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February 12, 2004

I really don't care much about the Bush-National Guard-AWOL story. We already know that Bush is a reckless liar who's gotten by on Daddy's money and connections, so the facts of this case don't interest me. But since it's becoming a media scandal that could take him down a few pegs in the polls, and maybe inform voters that he is a lying asshole, I have to give the investigation my support.

Calpundit seems ahead of the game in this story. If you want details, go check him out.

To any conservative readers who will accuse me of mudslinging or dirty politics, you might have a point. But this isn't about me wanting "my side" to win (I'm not a Democrat anyway). I truly believe the facts back me up when I say that Bush as president is doing incredible damage to the United States, and to the rest of the world. If reporters have to veer from covering the issues to digging through Bush's sordid past to get his ass thrown out of office, so be it.

And in related news, oft-cynical columnist Geov Parrish truly believes that Bush is going to lose this election. Why? Because this election won't be about Bush vs. Democratic Contender X, but Bush vs. Bush. In 2000, he was a down-home, straight-talkin', charming conservative that no one knew much about. In 2004, his media-clumsy self is going to be on TV every day, trying to stumble through explanations of why he attacked an unarmed country, lost 2 million jobs, and drove the American economy into the crapper (yes, I'm aware that the idea that the president controls the job market or economy is arguable, but tell that to the voters). Don't know if I agree with Geov's optimism, but he makes a good case.

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Unlike Geov, I'm very much pessimistic. Bush will win again because of neocons' craft at distracting and confusing the American public (deceive, inveigle, and obfuscate to steal a line from THE X-FILES) and the left-liberals who fail miserably at providing any alternatives.

Prepare for four more years of social and political reaction.

Posted by: Eric at February 12, 2004 11:38 AM

I agree with you Jake, in that I'm glad the heat is a little more turned up on this guy.

However, Eric has a point. I'm not sure who this matters to, because half the country is against him already, and his supporters think this was long ago, far away. Compared to Clinton (their favorite comparison), at least he ‘served his country’ for 3-odd years. I do love his reaction to the question, though: “I was honorably discharged, so I must have completed my service”. He sounds like he’s not even sure himself. This would have been more relevant when he was running against Gore, who actually went to Nam, but the lyingmediabastards pretended the story wasn't out there – even though it was already brought up when he was running for governor.

Even if it were to be revealed today that strings were pulled on his behalf to cover up his disappearance from the Guard, I think it would be of far less relevance than say, a rigged election – and no one seems overly upset about that in our ‘representative democracy’.

I can only conclude that mainstream Americans think this is all just fine. Lied about WMD? Americans either don’t care or else think these countries deserve it for 9/11 – (as if). And those NASCAR dads like their SUVs and Indianapolis 500s. Why else would they accept his sending troops to kill and be killed?

If the aim of these reports is simply to bring up his questionable behaviors from 30+ years ago, far more relevant to me is the fact that the guy was arrested as many as 3 times.

If the aim is to point out that he just a plain bad man, even more relevant is his international war criminal behavior – responsible for the invasion and occupation of countries that never attacked us and the deaths of nearly 4000 Afghani civilians and between 8 to 10 thousand Iraqi civilians.

I’ve seen only one case in my lifetime (Vietnam) where Americans finally cared enough that their tax money was being used to rain fiery death from the sky – but that wasn’t until we were at least 5 years into it, and mostly because of the draft and the huge amount of American casualties - in other words, it affected Americans directly.

Korea, Yugoslavia, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine –who cares, really? If they do care, why are they not in the streets? Or at least turning out to vote? Why doesn’t Tom Brokaw or Dan Rather or PBS for that matter mention civilian deaths - ever? It’s apparently not newsworthy. Greatest Nation on Earth and all that. Makes one proud, really.

Missed some Texas Air National Guard duty? Wow! That is so horrifying. Notify McNeil-Lehrer - this is news!

I have seen nothing to show me that this guy is going to be defeated in November - Deibold and non-trackable touch-screen voting will see to that. Call me paranoid, buy I believe these charges are a red herring, to keep the heat off the election fraud that these criminals have just spent the last 3 years adjusting and perfecting.

Posted by: Mr. Mxpklyx at February 12, 2004 12:50 PM

Eh, but look on the bright side. The Democrats will return in 2008 and resume their UN-sponsored wars. At least it will look better.

Must we continue running in circles?

Posted by: Eric at February 12, 2004 11:27 PM

And it's a sad commentary on American affairs that to be elected, you must have served in the war machine. Are voters that narrow or is this something that keeps getting fed to the public? When Michael Moore endorses Wesley Clark because he's a military general, who was involved in war crimes of his own, that pretty much sums it up for this electoral process.

Perhaps Jake should post his "Voting Is Irrelevant" piece he did ages ago.

Posted by: Eric at February 12, 2004 11:44 PM
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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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