Friday, October 15, 2004

Bush's Denial: You Decide

"SCHIEFFER: Mr. President?

BUSH: Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations."

Watch the video.

Change the Lead Redux

So the Cheneys are upset that Senator Kerry mentioned their daughter during the last presidential debate? Don't believe it. More likely that they want to divert attention from Bush's recent attempts to explain away his past comments that he's "not that concerned" about bin Laden, and the fact that he got creamed in the last debate. Either that or the Cheneys are ashamed of their daughter. Either way, Karl Rove is acting increasingly desperate.

O'Reilly Family Values

Here's a copy of the harassment complaint.

Presidential Vote Tracker

This is pretty cool to play with.

Bush's Budget Shell Game

The San Francisco Chronicle explains.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Grand Slam

Slate's William Saletan explains how Kerry crushed Bush in the third debate

Runner-Up Quote of the Week

"It is the same people who told us that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11; the same people who told us Saddam Hussein had something to do with weapons of mass destruction; the same people who told us we would be able to use the oil for reconstruction money; the same people who told us we would be greeted as liberators, not occupiers; the same people, the same President who told us the Taliban is gone; the same President who told us that Poland is our ally 2 days before they pull out; the same President who tells us Iraq is going just great; the same President who tells us the economy is going just great; the same people who told us the tax cuts were going to create millions of jobs; the same people who told us that the Medicare program only cost $400 billion when it really cost $540 billion."

-— Rep. Tim Ryan, October 5, 2004


Quote of the Week

"Being lectured to by the President on fiscal responsibility is a little bit like Tony Soprano talking to me about law and order."

--JK 10/13/04

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

More Debate Advice

The Rude Pundit offers advice for Debate Three.

Hard Working George

See it here.

Cheney Vows to Attack U.S. if Kerry Elected

The Onion reports.

Why Bush Opposes Dred Scott

No, it doesn't have anything to do with his love of minorities. Timothy Noah of Slate explains.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Yet More Wise Words

"When undecided voters ask me what they should do, I tell them 'Vote for the Smart Guy.'"

--JT 10/11/04

More Wise Words

"We must put an end to Mad Cowboy Disease."

--Natalie Maines 10/11/04

Wise Words

"I hate it when people say 'Don't change horses in midstream.' I hate it. Especially when the horse can't swim, and is in way over his head. And when you didn't want to cross that stream anyway. And when there's a perfectly good Democrat Mule over there."

--JT

(I paraphrase. Apologies to JT)

It's Official

Kerry won the second Presidential Debate.

So You Think The Debate Was a "Draw?"

Watch this.

Propaganda Masquerading as Reporting

The headline (yes, the headline, not an editorial) in Saturday's San
Antonio Express-News 'reported' that the second Presididential debate was a draw.

According to the Express-News online poll, Kerry won 71.5 to 28.5.

Oops.


A Day in the Life of Joe Republican

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffee pot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. With his first drink of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.

He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with good pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a workers compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It is noon and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FDIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. Joe also forgets that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded university.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards to go along with the taxpayer funded roads.

He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans.

The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have."

--Thanks to Leslie

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