Archives: October 2004
Sat Oct 30, 2004
Fri Oct 29, 2004
Barking Moonbat Early Warning System
Barking Moonbat Early Warning System.
I've been reading this website and creeping myself out.
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Thu Oct 28, 2004
Tue Oct 26, 2004
spin miesters from both sides take it from a dog that asks it like it is, and shows that W's bulldogs have no sense of humor.
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Mon Oct 25, 2004
FOund Objects Festival
I'm playing in the found objects festival...here's the flyer...
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Fri Oct 22, 2004
A better spot to watch the John Stewart clip
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Jon Stewart's Brutal Exchange with CNN Host
There's a video up on ifilm.com
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Who cares if i'm dumb... at least i'm RIGHT
pasted below the line is an email sent by one David Klein. please follow this link for more complete info on this study, including the questionnaire.
Don't rember who else was in this conversation, but we had a debate once about whether Bush supporters cared about whether the rest of the world hates us (discussion was sparked by potential booing of Americans at the olympics).
A study just came out from PIPA, the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, and seems to show that most Bush supporters actually think the world generally agrees with Bush - and vice-versa.
Excerpt from the salon.com article:
These people aren't going to be swayed by the argument that Bush has alienated American's allies and left the country isolated in the world, because they don't believe this to be the case. "Despite a steady flow of official statements, public demonstrations, and public opinion polls showing that the US war against Iraq is quite unpopular, only 31% of Bush supporters recognize that the majority of people in the world oppose the US having gone to war with Iraq," the study says. Bush supporters also think that world public opinion favors Bush's reelection. In a poll taken from September 3-7, the study says, "57% of Bush supporters assumed that the majority of people in the world would prefer to see Bush reelected, 33% assumed that views are evenly divided and only 9% assumed that Kerry would be preferred."
In fact, a PIPA study released in early September found that a majority or plurality of people from 32 countries preferred Kerry to Bush. PIPA surveyed 34,330 people, ages 15 and above, from regions all over the world. A Pew poll released this spring similarly found that "large majorities in every country, except for the U.S., hold an unfavorable opinion of Bush."
Bush supporters are also mistaken about the president's own positions (a pattern of misapprehension that an earlier PIPA report also documented). "Majorities incorrectly assumed that Bush supports multilateral approaches to various international issues -- the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (69%), the treaty banning land mines (72%); 51% incorrectly assumed he favors US participation in the Kyoto treaty -- the principal international accord on global warming... Only 13% of supporters are aware that he opposes labor and environmental standards in trade agreements -- 74% incorrectly believe that he favors including labor and environmental standards in agreements on trade. In all these cases, there is a recurring theme: majorities of Bush supporters favor these positions, and they infer that Bush favors them as well."
Q: I would have a question for Mr. Bush. Once, President Kennedy said, "Everyone has two countries, their own, and France." And why is it that your policy tends to be pushing your country and France to divorce?
PRESIDENT BUSH: To paraphrase President Kennedy, there's America, and then there's Texas. --Paris, 6.5.04
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Ever Wonder Why Putin Supports Bush and the E.U. prefer Kerry?
Voting Rights: The Bush administration did not provide leadership to ensure timely passage and swift implementation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. As a result, Congress did not appropriate funds for election reform until almost two years into the administration.
Equal Educational Opportunity: The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) does not sufficiently address unequal education, a major barrier to closing the achievement gap between minority and white students.
Affirmative Action: Instead of promoting affirmative action in federal contracting and education, the administration promotes "race neutral alternatives," in many instances not applicable and in others not overly effective at maintaining diversity.
Environmental Justice: EPA has taken few actions to ensure disparate impact of minority communities to environmental contamination.
Racial Profiling: The administration responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by instituting regulations that facilitate profiling rather than prevent it. Immigrants and visitors from Arab and Middle Eastern countries were subjected to increased scrutiny, including interviews, registration, and in some cases removal.
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Wed Oct 20, 2004
Most Read Entries and Most Commented Entries on Sidebar Now
If you haven't noticed, I've changed a couple things along the side on the left. Below the recent comments are the the most commented entries and the most read entries.
I've also made it so that the URLs in the comments hopefully don't spill out on to the rest of the page.
now if there could only be better categories.
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Tue Oct 19, 2004
F%$& Big Media
F*ck Big Media:
Rolling Your Own Network
By Mark Pesce
once you get past the obligatory yet due digs at the Bush/Ashcroft regime, it's very interesting what he is saying about microbroadcasting and bittorrent.
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I recently moved to San Jose, CA. I was sad to leave my beloved Oakland, so I found a cheep digital camera used to chronicle my despair and occaisional happiness. I've been wrangling with the inelegant code of Gallery to customize the look and feel. There is still a lot to do, but the nasty stuff is out of the way, so take a look at some of the goodies: http://slambassador.com/plog/
Looks best on a Macintosh, thanks to the Optima and Futura fonts. More...
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Mon Oct 18, 2004
John Stewart on 'Crossfire'
CARLSON: I do think you're more fun on your show. Just my opinion.
STEWART: You know what's interesting, though? You're as big a dick on your show as you are on any show.
Check out the transcript, but it's pretty long:
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Good News for the GOP
Study Says White Families' Wealth Advantage Has Grown
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (AP) - The enormous wealth gap between white families and black and Hispanic families grew larger after the most recent recession, a private analysis of government data has found.
White households had a median net worth of greater than $88,000 in 2002, 11 times that of Hispanic households and more than 14 times that of black households, the Pew Hispanic Center said in the study, being released Monday.
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Without a Doubt
By RON SUSKIND
Bruce Bartlett, a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and a treasury official for the first President Bush, told me recently that ''if Bush wins, there will be a civil war in the Republican Party starting on Nov. 3.'' The nature of that conflict, as Bartlett sees it? Essentially, the same as the one raging across much of the world: a battle between modernists and fundamentalists, pragmatists and true believers, reason and religion. More...
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"Requiem for a Dreamer" by Kurt Vonnegut
Editor’s note: What follows is a conversation between Kurt Vonnegut and out-of-print science fiction writer Kilgore Trout. It was to be their last. Trout committed suicide by drinking Drano at midnight on October 15 in Cohoes, New York, after a female psychic using tarot cards predicted that the environmental calamity George W. Bush would once again be elected president of the most powerful nation on the planet by a five-to-four decision of the Supreme Court, which included “100 per-cent of the black vote.” More...
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Sun Oct 17, 2004
" A Vallejo man and the wife he is accused of killing during a jet-ski outing on San Pablo Bay often abused drugs and alcohol during their five-year relationship and fought regularly in full view of the neighbors in their trailer park, according to court records, residents and relatives." More...
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Sat Oct 16, 2004
meter yer freedim
Terrorists hate us because of our Freedom.
They threat to take Freedom away from us.
"Don't be afraid...Be Ready"
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Fri Oct 15, 2004
Eastern Iowans arrested in Bush protest
By Christoph Trappe
Friday, October 15, 2004, 10:07:35 PM
CEDAR RAPIDS - Mary Campbell, a 56-year-old grandmother, said she was shaking just minutes before she crossed into the security zone outside the U.S. Cellular Center and was arrested by police about noon Friday before President Bush's appearance.
Campbell, of Bertram; Maggie Swanson, 33, of 420 Ninth Ave., Marion; and Charlotte Martin, 41, of 521 23rd St. NE, were arrested by Cedar Rapids police for interference with official acts. They were booked into the Linn County Jail and bailed out by a friend about two hours later.
The three wanted to show they would go to jail for their beliefs about what's wrong with Bush's administration.
"I've had enough,'' Campbell said outside the arena where Bush spoke about two hours later. "We can't give into fear.''
Martin, a professor of religious studies at Mount Mercy College, said the women's act of "civil disobedience'' was to show that Bush is trying to win the Nov. 2 election with "manufactured fear.''
They pointed at the city's heavy equipment parked in front of the center.
They "are a prop to the nation's picture that somebody with an explosive-filled van'' will drive up, said Martin. "That's just an exaggeration of fear here in Cedar Rapids.''
The three walked between two graders into the security zone on the sidewalk in front of the center. They were told to get out of the security zone, which was off-limits to the public.
When they didn't they were arrested and taken to jail.
If convicted of interference, they face up to a $100 fine and 30 days in jail.
All local content copyright © 2004 by The Gazette Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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watering the driveway.
but the water is really hard on the skin, so you better protect your feet.
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Thu Oct 14, 2004
I suppose Mai Lai didn't happen either
Investigative Journalist Seymour Hersh Spills the
Secrets of the Iraq Quagmire and the War on Terror More...
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Wed Oct 13, 2004
"Didn't they do Southpark?!"
Where Did the Middle Go? How Polarized Politics and a Radical GOP have Put a Chill on Measured Debate?
by Theodore Roszak in the SF Chronicle
Walk into a bookstore today, throw a stick in any direction, and it's likely you'll hit a dozen savage attacks upon George W. Bush. Future historians will surely regard the deluge of Bush-bashing books and films that appeared in 2004 as a remarkable cultural phenomenon, a tribute to the vitality of American publishing and to the surviving political literacy of the public.
They will certainly note that elevating the nation's liberal blood pressure helped rally the troops to John Kerry's campaign. But they may find themselves puzzling over why the assault on Bush had so little effect on his political base. They may conclude that this was the year partisan polarization spun out of control, the point at which persuasion and dialogue -- always in short supply -- became things of the past.
Behind all the Bush-bashing we have seen this year stands the same idealistic assumption that once inspired the muckrakers of old: If only we can get the truth out, the public will rise up in wrath and drive the "lying liars" from power. For that matter, Bush's handlers make the same assumption. That's why they labor so strenuously to exploit all the latest techniques for manufacturing consent.
But what if both sides are wrong about how much can be achieved by shocking revelations on film or in print? What if Bush's political base never needed to be lied to? That might explain why, despite "Fahrenheit 9/11" and all the other enraged documentaries (the best of which, incidentally, is "Hijacking Catastrophe" by the Media Education Foundation), the polls keep reflecting strong popular support for Bush's "leadership" and why he continues to find cheering crowds, especially at military bases where troops give their commander-in-chief the big "hoo-ah." These people aren't deceived. They know exactly what Bush is up to -- and it's OK with them.
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The American Assembler - The facts about George Bush's lies, corruption, and incompetence.
I listened to a live bootleg of the Oct. 1 Vote for Change Bruce Springsteen concert that I downloaded last night and I got misty-eyed... I’m not a big fan or anything, but for some reason when he sings it made me feel something akin to patriotism or something..
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Pay no attention to the suits behind the curtain
(Oct. 12) -- Employees of a private voter registration company allege that hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters who may think they are registered will be rudely surprised on election day. The company claims hundreds of registration forms were thrown in the trash.
Anyone who has recently registered or re-registered to vote outside a mall or grocery store or even government building may be affected.
The I-Team has obtained information about an alleged widespread pattern of potential registration fraud aimed at democrats. Thee focus of the story is a private registration company called Voters Outreach of America, AKA America Votes.
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Mon Oct 11, 2004
Cocktail of the Moment
Ahhh... the Old Krupnik. I still haven't figured out an actual cocktail for this stuff. It may be unsuitable. The Persian men at the old liquor store suggest that it's old school... More...
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Sun Oct 10, 2004
pResident Evil billboard
Ever since I saw this billboard, I've been waiting for this to happen.
by L.J. Williamson
“Elvis has left the building,” crackled the walkie-talkie. It was 17 minutes after a strike force of seven (including four lookouts and one ground-support crew member — read: ladder holder) began their ascent up the Resident Evil billboard at the corner of Pico and Centinela before daybreak Saturday morning. Their goal: attempt to shift the power imbalance that limits access to one of the world’s largest mediums of public expression. Their weapons: the letter “P,” 2 feet tall, and a big picture of President Bush’s face. The result: one new “President Evil” billboard with Milla Jovovich’s head replaced with a mug of our commander in chief. The remainder of the night was devoted to the simpler, yet no less satisfying, task of “improving” bus-stop versions of the same movie poster until the purpling sky and dwindling supply of paper Bush heads told the team it was time to go home.
by the way, this post is the 666th post on this blog - coincidence or prophesy?
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Fri Oct 08, 2004
Factcheck.com or .org - Cheney's double oops
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The Toilet Online - Leave It To Bush!
Featuring Gary Bussey and George Bush!
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book burning, I mean destroying.
"The Education Department this summer destroyed more than 300,000 copies of a booklet designed for parents to help their children learn history after the office of Vice President Dick Cheney's wife complained that it mentioned the National Standards for History, which she has long opposed."
Of course, neither the Ed. Dept. or Lynne Cheney's office will actually discuss this action. More...
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Wed Oct 06, 2004
Lies and the Lying Liars.....
On Feb. 1, 2001, the vice president thanked Edwards by name at a Senate prayer breakfast and sat beside him during the event.
On April 8, 2001, Cheney and Edwards shook hands when they met off-camera during a taping of NBC's "Meet the Press," moderator Tim Russert said Wednesday on "Today."
On Jan. 8, 2003, the two met when the first-term North Carolina senator accompanied Elizabeth Dole to her swearing-in by Cheney as a North Carolina senator, Edwards aides also said.
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When War Hits Home
"I oppose the restoration of any form of draft, but I long for what it would prompt in America at once -- a broad moral reckoning with the truth of what our nation has become." More...
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Tue Oct 05, 2004
Mon Oct 04, 2004
Yo La Tengo sketches