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Friday, October 22, 2004

HUNTER S. THOMPSON ENDORSES KERRY ... SORT OF! 

AND THAT'S MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME!

I'm going to be perfectly honest. I haven't looked into this, so it might be an odd hoax of some kind. But I can't imagine why anyone would pretend to be Thompson saying good things about Kerry.

"Back in June, when John Kerry was beginning to feel like a winner, I had a quick little rendezvous with him on a rain-soaked runway in Aspen, Colorado, where he was scheduled to meet with a harem of wealthy campaign contributors. As we rode to the event, I told him that Bush's vicious goons in the White House are perfectly capable of assassinating Nader and blaming it on him. His staff laughed, but the Secret Service men didn't. Kerry quickly suggested that I might make a good running mate, and we reminisced about trying to end the Vietnam War in 1972.

That was the year I first met him, at a riot on that elegant little street in front of the White House. He was yelling into a bullhorn and I was trying to throw a dead, bleeding rat over a black-spike fence and onto the president's lawn.

We were angry and righteous in those days, and there were millions of us. We kicked two chief executives out of the White House because they were stupid warmongers. We conquered Lyndon Johnson and we stomped on Richard Nixon -- which wise people said was impossible, but so what? It was fun. We were warriors then, and our tribe was strong like a river.

That river is still running. All we have to do is get out and vote, while it's still legal, and we will wash those crooked warmongers out of the White House."

UPDATE: A MMC source known only as the Dingo found the quote in a Rolling Stone article titled "Fear and Loathing, Campaign 2004: Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Sounds Off on the Fun-Hogs in the Passing Lane".

Highly recommended.

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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Bush and the Patriot Act 

During the second debate, Bush was asked a question about the Patriot Act. The exchange went as follows:
NY Times Transcript
Q. President Bush, 45 days after - excuse me - 45 days after 9/11, Congress passed the Patriot Act, which takes away checks on law enforcement and weakens American citizens' rights and freedoms, especially Fourth Amendment rights. With expansion to the Patriot Act and Patriot Act II, my question to you is why are my rights being watered down and my citizens around me, and what is the specific justifications for these reforms?

Mr. Bush: I appreciate that. I really don't think your rights are being watered down. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't support it if I thought that.


In light of what we have recently learned about Bush's decision-making process and relationship to reality, I found myself rethinking this statement. This is pure speculation on my part, but I have to wonder if what he really thinks is that there is nothing wrong with the Patriot Act because he supports it. We know that he is incapable of admitting mistakes. We also know that this administration has a very flexible relationship to the truth, namely that it is whatever they want it to be. With that in mind, I really have to wonder if Bush simply believes that no piece of legislation he signed could infringe on civil rights, and therefore the Patriot Act does not infringe civil rights.

This is the group who, after all, tossed three Oregon schoolteachers out of their rally for wearing shirts that said a seditious and un-American thing like "Protect our civil liberties."
Three Medford school teachers were threatened with arrest and escorted from the event after they showed up wearing T-shirts with the slogan "Protect our civil liberties." All three said they applied for and received valid tickets from Republican headquarters in Medford.

The women said they did not intend to protest. "I wanted to see if I would be able to make a statement that I feel is important, but not offensive, in a rally for my president," said Janet Voorhies, 48, a teacher in training.

These three women need to be on a DNC commercial running across the nation.

And finally, Al Gore made a great speech. Read the transcript.

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Not with a bang, but with a whimper... 

... did the Klingons of Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees, complete the biggest choke-job in the history of the sport. There have certainly been many other enourmous chokes, with the Boston Red Sox leading the way, but no one, and I mean no one, has ever won the first three games of a best-of-seven series and then gone on to collapse and lose the next four. Until tonight, when the Yankees fell apart. And it was beautiful. Not as exciting as game 6, but much more satisfying.

Of course, the Curse is still in effect. This part - the part dealing with the Yankees - has been overcome, but remember that the Red Sox have made it to the World Series four times since 1918, only to lose in game 7 each time. They're not out of the woods yet. And, knowing the Red Sox, they only succeed in order to choke worse later on. As a Bostonian friend said, "Of course they'll beat the Yankees. It would be a much bigger choke-job to beat them and then lose to Roger Clemons (probably the best pitcher in Red Sox history, allowed to leave and now playing for the Houston Astros) in game 7."

Still... maybe this is the year.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

YES, THERE ARE HONEST AND INFORMED REPUBLICANS! 

AND THEY ARE VOTING FOR KERRY!

Click here for a story about Elmer L. Andersen, who used to be the Republican governor of Minnesota.

Here's a highlight:

"I am more fearful for the state of this nation than I have ever been -- because this country is in the hands of an evil man: Dick Cheney."

KERRY ROCKS!

SAVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! VOTE KERRY!

UPDATE: Here's a few more Republicans that are endorsing Kerry or not voting for Bush.

We need a MAN in the White House. VOTE KERRY!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

If you only ever watch one baseball game in your life... 

... then you need to watch this one. The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees tonight, 4-2, to force the day of days in baseball, the Game Seven. But it is more than just that. Boston lost the first three games of the series before coming back and winning the next three. That is history in itself. No one has ever even gotten this far after losing the first three, never mind win.

And then there is the Curse. No World Series Championships since 1918, and the Yankees with 26.

So this is it. Boston is going to try to do the undoable, to beat the Yankees, their archnemises for 100 years, in game 7, in The Comeback of All Comebacks. If they succeed, we will tell our grandkids about The Comeback. If they fail - then the Curse is real, and the Red Sox will be doomed to choke for all time.

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AXIS OF EVIL ENDORSES BUSH! 

OSAMA BIN LADEN TO CAMPAIGN FOR BUSH IN SWING STATES!

Yes, I'm getting a little carried away, huh? After all, it wasn't the whole Axis of Evil. It was just Iran.

Read this story on yahoo.com for the details.

Will North Korea and Cuba endorse Bush soon enough to make a difference?

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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Faith-Based President 

Ron Suskind's NY Times article about Bush, religion, and his relationship to the truth is a must-read. Its pretty hefty at 10 pages, so here's one passage that is particularly appalling:
[A senior Bush advisor] said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors....and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

Several different commentators have remarked on this. Kevin Drum has an interesting take on it, that ultimately this reflects a man who lacks self-confidence, and thus fears contact with facts that might prove his "gut instincts" incorrect. Juan Cole compares Bush to Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist leader whose "Great Leap Forward" policies were premised on the same faith-based ideas, that power can create reality, and led to 20 million deaths from starvation.

Personally, I'm not sure what to make. One of those people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality"? Well, yeah, I guess I do beleive that trying to understand the world in order to try to make it better is a pretty good idea. It is my occupation, after all. I mean, you don't just come up with solutions out of thin air, do you?
Article:The president would say that he relied on his ''gut'' or his ''instinct'' to guide the ship of state, and then he ''prayed over it.''

Oh, wait, I guess you do.

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