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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

I thought maybe the Democrats should run Jesus in '08. Then I remembered all the stuff they got on him. Karl Rove might be able to beat Jesus. What has the world come to?



Caleb

Sunday, November 28, 2004

The irony of it all...here is what President Bush said regarding allegations of election fraud in the Ukraine:

"There's just a lot of allegations of vote fraud that placed their election, the validity of their elections, in doubt... The international community is watching very carefully. People are paying very close attention to this, and hopefully it will be resolved in a way that brings credit and confidence to the Ukrainian government."

Shouldn't we be applying this thinking to our own elections?

Read more at:

http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

Friday, November 26, 2004

So...who thinks teaching abstinence only will be a deterrent to teen sexual activity? I'd love to hear from some teens on this! Will it make it more appealing the more sex is treated like the forbidden fruit?

Bush Seeks Funds for Abstinence Education
By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - President Bush's re-election insures that more federal money will flow to abstinence education that precludes discussion of birth control, even as the administration awaits evidence that the approach gets kids to refrain from sex.

Congress last weekend included more than $131 million for abstinence programs in a $388 billion spending bill, an increase of $30 million but about $100 million less than Bush requested. Meanwhile, a national evaluation of abstinence programs has been delayed, with a final report not expected until 2006.

Ten state evaluations, compiled by a group that opposes abstinence-only education, showed little change in teens' behavior since the start of abstinence programs in 1997.

The president has been a strong proponent of school-based sexual education that focuses on abstinence, but does not include instruction on safe sex.

"We don't need a study, if I remember my biology correctly, to show us that those people who are sexually abstinent have a zero chance of becoming pregnant or getting someone pregnant or contracting a sexually transmitted disease," said Wade Horn, the assistant secretary of Health and Human Services (news - web sites) in charge of federal abstinence funding.

Those who say schools also should be teaching youths how to use contraceptives say Horn's argument ignores reality. Surveys indicate that roughly 50 percent of teens say they have sex before they leave high school. While the nation's teenage pregnancy rate is declining, young people 15 to 24 account for about half the new cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States each year.


Teaching only about abstinence means students will be less able to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, say supporters of comprehensive sexual education.

"The only 100 percent way to avoid a car collision is not to drive, but the federal government sure does a lot of advocacy for safety belts," said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a group that promotes education about birth control and condom use.

The push for abstinence is one of several Bush policies popular with religious conservatives. Also topping the agenda: the faith-based initiative, which aims to open more government programs to religious groups. That push will continue into a second term, said Jim Towey, who directs the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

"This is a culture change in the way the government provides social services," he said in an interview. "It's a change to recognize if we really want to help our poor, we want to give them some choice of programs and providers."

The argument about sexual education has raged for years, between those who say teaching about sex promotes promiscuity and those who say teens will make better choices if they are fully informed.


The "abstinence-only" initiative was part of the 1996 welfare law. Because programs are so young, there has been little conclusive research about their effectiveness. Independent researchers said in 2002 there is no reliable evidence whether these programs are effective in reducing teen sex, pregnancy or the transmission of disease.

The same team has been updating its findings for the Department of Health and Humans Services. A second report was supposed to be released earlier this year, but has been pushed back, said HHS spokesman Bill Pierce. The final installation is expected in 2006.

Advocates for Youth recently compiled state evaluations that found little change in teens' behavior since the start of the abstinence programs. The states evaluated are: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Leslee Unruh, president of National Abstinence Clearinghouse in Sioux Falls, S.D., said those state programs are not true abstinence programs because they talk about delaying sexual activity, but not specifically waiting until marriage.


Wagoner said backers of abstinence-only education are now distancing themselves from programs that don't work. He noted that the state programs all qualified for and received money from the federal pot of abstinence education money.


Horn and Unruh acknowledged a paucity of data. "So many of our programs are in their infancy. The jury is still out," Unruh said.

Horn said, "The research is not as adequate as it needs to be."


Still, he is not willing to wait for more evaluations, calling abstinence education "something that parents and children want."


Tuesday, November 16, 2004

This doesn't bode well for those who are not Bush backers. A protege of Karl Rove...great. Also, it's my opinion that Bush wants to privatise Social Security because he has bankrupted it and doesn't want the public to know. I'm not feeling particularly secure about my future.

Bush Names Campaign Manager to Head GOP
Tue Nov 16, 9:05 AM ET

By RON FOURNIER, AP Political Writer
WASHINGTON - President Bush's choice to head the Republican Party said Monday he hopes to extend the GOP's grip on power in Washington.

"Nothing is permanent in politics," said Ken Mehlman, who managed Bush's re-election campaign and is now slated to head the Republican National Committee. "The goal is how do you — both in the short term and the long term — do things to make it sustainable?"

With Mehlman and White House strategist Karl Rove at the helm, Bush won re-election by more than 3 million votes and Republicans expanded their majorities in the House and the Senate.

Republicans also hold most of the gubernatorial and state legislative seats nationwide.

Mehlman, 38, a protege of Rove, said he also hopes to expand the GOP base and help Bush enact his agenda, including changes in the tax code and Social Security. While winning re-election with 51 percent of the vote, Bush improved his support among Hispanics, Catholics, women and others key voting blocs.

With current GOP chair Ed Gillespie returning to the private sector, the Republican National Committee will select a replacement early next year. Bush's recommendation virtually guarantees Mehlman the job.

Bush, in a statement, praised Gillespie. "He helped bring many new people to our cause by sharing our vision of a safer world and a more hopeful America. His successful efforts in outreach, registration and voter turnout will be an enduring legacy on which to build a long-lasting governing coalition," Bush said.

"Ken has served the Republican Party and the president with honor and distinction," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said, adding that Mehlman had "a clear vision for making our gains long lasting."

While Rove is considered the driving force behind Bush's political strategy, Mehlman is widely credited as the organizing genius who turned White House orders into action. From the campaign's headquarters in Arlington, Va., he oversaw an Amway-like political organization that recruited tens of thousands of volunteers, assigned them political tasks and held them accountable.

Mehlman directed a multimillion-dollar advertising and operations budget while smoothing over conflicts between the White House, the campaign and the scores of senior Republicans who offered advice and criticism from the sidelines.

Mehlman served as White House political director under Rove before heading the re-election campaign. In 2000, he served as national field director for the Bush campaign, charged with coordinating the efforts of GOP leaders in every state.

Before joining Bush's team, he worked on Capitol Hill and practiced environmental law in Washington. Mehlman is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

Democrats are also replacing their party chairman early next year, but the process is more wide open because there is no titular head of the party.


The Ohio Recount is going forward. As posted on http://www.votecobb.org/, as of November 16 the initial Ohio recount filing fees and expenses have been received from thousands of supporters around the country.

Green & Libertarian Presidential Candidates Demand Ohio Recount

11/11 - David Cobb and Michael Badnarik, the 2004 presidential candidates for the Green and Libertarian parties, today announced their intentions to file a formal demand for a recount of the presidential ballots cast in Ohio.


"Due to widespread reports of irregularities in the Ohio voting process, we are compelled to demand a recount of the Ohio presidential vote. Voting is the heart of the democratic process in which we as a nation put our faith. When people stand in line for hours to exercise their right to vote, they need to know that all votes will be counted fairly and accurately. We must protect the rights of the people of Ohio, as well as all Americans, and stand up for the right to vote and the right for people's votes to be counted. The integrity of the democratic process is at stake," the two candidates said in a joint statement.

The candidates also demanded that Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican who chaired the Ohio Bush campaign, recuse himself from the recount process.

The Ohio presidential election was marred by numerous press and independent reports of voter intimidation, mis-marked and discarded ballots, problems with electronic voting machines and the targeted disenfranchisement of African American voters. A number of citizens’ groups and voting rights organizations are holding hearings this Saturday in Columbus, Ohio to investigate voting irregularities and voter suppression in the Ohio 2004 general election. The hearings will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the New Faith Baptist Church, 955 Oak Street. Voters, poll workers, journalists and voting experts are invited to testify. A second hearing will be held on Monday at a location TBA, from 6-9 p.m.

The Cobb and Badnarik campaigns are in the process of raising the required fee, estimated at $110,000, for filing for a complete recount. [Please note: there are other expenses involved with this effort so we have set a goal of raising $150,000]. The campaigns are accepting contributions through their websites. The Cobb-LaMarche website is www.votecobb.org.

The Cobb and Badnarik campaigns have displayed a level of cooperation and civility rarely found in electoral politics. The campaigns jointly participated in and/or sponsored a series of independent debates. Cobb and Badnarik were also simultaneously arrested in St. Louis protesting their exclusion from the restricted, two-party corporate-sponsored debates.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

I was going to concede this election to Bush and just assume that he won "fair and square" but I can't ignore this anymore. Things smell weird. There seem to be quite a few voter irregularities going on here. One of the odd things is they aren't happening in states like California or Texas, states where we know who was going to win. They all have been happening in the so called "swing states."

Here are a few examples...

Columbus, OH. A Danaher ELECTronic 1242 computer error with a voting machine cartridge gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in a Gahanna precinct. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. A cartridge from one of three voting machines at the polling place generated a faulty number at a computerized reading station. Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections said the cartridge was retested Thursday and there were no problems. He couldn't explain why the computer reader malfunctioned. Story 1 Story 2

Mahoning County, OH. 20 to 30 machines that needed to be recalibrated during the voting process because some votes for a candidate were being counted for that candidate's opponent. Story

Broward county, FL. Several touch-screen voting machines in Broward County malfunctioned Election day morning when their batteries went dead. Story

More voting irregularities.

There is a petition done by Moveon.org asking congress for an investigation. Please sign it. Even if you hate Moveon.org, if this does not seem right to you please write your congressmen and your senators. Time is running out.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

This post is from Caleb's mother. To all of you who read this blog who admire Caleb's work and to all of you who look at what he does with anger and scorn, my message to each of you is the same. Caleb, like many of us today is upset, he is exhausted, and he is afraid for his country. However, when I sat in disbelief last night watching the electorate results, in tears and shock, Caleb sat next to me and said, "I will not let the events of November 2, 2004 tilt my political compass in anyway." Over the years, I have been very proud of Caleb and his work. However, I have never been more proud of him then in that moment. It also gave me the hope I needed for the future that once again, our fate as a nation rests with our youth, and they are shaping up to be a wise group.

I want to thank everyone who has called today to check on him. I want to thank all of you for your concern. However, like I said, to all of Caleb's readers, fans and detractors, I can assure you, Caleb is and will be fine. He has a strength, a faith, and yes a political and moral compass that is stronger then this. I pray our nation does too.

Lisa
Caleb's mom
An Election Spoiled Rotten
TomPaine.com
Monday, November 1, 2004
by Greg Palast

It's not even Election Day yet, and the Kerry-Edwards campaign is already down by a almost a million votes. That's because, in important states like Ohio, Florida and New Mexico, voter names have been systematically removed from the rolls and absentee ballots have been overlooked—overwhelmingly in minority areas, like Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, where Hispanic voters have a 500 percent greater chance of their vote being "spoiled." Investigative journalist Greg Palast reports on the trashing of the election.

Greg Palast, contributing editor to Harper's magazine, investigated the manipulation of the vote for BBC Television's Newsnight. The documentary, "Bush Family Fortunes," based on his New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, has been released this month on DVD .

John Kerry is down by several thousand votes in New Mexico, though not one ballot has yet been counted. He's also losing big time in Colorado and Ohio; and he's way down in Florida, though the votes won't be totaled until Tuesday night.

Through a combination of sophisticated vote rustling—ethnic cleansing of voter rolls, absentee ballots gone AWOL, machines that "spoil" votes—John Kerry begins with a nationwide deficit that could easily exceed one million votes.


The Urge To Purge

Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson just weeks ago removed several thousand voters from the state's voter rolls. She tagged felons as barred from voting. What makes this particularly noteworthy is that, unlike like Florida and a handful of other Deep South states, Colorado does not bar ex-cons from voting. Only those actually serving their sentence lose their rights.

There's no known, verified case of a Colorado convict voting illegally from the big house. Because previous purges have wiped away the rights of innocents, federal law now bars purges within 90 days of a presidential election to allow a voter to challenge their loss of civil rights.

To exempt her action from the federal rule, Secretary Davidson declared an "emergency." However, the only "emergency" in Colorado seems to be President Bush's running dead, even with John Kerry in the polls.

Why the sudden urge to purge? Davidson's chief of voting law enforcement is Drew Durham, who previously worked for the attorney general of Texas. This is what the former spokeswoman for the Lone Star state's attorney general says of Mr. Durham: He is, "unfit for public office... a man with a history of racism and ideological zealotry." Sounds just right for a purge that affects, in the majority, non-white voters.

From my own and government investigations of such purge lists, it is unlikely that this one contains many, if any, illegal voters.

But it does contain Democrats. The Dems may not like to shout about this, but studies indicate that 90-some percent of people who have served time for felonies will, after prison, vote Democratic. One suspects Colorado's Republican secretary of state knows that.


Ethnic Cleansing Of The Voter Rolls

We can't leave the topic of ethnically cleansing the voter rolls without a stop in Ohio, where a Republican secretary of state appears to be running to replace Katherine Harris.

In Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), some citizens have been caught Registering While Black. A statistical analysis of would-be voters in Southern states by the watchdog group Democracy South indicates that black voters are three times as likely as white voters to have their registration requests "returned" (i.e., subject to rejection).

And to give a boost to this whitening of the voter rolls, for the first time since the days of Jim Crow, the Republicans are planning mass challenges of voters on Election Day. The GOP's announced plan to block 35,000 voters in Ohio ran up against the wrath of federal judges; so, in Florida, what appear to be similar plans had been kept under wraps until the discovery of documents called "caging" lists. The voters on the “caging” lists, disclosed last week by BBC Television London, are, almost exclusively, residents of African-American neighborhoods.

Such racial profiling as part of a plan to block voters is, under the Voting Rights Act, illegal. Nevertheless, neither the Act nor federal judges have persuaded the party of Lincoln to join the Democratic Party in pledging not to distribute blacklists to block voters on Tuesday.


Absentee Ballots Go AWOL

It's 10pm: Do you know where your absentee ballot is? Voters wary about computer balloting are going postal: in some states, mail-in ballot requests are up 500 percent. The probability that all those votes—up to 15 million—will be counted is zip.

Those who mail in ballots are very trusting souls. Here's how your trust is used. In the August 31 primaries in Florida, Palm Beach Elections Supervisor Theresa LePore (a.k.a. Madame Butterfly Ballot) counted 37,839 absentee votes. But days before, her office told me only 29,000 ballots had been received. When this loaves-and-fishes miracle was disclosed, she was forced to recount, cutting the tally to 31,138.

Had she worked it the other way, disappearing a few thousand votes instead of adding additional ones, there would be almost no way to figure out the fix (or was it a mistake?). Mail-in voter registration forms are protected by federal law. Local government must acknowledge receiving your registration and must let you know if there's a problem (say, with signature or address) that invalidates your registration. But your mail-in vote is an unprotected crapshoot. How do you know if your ballot was received? Was it tossed behind a file cabinet—or tossed out because you did not include your middle initial? In many counties, you won't know.

And not every official is happy to have your vote. It is well-reported that Broward County, Fla., failed to send out nearly 60,000 absentee ballots. What has not been nationally reported is that Broward's elections supervisor is a Jeb Bush appointee who took the post only after the governor took the unprecedented step of removing the prior elected supervisor who happened be a Democrat.


A Million Votes In The Electoral Trash Can

"If the vote is stolen here, it will be stolen in Rio Arriba County," a New Mexico politician told me. That's a reasoned surmise: in 2000, one in 10 votes simply weren't counted—chucked out, erased, discarded. In the voting biz, the technical term for these vanishing votes is "spoilage." Citizens cast ballots, but the machines don't notice. In one Rio Arriba precinct in the last go-'round, not one single vote was cast for president—or, at least, none showed up on the machines.

Not everyone's vote spoils equally. Rio Arriba is 73 percent Hispanic. I asked nationally recognized vote statistician Dr. Philip Klinkner of Hamilton College to run a "regression" analysis of the Hispanic ballot spoilage in the Enchanted State. He calculated that a brown voter is 500 percent more likely to have their vote spoiled than a white voter. And It's worse for Native Americans. Vote spoilage is epidemic near Indian reservations.

Votes don't spoil because they're left out of the fridge. It comes down to the machines. Just as poor people get the crap schools and crap hospitals, they get the crap voting machines.

It's bad for Hispanics; but for African Americans, it's a ballot-box holocaust. An embarrassing little fact of American democracy is that, typically, two million votes are spoiled in national elections, registering no vote or invalidated. Based on studies by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and the Harvard Law School Civil Rights project, about 54 percent of those ballots are cast by African Americans. One million black votes vanished—phffft!

There's a lot of politicians in both parties that like it that way; suppression of the minority is the way they get elected. Whoever is to blame, on Tuesday, the Kerry-Edwards ticket will take the hit. In Rio Arriba, Democrats have an eight-to-one registration edge over Republicans. Among African Americanvoters...well, you can do the arithmetic yourself.

The total number of votes siphoned out of America's voting booths is so large, you won't find the issue reported in our self-glorifying news media. The one million missing black, brown and red votes spoiled, plus the hundreds of thousands flushed from voter registries, is our nation's dark secret: an apartheid democracy in which wealthy white votes almost always count, but minorities are often purged or challenged or simply not recorded. In effect, Kerry is down by a million votes before one lever is pulled, card punched or touch-screen touched.

Here are a few e-mails I have in my box this morning. I just thought I would share...

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And I thought the German people were morons to "elect" Adolf Hitler. I
genuinely thought America was smarter than that. Abe Lincoln should have
shut his mouth and let the South secede. Another gigantic Mexico to the
south would be better than having the bible belt as a national
embarrassment. Meanwhile, we remain the world's most hated nation. Lucky
us.

Max

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I truly wish that you were voting age. You have more insight into this matter than
most of the "adults" I speak with. I hope that you keep it up for the next four
years.

Kara

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The Democratic party should investigate this fully!
In particular, I call your attention to the item in the middle about
DIEBOLD.
An amazing find through Lexis-Nexis:

Copyright 2004 Guardian Newspapers Limited
The Guardian (London) - Final Edition


October 18, 2004


SECTION: Guardian Leader Pages, Pg. 17

LENGTH: 1157 words

HEADLINE: Comment & Analysis: In the 60s, police dogs and billy clubs
kept black Americans from the polls. Today's methods are more refined:
Any means necessary

BYLINE: Gary Younge

BODY:
There is nothing George Bush likes more than extolling the virtues of
democracy in faraway places. On October 8, during the second
presidential debate, he promised: "Freedom is on the march. Tomorrow,
Afghanistan will be voting for a president." Apparently some Afghans
enjoyed their new freedoms so much, they voted for the US surrogate,
Hamid Karzai, several times over, after the ink used to mark voters'
thumbs wore off. By the middle of the day, all 15 of Karzai's
challengers had withdrawn. Freedom was not even limping let alone marching.

"Today's election is not a legitimate election," said Abdul Satar Sirat,
after he and the other disgruntled candidates had met in his house.
Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, knew better. "This
election is going to be judged legitimate," she said. "I'm just certain
of it." When it comes to fixing elections, the Bush administration has a
way of making the lame walk.

By Monday an exit poll funded by the US government and conducted by the
International Republican Institute, which has links to the Republican
party, revealed Karzai as a comfortable winner. After diplomatic
arm-twisting by the US ambassador, the 15 challengers withdrew their
withdrawals. It was a miracle. A few days later, in the final
presidential debate, Bush would literally claim divine intervention. "In
Afghanistan, I believe that the freedom there is a gift from the Almighty."

Back in the US, however, the Almighty seems far less generous. Bush's
enthusiasm to export democracy is not matched by his desire to defend it
at home. With just a fortnight to go to the presidential election,
efforts to obstruct and deny the vote, particularly to black and Latino
voters, are intensifying. Forty years after the civil rights act
enshrined the franchise in the constitution for African-Americans,
freedom is being crippled.

The group most likely to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they are
ostensibly extending democracy and freedom - African-Americans - is most
likely to be denied those rights in the US. There is nothing new in this
contradiction. In the cold war, when the US lectured the eastern bloc on
the delights of democracy, black Americans couldn't vote.

The issue of disenfranchisement does not affect only minorities. The use
of electronic voting in many states, using machines that leave no paper
trail, has sent confidence that a fair election is likely, or even
possible, into freefall. Once dismissed as the obsession of con spiracy
theorists, fear of fraud is now mainstream. "Will your vote be counted?"
asks the cover of Newsweek. "Election protests already started: Fraud
intimidation alleged in key states," says a USA Today front page.

The former employee of a company hired by the Republican party to
register voters in Nevada says he was told to throw Democrats'
registration forms away. And last January, the Republican Ellyn
Bogdanoff won a seat in Florida's senate by just 12 votes, out of almost
11,000 cast. According to state law there should have been an automatic
recount; moreover, 137 votes emerged blank. But because the voting had
been done by machine there was nothing to recount. Bogdanoff took the
seat. The machines will be used on November 2.

Sometimes these efforts bear the official imprimatur of local officials.
Given the debacle in Florida four years ago, you would think the
governor (Bush's brother Jeb) would be anxious to ensure that anyone who
wants to vote can. Instead he has introduced a rule that registration
forms should be rejected if a citizenship check box is not complete -
even when people have signed an oath on the same form declaring
themselves to be US citizens. Meanwhile Ohio's Republican secretary of
state, Kenneth Blackwell, attempted to enforce a rule by which only
registration cards printed on heavy, 80lb paper stock would be accepted,
claiming lighter cards might be shredded by postal equipment (meaning
that voters who have to re-register on the heavier paper might not make
it on time). And last summer the chief executive of Diebold, which makes
many of the voting machines, said he was "committed to helping Ohio
deliver its electoral votes" to Bush.

African-Americans, however, remain the principal target of the
Republican campaign to block the vote. Unlike the 60s, when black
Americans were barred from the polls by police dogs, water cannon and
billy clubs, the means today are more refined. Occasionally the mask
slips. In July, John Pappageorge, Michigan's Republican state
legislator, told a Republican meeting: "If we do not suppress the
Detroit vote, we're going to have a tough time in this election cycle."
Detroit is more than 80% black. It does not take a genius to work out
whose votes he was keen to suppress.

So far it has mainly been a mix of petty harassment and bureaucratic
pedantry, devised to intimidate newly registered and poor voters, a huge
proportion of whom are black and Latino. Take Florida. According to the
Washington Post, African-Americans in Republican-run Duval county were
the most likely to have their voter registration forms rejected, while
rejections for Democrats outnumbered Republicans by three to one. In
2000, 42% of ballots rejected by the Duval county election board came
from mainly black areas.

In Ohio, Mr Blackwell also told election boards that anyone who turned
up at the wrong polling station would not be able to cast a provisional
ballot (to be verified later). The Democrats successfully sued, saying
that the ruling would disadvantage minority and poor voters, who tend to
move more often.

It is not difficult to fathom what is driving these efforts, which are
being replicated throughout the country. The best indication of how an
American will vote is race. More than 80% of African-Americans voted
Democrat in the last election. Incapable of persuading them to vote
Republican, Republicans now seek to prevent them voting Democrat.

This task has become particularly urgent because voter registration
recently ended in many states, revealing that voter rolls in black and
Latino areas have swollen in far greater numbers than in Republican
precincts. Between the last election and August this year, almost
200,000 additional black voters were registered in Florida.

So while these attempts are clearly racial in nature, they are
essentially partisan in motivation. With apologies to Malcolm X, they
are about winning by any means necessary. Republicans support democracy
when democracy supports Republicans. But they are equally happy to do
without it when it is inconvenient. That was always true abroad, from
Venezuela to Nicaragua and Pakistan to Saudi Arabia. Now it is true at
home, from Detroit to Duval County.

Freedom is on the retreat. And the man who assumed office four years ago
thanks to thousands of disenfranchised black voters is again leading the
charge.

g.younge@guardian.co.uk



LOAD-DATE: October 19, 2004

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Great site Caleb!!

As a UK journalist, am still reeling from the news that it looks as if the
village idiot has won a second term. God help the world.

Keep up the good work. Shame you couldn't vote.

Sarah

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Caleb, you are a genius. We, as liberals, who care more about people than money,
are facing a very sad day. I am profoundly sickened by the election results and
fear for the future of our country and the future of my three young daughters. I
have never seen your website but was searching the web for friends and allies in
this fight. Keep up the great work and I'll pass your homepage on to all my friends
who care about democracy. Maybe I can cast a vote for you in about 21 years...
Download this as a file

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4 MORE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KERRY-EDWARDS---LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

POPULAR VOTE WON BY 3 MILLION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You cant even vote, so dont talk shit. Thats why Bush won again and set a
record doing it. BUSH 04'!!!!

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I just wanted to commend you on your site, and encourage you to continue to
stand up for what should be. Bush is NOT my president. I myself voted last Sat.
for the first time, and I say this with both pride and regret. Perhaps if more
of us voted in 2000, things may have been different (but with the Bush
influence, I doubt it...). I am, at the moment, watching the election
coverage... Watching with a heavy heart that Bush controls so much of the vote.
I, myself, am originally from West Virginia. I went home to cast my vote in the
hopes that it would somehow make a difference. I am surprised and somewhat
disgusted that Bush took WV. How??? I don't know.
These "single issue" voters need to open their eyes to the big picture. I also
wonder if any of these voters watch any type of news other than local (FOX news
does not count due to their biased views and Republican affiliations. If you've
never seen the documentary "Out FOXed", I strongly recommend it). I am beginning
to lose faith in the American Gov. and the overall intelligence of the American
people. Do they not realize what is going on here? Have they been so brainwashed
that they willingly permit this moron to perpetuate the downfall of American
society? The information is there. Unfortunately you can't force people to read
and/or accept it. I find it disturbing that I am more intelligent than the
President of the United States, and yet I can't find a job with a college
degree. I would LOVE to force people to watch the NUMEROUS video clips of Bush
being a complete moron. Mindlessly regurgitating the information that his speech
coordinators tell him to. No intelligent
thought of his own. I believe if he had not been elected (and I use that term as
loosely as possible), our nation would not be in the alarming state it is today. I
only hope people like us can someday get our message out there and convince the
closed minded of society to pull the wool from their eyes, open them wide, and say,
"What the hell is going on here?!?".
What I'm trying to say,with so many words, is keep up the good work. I tend to
ramble when I get fired up, sorry about the length or this. God knows I will
also do my best to get the message out. One man should not be allowed to
destroy what so many have worked so hard for. Be it through personal interest,
or just plain ignorance. Thank you for the time it took you to read this, and
know that we can make a difference. I believe Mark Twain once said, "A patriot
supports his country all the time, and his government when it deserves it".
Hopefully people like us can one day help to create a government we're proud
to support. Hopefully, by this time tomorrow, we will have a new president (and
that's a start). Take care, and God bless.


I realize this is a rather long article, but it is important and all those who voted for Bush REALLY need to read it, so they know exactly who they really elected. It wasn't George Bush. The manipulation of the media and the American people really is pure terrifying genius.

Bad Brains
By Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash. Posted June 5, 2003


Who is Bush's brain? Karl Rove is, according to a new book chronicling the political life of the Machiavelli behind the throne of King George.

Know your enemy. Rove may be evil, but he is an evil genius. Freedom loving Americans ignore him at their peril. Rove never graduated from a college, but he is a masterful three-dimensional chess player, albeit working for the forces of radical extremism. Rove runs circles around the Democratic leadership. He's a bear hunter who knows how to bait and trap with the best of them.

It's too bad he is the most powerful man in Washington, working on behalf of the forces of evil. Karl Rove would do Lucifer proud.

In a May 7th op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, this is what James Moore had to say about Rove:


Karl Rove led the nation to war to improve the political prospects of George W. Bush. I know how surreal that sounds. But I also know it is true.

As the president's chief political advisor, Rove is involved in every decision coming out of the Oval Office. In fact, he flat out makes some of them. He is co-president of the United States, just as he was co-candidate for that office and co-governor of Texas. His relationship with the president is the most profound and complex of all of the White House advisors. And his role creates questions not addressed by our Constitution.

Rove is probably the most powerful unelected person in American history.

The cause of the war in Iraq was not just about Saddam Hussein or weapons of mass destruction or Al Qaeda links to Iraq. Those may have been the stated causes, but every good lie should have a germ of truth. No, this was mostly a product of Rove's usual prescience. He looked around and saw that the economy was anemic and people were complaining about the president's inability to find Osama bin Laden. In another corner, the neoconservatives in the Cabinet were itching to launch ships and planes to the Mideast and take control of Iraq. Rove converged the dynamics of the times. He convinced the president to connect Hussein to Bin Laden, even if the CIA could not.

This misdirection worked. A Pew survey taken during the war showed 61 percent of Americans believe that Hussein and Bin Laden were confederates in the 9/11 attacks.



Here is the BuzzFlash interview with James Moore.
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The title of your book is pretty provocative – "Bush's Brain". Where are we supposed to go with that concept?


JAMES MOORE: Well, originally I didn't intend for it to be pejorative. I wanted it to strictly speak to what Karl Rove's role was, and that was his nickname. It was one of three nicknames that he had from the press corps and from Governor Bush. Governor Bush called him Boy Genius. And the press corps -- when everybody referred to him in the thirty party -- we said: Oh, he's "Bush's Brain".


And it was meant as he's a brainy guy, a brainy fellow. But the title of the book is sort of two-fold; I wanted it to cut both ways. I wanted it to be a little pejorative, but I also wanted it to directly refer to Karl. The other nickname for Karl, which the President has, which is a sort of Texas colloquialism, is Turd Blossom, which means something wonderful that grows up out of a cowpie.

What exactly do you think Bush means by that?


MOORE: Well, I think what he means is that there's a lot of stuff he hates about Karl, and about having to be political, and the games that he has to play and indulge in in order to get where he wants. But the fact that Karl is very good at this is a positive, and it brings a benefit. It puts a bloom on a thorny old Bush.

In your book, certainly I think it's fair to say that there's a mixture of admiration for Rove's political skills and his smarts, his strategy. But you certainly provide factual evidence that his intelligence has been put to use for strategy over principle, for anything it takes to win. And you've got some very detailed examples of that: the bugging of his own office, the gutter tactics used in unseating Jim Hightower as Texas Agriculture Commissioner, and so forth.


So here's the proverbial question: What makes Rove tick? You mention at least a couple times that it's a drive toward being at the pinnacle of power; I think you use something like the phrase "the highest unelected official in the United States." Does he have an ideology? Or is it simply to win?


MOORE: Well, two things: One is, you said admiration, and I don't think it's as much admiration as it is awe. I am amazed by his grasp of both the big picture and detail. I've never, ever seen anyone who's able to look out beyond the event horizon and sort of create the next environment that will support his political ends, and then, at the same time, manage details right down to the precinct level. He's phenomenal in that regard.

In terms of ideology, Karl does have an ideology, and it is very fundamentalist, conservative, Republican to the right. If he had to pick a group which he most closely associates with, that group is going to be very conservative, Christian fundamentalist Republicans. And all of the messages that the White House sends in the way the White House governs is to that base Republican core that Karl believes is the foundation of the Republican Party and its future, and its hope for election in 2004.


By design, they have no enemies on the right. And they'll take them on the left, but there are none on the right. And that's precisely what Karl chooses to do.


Does he choose to do that for political and strategic reasons? Or because he himself is of that extremist ideology?

MOORE: I think he believes both. I think that he believes very much in that particular ideology, but he also thinks that strategically, if those people aren't there, and if those people aren't energized and using their mechanism to turn out their votes, the Republicans can't stay in power.


He packages Bush as the "compassionate conservative" -- the images of Bush surrounded by black schoolchildren, surrounded by Elizabeth Smart, who had been abducted. The images America sees are not of the extremist ideology -- they're of a caring man, a caring President. So there's clearly a dichotomy. Some would call that hypocrisy. And in your book, you again detail that his methodology doesn't necessarily live up to the espoused morality that Bush and the extreme right articulates –- that, as Tom DeLay hypocritically proclaims, there should be no moral relativism. BuzzFlash argues that this administration is the epitome of moral relativism. It's the original bait and switch administration.

What Karl does to achieve his goals in terms of the candidates he's worked for is unscrupulous. He thinks nothing of slandering people. He is a rumor mongerer. He has allegedly used law enforcement personnel to undercut his opponents. How is that balanced, do you think, in his own mind? That the means, even if illegal or skirting at the edge of the law, don't matter as long as you achieve your ends? Clearly, there's a lot of moral relativism going on there because he doesn't have any compunction about starting a whispering campaign against John McCain in South Carolina, claiming that he has a black child, and he wasn't really a war hero and so forth. And yet Bush and Rove and the White House espouse these absolute, moral values. So how do those two things exist within him?


MOORE: Well, it's something I said all along. Compassionate conservatism in Texas is where they ask you if want green Jello or red Jello before they stick the needle in your arm and execute you. That's compassionate conservatism. But Karl's method for governance, which he has gotten this President to use very effectively, is completely cynical and it's based on the whole idea that we are all too busy to pay attention to the details of what's going on. We're all running around worrying about our mortgages and our 401Ks, and getting the kids to school or daycare, and picking up the dry cleaning, and planning vacation or retirement, that we don't read deeply into the story.

He once told a consultant that we interviewed for ""Bush's Brain"" that you should run every political campaign as though people are watching television with the sound turned down. And toward that end, you rely heavily on imagery and not very much on substance, knowing that if the President is photographed in a school of minority and ethnic children, and is interested in their future in that particular photo op, that people will trust that image. And they don't go beyond that image to look at his policy, which is signing the "Leave No Child Behind Act" in a big, high-profile moment with Senator Ted Kennedy, and then gutting the heart out of that bill with the funding that he offers up for it.

The President has become very good at these phony linkages. For instance, you'll see him running around talking about the tax bill, saying we need to get it passed so that we can create jobs for people. Factually, this tax bill -– there's not an economist in America or a successful business person, Warren Buffet among them, who believes that getting rid of the taxation of dividends is going to create jobs anytime in the near future, and ostensibly in the long term. But if the President says it over and over enough, people will believe it, just as Karl Rove got him to say over and over that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11.

At time of the war in Iraq, the Pew survey showed 61 percent of Americans believed the canard about Iraq. So the whole concept is to speak as though you are a compassionate, sensitive, caring guy, and create these photo opportunities that prove that. But do whatever you want to do when you govern, because the public isn't paying very close attention. And they've gotten away with it thus far.


Well, I don't know if you cover this explicitly in your book, because the book you wrote with Wayne Slater is very much based on your interviews and fact, and not as speculative as I'm asking you to be. But how do you think Rove balances -– getting back to my last question -– the White House espousing the sense of absolute moral superiority, if you want to call it moral purity, with tactics that include lying, deception, and use of government agencies for political purposes?


MOORE: Well, the dichotomy exists within the collaboration between Bush and Rove. And you see it in his campaigns, and you see it in their governance. And it works this way: The President is oblivious, and chooses to stay oblivious, to the things that Karl does, and the contradictions about morality that Karl does. The whole concept, and it works in all of his campaigns, is the candidate or the officeholder takes the high road -- talks policy, talks moral clarity, and honor, and principle -- while the operative does all the dirty work down in the ditch, and splashes the mud, and spreads the scurrilous smears and rumors and whisper campaigns that have the desired political effect to keep the candidate elected.

And so they ignore the contradiction because they've sort of compartmentalized it in their collaboration. Karl has no problem with it, and the President has this rationalization that, well, I really don't know that's going on out there; I'm just saying what I believe. It's almost like this phenomenon after the Jews were released from the concentration camps, where they couldn't remember certain parts of the experience because of the psychological phenomenon called selective recall.

I think what takes place in terms of Karl and the President is almost a sort of selective consciousness.


And I also think it's possible that Karl is pathological. And I didn't realize how strong of a statement that is, but if you look at some of the things that we heard during the course of doing research for this book -- in one instance, we wrote about these debate contests, and we wrote about him running for office. We interviewed six people who he went to high school with who were very close to him. Remember that this is the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and most of us are growing our hair long and wearing tie-dyed t-shirts, and Karl is wearing a coat and tie to school at a public school every day. Now when you talk to six different people, the one characteristic that stands out in their mind about Karl is his dress -– him dressing like a businessman when everyone else is dressing like rebellious hippies.

You got six people say that, and then Karl saying: Oh, that's nonsense; I only wore a coat and tie on debate days. Well, you begin to believe that there's something pathological about a guy who can perceive a reality that everyone else says does not exist. And it causes me some concern about him being in as much power and influence as he has within the White House.


As you detail in your book, Rove has some interesting biographical notes. His father left the family; his mother committed suicide; he avoided service in the military and Vietnam; he never finished college. It's a very interesting background for someone who is probably the most powerful unelected official in the United States. And you don't get into too much psychobabble in analyzing him, other than to say perhaps this chaotic background left him prone to seek some sort of strong influence and sense of order and the authoritarianism in the Republican Party. But it is a sort of an unusual pedigree for what he has attained. After all, his biggest accomplishment up to working for George Bush the elder at the RNC was a record of dirty campaign tricks that he accumulated during his Young Republican days.


MOORE: Well, I do think that's true. And part of the direction he's gone in, however, is also a product of that background. I mean, he grew up in an irreligious family, and now he embraces fundamentalist Christianity in a very strong way. And he is very, very driven to achieve and to accomplish things that will be of note. And I think that a part of that -– you know, a lot of us who come from those kinds of backgrounds are driven in those kinds of ways. And I think it informs everything that Karl has become, because I think there was so much uncertainty that he sought clarity. He wanted things simple. He wanted them black and white. And he's found a President who thinks the same way. And unfortunately, life is not lived in the black-and-white zones. It's lived in the gray zones. And this President and Karl don't acknowledge that the gray zones exist.
You mentioned before his comment about most Americans receive their news from television with the sound turned off. That seems like a very telling comment, considering that Rove's certainly the best master of the television image since Mike Deaver handled Reagan's image. Rove may be more masterful, because Reagan was an actor and he just walked onto Mike Deaver's sets.
But let's take an example of what happened on the U.S. Abraham Lincoln, and the fact that now even Ari Fleischer's admits it wasn't an issue of not being able to take a helicopter because it was too far away, since it was only 30 miles offshore, changing the story and saying that Bush really wanted to see what it was like to land on a carrier. And then we learned that the ship was delayed, and the delay cost a lot, and Condoleeza Rice flew out ahead on a helicopter -– all sorts of things are coming out.


This seems to capitalize on what you just said –- that Karl Rove isn't concerned about the lies getting out, because that's all sort of an insider's story that the average American is never going to learn about or hear about. All the average TV-watching American sees is that image of the Commander in Chief landing on the deck there, triumphantly, in a pilot'suniform. And that's the image Rove knows is going to be in the campaign commercial. The White House all but admits it was preparatory for the campaign. And it's almost at this point that it doesn't even matter if the truth comes out, because when it comes out, it's really only being absorbed by a very select group of people. The country at large doesn't suck in that footnote information that reveals the charade and lies.

And Rove, unfortunately, just seems to be brilliant at that. It seems the Democrats don't understand that at all -- they don't understand the power of image. They don't understand that even on the rare occasion that they do object or criticize an extremist Bush policy, that it doesn't matter, because it's not translated into an image that Americans can understand.

Where did Rove develop this? He wasn't really a journalist. He started in the political world; ironically, as a college Republican, since he never graduated from college. But basically his political consulting started off as a expertise in direct mail. How did he develop such skill at playing the media like a fiddle?

MOORE: Well, he's always been a very quick study, and he's an extremely intelligent guy. He's one of the brightest people I've ever met. And I guarantee you he was watching closely what Deaver did. And he knows the way the media works, he knows what drives it. He knows that if you get the big image and the big moment, you can use it. And he's fearless when it comes to intimidating the media and making them think twice about asking questions.


I was astonished by the Abraham Lincoln event because it is such an irony, and so hypocritical for the President to don a flight suit and take that flight because we're talking about a President who used family connections to get into the National Guard. He lost his flight status after four years because he refused to show up for his physical in 1972, which also happened to be the year that random drug testing was begun. And in his first campaign he said that he couldn't find his family physician to give him the physical. And then it was pointed out the military doctor gives these physicals. And then they said, well, he didn't go because he decided he would no longer fly, as if an enlistee gets to decide their future service and duty.


Punishment was issued for him to do civilian duty in Denver, for which he did not show up. He claims to have showed up in Alabama, when he transferred to Alabama to work on his Senate campaign. The commanding officer there said that he never showed up. I mean, he takes a privileged position in the Guard and then does not honor his commitment -- disappears for the last two years of his hitch and uses family privilege to avoid combat and making any kind of political statement about the War in Vietnam. And yet they have the chutzpah to put him in a plane and fly him out there, and think that no one will ask him about these contradictions.

And guess what? All there was was media gushing about what an amazing event this was, and how great the President looked, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. And no one called him a draft dodger. No one said: Mr. President, there's a difference between you and the people you're here to honor. They finished their commitment -– their military duties -– and you shirked yours.
How have we gotten to this point –- to a point Rove's skill can be confident of success in a situation like that, despite the gross and blatant hypocrisy of the situation?


MOORE: They have a 24-hour machine that attacks. And it's constantly staffed and it intimidates and it distracts. It uses head fakes. They jump on John Kerry for saying that he is part Jewish. They jump on John Kerry and Howard Dean for debating each other too strongly. And any reporter who would deign to ask these kinds of questions of the Bush administration would get the White House in their face, saying: How dare you? And then they would be threatened with access.


They play this game of access. They know very well that once a reporter loses his or her access to the White House, their job is gone. And so the reporter is sort of intimidated into not asking these kinds of tough questions. This is a game that they perfected here in Texas. As a matter of fact, in 1994, when he was running for governor for the first time against Ann Richards, I was panelist in his broadcast debate. And I was the first person in his life to ask him the question, particularly in public –- how he got into the Texas Air National Guard when there a hundred thousand young men on waiting lists around the country that ranged from three to five years.


How did he get into the National Guard and avoid the draft? And he answered the question, not very well -– he didn't tell the truth. But after the debate, both Karl and Karen came up to me and jumped on me, and said: What kind of question was that? How dare you? Why would you ask such a question? That's so irrelevant. He served, you know. He was in the National Guard, et cetera, et cetera. And I said: Wait a minute -– I'm a few years younger than he was, and I know from my experience and my friends that we all tried to get into the Guard because it was a way to avoid combat. And we at least admitted it. And he's trying to pretend that no strings were pulled.


I said I have a sense of obligation to ask that question because I lost friends in Vietnam -- and I tried to avoid it myself. And I know the way the game was played. If you had family connections, you were safe. If you didn't, you weren't. And he's got ‘em.


The point is that they use rank intimidation to silence the media. And they certainly are not beyond going to management and asking questions. I had the office of former President Bush one time call a television station in Texas that I worked for, asking them why I had asked such a difficult question of the President during an appearance in San Antonio. Those are the games they play, and they work.

Now tell me -– getting back to the election of George Bush to the governorship, let's go back even before that, as Rove is positioning things for the Republicans to solidify their control in Texas. In the book "Bush's Brain", you devote considerable time to this period, and it's just absolutely fascinating to read -- a case study of how Rove dislodged Jim Hightower as Agricultural Commissioner, and you bring up this curious relationship between Rove and an FBI agent, Greg Rampton.


MOORE: Karl first met Greg Rampton in 1986 when Karl bugged his own office, and Rampton was one of the FBI guys who came to his office to investigate. Rampton had been stationed in Austin for a few years and was part of an investigation that was setting up these phony bribes for state officials. And he went after a number of state officials there, and got some trials but no convictions.


Anyway, my belief is that somehow, during the course of the phony bugging investigation in Karl's office, Rove discovered that he and Greg Rampton were politically sympathetic with each other. And Greg Rampton ended up investigating every Democratic officeholder on a statewide basis in Texas, and never got anything against any of them. And they went after Jim Hightower, the Agriculture Commissioner, and were interviewing dozens of people at the Ag Commissioner's office, hoping to get Jim Hightower indicted, but they couldn't.

But there were two elderly guys who had been fundraisers for about 30 years over there. They ended up being indicted and prosecuted and convicted. And during the course of all that, they got many offers to roll over on Hightower and the charges against them would be dropped. They refused to do it.


Also in process, numerous people were told during the course of their interviews by Greg Rampton: Look, if you think you've got anything, call Karl Rove and he'll get in touch with me. It was quite, quite clear to everybody in town, and from the attorneys who were defending these people at the Ag Department –- dozens of people had retained attorneys for their FBI interviews -– that Rove was running the operation, and Rampton was taking directions from Karl Rove.


And also that some of their investigation was timed for the media.


MOORE: Yeah, the day that Hightower announced that he was running for reelection, Rampton showed up at Hightower's office with 10 different subpoenas for documents and individuals and said it was strictly coincidental.
Just as the timing on the bugging in Karl's office was "coincidental," in that the bug was discovered on the day of the only debate in the Texas gubernatorial campaign in 1986, and Karl's candidate happened to be a horrid debater. And the coverage of that bugging completely covered up the entire debate. On the front page of the newspaper the next day, hardly anything was written about the debate.

And it also made his candidate and him look like victims. Just two other quick things about Hightower: You also point out -– in a somewhat scary and humorous fashion at the same time -– that a reporter at one point called Hightower's office about their reactions to subpoenas that had been issued, and no one in the office knew, meaning that this reporter had been leaked the subpoena information -- possibly by Rove -- and had just jumped the gun.

MOORE: It actually happened several times with several reporters. But that was the one where the Ag Department people put the pieces together. Rove denied to me that he leaked.

But Rampton says he didn't do it. Rove says he didn't do it. So –

MOORE: Who did?


– someone's not telling the truth.


MOORE: Well, then it has to come out of the U.S. Attorney's Office, and that's the least likely place because then a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office runs the risk of obstruction of justice charges and going to prison for a long, long time. So I don't think that happened. I think it was Rove or Rampton.


The attack on Hightower is so illustrative –- and that's one of the reasons I assume you spent a lot of time on it –- of Karl Rove's tactics. You mentioned Hightower was a target because he was the highest profile Democrat at the time and sort of a rising star. And we all know he's still around and is still a populist. And Rove came up with this strategy to tarnish him, and eventually unseat him, even though he looked like a shoe-in. And the person who ran against him is the current governor of Texas –


MOORE: Rick Perry.

– Perry. And once again, Rove succeeded. In a race that looked like it was Hightower's to lose, he lost it. But he lost it because of the sideshow that was created.

MOORE: Well, he lost it. A big part of it was this phony-baloney investigation. But Hightower did make one major misstep, and that was Jesse Jackson pressured him for a presidential endorsement, and Hightower gave him that endorsement. And that's also at the time when flag-burning legislation was being kicked around, and Jesse Jackson was fighting a Constitutional amendment against burning the flag. And so, in East Texas, which always has the greatest turnout in this state in terms of percentages, Rove and Rick Perry put up a bunch of ads with Hightower and Jesse Jackson and a burning flag. And that pretty much brought Hightower's demise.

Your book ends shortly before the Iraq war, but it's very prescient in terms of its predictions -– the way you left it then is pretty much how it has actually played out. I just read today that Rove is now careful not to call it a war, but rather "the Iraq battle."

MOORE: Right. I thought they would, for alliterative and marketing purposes, call it the Battle of Baghdad, but they decided to call it the Battle of Iraq.

You point out how Rove saw his opportunity, and he took it with the war on terrorism and with creating a permanent condition where Bush becomes unattackable, and all other issues are secondary to protecting the nation against the terrorist threat. He saw this as an opportunity to basically put every issue by the backburner, as far as a debatable issues by the Democrats. And not only that, but to actually turn the war to the advantage of the right-wing agenda and claim that anything that's being done is being done to advance the war on terrorism.
They had said for a while that even tax cuts would help fight the war on terrorism.


Everything became a part of it. We needed drilling in the Arctic wilderness because we needed more oil, to ensure our supply in case it's cut off in the war on terrorism. Ashcroft's powers increased, also due to the war on terrorism. Rove masterfully turned September 11 –- a tragedy –- into a win-win situation for the right wing of the Republican Party. Of course, the fact that the Democrats rolled over like dogs on their backs helped him achieve his goals.

Indeed, you point out that when they started the "permanent war" political strategy, one of the key assumptions that Rove had was that the Democrats wouldn't fight back in terms of trying to change the definition of the debate, particularly when they were beginning the "war on terrorism," and Daschle and Gephardt went along with the Patriot Act and also with giving supreme war powers to Bush and so forth. And you point out that Rove was right. By the time we were leading up to the Iraq invasion, Rove had succeeded and it was pretty hard to lay a punch on Bush. This again seems like a masterful triumph of defining image in the mind of the voter. Rove knows how to define the issues in a way that, even if the Democrats were willing and had some guts, it doesn't seem they would be able to master a media counter-campaign.


MOORE: Well, a big part of the success of Karl has been the absolute befuddlement of the Democrats, and also, in many, many cases, their own lack of righteous indignation and lack of message. I remember that it was Joe Lieberman of Connecticut who was pushing Homeland Security, and the White House said: No, no, no –- we don't need another gigantic bureaucracy. And then what happened was, all of a sudden, they cobbled together very quickly their own Homeland Security Department. And they release it on the day that Colleen Rowley is testifying before the Senate on the failure of the Bush administration's FBI to take action on her memo about a potential 9/11 event.


After the Senate tries to create a bill that's much more reasonable than the one the White House has put together, the President says in New Jersey that the United States Senate is not as interested in the security of our country as it should be. Now in the United States Senate, you have Daniel Inouye, who served in World War II. You had Max Cleland, who left two legs and an arm in Vietnam. And the draft-dodging President is saying that they're not interested in the security of the United States! Well, there was no screaming and hollering from Max Cleland or Daniel Inouye. They sent Tom Daschle out there, and Daschle's an easy target. Strategically, it was a bad move to send Daschle out.

The White House operatives have now taken the war in Iraq –- Karl has -– and they have made it into the defining context of the Bush presidency. Coming next is that they will take both of these things –- the economy and the war against terrorism –- and they will bundle it up into one package. Another one of Karl's many gifts is a simplicity of message,and finding the right message that the public gets, that it understands, and is able to access very quickly and easily, and doesn't have to think in great depth or detail about actually what's going on.


So he's going to market the economic problems and the war on terrorism under the purview of a message called security. And we're going to be talking about economic security and national security. In terms of the economy, Karl is going to have the President say, look, if I hadn't been distracted by the war, I would have got my tax cut plan through Congress. And it would have already begun to work. But because I was distracted, I only am just now getting this through. Don't toss me out until this thing has had a chance to work. And look, I didn't get all of it. So re-elect me and I'll go back. And I'll fight that mean old Congress, and we'll get the rest of the tax bill. And we'll turn this economy around.


Now, on the other side of this message, in terms of national security, Karl will have the President say we've made some progress in the war on terrorism, but it's not over. This is an ongoing war. And we resolved the whole mess with Saddam Hussein, but there are other dangers out there. And whatever you do, you shouldn't change your Commander in Chief in the middle of a war. I believe completely that it's possible, if the President is politically on the ropes late next summer or early next fall, that there will be a military incursion into Syria, or they will say that there are hidden weapons of mass destruction there, or there are some Iraqi leaders in Syria. Or they will go into Pakistan. And they will suggest that bin Laden is in a compound in Karachi. Or they will go into Iran, and they will suggest that too many Shiites have been crossing over from Iran into Southern Iraq, and they're creating an unstable situation in Southern Iraq, so they're going after Shiite leadership in Iran. It's all going to be positioned as unfinished business. And why would you bring a new CEO in to finish out the business when you got the guy in there who started it?



I concede, Bush wins. You know, America if this is what you want have it. Go right ahead. I don't really understand what is wrong with you but if you want more war, national debt and less jobs and clean air, TAKE IT! You deserve what you are asking for right now.

Caleb Hayes
I just watched a documentary on Sundance Channel about Karl Rove called "Bush's Brain" and it was chilling. Way more powerful than Farenheit 9/11. Too bad it didn't get the same exposure.

His actions demonstrate just how hypocritical the Republican party's "moral values" are. From destroying people's lives, to outing covert CIA operatives, to slandering and destroying decorated Vietnam veterans careers (Max Cleland & John McCain in 2000), this man will stop at nothing in his quest for power. The Iraq war is, in a large part, Karl Rove's war.


In short, this man is a repugnant, vile, power-hungry sub-human.

So I hope you are happy America, you just voted Karl Rove into office for a second term.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Review this website, then please, please, please go and vote tomorrow, and make the right decision for America and the world.

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