Thursday, May 27, 2004

Kerry surging in battleground states

Kerry surges ahead in 12 crucial swing states as Bush poll ratings plummet
George Bush has had a warning shot from the crucial battleground states likely to decide the outcome of the presidential election where his rival John Kerry is surging ahead.

Less than six months from election day, polls suggest that Mr Kerry is leading the President (sic) in 12 of the 16 so-called swing states. In some states the lead is slight, but in places such as New Hampshire, which Mr Bush won in 2000, Mr Kerry has a lead of almost 10 per cent.

Though polls offer only a snapshot in time, pollster John Zogby, who made the latest survey, said if the present leads in these 16 states hold true - and Democrats and Republicans hold on to the states each party won easily in 2000 - Mr Kerry will win with a margin of 102 electoral college votes. In 2000, Mr Bush beat Al Gore by 271 to 267.

"I have made a career of taking bungee jumps in my election calls," Mr Zogby wrote in an op-ed article. "Here is my jump for 2004: John Kerry will win the election ... We are unlikely to see any big bumps for either candidate because opinion is so polarised and, I believe, frozen in place. There are still six months to go and anything can happen. But as of today, this race is John Kerry's to lose."
Why is it that we have to look to the UK press to find anything about this? Oh, that's right. Our press is already bought and paid for. I almost forgot. I was distracted by the latest "terra" alert. Gotta go to Lowe's and get some duct tape and plastic sheeting.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Oh, what could have been...

From Al Gore's remarks today at NYU:
George W. Bush promised us a foreign policy with humility. Instead, he has brought us humiliation in the eyes of the world.

He promised to "restore honor and integrity to the White House." Instead, he has brought deep dishonor to our country and built a durable reputation as the most dishonest President since Richard Nixon.

Honor? He decided not to honor the Geneva Convention. Just as he would not honor the United Nations, international treaties, the opinions of our allies, the role of Congress and the courts, or what Jefferson described as "a decent respect for the opinion of mankind." He did not honor the advice, experience and judgment of our military leaders in designing his invasion of Iraq. And now he will not honor our fallen dead by attending any funerals or even by permitting photos of their flag-draped coffins.

How did we get from September 12th , 2001, when a leading French newspaper ran a giant headline with the words "We Are All Americans Now" and when we had the good will and empathy of all the world -- to the horror that we all felt in witnessing the pictures of torture in Abu Ghraib.
And that's just the first four paragraphs! It's almost shocking to hear this administration's litany of abuses laid out in one speech. If only the past 3-1/2 years were a bad dream. There's no place like home. There's no place like home.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Who let the dogs out?

From the front page of tomorrow's Washington Post:

General Is Said To Have Urged Use of Dogs
A U.S. Army general dispatched by senior Pentagon officials to bolster the collection of intelligence from prisoners in Iraq last fall inspired and promoted the use of guard dogs there to frighten the Iraqis, according to sworn testimony by the top U.S. intelligence officer at the Abu Ghraib prison.

According to the officer, Col. Thomas Pappas, the idea came from Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, who at the time commanded the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was implemented under a policy approved by Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the top U.S. military official in Iraq.[...]

Experts on the laws of war have charged that using dogs to coerce prisoners into providing information, as was done at Abu Ghraib, constitutes a violation of the Geneva Conventions that protect civilians under the control of an occupying power, such as the Iraqi detainees.
I'm sure this little tidbit has nothing to do with Sanchez being replaced. The official spin says it's time for a command rotation, and the White House has never lied to the American people before, have they?

How long will it be before we see how high the Abu Ghraib scandal goes? The whole "few bad apples" explanation isn't holding water now, is it? Come on, Rummy! Come on, Dubya! The truth shall set you free.

Outsourcing Bush...

Bush campaign ran from Noida call centre
The political split in the US over outsourcing notwithstanding, till very recently the fund-raising and vote-seeking campaign for the Republican Party was done partly out of India. [...]

The mandate for the teams was to mobilise support for President George W. Bush and solicit political contributions ranging between $5 and $3,000 from lakhs of registered Republican voters. The voters� database was provided by the Republican National Committee (RNC), the party�s premier political organisation. [...]

But the million-dollar question is why was the contract called off? Insiders say the growing resentment in the US audiences against outsourcing to India and strong reactions from Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry were at the root of capping the contract. The anti-outsourcing lobby within the Republicans also had a hand in ending the contract, insiders divulged.
It looks as if the RNC isn't sorry about stealing work from American telemarketers. It appears that they are only sorry they got caught doing it.

Come November, I won't feel sorry in the least about taking work from Bush and his handlers.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Now Playing: The Stepford Wives starring Laura Bush

Can you really blame her for being a robot? It's probably a survival instinct. Imagine living with Dubya. Now mix in holidays with "Beautiful Mind" Babs. You'd be reaching for the meds, too. My head hurts just thinking about it.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

The Emperor has no coattails...

Bush Slide in Polls Could Tip Congress to Democrats
WASHINGTON — With President (sic) Bush's political strength eroding, Democrats face improved electoral prospects this fall in the House and Senate — political terrain that not long ago seemed firmly in the GOP's grip.

Recent polls indicate that problems in Iraq and continuing lack of confidence in the economy are not only hurting Bush but undercutting voters' assessment of Republicans in Congress.

For Democrats, the challenge remains to translate that general discontent into specific victories. But the party's chances of winning control of the Senate have significantly improved in recent months, because of both the unexpected strength of Democratic candidates in several Bush strongholds and retirements by GOP incumbents. And the bid by the Democrats to take over the House, though still a long shot, would gain momentum next week if they won an open seat in South Dakota — a surprisingly likely prospect in a heavily Republican state. That would be the Democrats' second victory in a special House election this year.

"The psychology has changed from one of [achieving] a permanent victory to maintaining the status quo," said Michael Franc, a Republican who is a vice president of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington.
It's quite unusual for rats to go down with a sinking ship. If these numbers hold up throughout the summer, I would expect many GOP candidates to distance themselves from Bush. This guy's setting up quite a legacy for his party. Anti-Midas strikes again!

Should've kept the training wheels, Dubya!

You see, Georgie, if you would go back to training wheels and/or sobriety,this type of thing won't happen again. You've got to take better care of yourself. I mean, sure you're a screw-up, but at least you're not Cheney.