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Wednesday, August 06, 2003
 
NOW THAT'S AN OPENER!

David Socha, a 17-year-old on his way to Hawaii from Paxton, Massachusetts, was arrested last week in Boston and charged with a felony for having a note in his gym bag which read: "[Expletive] you. Stay the [expletive] out of my bag you [expletive] sucker. Have you found a [expletive] bomb yet? No, just clothes. Am I right? Yea, so [expletive] you."

It makes you want to read more, doesn't it?
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OH YEAH, POWELL'S A GONER

Today's appearance by The President and Colin Powell certainly confirms that Powell will not serve if there is a 2nd Bush term. The President was asked, point blank, if he would ask Powell to return, and all President Bush had to say was 'yes', and the whole thing is put to bed. But instead of knocking this deal down, The President says 'First things first.'

In other words, 'Start packing, Colin.'
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MISSING THE POINT

The Daily Kos inexplicably continues to miss the point of the upcoming recall election in California. The Kos says that due to some long ago slight, Gray Davis irretrievably ‘lost’ him. With Senator Feinstein reportedly out of the running, Kos will hop on Loretta Sanchez’ back (sorry about that image), and if the overly ambitious Sanchez doesn’t run, he go with the under-experienced Arianna Huffington.

What The Daily Kos, as well as a lot of other Californians, is missing is that this recall isn’t about Gray Davis. It’s not about Dick Riordan. It’s about a well funded few trying to overturn a legal and lawful election. It wouldn’t matter if it were Gray Davis or Richard Nixon. The recall is a blatant attempt to take away the voter’s right to choose their representatives.

And that is unacceptable.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2003
 
THE EMPORER IS NAKED

I hate to admit this, but Media Whores Online is really becoming irrelevant.

I hate to admit it because MWO has long been my favorite political site. It used to be the very first site I would check in the morning, and since they used to update throughout the day, it was the last site I would check at night.

But, lately, MWO has become, well, sub par. An also ran of political sites, as it were. I consistently check Talking Points Memo, BuzzFlash, and Eschaton long before I amble over to MWO, and some days I don’t make it over there at all.

I don’t know why, but it’s sort of sad when you realize you don’t like an old friend as much as you used to.

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SO, IS THAT A DENIAL?

Wayne Shatley, among others, has been indicted in a vote buying scheme in North Carolina, and quickly gave this memorable statement:

"I never gave no money to nobody in no way."

I forget, is the quadruple negative still a negative?

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WRONG, WRONG, WRONG

The Daily Kos has joined a long list of Democrats in advocating throwing Gray Davis overboard and naming a ‘big-time’ Democrat (Feinstein) to run for the Governorship in the upcoming recall election. As much as I’d like to, I simply can’t disagree more. I have several reasons:

OK, maybe Davis isn’t the greatest Governor in California’s history, but you know what? He was elected fairly and squarely, which is something a lot of high office holders can’t say these days. Davis won a fair election and that matters to me. It may not matter to Darryl Issa, Richard Riordan, or The Daily Kos, but it does to me.

The budgetary problems of this state ain’t going anywhere just because of this recall election, in fact they will probably worsen, so what we may be doing is tarnishing the reputation of ANOTHER Democrat if we elect one.

And if a Republican gets elected governor, it won’t be the worst thing in the world. I mean there is no way that California votes for Bush in ’04, and it may just well remind everybody here why we are the most progressive and Democratic state in the union.

I’m sure I will be pilloried for my blatant naiveté, but sometimes I think it’s best to do the right thing and not right to do the best thing.

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Monday, August 04, 2003
 
OK, YOU DO THE MATH

This story from Saturday's Washington Post says that the U.S. is ‘cool’ to the idea of getting more international help in Iraq because that could reduce U.S. control.

Now, think back to the July 13th Meet The Press and remember this exchange:

MR. RUSSERT: Let me turn to the action of the United States Senate last Thursday. They voted by 97-to-nothing—and I’ll show you on the screen the way it was reported in the papers. “The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a measure calling on the White House to consider requesting NATO and U.N. troops in Iraq. In a 97-0 vote, the senators said President George W. Bush ‘should consider requesting formally and expeditiously that NATO raise a force for deployment in postwar Iraq similar to what it has done in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo.’ ...[Sen. Joseph] Biden said it was time U.S. officials made up with Paris and Berlin — prime opponents of the U.S.-led war in Iraq — in order to demonstrate ‘a measure of maturity. ...It’s childish,’ Biden said...”
Will we formally request...
SEC’Y RUMSFELD: We did.
MR. RUSSERT: You’re not...
SEC’Y RUMSFELD: We already did.
MR. RUSSERT: Formally requested NATO and U.N....
SEC’Y RUMSFELD: We went—Tim, the reason that was 97-to-nothing is because we’ve already done that. We...
MR. RUSSERT: Formally requested.
SEC’Y RUMSFELD: You bet. Paul Wolfowitz went over there, I’m told, in December and requested NATO’s assistance. NATO has been involved almost from the beginning. NATO is doing the force generation with Poland to assist them in providing their leadership position in the stabilization forces...
MR. RUSSERT: What about France and Germany?
SEC’Y RUMSFELD: Just a minute. Just a minute—in assisting them to provide stabilization forces. Now, what is NATO? NATO is 19 countries, plus going up to 26 soon. At the moment, there is something in excess of 15 of those 19 to 26 that are already assisting in Iraq. When someone says, “Ask NATO to do it,” the implication is NATO has a standing force and they can either decide formally to be requested, either send them in or not send them in. That’s not the case. NATO doesn’t have that type of a standing capability. What NATO has is a number of countries that decide to do something, and they’re just agreeing now to take over the international security assistance force in Afghanistan.

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MISLEADING HEADLINE OF THE DAY

NBC: Al-Qaida suspect held in NYC

That's the headline at the MSNBC front page. If you actually read the story you learn that the 'suspect' was arrested 4 months ago. If you read all the way to the 6th paragraph, you see this:

The officials say they do not yet know if Paracha is actually a member of al-Qaida and have no information he was planning any specific terror attacks.

Of course, nobody is quoted by name, but 'senior law enforcement officials' are credited with the story being leaked.
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CALIFORNIA VOTERS AT A GLANCE

The LA Times has an interesting story concerning the popularity, or lack thereof, of Congressman Darryl Issa. Here is the part that would crack you up if it wasn't so pathetic:

Mario Oropeza, 19, of Oceanside works in a supermarket and attends community college. He had no idea who Issa is. But he, too, knew about the recall and had formed this opinion: Arnold Schwarzenegger will be his choice if the actor decides to run.

"He's been through a lot in his life," Oropeza, a registered Democrat, said of Schwarzenegger. He signed the petition to recall Davis because "if they could get that many [signatures], there must be something wrong."


This certainly makes this California want to hang his head in shame.
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I DO NOT UNDERSTAND BUSINESS

OK, you own an east coast magazine that has lost millions of dollars over the last several years, and you are in the middle of one of the biggest advertising downturns in decades. What would you do?

Well, if you are David Bradley, owner of The Atlantic Monthly, you decide to raise the subscription rates and cut the number of subscribers.


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THE TREATMENT OF LARRY FLYNT

Local news can’t get enough of the idea that Hustler publisher Larry Flynt is planning a run for Governor in the upcoming recall election. Every time they mention the story, the anchor says something like “Is California ready for a porn king to be Governor?” and it’s always said with a chuckle, guffaw, or out and out laugh.

Why is that?

If Arnold Schwarzenegger, for some reason, can be treated as a serious possible candidate for the state’s highest office, why not Flynt?

Speaking of Arnold, questions are being asked about his intentions all along.

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YOU THINK RITA COSBY NEEDS A SHOWER?

Rita Cosby has interviewed 4 U.S. Presidents, both Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and has been written to by Timothy McVeigh and David Berkowitz. She’s had a private meeting with the Pope, had the only interview with the Montana Freeman during their 1996 standoff with the FBI, and broke the story that Susan Smith drowned her children.

So, where was the reporter-extraordinaire this weekend? Rita was at a Washington State correctional facility interviewing Laci Peterson’s ex-boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend, William 'Kent' Gain, is doing a 15-year stretch for shooting his girlfriend.

So what earth-shattering news did we get from this incredible scoop?

That pillar of honesty and steadfastness Gain says that he doubts Scott Peterson’s story.

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MY FAVORITE GIGLI QUOTE

While looking for my favorite quote from the myriad bad reviews for the movie Gigli, I thought Jeffrey Westhoff had a winner with:

It's worth knowing how to pronounce Gigli because it will enter the vocabulary as a word meaning 'massive box-office flop; an embarrassment caused by Hollywood's inability to say no to powerful creative types. See also: Ishtar.

But then, Tony Toscano came in with this more direct point:

If you’re going to skip one film this year – make it “Gigli.”
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