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May 27, 2004

Curious Phone Calls

From Keloland TV in South Dakota: School’s out for the summer. And if 17-year-old Tyler Crissman knows classwork as well as campaigning, he shouldn’t have to worry about his final exams. Yesterday, Crissman caught a political phone call that didn’t make the grade.  Crissman says, “At the end they didn’t identify themselves, so that’s what threw up a red flag in my mind.”  We listened to the call on a KELO employee’s answer machine and heard the same thing …

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May 27, 2004

Drunk with Power II

We mentioned this about a month ago, but this in today’s San Antonio Current fleshes it out a little: ...Fill glass with crushed opposition and pour in the rum. Garnish with more money and serve with straws. A connection between Bacardi USA and three members of Texas’ Congressional delegation has sparked criticism from a watchdog group who alleges undisclosed money, undue influence, and anti-Cuban sentiment are behind a pro-Bacardi bill - not trademark protection.  U.S. Representatives Lamar Smith and …

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May 27, 2004

Something to look forward to

Washington Post: The White House put government agencies on notice this month that if President Bush is reelected, his budget for 2006 may include spending cuts for virtually all agencies in charge of domestic programs, including education, homeland security and others that the president backed in this campaign year.  Administration officials had dismissed the significance of the proposed cuts when they surfaced in February as part of an internal White House budget office computer printout. At the time, officials …

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May 26, 2004

Buyer’s Remorse

“I think it’s pretty grim, I think he has trashed the economy, and I think he has conducted foreign policy badly, and I think he is a bad President… I don’t know what he has done well.”  “My personal choice is [Sen.] John Kerry, partly because he has experienced war and has some notion of what it means to send men to die, as he was someone sent to die.” —David Richards, the member of Skull & Bones who …

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May 26, 2004

Begala on DTripTV

Hastily, painstakingly, and unofficially transcribed from today’s Crossfire: Paul Begala:  ”...With tragic news from Iraq and terror alerts here at home , it’s good to see somebody, somewhere still knows how to have a little fun in American politics.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a new game on its website, www.dccc.org, called “Republican Survivor,” and it allows you to vote a prominent Republican off a cartoon island.”  “Now I don’t know about you, but I’d just as …

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May 26, 2004

A Little Help?

Out in SD, the GOP is making a last ditch attempt to take the election by harping on a remark Sen. Tim Johnson made about the “Taliban wing of the Republican Party.”  Now he has already apologized, and the Argus Leader wants to know if you think that suffices.  Let them know. And BTW, I haven’t found a link, but a poll conducted by Zogby has her up 52-41, don’t let them get away with this desperate nonsense. Update: …

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May 26, 2004

DTripTV

Ha ha ha ha ha…

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May 26, 2004

Uh oh, it’s coming…

Ha ha, according to the Washington Post we’ve got a trick or two up our sleeve… ‘Republican Survivor’ Show to Debut The online cartoon features a deserted island with George W. Bush (stabbing his foot while spearing a fish) and Dick Cheney (naked, with his undisclosed location electronically blurred). There’s Tom DeLay, a former exterminator, (squashing a butterfly), John Ashcroft (covering a statue), Katherine Harris (with heavy purple makeup) and Ann Coulter (capturing a bug with her tongue).  It’s …

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May 26, 2004

Trent Lott: Phase IV

Via Kevin Drum, Trent Lott enters Phase IV of moral implosion: “Frankly, to save some American troops’ lives or a unit that could be in danger, I think you should get really rough with them,” Lott said. “Some of those people should probably not be in prisons in the first place.”  When asked about the photo showing a prisoner being threatened with a dog, Lott was unmoved.  “Nothing wrong with holding a dog up there unless it ate him,” …

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May 25, 2004

Texas Tuesday: Max Sandlin

You know what today is, it’s Texas Tuesday.  Go lookee, support the blogger / Congressional fusion.

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May 25, 2004

Pelosi on Bush’s Speech

Democratic Leader: “The plan outlined by the President last night might have had more of a chance for success had it been announced a year ago.  “The apparent aimlessness that has characterized Iraq policy for the past year has not encouraged international cooperation in either security or reconstruction, and has hardened the negative attitudes of some influential Iraqis. Success in Iraq will require a much more sustained effort to build international support than the Bush Administration has made thus …

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May 25, 2004

DeLay the Thug

Chicago Sun-Times Quick Takes: News Item (2004): House Majority Leader Tom DeLay condemns House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for calling President Bush “incompetent” in time of war, saying, “Her words are putting American lives at risk.”  News Item (1999): House Majority Whip Tom DeLay questions the competence of President Clinton during Kosovo war, saying he committed American troops “unwisely” into a “Balkan quagmire.”  This being an election year, some will probably try to call Tom DeLay a shameless hypocrite. …

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May 24, 2004

Bush’s Speech

Time Magazine: But the private reviews among some in the room were less gushing. Some lawmakers checked e-mail on their BlackBerrys or read newspapers on their laps while Bush rambled “on and on and on with a stream-of-thought speech that lasted 35 minutes,” groused a G.O.P. Representative, adding that the applause afterward was only “polite.” Others were miffed that Bush took no questions — even though microphones had been set out in the audience for the lawmakers — and …

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May 24, 2004

Wa Po vs. Wa Po on Bikegate

A reader asked Howie Kurtz in his online discussion about the fact that Bush’s bike fall was attributed by a spokesman to rainy conditions, while online weather sites say it hadn’t rained in a week, a question he dismissed thusly: “Ah, so now we have Bikegate? I don’t know that any investigative reporters have looked into the climate conditions that preceded the president’s spill.”  But later another peeved reader revisted: Dryden, N.Y.: Re: “Bikegate.” The point of this story …

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May 24, 2004

Incompetence III: Zinni Edition

From 60 Minutes: In the book, Zinni writes: “In the lead up to the Iraq war and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility, at worse, lying, incompetence and corruption.” [...]  Last month, Secretary Rumsfeld acknowledged that he hadn’t anticipated the level of violence that would continue in Iraq a year after the war began. Should he have been surprised?  “He should not have been surprised. You know, there were a number of …

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