Motivations of those who complain of US stinginess over tsunamis;
spinning the amount of aid: Andrew Natsios avoids looking at aid
as a proportion of GDP; when Bush is responsive; saving on your
New Year's Eve party to enable donating more for tsunami
Daimler-Chrysler plans to bring its Smart car to U.S. shores in
2006; US ups tsunami aid to $35 million, still less than planned
expenditures for Bush's re-inauguration; Bush postponing tax
overhauls due to ambitiousness of agenda; understanding the scale
of the tsunami devastation.
Colin Powell tells Bush and Blair of the need for more forces in
Iraq; right wing divisiveness over "Happy Holidays" deliberately
overstates the case in order to create anger; Hondurans killed by
a group claiming to be against the death penalty; Rumsfeld's
surprise visit to Mosul.
Tom Delay gets freedom to spout absurdities on CNN; Bush intends
to resubmit judicial nominees which have already failed;
lawyer-client relations considered regarding Bush and Alberto
Gonzalez; holiday posting notice.
Will Dennis Hastert push for support for Social Security
privatization? Plus, poor writing from the New York Times; mother
of a fallen soldier writes Time magazine over its choice of
George Bush for "Man of the Year;" conservative bloggers think
there was complicity between killers and an AP photographer;
White House should already have been investigating abuses is says
"need to" be investigated; VP Cheney's wife reads conservative
Daily Howler chastises Josh Marshall for overemphasizing Bernie
Kerik; humbler Christmases for many Americans; big oil defends
working with despots through patriotic appeals; national
tolerance of incompetence.
Johnny Rivers; it's the Kerik process that matters; Alberto
Gonzalez continues to get a free pass; bad headline on Dungeness
crab story; the Department of Education sugar coats research
results which are bad news for its agenda; maybe Kerik wasn't
even the first choice.
Missile test fails, yet Pentagon wants to proceed; Iraqis don't
see the progress; AARP gives thumbs down on Social Security
privatization; Kerik never even filled out forms for proper
clearance in NYC.
Bad cookbook instructions on handling chocolate; White House has
unreasonable confidence in its vetting processes; Senate
Democrats prepare to give the administration greater scrutiny;
even forgetting the ethics, Kerik wasn't qualified.
Koufax Award nomination period has begun; Giuliani's willingness
to take Kerik back shows a lack of moral rectitude; Kerik's book,
readily available, raised flags in its opening sentence; Kerik's
extra-marital affairs; the Kerik vetting process raises concerns
about Alberto Gonzalez's fitness for Attorney
Bush taking revenge on Mohammed al Baradei, IAEA head; if Rather
should have resigned for failure to vet some documents, shouldn't
Bush resign for failing to vet Kerik prior to nominating him?
plus, new tool for Homeland Security draws on financial
Giuliani's political future clouded, but it wasn't that promising
anyway; CBS doesn't understand enough of the Kerik case; the
national security risks suggested by the Kerik vetting process,
and perhaps he shouldn't even have headed the NYPD.
Kerik withdraws from the Homeland Security nomination; editorial
cartoon on armoring the troops; pro team disloyalty towards
cities; Halliburton surpasses the $10 billion mark on Iraq
contracts; White House inauguration to be the most expensive
ever; popular pessimism over Iraq.
Public support of Social Security reforms is neither broad nor
relevant at this point, despite White House claims to the
contrary; causes of unrest in Iraq; Paul Bremer photo; small
benefits from the Kyoto Treat?
Special Forces personnel threatened US government observers in
Iraq; new rationale for invading Iraq, Al Franken warns; limits
to bipartisanship; Civil Rights commission head will pay less
attention to Civil Rights.
My prediction on the Iraqi election timetable; November jobs
report shows poor growth; with Tommy Thompson's resignation, it's
clear that working for Bush is undesirable; the public has no
need to know about the secret grand jury testimony on steroids in
The rapidly dissolving cabinet, and now Bernard Kerik for
Homeland Security; George Galloway's successful libel suit
against a British tabloid; the false teachings of US funded
abstinence only programs; the subtleties of the church ad
rejected by the networks; not safe in Iraq's Green Zone; more
troops for Iraq, but clearly not disclosed until our election was
Bush defends preemptive force while in Canada; Pentagon
misinformation plans blurs departments; hysterical claims from
Laci Peterson's mom during the sentencing phase; networks reject
ad from a church because it touches on an issue which Bush has
called for an amendment on.
All should have been prepared for the blood spent in Fallujah;
get your friends to commit to what they expect will really happen
under Bush; foundering Iraqi security forces give the lie to
Bush's claims; re-emergence of NYC subway photo ban; Red Cross
accusations of US treatment of Guantanamo detainees.
Plots to assassinate Bush, but if there were none I think that
would be more newsworthy; Dennis Hastert's strategy for pushing a
partisan agenda in the House of Representatives; the grilled
cheese sandwich: what will the Church do? Plus, suicide at the
Empire State Building.
John McCain on Meet The Press: please forgive the unrectified
mistakes of over two years ago; Bush veto threats should scare no
one; bill language provides House leaders access to your tax
records without any prior justification.
David Brooks sees enemies in CIA analysts who think independently
and leak to the press; ABC affiliates too afraid to show
Saving Private Ryan; resignations at the CIA; poor war
planning leads to very late development of a guide to battling
Is Falluja another case of catastrophic success? Plus, a 51%
popular vote isn't a mandate on every single agenda item; talking
about the "sanctity" of marriage is another blurring of
Church/State arenas; retailers need to crack down on "serial
returners" before the purchase, not after.
Fox News rating increase means more people will be misinformed;
overreaching conclusions from NRO The Corner; stock market's up,
but the dollar's down, so if you're buying European you're
benefitting wealthy stockholders.
Christianity and politics; primer on moving to Canada; Bush
acting like he has a mandate and will move on it; attrition in
Republican party membership; be neither discouraged nor
complacent over the Bush victory.
Blame the poor produce on the re-election; reasons for dismay
over Bush's campaign; Osama Bin Laden and the State Department
both tried to game the election; Kerry concession announcement;
Glenn Reynolds' bad picture; sadness over the misperceptions
which Bush's supporters have, and the challenge that represents
Reporters in Tora Bora back up Kerry charge about outsourcing and
corruptible warlords; reactions to the Osama Bin Laden tape; how
would we have reacted if Iraq couldn't account for 377 tons of
munitions? plus, al Qa Qaa summary to date; Pentagon extends duty
for 6,500; Bush clearly not doing whatever it takes in the war on
terror; Cheney and Halliburton; part of the 9/11 final report
will be subject to White House edits.
100,000 Iraqi civilians may have died in a war which leading
humanitarians considered not justified on humanitarian grounds;
economy sputters; al Qa Qaa shows bad process, and yet it's still
a small proportion of the unaccounted arms; renewed focus on
Bush's bulge from a NASA imaging expert; effect of al Qa Qaa on
Ask the mailman to take pictures; Bush campaigns for Kerry again,
by implication; the facts are against Bush, whether or not
there's a liberal media summary of his continued bad
performance); was guarding al Qa Qaa even part of the war plans?
Plus, Bush tries to deflect Kerry charges on al Qa Qaa by
mischaracterizing them as denigrating the troops.
McClellan spins al Qa Qaa facts; conservatives cling to a
nonspecific NBC news report about al Qa Qaa; Daily Howler
critique of a New York Times column; Bush-Cheney web site locks
out international visitors; polls; Rumsfeld's takeover of the
Pentagon, as reported on PBS' "Frontline;" White House deflection
on al Qa Qaa contradicted by a US Army commander who was
US refuses help looking for missing munitions in a country the
size of California; CNN shouldn't host guests who lie; Brian
Arner post on when it matters to believe juries; rising costs of
war in Iraq, and right wing superficial considerations of it;
CNN's Jeff Greenfield looks at African Americans with blinders;
Bush blames his tailor now; drops in consumer confidence;
insufficiency of defenses of missing Iraqi weapons.
Intelligent conservative discourse; no Nader on Pennsylvania
ballots; loving the Kinks; lost ring with sentimental value;
Bush's required community service; the media record supports the
Kerry charge on Tora Bora and Osama Bin Laden.
Another voter scam in Florida; how does the administration really
know that 75% of Al Qaeda leaders have been captured without
knowing the denominator? Plus, spurious emails about Kerry make
it difficult for the electorate to get comfortable with him; the
incompetent in the Bush Administration might get promoted in a
George Tenet said the war in Iraq was wrong; White House
inattention to al Qaeda prior to September 11; molehill over a
remark from Teresa Heinz Kerry; did the Yankees lose to Boston
because New York hosted the Republican Convention (Joshua
A better way for John Kerry to scare senior citizens; foreign
influence of the 1980 presidential election far more severe than
anything this year; the CIA's finger-pointing report on 9/11
failures unlikely to be released before the election; more
1984-ish techniques from the Bush administration; semantic
arguments over the word "privatization."
Knight-Ridder report on White House failure to plane for post war
Iraq; Kerry turning a corner in Zogby poll? Plus, Fox wants to
fire a plaintiff, and wants a judge to rule that it's not
retaliation; Scott McClellan's dark use of language.
Drop in consumer confidence; Bush lead in Zogby poll shows
up-tick, but it's not clear if it's due to losing prior
respondents or gaining new ones; port security; 9/11
recommendations on intelligence reforms are floundering in
Congress; E. J. Dionne on the Bush campaign; Paul Krugman on
Lots on the 3rd Bush-Kerry debate, including: fall out
over debate references to Cheney's daughter Mary's sexual
orientation; sightings of Bush's "bulge;" the Social Security
reform committee Bush set up with Daniel Patrick Moynihan; Roman
Catholicism and birth control, not just abortion; Bush's use of
No Child Left Behind as a jobs program; Bush's failure to pursue
Osama Bin Laden. Plus, Nader taken off Pennsylvania
ballots; the need to unite the country after election
The fact checking of the third debate begins; my initial
reactions to the third Bush-Kerry debate; Bush ads on health care
not supported by data; voter tricks in Nevada; Mark Twain's King
Leopold and Abu Ghraib.
Cheney's lie about never having met Edwards before the debate may
have been a smear to suggest Edwards' vice presidency would be
bad for the nation; Bush-Cheney campaign cons the cable networks
into broadcasting an entire stump speech under the guise of a
"major policy address;" Iraq was neither a grave threat nor a
gathering threat, final report concludes; Daily Howler explains
the nom de plume "Wonkette;" fact checking the Cheney-Edwards
debate; O'Reilly suggests that having a mistress will help Kerry
in international relations; poor debate questioning from Gwen
Ifill, the moderator.
Initial reactions to the Vice-Presidential debate; emails Michael
Moore received from soldiers in Iraq; Bush campaign admits it's
curtains; Leo Kottke on invading Iraq; Paul Bremer admits a need
for more troops in Iraq.
Kerry clearly didn't have the same intelligence Bush had when he
voted to authorize the use of force; Condoleezza Rice defends her
overplaying of the anodized aluminum tubes' being for uranium
An extremist right-wing blog makes it more difficult to
post dissenting views; Condoleezza Rice overstated the
likelihood that the aluminum tubes were for enriching uranium,
even though she knew better; John Kerry's "global test;" Bush
acts tough when Kerry's not across the stage.
Easy to take Bush's words out of context; a report on the
dangers of being in Iraq; did Bush exhibit Presidential
timber in the first debate? plus, Kerry flourishes in the first
debate; William Saletan is too inclusive in talking about
Iraq beliefs prior to the invasion; Republican
comforts in the difficulty of predicting the election based
on first debate performance; initial reactions to the first
Please define "fit for command;" provision in a bill will allow
the US to outsource its torture of terror suspects; Cheney
foresaw the problems of taking over in Iraq in 1992; advanced
voting procedure to truncate run-off rounds in San
Ten questions for President Bush; Republicans whistling past the
graveyard; the press's source confidentiality crisis was caused
by Bob Novak's indiscretion; Kos gets a weekly gig writing for
the Guardian; open letter to Ralph Nader supporters; Republicans
have a problem with Bush being referred to as
Bush went into Iraq in spite of advance assessments of the
problems we would face; examples of the Republican failures to
support the troops; the battle for a paper trail in Florida
voting isn't over yet; regulations important to your well-being
are being delayed until after the election in order to maintain
support from corporations.
State Department contradicts Rumsfeld on elections in Iraq;
Knight-Ridder reporter Thomas Fitzgerald weighs in on Bush's
distortions of Kerry; in the midst of polarization, Bush-Cheney
play the patriotism card against Kerry again.
Bush supports Iraq invasion by calling on the ghost of Leon
Klinghoffer, and mixes up his terrorists in the process; John
Kerry's speech at NYU; right wing bloggers take Teresa Heinz
Kerry out of context over hurricane aid; senators call for
rethinking of Iraq policies; CBS no longer stands behind their
documents; White House blocks promotion of an employee who gave
money to the Democrats; Ethics Panel investigation of Tom Delay;
is it wrong to imagine the Republicans might be behind the forged
CBS documents? Plus, CBS documents arrived to their source
anonymously, through the mail.
Nader on the Florida ballot; another late Friday document from
the White House, one which would have reminded of the service
issue if it made it on the news; Republicans wake up to a more
proper funding of key cities on homeland security; cell phones
and polling; journalists not weighing in on what the campaigns
Iraq sanctions prevented WMDs; Bush comes out against a key
negotiation tactic; Koffi Annan says US-led invasion of Iraq was
illegal and Bush heads for fine print which ain't there; CIA
assessment says Iraq future is gloomy.
Hold Them Accountable 2004; Kerry hammers Bush on making excuses;
some federal employees call for more blame on 9/11 failures;
Nader back off the ballot after being forced on over a judge's
decision; Bush denied his call for an injunction against 527
Bush associates himself withe the Guard, leaving out larger
truths; no discipline likely over 9/11 failures; document used to
support Bush service record actually hurts the story; web sites
which campaign for eating disorders as a lifestyle choice; more
on the CBS memos; Nader forced onto Florida ballot by Republican
official, overriding a judicial decision; MTA softening its photo
Kerry uses terrorism in the assault rifle ban debate; John
Derbyshire; new documentary against Kerry from a
defender of Reverend Sun Myung Moon; Jerry Killian's associates
try to read his mind; CBS's documents are questioned, but other
Bartlett's defense of Bush's National Guard record (just
politics) is pointless; Bush may have missed guard service in
Massachusetts, too; ever-shifting electoral vote projections show
Kerry is very much alive; voting vs. rubber stamping; still
nothing in Bush's records that show he served in Alabama;
Cheney's outrageous claim about terrorist risks under a Kerry
More missing records in Bush's military files; Bush's post-9/11
failures in the war against terror; hurricane photography;
Giuliani has a Catholic hospital named after him in spite of his
pro-choice position; Bush bounce possibly due to changes in
cooperation rates; weak defense of Bush smear
Interpreting Bush's poll bounce; West Palm Beach dark as
hurricane Frances approaches; John Glenn compares Republican
propaganda techniques to those of the Third Reich; Kerry
talks about the opportunity costs of the war in Iraq.
Our daughter shucked tonight's oysters; current polls suggest
Bush would have his 270 electoral college votes were the election
held today, but that could easily change; why we don't know where
Bush stands on the war against terror; link to a Washington Post
article showing Republican lies about Kerry.
Bush lies about Kerry; Zell Miller was so bad, maybe he was
really working for the Democrats; New York Times failure to write
critically; Zell Miller's bad performance in interviews; NYC
rounds up protesters too quietly for GOP tastes?
In critiquing current Democrats, Zell Miller ignores lack of
response from GOP over Kosovo; why does Mitt Romney hate the
Catholic Church? plus, Terence Smith lets silliness get spouted
on his watch; designer of the infamous "butterfly ballot" loses
her bid for re-election; Hugh Hewitt defends Bush on basis of
practicality instead of leadership; fact-checking Rudy Giuliani;
Republicans pessimistic, seen by their lower standards for
success; NYC police over-react to protests; Yankees set
a new American League record by losing 22-0.
Bush reverses back and forth over the "winnability" of the war on
terror; Al Franken reports being surrounded by "goons" at the
Republican convention; Bush administration rejects yet another
report critical of its operations; ugly confrontations between
protesters and Republican delegates.
Bob Novak's son works at a publisher of a book Novak praises;
GOPUSA.com calls to Bush to make sure he appeals to hardcore
conservatives; change to conversation from Swift Boat Vet claims
to Bush performance, using a broadly admired politician such as
John Glenn; fine behavior from demonstrators in NYC deflates GOP
efforts; the benefits of abolishing the electoral
Mike at Satan's Laundromat arrested during protest; comparing
John Kerry to Jay Gatsby; are blogs valuable for forcing coverage
of otherwise uncovered issues? Plus, continued strife in Iraq
puts "major combat operations over" to the lie, but who was in on
it? And, welcoming conventioneers to NYC; reports that Bush wore
a medal he hadn't earned.
Eleanor Clift reports an admission that the White House was
behind the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth; glad we didn't march on
into Syria or Iran after Iraq; Resonance asks, who's the enemy?
Plus, convention tips for protesters and NYC
Bush sounds like he could gear up to limit expression anywhere
it might influence elections; latest poverty statistics are out
and unsurprising, but the timing of the release is questioned;
Bush now wants an activist court to rule against 527
organizations, which are currently approved by law.
New Yorkers' difficulties watching New York-based movies; Ken
Mehlman lies in the New York Times, and it goes unchallenged;
Republicans who vote against war heroes and Democrats who vote
for them; the silence of Bush Sr. over the Swift Boat Veterans
Highlighting Kerry's record should lead to greater scrutiny of
Bush and Cheney during the war years; GOP plans to position
anti-Bush protests as "disrespect for a sitting President"
— as if they showed Clinton respect; UN office in
Afghanistan bombed one year after bombing in Baghdad; Bush
spokesperson claims that neither Bush nor McCain are capable of
Center for Media Accuracy claims bias at NBC when NBC should
actually have been harsher on the Center's case; Bush even lies
about his sandwich; get a more fuel efficient car; White House
was rooting against Chavez; Kerry vs. Swift Boat Veterans for
Truth; voter intimidation in Florida.
Who benefits from NJ governor Jim McGreevey's resignation? Plus,
Kerry's Senate record; Cuban wedge issue; Washington Post
acknowledges it buried discussions that Iraq might not have WMDs;
Giuliani working for Bush-Cheney; Theme Thursday submission for
John Kerry reiterates his support for Iraq vote, and I have
problems with it; revelation of an al Qaeda mole allowed suspects
to get away; conservatives blaming the New York Times for
revealing al Qaeda mole's name; electronic voting concerns in FL
prompt request for international election observers; Paul Krugman
dashes claims of economic prosperity.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg says terrorist helicopter warnings have been
anticipated; Tommy Franks says he asked Bush to declare 'mission
accomplished;' subpoenas of news figures in the Valerie Plame
investigation are not being quashed; judging Bush's time in the
classroom on 9/11; Republicans resort to Alan Keyes in Illinois,
ignoring prior arguments on Hillary Clinton; US asking sheltered
immigrants to leave when their volcano is no longer a temporary
Bush flip-flops; McCain calls on Bush to repudiate Swift Boat
Veterans advertisements against Kerry; US justice department
passes on prosecuting Sen. Richard Shelby for leaking sensitive
information; federal judges asking too much to be redacted from
More attack plans found; George Schultz claims we have economic
prosperity, but he's wrong; Fox can't spin Bush approval numbers;
Bush not taking all the 9/11 panel recommendations to heart;
Bush's culture of death; Bush administration's record of using
information to its own end rather than public good.
Conservative pundit calls Kerry qualified candidate; Tucker
Carlson spins Kerry quote; Bush takes credit for creating
Department of Homeland Security; Bush endorses intelligence
overseer, but balks at cabinet-level rank; October 2001 interests
in invading Iraq; less safe because of Bush
Heightened security already in place in Manhattan; Josh
Marshall sees additional support for Ambassador Joseph Wilson;
more negative campaigning to come from Bush-Cheney; celebrating
Swiss National Day at Manhattan's Pier 54.
Florida GOP apologizes for sending wrong message about electronic
voting; NYC transit hub approved for 9/11 funding; economic
recovery slows in the 2nd quarter; David Brooks' initial reaction
to Kerry's convention speech; Krugman column on television news
coverage of the issues.
Republican echo chamber in action; did Media Research Center
misunderstand Stevie Wonder lyrics? GOP in Florida advises voters
to not trust electronic voting while governor says you can trust
them; FBI translator fired over whistle blowing.
Politics at work in reactions to the 9/11 report; book copies of
the 9/11 report due out; pointing out that Bush was only in
office for eight months doesn't absolve him of 9/11
responsibility if he did nothing to change directions; getting
ready for summer camp; AT&T is focusing on a money-losing
Stephen Hawking's new position on black holes means we need to
replace the metaphor; if you blame Clinton, you also have to
reject Bush; Berger's resignation from the Kerry campaign shows
an acceptance of responsibility; Bush inadequate as both peace
president and war president; press coddling at the
Jesus' pursuing the sheep that went astray, and its lesson for
criticizing America; Safire's disingenuousness over Ambassador
Joseph Wilson; the Right Brothers; calls for more independent
judges of Tom Delay's ethics; Bush August vacation decisions;
Governor Schwarzenegger calls opponents "girlie men."
Beethoven on DVD; Trash Can Sinatras coming to the US; a walking
tour I couldn't make; the King of Jordan reminds us to not
overemphasize al Zarqawi; Dick Cheney is hip; CEO's get rich when
their corporations merge.
I am not running for president; Bush defenders want to
forget that we should have listened to Hans Blix; some Denver
restaurants are skimming off tip money; need for a balanced
assessment of the Patriot Act.
Mr. Fish Tank Head; Constitutional conservatism in the UK vs.
Bush desire to amend amend amend; Dept. of Homeland Security
criticized for unactionable warnings; corporate efforts to shape
tax bills to the disadvantage of the country.
Bush defends war; CIA abandoned normal processes of checking
assumptions; Hans Blix vindicated by Senate Intelligence report
on CIA mishandling of pre-war intelligence; Fox News really needs
to provide transcripts; microfilm records of Bush's National
Guard records "inadvertently destroyed."
Prior history of half-truths from the White House is a call to
arms for Kerry supporters; Bush, the questioner, should have
asked more questions prior to invading Iraq; NJ Governor Jim
McGreevey caught up in a corruption case.
Holiday doings; watching The Prisoner with my daughter; the
Department of Health and Human Services clears itself over
Medicare cost projections; 9/11 Commission refutes VP Dick
Cheney; superficial column from William Safire.
An innocent tourist imprisoned through fear; continued
improvements in graduation rate under Clinton; Tom Toles;
Grover Norquist and the school voucher battle; Bush and Kerry
poll results from Florida; stock prices claimed to predict
Further Microsoft browser vulnerabilities argue for using Opera;
a Bush source on Iraq recants; Andrew Sullivan on the Republican
Convention speaker slate; Ralph Nader on being spurned by the
Green Party; punitive liberalism a myth.
"Fahrenheit 9/11" ticket sales may have been helped by
conservative response; more violence in the middle east; NYC's
Mayor Bloomberg not pleased by politicians who are cold to NYC
then try to fund-raise in NYC at city expense; "Fahrenheit 9/11"
analysis at the Center for American Progress.
DVD for "50 First Dates" gives away the story on the opening
menu; complaints about New York Times' book reviews of Bill
Clinton's "My Life;" US-UK rift over Guantanamo detainees; still
no collaborative ties between Iraq and al Qaeda, despite new news
articles; Lee Iacocca to support Kerry; previously reported
economic growth downgraded; Dick Cheney's profanity.
Paul Krugman on Bush administration terrorism counts;
administration skill at squandering opportunities; needless
loss of lives in Iraq; First Lady is Bush's secret
weapon? Plus, reading the political machinations behind
Larry McMurtry sets standards for judging Clinton's memoirs; Bob
Dylan gets an honorary doctorate; US dropping pursuit of an
exemption from war crime trials; Wolfowitz admits misjudgment of
Iraqi insurgency, and should resign; in denying Kerry a Senate
voting opportunity, Republicans made veterans pawns; good
news from Iraq.
Terrorism report revised, doubling the 2003 death count; Clinton
wasn't divisive; Christopher Hitchens on Michael Moore; bad poll
results for Bush show erosion of confidence in his battle against
Efforts to avoid extracting Clinton's memoirs; Martina
Navratilova at Wimbledon; Federal appeals court nominee has been
practicing law without a license; the concrete nature of
"ties;" madness of poor conclusions.
Changes in Washington Post's web site reportage throuh the day;
Bush's time in classroom on 9/11 endangered the kids; a billion
dollars wasted in Iraq, according to the General Accounting
Office (GAO); low bar for judging the importance of al Zarqawi's
presence in Iraq; 9/11 Commission points to no Iraq contribution
to 9/11, but is that what the Bush Administration was claiming?
Plus, Coke's failed Dasani launch in the UK.
Ethics violation filed against Tom Delay; interpreting
unemployment figures under Bush and Clinton: is it the numbers,
or is it the change in the numbers which counts? Plus, recruiting
US workers for Iraq; General Karpinski claims she didn't have
authority in Abu Ghraib section where abuses
Ron Reagan Jr. tells Bush to step out of Ronald Sr.'s glow; Blair
should have known better than Bush did? Plus, policies are
policies for a reason, and the military should have thought about
it before interrogating prisoners; a political appointee started
Halliburton on the way to its no-bid contract; McCain unsuitable
for Kerry's VP; millions of lives at stake in the Congo; less
frequent posting due to changing hosts.
Abu Ghraib abuses reported internally as early as last November;
Samuel Johnson on perceptions and encomia, tied to Ronald Reagan;
Hummer owners unaffected by gasoline prices; writing descriptive
'alt' tags for your images.
Initial bombing attacks killed far more innocents than
originally suggested, while killing very few/no targets; Abu
Ghraib stonewalling is ineffective; humanitarian crisis in the
Darfur region of the Sudan; Energy Department pressing ahead with
nuclear waste storage plans in spite of problems.
Ronald Reagan's oversimplification of an issue; less vigor in the
pursuit of clean television; few Republicans would be interviewed
for "The Hunting of the President;" my Lincoln T-Shirt; Reagan
Suck-Up Watch; caution on the Reagan opinions for the week to
Bush has no doubts about the war; faked sources in WMD
intelligence; new virus; more jobs, but unemployment rate holds
steady; the Pope chides Bush over Iraq; starvation looms in the
Sudan; five string upright bass.
Terror suspect deported in order to avoid revealing intelligence;
Bush meets with an attorney over Valerie Plame; why doesn't
Cheney seem to care about the accuracy of WMD intelligence? Plus,
were we driven to Iraq due to obsessions?
Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn; revisiting Ken Adelman's "Iraq
will be a cakewalk;" new Iraqi interim government; John McCain's
support for better prisoner treatment; how Kerry's rumored
"mistress" was targeted by the press; new Kerry ad; Bush
blowin' in the wind again.
Quality of maintenance in Prospect Park varies according
to the prosperity of the surrounding neighborhoods; live poultry
purchase; national security requires an administration who the
people will trust.
Bush spokesperson even lies about the weather; Chalabi funneled
disinformation from Iran? Plus, Harry Potter premiere; email;
what does it mean, that truckers are sent driving around in Iraq
with empty trucks, at significant risk?
Republicans back away from a budget vote; US government allowed
in Canadian beef it had banned, over-sold clean air at Ground
Zero; John McCain's patriotism; raid on Ahmad Chalabi's house;
Health and Human Services ignores a finding that its "news"
videos were propaganda; happy anniversary.
Charles Krauthammer revises the Waco history in order to shift
focus away from Rumsfeld; US abandoning controversial
interrogation procedures; further creeping by the Patriot Act;
blog traffic does not equal issue importance.
Q&A's for Rumsfeld in Baghdad question the brilliance of the war
plan; Katrina Leung spy case plea deal; was the media wrong to
share Abu Ghraib photos? Plus, the Trash Can Sinatras; finding
more ways to say "embattled defense secretary;" campaign
finance news; applauding the Bush administration on the
environment; Scott McClellan puffery; tax cuts going to luxury
items; Rumsfeld's surprise trip to Iraq is part of a
Nick Berg's execution must not make us complacent about our own
abuses; NSA has to ask web sites for copies of the Taguba report;
"In America" out now on DVD; the Palm Beach Post runs photos of a
reservist's funeral; low-carb substitute foods; Zimbardo's prison
experiment could have predicted Abu Ghraib abuses.
Iraqi prisoner abuses far more widespread, according to a Red
Cross report; Amnesty International says they warned the British
government about this a year ago; social psychological aspects of
the prison abuses: competing for each others'
The technical proficiency of children; odd encounter in
cyberspace; Pentagon staffers were told to not read the Taguba
report; Gov't Mule's "Deepest End;" are Americans suckers?
Plus, round-up of links on Abu Ghraib prison abuses.
Elvis Mitchell's exit from the New York Times presents a
challenge to their web site; while attending to Abu Ghraib, don't
forget other news; flight controllers' taped recollections of
9/11 were destroyed.
How you get lied to Part 2: the Swift Boat pikers for
truth; How you get lied to, Part 1: the Wall Street
Journal puffs up their credibility; Kofi Annan should know you
can't stonewall scandal; Bush's Medicare plan is no
accomplishment, and he deserves the same criticism he laid on
Clinton/Gore; Disney forbids a subsidiary from distributing an
anti-Bush documentary by Michael Moore; Tenet insufficiently risk
averse when advising the President?
Initial thoughts on Abu Ghraib prison abuses; protest plans for
the Republican Convention in New York City; new liberal web site;
changes in poverty under Clinton and Bush; but fewer live under
the poverty level in the US than live under sea level in the
Netherlands; boat capsizes when everyone gawks at nudists on a
beach; far more government surveillance in 2003 compared to 2002.
Dick Cheney says he prefers to Fox, and Washington Post fails to
remind that Fox viewers are less informed about Iraq; Sinclair
Broadcast Group and its decision to not show Nightline's
listing of soldiers killed in action; even InstaPundit
sees room to complain about poor post-war planning.
More government manpower tracking Cuban embargo violations than
terrorist money; John Kerry and the approachability thing;
documentary on Brian Epstein; InstaPundit, about
Nightline, echoes what many have said about Bush; Duke
Gore contributes big to Democrat campaigns; cherry trees in bloom
at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Rumsfeld on a headline from the
Los Angeles Times; Scott McClellan tries to fend off questions
regarding the joint appearance of Cheney and Bush before the 9/11
Commission; anti-Bush humor from Terry Jones; NYPD methods being
adopted across the country.
Josh Marshall and I both notice a White House failure to
correct the record; some newspapers are noticing additional
scrutiny of catholic politicians who support abortion without
seeing similar scrutiny to those supporting capital
Catholicism and political stances; was Chalabi's group breaking
US law by acting as lobbyists? punishment for the soccer
team; forced compromise in the Moussaoui case; Batman
and Robin return, this time in Whitley, England.
Arrival of the Queen Mary 2; revisiting White House efforts
to discredit Richard Clarke; comparing "Acres of Books" to the
Strand; clean air, and a special program from New Jersey
Transit; poor thinking due to flattery of being interviewed
by Bob Woodward? literally, a war plan may not have been
on Bush's desk.
We can't leave Iraq because of budgeting issues; patriotic appeal
on "American Idol;" man runs unlicenced dentist practice out of
his garage; Johnson's "An Introduction to the Political State of
Great Britain;" measuring your ecological footprint.
Pentagon provides details on the $700 million Woodward
alleged were re-directed without Congress knowing; US
international relations are so weak, Bush gets slapped
by Sharon and the King of Jordan, while Mubarak notes
Arab anti-US sentiment is at an all time high; Bush-Cheney
campaign recommends you read Woodward's book; graphic
touch on the New York Times' web site; Woodward's report
of an oil deal to manipulate the election.
Remodeled entrance to the Brooklyn Museum looks like Paris
to me; quote from Todd Rundgren on finding the
essence of quality; the poetry of George Bush: "I Thought It
Was." Plus, another plaudit for the book proposal, and what
Samuel Johnson really said about truth and war.
Continuing fatalism evidenced by Cheney's absence from the press
conference; press conference incoherence, and inability to admit
mistakes; laws for storing fish bound for sushi; belated thoughts
on Richard Clarke's book.
Bush as an empty suit, ripe for campaign ads; spinning the
conditions imposed on the 9/11 commission; Condi Rice's 9/11
speech would have mentioned everything but Al Qaeda; Cheney and
Bush must testify together for the benefit of the 9/11
Why doesn't Clarke mention the Brooklyn bomb plot? Strange
conditions for the 9/11 commission to get testimony; memos to
Rumsfeld found in Washington DC Starbucks; news (or non-news) on
former "Cheers" actresses.
Great burst of color at two-muses.com; Powell's gentler
descriptions of Richard Clarke; Tenet sees governmental failure
in 9/11; thinking about donations; will Rice testify? Amsterdam
canals vs. Brooklyn's.
Divisiveness is bad, but at least it's not civil war yet; Reuters
acts to protect its copyrights; people working to find out about
Richard Clarke's political donations; Rumsfeld looks French; the
White House's vaunted strategic plan for dealing with terrorism
is found wanting; let's put all the witnesses under oath and have
them testify together; high winds around the new WTC may make it
difficult to sit on its plaza.
I belong in "Jane Eyre"? Plus, lots on Richard Clarke;
a trip to a cemetery in Queens; the WSJ writes up Bush's
9/11 time line, and points out he hung out in that classroom
for longer than I'd thought.
Paul Bremer doesn't choose his words wisely; does Spain's exit
from the coalition of the willing matter or not? my idea for
bandages for blacks was stolen; Hyde collection of Samuel Johnson
goes to Harvard; link to Atrios, showing how much WMDs played in
Bush's speech on the 48-hour ultimatum to Saddam Hussein to leave
Hans Blix characterizes US errors as scandalous; Dick Cheney's
1984 reminder has other overtones his speechwriters forgot;
Samuel Johnson on victory in war and quality of government; a NYC
5th Avenue webcam to watch the parade; Thomas Schlijper photo
I correct Mickey Kaus and quickly retract; a webcam in Dublin for
viewing the St. Patrick's Day parade; today's snow; the recession
had only a little impact on the deficits; Chalabi's group sold
newspapers the same bill of goods it sold our intelligence
services; Iraq distracted us from Bin Laden; Satan's Laundromat's
pictures from Queens.
No opening day hot dogs for the Catholics at Fenway Park: it's
Good Friday; no increase in chatter before the Madrid bombings;
can you really fit two New Jerseys into the Netherlands? plus,
the Madrid fatalities were a lot for any nation, and moreso when
you consider Spain's population.
RNC head Gillespie complains both that Kerry is uninformed
and that he's doing something about it (not fair, mommy!); the
two McClellans in the Bush administration both admit nothing;
Tim Russert trying to call the 2004 election a little early?
Tenet's learning about how intelligence gets
Why not show the tape of Bush in the classroom for 5 minutes
after the 9/11 attacks had happened? plus, chasing down a
specific date; Paul Krugman's splendid chart showing failure to
meet job projections; a really cool clock.
Jimmy Breslin hits the mark with a column on how Bush campaigns
with the dead; proposal on charging for email by the
usage sparks me to question on charging for Internet usage on a
similar basis; Democratic progress in the House of
Representatives blocked by Republicans usurping bill sponsorship;
Len Berman's stupid, offensive question to a Yankee.
Republicans scuttle their own bill to avoid compromise; pointless
complaints about Kerry absences during Senate votes; growing
intolerance of children? is the shift in household structure
due to changing attitudes or aging population?
Cover blown on a newspaper's restaurant reviewer -- by
the newspaper; Animals on the Underground; Homeland Security
tries to give Bush credit for its formation, but is found out;
Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"
Respected scientists sign a letter noting White House perversion
of conclusions to fit policy; death of Jan Winer, who played
"Madge" in Palmolive commercials; computer messed up in a new
way; watching Fellowship of the Ring with the Kid Unit; a reprise
of the Valerie Plame reprisal, only this time against a
prosecutor in Detroit?
Lutece is closing, and not only that, Barbie and Ken are breaking
up; a former National Guardsman remembers serving with
Bush and defends the importance of serving in the guard in that
era, but has some memory lapses when he tries to blame
Bush's executive order for his intelligence commission reveals
a too-limited focus and a too-long timetable; NRO's "The Corner"
finds too much consolation in an adjusted employment
figure; importance of Bush's commission's scope; City Lighting,
restaurant in Brooklyn; walk in bad winter weather; Jonah
Goldberg should never say "never;" Tenet speech causes wprld to
revisit the word "imminent;" Bush budget withdraws money to
improve detoxifying buildings on the same day that ricin is found
in the Senate; Lileks whines about an actor who is different from
How did Scott Ritter become ignored by the major media? Plus,
tyranny of the majority; Republican staffer gets dismissed for
political reasons, and apparently not out of any sense that
something wrong was done; George Tenet's speech on the nature of
the Iraqi WMD intelligence.
Lieberman drops out; Palm Beach County's public gator sculpture
exhibition; appeals court tells the EPA it must enforce
environmental regulations; a poor quality penny whistle,
guaranteed to frustrate kids; did you notice the new budget, or
were you stuck on her breast?
The why's behind the Iowa caucuses; a cancer on the co-op; Oy
vey? Fuhgeddaboudit; Martin Luther King, as observed by me and by
Bush; State of the Union Address Drinking Game; buy your own
A reality show on funeral planning? Plus, a smashing dinner
recipe; David Brooks' defense of the neocons behind the war in
Iraq; Moveon.org's 15 finalists; George Harrison's estate sues
doctor for behavior in Harrison's final days; Hillary Clinton
apologizes for Gandhi joke.