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November 2004 Archives

November 30, 2004

During This Flu Season...

Ronald Reagan: "The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you.'"

During the Presidential campaign, there was a big outcry that George W. Bush "failed to get enough flu vaccines." Instead of explaining that the shortage was not a failure of the free market but lack of vaccines that the FDA has deemed "good enough", Bush echoed the government-will-fix everything mantra and said that he was doing everything he could to get Americans these vaccines. In the meanwhile, Americans had to sacrifice for the "common good" and pass up non-essential vaccines.

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November 27, 2004

Duty to Share

Speaking from Texas, Bush reminds the nation that it is a good thing for those Americans who have to give to those who have not.

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Posted by Adam Ducker at 12:47 PM

November 23, 2004

Political coverage after the election

Democrats became a target of criticism

Bush, and the Republicans, received large positive coverage after the election: Of all reports covering Republicans, 30.2% were positive while 8.3% were negative. Kerry and the Democrats received substantial negative coverage in the week after the election: Of all reports on the Democrats, 42.5% were negative and only 1.7% were positive. In the coverage of Kerry, almost 30% of the reports were negative and 16.3% were positive. (The remaining share corresponds to reports with either neutral, or without clear ratings.)

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Posted by Isadora Badi at 9:25 AM

November 18, 2004

Election Funk

People like Sean Hannity are calling it Bush Country. It's the 2004 election results map county by county. The nation is red from east to west with blue patches popping up here and there like a disease. And that is really how many conservatives see us isn't it? We're just some kind of disease to them. The last fires of a dying idealogical viewpoint. Everything we believe in smacks them in the face. We can't help it though.

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Posted by Adam Ducker at 4:40 AM

November 5, 2004

The Partisan Divide

Angela Winters

Part of the reason I'm an Independent is because I can't bring myself to form allegiance with either the Democrat or Republican parties because of the dirty mud slinging they both engage in. This year was worse than any I can remember and has only reinforced my opinion that neither party deserves an endorsement.

It didn't help when I read this article at Reuters suggesting that Bush's second term agenda may widen the partisan divide even further.

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Posted by Politopics at 11:13 AM

November 3, 2004

Accountability

Four more years of the Bush administration. I commented to someone at work that I will show the administration all the respect and consideration that the Republicans and religious right showed to Clinton.
The Republicans have long proclaimed the importance of responsibility and accountability, and I am in complete agreement with them on this. I believe strongly in people being held accountable for their actions.

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Posted by rev_matt_y at 1:10 PM

What Have We Done?

This morning I am stunned. Stunned by the overwhelming majority of votes President Bush amassed in last nights still undecided, but decided election. And along with being stunned I am disillusioned. How could so many Americans think as Bush does? How could so many Americans excuse what his administration has done to the country, both here and aboard?

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The More Things Change, and Whats Next

Its Over. George W. Bush has taken virtually the same coalition of states that won him the presidency in 2000 and has won re-election over John Kerry. Despite all of the overanalyzing of the economic shifts in each state, the supposed young voter turnout that never materialized, and the impact of the war in Iraq, practically the same people from the same states chose George W. Bush as President of the United States. Given that the Democrats presented them with a completely uninspiring leftist candidate as an alternative, the result is hardly surprising.

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Projected Results

As of midnight EST, I am showing Kerry at 188 Electoral Votes and Bush at 237 Votes. If they both win their projected states (and none of the states have turned yet) This will bring the total to Kerry 266, Bush 271. One vote over the 270 required to win. It all depends on Ohio right now.

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Posted by Beau Wade at 12:19 AM

November 2, 2004

CBS critical of Kerry in final three days before Election

In the last three day prior to Election Day, CBS and FOX overall were clearly more critical on Kerry than on Bush while NBC rated Kerry more positive than Bush. ABC was largely balanced in covering the candidates. Overall, TV news coverage on Bush was particularly positive when presenting opinion poll results.

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Posted by Isadora Badi at 10:22 PM

Judgment Day

It's not that complicated; invite a few friends over, preferably from different political affiliations, and have a discussion about what would be a near flawless and clear counting voting machine. Easy and/or accurate recount, on staff workers who can quickly fix technical problems, voter number id stamped and issued on a receipt as voted and given to the voter as well as recorded internally, electronically and on paper thus giving a triad of verification. We put all of this kind of thought into guarding our nuclear defense strategy and yet the process to elect the man in charge of it all has the complexity of a tin can telephone in some states.

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Posted by Beau Wade at 11:33 AM

November 1, 2004

Down to the wire

As we come down to the wire, I am genuinely surprised at the number of people who are undecided. If you think the person in the job now is doing well, then you should be out voting for them. If you think they are not, you should be voting for someone else.

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Posted by rev_matt_y at 2:26 PM

The Case for Invading Iraq

When President Bush made his case for the invasion of Iraq, he unfortunately did so with little regard on making the full case. This is one problem I have with his administration, not that he couldn�t have, but that he didn�t. His advisors, his intelligence, the intelligence of our friends and years of knowledge about what was going on in Iraq led him to believe that the case was a �Slam Dunk� as has been often repeated.

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Posted by Rhinehold at 12:46 AM