Archive for July, 2004

Big John’s Grand Slam

Senator John F. Kerry had to make the speech of his life tonight. He was following Barack Obama, who became the party’s rising superstar in one night. He was following Howard Dean, whose energy gave Kerry the party he needs to win this fight. He was following General Wesley Clark, Al Sharpton, and John Edwards, all of whom electrified the crowd. Senator Kerry didn’t just have one hell of an act to follow — he had several speeches of a lifetime to live up to, especially Obama’s, which raised the bar for everyone.

Read more on the Justice Log, 7/29/2004 11:21 PM

Can David Cobb Save America?

If you don’t know who he is, you’re not alone

Having seen Fahrenheit 9/11, I certainly understand all of the focus on Michael Moore these days. If John Kerry wins, he will owe a great debt of gratitude to the man doing 99% of the American news media’s job. However, he may well owe at least as much to someone whose recent victory has been lost in the F9/11 storm: David Cobb, the Green Party presidential nominee.

Don’t get me wrong, Cobb doesn’t go easy on Senator Kerry, and for perfectly understandable reasons:
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Karl Rove’s opinion of the press

Found on Alternet:

Karl Rove, the president’s chief political advisor, bluntly declared to New Yorker writer Ken Auletta that members of the press “don’t represent the public any more than other people do. I don’t believe you have a check-and-balance function.” Auletta concluded that, in the eyes of the Bush Administration, the press corps had become little more than another special-interest lobbying group.

You think I’d be jaded by now. But every time I think they’ve buried the needle on my outrage-o-meter, one of the Chimp’s string-pullers increases the gain. They really are completely without shame or moral boundary. There it is, from the guy at the top of the administration’s media food chain, saying outright that the press has no business trying to question the government.

* bang * * bang * * bang *

I have to stop now. My wife is asking me to please avoid breaking the keyboard. Or my head.

(/) Roland X
“…were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” –Thomas Jefferson

Originally posted on Daily Kos

Patriot Power

The left’s movement to reclaim the flag kicks into high gear.

Michael Moore is a patriot. Who knew? To be honest, the chances are that those reading this article knew it. Most other Americans, however, probably believe that Michael Moore is a Stalinist who wants to send registered Republicans, NRA members, and anyone affiliated with a “cigar club” to a gulag for re-education.

I wish that were a joke. Just a few days ago, while helping to man a table to register people to vote, one obvious victim of talk radio claimed that John Kerry was married to a Communist. Apparently, he was unaware that his wife is worth at least several hundred million dollars thanks to good ol’ American capitalism.
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