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March 31, 2004

Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly

I like the title. www.sweetjesusihatebilloreilly.com

Posted by Eric at 11:34 PM | Comments (43)

Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly

I like the title. www.sweetjesusihatebilloreilly.com

Posted by Eric at 11:34 PM | Comments (10)

Air America

Time: 12-3pm EST.

Current stations:

NYC (WLIB, 1190AM),
LA (KBLA, 1580AM),
Chicago (WNTD, 950AM),
Portland (KPOJ, 620AM),
Inland Empire, CA (KCAA, 1050AM),
Minneapolis (WMNN-AM 1330),
XM Radio Channel 167.

Will also be streamed online at http://airamericaradio.com/.

Other streams:

WLIB
KCAA
KPOJ

Posted by Eric at 02:53 AM | Comments (48)

Air America

Time: 12-3pm EST.

Current stations:

NYC (WLIB, 1190AM),
LA (KBLA, 1580AM),
Chicago (WNTD, 950AM),
Portland (KPOJ, 620AM),
Inland Empire, CA (KCAA, 1050AM),
Minneapolis (WMNN-AM 1330),
XM Radio Channel 167.

Will also be streamed online at http://airamericaradio.com/.

Other streams:

WLIB
KCAA
KPOJ

Posted by Eric at 02:53 AM | Comments (9)

March 30, 2004

Programming Note

Not failing school is going to take priority for the next couple days, so posting will be light. If you feel like posting your own stuff, feel free to do it in this thread. ----Eric

Posted by Eric at 10:01 AM | Comments (41)

Programming Note

Not failing school is going to take priority for the next couple days, so posting will be light. If you feel like posting your own stuff, feel free to do it in this thread. ----Eric

Posted by Eric at 10:01 AM | Comments (11)

Kerry Big in Conn

A University of Connecticut poll shows John Kerry to take the state.

Less than six weeks ago, as Kerry was just beginning his domination of the Democratic primaries, a national UConn poll showed the two men virtually tied in a head-to-head matchup.

As Kerry pulled off a near sweep of the presidential contests, locking up the Democratic nomination earlier this month, his numbers in Connecticut soared.

In the latest UConn poll, conducted March 25-28, Kerry received 52 percent of the vote, compared to 33 percent for Bush and 4 percent for Connecticut native Ralph Nader, who is running as an independent.

The numbers mirror the 2000 election results, when Democrat Al Gore beat Bush in Connecticut, 56 percent to 38 percent.

Posted by Eric at 08:04 AM | Comments (10)

Kerry Big in Conn

A University of Connecticut poll shows John Kerry to take the state.

Less than six weeks ago, as Kerry was just beginning his domination of the Democratic primaries, a national UConn poll showed the two men virtually tied in a head-to-head matchup.

As Kerry pulled off a near sweep of the presidential contests, locking up the Democratic nomination earlier this month, his numbers in Connecticut soared.

In the latest UConn poll, conducted March 25-28, Kerry received 52 percent of the vote, compared to 33 percent for Bush and 4 percent for Connecticut native Ralph Nader, who is running as an independent.

The numbers mirror the 2000 election results, when Democrat Al Gore beat Bush in Connecticut, 56 percent to 38 percent.

Posted by Eric at 08:04 AM | Comments (7)

Hamster Numbers: Tax Cuts

"The Republican budget cuts domestic spending by $113 billion over the next five years to pay for permanent tax cuts for the wealthy. Massive tax cuts don't come cheap, and millions of Americans will be forced to deal with cuts in education, health care, veterans benefits, housing, environmental protection, and child care all to pay for substantial handouts to the rich." -Center for American Progress.

Posted by Eric at 01:22 AM | Comments (15)

Hamster Numbers: Tax Cuts

"The Republican budget cuts domestic spending by $113 billion over the next five years to pay for permanent tax cuts for the wealthy. Massive tax cuts don't come cheap, and millions of Americans will be forced to deal with cuts in education, health care, veterans benefits, housing, environmental protection, and child care all to pay for substantial handouts to the rich." -Center for American Progress.

Posted by Eric at 01:22 AM | Comments (11)

Air America Radio Tomorrow

So tomorrow, Air America Radio will be launching at 12pm with the 'O'Franken Factor,' with Al Franken and Katherine Lanpher, formerly with Minnesota Public Radio. A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a rehearsal of the radio show in New York, and it was fun and exciting stuff. If you've heard the audio version of Al's books on tapes, it's going to be similar to that, only in a talk radio format - an infusion of comedy, interviews, and lie research.

Where can you find it? Initially, it is only launching on a few stations: NYC (WLIB, 1190AM), LA (KBLA, 1580AM), Chicago (WNTD, 950AM), Portland (KPOJ, 620AM), Inland Empire, CA (KCAA, 1050AM), XM Radio Channel 167.

This is going to be a soft launch, with the intent of the network to add more stations throughout the summer and eventually become a sizable network by what looks like the fall. Contrary to popular belief, the intent of the network is to not only help displace George W. Bush in November, but also create a long-term resource for the Left in combating conservative politics.

There will obviously be challenges, and I have no doubt there will be some problems when the network starts off. One problem that has already surfaced is the website: AirAmericaRadio.com has been inadequate in distributing information, and it doesn't appear as though it'll be fully functional with the features I'd like it to have on the launch date (though I've been assured it'll have streaming audio on March 31). Though the shows have been working hard doing radio rehearsals, it's a new network, with much of its personnel relatively new to radio, and there may be a learning curve. But that's OK. I don't doubt the talent of the people on the network. While some may not be 'big names,' they all fit well with the vision of the network.

Regardless, if this network does work, it'll become an important part of what many are trying to build: a comparable 'echo chamber' to the one the Right currently has. And remember, their echo chamber wasn't built overnight. It was slowly built over years time, and tens of millions of dollars. So this is part of the long-term strategy. Anyway, March 31.

Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (177)

Air America Radio Tomorrow

So tomorrow, Air America Radio will be launching at 12pm with the 'O'Franken Factor,' with Al Franken and Katherine Lanpher, formerly with Minnesota Public Radio. A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a rehearsal of the radio show in New York, and it was fun and exciting stuff. If you've heard the audio version of Al's books on tapes, it's going to be similar to that, only in a talk radio format - an infusion of comedy, interviews, and lie research.

Where can you find it? Initially, it is only launching on a few stations: NYC (WLIB, 1190AM), LA (KBLA, 1580AM), Chicago (WNTD, 950AM), Portland (KPOJ, 620AM), Inland Empire, CA (KCAA, 1050AM), XM Radio Channel 167.

This is going to be a soft launch, with the intent of the network to add more stations throughout the summer and eventually become a sizable network by what looks like the fall. Contrary to popular belief, the intent of the network is to not only help displace George W. Bush in November, but also create a long-term resource for the Left in combating conservative politics.

There will obviously be challenges, and I have no doubt there will be some problems when the network starts off. One problem that has already surfaced is the website: AirAmericaRadio.com has been inadequate in distributing information, and it doesn't appear as though it'll be fully functional with the features I'd like it to have on the launch date (though I've been assured it'll have streaming audio on March 31). Though the shows have been working hard doing radio rehearsals, it's a new network, with much of its personnel relatively new to radio, and there may be a learning curve. But that's OK. I don't doubt the talent of the people on the network. While some may not be 'big names,' they all fit well with the vision of the network.

Regardless, if this network does work, it'll become an important part of what many are trying to build: a comparable 'echo chamber' to the one the Right currently has. And remember, their echo chamber wasn't built overnight. It was slowly built over years time, and tens of millions of dollars. So this is part of the long-term strategy. Anyway, March 31.

Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (40)

March 29, 2004

Monday Stories

News
AP. Cheney tackles Kerry's plans to cut taxes
USAT. Gas prices continue to climb; Prices go up another 3 cents to a record-high average of $1.80 per gallon; demand likely to remain high
Guardian. Pentagon counts the psychological cost of Iraq war as survey reveals suicide levels
USAT. Talk radio's dial will get a turn to the left
Reuters. Bush slammed for leading US down 'dead-end'
Transcript. Condoleezza Rice on '60 Minutes'
LAT. Campaign Gold Awaits Kerry in California Visit
LAT. Immigrant Paperwork Delays Grow
LAT. U.S. Shutters Iraqi Newspaper
AP. Commission bears down on Rice to testify
CNN. Rice: 'Nothing to hide' from 9/11 commission
BGlobe. Kerry urges Rice to testify on 9/11
BGlobe. Bush aims to unsettle Kerry
AP. Pressure mounts for Rice to testify
DetFP. Clarke tells White House to declassify his e-mails
ChicST. GOP allies press Rice to testify publicly on 9/11

Commentary
Philip J. Trounstine. Bush's press slaves: It's time for the Washington press corps to probe candidate Bush just as enthusiastically as they have John Kerry
James Pinkerton. Shooting the messenger: Conservatives should hail former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke, but instead they're smearing him
Kirk Bowman. Beach Blanket Bushy; The president's support is declining in the really deep South
Jules Witcover. Kerry up, Bush down in seesaw campaign
Tom Maertens. Clarke's public service
Seattle PI. Head Start, as is
Dan Carpenter. Making the poor the point
EJ Dionne JR. Bush lacks remorse for 9/11
Ronald Brownstein. Discrediting Clarke Won't Stop the Debate He Helped Start
Sheryl McCarthy. The casualties of Iraq include GI suicides
AJC. Sentencing discrepancy impossible to overlook
AJC. Optimism absent from energy bill

Posted by Eric at 11:29 PM | Comments (9)

Monday Stories

News
AP. Cheney tackles Kerry's plans to cut taxes
USAT. Gas prices continue to climb; Prices go up another 3 cents to a record-high average of $1.80 per gallon; demand likely to remain high
Guardian. Pentagon counts the psychological cost of Iraq war as survey reveals suicide levels
USAT. Talk radio's dial will get a turn to the left
Reuters. Bush slammed for leading US down 'dead-end'
Transcript. Condoleezza Rice on '60 Minutes'
LAT. Campaign Gold Awaits Kerry in California Visit
LAT. Immigrant Paperwork Delays Grow
LAT. U.S. Shutters Iraqi Newspaper
AP. Commission bears down on Rice to testify
CNN. Rice: 'Nothing to hide' from 9/11 commission
BGlobe. Kerry urges Rice to testify on 9/11
BGlobe. Bush aims to unsettle Kerry
AP. Pressure mounts for Rice to testify
DetFP. Clarke tells White House to declassify his e-mails
ChicST. GOP allies press Rice to testify publicly on 9/11

Commentary
Philip J. Trounstine. Bush's press slaves: It's time for the Washington press corps to probe candidate Bush just as enthusiastically as they have John Kerry
James Pinkerton. Shooting the messenger: Conservatives should hail former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke, but instead they're smearing him
Kirk Bowman. Beach Blanket Bushy; The president's support is declining in the really deep South
Jules Witcover. Kerry up, Bush down in seesaw campaign
Tom Maertens. Clarke's public service
Seattle PI. Head Start, as is
Dan Carpenter. Making the poor the point
EJ Dionne JR. Bush lacks remorse for 9/11
Ronald Brownstein. Discrediting Clarke Won't Stop the Debate He Helped Start
Sheryl McCarthy. The casualties of Iraq include GI suicides
AJC. Sentencing discrepancy impossible to overlook
AJC. Optimism absent from energy bill

Posted by Eric at 11:29 PM | Comments (12)

Franken - Howard Stern

Al's scheduled to appear on the Howard Stern Radio Show tomorrow.

Posted by Eric at 06:17 PM | Comments (13)

Franken - Howard Stern

Al's scheduled to appear on the Howard Stern Radio Show tomorrow.

Posted by Eric at 06:17 PM | Comments (6)

Hamster Numbers: Social Justice

  • "A black person’s average jail sentence is six months longer than a white’s for the same crime; that is 39 months versus 33 months"
  • "Blacks who are arrested are 3 times more likely to be imprisoned than whites"
  • "Black felons are less likely to get probation than white felons for the same offense"
    -National Urban League.

    Posted by Eric at 06:07 AM | Comments (4)

    Hamster Numbers: Social Justice

  • "A black person’s average jail sentence is six months longer than a white’s for the same crime; that is 39 months versus 33 months"
  • "Blacks who are arrested are 3 times more likely to be imprisoned than whites"
  • "Black felons are less likely to get probation than white felons for the same offense"
    -National Urban League.

    Posted by Eric at 06:07 AM | Comments (3)

    Comedy Monday

    "At a speech yesterday at the Reagan Library, Dick Cheney says John Kerry doesn't have the judgment to be president. And Cheney's seen firsthand what can happen when a guy doesn't have the judgment to be president." Jay Leno

    "Richard Clarke says the White House ignored warnings about al- Qaida before 9/11 and rushed to war in Iraq. In response, the Bush administration revealed to the news media that Clarke's wife works for the CIA." Jake Novak

    "Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said there was no conflict of interest in going hunting with his friend Dick Cheney. Some people find this hard to believe. How could Dick Cheney have a friend?" Rob Bates

    "Three different women on the show have done that to me now. Flashed me. First there was Drew Barrymore. Of course, Courtney Love. And historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, oddly enough." David Letterman

    "The White House announced that it's sending a company of troops to Kosovo. So far we have sent American troops to Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq and now Kosovo. President Bush says the goal is to send as many soldiers overseas as we have jobs." Jay Leno


    Feel the magic of the Virtual Stapler!

    Strongbad Email - Flashback!

    Fark: Photoshop Bill O'Reilly doing something unlikely


    TheOnion.com: Bush Urges Iraqis To Pass Amendment Banning Gay Marriage
    BAGHDAD—In a private meeting with Mohammed Bahr al-Ulloum, President Bush urged the Iraqi Governing Council president to amend the recently ratified Iraqi constitution to protect the sanctity of heterosexual marriage. "The Iraqi constitution, signed just a few short weeks ago, will usher in a new era of democratic freedom in Iraq," Bush said. "But there are some unlawful and unholy acts that the constitution's original drafters could not have possibly intended to protect." Bush then told al-Ulloum he must act quickly and decisively to preserve his country's most sacred tradition.
    Chappelle's Show

    Fun at Kneehigh Park! Hey Kids! Welcome to Kneehigh Park! Life's tough when you live in a garbage can and have a syringe lodged in your head.

    Don't Ride Your Bike!


    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 05:57 AM | Comments (6)

    Comedy Monday

    "At a speech yesterday at the Reagan Library, Dick Cheney says John Kerry doesn't have the judgment to be president. And Cheney's seen firsthand what can happen when a guy doesn't have the judgment to be president." Jay Leno

    "Richard Clarke says the White House ignored warnings about al- Qaida before 9/11 and rushed to war in Iraq. In response, the Bush administration revealed to the news media that Clarke's wife works for the CIA." Jake Novak

    "Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said there was no conflict of interest in going hunting with his friend Dick Cheney. Some people find this hard to believe. How could Dick Cheney have a friend?" Rob Bates

    "Three different women on the show have done that to me now. Flashed me. First there was Drew Barrymore. Of course, Courtney Love. And historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, oddly enough." David Letterman

    "The White House announced that it's sending a company of troops to Kosovo. So far we have sent American troops to Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq and now Kosovo. President Bush says the goal is to send as many soldiers overseas as we have jobs." Jay Leno


    Feel the magic of the Virtual Stapler!

    Strongbad Email - Flashback!

    Fark: Photoshop Bill O'Reilly doing something unlikely


    TheOnion.com: Bush Urges Iraqis To Pass Amendment Banning Gay Marriage
    BAGHDAD—In a private meeting with Mohammed Bahr al-Ulloum, President Bush urged the Iraqi Governing Council president to amend the recently ratified Iraqi constitution to protect the sanctity of heterosexual marriage. "The Iraqi constitution, signed just a few short weeks ago, will usher in a new era of democratic freedom in Iraq," Bush said. "But there are some unlawful and unholy acts that the constitution's original drafters could not have possibly intended to protect." Bush then told al-Ulloum he must act quickly and decisively to preserve his country's most sacred tradition.
    Chappelle's Show

    Fun at Kneehigh Park! Hey Kids! Welcome to Kneehigh Park! Life's tough when you live in a garbage can and have a syringe lodged in your head.

    Don't Ride Your Bike!


    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 05:57 AM | Comments (5)

    Rice Lies on "60 Minutes"

    From the good people at The Center for American Progress:

    FACT CHECK: Condi Rice's 60 Minutes Interview, 3/28/04

    National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice appeared on CBS's 60 Minutes in an effort to quell growing questions surrounding the Administration's inconsistent claims about its pre-9/11 actions. Not only did Rice refuse to take Richard Clarke's lead and admit responsibility for her role in the worst national security failure in American history, but she continued to make unsubstantiated and contradictory assertions:

    RICE CLAIM: "The administration took seriously the threat" of terrorism before 9/11.

    FACTS: President Bush himself acknowledges that, despite repeated warnings of an imminent Al Qaeda attack, before 9/11 "I didn't feel the sense of urgency" about terrorism. Similarly, Newsweek reports that his attitude was reflected throughout an Administration that was trying to "de-emphasize terrorism" as an overall priority. As proof, just two of the hundred national security meetings the Administration held during this period addressed the terrorist threat, and the White House refused to hold even one meeting of its highly-touted counterterrorism task force. Meanwhile, the Administration was actively trying to cut funding for counterterrorism, and "vetoed a request to divert $800 million from missile defense into counterterrorism" despite a serious increase in terrorist chatter in the summer of 2001.

    Source: "Bush At War" by Bob Woodward
    Source: Newsweek & vetoed request - link
    Source: Refusal to hold task force meeting - link
    Source: Only two meetings out of 100 - link

    RICE CLAIM: "I don't know what a sense of urgency any greater than the one we had would have caused us to do anything differently. I don't know how...we could have done more. I would like very much to know what more could have been done?"

    FACTS: There are many things that could have been done: first and foremost, the Administration could have desisted from de-emphasizing and cutting funding for counterterrorism in the months before 9/11. It could have held more meetings of top principals to get the directors of the CIA and FBI to share information, especially considering the major intelligence spike occurring in the summer of 2001. As 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick said on ABC this morning, the lack of focus and meetings meant agencies were not talking to each other, and key evidence was overlooked. For instance, with better focus and more urgency, the FBI's discovery of Islamic radicals training at flight schools might have raised red flags. Similarly, the fact that "months before Sept. 11, the CIA knew two of the al-Qaeda hijackers were in the United States" could have spurred a nationwide manhunt. But because there was no focus or urgency, "No nationwide manhunt was undertaken," said Gorelick. "The State Department watch list was not given to the FAA. If you brought people together, perhaps key connections could have been made."

    Source: Slash counterterrorism funding - link
    Source: CIA knew 2 hijackers in the U.S. - link

    RICE CLAIM:“Nothing would be better from my point of view than to be able to testify, but there is an important principle involved here it is a longstanding principle that sitting national security advisors do not testify before the Congress.”

    FACTS: Republican Commission John F. Lehman, who served as Navy Secretary under President Reagan said on ABC this morning that "This is not testimony before a tribunal of the Congress…There are plenty of precedents for appearing in public and answering questions…There are plenty of precedents the White House could use if they wanted to do this.” 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick agreed, saying “Our commission is sui generis…the Chairman has been appointed by the President. We are distinguishable from Congress.” Rice's remarks on 60 Minutes that the principle is limited to "sitting national security advisers" is also a departure from her statements earlier this week, when she said the principle applied to all presidential advisers. She was forced to change this claim for 60 Minutes after 9/11 Commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste “cited examples of non-Cabinet presidential advisers who have testified publicly to Congress." Finally, the White House is reportedly moving to declassify congressional testimony then-White House adviser Richard Clarke gave in 2002. By declassifying this testimony, the White House is breaking the very same "principle" of barring White House adviser's testimony from being public that Rice is using to avoid appearing publicly before the 9/11 commission.

    Source: Quote from Tony Snow Show - link

    RICE CLAIM: "Iraq was put aside" immediately after 9/11.

    FACTS: According to the Washington Post, "six days after the attacks on the World Trade Center the Pentagon, President Bush signed a 2-and-a-half-page document" that "directed the Pentagon to begin planning military options for an invasion of Iraq." This is corroborated by a CBS News, which reported on 9/4/02 that five hours after the 9/11 attacks, "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq." The President therefore did not put Iraq aside -- he merely deferred it to a second phase, after Afghanistan. To the question of Iraq or Afghanistan, Bush replied: let's do both, starting with Afghanistan. In terms of resources, the Iraq decision had far-reaching effects on the efforts to hunt down Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. As the Boston Globe reported, "the Bush administration is continuing to shift highly specialized intelligence officers from the hunt for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan to the Iraq crisis."

    Source: September 17th directive - link
    Source: Rumsfeld orders Iraq plan - link
    Source: Shifting special forces - link

    Posted by Eric at 02:43 AM | Comments (36)

    Rice Lies on "60 Minutes"

    From the good people at The Center for American Progress:

    FACT CHECK: Condi Rice's 60 Minutes Interview, 3/28/04

    National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice appeared on CBS's 60 Minutes in an effort to quell growing questions surrounding the Administration's inconsistent claims about its pre-9/11 actions. Not only did Rice refuse to take Richard Clarke's lead and admit responsibility for her role in the worst national security failure in American history, but she continued to make unsubstantiated and contradictory assertions:

    RICE CLAIM: "The administration took seriously the threat" of terrorism before 9/11.

    FACTS: President Bush himself acknowledges that, despite repeated warnings of an imminent Al Qaeda attack, before 9/11 "I didn't feel the sense of urgency" about terrorism. Similarly, Newsweek reports that his attitude was reflected throughout an Administration that was trying to "de-emphasize terrorism" as an overall priority. As proof, just two of the hundred national security meetings the Administration held during this period addressed the terrorist threat, and the White House refused to hold even one meeting of its highly-touted counterterrorism task force. Meanwhile, the Administration was actively trying to cut funding for counterterrorism, and "vetoed a request to divert $800 million from missile defense into counterterrorism" despite a serious increase in terrorist chatter in the summer of 2001.

    Source: "Bush At War" by Bob Woodward
    Source: Newsweek & vetoed request - link
    Source: Refusal to hold task force meeting - link
    Source: Only two meetings out of 100 - link

    RICE CLAIM: "I don't know what a sense of urgency any greater than the one we had would have caused us to do anything differently. I don't know how...we could have done more. I would like very much to know what more could have been done?"

    FACTS: There are many things that could have been done: first and foremost, the Administration could have desisted from de-emphasizing and cutting funding for counterterrorism in the months before 9/11. It could have held more meetings of top principals to get the directors of the CIA and FBI to share information, especially considering the major intelligence spike occurring in the summer of 2001. As 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick said on ABC this morning, the lack of focus and meetings meant agencies were not talking to each other, and key evidence was overlooked. For instance, with better focus and more urgency, the FBI's discovery of Islamic radicals training at flight schools might have raised red flags. Similarly, the fact that "months before Sept. 11, the CIA knew two of the al-Qaeda hijackers were in the United States" could have spurred a nationwide manhunt. But because there was no focus or urgency, "No nationwide manhunt was undertaken," said Gorelick. "The State Department watch list was not given to the FAA. If you brought people together, perhaps key connections could have been made."

    Source: Slash counterterrorism funding - link
    Source: CIA knew 2 hijackers in the U.S. - link

    RICE CLAIM:“Nothing would be better from my point of view than to be able to testify, but there is an important principle involved here it is a longstanding principle that sitting national security advisors do not testify before the Congress.”

    FACTS: Republican Commission John F. Lehman, who served as Navy Secretary under President Reagan said on ABC this morning that "This is not testimony before a tribunal of the Congress…There are plenty of precedents for appearing in public and answering questions…There are plenty of precedents the White House could use if they wanted to do this.” 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick agreed, saying “Our commission is sui generis…the Chairman has been appointed by the President. We are distinguishable from Congress.” Rice's remarks on 60 Minutes that the principle is limited to "sitting national security advisers" is also a departure from her statements earlier this week, when she said the principle applied to all presidential advisers. She was forced to change this claim for 60 Minutes after 9/11 Commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste “cited examples of non-Cabinet presidential advisers who have testified publicly to Congress." Finally, the White House is reportedly moving to declassify congressional testimony then-White House adviser Richard Clarke gave in 2002. By declassifying this testimony, the White House is breaking the very same "principle" of barring White House adviser's testimony from being public that Rice is using to avoid appearing publicly before the 9/11 commission.

    Source: Quote from Tony Snow Show - link

    RICE CLAIM: "Iraq was put aside" immediately after 9/11.

    FACTS: According to the Washington Post, "six days after the attacks on the World Trade Center the Pentagon, President Bush signed a 2-and-a-half-page document" that "directed the Pentagon to begin planning military options for an invasion of Iraq." This is corroborated by a CBS News, which reported on 9/4/02 that five hours after the 9/11 attacks, "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq." The President therefore did not put Iraq aside -- he merely deferred it to a second phase, after Afghanistan. To the question of Iraq or Afghanistan, Bush replied: let's do both, starting with Afghanistan. In terms of resources, the Iraq decision had far-reaching effects on the efforts to hunt down Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. As the Boston Globe reported, "the Bush administration is continuing to shift highly specialized intelligence officers from the hunt for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan to the Iraq crisis."

    Source: September 17th directive - link
    Source: Rumsfeld orders Iraq plan - link
    Source: Shifting special forces - link

    Posted by Eric at 02:43 AM | Comments (12)

    March 28, 2004

    Sunday Stories

    News
    AP. Violence across Iraq kills 20, including a U.S. Marine and a cameraman
    AP. 2 British Guards Reported Shot in Iraq
    SFC. When the wedding bells stop ringing; From heartfelt gifts and unexpected support to stony silence, newlyweds return home to a wide range of reactions
    SFC. Outsourced UCSF notes highlight privacy risk; How one offshore worker sent tremor through medical system
    LAT. FBI files on Kerry reported stolen
    WP. Rwandans Are Struggling To Love Children of Hate
    WP. Bush's Efforts to Offset Clarke Stymied; Republicans Say Administration Struggling for Momentum After Ex-Aide's Assertions
    WP. U.S. Plan Seeks to Build Civilian-Run Iraqi Army: Prospective Leaders Being Trained in Washington
    NYT. 9/11 Panel Provokes a Discussion the White House Hoped to Avoid
    NYT. Virginia Political Shocker: Republicans for High Taxes
    NYT. Plan to Battle AIDS Worldwide Is Falling Short
    LAT. Chipping Away at Loyalty in Bush Country; President still has strong support in conservative bastion, but 9/11 has also introduced doubt
    Knight Ridder. Kerry assails attacks on Sept. 11 testimony
    ChicST. Earlier Clarke testimony may be declassified
    honoluluadvertiser. Nisei soldiers hailed for 'showing us the true meaning of courage'
    Commentary
    NYT. QUESTIONS FOR HANS BLIX: What Weapons?
    Thomas Oliphant. Did Clarke's zeal backfire?
    Jimmy Breslin. Rice keeps door closed to the public
    Dan Inouye. Is 'No Child Left Behind' law best way to help student achievement?

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (13)

    Sunday Stories

    News
    AP. Violence across Iraq kills 20, including a U.S. Marine and a cameraman
    AP. 2 British Guards Reported Shot in Iraq
    SFC. When the wedding bells stop ringing; From heartfelt gifts and unexpected support to stony silence, newlyweds return home to a wide range of reactions
    SFC. Outsourced UCSF notes highlight privacy risk; How one offshore worker sent tremor through medical system
    LAT. FBI files on Kerry reported stolen
    WP. Rwandans Are Struggling To Love Children of Hate
    WP. Bush's Efforts to Offset Clarke Stymied; Republicans Say Administration Struggling for Momentum After Ex-Aide's Assertions
    WP. U.S. Plan Seeks to Build Civilian-Run Iraqi Army: Prospective Leaders Being Trained in Washington
    NYT. 9/11 Panel Provokes a Discussion the White House Hoped to Avoid
    NYT. Virginia Political Shocker: Republicans for High Taxes
    NYT. Plan to Battle AIDS Worldwide Is Falling Short
    LAT. Chipping Away at Loyalty in Bush Country; President still has strong support in conservative bastion, but 9/11 has also introduced doubt
    Knight Ridder. Kerry assails attacks on Sept. 11 testimony
    ChicST. Earlier Clarke testimony may be declassified
    honoluluadvertiser. Nisei soldiers hailed for 'showing us the true meaning of courage'
    Commentary
    NYT. QUESTIONS FOR HANS BLIX: What Weapons?
    Thomas Oliphant. Did Clarke's zeal backfire?
    Jimmy Breslin. Rice keeps door closed to the public
    Dan Inouye. Is 'No Child Left Behind' law best way to help student achievement?

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (6)

    Richard Clarke on MTP

    Pretty good job, here's the transcript.

    Posted by Eric at 05:03 PM | Comments (6)

    Richard Clarke on MTP

    Pretty good job, here's the transcript.

    Posted by Eric at 05:03 PM | Comments (5)

    Hamster Numbers: Software Jobs

    From the Economic Policy Institute:

    Software jobs, which pay some of the highest wages in America, have fallen sharply since 2000. These jobs have disappeared despite the fact that software sales to U.S. businesses in 2003 were up 4% over 2000. Comprehensive data on the number of U.S. software jobs that have moved overseas is hard to come by, but persuasive indirect evidence points towards the significant movement of software jobs to India (the most prominent of many countries to which U.S. software work is being moved) ... Domestic software-related jobs, however measured, have declined significantly in recent years. U.S. jobs in software-producing industries declined by 128,000 (10%) between 2000 and 2004, while jobs in software occupations shrank by 154,000 (5%) from 2000 to 2002 (the last year data were available).

    Posted by Eric at 07:05 AM | Comments (47)

    Hamster Numbers: Software Jobs

    From the Economic Policy Institute:

    Software jobs, which pay some of the highest wages in America, have fallen sharply since 2000. These jobs have disappeared despite the fact that software sales to U.S. businesses in 2003 were up 4% over 2000. Comprehensive data on the number of U.S. software jobs that have moved overseas is hard to come by, but persuasive indirect evidence points towards the significant movement of software jobs to India (the most prominent of many countries to which U.S. software work is being moved) ... Domestic software-related jobs, however measured, have declined significantly in recent years. U.S. jobs in software-producing industries declined by 128,000 (10%) between 2000 and 2004, while jobs in software occupations shrank by 154,000 (5%) from 2000 to 2002 (the last year data were available).

    Posted by Eric at 07:05 AM | Comments (10)

    Military Families Say Army Headed For Retention Problem

    Caused, of course, by the Iraqi war, reports WP.

    Posted by Eric at 07:03 AM | Comments (4)

    Military Families Say Army Headed For Retention Problem

    Caused, of course, by the Iraqi war, reports WP.

    Posted by Eric at 07:03 AM | Comments (1)

    March 27, 2004

    Saturday Day Stories

    News
    Newsweek. Poll: Blow for Bush
    NYT. Democrats Issue Threat to Block Court Nominees
    AP. Study: Airports May Soon Be Overcrowded
    AP. GOP Moves to Declassify Clarke Testimony
    AP. Specter Waits for States on Gay Marriage
    WP. GOP Wants Look At Clarke's Words; Frist Calls for Opening '02 Testimony To Explore 'Entirely Different Stories'
    WP. Faulting EPA, D.C. Seeks $26 Million; Lead Problem Blamed on Federal Decisions
    eastbayexpress. The AXT Way: Meet Xuan Wen Li. Fremont semiconductor firm AXT, Inc. poisoned him with arsenic, then fired him — just as it did with up to 500 other Chinese immigrants
    NYT. Leaders of G.O.P. Try to Discredit a Critic of Bush
    AP. Rice Discusses Terror, but Not Under Oath
    NYT. Up to 16 Die in Gun Battles in Sunni Areas of Iraq

    Commentary
    MoveOn.org. Bush Administration MisleadsAbout Pre-9/11 Intelligence
    David Donnelly. Industrial Money Laundry-ing
    Kurt Vonnegut. False Advertising
    Rep. Barbara Lee. Transparency Now
    Craig Aaron. Bought and Paid For
    Guardian. Interview: Richard Clarke
    NJ Star-Ledger. No exemption for Rice
    Buzzflash. David Cay Johnston, Author of "Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich -- and Cheat Everybody Else"
    Andrew Greeley. The Catholic factor: Will John Kerry's fellow Catholics turn out for him the way they did for the last JFK?
    Susan Goldsmith. Fighting a Third World Menace; Big Pharma's greed didn't stop Children's Hospital's Dan Granoff from creating a meningitis vaccine for Africa's poor
    Yogesh Rajkotia. Prescription For Change: Until there's drug-price control, the run to the northern border will be the rule

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (27)

    Saturday Day Stories

    News
    Newsweek. Poll: Blow for Bush
    NYT. Democrats Issue Threat to Block Court Nominees
    AP. Study: Airports May Soon Be Overcrowded
    AP. GOP Moves to Declassify Clarke Testimony
    AP. Specter Waits for States on Gay Marriage
    WP. GOP Wants Look At Clarke's Words; Frist Calls for Opening '02 Testimony To Explore 'Entirely Different Stories'
    WP. Faulting EPA, D.C. Seeks $26 Million; Lead Problem Blamed on Federal Decisions
    eastbayexpress. The AXT Way: Meet Xuan Wen Li. Fremont semiconductor firm AXT, Inc. poisoned him with arsenic, then fired him — just as it did with up to 500 other Chinese immigrants
    NYT. Leaders of G.O.P. Try to Discredit a Critic of Bush
    AP. Rice Discusses Terror, but Not Under Oath
    NYT. Up to 16 Die in Gun Battles in Sunni Areas of Iraq

    Commentary
    MoveOn.org. Bush Administration MisleadsAbout Pre-9/11 Intelligence
    David Donnelly. Industrial Money Laundry-ing
    Kurt Vonnegut. False Advertising
    Rep. Barbara Lee. Transparency Now
    Craig Aaron. Bought and Paid For
    Guardian. Interview: Richard Clarke
    NJ Star-Ledger. No exemption for Rice
    Buzzflash. David Cay Johnston, Author of "Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich -- and Cheat Everybody Else"
    Andrew Greeley. The Catholic factor: Will John Kerry's fellow Catholics turn out for him the way they did for the last JFK?
    Susan Goldsmith. Fighting a Third World Menace; Big Pharma's greed didn't stop Children's Hospital's Dan Granoff from creating a meningitis vaccine for Africa's poor
    Yogesh Rajkotia. Prescription For Change: Until there's drug-price control, the run to the northern border will be the rule

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (5)

    Quote

    "If the Bush administration had gone after Osama bin Laden with anything akin to the energy it is expending to discredit Richard Clarke, the story of America's response to terrorism might have been dramatically different." John Nichols.

    Posted by Eric at 07:16 PM | Comments (20)

    Quote

    "If the Bush administration had gone after Osama bin Laden with anything akin to the energy it is expending to discredit Richard Clarke, the story of America's response to terrorism might have been dramatically different." John Nichols.

    Posted by Eric at 07:16 PM | Comments (7)

    GOP Funding Nader Run

    Well geeee, why would Republicans want to fund the real deal lefty ideological run?! I'm sooo confused! Dallas Morning News:

    Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is getting a little help from his friends – and from George W. Bush's friends.

    Nearly 10 percent of the Nader contributors who have given him at least $250 each have a history of supporting the Republican president, national GOP candidates or the party, according to computer-assisted review of financial records by The Dallas Morning News.

    Among the new crop of Nader donors: actor and former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein, Florida frozen-food magnate Jeno Paulucci and Pennsylvania oil company executive Terrence Jacobs. All have strong ties to the GOP.

    Democrats have warned that Mr. Nader's entry in the race could help Mr. Bush by drawing votes from John Kerry. Some analysts say Mr. Nader's third-party candidacy four years ago siphoned off Democratic voters and cost Vice President Al Gore the White House.

    "Republicans are well aware that Ralph Nader played a spoiler role in the 2000 election. And there is no reason why they wouldn't want to encourage and help him do so again in 2004," said Jano Cabrera, a spokesman for the Democrat National Committee.

    Because we all know Ben Stein is just a Naderite at heart.

    Posted by Eric at 03:29 PM | Comments (8)

    GOP Funding Nader Run

    Well geeee, why would Republicans want to fund the real deal lefty ideological run?! I'm sooo confused! Dallas Morning News:

    Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is getting a little help from his friends – and from George W. Bush's friends.

    Nearly 10 percent of the Nader contributors who have given him at least $250 each have a history of supporting the Republican president, national GOP candidates or the party, according to computer-assisted review of financial records by The Dallas Morning News.

    Among the new crop of Nader donors: actor and former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein, Florida frozen-food magnate Jeno Paulucci and Pennsylvania oil company executive Terrence Jacobs. All have strong ties to the GOP.

    Democrats have warned that Mr. Nader's entry in the race could help Mr. Bush by drawing votes from John Kerry. Some analysts say Mr. Nader's third-party candidacy four years ago siphoned off Democratic voters and cost Vice President Al Gore the White House.

    "Republicans are well aware that Ralph Nader played a spoiler role in the 2000 election. And there is no reason why they wouldn't want to encourage and help him do so again in 2004," said Jano Cabrera, a spokesman for the Democrat National Committee.

    Because we all know Ben Stein is just a Naderite at heart.

    Posted by Eric at 03:29 PM | Comments (5)

    Hamster Numbers: Uninsured

    "Nearly 44 million Americans were uninsured during 2002, the Census Bureau estimates--almost a 6 percent increase over 2001. That’s more than 15 percent of the population. And those numbers tell only part of the story. Millions more Americans are uninsured for short time periods or have skimpy coverage with low benefit limits or high deductibles. Lifetime benefit limits of $1 million or less are quickly exhausted when catastrophic illness or injury occurs. Minority-group members, young adults, and people with modest incomes are much more likely to be uninsured than others. The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine has reported that lack of insurance often means people simply do not get care for serious medical conditions. Uninsured women with breast cancer, for example, are 30 to 50 percent more likely to die from it than are insured women." -Consumers Union

    Posted by Eric at 01:09 AM | Comments (10)

    Hamster Numbers: Uninsured

    "Nearly 44 million Americans were uninsured during 2002, the Census Bureau estimates--almost a 6 percent increase over 2001. That’s more than 15 percent of the population. And those numbers tell only part of the story. Millions more Americans are uninsured for short time periods or have skimpy coverage with low benefit limits or high deductibles. Lifetime benefit limits of $1 million or less are quickly exhausted when catastrophic illness or injury occurs. Minority-group members, young adults, and people with modest incomes are much more likely to be uninsured than others. The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine has reported that lack of insurance often means people simply do not get care for serious medical conditions. Uninsured women with breast cancer, for example, are 30 to 50 percent more likely to die from it than are insured women." -Consumers Union

    Posted by Eric at 01:09 AM | Comments (1)

    Don King Helps Out GOP

    In a Kerry bashing cartoon. Well, you gotta get the huge Don King vote somehow.

    Posted by Eric at 01:00 AM | Comments (20)

    Don King Helps Out GOP

    In a Kerry bashing cartoon. Well, you gotta get the huge Don King vote somehow.

    Posted by Eric at 01:00 AM | Comments (3)

    March 26, 2004

    Friday Stories

    News
    AP. Daschle: Bush aims to defame Clarke
    NYT. Ex-Aide's Book Corners Market in Capital Buzz
    AZ Rep. Bush visiting Phoenix today
    AZ Rep. Ariz. lawmakers likely to push for federal gay marriage ban
    AZ Rep. Math teacher takes up Dem challenge to McCain
    AP. AG: SF officials violated separation of powers in gay marriages
    Delaware State News. Minimum pay hike pitched: Wage would rise to $6.65
    Clarion-Ledger. Pickering gives '60 Minutes' interview
    SaltLakeTrib. GOP rivals put Walker in hot seat
    DetFP. Soldiers get more help to cope with stresses of war
    The Hill. Dean backs Kerry, urges younger voters to do same
    The Hill. Dem complaints pay off with nine probes
    AP. Conservatives Win Big With Fetus Bill
    AP. FCC Adopts New Rules for Satellite TV
    Houston Chron. Indictment threat on DeLay's mind
    Guardian. Bush jokes about search for WMD, but it's no laughing matter for critics
    BGlobe. Democratic VIPs boost Kerry, raise record $11m
    BGlobe. Bush adds to coffers in Kerry's backyard
    BGlobe. GOP greets Bush; so do 2 Democrats
    SFC. Newsom wows 'em at bash in Washington
    AP. Bush's joke about weapons of mass destruction draw criticism
    NYT. Rice Is Agreeable to Return for More of 9/11 Panel's Queries
    NYT. Kerry to Propose Eliminating a Tax Break on U.S. Companies' Overseas Profits
    WP. Neither Silent Nor a Public Witness: Presidential Adviser Rice Becomes a 9/11 Focal Point as Contradictions Appear
    WP. House Approves $2.4 Trillion Budget Plan: Resolution That Would Curb Spending Still Provides for Tax Reductions

    Commentary
    Jimmy Breslin. Only One Guy with Guts in the Bunch
    Salon. Republicans for Kerry? After enduring a sustained offensive from conservatives, Republican moderates are quietly mounting a counterattack against Bush, DeLay & Co
    Eric Boehlert. A former FBI translator told the 9/11 commission that the bureau had detailed information well before Sept. 11, 2001, that terrorists were likely to attack the U.S. with airplanes
    Dennis Jett. Searching for Colin Powell: The real Powell Doctrine is self-interest as national interest
    Thomas Geoghegan. John Kerry, international man of mystery? By wrecking the Western alliance, President Bush has paved the way for a President Kerry to rebuild it
    David Corn. The 9/11 Bog
    John Gartner. The Army's Chemical Weapons Conundrum
    Bill Berkowitz. Will the Bush-endorsed anti-same-sex marriage amendment drive gays from the GOP?
    Trudy Rubin. Clarke is angry -- with plenty of reason
    SFC. Save Haiti from its ills
    James O. Goldsborough. Nader A party of one
    Steve Chapman. President Bush's big mistakes in the war on terrorism
    Paul Krugman. The Medicare Muddle
    Bob Herbert. The Wrong War
    NYT. The Wrong Target
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Democracy's Revenge
    Derrick Z. Jackson. A fatal distraction
    BGlobe. A law left behind
    AJC. Rice should testify before panel

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (23)

    Friday Stories

    News
    AP. Daschle: Bush aims to defame Clarke
    NYT. Ex-Aide's Book Corners Market in Capital Buzz
    AZ Rep. Bush visiting Phoenix today
    AZ Rep. Ariz. lawmakers likely to push for federal gay marriage ban
    AZ Rep. Math teacher takes up Dem challenge to McCain
    AP. AG: SF officials violated separation of powers in gay marriages
    Delaware State News. Minimum pay hike pitched: Wage would rise to $6.65
    Clarion-Ledger. Pickering gives '60 Minutes' interview
    SaltLakeTrib. GOP rivals put Walker in hot seat
    DetFP. Soldiers get more help to cope with stresses of war
    The Hill. Dean backs Kerry, urges younger voters to do same
    The Hill. Dem complaints pay off with nine probes
    AP. Conservatives Win Big With Fetus Bill
    AP. FCC Adopts New Rules for Satellite TV
    Houston Chron. Indictment threat on DeLay's mind
    Guardian. Bush jokes about search for WMD, but it's no laughing matter for critics
    BGlobe. Democratic VIPs boost Kerry, raise record $11m
    BGlobe. Bush adds to coffers in Kerry's backyard
    BGlobe. GOP greets Bush; so do 2 Democrats
    SFC. Newsom wows 'em at bash in Washington
    AP. Bush's joke about weapons of mass destruction draw criticism
    NYT. Rice Is Agreeable to Return for More of 9/11 Panel's Queries
    NYT. Kerry to Propose Eliminating a Tax Break on U.S. Companies' Overseas Profits
    WP. Neither Silent Nor a Public Witness: Presidential Adviser Rice Becomes a 9/11 Focal Point as Contradictions Appear
    WP. House Approves $2.4 Trillion Budget Plan: Resolution That Would Curb Spending Still Provides for Tax Reductions

    Commentary
    Jimmy Breslin. Only One Guy with Guts in the Bunch
    Salon. Republicans for Kerry? After enduring a sustained offensive from conservatives, Republican moderates are quietly mounting a counterattack against Bush, DeLay & Co
    Eric Boehlert. A former FBI translator told the 9/11 commission that the bureau had detailed information well before Sept. 11, 2001, that terrorists were likely to attack the U.S. with airplanes
    Dennis Jett. Searching for Colin Powell: The real Powell Doctrine is self-interest as national interest
    Thomas Geoghegan. John Kerry, international man of mystery? By wrecking the Western alliance, President Bush has paved the way for a President Kerry to rebuild it
    David Corn. The 9/11 Bog
    John Gartner. The Army's Chemical Weapons Conundrum
    Bill Berkowitz. Will the Bush-endorsed anti-same-sex marriage amendment drive gays from the GOP?
    Trudy Rubin. Clarke is angry -- with plenty of reason
    SFC. Save Haiti from its ills
    James O. Goldsborough. Nader A party of one
    Steve Chapman. President Bush's big mistakes in the war on terrorism
    Paul Krugman. The Medicare Muddle
    Bob Herbert. The Wrong War
    NYT. The Wrong Target
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Democracy's Revenge
    Derrick Z. Jackson. A fatal distraction
    BGlobe. A law left behind
    AJC. Rice should testify before panel

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (6)

    Kerry Promises 10 Million Jobs

    From a speech in Detroit, Michigan:

    Last August, I proposed a new jobs credit that would give manufacturers a break on the payroll taxes for every new worker they hire. I believe we should expand it to industries outside manufacturing where jobs are endangered by outsourcing – so that we help create more jobs, whether it comes to cars or computer software or call centers.

    Second, the savings from ending the tax incentives for outsourcing can also expand jobs tax credit to cover all small businesses and their employees. For most small business owners, that means that if they create jobs, they will pay lower taxes in a Kerry Administration than they do under President Bush.

    Third, savings can finance a 25% tax credit for small businesses when they provide health care for their workers. The rise in health care costs under this Administration has hit everyone hard, but no one harder than small business owners and their employees. As the Chair of the Small Business committee in the Senate, I saw again and again how small businesses can be the engine of job creation – and those jobs are the ones most likely to be created here and to stay here.

    Fourth, if we are willing to close loopholes and abuses in our tax system, then we can afford to lower taxes in the right way to spur growth and jobs. With the savings I proposed today, we can and should reduce the corporate tax rates by 5% – to improve competitiveness and to narrow the difference between corporate tax rates here and overseas. Some may be surprised to hear a Democrat calling for lower corporate tax rates. The fact is, I don’t care about the old debates. I care about getting the job done and about creating jobs in America.

    Finally, I won’t let America wage the fight for our economic future with one hand tied behind our back. No one should misunderstand me: I am not protectionist – but I am a competitor. American workers are the most competitive in the world – and they deserve a government that’s as competitive as they are. We will demand our trading partners play by the rules they’ve agreed to and show them that America means business when it comes to enforcing our trade agreements. The Bush Administration has refused to enforce our trade agreements. That not only costs jobs; over time, it threatens to erode support for open markets and a growing global economy. And it deprives us of one of the most important tools we have to safeguard our own workers and our environment – and to raise standards internationally.

    More on John Kerry's jobs proposal.

    Posted by Eric at 03:17 PM | Comments (47)

    Kerry Promises 10 Million Jobs

    From a speech in Detroit, Michigan:

    Last August, I proposed a new jobs credit that would give manufacturers a break on the payroll taxes for every new worker they hire. I believe we should expand it to industries outside manufacturing where jobs are endangered by outsourcing – so that we help create more jobs, whether it comes to cars or computer software or call centers.

    Second, the savings from ending the tax incentives for outsourcing can also expand jobs tax credit to cover all small businesses and their employees. For most small business owners, that means that if they create jobs, they will pay lower taxes in a Kerry Administration than they do under President Bush.

    Third, savings can finance a 25% tax credit for small businesses when they provide health care for their workers. The rise in health care costs under this Administration has hit everyone hard, but no one harder than small business owners and their employees. As the Chair of the Small Business committee in the Senate, I saw again and again how small businesses can be the engine of job creation – and those jobs are the ones most likely to be created here and to stay here.

    Fourth, if we are willing to close loopholes and abuses in our tax system, then we can afford to lower taxes in the right way to spur growth and jobs. With the savings I proposed today, we can and should reduce the corporate tax rates by 5% – to improve competitiveness and to narrow the difference between corporate tax rates here and overseas. Some may be surprised to hear a Democrat calling for lower corporate tax rates. The fact is, I don’t care about the old debates. I care about getting the job done and about creating jobs in America.

    Finally, I won’t let America wage the fight for our economic future with one hand tied behind our back. No one should misunderstand me: I am not protectionist – but I am a competitor. American workers are the most competitive in the world – and they deserve a government that’s as competitive as they are. We will demand our trading partners play by the rules they’ve agreed to and show them that America means business when it comes to enforcing our trade agreements. The Bush Administration has refused to enforce our trade agreements. That not only costs jobs; over time, it threatens to erode support for open markets and a growing global economy. And it deprives us of one of the most important tools we have to safeguard our own workers and our environment – and to raise standards internationally.

    More on John Kerry's jobs proposal.

    Posted by Eric at 03:17 PM | Comments (13)

    Other Funny Bush Joke

    Remember this one?

    Bush, in the weeks before September 11, pledged to honor the sanctity of the Social Security lockbox except in the event of recession, war, or a national emergency. But after "everything changed" on 9/11, he reportedly gloated to his budget director, Mitch Daniels, "Lucky me--I hit the trifecta!" At the time, this comment (a variation of which is being recycled for laughs at current GOP fundraisers) seemed merely offensive. But in light of revelations that Bush's August 6 briefing memo was titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S.," Bush's "luck" and weird prescience are worth more than passing scrutiny.

    Posted by Eric at 03:12 PM | Comments (19)

    Other Funny Bush Joke

    Remember this one?

    Bush, in the weeks before September 11, pledged to honor the sanctity of the Social Security lockbox except in the event of recession, war, or a national emergency. But after "everything changed" on 9/11, he reportedly gloated to his budget director, Mitch Daniels, "Lucky me--I hit the trifecta!" At the time, this comment (a variation of which is being recycled for laughs at current GOP fundraisers) seemed merely offensive. But in light of revelations that Bush's August 6 briefing memo was titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S.," Bush's "luck" and weird prescience are worth more than passing scrutiny.

    Posted by Eric at 03:12 PM | Comments (8)

    GOP Criticizes Herseth for Associating with Sites Like Hamster

    As first noted by Daily Kos, GOPers are criticizing Stephanie Herseth for receiving donations from liberal blogs like this site. AP:

    Republicans have accused Democratic U.S. House candidate Stephanie Herseth of maintaining a secret Web page to receive campaign donations raised from ads on liberal groups' Internet sites.

    But a Herseth campaign official scoffed at the charge, saying the Web page is not secret and can be found easily with a standard search of the Internet.

    Herseth faces Republican Larry Diedrich in a June 1 special election to fill the vacancy left when Bill Janklow resigned as South Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House.

    Jason Glodt, executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party, said the Herseth campaign arranged the special Internet donation site to prevent most South Dakotans from knowing about Herseth's relationship with such liberal groups.

    The Herseth Web page takes campaign donations from people directed there from Internet sites called "blogs," which are online bulletin boards that feature journals, opinionated articles and messages.

    "There's a reason she's got that secret site. She doesn't want to advertise the fact she's doing this," Glodt said Thursday.

    "I think the real point is you judge a person by the friends they keep, and look where she's focusing her fund-raising efforts," Glodt said. "Anybody can look at these blogs and the content, and realize the values they are promoting are completely contradictory to the South Dakota values she purports to represent."

    Crap, I suck. =(
    However, Herseth campaign spokesman Russ Levsen said that particular Internet page merely takes donations from people who find out about the campaign when they visit political blogs that feature Herseth ads.

    "I would dispute the premise that it's secret because it's an open site on the Internet that anybody can get to," Levsen said.

    The supposedly secret Web site is one of the first results when an Internet user does a standard search for the terms "blog" and "Herseth" on the Google search engine, Levsen said.

    Most of the donations that result from ads on the blogs are for amounts of less than $50, Levsen said. "This is grass-roots politics."

    The "secret page", with about a dozen blogs listed. Crazy liberal Instapundit is listed too. Hm ..

    Make a donation today, big or small, remember the .04 addition!

    Posted by Eric at 10:55 AM | Comments (46)

    GOP Criticizes Herseth for Associating with Sites Like Hamster

    As first noted by Daily Kos, GOPers are criticizing Stephanie Herseth for receiving donations from liberal blogs like this site. AP:

    Republicans have accused Democratic U.S. House candidate Stephanie Herseth of maintaining a secret Web page to receive campaign donations raised from ads on liberal groups' Internet sites.

    But a Herseth campaign official scoffed at the charge, saying the Web page is not secret and can be found easily with a standard search of the Internet.

    Herseth faces Republican Larry Diedrich in a June 1 special election to fill the vacancy left when Bill Janklow resigned as South Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House.

    Jason Glodt, executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party, said the Herseth campaign arranged the special Internet donation site to prevent most South Dakotans from knowing about Herseth's relationship with such liberal groups.

    The Herseth Web page takes campaign donations from people directed there from Internet sites called "blogs," which are online bulletin boards that feature journals, opinionated articles and messages.

    "There's a reason she's got that secret site. She doesn't want to advertise the fact she's doing this," Glodt said Thursday.

    "I think the real point is you judge a person by the friends they keep, and look where she's focusing her fund-raising efforts," Glodt said. "Anybody can look at these blogs and the content, and realize the values they are promoting are completely contradictory to the South Dakota values she purports to represent."

    Crap, I suck. =(
    However, Herseth campaign spokesman Russ Levsen said that particular Internet page merely takes donations from people who find out about the campaign when they visit political blogs that feature Herseth ads.

    "I would dispute the premise that it's secret because it's an open site on the Internet that anybody can get to," Levsen said.

    The supposedly secret Web site is one of the first results when an Internet user does a standard search for the terms "blog" and "Herseth" on the Google search engine, Levsen said.

    Most of the donations that result from ads on the blogs are for amounts of less than $50, Levsen said. "This is grass-roots politics."

    The "secret page", with about a dozen blogs listed. Crazy liberal Instapundit is listed too. Hm ..

    Make a donation today, big or small, remember the .04 addition!

    Posted by Eric at 10:55 AM | Comments (16)

    Military Families Not Amused

    Good comedians know there's some material they shouldn't touch. Is Bush a good comedian? A funny guy? Well, some in the Washington press corps may think he is, but military families don't seem to think so. NY Daily News:

    George Medina, 43, of Orange County, who lost a son in Iraq, heard about Bush's remarks when his outraged daughter, an Army sergeant, called him yesterday. "She was very upset," Medina said.

    "This is disgraceful," Medina continued. "He doesn't think of all the families that are suffering. It's unbelievable, how this guy tries to run the country."

    His 22-year-old son, Spec. Irving Medina, died Nov. 14 in Baghdad when an explosive device struck his convoy.

    Charles Celestin, 28, of Coral Springs, Fla., and Irving Medina's brother-in-law, blasted the commander-in-chief's remarks.

    "To be poking fun; it's just a travesty to the soldiers who lost their lives. I think it's disrespectful," he said ... The President's dinner act also bombed with Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan). "It's disgusting that during his little performance on stage, the President seemed to forget that people are dying in Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction he lied about," Nadler said.

    Posted by Eric at 10:48 AM | Comments (24)

    Military Families Not Amused

    Good comedians know there's some material they shouldn't touch. Is Bush a good comedian? A funny guy? Well, some in the Washington press corps may think he is, but military families don't seem to think so. NY Daily News:

    George Medina, 43, of Orange County, who lost a son in Iraq, heard about Bush's remarks when his outraged daughter, an Army sergeant, called him yesterday. "She was very upset," Medina said.

    "This is disgraceful," Medina continued. "He doesn't think of all the families that are suffering. It's unbelievable, how this guy tries to run the country."

    His 22-year-old son, Spec. Irving Medina, died Nov. 14 in Baghdad when an explosive device struck his convoy.

    Charles Celestin, 28, of Coral Springs, Fla., and Irving Medina's brother-in-law, blasted the commander-in-chief's remarks.

    "To be poking fun; it's just a travesty to the soldiers who lost their lives. I think it's disrespectful," he said ... The President's dinner act also bombed with Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan). "It's disgusting that during his little performance on stage, the President seemed to forget that people are dying in Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction he lied about," Nadler said.

    Posted by Eric at 10:48 AM | Comments (16)

    Hamster Number: Wages

    From Center for American Progress and Moving Ideas.org:

    The average wage of new jobs created this coming year is forecasted to be $35,855, significantly lower than the $43,629 average wage of those jobs lost between 2001-03.

    The Bush Administration has helped keep wages down, opposing an increase in minimum wage and advocating cutting overtime for approximately 8 million workers.

    Posted by Eric at 10:42 AM | Comments (10)

    Hamster Number: Wages

    From Center for American Progress and Moving Ideas.org:

    The average wage of new jobs created this coming year is forecasted to be $35,855, significantly lower than the $43,629 average wage of those jobs lost between 2001-03.

    The Bush Administration has helped keep wages down, opposing an increase in minimum wage and advocating cutting overtime for approximately 8 million workers.

    Posted by Eric at 10:42 AM | Comments (11)

    March 25, 2004

    Thursday Stories

    News
    AP. Soldier Suicide Rate in Iraq Jumps
    SacBee. U-turn urged in smog battle; State air regulators may soften a plan to reprogram big diesels to reduce pollution.
    CNN. Bush officials: Saudi antiterrorism efforts much improved
    AP. Bush Casts Kerry As Tax Raiser in TV Ad
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Timber wolf comes off state's 'threatened' list
    AP. N.C. Democrats out-raise GOP
    StarTrib. Anti-Semitic incidents reached 5-year high in 2003
    AP. Democrat abandons run to unseat Brownback
    AP. Unborn Children Given New Status in Iowa
    Fairbanks Daily News. Alaskans seek more money from firm for Valdez spill
    CSM. Melting glaciers: unexpected boost to rising oceans
    CSM. Guess who's coming to protest? A growing number of unlikely environmentalists are taking action where it matters most: at home
    CSM. The Arnold Effect: Senate race tests his coattails
    CSM. Bush, Kerry, and green differences
    LAT. Fresno's GOP Mayor Balks at Schwarzenegger's Agenda
    SFC. Families and friends of victims waiting for answers -- and accountability
    AP. Bush targets himself and those elusive weapons of mass destruction at dinner
    SFC. Clarke rejects attacks by GOP; STANDS BY STORY: Ex-aide embraced by families of 9/11 victims
    AP. Pelosi says supports gay marriage, Newsom's action
    WP. At Iraqi Port, Progress Is Matter of Perception; U.S. Role Disappoints Dockworkers
    WP. Medicare Official Cites Cost Warning; White House Given Data, He Says
    NYT. Democrats Arrange Rare Convergence of Party's Stars for Fund-Raiser
    San Mateo CTimes. No Child Left Behind changes shot down
    AP. ACLU, couples sue to uphold gay marriage
    Reuters. Rice Accuses Clarke of Conflicting Stories
    Reuters. EU Slaps Record Fine on Microsoft
    Reuters. Bush Rejects Allegations by Former Aide Clarke
    NYT. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on 'Under God' in Pledge

    Commentary
    AJC. EPA mustn't be industry lapdog
    AJC. Allegations of Bush critic offer troubling view of Iraq
    Peter Singer. Bush's Meandering Moral Compass
    Marie Cocco. Military is limited in fighting terror
    SFC. A credible Clarke
    Ruth Rosen. Bush's female troubles
    Farhad Manjoo. Thou shalt not make scientific progress
    Thomas Schaller. Opportunity Costs: Why Bush doesn't want the public taking the opportunity to think about the costs of Iraq
    Matt Bivens. New GOP Talking Points on Environment
    Garance Franke-Ruta. Safety Numbers: President Bush says we're winning the war on terrorism. As with so many things, however, his math doesn't add up
    Jeff Dubner. Demographic Derby: Former Clinton official Maria Echaveste discusses immigration reform, ethnicity in America, and the upcoming election
    Matthew Yglesias. Counter Intelligence: After taking office, President Bush could have done more to stop al-Qaeda and terrorism. Here's why he didn't
    Patrick Leahy. The Dawn of Micro Monitoring: its Promise, and its Challenges to Privacy and Security
    Robert Dreyfuss. A New Folk Hero: Richard Clarke emerged from Wednesday's 9/11 hearings with his credibility and integrity intact
    Paul Waldman. Bush's 9/11 Balloon is Punctured
    Bill Press. Which Foreign Leaders Endorse Bush for Reelection?
    Joel Connelly. Bush seems intent on clearcutting park funding
    Suzanne Goldenberg. With election close, Bush will not risk putting pressure on Sharon
    Toledo Blade. Obsessed on Iraq
    Paul Knox. Please, no second term for the Iraq-obsessed Bush
    Guardian. Enemies of the truth
    Gail Sheehy. Four 9/11 Moms Watch Rumsfeld And Grumble
    Sandeep Kaushik. Will Howard Dean's Second Act Succeed?

    Posted by Eric at 11:51 PM | Comments (36)

    Thursday Stories

    News
    AP. Soldier Suicide Rate in Iraq Jumps
    SacBee. U-turn urged in smog battle; State air regulators may soften a plan to reprogram big diesels to reduce pollution.
    CNN. Bush officials: Saudi antiterrorism efforts much improved
    AP. Bush Casts Kerry As Tax Raiser in TV Ad
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Timber wolf comes off state's 'threatened' list
    AP. N.C. Democrats out-raise GOP
    StarTrib. Anti-Semitic incidents reached 5-year high in 2003
    AP. Democrat abandons run to unseat Brownback
    AP. Unborn Children Given New Status in Iowa
    Fairbanks Daily News. Alaskans seek more money from firm for Valdez spill
    CSM. Melting glaciers: unexpected boost to rising oceans
    CSM. Guess who's coming to protest? A growing number of unlikely environmentalists are taking action where it matters most: at home
    CSM. The Arnold Effect: Senate race tests his coattails
    CSM. Bush, Kerry, and green differences
    LAT. Fresno's GOP Mayor Balks at Schwarzenegger's Agenda
    SFC. Families and friends of victims waiting for answers -- and accountability
    AP. Bush targets himself and those elusive weapons of mass destruction at dinner
    SFC. Clarke rejects attacks by GOP; STANDS BY STORY: Ex-aide embraced by families of 9/11 victims
    AP. Pelosi says supports gay marriage, Newsom's action
    WP. At Iraqi Port, Progress Is Matter of Perception; U.S. Role Disappoints Dockworkers
    WP. Medicare Official Cites Cost Warning; White House Given Data, He Says
    NYT. Democrats Arrange Rare Convergence of Party's Stars for Fund-Raiser
    San Mateo CTimes. No Child Left Behind changes shot down
    AP. ACLU, couples sue to uphold gay marriage
    Reuters. Rice Accuses Clarke of Conflicting Stories
    Reuters. EU Slaps Record Fine on Microsoft
    Reuters. Bush Rejects Allegations by Former Aide Clarke
    NYT. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on 'Under God' in Pledge

    Commentary
    AJC. EPA mustn't be industry lapdog
    AJC. Allegations of Bush critic offer troubling view of Iraq
    Peter Singer. Bush's Meandering Moral Compass
    Marie Cocco. Military is limited in fighting terror
    SFC. A credible Clarke
    Ruth Rosen. Bush's female troubles
    Farhad Manjoo. Thou shalt not make scientific progress
    Thomas Schaller. Opportunity Costs: Why Bush doesn't want the public taking the opportunity to think about the costs of Iraq
    Matt Bivens. New GOP Talking Points on Environment
    Garance Franke-Ruta. Safety Numbers: President Bush says we're winning the war on terrorism. As with so many things, however, his math doesn't add up
    Jeff Dubner. Demographic Derby: Former Clinton official Maria Echaveste discusses immigration reform, ethnicity in America, and the upcoming election
    Matthew Yglesias. Counter Intelligence: After taking office, President Bush could have done more to stop al-Qaeda and terrorism. Here's why he didn't
    Patrick Leahy. The Dawn of Micro Monitoring: its Promise, and its Challenges to Privacy and Security
    Robert Dreyfuss. A New Folk Hero: Richard Clarke emerged from Wednesday's 9/11 hearings with his credibility and integrity intact
    Paul Waldman. Bush's 9/11 Balloon is Punctured
    Bill Press. Which Foreign Leaders Endorse Bush for Reelection?
    Joel Connelly. Bush seems intent on clearcutting park funding
    Suzanne Goldenberg. With election close, Bush will not risk putting pressure on Sharon
    Toledo Blade. Obsessed on Iraq
    Paul Knox. Please, no second term for the Iraq-obsessed Bush
    Guardian. Enemies of the truth
    Gail Sheehy. Four 9/11 Moms Watch Rumsfeld And Grumble
    Sandeep Kaushik. Will Howard Dean's Second Act Succeed?

    Posted by Eric at 11:51 PM | Comments (7)

    Lame Bush

    From Political Wire and CAP:

    "Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to strike America, to attack us, I would have used every resource, every asset, every power of this government to protect the American people." Bush. AP

    "on August 6th [2001], [Bush] received a one-and-a-half page briefing advising him that Osama bin Laden was capable of a major strike against the US, and that the plot could include the hijacking of an American airplane." NBC News, 9/10/02

    "U.S. and Italian officials were warned in July 2001 that Islamic terrorists might attempt to kill President Bush and other leaders by crashing an airliner into the Genoa summit of industrialized nations." The warning came at the same time "U.S. intelligence officials informed President Bush that bin Laden's terrorist network might try to hijack American planes." LA Times, 9/27/01; ABC News, 5/16/02

    Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (8)

    Lame Bush

    From Political Wire and CAP:

    "Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to strike America, to attack us, I would have used every resource, every asset, every power of this government to protect the American people." Bush. AP

    "on August 6th [2001], [Bush] received a one-and-a-half page briefing advising him that Osama bin Laden was capable of a major strike against the US, and that the plot could include the hijacking of an American airplane." NBC News, 9/10/02

    "U.S. and Italian officials were warned in July 2001 that Islamic terrorists might attempt to kill President Bush and other leaders by crashing an airliner into the Genoa summit of industrialized nations." The warning came at the same time "U.S. intelligence officials informed President Bush that bin Laden's terrorist network might try to hijack American planes." LA Times, 9/27/01; ABC News, 5/16/02

    Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (9)

    Show Us the Jobs Blog

    http://blog.showusthejobs.com/.

    From the AFL-CIO.

    Posted by Eric at 06:39 PM | Comments (9)

    Show Us the Jobs Blog

    http://blog.showusthejobs.com/.

    From the AFL-CIO.

    Posted by Eric at 06:39 PM | Comments (5)

    Dem Fundraiser Says Bush Believed Iraq Main Threat

    From Daniel Schorr in the CSM:

    A Texas Democratic fundraiser, speaking not for attribution, told me about the lunch he recently had at the home of former President Clinton in the New York suburbs. Clinton recounted his last meeting with President Bush over coffee, just before the inauguration on Jan. 20, 2001.

    The outgoing president counseled his successor that he would face five challenges in the international arena - the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, the Al Qaeda terrorist threat, a nuclear-armed North Korea, the India-Pakistan confrontation, and the Saddam Hussein dictatorship in Iraq.

    Clinton was surprised at Bush's response. He said he disagreed with Clinton's order - that he considered Saddam Hussein to be the primary threat that he would have to deal with.

    Well, then I guess the Bush war on terrorism is a success.

    Posted by Eric at 05:57 PM | Comments (39)

    Dem Fundraiser Says Bush Believed Iraq Main Threat

    From Daniel Schorr in the CSM:

    A Texas Democratic fundraiser, speaking not for attribution, told me about the lunch he recently had at the home of former President Clinton in the New York suburbs. Clinton recounted his last meeting with President Bush over coffee, just before the inauguration on Jan. 20, 2001.

    The outgoing president counseled his successor that he would face five challenges in the international arena - the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, the Al Qaeda terrorist threat, a nuclear-armed North Korea, the India-Pakistan confrontation, and the Saddam Hussein dictatorship in Iraq.

    Clinton was surprised at Bush's response. He said he disagreed with Clinton's order - that he considered Saddam Hussein to be the primary threat that he would have to deal with.

    Well, then I guess the Bush war on terrorism is a success.

    Posted by Eric at 05:57 PM | Comments (8)

    Lobby to Your Mama

    Who knew I've been spendin' all my GW life livin' in a lobbyist paradise?

    Several lobbyists told The Associated Press they need to raise at least $10,000 when trying to get a freshman lawmaker to attend one of their events, $15,000 or more for veterans and at least $50,000 for a congressional committee chairman or leader.


    Getting lawmakers to attend is the key reward for the lobbyists. And the longer they want the lawmaker to stay, the more money they're expected to raise.


    The Independent Petroleum Association of America Wildcatters Fund plans a $500-a-person breakfast next week to raise money for Washington Rep. George Nethercutt, a Republican member of a House energy subcommittee who is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.


    "We're going to take every opportunity to educate members of Congress about the domestic energy industry," association spokesman Jeff Eshelman explained.

    Yeaaa, I wish people would pay me to get educated.

    Posted by Eric at 05:10 PM | Comments (6)

    Lobby to Your Mama

    Who knew I've been spendin' all my GW life livin' in a lobbyist paradise?

    Several lobbyists told The Associated Press they need to raise at least $10,000 when trying to get a freshman lawmaker to attend one of their events, $15,000 or more for veterans and at least $50,000 for a congressional committee chairman or leader.


    Getting lawmakers to attend is the key reward for the lobbyists. And the longer they want the lawmaker to stay, the more money they're expected to raise.


    The Independent Petroleum Association of America Wildcatters Fund plans a $500-a-person breakfast next week to raise money for Washington Rep. George Nethercutt, a Republican member of a House energy subcommittee who is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.


    "We're going to take every opportunity to educate members of Congress about the domestic energy industry," association spokesman Jeff Eshelman explained.

    Yeaaa, I wish people would pay me to get educated.

    Posted by Eric at 05:10 PM | Comments (4)

    Republicans Love the Troops

    I guess, in their own special, lack-of-funding way. From the CAP's Progress Report:

    The Army Times reports the conservative-dominated House Budget Committee "was determined March 17 to just say no when Democrats offered a slew of ways to improve military pay and benefits by cutting tax breaks for the wealthy." Conservatives on the committee rejected a proposal that would have provided "$1 billion for expanding health-care benefits for reservists and their families; $1 billion to improve military housing; $350 million for targeted pay raises for enlisted members; $141 million in danger pay and family separation allowance increases; $50 million to improve family support programs for reservists; $14 million for public schools near military bases that teach many military dependents."

    Posted by Eric at 04:59 PM | Comments (48)

    Republicans Love the Troops

    I guess, in their own special, lack-of-funding way. From the CAP's Progress Report:

    The Army Times reports the conservative-dominated House Budget Committee "was determined March 17 to just say no when Democrats offered a slew of ways to improve military pay and benefits by cutting tax breaks for the wealthy." Conservatives on the committee rejected a proposal that would have provided "$1 billion for expanding health-care benefits for reservists and their families; $1 billion to improve military housing; $350 million for targeted pay raises for enlisted members; $141 million in danger pay and family separation allowance increases; $50 million to improve family support programs for reservists; $14 million for public schools near military bases that teach many military dependents."

    Posted by Eric at 04:59 PM | Comments (37)

    Bin Laden: High Priority

    Win a copy of Sean Hannity's latest book from the CAP!

    Yesterday, on Hannity and Colmes, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said "the assertion that somehow the Bush administration wasn't paying attention when we came into office is just false." But, despite Rice's comments, we were unable to find a single instance where Rice, Vice President Cheney or President Bush said "al Qaeda" or "bin Laden" in public between Bush Inauguration and 9/11. (The closest thing we could dig up – despite extensive searches on Nexis and the White House website – was a routine written extension of an executive order dealing with the Taliban.) During the same period, however, we were able to identify roughly 400 times that Rice, Cheney and Bush publicly mentioned "tax relief" or "tax cut." Prove you're better than the Progress Report! Send any instance of Rice, Cheney or Bush uttering the words "al Qaeda" or "bin Laden" in public between 1/20/01 and 9/10/01 to pr@americanprogress.org. The first person to submit a successful entry (which we can verify) will receive a free copy of "Deliver Us From Evil" by Fox News Anchor Sean Hannity signed by the members of the Progress Report team.

    Posted by Eric at 04:32 PM | Comments (16)

    Bin Laden: High Priority

    Win a copy of Sean Hannity's latest book from the CAP!

    Yesterday, on Hannity and Colmes, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said "the assertion that somehow the Bush administration wasn't paying attention when we came into office is just false." But, despite Rice's comments, we were unable to find a single instance where Rice, Vice President Cheney or President Bush said "al Qaeda" or "bin Laden" in public between Bush Inauguration and 9/11. (The closest thing we could dig up – despite extensive searches on Nexis and the White House website – was a routine written extension of an executive order dealing with the Taliban.) During the same period, however, we were able to identify roughly 400 times that Rice, Cheney and Bush publicly mentioned "tax relief" or "tax cut." Prove you're better than the Progress Report! Send any instance of Rice, Cheney or Bush uttering the words "al Qaeda" or "bin Laden" in public between 1/20/01 and 9/10/01 to pr@americanprogress.org. The first person to submit a successful entry (which we can verify) will receive a free copy of "Deliver Us From Evil" by Fox News Anchor Sean Hannity signed by the members of the Progress Report team.

    Posted by Eric at 04:32 PM | Comments (6)

    Late Night TV

    Late Night TV lineups:

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    We 3/24: Jamie Foxx
    Th 3/25: Al Franken

    Mo 3/29: Jennifer Beals
    Tu 3/30: Helen Mirren
    We 3/31: Karen Hughes
    Th 4/1: Johnny Knoxville

    Franken will also be on Conan, 4/1

    Posted by Eric at 03:28 PM | Comments (18)

    Late Night TV

    Late Night TV lineups:

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    We 3/24: Jamie Foxx
    Th 3/25: Al Franken

    Mo 3/29: Jennifer Beals
    Tu 3/30: Helen Mirren
    We 3/31: Karen Hughes
    Th 4/1: Johnny Knoxville

    Franken will also be on Conan, 4/1

    Posted by Eric at 03:28 PM | Comments (5)

    Bush Misquotes Kerry Quote

    From the people at Spinsanity.org:

    During a March 6 interview with the New York Times, Kerry stated that "the final victory in the war on terror depends on a victory in the war of ideas, much more than the war on the battlefield. And the war - not the war, I don't want to use that terminology. The engagement of economies, the economic transformation, the transformation to modernity of a whole bunch of countries that have been avoiding the future."

    In context, it is clear that Kerry was referring to the "war of ideas" when he said he did not want to use the term war, which he then rephrased, describing it as "he engagement of economies, the economic transformation, the transformation to modernity."

    Yet the White House has spun Kerry's comments to suggest that he was referring to the war on terror itself, as Columbia Journalism Review's Campaign Desk showed (disclosure: one of us works there). On March 11, for instance, President Bush stated that "my opponent indicated that he's not comfortable using the word 'war' to describe the struggle we're in. He said, 'I don't want to use that terminology." Both Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have made this claim repeatedly in the last few weeks, ignoring the fact that Kerry repeatedly referred to the "war on terror" in the interview in question.

    This, of course, isn't the only thing the Bush campaign is mischaracterizing about Kerry. Jonathan Alter:
    The Bush administration now has an old-fashioned credibility gap. If numbers are released saying that the economy is perking up, why should anyone believe them? After all, it counts hamburger flippers as manufacturing jobs. The context of the election only magnifies the issue. New Bush ads charge that Kerry wants to raise taxes by $900 billion. This is a made-up number; Kerry has no such proposal. But even if he did, voters would not be able to take the Bush campaign's word on it, because its word is no longer good.

    Posted by Eric at 03:09 PM | Comments (17)

    Bush Misquotes Kerry Quote

    From the people at Spinsanity.org:

    During a March 6 interview with the New York Times, Kerry stated that "the final victory in the war on terror depends on a victory in the war of ideas, much more than the war on the battlefield. And the war - not the war, I don't want to use that terminology. The engagement of economies, the economic transformation, the transformation to modernity of a whole bunch of countries that have been avoiding the future."

    In context, it is clear that Kerry was referring to the "war of ideas" when he said he did not want to use the term war, which he then rephrased, describing it as "he engagement of economies, the economic transformation, the transformation to modernity."

    Yet the White House has spun Kerry's comments to suggest that he was referring to the war on terror itself, as Columbia Journalism Review's Campaign Desk showed (disclosure: one of us works there). On March 11, for instance, President Bush stated that "my opponent indicated that he's not comfortable using the word 'war' to describe the struggle we're in. He said, 'I don't want to use that terminology." Both Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have made this claim repeatedly in the last few weeks, ignoring the fact that Kerry repeatedly referred to the "war on terror" in the interview in question.

    This, of course, isn't the only thing the Bush campaign is mischaracterizing about Kerry. Jonathan Alter:
    The Bush administration now has an old-fashioned credibility gap. If numbers are released saying that the economy is perking up, why should anyone believe them? After all, it counts hamburger flippers as manufacturing jobs. The context of the election only magnifies the issue. New Bush ads charge that Kerry wants to raise taxes by $900 billion. This is a made-up number; Kerry has no such proposal. But even if he did, voters would not be able to take the Bush campaign's word on it, because its word is no longer good.

    Posted by Eric at 03:09 PM | Comments (5)

    Bush Gets Little Traction from Millions in Ads

    From Daily Kos, this point about recent events:

    Bush and company have sunk $18 million in ads, many of them anti-Kerry attack ads, in the past three weeks. And for all their trouble, they get what -- absolutely nothing? How could that be?

    Really, given the swing in the past two days, we have two possible culprits. One, MoveOn and the Media Fund are countering the Bush ads, and while their ad buy is much smaller, it's still significant.

    But we all know the real culprit. It's the reason the administration went after Clarke as hard as they did following his 60 Minutes appearance.

    Kerry has stayed out of the mess, yet it is he who is benefitting the most. And with headlines tomorrow proclaiming, "Terrorism not urgent issue for Bush administration before Sept. 11, former adviser testifies", Bush has additional room to drop.

    Not to mention, Bush's '9-11: partisanship during non-partisan times' ad hurt more than helped.

    Posted by Eric at 01:24 PM | Comments (25)

    Bush Gets Little Traction from Millions in Ads

    From Daily Kos, this point about recent events:

    Bush and company have sunk $18 million in ads, many of them anti-Kerry attack ads, in the past three weeks. And for all their trouble, they get what -- absolutely nothing? How could that be?

    Really, given the swing in the past two days, we have two possible culprits. One, MoveOn and the Media Fund are countering the Bush ads, and while their ad buy is much smaller, it's still significant.

    But we all know the real culprit. It's the reason the administration went after Clarke as hard as they did following his 60 Minutes appearance.

    Kerry has stayed out of the mess, yet it is he who is benefitting the most. And with headlines tomorrow proclaiming, "Terrorism not urgent issue for Bush administration before Sept. 11, former adviser testifies", Bush has additional room to drop.

    Not to mention, Bush's '9-11: partisanship during non-partisan times' ad hurt more than helped.

    Posted by Eric at 01:24 PM | Comments (9)

    Hey, Remember the 80s?

    "I blame the entire Bush leadership for continuing to work on Cold War issues when they back in power in 2001. It was as though they were preserved in amber from when they left office eight years earlier. They came back. They wanted to work on the same issues right away: Iraq, Star Wars. Not new issues, the new threats that had developed over the preceding eight years." --Richard Clarke, on 60 Minutes

    Posted by Eric at 12:34 PM | Comments (178)

    Hey, Remember the 80s?

    "I blame the entire Bush leadership for continuing to work on Cold War issues when they back in power in 2001. It was as though they were preserved in amber from when they left office eight years earlier. They came back. They wanted to work on the same issues right away: Iraq, Star Wars. Not new issues, the new threats that had developed over the preceding eight years." --Richard Clarke, on 60 Minutes

    Posted by Eric at 12:34 PM | Comments (4)

    Richard Clarke on Larry King Live

    Transcript ....

    KING: What do you make of Condoleezza Rice's actions through this? Her statements about you, the issuing today of an e-mail you sent her four days before 9/11, which seems to back up what she thinks. What's your overview of that?

    CLARKE: They're scrambling very hard at the White House. They've got a lot of people -- the vice president, the chief of staff, the national security director, the press secretary, the communication's director. They have five or six people running around doing talk shows and trying to refute me and trying to besmirch me. Larry, I said in the preface of this book, I knew before I wrote this book that the White House will let loose the dogs to attack me. That's what they're doing. That's what they did to Paul O'Neill when he told the truth and I come back to this point that all of this is to get us, rather than being on this show talking about the failures of the Bush administration, instead talking about the flack that they're throwing up every day.

    Posted by Eric at 11:21 AM | Comments (16)

    Richard Clarke on Larry King Live

    Transcript ....

    KING: What do you make of Condoleezza Rice's actions through this? Her statements about you, the issuing today of an e-mail you sent her four days before 9/11, which seems to back up what she thinks. What's your overview of that?

    CLARKE: They're scrambling very hard at the White House. They've got a lot of people -- the vice president, the chief of staff, the national security director, the press secretary, the communication's director. They have five or six people running around doing talk shows and trying to refute me and trying to besmirch me. Larry, I said in the preface of this book, I knew before I wrote this book that the White House will let loose the dogs to attack me. That's what they're doing. That's what they did to Paul O'Neill when he told the truth and I come back to this point that all of this is to get us, rather than being on this show talking about the failures of the Bush administration, instead talking about the flack that they're throwing up every day.

    Posted by Eric at 11:21 AM | Comments (8)

    Hamster Numbers: GOP Enviro Cuts

    From the House Budget Committee's Democratic Staff:

    House Republicans provided only $28.7 billion in discretionary funds in 2005, a cut of $1.5 billion (5.1 percent) from last year's level. Republicans unanimously voted against a Democratic amendment increasing
    funding for clean air, safe drinking water, and conservation measures
    by $2.2 billion in 2005.

    From 2005-2009, House Republicans provided 10.5 percent less than what is needed to maintain current services at the 2004 level. More noteworthy, their
    funding levels in 2009 will still be $901 million below the 2004 enacted level. Simply stated, the Republican budget cuts the federal commitment to environmental protection.

    Posted by Eric at 12:05 AM | Comments (19)

    Hamster Numbers: GOP Enviro Cuts

    From the House Budget Committee's Democratic Staff:

    House Republicans provided only $28.7 billion in discretionary funds in 2005, a cut of $1.5 billion (5.1 percent) from last year's level. Republicans unanimously voted against a Democratic amendment increasing
    funding for clean air, safe drinking water, and conservation measures
    by $2.2 billion in 2005.

    From 2005-2009, House Republicans provided 10.5 percent less than what is needed to maintain current services at the 2004 level. More noteworthy, their
    funding levels in 2009 will still be $901 million below the 2004 enacted level. Simply stated, the Republican budget cuts the federal commitment to environmental protection.

    Posted by Eric at 12:05 AM | Comments (7)

    Stop Tom 'The Exterminator' Delay From Poisoning the House

    Receive dirt about the Right, Democratic House news, leadership quotes, quick links, and others. Sign up for the @Stake Activist

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (51)

    Stop Tom 'The Exterminator' Delay From Poisoning the House

    Receive dirt about the Right, Democratic House news, leadership quotes, quick links, and others. Sign up for the @Stake Activist

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (5)

    March 24, 2004

    Wed Stories

    News
    Birmingham News. Alabama State's top polluters cited; Watchdog group's report: Worst violators include Army Depot, Sloss
    AP. M. Huffington gives $100K to Log Cabin GOP
    New Haven Register. Lawmakers say Rowland has little support
    Iowa City PC. Senate stops gay marriage measure
    Portland PressH. Senate endorses Patriot Act 'review'
    Oregonian. Key rules are eased to boost logging
    AND. Arkansas gasoline may hit $2 a gallon, experts say
    CBS. Michigan Aims To Stop Outsourcing
    Pioneer Press. Panel gives 'no' to No Child law
    AP. Poll: Bush, Kerry Even in New Mexico
    BGlobe. Romney's national profile rises
    WP. Charity Tied To DeLay Is Questioned; Group Asks Lawmakers To Demand Ethics Probe
    WP. Democratic Spending Is Team Effort: Groups' Ads Level Field for Kerry
    WP. Clarke to Testify on 9/11 Today; Author of Book Critical of Bush Bridged Two Administrations
    The Hill. Bush takes offensive on Foster
    The Hill. Tax hawks cooling to Norquist
    The Hill. Two ethics groups dog DeLay charity: Democracy 21, Common Cause seek Hefley ruling
    Editor and Publisher. Trudeau Ends Contest
    Guardian. Powell denies ignoring 9/11 warnings
    AP. Rumsfeld Certifies Need for Base Closures
    AP. Bush Admin. Defends Its Free Trade Record
    AP. AP Poll Shows Bush, Kerry in Close Race
    TIME. The Medicare Mess: The Medicare bill backfires on the GOP
    AP. Gay congressman speaks out against same-sex marriage ban
    AP. Government leans toward stretching out power plant cleanup of mercury pollution
    AP. Gasoline Prices Hit Record High

    Commentary
    Joe Conason. Richard Clarke terrorizes the White House
    Jack Bass. That old-time "Southern strategy": How President Bush sent a message with his court appointments
    Helen Thomas. Justifying invasion a full-time job
    Danny Schechter. Stern's loose lips give Bush the slip
    Newsday. On Iraq, listen to Clarke
    Ronald Brownstein. Focus on Foe May Hurt Bush; The president has been busy going after Kerry, but history suggests that boosting his own approval rating is his real ticket to reelection
    Miami Herald. Lost in election snafus: Voter confidence
    Richard Roeper. By FCC standards, Oprah more dangerous than Stern
    Derrick Z. Jackson. The forgotten victims of the war in Iraq
    Robert Kuttner. Fix economy by targeting tax cheats
    Boston Globe. Richard Clarke's warnings
    Steve Perry. Karl Rove's Moment: How "Bush's Brain" hijacked Washington, D.C. and politics-as-usual
    LCV. Bush Administration Anti-Clean Water Policies Threaten the Health of Waters, Americans Treasure
    Democracy 21. Democracy 21 Sends Formal Complaint to Ethics Committee and All House Members Challenging Majority Leader DeLay's "Charity Scheme
    Regis T. Sabol. The Ghost of 9/11 Rises
    Frederick Sweet. Bush Creates National Security Catastrophe
    Robert O. Boorstin. The Canary in the Coalmine
    Campaign for America's Future. Bush Medicare Report Misleads
    Miles Harvey. Welcome to Armageddon: A joint investigation by Salon and Rolling Stone reveals why the Bush administration hasn't found any weapons of mass destruction: It's looking in the wrong place
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Friendly Fire: A secretive, one-party government alienates everybody -- even Republicans on the Hill
    John Nichols. When Rupert Murdoch Calls...
    Mark David Agrast. The Federal Marriage Amendment: The Speech the President Should Have Given
    Ehsan Ahrari. A War (At Any Cost) President
    John Kerry. Bush and Cheney in the Tank

    Posted by Eric at 11:30 PM | Comments (16)

    Wed Stories

    News
    Birmingham News. Alabama State's top polluters cited; Watchdog group's report: Worst violators include Army Depot, Sloss
    AP. M. Huffington gives $100K to Log Cabin GOP
    New Haven Register. Lawmakers say Rowland has little support
    Iowa City PC. Senate stops gay marriage measure
    Portland PressH. Senate endorses Patriot Act 'review'
    Oregonian. Key rules are eased to boost logging
    AND. Arkansas gasoline may hit $2 a gallon, experts say
    CBS. Michigan Aims To Stop Outsourcing
    Pioneer Press. Panel gives 'no' to No Child law
    AP. Poll: Bush, Kerry Even in New Mexico
    BGlobe. Romney's national profile rises
    WP. Charity Tied To DeLay Is Questioned; Group Asks Lawmakers To Demand Ethics Probe
    WP. Democratic Spending Is Team Effort: Groups' Ads Level Field for Kerry
    WP. Clarke to Testify on 9/11 Today; Author of Book Critical of Bush Bridged Two Administrations
    The Hill. Bush takes offensive on Foster
    The Hill. Tax hawks cooling to Norquist
    The Hill. Two ethics groups dog DeLay charity: Democracy 21, Common Cause seek Hefley ruling
    Editor and Publisher. Trudeau Ends Contest
    Guardian. Powell denies ignoring 9/11 warnings
    AP. Rumsfeld Certifies Need for Base Closures
    AP. Bush Admin. Defends Its Free Trade Record
    AP. AP Poll Shows Bush, Kerry in Close Race
    TIME. The Medicare Mess: The Medicare bill backfires on the GOP
    AP. Gay congressman speaks out against same-sex marriage ban
    AP. Government leans toward stretching out power plant cleanup of mercury pollution
    AP. Gasoline Prices Hit Record High

    Commentary
    Joe Conason. Richard Clarke terrorizes the White House
    Jack Bass. That old-time "Southern strategy": How President Bush sent a message with his court appointments
    Helen Thomas. Justifying invasion a full-time job
    Danny Schechter. Stern's loose lips give Bush the slip
    Newsday. On Iraq, listen to Clarke
    Ronald Brownstein. Focus on Foe May Hurt Bush; The president has been busy going after Kerry, but history suggests that boosting his own approval rating is his real ticket to reelection
    Miami Herald. Lost in election snafus: Voter confidence
    Richard Roeper. By FCC standards, Oprah more dangerous than Stern
    Derrick Z. Jackson. The forgotten victims of the war in Iraq
    Robert Kuttner. Fix economy by targeting tax cheats
    Boston Globe. Richard Clarke's warnings
    Steve Perry. Karl Rove's Moment: How "Bush's Brain" hijacked Washington, D.C. and politics-as-usual
    LCV. Bush Administration Anti-Clean Water Policies Threaten the Health of Waters, Americans Treasure
    Democracy 21. Democracy 21 Sends Formal Complaint to Ethics Committee and All House Members Challenging Majority Leader DeLay's "Charity Scheme
    Regis T. Sabol. The Ghost of 9/11 Rises
    Frederick Sweet. Bush Creates National Security Catastrophe
    Robert O. Boorstin. The Canary in the Coalmine
    Campaign for America's Future. Bush Medicare Report Misleads
    Miles Harvey. Welcome to Armageddon: A joint investigation by Salon and Rolling Stone reveals why the Bush administration hasn't found any weapons of mass destruction: It's looking in the wrong place
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Friendly Fire: A secretive, one-party government alienates everybody -- even Republicans on the Hill
    John Nichols. When Rupert Murdoch Calls...
    Mark David Agrast. The Federal Marriage Amendment: The Speech the President Should Have Given
    Ehsan Ahrari. A War (At Any Cost) President
    John Kerry. Bush and Cheney in the Tank

    Posted by Eric at 11:30 PM | Comments (9)

    Richard Clarke KOs the Bushes?

    This is what Fred Kaplan writes in Slate:

    Richard Clarke made his much-anticipated appearance before the 9/11 commission this afternoon and, right out of the box, delivered a stunning blow to the Bush administration—the political equivalent of a first-round knockout.

    The blow was so stunning, it took a while to realize that it was a blow. Clarke thanked the members for holding the hearings, saying they finally provided him "a forum where I can apologize" to the victims of 9/11 and their loved ones.

    Why the KO?
    And so now here's Clarke, in an official, nationally broadcast forum, announcing: I failed, I'm sorry, please forgive me. Which, as one member of the panel noted, is more than any official in the Bush administration has said to any victims of the far more devastating 9/11 attacks ... "There's a very fine line that anyone who's been in the White House, in any administration, can tell you about," Clarke replied. Someone in his position had three choices. He could have resigned, but he had important work yet to do. He could have lied, but nobody told him to do that, and he wouldn't have in any case. "The third choice," he said, "is to put the best face you can for the administration on the facts. That's what I did."

    Well, Thompson asked in a bruised tone, is there one set of moral rules for special assistants to the White House and another set for everybody else?

    "It's not a question of morality at all," Clarke replied. "It's a question of politics." The crowd applauded fiercely. To invoke another sports metaphor: Game, set, and match.

    And he's a Republican! The book.

    Posted by Eric at 08:31 PM | Comments (135)

    Richard Clarke KOs the Bushes?

    This is what Fred Kaplan writes in Slate:

    Richard Clarke made his much-anticipated appearance before the 9/11 commission this afternoon and, right out of the box, delivered a stunning blow to the Bush administration—the political equivalent of a first-round knockout.

    The blow was so stunning, it took a while to realize that it was a blow. Clarke thanked the members for holding the hearings, saying they finally provided him "a forum where I can apologize" to the victims of 9/11 and their loved ones.

    Why the KO?
    And so now here's Clarke, in an official, nationally broadcast forum, announcing: I failed, I'm sorry, please forgive me. Which, as one member of the panel noted, is more than any official in the Bush administration has said to any victims of the far more devastating 9/11 attacks ... "There's a very fine line that anyone who's been in the White House, in any administration, can tell you about," Clarke replied. Someone in his position had three choices. He could have resigned, but he had important work yet to do. He could have lied, but nobody told him to do that, and he wouldn't have in any case. "The third choice," he said, "is to put the best face you can for the administration on the facts. That's what I did."

    Well, Thompson asked in a bruised tone, is there one set of moral rules for special assistants to the White House and another set for everybody else?

    "It's not a question of morality at all," Clarke replied. "It's a question of politics." The crowd applauded fiercely. To invoke another sports metaphor: Game, set, and match.

    And he's a Republican! The book.

    Posted by Eric at 08:31 PM | Comments (17)

    20-year Old James Gilbreath for Texas House

    The College Dems blog on 20-year old George Washington U student James “Jake” Gilbreath and his run for State Representative in Texas’s 10th District.

    Posted by Eric at 04:04 PM | Comments (24)

    20-year Old James Gilbreath for Texas House

    The College Dems blog on 20-year old George Washington U student James “Jake” Gilbreath and his run for State Representative in Texas’s 10th District.

    Posted by Eric at 04:04 PM | Comments (5)

    Back of the Bus for Thomas

    In an interview with Geov Parrish, Helen Thomas comments on her current treatment by the Bush White House. You may remember that one of her books is "Front Row at the White House." But no more!

    Bush has held fewer news conferences than any modern-day president, but, Thomas says, even his administration’s twice-daily White House press briefings have become politicized. “He won’t call on me, and I’m in the back row now so I’m ignored . . . They don’t like my questions. That’s okay, just so somebody asks them, but they just don’t want me to ask questions . . . If I was a favored columnist, I’m sure I’d be in the front row again. But I have the prerogative of asking the questions, I do try. I do think all of us [in the press] have laid down on the job early on [after 9/11]. Some of us are coming out of a coma. But nobody’s being challenging enough. We are adversarial. We aren’t there to worship at anybody’s shrine. We’re there for accountability.”

    Thomas also bemoans the trends in journalism that abet nonaccountability: the emphasis on entertainment and noise, the talk shows where hosts and guests dish out opinions without ever giving audiences the unvarnished facts.

    “People think talk show [hosts] are journalists, but they’re not,” Thomas scoffs. “They’re getting just plain opinion. I think people are much better served when we get a straight news story, even though I’m a columnist now. My opinion isn’t worth anything.

    “I wrote for 57 years for UPI. I was never accused of slant. I wrote dull copy.”

    So what about the Bush admin?
    “We’ve always been manipulated and managed, back to when I began with Kennedy and certainly before, but never to this extent,” Thomas says by phone. “The secrecy in this administration has reached the highest levels. That’s never been seen before. Everybody has to be on board with this president. Nobody plays devil’s advocate . . . There is no search for answers in this president.”
    But what does she know about presidential administrations?

    Posted by Eric at 03:31 PM | Comments (27)

    Back of the Bus for Thomas

    In an interview with Geov Parrish, Helen Thomas comments on her current treatment by the Bush White House. You may remember that one of her books is "Front Row at the White House." But no more!

    Bush has held fewer news conferences than any modern-day president, but, Thomas says, even his administration’s twice-daily White House press briefings have become politicized. “He won’t call on me, and I’m in the back row now so I’m ignored . . . They don’t like my questions. That’s okay, just so somebody asks them, but they just don’t want me to ask questions . . . If I was a favored columnist, I’m sure I’d be in the front row again. But I have the prerogative of asking the questions, I do try. I do think all of us [in the press] have laid down on the job early on [after 9/11]. Some of us are coming out of a coma. But nobody’s being challenging enough. We are adversarial. We aren’t there to worship at anybody’s shrine. We’re there for accountability.”

    Thomas also bemoans the trends in journalism that abet nonaccountability: the emphasis on entertainment and noise, the talk shows where hosts and guests dish out opinions without ever giving audiences the unvarnished facts.

    “People think talk show [hosts] are journalists, but they’re not,” Thomas scoffs. “They’re getting just plain opinion. I think people are much better served when we get a straight news story, even though I’m a columnist now. My opinion isn’t worth anything.

    “I wrote for 57 years for UPI. I was never accused of slant. I wrote dull copy.”

    So what about the Bush admin?
    “We’ve always been manipulated and managed, back to when I began with Kennedy and certainly before, but never to this extent,” Thomas says by phone. “The secrecy in this administration has reached the highest levels. That’s never been seen before. Everybody has to be on board with this president. Nobody plays devil’s advocate . . . There is no search for answers in this president.”
    But what does she know about presidential administrations?

    Posted by Eric at 03:31 PM | Comments (16)

    Clarke: ‘We failed you'

    Statement to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, from NBC:

    In his opening statement before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Clarke told relatives of victims in the audience: “Your government failed you, those entrusted with protecting you failed you and I failed you.”

    “Although I continued to say it [terrorism] was an urgent problem, I don’t think it was ever treated that way” by the Bush administration before Sept. 11, he said.

    Posted by Eric at 03:22 PM | Comments (21)

    Clarke: ‘We failed you'

    Statement to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, from NBC:

    In his opening statement before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Clarke told relatives of victims in the audience: “Your government failed you, those entrusted with protecting you failed you and I failed you.”

    “Although I continued to say it [terrorism] was an urgent problem, I don’t think it was ever treated that way” by the Bush administration before Sept. 11, he said.

    Posted by Eric at 03:22 PM | Comments (2)

    RNC to Visit MTV

    Nothing gets the attention of the kids like the GOP's Reggie the Registration Rig

    For young Americans who care more about G-Unit than the GOP, choosing their favorite music videos on MTV's "Total Request Live" may be as close as they have come to the democratic process.

    Republicans hope to change that by sending their voter registration truck Thursday to two places where Republicans are usually in short supply: MTV and Times Square.

    The National Republican Committee's Reggie the Registration Rig is scheduled to visit the "TRL" studio, where the contest between President Bush and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry usually takes a back seat to the vying videos of Usher and Clay Aiken. RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie will be on hand, espousing the youths' right to vote for the right wing.

    "Chairman Gillespie has three kids of his own ... so he is no stranger to MTV and 'TRL,"' Heather Layman, an RNC spokeswoman, said. "He's hip enough to know how important it is, so I think he'll have fun."

    And using buzzwords like hip always helps connect with the kids.

    Poll wise, Kerry has a 9-point lead over Bush with voters aged 18-29, with GOP Ralph taking away a bunch o' votes.

    Posted by Eric at 03:18 PM | Comments (22)

    RNC to Visit MTV

    Nothing gets the attention of the kids like the GOP's Reggie the Registration Rig

    For young Americans who care more about G-Unit than the GOP, choosing their favorite music videos on MTV's "Total Request Live" may be as close as they have come to the democratic process.

    Republicans hope to change that by sending their voter registration truck Thursday to two places where Republicans are usually in short supply: MTV and Times Square.

    The National Republican Committee's Reggie the Registration Rig is scheduled to visit the "TRL" studio, where the contest between President Bush and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry usually takes a back seat to the vying videos of Usher and Clay Aiken. RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie will be on hand, espousing the youths' right to vote for the right wing.

    "Chairman Gillespie has three kids of his own ... so he is no stranger to MTV and 'TRL,"' Heather Layman, an RNC spokeswoman, said. "He's hip enough to know how important it is, so I think he'll have fun."

    And using buzzwords like hip always helps connect with the kids.

    Poll wise, Kerry has a 9-point lead over Bush with voters aged 18-29, with GOP Ralph taking away a bunch o' votes.

    Posted by Eric at 03:18 PM | Comments (3)

    Hamster Numbers: Spending Per Minute

    "Every MINUTE the Bush Administration spends $991,000 more than it takes in. An explosion in interest payments on this debt will occur just as baby-boomers reach retirement. Who will have to pay for Social Security, Medicare and the GWB debt then? Our kids and grandkids, that’s who." -JohnKerry.com

    Posted by Eric at 12:46 AM | Comments (49)

    Hamster Numbers: Spending Per Minute

    "Every MINUTE the Bush Administration spends $991,000 more than it takes in. An explosion in interest payments on this debt will occur just as baby-boomers reach retirement. Who will have to pay for Social Security, Medicare and the GWB debt then? Our kids and grandkids, that’s who." -JohnKerry.com

    Posted by Eric at 12:46 AM | Comments (8)

    March 23, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    The Hill. Daschle: Move Dem Nominees
    WP. GOP Exposé: Kerry, Closet Frenchman
    The Hill. Ownership Society’ Is Bush’s Aim
    The Guardian. The Battle Of The Airwaves
    Oregonian. Benton stops all marriage licensing
    SacBee. Lawsuit grilling awaits Arnold
    Bloomberg. Republicans Alter Gay-Marriage Amendment to Allow Civil Unions
    MTV. Howard Dean Supporters Head In New Direction
    Guardian. Powell denies ignoring 9/11 warnings
    WP Kerry Gets Boost From Surprising Sources; Ex-Bush Aide Criticizes President, and GOP Lawmakers Come to Senator's Defense
    SFC. Californians betting big on Sen. Kerry
    Reuters. Court Considers Right to Keep Name from Police
    SFC. Vows Of The Gay GOP; Prominent Republicans, led by ex-pol Huffington, come out strong against the same-sex marriage amendment
    SFC. Snowy plovers on Pacific Coast beaches could lose their protected-species status
    NYT. Above-Average Economy in the Swing States Has Few Rejoicing
    Boston Herald. `The Body' has eye on tackling White House in 2008
    CNN. Documents reveal FBI surveillance of Kerry in early 1970s
    NYT. Amid Terror Debate, 9/11 Panel Questions Officials
    AP. Medicare Could Dissolve By 2019
    DetNews. GM ships more jobs abroad to cut costs
    WP. White House Counters Ex-Aide
    LAT. New Kerry TV Advertisement Aims to Counter GOP Attacks
    Copley. Kerry counters GOP punches with new TV ad

    Commentary
    Robert Scheer. Blowing a whistle on Bush's 9/11 failures; President Bush failed country in its hour of greatest need
    Molly Ivins. Bomb Mexico! Bush administration bombs for peace, robs for reform
    Lisa Chamberlain. Dr. Dean's new Rx; Howard Dean launches a new organization, Democracy for America. His first goal: Defeat Bush by taking on Nader
    SFC. A tell-all book tells off Bush
    Eric Boehlert. Banned in Britain! Fearful of Saudi lawsuits, the British publisher of "House of Bush, House of Saud" has backed down from issuing the book
    Rupert Cornwell. Maverick Republican senator will give a boost to Kerry's campaign
    Detroit Free Press. Clarke and his accusations can't be easily dismissed
    Kennebec Journal. Clarke's claims demand answers from president
    Sean Gonsalves. Salvation from the rising tide
    Richard Cohen. Bush, Clarke and A Shred of Doubt
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Why Scalia Should Duck Out
    Marie Cocco. Bush's 9/11 myths endanger U.S.

    Posted by Eric at 11:07 PM | Comments (20)

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    The Hill. Daschle: Move Dem Nominees
    WP. GOP Exposé: Kerry, Closet Frenchman
    The Hill. Ownership Society’ Is Bush’s Aim
    The Guardian. The Battle Of The Airwaves
    Oregonian. Benton stops all marriage licensing
    SacBee. Lawsuit grilling awaits Arnold
    Bloomberg. Republicans Alter Gay-Marriage Amendment to Allow Civil Unions
    MTV. Howard Dean Supporters Head In New Direction
    Guardian. Powell denies ignoring 9/11 warnings
    WP Kerry Gets Boost From Surprising Sources; Ex-Bush Aide Criticizes President, and GOP Lawmakers Come to Senator's Defense
    SFC. Californians betting big on Sen. Kerry
    Reuters. Court Considers Right to Keep Name from Police
    SFC. Vows Of The Gay GOP; Prominent Republicans, led by ex-pol Huffington, come out strong against the same-sex marriage amendment
    SFC. Snowy plovers on Pacific Coast beaches could lose their protected-species status
    NYT. Above-Average Economy in the Swing States Has Few Rejoicing
    Boston Herald. `The Body' has eye on tackling White House in 2008
    CNN. Documents reveal FBI surveillance of Kerry in early 1970s
    NYT. Amid Terror Debate, 9/11 Panel Questions Officials
    AP. Medicare Could Dissolve By 2019
    DetNews. GM ships more jobs abroad to cut costs
    WP. White House Counters Ex-Aide
    LAT. New Kerry TV Advertisement Aims to Counter GOP Attacks
    Copley. Kerry counters GOP punches with new TV ad

    Commentary
    Robert Scheer. Blowing a whistle on Bush's 9/11 failures; President Bush failed country in its hour of greatest need
    Molly Ivins. Bomb Mexico! Bush administration bombs for peace, robs for reform
    Lisa Chamberlain. Dr. Dean's new Rx; Howard Dean launches a new organization, Democracy for America. His first goal: Defeat Bush by taking on Nader
    SFC. A tell-all book tells off Bush
    Eric Boehlert. Banned in Britain! Fearful of Saudi lawsuits, the British publisher of "House of Bush, House of Saud" has backed down from issuing the book
    Rupert Cornwell. Maverick Republican senator will give a boost to Kerry's campaign
    Detroit Free Press. Clarke and his accusations can't be easily dismissed
    Kennebec Journal. Clarke's claims demand answers from president
    Sean Gonsalves. Salvation from the rising tide
    Richard Cohen. Bush, Clarke and A Shred of Doubt
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Why Scalia Should Duck Out
    Marie Cocco. Bush's 9/11 myths endanger U.S.

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

    Fox News.com Poll

    Gotta love them:

    Former Bush counter-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke has written a book critical of the Bush White House's handling of Al Qaeda. What's your reaction?

    a. I will not read the book. It does not interest me. (24%)
    21,564

    b. I reserve judgment on Clarke's criticism until I have read his book. (4%)
    3,352

    c. I think Clarke is disloyal to the president and a disgrace. (59%)
    52,466

    d. I think Clarke is a patriot for speaking out. (9%)
    7,935

    e. None of the above (4%)
    3,742

    89,059 total votes

    Posted by Eric at 07:57 PM | Comments (22)

    Fox News.com Poll

    Gotta love them:

    Former Bush counter-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke has written a book critical of the Bush White House's handling of Al Qaeda. What's your reaction?

    a. I will not read the book. It does not interest me. (24%)
    21,564

    b. I reserve judgment on Clarke's criticism until I have read his book. (4%)
    3,352

    c. I think Clarke is disloyal to the president and a disgrace. (59%)
    52,466

    d. I think Clarke is a patriot for speaking out. (9%)
    7,935

    e. None of the above (4%)
    3,742

    89,059 total votes

    Posted by Eric at 07:57 PM | Comments (11)

    www.howardstern.com

    Bazesus! www.howardstern.com has turned into anti-Bush / FCC headquarters ...

    Posted by Eric at 06:30 PM | Comments (100)

    www.howardstern.com

    Bazesus! www.howardstern.com has turned into anti-Bush / FCC headquarters ...

    Posted by Eric at 06:30 PM | Comments (62)

    Lies and the Lying Liars: Bush and Kerry's "Tax"

    A Reuters news analysis shoots down a Bush claim:

    In the presidential race's war of words over the economy, President Bush makes it sound as if small-business owners are in the cross hairs of Democrat John Kerry's plan to roll back tax cuts for wealthy Americans ... "Taxing the rich?" Bush said during a recent White House forum where his guests included the owners of a hair salon, a convenience store franchise and an office supply dealer.

    "When you're running up individual tax rates, you're taxing small businesses," he said.

    But?
    But data from the Internal Revenue Service and the Census Bureau suggest the vast majority of small businesses provide their owners with incomes far below the $200,000-a-year mark where Kerry says he would begin eliminating tax cuts ... Their profits fall into a median range of $40,000 and $60,000, according to the National Federation of Independent Business, a leading advocate of the small-business community. That puts them just above U.S. median household income of $42,409.

    "These are not rich people," said NFIB researcher Bruce Phillips. "Changing the tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, for the most part, doesn't apply to our membership."

    Posted by Eric at 04:05 PM | Comments (26)

    Lies and the Lying Liars: Bush and Kerry's "Tax"

    A Reuters news analysis shoots down a Bush claim:

    In the presidential race's war of words over the economy, President Bush makes it sound as if small-business owners are in the cross hairs of Democrat John Kerry's plan to roll back tax cuts for wealthy Americans ... "Taxing the rich?" Bush said during a recent White House forum where his guests included the owners of a hair salon, a convenience store franchise and an office supply dealer.

    "When you're running up individual tax rates, you're taxing small businesses," he said.

    But?
    But data from the Internal Revenue Service and the Census Bureau suggest the vast majority of small businesses provide their owners with incomes far below the $200,000-a-year mark where Kerry says he would begin eliminating tax cuts ... Their profits fall into a median range of $40,000 and $60,000, according to the National Federation of Independent Business, a leading advocate of the small-business community. That puts them just above U.S. median household income of $42,409.

    "These are not rich people," said NFIB researcher Bruce Phillips. "Changing the tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, for the most part, doesn't apply to our membership."

    Posted by Eric at 04:05 PM | Comments (4)

    CNN Aiding Bush Admin Media Deception?

    The Columbia Journalism Review notes that "numerous local television stations across the country presented, as news items, video news releases (VNRs) prepared on behalf of the Bush administration touting the benefits of the new Medicare law." What hasn't been mentioned, however, is that 'liberal' CNN may have actually helped push the medicare deception for a nice fee. From the CJR:

    But some also expressed strong displeasure with CNN, which distributes pre-packaged stories to local stations around the country through its CNN Newsource service, acting as a sort of wire service for TV. Veazey said that when his station receives VNR footage from CNN, it's clearly labeled in the slug at the top as VNR. But other news directors told us that's not the case in their systems: You have to search through the footage to find the VNR I.D. Henderson, of WTVC-Chattanooga, told us his station "ran what appeared to be a reporter's package, which aggravates the mistake." And Lynn Brooks of WVUA-Tuscaloosa, confirmed in an email to a viewer, obtained by Campaign Desk, that when her station received the Medicare story, it "was designated as a 'reporter package', with nothing distinguishing it as a video news release." CNN, she said, "dropped the ball." Akins of KSEE-Fresno agreed: "I think CNN does a disservice to its affiliates" by including VNR packages in its stream of news footage. "They should create a separate VNR feed," she said.

    According to the news directors, CNN makes money on both ends of the process. Understandably, it charges the news stations a fee to subscribe to its satellite news feed service, just as the Associated Press charges the newspapers it serves. But Larry Moskowitz of Medialink (which Moskowitz told Campaign Desk is the world's largest producer and distributor of VNRs) confirmed that CNN Newsource and other similar services also charge the VNR distributor, by leasing transmission time on the satellite news feed that then goes out to local stations.

    This suggests a clear conflict of interest for CNN, which is apparently charging both the party with a vested interest in promoting a particular story -- in the case of the now-notorious Karen Ryan, that would be HHS -- and the receiving station. Along the way, it mixes in the client's material with legitimate, CNN-produced news stories to be used by local stations - acting as a paid "news launderer" on behalf of the VNR producers.

    CNN did not return repeated calls for comment over a three-day period. A news director who had received the Medicare VNR from CNN and run it told Campaign Desk she contacted CNN to complain. She was referred to the company's lawyers.

    Posted by Eric at 03:44 PM | Comments (8)

    CNN Aiding Bush Admin Media Deception?

    The Columbia Journalism Review notes that "numerous local television stations across the country presented, as news items, video news releases (VNRs) prepared on behalf of the Bush administration touting the benefits of the new Medicare law." What hasn't been mentioned, however, is that 'liberal' CNN may have actually helped push the medicare deception for a nice fee. From the CJR:

    But some also expressed strong displeasure with CNN, which distributes pre-packaged stories to local stations around the country through its CNN Newsource service, acting as a sort of wire service for TV. Veazey said that when his station receives VNR footage from CNN, it's clearly labeled in the slug at the top as VNR. But other news directors told us that's not the case in their systems: You have to search through the footage to find the VNR I.D. Henderson, of WTVC-Chattanooga, told us his station "ran what appeared to be a reporter's package, which aggravates the mistake." And Lynn Brooks of WVUA-Tuscaloosa, confirmed in an email to a viewer, obtained by Campaign Desk, that when her station received the Medicare story, it "was designated as a 'reporter package', with nothing distinguishing it as a video news release." CNN, she said, "dropped the ball." Akins of KSEE-Fresno agreed: "I think CNN does a disservice to its affiliates" by including VNR packages in its stream of news footage. "They should create a separate VNR feed," she said.

    According to the news directors, CNN makes money on both ends of the process. Understandably, it charges the news stations a fee to subscribe to its satellite news feed service, just as the Associated Press charges the newspapers it serves. But Larry Moskowitz of Medialink (which Moskowitz told Campaign Desk is the world's largest producer and distributor of VNRs) confirmed that CNN Newsource and other similar services also charge the VNR distributor, by leasing transmission time on the satellite news feed that then goes out to local stations.

    This suggests a clear conflict of interest for CNN, which is apparently charging both the party with a vested interest in promoting a particular story -- in the case of the now-notorious Karen Ryan, that would be HHS -- and the receiving station. Along the way, it mixes in the client's material with legitimate, CNN-produced news stories to be used by local stations - acting as a paid "news launderer" on behalf of the VNR producers.

    CNN did not return repeated calls for comment over a three-day period. A news director who had received the Medicare VNR from CNN and run it told Campaign Desk she contacted CNN to complain. She was referred to the company's lawyers.

    Posted by Eric at 03:44 PM | Comments (5)

    Kerry - Bush Tied in NM

    Albuquerque Journal favorability poll finds Kerry and Bush mostly even:

    Forty-three percent of registered voters said they had a favorable impression of Bush, compared to 44 percent for Kerry. New Mexico has been identified by both sides in the 2004 presidential contest as a battleground state. Democrat Al Gore carried the state over Bush four years ago by just 366 votes ... More voters said they had an unfavorable impression of Bush than Kerry— 38 percent compared to 24 percent. But more voters were undecided about Kerry, who probably remains the lesser-known candidate.

    Posted by Eric at 03:16 PM | Comments (4)

    Kerry - Bush Tied in NM

    Albuquerque Journal favorability poll finds Kerry and Bush mostly even:

    Forty-three percent of registered voters said they had a favorable impression of Bush, compared to 44 percent for Kerry. New Mexico has been identified by both sides in the 2004 presidential contest as a battleground state. Democrat Al Gore carried the state over Bush four years ago by just 366 votes ... More voters said they had an unfavorable impression of Bush than Kerry— 38 percent compared to 24 percent. But more voters were undecided about Kerry, who probably remains the lesser-known candidate.

    Posted by Eric at 03:16 PM | Comments (7)

    Clear Channel Hearts GOP/Bush

    From the USAToday, Clear Channel clearly channels more money to the GOP / Bush team:

    But new political contribution data tell a different story about Clear Channel (CCU) executives. They have given $42,200 to Bush, vs. $1,750 to likely Democratic nominee John Kerry in the 2004 race.

    What's more, the executives and Clear Channel's political action committee gave 77% of their $334,501 in federal contributions to Republicans. That's a bigger share than any other entertainment company, says the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics ... Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays and his sons led the campaign giving. Mays gave $12,500 to the Republican National Committee in September. He gave $2,000 to Bush in July. President Mark Mays and Chief Financial Officer Randall Mays each gave $2,000 to Bush last year, as well. Levin says these gifts reflect a fact of political life — that companies tend to favor the party in power.

    Posted by Eric at 03:04 PM | Comments (13)

    Clear Channel Hearts GOP/Bush

    From the USAToday, Clear Channel clearly channels more money to the GOP / Bush team:

    But new political contribution data tell a different story about Clear Channel (CCU) executives. They have given $42,200 to Bush, vs. $1,750 to likely Democratic nominee John Kerry in the 2004 race.

    What's more, the executives and Clear Channel's political action committee gave 77% of their $334,501 in federal contributions to Republicans. That's a bigger share than any other entertainment company, says the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics ... Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays and his sons led the campaign giving. Mays gave $12,500 to the Republican National Committee in September. He gave $2,000 to Bush in July. President Mark Mays and Chief Financial Officer Randall Mays each gave $2,000 to Bush last year, as well. Levin says these gifts reflect a fact of political life — that companies tend to favor the party in power.

    Posted by Eric at 03:04 PM | Comments (3)

    Hamster Numbers: Job Losses in 3/4s of Battleground States

    Bad news for Bush in battleground states: battleground voters don't have jobs, and jobless voters usually don't vote for the sitting president. Cox News:

    President Bush is facing an economic minefield in 17 battleground states for his re-election bid, where nearly three-fourths of the counties he carried four years ago have lost jobs since he won the White House.

    A Cox News Service analysis found that 72.5 percent of the counties in these key states that voted for Bush in 2000 have seen their jobless rates rise during his presidency, some by as much as 6 percent.

    "The president has his work cut out for him," said John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. "There's a strong economic pull on the president's popularity."

    He said other issues could rise to the forefront, but the "No. 1 issue" in these states is jobs, "and people here don't understand how the president's policies are addressing it."

    The contest between Bush and John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee, will likely be played out this fall largely in these states, which have a total of 1,022 counties. And according to an analysis by Cox News Service, 751 of those counties, or 73.5 percent, have experienced jobless increases in during Bush's presidency.

    Moreover, according to the analysis, 545, or 72.5 percent, of those counties where the unemployment rate has gone up voted for Bush in 2000, compared to the 206 counties that voted for Al Gore, his Democratic rival, four years ago.

    Posted by Eric at 03:03 PM | Comments (13)

    Hamster Numbers: Job Losses in 3/4s of Battleground States

    Bad news for Bush in battleground states: battleground voters don't have jobs, and jobless voters usually don't vote for the sitting president. Cox News:

    President Bush is facing an economic minefield in 17 battleground states for his re-election bid, where nearly three-fourths of the counties he carried four years ago have lost jobs since he won the White House.

    A Cox News Service analysis found that 72.5 percent of the counties in these key states that voted for Bush in 2000 have seen their jobless rates rise during his presidency, some by as much as 6 percent.

    "The president has his work cut out for him," said John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. "There's a strong economic pull on the president's popularity."

    He said other issues could rise to the forefront, but the "No. 1 issue" in these states is jobs, "and people here don't understand how the president's policies are addressing it."

    The contest between Bush and John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee, will likely be played out this fall largely in these states, which have a total of 1,022 counties. And according to an analysis by Cox News Service, 751 of those counties, or 73.5 percent, have experienced jobless increases in during Bush's presidency.

    Moreover, according to the analysis, 545, or 72.5 percent, of those counties where the unemployment rate has gone up voted for Bush in 2000, compared to the 206 counties that voted for Al Gore, his Democratic rival, four years ago.

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

    Poll: Nevadans say leave Constitution alone

    From the LV Review-Journal:

    Fifty percent of likely voters polled last week said they would oppose a federal amendment. Forty-three percent supported an amendment, and 7 percent were undecided. The poll, conducted for the Review-Journal by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research of Washington, D.C., has a 4 percentage-point margin of error. Opposition to the federal amendment is higher among Democrats, 65 percent, and in Clark County, 43 percent, while 53 percent of rural Nevadans support the amendment

    Posted by Eric at 02:59 PM | Comments (10)

    Poll: Nevadans say leave Constitution alone

    From the LV Review-Journal:

    Fifty percent of likely voters polled last week said they would oppose a federal amendment. Forty-three percent supported an amendment, and 7 percent were undecided. The poll, conducted for the Review-Journal by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research of Washington, D.C., has a 4 percentage-point margin of error. Opposition to the federal amendment is higher among Democrats, 65 percent, and in Clark County, 43 percent, while 53 percent of rural Nevadans support the amendment

    Posted by Eric at 02:59 PM | Comments (3)

    Outsourcing

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a series on outsourcing, which looks at both the American and overseas aspect (India) of the practice. Also, it includes this which gets to the obvious heart of why companies are outsourcing:

    At 24/7, the workers are predominantly college graduates, yet earn a starting wage of just 10,000 rupees, or less than $60 a week.

    In the U.S., where call centers are regarded as jobs for college students, single mothers and downsized workers, the medium salary and bonus last year was $13.05 an hour, according to Mercer Human Resources Consulting. That's $520 for a 40-hour week -- nine times the Indian pay.

    The tremors from this wage difference are being felt 8,300 miles away in southwestern Pennsylvania, where development officials once chased call centers as a growth industry because of the region's relatively neutral accents and available labor pool.

    Posted by Eric at 02:16 PM | Comments (20)

    Outsourcing

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a series on outsourcing, which looks at both the American and overseas aspect (India) of the practice. Also, it includes this which gets to the obvious heart of why companies are outsourcing:

    At 24/7, the workers are predominantly college graduates, yet earn a starting wage of just 10,000 rupees, or less than $60 a week.

    In the U.S., where call centers are regarded as jobs for college students, single mothers and downsized workers, the medium salary and bonus last year was $13.05 an hour, according to Mercer Human Resources Consulting. That's $520 for a 40-hour week -- nine times the Indian pay.

    The tremors from this wage difference are being felt 8,300 miles away in southwestern Pennsylvania, where development officials once chased call centers as a growth industry because of the region's relatively neutral accents and available labor pool.

    Posted by Eric at 02:16 PM | Comments (0)

    March 22, 2004

    Monday

    News
    Reuters. Kerry Promises 'New Direction' in Ad
    Reuters. White House Says Ex-Terror Czar Has It All Wrong
    AP. Polls: Young back same-sex weddings more
    AP. GI, four civilians killed in Iraq attacks
    Mercury News. State voting worries persist
    AP. Sen. Kennedy says Schwarzenegger should be allowed to run for president
    Idaho Statesman. Democrat misses deadline to face Crapo
    NYT. Israel Confirms Attack Near Gaza Mosque; Palestinians Protest
    LAT. Kerry Gets Some Help From GOP Senator
    AP. Kerry studying Clarke book on Iraq
    Boston Globe. Soros presses anti-Bush effort
    NYT. For Kerry, Victories Fueled Fund-Raising and Spending
    WP. Memoir Criticizes Bush 9/11 Response; President Pushed Iraq Link, Aide Says
    WP. Bush Camp to Spotlight Kerry's Fiscal Policy
    WP. Kerry Campaign Relying On Help of Groups' Ads
    AP. Rice in dark on al-Qaida before 9/11, book says
    AP. Bush bashes Kerry in first election rally
    UK Indy. Carter savages Blair and Bush: 'Their war was based on lies'

    Commentary
    Walter Cronkite. Dear Senator Kerry ...
    Sarah Ferguson. Thousands March for Peace
    Nick Mamatas. Contain Yourself: When it comes to housing, can thinking outside the box mean living inside a box?
    Ruth Rosen. One Year Later
    Michael Steinberger. Misoverestimated: Yes, the hard-liners have outflanked and humiliated Colin Powell. But don't feel sorry for him. He has no one to blame but himself
    Garance Franke-Ruta. Kerry's Women
    Ayelish McGarvey. Reaching to the Choir: Think all evangelicals are right-wingers? Don't believe everything you read
    Richard Blow. Court Of Public Opinion
    Dave Zweifel. High debt casts shadow on economy
    Lynn Woolsey. Getting SMART about national security
    Herbert. 1 Mayor, 1.1 Million Students
    Jen Banbury. "We are sleeping lions. We're waiting to eat Americans"; For the first time, I've started to feel unsafe in Iraq
    John D. Podesta and Judd C. Legum. The secret history of secrecy; The closing of the American government
    Ira Rifkin. Credit Edwards for making outsourcing an issue
    Ed Wasserman. No tough questions about WMDs

    Posted by Eric at 11:50 PM | Comments (7)

    Monday

    News
    Reuters. Kerry Promises 'New Direction' in Ad
    Reuters. White House Says Ex-Terror Czar Has It All Wrong
    AP. Polls: Young back same-sex weddings more
    AP. GI, four civilians killed in Iraq attacks
    Mercury News. State voting worries persist
    AP. Sen. Kennedy says Schwarzenegger should be allowed to run for president
    Idaho Statesman. Democrat misses deadline to face Crapo
    NYT. Israel Confirms Attack Near Gaza Mosque; Palestinians Protest
    LAT. Kerry Gets Some Help From GOP Senator
    AP. Kerry studying Clarke book on Iraq
    Boston Globe. Soros presses anti-Bush effort
    NYT. For Kerry, Victories Fueled Fund-Raising and Spending
    WP. Memoir Criticizes Bush 9/11 Response; President Pushed Iraq Link, Aide Says
    WP. Bush Camp to Spotlight Kerry's Fiscal Policy
    WP. Kerry Campaign Relying On Help of Groups' Ads
    AP. Rice in dark on al-Qaida before 9/11, book says
    AP. Bush bashes Kerry in first election rally
    UK Indy. Carter savages Blair and Bush: 'Their war was based on lies'

    Commentary
    Walter Cronkite. Dear Senator Kerry ...
    Sarah Ferguson. Thousands March for Peace
    Nick Mamatas. Contain Yourself: When it comes to housing, can thinking outside the box mean living inside a box?
    Ruth Rosen. One Year Later
    Michael Steinberger. Misoverestimated: Yes, the hard-liners have outflanked and humiliated Colin Powell. But don't feel sorry for him. He has no one to blame but himself
    Garance Franke-Ruta. Kerry's Women
    Ayelish McGarvey. Reaching to the Choir: Think all evangelicals are right-wingers? Don't believe everything you read
    Richard Blow. Court Of Public Opinion
    Dave Zweifel. High debt casts shadow on economy
    Lynn Woolsey. Getting SMART about national security
    Herbert. 1 Mayor, 1.1 Million Students
    Jen Banbury. "We are sleeping lions. We're waiting to eat Americans"; For the first time, I've started to feel unsafe in Iraq
    John D. Podesta and Judd C. Legum. The secret history of secrecy; The closing of the American government
    Ira Rifkin. Credit Edwards for making outsourcing an issue
    Ed Wasserman. No tough questions about WMDs

    Posted by Eric at 11:50 PM | Comments (0)

    Response to Richard Clarke Fact Check

    On the administration responding to the Richard Clarke interview, from the Center for American Progress:

    CLAIM #1: “Richard Clarke had plenty of opportunities to tell us in the administration that he thought the war on terrorism was moving in the wrong direction and he chose not to.” - National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/22/04

    FACT: Clarke sent a memo to Rice principals on 1/24/01 marked “urgent” asking for a Cabinet-level meeting to deal with an impending Al Qaeda attack. The White House acknowledges this, but says “principals did not need to have a formal meeting to discuss the threat.” No meeting occurred until one week before 9/11. - White House Press Release, 3/21/04

    CLAIM #2: “The president returned to the White House and called me in and said, I've learned from George Tenet that there is no evidence of a link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11.” - National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/22/04

    FACT: If this is true, then why did the President and Vice President repeatedly claim Saddam Hussein was directly connected to 9/11? President Bush sent a letter to Congress on 3/19/03 saying that the Iraq war was permitted specifically under legislation that authorized force against “nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11.” Similarly, Vice President Cheney said on 9/14/03 that “It is not surprising that people make that connection” between Iraq and the 9/11 attacks, and said “we don’t know” if there is a connection.

    CLAIM #3: "[Clarke] was moved out of the counterterrorism business over to the cybersecurity side of things." - Vice President Dick Cheney on Rush Limbaugh, 3/22/04

    FACT: "Dick Clarke continued, in the Bush Administration, to be the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and the President's principle counterterrorism expert. He was expected to organize and attend all meetings of Principals and Deputies on terrorism. And he did." - White House Press Release, 3/21/04.

    Click down for more

    CLAIM #4: “In June and July when the threat spikes were so high…we were at battle stations…The fact of the matter is [that] the administration focused on this before 9/11.” – National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/22/04

    FACT: “Documents indicate that before Sept. 11, Ashcroft did not give terrorism top billing in his strategic plans for the Justice Department, which includes the FBI. A draft of Ashcroft's ‘Strategic Plan’ from Aug. 9, 2001, does not put fighting terrorism as one of the department's seven goals, ranking it as a sub-goal beneath gun violence and drugs. By contrast, in April 2000, Ashcroft's predecessor, Janet Reno, called terrorism ‘the most challenging threat in the criminal justice area.’” - Washington Post, 3/22/04

    CLAIM #5: “The president launched an aggressive response after 9/11.” – National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/22/04

    FACT: “In the early days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Bush White House cut by nearly two-thirds an emergency request for counterterrorism funds by the FBI, an internal administration budget document shows. The papers show that Ashcroft ranked counterterrorism efforts as a lower priority than his predecessor did, and that he resisted FBI requests for more counterterrorism funding before and immediately after the attacks.” – Washington Post, 3/22/04

    CLAIM #6: "Well, [Clarke] wasn't in the loop, frankly, on a lot of this stuff…” - Vice President Dick Cheney, 3/22/04

    FACT: "The Government's interagency counterterrorism crisis management forum (the Counterterrorism Security Group, or "CSG") chaired by Dick Clarke met regularly, often daily, during the high threat period." - White House Press Release, 3/21/04

    CLAIM #7: "[Bush] wanted a far more effective policy for trying to deal with [terrorism], and that process was in motion throughout the spring." - Vice President Dick Cheney on Rush Limbaugh, 3/22/04

    FACT: “Bush said [in May of 2001] that Cheney would direct a government-wide review on managing the consequences of a domestic attack, and 'I will periodically chair a meeting of the National Security Council to review these efforts.' Neither Cheney's review nor Bush's took place.” - Washington Post, 1/20/02

    Posted by Eric at 05:24 PM | Comments (21)

    Response to Richard Clarke Fact Check

    On the administration responding to the Richard Clarke interview, from the Center for American Progress:

    CLAIM #1: “Richard Clarke had plenty of opportunities to tell us in the administration that he thought the war on terrorism was moving in the wrong direction and he chose not to.” - National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/22/04

    FACT: Clarke sent a memo to Rice principals on 1/24/01 marked “urgent” asking for a Cabinet-level meeting to deal with an impending Al Qaeda attack. The White House acknowledges this, but says “principals did not need to have a formal meeting to discuss the threat.” No meeting occurred until one week before 9/11. - White House Press Release, 3/21/04

    CLAIM #2: “The president returned to the White House and called me in and said, I've learned from George Tenet that there is no evidence of a link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11.” - National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/22/04

    FACT: If this is true, then why did the President and Vice President repeatedly claim Saddam Hussein was directly connected to 9/11? President Bush sent a letter to Congress on 3/19/03 saying that the Iraq war was permitted specifically under legislation that authorized force against “nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11.” Similarly, Vice President Cheney said on 9/14/03 that “It is not surprising that people make that connection” between Iraq and the 9/11 attacks, and said “we don’t know” if there is a connection.

    CLAIM #3: "[Clarke] was moved out of the counterterrorism business over to the cybersecurity side of things." - Vice President Dick Cheney on Rush Limbaugh, 3/22/04

    FACT: "Dick Clarke continued, in the Bush Administration, to be the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and the President's principle counterterrorism expert. He was expected to organize and attend all meetings of Principals and Deputies on terrorism. And he did." - White House Press Release, 3/21/04.

    Click down for more

    CLAIM #4: “In June and July when the threat spikes were so high…we were at battle stations…The fact of the matter is [that] the administration focused on this before 9/11.” – National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/22/04

    FACT: “Documents indicate that before Sept. 11, Ashcroft did not give terrorism top billing in his strategic plans for the Justice Department, which includes the FBI. A draft of Ashcroft's ‘Strategic Plan’ from Aug. 9, 2001, does not put fighting terrorism as one of the department's seven goals, ranking it as a sub-goal beneath gun violence and drugs. By contrast, in April 2000, Ashcroft's predecessor, Janet Reno, called terrorism ‘the most challenging threat in the criminal justice area.’” - Washington Post, 3/22/04

    CLAIM #5: “The president launched an aggressive response after 9/11.” – National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/22/04

    FACT: “In the early days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Bush White House cut by nearly two-thirds an emergency request for counterterrorism funds by the FBI, an internal administration budget document shows. The papers show that Ashcroft ranked counterterrorism efforts as a lower priority than his predecessor did, and that he resisted FBI requests for more counterterrorism funding before and immediately after the attacks.” – Washington Post, 3/22/04

    CLAIM #6: "Well, [Clarke] wasn't in the loop, frankly, on a lot of this stuff…” - Vice President Dick Cheney, 3/22/04

    FACT: "The Government's interagency counterterrorism crisis management forum (the Counterterrorism Security Group, or "CSG") chaired by Dick Clarke met regularly, often daily, during the high threat period." - White House Press Release, 3/21/04

    CLAIM #7: "[Bush] wanted a far more effective policy for trying to deal with [terrorism], and that process was in motion throughout the spring." - Vice President Dick Cheney on Rush Limbaugh, 3/22/04

    FACT: “Bush said [in May of 2001] that Cheney would direct a government-wide review on managing the consequences of a domestic attack, and 'I will periodically chair a meeting of the National Security Council to review these efforts.' Neither Cheney's review nor Bush's took place.” - Washington Post, 1/20/02

    Posted by Eric at 05:24 PM | Comments (4)

    Potentially Racially Diverse Senate

    As the DSCC notes in their Frontline email, the Democrats have strongly qualified and racially diverse candidates running for office:

    Three of the Democratic candidates running this year give voters the chance to add unprecedented diversity to the U.S. Senate. Never before have an African American, a Hispanic American, and a Native American served together in the Senate; Barack Obama (IL), Ken Salazar (CO), and Brad Carson (OK) represent each of these ethnic groups respectively. To quote Donna Brazile, DNC Voting Rights Institute Chairwoman, "To be sure, these are people of outstanding accomplishment, vision, and stature who are not defined by their race, heritage or culture alone. However, the historic opportunity to increase diversity in the U.S. Senate, and thus the diversity of views, backgrounds, and cultures brought to our nation's greatest debates on the issues of the day, is an opportunity we simply cannot afford to miss."
    If they do make it to the Senate (very possible, according to Kos's Senate Outlook), they would join Daniel Akaka (Native Hawaiian, Chinese) and Dan Inouye (Japanese). As you can see, historically, the US Senate has been predominately white.

    Posted by Eric at 04:42 PM | Comments (38)

    Potentially Racially Diverse Senate

    As the DSCC notes in their Frontline email, the Democrats have strongly qualified and racially diverse candidates running for office:

    Three of the Democratic candidates running this year give voters the chance to add unprecedented diversity to the U.S. Senate. Never before have an African American, a Hispanic American, and a Native American served together in the Senate; Barack Obama (IL), Ken Salazar (CO), and Brad Carson (OK) represent each of these ethnic groups respectively. To quote Donna Brazile, DNC Voting Rights Institute Chairwoman, "To be sure, these are people of outstanding accomplishment, vision, and stature who are not defined by their race, heritage or culture alone. However, the historic opportunity to increase diversity in the U.S. Senate, and thus the diversity of views, backgrounds, and cultures brought to our nation's greatest debates on the issues of the day, is an opportunity we simply cannot afford to miss."
    If they do make it to the Senate (very possible, according to Kos's Senate Outlook), they would join Daniel Akaka (Native Hawaiian, Chinese) and Dan Inouye (Japanese). As you can see, historically, the US Senate has been predominately white.

    Posted by Eric at 04:42 PM | Comments (2)

    Smear the Messenger

    If you don't like the message, shoot the messenger. That's how politics works, and that's exactly what Jesse Berney over at the DNC blog predicted:

    And as we saw with Joseph Wilson and Paul O'Neill, the administration has only one response to truth: smear the messenger. By this time tomorrow, Clarke will be buried under an avalanche of right-wing attacks as the GOP looks to change the story from Bush's credibility to Clarke's.

    But the facts remain: this administration ignored the threat of terrorism — despite dire warnings — before September 11, and then exploited the attacks to pursue an agenda that has not made us or the rest of the world any safer.

    And guess what, it's coming true.

    Posted by Eric at 04:12 PM | Comments (17)

    Smear the Messenger

    If you don't like the message, shoot the messenger. That's how politics works, and that's exactly what Jesse Berney over at the DNC blog predicted:

    And as we saw with Joseph Wilson and Paul O'Neill, the administration has only one response to truth: smear the messenger. By this time tomorrow, Clarke will be buried under an avalanche of right-wing attacks as the GOP looks to change the story from Bush's credibility to Clarke's.

    But the facts remain: this administration ignored the threat of terrorism — despite dire warnings — before September 11, and then exploited the attacks to pursue an agenda that has not made us or the rest of the world any safer.

    And guess what, it's coming true.

    Posted by Eric at 04:12 PM | Comments (2)

    Internal Docs Show Bush Didn't Make Anti-Terrorism Top Priority

    The Center for American Progress, doing a great job in its first year, has documents illustrating, "actually reversed the Clinton Administration's strong emphasis on counterterrorism and counterintelligence. Attorney General John Ashcroft not only moved aggressively to reduce DoJ's anti-terrorist budget but also shift DoJ's mission in spirit to emphasize its role as a domestic police force and anti-drug force." Check them out for yourself.

    Posted by Eric at 03:49 PM | Comments (6)

    Internal Docs Show Bush Didn't Make Anti-Terrorism Top Priority

    The Center for American Progress, doing a great job in its first year, has documents illustrating, "actually reversed the Clinton Administration's strong emphasis on counterterrorism and counterintelligence. Attorney General John Ashcroft not only moved aggressively to reduce DoJ's anti-terrorist budget but also shift DoJ's mission in spirit to emphasize its role as a domestic police force and anti-drug force." Check them out for yourself.

    Posted by Eric at 03:49 PM | Comments (1)

    Bush Outsourcing Campaign Gear

    See Daily Kos for more info.

    Posted by Eric at 06:13 AM | Comments (18)

    Bush Outsourcing Campaign Gear

    See Daily Kos for more info.

    Posted by Eric at 06:13 AM | Comments (2)

    Richard Clarke Interview

    Part of the Richard Clarke - 60 Minutes interview can be found here on CBS's website.

    And this is the book Richard Clarke has written about his experiences with the White House.

    Posted by Eric at 06:04 AM | Comments (9)

    Richard Clarke Interview

    Part of the Richard Clarke - 60 Minutes interview can be found here on CBS's website.

    And this is the book Richard Clarke has written about his experiences with the White House.

    Posted by Eric at 06:04 AM | Comments (3)

    Comedy Monday

    "Have you seen any of President Bush's ads? They are really starting to get vicious. We've finally found an American job Bush is willing to fight for: his own." Jay Leno

    "The St. Patrick's Day Parade was held on Fifth Avenue and once again gay groups were not allowed to march. Conservatives said, 'We're sorry, but painting your face green and vomiting on Fifth Avenue is a sacred institution.'" Conan O'Brien

    "President Bush has unveiled a new campaign slogan: 'Safer, Stronger, Tested.' I'm confused, are we talking about a re-election or a condom?" Craig Kilborn

    "Do you like the March Madness? Here's how it works: First you start out with 65, and then one by one, people are sent home until there's only one left, no, I'm sorry, that's our coalition in Iraq." Jay Leno


    The Onion: Rumsfeld Hosts No-Holds-Barred Martial Arts Tournament At Remote Island Fortress.

    Ask Lynne Cheney


    Who's Funnier: The Left or the Right?
    The Senator Prank: Joke Letters Sent to US Government.

    Some prankster, posing as a ten year old boy, sent requests for jokes to US Senators to find the funniest joke from US Senators. The results:

    The results are in, and it's a landslide: America's Funniest Senator is Olympia Snowe!

    With an astounding 23% of the vote, the 57-year-old Republican Senator from Maine overwhelmingly defeated the runners-up, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ).

    Winning the vote for America's Unfunniest Senator was none other than Hillary Clinton (D-NY). While Senator Clinton may have once been the First Lady, Senator Snowe is now the First Lady of Funny, a much higher honor that will also get her 10% off waffles at participating Perkins restaurants.

    The Snowe joke.

    And John Kerry's joke:

    Office of Senator John Kerry
    Joke : "We have a new Chaplain in the Senate and a tour came through the other day. They asked him a lot of questions about being Chaplain and one person turned to him and asked: "When you open the Senate with prayer each morning, do you look out at the Senators and pray for them?" The Chaplain didn’t lose a beat – he said "No, actually I look out at all those Senators and I pray for the country."
    And Corzine's joke ...

    What did the number 0 say to the number 8? click down for answer and comics ...

    Answer: NICE BELT!

    Posted by Eric at 05:58 AM | Comments (39)

    Comedy Monday

    "Have you seen any of President Bush's ads? They are really starting to get vicious. We've finally found an American job Bush is willing to fight for: his own." Jay Leno

    "The St. Patrick's Day Parade was held on Fifth Avenue and once again gay groups were not allowed to march. Conservatives said, 'We're sorry, but painting your face green and vomiting on Fifth Avenue is a sacred institution.'" Conan O'Brien

    "President Bush has unveiled a new campaign slogan: 'Safer, Stronger, Tested.' I'm confused, are we talking about a re-election or a condom?" Craig Kilborn

    "Do you like the March Madness? Here's how it works: First you start out with 65, and then one by one, people are sent home until there's only one left, no, I'm sorry, that's our coalition in Iraq." Jay Leno


    The Onion: Rumsfeld Hosts No-Holds-Barred Martial Arts Tournament At Remote Island Fortress.

    Ask Lynne Cheney


    Who's Funnier: The Left or the Right?
    The Senator Prank: Joke Letters Sent to US Government.

    Some prankster, posing as a ten year old boy, sent requests for jokes to US Senators to find the funniest joke from US Senators. The results:

    The results are in, and it's a landslide: America's Funniest Senator is Olympia Snowe!

    With an astounding 23% of the vote, the 57-year-old Republican Senator from Maine overwhelmingly defeated the runners-up, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ).

    Winning the vote for America's Unfunniest Senator was none other than Hillary Clinton (D-NY). While Senator Clinton may have once been the First Lady, Senator Snowe is now the First Lady of Funny, a much higher honor that will also get her 10% off waffles at participating Perkins restaurants.

    The Snowe joke.

    And John Kerry's joke:

    Office of Senator John Kerry
    Joke : "We have a new Chaplain in the Senate and a tour came through the other day. They asked him a lot of questions about being Chaplain and one person turned to him and asked: "When you open the Senate with prayer each morning, do you look out at the Senators and pray for them?" The Chaplain didn’t lose a beat – he said "No, actually I look out at all those Senators and I pray for the country."
    And Corzine's joke ...

    What did the number 0 say to the number 8? click down for answer and comics ...

    Answer: NICE BELT!

    Posted by Eric at 05:58 AM | Comments (4)

    Hamster Numbers: Polls

    Percentage points by which Ronald Reagan's approval rating changed in 1983 : +17 [The Gallup Organization (Princeton, N.J.) ]

    Percentage points by which George W. Bush's rating changed last year : 0 [The Gallup Organization (Princeton, N.J.) ]

    --Harpers.

    Posted by Eric at 05:29 AM | Comments (13)

    Hamster Numbers: Polls

    Percentage points by which Ronald Reagan's approval rating changed in 1983 : +17 [The Gallup Organization (Princeton, N.J.) ]

    Percentage points by which George W. Bush's rating changed last year : 0 [The Gallup Organization (Princeton, N.J.) ]

    --Harpers.

    Posted by Eric at 05:29 AM | Comments (5)

    Future Sen. Barack Obama

    The Honolulu Star Bulletin has more on Barack Obama's background, including that Obama went to the rival high school of mine.

    Posted by Eric at 05:27 AM | Comments (23)

    Future Sen. Barack Obama

    The Honolulu Star Bulletin has more on Barack Obama's background, including that Obama went to the rival high school of mine.

    Posted by Eric at 05:27 AM | Comments (2)

    March 19, 2004

    Hamster Out

    I'll be in New York and maybe Boston (Hah-verd) for the weekend, so probably no updates until Monday. Later skater!

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (51)

    Hamster Out

    I'll be in New York and maybe Boston (Hah-verd) for the weekend, so probably no updates until Monday. Later skater!

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (11)

    March 18, 2004

    Thursday!

    News
    Oregonian. Critics step up gay marriage initiative drive; Opponents start registering voters in a push for a constitutional amendment
    AP. Clerics plan to bless same-sex marriages
    Lawrence Journal-World. Gay marriage ban may stall in Senate
    ChicTrib. Ryan, Obama enter new ring; Democrat carries high hopes of blacks with him to center stage
    Rocky Mountain News. Conservation groups sue to protect species of grouse
    SFC. Numbers put face on a phenomena; Most who married are middle-aged, have college degrees
    AP. Car bomb kills 5 outside hotel in southern Iraqi city; rescuers end search for survivors in Baghdad hotel bombing
    Christian Science Monitor. Ice age to warming - and back?
    Reuters. Rise in Hispanics and Asian-Americans Is Predicted
    AP. Scalia won't remove self from Cheney case
    NYT. As Quickly as Overnight, a New Democratic Star Is Born
    WP. Cheney Enters Campaign Fray
    WP. Hill Backs More Tax Cuts, Spending
    NYT. Mysterious Fax Adds to Intrigue Over the Medicare Bill's Cost
    AP. Dean advocacy group to promote Kerry
    AP. Pentagon won't pay Halliburton $300 million
    AP. Group claims truce with Spain
    AP. More than 4,000 gay couples tied the knot

    Commentary
    SFC. War sowing global hostility
    Marianne Means. President treads a rough road
    James P. Pinkerton. A year later, U.S. faces greater risk
    Anthony York. High gas won't pump Bush up: Petroleum profits may flow to his party's coffers, but they may not drive hard-hit voters to the polls
    Newsday. Repair mercury pollution rule
    Newsday. Duck out, Mr. Justice: If Scalia won't recuse himself from the Cheney energy case, his fellow Supreme Court justices should insist that he back off
    AJC. 'Just the facts' not EPA's credo
    AJC. Bush administration takes low road on Medicare cost
    Byron Williams. Bush's global credibility gap: Spanish election, Pew study show world wants Bush out
    Arianna Huffington. A modest proposal: Let's have two GDPs -- one for Bush Pollyannas, one that tells the truth
    Sidney Blumenthal. To the Atocha station: Bush administration neoconservatives try to force the political meaning of Spain's 3/11 into an ill-fitting 9/11 template
    Amanda Griscom. H2Oops: What good are drinking-water standards when they're not enforced
    Arianna Huffington. Progress vs. products: You know working stiffs are in trouble when the White House believes the stock market is the end-all of our country's economic health
    Sen. John Kerry. John Kerry's military mission: Blasting Bush's neglect of U.S. armed forces, the Democratic nominee vows to expand, better equip and support a 21st century military that will be "the strongest in the world."
    Anne Harding. Fishing For Answers: Want to know how much mercury is in your tuna salad? Don't ask the FDA.
    Tara McKelvey. Allies Axed: The Spanish election was a defeat for the Popular Party -- and for George W. Bush, says foreign-policy expert Ivo Daalder
    Bill Berkowitz. Kerry's Catholic conundrum: Will newly formed Bishops Task Force aimed at holding Catholic politicians accountable hone in on John Kerry?
    Lisa Heinzerling and Rena Steinzor. A Perfect Storm: Mercury and the Bush Administration
    John R. Ferris. Still at war - and not winning: One year after the U.S. invasion, terrorist attacks continue and our successes appear mostly illusory
    EPI. Unemployment level of college grads surpasses that of high-school dropouts
    CBPP. The Local Impact Of Proposed Cuts In Federal Housing Assistance

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (13)

    Thursday!

    News
    Oregonian. Critics step up gay marriage initiative drive; Opponents start registering voters in a push for a constitutional amendment
    AP. Clerics plan to bless same-sex marriages
    Lawrence Journal-World. Gay marriage ban may stall in Senate
    ChicTrib. Ryan, Obama enter new ring; Democrat carries high hopes of blacks with him to center stage
    Rocky Mountain News. Conservation groups sue to protect species of grouse
    SFC. Numbers put face on a phenomena; Most who married are middle-aged, have college degrees
    AP. Car bomb kills 5 outside hotel in southern Iraqi city; rescuers end search for survivors in Baghdad hotel bombing
    Christian Science Monitor. Ice age to warming - and back?
    Reuters. Rise in Hispanics and Asian-Americans Is Predicted
    AP. Scalia won't remove self from Cheney case
    NYT. As Quickly as Overnight, a New Democratic Star Is Born
    WP. Cheney Enters Campaign Fray
    WP. Hill Backs More Tax Cuts, Spending
    NYT. Mysterious Fax Adds to Intrigue Over the Medicare Bill's Cost
    AP. Dean advocacy group to promote Kerry
    AP. Pentagon won't pay Halliburton $300 million
    AP. Group claims truce with Spain
    AP. More than 4,000 gay couples tied the knot

    Commentary
    SFC. War sowing global hostility
    Marianne Means. President treads a rough road
    James P. Pinkerton. A year later, U.S. faces greater risk
    Anthony York. High gas won't pump Bush up: Petroleum profits may flow to his party's coffers, but they may not drive hard-hit voters to the polls
    Newsday. Repair mercury pollution rule
    Newsday. Duck out, Mr. Justice: If Scalia won't recuse himself from the Cheney energy case, his fellow Supreme Court justices should insist that he back off
    AJC. 'Just the facts' not EPA's credo
    AJC. Bush administration takes low road on Medicare cost
    Byron Williams. Bush's global credibility gap: Spanish election, Pew study show world wants Bush out
    Arianna Huffington. A modest proposal: Let's have two GDPs -- one for Bush Pollyannas, one that tells the truth
    Sidney Blumenthal. To the Atocha station: Bush administration neoconservatives try to force the political meaning of Spain's 3/11 into an ill-fitting 9/11 template
    Amanda Griscom. H2Oops: What good are drinking-water standards when they're not enforced
    Arianna Huffington. Progress vs. products: You know working stiffs are in trouble when the White House believes the stock market is the end-all of our country's economic health
    Sen. John Kerry. John Kerry's military mission: Blasting Bush's neglect of U.S. armed forces, the Democratic nominee vows to expand, better equip and support a 21st century military that will be "the strongest in the world."
    Anne Harding. Fishing For Answers: Want to know how much mercury is in your tuna salad? Don't ask the FDA.
    Tara McKelvey. Allies Axed: The Spanish election was a defeat for the Popular Party -- and for George W. Bush, says foreign-policy expert Ivo Daalder
    Bill Berkowitz. Kerry's Catholic conundrum: Will newly formed Bishops Task Force aimed at holding Catholic politicians accountable hone in on John Kerry?
    Lisa Heinzerling and Rena Steinzor. A Perfect Storm: Mercury and the Bush Administration
    John R. Ferris. Still at war - and not winning: One year after the U.S. invasion, terrorist attacks continue and our successes appear mostly illusory
    EPI. Unemployment level of college grads surpasses that of high-school dropouts
    CBPP. The Local Impact Of Proposed Cuts In Federal Housing Assistance

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (3)

    Now Poland?

    Spain said it was misled and may pull troops. Is Poland and its fleet of submarines with screen doors next? AP:

    President Aleksander Kwasniewski, a key Washington ally, said Thursday he may withdraw troops early from Iraq and that Poland was "misled" about the threat of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.

    His remarks to a small group of European reporters were his first hint of criticism about war in Iraq, where Poland currently has 2,400 troops and with the United States and Britain commands one of three sectors of the U.S.-led occupation.

    "Naturally, one may protest the reasons for the war action in Iraq. I personally think that today, Iraq without Saddam Hussein is a truly better Iraq than with Saddam Hussein," Kwasniewski told the European reporters.

    "But naturally I also feel uncomfortable due to the fact that we were misled with the information on weapons of mass destruction," he said, according to a transcript released by the presidential press office.

    Posted by Eric at 02:29 PM | Comments (32)

    Now Poland?

    Spain said it was misled and may pull troops. Is Poland and its fleet of submarines with screen doors next? AP:

    President Aleksander Kwasniewski, a key Washington ally, said Thursday he may withdraw troops early from Iraq and that Poland was "misled" about the threat of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.

    His remarks to a small group of European reporters were his first hint of criticism about war in Iraq, where Poland currently has 2,400 troops and with the United States and Britain commands one of three sectors of the U.S.-led occupation.

    "Naturally, one may protest the reasons for the war action in Iraq. I personally think that today, Iraq without Saddam Hussein is a truly better Iraq than with Saddam Hussein," Kwasniewski told the European reporters.

    "But naturally I also feel uncomfortable due to the fact that we were misled with the information on weapons of mass destruction," he said, according to a transcript released by the presidential press office.

    Posted by Eric at 02:29 PM | Comments (7)

    American Society of Newspaper Editors "Troubled" by Fake Ads

    The Bush administration produced fake news spots for use on television.

    The San Fran Chron called it "a covert effort to exploit both the press and public."

    Now The American Society of Newspaper Editors is also troubled by the Bush deception (link courtesy Romenesko):

    The American Society of Newspaper Editors is troubled by deceptive methods used recently by the Department of Health and Human Services to publicize the new Medicare prescription benefit program.

    It is fair, of course, for the government to communicate with citizens via press releases on video as well as in print. It is not ethical or appropriate, however, to employ people to pose as journalists, either on or off camera.

    Certainly, material distributed to television stations that doesn’t identify the government as the source and ends with a voice-over such as "In Washington, I’m Karen Ryan reporting" is outside the bounds of ethical behavior for HHS or any other government agency.

    It is the hope of our Society, which is the largest American organization of supervising newspaper editors, that you will agree with us and discontinue use of this misleading practice.

    Posted by Eric at 01:40 PM | Comments (41)

    American Society of Newspaper Editors "Troubled" by Fake Ads

    The Bush administration produced fake news spots for use on television.

    The San Fran Chron called it "a covert effort to exploit both the press and public."

    Now The American Society of Newspaper Editors is also troubled by the Bush deception (link courtesy Romenesko):

    The American Society of Newspaper Editors is troubled by deceptive methods used recently by the Department of Health and Human Services to publicize the new Medicare prescription benefit program.

    It is fair, of course, for the government to communicate with citizens via press releases on video as well as in print. It is not ethical or appropriate, however, to employ people to pose as journalists, either on or off camera.

    Certainly, material distributed to television stations that doesn’t identify the government as the source and ends with a voice-over such as "In Washington, I’m Karen Ryan reporting" is outside the bounds of ethical behavior for HHS or any other government agency.

    It is the hope of our Society, which is the largest American organization of supervising newspaper editors, that you will agree with us and discontinue use of this misleading practice.

    Posted by Eric at 01:40 PM | Comments (6)

    Franken Kerry's Secret Weapon

    So speculates the gossipers Rush and Malloy in the NY Daily News:

    Could Al Franken have been John Kerry's secret weapon in the Democratic primaries?

    In December, the humorist convened a cadre of New York know-it-alls - including Time managing editor Jim Kelly, Eric Alterman from The Nation, the New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg and political historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. - to meet Kerry at a private gathering at his upper West Side apartment.

    "I think the idea was to put John Kerry into the belly of the beast," Kelly tells this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. "It may have been the actual beginning of the new approach he took - 'I'm going to stay in this room and take every question you throw at me.' "

    When the candidate and comedian met again seven weeks later, Kerry's nomination was looking secure.

    "I told him I'm taking credit for the turnaround," Franken said. "He said, 'I knew you would.' "

    I'm sure O'Reilly will now condemn Kerry as associating with the hate-mongers.

    Posted by Eric at 01:33 PM | Comments (53)

    Franken Kerry's Secret Weapon

    So speculates the gossipers Rush and Malloy in the NY Daily News:

    Could Al Franken have been John Kerry's secret weapon in the Democratic primaries?

    In December, the humorist convened a cadre of New York know-it-alls - including Time managing editor Jim Kelly, Eric Alterman from The Nation, the New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg and political historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. - to meet Kerry at a private gathering at his upper West Side apartment.

    "I think the idea was to put John Kerry into the belly of the beast," Kelly tells this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. "It may have been the actual beginning of the new approach he took - 'I'm going to stay in this room and take every question you throw at me.' "

    When the candidate and comedian met again seven weeks later, Kerry's nomination was looking secure.

    "I told him I'm taking credit for the turnaround," Franken said. "He said, 'I knew you would.' "

    I'm sure O'Reilly will now condemn Kerry as associating with the hate-mongers.

    Posted by Eric at 01:33 PM | Comments (21)

    Jayson Who?

    I've always thought the media's obsession over Jayson Blair was just that - the MEDIA's obsession, not the general public's. Despite huge publicity, Jayson Blair's book has been selling pretty poorly:

    Readers aren't burning for "Burning Down My Masters' House," Jayson Blair's memoir of his ill-fated New York Times career.
    Nielsen Bookscan reports the book sold just 1,386 copies through last Sunday, according to yesterday's PW Newsline, an E-mail from Publishers Weekly.

    Bookscan tracks roughly 70% of the market, excluding Wal-Mart, so the total would be higher. But given Blair's wide exposure on NBC, a variety of local affiliates and the cable news networks, the results look low indeed.

    The publishing company, New Millennium Press, must be happy
    The source said Blair's advance was well into six figures. More than 200,000 books will be printed for the initial run.

    Posted by Eric at 01:27 PM | Comments (43)

    Jayson Who?

    I've always thought the media's obsession over Jayson Blair was just that - the MEDIA's obsession, not the general public's. Despite huge publicity, Jayson Blair's book has been selling pretty poorly:

    Readers aren't burning for "Burning Down My Masters' House," Jayson Blair's memoir of his ill-fated New York Times career.
    Nielsen Bookscan reports the book sold just 1,386 copies through last Sunday, according to yesterday's PW Newsline, an E-mail from Publishers Weekly.

    Bookscan tracks roughly 70% of the market, excluding Wal-Mart, so the total would be higher. But given Blair's wide exposure on NBC, a variety of local affiliates and the cable news networks, the results look low indeed.

    The publishing company, New Millennium Press, must be happy
    The source said Blair's advance was well into six figures. More than 200,000 books will be printed for the initial run.

    Posted by Eric at 01:27 PM | Comments (3)

    Tenn. County Wants to Charge Homosexuals

    Seriously, now.

    The county that was the site of the Scopes "Monkey Trial" over the teaching of evolution is asking lawmakers to amend state law so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.

    The Rhea County commissioners approved the request 8-0 Tuesday.

    Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the measure, also asked the county attorney to find a way to enact an ordinance banning homosexuals from living in the county.

    "We need to keep them out of here," Fugate said.

    8-0!

    Posted by Eric at 04:09 AM | Comments (43)

    Tenn. County Wants to Charge Homosexuals

    Seriously, now.

    The county that was the site of the Scopes "Monkey Trial" over the teaching of evolution is asking lawmakers to amend state law so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature.

    The Rhea County commissioners approved the request 8-0 Tuesday.

    Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the measure, also asked the county attorney to find a way to enact an ordinance banning homosexuals from living in the county.

    "We need to keep them out of here," Fugate said.

    8-0!

    Posted by Eric at 04:09 AM | Comments (13)

    Rush Says Democrats Celebrating Spain Attacks

    Should have done a better job of hiding my 'Thank God They Attacked Spain' hat. Scoobie:

    Just a few minutes ago, Rush Limbaugh on Democrats: “They celebrate in private the attack in Spain.”

    Just a few minutes ago on Limbaugh's show:

    They aren’t even the Democrats of JFK. They are the Democrats of Timothy Leary. They’re the Democrats of the anti-war movements of the 1960’s. Nobody’s said this, folks, but in John Kerry and Bill Clinton before him, the Democrats have nominated two huge anti-war radicals. Obviously, Clinton was a draft-dodger. Kerry was one of the moist radical and vocal anti-war activists that we’ve had. Clinton did next to nothing about terrorism on his watch; Kerry won’t either. They’re going to bow down to the demands of the European socialists who supported their anti-war activities in the 1960’s. These elitists who have a skepticism of the difference between good and evil.

    I'm glad Rush knows what I do in private. Not like he does anything bad in private ... . . . . . .

    Posted by Eric at 03:42 AM | Comments (54)

    Rush Says Democrats Celebrating Spain Attacks

    Should have done a better job of hiding my 'Thank God They Attacked Spain' hat. Scoobie:

    Just a few minutes ago, Rush Limbaugh on Democrats: “They celebrate in private the attack in Spain.”

    Just a few minutes ago on Limbaugh's show:

    They aren’t even the Democrats of JFK. They are the Democrats of Timothy Leary. They’re the Democrats of the anti-war movements of the 1960’s. Nobody’s said this, folks, but in John Kerry and Bill Clinton before him, the Democrats have nominated two huge anti-war radicals. Obviously, Clinton was a draft-dodger. Kerry was one of the moist radical and vocal anti-war activists that we’ve had. Clinton did next to nothing about terrorism on his watch; Kerry won’t either. They’re going to bow down to the demands of the European socialists who supported their anti-war activities in the 1960’s. These elitists who have a skepticism of the difference between good and evil.

    I'm glad Rush knows what I do in private. Not like he does anything bad in private ... . . . . . .

    Posted by Eric at 03:42 AM | Comments (20)

    Video Killed the Rummy Star

    See Rummy make an ass of himself.

    Posted by Eric at 03:24 AM | Comments (48)

    Video Killed the Rummy Star

    See Rummy make an ass of himself.

    Posted by Eric at 03:24 AM | Comments (34)

    Hamster Number: Bush and Energy Industry

    From Friends of the Earth:

    President Bush has received millions in campaign contributions from electric utilities and other energy companies. He has been the top recipient of electric utility contributions during the past two presidential campaign cycles. Between 2000 and 2004, Bush received $1.14 million in PAC and individual contributions from the electric utility industry. In addition, more than 70 percent of the electric utility industry’s $8.4 million in soft money contributions in 2000 supported the Republican Party. Bush is also the top recipient of general energy industry contributions, taking in more than $5.6 million during the 2000 and 2004 cycles.[iv]
    So what?
    Not surprisingly, the Bush administration’s weak mercury proposal reflects the opposition of the president’s industry contributors to tougher mercury controls. Indeed, EPA went so far as to include word-for-word industry recommendations in its proposed rule. An analysis of EPA’s proposal reveals that the agency copied at least a dozen paragraphs from two memos submitted by Latham & Watkins, a Washington , DC law firm representing utilities such as Cinergy. [v]
    Silly Hamster, money doesn't influence politics.

    Posted by Eric at 02:32 AM | Comments (18)

    Hamster Number: Bush and Energy Industry

    From Friends of the Earth:

    President Bush has received millions in campaign contributions from electric utilities and other energy companies. He has been the top recipient of electric utility contributions during the past two presidential campaign cycles. Between 2000 and 2004, Bush received $1.14 million in PAC and individual contributions from the electric utility industry. In addition, more than 70 percent of the electric utility industry’s $8.4 million in soft money contributions in 2000 supported the Republican Party. Bush is also the top recipient of general energy industry contributions, taking in more than $5.6 million during the 2000 and 2004 cycles.[iv]
    So what?
    Not surprisingly, the Bush administration’s weak mercury proposal reflects the opposition of the president’s industry contributors to tougher mercury controls. Indeed, EPA went so far as to include word-for-word industry recommendations in its proposed rule. An analysis of EPA’s proposal reveals that the agency copied at least a dozen paragraphs from two memos submitted by Latham & Watkins, a Washington , DC law firm representing utilities such as Cinergy. [v]
    Silly Hamster, money doesn't influence politics.

    Posted by Eric at 02:32 AM | Comments (7)

    Stern Doing Voter Mobilization

    Well ... sorta. Stern is Stern, and in this great land of democracy, I have no problem with him having airtime. And if he's getting involved in the political process, then who am I to complain? Boston Globe:

    Since the FCC crackdown on media "indecency" in the wake of Janet Jackson's Nipplegate incident, Stern has transformed his morning variety show into a rabidly anti-Bush talk forum. Every weekday, he has been devoting hours of his broadcast (locally on WBCN-FM, 104.1) to impassioned criticism of President Bush and support of Senator John Kerry. Railing tirelessly against the president, Stern has been attacking Bush's yoking together of church and state, the legitimacy of his National Guard service, his use of Sept. 11 imagery in his campaign ads, his stances regarding First Amendment rights, his handling of Iraq, and his stands on gay marriage and stem-cell research.

    "Join me and friends of this show who are outraged," Stern said on the air last Friday. "Vote out every Republican you can find." He has also been urging his listeners to send money to Kerry's campaign, calling him "a good man" and praising his record in Vietnam as well as his later criticism of the Vietnam War.

    "With all the talk of liberal talk radio," says Michael Harrison, the editor and publisher of Talkers magazine, "we're seeing emerging from the ranks of `shock jocks' one of the most potent and articulate liberal talkers we've seen in years."

    Harrison calls Stern's's recent crusade "historic." "Anytime you have somebody suddenly igniting political interest with an audience who has the kind of loyalty factor Stern has, it could turn an election." A large percentage of Stern's listeners -- some 8 1/2 million a week -- were leaning in favor of Bush, Harrison says. "If Stern could turn several million Bush supporters away from Bush, that has even more impact than Rush Limbaugh, who's preaching to the choir. So this is pivotal to what is shaping up to be a close election."

    So who is listening to Stern? The sleeping swing voters:
    Stern is frequently dismissed, by liberals and conservatives alike, as a sexist, a racist, and a narcissist. But he is one of the most influential entertainers in America, particularly among the much-sought-after 18-to-25-year-old male demographic. His show is a critical stop for actors plugging youth-market movies, and his skits serve as the blueprint for many reality TV concepts. Last month, in an effort to borrow some of Stern's mojo, Jay Leno hired Stern sidekick "Stuttering John" Melendez to be an announcer and correspondent on "The Tonight Show."

    Harrison says that Stern's audience is broader than most people realize. "They're not just 18-year-old, beer-drinking yahoos. They're 20- and 30- and 40-something professionals. They're mainstream American citizens who are well-educated and affluent and socially active and politically interested, though not politically active. But they're being motivated. Wouldn't that be amazing if millions of people vote who otherwise wouldn't, because of this issue?"

    When the Republican Convention comes to New York, and if Stern is still on the air and anti-Bush, it'll be interesting to see the stunts the show or more likely its rabid followers pull.

    EDIT: I'm not familiar with the Howard Stern show, but apparently fans of the show routinely make prank calls such as this one to CNN, where a caller said, 'Fuck the FCC' on CNN live.

    Of course, this isn't to say I condone people pranking CNN, as lame as they are, but just one of many examples of the loyal fan base Stern commands, and the potential headaches they can pose to Republicans if properly mobilized by Stern. As previously noted, Jay Leno tapped a guy from the Howard Stern show to be his own sidekick. Stern has some influence among a certain demographic in this country, like it or not.

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 AM | Comments (26)

    Stern Doing Voter Mobilization

    Well ... sorta. Stern is Stern, and in this great land of democracy, I have no problem with him having airtime. And if he's getting involved in the political process, then who am I to complain? Boston Globe:

    Since the FCC crackdown on media "indecency" in the wake of Janet Jackson's Nipplegate incident, Stern has transformed his morning variety show into a rabidly anti-Bush talk forum. Every weekday, he has been devoting hours of his broadcast (locally on WBCN-FM, 104.1) to impassioned criticism of President Bush and support of Senator John Kerry. Railing tirelessly against the president, Stern has been attacking Bush's yoking together of church and state, the legitimacy of his National Guard service, his use of Sept. 11 imagery in his campaign ads, his stances regarding First Amendment rights, his handling of Iraq, and his stands on gay marriage and stem-cell research.

    "Join me and friends of this show who are outraged," Stern said on the air last Friday. "Vote out every Republican you can find." He has also been urging his listeners to send money to Kerry's campaign, calling him "a good man" and praising his record in Vietnam as well as his later criticism of the Vietnam War.

    "With all the talk of liberal talk radio," says Michael Harrison, the editor and publisher of Talkers magazine, "we're seeing emerging from the ranks of `shock jocks' one of the most potent and articulate liberal talkers we've seen in years."

    Harrison calls Stern's's recent crusade "historic." "Anytime you have somebody suddenly igniting political interest with an audience who has the kind of loyalty factor Stern has, it could turn an election." A large percentage of Stern's listeners -- some 8 1/2 million a week -- were leaning in favor of Bush, Harrison says. "If Stern could turn several million Bush supporters away from Bush, that has even more impact than Rush Limbaugh, who's preaching to the choir. So this is pivotal to what is shaping up to be a close election."

    So who is listening to Stern? The sleeping swing voters:
    Stern is frequently dismissed, by liberals and conservatives alike, as a sexist, a racist, and a narcissist. But he is one of the most influential entertainers in America, particularly among the much-sought-after 18-to-25-year-old male demographic. His show is a critical stop for actors plugging youth-market movies, and his skits serve as the blueprint for many reality TV concepts. Last month, in an effort to borrow some of Stern's mojo, Jay Leno hired Stern sidekick "Stuttering John" Melendez to be an announcer and correspondent on "The Tonight Show."

    Harrison says that Stern's audience is broader than most people realize. "They're not just 18-year-old, beer-drinking yahoos. They're 20- and 30- and 40-something professionals. They're mainstream American citizens who are well-educated and affluent and socially active and politically interested, though not politically active. But they're being motivated. Wouldn't that be amazing if millions of people vote who otherwise wouldn't, because of this issue?"

    When the Republican Convention comes to New York, and if Stern is still on the air and anti-Bush, it'll be interesting to see the stunts the show or more likely its rabid followers pull.

    EDIT: I'm not familiar with the Howard Stern show, but apparently fans of the show routinely make prank calls such as this one to CNN, where a caller said, 'Fuck the FCC' on CNN live.

    Of course, this isn't to say I condone people pranking CNN, as lame as they are, but just one of many examples of the loyal fan base Stern commands, and the potential headaches they can pose to Republicans if properly mobilized by Stern. As previously noted, Jay Leno tapped a guy from the Howard Stern show to be his own sidekick. Stern has some influence among a certain demographic in this country, like it or not.

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 AM | Comments (16)

    March 17, 2004

    Wed Stories

    News
    AP. Report: Bank of America to cut up to 13,000 jobs in Fleet merger
    AP. Kerry pledges to be 'veteran's veteran' as Bush criticizes his support of Iraq troops
    Boston Globe. Kerry blasts Bush on protecting troops
    Boston Globe. Romney says convention should move; Democrats reject call for shift to S. Boston
    Miami Herald. Key West endorses gay marriage
    USAT. Proposed 'academic bill of rights' makes inroads
    SacBee. A health coverage mecca no more; Once the nation's envy, state's costs now barely beat the U.S. average
    AP. Job slump could keep interest rates low
    AP. Clintons join drive to get Kerry $10 million in 10 days
    AP. Kerry, White House vie for veterans
    AP. Cabinet Members Help Bush's Campaign
    AP. San Antonio Congressman Wins Nomination
    AP. George Carlin talks indecency
    CBS/AP. Poll: Global Distrust Of U.S.
    Reuters. Singapore is tightening air pollutant regulations
    WP. Ad Attacks Kerry Vote on Iraq Funds: Senator Calls Bush Campaign Spot a 'Distortion' of His Record
    WP. Ethics Truce Frays in House: Democrats Torn Over Investigating GOP
    NYT. 2 Presidents' Aides Will Start Testifying Next Week on 9/11
    NYT. Report Faults Agency More Than Top Aide in Lobbying Case
    NYT. Bush's Campaign Emphasizes Role of Leader in War
    AP. Second Oregon County OKs Gay Marriage
    Newsday. Kerry takes on GOP head-on in swing through pivotal Va.
    AP. A Vindicated Hans Blix Returns to U.S.

    Commentary
    Josh Marshall. Kerry is right, foreign leaders want Bush beaten
    Boston Globe. How Bush treats women
    Newsday. Bush's war exercise: the backpedal
    Robert Scheer. Boycott Spanish olives?
    Michelangelo Signorile. Crooked Fingers Pointing: Who, exactly, is destroying America’s values?
    Sandra Tsing Loh. How I Lost My Radio Show
    CBS. What Iraq Has Cost Us
    SFC. Bush's Medicare deceit
    Helen Thomas. Exported jobs hot-button election issue
    AJC. Manufacturing czar like fifth wheel
    Paul Waldman. Pining for Hillary: Conservatives' love affair with the Senator from New York
    Lynn M. Paltrow. Coercive Medicine
    Matthew Yglesias. Rational Security: The problem isn't that George W. Bush hasn't done enough in the war on terrorism -- it's that he's hardly fought it at all
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Congress Conquest: From Alaska to Louisiana, this year's Senate races look promising for the Democrats. Could they retake the chamber in November?
    Andrew Cohen. The Umpires Strike Back: Incensed by a congressional act that shackles their sentencing discretion, federal judges -- William Rehnquist included -- are pounding the gavel
    Sam Natapoff. Rogue Whale: Seventy years after FDR, JP Morgan finally got its revenge against banking regulations with its Chase merger. But a new FDR is watching
    Anya Kamenetz. 'Deanie Babies' Grow Up
    David Corn. The Best--or Worst--of Bush's Iraq Whoppers
    Farhad Manjoo. One cable company to rule them all
    Committee on Government Reform. President Bush, VP Cheney, and Top Advisors Made over 200 Misleading Public Statements on Iraq Threat
    AFL-CIO. AFL-CIO Challenges Bush on China Trade Abuses, Administration Has 45 Days to Begin Investigation Into Charges of Bonded Labor, Violations of Workers' Rights
    Bill Berkowitz and Arnie Passman. Stern Warning
    Bill Moyers, AlterNet. Farewell to the Sixties
    Gerald Rellick. The Disgrace of Colin Powell

    Blog
    Daily Kos. AK-Sen: Knowles strongly backs gay rights
    Donkey Rising. The Failure of the GOP's Hispanic Strategy
    uggabugga. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your National Security Advisor
    Pandagon. Kerry's Goring Begins
    oliverwillis. Donald Rumsfeld Is A Liar
    Counterspin. GOP SLEAZE PATROL
    DNC. Keeping things fair and balanced
    Billmon. House of the Rising Scum

    Posted by Eric at 11:49 PM | Comments (27)

    Wed Stories

    News
    AP. Report: Bank of America to cut up to 13,000 jobs in Fleet merger
    AP. Kerry pledges to be 'veteran's veteran' as Bush criticizes his support of Iraq troops
    Boston Globe. Kerry blasts Bush on protecting troops
    Boston Globe. Romney says convention should move; Democrats reject call for shift to S. Boston
    Miami Herald. Key West endorses gay marriage
    USAT. Proposed 'academic bill of rights' makes inroads
    SacBee. A health coverage mecca no more; Once the nation's envy, state's costs now barely beat the U.S. average
    AP. Job slump could keep interest rates low
    AP. Clintons join drive to get Kerry $10 million in 10 days
    AP. Kerry, White House vie for veterans
    AP. Cabinet Members Help Bush's Campaign
    AP. San Antonio Congressman Wins Nomination
    AP. George Carlin talks indecency
    CBS/AP. Poll: Global Distrust Of U.S.
    Reuters. Singapore is tightening air pollutant regulations
    WP. Ad Attacks Kerry Vote on Iraq Funds: Senator Calls Bush Campaign Spot a 'Distortion' of His Record
    WP. Ethics Truce Frays in House: Democrats Torn Over Investigating GOP
    NYT. 2 Presidents' Aides Will Start Testifying Next Week on 9/11
    NYT. Report Faults Agency More Than Top Aide in Lobbying Case
    NYT. Bush's Campaign Emphasizes Role of Leader in War
    AP. Second Oregon County OKs Gay Marriage
    Newsday. Kerry takes on GOP head-on in swing through pivotal Va.
    AP. A Vindicated Hans Blix Returns to U.S.

    Commentary
    Josh Marshall. Kerry is right, foreign leaders want Bush beaten
    Boston Globe. How Bush treats women
    Newsday. Bush's war exercise: the backpedal
    Robert Scheer. Boycott Spanish olives?
    Michelangelo Signorile. Crooked Fingers Pointing: Who, exactly, is destroying America’s values?
    Sandra Tsing Loh. How I Lost My Radio Show
    CBS. What Iraq Has Cost Us
    SFC. Bush's Medicare deceit
    Helen Thomas. Exported jobs hot-button election issue
    AJC. Manufacturing czar like fifth wheel
    Paul Waldman. Pining for Hillary: Conservatives' love affair with the Senator from New York
    Lynn M. Paltrow. Coercive Medicine
    Matthew Yglesias. Rational Security: The problem isn't that George W. Bush hasn't done enough in the war on terrorism -- it's that he's hardly fought it at all
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Congress Conquest: From Alaska to Louisiana, this year's Senate races look promising for the Democrats. Could they retake the chamber in November?
    Andrew Cohen. The Umpires Strike Back: Incensed by a congressional act that shackles their sentencing discretion, federal judges -- William Rehnquist included -- are pounding the gavel
    Sam Natapoff. Rogue Whale: Seventy years after FDR, JP Morgan finally got its revenge against banking regulations with its Chase merger. But a new FDR is watching
    Anya Kamenetz. 'Deanie Babies' Grow Up
    David Corn. The Best--or Worst--of Bush's Iraq Whoppers
    Farhad Manjoo. One cable company to rule them all
    Committee on Government Reform. President Bush, VP Cheney, and Top Advisors Made over 200 Misleading Public Statements on Iraq Threat
    AFL-CIO. AFL-CIO Challenges Bush on China Trade Abuses, Administration Has 45 Days to Begin Investigation Into Charges of Bonded Labor, Violations of Workers' Rights
    Bill Berkowitz and Arnie Passman. Stern Warning
    Bill Moyers, AlterNet. Farewell to the Sixties
    Gerald Rellick. The Disgrace of Colin Powell

    Blog
    Daily Kos. AK-Sen: Knowles strongly backs gay rights
    Donkey Rising. The Failure of the GOP's Hispanic Strategy
    uggabugga. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your National Security Advisor
    Pandagon. Kerry's Goring Begins
    oliverwillis. Donald Rumsfeld Is A Liar
    Counterspin. GOP SLEAZE PATROL
    DNC. Keeping things fair and balanced
    Billmon. House of the Rising Scum

    Posted by Eric at 11:49 PM | Comments (3)

    The Next Senator from Illinois

    I was reading Barack Obama's biography on his website, and found this interesting part from the Chicago Sun-Times:

    Our endorsement goes to Obama, who seems best poised to overtake Hull. Obama's background and experience can trump Hull's money. Obama has a compelling personal story. He is a man who has struggled to understand the landscape in two worlds -- one white, one black. Born to a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, reared in Hawaii and Indonesia, Obama could be the man for this time and for this place.

    If nominated and elected, Obama would be the first African American male in the Senate since 1978, when Edward W. Brooke, a Republican from Massachusetts, left after two terms, and only the third African American ever elected to that office in modern times. The other being Illinois' Carol Moseley Braun, who served one term until defeated by the current incumbent, retiring Sen. Peter Fitzgerald.

    Partially raised in Hawaii, that gets my Hawaii-bias activism going.

    But what do I know? Planned Parenthood, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Federation of Teachers, and Harold Ramis have endorsed him! Veckman! But more importantly, director of the timeless hit classic, 'Stuart Saves His Family.'

    Posted by Eric at 06:23 PM | Comments (13)

    The Next Senator from Illinois

    I was reading Barack Obama's biography on his website, and found this interesting part from the Chicago Sun-Times:

    Our endorsement goes to Obama, who seems best poised to overtake Hull. Obama's background and experience can trump Hull's money. Obama has a compelling personal story. He is a man who has struggled to understand the landscape in two worlds -- one white, one black. Born to a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, reared in Hawaii and Indonesia, Obama could be the man for this time and for this place.

    If nominated and elected, Obama would be the first African American male in the Senate since 1978, when Edward W. Brooke, a Republican from Massachusetts, left after two terms, and only the third African American ever elected to that office in modern times. The other being Illinois' Carol Moseley Braun, who served one term until defeated by the current incumbent, retiring Sen. Peter Fitzgerald.

    Partially raised in Hawaii, that gets my Hawaii-bias activism going.

    But what do I know? Planned Parenthood, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Federation of Teachers, and Harold Ramis have endorsed him! Veckman! But more importantly, director of the timeless hit classic, 'Stuart Saves His Family.'

    Posted by Eric at 06:23 PM | Comments (3)

    Dozens Dead in Another Iraq Attack

    AP.

    Posted by Eric at 01:42 PM | Comments (9)

    Dozens Dead in Another Iraq Attack

    AP.

    Posted by Eric at 01:42 PM | Comments (3)

    House GOP Break House Rules?

    From the DCCC's blog, this from Al Kamen:

    Turns out the use of government Web sites for political purposes, contrary to Monday's report on the House Resources Committee's blasts at Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), does appear to be against House rules that prohibit using official resources for campaign or political purposes. "The misuse of the funds and other resources" for members "is a very serious matter," the rules say, and "such conduct may result in not only disciplinary action by the House, but also in criminal prosecution."

    Do say? Criminal prosecution? Well, that may change everyone's behavior.

    To learn what was previously about, go to Josh Marsh's site.

    Posted by Eric at 11:41 AM | Comments (18)

    House GOP Break House Rules?

    From the DCCC's blog, this from Al Kamen:

    Turns out the use of government Web sites for political purposes, contrary to Monday's report on the House Resources Committee's blasts at Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), does appear to be against House rules that prohibit using official resources for campaign or political purposes. "The misuse of the funds and other resources" for members "is a very serious matter," the rules say, and "such conduct may result in not only disciplinary action by the House, but also in criminal prosecution."

    Do say? Criminal prosecution? Well, that may change everyone's behavior.

    To learn what was previously about, go to Josh Marsh's site.

    Posted by Eric at 11:41 AM | Comments (3)

    Bush vs. Reality

    From the Center for American Progress:

    "When you hear people say, we cut individual income taxes, or tax on the rich, really what you ought to put in your mind is these were taxes to help the entrepreneurial class of America. Small businesses benefit."

    - President Bush, 3/17/04

    VERSUS

    Only 3.7% of small businesses are affected by the top tax rate cuts that made up the bulk of the President's income tax cuts. Most small business owners "would be far more likely to receive no tax reduction whatsoever from the Administration's tax package than to benefit."

    - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/3/01

    Posted by Eric at 11:37 AM | Comments (33)

    Bush vs. Reality

    From the Center for American Progress:

    "When you hear people say, we cut individual income taxes, or tax on the rich, really what you ought to put in your mind is these were taxes to help the entrepreneurial class of America. Small businesses benefit."

    - President Bush, 3/17/04

    VERSUS

    Only 3.7% of small businesses are affected by the top tax rate cuts that made up the bulk of the President's income tax cuts. Most small business owners "would be far more likely to receive no tax reduction whatsoever from the Administration's tax package than to benefit."

    - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/3/01

    Posted by Eric at 11:37 AM | Comments (4)

    RNC Rolls Out 'Reggie the Registration Rig'

    Nothing says get out the vote like poorly planned alliteration by the RNC. Actually, it's a sound idea, where the RNC will attend Bush target spots such as

    NASCAR races and other sporting events, college campuses, parades, ethnic festivals, and church Sundays
    and lure the easily distracted with temptations of
    interactive multimedia capabilities, Xbox systems, and fully converts into a sound stage and entertainment platform when parked.
    Already big celebrities, half of whom work for the RNC, have stopped by!

    Posted by Eric at 11:33 AM | Comments (12)

    RNC Rolls Out 'Reggie the Registration Rig'

    Nothing says get out the vote like poorly planned alliteration by the RNC. Actually, it's a sound idea, where the RNC will attend Bush target spots such as

    NASCAR races and other sporting events, college campuses, parades, ethnic festivals, and church Sundays
    and lure the easily distracted with temptations of
    interactive multimedia capabilities, Xbox systems, and fully converts into a sound stage and entertainment platform when parked.
    Already big celebrities, half of whom work for the RNC, have stopped by!

    Posted by Eric at 11:33 AM | Comments (2)

    Lies and the Lying Liars

    Find the Bush administration's public statements on Iraq.

    Por ejemplo:

    SPEAKER: Bush
    SUBJECT: Urgent Threat

    Search!

    RESULTS!

    President George W. Bush on Urgent Threat:

    "But the risk of doing nothing, the risk of the security of this country being jeopardized at the hands of a madman with weapons of mass destruction far exceeds the risks of any action we may be forced to take."
    Source: President Meets with National Economic Council, White House (2/25/2003).

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Explanation This statement was misleading because it suggested that Iraq posed an urgent threat despite the fact that the U.S. intelligence community had deep divisions and divergent points of view regarding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. As Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet noted in February 2004, "Let me be clear: analysts differed on several important aspects of these programs and those debates were spelled out in the Estimate. They never said there was an 'imminent' threat."


    "Today the world is also uniting to answer the unique and urgent threat posed by Iraq. A dictator who has used weapons of mass destruction on his own people must not be allowed to produce or possess those weapons. We will not permit Saddam Hussein to blackmail and/or terrorize nations which love freedom."
    Source: President Bush Speaks to Atlantic Youth Council, CNN (11/20/2002).
    "On its present course, the Iraqi regime is a threat of unique urgency. . . . it has developed weapons of mass death."
    Source: President, House Leadership Agree on Iraq Resolution, White House (10/2/2002).
    "The history, the logic, and the facts lead to one conclusion: Saddam Hussein's regime is a grave and gathering danger. To suggest otherwise is to hope against the evidence. To assume this regime's good faith is to bet the lives of millions and the peace of the world in a reckless gamble. And this is a risk we must not take."
    Source: Address to the United Nations General Assembly, White House (9/12/2002).

    Posted by Eric at 03:59 AM | Comments (16)

    Lies and the Lying Liars

    Find the Bush administration's public statements on Iraq.

    Por ejemplo:

    SPEAKER: Bush
    SUBJECT: Urgent Threat

    Search!

    RESULTS!

    President George W. Bush on Urgent Threat:

    "But the risk of doing nothing, the risk of the security of this country being jeopardized at the hands of a madman with weapons of mass destruction far exceeds the risks of any action we may be forced to take."
    Source: President Meets with National Economic Council, White House (2/25/2003).

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Explanation This statement was misleading because it suggested that Iraq posed an urgent threat despite the fact that the U.S. intelligence community had deep divisions and divergent points of view regarding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. As Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet noted in February 2004, "Let me be clear: analysts differed on several important aspects of these programs and those debates were spelled out in the Estimate. They never said there was an 'imminent' threat."


    "Today the world is also uniting to answer the unique and urgent threat posed by Iraq. A dictator who has used weapons of mass destruction on his own people must not be allowed to produce or possess those weapons. We will not permit Saddam Hussein to blackmail and/or terrorize nations which love freedom."
    Source: President Bush Speaks to Atlantic Youth Council, CNN (11/20/2002).
    "On its present course, the Iraqi regime is a threat of unique urgency. . . . it has developed weapons of mass death."
    Source: President, House Leadership Agree on Iraq Resolution, White House (10/2/2002).
    "The history, the logic, and the facts lead to one conclusion: Saddam Hussein's regime is a grave and gathering danger. To suggest otherwise is to hope against the evidence. To assume this regime's good faith is to bet the lives of millions and the peace of the world in a reckless gamble. And this is a risk we must not take."
    Source: Address to the United Nations General Assembly, White House (9/12/2002).

    Posted by Eric at 03:59 AM | Comments (7)

    Hamster Numbers: $80 Million for Medicare Ads

    What $80 Million for Medicare Ads Could Be Used For, from Center American Progress:

    $80M is more than needed to set up a system to give seniors access to meds from Canada; $80M would prevent the White House from eliminating grants to low-income health clinics; $80M would restore most of the White House-proposed cuts to rural health activities; $80M would restore some of the cuts to veterans' medical care proposed by the White House; $80M would fully restore cuts to minority health programs; $80M would restore the White House-backed cuts to Medicaid's computer systems.

    Posted by Eric at 02:56 AM | Comments (12)

    Hamster Numbers: $80 Million for Medicare Ads

    What $80 Million for Medicare Ads Could Be Used For, from Center American Progress:

    $80M is more than needed to set up a system to give seniors access to meds from Canada; $80M would prevent the White House from eliminating grants to low-income health clinics; $80M would restore most of the White House-proposed cuts to rural health activities; $80M would restore some of the cuts to veterans' medical care proposed by the White House; $80M would fully restore cuts to minority health programs; $80M would restore the White House-backed cuts to Medicaid's computer systems.

    Posted by Eric at 02:56 AM | Comments (1)

    The Rising Star

    Barack Obama wins the Democratic primaries for the Senate Seat in Ill.

    The Democrats are estatic about their new candidate. From Senator Jon Corzine, DSCC Chair, in an email:

    Obama ran an effective, energetic campaign which has captured the hearts and imagination of Illinois voters. After a hard fought primary victory, he faces a tough battle to win this highly competitive seat against Republican nominee Jack Ryan. Ryan has already pumped millions of his personal fortune into the race to win the GOP primary and we expect him to spend millions more in the general election.

    A victory in Illinois is critical, in fact imperative, in our "Fight for 51" to take back the Senate. We must win in Illinois and with a multi-millionaire self funder on the Republican side, your support is more critical than ever.

    Barack Obama is the type of Democrat that we need in the U.S. Senate. Obama, the son of a Kenyan immigrant, has served Illinois' 13th district as a State Senator for seven years, and follows in the footsteps of his mentor the late Senator Paul Simon. He's fought to empower working families and the underprivileged in Illinois, during his time in the Senate. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Obama proved his ability to motivate people behind a cause, organizing one of the largest voter registration drives in Chicago history and helping Bill Clinton to be elected President ...

    The Chicago Tribune said of Obama on 2/29/04: "Barack Obama has a proven record of spirited, principled and effective leadership in the legislature, and he is the only Democrat in this race who can make that claim."

    His website can be found here.

    Posted by Eric at 02:46 AM | Comments (43)

    The Rising Star

    Barack Obama wins the Democratic primaries for the Senate Seat in Ill.

    The Democrats are estatic about their new candidate. From Senator Jon Corzine, DSCC Chair, in an email:

    Obama ran an effective, energetic campaign which has captured the hearts and imagination of Illinois voters. After a hard fought primary victory, he faces a tough battle to win this highly competitive seat against Republican nominee Jack Ryan. Ryan has already pumped millions of his personal fortune into the race to win the GOP primary and we expect him to spend millions more in the general election.

    A victory in Illinois is critical, in fact imperative, in our "Fight for 51" to take back the Senate. We must win in Illinois and with a multi-millionaire self funder on the Republican side, your support is more critical than ever.

    Barack Obama is the type of Democrat that we need in the U.S. Senate. Obama, the son of a Kenyan immigrant, has served Illinois' 13th district as a State Senator for seven years, and follows in the footsteps of his mentor the late Senator Paul Simon. He's fought to empower working families and the underprivileged in Illinois, during his time in the Senate. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Obama proved his ability to motivate people behind a cause, organizing one of the largest voter registration drives in Chicago history and helping Bill Clinton to be elected President ...

    The Chicago Tribune said of Obama on 2/29/04: "Barack Obama has a proven record of spirited, principled and effective leadership in the legislature, and he is the only Democrat in this race who can make that claim."

    His website can be found here.

    Posted by Eric at 02:46 AM | Comments (3)

    Hamster Picks

    Yes sir, you can bet the farm on these good ol' office pool picks:

    Click down if you care.

    Second round pick:

    Kentucky
    Washington
    Providence
    Kansas
    Boston College
    Georgia Tech
    Michigan St.
    Gonzaga

    St. Joseph's
    Charlotte
    Manhattan
    VCU
    Wisconsin
    Pittsburgh
    Memphis
    Oklahoma St.*

    Duke
    Seton Hall
    Illinois
    Cincinnati
    North Carolina
    Texas
    Xavier
    Mississippi St.

    Stanford*
    S. Illinois
    BYU
    Maryland
    W. Michigan
    NC State
    Dayton
    Vermont

    REGIONALS

    Kentucky
    Kansas
    Boston College
    Gonzaga
    St. Joseph's
    VCU
    Wisconsin
    Oklahoma St

    Duke
    Cincinnati
    North Carolina
    Xavier
    Stanford
    Maryland
    W. Michigan
    Dayton

    REGIONALS 2

    Kentucky
    Gonzaga
    St. Joseph's
    Oklahoma St.

    Duke
    North Carolina
    Stanford
    Dayton

    SEMIs

    Kentucky
    St. Joseph's
    Duke
    Stanford

    St. Joseph's 74
    Stanford 69

    Posted by Eric at 02:36 AM | Comments (14)

    Hamster Picks

    Yes sir, you can bet the farm on these good ol' office pool picks:

    Click down if you care.

    Second round pick:

    Kentucky
    Washington
    Providence
    Kansas
    Boston College
    Georgia Tech
    Michigan St.
    Gonzaga

    St. Joseph's
    Charlotte
    Manhattan
    VCU
    Wisconsin
    Pittsburgh
    Memphis
    Oklahoma St.*

    Duke
    Seton Hall
    Illinois
    Cincinnati
    North Carolina
    Texas
    Xavier
    Mississippi St.

    Stanford*
    S. Illinois
    BYU
    Maryland
    W. Michigan
    NC State
    Dayton
    Vermont

    REGIONALS

    Kentucky
    Kansas
    Boston College
    Gonzaga
    St. Joseph's
    VCU
    Wisconsin
    Oklahoma St

    Duke
    Cincinnati
    North Carolina
    Xavier
    Stanford
    Maryland
    W. Michigan
    Dayton

    REGIONALS 2

    Kentucky
    Gonzaga
    St. Joseph's
    Oklahoma St.

    Duke
    North Carolina
    Stanford
    Dayton

    SEMIs

    Kentucky
    St. Joseph's
    Duke
    Stanford

    St. Joseph's 74
    Stanford 69

    Posted by Eric at 02:36 AM | Comments (2)

    March 16, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    AP. Gay couples turn to Portland for marraige
    AP. Anti-war soldier surrenders to unit in Florida
    CNN. Bush challenges Kerry comments
    StPetersburg Time. Orlando rally to jump-start Bush team
    AP. Bush forgot W.Va., Kerry says
    NYT. Two Ministers Are Charged in Gay Nuptials
    LAT. O.C.'s Republican Chairman Steps Down; Thomas A. Fuentes, in the job for 20 years, had been urged to quit by those who feared his conservatism hurt the GOP
    AP. Eight Western Governors Balk at NRC Rule Changes
    LAT. Senator and His Allies Keep Up With Tempo of Bush Ads
    SacBee. College students protest Schwarzenegger fee plan
    Rocky Mountain News. Colorado Republicans judge a book by its coverl; They aim to protect kids from graphic displays at stores
    Del News Journal. Delaware gay rights bill stalled in Senate; In wake of recent events, a vote seems unlikely
    Miami Herald. Gay unions likely to get Key West support
    Boston Herald. Meehan, Lynch weigh bid for Kerry's seat
    AP. Six Civilians Killed in Iraq Shootings
    Spring Journal-Register. Kucinich still stumping
    News & Observer. N.C. loses two soldiers
    NJ Ledger. Same-sex marriage heads to courts
    AP. Ministers charged in gay weddings
    Argus Leader. Other states watch S.D. veto, vote closely
    CSM. Colleges face spare changes
    CSM. Mainstream churches take a leap of faith into TV advertising
    CSM. Softening of 'No Child Left Behind'
    USAT. 'Highly qualified' teacher rules get wiggle room
    LAT. U.S. Further Revises 'No Child' Law
    AP. Defiant Aristide Back In Caribbean
    CBS. More U.S. Jobs Shipped Overseas
    AP. 3 U.S. Civilians Shot Dead In Iraq
    AP. Taxpayers May Pay Janklow's Civil Damages
    AP. Liberals Help Kerry Match Bush Ads on Air
    AP. Poll: Bush, Kerry Run Evenly in Many Areas
    NYT. Officials Tending to Blame Qaeda for Madrid Attack
    NYT. Spain Will Loosen Its Alliance With U.S., Premier-Elect Says
    WP. Seeking Votes in Pa., Bush Talks Housing
    WP. Democrats Seek Probe of Medicare Estimates
    WP. D.C. Lead Issue Was Debated for Months: Regional EPA Office Decided No Federal Action Was Needed
    AP. White House tells Kerry to prove anti-Bush claim

    Commentary
    Mark Engler. One year after the invasion of Iraq, what has the peace movement accomplished? And where do we go from here?
    Molly McClain. Rachel Corrie fought for world she believed in
    Cynthia Tucker. Homophobia and H.I.V.: Black men on the 'down low' keep infection rates high
    Molly Ivins. Red alert at the White House: Failures pile up for our anti-government government
    Robert Scheer. Dear W, Your Father Knew Best
    Ruth Rosen. The Truth Leaks Out
    Matt Bivens. Gag Rules: The Bushies intimidated a White House employee into silence about the cost of its Medicare plans
    John Nichols. An Indecent Proposal: Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act threatens free speech; fails to address real issues
    Patrick Doherty. Dumping Crude: Pentagon insiders know invading Iraq was about oil, think things need to change and are willing to act. Is John Kerry?
    Walter Cronkite. Make Global Warming an Issue
    Joe Conason. Office space: Ralph Nader's got some explaining to do. Why is his campaign headquarters housed in his nonprofit's tax-exempt offices?
    Joe Wilson. The Pinocchio presidency: A former diplomat says it's time to blow the whistle on the Bush administration's blatant lies
    Johnny Temple. Defending Peaceful Tomorrows
    William Rivers Pitt. Three Days in Spain
    Al Franken. Tearaway Burkas & Tinplate Menorahs
    Krugman. Weak on Terror

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (12)

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    AP. Gay couples turn to Portland for marraige
    AP. Anti-war soldier surrenders to unit in Florida
    CNN. Bush challenges Kerry comments
    StPetersburg Time. Orlando rally to jump-start Bush team
    AP. Bush forgot W.Va., Kerry says
    NYT. Two Ministers Are Charged in Gay Nuptials
    LAT. O.C.'s Republican Chairman Steps Down; Thomas A. Fuentes, in the job for 20 years, had been urged to quit by those who feared his conservatism hurt the GOP
    AP. Eight Western Governors Balk at NRC Rule Changes
    LAT. Senator and His Allies Keep Up With Tempo of Bush Ads
    SacBee. College students protest Schwarzenegger fee plan
    Rocky Mountain News. Colorado Republicans judge a book by its coverl; They aim to protect kids from graphic displays at stores
    Del News Journal. Delaware gay rights bill stalled in Senate; In wake of recent events, a vote seems unlikely
    Miami Herald. Gay unions likely to get Key West support
    Boston Herald. Meehan, Lynch weigh bid for Kerry's seat
    AP. Six Civilians Killed in Iraq Shootings
    Spring Journal-Register. Kucinich still stumping
    News & Observer. N.C. loses two soldiers
    NJ Ledger. Same-sex marriage heads to courts
    AP. Ministers charged in gay weddings
    Argus Leader. Other states watch S.D. veto, vote closely
    CSM. Colleges face spare changes
    CSM. Mainstream churches take a leap of faith into TV advertising
    CSM. Softening of 'No Child Left Behind'
    USAT. 'Highly qualified' teacher rules get wiggle room
    LAT. U.S. Further Revises 'No Child' Law
    AP. Defiant Aristide Back In Caribbean
    CBS. More U.S. Jobs Shipped Overseas
    AP. 3 U.S. Civilians Shot Dead In Iraq
    AP. Taxpayers May Pay Janklow's Civil Damages
    AP. Liberals Help Kerry Match Bush Ads on Air
    AP. Poll: Bush, Kerry Run Evenly in Many Areas
    NYT. Officials Tending to Blame Qaeda for Madrid Attack
    NYT. Spain Will Loosen Its Alliance With U.S., Premier-Elect Says
    WP. Seeking Votes in Pa., Bush Talks Housing
    WP. Democrats Seek Probe of Medicare Estimates
    WP. D.C. Lead Issue Was Debated for Months: Regional EPA Office Decided No Federal Action Was Needed
    AP. White House tells Kerry to prove anti-Bush claim

    Commentary
    Mark Engler. One year after the invasion of Iraq, what has the peace movement accomplished? And where do we go from here?
    Molly McClain. Rachel Corrie fought for world she believed in
    Cynthia Tucker. Homophobia and H.I.V.: Black men on the 'down low' keep infection rates high
    Molly Ivins. Red alert at the White House: Failures pile up for our anti-government government
    Robert Scheer. Dear W, Your Father Knew Best
    Ruth Rosen. The Truth Leaks Out
    Matt Bivens. Gag Rules: The Bushies intimidated a White House employee into silence about the cost of its Medicare plans
    John Nichols. An Indecent Proposal: Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act threatens free speech; fails to address real issues
    Patrick Doherty. Dumping Crude: Pentagon insiders know invading Iraq was about oil, think things need to change and are willing to act. Is John Kerry?
    Walter Cronkite. Make Global Warming an Issue
    Joe Conason. Office space: Ralph Nader's got some explaining to do. Why is his campaign headquarters housed in his nonprofit's tax-exempt offices?
    Joe Wilson. The Pinocchio presidency: A former diplomat says it's time to blow the whistle on the Bush administration's blatant lies
    Johnny Temple. Defending Peaceful Tomorrows
    William Rivers Pitt. Three Days in Spain
    Al Franken. Tearaway Burkas & Tinplate Menorahs
    Krugman. Weak on Terror

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (1)

    Bush Wants Kerry to Identify Supporters So He Can Invade Them

    That's the ticket.

    Posted by Eric at 09:49 PM | Comments (223)

    Bush Wants Kerry to Identify Supporters So He Can Invade Them

    That's the ticket.

    Posted by Eric at 09:49 PM | Comments (4)

    Christian Coalition Fun

    Let's see, I have that quote around here somewhere, where could it be ... hmmm ... oh, here it is.

    "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone" John 8:7

    So this:

    The Christian Coalition of America (CCA), once a formidable political voice whose advocacy for traditional family values helped propel the Republican Party to power, finds itself at the center of a nasty divorce between top employees.

    The proceeding involves Tracy Ammons, CCA’s former Senate lobbyist and outreach coordinator, and Michele Combs, CCA vice president for communications and the daughter of CCA President Roberta Combs.

    Combs and Ammons were wed in December 1999, but their marriage soon disintegrated and was replaced with lawsuits, countersuits and even jail time over relatively small amounts of money that hinge on custody of their 3 1/2-year-old child.

    “While the nation debates traditional marriage versus gay marriage, the president of the Christian Coalition, Roberta Combs, is encouraging and bankrolling a nasty, hardball divorce by her own daughter,” said Jonathon Moseley, an attorney for Ammons.

    Posted by Eric at 08:38 PM | Comments (7)

    Christian Coalition Fun

    Let's see, I have that quote around here somewhere, where could it be ... hmmm ... oh, here it is.

    "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone" John 8:7

    So this:

    The Christian Coalition of America (CCA), once a formidable political voice whose advocacy for traditional family values helped propel the Republican Party to power, finds itself at the center of a nasty divorce between top employees.

    The proceeding involves Tracy Ammons, CCA’s former Senate lobbyist and outreach coordinator, and Michele Combs, CCA vice president for communications and the daughter of CCA President Roberta Combs.

    Combs and Ammons were wed in December 1999, but their marriage soon disintegrated and was replaced with lawsuits, countersuits and even jail time over relatively small amounts of money that hinge on custody of their 3 1/2-year-old child.

    “While the nation debates traditional marriage versus gay marriage, the president of the Christian Coalition, Roberta Combs, is encouraging and bankrolling a nasty, hardball divorce by her own daughter,” said Jonathon Moseley, an attorney for Ammons.

    Posted by Eric at 08:38 PM | Comments (2)

    When Newspapers Lie

    Daily Howler on how the conservative media is trying to tarnish Kerry like they tarnished Al Gore. Good stuff on bad stuff. Do we expect anything more from the Washington Times, though?

    Posted by Eric at 08:13 PM | Comments (20)

    When Newspapers Lie

    Daily Howler on how the conservative media is trying to tarnish Kerry like they tarnished Al Gore. Good stuff on bad stuff. Do we expect anything more from the Washington Times, though?

    Posted by Eric at 08:13 PM | Comments (1)

    Republican on Republican Action

    Courtesy of the DNC blog, the Log Cabin Republicans are starting a

    $1 million TV advertising campaign in swing states targeting President Bush’s support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
    The ads can be seen at their site, logcabin.org, and can be described as
    The 30-second spot opens with Vice President Dick Cheney, framed in grayscale, speaking clearly and deliberately during his 2000 vice presidential debate about freedom and his belief that people should be free to enter into any kind of relationship they choose.

    After several images of gay couples and past civil rights battles, Cheney appears on the screen again and states the position he took gay marriageat that time: “I don’t think there should necessarily be a federal policy in this area.” Two words, “We Agree,” follow Cheney’s remarks.

    Posted by Eric at 07:29 PM | Comments (9)

    Republican on Republican Action

    Courtesy of the DNC blog, the Log Cabin Republicans are starting a

    $1 million TV advertising campaign in swing states targeting President Bush’s support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
    The ads can be seen at their site, logcabin.org, and can be described as
    The 30-second spot opens with Vice President Dick Cheney, framed in grayscale, speaking clearly and deliberately during his 2000 vice presidential debate about freedom and his belief that people should be free to enter into any kind of relationship they choose.

    After several images of gay couples and past civil rights battles, Cheney appears on the screen again and states the position he took gay marriageat that time: “I don’t think there should necessarily be a federal policy in this area.” Two words, “We Agree,” follow Cheney’s remarks.

    Posted by Eric at 07:29 PM | Comments (1)

    Jessica Simpson Words of Wisdom

    The pop singer is almost giving Bush a run for his money. From the Reliable Sources:

    Simpson, whose verbal gaffes are also legendary, pulled another one Sunday visiting the White House, our sources say. The singer was introduced to Interior Secretary Gale Norton and gushed: "You've done a nice job decorating the White House."

    Posted by Eric at 07:18 PM | Comments (23)

    Jessica Simpson Words of Wisdom

    The pop singer is almost giving Bush a run for his money. From the Reliable Sources:

    Simpson, whose verbal gaffes are also legendary, pulled another one Sunday visiting the White House, our sources say. The singer was introduced to Interior Secretary Gale Norton and gushed: "You've done a nice job decorating the White House."

    Posted by Eric at 07:18 PM | Comments (2)

    March Madness Costs Firms 1.5 Billion in Lost Productivity

    According to study in article from USA Today:

    Filling out a bracket can take hours of studying stats and scouting information. The impact of that pursuit on the workplace is the subject of yearly analysis. A recent study by a job placement consulting firm suggests that while interest in the tournament might cost more than $1.5 billion in lost productivity, an organized office pool might ease that financial blow.

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas of Chicago estimated that workers spending 10 minutes a day talking about the tournament during its two-week run cost employers $1,525,500,000. That figure is based on an employee pool of more than 39 million earning an average of $15.56 an hour.

    Wonder how much lost productivity Atrios or Daily Kos causes. Or this site.

    But yes, I am picking Hawaii to go all the way ... oh wait. :(

    Posted by Eric at 07:15 PM | Comments (37)

    March Madness Costs Firms 1.5 Billion in Lost Productivity

    According to study in article from USA Today:

    Filling out a bracket can take hours of studying stats and scouting information. The impact of that pursuit on the workplace is the subject of yearly analysis. A recent study by a job placement consulting firm suggests that while interest in the tournament might cost more than $1.5 billion in lost productivity, an organized office pool might ease that financial blow.

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas of Chicago estimated that workers spending 10 minutes a day talking about the tournament during its two-week run cost employers $1,525,500,000. That figure is based on an employee pool of more than 39 million earning an average of $15.56 an hour.

    Wonder how much lost productivity Atrios or Daily Kos causes. Or this site.

    But yes, I am picking Hawaii to go all the way ... oh wait. :(

    Posted by Eric at 07:15 PM | Comments (12)

    EPA: Mercury Rules Rewritten for Industry

    EPA staffers and even Republicans say the Bush White House has been making a mockery of the EPA which, last time I checked, was supposed to stand for the Environmental Protection Agency, not a pro-industry lobbying firm. LA Times:

    Political appointees in the Environmental Protection Agency bypassed agency professional staff and a federal advisory panel last year to craft a rule on mercury emissions preferred by the industry and the White House, several longtime EPA officials say.

    The EPA staffers say they were told not to undertake the normal scientific and economic studies called for under a standing executive order. At the same time, the proposal to regulate mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants was written using key language provided by utility lobbyists ... EPA veterans say they cannot recall another instance when the agency's technical experts were cut out of developing a major regulatory proposal.

    The administration chose a process "that would support the conclusion they wanted to reach," said John A. Paul, a Republican environmental regulator from Ohio who co-chaired the EPA-appointed advisory panel.

    He said its 21 months of work on mercury was ignored.

    "There is a politicization of the work of the agency that I have not seen before," said Bruce C. Buckheit, who served in major federal environmental posts for two decades. He retired in December as director of the EPA's Air Enforcement Division, partly because he felt enforcement was stymied. "A political agenda is driving the agency's output, rather than analysis and science," he said.

    And hey, here's another Republican:
    Russell E. Train, a Republican who headed the EPA during the Nixon and Ford administrations, said: "I think it is outrageous. The agency has strayed from its mission in the past three years."
    So why rewrite the rules for industry? Hmm ...

    Posted by Eric at 11:47 AM | Comments (55)

    EPA: Mercury Rules Rewritten for Industry

    EPA staffers and even Republicans say the Bush White House has been making a mockery of the EPA which, last time I checked, was supposed to stand for the Environmental Protection Agency, not a pro-industry lobbying firm. LA Times:

    Political appointees in the Environmental Protection Agency bypassed agency professional staff and a federal advisory panel last year to craft a rule on mercury emissions preferred by the industry and the White House, several longtime EPA officials say.

    The EPA staffers say they were told not to undertake the normal scientific and economic studies called for under a standing executive order. At the same time, the proposal to regulate mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants was written using key language provided by utility lobbyists ... EPA veterans say they cannot recall another instance when the agency's technical experts were cut out of developing a major regulatory proposal.

    The administration chose a process "that would support the conclusion they wanted to reach," said John A. Paul, a Republican environmental regulator from Ohio who co-chaired the EPA-appointed advisory panel.

    He said its 21 months of work on mercury was ignored.

    "There is a politicization of the work of the agency that I have not seen before," said Bruce C. Buckheit, who served in major federal environmental posts for two decades. He retired in December as director of the EPA's Air Enforcement Division, partly because he felt enforcement was stymied. "A political agenda is driving the agency's output, rather than analysis and science," he said.

    And hey, here's another Republican:
    Russell E. Train, a Republican who headed the EPA during the Nixon and Ford administrations, said: "I think it is outrageous. The agency has strayed from its mission in the past three years."
    So why rewrite the rules for industry? Hmm ...

    Posted by Eric at 11:47 AM | Comments (6)

    Senate Outlook

    Daily Kos has a 'Senate Outlook' page with contested and safe seats. Among the more interesting races shaping up seem to be the Colorado and Alaska senate seats.

    Meanwhile, Polling Report has these CBS News numbers about House races:

    "If the 2004 election for U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your district?" 3/10-14/04

    Republican 38
    Democrat 42
    Depends (vol.) 8
    Don't Know 12

    Posted by Eric at 05:11 AM | Comments (47)

    Senate Outlook

    Daily Kos has a 'Senate Outlook' page with contested and safe seats. Among the more interesting races shaping up seem to be the Colorado and Alaska senate seats.

    Meanwhile, Polling Report has these CBS News numbers about House races:

    "If the 2004 election for U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your district?" 3/10-14/04

    Republican 38
    Democrat 42
    Depends (vol.) 8
    Don't Know 12

    Posted by Eric at 05:11 AM | Comments (10)

    Hamster Numbers: C02 Emissions

    From ClimateStar.org:

    With only 4 percent of the population, the United States now produces 25 percent of annual CO2 emissions -- 6.7 billion metric tons annually -- and will remain the chief climate change polluter worldwide for years to come. During the past century, the United States together with other industrialized countries such as Japan, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Canada has produced more than 60 percent of the CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming.

    Posted by Eric at 04:39 AM | Comments (49)

    Hamster Numbers: C02 Emissions

    From ClimateStar.org:

    With only 4 percent of the population, the United States now produces 25 percent of annual CO2 emissions -- 6.7 billion metric tons annually -- and will remain the chief climate change polluter worldwide for years to come. During the past century, the United States together with other industrialized countries such as Japan, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Canada has produced more than 60 percent of the CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming.

    Posted by Eric at 04:39 AM | Comments (1)

    March 15, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    NYT. U.S. Videos, for TV News, Come Under Scrutiny
    AP. Kerry criticizes Bush on U.S. security
    AP. Report says poll workers were given little training
    SD Trib. Republicans plan all-out fight to win California for Bush
    Denver Post. GOP's Nicholson rejects Senate run
    AP. Former Nevada gambling executive wants to unseat GOP's Porter
    LAT. Kerry Maintains That World Leaders Want Bush to Go
    AP. Dean praises Kerry, urges anti-Bush focus
    AP. US officials defend war against Iraq
    AP. GOP convention plans take shape
    CBS. Prescriptions And Profit
    CBS. Wounded Vets Battle At Home
    Sunday Herald. Furious Spanish Protesters Chant: ‘Our Dead, Your War’
    USAT. Democratic fund-raisers called to help Kerry
    AP. Kerry talks health care in two battleground states
    WP. Candidates Narrow Focus to 18 States: Battle Has Begun In Most Contested Areas of Nation
    WP. Presidential Ad War Hits the Web: Harsh Attacks Leveled Online, Where TV Rules Don't Apply
    AP. Powell Doubts Leaders Want Kerry to Win
    AP. Rumsfeld: Iraq Weapons May Still Be Found
    LAT. Spanish Voters Oust Ruling Party; Anger over support for the war in Iraq, and the terrorist attacks at home, are evident in the election that puts the Socialists in charge
    NYT. Study Finds a Waning Appetite for News
    USAT. Senators' report faults CIA on Iraq
    AP. Protesters honor Iraq casualties, demand end to war
    Newsday. More evidence points toward al-Qaida
    AP. 4 U.S. soldiers killed in 2 separate Iraq attacks

    Commentary
    Robert L. Borosage & Earl Hadley. Turn the Paige
    Center for American Progress. More Administration Deceptions on Medicare Bill
    Gerald S. Rellick. Wall Street is buying a President--and they’re using your money!
    Joshua Reichert. One by One, the World Is Becoming a Lonelier Place
    Seattle PI. Are we safer? Not so far
    Garry South. What are Bush's prospects in Cali? Zip, zero, nada
    James O. Goldsborough. Preventing majority rule in Iraq
    Salon. Did the Saudis buy a president? How much money has flowed from the House of Saud to the Bush family and its friends and allies over the years? No one will ever know -- but the number is at least $1.477 billion
    Robert Reich. Vietnam Remembered: Kerry and Bush represent alternative histories of Vietnam. Only one of those histories is noble
    Campaign for America's Future. GAO Finds Bush Medicare Ads Misleading
    MoveOn.org. Companies Outsourcing Jobs Give Bush Camp. Big $$$$$
    David Talbot. Smearing the messenger: The Bush machine aims its poison darts at another military hero -- Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski
    Eric Boehlert. Going negative - He's the father of the modern attack ad, and he's behind the Bush campaign's new wave of anti-Kerry spots. Alex Castellanos is known as vicious, irresponsible -- and effective
    James K. Galbraith. Behind the jobs debacle: Bush's jobs forecast failed because there's been no jobs recovery at all
    Bob Herbert. An Insult to Our Soldiers

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (8)

    Monday Stories

    News
    NYT. U.S. Videos, for TV News, Come Under Scrutiny
    AP. Kerry criticizes Bush on U.S. security
    AP. Report says poll workers were given little training
    SD Trib. Republicans plan all-out fight to win California for Bush
    Denver Post. GOP's Nicholson rejects Senate run
    AP. Former Nevada gambling executive wants to unseat GOP's Porter
    LAT. Kerry Maintains That World Leaders Want Bush to Go
    AP. Dean praises Kerry, urges anti-Bush focus
    AP. US officials defend war against Iraq
    AP. GOP convention plans take shape
    CBS. Prescriptions And Profit
    CBS. Wounded Vets Battle At Home
    Sunday Herald. Furious Spanish Protesters Chant: ‘Our Dead, Your War’
    USAT. Democratic fund-raisers called to help Kerry
    AP. Kerry talks health care in two battleground states
    WP. Candidates Narrow Focus to 18 States: Battle Has Begun In Most Contested Areas of Nation
    WP. Presidential Ad War Hits the Web: Harsh Attacks Leveled Online, Where TV Rules Don't Apply
    AP. Powell Doubts Leaders Want Kerry to Win
    AP. Rumsfeld: Iraq Weapons May Still Be Found
    LAT. Spanish Voters Oust Ruling Party; Anger over support for the war in Iraq, and the terrorist attacks at home, are evident in the election that puts the Socialists in charge
    NYT. Study Finds a Waning Appetite for News
    USAT. Senators' report faults CIA on Iraq
    AP. Protesters honor Iraq casualties, demand end to war
    Newsday. More evidence points toward al-Qaida
    AP. 4 U.S. soldiers killed in 2 separate Iraq attacks

    Commentary
    Robert L. Borosage & Earl Hadley. Turn the Paige
    Center for American Progress. More Administration Deceptions on Medicare Bill
    Gerald S. Rellick. Wall Street is buying a President--and they’re using your money!
    Joshua Reichert. One by One, the World Is Becoming a Lonelier Place
    Seattle PI. Are we safer? Not so far
    Garry South. What are Bush's prospects in Cali? Zip, zero, nada
    James O. Goldsborough. Preventing majority rule in Iraq
    Salon. Did the Saudis buy a president? How much money has flowed from the House of Saud to the Bush family and its friends and allies over the years? No one will ever know -- but the number is at least $1.477 billion
    Robert Reich. Vietnam Remembered: Kerry and Bush represent alternative histories of Vietnam. Only one of those histories is noble
    Campaign for America's Future. GAO Finds Bush Medicare Ads Misleading
    MoveOn.org. Companies Outsourcing Jobs Give Bush Camp. Big $$$$$
    David Talbot. Smearing the messenger: The Bush machine aims its poison darts at another military hero -- Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski
    Eric Boehlert. Going negative - He's the father of the modern attack ad, and he's behind the Bush campaign's new wave of anti-Kerry spots. Alex Castellanos is known as vicious, irresponsible -- and effective
    James K. Galbraith. Behind the jobs debacle: Bush's jobs forecast failed because there's been no jobs recovery at all
    Bob Herbert. An Insult to Our Soldiers

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (40)

    Sharpton Backs Kerry

    The Rev. is finally backing John Kerry:

    "It would be misleading and futile to campaign for the nomination, but it continues for the platform and direction of the party," Sharpton told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "My campaign continues now to pick up delegates so that we can go to the convention to coalesce with other delegates."

    Sharpton said he and Kerry plan to meet soon with black business leaders to discuss the Massachusetts senator's appeal to urban and minority voters.

    In welcoming the endorsement, Kerry praised Sharpton's "ability to cut through the double-talk we see coming from this administration," and pledged to work for Sharpton's oft-stated goal of a new "urban agenda."

    More of the Kerry statement on the endorsement can be found here.

    Posted by Eric at 05:45 PM | Comments (15)

    Sharpton Backs Kerry

    The Rev. is finally backing John Kerry:

    "It would be misleading and futile to campaign for the nomination, but it continues for the platform and direction of the party," Sharpton told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "My campaign continues now to pick up delegates so that we can go to the convention to coalesce with other delegates."

    Sharpton said he and Kerry plan to meet soon with black business leaders to discuss the Massachusetts senator's appeal to urban and minority voters.

    In welcoming the endorsement, Kerry praised Sharpton's "ability to cut through the double-talk we see coming from this administration," and pledged to work for Sharpton's oft-stated goal of a new "urban agenda."

    More of the Kerry statement on the endorsement can be found here.

    Posted by Eric at 05:45 PM | Comments (4)

    Report Raises More Concerns About Climate Change

    From the World Resources Institute, warning of worsening climate changes:

    Data from WRI's Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT) indicate greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide, rose 11 percent over the last decade, and are expected to grow another 50 percent by 2020. Studies indicate that the hottest years this century occurred since 1990, the date from which the UNFCCC measures countries' efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The United Kingdom's top scientist, Sir David King, has publicly warned that the most severe problem facing the world today is climate change. A recent report commissioned by the US Defense Department concluded that abrupt climate change from global warming could trigger war among states for food, water and energy, posing new threats to U.S. national security. A study released in January in Nature magazine suggested that up to 37% of all species in several biologically diverse regions could be driven extinct from the climate change that is likely to occur between now and 2050.

    Dr. David Jhirad, WRI's vice president for research and an international energy expert, believes that unprecedented technology innovation, policy leadership and private capital investment will be needed to solve this problem. "Accelerated development of a portfolio of technologies could stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations, enhance global energy security, and eradicate energy poverty. We urgently need the political will and international cooperation to make this happen," he said.

    Posted by Eric at 05:41 PM | Comments (33)

    Report Raises More Concerns About Climate Change

    From the World Resources Institute, warning of worsening climate changes:

    Data from WRI's Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT) indicate greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide, rose 11 percent over the last decade, and are expected to grow another 50 percent by 2020. Studies indicate that the hottest years this century occurred since 1990, the date from which the UNFCCC measures countries' efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The United Kingdom's top scientist, Sir David King, has publicly warned that the most severe problem facing the world today is climate change. A recent report commissioned by the US Defense Department concluded that abrupt climate change from global warming could trigger war among states for food, water and energy, posing new threats to U.S. national security. A study released in January in Nature magazine suggested that up to 37% of all species in several biologically diverse regions could be driven extinct from the climate change that is likely to occur between now and 2050.

    Dr. David Jhirad, WRI's vice president for research and an international energy expert, believes that unprecedented technology innovation, policy leadership and private capital investment will be needed to solve this problem. "Accelerated development of a portfolio of technologies could stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations, enhance global energy security, and eradicate energy poverty. We urgently need the political will and international cooperation to make this happen," he said.

    Posted by Eric at 05:41 PM | Comments (8)

    Cross-Off Spain

    The newest member of the 'Coalition of the Willing':

    Spain's prime minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed to withdraw troops from Iraq and criticized US President George W. Bush after Spanish voters ousted governing conservatives who took the country into the controversial war.

    "The war in Iraq was a disaster, the occupation of Iraq is a disaster," Zapatero, 43, told Cadena Ser radio on Monday ... Voters turned out in force for Sunday's elections. Many of them expressed anger at retiring Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar when he cast his ballot, jostling and booing him while some shouted "Aznar: your war, our dead."

    Zapatero, whose Socialist Party ended eight years of rule by Aznar's Popular Party (PP) after winning 43 percent of the ballots to the PP's 38 percent, said near-total public opposition to the Iraq war had been key.

    Posted by Eric at 05:37 PM | Comments (43)

    Cross-Off Spain

    The newest member of the 'Coalition of the Willing':

    Spain's prime minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed to withdraw troops from Iraq and criticized US President George W. Bush after Spanish voters ousted governing conservatives who took the country into the controversial war.

    "The war in Iraq was a disaster, the occupation of Iraq is a disaster," Zapatero, 43, told Cadena Ser radio on Monday ... Voters turned out in force for Sunday's elections. Many of them expressed anger at retiring Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar when he cast his ballot, jostling and booing him while some shouted "Aznar: your war, our dead."

    Zapatero, whose Socialist Party ended eight years of rule by Aznar's Popular Party (PP) after winning 43 percent of the ballots to the PP's 38 percent, said near-total public opposition to the Iraq war had been key.

    Posted by Eric at 05:37 PM | Comments (15)

    Return of the War Room?

    According to the Cox News Service, John Kerry's campaign is running "the most aggressive presidential campaign a Democrat has run in decades.":

    The tactics already seem to have caused a sputter in the much vaunted Bush political machine at a crucial point in the campaign — when the president is anxious to define the Massachusetts senator before the senator can define himself, much as the president's father defined his opponent, Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts, in the 1988 campaign.

    "John Kerry is no Michael Dukakis," said Darrell West, a Brown University professor who has closely followed Kerry's 19-year career in the Senate. "He will respond immediately to any Bush attacks to make sure news stories carry the rebuttal. His goal is to make sure negative information does not stick to him. If you can rebut charges right away, it reduces the odds that voters will believe them."

    In fact, the Kerry campaign does not wait to respond. Thursday, hours before the Bush campaign began its first television ads attacking Kerry, the senator's "war room" had distributed rebuttal facts by e-mail to hundreds of political reporters, set up a conference call with Kerry surrogates, and made Kerry officials available to television news programs. It also responded with TV ads of its own Friday.
    Most of the rapid resource from the Kerry campaign, of course, can be found on their website, especially their newsroom.

    Posted by Eric at 05:13 PM | Comments (17)

    Return of the War Room?

    According to the Cox News Service, John Kerry's campaign is running "the most aggressive presidential campaign a Democrat has run in decades.":

    The tactics already seem to have caused a sputter in the much vaunted Bush political machine at a crucial point in the campaign — when the president is anxious to define the Massachusetts senator before the senator can define himself, much as the president's father defined his opponent, Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts, in the 1988 campaign.

    "John Kerry is no Michael Dukakis," said Darrell West, a Brown University professor who has closely followed Kerry's 19-year career in the Senate. "He will respond immediately to any Bush attacks to make sure news stories carry the rebuttal. His goal is to make sure negative information does not stick to him. If you can rebut charges right away, it reduces the odds that voters will believe them."

    In fact, the Kerry campaign does not wait to respond. Thursday, hours before the Bush campaign began its first television ads attacking Kerry, the senator's "war room" had distributed rebuttal facts by e-mail to hundreds of political reporters, set up a conference call with Kerry surrogates, and made Kerry officials available to television news programs. It also responded with TV ads of its own Friday.
    Most of the rapid resource from the Kerry campaign, of course, can be found on their website, especially their newsroom.

    Posted by Eric at 05:13 PM | Comments (2)

    GeorgeWBush.com Takes Down Web Tool

    Apparently, it was the subject of too many web pranks:

    The tool originally let users generate a full-size campaign poster in PDF format, customized with a short slogan of their choice. But Bush critics began using the site to place their own snarky political messages above a Bush-Cheney '04 logo and a disclaimer stating that the poster was paid for by Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.

    The campaign changed the tool Thursday so that users could no longer enter their own messages, but only select from a pull-down list of states and coalition groups. The campaign didn't respond to requests for comment.

    Examples of what people could make:
    At Cox's request, close to 200 Wonkette readers sent in slogans which they had slipped through the system. Among them: "Run for your lives," "They sure smell like old people," and the Orwellian, "A boot stomping on a human face forever."

    Cox also published lists of words the tool was allowing and, perhaps more tellingly, those it was not. Not surprisingly, it rejected the usual four-letter words and sexual lingo, but it also banned more innocuous terms like "stupid," "evil," "terrorists" and "Iraq."

    Sahmore slogans here.

    Posted by Eric at 06:25 AM | Comments (29)

    GeorgeWBush.com Takes Down Web Tool

    Apparently, it was the subject of too many web pranks:

    The tool originally let users generate a full-size campaign poster in PDF format, customized with a short slogan of their choice. But Bush critics began using the site to place their own snarky political messages above a Bush-Cheney '04 logo and a disclaimer stating that the poster was paid for by Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.

    The campaign changed the tool Thursday so that users could no longer enter their own messages, but only select from a pull-down list of states and coalition groups. The campaign didn't respond to requests for comment.

    Examples of what people could make:
    At Cox's request, close to 200 Wonkette readers sent in slogans which they had slipped through the system. Among them: "Run for your lives," "They sure smell like old people," and the Orwellian, "A boot stomping on a human face forever."

    Cox also published lists of words the tool was allowing and, perhaps more tellingly, those it was not. Not surprisingly, it rejected the usual four-letter words and sexual lingo, but it also banned more innocuous terms like "stupid," "evil," "terrorists" and "Iraq."

    Sahmore slogans here.

    Posted by Eric at 06:25 AM | Comments (1)

    Hamster Numbers: Assault Weapons Ban

    "Polls show overwhelming public support for a strong assault weapons ban. Nationally, 63 percent of Americans -- including a majority of gun owners -- favor strengthening the assault weapons ban to prevent the gun industry from manufacturing commercial models of military-style assault weapons, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America." Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

    Posted by Eric at 03:36 AM | Comments (19)

    Hamster Numbers: Assault Weapons Ban

    "Polls show overwhelming public support for a strong assault weapons ban. Nationally, 63 percent of Americans -- including a majority of gun owners -- favor strengthening the assault weapons ban to prevent the gun industry from manufacturing commercial models of military-style assault weapons, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America." Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

    Posted by Eric at 03:36 AM | Comments (8)

    Comedy Monday

    "DirecTV has filed suit against O.J. Simpson in accusing him of pirating its satellite television signal. In an unrelated story, DirecTV has been stabbed to death." Tina Fey

    "Right wing Attorney General John Ashcroft had surgery yesterday to remove his gal bladder. Doctors say the surgery was tough because he refused to take his clothes off." Conan O'Brien

    "Bush went on to attack the Democrats' policies. (Bush says) 'Their agenda is to increase federal taxes, to build a wall around this country and to isolate America from the rest of the world.' Hmm. So you're concerned the Democrats might do something that would damage America's standing in the world. Interesting ... that you would think that's still possible." Jon Stewart

    "This week, the CIA announced that they've asked 'Alias' star Jennifer Garner to tape a CIA recruitment video, which is fine but they also asked Jerry Orbach to look for Osama bin Laden." Conan O'Brien

    "In his latest campaign commercial, President Bush talks about 'times of change.' If he thinks these times are changing, wait till November." Jay Leno


    Peter: I'd sell my soul to be famous.
    [cut to hell]
    Satan: We've got a live one. Peter Griffin.
    Assistant: No good, sir. It seems he already sold his soul once in 1977 for Bee Gees tickets and then again in 1983 for half a mallomar.

    "Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a fat white guy who is threatened by change." Peter Griffin

    "Listen Lois, I know you're a feminist and I think that's adorable, but this is grown-up time and I'm the man." Peter Griffin

    Peter: Wow, is that really the blood of Christ?
    Preacher: Yes, it is.
    Peter: Holy crap, that guy must've been wasted 24 hours a day.

    --Family Guy


    Urban Planner Stuck In Traffic Of Own Design

    The Committee to Re-Elect Bush/Cheney in 2004 Proudly Releases First Television Commercial Scripts of the General Presidential Campaign Season.

    Down With GOP: Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry cozies up with some snuggly Republicans


    TheOnion.com - Republicans Retain Majority In Household
    OMAHA, NE—In spite of a vocal Democratic following among the 16-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter demographics, Republicans managed to retain a slim majority in the Sanderson family, front-door exit polls revealed Monday. "Fortunately, strong Republican support among 48-year-old fathers and 46-year-old mothers won over the key swing vote among 6-year-olds named Timmy," speaker of the household Donald Sanderson said. "This, combined with the traditional Republican stronghold among visiting, over-60 grandparents, allowed Republicans to maintain control." The GOP has held the majority in the Sandersons' last 37 Sunday dinners.

    Click down for cartoons

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 AM | Comments (62)

    Comedy Monday

    "DirecTV has filed suit against O.J. Simpson in accusing him of pirating its satellite television signal. In an unrelated story, DirecTV has been stabbed to death." Tina Fey

    "Right wing Attorney General John Ashcroft had surgery yesterday to remove his gal bladder. Doctors say the surgery was tough because he refused to take his clothes off." Conan O'Brien

    "Bush went on to attack the Democrats' policies. (Bush says) 'Their agenda is to increase federal taxes, to build a wall around this country and to isolate America from the rest of the world.' Hmm. So you're concerned the Democrats might do something that would damage America's standing in the world. Interesting ... that you would think that's still possible." Jon Stewart

    "This week, the CIA announced that they've asked 'Alias' star Jennifer Garner to tape a CIA recruitment video, which is fine but they also asked Jerry Orbach to look for Osama bin Laden." Conan O'Brien

    "In his latest campaign commercial, President Bush talks about 'times of change.' If he thinks these times are changing, wait till November." Jay Leno


    Peter: I'd sell my soul to be famous.
    [cut to hell]
    Satan: We've got a live one. Peter Griffin.
    Assistant: No good, sir. It seems he already sold his soul once in 1977 for Bee Gees tickets and then again in 1983 for half a mallomar.

    "Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a fat white guy who is threatened by change." Peter Griffin

    "Listen Lois, I know you're a feminist and I think that's adorable, but this is grown-up time and I'm the man." Peter Griffin

    Peter: Wow, is that really the blood of Christ?
    Preacher: Yes, it is.
    Peter: Holy crap, that guy must've been wasted 24 hours a day.

    --Family Guy


    Urban Planner Stuck In Traffic Of Own Design

    The Committee to Re-Elect Bush/Cheney in 2004 Proudly Releases First Television Commercial Scripts of the General Presidential Campaign Season.

    Down With GOP: Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry cozies up with some snuggly Republicans


    TheOnion.com - Republicans Retain Majority In Household
    OMAHA, NE—In spite of a vocal Democratic following among the 16-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter demographics, Republicans managed to retain a slim majority in the Sanderson family, front-door exit polls revealed Monday. "Fortunately, strong Republican support among 48-year-old fathers and 46-year-old mothers won over the key swing vote among 6-year-olds named Timmy," speaker of the household Donald Sanderson said. "This, combined with the traditional Republican stronghold among visiting, over-60 grandparents, allowed Republicans to maintain control." The GOP has held the majority in the Sandersons' last 37 Sunday dinners.

    Click down for cartoons

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 AM | Comments (2)

    March 14, 2004

    Mafia Outsourcing Jobs

    AP: Hard-Hit U.S. Mafia Hiring Sicilians

    Posted by Eric at 05:51 PM | Comments (42)

    Mafia Outsourcing Jobs

    AP: Hard-Hit U.S. Mafia Hiring Sicilians

    Posted by Eric at 05:51 PM | Comments (2)

    March 13, 2004

    Silly Saturday

    News
    AP. Bush Radio Address Raps Kerry's Tax Plans
    AP. Judge OKs abortion records' use: University ordered to hand them over
    Cox News. Arab-American group slams Bush over anti-terrorism ad
    AP. Many troops to get second tour in Iraq
    Newsday. Daschle calls for new vote on Medicare overhaul bill
    AP. Rumsfeld, FBI Official Kept 9-11 Items
    LAT. S.F. Mayor Tries to Keep Focus on City Business
    LAT. Glad to Pay Back Debt to Lt. Kerry
    AP. Same-sex couples left at altar when court halts San Francisco marriages
    NYT. San Francisco Sees Tide Shift in the Battle Over Marriage
    NYT. To Mayor, Bush Ads Are Fine. So Are Kerry's.
    WP. Missteps on Economy Worry Bush Supporters
    WP. Official Says He Was Told To Withhold Medicare Data
    WP. New Medicare Chief Is Approved: Unanimous Senate Vote Follows Agreement to Pursue Drug-Import Bill
    The Mirror. MY HELL IN CAMP X-RAY
    NYT. Officials Still Divided on Whom to Blame for Madrid Bombings
    NYT. A Student Aid Ban for Past Drug Use Is Creating a Furor
    Newsweek. Oscar winner Tim Robbins courts controversy again in his new play, “Embedded,” which opens in New York this week
    AP. Kerry Not Sorry for Swipe at GOP Critics
    AP. Bush Looks to Spotlight Anti-Terror Fight
    AP. Kerry's Family Plays Role on the Trail
    Environmental Magazine. The Bush administration packs the courts with anti-environmental judges

    Commentary
    Bill Berkowitz. American Bushmire
    Geov Parrish. A watershed anniversary
    StarTrib. The real enemy/It's terrorism, not Iraq
    Capital Times. Feingold's for fiscal sanity
    Mark J. Penn. Ads Backwards
    Bill Maher. New rule: You can't be a Washington outsider if you're already president
    Test. Test
    Michael W. Robbins. The Skeptical Spy: Ray McGovern
    Adam Werbach. Hostile Takeover: Anti-immigration coalition seeks control of Sierra Club
    Bernie Sanders. How a Bad Bill Becomes Law
    John Podesta. America's Secret History
    Christopher Scheer, Robert Scheer & Lakshmi Chaudhry. Bush's Lies About Iraq
    Charles Derber. The Next TDR: Regime change at home will require more than beating Bush
    Steven Rosenfeld. Monopolize The Microphone: How the GOP plans to sabotage Democratic funding in 2004
    Bill Berkowitz. The Gay GOP: Will the constitutional amendment drive gays from the Republican party?

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (14)

    Silly Saturday

    News
    AP. Bush Radio Address Raps Kerry's Tax Plans
    AP. Judge OKs abortion records' use: University ordered to hand them over
    Cox News. Arab-American group slams Bush over anti-terrorism ad
    AP. Many troops to get second tour in Iraq
    Newsday. Daschle calls for new vote on Medicare overhaul bill
    AP. Rumsfeld, FBI Official Kept 9-11 Items
    LAT. S.F. Mayor Tries to Keep Focus on City Business
    LAT. Glad to Pay Back Debt to Lt. Kerry
    AP. Same-sex couples left at altar when court halts San Francisco marriages
    NYT. San Francisco Sees Tide Shift in the Battle Over Marriage
    NYT. To Mayor, Bush Ads Are Fine. So Are Kerry's.
    WP. Missteps on Economy Worry Bush Supporters
    WP. Official Says He Was Told To Withhold Medicare Data
    WP. New Medicare Chief Is Approved: Unanimous Senate Vote Follows Agreement to Pursue Drug-Import Bill
    The Mirror. MY HELL IN CAMP X-RAY
    NYT. Officials Still Divided on Whom to Blame for Madrid Bombings
    NYT. A Student Aid Ban for Past Drug Use Is Creating a Furor
    Newsweek. Oscar winner Tim Robbins courts controversy again in his new play, “Embedded,” which opens in New York this week
    AP. Kerry Not Sorry for Swipe at GOP Critics
    AP. Bush Looks to Spotlight Anti-Terror Fight
    AP. Kerry's Family Plays Role on the Trail
    Environmental Magazine. The Bush administration packs the courts with anti-environmental judges

    Commentary
    Bill Berkowitz. American Bushmire
    Geov Parrish. A watershed anniversary
    StarTrib. The real enemy/It's terrorism, not Iraq
    Capital Times. Feingold's for fiscal sanity
    Mark J. Penn. Ads Backwards
    Bill Maher. New rule: You can't be a Washington outsider if you're already president
    Test. Test
    Michael W. Robbins. The Skeptical Spy: Ray McGovern
    Adam Werbach. Hostile Takeover: Anti-immigration coalition seeks control of Sierra Club
    Bernie Sanders. How a Bad Bill Becomes Law
    John Podesta. America's Secret History
    Christopher Scheer, Robert Scheer & Lakshmi Chaudhry. Bush's Lies About Iraq
    Charles Derber. The Next TDR: Regime change at home will require more than beating Bush
    Steven Rosenfeld. Monopolize The Microphone: How the GOP plans to sabotage Democratic funding in 2004
    Bill Berkowitz. The Gay GOP: Will the constitutional amendment drive gays from the Republican party?

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

    Hamster Numbers: Bush Index

    From the DCCC:

    Jobs Lost Under Bush
    2,966,000
    (Dept. of Labor projections 03/05/2004)

    Americans Uninsured
    43,600,000
    (US Census Bureau 2002)

    National Debt:
    $7,099,567,295,565.79
    (03/05/2004)
    (your share: $24,252.92)

    Posted by Eric at 07:01 PM | Comments (42)

    Hamster Numbers: Bush Index

    From the DCCC:

    Jobs Lost Under Bush
    2,966,000
    (Dept. of Labor projections 03/05/2004)

    Americans Uninsured
    43,600,000
    (US Census Bureau 2002)

    National Debt:
    $7,099,567,295,565.79
    (03/05/2004)
    (your share: $24,252.92)

    Posted by Eric at 07:01 PM | Comments (7)

    Say Hi

    To new Hamster supporters:

    Take Back the Senate: Start a liberal diary and communicate with Sen Dem officials.

    Frustration Relief! Get out your political frustration.

    SHIFTING BASELINES: Learn more about the important issue of ocean decline and things you can do to help prevent the problem for future generations.

    John Barrow: John Barrow is a Democrat running for the Democratic nomination in Georgia's 12th District. Doug Haines is also running for that same Democratic seat.

    EDIT: Blogads like the ones on this site were mentioned in this AJC article:

    Surf over to Talking Points, Daily KOS, Eschaton or one of the other big Democratic blogs, and you might spot ads inviting you to send money to John Barrow or Doug Haines, rivals in the 12th District primary race to see who gets a shot at Republican Rep. Max Burns ... Barrow said his campaign has made money from the ads, which have been up about a month, but nothing like the amounts raised by Chandler, who was running in a race that had been targeted by both national parties.

    Martin Matheny, Haines' communications director, said that their campaign has invested less than $1,000 in blogs and gotten "a significant return" for its effort.

    But it's important, Matheny said, to treat those who respond as more than just a check.

    "We've gone the extra step," he said, "and actually invited people to join a discussion with us on our campaign blog."

    Posted by Eric at 04:34 PM | Comments (30)

    Say Hi

    To new Hamster supporters:

    Take Back the Senate: Start a liberal diary and communicate with Sen Dem officials.

    Frustration Relief! Get out your political frustration.

    SHIFTING BASELINES: Learn more about the important issue of ocean decline and things you can do to help prevent the problem for future generations.

    John Barrow: John Barrow is a Democrat running for the Democratic nomination in Georgia's 12th District. Doug Haines is also running for that same Democratic seat.

    EDIT: Blogads like the ones on this site were mentioned in this AJC article:

    Surf over to Talking Points, Daily KOS, Eschaton or one of the other big Democratic blogs, and you might spot ads inviting you to send money to John Barrow or Doug Haines, rivals in the 12th District primary race to see who gets a shot at Republican Rep. Max Burns ... Barrow said his campaign has made money from the ads, which have been up about a month, but nothing like the amounts raised by Chandler, who was running in a race that had been targeted by both national parties.

    Martin Matheny, Haines' communications director, said that their campaign has invested less than $1,000 in blogs and gotten "a significant return" for its effort.

    But it's important, Matheny said, to treat those who respond as more than just a check.

    "We've gone the extra step," he said, "and actually invited people to join a discussion with us on our campaign blog."

    Posted by Eric at 04:34 PM | Comments (8)

    Kerry Maintains Large Lead Among Hispanics

    From a Democracy Corps poll, John Kerry is the favorite among America's fastest growing minority group:

    A new poll conducted among Hispanic likely voters and released today by an independent, non-profit organization confirmed that Hispanics remain one of the most Democratic groups in the electorate and President Bush has not been able to make any gains among this group of voters since the 2000 election.

    Republican pollster Matthew Dowd has said that in order to win this election, Bush needs to get at least 38 percent of the Hispanic vote, but the poll, conducted by Democracy Corps, reveals that Bush's prospects to win more support among Hispanics are slim.

    The survey also found that Senator John Kerry enjoys a very comfortable advantage over Bush among Hispanics. Even before the end of the Democratic primary season, Senator Kerry would have received 56 percent of the Hispanic vote, in a Presidential election, in contrast with Bush's 34 percent. In addition, Kerry's base support among Hispanics is twice as large as Bush's, with 28 percent of Hispanics being "loyal" Kerry voters, while only 14 percent identify themselves as Bush "loyal" voters.

    Posted by Eric at 03:08 PM | Comments (14)

    Kerry Maintains Large Lead Among Hispanics

    From a Democracy Corps poll, John Kerry is the favorite among America's fastest growing minority group:

    A new poll conducted among Hispanic likely voters and released today by an independent, non-profit organization confirmed that Hispanics remain one of the most Democratic groups in the electorate and President Bush has not been able to make any gains among this group of voters since the 2000 election.

    Republican pollster Matthew Dowd has said that in order to win this election, Bush needs to get at least 38 percent of the Hispanic vote, but the poll, conducted by Democracy Corps, reveals that Bush's prospects to win more support among Hispanics are slim.

    The survey also found that Senator John Kerry enjoys a very comfortable advantage over Bush among Hispanics. Even before the end of the Democratic primary season, Senator Kerry would have received 56 percent of the Hispanic vote, in a Presidential election, in contrast with Bush's 34 percent. In addition, Kerry's base support among Hispanics is twice as large as Bush's, with 28 percent of Hispanics being "loyal" Kerry voters, while only 14 percent identify themselves as Bush "loyal" voters.

    Posted by Eric at 03:08 PM | Comments (10)

    Hamster Numbers: Arab Americans

    According to a new Zogby International poll:

    If the election were held now, John Kerry would get 54 percent of the vote among Arab Americans in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida, four key battleground states in the Nov. 2 election. Bush lags far behind at 30 percent. Other candidates would get 5 percent of the vote. Eleven percent are undecided.

    In 2000, Bush led his Democratic rival Al Gore among Arab Americans, winning 45 percent of their votes nationwide, compared to 38 percent voted for Gore and 13 percent for Ralph Nader. In the four battleground states, Bush did even better, winning 46 percent of Arab American votes, versus 29 percent for Gore and 13 percent for Nader.

    Posted by Eric at 12:38 AM | Comments (52)

    Hamster Numbers: Arab Americans

    According to a new Zogby International poll:

    If the election were held now, John Kerry would get 54 percent of the vote among Arab Americans in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida, four key battleground states in the Nov. 2 election. Bush lags far behind at 30 percent. Other candidates would get 5 percent of the vote. Eleven percent are undecided.

    In 2000, Bush led his Democratic rival Al Gore among Arab Americans, winning 45 percent of their votes nationwide, compared to 38 percent voted for Gore and 13 percent for Ralph Nader. In the four battleground states, Bush did even better, winning 46 percent of Arab American votes, versus 29 percent for Gore and 13 percent for Nader.

    Posted by Eric at 12:38 AM | Comments (6)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    This Saturday's quotes come from the DCCC and quotes from the great GOP leader Tom Delay, the face of the Republican Party. Go get 'um, Tom!

    "It's never been proven that air toxics (sic) are hazardous to people."
    -Houston Chronicle, October 27, 1990

    "Here is a flower child with gray hair doing exactly what he did back in the '60s: He is apologizing for the actions of the U.S."
    on Clinton saying sorry for slavery.
    -American Prospect, July / August Issue, 1998

    "the EPA, the Gestapo of government"
    -PBS Newshour, December 21, 1995

    AND ON BUDGET DEFICITS!

    "[Democrats] completely ignore the desperate need for deficit reduction which in itself would be a major step forward toward enhancing our Nation's competitiveness."
    -House floor, September 22, 1992

    More quotes are here.

    Posted by Eric at 12:07 AM | Comments (50)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    This Saturday's quotes come from the DCCC and quotes from the great GOP leader Tom Delay, the face of the Republican Party. Go get 'um, Tom!

    "It's never been proven that air toxics (sic) are hazardous to people."
    -Houston Chronicle, October 27, 1990

    "Here is a flower child with gray hair doing exactly what he did back in the '60s: He is apologizing for the actions of the U.S."
    on Clinton saying sorry for slavery.
    -American Prospect, July / August Issue, 1998

    "the EPA, the Gestapo of government"
    -PBS Newshour, December 21, 1995

    AND ON BUDGET DEFICITS!

    "[Democrats] completely ignore the desperate need for deficit reduction which in itself would be a major step forward toward enhancing our Nation's competitiveness."
    -House floor, September 22, 1992

    More quotes are here.

    Posted by Eric at 12:07 AM | Comments (8)

    Ads Backfire: 2-1 Find Bush's 9-11 Ads Inappropriate

    National Annenberg Election Survey finds this:

    Undecided voters, by a 2-1 margin, feel it was inappropriate for President Bush's re-election campaign to use images from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in a television commercial, according to a poll released Friday.

    Among those who have not yet decided who they will support in the November presidential election, or say they could change their minds, 52 percent thought the ad was inappropriate while 27 percent said it was appropriate, according to the results of the National Annenberg Election Survey.

    Which, of course, doesn't bode well for the Bush campaign since its essentially making 9-11 the centerpiece of its campaign ...

    At a press briefing this morning at Bush campaign headquarters in Arlington, Bush media adviser Mark McKinnon addressed a question about the use of Sept. 11 images, saying "obviously 9/11 was the defining moment of these times," and that the president's response to attacks "are important parts of this administration's record."
    Where is the convention again? Some state that is being rewarded because it always votes Republican, right?

    Remember that 9-11 was about national unity and bringing the country together regardless of politics. So what is the Bush administration doing? Using that non-partisan movement for partisan gains. And it's not just the decided votes like me who apparently think its inappropriate: again, 2-1 margin among undecided voters. And they rarely decide on anything!

    Posted by Eric at 12:05 AM | Comments (16)

    Ads Backfire: 2-1 Find Bush's 9-11 Ads Inappropriate

    National Annenberg Election Survey finds this:

    Undecided voters, by a 2-1 margin, feel it was inappropriate for President Bush's re-election campaign to use images from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in a television commercial, according to a poll released Friday.

    Among those who have not yet decided who they will support in the November presidential election, or say they could change their minds, 52 percent thought the ad was inappropriate while 27 percent said it was appropriate, according to the results of the National Annenberg Election Survey.

    Which, of course, doesn't bode well for the Bush campaign since its essentially making 9-11 the centerpiece of its campaign ...

    At a press briefing this morning at Bush campaign headquarters in Arlington, Bush media adviser Mark McKinnon addressed a question about the use of Sept. 11 images, saying "obviously 9/11 was the defining moment of these times," and that the president's response to attacks "are important parts of this administration's record."
    Where is the convention again? Some state that is being rewarded because it always votes Republican, right?

    Remember that 9-11 was about national unity and bringing the country together regardless of politics. So what is the Bush administration doing? Using that non-partisan movement for partisan gains. And it's not just the decided votes like me who apparently think its inappropriate: again, 2-1 margin among undecided voters. And they rarely decide on anything!

    Posted by Eric at 12:05 AM | Comments (9)

    Your Work Computer is Dirtier Than Your Toilet

    Not only are you dirrrty, but so is your computer at work, researchers at University of Arizona have concluded:

    KEYBOARDS, computer mice and telephone dials are more infested with microbes than toilet seats, according to a University of Arizona study. The study recommends that office workstations be regularly disinfected since they can on average contain 400 times as many germs as a toilet seat, said Charles Gerba, a University of Arizona microbiologist.

    According to the study, telephones harboured up to 25,127 germs per square inch, keyboards 3295 and computer mice 1676. The average office contains 20,961 germs per square inch.

    "Desks are really bacteria cafeterias," Mr Gerba said in a press release. "They are breakfast bars, lunch tables and everything else, as we spend more hours at the office.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (35)

    Your Work Computer is Dirtier Than Your Toilet

    Not only are you dirrrty, but so is your computer at work, researchers at University of Arizona have concluded:

    KEYBOARDS, computer mice and telephone dials are more infested with microbes than toilet seats, according to a University of Arizona study. The study recommends that office workstations be regularly disinfected since they can on average contain 400 times as many germs as a toilet seat, said Charles Gerba, a University of Arizona microbiologist.

    According to the study, telephones harboured up to 25,127 germs per square inch, keyboards 3295 and computer mice 1676. The average office contains 20,961 germs per square inch.

    "Desks are really bacteria cafeterias," Mr Gerba said in a press release. "They are breakfast bars, lunch tables and everything else, as we spend more hours at the office.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (5)

    March 12, 2004

    Aloha Friday

    News
    CNN. New York opts out of Matrix crime database
    Reuters. Texas Death Sentence for Retarded Man Commuted
    Reuters. FCC Urges Maximum Fine for "Elliot in the Morning" Radio Show
    Reuters. Gays Vow Legal Fight After San Francisco Setback
    AP. Bush's Right-Hand Man Rove Defends Boss in Portland, Ore., GOP Fund-Raiser
    Oregonian. Gay-marriage issue to go to Oregon Supreme Court
    AP. Gay-marriage issue to go to Oregon Supreme Court
    Milw J-Sent. State Senate approves ban on gay marriage
    AP. Pollution high where income is low: Coalition report shows inequity in location of industrial facilities, poorer neighborhoods
    bangordailynews. Religious coalition calls on state to use hybrid vehicles
    The Hill. The Texas vote fallout roils Dems
    CSM. Should 14-year-olds vote? OK, how about a quarter of a vote?
    AP. Democrats on Hill give Kerry hero's welcome on return
    AP. Sharpton gets funds, faces probe
    birminghamnews. Riley: Put same-sex ban on Nov. 2 ballot
    AzRepub. Desperate migrants giving kids to 'coyotes'
    AP. Bush addresses evangelical Christians in Springs
    Hartford Courant. Foes Of Gay Marriages Feel Urgency
    BaltSun. On the Threshold: Down but not out, ex-Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi builds on ideas for a new America with a sturdy populist foundation
    BGlobe. Convention may be overture to long debate
    NYDN. Bush attends Sept. 11 ceremony, raises $1.6 million in New York
    USA Today. Sept. 11 response will continue to be Bush theme
    LAT. Key Republicans Admit Anxiety Over Campaign
    NYT. Pointed Questions on Missile Defense System
    NYT. House Votes, 391-22, to Raise Broadcasters' Fines for Indecency
    NYT. Bush Reiterates His Call for Amendment
    AP. Bush Administration Weighs Condom Warning
    AP. Gay Republicans to Run Anti-Amendment Ad
    seattleweekly. Black Box Backlash: Bev Harris of Renton created a firestorm with her national Internet campaign against electronic voting. Now she's trying to persuade people in the real world that their democracy is on the line
    Willamette Week. Inside Portland's VELVET REVOLUTION: How gay marriage went from idea to reality
    Boulder Weekly. Tainted justice: Rocky Flats’ grand jury foreman, whistleblower and lead FBI investigator team up to find the truth about the former nuclear weapons plant

    Commentary
    Lou Dubose. Tom DeLay's funny-money trail: The GOP strongman's political machine has stopped at nothing to extend its power. Now it's facing indictments for violating Texas campaign finance laws
    Eric Boehlert. Howard Stern's schwing voters: The raunchy jockey is mobilizing his army of listeners against Bush -- and they could make a difference in November
    Fred Branfman. Advice to Kerry: It's all about heart
    AJC. Bush uproots forest conservation
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Trash food makers fatten GOP coffers
    Buzzflash Intervew. Eric Alterman, Author of "The Book on Bush" and "What Liberal Media?"
    Jonathan Schell. The Empire Backfires
    Edward M. Kennedy. Iraq and US Leadership
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Job No. 1 for Bush
    Harold Meyerson. A Bright Hope in Illinois
    Herbert. Wounded Warriors
    Krugman. End Excuses on Jobs
    ACLU. ACLU Warns House Approval of Increased Indecency Fines Will Have a Chilling Effect on Speech
    Ted Rall. First They Came for the Shock Jocks
    David Corn. Sharing Bush’s Pain: The 9/11 ad campaign and Iraq fictio
    Jeremy Voas. A soldier’s story: Artimus Brassfield served well and died quickly
    Alan Bisbort. Ghost of America's Past: When will all Americans -- Republicans, Democrats, Greens, independents and "swing voters" -- connect the dots on the Bush Regime?
    Stephanie Kraft. Hands Off: Bush and Co. use trade rules to block the flow of science and culture from ¨rogue nations.¨ Jail time for editors? It could happen here
    Tim McGivern. Defining Marriage: Battle over same-sex marriage licenses heads toward New Mexico court

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (165)

    Aloha Friday

    News
    CNN. New York opts out of Matrix crime database
    Reuters. Texas Death Sentence for Retarded Man Commuted
    Reuters. FCC Urges Maximum Fine for "Elliot in the Morning" Radio Show
    Reuters. Gays Vow Legal Fight After San Francisco Setback
    AP. Bush's Right-Hand Man Rove Defends Boss in Portland, Ore., GOP Fund-Raiser
    Oregonian. Gay-marriage issue to go to Oregon Supreme Court
    AP. Gay-marriage issue to go to Oregon Supreme Court
    Milw J-Sent. State Senate approves ban on gay marriage
    AP. Pollution high where income is low: Coalition report shows inequity in location of industrial facilities, poorer neighborhoods
    bangordailynews. Religious coalition calls on state to use hybrid vehicles
    The Hill. The Texas vote fallout roils Dems
    CSM. Should 14-year-olds vote? OK, how about a quarter of a vote?
    AP. Democrats on Hill give Kerry hero's welcome on return
    AP. Sharpton gets funds, faces probe
    birminghamnews. Riley: Put same-sex ban on Nov. 2 ballot
    AzRepub. Desperate migrants giving kids to 'coyotes'
    AP. Bush addresses evangelical Christians in Springs
    Hartford Courant. Foes Of Gay Marriages Feel Urgency
    BaltSun. On the Threshold: Down but not out, ex-Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi builds on ideas for a new America with a sturdy populist foundation
    BGlobe. Convention may be overture to long debate
    NYDN. Bush attends Sept. 11 ceremony, raises $1.6 million in New York
    USA Today. Sept. 11 response will continue to be Bush theme
    LAT. Key Republicans Admit Anxiety Over Campaign
    NYT. Pointed Questions on Missile Defense System
    NYT. House Votes, 391-22, to Raise Broadcasters' Fines for Indecency
    NYT. Bush Reiterates His Call for Amendment
    AP. Bush Administration Weighs Condom Warning
    AP. Gay Republicans to Run Anti-Amendment Ad
    seattleweekly. Black Box Backlash: Bev Harris of Renton created a firestorm with her national Internet campaign against electronic voting. Now she's trying to persuade people in the real world that their democracy is on the line
    Willamette Week. Inside Portland's VELVET REVOLUTION: How gay marriage went from idea to reality
    Boulder Weekly. Tainted justice: Rocky Flats’ grand jury foreman, whistleblower and lead FBI investigator team up to find the truth about the former nuclear weapons plant

    Commentary
    Lou Dubose. Tom DeLay's funny-money trail: The GOP strongman's political machine has stopped at nothing to extend its power. Now it's facing indictments for violating Texas campaign finance laws
    Eric Boehlert. Howard Stern's schwing voters: The raunchy jockey is mobilizing his army of listeners against Bush -- and they could make a difference in November
    Fred Branfman. Advice to Kerry: It's all about heart
    AJC. Bush uproots forest conservation
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Trash food makers fatten GOP coffers
    Buzzflash Intervew. Eric Alterman, Author of "The Book on Bush" and "What Liberal Media?"
    Jonathan Schell. The Empire Backfires
    Edward M. Kennedy. Iraq and US Leadership
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Job No. 1 for Bush
    Harold Meyerson. A Bright Hope in Illinois
    Herbert. Wounded Warriors
    Krugman. End Excuses on Jobs
    ACLU. ACLU Warns House Approval of Increased Indecency Fines Will Have a Chilling Effect on Speech
    Ted Rall. First They Came for the Shock Jocks
    David Corn. Sharing Bush’s Pain: The 9/11 ad campaign and Iraq fictio
    Jeremy Voas. A soldier’s story: Artimus Brassfield served well and died quickly
    Alan Bisbort. Ghost of America's Past: When will all Americans -- Republicans, Democrats, Greens, independents and "swing voters" -- connect the dots on the Bush Regime?
    Stephanie Kraft. Hands Off: Bush and Co. use trade rules to block the flow of science and culture from ¨rogue nations.¨ Jail time for editors? It could happen here
    Tim McGivern. Defining Marriage: Battle over same-sex marriage licenses heads toward New Mexico court

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (12)

    WWE Audition Night at Korean Assembly

    Oh Koreans ^_^. LA Times:

    In a historic first for South Korea, the National Assembly voted today to impeach President Roh Moo Hyun after a trivial political spat snowballed into a crisis that in effect paralyzed governance of the nation.

    Pro- and anti-Roh lawmakers traded blows and wrestled on the floor of the assembly as the votes were counted ... With the decorum of a kindergarten class, some of the nation's leading politicians — mostly middle-aged men in somber suits — pushed and shoved and threw paper and furniture. Roh supporters screamed that the assembly was staging a "coup d'etat."

    One legislator fainted. Others burst into tears. Pro-Roh legislators joined hands and sang the national anthem as they were dragged out.

    Later, the Uri Party issued a statement saying that all of its 42 members in the assembly were resigning.

    Hours before the vote this morning, Roh issued a statement pleading for restraint and apologizing to the South Korean people for an incident last month in which he was accused of violating election regulations.

    More seriously, the Korean political fight has implications not only for the country, but US foreign policy as well, notes the WPost:
    Roh Moo Hyun's fate and how South Koreans react to it, analysts say, has ramifications for a host of issues important to Washington, including the restructuring of 37,000 U.S. military personnel now based in South Korea, the talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the future of the still fragile economic recovery in Asia's fourth largest economy.
    In case you were wondering, this is what Roh did:
    The key charge against Roh is that he made a public statement asking voters to support the Uri Party -- made up of his core supporters -- in the April 15 elections for the National Assembly, currently controlled by the opposition. South Korean presidents are not allowed to campaign for legislators, and the presidential plug was deemed a minor infraction by the National Electoral Commission.

    Posted by Eric at 07:08 PM | Comments (16)

    WWE Audition Night at Korean Assembly

    Oh Koreans ^_^. LA Times:

    In a historic first for South Korea, the National Assembly voted today to impeach President Roh Moo Hyun after a trivial political spat snowballed into a crisis that in effect paralyzed governance of the nation.

    Pro- and anti-Roh lawmakers traded blows and wrestled on the floor of the assembly as the votes were counted ... With the decorum of a kindergarten class, some of the nation's leading politicians — mostly middle-aged men in somber suits — pushed and shoved and threw paper and furniture. Roh supporters screamed that the assembly was staging a "coup d'etat."

    One legislator fainted. Others burst into tears. Pro-Roh legislators joined hands and sang the national anthem as they were dragged out.

    Later, the Uri Party issued a statement saying that all of its 42 members in the assembly were resigning.

    Hours before the vote this morning, Roh issued a statement pleading for restraint and apologizing to the South Korean people for an incident last month in which he was accused of violating election regulations.

    More seriously, the Korean political fight has implications not only for the country, but US foreign policy as well, notes the WPost:
    Roh Moo Hyun's fate and how South Koreans react to it, analysts say, has ramifications for a host of issues important to Washington, including the restructuring of 37,000 U.S. military personnel now based in South Korea, the talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the future of the still fragile economic recovery in Asia's fourth largest economy.
    In case you were wondering, this is what Roh did:
    The key charge against Roh is that he made a public statement asking voters to support the Uri Party -- made up of his core supporters -- in the April 15 elections for the National Assembly, currently controlled by the opposition. South Korean presidents are not allowed to campaign for legislators, and the presidential plug was deemed a minor infraction by the National Electoral Commission.

    Posted by Eric at 07:08 PM | Comments (7)

    Kerry Strikes Back in New Ad

    The Kerry camp says the Bush campaign is misleading on Kerry and his record:

    The 30-second spot discusses how yet again the President is misleading the American people, except this time on John Kerry’s record. The ad sets the record straight about Kerry’s plan to cut taxes for middle class Americans, protect American jobs, get health care costs under control and cut the deficit to put the nation back on track. The ad will run in 16 states, including: Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Mexico, Oregon, Wisconsin, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, West Virginia, Arizona, Arkansas, and Ohio.
    “We are determined to make this campaign about real issues facing Americans, like making health care affordable, improving education and getting our economy back on track,” said Kerry Campaign Manager, Mary Beth Cahill. “But when the Bush Campaign misrepresents John Kerry’s record or his plans for the future, we will not hesitate to set the record straight.”
    The new ad can be viewed here.

    The text:

    Announcer: Once again, George Bush is misleading America. John Kerry has never called for a $900 billion dollar tax increase… He wants to cut taxes for the middle class. Doesn’t America deserve more from its president than misleading negative ads?

    John Kerry will crack down on the export of American jobs…get health care costs under control…and cut the deficit.

    John Kerry: I’m John Kerry and I approved this message because we need to do what’s right for America’s economy.

    Announcer: John Kerry. A new direction for America.

    Posted by Eric at 06:39 PM | Comments (11)

    Kerry Strikes Back in New Ad

    The Kerry camp says the Bush campaign is misleading on Kerry and his record:

    The 30-second spot discusses how yet again the President is misleading the American people, except this time on John Kerry’s record. The ad sets the record straight about Kerry’s plan to cut taxes for middle class Americans, protect American jobs, get health care costs under control and cut the deficit to put the nation back on track. The ad will run in 16 states, including: Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Mexico, Oregon, Wisconsin, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, West Virginia, Arizona, Arkansas, and Ohio.
    “We are determined to make this campaign about real issues facing Americans, like making health care affordable, improving education and getting our economy back on track,” said Kerry Campaign Manager, Mary Beth Cahill. “But when the Bush Campaign misrepresents John Kerry’s record or his plans for the future, we will not hesitate to set the record straight.”
    The new ad can be viewed here.

    The text:

    Announcer: Once again, George Bush is misleading America. John Kerry has never called for a $900 billion dollar tax increase… He wants to cut taxes for the middle class. Doesn’t America deserve more from its president than misleading negative ads?

    John Kerry will crack down on the export of American jobs…get health care costs under control…and cut the deficit.

    John Kerry: I’m John Kerry and I approved this message because we need to do what’s right for America’s economy.

    Announcer: John Kerry. A new direction for America.

    Posted by Eric at 06:39 PM | Comments (3)

    Working Man Suspended for Anti-Bush Sign

    Another man whose job fell victim to President Bush:

    A snowplow driver in Cleveland has been suspended from his job after displaying an anti-Bush sign.

    When President Bush visited Cleveland this week, Michael Gerstenslager, a highway maintenance worker, was asked to help provide security for the president's motorcade by using his snowplow to block access to a highway entrance, the Cleveland Plan Dealer reported.

    Gerstenslager hung a sign on the side of the plow that said "traitor" – a message aimed at Mr. Bush. A state trooper in the president's motorcade saw the sign and reported it to the Ohio transportation department.

    Posted by Eric at 06:10 PM | Comments (46)

    Working Man Suspended for Anti-Bush Sign

    Another man whose job fell victim to President Bush:

    A snowplow driver in Cleveland has been suspended from his job after displaying an anti-Bush sign.

    When President Bush visited Cleveland this week, Michael Gerstenslager, a highway maintenance worker, was asked to help provide security for the president's motorcade by using his snowplow to block access to a highway entrance, the Cleveland Plan Dealer reported.

    Gerstenslager hung a sign on the side of the plow that said "traitor" – a message aimed at Mr. Bush. A state trooper in the president's motorcade saw the sign and reported it to the Ohio transportation department.

    Posted by Eric at 06:10 PM | Comments (8)

    Lying Liars: Bush Administration Hid Medicare Costs from Public

    Or, at least, until the Bush deception was recently revealed. Of course, the White House got its victory since the bill passed. From the talking car Knight-Ridder:

    The government's top expert on Medicare costs was warned that he would be fired if he told key lawmakers about a series of Bush administration cost estimates that could have torpedoed congressional passage of the White House-backed Medicare prescription-drug plan.

    When the House of Representatives passed the controversial benefit by five votes last November, the White House was embracing an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office that it would cost $395 billion in the first 10 years. But for months the administration's own analysts in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had concluded repeatedly that the drug benefit could cost upward of $100 billion more than that.

    Withholding the higher cost projections was important because the White House was facing a revolt from 13 conservative House Republicans who'd vowed to vote against the Medicare drug bill if it cost more than $400 billion.

    Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, one of the 13 Republicans, said she was "very upset" when she learned of the higher estimate.

    Yes, Republicans turning on Republicans. Fun. This is the email the "government's top expert on Medicare costs, Richard S. Foster (chief actuary, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), sent to colleagues that said he would be fired if he talked to lawmakers about his estimates:
    "This whole episode which has now gone on for three weeks has been pretty nightmarish. I'm perhaps no longer in grave danger of being fired, but there remains a strong likelihood that I will have to resign in protest of the withholding of important technical information from key policy makers for political reasons. Stay tuned."
    As the Center for American Progress notes, the White House has a history of threats and intimidation against dissenting individuals.

    Posted by Eric at 05:56 PM | Comments (28)

    Lying Liars: Bush Administration Hid Medicare Costs from Public

    Or, at least, until the Bush deception was recently revealed. Of course, the White House got its victory since the bill passed. From the talking car Knight-Ridder:

    The government's top expert on Medicare costs was warned that he would be fired if he told key lawmakers about a series of Bush administration cost estimates that could have torpedoed congressional passage of the White House-backed Medicare prescription-drug plan.

    When the House of Representatives passed the controversial benefit by five votes last November, the White House was embracing an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office that it would cost $395 billion in the first 10 years. But for months the administration's own analysts in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had concluded repeatedly that the drug benefit could cost upward of $100 billion more than that.

    Withholding the higher cost projections was important because the White House was facing a revolt from 13 conservative House Republicans who'd vowed to vote against the Medicare drug bill if it cost more than $400 billion.

    Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, one of the 13 Republicans, said she was "very upset" when she learned of the higher estimate.

    Yes, Republicans turning on Republicans. Fun. This is the email the "government's top expert on Medicare costs, Richard S. Foster (chief actuary, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), sent to colleagues that said he would be fired if he talked to lawmakers about his estimates:
    "This whole episode which has now gone on for three weeks has been pretty nightmarish. I'm perhaps no longer in grave danger of being fired, but there remains a strong likelihood that I will have to resign in protest of the withholding of important technical information from key policy makers for political reasons. Stay tuned."
    As the Center for American Progress notes, the White House has a history of threats and intimidation against dissenting individuals.

    Posted by Eric at 05:56 PM | Comments (1)

    More Halliburton Follies

    Ah yes, while Halliburton overcharges for its services, it still can't find the time to pay its tab, which could lead to more disservice for troops overseas. From the Federal Times:

    Halliburton celebrates serving hot meals to U.S. troops in Iraq in television commercials, but one subcontractor responsible for preparing the food says soldiers there may soon be eating cold sandwiches because Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root isn’t paying its bills. A Utah-based caterer, Event Source, claims that KBR has racked up an unpaid $87 million tab for meals it has served to soldiers in Baghdad and Mosul since November. The company plans to continue serving food at dining facilities it helped build, but it needs either to get paid or cut expenses, said Phil Morrell, who founded Event Source to serve security troops during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

    “It’s not something I want to do, but I just want to get paid,” Morrell said. “My company is getting ripped apart.”

    Other subcontractors in Iraq working for KBR share similar complaints, he said, although he declined to name any.

    “I’m just the squeaky wheel,” he said. “I don’t know what else to do to get paid.”

    Halliburton is in Iraq, of course, after a rigorous process during which many companies were considered, but Halliburton (despite its lack of connections with the White House) barely squeaked past the tough competition.

    Posted by Eric at 05:26 PM | Comments (11)

    More Halliburton Follies

    Ah yes, while Halliburton overcharges for its services, it still can't find the time to pay its tab, which could lead to more disservice for troops overseas. From the Federal Times:

    Halliburton celebrates serving hot meals to U.S. troops in Iraq in television commercials, but one subcontractor responsible for preparing the food says soldiers there may soon be eating cold sandwiches because Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root isn’t paying its bills. A Utah-based caterer, Event Source, claims that KBR has racked up an unpaid $87 million tab for meals it has served to soldiers in Baghdad and Mosul since November. The company plans to continue serving food at dining facilities it helped build, but it needs either to get paid or cut expenses, said Phil Morrell, who founded Event Source to serve security troops during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

    “It’s not something I want to do, but I just want to get paid,” Morrell said. “My company is getting ripped apart.”

    Other subcontractors in Iraq working for KBR share similar complaints, he said, although he declined to name any.

    “I’m just the squeaky wheel,” he said. “I don’t know what else to do to get paid.”

    Halliburton is in Iraq, of course, after a rigorous process during which many companies were considered, but Halliburton (despite its lack of connections with the White House) barely squeaked past the tough competition.

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

    Firefighters to Attack Bush 'loudly and aggressively'

    The firefighters want to get Kerry elected because they know, as the Bush ads suggest, a vote for Kerry is a vote against national security. The Hill:

    But these first spots also brought controversy over the use of the images from Sept. 11, including those of firefighters. The IAFF, along with the families of some victims, has been most vocal in condemning the ads.

    The relationship between the Bush administration and firefighters turned sour quickly after the terrorist attacks.

    The IAFF and Congress wanted more federal funding for firefighters, which the administration opposed. Schaitberger argued that this has resulted in fire stations being closed and fire fighters being less safe ... Asked whether the IAFF’s reaction to the Bush ads reflects the union’s support for
    Kerry, Schaitberger said only that there is a “perfect contrast” between the candidates. “[Kerry] has responded to fire fighters and their community throughout his career,” he added.

    Posted by Eric at 11:00 AM | Comments (55)

    Firefighters to Attack Bush 'loudly and aggressively'

    The firefighters want to get Kerry elected because they know, as the Bush ads suggest, a vote for Kerry is a vote against national security. The Hill:

    But these first spots also brought controversy over the use of the images from Sept. 11, including those of firefighters. The IAFF, along with the families of some victims, has been most vocal in condemning the ads.

    The relationship between the Bush administration and firefighters turned sour quickly after the terrorist attacks.

    The IAFF and Congress wanted more federal funding for firefighters, which the administration opposed. Schaitberger argued that this has resulted in fire stations being closed and fire fighters being less safe ... Asked whether the IAFF’s reaction to the Bush ads reflects the union’s support for
    Kerry, Schaitberger said only that there is a “perfect contrast” between the candidates. “[Kerry] has responded to fire fighters and their community throughout his career,” he added.

    Posted by Eric at 11:00 AM | Comments (28)

    Dbunker

    John Kerry is using a blog-type atmosphere for 'DBunker: Setting the Record Straight,' where he responds to W and other attacks from opponents. Por ejemplooo:

    FICTION: From the New Bush Attack Ad: “A president sets his agenda for America in the first 100 days. John Kerry's plan: To pay for new government spending, raise taxes by at least $900 billion.”

    FACT: The $900 billion ad is completely false. The Bush Cheney Campaign uses Weapons of Deception and Distortion because they can’t have an honest debate about jobs and taxes. Bush's ad takes Kerry’s statement out of context. John Kerry said: “In my first hundred days in the White House, I will roll back George Bush’s tax cut for the wealthiest so that we can invest in education and health care.” John Kerry will cut; not increase taxes on middle class families.

    The new Bush ad is designed to deceive the 98 percent of Americans who will only get ADDITIONAL tax cuts and health savings from John Kerry. Even when it was not always popular in the Democratic primaries, John Kerry made it clear that he supported maintaining hundreds of billions of tax cuts for working families making under $200,000.

    The $900 billion number in the Bush ad is completely made up and shows that George Bush is running a campaign of deception and distortion.

    Tax cuts are also a part of John Kerry's health care plan. George Bush has turned a blind eye to the spiraling health care costs facing the American people. One third of the cost of John Kerry's plan to make health care more affordable and available for all American families is a TAX CUT. Nearly another third is straight relief from the cost of health care up to $1,000 per family, and the final third spends resources on those that need help most – such as our children.

    Posted by Eric at 03:15 AM | Comments (46)

    Dbunker

    John Kerry is using a blog-type atmosphere for 'DBunker: Setting the Record Straight,' where he responds to W and other attacks from opponents. Por ejemplooo:

    FICTION: From the New Bush Attack Ad: “A president sets his agenda for America in the first 100 days. John Kerry's plan: To pay for new government spending, raise taxes by at least $900 billion.”

    FACT: The $900 billion ad is completely false. The Bush Cheney Campaign uses Weapons of Deception and Distortion because they can’t have an honest debate about jobs and taxes. Bush's ad takes Kerry’s statement out of context. John Kerry said: “In my first hundred days in the White House, I will roll back George Bush’s tax cut for the wealthiest so that we can invest in education and health care.” John Kerry will cut; not increase taxes on middle class families.

    The new Bush ad is designed to deceive the 98 percent of Americans who will only get ADDITIONAL tax cuts and health savings from John Kerry. Even when it was not always popular in the Democratic primaries, John Kerry made it clear that he supported maintaining hundreds of billions of tax cuts for working families making under $200,000.

    The $900 billion number in the Bush ad is completely made up and shows that George Bush is running a campaign of deception and distortion.

    Tax cuts are also a part of John Kerry's health care plan. George Bush has turned a blind eye to the spiraling health care costs facing the American people. One third of the cost of John Kerry's plan to make health care more affordable and available for all American families is a TAX CUT. Nearly another third is straight relief from the cost of health care up to $1,000 per family, and the final third spends resources on those that need help most – such as our children.

    Posted by Eric at 03:15 AM | Comments (15)

    WPost: Pentagon Auditors Find "significant discrepancies" with Halliburton Subsidiary

    In other news, the sun came up. Please, contain your shock and awe about the business practices of Halliburton. Washington Post:

    A January audit memo, which the House Government Reform Committee released, said the auditors found that Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. could not substantiate cost estimates that it passed on to the government.

    The hearing, the first to review the rebuilding effort in Iraq, included a review of charges that KBR overpaid to bring fuel into Iraq and overcharged for meals it never served at dining facilities in Iraq and Kuwait. Only government officials, not contractors, were invited to testify ... William H. Reed, director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, said many of the company's problems have resulted from a lack of documentation for how it bid and charged for subcontract work. "They simply were not following what we considered reasonable business practice to award bids," he said, "At least we couldn't tell . . . by the documentation."

    Henry Waxman is one of the Democrats who is hammering the Halliburton folks for overpricing and other misdeeds.

    Posted by Eric at 02:25 AM | Comments (38)

    WPost: Pentagon Auditors Find "significant discrepancies" with Halliburton Subsidiary

    In other news, the sun came up. Please, contain your shock and awe about the business practices of Halliburton. Washington Post:

    A January audit memo, which the House Government Reform Committee released, said the auditors found that Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. could not substantiate cost estimates that it passed on to the government.

    The hearing, the first to review the rebuilding effort in Iraq, included a review of charges that KBR overpaid to bring fuel into Iraq and overcharged for meals it never served at dining facilities in Iraq and Kuwait. Only government officials, not contractors, were invited to testify ... William H. Reed, director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, said many of the company's problems have resulted from a lack of documentation for how it bid and charged for subcontract work. "They simply were not following what we considered reasonable business practice to award bids," he said, "At least we couldn't tell . . . by the documentation."

    Henry Waxman is one of the Democrats who is hammering the Halliburton folks for overpricing and other misdeeds.

    Posted by Eric at 02:25 AM | Comments (6)

    Aloha Friday Edition

    Autism Society: "Childhood autism in Hawaii is growing at an epidemic rate." Star Bulletin:

    The state Department of Education has categorized more than 720 kids with autism out of about 23,000 in special education in 2002, or about 3.1 percent, compared with 1 percent nationally, said Naomi Grossman, Autism Society of Hawaii president.

    "It's no longer just an alarming rate; it's an epidemic pace, and we're really concerned because it could be due to a lot of things, like the Brick Township in New Jersey," Grossman said ... Every state has shown a triple-digit or higher increase in autism cases in the past 10 years, said Lee Grossman, chairman of the Autism Society of America. Other countries are seeing the same growth rates, he said.

    He said the incidence is climbing at 10 percent to 17 percent a year and is as high as one in 166 children in some communities. Scientists cannot explain the drastic increase.

    "I would hate to guess," Lee Grossman said, suggesting there may be "myriad reasons."

    He said some attribute it to a broader diagnosis of autism, which might account for 20 percent to 30 percent of the growth. "But what about the other 70 to 80 percent?" he said.


    "It's 80 degrees every day, it's 25 cents to Waikiki Beach and it boasts several top flight programs. Why isn't every top athlete flocking to paradise?" Sports Illustrated:

    Other athletes are attracted, believe it or not, by academic offerings. Hawaii has a curriculum that mainland schools can't duplicate. Brittany Grice, a freshman on the women's basketball team from Redondo Beach, Calif., was recruited by Cal, Dartmouth and Brown, but she came to Oahu in part because she wanted to study marine biology; she hopes to practice environmental law someday. Hawaii's unique course listings include volcanology and tropical agriculture, and classes are held at the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, a.k.a. HURL. Who doesn't have the urge to HURL every now and then?

    Another selling point for the school's nonrevenue teams is media exposure: Nearly every sport is mentioned on TV and/or written about in local papers on a regular basis because when it comes to team sports, UH is the biggest show for literally thousands of miles in any direction. "The amount of coverage we get is amazing," Grice says ... Hawaii's football coach, June Jones, says the island's appeal actually can complicate the recruiting process ... Jones himself is perhaps the best example of the island's allure. He turned down a four-year, $3 million contract from the San Diego Chargers to take a job at Hawaii that paid $320,000 -- he had played there in the early '70s and always wanted to return. This past season was a breakthrough one for Jones. An upset of Alabama and a Hawaii Bowl victory over Houston were among the Rainbow Warriors' nine wins. The incoming recruiting class includes players from Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina -- all of whom approached Jones's staff, asked to be recruited and passed the screening test to gauge their sincerity.


    'American Idol' contestant on her mission of aloha

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 AM | Comments (10)

    Aloha Friday Edition

    Autism Society: "Childhood autism in Hawaii is growing at an epidemic rate." Star Bulletin:

    The state Department of Education has categorized more than 720 kids with autism out of about 23,000 in special education in 2002, or about 3.1 percent, compared with 1 percent nationally, said Naomi Grossman, Autism Society of Hawaii president.

    "It's no longer just an alarming rate; it's an epidemic pace, and we're really concerned because it could be due to a lot of things, like the Brick Township in New Jersey," Grossman said ... Every state has shown a triple-digit or higher increase in autism cases in the past 10 years, said Lee Grossman, chairman of the Autism Society of America. Other countries are seeing the same growth rates, he said.

    He said the incidence is climbing at 10 percent to 17 percent a year and is as high as one in 166 children in some communities. Scientists cannot explain the drastic increase.

    "I would hate to guess," Lee Grossman said, suggesting there may be "myriad reasons."

    He said some attribute it to a broader diagnosis of autism, which might account for 20 percent to 30 percent of the growth. "But what about the other 70 to 80 percent?" he said.


    "It's 80 degrees every day, it's 25 cents to Waikiki Beach and it boasts several top flight programs. Why isn't every top athlete flocking to paradise?" Sports Illustrated:

    Other athletes are attracted, believe it or not, by academic offerings. Hawaii has a curriculum that mainland schools can't duplicate. Brittany Grice, a freshman on the women's basketball team from Redondo Beach, Calif., was recruited by Cal, Dartmouth and Brown, but she came to Oahu in part because she wanted to study marine biology; she hopes to practice environmental law someday. Hawaii's unique course listings include volcanology and tropical agriculture, and classes are held at the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, a.k.a. HURL. Who doesn't have the urge to HURL every now and then?

    Another selling point for the school's nonrevenue teams is media exposure: Nearly every sport is mentioned on TV and/or written about in local papers on a regular basis because when it comes to team sports, UH is the biggest show for literally thousands of miles in any direction. "The amount of coverage we get is amazing," Grice says ... Hawaii's football coach, June Jones, says the island's appeal actually can complicate the recruiting process ... Jones himself is perhaps the best example of the island's allure. He turned down a four-year, $3 million contract from the San Diego Chargers to take a job at Hawaii that paid $320,000 -- he had played there in the early '70s and always wanted to return. This past season was a breakthrough one for Jones. An upset of Alabama and a Hawaii Bowl victory over Houston were among the Rainbow Warriors' nine wins. The incoming recruiting class includes players from Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina -- all of whom approached Jones's staff, asked to be recruited and passed the screening test to gauge their sincerity.


    'American Idol' contestant on her mission of aloha

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 AM | Comments (1)

    Hamster Numbers: Pell Grants

    Representative George Miller:

    Bush Freezes Federal College Scholarship, or Pell Grant
    Just as college tuition is rising and the buying power of grants continues to erode, President Bush has frozen the maximum Pell Grant at $4,050 in his FY 2005 education budget. This is the 3rd year in a row that Bush has frozen or cut the maximum Pell Grant.

    Despite Bush’s protests that restoring the buying power of the Pell Grant won’t stop rising college costs, he continues to ignore the tuition problem. Not only has he failed to address rising college tuition, but his budget makes college even more expensive by freezing or cutting student aid and taxing students.

    Bush Breaks his Promise to Increase Maximum Pell Grant to $5,100
    While campaigning in 2000, President Bush, pledged to make college more affordable and accessible by increasing the maximum Pell Grant for college freshman to $5,100.

    Not only has President Bush broken his promise to increase the maximum Pell award to $5,100, but he’s actually frozen or cut the maximum Pell grant for the past three years.

    Bush College Aid Update Would Force Students to Pay More for College
    In 2003, the Bush Administration made revisions to the information used to determine financial aid eligibility that would have eliminated Pell Grants for 84,000 students, and reduced college aid to thousands more students. Fortunately, a Democratic amendment to the 2004 Education Appropriations bill reversed the Bush cuts, restoring Pell Grants and key college aid to students

    Posted by Eric at 12:59 AM | Comments (46)

    Hamster Numbers: Pell Grants

    Representative George Miller:

    Bush Freezes Federal College Scholarship, or Pell Grant
    Just as college tuition is rising and the buying power of grants continues to erode, President Bush has frozen the maximum Pell Grant at $4,050 in his FY 2005 education budget. This is the 3rd year in a row that Bush has frozen or cut the maximum Pell Grant.

    Despite Bush’s protests that restoring the buying power of the Pell Grant won’t stop rising college costs, he continues to ignore the tuition problem. Not only has he failed to address rising college tuition, but his budget makes college even more expensive by freezing or cutting student aid and taxing students.

    Bush Breaks his Promise to Increase Maximum Pell Grant to $5,100
    While campaigning in 2000, President Bush, pledged to make college more affordable and accessible by increasing the maximum Pell Grant for college freshman to $5,100.

    Not only has President Bush broken his promise to increase the maximum Pell award to $5,100, but he’s actually frozen or cut the maximum Pell grant for the past three years.

    Bush College Aid Update Would Force Students to Pay More for College
    In 2003, the Bush Administration made revisions to the information used to determine financial aid eligibility that would have eliminated Pell Grants for 84,000 students, and reduced college aid to thousands more students. Fortunately, a Democratic amendment to the 2004 Education Appropriations bill reversed the Bush cuts, restoring Pell Grants and key college aid to students

    Posted by Eric at 12:59 AM | Comments (2)

    March 11, 2004

    Thursday

    News
    AP. Student article sparks ethics debate
    CNN. Kerry: No apologies for 'crooked' remark
    AP. At Least 190 Dead in Madrid Terror Blast
    Plain Dealer. Bush bullish on Ohio
    Charlotte Observer. N.C. loses 1 million acres of forests
    AP. For Democrats and Republicans, the Ohio issue is jobs
    Arizona Republic. No Child Left Behind law comes under fire in state
    Arizona Republic. Amnesty still not in Bush plan
    BGlobe. Kerry taps Crowe as chief DNC fund-raiser
    BGlobe. Franken vows to bash Bush as host on new talk-radio network
    AP. AFL-CIO votes to spend $44m to unseat Bush
    BGlobe. Kerry says Bush using gay vows as wedge
    WP. Bush Choice for Manufacturing Post in Question
    NYT. Marilyn Musgrave: A Lightning Rod on Gay Marriage, and Her Split Town
    NYT. Ashcroft Weighs Granting of Asylum to Abused Women
    Reuters. EPA Sued Over Sept. 11 Contamination
    Reuters. Halliburton Responds to Waxman Memo
    LAT. Dean Joins Hands With Former Archfoe Kerry
    Seattle Times. Washington State Same-sex marriage suit may involve AG
    CNN. GOP demanding apology from Kerry

    Commentary
    Robert S. McIntyre. Joker-in-Chief: The president proposes sham spending cuts and still can't get near fiscal balance. It's dangerous baloney
    Terence Samuel. Combat-Ready : The lousy jobs report is providing ammunition to Congressional Democrats
    George Soros. The bubble of American supremacy
    Amanda Griscom. EPA and BLM fight over how to protect groundwater from massive Nevada mine
    Martha Burk. A Different W: If the millions of single American women voted, the results couldn't be ignored
    Laurie Spivak. Culture War May Find WMDs
    John Prados. The president has made his leadership on September 11, 2001 the focus of campaign ads. We'll take the bait—what did he do on that fateful day?
    DenPost. Dems rally around Salazar
    MinStarTrib. GOP versus Bush budgets
    Sidney Blumenthal. Bush waves the bloody shirt: Max Cleland tells Salon: It's "the band of brothers against the slime machine."
    SFC. Tenet: A spy in the dark
    Marianne Means. Bush loves to tinker with Constitution
    James P. Pinkerton. Bush's campaign advisers better call 911
    Andres Oppenheimerhed. Bush, Kerry will fight for Cuban-American vote
    Sandeep Kaushik. Will the left repudiate Ralph Nader? Or does the left really want to re-elect George W. Bush?

    Posted by Eric at 11:46 PM | Comments (41)

    Thursday

    News
    AP. Student article sparks ethics debate
    CNN. Kerry: No apologies for 'crooked' remark
    AP. At Least 190 Dead in Madrid Terror Blast
    Plain Dealer. Bush bullish on Ohio
    Charlotte Observer. N.C. loses 1 million acres of forests
    AP. For Democrats and Republicans, the Ohio issue is jobs
    Arizona Republic. No Child Left Behind law comes under fire in state
    Arizona Republic. Amnesty still not in Bush plan
    BGlobe. Kerry taps Crowe as chief DNC fund-raiser
    BGlobe. Franken vows to bash Bush as host on new talk-radio network
    AP. AFL-CIO votes to spend $44m to unseat Bush
    BGlobe. Kerry says Bush using gay vows as wedge
    WP. Bush Choice for Manufacturing Post in Question
    NYT. Marilyn Musgrave: A Lightning Rod on Gay Marriage, and Her Split Town
    NYT. Ashcroft Weighs Granting of Asylum to Abused Women
    Reuters. EPA Sued Over Sept. 11 Contamination
    Reuters. Halliburton Responds to Waxman Memo
    LAT. Dean Joins Hands With Former Archfoe Kerry
    Seattle Times. Washington State Same-sex marriage suit may involve AG
    CNN. GOP demanding apology from Kerry

    Commentary
    Robert S. McIntyre. Joker-in-Chief: The president proposes sham spending cuts and still can't get near fiscal balance. It's dangerous baloney
    Terence Samuel. Combat-Ready : The lousy jobs report is providing ammunition to Congressional Democrats
    George Soros. The bubble of American supremacy
    Amanda Griscom. EPA and BLM fight over how to protect groundwater from massive Nevada mine
    Martha Burk. A Different W: If the millions of single American women voted, the results couldn't be ignored
    Laurie Spivak. Culture War May Find WMDs
    John Prados. The president has made his leadership on September 11, 2001 the focus of campaign ads. We'll take the bait—what did he do on that fateful day?
    DenPost. Dems rally around Salazar
    MinStarTrib. GOP versus Bush budgets
    Sidney Blumenthal. Bush waves the bloody shirt: Max Cleland tells Salon: It's "the band of brothers against the slime machine."
    SFC. Tenet: A spy in the dark
    Marianne Means. Bush loves to tinker with Constitution
    James P. Pinkerton. Bush's campaign advisers better call 911
    Andres Oppenheimerhed. Bush, Kerry will fight for Cuban-American vote
    Sandeep Kaushik. Will the left repudiate Ralph Nader? Or does the left really want to re-elect George W. Bush?

    Posted by Eric at 11:46 PM | Comments (1)

    Willie Horton 2004

    From Talk Left, we find The New Republic's Ryan Lizza on the Bush campaign's new ad which, as Lizza speculates, will "probably ignite a debate about race, ethnicity, and terrorism. You have to wonder about why they did it."

    His newest spot, "100 Days," might soon become famous for another campaign first. It is the first ad to use the image of a dark-skinned man who is obviously meant to be a terrorist.

    The ominous slow-motion footage comes about halfway through the 30-second ad. A female voiceover darkly warns about John Kerry's agenda, charging, "On the war on terror: weaken the Patriot Act used to arrest terrorists and protect America." On the left of the screen flash the words "John Kerry's Plan." On the bottom a red box warns, "Weaken Fight Against Terrorists." If you look closely, on the right side of the screen you can see an airplane taking off.

    The center of the screen is filled with three different rectangles of slow-motion video. In the top panel travelers at an airport study the arrivals and departures monitor. In the center panel there is a shadowed image of a person wearing a gas mask. And on the bottom there is a close-up of a swarthy, somewhat sinister-looking man with darting eyes who slowly turns toward the camera. He is clearly the terrorist in this scary montage.

    The Bush campaign held a conference call for the press this afternoon to unveil the ads, and one reporter asked whether it was appropriate to use an Arab-American to depict a terrorist. Campaign aides said the actor in "100 Days" wasn't Arab-American. One official on the call insisted it was just a "very generic" image.

    Very generic, of course.

    If it floats your boat, you can see the new ads here. Apparently if we elect John Kerry, we're all going to die.

    Posted by Eric at 09:59 PM | Comments (41)

    Willie Horton 2004

    From Talk Left, we find The New Republic's Ryan Lizza on the Bush campaign's new ad which, as Lizza speculates, will "probably ignite a debate about race, ethnicity, and terrorism. You have to wonder about why they did it."

    His newest spot, "100 Days," might soon become famous for another campaign first. It is the first ad to use the image of a dark-skinned man who is obviously meant to be a terrorist.

    The ominous slow-motion footage comes about halfway through the 30-second ad. A female voiceover darkly warns about John Kerry's agenda, charging, "On the war on terror: weaken the Patriot Act used to arrest terrorists and protect America." On the left of the screen flash the words "John Kerry's Plan." On the bottom a red box warns, "Weaken Fight Against Terrorists." If you look closely, on the right side of the screen you can see an airplane taking off.

    The center of the screen is filled with three different rectangles of slow-motion video. In the top panel travelers at an airport study the arrivals and departures monitor. In the center panel there is a shadowed image of a person wearing a gas mask. And on the bottom there is a close-up of a swarthy, somewhat sinister-looking man with darting eyes who slowly turns toward the camera. He is clearly the terrorist in this scary montage.

    The Bush campaign held a conference call for the press this afternoon to unveil the ads, and one reporter asked whether it was appropriate to use an Arab-American to depict a terrorist. Campaign aides said the actor in "100 Days" wasn't Arab-American. One official on the call insisted it was just a "very generic" image.

    Very generic, of course.

    If it floats your boat, you can see the new ads here. Apparently if we elect John Kerry, we're all going to die.

    Posted by Eric at 09:59 PM | Comments (4)

    Outrage at NY Post

    Should the tabloid NY Post have splashed a picture of NYU student Diana Chien, 19, leaping to her death (I don't feel like linking to it, but it's obviously on the Post website) on its front page? Some say the NYPost went too far:

    NYU students were horrified to see the picture of 19-year-old Diana Chien's Saturday death plunge from the roof of her boyfriend's apartment building.

    "It's horrible. They shouldn't have put it in. It's completely distasteful," said freshman Eileen Destri, 18.

    NYU spokesman John Beckman blasted the Post, which already had printed the picture in Sunday's paper before learning Chien was a student.

    "It seems to show an appalling lack of judgment and insensitivity to the young woman's family and a disregard for the feelings of students at NYU," he said.

    Mental health experts said the photo went beyond heartless - they said it could entice other students to see suicide as a path to fame. NYU officials are especially concerned because Chien, who had just had a fight with her boyfriend, was the fourth student to kill herself in recent months.

    "For someone who is at risk and vulnerable they see that level of notoriety. If you're not thinking well or clearly or lucidly, that can seem very captivating," said Dr. David Jobes, a psychology professor at Catholic University in Washington.

    "This kind of outrageous photo almost encourages people who may be considering suicide - it dramatizes suicide as an option," said Richard Shadick, director of the Counseling Center at Pace University. "It's reckless."

    The NYU campus newspaper also blasted the NY Post:
    The New York Post's decision to plaster yesterday's front page with a photo of NYU student Diana Chien falling to her death was beneath contempt. If there was any doubt that the city's lesser tabloid would violate all standards of decency to empty its newsstands, that doubt was extinguished yesterday by a gruesome photograph that did nothing but sensationalize a sorrowful death and torture an already grieving community of family and friends.

    But to simply lash out at the Post is to miss the significance of its coverage. The paper already ran a sensationalist story about Chien's death with the offending photo on page 9 on Sunday. That it ran a second story yesterday - and on the front page, no less - after it learned that Chien was an NYU student sends a message about the press' perception of our university, a message that grew louder when other national media, including The Associated Press and The New York Times, followed the Post's lead ...

    Posted by Eric at 09:50 PM | Comments (58)

    Outrage at NY Post

    Should the tabloid NY Post have splashed a picture of NYU student Diana Chien, 19, leaping to her death (I don't feel like linking to it, but it's obviously on the Post website) on its front page? Some say the NYPost went too far:

    NYU students were horrified to see the picture of 19-year-old Diana Chien's Saturday death plunge from the roof of her boyfriend's apartment building.

    "It's horrible. They shouldn't have put it in. It's completely distasteful," said freshman Eileen Destri, 18.

    NYU spokesman John Beckman blasted the Post, which already had printed the picture in Sunday's paper before learning Chien was a student.

    "It seems to show an appalling lack of judgment and insensitivity to the young woman's family and a disregard for the feelings of students at NYU," he said.

    Mental health experts said the photo went beyond heartless - they said it could entice other students to see suicide as a path to fame. NYU officials are especially concerned because Chien, who had just had a fight with her boyfriend, was the fourth student to kill herself in recent months.

    "For someone who is at risk and vulnerable they see that level of notoriety. If you're not thinking well or clearly or lucidly, that can seem very captivating," said Dr. David Jobes, a psychology professor at Catholic University in Washington.

    "This kind of outrageous photo almost encourages people who may be considering suicide - it dramatizes suicide as an option," said Richard Shadick, director of the Counseling Center at Pace University. "It's reckless."

    The NYU campus newspaper also blasted the NY Post:
    The New York Post's decision to plaster yesterday's front page with a photo of NYU student Diana Chien falling to her death was beneath contempt. If there was any doubt that the city's lesser tabloid would violate all standards of decency to empty its newsstands, that doubt was extinguished yesterday by a gruesome photograph that did nothing but sensationalize a sorrowful death and torture an already grieving community of family and friends.

    But to simply lash out at the Post is to miss the significance of its coverage. The paper already ran a sensationalist story about Chien's death with the offending photo on page 9 on Sunday. That it ran a second story yesterday - and on the front page, no less - after it learned that Chien was an NYU student sends a message about the press' perception of our university, a message that grew louder when other national media, including The Associated Press and The New York Times, followed the Post's lead ...

    Posted by Eric at 09:50 PM | Comments (4)

    California Supreme Court Stops SF Marriages

    SF has to turn away requests for licenses, AP:

    The California Supreme Court ordered an immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco on Thursday and said it would hear arguments in May or June on whether Mayor Gavin Newsom had the authority to allow such marriages. Teary-eyed gay couples were turned away at City Hall, where 4,161 same-sex couples have been wed since Feb. 12.

    One of the first couples to be denied a license were Art Adams and Devin Baker from suburban Mountain View.

    "We were filling out the application and they told us to stop," said Adams, who has been with Baker for more than three years. "It's heartbreaking. I don't understand why two people in love should be prevented from expressing it."

    The action by California's highest court came two weeks after state Attorney General Bill Lockyer and two conservative groups asked the seven justices to immediately block the gay marriages.

    Posted by Eric at 08:52 PM | Comments (8)

    California Supreme Court Stops SF Marriages

    SF has to turn away requests for licenses, AP:

    The California Supreme Court ordered an immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco on Thursday and said it would hear arguments in May or June on whether Mayor Gavin Newsom had the authority to allow such marriages. Teary-eyed gay couples were turned away at City Hall, where 4,161 same-sex couples have been wed since Feb. 12.

    One of the first couples to be denied a license were Art Adams and Devin Baker from suburban Mountain View.

    "We were filling out the application and they told us to stop," said Adams, who has been with Baker for more than three years. "It's heartbreaking. I don't understand why two people in love should be prevented from expressing it."

    The action by California's highest court came two weeks after state Attorney General Bill Lockyer and two conservative groups asked the seven justices to immediately block the gay marriages.

    Posted by Eric at 08:52 PM | Comments (3)

    Bush Launches Anti-Kerry Ads

    The ads:

    Announcer: ``A president sets his agenda for America in the first 100 days. John Kerry's plan: To pay for new government spending, raise taxes by at least $900 billion. On the war on terror: Weaken the Patriot Act used to arrest terrorists and protect America. And he wanted to delay defending American until the United Nations approved. John Kerry: Wrong on taxes. Wrong on defense.''

    Bush: ``Over the past three years, Americans have faced many serious challenges. Now we face a choice: We can go forward with confidence, resolve and hope. Or we can turn back to the dangerous illusion that terrorists are not plotting and outlaw regimes are no threat. We can continue to work to create jobs, reform education and lower the cost of health care. Together, we're moving America forward. I'm George W. Bush and I approve this message.''

    The Kerry camp responds:

    Kerry's campaign, calling the $900 billion figure "completely made up," prepared a response ad titled, "Misleading America" that accuses Bush of distorting the Democrat's record while touting Kerry's middle-class tax cut plans, said officials, on condition of anonymity ... Meeting with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill, Kerry dismissed the ads, saying they fail to focus on health care, jobs, education, the environment and a safe America. "They can't talk about those things because George Bush doesn't have a record to run on, he has a record to run away from, and that's what they're trying to do," Kerry said.

    Posted by Eric at 05:33 PM | Comments (9)

    Bush Launches Anti-Kerry Ads

    The ads:

    Announcer: ``A president sets his agenda for America in the first 100 days. John Kerry's plan: To pay for new government spending, raise taxes by at least $900 billion. On the war on terror: Weaken the Patriot Act used to arrest terrorists and protect America. And he wanted to delay defending American until the United Nations approved. John Kerry: Wrong on taxes. Wrong on defense.''

    Bush: ``Over the past three years, Americans have faced many serious challenges. Now we face a choice: We can go forward with confidence, resolve and hope. Or we can turn back to the dangerous illusion that terrorists are not plotting and outlaw regimes are no threat. We can continue to work to create jobs, reform education and lower the cost of health care. Together, we're moving America forward. I'm George W. Bush and I approve this message.''

    The Kerry camp responds:

    Kerry's campaign, calling the $900 billion figure "completely made up," prepared a response ad titled, "Misleading America" that accuses Bush of distorting the Democrat's record while touting Kerry's middle-class tax cut plans, said officials, on condition of anonymity ... Meeting with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill, Kerry dismissed the ads, saying they fail to focus on health care, jobs, education, the environment and a safe America. "They can't talk about those things because George Bush doesn't have a record to run on, he has a record to run away from, and that's what they're trying to do," Kerry said.

    Posted by Eric at 05:33 PM | Comments (1)

    Republicans Running Away from Senate Seat

    How many current politicians people turn down a chance to run for a better, open seat when their party calls? If you're in Colorado, running against the popular Attorney General Ken Salazar, that number now is two. AP:

    Rep. Bob Beauprez said on Thursday he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat from Colorado being vacated by fellow Republican Ben Nighthorse Campbell, leaving his party still without a strong candidate to defend a crucial seat.

    Republicans hold just a one-seat majority in the 100-member Senate, and Colorado party officials began scrambling for a successor to Campbell after Republican state Gov. Bill Owens -- their first choice -- dropped out of contention on Tuesday.

    Owens even mentioned Beauprez twice when he said he would not run for family reasons.

    In a conference call with reporters, Beauprez said this was not the time to run for the Senate and he hoped instead to be re-elected to his House seat for a second term.

    Prominent politicians run to win, and Colorado Republicans must be pessimistic about their chances to take this seat.

    Posted by Eric at 05:29 PM | Comments (39)

    Republicans Running Away from Senate Seat

    How many current politicians people turn down a chance to run for a better, open seat when their party calls? If you're in Colorado, running against the popular Attorney General Ken Salazar, that number now is two. AP:

    Rep. Bob Beauprez said on Thursday he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat from Colorado being vacated by fellow Republican Ben Nighthorse Campbell, leaving his party still without a strong candidate to defend a crucial seat.

    Republicans hold just a one-seat majority in the 100-member Senate, and Colorado party officials began scrambling for a successor to Campbell after Republican state Gov. Bill Owens -- their first choice -- dropped out of contention on Tuesday.

    Owens even mentioned Beauprez twice when he said he would not run for family reasons.

    In a conference call with reporters, Beauprez said this was not the time to run for the Senate and he hoped instead to be re-elected to his House seat for a second term.

    Prominent politicians run to win, and Colorado Republicans must be pessimistic about their chances to take this seat.

    Posted by Eric at 05:29 PM | Comments (9)

    Unfunded Mandate

    President Bush, January 8, 2002:

    There are no more excuses, as far as I'm concerned, about not teaching children how to read. We know what works. The money is now available, and it's up to each local district to make sure it happens. It's up to you, the citizens of Hamilton, to make sure no child is left behind. And the federal government can spend money and we can help set standards, and we can assist upon accountability. But the truth of the matter is our schools will flourish when citizens join in the noble cause of making sure no child is left behind.
    Is the money now available? Just a few interesting examples. Newark Advocate in Ohio:
    A recent study estimated it could cost Ohio $1.4 billion per year by 2010 to implement NCLB, with initial costs of $450 million per year in 2005 and 2006.

    "We all believe there should be standards and measuring tools," said state Rep. Chris Redfern, D-Catawba Island, state chairman for Edwards' campaign. "The problem is, there aren't the dollars needed to implement the act at the local level, which means local homeowners will continue to bear the brunt."

    Palm Beach Post:
    Florida is entering the rebellion against the federal No Child Left Behind Act and doing it as quietly as possible.

    A position paper authored by the state's largest public school superintendents group will implore Education Commissioner Jim Horne to negotiate with federal education officials to reform parts of the 2002 rule and reconsider Florida's self-imposed standards in complying with the legislation ... Last month, Utah's Republican-dominated House passed a resolution barring state educators from using local money to pay for the No Child Left Behind Act. In January, Virginia's Republican-controlled House of Delegates passed a resolution urging Congress to exempt the state from the law.

    Republican legislators in Arizona and Minnesota introduced bills that would allow the states to reject parts of No Child Left Behind or opt out of its provisions. And Vermont passed a law in 2003 refusing to implement unfunded federal requirements.

    Even in the small conservative state of Alaska:
    Nationally, the federal government has underfunded states' schools by about $17 billion a year for requirements under No Child Left Behind and Title I, Knowles said.

    In Alaska, that amounts to about $180 million in unfunded mandates, Knowles said.

    And even more conservative state of Utah:
    There, federal officials said Utah would lose $106 million in NCLB funding if it opted out of the program entirely.
    Dayton and others then had to weigh whether the money would be worth keeping with so many strings attached.
    "We as the state Legislature are not going to be reduced to clerks" for the federal government, Dayton said. "We will take the funds we have, but we will not commit to obligate our state funds to fill in the blanks."
    The original bill estimated Utah would need anywhere between $200 million and $1 billion plus to fully implement NCLB.

    Posted by Eric at 02:58 PM | Comments (36)

    Unfunded Mandate

    President Bush, January 8, 2002:

    There are no more excuses, as far as I'm concerned, about not teaching children how to read. We know what works. The money is now available, and it's up to each local district to make sure it happens. It's up to you, the citizens of Hamilton, to make sure no child is left behind. And the federal government can spend money and we can help set standards, and we can assist upon accountability. But the truth of the matter is our schools will flourish when citizens join in the noble cause of making sure no child is left behind.
    Is the money now available? Just a few interesting examples. Newark Advocate in Ohio:
    A recent study estimated it could cost Ohio $1.4 billion per year by 2010 to implement NCLB, with initial costs of $450 million per year in 2005 and 2006.

    "We all believe there should be standards and measuring tools," said state Rep. Chris Redfern, D-Catawba Island, state chairman for Edwards' campaign. "The problem is, there aren't the dollars needed to implement the act at the local level, which means local homeowners will continue to bear the brunt."

    Palm Beach Post:
    Florida is entering the rebellion against the federal No Child Left Behind Act and doing it as quietly as possible.

    A position paper authored by the state's largest public school superintendents group will implore Education Commissioner Jim Horne to negotiate with federal education officials to reform parts of the 2002 rule and reconsider Florida's self-imposed standards in complying with the legislation ... Last month, Utah's Republican-dominated House passed a resolution barring state educators from using local money to pay for the No Child Left Behind Act. In January, Virginia's Republican-controlled House of Delegates passed a resolution urging Congress to exempt the state from the law.

    Republican legislators in Arizona and Minnesota introduced bills that would allow the states to reject parts of No Child Left Behind or opt out of its provisions. And Vermont passed a law in 2003 refusing to implement unfunded federal requirements.

    Even in the small conservative state of Alaska:
    Nationally, the federal government has underfunded states' schools by about $17 billion a year for requirements under No Child Left Behind and Title I, Knowles said.

    In Alaska, that amounts to about $180 million in unfunded mandates, Knowles said.

    And even more conservative state of Utah:
    There, federal officials said Utah would lose $106 million in NCLB funding if it opted out of the program entirely.
    Dayton and others then had to weigh whether the money would be worth keeping with so many strings attached.
    "We as the state Legislature are not going to be reduced to clerks" for the federal government, Dayton said. "We will take the funds we have, but we will not commit to obligate our state funds to fill in the blanks."
    The original bill estimated Utah would need anywhere between $200 million and $1 billion plus to fully implement NCLB.

    Posted by Eric at 02:58 PM | Comments (9)

    Gibson May Get $100-$200m from Passion

    It depends on a lot of factors, but it'll be a lot. Hollywood Reporter

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 PM | Comments (9)

    Gibson May Get $100-$200m from Passion

    It depends on a lot of factors, but it'll be a lot. Hollywood Reporter

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 PM | Comments (0)

    Tony Raimondo

    If you want to know why the AFL-CIO is spending $44 million to boot Bush, and other unions are taking their lead, see no further than Tony Raimondo, the Bush admin's pick to be "manufacturing czar" to aid the manufacturing industry . Center for American Progress has the dish:

    TONY RAIMONDO IS HOSTILE TO WORKERS: Raimondo is "a longtime board member of the National Association of Manufacturers," a group that is notorious for opposing efforts to improve conditions for American workers. NAM has lobbied to strip 8 million workers of federal overtime protections, consistently opposed any effort to increase the minimum wage to keep up with inflation and fought workplace safety laws.

    TONY RAIMONDO IS A UNION BUSTER: According to the business publication Inc. Magazine, shortly after Raimondo took over Behlen in 1982 he pushed hard to decertify the labor union operating at his company. Raimondo coached management to sweet talk likely union supporters just prior to the vote and, on a close vote, was able to bust the union. Later, Raimondo said that had he not been able to get rid of the union he was not sure he would "have had the courage or determination" to continue operating the company.

    TONY RAIMONDO FACED FINES FOR WORKPLACE VIOLATIONS: Under Raimondo's leadership Behlen has been accused by the federal government of maintaining unsafe working conditions. On 5/16/98 The Omaha World-Herald reported "the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a $123,000 fine against Behlen Manufacturing Co. of Columbus for alleged safety violations that resulted in an employee being injured."

    Posted by Eric at 02:11 PM | Comments (13)

    Tony Raimondo

    If you want to know why the AFL-CIO is spending $44 million to boot Bush, and other unions are taking their lead, see no further than Tony Raimondo, the Bush admin's pick to be "manufacturing czar" to aid the manufacturing industry . Center for American Progress has the dish:

    TONY RAIMONDO IS HOSTILE TO WORKERS: Raimondo is "a longtime board member of the National Association of Manufacturers," a group that is notorious for opposing efforts to improve conditions for American workers. NAM has lobbied to strip 8 million workers of federal overtime protections, consistently opposed any effort to increase the minimum wage to keep up with inflation and fought workplace safety laws.

    TONY RAIMONDO IS A UNION BUSTER: According to the business publication Inc. Magazine, shortly after Raimondo took over Behlen in 1982 he pushed hard to decertify the labor union operating at his company. Raimondo coached management to sweet talk likely union supporters just prior to the vote and, on a close vote, was able to bust the union. Later, Raimondo said that had he not been able to get rid of the union he was not sure he would "have had the courage or determination" to continue operating the company.

    TONY RAIMONDO FACED FINES FOR WORKPLACE VIOLATIONS: Under Raimondo's leadership Behlen has been accused by the federal government of maintaining unsafe working conditions. On 5/16/98 The Omaha World-Herald reported "the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a $123,000 fine against Behlen Manufacturing Co. of Columbus for alleged safety violations that resulted in an employee being injured."

    Posted by Eric at 02:11 PM | Comments (8)

    Kerry Statistically Tied in Tenn

    A poll from MidTenn State U poll finds that Kerry is close to Bush in the state of Tennessee:

    A new poll conducted by Middle Tennessee State University shows that President Bush and likely Democratic nominee, Senator John Kerry are in a statistical dead heat among Tennessee voters.

    The poll revealed support for Bush stands at 48 percent, while Kerry polled at 44 percent. With a margin of error of plusor minus four percentage points, the two men are neck and neck.

    Bush won Tennessee four years ago in a victory over then-VP Al Gore. Tennessee is Gore's home state. The win in Tennessee was key to Bush's victory.

    Posted by Eric at 11:38 AM | Comments (17)

    Kerry Statistically Tied in Tenn

    A poll from MidTenn State U poll finds that Kerry is close to Bush in the state of Tennessee:

    A new poll conducted by Middle Tennessee State University shows that President Bush and likely Democratic nominee, Senator John Kerry are in a statistical dead heat among Tennessee voters.

    The poll revealed support for Bush stands at 48 percent, while Kerry polled at 44 percent. With a margin of error of plusor minus four percentage points, the two men are neck and neck.

    Bush won Tennessee four years ago in a victory over then-VP Al Gore. Tennessee is Gore's home state. The win in Tennessee was key to Bush's victory.

    Posted by Eric at 11:38 AM | Comments (4)

    Hamster Numbers: Ohio

    "President Bush faces a tough crowd as he heads to Cleveland today, touting his economic policies to a state ravaged by his economy. Ohio, with an unemployment rate of 6%, has lost more than 10% of the 2.3 million jobs that have disappeared nationwide – 270,000 jobs -- since January 2001. That is more than any other state in the country. And the real hit has come in the manufacturing sector: "Six in 10 of the jobs lost in Ohio over the last three years – 155,000 in all – have been manufacturing jobs, a far bigger share than the national average." In passing his most recent tax cut for the wealthy, President Bush promised the bill would create 60,400 jobs in Ohio. Instead, from June 2003-December 2003, the Buckeye State actually lost 67,000 jobs – a shortfall of over 127,400 jobs. Meanwhile, a recent study shows that the wages in "growing" industries in Ohio are 29% lower than those of "contracting" industries in the state." --Center for American Progress.

    Posted by Eric at 10:52 AM | Comments (21)

    Hamster Numbers: Ohio

    "President Bush faces a tough crowd as he heads to Cleveland today, touting his economic policies to a state ravaged by his economy. Ohio, with an unemployment rate of 6%, has lost more than 10% of the 2.3 million jobs that have disappeared nationwide – 270,000 jobs -- since January 2001. That is more than any other state in the country. And the real hit has come in the manufacturing sector: "Six in 10 of the jobs lost in Ohio over the last three years – 155,000 in all – have been manufacturing jobs, a far bigger share than the national average." In passing his most recent tax cut for the wealthy, President Bush promised the bill would create 60,400 jobs in Ohio. Instead, from June 2003-December 2003, the Buckeye State actually lost 67,000 jobs – a shortfall of over 127,400 jobs. Meanwhile, a recent study shows that the wages in "growing" industries in Ohio are 29% lower than those of "contracting" industries in the state." --Center for American Progress.

    Posted by Eric at 10:52 AM | Comments (1)

    March 10, 2004

    Wed Hamster Stories

    News
    Newsweek. Must-Not-See TV: Is the Department of Education censoring what ten percent of the U.S. population can watch
    Rutland Herald. Lawmakers criticize federal school law
    News & Observer. Bowles spotlights N.C. economy; The Democratic Senate candidate has a 45-page plan to get the state back on its feet
    DetFreePress. Gay-marriage ban fizzles in Michigan
    AP. Labor fights for survival in tough political, organizing climate
    Rocky Mountain News. Medical marijuana case going to federal court
    CSMonitor. The impact of '3 strikes' laws a decade later
    AP. Gay couple can sue San Diego County country club
    Palm Beach Post. Florida school leaders join battle against No Child law
    stateline.org. States stuck with federal $29 billion tab, NCSL says
    SacBee. 14-year-olds would rock the vote under this plan
    The Hill. Newtering DeLay is Dems’ aim
    AP. Bush Fund-Raisers Among Overnight Guests
    Trenton Times. Trenton gay couple's license quest rebuffed
    AP. Population climbs by 2 percent in Wisconsin
    AP. U.S. Marines fatally shoot 2 Haitians
    NYT. Bush Agrees to Answer All of 9/11 Panel's Questions
    NYT. C.I.A. Chief Says He's Corrected Cheney Privately
    NYT. Political Groups Spend Millions to Take on Bush in Ad Campaign
    WPost. Udall Joins Senate Race in Colo.: GOP Gov. Owens Decides Not to Run
    AP. Kerry Talks Taxes With Labor Leaders
    WPost. Poll Finds Growing Support for Gay Civil Unions
    WPost. Democrats Forming Parallel Campaign Interest Groups Draw GOP Fire
    AP. Former rivals offer Kerry their donors
    AP. Polls: Voters worried about economy
    Boston Globe. Kerry offers monthly debates
    AP. Two U.S. civilians, Iraqi translator killed in attack in Iraq
    AP. Kerry sweeps four Southern primaries
    AP. Prosecutors argue for Limbaugh records
    AP. Kerry asking wealthy to pay old tax rate

    Commentary
    SFChron. Scalia's blind justice
    Cragg Hines. GOP learns Bush, gasp, is the problem
    J. Brian Atwood. U.S. needs to stop playing partisan politics with Haiti
    Robert Kuttner. Mud tossed at Kerry might stick to Bush
    Richard Stout. Addressing A Legacy of Pollution: Abandon Parochial Politics, Not Sensible Mine Restoration
    Robert N. Weiner. Pryor Restraint
    Joe Conason. Bush had friends, but Martha had none: Stewart's improprieties pale in comparison to Bush's Harken dump
    Matthew Yglesias. Tuesday's Broadside: The Republicans tell us that John Kerry can't make up his mind. A close look at the record shows a different story
    Paul Starr. Reclaiming the Air: Rush Limbaugh created the model for conservative talk radio. Now a new network hopes to use comedy -- liberally -- to build an alternative
    Murray S. Waas. Plugging Leaks: More details emerge on the Plame investigation, as Karl Rove's testimony is revealed for the first time
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. 9-11 Ads: A Big Fat Fraud
    Salon Right Hook: Defending Bush's 9/11 ads, former White House speechwriter David Frum says terrorists will rejoice if Kerry wins the election
    Salon. A betrayal of democracy: The former National Security Council chief on Latin America says that Bush has created a disaster in Haiti
    Karen Kwiatkowski. The new Pentagon papers: A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war
    Nancy Lessin and Gordon Clark. Hiding War's Toll: If the White House has its way, you'll never see photos of the human cost of war in Iraq.
    Martha Burk. A Different W: George isn't the only W with political clout. If the millions of single American women voted, the results couldn't be ignored.

    Blogs
    Daily Kos. McCain, the GOP's Zell?
    nathannewman. Catholics- the 2004 Swing Vote?
    CalPundit. SULLIVAN vs. SULLIVAN
    matthewyglesias. Flip, Flip, Flip
    talkleft. Kerry on the Death Penalty
    DSCC. The Supreme Court: Rehnquist talks about retiring again
    Billmon. Bedroom Eyes
    Kerry Blog. "Change is Coming to America"

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (46)

    Wed Hamster Stories

    News
    Newsweek. Must-Not-See TV: Is the Department of Education censoring what ten percent of the U.S. population can watch
    Rutland Herald. Lawmakers criticize federal school law
    News & Observer. Bowles spotlights N.C. economy; The Democratic Senate candidate has a 45-page plan to get the state back on its feet
    DetFreePress. Gay-marriage ban fizzles in Michigan
    AP. Labor fights for survival in tough political, organizing climate
    Rocky Mountain News. Medical marijuana case going to federal court
    CSMonitor. The impact of '3 strikes' laws a decade later
    AP. Gay couple can sue San Diego County country club
    Palm Beach Post. Florida school leaders join battle against No Child law
    stateline.org. States stuck with federal $29 billion tab, NCSL says
    SacBee. 14-year-olds would rock the vote under this plan
    The Hill. Newtering DeLay is Dems’ aim
    AP. Bush Fund-Raisers Among Overnight Guests
    Trenton Times. Trenton gay couple's license quest rebuffed
    AP. Population climbs by 2 percent in Wisconsin
    AP. U.S. Marines fatally shoot 2 Haitians
    NYT. Bush Agrees to Answer All of 9/11 Panel's Questions
    NYT. C.I.A. Chief Says He's Corrected Cheney Privately
    NYT. Political Groups Spend Millions to Take on Bush in Ad Campaign
    WPost. Udall Joins Senate Race in Colo.: GOP Gov. Owens Decides Not to Run
    AP. Kerry Talks Taxes With Labor Leaders
    WPost. Poll Finds Growing Support for Gay Civil Unions
    WPost. Democrats Forming Parallel Campaign Interest Groups Draw GOP Fire
    AP. Former rivals offer Kerry their donors
    AP. Polls: Voters worried about economy
    Boston Globe. Kerry offers monthly debates
    AP. Two U.S. civilians, Iraqi translator killed in attack in Iraq
    AP. Kerry sweeps four Southern primaries
    AP. Prosecutors argue for Limbaugh records
    AP. Kerry asking wealthy to pay old tax rate

    Commentary
    SFChron. Scalia's blind justice
    Cragg Hines. GOP learns Bush, gasp, is the problem
    J. Brian Atwood. U.S. needs to stop playing partisan politics with Haiti
    Robert Kuttner. Mud tossed at Kerry might stick to Bush
    Richard Stout. Addressing A Legacy of Pollution: Abandon Parochial Politics, Not Sensible Mine Restoration
    Robert N. Weiner. Pryor Restraint
    Joe Conason. Bush had friends, but Martha had none: Stewart's improprieties pale in comparison to Bush's Harken dump
    Matthew Yglesias. Tuesday's Broadside: The Republicans tell us that John Kerry can't make up his mind. A close look at the record shows a different story
    Paul Starr. Reclaiming the Air: Rush Limbaugh created the model for conservative talk radio. Now a new network hopes to use comedy -- liberally -- to build an alternative
    Murray S. Waas. Plugging Leaks: More details emerge on the Plame investigation, as Karl Rove's testimony is revealed for the first time
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. 9-11 Ads: A Big Fat Fraud
    Salon Right Hook: Defending Bush's 9/11 ads, former White House speechwriter David Frum says terrorists will rejoice if Kerry wins the election
    Salon. A betrayal of democracy: The former National Security Council chief on Latin America says that Bush has created a disaster in Haiti
    Karen Kwiatkowski. The new Pentagon papers: A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war
    Nancy Lessin and Gordon Clark. Hiding War's Toll: If the White House has its way, you'll never see photos of the human cost of war in Iraq.
    Martha Burk. A Different W: George isn't the only W with political clout. If the millions of single American women voted, the results couldn't be ignored.

    Blogs
    Daily Kos. McCain, the GOP's Zell?
    nathannewman. Catholics- the 2004 Swing Vote?
    CalPundit. SULLIVAN vs. SULLIVAN
    matthewyglesias. Flip, Flip, Flip
    talkleft. Kerry on the Death Penalty
    DSCC. The Supreme Court: Rehnquist talks about retiring again
    Billmon. Bedroom Eyes
    Kerry Blog. "Change is Coming to America"

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (2)

    Liberal Radio Set to Launch

    Air America Radio has finally released details about the new radio network that will go on the air at the end of this month. Here are the details:

    "Air America Radio is launching in the top U.S. markets with leading talent that will provide compelling and entertaining programming on the radio, on satellite feeds, and on the web," said Mark Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of Air America Radio. “We aim to build an important new media franchise that delivers results.”

    The network’s on-air personalities represent today’s top political and popular satirists, commentators and activists. Comedian, and best selling author Al Franken, who was recently taken to court when Bill O’Reilly and Fox News were seeking an injunction to halt distribution of "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," and is known for fact-based, drug-free satire, will host a weekday show on the network called “The O’Franken Factor.”

    “I’m so happy that Air America Radio will be on in three battleground states, New York, Illinois and California….no wait…those aren’t the battleground states. What the hell are we doing?” said Franken.

    Air America Radio has signed actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo, hip hop icon Chuck D, radio personality Randi Rhodes, and political humorist Sam Seder to join Franken at the network. Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., “The Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead, and business-of-the-media analyst on the public radio program “Marketplace” Martin Kaplan will also join the network.

    The schedule:

    Uprising: 6:00-9:00am
    Co-Host: Marc Maron
    Co-host: Sue Ellicott
    Co-host: Mark Riley

    Big fan of Marc Maron, so that's good to hear.

    Unfiltered: 9:00am- 12:00pm
    Co-host: Lizz Winstead
    Co-host: Chuck D
    Co-host: Laura Flanders

    More funny and entertaining guys, Chuck D is well known, Laura is a great personality, and Lizz was the original producer/creator of The Daily Show.

    The O’ Franken Factor: 12:00-3:00pm
    Host: Al Franken
    Co-host: Katherine Lanpher
    Producer: Billy Kimball

    O'Reilly will be pleased.

    The Randi Rhodes Show: 3:00-7:00pm
    So What Else is News?: 7:00-8:00pm
    Host: Marty Kaplan

    The Majority Report: 8:00pm-11:00pm
    Host: Janeane Garofalo
    Co-host: Sam Seder

    Excited about this new network, it should be entertaining and informative with the personnel they have. See the press release for more information.

    Posted by Eric at 08:33 PM | Comments (59)

    Liberal Radio Set to Launch

    Air America Radio has finally released details about the new radio network that will go on the air at the end of this month. Here are the details:

    "Air America Radio is launching in the top U.S. markets with leading talent that will provide compelling and entertaining programming on the radio, on satellite feeds, and on the web," said Mark Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of Air America Radio. “We aim to build an important new media franchise that delivers results.”

    The network’s on-air personalities represent today’s top political and popular satirists, commentators and activists. Comedian, and best selling author Al Franken, who was recently taken to court when Bill O’Reilly and Fox News were seeking an injunction to halt distribution of "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," and is known for fact-based, drug-free satire, will host a weekday show on the network called “The O’Franken Factor.”

    “I’m so happy that Air America Radio will be on in three battleground states, New York, Illinois and California….no wait…those aren’t the battleground states. What the hell are we doing?” said Franken.

    Air America Radio has signed actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo, hip hop icon Chuck D, radio personality Randi Rhodes, and political humorist Sam Seder to join Franken at the network. Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., “The Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead, and business-of-the-media analyst on the public radio program “Marketplace” Martin Kaplan will also join the network.

    The schedule:

    Uprising: 6:00-9:00am
    Co-Host: Marc Maron
    Co-host: Sue Ellicott
    Co-host: Mark Riley

    Big fan of Marc Maron, so that's good to hear.

    Unfiltered: 9:00am- 12:00pm
    Co-host: Lizz Winstead
    Co-host: Chuck D
    Co-host: Laura Flanders

    More funny and entertaining guys, Chuck D is well known, Laura is a great personality, and Lizz was the original producer/creator of The Daily Show.

    The O’ Franken Factor: 12:00-3:00pm
    Host: Al Franken
    Co-host: Katherine Lanpher
    Producer: Billy Kimball

    O'Reilly will be pleased.

    The Randi Rhodes Show: 3:00-7:00pm
    So What Else is News?: 7:00-8:00pm
    Host: Marty Kaplan

    The Majority Report: 8:00pm-11:00pm
    Host: Janeane Garofalo
    Co-host: Sam Seder

    Excited about this new network, it should be entertaining and informative with the personnel they have. See the press release for more information.

    Posted by Eric at 08:33 PM | Comments (20)

    Democratic Unity: Primary Clears for Ken Salazar

    Rep. Mark Udall and Rutt Bridges drop out of Dem primary, clearing the way for Attorney General Ken Salazar in Colorado to battle for the seat

    The attorney general referred to his Hispanic heritage as he announced his bid to replace retiring Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

    "Today I want to help the people of Colorado and our country achieve the same American dream that I have been able to live," Salazar said. "I will do so through my service as a United States senator for the people of Colorado."

    Udall and millionaire think tank founder Rutt Bridges both bowed out of the race and threw their support to Salazar.

    Udall, 53, had announced his candidacy just one day earlier. On Wednesday, he deadpanned: "I think maybe this was the shortest Senate campaign in history."

    The seat could be one of the most competitive races in the country and decide who controls the Senate, where the Republicans hold a 51-48 majority.

    Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman, praised the moves in a DSCC email:
    “Today’s developments in Colorado are significant as they put us one step closer to putting Colorado in the Democratic column and taking back the majority in the U.S. Senate,” Corzine said. “I want to thank Rutt Bridges and Congressman Udall for their selflessness and for unifying behind an excellent public servant and candidate in Ken Salazar who we are all convinced will be the next Senator from Colorado. They are both class acts and both have bright futures ahead of them. I also want to congratulate Chris Gates, Chairman of the Democratic Party, who deserves substantial credit for the revival of the Democratic Party as a force to be reckoned with in Colorado politics.

    “Ken Salazar’s entrance into the race in Colorado, and the unity of the party behind him, puts Colorado firmly on the map as a race in which we will play to win. Ken brings a positive, upbeat approach to politics, and as a farmer, a small businessman and Attorney General he brings an unrivaled background and biography that would be a tremendous asset to the deliberations of the U.S. Senate and to Colorado families. Ken’s common sense approach has attracted support from Democrats, Republicans and independents alike, and we could not be more pleased to have him in the race. As a result, the race for Colorado, and thus the fight for 51 and control of the Senate, is on.”

    Posted by Eric at 08:18 PM | Comments (33)

    Democratic Unity: Primary Clears for Ken Salazar

    Rep. Mark Udall and Rutt Bridges drop out of Dem primary, clearing the way for Attorney General Ken Salazar in Colorado to battle for the seat

    The attorney general referred to his Hispanic heritage as he announced his bid to replace retiring Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

    "Today I want to help the people of Colorado and our country achieve the same American dream that I have been able to live," Salazar said. "I will do so through my service as a United States senator for the people of Colorado."

    Udall and millionaire think tank founder Rutt Bridges both bowed out of the race and threw their support to Salazar.

    Udall, 53, had announced his candidacy just one day earlier. On Wednesday, he deadpanned: "I think maybe this was the shortest Senate campaign in history."

    The seat could be one of the most competitive races in the country and decide who controls the Senate, where the Republicans hold a 51-48 majority.

    Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman, praised the moves in a DSCC email:
    “Today’s developments in Colorado are significant as they put us one step closer to putting Colorado in the Democratic column and taking back the majority in the U.S. Senate,” Corzine said. “I want to thank Rutt Bridges and Congressman Udall for their selflessness and for unifying behind an excellent public servant and candidate in Ken Salazar who we are all convinced will be the next Senator from Colorado. They are both class acts and both have bright futures ahead of them. I also want to congratulate Chris Gates, Chairman of the Democratic Party, who deserves substantial credit for the revival of the Democratic Party as a force to be reckoned with in Colorado politics.

    “Ken Salazar’s entrance into the race in Colorado, and the unity of the party behind him, puts Colorado firmly on the map as a race in which we will play to win. Ken brings a positive, upbeat approach to politics, and as a farmer, a small businessman and Attorney General he brings an unrivaled background and biography that would be a tremendous asset to the deliberations of the U.S. Senate and to Colorado families. Ken’s common sense approach has attracted support from Democrats, Republicans and independents alike, and we could not be more pleased to have him in the race. As a result, the race for Colorado, and thus the fight for 51 and control of the Senate, is on.”

    Posted by Eric at 08:18 PM | Comments (7)

    Hamster Numbers: Bush and “Herbert Hoover Award”

    Kerry Campaign Chair Awards Bush the “Herbert Hoover Award”:

    ALMOST THREE MILLION: Since George W. Bush took office, America has lost almost 3 million private sector jobs.

    EVERY MONTH: Manufacturing jobs have been lost every single month of the Bush Presidency.

    ONE MILLION: One million jobs have been outsourced since President Bush took office.

    33 PERCENT HIGHER: Unemployment has increased 33 percent since Bush took office.

    $10,368. American families will pay 10,368 in interest on the debt by 2014.

    Posted by Eric at 01:28 PM | Comments (27)

    Hamster Numbers: Bush and “Herbert Hoover Award”

    Kerry Campaign Chair Awards Bush the “Herbert Hoover Award”:

    ALMOST THREE MILLION: Since George W. Bush took office, America has lost almost 3 million private sector jobs.

    EVERY MONTH: Manufacturing jobs have been lost every single month of the Bush Presidency.

    ONE MILLION: One million jobs have been outsourced since President Bush took office.

    33 PERCENT HIGHER: Unemployment has increased 33 percent since Bush took office.

    $10,368. American families will pay 10,368 in interest on the debt by 2014.

    Posted by Eric at 01:28 PM | Comments (6)

    East Village Stages Lynne Cheney's Lesbian Romance Novel

    That blog title's bound to grab a lot of Google hits. From the Lloyd Grove, this interesting story about the VP's wife and her 1981 romance novel:

    Yesterday, Flanders told Lowdown that Cheney's novel "is a breathy, gothic romance, horribly written. It's celebrating lesbian love and promotes the value of preventative devices, condoms, to women who want to remain free. It features a woman who has unmarried sex with the widow of her sister - all this by Lynne Cheney, the culture warrior of the right."

    Monday's crowd of 200 - which included actress Janeane Garofalo - laughed throughout the satirical staging.

    Choice scenes adapted from "Sisters" included one in which two female characters write to each other: "Let us go away together, away from the anger and the imperatives of men. We shall find ourselves a secluded bower where they dare not venture. There will be only the two of us, and we shall linger through long afternoons of sweet retirement." ...

    Vice President Cheney's wife has been silent on the hot-button issue of gay marriage, although their 34-year-old daughter, Mary Cheney, is openly gay. President Bush has come out in a support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

    "Here's a whole book where she gloried in lesbian love affairs," Flanders said. "The hypocrisy is rank."

    Lynne Cheney's spokeswoman didn't respond to Lowdown's request for comment.

    Posted by Eric at 01:14 PM | Comments (81)

    East Village Stages Lynne Cheney's Lesbian Romance Novel

    That blog title's bound to grab a lot of Google hits. From the Lloyd Grove, this interesting story about the VP's wife and her 1981 romance novel:

    Yesterday, Flanders told Lowdown that Cheney's novel "is a breathy, gothic romance, horribly written. It's celebrating lesbian love and promotes the value of preventative devices, condoms, to women who want to remain free. It features a woman who has unmarried sex with the widow of her sister - all this by Lynne Cheney, the culture warrior of the right."

    Monday's crowd of 200 - which included actress Janeane Garofalo - laughed throughout the satirical staging.

    Choice scenes adapted from "Sisters" included one in which two female characters write to each other: "Let us go away together, away from the anger and the imperatives of men. We shall find ourselves a secluded bower where they dare not venture. There will be only the two of us, and we shall linger through long afternoons of sweet retirement." ...

    Vice President Cheney's wife has been silent on the hot-button issue of gay marriage, although their 34-year-old daughter, Mary Cheney, is openly gay. President Bush has come out in a support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

    "Here's a whole book where she gloried in lesbian love affairs," Flanders said. "The hypocrisy is rank."

    Lynne Cheney's spokeswoman didn't respond to Lowdown's request for comment.

    Posted by Eric at 01:14 PM | Comments (60)

    March 09, 2004

    Tuesday

    News
    CSMonitor. In debt from Day One: Soaring student debt makes it tough to choose a public service career
    CSMonitor. A pivotal moment for defining Kerry
    AP. Four Southern States Hold Primaries
    OrlanSent. Jeb Bush expects tight election
    DMRegister. Cheney brings campaign to Iowa
    AP. John Ramsey is considering running as a Republican for the 105th House District
    LV Sun. No end in sight for Vegas gasoline woes
    Oregonian. Minority leaders are courted by both sides of same-sex marriage debate
    Philly Inquirer. Minority students' rights violated, complaint says
    Bloomberg. More job losses feared among auto suppliers: Survey finds parts production headed offshore
    AP. N.J. Couples Seek Gay Marriage Licenses
    The Hill. Bush, House GOP at odds
    USAT. Domestic issues lift Kerry in new poll
    AP. Four Southern States Hold Primaries
    AP. Sniper killer Muhammad sentenced to death after judge turns aside request for new trial
    SFC. State lawmaker joins S.F.'s gay wedding waltz
    AP. Powell rejects Kerry claim that Bush hawks have undercut him
    Toronto Star. World leaders want Bush out, says Kerry
    AJC. Kerry's views underscore split in the religious vote
    AP. Poll favors Edwards as V.P. choice
    AP. Ashcroft to have surgery to remove gall bladder
    Seattle PI. Seattle gays go to court after wedding licenses denied
    AP. Kennedy Questions Bush Recess Appointment Pryor
    AP. Medicare Nominee Avoids Senators' Queries
    Wisc Rapids Daily Tribune. Cops called to GOP meeting in Neillsville
    Australian. Bush scorn can't dent slick Kerry
    Washington Post. In Florida, Kerry Courts Seniors: Democrat Promises to Protect Social Security and Make Sure Votes Are Counted
    Washington Post. Support for Bush Falls On Economy and Iraq
    NYT. Drop in Budget Slows Superfund Program
    NYT. Bush Attacks Kerry on Bill to Trim Intelligence Budget
    NYT. Gay and Republican, but Not Necessarily Disloyal to President
    NYT. Oil Giant's Officials Knew of Gaps in Reserves in '02
    Capital Times. Stem cell research gets boost: 'Angry' Baldwin announces new push
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Teens who have sex charged with abuse: DAs are prosecuting even when both consent

    Commentary
    NRDC. Bush Mercury Policy Threatens the Health of Women and Children
    Emil Guillermo. Howard Stern And The Burning Bush
    Daily Astorian. All carnage is not equal to Bush: President exploits the dead of Sept. 11, but hides the Iraq War dead, wounded
    Robert Scheer. The worst form of exploitation: Hypocritical Bush uses 9/11 images but resists accounting of truth
    Arianna. Dear John: Six things John Kerry needs to do to win in November
    Molly Ivins. Remember when? Bush record replete with rewritten histories and chucked promises
    Ashland Daily Press. State, nation don't need marriage amendments
    Krugman. Promises, Promises
    James P. Pinkerton. In memoriam flame singes president
    Marie Cocco. Bush owes 9/11 answers, not TV ad
    Helen Thomas. Let people, not NRA, call the shots
    Seattle PI. State Senate closes door on civil rights
    Norman Ornstein. President's 9/11 ads are almost too hot to handle
    Hady Amr. Beyond Our Borders: Against conventional wisdom—foreign policy will be a make-or-break issue in November
    Nancy Lessin and Gordon Clark. Hiding War's Toll: If the White House has its way, you'll never see photos of the human cost of war in Iraq
    Capital Times. John Edwards' contribution
    E. J. Dionne Jr. How to Help in the Meantime

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (23)

    Tuesday

    News
    CSMonitor. In debt from Day One: Soaring student debt makes it tough to choose a public service career
    CSMonitor. A pivotal moment for defining Kerry
    AP. Four Southern States Hold Primaries
    OrlanSent. Jeb Bush expects tight election
    DMRegister. Cheney brings campaign to Iowa
    AP. John Ramsey is considering running as a Republican for the 105th House District
    LV Sun. No end in sight for Vegas gasoline woes
    Oregonian. Minority leaders are courted by both sides of same-sex marriage debate
    Philly Inquirer. Minority students' rights violated, complaint says
    Bloomberg. More job losses feared among auto suppliers: Survey finds parts production headed offshore
    AP. N.J. Couples Seek Gay Marriage Licenses
    The Hill. Bush, House GOP at odds
    USAT. Domestic issues lift Kerry in new poll
    AP. Four Southern States Hold Primaries
    AP. Sniper killer Muhammad sentenced to death after judge turns aside request for new trial
    SFC. State lawmaker joins S.F.'s gay wedding waltz
    AP. Powell rejects Kerry claim that Bush hawks have undercut him
    Toronto Star. World leaders want Bush out, says Kerry
    AJC. Kerry's views underscore split in the religious vote
    AP. Poll favors Edwards as V.P. choice
    AP. Ashcroft to have surgery to remove gall bladder
    Seattle PI. Seattle gays go to court after wedding licenses denied
    AP. Kennedy Questions Bush Recess Appointment Pryor
    AP. Medicare Nominee Avoids Senators' Queries
    Wisc Rapids Daily Tribune. Cops called to GOP meeting in Neillsville
    Australian. Bush scorn can't dent slick Kerry
    Washington Post. In Florida, Kerry Courts Seniors: Democrat Promises to Protect Social Security and Make Sure Votes Are Counted
    Washington Post. Support for Bush Falls On Economy and Iraq
    NYT. Drop in Budget Slows Superfund Program
    NYT. Bush Attacks Kerry on Bill to Trim Intelligence Budget
    NYT. Gay and Republican, but Not Necessarily Disloyal to President
    NYT. Oil Giant's Officials Knew of Gaps in Reserves in '02
    Capital Times. Stem cell research gets boost: 'Angry' Baldwin announces new push
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Teens who have sex charged with abuse: DAs are prosecuting even when both consent

    Commentary
    NRDC. Bush Mercury Policy Threatens the Health of Women and Children
    Emil Guillermo. Howard Stern And The Burning Bush
    Daily Astorian. All carnage is not equal to Bush: President exploits the dead of Sept. 11, but hides the Iraq War dead, wounded
    Robert Scheer. The worst form of exploitation: Hypocritical Bush uses 9/11 images but resists accounting of truth
    Arianna. Dear John: Six things John Kerry needs to do to win in November
    Molly Ivins. Remember when? Bush record replete with rewritten histories and chucked promises
    Ashland Daily Press. State, nation don't need marriage amendments
    Krugman. Promises, Promises
    James P. Pinkerton. In memoriam flame singes president
    Marie Cocco. Bush owes 9/11 answers, not TV ad
    Helen Thomas. Let people, not NRA, call the shots
    Seattle PI. State Senate closes door on civil rights
    Norman Ornstein. President's 9/11 ads are almost too hot to handle
    Hady Amr. Beyond Our Borders: Against conventional wisdom—foreign policy will be a make-or-break issue in November
    Nancy Lessin and Gordon Clark. Hiding War's Toll: If the White House has its way, you'll never see photos of the human cost of war in Iraq
    Capital Times. John Edwards' contribution
    E. J. Dionne Jr. How to Help in the Meantime

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (4)

    1/2 or 1/4 of a Person?

    Some California lawmakers want to give teens the right to vote ... well, sorta, from anti-Christ MTV:

    If a group of California lawmakers gets its way, Golden State teens under the age of 18 may soon get the right to vote. According to the proposal, ballots cast by these underage voters would count as one half or one quarter of an adult vote.

    The four lawmakers, led by State Senator John Vasconcellos, proposed an amendment to California's Constitution Monday that would grant 16- and 17-year-olds a half vote and 14- and 15-year-olds a quarter vote. The votes would be valid for state elections only.

    Explaining the plan, Vasconcellos, a Democrat from Santa Clara, told The Associated Press that teens today are essentially more informed than ever before, thanks to the Internet, advancements in television, cell phones and a society that is simply more diverse.

    "When we gave the vote to those who didn't own property, then to women, then to persons of all colors, we added to the richness of our democratic dialogue and our own nation's integrity and its model for the world," he told the AP, noting that it was time to further extend the vote.

    The plan would need "two-thirds' approval by the legislature to appear on the November ballot." Why not? Have teens vote in school with their history or civics class, and get them involved with the political system at an early age. Austria, Germany, and Israel, to name a few, already have under-18 voting rights. Hip Republicans, of course, bashed the proposal:
    Republicans immediately bashed the plan. "To waste taxpayer money having children cast votes would be ridiculous at any time, but in the face of our current fiscal crisis, it's an obscenity," State Senator Ross Johnson, a Republican from Irvine
    According to the BBC, "The amendment would also not violate the US constitution, as long as it only applied to state and local ballots."

    Posted by Eric at 05:57 PM | Comments (59)

    1/2 or 1/4 of a Person?

    Some California lawmakers want to give teens the right to vote ... well, sorta, from anti-Christ MTV:

    If a group of California lawmakers gets its way, Golden State teens under the age of 18 may soon get the right to vote. According to the proposal, ballots cast by these underage voters would count as one half or one quarter of an adult vote.

    The four lawmakers, led by State Senator John Vasconcellos, proposed an amendment to California's Constitution Monday that would grant 16- and 17-year-olds a half vote and 14- and 15-year-olds a quarter vote. The votes would be valid for state elections only.

    Explaining the plan, Vasconcellos, a Democrat from Santa Clara, told The Associated Press that teens today are essentially more informed than ever before, thanks to the Internet, advancements in television, cell phones and a society that is simply more diverse.

    "When we gave the vote to those who didn't own property, then to women, then to persons of all colors, we added to the richness of our democratic dialogue and our own nation's integrity and its model for the world," he told the AP, noting that it was time to further extend the vote.

    The plan would need "two-thirds' approval by the legislature to appear on the November ballot." Why not? Have teens vote in school with their history or civics class, and get them involved with the political system at an early age. Austria, Germany, and Israel, to name a few, already have under-18 voting rights. Hip Republicans, of course, bashed the proposal:
    Republicans immediately bashed the plan. "To waste taxpayer money having children cast votes would be ridiculous at any time, but in the face of our current fiscal crisis, it's an obscenity," State Senator Ross Johnson, a Republican from Irvine
    According to the BBC, "The amendment would also not violate the US constitution, as long as it only applied to state and local ballots."

    Posted by Eric at 05:57 PM | Comments (11)

    Then and Now

    From the Center for American Progress:

    THEN

    "On October 18, 2002, our Nation marks the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and begins the Observance of the Year of Clean Water."

    - President George W. Bush, 10/18/02

    NOW

    Under Bush's new budget, funding would for clean water infrastructure drop from $2.6 billion to $1.8 billion. The programs slated for reductions include "sewage treatment plants plants, water purification facilities, and targeted pollution-prevention investments."

    - Joint Budget Analysis by Environmental Groups

    Posted by Eric at 03:04 PM | Comments (17)

    Then and Now

    From the Center for American Progress:

    THEN

    "On October 18, 2002, our Nation marks the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and begins the Observance of the Year of Clean Water."

    - President George W. Bush, 10/18/02

    NOW

    Under Bush's new budget, funding would for clean water infrastructure drop from $2.6 billion to $1.8 billion. The programs slated for reductions include "sewage treatment plants plants, water purification facilities, and targeted pollution-prevention investments."

    - Joint Budget Analysis by Environmental Groups

    Posted by Eric at 03:04 PM | Comments (7)

    Clark on Kerry

    Gen . Wesley Clark has been stumping for John Kerry, and is playing up his connection with Southern states. See email:

    On the road with John Kerry these past few weeks, meeting and talking with many of you, I have been consistently inspired by your patriotism and devotion to our democratic cause. Even though my campaign has ended, the campaign for America's future continues on. I've asked my supporters to join me in standing up for the man I believe will bring change to this country, and I'd like to send you a similar message now.

    Why did I endorse John Kerry? Put simply, he has the right experience to beat George W. Bush. John has a great plan to bring back jobs and prosperity, provide affordable health care for all, move our economy forward into the 21st century, and make America safer and stronger in the world. I know that during the course of this election you've heard similar promises from many candidates, but I believe John Kerry will make it happen.

    Together, I will work with John and you to do everything we can to help return the White House to its rightful owners -- the American people. We'll do everything we can to help you win back a future of opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. George W. Bush has had three long years to keep our country moving forward -- but instead, he's done nothing but set us back ... P.S. I ask my neighbors in the four Southern states holding primaries today to send George W. Bush a strong message. Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas -- please vote!

    Posted by Eric at 03:02 PM | Comments (9)

    Clark on Kerry

    Gen . Wesley Clark has been stumping for John Kerry, and is playing up his connection with Southern states. See email:

    On the road with John Kerry these past few weeks, meeting and talking with many of you, I have been consistently inspired by your patriotism and devotion to our democratic cause. Even though my campaign has ended, the campaign for America's future continues on. I've asked my supporters to join me in standing up for the man I believe will bring change to this country, and I'd like to send you a similar message now.

    Why did I endorse John Kerry? Put simply, he has the right experience to beat George W. Bush. John has a great plan to bring back jobs and prosperity, provide affordable health care for all, move our economy forward into the 21st century, and make America safer and stronger in the world. I know that during the course of this election you've heard similar promises from many candidates, but I believe John Kerry will make it happen.

    Together, I will work with John and you to do everything we can to help return the White House to its rightful owners -- the American people. We'll do everything we can to help you win back a future of opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. George W. Bush has had three long years to keep our country moving forward -- but instead, he's done nothing but set us back ... P.S. I ask my neighbors in the four Southern states holding primaries today to send George W. Bush a strong message. Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas -- please vote!

    Posted by Eric at 03:02 PM | Comments (7)

    "Greens Face Defections, Divisions"

    Many Greens are beginning to abandon their 3rd party start-up effort in the wake of the Bush administration. In Maine, for example, Bangor Daily News:

    But Maine Green Independent Party officials say this year is different, with members defecting in droves to the Democratic ranks, leaving those who stay divided on whether to field a presidential candidate at all.

    "People are afraid of the spoiler label," said Heather "Betsy" Garrold, a state party chairwoman, explaining the reluctance to back a presidential contender amid renewed resentment surrounding the 2000 run of Ralph Nader, whom many see as handing the election to George Bush by siphoning votes from Democrat Al Gore, especially in key states such as Florida ... With anti-Bush sentiment at a fever pitch among progressives, however, there has been an anecdotal but "not unsubstantial" drop in membership in the past few months, Rensenbrink said.

    For instance in Belfast, membership has dropped 11 percent since November of last year, with many of those jumping ship in the weeks before February's Democratic caucuses, according to city officials.

    Two of those former Greens, Marina Delune and Wesley Rothermel, showed up to the Belfast area caucus Saturday, to "build bridges," they said, between Greens and progressive Democrats.

    Now Delune and Rothermel, both of Belfast, are running for the Maine Senate - as Democrats.

    Without visible people like Ralph Nader and Michael Moore, can the Greens survive? The history of 3rd parties in America isn't favorable.

    Posted by Eric at 02:36 PM | Comments (43)

    "Greens Face Defections, Divisions"

    Many Greens are beginning to abandon their 3rd party start-up effort in the wake of the Bush administration. In Maine, for example, Bangor Daily News:

    But Maine Green Independent Party officials say this year is different, with members defecting in droves to the Democratic ranks, leaving those who stay divided on whether to field a presidential candidate at all.

    "People are afraid of the spoiler label," said Heather "Betsy" Garrold, a state party chairwoman, explaining the reluctance to back a presidential contender amid renewed resentment surrounding the 2000 run of Ralph Nader, whom many see as handing the election to George Bush by siphoning votes from Democrat Al Gore, especially in key states such as Florida ... With anti-Bush sentiment at a fever pitch among progressives, however, there has been an anecdotal but "not unsubstantial" drop in membership in the past few months, Rensenbrink said.

    For instance in Belfast, membership has dropped 11 percent since November of last year, with many of those jumping ship in the weeks before February's Democratic caucuses, according to city officials.

    Two of those former Greens, Marina Delune and Wesley Rothermel, showed up to the Belfast area caucus Saturday, to "build bridges," they said, between Greens and progressive Democrats.

    Now Delune and Rothermel, both of Belfast, are running for the Maine Senate - as Democrats.

    Without visible people like Ralph Nader and Michael Moore, can the Greens survive? The history of 3rd parties in America isn't favorable.

    Posted by Eric at 02:36 PM | Comments (13)

    Hamster Numbers: Jobs

    "No private sector jobs were created in February and job growth in December and January was revised down by -23,000. Even with 22,000 new jobs in state and local public education, February's job count was less than previously reported for January. Total hours worked in the private sector fell by -0.1% in February to levels still -1.6% lower than when the recovery officially began in November, 2001. This is the first time on record that hours worked have declined in a recovery. Manufacturing hours worked edged up to -8.1% below levels when the recovery began. This is uncharted territory and reflects the new importance of globalization and a current account trade deficit that now exceeds -$1 million per MINUTE." MBG Information Services

    Posted by Eric at 02:15 PM | Comments (16)

    Hamster Numbers: Jobs

    "No private sector jobs were created in February and job growth in December and January was revised down by -23,000. Even with 22,000 new jobs in state and local public education, February's job count was less than previously reported for January. Total hours worked in the private sector fell by -0.1% in February to levels still -1.6% lower than when the recovery officially began in November, 2001. This is the first time on record that hours worked have declined in a recovery. Manufacturing hours worked edged up to -8.1% below levels when the recovery began. This is uncharted territory and reflects the new importance of globalization and a current account trade deficit that now exceeds -$1 million per MINUTE." MBG Information Services

    Posted by Eric at 02:15 PM | Comments (7)

    March 08, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    Reuters. Mortar Attack on Baghdad Police Wounds 5 People
    AFP. Council in Iraq approves charter
    AP. Exiled Aristide: I'm still Haiti president
    AP. Seattle mayor to recognize marriages of gay city workers
    WPost. Hillary Clinton, Cheney exchange barbs at roast
    NYT. The Battle for Florida Heats Up, Stirring Memories of the Recount
    NYT. Kerry Is Grilled on Gay Marriage and Attacks Bush on Sept. 11 Commission
    NYT. President's Initiative to Shake Up Education Is Facing Protests in Many State Capitols
    LATimes. Scalia Ethics Remain in Question
    Mercury News. Kids stress gay families' similarities
    WP. Same-Sex Marriage Vaulted Into Spotlight
    WP. Military Spending Sparks Warnings
    WP. Bush Hindering Probes, Kerry Says; President's Campaign Says Charges of 'Stonewalling' on 9/11, Iraq Are Inaccurate
    AP. Kerry continues to press Bush on security, terror attacks
    Houston Chronicle. Bush attacked on Iraq, 9/11
    BGlobe. Kerry compares black, gay struggles

    Commentary
    Jo Anne Adlerstein. Bush must do more to help Haitians
    Ted Kerasote. Drilling the Wild: A voracious energy policy afflicts our public lands
    Bob Herbert. The Unrecognizable Recovery
    Melody Barnes and Gayle Smith. Family Planning is a Family Value
    Jimmy Breslin. He Molests the Dead
    AJC. No more diverting money designated for waste sites
    AJC. On job front, 'recovery' meaningless
    Philip James. The Democrats and the Republicans are wheeling out their image-making big guns before the smoke from the primaries has even cleared
    Tony Kushner. Homophobia's Reach
    Mother Jones. Crossing Lines: Harvard's privately-funded stem cell research reminds us what federal money could achieve.
    American Prospect. Veep Thoughts: Who's the best nominee for a vice-presidential ticket?
    Laura Flanders. Gale Force: The shifting political winds of the Interior chief.
    Nicholas Turse. Defense And Destruction: There's a massive sucking sound at the Pentagon. It's called DARPA
    William Finnegan. Florida Libre: Is the Bush family’s relationship with the Cuban exiles about to turn rocky?
    Bill Cosby. Kids, Here's a Fine Mess They've Gotten Us Into
    Capital Times. Bush ads exploit tragedy of 9/11
    Peter Rothberg. Bush's Backfiring Ad Campaign
    John Nichols. Exploiting 9-11, Badly
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. Clear Channel vs. the First Amendment
    Joe Conason. Another crude slur: With a campaign of distortion and lies, the right-wing smear machine is trying to impugn the military honor of John Kerry
    Peter Dizikes. Taking the battle to Bush: It's time for John Kerry to stop talking about being a fighter and start being one. Here's the best way to knock Bush out
    Ellen Goodman. Presidential election or casting call? Debate focuses not on who can lead, but who can play leader on TV

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (9)

    Monday Stories

    News
    Reuters. Mortar Attack on Baghdad Police Wounds 5 People
    AFP. Council in Iraq approves charter
    AP. Exiled Aristide: I'm still Haiti president
    AP. Seattle mayor to recognize marriages of gay city workers
    WPost. Hillary Clinton, Cheney exchange barbs at roast
    NYT. The Battle for Florida Heats Up, Stirring Memories of the Recount
    NYT. Kerry Is Grilled on Gay Marriage and Attacks Bush on Sept. 11 Commission
    NYT. President's Initiative to Shake Up Education Is Facing Protests in Many State Capitols
    LATimes. Scalia Ethics Remain in Question
    Mercury News. Kids stress gay families' similarities
    WP. Same-Sex Marriage Vaulted Into Spotlight
    WP. Military Spending Sparks Warnings
    WP. Bush Hindering Probes, Kerry Says; President's Campaign Says Charges of 'Stonewalling' on 9/11, Iraq Are Inaccurate
    AP. Kerry continues to press Bush on security, terror attacks
    Houston Chronicle. Bush attacked on Iraq, 9/11
    BGlobe. Kerry compares black, gay struggles

    Commentary
    Jo Anne Adlerstein. Bush must do more to help Haitians
    Ted Kerasote. Drilling the Wild: A voracious energy policy afflicts our public lands
    Bob Herbert. The Unrecognizable Recovery
    Melody Barnes and Gayle Smith. Family Planning is a Family Value
    Jimmy Breslin. He Molests the Dead
    AJC. No more diverting money designated for waste sites
    AJC. On job front, 'recovery' meaningless
    Philip James. The Democrats and the Republicans are wheeling out their image-making big guns before the smoke from the primaries has even cleared
    Tony Kushner. Homophobia's Reach
    Mother Jones. Crossing Lines: Harvard's privately-funded stem cell research reminds us what federal money could achieve.
    American Prospect. Veep Thoughts: Who's the best nominee for a vice-presidential ticket?
    Laura Flanders. Gale Force: The shifting political winds of the Interior chief.
    Nicholas Turse. Defense And Destruction: There's a massive sucking sound at the Pentagon. It's called DARPA
    William Finnegan. Florida Libre: Is the Bush family’s relationship with the Cuban exiles about to turn rocky?
    Bill Cosby. Kids, Here's a Fine Mess They've Gotten Us Into
    Capital Times. Bush ads exploit tragedy of 9/11
    Peter Rothberg. Bush's Backfiring Ad Campaign
    John Nichols. Exploiting 9-11, Badly
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. Clear Channel vs. the First Amendment
    Joe Conason. Another crude slur: With a campaign of distortion and lies, the right-wing smear machine is trying to impugn the military honor of John Kerry
    Peter Dizikes. Taking the battle to Bush: It's time for John Kerry to stop talking about being a fighter and start being one. Here's the best way to knock Bush out
    Ellen Goodman. Presidential election or casting call? Debate focuses not on who can lead, but who can play leader on TV

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (9)

    USA Today: Kerry Over Bush

    USA Today finds Kerry ahead of Bush:

    In the first national poll since the presidential campaign became a two-person race, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry leads President Bush, 52%-44%.
    Kerry's 8-point lead with likely voters in the USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll comes after he effectively clinched the Democratic nomination on Tuesday and Bush followed with three speeches criticizing Kerry's record in the Senate and charging that the country would be less safe under his leadership.

    Ralph Nader, who announced an independent candidacy Feb. 22, got 2%.

    Posted by Eric at 05:51 PM | Comments (13)

    USA Today: Kerry Over Bush

    USA Today finds Kerry ahead of Bush:

    In the first national poll since the presidential campaign became a two-person race, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry leads President Bush, 52%-44%.
    Kerry's 8-point lead with likely voters in the USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll comes after he effectively clinched the Democratic nomination on Tuesday and Bush followed with three speeches criticizing Kerry's record in the Senate and charging that the country would be less safe under his leadership.

    Ralph Nader, who announced an independent candidacy Feb. 22, got 2%.

    Posted by Eric at 05:51 PM | Comments (9)

    Class Warfare

    Though Republicans may decry 'class warfare' in the political arena, a pro-Republican conservative attack group seems to have no problem employing it:

    With ads by the Bush-Cheney campaign and the liberal grass-roots group MoveOn.org already battling it out on the airwaves, another set of ads was rolled out nationwide Monday, the first conservative attack ads against presumptive Democratic candidate John Kerry.

    Paid for by the group Citizens United, the 30-second message calls Kerry "another rich liberal elitist from Massachusetts who claims he's a man of the people."

    In the style of a popular MasterCard advertising campaign, the ad lists the Massachusetts senator's expenses -- including a "42-foot luxury yacht" and beachfront estates worth "over $30 million" -- before calling his alleged claim that he is one of the people "priceless."

    Not exactly sure how effective that ad will be considering Bush and Cheney aren't doing too badly themselves.

    Posted by Eric at 05:48 PM | Comments (20)

    Class Warfare

    Though Republicans may decry 'class warfare' in the political arena, a pro-Republican conservative attack group seems to have no problem employing it:

    With ads by the Bush-Cheney campaign and the liberal grass-roots group MoveOn.org already battling it out on the airwaves, another set of ads was rolled out nationwide Monday, the first conservative attack ads against presumptive Democratic candidate John Kerry.

    Paid for by the group Citizens United, the 30-second message calls Kerry "another rich liberal elitist from Massachusetts who claims he's a man of the people."

    In the style of a popular MasterCard advertising campaign, the ad lists the Massachusetts senator's expenses -- including a "42-foot luxury yacht" and beachfront estates worth "over $30 million" -- before calling his alleged claim that he is one of the people "priceless."

    Not exactly sure how effective that ad will be considering Bush and Cheney aren't doing too badly themselves.

    Posted by Eric at 05:48 PM | Comments (1)

    Kos Top Ten VPs

    Big blogger Kos has his Top Ten VP picks and I certainly agree with him that a 'Draft Brokaw' movement would be fascinating.

    If this unscientific poll done by Keith Berry is any indication, bloggers (like most people) aren't sure who will be picked. I certainly don't. I haven't fleshed out picks, but I'd be 'excited' about Wesley Clark, John Edwards and Cleland.

    Posted by Eric at 01:03 PM | Comments (9)

    Kos Top Ten VPs

    Big blogger Kos has his Top Ten VP picks and I certainly agree with him that a 'Draft Brokaw' movement would be fascinating.

    If this unscientific poll done by Keith Berry is any indication, bloggers (like most people) aren't sure who will be picked. I certainly don't. I haven't fleshed out picks, but I'd be 'excited' about Wesley Clark, John Edwards and Cleland.

    Posted by Eric at 01:03 PM | Comments (1)

    Franken in Iraq

    The article in Mother Jones.

    Posted by Eric at 12:30 PM | Comments (28)

    Franken in Iraq

    The article in Mother Jones.

    Posted by Eric at 12:30 PM | Comments (5)

    Bush on Poor People

    If the Bush campaign is going to bring up statements from 30 years ago ... George W. Bush clearly didn't benefit from his family name, or any other variables in life, so this statement from George W at Harvard Business School is nothing out of the ordinary. Yoshi Tsurumi:

    At Harvard Business School, thirty years ago, George Bush was a student of mine. I still vividly remember him. In my class, he declared that "people are poor because they are lazy." He was opposed to labor unions, social security, environmental protection, Medicare, and public schools. To him, the antitrust watch dog, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities Exchange Commission were unnecessary hindrances to "free market competition." To him, Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was "socialism." Recently, President Bush's Federal Appeals Court Nominee, California's Supreme Court Justice Janice Brown, repeated the same broadside at her Senate hearing. She knew that her pronouncement would please President Bush and Karl Rove and their Senators. President Bush and his brain, Karl Rove, are leading a radical revolution of destroying all the democratic political, social, judiciary, and economic institutions that both Democrats and moderate Republicans had built together since Roosevelt's New Deal.

    Posted by Eric at 12:24 PM | Comments (12)

    Bush on Poor People

    If the Bush campaign is going to bring up statements from 30 years ago ... George W. Bush clearly didn't benefit from his family name, or any other variables in life, so this statement from George W at Harvard Business School is nothing out of the ordinary. Yoshi Tsurumi:

    At Harvard Business School, thirty years ago, George Bush was a student of mine. I still vividly remember him. In my class, he declared that "people are poor because they are lazy." He was opposed to labor unions, social security, environmental protection, Medicare, and public schools. To him, the antitrust watch dog, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities Exchange Commission were unnecessary hindrances to "free market competition." To him, Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was "socialism." Recently, President Bush's Federal Appeals Court Nominee, California's Supreme Court Justice Janice Brown, repeated the same broadside at her Senate hearing. She knew that her pronouncement would please President Bush and Karl Rove and their Senators. President Bush and his brain, Karl Rove, are leading a radical revolution of destroying all the democratic political, social, judiciary, and economic institutions that both Democrats and moderate Republicans had built together since Roosevelt's New Deal.

    Posted by Eric at 12:24 PM | Comments (7)

    Right to Target Kerry Family

    Not only will this election feature attacks against John Kerry, there will also be attacks on John Kerry's wife.

    Now that her husband, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry, is locked into the Democratic presidential nomination, an assemblage of right-wing groups is gearing up to target Teresa Heinz Kerry, depicting her as a temperamental political spouse and financier of radical groups ... Some of the attacks are likely to come not from the campaign of President Bush, but groups on the fringes of the political campaign, where deeply personal attacks have become commonplace.

    "I do believe she clearly will be an issue. Her and her financial resources and her corporate entities and donations -- all those things need to be looked at real closely," said David Bossie, a former congressional aide who now heads Citizens United, a conservative group that has kibitzed in presidential elections dating to 1988 ... "She's well known to be a difficult woman to deal with," Brown said. "I would encourage you to look up some old Heinz staffers. I think she'll undergo the same kind of scrutiny that Hillary did because she's been so active."

    If you thought they had fun with Hillary ...

    The AP ran this profile of Heinz this weekend. Salon previously had this feature on her.

    Posted by Eric at 12:14 PM | Comments (22)

    Right to Target Kerry Family

    Not only will this election feature attacks against John Kerry, there will also be attacks on John Kerry's wife.

    Now that her husband, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry, is locked into the Democratic presidential nomination, an assemblage of right-wing groups is gearing up to target Teresa Heinz Kerry, depicting her as a temperamental political spouse and financier of radical groups ... Some of the attacks are likely to come not from the campaign of President Bush, but groups on the fringes of the political campaign, where deeply personal attacks have become commonplace.

    "I do believe she clearly will be an issue. Her and her financial resources and her corporate entities and donations -- all those things need to be looked at real closely," said David Bossie, a former congressional aide who now heads Citizens United, a conservative group that has kibitzed in presidential elections dating to 1988 ... "She's well known to be a difficult woman to deal with," Brown said. "I would encourage you to look up some old Heinz staffers. I think she'll undergo the same kind of scrutiny that Hillary did because she's been so active."

    If you thought they had fun with Hillary ...

    The AP ran this profile of Heinz this weekend. Salon previously had this feature on her.

    Posted by Eric at 12:14 PM | Comments (8)

    Hamster Numbers: Latino Employment

    “Latinos can tell it's an election year because George W. Bush is finally paying attention to them. George Bush lost credibility for failing to make good on his promise in 2001 of immigration reform, but finally laid out a proposal. And after two strained years of US-Mexico relations, this weekend Bush has invited Vicente Fox to his ranch in Crawford. Since Bush took office, more Hispanic families are living in poverty, the number of unemployed Latinos has increased by 16 percent, and the gap between White and Latino homeownership has increased by seven percent. Latinos are right to ask why George Bush only remembers his promises to them every four years." John Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 10:43 AM | Comments (11)

    Hamster Numbers: Latino Employment

    “Latinos can tell it's an election year because George W. Bush is finally paying attention to them. George Bush lost credibility for failing to make good on his promise in 2001 of immigration reform, but finally laid out a proposal. And after two strained years of US-Mexico relations, this weekend Bush has invited Vicente Fox to his ranch in Crawford. Since Bush took office, more Hispanic families are living in poverty, the number of unemployed Latinos has increased by 16 percent, and the gap between White and Latino homeownership has increased by seven percent. Latinos are right to ask why George Bush only remembers his promises to them every four years." John Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 10:43 AM | Comments (0)

    Comedy Monday

    "The election is in full-swing. Republicans have taken out round-the-clock ads promoting George Bush. Don't we already have that? It's called Fox News." Craig Kilborn

    "After all the voting on Tuesday, President Bush called John Kerry to congratulate him. I'm not sure what they talked about, but I think we can rule out swapping war stories." Jay Leno

    "The Bush campaign for re-election has officially begun. They're actually running television commercials. Have you seen any of the television commercials? In one of the commercials, you see George Bush for thirty seconds. In another commercial, you get to see George Bush for sixty seconds — kind of like his stint in the National Guard." David Letterman

    "President Bush recently watched a private screening of "The Passion of the Christ”. He was so inspired that he said he will include subtitles in his next speech." Craig Kilborn


    The Onion. Bush To Make Up Missed National Guard Service This Weekend.

    The Onion. Jesus Demands Creative Control Over Next Movie.

    scrappleface. Stewart Dumps Stock Just Before Guilty Verdicts.

    National Lampoon. Jesus Christ, Substandard Employee.

    WhiteHouse.org. Transcript of President Bush's Phone Call Offering Super Tuesday Congratulations to Presumptive Democratic Nominee Senator Lurch Dukakis.


    King Arthur: I am your king.
    Woman: Well I didn't vote for you.
    King Arthur: You don't vote for kings.
    Woman: Well how'd you become king then?
    King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
    Dennis: Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
    ---Monty Python

    The Three Little Pigs Buy the White House. From the publishers:

    In the fine tradition of scorched earth, take no prisoners political satire, The Three Little Pigs Buy the White House pokes fun at a certain trio of Republican politicians who are living high on the hog.

    Watch out: these little pigs have no problem replacing brick with straw when it comes to your nation's security.

    And don't be afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, that is, if . . . uh . . . we can find him.

    Written and illustrated by celebrated Bizarro cartoonist, Dan Piraro, The Three Little Pigs Buy the White House is the perfect mockery of politics as grimy as bacon grease.


    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (6)

    Comedy Monday

    "The election is in full-swing. Republicans have taken out round-the-clock ads promoting George Bush. Don't we already have that? It's called Fox News." Craig Kilborn

    "After all the voting on Tuesday, President Bush called John Kerry to congratulate him. I'm not sure what they talked about, but I think we can rule out swapping war stories." Jay Leno

    "The Bush campaign for re-election has officially begun. They're actually running television commercials. Have you seen any of the television commercials? In one of the commercials, you see George Bush for thirty seconds. In another commercial, you get to see George Bush for sixty seconds — kind of like his stint in the National Guard." David Letterman

    "President Bush recently watched a private screening of "The Passion of the Christ”. He was so inspired that he said he will include subtitles in his next speech." Craig Kilborn


    The Onion. Bush To Make Up Missed National Guard Service This Weekend.

    The Onion. Jesus Demands Creative Control Over Next Movie.

    scrappleface. Stewart Dumps Stock Just Before Guilty Verdicts.

    National Lampoon. Jesus Christ, Substandard Employee.

    WhiteHouse.org. Transcript of President Bush's Phone Call Offering Super Tuesday Congratulations to Presumptive Democratic Nominee Senator Lurch Dukakis.


    King Arthur: I am your king.
    Woman: Well I didn't vote for you.
    King Arthur: You don't vote for kings.
    Woman: Well how'd you become king then?
    King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
    Dennis: Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
    ---Monty Python

    The Three Little Pigs Buy the White House. From the publishers:

    In the fine tradition of scorched earth, take no prisoners political satire, The Three Little Pigs Buy the White House pokes fun at a certain trio of Republican politicians who are living high on the hog.

    Watch out: these little pigs have no problem replacing brick with straw when it comes to your nation's security.

    And don't be afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, that is, if . . . uh . . . we can find him.

    Written and illustrated by celebrated Bizarro cartoonist, Dan Piraro, The Three Little Pigs Buy the White House is the perfect mockery of politics as grimy as bacon grease.


    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (3)

    March 07, 2004

    Letters to Bush

    From Leonid Teytelman.

    When the planes hit the World Trade Center, my mother was inside it; my wife was in the subway, directly below the buildings as they were collapsing. To this day, my mother wakes up screaming during thunderstorms, and my wife is terrified of flying or being in skyscrapers.

    That day, and the events that have transpired since then, have raised a lot of questions in my mind. Today, for the first time, I got a definite answer to one of those questions, thanks to the campaign ad with WTC images that President Bush has begun to air.

    It has become abundantly clear to me that Bush has no qualms about shamelessly exploiting 9/11 for his own purposes. It is no longer hard for me to believe that he can use that day as a pretext for starting wars and passing laws, that he can take advantage of the attack for his own benefit. Whether his reasons are political or financial, I do not know, but it is obvious that he sees the terrorist act as his ticket for the next term.

    My cousin, a 26-year-old reserve Marine, has returned from Iraq without a foot after stepping on a landmine. It is unbearably painful to think that he has become an invalid for nothing.

    It is scary to think that instead of trying to address terrorism and respond to 9/11, Bush has simply been misusing the day, ruining lives, breaking diplomatic ties and making the United States less safe.

    I am troubled and disgusted. Despite that, I'm also grateful to the Bush campaign for the ad -- for answering at least one question.


    A.R. Torres:

    My husband, Luis Eduardo Torres, was at his second day of work at Cantor Fitzgerald when he was killed on Sept. 11. He jumped from the 105th floor of the North Tower. Most of his upper body was recovered, identifiable only through dental records. I was seven months pregnant at the time ...

    In effect, then, Mr. Bush, you've paraded all our 9/11 dead out as the official mascots of your reelection campaign. You use them to show our nation that you can protect us against what we should all fear the most -- being an anonymous corpse in another attack.

    But these sleights of image and crafty juxtapositions are the only true demonstrations of your leadership abilities. After all, on that tragic day you didn't actually lead the nation: according to the work of the "Jersey girls" -- the four 9/11 widows who fought to have an independent commission investigate the tragedy -- your first reaction to the plane hitting the North Tower was to blame the pilot. And you continued your activities -- reading stories to a group of young schoolchildren. And as you try to impress our nation with your role during and after 9/11 in these ads, you refuse to talk meaningfully to the independent commission about the specifics of your role prior to 9/11 and how much you knew about a potential large-scale al-Qaida plot.

    I didn't think that co-opting 9/11 with such disregard for those of us who have been affected by this tragedy would anger me so much. I hope that John Kerry doesn't use 9/11 to strengthen his own candidacy . But so many 9/11 families are sick at your use of our sadness ... I can't imagine it being any worse than where you have already led us.

    Posted by Eric at 02:34 PM | Comments (11)

    Letters to Bush

    From Leonid Teytelman.

    When the planes hit the World Trade Center, my mother was inside it; my wife was in the subway, directly below the buildings as they were collapsing. To this day, my mother wakes up screaming during thunderstorms, and my wife is terrified of flying or being in skyscrapers.

    That day, and the events that have transpired since then, have raised a lot of questions in my mind. Today, for the first time, I got a definite answer to one of those questions, thanks to the campaign ad with WTC images that President Bush has begun to air.

    It has become abundantly clear to me that Bush has no qualms about shamelessly exploiting 9/11 for his own purposes. It is no longer hard for me to believe that he can use that day as a pretext for starting wars and passing laws, that he can take advantage of the attack for his own benefit. Whether his reasons are political or financial, I do not know, but it is obvious that he sees the terrorist act as his ticket for the next term.

    My cousin, a 26-year-old reserve Marine, has returned from Iraq without a foot after stepping on a landmine. It is unbearably painful to think that he has become an invalid for nothing.

    It is scary to think that instead of trying to address terrorism and respond to 9/11, Bush has simply been misusing the day, ruining lives, breaking diplomatic ties and making the United States less safe.

    I am troubled and disgusted. Despite that, I'm also grateful to the Bush campaign for the ad -- for answering at least one question.


    A.R. Torres:

    My husband, Luis Eduardo Torres, was at his second day of work at Cantor Fitzgerald when he was killed on Sept. 11. He jumped from the 105th floor of the North Tower. Most of his upper body was recovered, identifiable only through dental records. I was seven months pregnant at the time ...

    In effect, then, Mr. Bush, you've paraded all our 9/11 dead out as the official mascots of your reelection campaign. You use them to show our nation that you can protect us against what we should all fear the most -- being an anonymous corpse in another attack.

    But these sleights of image and crafty juxtapositions are the only true demonstrations of your leadership abilities. After all, on that tragic day you didn't actually lead the nation: according to the work of the "Jersey girls" -- the four 9/11 widows who fought to have an independent commission investigate the tragedy -- your first reaction to the plane hitting the North Tower was to blame the pilot. And you continued your activities -- reading stories to a group of young schoolchildren. And as you try to impress our nation with your role during and after 9/11 in these ads, you refuse to talk meaningfully to the independent commission about the specifics of your role prior to 9/11 and how much you knew about a potential large-scale al-Qaida plot.

    I didn't think that co-opting 9/11 with such disregard for those of us who have been affected by this tragedy would anger me so much. I hope that John Kerry doesn't use 9/11 to strengthen his own candidacy . But so many 9/11 families are sick at your use of our sadness ... I can't imagine it being any worse than where you have already led us.

    Posted by Eric at 02:34 PM | Comments (3)

    March 06, 2004

    Lazy Saturday Stories

    Reuters. Thousands of Aristide Supporters Pour Into Streets
    AP. GOP contributor in New Mexico gets leeway for oil drilling
    Eleanor Clift. Looking for insights into John Kerry? A controversial Senate gun vote offers some clues about his political style—and shows just why the Democratic candidate has no margin for error in the White House race
    Jonathan Alter. With Kerry In, Let the Veepstakes Begin
    Honolulu Weekly. Shot in the Dark: The largest nuclear bomb in U.S. history still shakes Rongelap Atoll and its displaced people 50 years later
    Brita Brundage, westchesterweekly. How No Child Left Behind Fails Our Kids
    LA Weekly. American Bigmouth: Why Michael Moore won’t shut up
    Alan Bisbort. Ladies' Choice: Planned Parenthood is mounting a nationwide voter education campaign, and they may be on to something big
    Jackson Baker, CSprings Indy. On Guard or AWOL? Two pilots who were at Dannelly AFB were expecting to meet Bush; they say he never showed up
    Christian Weller. Working Families Disenchanted
    Alterman. Never Apologize, Never Explain
    Don Hazen and Tai Moses. Troops Rally For Regime Change Battle
    LAT. Gay unions accelerate history
    Toronto Star. Job data bad news for Bush
    Dallas Morning News. Democratic contender kerry offers preview of campaign agenda
    Grand Rapids Press. 'Crossfire' warriors spar locally
    Newsday. Stern predicts end of radio show is near
    Mercury News. State Supreme Court urged by S.F. to wait on gay nuptials
    NYT. Administration Sets Forth a Limited View on Privacy
    WP. Gay Union Legislation Defeated In Maryland: House Bills Would Have Banned Legal Recognition
    AP. Kerry: Bush Shortchanges Troops on Gear
    WP. Kerry Seeks to Relax GOP Hold on South: Campaign Courts States Clinton Carried Twice
    NYT. Job Data Provides Ammunition for Two Sides in Presidential Race
    NYT. In a Culture of Sex, More Teenagers Are Striving for Restraint

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 PM | Comments (6)

    Lazy Saturday Stories

    Reuters. Thousands of Aristide Supporters Pour Into Streets
    AP. GOP contributor in New Mexico gets leeway for oil drilling
    Eleanor Clift. Looking for insights into John Kerry? A controversial Senate gun vote offers some clues about his political style—and shows just why the Democratic candidate has no margin for error in the White House race
    Jonathan Alter. With Kerry In, Let the Veepstakes Begin
    Honolulu Weekly. Shot in the Dark: The largest nuclear bomb in U.S. history still shakes Rongelap Atoll and its displaced people 50 years later
    Brita Brundage, westchesterweekly. How No Child Left Behind Fails Our Kids
    LA Weekly. American Bigmouth: Why Michael Moore won’t shut up
    Alan Bisbort. Ladies' Choice: Planned Parenthood is mounting a nationwide voter education campaign, and they may be on to something big
    Jackson Baker, CSprings Indy. On Guard or AWOL? Two pilots who were at Dannelly AFB were expecting to meet Bush; they say he never showed up
    Christian Weller. Working Families Disenchanted
    Alterman. Never Apologize, Never Explain
    Don Hazen and Tai Moses. Troops Rally For Regime Change Battle
    LAT. Gay unions accelerate history
    Toronto Star. Job data bad news for Bush
    Dallas Morning News. Democratic contender kerry offers preview of campaign agenda
    Grand Rapids Press. 'Crossfire' warriors spar locally
    Newsday. Stern predicts end of radio show is near
    Mercury News. State Supreme Court urged by S.F. to wait on gay nuptials
    NYT. Administration Sets Forth a Limited View on Privacy
    WP. Gay Union Legislation Defeated In Maryland: House Bills Would Have Banned Legal Recognition
    AP. Kerry: Bush Shortchanges Troops on Gear
    WP. Kerry Seeks to Relax GOP Hold on South: Campaign Courts States Clinton Carried Twice
    NYT. Job Data Provides Ammunition for Two Sides in Presidential Race
    NYT. In a Culture of Sex, More Teenagers Are Striving for Restraint

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 PM | Comments (0)

    Industry Wins in Battle for the EPA

    How the energy / big oil industry won the battle for the environment, courtesy of the NY Times:

    In an administration that puts a premium on keeping its internal disputes private, this struggle went on well out of the public's view. But interviews and documents trace the decisions in which the Bush administration changed the nation's approach to environmental controls, ultimately shifting the balance to the side of energy policy. Senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, including Mrs. Whitman, became isolated, former aides said, and several resigned.

    Thirty years after the first Earth Day, the incoming administration was still confronting power-plant smokestacks spewing fumes. The policy questions were arcane, involving strategies to control polluting particles. At stake, though, were environmental risks to human health and the nation's ability to produce cheap energy, as well as decisions about how the most polluting industries would be monitored for decades to come.

    For operators of some coal-fired plants, the stakes were more tangible. Dozens of plants were facing lawsuits over air pollution brought by the Clinton administration and several northeastern states — including New Jersey under Mrs. Whitman before she became head of the E.P.A. The industry, fearing billions of dollars in new costs, set about to undo the suits.

    One of the most important decisions was Mr. Bush's reversal of a campaign promise to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide, a gas that many scientists say contributes to global warming. The administration also has proposed looser standards for emissions of mercury — a highly toxic pollutant — than President Bill Clinton had sought. The most protracted fight concerned the administration's decision to issue new rules that substantially reduced the requirements for utilities to build pollution controls when modernizing their plants. The final policy shift may ultimately help the coal-plant operators shed the lawsuits.

    More on the Bush record of helping industry win can be find here, with the NRDC. Also, you can revist RFK Jr's Rolling Stone article on the Bush administration.

    Posted by Eric at 12:50 PM | Comments (25)

    Industry Wins in Battle for the EPA

    How the energy / big oil industry won the battle for the environment, courtesy of the NY Times:

    In an administration that puts a premium on keeping its internal disputes private, this struggle went on well out of the public's view. But interviews and documents trace the decisions in which the Bush administration changed the nation's approach to environmental controls, ultimately shifting the balance to the side of energy policy. Senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, including Mrs. Whitman, became isolated, former aides said, and several resigned.

    Thirty years after the first Earth Day, the incoming administration was still confronting power-plant smokestacks spewing fumes. The policy questions were arcane, involving strategies to control polluting particles. At stake, though, were environmental risks to human health and the nation's ability to produce cheap energy, as well as decisions about how the most polluting industries would be monitored for decades to come.

    For operators of some coal-fired plants, the stakes were more tangible. Dozens of plants were facing lawsuits over air pollution brought by the Clinton administration and several northeastern states — including New Jersey under Mrs. Whitman before she became head of the E.P.A. The industry, fearing billions of dollars in new costs, set about to undo the suits.

    One of the most important decisions was Mr. Bush's reversal of a campaign promise to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide, a gas that many scientists say contributes to global warming. The administration also has proposed looser standards for emissions of mercury — a highly toxic pollutant — than President Bill Clinton had sought. The most protracted fight concerned the administration's decision to issue new rules that substantially reduced the requirements for utilities to build pollution controls when modernizing their plants. The final policy shift may ultimately help the coal-plant operators shed the lawsuits.

    More on the Bush record of helping industry win can be find here, with the NRDC. Also, you can revist RFK Jr's Rolling Stone article on the Bush administration.

    Posted by Eric at 12:50 PM | Comments (3)

    RNC Trying to Get MoveOn.org Ads Yanked

    The RNC, crusader for clean politics and getting money out of elections, doesn't want MoveOn.org ads airing in key battleground states ... How eternally benevolent of them. From the AP:

    The Republican National Committee on Friday asked about 250 television stations to pull a liberal group's ads critical of President Bush.

    The RNC sent the stations a letter Friday suggesting the outlets may be complicit in breaking campaign finance laws if they air the MoveOn.org Voter Fund ads. It asked them to decline to broadcast the ads.

    The RNC argues that the group, financed by so-called "soft money," is spending it on ads to influence a federal election. The campaign finance law broadly bars the use of such corporate, union and unlimited donations to influence federal elections.

    MoveOn began airing ads Thursday critical of Bush's policies. MoveOn founder Wes Boyd said the ads are legal, and added that the group isn't concerned by the RNC's letter. The ads were financed with unlimited donations from individuals - one form of soft money.

    The ads were originally to air in 17 presidential battleground states over five days at a cost of $1.9 million. Boyd said the group decided Friday to spend $1 million more to run an ad criticizing Bush's economic policies for an additional week in several states.

    The MoveOn.org's full response can be found here.

    Dumb strategy by the RNC. The last time someone tried to yank MoveOn.org's ads, contributions and publicity went through the roof. This effort by the RNC (which probably even won't succeed in having the ads removed) will undoubtably lead to free publicity and attention. Which reminds me ...

    Posted by Eric at 12:07 AM | Comments (38)

    RNC Trying to Get MoveOn.org Ads Yanked

    The RNC, crusader for clean politics and getting money out of elections, doesn't want MoveOn.org ads airing in key battleground states ... How eternally benevolent of them. From the AP:

    The Republican National Committee on Friday asked about 250 television stations to pull a liberal group's ads critical of President Bush.

    The RNC sent the stations a letter Friday suggesting the outlets may be complicit in breaking campaign finance laws if they air the MoveOn.org Voter Fund ads. It asked them to decline to broadcast the ads.

    The RNC argues that the group, financed by so-called "soft money," is spending it on ads to influence a federal election. The campaign finance law broadly bars the use of such corporate, union and unlimited donations to influence federal elections.

    MoveOn began airing ads Thursday critical of Bush's policies. MoveOn founder Wes Boyd said the ads are legal, and added that the group isn't concerned by the RNC's letter. The ads were financed with unlimited donations from individuals - one form of soft money.

    The ads were originally to air in 17 presidential battleground states over five days at a cost of $1.9 million. Boyd said the group decided Friday to spend $1 million more to run an ad criticizing Bush's economic policies for an additional week in several states.

    The MoveOn.org's full response can be found here.

    Dumb strategy by the RNC. The last time someone tried to yank MoveOn.org's ads, contributions and publicity went through the roof. This effort by the RNC (which probably even won't succeed in having the ads removed) will undoubtably lead to free publicity and attention. Which reminds me ...

    Posted by Eric at 12:07 AM | Comments (10)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    "If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election." Tom Cole (R-OK)

    "Imitating the ostrich-like posture of certain German Jews who ignored the growing danger during Hitler's rise to power, today's liberals are deliberately blind to the real threats of violence that surround us. Their narcissistic self-image requires absolute solicitude toward angry savages plotting acts of terrorism. The only people who scare them are the ones who worship a Jew." Ann Coulter on 'The Passion of Christ'

    "The Times may have loopy ideas about a lot of things, but at least when they write about gay bathhouses and abortion clinics, you get the sense they know what they're talking about." Ann Coulter

    "More Muslims have died at the hands of killers than—I say more Muslims—a lot of Muslims have died—I don't know the exact count—at Istanbul. Look at these different places around the world where there's been tremendous death and destruction because killers kill." GW Bush.

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 AM | Comments (4)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    "If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election." Tom Cole (R-OK)

    "Imitating the ostrich-like posture of certain German Jews who ignored the growing danger during Hitler's rise to power, today's liberals are deliberately blind to the real threats of violence that surround us. Their narcissistic self-image requires absolute solicitude toward angry savages plotting acts of terrorism. The only people who scare them are the ones who worship a Jew." Ann Coulter on 'The Passion of Christ'

    "The Times may have loopy ideas about a lot of things, but at least when they write about gay bathhouses and abortion clinics, you get the sense they know what they're talking about." Ann Coulter

    "More Muslims have died at the hands of killers than—I say more Muslims—a lot of Muslims have died—I don't know the exact count—at Istanbul. Look at these different places around the world where there's been tremendous death and destruction because killers kill." GW Bush.

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 AM | Comments (2)

    Bill O'Reilly Unfair?

    Rory O'Connor of AM New York on the conservative Fox News personality:

    A fraud because he masquerades as a journalist, hosting a supposedly fair and balanced "news program," while actually performing as a fairly unbalanced and highly opinionated (albeit entertaining) advocate for conservative issues and ideas.

    A case in point: last April, I was invited to appear as a guest on "The O'Reilly Factor," the top-rated cable show O'Reilly anchors. The topic: How well is the British Broadcasting Corporation reporting the war on Iraq?

    But when I refused to characterize the BBC as the "Baghdad" Broadcasting Corporation during a "pre-interview" with the program's booker, I was promptly dis-invited by Mr. Bill himself, who. I was told, "has the final say over who comes on the show."

    Also, more on the O'Reilly plagiarism charge:
    Now it becomes clear that O'Reilly is a thief as well, who stole an exclusive investigative story broken in the pages of the recently launched free daily amNewYork, and presented it as his own. The front page exclusive, which concerned a charity fund organized to reopen Lady Liberty, ran on February 2. It revealed that although the fund raised $40 million annually, officials were using the money for minor maintenance instead of the $7 million in repairs necessary to reopen the monument to the public.

    Two weeks later O'Reilly's researcher, Susan Beachy, called amNewYork and asked for a copy of the article. Alex Storozynski, amNewYork editor, followed up with O'Reilly's producer Rich McCue, who told him, "We know you guys broke this storyŠWe haven't seen it anywhere else."

    To Storozynski's surprise, however, no mention was made of his newspaper when the story appeared on The O'Reilly Factor. Instead O'Reilly took credit for it himself. As Storozynski later wrote to O'Reilly, "Even the Daily News has given us credit when we break a story, and they are one of our competitors."

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (55)

    Bill O'Reilly Unfair?

    Rory O'Connor of AM New York on the conservative Fox News personality:

    A fraud because he masquerades as a journalist, hosting a supposedly fair and balanced "news program," while actually performing as a fairly unbalanced and highly opinionated (albeit entertaining) advocate for conservative issues and ideas.

    A case in point: last April, I was invited to appear as a guest on "The O'Reilly Factor," the top-rated cable show O'Reilly anchors. The topic: How well is the British Broadcasting Corporation reporting the war on Iraq?

    But when I refused to characterize the BBC as the "Baghdad" Broadcasting Corporation during a "pre-interview" with the program's booker, I was promptly dis-invited by Mr. Bill himself, who. I was told, "has the final say over who comes on the show."

    Also, more on the O'Reilly plagiarism charge:
    Now it becomes clear that O'Reilly is a thief as well, who stole an exclusive investigative story broken in the pages of the recently launched free daily amNewYork, and presented it as his own. The front page exclusive, which concerned a charity fund organized to reopen Lady Liberty, ran on February 2. It revealed that although the fund raised $40 million annually, officials were using the money for minor maintenance instead of the $7 million in repairs necessary to reopen the monument to the public.

    Two weeks later O'Reilly's researcher, Susan Beachy, called amNewYork and asked for a copy of the article. Alex Storozynski, amNewYork editor, followed up with O'Reilly's producer Rich McCue, who told him, "We know you guys broke this storyŠWe haven't seen it anywhere else."

    To Storozynski's surprise, however, no mention was made of his newspaper when the story appeared on The O'Reilly Factor. Instead O'Reilly took credit for it himself. As Storozynski later wrote to O'Reilly, "Even the Daily News has given us credit when we break a story, and they are one of our competitors."

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (27)

    March 05, 2004

    Friday Stories

    Krugman. Social Security Scares
    NYT. Sept. 11 and Nov. 2
    Detriot Free Press. Use of 9/11 images is disrespectful to victims
    Ellis Henican. Bush ad blitz is off to a tasteless start
    AP. Kerry plans 20-city, $15 million fund-raising tour
    AP. Kerry opens Southern campaign swing
    Bill Berkowitz. Bush Exploiting 9/11: Victims' families are outraged by Bush's use of Ground Zero images in the first of the President's re-election advertisements
    David Morris. Time To Think Big: Renewable energy use is down because our goals aren't big enough
    Richard Blow. Clear Channel's suspension of Howard Stern raises troubling questions about corporate censorship
    AJC. Pry Congress from cold, deadly clutch of the NRA
    LAT. Court eyes gay couples' child support issues
    Eric Schlosser. Human Rights Are Dying on the Vine
    LATimes. Nader's nadir? To many who want Bush out of the White House, 'Public Citizen No. 1' became Public Enemy No. 1 the second he said he'd run
    Marianne Means. Anti-abortion politics gets nastier; John Ashcroft has no respect for privacy
    Newsday. Air Force One phone records subpoenaed; Grand jury to review call logs from Bush’s jet in probe of how a CIA agent’s cover was blown
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Steal This Speech
    WPost. Ponying Up for Ted Stevens
    WPost. GOP Aides Implicated In Memo Downloads; Democrats' Files Accessed and Leaked In Security Breach
    AP. February Job Growth Surprisingly Weak
    WPost. Reining In Anti-Bush Groups; But Key FEC Member May Oppose Immediate Changes in Rules
    BGlobe. 9/11 images in Bush ads hit; Firefighters, kin of victims complain
    BGlobe. Kerry circumspect on VP selection after 2000 snub
    Reggie Rivers. Bush's shell game
    SFChron. Kerry backs full rights for same-sex couples; Candidate's stance against gay marriage no worry, Leno says
    SFChron. Gay marriage momentum stuns both backers and foes
    Capital Times. Women and the economy
    NY Blade. White House faces backlash over marriage ban

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (4)

    Friday Stories

    Krugman. Social Security Scares
    NYT. Sept. 11 and Nov. 2
    Detriot Free Press. Use of 9/11 images is disrespectful to victims
    Ellis Henican. Bush ad blitz is off to a tasteless start
    AP. Kerry plans 20-city, $15 million fund-raising tour
    AP. Kerry opens Southern campaign swing
    Bill Berkowitz. Bush Exploiting 9/11: Victims' families are outraged by Bush's use of Ground Zero images in the first of the President's re-election advertisements
    David Morris. Time To Think Big: Renewable energy use is down because our goals aren't big enough
    Richard Blow. Clear Channel's suspension of Howard Stern raises troubling questions about corporate censorship
    AJC. Pry Congress from cold, deadly clutch of the NRA
    LAT. Court eyes gay couples' child support issues
    Eric Schlosser. Human Rights Are Dying on the Vine
    LATimes. Nader's nadir? To many who want Bush out of the White House, 'Public Citizen No. 1' became Public Enemy No. 1 the second he said he'd run
    Marianne Means. Anti-abortion politics gets nastier; John Ashcroft has no respect for privacy
    Newsday. Air Force One phone records subpoenaed; Grand jury to review call logs from Bush’s jet in probe of how a CIA agent’s cover was blown
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Steal This Speech
    WPost. Ponying Up for Ted Stevens
    WPost. GOP Aides Implicated In Memo Downloads; Democrats' Files Accessed and Leaked In Security Breach
    AP. February Job Growth Surprisingly Weak
    WPost. Reining In Anti-Bush Groups; But Key FEC Member May Oppose Immediate Changes in Rules
    BGlobe. 9/11 images in Bush ads hit; Firefighters, kin of victims complain
    BGlobe. Kerry circumspect on VP selection after 2000 snub
    Reggie Rivers. Bush's shell game
    SFChron. Kerry backs full rights for same-sex couples; Candidate's stance against gay marriage no worry, Leno says
    SFChron. Gay marriage momentum stuns both backers and foes
    Capital Times. Women and the economy
    NY Blade. White House faces backlash over marriage ban

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

    Bill Gates: Buy Stamps for Emails?

    Sounds pretty silly, but the idea from the guy who owns both Park Place and Boardwalk is this:

    Many Internet analysts worry, though, that turning e-mail into an economic commodity would undermine its value in democratizing communication. But let's start with the math: At perhaps a penny or less per item, e-mail postage wouldn't significantly dent the pocketbooks of people who send only a few messages a day. Not so for spammers who mail millions at a time.

    Though postage proposals have been in limited discussion for years -- a team at Microsoft Research has been at it since 2001 -- Gates gave the idea a lift in January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Details came last week as part of Microsoft's anti-spam strategy. Instead of paying a penny, the sender would "buy" postage by devoting maybe 10 seconds of computing time to solving a math puzzle. The exercise would merely serve as proof of the sender's good faith.

    Time is money, and spammers would presumably have to buy many more machines to solve enough puzzles. The open-source software Hashcash, available since about 1997, takes a similar approach and has been incorporated into other spam-fighting tools including Camram and Spam Assassin.

    People are also suggesting that the 'importance' of the recipient set the stamp price of the email, e.g.: "A college student might accept e-mail with a one-cent stamp; a busy chief executive might demand a dollar."

    Still, one wonders how much Microsoft would stand to benefit from any such proposal .

    Posted by Eric at 03:06 PM | Comments (54)

    Bill Gates: Buy Stamps for Emails?

    Sounds pretty silly, but the idea from the guy who owns both Park Place and Boardwalk is this:

    Many Internet analysts worry, though, that turning e-mail into an economic commodity would undermine its value in democratizing communication. But let's start with the math: At perhaps a penny or less per item, e-mail postage wouldn't significantly dent the pocketbooks of people who send only a few messages a day. Not so for spammers who mail millions at a time.

    Though postage proposals have been in limited discussion for years -- a team at Microsoft Research has been at it since 2001 -- Gates gave the idea a lift in January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Details came last week as part of Microsoft's anti-spam strategy. Instead of paying a penny, the sender would "buy" postage by devoting maybe 10 seconds of computing time to solving a math puzzle. The exercise would merely serve as proof of the sender's good faith.

    Time is money, and spammers would presumably have to buy many more machines to solve enough puzzles. The open-source software Hashcash, available since about 1997, takes a similar approach and has been incorporated into other spam-fighting tools including Camram and Spam Assassin.

    People are also suggesting that the 'importance' of the recipient set the stamp price of the email, e.g.: "A college student might accept e-mail with a one-cent stamp; a busy chief executive might demand a dollar."

    Still, one wonders how much Microsoft would stand to benefit from any such proposal .

    Posted by Eric at 03:06 PM | Comments (7)

    Talk Show Lineup

    Bill Maher Tonight:

    Club for Growth's Steve Moore
    Martin Short
    Tavis Smiley

    satellite:

    Barbara Boxer
    Bob Costas

    Daily Show next week:

    Monday 3/8: Val Kilmer
    Tuesd 3/9: Ed Gillespie
    Wed 3/10: George Carlin
    Thurs 3/11: Paula Zahn

    Sunday Talk:

    ABC's "This Week"
    Sen. John McCain
    Matthew Doud, campaign strategist for President Bush
    Tad Devine, senior adviser to Democratic candidate John Kerry

    CBS' "Face the Nation"
    Sen. Bob Graham
    Gov. Bill Richardson
    Gov. Ed Rendell

    NBC's "Meet the Press"
    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    CNN's "Late Edition"
    L. Paul Bremer, U.S. administrator in Iraq
    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller,
    Gen. Wesley Clark

    "Fox News Sunday"
    Bremer.

    Posted by Eric at 02:58 PM | Comments (2)

    Talk Show Lineup

    Bill Maher Tonight:

    Club for Growth's Steve Moore
    Martin Short
    Tavis Smiley

    satellite:

    Barbara Boxer
    Bob Costas

    Daily Show next week:

    Monday 3/8: Val Kilmer
    Tuesd 3/9: Ed Gillespie
    Wed 3/10: George Carlin
    Thurs 3/11: Paula Zahn

    Sunday Talk:

    ABC's "This Week"
    Sen. John McCain
    Matthew Doud, campaign strategist for President Bush
    Tad Devine, senior adviser to Democratic candidate John Kerry

    CBS' "Face the Nation"
    Sen. Bob Graham
    Gov. Bill Richardson
    Gov. Ed Rendell

    NBC's "Meet the Press"
    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    CNN's "Late Edition"
    L. Paul Bremer, U.S. administrator in Iraq
    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller,
    Gen. Wesley Clark

    "Fox News Sunday"
    Bremer.

    Posted by Eric at 02:58 PM | Comments (1)

    Rep. Rodney Alexander to Remain Democrat

    Sources tell the AP Rep. Rodney Alexander of Louisiana won't switch parties.

    An aide in Alexander's office, who declined to give his name, said a formal announcement would be made later in the day.

    Other officials also confirmed that Alexander would remain with the party.

    Alexander has compiled a moderate voting record in his first term in office, backing President Bush's tax cuts as well as the war in Iraq.

    He raised to possibility of a switch in a series of interviews on Thursday, but two prominent Louisiana Democrats, Sen. John Breaux and Gov. Kathleen Blanco, publicly and privately appealed to him to remain with the party.

    "I'd be deeply disappointed if he walked away from the people of the party that helped get him elected," Breaux said.

    Posted by Eric at 12:20 PM | Comments (8)

    Rep. Rodney Alexander to Remain Democrat

    Sources tell the AP Rep. Rodney Alexander of Louisiana won't switch parties.

    An aide in Alexander's office, who declined to give his name, said a formal announcement would be made later in the day.

    Other officials also confirmed that Alexander would remain with the party.

    Alexander has compiled a moderate voting record in his first term in office, backing President Bush's tax cuts as well as the war in Iraq.

    He raised to possibility of a switch in a series of interviews on Thursday, but two prominent Louisiana Democrats, Sen. John Breaux and Gov. Kathleen Blanco, publicly and privately appealed to him to remain with the party.

    "I'd be deeply disappointed if he walked away from the people of the party that helped get him elected," Breaux said.

    Posted by Eric at 12:20 PM | Comments (2)

    Europe 2003 Likely Hottest in 500 Years

    Evidence of global warming caused by fossil fuel burning? Perhaps, but the study didn't "attempt to determine the cause. We only report what we find." And this is what they found, AP:

    In the study, Luterbacher and his team analyzed the temperature history of Europe starting in 1500 to the present. For the earliest part of the half millennium, the figures are estimates based on proxy measures, such as tree rings and soil cores. But after about 1750, he said, instrumented readings became generally available throughout Europe.

    During the 500 years, there were trends both toward cool and toward hot. The second hottest summer in the period was in 1757. That was followed by a cooling trend that continued until early in the 20th century. The summer of 1902, for instance, was the coolest of the entire record.

    Starting in 1977, the record shows "an exceptionally strong, unprecedented warming," the researchers report, with average temperatures rising at the rate of about 0.36 degrees per decade.

    Then came last summer.

    "The summer of 2003 exceeded 1901 to 1995 European summer temperatures by around 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)," the study said. "Taking into account the uncertainties (in the study method), it appears that the summer of 2003 was very likely warmer than any other summer back to 1500."

    Record temperatures were recorded in most of the major cities of Europe last summer, with many readings over 100 degrees. Authorities have attributed thousands of deaths to the excess heat, making the heat wave one of the deadliest weather phenomena in the past century.

    Posted by Eric at 11:52 AM | Comments (8)

    Europe 2003 Likely Hottest in 500 Years

    Evidence of global warming caused by fossil fuel burning? Perhaps, but the study didn't "attempt to determine the cause. We only report what we find." And this is what they found, AP:

    In the study, Luterbacher and his team analyzed the temperature history of Europe starting in 1500 to the present. For the earliest part of the half millennium, the figures are estimates based on proxy measures, such as tree rings and soil cores. But after about 1750, he said, instrumented readings became generally available throughout Europe.

    During the 500 years, there were trends both toward cool and toward hot. The second hottest summer in the period was in 1757. That was followed by a cooling trend that continued until early in the 20th century. The summer of 1902, for instance, was the coolest of the entire record.

    Starting in 1977, the record shows "an exceptionally strong, unprecedented warming," the researchers report, with average temperatures rising at the rate of about 0.36 degrees per decade.

    Then came last summer.

    "The summer of 2003 exceeded 1901 to 1995 European summer temperatures by around 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)," the study said. "Taking into account the uncertainties (in the study method), it appears that the summer of 2003 was very likely warmer than any other summer back to 1500."

    Record temperatures were recorded in most of the major cities of Europe last summer, with many readings over 100 degrees. Authorities have attributed thousands of deaths to the excess heat, making the heat wave one of the deadliest weather phenomena in the past century.

    Posted by Eric at 11:52 AM | Comments (9)

    McClellan Response to 9-11 Exploitation Complaints

    From the March 4th White House briefings:

    Q Some of the families of the 9/11 victims have criticized the President for using these -- using 9/11 footage in those ads. Are you exploiting the situation, and what do you say to that?

    MR. McCLELLAN: Actually, September 11th was a defining moment for our nation. It was an experience that all Americans shared. It is the reason we are still at war on terrorism. And all of us, as Americans, shared in the experience of that tragic day. And it is vital to our future that we learn what September 11th taught us. September 11th changed the equation in our public policy. It forever changed our world. And the President's steady leadership is vital to how we wage the war on terrorism.

    Q Shouldn't that be off-limits to politics, Scott, that tragedy?

    MR. McCLELLAN: September 11th? September 11th, as I said, it taught us that we must confront dangers before it's too late, and that we must continue to take the fight to the enemy. There's a clear choice for Americans in how we confront the threats of terrorism.

    Q But the President -- the party is using it for political purposes. I mean, it's pretty clear now --

    MR. McCLELLAN: Look, these are threats that didn't happen overnight; that September 11th taught us that we must confront these threats by taking the fight to the enemy.

    All right, thanks, sorry.

    END 9:06 A.M. PST

    Indeed, the White House will use 9-11 as the centerpiece of its campaign. From Misleader.org:
    Of course, this is only the latest chapter in the president's efforts to politicize 9/11 for his own personal political gain. Less than 19 weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Bush's top political adviser Karl Rove urged Republicans to "go to the country" on national security issues, claiming Americans "trust the Republicans to do a better job" of "protecting America" against another 9/11-like attack.4 AP soon reported that the "White House is advising GOP candidates to focus on the War on Terror."5

    Then, nine months after the attacks, CNN reported that "the White House approved of the Republican congressional campaign committee's plan to use a photograph of President Bush taken on September 11 as part of a GOP fundraising effort. The photograph shows Bush aboard Air Force One, talking to Vice President Dick Cheney hours after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon" and was given to "donors who contributed at least $150 and attend a fund-raising dinner with Bush and the first lady next month."6

    To top it off, the president took the extraordinary step of making the 2004 Republican National Convention the latest in party history in order to have it come three days before the 9/11 anniversary. Even White House advisers admit "they are wary of being portrayed as exploiting the trauma of Sept. 11, a perception that might be particularly difficult to rebut as Mr. Bush shuttles between political events at Madison Square Garden and memorial services at ground zero."7

    Despite the Bush ads rhetoric, as the Center for American Progress notes, there are still many dangerous holes in our national security. Yes, talk is cheap, but making political ads to distort the Bush record on national security isn't: Bush/Cheney is now spending $4.5 million on the morally corrupt ads and will likely spend tens of millions more on similar ads in the campaign.

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (3)

    McClellan Response to 9-11 Exploitation Complaints

    From the March 4th White House briefings:

    Q Some of the families of the 9/11 victims have criticized the President for using these -- using 9/11 footage in those ads. Are you exploiting the situation, and what do you say to that?

    MR. McCLELLAN: Actually, September 11th was a defining moment for our nation. It was an experience that all Americans shared. It is the reason we are still at war on terrorism. And all of us, as Americans, shared in the experience of that tragic day. And it is vital to our future that we learn what September 11th taught us. September 11th changed the equation in our public policy. It forever changed our world. And the President's steady leadership is vital to how we wage the war on terrorism.

    Q Shouldn't that be off-limits to politics, Scott, that tragedy?

    MR. McCLELLAN: September 11th? September 11th, as I said, it taught us that we must confront dangers before it's too late, and that we must continue to take the fight to the enemy. There's a clear choice for Americans in how we confront the threats of terrorism.

    Q But the President -- the party is using it for political purposes. I mean, it's pretty clear now --

    MR. McCLELLAN: Look, these are threats that didn't happen overnight; that September 11th taught us that we must confront these threats by taking the fight to the enemy.

    All right, thanks, sorry.

    END 9:06 A.M. PST

    Indeed, the White House will use 9-11 as the centerpiece of its campaign. From Misleader.org:
    Of course, this is only the latest chapter in the president's efforts to politicize 9/11 for his own personal political gain. Less than 19 weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Bush's top political adviser Karl Rove urged Republicans to "go to the country" on national security issues, claiming Americans "trust the Republicans to do a better job" of "protecting America" against another 9/11-like attack.4 AP soon reported that the "White House is advising GOP candidates to focus on the War on Terror."5

    Then, nine months after the attacks, CNN reported that "the White House approved of the Republican congressional campaign committee's plan to use a photograph of President Bush taken on September 11 as part of a GOP fundraising effort. The photograph shows Bush aboard Air Force One, talking to Vice President Dick Cheney hours after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon" and was given to "donors who contributed at least $150 and attend a fund-raising dinner with Bush and the first lady next month."6

    To top it off, the president took the extraordinary step of making the 2004 Republican National Convention the latest in party history in order to have it come three days before the 9/11 anniversary. Even White House advisers admit "they are wary of being portrayed as exploiting the trauma of Sept. 11, a perception that might be particularly difficult to rebut as Mr. Bush shuttles between political events at Madison Square Garden and memorial services at ground zero."7

    Despite the Bush ads rhetoric, as the Center for American Progress notes, there are still many dangerous holes in our national security. Yes, talk is cheap, but making political ads to distort the Bush record on national security isn't: Bush/Cheney is now spending $4.5 million on the morally corrupt ads and will likely spend tens of millions more on similar ads in the campaign.

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (2)

    9-11 Family Groups Continue Protest of Ads

    Bush's ad buy may backfire if this is the attention his ads are getting:

    Not all of the 9/11 families who oppose Bush's use of their greatest personal tragedy to win votes are Democrats, of course, although many will likely choose not to vote for Bush in the fall if he keeps this up.

    Wright Salisbury of Boston, whose son-in-law Ted Hennessey was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, called Hughes' comments that it's Democrats opposing the ads "a load of baloney."

    "I have no idea what the political affiliation is of people I've been talking to," he said in an interview Thursday. "I was a Republican up until I voted for Bush. I will still vote for a good Republican, but not for Bush. To say this is Democrats doing this is another damn lie."

    If Bush and the Republican Party want a war of words with the 9/11 families, they're well on their way. While the survivors and victims of the tragedy fall across a wide political spectrum -- and many will surely emerge to support Bush and his ad campaign -- leaders of 9/11 family groups, as well as politically influential firefighters groups, say his exploitation of Sept. 11, coupled with his stonewalling of the investigation into the attacks, will rouse them to political action. And that could spell trouble for Bush, who's making 9/11 the centerpiece of a campaign based largely on national security.

    Posted by Eric at 12:29 AM | Comments (32)

    9-11 Family Groups Continue Protest of Ads

    Bush's ad buy may backfire if this is the attention his ads are getting:

    Not all of the 9/11 families who oppose Bush's use of their greatest personal tragedy to win votes are Democrats, of course, although many will likely choose not to vote for Bush in the fall if he keeps this up.

    Wright Salisbury of Boston, whose son-in-law Ted Hennessey was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, called Hughes' comments that it's Democrats opposing the ads "a load of baloney."

    "I have no idea what the political affiliation is of people I've been talking to," he said in an interview Thursday. "I was a Republican up until I voted for Bush. I will still vote for a good Republican, but not for Bush. To say this is Democrats doing this is another damn lie."

    If Bush and the Republican Party want a war of words with the 9/11 families, they're well on their way. While the survivors and victims of the tragedy fall across a wide political spectrum -- and many will surely emerge to support Bush and his ad campaign -- leaders of 9/11 family groups, as well as politically influential firefighters groups, say his exploitation of Sept. 11, coupled with his stonewalling of the investigation into the attacks, will rouse them to political action. And that could spell trouble for Bush, who's making 9/11 the centerpiece of a campaign based largely on national security.

    Posted by Eric at 12:29 AM | Comments (2)

    Anti-Bush = Vote for Hitler?

    Did Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole equate a vote against President Bush to a vote for Adolf Hitler? AP:

    During a speech to Republicans in Yukon, Okla., last Saturday, the first-term congressman said that "if George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election" since enemies of the United States would interpret it as a sign of weakness ... "What do you think Hitler would have thought if Roosevelt would've lost the election in 1944? He would have thought American resolve was" (weakening), Cole said, according to a spokeswoman.

    After local news reports paraphrased Cole as claiming a vote against Bush is a vote for Hitler, some Democrats demanded he apologize.

    "What I am saying is that in a time of war, if our commander in chief is defeated in an election, our adversary will regard that as a triumph," Cole told CNN in an interview Thursday.

    California Rep. Robert Matsui, chairman of the Democrats' House campaign committee, compared Cole's comments to Bush's new campaign commercials that use images from the terrorist attacks.

    "The Republican Party's continuing attempt to politicize the 9/11 tragedy is an insult to the victims' families and our entire nation," Matsui said in a statement.

    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer also criticized the statements.

    Posted by Eric at 12:20 AM | Comments (5)

    Anti-Bush = Vote for Hitler?

    Did Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole equate a vote against President Bush to a vote for Adolf Hitler? AP:

    During a speech to Republicans in Yukon, Okla., last Saturday, the first-term congressman said that "if George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election" since enemies of the United States would interpret it as a sign of weakness ... "What do you think Hitler would have thought if Roosevelt would've lost the election in 1944? He would have thought American resolve was" (weakening), Cole said, according to a spokeswoman.

    After local news reports paraphrased Cole as claiming a vote against Bush is a vote for Hitler, some Democrats demanded he apologize.

    "What I am saying is that in a time of war, if our commander in chief is defeated in an election, our adversary will regard that as a triumph," Cole told CNN in an interview Thursday.

    California Rep. Robert Matsui, chairman of the Democrats' House campaign committee, compared Cole's comments to Bush's new campaign commercials that use images from the terrorist attacks.

    "The Republican Party's continuing attempt to politicize the 9/11 tragedy is an insult to the victims' families and our entire nation," Matsui said in a statement.

    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer also criticized the statements.

    Posted by Eric at 12:20 AM | Comments (2)

    Hamster Numbers: Mexico

    "Percentage of Mexicans who had a "bad" or "very bad" opinion of the United States in 2000 and 2003, respectively : 22, 58" -- Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 12:02 AM | Comments (4)

    Hamster Numbers: Mexico

    "Percentage of Mexicans who had a "bad" or "very bad" opinion of the United States in 2000 and 2003, respectively : 22, 58" -- Harpers

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

    March 04, 2004

    Thurs Stories

    AP. Bush jabs at Kerry during California trip
    AP. Kerry fund-raisers look to raise millions quickly
    Geov Parrish. Liberals, bare your teeth
    Molly Ivins. Sometimes, bad is bad: Bush administration's redefinition of problems reaches comic heights
    Arianna Huffington. Bush backs the NRA; Lawyers, guns, and money
    CNN. Debate widens over same-sex marriage
    AP. NYC Rejects Gay Marriage Applications
    The Oregonian. Groups Opposing Gay Marriage Vow to Challenge Oregon Decision
    AP. Republicans hope Schwarzenegger boosts Bush in California
    Honolulu StarBulletin. Assault-weapons ban should be extended
    NYT. Energy Boom Has Wyoming Coffers Overflowing
    NYT. Senate Hears Testimony on a Gay Marriage Amendment
    Test. Bush Ad Campaign Ready to Start Expensive Effort
    NYT. Bush Policy on Human Stem Cells Faces New Challenges
    WPost. Now, the Kerry Team Looks for a No. 2
    Richard Cohen. Cheney's Core Principles
    Thomas Oliphant. Edwards's lessons for Kerry
    Robert Kuttner. Kerry should make an issue of trade
    BGlobe. His bid ends where it began: on positive note
    Elaine Kamarck. Kerry comes through with a hit
    StarTrib. Super Tuesday/Grass-roots energy returns
    Eric Boehlert. The passion of Howard Stern: The shock jock says radio colossus Clear Channel fired him because he criticized George Bush -- and he's sure as hell not going to go quietly
    Tim Grieve. Bush's Haiti nightmare: U.S. mishandling of the Caribbean coup could cost the president votes not only in Miami's "Little Haiti," but among Florida blacks and Cuban Americans, too
    Sidney Blumenthal. Theocons vs. neocons: With Mad Mel scaring the Jewish vote and Bush pandering to his theocratic base, the Republicans are quickly losing their secular swing voters
    Hillary Fre. Get This Party Started: Music for America is turning young people on to politics
    Michael Tomasky. Two Johns: A post-primary look at all the reasons why Kerry would do well to pick Edwards as his running mate -- sooner rather than later
    LAT. Kerry's Focus Is Fundraising
    Susan Jacoby. Jurists' Prudence
    Maureen Dowd. See Dick Run
    Hendrik Hertzberg. Ralph Nader: The Reckless Driver
    Sam Parry. Bush's Great Debate -- With Himself

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (1)

    Thurs Stories

    AP. Bush jabs at Kerry during California trip
    AP. Kerry fund-raisers look to raise millions quickly
    Geov Parrish. Liberals, bare your teeth
    Molly Ivins. Sometimes, bad is bad: Bush administration's redefinition of problems reaches comic heights
    Arianna Huffington. Bush backs the NRA; Lawyers, guns, and money
    CNN. Debate widens over same-sex marriage
    AP. NYC Rejects Gay Marriage Applications
    The Oregonian. Groups Opposing Gay Marriage Vow to Challenge Oregon Decision
    AP. Republicans hope Schwarzenegger boosts Bush in California
    Honolulu StarBulletin. Assault-weapons ban should be extended
    NYT. Energy Boom Has Wyoming Coffers Overflowing
    NYT. Senate Hears Testimony on a Gay Marriage Amendment
    Test. Bush Ad Campaign Ready to Start Expensive Effort
    NYT. Bush Policy on Human Stem Cells Faces New Challenges
    WPost. Now, the Kerry Team Looks for a No. 2
    Richard Cohen. Cheney's Core Principles
    Thomas Oliphant. Edwards's lessons for Kerry
    Robert Kuttner. Kerry should make an issue of trade
    BGlobe. His bid ends where it began: on positive note
    Elaine Kamarck. Kerry comes through with a hit
    StarTrib. Super Tuesday/Grass-roots energy returns
    Eric Boehlert. The passion of Howard Stern: The shock jock says radio colossus Clear Channel fired him because he criticized George Bush -- and he's sure as hell not going to go quietly
    Tim Grieve. Bush's Haiti nightmare: U.S. mishandling of the Caribbean coup could cost the president votes not only in Miami's "Little Haiti," but among Florida blacks and Cuban Americans, too
    Sidney Blumenthal. Theocons vs. neocons: With Mad Mel scaring the Jewish vote and Bush pandering to his theocratic base, the Republicans are quickly losing their secular swing voters
    Hillary Fre. Get This Party Started: Music for America is turning young people on to politics
    Michael Tomasky. Two Johns: A post-primary look at all the reasons why Kerry would do well to pick Edwards as his running mate -- sooner rather than later
    LAT. Kerry's Focus Is Fundraising
    Susan Jacoby. Jurists' Prudence
    Maureen Dowd. See Dick Run
    Hendrik Hertzberg. Ralph Nader: The Reckless Driver
    Sam Parry. Bush's Great Debate -- With Himself

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

    James Carville's VPs

    From Political Wire, we find James Carville's VP picks. John Edwards, 6-5: "What Kerry needs is someone to defend him and help make his case. If you had to hire a lawyer to defend you, name a better one."

    Bill Richardson and Dick Gephardt, 5-1, tied for second.

    Posted by Eric at 08:53 PM | Comments (4)

    James Carville's VPs

    From Political Wire, we find James Carville's VP picks. John Edwards, 6-5: "What Kerry needs is someone to defend him and help make his case. If you had to hire a lawyer to defend you, name a better one."

    Bill Richardson and Dick Gephardt, 5-1, tied for second.

    Posted by Eric at 08:53 PM | Comments (2)

    It's Ohio

    The state of Ohio is the number one battleground state for 2004, some say. Cincy Enquirer:

    Ohio has been called "the new Florida," "Ground Zero," and the No. 1 battleground state in the November election.

    "My dream is to bring the Hardball show out there for a couple nights and just talk to the people, because you people in Ohio are going to decide the election," MSNBC's Chris Matthews told Gov. Bob Taft on Tuesday night.

    On Sunday's Meet the Press, Tim Russert simply wrote, "Ohio, Ohio, Ohio" on his dry-erase board and declared: "This is the state."

    "We have a microcosm of the entire country. And it's the must-win state," said Taft, chairman of the Bush campaign in Ohio. "It's a 50-50 state in the presidential battles although we have almost all the Republican offices now throughout the state. But it will be a number one battleground."

    No Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio.

    "It's going to be a critical state," Vega said. "With the job losses in the state, we think a lot of people in Ohio are looking for new leadership." The state has lost 265,000 jobs in the past three years.

    Posted by Eric at 02:41 PM | Comments (14)

    It's Ohio

    The state of Ohio is the number one battleground state for 2004, some say. Cincy Enquirer:

    Ohio has been called "the new Florida," "Ground Zero," and the No. 1 battleground state in the November election.

    "My dream is to bring the Hardball show out there for a couple nights and just talk to the people, because you people in Ohio are going to decide the election," MSNBC's Chris Matthews told Gov. Bob Taft on Tuesday night.

    On Sunday's Meet the Press, Tim Russert simply wrote, "Ohio, Ohio, Ohio" on his dry-erase board and declared: "This is the state."

    "We have a microcosm of the entire country. And it's the must-win state," said Taft, chairman of the Bush campaign in Ohio. "It's a 50-50 state in the presidential battles although we have almost all the Republican offices now throughout the state. But it will be a number one battleground."

    No Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio.

    "It's going to be a critical state," Vega said. "With the job losses in the state, we think a lot of people in Ohio are looking for new leadership." The state has lost 265,000 jobs in the past three years.

    Posted by Eric at 02:41 PM | Comments (4)

    Then vs. Now

    From the Center for American Progress:

    Our opponents "are playing politics with national security."

    - Bush-Cheney spokesman, 2/20/04

    VERSUS

    "President Bush's re-election team unveiled his first campaign advertisements [which] in part use the events of Sept. 11, 2001...Two ads refer to the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001...One ad, entitled 'Tested,' shows, among other images, a damaged building from the World Trade Center ruins behind an American flag."

    - Reuters, 3/3/04

    Posted by Eric at 02:35 PM | Comments (5)

    Then vs. Now

    From the Center for American Progress:

    Our opponents "are playing politics with national security."

    - Bush-Cheney spokesman, 2/20/04

    VERSUS

    "President Bush's re-election team unveiled his first campaign advertisements [which] in part use the events of Sept. 11, 2001...Two ads refer to the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001...One ad, entitled 'Tested,' shows, among other images, a damaged building from the World Trade Center ruins behind an American flag."

    - Reuters, 3/3/04

    Posted by Eric at 02:35 PM | Comments (3)

    44 Million Uninsured Americans?

    Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson defended the Bush administration, and talked about the 44 million uninsured Americans:

    Fresh from a two-day weekend visit to Iraq, the Bush administration's top health-care official defended the $950 million that will be spent to help Iraq establish universal health care.

    Congressional Democrats have criticized the administration for helping Iraq to establish universal health care without doing the same for U.S. citizens.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said yesterday there are major differences between the two countries that defy simple comparisons.

    "Even if you don't have health insurance," said Thompson, who toured medical facilities in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Tikrit on Saturday and Sunday, "you are still taken care of in America. That certainly could be defined as universal coverage. Every American's health care is far superior to what the health care is in Iraq."

    Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, responded yesterday, saying the U.S. system doesn't sufficiently meet the needs of 44 million uninsured Americans.

    Posted by Eric at 02:33 PM | Comments (31)

    44 Million Uninsured Americans?

    Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson defended the Bush administration, and talked about the 44 million uninsured Americans:

    Fresh from a two-day weekend visit to Iraq, the Bush administration's top health-care official defended the $950 million that will be spent to help Iraq establish universal health care.

    Congressional Democrats have criticized the administration for helping Iraq to establish universal health care without doing the same for U.S. citizens.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said yesterday there are major differences between the two countries that defy simple comparisons.

    "Even if you don't have health insurance," said Thompson, who toured medical facilities in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Tikrit on Saturday and Sunday, "you are still taken care of in America. That certainly could be defined as universal coverage. Every American's health care is far superior to what the health care is in Iraq."

    Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, responded yesterday, saying the U.S. system doesn't sufficiently meet the needs of 44 million uninsured Americans.

    Posted by Eric at 02:33 PM | Comments (26)

    More Relatives Criticize Bush

    From the AP:

    Barbara Minervino, a Republican from Middletown, N.J., who lost her husband, Louis, in the attacks, questioned whether Bush was "capitalizing on the event."

    David Potorti, an independent from Cary, N.C., whose brother Jim died in the north tower, called the campaign's use of the images audacious.

    "It's an insult to use the place where my brother died in an ad," Potorti said. "I would be just as outraged if any politician did this."

    Until Bush cooperates with the federal commission that is investigating the nation's preparedness before the attacks and its response "by testifying in public under oath ... he should not be using 9/11 as political propaganda," said Kristen Breitweiser, of Middletown Township, N.J., whose husband, Ronald Breitweiser, 39, died in the World Trade Center.

    "Three thousand people were murdered on President Bush's watch," Breitweiser said. "He has not cooperated with the investigation to find out why that happened."

    Posted by Eric at 12:51 PM | Comments (11)

    More Relatives Criticize Bush

    From the AP:

    Barbara Minervino, a Republican from Middletown, N.J., who lost her husband, Louis, in the attacks, questioned whether Bush was "capitalizing on the event."

    David Potorti, an independent from Cary, N.C., whose brother Jim died in the north tower, called the campaign's use of the images audacious.

    "It's an insult to use the place where my brother died in an ad," Potorti said. "I would be just as outraged if any politician did this."

    Until Bush cooperates with the federal commission that is investigating the nation's preparedness before the attacks and its response "by testifying in public under oath ... he should not be using 9/11 as political propaganda," said Kristen Breitweiser, of Middletown Township, N.J., whose husband, Ronald Breitweiser, 39, died in the World Trade Center.

    "Three thousand people were murdered on President Bush's watch," Breitweiser said. "He has not cooperated with the investigation to find out why that happened."

    Posted by Eric at 12:51 PM | Comments (4)

    Firefighters Respond: Bush Ads "Smack of Political Opportunism"

    The International Association of Fire Fighters, which "represents more than 263,000 full-time professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who protect 80 percent of the nation’s population," rebukes the new Bush 'Leadership' on 9-11 ads. General President Harold Schaitberger

    “I’m disappointed but not surprised that the President would try to trade on the heroism of those fire fighters in the September 11 attacks. The use of 9/11 images are hypocrisy at its worst. Here’s a President that initially opposed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and now uses its first anniversary as cause to promote his re-election. Here is a President that proposed two budgets with no funding for FIRE Act grants and still plays on the image of America’s bravest. His advertisements are disgraceful.

    “Bush is calling on the biggest disaster in our country’s history, and indeed in the history of the fire service, to win sympathy for his campaign. Since the attacks, Bush has been using images of himself putting his arm around a retired FDNY fire fighter on the pile of rubble at ground zero. But for two and a half years he has basically shortchanged fire fighters and the safety of our homeland by not providing fire fighters the resources needed to do the job that America deserves.

    “The fact is Bush’s actions have resulted in fire stations closing in communities around the country. Two-thirds of America’s fire departments remain under-staffed because Bush is failing to enforce a new law that was passed with bipartisan support in Congress that would put more fire fighters in our communities. President Bush’s budget proposes to cut Homeland Security Department funding for first responders by $700 million for next year and cuts funding for the FIRE Act, a grant program that helps fire departments fund equipment needs, 33% by $250 million. In addition, state and local programs for homeland security purposes were reduced $200 million.

    “We’re going to be aggressive and vocal in our efforts to ensure that the citizens of this country know about Bush’s poor record on protecting their safety and providing for the needs of the people who are supposed to respond in an emergency.”

    Posted by Eric at 12:45 PM | Comments (108)

    Firefighters Respond: Bush Ads "Smack of Political Opportunism"

    The International Association of Fire Fighters, which "represents more than 263,000 full-time professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who protect 80 percent of the nation’s population," rebukes the new Bush 'Leadership' on 9-11 ads. General President Harold Schaitberger

    “I’m disappointed but not surprised that the President would try to trade on the heroism of those fire fighters in the September 11 attacks. The use of 9/11 images are hypocrisy at its worst. Here’s a President that initially opposed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and now uses its first anniversary as cause to promote his re-election. Here is a President that proposed two budgets with no funding for FIRE Act grants and still plays on the image of America’s bravest. His advertisements are disgraceful.

    “Bush is calling on the biggest disaster in our country’s history, and indeed in the history of the fire service, to win sympathy for his campaign. Since the attacks, Bush has been using images of himself putting his arm around a retired FDNY fire fighter on the pile of rubble at ground zero. But for two and a half years he has basically shortchanged fire fighters and the safety of our homeland by not providing fire fighters the resources needed to do the job that America deserves.

    “The fact is Bush’s actions have resulted in fire stations closing in communities around the country. Two-thirds of America’s fire departments remain under-staffed because Bush is failing to enforce a new law that was passed with bipartisan support in Congress that would put more fire fighters in our communities. President Bush’s budget proposes to cut Homeland Security Department funding for first responders by $700 million for next year and cuts funding for the FIRE Act, a grant program that helps fire departments fund equipment needs, 33% by $250 million. In addition, state and local programs for homeland security purposes were reduced $200 million.

    “We’re going to be aggressive and vocal in our efforts to ensure that the citizens of this country know about Bush’s poor record on protecting their safety and providing for the needs of the people who are supposed to respond in an emergency.”

    Posted by Eric at 12:45 PM | Comments (6)

    Furor over Bush's 9/11 Ad; "slap in the face of the murders of 3,000 people"

    Some 9-11 families are angry about new Bush ads that cite Bush's 'leadership' during 9-11 as a reason to vote for him. NY Daily News:

    Gabrielle and several other family members said the injury was compounded by Bush's refusal to testify in open session before the 9/11 commission.

    "I would be less offended if he showed a picture of himself in front of the Statue of Liberty," said Tom Roger, whose daughter was a flight attendant on doomed American Airlines Flight 11. "But to show the horror of 9/11 in the background, that's just some advertising agency's attempt to grab people by the throat."

    Mindy Kleinberg said she was offended because the White House has not cooperated fully with the commission and because of the sight of remains being lifted out of Ground Zero in one of the spots.

    "How heinous is that?" Kleinberg asked. "That's somebody's [loved one]."

    Firefighter Tommy Fee in Rescue Squad 270 in Queens was appalled.

    "It's as sick as people who stole things out of the place. The image of firefighters at Ground Zero should not be used for this stuff, for politics," Fee said.

    Posted by Eric at 09:45 AM | Comments (4)

    Furor over Bush's 9/11 Ad; "slap in the face of the murders of 3,000 people"

    Some 9-11 families are angry about new Bush ads that cite Bush's 'leadership' during 9-11 as a reason to vote for him. NY Daily News:

    Gabrielle and several other family members said the injury was compounded by Bush's refusal to testify in open session before the 9/11 commission.

    "I would be less offended if he showed a picture of himself in front of the Statue of Liberty," said Tom Roger, whose daughter was a flight attendant on doomed American Airlines Flight 11. "But to show the horror of 9/11 in the background, that's just some advertising agency's attempt to grab people by the throat."

    Mindy Kleinberg said she was offended because the White House has not cooperated fully with the commission and because of the sight of remains being lifted out of Ground Zero in one of the spots.

    "How heinous is that?" Kleinberg asked. "That's somebody's [loved one]."

    Firefighter Tommy Fee in Rescue Squad 270 in Queens was appalled.

    "It's as sick as people who stole things out of the place. The image of firefighters at Ground Zero should not be used for this stuff, for politics," Fee said.

    Posted by Eric at 09:45 AM | Comments (1)

    Guardian: John Kerry "hope of the world"

    The British newspaper says Kerry's nomination is "something for Britons to welcome too."

    But the consensus of current polls is that this is now a genuine contest. It is clear both that Mr Bush is beatable and that Mr Kerry is the best choice that the Democrats could have made to beat him. America's voters have done themselves a great favour. If they had picked Mr Dean, Mr Bush would have made mincemeat of him. By picking Mr Kerry, they have given the Democrats their best chance of recapturing the White House. That is something for Britons to welcome too. Nothing in world politics would make more difference to the rest of us than a change in the White House.

    The free world has never had a stronger interest in the result of a US election than it has in the defeat of Mr Bush. Senator Kerry carries the hopes not just of millions of Americans but of millions of British well-wishers, not to mention those of nations throughout Europe and the world.

    Posted by Eric at 09:33 AM | Comments (3)

    Guardian: John Kerry "hope of the world"

    The British newspaper says Kerry's nomination is "something for Britons to welcome too."

    But the consensus of current polls is that this is now a genuine contest. It is clear both that Mr Bush is beatable and that Mr Kerry is the best choice that the Democrats could have made to beat him. America's voters have done themselves a great favour. If they had picked Mr Dean, Mr Bush would have made mincemeat of him. By picking Mr Kerry, they have given the Democrats their best chance of recapturing the White House. That is something for Britons to welcome too. Nothing in world politics would make more difference to the rest of us than a change in the White House.

    The free world has never had a stronger interest in the result of a US election than it has in the defeat of Mr Bush. Senator Kerry carries the hopes not just of millions of Americans but of millions of British well-wishers, not to mention those of nations throughout Europe and the world.

    Posted by Eric at 09:33 AM | Comments (2)

    Hamster Numbers: Cheney and Economy

    From the Center for American Progress:

    "Despite eight million Americans out of work, stagnating wages, and a new ABC News/Money Magazine poll showing consumer confidence took its biggest plunge in more than 18 years of polling, Cheney said "the economy is recovering significantly" and that "the economy's in very good shape." While 760,000 jobless workers exhaust their unemployment benefits and hundreds of thousands simply give up their search for work because the economy is so bleak, Cheney said the national 5.6% unemployment rate is "not bad." The indifference to the nation's economic problems expressed in Cheney's comment was echoed just a few months ago when President Bush told Michigan its economy "looks pretty good," despite the fact that the state has lost 180,000 jobs since January 2001 and has a 7.6% unemployment rate – the highest in the country."

    Posted by Eric at 09:21 AM | Comments (8)

    Hamster Numbers: Cheney and Economy

    From the Center for American Progress:

    "Despite eight million Americans out of work, stagnating wages, and a new ABC News/Money Magazine poll showing consumer confidence took its biggest plunge in more than 18 years of polling, Cheney said "the economy is recovering significantly" and that "the economy's in very good shape." While 760,000 jobless workers exhaust their unemployment benefits and hundreds of thousands simply give up their search for work because the economy is so bleak, Cheney said the national 5.6% unemployment rate is "not bad." The indifference to the nation's economic problems expressed in Cheney's comment was echoed just a few months ago when President Bush told Michigan its economy "looks pretty good," despite the fact that the state has lost 180,000 jobs since January 2001 and has a 7.6% unemployment rate – the highest in the country."

    Posted by Eric at 09:21 AM | Comments (1)

    March 03, 2004

    Wed Stories

    MSNBC. Victorious Kerry turns attention to Bush
    Sydney Morning Herald. Bush team plans to make a new man of Democrats' war hero
    CNN. Kerry, Democrats look to election
    LAT. Voters Stick With Georgia's Current Banner
    Michelangelo Signorile. No Middle Ground; Out of the closet? Out of the administration
    Ann Harrison. Medical Marijuana Victories
    James O. Goldsborough. More Iraq revelations haunt Blair
    Will Tacy. Naderites No More: Many of the same progressives who found inspiration in Nader's 2000 bid see only cause for dismay in his 2004 decision
    Mother Jones. The Damage Done: It's easy to send soldiers off to war. It's a lot harder to face them when they come home
    P.J. Crowley. Are We Safer Than One Year Ago?
    Salon. "Guantanamo on steroids": Abu Ghraib was an infamous prison under Saddam. Now, for Iraqis seeking relatives detained by the U.S. military, it is still a place where men disappear
    Russ Baker. The president's strategist is the go-to guy for making incompetence electable
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Kerry needs to show his heart
    BGlobe. Stem cell ideologues
    Thomas Oliphant. A timely boost versus Bush
    BGlobe. In money race, Bush carries big advantage
    BGlobe. To beat Bush, voters agreed on a vet
    CSMonitor. Signs that water flowed on Mars
    LAT. Edwards Isn't a Cinch for the No. 2 Slot
    CSMonitor. The future of gay couples married in the meantime
    StarTrib. Whom to trust?/Bush's credibility problem
    NYT. Congress and the Gun Lobby
    NYT. Black Legislators Stall Marriage Amendment in Georgia
    AJC. Tell EPA to cut mercury pollution
    NYT. 9/11 Panel Rejects White House Limits on Interviews
    Mercury News. Kerry's fighting spirit elevates party
    AP. Aristide sends mixed messages about his departure
    LAT. Edwards, his campaign over, is praised for bringing a 'compelling voice to our party.'
    AP. N.Y. Town's Mayor Continuing Gay Weddings
    Miami Herald. Free speech at center of online porn case
    BBC. Media mull Kerry's battles ahead

    Posted by Eric at 11:10 PM | Comments (10)

    Wed Stories

    MSNBC. Victorious Kerry turns attention to Bush
    Sydney Morning Herald. Bush team plans to make a new man of Democrats' war hero
    CNN. Kerry, Democrats look to election
    LAT. Voters Stick With Georgia's Current Banner
    Michelangelo Signorile. No Middle Ground; Out of the closet? Out of the administration
    Ann Harrison. Medical Marijuana Victories
    James O. Goldsborough. More Iraq revelations haunt Blair
    Will Tacy. Naderites No More: Many of the same progressives who found inspiration in Nader's 2000 bid see only cause for dismay in his 2004 decision
    Mother Jones. The Damage Done: It's easy to send soldiers off to war. It's a lot harder to face them when they come home
    P.J. Crowley. Are We Safer Than One Year Ago?
    Salon. "Guantanamo on steroids": Abu Ghraib was an infamous prison under Saddam. Now, for Iraqis seeking relatives detained by the U.S. military, it is still a place where men disappear
    Russ Baker. The president's strategist is the go-to guy for making incompetence electable
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Kerry needs to show his heart
    BGlobe. Stem cell ideologues
    Thomas Oliphant. A timely boost versus Bush
    BGlobe. In money race, Bush carries big advantage
    BGlobe. To beat Bush, voters agreed on a vet
    CSMonitor. Signs that water flowed on Mars
    LAT. Edwards Isn't a Cinch for the No. 2 Slot
    CSMonitor. The future of gay couples married in the meantime
    StarTrib. Whom to trust?/Bush's credibility problem
    NYT. Congress and the Gun Lobby
    NYT. Black Legislators Stall Marriage Amendment in Georgia
    AJC. Tell EPA to cut mercury pollution
    NYT. 9/11 Panel Rejects White House Limits on Interviews
    Mercury News. Kerry's fighting spirit elevates party
    AP. Aristide sends mixed messages about his departure
    LAT. Edwards, his campaign over, is praised for bringing a 'compelling voice to our party.'
    AP. N.Y. Town's Mayor Continuing Gay Weddings
    Miami Herald. Free speech at center of online porn case
    BBC. Media mull Kerry's battles ahead

    Posted by Eric at 11:10 PM | Comments (0)

    Edwards: Kerry "has what it takes, right here in his heart, to be president of the United States"

    The concluding speech to his campaign.

    Posted by Eric at 09:05 PM | Comments (20)

    Edwards: Kerry "has what it takes, right here in his heart, to be president of the United States"

    The concluding speech to his campaign.

    Posted by Eric at 09:05 PM | Comments (4)

    Campbell Won't Seek 3rd Term

    Citing health reasons, Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) won't return to the US Senate. But is that the complete reason? Denver Post:

    U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, facing failing health and an ethics investigation into an alleged kickback in his office, announced today he will not seek re-election this year.

    Campbell, 70, the only Native American in the Senate, was hospitalized Tuesday night, his second visit to the hospital in as many weeks. Last week, he was diagnosed as having severe heartburn, but in his statement today announcing his retirement from the Senate, he cited his bout with prostate cancer ... His statement did not cite the ongoing ethics investigation, triggered by an accusation by former Campbell staffer Brian Thompson that the senator’s former chief of staff, Ginnie Kontnik, inflated his paycheck in 2002 so that Thompson could give her $2,000. Kontnik acknowledged the payment, but said it wasn’t wrong because it was a reimbursement.

    Kontnik said Campbell approved the reimbursement verbally though he may not have “technically signed off on it.’’ Campbell said he knew nothing about it.

    So who are possible candidates for the seat? The Post names: "Republican Gov. Bill Owens, Rep. Mark Udall, D-Boulder, and Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction."

    Posted by Eric at 08:53 PM | Comments (7)

    Campbell Won't Seek 3rd Term

    Citing health reasons, Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) won't return to the US Senate. But is that the complete reason? Denver Post:

    U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, facing failing health and an ethics investigation into an alleged kickback in his office, announced today he will not seek re-election this year.

    Campbell, 70, the only Native American in the Senate, was hospitalized Tuesday night, his second visit to the hospital in as many weeks. Last week, he was diagnosed as having severe heartburn, but in his statement today announcing his retirement from the Senate, he cited his bout with prostate cancer ... His statement did not cite the ongoing ethics investigation, triggered by an accusation by former Campbell staffer Brian Thompson that the senator’s former chief of staff, Ginnie Kontnik, inflated his paycheck in 2002 so that Thompson could give her $2,000. Kontnik acknowledged the payment, but said it wasn’t wrong because it was a reimbursement.

    Kontnik said Campbell approved the reimbursement verbally though he may not have “technically signed off on it.’’ Campbell said he knew nothing about it.

    So who are possible candidates for the seat? The Post names: "Republican Gov. Bill Owens, Rep. Mark Udall, D-Boulder, and Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Grand Junction."

    Posted by Eric at 08:53 PM | Comments (2)

    And So It Begins ...

    George W Bush can "lead" on a variety of issues.

    George W Bush has been "tested" during times of national adversity (9-11, terrorism). Further, Bush has given America strength through his leadership.

    George W Bush has made the country "safer, stronger" during his 4 years. Inherited bad economy, 9-11 reference again.

    GW Bush new ads to begin airing tomorrow. All playing on the theme of Bush uniting and leading the country with his strong leadership after 9-11 to safe ground.

    Posted by Eric at 05:58 PM | Comments (5)

    And So It Begins ...

    George W Bush can "lead" on a variety of issues.

    George W Bush has been "tested" during times of national adversity (9-11, terrorism). Further, Bush has given America strength through his leadership.

    George W Bush has made the country "safer, stronger" during his 4 years. Inherited bad economy, 9-11 reference again.

    GW Bush new ads to begin airing tomorrow. All playing on the theme of Bush uniting and leading the country with his strong leadership after 9-11 to safe ground.

    Posted by Eric at 05:58 PM | Comments (2)

    Boycott Girl Scout Cookies

    Some in Crawford, Texas, home of GW Bush, are taking their 'pro-life', anti-liberal crusade to a new target: the Girl Scouts. AP:

    Parents were upset to learn that the local Girl Scout organization had given a “woman of distinction award” last year to a Planned Parenthood executive.

    And they were disturbed to find out that the Girl Scout organization has been giving its endorsement for years to a Planned Parenthood sex-ed program in which girls and boys are given literature on homosexuality, masturbation and condoms.

    “It’s not that we’re a bunch of activists. We’re just a bunch of moms who care about their kids,” said Lisa Aguilar, who took her 10-year-old daughter out of her eight-member Girl Scout troop. “For us, it’s the morality. Where is Girl Scouts going?”

    The two troops in Crawford, population 700, decided not to deliver the cookie orders that they had already taken.

    But cookie sales have skyrocketed this year as many people bought cases just to show their support for the Girl Scouts, said Becky Parker, a troop leader who is the cookie distributor for Waco-area troops.

    “People thought the boycott was ridiculous and was one man’s extremist views,” Parker said.

    Whore mints.

    Posted by Eric at 05:46 PM | Comments (46)

    Boycott Girl Scout Cookies

    Some in Crawford, Texas, home of GW Bush, are taking their 'pro-life', anti-liberal crusade to a new target: the Girl Scouts. AP:

    Parents were upset to learn that the local Girl Scout organization had given a “woman of distinction award” last year to a Planned Parenthood executive.

    And they were disturbed to find out that the Girl Scout organization has been giving its endorsement for years to a Planned Parenthood sex-ed program in which girls and boys are given literature on homosexuality, masturbation and condoms.

    “It’s not that we’re a bunch of activists. We’re just a bunch of moms who care about their kids,” said Lisa Aguilar, who took her 10-year-old daughter out of her eight-member Girl Scout troop. “For us, it’s the morality. Where is Girl Scouts going?”

    The two troops in Crawford, population 700, decided not to deliver the cookie orders that they had already taken.

    But cookie sales have skyrocketed this year as many people bought cases just to show their support for the Girl Scouts, said Becky Parker, a troop leader who is the cookie distributor for Waco-area troops.

    “People thought the boycott was ridiculous and was one man’s extremist views,” Parker said.

    Whore mints.

    Posted by Eric at 05:46 PM | Comments (2)

    Cheney Then and Now

    From the Center for American Progress:

    "I severed my ties nearly four years ago" with Halliburton and "if they go belly-up tomorrow, it will not affect my financial status one iota."

    - VP Cheney, 3/2/04

    VERSUS

    Cheney still "receives about $150,000 a year" from Halliburton and possesses more than 433,000 Halliburton stock options which are a "potential conflict of interest."

    - CNN, 10/25/03 & 9/25/03

    Posted by Eric at 12:11 PM | Comments (17)

    Cheney Then and Now

    From the Center for American Progress:

    "I severed my ties nearly four years ago" with Halliburton and "if they go belly-up tomorrow, it will not affect my financial status one iota."

    - VP Cheney, 3/2/04

    VERSUS

    Cheney still "receives about $150,000 a year" from Halliburton and possesses more than 433,000 Halliburton stock options which are a "potential conflict of interest."

    - CNN, 10/25/03 & 9/25/03

    Posted by Eric at 12:11 PM | Comments (3)

    David Kay to Bush: "come clean with the American people"

    David Kay, by no means a partisan, is pulling out the Hillary Duff lyrics and telling President Bush to 'come clean':

    David Kay, the man who led the CIA's postwar effort to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, has called on the Bush administration to "come clean with the American people" and admit it was wrong about the existence of the weapons.
    In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Kay said the administration's reluctance to make that admission was delaying essential reforms of US intelligence agencies, and further undermining its credibility at home and abroad.

    He welcomed the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate prewar intelligence on Iraq, and said the wide-ranging US investigation was much more likely to get to the truth than the Butler inquiry in Britain. That, he noted, had "so many limitations it's going to be almost impossible" to come to meaningful conclusions.

    Posted by Eric at 11:52 AM | Comments (9)

    David Kay to Bush: "come clean with the American people"

    David Kay, by no means a partisan, is pulling out the Hillary Duff lyrics and telling President Bush to 'come clean':

    David Kay, the man who led the CIA's postwar effort to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, has called on the Bush administration to "come clean with the American people" and admit it was wrong about the existence of the weapons.
    In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Kay said the administration's reluctance to make that admission was delaying essential reforms of US intelligence agencies, and further undermining its credibility at home and abroad.

    He welcomed the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate prewar intelligence on Iraq, and said the wide-ranging US investigation was much more likely to get to the truth than the Butler inquiry in Britain. That, he noted, had "so many limitations it's going to be almost impossible" to come to meaningful conclusions.

    Posted by Eric at 11:52 AM | Comments (3)

    Herseth for Congress Ads

    Stephanie Herseth, running for the very winnable South Dakota open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has new ads up. You can see the ads here.

    Posted by Eric at 11:44 AM | Comments (6)

    Herseth for Congress Ads

    Stephanie Herseth, running for the very winnable South Dakota open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has new ads up. You can see the ads here.

    Posted by Eric at 11:44 AM | Comments (0)

    Should Sharpton and Kucinich Go?

    With likely little additional media attention (though they never really got much), the nominee decided, and their pet issues pushed for the past several months, should Rep. Kucinich and Al Sharpton drop out as well? David Corn thinks so:

    Every presidential campaign needs someone to push the policy envelope. With his advocacy of a single-payer, nonprofit healthcare system, his proposal for a Department of Peace, his pledge to trash Nafta, and his call to replace U.S. troops in Iraq with international peacekeepers (a plan that rests on several optimistic assumptions), Kucinich played that noble role. But now it's time to fold the tent. He had his shot. The left wing of the party--the peaceniks, the anti-Naftaistas--did not rally behind him in sufficient numbers. And the math is undeniable; he has no chance. One can--and should--only defy the physical laws of the universe for so long. Yet before the votes were tallied on Super Tuesday Kucinich was vowing to keep going until the convention. On CNN, he claimed that Democrats had to choose him because he is the only candidate who could bring in "the Greens, the Natural Law Party." The Natural Law Party? While every vote does count--Florida showed that--it's doubtful that the Democratic nominee's fortunes will rise or fall on the disposition of the Natural Law Party vote. And Kucinich failed to win over more than 9 percent of the Democratic voters of his home state of Ohio. With his presidential campaign, Kucinich did position himself as a--if not the--leading progressive of the House Democrats. But if Kucinich stays in the race, insisting that only he can beat Bush by attracting outsider voters, he risks coming across as a crank who cannot recognize political realities rather than as a visionary willing to challenge conventional thinking.

    9. If Kucinich should go, then Sharpton should really go. It's galling to watch this man go on and on about the need to stay in the race so he can arrive at the convention with delegates and make sure his party ends up with the right policy positions. Sharpton endorsed Republican Senator Alfonse D'Amato, an ethics-challenged machine hack, in 1986 over Democratic nominee Mark Green. (History declared: I worked on the Green campaign.) Sharpton also supported Republican Michael Bloomberg's mayoral bid in 2001 (again, over Green). And this year he is being advised and assisted (including financially) by GOP strategist Roger Stone, who was involved in the so-called khaki riot at the Dade County municipal office in 2000 that may have led to the shutdown of the Miami recount. So where is (and was) the party loyalty Sharpton now cites as his reason for staying in the race until the convention? He's not in this for a platform debate--as if that matters this year. He's in this to advance a single cause: Al Sharpton. He wants the camera time, and he wants a speaking gig at the convention. The Democrats have showed him more than enough kindness. He's lucky to have received the free air time he's already obtained. This reverend deserves no more time in the pulpit.

    Kucinich, by the way, says he won't drop. Sharpton hasn't given any indication he's leaving yet. None of this ultimately matters, of course, since the nominee is Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 AM | Comments (16)

    Should Sharpton and Kucinich Go?

    With likely little additional media attention (though they never really got much), the nominee decided, and their pet issues pushed for the past several months, should Rep. Kucinich and Al Sharpton drop out as well? David Corn thinks so:

    Every presidential campaign needs someone to push the policy envelope. With his advocacy of a single-payer, nonprofit healthcare system, his proposal for a Department of Peace, his pledge to trash Nafta, and his call to replace U.S. troops in Iraq with international peacekeepers (a plan that rests on several optimistic assumptions), Kucinich played that noble role. But now it's time to fold the tent. He had his shot. The left wing of the party--the peaceniks, the anti-Naftaistas--did not rally behind him in sufficient numbers. And the math is undeniable; he has no chance. One can--and should--only defy the physical laws of the universe for so long. Yet before the votes were tallied on Super Tuesday Kucinich was vowing to keep going until the convention. On CNN, he claimed that Democrats had to choose him because he is the only candidate who could bring in "the Greens, the Natural Law Party." The Natural Law Party? While every vote does count--Florida showed that--it's doubtful that the Democratic nominee's fortunes will rise or fall on the disposition of the Natural Law Party vote. And Kucinich failed to win over more than 9 percent of the Democratic voters of his home state of Ohio. With his presidential campaign, Kucinich did position himself as a--if not the--leading progressive of the House Democrats. But if Kucinich stays in the race, insisting that only he can beat Bush by attracting outsider voters, he risks coming across as a crank who cannot recognize political realities rather than as a visionary willing to challenge conventional thinking.

    9. If Kucinich should go, then Sharpton should really go. It's galling to watch this man go on and on about the need to stay in the race so he can arrive at the convention with delegates and make sure his party ends up with the right policy positions. Sharpton endorsed Republican Senator Alfonse D'Amato, an ethics-challenged machine hack, in 1986 over Democratic nominee Mark Green. (History declared: I worked on the Green campaign.) Sharpton also supported Republican Michael Bloomberg's mayoral bid in 2001 (again, over Green). And this year he is being advised and assisted (including financially) by GOP strategist Roger Stone, who was involved in the so-called khaki riot at the Dade County municipal office in 2000 that may have led to the shutdown of the Miami recount. So where is (and was) the party loyalty Sharpton now cites as his reason for staying in the race until the convention? He's not in this for a platform debate--as if that matters this year. He's in this to advance a single cause: Al Sharpton. He wants the camera time, and he wants a speaking gig at the convention. The Democrats have showed him more than enough kindness. He's lucky to have received the free air time he's already obtained. This reverend deserves no more time in the pulpit.

    Kucinich, by the way, says he won't drop. Sharpton hasn't given any indication he's leaving yet. None of this ultimately matters, of course, since the nominee is Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 AM | Comments (6)

    Wilson Naming Names

    And releasing new book about the whole 'Plamegate' scandal with Novak and the White House.

    From AP:

    - Former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson will reveal the name of the person he thinks leaked his wife's identity as an undercover CIA (news - web sites) officer in a book due out in May, his publisher said Tuesday.

    Publication of the book and Wilson's accompanying promotional tour could have political overtones because he is now a foreign policy adviser to Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry (news - web sites). Democrats are seeking to raise questions of credibility in the minds of voters about the reasons President Bush (news - web sites) went to war.

    Wilson did not return telephone calls seeking comment for this story. He has previously contended that White House political adviser Karl Rove condoned the leak but was not the actual leaker.

    Posted by Eric at 10:42 AM | Comments (25)

    Wilson Naming Names

    And releasing new book about the whole 'Plamegate' scandal with Novak and the White House.

    From AP:

    - Former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson will reveal the name of the person he thinks leaked his wife's identity as an undercover CIA (news - web sites) officer in a book due out in May, his publisher said Tuesday.

    Publication of the book and Wilson's accompanying promotional tour could have political overtones because he is now a foreign policy adviser to Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry (news - web sites). Democrats are seeking to raise questions of credibility in the minds of voters about the reasons President Bush (news - web sites) went to war.

    Wilson did not return telephone calls seeking comment for this story. He has previously contended that White House political adviser Karl Rove condoned the leak but was not the actual leaker.

    Posted by Eric at 10:42 AM | Comments (0)

    Fewer Supporting Iraq War

    From Scripps-Howard:

    The latest poll, conducted the final two weeks of February, found 28 percent "absolutely certain" it was the "correct thing to do" to "send troops into Iraq to force it to disarm its weapons of mass destruction," down from 41 percent in May immediately after Bush declared an end to major military operations in Iraq.

    Twenty-two percent said they were "pretty certain," down from 25 percent in May; 47 percent said "not certain," up from 31 percent in May.

    Posted by Eric at 09:18 AM | Comments (9)

    Fewer Supporting Iraq War

    From Scripps-Howard:

    The latest poll, conducted the final two weeks of February, found 28 percent "absolutely certain" it was the "correct thing to do" to "send troops into Iraq to force it to disarm its weapons of mass destruction," down from 41 percent in May immediately after Bush declared an end to major military operations in Iraq.

    Twenty-two percent said they were "pretty certain," down from 25 percent in May; 47 percent said "not certain," up from 31 percent in May.

    Posted by Eric at 09:18 AM | Comments (1)

    'Green Houses' Increasing in the United States

    The so-called Environmental Protection Agency may not care about bettering the environment, but increasingly homeowners are turning to green-friendly houses. CSMonitor:

    "An increasing number of home buyers are demanding that environmental issues become a top priority in new construction and remodeling efforts," says Ray Tonjes of the National Association of Home Builders.

    From Texas to Colorado, Washington State, Florida, and beyond, green is no longer simply the province of specialty builders creating custom homes. Gradually, green is going mainstream as the concept spreads to large-scale builders and catches the attention of a broader range of buyers.

    Numbers show the interest. Nationwide, between 1990 and 2001, a total of 18,887 homes were built to local green building guidelines. In 2002 alone, the most recent year for which figures are available, 13,224 green homes were built. Austin, Texas, pioneered the first local green building program in 1991. Today, nearly 20 such programs dot the country, with more being developed.

    What do 'green' houses entail? Among other features ...
    Resource-saving features in the green home begin at the curb. Permeable pavers on the driveway and walks allow rain to soak into the ground, reducing runoff. Xeriscape landscaping uses native plants, grouped according to the amount of water they need. Two green plastic rain barrels catch water rolling off the roof and store it for watering plants.

    In the backyard pool, small amounts of sodium, rather than chlorine, keep the water clean. Solar energy heats the pool.

    The house itself faces south, avoiding direct sun on the windows in the morning and afternoon. To form exterior walls, concrete is poured between insulating plastic foam, an efficient wind resister. Expandable insulation, called Icynene, is sprayed inside the attic, sealing it against wind and moisture.

    Bamboo floors in the kitchen and hallway offer the look of hardwood. But consider the forest-saving difference: Some species of bamboo grow 30 inches a day, while oak trees may grow no more than 30 inches a year. Bamboo costs $7 or $8 a square foot installed, comparable to hardwood floors.

    In a radical move, the kitchen has no garbage disposal. Instead, food waste can be placed in an outdoor compost bin tucked discreetly behind shrubs.

    A big proponent of 'green houses' is actor Ed Begley Jr., who often offers environmental tips like these.

    For more information, the NRDC has a green living page.

    Posted by Eric at 09:16 AM | Comments (8)

    'Green Houses' Increasing in the United States

    The so-called Environmental Protection Agency may not care about bettering the environment, but increasingly homeowners are turning to green-friendly houses. CSMonitor:

    "An increasing number of home buyers are demanding that environmental issues become a top priority in new construction and remodeling efforts," says Ray Tonjes of the National Association of Home Builders.

    From Texas to Colorado, Washington State, Florida, and beyond, green is no longer simply the province of specialty builders creating custom homes. Gradually, green is going mainstream as the concept spreads to large-scale builders and catches the attention of a broader range of buyers.

    Numbers show the interest. Nationwide, between 1990 and 2001, a total of 18,887 homes were built to local green building guidelines. In 2002 alone, the most recent year for which figures are available, 13,224 green homes were built. Austin, Texas, pioneered the first local green building program in 1991. Today, nearly 20 such programs dot the country, with more being developed.

    What do 'green' houses entail? Among other features ...
    Resource-saving features in the green home begin at the curb. Permeable pavers on the driveway and walks allow rain to soak into the ground, reducing runoff. Xeriscape landscaping uses native plants, grouped according to the amount of water they need. Two green plastic rain barrels catch water rolling off the roof and store it for watering plants.

    In the backyard pool, small amounts of sodium, rather than chlorine, keep the water clean. Solar energy heats the pool.

    The house itself faces south, avoiding direct sun on the windows in the morning and afternoon. To form exterior walls, concrete is poured between insulating plastic foam, an efficient wind resister. Expandable insulation, called Icynene, is sprayed inside the attic, sealing it against wind and moisture.

    Bamboo floors in the kitchen and hallway offer the look of hardwood. But consider the forest-saving difference: Some species of bamboo grow 30 inches a day, while oak trees may grow no more than 30 inches a year. Bamboo costs $7 or $8 a square foot installed, comparable to hardwood floors.

    In a radical move, the kitchen has no garbage disposal. Instead, food waste can be placed in an outdoor compost bin tucked discreetly behind shrubs.

    A big proponent of 'green houses' is actor Ed Begley Jr., who often offers environmental tips like these.

    For more information, the NRDC has a green living page.

    Posted by Eric at 09:16 AM | Comments (4)

    Town Votes to Secede From Vermont

    And all because of Howard Dean's scream! AP

    Voting with a thunderous "aye," residents endorsed a plan Tuesday for this ski resort town to secede from Vermont and become a part of New Hampshire instead.

    The overwhelming voice vote opened the next chapter in what could be a long and costly push to join New Hampshire, 25 miles to the east.

    Ultimately, the vote could prove to be only symbolic. State lawmakers in New Hampshire and Vermont will have the final say. And Vermont legislators said secession will probably be voted down. Town officials said about two-thirds of the 200 to 300 people who attended the town meeting supported secession.

    The main source of discontent is Vermont's new system of financing education, adopted in 1997 on orders from the state Supreme Court. It dramatically increased property taxes in wealthy communities like Killington.

    Secession activists say Killington's restaurants, inns and other businesses send $20 million a year to Montpelier in sales, room and meal taxes, while the state returns just $1 million in municipal and education aid to the town of roughly 1,000 residents.

    Posted by Eric at 08:50 AM | Comments (39)

    Town Votes to Secede From Vermont

    And all because of Howard Dean's scream! AP

    Voting with a thunderous "aye," residents endorsed a plan Tuesday for this ski resort town to secede from Vermont and become a part of New Hampshire instead.

    The overwhelming voice vote opened the next chapter in what could be a long and costly push to join New Hampshire, 25 miles to the east.

    Ultimately, the vote could prove to be only symbolic. State lawmakers in New Hampshire and Vermont will have the final say. And Vermont legislators said secession will probably be voted down. Town officials said about two-thirds of the 200 to 300 people who attended the town meeting supported secession.

    The main source of discontent is Vermont's new system of financing education, adopted in 1997 on orders from the state Supreme Court. It dramatically increased property taxes in wealthy communities like Killington.

    Secession activists say Killington's restaurants, inns and other businesses send $20 million a year to Montpelier in sales, room and meal taxes, while the state returns just $1 million in municipal and education aid to the town of roughly 1,000 residents.

    Posted by Eric at 08:50 AM | Comments (3)

    And Now Oregon ...

    Multnomah County has issued a legal opinion for same sex marriages, meaning gay couples can apply for marriage licenses very soon. LA Times:

    TV stations reported licenses would be issued starting at 10 a.m. today, after a 9 a.m. news conference that was announced in a written statement.

    That statement reads: "Based on a legal opinion released today by the county attorney, a majority of the board of county commissioners supports a policy change to allow the county to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples."

    Roey Thorpe, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon, said the group had been working with county commissioners on a policy "in regard to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples."

    "I know a lot of people who are going to get licenses" today, she said.

    "It's impossible to tell what the response will be; I would guess there will be hundreds of couples. Many of these couples have been waiting decades, and this is the first time they've been seen as equal under the law."

    Multnomah County Judge Linda Bergman told KGW-TV that she would schedule and perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples if they had a license when they made an appointment.

    All well and good right, since Dick Cheney said: "It's really no one else's business in terms of trying to regulate or prohibit behavior in that regard. I think the fact of the matter, of course, is that matter is regulated by the states. I think different states are likely to come to different conclusions and that's appropriate. I don't think there should necessarily be a federal policy in this area."

    Posted by Eric at 08:46 AM | Comments (10)

    And Now Oregon ...

    Multnomah County has issued a legal opinion for same sex marriages, meaning gay couples can apply for marriage licenses very soon. LA Times:

    TV stations reported licenses would be issued starting at 10 a.m. today, after a 9 a.m. news conference that was announced in a written statement.

    That statement reads: "Based on a legal opinion released today by the county attorney, a majority of the board of county commissioners supports a policy change to allow the county to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples."

    Roey Thorpe, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon, said the group had been working with county commissioners on a policy "in regard to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples."

    "I know a lot of people who are going to get licenses" today, she said.

    "It's impossible to tell what the response will be; I would guess there will be hundreds of couples. Many of these couples have been waiting decades, and this is the first time they've been seen as equal under the law."

    Multnomah County Judge Linda Bergman told KGW-TV that she would schedule and perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples if they had a license when they made an appointment.

    All well and good right, since Dick Cheney said: "It's really no one else's business in terms of trying to regulate or prohibit behavior in that regard. I think the fact of the matter, of course, is that matter is regulated by the states. I think different states are likely to come to different conclusions and that's appropriate. I don't think there should necessarily be a federal policy in this area."

    Posted by Eric at 08:46 AM | Comments (1)

    Elton John To Wed

    Says Bush decision helped push his marriage to partner David Furnish, reports the NY Daily News. He said he will do it in England under a possible civil unions law:

    "I was on the fence about it for a while," the Rocket Man said. "I've been married before [he wed Renate Blauel in Australia in 1984]. I thought, why would I want to get married again?"

    That more traditional marriage ended when the pop legend divorced her in '88.

    Elton added that it was President Bush's proposed constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage that was the final push down the aisle he needed.

    "I'm totally for it," Elton told us. "In this day and age, if people who want to make a life commitment can't have protection, then we live in a pretty sick world."

    Since he's a British citizen, Elton says, he and the Canadian-born Furnish want to get married in England. They are waiting for a current Parliamentary measure on civil unions to come into law.

    "We're definitely going to do it when it gets passed," he says. "I would like to commit myself to David. I already have in my mind anyway."

    EDIT: Apparently Elton does NOT have plans to wed. From the AP:
    Don't start shopping for a wedding gift for Elton John just yet. The singer said that while he supports same-sex marriage, reports are untrue that he plans to wed his longtime partner, David Furnish.

    "David and I are in favor of gay marriage but have no plans to get married," John said in a statement Wednesday.

    His comments come less than a week after Rosie O'Donnell and her longtime girlfriend, Kelli Carpenter, became the most high-profile gay couple to marry in San Francisco. They're among the thousands of same-sex couples who've tied the knot there in the past month.

    Posted by Eric at 08:29 AM | Comments (10)

    Elton John To Wed

    Says Bush decision helped push his marriage to partner David Furnish, reports the NY Daily News. He said he will do it in England under a possible civil unions law:

    "I was on the fence about it for a while," the Rocket Man said. "I've been married before [he wed Renate Blauel in Australia in 1984]. I thought, why would I want to get married again?"

    That more traditional marriage ended when the pop legend divorced her in '88.

    Elton added that it was President Bush's proposed constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage that was the final push down the aisle he needed.

    "I'm totally for it," Elton told us. "In this day and age, if people who want to make a life commitment can't have protection, then we live in a pretty sick world."

    Since he's a British citizen, Elton says, he and the Canadian-born Furnish want to get married in England. They are waiting for a current Parliamentary measure on civil unions to come into law.

    "We're definitely going to do it when it gets passed," he says. "I would like to commit myself to David. I already have in my mind anyway."

    EDIT: Apparently Elton does NOT have plans to wed. From the AP:
    Don't start shopping for a wedding gift for Elton John just yet. The singer said that while he supports same-sex marriage, reports are untrue that he plans to wed his longtime partner, David Furnish.

    "David and I are in favor of gay marriage but have no plans to get married," John said in a statement Wednesday.

    His comments come less than a week after Rosie O'Donnell and her longtime girlfriend, Kelli Carpenter, became the most high-profile gay couple to marry in San Francisco. They're among the thousands of same-sex couples who've tied the knot there in the past month.

    Posted by Eric at 08:29 AM | Comments (1)

    Hamster Numbers: 2005 Budget

    "The Bush Administration's proposed funding for education under Title I (education for the disadvantaged) is $7.1 billion below what is needed to fund the President's own No Child Left Behind education bill, which leaves 2.4 million children behind. Funding for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is less than half the level that Congress committed to paying when the legislation was adopted in 1975. The budget proposal also underfunds after-school programs by more than $1 billion, denying services to 1.32 million children. A $316 million cut in vocational education funding will keep students from acquiring job skills. Furthermore, 38 programs totaling $1.4 billion have been slashed from the Administration's education budget. Many of these programs are essential to helping young people succeed in school by providing school counselors, focusing on dropout prevention, reducing alcohol abuse, and creating smaller learning environments." -- Children's Defense Fund

    Posted by Eric at 08:26 AM | Comments (10)

    Hamster Numbers: 2005 Budget

    "The Bush Administration's proposed funding for education under Title I (education for the disadvantaged) is $7.1 billion below what is needed to fund the President's own No Child Left Behind education bill, which leaves 2.4 million children behind. Funding for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is less than half the level that Congress committed to paying when the legislation was adopted in 1975. The budget proposal also underfunds after-school programs by more than $1 billion, denying services to 1.32 million children. A $316 million cut in vocational education funding will keep students from acquiring job skills. Furthermore, 38 programs totaling $1.4 billion have been slashed from the Administration's education budget. Many of these programs are essential to helping young people succeed in school by providing school counselors, focusing on dropout prevention, reducing alcohol abuse, and creating smaller learning environments." -- Children's Defense Fund

    Posted by Eric at 08:26 AM | Comments (1)

    March 02, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    Laura Flanders. Never Saying 'Sorry': An unrepentant Halliburton is being investigated by the Pentagon for its profit-taking in Iraq.
    WP. Scores Die in Multiple Blasts at Iraqi Shiite Shrines: Attacks Timed to Coincide With Major Religious Ceremony
    WP. A Day of Reckoning For Kerry And Edwards; Super Tuesday May Decide Party Nominee
    WP. FEC to Consider 'Soft Money' Curbs
    E. J. Dionne Jr. In Search of Syntax On Gay Marriage
    AJC. Georgia can't advance until it puts aside hatred of gays
    CSMonitor. Voting For Gun Safety
    CSMonitor. Web porn, minors, and free speech: Court hears case on regulating the Web
    Paul Krugman . Maestro of Chutzpah
    NYT. Even in Senate's Small Circle, Kerry and Edwards Stay Apart
    NYT. Kucinich's Campaign Leaves Hometown Voters Wondering
    Bernard Ries. Justice Scalia ducks his legal responsibility
    Newsday. Gold awaits in delegate-rich state; Polls say Kerry has it over Edwards by 2-1 margin, but trade issues, immigration might make a race
    Paul Vitello. Bush sets himself up for a fall
    AP. Former Rep. Bill Janklow appeals conviction
    Joe Conason. Branding Kerry with the L-word: The Bush team and the pliant media are already hitting him as a Massachusetts liberal. Can Kerry counterpunch?
    Eric Boehlert. Bush plays politics with 9/11
    Richard J. Rosendall. Bush's backfire: Twelve years ago, the far right's culture war helped defeat a President Bush -- and it's about to happen again
    Knight Ridder. Kerry looking ahead to battle with Bush; Far ahead in polls, senator ignores Edwards
    PI. For public good, keep the heat on
    AP. Kerry, Edwards plan to campaign in Florida
    USAT. Support for Kerry-Edwards ticket not embraced by them — yet
    BGlobe. In industrial heartland, voters could turn Nov. election
    AP. Kerry's daughter stumps for candidate on Long Island
    BGlobe. Turnout of 700,000 expected for MA Democratic primary
    BGlobe. Aides nurture Kerry's appeal
    BBC. Democrats size up trade issues
    AP. Showdown due on extension of ban on military-style guns
    BGlobe. Calls mount for Edwards to win today or bow out
    Gannett . Kerry could leave Edwards in the dust
    SFC. Kerry looks to put away challengers; Edwards needs wins to maintain viability
    ChicSunTimes. Anti-violence group says Hull should drop out of Senate race
    ChicTrib. High court to review Death Row case
    ChicTrib. Spotlight slips away from Edwards: Kerry attracts crowds, support
    ChicTrib. Schwarzenegger's popularity soars; GOP sees clout as asset to Bush

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (2)

    Tuesday Stories

    Laura Flanders. Never Saying 'Sorry': An unrepentant Halliburton is being investigated by the Pentagon for its profit-taking in Iraq.
    WP. Scores Die in Multiple Blasts at Iraqi Shiite Shrines: Attacks Timed to Coincide With Major Religious Ceremony
    WP. A Day of Reckoning For Kerry And Edwards; Super Tuesday May Decide Party Nominee
    WP. FEC to Consider 'Soft Money' Curbs
    E. J. Dionne Jr. In Search of Syntax On Gay Marriage
    AJC. Georgia can't advance until it puts aside hatred of gays
    CSMonitor. Voting For Gun Safety
    CSMonitor. Web porn, minors, and free speech: Court hears case on regulating the Web
    Paul Krugman . Maestro of Chutzpah
    NYT. Even in Senate's Small Circle, Kerry and Edwards Stay Apart
    NYT. Kucinich's Campaign Leaves Hometown Voters Wondering
    Bernard Ries. Justice Scalia ducks his legal responsibility
    Newsday. Gold awaits in delegate-rich state; Polls say Kerry has it over Edwards by 2-1 margin, but trade issues, immigration might make a race
    Paul Vitello. Bush sets himself up for a fall
    AP. Former Rep. Bill Janklow appeals conviction
    Joe Conason. Branding Kerry with the L-word: The Bush team and the pliant media are already hitting him as a Massachusetts liberal. Can Kerry counterpunch?
    Eric Boehlert. Bush plays politics with 9/11
    Richard J. Rosendall. Bush's backfire: Twelve years ago, the far right's culture war helped defeat a President Bush -- and it's about to happen again
    Knight Ridder. Kerry looking ahead to battle with Bush; Far ahead in polls, senator ignores Edwards
    PI. For public good, keep the heat on
    AP. Kerry, Edwards plan to campaign in Florida
    USAT. Support for Kerry-Edwards ticket not embraced by them — yet
    BGlobe. In industrial heartland, voters could turn Nov. election
    AP. Kerry's daughter stumps for candidate on Long Island
    BGlobe. Turnout of 700,000 expected for MA Democratic primary
    BGlobe. Aides nurture Kerry's appeal
    BBC. Democrats size up trade issues
    AP. Showdown due on extension of ban on military-style guns
    BGlobe. Calls mount for Edwards to win today or bow out
    Gannett . Kerry could leave Edwards in the dust
    SFC. Kerry looks to put away challengers; Edwards needs wins to maintain viability
    ChicSunTimes. Anti-violence group says Hull should drop out of Senate race
    ChicTrib. High court to review Death Row case
    ChicTrib. Spotlight slips away from Edwards: Kerry attracts crowds, support
    ChicTrib. Schwarzenegger's popularity soars; GOP sees clout as asset to Bush

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

    John Kerry Victory Speech

    John Kerry tonight:

    And in 2004, we will tell the truth about what’s happened in our country, and we will fight to give America back its future and its hope.

    There are powerful forces that want America to continue on its present path. And there are also millions of Americans hurt by policies that favor the few, who doubt whether government once again can work for them. Millions more live in fear everyday that they will lose their job, or lose their healthcare or lose their pensions.

    My campaign is about replacing doubt with hope, and replacing fear with security.

    Together we will build a strong foundation for growth by repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to cut the deficit in half in four years and invest in health care and education.

    We will repeal every tax break and every loophole that rewards any corporation for gaming the tax code to go overseas and avoid their responsibilities to America.

    We will provide new incentives for manufacturing that reward good companies for creating and keeping good jobs here at home.

    We will fight for worker and environmental protections in the core of every trade agreement – and we will raise the minimum wage because no one who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty in America.

    And we will meet one of the historic challenges of our generation with a bold new plan for energy independence that will invest in technologies of the future and create 500,000 new jobs, so young Americans in uniform will never be held hostage to Mideast oil.

    We will stand up for the fundamental fairness of health care as a right and not a privilege.

    For an America where Medicare and Social Security are protected; health care costs are held down; and your family’s health is just as important as any politician’s in Washington.

    We will rejoin the community of nations and renew our alliances because that is essential to final victory in the war on terror.

    The Bush Administration has run the most arrogant, inept, reckless, and ideological foreign policy in modern history.

    This President wants to run on national security. Well, if George Bush wants to make national security the central issue in 2004, I have three simple words for him I know he understands: Bring it on.

    Posted by Eric at 11:00 PM | Comments (16)

    John Kerry Victory Speech

    John Kerry tonight:

    And in 2004, we will tell the truth about what’s happened in our country, and we will fight to give America back its future and its hope.

    There are powerful forces that want America to continue on its present path. And there are also millions of Americans hurt by policies that favor the few, who doubt whether government once again can work for them. Millions more live in fear everyday that they will lose their job, or lose their healthcare or lose their pensions.

    My campaign is about replacing doubt with hope, and replacing fear with security.

    Together we will build a strong foundation for growth by repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to cut the deficit in half in four years and invest in health care and education.

    We will repeal every tax break and every loophole that rewards any corporation for gaming the tax code to go overseas and avoid their responsibilities to America.

    We will provide new incentives for manufacturing that reward good companies for creating and keeping good jobs here at home.

    We will fight for worker and environmental protections in the core of every trade agreement – and we will raise the minimum wage because no one who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty in America.

    And we will meet one of the historic challenges of our generation with a bold new plan for energy independence that will invest in technologies of the future and create 500,000 new jobs, so young Americans in uniform will never be held hostage to Mideast oil.

    We will stand up for the fundamental fairness of health care as a right and not a privilege.

    For an America where Medicare and Social Security are protected; health care costs are held down; and your family’s health is just as important as any politician’s in Washington.

    We will rejoin the community of nations and renew our alliances because that is essential to final victory in the war on terror.

    The Bush Administration has run the most arrogant, inept, reckless, and ideological foreign policy in modern history.

    This President wants to run on national security. Well, if George Bush wants to make national security the central issue in 2004, I have three simple words for him I know he understands: Bring it on.

    Posted by Eric at 11:00 PM | Comments (3)

    Edwards Out

    The likable candidate ran a great campaign, and gave Kerry a strong debate. Let the VP speculation begin. But anyway, John Kerry is your Democratic nominee. CNN:

    Sen. John Edwards decided to quit his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, following projected victories by front-runner Sen. John Kerry, according to sources.

    Edwards will announce his decision Wednesday in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to a campaign aide. In Atlanta, Georgia, Edwards was addressing supporters, and he had words of praise for Kerry.

    Edwards' departure clears the way for Kerry to claim his party's nomination in July. While two other candidates remain in the race, they have never figured in the fight.

    Kerry, who came into Super Tuesday as the front-runner, will win Maryland, Connecticut and his native state of Massachusetts by wide margins, CNN projected, and he is projected to win Ohio as well.

    Help out the future Democratic Party nominee.

    Contribute.

    Volunteer.

    Meetup

    Sign-up for Kerry Core.

    Other online actions.

    Posted by Eric at 08:11 PM | Comments (12)

    Edwards Out

    The likable candidate ran a great campaign, and gave Kerry a strong debate. Let the VP speculation begin. But anyway, John Kerry is your Democratic nominee. CNN:

    Sen. John Edwards decided to quit his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, following projected victories by front-runner Sen. John Kerry, according to sources.

    Edwards will announce his decision Wednesday in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to a campaign aide. In Atlanta, Georgia, Edwards was addressing supporters, and he had words of praise for Kerry.

    Edwards' departure clears the way for Kerry to claim his party's nomination in July. While two other candidates remain in the race, they have never figured in the fight.

    Kerry, who came into Super Tuesday as the front-runner, will win Maryland, Connecticut and his native state of Massachusetts by wide margins, CNN projected, and he is projected to win Ohio as well.

    Help out the future Democratic Party nominee.

    Contribute.

    Volunteer.

    Meetup

    Sign-up for Kerry Core.

    Other online actions.

    Posted by Eric at 08:11 PM | Comments (7)

    Dean Wins Vermont

    Dean has done a lot of good for the Democratic Party, and apparently he's done a lot of good for his home state: he's taken Vermont even though he's not in the race anymore.

    Posted by Eric at 07:29 PM | Comments (28)

    Dean Wins Vermont

    Dean has done a lot of good for the Democratic Party, and apparently he's done a lot of good for his home state: he's taken Vermont even though he's not in the race anymore.

    Posted by Eric at 07:29 PM | Comments (4)

    Pledge to Take Back the White House

    With MoveOn.org, pledge to do your part to take back the White House. MoveOn.org says they will email you with different ways you can help (as will this site in the future, though in blog form).

    Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (8)

    Pledge to Take Back the White House

    With MoveOn.org, pledge to do your part to take back the White House. MoveOn.org says they will email you with different ways you can help (as will this site in the future, though in blog form).

    Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (7)

    Liberal Crossword Puzzles

    Check out MadKane's crossword puzzle.

    Posted by Eric at 06:41 PM | Comments (60)

    Liberal Crossword Puzzles

    Check out MadKane's crossword puzzle.

    Posted by Eric at 06:41 PM | Comments (53)

    Tony Knowles Blogs

    Tony Knowles is up and blogging over at his website. Knowles is the former governor of the great state of Alaska.

    am proud to be the first to welcome you here to the Knowles for U.S. Senate blog for Alaska. Blogs have become a tool in the fight for truth and individual grass roots involvement in politics. That is why I am proud to launch the first statewide campaign blog ever in Alaska.

    I have been honored by the surge of grass-roots support that our campaign has already received. Thousands of Alaskans have stepped up to support me in my bid for the U.S. Senate. This blog will hopefully help bring supporters together and lend all Alaskans an avenue for informed discussion about the issues and about this campaign.

    This will be a place to get the inside scoop and updates from the campaign, including endorsements, press releases and stories from the trail. This will be a great place to read the latest about the campaign and to participate in discussions with fellow Alaskans.

    Posted by Eric at 06:37 PM | Comments (16)

    Tony Knowles Blogs

    Tony Knowles is up and blogging over at his website. Knowles is the former governor of the great state of Alaska.

    am proud to be the first to welcome you here to the Knowles for U.S. Senate blog for Alaska. Blogs have become a tool in the fight for truth and individual grass roots involvement in politics. That is why I am proud to launch the first statewide campaign blog ever in Alaska.

    I have been honored by the surge of grass-roots support that our campaign has already received. Thousands of Alaskans have stepped up to support me in my bid for the U.S. Senate. This blog will hopefully help bring supporters together and lend all Alaskans an avenue for informed discussion about the issues and about this campaign.

    This will be a place to get the inside scoop and updates from the campaign, including endorsements, press releases and stories from the trail. This will be a great place to read the latest about the campaign and to participate in discussions with fellow Alaskans.

    Posted by Eric at 06:37 PM | Comments (8)

    Senate Extends Assault Weapons Ban, Require Gunshow Checks

    It's about time re: gunshows. WPost:

    In the first of two rare victories for gun control advocates, the Senate voted 52-47 to extend for 10 years the ban on 19 types of semi-automatic guns, which was passed in 1994 and expires in September.

    The vote on the proposal by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John W. Warner (R-Va.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) was expected to be even closer than it was, and Vice President Cheney was on hand to cast a tie-breaking vote, which turned out to be unnecessary.

    On the second vote, the Senate approved, 53-46, a proposal by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to require criminal background checks for purchases from unlicensed as well as licensed dealers at gun shows, closing a loophole in current law that has been blamed for sales of weapons to criminals and terrorists. The Senate passed a similar gun show proposal in 1999, but the House refused to go along.

    A little more about the gun show loophole:
    In 1993, Congress passed the Brady Bill, which requires federally licensed gun dealers to perform background checks on all gun buyers. And the system has worked fairly well - since this law went into effect in 1994, background checks have stopped over 800,000 convicted felons, domestic abusers and other illegal buyers from getting guns. But because the Brady Bill does not apply to private gun sellers, criminals and other prohibited buyers who cannot buy firearms at gun stores can skirt the law and obtain guns from private sellers at gun shows. In most states, these gun sales do not require a background check. That means no ID, no questions asked.

    Criminals and gun-runners have figured it out – according the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, gun shows are now the second leading source of guns recovered in illegal gun trafficking investigation. And it doesn’t stop with domestic criminals: AGS has uncovered cases in which known or suspected terrorists were able to obtain guns at gun shows.

    So far, only 18 states have closed the gun show loophole and require background checks for all gun show sales (or require some kind of firearms ID card for purchasing a gun). Colorado and Oregon recently closed the loophole by a vote of the electorate – loophole-closing ballot initiatives in both states passed by wide margins in the 2000 election. But in 32 states, the loophole remains wide open.

    That is why AGS is backing federal legislation sponsored by Senators John McCain Jack Reed, Mike DeWine and Joe Lieberman. Their bi-partisan bill will require background checks at gun shows and would finally close this dangerous loophole that allows criminals, domestic abusers and even terrorists to get guns.

    Also see myths and facts about gun safety.

    Posted by Eric at 04:13 PM | Comments (2)

    Senate Extends Assault Weapons Ban, Require Gunshow Checks

    It's about time re: gunshows. WPost:

    In the first of two rare victories for gun control advocates, the Senate voted 52-47 to extend for 10 years the ban on 19 types of semi-automatic guns, which was passed in 1994 and expires in September.

    The vote on the proposal by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John W. Warner (R-Va.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) was expected to be even closer than it was, and Vice President Cheney was on hand to cast a tie-breaking vote, which turned out to be unnecessary.

    On the second vote, the Senate approved, 53-46, a proposal by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to require criminal background checks for purchases from unlicensed as well as licensed dealers at gun shows, closing a loophole in current law that has been blamed for sales of weapons to criminals and terrorists. The Senate passed a similar gun show proposal in 1999, but the House refused to go along.

    A little more about the gun show loophole:
    In 1993, Congress passed the Brady Bill, which requires federally licensed gun dealers to perform background checks on all gun buyers. And the system has worked fairly well - since this law went into effect in 1994, background checks have stopped over 800,000 convicted felons, domestic abusers and other illegal buyers from getting guns. But because the Brady Bill does not apply to private gun sellers, criminals and other prohibited buyers who cannot buy firearms at gun stores can skirt the law and obtain guns from private sellers at gun shows. In most states, these gun sales do not require a background check. That means no ID, no questions asked.

    Criminals and gun-runners have figured it out – according the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, gun shows are now the second leading source of guns recovered in illegal gun trafficking investigation. And it doesn’t stop with domestic criminals: AGS has uncovered cases in which known or suspected terrorists were able to obtain guns at gun shows.

    So far, only 18 states have closed the gun show loophole and require background checks for all gun show sales (or require some kind of firearms ID card for purchasing a gun). Colorado and Oregon recently closed the loophole by a vote of the electorate – loophole-closing ballot initiatives in both states passed by wide margins in the 2000 election. But in 32 states, the loophole remains wide open.

    That is why AGS is backing federal legislation sponsored by Senators John McCain Jack Reed, Mike DeWine and Joe Lieberman. Their bi-partisan bill will require background checks at gun shows and would finally close this dangerous loophole that allows criminals, domestic abusers and even terrorists to get guns.

    Also see myths and facts about gun safety.

    Posted by Eric at 04:13 PM | Comments (2)

    Edwards and Georgia

    John Edwards will need to take Georgia in order to continue to be competitive, Northwest Georgia Daily Citz:

    Tuesday is do or die for North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign, say some experts.

    "He has to win in Georgia," said University of Georgia political scientist Charles Bullock.

    Georgia is one of 10 states taking part in the Super Tuesday presidential primaries.

    Recent polls show Edwards closing the gap in the state with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic front-runner.

    "The real surprise may be that (Edwards) hasn't gained even more momentum. He's more moderate than Kerry, and probably more in tune with Georgia Democrats. And he's a Southerner," said Robert Sanders, a political scientist at the State University of West Georgia.

    Georgia has an open primary. A registered voter can just show up and ask for either a Democratic or Republican ballot. Since President George W. Bush is unopposed this year, some Republicans and independents may vote in the Democratic primary.

    "That's good news for Edwards. He has been doing better than Kerry among Republicans and independents so far," Bullock said.

    Posted by Eric at 01:22 PM | Comments (2)

    Edwards and Georgia

    John Edwards will need to take Georgia in order to continue to be competitive, Northwest Georgia Daily Citz:

    Tuesday is do or die for North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign, say some experts.

    "He has to win in Georgia," said University of Georgia political scientist Charles Bullock.

    Georgia is one of 10 states taking part in the Super Tuesday presidential primaries.

    Recent polls show Edwards closing the gap in the state with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic front-runner.

    "The real surprise may be that (Edwards) hasn't gained even more momentum. He's more moderate than Kerry, and probably more in tune with Georgia Democrats. And he's a Southerner," said Robert Sanders, a political scientist at the State University of West Georgia.

    Georgia has an open primary. A registered voter can just show up and ask for either a Democratic or Republican ballot. Since President George W. Bush is unopposed this year, some Republicans and independents may vote in the Democratic primary.

    "That's good news for Edwards. He has been doing better than Kerry among Republicans and independents so far," Bullock said.

    Posted by Eric at 01:22 PM | Comments (2)

    Cronkite Blasts Conservatives

    From the 'most trusted man in America', in the SFC:

    Cronkite can be trusted to say things like this all the time now. After declaring himself a "registered independent" in the first of his newspaper columns in August, Cronkite has consistently derided what he calls "the Bush administration's facade of self-righteous certainty." He says he feels liberated to speak his mind, to "vent my rage and let the chips fall where they will." Cronkite doesn't hesitate to crank up his Moses-like rhetoric, in speech and in print, drawing on his deep well of journalistic gravitas. But he's just as likely to caper now as to thunder.

    Just before railing against the Christian right's objection to gay marriage -- "That's about as obnoxious a thing as has ever happened" -- Cronkite was asked at the Ritz to what he attributed the longevity of his own marriage to Betsy.

    "I do think one of the factors was we were of different sexes." He looked delighted as the laughter billowed around the room. "That doesn't mean I wouldn't have been happy to be married to several friends I had of the same sex," he followed. "It just never came up in our particular relations."

    Interesting.

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 PM | Comments (29)

    Cronkite Blasts Conservatives

    From the 'most trusted man in America', in the SFC:

    Cronkite can be trusted to say things like this all the time now. After declaring himself a "registered independent" in the first of his newspaper columns in August, Cronkite has consistently derided what he calls "the Bush administration's facade of self-righteous certainty." He says he feels liberated to speak his mind, to "vent my rage and let the chips fall where they will." Cronkite doesn't hesitate to crank up his Moses-like rhetoric, in speech and in print, drawing on his deep well of journalistic gravitas. But he's just as likely to caper now as to thunder.

    Just before railing against the Christian right's objection to gay marriage -- "That's about as obnoxious a thing as has ever happened" -- Cronkite was asked at the Ritz to what he attributed the longevity of his own marriage to Betsy.

    "I do think one of the factors was we were of different sexes." He looked delighted as the laughter billowed around the room. "That doesn't mean I wouldn't have been happy to be married to several friends I had of the same sex," he followed. "It just never came up in our particular relations."

    Interesting.

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 PM | Comments (5)

    Troop Returns Bring Psychological Scars

    From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, not all victims of war have physical scars:

    Now, as the one-year anniversary of the war in Iraq approaches, troops are trickling home. And like all soldiers who've seen combat, they're coming home changed.

    Some return with obvious wounds of war: a wheelchair, prosthetic foot, maybe half an arm. But for others, the injuries remain invisible, tucked in a corner of the brain where images of violence and panic are imprinted on their memories.

    Like those whose wounds are exposed, they, too, may suffer flashbacks, disturbing dreams, depression and anxiety. They may use alcohol or drugs to help forget.

    Exposure to violence in Iraq exceeds that of any of the nation's conflicts since Vietnam. As this generation of soldiers leaves the battlefield for better days, they too will be left to cope with hidden scars from serving their country.

    Just how severe and widespread the emotional wounds will be is difficult to predict, experts say. After all, it's early.

    As of now, according to the Pentagon, 10% "of troops evacuated from Iraq war zone to a hospital in Germany who were being treated for psychological reasons."

    Posted by Eric at 09:24 AM | Comments (13)

    Troop Returns Bring Psychological Scars

    From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, not all victims of war have physical scars:

    Now, as the one-year anniversary of the war in Iraq approaches, troops are trickling home. And like all soldiers who've seen combat, they're coming home changed.

    Some return with obvious wounds of war: a wheelchair, prosthetic foot, maybe half an arm. But for others, the injuries remain invisible, tucked in a corner of the brain where images of violence and panic are imprinted on their memories.

    Like those whose wounds are exposed, they, too, may suffer flashbacks, disturbing dreams, depression and anxiety. They may use alcohol or drugs to help forget.

    Exposure to violence in Iraq exceeds that of any of the nation's conflicts since Vietnam. As this generation of soldiers leaves the battlefield for better days, they too will be left to cope with hidden scars from serving their country.

    Just how severe and widespread the emotional wounds will be is difficult to predict, experts say. After all, it's early.

    As of now, according to the Pentagon, 10% "of troops evacuated from Iraq war zone to a hospital in Germany who were being treated for psychological reasons."

    Posted by Eric at 09:24 AM | Comments (3)

    125+ Dead in Iraq Attacks

    "bloodiest day since the end of major fighting."

    Posted by Eric at 09:12 AM | Comments (6)

    125+ Dead in Iraq Attacks

    "bloodiest day since the end of major fighting."

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

    SF Chronicle Endorses Kerry

    In an editorial, the Chronicle explains that the "policy differences between John Kerry and John Edwards ... are not profound" but "Kerry's ready-to-lead claim rings truer":

    Kerry, 60, a former Massachusetts lieutenant governor who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, has had a modest transfusion of common touch during this campaign -- most notably in his emotional connection with fellow veterans of the Vietnam War. Steadiness and cool are his defining traits.

    More important than the distinctions in style are the differences in experience between these two candidates. Kerry's two decades in the Senate are apparent in the depth of his responses to questions about trade, foreign policy, environment and other issues. During the campaign, he has been getting decidedly better at translating his grasp of policy into language that connects with Americans who don't know the acronymns or intricacies of Washington -- they just know that they're feeling anxious about the direction of the economy, the cost of health care or the deep commitment of U. S. troops and dollars to Iraq.

    Experience counts in the White House. As Kerry put it, "the greatest difference substantively'' between him and Edwards is the Massachusetts senator's 35 years of experience in working on progressive causes.

    Posted by Eric at 08:18 AM | Comments (91)

    SF Chronicle Endorses Kerry

    In an editorial, the Chronicle explains that the "policy differences between John Kerry and John Edwards ... are not profound" but "Kerry's ready-to-lead claim rings truer":

    Kerry, 60, a former Massachusetts lieutenant governor who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, has had a modest transfusion of common touch during this campaign -- most notably in his emotional connection with fellow veterans of the Vietnam War. Steadiness and cool are his defining traits.

    More important than the distinctions in style are the differences in experience between these two candidates. Kerry's two decades in the Senate are apparent in the depth of his responses to questions about trade, foreign policy, environment and other issues. During the campaign, he has been getting decidedly better at translating his grasp of policy into language that connects with Americans who don't know the acronymns or intricacies of Washington -- they just know that they're feeling anxious about the direction of the economy, the cost of health care or the deep commitment of U. S. troops and dollars to Iraq.

    Experience counts in the White House. As Kerry put it, "the greatest difference substantively'' between him and Edwards is the Massachusetts senator's 35 years of experience in working on progressive causes.

    Posted by Eric at 08:18 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Ozone Standards

    USPIRG:

    2002 was the worst smog season for which we have data (1998-present).

    Forty-one (41) states and the District of Columbia exceeded the national health standard for ozone 8,818 times during the 2002 ozone season.

    Twenty-nine (29) states and the District of Columbia exceeded the old, 1-hour peak ozone standard 811 times in 2002.

    Posted by Eric at 08:13 AM | Comments (51)

    Hamster Numbers: Ozone Standards

    USPIRG:

    2002 was the worst smog season for which we have data (1998-present).

    Forty-one (41) states and the District of Columbia exceeded the national health standard for ozone 8,818 times during the 2002 ozone season.

    Twenty-nine (29) states and the District of Columbia exceeded the old, 1-hour peak ozone standard 811 times in 2002.

    Posted by Eric at 08:13 AM | Comments (11)

    Arnold, Davis Party Together

    The governator and the former gov appeared on the Tonight Show together to promote two ballot propositions:

    Schwarzenegger told Leno on Monday night that he and former Gov. Gray Davis are now good friends. The former movie star said he's even been advising Davis about a possible acting career.

    "He's helped me a lot with acting, particularly with my pronunciation," said Davis, going on to mimic one of the Austrian-accented Schwarzenegger's signature movie lines, "I'll be back."

    "You have to do it with the Terminator glasses," Schwarzenegger quipped, referring to the dark sunglasses he donned for his "Terminator" films.

    The Republican Schwarzenegger and Democrat Davis hatched the idea of a joint appearance to promote Propositions 57 and 58 over a recent dinner, according to aides for both men ... Asked to evaluate Schwarzenegger's performance as governor, Davis replied, "I think Arnold is off to a good start."

    Then he added, "He's certainly doing a better job than he did in `Hercules in New York.'"

    Arnold also made these comments on gay marriage on the Leno show:
    But his comments Monday also mirrored another Schwarzenegger mantra: Let the people decide. The governor said he opposes San Francisco issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples because "we have a law on the books here ... I think they should abide by the law."

    Leno then asked Schwarzenegger if he would mind if the courts ruled gay marriage legal, and the governor said: "No, I don't have a problem."

    "Let the court decide," Schwarzenegger added. "Let the people decide. The people have voted just in the last election on Proposition 22. They voted very clearly that marriage is only between a man and woman. That's the law, so we have to abide by the law."

    Posted by Eric at 08:10 AM | Comments (16)

    Arnold, Davis Party Together

    The governator and the former gov appeared on the Tonight Show together to promote two ballot propositions:

    Schwarzenegger told Leno on Monday night that he and former Gov. Gray Davis are now good friends. The former movie star said he's even been advising Davis about a possible acting career.

    "He's helped me a lot with acting, particularly with my pronunciation," said Davis, going on to mimic one of the Austrian-accented Schwarzenegger's signature movie lines, "I'll be back."

    "You have to do it with the Terminator glasses," Schwarzenegger quipped, referring to the dark sunglasses he donned for his "Terminator" films.

    The Republican Schwarzenegger and Democrat Davis hatched the idea of a joint appearance to promote Propositions 57 and 58 over a recent dinner, according to aides for both men ... Asked to evaluate Schwarzenegger's performance as governor, Davis replied, "I think Arnold is off to a good start."

    Then he added, "He's certainly doing a better job than he did in `Hercules in New York.'"

    Arnold also made these comments on gay marriage on the Leno show:
    But his comments Monday also mirrored another Schwarzenegger mantra: Let the people decide. The governor said he opposes San Francisco issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples because "we have a law on the books here ... I think they should abide by the law."

    Leno then asked Schwarzenegger if he would mind if the courts ruled gay marriage legal, and the governor said: "No, I don't have a problem."

    "Let the court decide," Schwarzenegger added. "Let the people decide. The people have voted just in the last election on Proposition 22. They voted very clearly that marriage is only between a man and woman. That's the law, so we have to abide by the law."

    Posted by Eric at 08:10 AM | Comments (1)

    March 01, 2004

    Monday Stories

    AP. U.S. Marines Lead Peacekeepers to Haiti
    AP. Calif. Grocery Workers OK New Contract
    AP. Gay-Marriage Ban Faces Many Obstacles
    AP. Bush focuses on raising campaign cash
    Reuters. Kerry Says 'Elvis' Factor Not an Issue Against Bush
    BGlobe. In Calif., Kerry isn't taking a November win for granted
    Scott Sherman. Press Failures on Iraq
    Salon. The fog around Robert McNamara: Director Errol Morris discusses how his Oscar-nominated "The Fog of War" resonates with George W. Bush's foreign policy in Iraq, and the complicated morality of his film's star
    LAT. Primary in Casual Observers' Hands; With little campaigning to go on, California voters appear set to follow other states' lead
    AP. In Ohio, the war has already begun
    Newsday. Kerry can
    Newsday. Super showdown day
    Star Tribune. Edwards turns up heat on Kerry
    WP. Black Voters Align With Democrats Against Bush
    WP. Utah Oil and Gas Leases Stir Criticism; Sensitive Wildlife Habitats Auctioned to Bush Contributors, Environmentalists Say
    NYT. Both Sides Court Black Churches in the Debate Over Gay Marriage
    Bob Herbert. Stolen Kisses
    NYT. Democrats Scale Back Ambitions for House
    John Kerry. This Soldier's Story
    John Edwards. A Trust Worth Winning
    WPost. In Edwards, an Echo of Clinton: Tactics and Demeanor Are Similar, but Differences May Be Key

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (142)

    Monday Stories

    AP. U.S. Marines Lead Peacekeepers to Haiti
    AP. Calif. Grocery Workers OK New Contract
    AP. Gay-Marriage Ban Faces Many Obstacles
    AP. Bush focuses on raising campaign cash
    Reuters. Kerry Says 'Elvis' Factor Not an Issue Against Bush
    BGlobe. In Calif., Kerry isn't taking a November win for granted
    Scott Sherman. Press Failures on Iraq
    Salon. The fog around Robert McNamara: Director Errol Morris discusses how his Oscar-nominated "The Fog of War" resonates with George W. Bush's foreign policy in Iraq, and the complicated morality of his film's star
    LAT. Primary in Casual Observers' Hands; With little campaigning to go on, California voters appear set to follow other states' lead
    AP. In Ohio, the war has already begun
    Newsday. Kerry can
    Newsday. Super showdown day
    Star Tribune. Edwards turns up heat on Kerry
    WP. Black Voters Align With Democrats Against Bush
    WP. Utah Oil and Gas Leases Stir Criticism; Sensitive Wildlife Habitats Auctioned to Bush Contributors, Environmentalists Say
    NYT. Both Sides Court Black Churches in the Debate Over Gay Marriage
    Bob Herbert. Stolen Kisses
    NYT. Democrats Scale Back Ambitions for House
    John Kerry. This Soldier's Story
    John Edwards. A Trust Worth Winning
    WPost. In Edwards, an Echo of Clinton: Tactics and Demeanor Are Similar, but Differences May Be Key

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

    Baylor Newspaper Endorses Gay Marriage, Upsets Admin

    In a newspaper editorial, the Baylor Lariat approved of SF's gay marriage push:

    The editorial board supports San Francisco's lawsuit against the state. Taking into account equal protection under the law, gay couples should be granted the same equal rights to legal marriage as heterosexual couples. Without such recognition, gay couples, even those who have co-habitated long enough to qualify as common law spouses under many state laws, often aren't granted the same protection when it comes to shared finances, health insurance and other employee benefits, and property or power of attorney rights.

    Like many heterosexual couples, many gay couples share deep bonds of love, some so strong they've persevered years of discrimination for their choice to co-habitate with and date one another. Just as it isn't fair to discriminate against someone for their skin color, heritage or religious beliefs, it isn't fair to discriminate against someone for their sexual orientation. Shouldn't gay couples be allowed to enjoy the benefits and happiness of marriage, too?

    Editorial board vote: 5-2

    Here's the guys in suits:
    It is important for Baylor constituents to know that this position held by five students does not reflect the views of the administration, faculty, staff, Board of Regents or Student Publications Board, which oversees the Lariat. Nor do I believe this stance on gay marriage is shared by the vast majority of Baylor’s 14,000 students and 100,000 alumni.

    We have already heard from a number of students, alumni and parents who are, as am I, justifiably outraged over this editorial. Espousing in a Baylor publication a view that is so out of touch with traditional Christian teachings is not only unwelcome, it comes dangerously close to violating University policy, as published in the Student Handbook, prohibiting the advocacy of any understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching. The Student Publications Board will be addressing this matter with the Lariat staff as soon as possible.

    In the meantime, I would like to assure Baylor constituents that, while we respect the right of students to hold and express divergent viewpoints, we do not support the use of publications such as the Lariat, which is published by the University, to advocate positions that undermine foundational Christian principles upon which this institution was founded and currently operates.

    A little more about Baylor:
    Homosexual activity is prohibited at Baylor, as is any sexual activity outside marriage. A seminary student at Baylor recently lost his scholarship after saying he was gay. The editorial board objected to that decision in an article Feb. 10.

    Posted by Eric at 08:04 PM | Comments (40)

    Baylor Newspaper Endorses Gay Marriage, Upsets Admin

    In a newspaper editorial, the Baylor Lariat approved of SF's gay marriage push:

    The editorial board supports San Francisco's lawsuit against the state. Taking into account equal protection under the law, gay couples should be granted the same equal rights to legal marriage as heterosexual couples. Without such recognition, gay couples, even those who have co-habitated long enough to qualify as common law spouses under many state laws, often aren't granted the same protection when it comes to shared finances, health insurance and other employee benefits, and property or power of attorney rights.

    Like many heterosexual couples, many gay couples share deep bonds of love, some so strong they've persevered years of discrimination for their choice to co-habitate with and date one another. Just as it isn't fair to discriminate against someone for their skin color, heritage or religious beliefs, it isn't fair to discriminate against someone for their sexual orientation. Shouldn't gay couples be allowed to enjoy the benefits and happiness of marriage, too?

    Editorial board vote: 5-2

    Here's the guys in suits:
    It is important for Baylor constituents to know that this position held by five students does not reflect the views of the administration, faculty, staff, Board of Regents or Student Publications Board, which oversees the Lariat. Nor do I believe this stance on gay marriage is shared by the vast majority of Baylor’s 14,000 students and 100,000 alumni.

    We have already heard from a number of students, alumni and parents who are, as am I, justifiably outraged over this editorial. Espousing in a Baylor publication a view that is so out of touch with traditional Christian teachings is not only unwelcome, it comes dangerously close to violating University policy, as published in the Student Handbook, prohibiting the advocacy of any understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching. The Student Publications Board will be addressing this matter with the Lariat staff as soon as possible.

    In the meantime, I would like to assure Baylor constituents that, while we respect the right of students to hold and express divergent viewpoints, we do not support the use of publications such as the Lariat, which is published by the University, to advocate positions that undermine foundational Christian principles upon which this institution was founded and currently operates.

    A little more about Baylor:
    Homosexual activity is prohibited at Baylor, as is any sexual activity outside marriage. A seminary student at Baylor recently lost his scholarship after saying he was gay. The editorial board objected to that decision in an article Feb. 10.

    Posted by Eric at 08:04 PM | Comments (9)

    Aristide says U.S. 'coup' forced him out

    Aristide told CNN's Anderson Cooper that there was a "coup d'etat" by the United States.

    Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said Monday he was forced to leave Haiti in a "coup d'etat" by the United States.

    "I was told that to avoid bloodshed I'd better leave," he said in an interview on CNN.

    Earlier, the Bush administration vigorously denied that Aristide was kidnapped by U.S. troops, which is what two U.S. members of Congress said the deposed Haitian president told them in telephone calls.

    "That's nonsense," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said. "I've seen some of the reports [and they] do nothing to help the Haitians move forward to a better, more prosperous future."

    Stay tuned ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 PM | Comments (8)

    Aristide says U.S. 'coup' forced him out

    Aristide told CNN's Anderson Cooper that there was a "coup d'etat" by the United States.

    Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said Monday he was forced to leave Haiti in a "coup d'etat" by the United States.

    "I was told that to avoid bloodshed I'd better leave," he said in an interview on CNN.

    Earlier, the Bush administration vigorously denied that Aristide was kidnapped by U.S. troops, which is what two U.S. members of Congress said the deposed Haitian president told them in telephone calls.

    "That's nonsense," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said. "I've seen some of the reports [and they] do nothing to help the Haitians move forward to a better, more prosperous future."

    Stay tuned ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 PM | Comments (2)

    Don't Go There, Snap Snap

    Ryan Lizza over at The New Republic blog notes that the "Bush campaign put out a useful fact sheet this morning documenting John Kerry's views on various defense and national security issues going back to a 1970 interview Kerry gave to The Harvard Crimson when he was 26 years old" but "if this election is really going to be about what the candidates said or did 20 or 30 years ago, we might as well have a side-by-side comparison." Lizza notes that the Bush campaign may be wary of these past things:

    Bush in 1972: After Smashing Into Trash Cans, Bush Wanted To Fight Future Head of CIA. "In a now famous incident, [Bush] took his then-16-year-old brother, Marvin, out drinking and ran over a neighbor's garbage cans on the way home; and when confronted by his father, he challenged him to go 'mano a mano'outside." (Lois Romano and Mike Allen, "Guard Records on President are Released," The Washington Post, 2/11/04) ... Bush in 1986: As Struggling Oilman, Bush Drank a Lot. "

    On July 28, 1986, George W. Bush woke up with a hangover. It had been a loud, liquid night at the venerable Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs as he and friends from Texas celebrated their collective 40th birthdays. Now, as he embarked on his ritual morning run through a spectacular Rockies landscape, Bush felt lousy.... A charismatic partier since his school days, Bush liked to drink what he called the four Bs--beer, bourbon and B&B." (Lois Romano, "1986: A Life-Changing Year; Epiphany Fueled Candidate's Climb," The Washington Post, 7/25/99)

    Posted by Eric at 06:35 PM | Comments (4)

    Don't Go There, Snap Snap

    Ryan Lizza over at The New Republic blog notes that the "Bush campaign put out a useful fact sheet this morning documenting John Kerry's views on various defense and national security issues going back to a 1970 interview Kerry gave to The Harvard Crimson when he was 26 years old" but "if this election is really going to be about what the candidates said or did 20 or 30 years ago, we might as well have a side-by-side comparison." Lizza notes that the Bush campaign may be wary of these past things:

    Bush in 1972: After Smashing Into Trash Cans, Bush Wanted To Fight Future Head of CIA. "In a now famous incident, [Bush] took his then-16-year-old brother, Marvin, out drinking and ran over a neighbor's garbage cans on the way home; and when confronted by his father, he challenged him to go 'mano a mano'outside." (Lois Romano and Mike Allen, "Guard Records on President are Released," The Washington Post, 2/11/04) ... Bush in 1986: As Struggling Oilman, Bush Drank a Lot. "

    On July 28, 1986, George W. Bush woke up with a hangover. It had been a loud, liquid night at the venerable Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs as he and friends from Texas celebrated their collective 40th birthdays. Now, as he embarked on his ritual morning run through a spectacular Rockies landscape, Bush felt lousy.... A charismatic partier since his school days, Bush liked to drink what he called the four Bs--beer, bourbon and B&B." (Lois Romano, "1986: A Life-Changing Year; Epiphany Fueled Candidate's Climb," The Washington Post, 7/25/99)

    Posted by Eric at 06:35 PM | Comments (9)

    Bartcop Has Untreatable Cancer

    Very sorry to hear the news ... Best wishes to Bartcop

    Posted by Eric at 06:23 PM | Comments (5)

    Bartcop Has Untreatable Cancer

    Very sorry to hear the news ... Best wishes to Bartcop

    Posted by Eric at 06:23 PM | Comments (2)

    Napolitano For VP?

    Increasing speculation about the Arizona Gov for the VP slot. Arizona Republic:

    Governors of such states as Michigan, Iowa and New Mexico identified those qualities last week in explaining Napolitano's swift and steady rise in national politics since she became governor of Arizona 14 months ago.

    "Boy, she is tough and smart as a whip," said Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, herself a rising star in Democratic circles. "She's got a great sense of humor. She is a leader on national issues. If I'm going into battle, I definitely want Janet Napolitano on my side."

    Her name is on the most-talked-about "short list" in politics: the vice presidential sweepstakes. And last week, she was a hit among her peers at the National Governors Conference in Washington, D.C.

    A Republican strategist says these flattering things about Napolitano:
    Nathan Sproul of Phoenix, a Republican consultant, said the political reality is that Napolitano would stumble at a national level because she is unmarried and doesn't have children. She is opposed to same-sex marriage and has said she is not gay. Still, she does not fit the family profile of a winning national candidate, Sproul said.
    Whisper, whisper.

    Another governor, Bill Richardson of New Mexico, is being touted by Democrats.

    Posted by Eric at 06:11 PM | Comments (6)

    Napolitano For VP?

    Increasing speculation about the Arizona Gov for the VP slot. Arizona Republic:

    Governors of such states as Michigan, Iowa and New Mexico identified those qualities last week in explaining Napolitano's swift and steady rise in national politics since she became governor of Arizona 14 months ago.

    "Boy, she is tough and smart as a whip," said Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, herself a rising star in Democratic circles. "She's got a great sense of humor. She is a leader on national issues. If I'm going into battle, I definitely want Janet Napolitano on my side."

    Her name is on the most-talked-about "short list" in politics: the vice presidential sweepstakes. And last week, she was a hit among her peers at the National Governors Conference in Washington, D.C.

    A Republican strategist says these flattering things about Napolitano:
    Nathan Sproul of Phoenix, a Republican consultant, said the political reality is that Napolitano would stumble at a national level because she is unmarried and doesn't have children. She is opposed to same-sex marriage and has said she is not gay. Still, she does not fit the family profile of a winning national candidate, Sproul said.
    Whisper, whisper.

    Another governor, Bill Richardson of New Mexico, is being touted by Democrats.

    Posted by Eric at 06:11 PM | Comments (7)

    Hamster Numbers: Tax Cuts

    Children's Defense Fund

    Making the Bush tax cuts permanent would give each individual millionaire an average of over $181,700 each year when fully implemented. That amount of money instead each year could provide:

  • Health insurance for 74 uninsured children, or
  • Youth jobs for 50 disadvantaged youth, or
  • Child care assistance for 49 children of working parents, or
  • Head Start for 22 three- and four-year olds, or
  • Affordable housing for 22 low-income families
  • Posted by Eric at 06:28 AM | Comments (83)

    Hamster Numbers: Tax Cuts

    Children's Defense Fund

    Making the Bush tax cuts permanent would give each individual millionaire an average of over $181,700 each year when fully implemented. That amount of money instead each year could provide:

  • Health insurance for 74 uninsured children, or
  • Youth jobs for 50 disadvantaged youth, or
  • Child care assistance for 49 children of working parents, or
  • Head Start for 22 three- and four-year olds, or
  • Affordable housing for 22 low-income families
  • Posted by Eric at 06:28 AM | Comments (1)

    EPA Chief Mike Leavitt Clean Air `Villain of the Month'

    According to the Clean Air Trust. Whatever did he do?

    O'Donnell noted that with one ill-considered move, Leavitt had undermined more than 30 years of federal law -- specifically a portion of the Clean Air Act designed to prevent "significant deterioration" of air quality in pristine lands. The policy was initially written by Congress in the 1960s, affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1974, and then re-affirmed by Congress in 1977.

    On Feb. 24, Leavitt signed a "memorandum of understanding" that will permit the state of North Dakota to override objections from EPA scientists, who have warned that increased coal burning would sully the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and other nearby treasured federal lands.

    For five years, EPA's professional staff had argued that existing power plants in the state already pump so much sulfur dioxide pollution into the air that added pollution would harm the parks.

    But by using an Enron-style accounting trick, the state of North Dakota magically declared there was plenty of room for more pollution. And with a few strokes of his pen this week, Leavitt formally agreed.

    Posted by Eric at 12:23 AM | Comments (14)

    EPA Chief Mike Leavitt Clean Air `Villain of the Month'

    According to the Clean Air Trust. Whatever did he do?

    O'Donnell noted that with one ill-considered move, Leavitt had undermined more than 30 years of federal law -- specifically a portion of the Clean Air Act designed to prevent "significant deterioration" of air quality in pristine lands. The policy was initially written by Congress in the 1960s, affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1974, and then re-affirmed by Congress in 1977.

    On Feb. 24, Leavitt signed a "memorandum of understanding" that will permit the state of North Dakota to override objections from EPA scientists, who have warned that increased coal burning would sully the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and other nearby treasured federal lands.

    For five years, EPA's professional staff had argued that existing power plants in the state already pump so much sulfur dioxide pollution into the air that added pollution would harm the parks.

    But by using an Enron-style accounting trick, the state of North Dakota magically declared there was plenty of room for more pollution. And with a few strokes of his pen this week, Leavitt formally agreed.

    Posted by Eric at 12:23 AM | Comments (1)

    Bush's Risky Stance on Gay Marriage?

    According to Eleanor Clift, Bush's position against gays may actually help the Democrats more than the Repubs (and not to mention the "constitutional amendment banning gay marriage will never get through Congress"). Why is it risky?

    Second, what Bush did is all about base-tending, and the fact that he had to do it this deep into the election cycle reveals a weakness. This is the time when Bush should be reaching for the political center. Instead, from his perspective, he had no choice but to bow to the fire-breathing evangelicals. Without their enthusiastic support in November, he would suffer the same fate as his father—one term and out.

    Finally, supporting an amendment to the Constitution to exclude a whole group of people from the rights and benefits of marriage is overreaching on a scale that Bush could regret. He dithered about it for weeks, hoping to avoid taking a definitive position. Polls show that a majority of the country opposes gay marriage, but a majority of voters also opposes amending the Constitution. A parade of influential social conservatives warned the White House that Bush couldn't stay on the sidelines. "It reminds me of his father's reelection campaign, when the senior Bush didn't have a strong hold on the conservative base and had to take positions he was uncomfortable with, culminating in the [1992] Houston convention," recalls an aide to a senior Senate Republican. "If you're a Republican, the fact he had to do it is discouraging."

    Posted by Eric at 12:11 AM | Comments (138)

    Bush's Risky Stance on Gay Marriage?

    According to Eleanor Clift, Bush's position against gays may actually help the Democrats more than the Repubs (and not to mention the "constitutional amendment banning gay marriage will never get through Congress"). Why is it risky?

    Second, what Bush did is all about base-tending, and the fact that he had to do it this deep into the election cycle reveals a weakness. This is the time when Bush should be reaching for the political center. Instead, from his perspective, he had no choice but to bow to the fire-breathing evangelicals. Without their enthusiastic support in November, he would suffer the same fate as his father—one term and out.

    Finally, supporting an amendment to the Constitution to exclude a whole group of people from the rights and benefits of marriage is overreaching on a scale that Bush could regret. He dithered about it for weeks, hoping to avoid taking a definitive position. Polls show that a majority of the country opposes gay marriage, but a majority of voters also opposes amending the Constitution. A parade of influential social conservatives warned the White House that Bush couldn't stay on the sidelines. "It reminds me of his father's reelection campaign, when the senior Bush didn't have a strong hold on the conservative base and had to take positions he was uncomfortable with, culminating in the [1992] Houston convention," recalls an aide to a senior Senate Republican. "If you're a Republican, the fact he had to do it is discouraging."

    Posted by Eric at 12:11 AM | Comments (9)

    Oscars, 9/10

    Damn you, Penn! Well, he deserves it (though Murray too). But what can you do. Predictions from Friday:

    BEST PICTURE
    Winner: Lord of the Rings

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Winner: Peter Jackson

    BEST ACTOR
    Winner: Bill Murray

    WINNER: Sean Penn

    BEST ACTRESS
    Winner: Charlize Theron

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Winner: Tim Robbins

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Winner: Renee Zellweger

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
    Winner: Finding Nemo

    BEST SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings

    BEST DOCUMENTARY
    Winner: The Fog of War

    Posted by Eric at 12:05 AM | Comments (25)

    Oscars, 9/10

    Damn you, Penn! Well, he deserves it (though Murray too). But what can you do. Predictions from Friday:

    BEST PICTURE
    Winner: Lord of the Rings

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Winner: Peter Jackson

    BEST ACTOR
    Winner: Bill Murray

    WINNER: Sean Penn

    BEST ACTRESS
    Winner: Charlize Theron

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Winner: Tim Robbins

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Winner: Renee Zellweger

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
    Winner: Finding Nemo

    BEST SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings

    BEST DOCUMENTARY
    Winner: The Fog of War

    Posted by Eric at 12:05 AM | Comments (11)

    Comedy Monday

    "There was a scare in Washington when a man climbed over the White House wall and arrested. This marks the first time a person has gotten into the White House unlawfully since…President Bush." David Letterman

    "Some see the move as an attempt to preserve traditional values, while others see it as a cynical ploy to ensure that Vice President Dick Cheney will never have to pay for his gay daughter's wedding." Jon Stewart

    "Consumer activist Ralph Nader announced he would run for president. When he heard about it, Dennis Kucinich was furious and said, He's going to steal my voter away." Conan O'Brien

    "President Bush's longtime dog, Spot, died. Yeah, it's a shame. It's really sad because Spot won't live to see a second Bush term, but then, who will?" David Letterman

    "President Bush's dog Spot passed away, so they took Spot back to the ranch in Texas, and buried him next to, I believe, 10,000 Al Gore ballots." David Letterman

    "Things were so different then. You know how different it was? Bush was president, the economy was tanking and we'd just finished a war with Iraq." Billy Crystal, recalling his first hosting stint 13 years ago.


    WANDERING BEAR: There's an old Indian saying: "What goes around comes around."

    DAVID: That's Indian? Really? I always thought that was, you know, American.

    WANDERING BEAR: Could be. Maybe it's German. --Curb Your Enthusiasm


    Watch Conan's apology to Canada.

    Watch Chappelle's Show clips.


    "The Daily Show's" Stephen Colbert always gets the hard assignments (opens external player).

    See Jon Stewart's interview with Howard Dean (opens external player).


    The Onion. Massachusetts Supreme Court Orders All Citizens To Gay Marry.

    The Onion. Bush To Cut Deficit From Federal Budget.

    Kerry Extern by Daniel Oppenheimer

    WhiteHouse.org. Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court Justice, Answers Your Questions on "Ask the White House" .


    Alternate Endings for 'The Passion of Christ'
    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 AM | Comments (146)

    Comedy Monday

    "There was a scare in Washington when a man climbed over the White House wall and arrested. This marks the first time a person has gotten into the White House unlawfully since…President Bush." David Letterman

    "Some see the move as an attempt to preserve traditional values, while others see it as a cynical ploy to ensure that Vice President Dick Cheney will never have to pay for his gay daughter's wedding." Jon Stewart

    "Consumer activist Ralph Nader announced he would run for president. When he heard about it, Dennis Kucinich was furious and said, He's going to steal my voter away." Conan O'Brien

    "President Bush's longtime dog, Spot, died. Yeah, it's a shame. It's really sad because Spot won't live to see a second Bush term, but then, who will?" David Letterman

    "President Bush's dog Spot passed away, so they took Spot back to the ranch in Texas, and buried him next to, I believe, 10,000 Al Gore ballots." David Letterman

    "Things were so different then. You know how different it was? Bush was president, the economy was tanking and we'd just finished a war with Iraq." Billy Crystal, recalling his first hosting stint 13 years ago.


    WANDERING BEAR: There's an old Indian saying: "What goes around comes around."

    DAVID: That's Indian? Really? I always thought that was, you know, American.

    WANDERING BEAR: Could be. Maybe it's German. --Curb Your Enthusiasm


    Watch Conan's apology to Canada.

    Watch Chappelle's Show clips.


    "The Daily Show's" Stephen Colbert always gets the hard assignments (opens external player).

    See Jon Stewart's interview with Howard Dean (opens external player).


    The Onion. Massachusetts Supreme Court Orders All Citizens To Gay Marry.

    The Onion. Bush To Cut Deficit From Federal Budget.

    Kerry Extern by Daniel Oppenheimer

    WhiteHouse.org. Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court Justice, Answers Your Questions on "Ask the White House" .


    Alternate Endings for 'The Passion of Christ'
    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 AM | Comments (11)