August 24,  2004 TUESDAY


Bush’s latest Atwater-style attack

New York Times

It’s easy for the Bushes to stay gallant. They delegate the gutter.

There are always third-party political assassins, ostensibly independent, to do the dynasty wet work.

W.’s old pal and running partner, Lee Atwater, set up the Bush modus operandi: Lay in the weeds while craftily planting plausibly deniable surrogates to slice up your rival...


Let the Political Gamesmanship Begin

By Sally Jenkins

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

ATHENS -- President Bush has joined the list of those who would bend the Olympics to political ends...

McCain could wind up in Swift Boat crossfire
Newsweek, NY -- 8-24-04
... McCain condemned the first ad aired by "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," calling it dishonest

At least Kerry has military records.

"The Bush campaign has denied involvement in the Swift Boat ad, saying that the president has spent his entire life avoiding anything having to do with Vietnam." -- Craig Kilborn

"The road to the White House turned muddy over the weekend as the Kerry campaign charged that the president is behind negative ads that attack Kerry's record in Vietnam. To be fair, President Bush did criticize the ads, saying they were too short." -- Craig Kilborn

Outside Panel Faults Leaders of Pentagon for Prisoner Abuse
New York Times, NY - 8-24-04
WASHINGTON,— The prisoner abuses photographed at the Abu Ghraib facility in Iraq were unauthorized ...

Isn't there some kind of war thing going on in Iraq?

The-World-Is-A-Safer-Place-Without-Saddam News

"Joe Piscopo announced he's running for governor. And all of New Jersey is asking, can we just keep the gay guy?" -- Craig Kilborn 

"I have never, never seen an officer with over five years of service (especially a pilot) with only two ribbons. Never. Something is not adding up here." -- Democratic Underground TrueAmerican commenting on George W. Bush's lack of medals


"Kerry never bled," eh? Is Dole Catholic? Makes sense. He probably thinks Kerry got the shrapnel he carries today by "some kind of an immaculent contraption!" Vivian

Hahaha  Do you think Bob Dole is an American or a Republican first?

Disturbing News

Crash Victim Tells Of Chemical Ordeal wowt

Following the collision between two cars at 40th and Leavenworth, police said one driver, Sivaprakash Natarajan of Manhattan, Kansas, offered the other driver money to let the matter drop. When that driver called police, Natarajan began eating a white, powdery substance that was in his car and became violently ill. A police officer, a firefighter, and the other driver also came in contact with the substance…

FBI spokesman Jeff Tarpinian said the agency does not suspect the substance was intended for terrorist activities. Denver Post

"Will you join Mickey Mouse, Shamu, me and even the Lord himself by finally endorsing a $250,000 cap on medical malpractice?" Doug Gallagher, candidate for the U.S. Senate, Florida

Is a cap on medical malpractice addressed in the Bible?  Isn't there something mentioned about taking care of the needy?

Republican Shenanigans

"The prisoners can strike for a day, a month, even starve to death, as far as I am concerned." -- Israeli Public Security Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, on a hunger strike undertaken by more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners

Oslo museum reopens as search for Munch painting 'The Scream' ...
Vancouver Province, Canada -- 8-24-04
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- As police continued their search Tuesday for two stolen Edvard Munch masterpieces, a Norwegian magazine offered a reward for the works ...

Good News

Do You Hear What I Hear?

By Dana Milbank, Washington Post

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

The 2004 presidential campaign sometimes resembles the children's game of "telephone." Here are some quotations as they came out of Democratic nominee John F. Kerry's mouth -- and how President Bush and Vice President Cheney later recounted them.

"Every performer tonight in their own way, either verbally or through their music, through their lyrics, have conveyed to you the heart and soul of our country." -- Kerry, July 8

"The other day, my opponent said he thought you could find the heart and soul of America in Hollywood." -- Bush, Aug. 18....

At the end of his column, Dana Milbank has an interesting update on the "new" plane for the press.  Scary.

Biz/Tech News

“Through innuendo and direct attacks by surrogates, men who assiduously avoided service in Vietnam, like Dick Cheney (five deferments), John Ashcroft (seven deferments) and George Bush (a comfy spot in the National Guard and a mysterious gap in his records), have questioned the patriotism of men who risked their lives and suffered for their country: John McCain, Max Cleland and now John Kerry.”  -- Paul Krugman, NY Times columnist


Sorrent, a maker of video games for cellular telephones, has released August 23, 2004, 'Bush vs. Kerry Boxing,' a game that puts players in the role of either United States President George W. Bush or Democratic hopeful Sen. John Kerry. Kerry is pictured in the game in this undated publicity photograph. Players can either head directly into a Bush versus Kerry match-up or pick a side and fight through 'Campaign Mode' against the other party's leading figures. The $3.99 game also can report live match results to a scoreboard on Sorrent's Website. The company said it would donate 10 percent of its proceeds from sales of the game to youth organization Rock the Vote. (Sorrent)


Bush-Prison-Torture News

Just Because

 Just because you dodged the Viet Nam draft by going into the National Guard and then went AWOL, doesn't necessarily mean you are unpatriotic.

 Just because everything you worked on failed or required a bail out doesn't necessarily mean you are not a good decision maker.

 Just because you stopped an investigation into Osama Bin Laden just before he attacked on 9/11 doesn't necessarily mean you are not capable of making good decisions in the war on terror.

 Just because you froze for seven minutes doesn't necessarily mean you are confused and indecisive,

 Just because you pulled most of our troops out of Afghanistan before getting OBL doesn't necessarily mean you lack the focus and commitment to get the job done as Commander in Chief.

 Just because you were wrong about Iraq's uranium enrichment program, long range missiles, remotely powered aircraft, mobile biological laboratories, chemical and biological weapons, ties to the 9-11 attack or anything that could be considered a clear and immediate danger to our country doesn't necessarily mean you have invaded a country in a manner that is illegal under international law.

 Just because you withdrew from the control of international human rights treaties, the Geneva convention, and war crimes courts and told the soldiers to get information from prisoners "by any means necessary" doesn't necessarily mean you were setting up a culture that was conducive to war crimes and torture.

 Just because you "Shocked and Awed" a defenseless county, destroying their roads, electrical grid, water supply communications, killed their women and children as they slept at home in their beds or men as they prayed in mosques, doesn't necessarily mean you don't understand how to win the battle for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.

 Just because you took what you said was a projected $6.4 trillion surplus and turned it into more than a projected $2 trillion deficit doesn't necessarily mean you are not a fiscal conservative.

 Just because you pulled out of the Kyoto accord and reversed almost all the environmental protections of our air, water and wilderness doesn't necessarily mean you don't understand the importance of a clean and healthy environment to the quality of life.

 Just because your drug bill benefits the drug companies and HMOs at the expense of the sick and elderly doesn't necessarily mean you are not compassionate.

 Just because you have polarized the country more than any leader is history doesn't necessarily mean you aren't a uniter.

 Just because you have alienated our traditional allies and energized out enemies doesn't necessarily mean you lack diplomatic skills.

 Just because the jobs you have promised have not materialized, while more and more have been outsourced, does not necessarily mean you do not care about the circumstances of the working man.

 Just because you stonewalled the 9-11 investigation for 18 months and the CIA leak for longer doesn't necessarily mean you have anything to hide.

 Just because you have already spent more on smearing your opponent than any candidate in history doesn't necessarily mean you are afraid to run on your record.

 No, Mr. President, none of those necessarily mean anything, but I have decided to vote for John Kerry. Why?

 Just because.

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 Odd News

Chandra Broadband Image of Cassiopeia A is the most detailed ever made of the remains of an exploded star. The one million-second image shows a bright outer ring ten light years in diameter that marks the location of a shock wave generated by the supernova explosion. A large jet-like structure protrudes beyond the shock wave in the upper left. (NASA CXC/GSFC/U.Hwang)