Archive for May, 2004

Same puppets, new strings

May 30th, 2004 – 9:04 pm
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In case you hadn’t heard, the June 30th handover of power in Iraq is a sham: As Washington prepares to hand over power, U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer and other officials are quietly building institutions that will give the U.S. powerful levers for influencing nearly every important decision the interim government will make. In a […]

Scare tactics

May 29th, 2004 – 10:24 am
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Let’s see, Attorney General Ashcroft goes out on Wednesday, a few days after Bush’s poll numbers go further into the tank, and launches another scare campaign about upcoming terrorism. It’s based on a combination of information that’s been around for months and threats from a group that most people in the intelligence community don’t take […]

Al Gore on the Iraq fiasco

May 26th, 2004 – 10:46 pm
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Here’s the text of a great speech Al Gore gave in New York City today, in which he called for the resignations of some of those responsible for the fiasco in Iraq: George W. Bush promised us a foreign policy with humility. Instead, he has brought us humiliation in the eyes of the world. He […]

Some good news from recent polls

May 25th, 2004 – 9:06 pm
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Maybe the American people are finally starting to get a clue? From the most recent CBS News polls: The President’s approval rating has dropped to a new low of 41 percent, and more than six in ten say the country is heading in the wrong direction. and Overall, 49 percent of registered voters now say […]

Same old, same old

May 25th, 2004 – 8:58 pm
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Today’s Progress Report, from the Center for American Progress, has a great analysis of President Bush’s latest speech about Iraq. They point out that it was basically just the same old failed policy presented as a new plan, with several major issues not being dealt with at all. Which is, of course, exactly what I’d […]

How is this supposed to make us safer?

May 23rd, 2004 – 8:51 pm
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Bush has apparently succeeded in convincing the Muslim world of one thing….that he is their enemy. I said the other day I thought Bush was pushing Europe to the left with his policies. I think he is at the same time pushing the Shiite world to the radical Right, and I fear my grandchildren will […]

Fahrenheit 9/11 wins Palme D’Or Award

May 23rd, 2004 – 8:26 pm
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Congratulations to Michael Moore, whose new movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, won the Palme D’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival. And yes, it won on merit, not because of its political message.

Julie translates the President’s position on gas prices

May 19th, 2004 – 8:00 pm
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Julie, over on the always excellent Sisyphus Shrugged, does a fine job of translating the bullshit answers President Bush is giving when asked if he’ll stop shipments to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (which is already fuller than it has ever been since it was established) in order to help lower the current ridiculously high price […]

Media Matters

May 16th, 2004 – 7:56 pm
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Another great website I’ve started reading is Media Matters for America. In their own words: Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Conservative misinformation is defined as news or commentary presented in the media that is […]

Informed Comment

May 16th, 2004 – 7:43 pm
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If you’re interested in what’s going on in Iraq, or in the Middle East in general, you can’t do much better for news and analysis than Juan Cole’s Informed Comment weblog. As an example, here are his comments on President Bush’s May 10th comments in support of Rumsfeld: “Millions of Iraqis are grateful for the […]