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By Brad Friedman on 10/18/2004 8:10pm PT  


They look dangerous, don't they? Bush/Cheney '04 thought so, and had them removed from a recent rally and threatened with arrest! Here's the sad story.

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Audio & Video Removed!
By Brad Friedman on 10/18/2004 1:44pm PT  

In addition to the documents removed from the White House website reported here previously, it looks like the White House is now removing even more content from their site! This time it's audio and video that has been taken down!

As with the last "disappeared" material, this one also includes info that directly rebuts a comment made in the Debates. In the 3rd Presidential Debate, Bush said:

BUSH: Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations.

Which was a direct contradiction to his March 13, 2002 statement at a White House Press Conference in which he said:

"Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. ... And, again, I don't know where he is. I --- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him."

The White House Website's posted transcript of that Press Conference is still available, for the moment, right here but the links to the Audio and Video of the Press Conference, links to which are still on that page, for the moment, (linkbox pictured at right) are no longer available! They've been taken down!

Audio and Video from the Press Conferences immediately before and immediately after the one in question are still available, but no longer for the March 13, 2002 Press Conference.

Why they would try and remove such public information is beyond me, since the footage is widely available elsewhere. Atrios, for example, has the video clip in question right here, and the Press Conference was covered by all the networks. I can only assume they're hoping to make this information less available however they can? Perhaps they're getting sick of all the homegrown Anti-Bush Videos out there, and are now using the White House website (illegally, I would think) to eke out whatever partisan political advantage they can?

And again, I ask, what else are they "disappearing" from the historical record of the White House website? If you find more missing, please let us know!

(Thanks to eagle-eyed emailer David K. for catching this one!)

UPDATE: More missing Audio/Video on this page...
7/17/02: "President Bush, President Kwasniewski Hold Joint Press Conference"
A very quick breeze through the transcript shows discussion about Poland's involvement in the "Coalition", and some stuff about both Halliburton and Harkin. Any guesses why they want that audio/video unavailable?

Still looking for more...Tips welcome...

UPDATE 10/21/04: Boatloads of more Audio/Video missing! Update here!

UPDATE 10/22/04: Hooray! Mainstream media finally picks up on this story!

UPDATE 10/25/04: The Washington Post finally picks up the story today! Twice!

UPDATE 10/29/04: BRAD BLOG SUCCESS! WH restores Audio/Video! Though much still missing...

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(Lesbian Mary Cheney Need Not Apply)
By Brad Friedman on 10/18/2004 12:48pm PT  

Maddeningly, it's already impossible to find parking on our street, but it's worse this week. The entire block has become a No Parking / Tow-Away Zone for the entire week in order to make way for the crew shooting my next door neighbor who is apparently the subject of an episode in the new Queer Eye for the Straight Girl coming to Bravo TV.

The bad news is the parking. But the good news is I can watch them come and go from outside my office window, and even see a bit into my neighbors apartment where they'll be filming this week. So if I can get a digital camera from someone, I may even be able to give you a scoop on the new "Fab Three" (as I understand there will only be three Queer Guys in this one) and otherwise bring you any dish, queer, straight or otherwise, that I maybe able to gain this week from my convenient bird's-eye perch here in the Hollywood Hills.

UPDATE: A bit more Queer Eye dish from the Straight Guy here.

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Blame Anyone But Bush.
By Brad Friedman on 10/18/2004 12:37pm PT  

As you know, George W. Bush is now telling people to not get vaccinated this year if they can help it, and warrants and arrests are being issued to Doctors and Clinics who are vaccinating folks.

At a time when one would think it would be a top Homeland Security priority to keep America well equipped to ward off any and all of the possible viral attacks we're being constantly warned about, having plenty of flu vaccine, one of the easiest to create and distribute to Americans, you'd think that success on this front be a no brainer.

But life is different when you're a "President" who doesn't make mistakes! Just ask Rush Limbaugh, who after four full years in office, is still able to come up with a reason why Bush is not to be blamed for our lack of Flu Vaccine this year. Any idea who's fault even this one is? You guessed it, as Rush instructed the nation last Friday, even this is all Bill Clinton's fault.

Good thing the Republicans are not the party who like to talk about personal responsibility all the time! Oh, wait...

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Isn't it time for a REAL President again?
By Brad Friedman on 10/17/2004 4:35pm PT  

Watching the debates over the last few weeks, it's occured to me how nice it'll be to once again have a real President of this country, instead of somebody who's playing "President".

This embarrassing passage from Ron Suskind's New York Times' Magazine article on Bush today sorta sums it all up. It's from a meeting in the Oval Office in December of 2002 where Bush was discussing "The Road Map for Peace in the Middle-East" with lawmakers. On the topic of which army could be trusted as peacekeepers by both Israelis and Palestinians, Hungarian born Holocaust survivor Congressman Tom Lantos, a Democrat, spoke up:

Lantos went on to describe for the president how the Swedish Army might be an ideal candidate to anchor a small peacekeeping force on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Sweden has a well-trained force of about 25,000. The president looked at him appraisingly, several people in the room recall.

''I don't know why you're talking about Sweden,'' Bush said. ''They're the neutral one. They don't have an army.''

Lantos paused, a little shocked, and offered a gentlemanly reply: ''Mr. President, you may have thought that I said Switzerland. They're the ones that are historically neutral, without an army.'' Then Lantos mentioned, in a gracious aside, that the Swiss do have a tough national guard to protect the country in the event of invasion.

Bush held to his view. ''No, no, it's Sweden that has no army.''

The room went silent, until someone changed the subject.

Vote November 2nd. Dear God, please vote! And take as many friends with you as you can. Please?

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Caught Red-Handed. The Deception Continues.
A BRAD BLOG Follow-up...
By Brad Friedman on 10/17/2004 3:00pm PT  

Following up a BRAD BLOG article from Oct. 6th...

During the Vice-Presidential Debate Dick Cheney accused John Edwards of being "dead wrong" when Edwards asserted that "we've taken 90 percent of the coalition casualties." Cheney argued that we've only taken 50 percent because Edwards, apparently, was not counting Iraqis as part of the "Coalition".

To fact-check that, I went to the White House website to see who they counted as part of the "Coalition" and came across a page at the site from a special "RENEWAL IN IRAQ" report they have online. The page was entitled "The Coalition".

On the page was a sidebar (pictured at right) with a link to a document named "Who are the Coalition Members?" Clicking that link lead to an error page that said "The file you have attempted to access cannot be found..."

Thanks to Google's cached archive of the White House site, I was able to find the document originally linked there which listed some 40 countries as "Members of the Coalition". None of them were named Iraq.

A Bush supporter Emailed me that accidents like that happen all the time, and I shouldn't presume, simply from a broken link, that the White House was trying to hide something. Especially since I had also asked in my original article "what other official pieces of information once posted to the White House website (theoretically owned by the people of the United States of America) have been scrubbed as well from the historical record?" He told me that he'd written to the White House Webmaster to tell them about it, and he suggested I give them a week or so to fix the link before crying foul. He had a point, and so I too emailed the webmaster to ask what was up.

That was almost two weeks ago, and I've not received a reply from the White House webmaster on the topic. However, you'll be glad to know they fixed the link. By removing it. The updated sidebar on the same page (pictured at right) no longer features a link to "Who are the Coalition Members?" It's just been scrubbed entirely.

The White House can no longer be given the benefit of the doubt here, since someone had to actually change the linked graphic in question. Historical documentation on the people's web site has been removed. Period. Who knows what else is no longer there, removed after it was no longer political useful to the White House to have it online? (And are they supposed to be using the tax payer supported White House website for political purposes?)

For the record, since the Iraq War began, America has taken 1,100 military casualties. All other countries combined in the "Coalition" (whoever they may be) have taken a total of 138 military casualities. America's share of "Coalition" casualties: 89.5%.

Bush/Cheney '04: Will Say Anything to Win.

UPDATED THOUGHT: Remember how critical the Right was of Michael Moore for showing all those happy Iraqi children playing peacefully in Saddam's Iraq in Fahrenheit 9/11? Well, here's the White House's banner graphic for their special "Renewal in Iraq" report on their website:

It should be noted that some 21,800 Iraqi civilians, many of them children like the ones above, have been killed in Iraq since America started the war there.

LATE UPDATE 10/18/04: Audio and Video now being removed from White House Website as well! See this update - "More Scrubbing of White House Website!!! Audio & Video Removed!"

MUCH LATER UPDATE 10/22/04: Hooray! Mainstream media finally picks up on this story!

WAY LATER UPDATE 10/25/04: The Washington Post finally picks up the story today! Twice!

MUCH MUCH LATER UPDATE 10/29/04: BRAD BLOG SUCCESS! WH restores Audio/Video! Though much still missing...

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By Brad Friedman on 10/17/2004 2:08pm PT  

Calculating Bush's "miscalculation"...As of the morning of 10/17/04:

Number of Gay Americans who may be used as Campaign Issue:
10.5 million est.

Number of Gay Americans who may not be used as Campaign Issue:
1

U.S. Military Killed in Iraq in the past Week:
30

U.S. Military Killed between "Mission Accomplished" and hand-over of "Sovereignty":
1.89 per day

U.S. Military Killed since hand-over of "Sovereignty" (111 days ago)::
2.4 per day

Total U.S. Military Killed since hand-over of "Sovereignty" (111 days ago):
246

Total UK Military Killed since hand-over of "Sovereignty" (111 days ago)::
8

All other "Coalition" Military Killed since hand-over of "Sovereignty" (111 days ago)::
12

Number of Countries in "Coalition":
Unknown
(White House Removed "Who Are the Coalition Members?" document from their Website. See this BRAD BLOG article for more info.)

Total U.S. Military Dead in Iraq since start of War:
1,100

U.S. Military Amputees, Wounded, Injured & Psychologically Disabled,
All now evacuated from Iraq:
28,850 est.

Iraqi Civilians Killed since start of War:
21,800 est.

Iraqi Military Killed (prior to end of "major hostilities"):
28,000 est.

Total Iraqis Killed (Civilian and Military) in Iraq War:
49,800 est.

Population of Iraq:
25 million

Total Killed in the US on 9/11:
2,973

Population of US:
293 million

Stockpiles of WMD's found in Iraq so far:
0

Sources: Iraq Coalition Casuality Count, U.S. Dept. of Defense, McLaughlin Group, Avert.org

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By Brad Friedman on 10/17/2004 12:39pm PT  

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No Longer Supports All-Volunteer Army!
(Learning from Drudge here...)
By Brad Friedman on 10/16/2004 8:02pm PT  


"My opponent seems to be willing to say almost anything he thinks will benefit him politically," he said. "After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain we will not have an all-volunteer army." --- George W. Bush, Oct 16, 2004

Yup. He actually said it.

And in the same way he's told us over and over that Kerry "would require a permission slip from the U.N. before defending America", I believe Bush meant it.

Seriously, look at the picture, isn't there something wrong this guy?

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The Miscalculation Continues...
By Brad Friedman on 10/16/2004 6:49pm PT  

The Bush Legacy hit another milestone today as the 1100th American troop was killed in George Bush's "catastrophic success"...

Bring ‘em on: One dies in Baghdad blasts
Bring ‘em on: Five U.S. troops killed by car bombs in Iraq (Thanks Mark for the link)
Bring ‘em on: 2nd Brigade soldier dies after ambush
Bring ‘em on: 2nd Infantry Division soldier killed by enemy fire
Bring ‘em on: National Democratic Coalition party official killed south of Baghdad
Bring ‘em on: The holy Muslim month of Ramadan got off to an uneasy start Saturday as an Iraqi official was assassinated in Kirkuk, a U.S. soldier was killed in Mosul, a hospital worker died in a mortar attack and a police officer was killed.
Bring ‘em on: Five Churches, Hospital Bombed in Baghdad

Source: Today in Iraq

That's the bad news. But in good news, according to AP, we brought this little terrorist insurgent bastard to justice!

Iraqi boy Hussam Achmed, 9, cries in the emergency room in the hospital in Fallujah, outside Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004 while being treated from gun shots to his leg. According to hospital sources, Hussam and four other family members where injured after an improvised bomb detonated in the suburbs of Fallujah and US troops started firing randomly.

Mmmm...Can you smell those fumes of liberty spreading?!

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What's happened to our country?
By Brad Friedman on 10/16/2004 3:22pm PT  

Once again, the Bush/Cheney Campaign demonstrated at a Rally in Oregon on Thursday their respect for their beloved U.S. Constition:

Three Medford school teachers were threatened with arrest and escorted from the event after they showed up wearing T-shirts with the slogan "Protect our civil liberties." All three said they applied for and received valid tickets from Republican headquarters in Medford.

The women said they did not intend to protest. "I wanted to see if I would be able to make a statement that I feel is important, but not offensive, in a rally for my president," said Janet Voorhies, 48, a teacher in training.

“We chose this phrase specifically because we didn't think it would be offensive or degrading or obscene," said Tania Tong, 34, a special education teacher.

Apparently "obscenity" is subjective, Ms. Tong.

A response from a Democrat News Release on the matter:

The U.S. Constitution was not available on site for comment, but expressed in a written statement support for “the freedom of speech”

Any questions?

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By Brad Friedman on 10/16/2004 2:54pm PT  

Kudos to the great patriot Freeway Blogger for his successful National Freeway Free Speech Day! Here are a few of the highlights! (Click any of the pictures to see more!)

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Keep up the good work!
By Brad Friedman on 10/16/2004 2:20pm PT  

I'll let you determine the reliability of Republican pollster Frank Luntz. But this is what he said in his editorial yesterday entitled "Its time for Bush to get worried":

Step by step, debate-by-debate, John Kerry has addressed and removed many remaining doubts among uncommitted voters. My own polling research after each debate suggests a rather bleak outlook for the Bush candidacy: many who still claim to be “undecided” are in fact leaning to Mr. Kerry and are about ready to commit.
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By Brad Friedman on 10/16/2004 12:44pm PT  

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Bush is a Riot!
By Brad Friedman on 10/16/2004 12:38pm PT  

Did ya hear the really funny one about the WMD's?! Check out the hysterical video!

Oh, I'm still crackin' up it's so incredibly funny!

Asshole.

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