To set the record straight:
While the country was busy with CBS and Rather's mistake, the story of Bush going AWOL was lost.
Bush's inauguration by not spending any money on inauguration day
Bush Picks New Homeland Protector
Bush has chosen Judge Michael Chertoff to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security. The liberal Alliance For Justice
concedes that Chertoff is "a talented attorney and an intelligent, committed public servant," but cites his role as counsel in the Whitewater investigation as a reason for caution. Other government watchers are somewhat chilled by the fact that Chertoff is the second Bush cabinet nominee to be connected to the torture scandal
Kid Rock To Play Bush Inauguration ...
The Bush Twins have invited Kid Rock
to play their inauguration bash after their father is sworn in to a second term. Rock also played the Republican National Convention. This is a guy who stuck his head through an American flag at the Superbowl and has lyrics that say all women are whores and extol drug and alcohol abuse. (The link has actual lyrics from Rock, so if you are offended by cursing don't follow it.)
AARP Says No To Bush ...
The AARP is coming out strong against private Social security investment accounts, saying they "will actually make the problem worse, not better." In January they plan to spend $50 million on an ad campaign
Kevin Drum of The Washington Monthly has also been awesome in pointing out that the common wisdom that Social Security is in trouble is just not true
Priate Radio Calling for inauguration protests
CNN is reporting that a guerilla radio station is calling for massive protests of the inauguration of President George W. Bush. After some googling, I found a press release
from WSQT on indymedia concerning the transmissions. It seems that they are somehow related to DAWNdc
a local leftist activist organization. Here
is how they are reacting to the sudden attention.
President Bush gave a Press Conference yesterday,
and it was only his 17th to date. According to Editor & Publisher, this compares to 43 for Bill Clinton, 84 for George H.W. Bush, and 26 for Ronald Reagan at similar points in their presidencies.
Dana Milbank of the Washington Post has an analysis of yesterday's rare event, calling him "elusive".
(Milbank was the same reporter who shredded Dubya a couple of years ago for granting an exclusive interview to Rupert Murdoch's trashy UK Sun
while snubbing reputable US newspapers that would have been more likely to ask hard-hitting questions.) (The WashPost links require registration, which can be bypassed with BugMeNot.)
Don't want to read the entire transcript? Try the poem "Man Date"
, instead. RudePundit took text from Bush's statements and turned 'em into poetry.
The War on Christmas.
"What we are witnessing here are hate crimes against Christianity.
by perceived attacks
on the Christ
part of Christmas
, Christians are taking a page from GWB
and staging pre-emptive cultural strikes
around the country. Or are they
? Is this effort a bigger attack
and the rest of the nonbelievers/scapegoats, an honest attempt by Christians to "save" the holiday, or a media-manufactured controversy? (Air out your holiday spirit, but save your own personal grievances for December 23
Where is Miss Beazley? [Large WMA file]
President Bush's dog Barney has a new
home video this year
. The president has asked Barney to look after their new dog, Miss Beazley. It's a bit hokey, but still amusing. Includes a cast of various administration officials.
In sworn affidavit, programmer says he developed vote-rigging prototype for Florida congressman; Congressman’s office silent
- Will this go the way of
the Wayne Madsen report
? Perhaps this is, as some have noted, just another Rovian Hit
. At this point in time, I keep my tinfoil hat ready. Even if it were true, I doubt the Republican-majority-ed House and Senate are can hardly be expected to investigate themselves. For now, I just keep laughing at HERCUBUSH (Quicktime) (Real)
and trying to convince myself that we are all in Bush now
George "Don't mess with my homies" Bush.
So, evidently, our president got in a scuffle. Yes, a scuffle.
Florida is the New Florida
Although many discussions of voting anomalies focused on Ohio, a statistical analysis
of Florida voting patterns
performed by sociologists at University of California, Berkeley
suggests that electronic touch screen voting
in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade may have credited George Bush with up to 260,000 extra votes in Florida. The discrepancy is not enough to change who won Florida, but it could have narrowed Bush's lead to 90,000 votes instead of 350,000, highlighting the need for better auditing of elections with electronic voting.
Dubya: The Movie
Starring the only man ready to take on that role.
A little over the top?
I know some people are depressed but......this?
Imminent job openings at CNN...
Open the link and right click the picture of Bush and wife, click "Save Picture/Image" and look at the filename!
In the words of a certain Denis Leary, "He's an asshole, asshole, asshole-e-o-oe-oh".
I suggest someone mirrors this ASAP!
President Bush won a second term from a divided and anxious nation, his promise of steady, strong wartime leadership trumping John Kerry's fresh-start approach to Iraq and joblessness. After a long, tense night of vote counting, the Democrat called Bush to concede Ohio and the presidency, The Associated Press learned.
It's unOFFICIAL! yet again!
Bush wins re-election!
And Nader nowhere to shoulder blame.
The deciding demographic? The Evangelical vote.
(Interestingly, look how the vote went
for Carter, born-again Southern Baptist, in the '76 election.)
So who's to blame? Personally, I point the finger at the PR. Because everyone should damn-well accept the fact that it's not about the issues.
Let the recount and litigation begin!
Just a little something to lighten the day. Bound to be a double post but can't find any signs, so apologies in advance if it is. Altogether now, My brother jeb has votes put aside for meeee
"You're An Asshole."
A film strip we can all appreciate in time for tomorrow's big event. Try singing along!
Leave It To Bush! - No. 2.
In which George Bush discusses relationships and family with Bill Cosby. On the Moon. [Flash]
"I have become more and more aware of the Stalinist tactics and mentality of much of the American Right..... Relentless insistence on unity, on the existence of an unprecedented and overwhelming external threat, and on the total moral depravity of political opposition were all integral to Stalinist propaganda, and they are a growing part of conservative rhetoric in the United States today.....[Hateful] rhetoric was the prelude to a terrific acceleration of state murder in the Soviet Union....when I read posts on right-wing websites and blogs such as Free Republic or Little Green Footballs, I am reminded strongly of the rage and rhetoric of the young Communist Party activists in the late 1920s....The drive to sustain the administration's alternative world, and the blind hatred and rage of many of President Bush's supporters, may well have disastrous consequences for America."
[ Matthew Lenoe, author of Closer To The Masses. Stalinist Culture,Social Revolution, And Soviet Newpapers
. Harvard University Press, 2004 ] An op-ed, by someone who knows a bit about totalitarianism, it reminds me of Metafilters 36201
, 32747 24363
The President's "One Fingered Victory Salute"
[Salon link, reg. required -- also here
]. The Texans for Truth
have unearthed a video of POTUS, back when our commander in chief was the Governor of Texas, flipping the bird to persons unknown, possibly Karen Hughes. Perhaps this is what Mr. Bush meant by "kindness, goodwill, and decency"
The Road To Abu Ghraib A generation from now, historians may look back to April 28, 2004, as the day the United States lost the war in Iraq... It was a direct—and predictable—consequence of a policy, hatched at the highest levels of the administration, by senior White House officials and lawyers, in the weeks and months after 9/11. Yet the administration has largely managed to escape responsibility for those decisions; a month from election day, almost no one in the press or the political class is talking about what is, without question, the worst scandal to emerge from President Bush's nearly four years in office... Given the particular conditions faced by the president and his deputies after 9/11—a war against terrorists, in which the need to extract intelligence via interrogations was intensely pressing, but the limits placed by international law on interrogation techniques were very constricting—did those leaders have better alternatives than the one they chose? The answer is that they did. And we will be living with the consequences of the choices they made for years to come.
Georgebush.com site blocked to viewers outside the United States.
Surfers outside the US have been unable to visit the official re-election site of President George W Bush. The blocking of browsers sited outside the US began in the early hours of Monday morning.
Greg Palast's film will be broadcast by Newsnight on Tuesday, 26 October, 2004 by the BBC. You can also watch the show from the BBC website, either live or on demand for 24 hours after originally broadcast, by clicking on the latest programme button.
PIPA : who's your daddy ? "
"The roots of the Bush supporters' resistance to information....very likely lie in the traumatic experience of 9/11 and equally in the near pitch-perfect leadership that President Bush showed in its immediate wake. This appears to have created a powerful bond between Bush and his supporters"
American teens have spoken, and they want George W. Bush for president. Nearly 1.4 million teens voted in the nation's largest mock election
, and the Republican incumbent wound up with 393 electoral votes and 55 percent of the total votes cast.
George Bush & John Kerry
living together in the Sims 2. First things heat up, then they really get hot. Just wait until they meet their new neighbors! Via.
"We're not going to have any casualties."
This is the response that George W Bush gave to Pat Robertson, during a meeting in which Robertson expressed deep misgivings about the impending war in Iraq. There's been a lot of discussion about just how self-assured the President is on his positions (and how he won't admit any mistakes), but where does assurance end and delusion begin?
Iranian regime endorses Bush, saying democrats have historically "harmed Iran."
Head of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Hassan Rowhani
, is very close to the hardline leader, Ali Khamanei. But the truth is Republicans have always helped dictators in Iran,. Biggest example: 1953 coup
that toppled Mossadeq
, the extremely popular elected official prime minister of Iran and brought back the tyrant Shaah
Protecting our civil rights?
We've seen the free speech zones
, the kicking
, and the loyalty oaths
- but did you think that just mentioning the protection of civil rights
would get you thrown out of a Bush speech?
The Choice: 2004
. Frontline documentary. First aired on PBS earlier this week, the full two-hours is now available online. Examines the lives of Sen. John Kerry and President Bush -- from their days at Yale through their military experience and the political world. NPR interview
about the show.
Abortions Decreased Under Clinton - Increased Under Bush
52,000 more abortions under Bush than under Clinton, reversing a ten-year trend that had resulted in a 17.4% decline in abortions.
Redefining Rights in America: The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration, 2001–2004
-- This very thorough report
(PDF) finds that President Bush has neither exhibited leadership on pressing civil rights issues, nor taken actions that matched his words.
The US Commission on Civil Rights presents something for everyone, from Gay and Lesbian Rights on page 129 to Voting Rights and the 2000 Election on page 40, to Faith-Based Funding on page 157...from page 9: In fact, the faith-based initiative’s only civil rights significance may be that it actually allows employment discrimination. ... this initiative reflects the President’s desire to recast civil rights in a manner that suits his narrow agenda and, as such, has been highly controversial.
Bush & Kerry Round Two: Town Hall
It was going to be done. I'm just the one doing it.
The best political photo essay i've ever seen.
A cheeky look at Bush's flip flops in the form of a shoe catalogue.
Is Bush wired?
Ruthless speculation devoid of issues
, considered and explored
Roll your own stump speeches. Comes in two delicious flavors: George Bush
and John Kerry
Terror warnings boost Bush's approval ratings.
Cornell sociologist Robb Willard has used a time-series regression analysis to show that a terror alert by the US government predicts an increase in Bush's approval ratings, even on topics unrelated to security.
It's often been claimed
that the Bush administration manipulates terror alerts for political gain — does this finding make those claims more plausible?
No need to actually vote, folks: the Election result has already been written by the AP: At this hour, President Bush has won re-election as president by a 47 percent to 43 percent margin in the popular vote nationwide. Ralph Nader has 1 percent of the vote nationwide. That's with 51 percent of the precincts reporting.
(they say it's a test article, but who ever heard of an election results article being pre-written?)
The resumé of George W. Bush,
a carefully annotated curriculum vitae
for the incumbent U.S. president, with a foreword
and an ongoing errata section
to keep it honest.
Dissent is patriotic.
"I'm a pro-choice, antiwar, antideficit Republican," says Senator Linc Chafee (R-RI).
But his party affiliation is not stronger than the deep ideological gulf between the conservative and moderate wings of the GOP. Today, Sen. Chafee announced
that he will not support George Bush's bid for re-election nor vote for him in November. Already there are rumbles of a party defection that might quash hopes for a GOP hold on the U.S. Senate.
Remember this guy?
"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."
How Bush Did.
Later for the polls, pundits, and analysis. The five minute .wmv found here
sums up the President's performance. Partisan, sliced, edited, and damned
Q: Is George Bush being quietly coached while he's speaking in public?
There's a weird moment during the debate (one of many) when George Bush says "let me finish" but wasn't being interrrupted. Indymedia has a post on it too, including an mp3 of the moment.
So, is Bush being coached, even during the debates, and more to the point, how did he lose when he was being fed what to say?
Mr. Bush and His 10 Ever-Changing Different Positions on Iraq: "A flip and a flop and now just a flop."
Delightful Moore (to those who like what he does), and a few links to backup his reasoning for those who don't.
‘Staying the Course’ Isn’t an Option
"If Bush is re-elected, there are only two possible outcomes in Iraq:
Four years from now, America will have 5,000 dead servicemen and women and an untold number of dead Iraqis at a cost of about $1 trillion, yet still be no closer to success than we are right now, or
The U.S. will be gone, and we will witness the birth of a violent breeding ground for Shiite terrorists posing a far greater threat to Americans than a contained Saddam."
"The Air Force, in their ultimate wisdom, assembled a group of 102's and took them to Southeast Asia. Bush volunteered to go.
What if we voted on issues?
"They booed the results of their vote. They were upset that they had voted for the 'wrong guy'."
Newsweek reports that Irony is alive and well. Newsweek
reveals that CBS and 60 Minutes
, in order to make room for their now-infamous report on alleged documents from George Bush's National Guard Service, dropped their originally planned piece for that evening's show... about the Bush administration being misled on erroneous documents pertaining to the alleged Iraqi purchases of uranium from Niger.