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So Far...
The White House Still NOT Denying.
By Brad Friedman on 9/11/2004 12:16pm PT  

Kos does a fine job of refuting the forgery fanatics. Point by point. It would be lovely if both sides were so dilligent and level-headed and sober and responsible in their analysis.

Mind you, the memos may still turn out to be forgeries, but the items that the Right Gone Wild are pointing out as reasons why these documents couldn't have been produced in 1972, have in fact been 100% debunked. Point by point. But nice try boys!

Meanwhile --- the larger and more substantive issue --- we're still waiting for the White House to deny either the legitimacy of the memos, or their substance. So far, they've done neither. Leaving unanswered the question about whether Lt. Bush disobeyed the direct orders of superiors by not reporting for a physical, losing his flight status because of it, and --- the Boston Globe's story that ended up overshadowed in all of this --- whether he perjured himself (or whatever one would call it) by signing official documents that he would join a Reserve unit up in Boston in exchange for being released from his Air National Guard commitments in Texas/Alabama, but then never did.

And yes, with 1000 US Troops dead in Iraq, and thousands and thousands more ordered, including Guard and Reserve, to extend their tour of duty beyond what they were promised, sent there by a self-proclaimed "War President" for a self-admitted "miscalculation", Bush's own behavior and possible subordination of his own military superiors is all very relevant --- especially so --- in 2004.

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By Brad Friedman on 9/10/2004 7:15pm PT  

Thank God that George W. Bush flip-flopped on his campaign support in 1999 to renew the Assault Weapons Ban which expires Monday!

Remember in 1999 after a man shot 3 people with an assault rifle at the community center and Dubya said "It makes no sense for assault weapons to be around our society"?

Well it looks like he was just kiddin' around! That crazy kidder, George!

This Monday can't come soon enough! All assault weapons, all the time! Look out wascally wabbits! Finally the playing field will be even!

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By Brad Friedman on 9/10/2004 3:45pm PT  


"Take Your
Country Back"

9/19/04


"Wrong
Choice"

9/8/04


"Anything
To Win"

9/4/04

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Actions, as ever, Speaking Louder Than Words...
(as the Mainstream Media continues to sit this election out)
By Brad Friedman on 9/10/2004 3:15pm PT  

As reported by AP (with thanks again to Alexi for the link!):

Untrained Officers Sent to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — The government has assigned unqualified employees to Saudi Arabia, where they are supposed to ensure that terrorists do not get U.S. visas, a federal watchdog reported Thursday.

Fifteen of the 19 men who hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001, were from Saudi Arabia. When Congress created the Homeland Security Department, lawmakers ordered that security officers be assigned to the kingdom to screen visa applicants for terrorist connections.

The department's inspector general, Clark Kent Ervin, said nine of the 10 temporary employees sent to Riyadh and Jidda neither spoke nor read Arabic, the language in which many documents they review are written and the sole language spoken by many applicants.

Still waiting for CNN or Fox to give the real story on Bush's fake "War on Terror". Another 12 hours of discussion about who's ahead in Pennsylvania will have to do in lieu of any actual reporting of the issues, I guess.

Any idea which side would prefer that sort of discussion versus reporting? Remind me again how the media is "Liberal" please?

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(...making it's way around the blogosphere)
By Brad Friedman on 9/10/2004 2:55pm PT  

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...about Iraq, Abu-Ghraib, and going to war without the necessary support from the 'Commander-in-Chief'
By Brad Friedman on 9/10/2004 2:47pm PT  

And now a word from someone who made it out of 15 months in Iraq alive. Someone who signed up for the Army Reserve after September 11th. Someone who wasn't a chickenhawk. Someone who ended up stationed in Abu Ghraib. Someone, unlike the Bush Supporters (as witnessed even here in BRAD BLOG comments) who doesn't find it necessary to avoid telling the truth about what's going on there, and how things went so terribly wrong via the incompetence and lack of support for our troops by this failed "Commander-in-Chief".

Here's the full article, please read it! It's short and to the point. Here's just one, of many quotable excerpts:

When my company landed in theatre in May, I was one of the few soldiers equipped with body armor effective at stopping powerful AK-47 ammunition. My mother, an elementary school art teacher, shipped the bullet-proof ceramic plates to me from the States. Other soldiers weren't so lucky, having to raid buildings and patrol dangerous streets while wearing inferior Vietnam-era flak jackets. Later I learned that 40,000 troops had been sent into Iraq without effective body armor. We rode in ‘soft shell' Humvees, equipped with flimsy fiber-glass doors. A Volvo has more protection. I saw the blood of American soldiers spilled because of the lack of ‘up-armored' Humvees.

After training 2,000 police, and bringing law and order to the city of Al Hilla, my unit was tasked to run Abu Ghraib prison, a mission for which we had no prior training. We were combat support military police, ideal for conducting convoy security, not administering prisoner-of-war camps. My unit was desperately under-manned, so I was assigned to run an entire tier at the ‘hard site'. Even as a junior-enlisted soldier, I was personally responsible for 320 prisoners and a staff of four or five ill-disciplined Iraqi police...

Educate yourself. Read the whole thing.

Support the Troops! Vote Bush out of office!

(Thanks to Alexi for the link!)

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And the Death of Human Rights.
By Brad Friedman on 9/10/2004 2:36pm PT  

I came across this post last night (or it was sent it from a reader), but now I can't remember where, or who sent it! So apologies for the lack of credit. None the less, good commentary and good link. And as usual, under-reported by the "Liberal" Media:

Ghost detainees: Finally, the Army admitted today that they didn't hide just a few Iraqi prisoners from the Red Cross, they hid "dozens, to perhaps up to 100."

And why did they hide these prisoners? Because the CIA asked them to. And what did the CIA do with them? We don't know? And were the prisoners ever returned to normal military custody? We don't know that either. Lovely.

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By Brad Friedman on 9/10/2004 1:02pm PT  

From Electoral-Vote.com:

The state of California has decided to sue Diebold, the nation's largest manufacturer of electronic (touch screen) voting machines because the company lied about the machines' security. The machines have a special feature that creates fake vote totals when a secret 2-digit code is typed in. The LA Times article about the lawsuit does not specify whether there are separate codes to fake a Bush victory and fake a Kerry victory or whether one candidate's victory has been programmed in advance or whether election officials can enter any result they want. However, Diebold's CEO, Walden O'Dell, has said he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes for the president." The suit comes 6 months after the machines failed in the March primary. The machines are used in 19 California counties and many states nationwide.
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By Brad Friedman on 9/10/2004 12:41pm PT  

I guess I'll have to do a retrospective soon of all the great American Bush Supporters! The kickers, the punchers, and all those other "Freedom and Jesus Loving" thugs beating up on others in support of George W. Bush. Like Hero like Worshipper, I guess.

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Is Dick Cheney genetically unable to tell the truth?
About anything?
By Brad Friedman on 9/9/2004 9:23pm PT  

From Reuters:

At a town-hall style forum in the swing state of Ohio, Cheney described Saddam as a "man who provided safe harbor and sanctuary to terrorists for years" and a man who "provided safe harbor and sanctuary as well for al Qaeda."

The commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks has said it had not discovered any evidence of a "collaborative" relationship" between the fallen Iraqi government and al Qaeda.

Didn't these guys run on restoring "honesty and integrity" to the White House after years of claiming that Bill Clinton was liar because he didn't admit that he cheated on his wife and got a blow-job?

Speaking of blow-jobs, here's another piece of encouraging news that Tricky Dick dropped today. Turns out those 1.8 million jobs lost under Bush may not be so bad after all! Why? eBay, my friend!

Cheney also defended the administration's handling of the economy, saying that some U.S. statistics such as the closely watched monthly payroll report may not be capturing the job growth that is taking place.

He argued that the economy was changing and that the way statistics were collected needed to reflect that. For example, he said, "400,000 people make some money trading on E-bay."

Don't throw out those old baseball cards, sports fans! You may need to pay for your open heart surgery this year!

What a load.

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Not from the evidence so far.
By Brad Friedman on 9/9/2004 7:16pm PT  

Don't know if you're following the hooha about the Memo's released yesterday that show Lt. George W. Bush defied direct orders to report for physicals, and other such alleged disobeyed orders from the man who would become "Commander-in-Chief", but the best the pro-Bush folks seem to be able to come up with is that the documents are fake.

The basis for this argument seems to be on the fact that a superscript "th" is used, and they charge that typewriters of the day didn't have such an ability. Thus, the documents are fakes created on a Word Processor today, instead of a typewriter back in 1973.

I don't know. But I do know that Josh Marshall discovered a superscript "th" in documents from the Guard that the Bush team themselves released some time ago! So clearly there was a superscript "th" in use by the Guard back in 1968.

If the memo's are fake, it wouldn't seem to be because of a superscript "th" (or a proportional font, which is also a theory that Atrios then quickly debunked here)

Josh points to these .PDF files online as released by the Bushies. The document in question is the first vertical one in the bunch. I've taken a detail of the page in question, and it's superscript "th", and made it a bit easier to find:

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By Brad Friedman on 9/9/2004 6:43pm PT  

Two short videos recently brought to my attention...

A very funny one sent in by my sister (original source unknown, requires Windows Media Player). Have a good laugh. I think we all need one.

The other video, apparently homespun by Dan Welch, is not as funny, but it's true and interesting. Hint: it involves a lot of flip-flopping! So no doubt, you Bush supporters will be very entertained! (An IMac movie, so QuickTime needed, I think. Thanks to BushOut.tv for pointing it out!)

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Genocide in Sudan!
By Brad Friedman on 9/9/2004 4:47pm PT  

It's official! The Bush Administration told Congress today (in the person of Colin Powell) that there is "genocide" on-going in Sudan!

Great news for all of you folks who feel we needed to remove Saddam not because of his WMD's, or his lack of connection to 9/11, but because he killed so many of "his own people".

Here's your chance to prove you're not hypocrites! Let the world know that it's time to send in US Troops to topple and occupy Sudan! The genocide is going on now (not 20 years ago as it was with Saddam when Reagan was President), so you can actually do something to stop the slaughter that you were so concerned about in Iraq (albeit a few decades too late).

It's your chance to save the world from an oppressive government that would see it's own people slaughtered! So, let's hear from ya, Righties! Ready to go in? (Note to Bush Supporters: Sudan would be in Africa - that's the large continent South of Europe).

By the way, we're running kind of short on troops for all of this world policing and nation building, so please let me know here in comments which of you is interested in signing up for the Armed Forces to help topple the Sudanese Government! I'll be happy to point you in the right direction where you can sign-up! Any takers out there amongst you Bush Supporters?

(Psst...There's oil in Sudan! So this should be an easy one for you guys!)

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By Brad Friedman on 9/9/2004 4:31pm PT  

A new poll of 35 different countries around the world finds that 30 of them "clearly" support Kerry over Bush. Only three countries "clearly" support Bush (The Philippines, Poland and Nigeria). See the rest of the numbers at left.

But credit where credit's due! After we found virtually the entire world to be on our side after 9/11, it wasn't easy for Bush to turn things around as quickly as he did in just three short years! Well done, Mr. "President"!

I'm reminded of one of his quotes from the 2000 election debates: "If we're an arrogant nation, they'll resent us. If we're a humble nation, but strong, they'll welcome us."

Gotta hand it to him! He was right on the money!

(Thanks to BRAD BLOG commentor Vance for reminding to post something on this!)

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