Archives: August 2004
Tue Aug 31, 2004
Vietnam Veterans against Kerry - they like to smear McCain, too.
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Fri Aug 27, 2004
We're Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore
August 26 - In These Times Magazine
How did the Party of Lincoln and Liberty transmogrify into the party of Newt Gingrich's evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk?
by Garrison Keillor
Something has gone seriously haywire with the Republican Party. Once, it was the party of pragmatic Main Street businessmen in steel-rimmed spectacles who decried profligacy and waste, were devoted to their communities and supported the sort of prosperity that raises all ships. They were good-hearted people who vanquished the gnarlier elements of their party, the paranoid Roosevelt-haters, the flat Earthers and Prohibitionists, the antipapist antiforeigner element. The genial Eisenhower was their man, a genuine American hero of D-Day, who made it OK for reasonable people to vote Republican. He brought the Korean War to a stalemate, produced the Interstate Highway System, declined to rescue the French colonial army in Vietnam, and gave us a period of peace and prosperity, in which (oddly) American arts and letters flourished and higher education burgeoned—and there was a degree of plain decency in the country. Fifties Republicans were giants compared to today’s. Richard Nixon was the last Republican leader to feel a Christian obligation toward the poor.
In the years between Nixon and Newt Gingrich, the party migrated southward down the Twisting Trail of Rhetoric and sneered at the idea of public service and became the Scourge of Liberalism, the Great Crusade Against the Sixties, the Death Star of Government, a gang of pirates that diverted and fascinated the media by their sheer chutzpah, such as the misty-eyed flag-waving of Ronald Reagan who, while George McGovern flew bombers in World War II, took a pass and made training films in Long Beach. The Nixon moderate vanished like the passenger pigeon, purged by a legion of angry white men who rose to power on pure punk politics. “Bipartisanship is another term of date rape,” says Grover Norquist, the Sid Vicious of the GOP. “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” The boy has Oedipal problems and government is his daddy.
The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk. Republicans: The No.1 reason the rest of the world thinks we’re deaf, dumb and dangerous.
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Thu Aug 26, 2004
Find the Cost of Freedom...
War Exacts High Personal Toll
as Marine Suffers Double Loss
By Hal Bernton
Thursday 26 August 2004
The most difficult miles of Rosanna Powers' life are bringing her from Florida to the small Washington state farming community of Mansfield, Douglas County, for her brother's funeral tomorrow. Then she will fly back across the country to help bury her fiancé the next day. More...
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Wed Aug 25, 2004
Sports Illustrated - Iraqi soccer players upset about Bush campaign ads
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Tue Aug 24, 2004
Okay...but Kerry is a Big Weenie!
Why did Bush, described by some of his fellow officers as a talented and enthusiastic pilot, stop flying fighter jets in the spring of 1972 and fail to take an annual physical exam required of all pilots?
What explains the apparent gap in the president's Guard service in 1972-73, a period when commanders in Texas and Alabama say they never saw him report for duty and records show no pay to Bush when he was supposed to be on duty in Alabama?
Did Bush receive preferential treatment in getting into the Guard and securing a coveted pilot slot despite poor qualifying scores and arrests, but no convictions, for stealing a Christmas wreath and rowdiness at a football game during his college years?
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The Thief of Baghdad
Missing: One giant generator owned by the United States military. Estimated cost: $734,863
Last seen: Somewhere in Iraq.
While much of the media is focused on the pitched battle over the control of the holy shrine in Najaf, a bigger scandal is brewing in Iraq that may well have an equally important effect on the future of the U.S. occupation.
A team of auditors was dispatched to Iraq in late January this year after a string of internal reports showed that the military was wasting billions of dollars of taxpayer money. They have issued eleven reports since June 25, almost all of which have pointed to the misuse of the money allocated for reconstruction, be it Iraqi or Congress-appropriated funds.
According to two of these reports issued in late July by Stuart Bowen, the auditor-inspector general of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), not only have a full one-third of the items purchased by the Pentagon gone MIA (including the pricey generator), but a whopping. $1.9 billion or more of Iraqi oil revenue has also mysteriously disappeared.
Embarrassed military authorities did eventually track down the missing generator and much of the money, both of which seemed to have ended up with none other than Halliburton. As it turns out they weren't missing after all; it's just that Dick Cheney's former employer had misplaced or conveniently forgotten to turn in the receipts to the correct people. More...
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Mon Aug 23, 2004
Meat garnished cocktail is reality
2 oz tequila (reposado or añejo)
1/2 oz tomato juice
1/2 oz lime
2-3 dashes habeñero hot sauce
Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a cube of poached or grilled chicken and a lima bean on a toothpick. Sprinkle black pepper and paprika on surface of drink.
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Wed Aug 18, 2004
Cheney Speaks to the Reptile Brain
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I don't care. I'm still voting for Bush. Kerry is a weeny.
"First John McCain, then Max Cleland, now John Kerry: the Republican attack machine says Vietnam veterans are crazy and are frauds.
First they assaulted a U.S. Navy pilot shot down over North Vietnam who was imprisoned and tortured for five long years. Shadowy Republican groups whispered he was mentally unfit to be President of the United States because he had been a POW in Vietnam. The rumor spread and spread. They said he had a Black baby and he was morally unfit to hold political office. The propaganda was sneaky and relentless, eventually undermining John McCain?s credibility and his bid to be the Republican Party?s presidential nominee. The winner was George W. Bush." More...
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I don't care. I'm still voting for Bush. Kerry is a weeny.
LINCOLN, Neb. - A top Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final days of his House career, saying he believes the U.S. military assault on Iraq (news - web sites) was unjustified and the situation there has deteriorated into "a dangerous, costly mess."
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I really enjoyed the opening night ceremonies of the Olympics. It felt like something really cool, and maybe I just haven't paid attention to the olympics before - but the whole return of the Olympics to where it started is pretty fricking cool
BUT, what is up with those 'ROOTS' logos on all the US Athletes outfits? I didn't know that that was a clothing company at first... SHEESH. I think it's just SAD to have to have frickin' corporate logos all over everything.
I heard a relative complaining that they were ticked off cause the US was told to 'tone down their flag waving' - but later I read that this was in response to an original plan to have the US Team Olympic members wearing capes made out of the American Flag, like some friggin' superheros.
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The 1964 Democratic Convention, Civil Rights, the South and 'Values' vrs. 'Rights'
Shortly after he signed the Civil Rights Act, Lyndon Johnson told his aide Joseph Califano, “I think we’ve delivered the South to the Republican party for your lifetime and mine.”
I feel like I gained so much understanding about the predicament of the Democratic Party from reading this article - 'Democratic Debacle' in American Heritage magazine (yeah, sounds boring) one day while just browsing through all kinds of magazines at Stacey's bookstore in SF.
It's basically about how the Democrats lost the south as progressive northerner Minnesotan Hubert Humphery rose in the party and the party embraced a platform of civil rights- which lost the 'Dixiecrats' and the Southern voter to the Republicans, who were previously the party of the 'Lincoln, abolition and reconstruction' as the Democrats were the party of the South.
I reccomend reading this acticle for anyone, whatever your political views may be. It's super interesting, mighty informative. Make yourself read it.
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Tue Aug 17, 2004
Teresa campaign journal excerpt
"...which was absolutely nuts and I told him so, really, just flat-out said that there's no way, no way, I'm going to pay fifty dollars for a paraffin hand dip when I have Estrella back at home..." More...
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NYTimes.com 2004 Election Guide
This is a great tool to bookmark for political junkies. It has a calculator that lets you choose which swing states will go blue/red and tallies the electoral college results. Also lets you see how each state voted back til 1960.
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Let Them Eat Cake...
"The wealthiest 20% of households in 1973 accounted for 44% of total U.S. income, according to the Census Bureau. Their share jumped to 50% in 2002, while everyone else's fell. For the bottom fifth, the share dropped from 4.2% to 3.5%. " More...
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Mon Aug 16, 2004
Fri Aug 13, 2004
Recent Work for Tailor's Apprentice
Recent sketches for the main characters: Ling, his master and the Kyristos. More...
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Nothing to see here! Everyone must continue shopping!
GIs in Iraq Are Asking:
Why Are We Here?
By Anne Barnard
The Boston Globe
Thursday 12 August 2004
Ramadi, Iraq - Four months into their tour of duty at one of the most dangerous American bases in Iraq, young marines say the slow pace of progress is shaking their faith in their mission.
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Tue Aug 10, 2004
Sovereign entities sound bit
This administration must work really hard to keep the public from hearing too much of this stuff. Did i mention this guy is president????? Would you even want this guy representing you at a PTA conference??
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Fri Aug 06, 2004
Bruce Springsteen's 'Emergency Intervention'
OK another thing I haven't posted yet is Bruce Springsteen's descion to headline the Vote for Change tour.
Here's a clip from the front page USA Today article:
In a private interview Wednesday, Springsteen said, " I've always tried to keep an independent voice. That's been important, I think, to my audience. I've got 25 years of credibility built up, and this isn't something I've moved into lightly. I fought long and hard about it. But this is the one where you break the rules, where you spend some of that credibility. It's an emergency intervention. We need to get an administration that is more attentive to the needs of all its citizens, that has a saner foreign policy, that is more attentive to environmental concerns, in the White House."
He wrote a NY Times op-ed as well.
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New Dumb Bush Freudian Slip
By now everyone has heard of the latest Bush gaffe.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
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Does your household have a 'screaming hippie' mug?
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Celebreties Against War – Pro War Poem
I dont care about their opinions.
they use their influence for a personal agenda.
just shut up, celebs, and SEND YOUR TAX cut BACK.
bet they cashed all the checks.
(for booze or coke)
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Thu Aug 05, 2004
Cocktail of the Moment
a bottle of orange bitters was finally obtained... and it came with free recipes! More...
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Michael Savage on SF Human Rights Commission
Savage: "When you hear 'human rights,' think gays. ... [T]hink only one thing: someone who wants to rape your son"
On the August 3 broadcast of Savage Nation, San Francisco-based radio host Michael Savage bashed the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and human rights activists in general, calling them "the worst people in America ... communist or Nazis or both" and told listeners, "When you hear 'human rights,' think gays. When you hear 'human rights,' think only one thing: someone who wants to rape your son. ... When you hear 'human rights,' think only someone who wants to molest your son, and send you to jail if you defend him. Write that down, make a note of it."
Savage's rant was a response to a letter sent by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to the San Francisco Police Officers' Association in which "the commission chastised the association for promoting tickets to its membership offered by radio station KNEW to the 'Michael Savage Uncensored' event this past May," according to an August 2 article by mensnewsdaily.com.
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Wed Aug 04, 2004
Now, who would talk ill of the best President we ever had...especially after he died?? This "Sara Miles" person probably oughta just move on up to Vancouver.
By Sara Miles
San Fransico Chronicle
Monday 02 August, 2004
A quarter century after the promise of the revolution, Nicaragua is bitter and exhausted.
There were still red-and-black revolutionary banners waving over Managua, though the largest, on the sweltering afternoon of July 19, was marked with the Coca-Cola logo. Twenty-five years after the idealistic young guerrillas of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) came down from the mountains to overthrow Nicaragua's brutal Anastasio Somoza dictatorship and seize the world's imagination, little remains of the romantic fervor that marked their unlikely triumph - or the meager gains of their 10-year revolutionary experiment.
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