Archive for July, 2004

Good news from the polls

July 30th, 2004 – 10:50 pm
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The poll numbers aren’t looking too good for G.W. The most recent Zogby poll shows deeper trouble for President George W. Bush beyond just the horserace. Mr. Bush has fallen in key areas while Senator John Kerry has shored up numerous constituencies in his base. The Bush team’s attempted outreach to base Democratic and swing […]

Still treating Arab-Americans as the enemy

July 30th, 2004 – 7:51 pm
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Apparently the Department of Homeland Security decided that it needed detailed information on just where Arab-Americans are living: The Census Bureau has provided specially tabulated population statistics on Arab-Americans to the Department of Homeland Security, including detailed information on how many people of Arab backgrounds live in certain ZIP codes. The assistance is legal, but […]

The wrong way to do it

July 26th, 2004 – 9:02 pm
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There is an must-read article over on ZNet called Iraq: What Went Wrong?, which takes a look at the many ways that the Bush administration has managed to totally screw up it’s Iraq adventure. To conclude, imagine yourself an Iraqi. You’ve suffered terribly under a ruthless dictator. The Americans invade your country under false pretenses. […]

Undecided voters

July 25th, 2004 – 9:04 pm
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I don’t usually do this, but today’s Boondocks pretty much sums up my confusion with many of the people who are undecided about who they’re going to vote for in this year’s Presidential election.

We’d rather the Constitution didn’t apply to you

July 25th, 2004 – 8:54 pm
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This editorial piece from Saturday’s New York Times is short, and more or less explains the entire issue, so I’ll just quote the whole thing: Majorities that are frustrated when courts stand up for minority rights have occasionally tried to strip them of the power to do so. This week, the House voted to deny […]

On to Iran?

July 23rd, 2004 – 9:36 pm
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You may have heard that now the Bush administration and its allies is trying to say that Iran had something to do with 9/11, using the filmiest of evidence from unreliable sources. Does that sound like a familiar strategy? As Juan Cole explains, it should. The same techniques used to get up the Iraq war […]

Brother, Can You Spare a Job?

July 22nd, 2004 – 10:58 pm
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Tom Neely and Greg Saunders created an excellent ad for’s Bush in 30 Seconds contest, and then decided to expand it into a seven minute short film. It uses a Depression-era cartoon style and Bush’s own words to paint a picture of the current economic “recovery” that the President claims is taking place. If […]


July 17th, 2004 – 9:46 am
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In case you’d managed to somehow forget the stories of the torture that took place in Abu Ghraib when it was under American control, here’s something new to horrify you. Some of the worst things that happened you don’t know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that […]

Abraham Lincoln on the subject of stopping a national election

July 14th, 2004 – 9:13 pm
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In case you hadn’t seen this quote yet: “The election is a necessity. We cannot have a free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone, a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered us.” — Abraham Lincoln

Are we safer? Hardly.

July 14th, 2004 – 9:10 pm
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Juan Cole does another excellent analysis of Bush’s Middle East policies, this time in response to that ridiculous speech Bush gave yesterday about how he’d made us all safer. Bush must think we are a nation of retards if he believes we will buy this language of Saddam having the “capability” to produce weapons of […]