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July 2004 Archives

July 31, 2004

U.S. Shifts Stance on Nuclear Proliferation Treaty

And the arrogant disregard for the wishes of other (inferior) nations by the Bush Administration continues apace. According to the Washington Post,

…the Bush administration declared this week that it will oppose provisions for inspections and verification as part of an international treaty that would ban production of nuclear weapons materials.

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July 30, 2004

Strange Candidates

People out of the loop seem to think about Nader when they hear talk of someone running outside the “2-party system”. As is typical though, there are dozens of candidates running for president in 2004. They are mostly average people it seems. Some are more well known that others. There is David Cobb for the Greens. There is Michael Badnarik for the Libertarians. There is even Michael Peroutka for the Constitution party. Then there is Leonard Peltier.

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Posted by Adam Ducker at 12:50 PM

July 27, 2004

Campaign coverage - a tricky issue for Bush and Kerry

Campaign coverage has been a tricky issue for the two presidential candidates...

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Posted by Isadora Badi at 11:11 AM

Clinton on Bush's Economic Philosophy

In his speech last night, Bill Clinton said that the Republicans and George W. Bush wanted to “leave ordinary citizens to fend for themselves on matters like health care and retirement security.” This is a common misconception about the current administration’s so-called radical conservatism on domestic economic issues. In fact, this administration has refused to take any significant steps to allow ordinary Americans to “fend for themselves.”

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July 26, 2004

12 things I hate about you

Ralph Nader has an opinion piece in the Boston Globe noting 12 important topics in which the Democrats will be silent during the convention this week.

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Posted by rev_matt_y at 9:56 AM

July 23, 2004

Torn Between Conscience and Fear

I’ve heard the phrase many times in the last few years. I even say it myself every now and then. I take one look at President Bush and his smug facade or catch a sound byte of his choppy rhetoric and I just fall right out of my chair. In that instant I spill my cola and nearly choke to death on an ice cube. Before I regain composure I have reached the same conclusion I’ve been coming to for some time. Come November give me anybody but Bush!

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Posted by Adam Ducker at 12:57 PM

July 22, 2004

Does Edwards have what Kerry is missing?

On the top three issues, Kerry received the most media criticism during the last six months, Edwards received much more positive coverage.

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Posted by Isadora Badi at 1:40 PM

July 20, 2004

Media Favors Kerry While Republicans Attack

This report shows the sources of criticism in the media coverage of Bush and Kerry and, more important, the clear differences between the strategies of Republicans and Democrats.

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Posted by Isadora Badi at 2:47 PM

July 19, 2004

Romancing the negative

This week's radio address helps us understand how the White House generates the president's aura of optimism. By a process of natural selection, the negative is suppressed and simply falls out of his analysis.

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July 18, 2004

Pouting Bush Shuns the NAACP for Fourth Straight Year

George W. Bush proves once again that he is a man of the people, a President who strives to embrace all of the American people, no matter their color or political affiliation, unless of course if you call him names, then all bets are off. This is the basis for George W. Bush’s refusal to speak at the recent annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia. Bush, speaking of the NAACP leadership recently told reporter,

“[y]ou've heard the rhetoric and the names they've called me."

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July 16, 2004

Martha and Bill and Obstructing Justice

Today, Martha Stewart was sentenced to 5 months in jail, along with 5 months of home confinement, for “obstructing justice, conspiracy and making false statements”. It is interesting to remember that the same crimes that have been deemed severe enough by our nation to deprive Stewart of her freedom for a minimum of 5 months were seen by the Senate and the overwhelming majority of the American people as not serious enough to warrant the removal of our president just a couple of years ago.

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July 15, 2004

Kerry less visible in news than Gore in 2000

Senator John Kerry's media presence during the first half of the presidential election year has fallen significantly short of the coverage Al Gore received during the 2000 campaign.

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Posted by Isadora Badi at 2:02 PM

July 14, 2004

What to do, what to do

I have reservations about voting for Kerry. I had reservations about voting for Nader in 92, 96, and 2000 as well. I did vote for him, however. My problem is not with Kerry himself, but rather with the Democratic Party as a whole. The democrats are no longer the liberal party that they once were. Democrats largely are. The Party is not. The party has recast itself as Republican Lite.

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Posted by rev_matt_y at 11:56 AM

July 13, 2004

Media blame military and government agencies, not Bush

New York, July 13, 2004 – An analysis of the political coverage in the U.S. shows that the media delegated the responsibility for the administration's Iraq policy and domestic security crisis away from President Bush. The U.S. military, the government in general and the secret services were the most frequent targets of criticism during the first six months of 2004 in that regard.

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Posted by Isadora Badi at 3:55 PM

Signature Gatherers Hide Nader's Name

Today's Charleston Gazette picks up Nader's campaign trail:

A mysterious pair of men were gathering signatures on a petition Monday outside the Kroger store on Charleston’s West Side — apparently in an effort to get independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader on West Virginia’s ballot in November.

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Posted by Ry Rivard at 1:28 PM

July 10, 2004

Iraq Invasion led to Nuclear Proliferation

When the U.S.-led coalition invaded, the unintentional consequence may have been allowing nuclear material to fall into the wrong hands. While Saddam was in charge of Iraq, the U.N. had closed and sealed several research facilities and put them under the watch of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after the 1991 Gulf War.

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July 8, 2004

Conservative anti-universalism

Pat Buchanan provides us with yet another glaring example of the conservatives' moral relativism. Buchanan attempts to wrap his head around a contradiction between John Kerry's religious beliefs and his political praxis.

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And Dubya Fiddled While the U.S. Army Burned

What will it take? What will it take before the continuing failure of leadership from the Bush Administration, and Bush personally as Command-n-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, falls upon the American people and U.S. Army and Guard & Reserve like a hurricane?

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July 6, 2004

Allegiance to Serve Unless I Change my Mind

During the Vietnam War, many Americans left for the Canadian border to avoid the draft into military service. For many at the time and certainly years later, we found compassion for these men because the war was never very popular and the men were being forced to serve in the ideology war against their choice. Two former American soldiers; Brandon Hughey and Jeremy Hinzman recently deserted their units and sought asylum in Canada. Many are drawing parallel lines between the justifications but it all comes down really to personal choice and accepting responsibility.

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Posted by Beau Wade at 9:13 PM

July 3, 2004

Supreme Court Restores Balance to Our American Republic

The American people: 2, President Bush: 0. So the headlines should have read across the nation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decisions in (Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld and Rasul et al. v. Bush et al), which limited the President’s power to confine not only American citizens, but foreign nationals as well, without due process of law.

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July 1, 2004

Saddam on Trial

The preliminary hearings today marked the beginning of what many expect to become one of the most famous trials in world history. In the courtroom, Hussein was presented with seven preliminary charges that included gassing thousands of Kurds in 1988, the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, the suppression of 1991 revolts by Kurds and Shiites, the murders of religious and political leaders and the mass displacement of Kurds in the 1980s, to which he suggested he had immunity as Iraq's president.

Which is interesting. Allow me to play devil's advocate.

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