April 28, 2005

Hammer the Hammer

For work distraction.

DeLay bit:

DeLay, R-Texas, was admonished by the committee on three matters last year.

Early in the day, he was clearly annoyed as he emerged from a closed Republican meeting and found himself in a mob of reporters.

"You guys better get out of my way," he said. "Where's our security?"

Har.

Posted by Eric at 10:20 AM | Comments (1)

April 17, 2005

Happy Anniversary to Atrios

Who is 3 today. And yes, I take some pride in knowing that I was one of the first to link to him. At the time, I accidentally put his full name as the blog name instead of 'Eschaton.' He emailed me back saying he'd prefer to be anonymous and I eventually forgot his real name. Imagine - if I had remembered the name years later, it woulda been worth millions. Millions!

Posted by Eric at 11:00 PM | Comments (0)

April 15, 2005

New DeLay Links

And no, not to corporate slush funds - but websites! Oh joy:

House of Scandal.

Jack in the House.

Posted by Eric at 12:19 AM | Comments (0)

April 14, 2005

New Blog Link: NRDC

NRDC Action Fund's Blog.

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

April 06, 2005

DropTheHammer.org

Quote: "House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is widely regarded as the most powerful member of Congress. DeLay's abuse of this power has encircled him in a web of scandal. He has already been admonished three times by the bipartisan House Ethics Committee and a political action committee he set up in Texas is currently the subject of a grand jury investigation. A network of large corporate backers have come, cash-in-hand, to DeLay's defense. American Airlines, Bacardi USA, Nissan USA, RJ Reynolds, and Verizon have all contributed thousands to Tom DeLay's Legal Defense Fund."

Link: DropTheHammer.org

Posted by Eric at 09:48 PM | Comments (1)

March 24, 2005

GOP Caught on Tape

GOP congressmen flip-flopping on social security.

Posted by Eric at 05:06 PM | Comments (0)

March 16, 2005

PAC Link

Wesley Clark's new website, SecuringAmerica.com. Part of the WesPAC's mission:

Poverty, ignorance and desperation are feeding the wellspring of hatred against America and the values for which we stand. Many people perceive Americans as rich, as arrogant and as uncaring. Unfortunately, this Administration has done more to feed in to that stereotype than to dispel it. As a nation, we must show the world the formula that will save them from their oppression and save the world from endless wars. It's an American formula. It's the formula of freedom, opportunity and equality. We need a new vision for ourselves and our place in the world for the 21st century.

Part of our new vision for America is new strategy for national defense. So far, this administration's strategy hasn't been productive.

Osama Bin Laden is still on the loose, Pakistan has nuclear weapons, and the middle east remains unstable. These challenges demand a new vision for America.

... My experience tells me there are three parts to resolving international tension and conflicts. First, we need to maximize diplomatic measures so that the world community speaks with one voice to represent the values of liberty, democracy and capitalism. Second, we need to commit to understanding the regional and local political situations, so we can walk a mile in the shoes of our adversaries and better understand the pressures they face. This understanding helps us arrive at the best solutions. Lastly, and only lastly, comes military force. The United States military is the best in the world and will accomplish whatever goals we set out for them -- but they are not equipped to do it all and do it alone. Nor should we be putting them in that position. They deserve better -- we all do.

Posted by Eric at 10:24 PM | Comments (0)

February 09, 2005

How to Talk to a Conservative About Social Security (If You Must)

Via ThinkProgress.

Posted by Eric at 04:39 PM | Comments (0)

February 03, 2005

Blog Roundup

thinkprogress. Halliburton in the Axis of Evil
thinkprogress. Reading Meaning Between the Lines
thinkprogress. John Snow Gets Personal and Private
digbysblog. This pearl clutching about Bush being booed last night is hilarious ...
liberaloasis. Bush Fakes Left
boldprint. Thug Tapped as "Democracy Spreader"
Jonathan Weiler. McNabb and Limbaugh
Matthew Yglesias. BUSH'S PSEUDO-LIBERALISM
Matthew Yglesias. WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE
Jesse Taylor. Social Insecurity
rittenhouse. AYN RAND; 100 Years Later Still Dead
stevegilliard. Marine recruiting down
washingtonmonthly. OIL FOR FOOD
washingtonmonthly. GEORGE BUSH'S RUBE GOLDBERG FOLLY
nathannewman. Organizing the so-called "unorganizeable"
davidsirota. Will the "Moral Values" GOP Refund the Money?
dailykos. So how many Iraqis voted?
Dave Johnson. Important To Understand This Lie

Posted by Eric at 04:29 PM | Comments (4)

February 02, 2005

Blog Link

CAP's new blog, Think Progress.

Posted by Eric at 12:28 PM | Comments (9)

January 25, 2005

Blog Roundup

manyoso. Co-Sponsor the Senate Democrat's Opposition Agenda. GO!
Mary Ratcliff. A Well-Funded Manipulation of Public Opinion
Orcinus. Talking treason
perrspectives. Name That Bush Scandal Contest Winners”
Altercation. Have death squad, will travel
liberaloasis. A Democratic "Contract With America"?
Joshua Holland. Can We Ever Hope To Compete With The Finns?
tomdispatch. A Demobilized Press in a Global Free-Fire Zone
Matthew Yglesias. THE NUMBERS ON ABORTION
Matthew Yglesias. THE PERSONAL IS PRIVATE
TalkLeft. Join Us and Help Fight the New York Death Penalty
Chris Bowers. The Rise of the DLC
atrios. Norm's Smile
dailykos. Opposition to Gonzales Growing

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December 31, 2004

Blog Roundup

New year, new type of roundup. As you know - unless you're searching for 'hamster food' on google (I believe this is 92% of my audience) - I do roundups from papers (mostly opeds, sometimes news), and internet commentary sites. Now, I'm going to start blog roundups, hopefully on a daily basis. Long overdue, considering this is a blog, and I read a lot of blogs.

Anyway, a lot of people send me stories, so if you have blog entries too, send it along, and it might get linked! Whooho! Here's another exclamation point !

Posted by Eric at 03:00 AM | Comments (5)

December 14, 2004

Buy Blue

Interesting website here.

Posted by Eric at 01:45 PM | Comments (11)

November 01, 2004

Michael Moore's Message on November 1

From Michael Moore.com:

To Decent Conservatives and Recovering Republicans:

In your heart of hearts you know Bush is a miserable failure. From having no plan on what to do in Iraq once he conquered Baghdad to the 380 missing tons of explosives that could be used to kill our brave young men and women, this guy doesn’t have a clue how to fight and win a war. You should see the mail I’ve been getting lately from our troops over there. They know how much the Iraqi people hate them. They are sitting ducks anytime they go out on the road. Many believe we are not that far away from a Tet-style offensive inside the Green Zone with hundreds of Americans and Brits killed.
Bush refused to go after and capture Osama bin Laden. He fought, every step of the way, the investigation into the 9/11 attacks. Who on earth would oppose such a thing? If 3,000 people died at your place of work and your boss said we don’t need to find out why or how it happened, he’d be thrown out on his ear. Bush’s behavior after this great tragedy alone is reason enough for his removal.
You already know that George W. Bush is the farthest thing from a conservative. He’s a reckless spender who has run up record-breaking deficits and the biggest debt in our history. He believes in having the government pry into everything from your library records to your bedroom. He has hit you with hidden taxes with his tax cuts for the rich.
I know many of you don’t like Bush, but are unsure of Kerry. Give the new guy a chance. He won’t raise your taxes (unless you are super-rich), he won’t take your hunting gun away, and he won’t make you visit France. He risked his life for you many years ago. He’s asking for the chance to do it again. Scott McConnell at The American Conservative magazine has endorsed him. What more do you need?

Posted by Eric at 07:09 PM | Comments (29)

October 30, 2004

Pundits spin Osama tape for Bush

Disgraceful. But you knew our liberal media they would do it.

Posted by Eric at 08:09 PM | Comments (33)

October 29, 2004

Swing Hawaii for Kerry

To the Hawaii audience, AsianAmericanVoter.com asks you to swing Hawaii for Kerry. Find a sample letter you can send to your friends. Also related is this list of The United Coalition of Asian and Pacific Islander American Independent Arts, Culture and Media Professionals who are endorsing Kerry.

If you are in Hawaii, phone banking is now in progress: "A new wave of phone-banking is underway this week from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm; M-F. Call 521-0988 to sign up now! Also ask about Kerry-Edwards Sign Waving Events!"

Posted by Eric at 06:50 PM | Comments (32)

October 27, 2004

Dude, Where's My Draft?

The draft is totally awesome. New premium sponsor. Check them out, and book your junior year abroad now.

Posted by Eric at 02:35 AM | Comments (22)

October 23, 2004

Sox

National pastime.

Posted by Eric at 07:16 PM | Comments (56)

Wolfpacks for Truth.org

Ahahaha:

They told us we were shooting a Greenpeace
commercial!

When the camera crew showed up, we wondered
why they were all driving Hummers. Our agent
assured us it was a Greenpeace commercial and
they paid TWICE our hourly steak rate. Little did we
know we were being tricked into this vicious
campaign attack ad.

We are not Terrorists!

George W. Bush incorrectly labelled my wolfpack
as a terrorist threat. We are NOT terrorists. We do
not associate with terrorists (unless you count that
pesky wolverine) and FRANKLY, we don't even like
terrorists!

Posted by Eric at 04:07 PM | Comments (76)

October 21, 2004

Votergate

See the movie about voting problems here (link via Seeing the Forest)

Posted by Eric at 12:14 PM | Comments (32)

October 13, 2004

Books Bush Shoulda Read

Screenwriter and new blogger Geoff Rodkey on books Bush should have read but - alas - probably didn't.

Posted by Eric at 06:58 PM | Comments (27)

October 05, 2004

It's Hard Work

Thank The Poor Man for his hard work.

Posted by Eric at 08:40 AM | Comments (84)

Bush: No Good Samaritan

Digby has the goods on the silly hypothetical question of who's the good Samaritan: Bush or Kerry.

Posted by Eric at 07:34 AM | Comments (122)

October 01, 2004

DNC Releases Bush Faces Video

Here.

Posted by Eric at 07:11 PM | Comments (27)

September 29, 2004

Debate Drinking Game

Wonkette has a debate drinking game for your debate drinking game pleasure.

Oh, and check out Zell Miller pickup lines. My Zell Miller pickup line? "Little Zell Don't Smell." Actually, that's an awful pickup line.

Posted by Eric at 06:32 AM | Comments (233)

Blog Shoutout

Happy birthday to Talk Left. She recently went to a benefit concert for Colorado US Senate candidate Ken Salazar. A nice recap here.

Posted by Eric at 06:16 AM | Comments (33)

September 28, 2004

Kos in the Guardian

"In the first of his weekly columns for Guardian Unlimited, Markos Moulitsas tells how US liberals have fought back against rightwing domination of the media since their 'goring' in 2000." UK Guardian.

Posted by Eric at 06:00 PM | Comments (47)

September 17, 2004

Alt Weeklies

The new Hamster premium sponsor is Alt Weeklies, which compiles "news and art reporting from more than 100 alternative newsweeklies." If you're a fan of those free alty weeklies, then this is a rather good resource.

Also, to support The Hamster, please visit the other sponsors on the side of the page:

Stop Bush Pollution
GWB
What I Did In the War
Ginny Schrader

Posted by Eric at 09:41 AM | Comments (44)

September 14, 2004

Keyes Wants to Be an Ass; Engaged in 'a war'

According to the Chicago Tribune, that's his gameplan. More embarrassment for the GOP:

Declaring that his campaign strategy is dependent on controversy, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes told the state's top GOP donors at a recent closed-door meeting that he plans to make "inflammatory" comments "every day, every week" until the election, according to several sources at the session.

The sources said Keyes explained that his campaign has been unfolding according to plan and likened it to a war in which lighting the "match" of controversy was needed to ignite grass-roots voters.

"This is a war we're in," one source recounted Keyes as saying. "The way you win wars is that you start fires that will consume the enemy." ... At the session, the sources said, Keyes denied that he has engaged in name-calling in his campaign. But he likened Democratic opponent Barack Obama to a "terrorist" because Obama, a state senator, voted against a legislative proposal pushed by abortion foes, sources said.

Posted by Eric at 10:28 AM | Comments (35)

September 06, 2004

Labor Day Links

See Nate Newman's great set of Labor Day links.

Posted by Eric at 01:43 AM | Comments (104)

September 03, 2004

Sullivan: End of Conservatism

From the conservative pundit:

But conservatism as we have known it is now over. People like me who became conservatives because of the appeal of smaller government and more domestic freedom are now marginalized in a big-government party, bent on using the power of the state to direct people's lives, give them meaning and protect them from all dangers. Just remember all that Bush promised last night: an astonishingly expensive bid to spend much more money to help people in ways that conservatives once abjured. He pledged to provide record levels of education funding, colleges and healthcare centers in poor towns, more Pell grants, seven million more affordable homes, expensive new HSAs, and a phenomenally expensive bid to reform the social security system. I look forward to someone adding it all up, but it's easily in the trillions. And Bush's astonishing achievement is to make the case for all this new spending, at a time of chronic debt (created in large part by his profligate party), while pegging his opponent as the "tax-and-spend" candidate. The chutzpah is amazing. At this point, however, it isn't just chutzpah. It's deception. To propose all this knowing full well that we cannot even begin to afford it is irresponsible in the deepest degree. I've said it before and I'll say it again: the only difference between Republicans and Democrats now is that the Bush Republicans believe in Big Insolvent Government and the Kerry Democrats believe in Big Solvent Government. By any measure, that makes Kerry - especially as he has endorsed the critical pay-as-you-go rule on domestic spending - easily the choice for fiscal conservatives. It was also jaw-dropping to hear this president speak about tax reform. Bush? He has done more to lard up the tax code with special breaks and new loopholes than any recent president. On this issue - on which I couldn't agree more - I have to say I don't believe him. Tax reform goes against the grain of everything this president has done so far. Why would he change now?

Posted by Eric at 09:11 AM | Comments (162)

September 02, 2004

Slam Bush

Hip hop against Bush? www.slambush.net

Posted by Eric at 07:59 PM | Comments (24)

August 26, 2004

Rio Grande Tubers Vouch for Bush

Bartcop.

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

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)

August 19, 2004

AAR Plug

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

Posted by Eric at 10:14 AM | Comments (40)

AAR Plug

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

Posted by Eric at 10:14 AM | Comments (6)

August 16, 2004

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)

August 11, 2004

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)

July 27, 2004

Obama

Rising star. After tonight's incredible speech, easy to see why. Visit his website.

Posted by Eric at 09:58 PM | Comments (11)

Obama

Rising star. After tonight's incredible speech, easy to see why. Visit his website.

Posted by Eric at 09:58 PM | Comments (2)

July 20, 2004

Win a Trip to the Convention

If you haven't registered already, the DCCC is giving away seats to the Democratic Convention in Boston to the top 5 online fundraisers. The seats include:

Round trip transportation to Boston
Four nights accommodations
Convention credentials
An invitation to a very special convention event

The contest ends Friday, so if you have fundraising prowess, register quickly!

Posted by Eric at 08:04 PM | Comments (9)

Win a Trip to the Convention

If you haven't registered already, the DCCC is giving away seats to the Democratic Convention in Boston to the top 5 online fundraisers. The seats include:

Round trip transportation to Boston
Four nights accommodations
Convention credentials
An invitation to a very special convention event

The contest ends Friday, so if you have fundraising prowess, register quickly!

Posted by Eric at 08:04 PM | Comments (1)

July 14, 2004

OurCongress.org

Check out Kos and Jerome's new venture: http://www.ourcongress.org/: "OurCongress will keep a close eye on some of the nation's tightest races (the kind of races that are probably on the DCCC hit list), while keeping tabs on those races that have the potential of becoming Tier One."

Posted by Eric at 12:01 AM | Comments (6)

OurCongress.org

Check out Kos and Jerome's new venture: http://www.ourcongress.org/: "OurCongress will keep a close eye on some of the nation's tightest races (the kind of races that are probably on the DCCC hit list), while keeping tabs on those races that have the potential of becoming Tier One."

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

July 12, 2004

happy bday

happy belated birthday to skippy the bush kangaroo. no caps glory!

Posted by Eric at 06:30 PM | Comments (131)

happy bday

happy belated birthday to skippy the bush kangaroo. no caps glory!

Posted by Eric at 06:30 PM | Comments (2)

June 28, 2004

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Telling People to See F-911

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

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

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Telling People to See F-911

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

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

Stan Can

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

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

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

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

Donate to his campaign and remember to add .04.

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Stan Can

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

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

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

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

Donate to his campaign and remember to add .04.

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

June 22, 2004

Wonkette on Joe Scarborough

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

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

Wonkette on Joe Scarborough

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

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

Questions for Wolfowitz

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

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

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Questions for Wolfowitz

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

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

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

June 21, 2004

Bush's Credibility Problem

See the DNC blog for more.

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

Bush's Credibility Problem

See the DNC blog for more.

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

June 15, 2004

Alternet.org

The newly designed Alternet.org is pretty spiffy.

Posted by Eric at 10:56 PM | Comments (16)

Alternet.org

The newly designed Alternet.org is pretty spiffy.

Posted by Eric at 10:56 PM | Comments (0)

New Blog - Useful!

Want to win policy arguments with your friends?

Judd C. Legum of The Center for American Progress has set up a blog that provides winning arguments to convince others that you're right. Por ejemplo:

Congress should not renew the PATRIOT Act

Why you're right:

1. Congress doesn't know how the PATRIOT Act is being used. When Congress passed the PATRIOT Act in the days after 9/11 they weren't certain they were making the right decision. To give themselves a chance to reconsider, they made the most controversial provisions expire in 2005. But despite multiple, explicit requests from Congress, John Ashcroft has refused to make even basic disclosures about how many provisions of the PATRIOT Act are being used. Without that information, there is no way that members of Congress can honestly and objectively conclude that the PATRIOT Act should be extended. (Epic Legal Brief, Ashcroft Memo)

2. The PATRIOT Act allows the Justice Department to seize anything without meaningful judicial review. Expiring provisions of the PATRIOT act allow the government to seize anything they want if they decide the object or record would assist in a terrorism investigation. Judges have no authority to reject the request as long as it is submitted in its proper form. (PATRIOT Act, Section 215)

3. The PATRIOT Act permits secret wiretaps of people with no connection to terrorism or any other crime. Expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act make it possible for the government to secretly wiretap someone's phone - outside of the standard legal system - even if that person has no connection to terrorism or espionage. John Ashcroft refuses to disclose any information about how this provision is being used. (PATRIOT Act, Section 214)

Posted by Eric at 08:26 PM | Comments (7)

New Blog - Useful!

Want to win policy arguments with your friends?

Judd C. Legum of The Center for American Progress has set up a blog that provides winning arguments to convince others that you're right. Por ejemplo:

Congress should not renew the PATRIOT Act

Why you're right:

1. Congress doesn't know how the PATRIOT Act is being used. When Congress passed the PATRIOT Act in the days after 9/11 they weren't certain they were making the right decision. To give themselves a chance to reconsider, they made the most controversial provisions expire in 2005. But despite multiple, explicit requests from Congress, John Ashcroft has refused to make even basic disclosures about how many provisions of the PATRIOT Act are being used. Without that information, there is no way that members of Congress can honestly and objectively conclude that the PATRIOT Act should be extended. (Epic Legal Brief, Ashcroft Memo)

2. The PATRIOT Act allows the Justice Department to seize anything without meaningful judicial review. Expiring provisions of the PATRIOT act allow the government to seize anything they want if they decide the object or record would assist in a terrorism investigation. Judges have no authority to reject the request as long as it is submitted in its proper form. (PATRIOT Act, Section 215)

3. The PATRIOT Act permits secret wiretaps of people with no connection to terrorism or any other crime. Expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act make it possible for the government to secretly wiretap someone's phone - outside of the standard legal system - even if that person has no connection to terrorism or espionage. John Ashcroft refuses to disclose any information about how this provision is being used. (PATRIOT Act, Section 214)

Posted by Eric at 08:26 PM | Comments (2)

June 11, 2004

Best Wishes to Hesiod

Hesiod at Counterspin Central made his "last post."

I just decided for personal reasons that the time was right for me to stop blogging.

Everything is fine. Nothing to worry about.

Just wanted everyone to know that and hopefully people will respect and honor my decision.

So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support and encouragement these past two years. It meant and means a lot to me.

Take care everyone.

Here's to victory in November and beyond!

Best of luck and thanks to Hesiod.

Being a blogger is tough work, especially with the time commitment and energy required to maintain a popular blog like Counterspin. In a couple months, this blog will turn three years old, and at times I too have felt the strain of updating. I imagine, though, after the November elections you'll see a lot of political blogs revamping or ending.

Posted by Eric at 03:06 AM | Comments (50)

Best Wishes to Hesiod

Hesiod at Counterspin Central made his "last post."

I just decided for personal reasons that the time was right for me to stop blogging.

Everything is fine. Nothing to worry about.

Just wanted everyone to know that and hopefully people will respect and honor my decision.

So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support and encouragement these past two years. It meant and means a lot to me.

Take care everyone.

Here's to victory in November and beyond!

Best of luck and thanks to Hesiod.

Being a blogger is tough work, especially with the time commitment and energy required to maintain a popular blog like Counterspin. In a couple months, this blog will turn three years old, and at times I too have felt the strain of updating. I imagine, though, after the November elections you'll see a lot of political blogs revamping or ending.

Posted by Eric at 03:06 AM | Comments (11)

June 08, 2004

Take Back America Conference Transcripts

See here for conference transcripts and videos from the Take Back America conference a week ago.

Posted by Eric at 08:30 PM | Comments (27)

Take Back America Conference Transcripts

See here for conference transcripts and videos from the Take Back America conference a week ago.

Posted by Eric at 08:30 PM | Comments (0)

June 01, 2004

The A-Z of Lying

Amusing editorial from the UK Indy, which goes through the alphabet to remind us about the lies used in the war on Iraq.

A Mohammed Atta. The Bush administration claimed that a meeting between the lead hijacker of the 11 September attacks and a senior Iraqi intelligence officer proved a connection between al-Qa'ida and Saddam Hussein. But there is no evidence such a meeting took place.

B Bush and Blair: The two leaders have reacted strongly to all suggestions they misled their respective electorates over the war, and maintain time will prove they were right to go to war. Both, though, are suffering poll difficulties, as problems in Iraq become worse, and each needs speedy improvement to shore up his position.

C Ahmed Chalabi. The leader of the Iraq National Congress, who is a member of the Iraq Governing Council, is now accused of having duped the Bush administration, as well as the media, into believing that Saddam Hussein represented a direct threat to US and British security.

D Dollars. Between 1992 and the US raid on Ahmed Chalabi's home last week, the US government channelled more than $100m (55m) to his Iraqi National Congress. The money may have been a motivating factor for defectors to say what they thought the Americans wanted to hear. That funding has now been stopped.

Posted by Eric at 01:15 AM | Comments (2)

The A-Z of Lying

Amusing editorial from the UK Indy, which goes through the alphabet to remind us about the lies used in the war on Iraq.

A Mohammed Atta. The Bush administration claimed that a meeting between the lead hijacker of the 11 September attacks and a senior Iraqi intelligence officer proved a connection between al-Qa'ida and Saddam Hussein. But there is no evidence such a meeting took place.

B Bush and Blair: The two leaders have reacted strongly to all suggestions they misled their respective electorates over the war, and maintain time will prove they were right to go to war. Both, though, are suffering poll difficulties, as problems in Iraq become worse, and each needs speedy improvement to shore up his position.

C Ahmed Chalabi. The leader of the Iraq National Congress, who is a member of the Iraq Governing Council, is now accused of having duped the Bush administration, as well as the media, into believing that Saddam Hussein represented a direct threat to US and British security.

D Dollars. Between 1992 and the US raid on Ahmed Chalabi's home last week, the US government channelled more than $100m (55m) to his Iraqi National Congress. The money may have been a motivating factor for defectors to say what they thought the Americans wanted to hear. That funding has now been stopped.

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

May 26, 2004

DCCC Launches "DTripTV.com"

The website, http://www.dtriptv.com/, will aim to "entertain, inspire, and mobilize concerned Americans" with issuetainment stuff, such as this week's feature, 'Republican Survivor,' starring George W., Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, Tom DeLay, Katherine Harris and Ann Coulter.

Posted by Eric at 08:58 PM | Comments (6)

DCCC Launches "DTripTV.com"

The website, http://www.dtriptv.com/, will aim to "entertain, inspire, and mobilize concerned Americans" with issuetainment stuff, such as this week's feature, 'Republican Survivor,' starring George W., Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, Tom DeLay, Katherine Harris and Ann Coulter.

Posted by Eric at 08:58 PM | Comments (1)

May 20, 2004

The Nader Factor

Friends don't let friends vote for Nader? Several websites are attempting to convert those that are flirting with the man with the spoiler plan.

http://www.thenaderfactor.com/ - From the "National Progress Fund":

Poll after poll after poll show one thing: Ralph Nader is once again becoming a deciding factor. It is time for us to stand together in defense of the issues we care about most.

George Bush is dividing us. To counter this, we are building a new community of Nader supporters, progressive Democrats and others who understand whats at stake and are uniting to take this country back from the right wing extremists

The website also asks for your Nader '00 stories in the unique way: "Slept with Nader and woke up with Bush in '00?"

Then there is also http://www.repentantnadervoter.com/

Posted by Eric at 01:50 PM | Comments (8)

The Nader Factor

Friends don't let friends vote for Nader? Several websites are attempting to convert those that are flirting with the man with the spoiler plan.

http://www.thenaderfactor.com/ - From the "National Progress Fund":

Poll after poll after poll show one thing: Ralph Nader is once again becoming a deciding factor. It is time for us to stand together in defense of the issues we care about most.

George Bush is dividing us. To counter this, we are building a new community of Nader supporters, progressive Democrats and others who understand whats at stake and are uniting to take this country back from the right wing extremists

The website also asks for your Nader '00 stories in the unique way: "Slept with Nader and woke up with Bush in '00?"

Then there is also http://www.repentantnadervoter.com/

Posted by Eric at 01:50 PM | Comments (0)

May 18, 2004

Welcome the Obama Blog

The next US Senator, Barack Obama, has a blog up: http://www.obamablog.com/.

Go over and say hi, or drop a few bucks.

Posted by Eric at 05:41 PM | Comments (7)

Welcome the Obama Blog

The next US Senator, Barack Obama, has a blog up: http://www.obamablog.com/.

Go over and say hi, or drop a few bucks.

Posted by Eric at 05:41 PM | Comments (5)

May 06, 2004

Wes Clark Launches National Security PAC

General Wes Clark has launched WesPac. From an email:

Thats why Im very excited to tell you about the launch of my new organization, WesPAC Securing Americas Future, and to invite you to join me in this new endeavor. WesPAC is a results-oriented political action committee with two central objectives: first, to replace the current, radical Administration and its political allies; and second, to provide leadership in national security and to advocate for a strong, sound foreign policy.

WesPAC can make a difference in this Novembers elections, and in our countrys security and prosperity in the months and years ahead. But I cant do it without you. Please sign up to join WesPAC today and make a financial contribution to help us take our message across America!

I am proud to have already traveled frequently for Senator Kerry, making campaign stops in key battleground states and planning additional trips to Ohio, Alabama, and Oklahoma in the very near future. Ill also continue to speak out aggressively through the media and other forums, like my recent appearances on MSNBC and CNN, to point out the foreign policy failures of the Bush Administration in Iraq and in waging the war on terror.

WesPAC provides the best vehicle for us to continue to shed light on this administrations national security failures and unwise foreign policy a constant veil lifting that will be increasingly important as the Bush/Cheney team floods the airwaves with $200 million of paid advertising.

Through WesPAC, I will support the emergence of the Democratic Party as the party of national security, where our foreign policy is rooted in a strong America that is admired around the world, where political leadership is founded on integrity and accountability, and where we defend our values by working with our allies, respecting international institutions, and using force only as a last resort.

At its core, WesPAC stands for the proposition that our campaign brought to American politics, spawned by a groundswell of support that drafted me into the race; its the same proposition that John Kerry continues to demonstrate through his campaign: that good and decent men and women in this great American family, motivated not by profits or power, but instead by idealism and patriotism, love of country and community, can give their hearts, their time, their energy, their spirit, and their labor to a cause so much greater than ourselves. Its a commitment to make the greatest country on earth even greater, and to stand together, united by the knowledge that the highest calling, of soldier and citizen alike, is for each of us to ask what we can do for our country, and to do it.

In this spirit, Im proud to announce the launch of WesPAC today. Learn more at our website, www.wespac2004.com, and stay tuned in the days and weeks ahead as we launch new features, including a blog, a series of important petitions, and weekly poll questions.

I invite you to join me on this next phase of our campaign to restore America: to make our nation safer, more secure, more prosperous, and respected again around the world. Sign up to join our cause. Contribute whatever you can. And stand with me, once again.

Posted by Eric at 02:13 PM | Comments (4)

Wes Clark Launches National Security PAC

General Wes Clark has launched WesPac. From an email:

Thats why Im very excited to tell you about the launch of my new organization, WesPAC Securing Americas Future, and to invite you to join me in this new endeavor. WesPAC is a results-oriented political action committee with two central objectives: first, to replace the current, radical Administration and its political allies; and second, to provide leadership in national security and to advocate for a strong, sound foreign policy.

WesPAC can make a difference in this Novembers elections, and in our countrys security and prosperity in the months and years ahead. But I cant do it without you. Please sign up to join WesPAC today and make a financial contribution to help us take our message across America!

I am proud to have already traveled frequently for Senator Kerry, making campaign stops in key battleground states and planning additional trips to Ohio, Alabama, and Oklahoma in the very near future. Ill also continue to speak out aggressively through the media and other forums, like my recent appearances on MSNBC and CNN, to point out the foreign policy failures of the Bush Administration in Iraq and in waging the war on terror.

WesPAC provides the best vehicle for us to continue to shed light on this administrations national security failures and unwise foreign policy a constant veil lifting that will be increasingly important as the Bush/Cheney team floods the airwaves with $200 million of paid advertising.

Through WesPAC, I will support the emergence of the Democratic Party as the party of national security, where our foreign policy is rooted in a strong America that is admired around the world, where political leadership is founded on integrity and accountability, and where we defend our values by working with our allies, respecting international institutions, and using force only as a last resort.

At its core, WesPAC stands for the proposition that our campaign brought to American politics, spawned by a groundswell of support that drafted me into the race; its the same proposition that John Kerry continues to demonstrate through his campaign: that good and decent men and women in this great American family, motivated not by profits or power, but instead by idealism and patriotism, love of country and community, can give their hearts, their time, their energy, their spirit, and their labor to a cause so much greater than ourselves. Its a commitment to make the greatest country on earth even greater, and to stand together, united by the knowledge that the highest calling, of soldier and citizen alike, is for each of us to ask what we can do for our country, and to do it.

In this spirit, Im proud to announce the launch of WesPAC today. Learn more at our website, www.wespac2004.com, and stay tuned in the days and weeks ahead as we launch new features, including a blog, a series of important petitions, and weekly poll questions.

I invite you to join me on this next phase of our campaign to restore America: to make our nation safer, more secure, more prosperous, and respected again around the world. Sign up to join our cause. Contribute whatever you can. And stand with me, once again.

Posted by Eric at 02:13 PM | Comments (3)

May 03, 2004

David Brock's New Website

David Brock has a new site up, MediaMatters.org, a great new site documenting the right-wing media:

In the mid-1990s, as a conservative media insider, I saw firsthand (and participated in) the damage done to our democracy when conservative misinformation masquerades as journalism. In my book Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative (2002), I revealed how this misinformation -- deliberately bought and paid for by covert political forces -- enveloped the media, poisoned public discourse, and nearly toppled a president.

Today, the misinformation pumped out by the conservative media machine -- a multibillion-dollar network of talk radio shows, cable television, heavily subsidized newspapers and magazines, political pundits, partisan thinks tanks, and high-traffic Internet sites -- is even more pervasive, spreading like a virus into professional media venues. Rush Limbaugh analyzed election night results for NBC News. Ann Coulter marches through major TV studios with her allegations of "treason" against half the American populace. Rupert Murdoch's top-rated FOX News Channel exerts pressure up and down the TV dial to compromise standards. And it is an open secret that in newsrooms across the country, the right-wing Drudge Report website -- judged to be only 80 percent accurate by its proprietor -- is the home page for many editors, reporters, and TV and radio producers.

The net effect of these corrosive trends has been to skew the media playing field to the right -- and, with it, the public debate. With progressives focusing on specific issues and public policy battles, conservatives have been working for decades, subtly amassing media power and influence. According to a new poll conducted by the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group and commissioned by Media Matters for America, a plurality of the American electorate has concluded that conservatives have more power and influence in the media today than do liberals.

The conservative media machine dominates our discourse, not because it is based in fact or logic but because it operates with almost total impunity. That ends today, as Media Matters for America puts in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor the media for conservative misinformation -- every day, in real time -- in 2004 and beyond.

MediaMatters.org.

Posted by Eric at 03:22 AM | Comments (30)

David Brock's New Website

David Brock has a new site up, MediaMatters.org, a great new site documenting the right-wing media:

In the mid-1990s, as a conservative media insider, I saw firsthand (and participated in) the damage done to our democracy when conservative misinformation masquerades as journalism. In my book Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative (2002), I revealed how this misinformation -- deliberately bought and paid for by covert political forces -- enveloped the media, poisoned public discourse, and nearly toppled a president.

Today, the misinformation pumped out by the conservative media machine -- a multibillion-dollar network of talk radio shows, cable television, heavily subsidized newspapers and magazines, political pundits, partisan thinks tanks, and high-traffic Internet sites -- is even more pervasive, spreading like a virus into professional media venues. Rush Limbaugh analyzed election night results for NBC News. Ann Coulter marches through major TV studios with her allegations of "treason" against half the American populace. Rupert Murdoch's top-rated FOX News Channel exerts pressure up and down the TV dial to compromise standards. And it is an open secret that in newsrooms across the country, the right-wing Drudge Report website -- judged to be only 80 percent accurate by its proprietor -- is the home page for many editors, reporters, and TV and radio producers.

The net effect of these corrosive trends has been to skew the media playing field to the right -- and, with it, the public debate. With progressives focusing on specific issues and public policy battles, conservatives have been working for decades, subtly amassing media power and influence. According to a new poll conducted by the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group and commissioned by Media Matters for America, a plurality of the American electorate has concluded that conservatives have more power and influence in the media today than do liberals.

The conservative media machine dominates our discourse, not because it is based in fact or logic but because it operates with almost total impunity. That ends today, as Media Matters for America puts in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor the media for conservative misinformation -- every day, in real time -- in 2004 and beyond.

MediaMatters.org.

Posted by Eric at 03:22 AM | Comments (8)

April 30, 2004

A News Org That's Undermining the War

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

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

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

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

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

A News Org That's Undermining the War

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

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

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

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

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

April 28, 2004

Thank You, Center for American Progress

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

www.claimvfact.org.

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

Thank You, Center for American Progress

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

www.claimvfact.org.

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

April 27, 2004

DCCC Blogtour

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

Groupies optional.

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

DCCC Blogtour

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

Groupies optional.

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

Bush vs. Kerry Service

Comparing the military records of Bush and Kerry.

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

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

Bush vs. Kerry Service

Comparing the military records of Bush and Kerry.

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

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

April 24, 2004

John Kerry: Douche Bag?

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

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

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

John Kerry: Douche Bag?

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

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

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

April 14, 2004

"The War President"

See this image from Michael Moore and American Leftist.

Posted by Eric at 11:32 AM | Comments (117)

"The War President"

See this image from Michael Moore and American Leftist.

Posted by Eric at 11:32 AM | Comments (10)

April 13, 2004

Guide to Testimony By Attorney General John Ashcroft

From ACT:

When John Ashcroft says: following up on the investigations in the Aug 6 PDB was a priority.

Remember his failures:

Bush: I didnt feel a sense of urgency. [Source: George W. Bush to Bob Woodward, Bush at War. 2003]

Ashcroft: An FBI budget official told the Joint Inquiry that counterterrorism was not a priority for Attorney General Ashcroft before September 11, and the FBI faced pressure to make cuts in counterterrorism to satisfy his other priorities. [Source: Report Of The Joint Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attacks Of September 11, 2001, 12/02]

Ashcroft: little interest in counterterrorism pre 9-11. Commission officials said their evidence showed that Mr. Ashcroft had taken little interest in counterterrorism before Sept. 11 and, days before the attacks, had rejected pleas from senior F.B.I. officials for more money for counterterrorism even as intelligence agencies warned of an imminent, possibly catastrophic, terrorist attack. [Source: New York Times, 4/6/04]

Clinton made terrorism priority; Ashcroft reversed course. And under Attorney General John Ashcroft, the department was being prodded back into its old law-and-order mind-set: violent crime, drugs, child porn. Counterterrorism, which had become a priority of the Clintonites (not that they did a better job of nailing bin Laden), seemed to be getting less attention. [Source: Newsweek: 5/27/02]

Bush cabinet de-emphasize terrorism as a priority in 2001. The attorney general was hardly alone in seeming to de-emphasize terror in the young Bush administration [Source: Newsweek: 5/27/02]

F.B.I failed to connect several signs Phoenix memo and al Qaeda in the U.S. Those signs included a July 2001 memorandum from an F.B.I. agent in Phoenix warning that Al Qaeda appeared to be training terrorists in American flight schools; the arrest the next month of Zacarias Moussaoui, a flight school student who was later connected to the German terrorist cell that carried out the attacks; and the discovery in late August that two Qaeda operatives had entered the United States. [Source: New York Times, 4/6/04]

F.B.I never passed threat information to the field. Despite a sudden burst of intelligence in the summer of 2001 pointing to an imminent Al Qaeda attack, including indications of a major event within the United States, the FBI never passed that threat information to its thousands of field agents across the country. [Source: LA Times, 4/10/04]

Read on ...

Posted by Eric at 11:07 AM | Comments (17)

Guide to Testimony By Attorney General John Ashcroft

From ACT:

When John Ashcroft says: following up on the investigations in the Aug 6 PDB was a priority.

Remember his failures:

Bush: I didnt feel a sense of urgency. [Source: George W. Bush to Bob Woodward, Bush at War. 2003]

Ashcroft: An FBI budget official told the Joint Inquiry that counterterrorism was not a priority for Attorney General Ashcroft before September 11, and the FBI faced pressure to make cuts in counterterrorism to satisfy his other priorities. [Source: Report Of The Joint Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attacks Of September 11, 2001, 12/02]

Ashcroft: little interest in counterterrorism pre 9-11. Commission officials said their evidence showed that Mr. Ashcroft had taken little interest in counterterrorism before Sept. 11 and, days before the attacks, had rejected pleas from senior F.B.I. officials for more money for counterterrorism even as intelligence agencies warned of an imminent, possibly catastrophic, terrorist attack. [Source: New York Times, 4/6/04]

Clinton made terrorism priority; Ashcroft reversed course. And under Attorney General John Ashcroft, the department was being prodded back into its old law-and-order mind-set: violent crime, drugs, child porn. Counterterrorism, which had become a priority of the Clintonites (not that they did a better job of nailing bin Laden), seemed to be getting less attention. [Source: Newsweek: 5/27/02]

Bush cabinet de-emphasize terrorism as a priority in 2001. The attorney general was hardly alone in seeming to de-emphasize terror in the young Bush administration [Source: Newsweek: 5/27/02]

F.B.I failed to connect several signs Phoenix memo and al Qaeda in the U.S. Those signs included a July 2001 memorandum from an F.B.I. agent in Phoenix warning that Al Qaeda appeared to be training terrorists in American flight schools; the arrest the next month of Zacarias Moussaoui, a flight school student who was later connected to the German terrorist cell that carried out the attacks; and the discovery in late August that two Qaeda operatives had entered the United States. [Source: New York Times, 4/6/04]

F.B.I never passed threat information to the field. Despite a sudden burst of intelligence in the summer of 2001 pointing to an imminent Al Qaeda attack, including indications of a major event within the United States, the FBI never passed that threat information to its thousands of field agents across the country. [Source: LA Times, 4/10/04]

Read on ...

Posted by Eric at 11:07 AM | Comments (7)

April 07, 2004

Hypocrite Instapundit

See CalPundit and Mark Kleiman.

Posted by Eric at 07:55 PM | Comments (32)

Hypocrite Instapundit

See CalPundit and Mark Kleiman.

Posted by Eric at 07:55 PM | Comments (1)

Hannity Lies About Kerry Debunked

From Air America Radio and Al Franken.

Here!

Posted by Eric at 03:02 PM | Comments (31)

Hannity Lies About Kerry Debunked

From Air America Radio and Al Franken.

Here!

Posted by Eric at 03:02 PM | Comments (15)

April 06, 2004

Air America Radio Blogs

O'Franken Factor.

The Majority Report.

As you can see, so far they're in the tentative stages. However, this is because the blogs are largely staffed by the show staffs, who are busy with other aspects of the show in addition to maintaining the blog. As time goes by, the blogs and their ability to integrate into their respective shows and expand into other areas will grow.

Posted by Eric at 08:19 PM | Comments (30)

Air America Radio Blogs

O'Franken Factor.

The Majority Report.

As you can see, so far they're in the tentative stages. However, this is because the blogs are largely staffed by the show staffs, who are busy with other aspects of the show in addition to maintaining the blog. As time goes by, the blogs and their ability to integrate into their respective shows and expand into other areas will grow.

Posted by Eric at 08:19 PM | Comments (4)

Speakerology

This note from the DCCC:

Roll Call is having a little contest, "Speakerology," to see who can garner the most votes from citizens for Speaker of the House. The final round is between Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, and Blunt's hometown paper has already given him a hand. This contest is less than deadly serious, but it would be nice to blow the GOP out. Take a look at Schakowsky's site if you want before you vote, she's awesome.

Here's how it works:

1) In this Championship game, Jan is running against Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)

2) You need to e-mail your vote to: afterthoughts@rollcall.com All you need to do is write "Future Speaker" in the Subject line, and then write "I vote for Jan Schakowsky for Speaker" as your message.

3) SEND YOUR E-MAIL ASAP. Do it by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

Bloggers give us a hand if you can spare the space, we should be able take this one easy- we'll be glad to give everybody a shout-out when the results come in.

Posted by Eric at 08:43 AM | Comments (6)

Speakerology

This note from the DCCC:

Roll Call is having a little contest, "Speakerology," to see who can garner the most votes from citizens for Speaker of the House. The final round is between Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, and Blunt's hometown paper has already given him a hand. This contest is less than deadly serious, but it would be nice to blow the GOP out. Take a look at Schakowsky's site if you want before you vote, she's awesome.

Here's how it works:

1) In this Championship game, Jan is running against Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)

2) You need to e-mail your vote to: afterthoughts@rollcall.com All you need to do is write "Future Speaker" in the Subject line, and then write "I vote for Jan Schakowsky for Speaker" as your message.

3) SEND YOUR E-MAIL ASAP. Do it by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

Bloggers give us a hand if you can spare the space, we should be able take this one easy- we'll be glad to give everybody a shout-out when the results come in.

Posted by Eric at 08:43 AM | Comments (5)

April 05, 2004

O'Franken Factor Blog

Here.

Post away.

EDIT: Hmm ... For now, it's offline or buggy. Sigh.

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

O'Franken Factor Blog

Here.

Post away.

EDIT: Hmm ... For now, it's offline or buggy. Sigh.

Posted by Eric at 08:31 AM | Comments (8)

April 01, 2004

WhiteHouse.org Shut Down by Justice Dept!

Oh NO!!
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... what day is today?

EDIT: Ok, it's not there anymore.

Posted by Eric at 07:48 PM | Comments (25)

WhiteHouse.org Shut Down by Justice Dept!

Oh NO!!
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.
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.
.
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.
.
... what day is today?

EDIT: Ok, it's not there anymore.

Posted by Eric at 07:48 PM | Comments (8)

March 31, 2004

Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly

I like the title. www.sweetjesusihatebilloreilly.com

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

Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly

I like the title. www.sweetjesusihatebilloreilly.com

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

March 25, 2004

Show Us the Jobs Blog

http://blog.showusthejobs.com/.

From the AFL-CIO.

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

Show Us the Jobs Blog

http://blog.showusthejobs.com/.

From the AFL-CIO.

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

March 23, 2004

www.howardstern.com

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

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

www.howardstern.com

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

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

March 17, 2004

Lies and the Lying Liars

Find the Bush administration's public statements on Iraq.

Por ejemplo:

SPEAKER: Bush
SUBJECT: Urgent Threat

Search!

RESULTS!

President George W. Bush on Urgent Threat:

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

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


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

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

Lies and the Lying Liars

Find the Bush administration's public statements on Iraq.

Por ejemplo:

SPEAKER: Bush
SUBJECT: Urgent Threat

Search!

RESULTS!

President George W. Bush on Urgent Threat:

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

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


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

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

March 16, 2004

Senate Outlook

Daily Kos has a 'Senate Outlook' page with contested and safe seats. Among the more interesting races shaping up seem to be the Colorado and Alaska senate seats.

Meanwhile, Polling Report has these CBS News numbers about House races:

"If the 2004 election for U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your district?" 3/10-14/04

Republican 38
Democrat 42
Depends (vol.) 8
Don't Know 12

Posted by Eric at 05:11 AM | Comments (47)

Senate Outlook

Daily Kos has a 'Senate Outlook' page with contested and safe seats. Among the more interesting races shaping up seem to be the Colorado and Alaska senate seats.

Meanwhile, Polling Report has these CBS News numbers about House races:

"If the 2004 election for U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your district?" 3/10-14/04

Republican 38
Democrat 42
Depends (vol.) 8
Don't Know 12

Posted by Eric at 05:11 AM | Comments (10)

March 12, 2004

Dbunker

John Kerry is using a blog-type atmosphere for 'DBunker: Setting the Record Straight,' where he responds to W and other attacks from opponents. Por ejemplooo:

FICTION: From the New Bush Attack Ad: A president sets his agenda for America in the first 100 days. John Kerry's plan: To pay for new government spending, raise taxes by at least $900 billion.

FACT: The $900 billion ad is completely false. The Bush Cheney Campaign uses Weapons of Deception and Distortion because they cant have an honest debate about jobs and taxes. Bush's ad takes Kerrys statement out of context. John Kerry said: In my first hundred days in the White House, I will roll back George Bushs tax cut for the wealthiest so that we can invest in education and health care. John Kerry will cut; not increase taxes on middle class families.

The new Bush ad is designed to deceive the 98 percent of Americans who will only get ADDITIONAL tax cuts and health savings from John Kerry. Even when it was not always popular in the Democratic primaries, John Kerry made it clear that he supported maintaining hundreds of billions of tax cuts for working families making under $200,000.

The $900 billion number in the Bush ad is completely made up and shows that George Bush is running a campaign of deception and distortion.

Tax cuts are also a part of John Kerry's health care plan. George Bush has turned a blind eye to the spiraling health care costs facing the American people. One third of the cost of John Kerry's plan to make health care more affordable and available for all American families is a TAX CUT. Nearly another third is straight relief from the cost of health care up to $1,000 per family, and the final third spends resources on those that need help most such as our children.

Posted by Eric at 03:15 AM | Comments (46)

Dbunker

John Kerry is using a blog-type atmosphere for 'DBunker: Setting the Record Straight,' where he responds to W and other attacks from opponents. Por ejemplooo:

FICTION: From the New Bush Attack Ad: A president sets his agenda for America in the first 100 days. John Kerry's plan: To pay for new government spending, raise taxes by at least $900 billion.

FACT: The $900 billion ad is completely false. The Bush Cheney Campaign uses Weapons of Deception and Distortion because they cant have an honest debate about jobs and taxes. Bush's ad takes Kerrys statement out of context. John Kerry said: In my first hundred days in the White House, I will roll back George Bushs tax cut for the wealthiest so that we can invest in education and health care. John Kerry will cut; not increase taxes on middle class families.

The new Bush ad is designed to deceive the 98 percent of Americans who will only get ADDITIONAL tax cuts and health savings from John Kerry. Even when it was not always popular in the Democratic primaries, John Kerry made it clear that he supported maintaining hundreds of billions of tax cuts for working families making under $200,000.

The $900 billion number in the Bush ad is completely made up and shows that George Bush is running a campaign of deception and distortion.

Tax cuts are also a part of John Kerry's health care plan. George Bush has turned a blind eye to the spiraling health care costs facing the American people. One third of the cost of John Kerry's plan to make health care more affordable and available for all American families is a TAX CUT. Nearly another third is straight relief from the cost of health care up to $1,000 per family, and the final third spends resources on those that need help most such as our children.

Posted by Eric at 03:15 AM | Comments (15)

March 08, 2004

Kos Top Ten VPs

Big blogger Kos has his Top Ten VP picks and I certainly agree with him that a 'Draft Brokaw' movement would be fascinating.

If this unscientific poll done by Keith Berry is any indication, bloggers (like most people) aren't sure who will be picked. I certainly don't. I haven't fleshed out picks, but I'd be 'excited' about Wesley Clark, John Edwards and Cleland.

Posted by Eric at 01:03 PM | Comments (9)

Kos Top Ten VPs

Big blogger Kos has his Top Ten VP picks and I certainly agree with him that a 'Draft Brokaw' movement would be fascinating.

If this unscientific poll done by Keith Berry is any indication, bloggers (like most people) aren't sure who will be picked. I certainly don't. I haven't fleshed out picks, but I'd be 'excited' about Wesley Clark, John Edwards and Cleland.

Posted by Eric at 01:03 PM | Comments (1)

March 02, 2004

Pledge to Take Back the White House

With MoveOn.org, pledge to do your part to take back the White House. MoveOn.org says they will email you with different ways you can help (as will this site in the future, though in blog form).

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

Pledge to Take Back the White House

With MoveOn.org, pledge to do your part to take back the White House. MoveOn.org says they will email you with different ways you can help (as will this site in the future, though in blog form).

Posted by Eric at 06:44 PM | Comments (7)

Liberal Crossword Puzzles

Check out MadKane's crossword puzzle.

Posted by Eric at 06:41 PM | Comments (60)

Liberal Crossword Puzzles

Check out MadKane's crossword puzzle.

Posted by Eric at 06:41 PM | Comments (53)

March 01, 2004

Bartcop Has Untreatable Cancer

Very sorry to hear the news ... Best wishes to Bartcop

Posted by Eric at 06:23 PM | Comments (5)

Bartcop Has Untreatable Cancer

Very sorry to hear the news ... Best wishes to Bartcop

Posted by Eric at 06:23 PM | Comments (2)

February 26, 2004

ACT4Victory.org

The organization I work for, ACT, has its new website up (I wasn't involved with the website, I'm just a part-time researcher). Check it out here. ACT aims to mobilize voters in 17 key battleground states:

ACT is implementing a strategy to re-engage voters in the political process by talking to them face-to-face about the issues that affect their lives. Our strategy focuses on 17 key battleground states, where we are targeting critical groups of swing voters and those voters who often do not cast their ballots. On Election Day ACT will bring them to the polls with a massive get-out-the-vote operation.

Right now, we are on the ground registering new voters in Cleveland, St.Louis, Kansas City, Orlando, and Philadelphia. Already weve added 100,000 new voters to the rolls. And this is just the beginning. We plan to register hundreds of thousands more.

The heart of ACTs strategy is the participation of millions of Americans like you. Americans who have had enough of the Bush-Rove-Delay agenda, and are ready to take action. We need your help!

Posted by Eric at 05:26 PM | Comments (9)

ACT4Victory.org

The organization I work for, ACT, has its new website up (I wasn't involved with the website, I'm just a part-time researcher). Check it out here. ACT aims to mobilize voters in 17 key battleground states:

ACT is implementing a strategy to re-engage voters in the political process by talking to them face-to-face about the issues that affect their lives. Our strategy focuses on 17 key battleground states, where we are targeting critical groups of swing voters and those voters who often do not cast their ballots. On Election Day ACT will bring them to the polls with a massive get-out-the-vote operation.

Right now, we are on the ground registering new voters in Cleveland, St.Louis, Kansas City, Orlando, and Philadelphia. Already weve added 100,000 new voters to the rolls. And this is just the beginning. We plan to register hundreds of thousands more.

The heart of ACTs strategy is the participation of millions of Americans like you. Americans who have had enough of the Bush-Rove-Delay agenda, and are ready to take action. We need your help!

Posted by Eric at 05:26 PM | Comments (2)

February 25, 2004

Doug Haines Blog

Doug Haines, candidate in the Democratic primaries in Georgia, directly answers policy questions from users on his blog. Direct democracy in action, courtesy of blog technology.

Posted by Eric at 03:02 AM | Comments (76)

Doug Haines Blog

Doug Haines, candidate in the Democratic primaries in Georgia, directly answers policy questions from users on his blog. Direct democracy in action, courtesy of blog technology.

Posted by Eric at 03:02 AM | Comments (60)

February 24, 2004

Congrats to The Top Ten Conservative Idiots

And guess who's number one? Well, he's not really a conservative, but it seems these days the only ones who like him are conservatives. Democratic Underground:

Well, it's official. Ralph Nader is once again working for the Dark Side. Appearing on NBC News' Meet the Press on Sunday, Nader announced that he is once again running for president of the United States. It seems that Saint Ralph couldn't stand the idea of sitting this one out, and putting the interests of the country ahead of his own massive ego. He has once again illustrated how he is the nation's Number One Bush Enabler. Apparently, multimillionaire Nader has been too busy counting his savings from the Bush tax cut to notice or care that the Bush Administration has damn near ruined our country in less than four years. After a few perfunctory and lackluster criticisms against Bush, Nader (as usual) heaped most of his contempt on those of us who are actually out here trying to defeat the illegitimate, unelected moron. In a particularly gag-inducing bit of spin, Nader said that his critics on the left were "against democracy, against freedom." Funny, that sounds kinda like what Ashcroft and Bush said about us when we dared to criticize them these past few years.

Of course, Ralph wasn't content to simply announce that he was going to once again be the spoiler in the presidential race. Just for good measure, he had to also resort to outright lying about Al Gore. When Tim Russert asked him, "Do you believe that Al Gore would have invaded Iraq?" Nader responded, "He would have." Never mind that Al Gore has been an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, since before the war even started. No, Ralph isn't going to let the truth get in the way of his outrageous anti-Democrat spin. But really, what could Nader say? His entire campaign was and is built upon the contemptible lie that there is no difference between the two parties. To concede the truth that Al Gore would have been a much better president than Dubya would take away his only justification for running in 2000 and 2004. Which would be tantamount to admitting that he shares some of the responsibility for the Bush presidency. Sorry, Ralph. This year, liberals aren't going to fall for your ridiculous lies. There is just way too much at stake.

Posted by Eric at 01:01 AM | Comments (39)

Congrats to The Top Ten Conservative Idiots

And guess who's number one? Well, he's not really a conservative, but it seems these days the only ones who like him are conservatives. Democratic Underground:

Well, it's official. Ralph Nader is once again working for the Dark Side. Appearing on NBC News' Meet the Press on Sunday, Nader announced that he is once again running for president of the United States. It seems that Saint Ralph couldn't stand the idea of sitting this one out, and putting the interests of the country ahead of his own massive ego. He has once again illustrated how he is the nation's Number One Bush Enabler. Apparently, multimillionaire Nader has been too busy counting his savings from the Bush tax cut to notice or care that the Bush Administration has damn near ruined our country in less than four years. After a few perfunctory and lackluster criticisms against Bush, Nader (as usual) heaped most of his contempt on those of us who are actually out here trying to defeat the illegitimate, unelected moron. In a particularly gag-inducing bit of spin, Nader said that his critics on the left were "against democracy, against freedom." Funny, that sounds kinda like what Ashcroft and Bush said about us when we dared to criticize them these past few years.

Of course, Ralph wasn't content to simply announce that he was going to once again be the spoiler in the presidential race. Just for good measure, he had to also resort to outright lying about Al Gore. When Tim Russert asked him, "Do you believe that Al Gore would have invaded Iraq?" Nader responded, "He would have." Never mind that Al Gore has been an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, since before the war even started. No, Ralph isn't going to let the truth get in the way of his outrageous anti-Democrat spin. But really, what could Nader say? His entire campaign was and is built upon the contemptible lie that there is no difference between the two parties. To concede the truth that Al Gore would have been a much better president than Dubya would take away his only justification for running in 2000 and 2004. Which would be tantamount to admitting that he shares some of the responsibility for the Bush presidency. Sorry, Ralph. This year, liberals aren't going to fall for your ridiculous lies. There is just way too much at stake.

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

Say Hi

to new Hamster supporters,

SportyK9

Bagnews.com's GeorgeWBush AWOL

Posted by Eric at 12:42 AM | Comments (132)

Say Hi

to new Hamster supporters,

SportyK9

Bagnews.com's GeorgeWBush AWOL

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

February 23, 2004

O'Reilly Talks LA

From Scoobie Davis Online, we find a wrap-up of Bill O'Reilly's speech at Wadsworth Theater:

O'Reilly brought down the house when he made the following observations:

"...[E]veryone in California should have a right to carry a concealed weapon."

"He [George W. Bush] did really well [in an interview on the O'Reilly Factor]."

"Stuart Smalley [Al Franken] is the biggest liar in the country!" [O'Reilly didn't elaborate on any of Franken's alleged lies to the audience]

"If the presidential race were held tomorrow, Bush would win. Bush would win." [The applause was very loud after this comment]

"Well-informed people don't listen to Barbra Steisand."

The crowd really ate it up over O'Reilly's most obnoxious comment that night: "If I were gay, I would marry Hillary!"

These comments also don't exactly square with one of O'Reilly's comments in his talk: "I'm not an ideologue. I don't have an agenda. What I want is the best for America--the best for the folks." Is O'Reilly full of it? I'm reporting; you decide.

Posted by Eric at 06:29 AM | Comments (87)

O'Reilly Talks LA

From Scoobie Davis Online, we find a wrap-up of Bill O'Reilly's speech at Wadsworth Theater:

O'Reilly brought down the house when he made the following observations:

"...[E]veryone in California should have a right to carry a concealed weapon."

"He [George W. Bush] did really well [in an interview on the O'Reilly Factor]."

"Stuart Smalley [Al Franken] is the biggest liar in the country!" [O'Reilly didn't elaborate on any of Franken's alleged lies to the audience]

"If the presidential race were held tomorrow, Bush would win. Bush would win." [The applause was very loud after this comment]

"Well-informed people don't listen to Barbra Steisand."

The crowd really ate it up over O'Reilly's most obnoxious comment that night: "If I were gay, I would marry Hillary!"

These comments also don't exactly square with one of O'Reilly's comments in his talk: "I'm not an ideologue. I don't have an agenda. What I want is the best for America--the best for the folks." Is O'Reilly full of it? I'm reporting; you decide.

Posted by Eric at 06:29 AM | Comments (20)

February 20, 2004

Republican Blog?

Apparently, this is the Republican idea of a blog. Sorta like the Bush administration and its energy policy: no public comments allowed.

Posted by Eric at 01:35 PM | Comments (101)

Republican Blog?

Apparently, this is the Republican idea of a blog. Sorta like the Bush administration and its energy policy: no public comments allowed.

Posted by Eric at 01:35 PM | Comments (22)

February 18, 2004

Blog Awards

The Koufax Awards were released on the Wampum weblog the other day, and the winners are as follows:

Best Blog. Atrios.
Best Writing. Whiskey Bar.
Best Post. What a Tangled Web We Weave by Whiskey Bar.
Best Series. Rush, Newspeak and Facism from David Neiwert.
Best Single Issue Blog. Talk Left.
Best Group Blog. Daily Kos.
Most Humorous Blog. TBogg.
Most Humorous Post. Preznit Giv Me Turkee by Atrios.
Most Deserving of Wider Recognition. South Knox Bubba.
Best New Blog. DNC Kicking Ass.
Best Expert Blog. Juan Cole.
Best Commenter. John Emerson.
Best Non-Liberal Blog. Tacitus.
Best Design. Daily Kos.
Best Special Effects. Uggabugga.

Congrats.

Posted by Eric at 01:16 AM | Comments (75)

Blog Awards

The Koufax Awards were released on the Wampum weblog the other day, and the winners are as follows:

Best Blog. Atrios.
Best Writing. Whiskey Bar.
Best Post. What a Tangled Web We Weave by Whiskey Bar.
Best Series. Rush, Newspeak and Facism from David Neiwert.
Best Single Issue Blog. Talk Left.
Best Group Blog. Daily Kos.
Most Humorous Blog. TBogg.
Most Humorous Post. Preznit Giv Me Turkee by Atrios.
Most Deserving of Wider Recognition. South Knox Bubba.
Best New Blog. DNC Kicking Ass.
Best Expert Blog. Juan Cole.
Best Commenter. John Emerson.
Best Non-Liberal Blog. Tacitus.
Best Design. Daily Kos.
Best Special Effects. Uggabugga.

Congrats.

Posted by Eric at 01:16 AM | Comments (8)

February 15, 2004

Change for America

If you haven't checked out Joe Trippi's blog, Change for America, read it over here.

Posted by Eric at 10:09 PM | Comments (19)

Change for America

If you haven't checked out Joe Trippi's blog, Change for America, read it over here.

Posted by Eric at 10:09 PM | Comments (3)

February 13, 2004

New Blog Ad: Tony Knowles for Senate

Say hi to Gov. Tony Knowles of Alaska, who joins Chandler as Washington hopefuls advertising on blogs. Knowles currently has a slight lead over Republican Lisa Murkowski.

Posted by Eric at 09:05 PM | Comments (136)

New Blog Ad: Tony Knowles for Senate

Say hi to Gov. Tony Knowles of Alaska, who joins Chandler as Washington hopefuls advertising on blogs. Knowles currently has a slight lead over Republican Lisa Murkowski.

Posted by Eric at 09:05 PM | Comments (0)

February 10, 2004

DCCC Launches Blog

Following in the footsteps of the DNC, and DSCC, the DCCC is launching a blog. The first post is about - what else - the Bush referendum battle in Kentucky between Ben Chandler and Alice Kerr.

Posted by Eric at 09:05 PM | Comments (37)

DCCC Launches Blog

Following in the footsteps of the DNC, and DSCC, the DCCC is launching a blog. The first post is about - what else - the Bush referendum battle in Kentucky between Ben Chandler and Alice Kerr.

Posted by Eric at 09:05 PM | Comments (0)

February 09, 2004

New Liberal News Site

Nice, clean design, looks like it has good potential. Daily News Online.

Posted by Eric at 05:51 PM | Comments (101)

New Liberal News Site

Nice, clean design, looks like it has good potential. Daily News Online.

Posted by Eric at 05:51 PM | Comments (5)

February 08, 2004

National Review on Bush

Courtesy of CalPundit, we find that The National Review gives poor marks to Bush.

Posted by Eric at 01:52 PM | Comments (0)

National Review on Bush

Courtesy of CalPundit, we find that The National Review gives poor marks to Bush.

Posted by Eric at 01:52 PM | Comments (4)

February 07, 2004

When People Make Stupid Websites

http://stophillarypac.com/:

It is very likely that Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to run for President of the United States in 2004.

Inside the Washington, DC Beltway, the "professional Republicans" do not believe she will run; instead, the conventional wisdom is that she will wait until 2008 to run.

Guess what? These are the very same people who, back in 1992, never thought then-President George H.W. Bush could possibly lose to a draft-dodging, pot-smoking newcomer named Bill Clinton. So they took Clinton lightly and never even attacked his atrocious record in Arkansas!

Then, in 2000, it happened again. When Congressman Rick Lazio ran against Hillary for the US Senate in New York, his campaign was unprepared and afraid to attack her ultra-liberal record.

These two traits over-confidence and fear of attacking Hillarys record are prescriptions for a national disaster: her election next year as President of the United States.

We can not allow that to happen!

Posted by Eric at 02:51 AM | Comments (45)

When People Make Stupid Websites

http://stophillarypac.com/:

It is very likely that Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to run for President of the United States in 2004.

Inside the Washington, DC Beltway, the "professional Republicans" do not believe she will run; instead, the conventional wisdom is that she will wait until 2008 to run.

Guess what? These are the very same people who, back in 1992, never thought then-President George H.W. Bush could possibly lose to a draft-dodging, pot-smoking newcomer named Bill Clinton. So they took Clinton lightly and never even attacked his atrocious record in Arkansas!

Then, in 2000, it happened again. When Congressman Rick Lazio ran against Hillary for the US Senate in New York, his campaign was unprepared and afraid to attack her ultra-liberal record.

These two traits over-confidence and fear of attacking Hillarys record are prescriptions for a national disaster: her election next year as President of the United States.

We can not allow that to happen!

Posted by Eric at 02:51 AM | Comments (14)

February 06, 2004

Good for John Lott

I'm glad to see in his latest writing he's no longer pretending to be a woman.

EDIT: It's odd that Jayson Blair can be banned from journalism (good thing) after fabricating things, but John Lott is allowed to roam the op-ed pages free. For example, what's wrong with Lott? Good summary:

-he almost certainly fabricated a mysterious survey and certainly behaved unethically in making claims for which he had no supporting data
-he presented results purporting to show that "more guns" led to "less crime" when those results were the product of coding errors
-he pretended to be a woman called "Mary Rosh" on the internet in order to praise his own research and accuse his critics of fraud.
-he probably was the person who anonymously accused Steve Levitt of being "rabidly antigun"

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

Good for John Lott

I'm glad to see in his latest writing he's no longer pretending to be a woman.

EDIT: It's odd that Jayson Blair can be banned from journalism (good thing) after fabricating things, but John Lott is allowed to roam the op-ed pages free. For example, what's wrong with Lott? Good summary:

-he almost certainly fabricated a mysterious survey and certainly behaved unethically in making claims for which he had no supporting data
-he presented results purporting to show that "more guns" led to "less crime" when those results were the product of coding errors
-he pretended to be a woman called "Mary Rosh" on the internet in order to praise his own research and accuse his critics of fraud.
-he probably was the person who anonymously accused Steve Levitt of being "rabidly antigun"

Posted by Eric at 05:23 PM | Comments (5)

February 05, 2004

Daschle and Corzine 'Blog'

Well, it's likely staffers from their office, but it's a start.

Posted by Eric at 04:20 PM | Comments (11)

Daschle and Corzine 'Blog'

Well, it's likely staffers from their office, but it's a start.

Posted by Eric at 04:20 PM | Comments (0)

February 03, 2004

The Guessing Game

Eric Alterman is getting hypothetical with it.

Speaking of whom, say one thing for Mr. Heres the News from My Bathroom, every time I think the guy has peaked, he manages to surprise me. Imagine two anonymous people on the planet: One guy is a GayCatholicToryGAPmodel who takes credit for liberating Iraq with his modem, and one guy fought with heroism in a war for his country, both in Vietnam and when he returned. So guess who is a pompous, do-nothing, faux-populist, Establishment blow-hard with the Vietnam obsession? I wonder how many bullets the tough-guy blogger has taken for his obsessions. (Anybody ever aim an AK-47 at that P-town toilet?) If youve got a strong stomach, you can find it here.
Hint ... the tough-guy blogger's name starts with an "A" and ends with an "ndrew Sullivan." And no, it's not Frank Stallone.

Posted by Eric at 07:53 PM | Comments (13)

The Guessing Game

Eric Alterman is getting hypothetical with it.

Speaking of whom, say one thing for Mr. Heres the News from My Bathroom, every time I think the guy has peaked, he manages to surprise me. Imagine two anonymous people on the planet: One guy is a GayCatholicToryGAPmodel who takes credit for liberating Iraq with his modem, and one guy fought with heroism in a war for his country, both in Vietnam and when he returned. So guess who is a pompous, do-nothing, faux-populist, Establishment blow-hard with the Vietnam obsession? I wonder how many bullets the tough-guy blogger has taken for his obsessions. (Anybody ever aim an AK-47 at that P-town toilet?) If youve got a strong stomach, you can find it here.
Hint ... the tough-guy blogger's name starts with an "A" and ends with an "ndrew Sullivan." And no, it's not Frank Stallone.

Posted by Eric at 07:53 PM | Comments (3)

January 30, 2004

Pandagon on Dean

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

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

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

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

Posted by Eric at 10:59 AM | Comments (187)

Pandagon on Dean

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

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

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

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

Posted by Eric at 10:59 AM | Comments (16)

January 28, 2004

DSCC Gets Loco

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

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

Posted by Eric at 01:38 PM | Comments (20)

DSCC Gets Loco

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

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

Posted by Eric at 01:38 PM | Comments (15)

January 22, 2004

New DCCC Flash Ad

Featuring Tom Delay as 'The Exterminator.' Watch it now.

Posted by Eric at 08:17 PM | Comments (6)

New DCCC Flash Ad

Featuring Tom Delay as 'The Exterminator.' Watch it now.

Posted by Eric at 08:17 PM | Comments (4)

Excellent Taxes

As I have recently learned through emails to Margaret Cho, I am going to pay less taxes this year because of my Asian status. Excellent! Now to work on the black, female and etc part.

Posted by Eric at 09:37 AM | Comments (55)

Excellent Taxes

As I have recently learned through emails to Margaret Cho, I am going to pay less taxes this year because of my Asian status. Excellent! Now to work on the black, female and etc part.

Posted by Eric at 09:37 AM | Comments (41)

January 20, 2004

The Onion on SOTU Key Points

Things that go ha in the night.

Posted by Eric at 11:14 PM | Comments (35)

The Onion on SOTU Key Points

Things that go ha in the night.

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January 19, 2004

Top Bush Scandals of 2003

According to Democrats.com ...

1) Iraq

2) Treasongate: The Valerie Plame Affair

3) Ground Zero Lies

4) 9/11 Cover-up

5) Big Brother

See the explanations here.

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

Top Bush Scandals of 2003

According to Democrats.com ...

1) Iraq

2) Treasongate: The Valerie Plame Affair

3) Ground Zero Lies

4) 9/11 Cover-up

5) Big Brother

See the explanations here.

Posted by Eric at 11:55 AM | Comments (8)

January 13, 2004

The Winning MoveOn.org Ad

Is the kids working off the debt one ... it's a good one.

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

The Winning MoveOn.org Ad

Is the kids working off the debt one ... it's a good one.

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