Archive for September, 2004

KERRY 1, Bush 0

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

Senator Kerry wiped the floor with Bush. All Bush could do was hark back to his “I will not waver” rhetoric; to which Kerry effectively destroyed with one sentence (paraphrased) “It’s one thing to be certain, but another to be certain and WRONG.” Bush has lost some credibility tonight.–Alex

TheStar.com - ‘I can make America safer’: Kerry

EXCERPT:
John Kerry lashed out at George W. Bush in their first televised debate tonight, saying he made a “colossal error of judgment” by invading Iraq.
“I can make America safer than President Bush,” said Kerry, who criticized his presidential opponent for alienating key allies and shouldering most of the burden of the conflict.
Kerry, in calm, confident tones and frequently smiling, maintained he wouldn’t “take his eye off the gold” - Al Qaeda terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
“Iraq wasn’t even close to the war on terror before the president invaded. And he rushed to the war in Iraq without a plan to win the peace.”

Ike’s son to vote for John Kerry

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

Why I will vote for John Kerry for President

Guest Commentary From New Hampshire’s The Union Leader

By John Eisenhower

The Presidential election to be held this coming Nov. 2 will be one of extraordinary importance to the future of our nation. The outcome will determine whether this country will continue on the same path it has followed for the last 3˝ years or whether it will return to a set of core domestic and foreign policy values that have been at the heart of what has made this country great.
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Are we really more secure?

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

Why would any real “Security Mom” support an administration that has done more to make the US vulnerable to terrorism than any other in our history?–Jake

The Security Mom Myth

Alternet Editor’s Note: This report comes from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a public opinion and strategic research company.

By Anna Greenberg

In the past weeks, we have seen numerous articles and commentaries discussing John Kerry’s problem with women. As the argument goes, Kerry is losing women and that this erosion is rooted in their deep-seeded concerns about security. Women simply trust George Bush more than Kerry to keep them safe and they drop off from Kerry as they are less confident he can handle the war on terrorism and homeland security. The fabled “security moms” lead this charge, as they worry about the safety of their children especially after being exposed to the images of terrorism in Russia and rising terrorist attacks around the world. These “key” women voters, it is said, want to hear more about security from Democrats and Kerry.
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Here we go again.

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

Playing With the Election Rules (NY Times Editorial)

One of the lessons of the election mess in Florida in 2000 was that a secretary of state can deprive a large number of people of the right to vote by small manipulations of the rules. This year in Ohio and Colorado, two key battlegrounds, the secretaries of state have been interpreting the rules in ways that could prevent thousands of eligible Americans from voting. In both states, the courts should step in.
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Judge Rules Against Patriot Act Provision

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

Top News Article | Reuters.com

EXCERPT:

Surveillance powers granted to the FBI under the Patriot Act, a cornerstone of the Bush Administration’s war on terror, were ruled unconstitutional by a judge on Wednesday in a new blow to U.S. security policies.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero, in the first decision against a surveillance portion of the act, ruled for the American Civil Liberties Union in its challenge against what it called “unchecked power” by the FBI to demand confidential customer records from communication companies, such as Internet service providers or telephone companies.

Marrero, stating that “democracy abhors undue secrecy,” found that the law violates constitutional prohibitions against unreasonable searches. He said it also violated free speech rights by barring those who received FBI demands from disclosing they had to turn over records.

Because of this gag order, the ACLU initially had to file its suit against the Department of Justice under seal to avoid penalties for violation of the surveillance laws.

Wonder who read it to him?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

When this was first posted earlier this morning, the link to The Lone Star Iconoclast was unavailable. I’m sure it was a temporary bandwidth problem and not some Neo-Con prankster making trouble. Here is the link to the editorial: Kerry Will Restore American Dignity.–Jake

Newspaper near Bush’s ranch endorses Kerry

By JULIE MASON
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

CRAWFORD - Saying President Bush came into office with a “smoke-screened agenda,” Crawford’s weekly newspaper, The Lone Star Iconoclast, is endorsing Democrat John Kerry for president
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Trust Us, We’re Your Government

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

Anyone remember the 1998 movie “Enemy of the State?”–Jake

Spy Imagery Agency Watching Inside U.S.

By KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER, Associated Press Writer

BETHESDA, Md. - In the name of homeland security, America’s spy imagery agency is keeping a close eye, close to home. It’s watching America. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, about 100 employees of a little-known branch of the Defense Department called the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — and some of the country’s most sophisticated aerial imaging equipment — have focused on observing what’s going on in the United States.
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Bushites are at it Again

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

Bush Ad Twists Kerry’s Words on Iraq

Summary

Kerry has never wavered from his support for giving Bush authority to use force in Iraq, nor has he changed his position that he, as President, would not have gone to war without greater international support. But a Bush ad released Sept. 27 takes many of Kerry’s words out of context to make him appear to be alternately praising the war and condemning it.

Florida 2000 Plus 4

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

Ex-president predicts repeat of Florida vote fiasco

Former US president Jimmy Carter, who has policed elections around the world, has accused Florida officials of not doing enough to fix their election system after the 2000 presidential election debacle.

“The disturbing fact is that a repetition of the problems of 2000 now seems likely,” Mr Carter wrote in The Washington Post 36 days before the next presidential election.
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Being homosexual in small-town Oklahoma

Monday, September 27th, 2004

In the Bible Belt, Acceptance Is Hard-Won (washingtonpost.com)

EXCERPT:

“I wake up and I try so hard to look at a girl,” he says. “I tell myself I’m gonna be different. It doesn’t work.”

Michael is 17 and gay, though his mother still cries and asks, “Are you sure?” He’s pretty sure. It’s just that he doesn’t exactly know how to be gay in rural Oklahoma. He bought some Cher CDs. He tried a body spray from Wal-Mart called Bod. He drove 22 miles to the Barnes & Noble in Tulsa, where the gay books are discreetly kept in the back of the store on a shelf labeled “Sociology.”

Censored: This Column

Monday, September 27th, 2004

Editor’s Note: James Nimmo sent this our way with this note:

Readers,

I’ve been given permission to forward to this list the following emails and story by Dr. Robin Meyers, minister of Mayflower Congregational Church in Oklahoma City.

The publishers of the weekly Oklahoma Gazette have chosen to censor Dr. Meyers and his column which appears in monthly rotation in the weekly shopper, to use Frosty Troy’s description.
Dr. Meyers is the recipient of the Angie Debo Award for Intellectual Freedom given annually by the ACLU of Oklahoma. In addition to being the senior pastor at Mayflower Congregational Church, Dr. Meyers is professor of rhetoric at Oklahoma City University. Dr. Myers is also the author of two well-received books, “Mornings on a White Piano” and “The Virtue in the Vice”, which carries a recommendation from Bishop Tutu of anti-apartheid fame and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
In my opinion, the Oklahoma Gazette exploits Dr. Meyers as a lightening rod for its letters column which frequently contains as many as three letters written by fundies who are jealous that Dr. Meyers’s erudition and Christianity trumps their own as they splutter and foam about the number of hairs on their heads and whether sparrows and lilies neither spin nor toil.
Dr. Meyers has asked his supporters to politely contact the Oklahoma Gazette and express their appreciation for his columns and the objection to his censorship.
Outstanding in his support of progressive causes such as, but not limited to, the abolition of the death penalty and gay equality, Dr. Meyers does not deserve this insult from the Oklahoma Gazette, whose main business is promoting the spending of capitalist cash, and the aggrandizing of GOPer Kirk Humphreys, former mayor of OKC, and failed candidate for United States Senate, thanks to Bob Anthony’s entry in to that sordid campaign.
Contact info for the Gazette is:
voice 405-528-6000
fax 405-528-4600
email editor@okgazette.com and publisher@okgazette.com
Jim Nimmo, Oklahoma City

Though we do not have express permission to reprint it, we will do so unless Dr. Meyers objects.
Rhetoric and Reality

HIJACKING THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
by Dr. Robin Meyers
Minister, Mayflower Congregational Church
Oklahoma City, OK

Leaders of more than 50 nations gathered last week at the UN to discuss world poverty, and the rising gap between rich and poor. President Bush was conspicuously absent. This “born again” president, who talks constantly about his relationship to Jesus Christ, skipped the meetings about helping poor people, but showed up to address the general assembly and brag about the war.

When a non-binding agreement was reached to try to help the more than one billion people who live on less than a dollar a day, Bush didn’ t sign it. It must have sounded like a bad deal for corporations, and we all know that God is more interested in big business than in poor people.

He didn’t sign the Kyoto accord either, because he has discussed global warming with God, and knows that it’s all a socialist plot against big oil and free trade. He and Jesus must have had a talk recently about assault weapons, and decided between them that every God-fearing man and woman should be able to own a machine gun if they like, because an armed disciple is a safe disciple.

By rolling back years of bi-partisan environmental law designed to protect the earth which the Psalmist said belongs to the Lord, Bush has given the biblical concept of “stewardship” a new twist. The earth belongs to Haliburton, and the fulness thereof.

While everyone is arguing about the Patriot Act, there is another serious threat to the very soul of the nation that is getting far less attention: The Sermon-on-the-Mount-Suspension-Act.

In a high-level, secret meeting at an undisclosed location, Bush and Cheney met secretly with the Lord (Bush, to his credit, did not want to have to answer questions put to him by Jesus alone). Cheney did most of the talking, and although not even the minutes of that meeting are available to the public, it was decided that faith, from now on, means that the president and God will take turn winking at each other.

Whenever the Lord says, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”, Bush will wink and say, “But not the mineral rights!” And then the two of them will laugh all the way to the bank.

If the Lord says, “Pray for your enemies and those who persecute you,” Bush will flash that Texas smirk, that gnostic grin, and say, ” I’m all for prayer, don’ t get me wrong, but you can’ t love a terrorist who has a bomb strapped to his chest.” And Jesus will say, “What was I thinking?”

Whenever Jesus says, “Judge not, lest you be judged,” Bush will say “That’s fine for Sunday School, but Lee Atwater had a better gospel, and he taught it to my daddy: seek and destroy, before they seek and destroy you. This includes actual war heroes and triple amputees.”

When the Lord says “Be humble, don’t pray in public to be heard by other men, and remember that giving a cup of cold water to a thirsty child is all the law and the prophets,” Bush will shrug those mighty shoulders and remind the Lord that humility can be confused with weakness, public prayer can be particularly effective in the swing states, and private sector water for children is dandy, but leaving “no child untested” is the true meaning of love.

That’s when the meeting turned sour, and Jesus got concerned. He reminded Bush that he once stopped an execution in progress, reversing “an eye for an eye.” Then the former Texas governor got a tad impatient himself, and started lecturing Jesus on “coddling criminals.” “What about forgiveness?,” said the Lord? “Overrated,”‘ quipped Bush.

That’s when Jesus got up and walked out.

Maybe it’s time we all walk out.

Alienating our Allies

Monday, September 27th, 2004

More evidence of the good will squandered by the Bushites. Is there anyone left in Europe that feels good about the US? I just hope some out there understand that the policies of the Bush Administration are not universally shared by real Americans.–Jake

From Role Model to International Bully in Three Short Years

Commentary from th LA Times by Frederic Morton

“How is your baseball team doing?” I asked my young bank teller friend in Vienna recently.

A small pause. “Tomorrow is our final game.”

“Finished for the season?”

“Well, not just for the season,” he said, looking down to count again, rather unnecessarily, the dollar bills he had just counted. “Uh, it’s in view of what’s been happening. I mean, I guess we’re over that phase. We’re going back to soccer. It’s hard to explain.”
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