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October 11, 2003


THIS QUALIFIES AS A LIE, TOO
Letters from soldiers proved fake

A seventh soldier didn't know about the letter until his father congratulated him for getting it published in the local newspaper in Beckley, W.Va.

"When I told him he wrote such a good letter, he said: 'What letter?' " Timothy Deaconson said Friday, recalling the phone conversation he had with his son, Nick. "This is just not his (writing) style."


And this one matters, just like the last one.

See Gannett (due to not paying attention to quality news and tihngs like that) stayed focused on its letter's policy (It's a company real goood on policy and breaking its own policies frequently) and found that there was some kind of coordinated letter-writing campaign that tried to put a good face on the situation in Iraq.

Of course, there are good things happening in Iraq. And despite whining rightist !#@#$% saying only Fox reports what's going good I've sen it early and often on all the networks and cable news (can anyone say "embedded"?)

So why not let the facts speak for themselves? Well apparently there's things that aren't too great going on as well. Where's that fake letter writing campagin from "leftists who'll do anything."

More of that Rove administration honesty and integrity rubbing off on some leaders in the military.


October 10, 2003


SHIRIN EBADI WINS PEACE PRIZE

AKA My condescending post about a woman (a woman)
winning a Nobel peace prize and my fake conservative expertise on the subject. And not only a woman but an Iranian and who thought they had two good ideas to rub together. No, I know I say they are smart and everything, but really, this is amazing.

But I've been following the career of this woman for at least 15 years and she is truly a triumph of will over circumstance where her country may not even be proud of her achievement(s).

Still, she is obviously a little deluded but no one's perfect as I'm sure the rug she sits reminds her of every day: I'm a Muslim, so you can be a Muslim and support democracy," Ebadi told Norwegian television when reached in Paris after winning the prize. "It's very good for human rights in Iran, especially for children's rights in Iran. I hope I can be useful."

But she seems to have earned it.


October 09, 2003

ARIZONA DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

HERE'S THE TRANSCRIPT - How does my version below compare?

My impressions. One, I can't believe it's not on any local stations. But CNN has a debate as did Fox.

Edwards impressed me again. He hadf a great answer in response to quite a silly question from Jeff Greenfield about his background story and does it really give him much credibility.

Gephardt a little bit schmoozy. His favoritew word is failure.

Howard too angry again. He sounds and looksa much bettwer when he talks then when he listens.

Lieberman's applause lines aren't getting applause.

You know Sharpton is going to have the best lines and its clear he's there just to bring new ideas to the lecturn -- "We're 72 hours away from an actor who couldn't win an Oscar becoming governor of California."

Braun - "The men have ruined it."

Crowley brought up the "George Bush is the man we need at this time." (I'll find the quote).

CLARK: I've worked wirth Cheny, Powell etc. But I'm very disappointed at how they're running the country.

KERRY: tryoing to paint clark as a dem-lite.

CLARK: Got some pretty clear language that he did want the national security team to succeed "as every American did" but he found the administration lacking. Very clear.

POST HERE ...


GEPHARDT: Made the point hat hyis military was builty by the Clinton administration.
GEPHARDT: he repeated the charge that

Democrat: we're where we at because we don't stahd up for what we believe in. the minute ypou sauyy somwething just to get elercted the american people notice because hey're not stupid. [ good answer. got applause]

LIEBERMAN: Integrity is on the ballot nexzt November. Damnit that's the soundbite so far.

KERRY: They used to think their strong point was natinal security. They can't finmd OBL. They can't find Saddam Hussein. They can't even find the leaker in the White House.

5:45 p.m.

KUCINICH: Bring our troops home.

DEAN: We can't. We're there now and there are more Al Qeaeda members there now than before we invaded.

TOWNHALL (from selected interests not just the general public)
AKA taje our coats off time)


Kerry first to get his ass of his chair. It actually worked well.

Prescription Drugs / Insurance question

A stroke victim (actually a very moving wquestion. Not so much from her circumstance, but because we are all one step away.

EDWARDS: Asked questions of the audience member Karen Dickinson (spelling ??? )

POST HERE

I'm leaving now to watch game. I've been drinking (I HAVE TOMORROW OFF) and I'll check in on what others say. I'll fix my spelling errors later. Cheers.

Yankees 2, Red Sox 1, top of third, Boston up. 18:08.


SHORTER PRES DEBATE:

DICK GEPHARDT: I WAS THERE WHEN CLINTON DID GOOD

DENNIS KUCINICH: I'M THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO DIDN'T VOTE FOR THE WAR

CAROL MOSELELY BRAUN: I'M A WOMAN SO VOTE FOR ME.

JOHN KERRY: I'M A VET. I'M PRACTICAL.

LIEBERMAN: I'M BUSH WITHOUT THE LIES

BOB GRAHAM: CRICKETS (See he's out now, just seeing if you're paying attention)

JOHN EDWARDS: I THINK I CAN. I THINK I CAN.

AL SHARPTON: I'M GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND ENJOY MYSELF TOO

HOWARD DEAN: THE REST OF THE COUNTRY CAN WORK LIKE VERMONT

update 21:45 After seeing comments at DailyKos and Atrios about Judy Woodruff's doing the word I can't think of right now, can I just say -- whatever. She was fine.

She had the nice trick of er-ring as if she was going to stop them from talking without doing so, though it did get them to wrap their verbiage up more quickly. You are imagining things if she did anything but lead the way. And she let them do most of the talking - HOO-FRICKING-RAY.

update 22:27 Hmm if this is true then my view of Woodruff's talents as a moderator may drop a ton. And I think it is since a number of people mentioned it over at DailyKos (where an amazing percentage of people apparently don't have basic cable):
The best part was that, during the commercial, Judy's mike was still hot on CNN Radio. She was screaming, literally *screaming* about her lipstick and her bangs. They she turned around and started *screaming* at the audience to sit down. Hysterical. The worst part was her snapping her fingers impatiently trying to get Lieberman to shut up. Who does this lady think she is? Amazing.
Posted by bink at October 9, 2003 07:08 PM





UM, YEAH I GUESS SO ...

This headline struck me as funny --
Ventura show off to a slow start.

Because its true. I didn't even know the show was on. The media buzzzzz zzzzzzz must have been extraordinary but I missed it (sarcasm btw).

Is this why Microsoft wants to cut the ties that bind a la AOL and Time Warner?




GEORGE BUSH JUNIOR'S BLOG -- NOW WITH COMMENTS
Taste's great, less filling.

A little has been posted about the new
George Bush Junior blog. It's too easy to lay into it for its sheer lameness, but I will be fair as most people seem to be that -- with the possible exception of Howard Dean's blog - all of them are terrible.

What has got most of my ideological pursuasion upset is the site's lack of comments. And I can wholeheartedly agree, because comments are actually a big reason I go to a lot of blogs.

Well this is different now. Comments4W is a mirror like site which posts the same posts, but allows comments. Go there now, as I plan to frequently.


update 11:03 This is how the official Bush blog describes a blog. Underneath the click of "What's a blog" on the left of the site we get this explenatipon, which seems to be accurate and was probably lifted from British Web log Samizdata, but bears no relation to the OBB:

A blog is a free-flowing online journal that’s constantly updated with the latest news from throughout the Web. This blog will serve as your personal guide to the campaign to re-elect President Bush, with breaking news, grassroots updates, and posts from campaign leadership.




WHAT'S JAY DOING UP THERE?
Gee
Jay, you're so vain, you probably thought this post was about you.
(sorry, coudn't resist)

This post is only because a Washington Post article I found brings up the exact same question I had. It's not something I dwelled on but WHAT WAS JAY LENO DOING at Arnold Schwarzenegger's victory speech?

And this Washington Post article brought together a few questions I had about the entire NBC / Schwarzenegger affair.

In fact the whole article is about blurring the line between politics and entertainment, but misses some key points.

But here's what crystalized for me. In the article the journalist mentions that Oprah was the only sit down show that AS and Maria Shriver did. I didn't know that.

In the article the journalist mentions that Arnold Schwarzenegger was the only CA candidate invited on the Tonight Show (I would quickly add that it may be the fact that others were invited but only AS said, yes.). I didn't know that.

What's the link between Oprah, the Tonight Show, and oh, let's say Maria Shriver?

That's right, it's NBC, where Shriver hosts Dateline NBC?

Kind of a, you scratch my back I'll scratch my back kind of arrangement.

That rattles my sensibilities and stretches the credulity factor to max. I could stretch it a little further to wonder what GE might have to gain in all this coziness in regard to energy and California. Please watch that space carefully.




October 08, 2003



PEOPLE WITH TOO MUCH TIME HATE

It takes a child-like mind with way too much time on his hands to bother.

Barney Grumble has earned himself a flattering (read imitation) site over at
BendOverBarney from a troll; one who tried to start an argument with me but didn't get the reaction he wanted and went back to tying to self-felate himself.

BG over at MWOWatch x 4 has truly earned the site because he fed the hateful trolls who truly hate themselves and get their support from woman without self-esteem.

site found via Ricky West


A sampling of the tribute site WARNING UNNECESSARY SWEARING AND IMAGERY AHEAD - and yes some swearing is necessary, just not in this case:
In the Blogosphere, there are trolls, and there are trolls.

And then there are shit-eating, cocksucking, cum-guzzling sons-of-crack-whore-bitches who simply aren't fit to exist...who royally deserve to be beaten to death, and their remains fed to one of Uday's people-shredders.

Exhibit A of this latter category is a pathetic excuse-for-a-human who calls himself "Barney Gumble" - hereinafter known throughout Spatulaville as "Bumblefuck". Bumblefuck is a racist, sexist bigoted troll (and probably heterophobic to boot, although confirmation of that wasn't available at press time). Wouldn't you know it - he's also a socialist liberal.


update 17:40 clarification. The text above is actually lifted from a different site -- Spatulaville ???? THe point remains the same



FIRST GOV-ELECT SCHWARENEGGER $4B BUMP

Schwarzenegger's toughest and first challenge: the looming, $8 billion deficit. It will grow by $4 billion if Schwarzenegger makes good on his promise to immediately repeal this year's tripling of the car tax. He has said he will not raise taxes except in case of emergency. He also promised not to cut education. But he never specified what he would cut.




CONGRESSMAN CONYERS ASKS ROVE TO RESIGN


Congressman John Conyers Writes a Letter to Karl Rove Asking Him to Resign

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative John Conyers, Jr., the Ranking Member, on the House Judiciary Committee sent the following letter to Senior White House Advisor, Karl Rove, asking for his resignation:

October 7, 2003
Dear Mr. Rove:

I write to ask you to resign from the White House staff. Recent press reports have indicated that, while you may or may not have been the source of the Robert Novak column which revealed the status and name of a covert operative, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, you were involved in a subsequent effort to push this classified information to other reporters and give it even wider currency. This itself may be a federal crime, but regardless of that fact, your actions are morally indefensible.

In my view, it is shameful and unethical that an Administration that promised to govern with "honor and integrity" and "change the tone" in Washington has now engaged in an orchestrated campaign to smear and intimidate truth-telling critics, placing them in possible physical harm and impairing the efforts and operations of the CIA.
Recent reports indicate that you told the journalist, Chris Matthews, and perhaps others, that Mr. Wilson's wife and her undercover status were "fair game." Evan Thomas and Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, Oct. 13, 2003. Since these initial allegations have arisen, neither the White House nor your office have denied your involvement in furthering the leak.

Repeated press inquiries into this matter have been rebuffed with technical jargon and narrow legalisms, instead of broader ethical issues. Indeed, in the same article it appears a White House source acknowledged that you contacted Matthews and other journalists, indicating that "it was reasonable to discuss who sent Wilson to Niger."
It should be noted that these actions may well have violated 18 U.S.C. § 793, which prohibits the willful or grossly negligent distribution of national defense information that could possibly be used against the United States. The law states that even if you lawfully knew of

Mr. Wilson's wife's status, you were obliged to come forward and report the press leak to the proper authorities - not inflame the situation by encouraging further dissemination. 18 U.S.C. § 793(f). Larger than whether any one statute can be read to find criminal responsibility is the issue of whether officials of your stature will be allowed to use their influence to intimidate whistle-blowers.

Over three decades ago, our nation was scarred by an Administration that would stop at nothing to smear and intimidate its critics. I do not believe the Nation will countenance a repeat of such activities. For your role in this campaign, I would ask that you resign immediately.

Sincerely,

John Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Minority Member

cc: The Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
Chairman Committee on the Judiciary


via
Buzzflash.com



SHRIVER BACK AT NBC

To answer the Maria Shriver bias question -->
From an Oct. 5 USA Today article:
Shriver, who reports on a variety of topics for Dateline, declined to talk directly about her return to network news.

But through an assistant, Shriver said she had always planned to return to NBC "no matter what" the outcome of Tuesday's recall vote.

It's an "unusual situation," Shriver said, "but I think we'll be able to work something out to everyone's satisfaction. If NBC will have me, I hope to come to work at the conclusion of the campaign."

NBC News president Neal Shapiro says he plans to welcome Shriver back to the fold, with certain conditions, depending on Tuesday's outcome.

If Schwarzenegger wins, he said, Shriver would not be allowed to cover anything to do with California politics or any issue facing her husband as governor.

"Obviously there would be some stories she could not cover," he said, such as a murder case in California in which the governor might have the ability to pardon the person who was convicted of the crime.

As for politics in general, "we don't have her cover anything with her family but as long as it wasn't something that we felt that Gov. Schwarzenegger was about to make a ruling on it, I think she could cover that."

The same rules, Shapiro noted, apply to NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell, whose husband, Alan Greenspan, runs the Federal Reserve.

Donna Hanover, former wife of ex-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, continued to work as a local Fox anchor while her husband was in office.

Hanover, now host of TV's syndicated Famous Homes & Hideaways, said through a spokeswoman that Shriver "has built her own fine reputation and I believe her skills in telling important stories should not be lost to TV viewers."

But Paul Janensch, a journalism professor at Quinnipiac University, says "I don't like the way people go from politics to news, especially TV news, with such ease. It's understandable if news consumers are skeptical that yesterday's partisan can be today's unbiased reporter. But how can Maria Shriver be denied a return to her news job at NBC when so many former partisans are now high-profile TV journalists?"



October 07, 2003


GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS

I haven't read any blogs today so here's my good news bad news.

BAD NEWS (for Californians (and Gray Davis)) Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to be the new governor of California. It's a victory not for ideas but for the cult of celebrity.
OFFICIAL RESULTS HERE.

Actually its a victory for one idea - people wanted someone to blame and they used Davis as a scapegoat. I don't see any reason to vote for Schwarzenegger other than he's famous. He put off any substantial or even surface examination of his own ideas. Excpet one - he doesn't want licenses for illegal immigrants.

GOOD NEWS Propostion 54 turned down. That would have ended all tracking by race.

NOT SURE Proposition 53 turned down. Would have diverted 1 percent of CA's budget to infrastructure. Which I think means roads and transortation but it might go further. Seems like BAD NEWS (and it was written by a Republican legislator.

BAD NEWS Chicago Cubs lost. I can't claim any great history of love for the Cubs. In fact it started about a week ago. I root for the underdog and the sense of history they achieved.

GOOD NEWS Daily Show is on -- a new one.

GOOD NEWS Netzero available for Mac now.

GOOD NEWS Do Not Call list back on the front burner.




October 06, 2003


October 05, 2003

MATTHEW SHEPARD ANTI-MONUMENT

Political Pulpit points me toward a story straight of hell. PP doesn't have permalinks, but does link to the story -
here.

It involves Matthew Shepard, the gay man brutalized and killed in Jasper, Texas.

Seems Fred Phelps - he of the "America deserved 9-11" and the Phelps who thinks he runs a religious organization - wants to eract a statue in the city park and ius threatening to sue if he doesn't get his way. The plaque of the statue would read :MATTHEW SHEPARD, Entered Hell October 12, 1998, in Defiance of God's Warning: 'Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination.' Leviticus 18:22."

Phelps will not get his way, and even if he did, that would mean he earned the right to be sued into homelessness. Phelps epitomizes the very essence of "a waste of space" except he also pollutes that space and my heart.

He should be tied up with his ass in the air with javelins thrown his way until one hits the fleshy rosebud target.