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Hide the bitch! She's gay!
By Brad Friedman on 9/4/2004 3:02pm PT  

Mary Cheney, the "Vice-President's" own daughter was nowhere to be found in the "Family Portrait" shot at the end of the Republican National Convention. That's Dick, pictured at right after his speech at the RNC with all of his NON-GAY children and grandchildren accompanying him.

As you likely know, Mary is gay, and has a "longtime companion". Hence, apparently, she nor her partner are welcome on stage at a Republican National Convention.

Republican U.S. Senate Nominee for Illinois, Alan Keyes called her a "selfish hedonist" earlier in the day. But for the Bush/Cheney campaign who's willing to throw over their own family to appease the Jesus-Lovin' Hatists on the right it makes one wonder if they, in fact, are the selfish hedonists here.

Either way, so much for "Family Values" at the top of the Republican ticket. But the lip-service to it, like everything else they act like they stand for, goes on and on...

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By Brad Friedman on 9/4/2004 1:05pm PT  

Last night's "Real Time with Bill Maher" was top-notch from top to bottom. If you have access to HBO, make an attempt to catch one of the reruns today and for the rest of the week. Howard Dean was worth the price of admission alone, but the whole show was great. Excellent panel. Good interview with Pat Buchanan. "New Rules" as sharp as ever. If I have time later, I'll try and post some of the highlights.

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Scandals soon to be discounted, no doubt.
Not nearly sexy enough for Television 'News'.
By Brad Friedman on 9/4/2004 12:51pm PT  

It's been nearly four years since Bush's invocation of "The Axis of Evil". During that time --- while we tackled (sorta) the non-threatening tinhorn dictatorship of Saddam --- the actually dangerous regimes of North Korea and Iran have been allowed to continue their atomic weapons programs virtually unabated. In regards to Iran specifically, we still have no formal policy 3 1/2 full years since they were declared part of that "Axis".

The reason for a lack of policy towards Iran seems to be explained by information emerging from the recent investigations of spying for Israeli interests at the top levels of the Defense Department and into the Vice-President's office.

It's all likely too wonky to have much of an effect on this Administration during an Election year, particularly as the damage will be controlled by skilled Republican "fixers" (see the abandoned Iran/Contra scandal for a good playbook example). And with both houses of Congress currently in GOP hands, it may be well assumed that there will be very limited policing of all these matters this year.

But it looks like the folks at the focus of the recent probes at the Pentagon may also be the same ones tied into other wonky scandals including the Valerie Plame leak investigation and the use in Bush's State of the Union address of discredited claims that Iraq was seeking uranium in Niger . It's "the whole ball of wax," as one U.S. official familiar with the case described it.

That would include folks in the offices of Douglas Feith and Donald Rumsfeld and even up into Dick Cheney's office. Folks with names like Wolfowitz, Perle, Wurmser and Rhode.

As I say, such wonkery is perhaps too much for Americans to wrap their brains around this year, especially with the predictable lack of help they'll get from the useless Mainstream Media. It's possible too, in my estimation, that confining and then dumping all of these scandals onto a single group of "bad apples" (sound familiar?) would be a convenient way to jettison all of these damaging scandals in one fell swoop should it get too hot in Bush Country between now and November.

Either way, it's worth keeping an eye on...

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By Brad Friedman on 9/4/2004 11:40am PT  

As I postulated previously, the Republicans have now officially thrown Zell overboard. He served his political usefulness to the party who will use anybody and, like a Reservist sent to die in Iraq, is no longer useful to the them. Sleep with the fishes, Zell.

GOP backs away from Miller's blast
Democrat ‘speaking for himself,' Bush aide says

After gauging the harsh reaction from Democrats and Republicans alike to Sen. Zell Miller's keynote address at the Republican National Convention, the Bush campaign — led by the first lady — backed away Thursday from Miller's savage attack on Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, insisting that the estranged Democrat was speaking only for himself.

Late Thursday, Miller and his wife were removed from the list of dignitaries who would be sitting in the first family's box during the president's acceptance speech later in the evening. Scott Stanzel, a spokesman for the Bush campaign, said Miller was not in the box because the campaign had scheduled him to do too many television interviews.

There was no explanation, however, for why Miller would be giving multiple interviews during Bush's acceptance speech, or what channels would snub the president in favor of Miller. Nor was it made clear why Miller's wife also was not allowed to take her place in the president's box 24 hours after his deeply personal denunciation of his own party's nominee.

The change was made only a few hours after Laura Bush, asked about Miller's speech, said in an interview with NBC News that “I don't know that we share that point of view.” Aides to President Bush and his campaign said.

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By Brad Friedman on 9/4/2004 11:16am PT  

Your Republican Party...

- Dishonoring the troops...

- Kicking the demonstrators...

- Rightwing BRAD BLOG commentor "ed", speaks of "wasting a bullet" on Ted Kennedy.

Compassionate conservatism at work. Great Americans, all.

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Commemorative Republican National Convention Edition!
By Brad Friedman on 9/3/2004 4:07pm PT  

And one last RNC "Great American of the Moment" Bonus pic!

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By Brad Friedman on 9/3/2004 3:13pm PT  

An honest West Texan! I knew there had to be at least one out there!

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The Red State Welfare Queens
By Brad Friedman on 9/3/2004 2:54pm PT  

Again, we hate to spoil the fiscal fantasies of the Fake Conservatives, but for all those "red" states out there who voted for Bush last time and calling for tax breaks, fiscal responsibility and decrying the "welfare state", you'd think they were subsidizing the "blue" states with all of their hard-earned tax dollars.

Turns out, as usual, the unreported truth is quite the opposite from the Fake Conservative fantasy.

In fact, the "blue" states, on average, get back less money than they pay out in federal taxes, while the "red" states receive more in federal funds than they put out. Go figure.

From Media Matters:

[I]t is actually blue states (states that former Vice President Al Gore won in 2000) that subsidize red states (states that President George W. Bush won in 2000). An August 2003 report by the Tax Foundation --- a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that monitors fiscal policy at the federal, state, and local levels --- compared the federal tax burden in each state with the flow of federal funds back to that state for fiscal year 2002. As former Gore speechwriter Daniel H. Pink pointed out in a January 2004 New York Times op-ed citing the Tax Foundation report, out of the 33 states that received more in federal spending than they contributed in federal taxes (what Pink calls "taker" states), Bush won 25. Out of the 16 states that paid more in federal taxes than they received in federal spending (what Pink calls "giver" states), Gore carried 12.

Is it any wonder then that "red" states want to keep their guy in office so they can keep sucking disproportionately off the Federal Government tit without anybody noticing? Red state welfare queens.

Once again, the "Liberal" Media seems to have forgotten to report much on all of this. I wonder if the Media really isn't so "Liberal" after all? But they must be! Sean Hannity wouldn't keep saying it if it wasn't true!

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(Sssshh...Don't tell Dubya supporters!)
By Brad Friedman on 9/3/2004 1:30pm PT  

And on the topic of "Words speaking louder than Actions"...

How to say something without meaning it

Well, the Bush acceptance speech went off last night. And it was a good one. For someone who never held the office.

But for someone who has had 3 1/2 years in office, it was an exercise in willfull ignorance.

A Conservative --- a real one, with character, courage and conviction --- reviews Bush's con job from last night. (Fake Conservatives need not click through. Far be it from us to spoil your illusions by dropping a big reality turd into your fantasy soup.)

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Your 'Daily Show' Moment...
By Brad Friedman on 9/3/2004 11:49am PT  


George W. Bush:
Words Speak Louder than Actions

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Or, as O'Reilly would say, 'Shut UP!'
By Brad Friedman on 9/2/2004 11:07pm PT  

FOX News Primetime Convention Speech Coverage

Courtesy of Media Matters

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By Brad Friedman on 9/2/2004 9:04pm PT  

Dear Fox News Watchers,

The Democratic Candidate for President of the United States is speaking live on television in response to the Bush/Cheney convention.

The Vice-Presidential Candidate is there too! Live!

Feel free to turn to either CNN or MSNBC if you'd like to see it!

UPDATE: Fox finally did go to the Kerry speech. They ran a total of 4 minutes of the speech, picking it up near the end, and dropping it 4 minutes later. Both MSNBC and CNN ran it from the beginning, when Kerry said things like "I'm not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve when they could have and by those who have misled the nation into Iraq."

Total coverage of Kerry's speech: MSNBC - 25 minutes, CNN - 15 minutes, FOX - 4 minutes.

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By Brad Friedman on 9/2/2004 9:00pm PT  

Just a few miles from Ground Zero. Where "the people who knocked down these buildings" would hear from "all of us soon."

I watched all four nights of the RNC Convention. But I'll be damned if I heard any word about who it was who knocked those buildings down. Did I miss something?

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By Brad Friedman on 9/2/2004 7:28pm PT  

He sounds like he's answering the "platform question" at the Miss America Pagaent, no?

UPDATE: Speech just finished. Lest I be accused of unfairness (I'll leave that to Fox), it seems to me that Bush recovered somewhere around the final third of his speech from the Miss America / School Assembly delivery of the first two thirds that I mentioned above. He finished just fine. And the tear he almost squeezed out will no doubt be the tear heard round the world for the next few news cycles. More later, no doubt.

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By Brad Friedman on 9/2/2004 6:55pm PT  

I should have known we were in trouble when Alan Colmes said "Senator Miller, I'd like to talk about the substance of your speech last night". He then went on to fire the only bullet that Sean allowed him, I guess, accusing Zell of having called Kerry "an authentic American hero" in 2001.

Zell said "I was wrong about that." Alan hemmed, hawwed, looked at his notes...and then...cut to commercial.

Wouldn't it be more honest if they didn't even bother to put a name at all after the "Hannity &" part?

Oh, well. Since Colmes is useless, I'll toss out another contradiction and factual inaccuracy from Zell's speech that apparently didn't occur to the hapless and completely useless Colmes.

Kerry in his acceptance speech: "I will never give any nation or international institution a veto over our national security."

Zell last night: "Senator Kerry has made it clear that he would use military force only if approved by the United Nations. Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending."

There ya go, Alan. Would that have been that hard?

Apparently Colmes has no memory, isn't allowed access to Google by Sean, or simply has no familiarity with what's actually going on anywhere but in the Republican National Party and/or the Fox News Channel. Not that there's any difference.

And Cheney? He said last night: "George W. Bush will never seek a permission slip to defend the American people."

I'm sure Colmes will get right on that. Sigh.

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