Thursday, August 26, 2004


"Do you like movies about gladiators, Tommy?"

What else is there to the Olympics, you ask?

This was easily the most exciting match of the day. The other one involved a Korean kid kicking the butt of one of the best wrestlers in the world:

Nothing like me waking up my parents by clapping and yelling at the TV set at 4 in the morning.

The color of my Kool-Aid®™

Dole added: "And here's, you know, a good guy, a good friend. I respect his record. But three Purple Hearts and never bled that I know of. I mean, they're all superficial wounds. Three Purple Hearts and you're out."

A rapid response:

Crewmate Sandusky said Monday, "I was there when he got wounded. I saw the blood. I don't care what Dole said."

So, how about Dole? As one blogger wrote, "..there are conflicting stories about the injury that gave him the second purple heart. And parts of the story don't add up." This is, in fact, referring to the second Purple Heart.

As for the first:

In a 1988 campaign-trail autobiography, here's how Dole described the incident that earned him his first Purple Heart: "As we approached the enemy, there was a brief exchange of gunfire. I took a grenade in hand, pulled the pin, and tossed it in the direction of the farmhouse. It wasn't a very good pitch (remember, I was used to catching passes, not throwing them). In the darkness, the grenade must have struck a tree and bounced off. It exploded nearby, sending a sliver of metal into my leg--the sort of injury the Army patched up with Mercurochrome and a Purple Heart."

The wound was so minor that he led another patrol two nights later.


He does not mention that others were also injured by his misguided throw -- which Woodruff's account attributes to an enemy machine gun.

Back to the second, here's an extensive article, from which it sounds like Dole got his second Purple Heart through actions of heroism normal to the soldiers of WWII. However, he can't state everything clearly -- or get complete agreement from all of him comrades -- about the events of that time. No, I'm not expecting him to. I expect him to not impugn the service of others with complete fabrications.

As a member of Dole's platoon, Stanley Jones, put it in a recent interview, Dole "was a good soldier, but no more a hero than any other soldier."

Dole should stop being such a good soldier and try harder to be a hero.

Ronald Reagan suffered wounds? What? When he was liberating that one concentration camp?

Ah what exactly is in the Kool Aid you are drinking?

Bob Dole's Official Website: The Bob Dole Story: "By April of 1945, he was fighting the Nazis in the hills of Italy where the action was fast paced. One of the platoon's radio men was hit. Bob Dole crawled out of his foxhole to help him, but it was too late.

Suddenly, while trying to assist the downed radio man, Dole was hit by Nazi machine gun fire in the upper right back and his right arm was so damaged that it was unrecognizable. "

So by this logic Ronald Reagan's wounds were self-inflicted because he forgot to duck.
Mozilla Powerfrog

Oh, the Ad

Oh, I forget that you guys must be referring to the ad by the group calling itself "Drunken Stateside Sons of Prominent Politicians for Plausible Deniability". The one where they set the record straight about whether or not George Bush sodomized a goat.

527s are legal. 527s are fine. 527s are nice. Ads that make completely false accusations are wrong, no matter how you look at it, and Bush's attempt to blame the organizations instead of the tactic just shows how little integrity the man has.

Swift Boat Vets for Truth can continue to exist as a 527. They could even talk to people about Kerry being aloof or nasty on the boat. When they lie and have to eat their words, though, it stings just as bad as when Bob Dole lies about John Kerry's Purple Hearts, when, in fact, Bob Dole's wounds were essentially self-inflicted.

Senator Dole answered the nation's call and shed his blood for our country and then gave the rest of his life in the service of our country. So has John Kerry.
Citation: the 527 named above was proposed by "The Daily Show". Ed Gillespie was on last night. I was surprised that Jon Stewart didn't check to make sure his reflection appeared in mirrors.

More Republican ties with 527's

Senate Republicans Introduce Plan to Stimulate the Economy: "The Republican Party is partnering with Swift Boat Vetrans for Truth" to organize a massive public mobilization"

Click on the Link and search for


If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
— Adlai Stevenson

There are two really great things about being unemployed right now. 1) Able to watch Olympic wrestling coverage without fear of falling asleep at work. (The major-decision win in Greco-Roman (96kg?)by Egypt was stunning.) and 2) I was able to watch Bush barely refer to the Swift Boat Liars ad as part of the 527s that should be dissolved.

But that's just it. When Bush challenged Kerry to give a clear yes or no, Kerry did just that. Gwib and his minions then went about making fun of Kerry. Kerry knew it was a no-win situation, but rather than answer vaguely, "I support the President's role as Commander-in-Chief" or "That vote called on very clear actions by the President that he failed to complete, thus making him vulnerable to impeachment."

Kerry's asked Gwib to say "yes" or "no". Gwib is too spineless to do so.

Instead, he talks about all the money still floating around. Unfortunately, Gwib is actually a member of two of these evil 527s. What gives?

Here's what the deal is: 527s aren't evil. Dishonest ads are. The FTC can regulate product advertisements, but no one can regulate political speech. There were at least seven complaints filed with the FCC about Olympic beach volleyball. What the hell are our priorities?

A Bush apologist claimed that the connections between the Bush administration and the Swift Liars was like playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Jon Stewart did it in two. He then did it in one degree.

The material are lies. The Bush administration is driving it. They have every responsibility to denounce their own actions and the lawyer who fell on his own sword was clearly taking one for the team. He'll be rewarded.

Can you point to one, just one TV ad from the Kerry campaign or a 527 that lies about the President?
Geez, that was a screed. Another benefit of unemployment.

Untwist the Panties

From Matt Drudge's breathless headline - "Is it a Crime?"
"The sudden resignation of Bush's top lawyer doesn't end the extensive web of connections between George Bush and the group trying to smear John Kerry's military record," said Kerry-Edwards campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill. "In fact, it only confirms the extent of those connections."

A senior House Democrat, Michigan Rep. John Dingell, sent a letter asking Attorney General John Ashcroft to investigate the possible "illegal coordination" between the two. The Bush campaign and the veterans group have denied any coordination.
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But what is some weird, paralell universe - just like ours only less evil, there were people working for both the DNC and MoveOn?
"In partnership with, the DNC launched a major petition drive - over 310,000 Americans have signed the petition! Sign the petition urging Democratic senators to continue to stand firm in their fight against Bush and his GOP to protect our courts and defend our most cherished American values." [More . . .]

From the AP:
Joe Sandler, a lawyer for the DNC and a group running anti-Bush ads,, said there is nothing wrong with serving in both roles at once. [More . . .]

What if, in an even stranger universe, both AP pieces were written by the same author? Huh? How strange would that be?
Right about now I bet the idea of drafting people for office is sounding better and better. End this silliness now.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

The Michael Moore Method

Cleland Tries to Deliver Letter to Bush

CRAWFORD, Texas - Former Democratic Sen. Max Cleland tried to deliver a letter protesting ads challenging John Kerry's Vietnam service to President Bush at his Texas ranch Wednesday, but neither a Secret Service official nor a state trooper would take it.

The former Georgia senator, a triple amputee who fought in Vietnam, was carrying a letter from nine Senate Democrats who wrote Bush that "you owe a special duty" to condemn attacks on Kerry's military service.

"The question is where is George Bush's honor, the question is where is his shame to attack a fellow veteran who has distinguished himself in combat?" Cleland asked. "Regardless of the political combat involved, it's disgraceful."

Encountering a permanent roadblock to Bush's ranch, Cleland left without turning over the letter to anyone.
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Wow. I thought conservatives were supposed to be the dumb ones. According to Southwest Airlines, Southwest can fly an individual from BWI to Austin for $282.

According to the US Postal service, they could've gotten the letter there in 2-3 days for 37 cents, for a total savings of $281.63. That's assuming that Max got a friend to drive him to and from the airport.

If communication was all that he wanted, he could have gone to Kinko's, had copies made for a dime apiece and then mailed each copy to his friends, confidants, the press, etc. for another 37 cents each.

But then he wouldn't have gotten all that great political theatre.

"The question is where is George Bush's honor, the question is where is his shame to attack a fellow veteran who has distinguished himself in combat?" Cleland asked. "Regardless of the political combat involved, it's disgraceful."

So when young Mr. Kerry was telling the Senate tales about American war crimes in Vietnam how exactly did his honor figure into it?

From the 1971 Senate testimony: [S]everal months ago in Detroit, we [VVAW] had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command . . .

Did Max Cleland commit any of these war crimes, Senator? Did you really spend Christmas in Cambodia? We're waiting for an answer.
Remember when the Dems believed that military service was the least desireable quality in a presidential candidate?

The Majesty of the Sport

Are they even doing Track & Field this year? I get all my Olympic info off the web and it seems that this is the only sport.

Monday, August 23, 2004

No time to Blog, just this

Moral highground time - no matter how you put it, W got there first: Bush Says Attack Ad Against Kerry Should Stop

You can find any number of cynical ways to spin this, but the fact remains Bush beat Kerry to it. FWIW, I'm fairly surprised it didn't go the other way around.
"Bush Finds WMDs in 527s" - a headlline that only makes sense in 2004

Too bad I don't do Christmas anymore....

...because, if I did, I'd totally want these!

Apparently, they work. No vibrational feedback, though (damn!).
Before I get any emails, please note that this is a satirical post.