Saturday, September 04, 2004

I've got an avalanche of LOVE regarding the RNC, and the flipflopped side of the charges etc. associated with it:

First, a couple of articles from Blue Lemur, with extensive sourcing:

(1) Dubya photograph in Bush I's presidential library shows him wearing medal he didn't earn:
Punishment for wearing an award one hasn’t earned is punishable by bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and/or confinement for 6 months under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

(2) Reagan's Secretary of Defense confirms Bush was AWOL in '72...and that he constantly has shown attempts to deceive the public about this matter. A good read that summarizes the case against Bush's military record (or lack thereof) with a nice series of documentations laying out various charges.

Now, visiting the war-record theme a bit more:

(3) Ben Barnes, former Lieutenant Governor of Texas, says he's "ashamed" of securing George W. Bush a position in the Texas Air National Guard in 1969 so he could avoid serving in Vietnam.

Barnes, who was the Texas House Speaker at the time, says it was a recent trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that led him to the realization that aiding the children of rich donors, including President Bush, in their efforts to avoid service in Vietnam was "the worst thing I did." Link to Quicktime movie.

(4) Incidentally, you'll note these articles or movies have solid sources backing them up, like Defense Secretaries and Lt. Governors. In the meanwhile, a veteran whose name appears in a letter defaming Kerry by questioning his war record reveals his name was "signed" onto it without his permission, and that he does not support it.

(5) Delegates mock Kerry with "purple heart" bandages - This was SO witty that I had to revisit this, despite the fact the traditional RNC coverage went over it. What a slap in the face: Not just for Kerry, but for every other veteran who was awarded one, and our armed services as a whole.

Readers, pass this LOVE to a veteran near you - I hope they find it as witty as the delegates do.

(6) And just in case it wasn't exceedingly obvious already: Yet another link between the Bush administration and the "independent" Swift Boat Veterans for Truth organization is revealed - An Admiral who claims Kerry did not deserve one of his purple hearts turns out to be a lobbyist who helped his client get a $40m contract from the government. And, he's given generously to the Bush campaign.

(7) Oh, and it also turns out that two other SBVT vets were appointed by Bush to a panel advising Veterans Affairs.

Now that we've dealt with the Vietnam War theme, let's actually talk non-Vietnam era related mudslinging, and the convention itself:

(8) Fairness in Accuracy and Reporting: Failure of fact-checking at the RNC - A strong, well-documented summary of the embellishments and corner-cuts that strengthened misrepresentations of parties and their positions, not to mention the candidates.

(9) John McCain believes Zig Zag Zell Miller's divisive speech could hurt Bush

(10) An amusing montage from the Daily Show regarding Bush, his words, and his difficult challenge facing reality.

(11) And, it turns out the GOP, to further trumpet the military-lovin', chest-beatin', 9/11-exploitin' horn, has been bending and breaking laws passed down from many-a-convention ago that prohibits active military personnel from attending conventions. There's a reason why on-stage military folk at the DNC had all retired.

(12) Incidentally - my personal reaction to the RNC? I thought John McCain had a gOOd speech. :)

The Democratic response:

(13) Edwards observes there's RAGE at the Convention - And muses whether a bit of RAGE couldn't be spent on reacting to job losses and suffering by Americans, instead of spending it on trying to destroy Kerry.

(14) Kerry finally takes the gloves off - Dems can hope this ain't just a small phase of releasing the pent-up responses to the ridiculous charges facing him. Dukakis decided to take the high road, despite the fact his Veep thought he should fight back. Dukakis lost. We'll see how effective Kerry's fight is.
Some pundits also wondered whether Mr Kerry had left his counter-attack too late.

"We're at the point now where all's fair in love and war, and politics is war," said Larry Sabato, a political science professor at the University of Virginia. "The problem is Kerry is out of synch. The time for this was a month ago, but it came on a night when all the coverage went to Bush's speech. I find it incredibly odd."

But, of course, none of this will matter:

(15) Better media coverage leads to Bush opening up a 11 point lead over Kerry - The Bush-Cheney team opened up a lead or closed a gap in essentially every issue anyone thinks is important to this election, and Bush's approval rating went above 50% for the first time in a long, long time.

(16) You thought the Swift Boat Vets for Truth was tOO gOOd to be trOO? You ain't seen nothin' yet! A new "independent" organization, disappointed by the Bush team's "timid" ads, have a new lineup of ads, one of which compares Kerry to Hitler, set to air nationally next week. unF.

(17) Bill Clinton hits the surgery table - In the process, cancelling non-stop campaigning for Kerry he had committed to, starting at the end of the book tour. His chest pains started on the last day of the book tour. unF.
Let me just say this: Republicans aren't the only people who want four more years," Mr Clinton joked.(link)

Will both parties will get their wishes?!@$ Well, maybe not...poor Clinton :(

(18) And, if everything else goes to hell, have a plan B: Bin Laden capture "nearing."

Have a good night, amigos!@$


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