Thoughts from a Yellow Dog Democrat living in Olympia, in the great BLUE state of Washington

I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress. -- Digby

Sunday, October 31, 2004


The dirty trick continue. Look at this letter sent to Black South Carolina voters.


I'm spending vacation time to be a observer at our auditor's office to make sure to protect our victory and document any irregularities. So far so good. We have a great County Auditor here (even though she's Republican) -- she keeps a transparent operation and really gives voters the benefit of the doubt.

It's wonderful living in a blue state.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Read Nicholas Kristof's Op-Ed Piece

Usually a Bush apologist, Kristof has seen the light.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Why Cheney Doesn't Remember Edwards

In the vice-presidential debate, Dick Cheney tried to make a point of Edward's

attendance record in the US Senate. Cheney said that he presided (as the
VP is suppose to do) most Tuesdays. The names on this list are the Senators
who sat in the chair the vice-president sits in when he is absent.

A reward to whomever finds a Tuesday in 2002, 2003 or 2004 that Dick Cheney
fulfilled his duties as President of the Senate.

January 30 - Enzi
February 6 - Chafee
February 13 - Chafee
February 27 - Allen
March 6 - Burns
March 13 - Reid
March 20 - DeWine
March 27 - Chafee
April 3 - Smith
April 24 - Chafee
May 1 - Chafee
May 8 - Chafee
May 15 - Frist
May 22 - Chafee
June 5 - Enzi
June 12 - Byrd
June 19 - Carper
June 26 - Bayh
July 10 - Nelson
July 17 - Clinton
July 24 - Byrd
July 31 - Stabenaw
September 25 - Wellstone
October 2 - Clinton
October 9 - Clinton
October 16 - Edwards!!!!!
October 23- Byrd
October 30 - Bingaman
November 13 - Murray
November 27 - Jeffords
December 4 - Stabenaw
December 11 - Carnahan
December 18 - Nelson

Tue 1/29 - Nelson
Tue 2/5 - Kohl
Tue 2/12 - Stabenow
Tue 2/26 - Landrieu
Tue 3/5 - Edwards!!!
Tue 3/12 - Landrieu
Tue 3/19 - Miller
Tue 4/9 - Cleland
Tue 4/16 - Reed
Tue 4/23 - Wellstone
Tue 4/30 - Nelson
Tue 5/7 - Miller
Tue 5/14 - Cleland
Tue 5/21 - Nelson
Tue 6/4 - Durbin
Tue 6/11 - Corzine
Tue 6/18 - Dayton
Tue 6/25 - Landrieu
Tue 7/9 - Reed
Tue 7/16 - Corzine
Tue 7/23 - Reed
Tue 7/30 - Clinton
Tue 9/3 - Reed
Tue 9/10 - Corzine
Tue 9/17 - Reid
Tue 9/24 - Stabenow
Tue 10/1 - Miller
Tue 10/8 - Miller
Tue 10/15 - Reid
Tue 11/12 - CHENEY! -- WE HAVE A WINNER!
Tue 11/19 - Barkley (MN)

Jan 14 Stevens
Jan 22 Stevens
Jan 28 Stevens
Feb 4 Stevens
Feb 11 Stevens
Feb 25 Stevens
Mar 4 Stevens
Mar 11 Stevens
Mar 18 Stevens
Mar 25 Stevens
Apr 1 Stevens
Apr 8 Stevens
Apr 29 Stevens
May 6 Talent
May 13 Ensign
May 20 Alexander
June 3 Stevens
June 10 Stevens
June 18 Murkowski
June 24 Coleman
July 8 Stevens
July 15 Stevens
July 22 Chaffee
July 29 Stevens
Sept 2 Stevens
Sept 9 Stevens
Sept 16 Stevens
Sept 23 Stevens
Sept 30 Sununu
Oct 21 Stevens
Oct 28 Stevens
Nov 4 Stevens
Nov 11 Warner
Nov 18 Stevens
Dec 9 Stevens

1/20 - Stevens
1/27 - Enzi
2/3 - Stevens
2/10 - Stevens
3/2 - Stevens
3/9 - Hagel
3/16 - Sununu
3/23 - Stevens
3/30 - Ensign
4/6 - Cornyn
4/20 - Stevens
4/27 - Chambliss
5/4 - Stevens
5/11 - Stevens
5/18 - Stevens
6/1 - Stevens
6/8 - Hutchinson
6/15 - Stevens
6/22 - Allard
7/6 - Burns
7/13 - Stevens
7/20 - Enzi
9/7 - Stevens
9/14 - Chafee
9/21 - Enzi
9/28 - Stevens
10/05 - Stevens

That's right - he was there TWICE in FOUR YEARS! This is why Cheney doesn't
remember meeting Edwards...and he thinks he can get away with that??????

(Thanks to Marcia for sharing this with me!)

Another Great Spoof on the Wolf Ads

I love the Internet!! There is such great talent out here!

Thursday, October 28, 2004

New Film Exposes Al QaQaa Lies

GB & Co (with the exception of Rudy Guillianni) keep saying that the 380 tons of explosives were not there. How will they explain these new photos and tape?

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Warning: This Will Cause a Halloween Fright Nightmare!!!

In yesterday's Washington Post:

. . . there are the 33 scenarios under which the battleground states could line up so that Kerry and Bush are in an electoral tie.

. . . Under the 12th Amendment, if one candidate does not get 270 votes, the decision goes to the House, where each state gets a vote -- a formula that would guarantee a Bush victory (the Senate picks the vice president). A House-decided election could produce even more protests than the 2000 election did. That, writes Ryan Lizza of the New Republic, who spelled out 17 scenarios under which the election could end in an electoral tie, is perhaps the only way "for a second Bush term to seem more illegitimate in the eyes of Democrats than his first term."


Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Bush Laughs at WMD

Very moving movie:

My E-Mail to My Cousin

She wrote:


> I've always voted Democratic, but this time I am
> just not sure. Kerry seems
> a bit insincere, and his wife drives me nuts - I do
> not like her. It scares
> me that Kerry might leave Iraq before the war is
> won.
> What do you think?

My response:

I hear you. I like John Kerry but I was disappointed
that he was picked as our candidate. We have an awful
governor's race out here in Washington -- it's hard to
talk people into voting "for" either Democrat. And
the ads are horrible!! They each spend millions to
tell us lies about the other guy. Think how cheap and
how much more useful it would be if they spent just a
fraction of the dollars but told us what THEY stand

BUT we have to get Bush out -- our economy and
standing in the world cannot take 4 more years of
this. You ask if Kerry will take us out of Iraq. I
personnally hope so but he disagrees with me. Here's
what he says:

Our military performed brilliantly in the war's first
mission: ending the regime of Saddam Hussein. Today,
Americans share a desire for Iraqis to live with the
blessings of democracy and security. John Kerry and
John Edwards have a practical plan to win the peace in
Iraq and bring our troops home.

We must change course in Iraq. Having gone to war, we
cannot afford to fail at peace. The United States must
take immediate measures to prevent Iraq from becoming
a failed state that inevitably would become a haven
for terrorists and a destabilizing force in the Middle

John Kerry and John Edwards will make the creation of
a stable and secure environment in Iraq our immediate
priority in order to lay the foundations for
sustainable democracy. That is the right way to get
the job done and bring our troops home. John Kerry and
John Edwards believe the following principles should
guide American policy in Iraq right now and that if
these steps are not taken, options in the future will
become more limited. This needs to be an urgent agenda

* Internationalize, because others must share the
* Train Iraqis, because they must be responsible
for their own security;
* Move forward with reconstruction because that's
an important way to stop the spread of terror; and
* Help Iraqis achieve a viable government, because
it is up to them to run their own country.

I copied that right off his web site at

Now I'm no fan of Robert Novak (he's the one that
"outed" the CIA covert operative Valerie Plame) but he
seems to have a pipeline into the Whitehouse and he
said in his 10/7 column that Bush's plan is to have a
quickie election in Iraq and then pull all the troops
out. See:

However, I've heard so many lies from this Whitehouse
that I don't put too much store in Novak's comments.

I've probably made your choice murkier for you. Well
whatever you decide -- please vote.

Good luck!


Saturday, October 23, 2004

Please Support

GB runs an ad which was taken right from the Reagan play book -- a direct copy of Reagan's bear ad. But this time the internet fights back -- this site gets my vote for the most original and quickest retort!

Wolf Haven is near Olympia and does a great service by protecting wild wolves, providing sanctuary for captive born wolves, protecting and restoring historic ranges, and providing education. They do great things!

I do alot of volunteer work with my local animal shelter and Wolf Haven is a hero to us. Most wolves at the shelter cannot be reintroduced to the wild due to idiots that try to keep wolves as pets and come to their senses and then drop them off at the shelter, wolf pups of road kill mothers, and wolves who are persistently attracted to urban areas and trapped. These wolves become the problem of the shelter. Wolf Haven gives us an excellent option to putting them down.

Thanks WolfpacksforTruth! Greeat political message and great charity!

Friday, October 22, 2004

I Would GLADLY Pay $19.95

Ooohh! Please, pleeeze! Someone come up with a video of Ann Coulter getting pied!!

UPDATE 10/23 10:49 PDT

Thanks ifilm!! And free! WOW!

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Are You Kidding Me!!??

Look at this:

AP Poll: Bush, Kerry in Dead Heat
32 minutes ago

Politics - AP
By RON FOURNIER, AP Political Writer
WASHINGTON - President Bush and Sen. John Kerry are locked in a tie for the popular vote, according to an Associated Press poll. In the AP-Ipsos Public Affairs poll, the Democratic ticket of Kerry and Sen. John Edwards got support from 49 percent of those who said they were likely to vote, and the Republican team of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney got 46 percent, within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Reuters Poll: Bush Grabs One-Point Lead on Kerry
Thu Oct 21, 7:16 AM ET

Politics - Reuters
By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush opened a slight one-point lead on Democratic rival John Kerry in a tight race for the White House, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Thursday.
Bush led Kerry 46-45 percent in the latest three-day tracking poll, a statistical dead heat well within the poll's margin of error.

So much for the liberal press. If you have a 3 point lead you're in a dead heat but a 1 point means it's a LEAD.


Why Does Half the Country STILL Support Bush?

The nuns told us in grade school that when we die all the great mysteries of life will become apparent to us -- well, I've got quite a list! Currently at the top of my list is why, given all that's happened in the past 4 years would ANYONE much less half the country still support Bush? I can't understand how he even fills a stump speach site much less polls as high as he does.

Check out the above link -- the University of Maryland today released the results of their research and found:

  • 75% of Bush supporters still believe Iraq had WMD or major program, and supported al Qaeda AND believe that support was found.
  • Bush supporters also misperceive World Public as Not opposed to Iraq War.

But it gets worse: Majorities incorrectly assume that Bush supports multilateral approaches to various international issues--

  • the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (69%),
  • the treaty banning land mines (72%)--and
  • for addressing the problem of global warming: 51% incorrectly assume he favors US participation in the Kyoto treaty.
  • After he denounced the International Criminal Court in the debates, the perception that he favored it dropped from 66%, but still 53% continue to believe that he favors it.
  • An overwhelming 74% incorrectly assumes that he favors including labor and environmental standards in trade agreements.

In all these cases, majorities of Bush supporters favor the positions they impute to Bush. In other words they believe in the same things Democrats do and are projecting these beliefs onto Bush -- even through the evidence is irrefutable that they are wrong.

This wasn't an old study -- they did their research in October and September! This is scary stuff.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

When People Vote, Democrats Win

From the Puget Sound Business Journal

10:04 AM PDT Wednesday
State election officials predict record turnout
Washington election officials are predicting that voter turnout this year could rival any election held since 1944, when Franklin Roosevelt defeated Thomas Dewey for U.S. president.
Secretary of State Sam Reed estimates that the 84 percent turnout percentage in that election will be matched this year. If the prediction holds, turnout in November will reach the highest level in 60 years; if it's exceeded, turnout could top all presidential elections on record.

and in another story from The Olympian:

Record number register to vote
An unprecedented number of people have registered to vote in Thurston County this year, according to county Auditor Kim Wyman.
More than 750 people came to the county courthouse to register on Monday, the cutoff for the November election. That number brings the total up to about 136,000 registered for the coming election.
"This year is an anomaly," said Wyman. "I've been here since '91, and I've never seen anything like it."
About 214,000 people live in Thurston County, according to the Thurston Regional Planning Council.

To quote that great American, Bob the Builder: "Can we do it?! Yes, We Can!!"

Update on Stewart v Crossfire

C-Net News is reporting that downloads and internet viewings of the 13 minute segment of Jon Stewart taking on Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala exceeded over the air viewership by 56%. This is considered a first.

Yet now Bob "I out CIA Agents but not Lesbians" Novak and James Carville are trying to heap on Jon stewart.

Hey, Guys! 880,000 viewers think Stewart did a good thing.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Another Excellent Reason to Vote for Kerry

Pat Buchanan says if Kerry wins then a civil war will immediately break out for control of the Republican Party -- neo-cons vs conservatives.

That alone is worth another $100 to the Kerry campaign.

But Buchanan gets even better in his rhetoric -- he calls the neo-cons the "Aryan heresy of the American Right" !

Ohhh, Baby! I'm beginning to get turned on by this guy!

This is the Papa bear turning on his young.

Alan Keyes Inserts Foot in Mouth Too

Keyes is getting so outrageous that I suspect it's just to take attention to how poorly he's doing when compared to Barack Obama.

His latest assertion is that children of gay couples will "inevitably" commit incest because they won't know who their biological parents and therefore biological sibblings are. OK let's suspend common sense for a moment and accept this crazy man's position -- what prevents this from happening to children raised by adoptive straight parents?


Monday, October 18, 2004

Laura Ingraham Inserts Foot in Mouth (Again)

Laura Ingram was on "Reliable Sources" and whined that conservative best selling authors never get the TV coverage Michael Moore or Al Franken gets.

Lie #1 -- books written by conservatives NEVER sell as much as books written by liberals -- so you're never going to catch up

Lie #2 -- I'm a big fan of Book TV. Here was their schedule at the same time Ingram was whining:

October 16 – 18
Book TV presented:Interview with Douglas Brinkley, Author of "Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War" followed by segment featuring John O'Neill, author of "Unfit for Command"
Book TV presented:Bill Sammon Misunderestimated: The President Battles Terrorism, John Kerry, and the Bush Haters
Book TV presented:Molly Ivins Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America
History on Book TVMax Holland, The Kennedy Assassination Tapes
Public LivesDick Wirthlin, The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me about Politics, Leadership and Life

Charlie Rose (on PBS) had Graydon Carter who wrote "What We’ve Lost" debating Christopher Hitchens.

I guess Laura's too busy feeling sorry for herself to watch how fair and balanced good TV is. Her book "The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places" is #96,581 on the Amazon ranking while "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right is ranked #4,902 and "Will They Ever Trust Us Again?" is #37.

Hey! Laura! Maybe they just don't like YOU and your books!

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Great Political Filmstrip


Friday, October 15, 2004

If You Missed Crossfire Today

Jon Stewart was the guest. Here's from the transcript:

STEWART: Or "HARDBALL" or "I'm Going to Kick Your Ass" or... Will jump on it.

In many ways, it's funny. And I made a special effort to come on the show today, because I have privately, amongst my friends and also in occasional newspapers and television shows, mentioned this show as being bad.

BEGALA: We have noticed.

STEWART: And I wanted to -- I felt that that wasn't fair and I should come here and tell you that I don't -- it's not so much that it's bad, as it's hurting America.


CARLSON: But in its defense...

STEWART: So I wanted to come here today and say...Here's just what I wanted to tell you guys. Stop. Stop, stop, stop, stop hurting America. And come work for us, because we, as the people...

CARLSON: How do you pay?

STEWART: The people -- not well.

BEGALA: Better than CNN, I'm sure.

STEWART: But you can sleep at night. See, the thing is, we need your help. Right now, you're helping the politicians and the corporations. And we're left out there to mow our lawns.

BEGALA: By beating up on them? You just said we're too rough on them when they make mistakes.

STEWART: No, no, no, you're not too rough on them. You're part of their strategies. You are partisan, what do you call it, hacks.

CARLSON: It's nice to get them to try and answer the question. And in order to do that, we try and ask them pointed questions. I want to contrast our questions with some questions you asked John Kerry recently.

STEWART: If you want to compare your show to a comedy show, you're more than welcome to.

CARLSON: No, no, no, here's the point.

STEWART: If that's your goal.

CARLSON: It's not.

STEWART: I wouldn't aim for us. I'd aim for "Seinfeld." That's a very good show.

STEWART: ... is that the news organizations look to Comedy Central for their cues on integrity. So what I would suggest is, when you talk about you're holding politicians' feet to fire, I think that's disingenuous. I think you're...

CARLSON: We're here to love you, not confront you. We're here to be nice.

STEWART: No, no, no, but what I'm saying is this. I'm not. I'm here to confront you, because we need help from the media and they're hurting us. And it's -- the idea is...

BEGALA: Let me get this straight. If the indictment is -- if the indictment is -- and I have seen you say this -- that... And that CROSSFIRE reduces everything, as I said in the intro, to left, right, black, white.


BEGALA: Well, it's because, see, we're a debate show.

STEWART: No, no, no, no, that would be great. I would love to see a debate show.

CARLSON: Jon, Jon, Jon, I'm sorry. I think you're a good comedian. I think your lectures are boring.


CARLSON: Let me ask you a question on the news.

STEWART: Now, this is theater. It's obvious. How old are you?

CARLSON: Thirty-five.

STEWART: And you wear a bow tie.

CARLSON: Yes, I do. I do.

STEWART: Now, listen, I'm not suggesting that you're not a smart guy, because those are not easy to tie.

CARLSON: They're difficult.

STEWART: But the thing is that this -- you're doing theater, when you should be doing debate, which would be great. It's not honest. What you do is not honest. What you do is partisan hackery. And I will tell you why I know it.

CARLSON: You had John Kerry on your show and you sniff his throne and you're accusing us of partisan hackery?

STEWART: Absolutely.

CARLSON: You've got to be kidding me. He comes on and you...

STEWART: You're on CNN. The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls. What is wrong with you?

CARLSON: Well, I'm just saying, there's no reason for you -- when you have this marvelous opportunity not to be the guy's butt boy, to go ahead and be his butt boy. Come on. It's embarrassing.

STEWART: I was absolutely his butt boy. I was so far -- you would not believe what he ate two weeks ago. You know, the interesting thing I have is, you have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably.

CARLSON: You need to get a job at a journalism school, I think.

STEWART: You need to go to one.

The thing that I want to say is, when you have people on for just knee-jerk, reactionary talk...

CARLSON: Wait. I thought you were going to be funny. Come on. Be funny.

STEWART: No. No. I'm not going to be your monkey.

BEGALA: Go ahead. Go ahead.

STEWART: I watch your show every day. And it kills me.

CARLSON: I can tell you love it.

STEWART: It's so -- oh, it's so painful to watch. You know, because we need what you do. This is such a great opportunity you have here to actually get politicians off of their marketing and strategy.

CARLSON: Is this really Jon Stewart? What is this, anyway?

STEWART: Yes, it's someone who watches your show and cannot take it anymore. I just can't.

You go Jon!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

My Blog Live During the Debate

I'm watching the C-Span version

5:48 pm edt -- Ok, Ok! Enough of all the thank yous! Let's Get this show on ther road.

5:51 pm -- TH-K looks GREAT in that red suit!

5:52 pm -- Bob Schieffer's tie is a hoot! It looks like a flag. BS has such a twinkle in his voice -- not an investigative voice at all. Hope GWB doesn't attack him like he did Charlie Gibson!

6:04 pm -- What the f*#k are they doing with the split screen??? GWB is blown up to a huge size when compared to JFK! He also has brighter lighting! Bubble head.

6:08 pm -- 1st Whopper! On 3-13-02 GWB said: "I truly am not that concerned about him." Now he denies it! See:

6:16 pm -- "Pay Go" ??? Hey, idiot: it's "pay AS YOU go"

6:21 pm -- Bubble head is even getting bigger!! Watch out! His head is going to explode!!! Thar he BLOWS!!

6:26 pm -- Gay marriage and homosexuality! BS! You go boy!

6:33 pm -- GWB can't admit in straight language that he's against Roe v Wade

6:35 pm -- What is GWB talking about? Doctor's don't use information technology?? What kind of doctor does he go to? Even my pet's vet uses technology.

6:43 pm -- GWB says veterans are getting very good health care. He is blind and deaf -- but I guess he's really never talked to anyone waiting 6 months to see a doctor at a VA hospital like here at McCord or look at their aging buildings and equipment -- OH!! That explains why he thinks doctors don't use information technology!! He's talking about VA doctors! Silly me!

6:50 pm -- GWB still insists most of the tax cuts went to the low and middle class. See

"Budget office numbers show that most of Mr. Bush's tax cuts went to the best-off 10 percent of families, and more than a third went to the top 1 percent, whose average income is more than $1 million."

6:58 pm -- JFK scored BIG time on minimum wage! I guess GWB thinks only the uneducated get minimum wage since he's only talking about education.

7:00 pm -- Still can't say Roe v Wade! GWB is physically unable to answer a straight question with a straight answer.

7:12 pm -- Affirmative action. JFK is scoring big time on this issue too. But OOPS! He's wrong. GWB did meet with the CBC in Feb 2001!! ARGH! see

"The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) recently met with President Bush and reminded the Republican president of the wounds inflicted by the Florida presidential election deadlock and discussed more than 20 other issues including racial profiling, election reform, AIDS, Africa, education and civil rights.

The meeting of 31 members of the CBC was "cordial" said Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer, and lasted 90 minutes--twice as long as scheduled."

Ooooh! 90 minutes -- 20 issues BUT THIS WAS 42 months ago! What a guy.

7:30 pm -- it's rum & coke time . . . I've had enough.


Tuesday, October 12, 2004

The Bulge in Bush's Coat

We were talking about the bulge at work today and I think my IT guy nailed the explanation! It's just about the right size for one of those electronic muscle stimulants people with injuries use. Maybe that's why he leans on the podium -- maybe he has a sore back.

Or alternatively -- Karl Rove has a remote and he sends a jolt into Bush's back whenever he looks like he's going to go off message -- that would explain the grimaces and ugly faces.

"Call him a Flip Flopper, you fool!" bzzzzz

tee hee

Sunday, October 10, 2004

100 Calls this Weekend

I finished my goal of 100 phone calls to registered voters in my precinct this weekend. Only 300 more phone calls to make!

My precinct is about 75% democrat and that 25% are NASTY!

But I love my 75%!!!

WA Residents: Last Day to Register is 11-14-04

The link is for an on-line registration form BUT you must hand carry it to any number of state or county offices to be registered in time for the 11-2 election. Go to the Secretary of State's office, Division of Licensing (where you get your driver's license), or any County Auditor's Office.

Sorry! It's too late for mail in voter registration.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

"Dred Scott" is Code for Roe v. Wade

I at first thought Bush had finally lost it. What was he talking about the Dred Scott case for?? But thanks to Kynn over at KOS who did a Google search and made the connection. Bringing up Dred Scott was code to his base that he will place anti-Roe v. Wade judges on the bench. ARGH!!! We got to get rid of this guy!

Friday, October 08, 2004

My E-mail to Tony Snow of Fox Views

Mr. Snow:

I saw you on REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER on HBO today and you stated that you've searched and never found where Bush claimed god speaks for him. A simple Google search found:

"At the end of the session, Bush reportedly told the group, “I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.’’ "

I believe that someone that thinks god speaks through him is either delusional or exhibiting outrageous hubris. Either way, I don't want him as President.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

My Hero: Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins has a great column dated 10-5-04. You can catch the whole thing at the link above.

Here's the part that made me smile:

"We all had our debate moments, but the one that stunned me was, "It's (Iraq is) hard work. I see it on the TV screens." Watching it on TV, boy that is tough work all right. And what was the "hard work" thing about? Did Rove poll and find out people think the president vacations too much? I also came to a full stop after the one about sending troops to die. "I never -- when I was running -- when we had the debate in 2000, never dreamt I'd be doing that." He never dreamt it? It never occurred to him? Was this man prepared for the job?"

Finally! Someone that saw the same debate I saw. All this focus by TV's talking heads on Bush's facial expressions is just blah, blah, blah -- the content was even more shocking. But the talking heads won't (can't?) analyze Bush's content. However, yeah! howdy! We've had "global test" dissected 100 ways to Sunday. IMHO Kerry could have easily substituted "smell test" for "global test" but I guess that would also be too nuisanced for some people.

Thanks, Molly!

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Amazon Just Delivered

I love opening packages! I just got:
  • Fahrenheit 9/11
  • The Hunting of the President
  • Out Foxed
  • "My Life" (the audio tapes for the car) -- Bill Clinton
  • "What's the Matter with Kansas?" -- Thomas Frank
I just started:
  • "The Great Unraveling" -- Paul Krugman
I just finished:
  • "Why Terrorism Works" -- Alan Dershowitz
  • "Don't Think of an Elephant!" -- George Lakoff
I enjoyed watching:
  • Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election
  • The Fog of War
  • Distorted Morality
Anyone have any suggestions of material to read / watch along a similar vein?

I am a Proud Yellow Dog Democrat

During the 1928 elections, when Al Smith ran for President against Herbert Hoover, Senator Tom Heflin, of Alabama, declined to back his fellow Democrat, Al Smith the Governor of NY. In fact it was much worse than that, Senator Heflin decided to back Herbert Hoover, who would then go on to become President- a Republican President no less. Heflin's controversial actions were considered heresy, especially in the South. As you can imagine, quite a large number of Alabamans vehemently disagreed with Senator Heflin's decision to cross his "Party Lines". Hence, the popular saying, "I'd vote for a yellow dog if he ran on the Democratic ticket" was born! It was adopted as the proud slogan of the staunch party loyalist.

Good thing because this year there's alot to vote "against" but not much to vote "for." Why can't we democrats do better?