Friday, February 20

Why We Killed Dean 

He was the biggest threat to our interests. We like Democracy, oh, sure, but only if it is a choice between two vetted corporate servants who won't rock the boat. Not someone with ideas of progressive populism.

The Dean campaign scared the bejeezus out of us, so we united with the Kerry folks and our 5 friends running all the media to grind him into a pulp.

"Its rapid rise, independent of the anointing touch of these two pillars of political power, threatened both institutions. Consciously or subconsciously, the political elite understood that their role in providing expert guidance to the vast electorate would have been undermined if the Dean campaign had succeeded.

Political consultants and fundraisers would see their influence wane if candidates could tap their networks for volunteer labour rather than paying millions of dollars in consulting fees.

Campaign fundraisers recognise that their jobs are in peril if politicians no longer need them to provide most of their funds. And political reporters have every reason to fear that voters will cease to take their guidance seriously when they are able to find commentary that is equally compelling on campaign websites and from independent blogs.

The political press and the Washington campaign consulting industry recognised that Howard Dean posed a grave danger to their position and they responded with a fierce campaign to undermine and discredit his message. "

Damn straight! We don't want you people actually getting involved and making a difference. We don't want you to cut us off from our gravy train. Go back to sleep. Janets boob. Janets boob... you are getting sleepy....

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Manufacturing Rates About to Rise! 

Atrios pointed this one out:

"Is cooking a hamburger patty and inserting the meat, lettuce and ketchup inside a bun a manufacturing job, like assembling automobiles?

That question is posed in the new Economic Report of the President, a thick annual compendium of observations and statistics on the health of the United States economy.

The latest edition, sent to Congress last week, questions whether fast-food restaurants should continue to be counted as part of the service sector or should be reclassified as manufacturers. No answers were offered. "

And, because you get an unemployment check paying you for being unemployed, we think it should be considered a job. So if you get laid-off, you actually are being hired by the unemployment office on a temporary basis. That's a good job, eh?

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Thursday, February 19

Our Scapegoat 

You've forgotten about what's his name, right? You know, the guy at that company? (Just in case you still recall Ken "Kenny Boy" Lay, try to forget as we make headlines with Skilling. He's going down..). Let's get Skilling. That's a good idea.

"Prosecutors 'were making a grave mistake' in pursuing Skilling 'but they have decided to turn a blind eye,' said one of his lawyers, Dan Petrocelli.

'Jeff Skilling has nothing to hide,' Petrocelli said. 'He did not steal. He did not lie. He did not take anyone's money and in the 60 pages of charges filed by the United States government, they don't even accuse him of these things and it's not from lack of trying.'

He said Skilling - unlike other former Enron executives who invoked their Fifth Amendment rights before Congress - had cooperated fully with investigators and government panels investigating the company's collapse.

'He has come forward, he has raised his right hand, he has answered the hard questions,' Petrocelli said. 'Jeff Skilling did nothing wrong. ... I guess they need a scapegoat. And I guess Jeff Skilling is their scapegoat.'"

Ooops. Maybe he was the wrong one to blame this on. He may squeal. Hmmm. Can one order cement shoes online? As long as everyone forgets about Ken Lay, though, and his close personal friendship with George Bush. I wonder if Bush will use Enron's planes for campaigning this time around? Heck, he could fly one onto the deck of a carrier somewhere...

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Wednesday, February 18

Who shot Dean? 

There is no side because there is no cause.

So says Joubert to Turner in the spy film "Three Days of The Condor". Joubert's job is to assassinate people. In several brief sentences he describes his job to Turner: "It is -- quite restful. Almost peaceful. No need to believe in either side, or any side. There is no cause. There is only yourself. And the belief is in your precision."


Which man do you want?

Who will he work for when he is President of the United States?

What if your answer to the first question is 'none' and 'not me' to the second?

I prefer not to pass judgment on any of these men.

The race is over. Because any of these gentlemen does not have my vote nor my attention, and may the -- best man win.

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Tuesday, February 17

What's Wrong With This Story? 

Last night Gov. Dean spoke for 45 minutes at the Orpheum Theater before a crowd of several thousand supporters. I watched as he was interrupted over a dozen times by people chanting "We want Dean! We want Dean". However, if you read the Associated Press report by Mike Glover, you would think that Gov. Dean's message is slipping away after Grossman's rather cowardly defection to Kerry's camp.

Glover writes pontifically, "The departure of Grossman obscured Dean's message in a state with a tradition of supporting liberals, mavericks and Washington outsiders" (AP, 2/17/2004, "Dean Insists Run Won't End In Wisconsin", Mike Glover)

Furthermore, Joe Trippi was not forced out of the campaign, Mike.

"Former campaign manager Joe Trippi was forced out earlier." (AP, 2/17/2004, "Dean Insists Run Won't End In Wisconsin", Mike Glover)

Get your facts straight at the Associated Press, Mike.

It was the opposite. Joe Trippi resigned after Roy Neel appeared.

The Baltimore Sun explains it well.

"The former Vermont governor asked Roy Neel, a longtime top Gore adviser, to take charge of the campaign. That move led Joe Trippi, the campaign manager who was regarded as a folk hero among Dean's supporters, to resign." (Baltimore Sun, 1/29/2004, "In bid to save his candidacy, Dean names new top adviser", by Julie Hirschfeld Davis)

Dean and his supporters insist that this campaign about change and hope is not over. If you know of the group Moveon, the internet activist group, their over 2 million members now eclipse that of the Christian Coalition. That message appears to be getting stronger and stronger every day. If you insist on change, the powers that be hear it.

As Joe Trippi said yesterday, change is not going to happen if Dean quits. "...people can not give up -- because giving up assures only one thing -- that change will never happen."

Sure it wasn't nice, perhaps, to bring in Roy Neel without telling Joe Trippi beforehand, but Dean runs his campaign as he has said.

When Steve Grossman told the press on Sunday morning that Gov. Dean was going to quit the race if he loses the Wisconsin primary, that wasn't very nice, perhaps. There are 400,000 Dean supporters and Howard Dean that certainly take issue with that pronouncement.

As Dean spoke onstage, a girl holding a small American flag and wearing a yellow painter's union t-shirt stood next to the governor. Before he spoke to the crowd, a smiling Dean took the girl in his arms and lifted her up to his shoulders. The crowd wildly applauded as the image of the Doctor and the child, which symbolizes the message of the Dean campaign, took on new meaning. The AP did not report that.

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Sunday, February 15


Illegal spying? Us? Not us. We're the good guys.

"The former Mexican ambassador to the UN, Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, told The Observer that US officials intervened last March, just days before the war against Saddam was launched, to halt secret negotiations for a compromise resolution to give weapons inspectors more time to complete their work.

Aguilar Zinser claimed that the intervention could only have come as a result of surveillance of a closed diplomatic meeting where the compromise was being hammered out. He said it was clear the Americans knew about the confidential discussions in advance. 'When they [the US] found out, they said, 'You should know that we don't like the idea and we don't like you to promote it.''"

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