Thursday, July 22

'Fahrenheit 9/11' Making GOP Nervous 

Mike Glover of the Associated Press reported earlier today from Des Moines, Iowa on that darn film:

Republicans initially dismissed "Fahrenheit 9/11" as a cinematic screed that would play mostly to inveterate Bush bashers. Four weeks and $94 million later, the film is still pulling in moviegoers at 2,000 theaters around the country, making Republicans nervous as it settles into the American mainstream.

"I'm not sure if it moves voters," GOP consultant Scott Reed said, "but if it moves 3 or 4 percent it's been a success."

Read the whole story:


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Bush Plans Cuts to High Schools, Health Care 

We know how this works now. Whenever Bush praises something and says he's going to devote time to it, it really means it is on the table for total destruction. The AP tells us:

"At a fund-raiser Wednesday night, Bush sketched out a second-term domestic agenda that would shift focus to improving high school education and expanding access to health care."

We forgot to destroy them during the first term.

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Wednesday, July 21

Best Soldiers Leaving for Better Pay 

The AP tells us the best and brightest are bailing out.

"Just when the U.S. military needs them most, senior Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other elite forces are leaving for higher-paying jobs.

After getting years of training and experience in the military, they leave for other government jobs or for what defense officials said Tuesday has been an explosion in outside contractor work."

I guess we just don't have any money for things like soldiers anymore.

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Bush Gives $5.6 Billion To Pharma Business 

The AP tells us that Bush just signed legislation to give $5.6 billion to his friends in the pharmaceutical industry:

"The legislation, called Project BioShield, provides the drug industry with incentives to research and develop bioterrorism countermeasures. It speeds up the approval process of antidotes and, in an emergency, allows the government to distribute certain treatments before the Food and Drug Administration has approved them."

Not only do they get lots of money, they also get a sped-up approval process. In some cases, no approval process is needed. Some protection, eh?

Again, Bush is using the deaths of 9-11 to further his political agenda. See how it is done?

You fat and lazy Americans are afraid, so I will give handouts to my pals and tell you it is for your safety and protection. See how tough I am on my personal fears that I project onto you? My warped view of the world is now your warped view, which makes my friends very wealthy unless you wake up and do something about it.

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Tuesday, July 20

Kerry Headed to Iraq? 

The Guardian says the best way to beat Democrats this year is to call them up for duty in Iraq:

"Congressional candidate Greg Philips will get a chance to serve his country, but it won't be in Washington. The suburban Philadelphia Democrat ended his long-shot bid to unseat Republican Rep. Curt Weldon on Tuesday after his Naval Reserve unit was called up for duty in Kuwait."

He used to criticize the war, but not anymore:

"On the campaign trail, Philips had been sharply critical of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. His Web site deplored ``the continued loss of American lives in Iraq while the President's friends make large profits.'' He also charged that the armed forces are underpaid, overstretched and often poorly equipped.

On Tuesday, Philips said he was no longer at liberty to criticize the government or his commander in chief. "


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Monday, July 19

Bananas OK To Throw at Banana Republicans, According to Secret Service 

Also from Froomkin, describing a poorly attended Cheney-McCain rally at which protestors shouted "four more months!":

"Joel Feick of ABC12 in Flint reports that 'the United States Secret Service examined my briefcase on the way in. I was carrying, among other things, an apple and a banana.

'They confiscated the apple, saying I could have thrown it at the vice president. But the banana made it through.'"

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The Election Has Been Rigged - "It's Official" Says Bush 

There is no way that a candidate can know for certain that they will win unless the system is rigged. Then the candidate can get cocky. The Washington Post's Dan Foomkin makes note of this intriguing comment by Bush, with some emphasis by yours truly:

"Associated Press reporter Scott Lindlaw passed a note via staff to the president on the flight down to Tampa on Friday, in which he asked what the president thought of the Tour de France and whether fellow Texan Lance Armstrong would pull off a record-breaking sixth win.

Pool reporter Maura Reynolds of the Los Angeles Times wrote to her colleagues: 'Following the gaggle, Bush wandered into the adjacent cabin, caught Lindlaw's eye, and said: 'He's going to win and I'm going to win. There's no need to worry about either race any more.''"

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