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By Brad Friedman on 10/28/2004 11:27pm PT  

No clue on the authenticity of the flyer below that was scanned and sent to Kos as he reported today. Given the similarity in it's message to past known examples of such dirty tricks and flyers just like this, as well as the orchestrated voter suppression tactics beginning to emerge now in Ohio and Florida, I'd rather err on the side of vigilance.

Keep your eyes out for this kinda crap...I think there will be plenty of it (if the language in the hate mail I've been receiving of late is any indication).

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Panic at GOP
By Brad Friedman on 10/28/2004 7:02pm PT  

(Reposting this from memory as best I can after something happened to the main index and this entry got killed somehow. Part of the hack/DDos attacks we've been getting today?)

If you've been listening to Rush this morning, you can tell what kind of panic they're in. He doesn't sound like someone who thinks he's about to win.

He's been going ape-shit all morning over al Qa-qaa. And for good reason. A new report this morning from KSLT Eyewitness News has an eyewitness embedded reporter who was on the scene --- with video and pictures! --- on April 18, 2003. And explosives were still there!

The video report shows footage from inside the bunkers:

During that trip, members of the 101st Airborne Division showed the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS news crew bunker after bunker of material labelled "explosives."
They also found bags of material men from the 101st couldn't identify, but box after box was clearly marked "explosive."
Once the doors to the bunkers were opened, they weren't secured. They were left open when the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS crew and the military went back to their base.

"We weren't quite sure what were looking at, but we saw so much of it and it didn't appear that this was being secured in any way," said photojournalist Joe Caffrey. "It was several miles away from where military people were staying in their tents".

Are these definitely the high explosives that are now missing? Don't know. But it doesn't look good, and Rush, Sean, Fox and the GOP are now officially in an all-out panic.

UPDATE: More on the above now from ABC. Looks like possible confirmation of the drums and the seals seen in the video:

The barrels were found inside sealed bunkers, which American soldiers are seen on the videotape cutting through. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency sealed the bunkers where the explosives were kept just before the war began.

"The seal's critical," Albright said. "The fact that there's a photo of what looks like an IAEA seal means that what's behind those doors is HMX. They only sealed bunkers that had HMX in them."

After the bunkers were opened, the 101st was not ordered to secure the facility. A senior officer told ABC News the division would not have had nearly enough soldiers to do so.

Dead to rights?

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By Brad Friedman on 10/28/2004 5:28pm PT  

Fin does it again! Check his latest (and final?) video of the season!

It rocks!

Then run out and give the link to everybody you know between now and Election Day! And tell them to give it to everybody they know!

Kick. Ass. We're almost there!!!

(If you can spare a few bucks so we can take out a few BlogAds for it, please DONE HERE NOW! Thanks!)

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Bush's Final Video Uses Doctored Photos!
By Brad Friedman on 10/28/2004 3:39pm PT  

It's incredible, but right now at --- on the front page --- there is an ad for their "Closing Video". And the photo they're using to advertise it (which appears in the video) is a FAKE!

The version of the photo below is from Kos, who has the whole story. It shows the faked soldiers circled! Apparently, Bush was speaking on a podium where the soldiers have been pasted in with Photoshop.

Unbelievable. The kid with the flag looks faked to me as well, but I'll let you know if I can find the original photo to confirm that.

I do believe they've just jumped the shark!

UPDATE: They've just changed the photo to the ad on the front page of! I guess getting busted will do that to ya! Here's the photo they're using now...

Too funny. CNN's now on it as the Bush campaign says they're gonna recut their doctored video! :-)

President Bush's campaign acknowledged Thursday that it had doctored a photograph used in a television commercial and said the ad will be re-edited and reshipped to TV stations.

The photo of Bush addressing a group of soldiers was edited to take out a podium, aides said, and a group of soldiers in the crowd was electronically copied and used to fill where the podium had been.

"Bush/Cheney '04: Whatever It Takes...Indeed"

UPDATE: And here finally, is the original photo that they created the fake from in the first place.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/28/2004 1:40pm PT  

While Rush and Sean and Fox continue to try and convince their sheeple that "Kerry has been blaming the troops" for Bush's failure at al Qaqaa, Rudyactually seems to have done precisely that on TV this morning apparently! Atrios has the video.

Oops...looks like they're falling apart and off their usually brilliantly coordinated lock-step message. Stick a fork in 'em.

And now...Watch Dubya's very own Bozo Moment (like his Dad's in the final days) any second! It feels like it's almost here!

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By Brad Friedman on 10/28/2004 12:10pm PT  

As more and more American troops are being sent back to Iraq for a second helping, the U.S. military death toll took a tragic jump up to 1111 today.

While a new Fin/What-We-Know video is set for release later today, here's a couple of quick hit videos in the mean time, courtesy of Brain Duffy's "No Bush in '04" from the past coupla days to a look at and pass around in the meantime:

· Bush finally manages to tell the truth!
· A Message from your Commander-in-Chief.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/28/2004 11:13am PT  

In an item I posted back in August, I mentioned that Michael Moore had video footage of then-nominee for CIA Director, Porter Goss, saying "I couldn't get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified..." etc.

Just last night, reader "G" (Email address is in the comment, but I'll be kind enough to not post it here) had this to say:

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I'll take it as a compliment.
By Brad Friedman on 10/28/2004 10:50am PT  

Our server has been subjected to various forms and waves of Denial of Service (DDos) attacks this morning. If you've had any problem getting in, or viewing any pages that would be why.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by those who'd rather not have folks like us on the Internets.

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Official Bush Campaign Site Now Off-Limits to Foreigners!
(Last Ditch Effort to Gain Back Respect from Rest of World?)
By Brad Friedman on 10/27/2004 10:52pm PT  

In still more Internets related news...Access to the official campaign site has been apparently cut off, as of Monday, to all those pesky foreign countries, according to this report from Netcraft.

While non-US citizens may be grateful for this, in a cruel bit of revenge to our terror-loving neighbors to the North, reports are that Canadians are still allowed to visit the site. Sorry Canuks! But just 5 more days of this crap and your long national nightmare-by-proxy should finally be over.

"Bush/Cheney '04: We even ignore the "World" on the World Wide Web!"

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Bush's Message to America
By Brad Friedman on 10/27/2004 4:22pm PT  

Since the original posters of this video clip,, seem to be down now that Drudge has linked to them, I'll host it here for a moment --- at least until too many folks notice and bandwidth demand knocks me out as well.

· (Streaming) RealPlayer version · QuickTime version ·

This apparently was taken during Bush's term as Governor, after he was "born again". Lovely.

(Clip sent in by Fin who captured it in time. I'll also take the opportunity to mention that Fin has another kick ass video to release shortly that tops even his awesome powerful "Start Over!" ad. More on that soon!)

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By Brad Friedman on 10/27/2004 3:37pm PT  

Ugly rhetoric? Yup.

But no uglier than her latest headline: "JOHN KERRY, COMMIE TOOL"

What goes around comes around. Butt Slut.

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By Brad Friedman on 10/27/2004 3:06pm PT  

October 6th, Chicago Tribune:

The insurgents probably are using weapons and ammunition looted from the nearby Qa-Qaa complex, a 3-mile by 3-mile weapons-storage facility about 25 miles southwest of Baghdad, said Maj. Brian Neil, operations officer for the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, which initially patrolled the area.

The facility was bombed during last year's invasion and then left unguarded, Neil said. "There's definitely no shortage of weapons around here," he said.

Why does U.S. Maj. Brian Neil hate America?

UPDATE: My final line there should have instead used Bush's quote today about Kerry. To wit...

Why is U.S. Maj. Brian Neil "denigrating the actions of our troops and commanders in the field without knowing the facts?"

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Like Father, Like Son...
By Brad Friedman on 10/27/2004 1:44pm PT  

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By Brad Friedman on 10/27/2004 1:35pm PT  

"For a political candidate to jump to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander in chief" --- George W. Bush, campaign rally in PA, 10/26/04

(via Michael at AMERICABlog)

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Don't get spun.
By Brad Friedman on 10/27/2004 1:09pm PT  

AP is reporting "Spokesman for military unit at Al-Qaqaa says there was no search for explosives":

A U.S. military unit that reached a munitions storage installation after the invasion of Iraq had no orders to search or secure the site, where officials say nearly 400 tons of explosives have vanished.

Looters were already throughout the Al-Qaqaa installation south of Baghdad when troops from the 101st Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade arrived at the site a day or so after other coalition troops seized the capital on April 9, 2003, Lt. Col. Fred Wellman, deputy public affairs officer for the unit, told The Associated Press.
''Orders were not given from higher to search or to secure the facility or to search for HE type munitions, as they (high-explosive weapons) were everywhere in Iraq,'' he wrote.
A U.N. official said Al-Qaqaa installation was believed to be the only site in Iraq where high explosives such as HMX, RDX and PETN were stored. When Iraq declared the explosives after the 1991 Gulf War, IAEA experts concentrated them at Al-Qaqaa so they could be monitored by U.N. nuclear inspectors, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
AP Correspondent Chris Tomlinson, who was embedded with the 3rd Infantry but didn't go to Al-Qaqaa, described the search of Iraqi military facilities south of Baghdad as brief, cursory missions to seek out hostile troops, not to inventory or secure weapons.

The enormous size of the bases, the rapid pace of the advance on Baghdad and a limited number of troops made it impossible for U.S. commanders to allocate any soldiers to guard any of the facilities after making a check, Tomlinson said.
NBC correspondent Lai Ling Jew, who was with the 101st, told MSNBC that ''there wasn't a search'' of Al-Qaqaa.

''The mission that the brigade had was to get to Baghdad,'' she said. ''As far as we could tell, there was no move to secure the weapons, nothing to keep looters away.''

There's more on the specific dates of all this in the story, and as we've pointed out before Josh Marshall has pulled together all the math to make sense of it. His later coverage, is similarly reasoned and clear-headed. Inform yourself.

In the meantime, as I was watching Fox and listening to the other Wingnut pundits yesterday (See Edward Daley's "Al Qaqaa Bomb Cache Fraud: A New Low For Liberals" for instance), this question occured to me:

What is more important at this point?

Determining how 380 tons of some of the highest explosives known to man (just one pound of it took down Pan Am 103) has undeniably disappeared and what has happened to them?

Or investigating whether or not this may be some kind of "Dirty Trick", as O'Reilly suggested yesterday, being grandly orchestrated somehow to take down Bush in some bizarre grand conspiracy requiring the complicit cooperation of the Iraqi Interim Government, the IAEA, the U.N., The New York Times and the Democratic party?

You tell me which one of those questions should be of more concern right now.

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