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January 31, 2004

Add P Diddy to the Liberal Conspiracy

According to USNews, the rapper (also known as Sean Puuufy Combs), is joining with Democrats:

For a middle-aged white guy, Democratic Party grandmaster Terry McAuliffe's got a pretty good dance step. But it took more than boogie-woogie to score what could be a politically important late-night meeting with hip-hop king Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Friends of both say they got together last month at P. Diddy's New York recording studio as he worked on his Super Bowl ditty. McAuliffe asked the sometime social activist to help out in the fall presidential elections. For the first time, the influential celebrity agreed. "He will be involved in some of what we're doing in the future," says a Dem. One likely job: the "Something New" campaign, which uses hip-hop concerts to goose youths to vote. "P. Diddy," said one participant, "was thoughtful and very impressive." The meeting occurred on the very day he was seen back with Jennifer Lopez, who later broke up with Ben Affleck. Some star-struck Dems hoped she'd be at the meeting, but hanging out with P. Diddy in the recording studio was enough for McAuliffe, who's been bragging ever since about "laying track with P. Diddy."

Posted by Eric at 09:44 PM | Comments (0)

Add P Diddy to the Liberal Conspiracy

According to USNews, the rapper (also known as Sean Puuufy Combs), is joining with Democrats:

For a middle-aged white guy, Democratic Party grandmaster Terry McAuliffe's got a pretty good dance step. But it took more than boogie-woogie to score what could be a politically important late-night meeting with hip-hop king Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Friends of both say they got together last month at P. Diddy's New York recording studio as he worked on his Super Bowl ditty. McAuliffe asked the sometime social activist to help out in the fall presidential elections. For the first time, the influential celebrity agreed. "He will be involved in some of what we're doing in the future," says a Dem. One likely job: the "Something New" campaign, which uses hip-hop concerts to goose youths to vote. "P. Diddy," said one participant, "was thoughtful and very impressive." The meeting occurred on the very day he was seen back with Jennifer Lopez, who later broke up with Ben Affleck. Some star-struck Dems hoped she'd be at the meeting, but hanging out with P. Diddy in the recording studio was enough for McAuliffe, who's been bragging ever since about "laying track with P. Diddy."

Posted by Eric at 09:44 PM | Comments (0)

Saturday Brings At Least 18 Deaths in Iraq

According to Reuters:

The U.S. military said three U.S. soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb blew up next to a convoy traveling between Kirkuk and Tikrit, the hometown of ousted leader Saddam Hussein 175 km north of Baghdad.

The deaths brought to 364 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in action since the start of the Iraq war last March. Including non-combat deaths, the toll is 522.

Soldiers and policemen in Baghdad gave conflicting accounts of the first blast in Baghdad's Baladiyyat district, some saying it was mortar fire and others rockets. A father and son who ran a kiosk nearby were killed, sources at a hospital said.

Guerrillas have often struck on significant dates -- a car bomb destroyed a Baghdad restaurant on New Year's Eve, killing eight, and on October 27, the first day of Ramadan, coordinated suicide attacks in Baghdad killed at least 35.

Posted by Eric at 08:39 PM | Comments (0)

Saturday Brings At Least 18 Deaths in Iraq

According to Reuters:

The U.S. military said three U.S. soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb blew up next to a convoy traveling between Kirkuk and Tikrit, the hometown of ousted leader Saddam Hussein 175 km north of Baghdad.

The deaths brought to 364 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in action since the start of the Iraq war last March. Including non-combat deaths, the toll is 522.

Soldiers and policemen in Baghdad gave conflicting accounts of the first blast in Baghdad's Baladiyyat district, some saying it was mortar fire and others rockets. A father and son who ran a kiosk nearby were killed, sources at a hospital said.

Guerrillas have often struck on significant dates -- a car bomb destroyed a Baghdad restaurant on New Year's Eve, killing eight, and on October 27, the first day of Ramadan, coordinated suicide attacks in Baghdad killed at least 35.

Posted by Eric at 08:39 PM | Comments (0)

Sunday Show Lineups

ABC's "This Week"
Terry McAuliffe
James Woolsey, former CIA director
Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

CBS' "Face the Nation"
John Edwards

NBC's "Meet the Press"
Howard Dean

CNN's "Late Edition"
Joe Lieberman
David Kay
Sens. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano
Pat Robertson

"Fox News Sunday"
Kay
Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

Posted by Eric at 08:38 PM | Comments (0)

Sunday Show Lineups

ABC's "This Week"
Terry McAuliffe
James Woolsey, former CIA director
Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

CBS' "Face the Nation"
John Edwards

NBC's "Meet the Press"
Howard Dean

CNN's "Late Edition"
Joe Lieberman
David Kay
Sens. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano
Pat Robertson

"Fox News Sunday"
Kay
Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

Posted by Eric at 08:38 PM | Comments (0)

Chandler Ads

The always fantastic Political Wire notes this about Ben Chandler and his recent ad buys on several blogs, including The Hamster:

Ben Chandler's congressional campaign has started advertising on Political Wire and several other blogs via BlogAds. In less than a day, online campaign donations covered the cost of the entire ad buy.
Nice. Blogs, of course, have helped fundraising. Just look at the funds the DNC has raised through its blog. And don't forget about the presidential campaign sites.

Also, help support The Hamster and click on these other good folks:

OpenMinds: "Switch to openminds.us for reliable, accelerated dialup access with the latest "Open Source" technology and US-based support
for the maximum online security, safety, and privacy."

The Cheating Culture: "The collapse of Enron in late 2001 began a wave of corporate scandals unparalleled in U.S. history. Corporate cheating has cost many Americans their retirement savings, undermined investor confidence in the stock market, and highlighted the need for much stronger government regulation of big business. Today, it is far from clear whether real reform will occur or whether many of the executives responsible for the recent scandals will ever be brought to justice."

Or support this site through cheap ads here.

Posted by Eric at 04:25 PM | Comments (0)

Chandler Ads

The always fantastic Political Wire notes this about Ben Chandler and his recent ad buys on several blogs, including The Hamster:

Ben Chandler's congressional campaign has started advertising on Political Wire and several other blogs via BlogAds. In less than a day, online campaign donations covered the cost of the entire ad buy.
Nice. Blogs, of course, have helped fundraising. Just look at the funds the DNC has raised through its blog. And don't forget about the presidential campaign sites.

Also, help support The Hamster and click on these other good folks:

OpenMinds: "Switch to openminds.us for reliable, accelerated dialup access with the latest "Open Source" technology and US-based support
for the maximum online security, safety, and privacy."

The Cheating Culture: "The collapse of Enron in late 2001 began a wave of corporate scandals unparalleled in U.S. history. Corporate cheating has cost many Americans their retirement savings, undermined investor confidence in the stock market, and highlighted the need for much stronger government regulation of big business. Today, it is far from clear whether real reform will occur or whether many of the executives responsible for the recent scandals will ever be brought to justice."

Or support this site through cheap ads here.

Posted by Eric at 04:25 PM | Comments (0)

NY Times Bestseller

For week of Feb 8, 2004.

1) Price of Loyalty.
2) American Dynasty.
3) Prison without Bars, Pete Rose.
4) Dude, Where's My Country.
5) Lies ... Franken.
7) Enemy Within, Michael Savage

12) Bill O'Reilly
14) Had Enough? Carville
16) Tour of Duty, John Kerry book, Douglas Brinkley

Also selling, Zell Miller (17), Robert E. Rubin and Jacob Weisberg (20), David Frum and Richard Perle (23), Albright (25), and Molly Ivins (34).

Posted by Eric at 01:13 PM | Comments (0)

NY Times Bestseller

For week of Feb 8, 2004.

1) Price of Loyalty.
2) American Dynasty.
3) Prison without Bars, Pete Rose.
4) Dude, Where's My Country.
5) Lies ... Franken.
7) Enemy Within, Michael Savage

12) Bill O'Reilly
14) Had Enough? Carville
16) Tour of Duty, John Kerry book, Douglas Brinkley

Also selling, Zell Miller (17), Robert E. Rubin and Jacob Weisberg (20), David Frum and Richard Perle (23), Albright (25), and Molly Ivins (34).

Posted by Eric at 01:13 PM | Comments (0)

Bush's Proposed Mercury Rules Show Industry Influence

Surprise! WPost:

A side-by-side comparison of one of the three proposed rules and the memorandums prepared by Latham & Watkins -- one of Washington's premier corporate environmental law firms -- shows that at least a dozen paragraphs were lifted, sometimes verbatim, from the industry suggestions ...

Latham & Watkins was among the law firms and utility industry groups that lobbied the administration last year during deliberations over mercury rules in the Clean Air Act. The firm represents Cinergy Inc. and other major utilities and energy companies with a major interest in the outcome of the rule-making. Holmstead, an assistant EPA administrator, and his chief counsel, Bill Wehrum, worked for Latham & Watkins before joining the EPA.

There is nothing unusual about industry groups peppering government agencies with position papers and recommendations. Indeed, lawyers for Latham & Watkins served on an EPA mercury advisory group and submitted two detailed memos -- one dated March 8, 2002, that dealt with the challenges of regulating different grades of coal, and another, dated Sept. 4, that outlined a number of regulatory legal theories. However, some former EPA officials said it is rare for the agency to simply insert large chunks of an industry analysis into a proposed rule.

Posted by Eric at 05:26 AM | Comments (0)

Bush's Proposed Mercury Rules Show Industry Influence

Surprise! WPost:

A side-by-side comparison of one of the three proposed rules and the memorandums prepared by Latham & Watkins -- one of Washington's premier corporate environmental law firms -- shows that at least a dozen paragraphs were lifted, sometimes verbatim, from the industry suggestions ...

Latham & Watkins was among the law firms and utility industry groups that lobbied the administration last year during deliberations over mercury rules in the Clean Air Act. The firm represents Cinergy Inc. and other major utilities and energy companies with a major interest in the outcome of the rule-making. Holmstead, an assistant EPA administrator, and his chief counsel, Bill Wehrum, worked for Latham & Watkins before joining the EPA.

There is nothing unusual about industry groups peppering government agencies with position papers and recommendations. Indeed, lawyers for Latham & Watkins served on an EPA mercury advisory group and submitted two detailed memos -- one dated March 8, 2002, that dealt with the challenges of regulating different grades of coal, and another, dated Sept. 4, that outlined a number of regulatory legal theories. However, some former EPA officials said it is rare for the agency to simply insert large chunks of an industry analysis into a proposed rule.

Posted by Eric at 05:26 AM | Comments (0)

Funny Comments

I was reading through the comments in the comment-popular Al Franken Attacks People! entry. Here was an exchange:

And Limbaugh isn't equal time. You name for me one person in the media who blatantly extolls the vitrues of the left and tells his audience to vote democratic the way that hannity, rush, miller, o'reilly, scarborough, kudlow, cramer, savage, ingraham, and the rest of the folks with their own editorially slanted shows do.

Liberal media, my ass!

Posted by: pop at January 30, 2004 02:43 PM

So then someone responds:

pop-

Since you asked, the liberal media is known as CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NPR, PBS (read the Bernard Goldberg book) along with a majority of the entertainment industry with the content they produce and publicity they generate. I am making the point that now there alternatives and liberals are crying foul because of the huge success these alternatives are enjoying.

You want names? Ok, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Bill Moyers, Ted Turner, Christine Amanpour, Andy Rooney, Aaron McGruder, Paul Begala, James Carville, Chris Matthews, Janeane Garofalo, Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Michael Moore, Martin Sheen, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Mike Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Ed harris, Woody Harrelson, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jessica Lange, Woody Allen, Johnny Depp, Kate Hudson, Harrison Ford, Al Franken, Ed Asner, Dixie Chicks, Barbara Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Michael Stipe, Chris Martin, Chrissy Hynde, Sheryl Crowe, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Bono, John Cougar, Willie Nelson, Moby,Norman Mailer, Hans Blix.

All these outspoken fools have a huge impact on the people who formulate their judgement on sound-bites.

Liberal media is not just broadcast news or a talk radio show personality, it's a conspiracy!

Posted by: gjaz at January 30, 2004 04:44 PM

Fear the liberal juggernaut that is Kate Kudson.

I mean, I know when I saw "Alex and Emma," I was like, "You know, tax cuts that disproportionately affect the wealthiest 1% of Americans will do nothing to stimulate the US economy, as conservatives have put forth in Reaganesque trickle-down economic theory." But maybe I was reading too much into Kate Hudson's acting.

Posted by Eric at 05:14 AM | Comments (0)

Funny Comments

I was reading through the comments in the comment-popular Al Franken Attacks People! entry. Here was an exchange:

And Limbaugh isn't equal time. You name for me one person in the media who blatantly extolls the vitrues of the left and tells his audience to vote democratic the way that hannity, rush, miller, o'reilly, scarborough, kudlow, cramer, savage, ingraham, and the rest of the folks with their own editorially slanted shows do.

Liberal media, my ass!

Posted by: pop at January 30, 2004 02:43 PM

So then someone responds:

pop-

Since you asked, the liberal media is known as CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NPR, PBS (read the Bernard Goldberg book) along with a majority of the entertainment industry with the content they produce and publicity they generate. I am making the point that now there alternatives and liberals are crying foul because of the huge success these alternatives are enjoying.

You want names? Ok, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Bill Moyers, Ted Turner, Christine Amanpour, Andy Rooney, Aaron McGruder, Paul Begala, James Carville, Chris Matthews, Janeane Garofalo, Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Michael Moore, Martin Sheen, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Mike Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Ed harris, Woody Harrelson, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jessica Lange, Woody Allen, Johnny Depp, Kate Hudson, Harrison Ford, Al Franken, Ed Asner, Dixie Chicks, Barbara Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Michael Stipe, Chris Martin, Chrissy Hynde, Sheryl Crowe, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Bono, John Cougar, Willie Nelson, Moby,Norman Mailer, Hans Blix.

All these outspoken fools have a huge impact on the people who formulate their judgement on sound-bites.

Liberal media is not just broadcast news or a talk radio show personality, it's a conspiracy!

Posted by: gjaz at January 30, 2004 04:44 PM

Fear the liberal juggernaut that is Kate Kudson.

I mean, I know when I saw "Alex and Emma," I was like, "You know, tax cuts that disproportionately affect the wealthiest 1% of Americans will do nothing to stimulate the US economy, as conservatives have put forth in Reaganesque trickle-down economic theory." But maybe I was reading too much into Kate Hudson's acting.

Posted by Eric at 05:14 AM | Comments (0)

Just Checking on O'Reilly

Remember this?

"And I said on my program, if -- if -- the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again." Bill O'Reilly, Good Morning America, 3-18-03

Last time I checked, O'Reilly's been doing a lot of trusting the Bush administration. As of today, over 318 days since he said he would apologize to America.

Posted by Eric at 04:53 AM | Comments (0)

Just Checking on O'Reilly

Remember this?

"And I said on my program, if -- if -- the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again." Bill O'Reilly, Good Morning America, 3-18-03

Last time I checked, O'Reilly's been doing a lot of trusting the Bush administration. As of today, over 318 days since he said he would apologize to America.

Posted by Eric at 04:53 AM | Comments (0)

Stupid Quote Saturday

"Why would he want to rape her? She doesn't look like a day at the beach." Judge Gene Stephenson on a rape victim.

"For over 30 years, Kerry's primary occupation has been stalking lonely heiresses. Not to get back to his combat experience, but Kerry sees a room full of wealthy widows as "a target-rich environment." This is a guy whose experience dealing with tax problems is based on spending his entire adult life being supported by rich women. What does a kept man know about taxes?" Ann Coulter

"[T]he illiteracy level of our children are appalling." George W. Bush, January 23.

“Liberals are afraid. They believe that they can make friends with people like Osama bin Laden. They think if they just show people like that that our military is not going to harm them, that we have no intention of going beyond our borders and we're not going to launch missiles at them, they'll leave us alone.” Rush Limbaugh

"Well, we’ve paid it, you know. We’ve paid it. We inherited this. I almost think that he set out to do this. I have the weird feeling sometimes that he set it up so that everything would collapse when Bush took over, because he knew he couldn’t run again." Michael Savage.

Posted by Eric at 04:38 AM | Comments (0)

Stupid Quote Saturday

"Why would he want to rape her? She doesn't look like a day at the beach." Judge Gene Stephenson on a rape victim.

"For over 30 years, Kerry's primary occupation has been stalking lonely heiresses. Not to get back to his combat experience, but Kerry sees a room full of wealthy widows as "a target-rich environment." This is a guy whose experience dealing with tax problems is based on spending his entire adult life being supported by rich women. What does a kept man know about taxes?" Ann Coulter

"[T]he illiteracy level of our children are appalling." George W. Bush, January 23.

“Liberals are afraid. They believe that they can make friends with people like Osama bin Laden. They think if they just show people like that that our military is not going to harm them, that we have no intention of going beyond our borders and we're not going to launch missiles at them, they'll leave us alone.” Rush Limbaugh

"Well, we’ve paid it, you know. We’ve paid it. We inherited this. I almost think that he set out to do this. I have the weird feeling sometimes that he set it up so that everything would collapse when Bush took over, because he knew he couldn’t run again." Michael Savage.

Posted by Eric at 04:38 AM | Comments (0)

MoveOn.org Ad

This Sunday, during the Superbowl, you won't see this MoveOn.org ad about budget deficits.

The NY Times editorial page writes of the decision:

"CBS is being accused of censoring an anti-Bush ad to curry favor with the White House and federal regulators. That seems unfair. All the networks (as opposed to local affiliates, which have their own policies) have consistently rejected such advocacy commercials from groups other than political candidates."
According to them, the larger issues is
That does not mean that the network was right. The CBS argument that contentious policy matters are best left exclusively to its news division strikes us as wrongheaded and patronizing. The networks should be screening ads for accuracy and taste, then leaving it up to viewers to judge for themselves.
I agree with that statement. It seems that, as a society, we've blocked out policy debates from the public discourse. What's wrong with introducing policy ads, whether it's conservative or liberal, during a highly-watched telecast? Are they afraid of football fans breaking into spontaneous discussions about Medicare reform, 2nd amendment rights, and whether a US budget deficit would create a disorderly exchange rate realignment that would cause macroeconomic problems and a generalized deflation, which would increase uncertainty and possibly decrease the buying power of the Euro (unlikely, I contend)?

OK, so MoveOn.org doesn't get its Superbowl ad. Still, don't chalk it up as a loss for MoveOn. As a result of the CBS block, Senator Dick Durbin made a statement about the org and CBS on the Senate floor. Senator Wyden wrote a letter. Members of the House wrote a letter. And the SF Chron and Boston Globe wrote editorials. The Boston Globe:

What better place for a contest of ideologies than in this annual extravaganza of excess that is as much about selling commercial images as it is about the guts and grit of football. CBS would provide a much needed public service at the start of this presidential year by selling some Super Bowl air time to opposing political advocates who, with spots as clever as any for a razor or a computer, might jolt blase voters into caring.
And not to mention the fundraising MoveOn.org is getting as a result of the CBS block! Regardless, according to MoveOn.org, the organization will air the ad in key battleground states and on CNN during the Superbowl half-time.
The organization, which raised $1.6 million for the advertisement, said it would spend $200,000 to buy two commercials on CNN during the Super Bowl half-time. Starting Feb. 4, it will also spend $800,000 on commercials in Florida, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and West Virginia.
And don't expect MoveOn.org to go away. You just won't see them on CBS.

Posted by Eric at 03:39 AM | Comments (0)

MoveOn.org Ad

This Sunday, during the Superbowl, you won't see this MoveOn.org ad about budget deficits.

The NY Times editorial page writes of the decision:

"CBS is being accused of censoring an anti-Bush ad to curry favor with the White House and federal regulators. That seems unfair. All the networks (as opposed to local affiliates, which have their own policies) have consistently rejected such advocacy commercials from groups other than political candidates."
According to them, the larger issues is
That does not mean that the network was right. The CBS argument that contentious policy matters are best left exclusively to its news division strikes us as wrongheaded and patronizing. The networks should be screening ads for accuracy and taste, then leaving it up to viewers to judge for themselves.
I agree with that statement. It seems that, as a society, we've blocked out policy debates from the public discourse. What's wrong with introducing policy ads, whether it's conservative or liberal, during a highly-watched telecast? Are they afraid of football fans breaking into spontaneous discussions about Medicare reform, 2nd amendment rights, and whether a US budget deficit would create a disorderly exchange rate realignment that would cause macroeconomic problems and a generalized deflation, which would increase uncertainty and possibly decrease the buying power of the Euro (unlikely, I contend)?

OK, so MoveOn.org doesn't get its Superbowl ad. Still, don't chalk it up as a loss for MoveOn. As a result of the CBS block, Senator Dick Durbin made a statement about the org and CBS on the Senate floor. Senator Wyden wrote a letter. Members of the House wrote a letter. And the SF Chron and Boston Globe wrote editorials. The Boston Globe:

What better place for a contest of ideologies than in this annual extravaganza of excess that is as much about selling commercial images as it is about the guts and grit of football. CBS would provide a much needed public service at the start of this presidential year by selling some Super Bowl air time to opposing political advocates who, with spots as clever as any for a razor or a computer, might jolt blase voters into caring.
And not to mention the fundraising MoveOn.org is getting as a result of the CBS block! Regardless, according to MoveOn.org, the organization will air the ad in key battleground states and on CNN during the Superbowl half-time.
The organization, which raised $1.6 million for the advertisement, said it would spend $200,000 to buy two commercials on CNN during the Super Bowl half-time. Starting Feb. 4, it will also spend $800,000 on commercials in Florida, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and West Virginia.
And don't expect MoveOn.org to go away. You just won't see them on CBS.

Posted by Eric at 03:39 AM | Comments (0)

January 30, 2004

Daily Stories

Reuters. Annan Says U.N. Team to Return to Iraq 'In Days' .
AP. Kerry Courts South Ahead of Primaries .
Arianna Huffington. Judy Dean and the politics of authenticity.
Robert Kuttner. Pocketbook Populists: Economic populism simply means a politics of advancing the well-being of working- and middle-class Americans..
Kevin Phillips. All Eyes on Dixie: The South isn't all Bob Jones University, and Democrats can make inroads there.
Cliff Schecter and Ruy Teixeira. All Eyes on Dixie: Perhaps. But Democrats on the hunt for new electoral votes should look to Ohio.
TomPaine.com. Ducking The Law: Justice Antonin Scalia isn't judging the law—or himself—fairly. .
Ellis Henican. CBS' Blackened Eye.
WP. 2 congressional panels echo Kay on Iraqi weaponry.
ChicTrib. Anti-Bush ad rejected by CBS thrown to CNN: Moveon.org seeks halftime audience.
KC Star. Great Lakes cleanup from Bush aid called drop in the bucket.
StarTrib. Kerry, Bush in statistical dead heat among Minnesota voters.
Reuters. Poll: Democrat Kerry Opens Big Leads in Missouri, Arizona .
Free Press. Dean sets sights on Michigan win; visits E. Lansing .
AP. Kerry finds himself target as front-runner .
Houston Chron. Democrats vow they can win South.
Guardian. Key black congressman backs Kerry campaign: Democrat presidential frontrunner wins vital support in South.
USA Today. Candidates feel cash crunch .
Krugman. Where's the Apology?.
Bob Herbert. The Halliburton Shuffle.
NYT. Senators to Request Extension for 9/11 Panel.
Bruce G. Bodaken. The 43 Million Uninsured Expanding health care to cover all .
Seattle PI. Review pre-war Iraq intelligence .
LAT. Candidates Cast Kerry as Insider.
LAT. Citizen Clinton Takes the Hill.
LAT. Iraq War Questions Gain Momentum.
Miami Herald. Saddling America with unhealthy debt.
csmonitor. David Kay's assessment that "the world is far safer" with Hussein out of power doesn't justify any faults in intelligence estimates..
Andrew Greeley. The case against the Iraq war .
Derrick Z. Jackson. Kerry grabs torch of Democrats' anger.
AJC. Homosexual marriage ban protects hate, not families.
EJ Dionne Jr. Kerry and the Party Establishment .
WP. White House Intensifies Efforts to Safeguard Patriot Act .
WP. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61587-2004Jan29.html?nav=hptoc_p.
WP. Dean Tackles Kerry's Record .
WP. Inquiry Leaves BBC in Crisis: 2nd Official Quits Over Iraq Findings; Journalists Walk Out .

Posted by Eric at 11:51 PM | Comments (0)

Daily Stories

Reuters. Annan Says U.N. Team to Return to Iraq 'In Days' .
AP. Kerry Courts South Ahead of Primaries .
Arianna Huffington. Judy Dean and the politics of authenticity.
Robert Kuttner. Pocketbook Populists: Economic populism simply means a politics of advancing the well-being of working- and middle-class Americans..
Kevin Phillips. All Eyes on Dixie: The South isn't all Bob Jones University, and Democrats can make inroads there.
Cliff Schecter and Ruy Teixeira. All Eyes on Dixie: Perhaps. But Democrats on the hunt for new electoral votes should look to Ohio.
TomPaine.com. Ducking The Law: Justice Antonin Scalia isn't judging the law—or himself—fairly. .
Ellis Henican. CBS' Blackened Eye.
WP. 2 congressional panels echo Kay on Iraqi weaponry.
ChicTrib. Anti-Bush ad rejected by CBS thrown to CNN: Moveon.org seeks halftime audience.
KC Star. Great Lakes cleanup from Bush aid called drop in the bucket.
StarTrib. Kerry, Bush in statistical dead heat among Minnesota voters.
Reuters. Poll: Democrat Kerry Opens Big Leads in Missouri, Arizona .
Free Press. Dean sets sights on Michigan win; visits E. Lansing .
AP. Kerry finds himself target as front-runner .
Houston Chron. Democrats vow they can win South.
Guardian. Key black congressman backs Kerry campaign: Democrat presidential frontrunner wins vital support in South.
USA Today. Candidates feel cash crunch .
Krugman. Where's the Apology?.
Bob Herbert. The Halliburton Shuffle.
NYT. Senators to Request Extension for 9/11 Panel.
Bruce G. Bodaken. The 43 Million Uninsured Expanding health care to cover all .
Seattle PI. Review pre-war Iraq intelligence .
LAT. Candidates Cast Kerry as Insider.
LAT. Citizen Clinton Takes the Hill.
LAT. Iraq War Questions Gain Momentum.
Miami Herald. Saddling America with unhealthy debt.
csmonitor. David Kay's assessment that "the world is far safer" with Hussein out of power doesn't justify any faults in intelligence estimates..
Andrew Greeley. The case against the Iraq war .
Derrick Z. Jackson. Kerry grabs torch of Democrats' anger.
AJC. Homosexual marriage ban protects hate, not families.
EJ Dionne Jr. Kerry and the Party Establishment .
WP. White House Intensifies Efforts to Safeguard Patriot Act .
WP. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61587-2004Jan29.html?nav=hptoc_p.
WP. Dean Tackles Kerry's Record .
WP. Inquiry Leaves BBC in Crisis: 2nd Official Quits Over Iraq Findings; Journalists Walk Out .

Posted by Eric at 11:51 PM | Comments (0)

No Joementum at Home

Another sad news day for Joe. His own home state is shunning the longtime public servant for John Kerry, according to a Husky poll:

Forty-three percent of those who said they are likely to vote in the state's March 2 presidential primary said they would vote for Kerry. Lieberman had the support of 18 percent of those surveyed.

The two New England senators are followed by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, with 8 percent; North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, with 6 percent; and retired General Wesley Clark, with 4 percent.

Twenty-one percent of those surveyed say they are undecided.

If asked, Joe would probably say he's in a two-way tie for 1st.

Posted by Eric at 05:44 PM | Comments (0)

No Joementum at Home

Another sad news day for Joe. His own home state is shunning the longtime public servant for John Kerry, according to a Husky poll:

Forty-three percent of those who said they are likely to vote in the state's March 2 presidential primary said they would vote for Kerry. Lieberman had the support of 18 percent of those surveyed.

The two New England senators are followed by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, with 8 percent; North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, with 6 percent; and retired General Wesley Clark, with 4 percent.

Twenty-one percent of those surveyed say they are undecided.

If asked, Joe would probably say he's in a two-way tie for 1st.

Posted by Eric at 05:44 PM | Comments (0)

Dean Winning Delegates

If it is Howard Dean's long term strategy to win delegates, and not necessarily states, then he's doing fine for now. For now. Howard Dean has a 19-delegate lead over John Kerry in the CNN.com delegate count.

Dean 113
Kerry 94
Edwards 36
Clark 30
Lieberman 25
Sharpton 4
Kucinich 2

2,161 delegates are needed for the nomination.

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Dean Winning Delegates

If it is Howard Dean's long term strategy to win delegates, and not necessarily states, then he's doing fine for now. For now. Howard Dean has a 19-delegate lead over John Kerry in the CNN.com delegate count.

Dean 113
Kerry 94
Edwards 36
Clark 30
Lieberman 25
Sharpton 4
Kucinich 2

2,161 delegates are needed for the nomination.

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Nation Eds: Don't Run, Ralph

The editors of The Nation, one of the more liberal publications out there, and a place where Ralph Nader-penned pieces often appear, is telling Ralph to cut the silliness.

You have said your candidacy could actually help Democrats by raising issues against Bush that a Democratic candidate would avoid and by boosting turnout for good candidates for the House and Senate, where the slender bulwarks against Bushism must be reinforced. But these arguments do not compel a candidacy by you. As a public citizen fighting for open debates and rallying voters to support progressive Democrats for Congress, or good independents or Greens for that matter, you can have a far more productive impact than as a candidate dealing with recriminations about being a spoiler or, worse, an egotist. And the very progressives distressed by the prospect of your candidacy would contribute eagerly to have that voice amplified.

And if you think that this year you can help the anti-Bush cause by running and peeling off disgruntled Republicans, McCainiacs, Perotistas and the like while not disrupting the Democratic charge, please be honest with yourself. Once upon a time, maybe as late as 1992, when you dallied with a "none of the above" campaign and got 2 percent of the vote in New Hampshire from write-ins in both the Democratic and Republican primaries, your appeal stretched across the political spectrum. No longer, alas. Your nephew, Tarek Milleron, wrote recently that if you run in 2004 it will be "the year of the Elks clubs, the garden clubs, meetings with former Enron employees, the veterans groups, Wal-Mart employees," not progressive super rallies. But how many Elks club presidents are inviting you to speak? How many veterans groups? Such relationships take time to build and can't be conjured out of thin air in the midst of a presidential campaign.

You once told us you play chess at many levels at once. For all we know, you're thinking of running hard and then, if the race is close, throwing your support to the Democrat in the final days. While such a tactic might make for a satisfying conclusion to an otherwise futile quest, we don't think it justifies the risks, antagonism, confusion and contortions that such a run would entail.

Even if Ralph does run, I doubt he'll take votes away from the Democrat. The people who will vote for Ralph (instead of voting to kick out Bush), are likely the ones who wouldn't vote for a mainstream politician (aka a Democrat) regardless. Still, as I've mentioned before, that's only part of the issue. Another is the effect a Nader candidacy would have on the legitimate Nader-connected orgs, like Public Citizen, and the PIRGs, who have had a slight backlash as a result of their connections with Nader. Also, Nader's legitimacy as a public advocate would be hurt.

Posted by Eric at 11:23 AM | Comments (0)

Nation Eds: Don't Run, Ralph

The editors of The Nation, one of the more liberal publications out there, and a place where Ralph Nader-penned pieces often appear, is telling Ralph to cut the silliness.

You have said your candidacy could actually help Democrats by raising issues against Bush that a Democratic candidate would avoid and by boosting turnout for good candidates for the House and Senate, where the slender bulwarks against Bushism must be reinforced. But these arguments do not compel a candidacy by you. As a public citizen fighting for open debates and rallying voters to support progressive Democrats for Congress, or good independents or Greens for that matter, you can have a far more productive impact than as a candidate dealing with recriminations about being a spoiler or, worse, an egotist. And the very progressives distressed by the prospect of your candidacy would contribute eagerly to have that voice amplified.

And if you think that this year you can help the anti-Bush cause by running and peeling off disgruntled Republicans, McCainiacs, Perotistas and the like while not disrupting the Democratic charge, please be honest with yourself. Once upon a time, maybe as late as 1992, when you dallied with a "none of the above" campaign and got 2 percent of the vote in New Hampshire from write-ins in both the Democratic and Republican primaries, your appeal stretched across the political spectrum. No longer, alas. Your nephew, Tarek Milleron, wrote recently that if you run in 2004 it will be "the year of the Elks clubs, the garden clubs, meetings with former Enron employees, the veterans groups, Wal-Mart employees," not progressive super rallies. But how many Elks club presidents are inviting you to speak? How many veterans groups? Such relationships take time to build and can't be conjured out of thin air in the midst of a presidential campaign.

You once told us you play chess at many levels at once. For all we know, you're thinking of running hard and then, if the race is close, throwing your support to the Democrat in the final days. While such a tactic might make for a satisfying conclusion to an otherwise futile quest, we don't think it justifies the risks, antagonism, confusion and contortions that such a run would entail.

Even if Ralph does run, I doubt he'll take votes away from the Democrat. The people who will vote for Ralph (instead of voting to kick out Bush), are likely the ones who wouldn't vote for a mainstream politician (aka a Democrat) regardless. Still, as I've mentioned before, that's only part of the issue. Another is the effect a Nader candidacy would have on the legitimate Nader-connected orgs, like Public Citizen, and the PIRGs, who have had a slight backlash as a result of their connections with Nader. Also, Nader's legitimacy as a public advocate would be hurt.

Posted by Eric at 11:23 AM | Comments (0)

Pandagon on Dean

Interesting analysis from Jesse at Pandagon. Reason for loss of Dean momentum?

"Anybody But Bush" has become the crystalline message of the Democratic primaries. Kerry's getting support thrown to him now in large part because he's looking like the best non-Bush alternative available. If Edwards, Dean, Clark, or even Sharpton step up and start looking like they're going to be the candidate with the broadest and best support, they're going to be the frontrunner, very few questions asked ...

This is on display in a great deal of Dean's rhetoric. "I'm the only candidate who did X at X point in time." "Everyone else up here did X, and I didn't." The issue isn't who was the bestest Democrat any more. Almost everyone's moved near the Dean locus, over the threshold of whether or not they're sufficiently opposed to the Bush platform, and the most successful of the candidates aren't arguing over who's going to be the purest alternative to Bush, and are instead arging over why they have the best chance of being the alternative to Bush.

Dean is trying to convince voters that he's the purest choice rather than the best one. And it's not working. You don't appeal to pragmatism through purity.

Posted by Eric at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

Pandagon on Dean

Interesting analysis from Jesse at Pandagon. Reason for loss of Dean momentum?

"Anybody But Bush" has become the crystalline message of the Democratic primaries. Kerry's getting support thrown to him now in large part because he's looking like the best non-Bush alternative available. If Edwards, Dean, Clark, or even Sharpton step up and start looking like they're going to be the candidate with the broadest and best support, they're going to be the frontrunner, very few questions asked ...

This is on display in a great deal of Dean's rhetoric. "I'm the only candidate who did X at X point in time." "Everyone else up here did X, and I didn't." The issue isn't who was the bestest Democrat any more. Almost everyone's moved near the Dean locus, over the threshold of whether or not they're sufficiently opposed to the Bush platform, and the most successful of the candidates aren't arguing over who's going to be the purest alternative to Bush, and are instead arging over why they have the best chance of being the alternative to Bush.

Dean is trying to convince voters that he's the purest choice rather than the best one. And it's not working. You don't appeal to pragmatism through purity.

Posted by Eric at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

Gross

From the Reliable Source:

"Are you James Carville?" a Granite State voter asked the Democratic strategist-turned-CNN commentator.

"Yes," Carville replied.

"Are you still married to Mary Matalin?"

"Last time I left home I was."

The man demanded to know: How can these two partisan firebrands coexist? "How do you do it?" he asked.

"She usually goes on the bottom," Carville said.

Ewww.

Matlin later said: ""He's obviously regressing. In the future when he does this -- " She paused. "He won't do it again. He's being punished."

Posted by Eric at 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

Gross

From the Reliable Source:

"Are you James Carville?" a Granite State voter asked the Democratic strategist-turned-CNN commentator.

"Yes," Carville replied.

"Are you still married to Mary Matalin?"

"Last time I left home I was."

The man demanded to know: How can these two partisan firebrands coexist? "How do you do it?" he asked.

"She usually goes on the bottom," Carville said.

Ewww.

Matlin later said: ""He's obviously regressing. In the future when he does this -- " She paused. "He won't do it again. He's being punished."

Posted by Eric at 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

MSNBC/Reuters/Zogby Shows Kerry Leading Big

The latest polls in the battleground states shows Kerry with the advantage, and the others fighting for the second place spot. To note:

ARIZONA
Kerry - 38
Clark - 17
Dean - 12
Edwards - 6

MISSOURI
Kerry - 45
Edwards - 11
Dean - 9
Lieberman - 4
Clark - 3

OKLAHOMA
Clark - 27
Kerry - 19
Edwards - 17
Dean - 9

S. CAROLINA
Edwards - 25
Kerry - 24
Dean - 9
Clark - 8

Notes about the poll, according to MSNBC:

Only three weeks ago, pundits and strategists considered Dean the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. But since his lackluster third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 19 and his second-place finish in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Dean’s campaign has struggled to regain its footing.

The most striking finding of Zogby’s survey of the four primary states, Arizona, Missouri, South Carolina, and Oklahoma, is that Dean holds the lead in none of them, and in fact the best he can place is 12 percent in Arizona.

Posted by Eric at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

MSNBC/Reuters/Zogby Shows Kerry Leading Big

The latest polls in the battleground states shows Kerry with the advantage, and the others fighting for the second place spot. To note:

ARIZONA
Kerry - 38
Clark - 17
Dean - 12
Edwards - 6

MISSOURI
Kerry - 45
Edwards - 11
Dean - 9
Lieberman - 4
Clark - 3

OKLAHOMA
Clark - 27
Kerry - 19
Edwards - 17
Dean - 9

S. CAROLINA
Edwards - 25
Kerry - 24
Dean - 9
Clark - 8

Notes about the poll, according to MSNBC:

Only three weeks ago, pundits and strategists considered Dean the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. But since his lackluster third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 19 and his second-place finish in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Dean’s campaign has struggled to regain its footing.

The most striking finding of Zogby’s survey of the four primary states, Arizona, Missouri, South Carolina, and Oklahoma, is that Dean holds the lead in none of them, and in fact the best he can place is 12 percent in Arizona.

Posted by Eric at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

New Ad on The Hamster

Help elect a Democrat in Kentucky. Ben Chandler.

Democrats, of course, need to pick up seats in the south, and it looks like Chandler has a very good chance of winning. The latest Survey USA Poll has Chandler defeating Alice Kerr (R) 54-44.

Posted by Eric at 09:47 AM | Comments (0)

New Ad on The Hamster

Help elect a Democrat in Kentucky. Ben Chandler.

Democrats, of course, need to pick up seats in the south, and it looks like Chandler has a very good chance of winning. The latest Survey USA Poll has Chandler defeating Alice Kerr (R) 54-44.

Posted by Eric at 09:47 AM | Comments (0)

500 Billion!

500 Billion!!

President Bush's new budget projects the Medicare overhaul he just signed will be one-third more costly than estimated and this year's federal deficit will surge past a half trillion dollars (aka 500 billion!! --hamster) for the first time, administration and congressional officials said Thursday.

The White House will estimate the cost of creating prescription drug benefits and revamping the mammoth health-care program for the elderly and disabled at $534 billion (over 500 billion!! ---hamster) for the decade that ends in 2013, the officials said. The number will be in the 2005 budget Bush proposes Monday.

500 billion!

Posted by Eric at 01:40 AM | Comments (0)

500 Billion!

500 Billion!!

President Bush's new budget projects the Medicare overhaul he just signed will be one-third more costly than estimated and this year's federal deficit will surge past a half trillion dollars (aka 500 billion!! --hamster) for the first time, administration and congressional officials said Thursday.

The White House will estimate the cost of creating prescription drug benefits and revamping the mammoth health-care program for the elderly and disabled at $534 billion (over 500 billion!! ---hamster) for the decade that ends in 2013, the officials said. The number will be in the 2005 budget Bush proposes Monday.

500 billion!

Posted by Eric at 01:40 AM | Comments (0)

Michael Savage: "I have the weird feeling sometimes" Clinton Set Up Bush Disasters

He said it, I quote it, we laugh at it. From reliable Newsmax:

MS: It’s not much more complex than fighting for your survival at a certain point. We are not the French where we have to, you know, buy people off. Clinton bought people off for eight years. He was a master of deceit. But everyone knew the piper had to be paid at the end of the road.

Well, we’ve paid it, you know. We’ve paid it. We inherited this. I almost think that he set out to do this. I have the weird feeling sometimes that he set it up so that everything would collapse when Bush took over, because he knew he couldn’t run again.

I think he’s the devil. I truly do. I actually think that the man is demonic. But I don’t want to spend my time talking about him. He’s not the issue right now. The issue is the election, and does it really make a difference? I think it does. Let’s take one issue.

Also, Michael Savage says "Kerry can beat Bush."

Posted by Eric at 01:33 AM | Comments (0)

Michael Savage: "I have the weird feeling sometimes" Clinton Set Up Bush Disasters

He said it, I quote it, we laugh at it. From reliable Newsmax:

MS: It’s not much more complex than fighting for your survival at a certain point. We are not the French where we have to, you know, buy people off. Clinton bought people off for eight years. He was a master of deceit. But everyone knew the piper had to be paid at the end of the road.

Well, we’ve paid it, you know. We’ve paid it. We inherited this. I almost think that he set out to do this. I have the weird feeling sometimes that he set it up so that everything would collapse when Bush took over, because he knew he couldn’t run again.

I think he’s the devil. I truly do. I actually think that the man is demonic. But I don’t want to spend my time talking about him. He’s not the issue right now. The issue is the election, and does it really make a difference? I think it does. Let’s take one issue.

Also, Michael Savage says "Kerry can beat Bush."

Posted by Eric at 01:33 AM | Comments (0)

January 29, 2004

Thursday Stories

Don Hazen. Regime Change Movement Picks Up Steam
Jim Lobe. Will Dubya Dump Dick?
Marsha Rosenbaum. Random drug testing in schools does not deter drug use, it alienates students, deters them from participating in extracurricular programs, and erodes the trust between a parent and a child
motherjones. Dick's Back: Dick Cheney is suddenly running around like his job depended on it. Which it might.
CAP. Harnessing Medicare’s Buying Power
Ivo H. Daalder. Why Legitimacy in Iraq Matters
CAP. Neglecting Intelligence, Ignoring Warnings
NYT. Kerry Notches 2nd Victory but Next Round Is Far From Certain
NYT. Neel: New Man at Top Is Something of an Old Hand
USA Today. Voter turnouts show Dems 'energized and angry'
Biz Week. Running on Middle-Class Relief: Can a Democratic presidential contender who focuses on economic issues gain traction in an improving economy?
WP. Dean's Money Advantage Dwindles: Candidate Won't Buy More Feb. 3 Ads
AP. Kerry lines up endorsements; Dean shakes up staff
Raleigh News & Observer. Democrats court blacks in South Carolina
Newsday. Kerry Rides Wave of Momentum: Campaign goes national
Sidney Blumenthal. In full voice against Bush: The remaining Democratic hopefuls are all singing from the same hymn sheet to defeat the president
AP. Clyburn endorsement could help Kerry make up ground in SC

Posted by Eric at 11:54 PM | Comments (0)

Thursday Stories

Don Hazen. Regime Change Movement Picks Up Steam
Jim Lobe. Will Dubya Dump Dick?
Marsha Rosenbaum. Random drug testing in schools does not deter drug use, it alienates students, deters them from participating in extracurricular programs, and erodes the trust between a parent and a child
motherjones. Dick's Back: Dick Cheney is suddenly running around like his job depended on it. Which it might.
CAP. Harnessing Medicare’s Buying Power
Ivo H. Daalder. Why Legitimacy in Iraq Matters
CAP. Neglecting Intelligence, Ignoring Warnings
NYT. Kerry Notches 2nd Victory but Next Round Is Far From Certain
NYT. Neel: New Man at Top Is Something of an Old Hand
USA Today. Voter turnouts show Dems 'energized and angry'
Biz Week. Running on Middle-Class Relief: Can a Democratic presidential contender who focuses on economic issues gain traction in an improving economy?
WP. Dean's Money Advantage Dwindles: Candidate Won't Buy More Feb. 3 Ads
AP. Kerry lines up endorsements; Dean shakes up staff
Raleigh News & Observer. Democrats court blacks in South Carolina
Newsday. Kerry Rides Wave of Momentum: Campaign goes national
Sidney Blumenthal. In full voice against Bush: The remaining Democratic hopefuls are all singing from the same hymn sheet to defeat the president
AP. Clyburn endorsement could help Kerry make up ground in SC

Posted by Eric at 11:54 PM | Comments (0)

When Judges Attack

Yeah, that's not nice.

Circuit Judge Gene Stephenson on Thursday publicly apologized for insulting comments he made about a rape victim and removed himself from the case.

"The remarks were inappropriate. It's something I've never done before and won't do again," Stephenson said.

"I would just ask that she accept my apology. If she could find it in her heart to accept it, I'd appreciate it," the judge said

During proceedings in the rape case Monday before the prosecutor and defense attorney, Stephenson looked at a photograph of the battered victim and said, "Why would he want to rape her? She doesn't look like a day at the beach," according to a transcript reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel.

The victim was not in the courtroom at the time.

Posted by Eric at 11:07 PM | Comments (0)

When Judges Attack

Yeah, that's not nice.

Circuit Judge Gene Stephenson on Thursday publicly apologized for insulting comments he made about a rape victim and removed himself from the case.

"The remarks were inappropriate. It's something I've never done before and won't do again," Stephenson said.

"I would just ask that she accept my apology. If she could find it in her heart to accept it, I'd appreciate it," the judge said

During proceedings in the rape case Monday before the prosecutor and defense attorney, Stephenson looked at a photograph of the battered victim and said, "Why would he want to rape her? She doesn't look like a day at the beach," according to a transcript reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel.

The victim was not in the courtroom at the time.

Posted by Eric at 11:07 PM | Comments (0)

Did Dean Spend Too Much on Ads?

Possibly, since the campaign is suspending activity on airing ads in 7 primary states:

Coming on the heels of the campaign's decision not to buy TV ads in those states, Dean said he will focus on picking up as many delegates as he can, but that only requires him to place, not win, in the blitz of upcoming primaries and caucuses.

"We're going to have to win eventually," he said. "But the question was do we have to win on February 3. Of course we want to, but we don't have to."

Dean's advertising plan puts him at a distinct disadvantage with high-spending rivals John Kerry, John Edwards and Wesley Clark, said officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

With his money and momentum depleted after losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, Dean has decided to save his ad money for the Feb. 7 elections in Michigan and Washington state and, 10 days later, those in Wisconsin.

Responding to the comission Joe Trippi received (15% of ad buys) from the Dean camp, Dan Conley asks if there's a conflict of interest? (link via politicalwire)

Posted by Eric at 08:55 PM | Comments (0)

Did Dean Spend Too Much on Ads?

Possibly, since the campaign is suspending activity on airing ads in 7 primary states:

Coming on the heels of the campaign's decision not to buy TV ads in those states, Dean said he will focus on picking up as many delegates as he can, but that only requires him to place, not win, in the blitz of upcoming primaries and caucuses.

"We're going to have to win eventually," he said. "But the question was do we have to win on February 3. Of course we want to, but we don't have to."

Dean's advertising plan puts him at a distinct disadvantage with high-spending rivals John Kerry, John Edwards and Wesley Clark, said officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

With his money and momentum depleted after losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, Dean has decided to save his ad money for the Feb. 7 elections in Michigan and Washington state and, 10 days later, those in Wisconsin.

Responding to the comission Joe Trippi received (15% of ad buys) from the Dean camp, Dan Conley asks if there's a conflict of interest? (link via politicalwire)

Posted by Eric at 08:55 PM | Comments (0)

Kerry: Threshhold Credibility Candidate?

Ruy Teixeira, co-author of The Democratic Majority, says Kerry has three important ingredients that other candidates do not. What are they?

To radically simplify, a presidential candidate needs to impress voters in three ways: as commander-in-chief and defender of national security; as steward of the economy and custodian of the domestic agenda; and through his campaigning and ability to connect with voters. In each of these areas, Kerry, in DR's view, achieves threshhold credibility--that is, he's good enough to make most voters give him a closer look without saying: "no way can I vote for that guy".

Instead voters (at least our typical primary voter) might say: Kerry as commander-in-chief? He seems plausible. Kerry on domestic issues? Well, pretty good, he seems to know what he's talking about. Kerry as campaiger? Not exciting, sure, but at least he's disciplined and doesn't say a lot of goofy stuff.

There you have it. Threshhold credibility! Contrast that with Dean, who seems implausible to many as commander-in-chief and, as a campaigner, has shown an inability to keep a lid on it when he really needs to. Or compare with Clark, who seems very plausible indeed as commander-in-chief, but seems painfully thin in the domestic area and has shown himself not-quite-ready-for-prime-time on the campaign trail. Or with Edwards, who is a great campaigner, with a pretty good to excellent domestic agenda, but who falls short in the commander-in-chief department.

However, Ruy warns, that doesn't mean anything in the general election:
But will that be enough for him to win the general election? Almost certainly not. Credibility in these departments merely means voters will give him a close look. He'll still have to close the sale and there are reasons to worry that Kerry has not yet found the themes and signature programs that will enable him to do so.

Posted by Eric at 03:16 PM | Comments (0)

Kerry: Threshhold Credibility Candidate?

Ruy Teixeira, co-author of The Democratic Majority, says Kerry has three important ingredients that other candidates do not. What are they?

To radically simplify, a presidential candidate needs to impress voters in three ways: as commander-in-chief and defender of national security; as steward of the economy and custodian of the domestic agenda; and through his campaigning and ability to connect with voters. In each of these areas, Kerry, in DR's view, achieves threshhold credibility--that is, he's good enough to make most voters give him a closer look without saying: "no way can I vote for that guy".

Instead voters (at least our typical primary voter) might say: Kerry as commander-in-chief? He seems plausible. Kerry on domestic issues? Well, pretty good, he seems to know what he's talking about. Kerry as campaiger? Not exciting, sure, but at least he's disciplined and doesn't say a lot of goofy stuff.

There you have it. Threshhold credibility! Contrast that with Dean, who seems implausible to many as commander-in-chief and, as a campaigner, has shown an inability to keep a lid on it when he really needs to. Or compare with Clark, who seems very plausible indeed as commander-in-chief, but seems painfully thin in the domestic area and has shown himself not-quite-ready-for-prime-time on the campaign trail. Or with Edwards, who is a great campaigner, with a pretty good to excellent domestic agenda, but who falls short in the commander-in-chief department.

However, Ruy warns, that doesn't mean anything in the general election:
But will that be enough for him to win the general election? Almost certainly not. Credibility in these departments merely means voters will give him a close look. He'll still have to close the sale and there are reasons to worry that Kerry has not yet found the themes and signature programs that will enable him to do so.

Posted by Eric at 03:16 PM | Comments (0)

Hamster Numbers: Extreme Poverty

  • "16% of American children—almost 12 million—lived in poverty in 2001, meaning their parents' income was at or below the federal poverty level. This is about the same number of children who lived in poverty in 1980."
  • "7% of American children—5 million—lived in extreme poverty. This was a 17% increase from 2000. The parents of these children made half the federal poverty level."
  • "38% of American children—27 million—lived in low-income families. Their parents made 200% of the federal poverty line or below. This was a 3% increase from 2000."

    -- National Center for Children in Poverty

    Posted by Eric at 03:07 PM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Extreme Poverty

  • "16% of American children—almost 12 million—lived in poverty in 2001, meaning their parents' income was at or below the federal poverty level. This is about the same number of children who lived in poverty in 1980."
  • "7% of American children—5 million—lived in extreme poverty. This was a 17% increase from 2000. The parents of these children made half the federal poverty level."
  • "38% of American children—27 million—lived in low-income families. Their parents made 200% of the federal poverty line or below. This was a 3% increase from 2000."

    -- National Center for Children in Poverty

    Posted by Eric at 03:07 PM | Comments (0)

    Moby Likes Sharpton

    Singer Moby thinks Al Sharpton "would, in many ways, be the best nominee." Thank God Democrats don't think like Moby.

    have you heard him speak?
    he's bright and personable and aware and informed and all of the things that we want all of the other candidates to be.
    when al sharpton speaks you feel as if you're listening to a human being and not a political robot.
    the other candidates, dean, clark, & kerry are all good men who are principled and qualified.
    but if any of them want to actually win they should hire al sharpton to teach them how to be quick and genuine and honest and personable.
    if al sharpton actually had a chance i would support him in a heartbeat.

    Posted by Eric at 09:35 AM | Comments (0)

    Moby Likes Sharpton

    Singer Moby thinks Al Sharpton "would, in many ways, be the best nominee." Thank God Democrats don't think like Moby.

    have you heard him speak?
    he's bright and personable and aware and informed and all of the things that we want all of the other candidates to be.
    when al sharpton speaks you feel as if you're listening to a human being and not a political robot.
    the other candidates, dean, clark, & kerry are all good men who are principled and qualified.
    but if any of them want to actually win they should hire al sharpton to teach them how to be quick and genuine and honest and personable.
    if al sharpton actually had a chance i would support him in a heartbeat.

    Posted by Eric at 09:35 AM | Comments (0)

    Kerry Touts Veteran / Life-Saving Skills

    The new Kerry ad will run in South Carolina and Missouri. The ad features a soldier Kerry served with in Vietnam. The script:

    David Alston: "When the bullets began to hit the side of the boat, the boom, the pow, pow, pow, we found out that John Kerry can lead."

    Kerry: "There's this sense after Vietnam that every other day is extra. That you have to do what's right. You know it's right to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to guarantee all Americans health care and invest in our kids. That's why I'm running for president."

    Alston: "He wants better for America."

    Kerry: "I'm John Kerry and I approved this message."

    Alston: "This man would make a great president."

    The ad can be viewed at JohnKerry.com.

    The AP notes this:

    In that state, the reason why Kerry's running this new spot is clear. Alston is black, a reverend and a resident of South Carolina. Religion influences South Carolina Democrats' views on social issues, and almost half the Democrats expected to vote in the primary are blacks.

    Kerry uses the spot to remind voters that he has a military background, which also could draw more veterans to his campaign. He already has many veterans on board and could court more in Missouri and South Carolina where the ad will run. Missouri has a heavy military presence and South Carolina is home to 400,000 veterans.

    And Kerry attempts to make the case that strong leadership in Vietnam can translate into strong leadership in the White House.

    More can be read in the Atlantic Monthly about Kerry and his 'nam experience.

    Posted by Eric at 12:02 AM | Comments (0)

    Kerry Touts Veteran / Life-Saving Skills

    The new Kerry ad will run in South Carolina and Missouri. The ad features a soldier Kerry served with in Vietnam. The script:

    David Alston: "When the bullets began to hit the side of the boat, the boom, the pow, pow, pow, we found out that John Kerry can lead."

    Kerry: "There's this sense after Vietnam that every other day is extra. That you have to do what's right. You know it's right to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to guarantee all Americans health care and invest in our kids. That's why I'm running for president."

    Alston: "He wants better for America."

    Kerry: "I'm John Kerry and I approved this message."

    Alston: "This man would make a great president."

    The ad can be viewed at JohnKerry.com.

    The AP notes this:

    In that state, the reason why Kerry's running this new spot is clear. Alston is black, a reverend and a resident of South Carolina. Religion influences South Carolina Democrats' views on social issues, and almost half the Democrats expected to vote in the primary are blacks.

    Kerry uses the spot to remind voters that he has a military background, which also could draw more veterans to his campaign. He already has many veterans on board and could court more in Missouri and South Carolina where the ad will run. Missouri has a heavy military presence and South Carolina is home to 400,000 veterans.

    And Kerry attempts to make the case that strong leadership in Vietnam can translate into strong leadership in the White House.

    More can be read in the Atlantic Monthly about Kerry and his 'nam experience.

    Posted by Eric at 12:02 AM | Comments (0)

    January 28, 2004

    Wed Stories

    BGlobe. US detainees take case to UN agency
    Reuters. US Intelligence on Iraq: Political Battleground
    Marie Cocco. This Time, Democrats Go for the Win
    Newsday. Kerry Wins, But Race for Nomination Is Not Over
    AP. Exit Poll: Kerry scores on beating Bush
    AP. Blair cleared in weapons expert's suicide
    Robert Scheer . David Kay's admission makes clear, the president misled Congress into approving his preemptive war. So why is there no talk of impeachment?
    Salon. Kerry wins again: Meanwhile, Dean spins second as a moral victory -- but will he ever come in first? -- Edwards' backers say his fourth-place finish beats Clark's third, and Lieberman vows to fight on
    Matt Bivens. 'The Deserter': George Bush's AWOL days in the 1970s meet the military's own definition for 'desertion'.
    Dean Baker . In this week's review of economics reporting: Copyrights on the Web... Congress' New Budget Challenge... and more.
    Daniel Ellsberg . The Next 'Pentagon Papers'
    AP. Surveys suggest Dean halted slide before election, but voters' doubts lingered
    BG. Despite a second defeat, Dean says he feels revitalized
    BGlobe. SC seen largely up for grabs
    USAT. Regardless of place, Dean's machine still sets pace
    KRT. Dean says second-place finish will revive his campaign
    BBC. Press cautious on Kerry success
    Sydney Morning Herald. The view from New Hampshire
    NYT. Democrats Back on the Stump After Kerry's Big Victory
    AZ Daily Sun. Local AZ Kerry supporters happy with results
    ChicTrib. 'Rev' ready to rev up

    Posted by Eric at 11:56 PM | Comments (0)

    Wed Stories

    BGlobe. US detainees take case to UN agency
    Reuters. US Intelligence on Iraq: Political Battleground
    Marie Cocco. This Time, Democrats Go for the Win
    Newsday. Kerry Wins, But Race for Nomination Is Not Over
    AP. Exit Poll: Kerry scores on beating Bush
    AP. Blair cleared in weapons expert's suicide
    Robert Scheer . David Kay's admission makes clear, the president misled Congress into approving his preemptive war. So why is there no talk of impeachment?
    Salon. Kerry wins again: Meanwhile, Dean spins second as a moral victory -- but will he ever come in first? -- Edwards' backers say his fourth-place finish beats Clark's third, and Lieberman vows to fight on
    Matt Bivens. 'The Deserter': George Bush's AWOL days in the 1970s meet the military's own definition for 'desertion'.
    Dean Baker . In this week's review of economics reporting: Copyrights on the Web... Congress' New Budget Challenge... and more.
    Daniel Ellsberg . The Next 'Pentagon Papers'
    AP. Surveys suggest Dean halted slide before election, but voters' doubts lingered
    BG. Despite a second defeat, Dean says he feels revitalized
    BGlobe. SC seen largely up for grabs
    USAT. Regardless of place, Dean's machine still sets pace
    KRT. Dean says second-place finish will revive his campaign
    BBC. Press cautious on Kerry success
    Sydney Morning Herald. The view from New Hampshire
    NYT. Democrats Back on the Stump After Kerry's Big Victory
    AZ Daily Sun. Local AZ Kerry supporters happy with results
    ChicTrib. 'Rev' ready to rev up

    Posted by Eric at 11:56 PM | Comments (0)

    Go, Joe

    Through Political Wire, we find this from Stuart Rothenberg about why Joe Lieberman should go. Then again, maybe he still thinks he's in a tough battle for 3rd place.

    But Lieberman risks something much greater than defeat if he continues his Don Quixote-like Presidential bid. He risks looking increasingly pathetic, a politician who can't accept the obvious. Personally, that's not something I'm looking forward to ... The longer Lieberman stays in the Democratic race, the more likely he will become the butt of jokes. The longer he runs for President, the more clueless he will seem ... His suggestion that he finished in a virtual dead heat for third place - and that this gives him momentum - makes him look silly, even delusional.

    New Hampshire exit polling shows just how unsuccessful Lieberman was in his efforts to attract the kind of voters he'd need to be successful on February 3rd - or any other time, for that matter.

    According to the poll, the Connecticut senator performed best among primary voters who usually think of themselves as Republicans, consider themselves conservative on political matters, attend religious serves weekly, are satisfied with (but not enthusiastic about) the Bush administration, believe the Bush tax cuts should be left entirely in place, and strongly approve of the US decision to go to war in Iraq. In other words, Lieberman is doing best among Bush voters. Really, I'm not making this up. Check the exits yourself.

    The problem, obviously, is if you're a Bush supporter and Joe wins the primaries right after Ms. Piggy joins the Air Force, you ain't gonna vote for Joe if it ends up being a Bush vs. Joe battle. Hence, Republican lite = Joe argument.

    Posted by Eric at 09:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Go, Joe

    Through Political Wire, we find this from Stuart Rothenberg about why Joe Lieberman should go. Then again, maybe he still thinks he's in a tough battle for 3rd place.

    But Lieberman risks something much greater than defeat if he continues his Don Quixote-like Presidential bid. He risks looking increasingly pathetic, a politician who can't accept the obvious. Personally, that's not something I'm looking forward to ... The longer Lieberman stays in the Democratic race, the more likely he will become the butt of jokes. The longer he runs for President, the more clueless he will seem ... His suggestion that he finished in a virtual dead heat for third place - and that this gives him momentum - makes him look silly, even delusional.

    New Hampshire exit polling shows just how unsuccessful Lieberman was in his efforts to attract the kind of voters he'd need to be successful on February 3rd - or any other time, for that matter.

    According to the poll, the Connecticut senator performed best among primary voters who usually think of themselves as Republicans, consider themselves conservative on political matters, attend religious serves weekly, are satisfied with (but not enthusiastic about) the Bush administration, believe the Bush tax cuts should be left entirely in place, and strongly approve of the US decision to go to war in Iraq. In other words, Lieberman is doing best among Bush voters. Really, I'm not making this up. Check the exits yourself.

    The problem, obviously, is if you're a Bush supporter and Joe wins the primaries right after Ms. Piggy joins the Air Force, you ain't gonna vote for Joe if it ends up being a Bush vs. Joe battle. Hence, Republican lite = Joe argument.

    Posted by Eric at 09:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Trippi Out, Neel In

    Wow. Trippi ran one of the best campaigns out there, turning an obscure Vermont gov into a legitimate contender through unprecedented and innovative methods. Now, he's out.

    The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Dean told congressional supporters in a telephone conference call that he was installing Roy Neel as campaign CEO. Dean added that Trippi would remain on the payroll, the source said. But another source said that Trippi had decided to depart the campaign rather than accept the change ... Neel, Gore's former senatorial chief of staff, served as chief executive of the U.S. Telecom Association in Washington before working on Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. Neel was named to head Gore's transition team in anticipation of the former vice president winning the White House.
    Regardless of Trippi's success BEFORE the primaries, the campaign lacks momentum and Dean lost two states he was expected to win. Maybe this will give the campaign a kick in the butt. Still, given Trippi's success in making Dean a legitimate presidential contender and voice in the Democratic Party, one wonders if Dean is junking his most valuable asset.

    Posted by Eric at 07:53 PM | Comments (0)

    Trippi Out, Neel In

    Wow. Trippi ran one of the best campaigns out there, turning an obscure Vermont gov into a legitimate contender through unprecedented and innovative methods. Now, he's out.

    The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Dean told congressional supporters in a telephone conference call that he was installing Roy Neel as campaign CEO. Dean added that Trippi would remain on the payroll, the source said. But another source said that Trippi had decided to depart the campaign rather than accept the change ... Neel, Gore's former senatorial chief of staff, served as chief executive of the U.S. Telecom Association in Washington before working on Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. Neel was named to head Gore's transition team in anticipation of the former vice president winning the White House.
    Regardless of Trippi's success BEFORE the primaries, the campaign lacks momentum and Dean lost two states he was expected to win. Maybe this will give the campaign a kick in the butt. Still, given Trippi's success in making Dean a legitimate presidential contender and voice in the Democratic Party, one wonders if Dean is junking his most valuable asset.

    Posted by Eric at 07:53 PM | Comments (0)

    Voter Turnout

    The other day someone mentioned to me that one big positive from New Hampshire was the voter turnout. Indeed, New Hampshire had its largest primary turnout. Now, if you're satisfied with the way the country is going, chances are you aren't turning out in record numbers to help elect the guy who wants to beat the sitting president. The AP puts some perspective on the turnout.

    In Tuesday's primary, independent voters played a major role, making up almost half -- 45 percent -- of New Hampshire's record Democratic primary turnout of about 200,000. Seven in 10 independents who voted in the primary said the nation's economy is not in good shape, according to an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    Almost nine in 10 said they were worried about the direction of the nation's economy in the next few years. Eight in 10 said the Bush tax cuts should be canceled altogether or only for the wealthy. The views about the economy of independents who voted in the Democratic primary were almost as sour as those of Democratic voters.

    Further, the Indys are angry at Bush.
    Four in 10 of the independents who voted in the Democratic primary said they were angry at Bush, and another four in 10 said they were dissatisfied. Eight in 10 said they were worried there will be another major terrorist attack in this country. Results of the survey of 1,848 voters were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, higher for subgroups.

    Almost four in 10 voters in New Hampshire are independents, political analysts say. Their support will be crucial in the general election in a state Bush won in 2000 by just over 7,000 votes. At stake are four electoral votes.

    Polling as recently as December showed Bush drawing support from fewer than half -- 47 percent -- of independents in a matchup with a Democratic candidate. About a third said they would vote for the Democrat and another 21 percent were undecided. That's not a strong position for a Republican president in a state with a Republican governor, Republican congressional delegation and Republican-dominated state legislature.

    The larger point is the poor economy presents a chance for the Democrats to bring new people into the party. They will need to do this to win the battleground states.

    Posted by Eric at 05:48 PM | Comments (0)

    Voter Turnout

    The other day someone mentioned to me that one big positive from New Hampshire was the voter turnout. Indeed, New Hampshire had its largest primary turnout. Now, if you're satisfied with the way the country is going, chances are you aren't turning out in record numbers to help elect the guy who wants to beat the sitting president. The AP puts some perspective on the turnout.

    In Tuesday's primary, independent voters played a major role, making up almost half -- 45 percent -- of New Hampshire's record Democratic primary turnout of about 200,000. Seven in 10 independents who voted in the primary said the nation's economy is not in good shape, according to an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

    Almost nine in 10 said they were worried about the direction of the nation's economy in the next few years. Eight in 10 said the Bush tax cuts should be canceled altogether or only for the wealthy. The views about the economy of independents who voted in the Democratic primary were almost as sour as those of Democratic voters.

    Further, the Indys are angry at Bush.
    Four in 10 of the independents who voted in the Democratic primary said they were angry at Bush, and another four in 10 said they were dissatisfied. Eight in 10 said they were worried there will be another major terrorist attack in this country. Results of the survey of 1,848 voters were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, higher for subgroups.

    Almost four in 10 voters in New Hampshire are independents, political analysts say. Their support will be crucial in the general election in a state Bush won in 2000 by just over 7,000 votes. At stake are four electoral votes.

    Polling as recently as December showed Bush drawing support from fewer than half -- 47 percent -- of independents in a matchup with a Democratic candidate. About a third said they would vote for the Democrat and another 21 percent were undecided. That's not a strong position for a Republican president in a state with a Republican governor, Republican congressional delegation and Republican-dominated state legislature.

    The larger point is the poor economy presents a chance for the Democrats to bring new people into the party. They will need to do this to win the battleground states.

    Posted by Eric at 05:48 PM | Comments (0)

    Frist Aide on Leave

    The first in what should be many more ... who else, and how far did the leaks go (authorized)?

    An aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has been put on leave during an investigation into how Republicans gained access to Democratic memos concerning opposition to President Bush's judicial nominees.

    Manuel Miranda, who works for the Tennessee Republican on judicial nominations, is on leave pending the outcome of the inquiry by the Senate sergeant-at-arms, Frist spokesman Nick Smith said Tuesday. In the matter under investigation, Democratic memos stored on a computer server shared by Judiciary Committee members ended up in GOP hands.

    Miranda told The Knoxville News-Sentinel that investigators were looking at work he performed for the Judiciary Committee before he joined Frist's office. "There was no stealing," he said. "No systematic surveillance. I never forwarded these memos – period."

    Asked about the investigation Tuesday, Frist refused to talk about it.

    Posted by Eric at 01:44 PM | Comments (0)

    Frist Aide on Leave

    The first in what should be many more ... who else, and how far did the leaks go (authorized)?

    An aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has been put on leave during an investigation into how Republicans gained access to Democratic memos concerning opposition to President Bush's judicial nominees.

    Manuel Miranda, who works for the Tennessee Republican on judicial nominations, is on leave pending the outcome of the inquiry by the Senate sergeant-at-arms, Frist spokesman Nick Smith said Tuesday. In the matter under investigation, Democratic memos stored on a computer server shared by Judiciary Committee members ended up in GOP hands.

    Miranda told The Knoxville News-Sentinel that investigators were looking at work he performed for the Judiciary Committee before he joined Frist's office. "There was no stealing," he said. "No systematic surveillance. I never forwarded these memos – period."

    Asked about the investigation Tuesday, Frist refused to talk about it.

    Posted by Eric at 01:44 PM | Comments (0)

    DSCC Gets Loco

    The DSCC, trying to shed its image as the organization of Washington insiders unconcerned about the grassroots, is pushing a new website: FromTheRoots.org. The DSCC describes it as:

    FromTheRoots.org is a community weblog site with up-to-the-minute news, commentary and strategy on taking back the U.S. Senate and defeating President Bush. By electing more Senate Democrats, we will be able to set the agenda and stop the right-wing policies of the Bush Administration. The DSCC wants to keep committed Democrats like yourself informed about the issues, and wants you to participate in what's happening in your community. As the site grows there will also be actions and local events that you can join to get our country back on track.
    Indeed, they say you can communicate with DSCC staff, post your own diary entries, and get info from the DSCC crew (they also have a link section, but no Hamster! Oh no!). Regardless, it's a nice effort and further evidence of the Washington institutions giving in to the blogosphere.

    Posted by Eric at 01:38 PM | Comments (0)

    DSCC Gets Loco

    The DSCC, trying to shed its image as the organization of Washington insiders unconcerned about the grassroots, is pushing a new website: FromTheRoots.org. The DSCC describes it as:

    FromTheRoots.org is a community weblog site with up-to-the-minute news, commentary and strategy on taking back the U.S. Senate and defeating President Bush. By electing more Senate Democrats, we will be able to set the agenda and stop the right-wing policies of the Bush Administration. The DSCC wants to keep committed Democrats like yourself informed about the issues, and wants you to participate in what's happening in your community. As the site grows there will also be actions and local events that you can join to get our country back on track.
    Indeed, they say you can communicate with DSCC staff, post your own diary entries, and get info from the DSCC crew (they also have a link section, but no Hamster! Oh no!). Regardless, it's a nice effort and further evidence of the Washington institutions giving in to the blogosphere.

    Posted by Eric at 01:38 PM | Comments (0)

    What to Expect

    Southern blogger wyethwire has some things to look for in the SC primary. Among them:

    EDWARDS VERSUS CLARK: Terry McAulliffe is treating Feb 3rd like the Bowl Championship Series - candidates need a "quality win" in order to continue to Super Tuesday. Edwards and Clark will fight to the death. This ought to be an interesting competition between field versus media. Edwards inherited the Gephardt field campaign, but Clark's commercials are some of the best I've ever seen. There is a big debate in the South Carolina Democratic Party about what strategy works best - an air blitiz or a ground game. Edwards versus Clark may settle that debate.

    WILL KERRY COMPETE: Kerry got a 15 point bounce in South Carolina after Iowa. He might get another bounce out of his double-digit win in New Hampshire. It will be interesting to see if the bounce overpowers the "write off the South" remarks of the other day. Kerry is already sending surrogates to South Carolina, John Grisham will be stumping for Kerry in SC tomorrow. And Kerry's staff is already building events around the South Carolina debate in Greenville.

    LOOK OUT FOR SHARPTON: I have been convinced for some time that Sharpton will come in second. I did a long list of reasons back in December. Plus, Sharpton has been campaigning nonstop in South Carolina since the DC "primary." In the next seven days, Sharpton has 16 scheduled events in the Palmetto State. I still have a wager with a prominent GOP activist that Sharpton will place third.

    However, there is another theory about Sharpton's support - that it is a comfortable place for undecided African-American voters. I have heard plenty of anecdotal evidence of black voters that have told pollsters that they support Sharpton, but they are still waiting for another candidate to make the sale. Just like Iowa and New Hampshire, most South Carolina voters will decide late - perhaps as late as Sunday or Monday night.

    Posted by Eric at 09:08 AM | Comments (0)

    What to Expect

    Southern blogger wyethwire has some things to look for in the SC primary. Among them:

    EDWARDS VERSUS CLARK: Terry McAulliffe is treating Feb 3rd like the Bowl Championship Series - candidates need a "quality win" in order to continue to Super Tuesday. Edwards and Clark will fight to the death. This ought to be an interesting competition between field versus media. Edwards inherited the Gephardt field campaign, but Clark's commercials are some of the best I've ever seen. There is a big debate in the South Carolina Democratic Party about what strategy works best - an air blitiz or a ground game. Edwards versus Clark may settle that debate.

    WILL KERRY COMPETE: Kerry got a 15 point bounce in South Carolina after Iowa. He might get another bounce out of his double-digit win in New Hampshire. It will be interesting to see if the bounce overpowers the "write off the South" remarks of the other day. Kerry is already sending surrogates to South Carolina, John Grisham will be stumping for Kerry in SC tomorrow. And Kerry's staff is already building events around the South Carolina debate in Greenville.

    LOOK OUT FOR SHARPTON: I have been convinced for some time that Sharpton will come in second. I did a long list of reasons back in December. Plus, Sharpton has been campaigning nonstop in South Carolina since the DC "primary." In the next seven days, Sharpton has 16 scheduled events in the Palmetto State. I still have a wager with a prominent GOP activist that Sharpton will place third.

    However, there is another theory about Sharpton's support - that it is a comfortable place for undecided African-American voters. I have heard plenty of anecdotal evidence of black voters that have told pollsters that they support Sharpton, but they are still waiting for another candidate to make the sale. Just like Iowa and New Hampshire, most South Carolina voters will decide late - perhaps as late as Sunday or Monday night.

    Posted by Eric at 09:08 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Voting

    Average percentage of the Jewish vote won by the Democratic presidential candidate in the 1980s: 59 [Voter News Service (Brooklyn)]

    Average percentage since then: 79 [Voter News Service (Brooklyn)]

    -Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 09:06 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Voting

    Average percentage of the Jewish vote won by the Democratic presidential candidate in the 1980s: 59 [Voter News Service (Brooklyn)]

    Average percentage since then: 79 [Voter News Service (Brooklyn)]

    -Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 09:06 AM | Comments (0)

    Franken Assaulting People?

    If you've been reading what's been written in the conservative press lately, you may have been hearing a lot about Al Franken and an incident with a Lyndon LaRouche supporter. However, there is more to the story than what the NY Post and Newsmax.com have been selectively reporting. This is what I wrote on AlFrankenWeb.com.

    Jan 27. Smear. The Fox-owned NY Post and conservative magazines have launched a smear campaign against Al Franken by taking one incident out of context. Here, we are given the image of an unstable Al Franken attacking a poor man without warrant. In the NY Post, no description of the heckler is mentioned except that he was "shouting accusations." Newsmax portrays the heckler as the victim. Sounds bad, doesn't it? Al Franken just attacking innocent hecklers. Indeed, the way the story is framed in the conservative papers makes Franken sound bad. However, both of the conservative papers took the incident completely out of context. Indeed, they failed to mention some important parts of the story:

    Point #1: The Heckler First Attacked People. According to Palace Theatre's manager, the heckler attacked the security guards and the theater manager:

    Two members of Dean's security team immediately moved in on the man, who shoved and elbowed them, Ramsey said.


    "He was screaming. He was out of control," Ramsey said.


    Ramsey said he went over to help calm the situation and also got elbowed and pushed.

    Point #2: Out of Control Attacker Then Presented Danger to Dean and Crowd. So what else did the heckler do that the conservative media did not report? He posed a potential danger to Howard Dean who, since he is a presidential candidate, is always subject to risk.
    The protester had clambered over two or three people and had perched himself on the balcony railing.


    "I thought he was going to jump. He was screaming at Dean. I was scared for a minute that he was going to jump on the stage and attack Dean," Ramsey said.


    One New Hampshire voter sitting in the balcony said the heckler "kind of barreled through like a Patriots fullback."


    "The way he moved, I thought he was going to jump or something," Wendy Branch of Northwood said. "Even if he didn't intend to jump, he was setting himself up for a fall. It was a little alarming."

    Point #3: Franken Subdued the Attacker Only After He was Attacked. Al Franken was with the security guards trying to help get the heckler out of the room. However, it was only after the heckler physically attacked Franken and broke his glasses that Franken resorted to a wrestling move intended to subdue the attacker:

    Ramsey said a news photographer later told him Franken reacted to being elbowed by the protester, who knocked his glasses off.
    Indeed, while the Post used loaded language - "'body-slammed" - the reality is Franken subdued a man who had already assaulted two security guards. Indeed, this is why the theater manager said:
    I never met Al Franken before. He is now my new hero
    Summary: Why did such a potentially scandalous story have so few details in the NY Post and Newsmax? Why were the New York Post and Newsmax.com slim on details of the protestor and his actions? The answer is that presenting the full and real story would detract from the ambiguous and negative picture presented of Franken, as you saw in points 1-3 ...


    The conservative media will continue to spin this in the way they see fit: Nut-case Franken assaulted an innocent man without warrant. Put Franken in jail! However, as a complete account from people there showed, the conservative media left out crucial details of an affair in which Al helped security guards stop an angry assaulter who attacked others and further presented a danger to the people around him.


    EDIT: Also posted, an interview with the theater manager, who said "Franken reacted to being struck pretty violently."

    Posted by Eric at 08:36 AM | Comments (0)

    Franken Assaulting People?

    If you've been reading what's been written in the conservative press lately, you may have been hearing a lot about Al Franken and an incident with a Lyndon LaRouche supporter. However, there is more to the story than what the NY Post and Newsmax.com have been selectively reporting. This is what I wrote on AlFrankenWeb.com.

    Jan 27. Smear. The Fox-owned NY Post and conservative magazines have launched a smear campaign against Al Franken by taking one incident out of context. Here, we are given the image of an unstable Al Franken attacking a poor man without warrant. In the NY Post, no description of the heckler is mentioned except that he was "shouting accusations." Newsmax portrays the heckler as the victim. Sounds bad, doesn't it? Al Franken just attacking innocent hecklers. Indeed, the way the story is framed in the conservative papers makes Franken sound bad. However, both of the conservative papers took the incident completely out of context. Indeed, they failed to mention some important parts of the story:

    Point #1: The Heckler First Attacked People. According to Palace Theatre's manager, the heckler attacked the security guards and the theater manager:

    Two members of Dean's security team immediately moved in on the man, who shoved and elbowed them, Ramsey said.


    "He was screaming. He was out of control," Ramsey said.


    Ramsey said he went over to help calm the situation and also got elbowed and pushed.

    Point #2: Out of Control Attacker Then Presented Danger to Dean and Crowd. So what else did the heckler do that the conservative media did not report? He posed a potential danger to Howard Dean who, since he is a presidential candidate, is always subject to risk.
    The protester had clambered over two or three people and had perched himself on the balcony railing.


    "I thought he was going to jump. He was screaming at Dean. I was scared for a minute that he was going to jump on the stage and attack Dean," Ramsey said.


    One New Hampshire voter sitting in the balcony said the heckler "kind of barreled through like a Patriots fullback."


    "The way he moved, I thought he was going to jump or something," Wendy Branch of Northwood said. "Even if he didn't intend to jump, he was setting himself up for a fall. It was a little alarming."

    Point #3: Franken Subdued the Attacker Only After He was Attacked. Al Franken was with the security guards trying to help get the heckler out of the room. However, it was only after the heckler physically attacked Franken and broke his glasses that Franken resorted to a wrestling move intended to subdue the attacker:

    Ramsey said a news photographer later told him Franken reacted to being elbowed by the protester, who knocked his glasses off.
    Indeed, while the Post used loaded language - "'body-slammed" - the reality is Franken subdued a man who had already assaulted two security guards. Indeed, this is why the theater manager said:
    I never met Al Franken before. He is now my new hero
    Summary: Why did such a potentially scandalous story have so few details in the NY Post and Newsmax? Why were the New York Post and Newsmax.com slim on details of the protestor and his actions? The answer is that presenting the full and real story would detract from the ambiguous and negative picture presented of Franken, as you saw in points 1-3 ...


    The conservative media will continue to spin this in the way they see fit: Nut-case Franken assaulted an innocent man without warrant. Put Franken in jail! However, as a complete account from people there showed, the conservative media left out crucial details of an affair in which Al helped security guards stop an angry assaulter who attacked others and further presented a danger to the people around him.


    EDIT: Also posted, an interview with the theater manager, who said "Franken reacted to being struck pretty violently."

    Posted by Eric at 08:36 AM | Comments (0)

    January 27, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    Mercury News. Governor broke campaign law, judge rules
    Dow Jones. White House Repeats Bush FY05 Budget Will Cut Deficit
    Reuters. Clark Seeks Respectable Finish, Looks Ahead
    LA Times. Democrats Spend $3.5 Million on N.H. Primary Ad Blitz
    The Hill. GOP deficit angst rises $4.2 trillion outlook emboldens party’s fiscal conservatives
    E. J. Dionne Jr.. For Kerry, Veteran Voices . . .
    WP. Consultant Works His Magic on Kerry
    WP. Democrats Hone Tactics For the Big Prizes Ahead
    WP. UN Election Team To Be Sent to Iraq
    SciAmerican. Rover Opportunity Sends More Postcards from the Red Planet
    Reuters. Halliburton counters bad publicity with US ads
    Reuters. Federal Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act
    CNN. Limbaugh lawyer denies any talk of plea deal
    CNN. Dean predicts comeback, takes swipe at media
    Reuters. Clark Makes Final Dash for Voter Support in NH
    NYT. McCain, Victor of '00, Returns in Aid of the Vanquished
    Houston Chronicle. `Wholesale' politics in `retail' country
    MSNBC. Six signs to watch in New Hampshire vote
    Krugman. Red Ink Realities
    NYT. Budget Office Forecasts Record Deficit in '04
    NYT. Supreme Court to Review Using Execution in Juvenile Cases
    NYT. White House Is Less Certain Now About Iraq's Arms

    Posted by Eric at 11:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Tuesday Stories

    Mercury News. Governor broke campaign law, judge rules
    Dow Jones. White House Repeats Bush FY05 Budget Will Cut Deficit
    Reuters. Clark Seeks Respectable Finish, Looks Ahead
    LA Times. Democrats Spend $3.5 Million on N.H. Primary Ad Blitz
    The Hill. GOP deficit angst rises $4.2 trillion outlook emboldens party’s fiscal conservatives
    E. J. Dionne Jr.. For Kerry, Veteran Voices . . .
    WP. Consultant Works His Magic on Kerry
    WP. Democrats Hone Tactics For the Big Prizes Ahead
    WP. UN Election Team To Be Sent to Iraq
    SciAmerican. Rover Opportunity Sends More Postcards from the Red Planet
    Reuters. Halliburton counters bad publicity with US ads
    Reuters. Federal Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act
    CNN. Limbaugh lawyer denies any talk of plea deal
    CNN. Dean predicts comeback, takes swipe at media
    Reuters. Clark Makes Final Dash for Voter Support in NH
    NYT. McCain, Victor of '00, Returns in Aid of the Vanquished
    Houston Chronicle. `Wholesale' politics in `retail' country
    MSNBC. Six signs to watch in New Hampshire vote
    Krugman. Red Ink Realities
    NYT. Budget Office Forecasts Record Deficit in '04
    NYT. Supreme Court to Review Using Execution in Juvenile Cases
    NYT. White House Is Less Certain Now About Iraq's Arms

    Posted by Eric at 11:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Why Kerry?

    Experience, likability and electability, according to exit polls:

    But Kerry was the top choice of more than half the poll respondents who said they were looking for a candidate who had the experience for the White House and who they thought had the best chance of beating President Bush in November.

    Dean went into the nation's first binding primary haunted by his howling speech to supporters after the Iowa caucuses. When asked if he has the right temperament to be president, more than a third of those responding to the polls said he didn't.

    Dean's negative numbers also were high, with more than one-third of those polled saying they had an unfavorable opinion of him, as well as of Lieberman and Clark.

    Kerry and Edwards were viewed much more favorably by almost three-quarters of those polled.

    Interestingly as well, Kerry won the 'anti-war' vote. "As he did in Iowa, Kerry beat Dean among the two-thirds of respondents who disapproved of the war in Iraq -- Dean's signature issue. However, the margin was smaller in the New Hampshire exit poll than it was in the Iowa caucuses, where Kerry beat Dean by 10 points among war opponents."

    Posted by Eric at 10:03 PM | Comments (0)

    Why Kerry?

    Experience, likability and electability, according to exit polls:

    But Kerry was the top choice of more than half the poll respondents who said they were looking for a candidate who had the experience for the White House and who they thought had the best chance of beating President Bush in November.

    Dean went into the nation's first binding primary haunted by his howling speech to supporters after the Iowa caucuses. When asked if he has the right temperament to be president, more than a third of those responding to the polls said he didn't.

    Dean's negative numbers also were high, with more than one-third of those polled saying they had an unfavorable opinion of him, as well as of Lieberman and Clark.

    Kerry and Edwards were viewed much more favorably by almost three-quarters of those polled.

    Interestingly as well, Kerry won the 'anti-war' vote. "As he did in Iowa, Kerry beat Dean among the two-thirds of respondents who disapproved of the war in Iraq -- Dean's signature issue. However, the margin was smaller in the New Hampshire exit poll than it was in the Iowa caucuses, where Kerry beat Dean by 10 points among war opponents."

    Posted by Eric at 10:03 PM | Comments (0)

    Kerry to Win Big

    Looks like a big win for Kerry, and a whimper for the rest.

    Kos is predicting that this is the end for Dean:

    Way back when, I wrote a series on "how they could win". I pegged Iowa and New Hampshire as the Kerry/Dean battleground, arguing only one could survive.

    Dean has enough money to limp on, but by all indications, he's through. If there's something we should all take from this election cycle, it's that the unexpected can and does happen. But for now, Dean would have to pull a miracle to survive.

    As I wrote way back when, Feb 3 will determine the anti-Kerry. And I stand by that analysis. Lieberman and Clark are on life support.

    So if anyone will stop Kerry, it's up to Edwards. Watch the establishment rally around Kerry to end this thing as quickly as possible.

    Really, I have to give a lot of credit to Kerry. I, like many, wrote him off a long time ago. With 95% reporting:

    Kerry 39
    Dean 26
    Clark 13
    Edwards 12
    Lieberman 9

    Posted by Eric at 09:07 PM | Comments (0)

    Kerry to Win Big

    Looks like a big win for Kerry, and a whimper for the rest.

    Kos is predicting that this is the end for Dean:

    Way back when, I wrote a series on "how they could win". I pegged Iowa and New Hampshire as the Kerry/Dean battleground, arguing only one could survive.

    Dean has enough money to limp on, but by all indications, he's through. If there's something we should all take from this election cycle, it's that the unexpected can and does happen. But for now, Dean would have to pull a miracle to survive.

    As I wrote way back when, Feb 3 will determine the anti-Kerry. And I stand by that analysis. Lieberman and Clark are on life support.

    So if anyone will stop Kerry, it's up to Edwards. Watch the establishment rally around Kerry to end this thing as quickly as possible.

    Really, I have to give a lot of credit to Kerry. I, like many, wrote him off a long time ago. With 95% reporting:

    Kerry 39
    Dean 26
    Clark 13
    Edwards 12
    Lieberman 9

    Posted by Eric at 09:07 PM | Comments (0)

    No Joementum in Media

    NY Times, USA Today and The Boston Globe all had front page stories on the NH primary with photos of four candidates. Guess who wasn't included?

    Posted by Eric at 07:09 PM | Comments (0)

    No Joementum in Media

    NY Times, USA Today and The Boston Globe all had front page stories on the NH primary with photos of four candidates. Guess who wasn't included?

    Posted by Eric at 07:09 PM | Comments (0)

    Cheney To Be Dumped?

    Cheney is a political liability, and the GOP would be very, very smart to dump him. According to MSNBC's Jeanette Walls, this could happen.

    A well-placed source says that the president will “most likely” drop Dick Cheney from his re-election ticket and his first choice for a replacement is former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    “The issue of Cheney’s health will probably be given as the reason,” says the insider. “There’s a short list of possible replacements, and Rudy is at the top of the list.”

    The source adds that the selection of the former New York mayor may be overridden by Bush advisors from the far right. “Giuliani has been pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and is pretty liberal on some other social issues, but the thinking is that he might broaden Bush’s appeal.”

    If, however, Giuliani gets bumped from the ticket, says the source, “expect him to get a prime assignment in Washington as an consolation prize.”

    Bush’s rep didn’t return calls, and a spokeswoman for Giuliani said, “Rudy Giuliani has been out in Iowa and New Hampshire talking about the incredible accomplishments of Vice President Dick Cheney with George Bush and working very hard to get them both re-elected.”

    Other people mentioned for VP have been Condi Rice, Powell, and GOP office holders in strategic states.

    Posted by Eric at 06:07 PM | Comments (0)

    Cheney To Be Dumped?

    Cheney is a political liability, and the GOP would be very, very smart to dump him. According to MSNBC's Jeanette Walls, this could happen.

    A well-placed source says that the president will “most likely” drop Dick Cheney from his re-election ticket and his first choice for a replacement is former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    “The issue of Cheney’s health will probably be given as the reason,” says the insider. “There’s a short list of possible replacements, and Rudy is at the top of the list.”

    The source adds that the selection of the former New York mayor may be overridden by Bush advisors from the far right. “Giuliani has been pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and is pretty liberal on some other social issues, but the thinking is that he might broaden Bush’s appeal.”

    If, however, Giuliani gets bumped from the ticket, says the source, “expect him to get a prime assignment in Washington as an consolation prize.”

    Bush’s rep didn’t return calls, and a spokeswoman for Giuliani said, “Rudy Giuliani has been out in Iowa and New Hampshire talking about the incredible accomplishments of Vice President Dick Cheney with George Bush and working very hard to get them both re-elected.”

    Other people mentioned for VP have been Condi Rice, Powell, and GOP office holders in strategic states.

    Posted by Eric at 06:07 PM | Comments (0)

    How States Deal: Find New Revenue

    With state budgets shrinking as tax revenue decreases in wake of the Bush recession, local governments are being forced to get creative. Oh how, you ask?

    Rather than drain Waterford dry, officials are looking to another liquid asset: renting out advertising space on the township’s five water towers. Supporters say it would mean a free paint job and as much as $200,000 a year in ad revenue.

    “I think it could be done in good taste,” Fortino said. The township is still considering the idea. “It’s not like there’s anything that glamorous about a big silver water tower anyway. ...There aren’t a lot of things we can do (to raise revenue), not in large amounts anyway. Things are going to get worse before they get better.”

    In Ferndale, the city accepted a donation of a new police cruiser from Schmid Ford — saving the city $20,000 in return for a small, “tasteful” mention of the dealership on the side of the cruiser. South Lyon leases space in its city hall to the local school district. Livonia staged a fund-raiser when it could no longer afford to put up its Christmas lights. Plymouth Township is selling off excess capacity in its sewer system.

    Unfortunately, most of the money-making schemes are nickel-and-dime affairs compared to the money the communities have lost. Even if Waterford goes ahead with the water tower deal, and even if it gets the hoped-for $200,000, the money pales beside the $1 million-plus in state cuts the township has already endured.

    Since 2001, the state of Michigan has held back more than $422 million in revenue sharing funds — money collected through sales taxes and meant to be shared with communities. Each year, state government has kept more and more of the sales tax revenue for itself to offset the ballooning budget deficit. The state must, by law, balance its budget.

    In Feb of last year, Max Sawicky of the EPI suggested ways the fed government could help states with their budget problems. For wonky numbers on the falling total revenues, see the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The cliff-notes:
    In recent years, the overall fiscal position of the government — reflecting federal, state, and local governments combined — has shifted from one of surpluses to one of substantial deficits. Just-released government data show the principal reason for this shift is that revenue collections have shrunk markedly. Combined federal, state, and local revenues fell in fiscal year 2003 to their lowest level, measured as a share of the economy, since 1968.

    Posted by Eric at 12:17 PM | Comments (0)

    How States Deal: Find New Revenue

    With state budgets shrinking as tax revenue decreases in wake of the Bush recession, local governments are being forced to get creative. Oh how, you ask?

    Rather than drain Waterford dry, officials are looking to another liquid asset: renting out advertising space on the township’s five water towers. Supporters say it would mean a free paint job and as much as $200,000 a year in ad revenue.

    “I think it could be done in good taste,” Fortino said. The township is still considering the idea. “It’s not like there’s anything that glamorous about a big silver water tower anyway. ...There aren’t a lot of things we can do (to raise revenue), not in large amounts anyway. Things are going to get worse before they get better.”

    In Ferndale, the city accepted a donation of a new police cruiser from Schmid Ford — saving the city $20,000 in return for a small, “tasteful” mention of the dealership on the side of the cruiser. South Lyon leases space in its city hall to the local school district. Livonia staged a fund-raiser when it could no longer afford to put up its Christmas lights. Plymouth Township is selling off excess capacity in its sewer system.

    Unfortunately, most of the money-making schemes are nickel-and-dime affairs compared to the money the communities have lost. Even if Waterford goes ahead with the water tower deal, and even if it gets the hoped-for $200,000, the money pales beside the $1 million-plus in state cuts the township has already endured.

    Since 2001, the state of Michigan has held back more than $422 million in revenue sharing funds — money collected through sales taxes and meant to be shared with communities. Each year, state government has kept more and more of the sales tax revenue for itself to offset the ballooning budget deficit. The state must, by law, balance its budget.

    In Feb of last year, Max Sawicky of the EPI suggested ways the fed government could help states with their budget problems. For wonky numbers on the falling total revenues, see the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The cliff-notes:
    In recent years, the overall fiscal position of the government — reflecting federal, state, and local governments combined — has shifted from one of surpluses to one of substantial deficits. Just-released government data show the principal reason for this shift is that revenue collections have shrunk markedly. Combined federal, state, and local revenues fell in fiscal year 2003 to their lowest level, measured as a share of the economy, since 1968.

    Posted by Eric at 12:17 PM | Comments (0)

    Email Worms

    Let me tell you the tale of the time that I woke up and I found 900 new email messages in my account. Oh my, I thought, is Ann Coulter stalking me again? Alas no, there's a new worm spreading.

    Posted by Eric at 11:49 AM | Comments (0)

    Email Worms

    Let me tell you the tale of the time that I woke up and I found 900 new email messages in my account. Oh my, I thought, is Ann Coulter stalking me again? Alas no, there's a new worm spreading.

    Posted by Eric at 11:49 AM | Comments (0)

    Oscars

    Alright, I'm pretty happy. Bill Murray, and Keisha Castle-Hughes got Oscar noms.

    Posted by Eric at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

    Oscars

    Alright, I'm pretty happy. Bill Murray, and Keisha Castle-Hughes got Oscar noms.

    Posted by Eric at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

    The Joy of Noonan

    What an unusual girl, that Peggy Noonan.

    And so my Democratic friends, patriots who vote Democratic and are voting in today's primary and the ones down the road. Please. We will take Joe Lieberman or John Kerry or even young John Edwards, men who appear to be somewhere in the normal range. We need a person who could rally the nation on a terrible day, and who could arguably meet the security demands the age requires. We can't afford flip-outs, or people who are too obviously creepy. Just a person in the normal range. Is that asking too much? Say it ain't so. Give Gen. Clark his marching orders: Retreat!
    It's interesting how a huge qualification for being president now is not being nuts ...

    Posted by Eric at 09:45 AM | Comments (0)

    The Joy of Noonan

    What an unusual girl, that Peggy Noonan.

    And so my Democratic friends, patriots who vote Democratic and are voting in today's primary and the ones down the road. Please. We will take Joe Lieberman or John Kerry or even young John Edwards, men who appear to be somewhere in the normal range. We need a person who could rally the nation on a terrible day, and who could arguably meet the security demands the age requires. We can't afford flip-outs, or people who are too obviously creepy. Just a person in the normal range. Is that asking too much? Say it ain't so. Give Gen. Clark his marching orders: Retreat!
    It's interesting how a huge qualification for being president now is not being nuts ...

    Posted by Eric at 09:45 AM | Comments (0)

    Babes For / Against Bush

    Hmm ...

    On the "for" side:

    And on the 'against' side:

    Hmmm ... the choice would seem obvious. But wait! What is this about the 'for' calendar?

    George W. Bush has his sexy groupies doing something even Bill Clinton's harem wouldn't: taking it off in public to raise, um, support for their guy. "We thought it would be fun," says BabesForBush.com calendar girl Karen Henry. "It's also to show our serious support for him." But she says her group's tasteful 2004 calendar--it even includes well-dressed men, ugh--isn't just a rip-off of the movie Calendar Girls by middle-aged Bushies. Henry, the smartly dressed Miss July, and conservative radio talk show host Martha Zoller, Miss February, tell us the idea was really sparked by the nearly pornographic BabesAgainstBush.com calendar, which shows mostly nude women with artfully placed American flags, duct tape, and microphones. "It was tasteless and vulgar," says Henry. "Ours is cute," she adds. "Imitation," says an amused BabesAgainst spokesman David Livingstone, "really is the sincerest form of flattery."
    The 'for Bush' women have well-dressed men in what's billed as a female calendar? Now that's a buzzkill.

    Posted by Eric at 02:41 AM | Comments (0)

    Babes For / Against Bush

    Hmm ...

    On the "for" side:

    And on the 'against' side:

    Hmmm ... the choice would seem obvious. But wait! What is this about the 'for' calendar?

    George W. Bush has his sexy groupies doing something even Bill Clinton's harem wouldn't: taking it off in public to raise, um, support for their guy. "We thought it would be fun," says BabesForBush.com calendar girl Karen Henry. "It's also to show our serious support for him." But she says her group's tasteful 2004 calendar--it even includes well-dressed men, ugh--isn't just a rip-off of the movie Calendar Girls by middle-aged Bushies. Henry, the smartly dressed Miss July, and conservative radio talk show host Martha Zoller, Miss February, tell us the idea was really sparked by the nearly pornographic BabesAgainstBush.com calendar, which shows mostly nude women with artfully placed American flags, duct tape, and microphones. "It was tasteless and vulgar," says Henry. "Ours is cute," she adds. "Imitation," says an amused BabesAgainst spokesman David Livingstone, "really is the sincerest form of flattery."
    The 'for Bush' women have well-dressed men in what's billed as a female calendar? Now that's a buzzkill.

    Posted by Eric at 02:41 AM | Comments (0)

    Spam Gone by 2005?

    That's the claim being offered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland by Bill Gates and a few others. See:

    Microsoft Corp . founder Bill Gates predicted the demise of unsolicited commercial e-mail at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday, according to a company spokesman. His prediction was backed up on Monday by the head of a prominent anti-spam company.

    "I believe we'll solve spam by the end of 2005," said Enrique Salem, president and chief executive of privately held Brightmail Inc., which scrubs spam for large Internet service providers like Verizon Communications and BellSouth Corp..

    That may seem like wishful thinking to Internet users who have seen no drop in herbal Viagra offers since a new federal anti-spam law went into effect on January 1.

    Salem said Brightmail numbers show that the proportion of spam has increased to around 60 percent of all e-mail, from 58 percent in December. That figure should peak around 65 percent later this year and than start to decline as improved filtering techniques take hold and federal agents begin enforcing the new law, he said.

    I believe the phrase is "I'll believe it when I see it." The most amusing spam I've received of late is one letting me know I can get my own ATM machine. Something I've always wanted.

    Quick, what state consumes the most amount of spam per-capita? Click below for the answer.

    It's none other than the local bruddahs in Hawaii. 5.5 cans per year. Represent!

    Posted by Eric at 01:27 AM | Comments (0)

    Spam Gone by 2005?

    That's the claim being offered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland by Bill Gates and a few others. See:

    Microsoft Corp . founder Bill Gates predicted the demise of unsolicited commercial e-mail at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday, according to a company spokesman. His prediction was backed up on Monday by the head of a prominent anti-spam company.

    "I believe we'll solve spam by the end of 2005," said Enrique Salem, president and chief executive of privately held Brightmail Inc., which scrubs spam for large Internet service providers like Verizon Communications and BellSouth Corp..

    That may seem like wishful thinking to Internet users who have seen no drop in herbal Viagra offers since a new federal anti-spam law went into effect on January 1.

    Salem said Brightmail numbers show that the proportion of spam has increased to around 60 percent of all e-mail, from 58 percent in December. That figure should peak around 65 percent later this year and than start to decline as improved filtering techniques take hold and federal agents begin enforcing the new law, he said.

    I believe the phrase is "I'll believe it when I see it." The most amusing spam I've received of late is one letting me know I can get my own ATM machine. Something I've always wanted.

    Quick, what state consumes the most amount of spam per-capita? Click below for the answer.

    It's none other than the local bruddahs in Hawaii. 5.5 cans per year. Represent!

    Posted by Eric at 01:27 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Voting

    Percentage of votes cast in U.S. elections last year that were counted by the largest voting-technology firm: 52 [Election Systems & Software (Omaha)]

    Campaign contributions that one voting-technology CEO raised to become a Bush “Pioneer” this year (2003): $100,000 [Bush-Cheney ’04, Inc. (Arlington, Va.)]

    -Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Voting

    Percentage of votes cast in U.S. elections last year that were counted by the largest voting-technology firm: 52 [Election Systems & Software (Omaha)]

    Campaign contributions that one voting-technology CEO raised to become a Bush “Pioneer” this year (2003): $100,000 [Bush-Cheney ’04, Inc. (Arlington, Va.)]

    -Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 AM | Comments (0)

    Democrats on Middle Class Issues

    Though we often forget it, elections are traditionally about electing the person who has the best issue platform. The Drum Major Institute ("this one time at band camp...") has the Democrats on "issues important to America's middle class" (pdf) ... The press release summarizes the positions the candidates took:

    • Most candidates agree that the main challenges facing the middle class are falling income and job security, affordable health care, and the rising cost of higher education.
    • The candidates disagreed on their approaches to expanding access to health care, on support of a National Usury Law to limit credit card companies’ interest charges, on an increase in the minimum wage with annual adjustments for inflation, and on their plans to restructure the tax code to best meet the needs of middle class families.
    • Several candidates refused to commit to support for various proposals, including Clark on increasing federal regulation of the credit card industry, Dean on increasing the ceiling for eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Lieberman on raising the minimum wage with annual adjustments for inflation.
    • All of the candidates supported the expansion of eligibility for unemployment insurance, making college tuition tax-deductible, and the Employee Free Choice Act that allows a union to be certified if a majority of employees have signed authorization cards.
    • When asked what each candidate had already done to improve the lives of the middle class, responses ranged from General Clark’s work to improve the quality of military housing for soldiers under his command, to Dr. Dean’s creation of 56,000 new jobs as Governor of Vermont, to Senator Kerry’s defense of Medicare and Social Security during the Newt Gingrich era.

    Posted by Eric at 01:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Democrats on Middle Class Issues

    Though we often forget it, elections are traditionally about electing the person who has the best issue platform. The Drum Major Institute ("this one time at band camp...") has the Democrats on "issues important to America's middle class" (pdf) ... The press release summarizes the positions the candidates took:

    • Most candidates agree that the main challenges facing the middle class are falling income and job security, affordable health care, and the rising cost of higher education.
    • The candidates disagreed on their approaches to expanding access to health care, on support of a National Usury Law to limit credit card companies’ interest charges, on an increase in the minimum wage with annual adjustments for inflation, and on their plans to restructure the tax code to best meet the needs of middle class families.
    • Several candidates refused to commit to support for various proposals, including Clark on increasing federal regulation of the credit card industry, Dean on increasing the ceiling for eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Lieberman on raising the minimum wage with annual adjustments for inflation.
    • All of the candidates supported the expansion of eligibility for unemployment insurance, making college tuition tax-deductible, and the Employee Free Choice Act that allows a union to be certified if a majority of employees have signed authorization cards.
    • When asked what each candidate had already done to improve the lives of the middle class, responses ranged from General Clark’s work to improve the quality of military housing for soldiers under his command, to Dr. Dean’s creation of 56,000 new jobs as Governor of Vermont, to Senator Kerry’s defense of Medicare and Social Security during the Newt Gingrich era.

    Posted by Eric at 01:14 AM | Comments (0)

    January 26, 2004

    Monday Stories

    Garance Franke-Ruta . Garance Franke-Ruta on how Kerry and Edwards retooled their stump speeches and won Iowa while Dean grooved to an old tune and lost.
    Sean Gonsalves. The problem is the solution? D.C. Youth Court offers alternative to juvenile justice system
    Cynthia Tucker. Our 'nation at war': Less affluent are making disproportionate sacrifices in Bush's battles
    Geov Parrish. Now it gets interesting: Think you know how 2004 will play out? Think again
    George Soros. The US is now in the hands of a group of extremists
    John Hood. Bush's Missed Opportunity ...and its potential costs
    Tom Hayden. A new generation of progressive Indian-Americans are taking on the conservatives now trying to dominate and speak for their community
    Naeem Mohaiemen. The Dark Side of the Outsourcing Revolution
    Salon. With the exception of front-runner John Kerry, the Democratic contenders believe that even a third- or fourth-place finish can be a springboard to the big prize
    Beth Shulman. Working and Poor in the USA
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. Oligarchs for Bush
    CNN. When second, third, even fourth, actually matters
    SFC. ROVER: Arrival in 'an alien and bizarre landscape'
    SFC. Liberals turn to shows, music to hit Bush
    SFC. Kowtowing to the NRA
    LAT. Dean Loses Ground as Primary Voters Shift Toward Stability
    LAT. As New Hampshire's primary nears, the new favorite challenges his rivals' gibes -- and Dean again voices skepticism about success in Iraq
    LAT. GOP Hopefuls Aim to Outsmart Boxer
    LAT. Saving the Sierra Club
    Joy Ann Reid. 20-somethings respond to Bush
    CSMonitor. A bold approach to chronic homelessness
    CSMonitor. In volatile race, Kerry leads heading into key vote
    AP. Democrats telling voters that Bush has no corner on faith
    BG. Democrats try to leave Bush behind on education
    AJC. Parties in a quandary about gay marriage
    AJC. Give partners spousal privileges
    Kansas City Star . Veterans' vote gets political attention
    Boston Globe. Clark takes lumps while honing media savvy
    Chicago Sun Times. Electability may be key to Kerry win in NH primary
    Reuters. Kerry Lead Shrinks to Three Points in New Hampshire
    NYT. Education Is No Protection
    NYT. Rule Change May Alter Strip-Mine Fight
    NYT. With the Race Changing Fast, Clark Adjusts
    NYT. Ex-Inspector Kay Says C.I.A. Missed Disarray in Iraqi Arms Program
    NYT. Delays and Split on Iraqi Council Imperil U.S. Plan
    Mother Jones. The first great human-rights campaign -- the movement to end slavery in the British Empire -- had no business succeeding. But the legacy of its extraordinary achievement lives on today
    StarTrib. 9/11 commission/Give it the time it needs

    Posted by Eric at 11:53 PM | Comments (0)

    Monday Stories

    Garance Franke-Ruta . Garance Franke-Ruta on how Kerry and Edwards retooled their stump speeches and won Iowa while Dean grooved to an old tune and lost.
    Sean Gonsalves. The problem is the solution? D.C. Youth Court offers alternative to juvenile justice system
    Cynthia Tucker. Our 'nation at war': Less affluent are making disproportionate sacrifices in Bush's battles
    Geov Parrish. Now it gets interesting: Think you know how 2004 will play out? Think again
    George Soros. The US is now in the hands of a group of extremists
    John Hood. Bush's Missed Opportunity ...and its potential costs
    Tom Hayden. A new generation of progressive Indian-Americans are taking on the conservatives now trying to dominate and speak for their community
    Naeem Mohaiemen. The Dark Side of the Outsourcing Revolution
    Salon. With the exception of front-runner John Kerry, the Democratic contenders believe that even a third- or fourth-place finish can be a springboard to the big prize
    Beth Shulman. Working and Poor in the USA
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. Oligarchs for Bush
    CNN. When second, third, even fourth, actually matters
    SFC. ROVER: Arrival in 'an alien and bizarre landscape'
    SFC. Liberals turn to shows, music to hit Bush
    SFC. Kowtowing to the NRA
    LAT. Dean Loses Ground as Primary Voters Shift Toward Stability
    LAT. As New Hampshire's primary nears, the new favorite challenges his rivals' gibes -- and Dean again voices skepticism about success in Iraq
    LAT. GOP Hopefuls Aim to Outsmart Boxer
    LAT. Saving the Sierra Club
    Joy Ann Reid. 20-somethings respond to Bush
    CSMonitor. A bold approach to chronic homelessness
    CSMonitor. In volatile race, Kerry leads heading into key vote
    AP. Democrats telling voters that Bush has no corner on faith
    BG. Democrats try to leave Bush behind on education
    AJC. Parties in a quandary about gay marriage
    AJC. Give partners spousal privileges
    Kansas City Star . Veterans' vote gets political attention
    Boston Globe. Clark takes lumps while honing media savvy
    Chicago Sun Times. Electability may be key to Kerry win in NH primary
    Reuters. Kerry Lead Shrinks to Three Points in New Hampshire
    NYT. Education Is No Protection
    NYT. Rule Change May Alter Strip-Mine Fight
    NYT. With the Race Changing Fast, Clark Adjusts
    NYT. Ex-Inspector Kay Says C.I.A. Missed Disarray in Iraqi Arms Program
    NYT. Delays and Split on Iraqi Council Imperil U.S. Plan
    Mother Jones. The first great human-rights campaign -- the movement to end slavery in the British Empire -- had no business succeeding. But the legacy of its extraordinary achievement lives on today
    StarTrib. 9/11 commission/Give it the time it needs

    Posted by Eric at 11:53 PM | Comments (0)

    The Bush Legacy

    Someone has to get a summer job. Deficits galore.

    Federal deficits will total nearly $2.4 trillion over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office projected Monday, a worsening of nearly $1 trillion since its last forecast in August.

    In its annual wintertime economic update, Congress' nonpartisan fiscal analyst also projected that the red ink would hit a record $477 billion this year.

    Though the report envisions next year's shortfall dipping to $362 billion, the estimates are sure to become ammunition in the election-year fight over red ink. Already, Democrats are hitting President Bush for the stark reversal from huge surpluses of just three years ago, while conservative Republicans are criticizing him for excessive spending as well.

    "The president wants to go to Mars, and he's got deficits going to the moon," said Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, top Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee.

    Conrad, that joker. Deficits, which reminds me ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:14 PM | Comments (0)

    The Bush Legacy

    Someone has to get a summer job. Deficits galore.

    Federal deficits will total nearly $2.4 trillion over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office projected Monday, a worsening of nearly $1 trillion since its last forecast in August.

    In its annual wintertime economic update, Congress' nonpartisan fiscal analyst also projected that the red ink would hit a record $477 billion this year.

    Though the report envisions next year's shortfall dipping to $362 billion, the estimates are sure to become ammunition in the election-year fight over red ink. Already, Democrats are hitting President Bush for the stark reversal from huge surpluses of just three years ago, while conservative Republicans are criticizing him for excessive spending as well.

    "The president wants to go to Mars, and he's got deficits going to the moon," said Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, top Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee.

    Conrad, that joker. Deficits, which reminds me ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:14 PM | Comments (0)

    Michael Moore readies new film ‘Fahrenheit 9-11’

    As he tells the AP, he's getting ready for the controversy once again ... this time, claiming terrorism isn't that big of a threat as people think. Controversial? Of course.

    Now he’s working on another film, “Fahrenheit 9-11,” due for release late this summer. As the title implies, the subject is terrorism.

    It will feature Moore on a quest for answers to troubling questions - a recurring role he first assumed in “Roger & Me,” the hilarious and heartbreaking 1989 tale of woe in his hometown of Flint after General Motors Corp. shuttered 11 auto manufacturing plants and laid off 33,000 workers.

    “You know the question a lot of people were asking after Sept. 11 - ‘Why do they hate us?’ The question I want to ask is, why DON’T they hate us - and then take my camera around the world a bit and show what’s done in our name.”

    Terrorism is wrong, Moore says. But when he’s finished cataloguing misdeeds by the U.S. government and corporations, viewers will feel lucky their country hasn’t drawn more attacks. And why, he continues, are Americans so obsessed with terrorism in the first place? Sept. 11 was horrific. But the typical citizen has almost no chance of encountering terrorists.
    He accuses the Bush administration of exaggerating the danger to frighten voters into giving the president another term: “It is one of the most successful lies ever perpetrated upon a people.”

    Posted by Eric at 05:34 PM | Comments (0)

    Michael Moore readies new film ‘Fahrenheit 9-11’

    As he tells the AP, he's getting ready for the controversy once again ... this time, claiming terrorism isn't that big of a threat as people think. Controversial? Of course.

    Now he’s working on another film, “Fahrenheit 9-11,” due for release late this summer. As the title implies, the subject is terrorism.

    It will feature Moore on a quest for answers to troubling questions - a recurring role he first assumed in “Roger & Me,” the hilarious and heartbreaking 1989 tale of woe in his hometown of Flint after General Motors Corp. shuttered 11 auto manufacturing plants and laid off 33,000 workers.

    “You know the question a lot of people were asking after Sept. 11 - ‘Why do they hate us?’ The question I want to ask is, why DON’T they hate us - and then take my camera around the world a bit and show what’s done in our name.”

    Terrorism is wrong, Moore says. But when he’s finished cataloguing misdeeds by the U.S. government and corporations, viewers will feel lucky their country hasn’t drawn more attacks. And why, he continues, are Americans so obsessed with terrorism in the first place? Sept. 11 was horrific. But the typical citizen has almost no chance of encountering terrorists.
    He accuses the Bush administration of exaggerating the danger to frighten voters into giving the president another term: “It is one of the most successful lies ever perpetrated upon a people.”

    Posted by Eric at 05:34 PM | Comments (0)

    Kurtz in Ethics Probe?

    So reports the Media Horse, of course:

    HOWARD KURTZ CAUGHT IN ETHICS PROBE
    Conflict-of-Interest Charges to Get Kurtz Fired?
    Charges of Personal Influence Peddling at Wash Post

    MWO has learned from highly informed Washington sources that Howard 'Mistah' Kurtz faces numerous dangerous charges of conflict-of-interest and influence peddling in his media column at the Washington Post...The charges stem from documented instances of Kurtz's involvement in what appears to be insider trading of information aimed at enriching his wife, GOP right-wing media consultant Sheri Annis..."No one has used the word 'fired' yet," one source close to the investigation told MWO, "but Kurtz better be watching his back."...

    Developing...

    Posted by Eric at 05:30 PM | Comments (0)

    Kurtz in Ethics Probe?

    So reports the Media Horse, of course:

    HOWARD KURTZ CAUGHT IN ETHICS PROBE
    Conflict-of-Interest Charges to Get Kurtz Fired?
    Charges of Personal Influence Peddling at Wash Post

    MWO has learned from highly informed Washington sources that Howard 'Mistah' Kurtz faces numerous dangerous charges of conflict-of-interest and influence peddling in his media column at the Washington Post...The charges stem from documented instances of Kurtz's involvement in what appears to be insider trading of information aimed at enriching his wife, GOP right-wing media consultant Sheri Annis..."No one has used the word 'fired' yet," one source close to the investigation told MWO, "but Kurtz better be watching his back."...

    Developing...

    Posted by Eric at 05:30 PM | Comments (0)

    NH Predictions

    Alright, given my past predictions, I probably wouldn't even beat Ms. Cleo. And she's not even psychic! Anyway, here's the Hamster predictions:

    Kerry - 29
    Edwards - 24
    Dean - 22
    Clark - 17
    Lieberman - 6

    EDIT: Wooo, no more predictions for me!

    Posted by Eric at 05:08 PM | Comments (0)

    NH Predictions

    Alright, given my past predictions, I probably wouldn't even beat Ms. Cleo. And she's not even psychic! Anyway, here's the Hamster predictions:

    Kerry - 29
    Edwards - 24
    Dean - 22
    Clark - 17
    Lieberman - 6

    EDIT: Wooo, no more predictions for me!

    Posted by Eric at 05:08 PM | Comments (0)

    Newsmax Endorses Joe Lieberman

    Now common, that's just rubbing it in ... Newsmax:

    Any candidate who seeks the presidency of the United States needs to demonstrate that he or she is first and foremost a person of integrity.

    We believe that issues of integrity always trump party and ideological concerns. Only Sen. Joseph Lieberman has demonstrated such integrity. Certainly, Lieberman knows he has staked out positions that do not make many in the Democratic Party or the major media happy with him. For instance, he has supported President Bush’s successful effort to remove Saddam Hussein.

    Wonder if the Lieberman camp will pick it up. Obviously, if they were smart, they wouldn't.

    Interesting, since Newsmax has run some pretty harsh articles on him. See

    Lieberman Void of Moral 'Kosher Beef,' Says Rabbi
    The Al "Passionate Kisses" Gore and Joe "Morality" Lieberman Campaign
    Cheney All Over Lieberman

    Posted by Eric at 01:13 PM | Comments (0)

    Newsmax Endorses Joe Lieberman

    Now common, that's just rubbing it in ... Newsmax:

    Any candidate who seeks the presidency of the United States needs to demonstrate that he or she is first and foremost a person of integrity.

    We believe that issues of integrity always trump party and ideological concerns. Only Sen. Joseph Lieberman has demonstrated such integrity. Certainly, Lieberman knows he has staked out positions that do not make many in the Democratic Party or the major media happy with him. For instance, he has supported President Bush’s successful effort to remove Saddam Hussein.

    Wonder if the Lieberman camp will pick it up. Obviously, if they were smart, they wouldn't.

    Interesting, since Newsmax has run some pretty harsh articles on him. See

    Lieberman Void of Moral 'Kosher Beef,' Says Rabbi
    The Al "Passionate Kisses" Gore and Joe "Morality" Lieberman Campaign
    Cheney All Over Lieberman

    Posted by Eric at 01:13 PM | Comments (0)

    Thanks for Visiting

    A blogging note, thanks for visiting the site. This last week's traffic - about 92,000 - was the largest in the site's history. A lot of this was from Google searches, but there's still a good number from daily / regular visits Hope you'll continue to come back, and if you have suggestions on improving the site, let me know.

    Posted by Eric at 12:43 PM | Comments (0)

    Thanks for Visiting

    A blogging note, thanks for visiting the site. This last week's traffic - about 92,000 - was the largest in the site's history. A lot of this was from Google searches, but there's still a good number from daily / regular visits Hope you'll continue to come back, and if you have suggestions on improving the site, let me know.

    Posted by Eric at 12:43 PM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: AIDs

    "Over the past year (2003), more than 3 million people have died from AIDS. More than 20 million people have already died from AIDS and at least 40 million more are infected. By the end of the decade, the CIA predicts that as many as 100 million people will be infected around the world. The latest data show that the epidemic is now rapidly spreading across Asia and the Americas as well as in Africa." --Misleader.org

    Posted by Eric at 12:37 PM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: AIDs

    "Over the past year (2003), more than 3 million people have died from AIDS. More than 20 million people have already died from AIDS and at least 40 million more are infected. By the end of the decade, the CIA predicts that as many as 100 million people will be infected around the world. The latest data show that the epidemic is now rapidly spreading across Asia and the Americas as well as in Africa." --Misleader.org

    Posted by Eric at 12:37 PM | Comments (0)

    Halliburton Working the PR

    In an attempt to repair its image in light of recent scandals, Halliburton is pushing the tear envelope with its latest ads. Cue Center for American Progress:

    "NOT CONTROVERSIAL" – HALLIBURTON ADS: While it is unclear whether Vice President Cheney's previous employer Halliburton will air its new ads during the Super Bowl, most major networks are allowing the embattled oil company to whitewash its record on the tube. As AP reports, a new "television spot running says Halliburton supplies hot meals, laundry and telephone links for soldiers in Iraq. The ad shows a man in desert camouflage holding a phone, his lip trembling, and shouting, 'It's a girl!'" The ad concludes, "Halliburton. Proud to serve our troops." Of course, Halliburton has been reprimanded by the Pentagon for serving unsanitary food to U.S. troops in Iraq. It is also facing scrutiny for overcharging the government, and accepting $6 million in bribes for its work in Iraq. Make sure to check out a screen shot from the ad. View ad in WMV format.
    See CAP's policy paper on what to do with Cheney Co.

    Posted by Eric at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)

    Halliburton Working the PR

    In an attempt to repair its image in light of recent scandals, Halliburton is pushing the tear envelope with its latest ads. Cue Center for American Progress:

    "NOT CONTROVERSIAL" – HALLIBURTON ADS: While it is unclear whether Vice President Cheney's previous employer Halliburton will air its new ads during the Super Bowl, most major networks are allowing the embattled oil company to whitewash its record on the tube. As AP reports, a new "television spot running says Halliburton supplies hot meals, laundry and telephone links for soldiers in Iraq. The ad shows a man in desert camouflage holding a phone, his lip trembling, and shouting, 'It's a girl!'" The ad concludes, "Halliburton. Proud to serve our troops." Of course, Halliburton has been reprimanded by the Pentagon for serving unsanitary food to U.S. troops in Iraq. It is also facing scrutiny for overcharging the government, and accepting $6 million in bribes for its work in Iraq. Make sure to check out a screen shot from the ad. View ad in WMV format.
    See CAP's policy paper on what to do with Cheney Co.

    Posted by Eric at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)

    EBAY Founder Endorses Wesley Clark

    And the rich guy tells the Clark website about his endorsement and the role of government with business ...

    Q: In founding eBay, your focus seemed to be giving people the tools they need to do things for themselves. Do you think that's a good model for government?

    A: Absolutely. That's what government should be about: laying a foundation for the growth and development of its citizens and economy. Government should focus on creating the right kind of environment for us to make good things happen for ourselves. The most important part of that environment is access to the tools we need to reach our potential - tools like health, education, a robust economy, security, and liberty. And to varying degrees, some of us need more help from government on different dimensions in order to reach our own individual potential. But I don't think the government should give people the outcomes they're looking for. Instead, it should give everyone equal access to the tools they need to reach their own potential.

    With Clark having skipped the Iowa caucus, the campaign needs a third or better showing in NH. If not, SC could go to Edwards.

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

    EBAY Founder Endorses Wesley Clark

    And the rich guy tells the Clark website about his endorsement and the role of government with business ...

    Q: In founding eBay, your focus seemed to be giving people the tools they need to do things for themselves. Do you think that's a good model for government?

    A: Absolutely. That's what government should be about: laying a foundation for the growth and development of its citizens and economy. Government should focus on creating the right kind of environment for us to make good things happen for ourselves. The most important part of that environment is access to the tools we need to reach our potential - tools like health, education, a robust economy, security, and liberty. And to varying degrees, some of us need more help from government on different dimensions in order to reach our own individual potential. But I don't think the government should give people the outcomes they're looking for. Instead, it should give everyone equal access to the tools they need to reach their own potential.

    With Clark having skipped the Iowa caucus, the campaign needs a third or better showing in NH. If not, SC could go to Edwards.

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

    What Have Bush Appointees Been Doing?

    People for the American Way, a liberal organization that focuses on mostly the judiciary, has compiled a report documenting the decisions recent Bush judicial appointees have been involved in. Among some of the decisions / ideology pushed ...

    Since the Supreme Court takes so few cases, the federal appellate courts are effectively the courts of last resort for the vast majority of Americans. And while these appellate judges have been on the bench for only a short period, a preliminary review of the early decisions and dissents of these controversial Bush nominees shows that a number have written significant opinions on civil rights, constitutional liberties, congressional authority, and related issues. This is particularly true with respect to Bush-nominated judges who received significant opposition, such as Jeffrey Sutton, Dennis Shedd, Michael McConnell, and John Roberts. These judges have issued a number of troubling opinions, primarily in dissent, that have sought to:

    question the constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act

    allow the Bush Administration to keep secret the records of Vice President Cheney’s energy task force

    overturn National Labor Relations Board rulings against anti-union discrimination and other unfair labor practices by employers

    re-write by court order a state law regulating First Amendment activity

    cut back severely on the scope of the federal arson law due to “federalism” concerns

    Posted by Eric at 09:12 AM | Comments (0)

    What Have Bush Appointees Been Doing?

    People for the American Way, a liberal organization that focuses on mostly the judiciary, has compiled a report documenting the decisions recent Bush judicial appointees have been involved in. Among some of the decisions / ideology pushed ...

    Since the Supreme Court takes so few cases, the federal appellate courts are effectively the courts of last resort for the vast majority of Americans. And while these appellate judges have been on the bench for only a short period, a preliminary review of the early decisions and dissents of these controversial Bush nominees shows that a number have written significant opinions on civil rights, constitutional liberties, congressional authority, and related issues. This is particularly true with respect to Bush-nominated judges who received significant opposition, such as Jeffrey Sutton, Dennis Shedd, Michael McConnell, and John Roberts. These judges have issued a number of troubling opinions, primarily in dissent, that have sought to:

    question the constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act

    allow the Bush Administration to keep secret the records of Vice President Cheney’s energy task force

    overturn National Labor Relations Board rulings against anti-union discrimination and other unfair labor practices by employers

    re-write by court order a state law regulating First Amendment activity

    cut back severely on the scope of the federal arson law due to “federalism” concerns

    Posted by Eric at 09:12 AM | Comments (0)

    The News Mags


    Kerry gets the Iowa media bounce with this treatment from Newsweek.


    TIME decides not to go with a post-Iowa cover, instead focusing on prescription drugs.


    Newsweek on Apple golden boy Steve Jobs and the potential long term gains for the Apple stock.


    US News says forget the issues! It's all about the electability.


    Following Howard Dean, Gen. Wesley Clark is probably the first general to appear on the cover of The Advocate.



    The Nation looks at America and its role in the world..


    Weekly Standard plays up the in-fighting in the Democrats and cotends the Dems are out of touch.

    Posted by Eric at 08:11 AM | Comments (0)

    The News Mags


    Kerry gets the Iowa media bounce with this treatment from Newsweek.


    TIME decides not to go with a post-Iowa cover, instead focusing on prescription drugs.


    Newsweek on Apple golden boy Steve Jobs and the potential long term gains for the Apple stock.


    US News says forget the issues! It's all about the electability.


    Following Howard Dean, Gen. Wesley Clark is probably the first general to appear on the cover of The Advocate.



    The Nation looks at America and its role in the world..


    Weekly Standard plays up the in-fighting in the Democrats and cotends the Dems are out of touch.

    Posted by Eric at 08:11 AM | Comments (0)

    Tied Up, Says MSNBC/Reuters

    Looks like another nail-biter, latest poll.

    If the primary were held today, for whom would you vote?

    Kerry 28%
    Dean 25%
    Clark 11%
    Edwards 10%
    Lieberman 9%
    Kucinich 2%
    Sharpton 1%
    Someone else 2%
    Not sure 13%

    ARG offers a different picture:

    Kerry 38%
    Dean 20%
    Edwards 16%
    Clark 15%
    Lieberman 5%

    Posted by Eric at 07:54 AM | Comments (0)

    Tied Up, Says MSNBC/Reuters

    Looks like another nail-biter, latest poll.

    If the primary were held today, for whom would you vote?

    Kerry 28%
    Dean 25%
    Clark 11%
    Edwards 10%
    Lieberman 9%
    Kucinich 2%
    Sharpton 1%
    Someone else 2%
    Not sure 13%

    ARG offers a different picture:

    Kerry 38%
    Dean 20%
    Edwards 16%
    Clark 15%
    Lieberman 5%

    Posted by Eric at 07:54 AM | Comments (0)

    The Comedy on Monday

    "Prosecutors say that they have enough evidence to convict Rush Limbaugh of ten felony counts. This is the biggest blow for conservatives since they discovered Ann Coulter had a penis." Bill Maher

    "John Edwards did very well the other night. Political experts say Edwards did well in Iowa because he emphasizes optimism and kindness. It doesn't always work out though. Today, he tried to kiss a baby and it turned out to be Dennis Kucinich." Conan O'Brien

    "Due to budget crunches, Bush has had to scale some of the programs. He has a new program, 'Leave A Couple of Kids Behind.'" —David Letterman

    "Yesterday in the Iowa caucuses, Dennis Kucinich got only one percent of the vote. Apparently Kucinich knew he was in trouble when he saw a sign that said, 'You must be this tall.'" —Conan O'Brien

    "CBS announced that it will not air moveon.org's winning anti-Bush ad during the Superbowl, saying they don't air so-called Issue Ads. Unless the issue is that girls are sluts for beer." Tina Fey

    "According to researchers, sex benefits the heart, burns calories, reduces depression, boosts immunity and releases pain reducing endorphins. But most importantly, it makes boys like you." Tina Fey



    Comics
    Fighting Words. The Rove Plan
    Boondocks. Sunday Comic
    Mike Keefe. Osama Who?
    Doug Marlette. My Fellow Heteros
    Jeff Stahler. You owe me allowance

    "Labor Secretary Has Her Hours Cut"

    Yee-Haw! My Vote Cancels Out Y'all's!


    Marty DiBergi: "This tasteless cover is a good indication of the lack of musical invention within. The musical growth of this band cannot even be charted. They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry."
    Nigel Tufnel: That's just nitpicking, isn't it?

    Ian Faith: The Boston gig has been cancelled...
    David St. Hubbins: What?
    Ian Faith: Yeah. I wouldn't worry about it though, it's not a big college town.
    ---This is Spinal Tap

    Bob: Every time a cast member swears, they have to put a nickel in the swearing jar.
    David: [drops a nickel into an already full jar] The money goes to Swears For Cares, an non-profit organization committed to raising money through swearing.
    Bob: So hopefully, we'll make a little difference.
    David: [holds up a nickel] A little *fucking* difference.
    ---Mr. Show

    Posted by Eric at 12:07 AM | Comments (0)

    The Comedy on Monday

    "Prosecutors say that they have enough evidence to convict Rush Limbaugh of ten felony counts. This is the biggest blow for conservatives since they discovered Ann Coulter had a penis." Bill Maher

    "John Edwards did very well the other night. Political experts say Edwards did well in Iowa because he emphasizes optimism and kindness. It doesn't always work out though. Today, he tried to kiss a baby and it turned out to be Dennis Kucinich." Conan O'Brien

    "Due to budget crunches, Bush has had to scale some of the programs. He has a new program, 'Leave A Couple of Kids Behind.'" —David Letterman

    "Yesterday in the Iowa caucuses, Dennis Kucinich got only one percent of the vote. Apparently Kucinich knew he was in trouble when he saw a sign that said, 'You must be this tall.'" —Conan O'Brien

    "CBS announced that it will not air moveon.org's winning anti-Bush ad during the Superbowl, saying they don't air so-called Issue Ads. Unless the issue is that girls are sluts for beer." Tina Fey

    "According to researchers, sex benefits the heart, burns calories, reduces depression, boosts immunity and releases pain reducing endorphins. But most importantly, it makes boys like you." Tina Fey



    Comics
    Fighting Words. The Rove Plan
    Boondocks. Sunday Comic
    Mike Keefe. Osama Who?
    Doug Marlette. My Fellow Heteros
    Jeff Stahler. You owe me allowance

    "Labor Secretary Has Her Hours Cut"

    Yee-Haw! My Vote Cancels Out Y'all's!


    Marty DiBergi: "This tasteless cover is a good indication of the lack of musical invention within. The musical growth of this band cannot even be charted. They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry."
    Nigel Tufnel: That's just nitpicking, isn't it?

    Ian Faith: The Boston gig has been cancelled...
    David St. Hubbins: What?
    Ian Faith: Yeah. I wouldn't worry about it though, it's not a big college town.
    ---This is Spinal Tap

    Bob: Every time a cast member swears, they have to put a nickel in the swearing jar.
    David: [drops a nickel into an already full jar] The money goes to Swears For Cares, an non-profit organization committed to raising money through swearing.
    Bob: So hopefully, we'll make a little difference.
    David: [holds up a nickel] A little *fucking* difference.
    ---Mr. Show

    Posted by Eric at 12:07 AM | Comments (0)

    Golden Globes

    I can't say I've seen any 'great' movies this year. LOTR was good, not great, but I think it'll win the Oscar because people will vote for the film based on the entire series and not on that individual last film. And sure, why not? It was incredibly well made and it'd be unfortunate if it didn't pick up one major award.

    Cold Mountain was incredibly mediocre, though I wouldn't mind a supporting actress nom for Natalie Portman. But Kidman and Law, please no.

    Bill Murray won for best actor in a comedy. Now, maybe, the Academy will be smart enough to give him an Oscar nom. Probably not.

    Posted by Eric at 12:04 AM | Comments (0)

    Golden Globes

    I can't say I've seen any 'great' movies this year. LOTR was good, not great, but I think it'll win the Oscar because people will vote for the film based on the entire series and not on that individual last film. And sure, why not? It was incredibly well made and it'd be unfortunate if it didn't pick up one major award.

    Cold Mountain was incredibly mediocre, though I wouldn't mind a supporting actress nom for Natalie Portman. But Kidman and Law, please no.

    Bill Murray won for best actor in a comedy. Now, maybe, the Academy will be smart enough to give him an Oscar nom. Probably not.

    Posted by Eric at 12:04 AM | Comments (0)

    January 25, 2004

    Sunday Stories

    WP. Powell Voices Doubts About Iraqi Weapons
    Reuters. Bush's clampdown on spending met with skepticism
    Palm Beach Post. Sierra Club exits Everglades coalition
    BGlobe. Court rejects bid to redistrict Colo. map
    NYT. Democrats Look to Independents in Tuesday's Vote
    NYT. Rivals Mine Kerry Senate Years for Material to Slow Him Down
    NYT. A Concerned Bloc of Republicans Wonders Whether Bush Is Conservative Enough
    NYT. President Bush has created an environmental policy vacuum that offers substantial rewards for any ambitious Democrat willing to fill it
    WP. Dean Criticizes Kerry's Stance on '91 War
    WP. For Children, a Stake in the Future
    AP. Attacks by Insurgents Kill 5 GIs in Iraq
    AP. S.D. GOP Picks Nominee for Janklow's Seat
    Eric Boehlert. Playing politics with the 9/11 commission
    Mark Follman. The CIA revolt against the White House
    Rebecca Traister. Stand by your man '04: Judy Dean's TV moment: She loves her work and her husband and doesn't love the spotlight. What could be more normal?

    Posted by Eric at 11:39 PM | Comments (0)

    Sunday Stories

    WP. Powell Voices Doubts About Iraqi Weapons
    Reuters. Bush's clampdown on spending met with skepticism
    Palm Beach Post. Sierra Club exits Everglades coalition
    BGlobe. Court rejects bid to redistrict Colo. map
    NYT. Democrats Look to Independents in Tuesday's Vote
    NYT. Rivals Mine Kerry Senate Years for Material to Slow Him Down
    NYT. A Concerned Bloc of Republicans Wonders Whether Bush Is Conservative Enough
    NYT. President Bush has created an environmental policy vacuum that offers substantial rewards for any ambitious Democrat willing to fill it
    WP. Dean Criticizes Kerry's Stance on '91 War
    WP. For Children, a Stake in the Future
    AP. Attacks by Insurgents Kill 5 GIs in Iraq
    AP. S.D. GOP Picks Nominee for Janklow's Seat
    Eric Boehlert. Playing politics with the 9/11 commission
    Mark Follman. The CIA revolt against the White House
    Rebecca Traister. Stand by your man '04: Judy Dean's TV moment: She loves her work and her husband and doesn't love the spotlight. What could be more normal?

    Posted by Eric at 11:39 PM | Comments (0)

    Free Ride for Bush on Miller Show

    If the future host of a show on a major cable news channel said the following statement about a Democratic president, imagine the uproar. Of course, CNBC has always leaned Republican, from it's morning Squak Box to its night talk shows (which are openly dismissive of Democrats in general).

    Dennis Miller has usually been happy to spray his acerbic wit across the political spectrum, but things will be different on his new CNBC talk program. President Bush is in a mock-free zone.

    "I like him," Miller explained. "I'm going to give him a pass. I take care of my friends."

    Miller is a familiar figure from his years on "Saturday Night Live," HBO and "Monday Night Football," but he will be in a different role on his daily show that debuts 9 p.m. EST Monday.

    This is the Miller who has appeared at fund-raisers for Bush, ridden with the president on Air Force One, sat in the gallery at last week's State of the Union speech and was even talked about as a Republican senatorial candidate in California.

    Still, everyone should watch Miller's new show. After all, the best reason was given by Miller himself: "Watch my new show or I'll have to do football again."

    Posted by Eric at 07:34 PM | Comments (0)

    Free Ride for Bush on Miller Show

    If the future host of a show on a major cable news channel said the following statement about a Democratic president, imagine the uproar. Of course, CNBC has always leaned Republican, from it's morning Squak Box to its night talk shows (which are openly dismissive of Democrats in general).

    Dennis Miller has usually been happy to spray his acerbic wit across the political spectrum, but things will be different on his new CNBC talk program. President Bush is in a mock-free zone.

    "I like him," Miller explained. "I'm going to give him a pass. I take care of my friends."

    Miller is a familiar figure from his years on "Saturday Night Live," HBO and "Monday Night Football," but he will be in a different role on his daily show that debuts 9 p.m. EST Monday.

    This is the Miller who has appeared at fund-raisers for Bush, ridden with the president on Air Force One, sat in the gallery at last week's State of the Union speech and was even talked about as a Republican senatorial candidate in California.

    Still, everyone should watch Miller's new show. After all, the best reason was given by Miller himself: "Watch my new show or I'll have to do football again."

    Posted by Eric at 07:34 PM | Comments (0)

    January 24, 2004

    NEWSWEEK: Majority Want Bush Out

    Dean's support drops in half. Kerry with a comfy national lead, and beats Bush. Guess there wasn't a SOTU poll bounce. Heck, the Saddam poll bounce didn't last very long either.

    Meanwhile, a week after President Bush's State of the Union address, his approval rating has fallen to 50 percent from 54 percent in the last Newsweek Poll (1/8-9/04). Yet, a 52-percent majority of registered voters says it would not like to see him re-elected to a second term. Only 44 percent say they would like to see him re-elected, a four-point drop from the last Newsweek Poll. (Of that, 37% strongly want to see him re-elected, and 47% strongly do not). However, a large majority of voters (78%) says that it is very likely (40%) or somewhat likely (38%) that Bush will in fact be re- elected to a second term in office. Only 10 percent believe it is not too likely or not at all likely (10%).

    Kerry - 30
    Edwards - 13
    Clark - 12
    Dean - 12

    Also:

    Kerry also leads the pack of Democratic contenders among registered voters as the candidate who would have a better chance of beating President George W. Bush if the election were held today. A Kerry-Bush match-up would have Kerry up by 49 percent to Bush's 46 percent. A Clark and Bush match-up would be a close race, with Bush at 48 percent and Clark at 47 percent. Bush would have an edge over Edwards (49% to 46%). Yet, with a plus or minus margin of error, these match-ups result in a statistical dead heat. And the President would beat Dean (50% to 45%) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (49% to 45%).

    And Democrats and Democratic learners also think Sen. John Kerry has the best chance (48%) of defeating Bush in November, and is the candidate mostly likely to do so (43%). Howard Dean follows at 26 percent (a drop from 38% in the 12/11-12/03 Newsweek Poll). Only 15 percent think Dean would most likely defeat Bush. In third is Wesley Clark at 23 percent, and John Edwards at 22 percent. Only 14 percent say Joe Lieberman has a good chance of beating George Bush.

    And more registered voters (54%) and Democrats and Democratic leaners (74%) have a favorable opinion of Kerry followed by Lieberman with 48 percent of registered voters, but only 56 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners. Edwards follows with 60 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners, but only 46 percent of registered voters. However, 42 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable opinion of Howard Dean, though a 57-percent majority of Democrats and Democratic leaners has a favorable opinion of the Vermont Governor.

    These, again, are national numbers.

    Posted by Eric at 05:40 PM | Comments (0)

    NEWSWEEK: Majority Want Bush Out

    Dean's support drops in half. Kerry with a comfy national lead, and beats Bush. Guess there wasn't a SOTU poll bounce. Heck, the Saddam poll bounce didn't last very long either.

    Meanwhile, a week after President Bush's State of the Union address, his approval rating has fallen to 50 percent from 54 percent in the last Newsweek Poll (1/8-9/04). Yet, a 52-percent majority of registered voters says it would not like to see him re-elected to a second term. Only 44 percent say they would like to see him re-elected, a four-point drop from the last Newsweek Poll. (Of that, 37% strongly want to see him re-elected, and 47% strongly do not). However, a large majority of voters (78%) says that it is very likely (40%) or somewhat likely (38%) that Bush will in fact be re- elected to a second term in office. Only 10 percent believe it is not too likely or not at all likely (10%).

    Kerry - 30
    Edwards - 13
    Clark - 12
    Dean - 12

    Also:

    Kerry also leads the pack of Democratic contenders among registered voters as the candidate who would have a better chance of beating President George W. Bush if the election were held today. A Kerry-Bush match-up would have Kerry up by 49 percent to Bush's 46 percent. A Clark and Bush match-up would be a close race, with Bush at 48 percent and Clark at 47 percent. Bush would have an edge over Edwards (49% to 46%). Yet, with a plus or minus margin of error, these match-ups result in a statistical dead heat. And the President would beat Dean (50% to 45%) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (49% to 45%).

    And Democrats and Democratic learners also think Sen. John Kerry has the best chance (48%) of defeating Bush in November, and is the candidate mostly likely to do so (43%). Howard Dean follows at 26 percent (a drop from 38% in the 12/11-12/03 Newsweek Poll). Only 15 percent think Dean would most likely defeat Bush. In third is Wesley Clark at 23 percent, and John Edwards at 22 percent. Only 14 percent say Joe Lieberman has a good chance of beating George Bush.

    And more registered voters (54%) and Democrats and Democratic leaners (74%) have a favorable opinion of Kerry followed by Lieberman with 48 percent of registered voters, but only 56 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners. Edwards follows with 60 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners, but only 46 percent of registered voters. However, 42 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable opinion of Howard Dean, though a 57-percent majority of Democrats and Democratic leaners has a favorable opinion of the Vermont Governor.

    These, again, are national numbers.

    Posted by Eric at 05:40 PM | Comments (0)

    Mean Dean Doll

    Ha. Just one ha.

    Posted by Eric at 05:15 PM | Comments (0)

    Mean Dean Doll

    Ha. Just one ha.

    Posted by Eric at 05:15 PM | Comments (0)

    Guest Lineup for Sunday Talk Shows

    ABC's "This Week"
    Wesley Clark
    John Edwards
    John Kerry
    Joe Lieberman

    CBS' "Face the Nation"
    Kerry.

    NBC's "Meet the Press"
    Clark.

    CNN's "Late Edition"
    Edwards, Lieberman, Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Bob Graham, D-Fla., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.; New York Gov. George Pataki; Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie; Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

    "Fox News Sunday"
    Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 08:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Guest Lineup for Sunday Talk Shows

    ABC's "This Week"
    Wesley Clark
    John Edwards
    John Kerry
    Joe Lieberman

    CBS' "Face the Nation"
    Kerry.

    NBC's "Meet the Press"
    Clark.

    CNN's "Late Edition"
    Edwards, Lieberman, Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Bob Graham, D-Fla., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.; New York Gov. George Pataki; Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie; Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

    "Fox News Sunday"
    Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 08:14 AM | Comments (0)

    When Stupid People Make Stupid Allegations

    For example, Bob Novak on CNN's Crossfire:

    NOVAK: Ms. Steenburgen, I'm just dying to know if you agree with your candidate, General Clark, that the president of the United States is a deserter? Desertion is one of the most heinous crimes. It's a felony. You put people in prison. Do you think -- do you think -- do you agree with that?

    STEENBURGEN: Well, I don't agree with the spin you just put on it.

    If I understand correctly, it was Michael Moore that said that, not Wesley Clark. And I would also say that, if being critical of an administration was a crime, I don't know what you would have had to do during the Clinton administration. So -- so, you know, I think you better keep it straight who said what.

    One would hope Novak would do more research and actually look at the transcript of the debate before inaccurating portraying politicians. Clark never said the statement, of course. Then again, we must be fair to Novak. After all, it's not like he has a research staff at CNN or even gets paid a salary. Further, it's not like his show is located at a research university or anything, where there is a student enrollment of more than 8,000, including thousands more in graduate and part time professional students. Also, we are assuming it was faulty research that caused this butchering of the facts, and not a desire for partisan spin on the level of Sean Hannity (more likely, given Begala tried to correct Novak previously). Just to be fair.

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (0)

    When Stupid People Make Stupid Allegations

    For example, Bob Novak on CNN's Crossfire:

    NOVAK: Ms. Steenburgen, I'm just dying to know if you agree with your candidate, General Clark, that the president of the United States is a deserter? Desertion is one of the most heinous crimes. It's a felony. You put people in prison. Do you think -- do you think -- do you agree with that?

    STEENBURGEN: Well, I don't agree with the spin you just put on it.

    If I understand correctly, it was Michael Moore that said that, not Wesley Clark. And I would also say that, if being critical of an administration was a crime, I don't know what you would have had to do during the Clinton administration. So -- so, you know, I think you better keep it straight who said what.

    One would hope Novak would do more research and actually look at the transcript of the debate before inaccurating portraying politicians. Clark never said the statement, of course. Then again, we must be fair to Novak. After all, it's not like he has a research staff at CNN or even gets paid a salary. Further, it's not like his show is located at a research university or anything, where there is a student enrollment of more than 8,000, including thousands more in graduate and part time professional students. Also, we are assuming it was faulty research that caused this butchering of the facts, and not a desire for partisan spin on the level of Sean Hannity (more likely, given Begala tried to correct Novak previously). Just to be fair.

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (0)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    "Kerry and Clark now represent the two major wings of the Democratic Party -- the Kennedy wing and the Clinton wing. One drowns you after the extramarital affair; the other one calls you a stalker." Ann Coulter

    "One of the most meaningful things that's happened to me since I've been the governor — the president — governor — president. Oops. Ex-governor."—George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2004

    "Already, the Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction- related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations." George W. Bush

    "People who hate America tend to love Michael Moore - and that's all you need to know." Bill O'Reilly

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (0)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    "Kerry and Clark now represent the two major wings of the Democratic Party -- the Kennedy wing and the Clinton wing. One drowns you after the extramarital affair; the other one calls you a stalker." Ann Coulter

    "One of the most meaningful things that's happened to me since I've been the governor — the president — governor — president. Oops. Ex-governor."—George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2004

    "Already, the Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction- related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations." George W. Bush

    "People who hate America tend to love Michael Moore - and that's all you need to know." Bill O'Reilly

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (0)

    January 23, 2004

    Friday Stories

    Michael Moore. George W. Bush, AWOL
    AP. Dean Loses Support in New Hampshire Polls
    AP. Panel Named to Decide Fate of Conn. Gov.
    Frank O'Donnell. Sins Of Omission: The president decided that since he couldn't say anything nice about the environment, best not say anything at all
    Laura Flanders. Contrary to popular liberal perception, the State of the Union highlighted divisions among conservatives
    HoustChron. Halliburton audit finds possible problems
    AP. Report: Two Halliburton employees accepted kickbacks
    TIME. Scoping Out the Volunteers
    AJC. Debate hurt by weak questions
    BGlobe. Edwards camp picks up the intensity
    Newsday. Fierce Competition for Vet Votes
    StarTrib. Q&A: Russell Feingold: 'A feeling that this country isn't being very well run’
    Helen Thomas. This year's speech emphasizes freedom, not WMDs, in Iraq
    Newsday. Seeking to regain his footing, Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean acknowledged that his much-mocked Iowa concession speech could have been "done a little better" but said he would continue to take risky stands
    LAT. The judiciary panel's rift widens amid a probe into GOP staff tapping the Democrats' files
    LAT. 'Boy Mayor' Kucinich Took Charge in Utility Debt Crisis
    CSMonitor. Can a class encourage couples to marry? Class graduates weigh in on their value and effectiveness
    CSMonitor. Bush's $5 trillion problem: Rising deficit troubles GOP
    BGlobe. Dean returns to his message
    BGlobe. Kerry's gains ignite cash-raising push
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Kerry still needs to explain war vote
    Thomas Oliphant. Now, it's a steep hill for Dean and Clark
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Wedge Hammer
    WP. WH Restraint Pledged on Spending
    Michael Kinsley. The Compassion Puzzle
    WP. Key Gephardt Backer Courted by All
    WP. Dean Tries Self-Deprecation: After Iowa outburst, onetime front-runner seeks to humanize campaign.
    NYT. Words of Support From Bush at Anti-Abortion Rally
    NYT. On TV, a Softer, Gentler Dean
    NYT. Democrats Vow to Battle Bush on Social Issues
    NYT. The Other America
    Krugman. Democracy at Risk

    Blog Entries
    TBogg. Mel Gibson Thinks Children Should See R-Rated Movies!!!
    Nate Newman. FBI & ACLU: Together v. Internet Deregulation
    DNC. They'll stop at nothing
    Altercation. On the Kerry Surge, a few things to remember
    Rittenhouse Review. PURELY PRECIOUS: Andy Sullivan and the Republicans
    Talk Left. Los Angeles City Council Rejects Patriot Act
    CalPundit. Debate Comments
    Atrios. Debate Comments
    Pandagon. Debate Comments

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Friday Stories

    Michael Moore. George W. Bush, AWOL
    AP. Dean Loses Support in New Hampshire Polls
    AP. Panel Named to Decide Fate of Conn. Gov.
    Frank O'Donnell. Sins Of Omission: The president decided that since he couldn't say anything nice about the environment, best not say anything at all
    Laura Flanders. Contrary to popular liberal perception, the State of the Union highlighted divisions among conservatives
    HoustChron. Halliburton audit finds possible problems
    AP. Report: Two Halliburton employees accepted kickbacks
    TIME. Scoping Out the Volunteers
    AJC. Debate hurt by weak questions
    BGlobe. Edwards camp picks up the intensity
    Newsday. Fierce Competition for Vet Votes
    StarTrib. Q&A: Russell Feingold: 'A feeling that this country isn't being very well run’
    Helen Thomas. This year's speech emphasizes freedom, not WMDs, in Iraq
    Newsday. Seeking to regain his footing, Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean acknowledged that his much-mocked Iowa concession speech could have been "done a little better" but said he would continue to take risky stands
    LAT. The judiciary panel's rift widens amid a probe into GOP staff tapping the Democrats' files
    LAT. 'Boy Mayor' Kucinich Took Charge in Utility Debt Crisis
    CSMonitor. Can a class encourage couples to marry? Class graduates weigh in on their value and effectiveness
    CSMonitor. Bush's $5 trillion problem: Rising deficit troubles GOP
    BGlobe. Dean returns to his message
    BGlobe. Kerry's gains ignite cash-raising push
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Kerry still needs to explain war vote
    Thomas Oliphant. Now, it's a steep hill for Dean and Clark
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Wedge Hammer
    WP. WH Restraint Pledged on Spending
    Michael Kinsley. The Compassion Puzzle
    WP. Key Gephardt Backer Courted by All
    WP. Dean Tries Self-Deprecation: After Iowa outburst, onetime front-runner seeks to humanize campaign.
    NYT. Words of Support From Bush at Anti-Abortion Rally
    NYT. On TV, a Softer, Gentler Dean
    NYT. Democrats Vow to Battle Bush on Social Issues
    NYT. The Other America
    Krugman. Democracy at Risk

    Blog Entries
    TBogg. Mel Gibson Thinks Children Should See R-Rated Movies!!!
    Nate Newman. FBI & ACLU: Together v. Internet Deregulation
    DNC. They'll stop at nothing
    Altercation. On the Kerry Surge, a few things to remember
    Rittenhouse Review. PURELY PRECIOUS: Andy Sullivan and the Republicans
    Talk Left. Los Angeles City Council Rejects Patriot Act
    CalPundit. Debate Comments
    Atrios. Debate Comments
    Pandagon. Debate Comments

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Dean Continues to Drop in NH

    According to new poll:

    Kerry has the support of 37 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the WMUR-TV tracking poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Dean has slipped to 19 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 4.7 percent.

    The turnaround since the Iowa caucus has been dramatic. In a tracking poll before the caucus, Kerry was second, with 24 percent support, while Dean was first, with 33 percent. Since Kerry's victory in Iowa, he has gained 13 percent, while Dean has lost 14 percent.

    Retired Gen. Wesley Clark has also slipped somewhat, with 15 percent support, compared to 18 percent on Jan. 19. Sen. John Edwards has finally shown some upward movement, with 11 percent support, compared to 8 percent previously.

    Posted by Eric at 08:55 PM | Comments (0)

    Dean Continues to Drop in NH

    According to new poll:

    Kerry has the support of 37 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the WMUR-TV tracking poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Dean has slipped to 19 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 4.7 percent.

    The turnaround since the Iowa caucus has been dramatic. In a tracking poll before the caucus, Kerry was second, with 24 percent support, while Dean was first, with 33 percent. Since Kerry's victory in Iowa, he has gained 13 percent, while Dean has lost 14 percent.

    Retired Gen. Wesley Clark has also slipped somewhat, with 15 percent support, compared to 18 percent on Jan. 19. Sen. John Edwards has finally shown some upward movement, with 11 percent support, compared to 8 percent previously.

    Posted by Eric at 08:55 PM | Comments (0)

    David Duke to Run for Congress?

    I'm sure the RNC will love that.

    Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, in federal prison after pleading guilty to mail and tax fraud, is considering a run for Congress when he is released this year, his secretary said Friday.

    Roy Armstrong said Duke is considering entering the race for the seat of Republican Rep. David Vitter. In 1999, Duke finished third in the primary for that seat.

    Armstrong said Duke could be released to a halfway house in mid-April, a year after he began his prison term.

    "He was skeptical that he would be able to raise the money to run an effective campaign in time, but he said he would consider his options," Armstrong said in an interview with The Associated Press.

    I like how David Duke has a secretary. Klansmen and their busy schedules. In the past, Duke has caused some problems for the RNC (well, duh):
    Duke has been a major embarrassment to the GOP since winning a Louisiana statehouse seat in 1989. In 1990, he was the Republican Party's nominee in an unsuccessful bid to defeat then-incumbent Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-La.). One year later, Duke gave up his legislative seat to run against and beat Republican Gov. Buddy Roemer in the gubernatorial primary. As the GOP nominee, Duke lost the general election to Democrat Edwin W. Edwards.

    These contests forced the national and state Republican parties into a defensive posture. GOP officials repudiated Duke at every turn, and many Republican leaders openly endorsed Duke's Democratic opponents. Duke has scared moderate whites away from the GOP in the South, where the party depends on large majorities among white voters to win elections.

    Yesterday, the party moved quickly once again to disassociate itself from Duke. Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson declared: "There is no room in the party of Lincoln for a Klansman like David Duke."

    Posted by Eric at 07:58 PM | Comments (0)

    David Duke to Run for Congress?

    I'm sure the RNC will love that.

    Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, in federal prison after pleading guilty to mail and tax fraud, is considering a run for Congress when he is released this year, his secretary said Friday.

    Roy Armstrong said Duke is considering entering the race for the seat of Republican Rep. David Vitter. In 1999, Duke finished third in the primary for that seat.

    Armstrong said Duke could be released to a halfway house in mid-April, a year after he began his prison term.

    "He was skeptical that he would be able to raise the money to run an effective campaign in time, but he said he would consider his options," Armstrong said in an interview with The Associated Press.

    I like how David Duke has a secretary. Klansmen and their busy schedules. In the past, Duke has caused some problems for the RNC (well, duh):
    Duke has been a major embarrassment to the GOP since winning a Louisiana statehouse seat in 1989. In 1990, he was the Republican Party's nominee in an unsuccessful bid to defeat then-incumbent Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-La.). One year later, Duke gave up his legislative seat to run against and beat Republican Gov. Buddy Roemer in the gubernatorial primary. As the GOP nominee, Duke lost the general election to Democrat Edwin W. Edwards.

    These contests forced the national and state Republican parties into a defensive posture. GOP officials repudiated Duke at every turn, and many Republican leaders openly endorsed Duke's Democratic opponents. Duke has scared moderate whites away from the GOP in the South, where the party depends on large majorities among white voters to win elections.

    Yesterday, the party moved quickly once again to disassociate itself from Duke. Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson declared: "There is no room in the party of Lincoln for a Klansman like David Duke."

    Posted by Eric at 07:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Al on Letterman

    Al Franken on Letterman tonight.

    Posted by Eric at 03:15 PM | Comments (0)

    Al on Letterman

    Al Franken on Letterman tonight.

    Posted by Eric at 03:15 PM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: Fat

    Grams by which the amount of fat in McDonald’s fattiest salad exceeds that in its fattiest burger: 3 [McDonald’s (Oak Brook, Ill.)]

    Percentage change since 2000 in the number of U.S. surgeries performed each year to treat morbid obesity: +178 [American Society for Bariatric Surgery (Gainesville, Fla.)]

    Number of Florida high school students who take physical-education courses online: 1,204 [Florida Virtual School (Orlando)]

    -Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 12:13 PM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: Fat

    Grams by which the amount of fat in McDonald’s fattiest salad exceeds that in its fattiest burger: 3 [McDonald’s (Oak Brook, Ill.)]

    Percentage change since 2000 in the number of U.S. surgeries performed each year to treat morbid obesity: +178 [American Society for Bariatric Surgery (Gainesville, Fla.)]

    Number of Florida high school students who take physical-education courses online: 1,204 [Florida Virtual School (Orlando)]

    -Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 12:13 PM | Comments (0)

    Should Kucinich Drop Out?

    Remember, Kucinich does hold elected office (unlike Sharpton, who's in this for show and himself). Should he drop?

    If it isn't, says Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University, Kucinich risks leaving a joke-like legacy "the guy who stayed at the debate too long. The man who came to dinner and wouldn't leave." ... But Robert Johnstone, a political scientist at Earlham College in Indiana, noted that the primaries in conservative or moderate states following New Hampshire - including South Carolina and Arizona - might only perpetuate Kucinich's poor standing.

    "His ideological purity appeals to a certain strand of unreconstructed liberal activist, yet has made virtually no impact on the broader public," Johnstone said.

    Kucinich's camp responds:
    Kucinich maintains he's in for the long haul, and that he's the only candidate who can beat President Bush in November.

    "Dennis Kucinich has 49 states to go, expects to be in each one, expects this to be a brokered convention, and expects to be the candidate," campaign spokesman David Swanson said ... The campaign blames its poor performance largely on media coverage, especially by the major newspapers and TV networks. "The media attention is more than anything else the single greatest cause of the polls," Swanson said.

    Posted by Eric at 12:02 PM | Comments (0)

    Should Kucinich Drop Out?

    Remember, Kucinich does hold elected office (unlike Sharpton, who's in this for show and himself). Should he drop?

    If it isn't, says Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University, Kucinich risks leaving a joke-like legacy "the guy who stayed at the debate too long. The man who came to dinner and wouldn't leave." ... But Robert Johnstone, a political scientist at Earlham College in Indiana, noted that the primaries in conservative or moderate states following New Hampshire - including South Carolina and Arizona - might only perpetuate Kucinich's poor standing.

    "His ideological purity appeals to a certain strand of unreconstructed liberal activist, yet has made virtually no impact on the broader public," Johnstone said.

    Kucinich's camp responds:
    Kucinich maintains he's in for the long haul, and that he's the only candidate who can beat President Bush in November.

    "Dennis Kucinich has 49 states to go, expects to be in each one, expects this to be a brokered convention, and expects to be the candidate," campaign spokesman David Swanson said ... The campaign blames its poor performance largely on media coverage, especially by the major newspapers and TV networks. "The media attention is more than anything else the single greatest cause of the polls," Swanson said.

    Posted by Eric at 12:02 PM | Comments (0)

    New Book: The Buying of the President

    It's not news that money influences politics. Still, it's important to be informed about who's funding political campaigns. Openness in the political process doesn't hurt anyone. When oil and energy companies heavily funded the Bush / Cheney political campaign, it was no surprise that the administration of Bush and Cheney favored those contributors. The non-partisan Center for Public Integrity has released a new book, The Buying of the President, which they were kind enough to send me. The book documents the money behind political campaigns. Among some of the interesting tidbits, as mentioned by the press release:

    Bush, who has signaled an interest in Social Security privatization, and even appointed a commission that concluded in December 2001 that any reform of the New Deal program should "include a system of voluntary personal accounts," numbers financial firms Merrill Lynch & Co. (his second most generous career patron), Credit Suisse First Boston (fifth), UBS Paine Webber (eighth) and Goldman Sachs Group (ninth) among his top ten patrons. All were members of a group called the Coalition for American Financial Security, which favors privatization—and the millions of individual stock market accounts (and brokerage fees to administer them) that would be created ... The Buying of the President 2004 also provides new information about the "Top 50 Patrons" of the two major political parties, which illuminates the relationships between the presidential candidates and their respective parties. For example, the top "soft money" (large, unlimited contributions) donor to the Republican Party since 1991 has been Philip Morris, contributing $10.3 million. The top "soft money" donor to the Democratic Party since 1991 has been the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), contributing $16.5 million.

    The book includes chapters on the bitter primary battle Bush campaign workers waged against John McCain, and looks closely at the Florida recount of 2000 and how President-elect Bush failed to reveal the names of hundreds of donors on his disclosure forms, including that of White House strategist Karl Rove. The book also profiles the Republican and Democratic parties, and offers an in-depth look at the first years of the Bush administration.

    The book has the Top Ten Patrons of the Democratic challengers as well. The Center's website recently released updated figures, which can be found in this pdf file here. To note (through Sept 10,2003) :


    BUSH
    1) Enron - $602.6k
    2) MerillLynch - $505k
    3) MBNA Corp - $493,291

    CLARK (because of previous political experience and amount of campaigning, little information in this update)
    1) Citigroup - $6,250
    2) Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom - $5,950
    3) Sullivan and Cromwell - $5,500

    DEAN
    1) Time Warner - $65,225
    2) Microsoft - $25,100
    3) IBM - $23,250

    EDWARDS
    1) Stephen Bing (guy who impregnated Elizabeth Hurley, and Hollywood producer) - $907,000
    2) Baron and Budd - $408,250
    3) Girardi and Keese - $362,475

    KERRY -
    1) Mintz, levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glowsky and Popeo - $230,798
    2) FleetBoston - $182,387
    3) Time Warner - $140,710

    LIEBERMAN
    1) Citigroup - $110,646
    2) Hartford Financial - $83,650
    3) Goldman Sachs - $80,250

    KUCINICH
    1) United Auto Workers - $53,534
    2) Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union - $45,000
    3) Teamsters - $41,250

    SHARPTON
    1) Inner City Broadcasting Corp - $27,300
    2) Zoe Ministries - $15,400
    3) Don King Productions - $15,400

    Posted by Eric at 11:43 AM | Comments (0)

    New Book: The Buying of the President

    It's not news that money influences politics. Still, it's important to be informed about who's funding political campaigns. Openness in the political process doesn't hurt anyone. When oil and energy companies heavily funded the Bush / Cheney political campaign, it was no surprise that the administration of Bush and Cheney favored those contributors. The non-partisan Center for Public Integrity has released a new book, The Buying of the President, which they were kind enough to send me. The book documents the money behind political campaigns. Among some of the interesting tidbits, as mentioned by the press release:

    Bush, who has signaled an interest in Social Security privatization, and even appointed a commission that concluded in December 2001 that any reform of the New Deal program should "include a system of voluntary personal accounts," numbers financial firms Merrill Lynch & Co. (his second most generous career patron), Credit Suisse First Boston (fifth), UBS Paine Webber (eighth) and Goldman Sachs Group (ninth) among his top ten patrons. All were members of a group called the Coalition for American Financial Security, which favors privatization—and the millions of individual stock market accounts (and brokerage fees to administer them) that would be created ... The Buying of the President 2004 also provides new information about the "Top 50 Patrons" of the two major political parties, which illuminates the relationships between the presidential candidates and their respective parties. For example, the top "soft money" (large, unlimited contributions) donor to the Republican Party since 1991 has been Philip Morris, contributing $10.3 million. The top "soft money" donor to the Democratic Party since 1991 has been the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), contributing $16.5 million.

    The book includes chapters on the bitter primary battle Bush campaign workers waged against John McCain, and looks closely at the Florida recount of 2000 and how President-elect Bush failed to reveal the names of hundreds of donors on his disclosure forms, including that of White House strategist Karl Rove. The book also profiles the Republican and Democratic parties, and offers an in-depth look at the first years of the Bush administration.

    The book has the Top Ten Patrons of the Democratic challengers as well. The Center's website recently released updated figures, which can be found in this pdf file here. To note (through Sept 10,2003) :


    BUSH
    1) Enron - $602.6k
    2) MerillLynch - $505k
    3) MBNA Corp - $493,291

    CLARK (because of previous political experience and amount of campaigning, little information in this update)
    1) Citigroup - $6,250
    2) Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom - $5,950
    3) Sullivan and Cromwell - $5,500

    DEAN
    1) Time Warner - $65,225
    2) Microsoft - $25,100
    3) IBM - $23,250

    EDWARDS
    1) Stephen Bing (guy who impregnated Elizabeth Hurley, and Hollywood producer) - $907,000
    2) Baron and Budd - $408,250
    3) Girardi and Keese - $362,475

    KERRY -
    1) Mintz, levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glowsky and Popeo - $230,798
    2) FleetBoston - $182,387
    3) Time Warner - $140,710

    LIEBERMAN
    1) Citigroup - $110,646
    2) Hartford Financial - $83,650
    3) Goldman Sachs - $80,250

    KUCINICH
    1) United Auto Workers - $53,534
    2) Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union - $45,000
    3) Teamsters - $41,250

    SHARPTON
    1) Inner City Broadcasting Corp - $27,300
    2) Zoe Ministries - $15,400
    3) Don King Productions - $15,400

    Posted by Eric at 11:43 AM | Comments (0)

    Louisiana Senate Secretary Forwards Lawmakers Porn

    Forwarding sexual images and jokes can get you in trouble, especially if the email recipients are state lawmakers.

    Senate Secretary Mike Baer contends he was trying to delete the items from his e-mail box but accidentally forwarded them on Jan. 16 to legislators, their staff and members of the governor's office.

    The mailing contained several attachments Baer received from others, including jokes that contained sexual content. Also attached was a three-minute video that focused entirely on female genitalia.

    The message provoked several complaints.

    Senate President Don Hines said Thursday he wants to determine whether Baer intended to send the e-mail to certain individuals and instead mistakenly sent the vulgar jokes and video files to several hundred people.

    Baer sometimes e-mails jokes to a list of more than five dozen people, including lobbyists, legislators and even reporters ... The incident was the second time in less than three months that Baer was the subject of complaints. In November, Baer apologized for saying during election night television coverage that black voting precincts "don't get their numbers just right." Baer called it a slip of the tongue.

    I dunno ... well, it depends on the email program he's using, but when you press the forward button, you usually have to specify who the recipient is. It doesn't just 'send' automatically. Then again, logic would dictate that someone in that position wouldn't be so stupid on purpose.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 AM | Comments (0)

    Louisiana Senate Secretary Forwards Lawmakers Porn

    Forwarding sexual images and jokes can get you in trouble, especially if the email recipients are state lawmakers.

    Senate Secretary Mike Baer contends he was trying to delete the items from his e-mail box but accidentally forwarded them on Jan. 16 to legislators, their staff and members of the governor's office.

    The mailing contained several attachments Baer received from others, including jokes that contained sexual content. Also attached was a three-minute video that focused entirely on female genitalia.

    The message provoked several complaints.

    Senate President Don Hines said Thursday he wants to determine whether Baer intended to send the e-mail to certain individuals and instead mistakenly sent the vulgar jokes and video files to several hundred people.

    Baer sometimes e-mails jokes to a list of more than five dozen people, including lobbyists, legislators and even reporters ... The incident was the second time in less than three months that Baer was the subject of complaints. In November, Baer apologized for saying during election night television coverage that black voting precincts "don't get their numbers just right." Baer called it a slip of the tongue.

    I dunno ... well, it depends on the email program he's using, but when you press the forward button, you usually have to specify who the recipient is. It doesn't just 'send' automatically. Then again, logic would dictate that someone in that position wouldn't be so stupid on purpose.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 AM | Comments (0)

    Moby vs. Drudge

    The musician is taking on the cyber-gossiper, according to Lloyd Grove:

    Activist rocker Moby is leading a jihad against cybergossip Matt Drudge, blaming him for inciting "far right-wingers" who sent abusive and racist E-mails to comedian Margaret Cho.
    On his Web site and in private messages to friends, Moby has been claiming that Drudge "took out of context" Cho's stream of anti-Republican invective - intended as comedy shtick - during last week's moveon.org awards show at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

    "I was outraged," Moby told me. "Everyone knows that Margaret's comedy is very irreverent and Lenny Bruce-style confrontational, and Matt Drudge took it out of context and exposed her to some really irresponsible and vile reactions."

    Drudge responds: "Those E-mails are mild compared to what I receive on a daily basis. That is the nature of the Internet. Moby and his friends just have to 'butch up.'"

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

    Moby vs. Drudge

    The musician is taking on the cyber-gossiper, according to Lloyd Grove:

    Activist rocker Moby is leading a jihad against cybergossip Matt Drudge, blaming him for inciting "far right-wingers" who sent abusive and racist E-mails to comedian Margaret Cho.
    On his Web site and in private messages to friends, Moby has been claiming that Drudge "took out of context" Cho's stream of anti-Republican invective - intended as comedy shtick - during last week's moveon.org awards show at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

    "I was outraged," Moby told me. "Everyone knows that Margaret's comedy is very irreverent and Lenny Bruce-style confrontational, and Matt Drudge took it out of context and exposed her to some really irresponsible and vile reactions."

    Drudge responds: "Those E-mails are mild compared to what I receive on a daily basis. That is the nature of the Internet. Moby and his friends just have to 'butch up.'"

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

    Dean Remixes Spread

    MTV, of all places (when did they start covering music?), has news on the spreading Dean mp3 remixes:

    After his disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses on Monday (see "John Kerry Scores Solid Victory In Iowa Caucuses"), a red-faced Dean made a impassioned entreaty to his supporters in Des Moines that left him hoarse and sounded reminiscent of wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage's patented "Oooooh yeah!" The gruff, fist-pumping appeal made its way onto the Internet, where inventive and aspiring remixers have added their own sardonic twists to the fiery speech.

    One of the first remixes to surface, Jonathan Strong's "Dean Goes Nuts Remix" hosted by Right-Magazine.com, featured Dean's shrieking yowl set to Aphex Twin's frenetic electronic "Wax the Nip" from 1995's I Care Because You Do. The track has since been taken down due to bandwidth issues. With many pundits speculating that Dean's campaign has gone off the rails, it's no surprise that a remix with Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" has also made its way onto the Web. Other remixes include Dean paired with Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" and Lil Jon's "Throw It Up." ... That "Yeeeeeeah!" figures prominently in many of the remixes, mostly created by resourceful college students and blog enthusiasts, such as the high-energy house version ("US Tour (Chris Flyer Remix)"), the funky horn mix, (Jonathan Barlow's "Howarddean") and the Ministry-like alarm call version (James Lileks' "Yeaahg"). Metal band Viral Solstice even made their own hardcore punk tweak, "Hardcoredean."

    And someone made a Dean-Nazi ref:
    Other approaches were less sonically ambitious but proved just as satirically effective. On Wednesday, shock jock Howard Stern played a recording of Dean's speech set to crowd noise from a professional wrestling match. Later he played it with the theme from "Rocky" underneath, but the most popular versions heard on Stern's syndicated radio show have yet to spread online: Dean's shouting played overtop a Nazi rally and AC/DC's "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)."
    Given the RNC's vigilance against putting politicians in the same sentence as Nazis, I'll expect a press release from Ed Gillespie any minute now.

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 AM | Comments (0)

    Dean Remixes Spread

    MTV, of all places (when did they start covering music?), has news on the spreading Dean mp3 remixes:

    After his disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses on Monday (see "John Kerry Scores Solid Victory In Iowa Caucuses"), a red-faced Dean made a impassioned entreaty to his supporters in Des Moines that left him hoarse and sounded reminiscent of wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage's patented "Oooooh yeah!" The gruff, fist-pumping appeal made its way onto the Internet, where inventive and aspiring remixers have added their own sardonic twists to the fiery speech.

    One of the first remixes to surface, Jonathan Strong's "Dean Goes Nuts Remix" hosted by Right-Magazine.com, featured Dean's shrieking yowl set to Aphex Twin's frenetic electronic "Wax the Nip" from 1995's I Care Because You Do. The track has since been taken down due to bandwidth issues. With many pundits speculating that Dean's campaign has gone off the rails, it's no surprise that a remix with Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" has also made its way onto the Web. Other remixes include Dean paired with Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" and Lil Jon's "Throw It Up." ... That "Yeeeeeeah!" figures prominently in many of the remixes, mostly created by resourceful college students and blog enthusiasts, such as the high-energy house version ("US Tour (Chris Flyer Remix)"), the funky horn mix, (Jonathan Barlow's "Howarddean") and the Ministry-like alarm call version (James Lileks' "Yeaahg"). Metal band Viral Solstice even made their own hardcore punk tweak, "Hardcoredean."

    And someone made a Dean-Nazi ref:
    Other approaches were less sonically ambitious but proved just as satirically effective. On Wednesday, shock jock Howard Stern played a recording of Dean's speech set to crowd noise from a professional wrestling match. Later he played it with the theme from "Rocky" underneath, but the most popular versions heard on Stern's syndicated radio show have yet to spread online: Dean's shouting played overtop a Nazi rally and AC/DC's "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)."
    Given the RNC's vigilance against putting politicians in the same sentence as Nazis, I'll expect a press release from Ed Gillespie any minute now.

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 AM | Comments (0)

    4x More Youth Voters

    The Dems are turning youthful idealism into votes. Internet, obviously, is a huge part of this. From LAT:

    About 21,000 people under 30 braved frigid temperatures on behalf of their Democrat of choice — or 17% of caucus-goers, according to entrance polls. That's four times as many young people as those who caucused in 2000.

    The political interest and participation of young voters contributed to one of the highest turnouts in the Iowa caucuses in years.

    "If this trend continues, this largely untapped pool of voters — nearly 40 million in the 18-29 age range — will play a significant role throughout the rest of this election year," said William A. Galston, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, a Maryland-based foundation, in a statement this week.

    Younger voters favored the more liberal Democrats, Howard Dean and Dennis J. Kucinich, in higher-than-average percentages, and were less likely to support John Edwards and Dick Gephardt. John F. Kerry's youth vote, near 35%, was about the same as his overall support among Democrats in Iowa, 37.6%.

    Posted by Eric at 07:28 AM | Comments (0)

    4x More Youth Voters

    The Dems are turning youthful idealism into votes. Internet, obviously, is a huge part of this. From LAT:

    About 21,000 people under 30 braved frigid temperatures on behalf of their Democrat of choice — or 17% of caucus-goers, according to entrance polls. That's four times as many young people as those who caucused in 2000.

    The political interest and participation of young voters contributed to one of the highest turnouts in the Iowa caucuses in years.

    "If this trend continues, this largely untapped pool of voters — nearly 40 million in the 18-29 age range — will play a significant role throughout the rest of this election year," said William A. Galston, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, a Maryland-based foundation, in a statement this week.

    Younger voters favored the more liberal Democrats, Howard Dean and Dennis J. Kucinich, in higher-than-average percentages, and were less likely to support John Edwards and Dick Gephardt. John F. Kerry's youth vote, near 35%, was about the same as his overall support among Democrats in Iowa, 37.6%.

    Posted by Eric at 07:28 AM | Comments (0)

    National Guard Exodus

    Turnover rate increasing, in USA Today:

    A recent survey of 5,000 soldiers from 15 states showed that the rate at which Army Guard members choose to leave the military could jump — to 20-22% a year among those who have served long overseas tours, typically 12 months ... Norbert Ryan, president of the Military Officers Association of America, an advocacy group in Alexandria, Va., says the National Guard and the Army Reserve are both trying to "get out ahead of this issue" to prevent a troop drain.

    Ryan says part-time and full-time soldiers are being deployed so often because the active-duty military is too small. Ryan points to a recent survey in the Navy Times newspaper that showed 8 out of 10 U.S. troops say the force is "stretched too thin."

    "Unless things get rosy in the next six months, people are going to leave," Ryan says. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld opposes increasing the size of the active-duty military, insisting it is unnecessary.

    Posted by Eric at 07:08 AM | Comments (0)

    National Guard Exodus

    Turnover rate increasing, in USA Today:

    A recent survey of 5,000 soldiers from 15 states showed that the rate at which Army Guard members choose to leave the military could jump — to 20-22% a year among those who have served long overseas tours, typically 12 months ... Norbert Ryan, president of the Military Officers Association of America, an advocacy group in Alexandria, Va., says the National Guard and the Army Reserve are both trying to "get out ahead of this issue" to prevent a troop drain.

    Ryan says part-time and full-time soldiers are being deployed so often because the active-duty military is too small. Ryan points to a recent survey in the Navy Times newspaper that showed 8 out of 10 U.S. troops say the force is "stretched too thin."

    "Unless things get rosy in the next six months, people are going to leave," Ryan says. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld opposes increasing the size of the active-duty military, insisting it is unnecessary.

    Posted by Eric at 07:08 AM | Comments (0)

    Dean Camp

    Say what you want about Howard Dean, the organization behind Howard Dean knows what it's doing. Tom Tomorrow wrote this:

    ...but if I were in the Dean camp right now, I'd be trying to pull a little ju jitsu--turn that "yeaarrggh" thing around, make it a joke, embrace it. Open campaign rallies with that remix that's floating around the 'net. Hand out t-shirts to volunteers which just say "YEEAAARRRGGH" across the front. Maybe have Dean open speeches with some mildly self-deprecating joke: "I've taken a lot of kidding for my speech in Iowa--but if you think *I* was hollering then, wait till *you* get the bill for Bush's spending spree!"

    You can't make it go away, but you can turn it around.

    I agree completely. On cue, the Dean camp is doing exactly what it should be doing with the Dean yelp - on Letterman. Candidates shouldn't take themselves too seriously. Remember Bob Dole after he lost in 1996? Two different people. Same with Al Gore. Gore's organization completely mishandled him and contributed to his loss (among other factors).

    Posted by Eric at 06:59 AM | Comments (0)

    Dean Camp

    Say what you want about Howard Dean, the organization behind Howard Dean knows what it's doing. Tom Tomorrow wrote this:

    ...but if I were in the Dean camp right now, I'd be trying to pull a little ju jitsu--turn that "yeaarrggh" thing around, make it a joke, embrace it. Open campaign rallies with that remix that's floating around the 'net. Hand out t-shirts to volunteers which just say "YEEAAARRRGGH" across the front. Maybe have Dean open speeches with some mildly self-deprecating joke: "I've taken a lot of kidding for my speech in Iowa--but if you think *I* was hollering then, wait till *you* get the bill for Bush's spending spree!"

    You can't make it go away, but you can turn it around.

    I agree completely. On cue, the Dean camp is doing exactly what it should be doing with the Dean yelp - on Letterman. Candidates shouldn't take themselves too seriously. Remember Bob Dole after he lost in 1996? Two different people. Same with Al Gore. Gore's organization completely mishandled him and contributed to his loss (among other factors).

    Posted by Eric at 06:59 AM | Comments (0)

    January 22, 2004

    Thursday Stories

    USA Today. Republicans try to cut off 'soft money' to activist groups
    ChicTrib. Bush cites employment programs as Job 1 Visits key states to laud economy, security policies
    National Catholic Reporter. Re-igniting the religious left New groups aim to recover political clout ceded to the right
    WP. Six Killed in Separate Attacks in Iraq Iraqi Police Reportedly Shot in Fallujah
    LAT. Dean’s Late-Night Battle Cry Likely to Echo From Here On; Includes James Lileks's MP3 Remix on Right Side
    AP. ACLU: States' Database a Privacy Threat
    AP. On Road, Bush Talks Economy, Terror War
    LAT. Edwards marks 100th town hall meeting
    WP. Clark Refining His Battle Cry: General's Campaign Trumpets His Mix of Experience and Inexperience
    WP. N.H. Debate Looms Large For Democratic Hopefuls
    NYT. Lawmakers Not Rushing to Take Up Terrorism Act
    NYT. Ex-C.I.A. Aides Ask Inquiry by Congress Over Leak of Name
    NYT. Conservative Republicans Push for Slowdown in U.S. Spending
    NYT. New Hampshire Voters Eye Kerry and Edwards
    NYT. Kerry Turns Focus on Bush
    NYT. Dean's Campaign Alters Approach After Iowa Loss
    Reuters. Hard to say how to tame gene-altered life, says report
    AP. U.S. government dusts off 1800s law in targeting environmental group Greenpeace

    Posted by Eric at 11:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Thursday Stories

    USA Today. Republicans try to cut off 'soft money' to activist groups
    ChicTrib. Bush cites employment programs as Job 1 Visits key states to laud economy, security policies
    National Catholic Reporter. Re-igniting the religious left New groups aim to recover political clout ceded to the right
    WP. Six Killed in Separate Attacks in Iraq Iraqi Police Reportedly Shot in Fallujah
    LAT. Dean’s Late-Night Battle Cry Likely to Echo From Here On; Includes James Lileks's MP3 Remix on Right Side
    AP. ACLU: States' Database a Privacy Threat
    AP. On Road, Bush Talks Economy, Terror War
    LAT. Edwards marks 100th town hall meeting
    WP. Clark Refining His Battle Cry: General's Campaign Trumpets His Mix of Experience and Inexperience
    WP. N.H. Debate Looms Large For Democratic Hopefuls
    NYT. Lawmakers Not Rushing to Take Up Terrorism Act
    NYT. Ex-C.I.A. Aides Ask Inquiry by Congress Over Leak of Name
    NYT. Conservative Republicans Push for Slowdown in U.S. Spending
    NYT. New Hampshire Voters Eye Kerry and Edwards
    NYT. Kerry Turns Focus on Bush
    NYT. Dean's Campaign Alters Approach After Iowa Loss
    Reuters. Hard to say how to tame gene-altered life, says report
    AP. U.S. government dusts off 1800s law in targeting environmental group Greenpeace

    Posted by Eric at 11:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Marine Scientists: Whales losing fear of humans

    I guess they haven't seen me bench press.

    Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week. OK, I'll stop. Honolulu Adv:

    Many whales appear to have lost their aversion to boats and humans, said Joe Mobley, an animal behavior expert, whale researcher and professor at the University of Hawai'i's West O'ahu campus.

    "There are things the whales are doing that they never used to do," he said. "I've been out on boats where they come up and touch the boat with their bodies or tap it with a fluke."

    The animals may be responding to a change in human behavior over the past century from industrial whaling to commercial whale watching, from a period when they were being killed for their blubber to one in which they are being viewed regularly by humans armed only with cameras.

    "You're seeing a younger generation of whales who are more comfortable with interaction. Some are not fearful of humans at all," said Christine Brammer, O'ahu program coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

    Scientists say as the number of whales increase, they become more comfortable with human contact.

    Posted by Eric at 09:37 PM | Comments (0)

    Marine Scientists: Whales losing fear of humans

    I guess they haven't seen me bench press.

    Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week. OK, I'll stop. Honolulu Adv:

    Many whales appear to have lost their aversion to boats and humans, said Joe Mobley, an animal behavior expert, whale researcher and professor at the University of Hawai'i's West O'ahu campus.

    "There are things the whales are doing that they never used to do," he said. "I've been out on boats where they come up and touch the boat with their bodies or tap it with a fluke."

    The animals may be responding to a change in human behavior over the past century from industrial whaling to commercial whale watching, from a period when they were being killed for their blubber to one in which they are being viewed regularly by humans armed only with cameras.

    "You're seeing a younger generation of whales who are more comfortable with interaction. Some are not fearful of humans at all," said Christine Brammer, O'ahu program coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

    Scientists say as the number of whales increase, they become more comfortable with human contact.

    Posted by Eric at 09:37 PM | Comments (0)

    New DCCC Flash Ad

    Featuring Tom Delay as 'The Exterminator.' Watch it now.

    Posted by Eric at 08:17 PM | Comments (0)

    New DCCC Flash Ad

    Featuring Tom Delay as 'The Exterminator.' Watch it now.

    Posted by Eric at 08:17 PM | Comments (0)

    Interior finishes plan on Alaska drilling

    After a while, stuff like this fails to surprise anyone.

    Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed off on a plan Thursday for opening most of an 8.8 million-acre swath of Alaska's North Slope to oil and gas development. Some of the drilling could occur in areas important for migratory birds, whales and wildlife.

    The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management will use the plan to manage a northwest portion of the government's 23.5 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Geologists believe the reserve may contain 6 billion to 13 billion barrels of oil.

    It is located just west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where President Bush wants to open a 1.5 million-acre coastal plain to drilling as one of his top energy priorities. The Senate, in debating a massive energy bill, has rejected drilling there.

    Environmentalists said the management plan threatens the health of Arctic tundra, ponds and lakes that are home to wildlife and migratory birds and provide a vital subsistence hunting and fishing ground for native Alaskans.

    In other enviro news, Robert Redford has something to say about the Bush - Cheney energy bill, courtesy of NRDC, a group that likes its celeb connections. Also, the EPA says it will force cleanups of aging coal-fired power plants under the Clean Air Act. This, uh, is suspect.

    Posted by Eric at 08:13 PM | Comments (0)

    Interior finishes plan on Alaska drilling

    After a while, stuff like this fails to surprise anyone.

    Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed off on a plan Thursday for opening most of an 8.8 million-acre swath of Alaska's North Slope to oil and gas development. Some of the drilling could occur in areas important for migratory birds, whales and wildlife.

    The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management will use the plan to manage a northwest portion of the government's 23.5 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Geologists believe the reserve may contain 6 billion to 13 billion barrels of oil.

    It is located just west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where President Bush wants to open a 1.5 million-acre coastal plain to drilling as one of his top energy priorities. The Senate, in debating a massive energy bill, has rejected drilling there.

    Environmentalists said the management plan threatens the health of Arctic tundra, ponds and lakes that are home to wildlife and migratory birds and provide a vital subsistence hunting and fishing ground for native Alaskans.

    In other enviro news, Robert Redford has something to say about the Bush - Cheney energy bill, courtesy of NRDC, a group that likes its celeb connections. Also, the EPA says it will force cleanups of aging coal-fired power plants under the Clean Air Act. This, uh, is suspect.

    Posted by Eric at 08:13 PM | Comments (0)

    Jon Stewart on Politics

    Take notes, Miller. From WPost:

    The town meeting, in Manchester, will focus on the media. Invited panelists include NBC News's Tom Brokaw, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, Time columnist Joe Klein and -- evidently because she has time on her hands -- former presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun.

    "The concept is giving the media a voice in politics," Stewart says. "They've been silenced for so long." Oddly, the session will not be broadcast. "Because you know the slogan: What happens in New Hampshire stays in New Hampshire."

    Though claiming to have no political acumen, Stewart predicts a tough race for Sen. John Edwards, who actually announced his candidacy on "The Daily Show": "His integrity and down-to-earth common sense will only get him crushed by the democratic process."

    And how will the 2004 race end? "It ends with Howard Dean in a white Bronco being chased down the Santa Monica Freeway."

    Jon's an incredibly nice guy. I sent him a fan letter when I was 15 or so and he sent me back a nice, personalized autographed picture with a short note. Nice guy. Good in "Playing by Heart."

    Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Jon Stewart on Politics

    Take notes, Miller. From WPost:

    The town meeting, in Manchester, will focus on the media. Invited panelists include NBC News's Tom Brokaw, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, Time columnist Joe Klein and -- evidently because she has time on her hands -- former presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun.

    "The concept is giving the media a voice in politics," Stewart says. "They've been silenced for so long." Oddly, the session will not be broadcast. "Because you know the slogan: What happens in New Hampshire stays in New Hampshire."

    Though claiming to have no political acumen, Stewart predicts a tough race for Sen. John Edwards, who actually announced his candidacy on "The Daily Show": "His integrity and down-to-earth common sense will only get him crushed by the democratic process."

    And how will the 2004 race end? "It ends with Howard Dean in a white Bronco being chased down the Santa Monica Freeway."

    Jon's an incredibly nice guy. I sent him a fan letter when I was 15 or so and he sent me back a nice, personalized autographed picture with a short note. Nice guy. Good in "Playing by Heart."

    Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Clark and His Bosnian Whorehouses

    I wouldn't let him through the door either.

    Campaign officials planned for the retired general, accompanied by the media, to greet college students at the Durham Book Exchange, where hundreds had lined up in the cold to exchange their textbooks for the new semester.

    But - as cameras and reporters waited - store personnel were adamant: Clark wouldn't be let in.

    Brian Morrison, an employee at the front door, explained the establishment was simply "too busy.''

    But, moments later, Morrison was caught on tape telling ABC News staffers that there was no way Clark would cross the threshold after being connected with "military people who run whorehouses in Bosnia.''

    Oops.

    The store's owner, Bill Zak, wearing an orange watch cap - the trademark of Dean's volunteers - said it had nothing to do with the candidate, or who he supported. "It's nothing personal,'' he said, removing the cap quickly. "This is school. These kids have homework to do.''

    Posted by Eric at 05:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Clark and His Bosnian Whorehouses

    I wouldn't let him through the door either.

    Campaign officials planned for the retired general, accompanied by the media, to greet college students at the Durham Book Exchange, where hundreds had lined up in the cold to exchange their textbooks for the new semester.

    But - as cameras and reporters waited - store personnel were adamant: Clark wouldn't be let in.

    Brian Morrison, an employee at the front door, explained the establishment was simply "too busy.''

    But, moments later, Morrison was caught on tape telling ABC News staffers that there was no way Clark would cross the threshold after being connected with "military people who run whorehouses in Bosnia.''

    Oops.

    The store's owner, Bill Zak, wearing an orange watch cap - the trademark of Dean's volunteers - said it had nothing to do with the candidate, or who he supported. "It's nothing personal,'' he said, removing the cap quickly. "This is school. These kids have homework to do.''

    Posted by Eric at 05:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Caption This: Bush and Menu

    BUSH: "I hope this Mexican food has an exit strategy."

    --Joke paraphrased from a previous Al Franken joke ...

    Posted by Eric at 03:21 PM | Comments (0)

    Caption This: Bush and Menu

    BUSH: "I hope this Mexican food has an exit strategy."

    --Joke paraphrased from a previous Al Franken joke ...

    Posted by Eric at 03:21 PM | Comments (0)

    The Hunting of the President: The Movie

    Ooh, looks scary (link from Atrios).

    Posted by Eric at 03:07 PM | Comments (0)

    The Hunting of the President: The Movie

    Ooh, looks scary (link from Atrios).

    Posted by Eric at 03:07 PM | Comments (0)

    Medicare and Minorities

    If you ever wanted a report detailing the impact of Medicare cuts by the Bush administration on minorities, especially African-Americans, look no further than here. Report prepared by the Democratic Whip's office and Congressional Black Caucus.

    58% of African American Medicare recipients do not have coverage beyond Medicare, as compared to only 21% of white beneficiaries. As a result, when medicare beneficiaries are used up (more likely with AA), AA are left without insurance.

    Posted by Eric at 02:45 PM | Comments (0)

    Medicare and Minorities

    If you ever wanted a report detailing the impact of Medicare cuts by the Bush administration on minorities, especially African-Americans, look no further than here. Report prepared by the Democratic Whip's office and Congressional Black Caucus.

    58% of African American Medicare recipients do not have coverage beyond Medicare, as compared to only 21% of white beneficiaries. As a result, when medicare beneficiaries are used up (more likely with AA), AA are left without insurance.

    Posted by Eric at 02:45 PM | Comments (0)

    Laugh a Little with Dennis

    Whoooo!! Here we go now:

    Comic Dennis Miller was up in the visitors gallery shooting verbal spitballs at lawmakers waiting for Bush to arrive.

    Miller - who, we hear, had had a private meeting with Vice President Cheney earlier - couldn't resist remarking on House Speaker Dennis Hastert's waistline.

    "Looks like Hastert had his stomach stapled," Miller joked.

    ZING!
    When he spotted Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) scribbling on a pile of papers, Miller quipped, "He's probably writing to Penthouse Forum ... 'Jed, the stable boy, walked into the room...'"
    Tada-tish!
    Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) drew a dart for her white-trimmed crimson dress.

    "Who's Santa's little helper?" Miller wondered aloud.

    ROFLO! You see, because, HAHAHAHAHA, the colors of Loretta's dress, HAHAHAHA ... are RED AND WHITE, AAAH HAHAHA ... AND THOSE, HHAHAHA, are XMAS COLORS! Hence, Santa's little helper!! AAAHAHAHAHA

    EDIT: FAIR has an item on Dennis. Conflict of interest?

    Posted by Eric at 11:20 AM | Comments (0)

    Laugh a Little with Dennis

    Whoooo!! Here we go now:

    Comic Dennis Miller was up in the visitors gallery shooting verbal spitballs at lawmakers waiting for Bush to arrive.

    Miller - who, we hear, had had a private meeting with Vice President Cheney earlier - couldn't resist remarking on House Speaker Dennis Hastert's waistline.

    "Looks like Hastert had his stomach stapled," Miller joked.

    ZING!
    When he spotted Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) scribbling on a pile of papers, Miller quipped, "He's probably writing to Penthouse Forum ... 'Jed, the stable boy, walked into the room...'"
    Tada-tish!
    Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) drew a dart for her white-trimmed crimson dress.

    "Who's Santa's little helper?" Miller wondered aloud.

    ROFLO! You see, because, HAHAHAHAHA, the colors of Loretta's dress, HAHAHAHA ... are RED AND WHITE, AAAH HAHAHA ... AND THOSE, HHAHAHA, are XMAS COLORS! Hence, Santa's little helper!! AAAHAHAHAHA

    EDIT: FAIR has an item on Dennis. Conflict of interest?

    Posted by Eric at 11:20 AM | Comments (0)

    Fun with Google

    "_____ is a communist."

    Wesley Clark: 10 results.
    Howard Dean: 7
    John Edwards: 0
    John Kerry: 0
    Dennis Kucinich: 4
    Joe Lieberman: 0
    Al Sharpton: 0

    Noam Chomsky: 11
    Bill Clinton: 26
    Hillary Clinton: 9
    Al Franken: 0
    Al Gore: 18
    Michael Moore: 26

    Note: Context of the statement is not taken into consideration, just the fact that it exists.

    Posted by Eric at 11:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Fun with Google

    "_____ is a communist."

    Wesley Clark: 10 results.
    Howard Dean: 7
    John Edwards: 0
    John Kerry: 0
    Dennis Kucinich: 4
    Joe Lieberman: 0
    Al Sharpton: 0

    Noam Chomsky: 11
    Bill Clinton: 26
    Hillary Clinton: 9
    Al Franken: 0
    Al Gore: 18
    Michael Moore: 26

    Note: Context of the statement is not taken into consideration, just the fact that it exists.

    Posted by Eric at 11:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Comeback Kerry: NH a Win?

    The momentum is with Kerry, as he is beating the sinking Howard Dean in the latest polls. From Political Wire:

  • Suffolk University puts Kerry ahead 27 to 19 percent. Wesley Clark is third at 15 percent.
  • Zogby has Kerry leading Dean 27 to 24 percent, with Clark at 15 percent.
  • A Boston Globe/WBZ-TV poll shows Kerry ahead of Dean 31 to 21 percent, with Clark at 16 percent.
  • American Research Group has Kerry leading 27 to 22 percent, with Clark at 19 percent.
  • It's pretty clear there is a backlash from Dean's sharp-attack campaign style and his Iowa caucus speech. Still, the larger question remains: Can Kerry do well in states not close to his own?

    Posted by Eric at 11:09 AM | Comments (0)

    Comeback Kerry: NH a Win?

    The momentum is with Kerry, as he is beating the sinking Howard Dean in the latest polls. From Political Wire:

  • Suffolk University puts Kerry ahead 27 to 19 percent. Wesley Clark is third at 15 percent.
  • Zogby has Kerry leading Dean 27 to 24 percent, with Clark at 15 percent.
  • A Boston Globe/WBZ-TV poll shows Kerry ahead of Dean 31 to 21 percent, with Clark at 16 percent.
  • American Research Group has Kerry leading 27 to 22 percent, with Clark at 19 percent.
  • It's pretty clear there is a backlash from Dean's sharp-attack campaign style and his Iowa caucus speech. Still, the larger question remains: Can Kerry do well in states not close to his own?

    Posted by Eric at 11:09 AM | Comments (0)

    Excellent Taxes

    As I have recently learned through emails to Margaret Cho, I am going to pay less taxes this year because of my Asian status. Excellent! Now to work on the black, female and etc part.

    Posted by Eric at 09:37 AM | Comments (0)

    Excellent Taxes

    As I have recently learned through emails to Margaret Cho, I am going to pay less taxes this year because of my Asian status. Excellent! Now to work on the black, female and etc part.

    Posted by Eric at 09:37 AM | Comments (0)

    Is the Hometown Boston Globe Anti-Kerry?

    Timothy Noah in Slate seems to think so:

    The instances of Kerry-bashing at the Globe are too numerous to cite here, but let's review some highlights:

    In March 1989, reporter John Robinson mocked the newly divorced Kerry as "the Senate's Romeo," and wrote that Kerry "reportedly courted" the actress Morgan Fairchild "on the QT while dating another woman."
    In October 1996, in the midst of a heated Senate re-election campaign, Globe columnist David Warsh suggested that Kerry won a Silver Star in Vietnam for "finishing off" an enemy soldier who was wounded and therefore posed no threat. This was untrue; the enemy soldier, though wounded, quickly got back on his feet.
    In March 2003, reporters Michael Kranish, Frank Phillips, and Brian C. Mooney reported that Kerry had tried to pass himself off as Irish to boost his popularity in Massachusetts, which has a large Irish population.
    In November 2003, columnist Joan Vennochi wrote, "John Kerry's presidential campaign needs more than a new campaign manager. It needs a new candidate."
    On Jan. 18, reporter Patrick Healy nailed Kerry for falsely claiming that he'd been endorsed by John C. Land III, the Democratic leader in South Carolina's State Senate. In fact, Land endorsed John Edwards.

    Boston Herald media critic Dan Kennedy offers this response:
    Yes, over the years the Globe has run tough pieces on Kerry - some fair, some not - by what Noah properly observes is an astonishingly large stable of columnists.

    But when it come to truly inspired anti-Kerry pieces of recent vintage, the Globe's not even on the radar.

    I could go through a laundry list (if you'd like to compile your own, search these incomparable archives), but I'll close with this. Without question, the meanest, most vicious Kerry-basher working in the media today is someone whose name pops up on Noah's screen every time he clicks to the Slate home page.

    That would, of course, be Mickey Kaus, who actually ran a Kerry Loathsomeness Contest last year, and who recently had to suspend his Kerry Withdrawal Contest.

    Actual Kaus lead-in for an item on John Edwards on Tuesday: "I'd rather be trashing Kerry ..."

    The fact is that Kerry is an ambiguous figure on the Massachusetts political landscape. He's long labored in the shadows of the state's senior senator, Ted Kennedy. He is reserved and formal, which is another way of saying that he's aloof. He doesn't stroke reporters, and reporters love nothing better than to be stroked. He has a reputation for being inattentive to the needs of local officials. He is, for better or worse, a big thinker who's always had his eye on national politics.

    Links from Poynter.

    Posted by Eric at 09:23 AM | Comments (0)

    Is the Hometown Boston Globe Anti-Kerry?

    Timothy Noah in Slate seems to think so:

    The instances of Kerry-bashing at the Globe are too numerous to cite here, but let's review some highlights:

    In March 1989, reporter John Robinson mocked the newly divorced Kerry as "the Senate's Romeo," and wrote that Kerry "reportedly courted" the actress Morgan Fairchild "on the QT while dating another woman."
    In October 1996, in the midst of a heated Senate re-election campaign, Globe columnist David Warsh suggested that Kerry won a Silver Star in Vietnam for "finishing off" an enemy soldier who was wounded and therefore posed no threat. This was untrue; the enemy soldier, though wounded, quickly got back on his feet.
    In March 2003, reporters Michael Kranish, Frank Phillips, and Brian C. Mooney reported that Kerry had tried to pass himself off as Irish to boost his popularity in Massachusetts, which has a large Irish population.
    In November 2003, columnist Joan Vennochi wrote, "John Kerry's presidential campaign needs more than a new campaign manager. It needs a new candidate."
    On Jan. 18, reporter Patrick Healy nailed Kerry for falsely claiming that he'd been endorsed by John C. Land III, the Democratic leader in South Carolina's State Senate. In fact, Land endorsed John Edwards.

    Boston Herald media critic Dan Kennedy offers this response:
    Yes, over the years the Globe has run tough pieces on Kerry - some fair, some not - by what Noah properly observes is an astonishingly large stable of columnists.

    But when it come to truly inspired anti-Kerry pieces of recent vintage, the Globe's not even on the radar.

    I could go through a laundry list (if you'd like to compile your own, search these incomparable archives), but I'll close with this. Without question, the meanest, most vicious Kerry-basher working in the media today is someone whose name pops up on Noah's screen every time he clicks to the Slate home page.

    That would, of course, be Mickey Kaus, who actually ran a Kerry Loathsomeness Contest last year, and who recently had to suspend his Kerry Withdrawal Contest.

    Actual Kaus lead-in for an item on John Edwards on Tuesday: "I'd rather be trashing Kerry ..."

    The fact is that Kerry is an ambiguous figure on the Massachusetts political landscape. He's long labored in the shadows of the state's senior senator, Ted Kennedy. He is reserved and formal, which is another way of saying that he's aloof. He doesn't stroke reporters, and reporters love nothing better than to be stroked. He has a reputation for being inattentive to the needs of local officials. He is, for better or worse, a big thinker who's always had his eye on national politics.

    Links from Poynter.

    Posted by Eric at 09:23 AM | Comments (0)

    Clean Air Villain of the Year

    Edison Electric Institute President Tom Kuhn just beats Rep. Joe Barton in the race, from the Clean Air Trust. Among some of Tom's accomplishments:

    In a race this close, our panel of judges gave Kuhn the disapproving nod because of the terrible impact of his efforts to block controls on toxic mercury. When he won the Clean Air Trust "villain of the month" award in February 2003, we noted that Kuhn was a key "pioneer" fundraiser for President Bush's campaign, and that he was leading a lobbying blitz to postpone mercury cleanup requirements.

    Kuhn has succeeded to the extent that key sponsors of the President's pollution plan (Senators James Inhofe, R-OK and George Voinovich, R-OH) have adopted the Kuhn do-virtually-nothing position, as has new EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt.

    Kuhn showed his continuing clout just last week when Leavitt traveled to an EEI meeting at a posh Arizona resort to speak privately to assembled power company executives. (He also showed his contempt for the media by barring a reporter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who was attempting to report on what allegedly was a public speech by Leavitt. Perhaps Kuhn didn't want the reporter to listen to Leavitt's question and answer session with the power company executives.)

    Wish I could post a picture of / email for Tom, but Edison won't let me access their bios. "Members only." Of course.

    Posted by Eric at 12:46 AM | Comments (0)

    Clean Air Villain of the Year

    Edison Electric Institute President Tom Kuhn just beats Rep. Joe Barton in the race, from the Clean Air Trust. Among some of Tom's accomplishments:

    In a race this close, our panel of judges gave Kuhn the disapproving nod because of the terrible impact of his efforts to block controls on toxic mercury. When he won the Clean Air Trust "villain of the month" award in February 2003, we noted that Kuhn was a key "pioneer" fundraiser for President Bush's campaign, and that he was leading a lobbying blitz to postpone mercury cleanup requirements.

    Kuhn has succeeded to the extent that key sponsors of the President's pollution plan (Senators James Inhofe, R-OK and George Voinovich, R-OH) have adopted the Kuhn do-virtually-nothing position, as has new EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt.

    Kuhn showed his continuing clout just last week when Leavitt traveled to an EEI meeting at a posh Arizona resort to speak privately to assembled power company executives. (He also showed his contempt for the media by barring a reporter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who was attempting to report on what allegedly was a public speech by Leavitt. Perhaps Kuhn didn't want the reporter to listen to Leavitt's question and answer session with the power company executives.)

    Wish I could post a picture of / email for Tom, but Edison won't let me access their bios. "Members only." Of course.

    Posted by Eric at 12:46 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Patriot Act

    Approximate number of governing bodies that have passed anti-Patriot Act resolutions: 240
    Number of people the resolutions encompass: 30 million in 37 states.

    -ACLU

    Posted by Eric at 12:21 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Patriot Act

    Approximate number of governing bodies that have passed anti-Patriot Act resolutions: 240
    Number of people the resolutions encompass: 30 million in 37 states.

    -ACLU

    Posted by Eric at 12:21 AM | Comments (0)

    January 21, 2004

    Wed Stories

    AP. Gen. Wesley Clark, character and courage
    Reuters. Poll: Dean Holds Slim New Hampshire Lead Over Kerry
    LAT. After Iowa Victory, Kerry Faces Round 2
    Hartford Courant. Decisive Undecideds In Iowa
    AP. Straw Urges U.N. on Iraq Election Dispute
    Concord Monitor. Kerry ready for another fight
    Concord Monitor. A loss for many more than Dick Gephardt
    Concord Monitor. Clark touts experiences in military
    AP. Kerry, Edwards Rake in Tens of Thousands
    Robert Dreyfuss . The Iraq of last night's State of the Union bore little resemblance to the nation we invaded now on the brink of civil war
    The Age. Political cycle drives Bush vision in 2004
    Lionel Van Deerlin. The price of loyalty
    James O. Goldsborough. Making illegal residents legal: President Bush's immigration reform plan, delayed three years because of Sept. 11, is a politically expedient confession of the massive failure of U.S. immigration policy for two decades
    Copley News. Critics dismissed in surprisingly combative speech
    Washington Post. Army Reserve Chief Fears Retention Crisis
    Mercury News. Internet emerging as political force
    Daily Star. Dean's backers keeping the faith
    SFC. Kerry's California campaign finds new life with surprise win in Iowa
    Seattle PI. Bush lays out his record for debate
    Glen Johnson. The candidates hit N.H. running hard
    Robert Kuttner. Will voters focus on Bush details?
    AJC. Reduce penalty for teens' consensual sex
    David Corn. Bush's Defiant State of the Union
    Robert L. Borosage . Are You Better Off?
    Gary Kamiya. In his State of the Union address, the president posed once again as the indomitable wartime leader -- but it didn't play as well this time
    AP. Howard Dean's fatal system error
    AP. U.N. said close to sending team to Iraq
    Charles Lewis. The Buying of the President 2004: Part 1 of 3: Who’s really bankrolling Bush and his Democratic challengers -- and what they expect in return
    Ivins. It's about money: Follow the greenbacks to learn where seemingly haphazard Bush policy comes from
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Can He Come Back?
    Harold Meyerson. Labor's Iowa Implosion
    WP. A Wide-Open Race In New Hampshire
    NYT. Dean's New-Voter Strategy Seemed to Work, for Others
    NYT. Democrats Sound Themes That Will Persist in Congress and Campaign
    NYT. Kerry Confident as Race Turns to New Hampshire

    Posted by Eric at 11:43 PM | Comments (0)

    Wed Stories

    AP. Gen. Wesley Clark, character and courage
    Reuters. Poll: Dean Holds Slim New Hampshire Lead Over Kerry
    LAT. After Iowa Victory, Kerry Faces Round 2
    Hartford Courant. Decisive Undecideds In Iowa
    AP. Straw Urges U.N. on Iraq Election Dispute
    Concord Monitor. Kerry ready for another fight
    Concord Monitor. A loss for many more than Dick Gephardt
    Concord Monitor. Clark touts experiences in military
    AP. Kerry, Edwards Rake in Tens of Thousands
    Robert Dreyfuss . The Iraq of last night's State of the Union bore little resemblance to the nation we invaded now on the brink of civil war
    The Age. Political cycle drives Bush vision in 2004
    Lionel Van Deerlin. The price of loyalty
    James O. Goldsborough. Making illegal residents legal: President Bush's immigration reform plan, delayed three years because of Sept. 11, is a politically expedient confession of the massive failure of U.S. immigration policy for two decades
    Copley News. Critics dismissed in surprisingly combative speech
    Washington Post. Army Reserve Chief Fears Retention Crisis
    Mercury News. Internet emerging as political force
    Daily Star. Dean's backers keeping the faith
    SFC. Kerry's California campaign finds new life with surprise win in Iowa
    Seattle PI. Bush lays out his record for debate
    Glen Johnson. The candidates hit N.H. running hard
    Robert Kuttner. Will voters focus on Bush details?
    AJC. Reduce penalty for teens' consensual sex
    David Corn. Bush's Defiant State of the Union
    Robert L. Borosage . Are You Better Off?
    Gary Kamiya. In his State of the Union address, the president posed once again as the indomitable wartime leader -- but it didn't play as well this time
    AP. Howard Dean's fatal system error
    AP. U.N. said close to sending team to Iraq
    Charles Lewis. The Buying of the President 2004: Part 1 of 3: Who’s really bankrolling Bush and his Democratic challengers -- and what they expect in return
    Ivins. It's about money: Follow the greenbacks to learn where seemingly haphazard Bush policy comes from
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Can He Come Back?
    Harold Meyerson. Labor's Iowa Implosion
    WP. A Wide-Open Race In New Hampshire
    NYT. Dean's New-Voter Strategy Seemed to Work, for Others
    NYT. Democrats Sound Themes That Will Persist in Congress and Campaign
    NYT. Kerry Confident as Race Turns to New Hampshire

    Posted by Eric at 11:43 PM | Comments (0)

    What's the Environment?

    Last year Bush faked love for the environment in his SOTU speech. Luckily, this year, he didn't even try. See NRDC:

    In last night's State of the Union address, President Bush trumpeted his administration's accomplishments from last year and outlined some of his initiatives for this one. What was most notable was that he said nary a word about the environment. Nothing, for example, about his "Healthy Forests" initiative, which will allow loggers to cut down large, fire-resistant trees miles away from where people live, or his "Clear Skies" initiative, which, if passed, would allow power plants to emit more pollution for a longer time than current law.

    He did include one sentence about energy policy. "Consumers and businesses need reliable supplies of energy to make our economy run," he said, "so I urge you to pass legislation to modernize our electricity system, promote conservation, and make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy." He did not explicitly call for Congress to pass the energy bill it is currently debating. It's just as well. That bill would not modernize the electricity grid, promote conservation or make the country less dependent on foreign energy sources. NRDC would agree with the president that the criteria he spelled out are necessary ingredients for a sensible energy policy. We called for such a policy three years ago when we released "A Responsible Energy Policy for the 21st Century".

    The fact that President Bush avoided mentioning his administration's environmental policies could be seen as a tacit admission that his record is deplorable and the issue is a vulnerable one for him (see the Bush Record). Polls show that the majority of Americans believe he is more interested in protecting his corporate campaign contributors than public health and the environment.

    Still, Bush found time to warn people about the epidemic of steroids in pro players.

    Posted by Eric at 08:45 PM | Comments (0)

    What's the Environment?

    Last year Bush faked love for the environment in his SOTU speech. Luckily, this year, he didn't even try. See NRDC:

    In last night's State of the Union address, President Bush trumpeted his administration's accomplishments from last year and outlined some of his initiatives for this one. What was most notable was that he said nary a word about the environment. Nothing, for example, about his "Healthy Forests" initiative, which will allow loggers to cut down large, fire-resistant trees miles away from where people live, or his "Clear Skies" initiative, which, if passed, would allow power plants to emit more pollution for a longer time than current law.

    He did include one sentence about energy policy. "Consumers and businesses need reliable supplies of energy to make our economy run," he said, "so I urge you to pass legislation to modernize our electricity system, promote conservation, and make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy." He did not explicitly call for Congress to pass the energy bill it is currently debating. It's just as well. That bill would not modernize the electricity grid, promote conservation or make the country less dependent on foreign energy sources. NRDC would agree with the president that the criteria he spelled out are necessary ingredients for a sensible energy policy. We called for such a policy three years ago when we released "A Responsible Energy Policy for the 21st Century".

    The fact that President Bush avoided mentioning his administration's environmental policies could be seen as a tacit admission that his record is deplorable and the issue is a vulnerable one for him (see the Bush Record). Polls show that the majority of Americans believe he is more interested in protecting his corporate campaign contributors than public health and the environment.

    Still, Bush found time to warn people about the epidemic of steroids in pro players.

    Posted by Eric at 08:45 PM | Comments (0)

    Kerry Takes Huge Lead

    Wow, interesting.

    Sen. John F. Kerry has catapulted into a 10-point New Hampshire lead six days before the nation's first primary, bouncing out of Iowa and over longtime frontrunner Howard Dean, according to a new Boston Herald poll.

    The Massachusetts senator leads Dean 31 percent to 21 percent, with a slipping Wesley K. Clark at 16 percent after skipping the Iowa caucuses.

    Sen. John Edwards is in fourth place with 11 percent, followed by Sen. Joseph Lieberman with 4 percent. Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Dennis Kucinich continue to barely register.

    Herald pollster R. Kelly Myers called it a ``dramatic turn-around for John Kerry.''

    ``His once fledgling campaign has found new legs and he now finds himself the clear front-runner in this race,'' Myers said.
    And it's not only the Boston Herald poll showing Kerry catching up with or leading Dean. Political Wire notes:
    The ARG New Hampshire Tracking Poll shows the expected surge by John Kerry. "While Howard Dean has a 2 percentage-point lead over John Kerry in the 3-day average, Kerry has a 1 percentage-point lead in the 2-day average and Kerry has a 5 percentage-point lead in the one-day sample on January 20."

    Zogby also shows Kerry catching up. "In the one night of polling (Tuesday) after the Iowa caucus, Kerry actually led Dean by 2 points."

    Suffolk University shows Kerry and Dean in a statistical tie.

    Update: A new Boston Globe/WBZ tracking poll shows Kerry slightly ahead of Dean.

    Alright. This campaign was written off a long time ago by people like me, wasn't it, John?
    Not so long ago, this campaign was written off.
    This is true.
    But in your homes and community halls, in barns and VFW halls and restaurants where I never got to eat, you gathered, you listened and you stood with me on this caucus night so that we can defeat George Bush and the special interests he serves – and give America back its future and its soul.

    And I have listened to you and learned from you – and from the people of New Hampshire – and you have made me a better candidate. And I thank you for that too.

    Now as you send me on to New Hampshire, to the other contests ahead, I make you this pledge: I have only just begun to fight. In the months and years ahead, I will fight for you.

    Still, while Kerry may win Iowa and New Hampshire, can he carry or do well in states like California, the 'super Tuesday' states and South Carolina?

    Posted by Eric at 08:36 PM | Comments (0)

    Kerry Takes Huge Lead

    Wow, interesting.

    Sen. John F. Kerry has catapulted into a 10-point New Hampshire lead six days before the nation's first primary, bouncing out of Iowa and over longtime frontrunner Howard Dean, according to a new Boston Herald poll.

    The Massachusetts senator leads Dean 31 percent to 21 percent, with a slipping Wesley K. Clark at 16 percent after skipping the Iowa caucuses.

    Sen. John Edwards is in fourth place with 11 percent, followed by Sen. Joseph Lieberman with 4 percent. Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Dennis Kucinich continue to barely register.

    Herald pollster R. Kelly Myers called it a ``dramatic turn-around for John Kerry.''

    ``His once fledgling campaign has found new legs and he now finds himself the clear front-runner in this race,'' Myers said.
    And it's not only the Boston Herald poll showing Kerry catching up with or leading Dean. Political Wire notes:
    The ARG New Hampshire Tracking Poll shows the expected surge by John Kerry. "While Howard Dean has a 2 percentage-point lead over John Kerry in the 3-day average, Kerry has a 1 percentage-point lead in the 2-day average and Kerry has a 5 percentage-point lead in the one-day sample on January 20."

    Zogby also shows Kerry catching up. "In the one night of polling (Tuesday) after the Iowa caucus, Kerry actually led Dean by 2 points."

    Suffolk University shows Kerry and Dean in a statistical tie.

    Update: A new Boston Globe/WBZ tracking poll shows Kerry slightly ahead of Dean.

    Alright. This campaign was written off a long time ago by people like me, wasn't it, John?
    Not so long ago, this campaign was written off.
    This is true.
    But in your homes and community halls, in barns and VFW halls and restaurants where I never got to eat, you gathered, you listened and you stood with me on this caucus night so that we can defeat George Bush and the special interests he serves – and give America back its future and its soul.

    And I have listened to you and learned from you – and from the people of New Hampshire – and you have made me a better candidate. And I thank you for that too.

    Now as you send me on to New Hampshire, to the other contests ahead, I make you this pledge: I have only just begun to fight. In the months and years ahead, I will fight for you.

    Still, while Kerry may win Iowa and New Hampshire, can he carry or do well in states like California, the 'super Tuesday' states and South Carolina?

    Posted by Eric at 08:36 PM | Comments (0)

    Further Dean Drop Theories

    This article in the USA Today cites a 'high-level campaign adviser' in the Dean campaign, suggesting more Dean drop theories. Regardless, Dean's showing was disappointing, but the larger point that needs to be made is this is the first primary (actually, a caucus) and it's still very, very early ... the media loves a horse race, and the US does not vote the same as Iowa.

    A top Dean campaign official acknowledged that Dean "may have got carried away" Monday night. But he said there is no calculated strategy to tone down the candidate.

    Another high-level campaign adviser, however, said the raucous exhortation was a mistake that resulted from Dean's exhaustion and from not realizing that his message to 800 supporters in a ballroom was being seen by millions on TV ...

    • Gaffes. Iowans interviewed said Dean was "a loose cannon" who too often had to take back statements. At a Concord rally, Dean was reminded of one of them, his controversial statement that he wanted to appeal to "guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks." When Dean asked that a man in the audience holding a Confederate flag be removed, several burly security men forcibly dragged the man out. During a later disturbance involving a heckler, the candidate led his audience in a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

    • The tape. A 4-year-old tape of a Canadian TV show in which Dean said the Iowa caucuses were controlled by "extremists" was "devastating," Dean's pollster Paul Maslin said.

    • Negative ads. Dean's anti-war attack ads against his opponents turned off Iowans who wanted a more positive tone and pushed them toward Kerry and Edwards.

    • Organization. Despite 3,500 out-of-state volunteers, the senior adviser said Dean's campaign didn't put together a strong field organization until two months ago. But Maslin said Dean's workers did get the vote out - even if it wasn't his. "We knocked on everybody's door," he said. "We turned out Edwards and Kerry voters, I'm absolutely convinced."

    Posted by Eric at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)

    Further Dean Drop Theories

    This article in the USA Today cites a 'high-level campaign adviser' in the Dean campaign, suggesting more Dean drop theories. Regardless, Dean's showing was disappointing, but the larger point that needs to be made is this is the first primary (actually, a caucus) and it's still very, very early ... the media loves a horse race, and the US does not vote the same as Iowa.

    A top Dean campaign official acknowledged that Dean "may have got carried away" Monday night. But he said there is no calculated strategy to tone down the candidate.

    Another high-level campaign adviser, however, said the raucous exhortation was a mistake that resulted from Dean's exhaustion and from not realizing that his message to 800 supporters in a ballroom was being seen by millions on TV ...

    • Gaffes. Iowans interviewed said Dean was "a loose cannon" who too often had to take back statements. At a Concord rally, Dean was reminded of one of them, his controversial statement that he wanted to appeal to "guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks." When Dean asked that a man in the audience holding a Confederate flag be removed, several burly security men forcibly dragged the man out. During a later disturbance involving a heckler, the candidate led his audience in a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

    • The tape. A 4-year-old tape of a Canadian TV show in which Dean said the Iowa caucuses were controlled by "extremists" was "devastating," Dean's pollster Paul Maslin said.

    • Negative ads. Dean's anti-war attack ads against his opponents turned off Iowans who wanted a more positive tone and pushed them toward Kerry and Edwards.

    • Organization. Despite 3,500 out-of-state volunteers, the senior adviser said Dean's campaign didn't put together a strong field organization until two months ago. But Maslin said Dean's workers did get the vote out - even if it wasn't his. "We knocked on everybody's door," he said. "We turned out Edwards and Kerry voters, I'm absolutely convinced."

    Posted by Eric at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Fund Fees

    "Mutual fund fees, many buried deep within fund prospectuses and financial statements, cost investors an estimated $75 billion a year."

    "New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer estimates that someone who invested $100,000 in a mutual fund would lose as much as $6,000 over 10 years because of excessive, undisclosed fees."

    "Furthermore, small shareholders – those investors trying to save for things like college education or a down payment on a house – pay more in mutual fund fees than their wealthy counterparts. Even more infuriating, the mutual fund industry is now trying to pass on the cost of higher insurance premiums to protect themselves against future investor lawsuits for these same fee abuses."

    -Centetr for American Progress.

    Posted by Eric at 09:07 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Fund Fees

    "Mutual fund fees, many buried deep within fund prospectuses and financial statements, cost investors an estimated $75 billion a year."

    "New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer estimates that someone who invested $100,000 in a mutual fund would lose as much as $6,000 over 10 years because of excessive, undisclosed fees."

    "Furthermore, small shareholders – those investors trying to save for things like college education or a down payment on a house – pay more in mutual fund fees than their wealthy counterparts. Even more infuriating, the mutual fund industry is now trying to pass on the cost of higher insurance premiums to protect themselves against future investor lawsuits for these same fee abuses."

    -Centetr for American Progress.

    Posted by Eric at 09:07 AM | Comments (0)

    Young Republicans Practicing Hispanic Outreach in California

    It's never too early to start voter outreach in your high school campus. Just ask Tim Bueler, likely candidate for jr. class court attendant at the prom:

    Since the beginning of January, Bueler has been escorted by an adult school official to and from every class and to his father's car at the end of the day. The precaution was ordered by the school district superintendent after several confrontations between Bueler and fellow members of the school Conservative Club, and other students who object to what they claim are "racist" writings in the club's political tracts ...

    According to a timeline issued by the Cotati-Rohnert Park City School District, the controversy started Dec. 3 when the Conservative Club, which Bueler organized last fall, posted an inflammatory flier at the high school announcing the creation of a "Conservative Hotline," where students could report examples of "un-American" comments by their teachers.

    "Let's take a stand against the liberal traitors who call themselves teachers," proclaimed the flier, which had not been approved by the club's faculty advisor as required under school rules.

    In response, an anonymous faculty member proposed a "Liberal Hotline" to counter the Conservative Club. "Have you heard any un-American comments expressed by your reactionary students lately?" the flier asked, parodying the original. "Let's take a stand against the neo-conservative wing-nuts who call themselves Americans." The Liberal flier concluded: "P.S. Flush Rush," referring to right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

    On Dec. 12 Bueler inflamed matters by distributing a Conservative Club newsletter in which he wrote that "Liberals welcome every Muhammad, Jamul and Jose who wishes to leave his Third World state and come to America — mostly illegally — to rip off our health-care system, balkanize our language and destroy our political system."

    The statement was borrowed directly from the sayings and writings of nationally syndicated San Francisco radio host Michael Savage, whom Buehler credits for inspiration.

    The resulting political turmoil — which angered some of the school's Latino students and provoked a letter of protest from 40 school officials, including the nurse and Principal Carter — has tested the 1st Amendment tethers of this bedroom community about one hour's drive north of San Francisco.

    Posted by Eric at 09:06 AM | Comments (0)

    Young Republicans Practicing Hispanic Outreach in California

    It's never too early to start voter outreach in your high school campus. Just ask Tim Bueler, likely candidate for jr. class court attendant at the prom:

    Since the beginning of January, Bueler has been escorted by an adult school official to and from every class and to his father's car at the end of the day. The precaution was ordered by the school district superintendent after several confrontations between Bueler and fellow members of the school Conservative Club, and other students who object to what they claim are "racist" writings in the club's political tracts ...

    According to a timeline issued by the Cotati-Rohnert Park City School District, the controversy started Dec. 3 when the Conservative Club, which Bueler organized last fall, posted an inflammatory flier at the high school announcing the creation of a "Conservative Hotline," where students could report examples of "un-American" comments by their teachers.

    "Let's take a stand against the liberal traitors who call themselves teachers," proclaimed the flier, which had not been approved by the club's faculty advisor as required under school rules.

    In response, an anonymous faculty member proposed a "Liberal Hotline" to counter the Conservative Club. "Have you heard any un-American comments expressed by your reactionary students lately?" the flier asked, parodying the original. "Let's take a stand against the neo-conservative wing-nuts who call themselves Americans." The Liberal flier concluded: "P.S. Flush Rush," referring to right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

    On Dec. 12 Bueler inflamed matters by distributing a Conservative Club newsletter in which he wrote that "Liberals welcome every Muhammad, Jamul and Jose who wishes to leave his Third World state and come to America — mostly illegally — to rip off our health-care system, balkanize our language and destroy our political system."

    The statement was borrowed directly from the sayings and writings of nationally syndicated San Francisco radio host Michael Savage, whom Buehler credits for inspiration.

    The resulting political turmoil — which angered some of the school's Latino students and provoked a letter of protest from 40 school officials, including the nurse and Principal Carter — has tested the 1st Amendment tethers of this bedroom community about one hour's drive north of San Francisco.

    Posted by Eric at 09:06 AM | Comments (0)

    The Dean Yell

    Like it or not, the 'yell' after Howard Dean's unusual speech in Iowa was the talk in many political circles the day after Iowa, including among many pro-Dean and liberal people I talked with. More importantly, however, the media has raised some eyebrows and, again like it or not, that's going to translate into more 'questions' about Howard Dean:

    Top aides could only shake their heads when asked about Dean's performance following the Iowa caucuses results, while critics pounced on it as evidence of a man they said was out of control. Former Senator Alan K. Simpson, a Republican from Wyoming, said of Dean, "He looked like a prairie dog on speed."

    Even the usual fount of his most stalwart support -- Blogforamerica, the Web-based dialogue box operated by his campaign -- was a flurry of comment, much of it critical.

    "Tonight, after the caucus results, Dean gave his speech to the troops. Yes, he was over the top, but he wasn't speaking to America, he was speaking to us, the Deaniacs," one writer penned. "Having said that, I feel I must say this. . . . He should never broadcast a speech like that again. Never. Ever. Again."

    For some Dean supporters in New Hampshire, his reaction was enough to spark questions about their man, with some paying a visit to Manchester's Holiday Inn Center to hear him deliver his first post-Iowa speech.

    Judith Pence, a former school principal and now education consultant from Manchester, said she has been a Dean supporter since Labor Day. But after watching Dean react to the Iowa results, Pence said she was left unsettled.

    "A simple congratulations to the winners and now on to New Hampshire would have been better," said Pence, who added that listening to Dean yesterday in Manchester reassured her.

    The people who were happy with the speech, according to the NY Times, were Republicans:
    "Howard Dean scared a lot of children last night," Tucker Carlson, a Republican political commentator, declared on CNN. Like the other cable news networks, CNN played the image of Dr. Dean, his sleeves rolled up, neck bulging, pointing at the crowd, over and over.

    Republican officials could not have been happier. "That's six ads," one party official said, referring playfully to the number of advertisements that might be mined from that appearance to reinforce efforts to portray Dr. Dean as angry and nonpresidential.

    Dr. Dean made his address late on Monday before a room of supporters, declaring: "We're going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico. We're going to California and Texas and New York!" After listing still more states and finally Washington, he punctuated the speech with a throaty howl.

    Even some of Dr. Dean's supporters said the speech had affected their perception of the candidate.

    Dan Goldberg, a marketing executive with a film distribution company in New York, said he had been planning to volunteer for Dr. Dean in New Hampshire. After watching the speech, Mr. Goldberg said, he changed his mind.

    "Any chances I would vote for Dean were completely erased by that speech last night — scary," he said. "I thought mirrors in my apartment would shatter."

    Dr. Dean and his staff said the focus on his speech was another instance of unfair treatment at the hands of the news media, which they accused of turning a surprisingly upbeat address after a third-place finish into a negative.

    But political experts and some Democrats said the speech could be for Dr. Dean what Dan Quayle's famous misspelling of the word "potato" was for Mr. Quayle in 1992: a reinforcement of a perceived character flaw. In Mr. Quayle's case, the misspelling went to questions about his intellect.

    Even before Monday night, opponents were trying to portray Dr. Dean as the angriest man in politics, prompting "Saturday Night Live" last weekend to depict him as a cursing egomaniac.

    Posted by Eric at 08:46 AM | Comments (0)

    The Dean Yell

    Like it or not, the 'yell' after Howard Dean's unusual speech in Iowa was the talk in many political circles the day after Iowa, including among many pro-Dean and liberal people I talked with. More importantly, however, the media has raised some eyebrows and, again like it or not, that's going to translate into more 'questions' about Howard Dean:

    Top aides could only shake their heads when asked about Dean's performance following the Iowa caucuses results, while critics pounced on it as evidence of a man they said was out of control. Former Senator Alan K. Simpson, a Republican from Wyoming, said of Dean, "He looked like a prairie dog on speed."

    Even the usual fount of his most stalwart support -- Blogforamerica, the Web-based dialogue box operated by his campaign -- was a flurry of comment, much of it critical.

    "Tonight, after the caucus results, Dean gave his speech to the troops. Yes, he was over the top, but he wasn't speaking to America, he was speaking to us, the Deaniacs," one writer penned. "Having said that, I feel I must say this. . . . He should never broadcast a speech like that again. Never. Ever. Again."

    For some Dean supporters in New Hampshire, his reaction was enough to spark questions about their man, with some paying a visit to Manchester's Holiday Inn Center to hear him deliver his first post-Iowa speech.

    Judith Pence, a former school principal and now education consultant from Manchester, said she has been a Dean supporter since Labor Day. But after watching Dean react to the Iowa results, Pence said she was left unsettled.

    "A simple congratulations to the winners and now on to New Hampshire would have been better," said Pence, who added that listening to Dean yesterday in Manchester reassured her.

    The people who were happy with the speech, according to the NY Times, were Republicans:
    "Howard Dean scared a lot of children last night," Tucker Carlson, a Republican political commentator, declared on CNN. Like the other cable news networks, CNN played the image of Dr. Dean, his sleeves rolled up, neck bulging, pointing at the crowd, over and over.

    Republican officials could not have been happier. "That's six ads," one party official said, referring playfully to the number of advertisements that might be mined from that appearance to reinforce efforts to portray Dr. Dean as angry and nonpresidential.

    Dr. Dean made his address late on Monday before a room of supporters, declaring: "We're going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico. We're going to California and Texas and New York!" After listing still more states and finally Washington, he punctuated the speech with a throaty howl.

    Even some of Dr. Dean's supporters said the speech had affected their perception of the candidate.

    Dan Goldberg, a marketing executive with a film distribution company in New York, said he had been planning to volunteer for Dr. Dean in New Hampshire. After watching the speech, Mr. Goldberg said, he changed his mind.

    "Any chances I would vote for Dean were completely erased by that speech last night — scary," he said. "I thought mirrors in my apartment would shatter."

    Dr. Dean and his staff said the focus on his speech was another instance of unfair treatment at the hands of the news media, which they accused of turning a surprisingly upbeat address after a third-place finish into a negative.

    But political experts and some Democrats said the speech could be for Dr. Dean what Dan Quayle's famous misspelling of the word "potato" was for Mr. Quayle in 1992: a reinforcement of a perceived character flaw. In Mr. Quayle's case, the misspelling went to questions about his intellect.

    Even before Monday night, opponents were trying to portray Dr. Dean as the angriest man in politics, prompting "Saturday Night Live" last weekend to depict him as a cursing egomaniac.

    Posted by Eric at 08:46 AM | Comments (0)

    Democratic Reaction to the SOTU

    See the NY Times for excerpts of candidate statements

    CLARK: "Tonight, more than eight million Americans are out of work. But President Bush will pledge to spend trillions to privatize Social Security and make his tax cuts for the very rich permanent, locking in an unfair advantage for those who need it least ... Tonight, 44 million Americans still don't have health care. But President Bush won't do nearly enough to make health care truly affordable. He won't do nearly enough to make health care truly accessible."

    DEAN: "The state of the union may look rosy from the White House balcony or the suites of George Bush's wealthiest donors. But hard-working Americans will see through this President's effort to wrap his radical agenda with a compassionate ribbon."

    KERRY: "Tonight, President Bush talked about how he wants to help people find jobs, but for three years he's stood by while we've lost more jobs than at any time since the Great Depression. He promised to create 250,000 jobs last month, but he's only created a thousand. We're 249,000 jobs short. Americans should be able to trust that what the President tells them is true."

    EDWARDS: "What this president fails to understand is that we still live in two different Americas: one for the privileged few, and another for everybody else. Instead of proposing ideas that would help heal our great divides, he is dividing us even further and believes that compassionate language and empty slogans will make working Americans forget the burdens they face every day."

    KUCINICH: "The President mentioned the words "terror" and "terrorism" so many times tonight that it's clear to me that he is promoting a culture of fear. It's unfortunate because he could have done something more calming and healing for the nation. Instead he chose to continue to raise the red flag of terror."

    The 'equal time' Dem response is here.

    Posted by Eric at 12:26 AM | Comments (0)

    Democratic Reaction to the SOTU

    See the NY Times for excerpts of candidate statements

    CLARK: "Tonight, more than eight million Americans are out of work. But President Bush will pledge to spend trillions to privatize Social Security and make his tax cuts for the very rich permanent, locking in an unfair advantage for those who need it least ... Tonight, 44 million Americans still don't have health care. But President Bush won't do nearly enough to make health care truly affordable. He won't do nearly enough to make health care truly accessible."

    DEAN: "The state of the union may look rosy from the White House balcony or the suites of George Bush's wealthiest donors. But hard-working Americans will see through this President's effort to wrap his radical agenda with a compassionate ribbon."

    KERRY: "Tonight, President Bush talked about how he wants to help people find jobs, but for three years he's stood by while we've lost more jobs than at any time since the Great Depression. He promised to create 250,000 jobs last month, but he's only created a thousand. We're 249,000 jobs short. Americans should be able to trust that what the President tells them is true."

    EDWARDS: "What this president fails to understand is that we still live in two different Americas: one for the privileged few, and another for everybody else. Instead of proposing ideas that would help heal our great divides, he is dividing us even further and believes that compassionate language and empty slogans will make working Americans forget the burdens they face every day."

    KUCINICH: "The President mentioned the words "terror" and "terrorism" so many times tonight that it's clear to me that he is promoting a culture of fear. It's unfortunate because he could have done something more calming and healing for the nation. Instead he chose to continue to raise the red flag of terror."

    The 'equal time' Dem response is here.

    Posted by Eric at 12:26 AM | Comments (0)

    January 20, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    Lorin Morning Journal. Bush job talk in Ohio comes as even skilled jobs are lost overseas
    Boston Globe. Momentum is focus of television coverage
    Boston Globe. Despite setback, candidate looks ahead
    JOHN DALTON. Wesley Clark is uniquely qualified to lead the nation
    theunionleader. Shaheen: Kerry still faces a tough fight for NH voters
    D. Allan Kerr. Democrats’ attacks on Clark frustrating
    Portsmouth Herald. Gephardt supporters surprised, saddened at campaign collapse
    CMonitor. The Union Leader endorses Lieberman
    CMonitor. The price keeps going up: Kerry, Clark put high value on 1 veteran's vote
    CMonitor. They all want more medical coverage: A primer on candidates' health policy proposals
    NYT. In New Hampshire, Lieberman Turns His Attention to Bush
    WP. Kerry Scores Victory in Iowa: Edwards Takes Second Place; Dean, Gephardt Far Behind
    AP. Kerry ready for tough New Hampshire fight
    NYT. Dean Lags Far Behind Edwards; Gephardt Finishes Fourth
    Reuters. Dean's Insurgent Campaign Suffers Setback in Iowa
    Larry King Live. Dean: 'I'm Delighted to Have Finished in the Top Three'

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Tuesday Stories

    Lorin Morning Journal. Bush job talk in Ohio comes as even skilled jobs are lost overseas
    Boston Globe. Momentum is focus of television coverage
    Boston Globe. Despite setback, candidate looks ahead
    JOHN DALTON. Wesley Clark is uniquely qualified to lead the nation
    theunionleader. Shaheen: Kerry still faces a tough fight for NH voters
    D. Allan Kerr. Democrats’ attacks on Clark frustrating
    Portsmouth Herald. Gephardt supporters surprised, saddened at campaign collapse
    CMonitor. The Union Leader endorses Lieberman
    CMonitor. The price keeps going up: Kerry, Clark put high value on 1 veteran's vote
    CMonitor. They all want more medical coverage: A primer on candidates' health policy proposals
    NYT. In New Hampshire, Lieberman Turns His Attention to Bush
    WP. Kerry Scores Victory in Iowa: Edwards Takes Second Place; Dean, Gephardt Far Behind
    AP. Kerry ready for tough New Hampshire fight
    NYT. Dean Lags Far Behind Edwards; Gephardt Finishes Fourth
    Reuters. Dean's Insurgent Campaign Suffers Setback in Iowa
    Larry King Live. Dean: 'I'm Delighted to Have Finished in the Top Three'

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    The Onion on SOTU Key Points

    Things that go ha in the night.

    Posted by Eric at 11:14 PM | Comments (0)

    The Onion on SOTU Key Points

    Things that go ha in the night.

    Posted by Eric at 11:14 PM | Comments (0)

    Bush SOTU

    Here's the transcript ...

    I'll post responses when they are available. Al Franken's response can be heard here. Center for American Progress will probably also have a good response online. They already did a pre-speech rebuttal.

    Posted by Eric at 09:41 PM | Comments (0)

    Bush SOTU

    Here's the transcript ...

    I'll post responses when they are available. Al Franken's response can be heard here. Center for American Progress will probably also have a good response online. They already did a pre-speech rebuttal.

    Posted by Eric at 09:41 PM | Comments (0)

    The New Kerry: 2nd Place in NH, Closing in on Dean

    7News/Suffolk Poll:

    If you're just waking up, welcome to the new world of presidential politics. John Kerry's already won the Iowa caucuses and, this morning, he's positioned to win next week's primary here, too.

    Howard Dean remains on top of our exclusive 7News Suffolk University poll with 23 percent but Kerry's at 20 precent - close enough statistically to now make this race too close to call.

    Wesley Clark--at 15 percent--is still within shouting distance, but Iowa runner-up John Edwards and Joe Lieberman are far behind the leaders, suggesting New Hampshire could turn into a Kerry-Dean showdown ... Another key number from our poll is 26 percent undecided. It's not that one in four likely Democratic primary voters don't know the candidates - it's that many are no longer sure whom they want to vote for.

    And given Dean's big leads here in the past, the obvious conclusion is that some of his supporters may become former supporters.

    Posted by Eric at 08:10 PM | Comments (0)

    The New Kerry: 2nd Place in NH, Closing in on Dean

    7News/Suffolk Poll:

    If you're just waking up, welcome to the new world of presidential politics. John Kerry's already won the Iowa caucuses and, this morning, he's positioned to win next week's primary here, too.

    Howard Dean remains on top of our exclusive 7News Suffolk University poll with 23 percent but Kerry's at 20 precent - close enough statistically to now make this race too close to call.

    Wesley Clark--at 15 percent--is still within shouting distance, but Iowa runner-up John Edwards and Joe Lieberman are far behind the leaders, suggesting New Hampshire could turn into a Kerry-Dean showdown ... Another key number from our poll is 26 percent undecided. It's not that one in four likely Democratic primary voters don't know the candidates - it's that many are no longer sure whom they want to vote for.

    And given Dean's big leads here in the past, the obvious conclusion is that some of his supporters may become former supporters.

    Posted by Eric at 08:10 PM | Comments (0)

    Then and Now

    Courtesy of the Center for American Progress:

    THEN

    "Any appointment of a federal judge during a recess should be opposed."

    - Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) opposing the appointment of an African American judge, December 2000

    NOW

    "Judge Pickering's record deems this recess appointment fully appropriate."

    - Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), 1/17/04

    Posted by Eric at 12:27 PM | Comments (0)

    Then and Now

    Courtesy of the Center for American Progress:

    THEN

    "Any appointment of a federal judge during a recess should be opposed."

    - Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) opposing the appointment of an African American judge, December 2000

    NOW

    "Judge Pickering's record deems this recess appointment fully appropriate."

    - Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), 1/17/04

    Posted by Eric at 12:27 PM | Comments (0)

    Ohio GOP leader ignores order to liquidate secret account

    Ahhh, money and politics, what a beautiful mix.

    As leader of the Ohio Republican Party, Bob Bennett is happy to take credit for the GOP's 10-year dominance of state government.

    A big supply of campaign cash also helps. On Friday, Bennett refused to back away from one controversial method to help keep that money coming.

    The state party, and its county parties, can accept large amounts of money from secret donors to their operating accounts. These funds pay for salaries, get-out-the-vote drives and other day-to-day party activities.

    Campaign reformers say these accounts need to be disclosed.

    Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, Ohio's top election official, has ordered party leaders to liquidate the accounts. He argues changes in federal campaign finance laws require party officials to do this.

    Bennett disagrees. The destruction of those assets "may be a goal of Secretary Blackwell, but it is not something mandated by law," he said.

    Blackwell says he's not trying to bankrupt the party. He just wants them to follow the law.

    "There are alternative ways of moving that (money) that won't decimate the party's coffers," he said. "If there was money raised in a secret account, as of the end of last year they should have spent all the money in those accounts."

    Posted by Eric at 11:28 AM | Comments (0)

    Ohio GOP leader ignores order to liquidate secret account

    Ahhh, money and politics, what a beautiful mix.

    As leader of the Ohio Republican Party, Bob Bennett is happy to take credit for the GOP's 10-year dominance of state government.

    A big supply of campaign cash also helps. On Friday, Bennett refused to back away from one controversial method to help keep that money coming.

    The state party, and its county parties, can accept large amounts of money from secret donors to their operating accounts. These funds pay for salaries, get-out-the-vote drives and other day-to-day party activities.

    Campaign reformers say these accounts need to be disclosed.

    Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, Ohio's top election official, has ordered party leaders to liquidate the accounts. He argues changes in federal campaign finance laws require party officials to do this.

    Bennett disagrees. The destruction of those assets "may be a goal of Secretary Blackwell, but it is not something mandated by law," he said.

    Blackwell says he's not trying to bankrupt the party. He just wants them to follow the law.

    "There are alternative ways of moving that (money) that won't decimate the party's coffers," he said. "If there was money raised in a secret account, as of the end of last year they should have spent all the money in those accounts."

    Posted by Eric at 11:28 AM | Comments (0)

    Rush, Laura, Hannity to Have a Gay Ol' Ad Time

    According to US News, the HRC will be giving some ad dough to the yakkers:

    Uncivil Union: Oh boy, this'll be weird. All week, an odd union of conservatives and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay lobby, plan to air radio ads on Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, and Sean Hannity blasting calls for a constitutional ban on homosexual marriage. Fact is, says HRC Prez Cheryl Jacques, lots of conservatives hate messing with the Constitution, and the ads will highlight such complaints.
    Ha ... But seriously, as the HRC president says, many supporters of gay rights are libertarians, some of whom listen to conservative radio.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 AM | Comments (0)

    Rush, Laura, Hannity to Have a Gay Ol' Ad Time

    According to US News, the HRC will be giving some ad dough to the yakkers:

    Uncivil Union: Oh boy, this'll be weird. All week, an odd union of conservatives and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay lobby, plan to air radio ads on Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, and Sean Hannity blasting calls for a constitutional ban on homosexual marriage. Fact is, says HRC Prez Cheryl Jacques, lots of conservatives hate messing with the Constitution, and the ads will highlight such complaints.
    Ha ... But seriously, as the HRC president says, many supporters of gay rights are libertarians, some of whom listen to conservative radio.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: National Debt

    average when bush first took office: $500 per family

    average family’s share of the national debt five years from now: $84,000

    Center for American Progress.

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: National Debt

    average when bush first took office: $500 per family

    average family’s share of the national debt five years from now: $84,000

    Center for American Progress.

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

    January 19, 2004

    Monday Stories

    Ted Kennedy. A Dishonest War
    WP. In Ga., Dean Embraces Carter
    WP. Republicans Sent to Iowa: GOP Taking Advantage of High Political Interest
    NYT. With Hopes Up and Elbows Out, Democrats Give Iowa Their All
    NYT. Peace, and Kucinich, Gets a Chance
    Doug Ireland. Gephardt’s Last Stand: Opportunism may be the death of Gephardt's presidential bid
    Eleanor Clift. Fresh Recruits: If Bush wants to continue to occupy Iraq, he's going to have to find some new soldiers to do the work
    CNN. Danish army: Iraqi shells WMD-free
    USAToday. Kerry snaps up undecideds
    Garance Franke-Ruta and Harold Meyerson. The GOP Deploys: From an undisclosed location, Bush-Cheney '04 gears up
    Robert Kuttner. America as a One-Party State: Today's hard right seeks total dominion. It's packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself
    Center for Law and Social Policy. Who Are "Fragile Families" and What Do We Know About Them?
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. WMD in Iraq - Evidence and Implications
    AP. Panel says Energy Dept. can't justify relaxed testing of radioactive waste shipments
    Geov Parrish. There are lots of reasons to support Dennis Kucinich, even though he won’t get the nomination
    pasadenaweekly. Really Hard News
    NY Press. The Washington (End Of) Times: Drudge and Sullivan give genocidal Moonie a pass
    Keith A. Owens. The pimping of MLK Jr.
    LV City Life. Seven days of Sodom: The biggest week in the adult-entertainment proved just how much the industry has evolved
    Hartford Advocate. Journalists Take Flak in Iraq: U.S. soldiers harass the press when there's bad news to report
    FW Weekly. Paying for Post-9/11 Paranoia: Those swept up locally by anxious law enforcement agencies get on with life
    eastbayexpress. Flameout of the Armchair Radicals: An ugly spat between leftist media factions demonstrates why giving everyone their say isn't always the best idea.
    dallasobserver. What’s Wrong With This Picture? For Hal Samples, who uses photos to help the homeless, nothing—and everything
    Intervention Mag. Looking For Wesley Clark
    Knight Ridder. Dean worships with Carter, hoping to bolster appeal in the South
    Miami Herald. Kerry, soldier he saved reunite
    Miami Herald. 3 in military mourn brother killed in Iraq
    LAT. Will Sierra Club get anti-immigration agenda?
    Charlotte Observer. Here's how Iowa caucuses work
    AP. Iowa caucus may see closest finish in decades
    Salon. How Satan is propping up Bush's war on terror

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Monday Stories

    Ted Kennedy. A Dishonest War
    WP. In Ga., Dean Embraces Carter
    WP. Republicans Sent to Iowa: GOP Taking Advantage of High Political Interest
    NYT. With Hopes Up and Elbows Out, Democrats Give Iowa Their All
    NYT. Peace, and Kucinich, Gets a Chance
    Doug Ireland. Gephardt’s Last Stand: Opportunism may be the death of Gephardt's presidential bid
    Eleanor Clift. Fresh Recruits: If Bush wants to continue to occupy Iraq, he's going to have to find some new soldiers to do the work
    CNN. Danish army: Iraqi shells WMD-free
    USAToday. Kerry snaps up undecideds
    Garance Franke-Ruta and Harold Meyerson. The GOP Deploys: From an undisclosed location, Bush-Cheney '04 gears up
    Robert Kuttner. America as a One-Party State: Today's hard right seeks total dominion. It's packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself
    Center for Law and Social Policy. Who Are "Fragile Families" and What Do We Know About Them?
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. WMD in Iraq - Evidence and Implications
    AP. Panel says Energy Dept. can't justify relaxed testing of radioactive waste shipments
    Geov Parrish. There are lots of reasons to support Dennis Kucinich, even though he won’t get the nomination
    pasadenaweekly. Really Hard News
    NY Press. The Washington (End Of) Times: Drudge and Sullivan give genocidal Moonie a pass
    Keith A. Owens. The pimping of MLK Jr.
    LV City Life. Seven days of Sodom: The biggest week in the adult-entertainment proved just how much the industry has evolved
    Hartford Advocate. Journalists Take Flak in Iraq: U.S. soldiers harass the press when there's bad news to report
    FW Weekly. Paying for Post-9/11 Paranoia: Those swept up locally by anxious law enforcement agencies get on with life
    eastbayexpress. Flameout of the Armchair Radicals: An ugly spat between leftist media factions demonstrates why giving everyone their say isn't always the best idea.
    dallasobserver. What’s Wrong With This Picture? For Hal Samples, who uses photos to help the homeless, nothing—and everything
    Intervention Mag. Looking For Wesley Clark
    Knight Ridder. Dean worships with Carter, hoping to bolster appeal in the South
    Miami Herald. Kerry, soldier he saved reunite
    Miami Herald. 3 in military mourn brother killed in Iraq
    LAT. Will Sierra Club get anti-immigration agenda?
    Charlotte Observer. Here's how Iowa caucuses work
    AP. Iowa caucus may see closest finish in decades
    Salon. How Satan is propping up Bush's war on terror

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    What Happened to Dean?

    Taegan Goddard's excellent "Political Wire" has these thoughts:

    *Dean's "outsider campaign" had trouble assimilating insiders. His plunge coincided almost perfectly with endorsements from Al Gore, the ultimate insider, and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), the most coveted endorsement in the state.
    *Negative ads by Dean and Rep. Dick Gephardt worked perfectly in that nearly destroyed each other.
    *The capture of Saddam Hussein made the pro-war votes by Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John Edwards more palatable to many Democratic voters. In addition, Dean's first reaction to the news raised many eyebrows.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 PM | Comments (0)

    What Happened to Dean?

    Taegan Goddard's excellent "Political Wire" has these thoughts:

    *Dean's "outsider campaign" had trouble assimilating insiders. His plunge coincided almost perfectly with endorsements from Al Gore, the ultimate insider, and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), the most coveted endorsement in the state.
    *Negative ads by Dean and Rep. Dick Gephardt worked perfectly in that nearly destroyed each other.
    *The capture of Saddam Hussein made the pro-war votes by Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John Edwards more palatable to many Democratic voters. In addition, Dean's first reaction to the news raised many eyebrows.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 PM | Comments (0)

    Dick Gephardt Out

    CNN is reporting he's dropping out now.

    Posted by Eric at 09:46 PM | Comments (0)

    Dick Gephardt Out

    CNN is reporting he's dropping out now.

    Posted by Eric at 09:46 PM | Comments (0)

    The Iowa Shocker ...

    This is pretty much the results ... with 92%

    Kerry
    38
    Edwards
    32
    Dean
    18
    Gephardt
    11

    It's pretty clear that the results surprised most Iowa observers. The story, of course, is the Dean third place finish. And it's not even a close third place finish. Makes New Hampshire a lot more interesting ... Bad news for Clark, and Dean, good news for Edwards and, especially, John Kerry. Questions abound, and this is getting to be an interesting race. On to New Hampshire ...

    Posted by Eric at 08:51 PM | Comments (0)

    The Iowa Shocker ...

    This is pretty much the results ... with 92%

    Kerry
    38
    Edwards
    32
    Dean
    18
    Gephardt
    11

    It's pretty clear that the results surprised most Iowa observers. The story, of course, is the Dean third place finish. And it's not even a close third place finish. Makes New Hampshire a lot more interesting ... Bad news for Clark, and Dean, good news for Edwards and, especially, John Kerry. Questions abound, and this is getting to be an interesting race. On to New Hampshire ...

    Posted by Eric at 08:51 PM | Comments (0)

    Final Zogby Poll

    Link. Before the actual Iowa results come up soon ...

    Kerry - 25 (24)
    Dean - 22 (23)
    Edwards - 21 (18)
    Gephardt - 18 (19)

    Posted by Eric at 06:33 PM | Comments (0)

    Final Zogby Poll

    Link. Before the actual Iowa results come up soon ...

    Kerry - 25 (24)
    Dean - 22 (23)
    Edwards - 21 (18)
    Gephardt - 18 (19)

    Posted by Eric at 06:33 PM | Comments (0)

    Top Bush Scandals of 2003

    According to Democrats.com ...

    1) Iraq

    2) Treasongate: The Valerie Plame Affair

    3) Ground Zero Lies

    4) 9/11 Cover-up

    5) Big Brother

    See the explanations here.

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

    Top Bush Scandals of 2003

    According to Democrats.com ...

    1) Iraq

    2) Treasongate: The Valerie Plame Affair

    3) Ground Zero Lies

    4) 9/11 Cover-up

    5) Big Brother

    See the explanations here.

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

    Political Director for ABC News: Dean Sweater Legit Issue

    I keeed you not. From CNN's Reliable Sources:

    KURTZ: I'm getting vertigo just listening to you talk about the spin.

    Mark Halperin, it's no secret that the press has hammered Howard Dean for weeks now, even to the point of scoffing that he's worn sweaters a couple of days on the campaign trail. Is there an effort consciously, subconsciously to knock him down, to make it a more competitive race by bringing down the front-runner?

    HALPERIN: I think the press already in this election season, of course, where no one has voted yet, has already made two errors with Howard Dean. I don't think we scrutinized him enough in the early part of the year, when he had already started to rise and there was more scrutiny of him was warranted. And I think over the last month we've almost certainly made a mistake in giving him an incredibly disproportionate amount of the scrutiny.

    I do think looking at the sweater is actually a legitimate issue, and I'm not kidding about that. But I think, in general, he has gotten a disproportionate amount of scrutiny, and that's played too decisive a role here at the end.

    Granted, if the sweater said something like, oh I dunno, "Sweating like a pregnant nun" or "Marilyn Manson = God" then maybe there's an issue ... but ol' Howie's sweater?

    I gotta admit though ... just looking at Howie in that sweater confirms my fears that he's a bad mutha - SHUT YO MOUTH - but I'm talkin' bout Dean.

    Posted by Eric at 11:30 AM | Comments (0)

    Political Director for ABC News: Dean Sweater Legit Issue

    I keeed you not. From CNN's Reliable Sources:

    KURTZ: I'm getting vertigo just listening to you talk about the spin.

    Mark Halperin, it's no secret that the press has hammered Howard Dean for weeks now, even to the point of scoffing that he's worn sweaters a couple of days on the campaign trail. Is there an effort consciously, subconsciously to knock him down, to make it a more competitive race by bringing down the front-runner?

    HALPERIN: I think the press already in this election season, of course, where no one has voted yet, has already made two errors with Howard Dean. I don't think we scrutinized him enough in the early part of the year, when he had already started to rise and there was more scrutiny of him was warranted. And I think over the last month we've almost certainly made a mistake in giving him an incredibly disproportionate amount of the scrutiny.

    I do think looking at the sweater is actually a legitimate issue, and I'm not kidding about that. But I think, in general, he has gotten a disproportionate amount of scrutiny, and that's played too decisive a role here at the end.

    Granted, if the sweater said something like, oh I dunno, "Sweating like a pregnant nun" or "Marilyn Manson = God" then maybe there's an issue ... but ol' Howie's sweater?

    I gotta admit though ... just looking at Howie in that sweater confirms my fears that he's a bad mutha - SHUT YO MOUTH - but I'm talkin' bout Dean.

    Posted by Eric at 11:30 AM | Comments (0)

    I'm Bob Barker, Reminding You ...

    I was watching Celebrity Poker the other night in my dorm room (also known as party central), and Nicole Sullivan defeated the hilarious David Cross and ended up with the big, ol' grand prize of $100,000 for a group called Alley Cat Allies. Personally having a cat, and having seen problems related to not spaying or neutering cats, perhaps it's best to remind y'all to spay or neuter your cat. You'll find resources here.

    Remember:

    David Cross's charity was The National Gulf War Resource Center, which advocates on behalf of Gulf War vets, especially on the issue of Gulf War illnesses.

    Posted by Eric at 11:18 AM | Comments (0)

    I'm Bob Barker, Reminding You ...

    I was watching Celebrity Poker the other night in my dorm room (also known as party central), and Nicole Sullivan defeated the hilarious David Cross and ended up with the big, ol' grand prize of $100,000 for a group called Alley Cat Allies. Personally having a cat, and having seen problems related to not spaying or neutering cats, perhaps it's best to remind y'all to spay or neuter your cat. You'll find resources here.

    Remember:

    David Cross's charity was The National Gulf War Resource Center, which advocates on behalf of Gulf War vets, especially on the issue of Gulf War illnesses.

    Posted by Eric at 11:18 AM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: Economic Ladder

    Percentage change since last year in the number of U.S. millionaires: -3 [Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (N.Y.C.)]

    Percentage change since 2001 in the number of U.S. families in poverty: +6 [U.S. Department of Commerce]

    -Harpers Index

    Posted by Eric at 11:00 AM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: Economic Ladder

    Percentage change since last year in the number of U.S. millionaires: -3 [Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (N.Y.C.)]

    Percentage change since 2001 in the number of U.S. families in poverty: +6 [U.S. Department of Commerce]

    -Harpers Index

    Posted by Eric at 11:00 AM | Comments (0)

    Happy MLK Jr. Day

    People for the American Way has some of his quotes and ideas online.

    If you have the day off, as I do, enjoy it. Some do not.

    Posted by Eric at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)

    Happy MLK Jr. Day

    People for the American Way has some of his quotes and ideas online.

    If you have the day off, as I do, enjoy it. Some do not.

    Posted by Eric at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)

    See Candidates Eat

    Yeah, that's a little bit weird.

    I want to give James O'Brien due credit for coming up with an entirely original (albeit very, very weird) way to analyze the current political contest, which launches tonight with the Iowa caucuses.

    O'Brien meets with various candidates and watches them, well, eat.

    "John Edwards is choking on a piece of popcorn chicken, and I'm worried I may have to Heimlich him," O'Brien begins his article in the February GQ.

    Howard Dean "eschews the quiche because it has 'something in it.' He orders a peach yogurt instead. A disappointing choice: I've never known a man to open up over a cup of peach yogurt."

    Dick Gephardt "shoves a piece [of cherry pie] into his mouth and moans."

    O'Brien wasn't allowed to watch John Kerry eat.

    "The senator may have some issues with food," he theorizes, recalling when Kerry ordered a Philadelphia cheese steak with "Swiss cheese [everyone knows you get it with Cheez Whiz] and proceeded to eat it daintily and with seeming disgust."

    Posted by Eric at 09:54 AM | Comments (0)

    See Candidates Eat

    Yeah, that's a little bit weird.

    I want to give James O'Brien due credit for coming up with an entirely original (albeit very, very weird) way to analyze the current political contest, which launches tonight with the Iowa caucuses.

    O'Brien meets with various candidates and watches them, well, eat.

    "John Edwards is choking on a piece of popcorn chicken, and I'm worried I may have to Heimlich him," O'Brien begins his article in the February GQ.

    Howard Dean "eschews the quiche because it has 'something in it.' He orders a peach yogurt instead. A disappointing choice: I've never known a man to open up over a cup of peach yogurt."

    Dick Gephardt "shoves a piece [of cherry pie] into his mouth and moans."

    O'Brien wasn't allowed to watch John Kerry eat.

    "The senator may have some issues with food," he theorizes, recalling when Kerry ordered a Philadelphia cheese steak with "Swiss cheese [everyone knows you get it with Cheez Whiz] and proceeded to eat it daintily and with seeming disgust."

    Posted by Eric at 09:54 AM | Comments (0)

    Iowa Predictions?

    I don't pretend to have any psychic ability, though I can do a pretty nifty 'guess your card' trick that I pass off as me having psychic ability ... but here's my prediction about Iowa:

    1) Dean
    2) Gephardt
    3) Kerry
    4) Edwards

    Your prediction?

    Posted by Eric at 04:34 AM | Comments (0)

    Iowa Predictions?

    I don't pretend to have any psychic ability, though I can do a pretty nifty 'guess your card' trick that I pass off as me having psychic ability ... but here's my prediction about Iowa:

    1) Dean
    2) Gephardt
    3) Kerry
    4) Edwards

    Your prediction?

    Posted by Eric at 04:34 AM | Comments (0)

    40 Hour Work Week?

    Uh, hey, wha' happened?

    For many if not most professionals today, Balak said, working in excess of 40 hours a week "is expected. You don't have an option."

    Recent government surveys appear to contradict Balak. They show the amount of weekly hours put in by full-time workers has remained virtually unchanged since the mid-1970s — 43 hours then, 42.9 hours now.

    But there is more to it than meets the eye because the surveys include both salaried and hourly workers. An unpublished U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, for example, finds that those in administrative, managerial and executive occupations spent an average of 45 hours at work each week in 2002.

    Hourly workers, who must by law be paid time-and-a-half for overtime, tend to work about 40 hours a week, just as they did in the '70s. It's among the growing number of salaried workers — who aren't eligible for overtime — where the extra hours largely are being worked.

    Currently, about 50 million U.S. employees are not eligible for overtime; about 71 million are eligible.

    Posted by Eric at 04:26 AM | Comments (0)

    40 Hour Work Week?

    Uh, hey, wha' happened?

    For many if not most professionals today, Balak said, working in excess of 40 hours a week "is expected. You don't have an option."

    Recent government surveys appear to contradict Balak. They show the amount of weekly hours put in by full-time workers has remained virtually unchanged since the mid-1970s — 43 hours then, 42.9 hours now.

    But there is more to it than meets the eye because the surveys include both salaried and hourly workers. An unpublished U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, for example, finds that those in administrative, managerial and executive occupations spent an average of 45 hours at work each week in 2002.

    Hourly workers, who must by law be paid time-and-a-half for overtime, tend to work about 40 hours a week, just as they did in the '70s. It's among the growing number of salaried workers — who aren't eligible for overtime — where the extra hours largely are being worked.

    Currently, about 50 million U.S. employees are not eligible for overtime; about 71 million are eligible.

    Posted by Eric at 04:26 AM | Comments (0)

    Ron Silver and Al Sharpton

    On Bill Maher's "Real Time with Bill Maher." Wowsers! Real cat fight.

    Repeats on HBO:

    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 21 12:00am
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 21 11:00pm
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 23 08:00pm
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 23 11:30pm

    Posted by Eric at 12:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Ron Silver and Al Sharpton

    On Bill Maher's "Real Time with Bill Maher." Wowsers! Real cat fight.

    Repeats on HBO:

    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 21 12:00am
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 21 11:00pm
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 23 08:00pm
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 23 11:30pm

    Posted by Eric at 12:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Comedy Monday

    "Big news — Carol Moseley Braun dropped out of the Democratic presidential race after a poll revealed she was only 98 points ahead of Joe Lieberman." —Craig Kilborn

    "Last night we had Carol Moseley Braun on the program. She's explaining to me why she should be the next president of the United States. I get home that night, check the Internet, and she dropped out of the race. ... My guess is this whole presidential run was a ruse to get on this program. Gore did the same thing." —Jon Stewart

    "O'Neill also provided Suskind with several damming pre-9/11 memos including one entitled 'Foreign Suitors For Iraqi Oil Field Contracts' and another entitled 'Military Plan For Post-Saddam Iraq.' Said a Bush Administration official — 'So that's where the military plan for post-Saddam Iraq went! Can you fax that?'" —Jon Stewart

    "According to a new study, most Americans under 25 get their information on politics from the internet — which may explain why the Democratic frontrunner is Senator 'You Can Add Inches to Your Penis.'" —Conan O'Brien

    "According to a new survey about the Democratic candidates for president, most of Howard Dean's support comes from urban voters, most of Wesley Clark's support comes from rural voters. The survey also reveals that all of Dennis Kucinich's support comes from his family." —Conan O'Brien

    "Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has written a book about his years with the Bush Administration. He said that President Bush while at cabinet meetings is disengaged, he's uninformed, distracted, he's passive, and the Democrats are saying to themselves — how can we possibly beat this guy?" —David Letterman



    Comics

    Jeff Danzier. Karl Rove Awake At Night? Why?.
    Drew Sheneman. Conservative Group Hypocrisy.
    Sandy Huffaker. SC Approves Secret Arrests.
    Boondocks. If MLK Jr. Were Alive Today.
    Fighting Words. Happy MLK Jr. Day.



    God: What are you doing now?
    King Arthur: Averting our eyes, oh Lord.
    God: Well, don't. It's just like those miserable psalms, always so depressing.
    --Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Dr. Peter Flynn: I understand you're a neurosurgeon.
    Bert Fischer: No, I'm a barber, but a lot of people make that mistake.
    --Rushmore

    Glenn Welsch, Mayor: There's a saying in Missouri, if you don't like the weather just wait five minutes. In Blaine, with hard work, I think we can get that down to three or four minutes.
    --Waiting for Guffman



    U.S. To Give Every Iraqi $3,544.91, Let Free-Market Capitalism Do The Rest

    Typo Results In 10,000-Acre Wyoming Skate Park

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (0)

    Comedy Monday

    "Big news — Carol Moseley Braun dropped out of the Democratic presidential race after a poll revealed she was only 98 points ahead of Joe Lieberman." —Craig Kilborn

    "Last night we had Carol Moseley Braun on the program. She's explaining to me why she should be the next president of the United States. I get home that night, check the Internet, and she dropped out of the race. ... My guess is this whole presidential run was a ruse to get on this program. Gore did the same thing." —Jon Stewart

    "O'Neill also provided Suskind with several damming pre-9/11 memos including one entitled 'Foreign Suitors For Iraqi Oil Field Contracts' and another entitled 'Military Plan For Post-Saddam Iraq.' Said a Bush Administration official — 'So that's where the military plan for post-Saddam Iraq went! Can you fax that?'" —Jon Stewart

    "According to a new study, most Americans under 25 get their information on politics from the internet — which may explain why the Democratic frontrunner is Senator 'You Can Add Inches to Your Penis.'" —Conan O'Brien

    "According to a new survey about the Democratic candidates for president, most of Howard Dean's support comes from urban voters, most of Wesley Clark's support comes from rural voters. The survey also reveals that all of Dennis Kucinich's support comes from his family." —Conan O'Brien

    "Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has written a book about his years with the Bush Administration. He said that President Bush while at cabinet meetings is disengaged, he's uninformed, distracted, he's passive, and the Democrats are saying to themselves — how can we possibly beat this guy?" —David Letterman



    Comics

    Jeff Danzier. Karl Rove Awake At Night? Why?.
    Drew Sheneman. Conservative Group Hypocrisy.
    Sandy Huffaker. SC Approves Secret Arrests.
    Boondocks. If MLK Jr. Were Alive Today.
    Fighting Words. Happy MLK Jr. Day.



    God: What are you doing now?
    King Arthur: Averting our eyes, oh Lord.
    God: Well, don't. It's just like those miserable psalms, always so depressing.
    --Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Dr. Peter Flynn: I understand you're a neurosurgeon.
    Bert Fischer: No, I'm a barber, but a lot of people make that mistake.
    --Rushmore

    Glenn Welsch, Mayor: There's a saying in Missouri, if you don't like the weather just wait five minutes. In Blaine, with hard work, I think we can get that down to three or four minutes.
    --Waiting for Guffman



    U.S. To Give Every Iraqi $3,544.91, Let Free-Market Capitalism Do The Rest

    Typo Results In 10,000-Acre Wyoming Skate Park

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (0)

    January 18, 2004

    McGovern Endorses Clark: "the best Democrat"

    I guess it would have been a little more interesting if McGovern endorsed the 'other McGovern' (ha) Dean. PR:

    Today, we are fighting the wrong war in Iraq. And that's one of the reasons I'm standing here today. Because there is only one man in this race with four stars on his shoulders and thirty-four years of military experience. There is only one man in this race who stopped genocide and saved 1.5 million Kosovar Albanians from ethnic cleansing. There is only one man in this race who has a success strategy to get us out of the war in Iraq - and get our servicemen and women home safely. And that man is Wes Clark.

    Wes Clark is also a champion of America's working families, because he knows that you can't be strong abroad unless you're strong at home. Wes Clark understands the problems facing ordinary Americans, especially the three million Americans who've lost their job since George W. Bush arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And the 44 million Americans don't have health care, and the thousands who can't afford the sky-rocketing costs of education.

    Wes Clark is the only man who can get our country back on track. He's got a jobs program to get our economy going ... a real tax reform to help our working and hard-pressed families ... and a health care plan to make health care affordable for all Americans and universal for all our children. He wants to fight for all Americans, from all walks of life. These are not just Democratic values. These are American values.

    Running for president is no easy task. And I have the battle scars to show it. I, too, was the subject of a few dirty tricks during my day. But I'll tell you, there is no better man to withstand the Republican attacks then Wes Clark. And the Republicans know that - they're running scared. The last thing they want is a four star general on their hands. So to my Republican friends out there: get ready, here we come.

    Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (0)

    McGovern Endorses Clark: "the best Democrat"

    I guess it would have been a little more interesting if McGovern endorsed the 'other McGovern' (ha) Dean. PR:

    Today, we are fighting the wrong war in Iraq. And that's one of the reasons I'm standing here today. Because there is only one man in this race with four stars on his shoulders and thirty-four years of military experience. There is only one man in this race who stopped genocide and saved 1.5 million Kosovar Albanians from ethnic cleansing. There is only one man in this race who has a success strategy to get us out of the war in Iraq - and get our servicemen and women home safely. And that man is Wes Clark.

    Wes Clark is also a champion of America's working families, because he knows that you can't be strong abroad unless you're strong at home. Wes Clark understands the problems facing ordinary Americans, especially the three million Americans who've lost their job since George W. Bush arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And the 44 million Americans don't have health care, and the thousands who can't afford the sky-rocketing costs of education.

    Wes Clark is the only man who can get our country back on track. He's got a jobs program to get our economy going ... a real tax reform to help our working and hard-pressed families ... and a health care plan to make health care affordable for all Americans and universal for all our children. He wants to fight for all Americans, from all walks of life. These are not just Democratic values. These are American values.

    Running for president is no easy task. And I have the battle scars to show it. I, too, was the subject of a few dirty tricks during my day. But I'll tell you, there is no better man to withstand the Republican attacks then Wes Clark. And the Republicans know that - they're running scared. The last thing they want is a four star general on their hands. So to my Republican friends out there: get ready, here we come.

    Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (0)

    Bid Today

    Good auction available here from the White House.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 PM | Comments (0)

    Bid Today

    Good auction available here from the White House.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 PM | Comments (0)

    306 Days and Counting

    Michael Moore also reminds us about this little tidbit:

    In the build up to the war with Iraq, Bill O'Reilly was on television every night backing up Bush's whoppers. Like the White House team, O'Reilly assured us that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. On March 18, 2003, O'Reilly was on ABC's "Good Morning America." He made the following promise about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction:

    "If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again, all right?"

    It's time for Bill O'Reilly to apologize to the nation and tell us that he no longer trusts the Bush Administration. How long must we wait?

    Odd.

    Posted by Eric at 07:01 AM | Comments (0)

    306 Days and Counting

    Michael Moore also reminds us about this little tidbit:

    In the build up to the war with Iraq, Bill O'Reilly was on television every night backing up Bush's whoppers. Like the White House team, O'Reilly assured us that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. On March 18, 2003, O'Reilly was on ABC's "Good Morning America." He made the following promise about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction:

    "If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again, all right?"

    It's time for Bill O'Reilly to apologize to the nation and tell us that he no longer trusts the Bush Administration. How long must we wait?

    Odd.

    Posted by Eric at 07:01 AM | Comments (0)

    Moore Endorses Clark; Appears at NH Event for Clark

    From MichaelMoore.com, the endorsement which was expected given Moore's glowing words of Gen. Clark in the past:

    Many of you have written to me in the past months asking, "Who are you going to vote for this year?"

    I have decided to cast my vote in the primary for Wesley Clark. That's right, a peacenik is voting for a general. What a country!

    I believe that Wesley Clark will end this war. He will make the rich pay their fair share of taxes. He will stand up for the rights of women, African Americans, and the working people of this country.

    And he will cream George W. Bush.

    I have met Clark and spoken to him on a number of occasions, feeling him out on the issues but, more importantly, getting a sense of him as a human being. And I have to tell you I have found him to be the real deal, someone whom I'm convinced all of you would like, both as a person and as the individual leading this country. He is an honest, decent, honorable man who would be a breath of fresh air in the White House. He is clearly not a professional politician. He is clearly not from Park Avenue. And he is clearly the absolute best hope we have of defeating George W. Bush.

    And the event in New Hampshire, which the Clark backers were billing as the 'big' event of the NH push:
    And the flamboyant Michael Moore, longtime political activist, who described Clark as a man who, unlike other candidates who talk the talk, walks the walk.

    The bleachers were a cloud of cheers when Moore drew attention to the general’s ability to relate easily with all kinds of folk.

    “What do you see on this stage?” he called out. “The peacenik and the general.”

    Clark demonstrated that he has adapted to the lingo of political rallying. “It’s time to put a Democrat back in the White House,” he said. “George Bush must go!”

    “We need a higher standard of leadership in this country,” Clark said, and the cheers came. “Leadership that will pull this country together and not polarize us.”

    “President Bush did not do all he could have to protect the U.S. before 9/11,” Clark said, “and after 9/11 he took us to war we did not have to fight.”

    Posted by Eric at 06:54 AM | Comments (0)

    Moore Endorses Clark; Appears at NH Event for Clark

    From MichaelMoore.com, the endorsement which was expected given Moore's glowing words of Gen. Clark in the past:

    Many of you have written to me in the past months asking, "Who are you going to vote for this year?"

    I have decided to cast my vote in the primary for Wesley Clark. That's right, a peacenik is voting for a general. What a country!

    I believe that Wesley Clark will end this war. He will make the rich pay their fair share of taxes. He will stand up for the rights of women, African Americans, and the working people of this country.

    And he will cream George W. Bush.

    I have met Clark and spoken to him on a number of occasions, feeling him out on the issues but, more importantly, getting a sense of him as a human being. And I have to tell you I have found him to be the real deal, someone whom I'm convinced all of you would like, both as a person and as the individual leading this country. He is an honest, decent, honorable man who would be a breath of fresh air in the White House. He is clearly not a professional politician. He is clearly not from Park Avenue. And he is clearly the absolute best hope we have of defeating George W. Bush.

    And the event in New Hampshire, which the Clark backers were billing as the 'big' event of the NH push:
    And the flamboyant Michael Moore, longtime political activist, who described Clark as a man who, unlike other candidates who talk the talk, walks the walk.

    The bleachers were a cloud of cheers when Moore drew attention to the general’s ability to relate easily with all kinds of folk.

    “What do you see on this stage?” he called out. “The peacenik and the general.”

    Clark demonstrated that he has adapted to the lingo of political rallying. “It’s time to put a Democrat back in the White House,” he said. “George Bush must go!”

    “We need a higher standard of leadership in this country,” Clark said, and the cheers came. “Leadership that will pull this country together and not polarize us.”

    “President Bush did not do all he could have to protect the U.S. before 9/11,” Clark said, “and after 9/11 he took us to war we did not have to fight.”

    Posted by Eric at 06:54 AM | Comments (0)

    New NY Times Poll

    Posted by Eric at 06:45 AM | Comments (0)

    New NY Times Poll

    Posted by Eric at 06:45 AM | Comments (0)

    At Least 18 Dead in Latest Iraq Attack

    Just this morning:

    At least 28 people, including six Americans, were wounded by the blast, which occurred at about 8 a.m. near the "Assassin's Gate" to Saddam Hussein's former Republican Palace complex, now used by the U.S.-led occupation authority for headquarters. The gate is used by hundreds of Iraqis employed by the Coalition Provisional Authority, the formal name of the U.S.-led occupation authorities, as well as U.S. military vehicles.

    The 18 dead included 16 Iraqi civilians and two American civilians, the U.S. military press office said. The wounded included 22 Iraqi civilians, four American civilians and two U.S. soldiers, the press office said.

    Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling, deputy commander of the 1st Armored Division, said the blast was caused by one suicide bomber driving a car.

    "It certainly was a vehicle-borne bomb, suicide bomb. There was evidently someone in the car," Hertling told CNN International.

    Posted by Eric at 04:30 AM | Comments (0)

    At Least 18 Dead in Latest Iraq Attack

    Just this morning:

    At least 28 people, including six Americans, were wounded by the blast, which occurred at about 8 a.m. near the "Assassin's Gate" to Saddam Hussein's former Republican Palace complex, now used by the U.S.-led occupation authority for headquarters. The gate is used by hundreds of Iraqis employed by the Coalition Provisional Authority, the formal name of the U.S.-led occupation authorities, as well as U.S. military vehicles.

    The 18 dead included 16 Iraqi civilians and two American civilians, the U.S. military press office said. The wounded included 22 Iraqi civilians, four American civilians and two U.S. soldiers, the press office said.

    Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling, deputy commander of the 1st Armored Division, said the blast was caused by one suicide bomber driving a car.

    "It certainly was a vehicle-borne bomb, suicide bomb. There was evidently someone in the car," Hertling told CNN International.

    Posted by Eric at 04:30 AM | Comments (0)

    January 17, 2004

    Halliburton Gets More Iraq Work

    In other news, the sun rose in the east. WP:

    Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee and a leading critic of the KBR fuel contract, called the new award yesterday "mind-boggling."

    "It's special treatment to reward the company with yet another contract in the face of all these unresolved questions," he said in a prepared statement.

    David J. Lesar, chief executive of Halliburton, a position that Dick Cheney held from 1995 to 2000, said the new contract "validated" the work KBR has already done. KBR was awarded more than $2.2 billion under the no-bid contract.

    "We were chosen because we were the best qualified with a proven track record of the ability to perform," Lesar said in a prepared statement.

    Hahahaha ... that joke never gets old.

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 AM | Comments (0)

    Halliburton Gets More Iraq Work

    In other news, the sun rose in the east. WP:

    Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee and a leading critic of the KBR fuel contract, called the new award yesterday "mind-boggling."

    "It's special treatment to reward the company with yet another contract in the face of all these unresolved questions," he said in a prepared statement.

    David J. Lesar, chief executive of Halliburton, a position that Dick Cheney held from 1995 to 2000, said the new contract "validated" the work KBR has already done. KBR was awarded more than $2.2 billion under the no-bid contract.

    "We were chosen because we were the best qualified with a proven track record of the ability to perform," Lesar said in a prepared statement.

    Hahahaha ... that joke never gets old.

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 AM | Comments (0)

    Bush and MLK Jr.

    Calpundit on how Bush is celebrating this MLK Jr. weekend ...

    BUSH AND MLK....So I see that President Bush has installed Charles Pickering on the 5th Circuit Court via a recess appointment. Pickering, of course, has been filibustered by Democrats largely because of his lamentable record on civil rights.

    But why do it today? After all, Congress has been in recess for over a month.

    Let's see: last year Bush decided to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday by announcing his opposition to affirmative action at the University of Michigan. This year he decided to appoint a judge universally reviled by civil rights groups.

    Quite a coincidence, isn't it?

    Read the PFAW fact sheet on the dude.

    Posted by Eric at 03:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Bush and MLK Jr.

    Calpundit on how Bush is celebrating this MLK Jr. weekend ...

    BUSH AND MLK....So I see that President Bush has installed Charles Pickering on the 5th Circuit Court via a recess appointment. Pickering, of course, has been filibustered by Democrats largely because of his lamentable record on civil rights.

    But why do it today? After all, Congress has been in recess for over a month.

    Let's see: last year Bush decided to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday by announcing his opposition to affirmative action at the University of Michigan. This year he decided to appoint a judge universally reviled by civil rights groups.

    Quite a coincidence, isn't it?

    Read the PFAW fact sheet on the dude.

    Posted by Eric at 03:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    "No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." GW Bush to the New Yorker.

    "President Bush can claim consistency. Does Governor Dean's support for Bosnia and Kosovo, and his opposition to Iraq, make him a hypocrite? No. It makes him a Democrat -- Judy." CNN's Bill Schneider

    "If you went on the air tonight and called hannity a Nazi, these MoveOn people would kiss your butt. But you don't do that - because you aren't a name caller, aren't a bomb thrower and have respect for other people. But the MoveOn folks - they don't." Bill O'Reilly to Alan Colmes on why the left doesn't like him.

    "Pause for a moment to consider the probable mental state of Howard Dean and then ask me that question again. Yes, of course liberalism is a mental defect. Liberals are wracked by self-loathing as the result of some traumatic incident -- say, driving drunk off a bridge with your mistress passed out in the back seat and letting the poor girl drown because you're a married man and a U.S. senator, just to take one utterly random, hypothetical example off the top of my head." Ann Coulter in recent interview to FrontPageMag.

    Posted by Eric at 02:51 AM | Comments (0)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    "No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." GW Bush to the New Yorker.

    "President Bush can claim consistency. Does Governor Dean's support for Bosnia and Kosovo, and his opposition to Iraq, make him a hypocrite? No. It makes him a Democrat -- Judy." CNN's Bill Schneider

    "If you went on the air tonight and called hannity a Nazi, these MoveOn people would kiss your butt. But you don't do that - because you aren't a name caller, aren't a bomb thrower and have respect for other people. But the MoveOn folks - they don't." Bill O'Reilly to Alan Colmes on why the left doesn't like him.

    "Pause for a moment to consider the probable mental state of Howard Dean and then ask me that question again. Yes, of course liberalism is a mental defect. Liberals are wracked by self-loathing as the result of some traumatic incident -- say, driving drunk off a bridge with your mistress passed out in the back seat and letting the poor girl drown because you're a married man and a U.S. senator, just to take one utterly random, hypothetical example off the top of my head." Ann Coulter in recent interview to FrontPageMag.

    Posted by Eric at 02:51 AM | Comments (0)

    Al Franken to Offer State of Union Response

    In coordination with 2020 Democrats. The Press Release:

    Leading progressive commentator, best-selling author and comedian Al Franken
    will offer candid analysis of President Bush's 2004 State of the Union address
    this Tuesday evening following the official Democratic Party response. On a
    conference call, Franken will join at least a thousand callers as well as
    hundreds of members of 2020 Democrats gathering at house parties across the
    country.

    2020 Democrats is a nationwide network of progressive youth committed to
    creating a vision that articulates the long-term aspirations of our party and
    our nation. In an effort to communicate youth views on the state of our union,
    2020 asked young people from around the country to submit their views on the
    State of the Union at www.2020Democrats.org/souvision.php. On Tuesday morning,
    these views will be delivered to the White House.

    After the speech, Franken will offer his own humorous - and serious - opinions
    on the President's performance and comment on the importance of youth
    involvement in politics.

    For more information on 2020 Democrats, visit www.2020democrats.org.

    WHAT: State This / Al Franken Responds to the State of the Union Address
    Franken will make commentary and take questions from interested media and the
    young people of 2020.

    WHEN: Tuesday, January 20th, 2004
    Approximately 10:30 pm for 20 minutes, immediately following the Democratic
    Party's response to the State of the Union address.

    CALL IN NUMBER: 1-877-366-0713
    PASSCODE: 64520911#

    Posted by Eric at 01:25 AM | Comments (0)

    Al Franken to Offer State of Union Response

    In coordination with 2020 Democrats. The Press Release:

    Leading progressive commentator, best-selling author and comedian Al Franken
    will offer candid analysis of President Bush's 2004 State of the Union address
    this Tuesday evening following the official Democratic Party response. On a
    conference call, Franken will join at least a thousand callers as well as
    hundreds of members of 2020 Democrats gathering at house parties across the
    country.

    2020 Democrats is a nationwide network of progressive youth committed to
    creating a vision that articulates the long-term aspirations of our party and
    our nation. In an effort to communicate youth views on the state of our union,
    2020 asked young people from around the country to submit their views on the
    State of the Union at www.2020Democrats.org/souvision.php. On Tuesday morning,
    these views will be delivered to the White House.

    After the speech, Franken will offer his own humorous - and serious - opinions
    on the President's performance and comment on the importance of youth
    involvement in politics.

    For more information on 2020 Democrats, visit www.2020democrats.org.

    WHAT: State This / Al Franken Responds to the State of the Union Address
    Franken will make commentary and take questions from interested media and the
    young people of 2020.

    WHEN: Tuesday, January 20th, 2004
    Approximately 10:30 pm for 20 minutes, immediately following the Democratic
    Party's response to the State of the Union address.

    CALL IN NUMBER: 1-877-366-0713
    PASSCODE: 64520911#

    Posted by Eric at 01:25 AM | Comments (0)

    FAIR on Fair and Balanced Fox

    So, asks FAIR, "When Are Nazi Comparisons Deplorable? For Fox News, only when Republicans are the target." Ain't that the truth. Notes:

    It should be noted that however hyperbolic, comparisons to Hitler and
    fascism are not unknown in the American political debate. Rush Limbaugh
    has routinely called women's rights advocates "femi-Nazis," and references
    to "Hitlery Clinton" are a staple of right-wing talk radio. Republican
    power-broker Grover Norquist on NPR (10/2/03) compared inheritance taxes
    to the Holocaust.

    Closer to home for Fox News, on the very same day that Gibson, Hannity and
    O'Reilly were talking about the Hitler/Bush comparison as evidence of the
    left's extremism, a column ran in the New York Post that described
    Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean as a follower of Josef
    Goebbels, referred to him as "Herr Howie," accused him of "looking for his
    Leni Riefenstahl," called his supporters "the Internet Gestapo" and
    compared them to "Hitler's brownshirts."

    The New York Post, like Fox News Channel, is part of News Corporation,
    Rupert Murdoch's conservative media empire. And this piece wasn't just put
    up on the Post's website as part of a contest--it was written by a
    right-wing commentator who frequently appears in the Post's pages, Ralph
    Peters, and selected for the op-ed page by the Post's own editors. So
    it's more than a little embarrassing that these blatant Nazi comparisons
    were being made in the Post while the paper's corporate sibling was
    denouncing such comparisons as a sign of derangement.

    So what did the Murdoch organization do? Fox appears to have completely
    ignored the Post's own Nazi analogies--there's no reference to the column
    whatsoever in the cable channel's transcripts. And the New York Post seems
    to have sent the column down the memory hole--clicking on a link that used
    to go to Peters' story gives you a "page not found" message, and the text
    isn't found in the Nexis media database. (Ironically, in light of this
    Orwellian disappearing act, the column also compared Dean to Big Brother.)

    FAIR could have also mentioned that O'Reilly made refs to the ACLU = Nazis.
    ACLU's INTELLECTUAL FASCISM: "The ACLU is the most fascist organization I have seen in decades. They want to tell you how to live. They don't want to abide by the Constitution. They want to go AROUND the Constitution. They're intellectual fascists. And they use the courts as their Panzer divisions."

    Posted by Eric at 01:21 AM | Comments (0)

    FAIR on Fair and Balanced Fox

    So, asks FAIR, "When Are Nazi Comparisons Deplorable? For Fox News, only when Republicans are the target." Ain't that the truth. Notes:

    It should be noted that however hyperbolic, comparisons to Hitler and
    fascism are not unknown in the American political debate. Rush Limbaugh
    has routinely called women's rights advocates "femi-Nazis," and references
    to "Hitlery Clinton" are a staple of right-wing talk radio. Republican
    power-broker Grover Norquist on NPR (10/2/03) compared inheritance taxes
    to the Holocaust.

    Closer to home for Fox News, on the very same day that Gibson, Hannity and
    O'Reilly were talking about the Hitler/Bush comparison as evidence of the
    left's extremism, a column ran in the New York Post that described
    Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean as a follower of Josef
    Goebbels, referred to him as "Herr Howie," accused him of "looking for his
    Leni Riefenstahl," called his supporters "the Internet Gestapo" and
    compared them to "Hitler's brownshirts."

    The New York Post, like Fox News Channel, is part of News Corporation,
    Rupert Murdoch's conservative media empire. And this piece wasn't just put
    up on the Post's website as part of a contest--it was written by a
    right-wing commentator who frequently appears in the Post's pages, Ralph
    Peters, and selected for the op-ed page by the Post's own editors. So
    it's more than a little embarrassing that these blatant Nazi comparisons
    were being made in the Post while the paper's corporate sibling was
    denouncing such comparisons as a sign of derangement.

    So what did the Murdoch organization do? Fox appears to have completely
    ignored the Post's own Nazi analogies--there's no reference to the column
    whatsoever in the cable channel's transcripts. And the New York Post seems
    to have sent the column down the memory hole--clicking on a link that used
    to go to Peters' story gives you a "page not found" message, and the text
    isn't found in the Nexis media database. (Ironically, in light of this
    Orwellian disappearing act, the column also compared Dean to Big Brother.)

    FAIR could have also mentioned that O'Reilly made refs to the ACLU = Nazis.
    ACLU's INTELLECTUAL FASCISM: "The ACLU is the most fascist organization I have seen in decades. They want to tell you how to live. They don't want to abide by the Constitution. They want to go AROUND the Constitution. They're intellectual fascists. And they use the courts as their Panzer divisions."

    Posted by Eric at 01:21 AM | Comments (0)

    January 16, 2004

    Friday Stories

    SF Chron. Salon gets cash to keep it afloat : Rolling Stone gives Anti-Bush money
    SF Chron. Bush guest worker plan recalls bracero program: Thousands of Mexican workers were defrauded of 10% of pay
    oaklandtribune. Voting machine software questioned
    DesM Reg. Top 4 in virtual tie, latest polls show
    NYT. Gore Environmental Speech Becomes an Assault on Bush
    Paul Krugman . Who Gets It?
    Bob Herbert. Masters of Deception
    WP. Democrats Wrestle With 'Electability'
    WP. Clark Attacked From Both Parties on Iraq
    LAT. To O'Neill, Ideologues Won the Tax-Cut War
    The Age. Dean bandwagon bogs down
    Eileen Mcnamara. Dean's M.D. wife gets roasted for being real
    LAT. Kerry Redefined by Post-Vietnam Efforts
    Derrick Z. Jackson. The fury of the Democratic convert
    Salon. "The yellow light is flashing": Matt Drudge says Wesley Clark's statements to Congress in September 2002 made the case for war in Iraq, but the transcript proves otherwise
    Salon. "Don't be an asshole, vote Democratic" The creator of the MoveOn parody ad "Bush in 41.2 Seconds" discusses the Republican reaction to his accidental meme
    AP. Official: Israel to kill Hamas founder
    AP. Poll finds Kerry, Edwards surging in Iowa
    David Corn. Not-So-Special Counsel: why calling the top CIA leak investigator a "special counsel" is false advertising
    Jeff Faux. NAFTA at 10: Where do we go from here?
    David Corn. Powell Retreats on Iraq-al Qaeda Link
    Rob Gurwitt . Defender of the Free Word: Librarian Trina Magi stands up to the Patriot Act
    motherjones. Book of Revelation: The White House is politically driven and Bush isn't fully engaged. No, really
    motherjones. Straight Politics: Conservatives don't like gay marriages, but they love "healthy marriages."
    scotsman. Israel to Resume Hamas 'Assassinations' after Suicide Bomb
    Reuters. Bush and Bremer Meet as Iraqi Shi'ites Demand Poll
    AP. Gephardt steps up criticism of Dean on trade, health
    UK Telegraph. Dean: Is he heading for a tumble?
    AP. NC Gov. Easley stumps for Edwards in Iowa
    USAT. Iowa caucuses: 'No one is ahead'
    Kansas City. Iowa's caucuses: A mixer where everyone must sign dance card
    UK Indy. Forget the candidates, it's really Paul Newman versus Madonna
    NYT. Race Tightens in Final Days of Iowa Battle
    Amanda Griscom, Grist Magazine. Kucinich's Mission to Planet Earth
    Porsmouth Herald. Kucinich support rolls into town
    AP. Hundreds protest as Bush visits MLK tomb

    Blog Entries
    Orcinus. On Pat Buchanan
    Tapped. DLCERS FOR DEAN
    Josh MMarsh. Woe to the Democrat who uses Drudge as a clip service: Lieberman
    Pandagon. Lies And The Lying Goldbergs Who Don't Understand Them
    PlanetSean. PlanetSean
    Chris Mooney. Waxman & Co. Get Fed Up

    Posted by Eric at 11:16 PM | Comments (0)

    Friday Stories

    SF Chron. Salon gets cash to keep it afloat : Rolling Stone gives Anti-Bush money
    SF Chron. Bush guest worker plan recalls bracero program: Thousands of Mexican workers were defrauded of 10% of pay
    oaklandtribune. Voting machine software questioned
    DesM Reg. Top 4 in virtual tie, latest polls show
    NYT. Gore Environmental Speech Becomes an Assault on Bush
    Paul Krugman . Who Gets It?
    Bob Herbert. Masters of Deception
    WP. Democrats Wrestle With 'Electability'
    WP. Clark Attacked From Both Parties on Iraq
    LAT. To O'Neill, Ideologues Won the Tax-Cut War
    The Age. Dean bandwagon bogs down
    Eileen Mcnamara. Dean's M.D. wife gets roasted for being real
    LAT. Kerry Redefined by Post-Vietnam Efforts
    Derrick Z. Jackson. The fury of the Democratic convert
    Salon. "The yellow light is flashing": Matt Drudge says Wesley Clark's statements to Congress in September 2002 made the case for war in Iraq, but the transcript proves otherwise
    Salon. "Don't be an asshole, vote Democratic" The creator of the MoveOn parody ad "Bush in 41.2 Seconds" discusses the Republican reaction to his accidental meme
    AP. Official: Israel to kill Hamas founder
    AP. Poll finds Kerry, Edwards surging in Iowa
    David Corn. Not-So-Special Counsel: why calling the top CIA leak investigator a "special counsel" is false advertising
    Jeff Faux. NAFTA at 10: Where do we go from here?
    David Corn. Powell Retreats on Iraq-al Qaeda Link
    Rob Gurwitt . Defender of the Free Word: Librarian Trina Magi stands up to the Patriot Act
    motherjones. Book of Revelation: The White House is politically driven and Bush isn't fully engaged. No, really
    motherjones. Straight Politics: Conservatives don't like gay marriages, but they love "healthy marriages."
    scotsman. Israel to Resume Hamas 'Assassinations' after Suicide Bomb
    Reuters. Bush and Bremer Meet as Iraqi Shi'ites Demand Poll
    AP. Gephardt steps up criticism of Dean on trade, health
    UK Telegraph. Dean: Is he heading for a tumble?
    AP. NC Gov. Easley stumps for Edwards in Iowa
    USAT. Iowa caucuses: 'No one is ahead'
    Kansas City. Iowa's caucuses: A mixer where everyone must sign dance card
    UK Indy. Forget the candidates, it's really Paul Newman versus Madonna
    NYT. Race Tightens in Final Days of Iowa Battle
    Amanda Griscom, Grist Magazine. Kucinich's Mission to Planet Earth
    Porsmouth Herald. Kucinich support rolls into town
    AP. Hundreds protest as Bush visits MLK tomb

    Blog Entries
    Orcinus. On Pat Buchanan
    Tapped. DLCERS FOR DEAN
    Josh MMarsh. Woe to the Democrat who uses Drudge as a clip service: Lieberman
    Pandagon. Lies And The Lying Goldbergs Who Don't Understand Them
    PlanetSean. PlanetSean
    Chris Mooney. Waxman & Co. Get Fed Up

    Posted by Eric at 11:16 PM | Comments (0)

    Katherine Harris Won't Run for Senate

    In a press conference today, Katherine Harris said she will not run for the seat vacated by Senator Bob Graham in Florida:

    In announcing she would not run to replace Graham, Harris teased her supporters. "I am here to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate," she said, "but -- just not this year."

    Harris stopped short of endorsing the White House favorite for the job, former HUD Secretary Mel Martinez, but said, "I will do everything to ensure a Republican is in the United States Senate" from Florida.

    Harris, flanked by supporters at a Boys and Girls Club in Sarasota County, said she was flattered by the encouragement she had gotten from her supporters and by polls that indicated that she would be the front-runner in the race.


    With her swearing in on January 7, 2003 for her congressional seat, Katheirne Harris has spent the last one year as a con ---

    Katherine Harris, what are you doing here?


    Katherine Harris: I have recounted the number of years I have been in the US Congress and have determined it to be 22. Katherine Harris, your veteran US Rep in Congress!

    Hamster: Wait, what, no. You've only been in the US Congress for one year. Why are you -

    Katherine Harris: 22 years!

    Hamster: No, January 2004 minus January 2003 is -


    Katherine Harris: I have a sash on my neck.

    Hamster: Haaaaaaarrriiiiisssss!!!

    Posted by Eric at 04:35 PM | Comments (0)

    Katherine Harris Won't Run for Senate

    In a press conference today, Katherine Harris said she will not run for the seat vacated by Senator Bob Graham in Florida:

    In announcing she would not run to replace Graham, Harris teased her supporters. "I am here to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate," she said, "but -- just not this year."

    Harris stopped short of endorsing the White House favorite for the job, former HUD Secretary Mel Martinez, but said, "I will do everything to ensure a Republican is in the United States Senate" from Florida.

    Harris, flanked by supporters at a Boys and Girls Club in Sarasota County, said she was flattered by the encouragement she had gotten from her supporters and by polls that indicated that she would be the front-runner in the race.


    With her swearing in on January 7, 2003 for her congressional seat, Katheirne Harris has spent the last one year as a con ---

    Katherine Harris, what are you doing here?


    Katherine Harris: I have recounted the number of years I have been in the US Congress and have determined it to be 22. Katherine Harris, your veteran US Rep in Congress!

    Hamster: Wait, what, no. You've only been in the US Congress for one year. Why are you -

    Katherine Harris: 22 years!

    Hamster: No, January 2004 minus January 2003 is -


    Katherine Harris: I have a sash on my neck.

    Hamster: Haaaaaaarrriiiiisssss!!!

    Posted by Eric at 04:35 PM | Comments (0)

    Now vs. Then

    Courtesy of the Center for American Progress

    Question: "Would you support authorizing funding for Superfund to clean up toxic waste?" Answer: "I would."

    - Q&A interchange between Tim Russert and VP Candidate Dick Cheney, 7/30/00

    NOW

    The Bush Administration "did not ask for taxes on businesses to pay for federal toxic waste cleanups" and now the program " doesn't have enough money" to perform its duties.

    Posted by Eric at 11:53 AM | Comments (0)

    Now vs. Then

    Courtesy of the Center for American Progress

    Question: "Would you support authorizing funding for Superfund to clean up toxic waste?" Answer: "I would."

    - Q&A interchange between Tim Russert and VP Candidate Dick Cheney, 7/30/00

    NOW

    The Bush Administration "did not ask for taxes on businesses to pay for federal toxic waste cleanups" and now the program " doesn't have enough money" to perform its duties.

    Posted by Eric at 11:53 AM | Comments (0)

    Catherine Bosley = Link Gold

    I did a post on Catherine Bosley, the wet-t-shirt news anchor, a couple days ago. Apparently, people likey ...

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    NY Times Bestseller 1/25

    The political books on the NYT Sunday:

    (1 is Pete Rose's Pity Me)

    2 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? by Michael Moore.
    3 LIES (AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM), by Al Franken.
    4 WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? by Bill O'Reilly.
    5 AMERICAN DYNASTY, by Kevin Phillips.
    8 THE ENEMY WITHIN, by Michael Savage.
    15 AN END TO EVIL, by David Frum and Richard Perle.
    18 HAD ENOUGH? by James Carville with Jeff Nussbaum.
    22 BUSHWHACKED, by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose.
    23 REFLECTIONS, by Barbara Bush.
    30 A NATIONAL PARTY NO MORE, by Zell Miller.
    35 HEGEMONY OR SURVIVAL, by Noam Chomsky.

    Posted by Eric at 09:22 AM | Comments (0)

    NY Times Bestseller 1/25

    The political books on the NYT Sunday:

    (1 is Pete Rose's Pity Me)

    2 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? by Michael Moore.
    3 LIES (AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM), by Al Franken.
    4 WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? by Bill O'Reilly.
    5 AMERICAN DYNASTY, by Kevin Phillips.
    8 THE ENEMY WITHIN, by Michael Savage.
    15 AN END TO EVIL, by David Frum and Richard Perle.
    18 HAD ENOUGH? by James Carville with Jeff Nussbaum.
    22 BUSHWHACKED, by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose.
    23 REFLECTIONS, by Barbara Bush.
    30 A NATIONAL PARTY NO MORE, by Zell Miller.
    35 HEGEMONY OR SURVIVAL, by Noam Chomsky.

    Posted by Eric at 09:22 AM | Comments (0)

    Bush Immigration Plan Angers Conservatives

    Where's Pat Buchanan when you need him? According to the Wash Times:

    "The Republican Congress is spending at twice the rate as under Bill Clinton, and President Bush has yet to issue a single veto," Paul M. Weyrich, national chairman of Coalitions for America, said at a news briefing with the other five leaders. "I complained about profligate spending during the Clinton years but never thought I'd have to do so with a Republican in the White House and Republicans controlling the Congress."

    Warning of adverse consequences in the November elections, the leaders said the Senate must reject the latest House-passed omnibus spending bill or Mr. Bush should veto the measure.

    "The whole purpose of having a Republican president is to lead the Republican Congress," said Paul Beckner, president of Citizens for a Sound Economy, whose co-chairman is former House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas. "The Constitution gives the president the power to veto legislation, and if Congress won't act in a fiscally responsible way, the president has to step in — but he hasn't done that."

    "If the president doesn't take a stand on this, there's a real chance the Republicans' voter base will not be enthusiastic about turning out in November, no matter who the Democrats nominate," Mr. Beckner said.

    Mr. Weyrich warned that if the Senate passes the omnibus bill and the president fails to veto it, "in all probability the party's conservative-activist core voters aren't going to work to help win the election for Bush and the Republicans, and they may well not even vote."

    Indeed, the Heritage Foundation - the conservative think-tank - points the finger at the Republican White House and Congress:
    Altogether, total federal spending in 2003 topped $20,000 per household for the first time since World War II, and is set to grow another $1,000 per household in 2004.[4] It is time for President Bush and Congress to stop playing budget bookkeeping games and take a stand against runaway spending by rewriting the omnibus appropriations bill.

    Posted by Eric at 09:16 AM | Comments (0)

    Bush Immigration Plan Angers Conservatives

    Where's Pat Buchanan when you need him? According to the Wash Times:

    "The Republican Congress is spending at twice the rate as under Bill Clinton, and President Bush has yet to issue a single veto," Paul M. Weyrich, national chairman of Coalitions for America, said at a news briefing with the other five leaders. "I complained about profligate spending during the Clinton years but never thought I'd have to do so with a Republican in the White House and Republicans controlling the Congress."

    Warning of adverse consequences in the November elections, the leaders said the Senate must reject the latest House-passed omnibus spending bill or Mr. Bush should veto the measure.

    "The whole purpose of having a Republican president is to lead the Republican Congress," said Paul Beckner, president of Citizens for a Sound Economy, whose co-chairman is former House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas. "The Constitution gives the president the power to veto legislation, and if Congress won't act in a fiscally responsible way, the president has to step in — but he hasn't done that."

    "If the president doesn't take a stand on this, there's a real chance the Republicans' voter base will not be enthusiastic about turning out in November, no matter who the Democrats nominate," Mr. Beckner said.

    Mr. Weyrich warned that if the Senate passes the omnibus bill and the president fails to veto it, "in all probability the party's conservative-activist core voters aren't going to work to help win the election for Bush and the Republicans, and they may well not even vote."

    Indeed, the Heritage Foundation - the conservative think-tank - points the finger at the Republican White House and Congress:
    Altogether, total federal spending in 2003 topped $20,000 per household for the first time since World War II, and is set to grow another $1,000 per household in 2004.[4] It is time for President Bush and Congress to stop playing budget bookkeeping games and take a stand against runaway spending by rewriting the omnibus appropriations bill.

    Posted by Eric at 09:16 AM | Comments (0)

    New Book from Media Analyst Bashes Media re: Bush



    Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You

    The book description:

    In Fraud, leading political and media analyst Paul Waldman exposes the truth behind the rise of George W. Bush. What is revealed is more shocking than just a pattern of lies and incompetence. It is the story of how a clever political machine built a high-stakes game of deception, a policy of lies to capture the highest office in the free world, a fraud that continues to this day.

    How to Build a Fraud:
    Portray son of one of America’s most influential families as down-home Texan
    Berate media as "liberal" until they stop asking tough questions
    Take advantage of reporters’ tendency to not check the facts
    Mask reactionary policies in compassionate words and pictures
    Push false stories from right-wing media into mainstream media
    Extol the virtues of workers while systematically pushing an anti-labor agenda
    Propose a series of tax cuts aimed at the wealthy, but sell them as a boon to ordinary Americans
    Disguise destructive initiatives with friendly sounding names
    Befriend media with "genuine guy" routine
    Keep the public from accessing information
    Maintain message discipline at all times
    Question patriotism of anyone who disagrees
    Repeat above until it all seems true

    At some point, George W. Bush took a good long look at who he was and what he wanted for the country and decided that the American people would never buy it if he gave it to them straight. So Bush and his political machine made their decision: the American people would have to be lied to.

    They would construct a persona that would be everything Bush was not.

    They would take the same reactionary agenda and cloak it in comforting catchphrases and pleasing visuals, presenting to the public a false image of sympathy.

    And they would repeat this message endlessly.

    The power of the fraud lies in the ability of the Bush machine to manipulate the press, and thereby avoid having the truth exposed. Waldman’s findings reveal an astonishing record of how the nation’s media has not only given Bush a pass again and again, but have failed to follow up on even the most openly dishonest parts of the Bush agenda.

    For all Americans who have been uneasy about the honesty of the Bush administration, but unsure what it means or how far it goes, Fraud is a shocking wake-up call.


    Waldman talked to the Editor and Publisher about his book:

    More than three years later, it's hard for conservatives "to argue with a straight face that the media has treated him [Bush] badly," Waldman said.

    Waldman said that Sept. 11, 2001, also made the media hypersensitive to public opinion and more careful about questioning the White House. "Going against the mood" is something reporters are afraid to do, he said. "I do think they fell down on this one," Waldman said about the performance of the press during 9/11 and the war on Iraq. "Reporters could've done a much better job asking, 'What is it they're trying to say and where's the proof?'"

    "I'm not trying to bash the press," Waldman added, especially when he takes into account deadline pressure. But to him, "What looks like objectivity is giving him [Bush] the path to lie."

    Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (0)

    New Book from Media Analyst Bashes Media re: Bush



    Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You

    The book description:

    In Fraud, leading political and media analyst Paul Waldman exposes the truth behind the rise of George W. Bush. What is revealed is more shocking than just a pattern of lies and incompetence. It is the story of how a clever political machine built a high-stakes game of deception, a policy of lies to capture the highest office in the free world, a fraud that continues to this day.

    How to Build a Fraud:
    Portray son of one of America’s most influential families as down-home Texan
    Berate media as "liberal" until they stop asking tough questions
    Take advantage of reporters’ tendency to not check the facts
    Mask reactionary policies in compassionate words and pictures
    Push false stories from right-wing media into mainstream media
    Extol the virtues of workers while systematically pushing an anti-labor agenda
    Propose a series of tax cuts aimed at the wealthy, but sell them as a boon to ordinary Americans
    Disguise destructive initiatives with friendly sounding names
    Befriend media with "genuine guy" routine
    Keep the public from accessing information
    Maintain message discipline at all times
    Question patriotism of anyone who disagrees
    Repeat above until it all seems true

    At some point, George W. Bush took a good long look at who he was and what he wanted for the country and decided that the American people would never buy it if he gave it to them straight. So Bush and his political machine made their decision: the American people would have to be lied to.

    They would construct a persona that would be everything Bush was not.

    They would take the same reactionary agenda and cloak it in comforting catchphrases and pleasing visuals, presenting to the public a false image of sympathy.

    And they would repeat this message endlessly.

    The power of the fraud lies in the ability of the Bush machine to manipulate the press, and thereby avoid having the truth exposed. Waldman’s findings reveal an astonishing record of how the nation’s media has not only given Bush a pass again and again, but have failed to follow up on even the most openly dishonest parts of the Bush agenda.

    For all Americans who have been uneasy about the honesty of the Bush administration, but unsure what it means or how far it goes, Fraud is a shocking wake-up call.


    Waldman talked to the Editor and Publisher about his book:

    More than three years later, it's hard for conservatives "to argue with a straight face that the media has treated him [Bush] badly," Waldman said.

    Waldman said that Sept. 11, 2001, also made the media hypersensitive to public opinion and more careful about questioning the White House. "Going against the mood" is something reporters are afraid to do, he said. "I do think they fell down on this one," Waldman said about the performance of the press during 9/11 and the war on Iraq. "Reporters could've done a much better job asking, 'What is it they're trying to say and where's the proof?'"

    "I'm not trying to bash the press," Waldman added, especially when he takes into account deadline pressure. But to him, "What looks like objectivity is giving him [Bush] the path to lie."

    Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why the Media Didn't Tell You

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (0)

    Margaret Cho

    I always enjoy a good Asian bashing every now and then. Margaret Cho get letters, lots of letters.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: chris white
    To: margaret@margaretcho.com
    Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 6:01 PM
    Subject: hi

    Fuck you you oriental cunt. you are not even an american. You are soooo stupid. Go fuck yourself and go back to Asia you slanted eye whore.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Tom Smith
    To:
    Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 6:33 PM

    which way does your pussy slant, baby? this is important, since you are
    certainly quite unfunny.



    ----- Original Message -----
    From: sjoyce327@comcast.net
    To: margaret@margaretcho.com
    Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 9:40 AM
    Subject: Move on.org comments

    Just a quick note to let you know that after reading your comments from the move on . org awards I was disgusted. Your comments were totally uncalled for. Why don't you you take your fat slant eyed head and go back to China.

    F__k You


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: David T Owens
    To:
    Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 4:59 AM
    Subject: Comments at Moveon.org

    Dear fat gook: I was disappointed to read your remarks today on Drudge.
    I was disappointed to read that you are just another Hollywood
    dicksucker.

    Instead of trying to be funny, why don't you devise a plan on
    terrorism? What would and your Hollywood buddies do, other than gobble
    knobs? Talk is cheap.

    Love you long time.


    ----- Original Message -----

    From: TEAK19@aol.com
    To:
    Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 6:53 AM
    Subject: You stupid cunt

    Your a dumb,queer,ugly,fucking zipperhead that don't know shit about politics.Do you really think that you are going to change anyone's mind about this President.I can't wait to hear all of you fucked up liberals cry when Bush wins 48 states.
    By the way did I tell you YOU SUCK

    Ok, that was fun, wasn't it? Actually "Cho" is Korean. But who can tell, eh? They all look the same.

    I was particularly amused by the email message from someone from Hawaii. Hey, I'm from there ...

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Rick McComb
    To: margaret@margaretcho.com ; karen@margaretcho.com
    Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 8:32 AM
    Subject: Asain loser

    Your an overweight idiot that has no talent except shock comedy. Impressive.....

    When you came to Hawaii I found you kind of funny except that you used profanity too much and now I see why. You don't have enough talent to make jokes that appeal to anyone except a bunch of clueless college students. It's a safe bet you can't go any further than that because a Chinese Rosie O'Donnell is about as desirable as an overflowing toilet, which most of your race based jokes sound like.

    BC in '04!!!

    'Asain' loser! In a state where the majority of the population is Asian, this guy must have a hard time ... rikitiki@hawaii.rr.com I hope Margaret DOES go back to her country. She's trying, according to her blog.
    What I can see is that there are really stupid people in this country and then when you point out how stupid they are, they get fucking mad as fuck. But since they so dumb, they can only start saying things about me being fat, or Chinese, which is cool, but I don't really think that I am either of those things. I would love to go back to my country, but I am already in my country, so how can I go back? I will try, but it is hard to be in two places at one time, especially when the two places are actually one place. It is all good. Everyone needs to have their ignant opinion about shit.
    Alright, that's enough. Anyway, I need to pickup more fares with my rickshaw.

    Posted by Eric at 12:22 AM | Comments (0)

    Margaret Cho

    I always enjoy a good Asian bashing every now and then. Margaret Cho get letters, lots of letters.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: chris white
    To: margaret@margaretcho.com
    Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 6:01 PM
    Subject: hi

    Fuck you you oriental cunt. you are not even an american. You are soooo stupid. Go fuck yourself and go back to Asia you slanted eye whore.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Tom Smith
    To:
    Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 6:33 PM

    which way does your pussy slant, baby? this is important, since you are
    certainly quite unfunny.



    ----- Original Message -----
    From: sjoyce327@comcast.net
    To: margaret@margaretcho.com
    Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 9:40 AM
    Subject: Move on.org comments

    Just a quick note to let you know that after reading your comments from the move on . org awards I was disgusted. Your comments were totally uncalled for. Why don't you you take your fat slant eyed head and go back to China.

    F__k You


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: David T Owens
    To:
    Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 4:59 AM
    Subject: Comments at Moveon.org

    Dear fat gook: I was disappointed to read your remarks today on Drudge.
    I was disappointed to read that you are just another Hollywood
    dicksucker.

    Instead of trying to be funny, why don't you devise a plan on
    terrorism? What would and your Hollywood buddies do, other than gobble
    knobs? Talk is cheap.

    Love you long time.


    ----- Original Message -----

    From: TEAK19@aol.com
    To:
    Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 6:53 AM
    Subject: You stupid cunt

    Your a dumb,queer,ugly,fucking zipperhead that don't know shit about politics.Do you really think that you are going to change anyone's mind about this President.I can't wait to hear all of you fucked up liberals cry when Bush wins 48 states.
    By the way did I tell you YOU SUCK

    Ok, that was fun, wasn't it? Actually "Cho" is Korean. But who can tell, eh? They all look the same.

    I was particularly amused by the email message from someone from Hawaii. Hey, I'm from there ...

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Rick McComb
    To: margaret@margaretcho.com ; karen@margaretcho.com
    Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 8:32 AM
    Subject: Asain loser

    Your an overweight idiot that has no talent except shock comedy. Impressive.....

    When you came to Hawaii I found you kind of funny except that you used profanity too much and now I see why. You don't have enough talent to make jokes that appeal to anyone except a bunch of clueless college students. It's a safe bet you can't go any further than that because a Chinese Rosie O'Donnell is about as desirable as an overflowing toilet, which most of your race based jokes sound like.

    BC in '04!!!

    'Asain' loser! In a state where the majority of the population is Asian, this guy must have a hard time ... rikitiki@hawaii.rr.com I hope Margaret DOES go back to her country. She's trying, according to her blog.
    What I can see is that there are really stupid people in this country and then when you point out how stupid they are, they get fucking mad as fuck. But since they so dumb, they can only start saying things about me being fat, or Chinese, which is cool, but I don't really think that I am either of those things. I would love to go back to my country, but I am already in my country, so how can I go back? I will try, but it is hard to be in two places at one time, especially when the two places are actually one place. It is all good. Everyone needs to have their ignant opinion about shit.
    Alright, that's enough. Anyway, I need to pickup more fares with my rickshaw.

    Posted by Eric at 12:22 AM | Comments (0)

    January 15, 2004

    Thursday Stories

    Walter Williams . President, GOP Are Stomping on Democracy
    Amanda Griscom. A growing chasm divides moderate and right-wing Republicans over a broad range of issues -- environmental policy chief among them
    Sidney Blumenthal. When Democrats charged that President Bush was unfit for his job, Bush's defenders dismissed it. But now Paul O'Neill, a classic GOP insider, says the same thing -- and it's even worse than you've heard
    Robert Dreyfuss . The neocons were wrong on every front about Iraq—so why does the White House listen to them?
    Tim Holt . The world's largest water companies are eyeing the U.S. water-dependent consumer
    Joanne Landy . U.S. anti-war activists should set their sites on achieving "regime change" at home.
    NYT. Outside Campaigners Flood Iowa, Sharing Their Candidates' Styles
    WP. Kucinich Blends New Age Aura With Old-School Grit
    NYT. Bush's Push for Marriage Falls Short for Conservatives
    Dan Balz. Question for Dean: How Solid a Base? Army of Supporters Untried in Crisis
    WP. Tighter Race, Tougher Talk: Gephardt Makes Case Against Dean
    WP. Clark Tries to Shake Earlier Comments: Candidate Works to Define Stance As Opponents Point to Inconsistency
    Jay Bookman. Church-state line should stay intact
    BGlobe. Attacks sharpen as Iowa caucuses near
    Molly Ivins. `We owe Bush the benefit of the doubt'
    SFC. President shoots for moon, Mars
    WP. Kennedy Calls War a 'Political Product' Marketed by Bush
    Minneapolis Star Tribune . Many angered by Bush plan to visit King grave

    Posted by Eric at 11:42 PM | Comments (0)

    Thursday Stories

    Walter Williams . President, GOP Are Stomping on Democracy
    Amanda Griscom. A growing chasm divides moderate and right-wing Republicans over a broad range of issues -- environmental policy chief among them
    Sidney Blumenthal. When Democrats charged that President Bush was unfit for his job, Bush's defenders dismissed it. But now Paul O'Neill, a classic GOP insider, says the same thing -- and it's even worse than you've heard
    Robert Dreyfuss . The neocons were wrong on every front about Iraq—so why does the White House listen to them?
    Tim Holt . The world's largest water companies are eyeing the U.S. water-dependent consumer
    Joanne Landy . U.S. anti-war activists should set their sites on achieving "regime change" at home.
    NYT. Outside Campaigners Flood Iowa, Sharing Their Candidates' Styles
    WP. Kucinich Blends New Age Aura With Old-School Grit
    NYT. Bush's Push for Marriage Falls Short for Conservatives
    Dan Balz. Question for Dean: How Solid a Base? Army of Supporters Untried in Crisis
    WP. Tighter Race, Tougher Talk: Gephardt Makes Case Against Dean
    WP. Clark Tries to Shake Earlier Comments: Candidate Works to Define Stance As Opponents Point to Inconsistency
    Jay Bookman. Church-state line should stay intact
    BGlobe. Attacks sharpen as Iowa caucuses near
    Molly Ivins. `We owe Bush the benefit of the doubt'
    SFC. President shoots for moon, Mars
    WP. Kennedy Calls War a 'Political Product' Marketed by Bush
    Minneapolis Star Tribune . Many angered by Bush plan to visit King grave

    Posted by Eric at 11:42 PM | Comments (0)

    That Liberal CBS

    We always hear about how the heads at CBS are crazy liberals ... obviously - CBS rejects MoveOn.org ad for SuperBowl. [Link from Atrios]

    CBS says it has a policy against 'issue advocacy advertising.' The Atrios site also notes that CBS aired "bizarrely hilarious anti-drug/anti-teen pregnancy ads."

    Posted by Eric at 10:17 PM | Comments (0)

    That Liberal CBS

    We always hear about how the heads at CBS are crazy liberals ... obviously - CBS rejects MoveOn.org ad for SuperBowl. [Link from Atrios]

    CBS says it has a policy against 'issue advocacy advertising.' The Atrios site also notes that CBS aired "bizarrely hilarious anti-drug/anti-teen pregnancy ads."

    Posted by Eric at 10:17 PM | Comments (0)

    Now It's Getting Interesting

    Where did John Kerry come from? Kerry goes up, Dean Goes down, Dick stays the same. Latest from Zogby:

    Current, 1/12-14, (1/11-13, 1/10-12)

    Kerry 22 (21, 17)
    Dean 21 (24, 28)
    Dick 21 (21, 23)
    John 17 (15, 14)
    Clark 3 (3, 2)

    Who knew Iowa could produce anything this exciting? Just kidding, I love the Midwest.

    Posted by Eric at 03:18 PM | Comments (0)

    Now It's Getting Interesting

    Where did John Kerry come from? Kerry goes up, Dean Goes down, Dick stays the same. Latest from Zogby:

    Current, 1/12-14, (1/11-13, 1/10-12)

    Kerry 22 (21, 17)
    Dean 21 (24, 28)
    Dick 21 (21, 23)
    John 17 (15, 14)
    Clark 3 (3, 2)

    Who knew Iowa could produce anything this exciting? Just kidding, I love the Midwest.

    Posted by Eric at 03:18 PM | Comments (0)

    Moseley Braun Officially Endorses Dean

    Glowing comments ensue:

    Gov. Dean has the energy to inspire the American people, to break the cocoon of fear that envelopes us and empowers president Bush and his entourage from the extreme right wing, and he has a program to put our country back on track to tax fairness, job creation, balanced budgets and an economy that works for everyone regardless of sex or race. He has the experience to know that state and local and national government have to cooperate and collaborate, and end the destructive game of monetary musical chairs that creates unfunded mandates and failing schools. He understands that a real war on terrorism starts with putting the domestic security of the American people first. He can “work well with others” around the world and craft a foreign policy that is neither arrogant nor preemptive, but that begins with respect and builds on alliances. He takes seriously our stewardship of the planet and our environmental responsibilities.

    Howard Dean is a Democrat we can all be proud to support.

    Posted by Eric at 03:07 PM | Comments (0)

    Moseley Braun Officially Endorses Dean

    Glowing comments ensue:

    Gov. Dean has the energy to inspire the American people, to break the cocoon of fear that envelopes us and empowers president Bush and his entourage from the extreme right wing, and he has a program to put our country back on track to tax fairness, job creation, balanced budgets and an economy that works for everyone regardless of sex or race. He has the experience to know that state and local and national government have to cooperate and collaborate, and end the destructive game of monetary musical chairs that creates unfunded mandates and failing schools. He understands that a real war on terrorism starts with putting the domestic security of the American people first. He can “work well with others” around the world and craft a foreign policy that is neither arrogant nor preemptive, but that begins with respect and builds on alliances. He takes seriously our stewardship of the planet and our environmental responsibilities.

    Howard Dean is a Democrat we can all be proud to support.

    Posted by Eric at 03:07 PM | Comments (0)

    Clark Closing Gap in NH

    Dean - 29
    Clark - 24

    in the latest ARG poll ...

    Posted by Eric at 11:24 AM | Comments (0)

    Clark Closing Gap in NH

    Dean - 29
    Clark - 24

    in the latest ARG poll ...

    Posted by Eric at 11:24 AM | Comments (0)

    Hypocritical Dennis Miller

    Sardonic Dennis told the NY Times that his problem with the Left is this:

    "People say I've slid to the right," Mr. Miller said in his office at the NBC Studios in Burbank, speaking in his rat-a-tat-tat style. "Well, can you blame me? One of the biggest malfeasances of the left right now is the mislabeling of Hitler. Quit saying this guy is Hitler," he said, referring to Mr. Bush. "Hitler is Hitler. That's the quintessential evil in the history of the universe, and we're throwing it around on MoveOn.org to win a contest. That's grotesque to me."
    This recent turn of Dennis Miller strikes me as odd. Why? Dennis Miller often used Nazi and Hitler references in his act:

    "(Newt Gingrich's new book) will be available through the Mein Kampf of the Month Club." Dennis Miller Live

    "Gingrich and the Republicans took over Congress this week. This is actually Gingrich's second attempt to seize power, the first, of course, being the ill-fated Beer Hall Putsch." Dennis Miller Live

    "Many talk radio hosts are so misinformed and play so fast and loose with the truth that they make Mein Kampf read like the Farmer's Almanac." Dennis Miller Live

    "Dennis Miller, who then had a syndicated weeknight show, was having similar fun. Buchanan, according to Miller, was "a fascist journalist whom everybody hates." He yukked that Buchanan was being protected not by the Secret Service but "by the S.S"." -Brent Bozell column.

    Posted by Eric at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

    Hypocritical Dennis Miller

    Sardonic Dennis told the NY Times that his problem with the Left is this:

    "People say I've slid to the right," Mr. Miller said in his office at the NBC Studios in Burbank, speaking in his rat-a-tat-tat style. "Well, can you blame me? One of the biggest malfeasances of the left right now is the mislabeling of Hitler. Quit saying this guy is Hitler," he said, referring to Mr. Bush. "Hitler is Hitler. That's the quintessential evil in the history of the universe, and we're throwing it around on MoveOn.org to win a contest. That's grotesque to me."
    This recent turn of Dennis Miller strikes me as odd. Why? Dennis Miller often used Nazi and Hitler references in his act:

    "(Newt Gingrich's new book) will be available through the Mein Kampf of the Month Club." Dennis Miller Live

    "Gingrich and the Republicans took over Congress this week. This is actually Gingrich's second attempt to seize power, the first, of course, being the ill-fated Beer Hall Putsch." Dennis Miller Live

    "Many talk radio hosts are so misinformed and play so fast and loose with the truth that they make Mein Kampf read like the Farmer's Almanac." Dennis Miller Live

    "Dennis Miller, who then had a syndicated weeknight show, was having similar fun. Buchanan, according to Miller, was "a fascist journalist whom everybody hates." He yukked that Buchanan was being protected not by the Secret Service but "by the S.S"." -Brent Bozell column.

    Posted by Eric at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

    Dean Gets Another Endorsement: One of the Other Candidates

    Moseley Braun out. I don't think it'll make much of a difference on Dean's bottom line, but the field is now down to 8.

    MSNBC has confirmed with sources within the campaign that the candidate will formally withdraw on Thursday and endorse Howard Dean at an event at a Carroll, Iowa high school. Moseley Braun received 3 percent in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal Democratic presidential trial heat.

    Officials close to the Dean campaign said Braun approached Dean after a recent debate and told him she was considering leaving the race and backing him.

    Braun is giving Dean her endorsement even as he has faced questions about his record on race issues, including his lack of minority Cabinet members during his five terms as Vermont governor.

    Her campaign is in debt and she has been traveling very little beyond attending the Democratic presidential debates, most recently the Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday.

    Posted by Eric at 08:02 AM | Comments (0)

    Dean Gets Another Endorsement: One of the Other Candidates

    Moseley Braun out. I don't think it'll make much of a difference on Dean's bottom line, but the field is now down to 8.

    MSNBC has confirmed with sources within the campaign that the candidate will formally withdraw on Thursday and endorse Howard Dean at an event at a Carroll, Iowa high school. Moseley Braun received 3 percent in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal Democratic presidential trial heat.

    Officials close to the Dean campaign said Braun approached Dean after a recent debate and told him she was considering leaving the race and backing him.

    Braun is giving Dean her endorsement even as he has faced questions about his record on race issues, including his lack of minority Cabinet members during his five terms as Vermont governor.

    Her campaign is in debt and she has been traveling very little beyond attending the Democratic presidential debates, most recently the Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday.

    Posted by Eric at 08:02 AM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: Military

    Percentage change between 2001 and 2002 in G.I. Joe sales: +46 [Hasbro (Pawtucket, R.I.)]

    Percentage change since 1999 in the number of desertions from the U.S. Army: +36 [U.S. Army (Washington)]

    Average number of U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq each day since the invasion began: 9.2 [U.S. Department of Defense]

    Average number killed: 1.6 [U.S. Department of Defense]

    Average number of Iraqi civilians killed by gunfire in Baghdad each day last August: 17 [Iraqbodycount.net (London)]

    Percentage of Iraq’s urban areas with access to potable water a year ago and today, respectively: 92, 60 [Coalition Provisional Authority (Baghdad)/World Health Organization (Geneva)]

    -Harpers Index

    Posted by Eric at 07:08 AM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: Military

    Percentage change between 2001 and 2002 in G.I. Joe sales: +46 [Hasbro (Pawtucket, R.I.)]

    Percentage change since 1999 in the number of desertions from the U.S. Army: +36 [U.S. Army (Washington)]

    Average number of U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq each day since the invasion began: 9.2 [U.S. Department of Defense]

    Average number killed: 1.6 [U.S. Department of Defense]

    Average number of Iraqi civilians killed by gunfire in Baghdad each day last August: 17 [Iraqbodycount.net (London)]

    Percentage of Iraq’s urban areas with access to potable water a year ago and today, respectively: 92, 60 [Coalition Provisional Authority (Baghdad)/World Health Organization (Geneva)]

    -Harpers Index

    Posted by Eric at 07:08 AM | Comments (0)

    January 14, 2004

    Wednesday Stories

    AJC. Atlanta officials study first test of gay-rights law
    AP. Clark defends 2002 Iraq statement: Being attacked: 'The sincerest form of flattery in politics'
    Reuters. Ex-President Carter to Offer Support for Dean
    Gen. Wesley Clark . Families should keep more of their earnings
    Helen Thomas. Fences don't always make good neighbors
    DCCC. Injustice to Democracy: Florida Recount ...California Recall ….and now Texas RE-redistricting!
    Financial Times. Bush forced to revisit the push to war
    LAT. A Legal Star Who Burned for Politics: After his son's death and two lucrative court wins, Edwards says he wanted a larger stage to do good
    LAT. Bush Budget May Be Squeezed in Middle: What may be too porky for conservatives could be a paucity for those seeking reelection
    LAT. Dean Airs Tough TV Ad Against Top Rivals
    Village Voice. The Dennis Kucinich Polka: What's so funny about peace, love, and the Dems' Great Ignored Candidate?
    AP. Lieberman styles himself after Clinton, McCain
    Reuters. Lieberman Claims Clinton Mantle in New Hampshire
    SFC. Budgeteers bushwhack president's Mars plan: They say the U.S. can't afford new space ventures
    SFC. Edwards struggles to convince voters he's No. 1: Many Dems want him for vice president
    BGlobe. Clark's N.H. progress dogs Kerry
    Robert Kuttner. A Democratic cliffhanger?
    Wilmington Star. Did war make us safer?
    Toronto Star. O'Neill backtracks on Bush broadside: Regrets using `vivid language'
    WP. Edwards, the Nice-Guy Candidate: Key Endorsement, Personal Style Get Attention in Iowa
    WP. Dean Defeats Sharpton In D.C. Protest Primary
    NYT. Bush Meets Skepticism on Free Trade at Americas Conference
    NYT. Democrats See a New Urgency in Health Care
    NYT. Bush Plans $1.5 Billion Drive for Promotion of Marriage

    Blog Entries
    Rittenhouse Review. Gay Conservatives and the Washington Times
    TalkLeft. High Court Deals Blow to Personal Freedom
    chriscmooney.com. Loud Climate Change Warnings
    needlenose. Calvin Woodward bias watch, 1/13

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Wednesday Stories

    AJC. Atlanta officials study first test of gay-rights law
    AP. Clark defends 2002 Iraq statement: Being attacked: 'The sincerest form of flattery in politics'
    Reuters. Ex-President Carter to Offer Support for Dean
    Gen. Wesley Clark . Families should keep more of their earnings
    Helen Thomas. Fences don't always make good neighbors
    DCCC. Injustice to Democracy: Florida Recount ...California Recall ….and now Texas RE-redistricting!
    Financial Times. Bush forced to revisit the push to war
    LAT. A Legal Star Who Burned for Politics: After his son's death and two lucrative court wins, Edwards says he wanted a larger stage to do good
    LAT. Bush Budget May Be Squeezed in Middle: What may be too porky for conservatives could be a paucity for those seeking reelection
    LAT. Dean Airs Tough TV Ad Against Top Rivals
    Village Voice. The Dennis Kucinich Polka: What's so funny about peace, love, and the Dems' Great Ignored Candidate?
    AP. Lieberman styles himself after Clinton, McCain
    Reuters. Lieberman Claims Clinton Mantle in New Hampshire
    SFC. Budgeteers bushwhack president's Mars plan: They say the U.S. can't afford new space ventures
    SFC. Edwards struggles to convince voters he's No. 1: Many Dems want him for vice president
    BGlobe. Clark's N.H. progress dogs Kerry
    Robert Kuttner. A Democratic cliffhanger?
    Wilmington Star. Did war make us safer?
    Toronto Star. O'Neill backtracks on Bush broadside: Regrets using `vivid language'
    WP. Edwards, the Nice-Guy Candidate: Key Endorsement, Personal Style Get Attention in Iowa
    WP. Dean Defeats Sharpton In D.C. Protest Primary
    NYT. Bush Meets Skepticism on Free Trade at Americas Conference
    NYT. Democrats See a New Urgency in Health Care
    NYT. Bush Plans $1.5 Billion Drive for Promotion of Marriage

    Blog Entries
    Rittenhouse Review. Gay Conservatives and the Washington Times
    TalkLeft. High Court Deals Blow to Personal Freedom
    chriscmooney.com. Loud Climate Change Warnings
    needlenose. Calvin Woodward bias watch, 1/13

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    RNC Hitting on Clark

    If their website is any indication, the RNC now has the hots for Wesley Clark. The four "Latest News" headlines displayed on their site:

    January 13, 2004 : Is Clark Unprepared or Unprincipled – or Both?
    January 13, 2004 : Special Double Edition: Wesley Clark (D-AR), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
    January 13, 2004 : Careless Clark
    January 12, 2004 : General Confusion

    Posted by Eric at 06:09 PM | Comments (0)

    RNC Hitting on Clark

    If their website is any indication, the RNC now has the hots for Wesley Clark. The four "Latest News" headlines displayed on their site:

    January 13, 2004 : Is Clark Unprepared or Unprincipled – or Both?
    January 13, 2004 : Special Double Edition: Wesley Clark (D-AR), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
    January 13, 2004 : Careless Clark
    January 12, 2004 : General Confusion

    Posted by Eric at 06:09 PM | Comments (0)

    The Doctor Is In ... Rolling Stone

    The first Democrat of the current runners to get a Rolling Stone cover (Sharpton and Clark both had interviews, though not covers) is none other than Howard Dean ...

    I think the Republicans are much meaner than the Democrats are. I don't want to absolve the Democrats, but Republicans are just brutal. They do not care what happens to the country as long as they stay in power, and they're willing to do anything they can to stay in power. It's the most unforgivable thing about this administration and the congressional leadership.

    I admire George Bush's father. There were some things I strongly disagreed with him on -- but he tried to be a good president. This president is not interested in being a good president. He's interested in some complicated psychological situation that he has with his father. He is obsessed with being re-elected, and his obsession with re-election is hurting the country.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 PM | Comments (0)

    The Doctor Is In ... Rolling Stone

    The first Democrat of the current runners to get a Rolling Stone cover (Sharpton and Clark both had interviews, though not covers) is none other than Howard Dean ...

    I think the Republicans are much meaner than the Democrats are. I don't want to absolve the Democrats, but Republicans are just brutal. They do not care what happens to the country as long as they stay in power, and they're willing to do anything they can to stay in power. It's the most unforgivable thing about this administration and the congressional leadership.

    I admire George Bush's father. There were some things I strongly disagreed with him on -- but he tried to be a good president. This president is not interested in being a good president. He's interested in some complicated psychological situation that he has with his father. He is obsessed with being re-elected, and his obsession with re-election is hurting the country.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 PM | Comments (0)

    Is Nader Courting Newmanites?

    And no, not the fat, twinky-loving guy from Seinfeld (that would be understandable). From Doug Ireland in The Nation:

    What in the world is Ralph Nader doing in bed with the ultrasectarian cult-racket formerly known as the New Alliance Party?

    That's the question raised by Nader's January 11 appearance as the featured speaker at a conference in Bedford, New Hampshire, of so-called "independents" that is nothing more than a front for the New Alliance crazies. The conference was arranged by something called the Choosing an Independent President 2004 Campaign ("ChIP"). ChIP's organizers--or "convenors," as they style themselves--are none other than Dr. Fred Newman, the cult's guru, a master manipulator and former associate of mad Lyndon LaRouche; and Dr. Lenora Fulani, the Afro-American former presidential candidate of the New Alliance Party, whom Newman describes as his "greatest creation."

    Newman controls his followers through a brainwashing scheme--which he baptized "Social Therapy"--that has been described by one deprogrammed former member of his group as a "sophisticated indoctrination methodology which impairs critical thinking skills and which uses repression, dependency and guilt-inducing techniques to control and lure patients into political activity and, ultimately, into blind allegiance to Newman." There's nothing at all "independent" about Newman and Fulani's latest creation, ChIP. It's just the latest in a skein of more than two dozen front groups and rackets Newman has created, all of which have as their ultimate goal nothing more than enlarging the cult and subsidizing Newman's and Fulani's lavish lifestyles ...

    Nader's flinging himself into the embrace of the Newmanites--the dregs of extremist political culture--is, to borrow Talleyrand's celebrated phrase, worse than a crime, it's a mistake. And a mind-bogglingly dumb one at that. The only press coverage I could find of the Bedford meeting was some cub reporter's article in the January 12 Manchester Union-Leader, which completely ignored that the conclave was a New Alliance operation. But one cannot believe that a politically sophisticated chap like Ralph doesn't know exactly who Newman and Fulani are, and why they are so despicable. For Ralph to grace a Newman front group with his presence is the equivalent of cuddling up to Scientology, another cult-racket. I wanted to ask him why he is so desperate for applause that he has to turn to these dangerous loonies, but he didn't return my calls. It's a pathetic way for Nader to begin a last, counterproductive campaign.

    And despite Ralph's important, decades-long contributions to citizen activism, it's a sign that in his eerie isolation he may be losing his political judgment. I find that sad--and I pray that he will in the end decide against another run that would be immensely damaging to his image and his legacy.

    Posted by Eric at 06:42 AM | Comments (0)

    Is Nader Courting Newmanites?

    And no, not the fat, twinky-loving guy from Seinfeld (that would be understandable). From Doug Ireland in The Nation:

    What in the world is Ralph Nader doing in bed with the ultrasectarian cult-racket formerly known as the New Alliance Party?

    That's the question raised by Nader's January 11 appearance as the featured speaker at a conference in Bedford, New Hampshire, of so-called "independents" that is nothing more than a front for the New Alliance crazies. The conference was arranged by something called the Choosing an Independent President 2004 Campaign ("ChIP"). ChIP's organizers--or "convenors," as they style themselves--are none other than Dr. Fred Newman, the cult's guru, a master manipulator and former associate of mad Lyndon LaRouche; and Dr. Lenora Fulani, the Afro-American former presidential candidate of the New Alliance Party, whom Newman describes as his "greatest creation."

    Newman controls his followers through a brainwashing scheme--which he baptized "Social Therapy"--that has been described by one deprogrammed former member of his group as a "sophisticated indoctrination methodology which impairs critical thinking skills and which uses repression, dependency and guilt-inducing techniques to control and lure patients into political activity and, ultimately, into blind allegiance to Newman." There's nothing at all "independent" about Newman and Fulani's latest creation, ChIP. It's just the latest in a skein of more than two dozen front groups and rackets Newman has created, all of which have as their ultimate goal nothing more than enlarging the cult and subsidizing Newman's and Fulani's lavish lifestyles ...

    Nader's flinging himself into the embrace of the Newmanites--the dregs of extremist political culture--is, to borrow Talleyrand's celebrated phrase, worse than a crime, it's a mistake. And a mind-bogglingly dumb one at that. The only press coverage I could find of the Bedford meeting was some cub reporter's article in the January 12 Manchester Union-Leader, which completely ignored that the conclave was a New Alliance operation. But one cannot believe that a politically sophisticated chap like Ralph doesn't know exactly who Newman and Fulani are, and why they are so despicable. For Ralph to grace a Newman front group with his presence is the equivalent of cuddling up to Scientology, another cult-racket. I wanted to ask him why he is so desperate for applause that he has to turn to these dangerous loonies, but he didn't return my calls. It's a pathetic way for Nader to begin a last, counterproductive campaign.

    And despite Ralph's important, decades-long contributions to citizen activism, it's a sign that in his eerie isolation he may be losing his political judgment. I find that sad--and I pray that he will in the end decide against another run that would be immensely damaging to his image and his legacy.

    Posted by Eric at 06:42 AM | Comments (0)

    Mustaches = Authority

    At least according to police in northern India.

    - Police in northern India are being paid an extra 65 cents a month to grow a mustache to give them more authority, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

    Mayank Jain, a superintendent with the Madhya Pradesh state police, told The Asian Age that research showed that police with mustaches were taken more seriously.

    However, he added, the shape and style of police mustaches would be monitored to ensure they did not take on a mean look.

    There are, of course, mean mustaches. Just ask The Tick.

    Posted by Eric at 06:36 AM | Comments (0)

    Mustaches = Authority

    At least according to police in northern India.

    - Police in northern India are being paid an extra 65 cents a month to grow a mustache to give them more authority, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

    Mayank Jain, a superintendent with the Madhya Pradesh state police, told The Asian Age that research showed that police with mustaches were taken more seriously.

    However, he added, the shape and style of police mustaches would be monitored to ensure they did not take on a mean look.

    There are, of course, mean mustaches. Just ask The Tick.

    Posted by Eric at 06:36 AM | Comments (0)

    The Country's 10 Most 'Endangered' Parks

    Air pollution, development, and other environmental problems threaten the future of 10 of the nation's 'most endangered parks.' What are they? According to the National Parks Conservation Association:

    The National Parks Conservation Association again named Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas as well as five national parks: Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee; Joshua Tree in California; Shenandoah in Virginia; Everglades in Florida; and Yellowstone in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

    The group said air pollution threatens many of the parks. In addition, it said there are problems with private land sales and potential oil and gas drilling in Big Thicket; development along park borders in Joshua Tree; non-native species damage in Shenandoah; management and funding questions in the Everglades; and lack of money and bison slaughters in Yellowstone.

    Thomas Kiernan, the association's president, said the main problem is the annual $600 million shortfall for operating needs in the National Park Service's $2.3 billion budget ... The group had three new places and one program on its list this year:

    -Biscayne National Park in Florida, due to overfishing and water pollution.

    -Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona, from lack of money for protecting plants and wildlife.

    -Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska, because of land scarred from ATV use and potential road-building.

    -National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, cited for inadequate money for preserving the history of slavery and the civil rights movement.

    Posted by Eric at 06:30 AM | Comments (0)

    The Country's 10 Most 'Endangered' Parks

    Air pollution, development, and other environmental problems threaten the future of 10 of the nation's 'most endangered parks.' What are they? According to the National Parks Conservation Association:

    The National Parks Conservation Association again named Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas as well as five national parks: Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee; Joshua Tree in California; Shenandoah in Virginia; Everglades in Florida; and Yellowstone in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

    The group said air pollution threatens many of the parks. In addition, it said there are problems with private land sales and potential oil and gas drilling in Big Thicket; development along park borders in Joshua Tree; non-native species damage in Shenandoah; management and funding questions in the Everglades; and lack of money and bison slaughters in Yellowstone.

    Thomas Kiernan, the association's president, said the main problem is the annual $600 million shortfall for operating needs in the National Park Service's $2.3 billion budget ... The group had three new places and one program on its list this year:

    -Biscayne National Park in Florida, due to overfishing and water pollution.

    -Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona, from lack of money for protecting plants and wildlife.

    -Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska, because of land scarred from ATV use and potential road-building.

    -National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, cited for inadequate money for preserving the history of slavery and the civil rights movement.

    Posted by Eric at 06:30 AM | Comments (0)

    MoveOn.org to Air During SuperBowl?

    Why that'd be super, thanks for asking. Make a donation, eh?

    Posted by Eric at 06:18 AM | Comments (0)

    MoveOn.org to Air During SuperBowl?

    Why that'd be super, thanks for asking. Make a donation, eh?

    Posted by Eric at 06:18 AM | Comments (0)

    Clark Pushes Clinton Connections

    According to USNews:

    If you liked Bill Clinton you'll love Wes Clark, at least that's the message coming out of Clark's campaign and the former president's top aides. "This is a campaign that has embraced the legacy of Bill Clinton," says Clark spokesman Chris Lehane, a former aide to Clinton and Vice President Gore. As previously reported by Whispers, Lehane announced yesterday that several Clinton aides and supporters are being dispatched to New Hampshire to help Clark's upstart campaign wrestle second place in the January 27 primary from either John Kerry or Dick Gephardt. Campaign insiders say while Clinton won't endorse any candidate before a nominee is picked, he’s helping Clark more than the others especially in New Hampshire where he’s still popular.

    In a conference call mid-day Tuesday, former Clinton aide Eli Segal said that the Clark campaign often asks Clinton for his "advice and counsel" on everything from position papers to reactions to polls. And Clinton's there to help "at a minute's notice."

    Lehane said that all the Clinton-Clark surrogates will fan out on Saturday, dubbed "All American Day," then help Clark host a nighttime rally.

    Unofficially, it would seem, Carter is in Dean's corner while Clinton is in Clark's corner. Unofficially, of course.

    Posted by Eric at 06:12 AM | Comments (0)

    Clark Pushes Clinton Connections

    According to USNews:

    If you liked Bill Clinton you'll love Wes Clark, at least that's the message coming out of Clark's campaign and the former president's top aides. "This is a campaign that has embraced the legacy of Bill Clinton," says Clark spokesman Chris Lehane, a former aide to Clinton and Vice President Gore. As previously reported by Whispers, Lehane announced yesterday that several Clinton aides and supporters are being dispatched to New Hampshire to help Clark's upstart campaign wrestle second place in the January 27 primary from either John Kerry or Dick Gephardt. Campaign insiders say while Clinton won't endorse any candidate before a nominee is picked, he’s helping Clark more than the others especially in New Hampshire where he’s still popular.

    In a conference call mid-day Tuesday, former Clinton aide Eli Segal said that the Clark campaign often asks Clinton for his "advice and counsel" on everything from position papers to reactions to polls. And Clinton's there to help "at a minute's notice."

    Lehane said that all the Clinton-Clark surrogates will fan out on Saturday, dubbed "All American Day," then help Clark host a nighttime rally.

    Unofficially, it would seem, Carter is in Dean's corner while Clinton is in Clark's corner. Unofficially, of course.

    Posted by Eric at 06:12 AM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: Harassment

    % of California’s middle and high school students, who are targets of harassment based on actual or perceived sexual orientation: 7.5%

    Rough number of students: more than 200,000 students

    LGBT students who reported harassment: 2 out of 3

    LGBT students who experienced repeated harassment: 47%

    http://www.365gay.com/newscon04/01/011204calSchools.htm

    Posted by Eric at 06:09 AM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: Harassment

    % of California’s middle and high school students, who are targets of harassment based on actual or perceived sexual orientation: 7.5%

    Rough number of students: more than 200,000 students

    LGBT students who reported harassment: 2 out of 3

    LGBT students who experienced repeated harassment: 47%

    http://www.365gay.com/newscon04/01/011204calSchools.htm

    Posted by Eric at 06:09 AM | Comments (0)

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in gay cowboy movie?

    Fancy that. From Salon:

    The casting call is out for "Brokeback Mountain," the Ang Lee-directed adaptation of Annie Proulx's short story, replete with sunsets, horses, howling windstorms and a heartbreaking love story between two young cowboys. Although the casting isn't yet official, Hollywood sources say that heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are in negotiations to star ...

    But short some Hollywood alchemy that reworks the very DNA of the "Brokeback" script, the film can't possibly duck down any of these escape routes. First published in the New Yorker in 1997, where it won both an O. Henry short story prize and a National Magazine Award, and then in Proulx's 1999 story collection "Close Range," it's the tale of sheepherder Ennis Del Mar and rodeo rider Jack Twist. The two men meet and fall in love as 19-year-olds in 1963, tending a herd on the titular Wyoming mountain. The tale follows the men's clandestine relationship for 20 years: their marriages to women, the birth of their children, regular mountaintop assignations, the impossibility of their permanent union, and the gradual acceptance of the grave repercussions of their love.

    The story is, very simply, about its two main characters and their passion for each other. There is no murder mystery, no one suffering from AIDS, no drug addiction and no heterosexual romance to move the plot along and distract from the homosexual relationship.

    Posted by Eric at 05:37 AM | Comments (0)

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in gay cowboy movie?

    Fancy that. From Salon:

    The casting call is out for "Brokeback Mountain," the Ang Lee-directed adaptation of Annie Proulx's short story, replete with sunsets, horses, howling windstorms and a heartbreaking love story between two young cowboys. Although the casting isn't yet official, Hollywood sources say that heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are in negotiations to star ...

    But short some Hollywood alchemy that reworks the very DNA of the "Brokeback" script, the film can't possibly duck down any of these escape routes. First published in the New Yorker in 1997, where it won both an O. Henry short story prize and a National Magazine Award, and then in Proulx's 1999 story collection "Close Range," it's the tale of sheepherder Ennis Del Mar and rodeo rider Jack Twist. The two men meet and fall in love as 19-year-olds in 1963, tending a herd on the titular Wyoming mountain. The tale follows the men's clandestine relationship for 20 years: their marriages to women, the birth of their children, regular mountaintop assignations, the impossibility of their permanent union, and the gradual acceptance of the grave repercussions of their love.

    The story is, very simply, about its two main characters and their passion for each other. There is no murder mystery, no one suffering from AIDS, no drug addiction and no heterosexual romance to move the plot along and distract from the homosexual relationship.

    Posted by Eric at 05:37 AM | Comments (0)

    January 13, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    Reuters. SEC: Fund Share-Touting Abuses Rampant.
    Mary Lynn F. Jones . Democratic Party unity is more important than ever on Capitol Hill.
    StarTrib. Franken vs. Rush in New Radio Net.
    AP. Gov't Seeks Probe Amid O'Neill Interview .
    AP. Troops Disperse Iraqis Rioting for Food .
    Stanley Greenberg. America Divided: America's cultural segregation may be the biggest factor in politics today. .
    AP. Dean talks up middle-class tax relief in new emphasis for front-runner .
    NYT. Iowa's Dark Art of Caucusing Is Turning a Bit More Public.
    NYT. Justices Uphold Policy of Silence on 9/11 Detainees.
    NYT. No Delegates, but Status for Sharpton in Washington.
    NYT. The Other Doctor in Dean's House Shuns Politics.
    Krugman. The Awful Truth.
    WP. Dean Lashes Out at Rivals: Democrat 'Tired of Being a Pincushion' .
    WP. Dean Defends Record On Hiring Minorities: Ex-Governor of 96% White State Addresses Race .
    WP. GOP Urges Wider Ban on 'Soft Money': FEC Asked to Rule on '527' Organizations That Raise Unlimited Funds .
    Salon. The media vs. Howard Dean
    Knight Ridder. Dennis Kucinich, the one-time Cleveland mayor whose star dimmed and then shone again, seeks the presidency on a platform of liberalism
    adweek.com. Kucinich Reinforces His Anti-War Stance

    Blog Entries
    berrysworld. TELL THE BOSS I'M OUT OF THE OFFICE FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS.
    Angry Bear. Myths: Fiscal Responsibility and Irresponsibility
    xoverboard. O'Reilly just doesn't even care
    DNC. Witch hunt
    dailykos. What they want out of Iowa.
    philpotonpolitics. Trabajadores Invitados

    Posted by Eric at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

    Tuesday Stories

    Reuters. SEC: Fund Share-Touting Abuses Rampant.
    Mary Lynn F. Jones . Democratic Party unity is more important than ever on Capitol Hill.
    StarTrib. Franken vs. Rush in New Radio Net.
    AP. Gov't Seeks Probe Amid O'Neill Interview .
    AP. Troops Disperse Iraqis Rioting for Food .
    Stanley Greenberg. America Divided: America's cultural segregation may be the biggest factor in politics today. .
    AP. Dean talks up middle-class tax relief in new emphasis for front-runner .
    NYT. Iowa's Dark Art of Caucusing Is Turning a Bit More Public.
    NYT. Justices Uphold Policy of Silence on 9/11 Detainees.
    NYT. No Delegates, but Status for Sharpton in Washington.
    NYT. The Other Doctor in Dean's House Shuns Politics.
    Krugman. The Awful Truth.
    WP. Dean Lashes Out at Rivals: Democrat 'Tired of Being a Pincushion' .
    WP. Dean Defends Record On Hiring Minorities: Ex-Governor of 96% White State Addresses Race .
    WP. GOP Urges Wider Ban on 'Soft Money': FEC Asked to Rule on '527' Organizations That Raise Unlimited Funds .
    Salon. The media vs. Howard Dean
    Knight Ridder. Dennis Kucinich, the one-time Cleveland mayor whose star dimmed and then shone again, seeks the presidency on a platform of liberalism
    adweek.com. Kucinich Reinforces His Anti-War Stance

    Blog Entries
    berrysworld. TELL THE BOSS I'M OUT OF THE OFFICE FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS.
    Angry Bear. Myths: Fiscal Responsibility and Irresponsibility
    xoverboard. O'Reilly just doesn't even care
    DNC. Witch hunt
    dailykos. What they want out of Iowa.
    philpotonpolitics. Trabajadores Invitados

    Posted by Eric at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

    Anchor Bares All In Wet T-Shirt Contest, Resigns

    News anchors gone wild.

    Catherine Bosley, a news anchor for 10 years at WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio, was used to having her picture taken.

    However, someone took pictures of her after she stripped naked during a wet T-shirt contest while she was vacationing in Key West, Fla., last year with her husband.

    "It was just a spur of the moment, silly, irresponsible thing to do that I regretted a great deal the next morning," Bosley said.

    She lived with the secret for 10 months until the pictures showed up on the Internet about a week ago. Now she's out of a job.

    "I felt like I disappointed myself. I felt like I disappointed God. And should anything like this get out, I disappointed this entire community," Bosley said.

    She claims she had just recovered from a deadly lung disease and wanted to celebrate life.

    "It was 20 to 30 minutes of my life. It didn't hurt anybody. I didn't do anything obscene. It was funny at the time," Bosley said.

    EDIT: The original story from ksat.com said Bosley was fired. Later, according to a corrected version on the site, she resigned.

    Posted by Eric at 08:03 PM | Comments (0)

    Anchor Bares All In Wet T-Shirt Contest, Resigns

    News anchors gone wild.

    Catherine Bosley, a news anchor for 10 years at WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio, was used to having her picture taken.

    However, someone took pictures of her after she stripped naked during a wet T-shirt contest while she was vacationing in Key West, Fla., last year with her husband.

    "It was just a spur of the moment, silly, irresponsible thing to do that I regretted a great deal the next morning," Bosley said.

    She lived with the secret for 10 months until the pictures showed up on the Internet about a week ago. Now she's out of a job.

    "I felt like I disappointed myself. I felt like I disappointed God. And should anything like this get out, I disappointed this entire community," Bosley said.

    She claims she had just recovered from a deadly lung disease and wanted to celebrate life.

    "It was 20 to 30 minutes of my life. It didn't hurt anybody. I didn't do anything obscene. It was funny at the time," Bosley said.

    EDIT: The original story from ksat.com said Bosley was fired. Later, according to a corrected version on the site, she resigned.

    Posted by Eric at 08:03 PM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: US Muslims

    Percentage of U.S. Muslims who said in 2000 that they would vote for George Bush: 40 [Council on American-Islamic Relations (Washington)]

    Percentage who say this today: 2 [Council on American-Islamic Relations (Washington)]

    -Harpers.

    Posted by Eric at 06:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: US Muslims

    Percentage of U.S. Muslims who said in 2000 that they would vote for George Bush: 40 [Council on American-Islamic Relations (Washington)]

    Percentage who say this today: 2 [Council on American-Islamic Relations (Washington)]

    -Harpers.

    Posted by Eric at 06:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Cheney Reverses Gay Marriage Stance

    Cheney's daughter, by the way, is gay. But I've always been told that political party comes first, so it's understandable. I mean, you always hear about departing CEOs or baseball players leaving to spend more time with their political party.

    Vice President Dick Cheney, who asserted during the 2000 presidential debates that the issue of gay marriage was one best left to the states, said he would support any attempt by President Bush to ban the practice .... "What an incredibly hurtful thing to do to his daughter," said Phil Wade, as he left the an MCC church in Denver. "I'm disappointed, but not surprised. It is very fitting that he follows the line of the party of exclusion."

    Posted by Eric at 06:28 PM | Comments (0)

    Cheney Reverses Gay Marriage Stance

    Cheney's daughter, by the way, is gay. But I've always been told that political party comes first, so it's understandable. I mean, you always hear about departing CEOs or baseball players leaving to spend more time with their political party.

    Vice President Dick Cheney, who asserted during the 2000 presidential debates that the issue of gay marriage was one best left to the states, said he would support any attempt by President Bush to ban the practice .... "What an incredibly hurtful thing to do to his daughter," said Phil Wade, as he left the an MCC church in Denver. "I'm disappointed, but not surprised. It is very fitting that he follows the line of the party of exclusion."

    Posted by Eric at 06:28 PM | Comments (0)

    The Winning MoveOn.org Ad

    Is the kids working off the debt one ... it's a good one.

    Posted by Eric at 06:06 PM | Comments (0)

    The Winning MoveOn.org Ad

    Is the kids working off the debt one ... it's a good one.

    Posted by Eric at 06:06 PM | Comments (0)

    Political Numbers

    PoliticalWire.com has all the numbers you need to keep you up-to-date with the upcoming votes.

    New Hampshire, with Clark gaining and Dean slipping a little.

    Arizona, with Clark taking the lead from Dean.

    New York, with Dean in a comfy lead.

    Iowa, with Dean expanding his lead.

    Posted by Eric at 05:42 PM | Comments (0)

    Political Numbers

    PoliticalWire.com has all the numbers you need to keep you up-to-date with the upcoming votes.

    New Hampshire, with Clark gaining and Dean slipping a little.

    Arizona, with Clark taking the lead from Dean.

    New York, with Dean in a comfy lead.

    Iowa, with Dean expanding his lead.

    Posted by Eric at 05:42 PM | Comments (0)

    News Mags Covers


    The Nation with Howard Dean, the manly man who makes Hanz AND Franz look like girly-men. Shrug?


    Newsweek on that carb diet thing, the most unfriendly diet to Asians possible ... no rice, noodles. Oy.


    TIME finally accepts my freelance submission: How Your Love Live Keeps You Healthy.


    Weekly Standard makes fun of the grassroots support of Howard Dean. Supporting a candidate that won't help you broker inside deals with your corporation? Nutcases.


    USNews comes a little late to the party and asks the standard, "Is He The One?" and brings up the usual 'doubts' from Democrats.

    Rocker Dave Matthews is on Rolling Stone. He's going to rock against Bush (that part of interview not avail online).

    Biz Week goes inside Rupert's World. Fox News, the Simpsons, NY Post, National Geographic, Fight Club and Family Guy DVDs, Dodgers ....

    Posted by Eric at 12:50 AM | Comments (0)

    News Mags Covers


    The Nation with Howard Dean, the manly man who makes Hanz AND Franz look like girly-men. Shrug?


    Newsweek on that carb diet thing, the most unfriendly diet to Asians possible ... no rice, noodles. Oy.


    TIME finally accepts my freelance submission: How Your Love Live Keeps You Healthy.


    Weekly Standard makes fun of the grassroots support of Howard Dean. Supporting a candidate that won't help you broker inside deals with your corporation? Nutcases.


    USNews comes a little late to the party and asks the standard, "Is He The One?" and brings up the usual 'doubts' from Democrats.

    Rocker Dave Matthews is on Rolling Stone. He's going to rock against Bush (that part of interview not avail online).

    Biz Week goes inside Rupert's World. Fox News, the Simpsons, NY Post, National Geographic, Fight Club and Family Guy DVDs, Dodgers ....

    Posted by Eric at 12:50 AM | Comments (0)

    January 12, 2004

    Monday Stories

    Chicago Tribune. Soldiers' suicides in Gulf lead to inquiry.
    Boston Globe. Midwesterner Gephardt milks roots, familiarity.
    Boston Globe. Dean rebukes a GOP questioner.
    Seattle PI. Search for WMD going way of Dodo.
    Reuters. Ex US-Treasury Chief: Saw No Evidence of Iraq WMDs.
    WP. Study Published by Army Criticizes War on Terror's Scope .
    AJC. Take budget deficit personally .
    NYT. In Final Debate Before Caucuses, Democrats Tangle on Race Issues.
    NYT. Two Fathers, With One Happy to Stay at Home.
    Bob Herbert. What Ails Florida?.
    NYT. A Journey From a Mill Town Ends With a Run for President.
    WP. Dean, Party of One .
    WP. Democrats' New Role In Debate On Taxes: Candidates Try To Wrest 'Reform' Label From GOP .
    WP. Sowing the Seeds of GOP Domination: Conservative Norquist Cultivates Grass Roots Beyond the Beltway .
    AJC. Dean acknowledges lack of minorities in cabinets .
    AP. Clark says he's vindicated by O'Neill book .
    USAT. Impeachment may loom for Connecticut governor.
    AP. Poll: Alternative News Gaining Influence.
    SFC. Kucinich, proudly individualistic, shuns the pack: A longshot liberal, he favors pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq .
    NYT. Replacement troops head for Iraq, largest rotation since WWII.

    Posted by Eric at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

    Monday Stories

    Chicago Tribune. Soldiers' suicides in Gulf lead to inquiry.
    Boston Globe. Midwesterner Gephardt milks roots, familiarity.
    Boston Globe. Dean rebukes a GOP questioner.
    Seattle PI. Search for WMD going way of Dodo.
    Reuters. Ex US-Treasury Chief: Saw No Evidence of Iraq WMDs.
    WP. Study Published by Army Criticizes War on Terror's Scope .
    AJC. Take budget deficit personally .
    NYT. In Final Debate Before Caucuses, Democrats Tangle on Race Issues.
    NYT. Two Fathers, With One Happy to Stay at Home.
    Bob Herbert. What Ails Florida?.
    NYT. A Journey From a Mill Town Ends With a Run for President.
    WP. Dean, Party of One .
    WP. Democrats' New Role In Debate On Taxes: Candidates Try To Wrest 'Reform' Label From GOP .
    WP. Sowing the Seeds of GOP Domination: Conservative Norquist Cultivates Grass Roots Beyond the Beltway .
    AJC. Dean acknowledges lack of minorities in cabinets .
    AP. Clark says he's vindicated by O'Neill book .
    USAT. Impeachment may loom for Connecticut governor.
    AP. Poll: Alternative News Gaining Influence.
    SFC. Kucinich, proudly individualistic, shuns the pack: A longshot liberal, he favors pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq .
    NYT. Replacement troops head for Iraq, largest rotation since WWII.

    Posted by Eric at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

    Those ACLU Fascists

    As Bill O'Reilly calls them ...

    "The ACLU is the most fascist organization I have seen in decades. They want to tell you how to live. They don't want to abide by the Constitution. They want to go AROUND the Constitution. They're intellectual fascists. And they use the courts as their Panzer divisions."
    Panzer, of course, is ... "German Panzer tank, armor, coat of mail, from Middle High German panzier, from Old French pancière, from pance, panche belly -- more at PAUNCH
    Date: circa 1939
    : TANK 3; specifically : a German tank of World War II - M.Websters." So yes, Bill just called them Nazis basically.

    Anyway, the ACLU is so left-wing that they're defending Rush Limbaugh.

    In a motion filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said state law enforcement officers violated Rush Limbaugh’s privacy rights by seizing the conservative radio talk show host's medical records as part of a criminal investigation involving alleged “doctor-shopping.”

    “While this case involves the right of Rush Limbaugh to maintain the privacy of his medical records, the precedent set in this case will impact the security of medical records and the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship of every person in Florida,” said Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida.

    The ACLU’s request to submit a “friend-of-the-court” brief on behalf of Limbaugh was filed today with the Fourth District Court of Appeal. The ACLU said in its motion that the state infringed on Florida’s constitutional right to privacy when it failed to follow well-established protocol, mandated by law, when confiscating Limbaugh’s medical files. The organization stated that its interest in the case was “to vindicate every Floridian’s fundamental right to privacy by ensuring that the state be required to comply” with the law.

    The funny thing is if O'Reilly were in some situation where his rights were somehow compromised, the ACLU would probably defend him too (Limbaugh hates the ACLU more than anyone). That's the ACLU for you ...

    Posted by Eric at 10:06 PM | Comments (0)

    Those ACLU Fascists

    As Bill O'Reilly calls them ...

    "The ACLU is the most fascist organization I have seen in decades. They want to tell you how to live. They don't want to abide by the Constitution. They want to go AROUND the Constitution. They're intellectual fascists. And they use the courts as their Panzer divisions."
    Panzer, of course, is ... "German Panzer tank, armor, coat of mail, from Middle High German panzier, from Old French pancière, from pance, panche belly -- more at PAUNCH
    Date: circa 1939
    : TANK 3; specifically : a German tank of World War II - M.Websters." So yes, Bill just called them Nazis basically.

    Anyway, the ACLU is so left-wing that they're defending Rush Limbaugh.

    In a motion filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said state law enforcement officers violated Rush Limbaugh’s privacy rights by seizing the conservative radio talk show host's medical records as part of a criminal investigation involving alleged “doctor-shopping.”

    “While this case involves the right of Rush Limbaugh to maintain the privacy of his medical records, the precedent set in this case will impact the security of medical records and the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship of every person in Florida,” said Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida.

    The ACLU’s request to submit a “friend-of-the-court” brief on behalf of Limbaugh was filed today with the Fourth District Court of Appeal. The ACLU said in its motion that the state infringed on Florida’s constitutional right to privacy when it failed to follow well-established protocol, mandated by law, when confiscating Limbaugh’s medical files. The organization stated that its interest in the case was “to vindicate every Floridian’s fundamental right to privacy by ensuring that the state be required to comply” with the law.

    The funny thing is if O'Reilly were in some situation where his rights were somehow compromised, the ACLU would probably defend him too (Limbaugh hates the ACLU more than anyone). That's the ACLU for you ...

    Posted by Eric at 10:06 PM | Comments (0)

    Rivals Pounce on Rising Clark

    Who needs Nader when you have these guys? The Kerry campaign has "enlisted several New Hampshire Democratic heavyweights to question Clark's party credentials." From Reuters:

    "The issue here is this candidate is not a Democrat," former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen told reporters at Kerry's campaign headquarters. "Wes Clark is not a Democrat." ...

    "If you like Dick Cheney and you want another Republican lobbyist in the White House, then Wes Clark is your guy," said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Joe Keefe.

    You know, if Kerry DOES win the nomination (not likely, but possible), he'll have a hard time getting the support of the Dean and Clark supporters. At least this is what people in those camps have told me. Hopefully, when the primaries are over, Democrats will unite behind one candidate. But it's very difficult to be enthusiastic about a candidate who ferociously attacked your guy (e.g. Dean supporters warming to Kerry, Dick or Joe). This has always been a problem/challenge inherent in the primary system, and whether or not it'll be a problem this year remains to be seen.

    Posted by Eric at 08:49 PM | Comments (0)

    Rivals Pounce on Rising Clark

    Who needs Nader when you have these guys? The Kerry campaign has "enlisted several New Hampshire Democratic heavyweights to question Clark's party credentials." From Reuters:

    "The issue here is this candidate is not a Democrat," former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen told reporters at Kerry's campaign headquarters. "Wes Clark is not a Democrat." ...

    "If you like Dick Cheney and you want another Republican lobbyist in the White House, then Wes Clark is your guy," said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Joe Keefe.

    You know, if Kerry DOES win the nomination (not likely, but possible), he'll have a hard time getting the support of the Dean and Clark supporters. At least this is what people in those camps have told me. Hopefully, when the primaries are over, Democrats will unite behind one candidate. But it's very difficult to be enthusiastic about a candidate who ferociously attacked your guy (e.g. Dean supporters warming to Kerry, Dick or Joe). This has always been a problem/challenge inherent in the primary system, and whether or not it'll be a problem this year remains to be seen.

    Posted by Eric at 08:49 PM | Comments (0)

    The Deans are crazy elitists who are out of touch with America

    I mean, how else to explain this shocking revelation about the Deans!? Call Aunty Patty, the Deans don't watch Spongebob. Newsmax:

    Parenthetically, the New Yorker adds a comment that deserves much more investigation: ("One evening last summer, [Steinberg] made a surprise visit to the Burlington campaign headquarters because she wanted to watch one of the Democratic candidates’ debates; the Deans don’t have cable.")

    Why don’t the Deans have cable TV?

    Surely, Dean and his wife are worth millions, so the monthly cost of the paid programming coughed up by the average American family is not an issue for them.

    Posted by Eric at 08:39 PM | Comments (0)

    The Deans are crazy elitists who are out of touch with America

    I mean, how else to explain this shocking revelation about the Deans!? Call Aunty Patty, the Deans don't watch Spongebob. Newsmax:

    Parenthetically, the New Yorker adds a comment that deserves much more investigation: ("One evening last summer, [Steinberg] made a surprise visit to the Burlington campaign headquarters because she wanted to watch one of the Democratic candidates’ debates; the Deans don’t have cable.")

    Why don’t the Deans have cable TV?

    Surely, Dean and his wife are worth millions, so the monthly cost of the paid programming coughed up by the average American family is not an issue for them.

    Posted by Eric at 08:39 PM | Comments (0)

    Bill O'Reilly.com Lies About Book Sales

    On BillOReilly.com's main page ...

    Factor Fans Keep Bill's Book #1
    Memo to Al Franken: For the fifth straight week, "Who's Looking Out for You?" remains #1 on the NYT Best Seller List.

    However, O'Reilly's book was number one for only four straight weeks: 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, and 1/11.

    Michael Moore was number one for 12/14.

    Al Franken is number one for 1/18.

    Remember that O'Reilly previously misled people about his book sales. So why is O'Reilly and his website proving Al Franken's point?

    Posted by Eric at 02:45 PM | Comments (0)

    Bill O'Reilly.com Lies About Book Sales

    On BillOReilly.com's main page ...

    Factor Fans Keep Bill's Book #1
    Memo to Al Franken: For the fifth straight week, "Who's Looking Out for You?" remains #1 on the NYT Best Seller List.

    However, O'Reilly's book was number one for only four straight weeks: 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, and 1/11.

    Michael Moore was number one for 12/14.

    Al Franken is number one for 1/18.

    Remember that O'Reilly previously misled people about his book sales. So why is O'Reilly and his website proving Al Franken's point?

    Posted by Eric at 02:45 PM | Comments (0)

    O'Neill on 60 Minutes

    Hey, what would he know? It's not like he was in some sort of inner circle of political advisers, like a 'cabinet,' or something ... transcript

    “From the very beginning, there was a conviction, that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go,” says O’Neill, who adds that going after Saddam was topic "A" 10 days after the inauguration - eight months before Sept. 11.

    “From the very first instance, it was about Iraq. It was about what we can do to change this regime,” says Suskind. “Day one, these things were laid and sealed.”

    As treasury secretary, O'Neill was a permanent member of the National Security Council. He says in the book he was surprised at the meeting that questions such as "Why Saddam?" and "Why now?" were never asked.

    "It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying ‘Go find me a way to do this,’" says O’Neill. “For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap.”

    And that came up at this first meeting, says O’Neill, who adds that the discussion of Iraq continued at the next National Security Council meeting two days later.

    He got briefing materials under this cover sheet. “There are memos. One of them marked, secret, says, ‘Plan for post-Saddam Iraq,’" adds Suskind, who says that they discussed an occupation of Iraq in January and February of 2001.

    Also this ...
    He says everyone expected Mr. Bush to rubber stamp the plan under discussion: a big new tax cut. But, according to Suskind, the president was perhaps having second thoughts about cutting taxes again, and was uncharacteristically engaged.

    “He asks, ‘Haven't we already given money to rich people? This second tax cut's gonna do it again,’” says Suskind.

    “He says, ‘Didn’t we already, why are we doing it again?’ Now, his advisers, they say, ‘Well Mr. President, the upper class, they're the entrepreneurs. That's the standard response.’ And the president kind of goes, ‘OK.’ That's their response. And then, he comes back to it again. ‘Well, shouldn't we be giving money to the middle, won't people be able to say, ‘You did it once, and then you did it twice, and what was it good for?’"

    But according to the transcript, White House political advisor Karl Rove jumped in.

    “Karl Rove is saying to the president, a kind of mantra. ‘Stick to principle. Stick to principle.’ He says it over and over again,” says Suskind. “Don’t waver.”

    Posted by Eric at 12:06 PM | Comments (0)

    O'Neill on 60 Minutes

    Hey, what would he know? It's not like he was in some sort of inner circle of political advisers, like a 'cabinet,' or something ... transcript

    “From the very beginning, there was a conviction, that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go,” says O’Neill, who adds that going after Saddam was topic "A" 10 days after the inauguration - eight months before Sept. 11.

    “From the very first instance, it was about Iraq. It was about what we can do to change this regime,” says Suskind. “Day one, these things were laid and sealed.”

    As treasury secretary, O'Neill was a permanent member of the National Security Council. He says in the book he was surprised at the meeting that questions such as "Why Saddam?" and "Why now?" were never asked.

    "It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying ‘Go find me a way to do this,’" says O’Neill. “For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap.”

    And that came up at this first meeting, says O’Neill, who adds that the discussion of Iraq continued at the next National Security Council meeting two days later.

    He got briefing materials under this cover sheet. “There are memos. One of them marked, secret, says, ‘Plan for post-Saddam Iraq,’" adds Suskind, who says that they discussed an occupation of Iraq in January and February of 2001.

    Also this ...
    He says everyone expected Mr. Bush to rubber stamp the plan under discussion: a big new tax cut. But, according to Suskind, the president was perhaps having second thoughts about cutting taxes again, and was uncharacteristically engaged.

    “He asks, ‘Haven't we already given money to rich people? This second tax cut's gonna do it again,’” says Suskind.

    “He says, ‘Didn’t we already, why are we doing it again?’ Now, his advisers, they say, ‘Well Mr. President, the upper class, they're the entrepreneurs. That's the standard response.’ And the president kind of goes, ‘OK.’ That's their response. And then, he comes back to it again. ‘Well, shouldn't we be giving money to the middle, won't people be able to say, ‘You did it once, and then you did it twice, and what was it good for?’"

    But according to the transcript, White House political advisor Karl Rove jumped in.

    “Karl Rove is saying to the president, a kind of mantra. ‘Stick to principle. Stick to principle.’ He says it over and over again,” says Suskind. “Don’t waver.”

    Posted by Eric at 12:06 PM | Comments (0)

    New Book: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush

    Just released:

    cover

    American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush

    Booklist Description:

    There are many Bush-bashing books out there, but this one is quite different. Ivins, Franken, and Conason, among others, have focused primarily on the current president's administration. This book, written by a former Republican strategist, is more wide ranging, more scholarly, and in many ways, more disturbing. Focusing on the last four generations of Bush men, Phillips brings the reader into the secretive upper echelon of the American power establishment, where connections are made in Ivy League clubs, and he shows how members of that old-boy network become the policymakers of the country. In the case of the Bushes, this resulted not only in money and power but also in links to the CIA, the energy industry, and the military-industrial complex--links that have shaped this country's national and foreign policy for decades. Phillips explains the Bushes' relationship with Enron and the House of Saud in eyebrow-raising detail and adds confirming information about troubling claims, including the notion that the Reagan-Bush ticket arranged that American captives would not be released from Iran until Reagan took office. One of Phillips' main points is the juxtaposition between the Bush family ascent and European aristocracies, but this discussion almost seems intrusive. Unfortunately, Phillips' source notes were not appended in the galley; it will be interesting to peruse them in the finished book, which will generate much debate in the coming months.

    Phillips also wrote about the Bushes in the LAT over the weekend.

    Posted by Eric at 06:15 AM | Comments (0)

    New Book: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush

    Just released:

    cover

    American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush

    Booklist Description:

    There are many Bush-bashing books out there, but this one is quite different. Ivins, Franken, and Conason, among others, have focused primarily on the current president's administration. This book, written by a former Republican strategist, is more wide ranging, more scholarly, and in many ways, more disturbing. Focusing on the last four generations of Bush men, Phillips brings the reader into the secretive upper echelon of the American power establishment, where connections are made in Ivy League clubs, and he shows how members of that old-boy network become the policymakers of the country. In the case of the Bushes, this resulted not only in money and power but also in links to the CIA, the energy industry, and the military-industrial complex--links that have shaped this country's national and foreign policy for decades. Phillips explains the Bushes' relationship with Enron and the House of Saud in eyebrow-raising detail and adds confirming information about troubling claims, including the notion that the Reagan-Bush ticket arranged that American captives would not be released from Iran until Reagan took office. One of Phillips' main points is the juxtaposition between the Bush family ascent and European aristocracies, but this discussion almost seems intrusive. Unfortunately, Phillips' source notes were not appended in the galley; it will be interesting to peruse them in the finished book, which will generate much debate in the coming months.

    Phillips also wrote about the Bushes in the LAT over the weekend.

    Posted by Eric at 06:15 AM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: Toxic Waste Cleanup

  • Superfund toxic waste cleanup program funding shortfall for FY 2003: $174.9m

  • Cleanups at America's 1,238 Superfund sites under Bush: 40 sites cleaned up in fiscal year 2003

  • compared to an average 87 sites per year in the late 1990's.

    -USPIRG

    Posted by Eric at 03:18 AM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers: Toxic Waste Cleanup

  • Superfund toxic waste cleanup program funding shortfall for FY 2003: $174.9m

  • Cleanups at America's 1,238 Superfund sites under Bush: 40 sites cleaned up in fiscal year 2003

  • compared to an average 87 sites per year in the late 1990's.

    -USPIRG

    Posted by Eric at 03:18 AM | Comments (0)

    Send in Blog Entries

    I'm going to start doing the blog section again under the 'stories' portion. So, if you have something, send me an email.

    Posted by Eric at 02:41 AM | Comments (0)

    Send in Blog Entries

    I'm going to start doing the blog section again under the 'stories' portion. So, if you have something, send me an email.

    Posted by Eric at 02:41 AM | Comments (0)

    Comedy Monday

    "President Bush promises we will only be on Mars for a couple months until they are capable of self-rule." —David Letterman

    "NASA said the rover on Mars discovered a muddy black liquid. If it's oil, some little green men are about to get their asses kicked." —Craig Kilborn

    "Did you hear about that? Britney Spears got married out in the Las Vegas strip. It went just like any marriage. It was great for the first ten minutes and then just fell apart." —David Letterman

    "On Friday, President Bush announced details of his plan to send a man to the moon. Bush told reporters that to guarantee success of the mission, we will only send the astronauts up there when it's a full moon." —Jimmy Fallon



    Mean Dean? Daily Show.
    National Lampoon Ten Morally Taboo Behaviors that Deserve a
    Second Look
    .
    ScrappleFace Bush Courts Latinos, Puts Base on Moon.
    The Onion Spaghetti-Os Discontinued As Franco-American Relations Break Down.
    The Onion. Howard Stern Organizes Women's Health Symposium.
    IWR. Bush to Have Senior Citizens Defend Iraq.
    DU. The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 139).

    Mike Lane. Executive Fashion Season.

    Jeff Parker. Bend Over Backward Politics .

    Steve Sack. Deanatra.

    Jeff Danziger. Club for Growth Dean Truth?.

    Ted Rall. Bush Kicks Off Campaign .

    Benjamin: Do you have a lawyer?
    Wayne Campbell: Yes! Ahm, no. We're between lawyers right now. You see, our first lawyer screwed our affairs so bad.
    Garth Algar: That's right. I walked right to that office - that's what I did - and I reached across that desk and I grabbed him by his fat head and I said "Listen, man! I'm not going to jail for YOU or for anybody!". --Wayne's World.


    George Wade: This whole project is worth about 50 million in profits.
    Ruth Kelson: I personally feel it is unethical for one person to acquire that much wealth, how do you sleep at night?
    George Wade: Well I have a machine that simulates the sound of the ocean.
    Larry Kelson: Do those really work?
    George Wade: Oh yes, quite well actually. --Two Weeks Notice

    Posted by Eric at 02:06 AM | Comments (0)

    Comedy Monday

    "President Bush promises we will only be on Mars for a couple months until they are capable of self-rule." —David Letterman

    "NASA said the rover on Mars discovered a muddy black liquid. If it's oil, some little green men are about to get their asses kicked." —Craig Kilborn

    "Did you hear about that? Britney Spears got married out in the Las Vegas strip. It went just like any marriage. It was great for the first ten minutes and then just fell apart." —David Letterman

    "On Friday, President Bush announced details of his plan to send a man to the moon. Bush told reporters that to guarantee success of the mission, we will only send the astronauts up there when it's a full moon." —Jimmy Fallon



    Mean Dean? Daily Show.
    National Lampoon Ten Morally Taboo Behaviors that Deserve a
    Second Look
    .
    ScrappleFace Bush Courts Latinos, Puts Base on Moon.
    The Onion Spaghetti-Os Discontinued As Franco-American Relations Break Down.
    The Onion. Howard Stern Organizes Women's Health Symposium.
    IWR. Bush to Have Senior Citizens Defend Iraq.
    DU. The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 139).

    Mike Lane. Executive Fashion Season.

    Jeff Parker. Bend Over Backward Politics .

    Steve Sack. Deanatra.

    Jeff Danziger. Club for Growth Dean Truth?.

    Ted Rall. Bush Kicks Off Campaign .

    Benjamin: Do you have a lawyer?
    Wayne Campbell: Yes! Ahm, no. We're between lawyers right now. You see, our first lawyer screwed our affairs so bad.
    Garth Algar: That's right. I walked right to that office - that's what I did - and I reached across that desk and I grabbed him by his fat head and I said "Listen, man! I'm not going to jail for YOU or for anybody!". --Wayne's World.


    George Wade: This whole project is worth about 50 million in profits.
    Ruth Kelson: I personally feel it is unethical for one person to acquire that much wealth, how do you sleep at night?
    George Wade: Well I have a machine that simulates the sound of the ocean.
    Larry Kelson: Do those really work?
    George Wade: Oh yes, quite well actually. --Two Weeks Notice

    Posted by Eric at 02:06 AM | Comments (0)

    Des Moines Register Endorses Edwards

    I think this is the first positive news I've posted for Edwards in a while ...

    Until Edwards is given a closer look. The more we watched him, the more we read his speeches and studied his positions, the more we saw him comport himself in debate, the more we learned about his life story, the more our editorial board came to conclude he's a cut above the others.

    John Edwards is one of those rare, naturally gifted politicians who doesn't need a long record of public service to inspire confidence in his abilities. His life has been one of accomplishing the unexpected, amid flashes of brilliance ... Dean has the slogan, but it is Edwards who most eloquently and believably expresses this point of view, with his trial-lawyer skill for distilling arguments into compelling language that moves a jury of ordinary people. He speaks of there being two Americas:

    "One America does the work, while another America reaps the reward. One America pays the taxes, while another America gets the tax breaks. If we want America to be a growing, thriving democracy with the strongest middle class on Earth, we must choose a different path."

    If Edwards wins the Democratic nomination, voters this fall would have a choice between two men who almost perfectly embody the rival political philosophies in America today. George W. Bush and John Edwards are attractive, likable, energetic. They have about the same level of prior experience in government - and they are polar opposites ... Edwards is from a working-class family, attended public universities, made his fortune representing ordinary people in the courtroom and fervently believes that America does best when doors of opportunity are open to anyone willing to work and get ahead. He says those opportunities are being choked off in an America today that rewards wealth, not work. Emblematic of his approach is his proposal to pay the first year's tuition to a state university or community college for any student willing to work.

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (0)

    Des Moines Register Endorses Edwards

    I think this is the first positive news I've posted for Edwards in a while ...

    Until Edwards is given a closer look. The more we watched him, the more we read his speeches and studied his positions, the more we saw him comport himself in debate, the more we learned about his life story, the more our editorial board came to conclude he's a cut above the others.

    John Edwards is one of those rare, naturally gifted politicians who doesn't need a long record of public service to inspire confidence in his abilities. His life has been one of accomplishing the unexpected, amid flashes of brilliance ... Dean has the slogan, but it is Edwards who most eloquently and believably expresses this point of view, with his trial-lawyer skill for distilling arguments into compelling language that moves a jury of ordinary people. He speaks of there being two Americas:

    "One America does the work, while another America reaps the reward. One America pays the taxes, while another America gets the tax breaks. If we want America to be a growing, thriving democracy with the strongest middle class on Earth, we must choose a different path."

    If Edwards wins the Democratic nomination, voters this fall would have a choice between two men who almost perfectly embody the rival political philosophies in America today. George W. Bush and John Edwards are attractive, likable, energetic. They have about the same level of prior experience in government - and they are polar opposites ... Edwards is from a working-class family, attended public universities, made his fortune representing ordinary people in the courtroom and fervently believes that America does best when doors of opportunity are open to anyone willing to work and get ahead. He says those opportunities are being choked off in an America today that rewards wealth, not work. Emblematic of his approach is his proposal to pay the first year's tuition to a state university or community college for any student willing to work.

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (0)

    January 10, 2004

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    This whole column from Ann Coutler shall suffice:

    Democrats never talk about believing in something; they talk about simulating belief in something. Americans believe in this crazy God crap that we don't, so how do we hoodwink them into believing we believe in God? It's part of the casual contempt Democrats have for the views of normal people. ...

    The only Democrats who go to church regularly are the ones who plan to run for president someday and are preparing in advance to fake a belief in God. ...

    Dean himself has recently made the fascinating discovery that a lot of Americans believe in God. Hold the phones -- the Democrats have a soothsayer in their midst! Next, Dean will be announcing that he's just discovered how important this sex thing is.

    You can love Christ as long as you're not a Democrat. Oh divisive Ann Coulter, alienating the moderates from the GOP, the Democrats are so lucky to have you.

    Posted by Eric at 05:59 AM | Comments (0)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    This whole column from Ann Coutler shall suffice:

    Democrats never talk about believing in something; they talk about simulating belief in something. Americans believe in this crazy God crap that we don't, so how do we hoodwink them into believing we believe in God? It's part of the casual contempt Democrats have for the views of normal people. ...

    The only Democrats who go to church regularly are the ones who plan to run for president someday and are preparing in advance to fake a belief in God. ...

    Dean himself has recently made the fascinating discovery that a lot of Americans believe in God. Hold the phones -- the Democrats have a soothsayer in their midst! Next, Dean will be announcing that he's just discovered how important this sex thing is.

    You can love Christ as long as you're not a Democrat. Oh divisive Ann Coulter, alienating the moderates from the GOP, the Democrats are so lucky to have you.

    Posted by Eric at 05:59 AM | Comments (0)

    Saturday Stories

    Michelangelo Signorile . Straight From Vermont: Understanding Howard Dean’s rainbow coalition
    LV City Life. Big Brother is watching
    LA Weekly. Exiled by Love: Immigration law does not look kindly on gays and lesbians who fall in love with foreigners. Things could change, but don’t hold your breath
    Alan Bisbort. Watergate Redux
    Hartford Advocate. Meet Mrs. Dean: M eet Dr. Judith Steinberg Dean, career woman
    AP. Time will render verdict on Clark, Lieberman decision to skip Iowa's caucuses
    LAT. Man, Woman Charged in Genital Mutilation Case
    LAT. Dean Ahead But Iowa Is Up For Grabs
    WP. Clark Vows No Terrorist Attacks: Security Issues Dominate in N.H.
    WP. Candidates Take High Road: Democratic ads in Iowa focus on issues, not hitting rivals
    NYT. Nader Says a Run Would Benefit Democrats
    NYT. Dean Attacks Bush on Research
    NYT. Bush Seeks Ways to Create Jobs, and Fast
    AP. More unemployed workers give up looking for work
    AP. Dean adjusts strategy as race tightens

    Posted by Eric at 05:42 AM | Comments (0)

    Saturday Stories

    Michelangelo Signorile . Straight From Vermont: Understanding Howard Dean’s rainbow coalition
    LV City Life. Big Brother is watching
    LA Weekly. Exiled by Love: Immigration law does not look kindly on gays and lesbians who fall in love with foreigners. Things could change, but don’t hold your breath
    Alan Bisbort. Watergate Redux
    Hartford Advocate. Meet Mrs. Dean: M eet Dr. Judith Steinberg Dean, career woman
    AP. Time will render verdict on Clark, Lieberman decision to skip Iowa's caucuses
    LAT. Man, Woman Charged in Genital Mutilation Case
    LAT. Dean Ahead But Iowa Is Up For Grabs
    WP. Clark Vows No Terrorist Attacks: Security Issues Dominate in N.H.
    WP. Candidates Take High Road: Democratic ads in Iowa focus on issues, not hitting rivals
    NYT. Nader Says a Run Would Benefit Democrats
    NYT. Dean Attacks Bush on Research
    NYT. Bush Seeks Ways to Create Jobs, and Fast
    AP. More unemployed workers give up looking for work
    AP. Dean adjusts strategy as race tightens

    Posted by Eric at 05:42 AM | Comments (0)

    January 09, 2004

    Tom Harkin to Endorse Dean; "Harry Truman of our generation"

    Great news for Dean, as Harkin is the most visible Democrat in the state. His endorsement will help, especially among the people most likely to vote in the caucus (more elite-types).

    In the interview, Harkin praised Dean's straightforward approach to campaigning, saying it brought a breath of fresh air to the campaign trail.

    He said the former Vermont governor is "the Harry Truman of our generation. Howard Dean is really the kind of plain-spoken Democrat we need."

    If the endorsement was a boost, the timing was a political gift for Dean, who spent the day struggling to prevent lasting damage from the impact of his four-year-old comments in which he said the presidential caucus system was dominated by extremist interests.

    "Four years ago, I didn't really understand the Iowa caucuses," Dean said during the day.

    Dean leads in the polls in Iowa, but caucuses demand a sophisticated organizational structure as well, and he has been counting on an army of young volunteers to help deliver victory.

    Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Tom Harkin to Endorse Dean; "Harry Truman of our generation"

    Great news for Dean, as Harkin is the most visible Democrat in the state. His endorsement will help, especially among the people most likely to vote in the caucus (more elite-types).

    In the interview, Harkin praised Dean's straightforward approach to campaigning, saying it brought a breath of fresh air to the campaign trail.

    He said the former Vermont governor is "the Harry Truman of our generation. Howard Dean is really the kind of plain-spoken Democrat we need."

    If the endorsement was a boost, the timing was a political gift for Dean, who spent the day struggling to prevent lasting damage from the impact of his four-year-old comments in which he said the presidential caucus system was dominated by extremist interests.

    "Four years ago, I didn't really understand the Iowa caucuses," Dean said during the day.

    Dean leads in the polls in Iowa, but caucuses demand a sophisticated organizational structure as well, and he has been counting on an army of young volunteers to help deliver victory.

    Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Ex-Treasury secretary O'Neill: Bush uninterested in government policy

    Not like we didn't know that from the previous books written about Bush and his 'rise' to power, but it's nice that a former member of his cabinet is leaking out the information.

    White House officials braced yesterday for a forthcoming book in which former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill lavishes criticism on the Bush administration.

    The book, "The Price of Loyalty," chronicles O'Neill's tenure at Treasury and conveys his impression of President Bush as a man uninterested in government policy, who tuned out detailed discussion of the economy and whose decisions were driven primarily by partisan politics.

    Posted by Eric at 06:55 PM | Comments (0)

    Ex-Treasury secretary O'Neill: Bush uninterested in government policy

    Not like we didn't know that from the previous books written about Bush and his 'rise' to power, but it's nice that a former member of his cabinet is leaking out the information.

    White House officials braced yesterday for a forthcoming book in which former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill lavishes criticism on the Bush administration.

    The book, "The Price of Loyalty," chronicles O'Neill's tenure at Treasury and conveys his impression of President Bush as a man uninterested in government policy, who tuned out detailed discussion of the economy and whose decisions were driven primarily by partisan politics.

    Posted by Eric at 06:55 PM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers

  • Twenty five major American cities saw a 19% increase in the need for emergency food last year alone.
  • New jobs created during the 2004-05 period are forecast to pay an average of $35,855, far lower than the $43,629 average pay of those jobs lost between 2001-03.
  • Only 14% of CEOs are planning to increase the pace of hiring.

    From Moving Ideas.org and CAP.

    Posted by Eric at 03:48 AM | Comments (0)

    Daily Hamster Numbers

  • Twenty five major American cities saw a 19% increase in the need for emergency food last year alone.
  • New jobs created during the 2004-05 period are forecast to pay an average of $35,855, far lower than the $43,629 average pay of those jobs lost between 2001-03.
  • Only 14% of CEOs are planning to increase the pace of hiring.

    From Moving Ideas.org and CAP.

    Posted by Eric at 03:48 AM | Comments (0)

    Dirty Tricks? See Dick Charge Dean of Caucus Fraud

    True or not, I would not know. Regardless, Democratic in-fighting is certainly characterizing this primary fight, especially with Dick, Joe and John vs. Dean. Dick charges:

    In a letter to Trippi and later in a conference call with reporters, Murphy said a Dean field organizer in Iowa told a Gephardt staff member some of the expected 3,500 out-of-state Dean supporters coming to Iowa to help turn out the caucus vote would try to participate.

    "It has come to our attention that your campaign in Iowa is engaged in an effort to violate caucus rules and send out-of-state supporters to pose as Iowa residents and caucus in cities and towns across the state," Murphy said in the letter.

    He told reporters the effort was "a direct challenge to the integrity of the caucuses" and called on Trippi to identify and fire the individuals responsible for it.

    Murphy said the Gephardt campaign, in a must-win battle with front-runner Dean in Iowa, planned to step up its monitoring of caucus participants and had asked the state party to be particularly vigilant.

    Participants in the caucuses, sponsored by the state Democratic Party, must be registered Democrats who will be old enough to vote in November, but they can register on the spot and identification or proof of residence is not required. As a party event, Murphy said, there is no legal penalty attached to the fraud and he said he would not challenge the results if Gephardt lost.

    The possibility of such an effort surfaced in November, when state party officials sent an advisory to the campaigns warning against the tactic after a Dean staff member in Vermont called and asked if a hotel address was sufficient grounds to participate. At the time, Dean officials dismissed the significance of the call and attributed it to a teen-age intern.

    The Dean camp responds:
    Let me be clear, your allegation is ridiculous. The 3,500 volunteers who have pledged to come to Iowa by caucus time are people who believe in a better America and a stronger democracy. Many are first time voters who have chosen to reengage in the political process because they understand that government has stopped working for the people. They know that Howard Dean is a different type of politician, and if we asked them to participate in the activities you allege, they would get in their cars and drive home.

    We understand that the grassroots enthusiasm this campaign has generated and the over 3,500 volunteers who are canvassing in Iowa this month is threatening to Dick Gephardt. But that is no excuse for you to try to make Iowans question the motives of these idealistic Americans who are paying their own way to Iowa to canvass. In doing so, you are practicing precisely the type of politics that these volunteers are dedicating their time and effort to stopping.

    People are tired of this type of campaigning, which is why we've been energizing voters across the country with our message of hope and of a better democracy. As Governor Dean often says, it's not enough for us to change presidents -- we need to change the way politics work.

    Posted by Eric at 12:02 AM | Comments (0)

    Dirty Tricks? See Dick Charge Dean of Caucus Fraud

    True or not, I would not know. Regardless, Democratic in-fighting is certainly characterizing this primary fight, especially with Dick, Joe and John vs. Dean. Dick charges:

    In a letter to Trippi and later in a conference call with reporters, Murphy said a Dean field organizer in Iowa told a Gephardt staff member some of the expected 3,500 out-of-state Dean supporters coming to Iowa to help turn out the caucus vote would try to participate.

    "It has come to our attention that your campaign in Iowa is engaged in an effort to violate caucus rules and send out-of-state supporters to pose as Iowa residents and caucus in cities and towns across the state," Murphy said in the letter.

    He told reporters the effort was "a direct challenge to the integrity of the caucuses" and called on Trippi to identify and fire the individuals responsible for it.

    Murphy said the Gephardt campaign, in a must-win battle with front-runner Dean in Iowa, planned to step up its monitoring of caucus participants and had asked the state party to be particularly vigilant.

    Participants in the caucuses, sponsored by the state Democratic Party, must be registered Democrats who will be old enough to vote in November, but they can register on the spot and identification or proof of residence is not required. As a party event, Murphy said, there is no legal penalty attached to the fraud and he said he would not challenge the results if Gephardt lost.

    The possibility of such an effort surfaced in November, when state party officials sent an advisory to the campaigns warning against the tactic after a Dean staff member in Vermont called and asked if a hotel address was sufficient grounds to participate. At the time, Dean officials dismissed the significance of the call and attributed it to a teen-age intern.

    The Dean camp responds:
    Let me be clear, your allegation is ridiculous. The 3,500 volunteers who have pledged to come to Iowa by caucus time are people who believe in a better America and a stronger democracy. Many are first time voters who have chosen to reengage in the political process because they understand that government has stopped working for the people. They know that Howard Dean is a different type of politician, and if we asked them to participate in the activities you allege, they would get in their cars and drive home.

    We understand that the grassroots enthusiasm this campaign has generated and the over 3,500 volunteers who are canvassing in Iowa this month is threatening to Dick Gephardt. But that is no excuse for you to try to make Iowans question the motives of these idealistic Americans who are paying their own way to Iowa to canvass. In doing so, you are practicing precisely the type of politics that these volunteers are dedicating their time and effort to stopping.

    People are tired of this type of campaigning, which is why we've been energizing voters across the country with our message of hope and of a better democracy. As Governor Dean often says, it's not enough for us to change presidents -- we need to change the way politics work.

    Posted by Eric at 12:02 AM | Comments (0)

    January 08, 2004

    Thursday Stories

    Sidney Blumenthal . Colin Powell is more isolated than ever in the Bush administration -- and almost certainly preparing for his retirement
    Salon. Why Dean needs to win big now: If the former Vermont governor doesn't overwhelm his opponents in Iowa and New Hampshire, some analysts say, he may face a long, draining campaign fight
    Molly Ivins. Gov. Goodhair's year in review: We've got spirit, yes we do -- we've got spirit, how 'bout you?
    Eric Alterman . Republicans pursue faulty national security policies, so why are Democrats the ones with a credibility problem?
    Jim Lobe . A new report that says proof of Iraq's WMDs was exaggerated turns up the heat on the administration
    NYT. Border Politics as Bush Woos 2 Key Groups With Proposal
    NYT. I.M.F. Says Rise in U.S. Debts Is Threat to World's Economy
    NYT. Ex-Enron Figure Reported Near a Plea of Guilty
    NYT. To Endorse or Not to Endorse? An Iowa Power Broker Is Torn
    WP. Dean Says Faith Swayed Decision on Gay Unions
    WP. As Economy Revs Up, Democrats Shift Rhetorical Gears
    WP. Clark Discovers Inroads on Campaign Trail: Gaining in Poll, Retired General Becomes a Target
    Jay Bookman. Give illegals Bush's offer and more
    Knight-Ridder. Iraq didn't pose immediate threat to U.S., Carnegie report concludes
    CNN. Moderates seen as key to immigration reform passage
    LAT. Staffers for Front-Runner Dean Seen Chasing After Clark

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Thursday Stories

    Sidney Blumenthal . Colin Powell is more isolated than ever in the Bush administration -- and almost certainly preparing for his retirement
    Salon. Why Dean needs to win big now: If the former Vermont governor doesn't overwhelm his opponents in Iowa and New Hampshire, some analysts say, he may face a long, draining campaign fight
    Molly Ivins. Gov. Goodhair's year in review: We've got spirit, yes we do -- we've got spirit, how 'bout you?
    Eric Alterman . Republicans pursue faulty national security policies, so why are Democrats the ones with a credibility problem?
    Jim Lobe . A new report that says proof of Iraq's WMDs was exaggerated turns up the heat on the administration
    NYT. Border Politics as Bush Woos 2 Key Groups With Proposal
    NYT. I.M.F. Says Rise in U.S. Debts Is Threat to World's Economy
    NYT. Ex-Enron Figure Reported Near a Plea of Guilty
    NYT. To Endorse or Not to Endorse? An Iowa Power Broker Is Torn
    WP. Dean Says Faith Swayed Decision on Gay Unions
    WP. As Economy Revs Up, Democrats Shift Rhetorical Gears
    WP. Clark Discovers Inroads on Campaign Trail: Gaining in Poll, Retired General Becomes a Target
    Jay Bookman. Give illegals Bush's offer and more
    Knight-Ridder. Iraq didn't pose immediate threat to U.S., Carnegie report concludes
    CNN. Moderates seen as key to immigration reform passage
    LAT. Staffers for Front-Runner Dean Seen Chasing After Clark

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Clark 2nd in NH

    You'll recall that John Kerry is from Mass. so NH should, in theory, be a relatively strong state for him ... The Clark camp has been putting a lot of resources into NH, so this doesn't surprise me. The ARG poll:

    Dean 35 (-1)
    Clark 18 (+2)
    Kerry 12 (-1)
    Lieberman 8 (+1)
    Gephardt 6 (0)
    Edwards 3 (0)
    Kucinich 2 (0)
    Others 0 (0)
    Undecided 16 (-1)

    Data from Wesley Clark Blog.

    Posted by Eric at 06:36 PM | Comments (0)

    Clark 2nd in NH

    You'll recall that John Kerry is from Mass. so NH should, in theory, be a relatively strong state for him ... The Clark camp has been putting a lot of resources into NH, so this doesn't surprise me. The ARG poll:

    Dean 35 (-1)
    Clark 18 (+2)
    Kerry 12 (-1)
    Lieberman 8 (+1)
    Gephardt 6 (0)
    Edwards 3 (0)
    Kucinich 2 (0)
    Others 0 (0)
    Undecided 16 (-1)

    Data from Wesley Clark Blog.

    Posted by Eric at 06:36 PM | Comments (0)

    Ha. New Republic Endorses Joe Lieberman

    No, really. In their defense, they do have some good 'cases' for other candidates (Edwards, Clark, Dick and Dean). Absent is John Kerry ...

    Posted by Eric at 06:49 AM | Comments (0)

    Ha. New Republic Endorses Joe Lieberman

    No, really. In their defense, they do have some good 'cases' for other candidates (Edwards, Clark, Dick and Dean). Absent is John Kerry ...

    Posted by Eric at 06:49 AM | Comments (0)

    How Government Regs Work: Thirty Species Profiled As Success Stories

    In the wake of a stunning new report that predicts the extinction of 37% of current species, perhaps it's apt to look at a government regulation that has worked in protecting endangered species (and why winning the 2004 election is so crucial for our environment). USPIRG:

    Imagine an eastern forest without the sharp pounding of the red-cockaded woodpecker, or imagine Yellowstone without ever being able to hear the howl of the wolf. Not long ago, these images were nearly a reality. Yet today, with the help of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), these species and others are beginning to recover.

    With the ESA, the federal government recognized that America’s diverse wildlife was too valuable to squander. The law acknowledged that threatened or endangered “species of fish, wildlife, and plants are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people.” As a result, the United States made a commitment to conserve species faced with extinction.

    Under the ESA, 1821 species of plants and animals are currently listed as threatened or endangered in the United States and abroad. Listing announces that we’ve taken notice of a species’ plight and intend to protect and recover it. Over the years, there have been successes that teach lessons of how to avoid future extinctions.

    Many threatened and endangered species have benefited greatly from critical habitat provided by the ESA. Designation of critical habitat provides protection to areas essential to the conservation of the species ... The Bush administration has hand picked some of the most fervent opponents of the Endangered Species Act to lead the agencies that administer it. One example, the Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Craig Manson, stated in an interview, “If we are saying that the loss of species in and of itself is inherently bad, I don't think we know enough about how the world works to say that.”

    The Bush administration has also opposed listing imperiled species. Since taking office, the administration has listed no species on its own accord. Under court order, the administration has listed 24 species. In comparison, the Clinton administration listed nearly three times as many species without legal action.

    Furthermore, the ESA suffers from chronic funding shortfalls. The federal government acknowledges that $153 million is needed to list and protect a backlog of more than 200 declining species, yet the Bush administration has requested only $12 million for 2004. The ESA can protect species only if the government provides adequate funding and qualified experts to implement it.

    We need stronger advocates for endangered species in the administration. Development in the U.S. continues at an unprecedented rate. Ecosystems altered by human activity are ravaged by invasions from non-native species. These threats and others demonstrate the folly of weakening the ESA.

    To see a list of 30 species saved from extinction, click on over here.

    The problem with endangered species is they can't donate to political campaigns.

    Posted by Eric at 06:40 AM | Comments (0)

    How Government Regs Work: Thirty Species Profiled As Success Stories

    In the wake of a stunning new report that predicts the extinction of 37% of current species, perhaps it's apt to look at a government regulation that has worked in protecting endangered species (and why winning the 2004 election is so crucial for our environment). USPIRG:

    Imagine an eastern forest without the sharp pounding of the red-cockaded woodpecker, or imagine Yellowstone without ever being able to hear the howl of the wolf. Not long ago, these images were nearly a reality. Yet today, with the help of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), these species and others are beginning to recover.

    With the ESA, the federal government recognized that America’s diverse wildlife was too valuable to squander. The law acknowledged that threatened or endangered “species of fish, wildlife, and plants are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people.” As a result, the United States made a commitment to conserve species faced with extinction.

    Under the ESA, 1821 species of plants and animals are currently listed as threatened or endangered in the United States and abroad. Listing announces that we’ve taken notice of a species’ plight and intend to protect and recover it. Over the years, there have been successes that teach lessons of how to avoid future extinctions.

    Many threatened and endangered species have benefited greatly from critical habitat provided by the ESA. Designation of critical habitat provides protection to areas essential to the conservation of the species ... The Bush administration has hand picked some of the most fervent opponents of the Endangered Species Act to lead the agencies that administer it. One example, the Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Craig Manson, stated in an interview, “If we are saying that the loss of species in and of itself is inherently bad, I don't think we know enough about how the world works to say that.”

    The Bush administration has also opposed listing imperiled species. Since taking office, the administration has listed no species on its own accord. Under court order, the administration has listed 24 species. In comparison, the Clinton administration listed nearly three times as many species without legal action.

    Furthermore, the ESA suffers from chronic funding shortfalls. The federal government acknowledges that $153 million is needed to list and protect a backlog of more than 200 declining species, yet the Bush administration has requested only $12 million for 2004. The ESA can protect species only if the government provides adequate funding and qualified experts to implement it.

    We need stronger advocates for endangered species in the administration. Development in the U.S. continues at an unprecedented rate. Ecosystems altered by human activity are ravaged by invasions from non-native species. These threats and others demonstrate the folly of weakening the ESA.

    To see a list of 30 species saved from extinction, click on over here.

    The problem with endangered species is they can't donate to political campaigns.

    Posted by Eric at 06:40 AM | Comments (0)

    Moseley Braun Makes History: Primary Ballot in 20 States

    Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun is running on the primary ballot in 20 states, more than any other woman candidate running for president in history, according to her campaign.

    "We are in an unprecedented 20 races as of today. And that number is guaranteed to grow as we move forward to file in still more states," said Campaign Manager Patricia Ireland.

    Moseley Braun joins a distinguished group of notable women, who have made presidential bids, including Senator Margaret Chase Smith, who campaigned in five contests in 1964, and Congressperson Shirley Chisholm, who competed in 14 contests in 1972.

    "Carol Moseley Braun is not only making history, she is making headway in her quest to take the 'Men Only' sign off the White House door."

    The ambassador is knocking on doors as well as knocking down barriers as she continues her vigorous campaign schedule. This week she is making stops in New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., South Carolina and Iowa. Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate from Illinois. During her Senate term (1992 through 1998), she was the only African American and one of six women among the 100 senators.

    Posted by Eric at 06:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Moseley Braun Makes History: Primary Ballot in 20 States

    Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun is running on the primary ballot in 20 states, more than any other woman candidate running for president in history, according to her campaign.

    "We are in an unprecedented 20 races as of today. And that number is guaranteed to grow as we move forward to file in still more states," said Campaign Manager Patricia Ireland.

    Moseley Braun joins a distinguished group of notable women, who have made presidential bids, including Senator Margaret Chase Smith, who campaigned in five contests in 1964, and Congressperson Shirley Chisholm, who competed in 14 contests in 1972.

    "Carol Moseley Braun is not only making history, she is making headway in her quest to take the 'Men Only' sign off the White House door."

    The ambassador is knocking on doors as well as knocking down barriers as she continues her vigorous campaign schedule. This week she is making stops in New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., South Carolina and Iowa. Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate from Illinois. During her Senate term (1992 through 1998), she was the only African American and one of six women among the 100 senators.

    Posted by Eric at 06:14 AM | Comments (0)

    January 07, 2004

    Wednesday Stories

    Peter Rothberg. New Year's Resources: The world of activism never sleeps
    SC State. Buffalo Soldiers roam S.C. trail for Clark
    Quinnipiac University. Gov. Rowland should resign, Connecticut voters tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Voters say 6 – 1 Governor misled them
    Buzzflash. Interview: Kevin Phillips, Author of "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush"
    CNN. Guess which jobs are going abroad: These days it's not just a desire to cut costs that's pushing employers to hire overseas
    Salon. Building a better mosquito: Bioengineered insects could help defeat malaria -- or they could turn out to be Frankenbugs, wreaking havoc on our ecosystem
    Salon. Ads that scare Karl Rove: MoveOn's contest to come up with the best Beat Bush ad campaign produces some fire-breathing doozies -- and the Democrats should pay attention
    UK Indy. Blair: I'll take Britain into euro by 2007
    Wired. Bush Grabs New Power for FBI
    The Hill. Dean Plan to Campaign for House Candidates a Work in Progress
    SPTimes. Iowans are slow to pick a winner
    BGlobe. Clark's Iowa decision is debated
    BGlobe. Lieberman, Dean trade barbs as caucuses loom
    Reuters. Pentagon Mulls Naming New Top U.S. Officer in Iraq
    Helen Thomas. Remove arrows from Dean's back
    LAT. Bradley Sees Idealism Reflected in Dean
    LAT. Opponents Lob Few Shells at Dean on War: Democratic rivals may be hurt by not challenging his stance, some experts say
    Russ Baker. Put Spotlight on Bin Laden
    Robert Kuttner. This business cycle could get vicious
    AJC. Unrealistic Iraq timetable limits chances of success
    AP. AP Survey: Insiders Give Howard First Lead
    AP. Dean Says Public Will See His Wife
    AP. Mentally Ill Man Executed in Arkansas
    WP. Dean Basks in Bradley's Praise: Ex-Senator Says Presidential Hopeful Is Tapping U.S. Idealism
    NYT. Bush Would Give Illegal Workers Broad New Rights
    WP. John Kerry's Road to Iowa Merges Into Memory Lane
    WP. Kerry Attacks Dean, Gephardt On Tax Issue Senator Says Plans Would Hurt Working Families
    WP. Iraq's Arsenal Was Only on Paper: Since Gulf War, Nonconventional Weapons Never Got Past the Planning Stage
    NYT. Edwards Promises a Positive Vision and to Change the 'Two Americas'
    NYT. Bush Would Give Illegal Workers Broad New Rights

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (0)

    Wednesday Stories

    Peter Rothberg. New Year's Resources: The world of activism never sleeps
    SC State. Buffalo Soldiers roam S.C. trail for Clark
    Quinnipiac University. Gov. Rowland should resign, Connecticut voters tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Voters say 6 – 1 Governor misled them
    Buzzflash. Interview: Kevin Phillips, Author of "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush"
    CNN. Guess which jobs are going abroad: These days it's not just a desire to cut costs that's pushing employers to hire overseas
    Salon. Building a better mosquito: Bioengineered insects could help defeat malaria -- or they could turn out to be Frankenbugs, wreaking havoc on our ecosystem
    Salon. Ads that scare Karl Rove: MoveOn's contest to come up with the best Beat Bush ad campaign produces some fire-breathing doozies -- and the Democrats should pay attention
    UK Indy. Blair: I'll take Britain into euro by 2007
    Wired. Bush Grabs New Power for FBI
    The Hill. Dean Plan to Campaign for House Candidates a Work in Progress
    SPTimes. Iowans are slow to pick a winner
    BGlobe. Clark's Iowa decision is debated
    BGlobe. Lieberman, Dean trade barbs as caucuses loom
    Reuters. Pentagon Mulls Naming New Top U.S. Officer in Iraq
    Helen Thomas. Remove arrows from Dean's back
    LAT. Bradley Sees Idealism Reflected in Dean
    LAT. Opponents Lob Few Shells at Dean on War: Democratic rivals may be hurt by not challenging his stance, some experts say
    Russ Baker. Put Spotlight on Bin Laden
    Robert Kuttner. This business cycle could get vicious
    AJC. Unrealistic Iraq timetable limits chances of success
    AP. AP Survey: Insiders Give Howard First Lead
    AP. Dean Says Public Will See His Wife
    AP. Mentally Ill Man Executed in Arkansas
    WP. Dean Basks in Bradley's Praise: Ex-Senator Says Presidential Hopeful Is Tapping U.S. Idealism
    NYT. Bush Would Give Illegal Workers Broad New Rights
    WP. John Kerry's Road to Iowa Merges Into Memory Lane
    WP. Kerry Attacks Dean, Gephardt On Tax Issue Senator Says Plans Would Hurt Working Families
    WP. Iraq's Arsenal Was Only on Paper: Since Gulf War, Nonconventional Weapons Never Got Past the Planning Stage
    NYT. Edwards Promises a Positive Vision and to Change the 'Two Americas'
    NYT. Bush Would Give Illegal Workers Broad New Rights

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (0)

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Iraq Mortar Attack Wounds 35 U.S. Soldiers

    Six mortar rounds exploded about 6:45 p.m. at Logistical Base Seitz west of Baghdad. From the AP:

    "The wounded soldiers were given first aid and have been evacuated from the site for further medical treatment," the statement said. The Pentagon added that the soldiers were from the Army's 541st Maintenance Battalion, based in Fort Riley, Kan., and part of the 3rd Corps Support Command.

    The mortars hit "a living area where they have their sleeping quarters," the spokesman said.

    A Pentagon spokesman said that some of those wounded returned to duty shortly after the attack, while others were hospitalized. The spokesman, Lt. Col. James Cassella, said he did not know how many were seriously or lightly wounded.

    Posted by Eric at 07:20 PM | Comments (0)

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Iraq Mortar Attack Wounds 35 U.S. Soldiers

    Six mortar rounds exploded about 6:45 p.m. at Logistical Base Seitz west of Baghdad. From the AP:

    "The wounded soldiers were given first aid and have been evacuated from the site for further medical treatment," the statement said. The Pentagon added that the soldiers were from the Army's 541st Maintenance Battalion, based in Fort Riley, Kan., and part of the 3rd Corps Support Command.

    The mortars hit "a living area where they have their sleeping quarters," the spokesman said.

    A Pentagon spokesman said that some of those wounded returned to duty shortly after the attack, while others were hospitalized. The spokesman, Lt. Col. James Cassella, said he did not know how many were seriously or lightly wounded.

    Posted by Eric at 07:20 PM | Comments (0)

    LYING LIARS: Franken Back to NY Times #1

    Sources tell me that this Sunday's NY Times list will have Al Franken's "Lies" back at #1, followed by "Dude..." then Flyboys and, at #4, "Living with Herpes" by Bill O'Reilly.

    Posted by Eric at 05:10 PM | Comments (0)

    LYING LIARS: Franken Back to NY Times #1

    Sources tell me that this Sunday's NY Times list will have Al Franken's "Lies" back at #1, followed by "Dude..." then Flyboys and, at #4, "Living with Herpes" by Bill O'Reilly.

    Posted by Eric at 05:10 PM | Comments (0)

    1 MILLION+: Climate Change May Threaten More Than One Million Species With Extinction

    This, according to that horribly shrill, anti-American and partisan Conservation International in Nature magazine:

    The study estimates that climate change projected to take place between now and the year 2050 will place 15 to 37 percent of all species in several biodiversity-rich regions at risk of extinction. The scientists believe there is a high likelihood of extinctions due to climate change in other regions, as well.

    Scientists studied six regions around the world representing 20 percent of the planet's land area and projected the future distributions of 1,103 animal and plant species. Three different climate change scenarios were considered - minimal, mid-range and maximum, as was the ability of some species to successfully "disperse," or move to a different area, thus preventing climate change-induced extinction. The study used computer models to simulate the ways species' ranges are expected to move in response to changing temperatures and climate. It represents the largest collaboration of scientists to ever study this problem.

    "This study makes it clear that climate change is the most significant new threat for extinctions this century," said co-author Lee Hannah, Climate Change Biology Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science (CABS) at Conservation International (CI). "The combination of increasing habitat loss, already recognized as the largest single threat to species, and climate change, is likely to devastate the ability of species to move and survive."

    These forecasts are for species predicted to go extinct eventually based on climate change between now and 2050, but do not suggest that these species will go extinct by then.

    Posted by Eric at 03:16 PM | Comments (0)

    1 MILLION+: Climate Change May Threaten More Than One Million Species With Extinction

    This, according to that horribly shrill, anti-American and partisan Conservation International in Nature magazine:

    The study estimates that climate change projected to take place between now and the year 2050 will place 15 to 37 percent of all species in several biodiversity-rich regions at risk of extinction. The scientists believe there is a high likelihood of extinctions due to climate change in other regions, as well.

    Scientists studied six regions around the world representing 20 percent of the planet's land area and projected the future distributions of 1,103 animal and plant species. Three different climate change scenarios were considered - minimal, mid-range and maximum, as was the ability of some species to successfully "disperse," or move to a different area, thus preventing climate change-induced extinction. The study used computer models to simulate the ways species' ranges are expected to move in response to changing temperatures and climate. It represents the largest collaboration of scientists to ever study this problem.

    "This study makes it clear that climate change is the most significant new threat for extinctions this century," said co-author Lee Hannah, Climate Change Biology Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science (CABS) at Conservation International (CI). "The combination of increasing habitat loss, already recognized as the largest single threat to species, and climate change, is likely to devastate the ability of species to move and survive."

    These forecasts are for species predicted to go extinct eventually based on climate change between now and 2050, but do not suggest that these species will go extinct by then.

    Posted by Eric at 03:16 PM | Comments (0)

    New MoveOn.Org Ads

    No doubt detractors will attempt to dismiss these ads by linking them to the irrelevant Hitler-Bush ads, but they're pretty good. My picks ...

    1. WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN?
    2. CHILD'S PAY
    3. LEAVE NO BILLIONAIRE BEHIND
    4. ARMY OF ONE
    5. BRING 'EM ON

    And yes, as Salon.com pointed out, the Democratic leadership could learn something from these ads.

    TomPaine.com's take on the MoveOn.org 'controversy.'

    We're sorry, but the Republican National Committee asked for it. By erroneously implying that MoveOn.org endorsed or even commissioned an ad comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler, it's only fair that the RNC's disingenuous moral outrage be exposed. Where was RNC Chair Ed Gillespie when high-profile conservative Grover Norquist compared taxing the wealthy with the Holocaust? Where was his outcry over The New York Post's column earlier this week calling Howard Dean "Herr Howie"? Seems exaggerated comparisons involving Hitler are only offensive when there's partisan advantage to be gained. For a look at the kind of clever and credible anti-Bush ads MoveOn.org is known for, see their five finalists in the Bush In 30 Seconds contest.

    And Joan Walsh:

    In fact, as those who've followed the story know, MoveOn didn't sponsor or create, let alone televise, ads comparing Bush to Hitler. MoveOn's issue-advertising arm, the MoveOn Voter Fund, ran an innovative contest, "Bush in 30 Seconds," challenging its members to make their own political ads illustrating the shortcomings of the Bush administration in a humorous, creative way. (The contest winner will have his or her ad nationally televised by the Voter Fund.) The online advocacy group got more than 1,000 ad submissions, and posted the vast majority on its Web site. Its network of more than 2 million activists was eligible to vote to narrow the field to 15 finalists, and selected them this week; a celebrity panel will pick a winner, to be announced Jan. 12. Both Hitler ad submissions scored poorly with MoveOn supporters, and would have been consigned to history without the publicity boost from the RNC. (Now, ironically, the only place you can find them is on the RNC's Web site.) ...

    Reached at their Berkeley home Tuesday, Wes Boyd and Joan Blades acknowledged they should have taken more trouble to screen their supporter-created ads for content that could be exploited by their enemies. I was surprised by their candor about their RNC-sponsored learning experience. "We had a small committee running the contest," Boyd admitted, which included Pariser and rock star Moby. "We screened mostly for legal issues" -- there are limits to what the MoveOn Voter Fund's 527 status lets the group advocate politically -- "and we referred some questionable things to our lawyers. We decided to let our members decide [on content], and actually the process mostly worked really well. The good stuff rose to the top." The Hitler ads sank.

    The thing to draw from this is that while there may be a very small (and idiotic) group of people who compare Bush to Hitler (and there were people who compared Clinton to Hilter, by the way), MoveOn.org allowed its members a chance to shun these opinions. And they did. The RNC should applaud that MoveOn.org rejected the ads.

    Posted by Eric at 02:24 PM | Comments (0)

    New MoveOn.Org Ads

    No doubt detractors will attempt to dismiss these ads by linking them to the irrelevant Hitler-Bush ads, but they're pretty good. My picks ...

    1. WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN?
    2. CHILD'S PAY
    3. LEAVE NO BILLIONAIRE BEHIND
    4. ARMY OF ONE
    5. BRING 'EM ON

    And yes, as Salon.com pointed out, the Democratic leadership could learn something from these ads.

    TomPaine.com's take on the MoveOn.org 'controversy.'

    We're sorry, but the Republican National Committee asked for it. By erroneously implying that MoveOn.org endorsed or even commissioned an ad comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler, it's only fair that the RNC's disingenuous moral outrage be exposed. Where was RNC Chair Ed Gillespie when high-profile conservative Grover Norquist compared taxing the wealthy with the Holocaust? Where was his outcry over The New York Post's column earlier this week calling Howard Dean "Herr Howie"? Seems exaggerated comparisons involving Hitler are only offensive when there's partisan advantage to be gained. For a look at the kind of clever and credible anti-Bush ads MoveOn.org is known for, see their five finalists in the Bush In 30 Seconds contest.

    And Joan Walsh:

    In fact, as those who've followed the story know, MoveOn didn't sponsor or create, let alone televise, ads comparing Bush to Hitler. MoveOn's issue-advertising arm, the MoveOn Voter Fund, ran an innovative contest, "Bush in 30 Seconds," challenging its members to make their own political ads illustrating the shortcomings of the Bush administration in a humorous, creative way. (The contest winner will have his or her ad nationally televised by the Voter Fund.) The online advocacy group got more than 1,000 ad submissions, and posted the vast majority on its Web site. Its network of more than 2 million activists was eligible to vote to narrow the field to 15 finalists, and selected them this week; a celebrity panel will pick a winner, to be announced Jan. 12. Both Hitler ad submissions scored poorly with MoveOn supporters, and would have been consigned to history without the publicity boost from the RNC. (Now, ironically, the only place you can find them is on the RNC's Web site.) ...

    Reached at their Berkeley home Tuesday, Wes Boyd and Joan Blades acknowledged they should have taken more trouble to screen their supporter-created ads for content that could be exploited by their enemies. I was surprised by their candor about their RNC-sponsored learning experience. "We had a small committee running the contest," Boyd admitted, which included Pariser and rock star Moby. "We screened mostly for legal issues" -- there are limits to what the MoveOn Voter Fund's 527 status lets the group advocate politically -- "and we referred some questionable things to our lawyers. We decided to let our members decide [on content], and actually the process mostly worked really well. The good stuff rose to the top." The Hitler ads sank.

    The thing to draw from this is that while there may be a very small (and idiotic) group of people who compare Bush to Hitler (and there were people who compared Clinton to Hilter, by the way), MoveOn.org allowed its members a chance to shun these opinions. And they did. The RNC should applaud that MoveOn.org rejected the ads.

    Posted by Eric at 02:24 PM | Comments (0)

    Clark Cuts Lead: Once 21 point lead now at 4

    After weeks of relentless attacks by his opponents, Howard Dean has dropped some in the lastest national USA Today / CNN / Gallup poll. Ironically, the guy who is challenging Dean for the top spot (and gained the most ground) is the one who hasn't been attacking Dean the hardest: Wesley Clark.

    Dean still tops the Democratic field in the national survey, at 24%, but the 21-point lead he held over Clark less than a month ago has narrowed to just 4 percentage points, within the poll's margin of error ...

    Dean's campaign manager, Joe Trippi, says the former Vermont governor's strength in those two states matters more than national polls, which he says will change "in an instant" with momentum from the early contests.

    But advisers to other campaigns say Dean's remarkable drive to the nomination could be imperiled if the field of nine is winnowed to a consensus alternative.

    Trippi says Clark's surge — up 10 points in less than a month — is "bad news" for those who hope to be the alternative, including Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt. Gephardt is battling Dean for the lead in Iowa, where Clark isn't competing.

    Clark is gaining support in some other key states. An American Research Group survey in New Hampshire released Tuesday shows Clark tied with Kerry for second place behind Dean. An Arizona Republic survey puts Clark trailing front-runner Dean by just 3 percentage points for that state's primary Feb. 3.

    Current and (Dec 15-16)
    Dean 24 (27)
    Clark 20 (12)
    None/Other/No Opinion 15 (18)
    Kerry 11 (7)
    Lieberman 10 (12)
    Gephardt 9 (7)
    Edwards 6 (6)
    Braun 3 (3)
    Sharpton 2 (6)
    Kucinich 2 (2)

    On Dec 11-14, Dean - Clark was 31-10.

    Data from Daily Kos.

    Posted by Eric at 02:54 AM | Comments (0)

    Clark Cuts Lead: Once 21 point lead now at 4

    After weeks of relentless attacks by his opponents, Howard Dean has dropped some in the lastest national USA Today / CNN / Gallup poll. Ironically, the guy who is challenging Dean for the top spot (and gained the most ground) is the one who hasn't been attacking Dean the hardest: Wesley Clark.

    Dean still tops the Democratic field in the national survey, at 24%, but the 21-point lead he held over Clark less than a month ago has narrowed to just 4 percentage points, within the poll's margin of error ...

    Dean's campaign manager, Joe Trippi, says the former Vermont governor's strength in those two states matters more than national polls, which he says will change "in an instant" with momentum from the early contests.

    But advisers to other campaigns say Dean's remarkable drive to the nomination could be imperiled if the field of nine is winnowed to a consensus alternative.

    Trippi says Clark's surge — up 10 points in less than a month — is "bad news" for those who hope to be the alternative, including Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt. Gephardt is battling Dean for the lead in Iowa, where Clark isn't competing.

    Clark is gaining support in some other key states. An American Research Group survey in New Hampshire released Tuesday shows Clark tied with Kerry for second place behind Dean. An Arizona Republic survey puts Clark trailing front-runner Dean by just 3 percentage points for that state's primary Feb. 3.

    Current and (Dec 15-16)
    Dean 24 (27)
    Clark 20 (12)
    None/Other/No Opinion 15 (18)
    Kerry 11 (7)
    Lieberman 10 (12)
    Gephardt 9 (7)
    Edwards 6 (6)
    Braun 3 (3)
    Sharpton 2 (6)
    Kucinich 2 (2)

    On Dec 11-14, Dean - Clark was 31-10.

    Data from Daily Kos.

    Posted by Eric at 02:54 AM | Comments (0)

    New Lieberman Ad Claim: Bush Says He'd Be Toughest to Beat

    Running off of a report in The Australian newspaper, the Lieberman camp is airing this ad.

    The radio ad, entitled "Secret," features a December 18 news report from The Australian newspaper on a private conversation between Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. "Newspapers report that George Bush told the Prime Minister who he thinks would be the toughest Democrat for him to run against," the announcer says. "What do you think he said? Howard Dean? No way. George Bush said that Joe Lieberman would be the toughest Democrat to beat. That's right. Lieberman's the one that Bush says he worries about the most."

    The 60-second ad goes on to recount the ways that Lieberman is well positioned to challenge Bush, including his proposed new tax cuts for the middle class, the decades he has worked for a strong defense, his support for a family agenda like paid family and medical leave, and his ability to challenge Bush on values and integrity.

    Posted by Eric at 01:16 AM | Comments (0)

    New Lieberman Ad Claim: Bush Says He'd Be Toughest to Beat

    Running off of a report in The Australian newspaper, the Lieberman camp is airing this ad.

    The radio ad, entitled "Secret," features a December 18 news report from The Australian newspaper on a private conversation between Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. "Newspapers report that George Bush told the Prime Minister who he thinks would be the toughest Democrat for him to run against," the announcer says. "What do you think he said? Howard Dean? No way. George Bush said that Joe Lieberman would be the toughest Democrat to beat. That's right. Lieberman's the one that Bush says he worries about the most."

    The 60-second ad goes on to recount the ways that Lieberman is well positioned to challenge Bush, including his proposed new tax cuts for the middle class, the decades he has worked for a strong defense, his support for a family agenda like paid family and medical leave, and his ability to challenge Bush on values and integrity.

    Posted by Eric at 01:16 AM | Comments (0)

    January 06, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    Lisbeth B. Schorr. The O'Connor Project: Can we end racial discrimination without affirmative action? Here's what it will take
    Molly Ivins. Bad news drops into Bush's punchbowl; Three decisions go against Bush; plus, Ivins comments on mad cow
    AP. The Labor Department is giving employers tips on how to avoid paying overtime to some of the 1.3 million low-income workers who would become eligible under new rules expected to be finalized early this year
    SFChron. SF Mayor Willie Brown leaves behind a complex legacy as he gives up his office to Gavin Newsom
    Daniel J. Hughes. Cruel as Usual: Mississippi Death Row conditions persist
    Studs Terkel . Hope Dies Last
    Kathleen Taylor. Seattle approaches sensible drug policy
    Marie Cocco. A Goal for Dean: Push a Multi-Faith Theme
    Boston Globe. Supporters make push for Clark to join in Iowa caucuses
    Boston Globe. Foes' criticism rolling off Dean
    Boston Globe. Dems broaden attack on school law
    Thomas Oliphant. Dean's education enemies list
    Salon. Quirky millionaire Howard Ahmanson Jr. is on a mission from God to stop gay marriage, fight evolution, defeat "liberal" churches -- and reelect George W. Bush
    AP. Court: Drugs Can't Be Forced on Inmates
    USAToday. Hybrid hot rods, SUVs in future: Performance to take priority
    LAT. Bush's Education Plan: Conservatives and liberals, and even some school officials, say the plan is too bureaucratic and needs better funding
    LAT. Republicans Have an Answer to Daschle
    LAT. Democrats Make North Dakota a Primary Priority
    Robert Scheer. Lord Knows What Robertson Wants
    CSM. More seniors are carrying guns; Growing desire for more protection, although crime rates are dropping
    CSM. Different realities for US, Brits in Iraq
    Newsdesk.org. World's farmers struggle with globalization issues
    AJ. Ignite political leadership to act on global warming
    E. J. Dionne Jr.. Bush's Shrewd Budget Strategy
    WP. Clark Unveils $30 Billion Tax-Cut Plan
    WP. Dean Gains Bradley Support As Rivals Intensify Criticism; Ex-Governor's Iraq War Stance 'Duplicitous,' Kerry Says
    Krugman. Now even the cool-headed former Treasury secretary, Robert Rubin, is warning that an economic catastrophe is on the way
    NYT. 3 Top Enforcement Officials Say They Will Leave E.P.A.
    NYT. Despite New Law, the Fight Over Medicare Continues
    NYT. U.S. Begins Screening Program for Monitoring Foreign Visitors

    Posted by Eric at 11:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Tuesday Stories

    Lisbeth B. Schorr. The O'Connor Project: Can we end racial discrimination without affirmative action? Here's what it will take
    Molly Ivins. Bad news drops into Bush's punchbowl; Three decisions go against Bush; plus, Ivins comments on mad cow
    AP. The Labor Department is giving employers tips on how to avoid paying overtime to some of the 1.3 million low-income workers who would become eligible under new rules expected to be finalized early this year
    SFChron. SF Mayor Willie Brown leaves behind a complex legacy as he gives up his office to Gavin Newsom
    Daniel J. Hughes. Cruel as Usual: Mississippi Death Row conditions persist
    Studs Terkel . Hope Dies Last
    Kathleen Taylor. Seattle approaches sensible drug policy
    Marie Cocco. A Goal for Dean: Push a Multi-Faith Theme
    Boston Globe. Supporters make push for Clark to join in Iowa caucuses
    Boston Globe. Foes' criticism rolling off Dean
    Boston Globe. Dems broaden attack on school law
    Thomas Oliphant. Dean's education enemies list
    Salon. Quirky millionaire Howard Ahmanson Jr. is on a mission from God to stop gay marriage, fight evolution, defeat "liberal" churches -- and reelect George W. Bush
    AP. Court: Drugs Can't Be Forced on Inmates
    USAToday. Hybrid hot rods, SUVs in future: Performance to take priority
    LAT. Bush's Education Plan: Conservatives and liberals, and even some school officials, say the plan is too bureaucratic and needs better funding
    LAT. Republicans Have an Answer to Daschle
    LAT. Democrats Make North Dakota a Primary Priority
    Robert Scheer. Lord Knows What Robertson Wants
    CSM. More seniors are carrying guns; Growing desire for more protection, although crime rates are dropping
    CSM. Different realities for US, Brits in Iraq
    Newsdesk.org. World's farmers struggle with globalization issues
    AJ. Ignite political leadership to act on global warming
    E. J. Dionne Jr.. Bush's Shrewd Budget Strategy
    WP. Clark Unveils $30 Billion Tax-Cut Plan
    WP. Dean Gains Bradley Support As Rivals Intensify Criticism; Ex-Governor's Iraq War Stance 'Duplicitous,' Kerry Says
    Krugman. Now even the cool-headed former Treasury secretary, Robert Rubin, is warning that an economic catastrophe is on the way
    NYT. 3 Top Enforcement Officials Say They Will Leave E.P.A.
    NYT. Despite New Law, the Fight Over Medicare Continues
    NYT. U.S. Begins Screening Program for Monitoring Foreign Visitors

    Posted by Eric at 11:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Al Franken Fresh Air Interview

    Fresh Air interview with Al Franken is here. Funny stuff. You'll get to hear about how much Al hates our troops, and how he spent all this time bringing in and working with the executive producer of the TV show "Monk" to help him enteratin the troops because he hates America.

    Posted by Eric at 08:23 PM | Comments (0)

    Al Franken Fresh Air Interview

    Fresh Air interview with Al Franken is here. Funny stuff. You'll get to hear about how much Al hates our troops, and how he spent all this time bringing in and working with the executive producer of the TV show "Monk" to help him enteratin the troops because he hates America.

    Posted by Eric at 08:23 PM | Comments (0)

    2-1 Decision in Favor of Republican Redistricting

    Democracy takes a backseat as a federal court upheld a Republican congressional redistricting plan in Texas against claims that it harms minority voting rights. From the Houston Chron:

    "We decide only the legality of (the plan), not its wisdom," the court's opinion reads. "Whether the Texas Legislature has acted in the best interest of Texas is a judgment that belongs to the people who elected those officials whose act is challenged in this case."

    Democrats criticized the decision and promised an immediate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Five of the court's nine justices would have to agree to hear the appeal to halt the plan's use in the 2004 elections.

    "By judicial fiat, a three-judge federal panel has effectively repealed the Voting Rights Act and turned back the clock on nearly 40 years of progress for minority voters," said U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Dallas.

    The Legislature's new congressional map likely will eliminate the 17-15 Democratic advantage in the state's congressional delegation and replace it with a 22-10 Republican majority after this year's elections.

    Robert Matsui, head of the DCCC, responds to the decision:
    "Top Republicans - from Tom DeLay to the Bush White House - have sacrificed Hispanics and African Americans to strengthen the right-wing of the Republican Party. Now, it's up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether to dismantle the Voting Rights Act and roll back more than 40 years of progress.

    "No one has more proven experience winning tough congressional campaigns in very competitive districts than Texas Democrats. Even before Tom DeLay redid redistricting, Texas Democrats already represented 5 of the most Republican districts in the country - seats that President Bush carried with at least 63 percent of vote. Democrats have won these tough districts because they're leaders in Congress who've been effective for Texas. Regardless of the Supreme Court's decision, they will have the DCCC's full support.

    "Hispanics and African Americans are the true victims of this unprecedented and shameless Republican assault on the Voting Rights Act. Despite all his dishonest rhetoric about being a 'different kind of Republican,' President Bush will go down in history as the Republican leader who sacrificed minority Americans to help the extremists in his own political party. No election year 'outreach' campaign - no matter how slick and expensive - will change that ugly fact. We intend to make this injustice committed by Tom DeLay and the Republican Party an issue in our campaigns. Nothing better illustrates the fact that Republicans would rather steal the votes of Hispanics and African Americans than win their hearts."

    I'm told DemocraticAction.org (website of the DCCC) will have more on this issue in the next 24 hours. Their talking points on the issue are here.

    Posted by Eric at 07:54 PM | Comments (0)

    2-1 Decision in Favor of Republican Redistricting

    Democracy takes a backseat as a federal court upheld a Republican congressional redistricting plan in Texas against claims that it harms minority voting rights. From the Houston Chron:

    "We decide only the legality of (the plan), not its wisdom," the court's opinion reads. "Whether the Texas Legislature has acted in the best interest of Texas is a judgment that belongs to the people who elected those officials whose act is challenged in this case."

    Democrats criticized the decision and promised an immediate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Five of the court's nine justices would have to agree to hear the appeal to halt the plan's use in the 2004 elections.

    "By judicial fiat, a three-judge federal panel has effectively repealed the Voting Rights Act and turned back the clock on nearly 40 years of progress for minority voters," said U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Dallas.

    The Legislature's new congressional map likely will eliminate the 17-15 Democratic advantage in the state's congressional delegation and replace it with a 22-10 Republican majority after this year's elections.

    Robert Matsui, head of the DCCC, responds to the decision:
    "Top Republicans - from Tom DeLay to the Bush White House - have sacrificed Hispanics and African Americans to strengthen the right-wing of the Republican Party. Now, it's up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether to dismantle the Voting Rights Act and roll back more than 40 years of progress.

    "No one has more proven experience winning tough congressional campaigns in very competitive districts than Texas Democrats. Even before Tom DeLay redid redistricting, Texas Democrats already represented 5 of the most Republican districts in the country - seats that President Bush carried with at least 63 percent of vote. Democrats have won these tough districts because they're leaders in Congress who've been effective for Texas. Regardless of the Supreme Court's decision, they will have the DCCC's full support.

    "Hispanics and African Americans are the true victims of this unprecedented and shameless Republican assault on the Voting Rights Act. Despite all his dishonest rhetoric about being a 'different kind of Republican,' President Bush will go down in history as the Republican leader who sacrificed minority Americans to help the extremists in his own political party. No election year 'outreach' campaign - no matter how slick and expensive - will change that ugly fact. We intend to make this injustice committed by Tom DeLay and the Republican Party an issue in our campaigns. Nothing better illustrates the fact that Republicans would rather steal the votes of Hispanics and African Americans than win their hearts."

    I'm told DemocraticAction.org (website of the DCCC) will have more on this issue in the next 24 hours. Their talking points on the issue are here.

    Posted by Eric at 07:54 PM | Comments (0)

    Out of Touch Powell

    From the Center for American Progress:

    "Sensible as these reasons are, some observers have exaggerated both the scope of preemption in foreign policy and the centrality of preemption in U.S. strategy as a whole."

    - Secretary of State Colin Powell, January 2004

    VERSUS

    "Call Congress now. Tell them to support the President's policy of preemptive self-defense."

    - RNC Television Ad, 11/21/03

    Posted by Eric at 11:28 AM | Comments (0)

    Out of Touch Powell

    From the Center for American Progress:

    "Sensible as these reasons are, some observers have exaggerated both the scope of preemption in foreign policy and the centrality of preemption in U.S. strategy as a whole."

    - Secretary of State Colin Powell, January 2004

    VERSUS

    "Call Congress now. Tell them to support the President's policy of preemptive self-defense."

    - RNC Television Ad, 11/21/03

    Posted by Eric at 11:28 AM | Comments (0)

    Fox Widens Lead Against CNN

    Reports the AJC, the Fox News Channel continues its lead over CNN. You mean programs from Paula Zahn and Anderson Cooper aren't drawing in viewers? I'm shocked.

    Fox, the cable ratings leader for the past two years, widened its lead over Atlanta-based CNN. Fox averaged 1.02 million viewers at any given moment, a 53 percent increase from the year before. CNN averaged 665,000, a 24 percent increase.

    Fox grew the most in prime time, averaging 1.7 million viewers for the 8 to 11 p.m. time slot, a 45 percent increase. CNN averaged 1.1 million, a 22 percent increase.

    Fox also grew slightly more than CNN among 25- to 54-year-olds, a key demographic for selling advertising.

    Overall, viewership for cable news has increased. See stats:

    Viewership* 2002 2003 % increase
    Fox 667,000 1,023,000 53 percent
    CNN 536,000 665,000 24 percent
    MSNBC 263,000 320,000 22 percent

    Posted by Eric at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

    Fox Widens Lead Against CNN

    Reports the AJC, the Fox News Channel continues its lead over CNN. You mean programs from Paula Zahn and Anderson Cooper aren't drawing in viewers? I'm shocked.

    Fox, the cable ratings leader for the past two years, widened its lead over Atlanta-based CNN. Fox averaged 1.02 million viewers at any given moment, a 53 percent increase from the year before. CNN averaged 665,000, a 24 percent increase.

    Fox grew the most in prime time, averaging 1.7 million viewers for the 8 to 11 p.m. time slot, a 45 percent increase. CNN averaged 1.1 million, a 22 percent increase.

    Fox also grew slightly more than CNN among 25- to 54-year-olds, a key demographic for selling advertising.

    Overall, viewership for cable news has increased. See stats:

    Viewership* 2002 2003 % increase
    Fox 667,000 1,023,000 53 percent
    CNN 536,000 665,000 24 percent
    MSNBC 263,000 320,000 22 percent

    Posted by Eric at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

    Bush up to $113,660,000 in Funds

    Bush's most recent trip in MO netted the Bush campaign $2,800,000. Public Citizen with more on how the Bush fundraisers have done it:

    The Bush-Cheney re-election campaign’s unprecedented fundraising haul of at least $110 million over the past six months has relied on super-donors – 351 contributors who have attained elite status with the Bush organization, including 42 new bundlers that were disclosed by the campaign yesterday.

    The Bush campaign now has 134 Rangers, those fundraisers who bundle at least $200,000 in individual contributions, and 217 Pioneers, who each have brought in at least $100,000. In addition, the campaign has identified three new Mavericks – the title given to fundraisers under age 40 who bring in at least $50,000.

    Notables among the newly named rainmakers are Lance Weaver, who is now the second Ranger on the list from credit card giant MBNA America; two new Rangers from Arkansas, financier Warren Stephens and banker J. French Hill, a former top Treasury Department official; Pioneer Stephen Burke, president of Comcast Cable; Verizon CEO and Pioneer Ivan Seidenberg; and Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, chairman of the House Republican Leadership and a Pioneer.

    Posted by Eric at 09:55 AM | Comments (0)

    Bush up to $113,660,000 in Funds

    Bush's most recent trip in MO netted the Bush campaign $2,800,000. Public Citizen with more on how the Bush fundraisers have done it:

    The Bush-Cheney re-election campaign’s unprecedented fundraising haul of at least $110 million over the past six months has relied on super-donors – 351 contributors who have attained elite status with the Bush organization, including 42 new bundlers that were disclosed by the campaign yesterday.

    The Bush campaign now has 134 Rangers, those fundraisers who bundle at least $200,000 in individual contributions, and 217 Pioneers, who each have brought in at least $100,000. In addition, the campaign has identified three new Mavericks – the title given to fundraisers under age 40 who bring in at least $50,000.

    Notables among the newly named rainmakers are Lance Weaver, who is now the second Ranger on the list from credit card giant MBNA America; two new Rangers from Arkansas, financier Warren Stephens and banker J. French Hill, a former top Treasury Department official; Pioneer Stephen Burke, president of Comcast Cable; Verizon CEO and Pioneer Ivan Seidenberg; and Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, chairman of the House Republican Leadership and a Pioneer.

    Posted by Eric at 09:55 AM | Comments (0)

    Bradley: Dean "one of the best things to happen to American democracy in decades"

    The former Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley gushed about the Vermont Dr. Howard Dean in his official endorsement today:

    "My answer is, Howard Dean," Bradley said. "The Dean campaign is one of the best things to happen to American democracy in decades."

    Bradley said more and more Americans are awakening to the fact that they need not have four more years of the Bush administration, and he touted Dean as the alternative.

    "His campaign offers America new hope. His supporters are breathing fresh air into the lungs of our democracy. They're revitalizing politics, showing a way to escape the grip of big money and to confront the shame of forgetting those in need," Bradley said.

    "When Governor Dean says that his campaign is more about his supporters than about him, he shows admirable modesty, but he sheds light also on why his campaign offers the best chance to beat George Bush," the former senator said. "That is, he has tapped into the same wonderful idealism that I saw in the eyes of Americans in 2000, and he has nourished it into a powerful force."

    Posted by Eric at 09:53 AM | Comments (0)

    Bradley: Dean "one of the best things to happen to American democracy in decades"

    The former Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley gushed about the Vermont Dr. Howard Dean in his official endorsement today:

    "My answer is, Howard Dean," Bradley said. "The Dean campaign is one of the best things to happen to American democracy in decades."

    Bradley said more and more Americans are awakening to the fact that they need not have four more years of the Bush administration, and he touted Dean as the alternative.

    "His campaign offers America new hope. His supporters are breathing fresh air into the lungs of our democracy. They're revitalizing politics, showing a way to escape the grip of big money and to confront the shame of forgetting those in need," Bradley said.

    "When Governor Dean says that his campaign is more about his supporters than about him, he shows admirable modesty, but he sheds light also on why his campaign offers the best chance to beat George Bush," the former senator said. "That is, he has tapped into the same wonderful idealism that I saw in the eyes of Americans in 2000, and he has nourished it into a powerful force."

    Posted by Eric at 09:53 AM | Comments (0)

    Grove: NBC Fired Shriver

    Because of "its extreme discomfort with her activist role as First Lady of California," writes the NY Daily News gossip guy, reporting on a source.

    I'm told that NBC News essentially fired veteran correspondent Maria Shriver last month because of its extreme discomfort with her activist role as First Lady of California. But yesterday, after Lowdown's inquiries to NBC, the network agreed to continue discussions with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife, who joined NBC News in 1986.

    According to sources familiar with discussions between NBC News president Neal Shapiro and Shriver, she was asked before Christmas to resign from her job as a contributing anchor and correspondent for "Dateline NBC."

    An NBC News spokeswoman yesterday vehemently denied that Shriver had been fired, saying: "I can tell you that she is still on the job at 'Dateline.' " ...

    Shriver herself told me: "I am talking with NBC News to try to work things out. ... Both Neal and I understand that this is uncharted territory and an unusual situation."

    But I hear that news division officials were "freaked out" by a Dec. 13 Los Angeles Times account of Shriver's alleged behind-the-scenes lobbying to pass her husband's budget plan - and wanted her to exit gracefully.

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (0)

    Grove: NBC Fired Shriver

    Because of "its extreme discomfort with her activist role as First Lady of California," writes the NY Daily News gossip guy, reporting on a source.

    I'm told that NBC News essentially fired veteran correspondent Maria Shriver last month because of its extreme discomfort with her activist role as First Lady of California. But yesterday, after Lowdown's inquiries to NBC, the network agreed to continue discussions with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife, who joined NBC News in 1986.

    According to sources familiar with discussions between NBC News president Neal Shapiro and Shriver, she was asked before Christmas to resign from her job as a contributing anchor and correspondent for "Dateline NBC."

    An NBC News spokeswoman yesterday vehemently denied that Shriver had been fired, saying: "I can tell you that she is still on the job at 'Dateline.' " ...

    Shriver herself told me: "I am talking with NBC News to try to work things out. ... Both Neal and I understand that this is uncharted territory and an unusual situation."

    But I hear that news division officials were "freaked out" by a Dec. 13 Los Angeles Times account of Shriver's alleged behind-the-scenes lobbying to pass her husband's budget plan - and wanted her to exit gracefully.

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (0)

    January 05, 2004

    Monday Stories

    Boston Globe. Dean to make surprise visit to N.H. Bradley endorsement expected
    Judd Legum. Time to Take Rights Seriously
    Center for American Progress. Progressivism in 2004
    Ellen Goodman. Are we safer yet? If Saddam capture has made us so safe, then why the orange alert?
    Glen Ford and Peter Gamble . Taxpayer money is heaped onto pushing vouchers while Bush's education program languishes
    Sidney Blumenthal. Every time Dean makes an artless comment his opponents see blood in the water. Paradoxically, their attacks only bolster his campaign
    Salon. "A great country is being propelled by the wrong forces" John le Carre talks about his new war-on-terror novel, the "medieval stupidity" of the Bush administration's misuse of intelligence, and why he wound up marching against the war in Iraq
    Tom Engelhardt. The Imperial Gong Show Year
    Farai Chideya. If we restrict access to the United States, others will restrict our access to the world
    SFChrn. A terror alert with meaning
    NYT. News Groups Seek to Open Secret Case
    NYT. Rivals in Debate Take Aim at Dean
    NYT. Baker to Press Arab Lands to Forgive Huge Iraqi Debt
    Jay Bookman. Limbaugh strikes blows he can't take
    AJC. Restore benefits for unemployed
    WPost. Transcript of Dem Debate
    Bob Herbert. There are many terrible things about the case of Darryl Hunt, a man wrongfully incarcerated for half his life on charges of rape and murder
    LAT. College Aid Is Smart Politics to Democratic Candidates
    LAT. Inside the 2004 Campaign Tool Chest: Blogs and Online Voting

    Posted by Eric at 11:52 PM | Comments (0)

    Monday Stories

    Boston Globe. Dean to make surprise visit to N.H. Bradley endorsement expected
    Judd Legum. Time to Take Rights Seriously
    Center for American Progress. Progressivism in 2004
    Ellen Goodman. Are we safer yet? If Saddam capture has made us so safe, then why the orange alert?
    Glen Ford and Peter Gamble . Taxpayer money is heaped onto pushing vouchers while Bush's education program languishes
    Sidney Blumenthal. Every time Dean makes an artless comment his opponents see blood in the water. Paradoxically, their attacks only bolster his campaign
    Salon. "A great country is being propelled by the wrong forces" John le Carre talks about his new war-on-terror novel, the "medieval stupidity" of the Bush administration's misuse of intelligence, and why he wound up marching against the war in Iraq
    Tom Engelhardt. The Imperial Gong Show Year
    Farai Chideya. If we restrict access to the United States, others will restrict our access to the world
    SFChrn. A terror alert with meaning
    NYT. News Groups Seek to Open Secret Case
    NYT. Rivals in Debate Take Aim at Dean
    NYT. Baker to Press Arab Lands to Forgive Huge Iraqi Debt
    Jay Bookman. Limbaugh strikes blows he can't take
    AJC. Restore benefits for unemployed
    WPost. Transcript of Dem Debate
    Bob Herbert. There are many terrible things about the case of Darryl Hunt, a man wrongfully incarcerated for half his life on charges of rape and murder
    LAT. College Aid Is Smart Politics to Democratic Candidates
    LAT. Inside the 2004 Campaign Tool Chest: Blogs and Online Voting

    Posted by Eric at 11:52 PM | Comments (0)

    Some Koreans Snipping Tongues in Quest for English

    English is a status symbol for some Koreans, so Koreans are opting for ...

    South Korean mothers know few bounds in trying to give their kids a leg up in speaking English. They play them nursery rhymes in the womb, hire pricey tutors for toddlers, send preschoolers to America to pick up the accent.

    But now they're even turning to surgery to sort out misplaced L and R sounds, underscoring the crushing social pressures involved in getting a highly competitive society in shape for a globalized world.

    The surgery involves snipping the thin tissue under the tongue to make it longer and supposedly nimbler, and the government is so dismayed that its National Human Rights Commission has made a movie to scare the public into ceasing the practice ...

    Doctors scoff at the notion that the Korean tongue is too short for proper English, noting the thousands of Korean Americans who speak unaccented English.

    Experts say practice, not surgery, is the key. ''Doing the surgery on a normal kid just for English pronunciation doesn't make anatomical sense at all,'' says Park Bom-chung at Seoul's Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital.

    Posted by Eric at 11:04 PM | Comments (0)

    Some Koreans Snipping Tongues in Quest for English

    English is a status symbol for some Koreans, so Koreans are opting for ...

    South Korean mothers know few bounds in trying to give their kids a leg up in speaking English. They play them nursery rhymes in the womb, hire pricey tutors for toddlers, send preschoolers to America to pick up the accent.

    But now they're even turning to surgery to sort out misplaced L and R sounds, underscoring the crushing social pressures involved in getting a highly competitive society in shape for a globalized world.

    The surgery involves snipping the thin tissue under the tongue to make it longer and supposedly nimbler, and the government is so dismayed that its National Human Rights Commission has made a movie to scare the public into ceasing the practice ...

    Doctors scoff at the notion that the Korean tongue is too short for proper English, noting the thousands of Korean Americans who speak unaccented English.

    Experts say practice, not surgery, is the key. ''Doing the surgery on a normal kid just for English pronunciation doesn't make anatomical sense at all,'' says Park Bom-chung at Seoul's Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital.

    Posted by Eric at 11:04 PM | Comments (0)

    Conservative Club for Growth to Target Dean in Iowa and New Hampshire

    More evidence that Republicans are gearing up for a Dean matchup. The Club for Growth, a strongly conservative economic PAC, will run ads in Iowa and New Hampshire about Howard Dean:

    "Howard Dean's liberalism may play well with latte-drinking, body-piercing, public radio listening crowd, but it won't play with hard-working Americans. For the last year, Howard Dean has moved further and further to the left. He has admitted he would repeal the Bush tax cuts, which jump-started the economy. For that reason alone, Howard Dean poses a grave threat to the economic well being of all Americans," said Stephen Moore, President of the Club for Growth.

    Moore will further announce the Club's $4 million campaign that will combat ads by left-wing groups being largely funded by liberal activists and businessmen George Soros, Peter Lewis and others.The ads, which will begin Jan. 7, will air in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Ah yes, a nice preview of how the right will characterize the "type" of people who support Howard Dean: "latte-drinking, body-piercing, public radio listening crowd." Here's the ad text:
    FOR THREE DECADES, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HAVE SUPPORTED HUGE TAX INCREASES.

    THIS YEAR, THEY’RE BACK.

    HOWARD DEAN SAYS HE’LL RAISE TAXES ON THE AVERAGE FAMILY BY MORE THAN NINETEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS A YEAR.

    DEAN SAYS HE’LL RAISE INCOME TAXES, MARRIAGE TAXES, CAPITAL GAINS TAXES, DIVIDEND TAXES, EVEN BRING BACK THE DEATH TAX.

    THESE DEMOCRATS FOUND OUT THAT AMERICANS CAN’T AFFORD HIGHER TAXES.

    WILL HOWARD DEAN EVER LEARN?

    The ad will feature a picture of Walter Mondale as well. The point is the ad will try to instill a fear that Dean is a tax-happy liberal (not true) and hey, taxes are scary!

    Claims the Club for Growth press release: "In the 2000 election cycle the Club for Growth spent $ 2.4 million to help elect 10 new Republicans to Congress. The Club for Growth has grown six- fold since the 2000 election cycle and the Club and its members raised or donated over $10 million to help elect seventeen new Members of Congress in the 2002 election cycle."

    Most of the money the Club for Growth gets is from corporations, heads of corporations, etc. Mainly they're focused on stuff like relaxing corporate tax laws, inheritance tax, etc.

    Posted by Eric at 09:32 PM | Comments (0)

    Conservative Club for Growth to Target Dean in Iowa and New Hampshire

    More evidence that Republicans are gearing up for a Dean matchup. The Club for Growth, a strongly conservative economic PAC, will run ads in Iowa and New Hampshire about Howard Dean:

    "Howard Dean's liberalism may play well with latte-drinking, body-piercing, public radio listening crowd, but it won't play with hard-working Americans. For the last year, Howard Dean has moved further and further to the left. He has admitted he would repeal the Bush tax cuts, which jump-started the economy. For that reason alone, Howard Dean poses a grave threat to the economic well being of all Americans," said Stephen Moore, President of the Club for Growth.

    Moore will further announce the Club's $4 million campaign that will combat ads by left-wing groups being largely funded by liberal activists and businessmen George Soros, Peter Lewis and others.The ads, which will begin Jan. 7, will air in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Ah yes, a nice preview of how the right will characterize the "type" of people who support Howard Dean: "latte-drinking, body-piercing, public radio listening crowd." Here's the ad text:
    FOR THREE DECADES, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HAVE SUPPORTED HUGE TAX INCREASES.

    THIS YEAR, THEY’RE BACK.

    HOWARD DEAN SAYS HE’LL RAISE TAXES ON THE AVERAGE FAMILY BY MORE THAN NINETEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS A YEAR.

    DEAN SAYS HE’LL RAISE INCOME TAXES, MARRIAGE TAXES, CAPITAL GAINS TAXES, DIVIDEND TAXES, EVEN BRING BACK THE DEATH TAX.

    THESE DEMOCRATS FOUND OUT THAT AMERICANS CAN’T AFFORD HIGHER TAXES.

    WILL HOWARD DEAN EVER LEARN?

    The ad will feature a picture of Walter Mondale as well. The point is the ad will try to instill a fear that Dean is a tax-happy liberal (not true) and hey, taxes are scary!

    Claims the Club for Growth press release: "In the 2000 election cycle the Club for Growth spent $ 2.4 million to help elect 10 new Republicans to Congress. The Club for Growth has grown six- fold since the 2000 election cycle and the Club and its members raised or donated over $10 million to help elect seventeen new Members of Congress in the 2002 election cycle."

    Most of the money the Club for Growth gets is from corporations, heads of corporations, etc. Mainly they're focused on stuff like relaxing corporate tax laws, inheritance tax, etc.

    Posted by Eric at 09:32 PM | Comments (0)

    MoveOn.Org Involved in Hitler Controversy

    Was MoveOn.org going to run an ad comparing Adolph Hitler to President George W. Bush? Did MoveOn.org endorse (and enjoy) the content of the Hitler ad? Wow, sounds pretty bad, huh? The RNC is starting the talking points, and the right-wing radio, tv and internet are picking it up ... Gillespie:

    "Yesterday, MoveOn.org said an ad comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler that it had posted on its Web site as one the group would consider selecting for $7 million worth of paid airtime was only one of hundreds submitted and that MoveOn.org tried to screen out ads in such poor taste.

    It now turns out that the ad was one of two submissions comparing President Bush to Hitler that the organization posted, further reflecting the group's view that this despicable tactic complied with its guidelines that submissions be: ‘really creative ads that will engage and enlighten viewers and help them understand the truth about George Bush. There are some legal limits on what you can do (see below), and we're not going to post anything that would be inappropriate for television, but other than that what you put in your ads is up to you (live action, animation, personal rant, whatever!)’(Source: http://www.bushin30seconds.org/rules.html)

    Such ads are anything but appropriate for television, and MoveOn.org should apologize for posting the ads, as the Simon Wiesenthal Center today asked them to. Further, every Democrat seeking his or her party's nomination and who stands to benefit politically from MoveOn.org's efforts to defeat President Bush in November though millions of dollars in advertising should support the Simon Wiesenthal Center's request, and urge MoveOn.org to apologize for posting these ads on their Web site and deeming them appropriate for television."

    However, it appears that MoveOn.org and the voters routinely rejected the ad.
    The Republican National Committee and its chairman have falsely accused MoveOn.org of sponsoring ads on its website which compare President Bush to Adolf Hitler. The claim is deliberately and maliciously misleading.

    During December the MoveOn.org Voter Fund invited members of the public to submit ads that purported to tell the truth about the President and his policies. More than 1,500 submissions from ordinary Americans came in and were posted on a web site, bushin30seconds.org, for the public to review.

    None of these was our ad, nor did their appearance constitute endorsement or sponsorship by MoveOn.org Voter Fund. They will not appear on TV. We do not support the sentiment expressed in the two Hitler submissions. They were voted down by our members and the public, who reviewed the ads and submitted nearly 3 million critiques in the process of choosing the 15 finalist entries.

    We agree that the two ads in question were in poor taste and deeply regret that they slipped through our screening process. In the future, if we publish or broadcast raw material, we will create a more effective filtering system.

    Contrast this with the behavior of the RNC and its allies when supporters of President Bush used TV ads morphing the faces of Sens. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Max Cleland (D-GA) into that of Osama Bin Laden during the 2002 Senate races.

    Regardless, the right will continue to bring up the ad in every conversation about MoveOn.org and point to this as an example of how much the left hates Bush. It's a common tactic: associating a legitimate organization with extreme elements even though the organization doesn't endorse those elements.

    Support MoveOn.org and their legitimate efforts to oust Bush. Don't allow the spin-cycle to distort the true meaning of the organization. Donate today.

    Posted by Eric at 09:17 PM | Comments (0)

    MoveOn.Org Involved in Hitler Controversy

    Was MoveOn.org going to run an ad comparing Adolph Hitler to President George W. Bush? Did MoveOn.org endorse (and enjoy) the content of the Hitler ad? Wow, sounds pretty bad, huh? The RNC is starting the talking points, and the right-wing radio, tv and internet are picking it up ... Gillespie:

    "Yesterday, MoveOn.org said an ad comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler that it had posted on its Web site as one the group would consider selecting for $7 million worth of paid airtime was only one of hundreds submitted and that MoveOn.org tried to screen out ads in such poor taste.

    It now turns out that the ad was one of two submissions comparing President Bush to Hitler that the organization posted, further reflecting the group's view that this despicable tactic complied with its guidelines that submissions be: ‘really creative ads that will engage and enlighten viewers and help them understand the truth about George Bush. There are some legal limits on what you can do (see below), and we're not going to post anything that would be inappropriate for television, but other than that what you put in your ads is up to you (live action, animation, personal rant, whatever!)’(Source: http://www.bushin30seconds.org/rules.html)

    Such ads are anything but appropriate for television, and MoveOn.org should apologize for posting the ads, as the Simon Wiesenthal Center today asked them to. Further, every Democrat seeking his or her party's nomination and who stands to benefit politically from MoveOn.org's efforts to defeat President Bush in November though millions of dollars in advertising should support the Simon Wiesenthal Center's request, and urge MoveOn.org to apologize for posting these ads on their Web site and deeming them appropriate for television."

    However, it appears that MoveOn.org and the voters routinely rejected the ad.
    The Republican National Committee and its chairman have falsely accused MoveOn.org of sponsoring ads on its website which compare President Bush to Adolf Hitler. The claim is deliberately and maliciously misleading.

    During December the MoveOn.org Voter Fund invited members of the public to submit ads that purported to tell the truth about the President and his policies. More than 1,500 submissions from ordinary Americans came in and were posted on a web site, bushin30seconds.org, for the public to review.

    None of these was our ad, nor did their appearance constitute endorsement or sponsorship by MoveOn.org Voter Fund. They will not appear on TV. We do not support the sentiment expressed in the two Hitler submissions. They were voted down by our members and the public, who reviewed the ads and submitted nearly 3 million critiques in the process of choosing the 15 finalist entries.

    We agree that the two ads in question were in poor taste and deeply regret that they slipped through our screening process. In the future, if we publish or broadcast raw material, we will create a more effective filtering system.

    Contrast this with the behavior of the RNC and its allies when supporters of President Bush used TV ads morphing the faces of Sens. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Max Cleland (D-GA) into that of Osama Bin Laden during the 2002 Senate races.

    Regardless, the right will continue to bring up the ad in every conversation about MoveOn.org and point to this as an example of how much the left hates Bush. It's a common tactic: associating a legitimate organization with extreme elements even though the organization doesn't endorse those elements.

    Support MoveOn.org and their legitimate efforts to oust Bush. Don't allow the spin-cycle to distort the true meaning of the organization. Donate today.

    Posted by Eric at 09:17 PM | Comments (0)

    New Vanity Fair Piece to Slam Ashcroft

    The Justice Dept calls it a 'hit piece ... and can hardly be called journalism." According to the NY Daily News, the piece will include such allegations as:

    Bachrach writes that former Missouri Sen. Ashcroft - a devout adherent of the Christian fundamentalist Assemblies of God denomination - presides over regular prayer groups in his office for Justice Department employees and "routinely compares himself to Christ in his 1998 memoir ... in which he refers to his campaign victories as 'resurrections' [and defeats as] 'crucifixions.'"

    Therapist William Demeo tells Bachrach that Ashcroft's "determination to liken his political career to the life and death of Christ is a sign of 'narcissism - without question.' "

    While hosting a dinner as governor of Missouri, she reports, Ashcroft once tactlessly insulted the African-American waiters at the mansion, noting that the valuables were "bolted down" because the waiters were convicts on furlough from state prison. Ashcroft allegedly told a guest: "I'm sure you know who the waiters are. You know how they are."

    At the Justice Department, Bachrach alleges, Ashcroft has replaced influential women and minorities with white men, and when he gathered a group of female Justice lawyers to mark Women's History Month, he arranged for his wife, Janet, to address them.

    "And he introduces her by saying she's the woman who taught him how to put the dishes away," a witness recounts.

    You can learn more about Ashcroft from PFAW including this:
    Ashcroft spent years and significant state resources in efforts to stymie voluntary St. Louis desegregation plans designed to enable city and suburban students and families to choose whether to participate on a completely voluntary basis. He repeatedly tried to delay and reverse court orders, and his arguments were rejected in three appeals to the Supreme Court. He was threatened with contempt of court and was criticized and rebuked by federal judges. His conduct was likened to the Southern "massive resistance" that had followed the Supreme Court’s decision more than two decades earlier in Brown v. Board of Education. Observers chastised him for exploiting his opposition to desegregation in his campaign for governor through rhetoric widely perceived as racially divisive. Even supporters and fellow Republicans criticized his tactics. And he failed completely to undertake meaningful efforts to solve the problems of state-created segregation, to resolve the litigation through negotiations or settlement, or to provide constructive leadership on the issue, all important qualities for a future U.S. Attorney General.

    Posted by Eric at 05:36 PM | Comments (0)

    New Vanity Fair Piece to Slam Ashcroft

    The Justice Dept calls it a 'hit piece ... and can hardly be called journalism." According to the NY Daily News, the piece will include such allegations as:

    Bachrach writes that former Missouri Sen. Ashcroft - a devout adherent of the Christian fundamentalist Assemblies of God denomination - presides over regular prayer groups in his office for Justice Department employees and "routinely compares himself to Christ in his 1998 memoir ... in which he refers to his campaign victories as 'resurrections' [and defeats as] 'crucifixions.'"

    Therapist William Demeo tells Bachrach that Ashcroft's "determination to liken his political career to the life and death of Christ is a sign of 'narcissism - without question.' "

    While hosting a dinner as governor of Missouri, she reports, Ashcroft once tactlessly insulted the African-American waiters at the mansion, noting that the valuables were "bolted down" because the waiters were convicts on furlough from state prison. Ashcroft allegedly told a guest: "I'm sure you know who the waiters are. You know how they are."

    At the Justice Department, Bachrach alleges, Ashcroft has replaced influential women and minorities with white men, and when he gathered a group of female Justice lawyers to mark Women's History Month, he arranged for his wife, Janet, to address them.

    "And he introduces her by saying she's the woman who taught him how to put the dishes away," a witness recounts.

    You can learn more about Ashcroft from PFAW including this:
    Ashcroft spent years and significant state resources in efforts to stymie voluntary St. Louis desegregation plans designed to enable city and suburban students and families to choose whether to participate on a completely voluntary basis. He repeatedly tried to delay and reverse court orders, and his arguments were rejected in three appeals to the Supreme Court. He was threatened with contempt of court and was criticized and rebuked by federal judges. His conduct was likened to the Southern "massive resistance" that had followed the Supreme Court’s decision more than two decades earlier in Brown v. Board of Education. Observers chastised him for exploiting his opposition to desegregation in his campaign for governor through rhetoric widely perceived as racially divisive. Even supporters and fellow Republicans criticized his tactics. And he failed completely to undertake meaningful efforts to solve the problems of state-created segregation, to resolve the litigation through negotiations or settlement, or to provide constructive leadership on the issue, all important qualities for a future U.S. Attorney General.

    Posted by Eric at 05:36 PM | Comments (0)

    MWO.com's Whore of the Year

    Who will it be this year? The Horse is back, and looking for your favorite 'media whore.'

    The noms ...

    Tim Russert
    Ted Koppel
    Kathleen Parker
    George Will
    Charles Krauthammer
    David Brooks
    Howard Kurtz
    Susan Estrich
    Frank Luntz
    Zell Miller

    Posted by Eric at 05:29 PM | Comments (0)

    MWO.com's Whore of the Year

    Who will it be this year? The Horse is back, and looking for your favorite 'media whore.'

    The noms ...

    Tim Russert
    Ted Koppel
    Kathleen Parker
    George Will
    Charles Krauthammer
    David Brooks
    Howard Kurtz
    Susan Estrich
    Frank Luntz
    Zell Miller

    Posted by Eric at 05:29 PM | Comments (0)

    Comedy Monday

    "Right now in Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is driving around in a big bus he's calling 'The Real Deal Express' — he says his campaign is going out to where people are working and he’s meeting people who normally wouldn’t go to a campaign rally. That’s not campaigning. Isn't that called 'bothering people'?" —Jay Leno

    "Today Rush Limbaugh blamed his legal troubles on 'the Democrats.' You have to understand how Rush thinks — see Bill Clinton was a real pain in the neck, so he got some drugs for the pain, then he got addicted, then he started buying the drugs illegally — so really it's all Clinton's fault." —Jay Leno

    "Did you see the Michael Jackson interview last night? (silence) OK, six of you saw it. Actually, a lot of people tuned in. During the interview Michael claimed that during his arrest the police manhandled him – when he specifically asked to be boyhandled." -Conan O'Brien

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    White House.org. The Official 2003 White House Christmas Card: Festively Patriotic Holiday Greetings from President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Welch Bush.
    National Lampoon. Hussein 'N a Hole
    The Onion. Dolphins Evolve Opposable Thumbs: 'Oh, Shit,' Says Humanity
    Dave Barry. Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Approximately 2003 reasons to be grateful it's almost December 31
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    "Saddam Emerges From Hole, Sees Shadow; Six More Months of War

    TIKRIT, Iraq (DPI) - Saddam Hussein came out of his hole this weekend and saw his shadow, guaranteeing six more months of Iraqi resistance. The traditional Ground-Hussein Day was celebrated throughout Iraq with festive explosions and looting. According to Tikrit's town fathers, when Hussein emerged from his long winter slumber, he saw his shadow cast by the bright oil pipeline fires on the horizon, promising continued Iraqi insurgency. President Bush responded to Hussein's threats, saying, "Bring 'em on, bang a gong, bring 'em on." Videos of Hussein's appearance are available from Halliburton for a small 600-percent mark-up. "
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    Bill Day. Higher Than Orange Alert
    Sandy Huffaker. Democracy in Iraq
    Larry Wright. Swallow the Bull
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    prangstgrup

    See their 'library musical' under the more videos.

    moveon.org spot

    Posted by Eric at 01:44 AM | Comments (0)

    Comedy Monday

    "Right now in Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is driving around in a big bus he's calling 'The Real Deal Express' — he says his campaign is going out to where people are working and he’s meeting people who normally wouldn’t go to a campaign rally. That’s not campaigning. Isn't that called 'bothering people'?" —Jay Leno

    "Today Rush Limbaugh blamed his legal troubles on 'the Democrats.' You have to understand how Rush thinks — see Bill Clinton was a real pain in the neck, so he got some drugs for the pain, then he got addicted, then he started buying the drugs illegally — so really it's all Clinton's fault." —Jay Leno

    "Did you see the Michael Jackson interview last night? (silence) OK, six of you saw it. Actually, a lot of people tuned in. During the interview Michael claimed that during his arrest the police manhandled him – when he specifically asked to be boyhandled." -Conan O'Brien

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    White House.org. The Official 2003 White House Christmas Card: Festively Patriotic Holiday Greetings from President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Welch Bush.
    National Lampoon. Hussein 'N a Hole
    The Onion. Dolphins Evolve Opposable Thumbs: 'Oh, Shit,' Says Humanity
    Dave Barry. Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Approximately 2003 reasons to be grateful it's almost December 31
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    "Saddam Emerges From Hole, Sees Shadow; Six More Months of War

    TIKRIT, Iraq (DPI) - Saddam Hussein came out of his hole this weekend and saw his shadow, guaranteeing six more months of Iraqi resistance. The traditional Ground-Hussein Day was celebrated throughout Iraq with festive explosions and looting. According to Tikrit's town fathers, when Hussein emerged from his long winter slumber, he saw his shadow cast by the bright oil pipeline fires on the horizon, promising continued Iraqi insurgency. President Bush responded to Hussein's threats, saying, "Bring 'em on, bang a gong, bring 'em on." Videos of Hussein's appearance are available from Halliburton for a small 600-percent mark-up. "
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    Bill Day. Higher Than Orange Alert
    Sandy Huffaker. Democracy in Iraq
    Larry Wright. Swallow the Bull
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    prangstgrup

    See their 'library musical' under the more videos.

    moveon.org spot

    Posted by Eric at 01:44 AM | Comments (0)

    January 04, 2004

    Sunday Stories

    AP. Dean Draws Fire From Debating Democrats.
    AP. Bank Robber Admits Threat to Sen. Clinton .
    CNN. Dean gets pre-debate slams.
    CNN. Bush defends 'No Child Left Behind' .
    WPost. Speaking the Faith.
    WPost. Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) dismissed questions about whether he has presidential credentials and persisted in trying to set himself apart as the Democrat with the positive message.
    Jack Bass. Daughter: Details of Thurmond's past were long known .
    Newsday. The Radicalization of American Foreign Policy.
    StarTrib. Timber giveaway/Logging the best of the Tongass.
    NYT. Paralysis on Clean Air.

    Posted by Eric at 05:39 PM | Comments (0)

    Sunday Stories

    AP. Dean Draws Fire From Debating Democrats.
    AP. Bank Robber Admits Threat to Sen. Clinton .
    CNN. Dean gets pre-debate slams.
    CNN. Bush defends 'No Child Left Behind' .
    WPost. Speaking the Faith.
    WPost. Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) dismissed questions about whether he has presidential credentials and persisted in trying to set himself apart as the Democrat with the positive message.
    Jack Bass. Daughter: Details of Thurmond's past were long known .
    Newsday. The Radicalization of American Foreign Policy.
    StarTrib. Timber giveaway/Logging the best of the Tongass.
    NYT. Paralysis on Clean Air.

    Posted by Eric at 05:39 PM | Comments (0)

    Clark Appears on Meet the Press

    A frequent guest of the Russert talker, General Wesley Clark appeared on the NBC Sunday morning show as a guest during the first part of the show. A partial transcript:

    MR. RUSSERT: In terms of Iraq, you said this the other day. "When I am president, I will go over to Iraq and it won't be to deliver turkeys in the middle of the night." What does that mean?

    GEN. CLARK: When I go over to Iraq, I'm going to talk with the people that are on the ground. I'm going to consult with the military leaders. I'm going to consult with the Iraqi leaders. And we'll have a political success strategy that turns this problem back to the Iraqi people in a way that brings us out of there with success, with honor and gets our forces back and reconstituted to meet the real national security challenges facing America.

    MR. RUSSERT: Isn't that what the president did, met with military leaders, met with Iraqi leaders?

    GEN. CLARK: Well, he was on the ground for about two hours, as I read the report. I don't think he had any substantive discussions with either military leaders or Iraqi leaders during that period. He only met, as far as I could determine, with some of the very pro-American Iraqi leaders like Chalabi. To my knowledge, he did not meet with Sistani. There's been no real discussion with the Shia leadership and certainly not by high-level U.S. authorities. ...

    So how about the hopes of a Dean / Clark ticket? Doesn't appear likely if we take this to be true.

    MR. RUSSERT: Another general who entered politics, William Sherman, was asked whether or not he would seek elective office. He said: "If nominated, I will not accept. If elected, I will not serve." If General Clark is nominated as vice president, will you accept?

    GEN. CLARK: Well, I've said I'm not going to be the vice president, and that's what I stand by. I'm running to be president of the United States. This country needs a higher standard of leadership, Tim, and to get that higher standard, I'm going to have to be the commander in chief and the president of the United States. That's why I'm running.

    MR. RUSSERT: But General Sherman had a very understandable formula: "If nominated, I will not accept." Is that your view?

    GEN. CLARK: I'm saying that I'm not going to be the vice president. I'm not going accept that nomination. I can't make it any more clearer than that.

    MR. RUSSERT: So if nominated, you will not accept the vice presidency?

    GEN. CLARK: I'm running to be president of the United States. I am not running to be vice president, and I do not intend to accept that nomination, and I will not.

    MR. RUSSERT: Absolutely.

    GEN. CLARK: That's absolutely the facts.

    Posted by Eric at 05:23 PM | Comments (0)

    Clark Appears on Meet the Press

    A frequent guest of the Russert talker, General Wesley Clark appeared on the NBC Sunday morning show as a guest during the first part of the show. A partial transcript:

    MR. RUSSERT: In terms of Iraq, you said this the other day. "When I am president, I will go over to Iraq and it won't be to deliver turkeys in the middle of the night." What does that mean?

    GEN. CLARK: When I go over to Iraq, I'm going to talk with the people that are on the ground. I'm going to consult with the military leaders. I'm going to consult with the Iraqi leaders. And we'll have a political success strategy that turns this problem back to the Iraqi people in a way that brings us out of there with success, with honor and gets our forces back and reconstituted to meet the real national security challenges facing America.

    MR. RUSSERT: Isn't that what the president did, met with military leaders, met with Iraqi leaders?

    GEN. CLARK: Well, he was on the ground for about two hours, as I read the report. I don't think he had any substantive discussions with either military leaders or Iraqi leaders during that period. He only met, as far as I could determine, with some of the very pro-American Iraqi leaders like Chalabi. To my knowledge, he did not meet with Sistani. There's been no real discussion with the Shia leadership and certainly not by high-level U.S. authorities. ...

    So how about the hopes of a Dean / Clark ticket? Doesn't appear likely if we take this to be true.

    MR. RUSSERT: Another general who entered politics, William Sherman, was asked whether or not he would seek elective office. He said: "If nominated, I will not accept. If elected, I will not serve." If General Clark is nominated as vice president, will you accept?

    GEN. CLARK: Well, I've said I'm not going to be the vice president, and that's what I stand by. I'm running to be president of the United States. This country needs a higher standard of leadership, Tim, and to get that higher standard, I'm going to have to be the commander in chief and the president of the United States. That's why I'm running.

    MR. RUSSERT: But General Sherman had a very understandable formula: "If nominated, I will not accept." Is that your view?

    GEN. CLARK: I'm saying that I'm not going to be the vice president. I'm not going accept that nomination. I can't make it any more clearer than that.

    MR. RUSSERT: So if nominated, you will not accept the vice presidency?

    GEN. CLARK: I'm running to be president of the United States. I am not running to be vice president, and I do not intend to accept that nomination, and I will not.

    MR. RUSSERT: Absolutely.

    GEN. CLARK: That's absolutely the facts.

    Posted by Eric at 05:23 PM | Comments (0)

    Dean Gets Double Pub

    Helping his hold as the frontrunner of the Dem primaries, Dr. Howard Dean is on the cover of both Newsweek and Time. However, just because he's on the cover, it doesn't mean the press coverage is positive. Enter Howard Fineman (MediaWhoresOnline.com whore of the year) for the Newsweek piece.



    Dean also may have some more explaining to do about his relationship with a drug company called Astra, which by 1997 was in a limited partnership with another big drug firm, Merck. In 1998, two things were happening in Montpelier: Dean was running for re-election, and drug companies, including Merck, were lobbying against the imposition of price controls on drugs in the state. Over the years Dean, who at the time opposed the price-control plan, had taken campaign contributions from the drug industry, including $3,000 from Merck. (Dean later turned tougher on the industry.) ...

    But Karl Rove does. In his office at the White House, and at campaign headquarters in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, the people who run "BC04"— the Bush-Cheney re-elect—are savoring the possibility of what they regard as the best outcome: the triumph-damaged Dean, wrapped in miles of videotaped criticism from his fellow Democrats. A top Republican Party official argues that the former governor's commitment to a "personalized angry campaign of the left" is too deep to be retooled, and would make him easy pickings in the fall. In the BC04 view, Democratic "Blue States" are turning "Purple" under the influence of Bush's sunny persona, good news on the economy and the capture of Saddam Hussein. Bush strategists scoff at the idea that Dean can compete in the South. And they note that the president's e-mail list—more than 10 times the size of the Dean campaign's—is geared to getting out the vote, not for chitchat. But say this for Dean: he's letting his supporters speak their mind—and even express their concerns about him—and that is good for democracy no matter who wins in November.


    Time Magazine's story is focused a little more on a Dean interview the mag conducted. Por ejemplo:
    Nurturing is not part of his natural style. "There's a different way I do empathy," Dean says. "I kind of lean into them, and I look at them, and I'll let them know I'm really paying careful attention to what they say. But I don't put my arm around them and all that stuff. Because it's true: when you present me with a problem, I want to solve the problem."

    He maintains a certain detachment, he tells TIME, because he remembers how his emotions made him incapable of assisting with a critically wounded 9-year-old drive-by-shooting victim when he was a medical student. He recalls, "What I learned from that is, if you get sucked in and you get overwhelmed, you can't do a thing for the patient."

    His biggest mistake during the campaign was his accusation that John Edwards waffled on his support for the war; he wrote the North Carolina Senator a handwritten apology and "was happy to do it," Dean says. As for the rest of his slips and stumbles: "It's not calculated, obviously. All I know is that most of this stuff that gets written about is not interesting to most people, except for reporters and other candidates," he says. "It doesn't affect what happens in my campaign." But he knows it could. "What these guys do is, they take a quote and they twist it and they recharacterize it, and some reporter writes it. And once you get into (the news database) LexisNexis, you're done."




    USNews says the "economy is finally firing on all cylinders."

    American Prospect asks, "Does Dean have legs?"

    Posted by Eric at 05:11 PM | Comments (0)

    Dean Gets Double Pub

    Helping his hold as the frontrunner of the Dem primaries, Dr. Howard Dean is on the cover of both Newsweek and Time. However, just because he's on the cover, it doesn't mean the press coverage is positive. Enter Howard Fineman (MediaWhoresOnline.com whore of the year) for the Newsweek piece.



    Dean also may have some more explaining to do about his relationship with a drug company called Astra, which by 1997 was in a limited partnership with another big drug firm, Merck. In 1998, two things were happening in Montpelier: Dean was running for re-election, and drug companies, including Merck, were lobbying against the imposition of price controls on drugs in the state. Over the years Dean, who at the time opposed the price-control plan, had taken campaign contributions from the drug industry, including $3,000 from Merck. (Dean later turned tougher on the industry.) ...

    But Karl Rove does. In his office at the White House, and at campaign headquarters in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, the people who run "BC04"— the Bush-Cheney re-elect—are savoring the possibility of what they regard as the best outcome: the triumph-damaged Dean, wrapped in miles of videotaped criticism from his fellow Democrats. A top Republican Party official argues that the former governor's commitment to a "personalized angry campaign of the left" is too deep to be retooled, and would make him easy pickings in the fall. In the BC04 view, Democratic "Blue States" are turning "Purple" under the influence of Bush's sunny persona, good news on the economy and the capture of Saddam Hussein. Bush strategists scoff at the idea that Dean can compete in the South. And they note that the president's e-mail list—more than 10 times the size of the Dean campaign's—is geared to getting out the vote, not for chitchat. But say this for Dean: he's letting his supporters speak their mind—and even express their concerns about him—and that is good for democracy no matter who wins in November.


    Time Magazine's story is focused a little more on a Dean interview the mag conducted. Por ejemplo:
    Nurturing is not part of his natural style. "There's a different way I do empathy," Dean says. "I kind of lean into them, and I look at them, and I'll let them know I'm really paying careful attention to what they say. But I don't put my arm around them and all that stuff. Because it's true: when you present me with a problem, I want to solve the problem."

    He maintains a certain detachment, he tells TIME, because he remembers how his emotions made him incapable of assisting with a critically wounded 9-year-old drive-by-shooting victim when he was a medical student. He recalls, "What I learned from that is, if you get sucked in and you get overwhelmed, you can't do a thing for the patient."

    His biggest mistake during the campaign was his accusation that John Edwards waffled on his support for the war; he wrote the North Carolina Senator a handwritten apology and "was happy to do it," Dean says. As for the rest of his slips and stumbles: "It's not calculated, obviously. All I know is that most of this stuff that gets written about is not interesting to most people, except for reporters and other candidates," he says. "It doesn't affect what happens in my campaign." But he knows it could. "What these guys do is, they take a quote and they twist it and they recharacterize it, and some reporter writes it. And once you get into (the news database) LexisNexis, you're done."




    USNews says the "economy is finally firing on all cylinders."

    American Prospect asks, "Does Dean have legs?"

    Posted by Eric at 05:11 PM | Comments (0)

    January 03, 2004

    Saturday Stories

    Michael Tomasky. Dean's Duty: The Deaniacs are locked in. What Howard Dean has to do now is reassure everyone else
    Robert Kuttner . Progressive Prognosticator: Robert Kuttner offers up some scenarios for the year ahead -- and comes to some surprising conclusions
    Aram Roston. The Battle for Iraqi Oil
    Laura Rozen. Taking Flak in Iraq
    Wiretap. David Cross: Let America Laugh
    AP. 3 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks
    Eleanor Clift. 'Man, That Dude Can Dance': Howard Dean romances the crowd at Renaissance Weekend
    AP. Enron whistle-blower endorses Clark
    San Jose Mercury News . Sharpton opens first South Carolina campaign office
    CNN. Bush: No Iran policy shift
    CNN. Texas Rep. Hall switches to GOP
    NYT. Past Defeat and Personal Quest Shape Long-Shot Kucinich Bid
    NYT. In One Suburb, Local Politics With Asian Roots
    The Scotsman. Dean in lead, but can he keep it?
    Krugman. Dean's rivals undermine the Democrats' chances
    NYT. As the Race Turns Hot, What About Dean's Collar?
    NYT. Gephardt Faults Dean Over Health Coverage
    LAT. Edge in Iowa Rests in Senator's Hands: Tom Harkin's support could tip the balance in the first caucus once he decides whom to back
    WPost. Bush Aides Face Request To Free Media To Give Names
    WPost. Clark Touts Security Strength: Candidate Says President And Dean Lack Expertise
    AP. Terror Threat Means Uncertainty of Flights
    AP. Michigan Democrats begin presidential voting even before Iowa and New Hampshire

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Saturday Stories

    Michael Tomasky. Dean's Duty: The Deaniacs are locked in. What Howard Dean has to do now is reassure everyone else
    Robert Kuttner . Progressive Prognosticator: Robert Kuttner offers up some scenarios for the year ahead -- and comes to some surprising conclusions
    Aram Roston. The Battle for Iraqi Oil
    Laura Rozen. Taking Flak in Iraq
    Wiretap. David Cross: Let America Laugh
    AP. 3 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks
    Eleanor Clift. 'Man, That Dude Can Dance': Howard Dean romances the crowd at Renaissance Weekend
    AP. Enron whistle-blower endorses Clark
    San Jose Mercury News . Sharpton opens first South Carolina campaign office
    CNN. Bush: No Iran policy shift
    CNN. Texas Rep. Hall switches to GOP
    NYT. Past Defeat and Personal Quest Shape Long-Shot Kucinich Bid
    NYT. In One Suburb, Local Politics With Asian Roots
    The Scotsman. Dean in lead, but can he keep it?
    Krugman. Dean's rivals undermine the Democrats' chances
    NYT. As the Race Turns Hot, What About Dean's Collar?
    NYT. Gephardt Faults Dean Over Health Coverage
    LAT. Edge in Iowa Rests in Senator's Hands: Tom Harkin's support could tip the balance in the first caucus once he decides whom to back
    WPost. Bush Aides Face Request To Free Media To Give Names
    WPost. Clark Touts Security Strength: Candidate Says President And Dean Lack Expertise
    AP. Terror Threat Means Uncertainty of Flights
    AP. Michigan Democrats begin presidential voting even before Iowa and New Hampshire

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Russ Feingold Reacts to The Onion

    The December 17th issue of The Onion had a satirical piece about Russ Feingold.


    U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) was forced to find an alternate means of transportation to work Monday, because his Senate carpool once again "forgot" to pick him up.

    "Did we forget Feingold again?" Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) asked. "Gee, I don't know how that happened. I guess we were running late and just flaked on it. Hmm, same thing happened last week."

    Feingold and Murkowski, along with senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), comprise the ride-sharing carpool formed three years ago to split the costs of commuting and reduce fuel waste and air pollution.

    Monday marks the fourth time this month that the Wisconsin senator has been left behind. Feingold's wife Mary had to drive him to the Capitol, where he arrived with just enough time to make roll call. Feingold said it was "not the way I like to start a morning." ...

    One Beltway insider noted that Feingold's current carpool is the senator's third in the past five years.

    "I was carpooling with Russ in '98," Ron Wyden (D-OR) said. "Everyone else wanted to have a nice relaxing ride in, but Feingold would start up on campaign finance reform the second his seatbelt clicked. That guy would not shut up for a second."


    So what did Feingold think of the piece?

    "Once the Onion came out, that's all anyone wanted to talk about," Feingold said. "I'd walk in some place on State Street and people would be holding it up."

    Feingold said the most interesting response was from a reporter who read in the story that the senator's wife, Mary, had to drive him to the Capitol. "He said, 'I thought your wife lived in Wisconsin.' I said, 'She does. It's a joke.' " ...

    Posted by Eric at 10:12 PM | Comments (0)

    Russ Feingold Reacts to The Onion

    The December 17th issue of The Onion had a satirical piece about Russ Feingold.


    U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) was forced to find an alternate means of transportation to work Monday, because his Senate carpool once again "forgot" to pick him up.

    "Did we forget Feingold again?" Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) asked. "Gee, I don't know how that happened. I guess we were running late and just flaked on it. Hmm, same thing happened last week."

    Feingold and Murkowski, along with senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), comprise the ride-sharing carpool formed three years ago to split the costs of commuting and reduce fuel waste and air pollution.

    Monday marks the fourth time this month that the Wisconsin senator has been left behind. Feingold's wife Mary had to drive him to the Capitol, where he arrived with just enough time to make roll call. Feingold said it was "not the way I like to start a morning." ...

    One Beltway insider noted that Feingold's current carpool is the senator's third in the past five years.

    "I was carpooling with Russ in '98," Ron Wyden (D-OR) said. "Everyone else wanted to have a nice relaxing ride in, but Feingold would start up on campaign finance reform the second his seatbelt clicked. That guy would not shut up for a second."


    So what did Feingold think of the piece?

    "Once the Onion came out, that's all anyone wanted to talk about," Feingold said. "I'd walk in some place on State Street and people would be holding it up."

    Feingold said the most interesting response was from a reporter who read in the story that the senator's wife, Mary, had to drive him to the Capitol. "He said, 'I thought your wife lived in Wisconsin.' I said, 'She does. It's a joke.' " ...

    Posted by Eric at 10:12 PM | Comments (0)

    Republicans and the Environment

    When I was working near the Hill last year, I met Senator Lincoln Chafee on the street and thanked him for his work on the environment. Chafee usually votes with Democrats on matters of the environment, and I told him that it's unusual for a Republican to vote to protect the environment. He told me, "Well, my party was the environment party" and noted that Nixon actually signed the Clean Air Act. He also mentioned Teddy Roosevelt.

    While a lot of what Nixon did with the environment was political, it is worth noting that at one time the Republicans used to be reasonable on the environment. Former House Rep Pete McCloskey (R-San Mateo) in the LA Times:

    Back in 1973, the environment was a bipartisan issue. Both parties strongly supported the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act and many other bedrock laws that have done so much to make our lives enjoyable. Yet today, the Newt Gingrichs and Tom DeLays and others have led the Republican Party to abandon the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt. There are a handful of pro-environment Republicans still in the Congress, but they are outnumbered by people who put corporate campaign contributions and business and development interests ahead in their priorities ...

    When I served in Congress, conservatives and conservationists worked together in friendship. Something dark and onerous has happened since the Republicans took over the House. It's time for Republicans to stand up and try to keep the party true to its historical concept that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness include the preservation of endangered species.

    If we stand back and allow Democrats to be identified as the sole preservers of environmental values, the GOP could soon return to the minority status it occupied for most of the last 70 years. And that, however unfortunate for the party, would be a good thing for eagles, turkeys, ducks and rainbow trout.


    To learn more about how the Republicans have attacked the environment, see the NRDC or Robert F. Kennedy's article in Rolling Stone.

    Posted by Eric at 07:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Republicans and the Environment

    When I was working near the Hill last year, I met Senator Lincoln Chafee on the street and thanked him for his work on the environment. Chafee usually votes with Democrats on matters of the environment, and I told him that it's unusual for a Republican to vote to protect the environment. He told me, "Well, my party was the environment party" and noted that Nixon actually signed the Clean Air Act. He also mentioned Teddy Roosevelt.

    While a lot of what Nixon did with the environment was political, it is worth noting that at one time the Republicans used to be reasonable on the environment. Former House Rep Pete McCloskey (R-San Mateo) in the LA Times:

    Back in 1973, the environment was a bipartisan issue. Both parties strongly supported the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act and many other bedrock laws that have done so much to make our lives enjoyable. Yet today, the Newt Gingrichs and Tom DeLays and others have led the Republican Party to abandon the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt. There are a handful of pro-environment Republicans still in the Congress, but they are outnumbered by people who put corporate campaign contributions and business and development interests ahead in their priorities ...

    When I served in Congress, conservatives and conservationists worked together in friendship. Something dark and onerous has happened since the Republicans took over the House. It's time for Republicans to stand up and try to keep the party true to its historical concept that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness include the preservation of endangered species.

    If we stand back and allow Democrats to be identified as the sole preservers of environmental values, the GOP could soon return to the minority status it occupied for most of the last 70 years. And that, however unfortunate for the party, would be a good thing for eagles, turkeys, ducks and rainbow trout.


    To learn more about how the Republicans have attacked the environment, see the NRDC or Robert F. Kennedy's article in Rolling Stone.

    Posted by Eric at 07:59 PM | Comments (0)

    TV Schedule Week

    Democratic Debate - CSPAN, 1/4 3pm EST
    Gephardt and Kerry - CSPAN 1/4 9pm EST
    Wesley Clark - Meet the Press, NBC 1/4
    Tim Robbins - Late Night with Conan, 1/5 (R)
    Wesley Clark - Hardball, 1/5
    Alec Baldwin - Sharon Osbourne 1/5) (R)
    Michael Moore - Conan 1/7 (R)
    Darrell Hammond - Carson 1/9
    Bill Maher - The View 1/8 (R)

    Posted by Eric at 05:38 PM | Comments (0)

    TV Schedule Week

    Democratic Debate - CSPAN, 1/4 3pm EST
    Gephardt and Kerry - CSPAN 1/4 9pm EST
    Wesley Clark - Meet the Press, NBC 1/4
    Tim Robbins - Late Night with Conan, 1/5 (R)
    Wesley Clark - Hardball, 1/5
    Alec Baldwin - Sharon Osbourne 1/5) (R)
    Michael Moore - Conan 1/7 (R)
    Darrell Hammond - Carson 1/9
    Bill Maher - The View 1/8 (R)

    Posted by Eric at 05:38 PM | Comments (0)

    Deborah Norville to Anchor MSNBC's 9pm Hour

    Taking over for the spot currently occupied by "The Abrahms Report," Deborah Norville will return to NBC and host a news talker.

    The cabler has been in the hunt for a new weeknight show to fill a hole in the network's weeknight primetime lineup that was left by the cancellation of "Buchanan & Press" in November. MSNBC has since shifted "The Abrams Report" from 9 p.m. to the 6 p.m. slot formerly occupied by "Buchanan & Press," but that still left the network with a void at 9 p.m., where Norville's interview-driven program is expected to run.

    While Buchanan and Press has been canceled for poor ratings (cutting in half the amount of liberals on television), Scarborough Country is allowed to roam the countryside unchecked.

    Posted by Eric at 05:18 PM | Comments (0)

    Deborah Norville to Anchor MSNBC's 9pm Hour

    Taking over for the spot currently occupied by "The Abrahms Report," Deborah Norville will return to NBC and host a news talker.

    The cabler has been in the hunt for a new weeknight show to fill a hole in the network's weeknight primetime lineup that was left by the cancellation of "Buchanan & Press" in November. MSNBC has since shifted "The Abrams Report" from 9 p.m. to the 6 p.m. slot formerly occupied by "Buchanan & Press," but that still left the network with a void at 9 p.m., where Norville's interview-driven program is expected to run.

    While Buchanan and Press has been canceled for poor ratings (cutting in half the amount of liberals on television), Scarborough Country is allowed to roam the countryside unchecked.

    Posted by Eric at 05:18 PM | Comments (0)

    New CNN/Time Numbers

    No surprise, it's Dean in the lead with the others close together. The numbers (with help from Kos who put the Nov numbers in parenthesis)

    Dean 22 (14)
    Kerry 10 (9)
    Lieberman 9 (11)
    Clark 8 (12)
    Gephardt 7 (6)
    Sharpton 6 (5)
    Edwards 5 (5)
    Kucinich 5 (2)
    Braun 2 (4)

    In Dem vs. Bush matchups, we get ...

    Bush - 51
    Dean - 46

    Bush - 54
    Kerry - 43

    Bush - 52
    Lieberman - 46

    Bush - 53
    Clark - 43

    Bush - 53
    Gephardt - 44

    Bush - 53
    Edwards - 43

    Posted by Eric at 04:30 AM | Comments (0)

    New CNN/Time Numbers

    No surprise, it's Dean in the lead with the others close together. The numbers (with help from Kos who put the Nov numbers in parenthesis)

    Dean 22 (14)
    Kerry 10 (9)
    Lieberman 9 (11)
    Clark 8 (12)
    Gephardt 7 (6)
    Sharpton 6 (5)
    Edwards 5 (5)
    Kucinich 5 (2)
    Braun 2 (4)

    In Dem vs. Bush matchups, we get ...

    Bush - 51
    Dean - 46

    Bush - 54
    Kerry - 43

    Bush - 52
    Lieberman - 46

    Bush - 53
    Clark - 43

    Bush - 53
    Gephardt - 44

    Bush - 53
    Edwards - 43

    Posted by Eric at 04:30 AM | Comments (0)

    Joe, John and Dick Continue to Hammer Dean

    The attacks continued from the 3 candidates who are trailing Howard Dean in both state and national polls. Por ejemplo:

    "There is a pattern with Gov. Dean," Gephardt said in a speech at a Des Moines hospital. "First, say something indefensible. Then deny you ever said it. Then, when it's proven you said it, don't tell anybody why you said it. And then go and say it all over again."

    "According to Howard Dean, we're all lying — all the other candidates and every major newspaper in America," Gephardt said. "The last refuge from an indefensible record is to call everything a big lie."

    John Kerry gets his funk on:

    "And it’s wrong to twist the truth into an attack. Howard Dean says he’s the only Democrat who’s balanced a budget, but courageous Democrats, including some of those running for President, worked with Bill Clinton to balance the budget in the 1990s. Howard Dean says he’s the only candidate who’s provided health care to poor children, but some of the other candidates in this race worked hard to provide a major expansion for health for children all over this country. Howard Dean says he’s the only candidate who talks about race in front of white audiences, but many of the candidates in this field have dedicated themselves to this cause – the legacy of our Democratic Party. These candidates are good people. And they deserve better than to have their hard work and their records dismissed and distorted for political advantage."

    Joe Lieberman?

    "Throughout this year, Howard Dean has repeatedly attacked other Democratic candidates. But when recently challenged on his own policies, misstatements and retractions, Dean responded by complaining to the party chairman that we're being mean to him.

    "I've got news for Howard Dean: the primaries are a warm up compared to what George Bush and Karl Rove have waiting for the Democratic nominee. If Howard Dean can't stand the heat in the Democratic kitchen, he's going to melt in a minute once the Republicans start going after him.

    "Voters deserve to know why Howard Dean wants to raise middle class taxes and why I want to cut them. They deserve to know why he wants to shut down markets abroad and why I want to open them up. And they deserve to know why he is abandoning Bill Clinton's policies and I want to build on them. It's a matter of being open and honest with the voters.

    "But there's another kind of openness -- openness in government. We just found out that before Dick Cheney ever did it, Howard Dean tried to hide his secret energy task force records, and of course he's still trying to hide his gubernatorial records from Vermont."

    Dean responds:

    Late Friday, Dean returned fire. In an interview with New England Cable News, he said his rivals "can criticize me all they want. They've been in Congress for a long time. They haven't accomplished much. No health program, no jobs [program], they supported the war in Iraq."

    Of course, these attacks over the past few months haven't hurt Dean if you look at the massive amounts of money he's raised. Indeed, Dean's supposed to be the anti-Washington establishment Democrat. What's more anti-establishment than congressmen attacking you?

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    Joe, John and Dick Continue to Hammer Dean

    The attacks continued from the 3 candidates who are trailing Howard Dean in both state and national polls. Por ejemplo:

    "There is a pattern with Gov. Dean," Gephardt said in a speech at a Des Moines hospital. "First, say something indefensible. Then deny you ever said it. Then, when it's proven you said it, don't tell anybody why you said it. And then go and say it all over again."

    "According to Howard Dean, we're all lying — all the other candidates and every major newspaper in America," Gephardt said. "The last refuge from an indefensible record is to call everything a big lie."

    John Kerry gets his funk on:

    "And it’s wrong to twist the truth into an attack. Howard Dean says he’s the only Democrat who’s balanced a budget, but courageous Democrats, including some of those running for President, worked with Bill Clinton to balance the budget in the 1990s. Howard Dean says he’s the only candidate who’s provided health care to poor children, but some of the other candidates in this race worked hard to provide a major expansion for health for children all over this country. Howard Dean says he’s the only candidate who talks about race in front of white audiences, but many of the candidates in this field have dedicated themselves to this cause – the legacy of our Democratic Party. These candidates are good people. And they deserve better than to have their hard work and their records dismissed and distorted for political advantage."

    Joe Lieberman?

    "Throughout this year, Howard Dean has repeatedly attacked other Democratic candidates. But when recently challenged on his own policies, misstatements and retractions, Dean responded by complaining to the party chairman that we're being mean to him.

    "I've got news for Howard Dean: the primaries are a warm up compared to what George Bush and Karl Rove have waiting for the Democratic nominee. If Howard Dean can't stand the heat in the Democratic kitchen, he's going to melt in a minute once the Republicans start going after him.

    "Voters deserve to know why Howard Dean wants to raise middle class taxes and why I want to cut them. They deserve to know why he wants to shut down markets abroad and why I want to open them up. And they deserve to know why he is abandoning Bill Clinton's policies and I want to build on them. It's a matter of being open and honest with the voters.

    "But there's another kind of openness -- openness in government. We just found out that before Dick Cheney ever did it, Howard Dean tried to hide his secret energy task force records, and of course he's still trying to hide his gubernatorial records from Vermont."

    Dean responds:

    Late Friday, Dean returned fire. In an interview with New England Cable News, he said his rivals "can criticize me all they want. They've been in Congress for a long time. They haven't accomplished much. No health program, no jobs [program], they supported the war in Iraq."

    Of course, these attacks over the past few months haven't hurt Dean if you look at the massive amounts of money he's raised. Indeed, Dean's supposed to be the anti-Washington establishment Democrat. What's more anti-establishment than congressmen attacking you?

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    God Endorses Bush

    Pat Robertson sees a bush, and it burns for Bush.

    "I think George Bush is going to win in a walk," Robertson said on his 700 Club program on the Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting Network, which he founded. "I really believe I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a blowout election in 2004. It's shaping up that way."

    Robertson told viewers he spent several days in prayer at the end of 2003.

    "The Lord has just blessed him," Robertson said of Bush. "I mean, he could make terrible mistakes and comes out of it. It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or bad, God picks him up because he's a man of prayer and God's blessing him."

    Posted by Eric at 01:09 AM | Comments (0)

    God Endorses Bush

    Pat Robertson sees a bush, and it burns for Bush.

    "I think George Bush is going to win in a walk," Robertson said on his 700 Club program on the Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting Network, which he founded. "I really believe I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a blowout election in 2004. It's shaping up that way."

    Robertson told viewers he spent several days in prayer at the end of 2003.

    "The Lord has just blessed him," Robertson said of Bush. "I mean, he could make terrible mistakes and comes out of it. It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or bad, God picks him up because he's a man of prayer and God's blessing him."

    Posted by Eric at 01:09 AM | Comments (0)

    UnAmerican Al Franken Entertains Troops

    And talked with CNN about it.


    CROWLEY: That must have been quite a trip. It was a feel-good trip for you?

    FRANKEN: It was my fourth USO tour. This is the first one in a really active theater of battle. I've been to Kosovo three times. But this was -- we went to Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan -- and it was great. And I always love doing it.

    The troops really appreciate it, and I sort of set aside all political kind of stuff and do like a Bob Hope type of show.

    CROWLEY: I was going to ask you that because unlike some comedians you are so well-known for your political views as well. Do you find that interferes at all, or are they just glad to have you there?

    FRANKEN: They are glad to have me there. And also, I just -- my opening joke usually was, "Anybody here from out of town?" And then, you know, "This Army grub, it doesn't agree with me. I've had three MREs -- those are meals ready to eat -- and none of them seem to have an exit strategy."

    So it's a different kind of humor I do, but every, you know, I had a number of soldiers come up to me and say, "I don't agree with you politically, but I so appreciate you coming." And they really do.

    We had an urban, girl trio, singing group, and their manager -- we did a show in the hangar in Baghdad where the president had served Thanksgiving dinner -- and a soldier went up to the manager of these girls and said, "It's really an honor to meet you," and the manager said, "You don't understand, I'm just the manager of these girls."

    And he [the soldier] said, "No, no, you don't understand. I'm a soldier. I had to be here. I met President Bush a few weeks ago. He's the president, and he really should come here. You don't have to be here. You came here because you care, and I -- so it's more of an honor to meet you." And that -- it's just that kind of feeling. And also, you get a feeling, as you know, a troop of traveling show folk as you are going around.

    Posted by Eric at 01:03 AM | Comments (0)

    UnAmerican Al Franken Entertains Troops

    And talked with CNN about it.


    CROWLEY: That must have been quite a trip. It was a feel-good trip for you?

    FRANKEN: It was my fourth USO tour. This is the first one in a really active theater of battle. I've been to Kosovo three times. But this was -- we went to Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan -- and it was great. And I always love doing it.

    The troops really appreciate it, and I sort of set aside all political kind of stuff and do like a Bob Hope type of show.

    CROWLEY: I was going to ask you that because unlike some comedians you are so well-known for your political views as well. Do you find that interferes at all, or are they just glad to have you there?

    FRANKEN: They are glad to have me there. And also, I just -- my opening joke usually was, "Anybody here from out of town?" And then, you know, "This Army grub, it doesn't agree with me. I've had three MREs -- those are meals ready to eat -- and none of them seem to have an exit strategy."

    So it's a different kind of humor I do, but every, you know, I had a number of soldiers come up to me and say, "I don't agree with you politically, but I so appreciate you coming." And they really do.

    We had an urban, girl trio, singing group, and their manager -- we did a show in the hangar in Baghdad where the president had served Thanksgiving dinner -- and a soldier went up to the manager of these girls and said, "It's really an honor to meet you," and the manager said, "You don't understand, I'm just the manager of these girls."

    And he [the soldier] said, "No, no, you don't understand. I'm a soldier. I had to be here. I met President Bush a few weeks ago. He's the president, and he really should come here. You don't have to be here. You came here because you care, and I -- so it's more of an honor to meet you." And that -- it's just that kind of feeling. And also, you get a feeling, as you know, a troop of traveling show folk as you are going around.

    Posted by Eric at 01:03 AM | Comments (0)

    Take Back Your Country: Urge the EPA to Reduce Mercury from Power Plants

    "After years of delay, EPA is facing a deadline to reduce the dangers that mercury from power plants poses to women of childbearing age, pregnant women, infants and toddlers. Send a comment to the Bush administration to act without further delay to cut mercury emissions from power plants by 90 percent by 2008."

    Visit CleanAirNow.org and take action.

    Posted by Eric at 12:46 AM | Comments (0)

    Take Back Your Country: Urge the EPA to Reduce Mercury from Power Plants

    "After years of delay, EPA is facing a deadline to reduce the dangers that mercury from power plants poses to women of childbearing age, pregnant women, infants and toddlers. Send a comment to the Bush administration to act without further delay to cut mercury emissions from power plants by 90 percent by 2008."

    Visit CleanAirNow.org and take action.

    Posted by Eric at 12:46 AM | Comments (0)

    Can You See Me Now? Good.

    Hi there. I moved part of the blog to moveabletype. You need to know some HTML work and, since it's been raining for the past week, I thought I might as well stay in and update the site. If you are having compatability problems with the site, let me know ... Otherwise, I think it should be working. So the site is back.

    Posted by Eric at 12:23 AM | Comments (0)

    Can You See Me Now? Good.

    Hi there. I moved part of the blog to moveabletype. You need to know some HTML work and, since it's been raining for the past week, I thought I might as well stay in and update the site. If you are having compatability problems with the site, let me know ... Otherwise, I think it should be working. So the site is back.

    Posted by Eric at 12:23 AM | Comments (0)