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June 30, 2004

Wed Stories

News
NYT. Reality Intrudes on Promises in Rebuilding of Iraq
Reuters. Mass. Battles Over Political Appointment Powers
Reuters. Kerry Rules Out Opening Records of 1988 Divorce
Reuters. Powell Heads for Darfur, Annan Arrives in Sudan
LAT. Detainees May Be Moved Off Cuba Base
LAT. Party animal; Brentwood's Bradford Freeman raises money, lots of it, for old pal George W. Bush. He has the president's ear--and his tomcat
LAT. Kerry Pledges to Help Minorities Finish College
LAT. There's No Easy Way for Kerry to Repay Campaign Bank Loan
AP. Fed begins debating interest rates
USAT. EPA lists areas with too much soot in air
USAT. Hybrid Accord vows performance, efficiency
SFC. Local politicians urge renewal of federal assault weapons ban
WP. Kerry Makes an Appeal to Blacks and Hispanics
WP. Sharpton Revs Up a Reality TV Show
WP. Budget Impasse Reflects GOP Schism
NYT. Social Issues Tug Wal-Mart in Differing Directions
NYT. Neighbors Cling to Hope for Missing Soldier
Wired. E-voting: Nightmare or nirvana?
SFC. 'Fahrenheit' Webcast turns activist heat up
AP. Hot Issue For Presbyterians

Commentary
Adam Hochschild. A Pseudostate Is Born; The new Iraq doesn't measure up as a real country
William Rivers Pitt. Tuck Tail and Run
Doug Ireland. Condom Wars; New guidelines gut HIV prevention — and endanger young people’s lives
Kara Miller. Michael Moore's quiet revolution
Molly Ivins. Walking? Or just talking? 'Family values' crowd drags God into the mud of partisan politics
Geov Parrish. The Baghdad Vichy: Surprise early handover of power in Iraq is sad concession that nothing will change
Matthew Yglesias. Domestic Bliss; As soon as the domestic policy debate moves off "the economy" and toward social policy issues, Democrats will win every time
Harold Meyerson. Our Feel-Good Veep
SFC. A step to the end of occupation
Seattle PI. You're (back) in the Army now
Trudy Rubin. U.S. arrogance spawns Iraq chaos
Arthur Caplan. Good health care: for rich people only?
Robert Kuttner. Narrow victory for the US Constitution
Derrick Z. Jackson. Hand power back to Americans, too

Posted by Eric at 11:08 PM | Comments (12)

Wed Stories

News
NYT. Reality Intrudes on Promises in Rebuilding of Iraq
Reuters. Mass. Battles Over Political Appointment Powers
Reuters. Kerry Rules Out Opening Records of 1988 Divorce
Reuters. Powell Heads for Darfur, Annan Arrives in Sudan
LAT. Detainees May Be Moved Off Cuba Base
LAT. Party animal; Brentwood's Bradford Freeman raises money, lots of it, for old pal George W. Bush. He has the president's ear--and his tomcat
LAT. Kerry Pledges to Help Minorities Finish College
LAT. There's No Easy Way for Kerry to Repay Campaign Bank Loan
AP. Fed begins debating interest rates
USAT. EPA lists areas with too much soot in air
USAT. Hybrid Accord vows performance, efficiency
SFC. Local politicians urge renewal of federal assault weapons ban
WP. Kerry Makes an Appeal to Blacks and Hispanics
WP. Sharpton Revs Up a Reality TV Show
WP. Budget Impasse Reflects GOP Schism
NYT. Social Issues Tug Wal-Mart in Differing Directions
NYT. Neighbors Cling to Hope for Missing Soldier
Wired. E-voting: Nightmare or nirvana?
SFC. 'Fahrenheit' Webcast turns activist heat up
AP. Hot Issue For Presbyterians

Commentary
Adam Hochschild. A Pseudostate Is Born; The new Iraq doesn't measure up as a real country
William Rivers Pitt. Tuck Tail and Run
Doug Ireland. Condom Wars; New guidelines gut HIV prevention — and endanger young people’s lives
Kara Miller. Michael Moore's quiet revolution
Molly Ivins. Walking? Or just talking? 'Family values' crowd drags God into the mud of partisan politics
Geov Parrish. The Baghdad Vichy: Surprise early handover of power in Iraq is sad concession that nothing will change
Matthew Yglesias. Domestic Bliss; As soon as the domestic policy debate moves off "the economy" and toward social policy issues, Democrats will win every time
Harold Meyerson. Our Feel-Good Veep
SFC. A step to the end of occupation
Seattle PI. You're (back) in the Army now
Trudy Rubin. U.S. arrogance spawns Iraq chaos
Arthur Caplan. Good health care: for rich people only?
Robert Kuttner. Narrow victory for the US Constitution
Derrick Z. Jackson. Hand power back to Americans, too

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

Fox News Airs Porno Pic with Penis Penetration?

From Fark, and Wonkette has also covered this. Graphic image warning.

What's the segment about? The Supreme Court's ruling on pornography.

Will the FCC fine the Fox News Channel? And if they don't ...

EDIT: Regarding the last line, Sean in the comments section has noted that the FCC doesn't have power over cable.

Also, via Atrios, the video clip of the porn.

Posted by Eric at 08:27 PM | Comments (56)

Fox News Airs Porno Pic with Penis Penetration?

From Fark, and Wonkette has also covered this. Graphic image warning.

What's the segment about? The Supreme Court's ruling on pornography.

Will the FCC fine the Fox News Channel? And if they don't ...

EDIT: Regarding the last line, Sean in the comments section has noted that the FCC doesn't have power over cable.

Also, via Atrios, the video clip of the porn.

Posted by Eric at 08:27 PM | Comments (4)

Hamster Numbers: Middle Class

From the Senate Democratic Policy Committee:

State taxes jumped by $14.5 billion in 2002 and 2003, after seven straight years of declines.

Household debt has climbed $2.3 trillion under George Bush, a one-third increase.

Household bankruptcy filings have risen by 33 percent since 2000.

The stock market has dropped, hurting retirement savings. The NASDAQ is down 27 percent since George Bush took office, and the S&P 500 is down 15 percent.

Posted by Eric at 08:08 PM | Comments (19)

Hamster Numbers: Middle Class

From the Senate Democratic Policy Committee:

State taxes jumped by $14.5 billion in 2002 and 2003, after seven straight years of declines.

Household debt has climbed $2.3 trillion under George Bush, a one-third increase.

Household bankruptcy filings have risen by 33 percent since 2000.

The stock market has dropped, hurting retirement savings. The NASDAQ is down 27 percent since George Bush took office, and the S&P 500 is down 15 percent.

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

Nader vs. Dean

Link via Pandagon, this will be an interesting debate:

Among the debate topics: Should Ralph run for president? The participants: Howard Dean and a candidate who always has an opinion on the subject -- independent Ralph Nader.

Dean, the former Democratic presidential hopeful who attracted legions of liberal followers before his bid fizzled out, will debate Nader for 90 minutes on July 9 before a studio audience.

National Public Radio's weekly program "Justice Talking" is sponsoring the debate, and correspondent Margot Adler will moderate.

Dean previously wrote an op-ed in the NY Times saying he was "for Nader" but not if he's running for president.

Posted by Eric at 07:02 PM | Comments (23)

Nader vs. Dean

Link via Pandagon, this will be an interesting debate:

Among the debate topics: Should Ralph run for president? The participants: Howard Dean and a candidate who always has an opinion on the subject -- independent Ralph Nader.

Dean, the former Democratic presidential hopeful who attracted legions of liberal followers before his bid fizzled out, will debate Nader for 90 minutes on July 9 before a studio audience.

National Public Radio's weekly program "Justice Talking" is sponsoring the debate, and correspondent Margot Adler will moderate.

Dean previously wrote an op-ed in the NY Times saying he was "for Nader" but not if he's running for president.

Posted by Eric at 07:02 PM | Comments (1)

SHOCKER: Muslim Voters Spurn Bush

Now why would they do that? From the SFC. Before:

Four years ago, presidential candidate George W. Bush reached out to American Muslim voters, gathering several key endorsements from U.S. Islamic leaders ... Fifty-five percent of those same Muslim American voters said they had cast ballots for Bush in 2000.
Now:
Out of the 1,161 responses it received from eligible voters, 54 percent said they were voting for Democrat John Kerry, 26 percent backed Ralph Nader, and only 2 percent said they were voting for President Bush. The rest were undecided.

Posted by Eric at 06:34 PM | Comments (154)

SHOCKER: Muslim Voters Spurn Bush

Now why would they do that? From the SFC. Before:

Four years ago, presidential candidate George W. Bush reached out to American Muslim voters, gathering several key endorsements from U.S. Islamic leaders ... Fifty-five percent of those same Muslim American voters said they had cast ballots for Bush in 2000.
Now:
Out of the 1,161 responses it received from eligible voters, 54 percent said they were voting for Democrat John Kerry, 26 percent backed Ralph Nader, and only 2 percent said they were voting for President Bush. The rest were undecided.

Posted by Eric at 06:34 PM | Comments (4)

Klink to Endorse Specter

From Political Wire:

According to Political Wire sources, former Rep. Ron Klink (D-PA), the Democratic candidate in 2000 against Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), will endorse incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) over his challenger, Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D-PA). The endorsement will be unveiled Thursday morning at a press conference Specter is holding to announce the formation of "Democrats for Specter."

Posted by Eric at 06:31 PM | Comments (64)

Klink to Endorse Specter

From Political Wire:

According to Political Wire sources, former Rep. Ron Klink (D-PA), the Democratic candidate in 2000 against Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), will endorse incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) over his challenger, Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D-PA). The endorsement will be unveiled Thursday morning at a press conference Specter is holding to announce the formation of "Democrats for Specter."

Posted by Eric at 06:31 PM | Comments (0)

Post's Howie Kurtz Covers for O'Reilly

Yeah, and the sad thing is this isn't the NY Post, it's the preeeeesitgious Washington Post. Ho boy, what say you Media Matters:

In his Post article, Kurtz allowed O'Reilly's false denial to
stand, though it is clear from the transcript of the June 10 broadcast
of O'Reilly's nationally syndicated radio program, The Radio
Factor
, the relevant portion of which MMFA posted on this website, that O'Reilly did
compare Franken to Goebbels. By neglecting to note this fact, Kurtz left
the erroneous implication that Podesta, rather than O'Reilly, misstated
the facts.

Kurtz wrote of the June 22 O'Reilly-Podesta face-off:

Podesta complained that "you compare Bill Moyers to Mao Zedong. You say that's a joke. You compare Al Franken to Joseph Goebbels, you know, the Nazi propagandist."

"That was Michael Moore, by the way," said O'Reilly, adding that such comments were often satirical. "I said that Michael Moore is a propagandist and so is Joseph Goebbels. And then I explained what propaganda is.

Here is the relevant part of the transcript from the June 10 edition of The Radio Factor, which shows that Podesta was telling the truth about what O'Reilly said and that O'Reilly's denial -- uncontradicted by Kurtz -- was false:

O'REILLY: Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." All right? "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth."

And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly regularly refers to Franken as Stuart Smalley, a character Franken created on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do. They just run around.

Stuart Smalley practices like Joseph Goebbels? Oh my.

Posted by Eric at 05:23 PM | Comments (59)

Post's Howie Kurtz Covers for O'Reilly

Yeah, and the sad thing is this isn't the NY Post, it's the preeeeesitgious Washington Post. Ho boy, what say you Media Matters:

In his Post article, Kurtz allowed O'Reilly's false denial to
stand, though it is clear from the transcript of the June 10 broadcast
of O'Reilly's nationally syndicated radio program, The Radio
Factor
, the relevant portion of which MMFA posted on this website, that O'Reilly did
compare Franken to Goebbels. By neglecting to note this fact, Kurtz left
the erroneous implication that Podesta, rather than O'Reilly, misstated
the facts.

Kurtz wrote of the June 22 O'Reilly-Podesta face-off:

Podesta complained that "you compare Bill Moyers to Mao Zedong. You say that's a joke. You compare Al Franken to Joseph Goebbels, you know, the Nazi propagandist."

"That was Michael Moore, by the way," said O'Reilly, adding that such comments were often satirical. "I said that Michael Moore is a propagandist and so is Joseph Goebbels. And then I explained what propaganda is.

Here is the relevant part of the transcript from the June 10 edition of The Radio Factor, which shows that Podesta was telling the truth about what O'Reilly said and that O'Reilly's denial -- uncontradicted by Kurtz -- was false:

O'REILLY: Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." All right? "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth."

And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly regularly refers to Franken as Stuart Smalley, a character Franken created on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do. They just run around.

Stuart Smalley practices like Joseph Goebbels? Oh my.

Posted by Eric at 05:23 PM | Comments (14)

Will Green Party VP Vote for Herself?

Maybe not, Pat LaMarche says:

Pat LaMarche, the Green Party's newly nominated candidate for vice president, said Tuesday that her top priority is not winning the White House for her party, but ensuring that President Bush is defeated. She is, in fact, so determined to see Bush lose that she would not commit to voting for herself and her running mate, Texas lawyer David Cobb.

LaMarche, who won 7 percent of the vote when she was the Green Independent candidate for governor of Maine in 1998, said she'll vote for whoever has the best chance of beating Bush.

But "if Bush has got 11 percent of the vote in Maine come November 2, I can vote for whoever I want," she said in an interview with the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

And if the state is, as it is now, a toss-up between Bush and presumptive Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry?

She could well vote for the Democrat.

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

Will Green Party VP Vote for Herself?

Maybe not, Pat LaMarche says:

Pat LaMarche, the Green Party's newly nominated candidate for vice president, said Tuesday that her top priority is not winning the White House for her party, but ensuring that President Bush is defeated. She is, in fact, so determined to see Bush lose that she would not commit to voting for herself and her running mate, Texas lawyer David Cobb.

LaMarche, who won 7 percent of the vote when she was the Green Independent candidate for governor of Maine in 1998, said she'll vote for whoever has the best chance of beating Bush.

But "if Bush has got 11 percent of the vote in Maine come November 2, I can vote for whoever I want," she said in an interview with the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

And if the state is, as it is now, a toss-up between Bush and presumptive Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry?

She could well vote for the Democrat.

Posted by Eric at 05:05 PM | Comments (2)

Michael Moore on Howard Stern Show

mp3 link here, from MoveLeft.com

Posted by Eric at 08:25 AM | Comments (36)

Michael Moore on Howard Stern Show

mp3 link here, from MoveLeft.com

Posted by Eric at 08:25 AM | Comments (9)

GAO: Iraq Worse Off Now Than Before War Began

The non-partisan General Accounting Office released a report Tuesday. Among the findings:

-In 13 of Iraq's 18 provinces, electricity was available fewer hours per day on average last month than before the war. Nearly 20 million of Iraq's 26 million people live in those provinces.

-Only $13.7 billion of the $58 billion pledged and allocated worldwide to rebuild Iraq has been spent, with another $10 billion about to be spent. The biggest chunk of that money has been used to run Iraq's ministry operations.

-The country's court system is more clogged than before the war, and judges are frequent targets of assassination attempts.

-The new Iraqi civil defense, police and overall security units are suffering from mass desertions, are poorly trained and ill-equipped.

-The number of what the now-disbanded Coalition Provisional Authority called significant insurgent attacks skyrocketed from 411 in February to 1,169 in May.

Posted by Eric at 06:54 AM | Comments (18)

GAO: Iraq Worse Off Now Than Before War Began

The non-partisan General Accounting Office released a report Tuesday. Among the findings:

-In 13 of Iraq's 18 provinces, electricity was available fewer hours per day on average last month than before the war. Nearly 20 million of Iraq's 26 million people live in those provinces.

-Only $13.7 billion of the $58 billion pledged and allocated worldwide to rebuild Iraq has been spent, with another $10 billion about to be spent. The biggest chunk of that money has been used to run Iraq's ministry operations.

-The country's court system is more clogged than before the war, and judges are frequent targets of assassination attempts.

-The new Iraqi civil defense, police and overall security units are suffering from mass desertions, are poorly trained and ill-equipped.

-The number of what the now-disbanded Coalition Provisional Authority called significant insurgent attacks skyrocketed from 411 in February to 1,169 in May.

Posted by Eric at 06:54 AM | Comments (0)

Report: Latinos Suffering from Environmental Impacts

The Siera Club has "released its first-ever Latino Communities at Risk Report and a companion Spanish-language television ad to detail the cumulative impact of harmful Bush administration environmental policies on Hispanic communities." Among some of the findings:

  • "The Hispanic community is disproportionately at risk. Study after study has shown that Hispanic communities are located in the most polluted areas of cities. Three out of every five Latinos live in communities near uncontrolled toxic waste sites. Eighty percent of Latinos live in the 437 counties with the country's worst air, compared to 57 percent of Anglos and 65 percent of African Americans. And 90 percent of farm workers are Hispanic and are still exposed to extremely dangerous pesticides."
  • "Changes to the Clean Air Act proposed by the Bush administration will allow more air pollution that is linked to asthma. The EPA warned us not to eat certain kinds of fish because of mercury contamination the same week it proposed allowing polluters to emit more mercury for at least a decade longer. These and other stories are detailed in the following pages."

    Most of the report, however, centers on "looks behind the policy and the numbers to tell the stories of 12 individuals and families whose health and livelihoods have been directly affected by the Bush administration's devastating environmental policies."

    Posted by Eric at 05:50 AM | Comments (4)

    Report: Latinos Suffering from Environmental Impacts

    The Siera Club has "released its first-ever Latino Communities at Risk Report and a companion Spanish-language television ad to detail the cumulative impact of harmful Bush administration environmental policies on Hispanic communities." Among some of the findings:

  • "The Hispanic community is disproportionately at risk. Study after study has shown that Hispanic communities are located in the most polluted areas of cities. Three out of every five Latinos live in communities near uncontrolled toxic waste sites. Eighty percent of Latinos live in the 437 counties with the country's worst air, compared to 57 percent of Anglos and 65 percent of African Americans. And 90 percent of farm workers are Hispanic and are still exposed to extremely dangerous pesticides."
  • "Changes to the Clean Air Act proposed by the Bush administration will allow more air pollution that is linked to asthma. The EPA warned us not to eat certain kinds of fish because of mercury contamination the same week it proposed allowing polluters to emit more mercury for at least a decade longer. These and other stories are detailed in the following pages."

    Most of the report, however, centers on "looks behind the policy and the numbers to tell the stories of 12 individuals and families whose health and livelihoods have been directly affected by the Bush administration's devastating environmental policies."

    Posted by Eric at 05:50 AM | Comments (1)

    Ralph Reed Channels Bill Bennett

    Link via Liberal Oasis, Ralph Reed is a big, not fat hypocrite. From The Nation:

    When Ralph Reed was the boyish director of the Christian Coalition, he made opposition to gambling a major plank in his "family values" agenda, calling gambling "a cancer on the American body politic" that was "stealing food from the mouths of children." But now, a broad federal investigation into lobbying abuses connected to gambling on Indian reservations has unearthed evidence that Reed has been surreptitiously working for an Indian tribe with a large casino it sought to protect--and that Reed was paid with funds laundered through two firms to try to keep his lucrative involvement secret. Reed has always operated behind the scenes, and apparently he didn't want to risk becoming a humbled hypocrite like his right-wing cohorts William Bennett and Rush Limbaugh ...

    Reed's involvement with the casino effort followed his departure from the Christian Coalition in 1997 and his reinvention of himself as a corporate lobbyist and campaign hatchet man. One of his first clients was the Enron Corporation--a deal arranged by Karl Rove when George W. Bush was starting to think about running for President in 2000. Rove wasn't ready to put Reed directly on a campaign payroll but presumably wanted to cultivate good will from Reed toward the coming Bush candidacy. Enron paid Reed's Century Strategies more than $300,000 to generate support for energy deregulation. In the 2000 GOP presidential primary, Reed justified his big Enron fee by helping to smear John McCain during the South Carolina primary. Now McCain's Indian Affairs subcommittee is investigating Indian gambling in the context of lobbying abuses, kickbacks and money laundering, with public hearings scheduled for early September.

    Reed is in charge of Bush's 2004 election campaign in the Southeast, including Florida. In 2000, he was paid almost $3.7 million for helping Bush. In 1995, when he was still exploiting intolerance and fear, Time did a story on him that included the cover line "The right hand of God." Today God's right hand seems to be holding dice and a bloody political hatchet.

    Posted by Eric at 03:31 AM | Comments (33)

    Ralph Reed Channels Bill Bennett

    Link via Liberal Oasis, Ralph Reed is a big, not fat hypocrite. From The Nation:

    When Ralph Reed was the boyish director of the Christian Coalition, he made opposition to gambling a major plank in his "family values" agenda, calling gambling "a cancer on the American body politic" that was "stealing food from the mouths of children." But now, a broad federal investigation into lobbying abuses connected to gambling on Indian reservations has unearthed evidence that Reed has been surreptitiously working for an Indian tribe with a large casino it sought to protect--and that Reed was paid with funds laundered through two firms to try to keep his lucrative involvement secret. Reed has always operated behind the scenes, and apparently he didn't want to risk becoming a humbled hypocrite like his right-wing cohorts William Bennett and Rush Limbaugh ...

    Reed's involvement with the casino effort followed his departure from the Christian Coalition in 1997 and his reinvention of himself as a corporate lobbyist and campaign hatchet man. One of his first clients was the Enron Corporation--a deal arranged by Karl Rove when George W. Bush was starting to think about running for President in 2000. Rove wasn't ready to put Reed directly on a campaign payroll but presumably wanted to cultivate good will from Reed toward the coming Bush candidacy. Enron paid Reed's Century Strategies more than $300,000 to generate support for energy deregulation. In the 2000 GOP presidential primary, Reed justified his big Enron fee by helping to smear John McCain during the South Carolina primary. Now McCain's Indian Affairs subcommittee is investigating Indian gambling in the context of lobbying abuses, kickbacks and money laundering, with public hearings scheduled for early September.

    Reed is in charge of Bush's 2004 election campaign in the Southeast, including Florida. In 2000, he was paid almost $3.7 million for helping Bush. In 1995, when he was still exploiting intolerance and fear, Time did a story on him that included the cover line "The right hand of God." Today God's right hand seems to be holding dice and a bloody political hatchet.

    Posted by Eric at 03:31 AM | Comments (0)

    Yanks Boo Cheney

    Fair enough, Yankee fans would boo their own mothers, but entertaining none the less. ESPN:

    Cheney, who visited both clubhouses after batting practice, watched part of the game from the box of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and part from a first-row seat next to the Yankees dugout, where he sat between New York Gov. George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Cheney was booed when he was shown on the right-field videoboard during the seventh-inning stretch.
    You'll recall that Bush also had an amusing baseball booing episode.

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

    Yanks Boo Cheney

    Fair enough, Yankee fans would boo their own mothers, but entertaining none the less. ESPN:

    Cheney, who visited both clubhouses after batting practice, watched part of the game from the box of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and part from a first-row seat next to the Yankees dugout, where he sat between New York Gov. George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Cheney was booed when he was shown on the right-field videoboard during the seventh-inning stretch.
    You'll recall that Bush also had an amusing baseball booing episode.

    Posted by Eric at 03:24 AM | Comments (0)

    Barbara Ehrenreich to Guest on NYT Op-Ed Page

    Hear the conservatives growl. From Poynter.org:

    Barbara Ehrenreich, an award-winning author, will pen a column for The New York Times Op-Ed page as a guest columnist for one month beginning July 1. Her column will appear on Thursdays and Sundays in place of Thomas L. Friedman's column while he is on sabbatical to finish a book about geopolitics. Gail Collins, editor of the editorial page, made the announcement today.

    "We're very excited that Barbara agreed to spend next month on our pages," Ms. Collins said. "She's a brilliant social critic, historian and political commentator."

    Ehrenreich is the author of the popular book, Nickel and Dimed - often required reading in college.

    Posted by Eric at 03:10 AM | Comments (8)

    Barbara Ehrenreich to Guest on NYT Op-Ed Page

    Hear the conservatives growl. From Poynter.org:

    Barbara Ehrenreich, an award-winning author, will pen a column for The New York Times Op-Ed page as a guest columnist for one month beginning July 1. Her column will appear on Thursdays and Sundays in place of Thomas L. Friedman's column while he is on sabbatical to finish a book about geopolitics. Gail Collins, editor of the editorial page, made the announcement today.

    "We're very excited that Barbara agreed to spend next month on our pages," Ms. Collins said. "She's a brilliant social critic, historian and political commentator."

    Ehrenreich is the author of the popular book, Nickel and Dimed - often required reading in college.

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

    Networks to Scale Back Convention Coverage

    Unlike previous years, "the networks don’t feel obliged to cover the four-day windup to their acceptance speeches" and thus are cutting coverage, notes The Hill:

    Sources say each networks will likely reduce coverage from four years ago, even though coverage in 2000 already was scaled back from historic levels. Networks could provide as little as an hour of live coverage on the penultimate nights (Wednesdays), with perhaps two hours for the Thursday finale.

    This is a significant challenge for candidates. Kerry must use the convention to define himself before a national audience, presenting his carefully packaged image as a veteran and a leader, and overcome characterizations in Bush’s TV ads that he is a flip-flopper, observers say.

    Bush, whose approval ratings dropped to 48 percent in the latest Gallup poll, needs his convention to reestablish his credentials on terrorism, security, and the economy, and counteract any post-convention “bounce” by Kerry. Harry Truman is the only president to win reelection despite a June approval rating below 50 percent. Democrats and Republicans will continue talks with the networks this week and plead for more coverage

    Still, the convention can be seen widely on cable:
    Black Entertainment Television will be broadcasting nightly from Boston’s Fleet Center. The Spanish language Univision will have a correspondent there. MTV, Comedy Central and ESPN will also be producing convention shows.

    The cable political network C-SPAN plans gavel-to-gavel coverage from the convention floor, as it has in the past. The Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC, and Internet coverage can fill some of the void left by the withdrawing networks. The proliferation of media has given the networks an excuse to scale back coverage, observers add.

    Posted by Eric at 02:36 AM | Comments (29)

    Networks to Scale Back Convention Coverage

    Unlike previous years, "the networks don’t feel obliged to cover the four-day windup to their acceptance speeches" and thus are cutting coverage, notes The Hill:

    Sources say each networks will likely reduce coverage from four years ago, even though coverage in 2000 already was scaled back from historic levels. Networks could provide as little as an hour of live coverage on the penultimate nights (Wednesdays), with perhaps two hours for the Thursday finale.

    This is a significant challenge for candidates. Kerry must use the convention to define himself before a national audience, presenting his carefully packaged image as a veteran and a leader, and overcome characterizations in Bush’s TV ads that he is a flip-flopper, observers say.

    Bush, whose approval ratings dropped to 48 percent in the latest Gallup poll, needs his convention to reestablish his credentials on terrorism, security, and the economy, and counteract any post-convention “bounce” by Kerry. Harry Truman is the only president to win reelection despite a June approval rating below 50 percent. Democrats and Republicans will continue talks with the networks this week and plead for more coverage

    Still, the convention can be seen widely on cable:
    Black Entertainment Television will be broadcasting nightly from Boston’s Fleet Center. The Spanish language Univision will have a correspondent there. MTV, Comedy Central and ESPN will also be producing convention shows.

    The cable political network C-SPAN plans gavel-to-gavel coverage from the convention floor, as it has in the past. The Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC, and Internet coverage can fill some of the void left by the withdrawing networks. The proliferation of media has given the networks an excuse to scale back coverage, observers add.

    Posted by Eric at 02:36 AM | Comments (3)

    June 29, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    AP. Roadside bomb hits U.S. convoy in first major attack since sovereignty transfer
    CNN. 3 Turkish hostages freed in Iraq
    AP. Heinz Kerry touts Head Start in St. Louis
    Globe and Mail. Canadians give Liberals a minority; 'We must do better,' Martin pledges
    AP. Liberals, Conservatives Battle Over Military Radio
    Baltimore Sun. Kerry visits city, netting $1.2 million at fund-raiser
    USAT. Justices invalidate 'question-first' tactic of police
    Wired. Solar to Keep Army on the Go
    Newsweek. Bush and Kerry camps spar over whose Hitler images are more offensive
    AFP. Michael Moore claims political victory as 'Fahrenheit' soars into records
    AP. San Francisco Gives Clintons Warm Welcome
    AP. Kerry Vows to Help Low-Income Students
    AP. U.S. Renews Diplomatic Ties With Libya
    Reuters. Without Greens, Nader Faces Uphill Battle
    AP. GI Reportedly Killed by Terrorists
    AP. Nader campaign works to make Wash. ballot
    CBS. 'Back-Door Draft' Raises Questions
    AP. Experts say bird flu adapting, growing as threat to humans
    SD UTrib. Slow pace of case in Iraqi's death irks judge
    AP. Poll: Bush Running Even With Kerry
    CBS. National Alert System In Disarray
    AP. Green Party to be tested without Nader
    BGlobe. Police say they won't picket convention
    BGlobe. Kerry blames Bush war policy for a more 'volatile' world
    WP. Justices Back Detainee Access To U.S. Courts

    Commentary
    Michael Tomasky. The Impostor; Conservatives in Arizona. Right-wing groups in Oregon. Pat Buchanan. But not the Green Party. Meet Ralph Nader's real constituents
    Paul Krugman. Who Lost Iraq?
    Jay Bookman. Bullets won't win this war, alliances will
    Brian Deese and John Lyman. The Offshoring Numbers Game
    James Goldsborough. Failing to learn from the French
    AJC. Hope in Bush's view on condoms
    BGlobe. Nader spurned
    Thomas Oliphant. Greenspan ends era of certainty
    Jesse Jackson. Wage fight isn't minorities' alone
    Guardian. Iraq: Making the legacy work
    Jonathan Turley. A Near Miss for Key Rights
    Robert Scheer. Born Under a Cloud of Irony
    James P. Pinkerton. The landscape hasn't changed much; With the U.S. out of the picture, the country will race to unmake Western-style institutions
    Marie Cocco . Court bars monarchy powers in U.S.
    E. J. Dionne. First Ripple of a Political Tidal Wave?
    Richard Cohen. A Grim Graduation Day
    Adam Hochschild. The Birth of the Pseudostate
    Paul Waldman. I Want My Kerry Hatred!
    Cynthia Tucker. Clinton's presidency: What might have been
    Frederick Sweet. U.S. Ignores Conference on Environment

    Posted by Eric at 11:50 PM | Comments (8)

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    AP. Roadside bomb hits U.S. convoy in first major attack since sovereignty transfer
    CNN. 3 Turkish hostages freed in Iraq
    AP. Heinz Kerry touts Head Start in St. Louis
    Globe and Mail. Canadians give Liberals a minority; 'We must do better,' Martin pledges
    AP. Liberals, Conservatives Battle Over Military Radio
    Baltimore Sun. Kerry visits city, netting $1.2 million at fund-raiser
    USAT. Justices invalidate 'question-first' tactic of police
    Wired. Solar to Keep Army on the Go
    Newsweek. Bush and Kerry camps spar over whose Hitler images are more offensive
    AFP. Michael Moore claims political victory as 'Fahrenheit' soars into records
    AP. San Francisco Gives Clintons Warm Welcome
    AP. Kerry Vows to Help Low-Income Students
    AP. U.S. Renews Diplomatic Ties With Libya
    Reuters. Without Greens, Nader Faces Uphill Battle
    AP. GI Reportedly Killed by Terrorists
    AP. Nader campaign works to make Wash. ballot
    CBS. 'Back-Door Draft' Raises Questions
    AP. Experts say bird flu adapting, growing as threat to humans
    SD UTrib. Slow pace of case in Iraqi's death irks judge
    AP. Poll: Bush Running Even With Kerry
    CBS. National Alert System In Disarray
    AP. Green Party to be tested without Nader
    BGlobe. Police say they won't picket convention
    BGlobe. Kerry blames Bush war policy for a more 'volatile' world
    WP. Justices Back Detainee Access To U.S. Courts

    Commentary
    Michael Tomasky. The Impostor; Conservatives in Arizona. Right-wing groups in Oregon. Pat Buchanan. But not the Green Party. Meet Ralph Nader's real constituents
    Paul Krugman. Who Lost Iraq?
    Jay Bookman. Bullets won't win this war, alliances will
    Brian Deese and John Lyman. The Offshoring Numbers Game
    James Goldsborough. Failing to learn from the French
    AJC. Hope in Bush's view on condoms
    BGlobe. Nader spurned
    Thomas Oliphant. Greenspan ends era of certainty
    Jesse Jackson. Wage fight isn't minorities' alone
    Guardian. Iraq: Making the legacy work
    Jonathan Turley. A Near Miss for Key Rights
    Robert Scheer. Born Under a Cloud of Irony
    James P. Pinkerton. The landscape hasn't changed much; With the U.S. out of the picture, the country will race to unmake Western-style institutions
    Marie Cocco . Court bars monarchy powers in U.S.
    E. J. Dionne. First Ripple of a Political Tidal Wave?
    Richard Cohen. A Grim Graduation Day
    Adam Hochschild. The Birth of the Pseudostate
    Paul Waldman. I Want My Kerry Hatred!
    Cynthia Tucker. Clinton's presidency: What might have been
    Frederick Sweet. U.S. Ignores Conference on Environment

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

    80% of Iraqis Want US to Stop Patrolling Cities

    According to the Iraq Center for Research and Strategic Studies.

    Posted by Eric at 04:38 PM | Comments (4)

    80% of Iraqis Want US to Stop Patrolling Cities

    According to the Iraq Center for Research and Strategic Studies.

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

    Nader's Illegal Activities? Bush/Cheney Campaigns for Nader?

    Joe Conason of Salon.com writes that Nader's Oregon activities "may have violated federal campaign law":

    Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director, plans to file a complaint on Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, charging that Nader and his conservative enablers in Oregon violated the federal statute prohibiting corporate contributions to presidential candidates.

    Accused in Sloan's complaint along with the Nader and Bush campaigns will be Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Oregon Family Council, whose leaders have acknowledged that they are trying to help the "independent" gadfly win a place on the state's November presidential ballot. The two conservative groups admit that they are backing President George W. Bush, and quite frankly describe Nader as nothing more than a convenient instrument to drain support from Democrat John Kerry in a closely fought battleground state.

    ... But Sloan said their telephone campaign -- and any other assistance provided by the right-wing outfits in Oregon -- was unlawful. "Both of these groups are 501C4 corporations," she said, referring to the section of the federal tax code under which such political "educational" outfits are exempt from taxation. "They are corporations, and therefore can't make donations. The phone calls are an in-kind corporate contribution prohibited by the Federal Election Commission."

    Is Bush/Cheney campaigning for Ralph?
    Sloan has also included the Bush-Cheney campaign itself in her complaint. "Apparently the Bush campaign encouraged these calls and may have even allowed some of them to have been made from Bush campaign headquarters," she told Salon. "It is illegal to solicit a corporation for a campaign donation so Bush-Cheney, by soliciting CSE and OFC to make calls, would have been soliciting a prohibited in-kind corporate donation."

    Posted by Eric at 03:44 PM | Comments (6)

    Nader's Illegal Activities? Bush/Cheney Campaigns for Nader?

    Joe Conason of Salon.com writes that Nader's Oregon activities "may have violated federal campaign law":

    Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director, plans to file a complaint on Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, charging that Nader and his conservative enablers in Oregon violated the federal statute prohibiting corporate contributions to presidential candidates.

    Accused in Sloan's complaint along with the Nader and Bush campaigns will be Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Oregon Family Council, whose leaders have acknowledged that they are trying to help the "independent" gadfly win a place on the state's November presidential ballot. The two conservative groups admit that they are backing President George W. Bush, and quite frankly describe Nader as nothing more than a convenient instrument to drain support from Democrat John Kerry in a closely fought battleground state.

    ... But Sloan said their telephone campaign -- and any other assistance provided by the right-wing outfits in Oregon -- was unlawful. "Both of these groups are 501C4 corporations," she said, referring to the section of the federal tax code under which such political "educational" outfits are exempt from taxation. "They are corporations, and therefore can't make donations. The phone calls are an in-kind corporate contribution prohibited by the Federal Election Commission."

    Is Bush/Cheney campaigning for Ralph?
    Sloan has also included the Bush-Cheney campaign itself in her complaint. "Apparently the Bush campaign encouraged these calls and may have even allowed some of them to have been made from Bush campaign headquarters," she told Salon. "It is illegal to solicit a corporation for a campaign donation so Bush-Cheney, by soliciting CSE and OFC to make calls, would have been soliciting a prohibited in-kind corporate donation."

    Posted by Eric at 03:44 PM | Comments (2)

    Buckley on War

    In hindsight, William F. Buckley Jr tells the NY Times:

    "With the benefit of minute hindsight, Saddam Hussein wasn't the kind of extra-territorial menace that was assumed by the administration one year ago," Mr. Buckley said. "If I knew then what I know now about what kind of situation we would be in, I would have opposed the war."
    Atrios has a few words on the conservative thinker.

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (54)

    Buckley on War

    In hindsight, William F. Buckley Jr tells the NY Times:

    "With the benefit of minute hindsight, Saddam Hussein wasn't the kind of extra-territorial menace that was assumed by the administration one year ago," Mr. Buckley said. "If I knew then what I know now about what kind of situation we would be in, I would have opposed the war."
    Atrios has a few words on the conservative thinker.

    Posted by Eric at 09:09 AM | Comments (9)

    Even in Florida

    Business as usual in Florida, reports AP:

    Bush and Kerry had the backing of 43 percent apiece in a three-way matchup with independent Ralph Nader (news - web sites), who had the support of 5 percent in the telephone poll conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute of Connecticut.

    Without Nader, Kerry had 46 percent and Bush 44 percent, within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Voters were evenly split on having a favorable or unfavorable view of both Bush and Kerry, the poll found.

    "Both Bush and Kerry have sharply polarized the Florida voters," Quinnipiac's Clay Richards said. "At this stage in the campaign, Florida voters don't like either of the candidates very much."

    Meanwhile, "a University of Miami report released Monday that found Florida's Hispanics think economics, the war and national security are at the top of the agenda for the United States" and "49 percent of Florida's Hispanics support President Bush, while 29.8 percent said they would vote for Sen. John Kerry."

    Posted by Eric at 09:01 AM | Comments (13)

    Even in Florida

    Business as usual in Florida, reports AP:

    Bush and Kerry had the backing of 43 percent apiece in a three-way matchup with independent Ralph Nader (news - web sites), who had the support of 5 percent in the telephone poll conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute of Connecticut.

    Without Nader, Kerry had 46 percent and Bush 44 percent, within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Voters were evenly split on having a favorable or unfavorable view of both Bush and Kerry, the poll found.

    "Both Bush and Kerry have sharply polarized the Florida voters," Quinnipiac's Clay Richards said. "At this stage in the campaign, Florida voters don't like either of the candidates very much."

    Meanwhile, "a University of Miami report released Monday that found Florida's Hispanics think economics, the war and national security are at the top of the agenda for the United States" and "49 percent of Florida's Hispanics support President Bush, while 29.8 percent said they would vote for Sen. John Kerry."

    Posted by Eric at 09:01 AM | Comments (2)

    Comedy Central Punks Pundits

    From Broadcasting & Cable, a new Comedy Central show will pit comedians against actual, real life pundits:

    Comedy Central is quietly taping a new talk-show parody, although some of Crossballs’ “guests” don’t think it’s so funny.

    The show is a takeoff on CNN’s Crossfire and MSNBC’s Hardball. The concept is to lure unwitting advocates from both sides of a topic—such as gun control, abortion or obesity—into a Los Angeles studio.

    Guests aren’t told that other participants in the debate are actually comedians that take outrageous positions on the topic.

    For instance, Sacramento, Calif., right-to-bear-arms advocate James Marsh was questioned by a purported psychologist on whether his need for guns was tied to “sexual issues.” Still reeling, Marsh was then asked: “When was your first homoerotic experience?”

    The Comedy Central website, in all its Hardball / Crossfire - mockery. Of course, if the show becomes a success, it'll be hard to get guests to surprise.

    Posted by Eric at 05:39 AM | Comments (24)

    Comedy Central Punks Pundits

    From Broadcasting & Cable, a new Comedy Central show will pit comedians against actual, real life pundits:

    Comedy Central is quietly taping a new talk-show parody, although some of Crossballs’ “guests” don’t think it’s so funny.

    The show is a takeoff on CNN’s Crossfire and MSNBC’s Hardball. The concept is to lure unwitting advocates from both sides of a topic—such as gun control, abortion or obesity—into a Los Angeles studio.

    Guests aren’t told that other participants in the debate are actually comedians that take outrageous positions on the topic.

    For instance, Sacramento, Calif., right-to-bear-arms advocate James Marsh was questioned by a purported psychologist on whether his need for guns was tied to “sexual issues.” Still reeling, Marsh was then asked: “When was your first homoerotic experience?”

    The Comedy Central website, in all its Hardball / Crossfire - mockery. Of course, if the show becomes a success, it'll be hard to get guests to surprise.

    Posted by Eric at 05:39 AM | Comments (2)

    Fahrenheit's Gain is Disney's Loss

    NYDN notes that Disney's decision to pass on Michael Moore's new film is yet another blunder by the studio:

    Miramax moguls Harvey and Bob Weinstein are set to personally pocket tens of millions of dollars - money that could have gone to Disney - from record-breaking Michael Moore flick "Fahrenheit 9/11," analysts said yesterday.

    The Weinsteins' decision to invest $6 million of their own money to buy the flick from Miramax-owner Disney is looking like one of Hollywood's smarter deals. Disney bailed, deeming the Bush bashing movie too controversial.

    After taking in a whopping $21.8 million on its debut weekend, the low-budget documentary is set to rack up between $50 million and $100 million at the domestic box office, analysts predicted. And that's before the film's international release, DVD sales, pay per view and other sources of cash ... It's also the beginning of more finger-pointing at Disney chief Eisner. He's already under the gun from Disney shareholders who withheld a staggering 45% of their votes from the media chief. He's sure to hear more for ditching a profitable hit.

    "I fault Disney for passing on it - and I'm a Republican," said entertainment analyst Robert Routh of Natexis Bleichroeder, noting that Disney spent $95 million on "The Alamo" and it has grossed a paltry $22.1 million since its release nearly three months ago.

    Posted by Eric at 05:28 AM | Comments (36)

    Fahrenheit's Gain is Disney's Loss

    NYDN notes that Disney's decision to pass on Michael Moore's new film is yet another blunder by the studio:

    Miramax moguls Harvey and Bob Weinstein are set to personally pocket tens of millions of dollars - money that could have gone to Disney - from record-breaking Michael Moore flick "Fahrenheit 9/11," analysts said yesterday.

    The Weinsteins' decision to invest $6 million of their own money to buy the flick from Miramax-owner Disney is looking like one of Hollywood's smarter deals. Disney bailed, deeming the Bush bashing movie too controversial.

    After taking in a whopping $21.8 million on its debut weekend, the low-budget documentary is set to rack up between $50 million and $100 million at the domestic box office, analysts predicted. And that's before the film's international release, DVD sales, pay per view and other sources of cash ... It's also the beginning of more finger-pointing at Disney chief Eisner. He's already under the gun from Disney shareholders who withheld a staggering 45% of their votes from the media chief. He's sure to hear more for ditching a profitable hit.

    "I fault Disney for passing on it - and I'm a Republican," said entertainment analyst Robert Routh of Natexis Bleichroeder, noting that Disney spent $95 million on "The Alamo" and it has grossed a paltry $22.1 million since its release nearly three months ago.

    Posted by Eric at 05:28 AM | Comments (2)

    Kerry Talks with Military Times

    Interview / write-up here.

    Posted by Eric at 02:15 AM | Comments (17)

    Kerry Talks with Military Times

    Interview / write-up here.

    Posted by Eric at 02:15 AM | Comments (0)

    Nader Lashes Out at Michael Moore; Calls Him Fat

    No really, he does. From VoteNader.org:

    Once upon a time, there was Michael Moore the First. He never forgot his friends. Come time for the Washington, DC premiere of Bowling for Columbine a while back, he invited his old buddies in Washington—gave them good seats and spent the rest of the evening with them. During his other movie's premiere, he affectionately recognized how much those old friends helped him and supported him after he was mistreated and let go by Mother Jones. He was generous with his words and time.

    Now there is Michael Moore the Second. Last night he hosted the Washington, DC premiere of Fahrenheit 9/11, and who was there? The Democratic political establishment, the same people whom he took to such mocking task on the road with us in campaign rally after campaign rally in 2000. Who was not there? His old buddies! Not personally invited, not personally hung out with.

    A few weeks ago, Michael, I sent you a message: "Hey, Dude, where's my Buddy?" It is attached. It has gone without reply. It simply asked you to come back to your progressive constituency and take on the two-party monopoly of our rigged election system—to challenge the pro-warlike, corporate party with two heads, wearing different makeup when it comes to playing toady for Big Business. These are the giant multinationals who have no allegiance to our country or to communities like Flint except to control, deplete or abandon them. It is not that your views have changed, with an exception or two. It is that your circles have changed. Too much Clinton, not enough Camejo.

    Your old friends remain committed to blazing paths for a just society and world. As they helped you years ago, they can help you now. They are also trim and take care of themselves. Girth they avoid. The more you let them see you, the less they will see of you. That could be their greatest gift to Moore the Second—the gift of health. What say you?

    Best wishes,

    Ralph Nader

    I'm not sure if Nader should be the one to talk about losing friends.

    Posted by Eric at 01:29 AM | Comments (36)

    Nader Lashes Out at Michael Moore; Calls Him Fat

    No really, he does. From VoteNader.org:

    Once upon a time, there was Michael Moore the First. He never forgot his friends. Come time for the Washington, DC premiere of Bowling for Columbine a while back, he invited his old buddies in Washington—gave them good seats and spent the rest of the evening with them. During his other movie's premiere, he affectionately recognized how much those old friends helped him and supported him after he was mistreated and let go by Mother Jones. He was generous with his words and time.

    Now there is Michael Moore the Second. Last night he hosted the Washington, DC premiere of Fahrenheit 9/11, and who was there? The Democratic political establishment, the same people whom he took to such mocking task on the road with us in campaign rally after campaign rally in 2000. Who was not there? His old buddies! Not personally invited, not personally hung out with.

    A few weeks ago, Michael, I sent you a message: "Hey, Dude, where's my Buddy?" It is attached. It has gone without reply. It simply asked you to come back to your progressive constituency and take on the two-party monopoly of our rigged election system—to challenge the pro-warlike, corporate party with two heads, wearing different makeup when it comes to playing toady for Big Business. These are the giant multinationals who have no allegiance to our country or to communities like Flint except to control, deplete or abandon them. It is not that your views have changed, with an exception or two. It is that your circles have changed. Too much Clinton, not enough Camejo.

    Your old friends remain committed to blazing paths for a just society and world. As they helped you years ago, they can help you now. They are also trim and take care of themselves. Girth they avoid. The more you let them see you, the less they will see of you. That could be their greatest gift to Moore the Second—the gift of health. What say you?

    Best wishes,

    Ralph Nader

    I'm not sure if Nader should be the one to talk about losing friends.

    Posted by Eric at 01:29 AM | Comments (2)

    Poll: Bush Numbers Lowest of Presidency

    A NYT/CBS poll finds:

    The 42 percent of Americans who say they approve of the way Mr. Bush is handling his job is the lowest such figure in a Times/CBS News survey since the beginning of Mr. Bush's presidency in January 2001; 51 percent say they disapprove.

    Over the past 25 years, according to pollsters, presidents with job approval ratings below 50 percent in the spring of election years have generally gone on to lose. Mr. Bush's father had a 34 percent job approval rating at this time in 1992.

    Similarly, 45 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of Mr. Bush himself, again the most negative measure the Times/CBS Poll has found since he took office. And 57 percent say the country is going in the wrong direction, another measure used by pollsters as a barometer of discontent with an incumbent.

    Yet the survey found little evidence that Mr. Kerry has been able to take advantage of the president's difficulties, even though Mr. Kerry has spent $60 million on television advertising over the past three months.

    Posted by Eric at 01:10 AM | Comments (4)

    Poll: Bush Numbers Lowest of Presidency

    A NYT/CBS poll finds:

    The 42 percent of Americans who say they approve of the way Mr. Bush is handling his job is the lowest such figure in a Times/CBS News survey since the beginning of Mr. Bush's presidency in January 2001; 51 percent say they disapprove.

    Over the past 25 years, according to pollsters, presidents with job approval ratings below 50 percent in the spring of election years have generally gone on to lose. Mr. Bush's father had a 34 percent job approval rating at this time in 1992.

    Similarly, 45 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of Mr. Bush himself, again the most negative measure the Times/CBS Poll has found since he took office. And 57 percent say the country is going in the wrong direction, another measure used by pollsters as a barometer of discontent with an incumbent.

    Yet the survey found little evidence that Mr. Kerry has been able to take advantage of the president's difficulties, even though Mr. Kerry has spent $60 million on television advertising over the past three months.

    Posted by Eric at 01:10 AM | Comments (0)

    Jobs Up, Real Wages Down

    According to the Economic Policy Institute, while jobs are going up, the real wage pay of those jobs are going down.

    Wage trends turn slowly, and the figure shows that throughout the recession and jobless recovery, real wages grew fairly steadily, peaking in July of last year. Yet, since last November, real wages have fallen in all but one month and are down 1% in real terms for the period between November 2003 and May 2004 (the most recent data point). In fact, the May 2004 wage level of $15.64 was the lowest since May 2002.

    Why have wages fallen behind inflation over the past six months? This question is particularly germane since employment growth has been far better over this period than at any time since the recession began in March 2001, up 1.2 million jobs since last November.

    The main reason for poor wage growth is the lingering effect of the longest jobless recovery on record, which has left considerable slack in the labor market. Even though nominal wage growth has sped up a bit over the past two months—growing at an annual rate of 2.2% in April and May compared to an average of 1.7% over the prior two months—wage growth has clearly been reduced to a low rate because of years of job losses and high unemployment. In 2001, the average annual rate of nominal hourly wage growth was 3.8%; over the past 12 months, growth slowed to 2.2%. Thus, while the recent rise in inflation is partly to blame for the downward trend shown toward the end of the figure, the major culprit is slow nominal wage growth caused by persistent labor slack.

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (25)

    Jobs Up, Real Wages Down

    According to the Economic Policy Institute, while jobs are going up, the real wage pay of those jobs are going down.

    Wage trends turn slowly, and the figure shows that throughout the recession and jobless recovery, real wages grew fairly steadily, peaking in July of last year. Yet, since last November, real wages have fallen in all but one month and are down 1% in real terms for the period between November 2003 and May 2004 (the most recent data point). In fact, the May 2004 wage level of $15.64 was the lowest since May 2002.

    Why have wages fallen behind inflation over the past six months? This question is particularly germane since employment growth has been far better over this period than at any time since the recession began in March 2001, up 1.2 million jobs since last November.

    The main reason for poor wage growth is the lingering effect of the longest jobless recovery on record, which has left considerable slack in the labor market. Even though nominal wage growth has sped up a bit over the past two months—growing at an annual rate of 2.2% in April and May compared to an average of 1.7% over the prior two months—wage growth has clearly been reduced to a low rate because of years of job losses and high unemployment. In 2001, the average annual rate of nominal hourly wage growth was 3.8%; over the past 12 months, growth slowed to 2.2%. Thus, while the recent rise in inflation is partly to blame for the downward trend shown toward the end of the figure, the major culprit is slow nominal wage growth caused by persistent labor slack.

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Unemployment Benefits

    From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

  • From late December through the end of June, an estimated 2,065,000 unemployed individuals will have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. About 34,000 of them will have qualified for additional unemployment aid through the federal/state extended benefits program. The remaining 2,031,000 individuals will not qualify for any federal unemployment benefits.

  • The more than two million jobless workers exhausting their regular benefits and going without federal aid from late December through June is higher than the number of such exhaustees in any other period of comparable length on record.
  • Posted by Eric at 01:03 AM | Comments (12)

    Hamster Numbers: Unemployment Benefits

    From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

  • From late December through the end of June, an estimated 2,065,000 unemployed individuals will have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. About 34,000 of them will have qualified for additional unemployment aid through the federal/state extended benefits program. The remaining 2,031,000 individuals will not qualify for any federal unemployment benefits.

  • The more than two million jobless workers exhausting their regular benefits and going without federal aid from late December through June is higher than the number of such exhaustees in any other period of comparable length on record.
  • Posted by Eric at 01:03 AM | Comments (0)

    June 28, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    Reuters. 'Fahrenheit 9/11' a No. 1 Hit Across America
    AP. 40,000 protest Bush in Turkey
    AP. Poll: 71 percent in Reno area say Bush's visit has no effect
    AP. A Pro-Gay Leader for Presbyterians
    Seattle PI. Thousands turn out for big Gay Pride March
    WP. Nader Plays Down Green Party Rebuff
    Reuters. Kerry Cancels Meeting Because of Picket Line
    Cox. Blacks return to stock market
    CBS. Greyhound: 260 Stops, 150 Jobs Out
    NYT. Handover Completed Early to Thwart Attacks, Officials Say
    NYT. $270 Million and School Could at Last Be Finished
    WP. Group Threatens Missing Marine
    WP. Candidates Take Aim At Sportsmen's Vote
    WP. Federal Employees' Union Endorses Kerry
    LAT. Bush Sees Fertile Soil in 'Exurbia'
    USAT. 'Outside' political groups full of party insiders
    USAT. Tuition burden falls by a third
    LAT. New Latino Voters Put More Swing Into State

    Commentary
    Richard Roeper. 'Fahrenheit 9/11' can't get better buzz than this
    Tom Hayden. When Deportation Is a Death Sentence
    Sheryl McCarthy. Cheney gave voice to administration's attitude
    Seattle PI. Some secrets should not be
    Bob Herbert. A Second Opinion
    Ian Williams. Soldier of Fortune
    Laura Flanders. ‘W’ Is Not for Women
    Max Blumenthal. Nader's Dubious Raiders; Exclusive: Ralph's Arizona ballot tactics are worse than this week's Democratic lawsuit alleges. Some petitions piggybacked on a reactionary anti-immigrant initiative -- and others were paid for by a former executive director of the state GOP
    Jack Mathews. Hide this, Bill O'Reilly
    Bruce Shapiro. Rehnquist, Cambodia & Abu Ghraib
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. Nader--Unsafe at Any Speed
    Naomi Klein. Shameless in Iraq
    Matthew Rothschild. The Green Divisions
    Joel Bleifuss. Framing Michael Moore
    Ana Marie Cox. All Hail the Liberal Media
    Khalid Hasan. Big drug companies geared to profits rather than research
    The Economist. Time to worry for George W. Bush
    Patrick Leahy. There is no justification for torture
    BGlobe. Neglecting national parks

    Posted by Eric at 11:52 PM | Comments (17)

    Monday Stories

    News
    Reuters. 'Fahrenheit 9/11' a No. 1 Hit Across America
    AP. 40,000 protest Bush in Turkey
    AP. Poll: 71 percent in Reno area say Bush's visit has no effect
    AP. A Pro-Gay Leader for Presbyterians
    Seattle PI. Thousands turn out for big Gay Pride March
    WP. Nader Plays Down Green Party Rebuff
    Reuters. Kerry Cancels Meeting Because of Picket Line
    Cox. Blacks return to stock market
    CBS. Greyhound: 260 Stops, 150 Jobs Out
    NYT. Handover Completed Early to Thwart Attacks, Officials Say
    NYT. $270 Million and School Could at Last Be Finished
    WP. Group Threatens Missing Marine
    WP. Candidates Take Aim At Sportsmen's Vote
    WP. Federal Employees' Union Endorses Kerry
    LAT. Bush Sees Fertile Soil in 'Exurbia'
    USAT. 'Outside' political groups full of party insiders
    USAT. Tuition burden falls by a third
    LAT. New Latino Voters Put More Swing Into State

    Commentary
    Richard Roeper. 'Fahrenheit 9/11' can't get better buzz than this
    Tom Hayden. When Deportation Is a Death Sentence
    Sheryl McCarthy. Cheney gave voice to administration's attitude
    Seattle PI. Some secrets should not be
    Bob Herbert. A Second Opinion
    Ian Williams. Soldier of Fortune
    Laura Flanders. ‘W’ Is Not for Women
    Max Blumenthal. Nader's Dubious Raiders; Exclusive: Ralph's Arizona ballot tactics are worse than this week's Democratic lawsuit alleges. Some petitions piggybacked on a reactionary anti-immigrant initiative -- and others were paid for by a former executive director of the state GOP
    Jack Mathews. Hide this, Bill O'Reilly
    Bruce Shapiro. Rehnquist, Cambodia & Abu Ghraib
    Katrina vanden Heuvel. Nader--Unsafe at Any Speed
    Naomi Klein. Shameless in Iraq
    Matthew Rothschild. The Green Divisions
    Joel Bleifuss. Framing Michael Moore
    Ana Marie Cox. All Hail the Liberal Media
    Khalid Hasan. Big drug companies geared to profits rather than research
    The Economist. Time to worry for George W. Bush
    Patrick Leahy. There is no justification for torture
    BGlobe. Neglecting national parks

    Posted by Eric at 11:52 PM | Comments (1)

    GOP Convention Lucrative Business for "Sex pros"

    NYDN:

    With thousands of Republicans set to invade the city this summer, high-priced escorts and strippers are preparing for one grand old party.
    Agencies are flying in extra call girls from around the globe to meet the expected demand during the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 gathering at Madison Square Garden.

    "We have girls from London, Seattle, California, all coming in for that week," said a madam at a Manhattan escort service. "It's the week everyone wants to work."

    "It's going to be big," agreed one operator at a midtown escort service.

    Posted by Eric at 07:53 PM | Comments (12)

    GOP Convention Lucrative Business for "Sex pros"

    NYDN:

    With thousands of Republicans set to invade the city this summer, high-priced escorts and strippers are preparing for one grand old party.
    Agencies are flying in extra call girls from around the globe to meet the expected demand during the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 gathering at Madison Square Garden.

    "We have girls from London, Seattle, California, all coming in for that week," said a madam at a Manhattan escort service. "It's the week everyone wants to work."

    "It's going to be big," agreed one operator at a midtown escort service.

    Posted by Eric at 07:53 PM | Comments (4)

    GOP Selecting Convention Speakers

    According to the NYDN, likely to include: Schwarzenegger, McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Gov. Pataki.

    Posted by Eric at 06:17 PM | Comments (42)

    GOP Selecting Convention Speakers

    According to the NYDN, likely to include: Schwarzenegger, McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Gov. Pataki.

    Posted by Eric at 06:17 PM | Comments (4)

    Colorado Politics News

    From the Denver Post:

    "Bush is leading the state with 48 percent, while Kerry has support from 43 percent."

    Senate: "But in a battle between the best-known candidates - Salazar and Coors - the lead of 7 percentage points is close enough to make the race highly competitive. Against Schaffer, Salazar leads by 14 percentage points."

    Posted by Eric at 06:16 PM | Comments (15)

    Colorado Politics News

    From the Denver Post:

    "Bush is leading the state with 48 percent, while Kerry has support from 43 percent."

    Senate: "But in a battle between the best-known candidates - Salazar and Coors - the lead of 7 percentage points is close enough to make the race highly competitive. Against Schaffer, Salazar leads by 14 percentage points."

    Posted by Eric at 06:16 PM | Comments (0)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Telling People to See F-911

    Interesting. Been noted in several forums, and on Atrios.

    Posted by Eric at 05:08 PM | Comments (49)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Telling People to See F-911

    Interesting. Been noted in several forums, and on Atrios.

    Posted by Eric at 05:08 PM | Comments (4)

    FNC Anchor Cavuto Denies Fox Bias

    Fox's business editor, to the Atlanta Biz Chronicle:

    Said Cavuto, "I never heard something so silly in all my life. What is dishonest about giving people both sides of the story? What is dishonest about giving you a view that wasn't popularly expressed in the media prior? What is dishonest about telling you good news, as well as bad news? What is dishonest about showing your patriotism for this country, but still being critical of this country? If that's an organization that the L.A. Times wants no part of, then I regret that, but I have no apology to make for that."

    Cavuto said he has had guests on from all walks of life and is "fair and straight" with all of them.

    "Our news and our coverage is impeccable. I don't know what his beef is. I don't know him personally at all. I just know that that view besmirches me and my colleagues, who do a pretty good job in pretty difficult times, giving you both sides of the story. So I'm a little offended."

    And this from Media Matters: FOX reporter Garrett falsely claimed that Gore distorted 9-11 Commission finding

    Posted by Eric at 05:05 PM | Comments (23)

    FNC Anchor Cavuto Denies Fox Bias

    Fox's business editor, to the Atlanta Biz Chronicle:

    Said Cavuto, "I never heard something so silly in all my life. What is dishonest about giving people both sides of the story? What is dishonest about giving you a view that wasn't popularly expressed in the media prior? What is dishonest about telling you good news, as well as bad news? What is dishonest about showing your patriotism for this country, but still being critical of this country? If that's an organization that the L.A. Times wants no part of, then I regret that, but I have no apology to make for that."

    Cavuto said he has had guests on from all walks of life and is "fair and straight" with all of them.

    "Our news and our coverage is impeccable. I don't know what his beef is. I don't know him personally at all. I just know that that view besmirches me and my colleagues, who do a pretty good job in pretty difficult times, giving you both sides of the story. So I'm a little offended."

    And this from Media Matters: FOX reporter Garrett falsely claimed that Gore distorted 9-11 Commission finding

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

    Are You a Traitor?

    Darling of the Right, Ann Coulter, on traitors in the country:

    COLMES: Are all the American people that don't support him [President George W. Bush] dumb?

    COULTER: No. I think, as I indicated in my last book, they're traitors.

    Posted by Eric at 08:17 AM | Comments (49)

    Are You a Traitor?

    Darling of the Right, Ann Coulter, on traitors in the country:

    COLMES: Are all the American people that don't support him [President George W. Bush] dumb?

    COULTER: No. I think, as I indicated in my last book, they're traitors.

    Posted by Eric at 08:17 AM | Comments (10)

    Stan Can

    Help Stan the Man (Stan Matsunaka) beat Marilyn Musgrave. Donate to his campaign. Add .04 to your donation to show it came from this site. Who is Marilyn Musgrave?

    When President Bush called on Congress to support a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union only between a man and a woman, the debate about redefining American marriage was set on a whole new path.

    Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's name will always be associated with the possibility of revolutionary change.

    "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman," said Musgrave, R-Colo., reading her proposal for a constitutional amendment that would also forbid the courts from imposing a solution.

    Donate to his campaign and remember to add .04.

    Posted by Eric at 07:05 AM | Comments (41)

    Stan Can

    Help Stan the Man (Stan Matsunaka) beat Marilyn Musgrave. Donate to his campaign. Add .04 to your donation to show it came from this site. Who is Marilyn Musgrave?

    When President Bush called on Congress to support a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union only between a man and a woman, the debate about redefining American marriage was set on a whole new path.

    Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's name will always be associated with the possibility of revolutionary change.

    "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman," said Musgrave, R-Colo., reading her proposal for a constitutional amendment that would also forbid the courts from imposing a solution.

    Donate to his campaign and remember to add .04.

    Posted by Eric at 07:05 AM | Comments (0)

    More Iraqi Follies

    Hyuk hyuk, "Billions of dollars belonging to Iraq is not accounted for by the Coalition Provisional Authority." AP:

    There are glaring gaps in the handling of $20 billion generated by Iraq's oil and other sources since the U.S.-led war to oust Saddam Hussein ended last year, according to reports from the Liberal Democrats, Britain's third-largest political party, and Christian Aid.

    The Christian Aid report also said the majority of Iraq's reconstruction projects have been awarded to U.S. companies, which charge up to 10 times more than Iraqi firms.

    There was no immediate reaction from coalition officials to the reports.

    Posted by Eric at 04:48 AM | Comments (22)

    More Iraqi Follies

    Hyuk hyuk, "Billions of dollars belonging to Iraq is not accounted for by the Coalition Provisional Authority." AP:

    There are glaring gaps in the handling of $20 billion generated by Iraq's oil and other sources since the U.S.-led war to oust Saddam Hussein ended last year, according to reports from the Liberal Democrats, Britain's third-largest political party, and Christian Aid.

    The Christian Aid report also said the majority of Iraq's reconstruction projects have been awarded to U.S. companies, which charge up to 10 times more than Iraqi firms.

    There was no immediate reaction from coalition officials to the reports.

    Posted by Eric at 04:48 AM | Comments (2)

    June 27, 2004

    'Fahrenheit 9/11' Tops $8M in First Day

    From the AP:

    "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's assault on President Bush (news - web sites), took in $8.2 million to $8.4 million in its first day, positioning it as the weekend's No. 1 film, its distributors said Saturday.

    Based on Friday's numbers, "Fahrenheit 9/11" was on track for an opening weekend that would surpass the $21.6 million total gross of Moore's "Bowling for Columbine," his 2002 film that earned him an Academy Award for best documentary.

    "Bowling for Columbine" holds the record for highest domestic gross among documentaries, excluding concert films and movies made for huge-screen IMAX theaters.

    Friday grosses for "Fahrenheit 9/11" ran about $1.5 million ahead of its closest competitor, the Wayans brothers comedy "White Chicks." The performance of "Fahrenheit 9/11" was even more remarkable considering it played in just 868 theaters, fewer than a third the number for "White Chicks."

    And you can thank conservatives for helping the film's totals, as one movie studio head notes:
    "It always helps when there's a group out there that says, 'Don't go see this movie. It's bad for you,'" said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films, one of the film's distributors.
    Update: $21.8 million over the weekend.

    Posted by Eric at 07:48 AM | Comments (12)

    'Fahrenheit 9/11' Tops $8M in First Day

    From the AP:

    "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's assault on President Bush (news - web sites), took in $8.2 million to $8.4 million in its first day, positioning it as the weekend's No. 1 film, its distributors said Saturday.

    Based on Friday's numbers, "Fahrenheit 9/11" was on track for an opening weekend that would surpass the $21.6 million total gross of Moore's "Bowling for Columbine," his 2002 film that earned him an Academy Award for best documentary.

    "Bowling for Columbine" holds the record for highest domestic gross among documentaries, excluding concert films and movies made for huge-screen IMAX theaters.

    Friday grosses for "Fahrenheit 9/11" ran about $1.5 million ahead of its closest competitor, the Wayans brothers comedy "White Chicks." The performance of "Fahrenheit 9/11" was even more remarkable considering it played in just 868 theaters, fewer than a third the number for "White Chicks."

    And you can thank conservatives for helping the film's totals, as one movie studio head notes:
    "It always helps when there's a group out there that says, 'Don't go see this movie. It's bad for you,'" said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films, one of the film's distributors.
    Update: $21.8 million over the weekend.

    Posted by Eric at 07:48 AM | Comments (3)

    New Anti-American Forces: Iraqi Police

    Some Iraqi police officers, who were once trained by US troops, are now fighting the Americans who trained them. UK Telegraph:

    First Lt Omar is sworn to uphold the law and fight the insurgency that threatens Iraq's evolution into a free and democratic state. Instead, he is exploiting his knowledge of US tactics to help the rebel cause in Fallujah.

    "Resistance is stronger when you are working with the occupation forces," he points out. "That way you can learn their weaknesses and attack at that point."

    An Iraqi journalist went into Fallujah on behalf of the Telegraph on Wednesday, a day on which an orchestrated wave of bloody rebel attacks across the country cost more than 100 lives.

    Inside the Sunni-dominated town, he met police officers and units of the country's new army who have formed a united front with Muslim fundamentalists against the Americans, their resistance focused on al-Askeri district on the eastern outskirts of the town.

    Posted by Eric at 07:40 AM | Comments (115)

    New Anti-American Forces: Iraqi Police

    Some Iraqi police officers, who were once trained by US troops, are now fighting the Americans who trained them. UK Telegraph:

    First Lt Omar is sworn to uphold the law and fight the insurgency that threatens Iraq's evolution into a free and democratic state. Instead, he is exploiting his knowledge of US tactics to help the rebel cause in Fallujah.

    "Resistance is stronger when you are working with the occupation forces," he points out. "That way you can learn their weaknesses and attack at that point."

    An Iraqi journalist went into Fallujah on behalf of the Telegraph on Wednesday, a day on which an orchestrated wave of bloody rebel attacks across the country cost more than 100 lives.

    Inside the Sunni-dominated town, he met police officers and units of the country's new army who have formed a united front with Muslim fundamentalists against the Americans, their resistance focused on al-Askeri district on the eastern outskirts of the town.

    Posted by Eric at 07:40 AM | Comments (0)

    Greens Reject Nader

    Ralph Nader has been rejected by the Green Party at their national convention, despite his choice of Peter Camejo as his VP. LA Times:

    Nader, the Green candidate in the last two presidential elections, sought the party's endorsement this year for his independent candidacy — a move that could have gained him ballot access in at least 22 states and the District of Columbia. Instead, after days of feverish debate, the Greens opted for David Cobb, 41, by a narrow margin.

    That was good news for Kerry, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee whose campaign is worried about a repeat of the 2000 election. Nader was on the ballot in most states that year, thanks largely to the Green Party, and he was blamed by some — and thanked by others — for paving the way for Republican George W. Bush's narrow win over Democrat Al Gore.

    Cobb's nomination means that Nader faces the arduous task of qualifying for the ballot on his own in the states where the Green Party has a ballot line. Many ballot experts predict Nader will fall short in some of these states, which include key battlegrounds Wisconsin, Oregon, Minnesota, New Mexico and Nevada.

    By nominating Cobb, the Greens have a candidate "with zero name recognition," said Dean Spiliotes, a fellow at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. "It may be a good exercise in building up the party on the local level, but it means the party will drop off the radar. It's a shock, but it is great news for Kerry."

    Why was Cobb nominated?
    Cobb plans to avoid a hard sell in the states that Kerry and President Bush are most closely contesting — an approach that some have described as a "safe state" strategy.

    His focus will be in states that are dominated by either the Republicans or Democrats, where he has said he will push progressives to vote Green as an "investment" in the party's future. Those states probably will include California, which Kerry is expected to carry easily and where the Green Party has a ballot line.

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

    Greens Reject Nader

    Ralph Nader has been rejected by the Green Party at their national convention, despite his choice of Peter Camejo as his VP. LA Times:

    Nader, the Green candidate in the last two presidential elections, sought the party's endorsement this year for his independent candidacy — a move that could have gained him ballot access in at least 22 states and the District of Columbia. Instead, after days of feverish debate, the Greens opted for David Cobb, 41, by a narrow margin.

    That was good news for Kerry, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee whose campaign is worried about a repeat of the 2000 election. Nader was on the ballot in most states that year, thanks largely to the Green Party, and he was blamed by some — and thanked by others — for paving the way for Republican George W. Bush's narrow win over Democrat Al Gore.

    Cobb's nomination means that Nader faces the arduous task of qualifying for the ballot on his own in the states where the Green Party has a ballot line. Many ballot experts predict Nader will fall short in some of these states, which include key battlegrounds Wisconsin, Oregon, Minnesota, New Mexico and Nevada.

    By nominating Cobb, the Greens have a candidate "with zero name recognition," said Dean Spiliotes, a fellow at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. "It may be a good exercise in building up the party on the local level, but it means the party will drop off the radar. It's a shock, but it is great news for Kerry."

    Why was Cobb nominated?
    Cobb plans to avoid a hard sell in the states that Kerry and President Bush are most closely contesting — an approach that some have described as a "safe state" strategy.

    His focus will be in states that are dominated by either the Republicans or Democrats, where he has said he will push progressives to vote Green as an "investment" in the party's future. Those states probably will include California, which Kerry is expected to carry easily and where the Green Party has a ballot line.

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

    June 25, 2004

    Fox and Friends Morning Show Laughs at LA Beating

    From CableNewser:

    NBC Nightly News aired a package by George Lewis describing this week’s L.A. police beating, and aired video from FOX & Friends as the beating happened live:
    Lewis: The people on one cable network laugh about it
    [Cut to video of FOX News Channel]
    E.D. Hill: Well I guest that guy’s done for the day
    Brian Kilmeade: It’s gonna be hard to -- Whoa
    Hill: Whoa!
    Kilmeade: Takin’ a few swings
    Lewis: But the activists are not amused...
    The video is here.

    Posted by Eric at 02:29 PM | Comments (61)

    Fox and Friends Morning Show Laughs at LA Beating

    From CableNewser:

    NBC Nightly News aired a package by George Lewis describing this week’s L.A. police beating, and aired video from FOX & Friends as the beating happened live:
    Lewis: The people on one cable network laugh about it
    [Cut to video of FOX News Channel]
    E.D. Hill: Well I guest that guy’s done for the day
    Brian Kilmeade: It’s gonna be hard to -- Whoa
    Hill: Whoa!
    Kilmeade: Takin’ a few swings
    Lewis: But the activists are not amused...
    The video is here.

    Posted by Eric at 02:29 PM | Comments (11)

    GOP Group Trying to Get Nader on Ballot in Oregon?

    Kos has the details.

    Posted by Eric at 04:38 AM | Comments (26)

    GOP Group Trying to Get Nader on Ballot in Oregon?

    Kos has the details.

    Posted by Eric at 04:38 AM | Comments (6)

    Poll: Iraq War a Mistake

    "Most Americans now say that sending U.S. troops to Iraq was a mistake." Those bastards. USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds:

    It is the first time since Vietnam that a majority of Americans has called a major deployment of U.S. forces a mistake. When the war in Iraq began last year, the public by three-to-one said sending troops wasn't a mistake. Just three weeks ago, 58% still held that view.

    Now, 54% say it was a mistake.

    Souring attitudes toward the war could present challenges to President Bush, who plans to keep thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq even after the hand-over of power. While he has linked the war to the fight against terror, 55% of those polled now say that the war has increased U.S. vulnerability to terrorism.

    The however: "Among likely voters nationwide, Bush leads Kerry 48% to 47%, with independent candidate Ralph Nader at 3%. Three weeks ago, Kerry led 49% to 43%."

    Posted by Eric at 03:54 AM | Comments (40)

    Poll: Iraq War a Mistake

    "Most Americans now say that sending U.S. troops to Iraq was a mistake." Those bastards. USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds:

    It is the first time since Vietnam that a majority of Americans has called a major deployment of U.S. forces a mistake. When the war in Iraq began last year, the public by three-to-one said sending troops wasn't a mistake. Just three weeks ago, 58% still held that view.

    Now, 54% say it was a mistake.

    Souring attitudes toward the war could present challenges to President Bush, who plans to keep thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq even after the hand-over of power. While he has linked the war to the fight against terror, 55% of those polled now say that the war has increased U.S. vulnerability to terrorism.

    The however: "Among likely voters nationwide, Bush leads Kerry 48% to 47%, with independent candidate Ralph Nader at 3%. Three weeks ago, Kerry led 49% to 43%."

    Posted by Eric at 03:54 AM | Comments (4)

    Friday on The O'Franken Factor

    Worth a plug. Michael Moore and Bill Clinton on the show. Yowsers.

    Larry King Live interview with Clinton.

    Oh yeah, Jon Stewart is on Larry King Live tomorrow.

    Posted by Eric at 03:49 AM | Comments (111)

    Friday on The O'Franken Factor

    Worth a plug. Michael Moore and Bill Clinton on the show. Yowsers.

    Larry King Live interview with Clinton.

    Oh yeah, Jon Stewart is on Larry King Live tomorrow.

    Posted by Eric at 03:49 AM | Comments (5)

    The Next Dean Dozen

    Howard Dean's grassroots organization, Democracy for America, has chosen 12 more candidates for support at its website.

    Says Tom McMahon, Executive Director of Democracy for America: "Great grassroots candidates often have great stories to tell. This week's Dean Dozen is full of great stories. From the great-grandmother who went on the Sleepless Summer Tour and is continuing the movement, to the Marine who is making his first run for office, to the United States Senate candidate who can win back a Democratic majority. Get to know these candidates and their stories. Then, get active on their campaigns!"

    Posted by Eric at 03:46 AM | Comments (19)

    The Next Dean Dozen

    Howard Dean's grassroots organization, Democracy for America, has chosen 12 more candidates for support at its website.

    Says Tom McMahon, Executive Director of Democracy for America: "Great grassroots candidates often have great stories to tell. This week's Dean Dozen is full of great stories. From the great-grandmother who went on the Sleepless Summer Tour and is continuing the movement, to the Marine who is making his first run for office, to the United States Senate candidate who can win back a Democratic majority. Get to know these candidates and their stories. Then, get active on their campaigns!"

    Posted by Eric at 03:46 AM | Comments (0)

    June 24, 2004

    Thursday Stories

    News
    CBS. CIA Spy: We're Losing Terror War
    MSNBC. Attacks on Iraqi police stations kill at least 21
    ChicST. Ryan digs in
    NBC. Did Ashcroft brush off terror warnings? NBC exclusive: 9/11 commission interviews FBI officials who contradict Ashcroft testimony
    MSNBC. Democrats file anti-Nader suit; Allege that most signatures on Arizona petitions are invalid
    CNN. Pentagon: Saddam not abused
    Guardian. Moonie leader 'crowned' in Senate; Republicans and Democrats attend cult blessing ceremony
    CBS. Clinton's Hot In Harlem
    CBS. Passenger Privacy Worries Grow
    AP. Ashcroft Sued For Classifying Docs
    Reuters. Fighting Erupts in Iraqi City of Fallujah
    WP. Kerry Calls for Allies To Aid Iraq Transition
    WP. U.S. Struggled Over How Far to Push Tactics
    WP. Pelosi Seeks House Minority 'Bill of Rights'
    NYT. Author of '02 Memo on Torture: 'Gentle' Soul for a Harsh Topic
    NYT. Bush Backs Condom Use to Prevent Spread of AIDS
    NYT. A Crowning at the Capital Creates a Stir
    LAT. U.S. Ends Bid to Exempt Troops From Global Court
    LAT. Kerry Scolds Bush and GOP as Divisive
    AP. Democrats Screen 'Fahrenheit 9/11' in D.C.
    StarBanner. Small business owners hurt by war; Many reservist-owners find call-up costly

    Commentary
    Joel Connelly. Battle of Berners Bay, a natural Alaskan treasure
    Steve Benen. Winning Isn't Everything: How conservatives got nearly everything they wanted out of Bush's judicial nominee deal – and why they're still upset
    Rob Garver. Backstage Pass: How David Bossie and Citizens United snuck their anti-Clinton ad onto 60 Minutes (in seven markets, anyway).
    Todd Gitlin. Media: It Was a Very Bad Year; There's little to celebrate about Bill Keller's first anniversary at the helm of The New York Times. And the Judith Miller fiasco is only part of the problem.
    Laura Secor. Diplomatic Dissent What could make 26 former senior diplomats and military commanders publicly air their grievances?
    Silja J.A. Talvi. The New Blue Gold; The rush to privatize water is underway across the world
    Gary D. Bass and John Podesta. On Food Safety, the Bush Administration is Out to Lunch
    Robert Steinback. Bush's Accurate Case for War
    Alan Bisbort. Bad Voting Habits: Bush in a not-shell
    Arianna Huffington. NRA: Assaulting Common Sense
    Joe Conason. 9/11 panel becomes Cheney's nightmare; Vice President knew National Commission on Terrorist Attacks would expose administration's failures and politicking
    Bill Berkowitz. Dead man's bump: Will political differences foil Team Bush's grab for Ronald Reagan's coattails?
    Sam Parry. Bush-Kerry: Meaning the Same Thing?
    Regis T. Sabol. Four Dead Marines, Tide Turning Against Bush
    Robert Young Pelton. Mercenary Hits It Big, Thanks to the U.S.
    Sidney Blumenthal. Reality is unravelling for Bush: Even negative attacks on Kerry no longer seem to be working
    NYT. The White House Papers
    Stewart Nusbaumer. Bush's Mercenary Army
    Rob Kutner. Thou-Shalt-See TV
    John Gorenfeld. Moon Over Washington: Why are some of the capital’s most influential power players hanging out with a bizarre Korean billionaire who claims to be the Messiah?
    Maureen Dowd. Attack of the Wolfman

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (48)

    Thursday Stories

    News
    CBS. CIA Spy: We're Losing Terror War
    MSNBC. Attacks on Iraqi police stations kill at least 21
    ChicST. Ryan digs in
    NBC. Did Ashcroft brush off terror warnings? NBC exclusive: 9/11 commission interviews FBI officials who contradict Ashcroft testimony
    MSNBC. Democrats file anti-Nader suit; Allege that most signatures on Arizona petitions are invalid
    CNN. Pentagon: Saddam not abused
    Guardian. Moonie leader 'crowned' in Senate; Republicans and Democrats attend cult blessing ceremony
    CBS. Clinton's Hot In Harlem
    CBS. Passenger Privacy Worries Grow
    AP. Ashcroft Sued For Classifying Docs
    Reuters. Fighting Erupts in Iraqi City of Fallujah
    WP. Kerry Calls for Allies To Aid Iraq Transition
    WP. U.S. Struggled Over How Far to Push Tactics
    WP. Pelosi Seeks House Minority 'Bill of Rights'
    NYT. Author of '02 Memo on Torture: 'Gentle' Soul for a Harsh Topic
    NYT. Bush Backs Condom Use to Prevent Spread of AIDS
    NYT. A Crowning at the Capital Creates a Stir
    LAT. U.S. Ends Bid to Exempt Troops From Global Court
    LAT. Kerry Scolds Bush and GOP as Divisive
    AP. Democrats Screen 'Fahrenheit 9/11' in D.C.
    StarBanner. Small business owners hurt by war; Many reservist-owners find call-up costly

    Commentary
    Joel Connelly. Battle of Berners Bay, a natural Alaskan treasure
    Steve Benen. Winning Isn't Everything: How conservatives got nearly everything they wanted out of Bush's judicial nominee deal – and why they're still upset
    Rob Garver. Backstage Pass: How David Bossie and Citizens United snuck their anti-Clinton ad onto 60 Minutes (in seven markets, anyway).
    Todd Gitlin. Media: It Was a Very Bad Year; There's little to celebrate about Bill Keller's first anniversary at the helm of The New York Times. And the Judith Miller fiasco is only part of the problem.
    Laura Secor. Diplomatic Dissent What could make 26 former senior diplomats and military commanders publicly air their grievances?
    Silja J.A. Talvi. The New Blue Gold; The rush to privatize water is underway across the world
    Gary D. Bass and John Podesta. On Food Safety, the Bush Administration is Out to Lunch
    Robert Steinback. Bush's Accurate Case for War
    Alan Bisbort. Bad Voting Habits: Bush in a not-shell
    Arianna Huffington. NRA: Assaulting Common Sense
    Joe Conason. 9/11 panel becomes Cheney's nightmare; Vice President knew National Commission on Terrorist Attacks would expose administration's failures and politicking
    Bill Berkowitz. Dead man's bump: Will political differences foil Team Bush's grab for Ronald Reagan's coattails?
    Sam Parry. Bush-Kerry: Meaning the Same Thing?
    Regis T. Sabol. Four Dead Marines, Tide Turning Against Bush
    Robert Young Pelton. Mercenary Hits It Big, Thanks to the U.S.
    Sidney Blumenthal. Reality is unravelling for Bush: Even negative attacks on Kerry no longer seem to be working
    NYT. The White House Papers
    Stewart Nusbaumer. Bush's Mercenary Army
    Rob Kutner. Thou-Shalt-See TV
    John Gorenfeld. Moon Over Washington: Why are some of the capital’s most influential power players hanging out with a bizarre Korean billionaire who claims to be the Messiah?
    Maureen Dowd. Attack of the Wolfman

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

    Tied in Penn

    Poll shows Bush and Kerry locked up in Pennsylvania:

    Kerry had the backing of 44 percent, Bush 43 percent and independent candidate Ralph Nader 7 percent in the Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

    In May, Kerry had 44 percent and Bush 41 percent — a statistical tie. Bush had a slight lead in the state in April.

    In a two-way matchup, Kerry leads Bush 49 percent to 43 percent in the state with 21 electoral votes.

    Posted by Eric at 09:10 AM | Comments (16)

    Tied in Penn

    Poll shows Bush and Kerry locked up in Pennsylvania:

    Kerry had the backing of 44 percent, Bush 43 percent and independent candidate Ralph Nader 7 percent in the Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

    In May, Kerry had 44 percent and Bush 41 percent — a statistical tie. Bush had a slight lead in the state in April.

    In a two-way matchup, Kerry leads Bush 49 percent to 43 percent in the state with 21 electoral votes.

    Posted by Eric at 09:10 AM | Comments (4)

    Fahrenheit 9/11 Strong in 2 NYC Theaters

    The two are showing early previews of the film, and doing well:

    Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has set house records at the two New York cinemas in which it opened on Wednesday.
    It was sellout at all screenings, and is reported to have taken $49,000 at Loews Village 7 (a mainstream venue whose previous house record was for Men in Black), and $31,700 at Lincoln Plaza (an arthouse cinema where the film beat the record held by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

    Both places were showing the film on three screens. Tom Ortenberg, the president of one of the film's distributors, Lions Gate, told Variety that he was "thrilled" with the news, "particularly that the film is playing so well at the arthouse and the commercial theater."

    Posted by Eric at 08:26 AM | Comments (5)

    Fahrenheit 9/11 Strong in 2 NYC Theaters

    The two are showing early previews of the film, and doing well:

    Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has set house records at the two New York cinemas in which it opened on Wednesday.
    It was sellout at all screenings, and is reported to have taken $49,000 at Loews Village 7 (a mainstream venue whose previous house record was for Men in Black), and $31,700 at Lincoln Plaza (an arthouse cinema where the film beat the record held by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

    Both places were showing the film on three screens. Tom Ortenberg, the president of one of the film's distributors, Lions Gate, told Variety that he was "thrilled" with the news, "particularly that the film is playing so well at the arthouse and the commercial theater."

    Posted by Eric at 08:26 AM | Comments (0)

    400 Grand on First Day

    Setting a nonfiction record:

    Bill Clinton's autobiography, "My Life," sold more than 400,000 copies in the United States on Tuesday in its first day of release, the most ever for a nonfiction book and double the believed previous record holder, wife Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Living History."

    The former president's publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, announced an additional printing of 725,000 copies, bringing the total to 2.25 million.

    "My Life" is Amazon.com's best seller in the United States, England, France and Japan. The audiobook, read by Clinton, sold 35,000 copies in the United States, also a first-day record.

    Buy the book online, send The Hamster a few bucks.

    Posted by Eric at 06:38 AM | Comments (8)

    400 Grand on First Day

    Setting a nonfiction record:

    Bill Clinton's autobiography, "My Life," sold more than 400,000 copies in the United States on Tuesday in its first day of release, the most ever for a nonfiction book and double the believed previous record holder, wife Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Living History."

    The former president's publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, announced an additional printing of 725,000 copies, bringing the total to 2.25 million.

    "My Life" is Amazon.com's best seller in the United States, England, France and Japan. The audiobook, read by Clinton, sold 35,000 copies in the United States, also a first-day record.

    Buy the book online, send The Hamster a few bucks.

    Posted by Eric at 06:38 AM | Comments (0)

    No Audio for CNN = Ratings for MSNBC

    That's right, dead audio for CNN gets just about the same ratings as an audio-powered MSNBC, reports the Washington Post:

    Alightning strike at its Atlanta headquarters left CNN without audio for nearly half an hour Monday afternoon. And yet the cable news network managed to average nearly as many viewers as rival MSNBC in that time.

    The outage occurred between 1:03 and 1:27 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research's records. That was smack in the middle of a town-hall-style segment from Dubai called "The Arab Pulse," hosted by CNN's Jim Clancy and featuring prominent journalists in the Arab world discussing the Iraq conflict and the war on terrorism.

    CNN continued to telecast the live segment without sound, putting a "technical difficulties" bug on the screen after the first commercial break.

    After CNN lost audio, its audience plunged by nearly 300,000 viewers from the 420,000 who had been watching between 12:30 and 1 p.m., when the network was still offering the convenience of sound.

    Still, from 1 to 1:30 p.m., CNN averaged 121,000 viewers; simultaneously, 139,000 people watched "MSNBC Live" with anchors Alison Stewart, Laurie Jennings and Sam Shane talking about former president Bill Clinton's autobiography, the South Korean then held hostage in Iraq, and the murder trial of Scott Peterson.

    Posted by Eric at 02:54 AM | Comments (46)

    No Audio for CNN = Ratings for MSNBC

    That's right, dead audio for CNN gets just about the same ratings as an audio-powered MSNBC, reports the Washington Post:

    Alightning strike at its Atlanta headquarters left CNN without audio for nearly half an hour Monday afternoon. And yet the cable news network managed to average nearly as many viewers as rival MSNBC in that time.

    The outage occurred between 1:03 and 1:27 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research's records. That was smack in the middle of a town-hall-style segment from Dubai called "The Arab Pulse," hosted by CNN's Jim Clancy and featuring prominent journalists in the Arab world discussing the Iraq conflict and the war on terrorism.

    CNN continued to telecast the live segment without sound, putting a "technical difficulties" bug on the screen after the first commercial break.

    After CNN lost audio, its audience plunged by nearly 300,000 viewers from the 420,000 who had been watching between 12:30 and 1 p.m., when the network was still offering the convenience of sound.

    Still, from 1 to 1:30 p.m., CNN averaged 121,000 viewers; simultaneously, 139,000 people watched "MSNBC Live" with anchors Alison Stewart, Laurie Jennings and Sam Shane talking about former president Bill Clinton's autobiography, the South Korean then held hostage in Iraq, and the murder trial of Scott Peterson.

    Posted by Eric at 02:54 AM | Comments (4)

    FEC May Ban ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Ads

    Too political, the FEC may rule. The Hill:

    In a draft advisory opinion placed on the FEC’s agenda for today’s meeting, the agency’s general counsel states that political documentary filmmakers may not air television or radio ads referring to federal candidates within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.

    The opinion is generated under the new McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law, which prohibits corporate-funded ads that identify a federal candidate before a primary or general election.

    The proscription is broadly defined. Section 100.29 of the federal election regulations defines restricted corporate-funded ads as those that identify a candidate by his “name, nickname, photograph or drawing” or make it “otherwise apparent through an unambiguous reference.”

    Posted by Eric at 02:01 AM | Comments (34)

    FEC May Ban ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Ads

    Too political, the FEC may rule. The Hill:

    In a draft advisory opinion placed on the FEC’s agenda for today’s meeting, the agency’s general counsel states that political documentary filmmakers may not air television or radio ads referring to federal candidates within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.

    The opinion is generated under the new McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law, which prohibits corporate-funded ads that identify a federal candidate before a primary or general election.

    The proscription is broadly defined. Section 100.29 of the federal election regulations defines restricted corporate-funded ads as those that identify a candidate by his “name, nickname, photograph or drawing” or make it “otherwise apparent through an unambiguous reference.”

    Posted by Eric at 02:01 AM | Comments (0)

    Michael Savage on Clinton Book: "Mein Kampf"

    More interesting rants from the former MSNBC commentator:

    SAVAGE: So there it is -- you wanna read Mein Kampf, go read it -- I mean My Life, excuse me, I keep mixing up the two titles -- of Bill Clinton's and the other fella who ran Germany for awhile.

    SAVAGE: [H]ave you gone out and bought Clinton's new book, Mein Kampf? ... [T]he English translation is My Life, but I suppose in German it's gonna be translated into Mein Kampf. It should be a big seller over there.

    SAVAGE: In this hour we'll talk about all the topics that America really wants to talk about that the media's hiding. And it's not about Clinton's new book, My Battle -- excuse me, My Life ... and in German I think it translates I think into Mein Kampf, or does it? I'm not sure.

    Comparing Clinton to a Nazi is not new, however.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 AM | Comments (35)

    Michael Savage on Clinton Book: "Mein Kampf"

    More interesting rants from the former MSNBC commentator:

    SAVAGE: So there it is -- you wanna read Mein Kampf, go read it -- I mean My Life, excuse me, I keep mixing up the two titles -- of Bill Clinton's and the other fella who ran Germany for awhile.

    SAVAGE: [H]ave you gone out and bought Clinton's new book, Mein Kampf? ... [T]he English translation is My Life, but I suppose in German it's gonna be translated into Mein Kampf. It should be a big seller over there.

    SAVAGE: In this hour we'll talk about all the topics that America really wants to talk about that the media's hiding. And it's not about Clinton's new book, My Battle -- excuse me, My Life ... and in German I think it translates I think into Mein Kampf, or does it? I'm not sure.

    Comparing Clinton to a Nazi is not new, however.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 AM | Comments (8)

    Next Oil Stop: Great Barrier Reef

    Australia "has increased tax concessions to encourage oil exploration in the far reaches of the Great Barrier Reef," reports Reuters:

    The world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,000km north to south along Australia's northeast coast and attracts nearly 2 million tourists a year.

    Environmental groups warn an oil spill on the reef, unlike the Exxon Valdez leak in Alaska in 1989, could not be cleaned up or washed away because the oil would permeate the living coral.

    "It's not like rocks. You can't walk around on it and sponge it up and soak it up. Once it's into that porous structure, that reef will be contaminated for decades," said James McLellan, coordinator for the Northern Queensland Conservation Council.

    Prime Minister John Howard last week released a major energy policy, "Securing Australia's Energy Future," which identified four oil basins on the outer edge of the reef for exploration.

    "Encouraging further exploration in these areas is in Australia's interest and is a high priority for government," the report said.

    Posted by Eric at 01:10 AM | Comments (13)

    Next Oil Stop: Great Barrier Reef

    Australia "has increased tax concessions to encourage oil exploration in the far reaches of the Great Barrier Reef," reports Reuters:

    The world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,000km north to south along Australia's northeast coast and attracts nearly 2 million tourists a year.

    Environmental groups warn an oil spill on the reef, unlike the Exxon Valdez leak in Alaska in 1989, could not be cleaned up or washed away because the oil would permeate the living coral.

    "It's not like rocks. You can't walk around on it and sponge it up and soak it up. Once it's into that porous structure, that reef will be contaminated for decades," said James McLellan, coordinator for the Northern Queensland Conservation Council.

    Prime Minister John Howard last week released a major energy policy, "Securing Australia's Energy Future," which identified four oil basins on the outer edge of the reef for exploration.

    "Encouraging further exploration in these areas is in Australia's interest and is a high priority for government," the report said.

    Posted by Eric at 01:10 AM | Comments (3)

    Bloomberg Irks Republicans

    With reelection next year in the Democratic city of New York, Mayor Bloomberg is stepping up criticisms of Republicans in Congress:

    Until recently, Bloomberg had taken a low-key approach to the city's campaign for more homeland security funding. But the gloves came off when the mayor disinvited Bob Ney, R-Ohio, to a luncheon with wealthy New Yorkers expected to donate to Republicans.

    The mayor was angered by lawmakers, including Ney, who voted 237-171 against an amendment that would have shifted about $450 million in anti-terror funding from rural areas to big cities like New York at high risk of attack. Voting against the measure were 147 Republicans, 89 Democrats and an independent.

    The canceled lunch left a bad taste in the mouths of a number of politicos. And chief among them was Ney, who holds a key insider position in Washington as an official with the National Republican Congressional Committee, which helps elect Republicans to the House.

    The mayor's remarks "crossed the line" by implying Ney wasn't taking the war on terrorism seriously," Ney said Wednesday.

    Posted by Eric at 01:09 AM | Comments (45)

    Bloomberg Irks Republicans

    With reelection next year in the Democratic city of New York, Mayor Bloomberg is stepping up criticisms of Republicans in Congress:

    Until recently, Bloomberg had taken a low-key approach to the city's campaign for more homeland security funding. But the gloves came off when the mayor disinvited Bob Ney, R-Ohio, to a luncheon with wealthy New Yorkers expected to donate to Republicans.

    The mayor was angered by lawmakers, including Ney, who voted 237-171 against an amendment that would have shifted about $450 million in anti-terror funding from rural areas to big cities like New York at high risk of attack. Voting against the measure were 147 Republicans, 89 Democrats and an independent.

    The canceled lunch left a bad taste in the mouths of a number of politicos. And chief among them was Ney, who holds a key insider position in Washington as an official with the National Republican Congressional Committee, which helps elect Republicans to the House.

    The mayor's remarks "crossed the line" by implying Ney wasn't taking the war on terrorism seriously," Ney said Wednesday.

    Posted by Eric at 01:09 AM | Comments (4)

    John Kerry - Ronald Reagan '04

    Now wouldn't that be interesting. Anyway, Ronald Reagan Jr. on Larry King Live:

    REAGAN: Absolutely, a terrible mistake. Terrible foreign policy error. We didn't have to do it. It was optional. And we were lied to. The American public was lied to about WMD, the connection between Osama bin Laden and Saddam, which is virtually nonexistent except for fleeting contacts. But they're still trying to pull that one off now, Cheney and all are out there flogging that.

    KING: Can I gather from that, that you will not support this president?

    REAGAN: No, I won't.

    KING: Will you support his opponent?

    REAGAN: I will vote for whoever the viable candidate is who can defeat George W. Bush, yes.

    KING: So, you might vote for Ralph Nader?

    REAGAN: If he were a viable candidate I might.

    KING: So the obviously you're going to vote -- what did you think your father would say, if he were here and listening to this?

    REAGAN: I don't think he would have gone into Iraq. I think he would have been much more interested in going after Osama bin Laden, who after all planned the 9/11 transactions.

    KING: Would he be mad at you for saying, I'm not going to vote for this Republican?

    REAGAN: I can't imagine he would be. So long as I was telling the truth he'd be okay with that. And I am. So -- no, I don't think he'd be upset. Again, these are just my personal feelings you've asked, so I'll answer.

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (15)

    John Kerry - Ronald Reagan '04

    Now wouldn't that be interesting. Anyway, Ronald Reagan Jr. on Larry King Live:

    REAGAN: Absolutely, a terrible mistake. Terrible foreign policy error. We didn't have to do it. It was optional. And we were lied to. The American public was lied to about WMD, the connection between Osama bin Laden and Saddam, which is virtually nonexistent except for fleeting contacts. But they're still trying to pull that one off now, Cheney and all are out there flogging that.

    KING: Can I gather from that, that you will not support this president?

    REAGAN: No, I won't.

    KING: Will you support his opponent?

    REAGAN: I will vote for whoever the viable candidate is who can defeat George W. Bush, yes.

    KING: So, you might vote for Ralph Nader?

    REAGAN: If he were a viable candidate I might.

    KING: So the obviously you're going to vote -- what did you think your father would say, if he were here and listening to this?

    REAGAN: I don't think he would have gone into Iraq. I think he would have been much more interested in going after Osama bin Laden, who after all planned the 9/11 transactions.

    KING: Would he be mad at you for saying, I'm not going to vote for this Republican?

    REAGAN: I can't imagine he would be. So long as I was telling the truth he'd be okay with that. And I am. So -- no, I don't think he'd be upset. Again, these are just my personal feelings you've asked, so I'll answer.

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (3)

    Halliburton Copes with Fallout

    From the Financial Times:

    Halliburton is facing half a dozen official investigations into its conduct around the world, including allegations that it routinely overcharged the US government for services in Iraq. However, the Nigerian bribery case is the only one that includes a period when Mr Cheney was at the helm of the company.

    US regulators and law enforcement officials are acutely aware of the political sensitivity of this case and have held several high-level meetings to determine how to proceed, people close to the investigation say.

    The case seems doubly sensitive as it has been unearthed by a French investigating magistrate, Judge Renaud van Ruymbeke. He has been examining whether $180m (?149m, £99m) in commissions paid by the TSKJ consortium to its agent, Tri-Star, was used as bribes to win contracts worth billions of dollars to build a liquefied natural gas complex off the coast of Nigeria.

    Meanwhile, Halliburton is shafting a former employee for funeral costs:
    "We have no information. All we know is he's dead," Richard Zbryski said. "We have no information where or when or how or why he was killed, just that we have to bury him. The body was autopsied and was six days in a coffin but not embalmed. We don't know what condition the body is in."

    "They sent us grief counselors, but nobody has any information of his final payment," Richard Zbryski said, referring to the $100,000 in life insurance benefits the family is owed. "According to the benefits, he was supposed to get $50,000. ... We were told Halliburton would cover the burial expenses, then we're told it has to come out of the $50,000. This is how Halliburton is treating their people they send over there to die."

    He said he was told that the family would get an additional $50,000 in benefits, but not a penny has come in.

    Posted by Eric at 12:57 AM | Comments (32)

    Halliburton Copes with Fallout

    From the Financial Times:

    Halliburton is facing half a dozen official investigations into its conduct around the world, including allegations that it routinely overcharged the US government for services in Iraq. However, the Nigerian bribery case is the only one that includes a period when Mr Cheney was at the helm of the company.

    US regulators and law enforcement officials are acutely aware of the political sensitivity of this case and have held several high-level meetings to determine how to proceed, people close to the investigation say.

    The case seems doubly sensitive as it has been unearthed by a French investigating magistrate, Judge Renaud van Ruymbeke. He has been examining whether $180m (?149m, £99m) in commissions paid by the TSKJ consortium to its agent, Tri-Star, was used as bribes to win contracts worth billions of dollars to build a liquefied natural gas complex off the coast of Nigeria.

    Meanwhile, Halliburton is shafting a former employee for funeral costs:
    "We have no information. All we know is he's dead," Richard Zbryski said. "We have no information where or when or how or why he was killed, just that we have to bury him. The body was autopsied and was six days in a coffin but not embalmed. We don't know what condition the body is in."

    "They sent us grief counselors, but nobody has any information of his final payment," Richard Zbryski said, referring to the $100,000 in life insurance benefits the family is owed. "According to the benefits, he was supposed to get $50,000. ... We were told Halliburton would cover the burial expenses, then we're told it has to come out of the $50,000. This is how Halliburton is treating their people they send over there to die."

    He said he was told that the family would get an additional $50,000 in benefits, but not a penny has come in.

    Posted by Eric at 12:57 AM | Comments (3)

    June 23, 2004

    Kerry Campaign Attacks Cheney re: Halliburton

    In an email to supporters, Mary Beth Cahill, Campaign Manager for Kerry for President, sent talking points about Dick and Halliburton:

  • Vice President Dick Cheney was Halliburton's CEO from 1995-2000. In addition to providing him with a massive salary and bonus for just eight months of work in 2000, Halliburton's board of directors voted to give Cheney a $20 million retirement package when he resigned. Following his departure from Halliburton, Cheney retained possession of 433,333 options of Halliburton stock. [Washington Post, 9/26/03; Richard B. Cheney Personal Financial Disclosure, May 15, 2002; May 15, 2003; New York Times, 8/12/00; LA Times, 7/24/00; AP, 7/18/02]
  • For months, Cheney denied any involvement in Halliburton contracts. On "Meet the Press," he even said "...I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts..." [NBC News, "Meet the Press", 9/14/03]
  • Time Magazine recently reported on a smoking gun email between the Department of Defense and the Vice President's office showing that Cheney's office "coordinated" a multi-billion dollar, no-bid government contract for
  • Halliburton, his former employer. [Time, 5/30/04]
    As an example of overspending, Halliburton billed the government for 36 percent more meals than were served. In all, Halliburton charged $186 million for meals that were never delivered. [Detroit Free Press, 6/16/04]
  • A Halliburton subsidiary was criticized for abandoning numerous $85,000 trucks with flat tires, housing company officials in a five-star Kuwaiti hotel, raising prices for gasoline deliveries in Iraq and ordering empty trucks to crisscross the country to run up the gas bills. [Detroit Free Press, 6/16/04]
  • The DNC blog is playing The Dick Cheney Matching Game.

    Posted by Eric at 05:09 PM | Comments (12)

    Kerry Campaign Attacks Cheney re: Halliburton

    In an email to supporters, Mary Beth Cahill, Campaign Manager for Kerry for President, sent talking points about Dick and Halliburton:

  • Vice President Dick Cheney was Halliburton's CEO from 1995-2000. In addition to providing him with a massive salary and bonus for just eight months of work in 2000, Halliburton's board of directors voted to give Cheney a $20 million retirement package when he resigned. Following his departure from Halliburton, Cheney retained possession of 433,333 options of Halliburton stock. [Washington Post, 9/26/03; Richard B. Cheney Personal Financial Disclosure, May 15, 2002; May 15, 2003; New York Times, 8/12/00; LA Times, 7/24/00; AP, 7/18/02]
  • For months, Cheney denied any involvement in Halliburton contracts. On "Meet the Press," he even said "...I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts..." [NBC News, "Meet the Press", 9/14/03]
  • Time Magazine recently reported on a smoking gun email between the Department of Defense and the Vice President's office showing that Cheney's office "coordinated" a multi-billion dollar, no-bid government contract for
  • Halliburton, his former employer. [Time, 5/30/04]
    As an example of overspending, Halliburton billed the government for 36 percent more meals than were served. In all, Halliburton charged $186 million for meals that were never delivered. [Detroit Free Press, 6/16/04]
  • A Halliburton subsidiary was criticized for abandoning numerous $85,000 trucks with flat tires, housing company officials in a five-star Kuwaiti hotel, raising prices for gasoline deliveries in Iraq and ordering empty trucks to crisscross the country to run up the gas bills. [Detroit Free Press, 6/16/04]
  • The DNC blog is playing The Dick Cheney Matching Game.

    Posted by Eric at 05:09 PM | Comments (1)

    FAIR: "Fox News Spins 9/11 Commission Report"

    Among the evidence from the liberal watchdog group:

    On Fox's Special Report newscast (6/16/04), anchor Brit Hume charged that the media were mischaracterizing the report: "The Associated Press leads off its story on a new 9/11 commission report by saying the document bluntly contradicts the Bush administration by claiming to have no credible evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the September 11 terrorist attacks." Hume maintained that the AP story was inaccurate: "In fact, the Bush administration has never said that such evidence exists."

    In fact, it's Hume that is misrepresenting the AP story-- quoting from the story's lead, but then changing its meaning through an inaccurate paraphrase. The story actually begins: "Bluntly contradicting the Bush administration, the commission investigating the September 11 attacks reported Wednesday there was 'no credible evidence' that Saddam Hussein had ties with Al Qaeda."

    Hume changed the allegation, from Hussein having ties with Al Qaeda to his having ties to the September 11 attacks, in order to knock it down, claiming that the Bush administration never linked Iraq to September 11. But that is not accurate either: Bush's letter to Congress formally announcing the commencement of hostilities against Iraq (3/18/03) explained that the use of force would be directed against "terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001." In his "Mission Accomplished" speech aboard the U.S.S. Lincoln (5/1/03), Bush declared that the invasion of Iraq had "removed an ally of Al Qaeda."

    And during an interview on NBC's Meet the Press (9/14/03), when Vice President Dick Cheney was asked if he was "surprised" that so many Americans connected Iraq to the 9/11 attacks, Cheney responded:

    "No. I think it's not surprising that people make that connection.... You and I talked about this two years ago. I can remember you asking me this question just a few days after the original attack. At the time I said no, we didn't have any evidence of that. We've learned a couple of things. We learned more and more that there was a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda that stretched back through most of the decade of the '90s, that it involved training, for example, on BW and CW [biological weapons and chemical weapons], that Al Qaeda sent personnel to Baghdad to get trained on the systems that are involved. The Iraqis providing bomb-making expertise and advice to the Al Qaeda organization."

    And, of course, there's more.

    Posted by Eric at 02:32 PM | Comments (28)

    FAIR: "Fox News Spins 9/11 Commission Report"

    Among the evidence from the liberal watchdog group:

    On Fox's Special Report newscast (6/16/04), anchor Brit Hume charged that the media were mischaracterizing the report: "The Associated Press leads off its story on a new 9/11 commission report by saying the document bluntly contradicts the Bush administration by claiming to have no credible evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the September 11 terrorist attacks." Hume maintained that the AP story was inaccurate: "In fact, the Bush administration has never said that such evidence exists."

    In fact, it's Hume that is misrepresenting the AP story-- quoting from the story's lead, but then changing its meaning through an inaccurate paraphrase. The story actually begins: "Bluntly contradicting the Bush administration, the commission investigating the September 11 attacks reported Wednesday there was 'no credible evidence' that Saddam Hussein had ties with Al Qaeda."

    Hume changed the allegation, from Hussein having ties with Al Qaeda to his having ties to the September 11 attacks, in order to knock it down, claiming that the Bush administration never linked Iraq to September 11. But that is not accurate either: Bush's letter to Congress formally announcing the commencement of hostilities against Iraq (3/18/03) explained that the use of force would be directed against "terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001." In his "Mission Accomplished" speech aboard the U.S.S. Lincoln (5/1/03), Bush declared that the invasion of Iraq had "removed an ally of Al Qaeda."

    And during an interview on NBC's Meet the Press (9/14/03), when Vice President Dick Cheney was asked if he was "surprised" that so many Americans connected Iraq to the 9/11 attacks, Cheney responded:

    "No. I think it's not surprising that people make that connection.... You and I talked about this two years ago. I can remember you asking me this question just a few days after the original attack. At the time I said no, we didn't have any evidence of that. We've learned a couple of things. We learned more and more that there was a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda that stretched back through most of the decade of the '90s, that it involved training, for example, on BW and CW [biological weapons and chemical weapons], that Al Qaeda sent personnel to Baghdad to get trained on the systems that are involved. The Iraqis providing bomb-making expertise and advice to the Al Qaeda organization."

    And, of course, there's more.

    Posted by Eric at 02:32 PM | Comments (1)

    Bill O'Reilly Compares Al Franken to Nazi, Then Lies About It

    Link via Atrios, from CAP's Progress Report:

    During his appearance last night on "the Factor," Bill O'Reilly asked John Podesta for "one example where I smeared somebody." Podesta noted that O'Reilly compared Al Franken to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. O'Reilly – displaying his notorious command for the facts – denied it, saying "I did not refer to him [Al Franken] as Joseph Goebbels, that was Michael Moore." O'Reilly accused Podesta of misstating "what I said." Apparently, O'Reilly is having a little trouble with his short term memory. On his June 10 show, O'Reilly said "Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, 'If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth'...And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly refers to Al Franken as Stuart Smalley, Franken's played on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do." E-mail Bill O'Reilly at oreilly@foxnews.com and tell him to correct the record on his show tonight lest he destroy the sanctity of the "No Spin Zone."

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 PM | Comments (6)

    Bill O'Reilly Compares Al Franken to Nazi, Then Lies About It

    Link via Atrios, from CAP's Progress Report:

    During his appearance last night on "the Factor," Bill O'Reilly asked John Podesta for "one example where I smeared somebody." Podesta noted that O'Reilly compared Al Franken to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. O'Reilly – displaying his notorious command for the facts – denied it, saying "I did not refer to him [Al Franken] as Joseph Goebbels, that was Michael Moore." O'Reilly accused Podesta of misstating "what I said." Apparently, O'Reilly is having a little trouble with his short term memory. On his June 10 show, O'Reilly said "Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, 'If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth'...And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly refers to Al Franken as Stuart Smalley, Franken's played on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do." E-mail Bill O'Reilly at oreilly@foxnews.com and tell him to correct the record on his show tonight lest he destroy the sanctity of the "No Spin Zone."

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 PM | Comments (4)

    Chicago Newspapers Slam Ryan

    The Chicago Sun-Times says it's time for US Senate hopeful Jack Ryan to exit:

    When we endorsed Ryan, we said he would "best represent the highest principles and traditions of the Republican Party." In light of his unprincipled behavior in handling this crisis -- which doesn't reflect well on how he would handle a crisis in office -- we can no longer say that. And it's safe to say that Ryan has alienated such staunch party figures as state Republican chairman Judy Baar Topinka, who is furious at Ryan for letting her think there was nothing embarrassing in the court papers -- if these revelations aren't embarrassing, what does he think is? -- and former Gov. Jim Edgar, who also was kept in the dark about the sex clubs. Ryan should now do the honorable thing, which is to step down from the nomination and let the party choose someone else to run against Democrat Barack Obama. The scandals of one Ryan, former Gov. George Ryan, have already damaged the political fortunes of the Republican Party; the GOP can do without this Ryan dragging it down further. And Illinois voters deserve a better choice in the November election for U.S. Senate.
    And the Chicago Tribune writes that the allegations "raised this week go much deeper than a novice candidate's mistakes."
    More troubling--and more certain than the allegations in a divorce file-- is that Ryan was not honest with Republican primary voters, nor with party leaders who asked him, before the election, if his divorce records would embarrass him or the party. He said they would not.

    In a statewide automated phone message put out by the Ryan campaign just before the election he encouraged voters to "ignore these false attacks" supposedly planted by GOP opponents.

    Ryan assured people that he had released everything except for documents pertaining directly to his 9-year-old son. He said he wasn't trying to hide embarrassing information. "The only thing that we've kept sealed--meaning my ex-wife and I together--are those documents involving the custody of my son," Ryan was quoted as saying in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    The allegations contained in the files released Monday have nothing to do with his son.

    Posted by Eric at 02:05 PM | Comments (2)

    Chicago Newspapers Slam Ryan

    The Chicago Sun-Times says it's time for US Senate hopeful Jack Ryan to exit:

    When we endorsed Ryan, we said he would "best represent the highest principles and traditions of the Republican Party." In light of his unprincipled behavior in handling this crisis -- which doesn't reflect well on how he would handle a crisis in office -- we can no longer say that. And it's safe to say that Ryan has alienated such staunch party figures as state Republican chairman Judy Baar Topinka, who is furious at Ryan for letting her think there was nothing embarrassing in the court papers -- if these revelations aren't embarrassing, what does he think is? -- and former Gov. Jim Edgar, who also was kept in the dark about the sex clubs. Ryan should now do the honorable thing, which is to step down from the nomination and let the party choose someone else to run against Democrat Barack Obama. The scandals of one Ryan, former Gov. George Ryan, have already damaged the political fortunes of the Republican Party; the GOP can do without this Ryan dragging it down further. And Illinois voters deserve a better choice in the November election for U.S. Senate.
    And the Chicago Tribune writes that the allegations "raised this week go much deeper than a novice candidate's mistakes."
    More troubling--and more certain than the allegations in a divorce file-- is that Ryan was not honest with Republican primary voters, nor with party leaders who asked him, before the election, if his divorce records would embarrass him or the party. He said they would not.

    In a statewide automated phone message put out by the Ryan campaign just before the election he encouraged voters to "ignore these false attacks" supposedly planted by GOP opponents.

    Ryan assured people that he had released everything except for documents pertaining directly to his 9-year-old son. He said he wasn't trying to hide embarrassing information. "The only thing that we've kept sealed--meaning my ex-wife and I together--are those documents involving the custody of my son," Ryan was quoted as saying in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    The allegations contained in the files released Monday have nothing to do with his son.

    Posted by Eric at 02:05 PM | Comments (0)

    Nader Rebukes Black Leaders; Stays Course

    The Congressional Black Caucus asks Nader to quite race, Nader refuses:

    Ralph Nader had a testy meeting Tuesday with black members of Congress and rejected their request that he quit the presidential race. At the same time, Arizona Democrats prepared to challenge Nader's qualifications to appear on that state's ballot as an independent candidate.
    The developments reflect Democrats' increasing frustration with Nader and his potential to woo liberal votes away from John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

    Shouts could be heard from inside the meeting with more than a dozen Congressional Black Caucus members, including Nader's voice, in what proved to be a rancorous session. One female shouted, "You can't win," to which Nader shot back an inaudible response.

    "It became abundantly clear to us that this was about Ralph Nader and we were sorely disappointed," caucus chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md, said afterward. "If nothing else, we believe we've had an impact on his conscience. Now we pray he'll synchronize his conscience with his conduct."

    Posted by Eric at 02:01 PM | Comments (43)

    Nader Rebukes Black Leaders; Stays Course

    The Congressional Black Caucus asks Nader to quite race, Nader refuses:

    Ralph Nader had a testy meeting Tuesday with black members of Congress and rejected their request that he quit the presidential race. At the same time, Arizona Democrats prepared to challenge Nader's qualifications to appear on that state's ballot as an independent candidate.
    The developments reflect Democrats' increasing frustration with Nader and his potential to woo liberal votes away from John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

    Shouts could be heard from inside the meeting with more than a dozen Congressional Black Caucus members, including Nader's voice, in what proved to be a rancorous session. One female shouted, "You can't win," to which Nader shot back an inaudible response.

    "It became abundantly clear to us that this was about Ralph Nader and we were sorely disappointed," caucus chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md, said afterward. "If nothing else, we believe we've had an impact on his conscience. Now we pray he'll synchronize his conscience with his conduct."

    Posted by Eric at 02:01 PM | Comments (1)

    Minorities, Gays: Bush Divides, Not Unites

    No duh:

    A majority of gays and racial minorities voted Democratic in 2000, according to interest groups and academics that track such trends. Bush could gain hundreds of thousands of votes in 2004 by making inroads among these groups if these voters think he has kept his promise.

    Instead, some Hispanic, black and gay voters are disappointed with the president — but for different reasons — political scientists, minorities and gay groups say.

    Bush appointed blacks to high-ranking positions, including Secretary of State Colin Powell and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. But he has done little else to reach out to black voters, said Ron Walters, a University of Maryland professor and expert on blacks in politics. Fewer than one of 10 blacks voted for Bush in 2000, exit polls and interest groups say.

    Four years ago, about one of three Hispanics backed Bush, according to the National Council of La Raza, a nonpartisan organization that advocates improving Hispanic Americans' lives. But Bush may not increase support to his two-of-five-voter goal, said Clarissa Martinez, La Raza's voter mobilization director. Some Hispanics say Bush has not helped create many new jobs nor provided adequate money for his No Child Left Behind educational reforms. The economy and education are the most important issues for Hispanic voters the Republican Party heavily courts.

    In related news, The Hill notes that Log Cabin Republicans are still unsure about whether or not to endorse Bush.

    Posted by Eric at 01:54 PM | Comments (16)

    Minorities, Gays: Bush Divides, Not Unites

    No duh:

    A majority of gays and racial minorities voted Democratic in 2000, according to interest groups and academics that track such trends. Bush could gain hundreds of thousands of votes in 2004 by making inroads among these groups if these voters think he has kept his promise.

    Instead, some Hispanic, black and gay voters are disappointed with the president — but for different reasons — political scientists, minorities and gay groups say.

    Bush appointed blacks to high-ranking positions, including Secretary of State Colin Powell and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. But he has done little else to reach out to black voters, said Ron Walters, a University of Maryland professor and expert on blacks in politics. Fewer than one of 10 blacks voted for Bush in 2000, exit polls and interest groups say.

    Four years ago, about one of three Hispanics backed Bush, according to the National Council of La Raza, a nonpartisan organization that advocates improving Hispanic Americans' lives. But Bush may not increase support to his two-of-five-voter goal, said Clarissa Martinez, La Raza's voter mobilization director. Some Hispanics say Bush has not helped create many new jobs nor provided adequate money for his No Child Left Behind educational reforms. The economy and education are the most important issues for Hispanic voters the Republican Party heavily courts.

    In related news, The Hill notes that Log Cabin Republicans are still unsure about whether or not to endorse Bush.

    Posted by Eric at 01:54 PM | Comments (0)

    Senior Intel Officer: Al Qaeda Will Attack US to Ensure Bush Victory

    This was in The Guardian over the weekend, but it deserves a bump:

    A senior US intelligence official is about to publish a bitter condemnation of America's counter-terrorism policy, arguing that the west is losing the war against al-Qaida and that an "avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked" war in Iraq has played into Osama bin Laden's hands.
    Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, due out next month, dismisses two of the most frequent boasts of the Bush administration: that Bin Laden and al-Qaida are "on the run" and that the Iraq invasion has made America safer.

    In an interview with the Guardian the official, who writes as "Anonymous", described al-Qaida as a much more proficient and focused organisation than it was in 2001, and predicted that it would "inevitably" acquire weapons of mass destruction and try to use them ... Anonymous, who published an analysis of al-Qaida last year called Through Our Enemies' Eyes, thinks it quite possible that another devastating strike against the US could come during the election campaign, not with the intention of changing the administration, as was the case in the Madrid bombing, but of keeping the same one in place.

    Just a single example? Err ...
    Imperial Hubris is the latest in a relentless stream of books attacking the administration in election year. Most of the earlier ones, however, were written by embittered former officials. This one is unprecedented in being the work of a serving official with nearly 20 years experience in counter-terrorism who is still part of the intelligence establishment.

    The fact that he has been allowed to publish, albeit anonymously and without naming which agency he works for, may reflect the increasing frustration of senior intelligence officials at the course the administration has taken.

    Peter Bergen, the author of two books on Bin Laden and al-Qaida, said: "His views represent an amped-up version of what is emerging as a consensus among intelligence counter-terrorist professionals."

    The book on Amazon.com.

    Posted by Eric at 02:47 AM | Comments (26)

    Senior Intel Officer: Al Qaeda Will Attack US to Ensure Bush Victory

    This was in The Guardian over the weekend, but it deserves a bump:

    A senior US intelligence official is about to publish a bitter condemnation of America's counter-terrorism policy, arguing that the west is losing the war against al-Qaida and that an "avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked" war in Iraq has played into Osama bin Laden's hands.
    Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, due out next month, dismisses two of the most frequent boasts of the Bush administration: that Bin Laden and al-Qaida are "on the run" and that the Iraq invasion has made America safer.

    In an interview with the Guardian the official, who writes as "Anonymous", described al-Qaida as a much more proficient and focused organisation than it was in 2001, and predicted that it would "inevitably" acquire weapons of mass destruction and try to use them ... Anonymous, who published an analysis of al-Qaida last year called Through Our Enemies' Eyes, thinks it quite possible that another devastating strike against the US could come during the election campaign, not with the intention of changing the administration, as was the case in the Madrid bombing, but of keeping the same one in place.

    Just a single example? Err ...
    Imperial Hubris is the latest in a relentless stream of books attacking the administration in election year. Most of the earlier ones, however, were written by embittered former officials. This one is unprecedented in being the work of a serving official with nearly 20 years experience in counter-terrorism who is still part of the intelligence establishment.

    The fact that he has been allowed to publish, albeit anonymously and without naming which agency he works for, may reflect the increasing frustration of senior intelligence officials at the course the administration has taken.

    Peter Bergen, the author of two books on Bin Laden and al-Qaida, said: "His views represent an amped-up version of what is emerging as a consensus among intelligence counter-terrorist professionals."

    The book on Amazon.com.

    Posted by Eric at 02:47 AM | Comments (3)

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    11 States and 14 Environmental Groups File Brief Against Bush re: Global Warming

    Earthjustice on the legal action:

    A coalition including 11 states and 14 environmental groups today filed a brief in a case challenging the Bush administration's continued failure to confront global warming. The plaintiffs are targeting the Environmental Protection Agency's unprecedented ruling that summarily disavowed the agency's long-standing Clean Air Act authority to regulate global warming emissions. The states, cities, and groups challenged EPA's decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

    "EPA's policy reversal is a crude attempt by the Bush administration to tie its own hands, and then claim that it is powerless to address the critical issue of global warming," said David Bookbinder, Washington Legal Director for the Sierra Club.

    On August 28, 2003, EPA officials reversed long-standing policy with an administrative ruling that denied authority to control heat-trapping emissions like carbon dioxide, claiming they do not meet the Clean Air Act definition of a "pollutant." The ruling came in response to a 1999 petition by the International Center for Technology Assessment, Greenpeace, and other environmental organizations asking the EPA to comply with the law, which requires the agency to protect Americans against all harmful pollutants, including emissions that damage the climate.

    "The Bush administration tried to say yet again that it's not their job to fight global warming. In fact they have both the legal and moral responsibility to tackle global warming pollution," said Bookbinder.

    Posted by Eric at 02:05 AM | Comments (40)

    11 States and 14 Environmental Groups File Brief Against Bush re: Global Warming

    Earthjustice on the legal action:

    A coalition including 11 states and 14 environmental groups today filed a brief in a case challenging the Bush administration's continued failure to confront global warming. The plaintiffs are targeting the Environmental Protection Agency's unprecedented ruling that summarily disavowed the agency's long-standing Clean Air Act authority to regulate global warming emissions. The states, cities, and groups challenged EPA's decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

    "EPA's policy reversal is a crude attempt by the Bush administration to tie its own hands, and then claim that it is powerless to address the critical issue of global warming," said David Bookbinder, Washington Legal Director for the Sierra Club.

    On August 28, 2003, EPA officials reversed long-standing policy with an administrative ruling that denied authority to control heat-trapping emissions like carbon dioxide, claiming they do not meet the Clean Air Act definition of a "pollutant." The ruling came in response to a 1999 petition by the International Center for Technology Assessment, Greenpeace, and other environmental organizations asking the EPA to comply with the law, which requires the agency to protect Americans against all harmful pollutants, including emissions that damage the climate.

    "The Bush administration tried to say yet again that it's not their job to fight global warming. In fact they have both the legal and moral responsibility to tackle global warming pollution," said Bookbinder.

    Posted by Eric at 02:05 AM | Comments (5)

    June 22, 2004

    Tuesday

    News
    BGlobe. Kerry rebukes president's policies on medical research: 48 Nobel laureates endorse senator
    AP. Flurry of Suicide Attempts at Guantanamo
    AP. Court: No Right to Keep Name From Police
    CBS. Iraq Attacks Target GIs
    NYT. Top Commanders Face Questioning on Prison Abuse
    NYT. U.S. Rules on Prisoners Seen as a Back and Forth of Mixed Messages to G.I.'s
    NYT. Bush Considers Replacing C.I.A. Chief More Quickly
    NYT. President Makes a Dual-Purpose Trip to Ohio
    WP. Connecticut Governor Resigns; Rowland Was Facing Impeachment Move
    WP. Bush Loses Advantage In War on Terrorism - Nation Evenly Divided on President, Kerry
    WP. Nader Picks Green Party Running Mate
    Bloomberg. S. Korean Hostage Alive After Deadline, Yonhap Says
    Newsday. CIA: No Iraqi officer link; White House official denies commissioner's statement that tied Saddam's Fedayeen unit to al-Qaida
    AP. HMOs Win Supreme Court Malpractice Case; Patients Who Say HMOs Wouldn't Pay for Recommended Care Can't Sue for Big Damages, Court Rules
    CBS. Clinton Was 'Obsessed' With Osama
    AP. Five American soldiers killed in Iraq; Military also says al-Zarqawi associates killed
    IBD. Wall Street hopes to pave road to Bush victory
    Hartford Courant. Lieberman Now Kerry's Odd Man Out
    AP. Kerry Taps Vernon Jordan for Debate Talks

    Commentary
    Garance Franke-Ruta. See Dick Run, Part II: On Wednesday, Matthew Yglesias listed the reasons Dick Gephardt should not be vice-president. He was right -- but he forgot a few
    Seymour M. Hersh. Plan B
    Stuart Klawans. Fahrenheit 9/11 Review: By Way of Deception
    Eric Boehlert. Still smiting Slick Willie: The New York Times continues its decade of Clinton bashing by trashing his memoirs. And it still won't fess up on Whitewater
    Mary Jacoby. How secure is the Department of Homeland Security?
    Robert B. Reich. Buying Drugs in Bulk; It's time to negotiate.
    Richard Cohen. Grand Delusion: Two Leaders Who See What They Want to See
    E. J. Dionne Jr. /11 Credibility Gap: Hussein's Ties to the Attacks? Show Us the Proof
    Krugman. Noonday in the Shade
    Helen Thomas. Bush's credibility gap widens ...
    Marie Cocco. On 9/11, underlings outshone biggies
    Robert Scheer. Truth About Iraq Finally Has Its Pants On
    Michael Kinsley. The Trouble With Optimism
    Jesse Jackson. Abuse of power makes U.S. weak

    Posted by Eric at 11:58 PM | Comments (2)

    Tuesday

    News
    BGlobe. Kerry rebukes president's policies on medical research: 48 Nobel laureates endorse senator
    AP. Flurry of Suicide Attempts at Guantanamo
    AP. Court: No Right to Keep Name From Police
    CBS. Iraq Attacks Target GIs
    NYT. Top Commanders Face Questioning on Prison Abuse
    NYT. U.S. Rules on Prisoners Seen as a Back and Forth of Mixed Messages to G.I.'s
    NYT. Bush Considers Replacing C.I.A. Chief More Quickly
    NYT. President Makes a Dual-Purpose Trip to Ohio
    WP. Connecticut Governor Resigns; Rowland Was Facing Impeachment Move
    WP. Bush Loses Advantage In War on Terrorism - Nation Evenly Divided on President, Kerry
    WP. Nader Picks Green Party Running Mate
    Bloomberg. S. Korean Hostage Alive After Deadline, Yonhap Says
    Newsday. CIA: No Iraqi officer link; White House official denies commissioner's statement that tied Saddam's Fedayeen unit to al-Qaida
    AP. HMOs Win Supreme Court Malpractice Case; Patients Who Say HMOs Wouldn't Pay for Recommended Care Can't Sue for Big Damages, Court Rules
    CBS. Clinton Was 'Obsessed' With Osama
    AP. Five American soldiers killed in Iraq; Military also says al-Zarqawi associates killed
    IBD. Wall Street hopes to pave road to Bush victory
    Hartford Courant. Lieberman Now Kerry's Odd Man Out
    AP. Kerry Taps Vernon Jordan for Debate Talks

    Commentary
    Garance Franke-Ruta. See Dick Run, Part II: On Wednesday, Matthew Yglesias listed the reasons Dick Gephardt should not be vice-president. He was right -- but he forgot a few
    Seymour M. Hersh. Plan B
    Stuart Klawans. Fahrenheit 9/11 Review: By Way of Deception
    Eric Boehlert. Still smiting Slick Willie: The New York Times continues its decade of Clinton bashing by trashing his memoirs. And it still won't fess up on Whitewater
    Mary Jacoby. How secure is the Department of Homeland Security?
    Robert B. Reich. Buying Drugs in Bulk; It's time to negotiate.
    Richard Cohen. Grand Delusion: Two Leaders Who See What They Want to See
    E. J. Dionne Jr. /11 Credibility Gap: Hussein's Ties to the Attacks? Show Us the Proof
    Krugman. Noonday in the Shade
    Helen Thomas. Bush's credibility gap widens ...
    Marie Cocco. On 9/11, underlings outshone biggies
    Robert Scheer. Truth About Iraq Finally Has Its Pants On
    Michael Kinsley. The Trouble With Optimism
    Jesse Jackson. Abuse of power makes U.S. weak

    Posted by Eric at 11:58 PM | Comments (2)

    Wonkette on Joe Scarborough

    Headline: "Wouldn't This Be a Great World If Insecurity And Desperation Made Us More Attractive?" - on Joe Scarborough trying his hardest to land Michael Moore on his show.

    Posted by Eric at 08:19 PM | Comments (22)

    Wonkette on Joe Scarborough

    Headline: "Wouldn't This Be a Great World If Insecurity And Desperation Made Us More Attractive?" - on Joe Scarborough trying his hardest to land Michael Moore on his show.

    Posted by Eric at 08:19 PM | Comments (0)

    'Fahrenheit' Will Be "R"

    Reports AP:

    Lions Gate Films and IFC Films, the movie's distributors, said an appeals board for the Motion Picture Association of America rejected their request to reduce the rating to PG-13.

    The R rating prohibits those 17 and younger from seeing "Fahrenheit 9/11" without an adult.

    The movie, which won the top honor at last month's Cannes Film Festival (news - web sites), was rated R for "violent and disturbing images and for language." The movie's images include an Iraqi man tossing a dead baby into a truckload of bodies, Iraqis burned by napalm and a public beheading in Saudi Arabia.

    Posted by Eric at 06:51 PM | Comments (41)

    'Fahrenheit' Will Be "R"

    Reports AP:

    Lions Gate Films and IFC Films, the movie's distributors, said an appeals board for the Motion Picture Association of America rejected their request to reduce the rating to PG-13.

    The R rating prohibits those 17 and younger from seeing "Fahrenheit 9/11" without an adult.

    The movie, which won the top honor at last month's Cannes Film Festival (news - web sites), was rated R for "violent and disturbing images and for language." The movie's images include an Iraqi man tossing a dead baby into a truckload of bodies, Iraqis burned by napalm and a public beheading in Saudi Arabia.

    Posted by Eric at 06:51 PM | Comments (4)

    Questions for Wolfowitz

    With Paul Wolfowitz scheduled to testify before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees this week, CAP has some questions for the deputy secretary of defense, including:

    QUESTION FOR WOLFOWITZ - TROOP LEVELS: Does Wolfowitz still believe Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki's estimates were "wildly off the mark?" In the march to war, Wolfowitz publicly rebuked Shinseki for his estimate that "several hundred thousand troops" would be necessary to provide security in post-war Iraq. At the time, Wolfowitz dismissed Shinseki's estimate as "wildly off the mark" and said "the notion that it would take several hundred thousand American troops just seems outlandish." There are now 138,000 American troops deployed in Iraq, including 20,000 soldiers who have had their tours extended – and many believe this is still not enough. Former Army Secretary Thomas White admitted as early as last summer the Pentagon's civilian leadership had "underestimated the number of troops needed to occupy Iraq," and said, "the facts bear out that [Shinseki] was pretty accurate in his estimate."

    Posted by Eric at 06:08 PM | Comments (8)

    Questions for Wolfowitz

    With Paul Wolfowitz scheduled to testify before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees this week, CAP has some questions for the deputy secretary of defense, including:

    QUESTION FOR WOLFOWITZ - TROOP LEVELS: Does Wolfowitz still believe Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki's estimates were "wildly off the mark?" In the march to war, Wolfowitz publicly rebuked Shinseki for his estimate that "several hundred thousand troops" would be necessary to provide security in post-war Iraq. At the time, Wolfowitz dismissed Shinseki's estimate as "wildly off the mark" and said "the notion that it would take several hundred thousand American troops just seems outlandish." There are now 138,000 American troops deployed in Iraq, including 20,000 soldiers who have had their tours extended – and many believe this is still not enough. Former Army Secretary Thomas White admitted as early as last summer the Pentagon's civilian leadership had "underestimated the number of troops needed to occupy Iraq," and said, "the facts bear out that [Shinseki] was pretty accurate in his estimate."

    Posted by Eric at 06:08 PM | Comments (0)

    Single Mothers Suffer Under Bush

    A new report from EPI finds "that during the last few years of labor market weakness, the proportion of single mothers who are employed has fallen."

    The employment rate among single mothers fell from 73.0 percent in 2000 to 69.8 percent in 2003 — a larger decline than among other parents or the population overall.

    Despite this recent decline, the employment rate among single mothers remains considerably higher than it was in the mid-1990s. Between 1995 and 2000, single mothers’ employment rates increased for several reasons, including a booming economy, expanded assistance for working families, and a variety of welfare-to-work policies. About one-fourth of these employment gains were lost between 2000 and 2003.

    The employment losses have not triggered a nationwide increase in the number of families receiving TANF cash assistance, raising questions about whether the safety net has become less responsive to the needs of parents who lose their jobs. In fact, recent data show that among families poor enough to qualify for TANF cash assistance — families typically well below the poverty line — the proportion who actually receives TANF has fallen dramatically since the mid-1990s and continued to fall in the recession year of 2001.

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

    Single Mothers Suffer Under Bush

    A new report from EPI finds "that during the last few years of labor market weakness, the proportion of single mothers who are employed has fallen."

    The employment rate among single mothers fell from 73.0 percent in 2000 to 69.8 percent in 2003 — a larger decline than among other parents or the population overall.

    Despite this recent decline, the employment rate among single mothers remains considerably higher than it was in the mid-1990s. Between 1995 and 2000, single mothers’ employment rates increased for several reasons, including a booming economy, expanded assistance for working families, and a variety of welfare-to-work policies. About one-fourth of these employment gains were lost between 2000 and 2003.

    The employment losses have not triggered a nationwide increase in the number of families receiving TANF cash assistance, raising questions about whether the safety net has become less responsive to the needs of parents who lose their jobs. In fact, recent data show that among families poor enough to qualify for TANF cash assistance — families typically well below the poverty line — the proportion who actually receives TANF has fallen dramatically since the mid-1990s and continued to fall in the recession year of 2001.

    Posted by Eric at 06:02 PM | Comments (0)

    Republican Pete Coors on Twins

    From the Denver Post:

    Pete Coors isn't sure whether the busty, blond Coors Light Twins are a liability or an asset in his race for the U.S. Senate.

    "The religious right doesn't understand why we would have the twins in our advertising," Pete told me last week. "But I've had an equal number of people come up and say, 'Boy if you took the twins on the campaign trail, we'd really vote for you."'

    Too bad Pete can't do that under federal campaign finance laws. But if voters want an explanation of why a conservative Republican is involved with sexually explicit advertising, Pete offers this: "We don't sell marshmallows or Popsicles. We're in the beer business."

    Posted by Eric at 05:46 PM | Comments (45)

    Republican Pete Coors on Twins

    From the Denver Post:

    Pete Coors isn't sure whether the busty, blond Coors Light Twins are a liability or an asset in his race for the U.S. Senate.

    "The religious right doesn't understand why we would have the twins in our advertising," Pete told me last week. "But I've had an equal number of people come up and say, 'Boy if you took the twins on the campaign trail, we'd really vote for you."'

    Too bad Pete can't do that under federal campaign finance laws. But if voters want an explanation of why a conservative Republican is involved with sexually explicit advertising, Pete offers this: "We don't sell marshmallows or Popsicles. We're in the beer business."

    Posted by Eric at 05:46 PM | Comments (4)

    Bad Numbers for Bush in New ABC/WPost Poll

    Among some of the bad numbers from the new poll:

  • "For the first time in ABC News/Washington Post polls, more than half of Americans, 52 percent, say the Iraq war was not worth fighting. Seven in 10 call U.S. casualties there "unacceptable," a new high. And there's been a steady slide in belief that the war has enhanced long-term U.S. security; 51 percent now say so, down 11 points this year."
  • "Approval of his handling of the U.S. campaign against terrorism has fallen to 50 percent, its lowest yet — down eight points in the last month and 29 points below its immediate postwar peak. In a hazardous turn of fortune for Bush, Democrat John Kerry now runs evenly with him in trust to handle terrorism; Bush had led by 13 points on this issue a month ago, and by 21 points the month before."
  • "But Kerry is scoring against Bush elsewhere as well, running ahead in trust to handle five of nine issues tested in this poll, from taxes to education to health care; Bush doesn't lead significantly in any of them. And personally, while Americans broadly see Bush as more consistent, they see Kerry as more honest and trustworthy, by a 13-point margin, and more in touch with their problems, by 20 points."

    The only bad numbers for Kerry, it seems, is that "the public by a 14-point margin picks him over Kerry to keep the nation safer and more secure. And the Massachusetts senator may be vulnerable on specifics; only four in 10 say he has a "clear plan" on terrorism."

    Posted by Eric at 06:51 AM | Comments (23)

    Bad Numbers for Bush in New ABC/WPost Poll

    Among some of the bad numbers from the new poll:

  • "For the first time in ABC News/Washington Post polls, more than half of Americans, 52 percent, say the Iraq war was not worth fighting. Seven in 10 call U.S. casualties there "unacceptable," a new high. And there's been a steady slide in belief that the war has enhanced long-term U.S. security; 51 percent now say so, down 11 points this year."
  • "Approval of his handling of the U.S. campaign against terrorism has fallen to 50 percent, its lowest yet — down eight points in the last month and 29 points below its immediate postwar peak. In a hazardous turn of fortune for Bush, Democrat John Kerry now runs evenly with him in trust to handle terrorism; Bush had led by 13 points on this issue a month ago, and by 21 points the month before."
  • "But Kerry is scoring against Bush elsewhere as well, running ahead in trust to handle five of nine issues tested in this poll, from taxes to education to health care; Bush doesn't lead significantly in any of them. And personally, while Americans broadly see Bush as more consistent, they see Kerry as more honest and trustworthy, by a 13-point margin, and more in touch with their problems, by 20 points."

    The only bad numbers for Kerry, it seems, is that "the public by a 14-point margin picks him over Kerry to keep the nation safer and more secure. And the Massachusetts senator may be vulnerable on specifics; only four in 10 say he has a "clear plan" on terrorism."

    Posted by Eric at 06:51 AM | Comments (7)

    How to Blame Liberals for Beheadings

    e.g. Ralph Peters in Front Page Magazine:

    Arab extremists and dictators have become the ghetto blacks of hard-Left foreign policy. They’re all victims of Washington and bear no personal responsibility for their own errors, failures or crimes. It isn’t the Saddams, Abdullahs, Assads or Mubaraks who oppress the Arab masses, you see. Despots are never guilty--unless they get too chummy with the Americans. Anyway, dictators are victims, too. The mass graves and misery that haunt the Middle East (if such inconveniences must be mentioned at all) are my fault. And yours, dear reader. We’re to blame for all that’s wrong with the world. And don’t you forget it!

    The family secret of the hard-Left is that its followers share one powerful trait with Osama bin Laden: They need to look down on others, to feel superior and just. If the lords of terror dispense with displays of pity for their victims, it’s only because they haven’t yet attained the leftist’s level of hypocrisy.

    And the ending line, with the obligatory Michael Moore shot: "We all await, anxiously, Michael Moore’s film “Trolling For al-Qaeda.” A pity Paul Johnson Jr. won’t be around to watch it."

    Posted by Eric at 03:59 AM | Comments (33)

    How to Blame Liberals for Beheadings

    e.g. Ralph Peters in Front Page Magazine:

    Arab extremists and dictators have become the ghetto blacks of hard-Left foreign policy. They’re all victims of Washington and bear no personal responsibility for their own errors, failures or crimes. It isn’t the Saddams, Abdullahs, Assads or Mubaraks who oppress the Arab masses, you see. Despots are never guilty--unless they get too chummy with the Americans. Anyway, dictators are victims, too. The mass graves and misery that haunt the Middle East (if such inconveniences must be mentioned at all) are my fault. And yours, dear reader. We’re to blame for all that’s wrong with the world. And don’t you forget it!

    The family secret of the hard-Left is that its followers share one powerful trait with Osama bin Laden: They need to look down on others, to feel superior and just. If the lords of terror dispense with displays of pity for their victims, it’s only because they haven’t yet attained the leftist’s level of hypocrisy.

    And the ending line, with the obligatory Michael Moore shot: "We all await, anxiously, Michael Moore’s film “Trolling For al-Qaeda.” A pity Paul Johnson Jr. won’t be around to watch it."

    Posted by Eric at 03:59 AM | Comments (2)

    F 9-11 Garners Favorable Reviews

    Link via Skippy, according to Rotten Tomatoes, Michael Moore's new movie has the approval of 81% of critics surveyed

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (57)

    F 9-11 Garners Favorable Reviews

    Link via Skippy, according to Rotten Tomatoes, Michael Moore's new movie has the approval of 81% of critics surveyed

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (3)

    Kurtz Spins Reagan; Attacks Clinton

    No real surprise that Howie Kurtz is shilling for conservatives; nevertheless, this Media Matters item is a good catch.

    Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz falsely suggested that former President Ronald Reagan, unlike former President Bill Clinton, "left office a popular figure" -- overlooking Clinton's higher final approval rating; higher average approval rating; higher second-term average rating; and higher average rating than Reagan's for their final two years in office.

    Kurtz wrote in his June 21 "Media Notes" column:

    Reagan, despite the Iran-contra scandal, left office a popular figure; Clinton's departure came two years after he was impeached and was clouded by his wave of last-minute pardons.

    Reagan's final Gallup job approval rating before leaving office was 63 percent. Clinton's was 65 percent -- the "highest for a departing president in the half-century of modern polling." [USA Today, 1/17/01]

    Over the course of his entire presidency, Reagan had an average Gallup approval rating of 53 percent -- not bad. But not as good as that of Clinton, whose average approval rating was 55 percent.

    Further, Gallup recently noted, "Clinton's overall second-term average was substantially higher than his first term, at 61%. (Reagan's second-term average was 55%.)"

    Posted by Eric at 12:59 AM | Comments (27)

    Kurtz Spins Reagan; Attacks Clinton

    No real surprise that Howie Kurtz is shilling for conservatives; nevertheless, this Media Matters item is a good catch.

    Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz falsely suggested that former President Ronald Reagan, unlike former President Bill Clinton, "left office a popular figure" -- overlooking Clinton's higher final approval rating; higher average approval rating; higher second-term average rating; and higher average rating than Reagan's for their final two years in office.

    Kurtz wrote in his June 21 "Media Notes" column:

    Reagan, despite the Iran-contra scandal, left office a popular figure; Clinton's departure came two years after he was impeached and was clouded by his wave of last-minute pardons.

    Reagan's final Gallup job approval rating before leaving office was 63 percent. Clinton's was 65 percent -- the "highest for a departing president in the half-century of modern polling." [USA Today, 1/17/01]

    Over the course of his entire presidency, Reagan had an average Gallup approval rating of 53 percent -- not bad. But not as good as that of Clinton, whose average approval rating was 55 percent.

    Further, Gallup recently noted, "Clinton's overall second-term average was substantially higher than his first term, at 61%. (Reagan's second-term average was 55%.)"

    Posted by Eric at 12:59 AM | Comments (2)

    Cheney Lies Again

    From WPost's Al Kamen:

    June 17, 2004. Vice President Cheney talking to CNBC's Gloria Borger.

    Borger: "Well, let's go to MohamedAtta for a minute, because you mentioned him as well. You have said in the past that it was, quote, 'pretty well confirmed.' "

    Cheney: "No, I never said that."

    Borger: "Okay."

    Cheney: "Never said that."

    Borger: "I think that is . . . "

    Cheney: "Absolutely not. What I said was the Czech intelligence service reported after 9/11 that Atta had been in Prague on April 9th of 2001, where he allegedly met with an Iraqi intelligence official. We have never been able to confirm that nor have we been able to knock it down."

    On Dec. 9, 2001. Cheney talking to NBC's Tim Russert.

    Cheney: "Well, what we now have that's developed since you and I last talked, Tim, of course, was that report that -- it's been pretty well confirmed that he did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack. Now, what the purpose of that was, what transpired between them, we simply don't know at this point, but that's clearly an avenue that we want to pursue."

    Posted by Eric at 12:45 AM | Comments (24)

    Cheney Lies Again

    From WPost's Al Kamen:

    June 17, 2004. Vice President Cheney talking to CNBC's Gloria Borger.

    Borger: "Well, let's go to MohamedAtta for a minute, because you mentioned him as well. You have said in the past that it was, quote, 'pretty well confirmed.' "

    Cheney: "No, I never said that."

    Borger: "Okay."

    Cheney: "Never said that."

    Borger: "I think that is . . . "

    Cheney: "Absolutely not. What I said was the Czech intelligence service reported after 9/11 that Atta had been in Prague on April 9th of 2001, where he allegedly met with an Iraqi intelligence official. We have never been able to confirm that nor have we been able to knock it down."

    On Dec. 9, 2001. Cheney talking to NBC's Tim Russert.

    Cheney: "Well, what we now have that's developed since you and I last talked, Tim, of course, was that report that -- it's been pretty well confirmed that he did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack. Now, what the purpose of that was, what transpired between them, we simply don't know at this point, but that's clearly an avenue that we want to pursue."

    Posted by Eric at 12:45 AM | Comments (2)

    June 21, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    NYT. U.S. Said to Overstate Value of Guantánamo Detainees
    NYT. Iraq Government Considers Using Emergency Rule
    NYT. Redefining the Front Lines in Reversing War's Toll
    NYT. 9/11 Panel Members Debate Qaeda-Iraq 'Tie'
    WP. An Educator Learns the Hard Way: Task of Rebuilding Universities Brings Frustration, Doubts and Danger
    WP. Iraq Leader Says Army Will Target Insurgents: Prime Minister Outlines Reorganization of Forces
    WP. Judicial Nominee Practiced Law Without License in Utah
    WP. Unions Take Kerry Message Door to Door; Candidate's Stance on Jobs Touted to Dwindling Number of Factory Workers in Pa
    TIME. New Abuse Charges; Allegations of mistreatment of female detainees
    AP. Study: 770 Discharged Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
    AP. Congress Examining Tax-Exempt Groups
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Green Party convention: a complicated scenario
    AP. Solider Dismissed After Revealing He's Gay; Army Bomb Squad Team Leader Says He Was Dismissed From Duty After He Told Commander He Was Gay
    CBS. New Beheading Threat - In Iraq
    AP. Snow Forecasts Lots Of Good Jobs
    Toronto Star. Clinton: U.S. went to war too soon
    BGlobe. Clinton talks candidly about his presidency
    NYDN. Ron Jr. hits Bush team

    Commentary
    Buzzflash. Interview: Robert Kane Pappas, Director and Producer of "Orwell Rolls in His Grave"
    Doug Ireland. The Cheney Connection
    Greg Palast. The Sour Smell of Spoiled Ballots
    Terence Samuel. The Anti-Reagan: The Gipper left the Democratic Party in shreds. Now Bush has united Dems -- and brought 11 key House seats a little bit closer
    John Gorenfeld. Hail to the Moon king: The deeply weird coronation of Rev. Sun Myung Moon in a Senate office building -- crown, robes, the works -- is no longer one of Washington's best-kept secrets
    Maeve Herbert. The Kids Are All Right: What young people are thinking about the economy, the parties, and the election
    David Corn. Al Qaeda Disconnect
    Bill Berkowitz. War on what? Despite admitting to having no 'coherent approach,' Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld says U.S. is considering new fronts in the 'war against terrorism'
    Pratap Chatterjee. Halliburton whistleblowers say millions wasted in Iraq; Is contracting giant 'looking busy' in Iraq to bilk taxpayers?
    Ted Levin. Turning Oceans into Tap Water
    Laura Wright. Bush's Stealth Attacks; Industry "experts" give the environment an ugly makeover
    Cynthia Tucker. Free market is no panacea for health care costs
    Andrew J. Bacevich. Fighting a War in Name Only
    Andrew Zimbalist. Economic signs aren't encouraging; Unemployment, inflationary trends, trade deficit allpaint an unsettling picture for the future
    Bob Herbert. Malpractice Myths
    NYT. Guns and the Gipper
    Naeem Mohaiemen. Politics with your Popcorn?
    ACLU. New Records Show That FBI Invoked Controversial Surveillance Powers Weeks After Attorney General Declared that Power Had Never Been Used
    Matthew Rothschild. America's Amnesia

    Posted by Eric at 11:52 PM | Comments (24)

    Monday Stories

    News
    NYT. U.S. Said to Overstate Value of Guantánamo Detainees
    NYT. Iraq Government Considers Using Emergency Rule
    NYT. Redefining the Front Lines in Reversing War's Toll
    NYT. 9/11 Panel Members Debate Qaeda-Iraq 'Tie'
    WP. An Educator Learns the Hard Way: Task of Rebuilding Universities Brings Frustration, Doubts and Danger
    WP. Iraq Leader Says Army Will Target Insurgents: Prime Minister Outlines Reorganization of Forces
    WP. Judicial Nominee Practiced Law Without License in Utah
    WP. Unions Take Kerry Message Door to Door; Candidate's Stance on Jobs Touted to Dwindling Number of Factory Workers in Pa
    TIME. New Abuse Charges; Allegations of mistreatment of female detainees
    AP. Study: 770 Discharged Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
    AP. Congress Examining Tax-Exempt Groups
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Green Party convention: a complicated scenario
    AP. Solider Dismissed After Revealing He's Gay; Army Bomb Squad Team Leader Says He Was Dismissed From Duty After He Told Commander He Was Gay
    CBS. New Beheading Threat - In Iraq
    AP. Snow Forecasts Lots Of Good Jobs
    Toronto Star. Clinton: U.S. went to war too soon
    BGlobe. Clinton talks candidly about his presidency
    NYDN. Ron Jr. hits Bush team

    Commentary
    Buzzflash. Interview: Robert Kane Pappas, Director and Producer of "Orwell Rolls in His Grave"
    Doug Ireland. The Cheney Connection
    Greg Palast. The Sour Smell of Spoiled Ballots
    Terence Samuel. The Anti-Reagan: The Gipper left the Democratic Party in shreds. Now Bush has united Dems -- and brought 11 key House seats a little bit closer
    John Gorenfeld. Hail to the Moon king: The deeply weird coronation of Rev. Sun Myung Moon in a Senate office building -- crown, robes, the works -- is no longer one of Washington's best-kept secrets
    Maeve Herbert. The Kids Are All Right: What young people are thinking about the economy, the parties, and the election
    David Corn. Al Qaeda Disconnect
    Bill Berkowitz. War on what? Despite admitting to having no 'coherent approach,' Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld says U.S. is considering new fronts in the 'war against terrorism'
    Pratap Chatterjee. Halliburton whistleblowers say millions wasted in Iraq; Is contracting giant 'looking busy' in Iraq to bilk taxpayers?
    Ted Levin. Turning Oceans into Tap Water
    Laura Wright. Bush's Stealth Attacks; Industry "experts" give the environment an ugly makeover
    Cynthia Tucker. Free market is no panacea for health care costs
    Andrew J. Bacevich. Fighting a War in Name Only
    Andrew Zimbalist. Economic signs aren't encouraging; Unemployment, inflationary trends, trade deficit allpaint an unsettling picture for the future
    Bob Herbert. Malpractice Myths
    NYT. Guns and the Gipper
    Naeem Mohaiemen. Politics with your Popcorn?
    ACLU. New Records Show That FBI Invoked Controversial Surveillance Powers Weeks After Attorney General Declared that Power Had Never Been Used
    Matthew Rothschild. America's Amnesia

    Posted by Eric at 11:52 PM | Comments (0)

    Republican Family Values

    Poor Jeri Ryan.

    Republican Senate candidate Jack Ryan pressured his wife, actress Jeri Lynn Ryan, to have sex in clubs while others watched, she charged in divorce documents released Monday.

    The ``Boston Public'' and ``Star Trek: Voyager'' actress said she angered Ryan by refusing. She did acknowledge infidelity on her part, which she said took place after their marriage was irretrievably broken.

    In the documents Ryan denied the allegations, saying he had been ``faithful and loyal'' to his wife.

    In a news conference held after the documents were released, Ryan repeatedly refused to comment on the allegations, saying his response in the court papers spoke for itself and that he would not discuss them again.

    Posted by Eric at 09:57 PM | Comments (21)

    Republican Family Values

    Poor Jeri Ryan.

    Republican Senate candidate Jack Ryan pressured his wife, actress Jeri Lynn Ryan, to have sex in clubs while others watched, she charged in divorce documents released Monday.

    The ``Boston Public'' and ``Star Trek: Voyager'' actress said she angered Ryan by refusing. She did acknowledge infidelity on her part, which she said took place after their marriage was irretrievably broken.

    In the documents Ryan denied the allegations, saying he had been ``faithful and loyal'' to his wife.

    In a news conference held after the documents were released, Ryan repeatedly refused to comment on the allegations, saying his response in the court papers spoke for itself and that he would not discuss them again.

    Posted by Eric at 09:57 PM | Comments (5)

    Bush's Credibility Problem

    See the DNC blog for more.

    Posted by Eric at 06:17 AM | Comments (1)

    Bush's Credibility Problem

    See the DNC blog for more.

    Posted by Eric at 06:17 AM | Comments (1)

    Kos on AZ Nader Ballot Effort

    Interesante. Is Nader sinking to new lows?

    The petition collectors were working for a GOP outfit, and were collecting signatures for two high-profile ballot initiatives. One is the "Protect Arizona Now" initiative, which is an anti-immigrant effort. The other is an attempt to repeal Arizona's landmark Clean Elections Bill which provides for public financing of political campaigns.

    The actual Nader petition did its best to fudge its purpose. The petitioners only said they were collecting signatures for an "independent candidate". The words "RALPH NADER" were buried in the petition page in 9pt font.

    So to make this perfectly clear -- Nader's petition effort piggybacked on both a xenophobic anti-immigrant effort, and an effort to roll back the state's public financing of elections. This is how low Nader has sunk. Is it any wonder his negatives are in the 70s and 80s?

    Posted by Eric at 06:06 AM | Comments (105)

    Kos on AZ Nader Ballot Effort

    Interesante. Is Nader sinking to new lows?

    The petition collectors were working for a GOP outfit, and were collecting signatures for two high-profile ballot initiatives. One is the "Protect Arizona Now" initiative, which is an anti-immigrant effort. The other is an attempt to repeal Arizona's landmark Clean Elections Bill which provides for public financing of political campaigns.

    The actual Nader petition did its best to fudge its purpose. The petitioners only said they were collecting signatures for an "independent candidate". The words "RALPH NADER" were buried in the petition page in 9pt font.

    So to make this perfectly clear -- Nader's petition effort piggybacked on both a xenophobic anti-immigrant effort, and an effort to roll back the state's public financing of elections. This is how low Nader has sunk. Is it any wonder his negatives are in the 70s and 80s?

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

    Hamster Numbers: ANWR

    From CAP:

    The House leadership is attempting to buy votes for drilling in ANWR – the centerpiece of the Bush administration's energy plan – by linking proceeds to health care costs of retired coal mine workers. This ploy does not change the proposal's fundamental flaws. Drilling in ANWR would likely produce only 3.2 billion barrels of oil, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, not even enough to satisfy six months' demand; oil would not begin to reach the market for another 10 years; and it would take 50 years to extract the full amount. For this pittance, the House leadership and the administration are willing to disturb hundreds of acres of pristine wildlife habitat.

    Posted by Eric at 06:02 AM | Comments (34)

    Hamster Numbers: ANWR

    From CAP:

    The House leadership is attempting to buy votes for drilling in ANWR – the centerpiece of the Bush administration's energy plan – by linking proceeds to health care costs of retired coal mine workers. This ploy does not change the proposal's fundamental flaws. Drilling in ANWR would likely produce only 3.2 billion barrels of oil, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, not even enough to satisfy six months' demand; oil would not begin to reach the market for another 10 years; and it would take 50 years to extract the full amount. For this pittance, the House leadership and the administration are willing to disturb hundreds of acres of pristine wildlife habitat.

    Posted by Eric at 06:02 AM | Comments (5)

    Getting War Priorities Straight

    Getting out those not straight:

    Even with concerns growing about waning numbers of military troops, 770 people were discharged for homosexuality last year under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a study to be released today shows.

    The figure, however, is significantly lower than the record 1,227 discharges in 2001 — just before the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq. Since "don't ask, don't tell" was adopted in 1994, nearly 10,000 military personnel have been discharged — including linguists, nuclear warfare experts and other key specialists ... The study, which analyzed military discharges between 1998 and 2003, found that the majority of those let go under "don't ask, don't tell" were active-duty enlisted personnel in the early stages of their careers.

    Of the nearly 6,300 people discharged during that period, 75 were officers. Seventy-one percent were men.

    Such as this guy:
    Brian Muller, an Army bomb squad team leader who served on a security detail for President Bush, said he was dismissed from duty after deciding to tell his commander he's gay.
    "I didn't do it to get out of a war I already served in a war," Muller, 25, said in an interview. "After putting my life on the line in the war, the idea that I was fighting for the freedoms of so many other people that I couldn't myself enjoy was almost unbearable."

    Posted by Eric at 05:54 AM | Comments (14)

    Getting War Priorities Straight

    Getting out those not straight:

    Even with concerns growing about waning numbers of military troops, 770 people were discharged for homosexuality last year under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a study to be released today shows.

    The figure, however, is significantly lower than the record 1,227 discharges in 2001 — just before the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq. Since "don't ask, don't tell" was adopted in 1994, nearly 10,000 military personnel have been discharged — including linguists, nuclear warfare experts and other key specialists ... The study, which analyzed military discharges between 1998 and 2003, found that the majority of those let go under "don't ask, don't tell" were active-duty enlisted personnel in the early stages of their careers.

    Of the nearly 6,300 people discharged during that period, 75 were officers. Seventy-one percent were men.

    Such as this guy:
    Brian Muller, an Army bomb squad team leader who served on a security detail for President Bush, said he was dismissed from duty after deciding to tell his commander he's gay.
    "I didn't do it to get out of a war I already served in a war," Muller, 25, said in an interview. "After putting my life on the line in the war, the idea that I was fighting for the freedoms of so many other people that I couldn't myself enjoy was almost unbearable."

    Posted by Eric at 05:54 AM | Comments (1)

    Clinton Interview in Guardian

    Interesting.

    The book comes out tomorrow.

    Posted by Eric at 02:07 AM | Comments (2)

    Clinton Interview in Guardian

    Interesting.

    The book comes out tomorrow.

    Posted by Eric at 02:07 AM | Comments (0)

    June 18, 2004

    Friday

    News
    NYT. Panel Says Chaos in Administration Was Wide on 9/11
    AP. Senate, House Split on Corporate Tax Bill
    AP. U.S. High Court Clears Way for Execution
    AP. Democrats Court Rural Voters
    AP. Bush Insists al-Qaida-Saddam Ties Existed
    Billings Gazette. House kills proposal to ban snowmobiles in parks
    Globe Mail. Canadian Internet drugs safer than from abroad, U.S. says
    WP. GOP Senators Block Subpoena on Memos but Prod White House
    WP. Annan Opposes Exempting U.S. From Court
    WP. Kerry's Search: In Depth, In Secret
    WP. Cheney Authorized Shooting Down Planes
    NYT. Bush Allies Till Fertile Soil, Among Baptists, for Votes
    NYT. Rumsfeld Admits He Told Jailers to Keep Detainee in Iraq Out of Red Cross View
    NYT. Senate Votes to Add 20,000 Soldiers to Army
    NYT. Eight Diverse Gay Couples Join to Fight Massachusetts
    NYT. Contractor Indicted in Afghan Detainee's Beating
    Reuters. Environmental hazards are a big killer of children, says study
    The Hill. Please pick Edwards: Beneath Gephardt radar, House Dems seek to sway Kerry

    Commentary
    Bob Herbert. Not So Frivolous
    Charles E. Cook. Nader, Although Weaker, May Reprise His Spoiler Role
    EJ Dionne Jr. Running on Independence
    Miami Herald. A stand against hate: Bill to protect gays
    Guardian. Blind to the truth
    Derrick Z. Jackson. The dogs of war
    Jay Bookman. Give stem cell use a fair airing
    Geov Parrish. Long live the King: On last week’s test case of the PATRIOT Act -- in which a jury resoundingly vindicated a University of Idaho student, but only after our government destroyed his life
    Arianna. Graduation 2004: Pomp and crummy circumstances; 'Education president' presides over penny-wise, pound-foolish national education policy
    James Devitt. Bush's Downsizing of Small Business
    Christian E. Weller. Too Early To Declare Manufacturing's Woes Over
    Eric Alterman. No Link? Who Knew?
    Sarah Wildman. Radical Gay Movement: No, they're not headed to an S&M party. They're pushing for civil rights -- by using the market.
    Nicholas von Hoffman. What My Son Needs: I support the troops and my son. But what he needs is equipment, training, and the full support of the military that sent him to Iraq
    Donella H. Meadows and Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows. Facing the Limits to Growth
    Amy Sullivan. Jesus Christ, Superstar: When Hollywood stopped making Bible movies, right-wing Christians took over
    Nicholas Confessore. Paradise Glossed: The problem with David Brooks

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

    Friday

    News
    NYT. Panel Says Chaos in Administration Was Wide on 9/11
    AP. Senate, House Split on Corporate Tax Bill
    AP. U.S. High Court Clears Way for Execution
    AP. Democrats Court Rural Voters
    AP. Bush Insists al-Qaida-Saddam Ties Existed
    Billings Gazette. House kills proposal to ban snowmobiles in parks
    Globe Mail. Canadian Internet drugs safer than from abroad, U.S. says
    WP. GOP Senators Block Subpoena on Memos but Prod White House
    WP. Annan Opposes Exempting U.S. From Court
    WP. Kerry's Search: In Depth, In Secret
    WP. Cheney Authorized Shooting Down Planes
    NYT. Bush Allies Till Fertile Soil, Among Baptists, for Votes
    NYT. Rumsfeld Admits He Told Jailers to Keep Detainee in Iraq Out of Red Cross View
    NYT. Senate Votes to Add 20,000 Soldiers to Army
    NYT. Eight Diverse Gay Couples Join to Fight Massachusetts
    NYT. Contractor Indicted in Afghan Detainee's Beating
    Reuters. Environmental hazards are a big killer of children, says study
    The Hill. Please pick Edwards: Beneath Gephardt radar, House Dems seek to sway Kerry

    Commentary
    Bob Herbert. Not So Frivolous
    Charles E. Cook. Nader, Although Weaker, May Reprise His Spoiler Role
    EJ Dionne Jr. Running on Independence
    Miami Herald. A stand against hate: Bill to protect gays
    Guardian. Blind to the truth
    Derrick Z. Jackson. The dogs of war
    Jay Bookman. Give stem cell use a fair airing
    Geov Parrish. Long live the King: On last week’s test case of the PATRIOT Act -- in which a jury resoundingly vindicated a University of Idaho student, but only after our government destroyed his life
    Arianna. Graduation 2004: Pomp and crummy circumstances; 'Education president' presides over penny-wise, pound-foolish national education policy
    James Devitt. Bush's Downsizing of Small Business
    Christian E. Weller. Too Early To Declare Manufacturing's Woes Over
    Eric Alterman. No Link? Who Knew?
    Sarah Wildman. Radical Gay Movement: No, they're not headed to an S&M party. They're pushing for civil rights -- by using the market.
    Nicholas von Hoffman. What My Son Needs: I support the troops and my son. But what he needs is equipment, training, and the full support of the military that sent him to Iraq
    Donella H. Meadows and Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows. Facing the Limits to Growth
    Amy Sullivan. Jesus Christ, Superstar: When Hollywood stopped making Bible movies, right-wing Christians took over
    Nicholas Confessore. Paradise Glossed: The problem with David Brooks

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

    Christian Idol?

    Haha, well why not.

    "Gifted" is scheduled to debut in October on Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based conglomerate that features such well-known evangelists as Benny Hinn, and reaches 70 million homes.

    The Orlando-based Wright Entertainment Group is part of a joint venture with Matt Crouch, son of the founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network, to create the talent-search show, Wright spokesman Philip McIntyre told the Orlando Sentinel for Friday editions.

    McIntyre said the joint venture, called Wright Generation, is negotiating with a private investor to finance the project.

    "It is our goal to wrap God's message -- His love -- in acceptance, and in a way that blends seamlessly into `pop' culture while still upholding the values we, as Christians, value most," Wright Generation's mission statement reads.

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

    Christian Idol?

    Haha, well why not.

    "Gifted" is scheduled to debut in October on Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based conglomerate that features such well-known evangelists as Benny Hinn, and reaches 70 million homes.

    The Orlando-based Wright Entertainment Group is part of a joint venture with Matt Crouch, son of the founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network, to create the talent-search show, Wright spokesman Philip McIntyre told the Orlando Sentinel for Friday editions.

    McIntyre said the joint venture, called Wright Generation, is negotiating with a private investor to finance the project.

    "It is our goal to wrap God's message -- His love -- in acceptance, and in a way that blends seamlessly into `pop' culture while still upholding the values we, as Christians, value most," Wright Generation's mission statement reads.

    Posted by Eric at 07:16 AM | Comments (3)

    Draft Bruce for Convention Distraction

    Link via Talk Left, a concert promoter has "put Giants Stadium on hold on September 1" in the hopes that The Boss will put on a concert against Bush. http://www.draftbruce.com/:

    On September 1, the Republicans will hold their convention in New York City and will nominate George Bush for President. Many people will see this event as it will be broadcast on all the major television networks. However, an opportunity exists at that time to make it clear to Americans that they can choose an alternative to George Bush.

    I have put Giants Stadium on hold on September 1 in the hope that you will lead the music industry in coming together and perform in a concert for change. Once it is known that you are involved, many other artists will want to perform with you. Together your collective voices and music will send a clear message to all Americans that our country needs their vote to create change. The event is called VoteAid: "Concert for Change" and we think that it has the potential to become the largest concert in history. We would like the money that this concert generates to go to support voter registration and participation throughout the country, but more importantly your decision to play at exactly the same time George Bush is being nominated will focus all Americans on the importance in this election for their future as well as the future of the world.

    I have asked the undersigned to join me in signing this letter.

    We need you.

    Posted by Eric at 04:15 AM | Comments (24)

    Draft Bruce for Convention Distraction

    Link via Talk Left, a concert promoter has "put Giants Stadium on hold on September 1" in the hopes that The Boss will put on a concert against Bush. http://www.draftbruce.com/:

    On September 1, the Republicans will hold their convention in New York City and will nominate George Bush for President. Many people will see this event as it will be broadcast on all the major television networks. However, an opportunity exists at that time to make it clear to Americans that they can choose an alternative to George Bush.

    I have put Giants Stadium on hold on September 1 in the hope that you will lead the music industry in coming together and perform in a concert for change. Once it is known that you are involved, many other artists will want to perform with you. Together your collective voices and music will send a clear message to all Americans that our country needs their vote to create change. The event is called VoteAid: "Concert for Change" and we think that it has the potential to become the largest concert in history. We would like the money that this concert generates to go to support voter registration and participation throughout the country, but more importantly your decision to play at exactly the same time George Bush is being nominated will focus all Americans on the importance in this election for their future as well as the future of the world.

    I have asked the undersigned to join me in signing this letter.

    We need you.

    Posted by Eric at 04:15 AM | Comments (4)

    Report: 1 in 3 Non-Elderly Uninsured During 2002-2003

    According to a new report from Families USA, a nonprofit and nonpartisan healthcare advocacy group. The main findings:

    Approximately 81.8 million Americans -- one out of three people under 65 years of age -- were uninsured at some point of time during 2002-2003, according to a report released today by the health consumer organization Families USA.

    The report, based mainly on Census Bureau data, showed that most of these uninsured individuals lacked coverage for lengthy periods of time: Almost two-thirds (65.3 percent) were uninsured for six months or more; and over half (50.6 percent) were uninsured for at least nine months.

    In 14 states, more than one out of three non-elderly people went without health insurance for all or part of 2002-2003. Texas had the highest rate with 43.4 percent of the non-elderly population uninsured. The other 13 states are: New Mexico (42.4%); California (37.1%); Nevada (36.8%); Louisiana (36.2%); Arizona (35.7%); Mississippi (35.1%); Oklahoma (35.0%); Alaska (35.0%); Florida (34.6%); Arkansas (34.4%); Idaho (33.8%); North Carolina (33.7%); and New York (33.4%) ...

    Four out of five of the uninsured were in working families, according to the report. Of those working families, the report found that significant portions of the middle class were uninsured. For example, among people with incomes between 300 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (between $55,980 and $74,640 in annual income for a family of four in 2003), more than one out of four were uninsured over the past two years.

    Posted by Eric at 03:26 AM | Comments (45)

    Report: 1 in 3 Non-Elderly Uninsured During 2002-2003

    According to a new report from Families USA, a nonprofit and nonpartisan healthcare advocacy group. The main findings:

    Approximately 81.8 million Americans -- one out of three people under 65 years of age -- were uninsured at some point of time during 2002-2003, according to a report released today by the health consumer organization Families USA.

    The report, based mainly on Census Bureau data, showed that most of these uninsured individuals lacked coverage for lengthy periods of time: Almost two-thirds (65.3 percent) were uninsured for six months or more; and over half (50.6 percent) were uninsured for at least nine months.

    In 14 states, more than one out of three non-elderly people went without health insurance for all or part of 2002-2003. Texas had the highest rate with 43.4 percent of the non-elderly population uninsured. The other 13 states are: New Mexico (42.4%); California (37.1%); Nevada (36.8%); Louisiana (36.2%); Arizona (35.7%); Mississippi (35.1%); Oklahoma (35.0%); Alaska (35.0%); Florida (34.6%); Arkansas (34.4%); Idaho (33.8%); North Carolina (33.7%); and New York (33.4%) ...

    Four out of five of the uninsured were in working families, according to the report. Of those working families, the report found that significant portions of the middle class were uninsured. For example, among people with incomes between 300 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (between $55,980 and $74,640 in annual income for a family of four in 2003), more than one out of four were uninsured over the past two years.

    Posted by Eric at 03:26 AM | Comments (0)

    Cheney Blames Media for Reporting; Still Claims Link

    There goes ol' Cheney:

    Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday the evidence is "overwhelming" that al Qaeda had a relationship with Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, and he said media reports suggesting that the 9/11 commission has reached a contradictory conclusion were "irresponsible."

    "There clearly was a relationship. It's been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming," Cheney said in an interview with CNBC's "Capitol Report."

    "It goes back to the early '90s. It involves a whole series of contacts, high-level contacts with Osama bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials."

    "The press, with all due respect, (is) often times lazy, often times simply reports what somebody else in the press said without doing their homework."

    Members of 9/11 commission found "no credible evidence" that Iraq was involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks carried out by al Qaeda hijackers, and they concluded that there was "no collaborative relationship" between Iraq and Osama bin Laden, the network's leader, according to details of its findings disclosed Wednesday at a public hearing.

    However, the commission also found that bin Laden did "explore possible cooperation with Iraq."

    And shall we reiterate:
    ALISON CALDWELL: Peter Bergen, you're the author of Holy War, Inc: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden.

    Can you tell us if in your research over the past few years, have you ever seen any tangible sign of cooperation between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden?

    PETER BERGEN: The short answer is no.

    One of the striking things about al-Qaeda is how few Iraqis there are in the organisation. A lot of Saudis, a lot of Algerians, a lot of Yemenis, but no Iraqis. There are probably more American members of al-Qaeda than Iraqis, and stronger ties to Brooklyn than Baghdad, if al-Qaeda had an office in Brooklyn.

    But I mean the larger point is there were no substantive dealings between al-Qaeda and Iraq. I mean, they met in Sudan on a number of occasions. We know from the United Nations you can have meetings without results, and that was the case – you can't point to any outcomes.

    ALISON CALDWELL: So when President Bush says there are numerous contacts between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein...

    PETER BERGEN: Well, it's an interesting kind of construct, isn't it? Because, I mean, I have contacts with all sorts of people, I met with bin Laden – it's doesn't mean I did business with him. You know, I think this is grasping at straws at this point.

    Posted by Eric at 03:23 AM | Comments (37)

    Cheney Blames Media for Reporting; Still Claims Link

    There goes ol' Cheney:

    Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday the evidence is "overwhelming" that al Qaeda had a relationship with Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, and he said media reports suggesting that the 9/11 commission has reached a contradictory conclusion were "irresponsible."

    "There clearly was a relationship. It's been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming," Cheney said in an interview with CNBC's "Capitol Report."

    "It goes back to the early '90s. It involves a whole series of contacts, high-level contacts with Osama bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials."

    "The press, with all due respect, (is) often times lazy, often times simply reports what somebody else in the press said without doing their homework."

    Members of 9/11 commission found "no credible evidence" that Iraq was involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks carried out by al Qaeda hijackers, and they concluded that there was "no collaborative relationship" between Iraq and Osama bin Laden, the network's leader, according to details of its findings disclosed Wednesday at a public hearing.

    However, the commission also found that bin Laden did "explore possible cooperation with Iraq."

    And shall we reiterate:
    ALISON CALDWELL: Peter Bergen, you're the author of Holy War, Inc: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden.

    Can you tell us if in your research over the past few years, have you ever seen any tangible sign of cooperation between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden?

    PETER BERGEN: The short answer is no.

    One of the striking things about al-Qaeda is how few Iraqis there are in the organisation. A lot of Saudis, a lot of Algerians, a lot of Yemenis, but no Iraqis. There are probably more American members of al-Qaeda than Iraqis, and stronger ties to Brooklyn than Baghdad, if al-Qaeda had an office in Brooklyn.

    But I mean the larger point is there were no substantive dealings between al-Qaeda and Iraq. I mean, they met in Sudan on a number of occasions. We know from the United Nations you can have meetings without results, and that was the case – you can't point to any outcomes.

    ALISON CALDWELL: So when President Bush says there are numerous contacts between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein...

    PETER BERGEN: Well, it's an interesting kind of construct, isn't it? Because, I mean, I have contacts with all sorts of people, I met with bin Laden – it's doesn't mean I did business with him. You know, I think this is grasping at straws at this point.

    Posted by Eric at 03:23 AM | Comments (4)

    The Hunting of The President Trailer

    See the movie trailer here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:59 AM | Comments (33)

    The Hunting of The President Trailer

    See the movie trailer here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:59 AM | Comments (0)

    Madonna Plugs F-911

    In her New York concert on Wed, notes MTV:

    In what seemed to be a genuine, unscripted moment, the singer told the audience — which included the filmmaker himself — that she had just seen the film and that it had really affected her. Moore had screened the film to a crowd of celebrities and members of the press on Monday at New York's Ziegfeld Theater.

    "I don't think I've ever cried so hard at a movie in my life," Madonna said during a break in her performance. "And I'm sure I still have a lot to learn from it."

    Madonna also acknowledged Moore's presence and thanked him for making the film, which opens in New York on Wednesday and nationwide on June 25.

    "Not only is it inspiring and educating, but it's proof that people can make a difference, that we can make a difference," she said. "So, Michael, I know you're out there tonight, and I just wanted to publicly thank you for sticking your neck out, for going against the establishment, for giving us the hope."

    Meanwhile, conservatives are attempting to counter the film:
    One of the organizations rallying against Moore is Move America Forward, a pro-Bush group that evolved months ago from the letter-writing campaign that led CBS to drop its controversial TV movie "The Reagans."

    The group has received several thousand e-mails of support for its Moore campaign, said executive director Siobhan Guiney, a former Republican lobbyist. But she did not know how many were sent to the various theater chains.

    "Since we are the customers of the American movie theatres, it is important for us to speak up loudly and tell the industry executives that we don't want this misleading and grotesque movie being shown at our local cinema," the group says on its Web site, above a listing of phone numbers and e-mails for various cinema companies.

    Because you know, when it comes to entertainment, boycotts and controversy NEVER lead to more ticket sales. So good job.

    FYI: Michael Moore is on Letterman tonight. I'm sure that'll be a bore. zzzz.

    Posted by Eric at 01:29 AM | Comments (21)

    Madonna Plugs F-911

    In her New York concert on Wed, notes MTV:

    In what seemed to be a genuine, unscripted moment, the singer told the audience — which included the filmmaker himself — that she had just seen the film and that it had really affected her. Moore had screened the film to a crowd of celebrities and members of the press on Monday at New York's Ziegfeld Theater.

    "I don't think I've ever cried so hard at a movie in my life," Madonna said during a break in her performance. "And I'm sure I still have a lot to learn from it."

    Madonna also acknowledged Moore's presence and thanked him for making the film, which opens in New York on Wednesday and nationwide on June 25.

    "Not only is it inspiring and educating, but it's proof that people can make a difference, that we can make a difference," she said. "So, Michael, I know you're out there tonight, and I just wanted to publicly thank you for sticking your neck out, for going against the establishment, for giving us the hope."

    Meanwhile, conservatives are attempting to counter the film:
    One of the organizations rallying against Moore is Move America Forward, a pro-Bush group that evolved months ago from the letter-writing campaign that led CBS to drop its controversial TV movie "The Reagans."

    The group has received several thousand e-mails of support for its Moore campaign, said executive director Siobhan Guiney, a former Republican lobbyist. But she did not know how many were sent to the various theater chains.

    "Since we are the customers of the American movie theatres, it is important for us to speak up loudly and tell the industry executives that we don't want this misleading and grotesque movie being shown at our local cinema," the group says on its Web site, above a listing of phone numbers and e-mails for various cinema companies.

    Because you know, when it comes to entertainment, boycotts and controversy NEVER lead to more ticket sales. So good job.

    FYI: Michael Moore is on Letterman tonight. I'm sure that'll be a bore. zzzz.

    Posted by Eric at 01:29 AM | Comments (1)

    O'Reilly Contradicts O'Reilly

    From the great Media Matters:

    O'Reilly began his discussion on the June 15 Radio Factor by reading from a Washington Post article that reported both Alterman's threat to sue O'Reilly and O'Reilly's recent on-air apology to columnist and author Molly Ivins for calling her a "socialist"; then O'Reilly proceeded to explain away his smear of Alterman:

    But I -- in the beginning, when I called Ivins a soc -- I was just making fun of her. And I was just making fun of Alterman, who is a known left-wing loon, and -- well, I -- maybe I shouldn't say loon. OK, that's -- that's probably too much. A known left-winger who you can't debate with, because he's, "Oh, no, you're all the devil -- Bush is the devil." OK, fine.

    And I just said well you know ... "He's to the left of Fidel Castro," or something like that. Now, Alterman, of course, is taking that seriously, and he's going to sue me. Well, go ahead, you pinhead, I mean ridiculous. You people can smear, can malign, can lie about everything, you know, and then somebody makes fun of you for doing it, "Oh, I'm going to sue." OK, go ahead, fine.

    O'Reilly's embrace of the can't-you-people-take-a-joke defense contrasts sharply with the explanation O'Reilly offered for his own lawsuit against Franken. In an August 28, 2003, Washington Post article, O'Reilly explained that the lawsuit was aimed at those who "hide behind the satirist's label to defame":

    You have a movement among the ultraleft to discredit me and Fox News Channel any way they can. ... They can't win the debate. They can't win the ratings war. So let's turn to defamation and we'll hide behind the satirist's label to defame. We don't have to be honest and accurate. It's a charade -- people see it for what it is. It had to be exposed, and that's what that lawsuit did.

    You have to appreciate that when O'Reilly apologizes for calling someone a name, he can't stop himself from ... calling that person a name again.

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (51)

    O'Reilly Contradicts O'Reilly

    From the great Media Matters:

    O'Reilly began his discussion on the June 15 Radio Factor by reading from a Washington Post article that reported both Alterman's threat to sue O'Reilly and O'Reilly's recent on-air apology to columnist and author Molly Ivins for calling her a "socialist"; then O'Reilly proceeded to explain away his smear of Alterman:

    But I -- in the beginning, when I called Ivins a soc -- I was just making fun of her. And I was just making fun of Alterman, who is a known left-wing loon, and -- well, I -- maybe I shouldn't say loon. OK, that's -- that's probably too much. A known left-winger who you can't debate with, because he's, "Oh, no, you're all the devil -- Bush is the devil." OK, fine.

    And I just said well you know ... "He's to the left of Fidel Castro," or something like that. Now, Alterman, of course, is taking that seriously, and he's going to sue me. Well, go ahead, you pinhead, I mean ridiculous. You people can smear, can malign, can lie about everything, you know, and then somebody makes fun of you for doing it, "Oh, I'm going to sue." OK, go ahead, fine.

    O'Reilly's embrace of the can't-you-people-take-a-joke defense contrasts sharply with the explanation O'Reilly offered for his own lawsuit against Franken. In an August 28, 2003, Washington Post article, O'Reilly explained that the lawsuit was aimed at those who "hide behind the satirist's label to defame":

    You have a movement among the ultraleft to discredit me and Fox News Channel any way they can. ... They can't win the debate. They can't win the ratings war. So let's turn to defamation and we'll hide behind the satirist's label to defame. We don't have to be honest and accurate. It's a charade -- people see it for what it is. It had to be exposed, and that's what that lawsuit did.

    You have to appreciate that when O'Reilly apologizes for calling someone a name, he can't stop himself from ... calling that person a name again.

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (1)

    Quotable Quotes

    From the Center for American Progress:

    "I mean, let there be no doubt about that. [The president] was just as blindsided as the Congress and me and everyone else" by the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

    - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, 5/10/04

    VERSUS

    "Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld…ordered military officials in Iraq last November to hold a man suspected of being a senior Iraqi terrorist at a high-level detention center there but not list him on the prison's rolls…This prisoner and other 'ghost detainees' were hidden largely to prevent the International Committee of the Red Cross from monitoring their treatment, and to avoid disclosing their location to an enemy, officials said."

    - NYT, 6/17/04

    Posted by Eric at 01:08 AM | Comments (0)

    Quotable Quotes

    From the Center for American Progress:

    "I mean, let there be no doubt about that. [The president] was just as blindsided as the Congress and me and everyone else" by the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

    - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, 5/10/04

    VERSUS

    "Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld…ordered military officials in Iraq last November to hold a man suspected of being a senior Iraqi terrorist at a high-level detention center there but not list him on the prison's rolls…This prisoner and other 'ghost detainees' were hidden largely to prevent the International Committee of the Red Cross from monitoring their treatment, and to avoid disclosing their location to an enemy, officials said."

    - NYT, 6/17/04

    Posted by Eric at 01:08 AM | Comments (2)

    Report: U.S. Has 'Secret' Detention Centers

    More chances to win the hearts and minds of the international community? Reuters:

    Human Rights First, formerly known as the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, said in a report that secrecy surrounding these facilities made "inappropriate detention and abuse not only likely but inevitable."

    "The abuses at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib cannot be addressed in isolation," said Deborah Pearlstein, director of the group's U.S. Law and Security program, referring to the U.S. Naval base prison in Cuba and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq where abuses are being investigated.

    "This is all about secrecy, accountability and the law," Pearlstein told a news conference.

    The report coincided with news that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered military officials to hold a suspect in a prison near Baghdad without telling the Red Cross. Pearlstein said this would be a violation of the Geneva Conventions and Defense Department directives.

    She said thousands of security detainees were being held by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as locations elsewhere which the military refused to disclose.

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (9)

    Report: U.S. Has 'Secret' Detention Centers

    More chances to win the hearts and minds of the international community? Reuters:

    Human Rights First, formerly known as the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, said in a report that secrecy surrounding these facilities made "inappropriate detention and abuse not only likely but inevitable."

    "The abuses at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib cannot be addressed in isolation," said Deborah Pearlstein, director of the group's U.S. Law and Security program, referring to the U.S. Naval base prison in Cuba and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq where abuses are being investigated.

    "This is all about secrecy, accountability and the law," Pearlstein told a news conference.

    The report coincided with news that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered military officials to hold a suspect in a prison near Baghdad without telling the Red Cross. Pearlstein said this would be a violation of the Geneva Conventions and Defense Department directives.

    She said thousands of security detainees were being held by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as locations elsewhere which the military refused to disclose.

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (2)

    June 17, 2004

    Thursday

    News
    NYT. Rumsfeld Issued an Order to Hide Detainee in Iraq
    WP. Kerry Breaks Bush Record For Pace of Fundraising
    WP. Retired Envoys, Commanders Assail Bush Team: Administration Unable to Handle 'Global Leadership,' 27-Member Group Asserts
    WP. Al Qaeda-Hussein Link Is Dismissed
    The Hill. Howard Stern says he can deliver swing votes to Kerry
    AP. Insurgents Strike at Iraq Oil Industry
    AP. Kerry Wants Federal Afterschool Program
    Test. Newspaper from voter-rich Pennsylvania endorses Kerry
    AP. Bush: In Iraq till 'freedom is secure'
    CBS. Clinton On Monica: 'Indefensible'
    CBS. More Incriminating Enron Tapes
    CBS. Rocket Strike Kills 3 GIs In Iraq
    CBS. Conservative Ad Angers Reagans
    WP. Prison Guards Dispirited by Scandal: MPs in Iraq Describe Anger Over Abuse by Predecessors
    WP. Senate Backs Order On Prison Criteria
    WP. Fuel Costs Have Ripple Effect on Businesses; 'Beige Book' Tracks Regional Trends
    NYT. Republicans Nearing Money Record for Convention
    NYT. Waste and Fraud Besiege U.S. Program to Link Poor Schools to Internet
    NYT. Gephardt Auditions for the Kerry Ticket
    CSM. Pledge case puts chill on parental rights
    USAT. Dem prospects jockey to run at Kerry's side
    NYT. Baptist Group Backs Gay-Marriage Ban
    WP. House Members Outline Wealth; DeLay's Liabilities Grow Despite Fund
    NYT. Paying Expenses of G.O.P. Convention

    Commentary
    Matthew Yglesias. See Dick Run: As a presidential candidate, Gephardt was "a miserable failure." As a vice-presidential candidate, he’s even worse
    Seattle PI. Just why was this a just war?
    Maureen Dowd. Smack That Cheney-Bot!
    NYT. The Plain Truth: Of all the ways President Bush persuaded Americans to back the invasion of Iraq, the most dishonest was his effort to link it with the battle against terrorists worldwide
    Frederick Sweet. Censoring Michael Moore
    Bill Berkowitz. Fox News Channel's masters of war: Military 'experts' warn 'web of terror' nations to cleanse themselves or be cleansed
    Joe Conason. Diplomats break silence to criticize White House; Bipartisan group organizes in opposition of Bush policies
    Ray McGovern. Consequential Lies: The 9/11 commission has found "no credible evidence" of an Iraq/Al Qaeda link. But that doesn't mean Bush's spin machine will be put out to pasture
    David Corn. Ingraham, O'Reilly and Me
    Michael Scherer. The Unhappy Majority: Beneath the partisan divide, America is discontented and desperate for change
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.. Reagan: A Legacy of States' Rights
    Jonathan Weiler. Did Ronald Reagan Win the Cold War? Sorry, Reagan loyalists: the answer is no
    Stephen Holmes. "America's blankness"; A professor explains why so many people around the world hate us and what a post-Bush foreign policy might look like
    Robert B. Reich. Drowned Out: How right-wing media abuses its liberal guests -- and why the Hannitys will lose in the end.
    Ayelish McGarvey. A-Hunting We Will Go: Journalists reveal how Starr dug up dirt, right-wingers set a
    Karen Finney. Emeril Time: Reagan has been buried, so it’s safe to campaign again, and the Democratic convention is just six weeks away. Here’s what Kerry has to do by then.
    Terry Jones. This won't hurt much
    Bill Moyers. The Fight of Our Lives
    Jim Hightower. The Power of People's Media
    Liz Cox Barrett. The Teresa Factor
    Stanley Greenberg. On the Road to Nowhere: Liberals aren't the only ones who think George W. Bush has led the nation astray
    Joshua Wolf Shenk. Beyond Anger: Americans know how bad things are. John Kerry needs to show us how good they can be
    LAT. Halliburton, Once Again

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (30)

    Thursday

    News
    NYT. Rumsfeld Issued an Order to Hide Detainee in Iraq
    WP. Kerry Breaks Bush Record For Pace of Fundraising
    WP. Retired Envoys, Commanders Assail Bush Team: Administration Unable to Handle 'Global Leadership,' 27-Member Group Asserts
    WP. Al Qaeda-Hussein Link Is Dismissed
    The Hill. Howard Stern says he can deliver swing votes to Kerry
    AP. Insurgents Strike at Iraq Oil Industry
    AP. Kerry Wants Federal Afterschool Program
    Test. Newspaper from voter-rich Pennsylvania endorses Kerry
    AP. Bush: In Iraq till 'freedom is secure'
    CBS. Clinton On Monica: 'Indefensible'
    CBS. More Incriminating Enron Tapes
    CBS. Rocket Strike Kills 3 GIs In Iraq
    CBS. Conservative Ad Angers Reagans
    WP. Prison Guards Dispirited by Scandal: MPs in Iraq Describe Anger Over Abuse by Predecessors
    WP. Senate Backs Order On Prison Criteria
    WP. Fuel Costs Have Ripple Effect on Businesses; 'Beige Book' Tracks Regional Trends
    NYT. Republicans Nearing Money Record for Convention
    NYT. Waste and Fraud Besiege U.S. Program to Link Poor Schools to Internet
    NYT. Gephardt Auditions for the Kerry Ticket
    CSM. Pledge case puts chill on parental rights
    USAT. Dem prospects jockey to run at Kerry's side
    NYT. Baptist Group Backs Gay-Marriage Ban
    WP. House Members Outline Wealth; DeLay's Liabilities Grow Despite Fund
    NYT. Paying Expenses of G.O.P. Convention

    Commentary
    Matthew Yglesias. See Dick Run: As a presidential candidate, Gephardt was "a miserable failure." As a vice-presidential candidate, he’s even worse
    Seattle PI. Just why was this a just war?
    Maureen Dowd. Smack That Cheney-Bot!
    NYT. The Plain Truth: Of all the ways President Bush persuaded Americans to back the invasion of Iraq, the most dishonest was his effort to link it with the battle against terrorists worldwide
    Frederick Sweet. Censoring Michael Moore
    Bill Berkowitz. Fox News Channel's masters of war: Military 'experts' warn 'web of terror' nations to cleanse themselves or be cleansed
    Joe Conason. Diplomats break silence to criticize White House; Bipartisan group organizes in opposition of Bush policies
    Ray McGovern. Consequential Lies: The 9/11 commission has found "no credible evidence" of an Iraq/Al Qaeda link. But that doesn't mean Bush's spin machine will be put out to pasture
    David Corn. Ingraham, O'Reilly and Me
    Michael Scherer. The Unhappy Majority: Beneath the partisan divide, America is discontented and desperate for change
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.. Reagan: A Legacy of States' Rights
    Jonathan Weiler. Did Ronald Reagan Win the Cold War? Sorry, Reagan loyalists: the answer is no
    Stephen Holmes. "America's blankness"; A professor explains why so many people around the world hate us and what a post-Bush foreign policy might look like
    Robert B. Reich. Drowned Out: How right-wing media abuses its liberal guests -- and why the Hannitys will lose in the end.
    Ayelish McGarvey. A-Hunting We Will Go: Journalists reveal how Starr dug up dirt, right-wingers set a
    Karen Finney. Emeril Time: Reagan has been buried, so it’s safe to campaign again, and the Democratic convention is just six weeks away. Here’s what Kerry has to do by then.
    Terry Jones. This won't hurt much
    Bill Moyers. The Fight of Our Lives
    Jim Hightower. The Power of People's Media
    Liz Cox Barrett. The Teresa Factor
    Stanley Greenberg. On the Road to Nowhere: Liberals aren't the only ones who think George W. Bush has led the nation astray
    Joshua Wolf Shenk. Beyond Anger: Americans know how bad things are. John Kerry needs to show us how good they can be
    LAT. Halliburton, Once Again

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

    Hamster Numbers: Budget Cuts

    Bush as another Reagan? The conservative AEI:

    Table 1. How Many Departments' and Agencies' Budgets Have They Cut?

    President and Term, Number of Budget Cuts

    Johnson, 4 out 15
    Nixon, 3 out 15
    Carter, 5 out 15
    Reagan 1, 8 out 15
    Reagan 2, 10 out 15
    Bush 41, 2 out 15
    Clinton 1, 9 out 15
    Clinton 2, 0 out 15
    Bush 43, 0 out 15

    Posted by Eric at 07:16 AM | Comments (223)

    Hamster Numbers: Budget Cuts

    Bush as another Reagan? The conservative AEI:

    Table 1. How Many Departments' and Agencies' Budgets Have They Cut?

    President and Term, Number of Budget Cuts

    Johnson, 4 out 15
    Nixon, 3 out 15
    Carter, 5 out 15
    Reagan 1, 8 out 15
    Reagan 2, 10 out 15
    Bush 41, 2 out 15
    Clinton 1, 9 out 15
    Clinton 2, 0 out 15
    Bush 43, 0 out 15

    Posted by Eric at 07:16 AM | Comments (3)

    Moyers = Mao Zedong

    Someone needs to stop this man. Media Matters with the good work again:

    O'REILLY: Bill Moyers on PBS, he's -- hides behind the label of objectivity. He's about as objective as Mao Zedong, all right. I mean he's a Far-Left bomb-thrower who actually runs a foundation that funds left-wing organizations. I mean the guy's a joke. Get out of the news business, Bill.
    Yeah, get out of the 'news' business, Bill.

    Posted by Eric at 06:01 AM | Comments (22)

    Moyers = Mao Zedong

    Someone needs to stop this man. Media Matters with the good work again:

    O'REILLY: Bill Moyers on PBS, he's -- hides behind the label of objectivity. He's about as objective as Mao Zedong, all right. I mean he's a Far-Left bomb-thrower who actually runs a foundation that funds left-wing organizations. I mean the guy's a joke. Get out of the news business, Bill.
    Yeah, get out of the 'news' business, Bill.

    Posted by Eric at 06:01 AM | Comments (3)

    "America the Beautiful" Written by Gay Woman

    Interesting factoid, considering the song has often been appropriated by red-blooded conservatives for conservative pursuits.

    Posted by Eric at 05:09 AM | Comments (7)

    "America the Beautiful" Written by Gay Woman

    Interesting factoid, considering the song has often been appropriated by red-blooded conservatives for conservative pursuits.

    Posted by Eric at 05:09 AM | Comments (0)

    New Books: Gag Rule and Politics: Observations and Arguments

    cover

    Penguin Books sent me two review copies of political interest books. The first, from Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's, is a book extolling First Amendment freedoms and condemning the Bush administration's use of the Patriot Act, among other things. The cover describes Lapham's book as "an urgent new polemic about the stifling of the American public's capacity for meaningful dissent, the lifeblood of our democracy, at the hands of a government and media increasingly beholden only to the country's wealthy few."

    Publishers Weekly says of the book:

    Lapham, editor of Harper's, plays the role of a modern-day Tom Paine, propelling stinging criticisms and scathing indictments at the Bush administration and its supporters for what he claims are their bald-faced deceptions about the justifications for the war in Iraq and for establishing policies—especially the USA Patriot Act—he sees as aimed at silencing dissent about its policies and the war in Iraq. Lapham argues that the muting of dissenting voices has contributed to the erosion of democracy, because policy disagreements form the heart of a democratic republic. Most disturbing, says Lapham, is the complicity of the media in its support of the steady erosion of individual civil liberties in the name of national security. Lapham also levels forceful criticism at our educational system: "An inept and insolent bureaucracy armed with badly written textbooks instills in the class the attitudes of passivity, compliance, and boredom." This, charges Lapham (30 Satires; Theater of War; etc.), results in schools producing citizens who blindly accept the pronouncements of their leaders. The United States, he points out in a strong historical sketch, has a deep history of quashing dissent when politicians have raised alarms over perceived threats to the well-being of the country, most notably with the Sedition Act of 1798, the Espionage Act of 1917 and, he asserts, the Patriot Act. Lapham's compelling book reminds us that "democracy is an uproar, and if we mean to engage the argument about the course of the American future let us hope that it proves to be loud, disorderly, bitter and fierce."

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    The second, from Hendrik Hertzberg, Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter, claims to break "down American politics into component parts-campaigns, debates, rhetoric, the media, wars (cultural, countercultural, and real), high crimes and misdemeanors, the right, and more-and draws the choicest, most telling pieces from his body of work to illuminate each, beginning each section with a new piece of writing framing the subject at hand."

    The 512 pg book, as Publisher's Weekly notes, has "plenty of direct criticism of George W. Bush and his handling of the war on terror, in the context of Hertzberg's longstanding dissatisfaction with neoconservatives and self-appointed protectors of "Judeo-Christian" values."

    Posted by Eric at 05:00 AM | Comments (10)

    New Books: Gag Rule and Politics: Observations and Arguments

    cover

    Penguin Books sent me two review copies of political interest books. The first, from Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's, is a book extolling First Amendment freedoms and condemning the Bush administration's use of the Patriot Act, among other things. The cover describes Lapham's book as "an urgent new polemic about the stifling of the American public's capacity for meaningful dissent, the lifeblood of our democracy, at the hands of a government and media increasingly beholden only to the country's wealthy few."

    Publishers Weekly says of the book:

    Lapham, editor of Harper's, plays the role of a modern-day Tom Paine, propelling stinging criticisms and scathing indictments at the Bush administration and its supporters for what he claims are their bald-faced deceptions about the justifications for the war in Iraq and for establishing policies—especially the USA Patriot Act—he sees as aimed at silencing dissent about its policies and the war in Iraq. Lapham argues that the muting of dissenting voices has contributed to the erosion of democracy, because policy disagreements form the heart of a democratic republic. Most disturbing, says Lapham, is the complicity of the media in its support of the steady erosion of individual civil liberties in the name of national security. Lapham also levels forceful criticism at our educational system: "An inept and insolent bureaucracy armed with badly written textbooks instills in the class the attitudes of passivity, compliance, and boredom." This, charges Lapham (30 Satires; Theater of War; etc.), results in schools producing citizens who blindly accept the pronouncements of their leaders. The United States, he points out in a strong historical sketch, has a deep history of quashing dissent when politicians have raised alarms over perceived threats to the well-being of the country, most notably with the Sedition Act of 1798, the Espionage Act of 1917 and, he asserts, the Patriot Act. Lapham's compelling book reminds us that "democracy is an uproar, and if we mean to engage the argument about the course of the American future let us hope that it proves to be loud, disorderly, bitter and fierce."

    cover

    The second, from Hendrik Hertzberg, Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter, claims to break "down American politics into component parts-campaigns, debates, rhetoric, the media, wars (cultural, countercultural, and real), high crimes and misdemeanors, the right, and more-and draws the choicest, most telling pieces from his body of work to illuminate each, beginning each section with a new piece of writing framing the subject at hand."

    The 512 pg book, as Publisher's Weekly notes, has "plenty of direct criticism of George W. Bush and his handling of the war on terror, in the context of Hertzberg's longstanding dissatisfaction with neoconservatives and self-appointed protectors of "Judeo-Christian" values."

    Posted by Eric at 05:00 AM | Comments (2)

    Poll: 95 percent of African Americans Feel Country Headed in Wrong Direction

    According to poll commissioned by Mother Jones.

    Ordinarily, as a challenger, your first job would be to get the voters inflamed about the way they've fared under the incumbent. According to the Mother Jones poll, you can dispense with this step. The voters are plenty angry. Sixty-two percent of Americans feel that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Among single Americans, that number is 73 percent. And among African-Americans, it's an astonishing 95 percent.

    Indeed, the poll shows the country edging past anger into rage, or benumbed hopelessness. Sixty-four percent of Americans see the country as more divided than ever before, and only 18 percent expect that divide to lessen in the years ahead. Among those few optimists, the largest bloc think things have got to get better — because there's no way they could get any worse!

    Posted by Eric at 04:40 AM | Comments (3)

    Poll: 95 percent of African Americans Feel Country Headed in Wrong Direction

    According to poll commissioned by Mother Jones.

    Ordinarily, as a challenger, your first job would be to get the voters inflamed about the way they've fared under the incumbent. According to the Mother Jones poll, you can dispense with this step. The voters are plenty angry. Sixty-two percent of Americans feel that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Among single Americans, that number is 73 percent. And among African-Americans, it's an astonishing 95 percent.

    Indeed, the poll shows the country edging past anger into rage, or benumbed hopelessness. Sixty-four percent of Americans see the country as more divided than ever before, and only 18 percent expect that divide to lessen in the years ahead. Among those few optimists, the largest bloc think things have got to get better — because there's no way they could get any worse!

    Posted by Eric at 04:40 AM | Comments (1)

    Find a F 9-11 Theater Near You

    Go to F911tix.com and find a theater near you for the 6/25/04 opening.

    Posted by Eric at 03:56 AM | Comments (4)

    Find a F 9-11 Theater Near You

    Go to F911tix.com and find a theater near you for the 6/25/04 opening.

    Posted by Eric at 03:56 AM | Comments (0)

    Quotable Quotes: Ronald Reagan Jr.

    "What's his accomplishment? That he's no longer an obnoxious drunk?" Ronald Reagan Jr. on George W. Bush in 2000.

    "The Bush people have no right to speak for my father, particularly because of the position he's in now. Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the '80s. But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father's -- these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive, and just plain corrupt. I don't trust these people." Ronald Reagan Jr. to Salon in 2003.

    Posted by Eric at 02:09 AM | Comments (8)

    Quotable Quotes: Ronald Reagan Jr.

    "What's his accomplishment? That he's no longer an obnoxious drunk?" Ronald Reagan Jr. on George W. Bush in 2000.

    "The Bush people have no right to speak for my father, particularly because of the position he's in now. Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the '80s. But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father's -- these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive, and just plain corrupt. I don't trust these people." Ronald Reagan Jr. to Salon in 2003.

    Posted by Eric at 02:09 AM | Comments (6)

    Poll: Majority Want Stricter Gun Control

    However, gun control "is not likely to be much of an issue" in the 2004 elections. From a Harris poll:

    * A modest 52% majority favors stricter gun control, with 22% wanting
    less strict control and 20% wanting no change.

    * A slightly larger 57% majority favors stricter laws relating to the
    control of handguns, with 18% favoring less strict laws and 19% wanting
    no change.

    * By 29% to 25% a modest plurality thinks President George Bush would be
    better on the gun control issue than Senator John Kerry, but 22% see no
    difference, and 24% are not sure.

    * Small and equal proportions (23%) prefer a Republican-controlled and a
    Democratically-controlled Congress on the gun control issue. Most
    people see no difference (31%) or are not sure (24%).

    Posted by Eric at 12:58 AM | Comments (0)

    Poll: Majority Want Stricter Gun Control

    However, gun control "is not likely to be much of an issue" in the 2004 elections. From a Harris poll:

    * A modest 52% majority favors stricter gun control, with 22% wanting
    less strict control and 20% wanting no change.

    * A slightly larger 57% majority favors stricter laws relating to the
    control of handguns, with 18% favoring less strict laws and 19% wanting
    no change.

    * By 29% to 25% a modest plurality thinks President George Bush would be
    better on the gun control issue than Senator John Kerry, but 22% see no
    difference, and 24% are not sure.

    * Small and equal proportions (23%) prefer a Republican-controlled and a
    Democratically-controlled Congress on the gun control issue. Most
    people see no difference (31%) or are not sure (24%).

    Posted by Eric at 12:58 AM | Comments (0)

    Shell Boss on Environment: "really very worried for the planet"

    Geeez, when the head of one of the largest oil companies starts to worry about global warming, you'd think it's about time our president show some concern. From The Guardian:

    In an interview in today's Guardian Life section, Ron Oxburgh, chairman of Shell, says we urgently need to capture emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, which scientists think contribute to global warming, and store them underground - a technique called carbon sequestration.

    "Sequestration is difficult, but if we don't have sequestration then I see very little hope for the world," said Lord Oxburgh. "No one can be comfortable at the prospect of continuing to pump out the amounts of carbon dioxide that we are pumping out at present ... with consequences that we really can't predict but are probably not good."

    His comments will enrage many in the oil industry, which is targeted by climate change campaigners because the use of its products spews out huge quantities of carbon dioxide, most visibly from vehicle exhausts.

    Posted by Eric at 12:52 AM | Comments (39)

    Shell Boss on Environment: "really very worried for the planet"

    Geeez, when the head of one of the largest oil companies starts to worry about global warming, you'd think it's about time our president show some concern. From The Guardian:

    In an interview in today's Guardian Life section, Ron Oxburgh, chairman of Shell, says we urgently need to capture emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, which scientists think contribute to global warming, and store them underground - a technique called carbon sequestration.

    "Sequestration is difficult, but if we don't have sequestration then I see very little hope for the world," said Lord Oxburgh. "No one can be comfortable at the prospect of continuing to pump out the amounts of carbon dioxide that we are pumping out at present ... with consequences that we really can't predict but are probably not good."

    His comments will enrage many in the oil industry, which is targeted by climate change campaigners because the use of its products spews out huge quantities of carbon dioxide, most visibly from vehicle exhausts.

    Posted by Eric at 12:52 AM | Comments (0)

    Whole Bunch O' Sean Hannity Lies

    Yes, Virginia, Sean Hannity lies.

    O'Franken Factor blog with lies about Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich.

    The Center for American Progress with Hannity lies, such as this one:

    HANNITY: "It doesn't say anywhere in the Constitution this idea of the separation of church and state." (8/25/03)

    FACT: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." (1st Amendment)

    "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." (Article VI)

    Now some of you may be wondering, Well, why doesn't Alan Colmes call Sean Hannity on his lies? Here's a partial transcript from June 15, 2004:
    COLMES: But look, I have my differences with conservatives. I'm not going to call them liars, but I mean, I do believe they have done a better job in many respects using the media, on talk radio for example.

    Posted by Eric at 12:48 AM | Comments (30)

    Whole Bunch O' Sean Hannity Lies

    Yes, Virginia, Sean Hannity lies.

    O'Franken Factor blog with lies about Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich.

    The Center for American Progress with Hannity lies, such as this one:

    HANNITY: "It doesn't say anywhere in the Constitution this idea of the separation of church and state." (8/25/03)

    FACT: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." (1st Amendment)

    "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." (Article VI)

    Now some of you may be wondering, Well, why doesn't Alan Colmes call Sean Hannity on his lies? Here's a partial transcript from June 15, 2004:
    COLMES: But look, I have my differences with conservatives. I'm not going to call them liars, but I mean, I do believe they have done a better job in many respects using the media, on talk radio for example.

    Posted by Eric at 12:48 AM | Comments (5)

    June 16, 2004

    More O'Reilly Lies?

    Oh geez, when do they ever stop? Lloyd Grove:

    Give Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly credit for even attending Monday night's lefty celeb-glutted premiere of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" - even if he walked out of the 110-minute Bush-bashing movie halfway through ...

    "Don't you want to stay and watch the whole film?" the director demanded.

    A Lowdown spy reports that O'Reilly blushed, shook Moore's hand and muttered something about having to "tape something," and then slunk off into the night.

    But "The O'Reilly Factor" tapes in the afternoon, hours before it airs at 8 and 11 p.m. - and well before Monday night's premiere.

    Moore - who didn't return Lowdown's call for comment - was apparently skeptical. When his wife, Kathleen Glynn, came inside the theater a moment later, the filmmaker excitedly repeated O'Reilly's alibi in a scoffing tone.

    Yesterday, a Fox News spokesman explained: "The movie started 40 minutes late, and Bill had a previous commitment to go to."

    The flack added that O'Reilly was simply confirming Moore's booking on his Fox News show next week and that O'Reilly had already asked "Fahrenheit 9/11" producer Harvey Weinstein's office for a screener.

    Again, problematic: A source close to the movie says no videotapes are being given out to anyone under any circumstances.

    Posted by Eric at 06:00 PM | Comments (7)

    More O'Reilly Lies?

    Oh geez, when do they ever stop? Lloyd Grove:

    Give Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly credit for even attending Monday night's lefty celeb-glutted premiere of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" - even if he walked out of the 110-minute Bush-bashing movie halfway through ...

    "Don't you want to stay and watch the whole film?" the director demanded.

    A Lowdown spy reports that O'Reilly blushed, shook Moore's hand and muttered something about having to "tape something," and then slunk off into the night.

    But "The O'Reilly Factor" tapes in the afternoon, hours before it airs at 8 and 11 p.m. - and well before Monday night's premiere.

    Moore - who didn't return Lowdown's call for comment - was apparently skeptical. When his wife, Kathleen Glynn, came inside the theater a moment later, the filmmaker excitedly repeated O'Reilly's alibi in a scoffing tone.

    Yesterday, a Fox News spokesman explained: "The movie started 40 minutes late, and Bill had a previous commitment to go to."

    The flack added that O'Reilly was simply confirming Moore's booking on his Fox News show next week and that O'Reilly had already asked "Fahrenheit 9/11" producer Harvey Weinstein's office for a screener.

    Again, problematic: A source close to the movie says no videotapes are being given out to anyone under any circumstances.

    Posted by Eric at 06:00 PM | Comments (0)

    New Bush Book: Bush Must Go!

    The cliffs-notes list, from BillPress.com:

    Reason #1 –-The War In Iraq: He Misled Our Nation Into War

    Reason #2 – The War on Terror: He Made Us Less Safe from Terrorism

    Reason #3 – Jobs: He Put 3 Million Americans Out of Work

    Reason #4 – The Deficit: He Spent Money Like a Drunken Sailor

    Reason #5 – The Patriot Act: He Undermined Our Most Basic Freedoms

    Reason #6 – Crony Capitalism: He Sold America Out to Special Interests

    Reason #7 – Foreign Policy: He Ruined America’s Standing in the World

    Reason #8 – The Environment: He’s the Worst President Ever

    Reason #9 – Broken Promises: He’s a Divider, Not a Uniter

    Reason #10 – The Credibility Gap: He Never Tells the Truth

    Bonus Reason – Florida: He Stole the 2000 Election

    And why you shouldn't buy the book! From this astute Amazon.com reviewer:

    zero stars, June 16, 2004
    Reviewer: A reader from Raleigh, NC
    I'd give this a zero star rating if possible. The books is full of lies. I hope the author is sued for slander. I suggest that readers view Fox News for a more objective picture and some facts
    .

    Posted by Eric at 05:41 PM | Comments (39)

    New Bush Book: Bush Must Go!

    The cliffs-notes list, from BillPress.com:

    Reason #1 –-The War In Iraq: He Misled Our Nation Into War

    Reason #2 – The War on Terror: He Made Us Less Safe from Terrorism

    Reason #3 – Jobs: He Put 3 Million Americans Out of Work

    Reason #4 – The Deficit: He Spent Money Like a Drunken Sailor

    Reason #5 – The Patriot Act: He Undermined Our Most Basic Freedoms

    Reason #6 – Crony Capitalism: He Sold America Out to Special Interests

    Reason #7 – Foreign Policy: He Ruined America’s Standing in the World

    Reason #8 – The Environment: He’s the Worst President Ever

    Reason #9 – Broken Promises: He’s a Divider, Not a Uniter

    Reason #10 – The Credibility Gap: He Never Tells the Truth

    Bonus Reason – Florida: He Stole the 2000 Election

    And why you shouldn't buy the book! From this astute Amazon.com reviewer:

    zero stars, June 16, 2004
    Reviewer: A reader from Raleigh, NC
    I'd give this a zero star rating if possible. The books is full of lies. I hope the author is sued for slander. I suggest that readers view Fox News for a more objective picture and some facts
    .

    Posted by Eric at 05:41 PM | Comments (2)

    House Conservatives Pick Races

    In the DC paper The Hill, the right-wing of the GOP is pushing funds to many fiscal conservatives:

    House conservatives want to focus their financial support initially on Senate races in four states: Colorado, where former House conservative Bob Schaffer is squaring off against beer scion Pete Coors in a Republican primary; South Carolina, where Rep. Jim DeMint (R), a Republican Study Committee member, is facing former Gov. David Beasley (R); Oklahoma, where former Rep. Tom Coburn (R), a one-time leading House conservative who clashed often with his leadership, is running against two Republicans; and Louisiana, where Rep. David Vitter is the only Republican in an open primary.
    And many of these House conservatives aren't happy with their fellow Republicans:
    More than 20 House conservatives met recently at the Hunan Dynasty on Capitol Hill to discuss how to put some conservative backbone into the Senate, among other political and legislative priorities. Many of them believe that Republican centrists in the Senate are as much to blame as Democrats for their policy frustrations.

    For example, centrist GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe (Maine), Susan Collins (Maine), Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) and John McCain (Ariz.) have infuriated many of the House conservatives by insisting that budgetary limits be applied to tax cuts, stalling progress on a joint budget resolution.

    As a result of that and other factors, House conservatives have decided to start giving more financial help to fellow conservatives locked in contentious Republican primaries.

    Posted by Eric at 02:19 PM | Comments (0)

    House Conservatives Pick Races

    In the DC paper The Hill, the right-wing of the GOP is pushing funds to many fiscal conservatives:

    House conservatives want to focus their financial support initially on Senate races in four states: Colorado, where former House conservative Bob Schaffer is squaring off against beer scion Pete Coors in a Republican primary; South Carolina, where Rep. Jim DeMint (R), a Republican Study Committee member, is facing former Gov. David Beasley (R); Oklahoma, where former Rep. Tom Coburn (R), a one-time leading House conservative who clashed often with his leadership, is running against two Republicans; and Louisiana, where Rep. David Vitter is the only Republican in an open primary.
    And many of these House conservatives aren't happy with their fellow Republicans:
    More than 20 House conservatives met recently at the Hunan Dynasty on Capitol Hill to discuss how to put some conservative backbone into the Senate, among other political and legislative priorities. Many of them believe that Republican centrists in the Senate are as much to blame as Democrats for their policy frustrations.

    For example, centrist GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe (Maine), Susan Collins (Maine), Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) and John McCain (Ariz.) have infuriated many of the House conservatives by insisting that budgetary limits be applied to tax cuts, stalling progress on a joint budget resolution.

    As a result of that and other factors, House conservatives have decided to start giving more financial help to fellow conservatives locked in contentious Republican primaries.

    Posted by Eric at 02:19 PM | Comments (0)

    Claim: Delay Accepts Bacardi Bribe

    U.S. Rep. Chris Bell, D-Houston has accused Rep. Tom Delay of accepting a $20,000 contribution to his PAC in exchange for favors to benefit the liquor company, reports the Houston Chronicle:

    The allegation is part of a wide-ranging ethics complaint that Bell, whose congressional district borders DeLay's, filed Tuesday. As first reported in Monday's Houston Chronicle, Bell is asking the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate claims that DeLay, a Republican, engaged in extortion, bribery and abuse of power in separate incidents during the last two years.

    Bell's decision to proceed against DeLay pushed a simmering Texas political feud onto center stage this week on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers for seven years have observed an unofficial truce in filing such complaints against each other.

    DeLay denied all of the allegations in Bell's ethics complaint, which he described as the work of a disgruntled partisan.

    Posted by Eric at 02:08 PM | Comments (1)

    Claim: Delay Accepts Bacardi Bribe

    U.S. Rep. Chris Bell, D-Houston has accused Rep. Tom Delay of accepting a $20,000 contribution to his PAC in exchange for favors to benefit the liquor company, reports the Houston Chronicle:

    The allegation is part of a wide-ranging ethics complaint that Bell, whose congressional district borders DeLay's, filed Tuesday. As first reported in Monday's Houston Chronicle, Bell is asking the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate claims that DeLay, a Republican, engaged in extortion, bribery and abuse of power in separate incidents during the last two years.

    Bell's decision to proceed against DeLay pushed a simmering Texas political feud onto center stage this week on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers for seven years have observed an unofficial truce in filing such complaints against each other.

    DeLay denied all of the allegations in Bell's ethics complaint, which he described as the work of a disgruntled partisan.

    Posted by Eric at 02:08 PM | Comments (0)

    Ad Claim: Bush and Reagan Similar

    At least, according to a new ad from Club for Growth, which "aligns [Reagan] with President Bush and criticizes Democratic presidential candidate John Kerr."

    Posted by Eric at 02:04 PM | Comments (2)

    Ad Claim: Bush and Reagan Similar

    At least, according to a new ad from Club for Growth, which "aligns [Reagan] with President Bush and criticizes Democratic presidential candidate John Kerr."

    Posted by Eric at 02:04 PM | Comments (1)

    Fox Tops in Reagan Coverage

    The Fox News Channel had the better ratings of the cable nets, reports CableNewser:

    Reagan: FOX's Coverage Was The #1 Basic Cable Program Last Week
    FOX's coverage of Reagan's Farewell ranks atop the list of basic cable programs for the week of June 7. FOX's coverage between 10 and 11pm on Friday was the #1 show -- it even beat the 2004 MTV Movie Awards (a 4.7 for FOX vs. a 4.6 for MTV). Other segments of FOX's coverage ranks as the #3 and #4 rated shows. (The shows even beat Spongebob and WWE.) All in all, the coverage accounted for 5 out of the top 10 (and 7 out of the top 20) programs during the week. 12:35:57 AM

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 AM | Comments (6)

    Fox Tops in Reagan Coverage

    The Fox News Channel had the better ratings of the cable nets, reports CableNewser:

    Reagan: FOX's Coverage Was The #1 Basic Cable Program Last Week
    FOX's coverage of Reagan's Farewell ranks atop the list of basic cable programs for the week of June 7. FOX's coverage between 10 and 11pm on Friday was the #1 show -- it even beat the 2004 MTV Movie Awards (a 4.7 for FOX vs. a 4.6 for MTV). Other segments of FOX's coverage ranks as the #3 and #4 rated shows. (The shows even beat Spongebob and WWE.) All in all, the coverage accounted for 5 out of the top 10 (and 7 out of the top 20) programs during the week. 12:35:57 AM

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Hooters

  • "Amount that Tom DeLay's political action committee spent at the Washington, D.C., Hooters last November : $117.19" [Federal Election Commission (Washington) ]

    Posted by Eric at 01:31 AM | Comments (1)

    Hamster Numbers: Hooters

  • "Amount that Tom DeLay's political action committee spent at the Washington, D.C., Hooters last November : $117.19" [Federal Election Commission (Washington) ]

    Posted by Eric at 01:31 AM | Comments (0)

    Michael Savage on Gay Marriage

    The former NBC commentator on fighting for perversion, courtesy of Media Matters:

    On the air, Savage read from a June 10 article in The Washington Post in which Frank Newport, editor in chief of The Gallup Poll, was quoted as saying, "I certainly remember the days when being religious meant fighting for civil rights and social justice. Religious liberals are a small minority today." Savage responded, "Well there's a big difference between fighting for civil rights, and fighting for homosexual marriage, you moron. It's a big difference for fighting for the equality of all men, despite their race, and fighting for perversion, you idiot! You think people are stupid?"

    Posted by Eric at 01:22 AM | Comments (38)

    Michael Savage on Gay Marriage

    The former NBC commentator on fighting for perversion, courtesy of Media Matters:

    On the air, Savage read from a June 10 article in The Washington Post in which Frank Newport, editor in chief of The Gallup Poll, was quoted as saying, "I certainly remember the days when being religious meant fighting for civil rights and social justice. Religious liberals are a small minority today." Savage responded, "Well there's a big difference between fighting for civil rights, and fighting for homosexual marriage, you moron. It's a big difference for fighting for the equality of all men, despite their race, and fighting for perversion, you idiot! You think people are stupid?"

    Posted by Eric at 01:22 AM | Comments (3)

    Pentagon: Breaking Laws to Help Halliburton

    HalliburtonWatch on the latest Congressional hearings:

    The GAO told Congressional investigators today that Pentagon officials "overstepped the latitude provided by competition laws" before the war by awarding oil-related work to Halliburton under a pre- existing global logistics contract (LOGCAP).

    Testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform hearing confirmed today that Bush administration political appointees overruled career contracting officials in the Pentagon by giving Halliburton the oil-related task order months before the invasion of Iraq.

    The hearing came two days after Pentagon officials admitted that Pentagon political appointees notified Vice President Cheney's chief of staff of the decision to award Halliburton a no-bid contract to repair Iraq's oil infrastructure.

    Contracting experts say it is highly unusual for political appointees to be involved in the contracting process since contracts are normally awarded by career civil servants with expertise in government contracting. Involvement by Cheney's chief of staff in the contracting process contradicts Cheney's assertion that he had no role in awarding contracts to his former company.

    At the same time, the committee's failure to call Halliburton whistleblowers to testify underscores Congress' continuing failure to hold the company accountable for contracting abuses and potential fraud.

    CAP has more on Cheney's deception regarding the contracts.

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

    Pentagon: Breaking Laws to Help Halliburton

    HalliburtonWatch on the latest Congressional hearings:

    The GAO told Congressional investigators today that Pentagon officials "overstepped the latitude provided by competition laws" before the war by awarding oil-related work to Halliburton under a pre- existing global logistics contract (LOGCAP).

    Testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform hearing confirmed today that Bush administration political appointees overruled career contracting officials in the Pentagon by giving Halliburton the oil-related task order months before the invasion of Iraq.

    The hearing came two days after Pentagon officials admitted that Pentagon political appointees notified Vice President Cheney's chief of staff of the decision to award Halliburton a no-bid contract to repair Iraq's oil infrastructure.

    Contracting experts say it is highly unusual for political appointees to be involved in the contracting process since contracts are normally awarded by career civil servants with expertise in government contracting. Involvement by Cheney's chief of staff in the contracting process contradicts Cheney's assertion that he had no role in awarding contracts to his former company.

    At the same time, the committee's failure to call Halliburton whistleblowers to testify underscores Congress' continuing failure to hold the company accountable for contracting abuses and potential fraud.

    CAP has more on Cheney's deception regarding the contracts.

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

    Iraqi Poll: Strong Anti-American Sentiment

    From the AP:

    A poll of Iraqis commissioned by the U.S.-governing authority has provided the Bush administration a stark picture of anti-American sentiment more than half of Iraqis believe they would be safer if U.S. troops simply left.

    The poll, commissioned by the Coalition Provisional Authority last month but not released to the American public, also found radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is surging in popularity, 92 percent of Iraqis consider the United States an occupying force and more than half believe all Americans behave like those portrayed in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse photos.

    The Associated Press obtained a copy of a multimedia presentation about the poll that was shown to U.S. officials involved in developing Iraq policy. Several officials said in interviews the results reinforced feelings that the transfer of power and security responsibilities to the Iraqis can't come too soon.

    ''If you are sitting here as part of the coalition, it (the poll) is pretty grim,'' said Donald Hamilton, a career foreign service officer who is working for Ambassador Paul Bremer's interim government and helps oversee the CPA's polling of Iraqis.

    Winning the hearts and minds of Iraqis.

    Posted by Eric at 01:11 AM | Comments (39)

    Iraqi Poll: Strong Anti-American Sentiment

    From the AP:

    A poll of Iraqis commissioned by the U.S.-governing authority has provided the Bush administration a stark picture of anti-American sentiment more than half of Iraqis believe they would be safer if U.S. troops simply left.

    The poll, commissioned by the Coalition Provisional Authority last month but not released to the American public, also found radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is surging in popularity, 92 percent of Iraqis consider the United States an occupying force and more than half believe all Americans behave like those portrayed in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse photos.

    The Associated Press obtained a copy of a multimedia presentation about the poll that was shown to U.S. officials involved in developing Iraq policy. Several officials said in interviews the results reinforced feelings that the transfer of power and security responsibilities to the Iraqis can't come too soon.

    ''If you are sitting here as part of the coalition, it (the poll) is pretty grim,'' said Donald Hamilton, a career foreign service officer who is working for Ambassador Paul Bremer's interim government and helps oversee the CPA's polling of Iraqis.

    Winning the hearts and minds of Iraqis.

    Posted by Eric at 01:11 AM | Comments (2)

    Climate Scientists Urge Action

    Ten scientists are urging action on global warming, reports the BBC:

    The team called for a major shift to cleaner fuel technologies to constrain the rapid growth in greenhouse gases.

    "We're in the middle of a large, uncontrolled experiment on the only planet we have," said Don Kennedy, the editor-in-chief of Science magazine.

    "Global warming has taken place and at our present rate of doing business, there is going to be a lot more of it and it will have serious consequences," added the co-organiser of the open gathering of researchers in Washington DC ...

    The researchers, who met at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, urged US policymakers and the public not to get hung up on the uncertainties that still surrounded climate science - and not to use gaps in knowledge as an excuse for inaction.

    "A combination of the models and the data, including the deep-past climate records, are really pretty convincing that if you increase the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels from today's values of 370 parts per million to a 1,000 ppm - which we are going to do within the next 150 years without a doubt - it is going to be a very different world," said David Battisti, from the University of Washington in Seattle.

    Posted by Eric at 01:07 AM | Comments (1)

    Climate Scientists Urge Action

    Ten scientists are urging action on global warming, reports the BBC:

    The team called for a major shift to cleaner fuel technologies to constrain the rapid growth in greenhouse gases.

    "We're in the middle of a large, uncontrolled experiment on the only planet we have," said Don Kennedy, the editor-in-chief of Science magazine.

    "Global warming has taken place and at our present rate of doing business, there is going to be a lot more of it and it will have serious consequences," added the co-organiser of the open gathering of researchers in Washington DC ...

    The researchers, who met at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, urged US policymakers and the public not to get hung up on the uncertainties that still surrounded climate science - and not to use gaps in knowledge as an excuse for inaction.

    "A combination of the models and the data, including the deep-past climate records, are really pretty convincing that if you increase the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels from today's values of 370 parts per million to a 1,000 ppm - which we are going to do within the next 150 years without a doubt - it is going to be a very different world," said David Battisti, from the University of Washington in Seattle.

    Posted by Eric at 01:07 AM | Comments (1)

    June 15, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    NYT. 21 Killed in Iraq and Dozens Hurt in Bomb Attacks
    NYT. 8 Justices Block Effort to Excise Phrase in Pledge
    Star-Ledger. Bon Jovi bash gives bucks and a bounce to Kerry campaign
    WP. Kerry Will Hit Bush Harder on Economy; Senator's Gloomy Picture Backed by Recent Polls
    WP. Al Qaeda May Have Delayed 9/11 Attack; Commission Finds Evidence Pointing To Earlier Date
    WP. DeLay to Be Subject of Ethics Complaint; Democrat's Wide-Ranging Charges Break Unwritten Truce Between Parties
    WP. Bush Admits Drug Card Concerns; President Defends Medicare Discounts Despite Patients' Qualms
    NYT. Group Weighs Plan for Full Drug-Trial Disclosure
    NYT. U.S. Is Urged to Charge Hussein Soon
    AP. More anti-Bush ads lined up
    LAT. Negative Ads Beat Bush to Missouri
    Deseret Morning News. Bush Sr. backs Huntsman; Karras aide says the ad exemplifies elitist tendencies
    Plain Dealer. Bush hopes Kerry's message of 'gloom' turns on him
    LAT. Muslim Nations Urged to Pitch In
    LAT. Iraq Conflict Disrupts U.S. Plans for Military

    Commentary
    LAT. Making Art a Crime
    William Rivers Pitt. Nuremberg Revised
    E. J. Dionne. Bush's 'Him-Too' Strategy
    Paul Krugman. Ashcroft: Travesty of Justice
    NYT. California Leads on Warming
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Clocked Out: The Republican majority in Congress has been AWOL all year. Now its members have started showing up to work, but what's the difference?
    Helen Thomas. Bush continues on Reagan's rightward path -- and then some
    Seattle PI. Enron still merits FERC's attention
    SFC. Summer job hunt; WITH LESS than 37 percent of youths expected to find work this summer, teenagers face the bleakest job market in nearly 60 years
    Harold Meyerson. Class Warrior: Ronald Reagan gets credit for ending the Cold War. But what about the war he drummed up at home?
    James P. Pinkerton. Abolish the terror tax: People who hate America are flush with money from oil sales -- we should stop subsidizing them by becoming more energy independent
    Liza Featherstone. Will Labor Take the Wal-Mart Challenge?
    Kelly Candaele & Peter Dreier. Where Are the Jocks for Justice?
    Robert Scheer. Tout Torture, Get Promoted

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    NYT. 21 Killed in Iraq and Dozens Hurt in Bomb Attacks
    NYT. 8 Justices Block Effort to Excise Phrase in Pledge
    Star-Ledger. Bon Jovi bash gives bucks and a bounce to Kerry campaign
    WP. Kerry Will Hit Bush Harder on Economy; Senator's Gloomy Picture Backed by Recent Polls
    WP. Al Qaeda May Have Delayed 9/11 Attack; Commission Finds Evidence Pointing To Earlier Date
    WP. DeLay to Be Subject of Ethics Complaint; Democrat's Wide-Ranging Charges Break Unwritten Truce Between Parties
    WP. Bush Admits Drug Card Concerns; President Defends Medicare Discounts Despite Patients' Qualms
    NYT. Group Weighs Plan for Full Drug-Trial Disclosure
    NYT. U.S. Is Urged to Charge Hussein Soon
    AP. More anti-Bush ads lined up
    LAT. Negative Ads Beat Bush to Missouri
    Deseret Morning News. Bush Sr. backs Huntsman; Karras aide says the ad exemplifies elitist tendencies
    Plain Dealer. Bush hopes Kerry's message of 'gloom' turns on him
    LAT. Muslim Nations Urged to Pitch In
    LAT. Iraq Conflict Disrupts U.S. Plans for Military

    Commentary
    LAT. Making Art a Crime
    William Rivers Pitt. Nuremberg Revised
    E. J. Dionne. Bush's 'Him-Too' Strategy
    Paul Krugman. Ashcroft: Travesty of Justice
    NYT. California Leads on Warming
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Clocked Out: The Republican majority in Congress has been AWOL all year. Now its members have started showing up to work, but what's the difference?
    Helen Thomas. Bush continues on Reagan's rightward path -- and then some
    Seattle PI. Enron still merits FERC's attention
    SFC. Summer job hunt; WITH LESS than 37 percent of youths expected to find work this summer, teenagers face the bleakest job market in nearly 60 years
    Harold Meyerson. Class Warrior: Ronald Reagan gets credit for ending the Cold War. But what about the war he drummed up at home?
    James P. Pinkerton. Abolish the terror tax: People who hate America are flush with money from oil sales -- we should stop subsidizing them by becoming more energy independent
    Liza Featherstone. Will Labor Take the Wal-Mart Challenge?
    Kelly Candaele & Peter Dreier. Where Are the Jocks for Justice?
    Robert Scheer. Tout Torture, Get Promoted

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Alternet.org

    The newly designed Alternet.org is pretty spiffy.

    Posted by Eric at 10:56 PM | Comments (16)

    Alternet.org

    The newly designed Alternet.org is pretty spiffy.

    Posted by Eric at 10:56 PM | Comments (0)

    New Blog - Useful!

    Want to win policy arguments with your friends?

    Judd C. Legum of The Center for American Progress has set up a blog that provides winning arguments to convince others that you're right. Por ejemplo:

    Congress should not renew the PATRIOT Act

    Why you're right:

    1. Congress doesn't know how the PATRIOT Act is being used. When Congress passed the PATRIOT Act in the days after 9/11 they weren't certain they were making the right decision. To give themselves a chance to reconsider, they made the most controversial provisions expire in 2005. But despite multiple, explicit requests from Congress, John Ashcroft has refused to make even basic disclosures about how many provisions of the PATRIOT Act are being used. Without that information, there is no way that members of Congress can honestly and objectively conclude that the PATRIOT Act should be extended. (Epic Legal Brief, Ashcroft Memo)

    2. The PATRIOT Act allows the Justice Department to seize anything without meaningful judicial review. Expiring provisions of the PATRIOT act allow the government to seize anything they want if they decide the object or record would assist in a terrorism investigation. Judges have no authority to reject the request as long as it is submitted in its proper form. (PATRIOT Act, Section 215)

    3. The PATRIOT Act permits secret wiretaps of people with no connection to terrorism or any other crime. Expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act make it possible for the government to secretly wiretap someone's phone - outside of the standard legal system - even if that person has no connection to terrorism or espionage. John Ashcroft refuses to disclose any information about how this provision is being used. (PATRIOT Act, Section 214)

    Posted by Eric at 08:26 PM | Comments (7)

    New Blog - Useful!

    Want to win policy arguments with your friends?

    Judd C. Legum of The Center for American Progress has set up a blog that provides winning arguments to convince others that you're right. Por ejemplo:

    Congress should not renew the PATRIOT Act

    Why you're right:

    1. Congress doesn't know how the PATRIOT Act is being used. When Congress passed the PATRIOT Act in the days after 9/11 they weren't certain they were making the right decision. To give themselves a chance to reconsider, they made the most controversial provisions expire in 2005. But despite multiple, explicit requests from Congress, John Ashcroft has refused to make even basic disclosures about how many provisions of the PATRIOT Act are being used. Without that information, there is no way that members of Congress can honestly and objectively conclude that the PATRIOT Act should be extended. (Epic Legal Brief, Ashcroft Memo)

    2. The PATRIOT Act allows the Justice Department to seize anything without meaningful judicial review. Expiring provisions of the PATRIOT act allow the government to seize anything they want if they decide the object or record would assist in a terrorism investigation. Judges have no authority to reject the request as long as it is submitted in its proper form. (PATRIOT Act, Section 215)

    3. The PATRIOT Act permits secret wiretaps of people with no connection to terrorism or any other crime. Expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act make it possible for the government to secretly wiretap someone's phone - outside of the standard legal system - even if that person has no connection to terrorism or espionage. John Ashcroft refuses to disclose any information about how this provision is being used. (PATRIOT Act, Section 214)

    Posted by Eric at 08:26 PM | Comments (2)

    The Misdeeds of Halliburton

    Let us count the ways:

    -Lodged 100 workers at a five-star hotel in Kuwait for a total of $10,000 a day while the Pentagon wanted them to stay in tents, like soldiers, at $139 a night.

    -Abandoned $85,000 trucks because of flat tires and minor problems.

    -Paid $100 to have a 15-pound bag of laundry cleaned as part of a million-dollar laundry contract in peaceful Kuwait. The price for cleaning the same amount of laundry in war-torn Iraq was $28.

    -Spent $1.50 a can to buy 37,200 cans of soda in Kuwait, about 24 times higher than the contract price.

    -Knowingly paid subcontractors twice for the same bill.

    Henry Waxman has been the Democrat putting pressure on Halliburton.

    Also, "according to a congressional investigation, Mr Cheney's top aide, Lewis Libby, was involved in high-level talks in October 2002 which led to the firm securing the contract".

    Posted by Eric at 05:33 PM | Comments (1)

    The Misdeeds of Halliburton

    Let us count the ways:

    -Lodged 100 workers at a five-star hotel in Kuwait for a total of $10,000 a day while the Pentagon wanted them to stay in tents, like soldiers, at $139 a night.

    -Abandoned $85,000 trucks because of flat tires and minor problems.

    -Paid $100 to have a 15-pound bag of laundry cleaned as part of a million-dollar laundry contract in peaceful Kuwait. The price for cleaning the same amount of laundry in war-torn Iraq was $28.

    -Spent $1.50 a can to buy 37,200 cans of soda in Kuwait, about 24 times higher than the contract price.

    -Knowingly paid subcontractors twice for the same bill.

    Henry Waxman has been the Democrat putting pressure on Halliburton.

    Also, "according to a congressional investigation, Mr Cheney's top aide, Lewis Libby, was involved in high-level talks in October 2002 which led to the firm securing the contract".

    Posted by Eric at 05:33 PM | Comments (0)

    I Get Letters

    I haven't received a good hate mail in a while, so I thought I'd post this one since ... well, it's amusing:

    From: Bellcarolynj@aol.com
    To: Eric@the-hamster.com

    SUBJECT:i n case you missed my drift scum bag yea i know your mommy says its ok

    can only hope that you come to a most painful death as soon as possible . every thing evil in the world is backed by you . i wish i had thw nerve and the ways of eliminatating you waste of sperm fucks , fortunatly fate has a way of moving human waste like you. i only wish the silver spoon u were born with would have choked the useless life out of you. i really hate you guys . long live white america and george w bush . you havn t a chance in hell of surviving did u really fuck diane rheems

    Who's Diane Rheems? And why did I fuck her?

    EDIT: And I get another email:

    hey eric ever worked a day in your silver spooned born pussy life. i hope you suffer and die the worst possible end fortunately nature has a way of washing human shit away. remember this email when you r sucking your thumb at mommy s house .your demise is near and u know it . desperate people do desperate things . you r no better than the english before our independance . start looking over your shoulder cause the enemies here u let in and they will get u first due to the ignorance you display rumor has it you fucked both your mother and diaqne rheems . see u in hell cocksucker
    Amusing, and yes I have worked / am working (and I wish those jobs paid/pay more than $6.50/hour) - that's besides the point, however. Though I don't understand the "diaqne rheems" obsession.

    Posted by Eric at 04:45 PM | Comments (32)

    I Get Letters

    I haven't received a good hate mail in a while, so I thought I'd post this one since ... well, it's amusing:

    From: Bellcarolynj@aol.com
    To: Eric@the-hamster.com

    SUBJECT:i n case you missed my drift scum bag yea i know your mommy says its ok

    can only hope that you come to a most painful death as soon as possible . every thing evil in the world is backed by you . i wish i had thw nerve and the ways of eliminatating you waste of sperm fucks , fortunatly fate has a way of moving human waste like you. i only wish the silver spoon u were born with would have choked the useless life out of you. i really hate you guys . long live white america and george w bush . you havn t a chance in hell of surviving did u really fuck diane rheems

    Who's Diane Rheems? And why did I fuck her?

    EDIT: And I get another email:

    hey eric ever worked a day in your silver spooned born pussy life. i hope you suffer and die the worst possible end fortunately nature has a way of washing human shit away. remember this email when you r sucking your thumb at mommy s house .your demise is near and u know it . desperate people do desperate things . you r no better than the english before our independance . start looking over your shoulder cause the enemies here u let in and they will get u first due to the ignorance you display rumor has it you fucked both your mother and diaqne rheems . see u in hell cocksucker
    Amusing, and yes I have worked / am working (and I wish those jobs paid/pay more than $6.50/hour) - that's besides the point, however. Though I don't understand the "diaqne rheems" obsession.

    Posted by Eric at 04:45 PM | Comments (14)

    Dean Hindsight

    Link from Political Wire, what would Dean have done differently with his presidential campaign? AP:

    There are things he would have done differently: He says he should have had better debate preparation and more media training. ''I needed some serious media training,'' he said. ''I did it on the job but I could have saved myself a lot of hassle if I had done it earlier on.''

    He feels he and the campaign staff were spread too thin and did poorly handling the press; and he wishes he had asked his wife Judy, a doctor in private practice, to join him on the campaign trail sooner.

    ''She was a huge hit,'' he said. ''We got all these wonderful letters afterwards saying it was so wonderful to see a normal person just like me in this role. I was shocked by how well she did and I was more shocked that she liked it. She was great!''

    Posted by Eric at 04:41 PM | Comments (3)

    Dean Hindsight

    Link from Political Wire, what would Dean have done differently with his presidential campaign? AP:

    There are things he would have done differently: He says he should have had better debate preparation and more media training. ''I needed some serious media training,'' he said. ''I did it on the job but I could have saved myself a lot of hassle if I had done it earlier on.''

    He feels he and the campaign staff were spread too thin and did poorly handling the press; and he wishes he had asked his wife Judy, a doctor in private practice, to join him on the campaign trail sooner.

    ''She was a huge hit,'' he said. ''We got all these wonderful letters afterwards saying it was so wonderful to see a normal person just like me in this role. I was shocked by how well she did and I was more shocked that she liked it. She was great!''

    Posted by Eric at 04:41 PM | Comments (1)

    Media Research Center: AIDs Small Issue

    Link from The Progress Report, apparently the conservative Media Research Center thinks AIDs isn't much of a problem:

    "Most Americans liked Ronald Reagan for the big things he did - beating the Soviet Union in the Cold War, freeing millions from communism, reinvigorating the economy," said Rich Noyes, the MRC's research director. "Liberals like to attack him on a range of smaller issues, like AIDS and homelessness and so-called budget cuts."

    Posted by Eric at 04:21 PM | Comments (1)

    Media Research Center: AIDs Small Issue

    Link from The Progress Report, apparently the conservative Media Research Center thinks AIDs isn't much of a problem:

    "Most Americans liked Ronald Reagan for the big things he did - beating the Soviet Union in the Cold War, freeing millions from communism, reinvigorating the economy," said Rich Noyes, the MRC's research director. "Liberals like to attack him on a range of smaller issues, like AIDS and homelessness and so-called budget cuts."

    Posted by Eric at 04:21 PM | Comments (2)

    Alterman Still a Communist?

    Or will Bill O'Reilly retract his statement sometime soon? Notes the WPost's Reliable Sources:

    On his show the other day, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly apologized to Texas columnist Molly Ivins for calling her a socialist. Now liberal author Eric Alterman wants a retraction from O'Reilly, who recently labeled him a fellow traveler of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

    Alterman's Miami-based attorney, Sarah Clasby Engel, sent a demand letter to O'Reilly last week, saying, "We would like to take this opportunity to identify a lie you recently broadcast." On his show in early May, the conservative yakker called Alterman "another Fidel Castro confidant."

    Threatening a defamation suit unless O'Reilly makes a retraction, Engel states: "We are certain that you will be unable to point us to any proof whatever of a personal relationship between Alterman, a proud anti-Communist liberal, and Fidel Castro." The letter notes that in mid-May, Alterman signed a public rebuke of Castro, assailing the "brute repression" of his dictatorship.

    The lawyer gave O'Reilly five business days to respond. A Fox News spokesman told us the missive arrived only yesterday and "our legal department is reviewing it."

    I'm not sure what there is to review ... O'Reilly made a stupid statement, as usual.

    Posted by Eric at 04:17 PM | Comments (15)

    Alterman Still a Communist?

    Or will Bill O'Reilly retract his statement sometime soon? Notes the WPost's Reliable Sources:

    On his show the other day, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly apologized to Texas columnist Molly Ivins for calling her a socialist. Now liberal author Eric Alterman wants a retraction from O'Reilly, who recently labeled him a fellow traveler of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

    Alterman's Miami-based attorney, Sarah Clasby Engel, sent a demand letter to O'Reilly last week, saying, "We would like to take this opportunity to identify a lie you recently broadcast." On his show in early May, the conservative yakker called Alterman "another Fidel Castro confidant."

    Threatening a defamation suit unless O'Reilly makes a retraction, Engel states: "We are certain that you will be unable to point us to any proof whatever of a personal relationship between Alterman, a proud anti-Communist liberal, and Fidel Castro." The letter notes that in mid-May, Alterman signed a public rebuke of Castro, assailing the "brute repression" of his dictatorship.

    The lawyer gave O'Reilly five business days to respond. A Fox News spokesman told us the missive arrived only yesterday and "our legal department is reviewing it."

    I'm not sure what there is to review ... O'Reilly made a stupid statement, as usual.

    Posted by Eric at 04:17 PM | Comments (0)

    PBS Going Right?

    As reported by Common Cause, a previous New Yorker article noted:

    The decision by CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) to fund two programs -- one hosted by Tucker Carlson, who speaks for conservatives on CNN's “Crossfire,” and one moderated by Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, at the same time that “NOW with Bill Moyers,” which receives no CPB funds, is cut from an hour to 30 minutes;

    What appears to be a Bush Administration litmus test for choosing members of the CPB. When CPB board candidate Chon Noriega, a UCLA media professor and co-founder of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, was interviewed by the White House, he was asked whether the CPB should intervene in programming “deemed politically biased.” When Professor Noriega said intervention should be used in only extraordinary circumstances, the appointment process ground to a halt, and the White House has asked Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) to put forward another candidate.

    The observation by journalist Moyers, who told The New Yorker author Ken Auletta: “This is the first time in my 32 years of public broadcasting that CPB has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons.”

    And further, that now:
    There is a problem with the CPB. Whether it is a Democratic or Republican President who appoints them, CPB board members tend to be big political donors who often come with specific ideological agendas. This seems particularly true of the current board.

    For example, President George W. Bush's most recent CPB appointees, Gay Hart Gaines and Cheryl Halpern, and their families, have given more than $800,000 to the Republican Party and candidates since 1995. Both these appointees have backgrounds that raise questions about their suitability to serve on the CPB board. During her confirmation hearing last fall, Halpern indicated that she would welcome giving CPB members the authority to intervene in program content when they felt a program was biased. Gaines chaired Newt Gingrich's (R-GA) political committee GOPAC. Gingrich as House Speaker proposed cutting all federal assistance to public TV.

    Board chairman Kenneth Tomlinson has given $7,700 to Republicans since 1995, and has been active in Republican politics. A friend of Karl Rove, he is quoted in The New Yorker as saying that “It is absolutely critical for people on the right to feel they have the same ownership stake in public television as people on the left have,” and he objected to Moyers' including commentary in his programs.

    Columnist Ed Garvey has more thoughts.

    Posted by Eric at 05:36 AM | Comments (28)

    PBS Going Right?

    As reported by Common Cause, a previous New Yorker article noted:

    The decision by CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) to fund two programs -- one hosted by Tucker Carlson, who speaks for conservatives on CNN's “Crossfire,” and one moderated by Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, at the same time that “NOW with Bill Moyers,” which receives no CPB funds, is cut from an hour to 30 minutes;

    What appears to be a Bush Administration litmus test for choosing members of the CPB. When CPB board candidate Chon Noriega, a UCLA media professor and co-founder of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, was interviewed by the White House, he was asked whether the CPB should intervene in programming “deemed politically biased.” When Professor Noriega said intervention should be used in only extraordinary circumstances, the appointment process ground to a halt, and the White House has asked Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) to put forward another candidate.

    The observation by journalist Moyers, who told The New Yorker author Ken Auletta: “This is the first time in my 32 years of public broadcasting that CPB has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons.”

    And further, that now:
    There is a problem with the CPB. Whether it is a Democratic or Republican President who appoints them, CPB board members tend to be big political donors who often come with specific ideological agendas. This seems particularly true of the current board.

    For example, President George W. Bush's most recent CPB appointees, Gay Hart Gaines and Cheryl Halpern, and their families, have given more than $800,000 to the Republican Party and candidates since 1995. Both these appointees have backgrounds that raise questions about their suitability to serve on the CPB board. During her confirmation hearing last fall, Halpern indicated that she would welcome giving CPB members the authority to intervene in program content when they felt a program was biased. Gaines chaired Newt Gingrich's (R-GA) political committee GOPAC. Gingrich as House Speaker proposed cutting all federal assistance to public TV.

    Board chairman Kenneth Tomlinson has given $7,700 to Republicans since 1995, and has been active in Republican politics. A friend of Karl Rove, he is quoted in The New Yorker as saying that “It is absolutely critical for people on the right to feel they have the same ownership stake in public television as people on the left have,” and he objected to Moyers' including commentary in his programs.

    Columnist Ed Garvey has more thoughts.

    Posted by Eric at 05:36 AM | Comments (2)

    Cheney Again Claims al-Qaida - Saddam Link

    In a speech to The James Madison Institute:

    Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that Saddam Hussein had "long-established ties" with al Qaida, an assertion that has been repeatedly challenged by some policy experts and lawmakers ... "He was a patron of terrorism," Cheney said of Hussein during a speech before The James Madison Institute, a conservative think-tank based in Florida. "He had long established ties with al Qaida."

    In making the case for war in Iraq, Bush administration officials frequently cited what they said were Saddam's decade-long contacts with al-Qaida operatives. They stopped short of claiming that Iraq was directly involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, but critics say Bush officials left that impression with the American public.

    Cheney listed what he described as the accomplishments of the Bush administration in the war on terror, including fledgling democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq; and the decision by Libya's leader, Moammar Gadhafi, to abandon his nuclear ambitions.

    And my favorite paragraph from the article: "The vice president offered no details backing up his claim of a link between Saddam and al Qaida."

    Of course. Kos has more.

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

    Cheney Again Claims al-Qaida - Saddam Link

    In a speech to The James Madison Institute:

    Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that Saddam Hussein had "long-established ties" with al Qaida, an assertion that has been repeatedly challenged by some policy experts and lawmakers ... "He was a patron of terrorism," Cheney said of Hussein during a speech before The James Madison Institute, a conservative think-tank based in Florida. "He had long established ties with al Qaida."

    In making the case for war in Iraq, Bush administration officials frequently cited what they said were Saddam's decade-long contacts with al-Qaida operatives. They stopped short of claiming that Iraq was directly involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, but critics say Bush officials left that impression with the American public.

    Cheney listed what he described as the accomplishments of the Bush administration in the war on terror, including fledgling democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq; and the decision by Libya's leader, Moammar Gadhafi, to abandon his nuclear ambitions.

    And my favorite paragraph from the article: "The vice president offered no details backing up his claim of a link between Saddam and al Qaida."

    Of course. Kos has more.

    Posted by Eric at 05:27 AM | Comments (0)

    'Fahrenheit 9-11' Opening in 4x More Theaters Than 'Columbine'

    It has also received a 'R' rating:

    Its new distributors, Lions Gate and IFC Films, plan to open the movie in as many as 1,000 theaters nationwide, four times the exposure of Moore's 2002 Oscar winner, "Bowling for Columbine." ... On Sunday, the U.S. ratings board gave the movie an R -no one under 17 admitted without parent or guardian - due to "violent and disturbing images and strong language."

    Lions Gate immediately filed an emergency appeal to the board to have the rating reviewed.

    Moore contends that 15- or 16-year-old viewers may eventually serve in Iraq and ought to be able to see the film.

    "If they're old enough to be recruited ... they certainly deserve the right to see what's going on," he said in a statement.

    Posted by Eric at 05:03 AM | Comments (17)

    'Fahrenheit 9-11' Opening in 4x More Theaters Than 'Columbine'

    It has also received a 'R' rating:

    Its new distributors, Lions Gate and IFC Films, plan to open the movie in as many as 1,000 theaters nationwide, four times the exposure of Moore's 2002 Oscar winner, "Bowling for Columbine." ... On Sunday, the U.S. ratings board gave the movie an R -no one under 17 admitted without parent or guardian - due to "violent and disturbing images and strong language."

    Lions Gate immediately filed an emergency appeal to the board to have the rating reviewed.

    Moore contends that 15- or 16-year-old viewers may eventually serve in Iraq and ought to be able to see the film.

    "If they're old enough to be recruited ... they certainly deserve the right to see what's going on," he said in a statement.

    Posted by Eric at 05:03 AM | Comments (0)

    O'Reily Compares Michael Moore and Al Franken to Joseph Goebbels

    Goebbels, of course, was Hitler's minister of propaganda. O'Reilly speaks the truth, since both Moore and Franken are partly responsible for the genocide of Jews. Oy, Media Matters:

    O'REILLY: Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." All right? "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth."

    And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly regularly refers to Franken as Stuart Smalley, a character Franken created on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do. They just run around ... So who turns out for the screening of this movie [Fahrenheit 9/11] last night? You ready? Now, here are the celebrities that turn out. Here are the people who would turn out to see Josef Goebbels convince you that Poland invaded the Third Reich. It's the same thing, by the way. Propaganda is propaganda. OK?

    Posted by Eric at 04:19 AM | Comments (41)

    O'Reily Compares Michael Moore and Al Franken to Joseph Goebbels

    Goebbels, of course, was Hitler's minister of propaganda. O'Reilly speaks the truth, since both Moore and Franken are partly responsible for the genocide of Jews. Oy, Media Matters:

    O'REILLY: Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime and whose very famous quote was, "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth." All right? "If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth."

    And that's what Stuart Smalley [O'Reilly regularly refers to Franken as Stuart Smalley, a character Franken created on Saturday Night Live], and Michael Moore and all of these guys do. They just run around ... So who turns out for the screening of this movie [Fahrenheit 9/11] last night? You ready? Now, here are the celebrities that turn out. Here are the people who would turn out to see Josef Goebbels convince you that Poland invaded the Third Reich. It's the same thing, by the way. Propaganda is propaganda. OK?

    Posted by Eric at 04:19 AM | Comments (8)

    June 14, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    LAT. Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go; The 26 ex-diplomats and military leaders say his foreign policy has harmed national security. Several served under Republicans
    LAT. At Least 20 Killed in Baghdad Bombings
    NYT. From the Senate, a Chorus Rises in Support of Edwards
    NYT. Clinton Planning to Use Book Tour to Assist Kerry
    NYT. Recruiters Try New Tactics to Sell Wartime Army
    NYT. Fair-Housing Groups Say New York City Is Falling Behind
    WP. Taxpayers Take Hit On Reagan Holiday; Government Shutdown Costs Millions
    WP. Waxman Raises New Questions on Cheney
    AP. U.S. military releases prisoners from Abu Ghraib
    CNN. Powell 'not a happy camper' about terror report; Revised look at attacks in 2003 will show sharp increase
    LAT. States Mend Budgets Warily; Surpluses are expected in many capitals, but after years of pain there are no plans to restore cuts in social services or roll back tax increases
    LAT. Governor Plans to Be There for Bush: Despite political risks, Schwarzenegger will attend the GOP convention, aides say
    LAT. A Low-Key Iowa Governor Receives the V.P. Treatment
    LAT. Help for Halliburton alleged in Iraq oil plan
    AP. Official Clinton portraits to be unveiled
    CSM. New war on emissions: A state plan to be unveiled Monday would be the first to curb greenhouse-gas emissions in cars
    CSM. Pressure grows on US to aid 'weak' states to curb terrorism
    CSM. Nuclear-weapons challenges rise; Bush and Pentagon call for new kinds of nukes - and a missile defense system - as bombs' toxic legacy lingers
    CSM. Attacks broaden as handover nears; A spate of assassinations in Iraq spurred Secretary of State Powell to warn Sunday of growing threats against officials
    AP. Recount flaw found in Fla. voting machines
    AP. U.S. Gas Prices See First Drop of Year
    BGlobe. Old Glory freshly adorns Kerry's airplane
    BGlobe. Report says Bush sought Vatican help; Conservative themes addressed

    Commentary
    Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jesse Jackson's Formula
    TIME. Battling the Bishops: Is Kerry Catholic enough? There's evidence the question is backfiring on his critics
    Buzzflash. Interview: David Brock, Author of "The Republican Noise Machine: Right Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy"
    Stephen Kinzer. Feels Like the Third Time; Newly unearthed, once-classified documents remind us that Abu Ghraib is hardly the first time that torture became policy
    Michael Tomasky. Comeuppance Week? SCOTUS on Gitmo plus Red Cross on Abu Ghraib equal more trouble still for the Bush team -- and, finally, the blowback to vanguardism
    Mark Follman. "A temporary coup": Author Thomas Powers says the White House's corruption of intelligence has caused the greatest foreign policy catastrophe in modern U.S. history -- and sparked a civil war with the nation's intel agencies
    William Greider. The Gipper's Economy
    John Nichols. Another Mourning in America; In the Bay Area, many look back in anger at Reagan's neglect of the AIDS crisis
    Sabrina Rubin Erdely. The Paperless Chase: College sophomores Nelson Pavlosky and Luke Smith rage against the electronic voting machine
    Byron Williams. Strange liberators; Bush administration ducks torture questions; how long until 'bad apples' defense goes rotten?
    Bob Herbert. Loving Ray Charles
    NYT. The White House Hangs Up
    BGlobe. Star Wars': the sequel; BY CONTINUING to plunge ahead with deployment of a missile defense system that has not been proven to work and might never work, President Bush is doing the opposite of what he should be doing
    Cynthia Tucker. Fairy-tale presidencies leave real problems

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (26)

    Monday Stories

    News
    LAT. Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go; The 26 ex-diplomats and military leaders say his foreign policy has harmed national security. Several served under Republicans
    LAT. At Least 20 Killed in Baghdad Bombings
    NYT. From the Senate, a Chorus Rises in Support of Edwards
    NYT. Clinton Planning to Use Book Tour to Assist Kerry
    NYT. Recruiters Try New Tactics to Sell Wartime Army
    NYT. Fair-Housing Groups Say New York City Is Falling Behind
    WP. Taxpayers Take Hit On Reagan Holiday; Government Shutdown Costs Millions
    WP. Waxman Raises New Questions on Cheney
    AP. U.S. military releases prisoners from Abu Ghraib
    CNN. Powell 'not a happy camper' about terror report; Revised look at attacks in 2003 will show sharp increase
    LAT. States Mend Budgets Warily; Surpluses are expected in many capitals, but after years of pain there are no plans to restore cuts in social services or roll back tax increases
    LAT. Governor Plans to Be There for Bush: Despite political risks, Schwarzenegger will attend the GOP convention, aides say
    LAT. A Low-Key Iowa Governor Receives the V.P. Treatment
    LAT. Help for Halliburton alleged in Iraq oil plan
    AP. Official Clinton portraits to be unveiled
    CSM. New war on emissions: A state plan to be unveiled Monday would be the first to curb greenhouse-gas emissions in cars
    CSM. Pressure grows on US to aid 'weak' states to curb terrorism
    CSM. Nuclear-weapons challenges rise; Bush and Pentagon call for new kinds of nukes - and a missile defense system - as bombs' toxic legacy lingers
    CSM. Attacks broaden as handover nears; A spate of assassinations in Iraq spurred Secretary of State Powell to warn Sunday of growing threats against officials
    AP. Recount flaw found in Fla. voting machines
    AP. U.S. Gas Prices See First Drop of Year
    BGlobe. Old Glory freshly adorns Kerry's airplane
    BGlobe. Report says Bush sought Vatican help; Conservative themes addressed

    Commentary
    Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jesse Jackson's Formula
    TIME. Battling the Bishops: Is Kerry Catholic enough? There's evidence the question is backfiring on his critics
    Buzzflash. Interview: David Brock, Author of "The Republican Noise Machine: Right Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy"
    Stephen Kinzer. Feels Like the Third Time; Newly unearthed, once-classified documents remind us that Abu Ghraib is hardly the first time that torture became policy
    Michael Tomasky. Comeuppance Week? SCOTUS on Gitmo plus Red Cross on Abu Ghraib equal more trouble still for the Bush team -- and, finally, the blowback to vanguardism
    Mark Follman. "A temporary coup": Author Thomas Powers says the White House's corruption of intelligence has caused the greatest foreign policy catastrophe in modern U.S. history -- and sparked a civil war with the nation's intel agencies
    William Greider. The Gipper's Economy
    John Nichols. Another Mourning in America; In the Bay Area, many look back in anger at Reagan's neglect of the AIDS crisis
    Sabrina Rubin Erdely. The Paperless Chase: College sophomores Nelson Pavlosky and Luke Smith rage against the electronic voting machine
    Byron Williams. Strange liberators; Bush administration ducks torture questions; how long until 'bad apples' defense goes rotten?
    Bob Herbert. Loving Ray Charles
    NYT. The White House Hangs Up
    BGlobe. Star Wars': the sequel; BY CONTINUING to plunge ahead with deployment of a missile defense system that has not been proven to work and might never work, President Bush is doing the opposite of what he should be doing
    Cynthia Tucker. Fairy-tale presidencies leave real problems

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

    Monday Open Thread

    Out for the day.

    Posted by Eric at 09:43 AM | Comments (4)

    Monday Open Thread

    Out for the day.

    Posted by Eric at 09:43 AM | Comments (3)

    Reasons for Optimism in Florida

    "Registration, fund-raising bolster Kerry campaign," writes the Orlando Sentinel:

    Democratic voter registration is outpacing Republican registration in the heart of the "Interstate-4 corridor" that will be pivotal in this election.

    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is favored among the fast-growing and swing-voting Hispanic community of Central Florida. Kerry even is making inroads among younger Cuban-Americans in South Florida who are adding a moderate voice to Miami's Republican exile community.

    The Kerry campaign is organizing early, with a dozen field operatives at work in Florida and a state director who arrived this weekend -- earlier than Democrats have targeted Florida in the past.

    And early on, Kerry and allied committees have outspent President Bush in television advertising in the most critical, independent-minded markets of this TV-driven state -- one of the few states on which the 2004 election is likely to turn.

    Posted by Eric at 09:32 AM | Comments (1)

    Reasons for Optimism in Florida

    "Registration, fund-raising bolster Kerry campaign," writes the Orlando Sentinel:

    Democratic voter registration is outpacing Republican registration in the heart of the "Interstate-4 corridor" that will be pivotal in this election.

    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is favored among the fast-growing and swing-voting Hispanic community of Central Florida. Kerry even is making inroads among younger Cuban-Americans in South Florida who are adding a moderate voice to Miami's Republican exile community.

    The Kerry campaign is organizing early, with a dozen field operatives at work in Florida and a state director who arrived this weekend -- earlier than Democrats have targeted Florida in the past.

    And early on, Kerry and allied committees have outspent President Bush in television advertising in the most critical, independent-minded markets of this TV-driven state -- one of the few states on which the 2004 election is likely to turn.

    Posted by Eric at 09:32 AM | Comments (1)

    June 13, 2004

    Nader Restoring Trust in Politics

    What a hypocrite.

    Since October, Ralph Nader has run his campaign for president out of the same downtown Washington offices that through April housed a public charity he created -- an overlap that campaign finance specialists said could run afoul of federal laws.

    Tax law explicitly forbids public charities from aiding political campaigns. Violations can result in a charity losing its tax-exempt status. In addition, campaign law requires candidates to account for all contributions -- including shared office space and resources, down to the use of copying machines, receptionists and telephones.

    Records show many links between Nader's campaign and the charity Citizen Works. For example, the charity's listed president, Theresa Amato, is also Nader's campaign manager. The campaign said in an e-mail to The Washington Post that Amato resigned from the charity in 2003. But in the charity's most recent corporate filing with the District, in January, Amato listed herself as the charity's president and registered agent.

    The office suite housing the campaign, the charity and other sub-tenants had a common receptionist for greeting visitors ... "Candidates should not be running a campaign for public office out of a nonprofit organization," said campaign-finance expert and attorney Fred Wertheimer. "It makes a lot more sense to keep them separate and apart to avoid any sense of appearance of interrelationship or problem of intermingling."

    Posted by Eric at 04:29 AM | Comments (26)

    Nader Restoring Trust in Politics

    What a hypocrite.

    Since October, Ralph Nader has run his campaign for president out of the same downtown Washington offices that through April housed a public charity he created -- an overlap that campaign finance specialists said could run afoul of federal laws.

    Tax law explicitly forbids public charities from aiding political campaigns. Violations can result in a charity losing its tax-exempt status. In addition, campaign law requires candidates to account for all contributions -- including shared office space and resources, down to the use of copying machines, receptionists and telephones.

    Records show many links between Nader's campaign and the charity Citizen Works. For example, the charity's listed president, Theresa Amato, is also Nader's campaign manager. The campaign said in an e-mail to The Washington Post that Amato resigned from the charity in 2003. But in the charity's most recent corporate filing with the District, in January, Amato listed herself as the charity's president and registered agent.

    The office suite housing the campaign, the charity and other sub-tenants had a common receptionist for greeting visitors ... "Candidates should not be running a campaign for public office out of a nonprofit organization," said campaign-finance expert and attorney Fred Wertheimer. "It makes a lot more sense to keep them separate and apart to avoid any sense of appearance of interrelationship or problem of intermingling."

    Posted by Eric at 04:29 AM | Comments (9)

    June 12, 2004

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    "When I see someone who is making anywhere from $300,000 to $750,000 a year, that's middle class." Rep. Fred Heineman, R-N.C., Washington Post, 10/29/96, via Pandagon

    "Finally, the ACLU -- we talked about this yesterday and I -- and, you know, I have to pick on the ACLU because they're the most dangerous organization in the United States of America right now. There's by far. There's nobody even close to that. They're, like, second next to Al Qaeda." Bill O'Reilly, via Media Matters.

    "But you'd have to put liberals in Abu Ghraib to get them to tell the truth about what people were saying before the war – and then the problem would be that most liberals would enjoy those activities." Ann Coulter

    "[B]y the way, we rank 10th amongst the industrialized world in broadband technology and its availability. That's not good enough for America. Tenth is 10 spots too low as far as I'm concerned."—George Bush, Minneapolis, Minn., April 26, 2004

    Posted by Eric at 05:31 AM | Comments (39)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    "When I see someone who is making anywhere from $300,000 to $750,000 a year, that's middle class." Rep. Fred Heineman, R-N.C., Washington Post, 10/29/96, via Pandagon

    "Finally, the ACLU -- we talked about this yesterday and I -- and, you know, I have to pick on the ACLU because they're the most dangerous organization in the United States of America right now. There's by far. There's nobody even close to that. They're, like, second next to Al Qaeda." Bill O'Reilly, via Media Matters.

    "But you'd have to put liberals in Abu Ghraib to get them to tell the truth about what people were saying before the war – and then the problem would be that most liberals would enjoy those activities." Ann Coulter

    "[B]y the way, we rank 10th amongst the industrialized world in broadband technology and its availability. That's not good enough for America. Tenth is 10 spots too low as far as I'm concerned."—George Bush, Minneapolis, Minn., April 26, 2004

    Posted by Eric at 05:31 AM | Comments (19)

    June 11, 2004

    Hamster Numbers: Marriage

    Percentage of the 958 same-sex unions granted to Vermont residents since July 2000 that have since been dissolved : 3 [Vermont Department of Health (Burlington) ]

    Percentage of U.S. heterosexual marriages that are dissolved within five years : 20 [National Center for Health Statistics (Hyattsville, Md.) ]

    --Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 05:36 PM | Comments (31)

    Hamster Numbers: Marriage

    Percentage of the 958 same-sex unions granted to Vermont residents since July 2000 that have since been dissolved : 3 [Vermont Department of Health (Burlington) ]

    Percentage of U.S. heterosexual marriages that are dissolved within five years : 20 [National Center for Health Statistics (Hyattsville, Md.) ]

    --Harpers

    Posted by Eric at 05:36 PM | Comments (7)

    Media Gets Facts Wrong About Reagan

    Liberal media continues to strike the conservative icon Ronald Reagan, notes Media Matters:

    According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the longest economic expansions in U.S. history are:

    March 1991 -- March 2001: 120 months
    February 1961 -- December 1969: 106 months
    November 1982 -- July 1990: 92 months

    The expansion Reagan presided over is therefore the third-longest in history. Even at the time of the expansion Reagan presided over -- before the expansion that began in 1991 -- it wasn't the longest in history; it was the second-longest.

    But that's not what many media outlets have been reporting:

    The New York Times (6/6/04): "After the 1981-82 recession, Mr. Reagan presided over the longest economic expansion in history, one that saw the creation of 16 million jobs."

    New York Daily News (6/6/04): "Throughout much of the Reagan presidency, the country enjoyed what was then the longest economic expansion in U.S. history." ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:52 AM | Comments (13)

    Media Gets Facts Wrong About Reagan

    Liberal media continues to strike the conservative icon Ronald Reagan, notes Media Matters:

    According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the longest economic expansions in U.S. history are:

    March 1991 -- March 2001: 120 months
    February 1961 -- December 1969: 106 months
    November 1982 -- July 1990: 92 months

    The expansion Reagan presided over is therefore the third-longest in history. Even at the time of the expansion Reagan presided over -- before the expansion that began in 1991 -- it wasn't the longest in history; it was the second-longest.

    But that's not what many media outlets have been reporting:

    The New York Times (6/6/04): "After the 1981-82 recession, Mr. Reagan presided over the longest economic expansion in history, one that saw the creation of 16 million jobs."

    New York Daily News (6/6/04): "Throughout much of the Reagan presidency, the country enjoyed what was then the longest economic expansion in U.S. history." ...

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

    Best Wishes to Hesiod

    Hesiod at Counterspin Central made his "last post."

    I just decided for personal reasons that the time was right for me to stop blogging.

    Everything is fine. Nothing to worry about.

    Just wanted everyone to know that and hopefully people will respect and honor my decision.

    So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support and encouragement these past two years. It meant and means a lot to me.

    Take care everyone.

    Here's to victory in November and beyond!

    Best of luck and thanks to Hesiod.

    Being a blogger is tough work, especially with the time commitment and energy required to maintain a popular blog like Counterspin. In a couple months, this blog will turn three years old, and at times I too have felt the strain of updating. I imagine, though, after the November elections you'll see a lot of political blogs revamping or ending.

    Posted by Eric at 03:06 AM | Comments (50)

    Best Wishes to Hesiod

    Hesiod at Counterspin Central made his "last post."

    I just decided for personal reasons that the time was right for me to stop blogging.

    Everything is fine. Nothing to worry about.

    Just wanted everyone to know that and hopefully people will respect and honor my decision.

    So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support and encouragement these past two years. It meant and means a lot to me.

    Take care everyone.

    Here's to victory in November and beyond!

    Best of luck and thanks to Hesiod.

    Being a blogger is tough work, especially with the time commitment and energy required to maintain a popular blog like Counterspin. In a couple months, this blog will turn three years old, and at times I too have felt the strain of updating. I imagine, though, after the November elections you'll see a lot of political blogs revamping or ending.

    Posted by Eric at 03:06 AM | Comments (11)

    Reagan on AIDs

    This has been posted all over the net, but it's worth reposting again. Reagan press briefing with Larry Speakes, Oct 1982.

    Q: Larry, does the President have any reaction to the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases?
    MR. SPEAKES: What's AIDS?
    Q: Over a third of them have died. It's known as "gay plague." (Laughter.) No, it is. I mean it's a pretty serious thing that one in every three people that get this have died. And I wondered if the President is aware of it?
    MR. SPEAKES: I don't have it. Do you? (Laughter.)
    Q: No, I don't.
    MR. SPEAKES: You didn't answer my question.
    Q: Well, I just wondered, does the President ...
    MR. SPEAKES: How do you know? (Laughter.)
    Q: In other words, the White House looks on this as a great joke?
    MR. SPEAKES: No, I don't know anything about it, Lester.
    Q: Does the President, does anyone in the White House know about this epidemic, Larry?
    MR. SPEAKES: I don't think so. I don't think there's been any ...
    Q: Nobody knows?
    MR. SPEAKES: There has been no personal experience here, Lester.
    Q: No, I mean, I thought you were keeping ...
    MR. SPEAKES: I checked thoroughly with Dr. Ruge this morning and he's had no - (laughter) - no patients suffering from AIDS or whatever it is.
    Q: The President doesn't have gay plague, is that what you're saying or what?
    MR. SPEAKES: No, I didn't say that.
    Q: Didn't say that?
    MR. SPEAKES: I thought I heard you on the State Department over there. Why didn't you stay there? (Laughter.)
    Q: Because I love you Larry, that's why (Laughter.)
    MR. SPEAKES: Oh I see. Just don't put it in those terms, Lester. (Laughter.)
    Q: Oh, I retract that.
    MR. SPEAKES: I hope so.
    Q: It's too late.
    Michael Miner wonders why the fawning media didn't mention this part of the Reagan presidency.

    Posted by Eric at 02:57 AM | Comments (42)

    Reagan on AIDs

    This has been posted all over the net, but it's worth reposting again. Reagan press briefing with Larry Speakes, Oct 1982.

    Q: Larry, does the President have any reaction to the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases?
    MR. SPEAKES: What's AIDS?
    Q: Over a third of them have died. It's known as "gay plague." (Laughter.) No, it is. I mean it's a pretty serious thing that one in every three people that get this have died. And I wondered if the President is aware of it?
    MR. SPEAKES: I don't have it. Do you? (Laughter.)
    Q: No, I don't.
    MR. SPEAKES: You didn't answer my question.
    Q: Well, I just wondered, does the President ...
    MR. SPEAKES: How do you know? (Laughter.)
    Q: In other words, the White House looks on this as a great joke?
    MR. SPEAKES: No, I don't know anything about it, Lester.
    Q: Does the President, does anyone in the White House know about this epidemic, Larry?
    MR. SPEAKES: I don't think so. I don't think there's been any ...
    Q: Nobody knows?
    MR. SPEAKES: There has been no personal experience here, Lester.
    Q: No, I mean, I thought you were keeping ...
    MR. SPEAKES: I checked thoroughly with Dr. Ruge this morning and he's had no - (laughter) - no patients suffering from AIDS or whatever it is.
    Q: The President doesn't have gay plague, is that what you're saying or what?
    MR. SPEAKES: No, I didn't say that.
    Q: Didn't say that?
    MR. SPEAKES: I thought I heard you on the State Department over there. Why didn't you stay there? (Laughter.)
    Q: Because I love you Larry, that's why (Laughter.)
    MR. SPEAKES: Oh I see. Just don't put it in those terms, Lester. (Laughter.)
    Q: Oh, I retract that.
    MR. SPEAKES: I hope so.
    Q: It's too late.
    Michael Miner wonders why the fawning media didn't mention this part of the Reagan presidency.

    Posted by Eric at 02:57 AM | Comments (1)

    Tom DeLay: Charitable Liar

    The Houston Press takes on Tom Delay and explains how he "has used nonprofits to help himself". With pictures!

    Posted by Eric at 02:52 AM | Comments (19)

    Tom DeLay: Charitable Liar

    The Houston Press takes on Tom Delay and explains how he "has used nonprofits to help himself". With pictures!

    Posted by Eric at 02:52 AM | Comments (7)

    Jack Black at the MTV Movie Awards

    Won Best Comedic Performance for his role in 'School of Rock.'

    Posted by Eric at 02:36 AM | Comments (31)

    Jack Black at the MTV Movie Awards

    Won Best Comedic Performance for his role in 'School of Rock.'

    Posted by Eric at 02:36 AM | Comments (5)

    Death, Illness Result from Coal Power Plants; Bush Plan Ineffective

    From the unfortunately named Cox News Service:

    Air pollution from coal-fired power plants cause about 24,000 premature deaths a year nationwide, a new study indicates.

    The study, prepared by Abt Associates, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's consultant on air pollution impacts, found that 22,000 of those deaths, along with many nonfatal heart attacks and tens of hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, could be prevented by requiring power plants to install currently available pollution control technology. However, revisions to federal pollution control rules favored by the Bush administration would reduce deaths far less _ by about 10,000 per year in 2020 _ than the limits a bipartisan group of senators proposed in 1999, the study concluded. Abt, based in Cambridge, Mass., released a similar study in 2000 before multiple medical studies linked power plant pollutants with increased risk of cancer and heart attacks.

    Meanwhile, the House of Reps is set to vote on drilling in ANWR. Tell your rep to vote no.

    Posted by Eric at 12:59 AM | Comments (22)

    Death, Illness Result from Coal Power Plants; Bush Plan Ineffective

    From the unfortunately named Cox News Service:

    Air pollution from coal-fired power plants cause about 24,000 premature deaths a year nationwide, a new study indicates.

    The study, prepared by Abt Associates, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's consultant on air pollution impacts, found that 22,000 of those deaths, along with many nonfatal heart attacks and tens of hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, could be prevented by requiring power plants to install currently available pollution control technology. However, revisions to federal pollution control rules favored by the Bush administration would reduce deaths far less _ by about 10,000 per year in 2020 _ than the limits a bipartisan group of senators proposed in 1999, the study concluded. Abt, based in Cambridge, Mass., released a similar study in 2000 before multiple medical studies linked power plant pollutants with increased risk of cancer and heart attacks.

    Meanwhile, the House of Reps is set to vote on drilling in ANWR. Tell your rep to vote no.

    Posted by Eric at 12:59 AM | Comments (0)

    June 10, 2004

    Thursday

    News
    WP. Religious Left Seeks Center of Political Debate: Conferees Call For Stronger Voice
    WP. Economy Provides No Boost For Bush: Foreign Policy Concerns Hurt Approval Ratings
    BGlobe. Delays could prove costly for DNC; FleetCenter work behind schedule
    BGlobe. Once a rival, Edwards staying close to Kerry
    LAT. Bush Gets Better Ratings in 3 Battleground States Than Nationwide
    LAT. A Tough Time for 'Neocons'
    LAT. Inland Latinos Alarmed by New Border Patrol Sweeps
    AP. Human rights lawyers file lawsuit in San Diego against U.S. civilian contractors
    NYT. Should Doctors Help With Executions? No Easy Ethical Answer
    NYT. Study Ranks Bush Plan to Cut Air Pollution as Weakest of 3
    WP. State Dept. Concedes Errors in Terror Data
    WP. Top Health Official Awaits Hearing on Nomination; Questions Raised About Entries on Resume
    Macon Telegraph. Study links health problems to Georgia power plants
    AP. BLM pines for opening more Alaska land to drilling
    NYT. Lawmakers Oppose Plan to Ease Sales of U.S. Arms
    NYT. In Pivotal Case, Bush Backs Off Rule That Eased Phone Line Fees
    NYT. In Pivotal Case, Bush Backs Off Rule That Eased Phone Line Fees
    AP. Florida offers guidance felon voters
    NYT. Policy on Felons and Voting Is Still Unclear in Florida
    AP. Lawmakers Troubled by Rowland Allegations
    The Hill. Lawmakers to star in Moore film
    The Hill. GOP says N.Y. would be swell with Zell

    Commentary
    Peter Dizikes. Nader's Republican pipe dream; The spoiler candidate insists he's drawing GOP voters away from George W. Bush. There's only one problem: They only exist in his mind
    Sean Aday. Prozac Nation; Shiny Happy Presidents!
    Joe Conason. Bush should fear Nancy Reagan's ire; Luddite position on stem-cell technology sets President at odds with the nation's most powerful widow
    Bill Berkowitz. Hijacking history: Grover Norquist's Reagan Legacy Project has its eyes on many prizes
    Sidney Blumenthal. The u-turn that saved the Gipper: After Iran-contra, Reagan ditched the right and embraced Gorbachev
    Clarence Page. Heed Nancy Reagan's pleas to cure dread disease
    Peter Dreier. Urban suffering grew under Reagan
    StarTrib. Reaganomics/The myth vs. the reality
    Jonathan D. Tepperman. An American in The Hague?
    Cynthia Tucker. Homophobia kills, literally
    Richard Cohen. A Plunge From the Moral Heights

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

    Thursday

    News
    WP. Religious Left Seeks Center of Political Debate: Conferees Call For Stronger Voice
    WP. Economy Provides No Boost For Bush: Foreign Policy Concerns Hurt Approval Ratings
    BGlobe. Delays could prove costly for DNC; FleetCenter work behind schedule
    BGlobe. Once a rival, Edwards staying close to Kerry
    LAT. Bush Gets Better Ratings in 3 Battleground States Than Nationwide
    LAT. A Tough Time for 'Neocons'
    LAT. Inland Latinos Alarmed by New Border Patrol Sweeps
    AP. Human rights lawyers file lawsuit in San Diego against U.S. civilian contractors
    NYT. Should Doctors Help With Executions? No Easy Ethical Answer
    NYT. Study Ranks Bush Plan to Cut Air Pollution as Weakest of 3
    WP. State Dept. Concedes Errors in Terror Data
    WP. Top Health Official Awaits Hearing on Nomination; Questions Raised About Entries on Resume
    Macon Telegraph. Study links health problems to Georgia power plants
    AP. BLM pines for opening more Alaska land to drilling
    NYT. Lawmakers Oppose Plan to Ease Sales of U.S. Arms
    NYT. In Pivotal Case, Bush Backs Off Rule That Eased Phone Line Fees
    NYT. In Pivotal Case, Bush Backs Off Rule That Eased Phone Line Fees
    AP. Florida offers guidance felon voters
    NYT. Policy on Felons and Voting Is Still Unclear in Florida
    AP. Lawmakers Troubled by Rowland Allegations
    The Hill. Lawmakers to star in Moore film
    The Hill. GOP says N.Y. would be swell with Zell

    Commentary
    Peter Dizikes. Nader's Republican pipe dream; The spoiler candidate insists he's drawing GOP voters away from George W. Bush. There's only one problem: They only exist in his mind
    Sean Aday. Prozac Nation; Shiny Happy Presidents!
    Joe Conason. Bush should fear Nancy Reagan's ire; Luddite position on stem-cell technology sets President at odds with the nation's most powerful widow
    Bill Berkowitz. Hijacking history: Grover Norquist's Reagan Legacy Project has its eyes on many prizes
    Sidney Blumenthal. The u-turn that saved the Gipper: After Iran-contra, Reagan ditched the right and embraced Gorbachev
    Clarence Page. Heed Nancy Reagan's pleas to cure dread disease
    Peter Dreier. Urban suffering grew under Reagan
    StarTrib. Reaganomics/The myth vs. the reality
    Jonathan D. Tepperman. An American in The Hague?
    Cynthia Tucker. Homophobia kills, literally
    Richard Cohen. A Plunge From the Moral Heights

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

    The Boss Attacks the Prez

    The American icon Bruce Springsteen, on his website, has posted Al Gore's NYU speech.

    During his past concerts, Bruce promoted Al Franken's newest book and occasionally attacked Bush. Also this:

    Aside from a few private benefit performances, Springsteen has been quiet since ending his world tour with the E Street Band in support of his 2002 Columbia album "The Rising." Although rumors of new studio work have yielded little concrete information, there is a possibility that the Boss may make a loud statement when the Republican National Convention gets underway in New York at the end of the summer.

    The New York Daily News reported in May that Springsteen may play a free concert somewhere in the city on Sept. 2, the day Bush is due to address the convention and accept the Republican nomination for a second term as President. A representative for the Springsteen disavowed knowledge of any performance plans in 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 05:09 PM | Comments (35)

    The Boss Attacks the Prez

    The American icon Bruce Springsteen, on his website, has posted Al Gore's NYU speech.

    During his past concerts, Bruce promoted Al Franken's newest book and occasionally attacked Bush. Also this:

    Aside from a few private benefit performances, Springsteen has been quiet since ending his world tour with the E Street Band in support of his 2002 Columbia album "The Rising." Although rumors of new studio work have yielded little concrete information, there is a possibility that the Boss may make a loud statement when the Republican National Convention gets underway in New York at the end of the summer.

    The New York Daily News reported in May that Springsteen may play a free concert somewhere in the city on Sept. 2, the day Bush is due to address the convention and accept the Republican nomination for a second term as President. A representative for the Springsteen disavowed knowledge of any performance plans in 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 05:09 PM | Comments (0)

    Graduates Greeted with Poor Jobs

    From EPI:

    As high school graduations take place around the country, it is timely to examine how young high school graduates are faring in the job market. From 1979 to 2003, the inflation-adjusted hourly wages earned by recent high school graduates (one to five years past graduation) have fallen by 17.4% among men and by 4.9% among women. Thus, the quality of jobs available to recent high school graduates has deteriorated remarkably over the last few decades.

    A further indication of the erosion of quality work opportunities for new high school graduates is the dramatic decline in the share of jobs for which employers provide health insurance or pensions (see figure). Employer-provided health insurance among recent high school graduates in their "entry-level jobs" fell from 63.3% in 1979 to roughly half that many, 34.7%, in 2002 (the latest data). Pension coverage fell over this period as well, from the low level of 36.0% in 1979 to an even lower 20.1% in 2002.

    Posted by Eric at 05:05 PM | Comments (16)

    Graduates Greeted with Poor Jobs

    From EPI:

    As high school graduations take place around the country, it is timely to examine how young high school graduates are faring in the job market. From 1979 to 2003, the inflation-adjusted hourly wages earned by recent high school graduates (one to five years past graduation) have fallen by 17.4% among men and by 4.9% among women. Thus, the quality of jobs available to recent high school graduates has deteriorated remarkably over the last few decades.

    A further indication of the erosion of quality work opportunities for new high school graduates is the dramatic decline in the share of jobs for which employers provide health insurance or pensions (see figure). Employer-provided health insurance among recent high school graduates in their "entry-level jobs" fell from 63.3% in 1979 to roughly half that many, 34.7%, in 2002 (the latest data). Pension coverage fell over this period as well, from the low level of 36.0% in 1979 to an even lower 20.1% in 2002.

    Posted by Eric at 05:05 PM | Comments (1)

    Kerry VP Down to 3?

    According to the Washington Whispers of the USNews:

    Kerry campaign insiders tell us that his vice presidential selection team is down to three finalists. They won't say who they are, but we hear that Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack remains the front-runner and that North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is in the pack. Edwards is liked inside Kerry HQ, as evidenced by the Edwards bumper stickers in some cubicles.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 PM | Comments (64)

    Kerry VP Down to 3?

    According to the Washington Whispers of the USNews:

    Kerry campaign insiders tell us that his vice presidential selection team is down to three finalists. They won't say who they are, but we hear that Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack remains the front-runner and that North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is in the pack. Edwards is liked inside Kerry HQ, as evidenced by the Edwards bumper stickers in some cubicles.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 PM | Comments (5)

    Pentagon Wastes $100m on Unused Plane Tickets

    Not like anyone flies on airplanes anymore, anyway:

    Defense Department spent an estimated $100 million for airline tickets that were not used over a six-year period and failed to seek refunds even though the tickets were reimbursable, congressional investigators say.

    The department compounded the problem by reimbursing employee claims for tickets bought by the Pentagon, the investigators said.

    To demonstrate how easy it was to have the Pentagon pay for airline travel, the investigators posed as Defense employees, had the department generate a ticket and showed up at the ticket counter to pick up a boarding pass.

    Congress' General Accounting Office issued the findings in two reports on the Pentagon's lack of control over airline travel, copies of which The Associated Press obtained Tuesday. A prior report, issued last November, found that the Pentagon bought 68,000 first-class or business-class airline seats for employees who should have flown coach.

    Posted by Eric at 01:52 PM | Comments (21)

    Pentagon Wastes $100m on Unused Plane Tickets

    Not like anyone flies on airplanes anymore, anyway:

    Defense Department spent an estimated $100 million for airline tickets that were not used over a six-year period and failed to seek refunds even though the tickets were reimbursable, congressional investigators say.

    The department compounded the problem by reimbursing employee claims for tickets bought by the Pentagon, the investigators said.

    To demonstrate how easy it was to have the Pentagon pay for airline travel, the investigators posed as Defense employees, had the department generate a ticket and showed up at the ticket counter to pick up a boarding pass.

    Congress' General Accounting Office issued the findings in two reports on the Pentagon's lack of control over airline travel, copies of which The Associated Press obtained Tuesday. A prior report, issued last November, found that the Pentagon bought 68,000 first-class or business-class airline seats for employees who should have flown coach.

    Posted by Eric at 01:52 PM | Comments (2)

    Fox News Eggs CNN

    More silliness:

    Fox News is topping CNN - literally. The cable news network that revels in taunting its rival has just put up a big sign proclaiming its No. 1 status smack on top of a CNN billboard at the corner of 47th St. and Sixth Ave.
    Fox is moving its in-your-face marketing campaign against CNN to New York after years of taking swipes against the Time Warner-owned network in Atlanta.

    Since 1999, Fox has been baiting CNN on a billboard across the street from CNN's headquarters, but its contract there just expired. Among past messages: "Come Home Connie. CNN Needs You," referring to ousted CNN anchor Connie Chung.

    Last year CNN struck back, erecting a billboard in Fox's backyard at 47th and Sixth - presumably to shake up Fox execs and employees. But the sign is a block away from most of Fox's studios ... For now, Fox's New York sign is relatively tame. But don't expect that to last.

    "We're just having a little fun," Ailes said. "We're being very docile."

    Posted by Eric at 07:31 AM | Comments (40)

    Fox News Eggs CNN

    More silliness:

    Fox News is topping CNN - literally. The cable news network that revels in taunting its rival has just put up a big sign proclaiming its No. 1 status smack on top of a CNN billboard at the corner of 47th St. and Sixth Ave.
    Fox is moving its in-your-face marketing campaign against CNN to New York after years of taking swipes against the Time Warner-owned network in Atlanta.

    Since 1999, Fox has been baiting CNN on a billboard across the street from CNN's headquarters, but its contract there just expired. Among past messages: "Come Home Connie. CNN Needs You," referring to ousted CNN anchor Connie Chung.

    Last year CNN struck back, erecting a billboard in Fox's backyard at 47th and Sixth - presumably to shake up Fox execs and employees. But the sign is a block away from most of Fox's studios ... For now, Fox's New York sign is relatively tame. But don't expect that to last.

    "We're just having a little fun," Ailes said. "We're being very docile."

    Posted by Eric at 07:31 AM | Comments (4)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    Returning this Saturday. Beware!

    Posted by Eric at 02:26 AM | Comments (20)

    Stupid Quote Saturday

    Returning this Saturday. Beware!

    Posted by Eric at 02:26 AM | Comments (0)

    Kerry Leads in LA Times Poll

    "51% to 44% nationally in a two-way matchup, and by 48% to 42% in a three-way race".

    Posted by Eric at 01:54 AM | Comments (11)

    Kerry Leads in LA Times Poll

    "51% to 44% nationally in a two-way matchup, and by 48% to 42% in a three-way race".

    Posted by Eric at 01:54 AM | Comments (0)

    Liberal Media Covers Reagan

    Now I don't want to suggest there's a pattern here or anything, BUUUUHHHT... from the cool kid Wonkette:

    • "Inside Politics" (CNN): Hosted former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ronald Reagan Legacy Project's Grover Norquist.
    • "Crossfire" (CNN): Hosted former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, former Reagan adviser Ken Adelman and Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.
    • "Wolf Blitzer Reports" (CNN): Hosted Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
    • "Hardball" (MSNBC): Hosted former Reagan advisers Richard Allen and Martin Anderson, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormick.
    • "O'Reilly Factor" (FNC): Hosted former Reagan Chief of Staff Michael Deaver.
    • "Capital Report" (CNBC): Hosted Empower America's Bill Bennett and Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif.
    • "Deborah Norville Tonight" (MSNBC): Hosted former Nancy Reagan spokeswoman Sheila Tate.
    • "Larry King Live" (CNN): Hosted former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford.
    • "Hannity & Colmes" (FNC): Hosted Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Meese.
    • "Scarborough Country" (MSNBC): Hosted former Reagan adviser Ed Rollins.
    • "Nightline" (ABC): Focused on Ronald Reagan's legacy.

    Posted by Eric at 12:34 AM | Comments (17)

    Liberal Media Covers Reagan

    Now I don't want to suggest there's a pattern here or anything, BUUUUHHHT... from the cool kid Wonkette:

    • "Inside Politics" (CNN): Hosted former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ronald Reagan Legacy Project's Grover Norquist.
    • "Crossfire" (CNN): Hosted former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, former Reagan adviser Ken Adelman and Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.
    • "Wolf Blitzer Reports" (CNN): Hosted Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
    • "Hardball" (MSNBC): Hosted former Reagan advisers Richard Allen and Martin Anderson, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormick.
    • "O'Reilly Factor" (FNC): Hosted former Reagan Chief of Staff Michael Deaver.
    • "Capital Report" (CNBC): Hosted Empower America's Bill Bennett and Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif.
    • "Deborah Norville Tonight" (MSNBC): Hosted former Nancy Reagan spokeswoman Sheila Tate.
    • "Larry King Live" (CNN): Hosted former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford.
    • "Hannity & Colmes" (FNC): Hosted Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Meese.
    • "Scarborough Country" (MSNBC): Hosted former Reagan adviser Ed Rollins.
    • "Nightline" (ABC): Focused on Ronald Reagan's legacy.

    Posted by Eric at 12:34 AM | Comments (9)

    Some Dare Compliment Alan Colmes

    Shall I say it? Susan Estrich makes me miss Alan Colmes. There. I said it. Media Maters on the Fox liberal.

    As Media Matters for America noted on June 9, Estrich joined Hannity, Gingrich, and Coulter in purporting to diagnose former Vice President Al Gore's psychiatric state based on Gore's May 26 speech on America's Iraq policy, saying, "He's off the deep end." But Estrich's harsh words for Democrats did not end with Gore.

    Estrich on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY):

    GINGRICH: [Former President Bill] Clinton has, I think, to some extent mellowed and also I believe that a successful Clinton book tour by a more statesman-like Bill Clinton is not a bad prelude to the 2008 campaign by Senator Clinton.

    ESTRICH: Oh, no.

    HANNITY: I think you just about nailed it. It's coming.

    [crosstalk]

    ESTRICH: You [Gingrich] remind me of him. And I can see you two getting along, but she can't get elected, can she now?

    GINGRICH: Oh, she is, I think, one of the most professional people in politics today.

    ESTRICH: Well, I didn't say that.

    GINGRICH: I think she is very formidable.

    .... ESTRICH: I don't know. I don't have a full-time job on TV, so I can't tell you.

    I don't know any liberal radio except the one that's failing.

    Estrich on former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and, again, on Gore:

    HANNITY: Are you embarrassed -- are you embarrassed, Susan, by the rhetoric of -- we're going to show Dean in a minute, but by the rhetoric of Gore, by the rhetoric of Dean? By -- well, let me...

    ESTRICH: I'm so thrilled that I don't have to defend these people. I'm so thrilled that they're not the nominee.

    Another great liberal on Fox.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (33)

    Some Dare Compliment Alan Colmes

    Shall I say it? Susan Estrich makes me miss Alan Colmes. There. I said it. Media Maters on the Fox liberal.

    As Media Matters for America noted on June 9, Estrich joined Hannity, Gingrich, and Coulter in purporting to diagnose former Vice President Al Gore's psychiatric state based on Gore's May 26 speech on America's Iraq policy, saying, "He's off the deep end." But Estrich's harsh words for Democrats did not end with Gore.

    Estrich on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY):

    GINGRICH: [Former President Bill] Clinton has, I think, to some extent mellowed and also I believe that a successful Clinton book tour by a more statesman-like Bill Clinton is not a bad prelude to the 2008 campaign by Senator Clinton.

    ESTRICH: Oh, no.

    HANNITY: I think you just about nailed it. It's coming.

    [crosstalk]

    ESTRICH: You [Gingrich] remind me of him. And I can see you two getting along, but she can't get elected, can she now?

    GINGRICH: Oh, she is, I think, one of the most professional people in politics today.

    ESTRICH: Well, I didn't say that.

    GINGRICH: I think she is very formidable.

    .... ESTRICH: I don't know. I don't have a full-time job on TV, so I can't tell you.

    I don't know any liberal radio except the one that's failing.

    Estrich on former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and, again, on Gore:

    HANNITY: Are you embarrassed -- are you embarrassed, Susan, by the rhetoric of -- we're going to show Dean in a minute, but by the rhetoric of Gore, by the rhetoric of Dean? By -- well, let me...

    ESTRICH: I'm so thrilled that I don't have to defend these people. I'm so thrilled that they're not the nominee.

    Another great liberal on Fox.

    Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (1)

    June 09, 2004

    Wed Stories

    News
    Guardian. Security council vote backs transfer of Iraq sovereignty
    NYT. Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks
    NYT. California Weighs Tighter Fuel Economy
    NYT. As War Toll Rises, Governors Face Delicate Decisions
    WP. Radio Giant In Record Indecency Settlement
    WP. Moran Wins Va. Primary; Democrat Survives Debate on Fitness
    LAT. E-Vote Fight Has Plenty of Human Drama Too
    NYT. Turbulence Shakes Boston as the Democratic Convention Nears
    NYT. Bush Didn't Order Any Breach of Torture Laws, Ashcroft Says
    WP. N. Korea May Be Relaxing Position; Leader Pressed to Drop Nuclear Arms
    AP. U.S. Forces Free Hostages in Baghdad Raid
    Reuters. U.S. Wants 'Most' Iraq Debt Forgiven
    AP. Kerry Seeks Columns From Iowa Governor
    UK Indy. American killed in Riyadh drive-by shooting
    UK Indy. Blair plans show of strength to squash leadership rumours
    Reuters. Oklahoma Executes Man Who Gunned Down Aunt
    AP. Beasley in Runoff for S.C. Senate Seat
    AP. Florida Not a Given for Bush This Fall
    UK Indy. Sharon loses majority as far-right ministers quit

    Commentary
    NYT. The Roots of Abu Ghraib
    Harold Meyerson. Class Warrior
    William Rivers Pitt. Down Goes Tenet
    Julian Bond. Reclaim The Land Of Opportunity
    Amy Sullivan. How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life
    Mark Schmitt. The Permanent Raw Deal; We know liberals face trouble if Kerry loses. But here's the tough choice they face if Kerry wins
    Molly Ivins. Bush's Kiss of Death
    Paul Foot. Our kind of dictators
    Thomas Schaller. Not So Keene: What if Bush keeps his conservative base together and still loses?
    Madeleine Albright and Robin Cook. We must cut our nuclear arsenals: Unless the US and Europe act now, non-nuclear states will rebel
    Yvonne Bynoe. Hip Hop as a Political Tool
    Matthew Yglesias. Disconnected; Think Judy Miller went batty on the WMD? Well, check out author Stephen Hayes and his neocon pals on the fabled Saddam-al Qaeda connection
    Markos Moulitsas Zúniga. Red State Harbingers: Are the Herseth and Chandler wins a harbinger of Democratic House gains in 2004?
    Daniel Glick. Branded; When Staff Sgt. Georg Pogany asked for help after a combat-stress reaction in Iraq, his superiors charged him with cowardice and sent him home. He's fighting to restore his reputation -- and save other soldiers from his ordeal
    Salon. Putting Reagan on the scales; Martin Anderson, John Judis, Michael Lind and others weigh in on the Hollywood presidency, the end of communism, Iran-Contra and the paradoxes of Reagan's career
    Trudy Lieberman. Dealing the Drug Cards
    Eric Alterman. Kerry's Dance
    Katha Pollitt. Desperately Seeking Health Insurance
    David Kusnet. Dubya, You're No Gipper

    Posted by Eric at 11:50 PM | Comments (25)

    Wed Stories

    News
    Guardian. Security council vote backs transfer of Iraq sovereignty
    NYT. Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks
    NYT. California Weighs Tighter Fuel Economy
    NYT. As War Toll Rises, Governors Face Delicate Decisions
    WP. Radio Giant In Record Indecency Settlement
    WP. Moran Wins Va. Primary; Democrat Survives Debate on Fitness
    LAT. E-Vote Fight Has Plenty of Human Drama Too
    NYT. Turbulence Shakes Boston as the Democratic Convention Nears
    NYT. Bush Didn't Order Any Breach of Torture Laws, Ashcroft Says
    WP. N. Korea May Be Relaxing Position; Leader Pressed to Drop Nuclear Arms
    AP. U.S. Forces Free Hostages in Baghdad Raid
    Reuters. U.S. Wants 'Most' Iraq Debt Forgiven
    AP. Kerry Seeks Columns From Iowa Governor
    UK Indy. American killed in Riyadh drive-by shooting
    UK Indy. Blair plans show of strength to squash leadership rumours
    Reuters. Oklahoma Executes Man Who Gunned Down Aunt
    AP. Beasley in Runoff for S.C. Senate Seat
    AP. Florida Not a Given for Bush This Fall
    UK Indy. Sharon loses majority as far-right ministers quit

    Commentary
    NYT. The Roots of Abu Ghraib
    Harold Meyerson. Class Warrior
    William Rivers Pitt. Down Goes Tenet
    Julian Bond. Reclaim The Land Of Opportunity
    Amy Sullivan. How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life
    Mark Schmitt. The Permanent Raw Deal; We know liberals face trouble if Kerry loses. But here's the tough choice they face if Kerry wins
    Molly Ivins. Bush's Kiss of Death
    Paul Foot. Our kind of dictators
    Thomas Schaller. Not So Keene: What if Bush keeps his conservative base together and still loses?
    Madeleine Albright and Robin Cook. We must cut our nuclear arsenals: Unless the US and Europe act now, non-nuclear states will rebel
    Yvonne Bynoe. Hip Hop as a Political Tool
    Matthew Yglesias. Disconnected; Think Judy Miller went batty on the WMD? Well, check out author Stephen Hayes and his neocon pals on the fabled Saddam-al Qaeda connection
    Markos Moulitsas Zúniga. Red State Harbingers: Are the Herseth and Chandler wins a harbinger of Democratic House gains in 2004?
    Daniel Glick. Branded; When Staff Sgt. Georg Pogany asked for help after a combat-stress reaction in Iraq, his superiors charged him with cowardice and sent him home. He's fighting to restore his reputation -- and save other soldiers from his ordeal
    Salon. Putting Reagan on the scales; Martin Anderson, John Judis, Michael Lind and others weigh in on the Hollywood presidency, the end of communism, Iran-Contra and the paradoxes of Reagan's career
    Trudy Lieberman. Dealing the Drug Cards
    Eric Alterman. Kerry's Dance
    Katha Pollitt. Desperately Seeking Health Insurance
    David Kusnet. Dubya, You're No Gipper

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

    News Audiences Increasingly Politicized; Distrust News Orgs

    New Pew survey out; spin away.

    Among:

  • "Since 2000, the Fox News Channel's gains have been greatest among political conservatives and Republicans. More than half of regular Fox viewers describe themselves as politically conservative (52%), up from 40% four years ago. At the same time, CNN, Fox's principal rival, has a more Democrat-leaning audience than in the past"
  • "CNN's once dominant credibility ratings have slumped in recent years, mostly among Republicans and independents. By comparison, the Fox News Channel's believability ratings have remained steady both overall and within partisan groups. Nonetheless, among those able to rate the networks, more continue to say they can believe all or most of what they hear on CNN than say
    that about Fox News Channel (32% vs. 25%)."
  • "The nationwide poll of 3,000 adults, conducted April 19-May 12, 2004, finds that the audiences for Rush Limbaugh's radio show and Bill O'Reilly's TV program remain overwhelmingly conservative and Republican. By contrast, audiences for some other news sources notably NPR, the NewsHour, and magazines like the New Yorker, the Atlantic and Harper's tilt liberal and Democratic, but not nearly to the same degree"

    Posted by Eric at 09:54 AM | Comments (11)

    News Audiences Increasingly Politicized; Distrust News Orgs

    New Pew survey out; spin away.

    Among:

  • "Since 2000, the Fox News Channel's gains have been greatest among political conservatives and Republicans. More than half of regular Fox viewers describe themselves as politically conservative (52%), up from 40% four years ago. At the same time, CNN, Fox's principal rival, has a more Democrat-leaning audience than in the past"
  • "CNN's once dominant credibility ratings have slumped in recent years, mostly among Republicans and independents. By comparison, the Fox News Channel's believability ratings have remained steady both overall and within partisan groups. Nonetheless, among those able to rate the networks, more continue to say they can believe all or most of what they hear on CNN than say
    that about Fox News Channel (32% vs. 25%)."
  • "The nationwide poll of 3,000 adults, conducted April 19-May 12, 2004, finds that the audiences for Rush Limbaugh's radio show and Bill O'Reilly's TV program remain overwhelmingly conservative and Republican. By contrast, audiences for some other news sources notably NPR, the NewsHour, and magazines like the New Yorker, the Atlantic and Harper's tilt liberal and Democratic, but not nearly to the same degree"

    Posted by Eric at 09:54 AM | Comments (1)

    Tied Up in Florida

    According to the latest Rasmussen Report, it's pretty much tied up:

    Just like it was four years ago, the Presidential race in Florida is tied. A Rasmussen Reports survey finds Senator John F. Kerry and President George W. Bush each earning 46% of the vote in the Sunshine State.

    In April, a Rasmussen Reports survey found virtually identical results.

    Like Florida, most states polled so far this year are showing similar results to four years ago. However, the President is behind his pace from four years ago in a few states such as Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. There are, of course, other states in which Bush is doing better than he did four years ago. Most notable in this category is Pennsylvania.

    Posted by Eric at 09:29 AM | Comments (13)

    Tied Up in Florida

    According to the latest Rasmussen Report, it's pretty much tied up:

    Just like it was four years ago, the Presidential race in Florida is tied. A Rasmussen Reports survey finds Senator John F. Kerry and President George W. Bush each earning 46% of the vote in the Sunshine State.

    In April, a Rasmussen Reports survey found virtually identical results.

    Like Florida, most states polled so far this year are showing similar results to four years ago. However, the President is behind his pace from four years ago in a few states such as Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. There are, of course, other states in which Bush is doing better than he did four years ago. Most notable in this category is Pennsylvania.

    Posted by Eric at 09:29 AM | Comments (2)

    Hamster Numbers: Rockefeller Drug Laws

    From the Drug Policy Alliance:

    For example, the Rockefeller Drug Laws mandate a penalty of 15 years to life in prison for possession of four ounces or sale of two ounces of certain controlled substances. This is in many cases greater than the sentence for people convicted of rape, murder, arson, or kidnapping.

    As a result, drug felons now comprise 38% of the prison population. 45% of women in prison in 2002 were sentenced for drug crimes. And while African Americans and Latinos comprise just 23% of New York's population, they make up a staggering 93% of those currently incarcerated for drug felonies, even though drug selling and use are reportedly almost proportionate between races.

    Posted by Eric at 07:08 AM | Comments (17)

    Hamster Numbers: Rockefeller Drug Laws

    From the Drug Policy Alliance:

    For example, the Rockefeller Drug Laws mandate a penalty of 15 years to life in prison for possession of four ounces or sale of two ounces of certain controlled substances. This is in many cases greater than the sentence for people convicted of rape, murder, arson, or kidnapping.

    As a result, drug felons now comprise 38% of the prison population. 45% of women in prison in 2002 were sentenced for drug crimes. And while African Americans and Latinos comprise just 23% of New York's population, they make up a staggering 93% of those currently incarcerated for drug felonies, even though drug selling and use are reportedly almost proportionate between races.

    Posted by Eric at 07:08 AM | Comments (2)

    AlFrankenWeb.com

    If for some reason you're wondering, my other site, AlFrankenWeb.com, is down because I let my domain name expire ... ooops. Hopefully it'll be back up soon.

    At least I'm in good company.

    Posted by Eric at 06:12 AM | Comments (14)

    AlFrankenWeb.com

    If for some reason you're wondering, my other site, AlFrankenWeb.com, is down because I let my domain name expire ... ooops. Hopefully it'll be back up soon.

    At least I'm in good company.

    Posted by Eric at 06:12 AM | Comments (1)

    CNBC Fires Analyst for Hitler Salutes

    That's a weird headline, huh. From the Sun-Sentinel:

    Making gestures associated with Nazism during a World Wrestling Entertainment match in Germany last weekend has cost a prominent performer his moonlighting job as a financial analyst on CNBC.

    The network announced Tuesday that John "Bradshaw" Layfield was fired from his job as a CNBC contributor. Layfield was hired last month after serving as a guest analyst for Fox News Channel, which began featuring him regularly last year following the release of his book Have More Money Now.

    In an apparent attempt to draw a crowd response during his match against WWE champion Eddie Guerrero in Munich, eyewitness reports said Layfield goose-stepped around the ring and raised his arm numerous times in an Adolf Hitler salute. Such actions are illegal in Germany, although no criminal charges were brought against the 13-year wrestling veteran after the show.

    In a statement, a CNBC spokesman said Layfield was fired because, "We find his behavior to be offensive, inappropriate and not befitting anyone associated with our network."

    Posted by Eric at 05:40 AM | Comments (49)

    CNBC Fires Analyst for Hitler Salutes

    That's a weird headline, huh. From the Sun-Sentinel:

    Making gestures associated with Nazism during a World Wrestling Entertainment match in Germany last weekend has cost a prominent performer his moonlighting job as a financial analyst on CNBC.

    The network announced Tuesday that John "Bradshaw" Layfield was fired from his job as a CNBC contributor. Layfield was hired last month after serving as a guest analyst for Fox News Channel, which began featuring him regularly last year following the release of his book Have More Money Now.

    In an apparent attempt to draw a crowd response during his match against WWE champion Eddie Guerrero in Munich, eyewitness reports said Layfield goose-stepped around the ring and raised his arm numerous times in an Adolf Hitler salute. Such actions are illegal in Germany, although no criminal charges were brought against the 13-year wrestling veteran after the show.

    In a statement, a CNBC spokesman said Layfield was fired because, "We find his behavior to be offensive, inappropriate and not befitting anyone associated with our network."

    Posted by Eric at 05:40 AM | Comments (16)

    ACLU: Quite Dangerous

    Bill O'Reilly on the ACLU, courtesy of Media Matters:

    Concluding a June 2 discussion on The Radio Factor in which he criticized the ACLU for threatening to sue Los Angeles County if the county failed to remove a cross from its official seal -- which the ACLU argues violates the constitutional separation of church and state -- O'Reilly summed up his view of the organization ...

    O'REILLY: Finally, the ACLU -- we talked about this yesterday and I -- and, you know, I have to pick on the ACLU because they're the most dangerous organization in the United States of America right now. There's by far. There's nobody even close to that. They're, like, second next to Al Qaeda.

    Wow. I guess the other terrorist organizations need to start suing more California counties.

    Posted by Eric at 01:57 AM | Comments (27)

    ACLU: Quite Dangerous

    Bill O'Reilly on the ACLU, courtesy of Media Matters:

    Concluding a June 2 discussion on The Radio Factor in which he criticized the ACLU for threatening to sue Los Angeles County if the county failed to remove a cross from its official seal -- which the ACLU argues violates the constitutional separation of church and state -- O'Reilly summed up his view of the organization ...

    O'REILLY: Finally, the ACLU -- we talked about this yesterday and I -- and, you know, I have to pick on the ACLU because they're the most dangerous organization in the United States of America right now. There's by far. There's nobody even close to that. They're, like, second next to Al Qaeda.

    Wow. I guess the other terrorist organizations need to start suing more California counties.

    Posted by Eric at 01:57 AM | Comments (4)

    June 08, 2004

    Tuesday

    News
    Reuters. Car Bombs Kill 14 in Iraq Before U.N. Vote
    CSM. How G-8 may unify around Iraq
    LAT. A Week That Could Bolster Bush; Unofficially, GOP insiders hope nostalgia for Reagan will reap political dividends
    LAT. Bush Campaign Cranks Up Attack Ads on Kerry
    SFC. Thousands pay their last respects; THE NEXT REAGAN? Many on right doubt that the mantle will fit on Bush
    LAT. Ruling Lets In Mexican Trucks
    LAT. U.S. Plans to Cut Troops in S. Korea by a Third
    The Hill. Memorializing Ronald Reagan; Admirers push to put GOP founding father’s face on $10 bill, replacing Alexander Hamilton
    USAT. Gas prices fall, but more records possible
    AP. Monetary memorial? That's the $10 question
    AP. Bush's Hispanic Support May Be Weakening
    RockyMN. Coors boycott revived; Candidate's stance has gays protesting brewery
    BGlobe. Labor rejects a no-strike agreement; Patrolmen's picket begins; convention may be affected
    AP. Kerry's asset in Pa.: His wife, her name
    The Hill. Bush campaign could get a Reagan bounce
    OakTrib. Asian leaders decry blocking of Wen Ho Lee honors
    ChicST. Pols rip Milwaukee for dumping 'cheesehead sewer water'
    NYT. Court Says New Paltz Mayor Can't Hold Gay Weddings
    NYT. Tenet's Departure May Ease an Overhaul of Intelligence

    Commentary
    Krugman. The Great Taxer
    Geof Parrish. The Great Prevaricator; The reaction from those of us who came of age during the Reagan presidency -- and found it inexplicably horrific
    John Nichols. Reagan's Politics of Passion
    Charles Taylor. The Gipper's dark side: Reagan played the villain in his last movie -- a cynical gangster flick called "The Killers" -- and it's a perfect antidote to the deluge of adoring media coverage
    James K. Galbraith. The rich got richer: The Reagan economy was mediocre, and his economists' ideas were a muddle
    Joe Conason. Reagan without sentimentality: He told us government was the problem -- and his corruption-plagued administration made sure of it.
    Dean Baker and Heather Boushey. Spinning Out of Control: Making the Recession Look Good
    CAP. Memo on New GAO Report: Afghanistan Reconstruction Impeded
    CDF. As National Hunger Awareness Day Approaches, 13 Million Children Face Food Insecurity
    Don Hazen. On the Spot: Progressives Flex Their Muscles and Their Fantasies
    John Dean. Why Bush Needs a Lawyer
    Brian H. Kehrl. Don’t Breathe Easy; Experts link record rates of inner-city asthma to diminished air quality
    Melissa Pavolka. Vermont Progressives Counter GMOs
    John M. Curtis. A case for stem-cell research
    Robert Scheer. A Nice Guy's Nasty Policies

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (14)

    Tuesday

    News
    Reuters. Car Bombs Kill 14 in Iraq Before U.N. Vote
    CSM. How G-8 may unify around Iraq
    LAT. A Week That Could Bolster Bush; Unofficially, GOP insiders hope nostalgia for Reagan will reap political dividends
    LAT. Bush Campaign Cranks Up Attack Ads on Kerry
    SFC. Thousands pay their last respects; THE NEXT REAGAN? Many on right doubt that the mantle will fit on Bush
    LAT. Ruling Lets In Mexican Trucks
    LAT. U.S. Plans to Cut Troops in S. Korea by a Third
    The Hill. Memorializing Ronald Reagan; Admirers push to put GOP founding father’s face on $10 bill, replacing Alexander Hamilton
    USAT. Gas prices fall, but more records possible
    AP. Monetary memorial? That's the $10 question
    AP. Bush's Hispanic Support May Be Weakening
    RockyMN. Coors boycott revived; Candidate's stance has gays protesting brewery
    BGlobe. Labor rejects a no-strike agreement; Patrolmen's picket begins; convention may be affected
    AP. Kerry's asset in Pa.: His wife, her name
    The Hill. Bush campaign could get a Reagan bounce
    OakTrib. Asian leaders decry blocking of Wen Ho Lee honors
    ChicST. Pols rip Milwaukee for dumping 'cheesehead sewer water'
    NYT. Court Says New Paltz Mayor Can't Hold Gay Weddings
    NYT. Tenet's Departure May Ease an Overhaul of Intelligence

    Commentary
    Krugman. The Great Taxer
    Geof Parrish. The Great Prevaricator; The reaction from those of us who came of age during the Reagan presidency -- and found it inexplicably horrific
    John Nichols. Reagan's Politics of Passion
    Charles Taylor. The Gipper's dark side: Reagan played the villain in his last movie -- a cynical gangster flick called "The Killers" -- and it's a perfect antidote to the deluge of adoring media coverage
    James K. Galbraith. The rich got richer: The Reagan economy was mediocre, and his economists' ideas were a muddle
    Joe Conason. Reagan without sentimentality: He told us government was the problem -- and his corruption-plagued administration made sure of it.
    Dean Baker and Heather Boushey. Spinning Out of Control: Making the Recession Look Good
    CAP. Memo on New GAO Report: Afghanistan Reconstruction Impeded
    CDF. As National Hunger Awareness Day Approaches, 13 Million Children Face Food Insecurity
    Don Hazen. On the Spot: Progressives Flex Their Muscles and Their Fantasies
    John Dean. Why Bush Needs a Lawyer
    Brian H. Kehrl. Don’t Breathe Easy; Experts link record rates of inner-city asthma to diminished air quality
    Melissa Pavolka. Vermont Progressives Counter GMOs
    John M. Curtis. A case for stem-cell research
    Robert Scheer. A Nice Guy's Nasty Policies

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Take Back America Conference Transcripts

    See here for conference transcripts and videos from the Take Back America conference a week ago.

    Posted by Eric at 08:30 PM | Comments (27)

    Take Back America Conference Transcripts

    See here for conference transcripts and videos from the Take Back America conference a week ago.

    Posted by Eric at 08:30 PM | Comments (0)

    Dinesh D'Souza on CNN Payroll

    I mean really; link via Atrios ...

    As an undergraduate in the early 1980s at Dartmouth College, D'Souza gained national notoriety as co-founder and editor of the conservative newspaper The Dartmouth Review. During D'Souza's tenure as editor of the Review, according to a September 22, 1995, article in The Washington Post, "[T]he off-campus newspaper [The Dartmouth Review] published an interview with a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, using a mock photograph of a black man hanging from a campus tree, and 'outed' at least two gay students."

    Posted by Eric at 08:16 PM | Comments (22)

    Dinesh D'Souza on CNN Payroll

    I mean really; link via Atrios ...

    As an undergraduate in the early 1980s at Dartmouth College, D'Souza gained national notoriety as co-founder and editor of the conservative newspaper The Dartmouth Review. During D'Souza's tenure as editor of the Review, according to a September 22, 1995, article in The Washington Post, "[T]he off-campus newspaper [The Dartmouth Review] published an interview with a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, using a mock photograph of a black man hanging from a campus tree, and 'outed' at least two gay students."

    Posted by Eric at 08:16 PM | Comments (0)

    The World Loves Us

    From the Manchester Evening News:

    MANCHESTER music legend Morrissey sparked controversy when he announced Ronald Reagan's death live on stage during a concert - and then declared he wished it was George Bush who had died instead.

    Thousands of fans at Dublin Castle, in Ireland, cheered when the ex-Smiths frontman made the announcement that the former American president, who had battled with Alzheimer's Disease, had passed away.

    And an even bigger cheer followed when Morrissey - who is no stranger to controversy - then said he wished it had been the current President, George W Bush, who had died.

    Fan Tony Murray said: "He commented about the death of Ronald Reagan and when he wished that it was George W instead the crowd went wild."

    Posted by Eric at 06:26 PM | Comments (35)

    The World Loves Us

    From the Manchester Evening News:

    MANCHESTER music legend Morrissey sparked controversy when he announced Ronald Reagan's death live on stage during a concert - and then declared he wished it was George Bush who had died instead.

    Thousands of fans at Dublin Castle, in Ireland, cheered when the ex-Smiths frontman made the announcement that the former American president, who had battled with Alzheimer's Disease, had passed away.

    And an even bigger cheer followed when Morrissey - who is no stranger to controversy - then said he wished it had been the current President, George W Bush, who had died.

    Fan Tony Murray said: "He commented about the death of Ronald Reagan and when he wished that it was George W instead the crowd went wild."

    Posted by Eric at 06:26 PM | Comments (2)

    Parcells Uses Racial Slur; Apologizes

    Surprise! From Reuters:

    Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells has apologized for using the racial slur "Jap" during a press conference Monday, saying he had made a "very inappropriate reference."
    When Parcells was asked Monday about the types of plays the Cowboys were working on, he replied: "No disrespect to the Orientals, but what we call 'Jap plays'. Okay, surprise things."

    He later issued a statement saying the remarks had been uncalled for and inconsiderate.

    The Cowboys also apologized for the remarks which were an apparent reference to the surprise Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

    Posted by Eric at 05:22 PM | Comments (30)

    Parcells Uses Racial Slur; Apologizes

    Surprise! From Reuters:

    Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells has apologized for using the racial slur "Jap" during a press conference Monday, saying he had made a "very inappropriate reference."
    When Parcells was asked Monday about the types of plays the Cowboys were working on, he replied: "No disrespect to the Orientals, but what we call 'Jap plays'. Okay, surprise things."

    He later issued a statement saying the remarks had been uncalled for and inconsiderate.

    The Cowboys also apologized for the remarks which were an apparent reference to the surprise Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

    Posted by Eric at 05:22 PM | Comments (8)

    Bush's Cuban-American Lead Shrinking

    From a New Democrat Network poll, as reported in the Miami Herald:

    Among all Cuban-American voters, Bush leads Kerry 69 to 21 percent, with 10 percent undecided -- a massive lead, but a decline from 2000 when more than eight of 10 Cuban Americans helped Bush narrowly defeat Al Gore in Florida and win the White House.

    Kerry leads Bush 40 to 29 percent among Cubans who arrived in the United States after 1980, with 31 percent undecided.

    Among all Hispanic voters in Miami-Dade, Bush leads Kerry 60 to 29 percent, with 11 percent undecided.

    Posted by Eric at 04:45 PM | Comments (14)

    Bush's Cuban-American Lead Shrinking

    From a New Democrat Network poll, as reported in the Miami Herald:

    Among all Cuban-American voters, Bush leads Kerry 69 to 21 percent, with 10 percent undecided -- a massive lead, but a decline from 2000 when more than eight of 10 Cuban Americans helped Bush narrowly defeat Al Gore in Florida and win the White House.

    Kerry leads Bush 40 to 29 percent among Cubans who arrived in the United States after 1980, with 31 percent undecided.

    Among all Hispanic voters in Miami-Dade, Bush leads Kerry 60 to 29 percent, with 11 percent undecided.

    Posted by Eric at 04:45 PM | Comments (0)

    New Gallup: Kerry "Slight Lead"

    Text: "The poll finds Kerry leading Bush in the presidential contest by 49% to 44% among registered voters, and 50% to 44% among likely voters."

    Posted by Eric at 08:29 AM | Comments (39)

    New Gallup: Kerry "Slight Lead"

    Text: "The poll finds Kerry leading Bush in the presidential contest by 49% to 44% among registered voters, and 50% to 44% among likely voters."

    Posted by Eric at 08:29 AM | Comments (1)

    Shrink Analyzes Bush

    A "professor of psychiatry at George Washington University Medical Center" (represent) has a new book on Bush in which he claims:

    Based on his applied psychoanalysis of Dubya's life, the White House is occupied by an "untreated ex-alcoholic" with paranoid and megalomaniac tendencies. Even though he's a helluva nice guy ... George H.W. Bush's "emotional and physical absence during his son's youth triggered feelings of both adoration and revenge in George W."

    Bush has shown a "lifelong streak of sadism," ranging from "childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs)" to "insulting journalists, gloating over state executions ... [and] pumping his fist gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad."

    Bush's years of drinking "may have affected his brain function - and his decision to quit drinking without the help of a 12-step program [puts] him at far higher risk of relapse."

    Frank's recommendation? "The sole treatment option - for his benefit and ours - is to remove [him] from office."

    Posted by Eric at 08:26 AM | Comments (38)

    Shrink Analyzes Bush

    A "professor of psychiatry at George Washington University Medical Center" (represent) has a new book on Bush in which he claims:

    Based on his applied psychoanalysis of Dubya's life, the White House is occupied by an "untreated ex-alcoholic" with paranoid and megalomaniac tendencies. Even though he's a helluva nice guy ... George H.W. Bush's "emotional and physical absence during his son's youth triggered feelings of both adoration and revenge in George W."

    Bush has shown a "lifelong streak of sadism," ranging from "childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs)" to "insulting journalists, gloating over state executions ... [and] pumping his fist gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad."

    Bush's years of drinking "may have affected his brain function - and his decision to quit drinking without the help of a 12-step program [puts] him at far higher risk of relapse."

    Frank's recommendation? "The sole treatment option - for his benefit and ours - is to remove [him] from office."

    Posted by Eric at 08:26 AM | Comments (6)

    Hamster Numbers: Money and Marriage

    Quoted from the Drum Major Institue:

    Amount requested by the President for a “healthy marriages” initiative to help couples develop “problem-solving, negotiation and listening skills”: $1.5 billion

    Percentage of American households that “argue about money related topics on a regular basis”: 95 percent

    Number of U.S. private sector workers who have lost their job since March 2001: 2.3 million

    Posted by Eric at 08:20 AM | Comments (14)

    Hamster Numbers: Money and Marriage

    Quoted from the Drum Major Institue:

    Amount requested by the President for a “healthy marriages” initiative to help couples develop “problem-solving, negotiation and listening skills”: $1.5 billion

    Percentage of American households that “argue about money related topics on a regular basis”: 95 percent

    Number of U.S. private sector workers who have lost their job since March 2001: 2.3 million

    Posted by Eric at 08:20 AM | Comments (0)

    Hybrid Car Sales Rising

    In Hawaii, an environmentally-conscious place (hard not to be), sales are rising:

    Sales are brisk, reports Servco Automotive, which runs the Toyota dealerships in Hawai'i. It has sold 160 Priuses since a redesigned 2004 model hit showrooms in October.

    Servco has another 200 people on a waiting list for the car, which starts at $20,810, with delivery time of three to six months, said Lance Ichimura, director for marketing.

    One of the hybrids is in Hamster's garage. And nationwide?
    Nationwide, sales of hybrids are expected to more than double this year to more than 100,000 vehicles and reach 440,000 vehicles by 2008, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

    That's still a tiny fraction of the 16 million new vehicles sold in the United States annually. Hawai'i dealers say, although hybrids are gaining, there's little sign of a slowdown in sales of gas-thirsty autos such as sport utility vehicles and trucks.

    Indeed, demand exceeds supply:
    Production is not keeping up with demand, though, and some Chicago area dealers say it could take a year to get a hybrid.

    The rising popularity of the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic hybrids come as sales of some of the biggest gas-guzzling SUVs continue to slip. Hummer sales in 2004 are down 26.4 percent compared with this time last year, officials said. The latest Hummer, the 6,400-pound H2, gets between 8 and 13 mpg.

    Posted by Eric at 01:07 AM | Comments (45)

    Hybrid Car Sales Rising

    In Hawaii, an environmentally-conscious place (hard not to be), sales are rising:

    Sales are brisk, reports Servco Automotive, which runs the Toyota dealerships in Hawai'i. It has sold 160 Priuses since a redesigned 2004 model hit showrooms in October.

    Servco has another 200 people on a waiting list for the car, which starts at $20,810, with delivery time of three to six months, said Lance Ichimura, director for marketing.

    One of the hybrids is in Hamster's garage. And nationwide?
    Nationwide, sales of hybrids are expected to more than double this year to more than 100,000 vehicles and reach 440,000 vehicles by 2008, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

    That's still a tiny fraction of the 16 million new vehicles sold in the United States annually. Hawai'i dealers say, although hybrids are gaining, there's little sign of a slowdown in sales of gas-thirsty autos such as sport utility vehicles and trucks.

    Indeed, demand exceeds supply:
    Production is not keeping up with demand, though, and some Chicago area dealers say it could take a year to get a hybrid.

    The rising popularity of the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic hybrids come as sales of some of the biggest gas-guzzling SUVs continue to slip. Hummer sales in 2004 are down 26.4 percent compared with this time last year, officials said. The latest Hummer, the 6,400-pound H2, gets between 8 and 13 mpg.

    Posted by Eric at 01:07 AM | Comments (2)

    'Liberal Media' on Reagan

    Joe Strupp, senior editor of the 'Editor and Publisher' (I'm senior Hamster of The Hamster), writes that the press has gone soft in its coverage of Ronald Reagan, link via Skippy.

    So the overwhelming praise for a president who plunged the nation into its worst deficit ever, ignored and cut public money for the poor, while also ignoring the AIDS crisis, is a bit tough to take. During my years at Brooklyn College, between 1984 and 1988, countless classmates had to drop out or find other ways to pay for school because of Reagan's policies, which included slashing federal grants for poor students and cutting survivor benefits for families of the disabled.

    Not to mention the Iran-contra scandal, failed 'supply-side economics,' the ludicrous invasion of Grenada, 241 dead Marines in Lebanon, and a costly military buildup that may have contributed to the breakup of the Soviet Union (there were plenty of other reasons too) but also kept us closer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, besides leaving us billions of dollars in debt.

    And should we even mention the many senior Reagan officials, including ex-White House aide Michael Deaver and national security adviser Robert McFarlane, convicted of various offenses? What about Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger indicted but later pardoned by the first President Bush?

    Paying respect is one thing, and well deserved, but the way the press is gushing over Reagan is too much to take, sparking renewed talk of putting him on the $10 bill or Mount Rushmore.

    And how about the Sac Bee?
    Among the worst, however, was The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, which also apparently likes to ignore the facts, in claiming that Reagan "took full responsibility" for Iran-contra. When was this? When he continuously claimed not to remember his involvement?

    Posted by Eric at 12:33 AM | Comments (14)

    'Liberal Media' on Reagan

    Joe Strupp, senior editor of the 'Editor and Publisher' (I'm senior Hamster of The Hamster), writes that the press has gone soft in its coverage of Ronald Reagan, link via Skippy.

    So the overwhelming praise for a president who plunged the nation into its worst deficit ever, ignored and cut public money for the poor, while also ignoring the AIDS crisis, is a bit tough to take. During my years at Brooklyn College, between 1984 and 1988, countless classmates had to drop out or find other ways to pay for school because of Reagan's policies, which included slashing federal grants for poor students and cutting survivor benefits for families of the disabled.

    Not to mention the Iran-contra scandal, failed 'supply-side economics,' the ludicrous invasion of Grenada, 241 dead Marines in Lebanon, and a costly military buildup that may have contributed to the breakup of the Soviet Union (there were plenty of other reasons too) but also kept us closer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, besides leaving us billions of dollars in debt.

    And should we even mention the many senior Reagan officials, including ex-White House aide Michael Deaver and national security adviser Robert McFarlane, convicted of various offenses? What about Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger indicted but later pardoned by the first President Bush?

    Paying respect is one thing, and well deserved, but the way the press is gushing over Reagan is too much to take, sparking renewed talk of putting him on the $10 bill or Mount Rushmore.

    And how about the Sac Bee?
    Among the worst, however, was The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, which also apparently likes to ignore the facts, in claiming that Reagan "took full responsibility" for Iran-contra. When was this? When he continuously claimed not to remember his involvement?

    Posted by Eric at 12:33 AM | Comments (2)

    June 07, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    WP. A Nation and the World Pay Tribute to Reagan; Body to Lie in State at Capitol; State Funeral Set for Friday
    WP. Preserving CIA Status Will Test New Chief
    AP. Most vehicles average in rollover tests
    WP. Kucinich Takes Roads Less Traveled in Bid; Campaign Stops in Neglected Areas Help Democrat Net 70 Convention Delegates
    NYT. Move to Stiffen Decency Rules Is Losing Steam in Washington
    NYT. Deferring to Reagan, Kerry Quiets Campaign for Week
    NYT. States' End Run Dilutes Burden for Special Ed
    USAT. Bush helps Kerry? Dem's wife says president may be her husband's biggest fundraiser
    USAT. Kerry seeks veterans Celebrates 'special bond' is reaching for support
    USAT. Va. congressman challenged; Rep. Jim Moran to get a fight from lobbyist in primary.
    ChicST. Rumsfeld fears U.S. losing long-term fight against terror
    TIME. Stretching The Troops In Iraq; Pentagon seeks reinforcements
    AP. Rowland news conference likely set the stage for impeachment hearings
    WP. For Gay Episcopal Couple, Path to a More Perfect Union
    ChicTrib. Kerry says Bush left military in the lurch
    Reuters. First Enron Criminal Case Heads to Reuters
    Reuters. U.S. Terror Tactics in Top Court Cases Criticized
    AP. Iraq, U.S. Pledge to Coordinate Security
    AP. Reagan to Be Honored With State Funeral
    AP. Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers in Iraq
    AP. A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq
    Reuters. Nuclear 'Football' in Vatican Hallowed Halls

    Commentary
    Herbert. Level With Americans
    Salon. Antiwar hero; He made history by challenging a president who had plunged the nation into a calamitous war. More than three decades later, Gene McCarthy reflects on his legendary race against Lyndon Johnson -- and the current campaign to unseat George W. Bush
    Salon. The Reagan legacy; He was a true believer who moved the country divisively to the right. But compared to the current president, Ronald Reagan looks like a moderate
    David Corn. 66 (Unflattering) Things About Ronald Reagan
    David Swanson. Reagan Redux
    James Hoopes and Harold Meyerson. Tear Down This Wal? $250 billion in sales, $9 an hour in wages: Is Wal-Mart propping up the American economy or dragging it down?
    Eleanor Clift. Bush’s Baggage; Washington is agog over George Tenet’s resignation, the Plame CIA case and fresh criticism of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton contacts. Are the wheels coming off the administration?
    Mark Hollingsworth. Militants strike at Saudis' weakest point; As oil prices become ever more volatile, Mark Hollingsworth examines US dependence on the increasingly vulnerable regime
    William Greider. Under the Banner of the 'War' on Terror

    Posted by Eric at 11:54 PM | Comments (16)

    Monday Stories

    News
    WP. A Nation and the World Pay Tribute to Reagan; Body to Lie in State at Capitol; State Funeral Set for Friday
    WP. Preserving CIA Status Will Test New Chief
    AP. Most vehicles average in rollover tests
    WP. Kucinich Takes Roads Less Traveled in Bid; Campaign Stops in Neglected Areas Help Democrat Net 70 Convention Delegates
    NYT. Move to Stiffen Decency Rules Is Losing Steam in Washington
    NYT. Deferring to Reagan, Kerry Quiets Campaign for Week
    NYT. States' End Run Dilutes Burden for Special Ed
    USAT. Bush helps Kerry? Dem's wife says president may be her husband's biggest fundraiser
    USAT. Kerry seeks veterans Celebrates 'special bond' is reaching for support
    USAT. Va. congressman challenged; Rep. Jim Moran to get a fight from lobbyist in primary.
    ChicST. Rumsfeld fears U.S. losing long-term fight against terror
    TIME. Stretching The Troops In Iraq; Pentagon seeks reinforcements
    AP. Rowland news conference likely set the stage for impeachment hearings
    WP. For Gay Episcopal Couple, Path to a More Perfect Union
    ChicTrib. Kerry says Bush left military in the lurch
    Reuters. First Enron Criminal Case Heads to Reuters
    Reuters. U.S. Terror Tactics in Top Court Cases Criticized
    AP. Iraq, U.S. Pledge to Coordinate Security
    AP. Reagan to Be Honored With State Funeral
    AP. Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers in Iraq
    AP. A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq
    Reuters. Nuclear 'Football' in Vatican Hallowed Halls

    Commentary
    Herbert. Level With Americans
    Salon. Antiwar hero; He made history by challenging a president who had plunged the nation into a calamitous war. More than three decades later, Gene McCarthy reflects on his legendary race against Lyndon Johnson -- and the current campaign to unseat George W. Bush
    Salon. The Reagan legacy; He was a true believer who moved the country divisively to the right. But compared to the current president, Ronald Reagan looks like a moderate
    David Corn. 66 (Unflattering) Things About Ronald Reagan
    David Swanson. Reagan Redux
    James Hoopes and Harold Meyerson. Tear Down This Wal? $250 billion in sales, $9 an hour in wages: Is Wal-Mart propping up the American economy or dragging it down?
    Eleanor Clift. Bush’s Baggage; Washington is agog over George Tenet’s resignation, the Plame CIA case and fresh criticism of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton contacts. Are the wheels coming off the administration?
    Mark Hollingsworth. Militants strike at Saudis' weakest point; As oil prices become ever more volatile, Mark Hollingsworth examines US dependence on the increasingly vulnerable regime
    William Greider. Under the Banner of the 'War' on Terror

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

    Kerry By Ten in Maine

    According to a Critical Insights poll.

    Posted by Eric at 02:05 PM | Comments (17)

    Kerry By Ten in Maine

    According to a Critical Insights poll.

    Posted by Eric at 02:05 PM | Comments (0)

    Daily Show Book in Sept

    Call grandma, wake up the kids ...

    Posted by Eric at 03:36 AM | Comments (55)

    Daily Show Book in Sept

    Call grandma, wake up the kids ...

    Posted by Eric at 03:36 AM | Comments (5)

    Senate Reclassifies Radioactive Waste

    As a result, the Feds will potentially avoid cleaning up radioactive waste ... NRDC:

    DOE is responsible for cleaning up 253 underground tanks containing approximately 100 million gallons of high-level nuclear waste in Washington, Idaho, South Carolina and New York. In July 2003, a federal district court ordered DOE to remove the highly toxic radioactive waste from the storage tanks, many of which have already begun leaking, to protect human health. The ruling prohibited DOE from arbitrarily "reclassifying" the waste as "Waste Incidental to Reprocessing" and abandoning the waste in tanks beneath a layer of grout as the agency had planned. DOE has appealed the district court decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Six states (South Carolina, Washington, Idaho, New York, Oregon and New Mexico) have written in support of upholding the district court's ruling ... In a stunning 48-48 vote, the U.S. Senate today rejected an amendment to strike language in the Defense Authorization funding bill that changes the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), allowing the Department of Energy (DOE) to reclassify lethal high-level radioactive waste as "Waste Incidental to Reprocessing" in South Carolina. The language in the bill, which was written by DOE and added in committee by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), will allow DOE to abandon potentially millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste in leaking tanks in South Carolina, and set an alarming precedent for similar nuclear waste cleanup sites in Idaho and Washington ... "Despite strong bi-partisan support for Senator Cantwell's amendment to strike a dangerous provision from the defense authorization bill, the effort to prevent the Bush administration from weakening nuclear waste protections fell in a tie vote.

    "Senator Graham has done the dirty work for the Department of Energy, rewriting nuclear cleanup laws behind closed doors despite the risks to South Carolina and other states.

    Posted by Eric at 03:26 AM | Comments (66)

    Senate Reclassifies Radioactive Waste

    As a result, the Feds will potentially avoid cleaning up radioactive waste ... NRDC:

    DOE is responsible for cleaning up 253 underground tanks containing approximately 100 million gallons of high-level nuclear waste in Washington, Idaho, South Carolina and New York. In July 2003, a federal district court ordered DOE to remove the highly toxic radioactive waste from the storage tanks, many of which have already begun leaking, to protect human health. The ruling prohibited DOE from arbitrarily "reclassifying" the waste as "Waste Incidental to Reprocessing" and abandoning the waste in tanks beneath a layer of grout as the agency had planned. DOE has appealed the district court decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Six states (South Carolina, Washington, Idaho, New York, Oregon and New Mexico) have written in support of upholding the district court's ruling ... In a stunning 48-48 vote, the U.S. Senate today rejected an amendment to strike language in the Defense Authorization funding bill that changes the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), allowing the Department of Energy (DOE) to reclassify lethal high-level radioactive waste as "Waste Incidental to Reprocessing" in South Carolina. The language in the bill, which was written by DOE and added in committee by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), will allow DOE to abandon potentially millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste in leaking tanks in South Carolina, and set an alarming precedent for similar nuclear waste cleanup sites in Idaho and Washington ... "Despite strong bi-partisan support for Senator Cantwell's amendment to strike a dangerous provision from the defense authorization bill, the effort to prevent the Bush administration from weakening nuclear waste protections fell in a tie vote.

    "Senator Graham has done the dirty work for the Department of Energy, rewriting nuclear cleanup laws behind closed doors despite the risks to South Carolina and other states.

    Posted by Eric at 03:26 AM | Comments (2)

    Comedy Monday

    "There is good news tonight for Ahmed Chalabi. It turns out that all along he was providing accurate, truthful, helpful information. Unfortunately, it was to Iran." Jon Stewart

    "President Bush has been campaigning around the country and today the crowd got so pumped up they started chanting, 'Four more wars, four more wars.'" Craig Kilborn

    "President Bush is leaving Washington for a long vacation. I'm sorry that's November's joke." Craig Kilborn

    "President Bush announced that the Abu Ghraib prison will be closed. Another place Bush put out of business." Jay Leno


    Trailer. Will Ferrell in Anchorman

    NationalLampoon. A Guide to Sarcasm and Other Verbal Methods. Excerpts from Chapter 6: "Sarcasm for Like Total Geniuses."

    TheOnion. Gay Couple Feels Pressured To Marry

    TheOnion. Poll: Many Americans Still Unsure Whom To Vote Against

    WhiteHouse.org. President Bush's Warm Farewell Telegram Thanking Ahmed Chalabi for Helping Program America to Thirst for Steaming Goblets of Saddam Hussein's Blood

    WhiteHouse.org. NOW HIRING: President Bush Seeks New Director of Central Intelligence to Clean Up the Mess Left Behind by the Last of Bill Clinton's Lousy Appointees
    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (12)

    Comedy Monday

    "There is good news tonight for Ahmed Chalabi. It turns out that all along he was providing accurate, truthful, helpful information. Unfortunately, it was to Iran." Jon Stewart

    "President Bush has been campaigning around the country and today the crowd got so pumped up they started chanting, 'Four more wars, four more wars.'" Craig Kilborn

    "President Bush is leaving Washington for a long vacation. I'm sorry that's November's joke." Craig Kilborn

    "President Bush announced that the Abu Ghraib prison will be closed. Another place Bush put out of business." Jay Leno


    Trailer. Will Ferrell in Anchorman

    NationalLampoon. A Guide to Sarcasm and Other Verbal Methods. Excerpts from Chapter 6: "Sarcasm for Like Total Geniuses."

    TheOnion. Gay Couple Feels Pressured To Marry

    TheOnion. Poll: Many Americans Still Unsure Whom To Vote Against

    WhiteHouse.org. President Bush's Warm Farewell Telegram Thanking Ahmed Chalabi for Helping Program America to Thirst for Steaming Goblets of Saddam Hussein's Blood

    WhiteHouse.org. NOW HIRING: President Bush Seeks New Director of Central Intelligence to Clean Up the Mess Left Behind by the Last of Bill Clinton's Lousy Appointees
    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (0)

    June 04, 2004

    Friday

    News
    USAT. Kerry: Follow-through is critical
    Guardian. Farewell to the fall guy blamed for terror blunders; CIA chief finally quits as inquiries continue into double debacle of September 11 attacks and WMD claims
    UK Indy. Tenet ends up as Bush's fall guy after all the flaws and falsehoods
    USAT. Chalabi investigators search for source of his info
    The Hill. Nevada GOP bets its chips on Reid; 3rd-term senator’s hard-ball tactics squash opposition
    WP. 'Take Back America' Aims at Left
    WP. Kerry: Troop Boost Needed
    WP. '95 Cable Used Chalabi Name
    NYT. Mistreatment: Abu Ghraib Inquiry Is Said to Focus on Head of Its Interrogation Center
    NYT. Religious Leaders Assail Amendment on Gay Marriage
    NYT. Report Blames Agencies Over Prewar Intelligence
    Reuters. Bush Faces Italian Anger Over Iraq on Rome Visit
    Reuters. Iraq Wants Say on When U.S. Troops Should Leave
    Reuters. Treasury's Snow: Saudis Serious on Terror Cash
    Reuters. U.S. Election Officials Defend Punch Card Voting
    AP. EPA rejects radioactive waste removal plan
    St. Louis PD. Gay marriage on Aug. 3 MO ballot
    Guardian. Violence warning as Bush flies into Rome
    Guardian. 'For us Germans, the war is finally over'; Watershed of chancellor's part in D-day anniversary
    Guardian. The Movie Theater: 'The best perk in the White House'
    CSM. Protest song is back - with a vengeance: From hip-hop to punk to rock, artists are wailing against President Bush
    CSM. Bush, Kerry, and a battle for Catholics

    Commentary
    Jonathan Turley. You Have Rights -- if Bush Says You Do
    John Nichols. Herseth Win Matters (A Lot)
    Newsday. U.S. oil policy: Get real
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Bush speech spins the winds of war
    E. J. Dionne Jr. A Better Campaign Finance System
    Betsy Leondar-Wright. Black Job Loss Déjà Vu
    Kevin Drum. OPECed OUT
    Media Matters. FOX's Brit Hume spins for Bush
    Eric Alterman. On Pew Media Poll: 'You Call this 'Liberal?''
    Molly Ivins. Can the PR -- get the facts: On Enron tapes and the Lynching of Pat Tillman
    Eric Boehlert. Burning down the Log Cabin: Assailing the "cabal of geniuses" who cooked up the gay marriage ban, one of the GOP's only openly gay leaders breaks with his party
    Norman Birnbaum. The accidental pilgrim: Bush stumbles to Rome in search of Catholic votes -- but the pope may give him a much-needed lecture instead
    Sidney Blumenthal. Bush's grand European tour: Courting the allies he spurned last year, the president will mangle the lessons of history to turn Iraq into postwar Europe, but no one will be fooled
    Amy Sullivan. Partial-Truth Abortion: Phony issues, disingenuous arguments
    Thomas Schaller. Casualty Counts Count; A closer look at fatality trends in Iraq after 15 months
    David Corn. Bush Oversells Progress in Afghanistan
    Arianna. Shakespeare turns a spotlight on Bush and Iraq; Bush, like Henry V, engaged in war of choice to distract his people
    Fred Kaplan. Bye, George; It's been a bad week for the Bushies
    Rupert Cornwell. The scapegoat? George Tenet, the CIA chief, departs in the wake of intelligence failings that led to war in Iraq. Of course, no politicians have quit...

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (24)

    Friday

    News
    USAT. Kerry: Follow-through is critical
    Guardian. Farewell to the fall guy blamed for terror blunders; CIA chief finally quits as inquiries continue into double debacle of September 11 attacks and WMD claims
    UK Indy. Tenet ends up as Bush's fall guy after all the flaws and falsehoods
    USAT. Chalabi investigators search for source of his info
    The Hill. Nevada GOP bets its chips on Reid; 3rd-term senator’s hard-ball tactics squash opposition
    WP. 'Take Back America' Aims at Left
    WP. Kerry: Troop Boost Needed
    WP. '95 Cable Used Chalabi Name
    NYT. Mistreatment: Abu Ghraib Inquiry Is Said to Focus on Head of Its Interrogation Center
    NYT. Religious Leaders Assail Amendment on Gay Marriage
    NYT. Report Blames Agencies Over Prewar Intelligence
    Reuters. Bush Faces Italian Anger Over Iraq on Rome Visit
    Reuters. Iraq Wants Say on When U.S. Troops Should Leave
    Reuters. Treasury's Snow: Saudis Serious on Terror Cash
    Reuters. U.S. Election Officials Defend Punch Card Voting
    AP. EPA rejects radioactive waste removal plan
    St. Louis PD. Gay marriage on Aug. 3 MO ballot
    Guardian. Violence warning as Bush flies into Rome
    Guardian. 'For us Germans, the war is finally over'; Watershed of chancellor's part in D-day anniversary
    Guardian. The Movie Theater: 'The best perk in the White House'
    CSM. Protest song is back - with a vengeance: From hip-hop to punk to rock, artists are wailing against President Bush
    CSM. Bush, Kerry, and a battle for Catholics

    Commentary
    Jonathan Turley. You Have Rights -- if Bush Says You Do
    John Nichols. Herseth Win Matters (A Lot)
    Newsday. U.S. oil policy: Get real
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Bush speech spins the winds of war
    E. J. Dionne Jr. A Better Campaign Finance System
    Betsy Leondar-Wright. Black Job Loss Déjà Vu
    Kevin Drum. OPECed OUT
    Media Matters. FOX's Brit Hume spins for Bush
    Eric Alterman. On Pew Media Poll: 'You Call this 'Liberal?''
    Molly Ivins. Can the PR -- get the facts: On Enron tapes and the Lynching of Pat Tillman
    Eric Boehlert. Burning down the Log Cabin: Assailing the "cabal of geniuses" who cooked up the gay marriage ban, one of the GOP's only openly gay leaders breaks with his party
    Norman Birnbaum. The accidental pilgrim: Bush stumbles to Rome in search of Catholic votes -- but the pope may give him a much-needed lecture instead
    Sidney Blumenthal. Bush's grand European tour: Courting the allies he spurned last year, the president will mangle the lessons of history to turn Iraq into postwar Europe, but no one will be fooled
    Amy Sullivan. Partial-Truth Abortion: Phony issues, disingenuous arguments
    Thomas Schaller. Casualty Counts Count; A closer look at fatality trends in Iraq after 15 months
    David Corn. Bush Oversells Progress in Afghanistan
    Arianna. Shakespeare turns a spotlight on Bush and Iraq; Bush, like Henry V, engaged in war of choice to distract his people
    Fred Kaplan. Bye, George; It's been a bad week for the Bushies
    Rupert Cornwell. The scapegoat? George Tenet, the CIA chief, departs in the wake of intelligence failings that led to war in Iraq. Of course, no politicians have quit...

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (1)

    500,000 Protest Bush

    In Italy. Can you feel the love?

    Posted by Eric at 05:45 PM | Comments (24)

    500,000 Protest Bush

    In Italy. Can you feel the love?

    Posted by Eric at 05:45 PM | Comments (3)

    Bushisms

    Things that make you go hm. From About.com:

    I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You're doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That's where you started practicing? That's good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me." —George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

    "I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004

    Posted by Eric at 04:43 PM | Comments (121)

    Bushisms

    Things that make you go hm. From About.com:

    I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You're doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That's where you started practicing? That's good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me." —George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

    "I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004

    Posted by Eric at 04:43 PM | Comments (5)

    O'Reilly Refuses Media Matters for Air Time

    From Media Matters:

    FOX News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor has refused Media Matters for America's request for time on the broadcast to discuss attacks on philanthropist George Soros by host Bill O'Reilly and by O'Reilly's guest Richard Poe, a contributing editor of the right-wing magazine NewsMax.

    Poe appeared on the May 18 edition of The O'Reilly Factor to promote his NewsMax article "George Soros' Coup." Media Matters for America has issued an analysis of the Poe article, detailing factual errors and misrepresentations (05/19/04).

    On May 19, Media Matters for America President and CEO David Brock wrote to O'Reilly asking for time on the broadcast to debate the anti-Soros attacks. On June 1, O'Reilly's producer denied the request, suggesting O'Reilly was no longer pursuing the subject. Yet on the June 1 broadcast of The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly spent nearly half his show attacking Soros; and on the June 1 O'Reilly Factor TV broadcast, O'Reilly featured unrebutted attacks on Soros by FOX News contributor Newt Gingrich.

    Posted by Eric at 04:23 PM | Comments (44)

    O'Reilly Refuses Media Matters for Air Time

    From Media Matters:

    FOX News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor has refused Media Matters for America's request for time on the broadcast to discuss attacks on philanthropist George Soros by host Bill O'Reilly and by O'Reilly's guest Richard Poe, a contributing editor of the right-wing magazine NewsMax.

    Poe appeared on the May 18 edition of The O'Reilly Factor to promote his NewsMax article "George Soros' Coup." Media Matters for America has issued an analysis of the Poe article, detailing factual errors and misrepresentations (05/19/04).

    On May 19, Media Matters for America President and CEO David Brock wrote to O'Reilly asking for time on the broadcast to debate the anti-Soros attacks. On June 1, O'Reilly's producer denied the request, suggesting O'Reilly was no longer pursuing the subject. Yet on the June 1 broadcast of The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly spent nearly half his show attacking Soros; and on the June 1 O'Reilly Factor TV broadcast, O'Reilly featured unrebutted attacks on Soros by FOX News contributor Newt Gingrich.

    Posted by Eric at 04:23 PM | Comments (12)

    New Poll: Tied Up

    In national poll numbers, the presidential race continues to be a close one. From ARG:

    John Kerry and George W. Bush remain in a statistical tie among Americans registered to vote according to a nationwide survey from the American Research Group, Inc. In the ballot preference between Kerry and Bush, 48% say they would vote for Kerry and 46% say they would vote for Bush. In May, Kerry was at 47% and Bush was at 44%. When Ralph Nader is added to the ballot, 46% say they would vote for Kerry, 45% say they would vote for Bush, and 3% say they would vote for Nader.
    Daily Kos has state poll numbers from Rasmussen. Battleground state numbers of interest:
    Missouri.
    Bush 44 (49)
    Kerry 43 (42)

    North Carolina.
    Bush 48 (51)
    Kerry 44 (43)

    Ohio.
    Bush 46 (41)
    Kerry 44 (45)

    Oregon.
    Bush 46 (46)
    Kerry 45 (45)

    Posted by Eric at 04:06 PM | Comments (1)

    New Poll: Tied Up

    In national poll numbers, the presidential race continues to be a close one. From ARG:

    John Kerry and George W. Bush remain in a statistical tie among Americans registered to vote according to a nationwide survey from the American Research Group, Inc. In the ballot preference between Kerry and Bush, 48% say they would vote for Kerry and 46% say they would vote for Bush. In May, Kerry was at 47% and Bush was at 44%. When Ralph Nader is added to the ballot, 46% say they would vote for Kerry, 45% say they would vote for Bush, and 3% say they would vote for Nader.
    Daily Kos has state poll numbers from Rasmussen. Battleground state numbers of interest:
    Missouri.
    Bush 44 (49)
    Kerry 43 (42)

    North Carolina.
    Bush 48 (51)
    Kerry 44 (43)

    Ohio.
    Bush 46 (41)
    Kerry 44 (45)

    Oregon.
    Bush 46 (46)
    Kerry 45 (45)

    Posted by Eric at 04:06 PM | Comments (7)

    Majority Oppose Church in Politics

    E.g. denying communion for political reasons, finds WP/ABC poll:

    Most Americans say religious leaders should not try to influence politicians' positions on the issues, and abortion is no exception: Nearly seven in 10 — including most Catholics — oppose denying Holy Communion to Catholic politicians who support legal abortion.

    Sixty-eight percent of Americans oppose denying communion to such politicians; that includes 72 percent of all Catholics and a similar number of churchgoing Catholics. Even among Americans who oppose legal abortion, 57 percent reject the idea of denying communion to Catholic politicians who hold the opposite view.

    These sentiments fit with broader public views: Nearly-two thirds of Americans say religious leaders in general should not attempt to influence politicians' positions on the issues. Again Catholics mirror the overall population — 65 percent share this view — although there are broad differences among other population groups.

    Posted by Eric at 09:56 AM | Comments (0)

    Majority Oppose Church in Politics

    E.g. denying communion for political reasons, finds WP/ABC poll:

    Most Americans say religious leaders should not try to influence politicians' positions on the issues, and abortion is no exception: Nearly seven in 10 — including most Catholics — oppose denying Holy Communion to Catholic politicians who support legal abortion.

    Sixty-eight percent of Americans oppose denying communion to such politicians; that includes 72 percent of all Catholics and a similar number of churchgoing Catholics. Even among Americans who oppose legal abortion, 57 percent reject the idea of denying communion to Catholic politicians who hold the opposite view.

    These sentiments fit with broader public views: Nearly-two thirds of Americans say religious leaders in general should not attempt to influence politicians' positions on the issues. Again Catholics mirror the overall population — 65 percent share this view — although there are broad differences among other population groups.

    Posted by Eric at 09:56 AM | Comments (0)

    RNC Head Ed Gillespie Flashback

    While Ed Gillespie is attacking John Kerry for his riches at Kerryopoly, let's not forget this gem from Ed's past:

    By appointing Ed Gillespie, a leading corporate lobbyist, to head the Republican National Committee, President Bush has opened a conduit for Corporate America to strengthen its already formidable influence in the White House and Congress, Public Citizen said today.

    The lobbying firm Gillespie co-founded in 2000, Quinn, Gillespie & Associates, has grown into one of the capital’s most lucrative, in part because of Gillespie’s strong ties to the Bush administration ... Gillespie has worked to keep national energy policy in lockstep with the wishes of Enron and other energy giants. Quinn Gillespie earned $700,000 from Enron in 2001 alone to lobby the White House on the electricity crisis on the West Coast. The administration aggressively supported Enron’s position against re-regulating electricity markets. Gillespie also channeled money from DaimlerChrysler and Enron to his 21st Energy Project, which bought print and television ads in July 2001 to promote the administration’s energy plans, including blocking any increase in fuel-economy standards.

    Posted by Eric at 02:58 AM | Comments (31)

    RNC Head Ed Gillespie Flashback

    While Ed Gillespie is attacking John Kerry for his riches at Kerryopoly, let's not forget this gem from Ed's past:

    By appointing Ed Gillespie, a leading corporate lobbyist, to head the Republican National Committee, President Bush has opened a conduit for Corporate America to strengthen its already formidable influence in the White House and Congress, Public Citizen said today.

    The lobbying firm Gillespie co-founded in 2000, Quinn, Gillespie & Associates, has grown into one of the capital’s most lucrative, in part because of Gillespie’s strong ties to the Bush administration ... Gillespie has worked to keep national energy policy in lockstep with the wishes of Enron and other energy giants. Quinn Gillespie earned $700,000 from Enron in 2001 alone to lobby the White House on the electricity crisis on the West Coast. The administration aggressively supported Enron’s position against re-regulating electricity markets. Gillespie also channeled money from DaimlerChrysler and Enron to his 21st Energy Project, which bought print and television ads in July 2001 to promote the administration’s energy plans, including blocking any increase in fuel-economy standards.

    Posted by Eric at 02:58 AM | Comments (6)

    GOP Reaching Out to Gays

    By refusing a delegate spot at the RNC Convention to an openly gay Republican and, in North Carolina, refusing a convention table to Log Cabin Republicans.

    Posted by Eric at 02:47 AM | Comments (39)

    GOP Reaching Out to Gays

    By refusing a delegate spot at the RNC Convention to an openly gay Republican and, in North Carolina, refusing a convention table to Log Cabin Republicans.

    Posted by Eric at 02:47 AM | Comments (23)

    Fahrenheit 9/11 Trailer

    See here.

    "I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive." -- George W. Bush

    Posted by Eric at 12:41 AM | Comments (32)

    Fahrenheit 9/11 Trailer

    See here.

    "I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive." -- George W. Bush

    Posted by Eric at 12:41 AM | Comments (10)

    June 03, 2004

    The "Open Thread"

    Out today. Feel free to post away; let's see if this gets more than 5 comments!

    Edit: Thanks to all who commented. Perhaps another open thread soon.

    Posted by Eric at 04:51 AM | Comments (237)

    The "Open Thread"

    Out today. Feel free to post away; let's see if this gets more than 5 comments!

    Edit: Thanks to all who commented. Perhaps another open thread soon.

    Posted by Eric at 04:51 AM | Comments (26)

    June 02, 2004

    Wed. Stories

    News
    WP. Chalabi Warned Iranians, U.S. Says
    LAT. Chalabi Accused of Aiding Iran Spies: The Iraqi exile allegedly revealed U.S. intercepts of Tehran's secret communications
    WP. Fighting in the Shadow of Iraq; Some Fear Afghanistan Has Become a Forgotten War
    AP. Ohio county provides microcosm of US race
    AP. Kerry says he'd secure nuclear materials; Effort seen costing at least $30 billion
    AP. Kerry to discuss plan to prevent bioterror
    AP. Democrats raise additional $2.8 million for July party
    CSM. More working parents play 'beat the clock'
    CSM. US runs a high-tech trade gap
    LAT. Faith-Based Chief Cites 'Culture War'
    LAT. Wag of the capital blog set: In her Washington Web log, Wonkette.com, Ana Marie Cox is proud to be utterly shameless
    AP. Bombs kill 14 Iraqis, wound dozens, including two Americans as new government named
    SFC. Judge rejects limits on abortion: Law criminalizing 'partial-birth' procedure called unconstitutional, threat to women
    AP. ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' finds domestic distributor
    Guardian. Oil price soars to new high: Fear of political backlash as cost of petrol set to rise over summer
    Guardian. Bush warned against comparing D-Day to Iraq
    NYT. An Upbeat Bush Praises New Interim Government in Iraq
    NYT. U.S. Court Blocks Rules for Snowmobile Emissions
    NYT. Saving a Reef for the Fish, and the People
    WP. Debate Intensifies On Nuclear Waste: Lawmakers in Affected States Press Bush Administration on Cleanup

    Commentary
    Bill Gallagher. Delusional Bush Cynically Uses Fear as a Weapon in Sinking Re-election Bid
    David Corn. How Bold Should Kerry Go?
    The Nation. The Big Money Election: The 2004 election is an object lesson in how not to reduce the role of big money in politics
    Nathan Bierma. The phony threat of immigration
    Robert Kuttner. Bush the war leader losing key battles
    Derrick Z. Jackson. And slashing funds at home
    BGlobe. Bush's false advertising
    Des Moines Register. States' rights trump Ashcroft
    LAT. The Fog Persists in Iraq
    LAT. A Deficit of Fiscal Foresight
    Naomi Klein. George’s Kids
    Matthew Rothschild. Bush Whisks Away Torture and Murder
    Moisés Naím. When Dishing Out Blame, Don't Stop With Bush
    Larry Beinhart. Censorship isn’t Mickey Mouse stuff: Seeing the ‘invisible hand’ holding up distribution of Michael Moore’s new film is not a pretty sight
    Helen Thomas. Prison disaster not without heroes
    Harold Meyerson. The Sound of Democrats Not Fighting

    Posted by Eric at 11:25 PM | Comments (158)

    Wed. Stories

    News
    WP. Chalabi Warned Iranians, U.S. Says
    LAT. Chalabi Accused of Aiding Iran Spies: The Iraqi exile allegedly revealed U.S. intercepts of Tehran's secret communications
    WP. Fighting in the Shadow of Iraq; Some Fear Afghanistan Has Become a Forgotten War
    AP. Ohio county provides microcosm of US race
    AP. Kerry says he'd secure nuclear materials; Effort seen costing at least $30 billion
    AP. Kerry to discuss plan to prevent bioterror
    AP. Democrats raise additional $2.8 million for July party
    CSM. More working parents play 'beat the clock'
    CSM. US runs a high-tech trade gap
    LAT. Faith-Based Chief Cites 'Culture War'
    LAT. Wag of the capital blog set: In her Washington Web log, Wonkette.com, Ana Marie Cox is proud to be utterly shameless
    AP. Bombs kill 14 Iraqis, wound dozens, including two Americans as new government named
    SFC. Judge rejects limits on abortion: Law criminalizing 'partial-birth' procedure called unconstitutional, threat to women
    AP. ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' finds domestic distributor
    Guardian. Oil price soars to new high: Fear of political backlash as cost of petrol set to rise over summer
    Guardian. Bush warned against comparing D-Day to Iraq
    NYT. An Upbeat Bush Praises New Interim Government in Iraq
    NYT. U.S. Court Blocks Rules for Snowmobile Emissions
    NYT. Saving a Reef for the Fish, and the People
    WP. Debate Intensifies On Nuclear Waste: Lawmakers in Affected States Press Bush Administration on Cleanup

    Commentary
    Bill Gallagher. Delusional Bush Cynically Uses Fear as a Weapon in Sinking Re-election Bid
    David Corn. How Bold Should Kerry Go?
    The Nation. The Big Money Election: The 2004 election is an object lesson in how not to reduce the role of big money in politics
    Nathan Bierma. The phony threat of immigration
    Robert Kuttner. Bush the war leader losing key battles
    Derrick Z. Jackson. And slashing funds at home
    BGlobe. Bush's false advertising
    Des Moines Register. States' rights trump Ashcroft
    LAT. The Fog Persists in Iraq
    LAT. A Deficit of Fiscal Foresight
    Naomi Klein. George’s Kids
    Matthew Rothschild. Bush Whisks Away Torture and Murder
    Moisés Naím. When Dishing Out Blame, Don't Stop With Bush
    Larry Beinhart. Censorship isn’t Mickey Mouse stuff: Seeing the ‘invisible hand’ holding up distribution of Michael Moore’s new film is not a pretty sight
    Helen Thomas. Prison disaster not without heroes
    Harold Meyerson. The Sound of Democrats Not Fighting

    Posted by Eric at 11:25 PM | Comments (4)

    RNC Using Drudge Rumor as Fact

    I love this. And they don't even stand behind their source, instead resorting to laundering the source of the report.

    The Republican National Committee (RNC) is using Matt Drudge's unsubstantiated rumor regarding Senator John Kerry's hair to attack the senator. The RNC claims, in its new online game "Kerryopoly," that Kerry paid $1,000 for a haircut. Interestingly, the RNC did not cite the original source of the rumor -- a Drudge Report "Exclusive" -- but, rather, cited an April 28 Washington Times "Inside Politics" column by Greg Pierce. But Pierce made it clear that his report was based on Drudge's "Exclusive"; moreover, Pierce cited Drudge five times in nine sentences, and everything in Pierce's report came directly from Drudge's "Exclusive." Drudge's unsubstantiated claim was thus laundered -- through The Washington Times -- into an RNC attack on Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 10:29 PM | Comments (29)

    RNC Using Drudge Rumor as Fact

    I love this. And they don't even stand behind their source, instead resorting to laundering the source of the report.

    The Republican National Committee (RNC) is using Matt Drudge's unsubstantiated rumor regarding Senator John Kerry's hair to attack the senator. The RNC claims, in its new online game "Kerryopoly," that Kerry paid $1,000 for a haircut. Interestingly, the RNC did not cite the original source of the rumor -- a Drudge Report "Exclusive" -- but, rather, cited an April 28 Washington Times "Inside Politics" column by Greg Pierce. But Pierce made it clear that his report was based on Drudge's "Exclusive"; moreover, Pierce cited Drudge five times in nine sentences, and everything in Pierce's report came directly from Drudge's "Exclusive." Drudge's unsubstantiated claim was thus laundered -- through The Washington Times -- into an RNC attack on Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 10:29 PM | Comments (2)

    Bush Seeking Outside Counsel

    re: The Wilson - Plame CIA leak. CBS News with the story:

    So far, no one is suggesting that President Bush had anything to do with the leak or even knew about it until it became public. But the fact that he has retained outside counsel in the event the grand jury comes calling has elevated this investigation to the highest levels.

    It makes sense, says CBS News Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen, especially if the President has reason to believe that he'll be interviewed as part of the investigation, whether that interview is under oath or not. It doesn't mean he is the target or the focus of the investigation.

    The question now, says Cohen, is whether there was some event or development in the investigation that prompted the President, now, to put out feelers like this to the legal community. This investigation, remember, has been going on for months.

    Talking Points Memo asks the next logical question: "From everything we know about this case, the probable connections would far more likely be to the vice-president rather than the president. So someone should ask whether Vice President Cheney has lawyered up too."

    Posted by Eric at 10:18 PM | Comments (38)

    Bush Seeking Outside Counsel

    re: The Wilson - Plame CIA leak. CBS News with the story:

    So far, no one is suggesting that President Bush had anything to do with the leak or even knew about it until it became public. But the fact that he has retained outside counsel in the event the grand jury comes calling has elevated this investigation to the highest levels.

    It makes sense, says CBS News Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen, especially if the President has reason to believe that he'll be interviewed as part of the investigation, whether that interview is under oath or not. It doesn't mean he is the target or the focus of the investigation.

    The question now, says Cohen, is whether there was some event or development in the investigation that prompted the President, now, to put out feelers like this to the legal community. This investigation, remember, has been going on for months.

    Talking Points Memo asks the next logical question: "From everything we know about this case, the probable connections would far more likely be to the vice-president rather than the president. So someone should ask whether Vice President Cheney has lawyered up too."

    Posted by Eric at 10:18 PM | Comments (7)

    Study: Wal-Mart Has Received Over $1Billion in Gov Subsidies

    According to a new study from Good Jobs First, the giant retailer is receiving giant government support. From the Kansas City Biz Journal:

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has received more than $1 billion in economic development subsidies from state and local governments, including Kansas City, in the past 20 years, an official with Good Jobs First said Wednesday.

    The Washington-based nonprofit group conducted a five-month study of projects for which the Bentonville, Ark., company (NYSE: WMT) has received public subsidies since the early 1980s, said Philip Mattera, research director for Good Jobs First. The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union financed half the cost of the $50,000 study but had no role in the research or analysis, Mattera said.

    Among the incentives listed in the study is $9.1 million provided by Kansas City in 2001 through a tax-increment financing district to improve roads for a development anchored by Wal-Mart and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse at Missouri Highway 152 and Interstate 29, Mattera said.

    According to the Good Jobs First study, the largest numbers of deals were in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, California and Mississippi. Six St. Louis-area deals totaled $38.1 million of public subsidies.

    Posted by Eric at 09:50 PM | Comments (105)

    Study: Wal-Mart Has Received Over $1Billion in Gov Subsidies

    According to a new study from Good Jobs First, the giant retailer is receiving giant government support. From the Kansas City Biz Journal:

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has received more than $1 billion in economic development subsidies from state and local governments, including Kansas City, in the past 20 years, an official with Good Jobs First said Wednesday.

    The Washington-based nonprofit group conducted a five-month study of projects for which the Bentonville, Ark., company (NYSE: WMT) has received public subsidies since the early 1980s, said Philip Mattera, research director for Good Jobs First. The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union financed half the cost of the $50,000 study but had no role in the research or analysis, Mattera said.

    Among the incentives listed in the study is $9.1 million provided by Kansas City in 2001 through a tax-increment financing district to improve roads for a development anchored by Wal-Mart and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse at Missouri Highway 152 and Interstate 29, Mattera said.

    According to the Good Jobs First study, the largest numbers of deals were in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, California and Mississippi. Six St. Louis-area deals totaled $38.1 million of public subsidies.

    Posted by Eric at 09:50 PM | Comments (0)

    Miller Time Lonely Time

    From CableNewser, this item about the sinking CNBC show:

    Dennis Miller’s 9pm CNBC show is still at the bottom of the ratings charts -- and it dipped lower last month. In April, Miller averaged 211,000 households, 263,000 persons age 2+, and 105,000 persons 25-54. In May, the show slumped to 132,000 households, 175,000 persons age 2+, and 66,000 persons 25-54 – declines of 30 to 40%

    Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (43)

    Miller Time Lonely Time

    From CableNewser, this item about the sinking CNBC show:

    Dennis Miller’s 9pm CNBC show is still at the bottom of the ratings charts -- and it dipped lower last month. In April, Miller averaged 211,000 households, 263,000 persons age 2+, and 105,000 persons 25-54. In May, the show slumped to 132,000 households, 175,000 persons age 2+, and 66,000 persons 25-54 – declines of 30 to 40%

    Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (2)

    Silly Neal Boortz

    The O'Franken Factor catches the libertarian talk show host in a lie.

    Posted by Eric at 06:40 PM | Comments (2)

    Silly Neal Boortz

    The O'Franken Factor catches the libertarian talk show host in a lie.

    Posted by Eric at 06:40 PM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Nation's Veterans Better Off Than They Were Four Years Ago?

    Not really, finds the Senate Democratic Policy Committee:

  • Claims Backlog. As of May 10, 2004, nearly 475,000 claims were pending before the VA, including 90,839 that had been waiting for over 180 days. During the same week in 2000, there were 142,712 fewer claims pending, or almost 30 percent less than the current backlog. In 2000, only 78,690 had been pending for more than 180 days.
  • Inadequate Health Care Funding. President Bush's Fiscal Year 2005 budget request provides only a 1.9 percent funding increase, far less than the pace of inflation. His budget falls over $4.1 billion short of the need identified by the Independent Budget created by leading nonpartisan veterans' groups. VA Secretary Principi himself testified that the Administration's request was inadequate.
  • Driving Veterans Away, Part I. President Bush's January 2003 decision to bar new Priority 8 veterans from enrolling in the VA health care system has prevented an estimated 200,000 veterans from receiving health care. These veterans could have an annual income as low as $25,000
  • Driving Veterans Away, Part II. Policies proposed by President Bush's Fiscal Year 2005 budget request would drive an estimated ten percent of all VA enrollees-800,000 veterans-away from the VA health care system.
  • Increased Out-of-Pocket Expenses. Over the course of his term, President Bush has proposed a number of increases in copayments, enrollment fees, and other out-of-pocket expenses paid by veterans. Out-of-pocket payments have already risen 340 percent, or a total of $561 million, during President Bush's term, and his Fiscal Year 2005 budget proposes another $543 million hike.
  • Posted by Eric at 05:20 PM | Comments (5)

    Hamster Numbers: Nation's Veterans Better Off Than They Were Four Years Ago?

    Not really, finds the Senate Democratic Policy Committee:

  • Claims Backlog. As of May 10, 2004, nearly 475,000 claims were pending before the VA, including 90,839 that had been waiting for over 180 days. During the same week in 2000, there were 142,712 fewer claims pending, or almost 30 percent less than the current backlog. In 2000, only 78,690 had been pending for more than 180 days.
  • Inadequate Health Care Funding. President Bush's Fiscal Year 2005 budget request provides only a 1.9 percent funding increase, far less than the pace of inflation. His budget falls over $4.1 billion short of the need identified by the Independent Budget created by leading nonpartisan veterans' groups. VA Secretary Principi himself testified that the Administration's request was inadequate.
  • Driving Veterans Away, Part I. President Bush's January 2003 decision to bar new Priority 8 veterans from enrolling in the VA health care system has prevented an estimated 200,000 veterans from receiving health care. These veterans could have an annual income as low as $25,000
  • Driving Veterans Away, Part II. Policies proposed by President Bush's Fiscal Year 2005 budget request would drive an estimated ten percent of all VA enrollees-800,000 veterans-away from the VA health care system.
  • Increased Out-of-Pocket Expenses. Over the course of his term, President Bush has proposed a number of increases in copayments, enrollment fees, and other out-of-pocket expenses paid by veterans. Out-of-pocket payments have already risen 340 percent, or a total of $561 million, during President Bush's term, and his Fiscal Year 2005 budget proposes another $543 million hike.
  • Posted by Eric at 05:20 PM | Comments (0)

    Knowles Takes Senate Lead in Alaska

    In the latest KTUU survey, Knowles has the lead:

    This month, Tony has the lead back in a big way -- his largest lead of the campaign. Knowles is listed at 45.7 percent, Lisa Murkowski at 41.4 percent, Green Party candidate Jim Sykes at 1.3 percent, "other" at 4.6 percent, with 6.9 percent undecided.

    Knowles' rating is 63.2 percent positive, his highest positive rating of the campaign to date, and 31.5 percent negative. That's testament to an effective start on the advertising front.

    Lisa Murkowski's rating is 57.4 percent positive -- also her highest positive rating of the campaign -- and 34.1 percent negative.

    But wait! Murkowski has troubles besides the popular former Gov. Knowles:
    Not to be left out, Wev Shea, an Anchorage attorney and Republican Party activist, has pitched his hat into the ring to challenge Lisa Murkowski and Mike Miller for the Republican nomination, fueled by his concerns about ethics complaints against GOP Chairman Randy Ruedrich.

    Now, Jerry Sanders, former Republican state House representative for Midtown, has filed to run on the Alaska Independence Party ticket. Will Sanders be the next U.S. senator for Alaska? Likely not, but he may be on the general election ballot, and could siphon votes from the Republican nominee.

    Posted by Eric at 05:02 PM | Comments (7)

    Knowles Takes Senate Lead in Alaska

    In the latest KTUU survey, Knowles has the lead:

    This month, Tony has the lead back in a big way -- his largest lead of the campaign. Knowles is listed at 45.7 percent, Lisa Murkowski at 41.4 percent, Green Party candidate Jim Sykes at 1.3 percent, "other" at 4.6 percent, with 6.9 percent undecided.

    Knowles' rating is 63.2 percent positive, his highest positive rating of the campaign to date, and 31.5 percent negative. That's testament to an effective start on the advertising front.

    Lisa Murkowski's rating is 57.4 percent positive -- also her highest positive rating of the campaign -- and 34.1 percent negative.

    But wait! Murkowski has troubles besides the popular former Gov. Knowles:
    Not to be left out, Wev Shea, an Anchorage attorney and Republican Party activist, has pitched his hat into the ring to challenge Lisa Murkowski and Mike Miller for the Republican nomination, fueled by his concerns about ethics complaints against GOP Chairman Randy Ruedrich.

    Now, Jerry Sanders, former Republican state House representative for Midtown, has filed to run on the Alaska Independence Party ticket. Will Sanders be the next U.S. senator for Alaska? Likely not, but he may be on the general election ballot, and could siphon votes from the Republican nominee.

    Posted by Eric at 05:02 PM | Comments (0)

    GOP Outreach to Hispanics

    Another example, in the AP:

    A radio station temporarily suspended broadcasts of a commercial for a Republican congressional candidate who rails against illegal immigration but then signs off in Spanish, including the salutation "Yo, Gringo!"

    WSJS-AM said it made the decision over the holiday weekend because it was unclear if the sponsor was clearly identified in the otherwise-English ad for candidate Vernon Robinson. The ad contends the prevalence of Spanish spoken in the United States can make English-speaking Americans feel like they're in "The Twilight Zone."

    Only the final line is in Spanish. After "Yo, Gringo!" - a contemptuous Spanish term for Americans - the rest translates to "This episode of 'The Twilight Zone' was paid for by Robinson for Congress."

    The commercial was returned to the air Tuesday with the English translation. WSJS manager Tom Hamilton said all political ads were temporarily suspended while the problem with Robinson's ad was resolved.

    And this guy has a great slogan:
    In campaign mailings, Robinson has often invoked the name of one of the state's conservative icons, proclaiming: "Jesse Helms is back! And this time he's black."

    Posted by Eric at 04:29 PM | Comments (11)

    GOP Outreach to Hispanics

    Another example, in the AP:

    A radio station temporarily suspended broadcasts of a commercial for a Republican congressional candidate who rails against illegal immigration but then signs off in Spanish, including the salutation "Yo, Gringo!"

    WSJS-AM said it made the decision over the holiday weekend because it was unclear if the sponsor was clearly identified in the otherwise-English ad for candidate Vernon Robinson. The ad contends the prevalence of Spanish spoken in the United States can make English-speaking Americans feel like they're in "The Twilight Zone."

    Only the final line is in Spanish. After "Yo, Gringo!" - a contemptuous Spanish term for Americans - the rest translates to "This episode of 'The Twilight Zone' was paid for by Robinson for Congress."

    The commercial was returned to the air Tuesday with the English translation. WSJS manager Tom Hamilton said all political ads were temporarily suspended while the problem with Robinson's ad was resolved.

    And this guy has a great slogan:
    In campaign mailings, Robinson has often invoked the name of one of the state's conservative icons, proclaiming: "Jesse Helms is back! And this time he's black."

    Posted by Eric at 04:29 PM | Comments (0)

    Bush: Current War as Heroic as WW2 or Cold War

    In a speech to the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, AP:

    In a commencement speech at the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, Bush was to tell graduating cadets they would be joining a conflict as heroic as World War II or the Cold War.

    Bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq, Bush says, would undercut the stagnation and despair that feeds the extremist ideologies of al-Qaida and its terrorist allies ... ''Part of winning the war on terror is spreading freedom and democracy in the Middle East,'' Bush told reporters at the White House before leaving for Colorado on Tuesday.

    Previously, France had warned Bush:
    French officials fear George Bush will inflame anti-American sentiment in France this weekend by linking the D-Day landings with the invasion of Iraq.

    Advisers close to Jacques Chirac have let it be known that any reference to Iraq during the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France on Sunday would be ill-advised and unwelcome ... "He'd better not go too far down the road of making a historical comparison because it's likely to backfire on him," said a source close to President Chirac.

    Posted by Eric at 04:21 PM | Comments (5)

    Bush: Current War as Heroic as WW2 or Cold War

    In a speech to the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, AP:

    In a commencement speech at the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, Bush was to tell graduating cadets they would be joining a conflict as heroic as World War II or the Cold War.

    Bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq, Bush says, would undercut the stagnation and despair that feeds the extremist ideologies of al-Qaida and its terrorist allies ... ''Part of winning the war on terror is spreading freedom and democracy in the Middle East,'' Bush told reporters at the White House before leaving for Colorado on Tuesday.

    Previously, France had warned Bush:
    French officials fear George Bush will inflame anti-American sentiment in France this weekend by linking the D-Day landings with the invasion of Iraq.

    Advisers close to Jacques Chirac have let it be known that any reference to Iraq during the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France on Sunday would be ill-advised and unwelcome ... "He'd better not go too far down the road of making a historical comparison because it's likely to backfire on him," said a source close to President Chirac.

    Posted by Eric at 04:21 PM | Comments (3)

    Sex-Ed Fun

    Hilarious:

    Pamela Norris says her high school sex-education class consisted of watching Three Stooges movies and coloring.

    "It wasn't really based on sex," complained the student at Curie High School on the Southwest Side.

    Well, obviously she hasn't seen the good Three Stooges videos.

    Posted by Eric at 05:50 AM | Comments (42)

    Sex-Ed Fun

    Hilarious:

    Pamela Norris says her high school sex-education class consisted of watching Three Stooges movies and coloring.

    "It wasn't really based on sex," complained the student at Curie High School on the Southwest Side.

    Well, obviously she hasn't seen the good Three Stooges videos.

    Posted by Eric at 05:50 AM | Comments (5)

    Dems Invite Bloggers to Convention

    Would also get press credentials, AP:

    These traditionally non-establishment social commentators will be chosen based on their professionalism, the number of readers who check their blog on a regular basis, and how much of their content is original. DNC officials have not determined how many credentials will be issued.

    During an election cycle transformed by Howard Dean's use of the Internet in his fight for the nomination, Democratic officials are trying to engage a wider array of Americans in the Boston festivities, from July 26 to 29 at the FleetCenter.

    "We hope to bring back to political conventions something of the spirit of the early American democracy, the wide-ranging, freewheeling, and raucous discussions about the state of the nation and the state of the party," Matt Stoller, the DNC's Blog Community Coordinator, wrote in his first posting.

    Party organizers even drew a connection between blogging — a quintessentially 21st century mode of communication — and the convention city's rich political heritage.

    Obviously a nice gesture by the establishment Dems to the grassroots.

    This blog was invited to apply for press credentials to the convention but, well, a plane ticket from Hawaii to Boston is, uh, pricey.

    Posted by Eric at 05:17 AM | Comments (25)

    Dems Invite Bloggers to Convention

    Would also get press credentials, AP:

    These traditionally non-establishment social commentators will be chosen based on their professionalism, the number of readers who check their blog on a regular basis, and how much of their content is original. DNC officials have not determined how many credentials will be issued.

    During an election cycle transformed by Howard Dean's use of the Internet in his fight for the nomination, Democratic officials are trying to engage a wider array of Americans in the Boston festivities, from July 26 to 29 at the FleetCenter.

    "We hope to bring back to political conventions something of the spirit of the early American democracy, the wide-ranging, freewheeling, and raucous discussions about the state of the nation and the state of the party," Matt Stoller, the DNC's Blog Community Coordinator, wrote in his first posting.

    Party organizers even drew a connection between blogging — a quintessentially 21st century mode of communication — and the convention city's rich political heritage.

    Obviously a nice gesture by the establishment Dems to the grassroots.

    This blog was invited to apply for press credentials to the convention but, well, a plane ticket from Hawaii to Boston is, uh, pricey.

    Posted by Eric at 05:17 AM | Comments (5)

    Coulter in Limbaugh Denial

    The Coulter claim, from Media Matters:

    O'REILLY: No, they are. You know that. I'm not going to embarrass people but on the radio, talk radio you have right wing commentators say it's just hazing, what's the big deal?

    COULTER: If I know what you're referring to, there were two hours and 59 minutes not saying that and at one point making fun of liberals for making fun of -- if you're talking about Rush, but Rush went on...

    O'REILLY: ...program and he said it's not a big deal, it's just hazing.

    COULTER: If you're talking about Rush, he definitely didn't say that.What other talk radio hosts say...

    O'REILLY: I compete against him every day on the radio and I know what he says. He said many, many times and not only him that it wasn't a big deal.

    COULTER: No, he didn't say that, but whatever -- no.

    I'm not sure why O'Reilly feels he shouldn't "embarrass" people by mentioning their names on air. Isn't his show supposed to be a hard-hitting, non-partisan show (ha).

    As they usually do, Media Matters with the reality:

    CALLER: It was like a college fraternity prank that stacked up naked men --

    LIMBAUGH: Exactly. Exactly my point! This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation and we're going to ruin people's lives over it and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of need to blow some steam off?

    So Ann Coulter lied. Snap.

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

    Coulter in Limbaugh Denial

    The Coulter claim, from Media Matters:

    O'REILLY: No, they are. You know that. I'm not going to embarrass people but on the radio, talk radio you have right wing commentators say it's just hazing, what's the big deal?

    COULTER: If I know what you're referring to, there were two hours and 59 minutes not saying that and at one point making fun of liberals for making fun of -- if you're talking about Rush, but Rush went on...

    O'REILLY: ...program and he said it's not a big deal, it's just hazing.

    COULTER: If you're talking about Rush, he definitely didn't say that.What other talk radio hosts say...

    O'REILLY: I compete against him every day on the radio and I know what he says. He said many, many times and not only him that it wasn't a big deal.

    COULTER: No, he didn't say that, but whatever -- no.

    I'm not sure why O'Reilly feels he shouldn't "embarrass" people by mentioning their names on air. Isn't his show supposed to be a hard-hitting, non-partisan show (ha).

    As they usually do, Media Matters with the reality:

    CALLER: It was like a college fraternity prank that stacked up naked men --

    LIMBAUGH: Exactly. Exactly my point! This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation and we're going to ruin people's lives over it and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of need to blow some steam off?

    So Ann Coulter lied. Snap.

    Posted by Eric at 03:31 AM | Comments (6)

    Herseth Wins in SD

    In a rather close race, Stephanie Herseth defeated Larry Diedrich for the chance to replace the disgraced Bill Janklow in Congress. From the AP:

    With all but 31 precincts reporting, Herseth had 124,594 votes, or 51 percent, to 121,628 votes, or 49 percent, for Larry Diedrich, a farmer who served in the Legislature and was head of the American Soybean Association ...

    Herseth now will serve out the seven months left in Janklow's term. Herseth and Diedrich will meet again in November to compete for a full two-year term. Herseth, however, will have the advantage of incumbency in holding South Dakota's lone House seat.

    Her victory gave the Democrats two straight triumphs this year in special elections waged for GOP-held seats, and coincided with Democratic claims that a national tide is running their way ahead of the fall campaign. Recent polling shows support slumping for President Bush as well as for the Republican majority in the House.

    Despite the gains in South Dakota and in Kentucky earlier this year, the Democrats must pick up 11 more seats in November to gain control of the House.

    Posted by Eric at 02:55 AM | Comments (4)

    Herseth Wins in SD

    In a rather close race, Stephanie Herseth defeated Larry Diedrich for the chance to replace the disgraced Bill Janklow in Congress. From the AP:

    With all but 31 precincts reporting, Herseth had 124,594 votes, or 51 percent, to 121,628 votes, or 49 percent, for Larry Diedrich, a farmer who served in the Legislature and was head of the American Soybean Association ...

    Herseth now will serve out the seven months left in Janklow's term. Herseth and Diedrich will meet again in November to compete for a full two-year term. Herseth, however, will have the advantage of incumbency in holding South Dakota's lone House seat.

    Her victory gave the Democrats two straight triumphs this year in special elections waged for GOP-held seats, and coincided with Democratic claims that a national tide is running their way ahead of the fall campaign. Recent polling shows support slumping for President Bush as well as for the Republican majority in the House.

    Despite the gains in South Dakota and in Kentucky earlier this year, the Democrats must pick up 11 more seats in November to gain control of the House.

    Posted by Eric at 02:55 AM | Comments (0)

    June 01, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    WP. Forecast For Jobs Will Factor Into Vote
    WP. Army Investigates Wider Iraq Offenses: Cases Include Deaths, Assaults Outside Prisons
    NYT. In Much of the U.S., Soaring Fuel Prices Are Starting to Hurt
    NYT. Drug Discounts Beginning Tuesday, but Sign-Ups Lag
    NYT. U.S. Shifts Focus in Iraq to Aiding New Government
    BBC. US oil prices break new records
    AP. Bush Warns of Rise in Violence in Iraq
    Reuters. Bush Praises Iraq's New Interim Government
    BGlobe. Bush may need broader campaign: Slips in polling in crucial states
    LAT. Could Telephone Rates Become a Campaign Issue?
    AP. Poll: Democrat Obama leads Senate race in Ill.
    Reuters. Democrats Hope for Momentum from Dakota Vote
    The Hill. It’s do or die for drug bill: Senators claim 60 votes for legislation allowing reimportation from Canada
    USAT. George Soros putting his fortune behind a new cause: Ousting Bush
    The Hill. Overseas campaign cash OK
    USAT. 3rd of detainees who died were assaulted
    AP. Coalition, U.N. to miss deadline for new Iraq government
    AP. Gay-rights activists denied communion
    WP. Bush, Kerry Pay Tribute to Veterans at Events in Virginia
    WP. Disparate Lists of Battleground States at Work; Key Senate Seats Are Largely Unimportant in Race for White House, and Vice Versa

    Commentary
    Krugman. Dooh Nibor Economics
    Paul Waldman. No Fear: In one way at least, Bush and Kerry couldn't be more different
    Brian Dolber. Taking Care of Business: Bush's new overtime rules are even worse than you think
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Iraq and the Conservative Crackup
    Robert Scheer. Electorate Is Wising Up to the Iraq Blunder
    Thomas Oliphant. Kerry's Mideast policy is miles from Bush's
    Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Iraq 'Supermax' Prison Won't Wipe Away Abu Ghraib Stain
    Steven Stycos. Defying Convention: Will Americans be able to exercise their fundamental right to protest at the major-party conventions in Boston and New York this summer?
    Lawrence Mishel. Dismal Scientists: A new book spurs the thought: It's time to link economics to a language of values.
    Evan Eisenberg. BUSHIDO:THE WAY OF THE ARMCHAIR WARRIOR
    Jane Mayer. THE MANIPULATOR: Ahmad Chalabi pushed a tainted case for war. Can he survive the occupation?
    Deborah Meier. No Politician Left Behind
    Alan Bisbort . No Apologies Accepted: Beating Bush is never having to say you´re sorry
    Evan Derkacz. Nader's Numbers

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (5)

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    WP. Forecast For Jobs Will Factor Into Vote
    WP. Army Investigates Wider Iraq Offenses: Cases Include Deaths, Assaults Outside Prisons
    NYT. In Much of the U.S., Soaring Fuel Prices Are Starting to Hurt
    NYT. Drug Discounts Beginning Tuesday, but Sign-Ups Lag
    NYT. U.S. Shifts Focus in Iraq to Aiding New Government
    BBC. US oil prices break new records
    AP. Bush Warns of Rise in Violence in Iraq
    Reuters. Bush Praises Iraq's New Interim Government
    BGlobe. Bush may need broader campaign: Slips in polling in crucial states
    LAT. Could Telephone Rates Become a Campaign Issue?
    AP. Poll: Democrat Obama leads Senate race in Ill.
    Reuters. Democrats Hope for Momentum from Dakota Vote
    The Hill. It’s do or die for drug bill: Senators claim 60 votes for legislation allowing reimportation from Canada
    USAT. George Soros putting his fortune behind a new cause: Ousting Bush
    The Hill. Overseas campaign cash OK
    USAT. 3rd of detainees who died were assaulted
    AP. Coalition, U.N. to miss deadline for new Iraq government
    AP. Gay-rights activists denied communion
    WP. Bush, Kerry Pay Tribute to Veterans at Events in Virginia
    WP. Disparate Lists of Battleground States at Work; Key Senate Seats Are Largely Unimportant in Race for White House, and Vice Versa

    Commentary
    Krugman. Dooh Nibor Economics
    Paul Waldman. No Fear: In one way at least, Bush and Kerry couldn't be more different
    Brian Dolber. Taking Care of Business: Bush's new overtime rules are even worse than you think
    E. J. Dionne Jr. Iraq and the Conservative Crackup
    Robert Scheer. Electorate Is Wising Up to the Iraq Blunder
    Thomas Oliphant. Kerry's Mideast policy is miles from Bush's
    Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Iraq 'Supermax' Prison Won't Wipe Away Abu Ghraib Stain
    Steven Stycos. Defying Convention: Will Americans be able to exercise their fundamental right to protest at the major-party conventions in Boston and New York this summer?
    Lawrence Mishel. Dismal Scientists: A new book spurs the thought: It's time to link economics to a language of values.
    Evan Eisenberg. BUSHIDO:THE WAY OF THE ARMCHAIR WARRIOR
    Jane Mayer. THE MANIPULATOR: Ahmad Chalabi pushed a tainted case for war. Can he survive the occupation?
    Deborah Meier. No Politician Left Behind
    Alan Bisbort . No Apologies Accepted: Beating Bush is never having to say you´re sorry
    Evan Derkacz. Nader's Numbers

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (0)

    Bill O'Reilly Distorts Gallup Poll

    On the May 26, 2004 episode of "The O'Reilly Factor," Bill O'Reilly had a segment on morality. In order to back up his claim that the country's moral fabric is coming apart, O'Reilly turned to a Gallup poll:

    O’REILLY: The belief that America is degenerating on a moral level is shared by both Republicans and Democrats. According to a new Gallup poll, 82 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of Democrats say that moral values in the U.S.A. are only fair or downright poor. 40 years ago, only 33 percent of Americans felt that way.
    The first part of the cite is correct. The second part of the cite, however, is pure spin. This is what the Gallup poll wrote:
    These findings come from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs survey, conducted May 2-4. The question is a recent addition to the survey, and was first asked in May 2002. However, historical measures on this subject suggest that Americans have traditionally been concerned about the state of moral values in the nation.

    A 1965 Gallup Poll asked respondents to rate their degree of satisfaction with the "moral tone" of the nation, and found only 27% "extremely" or "considerably" satisfied, while 38% were "somewhat satisfied" and 33% were "not at all satisfied."

    Note this Gallup opinion: "However, historical measures on this subject suggest that Americans have traditionally been concerned about the state of moral values in the nation."

    Also, remember that the 82 / 78 number was a combination of 'fair' and 'poor.' With the 1965 numbers, you have 38% as 'somewhat satisfied' which is likely comparable to 'fair' and 33% 'not at all satisfied,' which is likely comparable to poor. Combined, it's 71% as a combination of 'fair' and 'poor.'

    In other words, O'Reilly compared two different things: the "fair/poor" part from May 2004, to just the "poor" from 1965.

    Posted by Eric at 10:30 PM | Comments (32)

    Bill O'Reilly Distorts Gallup Poll

    On the May 26, 2004 episode of "The O'Reilly Factor," Bill O'Reilly had a segment on morality. In order to back up his claim that the country's moral fabric is coming apart, O'Reilly turned to a Gallup poll:

    O’REILLY: The belief that America is degenerating on a moral level is shared by both Republicans and Democrats. According to a new Gallup poll, 82 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of Democrats say that moral values in the U.S.A. are only fair or downright poor. 40 years ago, only 33 percent of Americans felt that way.
    The first part of the cite is correct. The second part of the cite, however, is pure spin. This is what the Gallup poll wrote:
    These findings come from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs survey, conducted May 2-4. The question is a recent addition to the survey, and was first asked in May 2002. However, historical measures on this subject suggest that Americans have traditionally been concerned about the state of moral values in the nation.

    A 1965 Gallup Poll asked respondents to rate their degree of satisfaction with the "moral tone" of the nation, and found only 27% "extremely" or "considerably" satisfied, while 38% were "somewhat satisfied" and 33% were "not at all satisfied."

    Note this Gallup opinion: "However, historical measures on this subject suggest that Americans have traditionally been concerned about the state of moral values in the nation."

    Also, remember that the 82 / 78 number was a combination of 'fair' and 'poor.' With the 1965 numbers, you have 38% as 'somewhat satisfied' which is likely comparable to 'fair' and 33% 'not at all satisfied,' which is likely comparable to poor. Combined, it's 71% as a combination of 'fair' and 'poor.'

    In other words, O'Reilly compared two different things: the "fair/poor" part from May 2004, to just the "poor" from 1965.

    Posted by Eric at 10:30 PM | Comments (2)

    Rich Lowry Distorts MoveOn.org's "The Day After Tomorrow" Position

    In a recent column, Rich Lowry takes MoveOn.org to task for using the movie for its global warming campaign:

    The premise of "The Day After Tomorrow" is as laughable as its dialogue. "I think we've hit a critical desalination point" passes for snappy repartee in the film, as global warming melts the polar ice caps. This disrupts the Gulf Stream, plunging North America into a new ice age. Tidal waves devastate New York City, which is then buried under ice and snow (ensuring the defeat, by the way, of whoever is running City Hall, since New Yorkers would never tolerate a mayor who couldn't clear the streets after a snowstorm).

    Al Gore has given the movie two green thumbs up, and the left-wing group MoveOn.org is promoting it. Never mind that the movie's scenario is absurd. There is no such thing as a flash freeze that makes helicopters fall out of the air. Nor can an ice age descend in a matter of days. More sober environmentalists worry that the very ridiculousness of the film will discredit their cause ... "The Day After Tomorrow" might not be much of a movie, but it is useful for providing a glimpse into the soul of left-wing environmentalism. Pretty chilling.

    Reading the entire column, one gets the sense that a group like MoveOn.org is supporting all premises of the science fiction movie. However, what Lowry fails to mention is that MoveOn.org notes the science fiction and over-the-top situations in the movie. MoveOn.org flyer (.pdf):
    The abrupt climate crisis in The Day After Tomorrow is over the top. A full-blown ice age could not happen. But global warming could bring dangerously cold temperatures in some areas, while others suffer severe storms, extreme heat, floods, droughts and water shortages
    And from a MoveOn.org petition:
    The new movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," is more science fiction than science fact. Yet the danger of a climate crisis is very real, and we've got to take action now to prevent it. Passing the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act would be a big step in the right direction, creating national caps on the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
    So why be misleading? To make liberals and environmentalists sound nuts, even though most cited in news articles about the film note that the movie is science fiction, though global warming is real.

    Posted by Eric at 10:08 PM | Comments (6)

    Rich Lowry Distorts MoveOn.org's "The Day After Tomorrow" Position

    In a recent column, Rich Lowry takes MoveOn.org to task for using the movie for its global warming campaign:

    The premise of "The Day After Tomorrow" is as laughable as its dialogue. "I think we've hit a critical desalination point" passes for snappy repartee in the film, as global warming melts the polar ice caps. This disrupts the Gulf Stream, plunging North America into a new ice age. Tidal waves devastate New York City, which is then buried under ice and snow (ensuring the defeat, by the way, of whoever is running City Hall, since New Yorkers would never tolerate a mayor who couldn't clear the streets after a snowstorm).

    Al Gore has given the movie two green thumbs up, and the left-wing group MoveOn.org is promoting it. Never mind that the movie's scenario is absurd. There is no such thing as a flash freeze that makes helicopters fall out of the air. Nor can an ice age descend in a matter of days. More sober environmentalists worry that the very ridiculousness of the film will discredit their cause ... "The Day After Tomorrow" might not be much of a movie, but it is useful for providing a glimpse into the soul of left-wing environmentalism. Pretty chilling.

    Reading the entire column, one gets the sense that a group like MoveOn.org is supporting all premises of the science fiction movie. However, what Lowry fails to mention is that MoveOn.org notes the science fiction and over-the-top situations in the movie. MoveOn.org flyer (.pdf):
    The abrupt climate crisis in The Day After Tomorrow is over the top. A full-blown ice age could not happen. But global warming could bring dangerously cold temperatures in some areas, while others suffer severe storms, extreme heat, floods, droughts and water shortages
    And from a MoveOn.org petition:
    The new movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," is more science fiction than science fact. Yet the danger of a climate crisis is very real, and we've got to take action now to prevent it. Passing the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act would be a big step in the right direction, creating national caps on the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
    So why be misleading? To make liberals and environmentalists sound nuts, even though most cited in news articles about the film note that the movie is science fiction, though global warming is real.

    Posted by Eric at 10:08 PM | Comments (3)

    GOP Chairman Decries "politics of negativity"

    In an email to supporters, RNC head Marc Racicot writes:

    You understand what is at stake in this election; and you understand that the politics of negativity and anger are no match for the politics of optimism and hope.
    However, he must have missed this front-page story in the Washington Post:
    Scholars and political strategists say the ferocious Bush assault on Kerry this spring has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly new in a political campaign, they say the volume of negative charges is unprecedented -- both in speeches and in advertising.
    While the RNC website attacks John Kerry's patriotism, claiming that "Communist North Korea Is Only Government On Record Supporting John Kerry" and mockingly notes that John Kerry has a "French cousin."

    Posted by Eric at 09:49 PM | Comments (13)

    GOP Chairman Decries "politics of negativity"

    In an email to supporters, RNC head Marc Racicot writes:

    You understand what is at stake in this election; and you understand that the politics of negativity and anger are no match for the politics of optimism and hope.
    However, he must have missed this front-page story in the Washington Post:
    Scholars and political strategists say the ferocious Bush assault on Kerry this spring has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly new in a political campaign, they say the volume of negative charges is unprecedented -- both in speeches and in advertising.
    While the RNC website attacks John Kerry's patriotism, claiming that "Communist North Korea Is Only Government On Record Supporting John Kerry" and mockingly notes that John Kerry has a "French cousin."

    Posted by Eric at 09:49 PM | Comments (3)

    The Flip-Flopping President

    Courtesy of The Center for American Progress, 20 Flip Flops from George W. Bush. My favorite:

    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]

    Posted by Eric at 09:27 PM | Comments (6)

    The Flip-Flopping President

    Courtesy of The Center for American Progress, 20 Flip Flops from George W. Bush. My favorite:

    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]

    Posted by Eric at 09:27 PM | Comments (2)

    Howard Dean Starts Syndicated Column

    Here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 PM | Comments (30)

    Howard Dean Starts Syndicated Column

    Here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:35 PM | Comments (0)

    Ashcroft Out?

    It seems increasingly likely, as the AG is losing favor with the Bush administration. Can you wait for the tell-all book? From TIME:

    Has John Ashcroft fallen out of favor at the White House? The question may not be whether but how far. He was given a rare rebuke by Bush during the President's testimony before the 9/11 commission, over Ashcroft's political swipe at commission member Jamie Gorelick, a Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton. Well-placed Republican sources say the President has gone out of his way to take the spotlight off the Attorney General at high-profile law-enforcement-related events. It was Ashcroft's former deputy, Larry Thompson, now a visiting law professor at the University of Georgia, who joined Bush at a recent event promoting the Patriot Act in Buffalo, N.Y. And the White House prevailed upon Thompson to sit near Ashcroft during his testimony before the 9/11 commission in an attempt to soften the Attorney General's hard edge with commission members, who have grown contemptuous of his imperious manner and methods. Thompson, an African American, left Justice after serving almost two years under Ashcroft. Many believe Thompson may be back and in the top job if Bush wins a second term. In Buffalo, Bush extolled Thompson's credentials before a crowd and implied that Justice needs him back. "Larry, we miss you over there," Bush said. "Don't get too comfortable." Bush partisans interpreted those remarks — and Thompson's rising profile — as a sign the President is giving up on a long-term future for his truculent Attorney General. Said one: "Ashcroft will not be the A.G. by Christmas if Bush wins."
    Ashcroft can always go back to doing what he does best: losing elections to the deceased.

    Posted by Eric at 01:31 PM | Comments (34)

    Ashcroft Out?

    It seems increasingly likely, as the AG is losing favor with the Bush administration. Can you wait for the tell-all book? From TIME:

    Has John Ashcroft fallen out of favor at the White House? The question may not be whether but how far. He was given a rare rebuke by Bush during the President's testimony before the 9/11 commission, over Ashcroft's political swipe at commission member Jamie Gorelick, a Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton. Well-placed Republican sources say the President has gone out of his way to take the spotlight off the Attorney General at high-profile law-enforcement-related events. It was Ashcroft's former deputy, Larry Thompson, now a visiting law professor at the University of Georgia, who joined Bush at a recent event promoting the Patriot Act in Buffalo, N.Y. And the White House prevailed upon Thompson to sit near Ashcroft during his testimony before the 9/11 commission in an attempt to soften the Attorney General's hard edge with commission members, who have grown contemptuous of his imperious manner and methods. Thompson, an African American, left Justice after serving almost two years under Ashcroft. Many believe Thompson may be back and in the top job if Bush wins a second term. In Buffalo, Bush extolled Thompson's credentials before a crowd and implied that Justice needs him back. "Larry, we miss you over there," Bush said. "Don't get too comfortable." Bush partisans interpreted those remarks — and Thompson's rising profile — as a sign the President is giving up on a long-term future for his truculent Attorney General. Said one: "Ashcroft will not be the A.G. by Christmas if Bush wins."
    Ashcroft can always go back to doing what he does best: losing elections to the deceased.

    Posted by Eric at 01:31 PM | Comments (11)

    Cheney Lying?

    From the Progress Report:

    "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...And as vice president, I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts led by the Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the federal government..."

    – Vice President Dick Cheney on Meet The Press, 9/14/03

    VERSUS

    "Time Magazine has obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official...dated March 5, 2003 [that] says 'action' on a multibillion-dollar Halliburton contract was 'coordinated' with Cheney's office. The e-mail says Douglas Feith, a high-ranking Pentagon hawk, got the 'authority to execute RIO,' or Restore Iraqi Oil, from his boss, who is Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz."

    – Time Magazine, 5/30/04

    Posted by Eric at 01:28 PM | Comments (9)

    Cheney Lying?

    From the Progress Report:

    "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...And as vice president, I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts led by the Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the federal government..."

    – Vice President Dick Cheney on Meet The Press, 9/14/03

    VERSUS

    "Time Magazine has obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official...dated March 5, 2003 [that] says 'action' on a multibillion-dollar Halliburton contract was 'coordinated' with Cheney's office. The e-mail says Douglas Feith, a high-ranking Pentagon hawk, got the 'authority to execute RIO,' or Restore Iraqi Oil, from his boss, who is Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz."

    – Time Magazine, 5/30/04

    Posted by Eric at 01:28 PM | Comments (3)

    Bush Setting AF1 Record

    Getting his taxpayer funded benefits while he can. From the AP:

    President Bush is using Air Force One for re-election travel more heavily than any predecessor, wringing maximum political mileage from a perk of office paid for by taxpayers.

    While Democratic rival John Kerry digs into his campaign bank account to charter a plane to roam the country, Bush often travels at no cost to his campaign simply by declaring a trip "official" travel rather than "political."

    Even when the White House deems a trip as political, the cost to Bush's campaign is minimal. In such instances, the campaign must only pay the government the equivalent of a comparable first-class fare for each political traveler on each leg, Federal Election Commission guidelines say.

    Usually, that means paying a few hundred or a few thousand dollars for the president and a handful of aides. It's a minuscule sum, compared to the $56,800-per-hour the Air Force estimates it costs to run Air Force One.

    And here's your hypocritical moment of the day:
    It is an advantage that Bush and other presidents before him have enjoyed. President Clinton frequently was criticized by Republicans for his record-setting use of Air Force One in the campaign season, and Bush is exceeding Clinton's pace.

    Posted by Eric at 01:24 PM | Comments (11)

    Bush Setting AF1 Record

    Getting his taxpayer funded benefits while he can. From the AP:

    President Bush is using Air Force One for re-election travel more heavily than any predecessor, wringing maximum political mileage from a perk of office paid for by taxpayers.

    While Democratic rival John Kerry digs into his campaign bank account to charter a plane to roam the country, Bush often travels at no cost to his campaign simply by declaring a trip "official" travel rather than "political."

    Even when the White House deems a trip as political, the cost to Bush's campaign is minimal. In such instances, the campaign must only pay the government the equivalent of a comparable first-class fare for each political traveler on each leg, Federal Election Commission guidelines say.

    Usually, that means paying a few hundred or a few thousand dollars for the president and a handful of aides. It's a minuscule sum, compared to the $56,800-per-hour the Air Force estimates it costs to run Air Force One.

    And here's your hypocritical moment of the day:
    It is an advantage that Bush and other presidents before him have enjoyed. President Clinton frequently was criticized by Republicans for his record-setting use of Air Force One in the campaign season, and Bush is exceeding Clinton's pace.

    Posted by Eric at 01:24 PM | Comments (1)

    I BET JONAH'S FULL OF IT

    TBogg notes that "Jonah slits his throat with Occam's Razor": Exhibit 1:

    I BET MOORE'S LYING [Jonah Goldberg ]
    Occam's razor, my friends, the simplest explanation is usually the best.
    Exhibit 2:
    I WAS WRONG [Jonah Goldberg]
    Moore didn't lie about having Berg footage.
    Posted at 08:52 AM

    Posted by Eric at 01:17 PM | Comments (6)

    I BET JONAH'S FULL OF IT

    TBogg notes that "Jonah slits his throat with Occam's Razor": Exhibit 1:

    I BET MOORE'S LYING [Jonah Goldberg ]
    Occam's razor, my friends, the simplest explanation is usually the best.
    Exhibit 2:
    I WAS WRONG [Jonah Goldberg]
    Moore didn't lie about having Berg footage.
    Posted at 08:52 AM

    Posted by Eric at 01:17 PM | Comments (1)

    Diedrich Concedes Defeat in SD

    Looks like Stephanie Herseth will take the special election in S.D. today, as her opponent, Larry Diedrich, is "effectively conceding defeat in today’s South Dakota special House election before the polling booths even open." From the DC paper The Hill:

    The former state senator dramatically ratcheted down expectations during an interview with The Hill at his campaign headquarters, saying he would be happy to lose to Democrat Stephanie Herseth by only five percentage points.

    He has trailed her by seven or more points in recent polls, and, if he loses, it would be the GOP’s second special-election defeat this year. In February, Alice Forgy Kerr (R) lost to Ben Chandler (D) in Kentucky’s 6th District; it was the first time since 1991 that a Democrat won a Republican-held seat in a special election.

    The battle for the House seat will continue tomorrow because the winner of the
    special election must face the voters for a second time, in November. Both Diedrich and Herseth will be running in the fall election, so today’s contest amounts to a precursor of their upcoming race for a full, two-year term.

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 PM | Comments (6)

    Diedrich Concedes Defeat in SD

    Looks like Stephanie Herseth will take the special election in S.D. today, as her opponent, Larry Diedrich, is "effectively conceding defeat in today’s South Dakota special House election before the polling booths even open." From the DC paper The Hill:

    The former state senator dramatically ratcheted down expectations during an interview with The Hill at his campaign headquarters, saying he would be happy to lose to Democrat Stephanie Herseth by only five percentage points.

    He has trailed her by seven or more points in recent polls, and, if he loses, it would be the GOP’s second special-election defeat this year. In February, Alice Forgy Kerr (R) lost to Ben Chandler (D) in Kentucky’s 6th District; it was the first time since 1991 that a Democrat won a Republican-held seat in a special election.

    The battle for the House seat will continue tomorrow because the winner of the
    special election must face the voters for a second time, in November. Both Diedrich and Herseth will be running in the fall election, so today’s contest amounts to a precursor of their upcoming race for a full, two-year term.

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 PM | Comments (0)

    Kerry Intern Speaks

    Writing in New York Magazine, Alexandra Polier on being "falsely accused of having an affair with John Kerry" and shifting "through the mud and the people who threw it."

    Though my name wasn’t mentioned in the initial Drudge “exclusive,” it made its first appearance in the British tabloid The Sun on Friday, February 13. The article, by one Brian Flynn, referred to Kerry as a SLEAZEBALL in the headline and said I was 24 (didn’t I wish). It purported to quote my father at home in Pennsylvania discussing the senator, saying, “I think he’s a sleazeball.” The article also claimed to quote my mother as saying Kerry had once chased after me to be on his campaign. My mother was not even home when Flynn called, and Flynn didn’t tell my father—who at this stage was unaware of the Drudge allegations—that he was interviewing him. Instead, he presented himself as a friend trying to get hold of me to talk about John Kerry. My father, a Republican, who believed Kerry had flip-flopped on various issues, said, ‘Oh, that sleazeball.’ ” Here’s how it reappeared in Flynn’s piece: “There is no evidence the pair had an affair, but her father, Terry, 56, said: ‘I think he’s a sleazeball.’ ” Drudge quickly linked to The Sun’s interview ...

    One reporter had a little girl call up, assuming I wouldn’t hang up on a child. They even made her say, “Can I talk to Alex?” And when I said, “Yes, it’s me,” a reporter jumped on the line. CNN’s Zain Verjee wrote beseeching notes, slipping them under the front gate. It was like a horror movie where the zombies are on the other side of the door and then an arm comes through the window. Stuck with Kerry’s denial, each of the American networks had hired a local fixer to approach me for a big sit-down. “Tell me it’s true and we’re on the next plane to Nairobi!” ABC’s Chris Vlasto e-mailed hopefully. Good Morning America, the Today show, CNN, and 60 Minutes all offered me airtime to tell my story. Editors whom I’d been begging for work were now clamoring for my attention ...

    And what about Time? “I thought it was absurd,” says political columnist Joe Klein. “There are a whole bunch of things we’re looking into all the time. And there’s an important word here: Drudge. The world really has changed since September 11; the time is past when we’d waste two years on late-night pizza deliveries.”

    Still, Drudge had been right about Monica, and no news outlet wanted to be caught without the story if it turned out to be true. I discovered they all had teams assembling background on me to run if the story stood up.

    Posted by Eric at 12:48 PM | Comments (55)

    Kerry Intern Speaks

    Writing in New York Magazine, Alexandra Polier on being "falsely accused of having an affair with John Kerry" and shifting "through the mud and the people who threw it."

    Though my name wasn’t mentioned in the initial Drudge “exclusive,” it made its first appearance in the British tabloid The Sun on Friday, February 13. The article, by one Brian Flynn, referred to Kerry as a SLEAZEBALL in the headline and said I was 24 (didn’t I wish). It purported to quote my father at home in Pennsylvania discussing the senator, saying, “I think he’s a sleazeball.” The article also claimed to quote my mother as saying Kerry had once chased after me to be on his campaign. My mother was not even home when Flynn called, and Flynn didn’t tell my father—who at this stage was unaware of the Drudge allegations—that he was interviewing him. Instead, he presented himself as a friend trying to get hold of me to talk about John Kerry. My father, a Republican, who believed Kerry had flip-flopped on various issues, said, ‘Oh, that sleazeball.’ ” Here’s how it reappeared in Flynn’s piece: “There is no evidence the pair had an affair, but her father, Terry, 56, said: ‘I think he’s a sleazeball.’ ” Drudge quickly linked to The Sun’s interview ...

    One reporter had a little girl call up, assuming I wouldn’t hang up on a child. They even made her say, “Can I talk to Alex?” And when I said, “Yes, it’s me,” a reporter jumped on the line. CNN’s Zain Verjee wrote beseeching notes, slipping them under the front gate. It was like a horror movie where the zombies are on the other side of the door and then an arm comes through the window. Stuck with Kerry’s denial, each of the American networks had hired a local fixer to approach me for a big sit-down. “Tell me it’s true and we’re on the next plane to Nairobi!” ABC’s Chris Vlasto e-mailed hopefully. Good Morning America, the Today show, CNN, and 60 Minutes all offered me airtime to tell my story. Editors whom I’d been begging for work were now clamoring for my attention ...

    And what about Time? “I thought it was absurd,” says political columnist Joe Klein. “There are a whole bunch of things we’re looking into all the time. And there’s an important word here: Drudge. The world really has changed since September 11; the time is past when we’d waste two years on late-night pizza deliveries.”

    Still, Drudge had been right about Monica, and no news outlet wanted to be caught without the story if it turned out to be true. I discovered they all had teams assembling background on me to run if the story stood up.

    Posted by Eric at 12:48 PM | Comments (5)

    Washington Post: Bush Campaign "Unprecedented Negativity"; "Making History With Often-Misleading Attacks"

    Indeed. From the Washington Post's staff writers:

    The charges were all tough, serious -- and wrong, or at least highly misleading. Kerry did not question the war on terrorism, has proposed repealing tax cuts only for those earning more than $200,000, supports wiretaps, has not endorsed a 50-cent gasoline tax increase in 10 years, and continues to support the education changes, albeit with modifications.

    Scholars and political strategists say the ferocious Bush assault on Kerry this spring has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly new in a political campaign, they say the volume of negative charges is unprecedented -- both in speeches and in advertising.

    Three-quarters of the ads aired by Bush's campaign have been attacks on Kerry. Bush so far has aired 49,050 negative ads in the top 100 markets, or 75 percent of his advertising. Kerry has run 13,336 negative ads -- or 27 percent of his total. The figures were compiled by The Washington Post using data from the Campaign Media Analysis Group of the top 100 U.S. markets. Both campaigns said the figures are accurate.

    How does it compare to other campaigns?
    Brown University professor Darrell West, author of a book on political advertising, said Bush's level of negative advertising is already higher than the levels reached in the 2000, 1996 and 1992 campaigns. And because campaigns typically become more negative as the election nears, "I'm anticipating it's going to be the most negative campaign ever," eclipsing 1988, West said. "If you compare the early stage of campaigns, virtually none of the early ads were negative, even in '88."
    How much worse can it get? Ask John McCain. And he's a Republican.

    EDIT: In an email today to supporters, campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill contrasted Kerry's positive ads with Bush's negative ads.

    Posted by Eric at 12:27 PM | Comments (38)

    Washington Post: Bush Campaign "Unprecedented Negativity"; "Making History With Often-Misleading Attacks"

    Indeed. From the Washington Post's staff writers:

    The charges were all tough, serious -- and wrong, or at least highly misleading. Kerry did not question the war on terrorism, has proposed repealing tax cuts only for those earning more than $200,000, supports wiretaps, has not endorsed a 50-cent gasoline tax increase in 10 years, and continues to support the education changes, albeit with modifications.

    Scholars and political strategists say the ferocious Bush assault on Kerry this spring has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly new in a political campaign, they say the volume of negative charges is unprecedented -- both in speeches and in advertising.

    Three-quarters of the ads aired by Bush's campaign have been attacks on Kerry. Bush so far has aired 49,050 negative ads in the top 100 markets, or 75 percent of his advertising. Kerry has run 13,336 negative ads -- or 27 percent of his total. The figures were compiled by The Washington Post using data from the Campaign Media Analysis Group of the top 100 U.S. markets. Both campaigns said the figures are accurate.

    How does it compare to other campaigns?
    Brown University professor Darrell West, author of a book on political advertising, said Bush's level of negative advertising is already higher than the levels reached in the 2000, 1996 and 1992 campaigns. And because campaigns typically become more negative as the election nears, "I'm anticipating it's going to be the most negative campaign ever," eclipsing 1988, West said. "If you compare the early stage of campaigns, virtually none of the early ads were negative, even in '88."
    How much worse can it get? Ask John McCain. And he's a Republican.

    EDIT: In an email today to supporters, campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill contrasted Kerry's positive ads with Bush's negative ads.

    Posted by Eric at 12:27 PM | Comments (2)

    Park Budgets Suffer Underfunding

    The country's national parks are suffering from chronic underfunding, according to a new survey from the Coalition of Concerned National Park Service Retirees. The Salt Lake Tribune:

    The 250-member Coalition of Concerned National Park Service Retirees surveyed 12 national parks and found "a combination of significant cuts in budget, staff and visitor services at all of the parks."

    The finding raises questions about the Bush administration's stated goal to "restore and renew" the national parks, according to Bill Wade, former superintendent of Shenandoah National Park and spokesman for the coalition.

    In its report "Pretending to Protect the Parks," the coalition found:
    * Budgets were down at eight of the 12 parks surveyed.
    * Employee levels were reduced at all of the parks.
    * Six of the parks have cut visitor center hours or plan to cut them.
    * Nine of the parks have made cuts that will result in a reduced experience for visitors.

    However, a Republican from Utah says there's no problem because the Bush administration is quite competent:
    But Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, who sits on the House Resources Committee, defended Bush's approach, saying, "It's not so much the amount of money but how it's used.

    "The Bush administration is managing it so they get a good idea where the needs are for maintenance and improvement . . . so I think with the same money, we're doing a much better job."

    Posted by Eric at 12:22 PM | Comments (5)

    Park Budgets Suffer Underfunding

    The country's national parks are suffering from chronic underfunding, according to a new survey from the Coalition of Concerned National Park Service Retirees. The Salt Lake Tribune:

    The 250-member Coalition of Concerned National Park Service Retirees surveyed 12 national parks and found "a combination of significant cuts in budget, staff and visitor services at all of the parks."

    The finding raises questions about the Bush administration's stated goal to "restore and renew" the national parks, according to Bill Wade, former superintendent of Shenandoah National Park and spokesman for the coalition.

    In its report "Pretending to Protect the Parks," the coalition found:
    * Budgets were down at eight of the 12 parks surveyed.
    * Employee levels were reduced at all of the parks.
    * Six of the parks have cut visitor center hours or plan to cut them.
    * Nine of the parks have made cuts that will result in a reduced experience for visitors.

    However, a Republican from Utah says there's no problem because the Bush administration is quite competent:
    But Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, who sits on the House Resources Committee, defended Bush's approach, saying, "It's not so much the amount of money but how it's used.

    "The Bush administration is managing it so they get a good idea where the needs are for maintenance and improvement . . . so I think with the same money, we're doing a much better job."

    Posted by Eric at 12:22 PM | Comments (0)

    The A-Z of Lying

    Amusing editorial from the UK Indy, which goes through the alphabet to remind us about the lies used in the war on Iraq.

    A Mohammed Atta. The Bush administration claimed that a meeting between the lead hijacker of the 11 September attacks and a senior Iraqi intelligence officer proved a connection between al-Qa'ida and Saddam Hussein. But there is no evidence such a meeting took place.

    B Bush and Blair: The two leaders have reacted strongly to all suggestions they misled their respective electorates over the war, and maintain time will prove they were right to go to war. Both, though, are suffering poll difficulties, as problems in Iraq become worse, and each needs speedy improvement to shore up his position.

    C Ahmed Chalabi. The leader of the Iraq National Congress, who is a member of the Iraq Governing Council, is now accused of having duped the Bush administration, as well as the media, into believing that Saddam Hussein represented a direct threat to US and British security.

    D Dollars. Between 1992 and the US raid on Ahmed Chalabi's home last week, the US government channelled more than $100m (£55m) to his Iraqi National Congress. The money may have been a motivating factor for defectors to say what they thought the Americans wanted to hear. That funding has now been stopped.

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 AM | Comments (2)

    The A-Z of Lying

    Amusing editorial from the UK Indy, which goes through the alphabet to remind us about the lies used in the war on Iraq.

    A Mohammed Atta. The Bush administration claimed that a meeting between the lead hijacker of the 11 September attacks and a senior Iraqi intelligence officer proved a connection between al-Qa'ida and Saddam Hussein. But there is no evidence such a meeting took place.

    B Bush and Blair: The two leaders have reacted strongly to all suggestions they misled their respective electorates over the war, and maintain time will prove they were right to go to war. Both, though, are suffering poll difficulties, as problems in Iraq become worse, and each needs speedy improvement to shore up his position.

    C Ahmed Chalabi. The leader of the Iraq National Congress, who is a member of the Iraq Governing Council, is now accused of having duped the Bush administration, as well as the media, into believing that Saddam Hussein represented a direct threat to US and British security.

    D Dollars. Between 1992 and the US raid on Ahmed Chalabi's home last week, the US government channelled more than $100m (£55m) to his Iraqi National Congress. The money may have been a motivating factor for defectors to say what they thought the Americans wanted to hear. That funding has now been stopped.

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

    'Day After Tomorrow' Tops Boxoffices Worldwide

    And gets the top non-sequel worldwide release, BoxOfficeMojo:

    Audiences around the world stormed theaters showing The Day After Tomorrow over the weekend.

    Playing domestically and in 102 countries overseas, the $125 million disaster picture raked in an estimated $155 million through Sunday. Distributor 20th Century Fox noted that was the top non-sequel worldwide bow ever, and the movie has yet to debut in major markets Japan and South Korea. The overall worldwide opening record still belongs to The Return of the King, which earned $250.1 million in its first five days domestically and in 28 territories.

    In the US, the global warming flick was 2nd behind Shrek 2.

    Posted by Eric at 12:37 AM | Comments (7)

    'Day After Tomorrow' Tops Boxoffices Worldwide

    And gets the top non-sequel worldwide release, BoxOfficeMojo:

    Audiences around the world stormed theaters showing The Day After Tomorrow over the weekend.

    Playing domestically and in 102 countries overseas, the $125 million disaster picture raked in an estimated $155 million through Sunday. Distributor 20th Century Fox noted that was the top non-sequel worldwide bow ever, and the movie has yet to debut in major markets Japan and South Korea. The overall worldwide opening record still belongs to The Return of the King, which earned $250.1 million in its first five days domestically and in 28 territories.

    In the US, the global warming flick was 2nd behind Shrek 2.

    Posted by Eric at 12:37 AM | Comments (3)

    Kerry - Bush Statistical Tie in Minnesota

    According to the latest St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio poll:

    A new poll shows support for Democrat John Kerry and President George W. Bush is virtually even among voters in Minnesota, considered one of about 17 states that could go either way in this fall's presidential election.

    The poll conducted for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio shows 44 percent of Minnesota voters would vote for Kerry, while 41 percent favor Bush. That puts the race within the poll's four-point margin of error, meaning results could differ by four percentage points in either direction. Two percent of those polled support independent candidate Ralph Nader, while 13 percent were undecided ...

    Bush's performance ratings in Minnesota continue to slip, according to the Pioneer Press-MPR poll. Fifty-six percent of the respondents rated his performance as fair or poor, while 44 percent said it was good or excellent.

    Posted by Eric at 12:28 AM | Comments (3)

    Kerry - Bush Statistical Tie in Minnesota

    According to the latest St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio poll:

    A new poll shows support for Democrat John Kerry and President George W. Bush is virtually even among voters in Minnesota, considered one of about 17 states that could go either way in this fall's presidential election.

    The poll conducted for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio shows 44 percent of Minnesota voters would vote for Kerry, while 41 percent favor Bush. That puts the race within the poll's four-point margin of error, meaning results could differ by four percentage points in either direction. Two percent of those polled support independent candidate Ralph Nader, while 13 percent were undecided ...

    Bush's performance ratings in Minnesota continue to slip, according to the Pioneer Press-MPR poll. Fifty-six percent of the respondents rated his performance as fair or poor, while 44 percent said it was good or excellent.

    Posted by Eric at 12:28 AM | Comments (1)

    Comedy Tuesday

    "Newly released transcripts reveal that President Nixon was drunk during the Arab-Israeli crisis of 1973. After hearing this, President Bush said, 'Hey, so was I!'" Conan O'Brien

    "Two new polls show Arnold Schwarzenegger is the most popular Governor of California since 1991, when Governor Hasselhoff ran the state. When your competition is Pete Wilson and Gray Davis, is it really that big a deal to be most popular? It's like being the smartest Hilton sister." Jimmy Kimmel

    "Attorney General John Ashcroft said today that Al Qaeda is determined to attack the United States sometime this summer. He said the terrorists may do it to try to influence our Presidential election. So Al Qaeda is basically like Ralph Nader, only with more followers." Jay Leno

    "President Bush will be going back to his ranch in Texas for his usual month-long holiday weekend." David Letterman

    "John Kerry raised all that money and he bought himself an airplane, a campaign plane for $10 million. A 757 jet -- a $10 million jet. And Ralph Nader, not to be outdone, is having himself shipped across country in a crate." David Letterman

    "Al Gore is back in the arena. In a speech, he called for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld. And Donald Rumsfeld in response, he stripped Gore naked and ran him around on a leash." David Letterman


    Cincinnati Enquirer. 17 uses for a dead cicada

    WhiteHouse.org. President's Army War College Speech Explaining Plan to Grant Iraq the FREEDOM® to Enjoy Puppet Government and Decades-Long Foreign Military Presence

    TheOnion. Fed-Up Cheney Enters Presidential Race Himself

    TheOnion. Ex-Nickelodeon Stars Relate Horrors Of Green Slime Syndrome

    NYT. Friar's Club: Comedy Central

    Fark. Photoshop Bush cracking up

    John Moe. Pros and Cons of Kerry's VP Candidates


    Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! .. Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput. Monty Python's Funniest Joke in the World.

    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (20)

    Comedy Tuesday

    "Newly released transcripts reveal that President Nixon was drunk during the Arab-Israeli crisis of 1973. After hearing this, President Bush said, 'Hey, so was I!'" Conan O'Brien

    "Two new polls show Arnold Schwarzenegger is the most popular Governor of California since 1991, when Governor Hasselhoff ran the state. When your competition is Pete Wilson and Gray Davis, is it really that big a deal to be most popular? It's like being the smartest Hilton sister." Jimmy Kimmel

    "Attorney General John Ashcroft said today that Al Qaeda is determined to attack the United States sometime this summer. He said the terrorists may do it to try to influence our Presidential election. So Al Qaeda is basically like Ralph Nader, only with more followers." Jay Leno

    "President Bush will be going back to his ranch in Texas for his usual month-long holiday weekend." David Letterman

    "John Kerry raised all that money and he bought himself an airplane, a campaign plane for $10 million. A 757 jet -- a $10 million jet. And Ralph Nader, not to be outdone, is having himself shipped across country in a crate." David Letterman

    "Al Gore is back in the arena. In a speech, he called for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld. And Donald Rumsfeld in response, he stripped Gore naked and ran him around on a leash." David Letterman


    Cincinnati Enquirer. 17 uses for a dead cicada

    WhiteHouse.org. President's Army War College Speech Explaining Plan to Grant Iraq the FREEDOM® to Enjoy Puppet Government and Decades-Long Foreign Military Presence

    TheOnion. Fed-Up Cheney Enters Presidential Race Himself

    TheOnion. Ex-Nickelodeon Stars Relate Horrors Of Green Slime Syndrome

    NYT. Friar's Club: Comedy Central

    Fark. Photoshop Bush cracking up

    John Moe. Pros and Cons of Kerry's VP Candidates


    Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! .. Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput. Monty Python's Funniest Joke in the World.

    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (0)