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September 2004 Archives

September 29, 2004

Lets Get Ready to Sound-Bite

With the first presidential debate just a day away, I went through the trouble of reading the much-talked-about 32 page “memorandum of understand” between the Bush and Kerry campaigns. Here are some provisions of note:

Candidates may not ask each other direct questions

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Substance over Style Please, Hold the Spin

I have to admit, I am jaded with the politics of the current presidential election as well as the upcoming debates. I believe both men are equally suited for the job on qualifications but the tone of civility our nation’s leaders have demonstrated as of late, leave me wanting for a reset button on the whole political process.

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Posted by Beau Wade at 3:41 PM

September 27, 2004

No Exit

Last week, George W. Bush rose to speak before a mute audience at the United Nations General Assemby. There was a certain irony in Bush's speech--Bush represents a political party which is seeking to do as much as it can to dismantle the U.N.'s status in the world. Last year, the U.S. launched the invasion of Iraq with flagrant disregard to the anti-war sentiment within the U.N. Security Council. Now, Bush was appearing before the U.N. saying the war was undertaken to support U.N. Security Council objectives. No one was fooled.

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Posted by Ed West at 1:32 AM

September 25, 2004

Iraq: Reality Check Please

Can any rational, reasonable person even keeping half an ear on the news out of Iraq possibly believe that the country is on the road to democracy? Violence grows on a daily basis with U.S. military official announcing that four Marines, from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, were killed Friday in three separate incidents while "conducting security and stability operations," in al Anbar province, while at least seven Iraqi’s lost their lives in the ongoing battles in and around Al- Falluja.

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Rumsfeld Is Once Again Inserting His Foot into His Arrogant Mouth

I thought the political handlers inside the Bush Administration had been successful in silencing our over bellicose, politically inappropriate, and all too frequently arrogant, condescending Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. But this week he has been back in the news with a vengeance, this time further perpetrating the administration’s lie about Iraq with his own unforgettable and often straight-shooting, short sided, dim-witted style.

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September 22, 2004

Bush’s Speech Before the U.N. Had (Predictably) Little Basis in Reality

After listening to President Bush’s speech before the U.N. yesterday I wondered to myself: is this guy on the same planet as the rest of us? Does he not care that his and the country’s credibility before the world will continue to slide if his administration continues to deny and ignore what the rest of the world sees so clearly: mainly that Iraq and even Afghanistan are slipping from U.S. control, spiraling down in a blood soaked orgy of violence?

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September 20, 2004

Nader In Arkansas

In Little Rock Arkansas last Friday, Circuit Judge Timothy Fox listened as two parties argued their cases. The Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against Ralph Nader just days before citing petition fraud on behalf the Populist Party of Arkansas. Today Judge Timothy Fox ordered Nader and Camejo to be stricken from the ballots in Arkansas. The decision was made based on evidence that the Populist Party failed to follow proper Arkansas election procedures. The following is a breakdown of the three hour court case.

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Posted by Adam Ducker at 8:01 PM


I have been hearing the term "Taxachusetts" being thrown around with increasing frequency during this campaign. Clearly it is intended to convince the audience that Kerry is a tax-and-spend Democrat and he is personally responsible for the unconscionably high taxes in his home state. There are two false premises in this pejorative: that Massachusetts has a very high tax burden; and that John Kerry (or more traditionally Ted Kennedy) is responsible for this burden.

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Posted by rev_matt_y at 12:33 PM

September 19, 2004

Where do we go from here?

The Turkish government confirmed this morning that 10 of it citizens were kidnapped Friday in Iraq. They are of course just the latest in a recent upturn in such abductions, which saw 2 Americans and a British national also taken only to later show up on tape with guns pointed to their blindfold clad heads. And this on the heals of a severe up-tick in violence in Iraq in the last week that has left some 100 dead and scores more wounded. Where is this all leading?

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September 15, 2004

Fox Uses More Anonymous Sources in Coverage of Kerry

While reporting on the controversy surrounding John Kerry’s military service in August, Special Report with Brit Hume on Fox News relied on a greater number of anonymous sources than ABC, CBS and NBC in their evening news broadcasts. At the same time, the overall tone of the coverage of this issue was more negative on Fox than on the networks .

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Posted by Isadora Badi at 3:07 PM

September 14, 2004

September Thirteen

“At least 37 people were killed in Baghdad alone Sunday. Many of them died when a U.S. helicopter fired on a disabled U.S. Bradley fighting vehicle as Iraqis swarmed around it, cheering, throwing stones and waving the black and yellow sunburst banner of Iraq’s most-feared insurgent organization.”
That is what the news sources like Fox News, MSNBC, CBS and Salon are saying about the recent attacks in Iraq by the U.S. Military.

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Posted by Adam Ducker at 2:02 AM

September 8, 2004

Thoughts From A Week After

It has been one month and four years since Governor George W. Bush took the stage in Philadelphia to accept the Republican Presidential nomination. The U.S. has seen a few changes since then though. Despite all that, the same archetypical images were present in this year’s convention as were present before. Each speech was filled with bloated patriotism and motivational lines like Bush’s statement, “This young century will be liberty’s century.” The flags and signs still waved support and the crowd still hummed with excitement. The red, white, and blue ribbons and balloons were everywhere in sight. On top of all that, the expenses for the convention were estimated at a phenomenal $64 million for the four nights.

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Posted by Adam Ducker at 10:34 AM

1000 Servicemen Dead: For What?

So here we are, the milestone, surpassing 1000 American dead and countless more Iraqi men, women and children; do we know how many of them have died, do we care? Add to this madness over 7000 wounded Americans and how many Iraqis(?). Question: is it, was it, worth it? Is it worth the death, carnage, destruction, destroyed lives, and shattered dreams, not to mention the withering away of America’s leadership and creditability in the world? Is it worth the soul of two nations?

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September 6, 2004

A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican

Here is something I ran across—thanks to my lovely wife—and I thought I’d share it with the world, so to speak. The article is called A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican and it illustrates in stark detail how no man stands alone, and that the theory of individualism, the self-made man is really illusionary in nature. No commentary by me, the piece speaks for itself:

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September 5, 2004

Can Kerry Win?

Well its official, Bush got the bump in the polls (11 percent) everyone anticipated Kerry would receive, but didn’t. The bump Bush wasn’t supposed to receive because he is the incumbent, but did. And it’s beginning to look as though Kerry will loose this election, unless he does something to set himself apart from Bush and show himself to be the leader, the visionary, the President people need him to be.

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The Tide Has Turned

Several pundits have suggested that the presidential race will not stay as close as it has been for some months now, indicating that either candidate could be the one to open up a significant lead. Current polls indicate that this may be beginning to happen as President Bush comes out of the Republican Convention with a majority of voters choosing him over Senator Kerry. Has the tide turned? What did it?

Posted by jbv at 10:37 AM

September 4, 2004

Kerry Lashes Back

With President Bush getting a little “bounce” in the polls from the convention, John Kerry has apparently decided that it is time to get a bit more aggressive in campaigning. I admired him for his earlier restraint, but his step up in criticism of his opponent is not a turn-off yet. The debate seems now to be centered on fitness to hold the office. Who wins that one?

Posted by jbv at 1:52 PM

The Dichotomy of a Presidency

George W. Bush’s speech last night was a perfect microcosm of his presidency. He laid out an ambitious and praiseworthy foreign policy based on principles of democracy and freedom. Conversely, he expounded on a domestic agenda that sells out small government ideals in favor of increasing the size of the federal government- all without specifying how we will pay for these give-aways.

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Posted by Misha Tseytlin at 12:51 AM

September 3, 2004

Bush Accepts Nomination

Who coined the phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations?” George Bush was a beneficiary of the concept as observers complimented him on a speech that was part fear-mongering, part idle promises and all ho-hum. I wish one of the candidates would give me something to vote for.

Posted by jbv at 4:30 PM

September 2, 2004

Bush in Translation

In this election season with the charges of John Kerry flip-flopping on the issues, it seems surprising that President Bush has apparently done some of the same thing, the week he is to accept the nomination as the Republican Presidential nominee.

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Posted by Beau Wade at 1:10 AM

Zell Miller on John Kerry

I can always respect the opinion of a dissenting party member when they cross partisan lines to speak against their "own" party's candidate for President. Zell Miller, Georgia's retiring self-professed Democratic senator, has given his opinion of Democratic Presidential candidate John F. Kerry:

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Posted by Shem Daimwood at 12:03 AM