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John Kerry at the Democratic Convention

John Kerry details McCain flip flops. "Talk about being for it before you're against it."

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The Worst Person

Welch: fail to honor (a debt or obligation incurred through a promise or agreement): T. Boone Pickens is a welcher.

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Countdown w/Keith Olbermann

John Kerry on Iraq

John Kerry's analysis of the current situation in Iraq seems spot on to me. He followed John McCain who had nothing worthwhile to add.

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This Week w/George Stephanopoulos

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld Think You're Stupid

It looks like George and Company are finally losing their last bit of support Thomas Friedman writes in the New York Times today. Insulting Our Troops, and Our Intelligence
George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld think you’re stupid. Yes, they do.

They think they can take a mangled quip about President Bush and Iraq by John Kerry — a man who is not even running for office but who, unlike Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, never ran away from combat service — and get you to vote against all Democrats in this election.

Every time you hear Mr. Bush or Mr. Cheney lash out against Mr. Kerry, I hope you will say to yourself, “They must think I’m stupid.” Because they surely do. . .

Everyone says that Karl Rove is a genius. Yeah, right. So are cigarette companies. They get you to buy cigarettes even though we know they cause cancer. That is the kind of genius Karl Rove is. . .

through sheer incompetence — brought us to a point in Iraq that was not inevitable but is now unwinnable.

Let Karl know that you think this is a critical election, because you know as a citizen that if the Bush team can behave with the level of deadly incompetence it has exhibited in Iraq — and then get away with it by holding on to the House and the Senate — it means our country has become a banana republic.

The Great Divider

The Great Divider

This is an outstanding editorial by the NY Times. It captures the essence of George W. Bush. Thank you New York Times

The Great Divider
As President Bush throws himself into the final days of a particularly nasty campaign season, he’s settled into a familiar pattern of ugly behavior. Since he can’t defend the real world created by his policies and his decisions, Mr. Bush is inventing a fantasy world in which to campaign on phony issues against fake enemies.

In Mr. Bush’s world, America is making real progress in Iraq. In the real world, as Michael Gordon reported in yesterday’s Times, the index that generals use to track developments shows an inexorable slide toward chaos. In Mr. Bush’s world, his administration is marching arm in arm with Iraqi officials committed to democracy and to staving off civil war. In the real world, the prime minister of Iraq orders the removal of American checkpoints in Baghdad and abets the sectarian militias that are slicing and dicing their country.

In Mr. Bush’s world, there are only two kinds of Americans: those who are against terrorism, and those who somehow are all right with it. Some Americans want to win in Iraq and some don’t. There are Americans who support the troops and Americans who don’t support the troops. And at the root of it all is the hideously damaging fantasy that there is a gulf between Americans who love their country and those who question his leadership.

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I've Never Said That I'm Perfect

Update video of Ted Haggard admitting he purchased meth Man claims 3-year sexual relationship with pastor
DENVER - A gay man and admitted male escort claims he has had an ongoing sexual relationship with a well-known Evangelical pastor from Colorado Springs.

Ted thinks he's just like John Kerry, misunderstood.

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This is the same Ted Haggard that Dawkins interviews in the Root of All Evil
Related Story: Jeff Sharlett on Haggards Downfall
I was relaxing this afternoon, watching an episode of Big Love, the HBO series starring Bill Paxton as a Mormon hiding his polygamous life, when I heard from from "The Peter Boyles Show" in Denver: "Your buddy Ted Haggard's in a shit storm."
The "buddy" part was ironic -- since I wrote about Ted Haggard and his church. . .
The Denver Post updates the story.

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Bill Maher With John Kerry

Bill Maher Interviews John Kerry. Bill recounts Kerry's statement about Vietnam "how do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake." Is there any reason that line doesn't work even more so for Iraq? Kerry's response: "I think it's much more poignant today than Vietnam." I agree.

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Dying for Spin

The question is similar to John Kerry's about the war in Vietnam "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" I personally think the entire war was a spin move, a mistake, but I think however you viewed the war as a whole the way it ended was a pointless waste of life, both Israeli and Lebanese. And that innocents will continue to die and to be maimed by bomblets left by the cluster bombs is criminal. I have to hand it to Moshe Ya'alon he pulls no punches, he thinks they all should resign. I'd like to hear some voices describing our misadventure in Iraq in similar terms. It looks like internal Israeli politics will be boiling for some time. Former IDF chief: Soldiers were sacrificed for spin - Haaretz - Israel News

Former chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon believes the prime minister and chief of staff should resign, and the defense minister should be replaced for mismanaging the war in Lebanon.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Haaretz which will be published in Friday's Magazine, Ya'alon condemned the decision to launch the ground operation at the end of the war, in which 33 soldiers died.

"That was a spin move," Ya'alon said. "It had no substantive security-political goal, only a spin goal. It was meant to supply the missing victory picture. You don't do that. You don't send soldiers to carry out a futile mission after the political outcome has already been set. . .

They Called For Torture

John Kerry on Bush, torture, and the war on terror. It was good John. It would have been so much better if you'd said, hell yes waterboarding is torture.

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I used to be a Republican, before they lost their minds. -- NBA superstar Charles Barkley. 7.20.06

The cowboy president bet the ranch on Iraq, and that war has made almost any other American action in the Arab world, and any Pax Americana that might have been created there, impossible. It's fitting that Condi is the Flying Dutchman, since Lebanon represents the shipwreck of our Middle East policy. -- MAUREEN DOWD, NY Times 7.22.06

Here is one from the archive taken from the 2004 campaign highlighting a Bush Lie and a prophetic John Kerry. This is must view video. You won't be disappointed.

Dub's Four Point Plan for the Middle East brilliant!

International law in the context of the current Israel-Hezbollah struggle, tip to dende.

Fox News continues its habit of fact free news reports. (tip to Jens)

Birth Pangs of a new middle east. Scary! (tip to boxcar)

Leaker In Chief

John Kerry discusses the leaker in chief with Chris Matthews.

It proves that the buck doesn't stop anywhere in this administration. . . It also proves the president has a funny sense of having an investigation when he says, when we get to the bottom of it and I'll fire the person who authorized it, and if he indeed authorized it, kind of tricky. . .Evidently he's been looking for himself the past few years. . . It's about as serious as it gets!
Hey George look in the fucking mirror, see that guy, he's the worst president ever.
William Rivers Pitt on our leaker in chief. This is an excellent summary.
Media Matters has more

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Links With Your Coffee Wednesday

Latest Leak News from Raw Story, ooooh it's yummy, hope it's all true. A little Plamegate poetry from Asian Provocateur a onegoodmove reader.

A new blog written by 7 lefties The Defeatists

Good News
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration has abandoned research into a nuclear "bunker-buster" warhead, deciding instead to pursue a similar device using conventional weaponry, a key Republican senator said Tuesday.

John Kerry from Georgetown Speech via Just Sayin
The country and the Congress were misled into war. I regret that we were not given the truth; as I said more than a year ago, knowing what we know now, I would not have gone to war in Iraq. And knowing now the full measure of the Bush Administration’s duplicity and incompetence, I doubt there are many members of Congress who would give them the authority they abused so badly. I know I would not."

Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

Bloggers Speak, Part 1 of 2 -- Audio Mini-Interviews With Lefty Bloggers

Let me go to hell, that's all I ask, and go on cursing them there,
and them look down and hear me. That might take some of
the shine off their bliss.
~ Samuel Beckett ~

Clash in Cambridge
Science and religion seem as antagonistic as ever

What, if anything, determines the meaning of words?


Bush Takes Responsibility for Failures in Storm Response
"To the extent the federal government didn't fully do it's job right, I take responsibility"

Is this a first and just what exactly does Bush mean by taking responsibility. Would it be too much to expect the 'hari kari' George Carlin suggested on Bill Maher's show. As for me, I'd accept a simple resignation. I like John Kerry's comment on Dub's moment of responsibility "The President has done the obvious, only after it was clear he couldn�t get away with the inexcusable."

Here is a little mp3 techno remix of the Katrina news coverage you can download from Forrestt

This is Ridiculous

Russert claims this a very serious matter. "as one Republican said to me last last night if this were a Democratic White House we'd have congressional hearings in a second"

As Russert points out there are three issues at play here. the possible crime of outing Valerie Plame, perjury by Karl, and the political fallout. The first two are still open questions the later is blossoming like the turd Rove is. John Kerry and Hillary Clinton are calling for him to be fired, and it looks like the media feeding frenzy has begun.

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Ralph Nader: Will the real Michael Moore Re-Emerge

Ralph speaks his mind in this open letter to Michael Moore and he has a couple of things right. We need to keep working against "against the war or for an anti-poverty agenda, for corporate reform, for consumer justice, or for cracking down on the epidemic of corporate crime, fraud and abuse... stand up for the simple right of wrongfully injured and defrauded Americans to have their full day in court without tort deform handcuffing judges and juries."

Ralph Nader's post election letter to Michael Moore

Dear Michael,

Will the real Michael Moore ever re-emerge and shut the door on his theatre of the absurd? It was a wild and crazy run, was it not, Michael? Weeks of standing before large college audiences mixing a potion of book and movie promotions with a message that was more laughable than producing laughter. You told the young men and women that "George W. Bush and John Kerry both suck. Vote for Kerry." That is supposed to be "cool?" Here you were -- against the Iraq War occupation, pro-justice for the Palestinian people, against the Patriot Act, against the swollen military budget and you were telling the university students to vote for Kerry who is on the complete opposite side of these issues.

Now that you no longer have to pose as a "least-worster", with no more tactical excuses, what is your post-election confession? So far your website has dodged this question, unless that is you have no reflections on the merit of abandoning both your principles and your authentically progressive friends for candidates--Kerry and Edwards-who so often performed as crypto-Republicans during the campaign.

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A Good Idea?

Choose the Blue

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Day After Tomorrow

John Kerry was right in 1971 when he said, "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" He was wrong when he said that didn't apply to Iraq it does. Tom Waits normally not overtly political is decidedly so in his new song. clip of Day After Tomorrow mp3

Better Waits Than Never

Tom Waits' long career has been marked by an aversion to explicitly political music. Dim light bulbs and graveyards, rifles that ring out at dawn, mules and very tall men, old dogs, old people, Oldsmobiles' all have been celebrated in Waits' songs. Never, though, has the eccentric and impossibly rugged-voiced singer waded into unabashed political commentary.

Which is why it's stunning to realize that Waits' new record, Real Gone, contains what is surely (for my money, at least) the most essential song inspired by the war in Iraq...

A sort of audio journal told from the perspective of a soldier whose tour in Iraq is coming to a close, 'Tomorrow' opens with the unnamed narrator getting some mail from home. He's a Midwestern kid'raised, he tells the listener, in northern Illinois'and has managed to hold on to some of his boyish na'vete. 'I still believe that there's gold/At the end of the world,' sings Waits as he begins to sketch his character. The soldier's spirits are buoyed by the knowledge that he'll soon be boarding a plane; he's due to arrive in America in just a couple days..,

With steely calm, the young soldier notes that he and his peers have been fed 'lies' since the start of the war, that the violence that surrounds him is deeply unnerving. Though we're not told his chief reason for joining the service, whatever illusions he might have possessed have long since been shattered: 'I'm not fighting for justice/I'm not fighting for freedom/I am fighting for my life and/Another day in the world here.'

What to do about Religion?

In the comments to my previous post dende made an excellent point. The left does have to engage with people's religious values. There is plenty of historical precedent for religiously motivated movements doing great things for progressive causes. The abolitionists were mostly responsible for ending slavery. Rev. Martin Luther King invoked deeply felt religious ideals in fighting for his dream.

The reason I made that post was out of frustration. Candidates should not have to profess their faith in order to win elections. Since when were "values" the exclusive domain of religion. There is a pervasive cretinous belief in this country that without religion anything is permitted. I argued last summer that God is either arbitrary or irrelevant in grounding our "values." Religion ought to be private for our sake and its own.

Nevertheless, it is a reality that Americans don't vote rationally. They only pay lip service to enlightenment ideals if they subscribe to them at all. Edgar Rivera Colon puts it best.

People are not rational, nor do they make their political choices out of some logic model. Americans voted their fears, their fantasies, their hopes, and their irrationalities. The Republicans banked on these factors and won. No doubt John Kerry�s awkward and stiff personality fed into the ability of Republicans to paint Bush as affable and a real person, but Kerry's stiffness also lent him the air of a calculating politician who is never irrational and always in control.

People do not identify with control freaks even when they are control freaks. They "feel at home" with people that are a bit sloppy, but with whom they can connect with on an emotional level. George Bush is a Texas slacker and former bad boy gone straight: The perennial smirk gives it all away. Bill Clinton was the affable philanderer who liked his Big Mac and fries like the next person. These are only public images, but they are entries into mass identification based on irrational excess, not on calculation or rational deliberation. What about John Kerry made people feel at home with their own insecurities and irrationalities? If truth be told, not much at all in the end.

There is no sense in belaboring the point. Kansas may have a problem, but it will not be solved without a political strategy that has recourse to a religious and nonrational rhetoric and imagery. The Democratic leadership needs to do some hard thinking and feeling in the coming weeks and come to terms with a not so simple, but obvious fact: The country we live in is neither secular nor rational and won't be for quite some time to come. What did Dorothy say to get back from Oz? "There's no place like home. There's no place like home."

Kerry vs. Bush on the Chessboard

Kerry and Bush play chess for the presidency. Have a look at the full game score with annotations here


and some of the notes to the game for those to lazy to follow the link

"The difference between the president and I is that while he makes irrevocable pawn moves, I correct myself when I have moved my knight to the wrong square. Which is worse?"

G.W's highly unusual twin tower sacrifice has left his position in shambles. After recognizing the tragic loss, his formidable team of seconds seize the opportunity to begin an unprecedented attack (relayed to Bush via hidden wire), which they call "Operation Cowboy"

n his comments to his unusual knight maneuver, Bush says : "My army is in mortal danger from the Rook on a8. We cannot wait for the Rook to explode, destroying our entire army instantly, but must immediately begin preemptive measures."

"Did I make a mistake in the last couple moves? I don't think so...If I had to do it all over again, i wouldn't change a thing."- G.W.

(ed note- Here Karl Rove placed a rook on h4 when Kerry wasn't looking, thus trapping the black queen.)

"Time to develop my King! Screw the little people."

And John Kerry wins!

(Fox news contests Kerry's victory, failing to acknowledge checks delivered by black pieces.)