Arizona Republic picks up on my Glitter story!
The website of the Arizona Republic (AZCentral.com) has picked up on my Gary Glitter story - and added its own satiric twist.... Here's the story.
How's this for a flip-flop? Four years ago, Bush staffers were criticized for using convicted pedophile Gary Glitter's 1972 hit "Rock and Roll, Part 2" to pep up the 2000 Presidential campaign rallies. Apparently memories are short and the song has made its way back on to the president's playlist. Because, as anybody knows, when a race is this close, nothing galvanizes people to get out and vote like the sweaty grunts and growls of a paunchy Britrock idol turned kiddy porn downloader. This has proven to be a major embarrassment for the Bush camp and supporters like the Christian Coalition and the Family Research Council. Said one unnamed campaign spokesman, "A gaffe like this can cost an election, like the time Adlai Stevenson's people accidentally played a record by country singer and wife stomper, Spade Cooley."
October 14, 2004
Quote Of The Day
"If I have to go down - I'm willing to do it..."
Bill O'Reilly on Regis & Kelly
October 11, 2004
Today's best email...
I just got this email. It made good reading.
Today the threee largest papers in their respective swing states endorsed Kerry: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Portland PRess-Herald in Maine.
Yesterday Kerry also picked up the backing of three large papers: The Oregonian in the other Portland (which had backed President Bush in 2000), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Today's Inquirer pick gives Kerry both major papers in Philadelphia, with the Daily News having endorsed him way back in June.
In its editorial today, the Inquirer calls its recommendation "urgent, deeply felt." It attacks Bush's presidency as one that started with "high promise that lapsed into multiple disasters." Among them: running up the deficit and a response to 9/11 that has "gone fatefully awry," leaving Americans "less safe."
It concluded: "John Kerry isn't perfect. He has things to learn. One thing Americans should have learned by now, though, is that the incumbent lacks the realism, judgment and ability to adjust to events that the United States needs in its commander in chief. In this perilous moment, the safer choice, the wiser choice, is John F. Kerry."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch declared that "President George W. Bush has not earned re-election. He has mishandled the war on terrorism, shut his eyes to disagreeable facts, left the next generation in hock and presided over a sharp loss in jobs, health insurance and prosperity for millions of Americans."
In its editorial today, the daily in Portland, Maine, the largest in that state, declared that "Kerry has, on the whole, the better plan for America that we endorse him for President of the United States."
After mentioning several areas where Kerry had the edge, the paper highlighted one issue not often discussed in endorsement editorials:
"With four members of the U.S. Supreme Court over the age of 70, the next president is likely to have the opportunity to shape its ideological framework for years to come. This has many implications and one issue especially stands out: President Bush is committed to appointing justices willing to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that underpins abortion rights.
"Reversal of Roe would harm the reproductive rights of women, of course, but could also drive abortion services underground, making it unsafe for those who choose exercise this right. The person best qualified to decide whether to have an abortion is the woman who is pregnant. The candidate most likely to protect that right to choose is Kerry."
September 30, 2004
Proud Of ADD?!
Courtesy of Bush's handlers it's not sufficient as in past debates that the moderator alerts the candidates that they are going over the proscribed speaking time alerts - there also have to be flashing lights and klaxons - underscoring how much like a tasteless game show the presidential campaign has become.
Now the TV pundits are speaking of Kerry's inability to speak in 6-second soundbites as though that is a VIRTUE.
Because the audience can't grapple with anything longer than that?
Once every 4 years - two candidates for who will be the most powerful person in the world get to compete for this job that requires intellectual grasp and matters of utter complexity. And the measure of the best person for the job is the person most competent at reducing complex geopolitical issues into digestible soundbites?
On that basis - the election is probably over. Bush has no thoughts in his brain more complex than can be spelled out with the contents of a can of Alphabet Soup. If over 50% of those who bother to vote make that pathetic choice - then America truly deserves its fate.