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August 16, 2004

The Bush campaign has many ways that it would like to characterize John Kerry, and one of those is that he is flip-floppy, "nuanced" and "French." Pausing to think and consider the other side, pondering the possibilty that you might actually be wrong, or changing your mind, is weak. And if you're weak, you're a faggot. And if you're a faggot, you're a girl, and there's nothing worse than being a girl (but if you are an actual girl, you shouldn't try to be a man, cuz that would be wrong).

This is quite different from Bush, who is strong and bold. He makes the wrong decision without delay, and following through and refusing to admit error, until every last passenger is killed in his train wreck.

Sadly, the media seems to be buying into Bush's spin. A Thursday NY Times headline read "For Now, Bush's Mocking Drowns Out Kerry's Nuanced Explanation of His War Vote" (note: the web headline appears to have been editted from its original version, and now reads "Bush's Mocking Drowns Out Kerry on Iraq Vote").

I'll admit, I was confused a bit by Kerry's position at first. After months of criticizing Bush's war, I naturally assumed that if he had it all to do over again, that he would not have voted to give Bush the okay to go to war. He surprised me (well, lots of folks) by saying that no, he would still vote for Bush's war authority. But he does actually explain his "nuanced" position fairly well in a quote in the link above:

KERRY (8/9/04): Yes, I would have voted for the authority [to go to war]. I believe it's the right authority for a president to have. But I would have used that authority as I have said throughout this campaign, effectively. I would have done this very differently from the way President Bush has.

And my question to President Bush is, Why did he rush to war without a plan to win the peace? Why did he rush to war on faulty intelligence and not do the hard work necessary to give America the truth? Why did he mislead America about how he would go to war? Why has he not brought other countries to the table in order to support American troops in the way that we deserve and relieve a pressure from the American people?

In other words, Kerry's nuanced position is "Bush fucked up". Really, that's about it.

If we play the little puppet show of denial, and pretend that this war really was about Iraqi liberty and a dictator's deadly weapons, Kerry's position makes some kind of sense. Giving the president the authority to declare war could have helped in negotiations and diplomacy to get rid of Saddam and the weapons. In a theoretical Kerry 2000 presidency, the inspectors probably would have stayed much longer, and perhaps an international force would have gone into Iraq maybe in the fall of 2003 (summer's a no-no cuz it's so hot). The US economy would not be in (as many) tatters, and the Arab/Muslim world would have less ability to blame all their problems on just the Americans (which I guess means "terrorism for everyone!").

Actually, I'd like to think that this magical Kerry White House wouldn't've had the lunatic neocon crusaders who wanted to invade Iraq in the first place.

Now, I think Kerry's position makes him a jackass. First of all, his "I believe it's the right authority for a president to have" is bullshit. The Constitution says that it's Congress' job to declare war. By definition it's not "the right authority for the president to have." I don't know what the hell Kerry's talking about.

Secondly, this war was not about keeping America safe, WMDs, or terrorism (ironically, the war went so badly that it has become about all of these things). It was about putting a US-friendly leader in charge of an important oil-producing country in an important oil-producing region. Under this framework, Kerry's position only makes sense if a) Kerry believes the puppet show, or b) Kerry was cool with the idea of the US planting its boot firmly in Middle Eastern soil. I'm not sure which possibilty is scarier. Okay, the second one.

Someone wanna remind me why I wanna vote for this asshole?

Oh yeah. Cuz of the other guy.

Stupid fucking two-party system.

Posted by Jake at 12:22 AM | TrackBack (0)

*If* you believed the White House's line that Hussein was fixing to attack us with nuclear weapons and that they had intelligence proving this, then yes, it was the right thing to do. I didn't believe their lies for a moment; however, I can see why it someone might be naive enough to believe the President wouldn't lie about something so important.
But it does puzzle me that someone who pursued the Iran-Contra affair wouldn't be more skeptical of Bush's motives.

Posted by: Amanda at August 16, 2004 04:03 AM

Kerry is dancing, and Bush capitalizes with cheap middle of the road rhetoric like "If he changed his mind now, what makes you think he wont do it again?" Middle class Americans love this type of shit and because of it Kerry is in trouble. Can someone remind me again why we always have to vote for millionaires? I guess this is the new democracy. Enjoy your freedom.

Posted by: carlos at August 17, 2004 09:53 AM

Kerry has some of the same bloodlines as Bush. Kerry's blood is more blue than Bushes, and the candidate with the most royal blood always wins.

Posted by: nobody cares at August 17, 2004 09:48 PM

The white house never said that "Hussein was fixing to attack us with nuclear weapons and that they had intelligence proving this". The Iraq was wasn't about oil, if it was then my gas should be alot cheaper right now. First we went to Afghanistan. Bin Laden couldn't stay there. He needed a country that hated us as much as he does, where he has space to hide, and where he can recruit. Iraq is the place, or was. There were many reasons for going into Iraq, but we needed to secure it before it BECAME an imminent threat.

The terrorist will hate us no matter what we do. Until we're all praising Allah, they will not stop. They have hijacked a religion and are using it as an excuse to gain power. They are the enemy, and despise Bushes weaknesses, he's the only one doing a dang thing about it.

We aren't there alone, here's a list of the countries that are in Iraq supporting this cause:

1. United States: about 140,000
2. Britain: about 9,200
3. Italy: about 3,000
4. Poland: 2.500
5. Ukraine: more than 1,650
6. Netherlands: 1,350
7. Australia: 880
8. Roumania: 730
9. South Korea: 660
10. Japan: about 550
11. Denmark: about 500
12. Bulgaria: 470
13. Thailande: about 450
14. Salvador: 380
15. Hungary: 300
16. Mongolia: about 170
17. Georgia: 159
18. Azerbaijan: 150
19. Norway: 150
20. Portugal: 128
21. Lithuania: 120
22. Latvia: 115
23. Slovakia: 100
24. Czech Republic: 80
25. Albania: 70
26. New Zealand: 60
27. Estonia:45
28. Tonga: about 45
29. Moldova: 43
30. Macedonia: about 30
31. Kazakhstan: about 30

By the way, here's a quote from Kerry:

"If Saddam Hussein is unwilling to bend to the international community's already existing order, then he will have invited enforcement, even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain if the security council fails to act."

-Op-Ed, The New York Times 9-6-02
John Kerry

Posted by: Steve at August 19, 2004 02:38 PM

I've become so cynical, really, as I view the higher prices in oil as merely a foreshadowing of America's corporate hands on such oil-enriched land... black gold... Texas tea.

Ah, it is what it is... As to Kerry; the man never appealed to me in the run up for the Democratic Convention.

When he said he would have voted for the invasion of Iraq anyway, I felt as if all hope had been lost.

What's the use of crying... I don't mind sighing... on my way to the Okey-Dokey Ranch for the showdown.

Posted by: Lorelei thelocalady at August 29, 2004 09:32 PM
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No one complained.

The next Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told his shocked viewers how the woman had appeard in the commercial "buck naked".

Then, the FCC received 50,000 complaints. How many of them actually saw this commercial is anyone's guess.

The article also shows the amazing statistics that although the Right is pretending that the "22% of Americans voted based on 'moral values'" statistic shows the return of the Moral Majority, this is actually a huge drop from the 35% who said that in the 2000 election or the 40% who said that in 1996 (when alleged pervert Bill Clinton was re-elected). This fact is so important I'm going to mention it over in the main news section too.

Brian Williams may surprise America- Tom Brokaw's replacement anchor, Brian Williams, dismissed the impact of blogs by saying that bloggers are "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Which is really funny, coming out of the mouth of a dude who's idea of journalism is to read words out loud off a teleprompter. Seriously, if parrots were literate, Brian Williams would be reporting live from the line outside the soup kitchen.

In related news, Tom Brokaw has quit NBC Nightly News, and it appears that unlike his predecessor, the new guy can speak without slurring words like a drunk.

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Don't you think that an agency designed to lie to the public might lie about being shut down, too?

This article gives some examples about the US military lying to the press for propaganda and disinformation purposes.

Tavis Smiley leaving NPR in December- African-American talk show host Tavis Smiley is opting to not renew his daily talk show on National Public Radio. He criticized his former employers for failing to: "meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio but simply donít know it exists or what it offers ... In the most multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial America ever, I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future." He's 100% correct. NPR is white. Polar bear eating a marshmallow at the mayonaise factory white. And the reason it's so white is that it is trying to maintain an affluent listener base (premoniantly older white folks) who will donate money to their stations. This is a great paradox of American public broadcasting, that they have a mandate to express neglected viewpoints and serve marginalized communities, but those folks can't donate money in the amounts that the stations would like to see.

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"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast."

Whoa, what? First of all, the ad does not mention marriage at all. Second, since when do positions opposite of the Executive Branch constitute "unacceptable"? This doesn't sound like "we're not airing this because it's controversial", this sounds like "we're afraid of what the President might say."

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