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Saturday, March 20, 2004

The Cat wants to know what the heck is wrong with waffles!

Yossarian, over at Factivism, sadly marks the passing of American democracy.

It turns out we might not have Ayman al-Zawahiri trapped in a mud fortress along the Afghan border. One report says Ayman al-Zawahiri slipped out, and one says he was never there.

Considering the amazing progress we are making, don't you just have to wonder how much more success we would have enjoyed had we not taken a side trip to Iraq?


Some people are criticizing Kerry for going on vacation this week right when he needs to distinguish himself from President Bush. A newspaper printed the titles of the four books he's going to be reading in five days. Hey, just reading four books in five days distinguishes him from President Bush right there.

The price of oil hit a 13-year high. What a coincidence, wasn't it 13 years ago the last Bush was president?

John Kerry wants to debate President Bush once a month. Listen, if Bush couldn't make it to the National Guard once a month, he's not going to go for this."

President Bush was touting his economic record in Ohio last week, a state that's lost 225,000 jobs since Bush took office. If President Bush really wants to tout his record, let him do it somewhere where the Bush economy has actually created jobs – like India or Thailand or China.


George Bush, his campaign is really doing much much better and he's shot right up in the polls since he captured Martha Stewart.

John Kerry says that foreign leaders want him to be president, but that he can't name the foreign leaders. But that's all right because President Bush can't name them either.

Top Ten Signs Your Supreme Court Justice Is On The Take

10. Begins every case with, "We'll start the bribing at ten thousand."

9. His written opinions always have several mentions of the thirst-quenching taste of Mountain Dew.

8. Regularly convenes court at the dog track.

7. Asks, "Does either attorney plan on inviting me on any hunting trips?"

6. For a Supreme Court Justice he certainly is mentioned on "The Sopranos" a lot.

5. All the bling bling.

4. His last article in the "Law Journal" was about finding the right fence for your stolen goods.

3. When you have a meeting with him in chambers, frisks you for a wire.

2. He's on the Forbes 500 List between Bill Gates and Oprah.

Already declared Bush the winner of the November election.

Me? Currently I'm sporting this cool T-shirt:

You can have Senator Kerry and just about anybody, although I hear the Kerry/Sharpton gear is nearly sold out.
Friday, March 19, 2004

Larry A. Vought makes no apologies. He's a freak. That's how he can claim that he accidentally killed the mother of his two children during consensual rough sex. His lawyer Joseph S. Damelio described Vought and Leilani Fracassi this way:

Ladies and gentlemen, their sexual activities went straight past kinky. It didn’t stop and it kept on going.

Fair enough, maybe things got a little out of hand. It's not as if Vought was trying to hide anything, right?

Fracassi’s naked body was discovered in Vought’s car on Aug. 8 when a sheriff’s deputy stopped him for driving without a taillight on Interstate 390 in Gates. The body was wrapped in a mattress pad and bound in duct tape. Next to the body in the trunk was a can of gasoline, a container of lighter fluid, a bag of charcoal briquettes and a length of rope, Randall said.

It's always the cover-up, isn't it?
Thursday, March 18, 2004

After reading about the Alterman-Miller tussle, I watched the segment. Bubba has it right, and it's another example of why the rest of the world hates America.

Zoe Williams brings us the news that the U.K. voted Marge Simpson the best mother in public life.

I hope they realize that Marge Simpson isn't a real person, but merely an actress playing a role.

Jon Stewart re-ups for another administration.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Forget the two years in Alabama. Forget the torn document. Forget the disallowed transfer.

After re-reading Bush's partial history, this passage alone makes me think there is so much more to the National Guard story:

White House spokesman Ken Lisaius said last week he couldn't answer any questions about HRP.

‘‘That's a question I'd refer to the Department of Defense,” Lisaius said when asked if the regulations led to Bush's giving up flying in the Texas Air Guard.

‘‘We've released the president's complete military records, with the exception of his medical records, and they speak for themselves.”

‘‘The president was honorably discharged,” Lisaius said.

At the National Guard Bureau, now headed by a Bush appointee from Texas, officials last week said they were under orders not to answer questions.

The bureau's chief historian said he couldn't discuss questions about Bush's military service on orders from the Pentagon.

‘‘If it has to do with George W. Bush, the Texas Air National Guard or the Vietnam War, I can't talk with you,” said Charles Gross, chief historian for the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Rose Bird, Freedom of Information Act officer for the bureau, said her office stopped taking records requests on Bush's military service in mid-February and is directing all inquiries to the Pentagon. She would not provide a reason.

Air Force and Texas Air National Guard officials did not respond to written questions about the issue.

James Hogan, a records coordinator at the Pentagon, said senior Defense Department officials had directed the National Guard Bureau not to respond to questions about Bush's military records.

When you look like you've got something to hide, you usually do.

It's become quite clear that other than the total and complete destruction of the United States of America, the next most important goal of al Quaeda is to keep me down. I have massive amounts of intelligence indicating al Quaeda wants to see me poor rather than rich. The question is, how will America respond?

Will every true American donate $5.00 to piss off Osama bin Laden?

Or, will America opt for appeasement?

March 9th, Claremont McKenna College was rocked when professor Kerri Dunn's car was 'viciously vandalized' and covered in racist, anti-Semitic and sexist epithets.

In a bizarre coincidence, the vandalism was discovered after professor Kerri Dunn took part in a forum on hate speech!

KCBS tonight has the breaking news reporting that the police got some help from two eyewitnesses, and have found the culprit who vandalized professor Kerri Dunn's car. So, who is the racist, sexist, anti-Semitic vandal who trashed professor Kerri Dunn's car?

Professor Kerri Dunn.


Here's a country (Spain) who stood against terrorism and had a huge terrorist act within their country and they chose to change their government and to in a sense appease terrorists.

House Speaker Rep. Dennis Hastert, March 17, 2004

Patridiot Watch riffs the possibility of a 9-11 attack under a President Gore, and it's worth a read. While I won't speculate on whether the attacks of 9-11 would have taken place under President Gore, I will postulate that had the horrific attacks taken place on the watch of a Democratic president, we would have already sat through impeachment proceedings.

You have to admit, Scott McClellan knows that, as a public employee, he's the spokesman for all Americans, and he won't allow politics to affect his work, right?

MR. McCLELLAN : I think some people have already spoken to that, and I'll leave questions like that to our campaign. We have a campaign office in place for that very reason.

MR. McCLELLAN : Well, one, in terms of campaign advertisements, I think you ought to address those questions directly to the campaign.

MR. McCLELLAN : In terms of the political side, you can leave those questions to the campaign.

MR. McCLELLAN : Well, look, I'll let the campaign talk about that, but I think you can expect the President is going to compete across the country. But I'll let the campaign talk to you more about that.

MR. McCLELLAN : I think the campaign is talking about some of that today and tomorrow.

MR. McCLELLAN : -- I say that -- but, look, those are questions that are best directed to the campaign.

MR. McCLELLAN : I'll leave the politics to the campaign.

MR. McCLELLAN : You know that if you've got campaign questions, you can direct those to the campaign.

MR. McCLELLAN : These kind of campaign questions ought to be directed to the campaign, Les. I think the campaign has addressed this matter.

MR. McCLELLAN : But in terms of specifics, I think you need to address those questions to the campaign.

MR. McCLELLAN : I would leave those questions to the campaign to address.

MR. MCCLELLAN : I don't know anything about those activities. You might want to address that question to the campaign.

Of course, nobody's perfect:

MR. McCLELLAN: But what we're seeing is part of a pattern. This is not the first time that Senator Kerry has made claims and refused to back them up. The President spoke earlier, when he was asked about this issue, and said the American people should expect people who are running for President to back up their claims. And that's all that we are asking.
March 16, 2004

MR. McCLELLAN: I mean, Senator Kerry has said that he met with foreign leaders and that he's heard from those leaders, and, yet, he refused to back up that claim. And that's why, yesterday, I said that it's either one of two things: Either he can back up those claims and say who it is, or he is simply making it up to attack the President of the United States. And that would be very unfortunate if that is the case. But this goes to an issue of credibility; it goes to an issue of being straight with the American people.
March 16, 2004

MR. McCLELLAN: This is not the first time that he has done that. It is part of a pattern. Senator Kerry has made claims both on the foreign policy and domestic front that he has refused to back up. And if you're going to make those kind of claims, the American people ought to be able to know on what basis you make those claims.
March 16, 2004
Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Former Representative Bill Janklow won't be allowed out of jail while appealing his felony manslaughter and reckless-driving convictions, meaning he'll have to serve his WHOLE 100 day sentence.

On the bright side, for Janklow anyway, U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger decided that when Janklow ran a stop sign and killed Randolph Scott he was 'acting within the scope of his employment as a member of the United States Congress at the time.' That means Janklow won't be liable for any civil damages arising from the fatal crash.

So, who would be liable?

Federal taxpayers, of course.

Jessica Simpson is here with us, which means we've finally introduced reality TV to the Lincoln Theater.
President George W. Bush, speaking at Ford's Theatre on Sunday night.

You've done a nice job decorating the White House.
Jessica Simpson, speaking at the White House to Interior Secretary Gale Norton.

My good friend, and former partner when we were on the professional badminton tour, Kevin McCullough took me to task for mocking his claim that President Bush 'has created the most number of jobs for any administration ever.' McCullough, whose weak backhand cost us the Greater Oxnard Open in '97, chastised me this way:

Keith - I believe a basic entry level student in a debate class would argue that you need to back up your assertions with facts.

In my defense Kevin, considering the ridiculousness of your claim, I thought your assertion and fancy chart was merely another example of that whimsical sense of humor for which you're famous. Kevin, comparing the total number of jobs without taking into account the increase in population simply proves that you can get a duck a manicure, buy it a ball gown, and pin a corsage on it, but that don't mean you want to take it to the prom.

Since you must have missed it last time, I'll helpfully show you this clear and concise chart again:

(Chart courtesy of Patridiot Watch)

WJAR-TV's Jim Taricani was found in contempt of court for refusing to reveal who leaked an FBI videotape of an undercover informant handing an envelope to former mayoral aide Frank Corrente that contained a cash bribe for either Corrente or former Providence Mayor Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci Jr.

U.S. District Judge Ernest Torres did not sentence Taricani to jail, but gave him until noon tomorrow to reveal his source or face a fine of $1,000 per day.

However, just as the First Amendment was about to be trampled, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston granted a temporary stay of Torres' order pending a ruling on the appeal. The special prosecutor was given until Thursday afternoon to respond to the filing.

And then we had a problem in our society in that we've had some people that were -- positions of responsibility didn't tell the truth.

President George W. Bush, March 16, 2004

If you like political tests, Don Hagen has a A Humorous Political Party Quiz to Test If You're an Archconservative, Leftwing Wacko, Antigovernment Libertine or a Commie Sympathizer that you might want to see.

Of course, the lengthy test isn't for those with a short attention span. How long is it? Well, if you combined the number of words in the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, President Bush's last State of the Union Address, Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven and Annabel Lee, and the last three posts from Josh Marshall, then you'd almost have it.

Take my advice; pack a lunch.

Unlike many bloggers, pundits, and columnists, I'm going to make a startling confession:

I really don't know much about Spain, and I know even less about the politics of Spain.

Further, I have no real idea of what makes al Quaeda tick. I don't fully understand why those bastards attacked us, I don't fully understand why those bastards attacked Spain, and I have no idea what they have on their wish list, or even if they have a wish list.

But, my gut tells me that the idea that Spain's election results are an act of appeasement to al Quaeda is just too simplistic to be taken seriously. And my gut also tells me that David Brooks takes this simplistic theory to absurd ends with today's column, Al Qaeda's Wish List.

Brooks, basically, reads the election results in Spain as submission to al Quaeda.

But, weren't there some factors, other than the horrific bombings in Madrid, that affected the election results?

For example, we keep hearing that opinion polls taken before the attacks had given Aznar's Popular Party a comfortable lead.

OK, but polls can be wrong, can't they? Like, say, a year ago?

AGAINST pollsters' guesses, Spanish voters delivered the mildest of rebukes to Spain's conservative prime minister, José María Aznar, in regional and local elections on May 25th.

And aren't there some factors the polls can't take into account? Like turnout?

The turnout was higher than expected. More than 77 percent of the country's 35 million eligible voters cast ballots, compared with 55 percent four years ago.

And, were the results of Spain's elections so out of line with the polls?

Spain holds an election in three weeks' time. Opinion polls show that many Spaniards are still undecided as to how they will vote.

And just how popular was the ruling party?

An "Opina" Institute poll commissioned by the radio station, Cadena SER, reveals that 68% of those who took part in the survey, believe that the ruling right wing Partido Popular (PP) has abused its absolute majority in the Spanish parliament in the four years since they won the last general elections. Interviewees reproached the government and outgoing president, José María Aznar, in particular, of being authoritarian (73%), and for lack of dialogue (59%), and tolerance (54%).

Interviewees were also asked to rate the government's overall performance on a scale of one to ten. Their average score of 4.94 might be considered a failure.

Maybe the bombings did have something to do with the results. But wouldn't this have something to do with it?

The PP has also focussed its campaign on the defence of the country's unity pointing out that Spain had not witnessed any fatal attack on its territory since June 2003.

I mean, if you're going to claim credit for not allowing any attacks on Spanish soil, don't you also get the blame when an attack takes place?

Brooks also poses this question, the trial balloon that I tend to think was the point of his column:

If a terrorist group attacked the U.S. three days before an election, does anyone doubt that the American electorate would rally behind the president or at least the most aggressively antiterror party?

Let's say America is attacked three days before the election, and the country rallies around President Bush and returns him to office. Wouldn't we be allowing the terrorists to determine our political path? Wouldn't we be guilty of the same thing that Brooks and the conservatives are accusing Spain of doing?
Monday, March 15, 2004

Talk Left has the news that another prisoner has died at Corcoran State Prison. 72-year-old, Khem Singh, a Sikh priest from India who spoke no English and was crippled, starved to death following two months when guards and medical staff failed to provide him meals or emergency care.

Inmates traced his rapid deterioration to an incident in December when a supervising officer grew frustrated with Singh and slammed the cell door on the inmate's hand. Singh was clearly injured and in pain but the guard, who had treated Singh poorly in the past, wouldn't allow him to seek medical treatment, according to inmate letters. Singh became so fearful that he hardly left his cell after that, they said.

The guard who supervised the cellblock — the same one suspected of having assaulted Singh — is alleged to have told another inmate not to bother speaking out on behalf of the starving inmate. 'Forget it; he's going to die,' the inmate quoted the guard as telling him.

Shocking stuff, huh?

Not really.

It was only Super Bowl Sunday when Ronald Herrera died in a gruesome, grisly manner, while guards watched the big game. Of course, after Herrera's death, a full and complete investigation was promised. Sadly, about 40 Corcoran State Prison guards have refused to talk to Kings County prosecutors about the night Herrera, a 58-year-old dialysis patient, bled to death in his cell as guards reportedly watched the Super Bowl and ignored his screams for hours.

Well, that's shocking, right?

Well, not when you consider that it was merely a couple of weeks ago that a Corcoran correctional officer pleaded guilty after being charged with solicitation of murder, two counts of sexual penetration with an inmate, conspiracy to commit a crime, and offering to distribute a controlled substance.

The Guard? Linda Brock, who was having an affair with a prisoner and wanted her husband whacked.

Well, now that's shocking, right?

Actually, not really, no.

Corcoran really does have a history.

In a report tracing the conditions at Corcoran in 2001-2002, California Prison Focus listed some other situations:

---In January 2002, guards knowingly allowed an armed prisoner into the cell of another prisoner who was then stabbed 17 times during which there was no staff intervention whatsoever.

---Corcoran staff taunted a suicidal, mentally ill prisoner by offering him a razor blade, which he later received and used to mutilate himself while in the shower. The prisoner filed an appeal on the matter, but no response was received.

---An asthmatic suicidal prisoner, repeatedly taunted by guards, was pepper sprayed in the face three times while en route to the Acute Care Hospital. Prior to the spraying, he informed attending officers of his condition, and that by order of the Warden he was to be immediately removed from the vicinity when pepper spray is expected to be used.

---On April 2, 2002, a skirmish occurred between two inmates in facility 3C01 leaving one prisoner dead. During the fight numerous calls for help were ignored by guards who remained locked in their booth watching television.

---One prisoner was in a wheelchair for two years without physical therapy, when, without warning, his wheelchair was taken from him, and he was placed in a cell with a set of crutches on the opposite wall. He was told if he didn’t walk guards would make him walk.

Yeah, things would really look bad if it weren't for the newspapers:

Schwarzenegger Deals With Prison Crisis

A couple years back on the West Wing, Josh Lyman was all hot and bothered to get $30 million dollars to fund the suit against the tobacco industry, and sent out a press release to raise the profile of the issue. It worked, and the suit against big tobacco got funded. Then we heard this conversation between Josh and Bruno Gianelli:

Bruno: You were the one who sent them the press releases, right?

Josh: What press releases?

Bruno: Subcommittee. About tobacco.

Josh: Yes, I was.

Bruno: Well, that was stupid.

Josh: You think?

Bruno: No, I know.

Josh: I got two years as legislative director in the House, two years as floor director in the Senate, and thirty months as Deputy Chief of Staff. What do you got?

Bruno: Josh...

Josh: Kalmbach's a fat-ass Rotarian gasbag. I knew once I sent the thing he'd raise the profile and give us the press we needed.

Bruno: Kalmbach is vulnerable in his home state. He's got an influx of tech and other clean industries along his route nine corridor, along with the suburban voters that go with it. Affluent parents who don't want their kids smoking.

Josh: We got the money, Bruno.

Bruno: You don't want the money. You want the issue. You should have waited until the fall when the bell rings and then we hammer them with it. Then Kalmbach, Leder, Ross, Roark, Steve - whoever gets the nomination - has it hanging around their necks they're nicotine pushers. Plus, you get the money. The sooner you get I know what I'm talking about, and I'm on your side, the sooner your world gets better. Of course, you got the money. I'm amazed they didn't send it to you with candy and a stripper. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio - three swing states you could have brought over with that. That's an election.

I was reminded of this after reading this excerpt from the upcoming issue of Time:

President Bush was feeling back in the game as Air Force One headed to Cleveland last week. Just that morning, aides had put the final polish on a new speech, in which Bush would make his first full run at what his team calls the economic-isolationist policies of John Kerry. After months of being pounded by the Democratic candidates, "the President was really fired up," says Representative Steven LaTourette of Ohio, who joined Bush for a private pizza lunch in his airborne office. Once considered solidly Republican, Ohio is now up for grabs in the presidential election, thanks to its having lost more than 250,000 jobs in the past three years. But Bush had dived into his internal Ohio polls, and he reassured LaTourette that the water was fine. "My numbers are great," Bush told the Congressman. "I'm going to connect with those people. I do care about them and their situation." To top it all off, Bush had a surprise in store. That afternoon he would finally nominate someone to fill the new job of manufacturing czar, which he had announced in another Ohio speech six months before.

What the President didn't know was that at that moment, Kerry's campaign was planning a surprise of its own. Tipped off by Democrats on Capitol Hill that the appointment was in the works, Kerry's staff had quickly done a LexisNexis search on the proposed nominee, Anthony Raimondo, and discovered that the Nebraska manufacturing executive laid off 75 U.S. workers in 2002 while building a $3 million factory in Beijing. That might make it awkward for him to champion keeping jobs at home. Two hours before the Commerce Department was scheduled to announce Raimondo's nomination last week, the Kerry campaign did it for them. A day later, Raimondo had withdrawn his name from consideration, and Team Kerry was chortling about how difficult it had been for the White House to create even one new job.

To me this looks like a similar situation. Senator Kerry's Rapid Response team was so hot to strike, that they blew a golden opportunity. By rushing things, they spooked the administration from nominating Raimondo!

The long-anticipated announcement of a manufacturing czar was supposed to be a good-news day for a White House struggling with its economic message. Instead the planned, smiling photo op fizzled when it came to light that a year ago Bush’s choice had opened a major plant in Beijing.

If the Rapid Response team holds back, they could have had pictures of President Bush yucking it up with Raimondo, but instead, they will get a whole lot of this:

The administration said no announcement was imminent. "We're continuing to consider candidates," Commerce Secretary Don Evans told CNBC. "It's not so important when we make the announcement as who it is."

Imagine a debate where Senator Kerry could say 'The President thinks it's a good idea to name as his 'Jobs Czar' a guy who happily lays off Americans so he can build a factory in Beijing, and I disagree.' How do you think that might play in the swing states.

Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio - three swing states they could have brought over with that. That's an election.

By now, everybody has heard of the dust-up between Senator Kerry and a heckler at a Town Meeting last night in Pennsylvania, but did you see how the AP reported it?

The town meeting was contentious at times, with 52-year-old Cedric Brown repeatedly pressing the candidate to name the foreign leaders whom Kerry has said are backing his campaign.

"I'm not going to betray a private conversation with anybody," Kerry said. As the crowd of several hundred people began to mutter and boo, Kerry said, "That's none of your business."

It sounds like Senator Kerry was rude to a questioner, and the crowd turned on him. In fact, this tale caused Instapundit to ponder:

Is Cedric Brown Kerry's Dale Ungerer? Probably not, but Kerry's signature arrogance isn't going to help him on the campaign trail.

As the old saying goes, there is usually more than one side of a story. Let's see how it played elsewhere:

At one point, he dealt gracefully with one persistent Republican heckler who accused Kerry of conspiring with foreign leaders to ''overthrow'' the Bush presidency. Kerry responded while holding off an audience that tried to shout down the critic, who identified himself as local businessman Cedric Brown.

"Were they people like the president of North Korea?" Cedric Brown, 52, shouted at Kerry during an eight-minute exchange Sunday afternoon. "I need to know that." The presumed Democratic nominee remained calm but firm throughout the encounter, in which Brown, a Bush supporter and registered Republican, accused him of colluding with foreign governments to bring down the president.

The senator was being questioned on an array of topics when Brown stood up and interrupted him as he talked about rebuilding the country's standing in the international community. As Brown kept challenging Kerry, the senator asked the audience for quiet.

"This is democracy, this is the way it works. This is fine, I have no problem with it," Kerry said. Later, as Brown continued, Kerry challenged him, asking, "Are you a Democrat or a Republican? What are you? . . . Did you vote for George Bush?"

Brown replied, "I voted for George Bush, but . . ."

Brown said he came to the forum to confront Kerry, in part because of lingering bitterness from the Vietnam era, when as a West Point cadet he was spat on, he said, by antiwar protesters.

As many in the crowd shouted at Brown to "shut up," Kerry, a veteran of both the Vietnam War and the protests against it, calmly promised to answer all queries, no matter the tone. Then he turned the tables.

"Are you a Democrat or a Republican? What are you?" he asked.

After Brown said he voted for Bush in 2000, Kerry added: "See? Democracy works both ways."

The crowd cheered for Kerry, but booed when 52-year-old Cedric Brown, who declined to say where he lives in the Lehigh Valley, heckled Kerry about his discussions with foreign leaders. According to Brown, Kerry recently said he has met with foreign leaders who support his candidacy. Despite Brown's repeated questions, Kerry refused to name the foreign leaders he has spoken with. The candidate said those leaders still have to maintain relations with the Bush administration and he would not betray their confidences. Brown said he is a registered Republican, but has voted for Democrats, including former President Jimmy Carter. He said he would vote for Bush in November.

While Instapundit may see arrogance in Senator Kerry's performance, I wonder if he considered this:

Could an angry Democrat get within 6 football fields of President Bush to ask hostile questions? And would that angry Democrat walk out of the Town Meeting, or be carried out on a stretcher?

Once, while Willie Nelson was violating his wedding vows with extreme prejudice, his wife unexpectedly came home and caught him. 'Are you going to believe what you see, or are you going to believe what I tell you?' Willie asked his soon to be ex-wife.

My buddy Kevin McCullough is taking a similar tack with the unemployment situation. On Kevin's weblog he proudly points out:

...President Bush has the lowest unemployment numbers of ANY first term president since Dwight Eisenhower, and he has created the most number of jobs for any administration ever.

Kevin even has a great big chart proving that President Bush creates jobs faster than Michael Jackson chugs Jesus Juice.

Speaking of chugging, just how did that Kool-Aid taste, Kevin?

In an effort to fill the Martha Stewart void, Oprah Winfrey is going to test run a Martha-like magazine called O at Home.

Industry insiders expect Wifrey's effort to be a huge success, claiming that even if they don't subscribe to O at Home, most American women would fake it.

Whatta you say we play a little game of Where Did That Come From? I'll give you some quotes, and you pick where they come from.

“That black stuff is hurting us.”---Sen. John Kerry on oil

At a time when economists cite jobs and rising energy prices as the only threats to an otherwise burgeoning economy, Senator Kerry’s comments appear completely out of touch with basic economics. It is widely held that energy is the lifeblood of the economy, yet this Senator seems opposed to cheaper, more abundant supplies of energy to strengthen the economy.

"If John Kerry spent as much time at the job he was elected to do as he does on the campaign trail, he might have noticed the recent Resources Committee hearing on the loss of American jobs due to our reliance on foreign energy,” said Rep. Barbara Cubin, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals.

Even the Clinton Administration would find fault with Senator Kerry’s comments.

But is this just another flip-flop?

So, where did they come from?

Republican National Committee?
Bush-Cheney '04?

Would you believe they are all from The House Resources Committee Website, which, I might add, is paid for by you and me.
Sunday, March 14, 2004

The Bush Administration paid people to pose as journalists praising the benefits of the new Medicare law in phony television segments intended for use in local television news programs.

Two videos end with the voice of a woman who says, 'In Washington, I'm Karen Ryan reporting.' But the production company, Home Front Communications, said it had hired Ryan to read a script prepared by the government.

Federal law prohibits the use of federal money for 'publicity or propaganda purposes' not authorized by Congress, but don't worry, Congressional investigators are on the case.

Doesn't that make you feel better?

National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice on Meet The Press today:

We are succeeding because slowly, but surely, their world is getting smaller, not larger.

Slowly but surely, their world is getting smaller, and it's only through a policy that is aggressive and tough that we're ultimately going to defeat them.

But they are not going to win the war, and they are losing many of their most important assets, not only parts of their leadership, but their world is getting smaller.

Was it an appropriate response to not just rely on law enforcement to try and bring them to justice, but to also mobilize the military power of the United States to take down their base in Afghanistan and to begin to make their world smaller by dealing with the long-time problem that had been there in Iraq? (Emphasis added.)

Timothy White is not your run of the mill, garden variety Dominos employee. Friday night, White brought three guns, one of them a sawed-off shotgun, into work and shot his assistant manager in the face and stomach.

OK, on its face, that sounds pretty bad, but you have to keep in mind that White has told his fellow employees he was a vampire slayer.

Further, White was described as 35-years-old here, and 23-years-old here. Is it possible that Timothy White is among the undead?

After I mocked the idea of giving the Harry Potter crowd the vote, my friend Angelica at Battle Panda fired a shot across my bow:

The problem in this country is not that too many morons vote, Mr. B, but that too many of them don't.

While I disagree with Angelica at my own peril, I still feel comfortable being for fewer morons voting rather than more.

And, yes, we were. Anyway, have you wondered what the hottest political T-shirt in America is?

Apparently it's a Kerry/Sharpton 2004 T-shirt, which is available from Dems.US. While the idea of a Kerry-Sharpton ticket makes me laugh, you can actually get a T-shirt with Senator Kerry and nearly every conceivable running mate you can think of.

(Full Disclosure: I have not received any remuneration whatsoever for mentioning the above site. While I had hoped to weasel a free T-shirt out of them, now they have blocked all e-mails from my address.)

After self admitted liar and plagiarizer Jason Blair made his PR appearances on Dateline and the Today Show, I'm pleased to note that Burning Down My Masters' House: My Life at the New York Times is currently holding this lofty position on the Amazon.com Sales Rank list:


Eleanor Clift gave us this nugget on this weekend's edition of The McLaughlin Group:

No president who lost the popular vote has been re-elected.

Here's the history:


John Q. Adams: 30.9% (Electoral Votes: 84) WINNER!
Andrew Jackson: 41.3% (Electoral Votes: 99)

Jackson mopped the floor with Adams in 1828 (56% to 43.6%).


Rutherford B. Hayes 48% (Electoral Votes: 185) WINNER!
Samuel Tilden 51% (Electoral Votes: 184)

Hayes didn't seek re-election in 1880.


Benjamin Harrison: 47.8% (Electoral Votes: 233) WINNER!
President Grover Cleveland: 48.6% (Electoral Votes: 168)

Cleveland handily defeated Harrison in the rematch of 1892 (46.1% to 43%--EV: 277-145).


George W. Bush: Popular Votes: 50,456,169 (Alleged Electoral Votes: 271) WINNER!
Al Gore: Popular Votes: 50,996,116 (Alleged Electoral Votes: 267)

2004: ???

Last week, a poll of bloggers attempted to predict who Senator Kerry might choose as his running mate, and nobody picked General Wesley Clark.

Considering that General Clark campaigned for Senator Kerry in Topeka last week, and will be speaking for Senator Kerry in Ohio this week, I wonder if we might have overlooked the eventual choice.

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