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Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 10:40 PM PST

Hope Not Fear: Overnight Fundraiser

by QWQ

Obama on Saturday:

[W]e’re also up against forces that . . . feed the habits that prevent us from being who we want to be as a nation. . . . The assumption that African-Americans can’t support the white candidate; whites can’t support the African-American candidate . . . [W]e are also struggling against our own doubts, our own fears, and our own cynicism.  But as hard as it may seem, we cannot lose hope.  The choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders.  It’s not about rich versus poor; young versus old; and it is not about black versus white.  It’s about the past versus the future.

Bill Clinton on Saturday, representing the forces of fear, and the assumptions and habits of the past:

Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice, in '84 and '88. And he ran a good campaign. Senator Obama's run a good campaign here.

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In his diary earlier today, Kos discussed the RNC's phantom ad buy for its Osama/ticking time-bomb spot.  As Kos notes, it's nothing more than "a play for free media," but free media it has earned.

Instead of the defensive response the DNC is currently pushing, what about a hard hitting ad that is identical to the first 3/4 of the RNC ad (ominous Osama clips and ticking time bomb), and then ends with a clip of Bush from 2002:

So I don't know where he is.  You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. . . . And, again, I don't know where he is.  I  --  I'll repeat what I said.  I truly am not that concerned about him.
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Consider this diary to be a companion piece to mcjoan's front page post about The Battle of the Mannings.

The Colts-Giants game provides one refuge from ABC's lies, albeit it a lighthearted one.

Sports Illustrated's current cover story about Pat Tillman -- Remember His Name -- provides an alternative refuge:

"This war is so f------ illegal."

- Pat Tillman, Baghdad, March 2003  

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On July 25, the Washington Post's senior Pentagon correspondent will publish his book, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.

Here's an excerpt from the advance description:

The definitive military chronicle of the Iraq war and a searing judgment on the strategic blindness with which America has conducted it, drawing on the accounts of senior military officers giving voice to their anger for the first time. . . .

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Sun Jun 18, 2006 at 06:51 PM PDT

g10 & Frank Rich are Wrong

by QWQ

Frank Rich invokes Michael Tomasky's American Prospect essay to criticize the Democrats for focusing on "Band-Aid nostrums and bumper-sticker marketing" without articulating a "big picture" philosophy.  Tomasky's suggestion on philosophy?  The "Democrats need to become the party of the common good."

georgia 10 likewise suggests that the Democrats should invoke "The Common Good" and complains that she doesn't get that "sense" from the "New Direction" agenda announced by the Democrats this week.  

Did Rich and g10 even read that agenda?  Because here is the very first line, and it sounds awfully familiar:

Democrats in Congress offer a New Direction, putting the common good of all Americans first for a change
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The Message:

Republican Policies = Lower Wages

The evidence is in, and it couldn't be clearer. During the current Republican economy, big corporations have reaped record profits, and CEOs have received huge bonues, but wages for most workers have failed to keep up with inflation.

The Proof:

REAL WAGES - 6/14 Labor Department Report

"Real average weekly earnings fell by 0.7 percent from April to May."

Wait . . . it gets worse.

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Carbon dioxide: they call it pollution, we call it life.


[C]arbon dioxide emissions, the chief gas implicated in global warming.


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Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 11:54 AM PST

Newsweek: Cheney Going Under the Bus?

by QWQ

Newsweek's Cover screams, "Cheney's Man," with the Vice President in the foreground, and Libby in the background.

And if this comes down to a battle between Rove and Cheney, the article paints a grim picture for those who have put their money on the Vice President:

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, Bush said to his aides, "is a very serious guy." And so was the charge he laid out: that I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the vice president's right-hand man, had lied repeatedly under oath about what might well have been a White House effort to vindictively tip reporters about the identity of a CIA agent whose husband was a critic of the Iraq war. Libby has denied wrongdoing, and his lawyer vowed a vigorous defense. But Bush, an aide indicated, was as impressed by Fitzgerald's case as by the man who brought it. "The indictment speaks for itself," said the aide, speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the situation.


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Sat Oct 29, 2005 at 08:02 PM PDT

Honor and Dignity, Revisited

by QWQ

George W. Bush, 2000 RNC Convention:

This is the vision of America's founders. . . .

Their highest hope, as Robert Frost described it, was to occupy the land with character.

And that, 13 generations later, is still our goal, to occupy the land with character. . . .

And our nation's leaders [are] responsible to confront problems, not pass them onto others.

And to lead this nation to a responsibility era, that president himself must be responsible.

So when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not only uphold the laws of our land, I will swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God.

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Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 01:45 PM PDT

NRO's JPod: Still a Fool (Traitorgate)

by QWQ

Having previously demonstrated his remarkable lack of reading comprehension skills (see, Fool, Thy Name is John Podhoretz), the Corner's beloved "JPod" takes it one step further today when offering a theory about Miller's "mystery" source.

Here's the relevant information from Miller's article:

My notes indicate that well before Mr. Wilson published his critique, Mr. Libby told me that Mr. Wilson's wife may have worked on unconventional weapons at the C.I.A. . . .

I wrote in my notes [of our first meeting], inside parentheses, "Wife works in bureau? . . . My notes [from a later meeting] contain a phrase inside parentheses: "Wife works at Winpac." . . .

Mr. Fitzgerald asked me about another entry in my notebook, where I had written the words "Valerie Flame," clearly a reference to Ms. Plame. . . . I said I believed the information came from another source, whom I could not recall.
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Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 11:55 AM PDT

Leak Hypocrisy: Applying the Bush Standard

by QWQ

A primer for the press corps, especially the Washington Post and Houston Chronicle.

George Bush in 2001:

I want Congress to hear loud and clear, it is unacceptable behavior to leak classified information when we have troops at risk.

If you receive a briefing of classified information, you have a responsibility, and some members did not accept that responsibility. It is a serious matter, very serious, that people in positions of responsibility understand that they have a responsibility to people who are being put in harm's way.

I took it upon myself to notify the leadership of Congress that I intend to protect our troops.
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Over the past month, Sherlock Google has been a regular pressence in the recommended box with a series of diaries claiming that a "neo-con cell" conspired to let 9/11 happen on purpose.  (See here, here, here, and here.)  

In each one of those diaries, SG pointed his finger directly at General Pete Schoomaker as the person who deliberately withheld information about Able Danger from the President "so an al-Queda attack on American soil could proceed."

Although SG never produced any evidence to support this claim, he indicated in his third diary that explosive evidence would be coming from Able Danger team member Tony Shaffer.

Well, Shaffer has now spoken, and his evidence puts the lie to SG's claims.

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