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November 29, 2004

The Election Fraud Bullet Points Memo

At least once a day now, I will use this here Internet porn provider
to go searching for the latest on the election fraud crusade. I signed
up recently at the Democratic Underground Message Board, which
has been a good source of providing extraneous info and links such
as Michael Moore's polling place footage from Ohio (QuickTime
needed).

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Prurient Interests

If the recent election is to escape the appellation, "The Anti-Erection Election," Bush is going to have to curb his pet dogs at the FCC. Not that Michael Powell and his father, who loosed the dogs of war in Iraq, with his infamous faux bomb performance at UN the have much in common in their approach to governing the minds and hearts of our nation. Or do they?

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Posted by Henri Reynard at 7:44 PM

Strategic Communication

The Pentagon just made public a Defense Science Board report it commissioned (here's the full document) that examines the question many of the dim bulbs in our government still seem to be asking: "Why do they hate us?" The study torpedoes the "they hate our freedoms" school of thought led by President Bush, and instead concludes that they hate our government's policies.

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November 27, 2004

Was Darwin Wrong?

Since the Election, the religious right has taken Bush's victory as a mandate for their agenda. From the "moral values" of sexual politics to media obscenity, the religious right is flexing its muscle. One area is educational curricula, particularly an increased attack on evolution.

In this environment, National Geographic magazine's November issue is timely with its article Was Darwin Wrong? And its answer is clear: No.

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Posted by LawnBoy at 9:46 PM

November 26, 2004

The Truth Will Set You Free

When does the problem stop being about the world's imperfections, and starts being about ours?

We cannot predict all the world's dark turns. Can't we predict at least some of them, though, if we put our minds to it? We cannot intercept all those who wish to do us harm, but what would it take to intercept most of them, and prevent the worst of their attacks? We cannot arrive on the battlefield fully prepared for all difficulties, obstacle, and turns of events, but when does blaming the fog of war just mean that we're just creating a smokescreen for our incompetence?

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November 23, 2004

Fear Factor

Homeland Security is launching a new TV ad campaign that features children prodding their parents to develop an emergency plan of action in case there is a terrorist attack. I do not like this because it fuels unnecessary anxiety among both adults and children. Why encourage the population to live in fear of something completely unpredictable and beyond their control? If there is a terrorist attack, I doubt my survival will depend on having planned an escape route and having duct tape and water in my basement. It will be either because the attack did not affect my area, or because I am lucky.

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Posted by Joe Territo at 4:06 PM

Democrats Playing The Moral Values Card

Tom DeLay may be handing Democrats a moral values inroad on a silver platter.

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Posted by Joe Territo at 1:21 PM

Staggering Failure

Remember 9/11? Remember how there were several points where the plot could have been thwarted had there been better communication between intelligence services? Three years later, that same gaping hole in our intelligence system remains.

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November 21, 2004

Oh, You Think You're Better Than Me Now?

Just try the title with a New York and Philly accent, and you'll get some of what my essay's about right off the bat. It's the real question I want to pose to all those Conservatives, independents and Republicans out there.

Why do I ask? Because it seems that despite the egalitarian rhetoric that surrounds the high praise of the Midwest, the South and the West, it all boils down to one thing: If you're an intellectual, a liberal, an urban dweller on the east coast, or the west coast, or a liberal Christian, then we're better than you.

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November 19, 2004

DeLay-ed: Fraud Deserving Of Dishonor

There it is, in black and white, and written into the Preamble of the Republican Contract with America from 1994:

‘To restore accountability to Congress. To end its cycle of scandal and disgrace. To make us all proud again of the way free people govern themselves.’

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A Whole Lot of Nerve

Taxes. Somebody needs to discuss it, because the Republicans won't. I can understand standing up for your principles, but not forsaking all others for that one. They don't want to raise anybody's taxes. Fine. However, they've decided to go on a spending spree in the meantime and get into not one but two wars. To paraphrase Top Gun, The egos of this President and this congress are writing checks our body politic can't cash. I find it both ironic and galling that our Republican-led government can spend like Paris Hilton and call Democrats the party of big spending.

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The Outhouse Demographic

Harry Reid of Nevada is the Senate Minority Leader. That's a shame. Apparently, our Democratic senators believe Reid's lack of an indoor toilet while growing up will impress the red states.

» Continue reading "The Outhouse Demographic"

November 18, 2004

Abortion vs Humanity

The item, Broken Nation had two strings for a reason. Economics and Family Values are inextricably linked in the real world. Decisions about which child in this world will live and which child will die before reaching adulthood are often the product of economic choices made far from where that child lives. Not everything in life comes down to economics, but a great number of human lives here and elsewhere in the world end or continue due to economic choices made within our nation.

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Posted by Henri Reynard at 10:04 AM

November 17, 2004

Blue State Rebels

The talk of Blue America* is an amusing paradox that was hardly discussed before: Red Staters, who are ostensibly against "big government", actually benefit from it much more than Blue Staters. Blue Staters, on the other hand, support a strong federal government, but are actually getting screwed by it, both financially and politically. (See this essay in Fortune, for example, but the data are all over). An uncharitable interpretation of these facts is that Blue Staters are saps. If they are, they seem to be waking up. This paradigm shift could have massive consequences.

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Posted by Woody Mena at 9:30 AM

November 15, 2004

E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One

The Republicans are right. As much as it may pain us to hear it, we lost this election by not appealing to the majority of American voters. This election was the Democratic party's to lose far more than it was the Republican party's to win. We did lose it, and the blame for that must rightly be laid at our own feet. We do need to rethink our platform, as many have told us. We need to examine it in the light of reason, and more importantly the light of wisdom. And we need to understand where we went wrong. Or we will make the same mistakes again.

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Broke Nation

As a nation we are badly broken. Divided not united, financially dependent on other nations to fund our double deficits, Dependent on nations where we are hated to supply our oil and soon our natural gas. Leaning towards the establishment of religious tests for those who hold political office is another sign that our founding fathers bet on the wrong horse in establishing this Republic. They bet that education would prevail over prejudice and knowledge would trump ignorance. They firmly bet against the establishment of religion and toward the establishment of learned discourse as the foundation of our republic and now they are close to losing that bet.

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Posted by Henri Reynard at 8:45 AM

November 14, 2004

False Comforts

When it comes to war, there are always two conditions for victory. The ones we set, and the ones we'll actually have to fulfill. One's opponents can present hidden challenges and unexpected hazards. But I think the point must be made, in the mode of the old proverb that to err in war is human, to admit your mistakes to yourself and others is divine. Fallujah might be a turning point, but we'd have to be lucky in a way we so far haven't been. Many conditions were set for victory and attained, and still we fight. Could it be that our president and the Pentagon simply don't understand the war like they should?

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November 13, 2004

Meet The New Boss

I have come to the conclusion that if you’re going to be a minority race Republican - specifically a Bush minority Republican – there’s a good chance you’re coming equipped with a self-delusional character flaw. For example, it will manifest itself as a radical political ideology, which goes against your upbringing, culture and heritage. Or, is represented by the bubble of self-denial you’ve created, which allows you to dismiss that your race (and not your abilities and accomplishments), has brought you such success.

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November 12, 2004

Attorney Generalissimo

President Bush nominated Alberto Gonzales to take Ashcroft's place as US Attorney General.

If the name sounds familiar, it's because after the Abu Ghraib scandal was uncovered, some embedded patriots in the Justice Department leaked memos from Gonzales' office advising the President that the "nature of the new war" on terror "renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions."

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November 10, 2004

Trapped in Minnesota: A Time Capsule

11/7/1984 – Looking at the results of yesterday’s election, it is hard to escape the conclusion that the Democratic Party will never win another presidential race. The facts are simple and irrefutable: In the Electoral College, Walter Mondale won only Minnesota and the District of Columbia. These are only worth 13 electoral votes, 257 short of what is needed to win the presidency. Is it possible for the Democrat Party to ever get 1977% more electoral college votes than they did this time?

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Posted by Woody Mena at 9:07 AM

November 9, 2004

Turbans In The Ring

US forces are fighting their way back into Fallujah, the "Arab Alamo". Last April, US Marines came within days of capturing the insurgent-held city, only to be called off by President Bush because his poll numbers were dropping.

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November 8, 2004

Divided We Stand

Over the past few days I have been pouring my thoughts, anger, bitterness and cynicism into a ‘manifesto’ of sorts, that I have been posting on my weblog, in four parts. Entitled Divided We Stand, it is not for the faint of heart, profanity-challenged delicate or victorious Bush supporter bearing condolences.

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The Option Reserved

So the people have spoken, and Bush is once again president, and it will be another four years until the American people choose again. Hell, even I'll get use to that fact, soon enough. But as fortune would have it, plenty of elections will be held between now and November 2008.

It's a comforting thought, because such elections will keep America's options open for policy, even if one of the parties fails to do so. Such is the strength of democracy.

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November 6, 2004

Truth, Terrorism, and War

Why is it that people like me (and I in particular) are so mad at Bush, so fearful of what his next term holds, and so dedicated to bringing him down? Why is it, that even after a clear defeat on everything, we're still standing on our own two feet opposing him, rather than getting use to being the minority party?

Memory has something to do with it. We haven't forgotten, nor rationalized Bush's mistakes and malfeasances. Some of you, though, consider that irrational. But I'll tell you, it's far from it. We have our reasons, and I wish to lay them out.

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November 5, 2004

What We Need To Do To Win

Electoral defeats have a way of making one wonder what things one didn't say or do in order to win the race. While a little candid self-analysis is in order after such events, the last thing we need to do is repudiate our own beliefs

Shocked by the force and the vehemence with which the Right has taken over American politics, Democrats developed a bad habit- caving into the right and its principles every time we didn't win an election. It's high time we stop. It's high time we stop standing up for their principles, and start doing so for ours.

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Take Us To Our Leader

I just sent the following email to my Democratic Senators:

Dear Senator,

Senator Harry Reid is not the person to lead the Democratic Party in the Senate.

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November 3, 2004

Confessions of a Junkie

Humor

I've been a political junkie since I was 15 years old. First I was seduced by newspapers that were unthinkingly made available to my impressionable young mind. I read things, formed an opinion on them and then I was hooked. It quickly progressed. Soon I was reading books. Then I got an internship at a congressman's office. By my senior year of high school, I was a full-blown addict.

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Posted by Tina Dupuy at 10:19 PM

To Conservative Christians

I am a Christian by birth first, and choice second, an Agnostic and former Atheist baptized in the church, who went to a conservative Baptist School, and came out a Liberal Catholic. I'm a person who still cringes when the pious ask if people have let Jesus into their hearts, but who believes nonetheless in the power of the Father, the Son, and the Holy spirit, and any number of other things. I no longer can listen to someone badmouth Christianity without feeling uncomfortable, but neither am I comfortable with the imposition of Religion on politics. It is on that issue, I wish to write you.

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We Must Welcome Scrutiny

So John Kerry has done the noble thing for the good of the country and conceded this election. But that does not mean we should abandon due diligence and not investigate the suggestion that an outright fraud has been perpetrated in the counting of the vote specifically in those jurisdictions where electronic voting machines eliminate the possibility of a paper trail.

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Acceptance speech of an honest candidate

This is just brilliant, and worth a read regardless of your ideology. It was written before the results were in, and anything like it would sound like music to me coming from either candidate. I'm not holding my breath.

What do we do now?

At the moment according to CNN, Bush is up 254-252, with Ohio, Iowa, and New Mexico unresolved. Unfortunately, Bush leads in all three states, so he will probably win the presidency 286-252, with about a three million vote advantage in the popular vote. All focus is now on Ohio, because its 20 electoral votes make Iowa and New Mexico irrelevant (unless one of the called states like Wisconsin flips). Essentially, Kerry is holding out hoping for a miracle. It won't come. Bush will be the President, and his election will be legitimate.

What does this mean about America? What does this mean about the Democratic Party?

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Posted by LawnBoy at 11:10 AM

Why We (Apparently) Lost

While a lot of the votes have not been counted yet, it appears that Bush has probably been (re-)elected. If this is the case, Democrats and left-leaning fellow travelers need to ask ourselves what went wrong. The easy answer is that Kerry and his crew are idiots and ran a lousy campaign*. Before we run and get the ropes, however, we should think about the obstacles that they were up against.

Popularity of Bush - It pains me to write this, but Bush is a pretty popular guy. Not as popular as Clinton, but enough to make him tough to defeat. The last two incumbents who lost, his father and Jimmy Carter, went into their re-election campaigns in much worse shape.

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Posted by Woody Mena at 9:46 AM

No Excuses

Even if the vote in Ohio goes Bush's way, then perhaps justice can still be had. Because now you Republicans have no excuse for failure. You've had four years of your own kind of governance. If things are no better or are worse after four more years of Bush's leadership, who could you pin the blame on? If Iraq collapses for any reason, if any draft whatsoever comes about, if Bush's highly irresponsible tax cuts drive up inflation or interest rates, there won't be a strong democratic presence in the government to blame it on.

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November 2, 2004

Calling All Soccer Moms!

Sometimes there is a convergence of thoughts, images and pieces of information that trigger clarity, even putting forgotten memories in their proper perspective. I thought it another gaffe or contrived RoveVision nuance when I saw the ABC interview where George Bush expressed support for civil unions (although it contradicts the Republican platform), which I also preferred.

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November 1, 2004

Choices and Mistakes

I have one final question for undecided voters and Bush supporters: a question to ponder on the polling lines tomorrow. Is the war in Iraq an error---due to a massive misunderstanding of Iraq's capabilities and intentions? Or, is it a war of choice---a war that the US decided to initiate, without it being a military necessity? » Continue reading "Choices and Mistakes"

Posted by William Cohen at 7:52 PM

Vote

Even in this civil forum, we've seen conservatives launching subtle attempts to suppress your vote through fraudulent posts and misleading information. You can expect these guys to do "whatever it takes" to stop you from voting for Kerry. Do not let yourself be turned away from the polls. Do not leave without casting a vote, even if it's a provisional ballot.

Here are a few tips from MoveOn.org:

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Decision That Will Affect Our Nation LONG-TERM

"The Sting"
America, On Its Way To Civil War?
Here our nation is again having to decide whether to [re]elect a president and vice president. After stating they would unite our nation George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have accomplished only one long-lasting thing.

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And What About the Poll Tax?

The election isn't until tomorrow, and already the parties are in court trying to affect the outcome. In hotly constested Ohio, two federal judges have barred party challengers at Ohio polling spots. The GOP wants to send party members to verify voter eligibilty, primarlily in heavily black parts of Hamilton County. However, both U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott of Cincinnati and U.S. District Judge John Adams of Akron ruled against allowing the practice, citing that "Ohio's statute allowing challengers at polling places was unconstitutional."

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Posted by blipsman at 11:19 AM

Cell Phone Veterans for Kerry

One of the big unknowns hanging over this election has been the political affiliation of young cell phone subscribers who aren't ordinarily reached by pollsters unless they also have a landline. This Zogby poll has the answer: Like others in their age group, they support Kerry, 55% to 40%.

Posted by Woody Mena at 8:32 AM