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09/30/04 :: By William Hare
The Hollywood Liberal is a Site Offering the Rare Jewel of Pungent Satire
Categories :: Media

Satire is a rare commodity. Humor is one of the toughest forms of writing, but provides plenty of it while dissecting the major issues of the day. H.L. has an extensive media background and understands the tricks of the trade, which he exposes with his informative thrusts.

09/30/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Kerry Will Win and The Bush Spin Will Begin
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

I have seldom been as certain of anything than the scenario I am about to project. Given past indications it does not even seem like a prediction; call it instead conviction based on solid previous indicators.

09/30/04 :: By Tom Ball
Gallup: Kerry 50%, Bush 46% Nationwide - Learn the Truth
Categories :: Polling

Our ally, Dr. Polkatz, has looked at Gallup's recent results using weights of other polling outfits. The result, instead of a large Bush lead, we have KERRY AHEAD by 4% nationwide.

09/30/04 :: By Tom Ball
Bush, Iraq, al Qaeda and the Art of Lying
Categories :: Lies :: Tactics

So versed in and so dependent upon lying is the Bush Administration to promote its agenda that they have developed and implemented a recognizable portfolio of lies.

* The “My word against your word” Lie
* The “Impossible to prove or disprove” Lie
* The “Gross distortion” Lie
* The “Irrelevant association” Lie
* The “Blatant” Lie

09/30/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Fox's Republican Spin Machine Exposed
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

“Outfoxed” clears away the smoke and reveals the “fair and balanced” motto of Fox News to be an outrageous sham. Early in this fast-paced and highly informative documentary produced and directed by the talented Robert Greenwald, Fox star commentator Neil Cavuto exclaims, “ … if, God forbid, John Kerry is elected president.”

09/29/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Pilger Reveals Corporate Media Monopoly
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Australian John Pilger became a familiar name in America during the period preceding and following the outbreak of the Iraq War. Based in London, Pilger daringly bucked government pressures to expose Prime Minister Tony Blair and his war aims, citing as baseless the claims echoed by George W. Bush across the Atlantic of imminent dangers from Iraq.

09/29/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Spin With a Grin
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Something's making me smile, and I'm sure you want to know what it is. Because you do. You really do.

09/29/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Bush Compared to FDR and Praised for Alleged Inner Security
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Chris Matthews recently exhibited an example of going off the deep end to depict George W. Bush as anything but what and who he really is. In the process of showing Bush before a rally of the faithful exhorting the crowd with the traditional one sentence mantra, “Kerry changes his position ever day. He has at least eight positions on Iraq” the Hardball host smiled with admiration and began shoveling corporate media compost at blinding speed.

09/28/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
There Goes the Neighborhood
Categories :: Iraq In an interview in Paris, Jordan’s King Abdullah says that elections in January in Iraq are impossible. King Abdullah’s advice Bush has failed to establish a path to democracy for Iraq and has only created a failed and flawed interim...

09/28/04 :: By Stu Finkel
What the Fuck are the Pollsters Thinking?
Categories :: Polling

But more importantly, the polls themselves must be considered more and more suspect. As has been noted here and elsewhere around the blogosphere over the past month, they are heavily skewed towards Republicans, even though self-declared Democrats usually outnumber Republicans.

09/28/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
There is No There There!
Categories :: Election 2004 As we all bide our time for the first debate and its possible impact on the election, we are torn as to what John Kerry should do in the debate. Ann Richards has some important insights into George Bush. I...

09/28/04 :: By Tom Ball
Tactic: Use the "Weasel Word" to Turn Opinion Into Fact
Categories :: Tactics

In line with the prior post, "Tactic: Assert Blatant Lies as a Matter of Opinion", I offer you the magical 'weasel word' that instantly transforms any opinion into a brazen assertion of fact...and includes built in plausibility of denial...after all, it was just your opinion.

09/28/04 :: By Tom Ball
Tactic: Assert Blatent Lies as a Matter of Opinion
Categories :: Lies :: Tactics

We all know that this administration is rife with liars. However, they are usually careful to at least feign some minimal effort to cloud the lines between reality and what say. Not so with the 'Big K'. Karen Hughes, lead blocker for this inept administration, blew through the line as she lied this lie through her lying teeth.

09/28/04 :: By Delton Murphy
Prisoner of Hope
Categories :: Anti-War :: Books :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Philosophy :: Progressive Strategy :: Terrorism

It's difficult to begin to heal the deep-seated wounds of 9/11 with Osama Bin Laden still at-large. As someone who lost a friend during the World Trade Center attacks, the capture of Saddam Hussein and the assassination of his sons along with over 11,000 Iraqi civilians and countless Afghanis, didn’t make me feel any better nor did it bring me any closure.

09/27/04 :: By Tom Ball
Pre-Debate Electoral Prediction
Categories :: Elections

Time to put my money where my mouth is.

KERRY: 306 (22 States + DC)
BUSH: 232 (28 States)

This is my prediction of the 2004 Presidential Election based on the most recent state polls, state idiosyncrasies, and John Kerry's history as a very strong closer.

09/27/04 :: By Tom Ball
Conversations with Conservatives
Categories :: Blowhards :: Conservatives

I have the dubious distinction of being able to cavort with a host of various types of right-wing radicals. Indeed, some of the conversations I have with them are both sickening and enlightening. By "enlightening", I mean that the true beliefs of these ideologues come to the fore. There is little cover-up and little mincing of words. With that said, I think it is time that I share these conversations with the world. The world should see how these people think and understand their unconcealed motives, objectives and attitudes.

09/27/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
The Bible has lessons, even for George W. Bush
Categories :: George W. Bush

Sitting in church this Sunday, September 26th I was struck by the reading from the New Testament. (Oh yes, liberal Democrats go to church and we pray. In fact, we pray very hard for God to deliver us from George W. Bush.) The Gospel Lesson was from Luke 16: 19-31.

09/26/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Inspiration to Hit the Streets
Categories :: Activism

Sure the information war is important, and the blogs have provided a source of growing importance in fighting this war, but getting out in the canvassing trenches is in the end where votes are won (or even created, as these diaries show, when unregistered voters are registered).

09/26/04 :: By Stu Finkel
McCain NRSC Team Player of Week
Categories :: Elections

John McCain was named National Republican Senatorial Committee team player of the week, which should put to rest any lingering threads of infatuation that some unfortunate liberals once had with the so-called maverick.

09/26/04 :: By Tom Ball
Bush Might Pull Out of Presidential Debate
Categories :: Election 2004

Bush seems to be thwarting the debates by presenting ridiculous demands that will never be met. Reality: If he dumps out of the debates, it will be the stupidest decision of Karl Rove's career.

09/25/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Does Bush Actually Know What Foreign Leaders Think?
Categories :: Iraq

In a remarkable interview Pakistan President Musharraf talks to CNN’s Paula Zahn. Musharraf paints an uncertain and dangerous picture and does not help Bush’s notion that Iraq is making progress and that it will be all right. Bush consistently ignores the opinions of others and believes his convictions are correct. Bush is consistent – yeah – but he is consistently wrong.

09/25/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Bush Praised as a Great Debater
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

For years actor Robert Preston impressed with his talent but failed to secure that significant role that would propel him to the stardom he deserved. He found that role in the spectacularly successful Broadway musical, The Music Man. Preston was so convincing that he also starred in the film version of the hit show, achieving another astounding triumph.

09/24/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Who's the Fiscal Conservative?
Categories :: Taxes

The federal budget, nondefense discretionary spending, the budget deficient, and the size of the federal government have all grown under Bush. Fiscal conservative? Fuhgettaboudit.

09/24/04 :: By Mel Valentin
Shooting the War: Documentary
Categories :: Documentary Shooting the War, a 1999 Canadian documentary co-directed by Patrick Chauvel and Antoine Novet, explores, in cursory fashion, the subgroup of photojournalists who work and have worked in high-risk war zones, from World War II through the smaller, if nonetheless...

09/24/04 :: By Bob Kendall
It's Bush and the Republicans Who Are Blowing Hot Air
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

It is best for the Bush Administration not to create political humor out of Kerry blowing with the wind as he relaxes. The fact is that this Republican Administration has blown so much hot air that it could be carried in its massive entirety up, up and away.

09/24/04 :: By William Hare
Is a Nixon Dirty Trickster and Wife Swapper Behind the CBS Memo Scandal?
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

Roger Stone, a Republican “public relations operative”, has been linked by the New York Post to the ongoing scandal involving CBS’ reporting of memos regarding George Bush’s Texas Air National Guard record. When contacted at his Miami home he did not deny his involvement, issuing a “no comment” response.

09/24/04 :: By William Hare
Bush Says No Draft Plan, but Congress has Two Draft Bills Waiting
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

This insightful editorial appeared in the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette. It demonstrates that Bush, despite his irresponsible claims that things are essentially going well in Iraq, is quickly running out of options.

09/23/04 :: By William Hare
Nice Try, Major Media: The Race is a Tossup Despite Your Best Efforts!
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

How quick certain major media sources were to dismiss John Kerry’s candidacy and hand over a second term to George W. Bush by deciding that, on the basis of polling, the race was over. By decreeing that Bush had secured a double-digit lead and that the race was dwindling rapidly to a close, Kerry’s failure to present a clear message had cost him dearly and the results were virtually signed and sealed. The latest Zogby poll finds the race dead even. Recent Harris and Pew polls reached the same conclusion.

09/23/04 :: By Bob Kendall
George Bush's Corporate Democracy
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

What kind of “democracy” are we fighting for in Iraq and Afghanistan? Is it the brand of “democracy” existing in the U.S.A. today? A degenerate democracy where it is no longer the “will of the people” but the tremendous power of the money, the Almighty Dollar, being poured into the political campaigns of vested interests of “big business” such as the shameful funding facts revolving around the political power purchased by America’s gigantic pharmaceuticals corporations.

09/23/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
The GOP: The Party of Hate
Categories :: Elections

The GOP is at it again in 2004. Check out the mailer (thank you Steve Clemons and Washington Note) sent in West Virginia and evidently also Arkansas. So where is the national media on this story? Where is the fact finding and the investigation into who is doing this? Ed Gillespie of the RNC says he doesn’t know anything about itm but the return address on the mailer is, you guessed it: the RNC.

09/22/04 :: By Bob Kendall
Booze and Bush
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

Never before in the history of the United States of America have we had a President who admits he drank heavily until he was 40, as Bush freely admitted in an interview with Barbara Walters. He claimed he quit “cold turkey”, I believe after his “Born Again” claim.

09/22/04 :: By William Hare
Bush at Harvard: Loud, Loutish and a Pathological Liar
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

Here is an excellent article from Mary Jacoby that was printed in on September 16. It describes with clarity and insight the George W. Bush of his Harvard Business School days from the standpoint of his professor.

09/22/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Anybody But Bush Bus
Categories :: Anti-War :: Campaigns :: Election 2004 :: Tactics

With just 40 days until this year's presidential election, many liberals and progressives like myself are terrified that George W. Bush may actually get a second term. Whether you believe the polls, the press, or the pundits really doesn't matter because there is only one bottom line concerning this election: we're in serious trouble.

09/22/04 :: By William Hare
To the Media: Let's get rid of Bush, not Rather
Categories :: Campaigns

Will the corporate media hand wringing ever end concerning CBS and Dan Rather? Here is a man with a long and proud career that the mainstream media is deciding should be retired to pasture for one alleged mistake pertaining to some memos that cannot be corroborated.

09/21/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Know Thy Enemy: What We Can Learn from the GOP
Categories :: Tactics In Michael Moore's latest "Mike's Message", he wrote the following: Enough of the handwringing! Enough of the doomsaying! Do I have to come there and personally calm you down? Stop with all the defeatism, OK? Bush IS a goner --...

09/21/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
And The Lord Doth Smote
Categories :: Satire

Map of three Florida hurricanes demonstrates God's wrath against Florida Republicans (or does it?).

09/21/04 :: By Tom Ball
Tactic: Use Grassroots Campaigns to Prop Agenda-Friendly Books Into the Spotlight
Categories :: Tactics

When fighting for a cause -- in this case a progressive national agenda -- every battle is important. And victory can come in many forms.

09/21/04 :: By Tom Ball
Too Good Not to Steal
Categories :: Satire

Excellent cartoon showing the ridiculous spin the GOP has successfully cast to turn an ignorant, stubborn, oaf into a 'strong leader'. Oh...and a Letterman Top 10.

09/21/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Media Credibility Gap
Categories :: Elections For those of you that don’t know by now, I am a middle-aged white male, with two masters and a PhD, a veteran, a life-long Democrat. I’m married to a woman, owned by two dogs and two cats, and live...

09/21/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Gender Gap Disappears?
Categories :: Elections

NPR's Cokie Roberts reported today that not only has the gender gap disappeared, but Bush is actually winning the women's vote.

How many people actually believe this? Democrats have been winning the women's vote for 20 years. If any Republican is going to erase it, it won't be Bush.

Further evidence that the polls are useless this year.

09/20/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Whither Edwards?
Categories :: Edwards, John

Edwards was supposed to be the warm fuzzy lovable face of the KE04 campaign. Hence, the media scratches its head about Edwards' campaigning in poor, rural, struggling, small communities. Not me; I think it's brilliant.

09/20/04 :: By William Hare
Is the Corporate Media Trying to Create a Bandwagon Effect for Bush?
Categories :: Campaigns

If you are following the muddled and muddy current presidential campaign and are not dismayed or baffled by the current polling scene, my question is, “Why Not?” We see two tendencies manifesting themselves, that of independent polling groups calling the race a dead heat or virtual tie with a slight edge for Bush and those attached to the corporate structure, which reveal a vastly different story.

09/20/04 :: By Tom Ball
Remember the White House Response to Fake Uranium Documents?
Categories :: Conservatives :: Hypocrisy :: Lies

Conservatives are hot on Rather's tail -- trumpeting Dan's quote, "...we have been misled." and inevitably calling for the demise of both Rather and CBS News. Of course conservatives were quite less ambitious with their efforts to castigate the last high profile 'victim' of a fake document.
Recall the White House's appraisal of Iraq's Nuclear Ambitions:

09/20/04 :: By William Hare
Is There a Bush-Media Cabal to get Dan Rather?
Categories :: Campaigns

Dan Rather was Richard Nixon’s least favorite media person, quite a distinction since he disliked many media members intensely. It was Rather who exposed as a field reporter the futility of the Vietnam War and later aggressively covered the Watergate story, which led to Nixon’s resignation under disgrace, for which the right never forgave the CBS reporter.

09/19/04 :: By Stu Finkel
This is about the Memo ... But Only in Passing
Categories :: George W. Bush

How have any of the questions about AWOL's absence from duty been answered?

09/19/04 :: By Mel Valentin
Hearts and Minds: Vietnam War Documentary
Categories :: Vietnam War Hearts and Minds, the 1974 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature directed by Peter Davis, critically dissects the consequences of the Vietnam War on both the South Vietnamese the U.S. ostensibly meant to assist against so-called “Communist aggression” from...

09/19/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Polls up their you know whats
Categories :: Polling

The wide divergence in polls that has been seen especially this past week is nothing short of bizzarre. As the headlines up here on this website today indicate, things, if anything, seem to be swinging back Kerry's way

09/17/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
A Little Humor for the Weekend
Categories :: Satire

How many members of the Bush Administration does it take to replace a light bulb?

09/16/04 :: By Drew Johnston
The State of Things, or This Post Is Not About the Killian Memo
Categories :: Terrorism

Before I write a post, I read through several major blogs to see if there’s anything worth writing about. If there’s a noteworthy story, I take 30 minutes and write an angle on it. The problem with this strategy became clear today, when I realized that if I followed it, I’d end up writing about the damn Memogate story. You know what? I don’t care. The blogosphere spent the last week arguing over whether or not a typewriter could produce the memo, and for that we should all be ashamed, left and right alike. I don’t care, and by the looks of things, no one else cares either.

09/16/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
2004 A Mixed Bag For Gay Rights
Categories :: Gay Rights

A year in review as it concerns election of gay and lesbian candidates, anti-gay-marriage legislation and consitutional amendments, and (voluntary and involuntary) outing of gay politicians. Although 2004 is a mixed bag, there is reason for optimism.

09/15/04 :: By Mel Valentin
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
Categories :: Media Ambitious in scope, and culled from more than five years of footage by documentary filmmakers Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, 1993’s Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, is an often unfocused (and often uncritical) documentary on the life, times,...

09/15/04 :: By Tom Ball
Professor: Bush Admitted "Daddy had good friends who got him [into the Guard] despite the long waiting list"
Categories :: George W. Bush

Now there is testimonial evidence that George H. W. Bush had first-hand involvement in getting his son into the Guard and avoid service in Vietnam:

09/15/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Putin's Power Play
Categories :: Terrorism

The first substantial reforms Vladimir Putin plans to introduce after the recent horrific terrorist attacks in Russia, in particular the gut-wrenching massacre of schoolchildren in Beslan, North Ossetia, include abolishing the popular election of regional governors and the voting of Duma (parliamentary) deputies strictly by Party rather than on an individual basis.

09/15/04 :: By Tom Ball
Bush Brings a Half Trillion Dollar Hike in Household Energy Prices
Categories :: Economy

Boy, I thought $4 for a gallon of milk was the reason my wallet is paper-thin. I never really blamed my energy bills. I always figured I was jacking up the AC a bit too much or that I stepped over the line pampering myself with a blistering winter performance by my antiquated heater.

09/15/04 :: By Tom Ball
Another Person Who Opposes a Ban on Assault Weapons
Categories :: Guns

What could possibly be the purpose of making assault weapons legal in the United States? Well, I know of at least one person who can think of a reason he wants to have them.

09/13/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Commander Codpiece Coward
Categories :: George W. Bush

There is nothing novel in noticing that Republicans in general and Bush in particular sells himself on the basis of (heavily produced) machismo (flight deck full getup; clearing brush on his movie-set "ranch"; bring em on; etc., etc.). It is as nauseating as it is predictable, and yet it has proven to work well with an unfortunately large segment of the Limbaughtemized white male population.

Democrats are finally realizing is that this carefully constructed facade can be punctured, and that many Americans are not so foolish or inattentive not to see an obvious fraud when they see one.

09/13/04 :: By Tom Ball
Must Read Books and Must See DVDs for the 2004 Election
Categories :: Books

As we approach the most important election of the past 25 centuries, I think it is important to refresh our memory as to why it is so critical. Thus, I have supplied a rather extensive "Election 2004" Reading/Viewing list.

09/12/04 :: By William Hare
A Neo-Nazi and A Nixon Thug Spin a Web of Lies
Categories :: Books

It has bothered Karl Rove from the outset that John Kerry was a decorated Vietnam War hero while his candidate George W. Bush avoided the conflict through his father’s string pulling to get him into the “Champagne Unit” of the Texas National Guard. In seeking to negate a potential advantage for Kerry the Bush-Rove team did the natural thing under the circumstances, plunging into the mud and smearing Kerry.

09/12/04 :: By Tom Ball
U.S. News and World Report Suggests Bush Should Not Have Received an Honorable Discharge
Categories :: George W. Bush

Now U.S. News and World Report has released an analysis of Bush's Guard duty and has come to the conclusion that he did not least legitimately...his honorably discharge.

09/10/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Tale of the Document, Part 2
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

OK, so we now that yes, Virginia, there were typewriters with proportional spacing in 1972. But, alas, that fact alone is not enough. You see, the “forgery” would-be scandal is what brother-in-arms Tbogg refers to as an “evolving smear”. If you check the post on Powerline (no, I’m not linking to it) you’ll learn that the original accusation has been modified 14 times. Basically, a series of self-styled experts wrote in to talk about what else is wrong with the documents, and the ‘wingers treat it as gospel.

09/10/04 :: By Tom Ball
Debunking the 'Typewriter Experts'
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Okay, so now they are 'questioning' the authenticity of the Bush Gaurd documents presented on '60 Minutes' this week. They are in a quandary as to how the documents from the early 1970s could possibly have 'proportional spacing' when that phenomenon at the time was only available in a sparsely distributed word processor that was virtually nonexistent in governtment ranks. For some reason, the 'experts' seem to have overlooked a conventional, widely used typewriter born of IBM in 1941 that had as its claim to fame...none other than....proportional spacing!!

09/10/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Have You ever Been to a Military Funeral?
Categories :: Military

Mr. Bush, why did you dishonor yourself and your country? Why couldn’t you be a good citizen and do your duty? Mr. Bush, have you been to any military funerals lately? Do you understand that you are breaking America’s heart?

09/09/04 :: By Tom Ball
Follow Bush the Leader: Russia, India, Japan and North Korea Called for Unilateral, Preemptive Strikes
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Foreign Policy

It is no secret that the Administration set a catastrophic precedent when it preemptively attacked Iraq. It is no secret that such a precedent has changed the global perception of acceptable foreign policy tactics. Well, even if the perception hasn't changed, the arsenal of rationalizations available certainly has. As I and others have mentioned in the past, the "First Strike" precedent opens doors for devastation in situations surrounding China-Taiwan, India-Pakistan, Russia-Georgia, Japan-North Korea and others. They say, "Hey! If the US can do it, why not us?"

09/08/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Saving Lieutenant Bush
Categories :: Military

OK – Now let’s deal with Lt. Bush. The press has a lot to answer for not following up on this story. It should have been fully developed in 1999 or 2000. In fact, the general press has done very little on this. Why?

09/08/04 :: By Mel Valentin
The Fog of War: Lessons for Yesterday and Today
Categories :: Foreign Policy

Winner of the 2003 Academy Award for Best Documentary, The Fog of War (rated PG-13 for images and thematic issues of war and destruction) is a fascinating, thought-provoking, but ultimately frustrating experience, primarily because Errol Morris's quarry, Robert McNamara, best known as the Secretary of Defense from 1961-1967, directly avoids answering questions about his own personal responsibility for the Vietnam War.

09/08/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Texans for Truth
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004 :: George W. Bush Don't expect the media to give nearly as much air time to the newest round of uncoverings in the AWOL story (see Tom's post below) as they did the Swift Boat Liars. So we need to support Texans for Truth...

09/08/04 :: By Tom Ball
Breaking News: Bush Didn't Meet Guard Requirements
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004 :: George W. Bush

Bush's day of reckoning has finally come in the mainstream media. Boston Globe: President Bush fell well short of meeting his military obligation in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.

09/06/04 :: By Drew Johnston
O'Reilly and the Role of the Pundit in Society
Categories :: Philosophy

How Bill O'Reilly inspired me to create a model for societal growth and collapse, and what it means for the punditocracy.

09/04/04 :: By Tom Ball
There's Bush and There's Reality
Categories :: Economy :: Propaganda/Spin

Today, it was announced that the economy added 144,000 new jobs in August.

09/03/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Not Just Soft
Categories :: Economy

09/03/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Shorter Political Conventions
Categories :: Campaigns Democrats: Optimism, Strength, Service, Security, and a Plan for the Future. Republicans: Kerry sucks. What's that I smell? Desperation? Or pure unadulterated evil? Just wonderin'....

09/03/04 :: By Tom Ball
Who’s the bigger crackpot, Zell Miller or Alan Keyes?
Categories :: Blowhards

Wait! Before making up your mind, check out these recent interviews with each of them - - a video for Keyes, a transcript for Zell.

09/02/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Postcard from Moscow: Terror in Russia
Categories :: Terrorism

The lengthening list of horrific events that have occurred in Russia over the past several days: the downing of two domestic airliners; the suicide bomber at a metro station; and now the hostage taking at a Russian school in North Ossetia make clear that Russia is involved in a constant war on terror in a much more literal sense than we are. The once invincible Putin is in an incredible bind in trying to deal with the situation.

09/02/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Cowardly Lion: See Arnold Run
Categories :: Economy :: Election 2004 :: Hypocrisy :: Schwarzenegger, Arnold

Arnold gets to spoof a line that was used on Saturday Night Live to spoof him over a decade ago. How clever. How ironic. How typically Arnold.

09/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
Did Bush Bribe Ben Barnes to Keep Bush's Entry into the Guard a Secret?
Categories :: George W. Bush

It was only under threat of legal action back in 1999 -- and only after efforts to assert "executive privilege" failed -- that Barnes came forward with his statement about helping Bush. (And even then, Barnes issued it through his attorney, refusing to answer press questions.) The lawsuit was brought by a disgruntled Texas lottery executive who charged that his former company, which Barnes lobbied for, was able to keep a lucrative Texas state contract in exchange for Barnes' remaining silent about helping Bush get into the Guard.

09/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
Top 12 Reasons it was an 'Honor' for Bush to Talk with Rush Limbaugh
Categories :: Blowhards

President Bush, yesterday, gave an interview to talkshow host Rush Limbaugh. Bush's first words were, "Thank you, Rush. It's an honor to talk to you."... An honor? An HONOR??


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