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October 31, 2004

Eating Our Young

I'll be upfront with you Republicans out there and tell you it's 60 Minutes that's running the story I'm basing this post on. But good lord, this shouldn't be a partisan issue. There are soldiers dying, equipment breaking down so that the parade grounds on a decommissioned base can be maintained, among other absurd reasons. Nearly a year after a bill was passed, a bill George Bush raked Kerry over the coals for voting against, our soldiers are dying for want of armor.

» Continue reading "Eating Our Young"

A Noble, but Misguided, Thought

Joseph Perkins made this plea in the San Diego Union Tribune:

The Democrat and Republican should agree to accept the outcome of this year's presidential election, no matter how close, no matter which of the two candidates comes out on top. They also should forswear any post-election lawsuits. And they should urge their supporters to do the same.
» Continue reading "A Noble, but Misguided, Thought"

Posted by Woody Mena at 8:41 PM

The Weight of Decision

Those of us for whom the upcoming decision is blazingly obvious, aren't likely to properly appreciate the burden currently felt by millions of Americans. Those who take their civic responsibility seriously realize the significance of this decision, and based on the premises and beliefs they bring with them, many are being powerfully pulled in two or more directions.

» Continue reading "The Weight of Decision"

The Polls that Do Matter

The polling of the American people has never been so insanely intense, or so insanely ridiculous. We'd probably be better off as a nation if they just didn't exist, though I freely admit I've been following them far too closely. Exit polls are a different story.

» Continue reading "The Polls that Do Matter"

Why Bin Laden ‘NEEDS’ George W. Bush To Remain President

It's His Meal Ticket
It has been quite interesting since release of the latest message from Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden’s message was not of great interest as there was nothing new in his position or methodology. What was interesting is the sheer hysteria raised by the right-wing political fronts … including Fox, etc., who have been in a tizzy lately with polls showing undecided voters starting to break for Kerry.

All of a sudden the Bin Laden message ‘has’ to be a benefit for Bush/Cheney. Why? Because there is nothing else left for them to benefit by. The undecided voters were breaking, inch by inch to Kerry/Edwards.

» Continue reading "Why Bin Laden ‘NEEDS’ George W. Bush To Remain President"

October 30, 2004

A Word To The Wise

My previous post on the latest tally of newspaper presidential endorsements was assured to spark those fun partisan debates with Bush apologists again, already at a disadvantage on the subject matter from the word go. As they insisted previously when musicians the likes of Springsteen, R.E.M. and The Dixie Chicks hit the road in support of John Kerry, editorial endorsements too, meant absolutely nothing to the average voter. Yet, I finally realized why such opinions had a tremendous significance to me.

» Continue reading "A Word To The Wise"

Dear Bush Supporter

Dear Bush Supporter,

There are only two more days before the election and I have one request to make before you pull that lever, punch that card, push that button or touch that screen. Please, please, please just think it over one last time.

» Continue reading "Dear Bush Supporter"

Posted by Al Maline at 5:41 PM

October 29, 2004

A Message Back To Bin Laden

Mr. Bin Laden, you can take your kind of security and go to whatever level of hell you most deserve. I think every American who reads this feels that whatever we have done in this world, good or bad, Neither God nor any decent spirit within mankind sanctions the murder of innocent people.

You have not paid back the sins of those who killed innocent people in Lebanon, you have only repeated them, repeated them and dishonored those who died by your vicious, murderous acts.

» Continue reading "A Message Back To Bin Laden"

Faith, Trust and Human Rights

This will be my last post to WatchBlog. I'd like to thank those that set it up and run it, and all of you that have contributed. It's an excellent way to encourage intelligent discussion between people with different views. Given the acrimony between both sides this fall, I think it's great that this sort of interchange exists. As a goodbye I'd like to re-visit one final issue: human rights. » Continue reading "Faith, Trust and Human Rights"

Posted by William Cohen at 3:34 PM

NAACP or The Catholic Church

Right or Left you ought to be able to answer a question fairly in the privacy of your own mind. Do you believe that the Catholic Church is attempting to alter the votes of its parishioners? Note that the question is not do you believe that they should or should not be allowed to do so. The question I am posing is merely are they trying to affect the votes of their members? If you answered that question in the affirmative then their tax exempt status should be “Evaluated” by the IRS. Instead the IRS is going after the NAACP.

» Continue reading "NAACP or The Catholic Church"

Posted by Henri Reynard at 1:19 PM

Senior NASA Researcher Investigates "The Bulge"

I am willing to stake my scientific reputation to the statement that Bush was wearing something under his jacket during the debate.

In this story in Salon, senior NASA researcher Dr. Robert M. Nelson has produced enhanced images that shed new light on "the bulge".

» Continue reading "Senior NASA Researcher Investigates "The Bulge""

Posted by Woody Mena at 9:51 AM

Kerry Correct On Weapons Issue

Senator Kerry lambasted President Bush regarding the issue of missing weapons from the al Qaqaa facility. The opposition contends there is no evidence anything was ever taken from this major depot. Let us review this subject, for any open-minded review gives great credence to ALL PERSONS lambasting this administration over clear-cut failure in policy, strategies & tactics. Now George W. Bush and Dick Cheney "can run, but can't hide".

» Continue reading "Kerry Correct On Weapons Issue"

Faith-Based Reality

There’s an interesting group, the Program on International Policy Attitudes run out of the University of Maryland, which studies public perception of political issues. Their latest poll shows the majority of Bush supporters are residents of President Bush's fantasy world of spin.

» Continue reading "Faith-Based Reality"

October 28, 2004

Lessons Forgotten Will Be Lessons Relearned

I've always said, that as wonderful as learning from one's own trial and error is, it's so much better to learn from somebody else's mistakes rather than have to learn from your own.

In times like these, it's always tempting to think that when the sharp sudden shocks of history hit us, everything changes. Well, things do change, but I'm inclined to believe that people in general stay the same. What changes are the stresses and challenges placed upon us. The problems of war and of human interaction in war remain much as they always have.

» Continue reading "Lessons Forgotten Will Be Lessons Relearned"

Eminem, We Hardly Knew Ye

To say that I am not in Eminem fan would be an understatement. (More of the Moby type.) But this video blows me away. It is not just the best get-out-the-vote message I have ever seen, nothing else even comes close.

Posted by Woody Mena at 10:29 AM

Next Fantasy

Nothing is as easy to believe as the fantasy of the moment brought to you by either of the dominant parties in this presidential race. William Cohen made that point eloquently in the piece he wrote this week. The real problems of our nation and the world, disease, poverty, irrational hatred of our fellow humans, destruction of the environment, are intractable and will not be solved by this election or the one in Afghanistan, or the one coming in Iraq early next year.

» Continue reading "Next Fantasy"

Posted by Henri Reynard at 10:29 AM

October 27, 2004

The Therapeutic Choice

Skip to the bottom to hear why I really wrote this essay - especially if you find you hate it.

Americans are presented with a choice in this election rare in our history. Both major candidates agree on the need to stay the course in Iraq, and going forward, their plans are similar. But on the broader war on terror the differences are huge. Is it to be further blustering by an increasingly isolated nation, and more misdirected use of America's military might - or a smart, tough world war to neutralize the terrorists, change the conditions that created them, and truly secure the homeland? » Continue reading "The Therapeutic Choice"

Posted by William Cohen at 12:38 PM

The 'Nazification' of American Politics

Invoking Inalienable Rights To Defend Liberty

WE THE PEOPLE, those words so demonstrative in beginning the American Constitution are preceded and superceded by words even more powerful; WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, from the American Declaration of Independence.

» Continue reading "The 'Nazification' of American Politics"

October 26, 2004

Tale Of The Timeline

Overnight, we got the opening salvo from the Right in response to the New York Times exclusive story on missing explosives in Iraq. However, it was not from the usually efficient White House rapid response team, but from cyber surrogate Matt Drudge, by way of NBC News.

» Continue reading "Tale Of The Timeline"

The Grand Alliance

Zbigniew Brzezinski has an excellent editorial in today's paper. He proposes a "Grand Alliance" between the US and Europe with the explicit mandate of helping moderate Muslims stop the spread of violent radical Islam in the Middle East.

» Continue reading "The Grand Alliance"

Cue Cards & PuppetMaster Bush

We have watched George W. Bush for some eight years now. We have watched the Republican machinery, more closely, for some twenty years now. In both instances, after they get into office the promises turn into a house of cards. Now we find that without cue card support, George W. Bush cannot stand on his own. Take away his cue cards from the podium, and president Bush is generally lost without direction.

» Continue reading "Cue Cards & PuppetMaster Bush"

October 25, 2004

Kerry Finally Playing up Flu Threat

Approximately 2800 Americans died on September 11, 2001. As a result of that one attack, President Bush has run a campaign that has emphasized his belief that he can better protect the United States from terrorism.

But Bush has clearly not done enough to protect the American population from something that is much deadlier.

» Continue reading "Kerry Finally Playing up Flu Threat"

Posted by blipsman at 2:16 PM

Republicans for Kerry

A lot of Republicans are supporting Kerry in this year's election because Bush does not support true conservative ideals.

» Continue reading "Republicans for Kerry"

Posted by LawnBoy at 9:44 AM

Al Qaqaa is About to Hit the Fan

Iraq is a mess! “OK so that’s obvious, so what,” comes the refrain from the Bush camp. “After all Saddam was worse and you can’t make a Republic without a little conflict. Things will settle down and the world is safer than it was before we deposed Saddam.” “Qaqaa, (might I suggest the phonetic pronunciation CaCaa for that unusual letter combination)” should finally provide the answer to that rationalization.

» Continue reading "Al Qaqaa is About to Hit the Fan"

Posted by Henri Reynard at 9:16 AM

More Iraqi Weapons fall Into the Hands of Terrorists

In a recent post here I pointed out that since Bush's execution of the war in Iraq has never had enough boots on the ground, as a consequence, if there had been WMD in Iraq, they'd probably be in the hands of terrorists right now. Today's headlines unfortunately support that argument. The IAEA confirmed recently that several hundred tons of conventional explosives are missing from a former Iraqi military facility.

» Continue reading "More Iraqi Weapons fall Into the Hands of Terrorists"

Posted by William Cohen at 9:07 AM

October 24, 2004

Be Hopeful, Be Very Hopeful

The only payoff to the Bush campaign’s sudden lurch into a Fear Factor campaign theme mode, would be an election season finale cameo by those ‘enemies of freedom’ hell-bent on either electing John Kerry, disrupting the Nov. 2 vote and/or reinforcing the President’s war on terrorism cred’. When Reagan’s ‘Bear In the Woods’ ad debut, America was still in the grips of the worry, fear and frustration over the prolonged Iran Hostage Crisis.

» Continue reading "Be Hopeful, Be Very Hopeful"

October 23, 2004

Suppress The Vote

Pollster John Zogby recently predicted a win for John Kerry. According to him, the undecideds favor Kerry, as do the flood of new voters whom the Bush administration has mobilized - to vote them out of office. Zogby recently told reporters, "While Mr Kerry would want the 'undecideds' to vote, Mr Bush would want the very opposite."

» Continue reading "Suppress The Vote"

October 22, 2004

Factcheck on the Wolves Ad

I guess this is what you call a new low for the Bush campaign. You know that gloriously positive Wolves ad that the Bush campaign put forward?

It throws out this apparently new charge that Kerry cut six billion dollars from intelligence after the first terrorist attacks. But of course, with the Bush campaign, that all depends on what the nuances of the words are.

» Continue reading "Factcheck on the Wolves Ad"

More News From of the Planet Earth

One issue that has been mostly ignored this election year is the environment. And that's too bad because, of all the complex issues facing voters in 2004, it is perhaps the one issue on which the candidates can be most easily compared. Also, it is far more indicative of the candidates' characters than 30 year old military records or sound-bite TV ads. » Continue reading "More News From of the Planet Earth"

Posted by William Cohen at 9:56 AM

October 21, 2004

On the Lighter Side...

Not to digress too much from more serious issues, but two satires I've seen recently really seem to capture the essence of the Republican campaign. Read here about why electing Kerry will lead to terrorist attacks in the US and the shocking truth about the 2004 Democratic ticket and see if you don't agree with me!

Posted by William Cohen at 11:00 AM

We MUST Fight Terrorists in Iraq or They Will Come Here?

Of all the inarticulate inept arguments that one is layered like a cyanide frosted wedding cake with misconceptions and unneeded death. First of all we did not have to go to Iraq; this President chose to take us there. Not even historians will know why for sure. Those real reasons, like so much about this Administration, are hidden in the constant barrage of misdirection and spin. The level of spin surrounding everything done in the White House since Clinton left is amazing and disgusting.

» Continue reading "We MUST Fight Terrorists in Iraq or They Will Come Here?"

Posted by Henri Reynard at 7:49 AM

America's True Enemy: Corporate Media

A friend of mine recently said to me that media conglomerations are patently un-American. His statement got me thinking, and I came away with the conclusion that he's exactly right. Working for a massive news corporation like, say, News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch's outfit) or Sinclair Broadcasting Group almost totally limits the Freedom of the Press our Constitution says America should have. Massive media networks like NewsCorp, Clear Channel, Sinclair, etc. aren't America's true enemy just because they restrict the press' freedom. The media conglomerates are our enemy because of how they present the "news."

» Continue reading "America's True Enemy: Corporate Media"

October 20, 2004

Back on Planet Earth...

It's been a week, and conservatives are still whining about the fact that the "homosexual lobby" didn't eviscerate Kerry for mentioning Mary Cheney's sexual orientation. I don't think we need to revisit the argument about whether the comment was offensive or not. My strong impression is that few gays were actually offended; even the Log Cabin Republicans took the opportunity to criticize their own party. But let's assume, for the sake of argument, that these Kerry critics are right, and that a lot of gays and lesbians are applying a "double standard". Why would they do a wacky thing like that?

» Continue reading "Back on Planet Earth..."

Posted by Woody Mena at 10:00 AM

Do You Solemnly Swear...

Saddam Hussein's trial is going to make OJ's trial look like a slow day in traffic court.

Before the trial can even start, there's the question of the court's legitimacy. The International Red Cross contends that the trial will not be recognized unless it's prosecuted by a sovereign Iraq - that is, an Iraq without a US occupation force. It will be interesting to see how, how soon, or even if, some kind of agreement can be reached. Would internationalizing Iraq's internal security satisfy the requirement? Is legitimacy even an issue?

» Continue reading "Do You Solemnly Swear..."

October 19, 2004

Before and After

Thomas Friedman has always been way too hawkish for me, but his analysis has always incorporated a wealth of knowledge and research into foreign affairs. His recent scathing editorial about the Bush team's breathtaking bungling of the war in Iraq stands in fascinating counterpoint to Friedman's own prewar belief in the nobility of the vision of a democratized Iraq, in spite of his prescient misgivings about the gamble.

» Continue reading "Before and After"

October 18, 2004

Chaos, In Theory and In War

No newscast does extended weather forecasts for the month. Why? No model can forecast that far. Maybe in a few years they could, some would say. Nope. The reality of our atmosphere is that on the day to day level, (as opposed to broad climate predictions) the weather is a chaotic system. Doesn't mean you can't make predictions. Just means that the farther into the future you look, the more the little nuances, like, say, a butterfly flapping its wings, create a significant effect. Small digits you leave out when you round off the numbers take on importance as time goes on. War is one of those kinds of systems.

» Continue reading "Chaos, In Theory and In War"

Freedom Of Expression And Other Lapses In Judgement

The other day while watching MSNBC, I nearly fell out of bed in fits of laughter from merely reading the news crawl on my TV. It was the first announcement and update of newspaper editorial endorsements in the Presidential race. As a Kerry partisan, I was obviously encouraged by the significant early endorsements from major dailies in battleground states, such as Philadelphia newspapers’ The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News, the St. Louis Dispatch, and the Detroit Free Press.

» Continue reading "Freedom Of Expression And Other Lapses In Judgement"

October 17, 2004

Why Even Republicans Should Be Glad Iraq Had No WMD

We now know that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction when the US invaded, and that it posed no immediate threat to us. This is a little embarrassing for Bush, who insisted that Iraq had WMD, and to Bush's supporters, who have to explain why Bush was wrong. But a little embarrassment is a small price to pay, since it's also now clear that almost certainly, Bush's war in Iraq would not have kept Iraqi WMD from the hands of terrorists. » Continue reading "Why Even Republicans Should Be Glad Iraq Had No WMD"

Posted by William Cohen at 1:12 PM

Match your Candidate

Having trouble deciding how vote in this presidential election? AOL has a site that might help you out. President Match asks a series of questions about the issues with answers from strongly oppose to strongly agree. Then, one indicates how much each category matters. In the end, it produces a percentage match for Kerry and Bush.

» Continue reading "Match your Candidate"

Posted by LawnBoy at 11:00 AM

Support Our Troops

I just sent the following email to President Bush:

Mr. President,

It has come to my attention that 18 members of the 343rd Quartermaster Company, based in Rock Hill, S.C. and serving in Iraq, have refused orders to carry out a mission in unarmored, "deadlined" trucks without an armed escort.

» Continue reading "Support Our Troops"

Stripping Away The Veneer (Volume II)

Presidential Debate No. 2, October 8, 2004
Hear No Evil. See No Evil. Speak No Evil. Admit No Mistakes.

In our initial commentary on the presidential debate no. 1 (September 30, 2004), we pointed out the endless capability for George W. Bush to impress that he truly has a "Boxed-In Mentality". Both he and his administration being unable to see or work "Outside Their Box". We brought out the "Nazification of American politics" as clearly evinced from the Republican National Convention. (See this link)

» Continue reading "Stripping Away The Veneer (Volume II)"

October 15, 2004

Support the Troops.

I will support the troops by voting for Kerry. Regardless of what a survey says, there were things seriously fouled up with this war, including our reasons for going in the first place. I'm not going to change my vote simply because Bush is more popular in the military than back home.

What has Bush done in Iraq to deserve our support? Did he undertake a careful, open-minded investigation into the facts before he committed us? No. Did he plan well? No. Has he routed our enemy? No. What has Bush done to earn our respect?

» Continue reading "Support the Troops."

Get informed!

That should go without saying, but just about every election year around this time I hear some commentator, while decrying the apathy among the electorate, declare something to the effect of "I don't care how you vote, but it's important that you vote."
What a terrible message!

» Continue reading "Get informed!"

Bush Jobs

Kerry is taking some hits from nitpickers for saying Bush's economy lost 1.6 million jobs. Bush fans like to point out that Bush's disastrous economy is really only down by about 850,000 jobs. They're correct - in a sense. The economy shed 1.6 million private sector jobs, but this was offset by record growth in public service jobs.

While I'm happy to see people back to work, surely President Bush's plan to provide government jobs for all unemployed workers is unsustainable.


October 14, 2004

A Shame And A Sin

As a gay Kerry supporter, I had no qualms if the campaign made a conscious decision to avoid all subject matter dealing with their views on my lifestyle. CNN’s Tucker Carlson, went scrounging the Dem Convention in Boston, agenda driven by the lack of ‘radical Bush haters’ represented on the dais. Imagine his dismay, when finally collaring a prominent gay political activist delegate, who also had no misgivings about deferring to the greater good of party unity.

» Continue reading "A Shame And A Sin"

Polls Show Kerry Win

Bush wasn't that bad this time. But not that good either. Two polls showed a Kerry win, and another poll, with a heavily Republican sample, showed a tie.

Gallup: Kerry 52%, Bush 39%.

CBS: Kerry 39%, Bush 25%*.

ABC Kerry 42%, Bush 41%. (Sample was 38% Republican, 30% Democrat.)

*The article says "about a quarter". 25% makes the numbers add up.

Postscript: Oh yeah, that bulge was back.

Posted by Woody Mena at 9:20 AM

Kerry Nails Bush

Poor, poor w how can I count the ways that John Kerry nailed him last night? He slaughtered him on jobs but that was a given and the Bush campaign has even conceded that issue by crafting a statement that obscures that truth. Kerry creamed him on taxes, an area that belonged to w before last night. What killed w more even than Kerry’s acuity as a debater was w’s strong adherence to his campaigns faith in mantras, the only strength he showed last night.

» Continue reading "Kerry Nails Bush"

Posted by Henri Reynard at 9:13 AM

Just Tell It Like It Is

Like our president, I'm a Texan. In many ways, I'm more a Texan than he is. At least one of my Parents was born here. Neither of his were. Hell, I was born here. I was educated here, from Pre-school tyke to college undergraduate.

And you know what? It seems like I like to tell like it is more than he does. not just in the sense of my attitude, but also in the most important way: the facts. Had this George chopped down the cherry tree, he'd have said a slave did it, and that anyways it needed to be done because the cherry pies made everybody fat!

» Continue reading "Just Tell It Like It Is"

October 13, 2004

Keyes vs. Obama: The First Illinois Senate Debate

I know I posted somewhere stating that Chicago Tribune’s R. Bruce Dold is probably on his fifth draft writing the editorial page’s endorsement of George W. Bush, but has also put aside a fifth of Wild Turkey, when it comes time to producing the same for Alan Keyes.

» Continue reading "Keyes vs. Obama: The First Illinois Senate Debate"

Blue Team Heads to Series Closer with 2-0 Lead

A story in my morning paper today said that while polls conducted immediately after the debate scored it roughly as a draw, polls conducted a few days later gave Kerry a substantial lead. The reporter attributed this to better post-debate spin. Personally, I think the change is due to post-debate fact-checking. At the risk of confusing everyone with an out-of-season sports metaphor, Kerry won on points from the penalty stripe. » Continue reading "Blue Team Heads to Series Closer with 2-0 Lead"

Posted by William Cohen at 2:43 PM

Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Tonight's debate is all about domestic policy. Sure, it's mostly dry as dirt, but of all the issues, domestic policy has the most direct, non-violent impact on our lives. Here's something that's going to come up: President Bush just signed a bill extending the child tax credit, the 10% bracket expansion, and "marriage penalty" relief.

It's important to note that the bill had wide bipartisan support and passed almost unanimously. These are the tax cuts that Al Gore was going to give us. The irony is, under Gore's plan, these tax cuts would have been even bigger. Oh well.

» Continue reading "Middle-Class Tax Cuts"

October 12, 2004

The Right Way

I just started reading Thomas P.M. Barnett's book, "The Pentagon's New Map". I've heard some over in the Bush-fan column use it to justify the President's invasion of Iraq, but even having only read the first chapter so far, it's clear they're wrong. If you are familiar with Barnett's book and you agree with him, then there is no way you can support President Bush's foreign policy.

» Continue reading "The Right Way"

October 11, 2004

Cracking Under Pressure

For months we've been hearing Bush taunting Kerry (falsely) for not having the strength to stand up to political pressure -- to do the right thing, even when it's unpopular. This has been not just part of the Bush campaign, it's been the Bush campaign. And now, with the critical elections in Iraq only four months off, and large parts of the country under control of a fractious political minority that will be severly under-represented if things remain as they are, we're treated to the following headline: Major Assaults on Hold Until After U.S. Vote.

» Continue reading "Cracking Under Pressure"

Posted by William Cohen at 12:29 PM

October 10, 2004

Standards and Expectations

The Republicans can do better than Bush. Here is a war president, who as yet, has won neither war we're in, though technically we've lost none of the big battles. Here is a president who claims to be a fiscal conservative, but who runs the highest deficits in history. Even Bush and Reagan knew when it was time to drop tax cuts, Bush supporters have gotten so rabidly pro-tax cut, that they will not even let the taxes phase out to remove some of the crushing tax burden that will hurt taxpayers for years. The only reasons to keep it are political.

» Continue reading "Standards and Expectations"

A Moral Abyss

During the second presidential debate, the President made a poignant case for not allowing Federal funding for new lines of stem cells:

» Continue reading "A Moral Abyss"

Posted by Al Maline at 8:12 AM

October 9, 2004

Keep Their Eyes Off the Ball

By mistake the other day (while fixing some electronics and simultaneously performing a minor operation) I accidently hooked up an old radar scanner directly to my own 7th para-cervical nerve root. I was surprised to receive the following transmission....

» Continue reading "Keep Their Eyes Off the Ball"

Posted by William Cohen at 9:03 PM

Town Hall Debate

Wow. That was an interesting debate. What was up with Bush near the beginning, where he almost punched Charley Gibson in the nose when he thought he wouldn't get a chance to respond to Kerry?

» Continue reading "Town Hall Debate"

Will Bush Keep Australia in the Coalition?

We may find out the answer to that question very soon, as Australia's parliamentary elections are happening today. The latest polls suggest Bush ally John Howard may even add to his majority, which would be a big relief for our President. The opposition leader Mark Latham has promised to pull out of Iraq if elected.

» Continue reading "Will Bush Keep Australia in the Coalition?"

October 8, 2004

This will be some kind of record

I got three words: President John Kerry.

A Nation of Integrity

Integrity. Integral. Integer. All are words that indicate not only a wholeness, but a kind of wholeness that sustains itself against the kinds of forces that would tear it apart. I write what I write against Bush and the way he got us in this war, and the way he prosecutes this war, because I believe they lack this quality. That is a dangerous thing to lack in a president, and a dangerous thing to lack in the beginning of a war.

» Continue reading "A Nation of Integrity"

Did Bush Cheat?

If there's anything more embarrassing than flunking a big test, it would have to be the discovery that you cheated and still flunked. This photo published in Salon (subscription or free "day pass" required) clearly shows a box-shaped bulge over Bush's back. Was Bush getting prompted by someone?

I suspected as much myself when Bush would pause for long periods of time and try to "remember" the answer. We may never know for sure, but keep an eye on Bush's back tonight. If it is a theatre-in-the-round format where it is clearly exposed, then he may do even worse.

Posted by Woody Mena at 10:36 AM

Forensic Criminology and Psycho Pathology... BACK IMPEACHMENT

"IT'S IN THE FORENSICS STUPID"

It has come to the point where we must review the call for an impeachment inquiry based upon the overwhelming evidence of serious felonious acts in the manufactured run-up and drum-up to the Iraq War.

» Continue reading "Forensic Criminology and Psycho Pathology... BACK IMPEACHMENT"

Cheney's Pipe Dream

Vice President Cheney laid out the administration's post 9/11 foreign policy during his debate with Senator John Edwards. He said the United States,

  • had to go after the terrorists
  • had to go after state sponsors of terror
  • and had to stand up democracies in their stead afterwards.

» Continue reading "Cheney's Pipe Dream"

October 7, 2004

Stripping Away the Veneer

Presidential Debate No. 1, September 30, 2004 - Kerry By A Landslide

Here at FreedomFocus.Org we have received dozens of emails asking "Why have you not posted your analysis to the first presidential debate"? We had a viable reason. Simply put, this debate was too important to get caught up and lost within the "spin-cycle". It made more sense in our goal of educating the people to hold back and let the first series of tides run their course.

Our Analysis.

» Continue reading "Stripping Away the Veneer"

Cheney of Fools

I have to salute Cheney on his guts. If you go down to www.factcheck.org, you can be sure to find a variety of articles debunking Bush and Cheney's favorite charges. Perhaps they think people don't follow these links, but a lot of people do. I can't tell you how many times I opened my inbox to find a Factcheck on the Bush-Cheney campaign.

It's especially gutsy after all the little fibs and misstatements Cheney let fly yesterday. I'm sure I'll see more factchecks heading for my inbox real soon.

» Continue reading "Cheney of Fools"

October 6, 2004

Kerry Leads In Key Endorsements

I watched recently, a CNN interview with an American soldier just back from Iraq, in a segment about his home state of Florida’s status as a key battleground state. The young white male was obviously inebriated, slurring his words and the glassy look to his face, suggested more than mere alcohol intake. It was not a reassuring image for us grateful and empathetic Americans, but I was angrier with CNN for showing a brave warrior in such an unflattering light. I could make out absolutely none of his comments, however the voiceover followed up by clarifying his intention to vote for Bush.

» Continue reading "Kerry Leads In Key Endorsements"

"What Kind of Commander in Chief"

Presidential Debate No. 1, September 30, 2004
What kind of Commander in Chief would send his troops into battle 'undermanned'

During the initial presidential debate on foreign policy, most notably regarding the "Iraq War", President George W. Bush repeated the phrase "What Kind of Commander in Chief" in a number of instances such as how Senator Kerry 'could lead troops when at the same time saying this was the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time'. We have some issues with President Bush's statements.

» Continue reading ""What Kind of Commander in Chief""

VP Debate

In 2000, many Republicans said they weren't voting for George W. Bush, rather they were voting for Dick Cheney. If you compare Cheney's performance in last night's debate with Bush's performance last week, you can see why.

For one, Cheney was able to mischaracterize John Kerry and John Edwards without spewing the same memorized phrase over and over, but more importantly, he had a clear vision of a post 9/11 US foreign policy... a vision that is totally wrong.

» Continue reading "VP Debate"

October 5, 2004

The "Global Test"

Presidential Debate No. 1, September 30, 2004
The "Global Test"
How It Effects Presidential Decision Making

During the initial presidential debate on September 30, 2004 Senator John F. Kerry made use of the terminology "passes the global test" when discussing the use of "preemptive war". That has caused quite a ballyhoo, with much of what is now implied clearly 'off-point' to what Senator Kerry in fact stated.

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The Duck Starts Here

Presidential Debate No. 1, September 30, 2004
The Duck Starts Here
The Mantra of George W. Bush

October 4, 2004 (Editors may edit for space & time constraints)

During the initial presidential debate on September 30, 2004 we saw something very interesting in George W. Bush. Instead of acknowledging a series of fundamental errors (uh, 'miscalculations') in waging both the "global war on terrorism" and the "Iraq War", this president instead used this time to hone his "duck and cover" skills.

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October 4, 2004

The "global test" makes perfect sense

It was a pretty safe bet that after the debates the Team Red would find something to twist into a new "flip-flop". They seem to have fastened on Kerry's position on preemptive war, the "Kerry Doctrine". And guess what, if you take Kerry's actual words in context, they make perfect sense.

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Posted by William Cohen at 1:52 PM

What is Lincoln Thinkin'?

The New York Times reported today that GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee will not be voting for Bush this fall. They also have an interesting comment from Sen. Jim "My Favorite Republican Since That Other Lincoln" Jeffords:

"I understand the feelings that he has," Mr. Jeffords said. "I'm going to be talking to him, so I'm not going to say any more. I probably shouldn't have even told you that."

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Posted by Woody Mena at 9:25 AM

October 3, 2004

Boorish Political Behavior

One unfortunate side effect of the politically charged atmosphere we Americans live in right now, is the thoughtless and uncaring behavior which comes out when people get so emotionally invested in their desire for a particular outcome, or the dominance of a particular world view. The flip side is that it's encouraging to see so many people make the connection, and see the relevance of public policy on their lives and on our society.

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You Dropped A Bomb On Me!

Newsweek is out with our first glimpse of the effect Kerry’s debate win has had on the electorate, and I thought it appropriate to break out the old Gap Band funk classic (see this entry’s title), while I typed!

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October 2, 2004

One Core Value We Should All Agree On...

Before it gets completely lost in the debates about the debates, I'd like to congratulate Sebastian for his post We Must Not Support Torture. It's nice to know that there are still people on both side of the aisle (ok, page) that are ready to "police" our elected representatives and call out them when they get things wrong, and it's nice to see an issue where Democrats and Republicans actually seem to agree.

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Posted by William Cohen at 1:10 PM

A Tale of Two Editorials

Two men with coveted jobs in the world of those who spend time thinking about the things we bloggers write about and get paid for it passed one another swiftly in the night; even though they were half a world away. Nicholas Kristoff in Afghanistan on his search for Usama bin Laden and David Brooks in his search for answers to why to vote for his President, George W Bush are those two men. Both have columns in today’s New York Times editoral page

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Posted by Henri Reynard at 7:02 AM

October 1, 2004

The Global Test: An Easy "A"

BUSH: Let me -- I'm not exactly sure what you mean, "passes the global test," you take preemptive action if you pass a global test.
September 30th debate

Let me enlighten you, Mr. President, it's pretty simple. It's what you would have been able to do if what you said was true.

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Of Men and Mantras

It is always interesting to watch a debate where something is at stake, even if it is only the nature of a man. Running for President has altered John Kerry. As a candidate he has been attacked on a scale that will stun and amaze those reading the history of our times one hundred years from now. President Bush on the other hand has escaped with the usual epithets being cast against him, stupid, ignorant, puppet and the like.

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Posted by Henri Reynard at 10:18 AM

The Emperor Has No Clue

When the New York Times’ resident Bush apologist David Brooks calls the debate a tie, you know John Kerry cleaned the President’s clock! Every online media Instant-poll gives Kerry a lopsided victory in tonight’s debate. However, conspicuously absent from the on the spot, Gallup Poll model, pulse taking of the American electorate? Maybe, a certain biased cable news network, none to happy about a poor performance from President Resolute?

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