Posted by at 23:13  Election 2004
Aug 312004

Laura, Laura, Laura…

“My husband didn’t want to go to war.”

How could she possibly say that without giggling?

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Mr. Universe

 Posted by at 21:48  Election 2004
Aug 312004

I just broke my own rule of not watching any of the Republican National Revival Meeting. We just watched Schwarzengroper. Unfortunately, we were eating dinner at the same time. I couldn’t finish mine. That was the most disgusting display I have seen in a long, long time.

Those idiots were actually applauding Richard Milhouse Nixon! They were applauding the man who, until George W. Bush, held the title of worst president in my lifetime. It was not a pretty sight.

The title of his entire speech should have been “True Lies.” I want those twenty minutes back! That’ll teach me to break the rules.

P.S. Here are just a couple of my favorite Nixon quotes:

  • “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”
  • “You can’t depend on the man who made the mess to clean it up.”
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 Posted by at 20:20  Election 2004
Aug 312004

William Saletan of Slate asks: “What does 9/11 tell us about Bush?” and answers: “Nothing“.

Kind of shoots down the whole purpose of this week’s Revival Meeting, doesn’t it?

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Rudy’s hot air

 Posted by at 19:40  Election 2004
Aug 312004

In a column entitled “Giuliani Charges Lack Context“, Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post exposes some of the myths behind Rudolph W. Giuliani’s remarks at the Republican National Revival Meeting last night.

For example:

Giuliani: “I quote John Kerry: ‘I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.’ “

The context: The administration’s request for the funding was controversial, even among Republicans, and various attempts were made to split off $67 billion for the troops from the $20 billion for reconstruction, or to turn the $20 billion grant into a loan, or to fund some of the spending by raising taxes on incomes greater than $312,000. Kerry voted for a different version of the bill, just as Bush had vowed to veto a version that originally passed in the Senate that would have converted half of the Iraq rebuilding plan into a loan.

“America’s Mayor” appears to be falling into the Republican habit of telling half-truths. Shame on you, Rudy!

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MT 3.1

 Posted by at 17:01  Weblogging
Aug 312004

This site is now running under Movable Type version 3.1. If you encounter any problems, please let me know.

Actually, we’ve been running under beta code of version 3.1 for the past couple of weeks. Didn’t even know, did you?

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 Posted by at 13:56  Election 2004
Aug 312004

Michael Moore writes from the Republican National Revival Meeting:

The GOP doesn’t reflect America

Hanging out around the convention, I’ve encountered a number of the Republican faithful who aren’t delegates. They warm up to me when they don’t find horns or a tail. Talking to them, I discover they’re like many people who call themselves Republicans but aren’t really Republicans. At least not in the radical-right way that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft and Co. have defined Republicans.

I asked one man who told me he was a “proud Republican,” “Do you think we need strong laws to protect our air and water?”

“Well, sure,” he said. “Who doesn’t?”

I asked whether women should have equal rights, including the same pay as men.

“Absolutely,” he replied.

“Would you discriminate against someone because he or she is gay?”

“Um, no.” The pause — I get that a lot when I ask this question — is usually because the average good-hearted person instantly thinks about a gay family member or friend.

I’ve often found that if I go down the list of “liberal” issues with people who say they’re Republican, they are quite liberal and not in sync with the Republicans who run the country. Most don’t want America to be the world’s police officer and prefer peace to war. They applaud civil rights, believe all Americans should have health insurance and think assault weapons should be banned. Though they may personally oppose abortion, they usually don’t think the government has the right to tell a women what to do with her body.

There’s a name for these Republicans: RINOs or Republican In Name Only. They possess a liberal, open mind and don’t believe in creating a worse life for anyone else.

The Republican Party’s leadership knows America is not only filled with RINOs, but most Americans are much more liberal than the delegates gathered in New York.

The Republicans know it. That’s why this week we’re seeing gay-loving Rudy Giuliani, gun-hating Michael Bloomberg and abortion-rights advocate Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As tough of a pill as it is to swallow, Republicans know that the only way to hold onto power is to pass themselves off as, well, as most Americans. It’s a good show.

So have a good time, Republicans. It could be your last happy party for awhile if all the RINOs and liberal majority figure it out on Nov. 2.

I think most right-wing bloggers are RINOs. They are basically good people — they just haven’t figured it out yet. (Well, except maybe this one, who seems to be drinking the kool-aid by the gallon. I think there may still be hope for this one.)

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Flip-flopping George

 Posted by at 13:25  Election 2004
Aug 312004

Yesterday he said he did not think we could win the war against terrorism.

Today he says we will.

Can you say flip-flop?

I guess Karl Rove kicked him in the seat of his pants a few times.

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Just a thought

 Posted by at 03:21  Election 2004
Aug 312004

As I read the reports of how the Republicans are invoking 9/11 as the dominant theme of their revival meeting this week, I wonder if the thought has ever crossed any of their minds that if George W. Bush and his buds had not been in office there might not have been a 9/11.

Another, more astute administration may have been able to interpret the warning signs and taken the necessary steps to prevent those attacks.

And lest we forget what George W. Bush was doing that morning while the United States was under attack…

and the rest of that day…

The view from NYC

 Posted by at 01:26  Election 2004
Aug 312004


I walked past the marina in front of the Financial Center and saw a group of about eight people who looked like conventioneers getting off of a yacht. They were dressed in suits and formal gowns and embodied the caricature parodied by Billionaires for Bush. I shook my head and walked past them but something just tugged at me. They were right there. I just wanted to tell them how I felt. I wouldn’t yell. I wouldn’t get angry. I’d just tell them.

I turned around and went back to the boat. I steadied myself and went to the edge of the marina. I don’t remember everything that happened perfectly, but this is the best I can recall: As calmly as I could, I asked if they were here as part of the convention. They glanced my way and then pointedly ignored me. I could tell they were getting nervous because they sped up their disembarkation and were trying to get out of there as soon as possible. I got out the words “I just wanted to tell you…” and then burst into tears. I can’t tell you exactly what I said and I’m sure I rambled on but it went something like “You might think we’re all just a bunch of angry protesters who just hate Bush but we’re not. We’re angry because Bush betrayed us. He lied to us about the safety of our homes and whether the air was safe to breathe. That’s betrayal. We’ve spent the last three years putting this community back together and getting our lives back on track and Bush just comes here and rips the wound back open so he can get re-elected. That’s not a leader. A leader helps you rebuild your life. A leader doesn’t make you relive all of that pain just to help himself.” And I left. I cried all the way back to my apartment building.

Read all of it.

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