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August 31st, 2004 7:37 pm
Will they ever grow up?

1. “Attack Attempt On Christie Todd Whitman and MSNBC Chris Matthews… Live On Air… Street Set Outside Convention… Hooded protester jumps security line … Police move in immediatly… Guard Tackled… Bush/Cheney supporters gathered near show set at Herald Square were pushed and spat on by protesters, fake blood thrown while Matthews remained on air”

2. “Monday evening there was an argument between Franken and a producer for the Laura Ingraham show regarding whether he had agreed to be on her program, The producer called Franken “a liar,” evidentally because Franken (in his opinion) reneged on a promise to appearh on the Ingraham show. Franken called him “an asshole,” then tempers flared, and push came to shove.” courtesty of wizbang

Is this part of that whole “representing the heart and soul of America” stuff?

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August 29th, 2004 12:26 pm
John Kerry is winning some red states…
Okay, so there is alot more support out there for John Kerry from the red states than I originally thought.
Communists for Kerry - “Across the country there is a growing anti-Bush feeling, but that alone is not enough. To win requires that millions be convinced that the differences between Bush and Kerry are real, substantial and consequential to their lives on the whole range of issues.”
Viet Cong for Kerry - “A large photo of Senator Kerry meeting with Vietnamese leaders, including the General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Do Muoi, hangs in an exhibit in the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. The picture honors Mr. Kerry�s �heroic� service as an anti-war propagandist for the North Vietnamese Communists. “
North Korea for Kerry - “North Korea Warms to Kerry Presidency Bid”
Socialists for Kerry - “The Democratic Socialists of America Political Action Committee (DSAPAC) released a statement today urging its members to work for the election of John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.”
Red China for Kerry - “The official online news outlet for communist China, the People’s Daily, endorsed the Senator from Massachusetts for President of the United States.”
And in the spirit of diversity, Kerry’s got another peculiar endorsement…
Cop Killers For Kerry - “For millions of people, there exists in their minds, in their hearts a hunger for change. That hunger is becoming a driving force in the upcoming elections, and is being expressed in a way that can best be summed up: ‘Anybody But Bush.’ ” writes Mumia Abu-Jamal from death row in a Pennsylvania state prison where he faces the death penalty for gunning down Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Faulkner in 1981.
Just thought it was interesting.
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August 28th, 2004 7:44 pm
Creating the News�.

The headline reads, Poll: More Believe Bush Behind Attack Ads, as if to indict President Bush on some sort of malfeasance. Complete ignoring the multitude of times that he has denounced the newly formed campaign monsters called �527 groups�. Since most people don�t read beyond the headlines, many will simply take away from this article the fact that President Bush has somehow acted unethically, illegally and just plain wrong. They�ll think back to the accusations of ties between the Bush campaign and the group funding the ads, totally forgetting that there are at least as many, if not more, direct connections between John Kerry, the Democrats and the liberal 527 groups.

But what about the actual claims made within the ads in question? What if I chose, like those on the Left, to ignore any possible ties between the ad and my side�s campaign and focused on the message itself? The message in the ads themselves point to questions of John Kerry�s integrity, honesty and leadership abilities. Pretty important questions when choosing a leader of the free world. The same group telling us that the messengers are biased and therefore unbelievable also tend to back folks like Michael Moore and his verifiably false claims without regard to motive or bias. I find that pretty telling.

So now we have a he said/he said scenario with Kerry�s accounts of his service. Everyday we�ll hear about a new eyewitness or some evidence leaning one way or the other. Kerry only has himself to blame � he made this campaign about Vietnam � and he must take the good with the bad. Just because he�s running for President doesn�t mean he should be unjustly accused of bad acts, but just because he�s a Vietnam vet doesn�t mean he should escape the criticism either.

Back to the creation of the news. The headline touts the findings that �more believe� Bush is behind the ads. The stats for this finding range from 42-50%. But what about the �silent� stats behind those? If we flip those numbers, it means that the range is from 50-58% that think the Bush campaign isn�t behind the ads. To me, that�s pretty significant. That means that half, or more than half, of the people out there believe the ads were created by an independent group and not a proxy for an obviously biased campaign of the target�s opponent. Add to that the other statistic that �a month ago, Kerry and President Bush were tied on the question of who has the honesty and integrity to serve as president. Bush now has an advantage on that question, 46% to 39%, according to a Los Angeles Times poll released Thursday.�

So half to more than half of the people polled think the Swiftboat ads are independent of the Bush campaign and 13% more people believe Bush has more honesty and integrity � presumably based upon the claims made in the Swiftboat ads. Yet, the journalists want us to remember only that, �More Believe Bush Behind Attack Ads�.

Create the story, then sell, sell, sell.
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August 26th, 2004 10:05 pm
The Arrogant Empire?

So I’ve heard some refer to America as an arrogant country. Jealousy of success always breeds contempt. It doesn’t matter who our leader is, we’ll always be hated because of who we are and what we accomplish….

Need I say more?
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August 24th, 2004 8:46 pm
Racists cops preventing blacks from voting…. but who do the cops support?
In yet another avoidance of real issues and a return to the same old, worn out, baseless accusations that Republicans are evil racists, the moveon.org folks are releasing another totally ignorant and false attack on the President.
…part of a new series of anti-Bush ads created for MoveOn.org… With a throbbing bass line and wailing sirens in the background, Boon’s ad shows a white police officer confronting young blacks out to vote. “Whoa, whoa, whoa. What’s the problem?” the officer asks. “No problem � we’re here to vote,” a young man says, and those in the group raise their voting cards.

The ironic thing about the ad above….. the one showing a white cop trying to prevent some black kids from voting…. is the fact that the International Brotherhood of Police Officers supports John Kerry. This means if the ads were actually true and the police are disenfranchising black voters…. maybe it’s an issue for the Kerry campaign to answer for, considering these racist cops support him!
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August 23rd, 2004 5:43 pm
But, but, but he won’t denounce the ads against Johnny….

I know it was very unclear where Bush stood on the whole 527 advertising issue. I mean, afterall, he only said, “what I think we ought to do is not have them on the air.” Seriously, how could the average person think that meant he was against them? Afterall, he didn’t say dammit or hell. Surely it wasn’t a real condemnation. He could’ve been clear like the Kerry campaign, who absolutely, unequivocally stated, “what MoveOn.org is doing is perfectly fine, while what the Swift Boat Veterans are doing is “dishonest” and “dishonorable”.” Now that’s pure, unadulterated condemnation if I’ve ever seen it…..

Now Bush is out again, opening questions about Kerry’s service by denouncing ads that question John Kerry’s Vietnam war record — and all other attack ads by outside groups as well. Such a hate-monger. He again said Kerry served honorably in Vietnam, really piling on to the idea that Kerry is unfit for command. When Bush says the anti-Kerry ad — plus all others by ostensibly independent groups — are “bad for the system”, we must assume he’s just a right wing, Christian fanatical hell bent on world domination for saying such a thing.

So when will he ever denounce the ads?

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August 22nd, 2004 4:34 pm
It depends on what the definition of “Vietnam” is…

In 1992, the Democrats supported a man who fled the country to avoid service. All I kept hearing was how service in Vietnam was totally irrelevant to the qualification to become President.

In 1996, the Democrats supported him again and continued to say that he was more qualified than his opponent, a man who’d suffered disabling injuries in WWII. Being a veteran had nothing to do with being successful as President.

In 2000, the Democrats seemed to change slightly, claiming that their candidate’s service in Vietnam (as a journalist) was somehow more impressive and indicative of success as President than a man who flew fighter jets for the National Guard.

In 2004, the Democrats are now telling us that a man who’s missed a majority of his duties while in Congress, has voted to send troops to battle while voting against properly funding them and has testified before Congress calling his fellow soldiers war criminals of the worst kind, is supposed to be absolutely qualified for the Presidency because he spent 4 months in Vietnam, unlike his opponent.

In 12 years, we’ve gone from “vietnam service is irrelevant” to “some vietnam experience is better than stateside service” to “service in vietnam is essential for one to become President”.

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August 21st, 2004 5:32 pm
Bringin’ it on - Part 2

I’ve decided to respond directly to someone who left comments on yesterday’s post. Jon is apparently a Kerry supporter judging from his comments, so I’ll respond openly and publicly for the world to see:

Jon’s comments were:

John Kerry personally denounced both the “Hitler” ad and the recent MoveOn.org ad which questions Bush’s service. In fact, MoveOn.org pulled the “Hitler” ad from its website almost immediately, didn’t it? To say that they solicited it may be true insofar as they wanted people from across the country to submit their ads to the site, but I’m pretty positive they didn’t ask anyone for that specific ad.So far I haven’t heard Pres. Bush condemn either of the Swift Boat Vet ads, and I very much doubt he will. This leaves the impression that he’s perfectly happy having John Kerry’s war service questioned, contrary to his public statements that he and his people will never question that service.Using this as an excuse to attack 527s *in general* is not an answer to the question of how Mr. Bush feels about SBVFT’s two ads, despite it being all the Republican mouthpieces can say when asked direct questions about how Mr. Bush feels.

Let’s go point by point.

1. John Kerry personally denounced both the “Hitler” ad and the recent MoveOn.org ad which questions Bush’s service.

Actually, let me help you here. John Kerry’s campaign criticized the Bush campaign for running a Hitler ad, apparently failing to realize the Bush campaign was simply replaying the Moveon.org ad. Kerry’s “denouncing” had nothing to do with Moveon.org’s use of the ad and everything to do with the fact his campaign thought it was a Bush creation. Sure his spokesman said it was wrong for any campaign to use the Hitler images, but the entire campaign was eerily silent when Moveon.org originally hosted the ad.

2. In fact, MoveOn.org pulled the “Hitler” ad from its website almost immediately, didn’t it? To say that they solicited it may be true insofar as they wanted people from across the country to submit their ads to the site, but I’m pretty positive they didn’t ask anyone for that specific ad.

Do you think Bush solicited the specific Swiftboat ads? If that’s your standard, you better be prepared to show proof Bush actively solicited “that specific ad.”

You claim MoveOn.org pulled the Hitler ad “almost immediately”….but you don’t clarify “almost immediately” after what? It certainly wasn’t “almost immediately” after it was submitted, posted and hosted on their site. According to Wes Boyd, MoveOn.org’s founder, referring to the TWO Hitler ads, “They were voted down by our members and the public, who reviewed the ads and submitted nearly 3 million critiques in the process of choosing the 15 finalist entries.” That’s at least 3 million viewers of the ad, as there were probably many who reviewed them and didn’t even post critiques. They accomplished what they wanted and that was to show the world, via the Web, these videos. If you think hosting them on a website is less effective than running them on television, you might want to revisit the statistics detailing the audience size of each medium.

In fact, as late as July 12, 2004, the Hitler video was still accessible on MoveOn.org’s website. So please explain again what you mean by “almost immediately”.

3. So far I haven’t heard Pres. Bush condemn either of the Swift Boat Vet ads, and I very much doubt he will.

Bush has given his statement on the 527 groups and their ads. He said, “…what I think we ought to do is not have them on the air.” Do you require some sort of Executive Order, sworn deposition, blood sample or three eyewitnesses to corroborate his statement?

UPDATE: President Bush is denouncing ads that question John Kerry’s Vietnam war record — and all other attack ads by outside groups as well. … Bush says Kerry served honorably in Vietnam. … And he says the anti-Kerry ad — plus all others by ostensibly independent groups — are “bad for the system.”

4. This leaves the impression that he’s perfectly happy having John Kerry’s war service questioned, contrary to his public statements that he and his people will never question that service.

Wait, wait, wait. His “public statements that he and his people will never question [Kerry’s] service”??? If he made public statements that he and his people will never question Kerry’s service (and in fact, has made even more public statements calling Kerry’s service noble and honorable) then what “impression” are you talking about?

So, despite Bush condemning all 527 group ads, Bush calling Kerry’s service honorable and noble, Bush saying he and his campaign will never question Kerry’s service, you still claim he’s trying to leave some impression that he’s happy Kerry’s service is being questioned. What a leap of logic.

5. Using this as an excuse to attack 527s *in general* is not an answer to the question of how Mr. Bush feels about SBVFT’s two ads, despite it being all the Republican mouthpieces can say when asked direct questions about how Mr. Bush feels.

FYI, it’s President Bush, not Mister Bush. If he deplores ALL 527 ads, then that necessarily includes those of the Swiftboat vets. Unless you want to argue their 527 status.

As for political mouthpieces, let’s review a few:

Terry McAullife, DNC Chariman - “I look forward to that debate, when John Kerry, a war hero with a chest full of medals, is standing next to George Bush, a man who was AWOL in the Alabama National Guard.”

John Kerry - “The issue here is, as I have heard it raised, is was he present and active in Alabama at the time he was supposed to be … just because you get an honorable discharge does not in fact answer that question”

Sure sounds like they still want the question of Bush’s service to be front and center. Those who own multiple multimillion dollar glass houses….

Next…

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August 20th, 2004 9:33 am
It’s been brought, John….

The thing is, you just haven’t answered. Your strategy has been to put Vietnam at the centerpiece of this campaign season, and you’re succeeding. Now that your entire basis for being Commander-In-Chief is being directly challenged, you can’t respond to the allegations, you can only deflect and remind people that Bush wasn’t in Vietnam. It’s hard to take your party serious on that issue, John, because you proudly ran and supported a draft-dodger for 8 years on your ticket. You’re hardly the party to lecture America on the value of military service.

But here you are, front and center. You tell your opponents to “bring it on”….well, it’s been brought, John. So respond.

Here’s what you said about President Bush’s service:

“The issue here is, as I have heard it raised, is was he present and active in Alabama at the time he was supposed to be,” said Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War veteran. “I don’t have the answer to that question and just because you get an honorable discharge does not in fact answer that question.”

Here’s what President Bush said about yours:

Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt said‘no one will ever question Senator Kerry’s service in Vietnam.'’

and

The President called Kerry’s war service noble, saying his opponent is justifiably proud of his record in Vietnam. “He views it as honorable service, and so do I,” said Bush.

So while you publicly question President Bush on his service and intentionally leave the impression that his honorable discharge doesn’t really prove his claims of service, he’s out praising your service, assuring you nobody in his administration will question it.

In fact, Moveon.org is running ads questioning President Bush’s service. I assume you’ve condemned those, right? Your spokewoman said, “what MoveOn.org is doing is perfectly fine, while what the Swift Boat Veterans are doing is “dishonest” and “dishonorable.”

You claim Bush isn’t condemning the ads against you, but in fact, Bush has condemned ALL 527 ads, saying, “They’ve said some bad things about me. I guess they’re saying bad things about him. And what I think we ought to do is not have them on the air.”

In fact, Terry McAullife, the leader of your political party said, “I look forward to that debate, when John Kerry, a war hero with a chest full of medals, is standing next to George Bush, a man who was AWOL in the Alabama National Guard.”

Now that you know he won’t personally question your service (unlike you personally questioning his), and you know he’s against the 527 organizations skirting campaign finance laws, you have to try and attach guilt by association. It’s an awkward strategy for you to take considering the facts.

You said that because the 527 group behind the ads questioning your service received $100,000 from a guy who also donates money to Republicans, that’s evidence of President Bush’s ties. Well if we’re going to use that as the baseline, let’s just look at the universe of 527s, shall we?

Of the top 50, 41 (84%) are funded by Democrats and advance Democrat issues, 5 (10%) are Republican-supported groups and the others are just issue- or industry-based organizations.

The number one 527 group in terms of money raised ($41 million+) is Joint Victory Campaign 2004. Some top contributors to this group are George Soros, who’s given over $4.5 million, Steve Bing, who’s given almost $7 million. In fact, there are 33 supporters who have given more to this single group than Bob Perry has given to the Swiftboat vets. This group is a joint effort of numbers 2 and 3 on the list, America Coming Together and The Media Fund. In fact, The Media Fund’s president and founder is Harold Ickes, deputy White House chief of staff under President Clinton. Talk about your Democrat front men.

And then we have #6 on the list, Moveon.org. George Soros has given more than $2.6 million to this group. In addition to their current ad questioning President Bush’s service record, they solicited, hosted and broadcast the ad comparing George W. Bush to Hitler. In fact, George Soros said, ” �[defeating Bush] is the central focus of my life… the 2004 presidential race is a matter of life and death.�

So we have a former Clinton staff member establishing an organization that has raised $28 million to attack Bush, a billionaire supporter of the Democrats who has given MILLIONS to organizations that constantly run attack ads on President Bush, even going so far as to host an ad on their website comparing the President to Hitler.

Under your standard:

“Here’s what you really need to know about themthey’re funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican contributor out of Texas. They’re a front for the Bush campaign.'’

I guess all we really need to know about those 527 organizations is that they’re funded by MILLIONS of dollars from Democrat contributors….and thus, they’re a front for the Kerry campaign.

Thanks for clearing it up. Consider the challenge met. Anything else you’d like brought on?

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August 19th, 2004 8:06 pm

Kerry debates himself and loses.

In a further attempt to pander to the “Anybody But Bush” crowd, John Kerry twists himself into pretzel-like contortions bashing a Bush policy that he only weeks ago touted himself. But don’t take my word for it, just look at what John Kerry, himself, said on August 1, 2004:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry vowed Sunday to drastically reduce US troops around the world if he wins the November election, withdrawing forces from Iraq, and possibly Korea and Europe “…force reductions in Iraq would be just a start. I think we can significantly change the deployment of troops not just there but elsewhere in the world, in the Korean peninsula, perhaps, in Europe, perhaps,” the Massachusetts senator said in a series of US television interviews.

Of course, granted, that was an entire 3 weeks ago. We know the world has changed greatly over the last 3 weeks, and any sensible person should realize that times have changed… since early August.
Here’s John Kerry’s take now:

Kerry said the redeployment would undermine relations with U.S. allies needed to help fight in Iraq and in the war on terror. It also would endanger national security as the United States is working to deter North Korea’s nuclear program, he said.

and again:
John Kerry, telling fellow combat veterans he’s their “true brother in arms,'’ said Wednesday that President Bush’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Europe and Asia would weaken U.S. security and embolden nuclear-armed North Korea.

and again:
Kerry argued that Bush’s policy would dangerously reduce forces at a time when the nation is fighting the al-Qaida terrorist network in 60 countries across the globe.

If you’re confused, don’t feel bad. Watching this guy twist and turn in the breeze makes me dizzier than a drunk on a tilt-a-whirl. Here’s a quick snapshot of his key points…. see if you can figure out what his position on this issue is:

August 01, 2004 - “I think we can significantly change the deployment of troops, not just there but elsewhere in the world. In the Korean peninsula perhaps.”
August 18, 2004 - “Why are we unilaterally withdrawing 12,000 troops from the Korean Peninsula at the very time we are negotiating with North Korea — a country that really has nuclear weapons?”
Can you imagine what a Kerry administration would look like? Holy cow. I don’t know why people keep arguing that there needs to be a third candidate in the debates…. With just John Kerry and George W. Bush, there will at least be three positions on every issue discussed.
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