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August 31, 2004

Alan Keyes: Classic Moment in TV History

Video, another fine moment for Alan Keyes. Take a shot everytime Alan Keyes says 'corrupt' (or maybe he's a fan of the rapper).

Posted by Eric at 08:53 PM | Comments (75)

Dems Hope for Congressional Pickup in Penn

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Republican and Democratic power brokers in Washington are watching this race since the surprise retirement of U.S. Rep. James C. Greenwood (R., Bucks) last month. Given the moderate leanings in the district, which includes most of Bucks County and a small part of Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, it is not certain that the seat will remain in the GOP's grip.

Schrader, 60, said "you can expect" that other Democratic powers - with the presidential race focusing on swing states such as Pennsylvania - will swoop into the region on her behalf.

"There are other people, [but] they have not been confirmed, so I really can't say their names," she said. ... Pelosi, the ranking Democrat from California, is expected to lead a parade of Democrats stumping for Schrader that most likely will include Gov. Rendell and U.S. Rep. Joseph Hoeffel - a senatorial candidate - and possibly presidential candidate John Kerry.

Control of Congress is at stake. The GOP has the upper hand, with 228 out of 435 seats in the House, and all members up for re-election this fall.

Pollster / pundit Charlie Cook indicates the Dems have a good chance in the district:
Greenwood's retirement would give House Democrats an opportunity to expand the political playing field. The fact that Greenwood has easily carried this suburban Philadelphia district since 1992 belies its inherent competitiveness. Former Vice President Al Gore carried the district, which is centered in Bucks County, with 51 percent of the vote in 2000. Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell crushed his Republican opponent in Bucks County in 2002 by almost 40,000 votes. A Greenwood exit would also present Republicans with the challenge of defending three seats in the Philadelphia suburbs (Rep. Pat Toomey's open 15 th district and freshman Rep. Jim Gerlach's 6 th CD), a region of the state that has continued to trend away from Republicans over the last decade.
Ginny Schrader has started advertising on this blog (and many others, as part of an aggressive internet campaign). You can visit her site / help her out here.

Posted by Eric at 03:34 PM | Comments (50)

Zogby Poll: "Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks"

From a just released Zogby poll:

On the eve of a Republican National Convention invoking 9/11 symbols, sound bytes and imagery, half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of New York citizens overall say that some of our leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act," according to the poll conducted by Zogby International. The poll of New York residents was conducted from Tuesday August 24 through Thursday August 26, 2004. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of +/-3.5.

The poll is the first of its kind conducted in America that surveys attitudes regarding US government complicity in the 9/11 tragedy. Despite the acute legal and political implications of this accusation, nearly 30% of registered Republicans and over 38% of those who described themselves as "very conservative" supported the claim.

Posted by Eric at 01:36 PM | Comments (91)

Surprise! Fox Gives More Time to RNC

Media Matters press release: "On the first day of the Republican National Convention, Media Matters for America found that FOX News Channel showed 74 total minutes of primetime speech coverage at the Republican National Convention -- 33 more minutes than was shown of the speeches at the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Following the announcements by FOX News Channel (FNC) hosts Bill O’Reilly and Cal Thomas that FNC will devote the same amount of coverage of live speeches at the Republican National Convention as it did at the Democratic National Convention, Media Matters for America (MMFA) found that on the first day of the Republican National Convention, FNC gave substantially more time to the speeches at the RNC than it did at the DNC."

Posted by Eric at 01:33 PM | Comments (60)

Rep. Schrock Quits Amid Gay Rumors

Blogger helped trigger allegations against Rep. Ed Schrock (R-Va.). From DC-based The Hill:

The gossip first surfaced two weeks ago on a Washington, D.C.-based Web log, or blog, Blogactive.com. The site links to an audio recording that it claims is Schrock calling into the MegaMates/Megaphone Line, a telephone service that men can use to meet other men.

After the GOP push to ban gay marriages, Blogactive.com began "outing" political aides and has since targeted lawmakers who voted for legislation on the issue. Schrock was one of 233 lawmakers who this year supported the Marriage Protection Act, which would block federal courts from considering constitutional issues arising from gay-marriage cases.

Mike Rogers, the blogger who is promising more embarrassing revelations, said an anonymous source gave him the audiotape. "[We target] people who say they are Republicans and then use sexual orientation to stay in power."

Posted by Eric at 10:40 AM | Comments (191)

Nader Loses Ballot Access in Penn and Missouri

Reports AP. Both swing states.

Posted by Eric at 10:36 AM | Comments (155)

McCain Targets Moore

Noted from the NYDN:

McCain called Moore, whose "Fahrenheit 9/11" drew unprecedented crowds for a documentary, a "disingenuous filmmaker who would have us believe that Saddam's Iraq was an oasis of peace."

"I'm just trying to do my job," Moore said as the rabid Republicans pointed his way and booed for several minutes.

As the crowd broke out into chants of "Four more years," Moore stood, grinned and flashed an "L" sign with his fingers, meaning "loser," to the crowd jeering his presence.

He also appeared to respond "two more months"

McCain was tickled at the spontaneous reaction his comments about Moore, who is at the GOP convention writing a column for USA Today, received and exclaimed: "That line was so good, I'll use it again."

The NY Times puts the booing in perspective:"The terrorists were booed, and so was Senator John Kerry, but the loudest scorn in the convention hall Monday night was reserved for the filmmaker Michael Moore."

Posted by Eric at 10:34 AM | Comments (67)

Carville Company: Bush 'unmistakable' Gains in August

From the AP:

President Bush has gained ground on Democrat John Kerry in the month of August because of "relatively small but unmistakable" shifts in the political environment, Democratic strategists said in a memo released Monday.

The polling memo by Democracy Corps, a group led by pollster Stan Greenberg and strategist James Carville, said the subtle gains by Bush have knotted the race again after Kerry had a slight advantage after the Democratic National Convention in late July.

"There is no doubt that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads (attacking Kerry's Vietnam service) have had an impact on the race," according to the Democracy Corps memo. Those attacks combined with the Summer Olympics have combined to "shift the focus away from Iraq and worrisome economic trends."

Posted by Eric at 10:16 AM | Comments (70)

August 27, 2004

Friday

News
CBS. Taxes, Debates Top Campaign Agenda
CBS. Grieving Dad Won't Face Charges
WP. Voters may have their say before Election Day
AP. McCain Furiously Courted by Kerry, Bush
AP. Cabinet Secretaries Hit the Road for Bush
AP. Bush Faces Heavy Pre-RNC Travel Schedule
Reuters. Bush Plans Legal Action on Anti-Kerry Ads
Reuters. Kerry Proposes Crackdown on Credit Card Abuses
Seattle Times. It's official: Locke endorses Gregoire
AP. First large protest kicks off week of expected anti-GOP rallies
LAT. New Passenger Profiling System To Be Tested
LAT. GOP House Candidates Tread Carefully Around Iraq
LAT. Defining Time for Governor
WP. GOP Platform Backs President
WP. Kerry Blames Bush on Poverty Figures
NYT. U.S. Court in New York Rejects Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
NYT. New York Awaits Republicans With Reluctance and Unease
NYT. Army's Report Faults General in Prison Abuse
NYT. Bush Will Back McCain on Ad Crackdown
NYT. Bush Dismisses Idea That Kerry Lied on Vietnam

Commentary
Meredith O'Brien. Bloomberg's Carnival
Scott Thill. Emergency Revolutionary; Margaret Cho is taking her revolution to the streets. The most difficult part of revolution? Feeling you deserve one
Terence Samuel. Front Lines; It's a nasty battle in West Virginia, and it’ll only get worse
Robert Kuttner. Now, Smearing the Trial Lawyers; You're about to see a concentrated campaign against John Edwards' colleagues. Don't buy into it.
Katha Pollitt. Bush Bashers & the Bashers Who Bash Them
William Greider. Damaged Goods
Julian Bond. Jim Crow's New Party
Garrison Keillor. We’re Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore
Bev Harris. Sum of a Glitch; Evidence shows that machines might be the real swing voters this November
Derrick Z. Jackson. Cheney's grand moment of moderation
Naomi Klein. It's time to bring Najaf back home
E. J. Dionne Jr. Love or Ideology? Heart or Strategy?
Bob Herbert. Where Is The Shame?
Paul Krugman. America's Failing Health
NYT. Warming to Global Warming
Judith Droz Keyes. The View From the Boat
Molly Ivins. Conservatives, repent! Swift Boat Liars make Bush's Vietnam years newly relevant, plus, some in GOP begin admitting Iraq was a mistake
Arianna Huffington. Focusing on undecided voters not a very Swift idea

Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (43)

Back to D.C.

I'm in the process of packing my things and heading back to The George Washington University for my final year of school. As a result, regular posting will be back on Tuesday. I didn't take a job this semester, so posting will probably be fairly regular. Alright, Tuesday then.

... Register to vote.

EDIT: I read my schedule wrong, so I'm actually arriving in DC a day later than I thought - so I'll be in DC around afternoon time, and probably get my internet connection up by Tuesday (not Monday as previously stated).

Posted by Eric at 12:43 PM | Comments (68)

Another Crewman Supports Kerry

Yet another one:

A swiftboat crewman decorated in the 1969 Vietnam incident where John Kerry (news - web sites) won a Bronze Star says not only did they come under enemy fire but also that his own boat commander, who has challenged the official account, was too distracted to notice the gunfire.

Retired Chief Petty Officer Robert E. Lambert, of Eagle Point, Ore., got a Bronze Star for pulling his boat commander — Lt. Larry Thurlow — out of the Bay Hap River on March 13, 1969. Thurlow had jumped onto another swiftboat to aid sailors wounded by a mine explosion but fell off when the out-of-control boat ran aground.

Thurlow, who has been prominent among a group of veterans challenging the Democratic presidential candidate's record, has said there was no enemy fire during the incident. Lambert, however, supports the Navy account that says all five swiftboats in the task force "came under small arms and automatic weapon fire from the river banks" when the mine detonated.

Posted by Eric at 04:09 AM | Comments (40)

Nader Ballot Petition in OH County: Less Than 4% Valid

And the Nader follies continue, from the Cincy Enquirer (link via Logan's Lurch):

The Butler County Board of Elections ruled that only 24 of Nader's 633 petition signatures - less than 4 percent - were valid in the county.

Butler was the first major Ohio county to verify its share of petitions carrying a total 14,473 signatures submitted by Nader backers to Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell Aug. 18, said Dan Trevas of the Ohio Democratic Party, which has asked election boards to scrutinize Nader petitions.

Nader needs at least 5,000 valid signatures from voters anywhere in the state to appear on the ballot in Ohio, a presidential battleground state. Nader drew 2.5 percent of the Ohio vote in 2000, when George W. Bush beat Democrat Al Gore by 3.6 percentage points in the state.

About that 95 percent error rate:
Carlo LoParo, spokesman for Blackwell, said that "a 95 percent error rate is extremely high, and perhaps unprecedented." ... 220 signatures gathered by Steven Laws Aug. 14-15 in Butler County were thrown out because Laws also collected signatures those days in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties in northern Ohio.

"We felt it was physically impossible for one person to get signatures in all of those places in one day," McGary said. "Now it's up to the Nader camp to provide evidence that they are valid."

The Nader camp's response?
"Boy, they sure don't want anyone to have a choice, do they?" Kevin Zeese, national spokesman for the Nader campaign, said Wednesday. He called the Butler County ruling "disgusting."
Almost as disgusting as petition fraud?

Posted by Eric at 03:51 AM | Comments (58)

EPA and Bush Admin at Odds Again

From the Sierra Club, here's the EPA:

Sewage overflows are bad for people's health, the economy, and the environment. The EPA's new report estimates that up to 75,000 discharges of raw sewage occur each year from sanitary sewer systems, releasing between 3 billion and 10 billion gallons of untreated wastewater. That sewage ends up in our drinking water sources, streams and homes. The threat to people's health is serious and widespread. Raw sewage typically contains bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that can cause a variety of illnesses, from mild gastroenteritis (stomach cramps and diarrhea) to life-threatening illnesses such as cholera, dysentery and infectious hepatitis.
Now the Bush admin:
The Bush administration put the brakes on a plan that would warn communities about overflows. In January 2001, the EPA proposed new requirements for fixing outdated sewer systems. The proposed rule would have protected the public from raw sewage by requiring improvements in the capacity, maintenance and operation of municipal sewage treatment systems. In addition, it would have required public reporting and notification of sewer overflows. The total cost would have amounted to less than two dollars-$1.92- per household per year. But the Bush administration, concerned about the costs of the proposal, blocked the proposal and refused to take any action, leaving people's health at risk and protections against sewage overflows on permanent hold.

Further, the Bush administration has proposed massive cuts in funding to help municipal sewage treatment systems do a better job. In Fiscal Year 2005, for example, the administration proposed cutting $500 million for sewage treatment, a reduction of almost one-third - costs that financially strapped states and municipalities cannot afford.

Posted by Eric at 02:42 AM | Comments (53)

AFL-CIO: Thousands to Mobilize on Sept. 2

The union plans "the largest single-day election mobilization in the union movement's history." From a press release:

As President Bush addresses the Republican National Convention on Thursday, September 2, 10,000 union members will go door-to-door to talk with a million union households about the jobs crisis, the need for affordable healthcare and a secure retirement - - and where the candidates stand on these issues. It will be the largest single-day election mobilization in the union movement's history.

From Davenport, Iowa and St. Louis, Missouri to the coast of Maine and the mountains of the Northwest, nurses, cooks, steelworkers, teachers, office workers and others will fan out to conduct voter education with union members as part of the AFL-CIO's Labor '04 program. This year, political volunteerism is at an all-time high in the movement because workers are concerned about the direction of the nation under President Bush, especially jobs leaving the country and the family budget-busting, rising cost of health care.

"Despite the rosy rhetoric of the Republicans, the prolonged jobs crisis tears at the fabric of America's middle class," said John Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO. "Never before have working people been so energized about an election. We've been overwhelmed by the number of volunteers who want to be out in their neighborhoods, talking to fellow union members while President Bush accepts his party’s nomination."

Posted by Eric at 02:37 AM | Comments (136)

Kerry Wants Weekly Debates

And you know how good Bush is at those ... AP:

"America deserves a serious discussion about its future. It does not deserve a campaign of fear and smear," the Massachusetts senator told a crowd at a community college near Minneapolis. The campaign said the audience was chosen from undecided voters.

He said he was prepared to have a discussion with Bush "every single week from now until the election" on a different topic each time, such as national security, the environment and health care.

The special commission on presidential debates has recommended three such debates beginning in late September. The Kerry campaign has accepted that format but the Bush campaign has delayed its decision on the debates until after the Republican National Convention in New York next week.

Posted by Eric at 01:45 AM | Comments (22)

August 26, 2004

Thursday Stories

News
AP. Edwards reaches out to black Ohio voters
AP. Al Franken urging GOP protests
AP. Iraq Prison Probe Faults Intelligence Unit
AP. Ranks of Poverty, Uninsured Rose in 2003
AP. Man Burns Marine Van After GI Son's Death
LAT. Republican Party's Platform Embraces Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
BG. GOP hardens stand against gay marriage
AP. Gov. McGreevey Makes Public Appearance
AP. Witness: Marines Hit Iraq Inmate Who Died
AP. Bush Makes Fourth Trip of Year to N.M.
AP. Democrats' Theme: Mission Not Accomplished
AP. Bush's Father Foresaw Costs of Iraq War
NYT. A Scarred Campaign Veteran, Caught in a New Crossfire
NYT. Lawyer for Bush Quits Over Links to Kerry's Foes
NYT. Internet Gives Teenage Bullies Weapons to Wound From Afar
WP. Voters May Have Their Say Before Election Day
WP. Firing Missives Over Vietnam; Kerry's Special Delivery Finds a Reply Waiting
AP. Republicans Tweak Platform Language; Additions Intended to Underscore Inclusiveness
WP. Daschle's Senate Role Dominates S.D. Race; Rival Says Minority Leader Answers to Liberals
ChicST. Brady blasts Keyes' stand on gun control
ChicTrib. Keyes turns down role at convention
Reuters. Minorities bear brunt of 'subtler' bias at US polls, report says
Reuters. Discrimination at Polls Now 'Subtler, More Creative'
Cox. Campaigns launched to protect minority votes

Commentary
Katrina vanden Heuvel. Oil and the Bush 'Fear Factor'
Robert Scheer. Iraqi Olympic Soccer Players Kick the Stuffing Out of Bush's Fantasy
David L. Englin. Band of Brothers; How Kerry's veterans could send "Brother John" to the White House
Max Blumenthal. The Voting Machine Jackpot
Noy Thrupkaew. The Mark of Rove
Gordon Carmichael. A Veteran for Real Truth; A Vietnam veteran -- and Purple Heart recipient -- reacts to the swift-boat smear.
Matthew Yglesias. Penalty Kicks; Bush tried to take credit for bringing Iraq to the Olympics; their soccer team gave him what he deserved.
Charles P. Pierce. Start Value; There’s a simple reason why George W. Bush should never win the gold: His routine is just too easy
Christian E. Weller. Bush Can't Have His Cake and Eat It, Too
Paul Waldman. Mad As Hell; How I got a disturbing view of Brent Bozell's undying rage
John Nichols. Not So Swift
Joe Conason. Assault on Kerry dishonors G.O.P. What happened to Republican respect for veterans?
BG. Disgraced by Abu Ghraib
Ellen Goodman. Setting back women's rights
Des Moines Register. Rumsfeld should go: Responsibility for prison abuse flowed from many other mistakes at the top
Stewart Nusbaumer. The Republican War Against Vietnam Veterans
Gerald Rellick. Swift Boat Stooges for Bush: Right wing vets use the cheap shot for the political smear: Discredit the sailor and you discredit the political candidate
Sidney Blumenthal. A ruinous trap of their own making; Iraq is now more dangerous to the US than when they went to war
Marie Cocco. Fuhgeddabout making nice; When Bush comes next week, he’ll discover a New York state of aversion to him
Sheryl McCarthy. Guantanamo abuses amount to war crimes
Seattle PI. Scandal taints top brass
Thomas Oliphant. Bush smear could come back to bite him
NYT. Holding the Pentagon Accountable: For Abu Ghraib

Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (58)

Mary Bono to Skip GOP Convention

Though she'll vote for Bush, she has a problem with one of her party's positions:

Among the reasons she gave for staying home is her disagreement with the party's support of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. She said that isn't popular in her district, which includes a large gay population in the western Coachella Valley.

Bono supports a provision offered by the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay group, which acknowledges that not all Republicans agree on the issue and the party should respect all viewpoints. That proposal was rejected Wednesday by party officials putting together the platform, which is essentially its official ideology.

Bono doesn't favor gay marriages. However, she was one of only 17 Republicans who voted against a marriage protection bill in the House last month. That bill would have stripped federal courts' jurisdiction over marriage cases, a step that could extend far beyond same-sex marriages, Bono said.

Posted by Eric at 03:43 PM | Comments (35)

Bush Camp to Continue Olympic Ads

Defies USOC and Iraqi soccer team:

The USOC asked the campaign to pull the ads on Thursday, committee spokesman Darryl Seibel said. The ad shows a swimmer and the flags of Iraq (news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news - web sites).

"In 1972, there were 40 democracies in the world. Today, 120," an announcer says. "Freedom is spreading throughout the world like a sunrise. And this Olympics there will be two more free nations. And two fewer terrorist regimes."

Some of the players on the Iraqi Olympic soccer team have complained about the ad appearing as part of a political campaign.

Reaction by Olympic officials has been negative, according to this article in the Star Trib:
The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) is responsible for protecting the Olympic brand in the United States, and Heiberg said it was taking steps to do so.

"The USOC took immediate action," he said without elaborating. "The USOC is dealing with this matter."

Other IOC members reacted strongly. "This is quite amazing," one member said on condition of anonymity. "The arrogance is unbelievable. To use the Olympic name like this, without permission ... it's just incredible."

Another said: "That anyone should do this is just astonishing."

Posted by Eric at 03:23 PM | Comments (41)

Bush and Company Love Right-Wing Media

According to a Boston Globe analysis:

Hennen is not the only talk-show host of a conservative bent or broadcasting in a battleground state who has had good access to high-ranking administration officials. On the White House website, www.whitehouse.gov, nearly all of the administration radio interviews featured since April are with conservative commentators, hosts at stations in battleground states, or both.

A White House spokesman, Ken Lisaius, flatly denied that political considerations are involved in making administration officials available to radio stations, or any other news media.

"We're not concerned with politics," he said. "It's the Bush-Cheney campaign that's focused on politics." ... But of 61 interviews featured on the White House website since April in which the interviewer and station or network is identified, 54 were conducted either by conservative commentators or by hosts in markets located in battleground states, a Globe analysis shows.

Posted by Eric at 02:31 PM | Comments (33)

Hamster Numbers: Coalition Deaths

From Mother Jones and The Defense Department:

Number of U.S. service members killed since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 19, 2003: 966

Number killed since President Bush declared an end to "major combat" on May 1, 2003: 828

Number killed since the Coalition Provisional Authority transferred sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government on June 28, 2004: 111

Posted by Eric at 02:10 PM | Comments (16)

Weird Characters

Anyone know what's up with the weird font characters on the blog (such as the ones in the blog entry below) and how to fix them?

Posted by Eric at 12:06 PM | Comments (67)

Dems Launch ZellOut.com

From a ZELLOUT.com press release:

A team of Democrats today announced the launch of ZELLOUT.com (www.zellout.com), an online campaign that calls on Senator Zell Miller to declare himself a Republican and switch parties. Signing the online petition automatically sends an email to Sen. Miller's office. The group is urging Democrats to flood the faux Democrat with demands that he finally admit what is obvious to all -- "Democrat" Zell Miller is a Republican.

"Just think how desperate the Bush Republicans are," said Eric Carbone, founder of Zellout.com. "The Republicans are using Zell Miller to give their convention a veneer of bipartisanship, when in fact Zell Miller is as much a Democrat as George W. Bush is," says Carbone.

Here's some Zell Miller quotes:
Kerry An “Authentic Hero”: "My job tonight is an easy one: to present to you one of this nation's authentic heroes, one of this party's best-known and greatest leaders -- and a good friend. He was once a lieutenant governor -- but he didn't stay in that office 16 years, like someone else I know. It just took two years before the people of Massachusetts moved him into the United States Senate in 1984. -- U.S. Senator Zell Miller [Remarks to the Democratic Party of Georgia Jefferson Jackson Dinner 2001]

Kerry “Strengthened Our Military”: "In his 16 years in the Senate, John Kerry has fought against government waste and worked hard to bring some accountability to Washington. Early in his Senate career in 1986, John signed on to the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Bill, and he fought for balanced budgets before it was considered politically correct for Democrats to do so. John has worked to strengthen our military, reform public education, boost the economy and protect the environment.” -- U.S. Senator Zell Miller [Remarks to the Democratic Party of Georgia Jefferson Jackson Dinner 2001]

The Bush campaign would probably call those 'flip-flops'

Posted by Eric at 11:55 AM | Comments (67)

Tie? What Tie?

From Alan Waldman in the Orlando Weekly:

The latest state polls, as of Aug. 24, put Kerry ahead of Bush by 108 electoral votes (with Colorado's nine votes tied). Currently, Kerry leads in former Bush states Florida, Tennessee, Missouri, Nevada and New Hampshire. (And at one time or another during the past five weeks, Kerry has also led in former Bush states Arkansas, Ohio, Arizona and West Virginia.)

Why is Kerry leading handily in electoral votes while the popular vote remains close? Because there has been a major shift in about 15 states, with seven former "battlegrounds" moving to Kerry and eight former Bush states becoming freshly competitive. Although many pollsters and pundits have been focusing much of their attention on Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, New Hampshire and New Mexico, those states have moved firmly toward Kerry. At the same time, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and even South Carolina are now in play.

Seven ongoing battleground states have stayed close, with the candidates currently within 5 percent of each other. In addition Kerry currently has a dozen states in the West, East and Midwest, which provide an unshakeable foundation of 113 electoral votes for him – versus 17 mostly smaller bedrock Bush states, with 134 votes. Finally, Kerry benefits from the fact that currently only onestate (Nevada; five votes) is likely to be taken from him by the Nader vote.

More battleground poll looks in the article.

Posted by Eric at 11:51 AM | Comments (40)

Rio Grande Tubers Vouch for Bush

Bartcop.

Posted by Eric at 11:41 AM | Comments (68)

GWU Poll: Kerry by 2

Noted by Political Wire:

The latest George Washington University Battleground Poll shows Sen. John Kerry with a two point lead over President Bush, 49% to 47%, in a two-way race where the candidate is named. Just 4% of the electorate remains undecided.

The most striking finding: If the election were just an up or down vote on Bush, 60% say they would not vote to re-elect the president.

Posted by Eric at 11:19 AM | Comments (36)

Spears at GOP Convention?

Sex-scared conservatives are worried that the scandalous Britney Spears will ruin the New York fun. From MSNBC:

"Through her immature antics, Spears has probably done more to undermine sexual morality than all the misguided legislation introduced in the United States over the last decade," the Illinois Family Institute wrote in an e-mail to members. "It would be the height of hypocrisy for a party that claims to represent wholesome values to celebrate her."

Citing Spears' "lesbian" kiss with Madonna, her "general immodesty," and her annulled marriage to a childhood friend, the group is urging Republicans to call the GOP's convention hotline to protest any appearance by Spears.

Response to the e-mail has been "overwhelmingly positive," the group’s executive director, Peter LaBarbera, tells The Scoop, though "a few people have argued that the Democrats have all the Hollywood celebrities so we need her star power, but I think that could be played to the Republicans' advantage. . . . [Many] Americans are sick of celebrities' political views being shoved down their throat."

The IFI isn’t the only conservative group that wants Britney to stay away from the GOP convention. "I do hope she won't be there," Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition tells The Scoop. "If she is there, I doubt that she’ll be gyrating on stage. And I hope she doesn’t have a wardrobe malfunction."

Posted by Eric at 11:09 AM | Comments (20)

O'Reilly Spins for Swift Vets for Lies

Media Matters:

Speaking to a caller on the August 23 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly described the anti-Kerry group's accusations as follows:

I think what they're doing is they're saying that in their experience, Kerry did X, Y, and Z. It's very -- it's nuanced [caller's name]. They don't say, "Well, he -- he lied about this." They say, "I didn't see any firing." Or, "I didn't see any Viet Cong."

The following are some examples of Swift Boat Veterans members accusing Kerry of lying about his service in Vietnam.

From the first ad sponsored by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which was narrated by members of the group:

Al French: "He is lying about his record."

Louis Letson: "I know John Kerry is lying about his first Purple Heart, because I treated him for that injury."

Van Odell: "John Kerry lied to get his bronze star. I know. I was there. I saw what happened."

Grant Hibbard: "He betrayed all his shipmates. He lied before the senate."

Posted by Eric at 11:04 AM | Comments (48)

Laura Disses Diddy?

She can hate him now? From NYDN:

Sean (Puffy) Combs hasn't had a day like this since J.Lo kicked him to the curb. His Diddiness scrubbed last night's scheduled performance at the new Ohio slavery museum over what the rap mogul feels was a snub by the First Lady's office.

Combs reportedly was on his way to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati to play at the museum's dedication concert when somebody told him Laura Bush would not feel comfortable sharing the stage with him.

"He was planning on doing it," a Combs aide told us. "But we don't understand why she wouldn't want to stand with him. He hasn't been partisan at all."

Posted by Eric at 10:54 AM | Comments (45)

MPs Want to Impeach Blair

About, what else, the Iraqi war:

The cross-party group say they have rock-solid academic backing for their attempt to invoke an ancient mechanism that could unseat the Prime Minister.

This latest assault on Mr Blair’s integrity is being led by the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru, the Welsh nationalists together with a Conservative MP, but it is expected that other Tories and Liberal Democrats will sign up along with disaffected Labour backbenchers.

The power of impeachment has not been used in Britain for 150 years, but it remains on the statute book despite an attempt to erase it in 1999.

Alex Salmond, the SNP leader at Westminster and the favourite to succeed John Swinney as overall Nationalist leader, will spearhead the campaign, along with Tory MP Boris Johnson and Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price, at its public launch in London today.

Posted by Eric at 03:56 AM | Comments (58)

LA Times Poll on Kerry - Bush and Swift Vets

From the LA Times, it notes that many have seen the Swift Vets ads:

But with the controversy attracting intense media attention, especially on talk radio and cable television, the ads have achieved extraordinary visibility among voters. Fully 48% of those polled said they had seen the ad accusing Kerry of lying to win his medals; an additional 20% said they had heard about it. Similarly, 44% said they had seen the ad criticizing Kerry's Senate testimony; another 17% said they had heard about it.
However, few say Kerry is dishonest about his record:
At the same time, 18% of those surveyed said they "believe that Kerry misrepresented his war record and does not deserve his war medals," while 58% said Kerry "fought honorably and does deserve" the medals.

Attitudes on that question divided along party lines. As many Republicans said they believed Kerry was lying as believed he fought honorably. By nearly 10 to 1, Democrats said Kerry served honorably.

Independents sided with Kerry in the dispute by more than 5 to 1.

Still, the numbers on Kerry's service quals have dropped:
Asked how Kerry's overall military experience would affect their vote, 23% said it made them more likely to vote for him, while 21% said it made them less likely; the remaining 53% said it would make no difference. That has to be a disappointment for the Kerry camp after a Democratic convention last month that placed Kerry's Vietnam service at the top of the marquee.

Two other key questions produced even more troubling results for Kerry.

In the July Times poll, 53% of voters said Kerry had demonstrated in his Vietnam combat missions the "qualities America needs in a president," while 32% said that by "protesting the war in Vietnam, John Kerry demonstrated a judgment and belief that is inappropriate in a president."

In the August survey, that balance nudged away from Kerry, with 48% saying he had demonstrated the right qualities and 37% saying he had exhibited poor judgment.

Posted by Eric at 03:45 AM | Comments (28)

August 25, 2004

Bushes Against Bush

Members of Bush families: unite against the Bush that has so wrecked your last name: Bushes Against Bush: "There are several, apparently independent, Bush families in the world. Some of us know about our genealogy and know that we are not related to George W. Bush. Some of us know that we are. Some of us don't know. What we all do know is that we want to distinguish ourselves from the 43rd President of the United States who shares our name."

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

Rock Against Bush Releases 2nd Album

Following the success of their first album, Rock Against Bush - a coalition of anti-Bush punk rock bands, most younger than the Vote for Change groups - has released its second album. On this one:

1. Favorite Son/Green Day (unreleased) Listen Listen Listen
2. Let Them Eat War/Bad Religion Listen Listen Listen
3. Unity/Operation Ivy Listen Listen Listen
4. Necrotism: Decanting the Insalubrious (Cyborg Midnight) Part 7/The Lawrence Arms (unreleased) Listen Listen Listen
5. We Got the Power/Dropkick Murphys (rare) Listen Listen Listen
6. Drunken Lullabies/Flogging Molly
7. Doomsday Breach/Only Crime
8. Gas Chamber/Foo Fighters (rare)
9. Status Pools/Lagwagon (unreleased)
10. What You Say/Sugarcult
11. 7 Years Down/Rancid
12. Off With Your Head/Sleater-Kinney (rare)
13. Scream Out/The Unseen (unreleased)
14. Violins/Yellowcard (unreleased)
15. Like Sprewells on a Wheelchair/Dillinger Four (unreleased)
16. Chesterfield King live/Jawbreaker (unreleased)
17. Born Free live/Bouncing Souls (unreleased)
18. No Hope live/Mad Caddies (unreleased)
19. Kids Today/The Dwarves (unreleased)
20. Can't Wait to Quit/Sick of It All (rare)
21. Comforting Lie/No Doubt
22. State of Fear/Useless ID (unreleased)
23. I'm Thinking/Autopilot Off (unreleased)
24. My Star/The International Noise Conspiracy (unreleased)
25. Time's Up/Donots (unreleased)
26. Kill the Night/Hot Water Music (unreleased)
27. You're Gonna Die/Thought Riot
28. Fields of Agony acoustic/No Use For a Name (unreleased)

Posted by Eric at 09:49 PM | Comments (19)

Partisan Porter Goss

Center for American Progress has the goods.

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Asian Pollution Reaches New England

Another reason why countries need to work together on the environment. Another reason why you need a president who works with other countries. From E Magazine:

An international group comprised of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists has found that airborne industrial pollution from Asia is lingering high over New England and the Atlantic Ocean this summer, raising concerns that improved American air quality in recent years may be jeopardized by the effects of increasing industrialization and weak regulation abroad.

"We have to be concerned whether the cost of continuing to ratchet up emission controls is not going to be offset by growing pollution coming to us from Asia," says Daniel Jacob, deputy mission scientist for the study, dubbed the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation. "At some point, it may be cheaper to sell pollution control equipment to China."

According to University of New Hampshire atmospheric scientist and study team leader Robert Talbot, the new findings should lead to international treaties capping pollution outputs. "I don't think we had the knowledge that it was quite so extensive and quite so long-range,” he says. “Papers are starting to appear saying it may be difficult for several Pacific cities to meet pollution standards because of Asia."

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

Cheney 'Breaks from Bush on Gays'

You've heard about this, but here it is: "Vice President Dick Cheney, whose younger daughter is a lesbian, said Tuesday that he believed that decisions about same-sex marriages should be left to the states, contending that "freedom means freedom for everyone"."

Freaking liberals who screw with the moral fabric of our country. Those comments, according to our great friends at NewsMax.com, drew criticism from conservatives. Can we not crown Cheney Master of the Universe?

Those comments drew criticism from the conservative Family Research Council, with President Tony Perkins saying: "I find it hard to believe the vice president would stray from the administration's position on defense policy or tax policy. For many pro-family voters, protecting traditional marriage ranks ahead of the economy and job creation as a campaign issue."

Perkins added that if Cheney sees a problem with activist judges, "then how can he not endorse the same solution the president and his pro-family allies have proposed? We urge Vice President Cheney to support President Bush and a constitutional amendment on marriage."

Posted by Eric at 12:18 PM | Comments (55)

Murkowski v. Knowles

In a very winnable race, popular former gov Tony Knowles will face the unpopular Lisa Murkowski in the conservative state of Alaska:

Murkowski's victory was her first test in a statewide election. She is a former state lawmaker who was appointed to the Senate in 2002 by her father, newly elected Gov. Frank Murkowski. He gave his seat to his daughter after the Legislature changed state law to allow the new governor and not the incumbent -- Knowles in this case -- the power to fill Senate vacancies.

Murkowski's challengers made nepotism an issue in the race, along with attacking her credentials as a conservative. Miller, 53, claimed that before joining the Senate, Murkowski backed gun control, abortion rights and tax increases.

Knowles, 61, and Lisa Murkowski, 47, are two of the biggest political names in Alaska.

Knowles served as mayor of Anchorage for six years in the 1980s and was governor from 1994 to 2002. Murkowski served in the Legislature for four years before being appointed to the Senate.

Help out Tony (a former Hamster advertiser) by visiting his website here.

Posted by Eric at 12:04 PM | Comments (43)

Michelle Malkin and Dual Citizenship

See Ornicus for more on everyone's favorite Coulter-wannabe. Includes pretty in-depth discussion about the Nisei and WW2.

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The Moby Rumor

I repost, you decide:

Noticed that Sen. John McCain looks a little pained in his pro-Bush advertisements? Rock star Moby knows why: "I'm best friends with [John's son] Sid McCain. John McCain hates President Bush. He's just doing those ads to help the Republicans." We asked Moby if he'd be protesting the convention. "I'm just going to sit by and watch," he told us. "I'm not hopeful"...

Posted by Eric at 10:24 AM | Comments (50)

Republican 527 Set to Attack

From the NY Times: "A day after President Bush called for an end to campaign spending by independent groups, one such Republican organization said on Tuesday that it had raised $35 million to counter Democratic attacks on television and hoped to wage a $125 million advertising campaign through Election Day. The organization, the Progress for America Voter Fund, is the first Republican group to announce that it had raised a substantial amount of money to compete with Democratic-leaning groups that have collected tens of millions of dollars."

Meanwhile, MoveOn.org will launch its own ads featuring noted Hollywood stars.

Posted by Eric at 09:51 AM | Comments (75)

Lying About Service?

I'm sure the Swift Boat Vets are concerned about this:

I am not referring to the Bush's missing time in the Air National Guard. That episode did receive much attention--though only in the past year, not when the issue was first raised during the 2000 presidential campaign. Back then Bush was disingenuous about his Guard service. In his campaign autobiography, he wrote that he had completed his pilot training in 1970 while assigned to an air base in Houston and "continued flying with my unit for the next several years." But as the Boston Globe revealed, he stopped flying during his final 18 months of service in 1972 and 1973. Bush had been grounded after failing to take a flight exam, and had won permission to train with a unit in Alabama where he did no flying. There are no records proving he showed up for duty in Alabama, but Bush has insisted he did.

Putting aside the controversy over Bush's Air National Guard service (or dereliction of duty), there was another instance when Bush clearly did not speak truthfully about his military record. In 1978, Bush, while running for Congress in West Texas, produced campaign literature that claimed he had served in the US Air Force. According to a 1999 Associated Press report, Bush's congressional campaign ran a pullout ad in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that declared he had served "in the US Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard where he piloted the F-102 aircraft."

Bush lost that congressional race, but twenty-one years later, the AP questioned him about the ad. The news outlet had a good reason to do so. Bush had never served in the Air Force. He had only been in the Air National Guard. But when AP asked Bush if he had been justified in claiming service in the Air Force, Bush, then the governor of Texas and a presidential candidate, said, "I think so, yes. I was in the Air Force for over 600 days."

Posted by Eric at 09:30 AM | Comments (34)

Cleland and Rassman to Press Bush at Ranch

From Reuters:

Kerry is sending to Crawford former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, a frequent companion of Kerry's on the campaign trail and a fellow Vietnam War veteran who lost three limbs during the war.

Cleland and former Army Green Beret Jim Rassman, whose life was saved by Kerry during a Vietnam war firefight, will try to deliver a letter protesting the ads to Bush at his heavily guarded ranch, Kerry aides said ... The Kerry letter, signed by at least seven Democratic senators who have served in the military, calls on Bush to "recognize this blatant attempt at character assassination, and publicly condemn it."

"Call on this group to cease and desist," they wrote.

Meanwhile, JohnKerry.com announces the launch of a new ad asking Bush to "denounce the smear" and "get back to the issues."

Posted by Eric at 09:02 AM | Comments (57)

Case Study in Bias

Ben Wasserstein in the LA Times: "The conservative media's handling of the Swift boat dispute is a case study in bias."

On TV and radio, all the action came Thursday. On the Fox News Channel, the afternoon news show, "Studio B With Shepard Smith," offered a three-minute report on the "ongoing spat" over Kerry's military record without mentioning the new evidence about Thurlow's contradictions. The imbroglio over Kerry's Vietnam record led "The Big Story With John Gibson" and, again, not once in the five-minute segment was the Thurlow discrepancy discussed.

Next came Fox's "Special Report With Brit Hume," which opened with the teaser: "And despite Navy records, the dispute goes on about whether Kerry earned one of his medals under fire or not." Addressing the claims in the Washington Post article, there was a pre-taped interview with O'Neill, who asserted that Thurlow's "Bronze Star citation is based on the report that John Kerry wrote." The fact that there is no evidence that Kerry wrote that report was not mentioned. Military analyst Bill Cowan appeared to answer questions like, "If you yourself wrote an after-action report … would that be taken into consideration?" This discussion of Kerry's alleged report left no time for comment on the controversy over whether Thurlow deserved his Bronze Star and why he waited so long to examine the citation's language.

Later, on the "Fox Report With Shepard Smith," Laurie Dhue introduced a segment about Kerry's reaction to the ads of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The report made no mention of Thurlow or the Post's story. Half an hour into the show, a second Kerry segment mentioned the Post story and summarized it in a fair-minded way. This was the first "fair and balanced" treatment of the story after hours of derision or avoidance on Fox.

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Food Stamps on the Rise

A new study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities notes that "following years of decline, food stamp participation has been on the rise for nearly four years." The CBPP notes:

Many states have had large increases in participation. Seasonal patterns can mask trends in food stamp participation since caseloads tend to rise in the winter months and fall in the summer. Participation has increased in 11 of the last 12 months, instead of declining during the summer months as would have been consistent with historical trends. The rise in food stamp caseloads in recent months may indicate a long-term upward trend in food stamp participation. Participation in May 2004 was at its highest level since November 1996. Between May 2003 and May 2004, food stamp participation increased in 48 states and the District of Columbia. In two states, food stamp participation increased by more than 20 percent. In 19 additional states, participation increased by more than 10 percent.

This upward trend follows a long period of caseload decline. Between the peak in March 1994 and the low point in July 2000, food stamp participation fell by 11 million people, a 40 percent decline. In 62 of the 76 months between March 1994 and July 2000, participation declined. In contrast, participation has increased in 38 of the 46 months since July 2000.

Posted by Eric at 06:34 AM | Comments (79)

Hawaii Republican Gov Criticizes Swift Vets for Lies

From the Honolulu Star Bulletin:

In an interview yesterday, Lingle said the current national debate over Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam War experiences should not be part of the presidential campaign.

"I said from the very beginning, he is a hero, and I don't think anyone should try to take that away from him," Lingle said.

But Lingle added that now Kerry should be judged on his record as a senator and his ability to lead.

"I respect anyone who served their country in a war and put their life on the line. How he conducted himself after he came back is not the way I would have conducted myself necessarily, but I don't think anyone should take from his service," Lingle said.

Lingle during the 'Nam era:
In protest over the Vietnam War in 1972, Gov. Linda Lingle, then a college student in California, voted for George McGovern, the Democratic candidate for president. Republican Lingle said her vote for a Democrat was "because of the war."

Posted by Eric at 06:30 AM | Comments (51)

John O'Neill Lies

The truth dies; For example:

O'Neill said on CNN on August 11, "[T]he people in our organization have no partisan ties, we didn't campaign in the last four elections for Democrats, by and large we didn't campaign for anybody."

That's a lie. The new Swift Boat Veterans for Truth advertisement, unveiled August 20, features Ken Cordier criticizing Kerry. Cordier is identified in the ad as "P.O.W., Dec. 1966 - Mar. 1973."

But Cordier isn't just a former prisoner of war. He was also a member of the Bush-Cheney '04 National Veterans Steering Committee until controversy over his dual role with the campaign and the SBVT led to his resignation. The Bush-Cheney '04 campaign web site suddenly -- mysteriously -- omits Cordier's name from the list of Steering Committee members, presumably in an effort to hide ties between the campaign and this 527 advertising. But images from a cached copy of the page, as well as a list of committee members, prove his membership.

Cordier was also named to a Bush administration POW Advisory Committee.

Cordier's involvement with the Bush campaign is not a new development. In September 2000, Dick Cheney personally announced Cordier's selection as Vice-Chair of the Veterans for Bush-Cheney '00.

And also this:
On the August 12 edition of CNN's Crossfire, O'Neill claimed he has had "no serious involvement in politics of any kind in over 32 years."

In fact, O'Neill has made more than $14,000 in federal contributions to Republican candidates and causes since 1990; most people would consider giving $14,000 a "serious" involvement.

John O'Neill: "helping run what is arguably the most aggressive outside campaign to defeat Senator John F. Kerry thus far in the presidential election cycle"

Posted by Eric at 04:41 AM | Comments (60)

The Hamster Back Up

So, after Lunarpages decided to be a royal George W. Bush and yank my account without an initial explanation and refused to respond to my emails and telephone calls (they say they don't want Movable Type on their system, which was never mentioned when I signed up), I moved to a new hosting company, Hosting Matters. I got to the company through Jeralyn at Talk Left, who uses it for her blog and recommended it. They appear to have strong support for the Movable Type blog system (which Lunarpages didn't have), so hopefully all will go well.

Thanks for your patience during this time. Regular updates will begin today.

Posted by Eric at 03:29 AM | Comments (89)

August 20, 2004

Bush Ups Nation Circulation

This isn't surprising, but it's worth a note:

As the nation awaits the formal start of the presidential race on Labor Day, The Nation has picked up the most support among political magazines. Circulation of the liberal journal, a weekly voice of opposition to George W. Bush, has risen 71% during his presidency so that it's now the top seller in the field of opinion mags.

At 165,000 copies, The Nation's circ is still dwarfed by the size of The New Yorker (1 million), The Atlantic Monthly (448,000) and other glossies.

Comparatively, The Nation is doing rather well: "At The New Republic, which initially backed Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) for president, circ has dropped 39% since 2000, to 63,500, as the mag focused on what publisher Stephanie Sandberg calls a core audience of opinion leaders ... On the conservative side, National Review, a strong supporter of Bush and Dick Cheney ("Veep for the Ages"), has grown just 6% on their watch, to 154,800, while The Weekly Standard is up 30%, to 69,700."

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

Bush Ups Nation Circulation

This isn't surprising, but it's worth a note:

As the nation awaits the formal start of the presidential race on Labor Day, The Nation has picked up the most support among political magazines. Circulation of the liberal journal, a weekly voice of opposition to George W. Bush, has risen 71% during his presidency so that it's now the top seller in the field of opinion mags.

At 165,000 copies, The Nation's circ is still dwarfed by the size of The New Yorker (1 million), The Atlantic Monthly (448,000) and other glossies.

Comparatively, The Nation is doing rather well: "At The New Republic, which initially backed Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) for president, circ has dropped 39% since 2000, to 63,500, as the mag focused on what publisher Stephanie Sandberg calls a core audience of opinion leaders ... On the conservative side, National Review, a strong supporter of Bush and Dick Cheney ("Veep for the Ages"), has grown just 6% on their watch, to 154,800, while The Weekly Standard is up 30%, to 69,700."

Posted by Eric at 09:26 AM | Comments (8)

When People Who Know Nothing Talk About Things They Know Nothing About

Someone needs to go to debating school. Michelle Malkin talks about the Swiftboat Vets on Hardball. She bombs. Blogitics with the video clip.

Posted by Eric at 03:31 AM | Comments (66)

When People Who Know Nothing Talk About Things They Know Nothing About

Someone needs to go to debating school. Michelle Malkin talks about the Swiftboat Vets on Hardball. She bombs. Blogitics with the video clip.

Posted by Eric at 03:31 AM | Comments (10)

Hottest University for Politics: George Washington U

According to the 2005 Kaplan/Newsweek guide to colleges, the DC-based school is number one for political junkies, beating Georgetown, among others. From the GWU propoganda department:

The 2005 Kaplan/Newsweek "How to Get into College" Guide named The George Washington University as the hottest university in the nation for "political junkies." GW is commended for its blend of academics and politics in the classroom and throughout campus, as well as for its fixed tuition program. For the second time in three years GW is on the "Hot Schools" list.

"There aren't many universities that hosted John Kerry, Tom Ridge, foreign diplomats, U.S. ambassadors and government officials for speeches and campus programs in a single academic year," said GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. "However, at GW students expect and receive attention from those in the global political arena."

From professors who engage in political consulting to internships with government agencies, non-profits and policy and advocacy groups; from guest speakers in government and international affairs to study abroad programs and CNN's "Crossfire," GW has near limitless opportunities for those interested in politics and a real-life laboratory setting.

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Hottest University for Politics: George Washington U

According to the 2005 Kaplan/Newsweek guide to colleges, the DC-based school is number one for political junkies, beating Georgetown, among others. From the GWU propoganda department:

The 2005 Kaplan/Newsweek "How to Get into College" Guide named The George Washington University as the hottest university in the nation for "political junkies." GW is commended for its blend of academics and politics in the classroom and throughout campus, as well as for its fixed tuition program. For the second time in three years GW is on the "Hot Schools" list.

"There aren't many universities that hosted John Kerry, Tom Ridge, foreign diplomats, U.S. ambassadors and government officials for speeches and campus programs in a single academic year," said GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. "However, at GW students expect and receive attention from those in the global political arena."

From professors who engage in political consulting to internships with government agencies, non-profits and policy and advocacy groups; from guest speakers in government and international affairs to study abroad programs and CNN's "Crossfire," GW has near limitless opportunities for those interested in politics and a real-life laboratory setting.

Posted by Eric at 02:46 AM | Comments (6)

Bozell Lies About Media Coverage

And strange, he's the head of an organization that claims to be a watchdog of media lies. From Media Matters:

When Bozell's fellow O'Reilly guest, Paul Waldman, editor of the progressive Internet magazine Gadflyer.com, noted that "a LexisNexis search produced over 500 newspaper and television stories about" the Swift Boat Veterans, Bozell insisted that this coverage started after the group announced in early August that it was planning to run an anti-Kerry television ad in three swing states. FOX News Channel host John Gibson, who was filling in for regular host Bill O'Reilly, agreed with Bozell.

But a Nexis search of print and TV sources for "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" produced 157 results for the three-month period between Swift Boat Veterans' May 4 press conference and the August 4 ad release. As MMFA noted on May 4, Swift Boat Veterans founder John E. O'Neill appeared on the April 20 edition of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports -- two weeks before the press conference. CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News all devoted significant coverage to the group's May 4 press conference, as MMFA noted.

The group also received substantial nationwide newspaper coverage before and after the press conference, with articles appearing in The New York Times (5/5), The Washington Post(5/5), the Los Angeles Times (5/4), The Wall Street Journal (5/4 -- op-ed by O'Neill), and The Boston Globe (5/4), among others.

Posted by Eric at 02:28 AM | Comments (64)

Bozell Lies About Media Coverage

And strange, he's the head of an organization that claims to be a watchdog of media lies. From Media Matters:

When Bozell's fellow O'Reilly guest, Paul Waldman, editor of the progressive Internet magazine Gadflyer.com, noted that "a LexisNexis search produced over 500 newspaper and television stories about" the Swift Boat Veterans, Bozell insisted that this coverage started after the group announced in early August that it was planning to run an anti-Kerry television ad in three swing states. FOX News Channel host John Gibson, who was filling in for regular host Bill O'Reilly, agreed with Bozell.

But a Nexis search of print and TV sources for "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" produced 157 results for the three-month period between Swift Boat Veterans' May 4 press conference and the August 4 ad release. As MMFA noted on May 4, Swift Boat Veterans founder John E. O'Neill appeared on the April 20 edition of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports -- two weeks before the press conference. CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News all devoted significant coverage to the group's May 4 press conference, as MMFA noted.

The group also received substantial nationwide newspaper coverage before and after the press conference, with articles appearing in The New York Times (5/5), The Washington Post(5/5), the Los Angeles Times (5/4), The Wall Street Journal (5/4 -- op-ed by O'Neill), and The Boston Globe (5/4), among others.

Posted by Eric at 02:28 AM | Comments (4)

EEA Report: Adapt Now

In regards to the environment and climate change, Europe must "learn how to live with a changing climate as well as seeking to limit its effects by cutting emissions," a report from the European Environment Agency says:

Europeans must learn how to live with a changing climate as well as seeking to limit its effects by cutting emissions, the European Environment Agency says.
An EEA report, Impacts of Europe's changing climate, says fewer than 50 years remain to act against the threat.

It says melting meant Europe's glaciers lost a tenth of their mass last year, and harvests fell by almost a third.

The EEA says the climate change under way now probably exceeds all natural climate variation for a thousand years.

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EEA Report: Adapt Now

In regards to the environment and climate change, Europe must "learn how to live with a changing climate as well as seeking to limit its effects by cutting emissions," a report from the European Environment Agency says:

Europeans must learn how to live with a changing climate as well as seeking to limit its effects by cutting emissions, the European Environment Agency says.
An EEA report, Impacts of Europe's changing climate, says fewer than 50 years remain to act against the threat.

It says melting meant Europe's glaciers lost a tenth of their mass last year, and harvests fell by almost a third.

The EEA says the climate change under way now probably exceeds all natural climate variation for a thousand years.

Posted by Eric at 02:23 AM | Comments (2)

On Keyes: The Hand of God?

Stentor Danielson in Open Source Politics:

There's been some buzz recently about remarks made by now-Senate candidate Alan Keyes back in May about September 11. Keyes' theory is that the terrorist attacks were a wake-up call from a God angry about abortion. It's nice that he managed to narrow it down so well, since the last time we heard this theory, Pat Robertson was attributing the attacks to the whole suite of conservative bogeymen, from pagans to feminists.

Keyes isn't painting a terribly flattering picture of God. Being omnipotent, God is usually able to target his punishments a bit more effectively. He promised Abraham he'd let the whole city of Sodom off the hook if he could find 10 righteous people in it. And when he couldn't, he still took the time to evacuate Lot and his family. So knocking down the World Trade Center and the Pentagon sounds like a pretty ham-handed strategy. Perhaps Keyes thinks that 4,000 pro-choice WTC employees were warned to stay home on September 11.

Posted by Eric at 02:18 AM | Comments (31)

On Keyes: The Hand of God?

Stentor Danielson in Open Source Politics:

There's been some buzz recently about remarks made by now-Senate candidate Alan Keyes back in May about September 11. Keyes' theory is that the terrorist attacks were a wake-up call from a God angry about abortion. It's nice that he managed to narrow it down so well, since the last time we heard this theory, Pat Robertson was attributing the attacks to the whole suite of conservative bogeymen, from pagans to feminists.

Keyes isn't painting a terribly flattering picture of God. Being omnipotent, God is usually able to target his punishments a bit more effectively. He promised Abraham he'd let the whole city of Sodom off the hook if he could find 10 righteous people in it. And when he couldn't, he still took the time to evacuate Lot and his family. So knocking down the World Trade Center and the Pentagon sounds like a pretty ham-handed strategy. Perhaps Keyes thinks that 4,000 pro-choice WTC employees were warned to stay home on September 11.

Posted by Eric at 02:18 AM | Comments (8)

On Keyes: The Hand of God?

Stentor Danielson in Open Source Politics:

There's been some buzz recently about remarks made by now-Senate candidate Alan Keyes back in May about September 11. Keyes' theory is that the terrorist attacks were a wake-up call from a God angry about abortion. It's nice that he managed to narrow it down so well, since the last time we heard this theory, Pat Robertson was attributing the attacks to the whole suite of conservative bogeymen, from pagans to feminists.

Keyes isn't painting a terribly flattering picture of God. Being omnipotent, God is usually able to target his punishments a bit more effectively. He promised Abraham he'd let the whole city of Sodom off the hook if he could find 10 righteous people in it. And when he couldn't, he still took the time to evacuate Lot and his family. So knocking down the World Trade Center and the Pentagon sounds like a pretty ham-handed strategy. Perhaps Keyes thinks that 4,000 pro-choice WTC employees were warned to stay home on September 11.

Posted by Eric at 02:18 AM | Comments (26)

On Keyes: The Hand of God?

Stentor Danielson in Open Source Politics:

There's been some buzz recently about remarks made by now-Senate candidate Alan Keyes back in May about September 11. Keyes' theory is that the terrorist attacks were a wake-up call from a God angry about abortion. It's nice that he managed to narrow it down so well, since the last time we heard this theory, Pat Robertson was attributing the attacks to the whole suite of conservative bogeymen, from pagans to feminists.

Keyes isn't painting a terribly flattering picture of God. Being omnipotent, God is usually able to target his punishments a bit more effectively. He promised Abraham he'd let the whole city of Sodom off the hook if he could find 10 righteous people in it. And when he couldn't, he still took the time to evacuate Lot and his family. So knocking down the World Trade Center and the Pentagon sounds like a pretty ham-handed strategy. Perhaps Keyes thinks that 4,000 pro-choice WTC employees were warned to stay home on September 11.

Posted by Eric at 02:18 AM | Comments (2)

Swift Boat Vets? One Word: Rove

The stench of politics, ugh ... anyway, The New York Times has a lengthy and probably the most thorough look at the Swift Boat Vets and their campaign against Kerry; The NY Times:

Records show that the group received the bulk of its initial financing from two men with ties to the president and his family - one a longtime political associate of Mr. Rove's, the other a trustee of the foundation for Mr. Bush's father's presidential library. A Texas publicist who once helped prepare Mr. Bush's father for his debate when he was running for vice president provided them with strategic advice. And the group's television commercial was produced by the same team that made the devastating ad mocking Michael S. Dukakis in an oversized tank helmet when he and Mr. Bush's father faced off in the 1988 presidential election.

The strategy the veterans devised would ultimately paint John Kerry the war hero as John Kerry the "baby killer" and the fabricator of the events that resulted in his war medals. But on close examination, the accounts of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth' prove to be riddled with inconsistencies. In many cases, material offered as proof by these veterans is undercut by official Navy records and the men's own statements.

Several of those now declaring Mr. Kerry "unfit" had lavished praise on him, some as recently as last year.

In an unpublished interview in March 2003 with Mr. Kerry's authorized biographer, Douglas Brinkley, provided by Mr. Brinkley to The New York Times, Roy F. Hoffmann, a retired rear admiral and a leader of the group, allowed that he had disagreed with Mr. Kerry's antiwar positions but said, "I am not going to say anything negative about him." He added, "He's a good man."

In a profile of the candidate that ran in The Boston Globe in June 2003, Mr. Hoffmann approvingly recalled the actions that led to Mr. Kerry's Silver Star: "It took guts, and I admire that."

George Elliott, one of the Vietnam veterans in the group, flew from his home in Delaware to Boston in 1996 to stand up for Mr. Kerry during a tough re-election fight, declaring at a news conference that the action that won Mr. Kerry a Silver Star was "an act of courage."

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Swift Boat Vets? One Word: Rove

The stench of politics, ugh ... anyway, The New York Times has a lengthy and probably the most thorough look at the Swift Boat Vets and their campaign against Kerry; The NY Times:

Records show that the group received the bulk of its initial financing from two men with ties to the president and his family - one a longtime political associate of Mr. Rove's, the other a trustee of the foundation for Mr. Bush's father's presidential library. A Texas publicist who once helped prepare Mr. Bush's father for his debate when he was running for vice president provided them with strategic advice. And the group's television commercial was produced by the same team that made the devastating ad mocking Michael S. Dukakis in an oversized tank helmet when he and Mr. Bush's father faced off in the 1988 presidential election.

The strategy the veterans devised would ultimately paint John Kerry the war hero as John Kerry the "baby killer" and the fabricator of the events that resulted in his war medals. But on close examination, the accounts of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth' prove to be riddled with inconsistencies. In many cases, material offered as proof by these veterans is undercut by official Navy records and the men's own statements.

Several of those now declaring Mr. Kerry "unfit" had lavished praise on him, some as recently as last year.

In an unpublished interview in March 2003 with Mr. Kerry's authorized biographer, Douglas Brinkley, provided by Mr. Brinkley to The New York Times, Roy F. Hoffmann, a retired rear admiral and a leader of the group, allowed that he had disagreed with Mr. Kerry's antiwar positions but said, "I am not going to say anything negative about him." He added, "He's a good man."

In a profile of the candidate that ran in The Boston Globe in June 2003, Mr. Hoffmann approvingly recalled the actions that led to Mr. Kerry's Silver Star: "It took guts, and I admire that."

George Elliott, one of the Vietnam veterans in the group, flew from his home in Delaware to Boston in 1996 to stand up for Mr. Kerry during a tough re-election fight, declaring at a news conference that the action that won Mr. Kerry a Silver Star was "an act of courage."

Posted by Eric at 02:06 AM | Comments (7)

Iraqi Players to Bush: Stop Using Us As Election Tool

From Sports Illustrated:

Afterward, Sadir had a message for U.S. president George W. Bush, who is using the Iraqi Olympic team in his latest re-election campaign advertisements.

In those spots, the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan appear as a narrator says, "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations -- and two fewer terrorist regimes."

"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Sadir told SI.com through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. "He can find another way to advertise himself."

Ahmed Manajid, who played as a midfielder on Wednesday, had an even stronger response when asked about Bush's TV advertisement. "How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?" Manajid told me. "He has committed so many crimes."

There was a similar article in ESPN magazine a couple weeks back about how the Iraqi team is not too pleased with Bush and the United States. You need to be an ESPN insider to read the article, but the theme is the same: Iraqis (in this case the soccer team) are happy Saddam is gone, but not pleased with the Bush reconstruction effort.

Posted by Eric at 12:37 AM | Comments (30)

Iraqi Players to Bush: Stop Using Us As Election Tool

From Sports Illustrated:

Afterward, Sadir had a message for U.S. president George W. Bush, who is using the Iraqi Olympic team in his latest re-election campaign advertisements.

In those spots, the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan appear as a narrator says, "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations -- and two fewer terrorist regimes."

"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Sadir told SI.com through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. "He can find another way to advertise himself."

Ahmed Manajid, who played as a midfielder on Wednesday, had an even stronger response when asked about Bush's TV advertisement. "How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?" Manajid told me. "He has committed so many crimes."

There was a similar article in ESPN magazine a couple weeks back about how the Iraqi team is not too pleased with Bush and the United States. You need to be an ESPN insider to read the article, but the theme is the same: Iraqis (in this case the soccer team) are happy Saddam is gone, but not pleased with the Bush reconstruction effort.

Posted by Eric at 12:37 AM | Comments (3)

August 19, 2004

Thursday Stories

News
AP. Perks For Peaceful Protesters
LAT. Reporters Fined for Not Giving Sources
LAT. Report on Iraq Prison Abuse Will Widen Blame
AP. Judge sides with hip-hop executive over lobbying fines; Part of NY law unconstitutional
DetFP. U.S. to halt AIDS donation unless other nations pay, too
Lincoln Journal Star. Bereuter: War in Iraq not justified; In a dramatic departure from the Bush administration, Republican Rep. Doug Bereuter says he now believes the U.S. military assault on Iraq was unjustified
Rocky Mountain News. Mines are deep trouble; Report: Abandoned sites slowly polluting state's water supplies
Reuters. Kerry, Bush Vow Help for Veterans, National Guard
BG. Kerry faults Bush on realigning troops
AP. Tensions Rise Between Nader, Opponents
AP. Kerry Connects Job Loss, Health Costs
AP. Bush Vows Push for More Military Benefits
AP. Sen. Corzine Won't Run for N.J. Governor
AP. Military Documents Contradict Kerry Critic
AP. Clashes Erupt in Najaf Despite Peace Plan
NYT. Army, in Shift, Will Pay Halliburton
AP. Kerry Decries Bush Plan to Recall Troops

Commentary
Sidney Blumenthal. Only true believers need apply
Molly Ivins. What. A. Mess. Iraq debacle requires nuance and realism, not bullying 'optimism'
Bill Berkowitz. Bush's dubious terror alerts; Is administration's political agenda driving warnings of terrorism?
Katherine C. Reilly. Google's 'Haphazard' Ad Policy
Katrina vanden Heuvel. Dean's Dozens
Thomas F. Schaller. Indian Interests: What's on the minds of citizens in the world's largest democracy?
David J. Sirota. The Big Squeeze; Republicans have always defended big business. But theyve never done it quite like this
Hazem al-Shara. Motor City, Baghdad
John Pearce. Nader Looms Large
Judith Matloff. Mothers at War
Joshua Holland. The Right's Kind of Campus
Joe Feller. In Grazing Decision, Politics Wins
movingideas. The Battle to Preserve Overtime
Sam Rosenfeld. Bolder in Boulder; Democrats get ready to reclaim Colorado from a decade of conservatism
Jacob Sullum. Not Your Grandfather's Pot

Posted by Eric at 11:14 PM | Comments (31)

Thursday Stories

News
AP. Perks For Peaceful Protesters
LAT. Reporters Fined for Not Giving Sources
LAT. Report on Iraq Prison Abuse Will Widen Blame
AP. Judge sides with hip-hop executive over lobbying fines; Part of NY law unconstitutional
DetFP. U.S. to halt AIDS donation unless other nations pay, too
Lincoln Journal Star. Bereuter: War in Iraq not justified; In a dramatic departure from the Bush administration, Republican Rep. Doug Bereuter says he now believes the U.S. military assault on Iraq was unjustified
Rocky Mountain News. Mines are deep trouble; Report: Abandoned sites slowly polluting state's water supplies
Reuters. Kerry, Bush Vow Help for Veterans, National Guard
BG. Kerry faults Bush on realigning troops
AP. Tensions Rise Between Nader, Opponents
AP. Kerry Connects Job Loss, Health Costs
AP. Bush Vows Push for More Military Benefits
AP. Sen. Corzine Won't Run for N.J. Governor
AP. Military Documents Contradict Kerry Critic
AP. Clashes Erupt in Najaf Despite Peace Plan
NYT. Army, in Shift, Will Pay Halliburton
AP. Kerry Decries Bush Plan to Recall Troops

Commentary
Sidney Blumenthal. Only true believers need apply
Molly Ivins. What. A. Mess. Iraq debacle requires nuance and realism, not bullying 'optimism'
Bill Berkowitz. Bush's dubious terror alerts; Is administration's political agenda driving warnings of terrorism?
Katherine C. Reilly. Google's 'Haphazard' Ad Policy
Katrina vanden Heuvel. Dean's Dozens
Thomas F. Schaller. Indian Interests: What's on the minds of citizens in the world's largest democracy?
David J. Sirota. The Big Squeeze; Republicans have always defended big business. But theyve never done it quite like this
Hazem al-Shara. Motor City, Baghdad
John Pearce. Nader Looms Large
Judith Matloff. Mothers at War
Joshua Holland. The Right's Kind of Campus
Joe Feller. In Grazing Decision, Politics Wins
movingideas. The Battle to Preserve Overtime
Sam Rosenfeld. Bolder in Boulder; Democrats get ready to reclaim Colorado from a decade of conservatism
Jacob Sullum. Not Your Grandfather's Pot

Posted by Eric at 11:14 PM | Comments (7)

Sierra Club: Bush Admin Failed on 9/11 Cleanup

From a just released report:

Many are so debilitated by their physical conditions that they no longer can do their jobs, and most of them can no longer enjoy life as they used to. It is possible that many more will become ill in the coming years. People worry about cancer, weakened immunity, and reproductive effects, and many experts fear that some of these worries may well be justified. No one knows what tomorrow will bring for this exposed population.

Much of the exposure that caused these illnesses, sadly, could have been avoided if our federal government had responded to the crisis of the terrorist attack with proper concern for the people exposed. On August 21, 2003, the Inspector General for the federal Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") released a disturbing165-page report documenting the fact that the White House Council on Environmental Quality blocked health risk information that EPA wanted to release to the public following the September 11, 2001 attack. That, however, is only part of the story.

This report picks up where the EPA Inspector General's report left off. It identifies how not only EPA but also the Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") failed the Ground Zero community, misinforming them about hazards and failing to take proper action to prevent exposures.

Posted by Eric at 12:42 PM | Comments (21)

Sierra Club: Bush Admin Failed on 9/11 Cleanup

From a just released report:

Many are so debilitated by their physical conditions that they no longer can do their jobs, and most of them can no longer enjoy life as they used to. It is possible that many more will become ill in the coming years. People worry about cancer, weakened immunity, and reproductive effects, and many experts fear that some of these worries may well be justified. No one knows what tomorrow will bring for this exposed population.

Much of the exposure that caused these illnesses, sadly, could have been avoided if our federal government had responded to the crisis of the terrorist attack with proper concern for the people exposed. On August 21, 2003, the Inspector General for the federal Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") released a disturbing165-page report documenting the fact that the White House Council on Environmental Quality blocked health risk information that EPA wanted to release to the public following the September 11, 2001 attack. That, however, is only part of the story.

This report picks up where the EPA Inspector General's report left off. It identifies how not only EPA but also the Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") failed the Ground Zero community, misinforming them about hazards and failing to take proper action to prevent exposures.

Posted by Eric at 12:42 PM | Comments (5)

Kerry Fights Back: "not going to let anyone question my commitment to defending America"

From a speech to the International Association of Fire Fighters:

But heres what you really need to know about them. Theyre funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican contributor out of Texas. Theyre a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the President wont denounce what theyre up to tells you everything you need to knowhe wants them to do his dirty work.

Thirty years ago, official Navy reports documented my service in Vietnam and awarded me the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Thirty years ago, this was the plain truth. It still is. And I still carry the shrapnel in my leg from a wound in Vietnam ...

Im not going to let anyone question my commitment to defending Americathen, now, or ever. And Im not going to let anyone attack the sacrifice and courage of the men who saw battle with me.

And let me make this commitment today: their lies about my record will not stop me from fighting for jobs, health care, and our security the issues that really matter to the American people.

Posted by Eric at 11:27 AM | Comments (47)

Kerry Fights Back: "not going to let anyone question my commitment to defending America"

From a speech to the International Association of Fire Fighters:

But heres what you really need to know about them. Theyre funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican contributor out of Texas. Theyre a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the President wont denounce what theyre up to tells you everything you need to knowhe wants them to do his dirty work.

Thirty years ago, official Navy reports documented my service in Vietnam and awarded me the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Thirty years ago, this was the plain truth. It still is. And I still carry the shrapnel in my leg from a wound in Vietnam ...

Im not going to let anyone question my commitment to defending Americathen, now, or ever. And Im not going to let anyone attack the sacrifice and courage of the men who saw battle with me.

And let me make this commitment today: their lies about my record will not stop me from fighting for jobs, health care, and our security the issues that really matter to the American people.

Posted by Eric at 11:27 AM | Comments (7)

Worker Comp Lags

From EPI, we find:

One of the few bright spots in the current economy is fast productivity growth, which has increased 11.1% since the third quarter of 2001. Since economists consider productivity (i.e., output per hour worked) to be a key economic determinant of living standards, this fast pace would normally have positive implications for working families. Yet, as the figure below reveals, workers compensation has consistently lagged productivity growth over this period.

Since the start of the recovery, inflation-adjusted compensation has only increased 3.4%, less than one-third the growth rate of productivity. Real wages and salaries are falling even further behind. Since the recovery began, wages have been stagnant, and have fallen in absolute terms in the past two quarters.

To the degree that higher benefit costs are driven by the higher cost of health care, the increased dollars being spent on employee benefits do not result in improved benefits. Additionally, employers have been required to make larger contributions into defined benefit pension plans than they did during the stock market boom. While this translates into higher compensation costs, it does not improve living standards for workers. And for those who do not receive benefits from their employers (a significant number of workers, as less than 50% of workers at the bottom half of the wage distribution receive health benefits and only 20% of all workers have defined benefit pension plans), total compensation is likely falling even more sharply behind productivity.

Posted by Eric at 10:16 AM | Comments (13)

Worker Comp Lags

From EPI, we find:

One of the few bright spots in the current economy is fast productivity growth, which has increased 11.1% since the third quarter of 2001. Since economists consider productivity (i.e., output per hour worked) to be a key economic determinant of living standards, this fast pace would normally have positive implications for working families. Yet, as the figure below reveals, workers compensation has consistently lagged productivity growth over this period.

Since the start of the recovery, inflation-adjusted compensation has only increased 3.4%, less than one-third the growth rate of productivity. Real wages and salaries are falling even further behind. Since the recovery began, wages have been stagnant, and have fallen in absolute terms in the past two quarters.

To the degree that higher benefit costs are driven by the higher cost of health care, the increased dollars being spent on employee benefits do not result in improved benefits. Additionally, employers have been required to make larger contributions into defined benefit pension plans than they did during the stock market boom. While this translates into higher compensation costs, it does not improve living standards for workers. And for those who do not receive benefits from their employers (a significant number of workers, as less than 50% of workers at the bottom half of the wage distribution receive health benefits and only 20% of all workers have defined benefit pension plans), total compensation is likely falling even more sharply behind productivity.

Posted by Eric at 10:16 AM | Comments (7)

AAR Plug

Got a question about the Al Franken Show? Producer Ben Wikler will be answering questions in the AlFrankenWeb.com forum.

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AAR Plug

Got a question about the Al Franken Show? Producer Ben Wikler will be answering questions in the AlFrankenWeb.com forum.

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National Enquirer Founder: Bill O'Reilly Most Like Us

He tells the conservative rag Newsmax.com.

Posted by Eric at 09:35 AM | Comments (30)

National Enquirer Founder: Bill O'Reilly Most Like Us

He tells the conservative rag Newsmax.com.

Posted by Eric at 09:35 AM | Comments (2)

Vote For Change Tour Finale Set for Miami

From Billboard:

As expected, the upcoming Vote for Change tour will wrap Oct. 10 with a blowout concert at a Miami venue to be announced. The lineup will feature Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, R.E.M., John Fogerty, Dave Matthews Band, Bright Eyes, Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Ben Harper, Jurassic 5, My Morning Jacket and Death Cab For Cutie.

In addition, a handful of tweaks have been made to the VFC schedule. The Springsteen/R.E.M./Bright Eyes/Fogerty show scheduled for Oct. 3 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., has been moved to Detroit's Cobo Hall, while Jack Johnson and Crosby, Stills and Nash will join Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo' for a Sept. 29 show in Phoenix.

Pearl Jam will also be playing on Sept. 28 at Boston's FleetCenter.

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Posted by Eric at 09:06 AM | Comments (27)

Vote For Change Tour Finale Set for Miami

From Billboard:

As expected, the upcoming Vote for Change tour will wrap Oct. 10 with a blowout concert at a Miami venue to be announced. The lineup will feature Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, R.E.M., John Fogerty, Dave Matthews Band, Bright Eyes, Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Ben Harper, Jurassic 5, My Morning Jacket and Death Cab For Cutie.

In addition, a handful of tweaks have been made to the VFC schedule. The Springsteen/R.E.M./Bright Eyes/Fogerty show scheduled for Oct. 3 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., has been moved to Detroit's Cobo Hall, while Jack Johnson and Crosby, Stills and Nash will join Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo' for a Sept. 29 show in Phoenix.

Pearl Jam will also be playing on Sept. 28 at Boston's FleetCenter.

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Posted by Eric at 09:06 AM | Comments (5)

The Big Bounce

Bush will need it:

Of the last 11 national polls, Mr Kerry was ahead in nine of them, Mr Bush was ahead in one, and one was tied. Mr Kerry's average lead was around 3 points.

It is not much, but among the crucial undecided voters, only 25 per cent approve of Mr Bush's performance, while 68 per cent disapprove. That is seriously bad news for Mr Bush.

Said Mr Cook: 'If the fundamentals of the race remain the same, then President Bush is not going to get re-elected. He needs something to happen to shake this race up.'

Mr Bush hopes to do that very soon. He aims to shake up the election campaign at his Republican Party's national convention at the end of the month ... If President Bush does not shake up the polls with such a high-powered convention line-up of both hardcore conservatives and compassionate centrists, then he truly will be in deep trouble.

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The Big Bounce

Bush will need it:

Of the last 11 national polls, Mr Kerry was ahead in nine of them, Mr Bush was ahead in one, and one was tied. Mr Kerry's average lead was around 3 points.

It is not much, but among the crucial undecided voters, only 25 per cent approve of Mr Bush's performance, while 68 per cent disapprove. That is seriously bad news for Mr Bush.

Said Mr Cook: 'If the fundamentals of the race remain the same, then President Bush is not going to get re-elected. He needs something to happen to shake this race up.'

Mr Bush hopes to do that very soon. He aims to shake up the election campaign at his Republican Party's national convention at the end of the month ... If President Bush does not shake up the polls with such a high-powered convention line-up of both hardcore conservatives and compassionate centrists, then he truly will be in deep trouble.

Posted by Eric at 08:47 AM | Comments (7)

OOOOhhh CNN

What a silly group you are.

Crowley went on to recall a visit "about a year ago" that John Kerry made to "a famous cheese steak place" in Philadelphia. "There he ordered, of course, a cheese steak," Crowely continued, "but he ordered it with Swiss cheese. That's kind of a food faux pas in Philadelphia," because, as Crowley noted, "you're supposed to order it with Cheez Whiz, maybe American."

Crowley asked: "Now who notices these kinds of things?" (Besides, apparently, CNN and assorted other press outlets which, "about a year ago," reported the incident as the death knell of Kerry's fledgling campaign, proof that he lacked a common touch). "As it turned out, the Bush campaign did," Crowley said and then queued footage from a Bush campaign stop yesterday near Philadelphia in which the president appeared to make a jab at Kerry's August 2003 cheese steak order. "A lot of people wonder why I'm coming [to Pennsylvania] so much," Bush said. "It ought to be obvious to you; I like my cheese steak Whiz with." ...

Crowley wrapped her own segment with this insightful comment: "There were also complaints at the time that John Kerry took dainty bites of his Philadelphia cheese steak." That's right, Kerry's bites were "dainty," from Old French deintie, and Crowley thought viewers should know that "there were complaints" from unnamed persons at that time about Kerry's biting method. "Unfortunately," Crowley concluded, "the president didn't get into this."

Posted by Eric at 08:38 AM | Comments (30)

OOOOhhh CNN

What a silly group you are.

Crowley went on to recall a visit "about a year ago" that John Kerry made to "a famous cheese steak place" in Philadelphia. "There he ordered, of course, a cheese steak," Crowely continued, "but he ordered it with Swiss cheese. That's kind of a food faux pas in Philadelphia," because, as Crowley noted, "you're supposed to order it with Cheez Whiz, maybe American."

Crowley asked: "Now who notices these kinds of things?" (Besides, apparently, CNN and assorted other press outlets which, "about a year ago," reported the incident as the death knell of Kerry's fledgling campaign, proof that he lacked a common touch). "As it turned out, the Bush campaign did," Crowley said and then queued footage from a Bush campaign stop yesterday near Philadelphia in which the president appeared to make a jab at Kerry's August 2003 cheese steak order. "A lot of people wonder why I'm coming [to Pennsylvania] so much," Bush said. "It ought to be obvious to you; I like my cheese steak Whiz with." ...

Crowley wrapped her own segment with this insightful comment: "There were also complaints at the time that John Kerry took dainty bites of his Philadelphia cheese steak." That's right, Kerry's bites were "dainty," from Old French deintie, and Crowley thought viewers should know that "there were complaints" from unnamed persons at that time about Kerry's biting method. "Unfortunately," Crowley concluded, "the president didn't get into this."

Posted by Eric at 08:38 AM | Comments (9)

Hamster Numbers: Felons and Votingg

From the WPost:

  • "On Election Day it will not matter to some 4.7 million Americans whether they are Republicans, Democrats, independents or whether they have an opinion on anything at all. Under various state laws, they are barred from voting because they have felony records."
  • "This includes not just prison inmates (48 states), parolees (33 states) and probationers (29 states) but also a large number of people -- one third of the disenfranchised in all -- who are off parole and "free." Minorities are hit particularly hard by these state laws: They deny 13 percent of African American men the vote."
  • "Incarceration in America is up 600 percent since 1974, and the absence of this fast-growing shadow population has been altering the nation's politics."

    For more on felon disenfranchisement, see this site (link via Talk Left).

    Posted by Eric at 08:28 AM | Comments (18)

    Hamster Numbers: Felons and Votingg

    From the WPost:

  • "On Election Day it will not matter to some 4.7 million Americans whether they are Republicans, Democrats, independents or whether they have an opinion on anything at all. Under various state laws, they are barred from voting because they have felony records."
  • "This includes not just prison inmates (48 states), parolees (33 states) and probationers (29 states) but also a large number of people -- one third of the disenfranchised in all -- who are off parole and "free." Minorities are hit particularly hard by these state laws: They deny 13 percent of African American men the vote."
  • "Incarceration in America is up 600 percent since 1974, and the absence of this fast-growing shadow population has been altering the nation's politics."

    For more on felon disenfranchisement, see this site (link via Talk Left).

    Posted by Eric at 08:28 AM | Comments (5)

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    Weekly World News: Bush Library No Go!

    If it's from the Weekly World News, it must be true!

    THE PRESIDENTIAL library that President Bush plans to build upon leaving office won't contain any books -- because it's an open secret that the President doesn't read, and he doesn't want to be portrayed as a hypocrite!

    That's the startling claim from an anonymous White House insider.

    "President Bush is proud of the fact that he doesn't read and makes decisions 'from his gut,' " the insider says.

    "He doesn't keep books in the White House, so he thinks it would be hypocritical to fill up his library with them."

    In other news: DISEASE FORCES RAPPERS TO TALK CLEAN!

    Posted by Eric at 04:42 AM | Comments (49)

    Weekly World News: Bush Library No Go!

    If it's from the Weekly World News, it must be true!

    THE PRESIDENTIAL library that President Bush plans to build upon leaving office won't contain any books -- because it's an open secret that the President doesn't read, and he doesn't want to be portrayed as a hypocrite!

    That's the startling claim from an anonymous White House insider.

    "President Bush is proud of the fact that he doesn't read and makes decisions 'from his gut,' " the insider says.

    "He doesn't keep books in the White House, so he thinks it would be hypocritical to fill up his library with them."

    In other news: DISEASE FORCES RAPPERS TO TALK CLEAN!

    Posted by Eric at 04:42 AM | Comments (7)

    MoveOn.org to Launch New Ads; "10 Weeks of Grassroots Activism to Defeat Bush"

    Hollywood is helping Moveon.org with 12 ads. They are:

    -- The Mistake, directed by Rob Reiner, featuring the voice of Rob Reiner

    -- Tommy, written and directed by Richard Linklater

    -- Who Profits? directed by Wildbrain Animation, featuring the voices of Scarlett Johanssen, Kevin Bacon, & Ed Asner

    -- The Air We Breathe, written and directed by Bush in 30 seconds winner Charlie Fisher, featuring music by moby

    -- Stranded Republicans, written by Larry Kopald and John Buffalo Mailer, starring Rebecca Romijn, directed by Marty Callner

    -- Cheney is Not on Our Side, written and directed by & starring Woody Harrelson

    -- Register and Vote, written and directed by Benny Boom

    -- American Opinions, written and directed by John Sayles featuring the voice of Martin Sheen

    -- The Disappeared, written by Darren Aronofsky, directed by Doug Limon, voice over by Matt Damon

    -- Love is Love, written by and starring Margaret Cho, directed by Lorene Machado

    -- The Pie, written by Al Franken, directed by Allison Anders, starring Illeana Douglas & Ione Skye

    -- Jimmy the Cab Driver: Tax Break?, starring Donal Logue as Jimmy the Cab Driver, directed by Jesse Perez

    Posted by Eric at 01:00 AM | Comments (23)

    MoveOn.org to Launch New Ads; "10 Weeks of Grassroots Activism to Defeat Bush"

    Hollywood is helping Moveon.org with 12 ads. They are:

    -- The Mistake, directed by Rob Reiner, featuring the voice of Rob Reiner

    -- Tommy, written and directed by Richard Linklater

    -- Who Profits? directed by Wildbrain Animation, featuring the voices of Scarlett Johanssen, Kevin Bacon, & Ed Asner

    -- The Air We Breathe, written and directed by Bush in 30 seconds winner Charlie Fisher, featuring music by moby

    -- Stranded Republicans, written by Larry Kopald and John Buffalo Mailer, starring Rebecca Romijn, directed by Marty Callner

    -- Cheney is Not on Our Side, written and directed by & starring Woody Harrelson

    -- Register and Vote, written and directed by Benny Boom

    -- American Opinions, written and directed by John Sayles featuring the voice of Martin Sheen

    -- The Disappeared, written by Darren Aronofsky, directed by Doug Limon, voice over by Matt Damon

    -- Love is Love, written by and starring Margaret Cho, directed by Lorene Machado

    -- The Pie, written by Al Franken, directed by Allison Anders, starring Illeana Douglas & Ione Skye

    -- Jimmy the Cab Driver: Tax Break?, starring Donal Logue as Jimmy the Cab Driver, directed by Jesse Perez

    Posted by Eric at 01:00 AM | Comments (6)

    Some Might Just Call It ...

    Hippodippocritical?

    Newly obtained military records of one of Sen. John F. Kerry's most vocal critics, who has accused the Democratic presidential candidate of lying about his wartime record to win medals, contradict his own version of events.

    In newspaper interviews and a best-selling book, Larry Thurlow, who commanded a Navy Swift boat alongside Kerry in Vietnam, has strongly disputed Kerry's claim that the Massachusetts Democrat's boat came under fire during a mission in Viet Cong-controlled territory on March 13, 1969. Kerry won a Bronze Star for his actions that day.
    But Thurlow's military records, portions of which were released yesterday to The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act, contain several references to "enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire" directed at "all units" of the five-boat flotilla. Thurlow won his own Bronze Star that day, and the citation praises him for providing assistance to a damaged Swift boat "despite enemy bullets flying about him."

    As one of five Swift boat skippers who led the raid up the Bay Hap River, Thurlow was a direct participant in the disputed events. He is also a leading member of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a public advocacy group of Vietnam veterans dismayed by Kerry's subsequent antiwar activities, which has aired a controversial television advertisement attacking his war record.

    Posted by Eric at 12:33 AM | Comments (14)

    Some Might Just Call It ...

    Hippodippocritical?

    Newly obtained military records of one of Sen. John F. Kerry's most vocal critics, who has accused the Democratic presidential candidate of lying about his wartime record to win medals, contradict his own version of events.

    In newspaper interviews and a best-selling book, Larry Thurlow, who commanded a Navy Swift boat alongside Kerry in Vietnam, has strongly disputed Kerry's claim that the Massachusetts Democrat's boat came under fire during a mission in Viet Cong-controlled territory on March 13, 1969. Kerry won a Bronze Star for his actions that day.
    But Thurlow's military records, portions of which were released yesterday to The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act, contain several references to "enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire" directed at "all units" of the five-boat flotilla. Thurlow won his own Bronze Star that day, and the citation praises him for providing assistance to a damaged Swift boat "despite enemy bullets flying about him."

    As one of five Swift boat skippers who led the raid up the Bay Hap River, Thurlow was a direct participant in the disputed events. He is also a leading member of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a public advocacy group of Vietnam veterans dismayed by Kerry's subsequent antiwar activities, which has aired a controversial television advertisement attacking his war record.

    Posted by Eric at 12:33 AM | Comments (14)

    Hiram Fong Dead at 97

    A Republican, Fong was the first U.S. senator of Asian ancestry. Star Bulletin:

    Hiram Leong Fong, who rose from a childhood in Kalihi as a son of impoverished immigrants to become a millionaire tycoon and the first U.S. senator of Asian ancestry, died early today at home surrounded by family. He was 97.

    ... He was a person who really cared about Hawaii and the politics after the election didnt matter that much.

    In those days whether you were a Democrat or a Republican, we tried to do and say what we felt was right for Hawaii and we had respect for each other, Ariyoshi said.

    Other firsts:

    Dan Inouye (D-HI): first Japanese-American (Interesting Inouye war stories).
    Patsy Mink (D-HI): First Asian American woman.
    George Ariyoshi (D-HI): First Asian American Governor

    Posted by Eric at 12:22 AM | Comments (45)

    Hiram Fong Dead at 97

    A Republican, Fong was the first U.S. senator of Asian ancestry. Star Bulletin:

    Hiram Leong Fong, who rose from a childhood in Kalihi as a son of impoverished immigrants to become a millionaire tycoon and the first U.S. senator of Asian ancestry, died early today at home surrounded by family. He was 97.

    ... He was a person who really cared about Hawaii and the politics after the election didnt matter that much.

    In those days whether you were a Democrat or a Republican, we tried to do and say what we felt was right for Hawaii and we had respect for each other, Ariyoshi said.

    Other firsts:

    Dan Inouye (D-HI): first Japanese-American (Interesting Inouye war stories).
    Patsy Mink (D-HI): First Asian American woman.
    George Ariyoshi (D-HI): First Asian American Governor

    Posted by Eric at 12:22 AM | Comments (8)

    August 18, 2004

    Negative vs. Positive Campaigning

    You know, people often complain about negativity in politics. Though Kerry has criticized Bush, he certainly hasn't come even close to the Bush campaign's negativity. Just compare websites. And don't even get started on negative ads ...

    Posted by Eric at 10:43 PM | Comments (23)

    Negative vs. Positive Campaigning

    You know, people often complain about negativity in politics. Though Kerry has criticized Bush, he certainly hasn't come even close to the Bush campaign's negativity. Just compare websites. And don't even get started on negative ads ...

    Posted by Eric at 10:43 PM | Comments (9)

    Sex Workers and the RNC

    From Democracy Now, about the RNC Convention and speculation that sex workers will be flown to NYC:

    AMY GOODMAN: Are there preparations being made and does it happen at Democratic and Republican conventions around the country? Like in San Diego, in says the 1996 Republican convention, an escort service in search of delegate dollars changed its name to G.O.P., Good Old-fashioned Pleasure.

    JUHU THUKRAL: You know, the sex workers that we're concerned about are the ones out there on the streets, the ones who are already in very vulnerable and marginalized situations, and in fact, sex workers who are out there near the Madison Square Garden, in the hot zone for the convention and in fact throughout the city, are going to have problems receiving services that they -- that they're used to receiving. Outreach bands are not going to go out and get them. There's going to be an increased police presence. So, you know, while on the one hand, there's a story about prostitutes coming into the city to work, a lot of local prostitutes are saying that they don't want to work that week because of fear of undercover police officers, because of just increased sweeps during that time. Because the city wants to put its best face on. They don't want street-based prostitutes being the first thing that the Republican conventioneers see. We are actually talking about a different type of reality for sex workers here in New York.

    Posted by Eric at 05:53 PM | Comments (10)

    Sex Workers and the RNC

    From Democracy Now, about the RNC Convention and speculation that sex workers will be flown to NYC:

    AMY GOODMAN: Are there preparations being made and does it happen at Democratic and Republican conventions around the country? Like in San Diego, in says the 1996 Republican convention, an escort service in search of delegate dollars changed its name to G.O.P., Good Old-fashioned Pleasure.

    JUHU THUKRAL: You know, the sex workers that we're concerned about are the ones out there on the streets, the ones who are already in very vulnerable and marginalized situations, and in fact, sex workers who are out there near the Madison Square Garden, in the hot zone for the convention and in fact throughout the city, are going to have problems receiving services that they -- that they're used to receiving. Outreach bands are not going to go out and get them. There's going to be an increased police presence. So, you know, while on the one hand, there's a story about prostitutes coming into the city to work, a lot of local prostitutes are saying that they don't want to work that week because of fear of undercover police officers, because of just increased sweeps during that time. Because the city wants to put its best face on. They don't want street-based prostitutes being the first thing that the Republican conventioneers see. We are actually talking about a different type of reality for sex workers here in New York.

    Posted by Eric at 05:53 PM | Comments (7)

    Bush Twins to Attend Gay Wedding

    Good for them:

    Yesterday, the 39-year-old Gomez - a makeup expert for the Elizabeth Arden shop in the D.C. suburb of Chevy Chase, Md. - told Lowdown that the First Twins have become devotees of his popular eyebrow waxes over the past few weeks.

    And, Gomez added, Bush's daughters have expressed an enthusiastic desire to go to Gomez and Packard's Sept. 11 wedding celebration at their home in Laytonsville, Md.

    "I gave them the party invitation, and they said, 'That sounds great, we'd love to come - it sounds like a lot of fun,'" Gomez said.

    "The way they reacted, they were very open-minded."

    Never mind that their father supports a constitutional ban of gay marriages.

    Posted by Eric at 05:48 PM | Comments (31)

    Bush Twins to Attend Gay Wedding

    Good for them:

    Yesterday, the 39-year-old Gomez - a makeup expert for the Elizabeth Arden shop in the D.C. suburb of Chevy Chase, Md. - told Lowdown that the First Twins have become devotees of his popular eyebrow waxes over the past few weeks.

    And, Gomez added, Bush's daughters have expressed an enthusiastic desire to go to Gomez and Packard's Sept. 11 wedding celebration at their home in Laytonsville, Md.

    "I gave them the party invitation, and they said, 'That sounds great, we'd love to come - it sounds like a lot of fun,'" Gomez said.

    "The way they reacted, they were very open-minded."

    Never mind that their father supports a constitutional ban of gay marriages.

    Posted by Eric at 05:48 PM | Comments (12)

    CNN - Fox Feud Part 232002

    From the prestigiiouosuous TV Newser:

    Only on TVNewser: Brian Wilson, host of Sunday's 'Weekend Live' on FNC, is pretty peeved with CNN's Wolf Blitzer," sources say. Apparently it revolves around Blitzer's continuing habit of holding on to guests who are scheduled to make subsequent appearances on Wilson's program. Last Sunday, Blitzer kept questioning Fla. lieutenant governor Toni Jennings during the time slot promised to Fox News. "The feeling at Fox is that CNN likes to employ such delaying tactics with guests in an attempt to keep the Fox show off-balance," one source says. (Weekend Live usually beats Late Edition in the ratings.) Is Wilson thinking about meeting Blitzer in the CNN parking lot for a 2:05pm face-to-face chat about professional courtesy?...

    Posted by Eric at 05:44 PM | Comments (36)

    CNN - Fox Feud Part 232002

    From the prestigiiouosuous TV Newser:

    Only on TVNewser: Brian Wilson, host of Sunday's 'Weekend Live' on FNC, is pretty peeved with CNN's Wolf Blitzer," sources say. Apparently it revolves around Blitzer's continuing habit of holding on to guests who are scheduled to make subsequent appearances on Wilson's program. Last Sunday, Blitzer kept questioning Fla. lieutenant governor Toni Jennings during the time slot promised to Fox News. "The feeling at Fox is that CNN likes to employ such delaying tactics with guests in an attempt to keep the Fox show off-balance," one source says. (Weekend Live usually beats Late Edition in the ratings.) Is Wilson thinking about meeting Blitzer in the CNN parking lot for a 2:05pm face-to-face chat about professional courtesy?...

    Posted by Eric at 05:44 PM | Comments (14)

    Bush and the Astroturf

    Kos with the details.

    Posted by Eric at 05:38 PM | Comments (30)

    Bush and the Astroturf

    Kos with the details.

    Posted by Eric at 05:38 PM | Comments (4)

    Lunarpages Hosting Problem

    Not sure if this entry will stay up for long, but I'm having hosting problems with Lunarpages.com, my hosting company. Basically, I use the popular Movable Type system for this page. Previously, Lunarpages yanked my ability to post on the page. Though I am within my allocated space, they don't want their customers using Movable Type because it is "resource itensive (their spelling) and often abused." They haven't said how much resource I'm using, or whether I'm somehow abusing my webpace (which I am not).

    Anyway, hopefully things will be resolved soon. If not, I will have to make the costly move to a new server.

    Posted by Eric at 07:22 AM | Comments (126)

    Lunarpages Hosting Problem

    Not sure if this entry will stay up for long, but I'm having hosting problems with Lunarpages.com, my hosting company. Basically, I use the popular Movable Type system for this page. Previously, Lunarpages yanked my ability to post on the page. Though I am within my allocated space, they don't want their customers using Movable Type because it is "resource itensive (their spelling) and often abused." They haven't said how much resource I'm using, or whether I'm somehow abusing my webpace (which I am not).

    Anyway, hopefully things will be resolved soon. If not, I will have to make the costly move to a new server.

    Posted by Eric at 07:22 AM | Comments (14)

    August 17, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    LAT. Veterans Battle Over the Truth
    Knight Ridder . Offensive resumes in Najaf, prompting desertions of Iraqi troops
    AP. Terrorism seen as biggest threat to economy
    CBS. Senior CIA Officer Hits 9/11 Panel
    AP. Obama backs funding increase for agriculture research
    NYT. Illinois to Help Residents Buy Drugs From Canada, and Afar
    NYT. New York City Lowering Its Sights for a Convention Boom
    NYT. Court Rules Against Religious School Vouchers
    NYT. Nation's Charter Schools Lagging Behind, U.S. Test Scores Reveal
    AP. Bush Tells Mich. Crowd Economy Improving
    Reuters. Kerry Widens Lead in California, Poll Finds
    AP. GOP Steps Up Pressure on McGreevey
    AP. Top Advisers Join Kerry for Home Stretch
    AP. Iraqis on Mission to End Najaf Insurgency
    AP. Bush announces plan for troop realignment
    AP. Harkin calls Cheney comments 'cowardly'
    BG. Kerry earmarks $6m for congressional candidates
    BG. FBI, N.Y. police track activists
    BG. Kerry and Bush camps trade accusations
    CincyEnq. I've worked for you, Bush tells veterans
    Journal-Sentinel. http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/aug04/251718.asp

    Commentary
    Hans Johnson. Ghosts of Hatred Haunt GOP
    Matthew Rothschild. Goss Unfit to Head CIA
    Howard Zinn. Dissent at the War Memorial
    Eric Alterman. PBS Adds Insult to Injury
    Terrence McNally. Voices of the Invisible People; The author of a courageous new book asks why the richest and most powerful country in the world has responded so feebly to the AIDS pandemic, which has already killed 25 million people across the globe
    Salim Muwakkil. Out To Punch: From manslaughter convictions to boxing promotions, spiky-haired Don King has always been a hustler. His latest hustle: Republican pitchman
    NYT. Interrogating the Protesters
    Paul Krugman. Saving the Vote
    E. J. Dionne Jr. A Test of Toughness
    Seattle PI. FBI visits add a chill
    Theodore R. Marmor. Bush administration plays politics with obesity
    Robert Scheer. Kerry Made a Bush League Error on Iraq
    Jesse Jackson. Keyes run puts GOP to the test
    Thomas Oliphant. The chaotic reality Bush faces in Iraq

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (26)

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    LAT. Veterans Battle Over the Truth
    Knight Ridder . Offensive resumes in Najaf, prompting desertions of Iraqi troops
    AP. Terrorism seen as biggest threat to economy
    CBS. Senior CIA Officer Hits 9/11 Panel
    AP. Obama backs funding increase for agriculture research
    NYT. Illinois to Help Residents Buy Drugs From Canada, and Afar
    NYT. New York City Lowering Its Sights for a Convention Boom
    NYT. Court Rules Against Religious School Vouchers
    NYT. Nation's Charter Schools Lagging Behind, U.S. Test Scores Reveal
    AP. Bush Tells Mich. Crowd Economy Improving
    Reuters. Kerry Widens Lead in California, Poll Finds
    AP. GOP Steps Up Pressure on McGreevey
    AP. Top Advisers Join Kerry for Home Stretch
    AP. Iraqis on Mission to End Najaf Insurgency
    AP. Bush announces plan for troop realignment
    AP. Harkin calls Cheney comments 'cowardly'
    BG. Kerry earmarks $6m for congressional candidates
    BG. FBI, N.Y. police track activists
    BG. Kerry and Bush camps trade accusations
    CincyEnq. I've worked for you, Bush tells veterans
    Journal-Sentinel. http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/aug04/251718.asp

    Commentary
    Hans Johnson. Ghosts of Hatred Haunt GOP
    Matthew Rothschild. Goss Unfit to Head CIA
    Howard Zinn. Dissent at the War Memorial
    Eric Alterman. PBS Adds Insult to Injury
    Terrence McNally. Voices of the Invisible People; The author of a courageous new book asks why the richest and most powerful country in the world has responded so feebly to the AIDS pandemic, which has already killed 25 million people across the globe
    Salim Muwakkil. Out To Punch: From manslaughter convictions to boxing promotions, spiky-haired Don King has always been a hustler. His latest hustle: Republican pitchman
    NYT. Interrogating the Protesters
    Paul Krugman. Saving the Vote
    E. J. Dionne Jr. A Test of Toughness
    Seattle PI. FBI visits add a chill
    Theodore R. Marmor. Bush administration plays politics with obesity
    Robert Scheer. Kerry Made a Bush League Error on Iraq
    Jesse Jackson. Keyes run puts GOP to the test
    Thomas Oliphant. The chaotic reality Bush faces in Iraq

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

    Quotable Quote

    From Hotline: Craig Kilborn, on quitting his show: "I honestly just cannot believe I'm out of a job before George W. Bush"

    Posted by Eric at 12:24 PM | Comments (23)

    Quotable Quote

    From Hotline: Craig Kilborn, on quitting his show: "I honestly just cannot believe I'm out of a job before George W. Bush"

    Posted by Eric at 12:24 PM | Comments (6)

    Another Brit Hume Bias Moment

    Brought to you by Media Matters:

    On the August 15 edition of FOX News Sunday, FOX News managing editor and chief Washington correspondent Brit Hume attempted to criticize Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry by claiming that Kerry has suggested that if elected, "he'd have to clear everything" with French President Jacques Chirac.

    Hume's claim echoes numerous Bush administration, Republican, and right-wing media attempts to smear Kerry by linking him to France; these attempts include a March 17 comment by Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans that Kerry "looks French."

    Posted by Eric at 11:33 AM | Comments (48)

    Another Brit Hume Bias Moment

    Brought to you by Media Matters:

    On the August 15 edition of FOX News Sunday, FOX News managing editor and chief Washington correspondent Brit Hume attempted to criticize Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry by claiming that Kerry has suggested that if elected, "he'd have to clear everything" with French President Jacques Chirac.

    Hume's claim echoes numerous Bush administration, Republican, and right-wing media attempts to smear Kerry by linking him to France; these attempts include a March 17 comment by Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans that Kerry "looks French."

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

    DCCC Does Open House

    If you're a political junkie, this post from DCCC Executive Director Jim Bonham is rather interesting. During the past year, the DCCC has made an effort to reach out to the internet community. The D-Trip's "Open House" is part of their attempts to make the organization more accessible to the 'grassroots.' The post is about how the DCCC recruits candidates. So ...

    Our Political department dispatches representatives to the district in question, typically meeting over a number of days with anywhere from 100 - 200+ political activists. These individuals generally represent virtually every significant Democratic constituency. Our purpose in meeting with such local grassroots and institutional leaders is primarily to listen. As often as not, we begin not by asking them what they know about specific people, but rather by asking them to suggest names of individuals who they think are known and respected by the community, possess leadership and organizational skills, and are capable of delivering a message that will connect with voters.

    We don't normally speak directly to potential candidates on at least the first few trips, but we carefully note the names of individuals who appear to have the ability to wage credible candidacies. (As you might imagine, we pay special attention to names that are brought up repeatedly by knowledgeable area activists and political observers.)

    Eventually candidates emerge, whether of their own volition, or whether we helped encourage them to enter the process.

    Posted by Eric at 11:27 AM | Comments (50)

    DCCC Does Open House

    If you're a political junkie, this post from DCCC Executive Director Jim Bonham is rather interesting. During the past year, the DCCC has made an effort to reach out to the internet community. The D-Trip's "Open House" is part of their attempts to make the organization more accessible to the 'grassroots.' The post is about how the DCCC recruits candidates. So ...

    Our Political department dispatches representatives to the district in question, typically meeting over a number of days with anywhere from 100 - 200+ political activists. These individuals generally represent virtually every significant Democratic constituency. Our purpose in meeting with such local grassroots and institutional leaders is primarily to listen. As often as not, we begin not by asking them what they know about specific people, but rather by asking them to suggest names of individuals who they think are known and respected by the community, possess leadership and organizational skills, and are capable of delivering a message that will connect with voters.

    We don't normally speak directly to potential candidates on at least the first few trips, but we carefully note the names of individuals who appear to have the ability to wage credible candidacies. (As you might imagine, we pay special attention to names that are brought up repeatedly by knowledgeable area activists and political observers.)

    Eventually candidates emerge, whether of their own volition, or whether we helped encourage them to enter the process.

    Posted by Eric at 11:27 AM | Comments (5)

    Corzine Likely to Run for NJ Gov

    From The Star-Ledger, Gov. James E. McGreevey is under increasing pressure to resign quickly now that Corzine is in the wings:

    With U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine signaling he will answer his party's call to run for governor in a special election this year, key Democratic leaders are intensifying their efforts to persuade Gov. James E. McGreevey to quit immediately and clear the way the senator's candidacy.

    Three of the state's leading Democratic power brokers this week are planning to call on McGreevey to resign within the next three weeks instead of waiting until Nov. 15, three high-level party officials said yesterday.

    Middlesex County leader John Lynch and South Jersey Democrat George Norcross III plan to reach out to McGreevey and urge him to resign before Sept. 3, the officials said, which would set the stage for voters to elect a new governor in a Nov. 2 special election. They are upset that McGreevey's time frame would make Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) the acting governor for 14 months.

    Posted by Eric at 11:22 AM | Comments (25)

    Corzine Likely to Run for NJ Gov

    From The Star-Ledger, Gov. James E. McGreevey is under increasing pressure to resign quickly now that Corzine is in the wings:

    With U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine signaling he will answer his party's call to run for governor in a special election this year, key Democratic leaders are intensifying their efforts to persuade Gov. James E. McGreevey to quit immediately and clear the way the senator's candidacy.

    Three of the state's leading Democratic power brokers this week are planning to call on McGreevey to resign within the next three weeks instead of waiting until Nov. 15, three high-level party officials said yesterday.

    Middlesex County leader John Lynch and South Jersey Democrat George Norcross III plan to reach out to McGreevey and urge him to resign before Sept. 3, the officials said, which would set the stage for voters to elect a new governor in a Nov. 2 special election. They are upset that McGreevey's time frame would make Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) the acting governor for 14 months.

    Posted by Eric at 11:22 AM | Comments (8)

    Lateline Now on DVD

    NBC's short-lived Al Franken sitcom, Lateline, is now on DVD.

    The show's a behind the scenes look at a Nightline-type show. Among some of the guest stars on the show:

    Dana Carvey, G. Gordan Liddy, Ralph Nader, Jimmy Breslin, Pat Buchanan, John McLaughlin, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Richard Gephardt, Robert Reich, Michael Dukakis, Jerry Falwell, William F. Buckley and Alan Simpson.

    Posted by Eric at 11:17 AM | Comments (48)

    Lateline Now on DVD

    NBC's short-lived Al Franken sitcom, Lateline, is now on DVD.

    The show's a behind the scenes look at a Nightline-type show. Among some of the guest stars on the show:

    Dana Carvey, G. Gordan Liddy, Ralph Nader, Jimmy Breslin, Pat Buchanan, John McLaughlin, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Richard Gephardt, Robert Reich, Michael Dukakis, Jerry Falwell, William F. Buckley and Alan Simpson.

    Posted by Eric at 11:17 AM | Comments (1)

    Keyes Continues Extreme Abortion Rhetoric

    This time relating to terrorism:

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes said Monday that women who choose to undergo abortions and the physicians who perform the procedure are essentially terrorists because "the evil is the same."

    The remarks came as Keyes was explaining why three months ago he said that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were a "warning" from God to "wake up" and stop "the evil" of abortion.

    "Now, you think it's a coincidence that on September 11th, 2001, we were struck by terrorists an evil that has at its heart the disregard of innocent human life?" Keyes said in a May 7 speech in Provo, Utah. "We who have for several decades killed not thousands but scores of millions of our own children, in disregard of the principle of innocent human life -- I don't think that's a coincidence, I think that's a warning.

    More Keyes: "Now, you think it's a coincidence that on Sept. 11th, 2001, we were struck by terrorists an evil that has at its heart the disregard of innocent human life? We who have for several decades killed not thousands but scores of millions of our own children, in disregard of the principle of innocent human life -- I don't think that's a coincidence, I think that's a warning. I don't think that's a coincidence, I think that's a shot across the bow. I think that's a way of Providence telling us, "I love you all; I'd like to give you a chance. Wake up! Would you please wake up?"

    Posted by Eric at 10:39 AM | Comments (24)

    Keyes Continues Extreme Abortion Rhetoric

    This time relating to terrorism:

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes said Monday that women who choose to undergo abortions and the physicians who perform the procedure are essentially terrorists because "the evil is the same."

    The remarks came as Keyes was explaining why three months ago he said that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were a "warning" from God to "wake up" and stop "the evil" of abortion.

    "Now, you think it's a coincidence that on September 11th, 2001, we were struck by terrorists an evil that has at its heart the disregard of innocent human life?" Keyes said in a May 7 speech in Provo, Utah. "We who have for several decades killed not thousands but scores of millions of our own children, in disregard of the principle of innocent human life -- I don't think that's a coincidence, I think that's a warning.

    More Keyes: "Now, you think it's a coincidence that on Sept. 11th, 2001, we were struck by terrorists an evil that has at its heart the disregard of innocent human life? We who have for several decades killed not thousands but scores of millions of our own children, in disregard of the principle of innocent human life -- I don't think that's a coincidence, I think that's a warning. I don't think that's a coincidence, I think that's a shot across the bow. I think that's a way of Providence telling us, "I love you all; I'd like to give you a chance. Wake up! Would you please wake up?"

    Posted by Eric at 10:39 AM | Comments (11)

    Cronkite Ends Column

    Story / Interview in Reuters.

    Posted by Eric at 10:36 AM | Comments (16)

    Cronkite Ends Column

    Story / Interview in Reuters.

    Posted by Eric at 10:36 AM | Comments (0)

    Some Protestors: More Harm Than Good?

    From Salon.com:

    Thus the demonstrators assumed that public sympathy would be with them, the victims. They were wrong. "To our innocent eyes, it defied common sense that people could watch even the sliver of the onslaught that got onto television and side with the cops -- which in fact was precisely what polls showed," writes former antiwar organizer Todd Gitlin in his 1987 book, "The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage." Indeed, many people believe that the fighting in Chicago helped cement the victory of Richard Nixon, who, as Gitlin notes, won the popular vote by a mere two-thirds of 1 percent.

    A similarly minuscule margin could determine this year's election, and the possibility of history repeating itself leaves Gitlin aghast. "I think the Republicans will probably do what they did in 1968 and make television commercials of people rioting in the street and then promote their guy as the superintendent of order," he says. "I sure wouldn't want to be explaining to my kid how it turned out that Bush won election by three electoral votes because of some last-minute surge of opinion in West Virginia where that commercial played three times an hour." Gitlin and Passacantando's anxiety led them to coauthor an article in the Nation warning that the RNC 2004 could be Chicago '68 all over again unless progressives exercised restraint during the convention protests.

    Milton Glaser, the legendary graphic designer behind the I Love New York logo, has thought about this prospect a lot. He knows the power of images, and he's scared that pictures of rampaging protesters flashing on the nation's TV screens during the Republican National Convention will be a catastrophe.

    "A lot of people in this town are very angry," he says. "When you have so many angry people up against the police, without any question violence will occur. If this turns out to be the visual material that the country is looking at, there's just the chance that there will be an incremental turn towards Bush."

    Eric Alterman echoes this view:
    Anarchists and idiots ruined the Seattle protests and the medialoving conflict and hating contextwill eat any violence and property destruction, even bad language, to smear not only the protesters but also anyone and everyone who opposes Bush. Chicago 68 unquestionably helped elect Nixon. (Ive read the polling data.)

    And the same thing could happen here. Second, as with Johnson, Nixon and Reagan, it hardly requires an act of imagination to prepare for the possibility that Republican conservative spies and thugs will infiltrate these protests and cause the violence themselves, with the knowledge that it will be blamed on the protesters and their cause.

    I would be surprised if they dont do this, but of course, it will be years if not decades before we ever found out that those crazies who wanted to start fires and break windows were actually right-wing operatives. The media will treat this possibility as beyond the pale, just as they did when the CIA and FBI did it to the anti-war movement under both Johnson and Nixon, and when the FBI did it to the anti-intervention in Central America movement under Reagan.

    Posted by Eric at 10:03 AM | Comments (29)

    Some Protestors: More Harm Than Good?

    From Salon.com:

    Thus the demonstrators assumed that public sympathy would be with them, the victims. They were wrong. "To our innocent eyes, it defied common sense that people could watch even the sliver of the onslaught that got onto television and side with the cops -- which in fact was precisely what polls showed," writes former antiwar organizer Todd Gitlin in his 1987 book, "The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage." Indeed, many people believe that the fighting in Chicago helped cement the victory of Richard Nixon, who, as Gitlin notes, won the popular vote by a mere two-thirds of 1 percent.

    A similarly minuscule margin could determine this year's election, and the possibility of history repeating itself leaves Gitlin aghast. "I think the Republicans will probably do what they did in 1968 and make television commercials of people rioting in the street and then promote their guy as the superintendent of order," he says. "I sure wouldn't want to be explaining to my kid how it turned out that Bush won election by three electoral votes because of some last-minute surge of opinion in West Virginia where that commercial played three times an hour." Gitlin and Passacantando's anxiety led them to coauthor an article in the Nation warning that the RNC 2004 could be Chicago '68 all over again unless progressives exercised restraint during the convention protests.

    Milton Glaser, the legendary graphic designer behind the I Love New York logo, has thought about this prospect a lot. He knows the power of images, and he's scared that pictures of rampaging protesters flashing on the nation's TV screens during the Republican National Convention will be a catastrophe.

    "A lot of people in this town are very angry," he says. "When you have so many angry people up against the police, without any question violence will occur. If this turns out to be the visual material that the country is looking at, there's just the chance that there will be an incremental turn towards Bush."

    Eric Alterman echoes this view:
    Anarchists and idiots ruined the Seattle protests and the medialoving conflict and hating contextwill eat any violence and property destruction, even bad language, to smear not only the protesters but also anyone and everyone who opposes Bush. Chicago 68 unquestionably helped elect Nixon. (Ive read the polling data.)

    And the same thing could happen here. Second, as with Johnson, Nixon and Reagan, it hardly requires an act of imagination to prepare for the possibility that Republican conservative spies and thugs will infiltrate these protests and cause the violence themselves, with the knowledge that it will be blamed on the protesters and their cause.

    I would be surprised if they dont do this, but of course, it will be years if not decades before we ever found out that those crazies who wanted to start fires and break windows were actually right-wing operatives. The media will treat this possibility as beyond the pale, just as they did when the CIA and FBI did it to the anti-war movement under both Johnson and Nixon, and when the FBI did it to the anti-intervention in Central America movement under Reagan.

    Posted by Eric at 10:03 AM | Comments (1)

    Conservatives to Monitor Suspected Liberals in Church

    In the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Va:

    A conservative religious organization is keeping an eye on local churches, threatening to report any that endorse or disparage political candidates in violation of their nonprofit status.

    The Big Brother Church Watch, a group sponsored by the Religious Freedom Action Coalition, is sending volunteers throughout Virginia to sit in church pews and take notes.

    If there is any indication of an endorsement of, or objection to, a specific political candidate, the group has said it will report that church to the Internal Revenue Service, which could revoke their tax-exempt status.

    The group is targeting so-called "liberal churches" such as the Metropolitan Community churches, Unitarian Universalist fellowships and African Methodist Episcopal churches.

    "You tend to hear more about the conservatives, but no one is checking the liberal churches," said Peggy Birchfield, executive director of the Religious Freedom Action Coalition in Washington.

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 AM | Comments (25)

    Conservatives to Monitor Suspected Liberals in Church

    In the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Va:

    A conservative religious organization is keeping an eye on local churches, threatening to report any that endorse or disparage political candidates in violation of their nonprofit status.

    The Big Brother Church Watch, a group sponsored by the Religious Freedom Action Coalition, is sending volunteers throughout Virginia to sit in church pews and take notes.

    If there is any indication of an endorsement of, or objection to, a specific political candidate, the group has said it will report that church to the Internal Revenue Service, which could revoke their tax-exempt status.

    The group is targeting so-called "liberal churches" such as the Metropolitan Community churches, Unitarian Universalist fellowships and African Methodist Episcopal churches.

    "You tend to hear more about the conservatives, but no one is checking the liberal churches," said Peggy Birchfield, executive director of the Religious Freedom Action Coalition in Washington.

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 AM | Comments (0)

    Ohio: Next Florida?

    In the Cincy Enquirer:

    Four years after the presidential election hung on a few chads in Florida, Ohio is bracing for another potentially close race with the same troublesome punch-card ballots.

    State and county officials promise an accurate count, but critics are skeptical.

    "We are headed for a train wreck because the state has not done its job," said Scott Greenwood, general counsel for the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union,which is suing the state over the continued use of the old-fashioned ballots.

    Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell helped draft a 2002 federal law giving states millions for more accurate voting machines.

    But worries about security of the machines derailed Blackwell's effort to bring electronic voting to his own state in time for the Nov. 2 election, which means 69 of Ohio's 88 counties will still use punch cards.

    Posted by Eric at 06:06 AM | Comments (27)

    Ohio: Next Florida?

    In the Cincy Enquirer:

    Four years after the presidential election hung on a few chads in Florida, Ohio is bracing for another potentially close race with the same troublesome punch-card ballots.

    State and county officials promise an accurate count, but critics are skeptical.

    "We are headed for a train wreck because the state has not done its job," said Scott Greenwood, general counsel for the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union,which is suing the state over the continued use of the old-fashioned ballots.

    Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell helped draft a 2002 federal law giving states millions for more accurate voting machines.

    But worries about security of the machines derailed Blackwell's effort to bring electronic voting to his own state in time for the Nov. 2 election, which means 69 of Ohio's 88 counties will still use punch cards.

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

    Hamster Numbers: Hispanic Homeownership

    From National Council of La Raza:

  • "Homeownership rates among Latinos increased steadily during the 1990s, but peaked at 47.3% in 2001. By 2003, Latino homeownership had declined by 0.6 percentage points."
  • "Affordability continues to be a problem as housing costs rise faster than income. On average, Hispanic families spend more than a third of their income on housing."
  • "While overall housing problems decreased slightly, more than twice the number of Hispanics than Whites reported problems with building quality."

    Posted by Eric at 05:46 AM | Comments (20)

    Hamster Numbers: Hispanic Homeownership

    From National Council of La Raza:

  • "Homeownership rates among Latinos increased steadily during the 1990s, but peaked at 47.3% in 2001. By 2003, Latino homeownership had declined by 0.6 percentage points."
  • "Affordability continues to be a problem as housing costs rise faster than income. On average, Hispanic families spend more than a third of their income on housing."
  • "While overall housing problems decreased slightly, more than twice the number of Hispanics than Whites reported problems with building quality."

    Posted by Eric at 05:46 AM | Comments (0)

    Senate Candidate Urges Springsteen Boycott

    That's not exactly the way to win votes if you're in New York. From the Toronto Star:

    Upset with entertainer Bruce Springsteen's effort to oust President George W. Bush from the White House, the New York Conservative party's candidate for the U.S. Senate is launching a Boycott the Boss television commercial.
    "He thinks making millions with a song-and-dance routine allows him to tell you how to vote," Marilyn O'Grady says in the 30-second spot. "Here's my vote: Boycott the Boss. If you don't buy his politics, don't buy his music."

    In a statement, O'Grady said Springsteen "has a right to say what he thinks, but we have an equal right to speak. Now that he's moved onto the political stage to bash my president, it is entirely fair to respond."

    Posted by Eric at 12:47 AM | Comments (25)

    Senate Candidate Urges Springsteen Boycott

    That's not exactly the way to win votes if you're in New York. From the Toronto Star:

    Upset with entertainer Bruce Springsteen's effort to oust President George W. Bush from the White House, the New York Conservative party's candidate for the U.S. Senate is launching a Boycott the Boss television commercial.
    "He thinks making millions with a song-and-dance routine allows him to tell you how to vote," Marilyn O'Grady says in the 30-second spot. "Here's my vote: Boycott the Boss. If you don't buy his politics, don't buy his music."

    In a statement, O'Grady said Springsteen "has a right to say what he thinks, but we have an equal right to speak. Now that he's moved onto the political stage to bash my president, it is entirely fair to respond."

    Posted by Eric at 12:47 AM | Comments (2)

    O'Reilly Factor for Kids

    Hilarious.

    And, of course, he puts on a Mr. Rogers sweater for the cover picture. "Hey Kids: SHUT UP!"

    Meanwhile, according to Low Culture, Bill O'Reilly is the most reviled media figure on the NYC subway system.

    Posted by Eric at 12:24 AM | Comments (30)

    O'Reilly Factor for Kids

    Hilarious.

    And, of course, he puts on a Mr. Rogers sweater for the cover picture. "Hey Kids: SHUT UP!"

    Meanwhile, according to Low Culture, Bill O'Reilly is the most reviled media figure on the NYC subway system.

    Posted by Eric at 12:24 AM | Comments (3)

    August 16, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    NYT. Dozens of Blasts Rock Najaf; 3 American Troops Are Killed
    NYT. Cash Collectors for Kerry Race Run the Gamut
    NYT. Polluted Sites Could Face Shortage of Cleanup Money
    WP. Reports: Chavez Wins Vote
    WP. D.C. Slow to Reduce Jobless
    WP. Democrats Unlikely to Fight Goss Bid
    AP. N.J. Governor Faces Changed Landscape
    AP. Bush's Troops Withdrawal Could Draw Votes
    AP. Mass. Republicans Eye Kerry's Senate Seat
    AP. Democrats Criticize Bush's Corporate Ties (
    Reuters. President Bush Tours Hurricane-Ravaged Florida
    Reuters. Kerry Asks Campaign Workers to Help Charley Victims
    BG. Bush camp readies appeal to veterans
    AP. Anarchists' convention debates voting
    Stateline.org. Funding woes plague state AIDS programs
    Chicago Tribune. Effort to get out the vote already extensive, costly
    Chicago Tribune. Senate race to hit airwaves
    Boston Globe. Conservatives push to woo black voters
    USAT. Bush TV ad targets Kerry on intelligence issues
    LAT. Losses and Lessons for Bush and Kerry

    Commentary
    Bob Herbert. Suppress the Vote?
    Jules Witcover. The Dems' lost prophet
    Regis T. Sabol. Swift Boat Vets' Assault on Truth
    Cynthia Tucker. No small steps, no giant leaps Timid Bush policy on stem cell research lacks exploratory impulse that has made America great
    Molly Ivins. Birds in the hand; Forget the apparent conflicts of interest; let's focus on the blatant ones
    Joel Rogers. Devolve This!
    Paul Waldman. Landslide; What if the 2004 presidential election isn't even close?
    Robert Bryce. America's Achilles' heel; The insurgents in Iraq know that keeping its oil flowing is crucial to U.S. success in the war -- and they're doing all they can to muck things up
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Appraising McCain; Take another look at Democrats favorite Republican. Hes not all you want him to be
    John K. Wilson. Keyes: Still Crazy After All These Years
    NYT. Congress Looks the Other Way

    Posted by Eric at 11:58 PM | Comments (16)

    Monday Stories

    News
    NYT. Dozens of Blasts Rock Najaf; 3 American Troops Are Killed
    NYT. Cash Collectors for Kerry Race Run the Gamut
    NYT. Polluted Sites Could Face Shortage of Cleanup Money
    WP. Reports: Chavez Wins Vote
    WP. D.C. Slow to Reduce Jobless
    WP. Democrats Unlikely to Fight Goss Bid
    AP. N.J. Governor Faces Changed Landscape
    AP. Bush's Troops Withdrawal Could Draw Votes
    AP. Mass. Republicans Eye Kerry's Senate Seat
    AP. Democrats Criticize Bush's Corporate Ties (
    Reuters. President Bush Tours Hurricane-Ravaged Florida
    Reuters. Kerry Asks Campaign Workers to Help Charley Victims
    BG. Bush camp readies appeal to veterans
    AP. Anarchists' convention debates voting
    Stateline.org. Funding woes plague state AIDS programs
    Chicago Tribune. Effort to get out the vote already extensive, costly
    Chicago Tribune. Senate race to hit airwaves
    Boston Globe. Conservatives push to woo black voters
    USAT. Bush TV ad targets Kerry on intelligence issues
    LAT. Losses and Lessons for Bush and Kerry

    Commentary
    Bob Herbert. Suppress the Vote?
    Jules Witcover. The Dems' lost prophet
    Regis T. Sabol. Swift Boat Vets' Assault on Truth
    Cynthia Tucker. No small steps, no giant leaps Timid Bush policy on stem cell research lacks exploratory impulse that has made America great
    Molly Ivins. Birds in the hand; Forget the apparent conflicts of interest; let's focus on the blatant ones
    Joel Rogers. Devolve This!
    Paul Waldman. Landslide; What if the 2004 presidential election isn't even close?
    Robert Bryce. America's Achilles' heel; The insurgents in Iraq know that keeping its oil flowing is crucial to U.S. success in the war -- and they're doing all they can to muck things up
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Appraising McCain; Take another look at Democrats favorite Republican. Hes not all you want him to be
    John K. Wilson. Keyes: Still Crazy After All These Years
    NYT. Congress Looks the Other Way

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

    Widespread Voter Fraud by Nader in Oregon

    According to the SEIU, as reported by Blue Oregon:

    Alice Dale, Vice-President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was joined by Ellen Lowe, the chief petitioner of the Initiative Integrity Act, as she released preliminary findings of an investigation into the quality of the first round of signature sheets turned into Multnomah and Washington Counties of the Ralph Nader for President petition.

    As part of the investigation, 269 people whose names were on petition sheets have been contacted face to face through SEIUs research project. Out of those contacts, it was learned that 27% of the addresses do not exist, 22% of the names belong to people who are deceased or do not live at the address, and 17% of the people contacted reported they did not sign the petition. Only 32% of the people contacted whose names appear on the Nader petition report actually signing the petition.

    "Based on our experience fighting signature fraud in the past, we believe the problem originates from the circulators themselves," says Alice Dale, Service Employees Union International Vice President. "This fraud is too pervasive to have been committed without at least the complicity of the signature gatherers. Furthermore, looking at the sheets for any length of time raises the question of whether campaign officials knew or at the very least should have known about the false signatures."

    More sad times for Nader. This investigation, of course, from a progressive labor group.

    Posted by Eric at 10:04 PM | Comments (24)

    Widespread Voter Fraud by Nader in Oregon

    According to the SEIU, as reported by Blue Oregon:

    Alice Dale, Vice-President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was joined by Ellen Lowe, the chief petitioner of the Initiative Integrity Act, as she released preliminary findings of an investigation into the quality of the first round of signature sheets turned into Multnomah and Washington Counties of the Ralph Nader for President petition.

    As part of the investigation, 269 people whose names were on petition sheets have been contacted face to face through SEIUs research project. Out of those contacts, it was learned that 27% of the addresses do not exist, 22% of the names belong to people who are deceased or do not live at the address, and 17% of the people contacted reported they did not sign the petition. Only 32% of the people contacted whose names appear on the Nader petition report actually signing the petition.

    "Based on our experience fighting signature fraud in the past, we believe the problem originates from the circulators themselves," says Alice Dale, Service Employees Union International Vice President. "This fraud is too pervasive to have been committed without at least the complicity of the signature gatherers. Furthermore, looking at the sheets for any length of time raises the question of whether campaign officials knew or at the very least should have known about the false signatures."

    More sad times for Nader. This investigation, of course, from a progressive labor group.

    Posted by Eric at 10:04 PM | Comments (0)

    Conservatives Bleh about Nov

    It's no secret that liberals are excited about the possibilities in November. But conservatives? From the conservative CNS:

    When conservatives gathered in the nation's capital last Wednesday for a panel discussion on the 2004 election, they certainly didn't leave with good news about President Bush's re-election hopes. Even the conservative member of the panel said Republicans weren't excited by Bush.

    "For all the talk about polarization, I find a startling agreement [from] everybody I talk to," syndicated columnist Robert Novak told the audience. "Nobody seems to like George Bush very much. The Democrats I talk to hate him and the Republicans aren't very enthusiastic about him."

    The point of the discussion, sponsored by the Free Congress Foundation, was the impact of the traditional non-voter on the 2004 election. It turns out, according to the panelists, that Sen. John Kerry has an advantage with them because liberals typically don't vote as much as conservatives.

    More bad news followed. Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg said it won't be easy for Bush to win re-election. In Rothenberg's view, Bush will either need to make Kerry seem so unacceptable that voters reject him or he must convince voters the country is headed in the right direction.

    Posted by Eric at 09:17 PM | Comments (28)

    Conservatives Bleh about Nov

    It's no secret that liberals are excited about the possibilities in November. But conservatives? From the conservative CNS:

    When conservatives gathered in the nation's capital last Wednesday for a panel discussion on the 2004 election, they certainly didn't leave with good news about President Bush's re-election hopes. Even the conservative member of the panel said Republicans weren't excited by Bush.

    "For all the talk about polarization, I find a startling agreement [from] everybody I talk to," syndicated columnist Robert Novak told the audience. "Nobody seems to like George Bush very much. The Democrats I talk to hate him and the Republicans aren't very enthusiastic about him."

    The point of the discussion, sponsored by the Free Congress Foundation, was the impact of the traditional non-voter on the 2004 election. It turns out, according to the panelists, that Sen. John Kerry has an advantage with them because liberals typically don't vote as much as conservatives.

    More bad news followed. Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg said it won't be easy for Bush to win re-election. In Rothenberg's view, Bush will either need to make Kerry seem so unacceptable that voters reject him or he must convince voters the country is headed in the right direction.

    Posted by Eric at 09:17 PM | Comments (2)

    Bush Takes Credit for Olympics

    Oh sigh, from CAP:

    "Today, because the world acted with courage and moral clarity...[Iraqi] athletes are competing in the Olympic Games."

    - George W. Bush, 8/14/04

    VERSUS

    Iraq sent "a four-athlete team...to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney."

    - U.S. State Department

    Posted by Eric at 12:30 PM | Comments (21)

    Bush Takes Credit for Olympics

    Oh sigh, from CAP:

    "Today, because the world acted with courage and moral clarity...[Iraqi] athletes are competing in the Olympic Games."

    - George W. Bush, 8/14/04

    VERSUS

    Iraq sent "a four-athlete team...to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney."

    - U.S. State Department

    Posted by Eric at 12:30 PM | Comments (0)

    Hamsters for Kerry

    Not my site, but I'll of course plug it: http://www.hamstersforkerry.com ...

    They even have a song:

    Hamsters would vote for John Kerry
    If we had the vote.
    Hamsters would vote for John Kerry
    Learn that fact by rote.

    People please vote for John Kerry
    And Edwards as his veep.
    We don't want another four years
    Of that rat-faced creep.

    People please go vote
    People please go vote
    People please go vote for John Ke-e-rry

    And a useful FAQ:

    Can hamsters vote?
    No, hamsters can't vote.

    Posted by Eric at 11:49 AM | Comments (24)

    Hamsters for Kerry

    Not my site, but I'll of course plug it: http://www.hamstersforkerry.com ...

    They even have a song:

    Hamsters would vote for John Kerry
    If we had the vote.
    Hamsters would vote for John Kerry
    Learn that fact by rote.

    People please vote for John Kerry
    And Edwards as his veep.
    We don't want another four years
    Of that rat-faced creep.

    People please go vote
    People please go vote
    People please go vote for John Ke-e-rry

    And a useful FAQ:

    Can hamsters vote?
    No, hamsters can't vote.

    Posted by Eric at 11:49 AM | Comments (5)

    Smearing David Alston

    Freepers claim Alston never served with Kerry. They are, of course, wrong.

    Posted by Eric at 11:02 AM | Comments (58)

    Smearing David Alston

    Freepers claim Alston never served with Kerry. They are, of course, wrong.

    Posted by Eric at 11:02 AM | Comments (3)

    Chuck Hagel to Consider Prez Run

    In 2008, the Nebraskan says.

    Posted by Eric at 10:05 AM | Comments (56)

    Chuck Hagel to Consider Prez Run

    In 2008, the Nebraskan says.

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

    Erskine Bowles Has Wide Lead

    The former Clinton Chief of Staff in North Carolina: "Bowles is favored by 47 percent, compared with 38 percent for Republican Congressman Richard Burr, according to a new statewide survey conducted for The News & Observer, WRAL-TV and WUNC radio. The survey found 15 percent of voters undecided."

    Posted by Eric at 09:57 AM | Comments (35)

    Erskine Bowles Has Wide Lead

    The former Clinton Chief of Staff in North Carolina: "Bowles is favored by 47 percent, compared with 38 percent for Republican Congressman Richard Burr, according to a new statewide survey conducted for The News & Observer, WRAL-TV and WUNC radio. The survey found 15 percent of voters undecided."

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

    John Warner: Kerry Deserved Medals

    The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on CNN's "Late Edition":

    Sen. John Warner, an ex-Navy secretary under President Richard Nixon, particularly defended the process by which Kerry won his highest honor, the Silver Star.

    "I'd stand by the process that awarded that medal, and I think we best acknowledge that his heroism did gain that recognition," Warner (R-Va.) told CNN's "Late Edition."

    Kerry was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Hearts as a Navy Swift boat commander in the Mekong Delta in February and March 1969.

    "We did extraordinary, careful checking on that type of medal [the Silver Star], a very high one, when it goes through the secretary," Warner said. "I feel that he deserved it."

    Posted by Eric at 09:52 AM | Comments (21)

    John Warner: Kerry Deserved Medals

    The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on CNN's "Late Edition":

    Sen. John Warner, an ex-Navy secretary under President Richard Nixon, particularly defended the process by which Kerry won his highest honor, the Silver Star.

    "I'd stand by the process that awarded that medal, and I think we best acknowledge that his heroism did gain that recognition," Warner (R-Va.) told CNN's "Late Edition."

    Kerry was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Hearts as a Navy Swift boat commander in the Mekong Delta in February and March 1969.

    "We did extraordinary, careful checking on that type of medal [the Silver Star], a very high one, when it goes through the secretary," Warner said. "I feel that he deserved it."

    Posted by Eric at 09:52 AM | Comments (0)

    An Organization of Hope

    As heard on The Al Franken Show, Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (81)

    An Organization of Hope

    As heard on The Al Franken Show, Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (11)

    Comedy Monday

    "Is it me or is Bush going everywhere Kerry goes? So far in the past week, President Bush has followed John Kerry to Davenport, Iowa; New Mexico; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; and he follows him to Portland, Oregon. The only place he never followed John Kerry was Vietnam." Jay Leno

    "Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that he will not be attending the Republican convention. Uh oh. So I guess they're going to have to find another black guy." Jay Leno

    "President Bush is trying to put a positive spin on the latest bad economic numbers. Today he declared victory in the 'War on Jobs."' Craig Kilborn

    "Plans by Al Qaeda to blow up casions in Las Vegas were stopped last year. Does that make sense though? If you want to destroy a casino - just hire Donald Trump to run it." Conan O'Brien

    "An astounding 65% of people in California approve of the way Arnold Schwarzenegger is running the state. The other 35% are girly men." Conan O'Brien


    The Onion. U.S. Military Clears A-Team Of Charges.

    humorgazette. Bush intelligence decision lacks intelligence .

    georgewbush.org. Complete Text of President Bush's Heartfelt Campaign Rally Remarks to Undecided Swing-State Amishese Voters.

    weeklyworldnews. RIVER OF BEER DISCOVERED IN GERMANY.

    Jim Anchower. Things Are Starting To Turn Around.


    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 01:45 AM | Comments (13)

    Comedy Monday

    "Is it me or is Bush going everywhere Kerry goes? So far in the past week, President Bush has followed John Kerry to Davenport, Iowa; New Mexico; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; and he follows him to Portland, Oregon. The only place he never followed John Kerry was Vietnam." Jay Leno

    "Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that he will not be attending the Republican convention. Uh oh. So I guess they're going to have to find another black guy." Jay Leno

    "President Bush is trying to put a positive spin on the latest bad economic numbers. Today he declared victory in the 'War on Jobs."' Craig Kilborn

    "Plans by Al Qaeda to blow up casions in Las Vegas were stopped last year. Does that make sense though? If you want to destroy a casino - just hire Donald Trump to run it." Conan O'Brien

    "An astounding 65% of people in California approve of the way Arnold Schwarzenegger is running the state. The other 35% are girly men." Conan O'Brien


    The Onion. U.S. Military Clears A-Team Of Charges.

    humorgazette. Bush intelligence decision lacks intelligence .

    georgewbush.org. Complete Text of President Bush's Heartfelt Campaign Rally Remarks to Undecided Swing-State Amishese Voters.

    weeklyworldnews. RIVER OF BEER DISCOVERED IN GERMANY.

    Jim Anchower. Things Are Starting To Turn Around.


    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 01:45 AM | Comments (8)

    Study: Cannabis extract shrinks brain tumours

    There's your excuse.

    Posted by Eric at 01:25 AM | Comments (34)

    Study: Cannabis extract shrinks brain tumours

    There's your excuse.

    Posted by Eric at 01:25 AM | Comments (0)

    Whipper Snappers Leaving Bush

    WhY tHeY aLl pLaYa hAtInG? From the Washington Post:

    Four years ago, network exit polls found that Bush and Democrat Al Gore split the vote of 18-to-29-year-olds, with Gore claiming 48 percent and Bush getting 46 percent -- the best showing by a Republican presidential candidate in more than a decade.

    But that was then. In the latest Post-ABC News poll, taken immediately after the Democratic National Convention, Kerry led Bush 2 to 1 among registered voters younger than 30. ....

    The issues motivating younger voters are not much different from those on the minds of all Americans. The war in Iraq and the economy lead their list of top voting concerns in recent Post-ABC News surveys -- not surprising, because it is mostly young people who are fighting in Iraq and hustling to keep or find jobs in this uncertain economy. Education ranks somewhat higher as a voting issue among younger voters, not unexpected either, since many of them are just out of school or are still in college.

    Posted by Eric at 12:47 AM | Comments (9)

    Whipper Snappers Leaving Bush

    WhY tHeY aLl pLaYa hAtInG? From the Washington Post:

    Four years ago, network exit polls found that Bush and Democrat Al Gore split the vote of 18-to-29-year-olds, with Gore claiming 48 percent and Bush getting 46 percent -- the best showing by a Republican presidential candidate in more than a decade.

    But that was then. In the latest Post-ABC News poll, taken immediately after the Democratic National Convention, Kerry led Bush 2 to 1 among registered voters younger than 30. ....

    The issues motivating younger voters are not much different from those on the minds of all Americans. The war in Iraq and the economy lead their list of top voting concerns in recent Post-ABC News surveys -- not surprising, because it is mostly young people who are fighting in Iraq and hustling to keep or find jobs in this uncertain economy. Education ranks somewhat higher as a voting issue among younger voters, not unexpected either, since many of them are just out of school or are still in college.

    Posted by Eric at 12:47 AM | Comments (8)

    AA Crowd Boos Keyes

    Maybe they heard his rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow; from the Chicago Tribune:

    If U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes had any notions of capturing the hearts and minds of Chicago's black electorate, the annual Bud Billiken Day Parade on Saturday proved that this task will be nothing short of daunting for the Republican.

    Keyes, the conservative political figure from Maryland who entered the Senate race last week after GOP nominee Jack Ryan withdrew his candidacy, made his first trip Saturday into the heart of Chicago's black community. Keyes, an African-American, was greeted with a resounding chorus of jeers and boos that bordered on outright hostility.

    "Go back to Maryland!" and "Down with Keyes!" were the most common refrains.

    The 75-year-old Billiken parade, which ran south along Martin Luther King Drive from Pershing Road to 55th Street, is touted as the largest African-American parade in the country and the biggest in Chicago. Besides baton twirlers, cowboys on horseback and colorful floats, politicians seeking black votes are wise not to forgo the gathering on the South Side.

    By contrast, Democrat Barack Obama was treated to a king's welcome, with thousands of parade-goers hoisting blue-and-white Obama signs, wearing Obama stickers and shrieking in pure joy as his float passed by. They serenaded the Hyde Park Democrat with chants of "O-Ba-Ma! O-Ba-Ma! O-Ba-Ma!"

    Also, Keyes continued his attacks against Obama's pro-choice position:
    Before stepping off on the parade route, Keyes charged in an interview that Obama is indirectly supporting the "genocide" of African-Americans by endorsing a woman's legal right to an abortion.

    "We're the first people who have ever been pushed into genocide before our babies are born," Keyes said. "So the people who are supporting that position are actually supporting the systematic extermination of black America."

    Posted by Eric at 12:38 AM | Comments (46)

    AA Crowd Boos Keyes

    Maybe they heard his rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow; from the Chicago Tribune:

    If U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes had any notions of capturing the hearts and minds of Chicago's black electorate, the annual Bud Billiken Day Parade on Saturday proved that this task will be nothing short of daunting for the Republican.

    Keyes, the conservative political figure from Maryland who entered the Senate race last week after GOP nominee Jack Ryan withdrew his candidacy, made his first trip Saturday into the heart of Chicago's black community. Keyes, an African-American, was greeted with a resounding chorus of jeers and boos that bordered on outright hostility.

    "Go back to Maryland!" and "Down with Keyes!" were the most common refrains.

    The 75-year-old Billiken parade, which ran south along Martin Luther King Drive from Pershing Road to 55th Street, is touted as the largest African-American parade in the country and the biggest in Chicago. Besides baton twirlers, cowboys on horseback and colorful floats, politicians seeking black votes are wise not to forgo the gathering on the South Side.

    By contrast, Democrat Barack Obama was treated to a king's welcome, with thousands of parade-goers hoisting blue-and-white Obama signs, wearing Obama stickers and shrieking in pure joy as his float passed by. They serenaded the Hyde Park Democrat with chants of "O-Ba-Ma! O-Ba-Ma! O-Ba-Ma!"

    Also, Keyes continued his attacks against Obama's pro-choice position:
    Before stepping off on the parade route, Keyes charged in an interview that Obama is indirectly supporting the "genocide" of African-Americans by endorsing a woman's legal right to an abortion.

    "We're the first people who have ever been pushed into genocide before our babies are born," Keyes said. "So the people who are supporting that position are actually supporting the systematic extermination of black America."

    Posted by Eric at 12:38 AM | Comments (11)

    August 14, 2004

    On Kerry's Experience

    From Tapped:

    A final word on John Kerry's entirely unnecessary recent statements, already much discussed on this blog, about how he would have voted to authorize Bush's war in Iraq even had WMD not been the issue. Isn't answering just this sort of hypothetical question exactly what got Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.) in trouble on his first day out on the campaign trail 11 months ago? Clark's error in (badly) answering the question of how he would have voted had he been in office was attributed by most observers to his inexperience as a political candidate; Kerry has no such excuse.
    Perhaps experience is less the issue, though, than temperament. The example of John Edwards is a useful counterpoint. Edwards has the same voting record as Kerry on the Iraq war, but somehow manages to present it more coherently. And while Edwards sometimes is criticized for being excessively plastic and practiced, he also almost never says anything that's off message or that provides fodder for the other side, even though he's a much less experienced candidate than Kerry. Kerry's already absorbed much of Edwards' economic message; it might not hurt to absorb some of his cautious demeanor, too.

    Posted by Eric at 11:43 PM | Comments (18)

    On Kerry's Experience

    From Tapped:

    A final word on John Kerry's entirely unnecessary recent statements, already much discussed on this blog, about how he would have voted to authorize Bush's war in Iraq even had WMD not been the issue. Isn't answering just this sort of hypothetical question exactly what got Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.) in trouble on his first day out on the campaign trail 11 months ago? Clark's error in (badly) answering the question of how he would have voted had he been in office was attributed by most observers to his inexperience as a political candidate; Kerry has no such excuse.
    Perhaps experience is less the issue, though, than temperament. The example of John Edwards is a useful counterpoint. Edwards has the same voting record as Kerry on the Iraq war, but somehow manages to present it more coherently. And while Edwards sometimes is criticized for being excessively plastic and practiced, he also almost never says anything that's off message or that provides fodder for the other side, even though he's a much less experienced candidate than Kerry. Kerry's already absorbed much of Edwards' economic message; it might not hurt to absorb some of his cautious demeanor, too.

    Posted by Eric at 11:43 PM | Comments (1)

    O'Neill on Hardball

    Occasionally Chris Matthews is fun to watch. This one, with John O'Neill, was an amusing interview. Por ejemplo:

    MATTHEWS: Well, he risked his life, didnt he?

    ONEILL: I dont believe that...

    MATTHEWS: You mean he didnt face enemy, potential enemy fire by going up on the beach in Vietnam in V.C. territory?

    ONEILL: You mean on that occasion?

    MATTHEWS: Yes.

    ONEILL: I dont really think so, Chris. We had people shoot at us. John Kerry got shot at. Im not denying that John Kerry in being shot at showed courage. I think he did, just like all the rest of us.

    (CROSSTALK)

    MATTHEWS: Well, compare that to Bushs record in Vietnam.

    ONEILL: Well, Im not here to...

    MATTHEWS: No, I mean, if a man shows any courage in the battlefield, hes done more than most people do in this country. Hes gone out and fought for his country and risked his life for his country and shot one of the enemy for his country. That puts him a step above most people, doesnt it?

    ONEILL: I think he is millions of steps behind, because he went over...

    MATTHEWS: Behind whom?

    ONEILL: Behind everybody.

    MATTHEWS: You mean Bush? President Bush?

    ONEILL: Yes. Im not going to speak to President Bush.

    Also ...
    ONEILL: You havent let me talk about most of them. We talked about his first Purple...

    MATTHEWS: You talked about each one.

    ONEILL: His first Purple...

    MATTHEWS: One of the oldest tricks on this show is for somebody to come on the show after talking for 20 minutes and say they havent had the chance to talk.

    ONEILL: Well, the first...

    MATTHEWS: Ill be glad to clock you, John...

    ONEILL: OK.

    MATTHEWS: ... on how many minutes you spoke on the show. So dont try that old trick. It is a particularly conservative trick, OK? So lets move on here.

    And:
    MATTHEWS: No, because it comes down to the question. Were going over the issue here of you going after a guys war record and admitting he was courageous in battle, but then arguing about the nature of the way he was awarded the Silver Star. Im just wondering why youre doing this ... Well, Ive already heard enough that hes done more than I ever did for my country and a lot more than anybody else.
    Media Matters has more on the debate, noting several O'Neill lies.

    Posted by Eric at 08:21 AM | Comments (25)

    O'Neill on Hardball

    Occasionally Chris Matthews is fun to watch. This one, with John O'Neill, was an amusing interview. Por ejemplo:

    MATTHEWS: Well, he risked his life, didnt he?

    ONEILL: I dont believe that...

    MATTHEWS: You mean he didnt face enemy, potential enemy fire by going up on the beach in Vietnam in V.C. territory?

    ONEILL: You mean on that occasion?

    MATTHEWS: Yes.

    ONEILL: I dont really think so, Chris. We had people shoot at us. John Kerry got shot at. Im not denying that John Kerry in being shot at showed courage. I think he did, just like all the rest of us.

    (CROSSTALK)

    MATTHEWS: Well, compare that to Bushs record in Vietnam.

    ONEILL: Well, Im not here to...

    MATTHEWS: No, I mean, if a man shows any courage in the battlefield, hes done more than most people do in this country. Hes gone out and fought for his country and risked his life for his country and shot one of the enemy for his country. That puts him a step above most people, doesnt it?

    ONEILL: I think he is millions of steps behind, because he went over...

    MATTHEWS: Behind whom?

    ONEILL: Behind everybody.

    MATTHEWS: You mean Bush? President Bush?

    ONEILL: Yes. Im not going to speak to President Bush.

    Also ...
    ONEILL: You havent let me talk about most of them. We talked about his first Purple...

    MATTHEWS: You talked about each one.

    ONEILL: His first Purple...

    MATTHEWS: One of the oldest tricks on this show is for somebody to come on the show after talking for 20 minutes and say they havent had the chance to talk.

    ONEILL: Well, the first...

    MATTHEWS: Ill be glad to clock you, John...

    ONEILL: OK.

    MATTHEWS: ... on how many minutes you spoke on the show. So dont try that old trick. It is a particularly conservative trick, OK? So lets move on here.

    And:
    MATTHEWS: No, because it comes down to the question. Were going over the issue here of you going after a guys war record and admitting he was courageous in battle, but then arguing about the nature of the way he was awarded the Silver Star. Im just wondering why youre doing this ... Well, Ive already heard enough that hes done more than I ever did for my country and a lot more than anybody else.
    Media Matters has more on the debate, noting several O'Neill lies.

    Posted by Eric at 08:21 AM | Comments (4)

    Sean Hannity Distorts Dean Audio to Support Lie

    Oh, and I expected so much more from Sean ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:49 AM | Comments (40)

    Sean Hannity Distorts Dean Audio to Support Lie

    Oh, and I expected so much more from Sean ...

    Posted by Eric at 07:49 AM | Comments (9)

    Prez Debate Schedule

    From the Commission on Presidential Debates:

    First presidential debate:
    University of Miami
    Coral Gables, FL
    Thursday, September 30
    Jim Lehrer
    Anchor and Executive Editor, The NewsHour, PBS

    Vice presidential debate:
    Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, OH
    Tuesday, October 5
    Gwen Ifill
    Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour, and Moderator, Washington Week, PBS

    Second presidential debate:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    St. Louis, MO
    Friday, October 8
    Charles Gibson
    Co-Anchor, ABC News Good Morning America

    Third presidential debate:
    Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ
    Wednesday, October 13
    Bob Schieffer
    CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent, and Moderator, Face the Nation

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (31)

    Prez Debate Schedule

    From the Commission on Presidential Debates:

    First presidential debate:
    University of Miami
    Coral Gables, FL
    Thursday, September 30
    Jim Lehrer
    Anchor and Executive Editor, The NewsHour, PBS

    Vice presidential debate:
    Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, OH
    Tuesday, October 5
    Gwen Ifill
    Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour, and Moderator, Washington Week, PBS

    Second presidential debate:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    St. Louis, MO
    Friday, October 8
    Charles Gibson
    Co-Anchor, ABC News Good Morning America

    Third presidential debate:
    Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ
    Wednesday, October 13
    Bob Schieffer
    CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent, and Moderator, Face the Nation

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (8)

    Web Surfers Hit JohnKerry.com

    A campaign of big nerds, I say:

    Nielsen/NetRatings, an independent research firm, reported that traffic to the nominee's official Web site increased by 191 percent during the week of the convention, making it the fastest-growing major Web site in the country (for that week, anyway). In all, about 771,000 people visited the site from their homes. The firm distinguishes between Internet use at home and at work, and it did not release data on how the Massachusetts senator's site, or any other one, fared among those on the job. It estimated that visitors spend an average of eight minutes on the site

    Overall, the Kerry campaign's site was the 213th most popular in the country, just ahead of the online home of the business supply company Staples and right behind InPhonic.com, a site for a communications firm. JohnKerry.com was more popular than, for example, United Airlines' site, but it had fewer guests than either the Boston Globe's site or one called "Kara's Adult Playground."

    .... But Kerry's readership far eclipsed that of his Republican rivals. Nielsen/NetRatings estimated that the Republican National Committee's site had about 275,000 readers during the convention week, a 32 percent increase over the previous seven-day period. President Bush's campaign site, meanwhile, did not have enough visitors to register with the firm.

    Of course, it remains to be seen how much web traffic increases during the RNC's convention week.

    Posted by Eric at 07:38 AM | Comments (39)

    Web Surfers Hit JohnKerry.com

    A campaign of big nerds, I say:

    Nielsen/NetRatings, an independent research firm, reported that traffic to the nominee's official Web site increased by 191 percent during the week of the convention, making it the fastest-growing major Web site in the country (for that week, anyway). In all, about 771,000 people visited the site from their homes. The firm distinguishes between Internet use at home and at work, and it did not release data on how the Massachusetts senator's site, or any other one, fared among those on the job. It estimated that visitors spend an average of eight minutes on the site

    Overall, the Kerry campaign's site was the 213th most popular in the country, just ahead of the online home of the business supply company Staples and right behind InPhonic.com, a site for a communications firm. JohnKerry.com was more popular than, for example, United Airlines' site, but it had fewer guests than either the Boston Globe's site or one called "Kara's Adult Playground."

    .... But Kerry's readership far eclipsed that of his Republican rivals. Nielsen/NetRatings estimated that the Republican National Committee's site had about 275,000 readers during the convention week, a 32 percent increase over the previous seven-day period. President Bush's campaign site, meanwhile, did not have enough visitors to register with the firm.

    Of course, it remains to be seen how much web traffic increases during the RNC's convention week.

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

    Keyes Prefers State Legs, Not People, Deciding

    From the AP, Keyes says he'd rather have U.S. senators chosen by state legislatures:

    The Republican Senate candidate in Illinois, asked about past comments on the election process, said the constitutional amendment that provided for popular election of senators upset the balance between the people and the states.

    "The balance is utterly destroyed when the senators are directly elected because the state government as such no longer plays any role in the deliberations at the federal level," Keyes said at a taping of WBBM Newsradio's "At Issue" program.

    He said it was one of the reasons "there has been a steady deleterious erosion of the sovereign role of the states."

    Keyes' Democratic rival, state Sen. Barack Obama of Chicago, issued a statement saying he supports popular election of U.S. senators.

    Posted by Eric at 07:31 AM | Comments (16)

    Keyes Prefers State Legs, Not People, Deciding

    From the AP, Keyes says he'd rather have U.S. senators chosen by state legislatures:

    The Republican Senate candidate in Illinois, asked about past comments on the election process, said the constitutional amendment that provided for popular election of senators upset the balance between the people and the states.

    "The balance is utterly destroyed when the senators are directly elected because the state government as such no longer plays any role in the deliberations at the federal level," Keyes said at a taping of WBBM Newsradio's "At Issue" program.

    He said it was one of the reasons "there has been a steady deleterious erosion of the sovereign role of the states."

    Keyes' Democratic rival, state Sen. Barack Obama of Chicago, issued a statement saying he supports popular election of U.S. senators.

    Posted by Eric at 07:31 AM | Comments (13)

    Hamster Numbers: Voting

    From Ask Dr. Dave:

    "Throughout our history, Americans have passionately defended and fought for the right to vote. But we exercise that right far less than citizens in other countries. For example, from 1945 to 1998 voting turnout in the U.S. ranked 139th of 171 countries. Our turnout rate of about 50 percent compares to the 73 percent average for the 36 established democracies."

    Posted by Eric at 06:11 AM | Comments (16)

    Hamster Numbers: Voting

    From Ask Dr. Dave:

    "Throughout our history, Americans have passionately defended and fought for the right to vote. But we exercise that right far less than citizens in other countries. For example, from 1945 to 1998 voting turnout in the U.S. ranked 139th of 171 countries. Our turnout rate of about 50 percent compares to the 73 percent average for the 36 established democracies."

    Posted by Eric at 06:11 AM | Comments (1)

    Rolling Stone Covers O'Reilly

    From John Colapinto.

    Posted by Eric at 05:58 AM | Comments (43)

    Rolling Stone Covers O'Reilly

    From John Colapinto.

    Posted by Eric at 05:58 AM | Comments (3)

    August 13, 2004

    Dems and Religion

    Can the Democrats bring the church crowd to the party? Eyal Press in The Nation:

    By refocusing the debate about values away from what happens in the bedroom and toward issues like homelessness and poverty, strategists like Perriello believe progressives can reclaim the moral high ground in American politics while mobilizing religious activists to advance concerns they share. At the Call to Renewal conference, Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners, echoed this line, arguing that unlike inherently divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion, a campaign against poverty could unify Christians "across political and denominational lines." It's an inspiring thought, although in reality such a campaign would likely fracture along familiar political lines. For as Jackson's speech showed, framing poverty as a religious issue can as easily buttress a conservative agenda as a progressive one. The faith community is ultimately no less divided about the causes of poverty than the rest of society is, with some viewing it as a "state of mind" for which individuals have themselves to blame, others as a product of structural inequality that requires a radically different set of policies.

    Posted by Eric at 03:24 PM | Comments (5)

    Dems and Religion

    Can the Democrats bring the church crowd to the party? Eyal Press in The Nation:

    By refocusing the debate about values away from what happens in the bedroom and toward issues like homelessness and poverty, strategists like Perriello believe progressives can reclaim the moral high ground in American politics while mobilizing religious activists to advance concerns they share. At the Call to Renewal conference, Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners, echoed this line, arguing that unlike inherently divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion, a campaign against poverty could unify Christians "across political and denominational lines." It's an inspiring thought, although in reality such a campaign would likely fracture along familiar political lines. For as Jackson's speech showed, framing poverty as a religious issue can as easily buttress a conservative agenda as a progressive one. The faith community is ultimately no less divided about the causes of poverty than the rest of society is, with some viewing it as a "state of mind" for which individuals have themselves to blame, others as a product of structural inequality that requires a radically different set of policies.

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

    More Taxes for Middle

    Thanks Buddy! WPost on a CBO study:

    Since 2001, President Bush's tax cuts have shifted federal tax payments from the richest Americans to a wide swath of middle-class families, the Congressional Budget Office has found, a conclusion likely to roil the presidential election campaign.

    The CBO study, due to be released today, found that the wealthiest 20 percent, whose incomes averaged $182,700 in 2001, saw their share of federal taxes drop from 64.4 percent of total tax payments in 2001 to 63.5 percent this year. The top 1 percent, earning $1.1 million, saw their share fall to 20.1 percent of the total, from 22.2 percent.

    Over that same period, taxpayers with incomes from around $51,500 to around $75,600 saw their share of federal tax payments increase. Households earning around $75,600 saw their tax burden jump the most, from 18.7 percent of all taxes to 19.5 percent.

    Oh, but is the CBO just some partisan hack group funded by Soros?
    The analysis, requested in May by congressional Democrats, echoes similar studies by think tanks and Democratic activist groups. But the conclusions have heightened significance because of their source, a nonpartisan government agency headed by a former senior economist from the Bush White House, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. The study will likely stoke an already burning debate about the fairness and efficacy of $1.7 trillion in tax cuts that the president pushed through Congress.

    Posted by Eric at 02:26 PM | Comments (18)

    More Taxes for Middle

    Thanks Buddy! WPost on a CBO study:

    Since 2001, President Bush's tax cuts have shifted federal tax payments from the richest Americans to a wide swath of middle-class families, the Congressional Budget Office has found, a conclusion likely to roil the presidential election campaign.

    The CBO study, due to be released today, found that the wealthiest 20 percent, whose incomes averaged $182,700 in 2001, saw their share of federal taxes drop from 64.4 percent of total tax payments in 2001 to 63.5 percent this year. The top 1 percent, earning $1.1 million, saw their share fall to 20.1 percent of the total, from 22.2 percent.

    Over that same period, taxpayers with incomes from around $51,500 to around $75,600 saw their share of federal tax payments increase. Households earning around $75,600 saw their tax burden jump the most, from 18.7 percent of all taxes to 19.5 percent.

    Oh, but is the CBO just some partisan hack group funded by Soros?
    The analysis, requested in May by congressional Democrats, echoes similar studies by think tanks and Democratic activist groups. But the conclusions have heightened significance because of their source, a nonpartisan government agency headed by a former senior economist from the Bush White House, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. The study will likely stoke an already burning debate about the fairness and efficacy of $1.7 trillion in tax cuts that the president pushed through Congress.

    Posted by Eric at 02:26 PM | Comments (1)

    MSNBC No More?

    Will the low-rated news net be pulled? NYDN:

    Microsoft and NBC are switching the channels on their relationship. The co-owners of No. 3 cable news net MSNBC are discussing a host of options - including pulling the plug on their 8-year partnership.
    Sources told the Daily News that talks have been going on for some time. The two are bound together by a long-term contract.

    There are other possibilities on the table. The two sides are also said to be exploring the option of working more closely together to create new businesses like subscription and broadband services, insiders said.

    "There have been discussions about evolving the relationship," a source said.

    But both sides appear disillusioned with a marriage that was supposed to revolutionize news on TV and the Internet. Instead, MSNBC has become a distant third in the cable news race.

    Posted by Eric at 02:10 PM | Comments (20)

    MSNBC No More?

    Will the low-rated news net be pulled? NYDN:

    Microsoft and NBC are switching the channels on their relationship. The co-owners of No. 3 cable news net MSNBC are discussing a host of options - including pulling the plug on their 8-year partnership.
    Sources told the Daily News that talks have been going on for some time. The two are bound together by a long-term contract.

    There are other possibilities on the table. The two sides are also said to be exploring the option of working more closely together to create new businesses like subscription and broadband services, insiders said.

    "There have been discussions about evolving the relationship," a source said.

    But both sides appear disillusioned with a marriage that was supposed to revolutionize news on TV and the Internet. Instead, MSNBC has become a distant third in the cable news race.

    Posted by Eric at 02:10 PM | Comments (0)

    Thompson Refuses to Endorse Keyes

    The former Repub Gov is disappointed with the choice

    Former Republican Gov. James R. Thompson said Wednesday he was disappointed that Illinois Republicans had gone out of state to find a U.S. Senate candidate.

    "I find it sad that the state central committee of the Republican Party could not find a representative in Illinois to take this race on because there were a number who were willing to do so," Thompson told reporters ... Thompson, who had cut quickly off any talk of himself becoming the replacement candidate even before the party's search began, said he had not endorsed Keyes or agreed to campaign for him.

    "I don't know enough about his positions to say I would be comfortable in doing that," he said.

    Posted by Eric at 02:08 PM | Comments (6)

    Thompson Refuses to Endorse Keyes

    The former Repub Gov is disappointed with the choice

    Former Republican Gov. James R. Thompson said Wednesday he was disappointed that Illinois Republicans had gone out of state to find a U.S. Senate candidate.

    "I find it sad that the state central committee of the Republican Party could not find a representative in Illinois to take this race on because there were a number who were willing to do so," Thompson told reporters ... Thompson, who had cut quickly off any talk of himself becoming the replacement candidate even before the party's search began, said he had not endorsed Keyes or agreed to campaign for him.

    "I don't know enough about his positions to say I would be comfortable in doing that," he said.

    Posted by Eric at 02:08 PM | Comments (0)

    More Smog = More Summer

    NRDC report: "Hot summer days are getting hotter because of global warming, but that's not all. This 2004 NRDC report shows that higher temperatures would also mean more summertime smog. The report presents a comprehensive new analysis by medical experts at the Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, University at Albany-SUNY, Yale University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The analysis finds that people living in the eastern United States could see the average number of unhealthy air days during summer increase from 12 days to 20 days by the middle of the century. Pollen levels could also increase. Higher levels of smog and allergens would mean more asthma attacks, more hospitalizations, and more children told they can't play outdoors."

    Posted by Eric at 04:15 AM | Comments (13)

    More Smog = More Summer

    NRDC report: "Hot summer days are getting hotter because of global warming, but that's not all. This 2004 NRDC report shows that higher temperatures would also mean more summertime smog. The report presents a comprehensive new analysis by medical experts at the Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, University at Albany-SUNY, Yale University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The analysis finds that people living in the eastern United States could see the average number of unhealthy air days during summer increase from 12 days to 20 days by the middle of the century. Pollen levels could also increase. Higher levels of smog and allergens would mean more asthma attacks, more hospitalizations, and more children told they can't play outdoors."

    Posted by Eric at 04:15 AM | Comments (3)

    August 12, 2004

    It's Called a Good Point

    From Digby's Blog:

    The redoubtable Hesiod, in the comments below, wonders why nobody has unearthed the story of George H. W. Bush Sr's 1988 brush with controversy over his navy heroics in WWII. Apparently, there were some fellow aviators --- not on his own plane mind you (ahem) --- who claimed that he bailed prematurely on two of his comrades on the Barbara II and got them killed.

    I only bring this up because it's interesting that even though a man came forward to make these charges in an August 12, 1988 NY Post story by Allan Wolper and Al Ellenberg, called "The Day Bush Bailed Out," the Democrats didn't then use it as a line of attack to destroy Bush Sr's reputation. In fact, the story died down quite quickly. Had they chosen to smear him, there was enough mud around to make it ugly. They didn't.

    And, it's not as if Bush Sr. didn't run on his war record. In fact, CNN is currently helping his son run on it too. In every campaign it was front and center. But, in all the years of running against George Bush our side never stooped to questioning his bravery or integrity in the Big One.

    But somebody did. His name is Ted Sampley, Godfather of the Swift Boat Liars. If you'd like to read all about Bush Sr's alleged cowardice in WWII, here it is, from the chief veteran smear artist himself. Seems he has problems with a lot of war heroes.

    Posted by Eric at 01:44 AM | Comments (134)

    It's Called a Good Point

    From Digby's Blog:

    The redoubtable Hesiod, in the comments below, wonders why nobody has unearthed the story of George H. W. Bush Sr's 1988 brush with controversy over his navy heroics in WWII. Apparently, there were some fellow aviators --- not on his own plane mind you (ahem) --- who claimed that he bailed prematurely on two of his comrades on the Barbara II and got them killed.

    I only bring this up because it's interesting that even though a man came forward to make these charges in an August 12, 1988 NY Post story by Allan Wolper and Al Ellenberg, called "The Day Bush Bailed Out," the Democrats didn't then use it as a line of attack to destroy Bush Sr's reputation. In fact, the story died down quite quickly. Had they chosen to smear him, there was enough mud around to make it ugly. They didn't.

    And, it's not as if Bush Sr. didn't run on his war record. In fact, CNN is currently helping his son run on it too. In every campaign it was front and center. But, in all the years of running against George Bush our side never stooped to questioning his bravery or integrity in the Big One.

    But somebody did. His name is Ted Sampley, Godfather of the Swift Boat Liars. If you'd like to read all about Bush Sr's alleged cowardice in WWII, here it is, from the chief veteran smear artist himself. Seems he has problems with a lot of war heroes.

    Posted by Eric at 01:44 AM | Comments (3)

    MoveOn to Mobilize Even More

    To spend $5m on battleground states. From their PR:

    MoveOn PAC has launched an unprecedented $5 million campaign in battleground states to apply a technique which experts say is the single most effective strategy for voter persuasion and increased voter turnoutperson-to-person contact by friends and neighbors. MoveOn calls this precinct-level GOTV effort: Leave No Voter Behind.


    Using the same technology it pioneered for grassroots organizing over the internet, MoveOn PAC has developed the capacity and infrastructure to wage a door-to-door campaign in support of John Kerry in 10,000 neighborhoods in most key battleground states. Over the next six weeks, MoveOn PAC will hire 500 organizers to assist 30,000+ MoveOn volunteers in turning out as many as 440,000 new votes for John Kerry -- a combination of previously undecided voters and infrequent Democratic voters who would otherwise be unlikely to go the polls.

    Posted by Eric at 01:31 AM | Comments (13)

    MoveOn to Mobilize Even More

    To spend $5m on battleground states. From their PR:

    MoveOn PAC has launched an unprecedented $5 million campaign in battleground states to apply a technique which experts say is the single most effective strategy for voter persuasion and increased voter turnoutperson-to-person contact by friends and neighbors. MoveOn calls this precinct-level GOTV effort: Leave No Voter Behind.


    Using the same technology it pioneered for grassroots organizing over the internet, MoveOn PAC has developed the capacity and infrastructure to wage a door-to-door campaign in support of John Kerry in 10,000 neighborhoods in most key battleground states. Over the next six weeks, MoveOn PAC will hire 500 organizers to assist 30,000+ MoveOn volunteers in turning out as many as 440,000 new votes for John Kerry -- a combination of previously undecided voters and infrequent Democratic voters who would otherwise be unlikely to go the polls.

    Posted by Eric at 01:31 AM | Comments (0)

    X-Games and Politics

    Pro Surfer Kelly Slater endorses Kerry / Edwards, though most sports stars stay out of politics; From the AP:

    "Answering questions like that could get him in a lot of trouble,'' publicist Mark Ervin said.

    Though their sports are based on individual creativity and expression, X Games competitors are paid mainly by corporate sponsors who don't always appreciate controversial comments.

    Representatives from brands like T-Mobile or Quiksilver hover at the events, and their logos are omnipresent -- attached to helmets, water bottles and uniforms. (Though there are no logos on X Games ramps, as there are at other competitions.)

    So with the presidential campaign in full tilt, a few athletes are finding quiet ways to express their preferences during the four-day action sports competition, which continues through Sunday.

    Kelly Slater slapped a "Kerry-Edwards'' sticker on his surfboard, and Andy Macdonald wrote "Regime change in the USA'' on his skateboard's grip tape.

    Posted by Eric at 01:26 AM | Comments (23)

    X-Games and Politics

    Pro Surfer Kelly Slater endorses Kerry / Edwards, though most sports stars stay out of politics; From the AP:

    "Answering questions like that could get him in a lot of trouble,'' publicist Mark Ervin said.

    Though their sports are based on individual creativity and expression, X Games competitors are paid mainly by corporate sponsors who don't always appreciate controversial comments.

    Representatives from brands like T-Mobile or Quiksilver hover at the events, and their logos are omnipresent -- attached to helmets, water bottles and uniforms. (Though there are no logos on X Games ramps, as there are at other competitions.)

    So with the presidential campaign in full tilt, a few athletes are finding quiet ways to express their preferences during the four-day action sports competition, which continues through Sunday.

    Kelly Slater slapped a "Kerry-Edwards'' sticker on his surfboard, and Andy Macdonald wrote "Regime change in the USA'' on his skateboard's grip tape.

    Posted by Eric at 01:26 AM | Comments (1)

    Bush Defeat Good for Party?

    So muse John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge in the CSMonitor. Why? Not conservative enough, misguided foreign policy, and also:

    The third reason for the right to celebrate a Bush loss comes in one simple word: gridlock. Gridlock is a godsend to some conservatives - a proven way to stop government spending. A Kerry administration is much more likely to be gridlocked than a second Bush administration because the Republicans look sure to hang on to the House and have a better-than-even chance of keeping control of the Senate.

    A fourth reason has to do with regeneration. Some conservatives think the Republican Party - and the wider conservative movement - needs to rediscover its identity. Is it a "small government" party, or does "big government conservatism" make sense? Is it the party of big business or of free markets? Under Bush, Western antigovernment conservatives have generally lost ground to Southern social conservatives, and pragmatic internationalists have been outmaneuvered by neoconservative idealists. A period of bloodletting might help, returning a stronger party to the fray.

    And that is the fifth reason a few conservatives might welcome a November Bush-bashing: the certain belief that they will be back, better than ever, in 2008. The conservative movement has an impressive record of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Ford's demise indeed helped to power the Reagan landslide; "Poppy" Bush's defeat set up the Gingrich revolution. In four years, many conservatives believe, President Kerry could limp to destruction at the hands of somebody like Colorado Gov. Bill Owens.

    Posted by Eric at 12:50 AM | Comments (17)

    Bush Defeat Good for Party?

    So muse John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge in the CSMonitor. Why? Not conservative enough, misguided foreign policy, and also:

    The third reason for the right to celebrate a Bush loss comes in one simple word: gridlock. Gridlock is a godsend to some conservatives - a proven way to stop government spending. A Kerry administration is much more likely to be gridlocked than a second Bush administration because the Republicans look sure to hang on to the House and have a better-than-even chance of keeping control of the Senate.

    A fourth reason has to do with regeneration. Some conservatives think the Republican Party - and the wider conservative movement - needs to rediscover its identity. Is it a "small government" party, or does "big government conservatism" make sense? Is it the party of big business or of free markets? Under Bush, Western antigovernment conservatives have generally lost ground to Southern social conservatives, and pragmatic internationalists have been outmaneuvered by neoconservative idealists. A period of bloodletting might help, returning a stronger party to the fray.

    And that is the fifth reason a few conservatives might welcome a November Bush-bashing: the certain belief that they will be back, better than ever, in 2008. The conservative movement has an impressive record of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Ford's demise indeed helped to power the Reagan landslide; "Poppy" Bush's defeat set up the Gingrich revolution. In four years, many conservatives believe, President Kerry could limp to destruction at the hands of somebody like Colorado Gov. Bill Owens.

    Posted by Eric at 12:50 AM | Comments (7)

    August 11, 2004

    Wed Stories

    News
    USA TODAY. Kerry: Bush broke vow on Nev. nuke site
    Guardian. Diplomacy sidelined as US targets Iran
    Register-Guard. Kerry, Bush to battle on Oregon ground
    AP. Bush Campaigns in the Southwest
    HispanicBusiness. Kerry, Bush Ply Hispanic Media With Ads
    LAT. An active retirement; Older Americans make a formidable voting bloc, and as healthcare issues and the war make headlines, more are politicized, some say
    LAT. Kerry's Fundraising Records in Calif.
    Reuters. Calpers posts 16.7% gain for fiscal y
    LAT. Congressman Admits to Hidden Gun at Airport
    CBS. Bush Mocks Kerry On Iraq
    WP. Colorado, Georgia Decide Primaries
    WP. Democrats Cautious in Responding to Goss
    NYT. Democrats Give Republicans a Fight for the Elderly
    NYT. Stumping Bush Calls Kerry a Reluctant Ally on Iraq
    NYT. U.S. Troops Fight Iraq Militiamen on Two Fronts
    NYT. U.S. to Give Border Patrol Agents the Power to Deport Illegal Aliens
    Lowell Sun. Kerry win could clear way for another Tsongas in Senate
    BerkDaily. Librarians Win Battle Against Ashcrofts Edict to Censor Statute Documents

    Commentary
    Kurt Vonnegut. I Love You, Madame Librarian
    Antonia Zerbisias. Jon Stewart gets serious, why won't reporters
    MJones. Dems could win big in ... Alaska!
    Rekha Basu. Bush was a parody of himself in Unity speech
    Cindy Richards. Give Keyes rope to hang himself
    Robert Kuttner. The right economic stimulus
    LAT. Two-Faced Forest Policy
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Kerry's hopeful tone on black opportunity
    BG. Losing summer jobs
    Helen Thomas. Terror alerts must be credible
    David Corn. A Soft Scold from Goss
    Michelle Goldberg. New York lockdown; Cops plan zero tolerance for violent protests at the GOP Convention. Militant groups plan to disrupt the city like never before. Welcome, delegates!
    Joshua Holland. Blackwashing; Scratch the surface of a black conservative group and you find a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
    BG. Poor choice for the CIA
    Radha Chaurushiya. The Fed Loosens Its Lips
    Matthew Rothschild. Bush and the Third Martyr
    Michael Tomasky. None Too Swift; Everyone has a right to free speech. But they don't have a right to lie, and it's up to editorialists to call them on it.
    Matthew Yglesias. Pants on Fire; How Bush is distorting Kerry's tax plans

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (64)

    Wed Stories

    News
    USA TODAY. Kerry: Bush broke vow on Nev. nuke site
    Guardian. Diplomacy sidelined as US targets Iran
    Register-Guard. Kerry, Bush to battle on Oregon ground
    AP. Bush Campaigns in the Southwest
    HispanicBusiness. Kerry, Bush Ply Hispanic Media With Ads
    LAT. An active retirement; Older Americans make a formidable voting bloc, and as healthcare issues and the war make headlines, more are politicized, some say
    LAT. Kerry's Fundraising Records in Calif.
    Reuters. Calpers posts 16.7% gain for fiscal y
    LAT. Congressman Admits to Hidden Gun at Airport
    CBS. Bush Mocks Kerry On Iraq
    WP. Colorado, Georgia Decide Primaries
    WP. Democrats Cautious in Responding to Goss
    NYT. Democrats Give Republicans a Fight for the Elderly
    NYT. Stumping Bush Calls Kerry a Reluctant Ally on Iraq
    NYT. U.S. Troops Fight Iraq Militiamen on Two Fronts
    NYT. U.S. to Give Border Patrol Agents the Power to Deport Illegal Aliens
    Lowell Sun. Kerry win could clear way for another Tsongas in Senate
    BerkDaily. Librarians Win Battle Against Ashcrofts Edict to Censor Statute Documents

    Commentary
    Kurt Vonnegut. I Love You, Madame Librarian
    Antonia Zerbisias. Jon Stewart gets serious, why won't reporters
    MJones. Dems could win big in ... Alaska!
    Rekha Basu. Bush was a parody of himself in Unity speech
    Cindy Richards. Give Keyes rope to hang himself
    Robert Kuttner. The right economic stimulus
    LAT. Two-Faced Forest Policy
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Kerry's hopeful tone on black opportunity
    BG. Losing summer jobs
    Helen Thomas. Terror alerts must be credible
    David Corn. A Soft Scold from Goss
    Michelle Goldberg. New York lockdown; Cops plan zero tolerance for violent protests at the GOP Convention. Militant groups plan to disrupt the city like never before. Welcome, delegates!
    Joshua Holland. Blackwashing; Scratch the surface of a black conservative group and you find a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
    BG. Poor choice for the CIA
    Radha Chaurushiya. The Fed Loosens Its Lips
    Matthew Rothschild. Bush and the Third Martyr
    Michael Tomasky. None Too Swift; Everyone has a right to free speech. But they don't have a right to lie, and it's up to editorialists to call them on it.
    Matthew Yglesias. Pants on Fire; How Bush is distorting Kerry's tax plans

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

    Hamster Numbers: Minority Youth Employment

    Young? Minority? Looking for a job? Uh-oh, spaghettios. From the College Dem blog:

  • "The release of today's Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that only 32,000 jobs were created in July. Experts were expecting 215,000
    to 247,000 new jobs. Hidden in today's report is the exceptionally unsettling
    picture for minority youth. In July, the jobless rate for African American youth hit a historic high and the rate for Latino youth was near the all time worst. The jobless rate for all 16 to 19 year olds reached 56.1 percent in July, while the jobless rate for African American youth reached 75.1 percent and Latino youth reached almost 66 percent."

    Posted by Eric at 04:45 PM | Comments (5)

    Hamster Numbers: Minority Youth Employment

    Young? Minority? Looking for a job? Uh-oh, spaghettios. From the College Dem blog:

  • "The release of today's Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that only 32,000 jobs were created in July. Experts were expecting 215,000
    to 247,000 new jobs. Hidden in today's report is the exceptionally unsettling
    picture for minority youth. In July, the jobless rate for African American youth hit a historic high and the rate for Latino youth was near the all time worst. The jobless rate for all 16 to 19 year olds reached 56.1 percent in July, while the jobless rate for African American youth reached 75.1 percent and Latino youth reached almost 66 percent."

    Posted by Eric at 04:45 PM | Comments (0)

    CNN's Bill Schneider Relays Newsmax Idiocy

    From Media Matters:

    On the August 5 edition of CNN's Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics, CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider repeated commentary from "one conservative website" but never said the website's name: NewsMax.com. In his report on the parallels between the recently released remake of The Manchurian Candidate and present-day politics, Schneider perpetuated -- without offering refutation -- the suggestion that Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was the inspiration for the "villain" character, played by Meryl Streep. Yet Streep told The New York Times that she based the character of Eleanor Shaw on former Bush adviser Karen Hughes, Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), conservative pundit Ann Coulter, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

    During his report, Schneider, who is also a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, relayed commentary from NewsMax.com's "The Left Coast Report" by James Hirsen; Schneider also suggested Senator Clinton is a "diabolical, cold, manipulative member of the U.S. Senate."

    Posted by Eric at 04:39 PM | Comments (13)

    CNN's Bill Schneider Relays Newsmax Idiocy

    From Media Matters:

    On the August 5 edition of CNN's Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics, CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider repeated commentary from "one conservative website" but never said the website's name: NewsMax.com. In his report on the parallels between the recently released remake of The Manchurian Candidate and present-day politics, Schneider perpetuated -- without offering refutation -- the suggestion that Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was the inspiration for the "villain" character, played by Meryl Streep. Yet Streep told The New York Times that she based the character of Eleanor Shaw on former Bush adviser Karen Hughes, Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), conservative pundit Ann Coulter, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

    During his report, Schneider, who is also a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, relayed commentary from NewsMax.com's "The Left Coast Report" by James Hirsen; Schneider also suggested Senator Clinton is a "diabolical, cold, manipulative member of the U.S. Senate."

    Posted by Eric at 04:39 PM | Comments (0)

    Keyes Sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    Braddah Iz he is not. Sideshow indeed; link sent out from the DSCC

    Posted by Eric at 04:28 PM | Comments (43)

    Keyes Sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    Braddah Iz he is not. Sideshow indeed; link sent out from the DSCC

    Posted by Eric at 04:28 PM | Comments (9)

    Outfoxed "Record Numbers"

    The film on Fox is doing well in its NY theater, according to TVNewser:

    Outfoxed opened in last weekend "with record numbers -- $78,054," meaning the film earned over $15,000 per screen, a press release says. How exactly is that a record? The film broke the "weekend gross" for the Quad Cinema, "making it the best opening ever in its 30-year existence," the New York theater's owner says. Outfoxed will expand to Pasadena, San Jose, Baltimore, and additional NY and SF theaters this weekend, and move to "Portland and other cities" on August 20...

    Posted by Eric at 04:21 PM | Comments (21)

    Outfoxed "Record Numbers"

    The film on Fox is doing well in its NY theater, according to TVNewser:

    Outfoxed opened in last weekend "with record numbers -- $78,054," meaning the film earned over $15,000 per screen, a press release says. How exactly is that a record? The film broke the "weekend gross" for the Quad Cinema, "making it the best opening ever in its 30-year existence," the New York theater's owner says. Outfoxed will expand to Pasadena, San Jose, Baltimore, and additional NY and SF theaters this weekend, and move to "Portland and other cities" on August 20...

    Posted by Eric at 04:21 PM | Comments (6)

    Hardball to Get MicroAx?

    I don't think it's likely, but nonetheless - from NYDN:

    A tipster tells us that Matthews had asked O'Reilly to come on "Hardball" to do battle with ideological foe Krugman, in part to "show that he could get ratings on MSNBC." According to our snoop, the proposed sale of Slate.com has Matthews worried that MSNBC parent Microsoft might pull funding and shutter "Hardball." That would force Matthews to look for another berth - possibly on Fox. So he was looking to make an impression.

    Posted by Eric at 04:17 PM | Comments (23)

    Hardball to Get MicroAx?

    I don't think it's likely, but nonetheless - from NYDN:

    A tipster tells us that Matthews had asked O'Reilly to come on "Hardball" to do battle with ideological foe Krugman, in part to "show that he could get ratings on MSNBC." According to our snoop, the proposed sale of Slate.com has Matthews worried that MSNBC parent Microsoft might pull funding and shutter "Hardball." That would force Matthews to look for another berth - possibly on Fox. So he was looking to make an impression.

    Posted by Eric at 04:17 PM | Comments (1)

    Biz As Usual

    On the new CIA head, from Altercation:

    As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Goss led a party-line vote to reject an amendment that would have authorized an investigation into "U.S. dealings with Iraqi exile leader Ahmed Chalabi." Even after allegations that Chalabi has leaked U.S. military secrets to Iran, Goss said, "I would say that the oversight has worked well in matters relating to Mr. Chalabi." (Congressional Quarterly, 6/17/04)

    Posted by Eric at 04:13 PM | Comments (24)

    Biz As Usual

    On the new CIA head, from Altercation:

    As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Goss led a party-line vote to reject an amendment that would have authorized an investigation into "U.S. dealings with Iraqi exile leader Ahmed Chalabi." Even after allegations that Chalabi has leaked U.S. military secrets to Iran, Goss said, "I would say that the oversight has worked well in matters relating to Mr. Chalabi." (Congressional Quarterly, 6/17/04)

    Posted by Eric at 04:13 PM | Comments (0)

    Blacks More Likely to Receive Poor Health Care

    Finds a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine:

    Predominately black neighborhoods suffer from a shortage of qualified doctors, according to a new study by researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Center for Studying Health System Change, an organization seeking to improve healthcare by informing decision makers about changes in the health care system at both the local and national levels and the effects of such changes on people.

    The study found that doctors in predominately black neighborhoods were less likely to be board certified in a specialized area of medicine. These doctors are less likely to conduct regular disease screenings, researchers said. Doctors treating mostly black patients also reported problems referring patients to specialists or to hospitals for nonemergency care.

    The study, based on an analysis of more than 150,000 doctor visits by Medicare patients, also found that 28 percent of visits by black patients were to doctors who admitted they could not provide high-quality care, compared to 19 percent of visits by white patients.

    Researchers said discrimination, not by individual doctors but because poverty forces blacks to live in poor neighborhoods with fewer resources, could be causing the problem. In an editorial published with the report in the New England Journal of Medicine, Arnold Epstein of the Harvard School of Public Health, wrote, "In health care, integration is not complete, and separate is not equal."

    Posted by Eric at 04:02 PM | Comments (33)

    Blacks More Likely to Receive Poor Health Care

    Finds a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine:

    Predominately black neighborhoods suffer from a shortage of qualified doctors, according to a new study by researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Center for Studying Health System Change, an organization seeking to improve healthcare by informing decision makers about changes in the health care system at both the local and national levels and the effects of such changes on people.

    The study found that doctors in predominately black neighborhoods were less likely to be board certified in a specialized area of medicine. These doctors are less likely to conduct regular disease screenings, researchers said. Doctors treating mostly black patients also reported problems referring patients to specialists or to hospitals for nonemergency care.

    The study, based on an analysis of more than 150,000 doctor visits by Medicare patients, also found that 28 percent of visits by black patients were to doctors who admitted they could not provide high-quality care, compared to 19 percent of visits by white patients.

    Researchers said discrimination, not by individual doctors but because poverty forces blacks to live in poor neighborhoods with fewer resources, could be causing the problem. In an editorial published with the report in the New England Journal of Medicine, Arnold Epstein of the Harvard School of Public Health, wrote, "In health care, integration is not complete, and separate is not equal."

    Posted by Eric at 04:02 PM | Comments (8)

    Bush vs. Bush

    From yesterday's Progress Report:

    "[I want] to make sure that tax cheaters are found, make sure the IRS gets after those who don't pay taxes; make sure that the system is fair for those of us who do pay taxes. We want everybody paying their fair share."

    - George W. Bush, 4/15/04

    VERSUS

    "The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway."

    - George W. Bush, 8/9/04

    Posted by Eric at 10:58 AM | Comments (9)

    Bush vs. Bush

    From yesterday's Progress Report:

    "[I want] to make sure that tax cheaters are found, make sure the IRS gets after those who don't pay taxes; make sure that the system is fair for those of us who do pay taxes. We want everybody paying their fair share."

    - George W. Bush, 4/15/04

    VERSUS

    "The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway."

    - George W. Bush, 8/9/04

    Posted by Eric at 10:58 AM | Comments (2)

    Help Stan Matsunaka

    Atrios has chosen his third candidate: Stan Matsunaka.

    Read his reasons and help out the candidate.

    Posted by Eric at 10:40 AM | Comments (26)

    Help Stan Matsunaka

    Atrios has chosen his third candidate: Stan Matsunaka.

    Read his reasons and help out the candidate.

    Posted by Eric at 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

    Silly Halliburton

    Tricks are for kids.

    Pentagon auditors have concluded that Halliburton Co. failed to adequately account for more than $1.8 billion of work in Iraq and Kuwait, said a newspaper citing a Pentagon report.

    The amount represents 43 percent of the $4.18 billion that Houston-based Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root unit has billed the Pentagon to feed and house troops in the region, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    It said the findings in the 60-page Pentagon audit report, dated Aug. 4 but not publicly released, are likely to increase pressure on the U.S. government to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars of payments to Halliburton.

    So what?
    This, it said, potentially threatens the services that KBR provides U.S. troops and other personnel in Iraq and Kuwait.
    UnAmerican indeed.

    Posted by Eric at 08:39 AM | Comments (23)

    Silly Halliburton

    Tricks are for kids.

    Pentagon auditors have concluded that Halliburton Co. failed to adequately account for more than $1.8 billion of work in Iraq and Kuwait, said a newspaper citing a Pentagon report.

    The amount represents 43 percent of the $4.18 billion that Houston-based Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root unit has billed the Pentagon to feed and house troops in the region, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    It said the findings in the 60-page Pentagon audit report, dated Aug. 4 but not publicly released, are likely to increase pressure on the U.S. government to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars of payments to Halliburton.

    So what?
    This, it said, potentially threatens the services that KBR provides U.S. troops and other personnel in Iraq and Kuwait.
    UnAmerican indeed.

    Posted by Eric at 08:39 AM | Comments (1)

    Who are the Min Wage Earners?

    The Economic Policy Institute with some useful numbers in a new policy paper:

  • "A substantial portion (38%) of low-wage workers in March 2003 lived in families with incomes below 200% of the poverty line in 2002an income range (less than $29,000 for a family of three in 2002) in which people are often unable to afford basic necessities."

  • "For those above 200% of the poverty line, the earnings of low-wage workers are essential to their families' incomes and therefore their standard of living. In fact, 1.4 million families with incomes hovering above 200% of poverty would drop below that line if it weren't for the earnings of those families' low-wage workers. For such families, though not impoverished now, the minimum wage is important for keeping them in the middle class."

  • "In March 2003, about 13% of the workforce were low-wage workers (defined here as those earning between $5.15 and $7.99 an hour). Raising the minimum wage would likely have a direct or indirect effect on the earnings of many of these millions of workers."

  • "Not surprisingly, a significant share of low-wage workers had low family incomes in 2002.2 Nationally, 38% of workers who earned between $5.15 and $7.99 in March 2003 had low incomes in the previous calendar year (Figure 2A). (Low income is defined here as income below twice the poverty line, a commonly used measure for the level at which the costs of basic needs start to be provided for. As noted above, for a family of three this is less than $29,000 per year.) For these low-wage, low-income, workers:

    On average, their earnings contributed 68% of their total family income in 2002.

    Almost half (47%) were married or had children.

    Eighty-seven percent were 20 years of age or older."

    Posted by Eric at 07:36 AM | Comments (26)

    Who are the Min Wage Earners?

    The Economic Policy Institute with some useful numbers in a new policy paper:

  • "A substantial portion (38%) of low-wage workers in March 2003 lived in families with incomes below 200% of the poverty line in 2002an income range (less than $29,000 for a family of three in 2002) in which people are often unable to afford basic necessities."

  • "For those above 200% of the poverty line, the earnings of low-wage workers are essential to their families' incomes and therefore their standard of living. In fact, 1.4 million families with incomes hovering above 200% of poverty would drop below that line if it weren't for the earnings of those families' low-wage workers. For such families, though not impoverished now, the minimum wage is important for keeping them in the middle class."

  • "In March 2003, about 13% of the workforce were low-wage workers (defined here as those earning between $5.15 and $7.99 an hour). Raising the minimum wage would likely have a direct or indirect effect on the earnings of many of these millions of workers."

  • "Not surprisingly, a significant share of low-wage workers had low family incomes in 2002.2 Nationally, 38% of workers who earned between $5.15 and $7.99 in March 2003 had low incomes in the previous calendar year (Figure 2A). (Low income is defined here as income below twice the poverty line, a commonly used measure for the level at which the costs of basic needs start to be provided for. As noted above, for a family of three this is less than $29,000 per year.) For these low-wage, low-income, workers:

    On average, their earnings contributed 68% of their total family income in 2002.

    Almost half (47%) were married or had children.

    Eighty-seven percent were 20 years of age or older."

    Posted by Eric at 07:36 AM | Comments (2)

    Alterman on McCain

    On Eric Alterman's Altercation weblog:

    President Bush is in northwest Florida, one of the most reliably Republican parts of the state, with Senator John McCain today. I like a lot of things about McCain, but lets face it, when the rubber hits the road, he wimps out. He did not call the Bush campaign to account for their campaign to smear him (in a racist fashion) as the father of a black out-of-wedlock child in South Carolina in 2000. He did not defend fellow vet Max Cleland when his party smeared the legless veteran as an ally of Osama bin Laden in the election of 2002. Now, even though hes called upon the White House to renounce the dishonest smears of the Swift Boaters campaign against Kerryand they wont because, after all, this is what they doMcCain buckles and appears with Bush. Why? Because he wants to be president some day more than he wants to be the man people like to think he is. Its a choice I can understand, but lets be honest about it. McCain is no hero. He may have been one once, but no longer.
    Atrios has similar comments.

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

    Alterman on McCain

    On Eric Alterman's Altercation weblog:

    President Bush is in northwest Florida, one of the most reliably Republican parts of the state, with Senator John McCain today. I like a lot of things about McCain, but lets face it, when the rubber hits the road, he wimps out. He did not call the Bush campaign to account for their campaign to smear him (in a racist fashion) as the father of a black out-of-wedlock child in South Carolina in 2000. He did not defend fellow vet Max Cleland when his party smeared the legless veteran as an ally of Osama bin Laden in the election of 2002. Now, even though hes called upon the White House to renounce the dishonest smears of the Swift Boaters campaign against Kerryand they wont because, after all, this is what they doMcCain buckles and appears with Bush. Why? Because he wants to be president some day more than he wants to be the man people like to think he is. Its a choice I can understand, but lets be honest about it. McCain is no hero. He may have been one once, but no longer.
    Atrios has similar comments.

    Posted by Eric at 05:21 AM | Comments (6)

    Bush and the "Roadless Area" Rule

    Guess what he's doing with that? NRDC:

    7. What is the Bush administration's position on the roadless rule?

    Using a range of tactics, the Bush administration has attempted to dismantle the roadless rule since taking office. For example, the administration has repeatedly refused to defend the rule in court, and in December 2003, Bush officials "temporarily" exempted Alaska's Tongass rainforest -- our largest national forest -- from roadless protections. They are now moving forward with approximately 50 timber sales in Tongass that would violate the rule.

    In its most aggressive assault yet on America's last wild forestlands, the administration announced in July 2004 its plan to eliminate the roadless rule completely. If successful, this move would allow unbridled development on millions of acres in pristine forests across the country, including the Tongass National Forest. In the past, though, heavy support for the roadless rule among Americans has helped derail the administration's damaging plans; continued public support of the rule will be critical to the effort to defend it.

    8. Without the roadless rule, who would decide the fate of our national forests?

    To draw attention away from its controversial plan to abandon the roadless rule, the Bush administration has said it will create a process whereby governors can petition the Forest Service to protect roadless areas in their states. This proposal, however, does nothing to bolster local input: governors, like any other individuals, already have the right to petition the Forest Service to make changes in the management plans of their local forests -- both for or against protections. The new petitioning process would impose deadlines on governors and would require them to conduct cumbersome analyses and reviews. Also, the federal government would still have the authority to accept or reject a governor's request.

    Posted by Eric at 05:03 AM | Comments (14)

    Bush and the "Roadless Area" Rule

    Guess what he's doing with that? NRDC:

    7. What is the Bush administration's position on the roadless rule?

    Using a range of tactics, the Bush administration has attempted to dismantle the roadless rule since taking office. For example, the administration has repeatedly refused to defend the rule in court, and in December 2003, Bush officials "temporarily" exempted Alaska's Tongass rainforest -- our largest national forest -- from roadless protections. They are now moving forward with approximately 50 timber sales in Tongass that would violate the rule.

    In its most aggressive assault yet on America's last wild forestlands, the administration announced in July 2004 its plan to eliminate the roadless rule completely. If successful, this move would allow unbridled development on millions of acres in pristine forests across the country, including the Tongass National Forest. In the past, though, heavy support for the roadless rule among Americans has helped derail the administration's damaging plans; continued public support of the rule will be critical to the effort to defend it.

    8. Without the roadless rule, who would decide the fate of our national forests?

    To draw attention away from its controversial plan to abandon the roadless rule, the Bush administration has said it will create a process whereby governors can petition the Forest Service to protect roadless areas in their states. This proposal, however, does nothing to bolster local input: governors, like any other individuals, already have the right to petition the Forest Service to make changes in the management plans of their local forests -- both for or against protections. The new petitioning process would impose deadlines on governors and would require them to conduct cumbersome analyses and reviews. Also, the federal government would still have the authority to accept or reject a governor's request.

    Posted by Eric at 05:03 AM | Comments (7)

    Today's Jerome Corsi Observation of the Day

    "Anybody ask why HELLary couldn't keep BJ Bill satisfied? Not lesbo or anything, is she?"

    Jerome Corsi, respected pundit and co-author of "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry."

    Posted by Eric at 04:55 AM | Comments (18)

    Today's Jerome Corsi Observation of the Day

    "Anybody ask why HELLary couldn't keep BJ Bill satisfied? Not lesbo or anything, is she?"

    Jerome Corsi, respected pundit and co-author of "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry."

    Posted by Eric at 04:55 AM | Comments (7)

    Carville on Corsi

    On CNN's Crossfire, link via Atrios:

    John Kerry, Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, Katie Couric, CBS, NBC are all communists. Hillary Clinton is a lesbian fat hog with fake hair. Al and Tipper Gore are terrorists who are part of the Taliban. The pope is senile. And pedophilia is fine with him as long as it's not reported in the liberal press. If you think all this sounds nutty, well, it is.

    According to the organization Media Matters For America, all this has been written by Jerome Corsi. Why do we care what Jerome Corsi says? Well, we don't. But as co-author of the book "Unfit for Command" about John Kerry and his service in Vietnam, some people are making the mistake of taking him seriously. In the world of putrid right-wing pond scum, Corsi is one of the biggest bottom-feeders of them all.

    Posted by Eric at 04:51 AM | Comments (12)

    Carville on Corsi

    On CNN's Crossfire, link via Atrios:

    John Kerry, Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, Katie Couric, CBS, NBC are all communists. Hillary Clinton is a lesbian fat hog with fake hair. Al and Tipper Gore are terrorists who are part of the Taliban. The pope is senile. And pedophilia is fine with him as long as it's not reported in the liberal press. If you think all this sounds nutty, well, it is.

    According to the organization Media Matters For America, all this has been written by Jerome Corsi. Why do we care what Jerome Corsi says? Well, we don't. But as co-author of the book "Unfit for Command" about John Kerry and his service in Vietnam, some people are making the mistake of taking him seriously. In the world of putrid right-wing pond scum, Corsi is one of the biggest bottom-feeders of them all.

    Posted by Eric at 04:51 AM | Comments (1)

    August 10, 2004

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    USAT. Bush's 'talk show' always has appreciative audience
    LAT. Pro-Kerry Groups Tops in Ad Spending
    NYT. Kerry stands by vote to authorize war
    CNN. Bush announces Goss to head CIA
    ChicST. Edwards serves up charm at landmark West Side deli
    WP. In Illinois, Keyes Begins Senate Effort; Rival Obama Appears With Edwards
    Reuters. Schwarzenegger Popular with 2/3 of Californians
    Morris News. Senate candidates lean on varying credentials; Majette notes her time as U.S. Representative, state judge; Oxford touts business success
    AP. Anti-war group reverses course, applies for new parks permit
    NYT. New Generation of Leaders Is Emerging for Al Qaeda
    NYT. First Lady Defends Limits on Stem Cell Research
    WP. Hijackers' Friend Objects to 9/11 Report
    WP. Veterans Could Be Key to Nevada's Bigger Prize
    AP. McCain to Campaign With Bush in Florida
    WP. Sen. Murkowski's Big Problem: Dad, the Governor
    LAT. Stem Cell Research Gains Political Life
    LAT. Kerry Pledges to Boost Parks Budget
    LAT. The Games Plan for China: Olympic Superpower by '08
    LAT. Reporter Questioned in CIA Leak Inquiry
    The Guardian. Former Labour allies round on Blair
    AP. Franks Says Kerry Qualified for President

    Commentary
    Molly Ivins. Tough sledding: Canadians watch in shock as America seriously considers re-electing Bush
    Matthew Yglesias. Uppercuts: No matter what George W. Bush says, John Kerrys upper-income tax hikes wont land on the rest of America
    James K. Galbraith. Our sinking ship: President Bush says "we have turned the corner" -- but with him at the helm, the American economy is headed straight to Davy Jones' locker
    Bill Berkowitz. At the center of a storm; Is Katherine Harris, the heroine of Election 2000, lying, leaking or just misunderstood?
    Dave Zweifel. Wealthy enjoy Wall Street Journal's news
    Tim Grieve. John Kerry, senator; The Democrat campaigns as a war hero, but barely mentions his two decades as a legislator, allowing the GOP to paint him as a flip-flopping ultra-liberal. What has he actually achieved?
    David Corn. Bush Jokes About Tax Dodgers
    NYT. Plan B for Illinois
    Paul Krugman. Spin the Payrolls
    SFC. An ally no more
    Mark J. Spalding. Bottom trawling clearcuts the oceans
    Robert Scheer. One More Chalabi Black Eye
    Des Moines Register. Admit it: tax cuts have failed to create jobs
    ChicST. Does Keyes have a clue about key issues?
    Jesse Jackson. We've 'turned corner,' been mugged
    Thomas Oliphant. Women count more than NASCAR dads
    BGlobe. Sputtering job growth
    BGlobe. Leaving more homeless

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (12)

    Tuesday Stories

    News
    USAT. Bush's 'talk show' always has appreciative audience
    LAT. Pro-Kerry Groups Tops in Ad Spending
    NYT. Kerry stands by vote to authorize war
    CNN. Bush announces Goss to head CIA
    ChicST. Edwards serves up charm at landmark West Side deli
    WP. In Illinois, Keyes Begins Senate Effort; Rival Obama Appears With Edwards
    Reuters. Schwarzenegger Popular with 2/3 of Californians
    Morris News. Senate candidates lean on varying credentials; Majette notes her time as U.S. Representative, state judge; Oxford touts business success
    AP. Anti-war group reverses course, applies for new parks permit
    NYT. New Generation of Leaders Is Emerging for Al Qaeda
    NYT. First Lady Defends Limits on Stem Cell Research
    WP. Hijackers' Friend Objects to 9/11 Report
    WP. Veterans Could Be Key to Nevada's Bigger Prize
    AP. McCain to Campaign With Bush in Florida
    WP. Sen. Murkowski's Big Problem: Dad, the Governor
    LAT. Stem Cell Research Gains Political Life
    LAT. Kerry Pledges to Boost Parks Budget
    LAT. The Games Plan for China: Olympic Superpower by '08
    LAT. Reporter Questioned in CIA Leak Inquiry
    The Guardian. Former Labour allies round on Blair
    AP. Franks Says Kerry Qualified for President

    Commentary
    Molly Ivins. Tough sledding: Canadians watch in shock as America seriously considers re-electing Bush
    Matthew Yglesias. Uppercuts: No matter what George W. Bush says, John Kerrys upper-income tax hikes wont land on the rest of America
    James K. Galbraith. Our sinking ship: President Bush says "we have turned the corner" -- but with him at the helm, the American economy is headed straight to Davy Jones' locker
    Bill Berkowitz. At the center of a storm; Is Katherine Harris, the heroine of Election 2000, lying, leaking or just misunderstood?
    Dave Zweifel. Wealthy enjoy Wall Street Journal's news
    Tim Grieve. John Kerry, senator; The Democrat campaigns as a war hero, but barely mentions his two decades as a legislator, allowing the GOP to paint him as a flip-flopping ultra-liberal. What has he actually achieved?
    David Corn. Bush Jokes About Tax Dodgers
    NYT. Plan B for Illinois
    Paul Krugman. Spin the Payrolls
    SFC. An ally no more
    Mark J. Spalding. Bottom trawling clearcuts the oceans
    Robert Scheer. One More Chalabi Black Eye
    Des Moines Register. Admit it: tax cuts have failed to create jobs
    ChicST. Does Keyes have a clue about key issues?
    Jesse Jackson. We've 'turned corner,' been mugged
    Thomas Oliphant. Women count more than NASCAR dads
    BGlobe. Sputtering job growth
    BGlobe. Leaving more homeless

    Posted by Eric at 11:57 PM | Comments (9)

    Corsi Gone Wild

    One of the authors of the Swiftboat Vets book is a boat-load of fun. For example, just on Chelsea Clinton; Media Matters:

    CORSI: According to Talk Magazine, Chubby Chelsea had a very great adventure on 9/11 in NYC and Hell-ary had the details wrong -- oh, it was terrible. (12/07/2001)

    CORSI: Did the Journalist see Chubbie Chelsea among the wives. Little Katie Communist [Katie Couric] on the NBC Today show interviewed Hillary this morning and mom is worried sick about Chelsea. She was last seen in Kandahar at a Starbucks. But now, as Little Katie Communist sighed, "Who Knows?" Even British disinformation planted reports such as this grocery crap will be useful. Anyone with information about Chubbie Chelsea's whereabouts should post it now. Mom wants to know her daughter is out of harms way. Mom also wants to be at the center of the story. (11/29/2001)

    CORSI: But the real question is: WHERE IS CHUBBIE CHELSEA? Is she in Kabul in danger, looking for a Starbucks? Waldo wants to know. Please, Little Katie Communist, HELP US FIND CHELSEA. THE SITUATION MAY BE URGENT. (11/29/2001)

    CORSI: HILLARY SAYS CHELSEA IS MISSING AND JANET RHINO DOESN'T KNOW WHERE SHE IS? (11/28/2001)

    Posted by Eric at 09:20 PM | Comments (16)

    Corsi Gone Wild

    One of the authors of the Swiftboat Vets book is a boat-load of fun. For example, just on Chelsea Clinton; Media Matters:

    CORSI: According to Talk Magazine, Chubby Chelsea had a very great adventure on 9/11 in NYC and Hell-ary had the details wrong -- oh, it was terrible. (12/07/2001)

    CORSI: Did the Journalist see Chubbie Chelsea among the wives. Little Katie Communist [Katie Couric] on the NBC Today show interviewed Hillary this morning and mom is worried sick about Chelsea. She was last seen in Kandahar at a Starbucks. But now, as Little Katie Communist sighed, "Who Knows?" Even British disinformation planted reports such as this grocery crap will be useful. Anyone with information about Chubbie Chelsea's whereabouts should post it now. Mom wants to know her daughter is out of harms way. Mom also wants to be at the center of the story. (11/29/2001)

    CORSI: But the real question is: WHERE IS CHUBBIE CHELSEA? Is she in Kabul in danger, looking for a Starbucks? Waldo wants to know. Please, Little Katie Communist, HELP US FIND CHELSEA. THE SITUATION MAY BE URGENT. (11/29/2001)

    CORSI: HILLARY SAYS CHELSEA IS MISSING AND JANET RHINO DOESN'T KNOW WHERE SHE IS? (11/28/2001)

    Posted by Eric at 09:20 PM | Comments (7)

    Amusing Porter Goss Story

    Gail Sheehy has this story about the new CIA head and four 9/11 widows:

    The four moms--Kristen Breitweiser, Patty Casazza, Mindy Kleinberg and Lorie van Auken--use tactics more like those of a leaderless cell. They have learned how to deposit their assorted seven children with select grandmothers before dawn and rocket down the Garden State Parkway to Washington. They have become experts at changing out of pedal-pushers and into proper pantsuits while their S.U.V. is stopped in traffic, so they can hit the Capitol rotunda running. They have talked strategy with Senator John McCain and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. They once caught Congressman Porter Goss hiding behind his office door to avoid them. And they maintain an open line of communication with the White House.

    Posted by Eric at 12:39 PM | Comments (29)

    Amusing Porter Goss Story

    Gail Sheehy has this story about the new CIA head and four 9/11 widows:

    The four moms--Kristen Breitweiser, Patty Casazza, Mindy Kleinberg and Lorie van Auken--use tactics more like those of a leaderless cell. They have learned how to deposit their assorted seven children with select grandmothers before dawn and rocket down the Garden State Parkway to Washington. They have become experts at changing out of pedal-pushers and into proper pantsuits while their S.U.V. is stopped in traffic, so they can hit the Capitol rotunda running. They have talked strategy with Senator John McCain and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. They once caught Congressman Porter Goss hiding behind his office door to avoid them. And they maintain an open line of communication with the White House.

    Posted by Eric at 12:39 PM | Comments (1)

    Obama Big Lead

    Though the GOP has all but conceded defeat, here's a poll: Obama leads Keyes 67-28 in the latest Survey USA poll.

    Kos has more.

    Posted by Eric at 12:28 PM | Comments (32)

    Obama Big Lead

    Though the GOP has all but conceded defeat, here's a poll: Obama leads Keyes 67-28 in the latest Survey USA poll.

    Kos has more.

    Posted by Eric at 12:28 PM | Comments (0)

    Whipper Snappers Think Draft Will Return

    According to a "telephone poll of 1,007 students in grades nine to 12" from the Horatio Alger Association:

    Among teenagers polled, 55 percent say young Americans will be required to serve in the military, up from 45 percent last year, according to ''The State of Our Nation's Youth," an annual survey by the Horatio Alger Association ... In the poll, respondents were asked their views of a mandatory military service requirement of two years, and 70 percent of students were opposed.
    Other findings of note:
    Still, more young people than not said the United States was right to go to war in Iraq. The poll found 44 percent said the decision was correct, 33 percent said it was wrong, and the rest had no opinion or were unsure.

    The students' outlook for the country was dimmer this year, but it remained relatively high, as 68 percent said they were hopeful. That was down from 75 percent last year.

    More than two-thirds of students said they care who wins the presidential race, but two-thirds also said they have not closely followed news reporting about the race.

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

    Whipper Snappers Think Draft Will Return

    According to a "telephone poll of 1,007 students in grades nine to 12" from the Horatio Alger Association:

    Among teenagers polled, 55 percent say young Americans will be required to serve in the military, up from 45 percent last year, according to ''The State of Our Nation's Youth," an annual survey by the Horatio Alger Association ... In the poll, respondents were asked their views of a mandatory military service requirement of two years, and 70 percent of students were opposed.
    Other findings of note:
    Still, more young people than not said the United States was right to go to war in Iraq. The poll found 44 percent said the decision was correct, 33 percent said it was wrong, and the rest had no opinion or were unsure.

    The students' outlook for the country was dimmer this year, but it remained relatively high, as 68 percent said they were hopeful. That was down from 75 percent last year.

    More than two-thirds of students said they care who wins the presidential race, but two-thirds also said they have not closely followed news reporting about the race.

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

    Rassmann Defends Kerry

    Vet who actually served with Kerry says the Senator is being unfairly portrayed. From the WSJ (link unavail)

    When I surfaced, all the swift boats had left, and I was alone taking fire from both banks. To avoid the incoming fire, I repeatedly swam under water as long as I could hold my breath, attempting to make it to the north bank of the river. I thought I would die right there. The odds were against me avoiding the incoming fire and, even if I made it out of the river, I thought I'd be captured and executed. Kerry must have seen me in the water and directed his driver, Del Sandusky, to turn the boat around. Kerry's boat ran up to me in the water, bow on, and I was able to climb up a cargo net to the lip of the deck. But, because I was nearly upside down, I couldn't make it over the edge of the deck. This left me hanging out in the open, a perfect target. John, already wounded by the explosion that threw me off his boat, came out onto the bow, exposing himself to the fire directed at us from the jungle, and pulled me aboard.

    ... Nobody asked me to join John's campaign. Why would they? I am a Republican, and for more than 30 years I have largely voted for Republicans. I volunteered for his campaign because I have seen John Kerry in the worst of conditions. I know his character. I've witnessed his bravery and leadership under fire. And I truly know he will be a great commander in chief.

    Now, 35 years after the fact, some Republican-financed Swift Boat Veterans for Bush are suddenly lying about John Kerry's service in Vietnam; they are calling him a traitor because he spoke out against the Nixon administration's failed policies in Vietnam. Some of these Republican-sponsored veterans are the same ones who spoke out against John at the behest of the Nixon administration in 1971. But this time their attacks are more vicious, their lies cut deep and are directed not just at John Kerry, but at me and each of his crewmates as well. This hate-filled ad asserts that I was not under fire; it questions my words and Navy records. This smear campaign has been launched by people without decency, people who don't understand the bond of those who serve in combat.

    Click down for full op-ed

    Shame on the Swift Boat
    Veterans for Bush

    By JIM RASSMANN
    August 10, 2004; Page A10

    I came to know Lt. John Kerry during the spring of 1969. He and his swift boat crew assisted in inserting our Special Forces team and our Chinese Nung soldiers into operational sites in the Cau Mau Peninsula of South Vietnam. I worked with him on many operations and saw firsthand his leadership, courage and decision-making ability under fire.

    On March 13, 1969, John Kerry's courage and leadership saved my life.

    While returning from a SEA LORDS operation along the Bay Hap River, a mine detonated under another swift boat. Machine-gun fire erupted from both banks of the river, and a second explosion followed moments later. The second blast blew me off John's swift boat, PCF-94, throwing me into the river. Fearing that the other boats would run me over, I swam to the bottom of the river and stayed there as long as I could hold my breath.

    When I surfaced, all the swift boats had left, and I was alone taking fire from both banks. To avoid the incoming fire, I repeatedly swam under water as long as I could hold my breath, attempting to make it to the north bank of the river. I thought I would die right there. The odds were against me avoiding the incoming fire and, even if I made it out of the river, I thought I'd be captured and executed. Kerry must have seen me in the water and directed his driver, Del Sandusky, to turn the boat around. Kerry's boat ran up to me in the water, bow on, and I was able to climb up a cargo net to the lip of the deck. But, because I was nearly upside down, I couldn't make it over the edge of the deck. This left me hanging out in the open, a perfect target. John, already wounded by the explosion that threw me off his boat, came out onto the bow, exposing himself to the fire directed at us from the jungle, and pulled me aboard.

    For his actions that day, I recommended John for the Silver Star, our country's third highest award for bravery under fire. I learned only this past January that the Navy awarded John the Bronze Star with Combat V for his valor. The citation for this award, signed by the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam, Vice Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, read, "Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry's calmness, professionalism and great personal courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." To this day I am grateful to John Kerry for saving my life. And to this day I still believe that he deserved the Silver Star for his courage.

    It has been many years since I served in Vietnam. I returned home, got married, and spent many years as a deputy sheriff for Los Angeles County. I retired in 1989 as a lieutenant. It has been a long time since I left Vietnam, but I think often of the men who did not come home with us.

    I am neither a politician nor an organizer. I am a retired police officer with a passion for orchids. Until January of this year, the only public presentations I made were about my orchid hobby. But in this presidential election, I had to speak out; I had to tell the American people about John Kerry, about his wisdom and courage, about his vision and leadership. I would trust John Kerry with my life, and I would entrust John Kerry with the well-being of our country.

    Nobody asked me to join John's campaign. Why would they? I am a Republican, and for more than 30 years I have largely voted for Republicans. I volunteered for his campaign because I have seen John Kerry in the worst of conditions. I know his character. I've witnessed his bravery and leadership under fire. And I truly know he will be a great commander in chief.

    Now, 35 years after the fact, some Republican-financed Swift Boat Veterans for Bush are suddenly lying about John Kerry's service in Vietnam; they are calling him a traitor because he spoke out against the Nixon administration's failed policies in Vietnam. Some of these Republican-sponsored veterans are the same ones who spoke out against John at the behest of the Nixon administration in 1971. But this time their attacks are more vicious, their lies cut deep and are directed not just at John Kerry, but at me and each of his crewmates as well. This hate-filled ad asserts that I was not under fire; it questions my words and Navy records. This smear campaign has been launched by people without decency, people who don't understand the bond of those who serve in combat.

    As John McCain noted, the television ad aired by these veterans is "dishonest and dishonorable." Sen. McCain called on President Bush to condemn the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush ad. Regrettably, the president has ignored Sen. McCain's advice.

    Does this strategy of attacking combat Vietnam veterans sound familiar? In 2000, a similar Republican smear campaign was launched against Sen. McCain. In fact, the very same communications group, Spaeth Communications, that placed ads against John McCain in 2000 is involved in these vicious attacks against John Kerry. Texas Republican donors with close ties to George W. Bush and Karl Rove crafted this "dishonest and dishonorable" ad. Their new charges are false; their stories are fabricated, made up by people who did not serve with Kerry in Vietnam. They insult and defame all of us who served in Vietnam.

    But when the noise and fog of their distortions and lies have cleared, a man who volunteered to serve his country, a man who showed up for duty when his country called, a man to whom the United States Navy awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts, will stand tall and proud. Ultimately, the American people will judge these Swift Boat Veterans for Bush and their accusations. Americans are tired of smear campaigns against those who volunteered to wear the uniform. Swift Boat Veterans for Bush should hang their heads in shame.

    Posted by Eric at 11:49 AM | Comments (34)

    Rassmann Defends Kerry

    Vet who actually served with Kerry says the Senator is being unfairly portrayed. From the WSJ (link unavail)

    When I surfaced, all the swift boats had left, and I was alone taking fire from both banks. To avoid the incoming fire, I repeatedly swam under water as long as I could hold my breath, attempting to make it to the north bank of the river. I thought I would die right there. The odds were against me avoiding the incoming fire and, even if I made it out of the river, I thought I'd be captured and executed. Kerry must have seen me in the water and directed his driver, Del Sandusky, to turn the boat around. Kerry's boat ran up to me in the water, bow on, and I was able to climb up a cargo net to the lip of the deck. But, because I was nearly upside down, I couldn't make it over the edge of the deck. This left me hanging out in the open, a perfect target. John, already wounded by the explosion that threw me off his boat, came out onto the bow, exposing himself to the fire directed at us from the jungle, and pulled me aboard.

    ... Nobody asked me to join John's campaign. Why would they? I am a Republican, and for more than 30 years I have largely voted for Republicans. I volunteered for his campaign because I have seen John Kerry in the worst of conditions. I know his character. I've witnessed his bravery and leadership under fire. And I truly know he will be a great commander in chief.

    Now, 35 years after the fact, some Republican-financed Swift Boat Veterans for Bush are suddenly lying about John Kerry's service in Vietnam; they are calling him a traitor because he spoke out against the Nixon administration's failed policies in Vietnam. Some of these Republican-sponsored veterans are the same ones who spoke out against John at the behest of the Nixon administration in 1971. But this time their attacks are more vicious, their lies cut deep and are directed not just at John Kerry, but at me and each of his crewmates as well. This hate-filled ad asserts that I was not under fire; it questions my words and Navy records. This smear campaign has been launched by people without decency, people who don't understand the bond of those who serve in combat.

    Click down for full op-ed

    Shame on the Swift Boat
    Veterans for Bush

    By JIM RASSMANN
    August 10, 2004; Page A10

    I came to know Lt. John Kerry during the spring of 1969. He and his swift boat crew assisted in inserting our Special Forces team and our Chinese Nung soldiers into operational sites in the Cau Mau Peninsula of South Vietnam. I worked with him on many operations and saw firsthand his leadership, courage and decision-making ability under fire.

    On March 13, 1969, John Kerry's courage and leadership saved my life.

    While returning from a SEA LORDS operation along the Bay Hap River, a mine detonated under another swift boat. Machine-gun fire erupted from both banks of the river, and a second explosion followed moments later. The second blast blew me off John's swift boat, PCF-94, throwing me into the river. Fearing that the other boats would run me over, I swam to the bottom of the river and stayed there as long as I could hold my breath.

    When I surfaced, all the swift boats had left, and I was alone taking fire from both banks. To avoid the incoming fire, I repeatedly swam under water as long as I could hold my breath, attempting to make it to the north bank of the river. I thought I would die right there. The odds were against me avoiding the incoming fire and, even if I made it out of the river, I thought I'd be captured and executed. Kerry must have seen me in the water and directed his driver, Del Sandusky, to turn the boat around. Kerry's boat ran up to me in the water, bow on, and I was able to climb up a cargo net to the lip of the deck. But, because I was nearly upside down, I couldn't make it over the edge of the deck. This left me hanging out in the open, a perfect target. John, already wounded by the explosion that threw me off his boat, came out onto the bow, exposing himself to the fire directed at us from the jungle, and pulled me aboard.

    For his actions that day, I recommended John for the Silver Star, our country's third highest award for bravery under fire. I learned only this past January that the Navy awarded John the Bronze Star with Combat V for his valor. The citation for this award, signed by the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam, Vice Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, read, "Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry's calmness, professionalism and great personal courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." To this day I am grateful to John Kerry for saving my life. And to this day I still believe that he deserved the Silver Star for his courage.

    It has been many years since I served in Vietnam. I returned home, got married, and spent many years as a deputy sheriff for Los Angeles County. I retired in 1989 as a lieutenant. It has been a long time since I left Vietnam, but I think often of the men who did not come home with us.

    I am neither a politician nor an organizer. I am a retired police officer with a passion for orchids. Until January of this year, the only public presentations I made were about my orchid hobby. But in this presidential election, I had to speak out; I had to tell the American people about John Kerry, about his wisdom and courage, about his vision and leadership. I would trust John Kerry with my life, and I would entrust John Kerry with the well-being of our country.

    Nobody asked me to join John's campaign. Why would they? I am a Republican, and for more than 30 years I have largely voted for Republicans. I volunteered for his campaign because I have seen John Kerry in the worst of conditions. I know his character. I've witnessed his bravery and leadership under fire. And I truly know he will be a great commander in chief.

    Now, 35 years after the fact, some Republican-financed Swift Boat Veterans for Bush are suddenly lying about John Kerry's service in Vietnam; they are calling him a traitor because he spoke out against the Nixon administration's failed policies in Vietnam. Some of these Republican-sponsored veterans are the same ones who spoke out against John at the behest of the Nixon administration in 1971. But this time their attacks are more vicious, their lies cut deep and are directed not just at John Kerry, but at me and each of his crewmates as well. This hate-filled ad asserts that I was not under fire; it questions my words and Navy records. This smear campaign has been launched by people without decency, people who don't understand the bond of those who serve in combat.

    As John McCain noted, the television ad aired by these veterans is "dishonest and dishonorable." Sen. McCain called on President Bush to condemn the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush ad. Regrettably, the president has ignored Sen. McCain's advice.

    Does this strategy of attacking combat Vietnam veterans sound familiar? In 2000, a similar Republican smear campaign was launched against Sen. McCain. In fact, the very same communications group, Spaeth Communications, that placed ads against John McCain in 2000 is involved in these vicious attacks against John Kerry. Texas Republican donors with close ties to George W. Bush and Karl Rove crafted this "dishonest and dishonorable" ad. Their new charges are false; their stories are fabricated, made up by people who did not serve with Kerry in Vietnam. They insult and defame all of us who served in Vietnam.

    But when the noise and fog of their distortions and lies have cleared, a man who volunteered to serve his country, a man who showed up for duty when his country called, a man to whom the United States Navy awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts, will stand tall and proud. Ultimately, the American people will judge these Swift Boat Veterans for Bush and their accusations. Americans are tired of smear campaigns against those who volunteered to wear the uniform. Swift Boat Veterans for Bush should hang their heads in shame.

    Posted by Eric at 11:49 AM | Comments (7)

    Reuters Will Outsource to India

    From the Washington Post:

    Financial news service Reuters Group PLC said yesterday it will eliminate up to 20 editorial positions in the United States and Europe and hire up to 60 replacements in India in a move aimed at cutting costs.

    The journalists, who will be based at a Reuters facility in Bangalore, will be responsible for compiling tables, writing short research alerts based on analyst reports and polling analysts for earnings forecasts, according to company spokesman Steve Naru.

    Journalism positions are just the latest in a long line of jobs -- from manufacturing to radiology -- that have been sent offshore in recent years as advances in technology have made it easier to conduct business from abroad. Researchers have estimated that the number of jobs in the United States affected by such moves eventually could stretch into the millions as companies seek to capitalize on the availability of lower-wage workers in countries such as China and India.

    Posted by Eric at 11:46 AM | Comments (12)

    Reuters Will Outsource to India

    From the Washington Post:

    Financial news service Reuters Group PLC said yesterday it will eliminate up to 20 editorial positions in the United States and Europe and hire up to 60 replacements in India in a move aimed at cutting costs.

    The journalists, who will be based at a Reuters facility in Bangalore, will be responsible for compiling tables, writing short research alerts based on analyst reports and polling analysts for earnings forecasts, according to company spokesman Steve Naru.

    Journalism positions are just the latest in a long line of jobs -- from manufacturing to radiology -- that have been sent offshore in recent years as advances in technology have made it easier to conduct business from abroad. Researchers have estimated that the number of jobs in the United States affected by such moves eventually could stretch into the millions as companies seek to capitalize on the availability of lower-wage workers in countries such as China and India.

    Posted by Eric at 11:46 AM | Comments (0)

    GOP Wants Star Power Too

    According to the always reliable NY Post:

    WE HEAR . . .

    . . . THAT the GOP is reaching out to Kelsey Grammer, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Dennis Miller, Britney Spears and country stars Brooks & Dunn in hopes that they'll lend some star power to the Republican National Convention.

    Posted by Eric at 11:07 AM | Comments (14)

    GOP Wants Star Power Too

    According to the always reliable NY Post:

    WE HEAR . . .

    . . . THAT the GOP is reaching out to Kelsey Grammer, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Dennis Miller, Britney Spears and country stars Brooks & Dunn in hopes that they'll lend some star power to the Republican National Convention.

    Posted by Eric at 11:07 AM | Comments (2)

    Washington GOP Embarrasses Itself

    Picks jailbird as candidate:

    The state Republican Party this week picked a candidate fresh out of jail for harassing politicians to run against Democratic state Auditor Brian Sonntag.
    After no other Republican filed to run against Sonntag, party officials on Thursday filed Will Baker, well known in his hometown of Tacoma and at the Pierce County Jail but apparently not at GOP headquarters.

    Yesterday, the party was trying to get Baker "unfiled," which state election officials say can't be done without court action.

    "We are stuck with him," said Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance. "It's somewhat embarrassing. We should have been more thorough in checking him out."

    So McDonalds can do background checks, but the state GOP can't?

    Posted by Eric at 09:49 AM | Comments (55)

    Washington GOP Embarrasses Itself

    Picks jailbird as candidate:

    The state Republican Party this week picked a candidate fresh out of jail for harassing politicians to run against Democratic state Auditor Brian Sonntag.
    After no other Republican filed to run against Sonntag, party officials on Thursday filed Will Baker, well known in his hometown of Tacoma and at the Pierce County Jail but apparently not at GOP headquarters.

    Yesterday, the party was trying to get Baker "unfiled," which state election officials say can't be done without court action.

    "We are stuck with him," said Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance. "It's somewhat embarrassing. We should have been more thorough in checking him out."

    So McDonalds can do background checks, but the state GOP can't?

    Posted by Eric at 09:49 AM | Comments (2)

    Comedy Monday

    The Tuesday edition.

    "The federal government reported that despite much higher expectations U.S. employers only added 32,000 jobs to the payroll this month. Even worse folks, the jobs were all in India." Conan O'Brien

    "When they say they served with Kerry in Vietnam, what they really mean is that they were in Vietnam at the same time. Kind of like how Snoopy served with the Red Baron." Jon Stewart on Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

    "The Republican Convention is coming to town. It's coming up at the end of the month. Everyone is getting ready for the convention. The crack dealers are switching to Viagra." David Letterman

    "A controversial new book claims that John Kerry laughed while burning enemy villages and slaughtering animals. I don't buy it Kerry laughing?" Craig Kilborn

    "The Republicans now getting ready for their big convention in New York City. Apparently they have a plan for going into New York, but they don't have a plan for getting out." Jay Leno

    ``In a huge upset, Ralph Nader has failed to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot in California. How embarrassing is that for Nader? You can't get on the ballot in California? Remember our governor's race? Imagine finding out you're not up to the legal qualifications of porn star Mary Carey or Gary Coleman.'' Jay Leno

    ``They've been having a lot of trouble over at Illinois finding a Republican candidate to go up against Barack Obama there. People love that guy. Well, they think they've finally found one. He is our old friend, Alan Keyes, the African American firebrand conservative preacher. The only problem is, Keyes lives in Maryland. It's starting to look bad for Republicans. First, they couldn't find Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, then they couldn't find weapons in Iraq. Now they can't find a black person in Chicago!'' Bill Maher

    "But the president's plan differs from that suggested by the 9-11 commission in several key areas. For example, Bush's proposal would not give the new director authority over budgets or the ability to hire or fire. In fact, it would not even be considered a cabinet position. Because, while protecting our nation from a bloody terrorist attack that could cost millions of lives is important, it's not 'agriculture' important." Jon Stewart


    This Modern World: Out of touch

    The Onion: CIA Asks Bush To Discontinue Blog

    The Onion: College Student Does Nothing For Tibet Over Summer

    Dubya Chronicles: Main Page

    DU: The Top 10 Conservative Idiots

    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 09:44 AM | Comments (7)

    Comedy Monday

    The Tuesday edition.

    "The federal government reported that despite much higher expectations U.S. employers only added 32,000 jobs to the payroll this month. Even worse folks, the jobs were all in India." Conan O'Brien

    "When they say they served with Kerry in Vietnam, what they really mean is that they were in Vietnam at the same time. Kind of like how Snoopy served with the Red Baron." Jon Stewart on Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

    "The Republican Convention is coming to town. It's coming up at the end of the month. Everyone is getting ready for the convention. The crack dealers are switching to Viagra." David Letterman

    "A controversial new book claims that John Kerry laughed while burning enemy villages and slaughtering animals. I don't buy it Kerry laughing?" Craig Kilborn

    "The Republicans now getting ready for their big convention in New York City. Apparently they have a plan for going into New York, but they don't have a plan for getting out." Jay Leno

    ``In a huge upset, Ralph Nader has failed to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot in California. How embarrassing is that for Nader? You can't get on the ballot in California? Remember our governor's race? Imagine finding out you're not up to the legal qualifications of porn star Mary Carey or Gary Coleman.'' Jay Leno

    ``They've been having a lot of trouble over at Illinois finding a Republican candidate to go up against Barack Obama there. People love that guy. Well, they think they've finally found one. He is our old friend, Alan Keyes, the African American firebrand conservative preacher. The only problem is, Keyes lives in Maryland. It's starting to look bad for Republicans. First, they couldn't find Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, then they couldn't find weapons in Iraq. Now they can't find a black person in Chicago!'' Bill Maher

    "But the president's plan differs from that suggested by the 9-11 commission in several key areas. For example, Bush's proposal would not give the new director authority over budgets or the ability to hire or fire. In fact, it would not even be considered a cabinet position. Because, while protecting our nation from a bloody terrorist attack that could cost millions of lives is important, it's not 'agriculture' important." Jon Stewart


    This Modern World: Out of touch

    The Onion: CIA Asks Bush To Discontinue Blog

    The Onion: College Student Does Nothing For Tibet Over Summer

    Dubya Chronicles: Main Page

    DU: The Top 10 Conservative Idiots

    Click down for comics

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

    Keyes Gets Nasty

    From the AP:

    Republican Alan Keyes ripped into Democratic rival Barack Obama's views on abortion Monday, calling them "the slaveholder's position," as the U.S. Senate race roared back to life in Illinois.

    Up at dawn for a whirlwind round of broadcast interviews, the conservative former diplomat started his first full day of campaigning as the GOP candidate by saying Obama, a state senator from Chicago, had violated the principle that all men are created equal by voting against a bill that would have outlawed a form of late-term abortion.

    Keyes said legalizing abortion deprives the unborn of their equal rights.

    "I would still be picking cotton if the country's moral principles had not been shaped by the Declaration of Independence," Keyes said. He said Obama "has broken and rejected those principles-- he has taken the slaveholder's position."

    Posted by Eric at 04:58 AM | Comments (42)

    Keyes Gets Nasty

    From the AP:

    Republican Alan Keyes ripped into Democratic rival Barack Obama's views on abortion Monday, calling them "the slaveholder's position," as the U.S. Senate race roared back to life in Illinois.

    Up at dawn for a whirlwind round of broadcast interviews, the conservative former diplomat started his first full day of campaigning as the GOP candidate by saying Obama, a state senator from Chicago, had violated the principle that all men are created equal by voting against a bill that would have outlawed a form of late-term abortion.

    Keyes said legalizing abortion deprives the unborn of their equal rights.

    "I would still be picking cotton if the country's moral principles had not been shaped by the Declaration of Independence," Keyes said. He said Obama "has broken and rejected those principles-- he has taken the slaveholder's position."

    Posted by Eric at 04:58 AM | Comments (7)

    August 09, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    WP. Kerry Stumps for N.M. Votes
    WP. Program Aids Urban Poor In Accessing The Internet
    NYT. Rice Says Iran Must Not Be Allowed to Develop Nuclear Arms
    USAT. Anti-Kerry vets say 'lies' drove them to act
    BG. Veteran claims misquote on Kerry; Globe stands by its story
    AP. Keyes Enters U.S. Senate Race in Ill.
    NYT. Churches See an Election Role and Spread the Word on Bush
    NYT. After Speeding by Kansans, Edwardses Return to Rally
    NYT. Friends in the White House Come to Coal's Aid
    NYT. Immigrants Raise Call for Right to Be Voters
    AP. Senator Seeks Inquiry Into Abuse Report
    AP. Nader Fails To Make Calif. Cut
    BG. Republican convention puts many in NYC on edge
    BG. Bush-backers-only policy riles voters at RNC rallies
    BG. Minister to Bush: Shed wealth
    CBS. GIs Told To Ignore Iraqi Abuse
    AP. GOP sen. comes to U.S. attorneys' defense
    AP. Superiors Hindered Terror Prosecutors
    Chicago Tribune. Jobs report stuns economists; Disconnect between GDP growth, hiring revives debate about quality of data
    AP. Two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghan blast

    Commentary
    STrib. Few new jobs/Symptom of failed policy
    Tuscon Citizen. Anti-Kerry ad pulls campaign into the gutter
    Ross Gelbspan. Boiling Point
    Ian Williams. Bush's Military Past
    Robert B. Reich. The Jobs Number; Friday's employment report could be terrible news for the Bush administration and the country
    Garance Franke-Ruta. History of the Orange, Part I; Having trouble remembering all those other orange alerts? Our handy cheat sheet will give you total recall
    Anne-Marie Cusac. Fire Hazard: Just when nuclear power plants need better protection from terrorist-triggered disasters and fires, the Bush administration is relaxing all the safeguards
    Dedrick Muhammad. Sharpton, Obama and the Promise of America
    NYT. The Iraq Reconstruction Fiasco
    Bob Herbert. Admit We Have a Problem
    Seattle PI. Chaplain due honorable exit
    LAT. Bush's Obstructionism; Poll after poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly support lifting President Bush's constricted stem-cell research policy and renewing the expiring federal assault gun ban. Yet the president's reelection game plan is trumping the desires of most Americans and, apparently, a majority in Congress
    Fred Krupp. U.S. needs an 'oceans president'
    Oren J. Teicher. The FBI shouldn't be reading over our shoulders
    David Sarasohn. GOP fires another shot at Kerry's boat
    Richard Roeper. Republicans will love Keyes -- until they get to know him

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

    Monday Stories

    News
    WP. Kerry Stumps for N.M. Votes
    WP. Program Aids Urban Poor In Accessing The Internet
    NYT. Rice Says Iran Must Not Be Allowed to Develop Nuclear Arms
    USAT. Anti-Kerry vets say 'lies' drove them to act
    BG. Veteran claims misquote on Kerry; Globe stands by its story
    AP. Keyes Enters U.S. Senate Race in Ill.
    NYT. Churches See an Election Role and Spread the Word on Bush
    NYT. After Speeding by Kansans, Edwardses Return to Rally
    NYT. Friends in the White House Come to Coal's Aid
    NYT. Immigrants Raise Call for Right to Be Voters
    AP. Senator Seeks Inquiry Into Abuse Report
    AP. Nader Fails To Make Calif. Cut
    BG. Republican convention puts many in NYC on edge
    BG. Bush-backers-only policy riles voters at RNC rallies
    BG. Minister to Bush: Shed wealth
    CBS. GIs Told To Ignore Iraqi Abuse
    AP. GOP sen. comes to U.S. attorneys' defense
    AP. Superiors Hindered Terror Prosecutors
    Chicago Tribune. Jobs report stuns economists; Disconnect between GDP growth, hiring revives debate about quality of data
    AP. Two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghan blast

    Commentary
    STrib. Few new jobs/Symptom of failed policy
    Tuscon Citizen. Anti-Kerry ad pulls campaign into the gutter
    Ross Gelbspan. Boiling Point
    Ian Williams. Bush's Military Past
    Robert B. Reich. The Jobs Number; Friday's employment report could be terrible news for the Bush administration and the country
    Garance Franke-Ruta. History of the Orange, Part I; Having trouble remembering all those other orange alerts? Our handy cheat sheet will give you total recall
    Anne-Marie Cusac. Fire Hazard: Just when nuclear power plants need better protection from terrorist-triggered disasters and fires, the Bush administration is relaxing all the safeguards
    Dedrick Muhammad. Sharpton, Obama and the Promise of America
    NYT. The Iraq Reconstruction Fiasco
    Bob Herbert. Admit We Have a Problem
    Seattle PI. Chaplain due honorable exit
    LAT. Bush's Obstructionism; Poll after poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly support lifting President Bush's constricted stem-cell research policy and renewing the expiring federal assault gun ban. Yet the president's reelection game plan is trumping the desires of most Americans and, apparently, a majority in Congress
    Fred Krupp. U.S. needs an 'oceans president'
    Oren J. Teicher. The FBI shouldn't be reading over our shoulders
    David Sarasohn. GOP fires another shot at Kerry's boat
    Richard Roeper. Republicans will love Keyes -- until they get to know him

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

    Kerry Holds Lead in Hawaii

    In the safe state of Hawaii, Kerry only leads by 8 points:

    Of the 681 registered voters who were surveyed, just more than 48 percent said they support Kerry. But because of the number of undecided voters, there is no clear majority in the presidential race. Forty-one percent were behind President Bush, while 11 percent were undecided.
    Meanwhile, Hawaii's most competitive House seat is not so competitive:
    Incumbent Democrat Ed Case leads Republican challenger Mike Gabbard by a more than 3-to-1 margin in the race for the 2nd Congressional District seat, according to a new statewide poll conducted for the Star-Bulletin and KITV-4 News.

    Of 449 respondents, 67 percent said they would vote for Case, 18 percent picked Gabbard and 15 percent were undecided.

    Posted by Eric at 11:17 AM | Comments (47)

    Kerry Holds Lead in Hawaii

    In the safe state of Hawaii, Kerry only leads by 8 points:

    Of the 681 registered voters who were surveyed, just more than 48 percent said they support Kerry. But because of the number of undecided voters, there is no clear majority in the presidential race. Forty-one percent were behind President Bush, while 11 percent were undecided.
    Meanwhile, Hawaii's most competitive House seat is not so competitive:
    Incumbent Democrat Ed Case leads Republican challenger Mike Gabbard by a more than 3-to-1 margin in the race for the 2nd Congressional District seat, according to a new statewide poll conducted for the Star-Bulletin and KITV-4 News.

    Of 449 respondents, 67 percent said they would vote for Case, 18 percent picked Gabbard and 15 percent were undecided.

    Posted by Eric at 11:17 AM | Comments (3)

    His Own Worst Enemy

    From a Washington Post editorial:

    It's clear by now that Mr. Keyes loves the limelight and to hear himself speak, notwithstanding his rejection by voters in two U.S. Senate races in Maryland and two runs for the GOP presidential nomination. So it comes as no surprise that he would drop everything and hustle out to Illinois where he has never lived, to run for an office he can't win, and for a cause -- his own -- that deserves to lose. But that Mr. Keyes would allow himself to be drafted because of his skin color is beyond anything we would have expected, given his own long-standing vocal opposition to race-conscious decision making. Who out there believes for one second that the Illinois Republican Party would have reached halfway across the country for a candidate with Mr. Keyes's losing track record if the Democratic candidate were not African American? That Mr. Keyes succumbed to their blandishments is a sad commentary on the needs of his ego and the desperation -- or shall we say apparent defeatism -- of a Republican Party that turns to a Marylander with a track record that almost rivals that of Harold Stassen. Mr. Bush got it right. We leave you with this cogitation of Mr. Keyes in 2000: "And I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there. So I certainly wouldn't imitate it."

    Posted by Eric at 09:47 AM | Comments (17)

    His Own Worst Enemy

    From a Washington Post editorial:

    It's clear by now that Mr. Keyes loves the limelight and to hear himself speak, notwithstanding his rejection by voters in two U.S. Senate races in Maryland and two runs for the GOP presidential nomination. So it comes as no surprise that he would drop everything and hustle out to Illinois where he has never lived, to run for an office he can't win, and for a cause -- his own -- that deserves to lose. But that Mr. Keyes would allow himself to be drafted because of his skin color is beyond anything we would have expected, given his own long-standing vocal opposition to race-conscious decision making. Who out there believes for one second that the Illinois Republican Party would have reached halfway across the country for a candidate with Mr. Keyes's losing track record if the Democratic candidate were not African American? That Mr. Keyes succumbed to their blandishments is a sad commentary on the needs of his ego and the desperation -- or shall we say apparent defeatism -- of a Republican Party that turns to a Marylander with a track record that almost rivals that of Harold Stassen. Mr. Bush got it right. We leave you with this cogitation of Mr. Keyes in 2000: "And I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there. So I certainly wouldn't imitate it."

    Posted by Eric at 09:47 AM | Comments (2)

    Springsteen Breaks a Heart

    Such sadness:

    Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he's "heartbroken" that Bruce Springsteen plans to rock against President Bush. Opening his weekly radio show Friday with "Born to Run," the 43-year-old Pawlenty called Springsteen one of his musical idols.

    "I really appreciate his music, but I wish he wouldn't interject his music with politics," said Pawlenty, co-chairman of Bush's re-election campaign in Minnesota.

    Springsteen and REM will perform Oct. 5 at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center as part of a series of concerts being staged in nine swing states to oppose Bush's re-election.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (171)

    Springsteen Breaks a Heart

    Such sadness:

    Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he's "heartbroken" that Bruce Springsteen plans to rock against President Bush. Opening his weekly radio show Friday with "Born to Run," the 43-year-old Pawlenty called Springsteen one of his musical idols.

    "I really appreciate his music, but I wish he wouldn't interject his music with politics," said Pawlenty, co-chairman of Bush's re-election campaign in Minnesota.

    Springsteen and REM will perform Oct. 5 at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center as part of a series of concerts being staged in nine swing states to oppose Bush's re-election.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (5)

    This Just In: "Tourism is a hard sell in lawless Iraq"

    I have no idea why.

    Posted by Eric at 08:37 AM | Comments (9)

    This Just In: "Tourism is a hard sell in lawless Iraq"

    I have no idea why.

    Posted by Eric at 08:37 AM | Comments (1)

    Daily Show Guests

    Info via Sue Trowbridge:

    Daily Show
    Mo 8/9: Former President Bill Clinton
    Tu 8/10: Maureen Dowd
    We 8/11: Tom Cruise
    Th 8/12: Bryan Keefer

    Posted by Eric at 07:54 AM | Comments (3)

    Daily Show Guests

    Info via Sue Trowbridge:

    Daily Show
    Mo 8/9: Former President Bill Clinton
    Tu 8/10: Maureen Dowd
    We 8/11: Tom Cruise
    Th 8/12: Bryan Keefer

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

    Repeatable Quotes

    Alan Keyes: "I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there, so I certainly wouldn't imitate it."

    Posted by Eric at 07:01 AM | Comments (18)

    Repeatable Quotes

    Alan Keyes: "I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton's willingness to go into a state she doesn't even live in and pretend to represent people there, so I certainly wouldn't imitate it."

    Posted by Eric at 07:01 AM | Comments (0)

    More Bill O'Reilly Lies

    The hits keep coming. This time O'Reilly lies about Outfoxed.

    Posted by Eric at 06:51 AM | Comments (37)

    More Bill O'Reilly Lies

    The hits keep coming. This time O'Reilly lies about Outfoxed.

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

    Intimate Knowledge?

    Still rather interesting that none of the people in the Swift Boat ad against Kerry actually served with Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 06:49 AM | Comments (29)

    Intimate Knowledge?

    Still rather interesting that none of the people in the Swift Boat ad against Kerry actually served with Kerry.

    Posted by Eric at 06:49 AM | Comments (1)

    August 08, 2004

    Is Media Matters the KKK?

    Apparently. From an O'Reilly-Krugman debate:

    O'REILLY: You oughta take -- and do your own research, pal! And stop taking the left-wing garbage and throwing it out there for the folks!

    KRUGMAN: What have they said that's false?

    O'REILLY: Do your own research! That's out of context and you know it.

    KRUGMAN: No, come on. It helps me. It is not. They've got the clips. You can actually listen to them --

    O'REILLY: You are about the most un-objective person on the face of the earth -- Media Matters! Why don't you just call Fidel? Call him up in Havana. He'll tell you what's going on?

    KRUGMAN: Oh, wonderful. Now we've got the great (inaudible) Whatever it is, it ends up being a Communist plot, you know?

    O'REILLY: Oh my God! That's like me calling up some Klan operation. Why don't I call the Ku Klux Klan up and --

    TV Newser also mentioned this amusing, though perhaps trivial point:
    When O'Reilly said Fox had no 'talking points' was he overlooking his 'Talking Points Memo' at the top of The Factor?

    Posted by Eric at 11:06 PM | Comments (20)

    Is Media Matters the KKK?

    Apparently. From an O'Reilly-Krugman debate:

    O'REILLY: You oughta take -- and do your own research, pal! And stop taking the left-wing garbage and throwing it out there for the folks!

    KRUGMAN: What have they said that's false?

    O'REILLY: Do your own research! That's out of context and you know it.

    KRUGMAN: No, come on. It helps me. It is not. They've got the clips. You can actually listen to them --

    O'REILLY: You are about the most un-objective person on the face of the earth -- Media Matters! Why don't you just call Fidel? Call him up in Havana. He'll tell you what's going on?

    KRUGMAN: Oh, wonderful. Now we've got the great (inaudible) Whatever it is, it ends up being a Communist plot, you know?

    O'REILLY: Oh my God! That's like me calling up some Klan operation. Why don't I call the Ku Klux Klan up and --

    TV Newser also mentioned this amusing, though perhaps trivial point:
    When O'Reilly said Fox had no 'talking points' was he overlooking his 'Talking Points Memo' at the top of The Factor?

    Posted by Eric at 11:06 PM | Comments (8)

    August 06, 2004

    Japanese Internment OK?

    Meet Michelle Malkin:

    James Arima, a local officer of the Japanese American Citizens League, intended to be at Green Lake tonight for the annual peace ceremony honoring those killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    He changed his plans after hearing that author Michelle Malkin would be in town to discuss her new book, which defends another controversial episode of World War II: the relocation and detention of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.

    Malkin's book -- "In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror" -- has created an uproar in the local Japanese American community.

    Posted by Eric at 04:46 PM | Comments (45)

    Japanese Internment OK?

    Meet Michelle Malkin:

    James Arima, a local officer of the Japanese American Citizens League, intended to be at Green Lake tonight for the annual peace ceremony honoring those killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    He changed his plans after hearing that author Michelle Malkin would be in town to discuss her new book, which defends another controversial episode of World War II: the relocation and detention of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.

    Malkin's book -- "In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror" -- has created an uproar in the local Japanese American community.

    Posted by Eric at 04:46 PM | Comments (9)

    Bushisms

    Can I get a WTF:

    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful - and so are we," the US president told a high-level meeting of Pentagon officials.

    "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people - and neither do we."

    His comments came during a signing ceremony for a $417bn defence bill.

    Here's McClellan:
    White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that Mr Bush's mistakes should reassure rather than alarm.

    "Even the most straightforward and plain-spoken people mis-speak," he told the Associated Press.

    Posted by Eric at 04:39 PM | Comments (47)

    Bushisms

    Can I get a WTF:

    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful - and so are we," the US president told a high-level meeting of Pentagon officials.

    "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people - and neither do we."

    His comments came during a signing ceremony for a $417bn defence bill.

    Here's McClellan:
    White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that Mr Bush's mistakes should reassure rather than alarm.

    "Even the most straightforward and plain-spoken people mis-speak," he told the Associated Press.

    Posted by Eric at 04:39 PM | Comments (3)

    Be Proud, GOP

    Eugenics supporter in Ten wins the GOP primary:

    An openly racist candidate is the winner in a Tennessee congressional primary.

    James Hart, a believer in the discredited, phony science of eugenics, has handily defeated write-in opponent Dennis Bertrand in the Republican primary for the Eighth Congressional District.

    Most of the votes have been counted and Hart has a big lead.

    The 60-year-old doesn't expect to defeat Democratic Congressman John Tanner, who's represented the district for 15 years. But he says he wants to get out his message -- that people from what he calls "less favored races" should be discouraged from reproducing or immigrating to the U-S.

    His explanation of "less favored races" includes people on welfare and those from "sub-Saharan" African countries.

    Hart says the Republican Party would like him to go away -- but he'll probably go to the G-O-P convention.

    Posted by Eric at 01:58 PM | Comments (36)

    Be Proud, GOP

    Eugenics supporter in Ten wins the GOP primary:

    An openly racist candidate is the winner in a Tennessee congressional primary.

    James Hart, a believer in the discredited, phony science of eugenics, has handily defeated write-in opponent Dennis Bertrand in the Republican primary for the Eighth Congressional District.

    Most of the votes have been counted and Hart has a big lead.

    The 60-year-old doesn't expect to defeat Democratic Congressman John Tanner, who's represented the district for 15 years. But he says he wants to get out his message -- that people from what he calls "less favored races" should be discouraged from reproducing or immigrating to the U-S.

    His explanation of "less favored races" includes people on welfare and those from "sub-Saharan" African countries.

    Hart says the Republican Party would like him to go away -- but he'll probably go to the G-O-P convention.

    Posted by Eric at 01:58 PM | Comments (6)

    George Elliott Retracts Statement

    From the Boston Globe:

    But yesterday, a key figure in the anti-Kerry campaign, Kerry's former commanding officer, backed off one of the key contentions. Lieutenant Commander George Elliott said in an interview that he had made a ''terrible mistake" in signing an affidavit that suggests Kerry did not deserve the Silver Star -- one of the main allegations in the book. The affidavit was given to The Boston Globe by the anti-Kerry group to justify assertions in their ad and book ... Yesterday, reached at his home, Elliott said he regretted signing the affidavit and said he still thinks Kerry deserved the Silver Star.

    ''I still don't think he shot the guy in the back," Elliott said. ''It was a terrible mistake probably for me to sign the affidavit with those words. I'm the one in trouble here."

    Elliott said he was no under personal or political pressure to sign the statement, but he did feel ''time pressure" from those involved in the book. ''That's no excuse," Elliott said. ''I knew it was wrong . . . In a hurry I signed it and faxed it back. That was a mistake

    Posted by Eric at 01:47 PM | Comments (45)

    George Elliott Retracts Statement

    From the Boston Globe:

    But yesterday, a key figure in the anti-Kerry campaign, Kerry's former commanding officer, backed off one of the key contentions. Lieutenant Commander George Elliott said in an interview that he had made a ''terrible mistake" in signing an affidavit that suggests Kerry did not deserve the Silver Star -- one of the main allegations in the book. The affidavit was given to The Boston Globe by the anti-Kerry group to justify assertions in their ad and book ... Yesterday, reached at his home, Elliott said he regretted signing the affidavit and said he still thinks Kerry deserved the Silver Star.

    ''I still don't think he shot the guy in the back," Elliott said. ''It was a terrible mistake probably for me to sign the affidavit with those words. I'm the one in trouble here."

    Elliott said he was no under personal or political pressure to sign the statement, but he did feel ''time pressure" from those involved in the book. ''That's no excuse," Elliott said. ''I knew it was wrong . . . In a hurry I signed it and faxed it back. That was a mistake

    Posted by Eric at 01:47 PM | Comments (4)

    Keyes Accepts

    Reportedly.

    Posted by Eric at 01:46 PM | Comments (38)

    Keyes Accepts

    Reportedly.

    Posted by Eric at 01:46 PM | Comments (4)

    NRDC: More Dirty Beaches

    Whohoo!

  • " "Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches" reports there were more than 18,000 days of closings and advisories at ocean and Great Lakes beaches last year -- an increase of 51 percent from 2002."

  • "The report found that the number of beach closing and advisory days jumped from 12,078 days in 2002 to 18,284 days in 2003, an increase of 6,206 days. Florida alone accounted for more than a third of the increase partly due to the fact that the state increased monitoring frequency and adopted the Environmental Protection Agency's health standards for the first full year. The states with the largest percentage jump in closing and advisory days between 2002 and 2003 were Delaware (+82 percent), Florida (+128 percent), Mississippi (+337 percent), New Jersey (+318 percent), New York (+138 percent), Rhode Island (+196 percent) and South Carolina (+162 percent). North Carolina, meanwhile, went from no closing and advisory days in 2002 to 567 in 2003."

  • "One of the report's most disturbing findings is that local authorities did not know the sources of pollution causing or contributing to 68 percent of the closing and advisory days last year -- the highest rate of "unknown sources" in the 14 years NRDC has been issuing the survey."

  • "This year's White House budget proposal includes dramatic cuts in Clean Water Act funding. Specifically, the White House's budget reduced the Clean Water State Revolving Fund by more than a third (about $500 million) below last year's funding level, the largest cutback of any environmental program. On average, that amounts to more than a $1 million cut for every congressional district. Congress should restore the funding and the president should approve it. Thirty years ago the federal government funded 20 percent of the costs of maintaining a clean water infrastructure across the country. Today the federal government funds a mere 5 percent of these costs."

    Posted by Eric at 06:13 AM | Comments (48)

    NRDC: More Dirty Beaches

    Whohoo!

  • " "Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches" reports there were more than 18,000 days of closings and advisories at ocean and Great Lakes beaches last year -- an increase of 51 percent from 2002."

  • "The report found that the number of beach closing and advisory days jumped from 12,078 days in 2002 to 18,284 days in 2003, an increase of 6,206 days. Florida alone accounted for more than a third of the increase partly due to the fact that the state increased monitoring frequency and adopted the Environmental Protection Agency's health standards for the first full year. The states with the largest percentage jump in closing and advisory days between 2002 and 2003 were Delaware (+82 percent), Florida (+128 percent), Mississippi (+337 percent), New Jersey (+318 percent), New York (+138 percent), Rhode Island (+196 percent) and South Carolina (+162 percent). North Carolina, meanwhile, went from no closing and advisory days in 2002 to 567 in 2003."

  • "One of the report's most disturbing findings is that local authorities did not know the sources of pollution causing or contributing to 68 percent of the closing and advisory days last year -- the highest rate of "unknown sources" in the 14 years NRDC has been issuing the survey."

  • "This year's White House budget proposal includes dramatic cuts in Clean Water Act funding. Specifically, the White House's budget reduced the Clean Water State Revolving Fund by more than a third (about $500 million) below last year's funding level, the largest cutback of any environmental program. On average, that amounts to more than a $1 million cut for every congressional district. Congress should restore the funding and the president should approve it. Thirty years ago the federal government funded 20 percent of the costs of maintaining a clean water infrastructure across the country. Today the federal government funds a mere 5 percent of these costs."

    Posted by Eric at 06:13 AM | Comments (0)

    Intimate Knowledge of Kerry?

    How close are the swift boat vets to Kerry? Media Matters:

    In the new ad, members of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth claim that they "served with John Kerry." Hannity & Colmes co-host Sean Hannity echoed the false claim, saying that the veterans in the ad are "the people that know him best," and referred to them as "some of his fellow crewmates." Even Pat Halpin, who was filling in for co-host Alan Colmes, called them "some of John Kerry's crewmates." Scarborough echoed Swift Boat Veterans' misleading claim that they "served with John Kerry in Vietnam."

    While the veterans attacking Kerry in the ad are veterans of the Vietnam War and may have served at the same time as Kerry, as The New York Times reported on August 5, the Kerry campaign noted that "none of the men had actually served on the Swift boats that Mr. Kerry commanded." Adm. Roy F. Hoffman, one of the veterans in the ad, has even "acknowledged he had no first-hand knowledge to discredit Kerry's claims to valor," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on May 7, "and said that although Kerry was under his command, he really didn't know Kerry much personally."

    In contrast, many of the veterans who have appeared on the campaign trail with Kerry did serve alongside him. The Wall Street Journal's Albert R. Hunt noted in his August 5 "Campaign Journal" column, titled "Sham Charges Against a War Hero" (subscription required): "Indeed, 10 of the 11 men who served on his two swift boats all have sworn by John Kerry; nine living members were in Boston [for the Democratic National Convention]."

    Posted by Eric at 03:24 AM | Comments (165)

    Intimate Knowledge of Kerry?

    How close are the swift boat vets to Kerry? Media Matters:

    In the new ad, members of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth claim that they "served with John Kerry." Hannity & Colmes co-host Sean Hannity echoed the false claim, saying that the veterans in the ad are "the people that know him best," and referred to them as "some of his fellow crewmates." Even Pat Halpin, who was filling in for co-host Alan Colmes, called them "some of John Kerry's crewmates." Scarborough echoed Swift Boat Veterans' misleading claim that they "served with John Kerry in Vietnam."

    While the veterans attacking Kerry in the ad are veterans of the Vietnam War and may have served at the same time as Kerry, as The New York Times reported on August 5, the Kerry campaign noted that "none of the men had actually served on the Swift boats that Mr. Kerry commanded." Adm. Roy F. Hoffman, one of the veterans in the ad, has even "acknowledged he had no first-hand knowledge to discredit Kerry's claims to valor," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on May 7, "and said that although Kerry was under his command, he really didn't know Kerry much personally."

    In contrast, many of the veterans who have appeared on the campaign trail with Kerry did serve alongside him. The Wall Street Journal's Albert R. Hunt noted in his August 5 "Campaign Journal" column, titled "Sham Charges Against a War Hero" (subscription required): "Indeed, 10 of the 11 men who served on his two swift boats all have sworn by John Kerry; nine living members were in Boston [for the Democratic National Convention]."

    Posted by Eric at 03:24 AM | Comments (5)

    August 05, 2004

    Thursday Stories

    News
    LAT. Judge Backs Same-Sex Marriage
    AP. Illinois GOP Asks Keyes to Run for Senate
    CNN. Iraq force 'won't give in' to kidnappers
    NYT. Ads for (and at No Cost to) Kerry Keep Flowing
    NYT. Message of Voters in Missouri Against Gay Marriage Leaves Backers Discouraged
    AP. Kerry Has Double-Digit Lead in N.J.
    AP. Illinois GOP Asks Keyes to Run for Senate
    CST. GOP asks Keyes to run
    Des Moines Register. Thousands pack downtown Davenport for Bush, Kerry visits
    NYDN. Protest activists lay down gauntlet
    Arizona Republic. Kerry visit to focus on N. Arizona
    AP. Edwards brings Southern tour to Tennessee
    BGlobe. Kerry touts convention showing, hints at Iraq plan
    BGlobe. Kerry, Bush face off for face time in Iowa
    WP. Marriage Ban in Mo. May Resonate
    WP. Running Mates Tour Arkansas
    WP. Campaigns Cross Paths in the Midwest
    WP. Musicians Tour to Beat Bush

    Commentary
    WP. A Record Deficit
    Davina Baum. Banding Together
    Tom Engelhardt. All Orange, All the Time
    David Corn. Dirty Tricks
    Ellen Goodman. A war of words
    Scott Ritter. Challenging Kerry on his Iraq vote
    Thomas Oliphant. Politics and the 9/11 report
    Mark Brown. Has GOP finally hit bottom, or is this hole even deeper?
    Sidney Blumenthal. What the terror alerts really tell us
    Sheryl McCarthy . America is evolving on gay marriage
    Seattle PI. EPA should move faster on mercury
    Joe Conason. Dean sees red over code orange
    Sarah Wildman. How the Other Half Votes; The Democratic Party is focusing on rousing female voters. Fielding female politicians would help
    Robert Kuttner. Digging Out; John Kerry can undo the damage caused by George W. Bushs tax cuts without sacrificing his domestic agenda. Heres how.
    Richard Cohen. Who's the Flip-Flopper?

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (20)

    Thursday Stories

    News
    LAT. Judge Backs Same-Sex Marriage
    AP. Illinois GOP Asks Keyes to Run for Senate
    CNN. Iraq force 'won't give in' to kidnappers
    NYT. Ads for (and at No Cost to) Kerry Keep Flowing
    NYT. Message of Voters in Missouri Against Gay Marriage Leaves Backers Discouraged
    AP. Kerry Has Double-Digit Lead in N.J.
    AP. Illinois GOP Asks Keyes to Run for Senate
    CST. GOP asks Keyes to run
    Des Moines Register. Thousands pack downtown Davenport for Bush, Kerry visits
    NYDN. Protest activists lay down gauntlet
    Arizona Republic. Kerry visit to focus on N. Arizona
    AP. Edwards brings Southern tour to Tennessee
    BGlobe. Kerry touts convention showing, hints at Iraq plan
    BGlobe. Kerry, Bush face off for face time in Iowa
    WP. Marriage Ban in Mo. May Resonate
    WP. Running Mates Tour Arkansas
    WP. Campaigns Cross Paths in the Midwest
    WP. Musicians Tour to Beat Bush

    Commentary
    WP. A Record Deficit
    Davina Baum. Banding Together
    Tom Engelhardt. All Orange, All the Time
    David Corn. Dirty Tricks
    Ellen Goodman. A war of words
    Scott Ritter. Challenging Kerry on his Iraq vote
    Thomas Oliphant. Politics and the 9/11 report
    Mark Brown. Has GOP finally hit bottom, or is this hole even deeper?
    Sidney Blumenthal. What the terror alerts really tell us
    Sheryl McCarthy . America is evolving on gay marriage
    Seattle PI. EPA should move faster on mercury
    Joe Conason. Dean sees red over code orange
    Sarah Wildman. How the Other Half Votes; The Democratic Party is focusing on rousing female voters. Fielding female politicians would help
    Robert Kuttner. Digging Out; John Kerry can undo the damage caused by George W. Bushs tax cuts without sacrificing his domestic agenda. Heres how.
    Richard Cohen. Who's the Flip-Flopper?

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (0)

    Dems Reaching Youth?

    The Boston Phoenix says that yes, the Dems are finally doing so:

    AN EMERGING GENERATION of young, progressive Democrats is networking, brainstorming, and organizing to fill a gap in liberal politics. Because the Democratic Party has long failed to harness their energy, these young people are trying with the help of several new and already-existing organizations to channel it themselves by tapping into their own resources and using the tools of their generation. Their goal? To help build a stronger base and revitalize the infrastructure that has left the party stagnant and struggling against conservative opponents.

    Many of the major players in this developing movement were in Boston during last weeks Democratic National Convention, and they had more than John Kerry on their minds. Like all Democrats, they know that winning the election this November is essential. These up-and-comers are staunch Kerry supporters, dedicated to getting George W. Bush out of office. But they have identified a weak spot in the party, and to fix it requires a much more farsighted approach than the next-election focus Democrats have held on to for years.

    Long-term investment in the partys younger base, missing until now (at least in concentrated form), is a vital part of renovating the Democratic strategy, they say. And a well-organized infrastructure nuts-and-bolts stuff like fundraising, media communication, candidate training, voter mobilization, and grassroots activism is imperative to winning back not only the White House in 2004, but the House, the Senate, and state governments (Republicans control four more legislatures and six more governorships than Democrats do) over the next 15 to 20 years.

    "The 90s was a period when the party really modernized our message," says New Democrat Network (NDN) president Simon Rosenberg, referring to the centrist rhetoric of the Clinton administration. "Whats happening now is that were modernizing our politics. Its going to make us stronger." Rosenbergs organization is not a new one the NDN has been around since the 1980s. Other groups, like MoveOn.org and America Coming Together, also focus on revamping the partys inner workings. But in a May speech, Rosenberg acknowledged that to tackle the challenge comprehensively requires "a new generation of progressive leadership entrepreneurs, investors, intellectuals, and political leaders."

    One of the most unfortunate recent episodes from the Democratic Party was its pissing on youngsters via Gore and Lieberman:
    1984 was also the year that Congressman Al Gore of Tennessee was elected to the Senate. Soon thereafter, his wife, Tipper, began attacking rock lyrics and youth culture. In the final months of the 2000 presidential campaign, Gore chose to revive these attacks on teen culture, even in his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention. Mario Velasquez, executive director of Rock the Vote, told me that the Gore campaign didn't even send surrogates to youth voter-registration events at which George W. Bush and Ralph Nader had representatives until a couple of months before the election. On election day, the Gore-Lieberman ticket merely tied Bush-Cheney among the 9 million people aged 18-24 who voted, a dramatic decline from the 19-point margin by which Bill Clinton had carried younger voters in 1996. If Gore had equaled Clinton's margin among that cohort, he would have added almost 2 million votes to his popular-vote count and he would have easily won Florida, Missouri and the election.

    Posted by Eric at 01:12 PM | Comments (37)

    Dems Reaching Youth?

    The Boston Phoenix says that yes, the Dems are finally doing so:

    AN EMERGING GENERATION of young, progressive Democrats is networking, brainstorming, and organizing to fill a gap in liberal politics. Because the Democratic Party has long failed to harness their energy, these young people are trying with the help of several new and already-existing organizations to channel it themselves by tapping into their own resources and using the tools of their generation. Their goal? To help build a stronger base and revitalize the infrastructure that has left the party stagnant and struggling against conservative opponents.

    Many of the major players in this developing movement were in Boston during last weeks Democratic National Convention, and they had more than John Kerry on their minds. Like all Democrats, they know that winning the election this November is essential. These up-and-comers are staunch Kerry supporters, dedicated to getting George W. Bush out of office. But they have identified a weak spot in the party, and to fix it requires a much more farsighted approach than the next-election focus Democrats have held on to for years.

    Long-term investment in the partys younger base, missing until now (at least in concentrated form), is a vital part of renovating the Democratic strategy, they say. And a well-organized infrastructure nuts-and-bolts stuff like fundraising, media communication, candidate training, voter mobilization, and grassroots activism is imperative to winning back not only the White House in 2004, but the House, the Senate, and state governments (Republicans control four more legislatures and six more governorships than Democrats do) over the next 15 to 20 years.

    "The 90s was a period when the party really modernized our message," says New Democrat Network (NDN) president Simon Rosenberg, referring to the centrist rhetoric of the Clinton administration. "Whats happening now is that were modernizing our politics. Its going to make us stronger." Rosenbergs organization is not a new one the NDN has been around since the 1980s. Other groups, like MoveOn.org and America Coming Together, also focus on revamping the partys inner workings. But in a May speech, Rosenberg acknowledged that to tackle the challenge comprehensively requires "a new generation of progressive leadership entrepreneurs, investors, intellectuals, and political leaders."

    One of the most unfortunate recent episodes from the Democratic Party was its pissing on youngsters via Gore and Lieberman:
    1984 was also the year that Congressman Al Gore of Tennessee was elected to the Senate. Soon thereafter, his wife, Tipper, began attacking rock lyrics and youth culture. In the final months of the 2000 presidential campaign, Gore chose to revive these attacks on teen culture, even in his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention. Mario Velasquez, executive director of Rock the Vote, told me that the Gore campaign didn't even send surrogates to youth voter-registration events at which George W. Bush and Ralph Nader had representatives until a couple of months before the election. On election day, the Gore-Lieberman ticket merely tied Bush-Cheney among the 9 million people aged 18-24 who voted, a dramatic decline from the 19-point margin by which Bill Clinton had carried younger voters in 1996. If Gore had equaled Clinton's margin among that cohort, he would have added almost 2 million votes to his popular-vote count and he would have easily won Florida, Missouri and the election.

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

    News Corp Prez Endorses Kerry

    Popular around the office? Brodcasting and Cable:

    According to the Kerry for President campaign, News Corp. President and chief operating officer Peter Chernin has endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate. News Corp. owns Fox News Channel.


    That would put Chernin in the ranks of some other Kerry-supporting media executives, including Barry Diller, Kirk Kerkorian (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.) and Harvey and Robert Weinstein, who backed the release of Michael Moore's controversial anti-Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.

    The Chernin endorsement was among that of 200 business leaders announced Wendesday, with Chernin attending a Wall Street to Main Street summit held by Kerry in Iowa.

    More on those biz leaders can be found on this release from the Kerry site.

    Posted by Eric at 10:27 AM | Comments (52)

    News Corp Prez Endorses Kerry

    Popular around the office? Brodcasting and Cable:

    According to the Kerry for President campaign, News Corp. President and chief operating officer Peter Chernin has endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate. News Corp. owns Fox News Channel.


    That would put Chernin in the ranks of some other Kerry-supporting media executives, including Barry Diller, Kirk Kerkorian (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.) and Harvey and Robert Weinstein, who backed the release of Michael Moore's controversial anti-Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.

    The Chernin endorsement was among that of 200 business leaders announced Wendesday, with Chernin attending a Wall Street to Main Street summit held by Kerry in Iowa.

    More on those biz leaders can be found on this release from the Kerry site.

    Posted by Eric at 10:27 AM | Comments (0)

    On Keyes

    Chicago columnist Mary Mitchell on the GOP's selection of Alan Keyes:

    Keyes would be used by the Republican Party to try to limit the number of votes Obama is expected to receive in this election. Although Keyes and others of his ilk oppose affirmative action or any other race-based initiative, he was being drafted for this contest solely because of his race. How ironic is that?

    If Keyes were not black, the Republican Party wouldn't be talking about sending him a one-way ticket to Illinois.

    In fact, no one was interested when Antonio Davis-Fairman, a black conservative from Washington, D.C., announced last August that he was in the contest. The only black Republican who was vying to replace Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, Davis-Fairman couldn't even get in the lineup for a debate scheduled by the state branch of the NAACP ... The average black person already suspects that the only reason a black man like Keyes is so large is because white people benefit from his opposition to affirmative action. I don't expect Keyes to woo away votes from the Democratic Party, if he runs, nor do I expect him to win over moderate Republicans.

    But his presence in this race would put all of the Republican Party's cards on the table.

    Posted by Eric at 09:34 AM | Comments (84)

    On Keyes

    Chicago columnist Mary Mitchell on the GOP's selection of Alan Keyes:

    Keyes would be used by the Republican Party to try to limit the number of votes Obama is expected to receive in this election. Although Keyes and others of his ilk oppose affirmative action or any other race-based initiative, he was being drafted for this contest solely because of his race. How ironic is that?

    If Keyes were not black, the Republican Party wouldn't be talking about sending him a one-way ticket to Illinois.

    In fact, no one was interested when Antonio Davis-Fairman, a black conservative from Washington, D.C., announced last August that he was in the contest. The only black Republican who was vying to replace Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, Davis-Fairman couldn't even get in the lineup for a debate scheduled by the state branch of the NAACP ... The average black person already suspects that the only reason a black man like Keyes is so large is because white people benefit from his opposition to affirmative action. I don't expect Keyes to woo away votes from the Democratic Party, if he runs, nor do I expect him to win over moderate Republicans.

    But his presence in this race would put all of the Republican Party's cards on the table.

    Posted by Eric at 09:34 AM | Comments (0)

    Springsteen on Nightline

    Interview with Ted Koppel:

    You build up credibility, and you build it up for a reason, you know, over a long period of time, and hopefully we've built up that credibility with our audience. And I have an audience that's Democrats, Republicans and everything else, you know. And I think there comes a time when you feel, all right, I've built this up, and it's time to spend some of this.

    And I think it's one of the most critical elections of my adult life, certainly. Very basic questions of American identity are at issue: who we are, what do we stand for, when do we fight ....

    I want to say basically I feel that, as a nation over the past four years, we've drifted away from I think very mainstream American values. I think that in the question having large tax cuts for the richest one percent. Hey, that's great, you know [for] corporate bigwigs, wealthy, well-to-do guitar players, but we've also watched services get cut, after-school programs for people that need it the most, we've watched rollback on environmental regulations, and a foreign policy that I think put at risk the lives of the very bravest young men and women under what ended up to be discredited circumstances.

    Bruce also has an editorial in the NY Times.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 AM | Comments (111)

    Springsteen on Nightline

    Interview with Ted Koppel:

    You build up credibility, and you build it up for a reason, you know, over a long period of time, and hopefully we've built up that credibility with our audience. And I have an audience that's Democrats, Republicans and everything else, you know. And I think there comes a time when you feel, all right, I've built this up, and it's time to spend some of this.

    And I think it's one of the most critical elections of my adult life, certainly. Very basic questions of American identity are at issue: who we are, what do we stand for, when do we fight ....

    I want to say basically I feel that, as a nation over the past four years, we've drifted away from I think very mainstream American values. I think that in the question having large tax cuts for the richest one percent. Hey, that's great, you know [for] corporate bigwigs, wealthy, well-to-do guitar players, but we've also watched services get cut, after-school programs for people that need it the most, we've watched rollback on environmental regulations, and a foreign policy that I think put at risk the lives of the very bravest young men and women under what ended up to be discredited circumstances.

    Bruce also has an editorial in the NY Times.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 AM | Comments (3)

    August 04, 2004

    Wed Stories

    News
    TheHill. Moons groups lure lawmakers to symposiums and conferences
    BG. Bush on defensive over timing of warnings
    BG. Kerry stumps in GOP territory in search of dissatisfied voters
    BG. Halliburton to pay $7.5 million fine for not disclosing accounting change
    NYT. Female GI in court to hear abuse testimony
    TheHill. GOP is looking for a bigger Bush bounce
    TheHill. Go-go ad spending binge
    AP. Bush Ads Shift Focus to His Achievements
    LAT. Bush Touches Base With His Core Supporters
    LAT. Springsteen Joins Anti-Bush Tour
    Reuters. Muslim U.S. Army Chaplain Resigning, Wants Apology
    Reuters. Cheney Testified in Halliburton Probe, Not Charged
    Reuters. Online Scams Pose as Kerry Campaign Fund-Raisers
    Reuters. Kerry Vows to Bring U.S. Troops Home 'With Honor'
    WP. Old Data, New Credibility Gap
    WP. Gov. Holden Loses Mo. Primary
    WP. Democrats Vow to Cut Deficit
    WP. Security May Get Tighter, Federal Officials Say
    NYT. Bush Talks to an Appreciative Catholic Crowd
    NYT. Missourians Back Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
    NYT. New Qaeda Activity Is Said to Be Major Factor in Alert
    NYT. Iraq to Offer Amnesty, but No Killers Need Apply

    Commentary
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Court Jester; If Bush is re-elected, he'll gut the courts. Representative Jim McDermott says that could be the beginning of the end
    Rick Perlstein. The End of Republican Rule
    John Laughland. The mask of altruism disguising a colonial war
    Ray McGovern. 9/11 Commission Chimera
    John Kerry and John Edwards. Our Plan for America; Stronger at Home, Respected in the World
    Thomas F. Schaller. Silent Power, Loud Wallets; Pockets, not pulpits, are the source of the gay community's 2004 electoral roar
    Paul Waldman. Got the Message? Democrats found it. Will Kerry use it?
    Matthew Yglesias. Negative Energy; John Kerry's accomplishments may show the limits of positive thinking
    Garance Franke-Ruta. Get Unready; How Tom Ridge taught me to stop worrying about terrorism
    Nat Parry. Bushs Churchillian Dreams
    William Rivers Pitt. Fabricating Terror
    Amanda Griscom. Public Nuisance No. 1
    Bill Berkowitz. Fahrenheit This!
    Ronnie Dugger. Rage against the Machines
    Harold Meyerson. Where's Rumsfeld?
    Bill Clinton. Our Forests May Be on a Road to Ruin
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Bush backpedals on environment
    Robert Kuttner. Digging out of Bush's tax-cut hole
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Simple does it in Kerry vs. Bush
    Anita F. Hill. Will women rock the vote?

    Posted by Eric at 11:59 PM | Comments (64)

    Wed Stories

    News
    TheHill. Moons groups lure lawmakers to symposiums and conferences
    BG. Bush on defensive over timing of warnings
    BG. Kerry stumps in GOP territory in search of dissatisfied voters
    BG. Halliburton to pay $7.5 million fine for not disclosing accounting change
    NYT. Female GI in court to hear abuse testimony
    TheHill. GOP is looking for a bigger Bush bounce
    TheHill. Go-go ad spending binge
    AP. Bush Ads Shift Focus to His Achievements
    LAT. Bush Touches Base With His Core Supporters
    LAT. Springsteen Joins Anti-Bush Tour
    Reuters. Muslim U.S. Army Chaplain Resigning, Wants Apology
    Reuters. Cheney Testified in Halliburton Probe, Not Charged
    Reuters. Online Scams Pose as Kerry Campaign Fund-Raisers
    Reuters. Kerry Vows to Bring U.S. Troops Home 'With Honor'
    WP. Old Data, New Credibility Gap
    WP. Gov. Holden Loses Mo. Primary
    WP. Democrats Vow to Cut Deficit
    WP. Security May Get Tighter, Federal Officials Say
    NYT. Bush Talks to an Appreciative Catholic Crowd
    NYT. Missourians Back Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
    NYT. New Qaeda Activity Is Said to Be Major Factor in Alert
    NYT. Iraq to Offer Amnesty, but No Killers Need Apply

    Commentary
    Mary Lynn F. Jones. Court Jester; If Bush is re-elected, he'll gut the courts. Representative Jim McDermott says that could be the beginning of the end
    Rick Perlstein. The End of Republican Rule
    John Laughland. The mask of altruism disguising a colonial war
    Ray McGovern. 9/11 Commission Chimera
    John Kerry and John Edwards. Our Plan for America; Stronger at Home, Respected in the World
    Thomas F. Schaller. Silent Power, Loud Wallets; Pockets, not pulpits, are the source of the gay community's 2004 electoral roar
    Paul Waldman. Got the Message? Democrats found it. Will Kerry use it?
    Matthew Yglesias. Negative Energy; John Kerry's accomplishments may show the limits of positive thinking
    Garance Franke-Ruta. Get Unready; How Tom Ridge taught me to stop worrying about terrorism
    Nat Parry. Bushs Churchillian Dreams
    William Rivers Pitt. Fabricating Terror
    Amanda Griscom. Public Nuisance No. 1
    Bill Berkowitz. Fahrenheit This!
    Ronnie Dugger. Rage against the Machines
    Harold Meyerson. Where's Rumsfeld?
    Bill Clinton. Our Forests May Be on a Road to Ruin
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Bush backpedals on environment
    Robert Kuttner. Digging out of Bush's tax-cut hole
    Derrick Z. Jackson. Simple does it in Kerry vs. Bush
    Anita F. Hill. Will women rock the vote?

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

    Lies About Heinz Foundation

    Here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:51 PM | Comments (47)

    Lies About Heinz Foundation

    Here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:51 PM | Comments (1)

    Kerry Fights Dracula in Vietnam

    No, no, not some NY Post front page story. Rather, a comic book:

    Set aside the question of whether all politicians are bloodsuckers, and check out John Kerry in the latest issue of "Sword of Dracula" (Image, $2.95). The Democratic presidential candidate turns up for a sighting of the fanged one in an unusual place: Vietnam, 1968, where Kerry served in the U.S. Navy.

    Kerry doesn't drive a stake through Nixon's heart, and his appearance as a swift-boat skipper in the Mekong Delta is just a flashback within the modern-day "military horror" story in which writer Jason Henderson reimagines Drac as the world's foremost terrorist ...

    "I didn't put Kerry in to push a leftist doctrine. I just thought people deserved to remember that this man, when he was a young man, actually walked away from a wealthy and comfortable life and went to a place where there were pieces of metal flying around that could tear you apart."

    If you feel inclined, you can purchase the comic here.

    Posted by Eric at 10:58 AM | Comments (42)

    Kerry Fights Dracula in Vietnam

    No, no, not some NY Post front page story. Rather, a comic book:

    Set aside the question of whether all politicians are bloodsuckers, and check out John Kerry in the latest issue of "Sword of Dracula" (Image, $2.95). The Democratic presidential candidate turns up for a sighting of the fanged one in an unusual place: Vietnam, 1968, where Kerry served in the U.S. Navy.

    Kerry doesn't drive a stake through Nixon's heart, and his appearance as a swift-boat skipper in the Mekong Delta is just a flashback within the modern-day "military horror" story in which writer Jason Henderson reimagines Drac as the world's foremost terrorist ...

    "I didn't put Kerry in to push a leftist doctrine. I just thought people deserved to remember that this man, when he was a young man, actually walked away from a wealthy and comfortable life and went to a place where there were pieces of metal flying around that could tear you apart."

    If you feel inclined, you can purchase the comic here.

    Posted by Eric at 10:58 AM | Comments (0)

    Kid Rock: Patriotic American

    From the NYDN:

    That was rabble- rousing Republican Kid Rock paying homage to retired four-star Gen. Tommy Franks Tuesday night at Frank's book party on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid.

    "If I'd known that Tommy was going to show up at a Manhattan book party wearing cowboy boots, I would have worn mine, too," the sneakered ex-Pamela Anderson boyfriend told me, eyeing the general's pricey alligator numbers from high-end bootmaker T.O. Stanley.

    Kid Rock confided that once this Iraq business is over and done with, "we should go on to clean up the next country, and then the next one." Maybe 'cause he'd like to visit Iran and North Korea with the U.S.O.?

    Do I really need to say anything besides chickenhawk?

    There was also this patriotic Kid Rock moment.

    Posted by Eric at 10:38 AM | Comments (109)

    Kid Rock: Patriotic American

    From the NYDN:

    That was rabble- rousing Republican Kid Rock paying homage to retired four-star Gen. Tommy Franks Tuesday night at Frank's book party on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid.

    "If I'd known that Tommy was going to show up at a Manhattan book party wearing cowboy boots, I would have worn mine, too," the sneakered ex-Pamela Anderson boyfriend told me, eyeing the general's pricey alligator numbers from high-end bootmaker T.O. Stanley.

    Kid Rock confided that once this Iraq business is over and done with, "we should go on to clean up the next country, and then the next one." Maybe 'cause he'd like to visit Iran and North Korea with the U.S.O.?

    Do I really need to say anything besides chickenhawk?

    There was also this patriotic Kid Rock moment.

    Posted by Eric at 10:38 AM | Comments (2)

    ACT Launches Vote for Change Tour

    Here's the webpage.

    Here's a partial lineup: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, John Mellencamp, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Pearl Jam and R.E.M.

    Springsteen in the LAT about the tour:

    "What we are doing here is the direct outgrowth from the ideas that I've tried to sing about for the past 25 years," Springsteen said in an interview. "Hopefully we have built up a lot of credibility with our fans over the years. There comes a moment when you have to spend some of it. This is that moment."

    Posted by Eric at 10:26 AM | Comments (28)

    ACT Launches Vote for Change Tour

    Here's the webpage.

    Here's a partial lineup: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, John Mellencamp, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Pearl Jam and R.E.M.

    Springsteen in the LAT about the tour:

    "What we are doing here is the direct outgrowth from the ideas that I've tried to sing about for the past 25 years," Springsteen said in an interview. "Hopefully we have built up a lot of credibility with our fans over the years. There comes a moment when you have to spend some of it. This is that moment."

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

    Gov. Tony Knowles Leads Murkowski

    In the Alaska Senate race, Dem Knowles leads Murkowski by a small margin:

    Former Gov. Tony Knowles continues to lead with 46.1 percent of the vote over Murkowskis 43.9 percent. The other candidates in the race have 3.9 percent combined. The Green Partys Jim Sykes has 2.3 percent, Republican moderate Ray Metcalfe has 1.4 percent, and Independent Mark Millican is at two-thirds of a percent. Six percent say theyre undecided.

    So a lead for Knowles, down just slightly from last months lead of 2.6 percent.

    Posted by Eric at 10:09 AM | Comments (9)

    Gov. Tony Knowles Leads Murkowski

    In the Alaska Senate race, Dem Knowles leads Murkowski by a small margin:

    Former Gov. Tony Knowles continues to lead with 46.1 percent of the vote over Murkowskis 43.9 percent. The other candidates in the race have 3.9 percent combined. The Green Partys Jim Sykes has 2.3 percent, Republican moderate Ray Metcalfe has 1.4 percent, and Independent Mark Millican is at two-thirds of a percent. Six percent say theyre undecided.

    So a lead for Knowles, down just slightly from last months lead of 2.6 percent.

    Posted by Eric at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Estate Tax and Giving

    From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

  • "CBO finds that, as of 2000, repeal of the estate tax would have reduced charitable contributions made during life by between 6 percent and 11 percent. While a 6 percent to 11 percent reduction may not sound large, substantial amounts of donations are involved. CBO reports that charitable contributions from individuals totaled $196 billion in 2000. A reduction of 6 percent to 11 percent would shrink charitable contributions by approximately $11 billion to $21 billion."

  • "Bequests at death. CBO reports that estate tax repeal would have an even larger effect, in percentage terms, on bequests. Repeal of the estate tax in 2000 would have led to a reduction in charitable bequests of 16 percent to 28 percent, CBO estimates."

    Posted by Eric at 10:07 AM | Comments (19)

    Hamster Numbers: Estate Tax and Giving

    From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

  • "CBO finds that, as of 2000, repeal of the estate tax would have reduced charitable contributions made during life by between 6 percent and 11 percent. While a 6 percent to 11 percent reduction may not sound large, substantial amounts of donations are involved. CBO reports that charitable contributions from individuals totaled $196 billion in 2000. A reduction of 6 percent to 11 percent would shrink charitable contributions by approximately $11 billion to $21 billion."

  • "Bequests at death. CBO reports that estate tax repeal would have an even larger effect, in percentage terms, on bequests. Repeal of the estate tax in 2000 would have led to a reduction in charitable bequests of 16 percent to 28 percent, CBO estimates."

    Posted by Eric at 10:07 AM | Comments (2)

    John Ramsey Loses House Bid

    Detriot Free Press: "Bellaire attorney Kevin Elsenheimer won the 105th Michigan House District seat, taking 28 percent of the votes with 94 percent of the precincts reporting early this morning. He narrowly beat Ramsey and former legislative aide Craig Ryan."

    Posted by Eric at 10:05 AM | Comments (11)

    John Ramsey Loses House Bid

    Detriot Free Press: "Bellaire attorney Kevin Elsenheimer won the 105th Michigan House District seat, taking 28 percent of the votes with 94 percent of the precincts reporting early this morning. He narrowly beat Ramsey and former legislative aide Craig Ryan."

    Posted by Eric at 10:05 AM | Comments (0)

    Katherine Harris Speaks Nonsense?

    Could it be? From the AP. Harris:

    During a speech to 600 people Monday in Venice, Harris either shared a closely held secret or passed along second-hand information as fact ... She said in the speech that a man of Middle Eastern heritage had been arrested in the plot and that explosives were found in his home in Carmel, a suburb north of Indianapolis.
    However:
    Officials in Indiana and Washington say they're dumbfounded by a statement U-S Representative Katherine Harris of Sarasota made about a terrorist plot to blow up a power grid in Indiana ...

    A staff member of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the nation's intelligence operations, said he had heard of no such plot.

    And Indiana officials in the county where the power grid is located were at a loss to explain where the information originated.

    Posted by Eric at 10:03 AM | Comments (5)

    Katherine Harris Speaks Nonsense?

    Could it be? From the AP. Harris:

    During a speech to 600 people Monday in Venice, Harris either shared a closely held secret or passed along second-hand information as fact ... She said in the speech that a man of Middle Eastern heritage had been arrested in the plot and that explosives were found in his home in Carmel, a suburb north of Indianapolis.
    However:
    Officials in Indiana and Washington say they're dumbfounded by a statement U-S Representative Katherine Harris of Sarasota made about a terrorist plot to blow up a power grid in Indiana ...

    A staff member of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the nation's intelligence operations, said he had heard of no such plot.

    And Indiana officials in the county where the power grid is located were at a loss to explain where the information originated.

    Posted by Eric at 10:03 AM | Comments (1)

    GOP House Candidate Acknowledged Eugenics Supporter

    A man of strong beliefs, James L Hart:

    The Republican congressional candidate James L Hart has acknowledged that he is an unapologetic supporter of eugenics, the fake science that resulted in thousands of people being sterilised in an attempt to purify the white race.

    He believes the country will look "like one big Detroit" - which has a large African-American population - if it doesn't eliminate welfare payments and immigration. He believes that if blacks were integrated centuries ago, the automobile would never have been invented.

    Mr Hart has been said to turn up at voters' homes wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a gun, telling them that "white children deserve the same rights as everyone else".

    But, despite his radical views, Mr Hart may end up winning the Republican nomination in a north-western Tennessee district because he is the only Republican candidate on the ballot in tomorrow's primary. His presence in the campaign has embarrassed Republican leaders, who were blind-sided by Mr Hart after they didn't bother fielding a candidate. John Tanner, a Democrat, has held the seat for 15 years.

    Posted by Eric at 05:16 AM | Comments (11)

    GOP House Candidate Acknowledged Eugenics Supporter

    A man of strong beliefs, James L Hart:

    The Republican congressional candidate James L Hart has acknowledged that he is an unapologetic supporter of eugenics, the fake science that resulted in thousands of people being sterilised in an attempt to purify the white race.

    He believes the country will look "like one big Detroit" - which has a large African-American population - if it doesn't eliminate welfare payments and immigration. He believes that if blacks were integrated centuries ago, the automobile would never have been invented.

    Mr Hart has been said to turn up at voters' homes wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a gun, telling them that "white children deserve the same rights as everyone else".

    But, despite his radical views, Mr Hart may end up winning the Republican nomination in a north-western Tennessee district because he is the only Republican candidate on the ballot in tomorrow's primary. His presence in the campaign has embarrassed Republican leaders, who were blind-sided by Mr Hart after they didn't bother fielding a candidate. John Tanner, a Democrat, has held the seat for 15 years.

    Posted by Eric at 05:16 AM | Comments (1)

    Horowitz Lies

    The truth dies. From Media Matters on right-wing pundit David Horowitz:

    From the August 2 edition of C-SPAN's Washington Journal:

    HOROWITZ: I've watched Kerry on the Cavett show on C-SPAN, which has done a tremendous service by replaying these broadcasts, and you can see there that he thinks that the Communists were just nationalists and basically was happy to see them win.

    Well, I guess it would be really embarrassing if, say, Kerry actually said the complete opposite of what Horowitz claimed ...
    Kerry said nothing of the sort. In fact, Kerry was quoted expressing exactly the opposite sentiment to Horowitz's assertion in a December 12, 1971, Boston Globe article: "I don't like Communists," Kerry said. "In fact, I hate them. I hate all totalitarians. I'm totally dedicated to representative, pluralistic, free democracy."

    In the June 30, 1971, Cavett debate between Kerry, who was representing Vietnam Veterans Against the War (the group that he helped lead when he returned from fighting in Vietnam) and John O'Neill (who was closely tied to the Nixon administration and has since founded the anti-Kerry group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth), what Kerry actually said was that he thought that it was "unrealistic" for the administration to remain "committed to the idea totally of a non-communist regime" in South Vietnam. "[W]e simply can't impose a settlement ourselves," Kerry argued.

    Posted by Eric at 04:47 AM | Comments (68)

    Horowitz Lies

    The truth dies. From Media Matters on right-wing pundit David Horowitz:

    From the August 2 edition of C-SPAN's Washington Journal:

    HOROWITZ: I've watched Kerry on the Cavett show on C-SPAN, which has done a tremendous service by replaying these broadcasts, and you can see there that he thinks that the Communists were just nationalists and basically was happy to see them win.

    Well, I guess it would be really embarrassing if, say, Kerry actually said the complete opposite of what Horowitz claimed ...
    Kerry said nothing of the sort. In fact, Kerry was quoted expressing exactly the opposite sentiment to Horowitz's assertion in a December 12, 1971, Boston Globe article: "I don't like Communists," Kerry said. "In fact, I hate them. I hate all totalitarians. I'm totally dedicated to representative, pluralistic, free democracy."

    In the June 30, 1971, Cavett debate between Kerry, who was representing Vietnam Veterans Against the War (the group that he helped lead when he returned from fighting in Vietnam) and John O'Neill (who was closely tied to the Nixon administration and has since founded the anti-Kerry group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth), what Kerry actually said was that he thought that it was "unrealistic" for the administration to remain "committed to the idea totally of a non-communist regime" in South Vietnam. "[W]e simply can't impose a settlement ourselves," Kerry argued.

    Posted by Eric at 04:47 AM | Comments (4)

    August 03, 2004

    Battle of the Ketchup

    So, so, so, sososososooso dumb (link via BlogCritics):

    W ketchup is being marketed as a condiment alternative for Republicans who dont want to patronize Heinz (as in Teresa Heinz-Kerry), but now the group that heads up W Hotels has sent cease and desist letters to the companies selling the ketchup and other W goodies. Although your product line is an amusing part of the election campaign, reads the letters, we ask that you respect the rights of the existing W trademark and stop selling W products.
    FYI, according to the famous Snopes.com
    Although Senator Kerry has been critical of the Bush administration for rewarding "Benedict Arnold CEOs" who move "profits and jobs overseas," the above-quoted attempt to link Kerry (through his wife) with the very outsourcing he decries is flawed in two major ways. First off, Teresa Heinz Kerry does not "own the Heinz Corporation" she has no involvement whatsoever with the management or operations of the H.J. Heinz Company, nor does she own anything close to a controlling interest of the company's stock. According to Heinz itself, the Heinz family trust which Mrs. Kerry inherited sold most of its shares of Heinz stock back in 1995 and currently holds less than a 4% interest in the company:

    Neither Mrs. Heinz Kerry nor Senator Kerry nor any of the Heinz trusts or endowments either individually or collectively holds a significant percentage of shares of the H.J. Heinz Company. In 1995 the Heinz Endowments and family trusts sold a large percentage of Heinz shares in a secondary share offering to diversify their holdings. As a result, their current holdings are under 4 percent.

    There is no connection between any philanthropic programs of the H.J. Heinz Company and its Foundation and the Heinz family interests (including the Howard Heinz Endowment, the Vira Heinz Endowment, and the Heinz Family Philanthropies).

    (A 4% stake in a company as large as Heinz still represents a considerable amount of money, but it isn't nearly large enough a share to give the holder any significant control or influence over the company's business decisions.)

    Moreover, the Heinz Company's operations are not an example of the type of outsourcing that is currently a hot political issue (i.e., sending out work to offshore companies to provide services which a company might otherwise have employed its own staff to perform). Heinz is a U.S.-based global business which sells its products in dozens of other countries, and like other food companies it has to localize some of its production at factories located in its foreign market areas. (It makes little sense from either an economic or a freshness standpoint to be shipping fruits and vegetables and/or finished food products halfway around the world rather than producing them locally.) One wouldn't expect, for example, every can and bottle of Coca-Cola sold anywhere in the world whether it be Australia, China, or Portugal to be produced by U.S. bottlers.)

    Posted by Eric at 06:12 PM | Comments (15)

    Battle of the Ketchup

    So, so, so, sososososooso dumb (link via BlogCritics):

    W ketchup is being marketed as a condiment alternative for Republicans who dont want to patronize Heinz (as in Teresa Heinz-Kerry), but now the group that heads up W Hotels has sent cease and desist letters to the companies selling the ketchup and other W goodies. Although your product line is an amusing part of the election campaign, reads the letters, we ask that you respect the rights of the existing W trademark and stop selling W products.
    FYI, according to the famous Snopes.com
    Although Senator Kerry has been critical of the Bush administration for rewarding "Benedict Arnold CEOs" who move "profits and jobs overseas," the above-quoted attempt to link Kerry (through his wife) with the very outsourcing he decries is flawed in two major ways. First off, Teresa Heinz Kerry does not "own the Heinz Corporation" she has no involvement whatsoever with the management or operations of the H.J. Heinz Company, nor does she own anything close to a controlling interest of the company's stock. According to Heinz itself, the Heinz family trust which Mrs. Kerry inherited sold most of its shares of Heinz stock back in 1995 and currently holds less than a 4% interest in the company:

    Neither Mrs. Heinz Kerry nor Senator Kerry nor any of the Heinz trusts or endowments either individually or collectively holds a significant percentage of shares of the H.J. Heinz Company. In 1995 the Heinz Endowments and family trusts sold a large percentage of Heinz shares in a secondary share offering to diversify their holdings. As a result, their current holdings are under 4 percent.

    There is no connection between any philanthropic programs of the H.J. Heinz Company and its Foundation and the Heinz family interests (including the Howard Heinz Endowment, the Vira Heinz Endowment, and the Heinz Family Philanthropies).

    (A 4% stake in a company as large as Heinz still represents a considerable amount of money, but it isn't nearly large enough a share to give the holder any significant control or influence over the company's business decisions.)

    Moreover, the Heinz Company's operations are not an example of the type of outsourcing that is currently a hot political issue (i.e., sending out work to offshore companies to provide services which a company might otherwise have employed its own staff to perform). Heinz is a U.S.-based global business which sells its products in dozens of other countries, and like other food companies it has to localize some of its production at factories located in its foreign market areas. (It makes little sense from either an economic or a freshness standpoint to be shipping fruits and vegetables and/or finished food products halfway around the world rather than producing them locally.) One wouldn't expect, for example, every can and bottle of Coca-Cola sold anywhere in the world whether it be Australia, China, or Portugal to be produced by U.S. bottlers.)

    Posted by Eric at 06:12 PM | Comments (4)

    Obama Book Set for Rerelease

    Barack Obama's 1995 autobiography is set for rerelease. The description from Publisher's Weekly:

    Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life. Born in 1961 to a white American woman and a black Kenyan student, Obama was reared in Hawaii by his mother and her parents, his father having left for further study and a return home to Africa. So Obama's not-unhappy youth is nevertheless a lonely voyage to racial identity, tensions in school, struggling with black literature?with one month-long visit when he was 10 from his commanding father. After college, Obama became a community organizer in Chicago. He slowly found place and purpose among folks of similar hue but different memory, winning enough small victories to commit himself to the work?he's now a civil rights lawyer there. Before going to law school, he finally visited Kenya; with his father dead, he still confronted obligation and loss, and found wellsprings of love and attachment. Obama leaves some lingering questions?his mother is virtually absent?but still has written a resonant book.
    The Chicago ST on the book:
    The surge of interest in Barack Obama after his speech to the Democratic National Convention is spilling over to the book he wrote a decade ago, with a first edition copy going for $255 on eBay and pre-release orders for a new edition already putting it on best-seller lists.

    The first edition of the U.S. Senate candidate's Dreams From My Father had started at $20 on eBay, but after 28 bids on the Internet auction site, it was up to $255 Monday evening.

    At a campaign stop, Obama noted that a new edition is coming out Aug. 10 -- ''not a moment too soon. I don't want people spending that much for my book.''

    That new edition is already making its way onto the Internet best-seller lists. Pre-release orders had pushed it into the top 50 at Amazon.com, and it was at No. 9 in the biography category at Barnesandnoble.com.

    ''I don't think we ever sold more than 15,000 copies when it was first published," Obama said. "I probably have about four boxes full, but I promise you I'm not the guy selling them on eBay. . . . You know, it's just a flattering thing that people are taking an interest in the book. I hope what people get out of the book is that as complex as my background is, as diverse as the various strands of my family are, there is this thing that binds us together as a people."

    Order the book today.

    Posted by Eric at 05:49 PM | Comments (21)

    Obama Book Set for Rerelease

    Barack Obama's 1995 autobiography is set for rerelease. The description from Publisher's Weekly:

    Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life. Born in 1961 to a white American woman and a black Kenyan student, Obama was reared in Hawaii by his mother and her parents, his father having left for further study and a return home to Africa. So Obama's not-unhappy youth is nevertheless a lonely voyage to racial identity, tensions in school, struggling with black literature?with one month-long visit when he was 10 from his commanding father. After college, Obama became a community organizer in Chicago. He slowly found place and purpose among folks of similar hue but different memory, winning enough small victories to commit himself to the work?he's now a civil rights lawyer there. Before going to law school, he finally visited Kenya; with his father dead, he still confronted obligation and loss, and found wellsprings of love and attachment. Obama leaves some lingering questions?his mother is virtually absent?but still has written a resonant book.
    The Chicago ST on the book:
    The surge of interest in Barack Obama after his speech to the Democratic National Convention is spilling over to the book he wrote a decade ago, with a first edition copy going for $255 on eBay and pre-release orders for a new edition already putting it on best-seller lists.

    The first edition of the U.S. Senate candidate's Dreams From My Father had started at $20 on eBay, but after 28 bids on the Internet auction site, it was up to $255 Monday evening.

    At a campaign stop, Obama noted that a new edition is coming out Aug. 10 -- ''not a moment too soon. I don't want people spending that much for my book.''

    That new edition is already making its way onto the Internet best-seller lists. Pre-release orders had pushed it into the top 50 at Amazon.com, and it was at No. 9 in the biography category at Barnesandnoble.com.

    ''I don't think we ever sold more than 15,000 copies when it was first published," Obama said. "I probably have about four boxes full, but I promise you I'm not the guy selling them on eBay. . . . You know, it's just a flattering thing that people are taking an interest in the book. I hope what people get out of the book is that as complex as my background is, as diverse as the various strands of my family are, there is this thing that binds us together as a people."

    Order the book today.

    Posted by Eric at 05:49 PM | Comments (1)

    WPost Poll Gives Kerry "Slight Lead"

    To note, from the Washington Post-ABC News poll:

  • "The poll showed Kerry with the support of 50 percent of all registered voters, compared with 44 percent for Bush, with independent Ralph Nader at 2 percent. On the eve of the convention, Bush led Kerry 48 percent to 46 percent."
  • "By historical standards, Kerry's post-convention bounce is modest, at best -- a fact that set off a debate between the candidates' campaign advisers. The Bush team said Kerry's failure to gain more significant ground from his national convention puts him at a serious disadvantage for the fall, while Kerry advisers said the electorate is already so polarized and partisans so energized that there was far less chance for a big bounce this year."
  • "A bare majority of voters -- 53 percent -- say they now have a clear idea of where Kerry stands on the issues, up from 46 percent immediately before the convention."
  • "Kerry also runs about even with Bush as the candidate best able to deal with the situation in Iraq and has erased the president's double-digit advantage on the campaign against terrorism."

    Posted by Eric at 04:52 PM | Comments (43)

    WPost Poll Gives Kerry "Slight Lead"

    To note, from the Washington Post-ABC News poll:

  • "The poll showed Kerry with the support of 50 percent of all registered voters, compared with 44 percent for Bush, with independent Ralph Nader at 2 percent. On the eve of the convention, Bush led Kerry 48 percent to 46 percent."
  • "By historical standards, Kerry's post-convention bounce is modest, at best -- a fact that set off a debate between the candidates' campaign advisers. The Bush team said Kerry's failure to gain more significant ground from his national convention puts him at a serious disadvantage for the fall, while Kerry advisers said the electorate is already so polarized and partisans so energized that there was far less chance for a big bounce this year."
  • "A bare majority of voters -- 53 percent -- say they now have a clear idea of where Kerry stands on the issues, up from 46 percent immediately before the convention."
  • "Kerry also runs about even with Bush as the candidate best able to deal with the situation in Iraq and has erased the president's double-digit advantage on the campaign against terrorism."

    Posted by Eric at 04:52 PM | Comments (1)

    GOP Takes on Subway for "blame-America-first" Activities

    From the talking car Knight Ridder:

    House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, issued a statement Monday decrying the tray liners, saying Subway thumbed its nose at American customers and promoted "Michael Moore's blame-America-first conspiracy in a foreign country." ...

    The tray liners include a picture of Spurlock with his mouth stuffed with french fries, as well as a depiction of a fat Statue of Liberty with fries in her raised hand and a burger in the other hand, a description of the film and the caption - translation provided by the National Legal and Policy Center - "Why are the Americans so fat?" Kane said DeLuca was surprised by DeLay's statement.

    Kane also explained that the German franchises don't have to first run their promotional activities by the corporate parent.

    Posted by Eric at 04:47 PM | Comments (47)

    GOP Takes on Subway for "blame-America-first" Activities

    From the talking car Knight Ridder:

    House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, issued a statement Monday decrying the tray liners, saying Subway thumbed its nose at American customers and promoted "Michael Moore's blame-America-first conspiracy in a foreign country." ...

    The tray liners include a picture of Spurlock with his mouth stuffed with french fries, as well as a depiction of a fat Statue of Liberty with fries in her raised hand and a burger in the other hand, a description of the film and the caption - translation provided by the National Legal and Policy Center - "Why are the Americans so fat?" Kane said DeLuca was surprised by DeLay's statement.

    Kane also explained that the German franchises don't have to first run their promotional activities by the corporate parent.

    Posted by Eric at 04:47 PM | Comments (2)

    Alan Keyes to Take on Obama?

    Will everyone's favorite failed candidate (and talk show host) take on Obama in Illinois? From the Chicago ST:

    Former GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes told Illinois Republicans Monday that he is ''open to the idea'' of taking on the Democrat in the U.S. Senate race -- a move that would pit two eloquent, nationally known African Americans against one another.

    ''It would be a classic race of conservative vs. liberal,'' said state Sen. Dave Syverson, a member of the panel looking for a candidate to go up against Obama. ''It would put this race on the map in this country -- just for excitement.''

    Syverson spoke to Keyes several times Monday and said Keyes did not commit to making the run. The former State Department official and radio and television personality was unable to fly from his home in Maryland to Chicago for a meeting the Republican State Central Committee is holding today to interview potential candidates.

    ''But he certainly has an interest, and he said if the group is interested in meeting with him and speaking with him about his views that he would be happy to come out and meet [later]," said Syverson, a Rockford member of the committee.

    Other candidates: "Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman took herself out of the running Monday. Remaining potential candidates are radio personality Orion Samuelson, Aurora dairy owner Jim Oberweis, retired Air Force Major Gen. John Borling, Gold Coast businessman John Cox, Oak Brook entrepreneur Chirinjeev Kathuria and former deputy drug czar Andrea Grubb Barthwell."

    Posted by Eric at 04:42 PM | Comments (15)

    Alan Keyes to Take on Obama?

    Will everyone's favorite failed candidate (and talk show host) take on Obama in Illinois? From the Chicago ST:

    Former GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes told Illinois Republicans Monday that he is ''open to the idea'' of taking on the Democrat in the U.S. Senate race -- a move that would pit two eloquent, nationally known African Americans against one another.

    ''It would be a classic race of conservative vs. liberal,'' said state Sen. Dave Syverson, a member of the panel looking for a candidate to go up against Obama. ''It would put this race on the map in this country -- just for excitement.''

    Syverson spoke to Keyes several times Monday and said Keyes did not commit to making the run. The former State Department official and radio and television personality was unable to fly from his home in Maryland to Chicago for a meeting the Republican State Central Committee is holding today to interview potential candidates.

    ''But he certainly has an interest, and he said if the group is interested in meeting with him and speaking with him about his views that he would be happy to come out and meet [later]," said Syverson, a Rockford member of the committee.

    Other candidates: "Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman took herself out of the running Monday. Remaining potential candidates are radio personality Orion Samuelson, Aurora dairy owner Jim Oberweis, retired Air Force Major Gen. John Borling, Gold Coast businessman John Cox, Oak Brook entrepreneur Chirinjeev Kathuria and former deputy drug czar Andrea Grubb Barthwell."

    Posted by Eric at 04:42 PM | Comments (1)

    Helen Thomas Slams Bush

    "is messianic ... preemptively attack Iraq was a sorry chapter in our history." But what would she know about presidents? From Editor and Publisher:

    "We are despised throughout the world for our muscular foreign policy and because we lost our halo, the greatness of our country that others aspired to," Thomas told the audience, who munched on catered pizza from the local Ledo Restaurant.

    She also said that John Kerry still had not "defined himself." Other highlights of her talk, according to a transcript released by the newspaper:

    * "Both the president and Britain's prime minister say [the Iraq war] was worth it all to get one man. Of course the U.S. expects much more: access to Iraqi oil, big business and permanent military bases, a foothold in the Middle East, the neoconservatives' agenda."

    * "What I am saying tonight is that somehow we have to recover our honor. Our ideals. Our humanity."

    Posted by Eric at 04:38 PM | Comments (12)

    Helen Thomas Slams Bush

    "is messianic ... preemptively attack Iraq was a sorry chapter in our history." But what would she know about presidents? From Editor and Publisher:

    "We are despised throughout the world for our muscular foreign policy and because we lost our halo, the greatness of our country that others aspired to," Thomas told the audience, who munched on catered pizza from the local Ledo Restaurant.

    She also said that John Kerry still had not "defined himself." Other highlights of her talk, according to a transcript released by the newspaper:

    * "Both the president and Britain's prime minister say [the Iraq war] was worth it all to get one man. Of course the U.S. expects much more: access to Iraqi oil, big business and permanent military bases, a foothold in the Middle East, the neoconservatives' agenda."

    * "What I am saying tonight is that somehow we have to recover our honor. Our ideals. Our humanity."

    Posted by Eric at 04:38 PM | Comments (1)

    August 02, 2004

    Monday Stories

    News
    Newsweek. Wanted: A Sucker for a Senate Race; The GOP is looking for a poor sap to run against rising Dem superstar Barack Obama
    AP. Kerry Talks Openly About Faith and Guns
    CNN. ACLU quits federal donation program
    Orlando Sentinel. 3 U.S. Senate candidates hope to shine in debate; The Democrats aim to use the TV showdown to create a spark ahead of the primary
    Test. Test
    Reuters. U.S. Set to Shift 3,600 Troops to Iraq from S.Korea
    Reuters. Post-Convention Polls Mixed on Kerry Bounce
    AP. Obama returns to Illinois carrying big hopes on his shoulders
    Boston Globe. AP
    Boston Globe. Kerry, Edwards defend their agenda
    Boston Globe. Jewish supporters aim at key states
    LAT. Immigration Sweeps Become an Election Issue for Rep. Baca
    LAT. Marine Lands in Film, Collides With Superiors
    WP. Powell Gave Statement to Grand Jury
    WP. Kerry to Release Campaign Blueprint
    WP. Kerry Pledges Iraq Troop Cut Within 4 Years
    NYT. Convictions Intact, Nader Soldiers On
    NYT. U.S. Warns of High Risk of Qaeda Attack
    USAT. Poll: No boost for Kerry after convention
    AP. Bush quickly orders changes to U.S. intelligence-gathering
    AP. Bush announces 20 recess appointments
    AP. Efforts to sign up voters could swing election in Pa.

    Commentary
    David Corn. Kerry Does His Duty
    Laura Washington. Obama's a new style of black political leader
    Marie Cocco . Kerry eyes disillusioned GOPers; The Democratic nominee hopes to find support among Republicans upset with Bush
    Bob Herbert. All the Pretty Words
    NYT. Mutiny in the House
    Dianne Farsetta. Painting Happy Faces on Black Boxes
    Ian Williams. Hello, Big Brother
    Harold Meyerson. The Last Hurrah; The most enduring boss of Tammany Hall dies at age 95.
    Garance Franke-Ruta. Harms Way; Why John Edwards will have to do better in the 14 weeks ahead.
    Ronnie Dugger. How They Could Steal the Election This Time
    Naomi Klein. Ditch the Distraction in Chief
    Christopher Hayes. En Masse and On Message: Boston becomes a progressive tea party
    David Moberg. Deans Permanent Campaign
    Ellen Goodman. Evaluating 'values': Dems try to reclaim buzzword from the right
    Joel Connelly. Democrats going after Northwest's GOP bastions
    Alan Bisbort. Conventional Stupidity: We are not safer, so lets give Bush four more years?
    Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein. Cure a Sick Healthcare System: Universal coverage under National Health Insurance would not increase health costs
    Robert Parry. Bush's 'Broken Toys'
    James Carroll. Why Kerry Will Win

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (20)

    Monday Stories

    News
    Newsweek. Wanted: A Sucker for a Senate Race; The GOP is looking for a poor sap to run against rising Dem superstar Barack Obama
    AP. Kerry Talks Openly About Faith and Guns
    CNN. ACLU quits federal donation program
    Orlando Sentinel. 3 U.S. Senate candidates hope to shine in debate; The Democrats aim to use the TV showdown to create a spark ahead of the primary
    Test. Test
    Reuters. U.S. Set to Shift 3,600 Troops to Iraq from S.Korea
    Reuters. Post-Convention Polls Mixed on Kerry Bounce
    AP. Obama returns to Illinois carrying big hopes on his shoulders
    Boston Globe. AP
    Boston Globe. Kerry, Edwards defend their agenda
    Boston Globe. Jewish supporters aim at key states
    LAT. Immigration Sweeps Become an Election Issue for Rep. Baca
    LAT. Marine Lands in Film, Collides With Superiors
    WP. Powell Gave Statement to Grand Jury
    WP. Kerry to Release Campaign Blueprint
    WP. Kerry Pledges Iraq Troop Cut Within 4 Years
    NYT. Convictions Intact, Nader Soldiers On
    NYT. U.S. Warns of High Risk of Qaeda Attack
    USAT. Poll: No boost for Kerry after convention
    AP. Bush quickly orders changes to U.S. intelligence-gathering
    AP. Bush announces 20 recess appointments
    AP. Efforts to sign up voters could swing election in Pa.

    Commentary
    David Corn. Kerry Does His Duty
    Laura Washington. Obama's a new style of black political leader
    Marie Cocco . Kerry eyes disillusioned GOPers; The Democratic nominee hopes to find support among Republicans upset with Bush
    Bob Herbert. All the Pretty Words
    NYT. Mutiny in the House
    Dianne Farsetta. Painting Happy Faces on Black Boxes
    Ian Williams. Hello, Big Brother
    Harold Meyerson. The Last Hurrah; The most enduring boss of Tammany Hall dies at age 95.
    Garance Franke-Ruta. Harms Way; Why John Edwards will have to do better in the 14 weeks ahead.
    Ronnie Dugger. How They Could Steal the Election This Time
    Naomi Klein. Ditch the Distraction in Chief
    Christopher Hayes. En Masse and On Message: Boston becomes a progressive tea party
    David Moberg. Deans Permanent Campaign
    Ellen Goodman. Evaluating 'values': Dems try to reclaim buzzword from the right
    Joel Connelly. Democrats going after Northwest's GOP bastions
    Alan Bisbort. Conventional Stupidity: We are not safer, so lets give Bush four more years?
    Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein. Cure a Sick Healthcare System: Universal coverage under National Health Insurance would not increase health costs
    Robert Parry. Bush's 'Broken Toys'
    James Carroll. Why Kerry Will Win

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 PM | Comments (4)

    Miller Time Revamps; Less Politics

    That, according to the NYDN:

    Beginning tomorrow, "Dennis Miller" returns at 9 p.m. on CNBC with yet another new and improved version, said the comedian.

    And the first order of business? Less politics as usual.

    "I'm not a wonk," Miller told the Daily News during a jaunt to New York. "I don't want to talk about politics [the whole time]."

    "I don't want to get into that 'McLaughlin Group' stuff, where people who come on the show are going to be nervous that I'll be peppering them with political questions."

    Posted by Eric at 09:43 PM | Comments (18)

    Miller Time Revamps; Less Politics

    That, according to the NYDN:

    Beginning tomorrow, "Dennis Miller" returns at 9 p.m. on CNBC with yet another new and improved version, said the comedian.

    And the first order of business? Less politics as usual.

    "I'm not a wonk," Miller told the Daily News during a jaunt to New York. "I don't want to talk about politics [the whole time]."

    "I don't want to get into that 'McLaughlin Group' stuff, where people who come on the show are going to be nervous that I'll be peppering them with political questions."

    Posted by Eric at 09:43 PM | Comments (6)

    Budget Woes Take Toll on Kids

    From the CSMonitor:

    After years of little impact, budget woes are now taking a toll on kids' healthcare.

    The State Children's Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP, which provides coverage for children of working parents with lower incomes, has seen the first decrease in enrollment since it was enacted in 1997.

    Popular with both parties, SCHIP was one of the few state priorities to emerge unscathed in the face of multimillion-dollar, in some cases billion-dollar, deficits in state budgets, at least until now.

    A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the number of children enrolled in SCHIP dropped for the first time during the second half of 2003. Texas, New York, and Maryland were responsible for 99 percent of the decrease.

    Some of the children were moved to Medicaid, the health program for the poor. But others, like Kathy Smith's 3- and 11-year-old, were simply dropped off the rolls. Under a new eligibility formula that was designed to save Texas money, Ms. Smith's income as a third-grade teacher in a small town put her just a fraction over 200 percent of the poverty level.

    ... The current decline in the number of kids with coverage - although small compared with the millions of adults estimated to have lost health insurance in the past few years - indicates to people on both sides of the political divide that some kind of comprehensive healthcare reform is needed urgently.

    Posted by Eric at 09:35 PM | Comments (8)

    Budget Woes Take Toll on Kids

    From the CSMonitor:

    After years of little impact, budget woes are now taking a toll on kids' healthcare.

    The State Children's Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP, which provides coverage for children of working parents with lower incomes, has seen the first decrease in enrollment since it was enacted in 1997.

    Popular with both parties, SCHIP was one of the few state priorities to emerge unscathed in the face of multimillion-dollar, in some cases billion-dollar, deficits in state budgets, at least until now.

    A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the number of children enrolled in SCHIP dropped for the first time during the second half of 2003. Texas, New York, and Maryland were responsible for 99 percent of the decrease.

    Some of the children were moved to Medicaid, the health program for the poor. But others, like Kathy Smith's 3- and 11-year-old, were simply dropped off the rolls. Under a new eligibility formula that was designed to save Texas money, Ms. Smith's income as a third-grade teacher in a small town put her just a fraction over 200 percent of the poverty level.

    ... The current decline in the number of kids with coverage - although small compared with the millions of adults estimated to have lost health insurance in the past few years - indicates to people on both sides of the political divide that some kind of comprehensive healthcare reform is needed urgently.

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

    Alan Colmes Gets Locked Out of Convention

    Another tale that is either sad or amusing, you take your pick:

    Among the hundreds locked out of the way-too-packed FleetCenter last night were Fox News' Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes, much to the amusement of sock puppet ``Triumph the Insult Comic Dog'' from `Late Night with Conan O'Brien.'

    ``This is Alan Colmes' worst nightmare!'' needled Triumph, almost in Colmes' ear.

    As Colmes desperately tried to negotiate his re-entry - his radio show started in minutes, he moaned - Triumph said, ``Not Alan Colmes, the only voice of reason on Fox TV . . . Sean Hannity is probably in there selling mugs.''

    After numerous frantic cellphone calls to Fox honchos, Colmes, to wild cheers from the crowd, was allowed back inside.

    ``Thank God they just let the doormat back through the door,'' Triumph barked. ``Get in there and get your butt kicked by Sean Hannity!'

    Posted by Eric at 03:22 PM | Comments (12)

    Alan Colmes Gets Locked Out of Convention

    Another tale that is either sad or amusing, you take your pick:

    Among the hundreds locked out of the way-too-packed FleetCenter last night were Fox News' Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes, much to the amusement of sock puppet ``Triumph the Insult Comic Dog'' from `Late Night with Conan O'Brien.'

    ``This is Alan Colmes' worst nightmare!'' needled Triumph, almost in Colmes' ear.

    As Colmes desperately tried to negotiate his re-entry - his radio show started in minutes, he moaned - Triumph said, ``Not Alan Colmes, the only voice of reason on Fox TV . . . Sean Hannity is probably in there selling mugs.''

    After numerous frantic cellphone calls to Fox honchos, Colmes, to wild cheers from the crowd, was allowed back inside.

    ``Thank God they just let the doormat back through the door,'' Triumph barked. ``Get in there and get your butt kicked by Sean Hannity!'

    Posted by Eric at 03:22 PM | Comments (3)

    Al Franken on Letterman

    Tonight, CBS, 1130/1030.

    FYI. Supposed to be after Pam Anderson.

    Others of note, courtesy of Sue Trowbridge:

    Tu 8/3: Clinton, Letterman.
    Tu 8/3: Dennis Miller, Leno.
    Fr 8/6: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leno.

    Daily Show this week:
    Tu 8/3: Spike Lee
    We 8/4: Aaron Eckhart
    Th 8/5: Natalie Portman

    EDIT: Franken will also take his show to cable.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 PM | Comments (3)

    Al Franken on Letterman

    Tonight, CBS, 1130/1030.

    FYI. Supposed to be after Pam Anderson.

    Others of note, courtesy of Sue Trowbridge:

    Tu 8/3: Clinton, Letterman.
    Tu 8/3: Dennis Miller, Leno.
    Fr 8/6: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leno.

    Daily Show this week:
    Tu 8/3: Spike Lee
    We 8/4: Aaron Eckhart
    Th 8/5: Natalie Portman

    EDIT: Franken will also take his show to cable.

    Posted by Eric at 01:56 PM | Comments (0)

    Fox Airs Fewest Amount of Dem Speeches

    Media Matters: "During the Democratic National Convention, which took place between July 26 and July 29, Media Matters for America monitored coverage by FOX News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC and calculated the amount of time each aired convention speeches live. FOX News Channel aired one hour and 16 minutes less of speeches from the convention live than did CNN and one hour and 47 minutes less than did MSNBC."

    Posted by Eric at 12:54 PM | Comments (13)

    Fox Airs Fewest Amount of Dem Speeches

    Media Matters: "During the Democratic National Convention, which took place between July 26 and July 29, Media Matters for America monitored coverage by FOX News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC and calculated the amount of time each aired convention speeches live. FOX News Channel aired one hour and 16 minutes less of speeches from the convention live than did CNN and one hour and 47 minutes less than did MSNBC."

    Posted by Eric at 12:54 PM | Comments (0)

    Bush Campaign Demands Race of Reporter

    Hmm:

    President Bush's re-election campaign insisted on knowing the race of an Arizona Daily Star journalist assigned to photograph Vice President Dick Cheney.

    The Star refused to provide the information.

    Cheney is scheduled to appear at a rally this afternoon at the Pima County Fairgrounds.

    A rally organizer for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign asked Teri Hayt, the Star's managing editor, to disclose the journalist's race on Friday. After Hayt refused, the organizer called back and said the journalist probably would be allowed to photograph the vice president.

    "It was such an outrageous request, I was personally insulted," Hayt said later.

    Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the president's re-election campaign, said the information was needed for security purposes.
    As The Center for American Progress notes, Bush previously said: "I've asked the attorney general and the deputy attorney general to examine racial profiling. It's wrong in America and we've got to get rid of it."

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 PM | Comments (36)

    Bush Campaign Demands Race of Reporter

    Hmm:

    President Bush's re-election campaign insisted on knowing the race of an Arizona Daily Star journalist assigned to photograph Vice President Dick Cheney.

    The Star refused to provide the information.

    Cheney is scheduled to appear at a rally this afternoon at the Pima County Fairgrounds.

    A rally organizer for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign asked Teri Hayt, the Star's managing editor, to disclose the journalist's race on Friday. After Hayt refused, the organizer called back and said the journalist probably would be allowed to photograph the vice president.

    "It was such an outrageous request, I was personally insulted," Hayt said later.

    Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the president's re-election campaign, said the information was needed for security purposes.
    As The Center for American Progress notes, Bush previously said: "I've asked the attorney general and the deputy attorney general to examine racial profiling. It's wrong in America and we've got to get rid of it."

    Posted by Eric at 12:03 PM | Comments (4)

    Live From New York, It's Bill Clinton?

    SNL has reportedly offered Clinton the chance to host:

    Former President Bill Clinton could be a host of ``Saturday Night Live'' this season. At least, that's what the folks at NBC are hoping.

    TV Guide Online quotes anonymous sources saying that Clinton has been offered the gig if he wants it.

    A decision is expected this week.

    Meanwhile, Clinton is scheduled to appear Tuesday on the ``Late Show With David Letterman,'' a week after he addressed the Democratic National Convention in Boston. He also will be soldiering for his memoir, ``My Life.'' Since its release on June 22, the book has sold over 1.5 million copies.

    Clinton last appeared on Letterman's late-night show on Sept. 11, 2002, the first anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

    Previously, Al Gore was of course on the show, and Gerald Ford said the 'Live from NY...' bit in 1976 when Ron Nessen was the host. Julian bond, Steve Forbes, Rudy G, Jesse Jackson, Ed Koch, George McGovern, John McCain and Ralph Nader have also hosted (Bob Dole did a cameo spot).

    Posted by Eric at 10:38 AM | Comments (20)

    Live From New York, It's Bill Clinton?

    SNL has reportedly offered Clinton the chance to host:

    Former President Bill Clinton could be a host of ``Saturday Night Live'' this season. At least, that's what the folks at NBC are hoping.

    TV Guide Online quotes anonymous sources saying that Clinton has been offered the gig if he wants it.

    A decision is expected this week.

    Meanwhile, Clinton is scheduled to appear Tuesday on the ``Late Show With David Letterman,'' a week after he addressed the Democratic National Convention in Boston. He also will be soldiering for his memoir, ``My Life.'' Since its release on June 22, the book has sold over 1.5 million copies.

    Clinton last appeared on Letterman's late-night show on Sept. 11, 2002, the first anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

    Previously, Al Gore was of course on the show, and Gerald Ford said the 'Live from NY...' bit in 1976 when Ron Nessen was the host. Julian bond, Steve Forbes, Rudy G, Jesse Jackson, Ed Koch, George McGovern, John McCain and Ralph Nader have also hosted (Bob Dole did a cameo spot).

    Posted by Eric at 10:38 AM | Comments (0)

    Dems Eye the House

    TIME magazine on the Dem House prospects:

    The possibility that the Democrats could retake the Senate in November has recently become a staple of discussion among political consultants and reporters. But if any Democrat had suggested six months ago that the party could also win back the House of Representatives, you'd have asked them to take a drug test. Democrats would only need a net gain of 11 seats to win back the House not a huge number when you consider that 435 seats are up for grabs. Still, that target seemed beyond reach in light of the 2000 congressional redistricting, which drew lines that made practically all incumbents Democrats and Republicans pretty safe from challenges. What's more, Republicans' chances of holding the House were further enhanced by their huge funding-raising advantage and the popularity of the president ... How does the 1994 math look ten years later? Democrats see 33 seats across the country as competitive far less than the 68 in play in 1994, but then the Dems only need a net gain of 11 to win back the House. That means winning one out of every three competitive races easier, perhaps, than the one out of every 1.8 Gingrich's Republicans had to win in 1994.

    Money is a second indicator encouraging Hoyer's optimism. Republicans have always raised truckloads more cash than Democrats in past elections. But for April, May and June of this year, House Democrats surged and by June 30, the Democratic campaign organization for the House had $18.5 million on hand compared with $20.2 million in GOP coffers a far narrower Republican cash-on-hand advantage of than in the past.

    Also, the polls are looking better for Democrats.

    Want to help take back the House? Help the DCCC or get inovlved with ourcongress.org.

    Posted by Eric at 09:19 AM | Comments (4)

    Dems Eye the House

    TIME magazine on the Dem House prospects:

    The possibility that the Democrats could retake the Senate in November has recently become a staple of discussion among political consultants and reporters. But if any Democrat had suggested six months ago that the party could also win back the House of Representatives, you'd have asked them to take a drug test. Democrats would only need a net gain of 11 seats to win back the House not a huge number when you consider that 435 seats are up for grabs. Still, that target seemed beyond reach in light of the 2000 congressional redistricting, which drew lines that made practically all incumbents Democrats and Republicans pretty safe from challenges. What's more, Republicans' chances of holding the House were further enhanced by their huge funding-raising advantage and the popularity of the president ... How does the 1994 math look ten years later? Democrats see 33 seats across the country as competitive far less than the 68 in play in 1994, but then the Dems only need a net gain of 11 to win back the House. That means winning one out of every three competitive races easier, perhaps, than the one out of every 1.8 Gingrich's Republicans had to win in 1994.

    Money is a second indicator encouraging Hoyer's optimism. Republicans have always raised truckloads more cash than Democrats in past elections. But for April, May and June of this year, House Democrats surged and by June 30, the Democratic campaign organization for the House had $18.5 million on hand compared with $20.2 million in GOP coffers a far narrower Republican cash-on-hand advantage of than in the past.

    Also, the polls are looking better for Democrats.

    Want to help take back the House? Help the DCCC or get inovlved with ourcongress.org.

    Posted by Eric at 09:19 AM | Comments (0)

    That Liberal CBS News

    A debate on Poynter:

    From JIM MURPHY, executive producer, "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather": The entire staff of the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" was pretty miffed after reading Paul Krugman's column today that claimed not a SINGLE issues piece has aired on the big newscasts in the past two months. He must have missed the SIXTEEN different "issues" pieces we did over a four week period during that time, part of a series that will continue until the election. With the resources of the New York Times you would think that would be kind of difficult to miss. The Washington Post's media critic found the series so intriguing amid all the debate over campaign coverage he actually wrote an article about it. How can anyone take an editorialist's arguments seriously when he ignores some FACTS completely?
    Krugman with the oohhh snap.
    From PAUL KRUGMAN: In response to Jim Murphy's comment regarding my July 30 column on the absence of issue coverage in this election, and the "miffed" staff at CBS Evening News: as Greg Mitchell has already pointed out [below Murphy's letter], Mr. Murphy apparently misread what I said. I did not say that there has been no issue reporting at all over the past two months; I said that issue coverage is very thin, and that there has in particular been no clear explanation of even the most basic elements of the Kerry health care plan.

    That statement is, alas, true. The CBS evening news report from June 29 was the best coverage of the competing health care plans I could find. But did it explain that the Kerry plan would cover most of those now uninsured? No. Did it explain that the plan would, according to the Kerry campaign, be financed by a tax-cut rollback? No. In fact, by giving time to Bush claims that "the Kerry plan would break the bank", without mentioning Kerry's plan to pay for it with a tax-cut rollback, the CBS report conveyed the false impression that the plan is unfunded pie in the sky.

    Bear in mind that this is not one among many issues: health care-cum-tax cut rollback is Kerry's signature domestic policy proposal. Yet a voter who gets his or her news from TV, even CBS with its "issues" series, would have little or no idea of what Kerry is offering, or how it differs from Bush.

    Posted by Eric at 03:45 AM | Comments (39)

    That Liberal CBS News

    A debate on Poynter:

    From JIM MURPHY, executive producer, "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather": The entire staff of the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" was pretty miffed after reading Paul Krugman's column today that claimed not a SINGLE issues piece has aired on the big newscasts in the past two months. He must have missed the SIXTEEN different "issues" pieces we did over a four week period during that time, part of a series that will continue until the election. With the resources of the New York Times you would think that would be kind of difficult to miss. The Washington Post's media critic found the series so intriguing amid all the debate over campaign coverage he actually wrote an article about it. How can anyone take an editorialist's arguments seriously when he ignores some FACTS completely?
    Krugman with the oohhh snap.
    From PAUL KRUGMAN: In response to Jim Murphy's comment regarding my July 30 column on the absence of issue coverage in this election, and the "miffed" staff at CBS Evening News: as Greg Mitchell has already pointed out [below Murphy's letter], Mr. Murphy apparently misread what I said. I did not say that there has been no issue reporting at all over the past two months; I said that issue coverage is very thin, and that there has in particular been no clear explanation of even the most basic elements of the Kerry health care plan.

    That statement is, alas, true. The CBS evening news report from June 29 was the best coverage of the competing health care plans I could find. But did it explain that the Kerry plan would cover most of those now uninsured? No. Did it explain that the plan would, according to the Kerry campaign, be financed by a tax-cut rollback? No. In fact, by giving time to Bush claims that "the Kerry plan would break the bank", without mentioning Kerry's plan to pay for it with a tax-cut rollback, the CBS report conveyed the false impression that the plan is unfunded pie in the sky.

    Bear in mind that this is not one among many issues: health care-cum-tax cut rollback is Kerry's signature domestic policy proposal. Yet a voter who gets his or her news from TV, even CBS with its "issues" series, would have little or no idea of what Kerry is offering, or how it differs from Bush.

    Posted by Eric at 03:45 AM | Comments (0)

    Japanese-Americans Search for Cultural Identity

    From the NY Times:

    The number of Americans who identify themselves as Japanese declined to 796,700 in the 2000 census, from 847,562 in 1990, partly because of low immigration and birth rates. The wave of new immigrants from other parts of Asia, including China, South Korea and the Philippines, now dwarfs Japanese-Americans, who once made up the largest Asian group in the United States.

    The trends have left some Japanese-Americans feeling as if they are disappearing.

    Although Buddhist temples, sports leagues and families sustain the ethnicity, many longtime Japanese-American organizations and institutions are losing members or eroding. Only three Japantowns are left in California, where there had once been dozens.

    And "outmarriage,'' mostly to whites and other Asians, is diluting the ethnicity to the point that Larry Hajime Shinagawa, director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College in New York, said most Japanese-Americans face only two directions - assimilating into "whiteness'' or adopting a "pan-Asian'' identity.

    Posted by Eric at 03:26 AM | Comments (23)

    Japanese-Americans Search for Cultural Identity

    From the NY Times:

    The number of Americans who identify themselves as Japanese declined to 796,700 in the 2000 census, from 847,562 in 1990, partly because of low immigration and birth rates. The wave of new immigrants from other parts of Asia, including China, South Korea and the Philippines, now dwarfs Japanese-Americans, who once made up the largest Asian group in the United States.

    The trends have left some Japanese-Americans feeling as if they are disappearing.

    Although Buddhist temples, sports leagues and families sustain the ethnicity, many longtime Japanese-American organizations and institutions are losing members or eroding. Only three Japantowns are left in California, where there had once been dozens.

    And "outmarriage,'' mostly to whites and other Asians, is diluting the ethnicity to the point that Larry Hajime Shinagawa, director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College in New York, said most Japanese-Americans face only two directions - assimilating into "whiteness'' or adopting a "pan-Asian'' identity.

    Posted by Eric at 03:26 AM | Comments (2)

    Get Ready for the GOP Convention

    With High Times.

    Posted by Eric at 03:17 AM | Comments (3)

    Get Ready for the GOP Convention

    With High Times.

    Posted by Eric at 03:17 AM | Comments (0)

    Kerry and the Drug War

    Of interest to the youth vote: What will Kerry do about the drug war?

    Talk Left has some answers.

    Posted by Eric at 02:56 AM | Comments (17)

    Kerry and the Drug War

    Of interest to the youth vote: What will Kerry do about the drug war?

    Talk Left has some answers.

    Posted by Eric at 02:56 AM | Comments (0)

    Paramount to Hit Box Office Gold

    Yeah, keep complaining about the movie ...

    Posted by Eric at 02:46 AM | Comments (21)

    Paramount to Hit Box Office Gold

    Yeah, keep complaining about the movie ...

    Posted by Eric at 02:46 AM | Comments (5)

    A Fox News Commentator Lies

    Please, please, hold your shock. Media Matters:

    Following FOX News Channel's live coverage of Senator John Kerry's (D-MA) acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 29, U.S. News and World Report senior writer and FOX News Channel political contributor Michael Barone, who was reporting from the convention floor, asserted that during the speech "they cheered when he [Kerry] zinged Bush and when he called for military strength, they were silent."

    In fact, the crowd repeatedly cheered when Kerry appealed to military strength and national security. Barone's "observation" came moments after a remark, previously noted by Media Matters for America, that "hatred of [President] George W. Bush" is "what is motivating these people" at the convention.

    Posted by Eric at 02:43 AM | Comments (13)

    A Fox News Commentator Lies

    Please, please, hold your shock. Media Matters:

    Following FOX News Channel's live coverage of Senator John Kerry's (D-MA) acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 29, U.S. News and World Report senior writer and FOX News Channel political contributor Michael Barone, who was reporting from the convention floor, asserted that during the speech "they cheered when he [Kerry] zinged Bush and when he called for military strength, they were silent."

    In fact, the crowd repeatedly cheered when Kerry appealed to military strength and national security. Barone's "observation" came moments after a remark, previously noted by Media Matters for America, that "hatred of [President] George W. Bush" is "what is motivating these people" at the convention.

    Posted by Eric at 02:43 AM | Comments (3)

    Comedy Monday

    "Last night, wow, John Edwards delivered a positive message to America that hope is on the way, hope is on the way! And today, Dick Cheney replied, 'That is a lie. The world is a pit of misery and despair.'" Craig Kilborn

    "At the convention John Kerry showed up with all his Vietnam crewmates. And not to be outdone, next month at the Republican Convention George W. Bush is going to show up with all his college drinking buddies." David Letterman

    "Did you see any of that convention? Oh, my God. Wow! For that kind of excitement you had to go back to the Gore/Lieberman era." David Letterman

    "CBS did not carry the convention last night. You know you're in trouble when you're too dull for CBS." David Letterman

    "Did you all hear former President Clinton's speech Monday night? It was great. ... You know it made me kind of nostalgic. It reminded me of a different time when presidents could actually talk." Jay Leno

    "Maria Shriver said that Arnold Schwarzenegger is 'more compassionate and considerate than he's ever been.' Yeah, for example, now when he grabs a breast, he always cuddles afterward." Conan O'Brien


    The Onion. John Glenn Installed In Smithsonian.

    Daily Show. Indecision 2004 Downloads.

    WhiteHouse.org. President's Address Heralding "National Luxury Ranch Maintenance Week" as Patriotic Alternative to Watching Sicko Democratic Hatefest in Faggachusetts .

    Daily Show. Daily Show Videos.

    Will Ferrell / ACT. White House West.

    The Onion. Strip Club Makes Commitment To Hire More Minorities.


    New StrongBad Email.

    Kitty Cat Dance.


    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 02:29 AM | Comments (10)

    Comedy Monday

    "Last night, wow, John Edwards delivered a positive message to America that hope is on the way, hope is on the way! And today, Dick Cheney replied, 'That is a lie. The world is a pit of misery and despair.'" Craig Kilborn

    "At the convention John Kerry showed up with all his Vietnam crewmates. And not to be outdone, next month at the Republican Convention George W. Bush is going to show up with all his college drinking buddies." David Letterman

    "Did you see any of that convention? Oh, my God. Wow! For that kind of excitement you had to go back to the Gore/Lieberman era." David Letterman

    "CBS did not carry the convention last night. You know you're in trouble when you're too dull for CBS." David Letterman

    "Did you all hear former President Clinton's speech Monday night? It was great. ... You know it made me kind of nostalgic. It reminded me of a different time when presidents could actually talk." Jay Leno

    "Maria Shriver said that Arnold Schwarzenegger is 'more compassionate and considerate than he's ever been.' Yeah, for example, now when he grabs a breast, he always cuddles afterward." Conan O'Brien


    The Onion. John Glenn Installed In Smithsonian.

    Daily Show. Indecision 2004 Downloads.

    WhiteHouse.org. President's Address Heralding "National Luxury Ranch Maintenance Week" as Patriotic Alternative to Watching Sicko Democratic Hatefest in Faggachusetts .

    Daily Show. Daily Show Videos.

    Will Ferrell / ACT. White House West.

    The Onion. Strip Club Makes Commitment To Hire More Minorities.


    New StrongBad Email.

    Kitty Cat Dance.


    Click down for comics

    Posted by Eric at 02:29 AM | Comments (0)

    August 01, 2004

    Florida Knew of Voting Problems

    From the Miami Herald:

    Just a week before they directed local election chiefs to begin purging ineligible voters from the list of 48,000 convicted felons, state officials documented two years of failures and breakdowns with the $2.7 million contract with database vendor Accenture.

    A May 2 internal memo, ordered personally by Secretary of State Glenda Hood, details a half dozen missed deadlines and broken promises, failed software programs, repeated miscues and personnel problems.

    Two months after the memo, with newspapers including The Herald detailing major flaws with the felon database that could have disenfranchised thousands, the state reversed course and told election chiefs not to use the felon list.

    The problems outlined in the five-page memo do not directly foreshadow the exact glitches that forced the state to abandon the list. But the memo makes clear that the state was hitting constant hurdles in its quest to rush out a list of voters who could be deleted from the rolls.

    Critics who have closely monitored Florida's voting process say the chronology shows that the state was negligent.

    ''This memo is striking,'' said Howard Simon, Florida director of the American Civil Liberties Union. ``After two years of constant failures and fixes . . . they rushed this out the door.

    Posted by Eric at 07:54 PM | Comments (27)

    Florida Knew of Voting Problems

    From the Miami Herald:

    Just a week before they directed local election chiefs to begin purging ineligible voters from the list of 48,000 convicted felons, state officials documented two years of failures and breakdowns with the $2.7 million contract with database vendor Accenture.

    A May 2 internal memo, ordered personally by Secretary of State Glenda Hood, details a half dozen missed deadlines and broken promises, failed software programs, repeated miscues and personnel problems.

    Two months after the memo, with newspapers including The Herald detailing major flaws with the felon database that could have disenfranchised thousands, the state reversed course and told election chiefs not to use the felon list.

    The problems outlined in the five-page memo do not directly foreshadow the exact glitches that forced the state to abandon the list. But the memo makes clear that the state was hitting constant hurdles in its quest to rush out a list of voters who could be deleted from the rolls.

    Critics who have closely monitored Florida's voting process say the chronology shows that the state was negligent.

    ''This memo is striking,'' said Howard Simon, Florida director of the American Civil Liberties Union. ``After two years of constant failures and fixes . . . they rushed this out the door.

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