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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Monkey uses Leash


Most unfortunate choice of words for Bushy Baby

KERRY: Well, first of all, I appreciate enormously the personal comments the president just made. And I share them with him. I think only if you're doing this -- and he's done it more than I have in terms of the presidency -- can you begin to get a sense of what it means to your families. And it's tough. And so I acknowledge that his daughters -- I've watched them.

I've chuckled a few times at some of their comments.

(LAUGHTER)

And...

BUSH: I'm trying to put a leash on them.

(LAUGHTER)

KERRY: Well, I know. I've learned not to do that.
At least Kerry knows that using a leash is not the way to go.

I bet even Lynndie England even agrees that a leash is a bad Idea.





monkey off his meds


Bush is losing it. He's off his med's.

look at his eyes..

oh my god..

"By speaking clearly" he says

He can't be re-elected then


He is not acting presidential


mexed missages

clear speakly
!!!!!!!!




Presidential Sound Bite Generator


Special software was found - believed to be used by the White House to create the President's stock phrases. Create a Bush speech .

Ok, it's not really real yet still it's funny
However, a bit limited with it's vocabulary... But so is George.




Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Pop Quiz


Pop Quiz from the Talent Show.

And the real reason Bush has any support at all -
people don't know what Bush stands for... via Kos.




POT KETTLE BLACK


Why is everyone trying to portray this first debate as a make or break for Kerry? Its like Kerry is the current president and he is trying to defend himself. Um, He’s NOT. Bush Is.

It’s all a very slick Rovian ploy to put the pressure on the opponent when the real true pressure should be on Bush.

Historically Bush is behind – as the incumbent he should be way ahead at this point if Kerry was really in trouble. Kerry isn’t in trouble - he is in a great position for a challenger – close as the debates happen. But as with everything in this Cam-Pain, BushCo is using the playground-tested method of

“I know you are but what am I”
They are claiming (and the media is sucking it up and regurgitating it) that Kerry is in trouble, Kerry should be way ahead, this is make or break for Kerry. All of these things are simply Rovian talking points that keep getting repeated and repeated. The media laps it up and they don’t notice or just fail to report that it’s Bush who is in trouble, Bush who should be way ahead, and the debate is make or break for Bush.

It’s the Pot Kettle Black syndrome
You are the pot calling the kettle black when you point to another person and accuse that person of doing something that you are guilty of doing yourself.
http://www.goenglish.com/ThePotCallingTheKettleBlack.asp
There are scores of examples of this. Take just the biggest one.
They call Kerry a Flip flopper
When Bush consistently does just that.

They Say Kerry has no plan for Iraq
when it is they who have no plan - POT KETTLE BLACK

To the debate, or whatever it really is or is going to be.
Hmm,,, the rules for the debate - bunches of rules. But will anyone really follow the rules?
No.
If you think BushCo will, you are sadly mistaken. This entire cam-pain by BushCo has been a walk on the edge of the line of truth. That’s a bit too generous. Ok, it’s been a cam-pain of lies and distortions. As such, what makes anyone think that the debates will be any different? Bush will violate the rules and the BushCo minions will accuse Kerry of breaking the rules not Bush - POT KETTLE BLACK. Kerry will win but BushCo will claim Kerry failed and was weak - POT KETTLE BLACK.




Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Softball with O'Reilly


Bush did an interview with that paragon of total crap Bill O'Reilly during which this exchange occured

O'REILLY: But can they vote when people are being blown up...

BUSH : Yes.

O'REILLY: ... and these guys are threatening them?

BUSH: That's when you're supposed to vote. You've got to stand tough with these terrorists. You cannot allow the terrorists to dictate whether or not a society can be free or not.
"That's when you're supposed to vote." In what rose colored world? Surely you jest.

Certainly you can't let terrorist dictate your freedom, but you have to have some security and stability to have elections.

By Bush's logic, our elections in Nov will go forward no matter what. Even if the "terrorist ditate" "comes in the form of a mushroom cloud".

Maybe I'm taking it a bit too far, but saying "That's when you're suppose to vote" as people are getting blown up, beheaded and terrorized on a daily basis is just... well... only one word for it ... stupid.

Maybe in a country where you've had elections before you *might* be able to get away with having elections in a War Zone. But for a country's first National election you need the entire country voting, relative calm and some very strong security. The voters need to feel safe - if not their votes are affected and the election is a sham.

How about just one or two days without people being blown up or bombed or shot or beheaded etc... eh?

Just maybe one day?




Monday, September 27, 2004

Who "they" are


Yup, we now know who "they" are... or is that is




Sunday, September 26, 2004

KLSD 1330


The San Diego Union Tribune a paper with a conservative lean, the only paper in this town, actually has a good review of Air America's blast on to KLSD 1330.




Friday, September 24, 2004

Bad Dog Karl




Bad Dog Karl

BuzzFash had an article by James C. Moore, Co-Author of "Bush's Brain" a few days back that I wanted to post. He Speculates about Karl Rove and the memo's.

If Burkett is suspect, though, so is Karl Rove. Admittedly, this is a five-cushion bank shot if it does involve Rove. But such things are no longer considered impossible when looking at his political machinations. Every campaign he runs seems to have well-timed distractions. In 2000, just before his inarticulate client was to debate Al Gore, a tape of Mr. Bush's training ended
up in the Gore campaign's mailbox. Reporters wrote about this discovery and overwhelmed issues and debate coverage with the unraveling mystery. An employee of Mark McKinnon, Bush's media expert, was later implicated in the scandal but nobody ever proved Rove wasn't pulling strings. Of course, it was strictly coincidental when Rove's office was found bugged in 1986, the day of a critical debate between another one of his inarticulate candidates and an incumbent governor. That mystery overwhelmed debate coverage and implicated the democratic opponent. I remember standing with other reporters outside of Rove's building after his news conference to announce the revelation he was bugged. We all laughed about how amateurish it all appeared. And then we realized he had us because we had to report it straight; not the way we perceived the facts. When the FBI file was finally made public, it showed the bug on Rove's wall had a battery with a life span of only six hours and just 15 minutes of it had been expended. Rove did it. But there are probably too many people who would have had to have been in on the fraud for him to make phony documents surface in CBS's hands.
Too many people only if it was meant for CBS exclusively. Did it have to be CBS? Couldn't have that just been a bonus? Wouldn't it have been sufficient to simply have them surface anywhere?




I sense a fool


Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)
The Talent Show points out the foolishnes of one Tucker Carlson of CNN's Crossfire.




Thursday, September 23, 2004

When Sophists rule the day


Via Mr. Mark A R Kleiman
I think one of his readers hits the nail on the head regarding the average voter but totally misses with the panicky democratic stuff. "The Dems are in panic mode" is simply a manufactured little piece of republican manure.

The voter is rationally ignorant. He or she is not going to spend time digging into policy details, considering potential budget models, etc. What does this voter see? The economy isn't fabulous, but it isn't terrible. Maybe there will be environmental problems, maybe not, but at this point, there isn't anything in front of his or her face. Newsweek might say that Iraq is a disaster, but I don't see it: maybe it's just tough. I'm not comfortable with it; we probably made a mistake, but it's not clear what we do now. Besides--in Vietnam, we were losing 2,000 soldiers A MONTH. We were told that Reagan's deficits would kill us, but they didn't: every economist has some model. I'm not real satisfied with the way things are going, but things could definitely be worse, and it's tough out there. 9/11 taught us that.
BushCo knows this voter well and is playing right to them.

Sophists rule the day and Socrates is spinning in his grave.




Wednesday, September 22, 2004

A better world?


Bush Speaks "the world would be better off if we did leave"
No Really he said it
listen to it here

And Juan Cole Asks the Question "If America were Iraq, What would it be Like?"




run up the score or intentional pass


Keith Olbermann has an interesting take on not running up the score regarding the flap about the CBS Doc U Drama.

Atrios points to show us that media slips are nothing new.
And maybe others took strike 3 but got a pass
And again throwing at the head - Bad Myers.




Freedom Is Slavery


A Fantastic post at The American Street digs into the main theme of the BushCo regime as presented in this classic Ashcroft Quote

“To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America’s enemies and pause to America’s friends. They encourage people of goodwill to remain silent in the face of evil.” – John Ashcroft, speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, December 6, 2001
The Street dissects this classic crofty statement - the epitome of BushCo's Big Brother agenda.

“To those who scare peace-loving people…” Whoa, hold up. Who are the peace-lovers here? In seven words, he’s turned it around backwards. The peace-loving people are the ones opposing the phony war on terror and the concomitant erosion of civil liberties. Yet in these seven words, Ashcroft tells you the war supporters are the true peace supporters. And the peace supporters are scary…like the terrorists.

He doesn’t mention a specific war or enemy. It’s best if conventional prior assumptions remain amorphous and endlessly adaptable. Hence “the war on terror.” These conventions are like sedatives. Or maybe hypnotism. …”and at the sound of the word terrorism, you will nod and say “the President just wants to protect us.” Something like that.

The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were based on self-serving fiction, i.e. lies, yet at least half the country believes them. And if you are one of the true-believers, Ashcroft is implying here, you must also see your lost liberty – phantom though it is – as worth your safety. You wouldn’t call it “lost liberty” if it meant you were going to die, would you?

Freedom is Slavery

The American Street also has a great State By State list of Progressive Blogs.




Tuesday, September 21, 2004

If not intelligence then what?


Ringg Ring Ring

Hello

Is Iraq there?

Yes this is Iraq?

How's it going?

Can you speak up it's a bit noisy here at the... BOOOMM.... moment....

HOW IS IT GOING?

A report from the National Intelligence Council approved by the National Foreign Intelligence Board under John E. McLaughlin, the acting director of central intelligence is certainly something to take seriously. These guys are your intelligence experts, they should have a good grasp of the situation.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 - A classified National Intelligence Estimate prepared for President Bush in late July spells out a dark assessment of prospects for Iraq, government officials said Wednesday.

The estimate outlines three possibilities for Iraq through the end of 2005, with the worst case being developments that could lead to civil war, the officials said. The most favorable outcome described is an Iraq whose stability would remain tenuous in political, economic and security terms.

Wow the National Intelligence Council says Iraq is going to Hell in an exploding HandBasket. This has got to sober President Bush up. Let's see.

Rinngg ring ring

Hello?

President Bush please.

Yes this is George.

Reuters man: Why do you think the CIA's assessment of conditions in Iraq are so much at odds with the optimism that you and Prime Minister Allawi are expressing at the moment?

PRESIDENT BUSH: The CIA laid out a -- several scenarios that said, life could be lousy, like could be okay, life could be better. And they were just guessing as to what the conditions might be like. (emphasis added)
HUH!
If our Intelligence Agencies are JUST GUESSING then where the hell does Bush get his actual information from? Or do we have none? Is nothing real? Do we just make it up?
Is it info from God again? Are we just screwed?
Does Bush know anything at all? Could he really not know that things are bad, very bad in Iraq?

Is Ignorance strength?

Don't we really deserve better than this?




Circle the Wagons


Trouble coming for Bush so what to do ...what to do...
Do what they always do.

Terror Alert!

Come on you have to be kidding me.

Nope. The Iron Mouth found it this morning.

Look it's right here.

Terror Alert Coming? Could Be........

How long till we see Tom Ridge ?

Wednesday?Thursday?




Differences?


Kerry holds an open news conference and answers all questions.

Bush answers 3 ( yes, THREE ) pre screened questions.


Kerry Campaign rallies are open to the public

Bush Cam-pain rallies are closed - invite only - required loyalty oath events.






Monday, September 20, 2004

Oh George give me a break


Slate has a great rundown of Where Kerry Stands on Iraq.

Bush says his plan is the same.

"Forty-three days before the election," Bush said, "my opponent has now suddenly settled on a proposal for what to do next, and it's exactly what we're currently doing."
Really since when?




RoveOBall or Party at Karl's


After CBS was hoodwinked by the lure of such fine chum, the media et al are taking the Rovian bait hook line and sinker.

Rather is caving and by doing so is putting a cloud over all major media. CBS, Dan Rather and 60 minutes the grandfather of investigative reporting is in the gutter now - not to be believed. Good Job Karl.

Hey, if ya can't believe CBS then how can you believe any of the them. Good Job Karl.

So the feeding frenzy begins. News organizations need to cover their asses and go after this story so they won't be lumped into the "untrusted" category that CBS is being placed in. Good luck guys.
ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and FOX are all scrambling to eat CBS. Good Job Karl.

Could CBS really do anything else but cave? If the docs are fakes but the info is real, how do ya sell that?

Good job Karl, no fingerprints and you have re-enforced the myth that the media is out to get Georgie and the Republicans. I'd say it's going right according to plan.

It's simply really, very clever and truly evil.
Creating the Docs in this "true yet false" way allows you to easily use Burkett to get your nemesis Rather and 60 minutes which gets CBS as a whole and in turn stains the media as a whole. Furthermore using Burkett you get to link to Cleland which you leads to the DNC which stains Mr. Kerry which ensures a BushCo re-election.

If, for example, I wanted to kill a story about Bushy Boy's Guard service the most effective way would be to kill the messenger. Keep the information true but make a document with some technical errors and have that Doc presented by an iffy source. In doing so the main issue shifts from the facts to the messenger - Is the messenger to be believed? If not, then the facts, any and all facts, are suspect.

Here's how you put it together: You know that Burkett hates Bush but Burkett knows that Bushy's records were scrubbed, however no one believes him. So you create some documents that contain the truth but have technical errors. You, through several levels, get these Docs to your stooge, this being Burkett. Your stooge will see the facts on Docs and believe the them to be true. And why wouldn't he, he knows the facts and the facts are true. He won't see the technical problems with the Docs. he'll think he's really got something so he'll try and pass them on (remember our stooge hates Bush) to either the campaign or a Major News organization - either way you win because they are going to come to the surface. Before the Docs come out, you, through several levels, alert certain folks (Plants) who share your agenda that something is coming out soon that has serious technical problems. So they wait and pounce as soon as the Docs come out. When CBS sends the Docs over to the White House you don't contest the Docs because you know the facts are correct. You make no statement or a very short statement like "We are not challenging the documents authenticity"
- plausible deniability .

Keeping the information close to truth is the key to this deniability.
Your well placed Plants will now post on the internet with a review of the technical problems of the Docs. This will snowball and the focus of the discussion will change.

At this point the Media will feed upon itself and the facts will never be questioned because the Docs will always be the focus. Once they are found to be false, then Rather and CBS will be the focus - next their sources and then the DNC and finally Kerry can be indirectly tied to the whole mess. Good Job Karl.

This is typical of BushCo - they do this on a daily basis - for Rove this is his Method of Operation.




Saturday, September 18, 2004

CBS Docu Drama or Rove O Doc


The CBS DocuDrama Continues and the whole thing stinks to high heaven. This entire escapade looks like a complete setup. First the memo's themselves, then the BuckHead rapid response with the supercrapscript typing mess.
Now, via an email sent to an online list, we find someone confessing to sending the documents to Max Cleland.

Here's the real questions: Who really sent the Email? Who just now, at this particular time, remembered this Private mailing list had this particular post? Why isn't email fully quoted in the story? Why only scattered words in quotes. Why didn't AP publish the entire email ?

This is a key part of the article.

The retired Guard official, Bill Burkett, said in an Aug. 21 e-mail to a list of Texas Democrats that after getting through "seven layers of bureaucratic kids" in the Democrat's campaign, he talked with former Georgia Sen. Max Cleland about information that would counter criticism of Kerry's Vietnam War service. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the e-mail Saturday.

"I asked if they wanted to counterattack or ride this to ground and outlast it, not spending any money. (Cleland) said counterattack. So I gave them the information to do it with," Burkett wrote.

Burkett, who lives just outside of Abilene, wrote that no one at the Kerry campaign called him back. The e-mail was distributed to a Yahoo list of Texas Democrats. The site, which had about 570 members Saturday, is not affiliated with the state party.
Did Bill Burkett really send the email? He's not saying he did or didn't send the mail.

Burkett, who identifies himself as a Democrat, did not return several phone messages left by The Associated Press over the past week. There was no answer at his telephone number Saturday.

Burkett's lawyer, David Van Os, a Democratic candidate for the Texas Supreme Court, issued a statement this week saying Burkett "no longer trusts any possible outcome of speaking to the press on any issue regarding George W. Bush."

The email could have been sent by anyone - this is the Internet, way to easy to forge an email and totally untraceable - just ask any service provider. Remember those emails you got replying to an email that you never sent?

My money is with Burkett not sending them. And It appears from Burkett's Lawyer that he's done talking. So until he speaks up about it I'm just gonna to have to believe it was a setup.

What ?

You Bet. It's way too clean and the timing is just too sweet. This *Smacks* of Classic Karl Rove - reminds one of his 2000 hit "whoops where's my video" or his other classic hit "bug in my office" .
"Docu-Drama" tries to crush Kerry, Rather, CBS, Cleland, and the Dems as a whole in one crappy shot.
The problem that pisses me off is we have no real evidence to tie this crap to Rove.

Yet

I'll bet more money we are yet to see at least 2 more dirty tricks from Rove before November.

note: Thanx to: Johnny Nobody for the pointer to the AP story




Friday, September 17, 2004

Debates


So BushCo hasn't agreed to the debates yet. The Kerry folks have agreed to all four.

Sen. John Kerry's campaign agreed in August to the all venues, dates and moderators proposed by the commission, but President Bush's campaign has not said whether it will agree.
Let me get this straight, The Non-Partisan The Commission on Presidential Debates has to negotiate with the candidates. What? They should schedule debates and if the candidates don't show up, tough luck for the candidate. The Talent Show has more on this.

Call the Commission on Presidential Debates at PHONE: (202) 872-1020
and tell them to have four debates regardless of what BushCo wants.

We are the people - We are the ones in charge - these politicians work for us. They need to answer our questions when and where the people decide they will - not when and how they wish to.




It's a ,,, um,, a,,


What is it ? A mop? Yarn?



Nope, it's a dog.

really.




Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Privatize Me


It now appears clear to me - Bush's position that is -

First:
BushCo stands for privatized Social Security-- privatized Medicare -- privatized Federal Jobs -- privatized national park workers -- privatized Amtrak -- privatizing the NIH -- The privatization of the interrogation of prisoners and a myriad of other items he wants or has put into private hands.

Second:
Looking back at the BushCo record we see that this administration can't handle the public's finances - Big Deficit - outsourcing - Tax give backs - trade problems...Etc.

See the connection?

Simple eh? Bush realizes that he and his crew are incompetent and unable to handle the countries money so he'll simply let the people handle it themselves. This takes the responsibility off the Government - thus blame can continue to be avoided - furthermore it creates great business opportunities for the rich and powerful - you know, Bush's base.

Get it now?




Tuesday, September 14, 2004

2 things


First, a sip from the far past:
Some real Documents that show what Mr. Bush was doing back in... 70's ...time * hic* - thanx to the Talent Show

Second, something far more important that may come to pass:
What if Bush actually Wins in november?

What then? The Washington Monthly has some opinions.




Hurrah


Via Slate - woman fired by boss for being Kerry supporter -- Kerry then hires woman. Hurrah for Kerry!




Monday, September 13, 2004

A must read


Molly Ivins has a great Sunday piece on the folks who really run the Govt..

The Cork had a theory about how to choose a president. He always said it didn't matter who was running, that it was unnecessary to pay any attention to them.

What matters, he said, is the approximately 1,500 people the president brings to Washington with him, his appointments to the positions where people actually run things. The question to consider is which 1,500 people we get.
Should we have the candidates present their team before hand? At least the top dogs - the heads of the various agencies?




Saturday, September 11, 2004

a moment of silence on the South Lawn


Mr President, Have you No Heart?




Whoops


Did Georgie forget to file his papers again?
This time missing the filing deadline for the ballot in Florida?
this bit of info via Running Scared




Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Teach our children well


There is an old saying "Monkey see monkey do".
or an even older quote

Refrain from doing ill; for one all powerful reason, lest our children should copy our misdeeds; we are all to prone to imitate whatever is base and depraved.
Juvenal (55 AD - 127 AD)
and here is a very relevant version of this time tested bit of wisdom.




Sound familiar?


Let's take a minute to remember how we got where we are today. Here's
a little story posted a ways back by haubalong at 08.03.2004 01.31 AM on Al Franken's Blog...

I wake up one morning and somebody comes and sets fire to the shed in my backyard. It's a total loss and shocking event to be sure. I had some animals and other stuff in there and they are now gone. I determine that the guys who did it live in apartment building across town. I go over there and the apartment manager (who beats his wife) says "Hey! Wait a minute...You can't come in here!" I tell him I want him to tell me which room the guy who set fire to my shed is living in. He tells me he needs proof and if I can produce it..he has no problem telling me. I say no way...I KNOW he's in there and you better tell me or I'm gonna kill YOU and a bunch of your people too. He still refuses. So I blow the crap out of his rundown apartment building. I kill a bunch of people...and yeah some of the friends of the guy who set fire to my shed. I don't get the actual guy but hey....IN the meantime...HE apparently has gone to live in ANOTHER apartment building...THIS one is owned by a FRIEND OF MINE. But it's HUGE and there are some pretty rough characters there who are not about to tell me where the guy is. So I decide that instead of going after the guy who set fire to my shed...there's ANOTHER guy who has been beating his wife and abusing his kids really abusing the residents of his apartment building and I decide to attack HIM. After all...I heard he's had a couple of phone calls with the guy who set fire to my shed! They must be working together? He's got friends who are friends of the guy who set fire to my shed and I HEARD he's got like a bazooka or something so I tell my family..."We have to take him out..he could lend that bazooka to a friend of a friend!" I forced this guy at one point to let the cops in look around...and they were there for a long time but didn't find anything (they said they saw a PLAN for a bazooka though!). So I told em I had just had it with this guy and that they better clear out. So I attack his apartment buildings...I kill a BUNCH of the people living there. I PROMISE TO (and actually DO) rebuild a lot of the buildings but while I am there 92% of the residents want me to leave. I finally catch the guy who was beating his wife and kids...(who by the way I used to send money and groceries to) he was down hiding in the basement...and I pick a new apartment manager. Along the way a few of my family members get killed and I am spending like ten thousand dollars a WEEK but it's WORTH it to get that guy! In the meantime the friends of the guy who set fire to my shed are still out there...so is the guy...and they are constantly threatening to set fire to my car, my house, and more...I'd like to get him...but it does not seem that likely. In the meantime, just in case some of his friends decide to come over and try and hurt me or my family I force them to stand in line for hours while I look through their clothing, and install metal detectors on my front and back door. A couple of members of my family complained a little bit so I locked one of them in the bath room for a while and the other? I just told him he was being disloyal and that it was My Way or the Highway...that he was going to have to trust me come hell or high water and then threatened to lock HIM in the bathroom if he acted up again. So far...nobody has come over to do anything to us...so I must be doing one hell of a job! But if they DO...then that means you STILL want me to be in charge because THAT's what they REALLY want...to get rid of ME! Even though they tried to burn down the shed back in 93...which sort of means that it has nothing to do with ME personally but never mind that. Somebody told me that those big chemical barrels I have out in the back yard look like a pretty ripe target but those actually belong to some guys who lent me money..and I wouldn't want to lean on em too hard. They are friends of mine.
Sound familiar?




Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Spin, Reality Control, Doublethink


Karl Rove, Karen Hughes and Fox News, they all are masters of doublethink. Back in the Reagan years we thought we were seeing Big Brother incarnate, but we were way wrong. Peace Keeper missile and Vegatational reorganization were just baby concepts compared to the truly Orwellian ideas that BushCo is serving up in the sheeple buffet today. Iraq, the economy, healthcare, the environment (just to name a few) - each one has been corrupted with the infection of doublethink.
Doublethink is, as Orwell said

...the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. ... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies—all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.

The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed -if all records told the same tale -- then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. 'Reality control', they called it: in Newspeak, 'doublethink'.George Orwell, 1984.




Sunday, September 05, 2004

Bush + Medicare = Shameless


Out of the many words that I could use to describe the hike in Medicare premiums, the one that comes to mind first is shameless, the next and subsequent words are not so kind and not family friendly.
Just one Day after Bush gives a speech in which he says

"I believe we have a moral responsibility to honor America's seniors"
he increases premiums a whopping %17 - the largest increase ever.

Notice his use of "we".

I guess "we" includes the seniors and disabled taking more responsibility honoring themselves - having to pay more $$ each month.

Monthly payments for Part B of the government health care program for older and disabled Americans — doctor visits and most other non-hospital expenses — will jump to $78.20 from $66.60, a 17% increase, the administration said Friday.

The administration, seeking political advantage among older voters, has tried to depict the Medicare law, with its first-ever prescription drug benefit, as a boon to seniors.
USA Today

My head hurts from the sheer audacity of Bushco. Released on a friday before a holiday weekend. Do they really think people are that stupid ? Yes, they do and yes people are.

I need an asprin... "That'll be $2 sir." ARGG ARRG ARRG




Friday, September 03, 2004

Flopping the Flip


This "flip flopping" smear line must simply be exposed for the fallacy it really is.

Changing one's position in the light of new and compelling evidence is sound natural logical thinking - things change and we change, so our positions and beliefs change. This is evolution - the result of curiosity and reflection.

We look to the past:

Nothing endures but change.
Heraclitus, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent PhilosophersGreek philosopher (540 BC - 480 BC)

You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.
Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), Dialogues, Theatetus

The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.
Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)

That is true wisdom, to know how to alter one's mind when occasion demands it.
Terence (185 BC - 159 BC)

Holding steadfast to a particular position in the light of new compelling facts and evidence is argumentative suicide. In doing so you must resort to fallacies and sophist tactics to make your point, all the while facing mounting evidence and obvious facts that contradict your rigid stance.
Again to the past:

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
John Adams (1735 - 1826), 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770

The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.
Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), Dialogues, Phaedo

To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.
Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895)

You can continue to call changing positions on new or re-evaluated evidence and facts "flip flopping" but that simply uses other classic argumentative fallacies.
Loaded language and persuasive definition come to mind.

In general, avoid language whose only function is to sway emotions of your readers or hearers, either for or against the view you are discussing. This is "loaded" language.
Persuasive definition: defining a term in a way which appears to be straightforward but which in fact is subtly loaded.
Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments (© 1992)


Misleading, twisting facts and flat out lying are destructive to all our safety.

Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading.
Quintus Septimius Tertullianus (160 AD - 230 AD), Adversus Valentinianos

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), speech at Vanderbilt University, May 18, 1963

The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.
John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Amherst College, Oct 26, 1963 - Source JFK Library, Boston, Mass.
We must keep vigorously questioning. In doing so our opinions may change and we shall learn. We have a duty to speak up, to inquire,to debate, to follow the evidence where it leads us - accepting facts even if they force a change in our orginal position for that is how we learn.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)





2400 years ago


In war, truth is the first casualty.
Aeschylus (525 BC - 456 BC)




Thursday, September 02, 2004

He swings and...


Looking real good in his outfit he swings and with good form connects with the ball. Back Back back Baaaaaaaaack, to the track and it's caught. Sit down Bush yer out!

But it was a hit, wasn't it? He slammed it out the the park, didn't he?

Didn't he?

No, not much to it, really. Sure, he looked good and he behaved like an adult. And yes, at times he almost looked like an elected President. However, his plan for the future includes little reality, really.

For Jobs we get:
Restraining Government spending
      (like the last 4 years, right tell me another)
Reduced Government regulation
      (This benefits who? It's the rich stupid.)
Making Tax relief permanent
      (see the one above)
Making country less depended on foreign sources of energy
      (it's not alternative energy is it? tell the truth we get to drill right?)
Expand trade
      (How?)

For the Tax code we get
Closing Special interest loopholes
      (which ones?)
Extra time - we waste lots of time on taxes
      (ok,less time, hurrah, stupid, just plain stupid)
Pro GROWTH SYSTEM
      (what does this mean? Do we have an Anti-growth system and what is that?)
Bipartisan effort to simplify the tax code
      (Fat chance after this Smear Cam-pain)

For Poor People
      (who are these folks? He keeps mentioning them but doesn't say who these poor are. Do they let the poor into his rallys)
Double the job training program
     (Goodie double the poor program he already gave us)
Community colleges get money
      (How much? from where?)

For "American Opportunity Zones”
      ( the poor places )
tax relief and other incentives to attract new business
      (business from rich folk)
improve housing
      (how, with what,and who is doing this?)
job training to bring hope
      (how about training folks to get a JOB, not hope)

For Heath Care we get:
Sm. businesses join together to buy insurance like the big Corps do.
      ( at what rates? from who?)
Tax credit for health savings accounts
      (Buy your own insurance Take it with you when you go cuz you are gonna change jobs)
Every poor county gets a community or rural health center.
      ( you mean they don't have one yet, What the hell are we barbarians)
Medical liability reform now OBGYN’s can’t practice anymore –
      (The trial lawyers did it right? )
Doctors and patients make decisions not bureaucrats
      (Abortion Too? )

For Education we get:
Funding high schools early intervention programs to help students at risk
      (Why not just really fund the entire system?)
Focus on math and science
      ( duh, really?)
Raise performance
      ( how?)
Expanding Pell grants for low and middle income families
      (Gee thanx. It took 4 years to think of this?)


Nice swing Mr Bush but,

Yerrr Out!






4 words for Bush


Kerry's response to Bush.
"All Hat, No Cattle"
From MSNBC live Kerry speech coverage




BushCo pre game


He's gotta hit one outta the park tonight. It's gotta be a specific plan for the future of this country. With specifics on the economy, jobs, healthcare, education and how he will handle this countries mounting debt.

Pandagon.net has a light preview of Shrub's coronation speech tonight.
I particularly like these interesting stats

Interesting stat: since the Republican convention arrived in New York, the New York Yankees experienced the worst loss in their history, the Mets haven't won a game, and Florida, which is run by Jeb Bush,is facing down a second hurricane. Someone here has shut God's ears, and I have a feeling his surrogates are handing out elephant penis heads, as did the Galatians in accordance with the Pauline epistle.

Maybe this Hatefest is not having the desired effect?

Will GirlieWomanBush change the tone of this 4 day festival of doublethink and greet us with flowers and chocolates?
Or
Will he scare the living hell outta us like everyone else has been trying to do at the Hatefest?

NOTE
AP pre-speech Pre-article was like a NewSpeak article.

President Bush, a wartime leader in a tight race, was to vow victory over terrorism ...To millions anxious over their economic security, Bush was to say, "government must take your side" by offering a path to greater opportunity. In a return to the rhetoric of compassionate conservatism that marked his 2000 election campaign


There's the wind-up and the pitch - GWB swings and ..........




Overcoming insurmountable facts


A bit of comedy for the fourth day of the republican 4 day hate.

"listen to the words ..."

The Bush Convention Film

A Daily Show brilliant exclusive.




Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Playground Politics


BushCo has taken the entire country to a new low of playground politics.
What the hell happened to compassion and those other phrases they always throw about. They've called people names, thrown sand, pulled hair, pushed and shoved, and even hit. Then, still screaming their heads off, they turn around and say they never did any of it.

Typical 2nd grader.

Dear-Author has the perfect talking point - counter attacks to counter all this 2nd grade attacks BushCo and the rest of the RepubliPlayGrounders are spouting.

John Stewart once put it to Cheney a bit nicer

Stewart:
"Mr. Vice President, I have to inform you: You're pants are on fire."

June 21, 2004 program.
But those were more innocent days.

Btw, Where the hell are the teachers anyhow?

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