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Archives: September 2004

Thu Sep 30, 2004


Did Ya see the debates tonight? Did you think that Kerry basically rammed Bush a new poop chute? And that Bush was a complete dufus, just winging it? Poland? MOO-lahs? Vladimir?

I will say that I haven't been able to actually see Kerry speaking too often for more than the soundbite with the usual ridiculous spin put on it by the talking heads. Well, I feel like I have ALOT more of an idea about who Kerry would be as president, and frankly I finally feel like I could say without any qualm that I wholeheartedly support him. Maybe I'm just giddy after seeing Bush get creamed - I mean Kerry on the whole umbrella subject managed to out hawk Bush on many points, and Bush was on the defensive. Wait til they are talking about Domestic Policy!

Especially when put split screen with Bush, Kerry came across not as the 'flip flopper' that the Bush camp is constantly alluding to, but a political candidate with substance and character. Do you change course in order to correct it? Bush even said so much. Both of those things are truely missing in Bush. No matter what Bible verse he is alluding to.

Bush is an arrogant fucker, and no matter what the ridiculous post-debate spin is (Some are actually saying it's a draw. HA! Even the friggin' freepers are saying BUSH LOST).

And Bush will Lose. Because I'm going to call all my relatives and all the people I know who may be voting for Bush and ask them straight up, "How can you vote for this guy after seeing this debate?"


Posted by: evil-barry on Sep 30, 04 | 11:06 pm | Profile

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Decline of Dubya's Delivery

As many of you know, I have compiled quotes from Bush's public speaking appearances (, as transcribed on, throughout his presidency. However, I did not begin this effort until Sept. 2001 and have recently begun to go through speeches of Jan-Aug '01 to complete the project.

As I did this I noticed that I was not finding much "material". I thought that maybe I was just becoming numb. Poring over a month's worth of presidential speeches and appearances at a time is tedious and I'm sure I scannned the documents more and more rapidly as I read. However, I couldn't shake the feeling that Bush spoke more concisely and clearly earlier in his presidency.

I was discussing this with someone who referred to an "article in The Atlantic" that suggested Bush had Alzheimer's syndrome. After quite a bit of searching I found the article. The article itself does not mention Alzheimer's; it was a letter to the editor regarding this article that made this suggestion.

I think we are going to hear more about this subject, i.e. the decline of Bush's speaking ability. The Boston Globe published a short article based on an interview with the doctor who wrote the letter. A couple of days ago I caught a story on NPR about this subject. They played some tape of Bush debating Ann Richards (which debates inspired the Atlantic story) and discussed possible reasons for the change in style or decline in ability, however you look at it. I must say that the clips from the Richards debate were astonishing. He kicked ass in a way that could not be expected of him today. If anyone can find a recording online, please post.

Anyway, some links follow. For the record, I do not mean to promote the theory that Bush has Alzheimer's syndrome just becuase some country doctor wrote a letter to the editor. However, I DO mean to call attention to the dramatic change in Bush's speaking style/ability that has occurred over the past 10 years.

-The Fallows story:
-The letter to The Atlantic:
-The Boston Globe article:

Posted by: est on Sep 30, 04 | 9:41 am | Profile

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Tue Sep 28, 2004


there was just a little earthquake here. Just a little gentle one - just small enough to register on the senses.

I felt like I was getting a little dizzy, a sensation of moving in circles. Then I realized I wasn't hung over, so it must have been an earthquake, and this 5 story building was kind of doing a hoola hoop dance. Hope there isn't an aftershock.

Posted by: evil-barry on Sep 28, 04 | 10:17 am | Profile

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Mon Sep 27, 2004

How are your neighbors voting?

how are your neighbors voting? find out at

"Neighbor Search" allows you to search political donations by address and/or zip code or by name. quite unbelievable.

"Money Maps" maps major contributions in major US cities. the maps are clickable.

i hesitated to spread this around for a minute due to my aversion to spying-type activities but what the hell! i'm certain a few of you will find this fun despite yourselves.


Posted by: est on Sep 27, 04 | 12:22 pm | Profile

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Fri Sep 24, 2004

Republicans Admit Mailing Campaign Literature Saying Liberals Will Ban the Bible


the Republican Party acknowledged yesterday sending mass mailings to residents of two states warning that "liberals" seek to ban the Bible. It said the mailings were part of its effort to mobilize religious voters for President Bush.


Posted by: Slothrop on Sep 24, 04 | 12:51 am | Profile

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Thu Sep 23, 2004

the wrath and the glory

struggles with some buggy tools eventually result in a download of over 250 images from a google image search on "reagan," compiled into a movie. more for the movie, i say - More...

Posted by: pibor on Sep 23, 04 | 1:56 pm | Profile

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Tue Sep 21, 2004

You're gonna have to do better than that...


I thought you digital brownshirts were adepts at search engines. More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Sep 21, 04 | 1:32 am | Profile

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Mon Sep 20, 2004

E.L. Doctorow

The Unfeeling President

Posted by: evil-barry on Sep 20, 04 | 12:36 pm | Profile

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Comment spam

I spoke with a PHP friend. He mentioned 3 code changes you can make to virtually eliminate comment spam. Said I'm not supposed to post them publically for some reason. Email me if you're interested.

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Sep 20, 04 | 9:44 am | Profile

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Sat Sep 18, 2004

This is the first song on our new album

Jamming Out in P-landia.

Tim-o-flow on drummz
B-chill on keyboard

Posted by: evil-barry on Sep 18, 04 | 1:00 am | Profile

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Basta Ya


Posted by: evil-barry on Sep 18, 04 | 12:09 am | Profile

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Fri Sep 17, 2004

When caricature goes bad.


But it is from a good article about the blogosphere's impact after Rathergate.

Now we have both Edward R. Murrow and Al Hirschfeld spinning, all from one scandal.

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Sep 17, 04 | 7:36 am | Profile

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Wed Sep 15, 2004

dis poem

dis poem
shall speak of the wretched sea
that washed ships to these shores
of mothers cryin for their young
swallowed up by the sea
dis poem shall say nothin new
dis poem shall speak of time
time unlimited time undefined
dis poem shall call names
names like lumumba kenyatta nkrumah
hannibal akenaton malcolm garvey
haile selassie
dis poem is vexed about apartheid rascism fascism
the klu klux klan riots in brixton atlanta
jim jones
dis poem is revoltin against 1st world 2nd world
3rd world division man made decision
dis poem is like all the rest
dis poem will not be amongst great literary works
will not be recited by poetry enthusiasts
will not be quoted by politicians nor men of religion
dis poem s knives bombs guns blood fire
blazin for freedom
yes dis poem is a drum
ashanti mau mau ibo yoruba nyahbingi warriors
uhuru uhuru
uhuru namibia
uhuru soweto
uhuru afrika
dis poem will not change things
dis poem need to be changed
dis poem is a rebirth of a peopl
arizin awaking understandin
dis poem speak is speakin have spoken
dis poem shall continue even when poets have stopped writin
dis poem shall survive u me it shall linger in history
in your mind
in time forever
dis poem is time only time will tell
dis poem is still not written
dis poem has no poet
dis poem is just a part of the story
his-story her-story our-story the story still untold
dis poem is now ringin talkin irritatin
makin u want to stop it
but dis poem will not stop
dis poem is long cannot be short
dis poem cannot be tamed cannot be blamed
the story is still not told about dis poem
dis poem is old new
dis poem was copied from the bible your prayer book
playboy magazine the n.y. times readers digest
the c.i.a. files the k.g.b. files
dis poem is no secret
dis poem shall be called boring stupid senseless
dis poem is watchin u tryin to make sense from dis poem
dis poem is messin up your brains
makin u want to stop listenin to dis poem
but u shall not stop listenin to dis poem
u need to know what will be said next in dis poem
dis poem shall disappoint u
dis poem is to be continued in your mind in your mind
in your mind your mind

Posted by: pibor on Sep 15, 04 | 9:52 am | Profile

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get high, don't eat, and play poker.

I just deleted the comment from some sleezzee robot that advertised how to get phentermine, as well as gamble online. THere was probably more, but I was too quick with the delete button. An impressive market offering. What's more impressive is that there are no doubt people who respond to this, and are pleased with the one-stop shopping choice.

Posted by: pibor on Sep 15, 04 | 9:26 am | Profile

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Tue Sep 14, 2004

Five things that are getting under Zell Miller’s hide


I sent this to Barry the other day but I also wanted to share this humorous aside with the greater community of Citizens. Did you see the Zell Miller speech at the Bushitler convention? I thought it was a great speech, but I'd be dadburned if Zell wasn't at times channelling some Flannery O'Connor character:

1. John Kerry openly supports difficult-to-open jars of hard candy...

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Sep 14, 04 | 1:28 pm | Profile

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Read It.

After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which the majority rule in all cases can not be based on justice, even as far as men understand it. Can there not be a government in which the majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience?--in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable? Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? WHy has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation on conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience. Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents on injustice. A common and natural result of an undue respect for the law is, that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys, and all, marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart. They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in which they are concerned; they are all peaceably inclined. Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power? Visit the Navy Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts--a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already, as one may say, buried under arms with funeral accompaniment, though it may be,

"Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note, As his corse to the rampart we hurried; Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot O'er the grave where out hero was buried."

The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgement or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens. Others--as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders--serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as the rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God. A very few--as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men--serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it. A wise man will only be useful as a man, and will not submit to be "clay," and "stop a hole to keep the wind away," but leave that office to his dust at least:

"I am too high born to be propertied, To be a second at control, Or useful serving-man and instrument To any sovereign state throughout the world."

He who gives himself entirely to his fellow men appears to them useless and selfish; but he who gives himself partially to them in pronounced a benefactor and philanthropist.

From "Civil Disobedience"
By Henry David * Motherfuckin' * Thoreau

Posted by: Slothrop on Sep 14, 04 | 12:18 pm | Profile

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Damning memos update

Wow. Look at that post below, just sitting on the floor. Just dropped right onto the floor with a thud and lay there all by itself.

Moving on, Powerline seems to be the link clearinghouse for this story from the Right. Here's their latest recap, and a nice quote from the post (themselves quoting from Tim Blair):

"The Post says that CBS is now putting its principal reliance on one Bill Glennon, an "information technology consultant." This is the same Bill Glennon, as Little Green Footballs points out, whom Time magazine described yesterday as a former typewriter repairman.

But what's really funny, as Tim Blair points out, is that Glennon first entered the fray as a commenter on the far-left Daily Kos web site! So, after sneering at bloggers non-stop for four days, CBS was finally reduced to tracking down a former typewriter repairman who posted a comment on Kos and putting him forward as their chief defender. Wonderful.
Yes, wonderful. I've followed this story closely enough to decide that the memos are, in fact, embarrassing fakes, but I'll leave it up posterity to decide it's effect on the electorate. I honestly can't blame folks who have faith that it will be judged unimportant (and boy, have I been hearing from the faithful over the last week). Perhaps.

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Sep 14, 04 | 9:48 am | Profile

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Sun Sep 12, 2004

9/11 chat, continued.


For some reason I've been feeling very posty these last few weeks. So, I might as well keep this up while I'm into it. Because when I stop, I stop.

Barry, I appreciate your perspective. Really. More than you know. I've heard or read bits and pieces from you about this over the last few years, but its nice to read it in one sitting.

I do remember Craig's memorial pretty well. My only goal was to make sure I gave you a big hug (did I give you a big hug?). You'll have to take in on faith that I wasn't gulping down the urge to scream "Let's go kill the bastards who did this!" as I sat in the auditorium with my son. That's never really been my thing, that vengeance-bloody-vengeance thing. Obviously, I have and still do come across a lot of it, from the Jesus Hearts America crowd as well as the Little Green Footballs Secularists folks. But it really takes a quite a bit for me to get whipped up into any kind of frenzy, let alone a bloodletting, nationalist kind of frenzy. Hasn't happened yet. Probably won't. I do reserve the right to get whipped up into a nationalist frenzy if Kansas City "goes up in a bright white flash". Probably won't. Oh, by the way, the Jesus Loves Our Big Flag picture (above) is a joke. Okay? Ha ha.

That being said, I'm glad you think there is a military intervention, somewhere, that might be right, or at least not wrong. I'll leave it at that. You know where I stand on the subject; I get all my marching orders from the utopian Victor Davis Hanson. You may not know where I stand on non-violence, which I know a little about (but not nearly as much as you). I say: Bully! for Gandhi against the Crown, and well done. Martin Luther King? A giant of a man. But Peaceful Tomorrows versus The Fellows Who Drove A Plane Into Your Brother's Cubicle In The Pentagon? The absolute best I can do is "good luck".

Since I see we're using proper names now, I would like to add for the record that I believe that those who feel that The War On Terror (sorry, not my choice of terms) is essentially Christianity v. Islam, that those folks are numbingly stupid. Ignorant. Foolish. Insane. Dangerous. All of the above and in varying degrees.

Still, I do believe we are in a war, and that war is called "Islamists v. Everyone Else". Not Islamists versus The West, not Islamists versus The Great Satan. Islamists v. Everyone Else. Who are these Islamists? They are Sayyid Qutb. They may also even be anyone for whom "jihad" is not an 'inner struggle' but a decidedly messy outer struggle. A friend recently wrote on this subject, and I wholly agree with him:

"...those who argue that jihad should be an internal or spiritual struggle need to win the war for the heart and mind of Islam right now. A lurker mentioned to me that Islam needs another Mohammed, like we have Christ, but barring that, I'll settle for a generation of Muslims who internalize the language of the Koran instead of trying to kill us."
Amen and godspeed you black emporer.

Barry, I what I said in my previous post wasn't window dressing: I didn't lose a brother in this. You did. Not that it should really matter what I think, but rather for the sake of clarity: That you became a Bona Fide Pacifist because of it is no stranger to me than if you were to have crawled into a sweat lodge for three years (um, actually, probably even less strange). If that is what it takes for you to have hope, then that's okay by me, because you're my friend and I'll walk ten miles in your moccasins before I tell you it's not okay. You said:
"At the end of the day, the end of your life, it's people that matter."
Truly and amen.

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Sep 12, 04 | 7:08 pm | Profile

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My Comment on 9-11

The response to 9/11 should be working for peace, whatever it may be. I don't think we can bomb the world into peace, but I'm not saying that every instance of military intervention is wrong, but if we are expecting the military to clean it all up for us - and I think that's overreliance, and leads us to a slippery slope.

Mike (Jacques), for many people burying and greiving for a loved one is a time of introspection about their live and the ones around you. I think losing a loved one is a bitter reality - but it also brings a certain knowledge about our own mortality, and what's right and what's wrong. It is too much to think about big geopolitical type things in reference to grief - but in this case it was all tied together - and it's own nationalist mythology created that has very little to really offer the human heart.

When my family was able to all reunite after 9/11, we hugged each other tightly, looked each other in the eye, and didn't say much - we knew that although there wasn't any official word of his identification (and there wouldn't be for 2 more weeks) that there was no hope that we could hold onto. Balimore was the first airport that opened up around D.C. - so my parents and Ryan met me there - they had arrived the day before, driving straignt from Missouri.

In the car from the Baltimore airport we talked about how everyone was doing, petty statistics about the crash, accomidations of the military made to the families - straight from the plane we were on our way to the 4:00 pm daily breifing for the families which they'd tell us about any new 'facts' (discovery of remains).

We also talked about Afghanistan, and how there was most definitely going to be a military response there - we all cringed when thinking about this - more innocent civilians would be killed, their lives would be forgotten, while ours would be held up. We all agreed that this was something that made us feel sick. Every car that passed by on the freeway had an American flag pasted on the window. A good half of those cars also had a message of vengance on it.

For me, these messages of vengance we accepted as right, justified and morphed into patriotism, then jingoism and worse.

While all the flags and symbols of our grief were trotted out as being directed to console the families of those who had lost I felt alienated and repulsed rather than comforted or consoled. I understood the symbols, particularly the nationalist displays to not really be for me.

My brother and his family lived in family housing section in Fort Belvoir, and that's where we stayed along with aunts, uncles from both sides of his family - gracious neighbors put us up in extra bedrooms, and extra unused apartments were made available to us, food was brought to us, clothing, and a candle vigil with photos and artifacts was arranged on the picnic table in the courtyard common area where all the young non-officer military families sat and watched each others children play.

The discussions that we all had between my family, my brothers now widowed wife and family, the military neighbors, etc. provided to be grounding. Many of these people were yet to be deployed in Afghanistan and now Iraq.

The discussions had between the 400 or so people staying at the Crystal City Sheraton in what my brother and I dubbed 'Operation Neverending Buffet' where the daily breifings were held. Different grade schools in the area made big drawings on large white sheets of paper, and displayed on the walls in the briefing room.. On one there was a huge peace sign, drawn by children.

Everyone was warm to each other, regardless of their political beliefs. I remember a conversation at a round table with many people - a man who had lost his wife was talking about how, to him, this just shows that there needs to be more prayer in schools. Now ordinarilly I wouldn't agree with that, but something clicked in my head and we continued the conversation - what he was really getting at was his conviction that we need to be more aware of our spiritual life - at the very root of what he was saying anyone could agree, I think. The process of grief made for understanding, and I made a mental note that this process is possibly instinctual and helpful to the common survival of people, part of the 'human condition' that is hopeful, striving, attuned to the common fundemental truths addressed by the base of world religions.

I have to be hopeful in order to carry on, I have to believe that people are good at their core. I can be a skeptic, but at the end of the day, the end of your life, it's people that matter.

It seemed absurd in the post 9/11 media construction to think of ourselves as just Americans to the exclusion of everyone else, and in Rudy Guliani's words to think that 'this has rendered all other history meaningless'.

Back to the daily information 'briefings' in the Crystal City Sheraton. One day a US senator came to talk to us there. What he said could be summarized up as 'You Will Have Vengance'.

A couple of the folks, my sister-in-law among them stood up after he was done and told him - "you do not speak for us when you say that vengance is a salve, it doesn not help us at all to come here and say that, in fact it only serves to rip our hearts apart more". For the most part the attitude that was developing in the media - was not being reflected in the mourning folks, they had different concerns as to how to sort this all out, even if they had different political beliefs.

I can't really read the whole article you posted, I just kind of skimmed through it. I've read enough here and there of just about every response. I'm most revolted by those who contend that that the response of those who wanted something different 'hate humanity', as this previous link states.

I had my own take on this, my brothers death, which was placed within a larger national tragedy, which resulted in war, more death, and back to the kinds of endless debates we are having. I've walked away from it a changed person, some for the better, mostly for the worse. In 2001 I was more like a 20-ish year old even at 30, now I feel much much older.

Outside the Pentagon, looking at the big collapsed section, staring at the only evidence available to me of my brother - the dust rising from the debris being knocked up by the crane picking apart the concrete pieces I finally knew he was gone, it was the symbol of him passing up into the ether, the giant parking lot lighting pole lamp severed by the plane's wings laying on the ground in the parking lot - I picked up the pieces of the glass, also looking for symbols staring into the distortion made by light passing through, and the different qualities they made, their sharpness, but them in my pocket as something to carry away.

Since then I've carried one of these pieces of glass in my carry on bag when flying. They're a symbol of the destruction literally and symbolically, and as glass they're also 'dangerous', probably less so than a nail clipper.

I've carried one of those ever since when flying.

I've not really posted here about Craig and prefered to remain a kind of annonimity rather than have the responsibility to post or write in reference to this, or have to post a kind of 9-11 retrospective allways, cause that's not what I want to be about.

Yesterday I went to the power to the peaceful concert in Golden Gate park, while I ignored much of the political stuff, it felt good to be with 30,000 like minded people. I know my brother would have wanted us to go on, be decent and all that stuff, so I just went ahead and tried to do that.

9-11 is a day like any other day.

Posted by: evil-barry on Sep 12, 04 | 1:01 pm | Profile

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A great article about downloading legal music

With many many links..

No Fears: Laptop D.J.'s Have a Feast

Posted by: evil-barry on Sep 12, 04 | 10:14 am | Profile

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Sat Sep 11, 2004

Lileks on 9/11

I’ve no doubt that if Seattle or Boston or Manhattan goes up in a bright white flash there will be those who blame it all on Bush. We squandered the world’s good will. We threw away the opportunity to atone, and lashed out. Really? You want to see lashing out? Imagine Kabul and Mecca and Baghdad and Tehran on 9/14 crowned with mushroom clouds: that’s lashing out. Imagine the President in the National Cathedral castigating Islam instead of sitting next to an Imam who's giving a homily. Mosques burned, oil fields occupied, smart bombs slamming into Syrian palaces. We could have gone full Roman on anyone we wanted, but we didn’t. And we won’t.

Which is why this war will be long.

The whole short thing

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Sep 11, 04 | 6:38 pm | Profile

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Thu Sep 09, 2004

The Delusions of David Horowitz

David Horowitz believes the "size of [the Washington] demonstrations is a reflection of the growth of a treacherous anti-American radicalism in this country that has no Communist Party per se, but is just as dedicated to America's destruction... [America is] the Great Satan and we deserve to be attacked. This is the real message of the so-called peace movement, often covertly and disingenuously expressed... Their agenda is to weaken America's defenses from within. The question is: will we let them?"

Posted by: evil-barry on Sep 09, 04 | 11:55 pm | Profile

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60 Minutes possible forged documents, Rove couldn't have planned it better

now normally I don't really like to read the following blog, but they are on to something with an apparent forgery of documents presented on 60 minutes relating to Bush's National Guard service:


apparently the documents presented on 60 Minutes may not be real.. at least that's what the buzz is.

Jacques told me about it, I thought it might as well deserve a post.

See there, look how nonpartisan I am.

here's another story about it.

...some reporters believe that the Kerry campaign as well as the DNC were parties in duping CBS, but a smaller segment believe that both the DNC and the Kerry campaign were duped by Karl Rove, who would have engineered the flap to embarrass the opposition. (from the Spectator, ugh.)

anyway.. there will be fallout on this. Why would anyone be that stupid to forge something like this? Of course everyone will be looking at Kerry, DNC, etc. - it's just the kind of thing that news goes a ga-ga over.

Is this Karl Rove's update of the bugging your own office trick?

here's an excerpt from that link above, which is an NPR interview with the producer and director of the movie 'Bush's Brain':

BROOKE GLADSTONE: So your story is a textbook account of how the road to political success is paved with dirty tricks. We begin to see some of the classic Rove media tactics begin to emerge I guess in a 1986 race in Texas for governor between Republican Bill Clements and Democrat Mark White. Clements was a Rove client, and just as the race became very even, a bugging device was found in Rove's office. Here's a clip from Glenn Smith, the former editor of the Houston Post.

GLENN SMITH: First words out of my mouth were: Karl Rove put that bug there. See if you can get that. Because it was so Rove-like.

JOE MEALEY: We talked to a number of journalists at that time, and virtually all of them felt it was what they called "the mark of Rove." They felt Rove had bugged his own office. But what's interesting to note is that they, without exception, felt they had to investigate it. They had to report it. And as a result of investigating it and reporting it, enough doubt was shed on the Mark White campaign that it changed the election.

Deja Vu?

The White House had the documents from CBS, and passed them on to other media outlets "in the spirit of openness."'

Posted by: evil-barry on Sep 09, 04 | 10:04 pm | Profile

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Wed Sep 08, 2004

New Miyazaki: Howl's Moving Castle

Coming December 2004. Can't wait!

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Sep 08, 04 | 1:48 pm | Profile

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Fri Sep 03, 2004

Victor Davis Hanson: Brace Yourself

Another meaty meal from VDH:

"It might have been neat the last two years to read of Soros money pouring into anti-Bush movements or the various theatrics of Answer, Not In Our Name, and But most Americans who channel-surfed their televised rallies were disgusted by the hate and the weird fringe groups that showed up to trash the United States. Witness the protests at the recent convention in New York: Again, guerrilla street theater juxtaposed with sailing off Nantucket are not the images Democrats wish to convey while Islamofascists blow up and behead innocents in Russia, Israel, Kabul, and Iraq.
Read the rest.

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Sep 03, 04 | 5:49 pm | Profile

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Wed Sep 01, 2004

Damned fine protesting, sir. I salute you.

"Many of you have heard by now that I was arrested on Saturday while describing my bicycle to Ron Reagan for MSNBC's Hardball..." More...

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Sep 01, 04 | 12:51 pm | Profile

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