Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The lies and distortions of Zell Miller.

Read all about it.

This is one of the most direct indictments I have seen in the mainstream media about deliberate distortion of John Kerry's record. It's about friggin' time.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Hell freezes over, then unfreezes.

President Bush made two stunning admissions yesterday in a half-hour interview with the New York Times. First, he hung the Swift Boat Veterans for "Truth" out to dry, saying that he does not believe John Kerry lied about his war record. Eat that, SBV"T"ers. (He goes on to castigate all 527 groups in general, still refusing to condemn the attack ads.)

He also, incredibly, admitted for the first time that he had made a "miscalculation" about what postwar Iraq would turn out to be, winning him the prestigious "No Shit, Sherlock" award. However, the honeymoon of truth and clarity was, of course, over all too soon. Check out this all-too-familiar Bush logic, according to the article:
"Bush insisted that the 17-month-long insurgency that has upended the administration's plans for the country was the unintended by-product of a 'swift victory' against Saddam Hussein's military, which fled and then disappeared into the cities, enabling them to mount a rebellion against the American forces far faster than Mr. Bush and his aides had anticipated."

In other words, the reason we haven't won yet is because we've already won.

This moment of Bush Logicâ„¢ has been brought to you by the letters FL, and the number 537.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Your caption here.

(your caption here)
This is a picture of college-age George W. Bush, sucker-punching a rugby opponent. Apparently it comes from one of the Yale yearbooks; I don't know, I just lifted the pic from Tom Tomorrow's fantastic site. The caption reads: "George Bush delivers illegal, but gratifying right hook to opposing ball player."

Now I don't wanna bag on any Yale yearbook editor's skills, but while it gets the job done, as captions go, that one's a little boring. So I have opened the floor to your suggestions for a better caption...

Here's mine:

"George W. Bush valiently attacks a suicide bomber before he can detonate his rugby ball."

Your turn!


Thursday, August 19, 2004

If John Kerry can't be both Catholic and pro-choice, how come George Bush gets to be Methodist and pro-war?

[Update: go here for a much more extensive, quality break-down of the same topic.]

Not that you asked, but here's a letter I just sent to my local papers, painfully limited to 200 words:

Some have claimed that John Kerry isn't a true Catholic simply for being pro-choice. I believe that Kerry's religious views should be left between him and God. Those who wish to make this a campaign issue would do well to consider George W. Bush's standing with his church too.

UMC leaders have attempted to discuss their concerns over the Iraq War with President Bush since before it began. Yet, he still refuses to meet with them. At the 2004 General Conference, Bishop Melvin Talbert, ecumenical officer for the United Methodist Council of Bishops, said "One of the pains on my heart has been his claim to be ultra religious, yet he has not found the time to receive a delegation of United Methodist bishops."

Paragraph 165C, in the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline, reads in part: "We believe war is incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ...[we] insist that the first moral duty of all nations is to resolve by peaceful means every dispute that arises between or among them..."

If John Kerry can't be both Catholic and pro-choice, how come George Bush gets to be Methodist and pro-war?

(Sources are here and here.)

Bush Supporter Celebrates Free Speech

Bush Supporter Celebrates Free Speech
This picture comes courtesy of the Portland Tribune, a free local paper, and was picked up in the blogosphere by Don Overwith at Daily Kos.

Overwith writes,

"This picture makes me furious. The smug and serene look on the face of that woman just perfectly exemplifies the arrogance of 'dissent is unpatriotic'."

Well said. Though to be fair, I'm not going to castigate all Republicans based on this one lunatic. Just the "dissent is unpatriotic" ones.


Wednesday, August 18, 2004

A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican

This is such a great article:

Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican

By John Gray
Cincinnati, Ohio

Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn't think he should loose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

Its noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his life-time.

Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dads; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't have electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republicans would still be sitting in the dark.)

He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.

After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home. He turns on a radio talk show, the host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn't tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.) Joe agrees: "We don't need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I'm a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have."


Monday, August 16, 2004

Site of the day

Conservative Patriotism
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