Help!

 Posted by at 19:36  Election 2004
Jul 312004
 

Is it just my imagination, or does the elephant really look like it is about to trample Lady Liberty?

She’s running as fast as she can!

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And…

It looks like Cate Edwards just may have a “thing” for Ben Affleck. (I love to start rumors!)

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Out there

 Posted by at 18:32  Politics
Jul 312004
 

Need further proof that George W. Bush is completely out of touch with reality?

Bush Insists Economy Is on ‘Rising Path’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The federal deficit is at a record high and economic growth has slowed, but President Bush is insisting on the campaign trail that the U.S. economy is on a “rising path.” In his weekly radio address Saturday, which he taped Friday while on a stop in Michigan, Bush worked to convince voters that the economic rebound is not stalling.

His optimistic forecast came a day after the White House projected that the deficit for the budget year ending Sept. 30 will soar to $445 billion — the highest in history.

That analysis came as the Commerce Department said economic growth slowed this spring to an annual rate of 3 percent, well below the 3.8 percent spurt that many economists expected. Consumers, hit by high gasoline prices, cut back their spending, the department said.

My advice to Mr. Bush? Take another Prozac.

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Falwell at RNC?

 Posted by at 04:06  Election 2004
Jul 312004
 

Rumor has it that Jerry Falwell will be speaking at the Republican National Convention.

Remember Jerry Falwell? He’s the one who had this to say about the attacks on 9/11:

“I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.'”

He did, as the linked article states, issue a half-hearted apology for his statement.

I hope Jerry Falwell gets lots of stage time at the Republican National Convention.

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Dems & Gay Rights

 Posted by at 02:14  Lifestyle
Jul 312004
 

BoiFromTroy is upset that John Kerry did not come out screaming for gay rights in his acceptance speech at the convention on Thursday night.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

Does John Kerry favor a Constitutional amendment that would forever make same-sex marriage illegal in the United States of America? No.

Does George Bush favor a Constitutional amendment that would forever make same-sex marriage illegal in the United States of America? Yes.

Is there any chance that gays and lesbians will ever enjoy equal rights and equal protection under the law while a Republican administration is in office? No.

Is there any chance that gays and lesbians will ever enjoy equal rights and equal protection under the law while a Democratic administration is in office? Yes.

Which political party has a history of favoring and promoting civil rights? Democratic.

Which political party has a history of opposing and denying civil rights? Republican.

Boi is also upset because the people in charge of the convention would not let gay rights activists wave signs on the convention floor favoring gay marriage. How many such signs does he think he is going to see on the floor of the Republican convention? My bet is zero. My bet is that there will not even be any gay rights activists on the floor of the Republican convention.

If it’s equal rights for gays and lesbians you want, you for dang sure aren’t going to get them from George Bush and the Republicans!

Guest Post

 Posted by at 01:07  Politics
Jul 312004
 

Here’s the deal. I made Laura sit down with the checkbook at the kitchen table up in the residence, and she figures that we’re gonna spend about $445 billion more this year than we’re gonna take in. She says I probably shouldn’t have given all those big tax cuts to all those rich folks, but what does she know?

Things are getting better though, because last time I made her look at the checkbook back in February she figured we were going to be about $521 billion in the hole. That there’s a difference of $76 billion, and they said I couldn’t manage money!

Anyway, here’s the story if you want to read it. I haven’t read it because I don’t read those dang liberal newspapers, but you can if you want to (it has a real nice picture of me you can cut out and hang up on your wall — right next to Jesus). I just want y’all to know how much I appreciate y’all letting me put all this on your credit cards, and the credit cards of your kids and grandkids. Give me four more years and I’ll really show you what I can do!

Golly, I haven’t been up this late in a long time. Laura is gonna kill me. The Secret Service guys won’t like that one little bit. Heck, they get all upset just because I fall off my bike once in a while.

Until next time…
W

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Raking it in

 Posted by at 19:50  Election 2004
Jul 302004
 

Wow.

On Wednesday, the campaign shattered its previous online fundraising record, raising over $3.3 million dollars in one day, only to crush it on Thursday with a total of $5.6 million raised – bringing its two-day total to $8.9 million. At times during Kerry’s speech, johnkerry.com received over 5,000 hits per second.

Almost nine million bucks in two days. All over the internet. Folks are really anxious to be rid of W!

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Loyalty oath

 Posted by at 16:40  Election 2004
Jul 302004
 

Your President and Vice President, whose salaries your tax dollars are paying, have a message for you: They do not serve you, they only serve those who are willing to sign a loyalty oath to them.

An endorsement form provided to the Journal by Random says: “I, (full name) … do herby (sic) endorse George W. Bush for reelection of the United States.” It later adds that, “In signing the above endorsement you are consenting to use and release of your name by Bush-Cheney as an endorser of President Bush.”

Dick Cheney will be attending a campaign rally in New Mexico this weekend. You will not be attending unless you sign your name to this oath. To ensure that your signature is valid, they will verify your address and driver’s license number and will also check to see whether or not you have donated money to Bush/Cheney or have volunteered to work for the campaign.

This is the way in which Bush and Cheney campaign. They are only interested in talking to those who already support them. This is one of the many reasons they will lose in November.

The right man

 Posted by at 00:55  Election 2004
Jul 302004
 

Last evening I discovered that I will be voting for John Kerry in November not because George W. Bush is the wrong man for the job but because John Kerry is the right man for the job.

There was a time, not even a year ago, when I never imagined myself saying that. I always knew that I would never cast my vote for Mr. Bush — that has always been outside the realm of possibility — but I never thought I could be enthusiastic about voting for John Kerry.

I am now.

I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war. I will have a vice president who will not conduct secret meetings with polluters to rewrite our environmental laws. I will have a secretary of defense who will listen to the advice of the military leaders. And I will appoint an attorney general who will uphold the Constitution of the United States.

My fellow Americans, this is the most important election of our lifetime. The stakes are high. We are a nation at war – a global war on terror against an enemy unlike we’ve ever known before. And here at home, wages are falling, health care costs are rising and our great middle class is shrinking. People are working weekends, two jobs, three jobs – and they’re still not getting ahead.

We’re told that outsourcing jobs is good for America. We’re told that jobs that pay $9,000 less than the jobs that have been lost is the best that we can do. They say this is the best economy that we’ve ever had. And they say anyone who thinks otherwise is a pessimist. Well, here is our answer: There is nothing more pessimistic than saying that America can’t do better.

We can do better. We can do better and we will. We’re the optimists. For us, this is a country of the future. We’re the can-do people. And let’s not forget what we did in the 1990’s. We balanced the budget. We paid down the debt. We created 23 million new jobs. We lifted millions out of poverty and we lifted the standard of living for the middle class. We just need to believe in ourselves and we can do it again.

So tonight, in the city where America’s freedom began – only a few blocks from where the sons and daughters of liberty gave birth to our nation – here tonight, on behalf of a new birth of freedom, on behalf of the middle class who deserve a champion and those struggling to join it who deserve a fair shot, for the brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives and for their families who pray for their return, for all those who believe that our best days are ahead of us, with great faith in the American people, I accept your nomination for president of the United States.

John Kerry now has my full support for the presidency of the United States. He is the right man for the job.

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The challenge

 Posted by at 22:55  Election 2004
Jul 292004
 

“I want to address these next words directly to President George W. Bush: In the weeks ahead, let’s be optimists, not just opponents. Let’s build unity in the American family, not angry division. Let’s honor this nation’s diversity; let’s respect one another; and let’s never misuse for political purposes the most precious document in American history, the Constitution of the United States.”John Kerry, while accepting the nomination of the Democratic Party, July 29, 2004

Somehow I doubt that Mr. Bush is quite up to that challenge. The negative campaign ads have probably already been committed to tape. His success depends on division and pessimism*.

The Democratic National Convention has ended. It was, I felt, a fairly positive convention. Rather than dwell on the failures of the current administration, of which there are many, the Democrats chose to focus on the promise of the future.

I will be watching with great interest the meeting of the Republicans in a month’s time.

The reaction, thus far, of some of those on the right has, to say the least, been interesting.

*pessimism: 1. the belief that the evil in life outweighs the good; 2. the tendency to always expect the worst.

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Sea of signs

 Posted by at 06:09  Election 2004
Jul 292004
 

Have you been watching the Democratic National Convention? Have you ever wondered how all those signs appear on the convention floor at just the right moment? Like all those orange Edwards signs that magically appeared last night just as John Edwards appeared at the podium?

Here’s how.