That last part about says it all.

CHIEF ASSHAT TO INTERVIEW MOORE
 
Tomorrow (tuesday) night in the No-Spine Zone.

BRICK WALL

Iraq is not an uphill climb.  It is not a tough road.  It is a brick wall.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Omar Masood is no religious extremist from the provinces. He's a well-dressed, impeccably coiffed, university-educated 27-year-old who co-owns a computer and video business in Iraq's capital.

As he tells it, his cousin was executed for drawing a political cartoon that lampooned Saddam Hussein's regime. Yet he now calls the fallen leader a symbol of Iraqi pride and reveres the resistance fighters who kill Americans.

  Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau has good reporting.

ATRIOS NO LONGER ANONYMOUS

Trippy.  He has a face and a name.  He's down with Media Matters, too, apparently.   

What a badass.  Duncan Black.  Alright.


Monday, July 26, 2004

RIGHT ON

Great speech from Gore.  Not weak and not shrill.  Good format with all those questions, not accusations.  Decent jokes.  Backhanded bashing - well done.  Bring on the Big Dog.

... Howlin' ... It's no secret though, when Bill talks about his own tax cuts, the RNC talking point will be: "well, he didn't send the check back to the government did he?  How bad can it be?" or some absurdity to that effect.




FIRST CONVENTION POST

C-SPAN has the unfettered converage.   Haven't seen such pathetic examples of goofy white people clapping out of time since President Reagan was doing it. Well ... from The Guardian RepCon coverage, Aug 4, 2000: "You could see that when the Bill Jolly gospel choir was in full flight: what the cameras picked up was an audience full of white folks, clapping out of time."

SHOVE IT

Lou Dobbs was pretty fair in his coverage of the Teresa Heinz comment.

Damfacratic Audio -  mp3 - 45K - 15 sec.

THANKS MAX

For not mincing words (or photos)  regarding the mincing of the First Amendment.

AP CONTINUES DECLINE

Calvin Woodward.  Slut for the Bush boy.  Check out some of this junk regarding Ron Reagan, Jr. (it was difficult to decide on the worst parts):
Here's a Democratic Reagan, or at least a Reagan who sounds like one on TV. Ron Reagan, son of the late president, was accorded a plum speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday for reasons other than his expertise as a dog-show host on Animal Planet.  The prime - really only - reason is his name, the magic monicker of the Republican Party now pressed into the service of the other side. ... But Reagan for years has been both a biting critic of conservative policies, including his father's, as well as a cutup who danced in his underwear in a 1986 "Saturday Night Live" skit that took him years to live down.

So Ron, who has never declared his party affiliation,  says he wants to discuss stem-cell research but, anyone can see that the dog-show, underwear-dancing, father-betrayer is really just a hater being used by other haters - so don't be fooled!

Isn't it fascinating how most of what the Cartel lies about is reported at face-value while the "real" Dem motives are consistently "revealed?"

WORSE THAN EVER

Iraq is in the worst shape it's been since the looters ran through the streets just after the full-scale invasion.  Kidnappings (70+).  Assassinations.  Car-bombs.  Sabotage.  Sewage up. Electricity down.  The military has abandoned entire sections of Iraq. 

Cut and run.


"DEMS ONLINE" SPOTS BOGUS AP STORY

Same as the Damfacrats.  Same reasons.  Ron Fournier needs to join the RNC writing team and stop play-acting.
Recently, the Associated Press ran a story that was widely published in newspapers and on the Internet titled, "Bush Leads Kerry In Electoral Votes" that could have been written by the Bush campaign. The assignment of states to candidates, the headline and the conclusions were all simply wrong.
   We deemed it "a complete piece of crap by the AP."  Thru Buzzflash.


THE AMATEUR SPY

"His earlier thought returned to him: probably she was not actually a member of the Thought Police, but then it was precisely the amateur spy who was the greatest danger of all."

-George Orwell, 1984

"Boston, amid complaints from civil liberties groups, became the first city in the nation to randomly search passengers and check their identification. The searches will be done by specially trained civilian volunteers in coordination with the Secret Service."

-CNN, 2004 (thru Kurt N.)

Sunday, July 25, 2004

HI-FREAKIN-LARIOUS

Check out the animation at JibJab.

MORE MAGIC FROM THE AP

Not only is Bush leading Kerry in the AP fantasyland, the number of dead US troops has stubbornly remained below 900.  For like, seven days.


IOKIYAR FILE

Just a reminder to all the crybaby Republicans who want to insult the Phillipines for saving a life when they withdrew 51 people a month early.  The GOP is the Iranian arms-for-hostages party.  Enjoy!

TO BASH OR NOT TO BASH?

A lot has been written about how the Dems need to maintain their "positive message."  The theory is that criticism of the President will turn off swing voters.  It looks like this strategy will rule the convention.
One speaker submitted a text that accused Bush of ``failing to fund No Child Left Behind,'' his education initiative. The line was softened by the speechwriting staff to say, ``We can do better. We need to fund No Child Left Behind.''


We think there needs to be a healthy smattering of "bashing."  It is illogical to assume that swing voters will not be swayed by such criticism, in fact, they may stay with Dubya unless they are made to see the light.  They just don't know enough to understand why Bush is so hideous.   Also, cynical swing voters won't believe promises for the future but they cannot deny the lies of the past.

Kerry should lay off but make sure at least one speaker per night unsheaths the long knives.

KILL COUNTS

Has anyone perceived a trend toward reporting "enemy kills?"  It's just more Vietnam stuff, like the Full Metal Jacket scene:
Joker, I've told you we run two basic stories here.  Grunts who give half their pay to buy gooks toothbrushes and deodorants - Winning Of Hearts and Minds.  Okay?  And combat action which result in a kill - Winning the War.  I don't ask much of you people but I do expect you to adhere to my editorial policy."



GOOD DAY FOR SICK OF

It's one good post after another today at Sick of Bush, go check it.


RARE BAD DAY FOR ATRIOS

Pfff and pffff

WHY, IT'S RON FOURNIER, WHO ELSE?

Yesterday, we commented on what a piece of crap this AP article is, entitled "Bush Leads Kerry in Electoral Votes."  This morning we are provided with the name of its author, the leading Cartel crapslinger at AP, who inspired us to ask the question, many months ago, "Who Pays Ron Fournier?"

SHELBY INVESTIGATED OVER LEAK

Ethics, not criminal.  That's no surprise, with Crisco running things. 
The investigation concerned the 2002 disclosure to news reporters of two messages intercepted by the National Security Agency a day before the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Those messages contained the words "the match begins tomorrow" and "tomorrow is zero day" but they were not translated from Arabic until Sept. 12
Maybe if Crisco hadn't been instructing translators to deliberately delay translations, to milk funding, someone would have gotten the message.  Maybe they fired all the good gay translators

Anyway, why would Shelby leak this to reporters?  It doesn't make the Cartel look good.  The AP is of no assistance in this regard but is careful to excuse away the decision not to go the criminal route.

MEDIA MIFFED AT CONVENTION TOILETS

Isn't this the classic story? 

Twenty portable restrooms, like those used on construction sites, are lined up in front of the media pavilion to service nearly 1,200 members of the print media who will be working around the clock. That's about 60 serious coffee-drinkers per toilet

Maybe the Dems figured that the media was going to piss all over the Dems anyway, so why give them golden facilities in which to do it?  Of course, now the negative coverage is guaranteed:

"That's absurd,'' said Jim Drinkard, a political reporter for USA Today, when he heard of the ratio of toilets per media member. "This is not the type of planning you'd expect out of someone trying to be a good host.''


THE GREAT CLEANSING

Over at Corrente, Xan tipped us to an amazing piece in the NY Times magazine.  If the trends described therein are predictive, the Dems may be going the way of the Whigs - and, most amazingly, that may be a very, very good thing.  Here's a section that should give every blogger a gleam in his or her eye:

As Rappaport explained it to me, donors should focus on finding the unknown -- young entrepreneurs with risky ideas and no money to test them. The more projects that are given time and capital to germinate, he said, the better the chance that one or two would ultimately generate the kind of ideas that might someday match the momentum of the right wing.


''In Silicon Valley, there is a great belief in the strength and power of individual entrepreneurs who are not yet a part of -- and may in fact have exclusively broken off of -- the existing institutions of power,'' Rappaport said. ''So there's a natural belief that David can slay Goliath, and that, in fact, Goliath inevitably will be slain. It's only a question of finding the right David. And by the way, because it's hard to find the right David, we can tolerate the fact that for every one David that slays a Goliath, there are going to be 99 that won't have so much to show for their efforts. And that's O.K.'


Read it all ... it dazzles.


Saturday, July 24, 2004

TPM SLACKS

49 out of 50 times, we respect and agree with Josh Marshall.  Occassionally, we try to call him out on something.  Like what is this post?

From ABCNews ...
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader's quixotic presidential campaign says it submitted about 5,400 signatures to get on the Michigan ballot, far short of the required number of 30,000. Luckily for him, approximately 43,000 signatures were filed by Michigan Republicans on his behalf, more than meeting the requirement.


Speaks for itself.
Idiots ...


This post seems lazy, late, lightweight and little.

It is lazy because we can't even tell who these "idiots" are.  It is late because this story is anything but new by now.  It is lightweight because it offers none of the careful analysis that Josh usually offers.  It is little because it smacks of the uniformity that is the established Democratic abuse of Ralph Nader.  Maybe he just wants to go on the record as opposing a third-party candidacy. 

Assuming Josh means that anyone who would support Nader (assuming Michigan, we'll grant him that) is an idiot, perhaps he, and all you other loathers, could try to grasp that Nader and his crew do not want Kerry any more than they want Bush.  Now, of course, that is unfathomable to Democrats, but not to Damfacrats.  Take for example, the eye-to-eye atitude the DNC seems to have with the RNC when it comes to protest pens (go look at the video).

Nader does not care whether he gets Dem or Rep sigs, he just wants to keep the 3rd-party spark alive.  Nor should he care.  Nor do we.  Anyway, how much of an electoral threat can a candidate be when he cannot even raise the sigs he needs to get on the ballot?

How many of us, including JM, would vote for Nader if the ballots allowed a second-choice system, or "instant run-off," such that the second vote for Kerry would be counted once Nader could not reach a majority?  Betcha would. 

We won't hide and we won't stop saying it.  Big John deserves to win only if he does it with Nader and any other small-time candidate out there.  So convince away, overcome, and stop beating up on the weakling with whom most of you agree about most substantive issues.


DISGRACE

We're with the Agonist on this one.  The "freedom cage" includes razor wire and now hosts six inches of standing water, as C-SPAN's delivery of local Boston TV news (video).  





BAD GIRLS

We like Photon Theory's take on the difference between the prostitution parade at each convention:

You know that prostitutes will be flocking to NYC, too, but I doubt there will be a fun loving flavor to their party. Probably something more like The Scarlett Letter meets Se7en, know what I mean? Lots of sweaty, jowly, uptight, repressed Jesus-lovers reliving old traumas and acting out their deepest, darkest feelings, and when that happens, women usually get found in dumpsters with silk neckties in their mouths.

THE ONGOING FANTASY OF BUSH SUPPORT

Here is a complete piece of crap from the AP entitled: "Kerry Trails Bush in Electoral Votes."  This thing looks like it was written five months ago.  The Electoral Vote Predictor has a much better view.

First of all, the resources are polls, right? Well, no. The writer combines polls with "interviews with strategists across the country."  You can trust that GOP strategists paint the rosiest picture possible to offset reality.

Second, Pennsylvania is not polling as a "tossup" anymore (the piece tries desperately to confront that without admitting it) - Kerry has a double digit lead in the latest numbers.  It's at least a "Lean Kerry" state.  We can't just let go of the conventional wisdom can we? Please don't make us, says the AP.  Also, since when does Virginia "lean Bush?"  If Virginia or Colorado are in play at all, Bush can kiss his ass goodbye.

Then we come to this repulsive quip:  "West Virginia voted Democratic for decades until Bush made values an issue in 2000."  Is this an eighth-grader writing this article?  So we are supposed to believe that no candidate for years "made values an issue?"

Finally, the author ignores Tennessee, apparently ceding it to the beloved President Heaven and Earth, despite recent polls showing it tied, and quotes the GOP's Matthew Dowd as saying that Missouri is out of reach for Kerry.  The polls clearly discount this claim, but the article asserts that Kerry will pretend to compete there because abandonment "would be embarrassing."  Yeah, embarrassing, kind of like the AP.

UPDATE: Even the goddam Beltway Boys on Faux track Kerry as ahead with 301 electoral votes! - Instant Audio - mp3 - 33K - 11 sec.



RUMMY NOWHERE

Good article in Mother Jones regarding the actions of the 9/11 Sec. of "Defense."  It includes this little nugget:

In the summer of 2001, when security agencies were regularly warning of a catastrophic attack by Al Qaeda, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's office "sponsored a study of ancient empire - Macedonia, Rome, the Mongols - to figure out how they maintained dominance," according to the New York Times.

This reminds us of another tidbit about the high-minded idiot that we posted some time ago:
"I've kind of stopped reading the press, frankly," Rumsfeld said, his voice quavering at times. Instead, Rumsfeld said he was reading a book on Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's bloody drive on Richmond in the last year of the Civil War.




MOON OVER BOSTON

Far be it from Damfacrats to judge who should speak at the convention.   Roger Ailes posted the entire list and one name has already caused us some discomfort. 

Elijah Cummings has always seemed like a good rep when he appears on C-Span or wherever.  He is the Congressional Black Caucus Chair. Sadly, he also appeared at the infamous Moon crowning ceremony.  We don't like that.  The Thug machine will exploit it.  We don't like it.  Still, at least he wasn't actually carting the crown, like Danny Davis.

We also think there needs to be someone with a true Southern accent (Jimmy and Al notwithstanding) up there a little sooner and a little more often.  For example, on Tuesday, there is not one single Southern Democrat speaking.  Wednesday is not much better, because Graham does not really count in this respect.  Sure, there is nothing scientific about it, but there is something magically persuasive about that down-home sound. 



TALK TO THE TROOPS
 
Ever wonder why we rarely hear from any of the poor bastards doing the fighting in Iraq?

What is the full picture?
"It's just like the West," Jones said, "when we were trying to settle it with the Indians."
He wouldn't elaborate.
"It means that we have to kill all of them," said a captain standing nearby, half-joking.
Jones just shrugged.


Sgt. 1st Class James Tilley was on patrol on the road outside Ramadi later that afternoon, sitting in his Humvee for an hour or two in one spot - sweating profusely in the 105-degree heat - before moving a few hundred yards down the road to another place.


The patrol is designed to ward off insurgents from trying to put bombs in the road.
"A lot of times, I look at this place and wonder what have we really done. ... When we first got here, we all wanted to change it and make it better, but now I don't give a s---," he said. "What the hell am I here for?" [Thru Buzzflash]



MEDIA MATTERS FOR AMERICA

Thanks to Scoobie Davis for mentioning a key site, Media Matters for America.  This is a site so awesome that it makes one feel like an ass for not already reading it all the time.  



KRAUTHY STRIKES BACK 

Yesterday we listed some reasons the 9/11 report totally sucks. Reason #2 "If the reccomendations are so urgent, the Cartel should be faulted for not already instituting them."

Faux's Charlie K. stepped up in a panic tonight to rinse and repeat: Instant Audio - mp3 - 24K - 8 sec.

Friday, July 23, 2004

OPTIMISM

The polls look good right now.  The national poll numbers, always showing a tie, are meaningless.  What matters are the polls in the swing states.

The Pennsylvania numbers are outstanding.  Kerry is leading by 10 percent and undecideds usually go to the challenger.  This is better than we had ever hoped in the Keystone State.

The Florida numbers show a dead heat but that is a slight improvement and, again, undecideds will go our way.  Generally, we have always thought Florida Democrats would rally against the 2000 results and the Shrub's latest outrageous Cuba plan is likely to cost him and Bigtime, bigtime.

Ohio is also a tie with some undecideds waiting to back us but ARG says Kerry has lost support among independents.  Ohio was always the toughest nut of the big three and, with concentrated registartion efforts, it is well within reach.

Kerry leads by 7% in Oregon, although Damfacrats know in their hearts that this is no swing state.  It's a solid blue state filled with counter-culture folks who don't like being polled. Even NH is leaning Kerry, a state we had written off long ago without concern, same with New Mexico, W Va., Maine and Iowa.  If Missouri or Tennessee are actually in play, as they appear to be, Bush is toast.  The Swingstate Project really knows how to break it all down.

Minnesota's  and Michigan's close numbers, however,  are scary.  These should be reliable Dem states.  Still, Big John is looking good, as long as Bush doesn't suspend the elections or invade Iran.

FOUND!

If you look at the headlines and the cursory treatment of the facts regarding today's Friday document dump, it appears that Bush has been vindicated.  This is one of the most blatent soft-peddle jobs in a while.  At least Reuters says "fails to dispel Awol charges."

They found his records? No.  They found documentation of pay gaps.  No show = no pay.

Sheds no further light?  No.  Adds weight to argument that Bush was missing from duty.  This is an incredibly irritating example of how the media logic pivots when it is convenient.  Sometimes a lack of detail does not help prove anything.  Other times, a lack of detail means anything is possible.

Yup, terrorist attacks went down. Oops, no they didn't.  Payroll records destoyed.  Woops, guess not ... and on and on ... when all else fails, ward off obvious appearance of corruption and dishonesty with incompetence defense.


THE MYTH OF FLIGHT 93

The Damfacrats have never accepted the heroic story of Flight 93.  It certainly could be true.  We just never read anything that actually helped prove the great feel-good legend of passengers who brought it down after assaulting the cockpit.  Moreover, there is a lot of evidence that the flight was shot down by the Feds.  The report is totally vague.

The commission tells us that there is a five-minute "assault" on the cockpit, which finishes because the hijackers crashed the plane on purpose.  They claim, without explaining how they know, that the plane made erractic movements because the hijacker was trying to "knock the passengers off balance."  This smacks of major BS and no attempt is made to give any details regarding the time between 10:03 and 10:06, when the plane actually hit the earth (a time marker that the report does not mention in this section).

The report says that there were only two hijackers outside the cockpit but does not explain how it would take several men five minutes to overwhelm them.  Assuming that a struggle could last maybe one minute, the remaining "assault" would apparently be the attempt to breach the cockpit. 

The report does not describe the nature of the muffled sounds heard on the cockpit recorder, beyond thumps and breaking glass (?) even though, logically, these sounds would have to be some sort of concentrated banging on the door.  Why not explain that better? Also, if these cockpit doors were so weak that Bush fell all over himself to get "hardened cock"pit doors (i.e. "buy Viagra") on all airliners, how come the passengers could not get inside more quickly?

Still, we are willing to believe that the passengers took over the plane.  This is the saddest part of all.  It seems to us that they got the plane, had a pilot, but were blasted out of the sky anyway.  Here's why:

The report makes no effort to address several key facts, in particular, the following, from the longstanding 9/11 timeline site

If the passengers had taken over the plane, there was at least one passenger, Don Greene, who was a professional pilot, who had learned to fly at age 14, as well as Andrew Garcia, a former flight controller. [Newsweek, 9/22/01, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/28/01 (B), Telegraph, 8/6/02]

According to the US government, Flight 93 crashes at 10:03. [NORAD, 9/18/01] The cockpit voice recording was recorded on a 30 minute reel, which means that as new tape was recorded the old tape was being erased. The government has let relatives listen to this tape, which begins at 9:31 and runs for 31 minutes. [CNN, 4/19/02, Among the Heroes, by Jere Longman, 8/02, p. 206-207] So it sounds like the recording ends a minute before the official crash time. However, a seismic study authorized by the US Army to determine when the plane crashed concludes the crash happens at 10:06:05. [US Army authorized seismic study] The discrepancy is so puzzling, the Philadelphia Daily News has an article on the issue, called "Three-Minute Discrepancy in Tape." It notes that leading seismologists agree that Flight 93 crashed last Sept. 11 at 10:06:05 a.m., give or take a couple of seconds, and government officials won't explain why they say the plane crashed at 10:03. [Philadelphia Daily News, 9/16/02]

Flight 93 apparently starts to break up before it crashes, because debris is found very far away from the crash site. [Philadelphia Daily News, 11/15/01] The plane is generally obliterated upon landing, except for one half-ton piece of engine found over a mile away. [Independent, 8/13/02] One story calls what happened to this engine "intriguing," because "the heat-seeking, air-to-air Sidewinder missiles aboard an F-16 would likely target one of the Boeing 757's two large engines." [Philadelphia Daily News, 11/15/01] Smaller debris fields are also found two, three, and eight miles away from the main crash site. [, The Daily Mirror, 8/13/02] ... Investigators say that far-off wreckage "probably was spread by the cloud created when the plane crashed and dispersed by a 10 mph southeasterly wind." [Delaware News Journal, 9/16/01]

The timeline also recounts many, many eyewitness reports of pre-and post-crash sounds and sightings, including missle fire and a small white jet.  Damfacrats don't think one needs these semi-reliable reports to make the case that the commission's Flight 93 story is basically a big load of deliberate vagaries. 





"W KETCHUP" FOR FREEDOM FRY MORONS

Everybody knows that Heinz is the best ketchup.  Who prefers Hunt's, for example?

Nevertheless, the GOP morons of this nation clearly do not concern themselves with merit, so this idiotic ketchup should sell just fine.  See the AP video here and here is the website.

THIS IS DISGUSTING

Bush outdoes man-on-dog, even "man-on box turtle."

mp3 - 13.5K - 4 sec.


NOT THE CHILDREN

So, the prisoner abuse thing was always an outrage and a huge PR blunder but, in the scheme of things, maybe not as horrible as say, depleted uranium shells dropping on civilians.  Right on cue, some new info arises to make sure we are 100% appalled:
Hersh, who writes for the New Yorker magazine, told the American Civil Liberties Union earlier this month, "The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling, and the worst part is the soundtrack, of the boys shrieking. And this is your government at war."
Sy Hersh is practically harboring the truth all on his own these days.  Don't forget, he was one of the first and best writers to try to break the crazy war spell.  We believe him.

Thru All Hat No Cattle.




NOTHING

In regard to all the jibba jabba re: delaying or affecting elections due to a terrorist attack.  Kerry needs to step up and tell the country: "whether it is me or Bush, don't change your vote if there is an attack.  No American should allow their vote to be affected by an attack.  Change nothing."

It's not that most Americans will follow the advice ... but it's solid politics and, the sad fact is, when the spooks or perhaps actual terrorists cause the event, it will help Bush, so get out the message: change nothing if they attack us.


NOT THIS TIME

Good people are onto the Florida phony felon voter scam this time.  Thru Buzzflash.


A FAILURE OF IMAGINATION

Look, as far as we are concerned, imagination (re: scary, scary evils abroad) rules the day.  Who do we need in the NSC, Jim Henson, John Lennon? It's sad.

We say, fuck imagination, period.  We need reality.  For example, the "Orwell Rolls in his Grave" movie opens tomorrow night in NYC and Damfacratic viewers will be there.  Reality, all you so-called grounded conservatives, check into it.   As in money, y'all understand that don't you?

WE LOVE YOU DENNIS!

Don't even try to resist.  He was the lovable peace candidate and, as cynical as we can get, he was the guy.  Thanks to Mr. Kucinich for rallying around the flag and the conventional dude, who will beat George W. Bush!  Peace.


Thursday, July 22, 2004

A NEW CZAR?

Everytime some idiot on the telescreen mentions this new intel czar as the golden ticket to safety it has been evasively irritating.  At first it seemed that way because two of the most informed and capable individuals (albiet untrustworthy) in regard to terrorism have been booted, Tenet and Clarke.

No. It's actually the jarring, yet would-be obvious point, made by the Talking Dog - that Condi Rice, the Nat Sec Adv. is already supposed to be the intel czar. 

Still irritating - but no longer evasively so.

GODDAM ... SADDAM ... VAN DAM ... OH

It's a few days old but this little anecdote from the Top Ten Conservative Idiots has to be posted here.

Last week, in a long article on Barack Obama by the New Yorker, this gem appeared: "Jan Schakowsky told me about a recent visit she had made to the White House with a congressional delegation. On her way out, she said, President Bush noticed her 'Obama' button. 'He jumped back, almost literally,' she said. 'And I knew what he was thinking. So I reassured him it was Obama, with a 'b.' And I explained who he was. The President said, 'Well, I don't know him.' So I just said, 'You will.'"

On how many levels does this one sting?  How about the level that suggests this is further evidence of Pet Goat boy's inability to read?  ...and where's his 'Ditka' button?



IN CASE WE FORGOT ABOUT PAKISTAN
 
Max sent us over to a Guardian article that has the Euro-courage to examine the Pakistani Secret Police involvement in 9/11

Oh yeah, there's that AQ Khan thing too, the Pakistani guy that sold all the Nuke-tech to global bad guys - and was pardoned.

NINE OR ELEVEN CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THIS LAME REPORT

1. We already know everything in it and a lot that is not in it.

2. If the reccomendations are so urgent, the Cartel should be faulted for not already instituting them.

3. It is wholly meaningless to say that there were dozens of failures but that the attacks could not have prevented.

4. It is wholly meaningless to blame no one while blaming everyone.

5. Americans have no backbone, which is why the Democrats are allowing this whitewash.  Americans don't want to know that their government leaders were fatally incompetent and arrogant.  Happy thoughts!

6. The Shrub is not going to read Word One of this thing and he will merely skim the soft-peddled summaries his advisors give him.

7. Any changes made as a showpiece response will suppress our liberty and waste money.

8. The FAA and NORAD changed their lame stories about twenty times and Gen. Richard Myers should have been fired.  Damfacrats hate that lispy son-of-a-bitch.

9. The media won't give much attention to family members of victims who have complaints about this shallow piece of junk.

10. The members of the commission now have heads the size of the capital dome and their cross-country disinformation fest will only increase the swelling.

APRIL BUMBLING

April was a very bad month for the Resident, which would be a good thing except for the source of his decline; the various horrors unveiled.

Here's a previously unreleased audio mix from his idiotic press conference, in which he further butchered the English language and dabbled in a few somewhat new propaganda points: death of "Jews," Rummy as "Sec. of State" and "welcoming" the death of foreign coalition members. 

mp3 227K - 1:17


ZERO PERCENT

Most people know that African-Americans support Republicans at about an 8-10% rate.  At The Hamster, we learn that Michigan Blacks have apparently weeded out the misguided few:
An EPIC-MRA poll conducted July 6-8 found 84 percent of African-American voters in Michigan favor Kerry, while it detected no support for Bush.


Wednesday, July 21, 2004

MUSICIANS' MCDONALD'S BAG SCARES A WHITE LADY

So, this was covered well by World O' Crap on Friday but the whole damn thing is pretty fascinating (remember - No Sarcasm at the Damfcrats). 

Basically, some Syrian dudes got on a plane and acted weird, the Feds checked em' out afterwards and some lady who was on the plane published the story in the Women's Wall Street Journal. Here's Part II, where she implies that "political correctness" will kill us all.  No wonder only the wingnuts picked this up at first.  A NY Times writer did something today and Aaron Brown had her on the CNN telescreen tonight.

World O' pretty much sees the whole thing as a panicky lady and a nation gone mad with fear of Arab men.  The Damfacrats pretty much agree.  This was no "dry run."  However, the one truly weird thing about the behavior was the alleged "standing up in unison" and hanging out at the front and back just before landing.  That's a little freaky.  Still, where was this bomb they were supposedly building in the bathroom, or, even the parts?

In the end, what really matters about this story is the same old lesson: you can search all the Arab rockers you want, you can have us all eating with styrowear at lay-over restaurants and limit bathroom trips and all that other paranoid stuff and it. won't. save. us.  The country needs a reasonable level of domestic security, most of which involves nukes and chem plants, borders and ports, and most of which President Dipshit has ignored.  Beyond that, they'll kill if they want to kill - bombs in malls, trains, rocks on trian tracks, fires - soft targets are soft, it's easy ...sorry. 

The thing to remember is that we don't get attacked all the time because there are, thankfully, very few people who want to kill innocents - it's the same reason everything else in society works - because most people, no matter how much Dubya inflames them, simply won't do anything like that, because, most people are decent and kind and just want a little more food and water.  They just want to jam some tunes at the Casino, dude.



VIDEO LINKS

Some you've seen, some you may have not seen:

Clips ands trailers from the new anti-Faux News movie, Outfoxed

USA Today posts the McCain-fluffs-Bush-pillow ad for all of you Dem McCain-o-philes.  It's a blood-boiler.  Can we say "told you so" yet?

Thru Nimmo, an apparent video of US air power blasting a large group of people in the streets of Fallujah.  Not pleasant.

KFC supplier Pilgrim's Pride employees stomping on and slamming around chickens .  Also not pleasant but made the national news this week.

Of course, every news outlet is simultaneously showing the video of four 9/11 hijackers getting through airport security.  Damfacrats predict that this video is the beginning of a steady string of previusly unreleased fear A/V that President Inkling and his Heaven and Earth crew at 1600 will be releasing in the run up to the election.  It will help keep the hysteria alive and is easily metered out when necessary.

SOME OLDE PROS

The Hamster posted the excerpt regarding President Peace that many of us Orwell fans have appreciated:
"The enemy declared war on us," Bush told a re-election rally in Cedar Rapids. "Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president... The next four years will be peaceful years." Bush used the words "peace" or "peaceful" a total of 20 times. 

Also, those mass graves did not turn out to be so massive, as Atrios mentions, thru Kos.  How about that Scotty Boy?: "I'm not aware of any one in the White House who is aware of anyone who's aware that the President ever was aware of having made such a comment."

To which question was this an "answer?"  A question wondering why Dubya fabricated the following, as Tony B-liar also did: "Remember we discovered mass graves with hundreds of thousands of men and women and children clutching their little toys, as a result of this person's brutality."  Blair said "400, 000" were found and has now admitted that is false.  Try 5,000.

So is it cynical to mince words over mass graves, since any number is horrible?  Not as cynical as inflating the numbers with the hope that no one will be cynical enough to question them.  ... Ah, yellow journalism and fear-mongering.



SOME OLDE FRIENDS

Well, ye olde Damfacrats have eminated almost as many false reports of imminence as Tom Ridge and his Fatherland crew.  Hopefully, we are back in earnest for a while.

Here's a shout out to some of the good folks in the blog world who kept an eye out for our return: Xan, writing at Corrente, passes along an essay concerning possible election manipulation using a California Red Alert as the lynch pin.  This kind of thing has caused a lot of continuous Damfacratic nailbiting.  Xan also comments on the recent drafting of senior citizens, reminiscent of the final Nazi months when kids and croanies were the only ones left. Ah, fascism.

Steve, at the i like to write blog, noted the WH denial that President Peace told some Amish "God speaks through me," earlier this month.  Those poor Amish - having to chitchat with a mass murderer like that...

Mary is still out there somewhere, pointing to sites that include photos such as this one (scroll down) ... she's always good at recognizing that-which-will-nauseate-a-thinking-human.

The Old Fashioned Patriot and inventor of the Miserable Failure google-bomb still takes time out to post a must-read now and then, so don't forget to check, and thanks to the folks at LickinBush for checking on us with comments.

Let's not forget the fine bloggers at GeorgeMustGo, Horkulated, Double K (That's Lisa), Photon Theory (NYC!), Mr. Prado and Mr. Dale from the great Northwest.  Plus anyone else we might have forgotten...

Other props and general salutations are due to Jesterstar, Jilly, Oliver O'Seamus ("Shin"), Eliana (see Art for Change), Julia Dz, Tall Walt and the Rangel camp, Liza and the baby Althea, 1Moore, 2Moore (thanks for the boat use) and 3Moore; The Brackney Boys and Flank (Brooklyn!).



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