Tuesday, August 31, 2004

That's my news team!

Reactions to convention

Haven't watched. Haven't listened. Commenters at dailykos, eschaton, etc. seem astounded that (a) only 9/11 and Purple Hearts get mentioned and (b) the cable networks have not included comments from Democrats. Pretty much as I expected, so why watch or listen.

Summary of Pentagon spy scandal

Josh Marshall recommends this article by Warren Strobel. As Josh says, Warren's coverage of events prior to the Iraq war are now pointed to as examples of how reporting should have been done.

This is a print story for now.

What GOP delegates think of military service



Sunday, August 29, 2004

A summary of the Bush administration

Is being a likeable guy enough to let you hold the most powerful position in the world?

Monday, August 23, 2004

And the winner is....

Guess we do need to FOIA George Bush's DD214, just to make sure that he did not go AWOL.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Great cartoon (Bentsen)

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Shorter Kerry on the War

Sometimes succinct is best.

Check those care tags on your "Made in USA" clothing

Virginia is now a "battleground state"

We'll be getting a Springsteen concert, I figure.

Friday, August 13, 2004

The Grey Lady has spoken

A headline from today's New York Times:

Report Finds Tax Cuts Heavily Favor the Wealthy


If you knew that, you don't need to subscribe to the Times....

Dirty play



According to Bob Harris:

Incidentally, while rugby is a contact sport, every player knows that tackling above the shoulders is a foul. So is leaving your feet during a tackle. Either of these is serious enough that the other team is immediately awarded a penalty kick, often directly resulting in points for the other team.

So even without throwing a punch, Bush is already well outside fair play.

Grasping an opponent by the back of the head and punching him in the face is beyond the pale -- I've watched rugby avidly for years, and I've never seen it during an open-field tackle like this, honest -- and will typically result in a player being immediately sent off.

A: Marvin

Q: On Sept. 11, which child did Barbara Bush want to hug?

Thanks to President Bush for asking the question. No wonder he's struggling.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Jon Stewart at his best

Why would the RNC send a hick Congressman who had never seen "The Daily Show" to be interviewed by Jon Stewart is beyond me. The results were predictable, given that Rep. Bonilla was armed with a set of talking points and nothing more. Here's one of my favorite exchanges:

STEWART: You're making this up.

(LAUGHTER)

BONILLA: No, I'm not! And they--

STEWART: Okay, I'll tell you who it is. It's actually called the National Journal. And what they do is--

BONILLA: Well, that's a magazine!

STEWART: But they're the ones that put it together.

BONILLA: Right, they actually compile all this stuff.

STEWART: Right. But is that over their career, or over just...

BONILLA: Over their career.

STEWART: But see, no!

BONILLA: But they'll do it every year as well.

STEWART: The first and fourth--

BONILLA: They do it yearly and for career.

STEWART: But you know that the-- but Edwards over his career is actually more to the right than the median Democrat, and actually Kerry is more to the right of Kennedy. So I just, you know, like you say.

BONILLA: You're right.

STEWART: You just want people to have an honest discussion. That's all that I want. I'm not Democrat, I'm not Republican, but my head, with the spinning and the responses and the things, is... I'm a sad little man.

(LAUGHTER)

STEWART: I just need it to get more... you know what I'm saying.

BONILLA: What can we do to make you happy?

STEWART: Not-- no more of the rapid response with the-- just to twist the thing.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

New terror alert

This just in:

At a press conference later today, Tom Ridge will announce additional evidence of plots to destroy Washington, DC. Apparently a search of the National Archives uncovered documents from President James Madison's administration thatthe British intend to march on Washington and burn it to the ground. Ridge will denounce Mr. Madison as another Democrat who played politics with the truth...unlike President Bush.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Look out, Swing States!

Homeland Security Chief Ridge pointing to U.S. map Thanks to uggabugga for reminding me which states Johns Kerry and Edwards will be visiting in the coming months.

The Vatican takes us back to the 19th century

The Vatican yesterday depicted what it claimed were women's characteristic traits: 'Listening, welcoming, humility, faithfulness, praise and waiting.'

In its most important statement on the role of women in almost a decade, the Roman Catholic Church said these virtues of the Virgin Mary were ones that women displayed 'with particular intensity and naturalness'.


The Pope then left for a vacation in the Papal balloon....

Edwards prepares for VP debate

John Edwards with Star Wars troopers
May the Force be with you, Johnny.