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11/04/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
“I See Dead People”
Categories :: Progressive Strategy

A political death and I have witnessed many of them sharpens the senses and concentrates the mind. While the election defeat of the Democratic Party in 2004 is not the same as the defeat of the Republican Party of 1964 the general impact is of a similar sense. There is a sense from the Democrats that we have tried everything and none of it works. Well let me take a swing at it. (BEFORE IT GETS LOST IN MY OTHER COMMENTS: I want Elizabeth Edwards for Chairperson of the DNC.)

11/02/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Report from Cincinnati (Inner City)
Categories :: Election 2004

A close friend of my wife and me is a lawyer. She took the day off to work in the inner city precincts of Cincinnati. She said that she is working one polling area with three precincts that are overwhelmingly African American. There have been no challenges from the Republican observer. There are two Democratic observers. They have had a number of people lined up for the wrong precinct but they have been able to solve that problem. She even took one of the persons to the correct precint. They have phone lines direct into the Kerry Ohio campaign to solve registration problems. Voting as of 1 O'clock eastern time has been very heavy. One precinct had 500 voters by 1 o'clock which would normally have about 275.

11/02/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Report from Nashville
Categories :: Election 2004

Hello from a Red State or that is what they say. However Zogby's last poll on Tennessee had Bush with a 3 point lead. As you may or may not know a third of Tennessee registered voters have all ready voted in the early vote period. My wife and I have already voted-I did it on the second day available. I have checked on a number of precincts in the area and there is a heavy turn out. In 2000 Al Gore got 60% of the Nashville vote and I expect that Kerry will get close to the same. Early the early vote in Knoxville was heavy which should be a positive sign for Bush but there have been so many sightings of Kerry/Edwards signs in Knox County that it opens the question. There has been heavy voting in Montgomery County-Ft. Campbell-home of the 101st that has done several tours in Iraq. The rain is out west and moving north and east. In the early vote Memphis/Shelby County was not as heavy as it could have been-lets hope they make up for it today.

I sure would love to turn this Red State BLUE.

11/01/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Dr. Cary’s Official Predictions
Categories :: Election 2004

We have the predictions of Peter and Tom. Now I am ready to enter my two cents.

10/26/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Bush Failed to Perform His Military Duty And Has Failed America as Commander In Chief
Categories :: Military

The AP story released today on the military records of George W. Bush that were released as a result of the AP lawsuit shows how the press fails to understand the military. The story claims that the harshest attacks on Bush have been by Democrats that claim that Bush was a deserter or absent without leave. You just don’t get it do you. Let me spell it out. The military requires you to attend or be present every occasion that it states. NO EXCUSES. If you are not there then you are ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE. It means you are not present and you have not provided any material to alter that status. Deserting your post means that you did not show as required by the military.

10/26/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
I Didn’t Know that I (was) UnAmerican
Categories :: Election 2004

It is truly remarkable how creative the progressive side of the brain can be. Please listen and support. I only wish it could play on every tv station.

*I Didn’t Know that I (was) UnAmerican*

10/26/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Bush Favors Gay Civil Unions
Categories :: Gay Rights

An interview of George W. Bush by Charles Gibson of ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired on Monday and Tuesday has Bush siding with gay civil unions if a state wishes to enact those laws. So Bush now supports Vermont’s law that legalized same sex civil unions. In fact when pressed on the issue Bush said that he did not support the Republican Party platform that opposed civil unions. He believes that states should have the right to pass laws that “enable people to have rights like others.”

10/25/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Bush You’re An Asshole
Categories :: George W. Bush

This online video presentation sums it up: Bush You’re An Asshole

10/25/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
Categories :: Elections

The entry of Bill Clinton into the election 2004 fray makes me envious of all those people in Philadelphia that get to see him. His appearance on Good Morning America was remarkable not because he looks the thinnest I have ever seen him but his insight about his life and the recent operation. It is that remarkable moment when it stops becoming all about him and becomes about others. I saw that in what Clinton had to say this morning.

10/21/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Make No Mistake About It
Categories :: Lies

Like many people and fellow bloggers the Pat Robertson story caught my attention. I focused in on the most sensational aspect of the story, that is the recalling by Robertson of Bush’s statement about no casualties and then the subsequent back and forth with the White House. I guess Robertson now knows how it feels to be slimed by the White House. However I am guilty of a mistake. I thought that was the important part of the interview. On second reading I realize that the important part was toward the end of the interview.Robertson wants Bush to admit mistakes

10/21/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Bush Aides Call Pat Robertson a Liar
Categories :: Iraq

It is truly incredible. White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said "The president never made such a comment," This is in reference Pat Robertson recalling George W. Bush telling him that “Oh, no, we’re not going to have any casualties.” This was before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

10/20/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Delusional Bush Tells Robertson “No Casualties in Iraqi War”
Categories :: Iraq

It almost sounds too crazy to be true but there it was on CNN. Pat Robertson opens up with a shocker that George W. Nashville told him in Nashville before the American invasion of Iraq “We’re not going to have any casualties.” Read the transcript for yourself ”We’re not going to have any casualties”

10/19/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Touchdown for Incompetence
Categories :: Election 2004

The local Nashville Sinclair Broadcasting Company affiliates, Fox 17 and UPN 30, announced that they will show the controversial film, Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal, on Friday, October 22, 2004, at 8 p. m. The anti-John Kerry film has drawn national attention and may be considered the October surprise of Karl Rove. Since Sinclair announced what they plan to do, there has been considerable outrage about this blatant attempt to influence the election and ignore basic rules of campaign fairness. Locally, there is a new group called Nashville’s Citizens For a Democratic Media that plans to protest the stations with pickets.

10/18/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Honky Tonkers for Truth
Categories :: Election 2004

I am not a big fan of country and western music and I live in Nashville. I am more a bluegrass fan but this song helps take some of the sting out of living in right wing world Tennessee. Listen and enjoy if you can. If not then I have included the lyrics of the song and I think you get the idea. Also if you get a chance visit Music Row Democrats

Taking My County Back

10/15/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Instead of Blogging I Voted and a Few Other Things
Categories :: Election 2004

My intentions were to write a long blog but instead of writing I voted. It gave me a nice warm feeling to put one in the bank for Kerry and Edwards. Here in Tennessee early voting started on Wednesday, October 13. Reports from the various polling stations say that early voting in Tennessee is heavy but not just in the major urban areas. The Republican parts of the state are also experiencing record early voting. Unfortunately this does not help clear up the picture in Tennessee. Most people expect Tennessee to go for Bush but the question is by how much. If on election night the reports are that Tennessee goes for Bush but by a lower margin than 2000 then you will know what the rest of the night has in store- a Kerry win. Oh by the way my voting precinct is only three precincts over from Al Gore.

10/14/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Grading On a Curve: George W. Bush
Categories :: Education

The greatest single improvement that can be made in American education is to stop the social promotion of George W. Bush. Elect a truly intelligent, knowledgeable and courageous leader John Kerry.

10/12/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Wisdom of Bubbie
Categories :: Satire

The creativity of this production shows that the Democrats are alive and well. You should pass it around but first watch, enjoy.

Wisdom of Bubbie

10/09/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Bush’s Message: Louder That Will Do It
Categories :: George W. Bush

Message for George Bush: We are not stupid. We get what you are saying but we don’t buy it. I guess all those years as a cheerleader helped form your communication style. Don’t yell at us we don’t like it.

10/08/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Categories :: Election 2004

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Those famous words from one of the greatest boxers of all time Mohammed Ali should be the theme of tonight. John Kerry needs to be light on his feet. He needs to be warm, personable and yes funny. At the same time he needs to land zingers at Bush that sting.

10/07/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Bush’s Slip Is Showing
Categories :: Election 2004 The recent survey of battleground state polls by Zogby shows a remarkable thing. It shows that Kerry is consolidating his gains, locking down needed states and moving back into competition in other states. Zogby Battleground States Poll WEST: The three...

10/06/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Dr. Evil and Johnny Sunshine
Categories :: Cheney, Dick A suggestion for Mike Myers when he makes the next Austin Powers movie: cast Dick Cheney as Dr. Evil. It isn’t a stretch and he will be available after January 20th. Dick Cheney is the archetypal villain. However, in this...

10/01/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Bush Hobgoblins and Gobbledygook
Categories :: George W. Bush

It’s a good day when an American historian can quote one of the great American writers and philosophers, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Bush in the debate last night placed such a high value in consistency, but such a value leaves no room for alternatives. It is the wrong value and the wrong tactic in the fight on terror. We are confronted with an enemy who does not fight in conventional ways and will seek out every weakness that we have, but Bush believes that consistency will win the day. Sorry Mr. Bush, it is the flexible changeable nature of the war on terror that requires leadership that is flexible, creative and yes, willing to admit mistakes and make changes.

10/01/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Bush: Unaccustomed to Hard Work
Categories :: George W. Bush

How many times did Bush remind us in the debate that he is doing hard work? What did Bush expect of the presidency? It is hard work, but not nearly as hard as the things that Americans do everyday. These are the people who struggle to earn a living, pay unreasonable health care costs, take care of aging parents, protect children and make sure that they have chance at a bright future. Oh, and don’t let me forget fight Bush’s wars. That’s hard work for the people who are actually risking their lives everyday and the people back here who love them and depend on them.

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 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...

09/27/04 :: 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.

09/25/04 :: 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.

09/23/04 :: 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.

09/21/04 :: 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...

09/17/04 :: 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?

09/10/04 :: 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?

09/08/04 :: 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?

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

08/24/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Clear Concise and to the Point
Categories :: Lies

This says it all. Political Cartoon showing the true source of the Swift Boat Veterans against Truth.

08/20/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
OK Now I am Mad
Categories :: Military

The whole Swift Boat Liars episode has made me angry. As a veteran this disgusts me.

1. I am angry at the Bush operatives who believe they can slime anyone at anytime with any kind of charge. It is truly amazing the types of charges they are pushing. The idea that John Kerry planned or staged this whole thing is ridiculous and baseless. The notion that Kerry wounded himself to get a Purple Heart comes from the land of science fiction. The concept that Kerry’s wound was not sufficient to merit a Purple Heart throws the whole concept of wounded in battle into disrepute. These people are vile scum and need to be ostracized by society, but instead the news media have played them up for their own ratings.

08/19/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Kerry Finds His Voice and Gets Fired Up
Categories :: Kerry, John

The Swift Boat Liars may have done the Democrats a big favor. They have put fire in the belly of John Kerry. He is taking off the gloves and going after them. It is time to start holding these people accountable. Oh by the way – journalist start doing your job and stop reading from the Republican propaganda sheets. Kerry should have said this in front of the VFW and I hope he says it at the American Legion next week.

08/17/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Night and Day, You Are the One
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

For sophisticated charm and yet a playful whimsy, nothing beats a Cole Porter tune. The recently released movie “De-Lovely” reintroduces Cole Porter and his double life to the American public. However, it is the music that calls one to another time that has the unmistakable sentiment of love with a wink and a nod. Cole Porter and Irving Berlin knew how to blend the simple with the complicated and present it with style, whit and sophistication.

So where am I going with this and the presidential campaign of 2004?

Well, I am tired of NASCAR dads, soccer moms, fundamentalist Christians, bubbas with beer guts, and a gun racks. I want America to change its focus. I want Americans once again to want a president who reads books, can pronounce complicated names, has a rich background of experiences, and drinks wine instead of the cheapest beer in the store.

08/11/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Comrade Bush: We have exceeded the Five Year Plan
Categories :: Economy

Now Comrade Bush and his Commissar for Politics Karl Rove are trying to emulate the old Soviet masters of deception. In a total disconnect Bush tells audiences that the economy is robust, improving, creating jobs and sound. If you utter a word otherwise you are being pessimistic and unpatriotic. The newscasters on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN and FOX have adopted Bush’s position. They try to find alternative statistics that show the economy really moving forward. The only thing they can point to is the jump in profits. Well, from a corporate point of view profits are grand, but from a macroeconomic point of view it can be disaster.

08/06/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Pick Me, Pick Me, I Know The Answer . . .
Categories :: Education

For America’s teachers it would be great if solving the challenges of teaching in the twenty-first century were as simple as calling on a student to provide the single answer. While teachers, students and parents know it is not that simple, President Bush seems to think the single answer is ACCOUNTABILITY. Mysteriously, this answer is the simple cure for everything that ails the public school system. Is this really the simple answer or do the Bush Administration and their friends have a hidden agenda?

08/04/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
The Only Thing We Have to Fear …
Categories :: Terrorism

The Bush Administration has come under fire for issuing a security warning and elevating the security warning code based on three-year old information. According to the Bush Administration the information became more credible when the information related to these possible targets (financial institutions such as Citigroup, Prudential, and Wall Street in New York City) was found on the computer disks of the Al Queda communications specialist, Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, a 25-year-old Pakistani computer engineer who was arrested by Pakistani authorities on July 13.

07/30/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Kerry Speaks
Categories :: Kerry, John

I have sampled the various blogs and newspapers with respect to John Kerry’s acceptance speech and I am amazed at the reactions. I want to provide my reaction to the reaction. Remember I am a middle aged white married guy, Vietnam veteran, PhD in diplomatic history, worked for four Democratic governors and live in Nashville Tennessee – red state territory but I hope it turns blue.

07/28/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Progressive but Moderate I am So why are the Republicans Chasing Me?
Categories :: Elections

I guess I am the voter that George Bush and Karl Rove are looking for in this election. I have received all sorts of mail from the Bush/Cheney 04 campaign. Remember I have always voted and I have always been registered Democrat. At first I was shocked and accused some of my friends of sending my name into the campaign.

07/26/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
The Perils to the Republicans if Bush Loses
Categories :: Elections

As a historian I try to resist speculating about the future and try to focus on the past. However, my earlier life as a politician, the appointed type, inspires me to speculate about the future. The 2004 election has been cast as a do-or-die for the Democratic Party. This election is considered part revenge for 2000 and part disgust with the direction of George W. Bush, but also a last ditch effort to remain a force in national politics. What most analysts have not examined is the peril to the Republican Party if it loses the White House and more significantly if it loses one or both of the houses of Congress.

07/22/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Election Direction: Kerry Wins Bush Loses
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004 :: Elections :: Kerry, John

Charlie Cook’s new article “Off to the Races” in the National Journal states that the stability in the presidential race polling numbers poses a problem for President Bush. Incumbent presidents that poll below 50% have a serious problem and Bush has polled below 50% approval rating for months.

07/20/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
George W. Bush: Our Divine Right President
Categories :: Bush Administration

Reported by the Lancaster New Era, President George W. Bush during a campaign swing through Pennsylvania stated in a private meeting with an Amish group “I trust God speaks through me.” Americans have become more and more accustomed to the remarks of G.W. Bush with respect to religion and his relationship to a conservative form of Christian ideology but this comment is clearly a dangerous sign. Is this the inarticulate Bush or is this Bush revealed? For Bush supporters the individual words really don’t mean much; this is simply an expression of faith. For those who oppose Bush or merely question Bush, the words do have meaning.


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