Only half of America is nuts.
"The official mourning period is over today, and there is a silver lining -- George W. Bush is prohibited by law from running again." -- Film director MICHAEL MOORE to Daily Variety, adding that he is planning a sequel to "Fahrenheit 9/11," his polemic against the Bush administration.
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Gonzo will pass muster on Redneck Riviera
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.
The Bush Administration plans to transfer the mantle of attorney general from John Ashcroft to Alberto Gonzalez, replacing a hymn-singing hypester of fear and misinformation with a White House lawyer who authored memos on how to skirt the Geneva Conventions and other niceties regarding the treatment of some prisoners.
It makes one wonder if somewhere back in the Gonzalez family tree there wasn’t a staff officer for Santa Anna, advising him how to handle prisoners taken at the Alamo.
Anyway, the selection of Gonzo is certain to make the “Hallelujah, Fallujah!” crowd ecstatic. They see the world in black and white: Holy Crusaders vs. Islamic heretics, Us against Them. Which is sadly appropriate, because the Islamic jihadists see things the same way, but in reverse.
Here along the Redneck Riviera and in other Deep South strongholds of the Republican Party, most right-wingers will accept Gonzo despite his ethnicity. In the neo-con world of Dixie today, it’s more important to be Fundamentalist Christian, anti-abortion, anti-labor and pro-gun than it is to be white.
Skin color used to be the only important socio-political distinction in the South until all the racist white Democrats jumped ship for the GOP during the ’80s and ’90s. Don’t misunderstand. A lot of arch-conservatives in the New South, as well as much of the rest of country, remain deeply racist. But they’ll accept a Colin Powell as secretary of state or a Gonzo as attorney general – as long as they don’t move in next door.
It’s difficult to describe Redneck Riviera politics to people from other regions of the nation. But here’s a sample.
In the week or so before the presidential election, one of the largest Baptist churches in Pensacola welcomed Ollie North as a guest speaker. North was stumping for President Bush, so Ollie’s past as a prime architect of the Iran-Contra scandal two decades ago apparently didn’t trouble the pastor or his congregation.
And the pastor of another large Baptist church was paraphrased in a local newspaper after the election, declaring that Northwest Florida went overwhelmingly for Bush because it is the buckle of the Bible Belt. And Dubya, as we all know, won the vote because of his moral character.
So in the minds of many Redneck Riviera residents, Gonzo will make almost as good an attorney general as Ashcroft.
All Gonzo needs to do is start talking in tongues during church services and cover up that bare-breasted female statue at the Department of Justice. And to start following his own legal analysis from his White House counsel days regarding the treatment of prisoners.
After all, they’re not Christians, right?
All the red/blue state maps in one place
A more accurate red and blue map... (NOT with 'Jesusland')
Red Crescent says Falluja a "big disaster" Reuters, UK
Smoke and corpses BBC News, UK
Rebels on the attack in Baghdad The Australian
U.S. Troops Push Deeper Into Fallujah Washington Post, DC
U.S. to Consider Naming Mideast Peace Envoy washingtonpost.com
Arafat Eulogized as Keeper of Palestinian Dream Washington Post, DC
“The roadmap never got out of the glove compartment.” –- Madeline Albright commenting on President Bush’s Roadmap to Peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
"We should just bomb them all since they're gathered together." -- Sid Rosenberg. sportscaster on IMUS and first cousin to Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minnesota), commenting on the crowd of Palestinians gathered for the arrival of Yasser Arafat's body.
"In your reelection, God has graciously granted America -- though she doesn't deserve it -- a reprieve from the agenda of paganism. Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ." -- Bob Jones III, of Bob Jones University
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County working to verify ballots News-Herald.com, OH
Votes to be recounted in Senate race The State, SC
Vote machine error brings recount in Franklin County Indianapolis Star, IN
Valley vote grows, estimates show Poughkeepsie Journal, NY
Election 2004 brings out flaws in North Carolina voting systems News & Observer, NC
Vote Fraud Theories, Spread by Blogs, Are Quickly Buried Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL
Rossi Gets A Few More Votes On Veterans Day Katu.com, OR
Governor's race may end up in court Seattle Times, WA
Close call may spur Alabama recount Houston Chronicle
Puerto Rico's ex-governor sues to get immediate hand recount Orlando Sentinel (subscription)
Kerry Campaign Lawyers Checking Ohio Vote truthout, CA
I'm not going to dwell in my disappointment in the election; suffice it
to say its much worse than when Arnie hopped into office through the
recall. I worked in the polls as a precinct inspector again this election, and it
seems to me that if people want fair and competent elections, the
competent people need to get out there and work the polls. I was sent out as a
replacement inspector after the first guy couldn't figure out how to
work the machines; had complaints, etc. Long lines often happen because of
poll worker incompetence. This is not to say all poll workers are
incompetent, but... This is the third election I've worked and out of twelve people
I'd say that maybe three or four of the other precinct workers were really
qualified and focused enough to keep things moving swiftly.
I encourage all young, intelligent, old, smart, competent voters to get
Out there and work the polls. Yes, it's a long day. Yes, there's some
work involved. Yes, you have to make sure things run smoothly. Yes, it's a
lot of responsibility. But how can you ensure things go well unless you
participate beyond casting a vote?
Thanks for writing, Elizabeth. Well stated. The more eyes out there, the less shenanigans.
"Commerce Secretary Don Evans resigned. Actually he didn't want to, but when your country has no commerce there isn't much to do." -- Jay Leno
Is bombastic, bowtie-wearing Tucker Carlson looking to jump ship from CNN?
something in donation-wise that I've meant to do
for some time. Hopefully more to follow soon.
Please keep up any continuing dialogs regarding voter fraud
cover-ups, scandals, etc. I don't think this is just a conspiracy fringe or
'foil hat' issue, or that Bev Harris and others are whistling in the dark.
The mainstream media will outright ignore or suppress it. Maybe some
democratic 'new leaders' will make it an issue. Maybe something can be tracked
back to the GOP and at the very least cause some embarrassment to them. Maybe
it's just something to rally around that can lead to accountable balloting.
Maybe I'm just feeling dispirited.
Anyway, I do want to thank you for sending an e-mail reply to help my
son Garrett in a debate earlier this year (seems long ago) in jr. high
school. 'Should U.S. have invaded Iraq?' You had suggested that he set the tone
and let the others resort to the name-calling. It worked, he won the debate
and the respect of like minded kids. He is in high school now, and from
what I gather there was little political activity there. I can remember snotty
crew cut young republicans handing out Nixon stuff in my first year of high
school. He was impeached the next year.
Thanks again for your site
How wonderful your son won the
debate. There is hope yet for this country.
I am a big believer in the ying-yang thingy. We may see Bush behind bars. We didn't hold Nixon accountable for Watergate, we didn't hold Reagan/Bush accountable for Iran-Contra. It's about time we held Bush accountable for war crimes and election fraud. Then maybe, just maybe, if you do the crime you do the time.
I plan on keeping the Rock The Voter News.
Thanks again for everything.
Officials: Suspicious Item Prompts Rescreening At Dulles NBC 4.com, DC
Ranks of homeless rising after storms Sun-Sentinel.com
Woman sentenced for 9/11 scams Detroit Free Press
Theft of Democrats' funds suspected Boston.com, MA
Graphic by Ken
Evangelicals Want Faith Rewarded Los Angeles Times
Deciding What's Salient About Gonzales Washington Post, DC
John Kerry made quite an entrance when he breezed through the G-town hot spot Wednesday eve to meet pals, campaign adviser Richard Holbrooke and Jim Johnson. As he strolled through the main room, many of those seated at tables stood and cheered. -- Names & Faces – Washington Post
New CEO appointed at Martha Stewart Living Seattle Times, WA
Subject : "I truly believe," said Laura Bush fervently "that Iraq
is becoming a democracy."
And it was as if, because she truly believes it, it must be true.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,1348354,00.htmlHouston, we have a problem.
I guess that Laura doesn't read the newspapers either.
Graphic By Dan
Inspiration for Abu Ghraib Put in Charge of U.S. Justice Zaman Online, Turkey
Top 11 reasons to be patient and count every vote.
11. The inauguration is seven weeks away, we can count as slowly as we want.
10. States other than Ohio haven't been called.
9. Rove's plan is always to create the impression that Dubya has already won.
8. It was the lesson of Florida.
7. We insisted on it in Afghanistan.
6. Some people stood in line for 15 hours to cast a ballot.
5. Black Box voting machines may not have a paper trail, but they do have logs.
4. John Kerry served two tours of duty to protect your franchise.
3. It will delay the departure of more young people to Iraq.
2. Not to would make it even easier not to count them next time.
1. It is, technically, the way elections are done.
Spears has to perform with Justin Timberlake at next year's Super Bowl. I don't
care what the FCC fine ends up costing. I'll pay it.
And speaking of that. [photo of Bush twins] New Rule: Hey, it's daddy's big day. Put on a bra. I mean, come on. You've got less support than Nader. And they call Kerry a flip-flopper." -- Bill Maher
In this photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, skydivers free fall some13,000 feet over the Florida Keys above Marathon, Fla., on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, during the opening day of the Sebastian/Keys Boogie, an annual parachuting event set to continue through Sunday at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport. The event is providing skydiving opportunities for those experienced and those wishing to learn the sport.
Peace, and here's hoping your parachute opens.