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April 30, 2004

Friday Stories

Guardian. US military in torture scandal
Guardian. Iraqis see bright future - without the US
NYT. Bush and Cheney Tell 9/11 Panel of '01 Warnings
NYT. U.S. Weighs U.N. Proposal for an Interim Iraqi Leader
WPost. 9/11 Panel Questions Bush and Cheney; Members Cite New Details About Strategy
WPost. Chemical Plant Security Lagging Under Bush, Kerry Tells Mayors
WPost. Marines Plan Handoff To Militia in Fallujah; Car Bomb Kills 8 Soldiers in Baghdad Suburb
WPost. Allegations of Abuse Lead To Shakeup at Iraqi Prison
WPost. EPA Delays Mercury Regulations: Final Action on Plant Emissions Rules Slated for March '05
USAT. Fear of anti-U.S. backlash spurred troops' pullback
AP. Bremer Faulted Bush Before Terror Attacks
MSNBC. Kerry offers Sharpton forum at convention
Reuters. Bush's Approval Rating at All-Time Low Poll

Commentary
Bob Herbert. From Dream to Nightmare
NYT. Troops Without Armor in Iraq
Krugman. In Front of Your Nose
E.J. Dionne Jr. The GOP's Vanishing Breed
Buzzflash. Interview: Ambassador Joseph Wilson
Joe Conason. Pro-life zealots ignore Republicans: Kerry isn't the only pro-choice Catholic politician
Ellen Goodman. Don't look now: Iraq war requires civilian sacrifice -- in the form of ignoring occasional contraband photo of flag-drapped coffins
Molly Ivins. Sinners unite! Bush tax cuts for rich leave local governments only sin to pay bills
Joan Claybrook. A Déjà Vu Energy Bill
Robert Scheer. Face the Iraq Fiasco, Senator
William McColl. This Is Your Government On Drugs: George W. Bush fights the culture war
Sean Aday. The G-Rated War: The media have covered up the casualties - and we've got the data to prove it
Arianna Huffington. The 9/12 Effect
Terence Samuel. Specter Rising: Alas, Pennsylvania Republicans have failed to shoot themselves
Harold Meyerson. Prince Hal vs. King Henry: When it comes to maturity, Kerry is light years ahead of Bush
Laura Secor. Mess-opotamia: The latest plan on Iraqi sovereignty is the worst option -- except for all the others.
John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton. March of the Banana Republicans
Bill Berkowitz. The Military's Mounting Mental Health Problems

Posted by Eric at 11:51 PM | Comments (3)

Friday Stories

Guardian. US military in torture scandal
Guardian. Iraqis see bright future - without the US
NYT. Bush and Cheney Tell 9/11 Panel of '01 Warnings
NYT. U.S. Weighs U.N. Proposal for an Interim Iraqi Leader
WPost. 9/11 Panel Questions Bush and Cheney; Members Cite New Details About Strategy
WPost. Chemical Plant Security Lagging Under Bush, Kerry Tells Mayors
WPost. Marines Plan Handoff To Militia in Fallujah; Car Bomb Kills 8 Soldiers in Baghdad Suburb
WPost. Allegations of Abuse Lead To Shakeup at Iraqi Prison
WPost. EPA Delays Mercury Regulations: Final Action on Plant Emissions Rules Slated for March '05
USAT. Fear of anti-U.S. backlash spurred troops' pullback
AP. Bremer Faulted Bush Before Terror Attacks
MSNBC. Kerry offers Sharpton forum at convention
Reuters. Bush's Approval Rating at All-Time Low Poll

Commentary
Bob Herbert. From Dream to Nightmare
NYT. Troops Without Armor in Iraq
Krugman. In Front of Your Nose
E.J. Dionne Jr. The GOP's Vanishing Breed
Buzzflash. Interview: Ambassador Joseph Wilson
Joe Conason. Pro-life zealots ignore Republicans: Kerry isn't the only pro-choice Catholic politician
Ellen Goodman. Don't look now: Iraq war requires civilian sacrifice -- in the form of ignoring occasional contraband photo of flag-drapped coffins
Molly Ivins. Sinners unite! Bush tax cuts for rich leave local governments only sin to pay bills
Joan Claybrook. A Déjà Vu Energy Bill
Robert Scheer. Face the Iraq Fiasco, Senator
William McColl. This Is Your Government On Drugs: George W. Bush fights the culture war
Sean Aday. The G-Rated War: The media have covered up the casualties - and we've got the data to prove it
Arianna Huffington. The 9/12 Effect
Terence Samuel. Specter Rising: Alas, Pennsylvania Republicans have failed to shoot themselves
Harold Meyerson. Prince Hal vs. King Henry: When it comes to maturity, Kerry is light years ahead of Bush
Laura Secor. Mess-opotamia: The latest plan on Iraqi sovereignty is the worst option -- except for all the others.
John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton. March of the Banana Republicans
Bill Berkowitz. The Military's Mounting Mental Health Problems

Posted by Eric at 11:51 PM | Comments (2)

A News Org That's Undermining the War

It's Sinclair Media's stupid rationale time. Remember, they said:

While the Sinclair Broadcast Group honors the memory of the brave members of the military who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country, we do not believe such political statements should be disguised as news content. As a result, we have decided to preempt the broadcast of “Nightline” this Friday on each of our stations which air ABC programming.
The Nightline show, of course, is simply a news show that is airing the names of military men who died in Iraq.

Hmm ... news organization ... showing faces of vallen soldiers. The Army / Navy / Air Force / Marine Times.

Why, are they trying to undermine the war effort too?

Posted by Eric at 04:34 PM | Comments (14)

A News Org That's Undermining the War

It's Sinclair Media's stupid rationale time. Remember, they said:

While the Sinclair Broadcast Group honors the memory of the brave members of the military who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country, we do not believe such political statements should be disguised as news content. As a result, we have decided to preempt the broadcast of “Nightline” this Friday on each of our stations which air ABC programming.
The Nightline show, of course, is simply a news show that is airing the names of military men who died in Iraq.

Hmm ... news organization ... showing faces of vallen soldiers. The Army / Navy / Air Force / Marine Times.

Why, are they trying to undermine the war effort too?

Posted by Eric at 04:34 PM | Comments (3)

To Pay Respects or Not to Pay Respects

Airing the names of fallen soldiers is wrong? Ted Koppel responds:

Nightline's anchor Ted Koppel, who will read the names of the fallen aloud, said "it's not implicitly anti-war" on ABC's Good Morning America today. "I think it's an appropriate thing to do."

"I'm not suggesting that people in this country don't know what's happening, but I think that periodically it is not unreasonable to remind everyone of who these young people are and what they look like," said Koppel.

Also this from FAIR:
A statement on Sinclair's website explains: "While the Sinclair Broadcast Group honors the memory of the brave members of the military who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country, we do not believe such political statements should be disguised as news content. As a result, we have decided to preempt the broadcast of Nightline this Friday on each of our stations which air ABC programming."

Sinclair's rationale for the censorship of Nightline is explicitly political: "Before you judge our decision, however, we would ask that you first question Mr. Koppel as to why he chose to read the names of the 523 troops killed in combat in Iraq, rather than the names of the thousands of private citizens killed in terrorists attacks since and including the events of September 11, 2001. In his answer, you will find the real motivation behind his action scheduled for this Friday." A response statement from ABC said that the network did broadcast a list of the victims of the September 11 attacks on the one-year anniversary.

Oh SNAAAP.

Posted by Eric at 04:16 PM | Comments (19)

To Pay Respects or Not to Pay Respects

Airing the names of fallen soldiers is wrong? Ted Koppel responds:

Nightline's anchor Ted Koppel, who will read the names of the fallen aloud, said "it's not implicitly anti-war" on ABC's Good Morning America today. "I think it's an appropriate thing to do."

"I'm not suggesting that people in this country don't know what's happening, but I think that periodically it is not unreasonable to remind everyone of who these young people are and what they look like," said Koppel.

Also this from FAIR:
A statement on Sinclair's website explains: "While the Sinclair Broadcast Group honors the memory of the brave members of the military who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country, we do not believe such political statements should be disguised as news content. As a result, we have decided to preempt the broadcast of Nightline this Friday on each of our stations which air ABC programming."

Sinclair's rationale for the censorship of Nightline is explicitly political: "Before you judge our decision, however, we would ask that you first question Mr. Koppel as to why he chose to read the names of the 523 troops killed in combat in Iraq, rather than the names of the thousands of private citizens killed in terrorists attacks since and including the events of September 11, 2001. In his answer, you will find the real motivation behind his action scheduled for this Friday." A response statement from ABC said that the network did broadcast a list of the victims of the September 11 attacks on the one-year anniversary.

Oh SNAAAP.

Posted by Eric at 04:16 PM | Comments (12)

Cheney Hearts Fox News

No, really he does. From the Washington Post:

Vice President Cheney endorsed the Fox News Channel during a conference call last night with tens of thousands of Republicans who were gathered across the country to celebrate a National Party for the President Day organized by the Bush-Cheney campaign ... "It's easy to complain about the press -- I've been doing it for a good part of my career," Cheney said. "It's part of what goes with a free society. What I do is try to focus upon those elements of the press that I think do an effective job and try to be accurate in their portrayal of events. For example, I end up spending a lot of time watching Fox News, because they're more accurate in my experience, in those events that I'm personally involved in, than many of the other outlets."
Hilarious.

Posted by Eric at 02:08 PM | Comments (24)

Cheney Hearts Fox News

No, really he does. From the Washington Post:

Vice President Cheney endorsed the Fox News Channel during a conference call last night with tens of thousands of Republicans who were gathered across the country to celebrate a National Party for the President Day organized by the Bush-Cheney campaign ... "It's easy to complain about the press -- I've been doing it for a good part of my career," Cheney said. "It's part of what goes with a free society. What I do is try to focus upon those elements of the press that I think do an effective job and try to be accurate in their portrayal of events. For example, I end up spending a lot of time watching Fox News, because they're more accurate in my experience, in those events that I'm personally involved in, than many of the other outlets."
Hilarious.

Posted by Eric at 02:08 PM | Comments (2)

McCain: Sinclair Broadcasting "Unpatriotic"

From the Arizona Republican's PR:

There is no valid reason for Sinclair to shirk its responsibility in what I assume is a very misguided attempt to prevent your viewers from completely appreciating the extraordinary sacrifices made on their behalf by Americans serving in Iraq. War is an awful, but sometimes necessary business. Your decision to deny your viewers an opportunity to be reminded of war’s terrible costs, in all their heartbreaking detail, is a gross disservice to the public, and to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. It is, in short, sir, unpatriotic. I hope it meets with the public opprobrium it most certainly deserves.

Posted by Eric at 02:06 PM | Comments (142)

McCain: Sinclair Broadcasting "Unpatriotic"

From the Arizona Republican's PR:

There is no valid reason for Sinclair to shirk its responsibility in what I assume is a very misguided attempt to prevent your viewers from completely appreciating the extraordinary sacrifices made on their behalf by Americans serving in Iraq. War is an awful, but sometimes necessary business. Your decision to deny your viewers an opportunity to be reminded of war’s terrible costs, in all their heartbreaking detail, is a gross disservice to the public, and to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. It is, in short, sir, unpatriotic. I hope it meets with the public opprobrium it most certainly deserves.

Posted by Eric at 02:06 PM | Comments (2)

Blame Canada

The people up north are outpacing the US economy:

Outpaced by Canada

A new report from The Center for American Progress reveals that "had the U.S. kept pace with Canada in job creation since January, 2001, it would have more than 9 million additional jobs." With the president touting the 308,000 jobs the American economy added in March, the American Progress report, entitled: "Canada Moves North of U.S. in Job Creation," provides a sobering analysis of the overall job picture during the Bush administration. While Canada has faced similar challenges as the U.S. over the past three-and-a-half years, its job creation record is vastly superior—"Canada's total employment level expanded from 14.9 million to 15.75 million, an increase of 5.6%. During that same period employment in the United States declined from 131.8 million to 129.9 million." The report shows a troubling contrast between a Bush administration which has not developed policies to convert economic growth into new jobs, and a Canadian strategy which has overcome various challenges with policies including responsible tax cuts to maintain consistent job creation.

The Center notes that "Canada targeted its tax breaks more toward the middle class and left the top rate in place."

Posted by Eric at 02:04 PM | Comments (11)

Blame Canada

The people up north are outpacing the US economy:

Outpaced by Canada

A new report from The Center for American Progress reveals that "had the U.S. kept pace with Canada in job creation since January, 2001, it would have more than 9 million additional jobs." With the president touting the 308,000 jobs the American economy added in March, the American Progress report, entitled: "Canada Moves North of U.S. in Job Creation," provides a sobering analysis of the overall job picture during the Bush administration. While Canada has faced similar challenges as the U.S. over the past three-and-a-half years, its job creation record is vastly superior—"Canada's total employment level expanded from 14.9 million to 15.75 million, an increase of 5.6%. During that same period employment in the United States declined from 131.8 million to 129.9 million." The report shows a troubling contrast between a Bush administration which has not developed policies to convert economic growth into new jobs, and a Canadian strategy which has overcome various challenges with policies including responsible tax cuts to maintain consistent job creation.

The Center notes that "Canada targeted its tax breaks more toward the middle class and left the top rate in place."

Posted by Eric at 02:04 PM | Comments (0)

More About Sinclair Brodcasting

See this from Atrios and CAP.

They've been doing partisan stuff for a while. Another example of the liberal media, of course.

Posted by Eric at 02:00 PM | Comments (14)

More About Sinclair Brodcasting

See this from Atrios and CAP.

They've been doing partisan stuff for a while. Another example of the liberal media, of course.

Posted by Eric at 02:00 PM | Comments (0)

Howard Dean: The Show

Howard Dean may get his own syndicated talk show. From the biz trade Variety:

While everything's still in the early talking stages, the former Democratic presidential candidate is mulling the idea of hosting his own syndicated gabfest. He's hooked up with ex-Big Ticket TV topper Larry Lyttle ("Judge Judy") and longtime political consultant Gerald Rafshoon, who would likely serve as exec producers of a pilot for any such project.

Dean is in Hollywood this week, and he's taking meetings with execs at Viacom-owned Paramount Domestic Television. Lyttle is still based on the Par lot, and he's helping Dean make the connection with the studio ... "He'd look at things like, What happens if you lose a sibling? What about when you're victimized by not having health care?" Lyttle said, arguing that Dean has the perfect persona for the small screen.

Posted by Eric at 12:48 PM | Comments (20)

Howard Dean: The Show

Howard Dean may get his own syndicated talk show. From the biz trade Variety:

While everything's still in the early talking stages, the former Democratic presidential candidate is mulling the idea of hosting his own syndicated gabfest. He's hooked up with ex-Big Ticket TV topper Larry Lyttle ("Judge Judy") and longtime political consultant Gerald Rafshoon, who would likely serve as exec producers of a pilot for any such project.

Dean is in Hollywood this week, and he's taking meetings with execs at Viacom-owned Paramount Domestic Television. Lyttle is still based on the Par lot, and he's helping Dean make the connection with the studio ... "He'd look at things like, What happens if you lose a sibling? What about when you're victimized by not having health care?" Lyttle said, arguing that Dean has the perfect persona for the small screen.

Posted by Eric at 12:48 PM | Comments (2)

Hamster Numbers: Texas v. Vermont

Rank of Texas among states in which the largest percentage of citizens lack health insurance : 1 [U.S. Census Bureau (Washington) ]

Rank of Vermont : 42 [U.S. Census Bureau (Washington) ]

-Harpers

Posted by Eric at 12:53 AM | Comments (10)

Hamster Numbers: Texas v. Vermont

Rank of Texas among states in which the largest percentage of citizens lack health insurance : 1 [U.S. Census Bureau (Washington) ]

Rank of Vermont : 42 [U.S. Census Bureau (Washington) ]

-Harpers

Posted by Eric at 12:53 AM | Comments (0)

April 29, 2004

Yell at Sinclair Broadcast Group

See O'Franken Factor blog for the details, and Atrios for the complain numbers.

Posted by Eric at 07:37 PM | Comments (42)

Yell at Sinclair Broadcast Group

See O'Franken Factor blog for the details, and Atrios for the complain numbers.

Posted by Eric at 07:37 PM | Comments (1)

Joe Wilson Names Possible Leakers

In his brand new book,

cover

AP:

Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, has been pegged as a possible leaker of the name of CIA (news - web sites) operative Valerie Plame to a syndicated columnist, according to accounts in a book by former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, Plame's husband.

In "The Politics of Truth," to be published Friday, Wilson says Libby is "quite possibly the person who exposed my wife's identity," according to The Washington Post, which obtained an early copy ... "The other name that has most often been repeated to me in connection with the inquiry and disclosure into my background and Valerie's is that of Elliott Abrams, who gained infamy in the Iran-Contra scandal," he writes.

Another suspect named in Wilson's book: White House chief political adviser Karl Rove. "The workup on me that turned up the information on Valerie was shared with Karl Rove, who then circulated it in administration and neoconservative circles," Wilson writes.

Posted by Eric at 07:13 PM | Comments (23)

Joe Wilson Names Possible Leakers

In his brand new book,

cover

AP:

Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, has been pegged as a possible leaker of the name of CIA (news - web sites) operative Valerie Plame to a syndicated columnist, according to accounts in a book by former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, Plame's husband.

In "The Politics of Truth," to be published Friday, Wilson says Libby is "quite possibly the person who exposed my wife's identity," according to The Washington Post, which obtained an early copy ... "The other name that has most often been repeated to me in connection with the inquiry and disclosure into my background and Valerie's is that of Elliott Abrams, who gained infamy in the Iran-Contra scandal," he writes.

Another suspect named in Wilson's book: White House chief political adviser Karl Rove. "The workup on me that turned up the information on Valerie was shared with Karl Rove, who then circulated it in administration and neoconservative circles," Wilson writes.

Posted by Eric at 07:13 PM | Comments (8)

Howard Stern on The Nation Cover

Stern, of course, has been "fucked by the FCC."

Posted by Eric at 07:00 PM | Comments (72)

Howard Stern on The Nation Cover

Stern, of course, has been "fucked by the FCC."

Posted by Eric at 07:00 PM | Comments (6)

Cities with the Worst Pollution

From the American Lung Association, those partisan bastards. Reported by MSNBC:

1. Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA
2. Fresno, CA
3. Bakersfield, CA
4. Visalia-Porterville, CA
5. Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
6. Merced, CA
7. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Truckee, CA-NV
8. Hanford-Corcoran, CA
9. Knoxville-Sevierville-LA Follette, TN
10. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
11. Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV
12. Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE-MD
13. New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA
14. Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, NC-SC
15. Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, OH
16. Greensboro--Winston-Salem--High Point, NC
17. Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
18. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
18. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
20. Modesto, CA
So congrats, the OC.

Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (55)

Cities with the Worst Pollution

From the American Lung Association, those partisan bastards. Reported by MSNBC:

1. Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA
2. Fresno, CA
3. Bakersfield, CA
4. Visalia-Porterville, CA
5. Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
6. Merced, CA
7. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Truckee, CA-NV
8. Hanford-Corcoran, CA
9. Knoxville-Sevierville-LA Follette, TN
10. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
11. Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV
12. Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE-MD
13. New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA
14. Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, NC-SC
15. Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, OH
16. Greensboro--Winston-Salem--High Point, NC
17. Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
18. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
18. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
20. Modesto, CA
So congrats, the OC.

Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (6)

When Stupid People Write Stupid Things

E.g. Rene Gonzalez of UMass.

Posted by Eric at 03:51 PM | Comments (31)

When Stupid People Write Stupid Things

E.g. Rene Gonzalez of UMass.

Posted by Eric at 03:51 PM | Comments (5)

Britney Spears Has Competition

From good ol' Georgie, AP:

"There was some laughter from time to time: the president is a bit of a tease," Thompson said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

"There were no tense moments. I thought the president gave a five-star performance," he said. "I wish the American people could have seen it."

Ok.

Posted by Eric at 02:41 PM | Comments (11)

Britney Spears Has Competition

From good ol' Georgie, AP:

"There was some laughter from time to time: the president is a bit of a tease," Thompson said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

"There were no tense moments. I thought the president gave a five-star performance," he said. "I wish the American people could have seen it."

Ok.

Posted by Eric at 02:41 PM | Comments (3)

Ten Soldiers Killed Thursday

From the AP.

Posted by Eric at 11:44 AM | Comments (4)

Ten Soldiers Killed Thursday

From the AP.

Posted by Eric at 11:44 AM | Comments (0)

April 28, 2004

Wed Stories

Reuters. Methodists could face split on gay clergy
Newsday. 9/11 panel session won't be recorded
KRT. Bush administration defends secrecy of task force
AP. Dems determined to derail overtime plan
AP. Aide Denies Knowing About Memos: Bush Nominee Says White House Found Out From Media
WP. Hughes Defends Remarks on Abortion Rights March
WP. Shattered Lives on a Baghdad Street: Neighbors Suffer After Hotel Attack
NYT. Bush-Cheney 9/11 Interview Won't Be Formally Recorded
NYT. Justices Hear Arguments in Energy Task Force Case
NYT. U.N. Envoy Seeks New Iraq Council by Close of May
AP. Wisconsin sisters heed pleas of parents, military, governor; decide against returning to Iraq
Reuters. "Nightline" devotes show to reading war dead names
AP. Judge allows part of Condit case against magazine writer to proceed
AP. U.S. Warplanes Hit Insurgents in Fallujah
AP. 4 Dead in Syria Gunfire at Ex-U.N. Office
AP. Colo. Legislature OKs College Voucher Bill

Commentary
Andrew Cohen. Wasting Energy: Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments put the arrogance of the White House front and center.
Michelangelo Signorile. Kerry's a Bad Catholic
Robert Kuttner. Remedy to outsourcing: better US jobs
Mark Morford. Is Your Porn Safe? Lock up your daughters and hide your smut, John Ashcroft is on the anti-sex warpath, again
Harold Meyerson. Prince Hal vs. King Henry
David D. Perlmutter. U.S. can't block coffin photos: Defense officials are wrong even to try to keep the public from seeing such images
James P. Pinkerton. The more the public knows the better
Marie Cocco. GOP smears Kerry's war record
Robert Scheer. Taking on the War President
Mary Lynn F. Jones. Body Politics: The Hill Republicans' pathetic women's rights scorecard
Christopher H. Schroeder and Mark J. Rozell. Private Parts: Does Dick Cheney have to reveal whom he talked to? TAP hashes out executive privilege
Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood Demands Karen Hughes Apologize for 9/11 Comparison

Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (35)

Wed Stories

Reuters. Methodists could face split on gay clergy
Newsday. 9/11 panel session won't be recorded
KRT. Bush administration defends secrecy of task force
AP. Dems determined to derail overtime plan
AP. Aide Denies Knowing About Memos: Bush Nominee Says White House Found Out From Media
WP. Hughes Defends Remarks on Abortion Rights March
WP. Shattered Lives on a Baghdad Street: Neighbors Suffer After Hotel Attack
NYT. Bush-Cheney 9/11 Interview Won't Be Formally Recorded
NYT. Justices Hear Arguments in Energy Task Force Case
NYT. U.N. Envoy Seeks New Iraq Council by Close of May
AP. Wisconsin sisters heed pleas of parents, military, governor; decide against returning to Iraq
Reuters. "Nightline" devotes show to reading war dead names
AP. Judge allows part of Condit case against magazine writer to proceed
AP. U.S. Warplanes Hit Insurgents in Fallujah
AP. 4 Dead in Syria Gunfire at Ex-U.N. Office
AP. Colo. Legislature OKs College Voucher Bill

Commentary
Andrew Cohen. Wasting Energy: Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments put the arrogance of the White House front and center.
Michelangelo Signorile. Kerry's a Bad Catholic
Robert Kuttner. Remedy to outsourcing: better US jobs
Mark Morford. Is Your Porn Safe? Lock up your daughters and hide your smut, John Ashcroft is on the anti-sex warpath, again
Harold Meyerson. Prince Hal vs. King Henry
David D. Perlmutter. U.S. can't block coffin photos: Defense officials are wrong even to try to keep the public from seeing such images
James P. Pinkerton. The more the public knows the better
Marie Cocco. GOP smears Kerry's war record
Robert Scheer. Taking on the War President
Mary Lynn F. Jones. Body Politics: The Hill Republicans' pathetic women's rights scorecard
Christopher H. Schroeder and Mark J. Rozell. Private Parts: Does Dick Cheney have to reveal whom he talked to? TAP hashes out executive privilege
Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood Demands Karen Hughes Apologize for 9/11 Comparison

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

Severin Idiot

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is renewing its objections to right-wing radio host Jay Severin. From the PR:

The Globe reported that in a conversation with a caller who suggested that the United States befriend Muslims in this country, Severin said: "I believe that Muslims in this country are a fifth column ... The vast majority of Muslims in this country are very obviously loyal, not to the United States, but to their religion. And I'm worried that when the time comes for them to stand up and be counted, the reason they are here is to take over our culture and eventually take over our country."

"My suspicion is that the majority of Muslims in the United States, who regard themselves as Muslims first and not as Americans really at all, see an American map one day where this is the United States of Islam, not the United States of America. I think it pays to harbor those suspicions."

Severin asked the caller: "Do you think we should befriend them?" "Yes,"
the caller said.

"I've got good news for you: We have," Severin replied. "Thanks for the call and that's what I'm worried about." Then, introducing another caller, Severin said: "I have an alternative viewpoint. It's slightly different than yours. You think we should befriend them; I think we should kill them."

Severin told the Globe: "To anyone who may have been offended by misunderstanding or misconstruing my remarks, I want you to know that I regret that."

Well ... yes, that's not nice. Uh, what else
"The actual transcript of the program is even worse than what had initially been reported," said CAIR's Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Based on Mr. Severin's claim that Muslim citizens are a 'fifth column' in this country
and his apparent belief that they should be killed, we renew our call for his
termination." Awad added that CAIR will ask for an FCC investigation of
Severin's remarks.
Counterspin is picking up action on this.

Posted by Eric at 08:31 PM | Comments (15)

Severin Idiot

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is renewing its objections to right-wing radio host Jay Severin. From the PR:

The Globe reported that in a conversation with a caller who suggested that the United States befriend Muslims in this country, Severin said: "I believe that Muslims in this country are a fifth column ... The vast majority of Muslims in this country are very obviously loyal, not to the United States, but to their religion. And I'm worried that when the time comes for them to stand up and be counted, the reason they are here is to take over our culture and eventually take over our country."

"My suspicion is that the majority of Muslims in the United States, who regard themselves as Muslims first and not as Americans really at all, see an American map one day where this is the United States of Islam, not the United States of America. I think it pays to harbor those suspicions."

Severin asked the caller: "Do you think we should befriend them?" "Yes,"
the caller said.

"I've got good news for you: We have," Severin replied. "Thanks for the call and that's what I'm worried about." Then, introducing another caller, Severin said: "I have an alternative viewpoint. It's slightly different than yours. You think we should befriend them; I think we should kill them."

Severin told the Globe: "To anyone who may have been offended by misunderstanding or misconstruing my remarks, I want you to know that I regret that."

Well ... yes, that's not nice. Uh, what else
"The actual transcript of the program is even worse than what had initially been reported," said CAIR's Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Based on Mr. Severin's claim that Muslim citizens are a 'fifth column' in this country
and his apparent belief that they should be killed, we renew our call for his
termination." Awad added that CAIR will ask for an FCC investigation of
Severin's remarks.
Counterspin is picking up action on this.

Posted by Eric at 08:31 PM | Comments (2)

Thank You, Center for American Progress

"Conservatives have spent the last 20 years distorting reality and getting away with it. That is about to change. The Center for American Progress has launched this new database project to chart the dishonesty and lies of conservatives – and compare them with the truth. In this database, each conservative quote will be matched against well-documented facts."

www.claimvfact.org.

Posted by Eric at 08:18 PM | Comments (11)

Thank You, Center for American Progress

"Conservatives have spent the last 20 years distorting reality and getting away with it. That is about to change. The Center for American Progress has launched this new database project to chart the dishonesty and lies of conservatives – and compare them with the truth. In this database, each conservative quote will be matched against well-documented facts."

www.claimvfact.org.

Posted by Eric at 08:18 PM | Comments (3)

Fear Fartman

Howard Stern is a political force to be reckoned with. Don't believe me? Look at the history. Jody Rosen in the LAT:

Some might dismiss this as bluster, but Stern's words should send a shiver up Karl Rove's spine. Stern has a record of successful election-year activism; political observers in New York and New Jersey remember how his on-air endorsements delivered key votes to George Pataki and Christine Todd Whitman in past gubernatorial races.

What's more, although Stern's approximately 8.5 million listeners are often dismissed as overgrown frat boys, they might more accurately be called swing voters. They are overwhelmingly white and male, many are well educated and well off, and they vote. And millions of them listen to Stern's show in battleground states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Florida — where the election will be decided ... By all indications, Stern's message is getting through. Since the FCC crackdown, his ratings have been going up. For example, Arbitron says he's now No. 1 in Los Angeles in the 25-to-54 age group, a spot he last occupied in 1995. And among entertainer websites, his was rated second (behind Oprah's) in mid-April.

Posted by Eric at 06:06 PM | Comments (14)

Fear Fartman

Howard Stern is a political force to be reckoned with. Don't believe me? Look at the history. Jody Rosen in the LAT:

Some might dismiss this as bluster, but Stern's words should send a shiver up Karl Rove's spine. Stern has a record of successful election-year activism; political observers in New York and New Jersey remember how his on-air endorsements delivered key votes to George Pataki and Christine Todd Whitman in past gubernatorial races.

What's more, although Stern's approximately 8.5 million listeners are often dismissed as overgrown frat boys, they might more accurately be called swing voters. They are overwhelmingly white and male, many are well educated and well off, and they vote. And millions of them listen to Stern's show in battleground states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Florida — where the election will be decided ... By all indications, Stern's message is getting through. Since the FCC crackdown, his ratings have been going up. For example, Arbitron says he's now No. 1 in Los Angeles in the 25-to-54 age group, a spot he last occupied in 1995. And among entertainer websites, his was rated second (behind Oprah's) in mid-April.

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

Republican Candidate for Congress: A Little Nutty

The son of Joe Paterno just won the Republican primary for Congress, and he's a real winner. As the DCCC's blog notes

Let us first congratulate you on your victory in the Republican primary for PA's 17th, you ran a swell campaign and your utter lack of experience was nobly countered by the repetition of your father's well-respected name. However, in the spirit of good will and friendly advice, let us list some things that you should leave off of your website in the future
Like what?

From HIS OWN WEBSITE:

Case 1:

In my opinion, President Clinton, at the very least, conspired to commit murder at least 56 times. In my opinion, the President has abused his power for his own political gain, betrayed the public trust and will continue to do so unless the American people wake up and see the man for what he really is.

In the last decade, primarily in the last four years, Clinton has known several people who have died "mysteriously" or "accidentally." I can not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had a hand in these deaths. I am not trying to prove that he did. My goal is to present the facts that are known, look at them as a composite, rather than individual isolated events, and then ask this one crucial question: Was it in the best interests of the president for these people to be dead?

Case 2:
That is what happens to people who threaten this president. They die, they die fast and they die before they can do any damage.
Case 3:
Maybe that is why it is so hard to even consider the possibility that the president is as calculating and dangerous as I think he is. I admit, I struggled with whether any of this made sense. But then I detached myself from my expectations and looked at the facts that were available and I made my assessment. There have been several strange deaths associated with the Clinton White House that individually appear to be accidents, or tragedies, but may in fact have been connected by one theme: they all benefited the president politically. My last two columns looked at the circumstances of some of those deaths (all but a couple of which took place since 1993), and now I would like to focus on what the president was trying to hide.

Clinton has always tried to stay one step ahead of the game, always keeping his enemies in front of him and his friends afraid of him. He is most likely guilty of the following crimes: conspiracy to commit murder, accessory to murder, campaign fraud, obstruction of justice, money laundering, extortion, drug running, bribery, destruction of subpoenaed documents, federal witness tampering . . . the list goes on and on.

I believe that the president is a criminal. I believe this because I don't believe in massive coincidences. I believe this because I know that there is nothing the man wouldn't do to become president and stay there.

If, as we are supposed to believe, all these events are isolated occurrences, then the president is the luckiest man in the world.

Posted by Eric at 10:23 AM | Comments (32)

Republican Candidate for Congress: A Little Nutty

The son of Joe Paterno just won the Republican primary for Congress, and he's a real winner. As the DCCC's blog notes

Let us first congratulate you on your victory in the Republican primary for PA's 17th, you ran a swell campaign and your utter lack of experience was nobly countered by the repetition of your father's well-respected name. However, in the spirit of good will and friendly advice, let us list some things that you should leave off of your website in the future
Like what?

From HIS OWN WEBSITE:

Case 1:

In my opinion, President Clinton, at the very least, conspired to commit murder at least 56 times. In my opinion, the President has abused his power for his own political gain, betrayed the public trust and will continue to do so unless the American people wake up and see the man for what he really is.

In the last decade, primarily in the last four years, Clinton has known several people who have died "mysteriously" or "accidentally." I can not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had a hand in these deaths. I am not trying to prove that he did. My goal is to present the facts that are known, look at them as a composite, rather than individual isolated events, and then ask this one crucial question: Was it in the best interests of the president for these people to be dead?

Case 2:
That is what happens to people who threaten this president. They die, they die fast and they die before they can do any damage.
Case 3:
Maybe that is why it is so hard to even consider the possibility that the president is as calculating and dangerous as I think he is. I admit, I struggled with whether any of this made sense. But then I detached myself from my expectations and looked at the facts that were available and I made my assessment. There have been several strange deaths associated with the Clinton White House that individually appear to be accidents, or tragedies, but may in fact have been connected by one theme: they all benefited the president politically. My last two columns looked at the circumstances of some of those deaths (all but a couple of which took place since 1993), and now I would like to focus on what the president was trying to hide.

Clinton has always tried to stay one step ahead of the game, always keeping his enemies in front of him and his friends afraid of him. He is most likely guilty of the following crimes: conspiracy to commit murder, accessory to murder, campaign fraud, obstruction of justice, money laundering, extortion, drug running, bribery, destruction of subpoenaed documents, federal witness tampering . . . the list goes on and on.

I believe that the president is a criminal. I believe this because I don't believe in massive coincidences. I believe this because I know that there is nothing the man wouldn't do to become president and stay there.

If, as we are supposed to believe, all these events are isolated occurrences, then the president is the luckiest man in the world.

Posted by Eric at 10:23 AM | Comments (12)

Hamster Numbers: Inmates

"About 70 percent of the prison inmates in the United States are illiterate. Perhaps 200,000 of the country's inmates suffer from a serious mental illness. A generation ago such people were handled primarily by the mental-health, not the criminal-justice, system. Sixty to 80 percent of the American inmate population has a history of substance abuse. Meanwhile, the number of drug-treatment slots in American prisons has declined by more than half since 1993." Eric Schlosser

Posted by Eric at 08:53 AM | Comments (21)

Hamster Numbers: Inmates

"About 70 percent of the prison inmates in the United States are illiterate. Perhaps 200,000 of the country's inmates suffer from a serious mental illness. A generation ago such people were handled primarily by the mental-health, not the criminal-justice, system. Sixty to 80 percent of the American inmate population has a history of substance abuse. Meanwhile, the number of drug-treatment slots in American prisons has declined by more than half since 1993." Eric Schlosser

Posted by Eric at 08:53 AM | Comments (2)

Another Senior EPA Official Leaves

This time, Marianne Lamont Horinko, from Grist:

Christine Todd Whitman flew the coop last spring, and yesterday one of her right-hand women -- Marianne Lamont Horinko, the assistant EPA administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response -- announced that she will follow suit on June 1.

Horinko served as the agency's acting administrator for four months after Whitman's departure from the top EPA spot and before Mike Leavitt's appointment as her replacement. During Horinko's tenure, she quietly -- and by all accounts deferentially -- took a beating in what is known to be one of the most thankless jobs inside the Beltway. In an email announcing her resignation to EPA staff, she wrote of the "strength and courage" needed to withstand the "slings and arrows" that came along with the job ... "Frankly, it's hard to believe that she lasted this long," said Barbara Elkus, a senior policy advisor at the League of Conservation Voters and a former EPA employee who worked with Horinko. "I think at one point in her career she had good environmental inklings, so I was surprised to see that she put up with so much. She did everything they told her to. Many people assumed it was because she hoped for something in exchange -- like Whitman's job. So it was another surprise that she stayed on when she didn't get it."

Posted by Eric at 08:37 AM | Comments (14)

Another Senior EPA Official Leaves

This time, Marianne Lamont Horinko, from Grist:

Christine Todd Whitman flew the coop last spring, and yesterday one of her right-hand women -- Marianne Lamont Horinko, the assistant EPA administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response -- announced that she will follow suit on June 1.

Horinko served as the agency's acting administrator for four months after Whitman's departure from the top EPA spot and before Mike Leavitt's appointment as her replacement. During Horinko's tenure, she quietly -- and by all accounts deferentially -- took a beating in what is known to be one of the most thankless jobs inside the Beltway. In an email announcing her resignation to EPA staff, she wrote of the "strength and courage" needed to withstand the "slings and arrows" that came along with the job ... "Frankly, it's hard to believe that she lasted this long," said Barbara Elkus, a senior policy advisor at the League of Conservation Voters and a former EPA employee who worked with Horinko. "I think at one point in her career she had good environmental inklings, so I was surprised to see that she put up with so much. She did everything they told her to. Many people assumed it was because she hoped for something in exchange -- like Whitman's job. So it was another surprise that she stayed on when she didn't get it."

Posted by Eric at 08:37 AM | Comments (0)

Simmons to March at GOP Convention

From MTV:

On August 30, the same day the Republican National Convention commences in the Big Apple, Simmons and his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network are planning to hold "The March on New York."

According to a spokesperson for the HHSAN, Simmons' organization is planning for tens of thousands to converge on NYC, and is calling out to people all over the world to participate. The group is expecting that members of the hip-hop community will have a particularly strong presence at the march. So far no artists are confirmed, but the HHSAN says it will announce names throughout the summer.

The three main topics Simmons wants to address at the March on New York are the three he's been speaking about most ardently for the past year: the elimination of the Rockefeller drug laws (see "Diddy, Jay-Z, Susan Sarandon Rally Against New York Drug Laws"), national funding for deprived schools across the country, and voter registration.

Posted by Eric at 01:54 AM | Comments (18)

Simmons to March at GOP Convention

From MTV:

On August 30, the same day the Republican National Convention commences in the Big Apple, Simmons and his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network are planning to hold "The March on New York."

According to a spokesperson for the HHSAN, Simmons' organization is planning for tens of thousands to converge on NYC, and is calling out to people all over the world to participate. The group is expecting that members of the hip-hop community will have a particularly strong presence at the march. So far no artists are confirmed, but the HHSAN says it will announce names throughout the summer.

The three main topics Simmons wants to address at the March on New York are the three he's been speaking about most ardently for the past year: the elimination of the Rockefeller drug laws (see "Diddy, Jay-Z, Susan Sarandon Rally Against New York Drug Laws"), national funding for deprived schools across the country, and voter registration.

Posted by Eric at 01:54 AM | Comments (7)

Gen. Clark Responds

But what would he know about military service and patriotism? Karen Hughes is much better qualified. Clark:

The evaluations were uniformly glowing. One commander wrote that Mr. Kerry ranked among "the top few" in three categories: initiative, cooperation and personal behavior. Another commander wrote, "In a combat environment often requiring independent, decisive action, Lt. j.g. Kerry was unsurpassed." The citation for Mr. Kerry's Bronze Star praises his "calmness, professionalism and great personal courage under fire."

In the United States military, there's no ideology — there are no labels, Republican or Democrat — when superiors evaluate a man or woman's service to country. Mr. Kerry's commander for a brief time, Grant Hibbard, now a Republican, gave Mr. Kerry top marks 36 years ago ... Although President Bush has not engaged personally in such accusations, he has done nothing to stop others from making them. I believe those who didn't serve, or didn't show up for service, should have the decency to respect those who did serve — often under the most dangerous conditions, with bravery and, yes, with undeniable patriotism.

Posted by Eric at 01:51 AM | Comments (41)

Gen. Clark Responds

But what would he know about military service and patriotism? Karen Hughes is much better qualified. Clark:

The evaluations were uniformly glowing. One commander wrote that Mr. Kerry ranked among "the top few" in three categories: initiative, cooperation and personal behavior. Another commander wrote, "In a combat environment often requiring independent, decisive action, Lt. j.g. Kerry was unsurpassed." The citation for Mr. Kerry's Bronze Star praises his "calmness, professionalism and great personal courage under fire."

In the United States military, there's no ideology — there are no labels, Republican or Democrat — when superiors evaluate a man or woman's service to country. Mr. Kerry's commander for a brief time, Grant Hibbard, now a Republican, gave Mr. Kerry top marks 36 years ago ... Although President Bush has not engaged personally in such accusations, he has done nothing to stop others from making them. I believe those who didn't serve, or didn't show up for service, should have the decency to respect those who did serve — often under the most dangerous conditions, with bravery and, yes, with undeniable patriotism.

Posted by Eric at 01:51 AM | Comments (6)

Specter Barely Wins PA

From the AP:

Specter, 74, eked out a win against Rep. Pat Toomey, 42, despite a low turnout among Pennsylvania's 3.1 million registered Republicans that had been expected to aid the challenger.

With 96% of precincts reporting, Specter had 511,769 votes, or 51%, to Toomey's 494,695 votes, or 49%.

The race, one of the GOP's most closely watched contests this year, tested the strength of the party's conservative wing. Specter's win also was a victory for President Bush, who endorsed Specter and is counting on his supporters to help him win carry a state he narrowly lost to Democrat Al Gore in 2000.

Specter, of Philadelphia, will face Democratic Rep. Joe Hoeffel in the Nov. 2 general election.

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Specter Barely Wins PA

From the AP:

Specter, 74, eked out a win against Rep. Pat Toomey, 42, despite a low turnout among Pennsylvania's 3.1 million registered Republicans that had been expected to aid the challenger.

With 96% of precincts reporting, Specter had 511,769 votes, or 51%, to Toomey's 494,695 votes, or 49%.

The race, one of the GOP's most closely watched contests this year, tested the strength of the party's conservative wing. Specter's win also was a victory for President Bush, who endorsed Specter and is counting on his supporters to help him win carry a state he narrowly lost to Democrat Al Gore in 2000.

Specter, of Philadelphia, will face Democratic Rep. Joe Hoeffel in the Nov. 2 general election.

Posted by Eric at 01:27 AM | Comments (5)

April 27, 2004

Tuesday Stories

WPost. Congressional Oversight of Intelligence Criticized; Committee Members, Others Cite Lack of Attention to Reports on Iraqi Arms, Al Qaeda Threat
WPost. Firefights Erupt in Fallujah, Najaf; Two Soldiers Killed in Baghdad Building Explosion
NYT. 2 Top Democrats Press Bush for Details on 9/11 Spending
NYT. Justice Dept. Opens Inquiry on Memo Theft
NYT. Kerry Questions Bush Attendance in Guard in 70's
Reuters. Bush, Kerry Campaigns Exchange Attacks on Security
NYT. Modest U.S. Aid for North Korea
Reuters. U.S. to Drop Fight for Hospital Abortion Records
Newsday. First Coast Guard casualty since Vietnam
NYT. China Bars Steps by Hong Kong Toward More Democratic Voting
NBC17. Wilson High School Removes Gay Student's Posters
KRT. Activism by young women may boost Democrats in November polls
Guardian. Diplomats rebuke Blair on Middle East
UK Indy. Lawyers try to gag FBI worker over 9/11

Commentary
Krugman. A Vision of Power
Richard Cohen. The Cultural Divides of War
E. J. Dionne Jr. Stooping Low to Smear Kerry
Greg Palast. Oil-Slick Jim Moves In
NYT. Mr. Cheney's Day in Court
Howard Zinn. What Do We Do Now?
Eleanor Smeal. A Crucial Coalition: Women, progressives must march for rights
Nicholas Halverson. Fund Fight: Progressive 527s fend off Republican attacks
Mother Jones. Everyday Chaos: Living in Baghdad means growing accustomed to the disturbingly mundane nature of unrelenting violence
Mother Jones. Sounding the Alarm: A Republican environmental icon takes a reasoned swipe at Bush's record
Greg Palast. Oil-Slick Jim Moves In
Matthew Yglesias. Our Man in Baghdad: Hardly anybody seems to have noticed that John Negroponte is going to be a diplomatic disaster
Michael Tomasky. Gruel on the Hill: Condi Rice's "meeting" with Democratic lawmakers.
Jodi Enda. Mall Walkers: Why Sunday’s monumental March for Women’s Lives is just the first step.
Amy Sullivan. Beyond the March: The Bush administration has attacked more than abortion rights
Katrina vanden Heuvel. Let's Take Back America
David Corn & Kristin V. Jones. Rumsfeld's Police Secret
Doug Ireland. All Profile, No Courage
Cynthia Tucker. Powell played good-soldier role all too well: In private, Powell tried to talk Bush out of war; in public, he parroted party lies

Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (5)

Tuesday Stories

WPost. Congressional Oversight of Intelligence Criticized; Committee Members, Others Cite Lack of Attention to Reports on Iraqi Arms, Al Qaeda Threat
WPost. Firefights Erupt in Fallujah, Najaf; Two Soldiers Killed in Baghdad Building Explosion
NYT. 2 Top Democrats Press Bush for Details on 9/11 Spending
NYT. Justice Dept. Opens Inquiry on Memo Theft
NYT. Kerry Questions Bush Attendance in Guard in 70's
Reuters. Bush, Kerry Campaigns Exchange Attacks on Security
NYT. Modest U.S. Aid for North Korea
Reuters. U.S. to Drop Fight for Hospital Abortion Records
Newsday. First Coast Guard casualty since Vietnam
NYT. China Bars Steps by Hong Kong Toward More Democratic Voting
NBC17. Wilson High School Removes Gay Student's Posters
KRT. Activism by young women may boost Democrats in November polls
Guardian. Diplomats rebuke Blair on Middle East
UK Indy. Lawyers try to gag FBI worker over 9/11

Commentary
Krugman. A Vision of Power
Richard Cohen. The Cultural Divides of War
E. J. Dionne Jr. Stooping Low to Smear Kerry
Greg Palast. Oil-Slick Jim Moves In
NYT. Mr. Cheney's Day in Court
Howard Zinn. What Do We Do Now?
Eleanor Smeal. A Crucial Coalition: Women, progressives must march for rights
Nicholas Halverson. Fund Fight: Progressive 527s fend off Republican attacks
Mother Jones. Everyday Chaos: Living in Baghdad means growing accustomed to the disturbingly mundane nature of unrelenting violence
Mother Jones. Sounding the Alarm: A Republican environmental icon takes a reasoned swipe at Bush's record
Greg Palast. Oil-Slick Jim Moves In
Matthew Yglesias. Our Man in Baghdad: Hardly anybody seems to have noticed that John Negroponte is going to be a diplomatic disaster
Michael Tomasky. Gruel on the Hill: Condi Rice's "meeting" with Democratic lawmakers.
Jodi Enda. Mall Walkers: Why Sunday’s monumental March for Women’s Lives is just the first step.
Amy Sullivan. Beyond the March: The Bush administration has attacked more than abortion rights
Katrina vanden Heuvel. Let's Take Back America
David Corn & Kristin V. Jones. Rumsfeld's Police Secret
Doug Ireland. All Profile, No Courage
Cynthia Tucker. Powell played good-soldier role all too well: In private, Powell tried to talk Bush out of war; in public, he parroted party lies

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

Bushisms Revisited

A Bushism every now and then is good for the heart. Seattle PI:

The intrusion of world affairs was evident yesterday when Bush was visiting the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. A suicide bombing in the Middle East prompted the president to briefly delay the start of his sunrise golf game with his father and gospel singer Michael W. Smith. Bush approached reporters to say he was distressed about the violence.

"I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers," said Bush, golf club in his hand. "Thank you. Now watch this drive."

British intelligence informs me it was a good drive.

Posted by Eric at 10:43 PM | Comments (28)

Bushisms Revisited

A Bushism every now and then is good for the heart. Seattle PI:

The intrusion of world affairs was evident yesterday when Bush was visiting the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. A suicide bombing in the Middle East prompted the president to briefly delay the start of his sunrise golf game with his father and gospel singer Michael W. Smith. Bush approached reporters to say he was distressed about the violence.

"I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers," said Bush, golf club in his hand. "Thank you. Now watch this drive."

British intelligence informs me it was a good drive.

Posted by Eric at 10:43 PM | Comments (2)

Dropping Howard Stern: Business Decision?

Drop Howard Stern at your own risk. From HowardStern.com:

Howard was dropped from Clear Channel's KIOZ-FM (San Diego) in February

Demo Feb(Howard) March(No Howard)
P12+ 8.9 1st place 0.7 27th place
M18+ 12.7 1st place 0.7 27th place
P18-34 20.6 1st place 0.8 19th place
P25-54 10.1 1st place 1.0 23rd place

Posted by Eric at 09:02 PM | Comments (30)

Dropping Howard Stern: Business Decision?

Drop Howard Stern at your own risk. From HowardStern.com:

Howard was dropped from Clear Channel's KIOZ-FM (San Diego) in February

Demo Feb(Howard) March(No Howard)
P12+ 8.9 1st place 0.7 27th place
M18+ 12.7 1st place 0.7 27th place
P18-34 20.6 1st place 0.8 19th place
P25-54 10.1 1st place 1.0 23rd place

Posted by Eric at 09:02 PM | Comments (1)

Intelligence Officials to Track Blogs?

Makes sense. From the conservative Investor's Business Daily:

Still, a panel of folks who work in the U.S. intelligence field - some of them spies or former spies - discussed this month at a conference in Washington the idea of tracking blogs.

"News and intelligence is about listening with a critical ear, and blogs are just another conversation to listen to and evaluate. They also are closer to (some situations) and may serve as early alerts," said Jock Gill, a former adviser on Internet media to President Clinton (news - web sites), in a later phone interview, after he spoke on the panel.

Some panel and conference participants, because of their profession, could not be identified. But another who could is Robert Steele, another blog booster. The former U.S. intelligence officer said "absolutely" that blogs are valid sources of intelligence and news, though he said authenticating the information in blogs "leaves a lot to be desired."

Posted by Eric at 08:47 PM | Comments (64)

Intelligence Officials to Track Blogs?

Makes sense. From the conservative Investor's Business Daily:

Still, a panel of folks who work in the U.S. intelligence field - some of them spies or former spies - discussed this month at a conference in Washington the idea of tracking blogs.

"News and intelligence is about listening with a critical ear, and blogs are just another conversation to listen to and evaluate. They also are closer to (some situations) and may serve as early alerts," said Jock Gill, a former adviser on Internet media to President Clinton (news - web sites), in a later phone interview, after he spoke on the panel.

Some panel and conference participants, because of their profession, could not be identified. But another who could is Robert Steele, another blog booster. The former U.S. intelligence officer said "absolutely" that blogs are valid sources of intelligence and news, though he said authenticating the information in blogs "leaves a lot to be desired."

Posted by Eric at 08:47 PM | Comments (1)

DCCC Blogtour

DCCC going on tour to several lefty blogs, including eventually this one.

Groupies optional.

Posted by Eric at 04:30 PM | Comments (15)

DCCC Blogtour

DCCC going on tour to several lefty blogs, including eventually this one.

Groupies optional.

Posted by Eric at 04:30 PM | Comments (3)

Salazar Beats GOP Opps

Rocky Mountain News/News 4 poll has the popular AG ahead of the two GOP primary battlers:

The poll of 600 registered voters conducted last week showed Salazar besting Schaffer 48-37 percent, or by 11 percentage points. He topped Coors 52-36 percent, or by 16 percentage points. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Posted by Eric at 04:10 PM | Comments (16)

Salazar Beats GOP Opps

Rocky Mountain News/News 4 poll has the popular AG ahead of the two GOP primary battlers:

The poll of 600 registered voters conducted last week showed Salazar besting Schaffer 48-37 percent, or by 11 percentage points. He topped Coors 52-36 percent, or by 16 percentage points. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Posted by Eric at 04:10 PM | Comments (1)

The Fifth Column

At one time, I would have been accused of being part of a 'fifth column.'

It appears we're revisiting that rhetoric. David Neiwert.

Posted by Eric at 03:12 PM | Comments (18)

The Fifth Column

At one time, I would have been accused of being part of a 'fifth column.'

It appears we're revisiting that rhetoric. David Neiwert.

Posted by Eric at 03:12 PM | Comments (3)

Bush vs. Kerry Service

Comparing the military records of Bush and Kerry.

Bush's war record is more embarrassing than the Yankees this past weekend.

Posted by Eric at 06:34 AM | Comments (21)

Bush vs. Kerry Service

Comparing the military records of Bush and Kerry.

Bush's war record is more embarrassing than the Yankees this past weekend.

Posted by Eric at 06:34 AM | Comments (10)

Hamster Numbers: Factor Farms

"Factory farms - giant livestock farms that can house hundreds of thousands of animals - generate nearly 2.7 trillion pounds of waste each year. The disposal practice of over-applying waste on land creates contaminated run-off that poses a threat to waterways and drinking water sources. According to the EPA, hog, chicken and cattle wastes contaminate 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and groundwater in 17 states. Instead of strengthening rules and updating technology standards to tighten water pollution controls, the Bush Administration, at the behest of the agribusiness industry, issued new rules that exempt factory farm owners from liability for contaminating waterways and allow them to craft their own permit conditions." Environment 2004.

Posted by Eric at 04:58 AM | Comments (19)

Hamster Numbers: Factor Farms

"Factory farms - giant livestock farms that can house hundreds of thousands of animals - generate nearly 2.7 trillion pounds of waste each year. The disposal practice of over-applying waste on land creates contaminated run-off that poses a threat to waterways and drinking water sources. According to the EPA, hog, chicken and cattle wastes contaminate 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and groundwater in 17 states. Instead of strengthening rules and updating technology standards to tighten water pollution controls, the Bush Administration, at the behest of the agribusiness industry, issued new rules that exempt factory farm owners from liability for contaminating waterways and allow them to craft their own permit conditions." Environment 2004.

Posted by Eric at 04:58 AM | Comments (1)

Talk Lineups of Note

Tu 4/27: Al Franken - Carson
Fr 4/30: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton - Letterman

THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central
Mo 4/26: Bob Kerrey
Tu 4/27: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
We 4/28: Fareed Zakaria
Th 4/29: Bob Woodward

Mo 5/3: TBA
Tu 5/4: Amb. Joe Wilson
We 5/5: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Th 5/6: Andy Richter

Tu 5/4: Janeane Garofalo - Sharon Osbourne

--Sue Trowbridge

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Talk Lineups of Note

Tu 4/27: Al Franken - Carson
Fr 4/30: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton - Letterman

THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central
Mo 4/26: Bob Kerrey
Tu 4/27: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
We 4/28: Fareed Zakaria
Th 4/29: Bob Woodward

Mo 5/3: TBA
Tu 5/4: Amb. Joe Wilson
We 5/5: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Th 5/6: Andy Richter

Tu 5/4: Janeane Garofalo - Sharon Osbourne

--Sue Trowbridge

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The Dick Cheney National Security Record

See Dick attack.

See Dick's record:

Cheney Proposed Cutting F-16 Aircraft. In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Cheney said, "If you're going to have a smaller air force, you don't need as many F-16s...The F-16D we basically continue to buy and close it out because we're not going to have as big a force structure and we won't need as many F-16s." According to the Boston Globe, Bush's 1991 defense budget "kill[ed] 81 programs for potential savings of $ 11.9 billion...Major weapons killed include[d]....the Air Force's F-16 airplane." [Cheney testimony, House Armed Services Committee, 2/7/91; Boston Globe, 2/5/91]

Cheney Proposed Cuts to B-2 Program. According to the Boston Globe, in 1990, "Defense Secretary Richard Cheney announced a cutback... of nearly 45 percent in the administration's B-2 Stealth bomber program, from 132 airplanes to 75..." [Boston Globe, 4/27/90]

Cheney Proposed Cutting AH-64 Apaches. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Subcommittee, Cheney said, "This is just a list of some of the programs that I've recommended termination: the V-22 Osprey, the F-14D, the Army Helicopter Improvement Program, Phoenix missile, F-15E, the Apache helicopter, the M1 tank, et cetera." In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Cheney said, "The Army, as I indicated in my earlier testimony, recommended to me that we keep a robust Apache helicopter program going forward, AH-64...I forced the Army to make choices...So I recommended that we cancel the AH-64 program two years out." [Cheney testimony, Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Subcommittee, 6/12/90; Cheney Testimony, House Armed Services Committee, 7/13/89, emphasis added]

Isn't that special.

Of course, the Bush ad talks about Kerry supposedly cutting all these fancy smancy military stuff.

Posted by Eric at 04:18 AM | Comments (24)

The Dick Cheney National Security Record

See Dick attack.

See Dick's record:

Cheney Proposed Cutting F-16 Aircraft. In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Cheney said, "If you're going to have a smaller air force, you don't need as many F-16s...The F-16D we basically continue to buy and close it out because we're not going to have as big a force structure and we won't need as many F-16s." According to the Boston Globe, Bush's 1991 defense budget "kill[ed] 81 programs for potential savings of $ 11.9 billion...Major weapons killed include[d]....the Air Force's F-16 airplane." [Cheney testimony, House Armed Services Committee, 2/7/91; Boston Globe, 2/5/91]

Cheney Proposed Cuts to B-2 Program. According to the Boston Globe, in 1990, "Defense Secretary Richard Cheney announced a cutback... of nearly 45 percent in the administration's B-2 Stealth bomber program, from 132 airplanes to 75..." [Boston Globe, 4/27/90]

Cheney Proposed Cutting AH-64 Apaches. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Subcommittee, Cheney said, "This is just a list of some of the programs that I've recommended termination: the V-22 Osprey, the F-14D, the Army Helicopter Improvement Program, Phoenix missile, F-15E, the Apache helicopter, the M1 tank, et cetera." In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Cheney said, "The Army, as I indicated in my earlier testimony, recommended to me that we keep a robust Apache helicopter program going forward, AH-64...I forced the Army to make choices...So I recommended that we cancel the AH-64 program two years out." [Cheney testimony, Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Subcommittee, 6/12/90; Cheney Testimony, House Armed Services Committee, 7/13/89, emphasis added]

Isn't that special.

Of course, the Bush ad talks about Kerry supposedly cutting all these fancy smancy military stuff.

Posted by Eric at 04:18 AM | Comments (4)

Mike Moore Suggests: Throw Party for Shrub

From the Oscar winning filmmaker, be a party pooper.

Posted by Eric at 01:17 AM | Comments (248)

Mike Moore Suggests: Throw Party for Shrub

From the Oscar winning filmmaker, be a party pooper.

Posted by Eric at 01:17 AM | Comments (5)

The Cheney Bait and Switch

Westminster College's president upset at Dick Cheney's highly partisan attack at John Kerry. Why, AP?

Fletcher Lamkin told The Associated Press that Cheney's staff approached him last week about using Westminster as the backdrop "for a major foreign policy address. Nothing was said about a stump speech."

In a campus-wide e-mail after the speech, Lamkin said: "I must admit that I was surprised and disappointed that Mr. Cheney chose to step off the high ground and resort to Kerry-bashing for a large portion of his speech."

Atrios has the full text of the email.

Posted by Eric at 01:12 AM | Comments (24)

The Cheney Bait and Switch

Westminster College's president upset at Dick Cheney's highly partisan attack at John Kerry. Why, AP?

Fletcher Lamkin told The Associated Press that Cheney's staff approached him last week about using Westminster as the backdrop "for a major foreign policy address. Nothing was said about a stump speech."

In a campus-wide e-mail after the speech, Lamkin said: "I must admit that I was surprised and disappointed that Mr. Cheney chose to step off the high ground and resort to Kerry-bashing for a large portion of his speech."

Atrios has the full text of the email.

Posted by Eric at 01:12 AM | Comments (7)

April 26, 2004

Clinton's Memoirs to Be Released in June

From the AP:

The book, for which Clinton received a reported $10 million to $12 million, will be called "My Life." Knopf is planning a first printing of 1.5 million, a realistic number given the success of "Living History," the memoirs of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (news - web sites).

Nearly 1.7 million copies of the hardcover of "Living History" are in print and a 525,000 first printing was announced for the paperback, which just came out.

Posted by Eric at 07:14 PM | Comments (15)

Clinton's Memoirs to Be Released in June

From the AP:

The book, for which Clinton received a reported $10 million to $12 million, will be called "My Life." Knopf is planning a first printing of 1.5 million, a realistic number given the success of "Living History," the memoirs of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (news - web sites).

Nearly 1.7 million copies of the hardcover of "Living History" are in print and a 525,000 first printing was announced for the paperback, which just came out.

Posted by Eric at 07:14 PM | Comments (8)

Kerry Promise: Press Conference Every Month

According to Editor and Publisher:

During a Q&A session with the hundreds of editors gathered for the ASNE event's closing luncheon, Kerry responded to a question about his thoughts on FOI issues. Although he did not mention any specific moves he would make to counter the restrictive efforts of the Bush administration, he indirectly took a shot at President Bush's failure to schedule regular press conferences.

"I will hold a full press conference at least once a month," he promised. "You should welcome the opportunity to talk with you folks. It is a wonderful opportunity to market." Kerry also said he would seek to have "an open discussion on health care."

As opposed to Talking Points Tom:
During more than three years in office, Bush has held only 12 formal press conferences, including just three in prime time.

Posted by Eric at 06:46 PM | Comments (34)

Kerry Promise: Press Conference Every Month

According to Editor and Publisher:

During a Q&A session with the hundreds of editors gathered for the ASNE event's closing luncheon, Kerry responded to a question about his thoughts on FOI issues. Although he did not mention any specific moves he would make to counter the restrictive efforts of the Bush administration, he indirectly took a shot at President Bush's failure to schedule regular press conferences.

"I will hold a full press conference at least once a month," he promised. "You should welcome the opportunity to talk with you folks. It is a wonderful opportunity to market." Kerry also said he would seek to have "an open discussion on health care."

As opposed to Talking Points Tom:
During more than three years in office, Bush has held only 12 formal press conferences, including just three in prime time.

Posted by Eric at 06:46 PM | Comments (11)

Bush Continues Attacks on Kerry's National Security Creds

From Reuters:

The Bush campaign produced a new television advertisement for 18 battleground states and national cable and Vice President Dick
Cheney went on the offensive with a Missouri speech attacking Kerry.

"As our troops defend America in the war on terror, they must have what it takes to win," the narrator says in the ad, as U.S. troops in the
video run across a desert landscape.

"Yet John Kerry has repeatedly opposed weapons vital to winning the war on terror: Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Patriot missiles, B-2 Stealth
bombers, F-18 fighter jets and more," the ad says. Each weapon disappears as it is mentioned.

For his part, Cheney cited specific votes by Kerry for either cancelling weapons systems or cutting funding for them: the Apache helicopter,
the Aegis cruiser, Tomahawk cruise missiles, Blackhawk helicopters and the Predator drone.

Posted by Eric at 06:19 PM | Comments (13)

Bush Continues Attacks on Kerry's National Security Creds

From Reuters:

The Bush campaign produced a new television advertisement for 18 battleground states and national cable and Vice President Dick
Cheney went on the offensive with a Missouri speech attacking Kerry.

"As our troops defend America in the war on terror, they must have what it takes to win," the narrator says in the ad, as U.S. troops in the
video run across a desert landscape.

"Yet John Kerry has repeatedly opposed weapons vital to winning the war on terror: Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Patriot missiles, B-2 Stealth
bombers, F-18 fighter jets and more," the ad says. Each weapon disappears as it is mentioned.

For his part, Cheney cited specific votes by Kerry for either cancelling weapons systems or cutting funding for them: the Apache helicopter,
the Aegis cruiser, Tomahawk cruise missiles, Blackhawk helicopters and the Predator drone.

Posted by Eric at 06:19 PM | Comments (6)

Evil Deeds

Karen Hughes: "I think that after September 11, the American people are valuing life more and we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life. President Bush has worked to say, "let's be reasonable, let's work to value life, let's reduce the number of abortions, let's increase adoptions." And I think those are the kinds of policies the American people can support, particularly at a time when we're facing an enemy and, really, the fundamental issue between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life."

Posted by Eric at 01:42 AM | Comments (36)

Evil Deeds

Karen Hughes: "I think that after September 11, the American people are valuing life more and we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life. President Bush has worked to say, "let's be reasonable, let's work to value life, let's reduce the number of abortions, let's increase adoptions." And I think those are the kinds of policies the American people can support, particularly at a time when we're facing an enemy and, really, the fundamental issue between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life."

Posted by Eric at 01:42 AM | Comments (17)

Hamster Numbers: Tax Cuts

From MovingIdeas and CBPP:

  • The Bush tax cuts have contributed to revenues dropping in 2004 to the lowest level as a share of the economy since 1950.
  • The cost of the tax cuts account for more than half of the 2004 deficit, which CBO estimates to be $477 billion or 4.2 percent of GDP. Based on these estimates, the deficit would have been 1.6 percent of GDP without the tax cuts.
  • Posted by Eric at 12:44 AM | Comments (12)

    Hamster Numbers: Tax Cuts

    From MovingIdeas and CBPP:

  • The Bush tax cuts have contributed to revenues dropping in 2004 to the lowest level as a share of the economy since 1950.
  • The cost of the tax cuts account for more than half of the 2004 deficit, which CBO estimates to be $477 billion or 4.2 percent of GDP. Based on these estimates, the deficit would have been 1.6 percent of GDP without the tax cuts.
  • Posted by Eric at 12:44 AM | Comments (7)

    John Kerry vs. George W. Bush

    Is there a choice? From the John Kerry camp:

    John Kerry will protect a woman's right to choose by opposing judicial nominees who refuse to uphold Roe v. Wade.
    Kerry believes that women have the right to control their own bodies. He believes that the Constitution protects a woman's right to choose and to make their reproductive choices in consultation with their doctor, their conscience, and their God. As Senator, Kerry promised to filibuster any Supreme Court nominee who would "turn back the clock on a woman's right to choose or the constitutional right to privacy, on civil rights and individual liberties and on the laws protecting workers and the environment." Based on this commitment to protecting women's rights, NARAL and Planned Parenthood gave Kerry a perfect 100 percent rating for his strong voting record. As president, John Kerry will fight Congressional attempts to chip away at a woman's right to choose, and he will only appoint judges who would uphold Roe v. Wade. [NARAL Scorecards 104th Congress-Present; Planned Parenthood Action Fund Congressional Scorecard, 2003; Associated Press, 6/20/03]

    George Bush consistently appoints judges who want to turn back the clock on a woman's right to choose.
    Bush has said that he wants to appoint more lifetime justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, the two most anti-choice justices on the Supreme Court. Just this year, Bush nominated Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the appeals court, even though Pryor stated that Roe v. Wade was "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history." To make matters worse, he claimed that the landmark decision "ripped the Constitution and ripped out the life of millions of unborn children." When the Senate blocked Pryor's confirmation, Bush took the extraordinary step of installing him on the court during a Congressional recess without the Senate's approval. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/21/04; CBS Face the Nation, 1/23/00]

    Posted by Eric at 12:38 AM | Comments (52)

    John Kerry vs. George W. Bush

    Is there a choice? From the John Kerry camp:

    John Kerry will protect a woman's right to choose by opposing judicial nominees who refuse to uphold Roe v. Wade.
    Kerry believes that women have the right to control their own bodies. He believes that the Constitution protects a woman's right to choose and to make their reproductive choices in consultation with their doctor, their conscience, and their God. As Senator, Kerry promised to filibuster any Supreme Court nominee who would "turn back the clock on a woman's right to choose or the constitutional right to privacy, on civil rights and individual liberties and on the laws protecting workers and the environment." Based on this commitment to protecting women's rights, NARAL and Planned Parenthood gave Kerry a perfect 100 percent rating for his strong voting record. As president, John Kerry will fight Congressional attempts to chip away at a woman's right to choose, and he will only appoint judges who would uphold Roe v. Wade. [NARAL Scorecards 104th Congress-Present; Planned Parenthood Action Fund Congressional Scorecard, 2003; Associated Press, 6/20/03]

    George Bush consistently appoints judges who want to turn back the clock on a woman's right to choose.
    Bush has said that he wants to appoint more lifetime justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, the two most anti-choice justices on the Supreme Court. Just this year, Bush nominated Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the appeals court, even though Pryor stated that Roe v. Wade was "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history." To make matters worse, he claimed that the landmark decision "ripped the Constitution and ripped out the life of millions of unborn children." When the Senate blocked Pryor's confirmation, Bush took the extraordinary step of installing him on the court during a Congressional recess without the Senate's approval. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/21/04; CBS Face the Nation, 1/23/00]

    Posted by Eric at 12:38 AM | Comments (21)

    Comedy Monday

    "Republican Senator Chuck Hagel says it may be time to reinstate the draft. When President Bush heard about that, he said, 'Uh oh, does that mean I have to go back to Alabama?" Jay Leno

    "John Kerry has three Purple Hearts for his war wounds and Dick Cheney has one Purple Heart from deep dish pizza." Jay Leno

    "Our old friend independent candidate Ralph Nader says he thinks the draft is coming back. ... But then again, Ralph thinks he's coming back." Jay Leno

    "With the situation in Iraq growing ever more dangerous, the 34-member Coalition of The Willing are, one by one, dropping out to join the other coalition known as Most of The Rest of The World." Jon Stewart

    "Spain's new Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced he will soon call back Spain's 1300 troops from Iraq — meaning the coalition of the willing is fast turning into a duet of the stubborn." Jon Stewart

    "President Bush used an Associated Press luncheon to address a recent poll showing two-thirds of Americans believe another terrorist attack is 'somewhat likely' before the November elections.

    Reassure us, Mr. President!

    (Bush footage:) 'Our intelligence is good. It's just never perfect, that's the problem. We're disrupting cells here in America. We're chasing people down. But we've got a big country.'

    There you have it. Vote Bush in '04. Because if this were Luxembourg, he could keep us safe." Jon Stewart


    Sarah Silverman:

    "Models are fair game for comics. Why? Because they’re so pretty. Society has no pity for them. But, you know, models scream when you put them in boiling water."

    "This is not the first time that Europe has been passive while a Jew-hating tyrant with a weird looking mustache killed the people by giving them gas ... Obviously I'm talking about Chef Boyardee."

    "I'm suing my boss for sexual harrassment ... and it's real hard, and a big strain on me ... because he hasn't done anything."

    "A couple nights ago, I was licking jelly off my boyfriend's penis . . . and I thought, Oh, my God--I'm turning into my mother!"

    "I buy water at the liquor store across the street from where I live. So I'm walking into the door, and standing, loitering, outside the door is a man. And I walk by him to go in and he says [in a clenched, abrupt voice], 'I want pussy!' Now, I don't want to seem conceited or anything, but [rolling her eyes, both embarrassed and proud] he was talking about me. It offended me, obviously, but more than offending me, it made me feel sorry for him. It made me sad. Because it was so obvious to me that this was a person who grew up and who was a child whose mother and father never gave him any pussy."

    "Quite frankly, I think it's a good law. I was going to get an abortion the other day. I totally wanted an abortion.... And it turns out I was just thirsty." on 24-hour abortion waiting periods.


    Blender Magazine. Run for Your Life! It’s the 50 Worst Songs Ever!

    NY Times. Tina Fey: The New Queen of Mean

    USAT. Tina Fey: The New Queen of Mean

    The Onion. Fey gets her skewers out

    Weekly World News. Europe to Become Giant Theme Parka>

    Blender Magazine. Remembering the Gun Victims of Columbine: Vice President Cheney's Moving Address to the National Rifle Association's Annual Convention

    Bob Odenkirk. HORNSWAGGLED!!! How the Me of Now was Tricked by the Me of Yesterday into Going to War by President George W. Bush


    Hamster sellout: Miller Beer: President of Beers ads. Starring Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show.
    Click down for comics.

    Posted by Eric at 12:11 AM | Comments (25)

    Comedy Monday

    "Republican Senator Chuck Hagel says it may be time to reinstate the draft. When President Bush heard about that, he said, 'Uh oh, does that mean I have to go back to Alabama?" Jay Leno

    "John Kerry has three Purple Hearts for his war wounds and Dick Cheney has one Purple Heart from deep dish pizza." Jay Leno

    "Our old friend independent candidate Ralph Nader says he thinks the draft is coming back. ... But then again, Ralph thinks he's coming back." Jay Leno

    "With the situation in Iraq growing ever more dangerous, the 34-member Coalition of The Willing are, one by one, dropping out to join the other coalition known as Most of The Rest of The World." Jon Stewart

    "Spain's new Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced he will soon call back Spain's 1300 troops from Iraq — meaning the coalition of the willing is fast turning into a duet of the stubborn." Jon Stewart

    "President Bush used an Associated Press luncheon to address a recent poll showing two-thirds of Americans believe another terrorist attack is 'somewhat likely' before the November elections.

    Reassure us, Mr. President!

    (Bush footage:) 'Our intelligence is good. It's just never perfect, that's the problem. We're disrupting cells here in America. We're chasing people down. But we've got a big country.'

    There you have it. Vote Bush in '04. Because if this were Luxembourg, he could keep us safe." Jon Stewart


    Sarah Silverman:

    "Models are fair game for comics. Why? Because they’re so pretty. Society has no pity for them. But, you know, models scream when you put them in boiling water."

    "This is not the first time that Europe has been passive while a Jew-hating tyrant with a weird looking mustache killed the people by giving them gas ... Obviously I'm talking about Chef Boyardee."

    "I'm suing my boss for sexual harrassment ... and it's real hard, and a big strain on me ... because he hasn't done anything."

    "A couple nights ago, I was licking jelly off my boyfriend's penis . . . and I thought, Oh, my God--I'm turning into my mother!"

    "I buy water at the liquor store across the street from where I live. So I'm walking into the door, and standing, loitering, outside the door is a man. And I walk by him to go in and he says [in a clenched, abrupt voice], 'I want pussy!' Now, I don't want to seem conceited or anything, but [rolling her eyes, both embarrassed and proud] he was talking about me. It offended me, obviously, but more than offending me, it made me feel sorry for him. It made me sad. Because it was so obvious to me that this was a person who grew up and who was a child whose mother and father never gave him any pussy."

    "Quite frankly, I think it's a good law. I was going to get an abortion the other day. I totally wanted an abortion.... And it turns out I was just thirsty." on 24-hour abortion waiting periods.


    Blender Magazine. Run for Your Life! It’s the 50 Worst Songs Ever!

    NY Times. Tina Fey: The New Queen of Mean

    USAT. Tina Fey: The New Queen of Mean

    The Onion. Fey gets her skewers out

    Weekly World News. Europe to Become Giant Theme Parka>

    Blender Magazine. Remembering the Gun Victims of Columbine: Vice President Cheney's Moving Address to the National Rifle Association's Annual Convention

    Bob Odenkirk. HORNSWAGGLED!!! How the Me of Now was Tricked by the Me of Yesterday into Going to War by President George W. Bush


    Hamster sellout: Miller Beer: President of Beers ads. Starring Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show.
    Click down for comics.

    Posted by Eric at 12:11 AM | Comments (7)

    April 25, 2004

    Bikinians Hope to Return Home

    Not that kind of Bikinian ... This kind:

    On March 17 in Washington, 7,000 miles east of here, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution hailing the half-century "strategic partnership" with these people of the mid-Pacific, a partnership in which they lost their home islands to U.S. nuclear bomb tests, and from which they fear Washington may soon walk away.

    The resolution noted "the cost of preserving peace." But the U.S. government, after $191 million disbursed since the 1970s, is offering nothing new to the Bikinians, no further compensation to revive hopes that Bikini atoll might be purged of lingering radioactivity, and Bikinians might return to the abandoned islands .... In all, between 1946 and 1958, the United States detonated 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, then a U.S. protectorate under the United Nations. The megatonnage was equal to exploding 1.6 Hiroshima atomic bombs a day for 12 years. Twenty-three tests took place at Bikini, and four of its islets were vaporized ...

    Because of a high birthrate and marriages to people from other islands, the count of "official" Bikinians has exploded, to more than 3,000, since Chief Juda led 167 off the island in 1946. About 1,000 live on isolated Kili, 400 on Ejit, and others on the main island of Majuro or in the United States, where 300 students are in schools.

    Posted by Eric at 07:38 PM | Comments (24)

    Bikinians Hope to Return Home

    Not that kind of Bikinian ... This kind:

    On March 17 in Washington, 7,000 miles east of here, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution hailing the half-century "strategic partnership" with these people of the mid-Pacific, a partnership in which they lost their home islands to U.S. nuclear bomb tests, and from which they fear Washington may soon walk away.

    The resolution noted "the cost of preserving peace." But the U.S. government, after $191 million disbursed since the 1970s, is offering nothing new to the Bikinians, no further compensation to revive hopes that Bikini atoll might be purged of lingering radioactivity, and Bikinians might return to the abandoned islands .... In all, between 1946 and 1958, the United States detonated 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, then a U.S. protectorate under the United Nations. The megatonnage was equal to exploding 1.6 Hiroshima atomic bombs a day for 12 years. Twenty-three tests took place at Bikini, and four of its islets were vaporized ...

    Because of a high birthrate and marriages to people from other islands, the count of "official" Bikinians has exploded, to more than 3,000, since Chief Juda led 167 off the island in 1946. About 1,000 live on isolated Kili, 400 on Ejit, and others on the main island of Majuro or in the United States, where 300 students are in schools.

    Posted by Eric at 07:38 PM | Comments (1)

    Michael Savage: Warm and Fuzzy

    Get AIDs and die. With a warm, fuzzy caring smile! Enough nice pictures to make the liberal heart bleed.

    [link from ConWebWatch]

    Posted by Eric at 04:06 AM | Comments (45)

    Michael Savage: Warm and Fuzzy

    Get AIDs and die. With a warm, fuzzy caring smile! Enough nice pictures to make the liberal heart bleed.

    [link from ConWebWatch]

    Posted by Eric at 04:06 AM | Comments (4)

    April 24, 2004

    We Need More Nukes: Nuclear Spending "exceeds by over 50 percent the average annual sum" throughout Cold War

    Defense spending up. From Kaplan at Slate:

    The budget is busted; American soldiers need more armor; they're running out of supplies. Yet the Department of Energy is spending an astonishing $6.5 billion on nuclear weapons this year, and President Bush is requesting $6.8 billion more for next year and a total of $30 billion over the following four years. This does not include his much-cherished missile-defense program, by the way. This is simply for the maintenance, modernization, development, and production of nuclear bombs and warheads.

    Measured in "real dollars" (that is, adjusting for inflation), this year's spending on nuclear activities is equal to what Ronald Reagan spent at the height of the U.S.-Soviet standoff. It exceeds by over 50 percent the average annual sum ($4.2 billion) that the United States spent—again, in real dollars—throughout the four and a half decades of the Cold War.

    There is no nuclear arms race going on now. The world no longer offers many suitable nuclear targets. President Bush is trying to persuade other nations—especially "rogue regimes"—to forgo their nuclear ambitions. Yet he is shoveling money to U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories as if the Soviet Union still existed and the Cold War still raged.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 PM | Comments (33)

    We Need More Nukes: Nuclear Spending "exceeds by over 50 percent the average annual sum" throughout Cold War

    Defense spending up. From Kaplan at Slate:

    The budget is busted; American soldiers need more armor; they're running out of supplies. Yet the Department of Energy is spending an astonishing $6.5 billion on nuclear weapons this year, and President Bush is requesting $6.8 billion more for next year and a total of $30 billion over the following four years. This does not include his much-cherished missile-defense program, by the way. This is simply for the maintenance, modernization, development, and production of nuclear bombs and warheads.

    Measured in "real dollars" (that is, adjusting for inflation), this year's spending on nuclear activities is equal to what Ronald Reagan spent at the height of the U.S.-Soviet standoff. It exceeds by over 50 percent the average annual sum ($4.2 billion) that the United States spent—again, in real dollars—throughout the four and a half decades of the Cold War.

    There is no nuclear arms race going on now. The world no longer offers many suitable nuclear targets. President Bush is trying to persuade other nations—especially "rogue regimes"—to forgo their nuclear ambitions. Yet he is shoveling money to U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories as if the Soviet Union still existed and the Cold War still raged.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 PM | Comments (9)

    5 Dead, Six Wounded in Iraq

    From the WPost:

    Five U.S. soldiers were killed and six wounded early Saturday when two rockets landed in their base at Taji, north of Baghdad, the military reported.

    The attack was one of a number of eruptions of violence around Iraq Saturday. About three hours after the soldiers were hit in Taji, a car bomb was detonated in Tikrit, also north of Baghdad. Initial reports indicated the bomb targeted a police station, as have many car bombs in recent months. Reuters news agency said a shopping center was also in the area of the blast and that as many as three police officers were killed and 16 people, many of them also police, were injured.

    Posted by Eric at 12:57 PM | Comments (28)

    5 Dead, Six Wounded in Iraq

    From the WPost:

    Five U.S. soldiers were killed and six wounded early Saturday when two rockets landed in their base at Taji, north of Baghdad, the military reported.

    The attack was one of a number of eruptions of violence around Iraq Saturday. About three hours after the soldiers were hit in Taji, a car bomb was detonated in Tikrit, also north of Baghdad. Initial reports indicated the bomb targeted a police station, as have many car bombs in recent months. Reuters news agency said a shopping center was also in the area of the blast and that as many as three police officers were killed and 16 people, many of them also police, were injured.

    Posted by Eric at 12:57 PM | Comments (1)

    John Kerry: Douche Bag?

    http://www.johnkerryisadouchebagbutimvotingforhimanyway.com/ - Slightly amusing name. So douche bag, you say?

    John Kerry is a douchebag, but I'm voting for him anyway. Well, not really. That is to say, he's not actually a douchebag, or not nearly as much of one as what the media, George W., and even perhaps John Kerry himself have made him out to be. It seemed that every time I saw, heard, or read something about Kerry, his doucheness factor increased. It wasn't until I did just a little research on my own that it became clear that all of these occurrences could be explained as lies, deception, media excess, or simply poor campaigning strategy. It is beyond vital that we all overlook these minor blemishes and unpleasantries, and unite in electing John Kerry to be the next president of the United States of America.

    Posted by Eric at 02:50 AM | Comments (56)

    John Kerry: Douche Bag?

    http://www.johnkerryisadouchebagbutimvotingforhimanyway.com/ - Slightly amusing name. So douche bag, you say?

    John Kerry is a douchebag, but I'm voting for him anyway. Well, not really. That is to say, he's not actually a douchebag, or not nearly as much of one as what the media, George W., and even perhaps John Kerry himself have made him out to be. It seemed that every time I saw, heard, or read something about Kerry, his doucheness factor increased. It wasn't until I did just a little research on my own that it became clear that all of these occurrences could be explained as lies, deception, media excess, or simply poor campaigning strategy. It is beyond vital that we all overlook these minor blemishes and unpleasantries, and unite in electing John Kerry to be the next president of the United States of America.

    Posted by Eric at 02:50 AM | Comments (35)

    At Least It Wasn't John Kerry

    Ohhh, snap!

    Thursday's New York Times misidentified GOP Senate candidate Pete Coors as a Ku Klux Klan member who murdered a black sharecropper.

    The Coors campaign found the error "so outrageous it's kind of funny," said spokeswoman Cinamon Watson.

    "It could have been worse," she joked. "Pete could have been identified as John Kerry."

    Keep that girl away from Coors. And twiiins.

    UPDATE: Democrats up in arms.

    Posted by Eric at 02:47 AM | Comments (44)

    At Least It Wasn't John Kerry

    Ohhh, snap!

    Thursday's New York Times misidentified GOP Senate candidate Pete Coors as a Ku Klux Klan member who murdered a black sharecropper.

    The Coors campaign found the error "so outrageous it's kind of funny," said spokeswoman Cinamon Watson.

    "It could have been worse," she joked. "Pete could have been identified as John Kerry."

    Keep that girl away from Coors. And twiiins.

    UPDATE: Democrats up in arms.

    Posted by Eric at 02:47 AM | Comments (9)

    Sunday Talk Shows

    Compiled by the AP.

    ABC's "This Week" — Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. envoy to Iraq; Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

    CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.

    NBC's "Meet the Press" — Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Washington Post reporter and author Bob Woodward.

    CNN's "Late Edition" — Prince Bandar; Sens. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., and Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.; Bush adviser Karen Hughes; Foreign Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassim of Qatar.

    "Fox News Sunday" — Ahmad Chalabi, Iraq (news - web sites) Governing Council member; Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn.; Bush-Cheney campaign chairman Marc Racicot and Kerry campaign chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen.

    Posted by Eric at 12:12 AM | Comments (36)

    Sunday Talk Shows

    Compiled by the AP.

    ABC's "This Week" — Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. envoy to Iraq; Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

    CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.

    NBC's "Meet the Press" — Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Washington Post reporter and author Bob Woodward.

    CNN's "Late Edition" — Prince Bandar; Sens. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., and Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.; Bush adviser Karen Hughes; Foreign Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassim of Qatar.

    "Fox News Sunday" — Ahmad Chalabi, Iraq (news - web sites) Governing Council member; Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn.; Bush-Cheney campaign chairman Marc Racicot and Kerry campaign chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen.

    Posted by Eric at 12:12 AM | Comments (10)

    April 23, 2004

    Soldier Who Left NFL Killed in Afghanistan

    Quite sad. From ESPN:

    Tillman played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before enlisting in the Army in May 2002. The safety turned down a three-year, $3.6 million deal from Arizona.

    He made the decision after returning from his honeymoon with his wife, Marie. Several of Tillman's friends also have said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks influenced his decision to enlist ... In 2001, Tillman turned down a $9 million, five-year offer sheet from the Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams out of loyalty to the Cardinals, and by joining the Army he passed on millions more from the team.

    Tillman turned aside interview requests after joining the Army. He had denied requests for media coverage of his enlistment, basic training and ultimate deployment. According to Army officials at the time, Tillman wanted no special treatment, wanted no special attention, but wanted to be considered just one of the soldiers doing his duty for his country.

    Posted by Eric at 03:00 PM | Comments (46)

    Soldier Who Left NFL Killed in Afghanistan

    Quite sad. From ESPN:

    Tillman played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before enlisting in the Army in May 2002. The safety turned down a three-year, $3.6 million deal from Arizona.

    He made the decision after returning from his honeymoon with his wife, Marie. Several of Tillman's friends also have said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks influenced his decision to enlist ... In 2001, Tillman turned down a $9 million, five-year offer sheet from the Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams out of loyalty to the Cardinals, and by joining the Army he passed on millions more from the team.

    Tillman turned aside interview requests after joining the Army. He had denied requests for media coverage of his enlistment, basic training and ultimate deployment. According to Army officials at the time, Tillman wanted no special treatment, wanted no special attention, but wanted to be considered just one of the soldiers doing his duty for his country.

    Posted by Eric at 03:00 PM | Comments (10)

    April 22, 2004

    HD Dead

    My hard drive has passed away, and gone to a better place - probably Hawaii.

    Anyway, the Dell people are shipping me a new one under warranty, and I'll probably go to a data recovery place to get my lost stuff. Giving the shipping, setting up the files, etc, I'll probably be posting irregularly until Monday.

    In the meantime, feel free to post anything of interest you like.

    Posted by Eric at 11:09 AM | Comments (74)

    HD Dead

    My hard drive has passed away, and gone to a better place - probably Hawaii.

    Anyway, the Dell people are shipping me a new one under warranty, and I'll probably go to a data recovery place to get my lost stuff. Giving the shipping, setting up the files, etc, I'll probably be posting irregularly until Monday.

    In the meantime, feel free to post anything of interest you like.

    Posted by Eric at 11:09 AM | Comments (10)

    Happy Earth Day

    From a guy who walks the walk, Robert Redford on behalf of the John Kerry campaign:

    Today is Earth Day and I am afraid. For three decades, we have been fighting to protect the environment and have been proud of the great strides our country has taken. If George Bush is reelected we can count on the continuation of his agenda to undo all the advances we have struggled to achieve.

    To put it simply, George Bush's environmental policies endanger our health, loot our natural resources, and destroy the possibility of a secure energy future. George Bush may claim his environmental policies promote "healthy forests" and "clear skies" but those labels are both disingenuous and false. Most of his initiatives are nothing more than payoffs for wealthy campaign contributors.

    We need a President who understands that patriotism includes protecting our nation's incomparable natural wonders, not looking at them merely as oil depositories. Throughout his career John Kerry has fought to clean up toxic waste sites, to keep our air and water clean, and to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other pristine wilderness areas. John Kerry has been one of the environment's greatest defenders.

    I believe John Kerry will do what the President of the United States should do, which is to genuinely lead with a new era of solutions that are good for jobs and economic growth, public health, and the environment. He deserves our support.

    On behalf of our environment, this Earth Day help me make sure the next generation will not have to deal with the devastating environmental consequences of the Bush Administration -- make a contribution to John Kerry today.

    Posted by Eric at 10:58 AM | Comments (58)

    Happy Earth Day

    From a guy who walks the walk, Robert Redford on behalf of the John Kerry campaign:

    Today is Earth Day and I am afraid. For three decades, we have been fighting to protect the environment and have been proud of the great strides our country has taken. If George Bush is reelected we can count on the continuation of his agenda to undo all the advances we have struggled to achieve.

    To put it simply, George Bush's environmental policies endanger our health, loot our natural resources, and destroy the possibility of a secure energy future. George Bush may claim his environmental policies promote "healthy forests" and "clear skies" but those labels are both disingenuous and false. Most of his initiatives are nothing more than payoffs for wealthy campaign contributors.

    We need a President who understands that patriotism includes protecting our nation's incomparable natural wonders, not looking at them merely as oil depositories. Throughout his career John Kerry has fought to clean up toxic waste sites, to keep our air and water clean, and to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other pristine wilderness areas. John Kerry has been one of the environment's greatest defenders.

    I believe John Kerry will do what the President of the United States should do, which is to genuinely lead with a new era of solutions that are good for jobs and economic growth, public health, and the environment. He deserves our support.

    On behalf of our environment, this Earth Day help me make sure the next generation will not have to deal with the devastating environmental consequences of the Bush Administration -- make a contribution to John Kerry today.

    Posted by Eric at 10:58 AM | Comments (8)

    April 21, 2004

    Wed Stories

    Guardian. 68 dead in Basra blasts
    Salem StatesmanJ. Gay marriages halted in Oregon
    BGlobe. Senators seek to legalize drug imports from Canada
    The Hill. Kerry taps Hill talent for WH bid
    The Hill. Rep. Pelosi prepared to blast Bush on Iraq
    AP. Greenspan Says Interest Rates Will Rise
    NYT. Federal Oceans Commission Finds Decline Along Coasts
    NYT. Bush Draws Terrorism Law Into Campaign
    LAT. CA Legislators Support Same-Sex Marriage
    LAT. Kerry Vows Business-Friendly Programs to Reduce Pollution
    LAT. Bush Campaign Spent Monthly Record of $50 Million in March
    WP. Wolfowitz Denies Woodward Report
    CSM. Budget cuts are setting convicts free
    CSM. Jordan's king snubs Bush, cancels meeting
    AP. Kerry ads explain priorities, strategy
    AP. Bush touts Patriot Act, raises GOP funds
    BGlobe. Seeking new focus, Kerry hits White House record
    BGlobe. Kerry to release records
    AP. Chicago bans soda pop in public schools
    AP. Families grieve after bodies ID'd in Iraq
    USAT. USA TODAY editor resigns after reporter's misdeeds
    Balt Sun. Powell: A good soldier or a good loser? In book, secretary of state seems more salesman for Bush than senior adviser
    USAT. Screening of detainees key issue
    KRidder. Ailing oceans need help, panel says

    Commentary
    Thomas R. Asher. Losing Control: It's beginning to look a lot like Watergate.
    Mike Davis. Refining War: The world's poorest cities as warfare labs
    Lisa Chamberlain. Marching for their lives: Pro-choice activists are mobilizing for Washington with new urgency: As more than a dozen states aim to outlaw reproductive rights, a nationwide abortion ban could be next
    Harold Meyerson. Kerry's Inheritance
    NYT. Politics and the Patriot Act
    Seattle PI. Iraq's coalition of hired guns
    Frederick Clarkson. On Ten Commandments bill, Christian Right has it wrong
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Rumsfeld's 'fungible' facts
    Robert Kuttner. The problem with outsourcing
    Mark Morford. Why won't Dubya apologize?
    Brian Dickerson. House arrogance is textbook case

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (39)

    Wed Stories

    Guardian. 68 dead in Basra blasts
    Salem StatesmanJ. Gay marriages halted in Oregon
    BGlobe. Senators seek to legalize drug imports from Canada
    The Hill. Kerry taps Hill talent for WH bid
    The Hill. Rep. Pelosi prepared to blast Bush on Iraq
    AP. Greenspan Says Interest Rates Will Rise
    NYT. Federal Oceans Commission Finds Decline Along Coasts
    NYT. Bush Draws Terrorism Law Into Campaign
    LAT. CA Legislators Support Same-Sex Marriage
    LAT. Kerry Vows Business-Friendly Programs to Reduce Pollution
    LAT. Bush Campaign Spent Monthly Record of $50 Million in March
    WP. Wolfowitz Denies Woodward Report
    CSM. Budget cuts are setting convicts free
    CSM. Jordan's king snubs Bush, cancels meeting
    AP. Kerry ads explain priorities, strategy
    AP. Bush touts Patriot Act, raises GOP funds
    BGlobe. Seeking new focus, Kerry hits White House record
    BGlobe. Kerry to release records
    AP. Chicago bans soda pop in public schools
    AP. Families grieve after bodies ID'd in Iraq
    USAT. USA TODAY editor resigns after reporter's misdeeds
    Balt Sun. Powell: A good soldier or a good loser? In book, secretary of state seems more salesman for Bush than senior adviser
    USAT. Screening of detainees key issue
    KRidder. Ailing oceans need help, panel says

    Commentary
    Thomas R. Asher. Losing Control: It's beginning to look a lot like Watergate.
    Mike Davis. Refining War: The world's poorest cities as warfare labs
    Lisa Chamberlain. Marching for their lives: Pro-choice activists are mobilizing for Washington with new urgency: As more than a dozen states aim to outlaw reproductive rights, a nationwide abortion ban could be next
    Harold Meyerson. Kerry's Inheritance
    NYT. Politics and the Patriot Act
    Seattle PI. Iraq's coalition of hired guns
    Frederick Clarkson. On Ten Commandments bill, Christian Right has it wrong
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Rumsfeld's 'fungible' facts
    Robert Kuttner. The problem with outsourcing
    Mark Morford. Why won't Dubya apologize?
    Brian Dickerson. House arrogance is textbook case

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (4)

    Tech Problems

    I'm having computer problems after the webmaster of billoreilly.com sent me a computer virus that damaged my computer.

    No, not really, but wouldn't it have been a story to tell if that was true? Anyway, I have an 'unmountable boot volume' blue screen that has crashed my system. The outsourced Dell tech guy was particularly unhelpful, and just reading from his manual, and eventually told me to reinstall and erase everything in my system (which they always tell me when I call them, but in the past I've been able to fix it on my own). Anyway, I'm trying things out ... hopefully it'll work, maybe it won't. I don't know. So 'to be continued.'

    Posted by Eric at 06:03 PM | Comments (40)

    Tech Problems

    I'm having computer problems after the webmaster of billoreilly.com sent me a computer virus that damaged my computer.

    No, not really, but wouldn't it have been a story to tell if that was true? Anyway, I have an 'unmountable boot volume' blue screen that has crashed my system. The outsourced Dell tech guy was particularly unhelpful, and just reading from his manual, and eventually told me to reinstall and erase everything in my system (which they always tell me when I call them, but in the past I've been able to fix it on my own). Anyway, I'm trying things out ... hopefully it'll work, maybe it won't. I don't know. So 'to be continued.'

    Posted by Eric at 06:03 PM | Comments (15)

    Fl. Rep Jokes About Hillary Assassination

    From the AP:

    One of the remarks caused Democrats to demand an apology: State Rep. Jennifer Carroll made a joke that suggested Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton could help the country best if she was assassinated.
    Now that's laugh out loud Sundays.

    Posted by Eric at 11:56 AM | Comments (53)

    Fl. Rep Jokes About Hillary Assassination

    From the AP:

    One of the remarks caused Democrats to demand an apology: State Rep. Jennifer Carroll made a joke that suggested Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton could help the country best if she was assassinated.
    Now that's laugh out loud Sundays.

    Posted by Eric at 11:56 AM | Comments (35)

    Coleman Seeks GOP Leadership Post

    Someone wants to be president. AP:

    Sen. Norm Coleman said Tuesday he will probably run for chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee at the end of the year, a post that would catapult him into GOP leadership ... Coleman raised about $10 million as a candidate in 2002. His Northstar Leadership PAC has pulled in about $350,000 so far, money he uses to help other Republican candidates.

    "So I've developed a national fund-raising base, which I do everything I can to make available to my colleagues," he said.

    I saw Coleman speak at a GW Republican talk a while back - main part of his stump speech is that he was a Democrat turned Republican. This theme goes into a whole bunch of points about how Democrats have lost their touch, he's not a partisan / ideologue etc.

    Regardless, I'm sure Norm Coleman will be a 99% improvement over the previous leadership.

    Posted by Eric at 11:19 AM | Comments (51)

    Coleman Seeks GOP Leadership Post

    Someone wants to be president. AP:

    Sen. Norm Coleman said Tuesday he will probably run for chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee at the end of the year, a post that would catapult him into GOP leadership ... Coleman raised about $10 million as a candidate in 2002. His Northstar Leadership PAC has pulled in about $350,000 so far, money he uses to help other Republican candidates.

    "So I've developed a national fund-raising base, which I do everything I can to make available to my colleagues," he said.

    I saw Coleman speak at a GW Republican talk a while back - main part of his stump speech is that he was a Democrat turned Republican. This theme goes into a whole bunch of points about how Democrats have lost their touch, he's not a partisan / ideologue etc.

    Regardless, I'm sure Norm Coleman will be a 99% improvement over the previous leadership.

    Posted by Eric at 11:19 AM | Comments (15)

    Heinz donations go to Bush, not Kerry

    So complain away. AP:

    Although John F. Kerry's wife is an heir to the H.J. Heinz Co. fortune, members of the board of the Fortune 500 company and its corporate political action committee have donated thousands of dollars to Republicans in recent years, including contributions to the Bush campaign. The corporate PAC has given nothing to Kerry. Republicans, meanwhile, have criticized the Pittsburgh-based company's job cuts and overseas moves -- an effort to taint the presumptive Democratic nominee with the conglomerate's business practices. Teresa Heinz Kerry gained much of her $500 million portfolio through her Heinz inheritance, but she does not serve on the board and is not involved with the management of the company.

    Posted by Eric at 10:43 AM | Comments (19)

    Heinz donations go to Bush, not Kerry

    So complain away. AP:

    Although John F. Kerry's wife is an heir to the H.J. Heinz Co. fortune, members of the board of the Fortune 500 company and its corporate political action committee have donated thousands of dollars to Republicans in recent years, including contributions to the Bush campaign. The corporate PAC has given nothing to Kerry. Republicans, meanwhile, have criticized the Pittsburgh-based company's job cuts and overseas moves -- an effort to taint the presumptive Democratic nominee with the conglomerate's business practices. Teresa Heinz Kerry gained much of her $500 million portfolio through her Heinz inheritance, but she does not serve on the board and is not involved with the management of the company.

    Posted by Eric at 10:43 AM | Comments (7)

    March For Your Right to Choose

    New Hamster supporter Planned Parenthood, who reminds you about the march in Washington (which Hamster will attend). Visit their website for more info and other choice issues.

    Posted by Eric at 09:12 AM | Comments (26)

    March For Your Right to Choose

    New Hamster supporter Planned Parenthood, who reminds you about the march in Washington (which Hamster will attend). Visit their website for more info and other choice issues.

    Posted by Eric at 09:12 AM | Comments (8)

    Dominican Republic Leaving!

    All 302 troops!

    The Dominican Republic will pull its troops out of Iraq early, in the next few weeks, following the lead of Spain and Honduras, Gen. Jose Miguel Soto Jimenez said Tuesday.

    The announcement came just two days after President Hipolito Mejia pledged to keep the country's 302 troops in Iraq until their one-year committment ended in August.

    ''The troops in Iraq will be coming back in the next couple weeks,'' the Dominican Armed Forces general said.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 AM | Comments (125)

    Dominican Republic Leaving!

    All 302 troops!

    The Dominican Republic will pull its troops out of Iraq early, in the next few weeks, following the lead of Spain and Honduras, Gen. Jose Miguel Soto Jimenez said Tuesday.

    The announcement came just two days after President Hipolito Mejia pledged to keep the country's 302 troops in Iraq until their one-year committment ended in August.

    ''The troops in Iraq will be coming back in the next couple weeks,'' the Dominican Armed Forces general said.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 AM | Comments (15)

    April 20, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    Knight Ridder. Bush tapestry of policy woven with prayer draws concerns
    MSNBC. Woodward defends book about Bush war strategy
    NYT. Bush's Distaste for News Conferences Comes Into the Open
    AP. Poll shows Toomey surging as GOP Senate primary nears
    Reuters. Gas Price Hits Record High for 4th Week
    AP. In swing state, Bush backs Patriot Act
    LAT. More Funds Raised in Bid to Beat Bush
    Corvallis Gazette. Kucinich lesson: activism
    UK Indy. White House reels from Woodward book
    AP. Powell Says Other Nations May Follow Spain
    WP. Daschle Gains Support of Rival; Indian Activist Drops Senate Bid
    WP. Kerry Assails Bush on Oil: Senator Calls Alleged Price-Fixing Deal With Saudis 'Disgusting'
    WP. Powell Says He Was 'Committed' to Iraq War
    WP. Bush Picks U.N. Envoy As Ambassador to Iraq
    WP. Cheney Was Unwavering in Desire to Go to War: Tension Between Vice President and Powell Grew Deeper as Both Tried to Guide Bush's Decision
    WP. Poll Shows New Gains For Bush; Lead Over Kerry Widens On Issues of Security
    NYT. New Fund-Raising Rules Bring Lobbyists to Fore
    NYT. Bush Officials Deny Money Was Diverted for Iraq War
    NYT. U.S. Gives Leaders in Falluja a Chance to End the Insurgency
    AP. Death Sentences Hinge on Court Decision
    Reuters. Broadcasters Fight Back Against Profanity Ruling
    AP. Bush Criticizes Spain's PM on Iraq Pullout
    AP. Frist Funnels Cash to Daschle's Foe
    AP. Japan Says U.N. Backing Would Aid in Iraq

    Commentary
    Paul Waldman. Unfortunate Sons: Who's really supporting our troops?
    Jonathan Turley. Entrepreneurship Gets Slaughtered
    Robert Scheer. With God on His Side ...
    Marie Cocco. Protect rights of Gitmo prisoners
    John Nichols. Baldwin's going after Halliburton
    Seattle PI. Spain leaves Iraq, not terror fight
    Helen Thomas. Bush's dramatic shift in Mideast
    SFC. Bush's war games
    Thomas Oliphant. The fiction of Israeli 'withdrawal' from Gaza
    Krugman. Questions of Interest
    David Cole. America's Prisoners, American Rights
    Richard Cohen. Bicycling to War
    Terry Jones. Invade Iraq? It's a no brainer
    Robert Dreyfuss. God Made Me Do It
    Michael Tomasky. Well, Ideally... Bob Woodward's Bush is no idealist -- just an incompetent
    James K. Galbraith. How you will pay for the war: Historically, war causes inflation. The Bush administration's myopic deficit spending will only make matters worse
    David Sirota. Clarke's vindication
    Joe Conason. Bush's worst week
    Peter Wilkinson. Columbine, five years later: The kids who survived the worst school massacre in U.S. history have graduated, and some of them have even forgiven. But many of their parents have not
    Center for American Progress. Right-Wing Attack Machine: Slamming Victims, Families and 9/11 Panel
    Mark David Agrast. Adrift at Guantánamo
    Dan Hoyle. The Jail Generation
    Judith Gorman. Show Me the Jobs
    John Gartner. Seeding Renewables to Grow Jobs
    David Corn. George Bush, Self-deluded Messiah

    Posted by Eric at 11:09 PM | Comments (272)

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    Knight Ridder. Bush tapestry of policy woven with prayer draws concerns
    MSNBC. Woodward defends book about Bush war strategy
    NYT. Bush's Distaste for News Conferences Comes Into the Open
    AP. Poll shows Toomey surging as GOP Senate primary nears
    Reuters. Gas Price Hits Record High for 4th Week
    AP. In swing state, Bush backs Patriot Act
    LAT. More Funds Raised in Bid to Beat Bush
    Corvallis Gazette. Kucinich lesson: activism
    UK Indy. White House reels from Woodward book
    AP. Powell Says Other Nations May Follow Spain
    WP. Daschle Gains Support of Rival; Indian Activist Drops Senate Bid
    WP. Kerry Assails Bush on Oil: Senator Calls Alleged Price-Fixing Deal With Saudis 'Disgusting'
    WP. Powell Says He Was 'Committed' to Iraq War
    WP. Bush Picks U.N. Envoy As Ambassador to Iraq
    WP. Cheney Was Unwavering in Desire to Go to War: Tension Between Vice President and Powell Grew Deeper as Both Tried to Guide Bush's Decision
    WP. Poll Shows New Gains For Bush; Lead Over Kerry Widens On Issues of Security
    NYT. New Fund-Raising Rules Bring Lobbyists to Fore
    NYT. Bush Officials Deny Money Was Diverted for Iraq War
    NYT. U.S. Gives Leaders in Falluja a Chance to End the Insurgency
    AP. Death Sentences Hinge on Court Decision
    Reuters. Broadcasters Fight Back Against Profanity Ruling
    AP. Bush Criticizes Spain's PM on Iraq Pullout
    AP. Frist Funnels Cash to Daschle's Foe
    AP. Japan Says U.N. Backing Would Aid in Iraq

    Commentary
    Paul Waldman. Unfortunate Sons: Who's really supporting our troops?
    Jonathan Turley. Entrepreneurship Gets Slaughtered
    Robert Scheer. With God on His Side ...
    Marie Cocco. Protect rights of Gitmo prisoners
    John Nichols. Baldwin's going after Halliburton
    Seattle PI. Spain leaves Iraq, not terror fight
    Helen Thomas. Bush's dramatic shift in Mideast
    SFC. Bush's war games
    Thomas Oliphant. The fiction of Israeli 'withdrawal' from Gaza
    Krugman. Questions of Interest
    David Cole. America's Prisoners, American Rights
    Richard Cohen. Bicycling to War
    Terry Jones. Invade Iraq? It's a no brainer
    Robert Dreyfuss. God Made Me Do It
    Michael Tomasky. Well, Ideally... Bob Woodward's Bush is no idealist -- just an incompetent
    James K. Galbraith. How you will pay for the war: Historically, war causes inflation. The Bush administration's myopic deficit spending will only make matters worse
    David Sirota. Clarke's vindication
    Joe Conason. Bush's worst week
    Peter Wilkinson. Columbine, five years later: The kids who survived the worst school massacre in U.S. history have graduated, and some of them have even forgiven. But many of their parents have not
    Center for American Progress. Right-Wing Attack Machine: Slamming Victims, Families and 9/11 Panel
    Mark David Agrast. Adrift at Guantánamo
    Dan Hoyle. The Jail Generation
    Judith Gorman. Show Me the Jobs
    John Gartner. Seeding Renewables to Grow Jobs
    David Corn. George Bush, Self-deluded Messiah

    Posted by Eric at 11:09 PM | Comments (8)

    Hamster Numbers: Environment

    From John Kerry research:

    Instead of protecting public health, George Bush rolled back and undermined our most important safeguard from industrial air pollution, the Clean Air Act. Breaking a campaign promise to clean up the oldest, dirtiest coal-fired power plants, the Bush Administration has fought to weaken protections that would require the use of modern pollution control technology and has undercut pending lawsuits against polluters. George Bush's so-called "Clear Skies" proposal, will result in over 21 million tons more pollution than if he simply enforced the Clean Air Act. Compared to an alternate EPA plan, rejected by the White House, the Bush plan will result in over 100,000 more premature deaths and millions of added cases of asthma and other serious illnesses.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 PM | Comments (32)

    Hamster Numbers: Environment

    From John Kerry research:

    Instead of protecting public health, George Bush rolled back and undermined our most important safeguard from industrial air pollution, the Clean Air Act. Breaking a campaign promise to clean up the oldest, dirtiest coal-fired power plants, the Bush Administration has fought to weaken protections that would require the use of modern pollution control technology and has undercut pending lawsuits against polluters. George Bush's so-called "Clear Skies" proposal, will result in over 21 million tons more pollution than if he simply enforced the Clean Air Act. Compared to an alternate EPA plan, rejected by the White House, the Bush plan will result in over 100,000 more premature deaths and millions of added cases of asthma and other serious illnesses.

    Posted by Eric at 11:08 PM | Comments (7)

    Bush - Cheney to Pay 90 Grand FEC Penalty

    From the 2000 elections. FEC:

    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has entered into a conciliation agreement with Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc. resulting from the failure to report to the FEC receipts and disbursements associated with its recount activities. Bush – Cheney 2000, Inc. has agreed to pay a $90,000 civil penalty.

    According to the conciliation agreement, Bush – Cheney 2000 held a bank account designated “Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc. – Media.” After the November 7, 2000 presidential election, the Committee redesignated this bank account “Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc. – Recount Fund” and used the account to raise funds and pay costs associated with the recount. However, the Committee failed to include that activity in disclosure reports filed with the Commission.

    The Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) requires authorized committees of candidates for federal office to report the total amount of all receipts of disbursements in committee accounts, and to itemize them when the aggregate amount or value exceeds $200 in an election cycle. In Advisory Opinions 1998-26 and 1978-92, the Commission held that while separate organizations established solely to fund a recount effort would not be required to file disclosure reports, a federal political committee establishing a bank account for recount purposes must report those receipts and disbursements.

    Posted by Eric at 07:03 PM | Comments (14)

    Bush - Cheney to Pay 90 Grand FEC Penalty

    From the 2000 elections. FEC:

    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has entered into a conciliation agreement with Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc. resulting from the failure to report to the FEC receipts and disbursements associated with its recount activities. Bush – Cheney 2000, Inc. has agreed to pay a $90,000 civil penalty.

    According to the conciliation agreement, Bush – Cheney 2000 held a bank account designated “Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc. – Media.” After the November 7, 2000 presidential election, the Committee redesignated this bank account “Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc. – Recount Fund” and used the account to raise funds and pay costs associated with the recount. However, the Committee failed to include that activity in disclosure reports filed with the Commission.

    The Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) requires authorized committees of candidates for federal office to report the total amount of all receipts of disbursements in committee accounts, and to itemize them when the aggregate amount or value exceeds $200 in an election cycle. In Advisory Opinions 1998-26 and 1978-92, the Commission held that while separate organizations established solely to fund a recount effort would not be required to file disclosure reports, a federal political committee establishing a bank account for recount purposes must report those receipts and disbursements.

    Posted by Eric at 07:03 PM | Comments (7)

    Rep. John Hostettler 'Forgets' about Gun at Airport

    From the AP:

    Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana was briefly detained Tuesday when airport security workers found a handgun in his briefcase as he was going through a checkpoint on a trip back to Washington.

    The five-term Republican congressman was preparing to board a US Airways flight at Louisville International Airport when the gun was found, said his press secretary Michael Jahr.

    Posted by Eric at 02:40 PM | Comments (36)

    Rep. John Hostettler 'Forgets' about Gun at Airport

    From the AP:

    Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana was briefly detained Tuesday when airport security workers found a handgun in his briefcase as he was going through a checkpoint on a trip back to Washington.

    The five-term Republican congressman was preparing to board a US Airways flight at Louisville International Airport when the gun was found, said his press secretary Michael Jahr.

    Posted by Eric at 02:40 PM | Comments (14)

    Honduras Out

    Out of Iraq.

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 PM | Comments (28)

    Honduras Out

    Out of Iraq.

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 PM | Comments (7)

    IRS Campaigning for Bush

    Which one is from the IRS and which one is from the RNC?

    1) "America has a choice: It can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the president's policies are doing, or it can raise taxes on American families and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and future job creation."

    2) "America has a choice: It can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the President's polices are doing; or it can raise taxes on American families and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and future job creation."

    Can you tell? "doing," vs. "doing;"

    Can you? Which one is from a government agency funded by taxpayers, and which is from a campaign to elect Republicans?

    Hmm ...

    No, really! But that's OK, because the IRS is a 527 organization. From the infamously named Jennifer 8 Lee:

    As the deadline for filing tax returns approached, news releases from the Internal Revenue Service included a little something extra, a sentence promoting the administration's tax policies that said, "America has a choice: It can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the president's policies are doing, or it can raise taxes on American families and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and future job creation."

    "Stating our position is appropriate," said Rob Nichols, a spokesman for the Treasury Department, which oversees the I.R.S. "The administration's views on fiscal policy are that lower taxes have helped strengthen the economy and led to an environment of increased job creation."

    Earlier this year, the Treasury Department was criticized after its analysis of a tax plan similar to one proposed by Senator John Kerry was used to attack Mr. Kerry as he sought the Democratic nomination for president.

    As Al Franken mentioned on his radio show and the O'Franken Factor blog , the wording from the IRS is very similar to this from the RNC website. Hmmm ...

    Posted by Eric at 12:22 PM | Comments (54)

    IRS Campaigning for Bush

    Which one is from the IRS and which one is from the RNC?

    1) "America has a choice: It can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the president's policies are doing, or it can raise taxes on American families and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and future job creation."

    2) "America has a choice: It can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the President's polices are doing; or it can raise taxes on American families and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and future job creation."

    Can you tell? "doing," vs. "doing;"

    Can you? Which one is from a government agency funded by taxpayers, and which is from a campaign to elect Republicans?

    Hmm ...

    No, really! But that's OK, because the IRS is a 527 organization. From the infamously named Jennifer 8 Lee:

    As the deadline for filing tax returns approached, news releases from the Internal Revenue Service included a little something extra, a sentence promoting the administration's tax policies that said, "America has a choice: It can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the president's policies are doing, or it can raise taxes on American families and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and future job creation."

    "Stating our position is appropriate," said Rob Nichols, a spokesman for the Treasury Department, which oversees the I.R.S. "The administration's views on fiscal policy are that lower taxes have helped strengthen the economy and led to an environment of increased job creation."

    Earlier this year, the Treasury Department was criticized after its analysis of a tax plan similar to one proposed by Senator John Kerry was used to attack Mr. Kerry as he sought the Democratic nomination for president.

    As Al Franken mentioned on his radio show and the O'Franken Factor blog , the wording from the IRS is very similar to this from the RNC website. Hmmm ...

    Posted by Eric at 12:22 PM | Comments (14)

    Claim vs. Truth

    "I'm right now focused on the military operations in Afghanistan."

    - President George Bush after a meeting with top Pentagon brass at his ranch, 12/28/01

    VERSUS

    Iraq "was the real focus of the session at his ranch."

    - AP, 4/18/04

    Posted by Eric at 11:45 AM | Comments (30)

    Claim vs. Truth

    "I'm right now focused on the military operations in Afghanistan."

    - President George Bush after a meeting with top Pentagon brass at his ranch, 12/28/01

    VERSUS

    Iraq "was the real focus of the session at his ranch."

    - AP, 4/18/04

    Posted by Eric at 11:45 AM | Comments (11)

    Powell Lies ... About Pottery Barn

    As reported in a light manner on The O'Franken Factor and Lloyd Grove, Colin Powell has LIEEEED about Pottery Barn.

    "You are going to be the proud owner of 25 million people. You will own all their hopes, aspirations and problems. You'll own it all," Woodward quotes Powell as warning Bush about the consequences of invading Iraq. "Privately, Powell and [Deputy Secretary of State Richard] Armitage called this the Pottery Barn rule: You break it, you own it."

    Yesterday, Pottery Barn's Oshirak complained bitterly: "This is certainly not our policy in any of our 174 Pottery Barn retail outlets in North America. In fact, there is no policy regarding this whatsoever."

    So go forth, ye Hamster readers, and break things in Pottery Barn without regard to the consequences and extruding asses!

    Posted by Eric at 11:44 AM | Comments (54)

    Powell Lies ... About Pottery Barn

    As reported in a light manner on The O'Franken Factor and Lloyd Grove, Colin Powell has LIEEEED about Pottery Barn.

    "You are going to be the proud owner of 25 million people. You will own all their hopes, aspirations and problems. You'll own it all," Woodward quotes Powell as warning Bush about the consequences of invading Iraq. "Privately, Powell and [Deputy Secretary of State Richard] Armitage called this the Pottery Barn rule: You break it, you own it."

    Yesterday, Pottery Barn's Oshirak complained bitterly: "This is certainly not our policy in any of our 174 Pottery Barn retail outlets in North America. In fact, there is no policy regarding this whatsoever."

    So go forth, ye Hamster readers, and break things in Pottery Barn without regard to the consequences and extruding asses!

    Posted by Eric at 11:44 AM | Comments (13)

    Coalition Provisional Authority memo: Democracy in Iraq Not So Fo-Sheezy

    Jason Vest tells us what is becoming more and more apparent: Iraq democracy won't be an easy task. But it's not his opinion, it's a US government official in a Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) memo:

    But according to a closely held Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) memo written in early March, the reality isn't so rosy. Iraq's chances of seeing democracy succeed, according to the memo's author—a U.S. government official detailed to the CPA, who wrote this summation of observations he'd made in the field for a senior CPA director—have been severely imperiled by a year's worth of serious errors on the part of the Pentagon and the CPA, the U.S.-led multinational agency administering Iraq. Far from facilitating democracy and security, the memo's author fears, U.S. efforts have created an environment rife with corruption and sectarianism likely to result in civil war.

    Provided to this reporter by a Western intelligence official, the memo was partially redacted to protect the writer's identity and to "avoid inflaming an already volatile situation" by revealing the names of certain Iraqi figures. A wide-ranging and often acerbic critique of the CPA, covering topics ranging from policy, personalities, and press operations to on-the-ground realities such as electricity, the document is not only notable for its candidly troubled assessment of Iraq's future. It is also significant, according to the intelligence official, because its author has been a steadfast advocate of "transforming" the Middle East, beginning with "regime change" in Iraq.

    Posted by Eric at 11:07 AM | Comments (50)

    Coalition Provisional Authority memo: Democracy in Iraq Not So Fo-Sheezy

    Jason Vest tells us what is becoming more and more apparent: Iraq democracy won't be an easy task. But it's not his opinion, it's a US government official in a Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) memo:

    But according to a closely held Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) memo written in early March, the reality isn't so rosy. Iraq's chances of seeing democracy succeed, according to the memo's author—a U.S. government official detailed to the CPA, who wrote this summation of observations he'd made in the field for a senior CPA director—have been severely imperiled by a year's worth of serious errors on the part of the Pentagon and the CPA, the U.S.-led multinational agency administering Iraq. Far from facilitating democracy and security, the memo's author fears, U.S. efforts have created an environment rife with corruption and sectarianism likely to result in civil war.

    Provided to this reporter by a Western intelligence official, the memo was partially redacted to protect the writer's identity and to "avoid inflaming an already volatile situation" by revealing the names of certain Iraqi figures. A wide-ranging and often acerbic critique of the CPA, covering topics ranging from policy, personalities, and press operations to on-the-ground realities such as electricity, the document is not only notable for its candidly troubled assessment of Iraq's future. It is also significant, according to the intelligence official, because its author has been a steadfast advocate of "transforming" the Middle East, beginning with "regime change" in Iraq.

    Posted by Eric at 11:07 AM | Comments (6)

    April 19, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    USAT. Prisoners test legal limits of war on terror
    LAT. Snap, Crackle, Pow Go the Internet Ads
    LAT. Bush Losing Ground in Rural America
    CSM. Death sentences by judges: Should they be thrown out?
    CSM. African Anglicans shun US money over gay policies
    CSM. Patriot Act gets boost from 9/11 hearings
    AP. Bush to tout Patriot Act in Hershey, Pa.
    AP. Gay activists target GOP summit
    BGlobe. Kerry, Dean backers unite; Reception warm for ex-adversaries
    BGlobe. Kerry attacks Bush on war: Diplomacy hit as 'ineffective'
    NYT. Lack of Resolution in Iraq Finds Conservatives Divided
    NYT. Airing of Powell's Misgivings Tests Ties in the Cabinet
    NYT. Security Companies: Shadow Soldiers in Iraq
    WP. In Break With Tradition, Frist Takes High-Stakes Fight to Daschle's Turf
    CNN. Troops' death toll in April reaches 100
    CNN. 9/11 commissioner Gorelick: 'I've received threats'

    Commentary
    Eric Alterman. Media Misunderestimates Bush... Again
    Geov Parrish. The choice is ours: On this week's massive pro-choice rally in Washington, D.C., and why more people -- especially more men -- need to start paying attention to reproductive rights
    Cynthia Tucker. Standing on war's sidelines: Bush's war on terror requires little sacrifice for most Americans
    Barry Lando. Soldiers And Fortune: Who's calling the shots in Iraq? And who pays his salary?
    SFC. The Earth's heroes
    Ruth Rosen. Bush mobilizes women
    Dave Zweifel. Many WI state Guard members have died
    Douglas Brinkley. John Kerry's first Purple Heart
    Phillip Robertson. Al-Sadr's men in black: Inside the Iraqi cleric's stronghold, the al Mehdi militia hunker down for a showdown with the U.S. that they believe they can -- and will -- win
    Laura Miller. Who's a fascist? The ultimate political insult is making a comeback. But does anyone know what it really means?
    David R. Francis. How to earn $3.5 trillion and pay zero taxes
    Dan Reiter. Another Vietnam? No, worse
    Bob Herbert. The Wrong War

    Posted by Eric at 11:53 PM | Comments (33)

    Monday Stories

    News
    USAT. Prisoners test legal limits of war on terror
    LAT. Snap, Crackle, Pow Go the Internet Ads
    LAT. Bush Losing Ground in Rural America
    CSM. Death sentences by judges: Should they be thrown out?
    CSM. African Anglicans shun US money over gay policies
    CSM. Patriot Act gets boost from 9/11 hearings
    AP. Bush to tout Patriot Act in Hershey, Pa.
    AP. Gay activists target GOP summit
    BGlobe. Kerry, Dean backers unite; Reception warm for ex-adversaries
    BGlobe. Kerry attacks Bush on war: Diplomacy hit as 'ineffective'
    NYT. Lack of Resolution in Iraq Finds Conservatives Divided
    NYT. Airing of Powell's Misgivings Tests Ties in the Cabinet
    NYT. Security Companies: Shadow Soldiers in Iraq
    WP. In Break With Tradition, Frist Takes High-Stakes Fight to Daschle's Turf
    CNN. Troops' death toll in April reaches 100
    CNN. 9/11 commissioner Gorelick: 'I've received threats'

    Commentary
    Eric Alterman. Media Misunderestimates Bush... Again
    Geov Parrish. The choice is ours: On this week's massive pro-choice rally in Washington, D.C., and why more people -- especially more men -- need to start paying attention to reproductive rights
    Cynthia Tucker. Standing on war's sidelines: Bush's war on terror requires little sacrifice for most Americans
    Barry Lando. Soldiers And Fortune: Who's calling the shots in Iraq? And who pays his salary?
    SFC. The Earth's heroes
    Ruth Rosen. Bush mobilizes women
    Dave Zweifel. Many WI state Guard members have died
    Douglas Brinkley. John Kerry's first Purple Heart
    Phillip Robertson. Al-Sadr's men in black: Inside the Iraqi cleric's stronghold, the al Mehdi militia hunker down for a showdown with the U.S. that they believe they can -- and will -- win
    Laura Miller. Who's a fascist? The ultimate political insult is making a comeback. But does anyone know what it really means?
    David R. Francis. How to earn $3.5 trillion and pay zero taxes
    Dan Reiter. Another Vietnam? No, worse
    Bob Herbert. The Wrong War

    Posted by Eric at 11:53 PM | Comments (6)

    Bush Trounced in New York

    Where something happened - Oh, I forget - that Bush enjoys referencing during his ads. AP:

    The statewide poll, from Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion, showed Sen. John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat, leading President Bush, 56 percent to 38 percent. With third-party candidate Ralph Nader in the race, Kerry leads the Republican president, 54 percent to 37 percent, with Nader collecting 5 percent of the vote ... The findings from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based Marist mirror those of a statewide poll released last week by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. The Quinnipiac pollsters had Kerry leading Bush, 53 percent to 36 percent.

    "New York is clearly not in play" for Bush, said Lee Miringoff, head of the Marist Institute.

    Posted by Eric at 07:12 PM | Comments (38)

    Bush Trounced in New York

    Where something happened - Oh, I forget - that Bush enjoys referencing during his ads. AP:

    The statewide poll, from Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion, showed Sen. John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat, leading President Bush, 56 percent to 38 percent. With third-party candidate Ralph Nader in the race, Kerry leads the Republican president, 54 percent to 37 percent, with Nader collecting 5 percent of the vote ... The findings from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based Marist mirror those of a statewide poll released last week by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. The Quinnipiac pollsters had Kerry leading Bush, 53 percent to 36 percent.

    "New York is clearly not in play" for Bush, said Lee Miringoff, head of the Marist Institute.

    Posted by Eric at 07:12 PM | Comments (15)

    Rock Against Bush

    Damn kids. PR:

    The "Rock Against Bush" compilation is to be released by Fat Wreck Chords on April 20 and will be the first of two volumes. The comp boasts 26 songs, 17 of which are unreleased and exclusive, from some of the most notable bands in punk and rock: Social Distortion, NOFX, Ataris, Anti-Flag, New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio, Descendents, Ministry, and many more. Because getting the crucially important message to as many people as possible is the most important goal of the "Rock Against Bush" project, the CD/DVD will retail for the especially low price of $8.98.

    It's not enough to simply release a collection of protest songs, so Fat decided that it would be effective to include some content that was more substantial and enlightening to the hundreds of thousands that will own the compilation. The Rock Against Bush comp will be accompanied by a bonus DVD that is packed with music videos and informative political content such as trailers for the documentaries "Unprecedented" and "Uncovered", and a piece from Grammy-nominated comedian David Cross.

    Al Jourgensen of Ministry had this to say about "Rock Against Bush," "Ministry's contribution to this compilation is a proactive expression of outrage against the 'evil-doings' being inflicted upon American citizens and citizens of other sovereign nations by the Bush Administration."

    There's a tour too.

    The RNC, meanwhile, has Reggie the Registration Rig. Don't laugh.

    Posted by Eric at 07:06 PM | Comments (28)

    Rock Against Bush

    Damn kids. PR:

    The "Rock Against Bush" compilation is to be released by Fat Wreck Chords on April 20 and will be the first of two volumes. The comp boasts 26 songs, 17 of which are unreleased and exclusive, from some of the most notable bands in punk and rock: Social Distortion, NOFX, Ataris, Anti-Flag, New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio, Descendents, Ministry, and many more. Because getting the crucially important message to as many people as possible is the most important goal of the "Rock Against Bush" project, the CD/DVD will retail for the especially low price of $8.98.

    It's not enough to simply release a collection of protest songs, so Fat decided that it would be effective to include some content that was more substantial and enlightening to the hundreds of thousands that will own the compilation. The Rock Against Bush comp will be accompanied by a bonus DVD that is packed with music videos and informative political content such as trailers for the documentaries "Unprecedented" and "Uncovered", and a piece from Grammy-nominated comedian David Cross.

    Al Jourgensen of Ministry had this to say about "Rock Against Bush," "Ministry's contribution to this compilation is a proactive expression of outrage against the 'evil-doings' being inflicted upon American citizens and citizens of other sovereign nations by the Bush Administration."

    There's a tour too.

    The RNC, meanwhile, has Reggie the Registration Rig. Don't laugh.

    Posted by Eric at 07:06 PM | Comments (6)

    Comedy Monday

    "Two big announcements coming out of Washington DC. The tour of duty for 20,000 troops in Iraq may be extended. That's too bad. And the other announcement, the tour of duty for President Bush may not be extended." David Letterman

    "CIA Director George Tenet has now testified before the 9/11 commission and he said we are still making the same dumb mistakes, like leaving memos on the President's desk." David Letterman

    "Last night, President Bush gave a prime-time press conference. It was such a big deal that Fox decided to preempt American Idol. Which made sense to me, you don't want too many amateurs on in one night." David Letterman

    "Every Monday after Easter, they have the big Easter Egg hunt at the White House. This is interesting, the kids out there found strong evidence of Easter Eggs, but no actual eggs." David Letterman

    "President Bush earned $400,000 for his job as president last year. That's not really that much for being president when you think about it. But President Bush, he doesn't do it for the money, he does it for the eight months of vacation every year." Jay Leno

    "This week, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney released their tax returns. Cheney made more money than the president. When asked about it, the president said, 'That's true, but he also made more decisions.'" Conan O'Brien


    Borowitz Report: MAN AT KUCINICH RALLY JUST LOOKING FOR BATHROOM

    Humor Gazette: Critics: President may have evaded Boy Scout service

    WhiteHouse.org: President Bush Wholeheartedly Endorses Ariel Sharon's Latest Diplomatic Strategy for the Global Enragement of Muslamian Vermin

    The Onion: Bishop Sick Of Local Church Scene

    The Onion: Rumsfeld Looking Forward To Secretary's Day


    Apprentice: Fire Bush.
    Hollywood Reporter. Money talks in 'Chappelle’s Show' universe; Comedian, Comedy Central in negotiations for third season.

    Filter. David Cross to Release New Record.

    MTV. William Hung's Sales Figures Are Nothing To Laugh At.

    AP. 'Never Scared,' Chris Rock stars in an HBO comedy special.

    Click down for toons:

    Posted by Eric at 06:56 PM | Comments (21)

    Comedy Monday

    "Two big announcements coming out of Washington DC. The tour of duty for 20,000 troops in Iraq may be extended. That's too bad. And the other announcement, the tour of duty for President Bush may not be extended." David Letterman

    "CIA Director George Tenet has now testified before the 9/11 commission and he said we are still making the same dumb mistakes, like leaving memos on the President's desk." David Letterman

    "Last night, President Bush gave a prime-time press conference. It was such a big deal that Fox decided to preempt American Idol. Which made sense to me, you don't want too many amateurs on in one night." David Letterman

    "Every Monday after Easter, they have the big Easter Egg hunt at the White House. This is interesting, the kids out there found strong evidence of Easter Eggs, but no actual eggs." David Letterman

    "President Bush earned $400,000 for his job as president last year. That's not really that much for being president when you think about it. But President Bush, he doesn't do it for the money, he does it for the eight months of vacation every year." Jay Leno

    "This week, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney released their tax returns. Cheney made more money than the president. When asked about it, the president said, 'That's true, but he also made more decisions.'" Conan O'Brien


    Borowitz Report: MAN AT KUCINICH RALLY JUST LOOKING FOR BATHROOM

    Humor Gazette: Critics: President may have evaded Boy Scout service

    WhiteHouse.org: President Bush Wholeheartedly Endorses Ariel Sharon's Latest Diplomatic Strategy for the Global Enragement of Muslamian Vermin

    The Onion: Bishop Sick Of Local Church Scene

    The Onion: Rumsfeld Looking Forward To Secretary's Day


    Apprentice: Fire Bush.
    Hollywood Reporter. Money talks in 'Chappelle’s Show' universe; Comedian, Comedy Central in negotiations for third season.

    Filter. David Cross to Release New Record.

    MTV. William Hung's Sales Figures Are Nothing To Laugh At.

    AP. 'Never Scared,' Chris Rock stars in an HBO comedy special.

    Click down for toons:

    Posted by Eric at 06:56 PM | Comments (4)

    Hamster Numbers: Florida Environment

    From NRDC:

    In 2003, a total of 58,840,020 gallons of sewage spilled into Florida waters. Sewage containing bacteria, viruses, fecal matter and a host of other wastes has repeatedly closed beaches, killed fish and shut down shellfish beds. Florida beach closings and advisories in 2002 more than doubled to 1,745 from 686 in 2001. Meanwhile, the Bush administration is changing policy so cities and towns can skip a required treatment procedure for partially treated sewage they pump into rivers, lakes and coastal waters during high rains. Contact with sewage-infested water can cause gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses, with exposure posing the greatest risk for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

    Posted by Eric at 06:33 PM | Comments (14)

    Hamster Numbers: Florida Environment

    From NRDC:

    In 2003, a total of 58,840,020 gallons of sewage spilled into Florida waters. Sewage containing bacteria, viruses, fecal matter and a host of other wastes has repeatedly closed beaches, killed fish and shut down shellfish beds. Florida beach closings and advisories in 2002 more than doubled to 1,745 from 686 in 2001. Meanwhile, the Bush administration is changing policy so cities and towns can skip a required treatment procedure for partially treated sewage they pump into rivers, lakes and coastal waters during high rains. Contact with sewage-infested water can cause gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses, with exposure posing the greatest risk for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

    Posted by Eric at 06:33 PM | Comments (11)

    Say Hi

    To new Hamster supporter, Dr. Miles Nelson, candidate in the Democratic primary in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District against retired DEA agent Eli Chavez and Senate President Pro Tem Rich Romero. The Republican is incumbent Heather Wilson, who has a nice record and has been making a scream about Janet Jackson's peaks of interest:

    Viacom was already seen as a repeat offender, with MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern and The Opie and Anthony Show on its payroll. So when Karmazin declared that indecency standards needed to be clarified, Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., could hardly control her anger. "You knew what you were doing," she said of the Super Bowl, with tears in her eyes. "You wanted us to be all abuzz. It lines your pockets."

    Wilson, like Upton and many social conservatives in Congress, admits a lack of knowledge about MTV. "I don't have cable," she told Rolling Stone in an interview after the hearing.

    Posted by Eric at 06:22 PM | Comments (18)

    Say Hi

    To new Hamster supporter, Dr. Miles Nelson, candidate in the Democratic primary in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District against retired DEA agent Eli Chavez and Senate President Pro Tem Rich Romero. The Republican is incumbent Heather Wilson, who has a nice record and has been making a scream about Janet Jackson's peaks of interest:

    Viacom was already seen as a repeat offender, with MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern and The Opie and Anthony Show on its payroll. So when Karmazin declared that indecency standards needed to be clarified, Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., could hardly control her anger. "You knew what you were doing," she said of the Super Bowl, with tears in her eyes. "You wanted us to be all abuzz. It lines your pockets."

    Wilson, like Upton and many social conservatives in Congress, admits a lack of knowledge about MTV. "I don't have cable," she told Rolling Stone in an interview after the hearing.

    Posted by Eric at 06:22 PM | Comments (9)

    John Kerry on MTP

    Here.

    Posted by Eric at 12:23 PM | Comments (27)

    John Kerry on MTP

    Here.

    Posted by Eric at 12:23 PM | Comments (4)

    Columbine Dad Turned Away from NRA Convention

    From the AP:

    Mauser challenged Cheney to speak about extending the ban when the vice president delivered the convention's keynote address Saturday night ... Mauser entered the convention hall where the NRA was meeting, but was turned away by a security guard as several conventioneers applauded. A couple of conventioneers yelled "Get a life" and "Vote for Bush."

    Posted by Eric at 12:18 PM | Comments (53)

    Columbine Dad Turned Away from NRA Convention

    From the AP:

    Mauser challenged Cheney to speak about extending the ban when the vice president delivered the convention's keynote address Saturday night ... Mauser entered the convention hall where the NRA was meeting, but was turned away by a security guard as several conventioneers applauded. A couple of conventioneers yelled "Get a life" and "Vote for Bush."

    Posted by Eric at 12:18 PM | Comments (9)

    See Al Franken on Carson Daly

    Free tickets here in NYC for Tuesday. Date of airing TBD (that's right, Carson doesn't tape live at 1:30am!)

    Posted by Eric at 11:46 AM | Comments (28)

    See Al Franken on Carson Daly

    Free tickets here in NYC for Tuesday. Date of airing TBD (that's right, Carson doesn't tape live at 1:30am!)

    Posted by Eric at 11:46 AM | Comments (18)

    Environment: 150 Destructive Policies in 1 Year

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    NRDC's latest report, "Rewriting the Rules," documents the Bush administration's assault on the environment.

    Posted by Eric at 11:36 AM | Comments (57)

    Environment: 150 Destructive Policies in 1 Year

    nrdccov.jpg

    NRDC's latest report, "Rewriting the Rules," documents the Bush administration's assault on the environment.

    Posted by Eric at 11:36 AM | Comments (8)

    NRA Backs Bush, But ...

    According to the Chicago Tribune, some gun owners are lukewarm about Bush, though the NRA is backing him over John Kerry. Why the eeehh?

    The ban outlaws the sale of some assault-style semiautomatic weapons and limits ammunition magazines to 10 cartridges--restrictions that NRA supporters call "cosmetic" moves that have had no measurable impact on crime.

    Bush has said he would allow the ban to be extended, a disappointment to many NRA members. But with a Republican-controlled Congress, it is questionable whether the bill even will get to his desk ... Some gun owners also are disillusioned with aspects of the Bush administration's Patriot Act, claiming it is an infringement of their personal privacy.

    "I disconnected my computer line because of the Patriot Act," said Raymond Cromley, 54, of Farmingdale, Ohio, who said he has not decided whether he'll vote for Bush.

    At the NRA conference in Penn, Cheney said of Bush: he "has shown you respect, earned your vote and appreciates your support,"

    Posted by Eric at 11:20 AM | Comments (27)

    NRA Backs Bush, But ...

    According to the Chicago Tribune, some gun owners are lukewarm about Bush, though the NRA is backing him over John Kerry. Why the eeehh?

    The ban outlaws the sale of some assault-style semiautomatic weapons and limits ammunition magazines to 10 cartridges--restrictions that NRA supporters call "cosmetic" moves that have had no measurable impact on crime.

    Bush has said he would allow the ban to be extended, a disappointment to many NRA members. But with a Republican-controlled Congress, it is questionable whether the bill even will get to his desk ... Some gun owners also are disillusioned with aspects of the Bush administration's Patriot Act, claiming it is an infringement of their personal privacy.

    "I disconnected my computer line because of the Patriot Act," said Raymond Cromley, 54, of Farmingdale, Ohio, who said he has not decided whether he'll vote for Bush.

    At the NRA conference in Penn, Cheney said of Bush: he "has shown you respect, earned your vote and appreciates your support,"

    Posted by Eric at 11:20 AM | Comments (2)

    Conservative vs. Moderate Rift in Penn

    Is Bush the Uniter helping to divide Penn politics between the conservative and 'moderate' candidate? LA Times:

    Specter, 74, is a vanishing breed of Republican — a pragmatic, "Rockefeller Republican" who is a supporter of abortion rights, sympathetic to organized labor and an unabashed advocate of government spending to help his state and address social ills. He believes that an ideology that is too rigid narrows the reach of the GOP and polarizes the country ... Toomey, 42, is the prototype of a younger, post-Reagan generation of Republicans who are dedicated to cutting taxes, limiting government spending and ending abortion. He believes the party owes it to voters to stand for a clear, unwavering ideology ...

    The Specter-Toomey fight is a cautionary tale for Bush, a reminder of the balancing act he has to perfect to win reelection. He needs to generate enthusiasm among the kind of conservatives represented by Toomey. But in a swing state such as Pennsylvania — where Democrats narrowly outnumber Republicans — Bush cannot afford to alienate the centrist Republicans and Democrats attracted to Specter. That's why some analysts argue that Bush was wise to endorse Specter and would have a harder time winning Pennsylvania if Toomey was on the ticket ...

    Still, for conservative activists concerned about the party's direction, the primary fight is about something even bigger than control of the Senate: It is about the soul of the party.

    Posted by Eric at 11:14 AM | Comments (27)

    Conservative vs. Moderate Rift in Penn

    Is Bush the Uniter helping to divide Penn politics between the conservative and 'moderate' candidate? LA Times:

    Specter, 74, is a vanishing breed of Republican — a pragmatic, "Rockefeller Republican" who is a supporter of abortion rights, sympathetic to organized labor and an unabashed advocate of government spending to help his state and address social ills. He believes that an ideology that is too rigid narrows the reach of the GOP and polarizes the country ... Toomey, 42, is the prototype of a younger, post-Reagan generation of Republicans who are dedicated to cutting taxes, limiting government spending and ending abortion. He believes the party owes it to voters to stand for a clear, unwavering ideology ...

    The Specter-Toomey fight is a cautionary tale for Bush, a reminder of the balancing act he has to perfect to win reelection. He needs to generate enthusiasm among the kind of conservatives represented by Toomey. But in a swing state such as Pennsylvania — where Democrats narrowly outnumber Republicans — Bush cannot afford to alienate the centrist Republicans and Democrats attracted to Specter. That's why some analysts argue that Bush was wise to endorse Specter and would have a harder time winning Pennsylvania if Toomey was on the ticket ...

    Still, for conservative activists concerned about the party's direction, the primary fight is about something even bigger than control of the Senate: It is about the soul of the party.

    Posted by Eric at 11:14 AM | Comments (4)

    Rice: Prepare for Terrorist Attack Before Elections

    Says the NSA to Fox News on Sunday, AP:

    The opportunity for terrorists to try to influence the election, as was the case last month in Spain, appears to be an opportunity that would "be too good to pass up for them," Rice said.

    "I think that we do have to take very seriously the thought that the terrorists might have learned, we hope, the wrong lesson from Spain," Rice told Fox News Sunday.

    "I think we also have to take seriously that they might try during the cycle leading up to the election to do something," she said.

    On a related note, according to CNN, Tom Ridge "is expected to call Monday for an acceleration of plans to prepare for a terrorist attack because of several forthcoming high-profile events that could give terrorists a chance to strike."

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (34)

    Rice: Prepare for Terrorist Attack Before Elections

    Says the NSA to Fox News on Sunday, AP:

    The opportunity for terrorists to try to influence the election, as was the case last month in Spain, appears to be an opportunity that would "be too good to pass up for them," Rice said.

    "I think that we do have to take very seriously the thought that the terrorists might have learned, we hope, the wrong lesson from Spain," Rice told Fox News Sunday.

    "I think we also have to take seriously that they might try during the cycle leading up to the election to do something," she said.

    On a related note, according to CNN, Tom Ridge "is expected to call Monday for an acceleration of plans to prepare for a terrorist attack because of several forthcoming high-profile events that could give terrorists a chance to strike."

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (11)

    Spain to Leave Iraq ASAP

    Prepare to replace 'Spanish Rice' with 'Freedom Rice.' From NY Times:

    Just 24 hours after he was sworn in, Mr. Zapatero said he had ordered Defense Minister José Bono to "do what is necessary" for the Spanish troops to return home in the shortest possible time.

    Mr. Zapatero said he had made his decision because it was unlikely that the United Nations would be playing a leading role in Iraq any time soon, which had been his condition for Spain's 1,300 troops to remain. Because of troop rotation, more than 1,400 are there now.

    Posted by Eric at 12:26 AM | Comments (74)

    Spain to Leave Iraq ASAP

    Prepare to replace 'Spanish Rice' with 'Freedom Rice.' From NY Times:

    Just 24 hours after he was sworn in, Mr. Zapatero said he had ordered Defense Minister José Bono to "do what is necessary" for the Spanish troops to return home in the shortest possible time.

    Mr. Zapatero said he had made his decision because it was unlikely that the United Nations would be playing a leading role in Iraq any time soon, which had been his condition for Spain's 1,300 troops to remain. Because of troop rotation, more than 1,400 are there now.

    Posted by Eric at 12:26 AM | Comments (13)

    April 16, 2004

    Friday Stories

    NYDN. Rummy: We blew death forecast
    Guardian. Spurned Blair in plea to Bush
    NYT. U.S. Open to a Proposal That Supplants Council in Iraq
    WP. Kerry Hopes to Cement Image With New Ads
    AP. Bush, Blair Look to U.N. for Help on Iraq
    NYT. Decision on Finance Rules Is Called Unlikely by May
    LAT. GOP Contrasts Kerry Votes With South's Values
    LAT. War Wears on Voters in Key Minnesota Suburbs
    CSM. In reliability, Detroit forces BMWs, Benzes off the road
    CSM. One way to kick-start youth vote: environment
    CSM. 'Nader nation' - who are these voters?
    CSM. New demands test troop stamina
    BGlobe. On tax day, Bush sees economy working in his favor
    BGlobe. Kerry meets with cardinal
    LAT. GOP Contrasts Kerry Votes With South's Values
    LAT. President Talks Up Tax Cuts in Iowa
    BGlobe. Heinz Kerry seen as 'secret weapon'

    Commentary
    Jonathan Freedland. Sharon's triumph is Blair's defeat; By backing Israel's land grab, Bush has humiliated the prime minister
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Radical Theories And Reality
    Bob Herbert. A Soldier's Sacrifice
    Krugman. The Vietnam Analogy
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Shades of LBJ
    CBPP. Are Taxes Exceptionally Concentrated At The Top?
    James Goldsborough. Not exactly Vietnam, but parallels exist
    Sean Aday. Déjà vu All Over Again: Bush's Don't Ask, Don't Tell Press Conference
    Maureen Farrell. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
    Michael Moore. Setting the Record Straight
    Dan Rodricks. A Proud Army Parent Believes Bush Misled Us About Iraq War
    Jason Vest. Incredible Credibility: Richard Clarke’s decision to step out publicly and write Against All Enemies is more shocking than the revelations within
    Brian H. Kehrl. The Task at Hand: Will Cheney’s secret energy meetings see the light?
    Juan Cole. Turning into Israel? Outraged by President Bush's embrace of Ariel Sharon and the bloody U.S. assault on Fallujah, the Arab world is linking America's occupation with Israel's. That's ominous
    Saad George Hattar. Highways of horror: Driven by rage at the U.S. occupation, and hoping to split the shaky allied coalition, tribesmen are taking hostages -- and now killing them
    Harold Meyerson. Kerry Was Right: Has Bush finally realized that success in Iraq requires the United Nations?
    Jim Grossfeld. Ambassador's Journal: What will John D. Negroponte write in his diary over the next few months?
    Michael Lerner. The Sharon-Bush Axis of Occupation
    David Corn. On 9/11, CIA Chief Gets Off Easy
    Steven Hill. Fixing The Election
    Byron Williams. He who is without sin: 'War President' chooses campaign slogans over honesty, using soldiers as pawns in reelection bid
    Bill Berkowitz. The spinning grounds: Can Team Bush's marketing machine possibly spin the current crisis into an upbeat media moment?
    Arthur Schlesinger. This is Bush's Vietnam - the wrong war, at the wrong time, in the wrong place

    Posted by Eric at 11:41 PM | Comments (28)

    Friday Stories

    NYDN. Rummy: We blew death forecast
    Guardian. Spurned Blair in plea to Bush
    NYT. U.S. Open to a Proposal That Supplants Council in Iraq
    WP. Kerry Hopes to Cement Image With New Ads
    AP. Bush, Blair Look to U.N. for Help on Iraq
    NYT. Decision on Finance Rules Is Called Unlikely by May
    LAT. GOP Contrasts Kerry Votes With South's Values
    LAT. War Wears on Voters in Key Minnesota Suburbs
    CSM. In reliability, Detroit forces BMWs, Benzes off the road
    CSM. One way to kick-start youth vote: environment
    CSM. 'Nader nation' - who are these voters?
    CSM. New demands test troop stamina
    BGlobe. On tax day, Bush sees economy working in his favor
    BGlobe. Kerry meets with cardinal
    LAT. GOP Contrasts Kerry Votes With South's Values
    LAT. President Talks Up Tax Cuts in Iowa
    BGlobe. Heinz Kerry seen as 'secret weapon'

    Commentary
    Jonathan Freedland. Sharon's triumph is Blair's defeat; By backing Israel's land grab, Bush has humiliated the prime minister
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Radical Theories And Reality
    Bob Herbert. A Soldier's Sacrifice
    Krugman. The Vietnam Analogy
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Shades of LBJ
    CBPP. Are Taxes Exceptionally Concentrated At The Top?
    James Goldsborough. Not exactly Vietnam, but parallels exist
    Sean Aday. Déjà vu All Over Again: Bush's Don't Ask, Don't Tell Press Conference
    Maureen Farrell. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
    Michael Moore. Setting the Record Straight
    Dan Rodricks. A Proud Army Parent Believes Bush Misled Us About Iraq War
    Jason Vest. Incredible Credibility: Richard Clarke’s decision to step out publicly and write Against All Enemies is more shocking than the revelations within
    Brian H. Kehrl. The Task at Hand: Will Cheney’s secret energy meetings see the light?
    Juan Cole. Turning into Israel? Outraged by President Bush's embrace of Ariel Sharon and the bloody U.S. assault on Fallujah, the Arab world is linking America's occupation with Israel's. That's ominous
    Saad George Hattar. Highways of horror: Driven by rage at the U.S. occupation, and hoping to split the shaky allied coalition, tribesmen are taking hostages -- and now killing them
    Harold Meyerson. Kerry Was Right: Has Bush finally realized that success in Iraq requires the United Nations?
    Jim Grossfeld. Ambassador's Journal: What will John D. Negroponte write in his diary over the next few months?
    Michael Lerner. The Sharon-Bush Axis of Occupation
    David Corn. On 9/11, CIA Chief Gets Off Easy
    Steven Hill. Fixing The Election
    Byron Williams. He who is without sin: 'War President' chooses campaign slogans over honesty, using soldiers as pawns in reelection bid
    Bill Berkowitz. The spinning grounds: Can Team Bush's marketing machine possibly spin the current crisis into an upbeat media moment?
    Arthur Schlesinger. This is Bush's Vietnam - the wrong war, at the wrong time, in the wrong place

    Posted by Eric at 11:41 PM | Comments (4)

    Dean: Fox has Dumbed Down news

    In a speech to Dartmouth College in Hanover, Dean told a crowd of about 300:

    As for Fox News, Dean said the cable network created “flashier, glitzier programming designed for people with (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) to look at. They've dumbed down the news,” and other networks have followed their lead.

    As a case in point, Dean said his concession speech to Iowa -- now regarded as the “scream” -- was unremarked upon by the print reporters who witnessed it, but then was played “630 times” on television, which didn't pick up the noise from the large crowd that had been responding to his impassioned speech.

    “Do you think they reported the CPI (consumer price index) 630 times?” Dean said. “No, it was played because it was great entertainment, and that's what the news has become.”

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 AM | Comments (28)

    Dean: Fox has Dumbed Down news

    In a speech to Dartmouth College in Hanover, Dean told a crowd of about 300:

    As for Fox News, Dean said the cable network created “flashier, glitzier programming designed for people with (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) to look at. They've dumbed down the news,” and other networks have followed their lead.

    As a case in point, Dean said his concession speech to Iowa -- now regarded as the “scream” -- was unremarked upon by the print reporters who witnessed it, but then was played “630 times” on television, which didn't pick up the noise from the large crowd that had been responding to his impassioned speech.

    “Do you think they reported the CPI (consumer price index) 630 times?” Dean said. “No, it was played because it was great entertainment, and that's what the news has become.”

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 AM | Comments (12)

    NRA Shoots for Media Presence

    The NRA is attempting to expand its political influence by becoming part of the media, reports the AP:

    The nation's gun lobby is creating an "NRA news" company that will produce a daily talk show for the Internet, buy a radio station and seek a television deal to spread its gun-rights message.

    Looking for the same legal recognition as mainstream news organizations, the National Rifle Association says it has already hired its first reporter, a conservative talk radio host from Oklahoma. NRANews.com plans to start online broadcasts today at www.nranews.com.

    The NRA is taking the step to operate free of political spending limits, hoping to use unlimited donations known as soft money to focus on gun issues and candidates' positions despite the law's restrictions on soft money-financed political ads within days of the election.

    The NRA and other political groups (including many on the left) oppose any changes to the current election laws so they can do so-called political education (e.g. quoted above):
    The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law prohibited the spending of "soft-money" by political committees to influence a federal election.

    But the legal precedent surrounding that law is complicated, and lawyers who testified in the hearing yesterday disagreed over exactly what constitutes a political committee and an expenditure.

    The commissioners are considering rule changes that would redefine those terms.

    A wide swath of groups both left and right, including such powerhouses as the National Rifle Association, have protested any changes that would limit their "political education" work. The NRA is gearing up to support Bush's re-election.

    Indeed, the NRA is having Cheney deliver the NRA's keynote speech.

    Posted by Eric at 08:47 AM | Comments (66)

    NRA Shoots for Media Presence

    The NRA is attempting to expand its political influence by becoming part of the media, reports the AP:

    The nation's gun lobby is creating an "NRA news" company that will produce a daily talk show for the Internet, buy a radio station and seek a television deal to spread its gun-rights message.

    Looking for the same legal recognition as mainstream news organizations, the National Rifle Association says it has already hired its first reporter, a conservative talk radio host from Oklahoma. NRANews.com plans to start online broadcasts today at www.nranews.com.

    The NRA is taking the step to operate free of political spending limits, hoping to use unlimited donations known as soft money to focus on gun issues and candidates' positions despite the law's restrictions on soft money-financed political ads within days of the election.

    The NRA and other political groups (including many on the left) oppose any changes to the current election laws so they can do so-called political education (e.g. quoted above):
    The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law prohibited the spending of "soft-money" by political committees to influence a federal election.

    But the legal precedent surrounding that law is complicated, and lawyers who testified in the hearing yesterday disagreed over exactly what constitutes a political committee and an expenditure.

    The commissioners are considering rule changes that would redefine those terms.

    A wide swath of groups both left and right, including such powerhouses as the National Rifle Association, have protested any changes that would limit their "political education" work. The NRA is gearing up to support Bush's re-election.

    Indeed, the NRA is having Cheney deliver the NRA's keynote speech.

    Posted by Eric at 08:47 AM | Comments (51)

    Hostage Crisis Splits Japan Into Two Camps

    And they are not pro and anti Crayon ShinChan. From the Japan Times:

    One side supports the government's decision not to withdraw the Self-Defense Force troops from Iraq. It believes the three Japanese hostages got what they deserved because they chose to enter a dangerous zone of their own volition.

    The other camp is critical of the government's stance, which it says makes light of human life because Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi immediately rejected any plan to withdraw SDF troops.

    And the families of the three hostages are caught between the two camps. Their homes and temporary offices in Tokyo are flooded with telephone and fax messages of both encouragement and harassment.

    Posted by Eric at 08:41 AM | Comments (23)

    Hostage Crisis Splits Japan Into Two Camps

    And they are not pro and anti Crayon ShinChan. From the Japan Times:

    One side supports the government's decision not to withdraw the Self-Defense Force troops from Iraq. It believes the three Japanese hostages got what they deserved because they chose to enter a dangerous zone of their own volition.

    The other camp is critical of the government's stance, which it says makes light of human life because Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi immediately rejected any plan to withdraw SDF troops.

    And the families of the three hostages are caught between the two camps. Their homes and temporary offices in Tokyo are flooded with telephone and fax messages of both encouragement and harassment.

    Posted by Eric at 08:41 AM | Comments (3)

    Hamster Numbers: Top Taxes

    From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

    The Treasury analysis shows that the one percent of taxpayers with the highest incomes paid 33.9 percent of federal individual income taxes in 2001. However, a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office shows that this group pays a substantially smaller proportion — 22.7 percent — of federal taxes overall, including payroll, excise, and other taxes.[2] The progressivity of the tax system is further muted if state and local taxes are taken into account; most state and local tax systems are regressive ... As a result of the three major tax cut bills enacted since 2001, the top one percent of taxpayers will receive average tax cuts of nearly $35,000 in 2004, according to new data from the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, or 54 times the average tax cut that the middle fifth of taxpayers will receive. The highest-income taxpayers also will experience a much greater percentage increase in after-tax income as a result of the tax cuts than other taxpayers will. Finally, the Tax Policy Center data show that those at the top of the income scale will be paying a smaller share of all federal taxes when the tax cuts are fully in effect.

    Posted by Eric at 08:20 AM | Comments (31)

    Hamster Numbers: Top Taxes

    From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

    The Treasury analysis shows that the one percent of taxpayers with the highest incomes paid 33.9 percent of federal individual income taxes in 2001. However, a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office shows that this group pays a substantially smaller proportion — 22.7 percent — of federal taxes overall, including payroll, excise, and other taxes.[2] The progressivity of the tax system is further muted if state and local taxes are taken into account; most state and local tax systems are regressive ... As a result of the three major tax cut bills enacted since 2001, the top one percent of taxpayers will receive average tax cuts of nearly $35,000 in 2004, according to new data from the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, or 54 times the average tax cut that the middle fifth of taxpayers will receive. The highest-income taxpayers also will experience a much greater percentage increase in after-tax income as a result of the tax cuts than other taxpayers will. Finally, the Tax Policy Center data show that those at the top of the income scale will be paying a smaller share of all federal taxes when the tax cuts are fully in effect.

    Posted by Eric at 08:20 AM | Comments (4)

    Zinni: "Anyone could know the problems they were going to see. How could they not?"

    Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni has some thoughts about Rummy and the situation in Iraq. Where are the flowers and roses? SD Union-Trib

    Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni wondered aloud yesterday how Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld could be caught off guard by the chaos in Iraq that has killed nearly 100 Americans in recent weeks and led to his announcement that 20,000 U.S. troops would be staying there instead of returning home as planned.

    "I'm surprised that he is surprised because there was a lot of us who were telling him that it was going to be thus," said Zinni, a Marine for 39 years and the former commander of the U.S. Central Command. "Anyone could know the problems they were going to see. How could they not?" ... For years Zinni said he cautioned U.S. officials that an Iraq without Saddam Hussein would likely be more dangerous to U.S. interests than one with him because of the ethnic and religious clashes that would be unleashed.

    "I think that some heads should roll over Iraq," Zinni said. "I think the president got some bad advice."

    Any fallout regarding your criticisms?
    "I've been called a traitor and a turncoat for mentioning these things," said Zinni, 60.
    Zinni says the US must go to the UN for help.

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 AM | Comments (25)

    Zinni: "Anyone could know the problems they were going to see. How could they not?"

    Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni has some thoughts about Rummy and the situation in Iraq. Where are the flowers and roses? SD Union-Trib

    Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni wondered aloud yesterday how Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld could be caught off guard by the chaos in Iraq that has killed nearly 100 Americans in recent weeks and led to his announcement that 20,000 U.S. troops would be staying there instead of returning home as planned.

    "I'm surprised that he is surprised because there was a lot of us who were telling him that it was going to be thus," said Zinni, a Marine for 39 years and the former commander of the U.S. Central Command. "Anyone could know the problems they were going to see. How could they not?" ... For years Zinni said he cautioned U.S. officials that an Iraq without Saddam Hussein would likely be more dangerous to U.S. interests than one with him because of the ethnic and religious clashes that would be unleashed.

    "I think that some heads should roll over Iraq," Zinni said. "I think the president got some bad advice."

    Any fallout regarding your criticisms?
    "I've been called a traitor and a turncoat for mentioning these things," said Zinni, 60.
    Zinni says the US must go to the UN for help.

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 AM | Comments (6)

    Ebert: "I find it strange that so many Americans describe themselves as patriotic when their values are anti-democratic and totalitarian"

    On Rush and Stern, the film critic wisely picks Stern. But no problem with Rush, either:

    You don't have to listen to Stern. Exercising the same freedom, I am Limbaugh-free. And please don't tell me that Stern must be fined and driven off the radio because he uses the ''public airwaves.'' If they are public, then his listeners are the public, and we want to listen to him on our airwaves. The public airwaves cannot be held hostage to a small segment that wants to decide what the rest of us can hear -- especially now that President Bush supports consolidating more and more media outlets into a few rich hands.

    But what if a child should tune in? Call me old-fashioned, but I believe it is the responsibility of parents to control their children's media input. The entire nation cannot be held hostage so that everything on the radio is suitable for 9-year-olds. Nor do I know of any children who want to listen to Stern, anyway; they prefer music.

    It is a belief of mine about the movies, that what makes them good or bad isn't what they're about, but how they're about them. The point is not the subject but the form and purpose of its expression. A listener to Stern will find that he expresses humanistic values, that he opposes hypocrisy, that he talks honestly about what a great many Americans do indeed think and say and do. A Limbaugh listener, on the other hand, might not have guessed from campaigns to throw the book at drug addicts that he was addicted to drugs and required an employee to buy them on the street.

    But listen carefully. I support Limbaugh's right to be on the radio. I feel it is fully equal to Stern's. I find it strange that so many Americans describe themselves as patriotic when their values are anti-democratic and totalitarian. We are all familiar with Voltaire's great cry: ''I may disagree with what you say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.'' Ideas like his helped form the emerging American republic. Today, the Federal Communications Commission operates under an alternative slogan: ''Since a minority that is very important to this administration disagrees with what you say, shut up.''

    Posted by Eric at 07:42 AM | Comments (62)

    Ebert: "I find it strange that so many Americans describe themselves as patriotic when their values are anti-democratic and totalitarian"

    On Rush and Stern, the film critic wisely picks Stern. But no problem with Rush, either:

    You don't have to listen to Stern. Exercising the same freedom, I am Limbaugh-free. And please don't tell me that Stern must be fined and driven off the radio because he uses the ''public airwaves.'' If they are public, then his listeners are the public, and we want to listen to him on our airwaves. The public airwaves cannot be held hostage to a small segment that wants to decide what the rest of us can hear -- especially now that President Bush supports consolidating more and more media outlets into a few rich hands.

    But what if a child should tune in? Call me old-fashioned, but I believe it is the responsibility of parents to control their children's media input. The entire nation cannot be held hostage so that everything on the radio is suitable for 9-year-olds. Nor do I know of any children who want to listen to Stern, anyway; they prefer music.

    It is a belief of mine about the movies, that what makes them good or bad isn't what they're about, but how they're about them. The point is not the subject but the form and purpose of its expression. A listener to Stern will find that he expresses humanistic values, that he opposes hypocrisy, that he talks honestly about what a great many Americans do indeed think and say and do. A Limbaugh listener, on the other hand, might not have guessed from campaigns to throw the book at drug addicts that he was addicted to drugs and required an employee to buy them on the street.

    But listen carefully. I support Limbaugh's right to be on the radio. I feel it is fully equal to Stern's. I find it strange that so many Americans describe themselves as patriotic when their values are anti-democratic and totalitarian. We are all familiar with Voltaire's great cry: ''I may disagree with what you say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.'' Ideas like his helped form the emerging American republic. Today, the Federal Communications Commission operates under an alternative slogan: ''Since a minority that is very important to this administration disagrees with what you say, shut up.''

    Posted by Eric at 07:42 AM | Comments (12)

    April 15, 2004

    Thursday ...

    AP. Army Lengthens Iraq Tours Despite Pledge
    AP. Iraqi Militants Execute Italian Hostage
    CSM. Blogs: Here to stay - with changes
    NYT. Cheney Urges China to Press North Korea on A-Bombs
    NYT. Kerry Urges Bush to Share Responsibility With U.N. in Iraq
    NYT. U.S. Jobless Claims Climb to 360,000
    NYT. RealNetworks Seeks a Musical Alliance With Apple
    NYT. Sept. 11 Panel Cites C.I.A. for Failures in Terror Case
    WSTM. Some NY Vets Questioning Pre-9/11 Knowledge, Fighting In Iraq
    WebMD. Americans Say Kerry Leads on Health
    WP. House Member Seeks Gorelick's Resignation
    WP. A Wrong Turn, Chaos and a Rescue: Marines Battle for Hours to Save Crew of Personnel Carrier Set Afire in Grenade Attack
    WP. Bush Backs Israel on West Bank: In Policy Shift, President Says Some Disputed Settlements Should Remain
    LAT. Hearings Open on Spending by Advocate Groups
    LAT. Kerry Firing Away at Bush's Reputation as Straight Shooter
    LAT. Kerry Places Stability in Iraq Above a Democracy
    AP. Poll: Kerry has hefty double-digit lead in New York
    AP. Poll: Most New Yorkers oppose gay marriage, back helping poor schools
    BGlobe. Shifting sands stymie Bush, Kerry campaigns
    BGlobe. On the road, Kerry is still close to home
    AP. Bush backers concerned by Iraq 'mess'
    Test. Kerry sees wider coalition on Iraq

    Commentary
    Sidney Blumenthal. Bush faces a revolt -- from the U.S. military: The president may see his mission to Iraq as a holy war, but frustrated Pentagon strategists say they're being ignored and ill-treated by the administration
    P.W. Singer. Warriors for hire in Iraq: More than 15,000 employees of private military contractors, from giant Halliburton to tiny commando firms, are working, fighting and dying alongside U.S. soldiers. But who calls the shots in an outsourced war?
    Micah L. Sifry. Standing Firm: On why Americans agree Iraq is a mess yet continue to support the war.
    Bill McKibben. One Nation, Underperforming: There is so much more we can do environmentally, socially, fiscally. Why aren't we doing it?
    Richard Cohen. America's Ayatollah
    Mark Martell. Protect wetlands from off-highway vehicles
    Ruth Rosen. Summer of 2004
    Dick Ryan. Church should leave Kerry alone
    James P. Pinkerton. Bush finds UN relevant, after all
    Sheryl McCarthy. No apology can excuse the true cost of this war
    Ellen Goodman. Putting Kerry on the 'wafer watch'
    BGlobe. Bush's blinders

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (15)

    Thursday ...

    AP. Army Lengthens Iraq Tours Despite Pledge
    AP. Iraqi Militants Execute Italian Hostage
    CSM. Blogs: Here to stay - with changes
    NYT. Cheney Urges China to Press North Korea on A-Bombs
    NYT. Kerry Urges Bush to Share Responsibility With U.N. in Iraq
    NYT. U.S. Jobless Claims Climb to 360,000
    NYT. RealNetworks Seeks a Musical Alliance With Apple
    NYT. Sept. 11 Panel Cites C.I.A. for Failures in Terror Case
    WSTM. Some NY Vets Questioning Pre-9/11 Knowledge, Fighting In Iraq
    WebMD. Americans Say Kerry Leads on Health
    WP. House Member Seeks Gorelick's Resignation
    WP. A Wrong Turn, Chaos and a Rescue: Marines Battle for Hours to Save Crew of Personnel Carrier Set Afire in Grenade Attack
    WP. Bush Backs Israel on West Bank: In Policy Shift, President Says Some Disputed Settlements Should Remain
    LAT. Hearings Open on Spending by Advocate Groups
    LAT. Kerry Firing Away at Bush's Reputation as Straight Shooter
    LAT. Kerry Places Stability in Iraq Above a Democracy
    AP. Poll: Kerry has hefty double-digit lead in New York
    AP. Poll: Most New Yorkers oppose gay marriage, back helping poor schools
    BGlobe. Shifting sands stymie Bush, Kerry campaigns
    BGlobe. On the road, Kerry is still close to home
    AP. Bush backers concerned by Iraq 'mess'
    Test. Kerry sees wider coalition on Iraq

    Commentary
    Sidney Blumenthal. Bush faces a revolt -- from the U.S. military: The president may see his mission to Iraq as a holy war, but frustrated Pentagon strategists say they're being ignored and ill-treated by the administration
    P.W. Singer. Warriors for hire in Iraq: More than 15,000 employees of private military contractors, from giant Halliburton to tiny commando firms, are working, fighting and dying alongside U.S. soldiers. But who calls the shots in an outsourced war?
    Micah L. Sifry. Standing Firm: On why Americans agree Iraq is a mess yet continue to support the war.
    Bill McKibben. One Nation, Underperforming: There is so much more we can do environmentally, socially, fiscally. Why aren't we doing it?
    Richard Cohen. America's Ayatollah
    Mark Martell. Protect wetlands from off-highway vehicles
    Ruth Rosen. Summer of 2004
    Dick Ryan. Church should leave Kerry alone
    James P. Pinkerton. Bush finds UN relevant, after all
    Sheryl McCarthy. No apology can excuse the true cost of this war
    Ellen Goodman. Putting Kerry on the 'wafer watch'
    BGlobe. Bush's blinders

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (4)

    Romney Goes In for the Same-Sex Marriage Kill

    To ask lawmakers "to let him bypass the state attorney general and ask the state supreme court to stay its decision legalizing same-sex marriage." CNN:

    Romney, a Republican, asked Attorney General Thomas Reilly last month to request a stay of the court's ruling, which is set to take effect on May 17. But Reilly, a Democrat who argued the state's same-sex marriage case, said the governor's request contained no new legal basis for an appeal.

    "I feel very deeply that the people's voice should be heard -- that a matter such as the definition of marriage is fundamental in our society, and that the citizens should have a right to be heard," Romney said.

    But a lawyer for Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders -- the group that represented plaintiffs in the Massachusetts case -- called Romney's move "a last-ditch and hopeless effort."

    "In refusing to go to court for a stay, the attorney general acknowledged reality: The case is over," GLAD attorney Mary Bonauto said in a written statement.

    Posted by Eric at 10:02 PM | Comments (44)

    Romney Goes In for the Same-Sex Marriage Kill

    To ask lawmakers "to let him bypass the state attorney general and ask the state supreme court to stay its decision legalizing same-sex marriage." CNN:

    Romney, a Republican, asked Attorney General Thomas Reilly last month to request a stay of the court's ruling, which is set to take effect on May 17. But Reilly, a Democrat who argued the state's same-sex marriage case, said the governor's request contained no new legal basis for an appeal.

    "I feel very deeply that the people's voice should be heard -- that a matter such as the definition of marriage is fundamental in our society, and that the citizens should have a right to be heard," Romney said.

    But a lawyer for Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders -- the group that represented plaintiffs in the Massachusetts case -- called Romney's move "a last-ditch and hopeless effort."

    "In refusing to go to court for a stay, the attorney general acknowledged reality: The case is over," GLAD attorney Mary Bonauto said in a written statement.

    Posted by Eric at 10:02 PM | Comments (9)

    Kerry to Rumsfeld: "Troops are not chess pieces"

    Rumsfeld said this in a press conference:

    QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, can I ask you about your opening statement? You said that the challenge in Fallujah is being contained and that the situation in the South is largely stabilized. and I wonder if that is the case, why, then is it necessary to keep extra troops in Iraq for 90 days?

    RUMSFELD: Well, it is -- the reason it is contained is because we have the extra troops there. That is self-evident. Come on, people are fungible. You can have them here or there.

    We have announced the judgment, it is clear, you understand it, everyone in the room understands that we needed additional -- The commander decided he'd like to retain in country an additional plus or minus 20,000 people and that is what we are doing.

    So Kerry responds with this statement:
    ''Secretary Rumsfeld's comment that 'people are fungible' is further indication of this Administration's continuing disregard for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in Iraq. Secretary Rumsfeld has it wrong. Troops are not chess pieces to be moved on a board, they are real people with families and loved ones who depend on them. From failing to provide our troops with adequate body and vehicle armor to breaking their commitment not to extend assignments beyond one year, this Administration has continually let them down. They deserve more than cold impersonal calculations when their tours are extended, they deserve compassion and understanding of the sacrifice they and their families are making for their country. Our troops are asked to serve in an action where the Administration can't even tell them what the plan is to move forward. They are key to our success in Iraq and deserve more from their leaders.''

    Posted by Eric at 06:35 PM | Comments (30)

    Kerry to Rumsfeld: "Troops are not chess pieces"

    Rumsfeld said this in a press conference:

    QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, can I ask you about your opening statement? You said that the challenge in Fallujah is being contained and that the situation in the South is largely stabilized. and I wonder if that is the case, why, then is it necessary to keep extra troops in Iraq for 90 days?

    RUMSFELD: Well, it is -- the reason it is contained is because we have the extra troops there. That is self-evident. Come on, people are fungible. You can have them here or there.

    We have announced the judgment, it is clear, you understand it, everyone in the room understands that we needed additional -- The commander decided he'd like to retain in country an additional plus or minus 20,000 people and that is what we are doing.

    So Kerry responds with this statement:
    ''Secretary Rumsfeld's comment that 'people are fungible' is further indication of this Administration's continuing disregard for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in Iraq. Secretary Rumsfeld has it wrong. Troops are not chess pieces to be moved on a board, they are real people with families and loved ones who depend on them. From failing to provide our troops with adequate body and vehicle armor to breaking their commitment not to extend assignments beyond one year, this Administration has continually let them down. They deserve more than cold impersonal calculations when their tours are extended, they deserve compassion and understanding of the sacrifice they and their families are making for their country. Our troops are asked to serve in an action where the Administration can't even tell them what the plan is to move forward. They are key to our success in Iraq and deserve more from their leaders.''

    Posted by Eric at 06:35 PM | Comments (8)

    UAW Membership Lowest Since 1942

    The UAW lost about 14,000 members in 2003, Detroit Free Press:

    The United Auto Workers union continued its long, slow decline in membership in 2003, losing 14,000 more members and falling to its lowest level since 1942, according to UAW documents filed with the Department of Labor.

    UAW membership fell to 624,585 in 2003, down from 638,722 at the end of 2002. The drop came despite UAW successes in organizing thousands of workers at billion-dollar parts suppliers like Toledo-based Dana Corp. and Johnson Controls Inc. in Plymouth, not to mention some success in organizing graduate assistants on college campuses.

    Despite the drop in membership, the UAW increased the amount of union dues it collected in 2003 to $214.3 million, up from $209 million in 2002.

    The UAW peaked at 1.53 million members in 1969 and still had 1.5 million as of 1979 -- but as Detroit's automakers lose business, the union loses members.

    Posted by Eric at 12:38 PM | Comments (25)

    UAW Membership Lowest Since 1942

    The UAW lost about 14,000 members in 2003, Detroit Free Press:

    The United Auto Workers union continued its long, slow decline in membership in 2003, losing 14,000 more members and falling to its lowest level since 1942, according to UAW documents filed with the Department of Labor.

    UAW membership fell to 624,585 in 2003, down from 638,722 at the end of 2002. The drop came despite UAW successes in organizing thousands of workers at billion-dollar parts suppliers like Toledo-based Dana Corp. and Johnson Controls Inc. in Plymouth, not to mention some success in organizing graduate assistants on college campuses.

    Despite the drop in membership, the UAW increased the amount of union dues it collected in 2003 to $214.3 million, up from $209 million in 2002.

    The UAW peaked at 1.53 million members in 1969 and still had 1.5 million as of 1979 -- but as Detroit's automakers lose business, the union loses members.

    Posted by Eric at 12:38 PM | Comments (5)

    Condi vs. Reality

    This is an interesting one from Progress Report:

    "George Tenet met with the president every morning" before 9/11.

    - National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/28/04

    VERSUS

    CIA records show that despite increased threat warnings, Tenet briefed the president only twice in August - once in Crawford, Tex., on Aug. 17, and once in Washington, on Aug. 31. Tenet added that "I don't have a recollection of being called" by telephone by the White House to do any more briefings, either.

    - WP, 4/14/04

    Posted by Eric at 11:34 AM | Comments (20)

    Condi vs. Reality

    This is an interesting one from Progress Report:

    "George Tenet met with the president every morning" before 9/11.

    - National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/28/04

    VERSUS

    CIA records show that despite increased threat warnings, Tenet briefed the president only twice in August - once in Crawford, Tex., on Aug. 17, and once in Washington, on Aug. 31. Tenet added that "I don't have a recollection of being called" by telephone by the White House to do any more briefings, either.

    - WP, 4/14/04

    Posted by Eric at 11:34 AM | Comments (4)

    When People Review Things They Don't Listen To

    Or at least, pay attention to. Granted, this is from a college newspaper, but the mistake is amusing none the less. Dylan Tanner in the Daily Vanguard of Portland State U (and I'll give them credit ... they have a good Div1AA football team):

    I have bad news for Janeane Garofalo: Making Ralph Nader cry is easier than you think, and it's nothing to brag about. Back in the schoolyard, we used to taunt him with cries of "Nader, Nader, panty raider," and "Ralphy Nader, seatbelt hater," just to watch him scamper off, tears welling up in his beady little eyes. Sure it was childish and a little bit cruel, but what business does a seventy-year-old man have hanging around a schoolyard anyway?

    Garofalo's turn at taunting Nader came during the premier of her new radio show, "The Majority Report" last week. She lambasted poor Ralph over the phone for his supposed role in Al Gore's presidential loss in 2000 and John Kerry's upcoming presidential loss this November. Nader defended himself the best he could, but ended up slamming down the receiver with a sob. A pretty ugly performance for all involved, but a telling opener for the new liberal radio network, Air America, home of Garofalo's show.

    Of course, it wasn't Janeane Garofalo, whose voice sounds nothing like Randi Rhodes, the person who actually interviewed Ralph Nader. And, last time I checked, they ... uh ... sort of don't keep the name of the host a secret. So what was Dylan Tanner listening to? As if I need proof, Alternet:
    Rhodes is far from the modulated-voice non-profit NPR-style radio host. When presidential contender Ralph Nader called in the first day, she screamed repeatedly, "We can't afford you this year, Ralph." When he accused her of being a lousy interviewer, she countered that she wasn't doing an interview, she was telling him what to do. Mr. Nader hung up on her. Now that's the stuff of talk radio.
    Criticism is great. I love criticism, and AAR needs all the feedback it can get because it's a new network and certainly has some problems. But you have to actually listen to the network (or be cognizant of what you're listening to) before you go off and publish a rant.

    Posted by Eric at 11:30 AM | Comments (54)

    When People Review Things They Don't Listen To

    Or at least, pay attention to. Granted, this is from a college newspaper, but the mistake is amusing none the less. Dylan Tanner in the Daily Vanguard of Portland State U (and I'll give them credit ... they have a good Div1AA football team):

    I have bad news for Janeane Garofalo: Making Ralph Nader cry is easier than you think, and it's nothing to brag about. Back in the schoolyard, we used to taunt him with cries of "Nader, Nader, panty raider," and "Ralphy Nader, seatbelt hater," just to watch him scamper off, tears welling up in his beady little eyes. Sure it was childish and a little bit cruel, but what business does a seventy-year-old man have hanging around a schoolyard anyway?

    Garofalo's turn at taunting Nader came during the premier of her new radio show, "The Majority Report" last week. She lambasted poor Ralph over the phone for his supposed role in Al Gore's presidential loss in 2000 and John Kerry's upcoming presidential loss this November. Nader defended himself the best he could, but ended up slamming down the receiver with a sob. A pretty ugly performance for all involved, but a telling opener for the new liberal radio network, Air America, home of Garofalo's show.

    Of course, it wasn't Janeane Garofalo, whose voice sounds nothing like Randi Rhodes, the person who actually interviewed Ralph Nader. And, last time I checked, they ... uh ... sort of don't keep the name of the host a secret. So what was Dylan Tanner listening to? As if I need proof, Alternet:
    Rhodes is far from the modulated-voice non-profit NPR-style radio host. When presidential contender Ralph Nader called in the first day, she screamed repeatedly, "We can't afford you this year, Ralph." When he accused her of being a lousy interviewer, she countered that she wasn't doing an interview, she was telling him what to do. Mr. Nader hung up on her. Now that's the stuff of talk radio.
    Criticism is great. I love criticism, and AAR needs all the feedback it can get because it's a new network and certainly has some problems. But you have to actually listen to the network (or be cognizant of what you're listening to) before you go off and publish a rant.

    Posted by Eric at 11:30 AM | Comments (7)

    Top Ten Bush Flip-Flips

    If we're going to keep talking about flip-flops ... From the DNC research, the flip flops:

    1. Bush Flip-Flops on Independent 9/11 Commission
    Bush Flip: Initially Opposed to Independent 9/11 Commission
    Bush opposed an independent inquiry into 9/11, arguing it would duplicate a probe conducted by Congress. In July 2002, his administration issued a "statement of policy" that read "...the Administration would oppose an amendment that would create a new commission to conduct a similar review [to Congress's investigation]." [Statement of Administration Policy, Executive Office of the President, 7/24/02; LA Times, 11/28/02]

    Bush Flop: Bush Relented and Appointed Independent Commission
    President Bush finally agreed to support an independent investigation into the 9/11 attacks after "the congressional committees unearthed more and more examples of intelligence lapses, the administration reversed its stance." [Los Angeles Times, 11/28/02] ...

    5. Bush Flip-Flops on Department Of Homeland Security
    Bush Flip: Bush Thought Homeland Security Cabinet Position Was "Just Not Necessary"
    In October 2001, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said Bush opposed creating Office of Homeland Security position for Ridge. "[T]he president has suggested to members of Congress that they do not need to make this a statutory post, that he [Ridge] does not need Cabinet rank, for example, there does not need to be a Cabinet-level Office of Homeland Security is because there is such overlap among the various agencies, because every agency of the government has security concerns," Fleischer said. [White House Press Briefing, 10/24/01]

    Bush Flop: Bush Decides to Support Homeland Security
    The New York Times reported, "Bush initially resisted Democratic proposals for a Cabinet-level agency. But once he endorsed it, the president pushed Congress for fast action as it debated such issues as whistle-blower protections, concerns over civil liberties and collective bargaining for department employees."

    In remarks to Homeland Security Department employees, Bush claimed credit for supporting the Department: "In just 12 months, under the leadership of your President...you faced the challenges standing up this new Department and you get a -- and a gold star for a job well done." [New York Times, 2/28/03; Bush Remarks at One-Year Anniversary of DHS, 3/2/04]

    Posted by Eric at 11:13 AM | Comments (220)

    Top Ten Bush Flip-Flips

    If we're going to keep talking about flip-flops ... From the DNC research, the flip flops:

    1. Bush Flip-Flops on Independent 9/11 Commission
    Bush Flip: Initially Opposed to Independent 9/11 Commission
    Bush opposed an independent inquiry into 9/11, arguing it would duplicate a probe conducted by Congress. In July 2002, his administration issued a "statement of policy" that read "...the Administration would oppose an amendment that would create a new commission to conduct a similar review [to Congress's investigation]." [Statement of Administration Policy, Executive Office of the President, 7/24/02; LA Times, 11/28/02]

    Bush Flop: Bush Relented and Appointed Independent Commission
    President Bush finally agreed to support an independent investigation into the 9/11 attacks after "the congressional committees unearthed more and more examples of intelligence lapses, the administration reversed its stance." [Los Angeles Times, 11/28/02] ...

    5. Bush Flip-Flops on Department Of Homeland Security
    Bush Flip: Bush Thought Homeland Security Cabinet Position Was "Just Not Necessary"
    In October 2001, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said Bush opposed creating Office of Homeland Security position for Ridge. "[T]he president has suggested to members of Congress that they do not need to make this a statutory post, that he [Ridge] does not need Cabinet rank, for example, there does not need to be a Cabinet-level Office of Homeland Security is because there is such overlap among the various agencies, because every agency of the government has security concerns," Fleischer said. [White House Press Briefing, 10/24/01]

    Bush Flop: Bush Decides to Support Homeland Security
    The New York Times reported, "Bush initially resisted Democratic proposals for a Cabinet-level agency. But once he endorsed it, the president pushed Congress for fast action as it debated such issues as whistle-blower protections, concerns over civil liberties and collective bargaining for department employees."

    In remarks to Homeland Security Department employees, Bush claimed credit for supporting the Department: "In just 12 months, under the leadership of your President...you faced the challenges standing up this new Department and you get a -- and a gold star for a job well done." [New York Times, 2/28/03; Bush Remarks at One-Year Anniversary of DHS, 3/2/04]

    Posted by Eric at 11:13 AM | Comments (12)

    Roberts contradicts Frist on Clarke

    A little GOP on GOP action, from The Hill:

    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says former Bush counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke’s testimony before a joint congressional panel on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks did not contradict his later testimony before a presidentially appointed commission.

    Roberts’s comments to The Hill contradict a stinging condemnation of Clarke by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) on the Senate floor after Clarke accused President Bush of failing to take Osama bin Laden seriously before Sept. 11.

    Roberts said Frist did not consult him before making his floor speech, which has been criticized by Democrats. Roberts’s words make perjury charges against Clarke highly unlikely.

    Nice, but a little too late, though.

    Posted by Eric at 09:45 AM | Comments (78)

    Roberts contradicts Frist on Clarke

    A little GOP on GOP action, from The Hill:

    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says former Bush counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke’s testimony before a joint congressional panel on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks did not contradict his later testimony before a presidentially appointed commission.

    Roberts’s comments to The Hill contradict a stinging condemnation of Clarke by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) on the Senate floor after Clarke accused President Bush of failing to take Osama bin Laden seriously before Sept. 11.

    Roberts said Frist did not consult him before making his floor speech, which has been criticized by Democrats. Roberts’s words make perjury charges against Clarke highly unlikely.

    Nice, but a little too late, though.

    Posted by Eric at 09:45 AM | Comments (4)

    Hamster Numbers: community water systems

    In June 2003, the EPA released a "Draft Report on the Environment," which stated, "94% of the population served by community water systems were served by systems that met all health-based standards." Internal agency documents, however, show that EPA audits for at least five years have suggested that the percentage of the population with safe drinking water is much lower - 79 to 84% in 2002 - which means that an additional 30 million Americans are at potential risk. The EPA Inspector General is currently investigating whether the agency deliberately misled the public by overstating the purity of the nation's drinking water. -Environment 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 09:43 AM | Comments (21)

    Hamster Numbers: community water systems

    In June 2003, the EPA released a "Draft Report on the Environment," which stated, "94% of the population served by community water systems were served by systems that met all health-based standards." Internal agency documents, however, show that EPA audits for at least five years have suggested that the percentage of the population with safe drinking water is much lower - 79 to 84% in 2002 - which means that an additional 30 million Americans are at potential risk. The EPA Inspector General is currently investigating whether the agency deliberately misled the public by overstating the purity of the nation's drinking water. -Environment 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 09:43 AM | Comments (2)

    April 14, 2004

    Wednesday!

    News
    AP. Tenet: 5 Years of Work Needed for Intelligence Agencies
    AP. Sisters undecided on staying in Iraq
    Salt Lake Tribune. Colorado River is ranked most endangered by group
    ChicSunTimes. 'I'm 19. I'm not supposed to be a widow'
    AP. McCain's wife suffers stroke
    Reuters. US to update its detention policy
    SacBee. Fund-raising penalties for Bustamante
    BaltSun. Living-wage bill: 'disastrous' or 'great benefit'?
    AP. MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE: Senate bill boosts minimum-wage to $6.65
    LAT. Panel Deluged on Advocacy Groups' Election Ads
    LAT. Bush Camp Scales Back Advertising
    AP. Poll: New Yorkers favoring Giuliani for governor in 2006
    BGlobe. Kerry visit to Boston nets $4m: Candidate the star at record fund-raiser
    Boston Globe. Kerry faces questions over Purple Heart
    AP. Fighting strains truce in Fallujah
    LAT. Kerry in Verbal Attack Mode on Iraq
    AP. Bush approval expected for Gaza pullback by Israel
    NYT. Kerry Recruits Votes for Today and Politicians for Tomorrow
    WP. Bush Is Resolute on Iraq Policy But Acknowledges 'Tough' Weeks
    WP. Ashcroft's Efforts on Terrorism Criticized
    WP. President Benefits From His Tax Cut: Bushes' Payment Drops 15 Percent On 2003 Return; Kerry's Taxes Triple
    NYT. U.S. Workers, Lured by Money and Idealism, Face Iraqi Reality
    Transcript. 9/11 Commission Hearing
    Reuters. Ashcroft said to limit U.S. counterterror funds
    Reuters. Four Bodies Found in Iraq, May Be U.S. Civilians
    USAT. It's official: Coors vs. Schaffer in GOP Senate primary
    Guardian. Sadr undaunted by massed US troops
    Guardian. French and German citizens advised to leave Iraq
    AP. Dell Employs More Overseas Than in U.S.
    BBC. Canada seal hunt draws protests
    AP. Poll: Balanced Budget Beats Tax Cuts

    Commentary
    Dan Carpenter. Paying the price again
    DeWayne Wickham. U.S. sets poor example when it comes to death penalty
    Eugene A. Brodsky. Bush the elder knew not to invade Iraq
    SFC. The no-regrets president
    John Nichols. Rice's electoral future vanishes in the fog
    Robert Kuttner. Three perils for Kerry's 'honeymoon'
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Bush's plea of ignorance
    Tom Hayden. California's Prison System Needs Rehabilitation
    AJC. Loopholes let companies steer clear of tax bullet . . .
    Tim Grieve. Not ready for prime time President: Bush went on TV Tuesday to reassure voters about the war in Iraq. Instead, he came off as a schoolboy who hadn't done his homework
    Harold Meyerson. Kerry Was Right
    Dan Savage. First they came for Howard: Why isn't everyone who cares about free speech rallying around the embattled radio personality?
    Eric Boehlert. Howard Stern unplugged: With the government escalating its war on radio free speech, the shock jock's days are numbered
    Fred Kaplan. Ashcroft Gets a Free Pass
    misleader.org. Ashcroft's Record of Lying to Congress About 9/11
    Renee Graham. Limbaugh's attack of Kerry is a bad rap
    James P. Pinkerton. Their ‘battle stations’ were no defense
    Matthew Rothschild. Change the Channel?
    Howard Zinn. The Ultimate Betrayal
    Amanda Griscom. Keep on Truckin': Taxpayers could get stuck with tab for new diesel rules
    Matthew Yglesias. Failure Redefined: They keep on lowering the bar for success in Iraq -- and Bush keeps on not meeting it.
    Anne-Marie Cusac. An Army of Debt
    Dan Payne. How Kerry wins: John Kerry's former media advisor recalls how the Democrat has already faced every smear the Bush campaign will try against him -- and has prevailed
    Fred Branfman. A soldier for peace: The John Kerry I knew during the Vietnam War was far from the radical portrayed by the Bush campaign. He was a courageous truth-teller -- and, caught in a new inferno, the country could use him again
    Jesse Jackson. 9/11 excuses won't work on Iraq
    Wagner James Au. John Kerry: The video game: In "Battlefield Vietnam," a new version of one of the most popular games in the U.S., you too can try to win a Silver Star saving your buddies in the jungle.
    Craig Unger. Unasked Questions: Who helped evacuate Saudi nationals in the days following the 9/11 attacks?
    David Corn. Abusing Secrets: The no-right-to-know White House
    The Project on Government Oversight. Flying Blind: Why did the Joint Chiefs reject the idea that planes could be used as missiles?
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. Keystone Kounter-Terror: The 9/11 testimony is a stark illustration of the Bush team's incompetence
    Jon Schell. The Phantom Sovereign: US policy on Iraq has taken leave of reality
    Geov Parrish. Iraq falls apart: Failure of democracy at the point of a gun being illustrated ever more spectacularly in Middle East
    Jim Hightower. The BS of Bush's mad cow policies
    Dahr Jamail. Sarajevo on the Euphrates: An Eyewitness Account From Inside the US siege of Falluja

    Posted by Eric at 11:50 PM | Comments (17)

    Wednesday!

    News
    AP. Tenet: 5 Years of Work Needed for Intelligence Agencies
    AP. Sisters undecided on staying in Iraq
    Salt Lake Tribune. Colorado River is ranked most endangered by group
    ChicSunTimes. 'I'm 19. I'm not supposed to be a widow'
    AP. McCain's wife suffers stroke
    Reuters. US to update its detention policy
    SacBee. Fund-raising penalties for Bustamante
    BaltSun. Living-wage bill: 'disastrous' or 'great benefit'?
    AP. MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE: Senate bill boosts minimum-wage to $6.65
    LAT. Panel Deluged on Advocacy Groups' Election Ads
    LAT. Bush Camp Scales Back Advertising
    AP. Poll: New Yorkers favoring Giuliani for governor in 2006
    BGlobe. Kerry visit to Boston nets $4m: Candidate the star at record fund-raiser
    Boston Globe. Kerry faces questions over Purple Heart
    AP. Fighting strains truce in Fallujah
    LAT. Kerry in Verbal Attack Mode on Iraq
    AP. Bush approval expected for Gaza pullback by Israel
    NYT. Kerry Recruits Votes for Today and Politicians for Tomorrow
    WP. Bush Is Resolute on Iraq Policy But Acknowledges 'Tough' Weeks
    WP. Ashcroft's Efforts on Terrorism Criticized
    WP. President Benefits From His Tax Cut: Bushes' Payment Drops 15 Percent On 2003 Return; Kerry's Taxes Triple
    NYT. U.S. Workers, Lured by Money and Idealism, Face Iraqi Reality
    Transcript. 9/11 Commission Hearing
    Reuters. Ashcroft said to limit U.S. counterterror funds
    Reuters. Four Bodies Found in Iraq, May Be U.S. Civilians
    USAT. It's official: Coors vs. Schaffer in GOP Senate primary
    Guardian. Sadr undaunted by massed US troops
    Guardian. French and German citizens advised to leave Iraq
    AP. Dell Employs More Overseas Than in U.S.
    BBC. Canada seal hunt draws protests
    AP. Poll: Balanced Budget Beats Tax Cuts

    Commentary
    Dan Carpenter. Paying the price again
    DeWayne Wickham. U.S. sets poor example when it comes to death penalty
    Eugene A. Brodsky. Bush the elder knew not to invade Iraq
    SFC. The no-regrets president
    John Nichols. Rice's electoral future vanishes in the fog
    Robert Kuttner. Three perils for Kerry's 'honeymoon'
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Bush's plea of ignorance
    Tom Hayden. California's Prison System Needs Rehabilitation
    AJC. Loopholes let companies steer clear of tax bullet . . .
    Tim Grieve. Not ready for prime time President: Bush went on TV Tuesday to reassure voters about the war in Iraq. Instead, he came off as a schoolboy who hadn't done his homework
    Harold Meyerson. Kerry Was Right
    Dan Savage. First they came for Howard: Why isn't everyone who cares about free speech rallying around the embattled radio personality?
    Eric Boehlert. Howard Stern unplugged: With the government escalating its war on radio free speech, the shock jock's days are numbered
    Fred Kaplan. Ashcroft Gets a Free Pass
    misleader.org. Ashcroft's Record of Lying to Congress About 9/11
    Renee Graham. Limbaugh's attack of Kerry is a bad rap
    James P. Pinkerton. Their ‘battle stations’ were no defense
    Matthew Rothschild. Change the Channel?
    Howard Zinn. The Ultimate Betrayal
    Amanda Griscom. Keep on Truckin': Taxpayers could get stuck with tab for new diesel rules
    Matthew Yglesias. Failure Redefined: They keep on lowering the bar for success in Iraq -- and Bush keeps on not meeting it.
    Anne-Marie Cusac. An Army of Debt
    Dan Payne. How Kerry wins: John Kerry's former media advisor recalls how the Democrat has already faced every smear the Bush campaign will try against him -- and has prevailed
    Fred Branfman. A soldier for peace: The John Kerry I knew during the Vietnam War was far from the radical portrayed by the Bush campaign. He was a courageous truth-teller -- and, caught in a new inferno, the country could use him again
    Jesse Jackson. 9/11 excuses won't work on Iraq
    Wagner James Au. John Kerry: The video game: In "Battlefield Vietnam," a new version of one of the most popular games in the U.S., you too can try to win a Silver Star saving your buddies in the jungle.
    Craig Unger. Unasked Questions: Who helped evacuate Saudi nationals in the days following the 9/11 attacks?
    David Corn. Abusing Secrets: The no-right-to-know White House
    The Project on Government Oversight. Flying Blind: Why did the Joint Chiefs reject the idea that planes could be used as missiles?
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. Keystone Kounter-Terror: The 9/11 testimony is a stark illustration of the Bush team's incompetence
    Jon Schell. The Phantom Sovereign: US policy on Iraq has taken leave of reality
    Geov Parrish. Iraq falls apart: Failure of democracy at the point of a gun being illustrated ever more spectacularly in Middle East
    Jim Hightower. The BS of Bush's mad cow policies
    Dahr Jamail. Sarajevo on the Euphrates: An Eyewitness Account From Inside the US siege of Falluja

    Posted by Eric at 11:50 PM | Comments (2)

    Hamster Numbers: AIDs in China

    Chance that a resident of China has never heard of AIDS : 1 in 5 [Futures Group International (Washington) ]

    Estimated number of doctors in China with experience in treating HIV/AIDS : 100 [amfAR (N.Y.C.) ]

    -Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 11:19 PM | Comments (19)

    Hamster Numbers: AIDs in China

    Chance that a resident of China has never heard of AIDS : 1 in 5 [Futures Group International (Washington) ]

    Estimated number of doctors in China with experience in treating HIV/AIDS : 100 [amfAR (N.Y.C.) ]

    -Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 11:19 PM | Comments (3)

    AAR Going Under?

    It indeed would be a funny story if AAR was writing bad checks to everyone, while still adding stations across the country. Ah yes, what a bad business strategy that would be. Regardless, as compiled by Morons.org, this is what's happening:

    Multicultural Radio's owner Arthur Liu claims (l/p:free_read/readfree) that one of Air America Radio's checks to him bounced and that the network owes him more than $1 million. Air America chairman Evan Cohen responded to the charge by saying, "That is an outright lie." Cohen has previously stated that Air America Radio has enough money to keep it running for at least two years before turning a profit. ( more) It seems unlikely Air America Radio would have brought on 6 more stations (as it did recently) if it were having money problems. Further, one would expect problems at other stations as well; both the stations that went off the air today are owned by the same individual.

    Air America has filed a complaint in New York's supreme court charging Multicultural Radio with breach of contract and is seeking an injunction to bring Air America Radio back on the air in Chicago and LA.

    Progress Media's chief operating officer recently told Randi Rhodes' audience the details behind the dispute:

    There are two contracts with Arthur Liu, the stations' owner; one for the Chicago station (WNTD) and one for the LA station (KBLA). Progress Media learned that Liu had been charging two different entities- Progress Media and another party- for time on the LA station at the same time.

    Progress Media objected to this, figuring that charging two different entities for time on the same station at the same time amounted to theft, and disputed some of their charges related to the LA station. They did send Liu his checks on time but instructed Liu not to cash those checks until the dispute had been settled, and began negotiating to settle the dispute. Meanwhile, they allowed Liu to cash the checks for the Chicago station, since their dispute was related to the LA station only.

    In the middle of negotiations over the contract dispute in LA, Liu pulled the plug not only on the LA station but the Chicago station as well, in violation of the Chicago station contract.

    Again, no checks have bounced. Liu has been asked not to cash checks for the LA station until disputes over charges for that station's service are settled.

    Air America has released this statement. Smoking Gun has the breach of contract lawsuit, which explains more of the AAR position and what the station manager is trying to do.

    Posted by Eric at 06:28 PM | Comments (19)

    AAR Going Under?

    It indeed would be a funny story if AAR was writing bad checks to everyone, while still adding stations across the country. Ah yes, what a bad business strategy that would be. Regardless, as compiled by Morons.org, this is what's happening:

    Multicultural Radio's owner Arthur Liu claims (l/p:free_read/readfree) that one of Air America Radio's checks to him bounced and that the network owes him more than $1 million. Air America chairman Evan Cohen responded to the charge by saying, "That is an outright lie." Cohen has previously stated that Air America Radio has enough money to keep it running for at least two years before turning a profit. ( more) It seems unlikely Air America Radio would have brought on 6 more stations (as it did recently) if it were having money problems. Further, one would expect problems at other stations as well; both the stations that went off the air today are owned by the same individual.

    Air America has filed a complaint in New York's supreme court charging Multicultural Radio with breach of contract and is seeking an injunction to bring Air America Radio back on the air in Chicago and LA.

    Progress Media's chief operating officer recently told Randi Rhodes' audience the details behind the dispute:

    There are two contracts with Arthur Liu, the stations' owner; one for the Chicago station (WNTD) and one for the LA station (KBLA). Progress Media learned that Liu had been charging two different entities- Progress Media and another party- for time on the LA station at the same time.

    Progress Media objected to this, figuring that charging two different entities for time on the same station at the same time amounted to theft, and disputed some of their charges related to the LA station. They did send Liu his checks on time but instructed Liu not to cash those checks until the dispute had been settled, and began negotiating to settle the dispute. Meanwhile, they allowed Liu to cash the checks for the Chicago station, since their dispute was related to the LA station only.

    In the middle of negotiations over the contract dispute in LA, Liu pulled the plug not only on the LA station but the Chicago station as well, in violation of the Chicago station contract.

    Again, no checks have bounced. Liu has been asked not to cash checks for the LA station until disputes over charges for that station's service are settled.

    Air America has released this statement. Smoking Gun has the breach of contract lawsuit, which explains more of the AAR position and what the station manager is trying to do.

    Posted by Eric at 06:28 PM | Comments (5)

    California Activist Dies in Kaua'i Surf

    From the Honolulu Advertiser:

    A grandfather saw his two grandkids, an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl, in trouble Monday in the surf off Anahola and leaped into the rough water to help.

    The children made it to shore. But their grandfather did not.

    Victor Schaub, 61, the former mayor of Arcata, Calif., had spent two years in the Islands in the early 1970s, some of it living in a communal environment on North Kaua'i called Taylor Camp—just 15 miles down the coast from where he would die 30 years later ... "Victor was an unabashed liberal," Hoover said. "He coined the term for our more belligerent conservatives —curmudgeons. The Wall Street Journal picked it up, and pretty soon there were bumper stickers, 'Proud to be a curmudgeon.' "

    Schaub was mayor, a planning commission member and a council member, and also served on local and state Democratic Party central committees.

    While he had distinct political leanings, Schaub was also a peacemaker with deep roots in his community. His law office doubled as a mediation service and he served as a magistrate for local Indian tribes, once taught history and political science, and was an active Rotarian, a former president of the Arcata Rotary.

    Posted by Eric at 01:09 PM | Comments (41)

    California Activist Dies in Kaua'i Surf

    From the Honolulu Advertiser:

    A grandfather saw his two grandkids, an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl, in trouble Monday in the surf off Anahola and leaped into the rough water to help.

    The children made it to shore. But their grandfather did not.

    Victor Schaub, 61, the former mayor of Arcata, Calif., had spent two years in the Islands in the early 1970s, some of it living in a communal environment on North Kaua'i called Taylor Camp—just 15 miles down the coast from where he would die 30 years later ... "Victor was an unabashed liberal," Hoover said. "He coined the term for our more belligerent conservatives —curmudgeons. The Wall Street Journal picked it up, and pretty soon there were bumper stickers, 'Proud to be a curmudgeon.' "

    Schaub was mayor, a planning commission member and a council member, and also served on local and state Democratic Party central committees.

    While he had distinct political leanings, Schaub was also a peacemaker with deep roots in his community. His law office doubled as a mediation service and he served as a magistrate for local Indian tribes, once taught history and political science, and was an active Rotarian, a former president of the Arcata Rotary.

    Posted by Eric at 01:09 PM | Comments (5)

    Billy Kristol

    Tehehe. LA Times:

    "I was depressed," said conservative strategist William Kristol, one of the war's most vocal proponents. "I am obviously a supporter of the war, so I don't need to be convinced. But among people who were doubtful or worried, I don't think he made arguments that would convince them. He didn't explain how we are going to win there."

    Posted by Eric at 12:46 PM | Comments (22)

    Billy Kristol

    Tehehe. LA Times:

    "I was depressed," said conservative strategist William Kristol, one of the war's most vocal proponents. "I am obviously a supporter of the war, so I don't need to be convinced. But among people who were doubtful or worried, I don't think he made arguments that would convince them. He didn't explain how we are going to win there."

    Posted by Eric at 12:46 PM | Comments (7)

    "The War President"

    See this image from Michael Moore and American Leftist.

    Posted by Eric at 11:32 AM | Comments (117)

    "The War President"

    See this image from Michael Moore and American Leftist.

    Posted by Eric at 11:32 AM | Comments (10)

    Shales: "little new" in Bush Press Conference

    Indeed, as was plain to the viewer, the conference was further reaffirmation that Bush has trouble defending his own policy. From the WPost TV critic:

    "When I say something, I mean it," George W. Bush said decisively near the end of last night's prime-time presidential news conference. Nobody called out, "When will you say something?" -- the White House press corps is too mannerly for that -- but some reporters, and some viewers, must have been thinking it ... Bush similarly struggled, a few minutes earlier, to cite the single biggest mistake of his presidency. He looked baffled and incredulous. "I'm sure something will pop into my head here," he said, noting the intense "pressure" of holding a news conference on TV. Of course people watching throughout the country expect a president to be able to handle that kind of pressure without blinking, based on the assumption that this is one of the milder forms of pressure that come with the office.

    Earlier still, Bush stopped in mid-answer and for a few seconds appeared to have lost his train of thought. Looking anxious, he fell back on phrases and thoughts he'd used earlier, saying he and the world changed after 9/11, which was a truism, and that in the 21st century, America is no longer protected by the oceans on either side. But that's been true since the invention of nuclear weapons and of missiles to deliver them from halfway around the world.

    The extreme-conservative John Derbyshire at The National Review remarks about Bush:
    I guess these things need saying, but they slide off the consciousness like Muzak. Nothing sticks, nothing makes an interesting point. And nobody's mind gets changed.

    I'm on board with the Iraq war. I'll be voting for George W. Bush in November. The petty sniping at the War & at the administration's anti-terrorism efforts, the blood-for-oil insinuations, the infantile sloganeering -- "Bush lied," "Halliburton's war," and so on -- is disgraceful. I'm with this guy, I'm on his side. Still, there is just something about a Bush speech, or news conference, that fails to stir my blood. I'm sorry, but I think the President is desperately, hopelessly inarticulate.

    However, will the public still give Bush props? Shales thinks so:
    And yet people responding to polls today will probably give Bush points for just showing up. By having so few televised news conferences, he's made the ones he does have into big events. By expressing tremendous confidence in his own judgment and actions, even to the point of not being able to recall a single mistake, it's likely Bush made Americans feel a renewed confidence as well.
    Unfortunately, one of the more astute analysts of Bush, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, is in repeats.

    Posted by Eric at 11:20 AM | Comments (18)

    Shales: "little new" in Bush Press Conference

    Indeed, as was plain to the viewer, the conference was further reaffirmation that Bush has trouble defending his own policy. From the WPost TV critic:

    "When I say something, I mean it," George W. Bush said decisively near the end of last night's prime-time presidential news conference. Nobody called out, "When will you say something?" -- the White House press corps is too mannerly for that -- but some reporters, and some viewers, must have been thinking it ... Bush similarly struggled, a few minutes earlier, to cite the single biggest mistake of his presidency. He looked baffled and incredulous. "I'm sure something will pop into my head here," he said, noting the intense "pressure" of holding a news conference on TV. Of course people watching throughout the country expect a president to be able to handle that kind of pressure without blinking, based on the assumption that this is one of the milder forms of pressure that come with the office.

    Earlier still, Bush stopped in mid-answer and for a few seconds appeared to have lost his train of thought. Looking anxious, he fell back on phrases and thoughts he'd used earlier, saying he and the world changed after 9/11, which was a truism, and that in the 21st century, America is no longer protected by the oceans on either side. But that's been true since the invention of nuclear weapons and of missiles to deliver them from halfway around the world.

    The extreme-conservative John Derbyshire at The National Review remarks about Bush:
    I guess these things need saying, but they slide off the consciousness like Muzak. Nothing sticks, nothing makes an interesting point. And nobody's mind gets changed.

    I'm on board with the Iraq war. I'll be voting for George W. Bush in November. The petty sniping at the War & at the administration's anti-terrorism efforts, the blood-for-oil insinuations, the infantile sloganeering -- "Bush lied," "Halliburton's war," and so on -- is disgraceful. I'm with this guy, I'm on his side. Still, there is just something about a Bush speech, or news conference, that fails to stir my blood. I'm sorry, but I think the President is desperately, hopelessly inarticulate.

    However, will the public still give Bush props? Shales thinks so:
    And yet people responding to polls today will probably give Bush points for just showing up. By having so few televised news conferences, he's made the ones he does have into big events. By expressing tremendous confidence in his own judgment and actions, even to the point of not being able to recall a single mistake, it's likely Bush made Americans feel a renewed confidence as well.
    Unfortunately, one of the more astute analysts of Bush, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, is in repeats.

    Posted by Eric at 11:20 AM | Comments (3)

    Priest Mixes Prayer and Politics

    In the Colorado House, Rev. Bill Carmody is coming under fire for criticizing JFK and his politics:

    Saying the official prayer at the start of House work, Carmody, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Security, said Kennedy's pledge to keep his own Catholic faith out of the president's office has led to a "vacuum of morality in public debate."

    Kennedy made the pledge in 1960, facing southern Protestant groups' fears that all Catholics had to answer to the pope. Kennedy said he believed in the separation of church and state and that he didn't speak for the church, or vice versa.

    "Almighty God," Carmody prayed, "please change and convert the hearts of all representatives in this house. May they be the antithesis of John Kennedy. May they be women and men of God, and may their faith influence and guide every vote they make." ... "I thought I would just prick their consciences," Carmody said. "I didn't expect a firestorm."

    Posted by Eric at 11:07 AM | Comments (22)

    Priest Mixes Prayer and Politics

    In the Colorado House, Rev. Bill Carmody is coming under fire for criticizing JFK and his politics:

    Saying the official prayer at the start of House work, Carmody, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Security, said Kennedy's pledge to keep his own Catholic faith out of the president's office has led to a "vacuum of morality in public debate."

    Kennedy made the pledge in 1960, facing southern Protestant groups' fears that all Catholics had to answer to the pope. Kennedy said he believed in the separation of church and state and that he didn't speak for the church, or vice versa.

    "Almighty God," Carmody prayed, "please change and convert the hearts of all representatives in this house. May they be the antithesis of John Kennedy. May they be women and men of God, and may their faith influence and guide every vote they make." ... "I thought I would just prick their consciences," Carmody said. "I didn't expect a firestorm."

    Posted by Eric at 11:07 AM | Comments (5)

    NY Post Editor: Attacking Bush is "borderline disloyal"

    Yep, when the media does its job and attacks the sitting president, it's being unpatriotic. When shall the hangings begin? From the NY Observer:

    Somebody sure is a propaganda sheet, said Post editor-in-chief, Col. Allan. The folks at the Daily News, he said, "are becoming more and more determined to attack the Bush administration. They are doing so with increasing shrillness."

    Mr. Allan said such partisanship reflects poorly on his competition. "Frankly, I think it’s borderline disloyal," he said.

    Mr. Allan is no stranger to Ms. Rice. Having met with the national security advisor at an editorial-board meeting—and having heard her address News Corp.’s annual meeting at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun via satellite link earlier this year—Mr. Allan confessed an objective respect for her.

    "I am an admirer of her skill and her intellect," he said. "And, frankly, her commitment to public service."

    Posted by Eric at 09:13 AM | Comments (64)

    NY Post Editor: Attacking Bush is "borderline disloyal"

    Yep, when the media does its job and attacks the sitting president, it's being unpatriotic. When shall the hangings begin? From the NY Observer:

    Somebody sure is a propaganda sheet, said Post editor-in-chief, Col. Allan. The folks at the Daily News, he said, "are becoming more and more determined to attack the Bush administration. They are doing so with increasing shrillness."

    Mr. Allan said such partisanship reflects poorly on his competition. "Frankly, I think it’s borderline disloyal," he said.

    Mr. Allan is no stranger to Ms. Rice. Having met with the national security advisor at an editorial-board meeting—and having heard her address News Corp.’s annual meeting at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun via satellite link earlier this year—Mr. Allan confessed an objective respect for her.

    "I am an admirer of her skill and her intellect," he said. "And, frankly, her commitment to public service."

    Posted by Eric at 09:13 AM | Comments (10)

    Press Conference Response

    Links from Talk Left. David Sirota of CAP and O'Franken Factor is the man who never stops researching, as he posts responses to the Bush press conference:

    CLAIM:

    "But there was nobody in our government, at least, and I don't think the prior government that could envision flying airplanes into buildings on such a massive scale."
    - George W. Bush, 4/13/04

    FACT:

    In the very same press conference, President Bush said "part of [the reason I requested the PDB] had to do with the Genoa G-8 conference I was going to attend" in 2001, where he was warned that Islamic terrorists were potentially plotting to fly airplanes into buildings.

    CLAIM:

    "The oil revenues, they're bigger than we thought they would be at this point in time."
    - George W. Bush, 4/13/04

    FACT:

    Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said before the war that "we are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon" with Bush administration officials claiming "that Iraq's oil revenues would be $20 billion to $30 billion a year." Those oil revenues are now only "running at a rate of about $14 billion a year" while Americans taxpayers are shelling out billions for reconstruction.
    – NY Times, 10/6/03

    CLAIM:

    Iraq "refused to disarm."
    - George W. Bush, 4/13/04

    FACT:

    "The Bush administration's top weapons inspector in Iraq, David Kay said that his group found no evidence Iraq had stockpiled unconventional weapons before the U.S.-led invasion in March."
    - CNN, 1/26/04

    Also, John Kerry has this response:
    “The President may refuse to acknowledge a single mistake in the course of his presidency, but with deaths mounting and American sacrifice increasing, it’s time he offered a specific plan that secures real international involvement, gets the target off the backs of our troops, and starts to share the burden in Iraq.”

    Posted by Eric at 12:05 AM | Comments (43)

    Press Conference Response

    Links from Talk Left. David Sirota of CAP and O'Franken Factor is the man who never stops researching, as he posts responses to the Bush press conference:

    CLAIM:

    "But there was nobody in our government, at least, and I don't think the prior government that could envision flying airplanes into buildings on such a massive scale."
    - George W. Bush, 4/13/04

    FACT:

    In the very same press conference, President Bush said "part of [the reason I requested the PDB] had to do with the Genoa G-8 conference I was going to attend" in 2001, where he was warned that Islamic terrorists were potentially plotting to fly airplanes into buildings.

    CLAIM:

    "The oil revenues, they're bigger than we thought they would be at this point in time."
    - George W. Bush, 4/13/04

    FACT:

    Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said before the war that "we are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon" with Bush administration officials claiming "that Iraq's oil revenues would be $20 billion to $30 billion a year." Those oil revenues are now only "running at a rate of about $14 billion a year" while Americans taxpayers are shelling out billions for reconstruction.
    – NY Times, 10/6/03

    CLAIM:

    Iraq "refused to disarm."
    - George W. Bush, 4/13/04

    FACT:

    "The Bush administration's top weapons inspector in Iraq, David Kay said that his group found no evidence Iraq had stockpiled unconventional weapons before the U.S.-led invasion in March."
    - CNN, 1/26/04

    Also, John Kerry has this response:
    “The President may refuse to acknowledge a single mistake in the course of his presidency, but with deaths mounting and American sacrifice increasing, it’s time he offered a specific plan that secures real international involvement, gets the target off the backs of our troops, and starts to share the burden in Iraq.”

    Posted by Eric at 12:05 AM | Comments (11)

    April 13, 2004

    Tuesday

    NYDN. Kerry gets Hil of a boost
    DenPost. Peter Coors nailing down a political platform
    RockyMNews. A true Coors original:Brewer takes family legacy on new path into political arena
    UnionLeader. Sen. Kerry kicks off tour at UNH
    AP. Jeb Bush Rallies Hispanics for Brother
    LAT. Gun Groups May Not Be Bush Campaign Weapon
    NYT. Bush News Conference Set Amid Campaign Concerns
    USAT. Scalia apologizes for seizure of reporters' tapes
    Reuters. Aide to Shi'ite Cleric Sadr Held by U.S. in Baghdad
    AP. GI Killed As Troops Deploy Outside Najaf
    Newsday. Justice Dept. added terrorism to budget priorities after 9/11 attacks
    Copley News. Independent campaign ads facing tighter FEC scrutiny
    WP. Unable To Marry, Unable To Stay; Exposing the Plight Of Gay Binationals
    WP. Kerry Cites 'Misjudgment' by Bush on Iraq: Democrat Says U.S. Is Paying the Price for Policy Mistakes by Administration
    WP. Fallujah Gains Mythic Air; Siege Redefines Conflict for Iraqis in Capital
    WP. Bush Weighs Overhaul of Intelligence Services: Aides Say He Will Await 9/11 Panel's Suggestions
    WP. Ashcroft's Pre-9/11 Priorities Scrutinized
    Newsweek. The Race Heats Up: In a new Newsweek poll, Kerry moves ahead of George Bush as Americans grown increasingly concerned about the war in Iraq
    Newsweek. 'Get Your Praise On': At these new booze-free nightclubs, DJs spin and patrons shake in the name of Jesus Christ. No dirty dancing allowed
    TIME. New Thugs On The Block: Called to arms by Muqtada al-Sadr, young Shi'ites are turning their anger against the U.S
    AP. Scalia Apologizes for Recording Erasure
    AP. Sen. Specter Defends Record
    AP. Kerry: U.S. Must Lead Iraq Military Effort
    AP. FBI, Justice Officials to Face 9/11 Panel
    AP. Bush to Face Reporters in Prime Time
    CBS. Iraqi Militants Target Civilians

    Commentary
    Robert Scheer. Drug War Led Bush Astray Before 9/11
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Will Bush Own Up?
    Molly Ivins. Iraq cover stories
    Paul Krugman. Snares and Delusions
    John F. Kerry. A Strategy for Iraq
    Thomas Oliphant. Iraq exit plan gaining bipartisan support
    Marie Cocco. Bush was out of White House loop
    Richard Cohen. Blind in Baghdad
    Edward Keane. Nation Building in Haiti: Can We Do Better This Time?
    Rajeev Goyle. Shock Jock Gets Shocked: The FCC's Misplaced Priorities
    Buzzflash. John Dean, former White House Counsel to Richard Nixon and Author of "Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush"
    Frida Berrigan. Outside the Inside: Karen Kwiatkowski, a lifelong conservative and career military official, was knocking heads with what she called “the neoconservative coup, the hijacking of the Pentagon.”
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Just the Ticket: What Kerry needs is an experienced vice president. He should try looking on Capitol Hill
    Kevin Phillips on NOW. Bill Moyers
    Cynthia Tucker. Administration's house of cards is tumbling
    Paul Waldman. How Much Would You Pay to Create One Job?
    Donna Dees-Thomases. Looking for a few good moms: Excerpt: How one mother rallied a million others against the gun lobby
    Reuters. DuPont to Cut 3,500 Jobs, Slash Costs
    Bart Acocella. Zellhole: Senator Zell Miller would like people to think he's a principled centrist offering a tough-love critique of his party - but he's nothing more than another mindless Republican hack
    David Corn. Bush’s Biggest Mistake: The pre-9/11 intelligence gaffe you haven’t heard enough about.

    Posted by Eric at 11:26 PM | Comments (16)

    Tuesday

    NYDN. Kerry gets Hil of a boost
    DenPost. Peter Coors nailing down a political platform
    RockyMNews. A true Coors original:Brewer takes family legacy on new path into political arena
    UnionLeader. Sen. Kerry kicks off tour at UNH
    AP. Jeb Bush Rallies Hispanics for Brother
    LAT. Gun Groups May Not Be Bush Campaign Weapon
    NYT. Bush News Conference Set Amid Campaign Concerns
    USAT. Scalia apologizes for seizure of reporters' tapes
    Reuters. Aide to Shi'ite Cleric Sadr Held by U.S. in Baghdad
    AP. GI Killed As Troops Deploy Outside Najaf
    Newsday. Justice Dept. added terrorism to budget priorities after 9/11 attacks
    Copley News. Independent campaign ads facing tighter FEC scrutiny
    WP. Unable To Marry, Unable To Stay; Exposing the Plight Of Gay Binationals
    WP. Kerry Cites 'Misjudgment' by Bush on Iraq: Democrat Says U.S. Is Paying the Price for Policy Mistakes by Administration
    WP. Fallujah Gains Mythic Air; Siege Redefines Conflict for Iraqis in Capital
    WP. Bush Weighs Overhaul of Intelligence Services: Aides Say He Will Await 9/11 Panel's Suggestions
    WP. Ashcroft's Pre-9/11 Priorities Scrutinized
    Newsweek. The Race Heats Up: In a new Newsweek poll, Kerry moves ahead of George Bush as Americans grown increasingly concerned about the war in Iraq
    Newsweek. 'Get Your Praise On': At these new booze-free nightclubs, DJs spin and patrons shake in the name of Jesus Christ. No dirty dancing allowed
    TIME. New Thugs On The Block: Called to arms by Muqtada al-Sadr, young Shi'ites are turning their anger against the U.S
    AP. Scalia Apologizes for Recording Erasure
    AP. Sen. Specter Defends Record
    AP. Kerry: U.S. Must Lead Iraq Military Effort
    AP. FBI, Justice Officials to Face 9/11 Panel
    AP. Bush to Face Reporters in Prime Time
    CBS. Iraqi Militants Target Civilians

    Commentary
    Robert Scheer. Drug War Led Bush Astray Before 9/11
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Will Bush Own Up?
    Molly Ivins. Iraq cover stories
    Paul Krugman. Snares and Delusions
    John F. Kerry. A Strategy for Iraq
    Thomas Oliphant. Iraq exit plan gaining bipartisan support
    Marie Cocco. Bush was out of White House loop
    Richard Cohen. Blind in Baghdad
    Edward Keane. Nation Building in Haiti: Can We Do Better This Time?
    Rajeev Goyle. Shock Jock Gets Shocked: The FCC's Misplaced Priorities
    Buzzflash. John Dean, former White House Counsel to Richard Nixon and Author of "Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush"
    Frida Berrigan. Outside the Inside: Karen Kwiatkowski, a lifelong conservative and career military official, was knocking heads with what she called “the neoconservative coup, the hijacking of the Pentagon.”
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Just the Ticket: What Kerry needs is an experienced vice president. He should try looking on Capitol Hill
    Kevin Phillips on NOW. Bill Moyers
    Cynthia Tucker. Administration's house of cards is tumbling
    Paul Waldman. How Much Would You Pay to Create One Job?
    Donna Dees-Thomases. Looking for a few good moms: Excerpt: How one mother rallied a million others against the gun lobby
    Reuters. DuPont to Cut 3,500 Jobs, Slash Costs
    Bart Acocella. Zellhole: Senator Zell Miller would like people to think he's a principled centrist offering a tough-love critique of his party - but he's nothing more than another mindless Republican hack
    David Corn. Bush’s Biggest Mistake: The pre-9/11 intelligence gaffe you haven’t heard enough about.

    Posted by Eric at 11:26 PM | Comments (4)

    "After decades of bombings, Hawaiian island begins to heal"

    Once used as target practice, the island of Kahoolawe, part of the Hawaiian Island chain, is trying to heal. AP:

    For nearly five decades after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the land was ravaged by bombs from U.S. planes and warships. But after years of protests and lawsuits, President George H.W. Bush ordered a halt to the exercises in 1990.

    Today, Hawaii's wet winter is evident in the swaths of green across Kahoolawe's typically barren plains and hills. For Davianna McGregor, an ethnic studies professor at the University of Hawaii and a member of the grass-roots Protect Kahoolawe Ohana, it's a sign of hope.

    "You feel like the island is finally at rest and can begin healing," she said ... Some 22,114 acres (8,845 hectares) of Kahoolawe's surface have been cleared of ordnance: about 84.5 percent, according to the Navy, which does not count 2,600 acres it deems completely inaccessible. Only 2,650 acres (1,060 hectares) — 9 or 10 percent, depending who's counting — has been cleared to four feet below ground, a level where native plants can possibly be grown as a first step in ending erosion.

    Work remains to be done on the island, said Stanton Enomoto, the acting executive director of Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission.

    "That's always going to be a reminder to us," he said. "There's still an obligation on the part of the United States that they have to finish the job."

    Protect Kaho`olawe `Ohana is a 3rd party group devoted to the island, while the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission is a government site from Hawaii.

    Posted by Eric at 09:18 PM | Comments (29)

    "After decades of bombings, Hawaiian island begins to heal"

    Once used as target practice, the island of Kahoolawe, part of the Hawaiian Island chain, is trying to heal. AP:

    For nearly five decades after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the land was ravaged by bombs from U.S. planes and warships. But after years of protests and lawsuits, President George H.W. Bush ordered a halt to the exercises in 1990.

    Today, Hawaii's wet winter is evident in the swaths of green across Kahoolawe's typically barren plains and hills. For Davianna McGregor, an ethnic studies professor at the University of Hawaii and a member of the grass-roots Protect Kahoolawe Ohana, it's a sign of hope.

    "You feel like the island is finally at rest and can begin healing," she said ... Some 22,114 acres (8,845 hectares) of Kahoolawe's surface have been cleared of ordnance: about 84.5 percent, according to the Navy, which does not count 2,600 acres it deems completely inaccessible. Only 2,650 acres (1,060 hectares) — 9 or 10 percent, depending who's counting — has been cleared to four feet below ground, a level where native plants can possibly be grown as a first step in ending erosion.

    Work remains to be done on the island, said Stanton Enomoto, the acting executive director of Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission.

    "That's always going to be a reminder to us," he said. "There's still an obligation on the part of the United States that they have to finish the job."

    Protect Kaho`olawe `Ohana is a 3rd party group devoted to the island, while the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission is a government site from Hawaii.

    Posted by Eric at 09:18 PM | Comments (6)

    Lies and the Lying Liars

    From the DNC:

    9/14/03: Cheney: "And since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interests. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had now for over three years." [Vice President Dick Cheney, NBC's Meet the Press]

    4/13/04: "In addition, the [Cheney's] tax return reports the payment of deferred compensation from Halliburton Company, in the amount of $178,437." [White House press release]

    Indeed.

    Posted by Eric at 06:49 PM | Comments (24)

    Lies and the Lying Liars

    From the DNC:

    9/14/03: Cheney: "And since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interests. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had now for over three years." [Vice President Dick Cheney, NBC's Meet the Press]

    4/13/04: "In addition, the [Cheney's] tax return reports the payment of deferred compensation from Halliburton Company, in the amount of $178,437." [White House press release]

    Indeed.

    Posted by Eric at 06:49 PM | Comments (15)

    Hamster Numbers: Health Care

    America Coming Together:

    Almost 44 million Americans are uninsured. The uninsured in America represent people across the spectrum, including:
  • 8.5 million American children. This represents 11.6 percent of American children.
  • One out of every five African-Americans. 7.4 million African-Americans are uninsured.
  • 28.4 million people making under $50,000. This represents 21.2 percent of Americans making under $50,000.
  • 2.2 million Asian-Americans. This represents 18 percent of Asian-Americans.
  • Almost one-third of all Hispanics. 12.8 million Hispanics are uninsured.
    (“Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2002,” U.S. Census Bureau Report, Sept. 2003; “Census Finds Many More Lack Health Insurance,” Washington Post, September 30, 2003; “43 Million Lack Insurance,” Miami Herald, September 30, 2002.)
  • Posted by Eric at 02:25 PM | Comments (16)

    Hamster Numbers: Health Care

    America Coming Together:

    Almost 44 million Americans are uninsured. The uninsured in America represent people across the spectrum, including:
  • 8.5 million American children. This represents 11.6 percent of American children.
  • One out of every five African-Americans. 7.4 million African-Americans are uninsured.
  • 28.4 million people making under $50,000. This represents 21.2 percent of Americans making under $50,000.
  • 2.2 million Asian-Americans. This represents 18 percent of Asian-Americans.
  • Almost one-third of all Hispanics. 12.8 million Hispanics are uninsured.
    (“Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2002,” U.S. Census Bureau Report, Sept. 2003; “Census Finds Many More Lack Health Insurance,” Washington Post, September 30, 2003; “43 Million Lack Insurance,” Miami Herald, September 30, 2002.)
  • Posted by Eric at 02:25 PM | Comments (6)

    More Ashcroft Guides

    This time from the American Progrss folks:

    If Ashcroft Says, 'We Increased Funding for Counterterrorism,' Remember That:

    • According to his final budget document submitted to the Office of Management and Budget on Sept. 10, 2001, the attorney general requested spending increases in 68 programs, none of which directly related to counterterrorism.
    • In fact, Ashcroft proposed cuts in 14 programs, including trimming $65 million from grants to state and local governments to improve counterterrorism preparedness. He also did not endorse an FBI request for $58 million for new counterterrorism field agents, translators and intelligence analysts.
    • An official memo from the attorney general on the budgetary goals of the DOJ dated May 10, 2001, does not include terrorism among its seven strategic goals, a major departure from then-Attorney General Janet Reno's last budget memo in April 2000 that listed counter-terrorism as its top priority. According to the New York Times, Reno's counterterrorism budget increased 13.6 percent in 1999, 7.1 percent in 2000, and 22.7 percent in 2001.
    • Even after the Sept. 11 attacks, internal OMB documents reveal that the administration cut nearly $1 billion from the FBI request for additional counterterrorism funding.

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

    More Ashcroft Guides

    This time from the American Progrss folks:

    If Ashcroft Says, 'We Increased Funding for Counterterrorism,' Remember That:

    • According to his final budget document submitted to the Office of Management and Budget on Sept. 10, 2001, the attorney general requested spending increases in 68 programs, none of which directly related to counterterrorism.
    • In fact, Ashcroft proposed cuts in 14 programs, including trimming $65 million from grants to state and local governments to improve counterterrorism preparedness. He also did not endorse an FBI request for $58 million for new counterterrorism field agents, translators and intelligence analysts.
    • An official memo from the attorney general on the budgetary goals of the DOJ dated May 10, 2001, does not include terrorism among its seven strategic goals, a major departure from then-Attorney General Janet Reno's last budget memo in April 2000 that listed counter-terrorism as its top priority. According to the New York Times, Reno's counterterrorism budget increased 13.6 percent in 1999, 7.1 percent in 2000, and 22.7 percent in 2001.
    • Even after the Sept. 11 attacks, internal OMB documents reveal that the administration cut nearly $1 billion from the FBI request for additional counterterrorism funding.

    Posted by Eric at 12:19 PM | Comments (5)

    How Bush Slights Military Families

    Barbara Ehrenreich's article is a must read

    Military families on food stamps? It's not an urban myth. About 25,000 families of servicemen and women are eligible, and this may be an underestimate, since the most recent Defense Department report on the financial condition of the armed forces--from 1999--found that 40 percent of lower-ranking soldiers face "substantial financial difficulties." Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, reports hearing from constituents that the Army now includes applications for food stamps in its orientation packet for new recruits.

    The poverty of the mightiest military machine on Earth is no secret to the many charities that have sprung up to help families on U.S. military bases, like the church-based Feed the Children, which delivers free food and personal items to families at twelve bases. Before 9/11, trucks bearing free food from a variety of food pantries used to be able to drive right on to the bases. Now they have to stop outside the gates, making the spectacle of military poverty visible to any passerby.

    Market forces ensure that a volunteer army will necessarily be an army of the poor. The trouble is, enlistment does not do a whole lot to brighten one's economic outlook. Frontline battle troops, most of whom have been in the military for about a year, earn less than $16,000 a year--which puts them at about the level of theater ushers and Wal-Mart clerks. Even second lieutenants, at a starting salary of $26,000 a year, earn less than pest control workers and shoe repairers. So when the Bush Administration, in its frenzied rush to transfer more wealth to the already wealthy, hurts the working poor, you can count the troops among them. The 2003 Bush tax cut for the rich, for example, failed to extend a child tax credit to nearly 200,000 military personnel.

    Posted by Eric at 11:39 AM | Comments (66)

    How Bush Slights Military Families

    Barbara Ehrenreich's article is a must read

    Military families on food stamps? It's not an urban myth. About 25,000 families of servicemen and women are eligible, and this may be an underestimate, since the most recent Defense Department report on the financial condition of the armed forces--from 1999--found that 40 percent of lower-ranking soldiers face "substantial financial difficulties." Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, reports hearing from constituents that the Army now includes applications for food stamps in its orientation packet for new recruits.

    The poverty of the mightiest military machine on Earth is no secret to the many charities that have sprung up to help families on U.S. military bases, like the church-based Feed the Children, which delivers free food and personal items to families at twelve bases. Before 9/11, trucks bearing free food from a variety of food pantries used to be able to drive right on to the bases. Now they have to stop outside the gates, making the spectacle of military poverty visible to any passerby.

    Market forces ensure that a volunteer army will necessarily be an army of the poor. The trouble is, enlistment does not do a whole lot to brighten one's economic outlook. Frontline battle troops, most of whom have been in the military for about a year, earn less than $16,000 a year--which puts them at about the level of theater ushers and Wal-Mart clerks. Even second lieutenants, at a starting salary of $26,000 a year, earn less than pest control workers and shoe repairers. So when the Bush Administration, in its frenzied rush to transfer more wealth to the already wealthy, hurts the working poor, you can count the troops among them. The 2003 Bush tax cut for the rich, for example, failed to extend a child tax credit to nearly 200,000 military personnel.

    Posted by Eric at 11:39 AM | Comments (11)

    More Unpatriotic Americans

    From the conservative Union Leader of NH:

    Military families threatened to wage a war of their own last night, as sadness turned to sharp anger at the Bush administration for keeping their loved ones in Iraq ... Two days after learning their loved ones would not be leaving the Middle East as expected Sunday, the families said they’re ready to launch a political fight.

    “God forbid, if one soldier dies, there will be no end to anything any one of our members can do,” said Gerri Whittredge, who lent the group her Hollis home for the meeting. “I will be in Washington, D.C., at Mr. Bush’s door, shoving his words down his throat.”

    Others said she would not be alone.

    “We want the whole country to hear our story,” said Franklin resident Richard MacDonald, whose son, Adam MacDonald, 23, is a specialist in the company.

    Family members said their frustration soared to new heights this weekend, when many received phone calls or e-mails from the soldiers, who have spent 17 months on active duty.

    Posted by Eric at 11:11 AM | Comments (20)

    More Unpatriotic Americans

    From the conservative Union Leader of NH:

    Military families threatened to wage a war of their own last night, as sadness turned to sharp anger at the Bush administration for keeping their loved ones in Iraq ... Two days after learning their loved ones would not be leaving the Middle East as expected Sunday, the families said they’re ready to launch a political fight.

    “God forbid, if one soldier dies, there will be no end to anything any one of our members can do,” said Gerri Whittredge, who lent the group her Hollis home for the meeting. “I will be in Washington, D.C., at Mr. Bush’s door, shoving his words down his throat.”

    Others said she would not be alone.

    “We want the whole country to hear our story,” said Franklin resident Richard MacDonald, whose son, Adam MacDonald, 23, is a specialist in the company.

    Family members said their frustration soared to new heights this weekend, when many received phone calls or e-mails from the soldiers, who have spent 17 months on active duty.

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

    Guide to Testimony By Attorney General John Ashcroft

    From ACT:

    When John Ashcroft says: “following up on the investigations in the Aug 6 PDB was a priority.”

    Remember his failures:

    Bush: “I didn’t feel a sense of urgency.” [Source: George W. Bush to Bob Woodward, “Bush at War.” 2003]

    Ashcroft: “An FBI budget official told the Joint Inquiry that counterterrorism was not a priority for Attorney General Ashcroft before September 11, and the FBI faced pressure to make cuts in counterterrorism to satisfy his other priorities.” [Source: Report Of The Joint Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attacks Of September 11, 2001, 12/02]

    Ashcroft: “little interest” in counterterrorism pre 9-11. “Commission officials said their evidence showed that Mr. Ashcroft had taken little interest in counterterrorism before Sept. 11 and, days before the attacks, had rejected pleas from senior F.B.I. officials for more money for counterterrorism even as intelligence agencies warned of an imminent, possibly catastrophic, terrorist attack.” [Source: New York Times, 4/6/04]

    Clinton made terrorism priority; Ashcroft reversed course. “And under Attorney General John Ashcroft, the department was being prodded back into its old law-and-order mind-set: violent crime, drugs, child porn. Counterterrorism, which had become a priority of the Clintonites (not that they did a better job of nailing bin Laden), seemed to be getting less attention.” [Source: Newsweek: 5/27/02]

    Bush cabinet “de-emphasize” terrorism as a priority in 2001. “The attorney general was hardly alone in seeming to de-emphasize terror in the young Bush administration… “ [Source: Newsweek: 5/27/02]

    F.B.I failed to connect several signs – Phoenix memo and al Qaeda in the U.S. “Those signs included a July 2001 memorandum from an F.B.I. agent in Phoenix warning that Al Qaeda appeared to be training terrorists in American flight schools; the arrest the next month of Zacarias Moussaoui, a flight school student who was later connected to the German terrorist cell that carried out the attacks; and the discovery in late August that two Qaeda operatives had entered the United States.” [Source: New York Times, 4/6/04]

    F.B.I never passed threat information to the field. “Despite a sudden burst of intelligence in the summer of 2001 pointing to an imminent Al Qaeda attack, including indications of a major event within the United States, the FBI never passed that threat information to its thousands of field agents across the country.” [Source: LA Times, 4/10/04]

    Read on ...

    Posted by Eric at 11:07 AM | Comments (17)

    Guide to Testimony By Attorney General John Ashcroft

    From ACT:

    When John Ashcroft says: “following up on the investigations in the Aug 6 PDB was a priority.”

    Remember his failures:

    Bush: “I didn’t feel a sense of urgency.” [Source: George W. Bush to Bob Woodward, “Bush at War.” 2003]

    Ashcroft: “An FBI budget official told the Joint Inquiry that counterterrorism was not a priority for Attorney General Ashcroft before September 11, and the FBI faced pressure to make cuts in counterterrorism to satisfy his other priorities.” [Source: Report Of The Joint Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attacks Of September 11, 2001, 12/02]

    Ashcroft: “little interest” in counterterrorism pre 9-11. “Commission officials said their evidence showed that Mr. Ashcroft had taken little interest in counterterrorism before Sept. 11 and, days before the attacks, had rejected pleas from senior F.B.I. officials for more money for counterterrorism even as intelligence agencies warned of an imminent, possibly catastrophic, terrorist attack.” [Source: New York Times, 4/6/04]

    Clinton made terrorism priority; Ashcroft reversed course. “And under Attorney General John Ashcroft, the department was being prodded back into its old law-and-order mind-set: violent crime, drugs, child porn. Counterterrorism, which had become a priority of the Clintonites (not that they did a better job of nailing bin Laden), seemed to be getting less attention.” [Source: Newsweek: 5/27/02]

    Bush cabinet “de-emphasize” terrorism as a priority in 2001. “The attorney general was hardly alone in seeming to de-emphasize terror in the young Bush administration… “ [Source: Newsweek: 5/27/02]

    F.B.I failed to connect several signs – Phoenix memo and al Qaeda in the U.S. “Those signs included a July 2001 memorandum from an F.B.I. agent in Phoenix warning that Al Qaeda appeared to be training terrorists in American flight schools; the arrest the next month of Zacarias Moussaoui, a flight school student who was later connected to the German terrorist cell that carried out the attacks; and the discovery in late August that two Qaeda operatives had entered the United States.” [Source: New York Times, 4/6/04]

    F.B.I never passed threat information to the field. “Despite a sudden burst of intelligence in the summer of 2001 pointing to an imminent Al Qaeda attack, including indications of a major event within the United States, the FBI never passed that threat information to its thousands of field agents across the country.” [Source: LA Times, 4/10/04]

    Read on ...

    Posted by Eric at 11:07 AM | Comments (7)

    Kerry Win in Iowa?

    According to Iowa columnist David Yepsen, "Bush faces an uphill battle here in November." Among other reasons why ...

    * According to a Rasmussen Reports Poll of 500 likely Iowa voters taken March 23, Democrat John Kerry leads Bush 51 percent to 41 percent; 2 percent were for other candidates and 5 percent weren't sure. The survey has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

    Also, an Iowa Poll that was taken by The Des Moines Register in February showed Kerry leading Bush, 49 percent to 42 percent. Bush's deficit is growing here, and that's before he hit a rough patch in Iraq.

    * Bush's television ad spending, once thought to be a trump card for the president, is effectively being countered by the ads from left-of-center groups that are allegedly not part of Kerry's campaign. Exact figures aren't available, but just watching a little television in Iowa suggests the two sides are at parity.

    * Democrats and their constituency groups have superior absentee-ballot and get-out-the vote programs in Iowa. Nothing new there. GOP strategists concede the fact. But the Kerry side is expanding its effort. Groups such as Americans Coming Together or the Iowa Citizen Action Network and assorted women, youth, Latino and union operations plan on registering more anti-Bush voters. No comparable effort can be found on the Republican/con- servative side.

    Posted by Eric at 09:28 AM | Comments (21)

    Kerry Win in Iowa?

    According to Iowa columnist David Yepsen, "Bush faces an uphill battle here in November." Among other reasons why ...

    * According to a Rasmussen Reports Poll of 500 likely Iowa voters taken March 23, Democrat John Kerry leads Bush 51 percent to 41 percent; 2 percent were for other candidates and 5 percent weren't sure. The survey has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

    Also, an Iowa Poll that was taken by The Des Moines Register in February showed Kerry leading Bush, 49 percent to 42 percent. Bush's deficit is growing here, and that's before he hit a rough patch in Iraq.

    * Bush's television ad spending, once thought to be a trump card for the president, is effectively being countered by the ads from left-of-center groups that are allegedly not part of Kerry's campaign. Exact figures aren't available, but just watching a little television in Iowa suggests the two sides are at parity.

    * Democrats and their constituency groups have superior absentee-ballot and get-out-the vote programs in Iowa. Nothing new there. GOP strategists concede the fact. But the Kerry side is expanding its effort. Groups such as Americans Coming Together or the Iowa Citizen Action Network and assorted women, youth, Latino and union operations plan on registering more anti-Bush voters. No comparable effort can be found on the Republican/con- servative side.

    Posted by Eric at 09:28 AM | Comments (2)

    April 12, 2004

    Monday Stories

    AP. American Released Passenger Data
    Guardian. President spends 40% of time out of the office
    Guardian. Bush given hijack alert before 9/11
    Guardian. Iraq hostage crisis intensifies
    UK Indy. UK: Government is letting down Britain in Iraq, says Howard
    AP. Dead Soldier's Kin Want Sibling GIs Home
    Bloomberg. U.S. Gasoline Rises to Record $1.80/Gallon in Survey
    AP. Forest Service's Use of Photos Criticized
    CNN. U.S. military says 23 troops killed in past 3 days
    CNN. McCain on talk of run with Kerry: 'No, no and no'
    AP. Ephedra banned from Monday
    WP. Memo Not Specific Enough, Bush Says
    AP. 70 Troops, 700 Iraqis Killed in Recent Fighting
    WP. Bush Says 'It's Hard to Tell' When Iraq Violence Will Ebb
    WP. Iraqi Insurgents Down U.S. Copter, Killing 2 in Crew
    WP. Lobbyists Try to Parlay a Presidential Campaign
    LAT. Hughes answers the call
    LAT. Kerry's Wife Would Keep Her Philanthropic Role
    USAT. States consider property-tax limits
    NYT. Corporate Risk of a Tax Audit Is Still Shrinking, I.R.S. Data Show
    CSM. $50B later, taking stock of US aid to Egypt: Bush meets with Egypt's president as critics charge that largesse slows reform
    CSM. Moderate Shiites gaining new clout
    BGlobe. Kerry riding a wave of Democratic unity
    AP. Bush Prays with Troops After 'Tough Week' in Iraq
    Reuters. Kerry Uses 'Misery Index' to Hit Bush on Economy
    AP. Kerry courts young voters in Boston

    Commentary
    The Nation. Bush, AIDS, Big Pharma
    Eric Margolis. Bush's Boy Blunder
    Michael Tomasky. Gunsmoke: Where the 9-11 probe needs to go from here
    Center for International Environmental Law. U.S. Leads the World in Breaking Environmental Laws
    John Kerry Camp. Kerry, Obama Outline New Direction for America at Chicago's Greater West Town Training Partnership
    USPIRG. New Report Finds Chemical Industry Facilities Have Had More Than 25,000 Chemical Accidents Since 1990, Despite Industry-Touted Safety Measures
    Travis Justice. 'How do you spell fiasco? B - U - S - H'
    Jon R. Luoma. Unhappy Returns: Tax-prep firms are making billions off tax credits for working families. And the IRS may be making things worse
    Judd Legum. 10 questions for John Ashcroft: When the 9/11 commission grills the attorney general Tuesday, here's what they should ask
    Rebecca Traister. Sex and the single voter: Single women are the hot, must-have demo for the 2004 presidential race. But will they put out this November?
    LAT. The Justice in the Bubble
    David Sarasohn. Oregon takes a pass on Nader
    Seattle PI. Scalia forgets the public is his boss
    Howard Dean. For Ralph Nader, but Not for President
    Bob Herbert. A Justice's Sense of Privilege
    John M. Byrne. Iraq 'nation building' much like Vietnam
    Jay Bookman. Come clean, or risk repeat of Vietnam
    Husain Haqqani. Think Again: Condi's 'Safe' Fantasy
    Cassandra Q. Butts. The Corporate Tax Dodge
    Stan Cox. Time To Shift The Tax Debate
    Arianna Huffington. A Progressive Vision For a Divided Country

    Posted by Eric at 11:56 PM | Comments (6)

    Monday Stories

    AP. American Released Passenger Data
    Guardian. President spends 40% of time out of the office
    Guardian. Bush given hijack alert before 9/11
    Guardian. Iraq hostage crisis intensifies
    UK Indy. UK: Government is letting down Britain in Iraq, says Howard
    AP. Dead Soldier's Kin Want Sibling GIs Home
    Bloomberg. U.S. Gasoline Rises to Record $1.80/Gallon in Survey
    AP. Forest Service's Use of Photos Criticized
    CNN. U.S. military says 23 troops killed in past 3 days
    CNN. McCain on talk of run with Kerry: 'No, no and no'
    AP. Ephedra banned from Monday
    WP. Memo Not Specific Enough, Bush Says
    AP. 70 Troops, 700 Iraqis Killed in Recent Fighting
    WP. Bush Says 'It's Hard to Tell' When Iraq Violence Will Ebb
    WP. Iraqi Insurgents Down U.S. Copter, Killing 2 in Crew
    WP. Lobbyists Try to Parlay a Presidential Campaign
    LAT. Hughes answers the call
    LAT. Kerry's Wife Would Keep Her Philanthropic Role
    USAT. States consider property-tax limits
    NYT. Corporate Risk of a Tax Audit Is Still Shrinking, I.R.S. Data Show
    CSM. $50B later, taking stock of US aid to Egypt: Bush meets with Egypt's president as critics charge that largesse slows reform
    CSM. Moderate Shiites gaining new clout
    BGlobe. Kerry riding a wave of Democratic unity
    AP. Bush Prays with Troops After 'Tough Week' in Iraq
    Reuters. Kerry Uses 'Misery Index' to Hit Bush on Economy
    AP. Kerry courts young voters in Boston

    Commentary
    The Nation. Bush, AIDS, Big Pharma
    Eric Margolis. Bush's Boy Blunder
    Michael Tomasky. Gunsmoke: Where the 9-11 probe needs to go from here
    Center for International Environmental Law. U.S. Leads the World in Breaking Environmental Laws
    John Kerry Camp. Kerry, Obama Outline New Direction for America at Chicago's Greater West Town Training Partnership
    USPIRG. New Report Finds Chemical Industry Facilities Have Had More Than 25,000 Chemical Accidents Since 1990, Despite Industry-Touted Safety Measures
    Travis Justice. 'How do you spell fiasco? B - U - S - H'
    Jon R. Luoma. Unhappy Returns: Tax-prep firms are making billions off tax credits for working families. And the IRS may be making things worse
    Judd Legum. 10 questions for John Ashcroft: When the 9/11 commission grills the attorney general Tuesday, here's what they should ask
    Rebecca Traister. Sex and the single voter: Single women are the hot, must-have demo for the 2004 presidential race. But will they put out this November?
    LAT. The Justice in the Bubble
    David Sarasohn. Oregon takes a pass on Nader
    Seattle PI. Scalia forgets the public is his boss
    Howard Dean. For Ralph Nader, but Not for President
    Bob Herbert. A Justice's Sense of Privilege
    John M. Byrne. Iraq 'nation building' much like Vietnam
    Jay Bookman. Come clean, or risk repeat of Vietnam
    Husain Haqqani. Think Again: Condi's 'Safe' Fantasy
    Cassandra Q. Butts. The Corporate Tax Dodge
    Stan Cox. Time To Shift The Tax Debate
    Arianna Huffington. A Progressive Vision For a Divided Country

    Posted by Eric at 11:56 PM | Comments (4)

    Comedy Monday

    "In response to the escalating violence in Iraq, President Bush is delaying the return home of 25,000 troops and will actually add reinforcements to the south. Then in a symbolic gesture he pulled down the mission accomplished banner, put on a flight suit, walked backwards to a jet fighter and flew it in reverse off an aircraft carrier." Tina Fey

    "In response to a request by the 9/11 commission the White House agreed to declassify the president's daily intelligence briefing from August 6th titled 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.' The commission also wants to see the August 20th briefing, 'No Seriously Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States' and also from August 26th, 'Mr. President, Please Put Down the Game Boy, Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.'" Tina Fey

    "Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, has announced that he will support President Bush's re-election. Really, it's so hard to tell from the news coverage." Jay Leno

    "President Bush says now he is sticking to his plan for handing over power to the Iraqis on June 30. It's also part of his plan to hand over power to John Kerry on January 20." David Letterman

    "Before President Bush threw out the first pitch, the White House released a statement saying the president had been suffering from a sore shoulder. You know, can't Bush do anything about the White House downplaying expectations?" Jay Leno

    "Senator Ted Kennedy said that Iraq was President Bush's 'Vietnam.' When he heard about it, President Bush said, 'That's not true; I went to Iraq."' Conan O'Brien

    "It was reported that on her upcoming tour Madonna will include a dance number that will “re-enact battle scenes ... to illustrate the tragedy of war.” Madonna will also wear a camouflage bikini top to illustrate the tragedy of time." Tina Fey


    The WhiteHouse.org has the August 6th, 2001 memo.

    Fark.com: Photoshop moments in which saying "my bad" just doesn't cover it.

    NationalLampoon.com: Tax Primer.

    TheOnion.com: If Elected, I Will Be Extremely Surprised.

    bushrecall.org: Lord of the Right Wing.


    Eli: Well, everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is... maybe he didn't.

    Eli: You never even gave me the time of day till I started getting good reviews.
    Margot: Your reviews weren't that good.
    Eli: But the sales are.

    Narrator: Immediately after making this statement, Royal realized that it was true.

    -Royal Tenenbaums


    Shifting Baselines: with the Groundlings: "Ocean decline is such a serious topic that there are limits to how much the general public can absorb without feeling the need to take a little break. Over the past two years the Groundlings Improv Comedy Group has helped us lighten the bad news a bit."
    Jail Bill Watterson:
    1) Bill Watterson is a small minority. There are an estimated 290,809,777 people in the United States of America (July 1, 2003 estimate of the U.S. Census Bureau), 290,809,776 of whom are not Bill Watterson. Even if Mr. Watterson himself is inconvenienced, the people who read his new “Calvin and Hobbes” strips will be thrilled to re-enter the magical world of a boy and his tiger. Sometimes, we must make tough decisions for the greater good of the greater number; sometimes, these decisions harm good people. This is a mere inevitability of politics.

    2) Bill Watterson is a cartoonist. The equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment was written in 1868, before cartoonists ever existed. Had our founding fathers known of “cartooning” and its implications, they would have explicitly exempted them from certain rights, most likely the right to the “pursuit of happiness” when it impinges upon other citizens’ happiness. Although the Constitution may appear to protect cartoonists, this is merely an illusion caused by our projection of our current society onto an ancient document.

    Click down for toonsies.

    Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (10)

    Comedy Monday

    "In response to the escalating violence in Iraq, President Bush is delaying the return home of 25,000 troops and will actually add reinforcements to the south. Then in a symbolic gesture he pulled down the mission accomplished banner, put on a flight suit, walked backwards to a jet fighter and flew it in reverse off an aircraft carrier." Tina Fey

    "In response to a request by the 9/11 commission the White House agreed to declassify the president's daily intelligence briefing from August 6th titled 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.' The commission also wants to see the August 20th briefing, 'No Seriously Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States' and also from August 26th, 'Mr. President, Please Put Down the Game Boy, Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.'" Tina Fey

    "Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, has announced that he will support President Bush's re-election. Really, it's so hard to tell from the news coverage." Jay Leno

    "President Bush says now he is sticking to his plan for handing over power to the Iraqis on June 30. It's also part of his plan to hand over power to John Kerry on January 20." David Letterman

    "Before President Bush threw out the first pitch, the White House released a statement saying the president had been suffering from a sore shoulder. You know, can't Bush do anything about the White House downplaying expectations?" Jay Leno

    "Senator Ted Kennedy said that Iraq was President Bush's 'Vietnam.' When he heard about it, President Bush said, 'That's not true; I went to Iraq."' Conan O'Brien

    "It was reported that on her upcoming tour Madonna will include a dance number that will “re-enact battle scenes ... to illustrate the tragedy of war.” Madonna will also wear a camouflage bikini top to illustrate the tragedy of time." Tina Fey


    The WhiteHouse.org has the August 6th, 2001 memo.

    Fark.com: Photoshop moments in which saying "my bad" just doesn't cover it.

    NationalLampoon.com: Tax Primer.

    TheOnion.com: If Elected, I Will Be Extremely Surprised.

    bushrecall.org: Lord of the Right Wing.


    Eli: Well, everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is... maybe he didn't.

    Eli: You never even gave me the time of day till I started getting good reviews.
    Margot: Your reviews weren't that good.
    Eli: But the sales are.

    Narrator: Immediately after making this statement, Royal realized that it was true.

    -Royal Tenenbaums


    Shifting Baselines: with the Groundlings: "Ocean decline is such a serious topic that there are limits to how much the general public can absorb without feeling the need to take a little break. Over the past two years the Groundlings Improv Comedy Group has helped us lighten the bad news a bit."
    Jail Bill Watterson:
    1) Bill Watterson is a small minority. There are an estimated 290,809,777 people in the United States of America (July 1, 2003 estimate of the U.S. Census Bureau), 290,809,776 of whom are not Bill Watterson. Even if Mr. Watterson himself is inconvenienced, the people who read his new “Calvin and Hobbes” strips will be thrilled to re-enter the magical world of a boy and his tiger. Sometimes, we must make tough decisions for the greater good of the greater number; sometimes, these decisions harm good people. This is a mere inevitability of politics.

    2) Bill Watterson is a cartoonist. The equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment was written in 1868, before cartoonists ever existed. Had our founding fathers known of “cartooning” and its implications, they would have explicitly exempted them from certain rights, most likely the right to the “pursuit of happiness” when it impinges upon other citizens’ happiness. Although the Constitution may appear to protect cartoonists, this is merely an illusion caused by our projection of our current society onto an ancient document.

    Click down for toonsies.

    Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (5)

    Racicot Warns: Liberals Will Outspend Us

    In a recent email to GeorgeWBush.com supporters, the Chairman of Bush-Cheney '04 and RNC head:

    We must prepare for the worst and assume that these shadowy liberal propaganda groups - who are illegally working to help Senator Kerry - will outspend our campaign until they are forced to shut down. President Bush needs the help of grassroots leaders like you to respond to the deceitful ads these groups are airing with this illegal cash. Please contribute today, using our secure server, so we'll have the resources to counter their efforts.

    Posted by Eric at 01:06 PM | Comments (49)

    Racicot Warns: Liberals Will Outspend Us

    In a recent email to GeorgeWBush.com supporters, the Chairman of Bush-Cheney '04 and RNC head:

    We must prepare for the worst and assume that these shadowy liberal propaganda groups - who are illegally working to help Senator Kerry - will outspend our campaign until they are forced to shut down. President Bush needs the help of grassroots leaders like you to respond to the deceitful ads these groups are airing with this illegal cash. Please contribute today, using our secure server, so we'll have the resources to counter their efforts.

    Posted by Eric at 01:06 PM | Comments (8)

    Shinseki Was Right

    From the AP:

    But more important, many critics believe, Bush should have listened to former Army chief of staff Gen. Eric Shinseki, who said a postwar occupying force in Iraq would have to number in the hundreds of thousands.

    Such a force, Shinseki said, is needed to maintain security and calm ethnic tensions in the immediate aftermath of the fall of a government.

    The Bush administration settled on a force of about 150,000, expecting it would be augmented by eventual support from other countries.

    Reinforcements did not arrive right away or in massive numbers. So when looting broke out, there were not enough soldiers on hand to bring the situation under control.

    At the time, Shinseki's troop estimate was called "wildly off the mark" by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

    "It turns out Wolfowitz was wildly wrong," said Joseph Nye, a former assistant defense secretary who is dean of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

    "If they had put in more troops, they would have prevented the looting and the situation from deteriorating," Nye said.

    So what did they do to the former war hero, who received "two Purple Hearts and four Bronze Star Medals for his service in Vietnam"? Smear him:
    Hardly any of this the reached public domain until last month when Gen Shinseki told a congressional committee that he thought an occupying force in the hundreds of thousands would be required to police postwar Iraq. Mr Rumsfeld publicly repudiated him, saying he was "far off the mark".

    In semi-private, the Pentagon's civilian leadership was far more scathing. A "senior administration official" told the Village Voice newspaper that Gen Shinseki's remark was "bullshit from a Clintonite enamoured of using the army for peacekeeping and not winning wars."

    As Bob Herbert summed it up:
    When the Army chief of staff, General Eric Shinseki, dared to say publicly that several hundred thousand troops would be needed to occupy Iraq, he was ridiculed by the administration and his career was brought to a close.
    Shinseki and his family have long been targets of those who would question their loyalty.
    The origins of the Shinseki-Rumsfeld war long predate any mention of Iraq. There are many ironies to it, but the most bitter seems to be that the general has found himself characterised as an obstacle to progress. This is improbable on the most personal level. He is a Japanese-American (as is his wife), born in Hawaii in 1942 when his parents were officially enemy aliens.

    He was inspired to join the army by the example of uncles who fought for the US then and eradicated the perception that they might be traitors. In Vietnam, "Ric" Shinseki was terribly injured twice - losing a foot the second time - yet he persisted in the army.

    Posted by Eric at 12:11 PM | Comments (48)

    Shinseki Was Right

    From the AP:

    But more important, many critics believe, Bush should have listened to former Army chief of staff Gen. Eric Shinseki, who said a postwar occupying force in Iraq would have to number in the hundreds of thousands.

    Such a force, Shinseki said, is needed to maintain security and calm ethnic tensions in the immediate aftermath of the fall of a government.

    The Bush administration settled on a force of about 150,000, expecting it would be augmented by eventual support from other countries.

    Reinforcements did not arrive right away or in massive numbers. So when looting broke out, there were not enough soldiers on hand to bring the situation under control.

    At the time, Shinseki's troop estimate was called "wildly off the mark" by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

    "It turns out Wolfowitz was wildly wrong," said Joseph Nye, a former assistant defense secretary who is dean of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

    "If they had put in more troops, they would have prevented the looting and the situation from deteriorating," Nye said.

    So what did they do to the former war hero, who received "two Purple Hearts and four Bronze Star Medals for his service in Vietnam"? Smear him:
    Hardly any of this the reached public domain until last month when Gen Shinseki told a congressional committee that he thought an occupying force in the hundreds of thousands would be required to police postwar Iraq. Mr Rumsfeld publicly repudiated him, saying he was "far off the mark".

    In semi-private, the Pentagon's civilian leadership was far more scathing. A "senior administration official" told the Village Voice newspaper that Gen Shinseki's remark was "bullshit from a Clintonite enamoured of using the army for peacekeeping and not winning wars."

    As Bob Herbert summed it up:
    When the Army chief of staff, General Eric Shinseki, dared to say publicly that several hundred thousand troops would be needed to occupy Iraq, he was ridiculed by the administration and his career was brought to a close.
    Shinseki and his family have long been targets of those who would question their loyalty.
    The origins of the Shinseki-Rumsfeld war long predate any mention of Iraq. There are many ironies to it, but the most bitter seems to be that the general has found himself characterised as an obstacle to progress. This is improbable on the most personal level. He is a Japanese-American (as is his wife), born in Hawaii in 1942 when his parents were officially enemy aliens.

    He was inspired to join the army by the example of uncles who fought for the US then and eradicated the perception that they might be traitors. In Vietnam, "Ric" Shinseki was terribly injured twice - losing a foot the second time - yet he persisted in the army.

    Posted by Eric at 12:11 PM | Comments (9)

    Sleep Schedule

    God, I wish I had this sleep schedule:

    Regardless of what is going on in the world Mr Bush is usually in bed by 10pm and wakes at 6am. As governor of Texas he would be in work by 8.30am and out by 5.30pm. In between was a 90-minute to two-hour break for exercise or a nap.

    Posted by Eric at 11:03 AM | Comments (40)

    Sleep Schedule

    God, I wish I had this sleep schedule:

    Regardless of what is going on in the world Mr Bush is usually in bed by 10pm and wakes at 6am. As governor of Texas he would be in work by 8.30am and out by 5.30pm. In between was a 90-minute to two-hour break for exercise or a nap.

    Posted by Eric at 11:03 AM | Comments (9)

    Late Night TV

    Of interest, courtesy of Sue Trowbridge:

    LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

    Tu 4/13: Chris Rock,
    We 4/14: Sen. John McCain

    THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC
    We 4/21: Bill Maher
    Th 4/22: Janeane Garofalo

    LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, NBC
    Th 4/15: Chris Rock

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    Mo 4/12: Rerun TBA
    Tu 4/13: Rerun TBA
    We 4/14: Rerun TBA
    Th 4/15: Rerun TBA

    Mo 4/19: Melissa Etheridge
    Tu 4/20: Mark Ruffalo
    We 4/21: John Gibson
    Th 4/22: Arianna Huffington

    Mo 4/26: Bob Kerrey
    Tu 4/27: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
    We 4/28: Fareed Zakaria
    Th 4/29: Bob Woodward

    THE SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW, syndicated
    Tu 4/20: Margaret Cho

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (38)

    Late Night TV

    Of interest, courtesy of Sue Trowbridge:

    LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

    Tu 4/13: Chris Rock,
    We 4/14: Sen. John McCain

    THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC
    We 4/21: Bill Maher
    Th 4/22: Janeane Garofalo

    LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, NBC
    Th 4/15: Chris Rock

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    Mo 4/12: Rerun TBA
    Tu 4/13: Rerun TBA
    We 4/14: Rerun TBA
    Th 4/15: Rerun TBA

    Mo 4/19: Melissa Etheridge
    Tu 4/20: Mark Ruffalo
    We 4/21: John Gibson
    Th 4/22: Arianna Huffington

    Mo 4/26: Bob Kerrey
    Tu 4/27: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
    We 4/28: Fareed Zakaria
    Th 4/29: Bob Woodward

    THE SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW, syndicated
    Tu 4/20: Margaret Cho

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (6)

    Scalia the Hypocrite

    From the Jackson Sun in Tenn:

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a hypocrite. There's no nice way to say it. For a man who, just last March received the Citadel of Free Speech Award, he has shown himself to be afraid, even contemptuous, of the same Constitution he claims to revere.

    Scalia's contempt was on full display last week at a pair of speeches he gave in Hattiesburg, Miss. While speaking at Presbyterian Christian High School on - ironically - the importance of protecting constitutional rights, a federal marshal confiscated a digital recording from an Associated Press reporter and erased it. The marshal did the same with a cassette from a local Hattiesburg reporter.

    This is outrageous. Claims by the federal marshal service that this was a routine matter of providing security for Scalia don't hold water. It wasn't as if the justice were speaking on a matter of great sensitivity, say a matter of national security. Nor was he speaking on a specific subject, something that might come before the Court later.

    Scalia was speaking on a very generalized topic - protecting constitutional rights. That's the same Constitution that includes the right to free speech, and the right to a free press.

    Meanwhile, as Bob Herbert reports:
    I called Jane Kirtley, a professor of media, ethics and law at the University of Minnesota, and asked her what was wrong with what the marshal did. She replied, "Everything."

    Not only was it an affront to the Constitution to seize and erase the recordings, Ms. Kirtley believes it was also a violation of the Privacy Protection Act, a law passed by Congress in 1980.

    Posted by Eric at 10:43 AM | Comments (26)

    Scalia the Hypocrite

    From the Jackson Sun in Tenn:

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a hypocrite. There's no nice way to say it. For a man who, just last March received the Citadel of Free Speech Award, he has shown himself to be afraid, even contemptuous, of the same Constitution he claims to revere.

    Scalia's contempt was on full display last week at a pair of speeches he gave in Hattiesburg, Miss. While speaking at Presbyterian Christian High School on - ironically - the importance of protecting constitutional rights, a federal marshal confiscated a digital recording from an Associated Press reporter and erased it. The marshal did the same with a cassette from a local Hattiesburg reporter.

    This is outrageous. Claims by the federal marshal service that this was a routine matter of providing security for Scalia don't hold water. It wasn't as if the justice were speaking on a matter of great sensitivity, say a matter of national security. Nor was he speaking on a specific subject, something that might come before the Court later.

    Scalia was speaking on a very generalized topic - protecting constitutional rights. That's the same Constitution that includes the right to free speech, and the right to a free press.

    Meanwhile, as Bob Herbert reports:
    I called Jane Kirtley, a professor of media, ethics and law at the University of Minnesota, and asked her what was wrong with what the marshal did. She replied, "Everything."

    Not only was it an affront to the Constitution to seize and erase the recordings, Ms. Kirtley believes it was also a violation of the Privacy Protection Act, a law passed by Congress in 1980.

    Posted by Eric at 10:43 AM | Comments (5)

    The Standards of William Raspberry

    Suppose I wrote a column decrying someone for "misrepresentations" and blasted his new media show by writing, among others, that the "answer to lies and partisan innuendo is not more lies but truth" and "Who needs him?"

    You would expect that I would have, at least once, or maybe twice, or heck, watched or listened to that show - the object of my criticism - for just an hour. You'd also expect that I'd cite examples of these "misrepresentations" instead of making broad generalizations.

    Well, no. Not if you're a Washington Post columnist named William Raspberry.

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 AM | Comments (31)

    The Standards of William Raspberry

    Suppose I wrote a column decrying someone for "misrepresentations" and blasted his new media show by writing, among others, that the "answer to lies and partisan innuendo is not more lies but truth" and "Who needs him?"

    You would expect that I would have, at least once, or maybe twice, or heck, watched or listened to that show - the object of my criticism - for just an hour. You'd also expect that I'd cite examples of these "misrepresentations" instead of making broad generalizations.

    Well, no. Not if you're a Washington Post columnist named William Raspberry.

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 AM | Comments (12)

    Hamster Numbers: Death Penalty

    ACLU:

    While white victims account for approximately one-half of all murder victims, 81% of all Capital cases involve white victims. Furthermore, as of October 2002, 12 people have been executed where the defendant was white and the murder victim black, compared with 178 black defendants executed for murders with white victims.

    In January 2003, researchers at the University of Maryland concluded in a study commissioned by the Maryland Governor that defendants are much more likely to be sentenced to death if they have killed a white person ... In April 2001, researchers from the University of North Carolina released a study of all homicide cases in North Carolina between 1993 and 1997. The study found that the odds of getting a death sentence increased three and a half times if the victim was white rather than black.

    Posted by Eric at 09:01 AM | Comments (23)

    Hamster Numbers: Death Penalty

    ACLU:

    While white victims account for approximately one-half of all murder victims, 81% of all Capital cases involve white victims. Furthermore, as of October 2002, 12 people have been executed where the defendant was white and the murder victim black, compared with 178 black defendants executed for murders with white victims.

    In January 2003, researchers at the University of Maryland concluded in a study commissioned by the Maryland Governor that defendants are much more likely to be sentenced to death if they have killed a white person ... In April 2001, researchers from the University of North Carolina released a study of all homicide cases in North Carolina between 1993 and 1997. The study found that the odds of getting a death sentence increased three and a half times if the victim was white rather than black.

    Posted by Eric at 09:01 AM | Comments (3)

    April 11, 2004

    11 Soldiers Dead Since Friday

    From the WPost:

    The military announced Sunday the death of 11 more U.S. troops in Iraq combat over the past three days, including two pilots killed when an Apache attack helicopter was shot down near Baghdad Sunday.

    Three 1st Armored Division soldiers were killed in a coordinated attack Friday morning, the military said. A fourth member of the same unit died during an attack on a convoy in Baghdad that evening.

    On the same day in Tikrit, three members of the 1st Infantry Division were killed in an ambush, said a military spokesman, while in Anbar province--where fighting has continued in Fallujah and Ramadi--another U.S. Marine died Friday.

    One more soldier died from wounds received in the fighting that raged in Baqubah, 30 miles northeast of Baghdad. That fight took the lives of 47 Iraqis Friday, U.S. officials said. It was one of the bloodiest confrontations of the insurgency, part of one of the bloodiest weeks in Iraq since the fall of Baghdad a year ago.

    Posted by Eric at 07:17 PM | Comments (23)

    11 Soldiers Dead Since Friday

    From the WPost:

    The military announced Sunday the death of 11 more U.S. troops in Iraq combat over the past three days, including two pilots killed when an Apache attack helicopter was shot down near Baghdad Sunday.

    Three 1st Armored Division soldiers were killed in a coordinated attack Friday morning, the military said. A fourth member of the same unit died during an attack on a convoy in Baghdad that evening.

    On the same day in Tikrit, three members of the 1st Infantry Division were killed in an ambush, said a military spokesman, while in Anbar province--where fighting has continued in Fallujah and Ramadi--another U.S. Marine died Friday.

    One more soldier died from wounds received in the fighting that raged in Baqubah, 30 miles northeast of Baghdad. That fight took the lives of 47 Iraqis Friday, U.S. officials said. It was one of the bloodiest confrontations of the insurgency, part of one of the bloodiest weeks in Iraq since the fall of Baghdad a year ago.

    Posted by Eric at 07:17 PM | Comments (2)

    Hypothetical

    James Pinkerton: "If you knew that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had received a memo a month before Pearl Harbor entitled, "Japanese Determined to Attack the United States in the Pacific," and that he had done nothing about that information, would that knowledge change your perception of FDR as a wise war leader?"

    Indeed.

    Posted by Eric at 07:14 PM | Comments (72)

    Hypothetical

    James Pinkerton: "If you knew that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had received a memo a month before Pearl Harbor entitled, "Japanese Determined to Attack the United States in the Pacific," and that he had done nothing about that information, would that knowledge change your perception of FDR as a wise war leader?"

    Indeed.

    Posted by Eric at 07:14 PM | Comments (22)

    April 10, 2004

    Saturday Stories

    News
    NYT. Bush Was Warned of Possible Attack in U.S., Official Says
    WP. Briefing on Al Qaeda Included Specifics: White House Says Declassification of Pre-9/11 Document Will Be Delayed
    Newsday. 2 U.S. soldiers missing
    AP. Poll: Most American oppose gay marriage but support other rights
    SFC. California lags behind rest of nation in job growth; Despite modest payroll gain in state, unemployment inches up
    AP. Kidnappings Upstage Cheney's Japan Visit
    Reuters. Japan Issues Video Demanding Release of Hostages
    AP. 21 States Not Meeting EPA Beach Deadline
    WP. Deep in the Heart Of Washington: Karen Hughes Returned To Texas but She Kept Her Foot In Right Here
    WP. Kerry Sprinkles Jobs Message With Attacks on Iraq Policy
    NYT. As Bush Ends Money Drive, Kerry Goes On
    NYT. Gas Prices Soar, Angelenos Shrug
    NYT. Kerry Says Policy in Iraq Compromises U.S. Safety
    BGlobe. Kerry calls for larger role for allies
    AP. Bush, Kerry still in close fight
    NYT. Built With Steel, Perhaps, but Greased With Pork
    Commentary
    LAT. Stop Trashing the Ocean
    Ayo Griffin. BUSH SHREDS THE CLEAN AIR ACT
    Bill Berkowitz. Rushing to judgment: Conservatives call for investigating Democrats' alleged ties to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq
    Ewen MacAskill. A Coalition Showing Signs of Fracture
    Terence Samuel. Ted the Knife: How Ted Kennedy became John Kerry's front-line infantryman
    Garance Franke-Ruta. Big Think: Rice’s testimony shows that Bush’s pre-9-11 fight against terror was a classic case of the perfect being an enemy of the good
    Cynthia Tucker. Bush speaks of truth, but doesn't tell it
    Simon Hoggart. Arianna, first lady of Boulder

    Posted by Eric at 11:36 PM | Comments (20)

    Saturday Stories

    News
    NYT. Bush Was Warned of Possible Attack in U.S., Official Says
    WP. Briefing on Al Qaeda Included Specifics: White House Says Declassification of Pre-9/11 Document Will Be Delayed
    Newsday. 2 U.S. soldiers missing
    AP. Poll: Most American oppose gay marriage but support other rights
    SFC. California lags behind rest of nation in job growth; Despite modest payroll gain in state, unemployment inches up
    AP. Kidnappings Upstage Cheney's Japan Visit
    Reuters. Japan Issues Video Demanding Release of Hostages
    AP. 21 States Not Meeting EPA Beach Deadline
    WP. Deep in the Heart Of Washington: Karen Hughes Returned To Texas but She Kept Her Foot In Right Here
    WP. Kerry Sprinkles Jobs Message With Attacks on Iraq Policy
    NYT. As Bush Ends Money Drive, Kerry Goes On
    NYT. Gas Prices Soar, Angelenos Shrug
    NYT. Kerry Says Policy in Iraq Compromises U.S. Safety
    BGlobe. Kerry calls for larger role for allies
    AP. Bush, Kerry still in close fight
    NYT. Built With Steel, Perhaps, but Greased With Pork
    Commentary
    LAT. Stop Trashing the Ocean
    Ayo Griffin. BUSH SHREDS THE CLEAN AIR ACT
    Bill Berkowitz. Rushing to judgment: Conservatives call for investigating Democrats' alleged ties to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq
    Ewen MacAskill. A Coalition Showing Signs of Fracture
    Terence Samuel. Ted the Knife: How Ted Kennedy became John Kerry's front-line infantryman
    Garance Franke-Ruta. Big Think: Rice’s testimony shows that Bush’s pre-9-11 fight against terror was a classic case of the perfect being an enemy of the good
    Cynthia Tucker. Bush speaks of truth, but doesn't tell it
    Simon Hoggart. Arianna, first lady of Boulder

    Posted by Eric at 11:36 PM | Comments (6)

    In 2002, According to Cheney, Clarke WAS in the Loop

    Interesting find by Ryan Lizza of TNR.

    Posted by Eric at 02:04 PM | Comments (71)

    In 2002, According to Cheney, Clarke WAS in the Loop

    Interesting find by Ryan Lizza of TNR.

    Posted by Eric at 02:04 PM | Comments (5)

    Hamster Numbers: Mercury

    "Power plants are the largest uncontrolled source of mercury, a neurological toxin that threatens the health of fetuses, children and other vulnerable populations. Twelve percent of women of childbearing age in the United States have levels of mercury in their bodies that exceed the level EPA considers safe. Prenatal exposure to methyl mercury can cause adverse developmental and cognitive effects in children, even at low doses that do not result in effects in the mother. Mercury may also affect cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems. In 2001 the Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory to pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, nursing mothers and children on the hazard of consuming certain kinds of fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish due to mercury contamination. Health Canada, the country's federal health agency, included tuna in a similar advisory. Local fish are also a risk. In 2001, 44 states had advisories in effect for mercury in non-commercial fish and 17 states had statewide advisories in effect. Another 9 states have statewide advisories for mercury in their coastal waters." -Environment 2004.

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

    Hamster Numbers: Mercury

    "Power plants are the largest uncontrolled source of mercury, a neurological toxin that threatens the health of fetuses, children and other vulnerable populations. Twelve percent of women of childbearing age in the United States have levels of mercury in their bodies that exceed the level EPA considers safe. Prenatal exposure to methyl mercury can cause adverse developmental and cognitive effects in children, even at low doses that do not result in effects in the mother. Mercury may also affect cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems. In 2001 the Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory to pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, nursing mothers and children on the hazard of consuming certain kinds of fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish due to mercury contamination. Health Canada, the country's federal health agency, included tuna in a similar advisory. Local fish are also a risk. In 2001, 44 states had advisories in effect for mercury in non-commercial fish and 17 states had statewide advisories in effect. Another 9 states have statewide advisories for mercury in their coastal waters." -Environment 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 10:10 AM | Comments (6)

    Sony Options Clarke Book

    Reports Hollywood Reporter.

    Now before everyone yells, 'Oohh, liberal Hollywood,' remember the Showtime pro-Bush flick? Also, optioning a script doesn't mean the film will be made. Many, many books on the best-seller list are optioned, but that doesn't mean they'll be made.

    Posted by Eric at 10:09 AM | Comments (51)

    Sony Options Clarke Book

    Reports Hollywood Reporter.

    Now before everyone yells, 'Oohh, liberal Hollywood,' remember the Showtime pro-Bush flick? Also, optioning a script doesn't mean the film will be made. Many, many books on the best-seller list are optioned, but that doesn't mean they'll be made.

    Posted by Eric at 10:09 AM | Comments (8)

    April 09, 2004

    Friday

    SFC. Poll finds Bush is losing support across California
    USAT. Kerry makes vow of 'fiscal discipline'
    WP. Powell Calls U.S. Casualties 'Disquieting'
    WP. Kerry Assails Bush's Foreign Policy: Why Is U.S. Almost Alone in Iraq? Senator Asks in Meeting on Economy
    WP. General May Bolster Force in Iraq; Militias Kidnap a Dozen Foreigners
    NYT. Bush Picks Businessman for Manufacturing Post
    AP. U.S. Marines Halt Offensive in Falluja
    AP. Grand jury indicts Reliant power trading unit, employees
    AP. Most families at Sept. 11 hearing left wanting more
    LAT. U.N. Gay Policy Is Assailed: Dozens of nations object to Annan's directive to offer benefits to staffers' same-sex partners
    LAT. Scalia's Tape Tactics at Issue
    CSM. Gibson's movie unlikely box-office hit in Arab world
    CSM. Religious book sales show a miraculous rise
    CSM. Support eroding for Bush on Iraq
    Reuters. Kerry's Easter Plans Include Catholic Service
    AP. Poll: No gains by either Bush or Kerry
    AP. Calling from Texas, Bush lauds Rice

    Commentary
    Molly Ivins. The death of democracy: Cash and carry government achieves all-time seedy lows in Texas legislature, courtesy of Tom DeLay and TRMPAC
    Joe Conason. Bush's attack dog needs a new leash: Bill Frist should be held accountable for unjustified personal assault on Richard Clarke
    Mary Lynn F. Jones, AlterNet. Sex, Jogging and Politics
    John Podesta. Regarding the Testimony of Condoleezza Rice Before the 9/11 Commission
    Mark Follman. Be very afraid: President Bush has used the politics of fear to sell his policies and stifle opponents. With events turning against him, will that strategy backfire?
    Harold Meyerson. Death Grip: Things in Iraq are bad and getting worse. Will -- or can -- Bush let go?
    Ayelish McGarvey. Carter's Crusade: Jimmy Carter explains how the Christian right isn't Christian at all
    John Nichols. The Beat Bush Brigades
    Jeff Blum. Getting Out Every Vote
    Robert C. Byrd. The Exit Door: Increasing the U.S. troop presence in Iraq will suck us deeper into the maelstrom of violence
    Laura Flanders. Never Apologize: Rice may be poised, but the record shows she misjudged more than the threat facing the nation before 9/11
    Robert Dreyfuss. Getting Us Out: Does anyone remember 1968? It's time for a reprise.
    Regis T. Sabol. Rice Filibusters 9/11 Commission
    Paul Krugman. One Good Month
    Seattle PI. Companies must share tax burden
    Elaine Kamarck. Hey, GOP becomes party of big spenders
    Naomi Klein. Fury Ignites Solidarity in Iraq
    Joy-Ann Reid. Low prices, but low wages, too
    Derrick Z. Jackson. A defense full of holes
    Thomas Oliphant. Ted's take on Kerry's veep

    Posted by Eric at 11:51 PM | Comments (22)

    Friday

    SFC. Poll finds Bush is losing support across California
    USAT. Kerry makes vow of 'fiscal discipline'
    WP. Powell Calls U.S. Casualties 'Disquieting'
    WP. Kerry Assails Bush's Foreign Policy: Why Is U.S. Almost Alone in Iraq? Senator Asks in Meeting on Economy
    WP. General May Bolster Force in Iraq; Militias Kidnap a Dozen Foreigners
    NYT. Bush Picks Businessman for Manufacturing Post
    AP. U.S. Marines Halt Offensive in Falluja
    AP. Grand jury indicts Reliant power trading unit, employees
    AP. Most families at Sept. 11 hearing left wanting more
    LAT. U.N. Gay Policy Is Assailed: Dozens of nations object to Annan's directive to offer benefits to staffers' same-sex partners
    LAT. Scalia's Tape Tactics at Issue
    CSM. Gibson's movie unlikely box-office hit in Arab world
    CSM. Religious book sales show a miraculous rise
    CSM. Support eroding for Bush on Iraq
    Reuters. Kerry's Easter Plans Include Catholic Service
    AP. Poll: No gains by either Bush or Kerry
    AP. Calling from Texas, Bush lauds Rice

    Commentary
    Molly Ivins. The death of democracy: Cash and carry government achieves all-time seedy lows in Texas legislature, courtesy of Tom DeLay and TRMPAC
    Joe Conason. Bush's attack dog needs a new leash: Bill Frist should be held accountable for unjustified personal assault on Richard Clarke
    Mary Lynn F. Jones, AlterNet. Sex, Jogging and Politics
    John Podesta. Regarding the Testimony of Condoleezza Rice Before the 9/11 Commission
    Mark Follman. Be very afraid: President Bush has used the politics of fear to sell his policies and stifle opponents. With events turning against him, will that strategy backfire?
    Harold Meyerson. Death Grip: Things in Iraq are bad and getting worse. Will -- or can -- Bush let go?
    Ayelish McGarvey. Carter's Crusade: Jimmy Carter explains how the Christian right isn't Christian at all
    John Nichols. The Beat Bush Brigades
    Jeff Blum. Getting Out Every Vote
    Robert C. Byrd. The Exit Door: Increasing the U.S. troop presence in Iraq will suck us deeper into the maelstrom of violence
    Laura Flanders. Never Apologize: Rice may be poised, but the record shows she misjudged more than the threat facing the nation before 9/11
    Robert Dreyfuss. Getting Us Out: Does anyone remember 1968? It's time for a reprise.
    Regis T. Sabol. Rice Filibusters 9/11 Commission
    Paul Krugman. One Good Month
    Seattle PI. Companies must share tax burden
    Elaine Kamarck. Hey, GOP becomes party of big spenders
    Naomi Klein. Fury Ignites Solidarity in Iraq
    Joy-Ann Reid. Low prices, but low wages, too
    Derrick Z. Jackson. A defense full of holes
    Thomas Oliphant. Ted's take on Kerry's veep

    Posted by Eric at 11:51 PM | Comments (4)

    NY Post Shills

    As Al Franken noted on his radio show, the NY Post has this shameless cover:

    Champ indeed.

    Posted by Eric at 08:39 PM | Comments (42)

    NY Post Shills

    As Al Franken noted on his radio show, the NY Post has this shameless cover:

    Champ indeed.

    Posted by Eric at 08:39 PM | Comments (27)

    In Iraq

    This week, according to the AP, "at least 450 Iraqis were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in fighting in the city of Falluja this week."

    Today, at least nine were killed in an attack on a US convoy.

    Kerry told an audience today ...

    "This administration has been gridlocked by its own ideology and its own arrogance," Kerry told about two dozen Democratic donors at a breakfast meeting. "Yes, we can succeed but, boy I tell you, it's a lot tougher."

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said President Bush should admit the conduct of the war in Iraq and the country's subsequent reconstruction "is more complicated than they thought it was."

    Posted by Eric at 04:24 PM | Comments (23)

    In Iraq

    This week, according to the AP, "at least 450 Iraqis were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in fighting in the city of Falluja this week."

    Today, at least nine were killed in an attack on a US convoy.

    Kerry told an audience today ...

    "This administration has been gridlocked by its own ideology and its own arrogance," Kerry told about two dozen Democratic donors at a breakfast meeting. "Yes, we can succeed but, boy I tell you, it's a lot tougher."

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said President Bush should admit the conduct of the war in Iraq and the country's subsequent reconstruction "is more complicated than they thought it was."

    Posted by Eric at 04:24 PM | Comments (3)

    The Justice of Shame

    The Hartford Courant on Supreme Court Justice Scalia:

    Recently, he accompanied Vice President Richard Cheney on Air Force Two on a duck-hunting trip to Louisiana - after the Supreme Court agreed to hear a major case involving the vice president. Mr. Scalia didn't see a conflict and rejected requests that he recuse himself.

    This week, Justice Scalia addressed high school students in Hattiesburg, Miss., on the importance of protecting constitutional rights. During the event, a federal marshal told two news reporters that they could not record the justice's remarks.

    There was no announcement on barring electronic recordings, but the justice simply did not want such coverage. The marshal erased the tape of an Associated Press reporter and directed a local newspaper reporter to delete her tape.

    It is appalling that a jurist on the highest court in the land would try to dictate the terms of coverage of any public speech, let alone one in which he extolled the U.S. Constitution as "something extraordinary, something to revere."

    Was he suggesting that a free press is fine, just as long as it does not apply to him and his speeches?

    He sent a similarly hypocritical message last year when he barred TV and radio coverage of an event at which he was honored for supporting free speech. Justice Scalia's ham-handedness should embarrass his colleagues.

    Indeed. And the seizure was legally questionable:
    "The seizure and destruction of a reporter's tape recordings is remarkable, and I think it would be difficult to find any law that would justify it," said Luther T. Munford, a First Amendment expert at Phelps Dunbar, a law firm in Jackson.
    So, one wonders, how can we respect the Constitution and basic rights when one of our own head judges doesn't?

    Posted by Eric at 10:30 AM | Comments (37)

    The Justice of Shame

    The Hartford Courant on Supreme Court Justice Scalia:

    Recently, he accompanied Vice President Richard Cheney on Air Force Two on a duck-hunting trip to Louisiana - after the Supreme Court agreed to hear a major case involving the vice president. Mr. Scalia didn't see a conflict and rejected requests that he recuse himself.

    This week, Justice Scalia addressed high school students in Hattiesburg, Miss., on the importance of protecting constitutional rights. During the event, a federal marshal told two news reporters that they could not record the justice's remarks.

    There was no announcement on barring electronic recordings, but the justice simply did not want such coverage. The marshal erased the tape of an Associated Press reporter and directed a local newspaper reporter to delete her tape.

    It is appalling that a jurist on the highest court in the land would try to dictate the terms of coverage of any public speech, let alone one in which he extolled the U.S. Constitution as "something extraordinary, something to revere."

    Was he suggesting that a free press is fine, just as long as it does not apply to him and his speeches?

    He sent a similarly hypocritical message last year when he barred TV and radio coverage of an event at which he was honored for supporting free speech. Justice Scalia's ham-handedness should embarrass his colleagues.

    Indeed. And the seizure was legally questionable:
    "The seizure and destruction of a reporter's tape recordings is remarkable, and I think it would be difficult to find any law that would justify it," said Luther T. Munford, a First Amendment expert at Phelps Dunbar, a law firm in Jackson.
    So, one wonders, how can we respect the Constitution and basic rights when one of our own head judges doesn't?

    Posted by Eric at 10:30 AM | Comments (6)

    Bill O'Reilly Lies

    Bill O'Reilly said something incredible on his April 5, 2004 "The Factor"

    More dishonest media, that is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo."

    All this week, I've been watching with alternating amusement and annoyance as the media pushed this ridiculous liberal radio network. Never in the history of the American press has one tiny enterprise gotten so much free publicity (we'll let this one slide --eric).

    The reason, of course, is that the elites want liberal bomb throwers to embarrass and defame people with whom they disagree. It's like hiring hit men and women (we'll let the 'comparing your enemies to terrorists' rhetoric slide too --eric).

    Now "The Factor" on TV and radio is the most successful broadcast concept in the past decade in this country. And guess how many articles "The New York Times" has done on us? Zero. Nada.

    The liberal radio net consists of six stations as opposed to 405 for "The Factor." Guess how many stories "The Times" has done on the libs? Ten. -- Four more than their entire station base.

    So yes, in order to show that Bill O'Reilly is lying (and remember, this isn't just some spur of the moment comment - it's a prepared speech), I'd have to show at least ONE article the NY Times has done on 'us' - Bill O'Reilly and his shows.

    Numero One

    August 18, 2002, Sunday, Late Edition – Final

    SECTION: Section 3; Page 1; Column 2; Money and Business/Financial Desk

    LENGTH: 2581 words

    HEADLINE: TALKING MONEY WITH -- BILL O'REILLY;
    For Once He Says, 'Don't Take My Advice'

    BYLINE: By GERALDINE FABRIKANT

    BODY:
    BILL O'REILLY, the conservative, in-your-face host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, usually has all the answers. That is, in fact, part of what draws viewers to his talk show, the one to beat on weeknights at 8 on cable.

    So it is with investing, about which Mr. O'Reilly, 52, says he learned a big lesson from an unlikely source, the singer Billy Joel. "We were both raised in the same neighborhood, and we were rowdy guys," Mr. O'Reilly said recently, over coffee in a diner he frequents on Long Island … Mr. O'Reilly has also written two best-selling books, "The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life" and "The No-Spin Zone: Confrontations With the Powerful and Famous in America." Now he's capitalizing on his brand name with a new syndicated radio show, "The Radio Factor With Bill O'Reilly."

    Granted, though the full article (actually, a 2581 word feature) talked extensively about O'Reilly, and his TV and radio empire, maybe he just missed that one. And maybe, perhaps, you could say that the article was focused more on O'Reilly than his TV / radio shows (though that would be a dumb argument).

    Number 2

    November 10, 2000, Friday, Late Edition - Final

    NAME: BILL O'REILLY

    SECTION: Section B; Page 2; Column 4; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 871 words

    HEADLINE: PUBLIC LIVES;
    TV Host With a Sizable Confidence Factor

    BYLINE: By JESSE McKINLEY

    BODY:
    BILL O'REILLY describes himself as a poor prognosticator, a pundit more likely to pick the correct spread in a Jets game than to guess who might win a presidential race. So why is he boasting that he flat-out called Tuesday's (and Wednesday's and yesterday's) vote?

    "I said early on that Bush is going to win by eight electoral votes," a tired-eyed Mr. O'Reilly said on Wednesday, as the Florida recount began. "If he wins Oregon and Florida, as I think he will, he'll be right at 278. Eight votes."

    The math may or may not work out that way, but Mr. O'Reilly's confidence is unlikely to be shaken by anything as fickle as the closest political race in modern American history. Mr. O'Reilly, 51, the tough-talking commentator whose bully pulpit is a nightly program on the Fox News Channel called "The O'Reilly Factor," comes across as so confident that some viewers find him unbearably arrogant. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, Mr. O'Reilly is presiding over one of the fastest growing cable news programs.

    During October, "The Factor," as Mr. O'Reilly calls it, ran a strong second in total viewership, according to the Nielsen ratings service, to Larry King, who has long reigned over the nightly cable talk show circuit. (In fact, Mr. O'Reilly's program was seen by a larger average percentage of houses that receive both CNN and Fox News.) ....

    OK, OK! The NY Times has written articles on O'Reilly and his TV / radio shows. Fair enough. But what about when the Fox News Network launched on October 7, 1996? Was there anything about the new network and O'Reilly?
    October 10, 1996, Thursday, Late Edition - Final

    SECTION: Section B; Page 3; Column 4; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 773 words

    HEADLINE: TELEVISION REVIEW;
    Fox's 24-Hour News Is Oddly Familiar

    BYLINE: By WALTER GOODMAN

    BODY:
    With no truce yet in the battle over whether New York City cable customers served or disserved by Time Warner will be permitted to receive the new Fox News channel, the least a reviewer can do is offer a glimpse of what many New Yorkers are missing.

    The latest entry in the all-the-news-all-the-time trade offers 24 hours of reports, features, interviews, analysis, promos and commercials. If that sounds a lot like what the pioneering CNN and the imitative MSNBC offer, well, sure.

    The Fox producers appear to be going for a youthful look, a brisk pace and a direct approach: young reporters, fast-moving pictures, colloquial comments. But since much of the daily material is unavoidably identical on all the all-news channels, the test will be the next big breaking, audience-attracting story, be it war or flood, when Fox's coverage can be compared with the competition. (Further watching is also needed to spot whether Rupert Murdoch, head fox at Fox, who has a reputation for turning his newspapers into vehicles for his political opinions, is skewing things.)

    For now, what differences there are show up mainly in prime time. Fox's hourlong offerings begin at 5 P.M. with "The Cavuto Business Report," a smart and snappy rundown on what's up with companies, unions, markets and such. At 6 comes "The O'Reilly Report," chats on a few subjects that Bill O'Reilly, our host, finds worthy of attention. On opening night they included drugs and the Presidential debate. Heavy stuff, but the next night brought the actress Cheryl Ladd plugging a book. Mr. O'Reilly seemed just as interested in Ms. Ladd as in the election. It's that sort of show.

    And did the NY Times write anything about the 'Radio Factor?' launch?
    March 13, 2002, Wednesday, Late Edition – Final

    SECTION: Section B; Page 2; Column 3; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 680 words

    HEADLINE: BOLDFACE NAMES

    BYLINE: By James Barron

    BODY:

    The Radio Factor

    BILL O'REILLY, the tough-talking talk show host, is expanding the "no spin zone." An official at Fox News, which carries his program "The O'Reilly Factor," said Mr. O'Reilly had signed a radio deal with Westwood One, the syndication giant that offers local radio stations everyone from G. GORDON LIDDY to MARTHA STEWART.

    In some cities -- though probably not New York, where he is expected to be heard on WOR-AM -- Mr. O'Reilly's new midday call-in show will go talking-head-to-talking-head against RUSH LIMBAUGH, the Fox official said. Mr. Limbaugh is a mainstay on WABC-AM.

    "Now "The Factor" on TV and radio is the most successful broadcast concept in the past decade in this country. And guess how many articles "The New York Times" has done on us? Zero. Nada."

    Posted by Eric at 08:00 AM | Comments (61)

    Bill O'Reilly Lies

    Bill O'Reilly said something incredible on his April 5, 2004 "The Factor"

    More dishonest media, that is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo."

    All this week, I've been watching with alternating amusement and annoyance as the media pushed this ridiculous liberal radio network. Never in the history of the American press has one tiny enterprise gotten so much free publicity (we'll let this one slide --eric).

    The reason, of course, is that the elites want liberal bomb throwers to embarrass and defame people with whom they disagree. It's like hiring hit men and women (we'll let the 'comparing your enemies to terrorists' rhetoric slide too --eric).

    Now "The Factor" on TV and radio is the most successful broadcast concept in the past decade in this country. And guess how many articles "The New York Times" has done on us? Zero. Nada.

    The liberal radio net consists of six stations as opposed to 405 for "The Factor." Guess how many stories "The Times" has done on the libs? Ten. -- Four more than their entire station base.

    So yes, in order to show that Bill O'Reilly is lying (and remember, this isn't just some spur of the moment comment - it's a prepared speech), I'd have to show at least ONE article the NY Times has done on 'us' - Bill O'Reilly and his shows.

    Numero One

    August 18, 2002, Sunday, Late Edition – Final

    SECTION: Section 3; Page 1; Column 2; Money and Business/Financial Desk

    LENGTH: 2581 words

    HEADLINE: TALKING MONEY WITH -- BILL O'REILLY;
    For Once He Says, 'Don't Take My Advice'

    BYLINE: By GERALDINE FABRIKANT

    BODY:
    BILL O'REILLY, the conservative, in-your-face host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, usually has all the answers. That is, in fact, part of what draws viewers to his talk show, the one to beat on weeknights at 8 on cable.

    So it is with investing, about which Mr. O'Reilly, 52, says he learned a big lesson from an unlikely source, the singer Billy Joel. "We were both raised in the same neighborhood, and we were rowdy guys," Mr. O'Reilly said recently, over coffee in a diner he frequents on Long Island … Mr. O'Reilly has also written two best-selling books, "The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life" and "The No-Spin Zone: Confrontations With the Powerful and Famous in America." Now he's capitalizing on his brand name with a new syndicated radio show, "The Radio Factor With Bill O'Reilly."

    Granted, though the full article (actually, a 2581 word feature) talked extensively about O'Reilly, and his TV and radio empire, maybe he just missed that one. And maybe, perhaps, you could say that the article was focused more on O'Reilly than his TV / radio shows (though that would be a dumb argument).

    Number 2

    November 10, 2000, Friday, Late Edition - Final

    NAME: BILL O'REILLY

    SECTION: Section B; Page 2; Column 4; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 871 words

    HEADLINE: PUBLIC LIVES;
    TV Host With a Sizable Confidence Factor

    BYLINE: By JESSE McKINLEY

    BODY:
    BILL O'REILLY describes himself as a poor prognosticator, a pundit more likely to pick the correct spread in a Jets game than to guess who might win a presidential race. So why is he boasting that he flat-out called Tuesday's (and Wednesday's and yesterday's) vote?

    "I said early on that Bush is going to win by eight electoral votes," a tired-eyed Mr. O'Reilly said on Wednesday, as the Florida recount began. "If he wins Oregon and Florida, as I think he will, he'll be right at 278. Eight votes."

    The math may or may not work out that way, but Mr. O'Reilly's confidence is unlikely to be shaken by anything as fickle as the closest political race in modern American history. Mr. O'Reilly, 51, the tough-talking commentator whose bully pulpit is a nightly program on the Fox News Channel called "The O'Reilly Factor," comes across as so confident that some viewers find him unbearably arrogant. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, Mr. O'Reilly is presiding over one of the fastest growing cable news programs.

    During October, "The Factor," as Mr. O'Reilly calls it, ran a strong second in total viewership, according to the Nielsen ratings service, to Larry King, who has long reigned over the nightly cable talk show circuit. (In fact, Mr. O'Reilly's program was seen by a larger average percentage of houses that receive both CNN and Fox News.) ....

    OK, OK! The NY Times has written articles on O'Reilly and his TV / radio shows. Fair enough. But what about when the Fox News Network launched on October 7, 1996? Was there anything about the new network and O'Reilly?
    October 10, 1996, Thursday, Late Edition - Final

    SECTION: Section B; Page 3; Column 4; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 773 words

    HEADLINE: TELEVISION REVIEW;
    Fox's 24-Hour News Is Oddly Familiar

    BYLINE: By WALTER GOODMAN

    BODY:
    With no truce yet in the battle over whether New York City cable customers served or disserved by Time Warner will be permitted to receive the new Fox News channel, the least a reviewer can do is offer a glimpse of what many New Yorkers are missing.

    The latest entry in the all-the-news-all-the-time trade offers 24 hours of reports, features, interviews, analysis, promos and commercials. If that sounds a lot like what the pioneering CNN and the imitative MSNBC offer, well, sure.

    The Fox producers appear to be going for a youthful look, a brisk pace and a direct approach: young reporters, fast-moving pictures, colloquial comments. But since much of the daily material is unavoidably identical on all the all-news channels, the test will be the next big breaking, audience-attracting story, be it war or flood, when Fox's coverage can be compared with the competition. (Further watching is also needed to spot whether Rupert Murdoch, head fox at Fox, who has a reputation for turning his newspapers into vehicles for his political opinions, is skewing things.)

    For now, what differences there are show up mainly in prime time. Fox's hourlong offerings begin at 5 P.M. with "The Cavuto Business Report," a smart and snappy rundown on what's up with companies, unions, markets and such. At 6 comes "The O'Reilly Report," chats on a few subjects that Bill O'Reilly, our host, finds worthy of attention. On opening night they included drugs and the Presidential debate. Heavy stuff, but the next night brought the actress Cheryl Ladd plugging a book. Mr. O'Reilly seemed just as interested in Ms. Ladd as in the election. It's that sort of show.

    And did the NY Times write anything about the 'Radio Factor?' launch?
    March 13, 2002, Wednesday, Late Edition – Final

    SECTION: Section B; Page 2; Column 3; Metropolitan Desk

    LENGTH: 680 words

    HEADLINE: BOLDFACE NAMES

    BYLINE: By James Barron

    BODY:

    The Radio Factor

    BILL O'REILLY, the tough-talking talk show host, is expanding the "no spin zone." An official at Fox News, which carries his program "The O'Reilly Factor," said Mr. O'Reilly had signed a radio deal with Westwood One, the syndication giant that offers local radio stations everyone from G. GORDON LIDDY to MARTHA STEWART.

    In some cities -- though probably not New York, where he is expected to be heard on WOR-AM -- Mr. O'Reilly's new midday call-in show will go talking-head-to-talking-head against RUSH LIMBAUGH, the Fox official said. Mr. Limbaugh is a mainstay on WABC-AM.

    "Now "The Factor" on TV and radio is the most successful broadcast concept in the past decade in this country. And guess how many articles "The New York Times" has done on us? Zero. Nada."

    Posted by Eric at 08:00 AM | Comments (7)

    Movie-Free Movies

    Indeed, you ask, what's then is the point? BBC:

    Wal-Mart, the country's mightiest retailer, is preparing to ship a $79 DVD player that automatically strips out potentially offensive content.

    The gadget, made by French-owned RCA, aims to tap into mounting concern in the US about media standards ... A Hollywood consortium, including some of Tinseltown's top directors, has sued Clearplay and others, arguing that they are abusing the films' artistic integrity.

    By producing - without permission - altered versions of intellectual property, censors are effectively pirating directors' and studios' work, the lawsuit argues.

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (46)

    Movie-Free Movies

    Indeed, you ask, what's then is the point? BBC:

    Wal-Mart, the country's mightiest retailer, is preparing to ship a $79 DVD player that automatically strips out potentially offensive content.

    The gadget, made by French-owned RCA, aims to tap into mounting concern in the US about media standards ... A Hollywood consortium, including some of Tinseltown's top directors, has sued Clearplay and others, arguing that they are abusing the films' artistic integrity.

    By producing - without permission - altered versions of intellectual property, censors are effectively pirating directors' and studios' work, the lawsuit argues.

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (6)

    Air America Today

    O'Franken Factor:
    John Kerry
    Daryl Worley, JAG star Karri Turner, and comedy writer Andy Breckman.
    Gail Sheehy.

    Majority Report:
    Dennis Kucinich
    David Cross

    Posted by Eric at 07:11 AM | Comments (192)

    Air America Today

    O'Franken Factor:
    John Kerry
    Daryl Worley, JAG star Karri Turner, and comedy writer Andy Breckman.
    Gail Sheehy.

    Majority Report:
    Dennis Kucinich
    David Cross

    Posted by Eric at 07:11 AM | Comments (7)

    Hamster Numbers: Trade Deficit

    Economic Policy Institute and Moving Ideas:

    Effect Of Rising Trade Deficit Shouldn't Be Ignored

  • Domestic output is now just 76.5% of domestic demand, nearly 14% less than the 1987 to 1997 average.
  • The rising trade deficit in manufactured goods accounts for about 58% of the decline in manufacturing employment between 1998 and 2003 and 34% of the decline from 2000 to 2003.
  • Approximately 1.78 million jobs since 1998 and 935,000 jobs since 2000 that have been lost due to rising net manufactured imports.
  • Posted by Eric at 06:53 AM | Comments (48)

    Hamster Numbers: Trade Deficit

    Economic Policy Institute and Moving Ideas:

    Effect Of Rising Trade Deficit Shouldn't Be Ignored

  • Domestic output is now just 76.5% of domestic demand, nearly 14% less than the 1987 to 1997 average.
  • The rising trade deficit in manufactured goods accounts for about 58% of the decline in manufacturing employment between 1998 and 2003 and 34% of the decline from 2000 to 2003.
  • Approximately 1.78 million jobs since 1998 and 935,000 jobs since 2000 that have been lost due to rising net manufactured imports.
  • Posted by Eric at 06:53 AM | Comments (6)

    April 08, 2004

    Scalia Orders Reporters Erase Tapes of His Talk

    With "deputy federal marshal" enforcing his ban on recording of his speech at a high school. Geez! AP:

    Two reporters were ordered Wednesday to erase their tape recordings of a speech by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a Mississippi high school.

    Scalia has long barred television cameras from his speeches, but does not always forbid newspaper photographers and tape recorders. On Wednesday, he did not warn the audience at the high school that recording devices would be forbidden.

    During the speech, a woman identifying herself as a deputy federal marshal demanded that a reporter for Associated Press erase a tape recording of the justice's comments. She said the justice had asked that his appearance not be recorded.

    The reporter initially resisted, but later showed the deputy how to erase the digital recording after the officer took the device from her hands. The exchange occurred in the front row of the auditorium while Scalia delivered his speech about the Constitution.

    Posted by Eric at 08:39 PM | Comments (24)

    Scalia Orders Reporters Erase Tapes of His Talk

    With "deputy federal marshal" enforcing his ban on recording of his speech at a high school. Geez! AP:

    Two reporters were ordered Wednesday to erase their tape recordings of a speech by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a Mississippi high school.

    Scalia has long barred television cameras from his speeches, but does not always forbid newspaper photographers and tape recorders. On Wednesday, he did not warn the audience at the high school that recording devices would be forbidden.

    During the speech, a woman identifying herself as a deputy federal marshal demanded that a reporter for Associated Press erase a tape recording of the justice's comments. She said the justice had asked that his appearance not be recorded.

    The reporter initially resisted, but later showed the deputy how to erase the digital recording after the officer took the device from her hands. The exchange occurred in the front row of the auditorium while Scalia delivered his speech about the Constitution.

    Posted by Eric at 08:39 PM | Comments (5)

    Gov Goes After Stern

    It's official: Clear Channel is dropping Stern.

    Howard Stern's response?

    Stern, in a statement posted on his Web site, said he was not surprised by Clear Channel's decision to drop his program and accused the FCC of conducting a "McCarthy-type witch hunt."

    "It is pretty shocking that governmental interference into our rights and free speech takes place in the U.S.," Stern said. "It's hard to reconcile this with the 'land of the free' and the 'home of the brave.' "

    Posted by Eric at 07:19 PM | Comments (23)

    Gov Goes After Stern

    It's official: Clear Channel is dropping Stern.

    Howard Stern's response?

    Stern, in a statement posted on his Web site, said he was not surprised by Clear Channel's decision to drop his program and accused the FCC of conducting a "McCarthy-type witch hunt."

    "It is pretty shocking that governmental interference into our rights and free speech takes place in the U.S.," Stern said. "It's hard to reconcile this with the 'land of the free' and the 'home of the brave.' "

    Posted by Eric at 07:19 PM | Comments (9)

    Japan Caught in Hostage Crisis

    From the BBC

    The three civilians were snatched by a group called the Mujahideen Brigades and Arab al-Jazeera TV showed them being held at knife-point.

    Elsewhere, two Arab Israelis were also kidnapped, but seven abducted South Korean missionaries were released.

    Our Baghdad correspondent says this is the first use of kidnappings for political ends in the conflict.

    The gunmen holding the Japanese say they will burn their captives alive unless Japanese troops are withdrawn from Iraq.

    Posted by Eric at 06:34 PM | Comments (22)

    Japan Caught in Hostage Crisis

    From the BBC

    The three civilians were snatched by a group called the Mujahideen Brigades and Arab al-Jazeera TV showed them being held at knife-point.

    Elsewhere, two Arab Israelis were also kidnapped, but seven abducted South Korean missionaries were released.

    Our Baghdad correspondent says this is the first use of kidnappings for political ends in the conflict.

    The gunmen holding the Japanese say they will burn their captives alive unless Japanese troops are withdrawn from Iraq.

    Posted by Eric at 06:34 PM | Comments (3)

    Clarke Says Rice’s Testimony Bolstered His Claims

    The ABC transcript.

    Posted by Eric at 03:41 PM | Comments (36)

    Clarke Says Rice’s Testimony Bolstered His Claims

    The ABC transcript.

    Posted by Eric at 03:41 PM | Comments (2)

    On Condi

    This pretty much covers what she said. American Progress.

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

    On Condi

    This pretty much covers what she said. American Progress.

    Posted by Eric at 11:54 AM | Comments (5)

    Osama Hearts Democrats

    I got an email from TownHall.com hawking a book, The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. One of the talking points or rather 'answers':

    Get the answers from The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy:

    Osama bin Laden: why, if he could vote, he'd vote Democratic

    Of course.

    Posted by Eric at 07:22 AM | Comments (27)

    Osama Hearts Democrats

    I got an email from TownHall.com hawking a book, The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. One of the talking points or rather 'answers':

    Get the answers from The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy:

    Osama bin Laden: why, if he could vote, he'd vote Democratic

    Of course.

    Posted by Eric at 07:22 AM | Comments (4)

    State Republican Farts at Democrats

    Perhaps he's just a fan of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Kansas City Star:

    The Missouri House opened debate Tuesday on a long-delayed state budget, and arguments immediately broke out over funding for public schools and higher education.

    The debate was marred by frequent yelling matches and attempts by Majority Leader Jason Crowell to shout down his opponents by making siren noises into the microphone as Democrats were speaking .... Rep. Bill Ransdall, a Waynesville Democrat, said Republicans were counting federal money for preschool programs that cannot be used for public schools. Minority Leader Rick Johnson, a High Ridge Democrat, said the Republican plan was a paltry boost in spending.

    “This amounts to $9 a student,” Johnson said. “This is all about political positioning. You took $100 million out at the start (of budget work) and put it back in now.”

    Crowell, a Cape Girardeau Republican, responded by making flatulence sounds into his microphone. He said Democratic complaints were sour grapes over the Republicans' ability to find money for schools by cutting lower-priority programs such as social services instead of resorting to higher taxes.

    Posted by Eric at 03:18 AM | Comments (31)

    State Republican Farts at Democrats

    Perhaps he's just a fan of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Kansas City Star:

    The Missouri House opened debate Tuesday on a long-delayed state budget, and arguments immediately broke out over funding for public schools and higher education.

    The debate was marred by frequent yelling matches and attempts by Majority Leader Jason Crowell to shout down his opponents by making siren noises into the microphone as Democrats were speaking .... Rep. Bill Ransdall, a Waynesville Democrat, said Republicans were counting federal money for preschool programs that cannot be used for public schools. Minority Leader Rick Johnson, a High Ridge Democrat, said the Republican plan was a paltry boost in spending.

    “This amounts to $9 a student,” Johnson said. “This is all about political positioning. You took $100 million out at the start (of budget work) and put it back in now.”

    Crowell, a Cape Girardeau Republican, responded by making flatulence sounds into his microphone. He said Democratic complaints were sour grapes over the Republicans' ability to find money for schools by cutting lower-priority programs such as social services instead of resorting to higher taxes.

    Posted by Eric at 03:18 AM | Comments (11)

    April 07, 2004

    Wednesday Stories

    News
    AP. Poll: Conn Split On Gay Marriage
    News & Observer. Edwards renames his PAC
    AP. Green Party candidates sue to get on ballot
    NYT. Conservatives' Unlikely Foe: A Republican State Senator
    StL Post-Dispatch. Gay marriage would make their families official, kids say
    LAT. CA Prison Health Costs Soar 150%
    AP. Voters in Inglewood reject Wal-Mart measure
    AP. Scores of Iraqis reported killed in Fallujah fighting
    AJC. Ad attacks Bush as Iraq 'obsessed'
    BGlobe. Kennedy an attribute in Democratic effort, and a Bush target
    BGlobe. For Kerry aides, McCain would fit bill as running mate
    LAT. Kerry Slams Timing of Iraq Switch
    WP. Rice to Cite Pre-9/11 Mentality, Officials Say; Testimony to Defend Bush, Rebut Clarke's Criticism of Administration's Anti-Terror Efforts
    Bloomberg. Kerry Says He Will Cut Back Campaign Proposals to Pare Deficit
    Guardian. Dean but not out
    USA TODAY. GOP budgets may not match promises
    The Hill. Ploy by ‘Dirty Dozen’ - GOP conservatives planning to stymie spending via rules
    The Hill. First Lady is soft-touch fundraiser
    The Hill. Dems seek to capitalize on new names
    The Hill. Dems fear Cuellar may switch to GOP
    CNN. Many Firms Avoided Taxes in Boom
    CNN. Survey: Adults still skip condom use

    Commentary
    Robert Kuttner. Kerry would face daunting problems
    Mark LeVine. Chaos Theory: A recent visitor to Fallujah says Iraq's instability serves U.S. corporate interests
    Richard Blow. The Rest Of The Book: There's much more to Clarke's critique of the administration's policies than what Condi did and didn't do
    Russ Baker. Born-Again Hawks: Many liberals now cheering Richard Clarke are also embracing the doctrine of pre-emption
    Salim Muwakkil. Barack Obama: Shades of 1983
    Bracken Hendricks and Skye Perryman. Getting Squeezed at the Pump
    Matthew Yglesias. Collateral Damage: Why the real harm done by Bush's Iraq policy is found in Afghanistan
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Budget Busters: Republicans like to enact tax cuts. They just don't like to pay for themTest
    Molly Ivins. Iraq: it's a crowd pleaser: Wide-varying reactions from the 'we told you so,' 'everything's hunky dory,' and 'what the hell do we do now?' crowds
    E.J. Dionne, Jr. Honoring atheism during Holy Week: Believers should find 'intellectual solidarity' with nonbelievers to foster religious liberty
    Geov Parrish. The roses of Iraq: The unsettling question left to us by the past week's events in Iraq: if the Shiites hate us and the Sunnis hate us, who else is left?
    Robert Scheer. The beginning of the end: The more we try, the worse Iraq gets
    Gayle Smith. Ten Years After Rwanda – Has Anything Changed?
    Christian Weller. Taking Credit Where Credit is Not Due
    Center for American Progress. Iraq Transition: 87 Days and Counting ...
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. Bush-Free Zone
    Matt Bivens. Iraq Optimist's Club
    Naomi Klein. The battle the US wants to provoke
    Walter Cronkite. Secrets and Lies Becoming Commonplace
    Bill McKibben. One Nation, Underperforming

    Posted by Eric at 11:48 PM | Comments (22)

    Wednesday Stories

    News
    AP. Poll: Conn Split On Gay Marriage
    News & Observer. Edwards renames his PAC
    AP. Green Party candidates sue to get on ballot
    NYT. Conservatives' Unlikely Foe: A Republican State Senator
    StL Post-Dispatch. Gay marriage would make their families official, kids say
    LAT. CA Prison Health Costs Soar 150%
    AP. Voters in Inglewood reject Wal-Mart measure
    AP. Scores of Iraqis reported killed in Fallujah fighting
    AJC. Ad attacks Bush as Iraq 'obsessed'
    BGlobe. Kennedy an attribute in Democratic effort, and a Bush target
    BGlobe. For Kerry aides, McCain would fit bill as running mate
    LAT. Kerry Slams Timing of Iraq Switch
    WP. Rice to Cite Pre-9/11 Mentality, Officials Say; Testimony to Defend Bush, Rebut Clarke's Criticism of Administration's Anti-Terror Efforts
    Bloomberg. Kerry Says He Will Cut Back Campaign Proposals to Pare Deficit
    Guardian. Dean but not out
    USA TODAY. GOP budgets may not match promises
    The Hill. Ploy by ‘Dirty Dozen’ - GOP conservatives planning to stymie spending via rules
    The Hill. First Lady is soft-touch fundraiser
    The Hill. Dems seek to capitalize on new names
    The Hill. Dems fear Cuellar may switch to GOP
    CNN. Many Firms Avoided Taxes in Boom
    CNN. Survey: Adults still skip condom use

    Commentary
    Robert Kuttner. Kerry would face daunting problems
    Mark LeVine. Chaos Theory: A recent visitor to Fallujah says Iraq's instability serves U.S. corporate interests
    Richard Blow. The Rest Of The Book: There's much more to Clarke's critique of the administration's policies than what Condi did and didn't do
    Russ Baker. Born-Again Hawks: Many liberals now cheering Richard Clarke are also embracing the doctrine of pre-emption
    Salim Muwakkil. Barack Obama: Shades of 1983
    Bracken Hendricks and Skye Perryman. Getting Squeezed at the Pump
    Matthew Yglesias. Collateral Damage: Why the real harm done by Bush's Iraq policy is found in Afghanistan
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Budget Busters: Republicans like to enact tax cuts. They just don't like to pay for themTest
    Molly Ivins. Iraq: it's a crowd pleaser: Wide-varying reactions from the 'we told you so,' 'everything's hunky dory,' and 'what the hell do we do now?' crowds
    E.J. Dionne, Jr. Honoring atheism during Holy Week: Believers should find 'intellectual solidarity' with nonbelievers to foster religious liberty
    Geov Parrish. The roses of Iraq: The unsettling question left to us by the past week's events in Iraq: if the Shiites hate us and the Sunnis hate us, who else is left?
    Robert Scheer. The beginning of the end: The more we try, the worse Iraq gets
    Gayle Smith. Ten Years After Rwanda – Has Anything Changed?
    Christian Weller. Taking Credit Where Credit is Not Due
    Center for American Progress. Iraq Transition: 87 Days and Counting ...
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. Bush-Free Zone
    Matt Bivens. Iraq Optimist's Club
    Naomi Klein. The battle the US wants to provoke
    Walter Cronkite. Secrets and Lies Becoming Commonplace
    Bill McKibben. One Nation, Underperforming

    Posted by Eric at 11:48 PM | Comments (4)

    Hypocrite Instapundit

    See CalPundit and Mark Kleiman.

    Posted by Eric at 07:55 PM | Comments (32)

    Hypocrite Instapundit

    See CalPundit and Mark Kleiman.

    Posted by Eric at 07:55 PM | Comments (1)

    Kerry Promises Fiscal Responsibility

    Kerry spoke at Georgetown University (hm) in Washington, CNN:

    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry promised Wednesday he would cut the federal budget deficit before it becomes a "fiscal cancer" that undermines the U.S. economy.

    Kerry said he would raise taxes on the richest Americans, restrain spending, crack down on tax loopholes for companies that move jobs overseas and eliminate corporate welfare to cut the deficit -- now expected to run about $480 billion this year -- in half in four years.

    "We can't restore fiscal responsibility unless we have a president willing to bring our divided parties together, and ready to be straight with the public about what we can and can't afford," the four-term senator from Massachusetts told a Georgetown University audience.

    Most of the ideas Kerry has proposed earlier, but Kerry used the speech to tie them together and focus on the government's red ink.Kerry's prior comments on Bush and spending

    The Bush campaign dismissed the speech as a "political gimmick," saying Kerry's record in the Senate belies any interest in fiscal discipline.

    Posted by Eric at 07:03 PM | Comments (18)

    Kerry Promises Fiscal Responsibility

    Kerry spoke at Georgetown University (hm) in Washington, CNN:

    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry promised Wednesday he would cut the federal budget deficit before it becomes a "fiscal cancer" that undermines the U.S. economy.

    Kerry said he would raise taxes on the richest Americans, restrain spending, crack down on tax loopholes for companies that move jobs overseas and eliminate corporate welfare to cut the deficit -- now expected to run about $480 billion this year -- in half in four years.

    "We can't restore fiscal responsibility unless we have a president willing to bring our divided parties together, and ready to be straight with the public about what we can and can't afford," the four-term senator from Massachusetts told a Georgetown University audience.

    Most of the ideas Kerry has proposed earlier, but Kerry used the speech to tie them together and focus on the government's red ink.Kerry's prior comments on Bush and spending

    The Bush campaign dismissed the speech as a "political gimmick," saying Kerry's record in the Senate belies any interest in fiscal discipline.

    Posted by Eric at 07:03 PM | Comments (7)

    Hannity Lies About Kerry Debunked

    From Air America Radio and Al Franken.

    Here!

    Posted by Eric at 03:02 PM | Comments (31)

    Hannity Lies About Kerry Debunked

    From Air America Radio and Al Franken.

    Here!

    Posted by Eric at 03:02 PM | Comments (15)

    Air America Sets Stream Record


    Clearly, no one cares about liberal radio. Press Release:
    Air America Radio, the new national progressive radio network, and RealNetworks(R), Inc., the leading creator of digital media services and software, announced today that over 2 million streams were delivered online for Air America Radio via http://www.airamericaradio.com during the network's first week of broadcasting exclusively through RealPlayer(R) 10. With 50,000 streams delivered concurrently on launch day, this was the highest ever usage of the Real Broadcast Network for a non-breaking news service. Consumers have declared that they will listen live to today's top political and popular satirists, commentators, and activists.

    "We're extremely pleased that the Air America Radio launch is the single largest non-news stream in Real Broadcast Network history," said Evan Cohen, Chairman of Air America Radio. "Over two million streams within the first week of our launch is a testament to the quality of Air America Radio programming and reach of the Real(TM) 10 platform."

    "Since its launch in January, RealPlayer 10 has been embraced by consumers and reviewers for its ease of use, high quality audio and video, and great programming," said Richard Wolpert, Chief Strategy Officer, RealNetworks, Inc. "We are delighted to add Air America Radio to that programming and help even more consumers connect with the content that matters most to them."

    Air America Radio can be accessed free for live audio via RealPlayer 10 by going to http://www.airamericaradio.com. RealPlayer 10 is available as a free software download at http://www.real.com.

    Posted by Eric at 11:22 AM | Comments (103)

    Air America Sets Stream Record


    Clearly, no one cares about liberal radio. Press Release:
    Air America Radio, the new national progressive radio network, and RealNetworks(R), Inc., the leading creator of digital media services and software, announced today that over 2 million streams were delivered online for Air America Radio via http://www.airamericaradio.com during the network's first week of broadcasting exclusively through RealPlayer(R) 10. With 50,000 streams delivered concurrently on launch day, this was the highest ever usage of the Real Broadcast Network for a non-breaking news service. Consumers have declared that they will listen live to today's top political and popular satirists, commentators, and activists.

    "We're extremely pleased that the Air America Radio launch is the single largest non-news stream in Real Broadcast Network history," said Evan Cohen, Chairman of Air America Radio. "Over two million streams within the first week of our launch is a testament to the quality of Air America Radio programming and reach of the Real(TM) 10 platform."

    "Since its launch in January, RealPlayer 10 has been embraced by consumers and reviewers for its ease of use, high quality audio and video, and great programming," said Richard Wolpert, Chief Strategy Officer, RealNetworks, Inc. "We are delighted to add Air America Radio to that programming and help even more consumers connect with the content that matters most to them."

    Air America Radio can be accessed free for live audio via RealPlayer 10 by going to http://www.airamericaradio.com. RealPlayer 10 is available as a free software download at http://www.real.com.

    Posted by Eric at 11:22 AM | Comments (9)

    Job Confidence Continues to Slide

    From the conservative Investors Business Daily, link from Political Wire:

    Americans' faith in the economy slipped again in April, just as nonfarm payrolls posted their best monthly growth in four years.

    The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index fell 1.7 points to 52.8 in April, a third straight month of decline. The index has lost 7.8 points since hitting January's 22-month high of 60.6.

    Its lowest point under President Bush was 48.8 in March 2003, the only month it was under 50. Under 50 means pessimism; over 50 means optimism.

    Posted by Eric at 03:33 AM | Comments (11)

    Job Confidence Continues to Slide

    From the conservative Investors Business Daily, link from Political Wire:

    Americans' faith in the economy slipped again in April, just as nonfarm payrolls posted their best monthly growth in four years.

    The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index fell 1.7 points to 52.8 in April, a third straight month of decline. The index has lost 7.8 points since hitting January's 22-month high of 60.6.

    Its lowest point under President Bush was 48.8 in March 2003, the only month it was under 50. Under 50 means pessimism; over 50 means optimism.

    Posted by Eric at 03:33 AM | Comments (3)

    The GOP Minority PAC Scam

    Washington Post:

    When Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-Tex.) took charge of an independent political fund called American Dream PAC in 1999, he made clear that its mission was "to give significant, direct financial assistance to first-rate minority GOP candidates."

    Since then, only $48,750 -- or 8.9 percent -- of the $547,000 the southwest Texas congressman has raised for his political action committee has gone to minority office-seekers while more than $100,000 has been routed to Republican Party organizations or causes, including a GOP redistricting effort in Texas, a legal defense fund for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) and Bonilla's reelection campaign. Most of the remainder of the money went to legal fees, fundraisers in Miami and other cities, airline tickets, hotels, catering services, consultants and salaries.

    Well Tom DeLay is Nauruan, so I don't know what the big deal is.

    Posted by Eric at 01:30 AM | Comments (40)

    The GOP Minority PAC Scam

    Washington Post:

    When Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-Tex.) took charge of an independent political fund called American Dream PAC in 1999, he made clear that its mission was "to give significant, direct financial assistance to first-rate minority GOP candidates."

    Since then, only $48,750 -- or 8.9 percent -- of the $547,000 the southwest Texas congressman has raised for his political action committee has gone to minority office-seekers while more than $100,000 has been routed to Republican Party organizations or causes, including a GOP redistricting effort in Texas, a legal defense fund for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) and Bonilla's reelection campaign. Most of the remainder of the money went to legal fees, fundraisers in Miami and other cities, airline tickets, hotels, catering services, consultants and salaries.

    Well Tom DeLay is Nauruan, so I don't know what the big deal is.

    Posted by Eric at 01:30 AM | Comments (17)

    2/3s of Metros Lost Jobs

    Indeed, two-thirds of the nation's 100 largest labor markets -- 63 of 100 -- had less jobs in 2003 than in 2000.From the American City Business Journals:

    • Nearly two-thirds of those areas -- 63 of 100 -- had fewer jobs in 2003 than in 2000, the final year of Bill Clinton's administration. The collective loss in those 63 markets was roughly 2.1 million jobs, which was larger than the total national decline.

    • Seventy-nine of the top 100 metros posted slower job-growth rates during Bush's first three years than under any of his three predecessors: Clinton, George H.W. Bush or Ronald Reagan.

    • Ninety-nine of the 100 largest markets had worse employment records under George W. Bush than Clinton. The sole exception was Honolulu.

    ACBJ analyzed employment data for the four presidents who served since 1981. Each president's record was based on a comparison of average annual employment in his final year and his predecessor's final year. (Clinton's record, for example, spanned from 1992, the last year served by George H.W. Bush, to 2000.)

    Posted by Eric at 01:22 AM | Comments (8)

    2/3s of Metros Lost Jobs

    Indeed, two-thirds of the nation's 100 largest labor markets -- 63 of 100 -- had less jobs in 2003 than in 2000.From the American City Business Journals:

    • Nearly two-thirds of those areas -- 63 of 100 -- had fewer jobs in 2003 than in 2000, the final year of Bill Clinton's administration. The collective loss in those 63 markets was roughly 2.1 million jobs, which was larger than the total national decline.

    • Seventy-nine of the top 100 metros posted slower job-growth rates during Bush's first three years than under any of his three predecessors: Clinton, George H.W. Bush or Ronald Reagan.

    • Ninety-nine of the 100 largest markets had worse employment records under George W. Bush than Clinton. The sole exception was Honolulu.

    ACBJ analyzed employment data for the four presidents who served since 1981. Each president's record was based on a comparison of average annual employment in his final year and his predecessor's final year. (Clinton's record, for example, spanned from 1992, the last year served by George H.W. Bush, to 2000.)

    Posted by Eric at 01:22 AM | Comments (2)

    A New Bush Low

    Now that's just low. Eh, Newsday?

    With Bush hoping to win re-election as a wartime president, political analysts say continued violence in Iraq could threaten Bush's hold on the White House. Unfortunately for Bush, the news from the military campaign isn't any better, as even his own generals now are raising a politically explosive topic for an election year: The United States might need to send more troops to Iraq ... This week's events also have given ammunition to Democrats like Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, a leading opponent of the war, who on Monday called Iraq "Bush's Vietnam." Bush's presidential rival, Sen. John Kerry, hasn't gone that far but called the June 30 deadline "a fiction" devised to hand over Iraqi control well before the presidential election.

    Some polls suggest the Democratic arguments are taking hold. Bush's overall job approval has dropped to 43 percent, a low point for his presidency, and more than half of Americans disapprove of the way he is handling Iraq, according to a poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center.

    The report from Pew.

    Posted by Eric at 01:06 AM | Comments (12)

    A New Bush Low

    Now that's just low. Eh, Newsday?

    With Bush hoping to win re-election as a wartime president, political analysts say continued violence in Iraq could threaten Bush's hold on the White House. Unfortunately for Bush, the news from the military campaign isn't any better, as even his own generals now are raising a politically explosive topic for an election year: The United States might need to send more troops to Iraq ... This week's events also have given ammunition to Democrats like Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, a leading opponent of the war, who on Monday called Iraq "Bush's Vietnam." Bush's presidential rival, Sen. John Kerry, hasn't gone that far but called the June 30 deadline "a fiction" devised to hand over Iraqi control well before the presidential election.

    Some polls suggest the Democratic arguments are taking hold. Bush's overall job approval has dropped to 43 percent, a low point for his presidency, and more than half of Americans disapprove of the way he is handling Iraq, according to a poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center.

    The report from Pew.

    Posted by Eric at 01:06 AM | Comments (5)

    Hamster Numbers: EPA Cleanups

    Environment 2004:

    Prior to announcing its 2005 budget, the Bush Administration engaged in an a highly publicized series of announcements of funding increases for environmental projects in Oregon, the Great Lakes region, and, of course, Florida. What do these places have in common? They’re all swing states that were close in the 2000 election, and probably will be again in 2004.

    But these press conferences were design to cover up President Bush’s overall budget for environmental protection. In the 2005 budget, Bush cut the EPA’s budget by over $600 million, including a 30% cut to waste treatment programs and other clean water activities. EPA’s Inspector General found that a $174.9 million shortfall prevented EPA from beginning cleanups at 11 Superfund sites and slowed the cleanup of at least 29 other contaminated sites in 17 states during fiscal year 2003. The Bush administration has cut the pace of Superfund cleanup in half as compared to the previous administration, with the EPA completing just 40 Superfund cleanups last year. To summarize: Bush slashes environmental protection nationally while funding specific programs in swing states. As Phil Clapp of the National Environmental Trust said, “God help you if you’re waiting for EPA to clean up a toxic waste site outside of a swing state.”

    Posted by Eric at 01:01 AM | Comments (13)

    Hamster Numbers: EPA Cleanups

    Environment 2004:

    Prior to announcing its 2005 budget, the Bush Administration engaged in an a highly publicized series of announcements of funding increases for environmental projects in Oregon, the Great Lakes region, and, of course, Florida. What do these places have in common? They’re all swing states that were close in the 2000 election, and probably will be again in 2004.

    But these press conferences were design to cover up President Bush’s overall budget for environmental protection. In the 2005 budget, Bush cut the EPA’s budget by over $600 million, including a 30% cut to waste treatment programs and other clean water activities. EPA’s Inspector General found that a $174.9 million shortfall prevented EPA from beginning cleanups at 11 Superfund sites and slowed the cleanup of at least 29 other contaminated sites in 17 states during fiscal year 2003. The Bush administration has cut the pace of Superfund cleanup in half as compared to the previous administration, with the EPA completing just 40 Superfund cleanups last year. To summarize: Bush slashes environmental protection nationally while funding specific programs in swing states. As Phil Clapp of the National Environmental Trust said, “God help you if you’re waiting for EPA to clean up a toxic waste site outside of a swing state.”

    Posted by Eric at 01:01 AM | Comments (9)

    April 06, 2004

    Tuesday

    CSMonitor. Judicial appointments take a 'recess'
    CSMonitor. Crunch time for Special Ops forces
    BGlobe. Kerry ad takes aim at Bush online
    FTimes. Spitzer throws the book at late trading
    AP. Union County Prepares for Bush Visit
    DetNews. Kerry fund-raisers scour Michigan
    AP. Drug cos. criticize imported medications
    Star Tribune. Kerry, Bush trade barbs over economy
    AP. Bank of America to cut 12,500 jobs
    AP. ACLU to sue government over no-fly list
    AP. GIs tested for depleted uranium exposure
    CBS. 9/11 Panel Wants Full Disclosure
    WP. For Some Envoys, U.N. Posting Is Tough: Diplomats at the U.S. Mission Say Benefits Do Not Cover Expenses of New York Life
    AP. Fire Guts a Boyhood Home Of Former President Clinton
    USAT. Pentagon delays U.S. troops' trip home
    Reuters. Kennedy Likens Bush to Nixon 'Credibility Gap'
    The Observer. Bush attacks environment 'scare stories'
    NYT. 9/11 Panel Plans Hard Questions for the F.B.I. and Justice Dept.
    NYT. One-Doorbell-One-Vote Tactic Re-emerges in Bush-Kerry Race
    NYT. Generals Review Options to Add to Force in Iraq
    AP. Bush Throws Pitch to Open Baseball Season
    AP. Bush Says He Lacked Info on Sept. 11
    AP. Iraqi Judge Issues Warrant for Cleric

    Commentary
    Kari Lydersen. MoveOnPAC Takes On the White House
    Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman. Diebold's Political Machine
    James Goldsborough. Avoiding risks or correcting mistakes?
    Joel Connelly. It's time for Nader to take his ego and exit the race
    Center for American Progress. The White House and West Virginia: Leaving Workers, Families and Kids Behind
    Krugman. Mercury Scandal
    Robert O. Boorstin. Afghanistan: New Report Sets the Record Straight
    Gary Hart. A Paul Revere no one wants to hear from: I co-chaired a national security panel that warned the Bush administration the terrorists were coming. Why hasn't the 9/11 commission called any of us to testify?
    Mark Follman. "A very bloody summer ahead": Violence in Falluja and Sadr City may not herald all-out civil war, but it is likely to continue as the U.S. struggles with the lack of a clear transition plan in Iraq
    Eleanor Clift. 'The Wizard of Oz Letter': Bush pulls back the curtain on who really runs the White House
    Naomi Klein. Let's Make Enemies

    Posted by Eric at 11:39 PM | Comments (5)

    Tuesday

    CSMonitor. Judicial appointments take a 'recess'
    CSMonitor. Crunch time for Special Ops forces
    BGlobe. Kerry ad takes aim at Bush online
    FTimes. Spitzer throws the book at late trading
    AP. Union County Prepares for Bush Visit
    DetNews. Kerry fund-raisers scour Michigan
    AP. Drug cos. criticize imported medications
    Star Tribune. Kerry, Bush trade barbs over economy
    AP. Bank of America to cut 12,500 jobs
    AP. ACLU to sue government over no-fly list
    AP. GIs tested for depleted uranium exposure
    CBS. 9/11 Panel Wants Full Disclosure
    WP. For Some Envoys, U.N. Posting Is Tough: Diplomats at the U.S. Mission Say Benefits Do Not Cover Expenses of New York Life
    AP. Fire Guts a Boyhood Home Of Former President Clinton
    USAT. Pentagon delays U.S. troops' trip home
    Reuters. Kennedy Likens Bush to Nixon 'Credibility Gap'
    The Observer. Bush attacks environment 'scare stories'
    NYT. 9/11 Panel Plans Hard Questions for the F.B.I. and Justice Dept.
    NYT. One-Doorbell-One-Vote Tactic Re-emerges in Bush-Kerry Race
    NYT. Generals Review Options to Add to Force in Iraq
    AP. Bush Throws Pitch to Open Baseball Season
    AP. Bush Says He Lacked Info on Sept. 11
    AP. Iraqi Judge Issues Warrant for Cleric

    Commentary
    Kari Lydersen. MoveOnPAC Takes On the White House
    Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman. Diebold's Political Machine
    James Goldsborough. Avoiding risks or correcting mistakes?
    Joel Connelly. It's time for Nader to take his ego and exit the race
    Center for American Progress. The White House and West Virginia: Leaving Workers, Families and Kids Behind
    Krugman. Mercury Scandal
    Robert O. Boorstin. Afghanistan: New Report Sets the Record Straight
    Gary Hart. A Paul Revere no one wants to hear from: I co-chaired a national security panel that warned the Bush administration the terrorists were coming. Why hasn't the 9/11 commission called any of us to testify?
    Mark Follman. "A very bloody summer ahead": Violence in Falluja and Sadr City may not herald all-out civil war, but it is likely to continue as the U.S. struggles with the lack of a clear transition plan in Iraq
    Eleanor Clift. 'The Wizard of Oz Letter': Bush pulls back the curtain on who really runs the White House
    Naomi Klein. Let's Make Enemies

    Posted by Eric at 11:39 PM | Comments (7)

    Air America Radio Blogs

    O'Franken Factor.

    The Majority Report.

    As you can see, so far they're in the tentative stages. However, this is because the blogs are largely staffed by the show staffs, who are busy with other aspects of the show in addition to maintaining the blog. As time goes by, the blogs and their ability to integrate into their respective shows and expand into other areas will grow.

    Posted by Eric at 08:19 PM | Comments (30)

    Air America Radio Blogs

    O'Franken Factor.

    The Majority Report.

    As you can see, so far they're in the tentative stages. However, this is because the blogs are largely staffed by the show staffs, who are busy with other aspects of the show in addition to maintaining the blog. As time goes by, the blogs and their ability to integrate into their respective shows and expand into other areas will grow.

    Posted by Eric at 08:19 PM | Comments (4)

    Up to 12 Dead in Latest Attack

    Man ... Reuters:

    As many as a dozen American Marines were killed on Tuesday when their position was attacked in the Iraqi city of Ramadi just outside the Sunni hotbed of Falluja, a U.S. defense official said.

    The official, who asked not to be identified, said initial reports indicated that dozens of Iraqis assaulted the Marine position near the governor's palace in Ramadi.

    "There may have been as many as a dozen Marine deaths," the official said, adding that "a significant number" of Iraqis were killed.

    The official said it was not clear exactly who had mounted the fierce attack on the Marines in an area of the so-called "Sunni Triangle," a hotbed of support for the regime of former President Saddam Hussein.

    Posted by Eric at 06:39 PM | Comments (14)

    Up to 12 Dead in Latest Attack

    Man ... Reuters:

    As many as a dozen American Marines were killed on Tuesday when their position was attacked in the Iraqi city of Ramadi just outside the Sunni hotbed of Falluja, a U.S. defense official said.

    The official, who asked not to be identified, said initial reports indicated that dozens of Iraqis assaulted the Marine position near the governor's palace in Ramadi.

    "There may have been as many as a dozen Marine deaths," the official said, adding that "a significant number" of Iraqis were killed.

    The official said it was not clear exactly who had mounted the fierce attack on the Marines in an area of the so-called "Sunni Triangle," a hotbed of support for the regime of former President Saddam Hussein.

    Posted by Eric at 06:39 PM | Comments (3)

    Radical US Muslims?

    A study appears to contradict common perceptions about US Muslims; Reuters:

    American Muslims are becoming more involved with their communities and U.S. politics while drifting away from the stricter interpretations of their faith, according to a study released Tuesday.

    About 38 percent of those surveyed said they adapted their faith to the demands of modern life, while only 8 percent said they abided by strict, traditionalist interpretations of Islam. In general, the study found, as Muslims made more money, they followed a more flexible interpretation of their faith.

    "As the community is becoming more and more prosperous, you will see that it's becoming more and more liberal," said Muqtedar Khan, an associate professor at Adrian College, who is familiar with the study.

    Another 28 percent of respondents relied on classical schools to understand their faith and 25 percent said they followed the interpretations of classical scholars.

    The study was based on a survey of about 1,300 Muslims in 12 of the 33 mosques in Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area. The study helps refute accusations that the Muslim American community is radical, said its lead researcher, Ihsan Bagby, an associate professor of Islamic studies at the University of Kentucky.

    "It tells the American public that mosque communities in America are not radicals. ... They are not a breeding ground for terrorists and extremists, that they are Americans that want to be involved in this country and are taking steps toward that," he said.

    Posted by Eric at 06:16 PM | Comments (14)

    Radical US Muslims?

    A study appears to contradict common perceptions about US Muslims; Reuters:

    American Muslims are becoming more involved with their communities and U.S. politics while drifting away from the stricter interpretations of their faith, according to a study released Tuesday.

    About 38 percent of those surveyed said they adapted their faith to the demands of modern life, while only 8 percent said they abided by strict, traditionalist interpretations of Islam. In general, the study found, as Muslims made more money, they followed a more flexible interpretation of their faith.

    "As the community is becoming more and more prosperous, you will see that it's becoming more and more liberal," said Muqtedar Khan, an associate professor at Adrian College, who is familiar with the study.

    Another 28 percent of respondents relied on classical schools to understand their faith and 25 percent said they followed the interpretations of classical scholars.

    The study was based on a survey of about 1,300 Muslims in 12 of the 33 mosques in Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area. The study helps refute accusations that the Muslim American community is radical, said its lead researcher, Ihsan Bagby, an associate professor of Islamic studies at the University of Kentucky.

    "It tells the American public that mosque communities in America are not radicals. ... They are not a breeding ground for terrorists and extremists, that they are Americans that want to be involved in this country and are taking steps toward that," he said.

    Posted by Eric at 06:16 PM | Comments (4)

    President Using Full Incumbency Advantage

    From the AP:

    The Treasury Department analyzes Sen. John Kerry's tax proposals and the numbers soon find their way to the Republican National Committee.

    The Health and Human Services Department spends millions on ads promoting President George W. Bush's prescription drug plan. The House Resources Committee posts a diatribe against Kerry's "absurd" energy ideas on its government-funded Web site.

    In the time-honored tradition of presidents past, Bush is using the resources of the federal government to promote his re-election. Some critics say the president is going beyond his predecessors in using government means to accomplish political ends.

    But what about in comparison to other presidents?
    "What this administration has done is taken trends from the past and then projected them into the stratosphere," said Allan Lichtman, a presidential scholar at American University. "We've never seen a political operation like this White House does, and that includes the maximum use of government resources."

    Posted by Eric at 10:35 AM | Comments (10)

    President Using Full Incumbency Advantage

    From the AP:

    The Treasury Department analyzes Sen. John Kerry's tax proposals and the numbers soon find their way to the Republican National Committee.

    The Health and Human Services Department spends millions on ads promoting President George W. Bush's prescription drug plan. The House Resources Committee posts a diatribe against Kerry's "absurd" energy ideas on its government-funded Web site.

    In the time-honored tradition of presidents past, Bush is using the resources of the federal government to promote his re-election. Some critics say the president is going beyond his predecessors in using government means to accomplish political ends.

    But what about in comparison to other presidents?
    "What this administration has done is taken trends from the past and then projected them into the stratosphere," said Allan Lichtman, a presidential scholar at American University. "We've never seen a political operation like this White House does, and that includes the maximum use of government resources."

    Posted by Eric at 10:35 AM | Comments (4)

    The David Duke Swing Vote?

    So says two political scientists, in writing about Louisiana politics:

    The way two political scientists from Hamilton College in upstate New York see it, these voters -- specifically, the rural white North Louisiana voters who were Duke's biggest backers in his 1991 campaign for governor -- played a decisive role in Kathleen Blanco's 2003 win over Bobby Jindal for governor.

    These voters normally support Republicans such as Jindal in a statewide race, but last year they voted for the Democrat Blanco in large enough numbers to ensure her victory, according to an analysis by Richard Skinner and Philip Klinkner. Their new paper, titled "Black, White, Brown and Cajun: The Racial Dynamics of the 2003 Louisiana Gubernatorial Election," makes a depressingly strong case that Jindal, who had led comfortably in pre-election polls, lost because of his Indian ancestry. Blanco is white.

    The authors came to that conclusion after comparing voting patterns in the 2003 runoff to those in 1991, when Duke's face-off with Edwin Edwards drew worldwide attention and concern. They also looked at what they considered more typical Democratic wins, including Mary Landrieu's Senate victory the year before. Compared to Landrieu's vote, they found that Blanco's support lined up more strongly with Duke's twelve years earlier.

    "This correlation is remarkably robust, whether measured at the parish or precinct level," Skinner and Klinkner wrote. "It remains significant even when controlling for income, race and region. It appears that racial voting lives on, even when the nonwhite candidate's skin is not black and even when his politics are conservative and Republican."

    Posted by Eric at 09:55 AM | Comments (10)

    The David Duke Swing Vote?

    So says two political scientists, in writing about Louisiana politics:

    The way two political scientists from Hamilton College in upstate New York see it, these voters -- specifically, the rural white North Louisiana voters who were Duke's biggest backers in his 1991 campaign for governor -- played a decisive role in Kathleen Blanco's 2003 win over Bobby Jindal for governor.

    These voters normally support Republicans such as Jindal in a statewide race, but last year they voted for the Democrat Blanco in large enough numbers to ensure her victory, according to an analysis by Richard Skinner and Philip Klinkner. Their new paper, titled "Black, White, Brown and Cajun: The Racial Dynamics of the 2003 Louisiana Gubernatorial Election," makes a depressingly strong case that Jindal, who had led comfortably in pre-election polls, lost because of his Indian ancestry. Blanco is white.

    The authors came to that conclusion after comparing voting patterns in the 2003 runoff to those in 1991, when Duke's face-off with Edwin Edwards drew worldwide attention and concern. They also looked at what they considered more typical Democratic wins, including Mary Landrieu's Senate victory the year before. Compared to Landrieu's vote, they found that Blanco's support lined up more strongly with Duke's twelve years earlier.

    "This correlation is remarkably robust, whether measured at the parish or precinct level," Skinner and Klinkner wrote. "It remains significant even when controlling for income, race and region. It appears that racial voting lives on, even when the nonwhite candidate's skin is not black and even when his politics are conservative and Republican."

    Posted by Eric at 09:55 AM | Comments (4)

    Book: H.W Bush Opposed Iraq War

    Claims a new book, according to the NY Daily News:

    In "The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty," Peter and Rochelle Schweizer cite as evidence a summer 2002 interview in which the older Bush's sister said her brother had expressed his "anguish" about the administration's preparations for war.

    "But do they have an exit strategy?" the former President is quoted as worrying.

    "Although he never went public with them," the authors assert, "the President's own father shared many of [the] concerns" of Brent Scowcroft, his national security adviser and a leading war opponent.

    Top Bush aide Jean Becker denied the allegations yesterday.

    "From the very first day, President Bush 41 unequivocally supported the President on the war in Iraq," she said. "He had absolutely no reservations of any kind."

    Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at Stanford University's conservative Hoover Institution and authored "Reagan's War." The book pries open the door slightly on one of the Bush clan's most closely held secrets: the former President's private qualms about portions of his son's Iraq policy.

    Posted by Eric at 08:47 AM | Comments (7)

    Book: H.W Bush Opposed Iraq War

    Claims a new book, according to the NY Daily News:

    In "The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty," Peter and Rochelle Schweizer cite as evidence a summer 2002 interview in which the older Bush's sister said her brother had expressed his "anguish" about the administration's preparations for war.

    "But do they have an exit strategy?" the former President is quoted as worrying.

    "Although he never went public with them," the authors assert, "the President's own father shared many of [the] concerns" of Brent Scowcroft, his national security adviser and a leading war opponent.

    Top Bush aide Jean Becker denied the allegations yesterday.

    "From the very first day, President Bush 41 unequivocally supported the President on the war in Iraq," she said. "He had absolutely no reservations of any kind."

    Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at Stanford University's conservative Hoover Institution and authored "Reagan's War." The book pries open the door slightly on one of the Bush clan's most closely held secrets: the former President's private qualms about portions of his son's Iraq policy.

    Posted by Eric at 08:47 AM | Comments (5)

    Speakerology

    This note from the DCCC:

    Roll Call is having a little contest, "Speakerology," to see who can garner the most votes from citizens for Speaker of the House. The final round is between Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, and Blunt's hometown paper has already given him a hand. This contest is less than deadly serious, but it would be nice to blow the GOP out. Take a look at Schakowsky's site if you want before you vote, she's awesome.

    Here's how it works:

    1) In this Championship game, Jan is running against Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)

    2) You need to e-mail your vote to: afterthoughts@rollcall.com All you need to do is write "Future Speaker" in the Subject line, and then write "I vote for Jan Schakowsky for Speaker" as your message.

    3) SEND YOUR E-MAIL ASAP. Do it by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

    Bloggers give us a hand if you can spare the space, we should be able take this one easy- we'll be glad to give everybody a shout-out when the results come in.

    Posted by Eric at 08:43 AM | Comments (6)

    Speakerology

    This note from the DCCC:

    Roll Call is having a little contest, "Speakerology," to see who can garner the most votes from citizens for Speaker of the House. The final round is between Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, and Blunt's hometown paper has already given him a hand. This contest is less than deadly serious, but it would be nice to blow the GOP out. Take a look at Schakowsky's site if you want before you vote, she's awesome.

    Here's how it works:

    1) In this Championship game, Jan is running against Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)

    2) You need to e-mail your vote to: afterthoughts@rollcall.com All you need to do is write "Future Speaker" in the Subject line, and then write "I vote for Jan Schakowsky for Speaker" as your message.

    3) SEND YOUR E-MAIL ASAP. Do it by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

    Bloggers give us a hand if you can spare the space, we should be able take this one easy- we'll be glad to give everybody a shout-out when the results come in.

    Posted by Eric at 08:43 AM | Comments (5)

    State Poll Numbers

    See Kos for 6 state polls on Bush v. Kerry

    Posted by Eric at 12:45 AM | Comments (28)

    State Poll Numbers

    See Kos for 6 state polls on Bush v. Kerry

    Posted by Eric at 12:45 AM | Comments (5)

    Hamster Numbers: Troops

    Ratio of the number of privately contracted military workers in Iraq to the number of British troops there : 5:4 [Coalition Provisional Authority (Baghdad) ]

    Number of U.S. soldiers whose retirement or leave has been postponed by the Army to maintain troop strength : 3,500 [U.S. Army (Washington) ]

    -Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 12:43 AM | Comments (10)

    Hamster Numbers: Troops

    Ratio of the number of privately contracted military workers in Iraq to the number of British troops there : 5:4 [Coalition Provisional Authority (Baghdad) ]

    Number of U.S. soldiers whose retirement or leave has been postponed by the Army to maintain troop strength : 3,500 [U.S. Army (Washington) ]

    -Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 12:43 AM | Comments (5)

    Nader Fails in Oregon Bid

    Aw, Ralphie! In a state very familiar with him, Ralph threw a party, but only 741 people showed up. AP

    Ralph Nader (news - web sites) failed to qualify for Oregon's presidential ballot on Monday when fewer than 1,000 people showed up at a Portland gathering to sign their names to petitions. But aides to the independent presidential candidate said he would try again.

    A total of 741 people came to a Portland theater to sign the petitions — 259 fewer than those the veteran consumer advocate needed to qualify for the Oregon ballot, said state elections director John Lindback.

    "Even the best basketball player doesn't get a slam-dunk every time," Nader told the crowd, acknowledging the numbers fell short.

    The low turnout is a blow for Nader, who has been counting on using his traditional strong showing in Oregon to make it the first state to put him on the 2004 ballot.

    Greg Kafoury, head of Nader's Oregon campaign, said Nader would not abandon his quest to qualify for the state's ballot.

    He said Nader would make use of another option under Oregon law — collecting 15,000 signatures over a three-month period, rather than 1,000 signatures at a single gathering.

    Posted by Eric at 12:11 AM | Comments (27)

    Nader Fails in Oregon Bid

    Aw, Ralphie! In a state very familiar with him, Ralph threw a party, but only 741 people showed up. AP

    Ralph Nader (news - web sites) failed to qualify for Oregon's presidential ballot on Monday when fewer than 1,000 people showed up at a Portland gathering to sign their names to petitions. But aides to the independent presidential candidate said he would try again.

    A total of 741 people came to a Portland theater to sign the petitions — 259 fewer than those the veteran consumer advocate needed to qualify for the Oregon ballot, said state elections director John Lindback.

    "Even the best basketball player doesn't get a slam-dunk every time," Nader told the crowd, acknowledging the numbers fell short.

    The low turnout is a blow for Nader, who has been counting on using his traditional strong showing in Oregon to make it the first state to put him on the 2004 ballot.

    Greg Kafoury, head of Nader's Oregon campaign, said Nader would not abandon his quest to qualify for the state's ballot.

    He said Nader would make use of another option under Oregon law — collecting 15,000 signatures over a three-month period, rather than 1,000 signatures at a single gathering.

    Posted by Eric at 12:11 AM | Comments (8)

    April 05, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    Agence France Presse. White House Vetting Could Delay 9/11 Report Until After Election
    SFC. Liberals in organizing frenzy to prove left is right; Coordinated blitz pulls together radio, TV and online groups
    SFC. Bush camp pleased -- sees Kerry taking California for granted
    LAT. Cynthia McKinney, an outspoken and liberal former congresswoman, is running for her old seat. Her reemergence stirs up strong feelings
    LAT. Kerry Entering Changed Landscape
    LAT. Wall St. Finds Mixed Blessing in Job Growth
    LAT. Rice's Testimony May Be Audition: A strong showing before the Sept. 11 panel could land her a Cabinet post in a second Bush term
    Newsday. Strategy on Rice: Chief of 9/11 commission conveys how the national security adviser will be questioned
    WP. Rice to Face Questions on Clarke: 9/11 Panel to Look For Contradictions
    NYT. Stymied by Politicians, Wal-Mart Turns to Voters
    WP. Some Bush Initiatives Languish In Congress; Follow-Up Missing, Lawmakers Say
    WP. Daschle Gets His Own Nader
    AJC. Clinton casts long shadow; Ex-president plays big role in Kerry's race against Bush
    BGlobe. Image blitz planned for convention
    BGlobe. Coolly, GOP tries to woo the young
    AP. Pelosi urges fast action on VP choice
    AP. States seek backup for digital voting
    NYT. AIDS Fears Grow for Black Women
    AP. Kerry shows no signs of quick VP decision
    AP. GOP Sen. Specter challenged from right
    CSMonitor. Risks rise for Iraqi journalists
    CSMonitor. Jurors: the lowlights in some high-profile trials

    Commentary
    Sean Gonsalves. The courage to face lions: Condi Rice could learn something about honesty and bravery from Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia
    Byron Williams. Did we not see this coming? Fallujah horror is more than 'uptick' in conflict -- it's a predictable consequence of failed diplomacy
    Bill Moyers. Interview with John Dean: Former Nixon aide, author of 'Worse than Watergate'
    Rick Mercier. Why the Media Owe You an Apology on Iraq
    Mother Jones. Abortion fights
    Barbara Ehrenreich. The Odd Warfare State
    Jerry Landay. Bush's Back-door Political Machine
    Scott Lilly. Bush Jobs Record Still Worst Since President Hoover
    Christian E. Weller. Telling If Job Loss Recovery Is Over
    John Prados. What precedent is being set by the White House allowing its national security adviser to appear before the 9/11 commission?
    George Soros. Playing Into Their Hands
    Ayelish McGarvey. Reaching to the Choir: Think all evangelicals are right-wingers? Don't believe everything you read. Just as many are politically moderate. Can Democrats win their votes? God only knows, it's worth a try
    Mike Tomasky. White-House officials may have known much more than they’re letting on. An FBI staffer tells what really happened before 9/11
    David Morris. The hidden cost of war: What the Pentagon isn't telling you about friendly fire
    Eric Boehlert. Lies, bribes and hidden costs: Bush's Medicare quagmire -- and the striking parallels to Iraq
    Edward Goldberg. Bush policy/sp/strikes out
    SFC. Why can't Arnold run for president?
    Michael Blum. No one should be denied right to marry
    Seattle PI. Panel needs Clinton's records
    Dave Zweifel. It's time to look again at single-payer
    Jack Newfield. Bush doesn't join 'love NY' campaign
    Edward Wasserman. Confidentiality becomes a con
    Bob Herbert. We're More Productive. Who Gets the Money?
    Jay Bookman. Gay marriage debate shows change ahead

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (7)

    Monday Stories

    News
    Agence France Presse. White House Vetting Could Delay 9/11 Report Until After Election
    SFC. Liberals in organizing frenzy to prove left is right; Coordinated blitz pulls together radio, TV and online groups
    SFC. Bush camp pleased -- sees Kerry taking California for granted
    LAT. Cynthia McKinney, an outspoken and liberal former congresswoman, is running for her old seat. Her reemergence stirs up strong feelings
    LAT. Kerry Entering Changed Landscape
    LAT. Wall St. Finds Mixed Blessing in Job Growth
    LAT. Rice's Testimony May Be Audition: A strong showing before the Sept. 11 panel could land her a Cabinet post in a second Bush term
    Newsday. Strategy on Rice: Chief of 9/11 commission conveys how the national security adviser will be questioned
    WP. Rice to Face Questions on Clarke: 9/11 Panel to Look For Contradictions
    NYT. Stymied by Politicians, Wal-Mart Turns to Voters
    WP. Some Bush Initiatives Languish In Congress; Follow-Up Missing, Lawmakers Say
    WP. Daschle Gets His Own Nader
    AJC. Clinton casts long shadow; Ex-president plays big role in Kerry's race against Bush
    BGlobe. Image blitz planned for convention
    BGlobe. Coolly, GOP tries to woo the young
    AP. Pelosi urges fast action on VP choice
    AP. States seek backup for digital voting
    NYT. AIDS Fears Grow for Black Women
    AP. Kerry shows no signs of quick VP decision
    AP. GOP Sen. Specter challenged from right
    CSMonitor. Risks rise for Iraqi journalists
    CSMonitor. Jurors: the lowlights in some high-profile trials

    Commentary
    Sean Gonsalves. The courage to face lions: Condi Rice could learn something about honesty and bravery from Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia
    Byron Williams. Did we not see this coming? Fallujah horror is more than 'uptick' in conflict -- it's a predictable consequence of failed diplomacy
    Bill Moyers. Interview with John Dean: Former Nixon aide, author of 'Worse than Watergate'
    Rick Mercier. Why the Media Owe You an Apology on Iraq
    Mother Jones. Abortion fights
    Barbara Ehrenreich. The Odd Warfare State
    Jerry Landay. Bush's Back-door Political Machine
    Scott Lilly. Bush Jobs Record Still Worst Since President Hoover
    Christian E. Weller. Telling If Job Loss Recovery Is Over
    John Prados. What precedent is being set by the White House allowing its national security adviser to appear before the 9/11 commission?
    George Soros. Playing Into Their Hands
    Ayelish McGarvey. Reaching to the Choir: Think all evangelicals are right-wingers? Don't believe everything you read. Just as many are politically moderate. Can Democrats win their votes? God only knows, it's worth a try
    Mike Tomasky. White-House officials may have known much more than they’re letting on. An FBI staffer tells what really happened before 9/11
    David Morris. The hidden cost of war: What the Pentagon isn't telling you about friendly fire
    Eric Boehlert. Lies, bribes and hidden costs: Bush's Medicare quagmire -- and the striking parallels to Iraq
    Edward Goldberg. Bush policy/sp/strikes out
    SFC. Why can't Arnold run for president?
    Michael Blum. No one should be denied right to marry
    Seattle PI. Panel needs Clinton's records
    Dave Zweifel. It's time to look again at single-payer
    Jack Newfield. Bush doesn't join 'love NY' campaign
    Edward Wasserman. Confidentiality becomes a con
    Bob Herbert. We're More Productive. Who Gets the Money?
    Jay Bookman. Gay marriage debate shows change ahead

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (5)

    Kerry in Colorado?

    Some strategists are saying that the state could become a battleground, though many have previously shrugged the state off. Rocky Mountain News:

    Leading Colorado Democrats are urging the Kerry campaign to spend time and money in the state, where President Bush won 51 percent of the vote in 2000. They've believed Bush is ripe for an upset since last summer.

    Kerry is listening. Campaign strategists are considering airing ads and sending paid organizers to the state. Colorado, a deputy campaign manager says, ranks with Louisiana and Arkansas as states where Kerry wasn't expected to compete with Bush - but could now.

    Republicans and some local political analysts say Colorado is still safely Bush country. A new poll by the Rocky Mountain News and News 4 shows the president leading Kerry by 9 points in the state.

    But some of the nation's most respected pundits say the race here could be close, based in part on two other recent polls that show Kerry and Bush statistically tied in Colorado.

    Charlie Cook, who edits the Cook Political Report in Washington, D.C., says Colorado could be in 2004 what Florida was in 2000: a once-Republican lock that goes up for grabs faster than expected.

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 PM | Comments (7)

    Kerry in Colorado?

    Some strategists are saying that the state could become a battleground, though many have previously shrugged the state off. Rocky Mountain News:

    Leading Colorado Democrats are urging the Kerry campaign to spend time and money in the state, where President Bush won 51 percent of the vote in 2000. They've believed Bush is ripe for an upset since last summer.

    Kerry is listening. Campaign strategists are considering airing ads and sending paid organizers to the state. Colorado, a deputy campaign manager says, ranks with Louisiana and Arkansas as states where Kerry wasn't expected to compete with Bush - but could now.

    Republicans and some local political analysts say Colorado is still safely Bush country. A new poll by the Rocky Mountain News and News 4 shows the president leading Kerry by 9 points in the state.

    But some of the nation's most respected pundits say the race here could be close, based in part on two other recent polls that show Kerry and Bush statistically tied in Colorado.

    Charlie Cook, who edits the Cook Political Report in Washington, D.C., says Colorado could be in 2004 what Florida was in 2000: a once-Republican lock that goes up for grabs faster than expected.

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 PM | Comments (2)

    O'Franken Factor Blog

    Here.

    Post away.

    EDIT: Hmm ... For now, it's offline or buggy. Sigh.

    Posted by Eric at 08:31 AM | Comments (31)

    O'Franken Factor Blog

    Here.

    Post away.

    EDIT: Hmm ... For now, it's offline or buggy. Sigh.

    Posted by Eric at 08:31 AM | Comments (8)

    Kerry Commands Big Lead Among Hispanics

    The Miami Herald finds it at 58-33:

    The presumptive Democratic nominee held a 58 percent to 33 percent lead over Bush among voters who identify themselves as Hispanic in a poll for The Miami Herald. The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted March 29-31 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

    Despite the advantage, strategists say Kerry must hold Bush's support among Hispanic-Americans to less than 35 percent to have a shot of winning the White House in November. Bush narrowly won the presidency in part by taking a sliver of the traditionally Democratic Hispanic base and drawing 35 percent of its vote in 2000.

    "The Hispanic vote is borderline for Kerry and it's borderline for the president," said pollster John Zogby of Zogby International, which conducted the poll. "Nothing is going to make this one easy to predict."

    But the Kerry campaign was encouraged by the results.

    "John Kerry is going to do very well among Hispanic voters in South Florida and across the country because they have felt very acutely the impact of George Bush's failed policies and broken promises," Kerry spokesman Mark Kornblau said.

    Posted by Eric at 07:26 AM | Comments (5)

    Kerry Commands Big Lead Among Hispanics

    The Miami Herald finds it at 58-33:

    The presumptive Democratic nominee held a 58 percent to 33 percent lead over Bush among voters who identify themselves as Hispanic in a poll for The Miami Herald. The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted March 29-31 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

    Despite the advantage, strategists say Kerry must hold Bush's support among Hispanic-Americans to less than 35 percent to have a shot of winning the White House in November. Bush narrowly won the presidency in part by taking a sliver of the traditionally Democratic Hispanic base and drawing 35 percent of its vote in 2000.

    "The Hispanic vote is borderline for Kerry and it's borderline for the president," said pollster John Zogby of Zogby International, which conducted the poll. "Nothing is going to make this one easy to predict."

    But the Kerry campaign was encouraged by the results.

    "John Kerry is going to do very well among Hispanic voters in South Florida and across the country because they have felt very acutely the impact of George Bush's failed policies and broken promises," Kerry spokesman Mark Kornblau said.

    Posted by Eric at 07:26 AM | Comments (3)

    9/11 Probably Preventable

    Sigh. Says the leaders of the independent commission. NY Times:

    In a joint television interview, the commission's chairman, Thomas H. Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, and its vice chairman, Lee H. Hamilton, a former Democratic House member from Indiana, indicated that their final report this summer would find that the Sept. 11 attacks were preventable.

    They also suggested that Ms. Rice, Mr. Bush's national security adviser, would be questioned aggressively on Thursday about why the administration had not taken more action against Al Qaeda before Sept. 11, and about discrepancies between her public statements and those of Richard A. Clarke, the president's former counterterrorism chief, who has accused the administration of largely ignoring terrorist threats in 2001.

    "The whole story might have been different," Mr. Kean said on the NBC News program "Meet the Press," outlining a series of intelligence and law enforcement blunders in the months and years before the attacks.

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

    9/11 Probably Preventable

    Sigh. Says the leaders of the independent commission. NY Times:

    In a joint television interview, the commission's chairman, Thomas H. Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, and its vice chairman, Lee H. Hamilton, a former Democratic House member from Indiana, indicated that their final report this summer would find that the Sept. 11 attacks were preventable.

    They also suggested that Ms. Rice, Mr. Bush's national security adviser, would be questioned aggressively on Thursday about why the administration had not taken more action against Al Qaeda before Sept. 11, and about discrepancies between her public statements and those of Richard A. Clarke, the president's former counterterrorism chief, who has accused the administration of largely ignoring terrorist threats in 2001.

    "The whole story might have been different," Mr. Kean said on the NBC News program "Meet the Press," outlining a series of intelligence and law enforcement blunders in the months and years before the attacks.

    Posted by Eric at 06:23 AM | Comments (6)

    Hamster Numbers: Endangered Species Act of 1973

    "The Administration has consistently failed to comply with the ESA (Endangered Species Act of 1973) and numerous court orders to designate "critical habitat" for species listed as threatened or endangered, a key ingredient in species protection. They blame this failure on cost, claiming that it cannot afford to designate critical habitat and carry out other conservation efforts. In fact, the Bush Administration has repeatedly failed to seek the necessary funds from Congress to fulfill all of its responsibilities, in one instance ignoring a specific invitation from Congress to do so. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that $153 million would be needed to erase the backlog of overdue critical habitat designations for fiscal year 2003, yet the Bush Administration only requested $9 million in funding." -Environment 2004

    Posted by Eric at 06:08 AM | Comments (271)

    Hamster Numbers: Endangered Species Act of 1973

    "The Administration has consistently failed to comply with the ESA (Endangered Species Act of 1973) and numerous court orders to designate "critical habitat" for species listed as threatened or endangered, a key ingredient in species protection. They blame this failure on cost, claiming that it cannot afford to designate critical habitat and carry out other conservation efforts. In fact, the Bush Administration has repeatedly failed to seek the necessary funds from Congress to fulfill all of its responsibilities, in one instance ignoring a specific invitation from Congress to do so. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that $153 million would be needed to erase the backlog of overdue critical habitat designations for fiscal year 2003, yet the Bush Administration only requested $9 million in funding." -Environment 2004

    Posted by Eric at 06:08 AM | Comments (4)

    Comedy Monday

    "Last night, President Bush raised $1.5 million in Washington, DC, at a fundraiser. It's all part of his new program, No Cash Left Behind." David Letterman

    "Earlier today, President Bush and Senator John Kerry released new political ads that don't attack each other and discuss the issues in an intelligent and accurate manner. ... April Fools!" Conan O'Brien

    "Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced this week that after he got elected, he took a voluntary course on sexual harassment. Arnold says the sexual harassment course was a waste of time because quote 'I already know how to do it.'" Conan O'Brien

    "Yesterday in California, John Kerry made a speech announcing a plan to control gas prices. After hearing this, President Bush said, 'That's crazy, only Dick Cheney can control gas prices.'" Conan O'Brien

    "They say that Saddam is stonewalling, he's refusing to talk, he's not giving out any information. No, wait a minute, that's Condoleezza Rice." David Letterman


    Conan's Late Start - Does He Want 11:30? NYTimes:
    The most obvious next step is to be host of a show earlier in the evening — in the coveted 11:30 period, made famous by Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. At NBC, that job is currently held by Jay Leno, who consistently trounces all competition. Until recently, it was possible for Mr. O'Brien and his team to imagine a time in the not-too-distant future when Jay might step down from his throne, and Conan might step up. But last week, NBC announced it was extending Mr. Leno's contract to the end of the decade. The decision has inescapable implications for Mr. O'Brien's career, as everyone around him knows.

    Gavin Polone, Mr. O'Brien's manager and long-time friend, puts it in the plainest terms. "There's just no question that he's going to be on earlier than 12:30," he says. "He's going to 11:30. It's going to happen."

    There it is: the late-night star at 12:30 is pondering a move to 11:30 (it's really 12:35 and 11:35, rounded off for convenience). If it sounds at all familiar, it's because we've been here before — same time, and yes, same channel. David Letterman starred in the original; after more than a decade as host of the later show, he was blocked from advancing to the main room, the 11:35 show, the franchise, NBC's "Tonight" Show, because NBC decided to give Johnny Carson's chair to a guy its executives believed was a more mainstream — and cooperative — star.

    Now Conan O'Brien is getting set for the remake. And Jay Leno is being cast yet again as the man in possession of the prize. Mr. O'Brien has a little over a year and half left on his NBC deal, which means in only a matter of months he's likely to find himself in the precise position that David Letterman did in 1993: choosing between staying in his comfortable 12:35 home on NBC and chasing that hour-earlier dream on other networks.


    I Love March Birthdays. Don't ask me to explain this one.

    Crank Yankers: "Hadassah's having a baby in a new episode of this crank calling series. Features Sarah Silverman"

    Crank Yankers:"Elmer Calls a Brothel"

    Crank Yankers:"Gladys' Slime with Wanda Sykes.


    From the Late Show:

    Top Ten Questions You're Afraid To Ask Condoleezza Rice


    10. "Did Bush ever hurt himself trying to pronounce your name?"

    9. "At cabinet meetings, who besides you and Cheney wear lipstick?"

    8. "Do you know Leeza Gibbons?"

    7. "Do you own a condo?"

    6. "Did you ever try the 'Condoleezza Rice' at Chi-Chi's?"

    5. "As a souvenir, did you keep any of Saddam's beard lice?"

    4. "Hey, where'd you get that cool Halliburton sweatshirt?"

    3. "Who told CNN that Letterman faked the footage of the bored kid next to Bush?"

    2. "About those Iraqi weapons of mass destruction -- did you check Baghdad Mini-Storage?"

    1. "What kind of job will you and Bush be looking for in January 2005?"


    http://www.saveroe.com/whitehouse/
    Rosemary Cross: Do you think we're going to have sex?
    Max Fischer: That's a kinda cheap way to put it.
    Rosemary Cross: Not if you've ever fucked before, it isn't.
    --Rushmore
    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 04:53 AM | Comments (5)

    Comedy Monday

    "Last night, President Bush raised $1.5 million in Washington, DC, at a fundraiser. It's all part of his new program, No Cash Left Behind." David Letterman

    "Earlier today, President Bush and Senator John Kerry released new political ads that don't attack each other and discuss the issues in an intelligent and accurate manner. ... April Fools!" Conan O'Brien

    "Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced this week that after he got elected, he took a voluntary course on sexual harassment. Arnold says the sexual harassment course was a waste of time because quote 'I already know how to do it.'" Conan O'Brien

    "Yesterday in California, John Kerry made a speech announcing a plan to control gas prices. After hearing this, President Bush said, 'That's crazy, only Dick Cheney can control gas prices.'" Conan O'Brien

    "They say that Saddam is stonewalling, he's refusing to talk, he's not giving out any information. No, wait a minute, that's Condoleezza Rice." David Letterman


    Conan's Late Start - Does He Want 11:30? NYTimes:
    The most obvious next step is to be host of a show earlier in the evening — in the coveted 11:30 period, made famous by Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. At NBC, that job is currently held by Jay Leno, who consistently trounces all competition. Until recently, it was possible for Mr. O'Brien and his team to imagine a time in the not-too-distant future when Jay might step down from his throne, and Conan might step up. But last week, NBC announced it was extending Mr. Leno's contract to the end of the decade. The decision has inescapable implications for Mr. O'Brien's career, as everyone around him knows.

    Gavin Polone, Mr. O'Brien's manager and long-time friend, puts it in the plainest terms. "There's just no question that he's going to be on earlier than 12:30," he says. "He's going to 11:30. It's going to happen."

    There it is: the late-night star at 12:30 is pondering a move to 11:30 (it's really 12:35 and 11:35, rounded off for convenience). If it sounds at all familiar, it's because we've been here before — same time, and yes, same channel. David Letterman starred in the original; after more than a decade as host of the later show, he was blocked from advancing to the main room, the 11:35 show, the franchise, NBC's "Tonight" Show, because NBC decided to give Johnny Carson's chair to a guy its executives believed was a more mainstream — and cooperative — star.

    Now Conan O'Brien is getting set for the remake. And Jay Leno is being cast yet again as the man in possession of the prize. Mr. O'Brien has a little over a year and half left on his NBC deal, which means in only a matter of months he's likely to find himself in the precise position that David Letterman did in 1993: choosing between staying in his comfortable 12:35 home on NBC and chasing that hour-earlier dream on other networks.


    I Love March Birthdays. Don't ask me to explain this one.

    Crank Yankers: "Hadassah's having a baby in a new episode of this crank calling series. Features Sarah Silverman"

    Crank Yankers:"Elmer Calls a Brothel"

    Crank Yankers:"Gladys' Slime with Wanda Sykes.


    From the Late Show:

    Top Ten Questions You're Afraid To Ask Condoleezza Rice


    10. "Did Bush ever hurt himself trying to pronounce your name?"

    9. "At cabinet meetings, who besides you and Cheney wear lipstick?"

    8. "Do you know Leeza Gibbons?"

    7. "Do you own a condo?"

    6. "Did you ever try the 'Condoleezza Rice' at Chi-Chi's?"

    5. "As a souvenir, did you keep any of Saddam's beard lice?"

    4. "Hey, where'd you get that cool Halliburton sweatshirt?"

    3. "Who told CNN that Letterman faked the footage of the bored kid next to Bush?"

    2. "About those Iraqi weapons of mass destruction -- did you check Baghdad Mini-Storage?"

    1. "What kind of job will you and Bush be looking for in January 2005?"


    http://www.saveroe.com/whitehouse/
    Rosemary Cross: Do you think we're going to have sex?
    Max Fischer: That's a kinda cheap way to put it.
    Rosemary Cross: Not if you've ever fucked before, it isn't.
    --Rushmore
    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 04:53 AM | Comments (3)

    April 04, 2004

    2 Coalition Soldiers Dead in Fight with Iraqi Protesters

    Oy. AP:

    Two soldiers--a Salvadoran and an American _ died and nine were injured Sunday in clashes with protesters at the Spanish garrison near the holy city of Najaf, the Spanish Defense Ministry said.

    The ministry had earlier reported four Salvadoran soldiers in the Spanish led peacekeeping force had been killed.

    The clashes broke out when gunmen who were apparently followers of an anti-U.S. Muslim cleric opened fire on the Spanish garrison, the ministry said in a statement. The protesters were angry over the arrest of an aide to the cleric, the ministry said.

    UPDATE: "9 Coalition Troops Killed as Violence Erupts Across Iraq." From the AP:
    Supporters of an anti-American cleric rioted in four Iraqi cities Sunday, killing eight U.S. troops and one Salvadoran soldier in the worst unrest since the spasm of looting and arson immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

    The U.S. military on Sunday reported two Marines were killed in a separate ``enemy action'' in Anbar province, raising the toll of American service members killed in Iraq to at least 610.

    The rioters were supporters of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. They were angry over Saturday's arrest on murder charges of one of al-Sadr's aides, Mustafa al-Yacoubi, and the closure of a pro-al-Sadr newspaper.

    Near the holy city of Najaf, a gunbattle at a Spanish garrison killed at least 22 people, including two coalition soldiers -- an American and a Salvadoran.

    Fighting in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City killed seven U.S. soldiers and wounded at least 24, the U.S. military said in a written statement.

    Posted by Eric at 04:30 PM | Comments (13)

    2 Coalition Soldiers Dead in Fight with Iraqi Protesters

    Oy. AP:

    Two soldiers--a Salvadoran and an American _ died and nine were injured Sunday in clashes with protesters at the Spanish garrison near the holy city of Najaf, the Spanish Defense Ministry said.

    The ministry had earlier reported four Salvadoran soldiers in the Spanish led peacekeeping force had been killed.

    The clashes broke out when gunmen who were apparently followers of an anti-U.S. Muslim cleric opened fire on the Spanish garrison, the ministry said in a statement. The protesters were angry over the arrest of an aide to the cleric, the ministry said.

    UPDATE: "9 Coalition Troops Killed as Violence Erupts Across Iraq." From the AP:
    Supporters of an anti-American cleric rioted in four Iraqi cities Sunday, killing eight U.S. troops and one Salvadoran soldier in the worst unrest since the spasm of looting and arson immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

    The U.S. military on Sunday reported two Marines were killed in a separate ``enemy action'' in Anbar province, raising the toll of American service members killed in Iraq to at least 610.

    The rioters were supporters of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. They were angry over Saturday's arrest on murder charges of one of al-Sadr's aides, Mustafa al-Yacoubi, and the closure of a pro-al-Sadr newspaper.

    Near the holy city of Najaf, a gunbattle at a Spanish garrison killed at least 22 people, including two coalition soldiers -- an American and a Salvadoran.

    Fighting in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City killed seven U.S. soldiers and wounded at least 24, the U.S. military said in a written statement.

    Posted by Eric at 04:30 PM | Comments (4)

    NY Post Breakdown of Right vs. Left

    Yes, criticizing the NY Post is so cliche, but take a look at this editorial:

    Franken says the nation needs a counterweight to the "domination" of conservative talk radio in particular, and of right-leaning big media in general.

    Let's see.

    On the right hand, there's basically Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Sean Hannity.

    And on the left, there's:

    ABC, BBC, CBS, NBC, CNN, HBO, Showtime, National Public Radio, MTV, BET, PBS, Christiane Amanpour, Paul Begala, Gloria Borger, Ed Bradley, Aaron Brown, Tom Brokaw, Margaret Carlson, James Carville, Bob Costas, Walter Cronkite, Katie Couric, Sam Donaldson, Charlie Gibson, Jeff Greenfield, David Gregory, Bryant Gumbel, Al Hunt, Peter Jennings, Ted Koppell, Matt Lauer, Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Terry Moran, Bill Moyers, Keith Olbermann, Dan Rather, Cokie Roberts, John Roberts, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Bob Schieffer, Mark Shields, Leslie Stahl, Hannah Storm, George Stephanopoulos, Nina Totenberg, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Brian Williams and Judy Woodruff.

    Did you know "there's basically Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Sean Hannity" and that's it when looking at the conservative talk radio and media? I know now.

    Posted by Eric at 09:23 AM | Comments (63)

    NY Post Breakdown of Right vs. Left

    Yes, criticizing the NY Post is so cliche, but take a look at this editorial:

    Franken says the nation needs a counterweight to the "domination" of conservative talk radio in particular, and of right-leaning big media in general.

    Let's see.

    On the right hand, there's basically Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Sean Hannity.

    And on the left, there's:

    ABC, BBC, CBS, NBC, CNN, HBO, Showtime, National Public Radio, MTV, BET, PBS, Christiane Amanpour, Paul Begala, Gloria Borger, Ed Bradley, Aaron Brown, Tom Brokaw, Margaret Carlson, James Carville, Bob Costas, Walter Cronkite, Katie Couric, Sam Donaldson, Charlie Gibson, Jeff Greenfield, David Gregory, Bryant Gumbel, Al Hunt, Peter Jennings, Ted Koppell, Matt Lauer, Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Terry Moran, Bill Moyers, Keith Olbermann, Dan Rather, Cokie Roberts, John Roberts, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Bob Schieffer, Mark Shields, Leslie Stahl, Hannah Storm, George Stephanopoulos, Nina Totenberg, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Brian Williams and Judy Woodruff.

    Did you know "there's basically Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Sean Hannity" and that's it when looking at the conservative talk radio and media? I know now.

    Posted by Eric at 09:23 AM | Comments (23)

    Guardian: "Bush and Blair made secret pact for Iraq war"

    The "decision came nine days after 9/11." Explosive. No need to say anymore, from The Guardian:

    President George Bush first asked Tony Blair to support the removal of Saddam Hussein from power at a private White House dinner nine days after the terror attacks of 11 September, 2001.
    According to Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to Washington, who was at the dinner when Blair became the first foreign leader to visit America after 11 September, Blair told Bush he should not get distracted from the war on terror's initial goal - dealing with the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

    Bush, claims Meyer, replied by saying: 'I agree with you, Tony. We must deal with this first. But when we have dealt with Afghanistan, we must come back to Iraq.' Regime change was already US policy ... Details of this extraordinary conversation will be published this week in a 25,000-word article on the path to war with Iraq in the May issue of the American magazine Vanity Fair. It provides new corroboration of the claims made last month in a book by Bush's former counter-terrorism chief, Richard Clarke, that Bush was 'obsessed' with Iraq as his principal target after 9/11.

    But the implications for Blair may be still more explosive. The discussion implies that, even before the bombing of Afghanistan, Blair already knew that the US intended to attack Saddam next, although he continued to insist in public that 'no decisions had been taken' until almost the moment that the invasion began in March 2003. His critics are likely to seize on the report of the two leaders' exchange and demand to know when Blair resolved to provide the backing that Bush sought.

    The Vanity Fair article will provide further ammunition in the shape of extracts from the private, contemporaneous diary kept by the former International Development Secretary, Clare Short, throughout the months leading up to the war. This reveals how, during the summer of 2002, when Blair and his closest advisers were mounting an intense diplomatic campaign to persuade Bush to agree to seek United Nations support over Iraq, and promising British support for military action in return, Blair apparently concealed his actions from his Cabinet.

    Posted by Eric at 09:19 AM | Comments (16)

    Guardian: "Bush and Blair made secret pact for Iraq war"

    The "decision came nine days after 9/11." Explosive. No need to say anymore, from The Guardian:

    President George Bush first asked Tony Blair to support the removal of Saddam Hussein from power at a private White House dinner nine days after the terror attacks of 11 September, 2001.
    According to Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to Washington, who was at the dinner when Blair became the first foreign leader to visit America after 11 September, Blair told Bush he should not get distracted from the war on terror's initial goal - dealing with the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

    Bush, claims Meyer, replied by saying: 'I agree with you, Tony. We must deal with this first. But when we have dealt with Afghanistan, we must come back to Iraq.' Regime change was already US policy ... Details of this extraordinary conversation will be published this week in a 25,000-word article on the path to war with Iraq in the May issue of the American magazine Vanity Fair. It provides new corroboration of the claims made last month in a book by Bush's former counter-terrorism chief, Richard Clarke, that Bush was 'obsessed' with Iraq as his principal target after 9/11.

    But the implications for Blair may be still more explosive. The discussion implies that, even before the bombing of Afghanistan, Blair already knew that the US intended to attack Saddam next, although he continued to insist in public that 'no decisions had been taken' until almost the moment that the invasion began in March 2003. His critics are likely to seize on the report of the two leaders' exchange and demand to know when Blair resolved to provide the backing that Bush sought.

    The Vanity Fair article will provide further ammunition in the shape of extracts from the private, contemporaneous diary kept by the former International Development Secretary, Clare Short, throughout the months leading up to the war. This reveals how, during the summer of 2002, when Blair and his closest advisers were mounting an intense diplomatic campaign to persuade Bush to agree to seek United Nations support over Iraq, and promising British support for military action in return, Blair apparently concealed his actions from his Cabinet.

    Posted by Eric at 09:19 AM | Comments (7)

    Washington Post: "no evidence of contradiction" re: Clarke Testimony / Book

    Oh snap, biatch:

    But the broad outline of Clarke's criticism has been corroborated by a number of other former officials, congressional and commission investigators, and by Bush's admission in the 2003 Bob Woodward book "Bush at War" that he "didn't feel that sense of urgency" about Osama bin Laden before the attacks occurred.

    In addition, a review of dozens of declassified citations from Clarke's 2002 testimony provides no evidence of contradiction, and White House officials familiar with the testimony agree that any differences are matters of emphasis, not fact. Indeed, the declassified 838-page report of the 2002 congressional inquiry includes many passages that appear to bolster the arguments Clarke has made.

    For example, Rice and others in the administration have said that they implemented much more aggressive policies than those of Clarke and President Bill Clinton. Rice said the Bush team developed "a comprehensive strategy that would not just roll back al Qaeda -- which had been the policy of the Clinton administration -- but we needed a strategy to eliminate al Qaeda."

    But in 2002, Rice's deputy, Stephen J. Hadley, wrote to the joint committee that the new policy was exactly what Rice described as the old one. "The goal was to move beyond the policy of containment, criminal prosecution, and limited retaliation for specific attacks, toward attempting to 'roll back' al Qaeda."

    The joint committee's declassified report, released last July, contains dozens of quotations and references to Clarke's testimony, and none appears to contradict the former White House counterterrorism chief's testimony last month. In its July 2003 report, the congressional panel cited Clark's "uncertain mandate to coordinate Bush administration policy on terrorism and specifically on bin Laden." It also said that because Bush officials did not begin their major counterterrorism policy review until April 2001, "significant slippage in counterterrorism policy may have taken place in late 2000 and early 2001."

    Bu bu but why would the White House lie?

    Posted by Eric at 08:21 AM | Comments (16)

    Washington Post: "no evidence of contradiction" re: Clarke Testimony / Book

    Oh snap, biatch:

    But the broad outline of Clarke's criticism has been corroborated by a number of other former officials, congressional and commission investigators, and by Bush's admission in the 2003 Bob Woodward book "Bush at War" that he "didn't feel that sense of urgency" about Osama bin Laden before the attacks occurred.

    In addition, a review of dozens of declassified citations from Clarke's 2002 testimony provides no evidence of contradiction, and White House officials familiar with the testimony agree that any differences are matters of emphasis, not fact. Indeed, the declassified 838-page report of the 2002 congressional inquiry includes many passages that appear to bolster the arguments Clarke has made.

    For example, Rice and others in the administration have said that they implemented much more aggressive policies than those of Clarke and President Bill Clinton. Rice said the Bush team developed "a comprehensive strategy that would not just roll back al Qaeda -- which had been the policy of the Clinton administration -- but we needed a strategy to eliminate al Qaeda."

    But in 2002, Rice's deputy, Stephen J. Hadley, wrote to the joint committee that the new policy was exactly what Rice described as the old one. "The goal was to move beyond the policy of containment, criminal prosecution, and limited retaliation for specific attacks, toward attempting to 'roll back' al Qaeda."

    The joint committee's declassified report, released last July, contains dozens of quotations and references to Clarke's testimony, and none appears to contradict the former White House counterterrorism chief's testimony last month. In its July 2003 report, the congressional panel cited Clark's "uncertain mandate to coordinate Bush administration policy on terrorism and specifically on bin Laden." It also said that because Bush officials did not begin their major counterterrorism policy review until April 2001, "significant slippage in counterterrorism policy may have taken place in late 2000 and early 2001."

    Bu bu but why would the White House lie?

    Posted by Eric at 08:21 AM | Comments (13)

    Hamster Numbers: John Kerry Fundraising Records

    From JohnKerry.com about non-incumbent fundraising:

    More than $50,000,000 – total raised in any quarter

    $38,000,000 total raised in any month (March)
    $36,000,000 total raised from grassroots contributors in any quarter
    355,000 total number of grassroots contributions in any quarter
    $26,700,000 total raised online in any quarter
    $2,600,000 total raised online at JohnKerry.com in one day ( March 4, 2004 )

    Posted by Eric at 08:12 AM | Comments (8)

    Hamster Numbers: John Kerry Fundraising Records

    From JohnKerry.com about non-incumbent fundraising:

    More than $50,000,000 – total raised in any quarter

    $38,000,000 total raised in any month (March)
    $36,000,000 total raised from grassroots contributors in any quarter
    355,000 total number of grassroots contributions in any quarter
    $26,700,000 total raised online in any quarter
    $2,600,000 total raised online at JohnKerry.com in one day ( March 4, 2004 )

    Posted by Eric at 08:12 AM | Comments (7)

    49% of Hawaii Feel Misled on Iraq War

    According to the Honolulu Advertiser poll. Savage, hula hoop humping bastards.

    Almost half of Hawai'i residents think the Bush administration misled the American people about the rationale for the Iraqi war, and most don't think the world is any safer because of it, according to the latest Honolulu Advertiser Hawai'i Poll.

    The poll found that 49 percent of those surveyed felt the American people were misled about the reasons for the war. Only 40 percent said they thought they were provided correct information about the reasons for the war, and 11 percent said they did not know whether they were misled.

    Fifty-six percent said they didn't believe the war made the world safer for the United States.

    "I didn't believe them from the start of the war, and nothing I've seen since then has changed my mind," said Karren Sayre, a 51-year-old mother and entrepreneur living in the Puna district of the Big Island.

    "The war didn't have anything to do with terrorism," she said. "They didn't find any weapons of mass destruction, and, if anything, it has made us even more of a target today."

    Recently 11 Hawaii soldiers were injured in a rocket attack and a Hawaiian was one of the four civilian contractors killed in Fallujah
    Aloha Dela Rosa, Batalona's younger sister, said her husband, Fredo, tried to talk Batalona out of going to Iraq at a February birthday party for a family member in Haina. It was the day before Batalona left the Big Island for the Middle East.

    Batalona, who lived with his wife, June, in Pa'auilo, wouldn't consider staying home, his sister said.

    "He said, 'Braddah, you know, it's not your life. I gotta go,'" Aloha Dela Rosa recalled. "He was worried about the (Iraqi) kids up there. He said he needed to be there to help them."

    Posted by Eric at 07:53 AM | Comments (25)

    49% of Hawaii Feel Misled on Iraq War

    According to the Honolulu Advertiser poll. Savage, hula hoop humping bastards.

    Almost half of Hawai'i residents think the Bush administration misled the American people about the rationale for the Iraqi war, and most don't think the world is any safer because of it, according to the latest Honolulu Advertiser Hawai'i Poll.

    The poll found that 49 percent of those surveyed felt the American people were misled about the reasons for the war. Only 40 percent said they thought they were provided correct information about the reasons for the war, and 11 percent said they did not know whether they were misled.

    Fifty-six percent said they didn't believe the war made the world safer for the United States.

    "I didn't believe them from the start of the war, and nothing I've seen since then has changed my mind," said Karren Sayre, a 51-year-old mother and entrepreneur living in the Puna district of the Big Island.

    "The war didn't have anything to do with terrorism," she said. "They didn't find any weapons of mass destruction, and, if anything, it has made us even more of a target today."

    Recently 11 Hawaii soldiers were injured in a rocket attack and a Hawaiian was one of the four civilian contractors killed in Fallujah
    Aloha Dela Rosa, Batalona's younger sister, said her husband, Fredo, tried to talk Batalona out of going to Iraq at a February birthday party for a family member in Haina. It was the day before Batalona left the Big Island for the Middle East.

    Batalona, who lived with his wife, June, in Pa'auilo, wouldn't consider staying home, his sister said.

    "He said, 'Braddah, you know, it's not your life. I gotta go,'" Aloha Dela Rosa recalled. "He was worried about the (Iraqi) kids up there. He said he needed to be there to help them."

    Posted by Eric at 07:53 AM | Comments (5)

    April 02, 2004

    Friday Stories

    News
    CBS. Kerry, Again, Calls For Debates
    Az Republic. AZ Democratic office target of crimes
    CNN. 9/11 panel looking into Clinton documents request
    Scripps Howard. Democrats criticize Bush effort against chemical regulations
    AP. Financial cuts could mean park closures
    AP. Bush outspends Democrats 2-to-1 on air
    CSM. Airwaves war: view from the left side of the mike
    LAT. U.S. Won't Alert Parents, Doctors on Mercury in Flu Shots for Kids
    LAT. Voters Favor Kerry on Financial Issues
    AP. Kerry Ad Attacks Bush's Economic Policies
    AP. Condom Label Changes Spark Debate
    AP. Bremer: Iraq Deaths Won't Go Unpunished
    NYT. Bush Aides Block Clinton's Papers From 9/11 Panel
    NYT. Senate, Torn by Minimum Wage, Shelves Major Welfare Bill
    NYT. Prosecutors Are Said to Have Expanded Inquiry Into Leak of C.I.A. Officer's Name
    WP. Bush Signs Unborn Victims Act; Federal Law Establishes 2 Crimes Against Pregnant Women
    WP. House Republicans Defy Bush: Lawmakers Push Highway Bill Exceeding Ceiling on Spending
    Knight Ridder/Tribune. Bush Refuses to Lean on Oil Cartel
    Reuters. U.S. declassifies pre-9/11 anti-terror plan
    WP. Kerry Funds Signal Hope For Party: Donations Set Record, But GOP Is Still Ahead
    AP. EPA: Dirty Air Could Persist Beyond 2015

    Commentary
    Larry Atkins. Don't touch that dial
    Andrew Greeley. America should heed Clarke's warnings
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Echoes of racism in gay marriage ban
    Bob Herbert. No End in Sight
    Paul Krugman. Smear Without Fear
    E. J. Dionne Jr. An Offer Of Help On Iraq
    Edward M. Kennedy. For Rights, a Wrong Choice
    Tim Grieve. Antonin Scalia, self-made martyr: He could have been the next chief justice. Today, he's just a poster boy for intolerance, vitriol and questionable ethics
    David Talbot. Condi Rice's other wake-up call: Former Sen. Gary Hart says he, too, warned Rice about an imminent terror attack on two occasions before 9/11
    Joe Conason. The widows are watching: Four outspoken World Trade Center widows claim the 9/11 commission director's ties to the White House undermine the commission's credibility
    AJC. EPA can't get cozy with industry
    Kevin Danaher and Jason Mark. Outsource the CEOs
    Sean-Paul Kelley. The Return of the Cold War
    Tom Engelhardt. Twenty-first Century Gunboat Diplomacy
    Matthew Miller. Gas Attacks!
    David Kelly. Franken File: The Prospect talks with Al Franken, star of the new Air America Radio
    Neal Gabler. Liberalism's Lost Script: Democrats used to thrive on Hollywood endings. Today, liberalism is more like a dark, complicated novel. It's time to go back to making movies
    Lawrence Mishel. Office Space: Sure, the working class has been hit hard by the economic downturn. But so have white-collar workers
    Jack Newfield. Bush To City: Drop Dead
    Steven Rosenfeld. The War Room
    Rick Perlstein. The Jobs of the Future Are a Thing of the Past
    Robert B. Reich. The Handout-Friendly Skies

    Posted by Eric at 11:56 PM | Comments (8)

    Friday Stories

    News
    CBS. Kerry, Again, Calls For Debates
    Az Republic. AZ Democratic office target of crimes
    CNN. 9/11 panel looking into Clinton documents request
    Scripps Howard. Democrats criticize Bush effort against chemical regulations
    AP. Financial cuts could mean park closures
    AP. Bush outspends Democrats 2-to-1 on air
    CSM. Airwaves war: view from the left side of the mike
    LAT. U.S. Won't Alert Parents, Doctors on Mercury in Flu Shots for Kids
    LAT. Voters Favor Kerry on Financial Issues
    AP. Kerry Ad Attacks Bush's Economic Policies
    AP. Condom Label Changes Spark Debate
    AP. Bremer: Iraq Deaths Won't Go Unpunished
    NYT. Bush Aides Block Clinton's Papers From 9/11 Panel
    NYT. Senate, Torn by Minimum Wage, Shelves Major Welfare Bill
    NYT. Prosecutors Are Said to Have Expanded Inquiry Into Leak of C.I.A. Officer's Name
    WP. Bush Signs Unborn Victims Act; Federal Law Establishes 2 Crimes Against Pregnant Women
    WP. House Republicans Defy Bush: Lawmakers Push Highway Bill Exceeding Ceiling on Spending
    Knight Ridder/Tribune. Bush Refuses to Lean on Oil Cartel
    Reuters. U.S. declassifies pre-9/11 anti-terror plan
    WP. Kerry Funds Signal Hope For Party: Donations Set Record, But GOP Is Still Ahead
    AP. EPA: Dirty Air Could Persist Beyond 2015

    Commentary
    Larry Atkins. Don't touch that dial
    Andrew Greeley. America should heed Clarke's warnings
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Echoes of racism in gay marriage ban
    Bob Herbert. No End in Sight
    Paul Krugman. Smear Without Fear
    E. J. Dionne Jr. An Offer Of Help On Iraq
    Edward M. Kennedy. For Rights, a Wrong Choice
    Tim Grieve. Antonin Scalia, self-made martyr: He could have been the next chief justice. Today, he's just a poster boy for intolerance, vitriol and questionable ethics
    David Talbot. Condi Rice's other wake-up call: Former Sen. Gary Hart says he, too, warned Rice about an imminent terror attack on two occasions before 9/11
    Joe Conason. The widows are watching: Four outspoken World Trade Center widows claim the 9/11 commission director's ties to the White House undermine the commission's credibility
    AJC. EPA can't get cozy with industry
    Kevin Danaher and Jason Mark. Outsource the CEOs
    Sean-Paul Kelley. The Return of the Cold War
    Tom Engelhardt. Twenty-first Century Gunboat Diplomacy
    Matthew Miller. Gas Attacks!
    David Kelly. Franken File: The Prospect talks with Al Franken, star of the new Air America Radio
    Neal Gabler. Liberalism's Lost Script: Democrats used to thrive on Hollywood endings. Today, liberalism is more like a dark, complicated novel. It's time to go back to making movies
    Lawrence Mishel. Office Space: Sure, the working class has been hit hard by the economic downturn. But so have white-collar workers
    Jack Newfield. Bush To City: Drop Dead
    Steven Rosenfeld. The War Room
    Rick Perlstein. The Jobs of the Future Are a Thing of the Past
    Robert B. Reich. The Handout-Friendly Skies

    Posted by Eric at 11:56 PM | Comments (5)

    Late Night TV

    From Late Night TV Page:

    Guests of interest ...

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    Mo 4/5: Jerry Seinfeld
    Tu 4/6: Matthew Perry
    We 4/7: Tim Robbins

    CARSON
    Mo 4/5: George Carlin
    Tu 4/6: Tim Robbins

    CONAN
    Th 4/15: Chris Rock

    LETTERMAN
    Tu 4/13: Chris Rock
    We 4/14: Sen. John McCain

    Posted by Eric at 01:50 PM | Comments (133)

    Late Night TV

    From Late Night TV Page:

    Guests of interest ...

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    Mo 4/5: Jerry Seinfeld
    Tu 4/6: Matthew Perry
    We 4/7: Tim Robbins

    CARSON
    Mo 4/5: George Carlin
    Tu 4/6: Tim Robbins

    CONAN
    Th 4/15: Chris Rock

    LETTERMAN
    Tu 4/13: Chris Rock
    We 4/14: Sen. John McCain

    Posted by Eric at 01:50 PM | Comments (2)

    McCain: GOP "has gone astray"

    Mr. Senator from Arizona! Boston Herald:

    Sen. John McCain yesterday unleashed an attack on his own party, saying the GOP is ``astray'' on key issues and criticizing President Bush on the war in Iraq.

    ``I believe my party has gone astray,'' McCain said, criticizing GOP stands on environmental and minority issues.

    ``I think the Democratic Party is a fine party, and I have no problems with it, in their views and their philosophy,'' he said. ``But I also feel the Republican Party can be brought back to the principles I articulated before.''

    The maverick senator made the remarks at a legislative seminar hosted by U.S. Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-Lowell) as he again ruled out running on a ticket with Democrat John F. Kerry [related, bio].

    The Arizona Republican took on President Bush for failing to prepare Americans for a long involvement in Iraq, saying, ``You can't fly in on an aircraft carrier and declare victory and have the deaths continue. You can't do that.''

    McCain said the U.S. should seek more U.N. involvement in Iraq. ``Many people in this room question, legitimately, whether we should have gone in or not,'' he said, adding that that debate ``will be part of this presidential campaign.''

    Posted by Eric at 01:10 PM | Comments (10)

    McCain: GOP "has gone astray"

    Mr. Senator from Arizona! Boston Herald:

    Sen. John McCain yesterday unleashed an attack on his own party, saying the GOP is ``astray'' on key issues and criticizing President Bush on the war in Iraq.

    ``I believe my party has gone astray,'' McCain said, criticizing GOP stands on environmental and minority issues.

    ``I think the Democratic Party is a fine party, and I have no problems with it, in their views and their philosophy,'' he said. ``But I also feel the Republican Party can be brought back to the principles I articulated before.''

    The maverick senator made the remarks at a legislative seminar hosted by U.S. Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-Lowell) as he again ruled out running on a ticket with Democrat John F. Kerry [related, bio].

    The Arizona Republican took on President Bush for failing to prepare Americans for a long involvement in Iraq, saying, ``You can't fly in on an aircraft carrier and declare victory and have the deaths continue. You can't do that.''

    McCain said the U.S. should seek more U.N. involvement in Iraq. ``Many people in this room question, legitimately, whether we should have gone in or not,'' he said, adding that that debate ``will be part of this presidential campaign.''

    Posted by Eric at 01:10 PM | Comments (5)

    Europeans Shall Love Us More

    Because we love them like a fat kid loves broccoli:

    A report released by a House committee describes how the Bush administration worked with the U.S. chemical industry to undermine a European plan that would require all manufacturers to test their industrial chemicals for their effect on public health before they are marketed in Europe.
    .
    The administration had said publicly that the proposal last year would threaten the $20 billion in chemicals that the United States exports to Europe each year because the cost of testing would be prohibitive. Five years in the making, the proposal, which was revised and is still under consideration, would shift the burden of proving the safety of chemicals onto manufacturers instead of governments.
    .
    Behind the scenes, the administration was working with the chemical industry to devise a plan to undermine the proposal, according to e-mail messages and documents in the report, which was released Thursday
    If you want to view the report, go here.

    Rep. Waxman: "There is no evidence that the administration ever attempted to determine what was best for the nation as a whole," Waxman said. "The administration ignored requests to analyze what the benefits of the European proposal might have been and dismissed the concerns of environmental and public health groups. ... The only views that mattered were those of the chemical industry."

    Posted by Eric at 01:03 PM | Comments (15)

    Europeans Shall Love Us More

    Because we love them like a fat kid loves broccoli:

    A report released by a House committee describes how the Bush administration worked with the U.S. chemical industry to undermine a European plan that would require all manufacturers to test their industrial chemicals for their effect on public health before they are marketed in Europe.
    .
    The administration had said publicly that the proposal last year would threaten the $20 billion in chemicals that the United States exports to Europe each year because the cost of testing would be prohibitive. Five years in the making, the proposal, which was revised and is still under consideration, would shift the burden of proving the safety of chemicals onto manufacturers instead of governments.
    .
    Behind the scenes, the administration was working with the chemical industry to devise a plan to undermine the proposal, according to e-mail messages and documents in the report, which was released Thursday
    If you want to view the report, go here.

    Rep. Waxman: "There is no evidence that the administration ever attempted to determine what was best for the nation as a whole," Waxman said. "The administration ignored requests to analyze what the benefits of the European proposal might have been and dismissed the concerns of environmental and public health groups. ... The only views that mattered were those of the chemical industry."

    Posted by Eric at 01:03 PM | Comments (1)

    Air America #1 Real Audio Stream

    From the Majority Report website:

    It's Brian from I Stand For, we're doing the AAR website.

    We're so sorry things have been buggy, nobody could have anticipated the response we have received.

    We've broken records people... We are Real Audio's #1 stream. We were at 50,000 streams during Al's show around 2:00 EST. We got 350,000 unique visitors from 8:00 last night to 2 this afternoon. That puts us on pace to be a top 50 site...on the entire web. We're talking Bank of America, Dell Computers numbers.

    You guys are awesome, this is amazing and we're so proud to be a part of it.

    I assure you were working round the clock to bring you the best community website possible. Were getting new servers set up to handle the incredible response. Next week we'll be rolling out new functionality: membership, blogs, newsletters, and in a little bit, audio archives for all the shows.

    So keep keeping on! We can do it. It's time to show everyone that we love America as much as anybody, and were not gonna sit by and watch George Bush poop in our porridge anymore.

    LIBERALS RULE!

    -b

    Posted by brian at April 1, 2004 09:36 PM

    Posted by Eric at 10:50 AM | Comments (24)

    Air America #1 Real Audio Stream

    From the Majority Report website:

    It's Brian from I Stand For, we're doing the AAR website.

    We're so sorry things have been buggy, nobody could have anticipated the response we have received.

    We've broken records people... We are Real Audio's #1 stream. We were at 50,000 streams during Al's show around 2:00 EST. We got 350,000 unique visitors from 8:00 last night to 2 this afternoon. That puts us on pace to be a top 50 site...on the entire web. We're talking Bank of America, Dell Computers numbers.

    You guys are awesome, this is amazing and we're so proud to be a part of it.

    I assure you were working round the clock to bring you the best community website possible. Were getting new servers set up to handle the incredible response. Next week we'll be rolling out new functionality: membership, blogs, newsletters, and in a little bit, audio archives for all the shows.

    So keep keeping on! We can do it. It's time to show everyone that we love America as much as anybody, and were not gonna sit by and watch George Bush poop in our porridge anymore.

    LIBERALS RULE!

    -b

    Posted by brian at April 1, 2004 09:36 PM

    Posted by Eric at 10:50 AM | Comments (21)

    Letterman vs. CNN

    To be continued, apparently. From the non-partisan CJR:

    So what's going on? Thursday morning's Washington Post suggested that Letterman had been joking when he said he had sources telling him that the White House had called CNN: "Last night on his show, Letterman recapped the story and joked that he's hearing that maybe the White House did speak to CNN about 'George W. Bush Invigorates America's Youth.'" (Emphasis in original.)

    However, it appears as if Letterman was far from joking.

    Campaign Desk has learned that on Thursday night's show Letterman will stick to his story. Letterman tells his audience, "I'm pretty sure the White House contacted CNN." He goes on to offer his own "conspiracy theory" as to why, he alleges, the White House intervened.

    Campaign Desk sought an explanation from CNN in response to Letterman's continued assertion that the White House had in fact called the network, but CNN did not return phone calls requesting comment.

    While the White House did return our calls, it could not provide comment at this late hour.

    The Washington Post did not return phone calls requesting comment as to why the paper reported Letterman's comments as a joke.

    The video can be found here.

    Posted by Eric at 10:22 AM | Comments (26)

    Letterman vs. CNN

    To be continued, apparently. From the non-partisan CJR:

    So what's going on? Thursday morning's Washington Post suggested that Letterman had been joking when he said he had sources telling him that the White House had called CNN: "Last night on his show, Letterman recapped the story and joked that he's hearing that maybe the White House did speak to CNN about 'George W. Bush Invigorates America's Youth.'" (Emphasis in original.)

    However, it appears as if Letterman was far from joking.

    Campaign Desk has learned that on Thursday night's show Letterman will stick to his story. Letterman tells his audience, "I'm pretty sure the White House contacted CNN." He goes on to offer his own "conspiracy theory" as to why, he alleges, the White House intervened.

    Campaign Desk sought an explanation from CNN in response to Letterman's continued assertion that the White House had in fact called the network, but CNN did not return phone calls requesting comment.

    While the White House did return our calls, it could not provide comment at this late hour.

    The Washington Post did not return phone calls requesting comment as to why the paper reported Letterman's comments as a joke.

    The video can be found here.

    Posted by Eric at 10:22 AM | Comments (4)

    308,000; Unemployment rate from 5.6 to 5.7

    In latest BLS report for March.

    from CNN a note about the figure:

    Payrolls outside the farm sector grew by 308,000 jobs in March, the Labor Department reported, compared with a revised gain of 46,000 in February. The unemployment rate, which is generated by a separate survey, rose to 5.7 from 5.6 percent ... In the first quarter, payrolls grew by an average of 171,000 jobs a month, compared with average monthly gains of 60,000 in the last year's fourth quarter.

    While it would seem odd that the unemployment rate rose despite a jump in payrolls, the two numbers are generated by separate surveys. The unemployment rate comes from a survey of households, which found that 179,000 people entered the labor force in March, resulting in a higher unemployment rate.

    Economist Max Sawicky on the numbers.
    The magic number for March is a gain of 308,000, in and of itself very good news. That's how many jobs were gained according to the "Establishment Survey." By contrast, the counterpart for the less-accurate Household Survey is a loss of 3,000.

    Let's remember the big picture here. Last January, George Bush sold his tax cuts on the promise they would create an additional 1.4 million jobs by the end of this year. This job growth was on top of prior projections, linked to prior tax cuts. We got the tax cuts, but not the jobs. This recession has been a record-breaker in lackluster job growth.

    Nate Newman writes that the job stats show "that there is just a hell of a lot less work out there than before" Bush became President.

    Posted by Eric at 09:20 AM | Comments (19)

    308,000; Unemployment rate from 5.6 to 5.7

    In latest BLS report for March.

    from CNN a note about the figure:

    Payrolls outside the farm sector grew by 308,000 jobs in March, the Labor Department reported, compared with a revised gain of 46,000 in February. The unemployment rate, which is generated by a separate survey, rose to 5.7 from 5.6 percent ... In the first quarter, payrolls grew by an average of 171,000 jobs a month, compared with average monthly gains of 60,000 in the last year's fourth quarter.

    While it would seem odd that the unemployment rate rose despite a jump in payrolls, the two numbers are generated by separate surveys. The unemployment rate comes from a survey of households, which found that 179,000 people entered the labor force in March, resulting in a higher unemployment rate.

    Economist Max Sawicky on the numbers.
    The magic number for March is a gain of 308,000, in and of itself very good news. That's how many jobs were gained according to the "Establishment Survey." By contrast, the counterpart for the less-accurate Household Survey is a loss of 3,000.

    Let's remember the big picture here. Last January, George Bush sold his tax cuts on the promise they would create an additional 1.4 million jobs by the end of this year. This job growth was on top of prior projections, linked to prior tax cuts. We got the tax cuts, but not the jobs. This recession has been a record-breaker in lackluster job growth.

    Nate Newman writes that the job stats show "that there is just a hell of a lot less work out there than before" Bush became President.

    Posted by Eric at 09:20 AM | Comments (4)

    Richard Clarke: "yesterday's news"?

    Well, maybe not, if you consider book sale rankings as an indicator:

    White House spokesman Scott McClellan told The New York Times this week, "I think most Americans view Richard Clarke and his contradictions as yesterday's news."
    Hardly.

    Clarke's news-making book, "Against All Enemies," will debut at No. 1 on The Times best-seller list to be published April 11.

    The Free Press, a Simon & Schuster unit, started with 300,000 copies and now has 650,000 in print.

    Clarke's whistle-blowing account of the war on terror will top a nonfiction list that includes so many books unflattering to the Bush White House that it recalls when former President Bill Clinton was the booksellers' best friend.

    And please, don't look at polls!

    Posted by Eric at 08:49 AM | Comments (9)

    Richard Clarke: "yesterday's news"?

    Well, maybe not, if you consider book sale rankings as an indicator:

    White House spokesman Scott McClellan told The New York Times this week, "I think most Americans view Richard Clarke and his contradictions as yesterday's news."
    Hardly.

    Clarke's news-making book, "Against All Enemies," will debut at No. 1 on The Times best-seller list to be published April 11.

    The Free Press, a Simon & Schuster unit, started with 300,000 copies and now has 650,000 in print.

    Clarke's whistle-blowing account of the war on terror will top a nonfiction list that includes so many books unflattering to the Bush White House that it recalls when former President Bill Clinton was the booksellers' best friend.

    And please, don't look at polls!

    Posted by Eric at 08:49 AM | Comments (6)

    Hamster Numbers: National Parks

    "Across the U.S., national parks and wilderness areas are degraded by air pollution. For example, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the natural visibility of 113 miles now occurs only 1% of the time. Average summer visibility that should be 77 miles is now 15 miles. The Clean Air Act provides special protections for park visibility, requiring existing power plants to install modern pollution control equipment to curb the haze they cause in national parks and wilderness areas. The Bush plan would repeal the haze cleanup requirements." -Environment 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 03:39 AM | Comments (15)

    Hamster Numbers: National Parks

    "Across the U.S., national parks and wilderness areas are degraded by air pollution. For example, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the natural visibility of 113 miles now occurs only 1% of the time. Average summer visibility that should be 77 miles is now 15 miles. The Clean Air Act provides special protections for park visibility, requiring existing power plants to install modern pollution control equipment to curb the haze they cause in national parks and wilderness areas. The Bush plan would repeal the haze cleanup requirements." -Environment 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 03:39 AM | Comments (7)

    White House Handling Letterman Kid Access

    Interesting ... WPost:

    The White House, trying to get out in front of the Yawning Boy story, is now in charge of media access to the young man who was seen on David Letterman's show this week yawning his way through one of President Bush's less robust speeches.

    Letterman's Worldwide Pants television production company has booked 13-year-old Tyler Crotty -- son of Orange County, Fla., chairman and major Bush fundraiser Richard Crotty -- as a guest on tonight's CBS late-night show.

    "He's a young person who strongly supports the president and is excited about getting a chance to talk about it," White House assistant press secretary Reed Dickens told The TV Column yesterday.

    Dickens has been named go-to guy for anyone wanting to interview Tyler, who gained national prominence when Letterman introduced a new segment on his show Monday called "George W. Bush Invigorates America's Youth."

    Atrios has been covering this for a while.

    Posted by Eric at 03:27 AM | Comments (3)

    White House Handling Letterman Kid Access

    Interesting ... WPost:

    The White House, trying to get out in front of the Yawning Boy story, is now in charge of media access to the young man who was seen on David Letterman's show this week yawning his way through one of President Bush's less robust speeches.

    Letterman's Worldwide Pants television production company has booked 13-year-old Tyler Crotty -- son of Orange County, Fla., chairman and major Bush fundraiser Richard Crotty -- as a guest on tonight's CBS late-night show.

    "He's a young person who strongly supports the president and is excited about getting a chance to talk about it," White House assistant press secretary Reed Dickens told The TV Column yesterday.

    Dickens has been named go-to guy for anyone wanting to interview Tyler, who gained national prominence when Letterman introduced a new segment on his show Monday called "George W. Bush Invigorates America's Youth."

    Atrios has been covering this for a while.

    Posted by Eric at 03:27 AM | Comments (5)

    Kerry MTV Stint Draws Largest MTV CoL Audience

    From the Hollywood Reporter:

    In other MTV news, the 10:30 p.m. special "Choose or Lose: 20 Million Questions for John Kerry" drew 3.4 million viewers Tuesday with an interview with the Democratic presidential candidate. It was the highest-rated "Choose or Lose" special since the campaign's inception in 1992.
    Meanwhile, the Bush campaign drags around Reggie the Registration rig.
    But on Thursday, in largely Democratic New York City, the Republicans appeared to be having a tough time convincing young people to register to vote and, when they did succeed, to register Republican.

    "I think it's a good time to vote because we need to get Bush out of office," said 34-year-old Theo Wargo, who took the opportunity presented by the GOP to register as a Democrat. "If I was ever going to register to vote this was the perfect spot at the perfect time."

    Given Bush's reluctance to enter uncontrolled public settings, I doubt he'll appear on the morally deprived MTV anytime soon.

    Posted by Eric at 01:17 AM | Comments (11)

    Kerry MTV Stint Draws Largest MTV CoL Audience

    From the Hollywood Reporter:

    In other MTV news, the 10:30 p.m. special "Choose or Lose: 20 Million Questions for John Kerry" drew 3.4 million viewers Tuesday with an interview with the Democratic presidential candidate. It was the highest-rated "Choose or Lose" special since the campaign's inception in 1992.
    Meanwhile, the Bush campaign drags around Reggie the Registration rig.
    But on Thursday, in largely Democratic New York City, the Republicans appeared to be having a tough time convincing young people to register to vote and, when they did succeed, to register Republican.

    "I think it's a good time to vote because we need to get Bush out of office," said 34-year-old Theo Wargo, who took the opportunity presented by the GOP to register as a Democrat. "If I was ever going to register to vote this was the perfect spot at the perfect time."

    Given Bush's reluctance to enter uncontrolled public settings, I doubt he'll appear on the morally deprived MTV anytime soon.

    Posted by Eric at 01:17 AM | Comments (7)

    April 01, 2004

    Whistleblower: 'I saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes'

    From the UK Independent:

    A former translator for the FBI with top-secret security clearance says she has provided information to the panel investigating the 11 September attacks which proves senior officials knew of al-Qa'ida's plans to attack the US with aircraft months before the strikes happened.

    She said the claim by the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, that there was no such information was "an outrageous lie".

    Sibel Edmonds said she spent more than three hours in a closed session with the commission's investigators providing information that was circulating within the FBI in the spring and summer of 2001 suggesting that an attack using aircraft was just months away and the terrorists were in place. The Bush administration, meanwhile, has sought to silence her and has obtained a gagging order from a court by citing the rarely used "state secrets privilege".

    She told The Independent yesterday: "I gave [the commission] details of specific investigation files, the specific dates, specific target information, specific managers in charge of the investigation. I gave them everything so that they could go back and follow up. This is not hearsay. These are things that are documented. These things can be established very easily."

    She added: "There was general information about the time-frame, about methods to be used ­ but not specifically about how they would be used ­ and about people being in place and who was ordering these sorts of terror attacks. There were other cities that were mentioned. Major cities ­ with skyscrapers."

    Posted by Eric at 10:09 PM | Comments (68)

    Whistleblower: 'I saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes'

    From the UK Independent:

    A former translator for the FBI with top-secret security clearance says she has provided information to the panel investigating the 11 September attacks which proves senior officials knew of al-Qa'ida's plans to attack the US with aircraft months before the strikes happened.

    She said the claim by the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, that there was no such information was "an outrageous lie".

    Sibel Edmonds said she spent more than three hours in a closed session with the commission's investigators providing information that was circulating within the FBI in the spring and summer of 2001 suggesting that an attack using aircraft was just months away and the terrorists were in place. The Bush administration, meanwhile, has sought to silence her and has obtained a gagging order from a court by citing the rarely used "state secrets privilege".

    She told The Independent yesterday: "I gave [the commission] details of specific investigation files, the specific dates, specific target information, specific managers in charge of the investigation. I gave them everything so that they could go back and follow up. This is not hearsay. These are things that are documented. These things can be established very easily."

    She added: "There was general information about the time-frame, about methods to be used ­ but not specifically about how they would be used ­ and about people being in place and who was ordering these sorts of terror attacks. There were other cities that were mentioned. Major cities ­ with skyscrapers."

    Posted by Eric at 10:09 PM | Comments (6)

    WhiteHouse.org Shut Down by Justice Dept!

    Oh NO!!
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    .
    ... what day is today?

    EDIT: Ok, it's not there anymore.

    Posted by Eric at 07:48 PM | Comments (25)

    WhiteHouse.org Shut Down by Justice Dept!

    Oh NO!!
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    ... what day is today?

    EDIT: Ok, it's not there anymore.

    Posted by Eric at 07:48 PM | Comments (8)

    Flip Flops

    With all the hoopola in the media about Kerry flip flops (not the hot, new sandal wear), what about these from Bush? Center for American Progress:

    BUSH SAYS WE FOUND THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION..."We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories…for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." [President Bush, Interview in Poland, 5/29/03]

    ...BUSH SAYS WE HAVEN'T FOUND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION "David Kay has found the capacity to produce weapons. And when David Kay goes in and says we haven't found stockpiles yet, and there's theories as to where the weapons went. They could have been destroyed during the war. Saddam and his henchmen could have destroyed them as we entered into Iraq. They could be hidden. They could have been transported to another country, and we'll find out." [President Bush, Meet the Press, 2/7/04]

    BUSH WANTS OSAMA DEAD OR ALIVE... "I want justice. And there's an old poster out West, I recall, that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'" [President Bush, on Osama Bin Laden, 09/17/01]

    ...BUSH DOESN'T CARE ABOUT OSAMA "I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care. It's not that important." [President Bush, Press Conference, 3/13/02]

    BUSH SUPPORTS MANDATORY CAPS ON CARBON DIOXIDE... "[If elected], Governor Bush will work to…establish mandatory reduction targets for emissions of four main pollutants: sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and carbon dioxide." [Bush Environmental Plan, 9/29/00]

    ...BUSH OPPOSES MANDATORY CAPS ON CARBON DIOXIDE "I do not believe, however, that the government should impose on power plants mandatory emissions reductions for carbon dioxide, which is not a 'pollutant' under the Clean Air Act." [President Bush, Letter to Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), 3/13/03]

    More from the Center.

    Posted by Eric at 04:52 PM | Comments (7)

    Flip Flops

    With all the hoopola in the media about Kerry flip flops (not the hot, new sandal wear), what about these from Bush? Center for American Progress:

    BUSH SAYS WE FOUND THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION..."We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories…for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." [President Bush, Interview in Poland, 5/29/03]

    ...BUSH SAYS WE HAVEN'T FOUND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION "David Kay has found the capacity to produce weapons. And when David Kay goes in and says we haven't found stockpiles yet, and there's theories as to where the weapons went. They could have been destroyed during the war. Saddam and his henchmen could have destroyed them as we entered into Iraq. They could be hidden. They could have been transported to another country, and we'll find out." [President Bush, Meet the Press, 2/7/04]

    BUSH WANTS OSAMA DEAD OR ALIVE... "I want justice. And there's an old poster out West, I recall, that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'" [President Bush, on Osama Bin Laden, 09/17/01]

    ...BUSH DOESN'T CARE ABOUT OSAMA "I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care. It's not that important." [President Bush, Press Conference, 3/13/02]

    BUSH SUPPORTS MANDATORY CAPS ON CARBON DIOXIDE... "[If elected], Governor Bush will work to…establish mandatory reduction targets for emissions of four main pollutants: sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and carbon dioxide." [Bush Environmental Plan, 9/29/00]

    ...BUSH OPPOSES MANDATORY CAPS ON CARBON DIOXIDE "I do not believe, however, that the government should impose on power plants mandatory emissions reductions for carbon dioxide, which is not a 'pollutant' under the Clean Air Act." [President Bush, Letter to Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), 3/13/03]

    More from the Center.

    Posted by Eric at 04:52 PM | Comments (8)

    Herseth Leads in SD

    From Daily Kos and a Zogby poll:

    With two months remaining in the campaign for South Dakota's U.S. House seat, Democrat Stephanie Herseth, who ran for the same seat in 2002, has maintained a healthy lead over Republican Larry Diedrich. But Diedrich has been able to cut the gap in half - despite his "unfamiliar" rating of 48 percent - in the seven weeks since the last poll on the race was publicly released.

    Herseth leads Diedrich 53.3 percent to 37.1 percent, according to a poll of 501 likely voters conducted last weekend by Zogby International of Utica, N.Y., for South Dakota media outlets, including the Rapid City Journal. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

    See Kos for more of a breakdown.

    Posted by Eric at 03:56 PM | Comments (12)

    Herseth Leads in SD

    From Daily Kos and a Zogby poll:

    With two months remaining in the campaign for South Dakota's U.S. House seat, Democrat Stephanie Herseth, who ran for the same seat in 2002, has maintained a healthy lead over Republican Larry Diedrich. But Diedrich has been able to cut the gap in half - despite his "unfamiliar" rating of 48 percent - in the seven weeks since the last poll on the race was publicly released.

    Herseth leads Diedrich 53.3 percent to 37.1 percent, according to a poll of 501 likely voters conducted last weekend by Zogby International of Utica, N.Y., for South Dakota media outlets, including the Rapid City Journal. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

    See Kos for more of a breakdown.

    Posted by Eric at 03:56 PM | Comments (6)

    Hamster Numbers: State Jobs

    "As of February 2004, 35 states have failed to get back to their pre-recession employment levels. Furthermore, 49 states have not created enough jobs to keep up with the natural growth in the number of potential workers, as job growth has lagged the growth in working-age population since March 2001. As for the unemployed, 43 states have higher unemployment rates than when the recession began." Job Watch

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    Hamster Numbers: State Jobs

    "As of February 2004, 35 states have failed to get back to their pre-recession employment levels. Furthermore, 49 states have not created enough jobs to keep up with the natural growth in the number of potential workers, as job growth has lagged the growth in working-age population since March 2001. As for the unemployed, 43 states have higher unemployment rates than when the recession began." Job Watch

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