"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen
Saturday, July 31, 2004
"President Bush's re-election campaign insisted on knowing the race of an Arizona Daily Star journalist assigned to photograph Vice President Dick Cheney.Props to the Star for refusing. posted by lazarus | 22:45 | |
And the Christians claim to be "oppressed" in this country.
Three Tampa city council members walk out during atheist's invocation: South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Three Tampa city council members walked out of chambers rather than listen to an atheist give the opening invocation.Much credit to council member John Dingfelder for having the bravery to do something right. posted by lazarus | 02:32 | |
Thursday, July 29, 2004
"A campaign worker for President Bush said on Thursday American workers unhappy with low-quality jobs should find new ones -- or pop a Prozac to make themselves feel better.posted by lazarus | 15:32 | |
The New Republic has updated an article from a few days back:
The New Republic Online: July Surprise?: "[Editor's Note: This afternoon, Pakistan's interior minister, Faisal Saleh Hayyat, announced that Pakistani forces had captured Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian Al Qaeda operative wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The timing of this announcement should be of particular interest to readers of The New Republic. Earlier this month, John B. Judis, Spencer Ackerman, and Massoud Ansari broke the story of how the Bush administration was pressuring Pakistani officials to apprehend high-value targets (HVTs) in time for the November elections--and in particular, to coincide with the Democratic National Convention. Although the capture took place in central Pakistan 'a few days back,' the announcement came just hours before John Kerry will give his acceptance speech in Boston.]
So far, the Pakistani spokesman isn't saying much:
"Pakistan has arrested a senior al Qaeda figure with a bounty of up to $25 million on his head, Interior Minister Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat told CNN television Thursday.
So, who wants to start a pool on which of the FBI's"Most Wanted Terrorists" this is? They've all got rewards of up to $25 million, so it could be anybody.
I'll bet he's classified as the "mastermind of 9/11", though, no matter who it is. We've only caught "the mastermind of 9/11" two or three times now.
And if this is bin Laden, I have this to say: What took so long? And was allowing Pakistan to spread nuclear arms technology around the world worth it? Because that was the payoff for this.
Update: So, it isn't bin Laden. It's Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani:
"Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat identified the man as Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and said he was a Tanzanian national wanted for the synchronized bombings that killed more than 200 people at the U.S. embassy in Kenya and 11 at the embassy in Tanzania."He's Number 8 on the list. posted by lazarus | 15:03 | |
Mandatory convention blogging
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Update on my earlier story. It's now 68 dead from that one bombing, and a total of 111 dead (that we know of) yesterday.
CNN.com - Iraq suicide blast kills 68 - Jul 28, 2004: "Iraqi forces, insurgents and civilians lost their lives in stark, grisly violence Wednesday, with at least 68 killed in a Baquba suicide bombing, 42 dead in bloody fighting in south-central Iraq, and another killed in a blast near a Baghdad police station."posted by lazarus | 07:09 | |
"A suicide attacker has killed 51 people and injured more than 55 when he exploded a bomb-laden vehicle outside a central Baqouba police station.posted by lazarus | 02:38 | |
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Who's the girlie-man now, Ahnuld?
SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- Spending cuts, loans and one-time gimmicks characterize proposed state budget: "Schwarzenegger agreed to lift an enrollment cap at state universities, to drop a proposal to slash wages of home health care workers and to provide a cost of living increase to welfare recipients. These concessions came after he already gave up most of his plans to cut health and welfare programs and to trim union benefits."posted by lazarus | 22:28 | |
Yahoo! News - Belief in Hell Boosts Growth: Fed Report: "Economists searching for reasons why some nations are richer than others have found that those with a wide belief in hell are less corrupt and more prosperous, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.I'll take "not understanding the difference between causation and correlation" for 1600, Alex.
On edit: I've given this a little more thought, and this is a seriously screwed up conclusion. All of South and Central America is much more religious than America (that heavy Catholic thing), and their economies are in the crapper, and corruption is almost as bad as the whole Halliburton/Cheney situation here. posted by lazarus | 18:23 | |
Let's all support the troops!
Soldier Ordered To Repay Army: Make no mistake about how dangerous Wilson's job in Baghdad is. His best friend and roommate was killed two months ago in a bomb blast.Here I'm going to give a Republican some credit. Senator Arlen Specter has "sent a letter to the Pentagon requesting an explanation as to why Wilson was apparently penalized for doing his duty."
He says, "Have not yet gotten an answer. I think they're going to be embarrassed by this. Look here, you have a private who takes on more hazardous duty. The people of America ought to be thankful, not critical."
Good for you, Arlen. posted by lazarus | 15:40 | |
Yahoo! News - Adult Corrections Population Hits Record
Monday, July 26, 2004
AP Exclusive: Bush the mountain-biker rides hard, shrugs off crash
From Veterans for Common Sensecomes this article about troop morale in Iraq:
"'Scaling back the military and political goals in Iraq's Anbar province has hurt the morale of many U.S. soldiers stationed there, and some have begun to question openly not only their mission, but also the leaders who sent them to Iraq in the first place. ' 'I don't have any idea of what we're trying to do out here. I don't know what the (goal) is, and I don't think our commanders do either,' he said. 'I feel deceived personally. I don't trust anything (Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld says, and I think (Deputy Defense Secretary Paul) Wolfowitz is even dirtier.'"
For those who say Iraq is safer, check this passage out:
To carry food from one base to the next in Ramadi, a matter of a few blocks, takes four vehicles - armored Humvees and trucks - all with .50-caliber machine guns mounted on top.No, this is nothing like Viet Nam. It's all going just splendidly. So someone hush up these obviously unpatriotic soldiers.
Or just wait a few days. They'll likely be killed for Bush's war. And nobody's going to hear this anyway. The liberal media will take care of that. posted by lazarus | 00:48 | |
Thursday, July 22, 2004
"And in a related development, at least 13 relatives of Osama bin Laden, accompanied by bodyguards and associates, were allowed to leave the United States on a charter flight eight days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a passenger manifest released Wednesday.posted by lazarus | 13:26 | |
02:09 | |
" Democrats on Wednesday denounced a Republican lawmaker quoted in a newspaper as saying the GOP would fare poorly in this year's elections if it failed to 'suppress the Detroit vote.'posted by lazarus | 01:05 | |
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
"The U.S. military has assembled the most sophisticated fighting arsenal in the world with satellite-guided weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles that shoot Hellfire missiles. But as billions of dollars have poured into the technology for futuristic warfare, the government has fallen behind on more mundane needs -- such as bullets.posted by lazarus | 20:22 | |
"Making a tough choice with U.S. troops still in Iraq (news - web sites), the House on Wednesday sided with the Republican leadership to embrace spending restraint over an expansion of a program to improve military housing.Maybe they're just counting on a lot more casualties. After all, we still have Iran to fight.
posted by lazarus | 14:18 | |
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
"Funding is being eliminated for a federal program that pays the children of migrant workers across the country to stay in school instead of working in fields.
posted by lazarus | 18:04 | |
Monday, July 19, 2004
I noticed that one of the most critical counties in President [sic] Bush's re-[s]election efforts in Ohio, Hamilton County (Cincinnati), had a dramatic decrease in the voter rolls. It went from over 585,000 in 2000 to 519,048 today. I sent an email to the elections board in Hamilton County and received the following explanation for the decrease.Follow the link for specific numbers. Over 100,000 for "inactivity", and a bunch for movement, death, or felony conviction.
posted by lazarus | 18:04 | |
Yahoo! News - Bush Calls for Transparency in Venezuela Recall: "President Bush on Monday urged transparency in an August recall referendum against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez and backed calls for open access for observers monitoring the vote.What's it mean when you want to laugh and cry at the same time?
Most pathetic President ever. posted by lazarus | 13:16 | |
The question is not whether the Bush Administration would do this but whether the press are going to give them the same pass they did the Iraq War. posted by RogueTrooper | 11:49 | |
Sunday, July 18, 2004
The Observer | Politics | PM admits graves claim 'untrue': "Downing Street has admitted to The Observer that repeated claims by Tony Blair that '400,000 bodies had been found in Iraqi mass graves' is untrue, and only about 5,000 corpses have so far been uncovered.
No WMDs, no mass graves. They still have torture and rape, though.
Why did we invade again? posted by lazarus | 02:57 | |
Saturday, July 17, 2004
Daily Times - Site Edition: "The governments of United States and Pakistan on Friday signed a debt cancellation agreement worth $495.3 million in official government-to-government debt owed by Pakistan to the United States."
Moral of the story: Allow your people to sell nuclear secrets to rogue nations, pretend to be an ally in the war on terror, get half a billion dollars.
Our children will be paying for crap like this. And I mean that every way it can be interpreted. posted by lazarus | 18:57 | |
Friday, July 16, 2004
Bush to the Amish: "I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job."
08:20 | |
Thank god they found him. Osama? Eh. We gots us some Bobby Fischer.
Yahoo! News - Japan Detains Ex-Chess Champ Bobby Fischer: "Immigration authorities have detained former world chess champion Bobby Fischer in Japan, an official said Friday.posted by lazarus | 08:02 | |
Yahoo! News - Fla. Lawmaker Says 2000 Election 'Stolen': "Think the passions from the 2000 presidential election have cooled? Certainly not in the House, which voted Thursday to strike a Florida representative's words from the record after she said Republicans 'stole' that closely fought contest.
They're awful sensitive about this election theft, aren't they?
I just called Rep Brown's office to offer my support. The person on the phone said that the calls they have been receiving have been overwhelmingly positive. posted by lazarus | 07:57 | |
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Sorry for the light blogging the last couple of days. I've been spending a lot of time at the courthouse, finalising my paperwork. And just today (yesterday? Wednesday) I was able to get it filed, with a September hearing.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
With thanks to Holden over at Eschaton, here's a major flipflop in the works from W:
Monday, July 12, 2004
Lean Left: Defending Traditional Bigotry (In Time for the Election)
I need to work on this some more, but I think I've got a new meme that could seriously affect this election, especially if Kerry and Edwards (and Clark, and Dean, et al.) start to use it.
Sunday, July 11, 2004
But we were all a bunch of traitors and kooks to say these things.
The New York Times - Panel Describes Long Weakening of Hussein Army: "The Senate's report on prewar intelligence about Iraq, which asserts that warnings about its illicit weapons were largely unfounded and that its ties to Al Qaeda were tenuous, also undermines another justification for the war: that Saddam Hussein's military posed a threat to regional stability and American interests."
So, to sum up:
1. No WMDs
2. No ties to al Qaeda
3. No military threat to anybody, especially the US
Why have so many hundreds of our soldiers, and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians, died again?
Oh, wait, the new excuse is to "free the Iraqi people". And put them under an unelected government (something BushCo loves) that starts by imposing martial law.
Sigh. posted by lazarus | 23:18 | |
Yahoo! News - U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. counterterrorism officials are looking at an emergency proposal on the legal steps needed to postpone the November presidential election in case of an attack by al Qaeda, Newsweek reported on Sunday."Not being reported: Ridge actually stated that the postponement could occur in case of attack or "threats".
Compare and contrast with another Republican president:
Lincoln on the 1864 Presidential Election:Response to a Serenadeposted by lazarus | 11:13 | |
Saturday, July 10, 2004
Yes, there are some seriously deranged individuals out there. Presenting the Lynndie England Fan Site.
Friday, July 09, 2004
Stupid, Inappropriate Commissioner - July 9, 2004
Thursday, July 08, 2004
I'll take too damned convenient for 1,000, Alex.
The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Pentagon Says Bush Records of Service Were Destroyed: "Military records that could help establish President Bush's whereabouts during his disputed service in the Texas Air National Guard more than 30 years ago have been inadvertently destroyed, according to the Pentagon."posted by lazarus | 22:26 | |
More on the lies of Christopher Hitchens.:
"Yeah, well, I have myself written and presented about a dozen low-budget made-for-TV documentaries, on subjects as various as Mother Teresa and Bill Clinton and the Cyprus crisis, and I also helped produce a slightly more polished one on Henry Kissinger that was shown in movie theaters. "But has he?
Here's IMDB's page listing "Full Cast and Crew for Trials of Henry Kissinger, The (2002)"
Hmm. He didn't write it. He didn't direct it. He's listed as appearing, along with Kissinger himself, and the late Gilda Radner.
9 production companies are listed. Two distributors. Possibly he's an employee of one of them? In what way did he "help produce", other than appearing for an interview?
The film's website calls it "a film by Alex Gibney and Eugene Jarecki."
The closest connection I can find is that he wrote a book titled The Trial of Henry Kissinger. Oddly enough, the publisher's page on the book neglects to mention that the author went on to "help produce" a similarly titled documentary. Amazing lack of foresight, eh?
Oh, and as for box office, I think we may have struck upon one reason Ol' Hitchy is so upset.
At its peak, the film he "helped produce" played in 8 theatres. It managed to gross a grand total of $515,678. Is it possible that jealousy is also a part of Hitchy's problem here?
While surely not exhaustive, here's IMDB's total listing of his show business career:
Writer - filmography
Hell's Angel (1994) (TV)
Actor - filmography
"Everything You Need to Know" (1993) TV Series .... Host
Miscellaneous Crew - filmography
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) (acknowledgement)
Himself - filmography
Mel Gibson: God's Lethal Weapon (2004) (TV) .... Himself
Hidden in Plain Sight (2003) (V) .... Interviewee
Trials of Henry Kissinger, The (2002) .... Himself
... aka Procès de Henry Kissinger, Le (2003) (France)
Notable TV Guest Appearances
"Dennis Miller Live" (1994) playing "Himself" in episode: "Our Corporate Culture" (episode # 9.22) 26 July 2002
"Dennis Miller Live" (1994) playing "Himself" in episode: "The Primaries" (episode # 8.7) 2 March 2001
"Dennis Miller Live" (1994) playing "Himself" in episode: "Bush vs. Gore" (episode # 7.11) 31 March 2000
"Dennis Miller Live" (1994) playing "Himself" in episode: "Skepticism" (episode # 6.10) 26 March 1999
Oddly enough, a dozen documentaries don't show up anywhere here. Nor have I managed to find them via a Google search.
If anybody can turn them up, I'll happily post to that affect.
posted by lazarus | 01:39 | |
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Eric Alterman is right:
"The fact is that while Moore makes a few contentions that are arguable, most of them adhere pretty closely to the known facts. This is not the case of the Bush argument for war -the media by and large reporting those phony contentions with credulous admiration. I'm willing to bet that I could find more lies, phony statements and false accusations in just about any single episode of "Meet the Press," "This Week" or "Face the Nation" devoted to Iraq and the war on terror than can be found in Moore's entire film. I could probably find more in any single five minute segment of an O'Reilly, Hannity or Scarborough show. Why are the media so furious at Moore? Because he is doing their job for them and taking away their narrative. If they did it better, he wouldn't have to. Perhaps those reporters attacking Moore should be good enough to publish some of their own comments on the war alongside it. "posted by lazarus | 15:09 | |
This is a bad, bad thing:
"Afghan security forces have arrested three Americans and four Afghans after a shootout in the capital and accused them of illegally detaining and interrogating locals, security officials said Wednesday. "posted by lazarus | 13:51 | |
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
I've seen the future. Specifically, the debate formats.
"Norwegian authorities reacted with shock and disgust Tuesday to a documentary on German TV that American soldiers allegedly have been holding children in prisons in Iraq, and abusing them as well. The Norwegians joined the Red Cross and Amnesty International in calling for an immediate end to the abuse, and release of the underage prisoners, some of whom are as young as 12 years.Good thing we have an independent liberal media to investigate things like this, isn't it?
Oh, wait. That was a paper in Norway. Reporting on a documentary on German TV.
As the child torture story starts to break, we are going to find ourselves more and more isolated. Cheney, Bush, and the rest of the cabal need to be sent to the Hague. posted by lazarus | 10:50 | |
When you hear all the crap the Republicans will be spewing about Edwards over the next few days, remember this:
John Edwards: Four Trials - Reader Reviews: "Senator John McCainposted by lazarus | 07:03 | |
So, apparently it's Edwards.
Harry Potter and Bill Clinton - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - June 30, 2004
Wow, I didn't realise I had gone so long between posts. Oops.
Thursday, July 01, 2004
Yahoo! News - Ex-GOP Consultant Pleads to Phone-Jamming: "The former head a Republican consulting group pleaded guilty to jamming Democratic telephone lines in several New Hampshire cities during the 2002 general election.But Republicans are very, very interested in fair and balanced elections, so stop thinking that. posted by lazarus | 08:22 | |