Sunday, October 31, 2004

A SIGN STAYED UP a vote for Bush is a vote for inhumanity...

Stapling the signs high up on a tree seemed to work, as the sign in the ground was stolen (as usual), but the Kerry sign in the tree stayed through the night!!! I'm finally winning my war on the Bush terrorist thugs that roam these parts...

What "Librul" Media

Not much to say...still just ready for the election to get here...Was it last night or no, I think it was early this morning on MSNBC where they played a Brian-Williams-hosted Kerry special about Vietnam. I didn't see most of it, but from what I saw (toward the end), it wasn't exactly flattering but it wasn't a condemnation either.

Which is fine, except that the Bush piece they played immediately afterward was part of their "Headliners and Legends" series, and it started off as a gigantic Bush puff piece--i.e., extremely flattering.

But I guess that's the liberal media for ya...always beating up on the's a real travesty.

Kerry Was In Vietnam

And the five minutes of "Meet The Press" I watched was infuriating. I saw Giuliani call Kerry "anti-military." To his credit, Russert did point out that Kerry was in combat, while Bush escaped in the National Guard, Cheney didn't serve at all, and neither did Rude-y. But as per usual, he didn't say "You're right Tim. Maybe that remark was a little out of line. It is rather inappropriate for me to apply the word 'anti-military' to a decorated Vietnam vet, especially since I've never served."

No, Rude-ass just kept on with his lateral lisp and his eyelid-straining, looking (and being) deranged as he pointed out what a jerk was when Kerry came back from the war. That's what the Repukes want Iraq vets to know--as long as you don't tell the truth about what you experienced during your time in harm's way, we won't smear you. But the second you point out how there were no WMD and go all John Kerry on us, you're fucked, soldier.

O'Neill Wants To Die

Then later in the day I'm watching more BookTV and see Doug Brinkley ably defending Kerry and explaining "Tour Of Duty." Of course, in the interest of "balance," Lamb wraps up with Brinkley then shows an appearance of O'Neill at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. O'Neill talked so fast and in such an uninspiring monotone that you could easily see how he's lost his soul.

My God, he's so whiny. What sour grapes coming from this guy. He's told these stories a thousand times and can't for the life of him understand why it's not making the 51% of the country that will elect John Kerry fall prostrate before Bush. It's pathetic to watch him, actually. He's on the wrong side of history but just can't admit it to himself.

He is actually very smart, but he's so angry that Kerry is tall, thin, rich, famous and about to be elected President--Kerry is everything O'Neill is not. But, O'Neill whines, Kerry was only in combat for 4 months! I was in combat so much longer! I should be the famous good-looking presidential candidate!

Aw, boo-hoo ya porky black-souled tool...Dry up and try to think straight. You know this guy is just wishing for death so he won't feel compelled to have to talk about John Kerry all the time. I mean, O'Neill probably feels slighted because Kerry once rebuffed O'Neill's sexual advances. Come on, for someone who doesn't like John Kerry, O'Neill sure talks about him a lot. I think someone's got a widdle kwush and doesn't feel wuvved...

Saturday, October 30, 2004

SLOW WEEKEND a vote for Bush is a vote for the end of the world...

Got up and took my son around town with the Wired magazine Creative Commons CD. I first heard about the CD when I saw it available for download as mp3s. But since I don't really have the proper software to edit mp3s, I figured I needed to buy the CD for wav files. I'm listening to it right now. I really like the My Morning Jacket tune. That's as far as I've gotten. It would have been more helpful if they had provided the elements of the tunes instead of just the tune itself. But this is a step in the right direction...even Hilary Rosen is warming up to the idea of Creative Commons...

Hilary Rosen a Dem? Who Knew?

And speaking of Hilary Rosen, I saw her on Hardball (I think) as a Democratic surrogate...all during the Napster/RIAA face-off, I had her pegged as a corporatist Republican fascist whoremonger--but she is gay. So I guess she doesn't totally try to sell herself out.

Beinart v. Coulter-No Contest

Watched BookTV a little this afternoon...saw the Beinart/Coulter debate from Oct. 17. Boy did Beinart kick Coulter's ass...He made his points with facts and figures, she had very few facts and figures and relied instead on sarcastic, flippant remarks to appeal to the few righties in the audience...Apparently, that's how the right-wing communicates to its own--they don't communicate with facts and figures, but rather with attitude and tone of voice. Perhaps that's why right-wing radio is so popular--because it's mindless and there's plenty of attitude.

Wal Mart and the Rebel Flag

Went to Wal-Mart--yes, MS is the red state to end all red states...saw lots of soon-to-be-deployed military types. Didn't really get hassled even though I was wearing a Kerry shirt. Speaking of that, hopefully we've solved our sign theft problem--we got a ladder and stapled the signs high up on some trees in our yard. I guess we'll find out tonight.

Speaking of signs, I keep meaning to take a picture of the house a few streets over that features a Confederate flag (not the state flag, but the full-fledged rebel flag) flying from the roof and not one, not two, but three Bush/Cheney signs out front...somehow it says it all.

Friday, October 29, 2004

RUNNING AND HIDING a vote for Bush is a vote for dystopia...

Apparently, you can run. And you can hide. And Bush says that Kerry can't run or hide. And we laugh at him, for Kerry will not only not run nor hide, he will kick Bush's ass!!!
CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT a vote for Bush is a vote for chaos...

I'm sleepy...I have P.E.A.D...every time I think about the election, my heart races and I get butterflies in my stomach...

I want to do something...My wife and I have donated money to the Democratic party for the first time in our lives...we've had yard signs and stickers from the minute Kerry became the de facto nominee...but I want to do more...

BUT...never fear...Kerry will get the most votes--without a doubt! Zogby even says he'll win...

Bin Laden

Say what you will about Osama...but he makes sense. For example:
"Bush is still deceiving you and hiding the truth from you, and therefore the reasons are still there to repeat what happened [on 9/11]," he says.
Well, he's right about that. He made fun of Bush listening to a goat story rather than leaping to action to protect the U.S. To wit:

“It appeared to him that a little girl’s talk about her goat and its butting was more important than the planes and their butting of the skyscrapers. That gave us three times the required time to carry out the operations, thank God.”
Oh snap! When a godless terrorist is scoring points off of you, you know you're bound to lose!

Let's see, what else did he say? Oh, he once again said that we should stop knee-jerk support of Israel:

“God knows that it had not occurred to our mind to attack the towers, but after our patience ran out and we saw the injustice and inflexibility of the American-Israeli alliance toward our people in Palestine and Lebanon, this came to my mind,” he says.
Is that such a bad idea, after all, to jerk Israel's leash and give some solace to the Palestinians? Don't say it's a bad idea just because it's what Osama wants. If we could be seen as being even-handed, many of our terrorist problems would end.

But that's not going to happen any time the terrorist wolves will keep lurking in the forest...

Who's The Terrorist Now?

Okay, so everyone agrees bin Laden is a terrorist--to us. We say that because bin Laden masterminded the death of 3,000 U.S. civilians, among other acts. George Bush facilitated the deaths of at least 100,000 Iraqi civilians, mostly women and children. But half of Americans have another name for our homegrown, office-holding terrorists: Mr. President.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

THE GIGGLING KILLER a vote for Bush is a vote for giggling killers...

How's this for a shock?

The first scientific study of the human cost of the Iraq war suggests that at least 100,000 civilians have lost their lives since their country was invaded in March 2003.
I heard this for the first time on Mike Malloy's Air America show. He went into a searing tirade against Bush and people who support him. It was really good, talking about how these innocent civilians' blood is on his hands and my hands and your hands. He asked Jesus if it was enough dead bodies to bring him back and save us from Bush, "the giggling killer."

And then this next part:

More than half of those who died were women and children killed in air strikes, researchers say.
How Can You Still Vote Bush?

So do Bush voters just look at these statistics and just go "La di la?" Can they still honestly say and truly believe in their hearts the "Bush is a good Christian leader?" If such carnage is the work of good Christian leaders, then I want nothing to do with good Christian leaders.

These Iraqi deaths are ten times the combined casualties of all "coalition forces." This is 9/11 times 33!! Here's what our conservative Christians say to justify this: "The terrorists killed 3,000 innocent civilians on September the eleventh." Here's what the Bible says:

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Well, now we've killed at least 100,000 civilians. Who live in a country that never attacked us. A country that had no WMD, no connections to al Qaeda, no nothing. So are we even yet?

Saddam Hussein, ironically, is still alive. Oh well, you have to break tens of thousands of Iraqi eggs to make a Saddam omelet.

Bush started this unnecessary, illegal, immoral war. I know very well that John Kerry voted for the resolution that gave Bush the authority to use force if all other options were exhausted, which they weren't. Kerry didn't want the war, but he didn't want the U.S. to be threatened by Iraqi WMD either. That's why he walked a fine line, saying "I'll support you Bush, but only after every peaceful alternative has been exhausted." Which did not happen. Kerry is absolutely right--Bush rushed to war.

So Mike Malloy is exactly right. Bush is a giggling killer. He should be impeached, removed, and imprisoned for this. Forget everything else. For the Iraq war alone he should be severely called to account. Yet half of America, and especially the ones that see themselves as the most religious, are still behind this man. What will it take to get them to see Bush for what he is? What is it going to take?

Stolen Sign

Had another Kerry sign stolen out of the yard tonight--between 10 and 11 p.m. And no one else's was stolen on our block or in our neighborhood. Hmmm...maybe it was the guys that were standing out in front of the house across the street when my wife returned from Walgreen's...

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

AND THE WINNAH IS... a vote for Bush is a vote for evil

I've been saying that Kerry will get the most votes for some time now. But that has of course stopped just short of saying he will win the election (because Gore got the most votes last time and didn't "win"). Don Imus has no such qualms and this morning said that Kerry will undoubtedly win.

I sure as hell hope he's (we're) right...Kerry won the MTV "pre-lection" and almost everyone at Slate is going to or already has voted for him.

I'm no fan of Eminem (he scowls too much and his music doesn't really do anything for me), but his new anti-Bush video "Mosh" is worth checking out...

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

WHY I’M VOTING FOR KERRY a vote for Bush is insane...

I was asked last night by a sales clerk why I was voting for Kerry. I had intended to write about this a while ago but never did. And now that the election is only a week away, I’m not sure it matters that much. But I want to do it anyway, because the quickest thing I could come up with last night was “Because he didn’t lie us into a war with Iraq.” Not that it really mattered if I had a convincing argument in this particular encounter–the clerk was not registered to vote.

The Reasons Bush Must Go

1. Bush isn’t really the President. He lost the popular vote in 2000 but won Bush v. Gore which stopped the counting of votes in Florida. So he “won” by having vote-counting stopped.

2. And despite the circumstances of his ascension to power, he proceeded to govern as though he’d won by a landslide.

3. During his time in office, the country has experienced the worst job loss since Herbert Hoover.
During the Clinton years, job growth averaged 239,000 jobs per month but in Bush’s first 2 ½ years, jobs decreased by an average of 69,000 per month.

4. His precious and gigantic tax cuts ate up the record surplus and turned it into a record deficit.

5. He ignored very clear warnings about terrorists wanting to attack inside the U.S. and failed to prevent 9/11.

6. He then used 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq, greatly exaggerating the severity of the threat Iraq posed to the U.S. Which is to say, Iraq threatened the U.S. not at all and had no WMD, a fact the Bush administration was aware of before the invasion.

7. The USA Patriot Act.

8. The fact that he’s a spoiled rich kid whose father was president and that he ascended to the presidency despite losing the election makes everything he says and does that much harder to take.

9. He avoided combat service during Vietnam then stands and refuses to condemn those who viciously attack his opponents who were in combat (i.e., McCain, Kerry).

10. He thinks God wants him in power.

11. He supports an amendment to the constitution that would outlaw gay marriage.

12. He says he doesn’t read the news and acts as though he has all the answers.

13. The number of people living in poverty and without health insurance has steadily risen every year Bush has been in office.

Why I Will Vote For John Kerry

1. He has dedicated his whole adult life to public service.

2. He has experienced combat (not that I think this is a requirement in a president, but it doesn’t hurt).

3. He is genuinely thoughtful, articulate, compassionate, and intelligent.

4. He is a published author.

5. He is a serious individual who tries to see all sides to a problem.

7. His actions helped bring about an end to the Vietnam War.

8. He won’t privatize Social Security and won’t appoint any Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade.

9. He will bring allies to the table in the “war on terror” instead of going it alone and alienating the rest of the world.

10. He will close tax incentives that encourage businesses to outsource jobs to foreign countries.

11. He acknowledges that the situation in Iraq is not good and that the deficit is a problem rather than insisting that all is well like Bush does.

12. He will govern with moderation and make decisions in deliberate manner after discovering all the relevant facts, rather than wanting an outcome and skewing or obscuring the available facts to achieve that outcome.

I would like to link to all this stuff, but it's late and I'm tired. A lot of the anti-Bush stuff can be found in "The Book On Bush," a great resource. Some of the other stuff is just taking Kerry at his word, but as of this writing I have no reason not to do so.

Also, I will be tempted to add to the list as the week goes by.

Stolen Signs

Weekend before last, I had Kerry signs stolen out of my yard on Friday and Saturday nights. I followed the bastards on Saturday night and got a license plate number, but the cops didn't do anything. I had another sign stolen during the next week. I've got another one up now and keep peeking out my window to see if the terrorist thugs are coming back.

This is my first entry in 20 days...I actually composed at least one other entry but never got a chance to put it up...such is life with a 10-month-old.

And today is my 8th wedding anniversary!

Anyway, I'm going to make this one brief because this computer is acting screwy and I don't want to do a long post only to lose it due to computer malfunction...

Discovered a blog I really like a lot....americablog...

Mike Malloy talked about the Stanley Hilton 9/11 suit against Bush and Rumsfeld, I thought that lent it a little validity. I first heard about it from Alex Jones, who I enjoy but feel that he's a little wacko. Or maybe he's telling the unvarnished truth. I can't quite tell.

Actually now that I think about it, I first heard about the 9/11 suit from a caller to Malloy's program. Malloy must have checked out the site too...he didn't really know what to make of it either...

This Ashlee Simpson video edit is hilarious as is this Florida E-voting Video...

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

NO WMD!! NO DUH!! a vote for Bush is a vote for LIES...

On, this bewildering sentence appears:

The inspector's report could boost Kerry's contention that Bush rushed to war based on faulty intelligence and that sanctions and U.N. weapons inspectors should have been given more time.

It could boost Kerry's contention? It goes way beyond proves Kerry's point. Listen, Georgie, that sound of locked-up, grinding gears is the sound of your outmoded F-102 of a chance of a second term flaming to earth where it will be grounded forever...

Mutually Assured Destruction

I mean, c'mon. If this latest report from the top weapons inspector doesn't change things in Kerry's favor, what the hell will? It's also somewhat suspicious that this report was released after the presidential debate on foreign policy instead of right before or the day of. You mean to tell me that they didn't already have this information last Thursday? Please...

So tonight Joe Lockhart will be laughing in Ben Ginsberg's face on Hardball, but Ginsberg will point out that the report says Saddam was still a threat because he had the intention of getting WMD. However, civilized and rational people understand full well that all national leaders want to have the best available weapons to achieve their ends, nefarious or otherwise. If they don't, they're not very good leaders. And since this is true, this means that Saddam was no special threat, especially not to the U.S. But Bush and his minions will scream mindlessly "Saddam was a threat! That's why we had to invade!"

But what of North Korea, who instead of denying that they have nuclear weapons or want to acquire more nuclear weapons, come right out and say they have them. Why haven't we invaded them, Republican talking-point parrots? Not that I'm in favor of invading more countries.

This Week's Letter To The Editor

I sent this one to several Mississippi papers rather than just my hometown paper:

Come now, Mr. Cheney. Do you really expect us to believe that John Edwards, the man who will replace you, has such a poor Senate attendance record that you have never met him until the night of the vice-presidential debate? Or do you
just suffer from the same affliction as "Mr. Short-Term Memory," the character
portrayed by Tom Hanks on "Saturday Night Live"? Do you honestly not remember
addressing Sen. Edwards by name at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2001? Or do
you take the American public for fools?

It must be the latter, because you also denied having said in the past that Saddam had ties to al Qaeda. Did you really expect the public to believe that whopper when in fact, you said that very thing on June 14 of this year in Florida at a reception for the James Madison Institute (to cite but just one occasion)? Are you not aware that your public statements are recorded in full at the website and
countless other places online?

Did you bother to read or even be briefed on the 9/11 Commission report, which stated flatly that there was no "collaborative operational relationship" between Saddam and al Qaeda? Even if you somehow were oblivious to the 9/11 Commission report, your administration's own Secretary of Defense recently said: "To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two."

Come now, Mr. Cheney. The American people are not fools, don't take kindly to being misled, and will have the good sense to retire you and your running mate this November 2.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

EDWARDS TAKES THE DAY a vote for Bush is a vote for death...

According to most punditry I've seen post Edwards/Cheney debate, Cheney won. That's that damn liberal media you've heard so much about--they're always pulling for the liberal, Democratic candidate and declaring them the winner of debates. Yeah, right.

Well anyway, Edwards won because he has more energy, charisma, virility, charm, and downright sex appeal. He's also right on the issues (except that part about submitting malpractice suits to a board to see if they're worthy of going to trial), and Dick Cheney is a liar. And I quote:

(VP debate, 10-5-04): The senator has got his facts wrong. I have not suggested
there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11, but there's clearly an established
Iraqi track record with terror.

(Orlando, FL 6-14-04):In Iraq, Saddam Hussein was in power,overseeing one of the bloodiest regimes of the 20th century. He had started two wars [not unlike G.W.B.] -- produced and used weapons of mass destruction against Iran and the Kurds, and was in repeated violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. He was a patron of terrorism -- paying $25,000 to the families of suicide bombers in Israel, and providing safe-haven and support for such terrorist groups as Abu Nidal and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He had long established ties with al Qaeda.

And as Chris Matthews berated Ben Ginsberg, that argument is the crux of the biscuit--if there was an Iraq/Al Qaeda connection, the Iraq war would be much easier to justify. Ginsberg tried to insinuate yet again that the 9/11 Commission report hinted at an Iraq/Al Qaeda connection, but Matthews corrected him and shamed him. Good! But the problem for Bush/Cheney is that there was no connection, and even Donald Rumsfeld said as much yesterday:

Asked to describe the connection between the Iraqi leader and the al-Qaida terror network at an appearance Monday at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pentagon chief first refused to answer, then said: ''To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two.''

That's the Bush/Cheney strategy: obfuscate and fudge the truth as often as possible. Cheney tried to do it again, and Edwards called him on it sharply and precisely. So therefore, since Edwards is on the right side of the issues and didn't lead our troops into an unnecessary, illegal war on bad information and then lie about it, he won this debate and wins every debate.

Fahrenheit 9/11

Bought the DVD today. The clerk asked us if it was "funny" and said she'd never heard of it before but that a lot of people had come in to buy it. Watching Bush's 7 Minute Gap at the Booker school, I was reminded of his performance in last Thursday's debate--just kind of clueless, lots of blinking and lip-tightening. He's on the way out. Kerry will get the most votes--no question about it.