Posting this because I thought it was a well done bit of "creative re-use" (Bobby Pickett, the original creator of "The MonsterMash" agreed to playfully re-record his 1962 hit tune), but also because I often wonder why it is that the powers of clever marketing aren't put to better use by non-profit organizations with axes to grind. What do you do if your group advocates for an issue that is not exactly at the top of the list of concerns this election season? Do you think this is an effectively delivered message?
"Our role was to try to keep people motivated about [the] election and then to undermine the other side's support by casting them as liars, cheaters, stealers, immoral—all of that." The brutal chicanery of Karl Rove
Why this election is so disappointing...
Opposite today's New York Times' 30-column-inch endorsement of John Kerry, Thomas Friedman makes a good case that several of the most important issues are not being talked about by either candidate in any serious way.
Vice President Cheney declares the no-wmd report justifies war
. So what exactly were they going to do to us that was dangerous, think about the act? In related news, widespread genocide is a potential thought of an african government
, let's get em?
So I saw this image online
(of a Michigan absentee ballot...which arrow is for Kerry, and which is for Bush?) and it made me think, what the hell is going on with this election? On the one hand, I'm told your vote might just be worthless if you use electronic voting machines
but on the other hand the alternative (in my state, at least
) is to use an absentee ballot
, which, according to some, might be easier, if only because I can have members of a political party help me fill it out.
The Likudization of the World "....he has cast the United States in the very same role in which Israel casts itself, facing the very same threat. In this narrative, the U.S. is fighting a never ending battle for its very survival against utterly irrational forces that seek nothing less than its total extermination. "
For the love of Crusade.
A short animation that may not be played at the 2004 Republican Convention.
John Kerry gets caught
mocking the famous Iowa Jima flag raising photograph on the cover of his book. Someone decides to put the entire book online
. This is probably very bad news for Kerry.
Mail Room Veterans for Bush
Not exactly your Swift Boat Veterans, but staunch defenders of all things holy and honorable and patriotic just the same. Submitted for your Friday fun.
"It would be best
if the arrest or killing of [Osama bin Laden] were announced on twenty-six, twenty-seven, or twenty-eight July." During the first three days of the Democratic National Convention, the Bush administration offers The July Surprise
The Living Room Candidate
--more than 250 political ads aired on TV since 1952 covering each election from Stevenson/Eisenhower thru 2000 (in wmp or real formats). And, as an added bonus, the Desktop Candidate,
covering web ads for this election cycle. All brought to you by the American Museum of the Moving Image
In the swing states, it's not just the economy anymore, stupid.
"The more you talk to West Virginians, the more you stop wondering how Democrats lost the state four years ago and start wondering how they ever won it."
Juan Cole remembers Reagan.
Cole: I did not say anything yesterday about Ronald Reagan's death. The day a person dies he has a right to be left alone.
But yesterday is now history, and Reagan's legacy should not pass without comment.
pendulum continues to swing back to the left
Meet Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth (D-SD)
you are Fat Tony,
now you're just haggling
over the price." Thanks for the Churchill whore meme
, who flagged this comment
Justice Scalia: "If it is reasonable to think that a Supreme Court justice can be bought so cheap
, the nation is in deeper trouble
than I had imagined." So, what is
the going rate?
Where is my gay apocalypse?
I have been waiting patiently.
I have been staring with great anticipation out the window of my flat here in the heart of San Francisco, sighing heavily, waiting for the riots and the plagues and the screaming monkeys and the blistering rain of inescapable hellfire. I have my camera all ready and everything.
"Dear Harry, I need to see you as soon as you have a few free moments. I want to tell you about some developments in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and at least part of what I say should come as welcome news." And with that handwritten memo from Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1992, Roe v. Wade
was saved from the brink of extinction.
Five years after Harry A. Blackmun's death, the Supreme Court justice's papers have been made public.
Although the LOC hasn't made images available on the Internet, the New York Times
are publishing features and presentations over the next several days. They provide a fascinating view into the justices' deliberative and decisionmaking process, something that we rarely get to see.
bush in 30 seconds
the finalists are in ... i wish bradley
had given it a shot. [ quicktime required ]
State arts programs
have been one of the biggest casualties of the widespread budget crises of 2003. In total, state spending for FY2004 has decreased 23%, led by
Missouri (entire budget - 100% - slashed), California (91%), and Florida (78%.) Meanwhile, Congress, to its credit, has awarded a modest increase
to the NEA. Will private funding take over, as the Libertarians
hope? Or is state funding an essential propellant
of local economies?
Examining Bush's stem cell policy, two years later.
Kinsley: Put it all together, and the stem cells that can squeeze through Bush's loopholes are far less promising than they seemed two years ago, while the general promise of embryonic stem cells burns brighter than ever. If you claim to have made an anguished moral decision, and the factual basis for that decision turns out to be faulty, you ought to reconsider or your claim to moral anguish looks phony. But Bush's moral anguish was suspect from the beginning, because the policy it produced makes no sense.
To protest the U.S.' agriculture policy, hundreds of farmers in Thailand have cursed George W. Bush with black magic
. The commander-in-chief's soul now rests forever in a pot at the bottom of the Ping River. General William Boykin
has volunteered to free the soul for the forces of righteousness. If only.
Is Howard Dean conducting viral marketing
Republicans for Dean...
but not in the way you might think. An interesting op-ed piece by David Brooks on why a Dean candidacy might be good news for the Bush team. (NYTimes, but no registration required.)
Al Gore calls the Bush administration on their lies, says he won't run but will pick a candidate in the near future.
Insightful excerpt: "Robust debate in a democracy will almost always involve occasional rhetorical excesses and leaps of faith, and we're all used to that. I've even been guilty of it myself on occasion. But there is a big difference between that and a systematic effort to manipulate facts in service to a totalistic ideology that is felt to be more important than the mandates of basic honesty."
The other shoe is dropping
for the Bush administration. Yes it's old news, but relevant to recent events. Cheney
ordered to name members
of energy panel
. Ken Lay
, pack your bags!
The United States is cutting off
military aid to 35 countries, including Colombia and six east European nations, because they back the International Criminal Court
and have not exempted Americans from possible prosecution.
"...the Bush administration is afraid the tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, backed by most European countries, might hear politically motivated prosecutions of U.S. military and civilian leaders."
As you may have heard, long term FBI Agent and Chinese double-agent Katrina Leung was charged yesterday.
What you might not have heard, if, say, you only read the CNN story, was that Leung was a prominent Republican,
who probably did a good bit to subvert the campaign finance reform effort. However, this isn't being covered by ABC, CNN,
Newsweek, the New York Times,
or pretty much anyone with any name recognition, as TalkingPointsMemo reports. Funny how potential sabotage isn't worth mentioning in these fast times full of SARS and terror, no?
I am happy
to see that the GOP is expanding
their reach to the more eclectic fringes of society. Although it may freak
some other people out.
Howard Dean writes
about the Bush doctrine (and more) for Common Dreams
"I am what is commonly referred to as a social liberal and a fiscal conservative."
In other words, he's not only about the war, it's the economy stupid.
Iraq in a Nutshell
by O'Reilly Books (not really)
A WARMONGER EXPLAINS WAR TO A PEACENIK
A light hearted look at the oft repeated justifications for war in Iraq and their counter arguments.
The Stewart For America Petition.
"We, the undersigned, hereby request that French Stewart immediately change his name to 'Freedom' Stewart." Long live America.
When U.S. Foreign Policy Meets Biblical Prophecy
"Does the Bible foretell regime change in Iraq? Did God establish Israel's boundaries millennia ago? Is the United Nations a forerunner of a satanic world order?
For millions of Americans, the answer to all those questions is a resounding yes"
"Leaders have always invoked God's blessing on their wars, and, in this respect, the Bush administration is simply carrying on a familiar tradition."
The tide is turning.
A new poll
from the Pew Research Center indicates that the Bush Administration is losing support for a war against Iraq, with only 29% favoring war if U.N. inspectors fail to find weapons of mass destruction.
Polls are looking considerably worse in Great Britain
, where 47% of the public disapprove of an attack on Iraq, compared to just 30% in favor of such an attack.
Blair is certain that he can get the British public to support war
, however, even if Britain goes to war without U.N. support
"When and if that time came, people would find the reasons acceptable and satisfactory because there is no other route available to us."
Media covers massive D.C. (and world) Anti-War protests, discounts numbers - Backflash: NPR and the NYT later issued apologies for their drastic undercounting of the Oct. 26 D.C. Anti-War protest - later admitted to be between 100,000 and 200,000 in size "...It was not as large as the organizers of the protest had predicted. They had said there would be 100,000 people here. I'd say there are fewer than 10,000"(NPR's Nancy Marshall) Last saturday's D.C. AntiWar protest received far more media coverage but a similar discounting of the numbers. IndyMedia (above link) provided numbers more in line with D.C. Police statements. Many media outlets ran the same AP news feed. [NYT, NPR , CNN, ABC, AP] and claimed..."Thousands" or "tens of thousands" of protesters. But in the words of those who witnessed it (as I did - 2.5 times size of Oct. 26 protest, from what I saw): 'D.C. police chief Charles Ramsey said, "It's one of the biggest ones we've had, certainly in recent times." U.S. Capitol Police chief Terrance Gainer said, "I know everyone is skittish about saying a number, but this was big. An impressive number." A C-SPAN cameraman I spoke to spent the entire protest on the roof of a cargo truck just to the side of the stage. He told me that he had covered dozens of protests in his time, and that the crowd on Saturday was the biggest he had ever seen.' (story) and organizers claimed 500,000 marched in DC meanwhile, a new poll shows support for a war on Iraq is slipping in the US and also dropping at the UN
The Liberaral Quandry on Iraq
[nytimes reg req'd]. [warning : iraq political story]. As a "liberal hawk", I have had some issues regarding whether to support a war with Iraq or not. In this article, George Packer talks to four liberals (David Rieff, Leon Wieseltier, Michael Walzer and Paul Berman) about what they think, and presents a sort of top ten list of reasons for or not. After reading the article, I'm a little less confused about where I stand, and a little closer to coming to grips with it
Bush is soft on tobacco
Just say No! Unless you are in cahoots with Big Tobacco. On issues such as this, I do not hold Bush or his party solely guilty but instead view it as The American Way--lobby groups, gifts, elections handouts--all of which blur party lines.
An official Q&A with the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld,
alludes to some extremely scary/interesting tidbits-- the Office of Strategic Influence is still alive, John Poindexter can do anything he pleases with DARPA, we just might renew nuclear weapons testing.
Don't worry, though. Rummy sez: "Anyone who is concerned ought not be. Anyone with any concern ought to be able to sleep well tonight. Nothing terrible is going to happen."
Third parties spoil elections for some guys trying to run for office. It seems that from reading CNN election results
, some people were able to get votes while not running with a D or R. Some of the notables (not including Bernie Sanders (I-VT)) include Gary Richardson
(I-OK) who might have cost Steve Largent the election
, Tim Penny
(I-MN) couldn't replace Jesse, Tom Golisano
(I-NY) will need to try again in 2006, Jim Mahoney
(I-AZ) fared well, Ed Thompson
(Libertarian-WI) got over 10%, not bad for being Tommy Thompson's brother, the MT Senate results
were (in order) Baucus
/Teddy Roosevelt Look-a-like
and in the most dubious of all good news for Third Parties, Jim Traficant loses from behind bars
but he got 15%, showing some people like their politicans imprisoned
Three cheers to the third parties!
Not standing up to Bush on Iraq is costing the Democrasts money.
I work fund raising for the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC, and all three have seen a drop in fund raising dollars over the last two months. The Dems claim it's a good year no matter what the numbers say, but I beg to differ, as a person working the frontline of their telemarketing campaigns the callers are hearing serious complaints from the donors, and we in middle management are getting no response on what to tell the donors. With the House having voted for Bush's resolution, and the Senate set to pass it, is it too late to save face with their donors?
"And due to the flagrant violations of U.N. resolutions, we now order Israel, Turkey, Morocco, and most every other country to bow before us..."
Otherwise known as 'things George Bush overlooked when planning his Cincinnati speech.' Numerous UN resolutions have been disregarded and have gone unpunished-Israel being one of the most serious violators. Who else believes that their most hard-assed university professors would fail them for using the rather weak, subjective arguments that have been popping up in political speeches lately?
The Rise of the Ideopolis
"Democrats have been gaining strength in areas where the production of ideas and services has either redefined or replaced an economy dependent on manufacturing, agriculture, and resource extraction. Many of these areas are in the North and West, but they are also in states like Florida and Virginia. Republicans are strongest in areas where the transition to postindustrial society has lagged. Many of these are in the Deep South and Prairie States. As Democratic politics has evolved over the last decade, it has increasingly reflected the socially liberal, fiscally moderate priorities of these new areas -- what we call a politics of progressive centrism. Republicans have continued to espouse an anti-government credo closely identified with business and the religious right -- a politics that plays well in parts of the Deep South but not in a new postindustrial America." (Check out what's going on in Illinois
). If that doesn't work, there's always the NASCAR Democrats
"Any further strikes against Americans will thus be a painful reminder that the war has not been won.
Sadly, a main reason will be America's reluctance to focus on the political roots of the terrorist atrocity of Sept. 11."
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The Coming Democratic Dominance
"...ever since the collapse of the Reagan conservative majority, which enjoyed its final triumph in November 1994, American politics has been turning slowly, but inexorably, toward a new Democratic majority. It was evident in Al Gore's popular-vote victory in 2000 (made more significant by the overhang of the Bill Clinton scandals and Gore's ineptitude as a campaigner) and in Bush's and the Republicans' sinking fortunes in the first two-thirds of 2001. It was obscured by the patriotic rush of support for Bush after September 11, which to some extent carried over to the Republican Party as a whole. But it has resurfaced in recent months as Americans have turned their attention back to the economy and domestic policy and away from the war on terrorism. Far from being a temporary distraction from a long-term shift toward the GOP, popular anger at the business scandals and the plummeting Dow heralds the resumption of a long-term shift toward the Democrats. " (via george
Gore questions timing of Iraq concern
Is it proper to invade Iraq? This would be an unprecedented move for the US military as Iraq has not attacked the US anyone the US has defense treaties with.
"Republican National Committee spokesman Jim Dyke called Gore's comments "irresponsible."
"This is no time to attack the president or Republicans for their handling of the war for political gain," he said."
Hmmm..so he admits the Iraqi attack IS for partisan political gain, eh? I would have never suspected it.
Massachusetts Legislature kills proposed amendment to ban gay marriage.
Is this a breach of grass roots justice? or the majority's right to strip rights from a minority should not be put to a popular or legislative vote?