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Oct. 1st, 2004 @ 08:40 am Big Business, Big Problem
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fonzy1959:
Oct. 1st, 2004 @ 05:18 am Hope springs ..I can smile about my country today without sarcasm..
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Seems a shame to waste this picture again in the light of the Kerry-Bush debate.
*laughs hystercially !* and a link detailing some highlights of last night's debate..interesting to note that the pro-bush communities are strangely silent?

http://www.alternet.org/election04/20050/
John Kerry came across as a mature candidate during the debate, while George Bush squirmed repeatedly at challenges to his record.
My gods I can actually have a bit of hope to cling to..

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Coffee strong rich and exciting
madame_mage:
Oct. 1st, 2004 @ 08:07 am Kerry wins Round 1
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Twisted Sister "We're not gonna take it"


John Kerry officially handed the ass of George W. Bush to the GOP during last night's debate.

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fonzy1959:
Sep. 30th, 2004 @ 03:59 pm ....And in this corner!
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Current Music: Beastie Boys "Check it out"


The Main Event will take place at 9PM Eastern Standard Time! Who will be the victor!

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fonzy1959:
Sep. 28th, 2004 @ 08:31 pm (no subject)
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martianmermaid:
Sep. 28th, 2004 @ 07:57 am CBS buckles under the foot of the GOP!
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Current Music: Bad Religion "Let them eat war"
President Bush based his famous and false claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger on a set of crudely forged documents. For the last two years, no one has uncovered who falsified these documents, which lie at the heart of Bush's case for war. Now, CBS' 60 Minutes program has uncovered new and important revelations about the Bush administration's reliance on the documents.

But, in an unprecedented and astonishing move, CBS bumped the report back until after the election, saying it would be "inappropriate" to air the piece when it might interfere with the political season. It's outrageous that a major TV news outlet would censor an important piece of news for political reasons. Especially since this report has met CBS' standards for accuracy -- it's true. One can only assume that CBS is buckling under pressure from the right -- and that's just plain wrong.

Call CBS and its parent company, Viacom, now, at:

Sumner Redstone, Chairman, Viacom
(212) 258-6000

Les Moonves, Chairman of CBS; co-President & co-CEO, Viacom
(323) 575-2345

Andrew Heyward, President, CBS News
(212) 975-3247 or
(212) 975-4321

If you don't get through, you can write to CBS at:
http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/feedback/fb_news_form.shtml

You can also contact CBS' local affiliates, which are linked here:
http://newslink.org/cbstele.html

Urge CBS to reverse its decision and air the 60 Minutes piece on Iraq
before the November 2nd election. Let them know how important it is
that they not censor the news.

Please let moveon.org know you're calling -- we'd like to keep a count -- at:

http://www.moveon.org/cbscalls.html?id=3836-3698628-t_fLpwKrsfnNbHVhxqAPRw

Recently, CBS came under heavy criticism for failing to thoroughly authenticate documents in a story on the President's National Guard record. Apparently CBS' embarrassment over that flap has made CBS too timid to run important news critical of President Bush. According to the New York Times: "a report in the online edition of Newsweek... described the frustration of CBS News reporters and producers who said the network had concluded that it could not legitimately criticize the president because of the questions about the National Guard report." [1]

Still, censorship for partisan purposes is a familiar pattern at CBS. Last year, CBS refused to air "Child's Pay", the ad that won the "Bush in 30 Seconds" contest sponsored by MoveOn.org Voter Fund, during the Super Bowl. Although the ad was well within the bounds of good taste -- it showed children working at menial jobs and asked "Guess who's going to pay off President Bush's $1 trillion deficit?" -- CBS cited a policy against running "advocacy" ads. But then it turned around and aired millions of dollars worth of ads promoting Bush's new Medicare plan, which wouldn't come online for years. It also aired controversial White House ads claiming that drug users supported terrorism.

CBS' censorship decisions make its partisanship obvious. But here's more: CBS is owned by Viacom, and Viacom's chairman, Sumner Redstone, endorsed President Bush on Thursday [2], just one day before CBS pulled the 60 Minutes report on Iraq. Partisan censorship by CBS betrays our trust on a fundamental level. All of us own the airwaves CBS broadcasts on. They're a public resource, licensed to CBS, and in return CBS owes us a balance of viewpoints on major issues like Iraq. Especially now, when more than 1,000 Americans have been killed in a war whose reasons have yet to be honestly explained by the Bush Administration.

And especially just before an election.

Please call CBS and Viacom now.
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fonzy1959:
Sep. 27th, 2004 @ 08:02 am (no subject)
Current Mood: angry
Current Music: Anthrax "Mad House"
Powell say's the situation in Iraq is getting worseCollapse )
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fonzy1959:
Sep. 23rd, 2004 @ 08:07 am Despite Bush flip flops; Kerry has the label.
Current Mood: curious
One of this year's candidates for president, to hear his opposition tell it, has a long history of policy reversals and rhetorical about-faces -- a zigzag trail that proves his willingness to massage positions and even switch sides when politically convenient. The flip-flopper, Democrats say, is President Bush. Over the past four years, he abandoned positions on issues such as how to regulate air pollution or whether states should be allowed to sanction same-sex marriage. He changed his mind about the merits of creating the Homeland Security Department, and made a major exception to his stance on free trade by agreeing to tariffs on steel. After resisting, the president yielded to pressure in supporting an independent commission to study policy failures preceding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Bush did the same with questions about whether he would allow his national security adviser to testify, or whether he would answer commissioners' questions for only an hour, or for as long they needed.

John F. Kerry is shown windsurfing in a new Bush ad that says the Democrat's positions shift "whichever way the wind blows." (AP)Democrats working for John F. Kerry cite these twists and turns with glee -- but even more frustration. Polls have shown overwhelmingly that Kerry -- with his long trail of confusing and sometimes contradictory statements, especially on Iraq -- is this year's flip-flopper in the public mind, a criticism that continued to echo across the campaign trail yesterday. Once such a popular perception becomes fixed, public opinion experts and strategists say, virtually every episode in the campaign is viewed through that prism, while facts that do not fit with existing assumptions -- such as Bush's history of policy shifts -- do not have much impact in the political debate.

Why these impressions became so firmly fixed in the first place is a source of debate. Bush strategists say the popular perception is true. The president's principles on such issues as low taxes and confronting overseas threats are not in doubt, no matter some occasional tactical shifts, they say, while Kerry's maneuvering on Iraq and other issues raises questions about whether he can stand steady for core beliefs. Kerry defenders say the flip-flop charge has resonated through purposeful repetition by the Bush campaign, which began striking the theme in ads in the spring and has never let go. In the latest Bush campaign spot, released yesterday, Kerry is shown windsurfing as the ad, scored with Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Blue Danube" waltz, says the Democrat shifts positions on Iraq, health care and education "whichever way the wind blows."

As Democrats see it, the flip-flopper allegation is this year's equivalent of how the GOP four years ago portrayed Al Gore as a chronic truth-stretcher, and now, as then, blame the news media for accepting and promoting a caricature.
For a while this summer, Kerry's team tried to answer Bush's charge that Kerry is equivocating and inconstant by alleging that Bush is just as much or more so. But lately the campaign has laid off this line of argument after concluding it was ineffective against an opponent who surveys show is seen by a majority of voters as decisive, even to the point of stubbornness.

"When it comes to shifting positions, he can shift with the best," Kerry spokesman Joe Lockhart said of Bush. "We are prosecuting a different case. We are not arguing that he's a flip-flopper -- he is -- but that the policy choices he has taken have failed miserably." Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center, said voters' perceptions are too settled at this point to allow easily for alternate arguments. Once the public concludes that a politician is strong in general, he or she has more freedom to be flexible on certain delicate particulars, Kohut said, adding that in the case of this year's nominees, "Bush can get away with a little more, and Kerry can get away with a little less."

Stuart Stevens, one of Bush's media advisers, argued that the public's judgments are fair. Voters do not believe that Bush has never changed his mind, or penalize Kerry for every change of position, he said, but over time have reached conclusions about both men's priorities and leadership styles.
"I think all these issues resonate with any candidate if they strike people as part of a pattern and reasonable and true," Stevens said. "The president is someone who has a core set of beliefs and values that are guiding him as he tries to make decisions.

"I don't think he hesitates to change an approach if he feels it's not working, but I don't think people sense remotely that he's doing it [based on] a political compass," he added. The record, however, suggests a fair degree of political calculation has gone into some of Bush's about-faces. During his first term, the paramount goals -- such as cutting taxes or pursuing a confrontation with Saddam Hussein -- have been fixed. But this has allowed room for tactical maneuvering on other questions.
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fonzy1959:
Sep. 21st, 2004 @ 07:27 am It's about time!
Current Mood: anxious
First presidential debate:
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
Thursday, September 30
Vice presidential debate:
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, October 5
Second presidential debate:
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Friday, October 8
Third presidential debate:
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
Wednesday, October 13

All debates will start at 9:00 p.m. ET.
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soap box
martianmermaid:
Sep. 20th, 2004 @ 08:37 pm Republicans make better Christians. How does this convey Christ?
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Rage Against The Machine "Wake Up"
At the age of 15 I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior; from the age of eight I was brought up in the Christian faith and it still is a very important part of my life and who I am today. I’ve noticed over the past couple of years the on going trend of the Bush Administration and their constant exploitation of the Christian faith. Christianity has become the center piece of this election and the controlled media has painted the Democratic Party as pro-abortion / same sex marriage loving pagans. This stereotype is simply not true; not all Democrats are not like this, as well as not all Republicans are Christian.

I’m 29 now, and I registered for the first time as a Democrat at the age of 26. The 2000 Election changed my entire political outlook forever. I’ve watched the actions and listened to the words of the Bush Administration rather closely and I must say I find their convictions, and actions to be very non-Christian. The fact of the matter is Jesus is one of the biggest Liberal’s of our time. During the days of Christ being Liberal meant being a revolutionist. The word liberal had power, it had meaning; the word Liberal meant movement. Christianity has become the largest established religion in history. The sad reality of this miraculous fact is how dangerous a religion can be when handled irresponsibly; for example the misrepresentation of Islam while throwing us into the forefront of disaster by a handful of extremist radicals on September 11th. We can even go back as far as the Crusades and see how dangerous Christianity can be if it’s corrupted by humanistic understanding. There are hundreds of examples where religion has either developed or destroyed a society. The Salem witch trials, the extermination of dozens of tribes who worshiped pagan gods, and of course the tyranny of Hitler and his Nazi thugs in the name of Christ in order to punish the “Christ killers”. If anyone reading this article has paid attention to the current trend, and how the controlled media has painted the Democrats for their GOP contributors in order to create a more divided nation by destroying the reputation of the Leftists then you should be aware of the problem. Keep in mind that the current Administration supposedly has God on their side. Keep in mind that the current Administration features a Vice President who feels that it is acceptable to tell a well-established Senator on the floor of Senate to “go f*** himself”.

Keep in mind that the current Administration features a President who feels that it’s appropriate to refer to a member of the press as an “a$$hole” during the 2000 Election. This Administration features a President who feels that it is acceptable to mislead the people of this great nation, and to arrogantly launch a pre-empted strike against another country that didn’t pose as an actual threat to us at this point and time without any concern for any other country including our own. If you think that Bush represents the teachings, the compassion, or the philosophy of Jesus Christ then perhaps you need to crack open your Bible and re-introduce yourself to the Lord. Bush’s actions do not represent Christ’s teachings; they represent the ideals of an anti-Christ. Republicans do not make better Christians, and Democrats do not make better sinners. As a society and as a people we have to work together in order to exist in the future, and to survive regardless of what faith we are. When you peel back the layers we are all still American!
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fonzy1959:
Sep. 17th, 2004 @ 09:19 am If Bush were running against Jesus.
Current Mood: peaceful
Current Music: Nine Inch Nails "Head like a Hole"
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fonzy1959:
Sep. 17th, 2004 @ 08:51 am Here are some random anti-Bush images.
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: S.O.D. "Kill the War"




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fonzy1959:
Sep. 17th, 2004 @ 08:37 am U.S. Weapons Inspector say's "Iraq Had No WMD"
Current Mood: blank
Current Music: 311 / The Cure "I will always love you"
Fallen Iraqi President Saddam Hussein did not have stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, but left signs that he had idle programs he someday hoped to revive, the top U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq concludes in a draft report due out soon. According to people familiar with the 1,500-page report, the head of the Iraq Survey Group, Charles Duelfer, will find that Saddam was importing banned materials, working on unmanned aerial vehicles in violation of U.N. agreements and maintaining a dual-use industrial sector that could produce weapons. Duelfer also says Iraq only had small research and development programs for chemical and biological weapons.

As Duelfer puts the finishing touches on his report, he concludes Saddam had intentions of restarting weapons programs at some point, after suspicion and inspections from the international community waned. After a year and a half in Iraq, however, the United States has found no weapons of mass destruction — its chief argument for going to war and overthrowing the regime. An intelligence official said Duelfer could wrap up the report as soon as this month, but noted it may take time to declassify it. Those who discussed the report inside and outside the government did so Thursday on the condition of anonymity because it contains classified material and is not yet completed. If the report is released publicly before the Nov. 2 elections, Democrats are likely to seize on the document as another opportunity to criticize the Bush administration's leading argument for war in Iraq and the deteriorating security situation there.



Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has criticized the president's handling of the war, but also has said he still would have voted to authorize the invasion even if he had known no weapons of mass destruction would be found there. Duelfer's report is expected to be similar to findings reported by his predecessor, David Kay, who presented an interim report to Congress in October. Kay left the post in January, saying, "We were almost all wrong" about Saddam's weapons programs. The new analysis, however, is expected to fall between the position of the Bush administration before the war — portraying Saddam as a grave threat — and the declarative statements Kay made after he resigned.

It will also add more evidence and flesh out Kay's October findings. At that time, Kay said the Iraq Survey Group had only uncovered limited evidence of secret chemical and biological weapons programs, but he found substantial evidence of an Iraqi push to boost the range of its ballistic missiles beyond prohibited ranges. He also said there was almost no sign that a significant nuclear weapons project was under way. Duelfer's report doesn't reach firm conclusions in all areas. For instance, U.S. officials are still investigating whether Saddam's fallen regime may have sent chemical weapons equipment and several billion dollars over the border to Syria. That has not been confirmed, but remains an area of interest to the U.S. government. The Duelfer report will come months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released a scathing assessment of the prewar intelligence on Iraq.



After a yearlong inquiry, the Republican-led committee said in July the CIA kept key information from its own and other agencies' analysts, engaged in "group think" by failing to challenge the assumption that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and allowed President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell to make false statements. The Iraq Survey Group has been working since the summer of 2003 to find Saddam's weapons and better understand his prohibited programs. More than a thousand civilian and military weapons specialists, translators and other experts have been devoted to the effort.
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fonzy1959:
Sep. 15th, 2004 @ 07:47 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: concerned
Current Music: tremor christ | pearl jam
this scares meCollapse )
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leotardbanshee:
Sep. 15th, 2004 @ 08:34 pm Rock against Bush
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Rock Against Bush Volume 1 and 2.




Volume one was awesome; however volume 2 is sensational!

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fonzy1959:
Sep. 13th, 2004 @ 04:53 pm Our Rights are slowly being taken away!
Current Mood: angry
Current Music: Bad Religion "Let them eat war"
Moulton woman says she lost job for sporting Kerry sticker on car

By Clyde L. Stancil
DAILY Staff Writer
cstancil@decaturdaily.com

MOULTON — Lynne Gobbell never imagined the cost of a John Kerry-John Edwards bumper sticker could run so high.

Lynne Gobbell said her boss fired her last week because of the Kerry-Edwards campaign sticker on the back of her car.
Gobbell of Moulton didn't pay a cent for the sticker that she proudly displays on the rear windshield of her Chevrolet Lumina, but said it cost her job at a local factory after it angered her boss, Phil Gaddis.

Gaddis, a Decatur bankruptcy attorney, owns Enviromate, a cellulose insulation company in Moulton.

Gaddis did not return phone calls from THE DAILY about the alleged Thursday firing.

Gobbell said she consulted a lawyer, but then changed her mind about going to see him. She said she has cried about the incident and must do without income for three weeks while the state unemployment commission decides if she is eligible for compensation.

Gobbell said she was averaging 50 to 60 hours a week on the plant's bagging machine.

"The lady there (at the unemployment commission) said that she has never heard of a firing like this before," Gobbell said.

Gobbell gave this account:
"We were going back to work from break, and my manager told me that Phil said to remove the sticker off my car or I was fired," she said. "I told him that Phil couldn't tell me who to vote for. He said, 'Go tell him.'"
She went to Gaddis' office, knocked on the door and entered on his orders.
"Phil and another man who works there were there," she said. "I asked him if he said to remove the sticker and he said, 'Yes, I did.' I told him he couldn't tell me who to vote for. When I told him that, he told me, 'I own this place.' I told him he still couldn't tell me who to vote for."

Gobbell said Gaddis told her to "get out of here."

"I asked him if I was fired and he told me he was thinking about it," she said. "I said, 'Well, am I fired?' He hollered and said, 'Get out of here and shut the door.' "

She said her manager was standing in another room and she asked him if that meant for her to go back to work or go home. The manager told her to go back to work, but he came back a few minutes later and said, " 'I reckon you're fired. You could either work for him or John Kerry,' " Gobbell said.

"I took off my gloves and threw them in the garbage and left," Gobbell said.

Though she is unemployed and uncertain if she will get her job back, Gobbell said, she doesn't regret her decision to keep the sticker on her windshield.

"I would like to find another job, but I would take that job back because I need to work," she said. "It upset me and made me mad that he could put a letter in my check expressing his (political) opinion, but I can't put something on my car expressing mine."

She was referring to a flier that she said Gaddis placed in employee envelopes to remind them of the positive impact that President Bush's policies have had on them. An employee at the plant who would not identify himself confirmed the contents of the letter.

Gobbell provided a copy of the flier. It says:

"Just so you will know, because of the Bush tax (cut):
# I was able to buy the new Hammer Mill
# I was able to finance our receivables
# I was able to get the new CAT skid steer
# I was able to get the wire cutter
# I was able to give you a job"

It further says:

"You got the benefit of the Bush tax cut. Everyone did."
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fonzy1959:
Sep. 13th, 2004 @ 08:55 am How many supporters do you wish?
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Green Day "American Idiot"

This just in: The total amount of 15,000 people included all of those who were standing along Main Street, High Street and 104 in Chillicothe Ohio; this includes 5,000 + protesters, people stuck in traffic and those who were present at the fair grounds to hear President Bush on September 10th. The actual number of Bush supporters was more like 7,857.



The Edwards Rally that took place on Tuesday the 7th of September brought in an estimated 5,899 supporters to the downtown arena; this included 5 Bush supporters and 5,894 Edwards supporters.



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fonzy1959:
Sep. 10th, 2004 @ 09:47 pm (no subject)
An unnamed "senior CBS official" told the Washington Post that one of the network's backup sources was retired Maj. Gen. Bobby W. Hodges, Killian's immediate superior. The CBS executive said a CBS reporter read the documents to Hodges over the phone, and that Hodges replied that "these are the things that Killian had expressed to me at the time," the Post reported Friday.
CBS said Marcel Matley, whom it identified as a “document and handwriting examiner,” examined the documents for the network. CBS said Matley expressed concern that the copies of the documents being analyzed by other parties had deteriorated through being reproduced through photopying, faxing, scanning and downloading.
Matley also concluded that Killian’s signatures on the documents are genuine, CBS reported.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5963843/


Marcel Matley is an “expert witness”, or a person that gets paid to testify in trials.

"Marcel Matley
A and M Matley
PO Box 882401
San Francisco, CA 94188-2401 Bus (415) 753-2832
Bus (800) 367-8403
Fax (415) 753-3346
mmatley@aol.com
Document Examiner

http://www.forensic.org/experts/matley.html

Marcel Matley is also a self published “expert”

TITLE: Female/Male Traits in Handwriting
AUTHOR: Marcel Matley
SYNOPSIS:
IN PRINT: Self Published
LEARNING LEVEL: Unrated Publication

http://www.handwriting.org/main/hwabooks.html

Marcel Matley is a “handwriting analysis expert”
Unsolved Mysteries asked handwriting expert Marcel Matley to compare a copy of Cobain’s alleged suicide note with copies of two pages of lyrics, hand written by Cobain. Matley believes the bulk of the note was written by Cobain, but finds the last four lines questionable.
Marcel Matley – Handwriting Expert
As to the last four lines, there are more than a dozen differences that should give us pause, and we would have to reasonable explain these differences before we can conclude that the same person wrote the four lines that wrote the body of it.

http://www.justiceforkurt.com/coverage/television/unsolved_mysteries.shtml

What is the Paul de Ste. Colombe Center? I've no idea. The only references to it occur in Mr Matley's bios.
Marcel Matley studied handwriting analysis with Rose Toomey and was certified by the Paul de Ste. Colombe Center. In 1985 he became a full time professional document examiner and has other interests in medical and psychological research, paleography, education, Western formal penmanship and Oriental calligraphy. He is the author of several published monographs and articles, taught private classes and seminars, and presented at conferences. The American Handwriting Analysts Foundation’s library, as well as a collection of more than 4,000 forensics and handwriting articles, is located in his home in San Francisco where it is available for reference by appointment.
http://www.aspghandwriting.org/Matley.htm

Marcel Matley is the librarian for the american Handwriting Analysis Foundation
http://www.handwritingfoundation.org/library.htm

Here’s Mr Matley going on about testifying at a trial
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22marcel+matley%22&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&start=10&sa=N

Here’s commentary regarding our good friend Marcel Matley, who appeared on Unsolved Mysteries- regarding the…Vince Foster suicide note. I’ts interesting that the Foster suicide note seems to be suffering from the same syndrome as the Bush memos.

Then the program turned to Marcel Matley, identified as a "handwriting examiner" with no further credentials given, who offered his opinion that the "suicide" note is genuine. Matley believes that the "deteriorated copy" of the note.... that is, it's been copied over too many times.... and the "stress" Foster was presumably under account for the differences in handwriting. He then went on to show how Foster used different styles of letters in the genuine samples, such as both cursive and block letter "s", for example, and how the same multiple styles appear in the note; and from this he concluded that the same person wrote both the note and the samples known to be genuine.
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dickieandbabe:
Sep. 10th, 2004 @ 12:15 pm Two Anti-Kerry Vets Apointed to VA Panel by President Bush?
Current Mood: aggravated
Two former Vietnam prisoners of war who appear in ads attacking Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry were appointed by the Bush administration to a panel advising the Department of Veterans Affairs. The former POWs in the ad, Kenneth Cordier and Paul Galanti, serve on the VA's 12-member Former POW Advisory Committee. VA Secretary Anthony Principi appointed Cordier in 2002 and Galanti in 2003. Cordier said the VA panel has nothing to do with the Bush campaign or the anti-Kerry group. "It's totally apolitical, and we meet twice a year to bring to the secretary's attention problems from around the country in VA hospitals," he said. Cordier and Galanti appear in an anti-Kerry ad saying their Vietnamese captors used news of anti-war protests, such as ones Kerry organized, to taunt the prisoners. Cordier also was a member of a Bush campaign veterans' committee but quit earlier this month after that role was revealed.



VA spokesman Phil Budahn said Principi did not know about or encourage the veterans' appearance in the anti-Kerry ad. Budahn said federal regulations bar advisory committee members from engaging in political activity while performing their committee duties, but there are no other restrictions on their activities when not working on committee business. Kerry has labeled the group running the ads, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a front for the Bush campaign. Kerry's campaign complained to the Federal Election Commission that the veterans' group was illegally coordinating its attacks with the Bush campaign. More than $100,000 of the group's initial funding came from Houston-area homebuilder Bob J. Perry, a longtime donor to Bush and other Texas Republicans. A Bush campaign lawyer also advised the Swift boat group and was dropped from the campaign staff after his role became public. Bush and his campaign have denied any coordination with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Cordier said he got involved with the group because of his continuing outrage over anti-Vietnam war activists like Kerry. He said he got in touch with one of its leaders, John O'Neill, who later commanded the same Swift boat Kerry had overseen. Cordier said he doesn't remember his Vietnamese captors specifically mentioning Kerry but he does remember them playing a tape of an address by anti-war activist Jane Fonda. Cordier and Galanti are longtime friends and prominent former Vietnam POWs with long-standing Republican ties. Cordier said he suggested Galanti contact O'Neill. Galanti coordinated Arizona Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record)'s presidential campaign in Virginia four years ago and was a member of the same VA advisory panel when Bush's father was president. Cordier gave $2,000 to Texas Republicans in 2000 and 2001. The anti-Kerry group's ads have accused Kerry of lying to get some of the five medals he won as a Swift boat commander in Vietnam.


Navy documents and other servicemen who witnessed the incidents contradict the group's claims, and the group has not offered any documentary proof of its claims that Kerry lied about his medals. Kerry himself has given differing accounts of some incidents, however, and his past claim to have been in Cambodia on Christmas 1968 is not substantiated by any documents so far. Navy records also show most of the anti-Kerry group's members were not in Vietnam at the same time as Kerry. The group has not released a membership list but did criticize Kerry in a May letter signed by 238 members. Only 101 names on the letter match names of officers or enlisted men on the rolls of Kerry's units in Vietnam when he was there, from November 1968 through March 1969. Van Odell, an enlisted man in Kerry's unit and a member of the group, said Swift Boat Veterans for Truth never claimed to be exclusively made up of veterans who served with Kerry. Finding such vets is difficult because Kerry was only in Vietnam for about four months, Odell said. "It's hard to be there when he was," Odell said. "He was in and out so fast." Before volunteering for Swift boat duty on Vietnam's rivers, Kerry served about a year on a Navy frigate offshore in the Gulf of Tonkin. At least 30 men on the list, including one who appears in an anti-Kerry ad, served in Kerry's former Swift boat unit a year after Kerry left Vietnam, the records show. Shelton White appears in the group's first ad, which claims it is quoting those who served with Kerry. In the ad, White says "John Kerry betrayed the men and women he served with in Vietnam." Navy records show White served in Kerry's former unit, Coastal Division 11, from November 1969 to March 1970 — a full year after Kerry left. Odell said White was referring to Kerry's anti-war activities after Kerry returned to the United States.

As Bush stares onward you can't help but wonder if he's thinking "job well done guys"..
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fonzy1959:
Sep. 10th, 2004 @ 12:06 pm Manipulation Accomplished
Current Mood: frustrated
Current Music: Sick of it all
I consider myself to be an informed American citizen. I listen to conservative talk radio and I watch the liberal media. I like to compare sources, information and my own notes in order to form a more well rounded, well-informed decision. I watched the Democratic National Convention, and I watched the Republican National Convention. I find it amusing how the Republicans complained about Al Sharpton's speech during the DNC and said that he was wrong for attacking Bush. Yet every single Keynote speaker at the RNC spent so much time bashing Kerry. Of course that’s all right it seems to be the Republican way. It’s all right to bash bash bash as long as they are the one's doing it.

There were key note speakers at the DNC who did not even mention Bush's name. Just compare the Max Cleland speech where he introduced John Kerry to Governor Pataki’s speech on the final night of the RNC when he introduced Bush. He spent exactly 4 minutes bashing Kerry and under a minute talking about Iraq & the economy. Why so negative? Why did they attack Sharpton yet at the same time sound just like him? It's times like this that we see the Republican Party for what it truly is. Instead of dealing with the issues at hand, they will bash and bash. They obviously think that the majority of Americans are too stupid to do the research on their own, and the Republican Party will use so much negativity to get their way. See for yourself. Just go back and compare the RNC speakers to the DNC speakers; compare how many times the DNC speakers bashed Bush to how many times the RNC speakers bashed Kerry.

I really love how Pataki avoided the issue at hand and changed the WMD issue in Iraq and just called Saddam a WMD. Yes Gov. Pataki, you are totally right. It was a great idea, and in the best interest of this great nation to launch an unnecessary war, bomb a sovereign nation, kill 1,100 soldiers and 11,000+ innocent civilians, all based on fictitious WMD's, and later on just make a joke of it. I believe the WMD actually stands for Weapon of Mass Deception, and that is what Bush has provided us with for the last four years. We need change and the time is now.

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fonzy1959:
Sep. 10th, 2004 @ 09:01 am Bush Memos explaining what he did during Vietnam.
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Andrew W. K. "United States of Whatever"
Questions are being raised about the authenticity of newly unearthed memos which asserted that George W. Bush ignored a direct order from a superior officer in the Texas Air National Guard and lost his status as a pilot because he failed to meet military performance standards and undergo a required physical exam.

CBS, which reported on the memos on its "60 Minutes" program, said its experts who examined the documents concluded that they were authentic. They ostensibly were written by Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, one of Bush's commanders in 1972 and 1973. But Killian's son, one of Killian's fellow officers and an independent document examiner questioned the memos. Gary Killian, who served in the Guard with his father and retired as a captain in 1991, said he doubted his father would have written an unsigned memo which said there was pressure to "sugar coat" Bush's performance review. "It just wouldn't happen," he said. "No officer in his right mind would write a memo like that." The personnel chief in Killian's unit at the time also said he believes the documents are fake. "They looked to me like forgeries," said Rufus Martin. "I don't think Killian would do that, and I knew him for 17 years." Killian died in 1984. Independent document examiner Sandra Ramsey Lines said the memos looked like they had been produced on a computer using Microsoft Word software. Lines, a document expert and fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, pointed to a superscript — a smaller, raised "th" in "111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron" — as evidence indicating forgery.



Microsoft Word automatically inserts superscripts in the same style as the two on the memos obtained by CBS, she said. "I'm virtually certain these were computer generated," Lines said after reviewing copies of the documents at her office in Paradise Valley, Ariz. She produced a nearly identical document using her computer's Microsoft Word software. None the less what's not being reported is the fact that Sandra Ramsey was paid Independently by the Republican Party to investigate this accusation. The Defense Department released Bush's pilot logs this week under pressure from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by The Associated Press. Bush's Vietnam-era Air National Guard service became a focus of Democratic criticism this week amid a flurry of new reports about his activities. Democrats say Bush shirked his National Guard duties, a claim Bush denies.


Bush joined the Texas Air National Guard in 1968, serving more than a year on active Air Force duty while being trained to fly F-102A jets. He was honorably discharged from the Guard in October 1973 and left the Air Force Reserves in May 1974. The first four months of 1972 are at the beginning of a controversial period in Bush's Guard service. After taking his last flight in April 1972, Bush went for six months without showing up for any training drills. In September 1972 he received permission to transfer to an Alabama Guard unit so he could work on a political campaign there. That May, Bush also skipped a required yearly medical examination. In response, his commanders grounded Bush on Aug. 1, 1972.

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fonzy1959:
Sep. 9th, 2004 @ 05:23 pm Nothing wrong with a little pride.
well, can ya?
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pateo:
Sep. 5th, 2004 @ 11:06 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: pensive
Current Music: chinese happy

so this is the open mind society, and i have been a member for awhile now but have never posted.  so, i am going to open my mind to you all, and share with you my beliefs.

i believe that NO ONE has a right to tell you who to be and how to live.  no one has the right to tell you what politics to follow, what religion to worship with, who to love and how to express that love.  i believe that women have the right to choose, but should also consider the man's feelings in such decisions.  i believe homosexuals should be given the right to express their love the same way that heterosexuals do.  i believe that national decisions such as going to war should be the decision of the nation, not of one man and his band of tag-a-long pals.  i believe that members of our military should be supported, and deserve more respect from our own president.  i believe that all men and women, black or white, gay or straight, christian, muslim, jewish or otherwise should be treated equally as they are all created equally by God.  i believe that only God can judge a person, it is not up to us to do so.

things i do not believe in.

i do not believe in our commander-in-chief.  he has lied to me quite enough already.  i do not believe in violence as a way to solve problems.  words mean so much more.  i do not believe that anyone has the right to judge and control other peoples lives.  i do not believe that america has the right to attack anyone that even looks at us the wrong way.  i do not believe that this country should be run based on religion, and our president needs to quit acting like it should be.  this country was founded on the hope that we could find a place of our own, to be our own people, and to practice faith and life as we want to...not be persecuted because of our beliefs.

that's all i can think of right now.

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nutmegiv:
Sep. 3rd, 2004 @ 10:16 am Did Flight 77 really hit the Pentagon?
Current Mood: frustrated
Current Music: REM "End of the world as we know it"
Could it have been a missile? According to actual non-government funded research the Pentagon may have been hit by a missile from a fighter jet. Flight 77 actually flew over a nearby highway and crashed near the Pentagon. The fighter jet was assigned to shoot it down and missed; thus striking the Pentagon. There was never any evidence left behind that would even indicate that an 80 ton passenger plane would have actually crashed there. Furthermore the entry from impact is far too small to have been caused by a Boeing 757. Hundreds of eye witnesses were threatened, questioned, debriefed and discredited after the incident. There were a total of seven other cameras that actually caught the true object that caused the explosion. Those films have never been seen by the public, nor will they ever.



View this short documentary for your self. http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pentagon.html
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fonzy1959:
Sep. 2nd, 2004 @ 06:27 pm (no subject)
Revolutionary Reporting Live from the RNC

How History is Made, by Akil Boman

http://rwor.org/a/1252/how_history_is_made.htm

Delivering the "No" to Bush & Everything He Stands for, by Osage Bell

http://rwor.org/a/1252/delivering_the_NO.htm

Revolutionary Writers & Artists Team Blog

http://rwteam.blogspot.com/

"This is a new Blog created by a team of young
revolutionary writers, editors and photographers who are running as a team during the upsurge against the Republican National Convention that is coming to NYC from Aug. 29-Sept. 3.....This Blog will be featuring journal-style entries, interviews, commentary, news articles and up-to-the-minute, on-the-street, in-the-thick-of-things reports from the perspective of people who want to fundamentally change the world to benefit all of humanity!"

Delivering the NO!: Photos from the Republican National Convention --

http://rwor.org/photos/say_no/

...and check out and bookmark the rwor.org's Resistance page!
http://rwor.org/resistance
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youngenjolras:
Sep. 2nd, 2004 @ 01:27 pm Conservative Newspaper endorses Kerry for President.


Kerry for President

Four years ago, this page endorsed George W. Bush for president. We cannot do so again — because of an ill-conceived war and its aftermath, undisciplined spending, a shrinkage of constitutional rights and an intrusive social agenda. The Bush presidency is not what we had in mind. Our endorsement of John Kerry is not without reservations, but he is head and shoulders above the incumbent.



The first issue is the war. When the Bush administration began beating the drums for war on Iraq, this page said repeatedly that he had not justified it. When war came, this page closed ranks, wanting to support our troops and give the president the benefit of the doubt. The troops deserved it. In hindsight, their commander in chief did not. The first priority of a new president must be to end the military occupation of Iraq. This will be no easy task, but Kerry is more likely to do it — and with some understanding of Middle Eastern realities — than is Bush. The election of Kerry would sweep away neoconservative war intellectuals who drive policy at the White House and Pentagon. It would end the back-door draft of American reservists and the use of American soldiers as imperial police. It would also provide a chance to repair America's overseas relationships, both with governments and people, particularly in the world of Islam.

A less-belligerent, more-intelligent foreign policy should cause less anger to be directed at the United States. A political change should allow Americans to examine the powers they have given the federal government under the Patriot Act, and the powers the president has claimed by executive order. This page had high hopes for President Bush regarding taxing and spending. We endorsed his cut in income taxes, expecting that it would help business and discipline new public spending. In the end, there was no discipline in it. In control of the Senate, the House and the presidency for the first time in half a century, the Republicans have had a celebration of spending. Kerry has made many promises, and might spend as much as Bush if given a Congress under the control of Democrats. He is more likely to get a divided government, which may be a good thing.



Bush was also supposed to be the candidate who understood business. In some ways he has, but he has been too often the candidate of big business only. He has sided with pharmaceutical companies against drug imports from Canada. In our own industry, the Bush appointees on the Federal Communications Commission have pushed to relax restrictions on how many TV stations, radio stations and newspapers one company may own. In an industry that is the steward of the public's right to speak, this is a threat to democracy itself — and Kerry has stood up against it. Bush talked like the candidate of free trade, a policy the Pacific Northwest relies upon. He turned protectionist on steel and Canadian lumber. Admittedly, Kerry's campaign rhetoric is even worse on trade. But for the previous 20 years, Kerry had a strong record in support of trade, and we have learned that the best guide to what politicians do is what they have done in the past, not what they say.

On some matters, we always had to hold our noses to endorse Bush. We noted four years ago that he was too willing to toss aside wild nature, and to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We still disagree. On clean air, forests and fish, we generally side with Kerry. We also agree with Sen. Kerry that Social Security should not offer private accounts. Four years ago, we stated our profound disagreement with Bush on abortion, and then in one of his first acts as president, he moved to reinstate a ban on federal money for organizations that provide information about abortions overseas. We disagree also with Bush's ban on federal money for research using any new lines of stem cells.

There is in these positions a presidential blending of politics and religion that is wrong for the government of a diverse republic. Our largest doubt about Kerry is his idea that the federal debt may be stabilized, and dozens of new programs added, merely by raising taxes on the top 2 percent of Americans. Class warfare is a false promise, and we hope he forgets it. Certainly, the man now in office forgot some of the things he said so fetchingly four years ago.
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fonzy1959:
Sep. 2nd, 2004 @ 08:33 am graaaaaaaah
Current Mood: angry

so i posted this in a livejournal entry too, but i thought i'd vent here as well.



i really shouldn't watch the republican convention.
it triggers my gag reflex. but i can't stop.
oh, the RAGE. my favorite lines so far were definitely during the speech made by the bush twins. if you missed it, here are some highlights:


JENNA BUSH: It's great to be here. We love Arnold. Isn't he awesome?
Thanks to him, if one of us ever decides to marry a Democrat, nobody can complain, except maybe our grandmother, Barbara. And if she doesn't like it, we would definitely hear about it. We already know she doesn't like some of our clothes, our music, or most of the TV shows we watch. Gammie, we love you dearly, but you're just not very hip. She thinks "Sex and the City" is something married people do, but never talk about!

We spent the last four years trying to stay out of the spotlight.
Sometimes, we did a little better job than others. We kept trying to explain to my dad that when we are young and irresponsible, well, we're young and irresponsible.

BARBARA BUSH: Jenna and I are really not very political, but we love our dad too much to stand back and watch from the sidelines. We realized that this would be his last campaign, and we wanted to be a part of it. Besides, since we've graduated from college, we're looking around for something to do for the next few years.
Kind of like dad.

BARBARA BUSH: When your dad's a Republican and you go to Yale, you learn to stand up for yourself.

JENNA BUSH: You know all those times when you're growing up and your parents embarrass you? Well, this is payback time on live TV.
BARBARA BUSH: Take this. I know it's hard to believe, but our parents' favorite term of endearment for each other is actually "Bushy."

JENNA BUSH: But, contrary to what you might read in the papers, our parents are actually kind of cool. They do know the difference between mono and Bono. When we tell them we're going to see Outkast, they know it's a band and not a bunch of misfits. And if we really beg them, they'll even shake it like a Polaroid picture!


WOW. i knew they were idiots, but HONESTLY.
and let's not forget about arnold's speech!
YAY, more highlights!!

ARNOLD:Thank you.

What a greeting!

This is like winning an Oscar! ...As if I would know! Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called "True Lies." It's what the Democrats should have called their convention!

ARNOLD:Listening to Nixon speak sounded like a breath of fresh air.
I said to my friend, "What party is he?" My friend said, "He's a Republican." I said, "Then I am a Republican!" And I've been a Republican ever since!


"whhaaaaaaaat?" i wonder if our friend aaaahnold watched the watergate hearings...

ARNOLD: "My fellow immigrants, my fellow Americans, how do you know if you are a Republican? I'll tell you how. If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government, then you are a Republican! If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group, then you are a Republican! If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does, then you are a Republican! If you believe our educational system should be held accountable for the progress of our children, then you are a Republican! If you believe THIS COUNTRY, NOT THE UNITED NATIONS, is the best hope of democracy in the world, then you are a Republican! And, ladies and gentlemen, if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and TERMINATE terrorism, then you are a Republican!

yeah. the republican party totally respects individualism. unless you're one of those homos. and they know so much about what the educational system in this country needs. because, i mean the no child left behind act is just great. even though it's grossly underfunded and will cut government funding in schools that perform poorly on the national standardized tests. because obviously, cutting funding from schools that lack resources and giving it to schools that are already adequately funded and "performing well" is the best solution! and standardized testing is clearly the best way to measure every child's intelligence and teacher performance. right?
oh, and by the way...
fuck the united nations! go america!

and let's not forget...

ARNOLD: "To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say, Don't be economic GIRLIE MEN!!"

oh, aaaaaaaahnold!
and they were wearing their cowboy hats and EATING IT UP.

whatever, i'm done.
i can only laugh about it to keep myself from vomiting.
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bend_to_squares:
Sep. 2nd, 2004 @ 08:46 am Now is the time! Join the Open Mind Society!
Current Mood: creative

Open Mind Society





All political insults, jabs and smears are welcome. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat you are welcome to vent here.



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fonzy1959:
Sep. 2nd, 2004 @ 08:30 am (no subject)
I find this picture funny and thought I'd share.

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destinysmine:
Sep. 1st, 2004 @ 08:10 am FASCISM: Generation 2.
Current Mood: scared


Did anyone catch Tuesday nights episode of the Republican Convention? The Bush twins were a riot! It was like something right out of the mind of the comedic writers from the Oscars, Emmy's and the MTV Movie awards. Needless to say it was pathetic, pointless and not at all amusing. Arnold Swartzeneger delivered a stellar performance. It was almost like watching Kindergarten Cop.
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fonzy1959:
Aug. 31st, 2004 @ 09:21 am Second Toy Found In Candy Appears To Depict Osama Bin Laden
Current Mood: shocked
In Miami, a wholesaler has announced that his company will recall 14,000 bags of candy. The bags contain a toy that looks like a plane flying into a building and, we found, a second toy that looks like Osama Bin Laden suspended between the two buildings. Eyewitness News broke this story, but, for the first time, we had the chance to speak with a representative from the corporation that distributed the candy.



"Importers did not realize what they were buying. They were buying assortments of toys and they get to people like us trying to sell authentic Mexican candies. Nobody caught it and it went out into the stores," explains Lisy Corporation manager Luis Pardon. The manager of Lisy Corporation says the candy was originally purchased sight unseen, but now he'll send back all he's collected.


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fonzy1959:
Aug. 31st, 2004 @ 08:00 am The Bush Regime / Kerry Smear Machine!
Current Mood: restless
Tonight, Senator John McCain is set to address the Republican National Convention. Meanwhile, the man who led the charge smearing Senator McCain during the 2000 Republican presidential primary is turning his sordid political attacks against John Kerry.

This new round of attacks comes from a familiar name -- Ted Sampley -- who has a long history of irrational public attacks against both John McCain and John Kerry. In 1992 Sampley created a fake photo of John Kerry shooting an American MIA. He has been jailed for starting a fight with John McCain's staff, and has called McCain the Manchurian Candidate, accusing him of being "brainwashed by the Vietnamese" and being a "KGB spy."

Ted Sampley is now the head of "Vietnam Veterans Against Kerry" and a supporter of "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth." He has been telling lies about John Kerry, and today he launched an extraordinarily false ad smearing John Kerry's military service.

To view this ad click here:

http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.org/video/kerry.wmv

Ted Sampley's group is also still attacking Senator McCain. To view this page click here:

http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com/mccain_myth.htm

For the past several days, we have asked for your contributions, now we need your action. We need your help to stop Ted Sampley and the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush's lies about John Kerry's military service.

Please take a minute and call the Bush campaign at the Republican Convention tonight. Ask George Bush to specifically condemn this ugly smear.

Call now:

(212) 356-2300 or (212) 356-2004

Thank you, The Fonz
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fonzy1959:
Aug. 25th, 2004 @ 04:56 pm What's in your wallet? I bet it isn't over-time pay!
Current Mood: pissed off
Current Music: Green Day "Favorite Son"
Monday was a tragically historic day in American work life—the first time our government has moved to cut paychecks by eliminating overtime pay for millions of people. The day didn’t pass quietly. Thousands of workers in Florida, Missouri, Ohio and all across the country, including the nation’s capital, called on Congress to turn back President George W. Bush’s attack on overtime pay.




George Bush bulldozed his way past three congressional efforts to stop this massive pay cut, ignored the millions of voices that opposed it and forced this on America’s working families. On Sept. 2, tens of thousands of volunteers will go door-to-door in key states talking with union household voters about George Bush’s failed record and John Kerry’s plans to build a stronger America. That’s a very important date. It is the day George Bush will accept his party’s nomination for re-election at the Republican convention in New York City. While people are watching President Bush on TV, union brothers and sisters will knock on their doors to talk to them about the election and George Bush’s real record on working families.



The rallies this past Monday and the upcoming Sept. 2 mobilization are part of the year-and-a-half-long battle to save overtime pay—and the continuing battle to take back America for working families. Since President Bush announced the overtime pay take-away in March 2003, workers have sent more than 1.6 million e-mail, mail and fax messages to the White House, Congress and the Department of Labor protesting the assault on workers’ paychecks and America’s wage and hour laws. The union movement is marking Labor Day this year with precinct walks starting Sept. 2. But there is a lot more going on around Labor Day, too.
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fonzy1959:
Aug. 24th, 2004 @ 08:59 am (no subject)
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elitist_doll:
Aug. 24th, 2004 @ 09:48 am Bush and Kerry may have overplayed war hands
Current Mood: cranky
It is not surprising that this presidential campaign is consumed by a raging debate over the war. It is stunning that the war in question ended in Vietnam some 30 years ago. With real-time firefights every day in Iraq, with nearly 1,000 American soldiers killed in the conflict, the campaigns of Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) and President Bush, or their surrogates, are focused on the did-he-or-didn't-he details of Kerry's record as a swift boat commander when he was in his 20s. In a campaign that already has had its share of novel twists, this carries risks and opportunities for both candidates. And it is possible that both have overplayed their hands.


Those sympathetic to the president are trying to undercut what Kerry has promoted as the fundamental strength of his candidacy--that as a battle-tested Navy lieutenant in Vietnam he possesses exemplary, even preferable, credentials to be commander in chief. There are early signs that the Bush supporters' strategy has worked, fanned by the widespread media coverage of the accusations made by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that claims Kerry has lied about his war record. Kerry's campaign has responded, somewhat belatedly, with forceful counterattacks, but it is still spending time defending his four months in Vietnam instead of challenging the president over his prosecution of the war in Iraq. To be sure, Kerry invited strong scrutiny of his record because he made it the mantra for his White House run. In Iowa, his flagging effort surged after Jim Rassmann, a Republican whose life Kerry saved in Vietnam, appeared at a Kerry campaign rally to endorse him. Kerry has followed a very traditional candidate-as-war-hero model, one as old as the republic. But he has hardly been subtle about it.


Smear campaign alleged


Kerry's supporters are now accusing the president of a smear campaign, and there is precedent for the Bush family enjoying the negative fruits of shadow groups to make a frontal attack that the candidate himself wouldn't dare make. In 1988, an independent group ran an ad skewering Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis for supporting a prison furlough program. The ad depicted a menacing-looking inmate named Willie Horton, who committed rape and murder while on a furlough. The first President George Bush disavowed any connection to the effort. The second President Bush watched as a shadow group savaged Sen. John McCain during the 2000 South Carolina primary. The president has chosen to respond to questions about the campaign against Kerry by deflecting the subject, saying that he would like to see all independently funded ads withdrawn. At the same time, Bush declined to specifically denounce attacks on Kerry. "Until now it was sort of accepted that his [Kerry's] performance in the service was valorous," said Ross Baker, a presidential scholar at Rutgers University. "The fact that some percentage of voters are reappraising this, I think, represents a victory for the Bush-Cheney campaign.


"I always felt that this was a man who was surrounded by a fence of medals," Baker said. "It's like the story of the man with the crucifix and the vampire. Here, clearly the vampire is more resourceful than we gave him credit for." For the past several weeks, Kerry has been drawn into a fight with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth over his military service. There is fury over the nature of the fight, mostly running in Kerry's favor, but little evidence that he has benefited in any significant way. And for Republican partisans, the issue stokes anti-Kerry energy. Unclear is whether or not it might provoke a backlash. That was made plain when former Sen. Bob Dole, whose World War II wounds left him permanently disabled, went on CNN Sunday to challenge the authenticity of Kerry's three Purple Hearts, implying that Kerry used those medals as a device to leave his Vietnam service early.

Undecided voters watching

But the effort also could be making inroads among a small percentage of critical undecided voters. "Some of the polls show preliminarily that this is beginning to have some influence on independent voters," said Terry Madonna, director of the non-partisan Keystone Poll in
Pennsylvania. "The second thing is that the vociferousness of Democratic response indicates that it is having some success." Madonna said that given the dramatically small number of undecided voters so far, any movement to one candidate or the other could be important. For his part, Kerry has benefited from many attacks on Bush conducted by Democratic-funded independent committees such as MoveOn.Org. Millions of dollars have been spent to muddy the president, even to the point of offering up a plan to impeach him. Those efforts also have been effective.

For now, though, the president's backers have dominated the conversation, and it might not matter who is ultimately correct, even if the facts as are known today seem to heavily favor Kerry's version of events. The president's backers have driven the conversation during what was otherwise thought to be a typically news-free August. Now Bush can go to his nominating convention in New York and talk about his priorities for the next four years. It is impossible to know if the battle over Kerry's war record will have a lasting impact on the campaign. But it has consumed at least a couple of weeks, and on terms far more favorable to the president.
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fonzy1959:
Aug. 20th, 2004 @ 01:21 pm The Truth about Kerry!
Current Mood: accomplished
Today marks the end of the dishonest and disgusting smear campaign against John Kerry and his crewmates from Vietnam. This morning on the front page of the Washington Post, one of the central figures in the effort to distort John Kerry's military service was completely discredited.

The group behind this smear campaign calls itself "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth." But the truth is the last thing they are interested in.

President Bush refuses to condemn this group. He wants them to do his dirty work. But this effort to distract attention from the issues that matter most has failed.

This morning, John Kerry said he learned an important lesson in Vietnam: "When you're under attack, the best thing to do is turn your boat into the attacker." Today he took these lessons to heart, knocked down these charges, and made a firm commitment to the American people that the lies about his military service will not stop him from fighting for affordable health care, good-paying jobs, and keeping America secure.

This doesn't mean that these blatantly false attacks won't continue -- the Bush-Cheney campaign is desperate and has no record to run on. But it does mean that we are not going to let them distract us from letting people know about John Kerry's plan to make America stronger at home and respected in the world.

Read the Washington Post article:

http://www.johnkerry.com/article

Read John Kerry's statement from his speech at the International Association of Firefighters Convention in Boston this morning:

Over the last week or so, a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has been attacking me. Of course, this group isn't interested in the truth -- and they're not telling the truth. They didn't even exist until I won the nomination for president.

But here's what you really need to know about them. They're funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican contributor out of Texas. They're a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the president won't denounce what they're up to tells you everything you need to know -- he wants them to do his dirty work.

Thirty years ago, official Navy reports documented my service in Vietnam and awarded me the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Thirty years ago, this was the plain truth. It still is. And I still carry the shrapnel in my leg from a wound in Vietnam.

As firefighters you risk your lives every day. You know what it's like to see the truth in the moment. You're proud of what you've done -- and so am I.

Of course, the president keeps telling people he would never question my service to our country. Instead, he watches as a Republican-funded attack group does just that. Well, if he wants to have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here is my answer: 'Bring it on.'

I'm not going to let anyone question my commitment to defending America -- then, now, or ever. And I'm not going to let anyone attack the sacrifice and courage of the men who saw battle with me.

And let me make this commitment today: their lies about my record will not stop me from fighting for jobs, health care, and our security -- the issues that really matter to the American people.
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fonzy1959:
Aug. 12th, 2004 @ 12:34 pm Life and Lies Under the Terrordome
Life and Lies Under the Terrordome

Revolutionary Worker #1249, August 15, 2004, posted at http://rwor.org/

"What we're talking about here is a very serious matter based upon sound intelligence.We are a nation in danger."
-George W. Bush, August 2

The official American political season has opened in a war frenzy.

First, the Democrat's team "reported for duty" in Boston--wrapped in flags, surrounded by vets and generals--and promising to build up more military strength and launch aggressive new actions.

Then, the Republican government roared back with their own bid to orchestrate fear and war fever: Quickly after the Democratic convention closed, on August 1, the current administration announced a major terror alert--complete with claims of immediate threat, new "intelligence streams," capture of key plotters, supposed targeting of the New York Stock Exchange and the Citicorp Center in Manhattan, the Prudential Financial building in Newark, and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund buildings in Washington, DC.

Large parts of these three cities became armed camps of roadblocks, heavily armed police installations and open deployments of military equipment.

How intensely war moves on the "home front" are being escalated!

How suspicious the timing of all this is!

How completely flimsy all the supposed "evidence" turned out to be!


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youngenjolras:
Aug. 10th, 2004 @ 08:40 am Our Commander and Chief
Current Mood: giggly
Current Music: Radio Head "Hail to the Thief"


Watch this video of a drunken President Bush at a wedding party.

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fonzy1959:
Aug. 10th, 2004 @ 08:31 am Will work for war!
Current Mood: anxious
Current Music: Manowar


The door is still open. Join now if you haven't already. All are welcome to join the "Open Mind Society".



Thank you ckandi007 for this image.
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fonzy1959:
Aug. 6th, 2004 @ 03:45 pm Democracy is so five minutes ago!
Current Mood: frustrated
Current Music: Chronic Future


Freedom? You don't need no stinking freedom!

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fonzy1959: