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By Brad Friedman on 10/15/2004 3:30pm PT  

Holy-moly, don't know how many of you saw Nightline last night, but after months of whining that Swift Vet Master Shill, John O'Neill was not getting the network exposure that he thought he somehow deserved (how anyone could suggest that group didn't get enough exposure is beyond me, but anyway)...O'Neill finally got his chance last night. And, man, was it one for the record books!

O'Neill had a complete meltdown on live TV! The Nightline report began with a difficult trip up river into Vietnam to the very location of the disputed Kerry Silver Star incident to speak to the eyewitnesses in the village from that day. They remembered it well. Every witness that Nightline spoke to, none of whom seemed to know who the hell John Kerry was, corroborated every bit of the Navy's original account of the event.

The report completely destroyed O'Neill's thesis on this one particular event (the only one this Nightline report focused on), and his charge that there was no enemy fire on that day, and that Kerry shot some lone little 12 year old kid in the back as he was running away.

O'Neill was interviewed by Koppel after the report and he simply imploded with an incoherent rambling explanation of how Nightline had it all wrong, was trusting in those evil Commie's who love John Kerry (never mind that this village was hours up river into the middle of nowhere, and none of those interviewed had even heard of the man!), and how the accounts of the eye-witnesses had to be wrong because they were at odds with the Boston Globe's story on the matter.

It was amazing. O'Neill kept holding up the opened pages from the Boston Globe book, Kerry's autobiography a Kerry Biography (ed: correction made. O'Neill called it a Kerry autobiography, but he was misleading there.) and his own anti-Kerry polemic. Switching back and forth between the books (at least 5 times each!) flashing the unintelligable-on-television pages that he wanted people to read. No matter what Koppel did, he couldn't bring this guy back to his senses. It was an extraordinary thing to watch! O'Neill, in the bargain, blew any and all credibility he might have had left in a single network interview.

Unfortunately, Nightline doesn't offer free video online (they have it, but it costs money). Their "What They Saw..." report, from the eye-witnesses will have to suffice, if you even care about that story at this point. UPDATE: Full Nightline show from last night available here in Windows Media Player format! O'Neill's implosion is last 10 minutes or so of show.(Thanks, Chuck for the link!)

(Prepare now for the wingnuts to repeat, in comments, the defenses that Rush offered them this morning for last night's embarrassing affair. Ignore them. It's more smoke and mirrors...O'Neill simply blew himself up with a devastating self-inflicted wound. It was a live televised disaster. Period.)

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By Brad Friedman on 10/15/2004 2:30pm PT  

This video, from my buddy, Fin, absolutely kicks ass and should be the rallying cry between now and Election Day for everyone in the world who wants Bush out of office!!!

Send this link around to as many friends, as often as you can between now and November 2nd!

It's crunch time folks, don't count on anyone else other than you to do what's necessary to take your country back, make your world a better, safer place, and put an end to our long national nightmare!

Get angry! Get busy! Let's Start Over!!!

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By Brad Friedman on 10/15/2004 4:11am PT  

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What Green Zone?
By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 11:57pm PT  

I managed to take my eyes off of this site for a few days, when the U.S. casualties in Iraq were only at 1,067. That was last Thursday. One week ago.

I just checked in to find out the number of dead U.S. troops in Iraq is now up to 1,092.

The Green Zone is now under attack (yes, that's it pictured to the right), yet Bush, Cheney and Rove are more concerned that John Kerry referred to Bush/Cheney '04's openly gay 'Director of Vice-Presidential Operations' as gay.

That is, by the way, no mistake on their part. Cynicism defined.

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Courtesy of Drudge...
By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 8:09pm PT  

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By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 5:11pm PT  

Two pithy items. One from yesterday's LA Times Letters to the Editor section:

The ultimate weapon of mass destruction: oil.

Charles Conyers - Gardena, CA

The other via Email from Johnhp:

i dont think most americans know that there have been over 20,000 wounded and maimed in Operation Iraqi Liberation, which should be known by the acronym, OIL.
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By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 4:31pm PT  

"Leave it to Bush!" - Starring George W. Bush and Gary Busey. Funny. Click on it!.

(Tip of the hat to Krup!)

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The Bush Lies Just Keep Piling Up.
By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 3:51pm PT  

I wondered about this last night, and was going to do some checking on it today. Looks like Kevin Drum has done the heavy lifting for me...

THE MINIMUM WAGE TAP DANCE....One of George Bush's lamest answers last night was his reponse to John Kerry's charge that he opposed raising the minimum wage:

Actually, Mitch McConnell had a minimum-wage plan that I supported that would have increased the minimum wage.

My initial reaction was pretty simple: "Mitch McConnell is a Republican. You're a Republican. The Republican party controls both the House and Senate. So if you supported McConnell's bill, why didn't it pass?"

The answer, of course, is that there was no such plan and no such bill.

Read the rest of the sorry story...As expected though, it's just more smoke and mirrors from an increasingly desperate Administration.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 2:24pm PT  

Last night Lynne Cheney claimed to be "outraged". Today, Dick Cheney said he was "a pretty angry father right now".

What a bunch of horseshit. Here's the real tale of the tape, prior to the Cheney's realizing they were about to lose this election and needed to say and do anything to try and win this thing.

From a townhall Q&A session with both Lynne and Dick on Aug. 24, 2004...

DICK CHENEY: Well, the question has come up obviously in the past with respect to the question of gay marriage. Lynne and I have a gay daughter.

From the V.P. Debate on Oct. 5, 2004...

EDWARDS: ...let me say first that I think the vice president and his wife love their daughter. I think they love her very much. And you can't have anything but respect for the fact that they're willing to talk about the fact that they have a gay daughter, the fact that they embrace her...
...
CHENEY: Well, Gwen, let me simply thank the senator for the kind words he said about my family and our daughter. I appreciate that very much.

But now he's "angry" and she's "outraged"? Puh-lease. Desperation does funny things to folks, doesn't it?

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Or, Avoiding the Clap.
By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 1:31pm PT  

The one big difference in this year's debates was the crowd control. On each night, the moderator gave stern pre-debate warnings to the crowd (as seen on C-Span) that noise of any type would not be tolerated. And it worked well!

That alone made it rather difficult for either of the candidates to have a "There ya go again" or "You're no President Kennedy" moment that pandered to their supporters in the house.

Debates, after all, shouldn't be a game of trash talk and "gotcha" one-liners, but rather a discussion of the issues at stake. With the pre-debate audience admonishments to shut the hell up, the focus has instead been on the candidates and their positions as opposed to the cleverness of their joke writers. A victory for substance over sillyness.

I'd say this series of debates, therefore, has been quite an upgrade over our previous outtings because of it. Kudos to both the debate planners and all four moderators for job's well done! It was a small victory for both America and Democracy at a time that we could well use one!

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...as described by a TRUE Conservative.
By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 1:20pm PT  

Our friend, the conservative (real conservative, not Fake "Bush Conservative") Teddy of the Bull Moose Forum, gets it right again. He starts off with a joke:

Answer: Salmon, Sausage, George Bush in a debate

Question: Named three things that get smoked.

...And then goes on to compile a devasting summary of some of the top points of interest for Conservatives from last night's debate. Little wonder then, that Teddy is a multi-recipient of the rarely awarded BRAD BLOG "Intellectually Honest Conservative" Award!

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By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 12:57pm PT  


This morning, O'Reilly has been on Regis, and then on his own radio show admitting that "this is the worst day of my life".

He continues to not rebut the charges against him, but rather frame the entire thing as an extortion attempt. Even the pre-emptive suit he filed does not rebut the charges, but rather claims the money being asked by the accuser is just too much money for the "crimes" committed. For example, from his claim:

Morelli [the accuser's attorney] also knows that there is no possible justification for seeking a $60 million settlement of his client's claims even if the alleged few conversations occurred. For example, the Morelli Firm's website boasts of major victories in employment discrimination and harassment cases none higher, though, than “$3.75 million for a woman forced to have sexual relations with her boss”, which plainly involved conduct far more egregious than that alleged by Mackris.

In the meantime, O'Reilly felt it appropriate on his radio show this morning to frame the Presidential Debate as one between "Traditionalists who want America to stay as it is and Progressives who want a new country." He sided, as he has for some time, with the Traditionalists in his strawman debate point.

If you, like O'Reilly, are a "Traditionalist" then I'm wondering how I might also join the club! Here's another nice section from accuser Andrea Mackris' claim against O'Reilly:

During the course of the dinner, in approximately May 2003, Defendant BILL O'REILLY, without solicitation or invite, regaled Plaintiff and her friend with stories concerning the loss of his virginity to a girl in a car at JFK, two "really wild" Scandinavian airline stewardesses he had gotten together with, and a "girl" at a sex show in Thailand who had shown him things in the backroom that "blew [his] mind." Defendant then stated he was going to Italy to meet the Pope, that his pregnant wife was staying at home with his daughter, and implied he was looking forward to some extra-marital dalliances with the "hot" Italian women. Both Plaintiff and her friend were repulsed, but felt powerless to protest strongly since Defendant was Plaintiff's boss and a powerful man at FOX. Defendant finally stopped after noting: "MACKRIS can't handle it."

Wow! That's some "Traditionalism" I could get down with!

BRAD BLOG's previous "O'Reilly Sex Harassment" coverage:
· "Bad Vibrations for Bill O'Reilly"
· "Big Trouble for Fox & O'Reilly"

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A New Must See Video Ad
By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 12:31pm PT  

I saw this ad last night after the debates on CNN or Fox, I believe. It's really good. Please give it a look, and consider giving these guys some money!

(I've also been sneaking various new vids into the "sticky" item at the top of this page...be sure to check some of the new ones out!)

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By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 12:05pm PT  

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By Brad Friedman on 10/14/2004 12:04pm PT  

Personally, I think he's just completely out of touch with reality. Being President will do that to you. Being this President, presiding over his disastrous policies at a moment when he has to pull some kind of defense for them out of thin air in order to be re-upped will really do that to you.

None the less, a case is being made around Blogville that there's something more at work here. The rumors have only been helped along by Bush himself who is refusing to take his annual physical this year for the first time in four years (usually he has it done in August). Add to that his miserable performances in the debates, his drooping lips, his drooling in last night's debate and various out and out bizarre moments over the past several months, and there's now talk of a stroke or pre-senile dementia.

This video compares the Dubya from 10 years ago to the Dubya today. There is a marked difference. You be the judge.

If they can waste your time by hoping to distract you with phony outrage about Mary Cheney being "outted" (Note to Fox News and other similarly "outraged" Fake Conservatives: you can't "out" someone who is already out!) then I can waste your time with this.

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