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What is that 'T' in Bush's back? An expert told Salon it's 'the inductor portion of a two-way push-to-talk system.' In other words, Karl and Karen were feeding Bush his debate lines. Bush is the laughingstock of the world!
Okay idiots, pay attention; it is time to face up to reality. I want you to go into your bathroom and look yourself in the eyes in the mirror.
Repeat after me.
“There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq”.
“There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq”.
“There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq”.
“There were” … Hey YOU, in Kansas, no fair gazing past your reflection at the far wall. This is serious.
This is a twelve-step program and you have to get past the first step TODAY, and the first step is to admit to yourself that you were WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG to support an invasion of Iraq because you were told they had weapons of mass destruction.
America Clearly Sees At Last That The Emperor Is Naked Rambling, Incoherent ...
and It Was Bush Wiping The Sweat Away (and Drinking Heavily)
The latest Zogby Interactive poll puts Mr. Kerry ahead of President Bush in 13 of the 16 closely contested states -- two more states than the Massachusetts senator led before the debate and the most since August. The latest survey was conducted between last Thursday, after the debate ended, and Tuesday afternoon, before vice-presidential contenders Dick Cheney and John Edwards debated.
Six out of 9 online polls show Edwards pounding Cheney with margins ranging from 88% to 9% (Wall St. Journal) to 59% to 41% (CNBC). Of the three polls showing Cheney miraculously winning, we have FOX (what a surprise...not!), AOL (redneck central) and ABC - which used a methodology so fraudulently weighted toward Repugs that even Peter Jennings hinted that it was a bogus result. So not only do these polls show that the REAL American majority public favors the Kerry-Edwards message, but that the media manipulates their polls (CNN actually DELETED their poll, which showed Edwards destroying Cheney - they reposted a new poll later, giving Freepers a chance to mobilize - but it still didn't help!). We have a STRONG feeling that at the polls on Nov. 2, Bush is gonna get handed one of the most humiliating defeats in US history - they won't be able to throw out or change enough votes to help him!
You may have heard by now that the Michigan Republican Party has called for my arrest. That's right. They literally want me brought up on charges -- and hope that I'm locked up.
No, I'm not kidding. The Republican Party, yesterday, filed a criminal complaint with the prosecutors in each of the counties where I spoke last week in Michigan.
My crime? Clean underwear for anyone who will vote in the upcoming election.
Each night on our 60-city "Slacker Uprising Tour" through the 20 battleground states, I've been registering hundreds (and on some nights, thousands) of voters at my arena and stadium events. I then ask for everyone over 23 who has never voted (or didn't vote in the last election) to stand up. I tell these slackers that I understand and respect why they think politicians are not worth the bother. I tell them that I may have been the original slacker, and that I do not want them to change their slacker ways. Keep sleeping 'til noon! Keep drinking beer! Stay on the sofa and watch as much TV as possible! But, please, just for me, on 11/2, I want you to leave the house and give voting a try -- just this once. The stakes this time are just too high.
If they promise me that they'll do this, I give the guys a 3-pack of new Fruit of the Loom underwear, and the women get a day's supply of Ramen noodles, the sustenance of slackers everywhere.
Werry to Kin - Fush is Bucked!
Massive Election Fraud is Bush Final Gambit
Poland, Italy Withdrawls Signal Likely Kerry Win
Analysts in Warsaw and Rome believe the likelyhood of a Kerry win underlies the policy shift of the two US allies. The moves came after Kerry's clear victory against Bush in their first debate.
Check out this latest round of polls You will soon notice a glaring bit of information: in the non-media poll (Democracy Corps, American Research Group), Kerry now leads Bush. But in the ABC, CBS, and FOX (i.e. corporate media) polls, Bush is still magically ahead - although even FOX could not get Bush to come out ahead under its untweaked results (registered voters). If ever there were proof of media poll manipulation, this consistent disparity between media and nonmedia polling is it. Worse, this manipulation may be designed to "legitimize" the results produced by widespread pro-bush poll rigging on Nov. 2. Call the networks and tell them they will be held accountable later for the fraud they are committing against America now! http://www.fair.org/media-contact-list.html#Network television
Comment: does this mean that the media is colluding with the Bush administration to seal the election again ?
Cheney Says He Never Met Edwards before the VP Debate. Gee, what about this photo? LIAR! Or maybe it depends on the meaning of "met". Hey Dick, can't you ever tell the TRUTH?
A Buzzflash Editorial: "You'd just as soon have Dick Cheney over for a cup of coffee as have the local mortician over for a cup of tea. But let's face it, tonight's debate pitted the Democratic vice-presidential candidate against the Republican Vice-President, who is really the acting President of the United States. Although as boring as drying wallpaper and as brazen a liar as a ballroom pickpocket, Cheney clearly, once again, proved that junior is just the pedigree puppet whose strings are pulled by Dick."
Now we need your help again. Tonight, John Edwards and Dick Cheney will meet for the only vice presidential debate of the campaign. Once again, we need you to take action the moment they leave the stage.
There are four critical things you can do to help beat the Republican spin machine.
Forward this email to family, coworkers, and friends.
Vote in online polls.
Write a letter to the editor.
Call radio and television stations.
Your 10 minutes of activism following the debate can make the difference. It is important that we double our efforts from the last debate, because the Republicans are now copying our strategy.
Vote in Online Polls
National and local news organizations will be conducting online polls during and after the debate asking for readers' opinions. Look for online polls at these news websites, and make sure to vote in every one of them:
Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/
LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/
Akron Beacon-Journal: http://www.ohio.com/
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/
Orlando Sentinel: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/
Philadelphia Inquirer: http://www.philly.com/
South Florida Sun-Sentinel: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/
And be sure to check the websites of your local newspapers and TV stations for online polls. It is crucial that you do this in the minutes immediately following the debate.
Make sure swing voters know why you support John Kerry by sharing your thoughts on message boards in target states. Visit our 2004 Debate Center after the debate for a list of message boards where you can fight the Republican spin. If you visit chat rooms on AOL, MSN, Yahoo, or other websites, be sure to let people know what you thought of the debate.
Write a Letter to the Editor
Immediately after the debate, go online and write a letter to the editor of your local paper. If you feel John Edwards presented an optimistic vision for the next four years, put it in your letter. If you feel Dick Cheney failed to explain the last four years of failed policies, put it in your letter.
Writing a letter is easier than you think. It takes just a few minutes and just a few clicks using our online media center:
Call Radio and TV Stations
TV and radio coverage immediately following the debate is where much of the spin is cemented. Make sure you call radio and TV stations to tell them what you thought.
Find shows in your area on our media website:
Don't forget to visit our 2004 Debate Center before, during, and after the debate for important information and more ways to take action.
Inspired by the first presidential debate, we have created our 2ad Bush Speak Music MP3, for the 2004 election activism season. We call it "Mixed Messages" You can download Mixed Messages FREE from the Activist Queer Folk Download page.
PRIDE FOR YOUR RIGHTS
Parade and Rally for Equality
October 13, 2004
Meet at Daly Park in Tempe, AZ (College Ave, about mid-way between Apache & Broadway.
Just south of the RR tracks ) at 3:00pm March leaves at 4pm
This is a call to ACTION for all Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queers of color, Drag Queens, Sex Radicals, Political Militants, and ALL OTHERS being excluded from "traditional" culture to meet for a peaceful march and demonstration of protest outside of the Presidential Debate. Our presence will feed into a large diverse demonstration of music, street theater and protest organized by several local social justice groups that comprise the October 13th Alliance. This is our chance to show the 30 million + viewers of this event around the country that Arizona’s grass roots community is Unified and Organizing to fight against oppression!
You come out every year for Gay pride. This is a chance to Prove it! When it could really mean something! We must stand up to the bullies fighting to make our lives illegal! Please take time to be there. We need your support!
Things to bring – YOU…friends…signs… banners… rainbow flags… drums… bubbles...LOVE
What to wear – The GAYEST outfit you can find, honey!! The world could use a little color!!!
For more information about a weeks worth of activities go to http://www.oct13alliance.org
The Bush Labor Dept., in true shady corporate style, keeps two sets of books: the "official" jobless figures and the REAL jobless figures: The San Fran. Chronicle reports: "To be counted as unemployed, a person must have actively sought a job within the last four weeks and have been completely out of work. Wanting a job but not actively looking takes a person out of the labor force and out of the unemployment rate calculation. In response to recurring questions about the unemployment rate, the Labor Department has created other indicators that, while generally ignored by politicians and media, paint a fuller portrait of the employment market. This alternate index, sometimes called an underemployment rate" figures in "dscouraged workers" and those working part time while looking for work." In August, when the official unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage point to 5.4 percent, this alternative index remained at 9.5 percent -- right where it had been the previous month."
WASHINGTON - Democrat challenger John Kerry (news - web sites) has pulled ahead of President Bush in a poll published by Newsweek magazine showing Thursday's television debate erased the lead Bush had enjoyed for the last month.
In a two-way contest, the Kerry/Edwards ticket in the Nov. 2 presidential election led by 49 percent against 46 percent for Bush/Cheney, according to 1,013 registered voters polled by Princeton Survey Research Associates International.
According to the poll, 61 percent of Americans who watched the first presidential debate on Sept. 30 said Kerry won, 19 percent said Bush won and 16 percent said they tied. The number of debate viewers surveyed was 770.
CBS: "Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe stayed on message from the time they took the stage: Vote John Kerry on Nov. 2. The rockers joined an assortment of performers across the country Friday night in beginning the "Vote for Change" tour, a 10-day series of concerts in battleground states aimed at helping oust President Bush. Springsteen opened with a solo version of "The Star Spangled Banner," then a rousing rendition of his anti-war anthem "Born in the U.S.A." "America is not always right - that's a fairy tale you tell your children - but America is always true, and it's in seeking this truth that we find a deeper patriotism," Springsteen told cheering fans after endorsing Kerry, a Democrat. Springsteen and Stipe, both critics of the war in Iraq, took the stage together to introduce the first band, Bright Eyes, and to remind the crowd to vote. "This is a very important moment for every one of us and for our country," Stipe said.
Unbelievable! But likely true! John Reynolds writes "In the middle of an answer [during the presidential debate] last night Bush said, "now let me finish" as if someone was interrupting him- yet nobody did- he [seemed to be] talking to the person in his earpiece. Listen to the mp3 yourself- or watch the video at c-span. did anyone out there record the debate... The 'let me finish' quip was clearly Bush talking to ( probably Rove) in his earpiece- saying let me finish before you give me the next answer. He blows it 60 sec into his 90 sec reply- so no warning lights had gone off and Lehrer had not motioned for him to end as he had plenty of time left. my guess is that it's an implant, not something stuck in his ear. Shouldn't this be enough to warrant a major investigation of some sort- the 'president' is so incompetent he needs an earpiece to speak in public?" We woonder what doctor (if an implant) would unethical enough to do such a thing?
Man, we'd LOVE to see the results of this poll done by an honest polling outfit! It would be the most humiliating rout of Bush's "residency!" But even as shamelessly weighted toward Bush as USA Today's polling is (they have been showing Bush ahead by a completely unbelievable 52-44%!), they couldn't "out-weigh" (get it!) the impact Kerry had on the American public last night. According to their post-debate poll, Kerry won by 53-37%! We bet that if you scraped off the phony weighting, you'd find Kerry's margin was more like 65-25%!
The American Prospect: "In 2000, television agreed on the first night that Al Gore won the debate. Then the spin set in. Look out for a replay. In case you were wondering whether or not to pay attention to the presidential debates over the next three weeks, CNN's blowhard-in-residence Jack Cafferty delivered the verdict in advance on Monday morning." What does this mean? "By preemptively declaring the debates to be meaningless political theater, the television news networks are giving themselves permission to cover them not as a battle of ideas but as a spectacle. Ditto in the print media." So watch for another demeaning, dishonest rewrite of history try to rob Kerry of his victory.
SUMMARY: As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives was unable to pass a federal marriage amendment. Gay groups hailed it as a victory, but the fight is far from over, they say.
National and local news organizations will be conducting online polls during and after the debate asking for readers' opinions. Look for online polls at these national news websites, and make sure to vote in every one of them:
ABC News: http://www.abcnews.com/
CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/
Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/
USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/
And be sure to check the websites of your local newspapers and TV stations for online polls. It is crucial that you do this in the minutes immediately following the debate.
Immediately after the debate, go online and write a letter to the editor of your local paper. If you feel John Kerry commanded the debate and had a clear plan for fixing the mess in Iraq, put it in your letter. If you feel George Bush dodged tough questions on Iraq and didn't level with voters, put it in your letter.
With just a few clicks, you can write your letter at our online media center:
Do you listen to national or local call-in shows on the radio? How about on TV? Call them and let them know what you thought of John Kerry's plan to keep America secure and George Bush's continuing refusal to admit the truth about his record.
Here are some national shows to get you started. (All times are Eastern.)
Air America (all day): 646-274-2346
Alan Colmes (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): 212-301-5900
Ed Shultz (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.): 701-232-1525
Bev Smith (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.): 412-325-4197
Doug Stephen (5 a.m. 10 a.m.): 1-800-510-8255
Find shows in your area on our media website:
Your actions immediately after the debate tonight can help John Kerry win on November 2. Make your voice heard!
Don't forget to visit our 2004 Debate Center before, during, and after the debate for important information, including questions Bush must answer, a Bush/Kerry contrast on keeping America safe, and Bush Debate Bingo, a game you can play with friends during the debate.
We can't WAIT to see how Tom Brokaw, et al. spin this one! They will probably just black it out! Reuters reports that "The newspaper in Bush's adopted hometown of Crawford threw its support on Tuesday behind Bush's Democratic rival, Sen. John Kerry. The weekly Lone Star Iconoclast criticized Bush's handling of the war in Iraq and for turning budget surpluses into record deficits. The editorial also criticized Bush's proposals on Social Security and Medicare. "The publishers of The Iconoclast endorsed Bush four years ago, based on the things he promised, not on this smoke-screened agenda," the newspaper said in its editorial. "Today, we are endorsing his opponent, John Kerry." It urged "Texans not to rate the candidate by his hometown or even his political party, but instead by where he intends to take the country."
By Michael Moore
Dear Mr. Bush,
I am so confused. Where exactly do you stand on the issue of Iraq? You, your Dad, Rummy, Condi, Colin, and Wolfie -- you have all changed your minds so many times, I am out of breath just trying to keep up with you!
Which of these 10 positions that you, your family and your cabinet have taken over the years represents your CURRENT thinking:
US Newswire: " Fed up with a president that has socked it to them with skyrocketing drug costs, record-breaking Medicare premium increases and threats to privatize Social Security, older Americans are kicking off the Presidential Debate season Wednesday, Sept. 29, by protesting George Bush's anti-senior, anti-family policies with a nationwide sock rally. The Alliance for Retired Americans is sponsoring the "Socked Out Seniors" Washington, D.C., and cross-country rallies to call attention to George Bush's failure to protect and preserve programs vital to the safety and security of seniors and their families. All socks collected at the rally will be delivered to the White House. "
Guess the White House and Bushie media must KNOW what the REAL poll trend in the US is - Bush is bombing! Because now not only are they disseminating new "Bush is gaining" polls that NO ONE believes anymore, but spreading dark hints that Bush's all-purpose bogeymen, Al Qaeda just MAY attack sometime or the other between now and Nov. 2! How convenient for Bush! No wonder he hasn't made any serious effort to fight the terror network. This "warning" is so vague we are embarrassed for the media for even releasing it: "The officials also said they had no specific information of a target or the date of an attack. When the initial information of the threat came in "the window was eight months large, now it is five or six weeks large," said the official. "Nothing since then has changed our assessment received in the spring. Nothing has changed, but the window is narrowing." ....HUH?
The Bushie media just doesn't have the resources to manipulate EVERY poll. So they have focused on Bush. But to give you just a little hint of what the REAL mood of America is beneath the media Potemkin Village, check out what's happening in Illinois! "Democratic candidate Barack Obama's lead in the race for U.S. Senate has grown to 51 percentage points over Republican Alan Keyes...The Tribune/WGN-TV poll found that 68% of likely voters favored Obama for senator and 17% supported Keyes. Last month, a Tribune/WGN-TV poll showed the gap was 65-24%." This reflects Americas REAL mood toward the Repugs and toward the hate-spewing rightwing blowhard pundits (which Keyes represents) in general. Across the nation, the Repugs are gonna get their as*es kicked on Nov. 2!
SignonSanDiego: "The Rev. Jerry Falwell said yesterday that evangelical Christians, after nearly 25 years of increasing political activism, now control the Republican Party and the fate of President Bush in the November election. "The Republican Party does not have the head count to elect a president without the support of religious conservatives," Falwell said at an election training conference of the Christian Coalition. Falwell said evangelical Christians are now "by far the largest constituency" within the Republican Party, their route to dominance beginning in 1979 with his founding of the Moral Majority, a precursor to the Christian Coalition. " Wanna know what America really thinks of rightwing blowhard delusional fanatics like Falwell and his Jim Jonesy followers? Read the next story about how one of their "fold" - Alan Keyes - is getting his self-righteous ass kicked in Illinois by Barak Obama, 68-17%!
America's leading titan of "bad taste", John Waters, returns to X-rated territory (well, actually NC-17-rated territory, but you get the idea) for this wildly over-the-top comedy. Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) is a wife and mother living in Baltimore who, along with her husband, Vaughn (Chris Isaak), and mother, Big Ethel (Suzanne Shepherd), operates a local convenience store. One day, Sylvia receives a sharp blow to the head, which leaves her with a concussion. However, the concussion comes with an unexpected side effect -- Sylvia has suddenly become a sex addict, and is hounding Vaughn for erotic attention every waking hour of the day. When it becomes evident that Vaughn can't keep up with her sensual appetites, Sylvia throws herself into the strange netherworld of Baltimore's community of sexual addicts, led by the perverse and lascivious Ray-Ray (Johnny Knoxville), and she soon discovers that her daughter Caprice (Selma Blair) is another one of the city's erotic overachievers, living a double life as über-buxom exotic entertainer Ursula Udders. A Dirty Shame also features supporting performances from Waters regulars Patricia Hearst, Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, Channing Wilroy, and Jean Hill.
What If Bush Wins
By a panel of 16 experts.
SUMMARY: Nova Scotia became the sixth Canadian province or territory to allow gay couples to marry on Friday. Another may follow suit next week.
Nova Scotia became the sixth Canadian province or territory to allow gay couples to marry on Friday, when the province's high court ruled that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Saturday, September 25th, 2004
Michael Moore On Tour; Slackers of the World, Unite!
Tomorrow I begin a little 20-state, 60-city tour to try and convince the fed-up, the burned-out, and the Nader-impaired to leave the house for just a half-hour on November 2nd and mark an "X" in a box (or punch a chad or touch a screen) so that America and the world can be saved. (I don't mean "saved" as in all workers will henceforth control the means of production. That's, um, going to take a few more years.)
What I'm asking is that our fellow Americans, as the collective landlord of a public housing project at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., take just a few minutes to evict the tenant who is currently wrecking the place (not to mention what he's doing to the rest of the neighborhood). After all, isn't this one of the coolest things about a democracy, getting to give some payback to those in power? "YOU'RE FIRED!" Oooh, that feels good -- especially if the recipient of the pink slip is someone who wants to send your kid off to war.
Gore Vidal is America's most controversial writer and a ferocious, often isolated, critic of the Bush administration. Here, against a backdrop of spreading unease about America's response to the events of 11 September 2001 and their aftermath, we publish Vidal's remarkable personal polemic urging a shocking new interpretation of who was to blame.
SUMMARY: On Thursday the Republican Party owned up to sending mass mailings that demonize homosexuals and predict liberals would ban the Bible if Democrats won in November.
Common Dreams: "The United States plans to sell Israel $319 million worth of air-launched bombs, including 500 "bunker busters" able to penetrate Iran's underground nuclear facilities, Israeli security sources said. The U.S. embassy in Israel had no comment, referring queries to Washington. Israel's Defense Ministry also declined comment. But a senior Israeli security source who confirmed the Haaretz story told Reuters: "This is not the sort of ordnance needed for the Palestinian front. Bunker busters could serve Israel against Iran, or possibly Syria." " How very convenient for Bush! It's his pattern: let someone else do your dirty work while you weasel out: from letting someone else go to Vietnam, to letting others slime political opponents, this man is an unbelievably cowardly sneak!
SUMMARY: A Manchester, England, concert by controversial reggae star Buju Banton was cancelled by police, who expressed fears over public safety.
SUMMARY: Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart apologized Wednesday for saying during a televised worship service that he would kill a gay man who looked at him romantically
Comment: How quickly the public forgets that this turd was caught in a motel room with a prostitue !
Cat Stevens to Take Legal Action
Friday 24 September 2004
Yusuf Islam, the British singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, is taking legal action after he was refused entry into the US.
Mr Islam said the decision to deny him entry on grounds of national security was "very serious and wholly unfounded" and he wants an explanation.
by Cat Stevens
Now I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun
Oh I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be, some day it's going to come
Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again
Now I've been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun
Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller
Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on now peace train
Get your bags together, go bring your good friends too
Cause it's getting nearer, it soon will be with you
Now come and join the living, it's not so far from you
And it's getting nearer, soon it will all be true
Now I've been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating, why can't we live in bliss
Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again
COMMENT: Clearly a coded message showing his expectation of a spectacular Al-Qaida attack. :)
MICHAEL MOORE'S 'SLACKER UPRISING TOUR' DRAWS A SELLOUT CROWD OF MORE THAN 10,000 AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Michael Moore Launches 60-City Swing State Tour
College and NBA Arenas in 20 Battleground States to Feature Live, On Stage, Oscar-winning Filmmaker
He Plans to Rally Non-voters and Slackers, "America's Majority"
For Immediate Release -- Thursday, September 23, 2004
Calling it his "Slacker Uprising Tour" in an effort to get millions of traditional non-voters to the polls on November 2, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and #1 bestselling author Michael Moore announced today that he will embark on a 60-city tour to the 20 battleground states beginning September 26 in Elk Rapids, Michigan, and ending on Election Day in Tallahassee, Florida.
Moore will be appearing on college campuses in their auditoriums, arenas, stadiums and field houses (Penn State, Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Florida, among others), NBA arenas (Seattle), and hockey arenas (Toledo). Nearly all venues will hold between 5,000 and 15,000 people, with students -- historically the largest block of non-voters in presidential elections -- admitted for free at most events (at some events, non-students will pay $5 or a nominal charge to cover costs).
By Mark Sage and Vik Iyer, The Independent
Singer Cat Stevens and his daughter were escorted off a diverted transatlantic flight by FBI agents, it emerged today.
The pop star, who converted to Islam, was denied access to the US because his name was on a security "watch list", government security sources said.
SUMMARY: The Republican National Committee (news - web sites) is being blamed for spreading hate in new ads that seek to transform voters' unease with homosexuality into support for GOP candidates.
by Ann Scott Tyson / Christian Science Monitor
Inside dusty, barricaded camps around Iraq, groups of American troops in between missions are gathering around screens to view an unlikely choice from the US box office: "Fahrenheit 9-11," Michael Moore's controversial documentary attacking the commander-in-chief.
"Everyone's watching it," says a Marine corporal at an outpost in Ramadi that is mortared by insurgents daily. "It's shaping a lot of people's image of Bush."
The film's prevalence is one sign of a discernible countercurrent among US troops in Iraq - those who blame President Bush for entangling them in what they see as a misguided war. Conventional wisdom holds that the troops are staunchly pro-Bush, and many are. But bitterness over long, dangerous deployments is producing, at a minimum, pockets of support for Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry, in part because he's seen as likely to withdraw American forces from Iraq more quickly.
"[For] 9 out of 10 of the people I talk to, it wouldn't matter who ran against Bush - they'd vote for them," said a US soldier in the southern city of Najaf, seeking out a reporter to make his views known. "People are so fed up with Iraq, and fed up with Bush."
"Bush's ratings have slipped to 45% positive and 54% negative, the lowest ratings of his presidency, according to a new Harris Poll. These numbers compare to 50% positive, 49% negative in June and 48% positive, 51% negative in August. This downward trend no doubt helps to explain why the lead which the president enjoyed over Senator Kerry immediately after the Republican convention in New York -- the so-called 'convention bounce' -- has now disappeared."
Cheryl Seal writes: "You know the old saying "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is"? Well that adage should have gone off like an alarm bell when CBS first announced it would air a story on Bush's Texas National Guard Duty. Not only would they have an interview with Ben Barnes, they announced, but they would present HARD DOCUMENTATION supporting the story. Now, after "reviewing all the evidence," I have myself come to the conclusion that the entire story was, in essence a Kerry campaign "ambush" engineered by CBS itself, working in concert with a White House insider, most likely Karl Rove. Why would CBS do such a thing? Because although CBS may appear to "lose the battle" by airing a deeply flawed story, it stands to win the war. Winning the war - as in getting get Bush reelected
"The latest Zogby Interactive poll of 16 battleground states shows Mr. Kerry ahead in 11 states, one state fewer than in a poll taken during the Republican convention two weeks earlier... Mr. Kerry's 11 states control 125 votes, while Mr. Bush's five states have 52. Thus, if the results on Election Day match the findings of the Zogby poll, Mr. Kerry would win, 297-241... Excluding Florida and Arkansas, which Mr. Kerry leads by less than one point, the senator's lead is 264-241, with 33 electoral votes up for grabs. Taking away four states where fewer than three points separate the candidates, Mr. Kerry is ahead 254-236, with 48 votes up for grabs. Still, there are signs that Mr. Kerry is gaining back some of the strength that was sapped during the Republican convention. In the latest poll, Mr. Kerry gained ground on the president in nine states, while Mr. Bush improved his standing in six."
A plane bound for Washington from London was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after passenger Yusuf Islam - formerly known as pop singer Cat Stevens - showed up on a U.S. watch list, federal officials said.
WARNING: Voter registration deadlines are drawing near!
(click here for Mike's how-to voting guide)
Enough of the handwringing! Enough of the doomsaying! Do I have to come there and personally calm you down? Stop with all the defeatism, OK? Bush IS a goner -- IF we all just quit our whining and bellyaching and stop shaking like a bunch of nervous ninnies. Geez, this is embarrassing! The Republicans are laughing at us. Do you ever see them cry, "Oh, it's all over! We are finished! Bush can't win! Waaaaaa!"
Hell no. It's never over for them until the last ballot is shredded. They are never finished -- they just keeping moving forward like sharks that never sleep, always pushing, pulling, kicking, blocking, lying.
They are relentless and that is why we secretly admire them -- they just simply never, ever give up. Only 30% of the country calls itself "Republican," yet the Republicans own it all -- the White House, both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court and the majority of the governorships. How do you think they've been able to pull that off considering they are a minority? It's because they eat you and me and every other liberal for breakfast and then spend the rest of the day wreaking havoc on the planet.
SUMMARY: Louisiana voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on Saturday. Civil rights advocates say they'll fight it.
By Howard Dean
Monday 20 September 2004
A key issue for young Americans and their families to consider as they prepare to cast their votes in the upcoming presidential election is the real likelihood of a military draft being reinstated if President Bush is re-elected. President Bush should tell us now whether he supports a military draft.
Here is the evidence that makes a draft likely:
You already blew it: You didn't vote last time, or voted for Nader or Bush, and now you're gonna get drafted. There's no way around it now, the draft is almost a certainty.
New Zealand News: "With the war locked into a bloody stalemate, the veterans are wondering how the military might find replacements to fill the gaps... For despite the Pentagon's boast that it can fight and win two conventional wars, US forces are seriously overstretched. 'We don't have the manpower to sustain the war in Iraq,' says Eric Ellis, a Vietnam veteran. 'In Vietnam we had 550,000 troops. We rotated them every year. We had to do one combat tour. Now we have 130,000-odd troops in Iraq. They do a tour, come home, then go back.' Where to find the extra troops to fight a seemingly intractable insurgency that echoes Vietnam has become a pressing question. And although you wouldn't hear it from the Bush Administration, the prospect of deploying a draft for the first time in a generation may be edging towards reality."
A woman wearing a T-shirt with the words "President Bush You Killed My Son" and a picture of a soldier killed in Iraq was detained [SHE WAS ARRESTED!] Thursday after she interrupted a campaign speech by first lady Laura Bush. Police escorted Sue Niederer, of Hopewell, N.J., from a rally at a firehouse after she demanded to know why her son, Army 1st Lt. Seth Dvorin, 24, was killed in Iraq. Dvorin died in February while trying to disarm a bomb. As shouts of "Four More Years" subsided, Niederer, standing in the middle of a crowd of some 700, continued to shout about the killing of her son. Local police escorted her from the event, handcuffed her and put her in the back of a police van. Niederer was later charged with defiant trespass and released. " Can't have poor Ms. Bush exposed to anything as "distressing" and real as the consequences of her husband's actions, now can we?
Is Maureen Dowd ridiculing the idea that the White House could be behind the "suspect memos" leaked to Dan Rather - or making a convincing case for it? "Those who suspect [Karl 'Balloon-face McGoon'] Rove note that when he was Bill Clements' campaign strategist in a 1986 governor's race in Texas, he was accused of bugging his own office to distract from a debate, according to James Moore and Wayne Slater, authors of "Bush's Brain." They said it turned the election because after that, the Democrat could not get any attention. Was the same scenario playing out Wed evening on CNN? After a five-minute report on the CBS memo... CNN spent about 30 seconds reporting that two more Marines had been killed in Iraq." An insider tells us they think someone in the White House had REAL documents copied, tweaking them just enough to arouse suspicious. Like giving someone a check written on a real account with sufficient funds - but "accidentally" post-dating it so it bounces.
Media pollsters are feigning amazement over the current conflicting spread of poll results. But there is no REAL conflict here. The divergence did not come until the GOP convention. Obviously something happened then. The clue as to what that was lies in WHICH polls show Bush with a huge lead: ALL are mainstream media polls: USA Today, CNN, NY Times, Washington Post, ABC, etc. Polls less connected to the Bushie media show a pattern that is consistent with the entire campaign (Harris, Rasmussen, Zogby, et al.). This is not coincidence. We know for a fact that several of the media polls began manipulating their "weighting" system in a dishonest manner (non-media pollster John Zogby spotted Newsweek's scheme right away). The media publicize their own manipulated polls, not the traditional pollsters' results. Thus, they are using their skewed polls as "marketing devices" - selling Bush like their latest name brand coming out ahead in a rigged "national taste test."
Linda Ronstadt and Carole King will sing the praises of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry at an event in south Tucson.
They also plan to register voters and encourage early voting at Sunday's event.
King and Ronstadt, a Tucson native, will discuss why they support Kerry's positions on education, health care and the environment, Natalie Luna, spokeswoman for Rep. Raul Grijalva , D-Ariz, said this week.
Punk rock bands are hitting Portland this weekend to kick off a national anti-President Bush concert tour laced with appearances in swing states.
The bands probably won't have much appeal to middle-of-the-road swing voters. But if the election is as close as the one in 2000, don't count out the kids in Mohawks, black leather and multiple piercings.
"I do believe a song can change the world, because people are inspired by music," said Justin Sane, one of the punk rockers who will appear in Portland. "There is a lot of emotion tied up in this presidential race. People are feeling the need to express themselves." Sane is lead singer and vocalist for Anti-Flag.
Media Matters: "According to an analysis by Media Tenor International (an independent and nonpartisan research organization), ABC, CBS, FOX News Channel, and NBC evening news reports on Kerry's military service far outnumbered reports on other topics relating to . Bush and Kerry. The analysis surveyed the period of August 1 through August 29; the "other topics" included campaigning and campaign strategy; foreign and domestic policy; personality; and terrorism. Negative statements about Kerry's military service significantly outnumbered positive statements on both the network evening news programs and on FOX News Channel's Special Report with Brit Hume." More outrageous still, the networks slams of Kerry relied heavily on "anonymous sources" , with FOX (naturally!) the worse, citing anonymous sources for 12 negative statements." This is not only fraud, it is subversion of an American election. BRING ON THE INVESTIGATIONS AND THE CLASS ACTION SUITS!
"The Black Commentator" reveals the disgusting tactics being used by the GOP to suppress the black vote with a confuse-and-disempower tactic dubbed "voter suppression." "A simple attack ad is probably similar to the Swift Boat ads, that sully a candidate's character and reputation," said the DNC's William Marshall. "Whereas, a Black voter suppression ad tries to use African American voices to shift blame - They want you to come away confused." Too confused to vote, they hope. An example: "A shadowy Republican-Right outfit called America's Pac Campaign took to the Black-oriented airwaves this month in contested mid-Western states. BC could find no evidence of America's Pac Campaign ever having previously existed. According to Dayton, Ohio radio station WRNB-FM sales records, the group's president and treasurer is [white rightwing male] Richard Nadler, of Overland Park, Kansas, but Nadler delivers his [white, rightwing] message through a Black voice on the radio."
Yahoo: "According to the latest Harris Interactive poll posted on The Wall Street Journal's website Thursday, Kerry secured 48 percent of the intended vote, compared with 47 percent for Bush. Independent candidate Ralph Nader garnered two percent of the hypothetical vote. A slim majority of respondents (51 percent) said they do not believe Bush "deserves to be re-elected for another four years," compared with 45 percent who said they do, according to The Wall Street Journal. " So, if you "correct" this poll for the usual mainstream manipulations - restore the Democrats shaved off through 'likely voter weighting,' then account for the huge poll of uncounted under-30 cell phone users, we estimate that the actual tally is more like Kerry 52%, Bush 43%, This agrees with informal "mall and checkout line" spot polls reported to us.
OMB Watch: "An analysis of four key federal agencies charged with safeguarding the public's air, water, food, health, transportation and workplaces reveals consistent and widespread obstruction, neglect and weakening of protections. The report attributes the pattern to a pro-corporate bias of the Bush administration and appointed agency heads favoring narrow special interests over the public good. EPA has withdrawn 90 agenda items, most addressing clean air and water...FDA has withdrawn 62 agenda items, including one to track contaminated blood... NHTSA has withdrawn 31 auto safety agenda items...OSHA has withdrawn 24 agenda items. This report updates and expands the May 2004 report, "Special Interest Takeover: The Bush Administration and the Dismantling of Public Safeguards."
Jimmy Breslin: "Anybody who believes these national political polls are giving you facts is a gullible fool. Any editors of newspapers or television news shows who use poll results as a story are beyond gullible. On behalf of the public they profess to serve, they are indolent salesmen of falsehoods. This is because these political polls are done by telephone. Land-line telephones, as your house phone is called. The telephone polls do not include cellular phones. There are almost 169 million cell phones being used in America today ...Not one cell phone user has received a call on their cell phone asking them how they plan to vote as of today." But college surveys show that an overwhelming majority of the nations tens of millions of 18-24 year olds support John Kerry. And guess what group most heavily relies on cell phones? The 18-24 year olds! How convenient for the Bushie media that these are the very people undercounted in polls!
Most senior US military officers now believe the war on Iraq has turned into a disaster on an unprecedented scale.
'Bring them on!" President Bush challenged the early Iraqi insurgency in July of last year. Since then, 812 American soldiers have been killed and 6,290 wounded, according to the Pentagon. Almost every day, in campaign speeches, Bush speaks with bravado about how he is "winning" in Iraq. "Our strategy is succeeding," he boasted to the National Guard convention on Tuesday.
But, according to the US military's leading strategists and prominent retired generals, Bush's war is already lost. Retired general William Odom, former head of the National Security Agency, told me: "Bush hasn't found the WMD. Al-Qaida, it's worse, he's lost on that front. That he's going to achieve a democracy there? That goal is lost, too. It's lost." He adds: "Right now, the course we're on, we're achieving Bin Laden's ends."
Retired general Joseph Hoare, the former marine commandant and head of US Central Command, told me: "The idea that this is going to go the way these guys planned is ludicrous. There are no good options. We're conducting a campaign as though it were being conducted in Iowa, no sense of the realities on the ground. It's so unrealistic for anyone who knows that part of the world. The priorities are just all wrong."
Arizona Daily Star writes "A Phoenix political consultant, who makes part of his living helping conservative Republican candidates win seats in the Legislature, has run afoul of state election laws, a judge ruled.... Most disturbing to the Maricopa County GOP officials who sued Querard was his withholding of early ballot requests from thousands of voters. Some, they fear, may not get to vote in the Tuesday primary. Querard solicited early ballot requests from registered voters but didn't turn them over to the county in a timely manner, the judge ruled... Querard turned in about 9,000 ballot requests in one week in August, with some postmarked in late June and early July." Senator Kerry be on the lookout. If the GOP does this to themselves, imagine what they will try to do to you in November.
WASHINGTON - A group of activist Sept. 11 widows said Tuesday they will campaign for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, charging the Bush administration stonewalled their efforts to uncover intelligence failures leading up to the attacks and took the nation into a misguided war in Iraq.
Five widows and a sixth woman who was badly injured in the attack on the Pentagon endorsed Kerry.
Research suggests mobile phones could cause a "whole generation" of today's teenagers to go senile in the prime of their lives. This is getting hardly a mention in media, but has catastrophic implications for us all. Previous concerns about mobile phones have concentrated on the possibility that the devices may heat the brain, or cause cancer. But the latest indications are that the blood-brain barrier may be breached by even moderate use of cellphones.
Tallahassee, Fla. - Ralph Nader is again off Florida's presidential ballot, at least for now.
Circuit Judge P. Kevin Davey on Wednesday ordered that Nader's name be removed from the November ballot, finding that the Reform Party - which nominated Nader - isn't a legitimate party under state law. Davey also ordered that four counties that have already mailed absentee ballots listing Nader send out amended ballots without his name.
Davey had issued a temporary order last week keeping the consumer advocate off the ballot, but his ruling was suspended on Monday after Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood filed an appeal. Davey's ruling on Wednesday reinstates his original decision.
The state Supreme Court has scheduled a Friday hearing on the appeal.
The aftermath of a car bomb outside a police station in Baghdad. Photo: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/Getty Images
Lying amid the debris strewn near Al-Karkh police station was the photo of a young man in a blue T-shirt. The passport snap had been part of his application to join Iraq's police force.
Yesterday, however, he and dozens of other recruits queueing outside the station in central Baghdad were blown to pieces by a car bomb. Near the photo, someone had heaped the shoes of the dead and injured into a neat pile.
Log Cabin Republicans have worked for almost three decades to build a stronger GOP that welcomes gay and lesbian Americans. Since 1993, when we opened our national office, we've endorsed both GOP candidates for president. But this year, despite our loyalty to the party of Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln, we have decided, after significant discussion, to withhold our endorsement of President Bush. It was a difficult choice, but our integrity requires it, and the Republican Party's future will be stronger because of it.
We continue to stand for fundamental Republican positions: low taxes, limited government and winning the war on terrorism. That's why we're Republicans. But we cannot stand idly by while some in the GOP use fear and intolerance to divide the United States in a culture war. Though such tactics may provide short-term political gain, they will put the Republican Party on the wrong side of history.
Yahoo:"Actor Michael J. Fox, known for his advocacy on behalf of medical research, will hold a conference call today, September 15, at 2 PM ET/1 PM CT to criticize George W Bush's record on medical research. He will be joined by Minnesota Nurses Association Executive Director Erin Murphy who will also slam Bush for his wrong policies that are taking our country in the wrong direction."
University of CA Santa Barbara: "A new study released today is the first assessment of the impact of the gay ban on U.S. military effectiveness in recent Middle East wars. The study, by Dr. Nathaniel Frank, is titled "Gays and Lesbians at War: Military Service in Iraq and Afghanistan Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'"The study concludes that gays and lesbians serve openly in the Middle East without undermining unit cohesion or the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan...Among the dozens of stories included in the study is that of Brian Hughes, a gay Army Ranger who was part of the task force that rescued Iraqi War POW Jessica Lynch." Yet a systematic purge of gays from the military has been underway since Bush took office - including highly trained and desperately needed specialists.
St. Pete Times:"The latest effort to disqualify Ralph Nader as a presidential candidate in Florida has led to renewed scrutiny of papers filed by other candidates - including Bush. State law sets a Sept. 1 deadline for the governor to certify a list of presidential electors for each party's candidates. But Sept. 1 was also the day Bush and Cheney were being nominated at their party' convention in NYC. Consequently, some of their paperwork did not arrive at state elections headquarters until Sept. 2, a day after Gov. Jeb Bush certified the candidates for president. Paperwork problem? No, says Secretary of State Glenda Hood's office." Anyone remember an issue of DEADLINES being a factor in Cruella Harris' mishandling of the Stolen Election in 2000? Like, maybe, DISALLOWING the West Palm Beach recount because of missing an arbitrary deadline, one not mandated by the "RULE of LAW". Duh...
Washington - As Ralph Nader campaigns in swing state after swing state, a large group of prominent endorsers from Nader 2000 is calling for support for Kerry in those states in order to oust Bush.
Four years ago this month, Nader convened news conferences in several cities to unveil his personally-selected "Nader 2000 Citizens Committee" of leading supporters. Today (Sept. 14), more than 70 members of Nader's 2000 committee joined in issuing a statement that urges "support for Kerry/Edwards in all swing states" because "removing George W. Bush from office should be the top priority in the 2004 presidential election."
Signers of the statement include Noam Chomsky, Ben Cohen, Phil Donahue, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jim Hightower, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Cornel West and Howard Zinn. The statement and a current list of signers can be viewed at: vote2stopbush.com.
Can you belive this!? For months, AP, the Post, MSNBC, et al, have engaged in outrageous poll manipulation and disseminating stories with their polls that spin away any bad Bush news. Now when a newspaper in Minnesota is found to possibly favor Democrats in its polls and commentary, the GOP is howling and frothing at the mouth like a rabid dog and wants the Star Tribune poll director all but drawn and quartered! OK, you folks at the DNC and you activist lawyers out there! Maybe it's time to fight fire with fire! If the Tribune poll director goes, so should the directors of the ABC, MSNBC, Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, FOX, and Gallup polls! Let's go for it!
The ACLU Reports: "By requiring non-profit charities to check their employees against a "black list" [one prepared by the Bush administration] in order to receive donations from the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), John Ashcroft and this administration have created a climate of fear and intimidation that undermines the health and well-being of this nation. Organizations that enhance and promote America's health and education, the arts and the environment, children's services and religious life are threatened by the web of fear that emanates from the Patriot Act and the war on terror, and that is wrong." What is terrifying is that the blacklist will clearly FAVOR all organizations that favor the Bush regime, while ripping out funding from organizations that represent the American people, democracy, freedom, and self-expression.
The Republicans are busy at work trying to fix the 2004 election:
SUMMARY: The presidential candidates' views on health care -- and particularly HIV/AIDS issues -- got some attention Monday with the release of a comparison of the two major hopefuls.
Check out this highly accurate, consistent presidential tracking poll by Rasmussen. Looks like Bush's big 9/11 exploitation bid over the weekend, and the White House bid to discredit CBS backfired rather badly, while John Kerry's outrage at Bush must be resonating big time with the American public. While Kerry gained over a point over the weekend, Bush lost more than a point. The current status: Bush 47.2, Kerry 46.4.
Kitty Kelley is under fierce attack from Karl Rove via NBC's Today Show for claiming Sharon Bush told her W used cocaine at Camp David while Poppy was Pres. But despite Sharon's denial, Kitty isn't giving an inch. "The following are undisputable facts: -- Mrs. Bush confirmed that she was aware of cocaine use by George W. Bush at Camp David when his father was President -- Mrs. Bush confirmed that such usage occurred on more than one occasion -- Mrs. Bush knew that Ms. Kelley planned on using this information in her book and was read the exact quotes that would be utilized -- Mrs. Bush continued to have a good relationship with Kitty Kelley -- long after the meeting in April at which she confirmed the cocaine report -- Mrs. Bush called Ms. Kelley in May, 2004 after which there was a friendly correspondence. "
Here's something we've been hollering about for a while: "Two of his recollections are similar, but factually impossible. On Dec. 4, 2001, and Jan. 5, 2002, Bush told audiences he saw the first plane hit the tower on TV before he entered the classroom. But he couldn't have seen it; nobody saw it live on TV. Between those recountings, on Dec. 20, Bush told The Washington Post that Karl Rove told him. This isn't to say the resident is a fabulist." Nah, he's just a run-of-the-mill lunatic. "The White House declined to comment." Wouldn't want to scare the children, would we? Invoke the 25th Amendment at madgeorge.us
Derek Kjar is not the president's biggest fan. But the 19-year-old Salt Lake County man says he does not intend to harm President Bush with anything more than a vote for John Kerry come November. Just to be sure, though, agents from the Secret Service recently paid Kjar a visit, telling him that his neighbors had alerted them to a potentially threatening bumper sticker on his car.
Watching TV, the anchorman says, "A milestone tonight, the 1,000th American soldier to die in Iraq." 13 soldiers have died in the past two days. We don't know how many Iraqi civilians have died in the bombing of Fallujah and Sadr City today, but hey, they're just Iraqis! All this killing, for what?
Bush now comes on the screen. His shirt is soaked with sweat. It is most days. Have you noticed this? Yes, we are men, and yes, we sweat, but man, this guy is drenched. I feel bad for him. He is not really up to the job of executioner (although it seemed so easy with his death row rat-a-tat-tat back in Texas).
Greens for Impact: "[We are] dismayed to see that Ralph Nader's campaign schedule for September consists almost completely of battleground states, where his presence could aid in re-electing George W. Bush. From September 11th through September 18th, Nader will be stumping in the swing states of PA, OH, MI, WI, MN, IA, and CO,. This route cannot be coincidental and it in fact belies claims he made when first announcing his presidential candidacy: "This is a campaign that strives to displace the present corporate regime of the Bush administration." On September 3, 2004, Ralph Nader's campaign issued a press release entitled "Bush Rhetoric and Reality Are Two Different Things." Following this model, Greens for Impact seeks to figure out what could possibly motivate Nader to visit every swing state. Our analysis indicates: "Nader Rhetoric and Reality Are Two Different Things." "
When Vice President Cheney said Tuesday that voters would increase the chances of another terrorist attack on America if they vote for John Kerry, he crossed what should be an impermeable line separating democratic decency from the sort of demagoguery that disfigures politics in places like Belarus, Burma, or Iran.
Cheney said of the voters' choice in the coming presidential election: "If we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again, that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States." This assertion was not only false and defamatory; it was irrational.
Michael Allred and Richard Torres. Kenneth Souslin and Gregory Sanders. Brandon Rowe and Alyssa Peterson and Nathan Brown. The list goes ever onward. One thousand names, one thousand faces, one thousand folded American flags.
The editors and staff of t r u t h o u t offer our deepest and most profound condolences to the families of the men and women who have fallen in Iraq. We offer to our readers the names and faces of these men and women, with deepest respect, so that all within the reach of our arm know who they were, how they smiled, and what they did in the service of our country.
We believe George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Colin Powell and the members of this administration have much to answer for. Defenders of this invasion point to the casualty rate of Operation Iraqi Freedom and compare it to the casualty rates in other wars. "1,000 deaths is nothing" compared to Normandy, we hear.
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Comment: 1,000 dead soldiers is sad, but let us not forget about the estimated 10,000 to 30,000 Iraqi, men, women, and children that have been killed since the war began.
"Young people have led the exodus from Kerry to Bush. Since Aug. 1, Kerry's support among voters ages 18 to 29 has dropped from 63 percent to 49 percent while Bush's share of the young vote has increased to 46 percent -- a 28-point turnaround in five weeks."
Young people are the sleeping giant in this election. They don't know how we're gonna vote. We've changed our minds three times in the past year. And even with Bush's temporary bounce after the five day Republican infomercial, young people are the age group most critical of this administration's policies -but least likely to actually vote.
Just as we suspected, this election is all about... US! And whether we can get our folks to the polls.
So check, it, college students --Today is the first day of "campus strategy sessions" on the League calendar!!!
Many campuses have already organized incredible, creative, multi-issue, multi-racial progressive vote coalitions.
Many have not.
What are you waiting for?
Our President is The Great Uniter --like a hurricane, he brings together people who wouldn't normally speak to each other.
The next 53 days is your chance of a lifetime to make new friends, change the course of world history, and learn organizing skills that will help you in all areas of life. Don't sleep!!! Historical circumstances like this don't come along very often. So organize NOW before these weather conditions go away!!
Across the country, 500+ Leaguers in 70+ local groups are forming progressive, youth-driven voting blocs* that will demonstrate an impact on local, state, and federal elections -on and off campus. Don't be skeerd. Organize! We can help you.
What some Leaguers are doing:
· ASU Leaguers just pulled together a Tempe/Phoenix progressive strategy session
· Leaguers at Miami U brought the book tour to campus this week!
· Wash U students are planning direct action trainings at the Oct 9th presidential debates
· The Providence RI League is sending buses up to NH to swing the state!
13 Easy Steps to organize your campus.
1. Call us up 212-283-8879 or email Naina Khanna firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us you want to organize your campus so we can support you, and hook you up with other people in your area.
2. Have one-on-one conversations with as many people as possible. This includes: every possible student group, the campus radio station, bands and hip-hop crews, bloggers and journalists, fraternities and sororities, artists and community service types, sports team, anyone who listens to Ani di Franco or KRS-1, anyone taking a class with a cool professor, anyone with a bumper sticker on their car or a political button or t-shirt. Anyone who looks like they're even halfway paying attention. Talk to them. Find out what they're about. Get their contact info. Put it in a spreadsheet.
3. Everyone you talk to, ask these three questions over and over again: "What are people already doing?" "What can we do?" and "Who else should we talk to who might be interested?"
4. Go to every campus group meeting and (without being obnoxious) ask these same questions.
5. Pretty soon, you'll have a database of dozens (or even hundreds) of people on campus who are interested.
6. Get a little squad together to help you pull together a progressive voter organizing strategy session on campus. We recommend you organize it immediately to give you enough time before voter
reg deadlines (beginning of October in most states).
7. At the strategy session, your goal is to figure out what everyone's doing and come up with a campus-wide plan and clear roles, tasks, and
communication to make it happen! For more on this, see How To Organize a Kickass Strategy Session and Not Have it Blow Up in Your Face: http://action.indyvoter.org/ctt.asp?u=2461284&l=54475
8. If the group is very advanced and organized, then the League's first goal is to support and plug new people into all the existing efforts. And to look for the gaps of people who are being missed. If the campus is not well organized, then the League's first goal is to bring together and organize any existing progressive forces, and to offer a possible plan people could use to organize the campus. Present it to the group, get feedback and plug people into your plan. Call Naina --she can help you with this!
9. Here is the beauty of the League strategy and why we are complementary to -and totally different from- every other campus organization: Most students already know how they're gonna vote for President. That's a no brainer. But then they're gonna go into the voting booth and see all these other races: City Councilors, State Representatives, County Commissioners, ballot measures.
Most of us have no idea how to vote on these things, so we either leave them blank or take a guess -either way it makes you feel stupid! And whether we choose to vote locally from our school address, or whether we vote absentee in our home district, either way we get fucked because we have no idea what's going on locally, and we have no idea what's going on back home. Keeping students in the dark is a major way that local politicians keep the progressive vote down. The League of Pissed Off Voters was created to address this exact problem. No matter where you live or choose to vote, the League has people all over the country creating progressive voter guides which will be posted October 15 at www.indyvoter.org. If there isn't already a voter guide on your campus or in your hometown, you can still make one --it's not too late!!
10. Some events to scheme: voter reg drives, early voting plans, absentee voting party, creating a voter guide to endorse progressive candidates, building a list of folks pledged to vote your slate, GOTV (Get Out The Vote) plans - dorm captains, floor captains, bringing the How To Get Stupid White Men Out Of Office book tour to your campus, getting trained in GOTV, pollwatching, election protection, media pitches, and fundraising drives to support all the fun work you're
about to do!
11. Let us know what you're doing! List your events at www.indyvoter.org.
12. The League exists to build bridges, fill in gaps, and build real progressive political power. Our main strategy (other than supporting other progressive organizations) is to create multi-issue, multi-community progressive voter guides which endorse progressive candidates up and down the ticket, from school board, city council, state representative, Congress and President -even student council
candidates :). If you know college students who are good at this, please forward them this email!!
13. In the meantime, check out what's going on near you: http://action.indyvoter.org/ctt.asp?u=2461284&l=54476, organize a progressive strategy session on your campus and write to Naina!!!
EXTRA CREDIT: Send this email to every college student you know who would be good at this.
In other news...
* The Minneapolis/St Paul League just released their endorsement slate for the Sept 14th primary. Check it out at:
* The San Francisco League and the Portland Maine League sent out hundreds of candidate questionnaires. Check out the questions and some of the responses at: http://action.indyvoter.org/ctt.asp?u=2461284&l=54478
* The American Candidate fundraiser/houseparty has been moved to Sunday September 19th. Check out Malia Lazu on Showtime!
*A voting bloc is a group of people with a common interest who tend to vote the same way. Candidates woo voting blocs because thousands -or even hundreds- of people voting the same way can swing elections. In the case of Florida in 2000, a voting bloc of 538 young people could have swung the presidential election! Examples of powerful voting blocs include the Christian Right, NASCAR dads, and senior citizens.
Love, the League Team
SUMMARY: Ending months of speculation, the Log Cabin Republicans officially withheld endorsement of George W. Bush for president -- a first in the group's 11-year history.
NY Post: "Jenna and Barbara Bush lived up to their hard-partying reputation while in NYC supporting their pop, during the Republican Convention, according to our spies around town. The twosome kicked off a week of fun last Sat at Chelsea hot spot 17, where...they partied with a group of 20 guests till the early hours. 'Jenna seemed more wild than Barbara,' said a witness. 'They probably got through about three bottles of Level vodka...' The conservative cuties' next big night was Wed. at Sixth Avenue nightclub Avalon, where they were in the crowd smoking cigarettes and pumping their fists to Kid Rock, who was performing on stage. 'They [and their entourage of about 25] drank $4,500 dollars worth of drinks - bottles and bottles of vodka,' says a club insider. 'Then, having comped all the alcohol, they left a $48 tip. We thought 1% was kind of outrageous, considering they are the president's daughters."