s skippy the bush kangaroo: September 2004

skippy the bush kangaroo



Thursday, September 30, 2004

if the right wing bloggers say it, you know it must be true

dkos has a few choice tidbits from the right wing blogs, who fretted over awol's performance on tonight's debate:

more powerline:
"i've taken more than an hour to try to talk myself out of concluding that john kerry won tonight's debate. i haven't succeeded. senator kerry, i think, edged president bush on substance and, surprisingly, looked better throughout."

vodkapundit:
"kerry won on points, which probably was enough to shore up his weakened support in new jersey, michigan, and pennsylvania."

dean's world
"my gut's telling me it's a win for kerry because, frankly, he scared me less than i expected him to."
posted by skippy at 11:47 PM | 1 comments

master debater

judd legum of winning argument sends us a couple of things for tonight's debate, courtesy of the center for american progress:

what awol will say tonight, and questions jim lehrer should ask, but probably won't.
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say hello

to daily connotations.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

we're putting you in camps for your own protection

bob morris of politics in the zeros tells us about how the fbi is touting the patriot act to various muslim groups to garner cooperation, including why folks don't really need lawyers present when questioned by the bureau, among other gems.
posted by skippy at 11:15 PM | 0 comments

say hello

to dancing star tao.
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meanwhile, back in iraq

the nytimes has a map showing the 2,368 attacks in the last 30 days in iraq.

(thanks and a tip of the bush kangaroo hat to thirdparty's daily kos diary).
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debating what kerry should debate about

rodger payne discusses what kerry should say on thursday.
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it's funny because it's true

foxtrot is usually not a political cartoon, but today it makes an exception...
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we like ike, but we love john

the son of gen. dwight eisenhower, the last honorable republican president, has endorsed john kerry. john eisenhower writes in the union leader:

as son of a republican president, dwight d. eisenhower, it is automatically expected by many that i am a republican. for 50 years, through the election of 2000, i was. with the current administration’s decision to invade iraq unilaterally, however, i changed my voter registration to independent, and barring some utterly unforeseen development, i intend to vote for the democratic presidential candidate, sen. john kerry.

the fact is that today’s “republican” party is one with which i am totally unfamiliar. to me, the word “republican” has always been synonymous with the word “responsibility,” which has meant limiting our governmental obligations to those we can afford in human and financial terms. today’s whopping budget deficit of some $440 billion does not meet that criterion.

responsibility used to be observed in foreign affairs. that has meant respect for others. america, though recognized as the leader of the community of nations, has always acted as a part of it, not as a maverick separate from that community and at times insulting towards it. leadership involves setting a direction and building consensus, not viewing other countries as practically devoid of significance. recent developments indicate that the current republican party leadership has confused confident leadership with hubris and arrogance.
we'd vote for eisenhower again!
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say hello

to guardians of privilege.
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get zell miller to play bill o'reilly

the willful damsel directs us to her blog, a horseman short of an apocalypse, where she reports that awol is using repubbb stand-ins for his opponents in his mock-debate practices in crawford, texas.

she suggests that trent lott, if he can look entitled enough, stands in for ralph nader
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blogging, considered

our good friend the watchful babbler, who has been blogging longer than we have, recommends we check out flogging the simian, a paxblog by soj. soj seems to be in romania at the moment, and we're not sure if that's her home or she's just visiting. but watchful babbler says that "the ongoing series on private-torture-camp manager 'jack' idema is as good as any pulitzer prize-winning work" (you can find an index of those stories in soj's right-hand sidebar).

plus, watchful directs our attention to his fine blog, doxagora, one of the first skippy ever linked to on a permanent basis, and one we don't get around to reading as much as we should. the watchful babbler is thoughtful and precise in his prose, and always has some interesting points to make. today he's making points about lobbyists jack abramoff and michael scanlon, who, as watchful tells us, are

the lobbyists and operatives behind the aguagate influence-flipping scandal. scalon and abramoff are heavily wired into an informal but powerful network of money and influence that funds a range of specialized ideological offensives. the first article discusses abramoff and delay's ties to an obscure island protectorate and its sweatshop industries.
it's a pretty exhaustive piece, and details the influence abramoff has with tom delay, and the influence-peddling scandal that is unfolding in the delay grand jury indictments. an excerpt:


delay was certainly a good friend to the nmi (northern mariana islands, an american protectorate home to many sweatshops, and abramoff's client), blocking not only legislation inimical to their interests, but making it clear to labor rights activists they weren't welcome on his hill. on august 9, 1999, former mariana sweatshop worker carmencita abad, now a labor rights activist, arrived with university of houston bob buzzanco at delay's office for a scheduled appointment. rather than sitting down with the activists, delay's office had capitol hill police remove and threaten them. "they said they would arrest us if we didn't lave," abad said of the incident. "they kicked us out like animals." ("delay's way," houston press, august 20, 1999)
readers of this space know we at skippy are keeping a close eye on the texas investigations into delay's dealings, and we are happy that doxagora is keeping an even closer eye out for us.
posted by skippy at 10:37 AM | 0 comments

why do you think we call him dope?

the makers of the documentary bush's brain want us all to know that it will be available on dvd in stores beginning oct. 12, and is now available on line.

the staff at skippy international has watched bush's brain, and it's a harrowing account of karl "anything for power" rove and his ascendency to despot of the world. it's based on the great work of james c. moore and wayne slater, two reporters who followed awol's career in texas.

we'd highly recommend it.

bonus for those living in lalaland: the film makers, joseph healy & michael moob, will be appearing at kpfk's democracy & truth regime change 2004 book fair at the la convention center this saturday, oct. 2. check here for details.
posted by skippy at 8:33 AM | 0 comments

tidbits from the cookie

a couple of things from the kids at the daily cookie:

sarah mclachlan's world on fire video;

and this piece from our favorite newspaper named after an insect, the sacramento bee, outlining the complaints that critics have with gov. ah-nold's performance review recommendations, including the consoldation of power under the governor and restriction of access by the public to the state government.

and the lakeland, florida, ledger online discusses the crisis at fannie mae (the lending organ of the us govt. for mortgages).



posted by skippy at 8:17 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

you say it's your birthday

happy birthday to jeralyn merritt of talkleft, one of the most prolific, keenly analytical and erudite bloggers writing today.

we are among her biggest fans, and would be nowhere in blogtopia (yes! we coined that phrase!) without her support.

many more, jeralyn, and may your birthday wishes come true! (especially on nov. 2!)
posted by skippy at 6:48 PM | 0 comments

stone slackers beat ignorant bigots any day

it turns out that, much to bill o'reilly's consternation, the audience for the daily show with jon stewart is not only more educated, but more knowledgable about political affairs than the good ol' boys that watch o'reilly.

you may or may not care that stewart appeared on o'reilly's factor last week, where o'reilly accused stewart's audience of being nothing more than "stoned slackers":

o'reilly: you actually have an influence on this presidential election. that is scary.

stewart: if that were so, that would be quite frightening.

o'reilly: but it is. it's true. i mean, you've got stoned slackers watching your dopey show every night, ok, and they can vote.

stewart: yeah.

o'reilly: you can't stop them.

stewart: yeah, i just don't know how motivated they would be, these stoned slackers.

o'reilly: yeah, it just depends if they have to go out that day.

stewart: what am i, a cheech and chong movie? stoned slackers?

o'reilly: come on, you do the research, you know the research on your program.

stewart: no, we don't.

o'reilly: eighty-seven percent are intoxicated when they watch it. you didn't see that?

stewart: no, i didn't realize that.

o'reilly: yeah, we have that there.

stewart: we come on right after, i believe, puppets that make crank calls...
well, apparently the research wasn't there, after all. comedy central, upset that advertisers might get the wrong idea about their demographics, performed their own research, and found something completely different. for that story, we go to that bastion of in-depth journalistic integrity, people magazine online:

not true, reports nielsen media research. in fact, stewart's the daily show viewers are better educated than o'reilly watchers and stewart's fan base is likelier than o'reilly's to have completed four years of college.
and the asspress tells us stewart's audience is better versed in political news, as well:

comedy central also touted a recent study by the university of pennsylvania’s national annenberg election survey, which said young viewers of “the daily show” were more likely to answer questions about politics correctly than those who don’t.
but those puppets didn't know dick.
posted by skippy at 6:09 PM | 0 comments

how sharper than a serpent's tooth is an ungrateful hometown newspaper

the tiny crawford lonestar iconoclast, the only newspaper in awol's hometown, has endorsed john kerry:

four items trouble us the most about the bush administration: his initiatives to disable the social security system, the deteriorating state of the american economy, a dangerous shift away from the basic freedoms established by our founding fathers, and his continuous mistakes regarding terrorism and iraq.

president bush has announced plans to change the social security system as we know it by privatizing it, which when considering all the tangents related to such a change, would put the entire economy in a dramatic tailspin.

the social security trust fund actually lends money to the rest of the government in exchange for government bonds, which is how the system must work by law, but how do you later repay social security while you are running a huge deficit? it’s impossible, without raising taxes sometime in the future or becoming fiscally responsible now. social security money is being used to escalate our deficit and, at the same time, mask a much larger government deficit, instead of paying down the national debt, which would be a proper use, to guarantee a future gain.

privatization is problematic in that it would subject social security to the ups, downs, and outright crashes of the stock market. it would take millions in brokerage fees and commissions out of the system, and, unless we have assurance that the ivan boeskys and ken lays of the world will be caught and punished as a deterrent, subject both the market and the social security fund to fraud and market manipulation, not to mention devastate and ruin multitudes of american families that would find their lives lost to starvation, shame, and isolation.

kerry wants to keep social security, which each of us already owns. he says that the program is manageable, since it is projected to be solvent through 2042, with use of its trust funds. this would give ample time to strengthen the economy, reduce the budget deficit the bush administration has created, and, therefore, bolster the program as needed to fit ever-changing demographics.

our senior citizens depend upon social security. bush’s answer is radical and uncalled for, and would result in chaos as americans have never experienced. do we really want to risk the future of social security on bush by spinning the wheel of uncertainty?
the editorial mentions other havoc that awol wrecks upon the country, but we were mightily impressed with the succinct description of how and why social security needs to stay bascially as is in order for the economy to be healthy.

we can only hope that as goes the lonestar iconoclast, so goes the nation.


(thanks and a tip of the bush kangaroo hat to marscott oconnor's daily kos diary for the link!)
posted by skippy at 3:42 PM | 0 comments

setting the pie lower

oliver willis alerts us to the latest media matters piece which points out that the screeching heads are playing the same "low expectations" game as four years ago...ie, as long as awol doesn't do something stupid like peeing his pants while he sings "catch a n*gger by his toe" on national tv, he will appear to have won the debates:

· stuart rothenberg, editor and publisher of the rothenberg political report: "i think he [bush] just has to stumble right through it, to be totally honest. he's more likable. he has strong numbers on leadership, and he's got great numbers on the war in iraq. he just has to survive this debate, which is really the challenger's big opportunity to kind of knock the president off his current position." [cnn, news from cnn, 9/24/04]

· michael genovese, presidential scholar at loyola marymount university: according to the pittsburgh post-gazette, genovese "said bush just needs to 'hold his own.' kerry, he said, must avoid a point-scoring approach and appear strong, consistent, presidential. 'he has everything to gain and little to lose. if he 'goes after' the president, that might backfire, so he must be very careful not to show disrespect for the office. he must attack the president by pointing out how damaging his policies have been to the security, reputation and strength of the nation.'" [pittsburgh post-gazette, 9/26/04]

· john mercurio, cnn political editor: "i think first of all the president realized there was a political risk in ducking the debates. incumbents have done this in the past and they've survived, but president bush is in a slightly unique position. he's not viewed as being a real debate master. he really didn't need to duck this." [cnn, inside politics, 9/20/04]…

· joe klein, time magazine senior writer and columnist: "unless kerry can come off with a succinct, and lethal, response to those [bush's] vaporous but compelling platitudes, he will lose this election." [time, 9/19]

posted by skippy at 3:33 PM | 0 comments

bloggers go to the dead trees

first billmon writes for latimes, and now markos zuniga, aka the daily kos, has a column in the uk guardian!

apparently glenn reynolds, nee instapundit, will be writing a right-view column in same said organ to give blogtopia (y!wctp!) balance.

*sigh.* blogging just isn't the same as two years ago.
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everybody was kung fu kerry

reader rosa sends us this link to a funny animation. she tells us:

i thought i would pass on a funny link i found that you might get a kick out of. it's an animation of john kerry as a "kung fu master" who saves bush from a pretzel incident. it's on the home page of this site:

http://www.dancingass.com

(just watch the "campaign central" area near the top and it comes on after the kitten drops pretzels from a plane).

best regards,
rosa

posted by skippy at 9:56 AM | 0 comments

galluping into ridiculousness

we ourselves were duped by the recent gallup/usatoady/cnn poll which showed awol ahead by 8 points. when we saw that on tv, we were dismayed.

we were guilty, of course, of believing the tv. (we think reality shows are real, too.) as the left coaster points out, gallup is guilty of something else...lying.

well, they wouldn't say it was lying. what they would say is that they are "weighting" certain votes, ie, counting one segment of the voting population more (with some complicated algebraic formula) to reflect what they think will be the reality on voting day.

and what they think is, and get this now...that 40=3% of the voters will be repubbbs, but only 31% will be democrats...even though historically in the last three presidential elections, the percentage of repubbbs to dems have been about equal!

luckily for us, the left coaster (via atrios) spells out gallup's manipulations for us.
posted by skippy at 9:40 AM | 0 comments

say hello

to the george w. bush presidential papers website.
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you can lead a horticulture but you can't make him think

reader and comments contributor minus pauly sends us this link to a bruce hammond cartoon in preparation for this week's debates.
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ode to billmon

when one of blogtopia's (yes! we coined that phrase) favorite bloggers decides to call it quits, what's the first thing a dedicated blogger does? well, write a poem, of course! and that's just what mad kane did.
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Monday, September 27, 2004

more (more or less) on billmon - a skippy rant

so billmon is calling it quits ("it" being "blogging").

many in blogtopia (y!wctp!) are discussing it at different sites here and there. we are a bit saddened by it, too, but not much, because, after all, he's the guy who was writing a whole lot, he should be the guy to decide not to write a whole lot.

but we'd like to go out on a limb here and say that his stated reasons ("blogging isn't what it used to be") are probably not his real reasons.

we don't know what his real reasons are. likely they have to do with a variety of his own real life viewpoints as to his time and efforts and where to put his focus to feel fulfilled these days.

but here is why we think his argument that "blogging has changed for the worse," while possibly true, would have absolutely nothing to do with his decision to quit.

blogging is, with the possible exception of masturbation, the most solitary pursuit one can engage in. all it takes is a computer, an isp, and an opinion.

there are, as it has been bemoaned by the dead trees media, absolutely no editors, publishers, bosses or other traditional pains in the butts for writers to make life miserable for a blogger (at least most of us. maybe msnbc gets on eric alterman's case once in a while, but we doubt it. and kevin drum has said that washington monthly doesn't bug him at all about the content on his blog).

so, any point that billmon makes about blogging having changed in the last two years because of any corporate ownership of any kind is a specious complaint. unless some corporation bought the whiskey bar and is ragging on billmon to write shorter, more shallow pieces, the end result of other people's blogging doesn't, didn't ever, and never, ever will, affect anybody else's work.

atrios and dkos make money from advertisers? kevin gets paid to blog? good on them, mates! but how, and more importantly, why should that change billmon's attitude when he sits down to write?

even if all this revenue stream turned the paid bloggers into lazy, innocuous, narrow-minded gossipers, why, oh why, is that billmon's (or any other bloggers') concern? again, we repeat, in blogging, the end result of someone else's work should have absolutely no affect on how you approach yours.

blogging isn't the same as it was two years ago? we would posit that billmon isn't the same as he was two years ago, (and we don't mean to put a value judgment on that, we just assume that none of us are). and that, dear reader, is more of an explanation as to why he's quitting than anything that advertisers or paypal has to do with it.

billmon had recently suffered a severe case of ted barlow disease, and now it looks like it's a terminal case. so be it. writing for free on the net is time consuming and minimally rewarding in the real world.

trust us, mrs. skippy thinks we could be spending our time doing a hundred other more productive things, and, we are loathe to admit, she's very probably right.

the majority of us simply have a need to put our words out there for others to read. and someone else's pay check, success or failure, profit or loss, fame or fortune in this silly game has nothing to do with it.

we blog because we want to. when we stop wanting to, that's when it's time to quit.

[ed. note: new bloggers who keep bugging us for links, please read atrios' excellent steps to becoming a popular blogger. follow steps a thru c religously, then get back to us in a year].
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congratulations!

you are the 600,000th visitor to skippy!
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mad makes us glad

props to madkane who plugged the great piece of music by rx of awol singing "imagine/wildside."

thanks, mad!
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tales from the cookie

the kids at the daily cookie sent us a few things:

the oakland tribune finds that most of the companies that helped write gov. ah-nold's california performance review have sent jobs overseas.

bushgreenwatch reports that the epa has issued a gag order on its employees.

and the pontificator's daily kos diary says that the freeway blogger has asked for help coming up with some ideas for his new signs.

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

we like what you've done with the place

pardon us if we're tardy with this observation, but we like the new look that the guys at the liquid list have.
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extra, extra, dead trees media snub skippy again!

two interesting dead trees media articles appeared on the opposite sides of the country recently. both concern blogs, and both fail to mention ours.

we can't expect the nytimes to know everything. they do mention the kos, jerome armstrong, atrios, and jess of pandagon (and include a rather dirty-old-man leering picture of jack germond and r.w. apple staring down wonkette's dress), so we forgive their lack of publicity for our own humble blog (besides, we didn't actually cover the rnc, which is what the story is about, so we do give them credit for sticking to reality this time).

but since the latimes article was written by billmon, who at last is back from his respite, we are a bit hurt.

recently, however, i've watched the commercialization of this culture of dissent with growing unease. when i recently decided to take a long break from blogging, it was for a mix of personal and philosophical reasons. but the direction the blogosphere is going makes me wonder whether i'll ever go back.

even as it collectively achieves celebrity status for its anti-establishment views, blogging is already being domesticated by its success. what began as a spontaneous eruption of populist creativity is on the verge of being absorbed by the media-industrial complex it claims to despise.

in the process, a charmed circle of bloggers — those glib enough and ideologically safe enough to fit within the conventional media punditocracy — is gaining larger audiences and greater influence. but the passion and energy that made blogging such a potent alternative to the corporate-owned media are in danger of being lost, or driven back to the outer fringes of the internet.
oh, boo-frickin'-hoo,billmon! first of all, it's "blogtopia," not "blogosphere," and yes! we coined that phrase!

and secondly, billmon, we've sold out as much as anybody! didn't daryn "i love you rush" kagan recently mention us on cnn live today? isn't that a sell-out? so why not include us in the list of blogs you don't want to ever read again?

also, aren't you yourself "selling out" by writing this in a dead trees organ, instead of posting it on whiskey bar?

ahhhhh, get a diary...
posted by skippy at 2:30 PM | 0 comments

the weakly leader

via simone db's daily kos diary, we find ret. lt. col. karen kwiatkowski's latest column for military week.com, titled "leadership matters":

an absence of leadership qualities in our military leaders gives rise to terms like "seagull" colonels and generals, a species known to swoop in, make a lot of noise, crap all over everything, and then fly away. but our seagulls had an advantage over bush and cheney. regardless of the mistakes made and not remedied, regardless of the illogic, stupidity and sheer idiocy of our present unit's existence under a seagull commander, at least we could be 100% sure they wouldn't be around for long.

high level incompetence seems to be the natural sea-state of our militarized foreign policy, launching forth with the proud guardsman george w. bush at the helm and dick "other priorities" cheney as navigator.

this track record of sheer stupidity, hubris and other seagull qualities is marred only by the existence of rare officers, like retired marine general tony zinni, who knew their job, led their men and women, and spoke the truth to power about the inanity of the plan to invade iraq early on. looking further for aberrations to the rule, we find retired army general william odom, conservative through and through, who speaks the truth about bush's fantasy adventure in iraq, politely but publicly calling it "a strategic error"..

the words of generals zinni and odom are echoed in the more earthy vernacular of thousands of military members in tanks, humvees, cockpits, trucks and mess halls and tents. these words reveal the most important tenet of leadership. with competence, an ability to learn from mistakes, and humility, there is a final critical ingredient. leadership must demonstrate a hard-headed, stubborn and almost masochistic recognition of the truth, the harsher the better…

but from lower ranking soldiers and marines, we hear plenty. one former marine refers to iraq as "bush's magical middle eastern mystery tour." he explains why we will leave iraq, eventually, with nothing. it is one of the rules that should have been learned early on by all leaders, even mediocre ones. apparently bush, cheney and rumsfeld missed the lecture called "nobody wins a shitstorm."
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we're number 39! we're number 39!

on the blogstreet top 100 most influential blogs!
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we'd rather they ran the piece

cbs has announced that will not run a piece critical of the reasons for invading iraq until after the elections, presumably because they got such bad press on the "memogate" fiasco. the nytimes:

the announcement, in a statement by a spokeswoman, was issued four days after the network acknowledged that it could not prove the authenticity of documents it used to raise new questions about president bush's vietnam-era military service.

the iraq segment had been ready for broadcast on sept. 8, cbs said, but was bumped at the last minute for the segment on mr. bush's national guard service. the guard segment was considered a highly competitive report, one that other journalists were pursuing.

cbs said last night that the report on the war would not run before nov. 2.

"we now believe it would be inappropriate to air the report so close to the presidential election," the spokeswoman, kelli edwards, said in a statement.

ms. edwards said that the report had been scheduled for june but that it was postponed because of additional news on the subject.

the cbs statement followed a report in the online edition of newsweek that described the frustration of cbs news reporters and producers who said the network had concluded that it could not legitimately criticize the president because of the questions about the national guard report.
this is dismaying. as the sfchron (link via atrios) points out, the cbs fiasco was not nearly as important as other recent press shenanigans which we won't name, but rhyme with "schmi-raq schmin-vasion":

just four months ago, lest we forget, the new york times issued its own mea culpa, acknowledging the repeated use of dubious information in its coverage of the run-up to the iraq war and the bush administration's repeated assertions that iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. in the case of one story, the times flat-out said it was duped, although it used the more decorous phrase "taken in."

the two media apologies have a lot in common. in both cases, the issues involved have major implications for the presidential campaign. in both cases, a well-known national news organization admitted sloppy reporting and acknowledged that critical information could not be verified. in both cases, reporters were overly credulous in dealing with sources who had a political interest at stake -- in the cbs case the former guardsman who is a vehement bush opponent, in the new york times case the bush administration officials defending the president's decision to attack iraq.
and telis demos, in the nro (not exactly a left-winged organ) points out a couple of fox pas:

in february 2004, for instance, fox news broadcasters brit hume, sean hannity, and john gibson all showed a photo of john kerry standing next to jane fonda on a podium at an anti-vietnam war rally in the 1970s. it turns out the photo was fake. did hordes of media critics demand retractions from hume, hannity, and gibson? of course not. as a result, it seems likely that plenty of voters continue to believe the picture was real. another example: hannity, on may 18, said, "the only thing [john kerry has] been consistent about in his entire career is raising taxes, because he supported tax increases 350 times." hannity was using a number produced by the bush campaign that was arrived at by allowing votes against tax cuts to count as support of a tax increase, and by double-, triple-, or quadruple-counting tax votes in budget bills with multiple parts. hannity, of course, declined to present this contextual information.
then what's all the hoopla about cbs's big pooch-screwing? the rightists would have us believe it's because cbs is obviously partisan, when it should be objective. but we feel that it's because cbs obviously reports the facts, when the facts are terribly inconvenient to the current administration. witness the emphasis on the candidates' vietnam activities of 30 years ago as opposed to the realities of iraq today. witness the insistance of media that awol is ahead in polls when most polls show a tied race.

what can you do about it? move to canada. barring that extreme action, however, you can take americablog's advice, and contact cbs to let them know that you support their airing of the iraq piece, and all other verifiable facts and news, before nov. 2. [ed. note: why not send cbs a free fax, at 1 212 975 1998?]

tell them you don't mind if reality influences the election.
posted by skippy at 1:50 PM | 0 comments

mail call

let's open the ol' skippy mailbag...

joe gandelman of the moderate voice discusses how the current repubbb line of "kerry emboldens the terrorists" is actually driving away swing voters.

and kathy dopp of utah counts votes directs our attention to their press release in which prominent utahians (is that a word?) are calling for auditable, paper-trail-endowed (are those all words?) electronic voting.
posted by skippy at 1:38 PM | 0 comments

more people trust daily kos for their news than any other news source

congrats to the markos zuniga, aka the daily kos who was featured on abc morning news today!
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Saturday, September 25, 2004

whachu talkin' about, oliver willis?

oliver willis sends us a few tidbits:

cq.com reports that tom ridge has several investments in companies doing business with his own homeland security department;

oliver looks at cheney's own flip-flop on iraq;

how the washtimes made up a kerry quote to make him look bad;

and ken layne reveals ayad allawi's history, and it's not pretty.
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but isn't not having a plan kind of a plan in itself?

reader tony of silver city, new mexico, sends us a link to this harper's article by naomi klein (author of no logo) discussing awol's post-war plan in iraq: greed.

the honey theory of iraqi reconstruction stems from the most cherished belief of the war’s ideological architects: that greed is good. not good just for them and their friends but good for humanity, and certainly good for iraqis. greed creates profit, which creates growth, which creates jobs and products and services and everything else anyone could possibly need or want. the role of good government, then, is to create the optimal conditions for corporations to pursue their bottomless greed, so that they in turn can meet the needs of the society. the problem is that governments, even neoconservative governments, rarely get the chance to prove their sacred theory right: despite their enormous ideological advances, even george bush’s republicans are, in their own minds, perennially sabotaged by meddling democrats, intractable unions, and alarmist environmentalists.

iraq was going to change all that. in one place on earth, the theory would finally be put into practice in its most perfect and uncompromised form. a country of 25 million would not be rebuilt as it was before the war; it would be erased, disappeared. in its place would spring forth a gleaming showroom for laissez-faire economics, a utopia such as the world had never seen. every policy that liberates multinational corporations to pursue their quest for profit would be put into place: a shrunken state, a flexible workforce, open borders, minimal taxes, no tariffs, no ownership restrictions. the people of iraq would, of course, have to endure some short-term pain: assets, previously owned by the state, would have to be given up to create new opportunities for growth and investment. jobs would have to be lost and, as foreign products flooded across the border, local businesses and family farms would, unfortunately, be unable to compete. but to the authors of this plan, these would be small prices to pay for the economic boom that would surely explode once the proper conditions were in place, a boom so powerful the country would practically rebuild itself.

the fact that the boom never came and iraq continues to tremble under explosions of a very different sort should never be blamed on the absence of a plan. rather, the blame rests with the plan itself, and the extraordinarily violent ideology upon which it is based.
the plan, it seems, was to turn iraq into a libertarian's dream: no restraints on the system of unregulated capitalism, and let the laws of economic nature take over:

in september, to entice foreign investors to come to iraq, [paul bremer] enacted a radical set of laws unprecedented in their generosity to multinational corporations. there was order 37, which lowered iraq’s corporate tax rate from roughly 40 percent to a flat 15 percent. there was order 39, which allowed foreign companies to own 100 percent of iraqi assets outside of the natural-resource sector. even better, investors could take 100 percent of the profits they made in iraq out of the country; they would not be required to reinvest and they would not be taxed. under order 39, they could sign leases and contracts that would last for forty years. order 40 welcomed foreign banks to iraq under the same favorable terms. all that remained of saddam hussein’s economic policies was a law restricting trade unions and collective bargaining…

at first, the shock-therapy theory seemed to hold: iraqis, reeling from violence both military and economic, were far too busy staying alive to mount a political response to bremer’s campaign. worrying about the privatization of the sewage system was an unimaginable luxury with half the population lacking access to clean drinking water; the debate over the flat tax would have to wait until the lights were back on. even in the international press, bremer’s new laws, though radical, were easily upupstaged by more dramatic news of political chaos and rising crime.
it's a fascinating read.
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what if we don't?

mark of norwegianity tells us to "watch this video if you care about your country, family and/or lord!"
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Friday, September 24, 2004

so, does that make lincoln chafee the sgt. schultz of the gop?

we're not sure we follow his metaphor, but zizka writes about the "good germans" on seeing the forest.
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a stewart by any other name

hey, thanks to reader chris, we're reminded that lee kuan yew will be on the charlie rose show tonight! oboy!

oh, yeah, and jon stewart, too.
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he supports the troops, just not with money or benefits or anything

we received advanced word about the new book home front: the government's war on soldiers from clarity press, and it looks like a worthwhile read.

inspired by the untold story of sgt. joe hooper, vietnam's most decorated solider and a home-front causality, home front chronicles how--in the midst of his war--george bush has cut benefits of both veterans and frontline troops…

home front reports the widespread effects of the government's weapons, medicines and bureaucracies of mass destruction: the use of vaccines that have led to mysterious deaths among both troops and civilians, and the likely emergence of gulf war ii illness, a cocktail of ailments similar to gulf war i illness--the modern day version of vietnam's agent orange. it details the health and medical issues facing american military personnel and veterans, and investigates the military/bureaucratic politicking behind them. it includes comprehensive documentation from the cdc, va, and pentagon to explain the illnesses, syndromes and symptoms, and an insight into veterans' battles over medical services, intractable policy, and va hospital conditions. public and classified military experiments are detailed along with the "friendly fire" effects of anthrax vaccine and depleted uranium.

[author] rick anderson is a former columnist at the seattle post-intelligencer and seattle times and staff writer for the san francisco chronicle; he has also written for the village voice, christian science monitor, mother jones and salon. he won the heywood broun award for human rights journalism.
we haven't read it yet, but we have blogged about the mystery illness that seemed to be overtaking our troops in iraq last year, so we would bet this book would be interesting.
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say hello

to melpster.
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night of the living rapturists

now, this is scary.

thanks to atrios, we found this on blast off!: we get wingnuts. it's a transcription of a call to c-span:

caller (in a very airy voice): good morning. i’m going to vote for president bush because, after all, you know, god made us there, you know, in his image, free from any black color and all [host looks up, surprised]. the only church that kerry can go to is where they say the black mass, and that is in the merriam-webster pocket book dictionary, where it says that that is the devil worshippers. [host looks uncomfortably off-camera, at producer?] i would never vote for, you know, senator kerry.e every effort to give you the same booth again, or very nearso, definitely, i would never vote for, you know, senator kerry.

and that isn’t the only reason. also, in the bible, god said … god … that, uh, also, like (unintelligible) and faggots, that he says, anybody that lays down with another man and has sex with his own sex, and any woman that lays down with another woman and has sex should be put to death and their blood upon them. it also says that about interracial marriages and everything. so that’s the reason why i’m voting for my president, bush.

slen: what do you do in, uh …

caller: and that isn’t the only reason. they also have other reasons also. the other reason is political, because like the political terrorists, they’ve been out there for eight months, and they’ve been out on the road, and they’ve been talking about … they’ve talked against our president. they put him down in every way. and god knows that that is wrong. he’s out there doing god’s work. he’s taking care of all our children.


like when clinton was in, he made – he tried to make whores and faggots out of our little girls – whores out of our little girls. he put the pornography in the schools. and god’s gonna condemn him for that.

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the million old man march

the alliance for retired americans tells us about a proposed rally in dc at the end of this month:

join the alliance for retired americans for a rally to kick off our truth squad season. we need your help in getting hundreds of seniors to washington, dc, to let george w. bush know that seniors are mad and will vote in november like their lives depend on it.

who: anyone who is angry about george w's wrong treatment of seniors

when: wednesday, september 29th, noon

where: lafayette square park, 16th street nw & h street, washington, dc
there should be some great speakers, so, bring your hearing aids!
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up nader's victory

up for victory seems to be dedicated to making sure ol' ralphie boy isn't a spoiler this time around.
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some housekeeping

firstly, we have stopped using the "times" font, which we were utilizing in honor of dan rather's memogate follies. however, that story seems to be dying a deserved death, and it was three more stupid keystrokes to remember for a joke that wasn't that funny the first time we used it anyway.

secondly, we'd like to thank our good friend from across the aisle, conrad, of the gweilo diaries for the link, even if it was in sarcasm. as oscar wilde once said, we'll take all the links we can get in cyberspace, even if you say we're beating a dead horse (we think he said that, sometime during his trial, we believe).

thirdly, whoever keeps sending us the referrals to yahoo stories, please stop! for some unknown reason, when we open those emails, our computer crashes. we just delete those emails when we see them in our in-box. if you must tell us about a yahoo story, just send us the url typed in an email. we'll be happy to mention them.
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we're not talking convictions, just arrests

reader john sends us a link to the world's shortest blog.

john tells us it was called blog of the year by warren kinsella, who, john says, is the "james carville of canadian politics - sort of."

(we'd never heard of a canadian cajun..."you want some gumbo, ya hoser?")

there is a grass roots effort growing to add to the bounty to the first person that asks awol the question in a public forum.

we'd pay a dollar to see that!
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if we was rich, we'd be richer

george at old fashioned patriot finds the links to point out that awol isn't waging class warfare, but rather open warfare on working americans.

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baby you can drive my vote

reader simon sends us a link to driving votes. he tells us

it provides a means for people to organize group trips to swing states with the purpose of registering voters, educating voters, and, in the final days, getting out the vote. michael moore provides the link. i haven't noticed you or kos or any other popular bloggers mention it. i'm joining a trip from the bay area to oregon. it's time to hit the field! i think a plug and link from your popular site may get a few more to take the bold step and cross state lines
thanks for calling us popular, simon! we're happy to oblige. it looks like driving votes is a worthwhile idea!

and have fun in oregon, it's a beautiful state!
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Thursday, September 23, 2004

happy autumnal equinox from the bush economic team

aside from a major slippage in the dow jones these last two days, today's jobless claims report was not good. (we know, we know, "stop the presses! jobs bad under awol!") cnnmoney:

the labor department report showed 350,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended sept. 18. that's up from the revised 336,000 filed the previous week. economists surveyed by briefing.com had a consensus forecast of 338,000 claims for the latest week.

"the increase is mostly hurricane-related," a department spokesman said. "it can be related to the recent hurricanes in florida."
yeah, yeah, that's it, the hurricanes, yeah...

and in even worse news for the administration, the leading economic indicators fell for the third straight month. ibd tells us:

the u.s. index of leading economic indicators fell 0.3 percent in august, the conference board said thursday.

this is the third straight monthly decline, the longest downward string since early 2003. read the full report

the fall was a bit worse than the consensus forecast of wall street economists, who had expected a 0.2 percent fall. see economic calendar.

the weakness over the last three months has become more widespread, the conference board said. but it is still not signaling an end to the upward trend in the index under way since march 2003.
yeah, anyway, it's the hurricane's fault.

lucky for awol things are going so well in iraq.
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say hello

to michale berube online.

we had previously thought he was a conservative, but we are assured by several readers that he's only a very clever progressive who "channels" conservative thought.

he's so good at it, he fooled us.

and, while you're at it, say hello to the iron blog.
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we'd rather not invest in cbs

functional ambivalent figures out exactly how much memogate cost the cbs shareholders:

the ratio of capitalization ($60 billion) to operating profits ($3.6 billion) for viacom is roughly 17. that is, for every $1 of operating profit, the shareholders hold $17 of stock. assuming that ratio stays the same, when the operating profits go up, the share price goes up; shareholders are joyful. when operating profits go down, so does the share price; shareholders are angry and bitter.

the danscam fiasco, remember, caused ratings to drop, which will lower revenue and cut news division operating profits by about $5 million. multiplying $5 million by the 17, we discover that, if the market works as efficiently as market believers believe, danscam will cost viacom shareholders $85 million in equity value. divide that $85 million by 1.8 billion shares, and it comes out to about a nickel per share.

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7 months down and one week to go

texans for truth are calling on awol to release all his tang records before the debate next week.

texans for truth will release a new tv ad thursday calling on president bush to immediately release all of his military records to the public before the first campaign debate with democratic candidate john kerry on september 30, 2004. as questions continue to linger over president george w. bush’s service record during the vietnam war and the president dodges media requests for his full military records, the ad also connects bush’s behavior in the national guard during vietnam with the current deaths of national guardsmen and women in iraq today.

“seven months ago, president bush promised to release his service records, and he’s yet to honor that commitment,” said glenn smith of texans for truth. “the white house needs to stop delaying. the questions are simple: why did he fail to take his pilot's physical and did he fulfill his commitment to the guard? these are questions he can and should answer simply, directly and immediately. it only takes seven minutes to fill out the military records release form. we’re giving him seven days.”

on february 8, 2004, george w. bush appeared on “meet the press” and told tim russert and the american people that he would, “yes, absolutely,” release his military records. bush has yet to sign the legal consent form to release of his records and white house spokespeople continue to dodge reporter questions regarding bush’s service history.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

say hello

to a conservative blog gracious enough to link to ours, moore thoughts.
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how about the awol highway?

we almost linked to
this talkleft report pointing out that a year ago, richard perle was predicting "some grand square in baghdad that is named after president bush," till we noticed talkleft got it from tapped, and they don't link to us, the stuck up snobs.

so forget it.

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spread this meme or we'll shoot this blog!

we at skippy international are often confused by world events, and these last few weeks are no exception.

however, something that is totally beyond us is why the great piece of music that we touted earlier this week has not taken the left side of blogtopia (yes! we coined that phrase!) by storm.

rx of the partyparty put together awol's own words and set them to music, creating a haunting rendition of john lennon's imagine (with a little of "walk on the wild side" thrown in, mostly, we imagine, no pun intended, because rx couldn't get awol to sing that really high "wee-heeee-haaay" glissando before the "you may say that i'm a dreamer" line).

we even went so far as to whore for hits by sending our post to everyone on our bloggy email list. and actually, only madkane and holden caufield of first draft responded (and even then, we don't think they actually plugged the bit on their blogs, the fiends).

we are sorely disappointed. this piece of music is brilliant. even the novelty of awol singing about peace aside, the medley of the two songs is arranged so cleverly (who knew the sliding bass line of "wild side" would work under the lyrics to "imagine"?) that we are hard pressed to explain why we are the only ones in blogtopia (y!wctp!) that are going ga ga over it.

you may say that we're just dreamers.

addendum: thanks to our whining, the lovely pudentilla of pundetilla's perspective and the indefatigable dave johnson of seeing the forest have both blogged about this melody that haunts us like a beautiful woman from the past.

good on ya, pudentilla and dave! 'preciate it!

double addendum: and a big thanks to the old fashioned patriot and rodger a. payne and froth slosh b'gosh for posting the song (and mad kane says she also plans to, soon).

keep it up, blogtopia! but we're not the only ones!
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that's not a policy, that's a pathology

judd legum of winning argument sends us his latest from the center for american progress, outlining the administration's stubborn refusal to deal with reality in iraq. an excerpt:

the sobering reality in iraq
  • the number of iraqi insurgents has quadrupled over the past year.

  • insurgent attacks on u.s. forces are up 20% since the spring and 100% since last winter; last month, attacks on u.s. troops averaged 90 a day, five times as many as last winter.

  • entire iraqi cities, such as fallujah and "no go" sections of the sunni triangle, have fallen to insurgent control. even the highly fortified green zone no longer considered completely secure.

  • reconstruction is lagging. iraq's main power plant produces less than half the electricity it did before the start of the war.

  • there is ongoing iraqi elections, which are scheduled for january, may have to be postponed due to the deteriorating security situation.

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but what about j-lo's secret wedding to britney?

atrios reminds us to buy the national enquirer this week.
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we're waiting for the fox show, when secretaries of defense attack!

skippy international just received their copy of
eric alterman's latest tome, when presidents lie.

here's the
amazon page for the book, including positive reviews from editor & publisher and kirkus. we'll let you know what we think as soon as soon as we read it.

if you can't wait that long, and live in nyc, eric will be reading from the book at the barnes & noble at 2289 broadway on sept. 28, 212-362-8835; 7:30, free

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debate over the debate

mad kane has the little-known contract addendum that awol insisted be included in the parameters for the upcoming presidential debates.
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freep msnbc!

"is iraq spinning out of control?" is the pope polish? you know what to do.
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letters...we get letters...

loaded mouth jokes about cat stevens not being allowed in the country.

loaded mouth also points out needlenose's time line of awol's family's relationship with ben "i can get you a cushy job with tang" barnes.
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the cookie jar

the kids at the
daily cookie sent us this link to electablog's comparison of dan rather's mistakes to those of awol's.

they also sent us an
international herald tribune report about how the pentagon has blocked internet access to voters in at least 25 countries
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

but does he have a friend to phone?

kerry appeared on the regis and kelly show today, apparently to plug his latest lifetime original movie.

seriously, he announced that the
campaigns have decided on the debates format and dates. the asspress tells us that kerry told regis's audience the reason for the delay in the debate announcements:

the big hang-up was george bush wanted to get life lines, you know, so he could call somebody," the democratic candidate for president quipped tuesday while appearing on "live with regis and kelly."

contestants on the multiple-choice quiz show could contact a knowledgeable friend for help if they were unsure of an answer.

kerry has been making the rounds of talks shows, taping a broadcast of "dr. phil" last week and appearing on "the late show with david letterman" monday night. his "
top 10 bush tax proposals" for letterman included allowing vice president dick cheney to claim bush as a dependent.
we thought he'd want to buy a vowel.
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you know, when you think about it, a 'w' kind of looks like an incompetent swastika

over at
orcinus, dave tells us about the kerry campaign headquarters in lafayette, louisiana, which has been vandalized not once, but twice. the lafayette advertiser:

the remnants of a small fire fueled with john kerry/john edwards campaign signs remained on the front steps of the headquarters at 310 buchanan st. in downtown lafayette on thursday morning.

a mixture of ash from the fire and what appeared to be motor oil was used to smear "4+ gwb" across the front windows and "w" on the headquarters' door.

the office was closed thursday because of hurricane ivan. the building's owner found the damage thursday morning when he checked on the building, said lexi thompson, state director of the national coordinated campaign.

"obviously, this vandalism is an attempt to intimidate volunteers and the democratic effort," said mike skinner of lafayette, chairman of the louisiana democratic party. "this is not iraq. this is louisiana. issues will decide this election, not intimidation."

the situation could have been even more dangerous because the fire was set at the front door of the headquarters, thompson said.

"thank god we didn't have anybody here this morning," she said. "they were trying to harm us."

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justice still delayed

the
austin american-statesman (be sure to register!) is reporting that while tom delay dodged the bullet, some of his buddies weren't so lucky in the travis county grand jury indictments:

a travis county grand jury today indicted three consultants with texans for a republican majority and at least seven corporate donors, according to lawyers for u.s. house majority leader tom delay.

indicted were john colyandro, executive director of the political action committee; warren robold, a washington, d.c., fund-raiser; and jim ellis a key aide to delay, according to austin attorney steve brittain, who is a lawyer for delay.

defense attorneys said colyandro and robold were charged with about a dozen felonies each; ellis was indicted on one count. it was not yet known what the charges were.

travis county district attorney ronnie earle was not available for comment yet, and the indictments were still being processed.
but don't worry. as the daily kos says,

this doesn't mean delay is off scott-free. some of the indicted may give up delay as part of a deal. how loyal might they be? will they take a bullet for the guy?

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here's the kicker

thanks to
atrios, we find out that the young aids protester that was kicked repeatedly by an rnc attendee when she was being held by 3 secret service agents is considering possible legal recourse. the daily pennsylvanian:

while the attacker was unidentified when the footage was shot, several penn students have since identified him as wharton junior scott robinson, based on a digital file of a video circulating on the internet.

clare martin, 26, of berkeley, calif., said yesterday that she has not ruled out any options against the young man who kicked her while she was being detained by secret service and security detail at madison square garden on the morning of sept. 1.

"we're considering our options," martin said. "pressing charges is definitely one of them."

martin was part of a group of aids activists who attended the event to protest the president's policies toward poor african countries.

much of the incident was captured by a local abc television camera. the footage shows a blond-haired attendee helping to drag martin to the ground and then making a kicking motion toward her while she is lying on the ground.

robinson did not return several phone calls or an e-mail for comment.
also, campaign extra! wonders aloud if mr. robinson is a protest warrior.
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he'd rather not say

the kids at the daily cookie send us this ej dionne piece from the
washpost that says if awol really wants to get the to the bottom of the cbs killian memo fiasco, he should come clean about his tang service:

but what's good for dan rather, who is not running for president, ought to be good for george bush, who is. "there are a lot of questions and they need to be answered." surely that presidential sentiment applies as much to bush's guard service as to rather's journalistic methods.

the new york times put the relevant questions on the table yesterday in a lengthy review of bush's life in 1972, "the year george w. bush dropped off the radar screen," as the times called it. the issues about bush's national guard service, the times wrote, include "why he failed to take his pilot's physical and whether he fulfilled his commitment to the guard."

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Monday, September 20, 2004

one down, 100 million to go

repubbb senator lincoln chafee says he may not vote for awol this november. asspress:

republican sen. lincoln chafee said monday he plans to support his party in november but may write in a candidate instead of voting for president bush.

the rhode island lawmaker, known for moderate views that often run counter to the bush administration, said he was going to vote for a member of his party even though he disagrees with the president on many issues...

chafee has opposed the administration's push to drill in the arctic national wildlife refuge and has criticized bush's handling of the postwar reconstruction of iraq. he was the only republican senator to vote against the october 2002 resolution that gave bush the authority to invade iraq.

the republican said the party's direction in the future will determine his political career as well. he said he's "not ok" with the conservative platform from the republican convention, but would not say if he'd consider switching parties in his next election in 2006.

"it wasn't that long ago that moderates had more of a voice," chafee said. "it's a cycle that i hope will come back."

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helping the iraqi kids

left is right tells us about his neighbor, currently on his second tour of duty in iraq, who is soliciting toys for iraqi kids:

that is why my platoon has started "operation orphan" here in iraq, trying to draw any type of support and assistance we can from the kind hearted americans back home in cerritos. i have already contacted some friends, family members, and neighbors back in cerritos to see if they can assist my platoon in any way getting some toys out here for these kids. some local churches have been contacted and i am hoping the word will spread to a lot more people.

for anybody, or any organization that would be interested in sending toys or other items to support operation orphan, this is what we are suggesting:


- coloring books and crayons- water painting supplies- dolls/ figurines- balls ( rubber, soccer, etc.)- hot wheels- jumping ropes- yo-yo's- and all the normal stuff a child would enjoy playing with. it doesn't have to be new. used toys will do just fine also!

please know that simply any type of support, or passing of this information would be greatly appreciated.

anybody who would like to assist the united states marine corps and my platoon with operation orphan can send their packages to:

1st lieutenant chris smith"operation orphan"alpha company, 1/4, 11th meuuic 40255fpo-ap 96610-0255

email address: alpharaider1@yahoo.com

if you could please disseminate this information to as many people as possible it would be greatly appreciated.

thank you very much.

semper fidelis,
christopher m. smith1stlt/usmc

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one thing you can't hide, is when you're crippled inside

we have no earthly idea how he did it, but rx of
thepartyparty put together a rendition of awol singing john lennon's "imagine," mixed in with lou reed's "take a walk on the wild side."

it doesn't sound like an impersonator. it sounds like awol himself, and the medley of lennon and reed fuses together seamlessly. even without the novelty of awol's voice, it's an interesting arrangment of two disperate tunes. take a
listen.

addendum: we heard from rx, who assures us all the words are spoken by awol, simply culled together by an audio program simlar to photoshop, only for sounds.
posted by skippy at 2:24 PM | 0 comments

say hello

to life or something like it.
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we're waiting for mad's song about cbs, "anchors away!"

mad kane sends us her latest, "shipping bush/cheney back home" to the tune of "the caissons go rolling along," or so she insists.
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and who said "you won't get fooled again"?

norwegianity takes the ball from editor & publisher and runs with it, quzzing us on who said a specific quote, awol or baghdad bob. mark makes it kind of easy, including such classics as "they never stop thinking of new ways to harm our country, and neither do we." talk about a giveaway.
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extra! skippy refuses to use "black eye" pun when talking about cbs news

cbs has admitted it bought a bridge when touting the killian memos last week. actually, what cbs says is, they can't prove it wasn't a bridge that they bought. out of irony, considering we are dealing with journalistic authenticity, we quote the
nytimes:

cbs news said today that a former texas national guard officer had "deliberately misled" the network in its inquiry into president bush's national guard service by providing "a false account" of the origins of documents used to reinforce questions raised about mr. bush's activities three decades ago.

"based on what we now know, cbs news cannot prove that the documents are authentic, which is the only acceptable journalistic standard to justify using them in the report," the president of cbs news, andrew heyward, said in a statement issued by the network. "we should not have used them. that was a mistake, which we deeply regret."

the network said the former army national guard officer, bill burkett, had "acknowledged that he provided the now disputed documents" and that he "admits he deliberately misled the cbs news producer working on the report, giving her a false account of the documents' origins to protect a promise of confidentiality to the actual source."

"burkett originally said he obtained the documents from another former guardsman," the cbs statement said. "now he says he got them from a different source whose connection to the documents and identity cbs news has been unable to verify to this point."

a new interview with mr. burkett will be shown tonight on the "cbs evening news," the network said.
bill burkett has been around on the periphery of the awol-tang story for many years (he's the guy who claims he saw awol's henchmen "scrub" the tang files). here's an interview with lt. col. burkett by the blogger formerly known as calpundit, kevin drum, done back in february of this year.

we don't condone what the lt. col. has done. if you're going to make up the news, you should sell it to fox, like
everyone else does.
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