Archive for October, 2004


It is easy to feel lost in the storm of political rhetoric, especially in the last days of a political season as charged as this one. It is easy, all too easy, to feel irrelevant in the face of Osama bin Laden’s coming out as the world’s pre-eminent supervillain, in the wake of 380 tons of deadly explosives that simply vanished, in the din of multi-million dollar ad campaigns and talking points e-mailed to millions.

Don’t you believe it.

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/31/2004 01:39 PM (also on Daily Kos)

The Last Days of the Rovan Empire

Voter Suppression.

Pledging Allegiance…to Bush.

Shamelessly exploiting the attacks on the Twin Towers.

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/30/2004 01:02 AM

Burning WTC Pictures in new Bush Ad

This needs to go mainstream now.

In a last ditch bid to win Pennsylvania’s electoral votes, where Democratic Sen. John Kerry is leading is most polls, President George W. Bush has engaged in mailings which contain myriad graphic images of the burning World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

They have the images on their site. It’s real. This is the slimiest hit piece they’ve done so far, and that’s saying something.

Remember, Bush promised not to politicize September 11th. They couldn’t be exploiting it more nakedly than this. Let’s nail them.

(/) Roland X
Kerry/Edwards 2004: Vote While You Still Can

Originally posted on Daily Kos,

Whatever It Takes

This is the Bush campaign in a nutshell. Lying. Cheating. Stealing.

Whatever it takes, indeed.

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/29/2004 01:04 AM

The Once and Future President

Once Upon A Time…

…there was a divided country choosing between a charismatic Democratic Senator and a powerful, divisive Republican. The Republican was known for his cunning and bag of tricks. The Democrat was known for his courage commanding a boat in combat and his Massachusetts heritage. It was the closest election since 1888.

Some guy with the initials JFK won.

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/28/2004 01:13 AM


I have commented previously on Bush’s staggering hubris. Today a parallel occurred to me.

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said — “two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert … near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lips, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
Look on my Works ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/26/2004 08:09 PM

Message control and political yard signs

Posted by Morgan, forwarding a message from another list (with permission) because I feel the message needs to get out.

I had a revelation a few days ago as the boys and I were driving through our traditionally Republican community (a misnomer) in West St. Louis County, watching for Kerry-Edwards yard signs and seeing more than we expected. Then I saw a yard that had only green-and-white yard signs that proclaimed simply “JESUS.” And then I thought how the political right has co-opted major cultural symbols like the flag, the Bible, and Jesus? I thought of some Pagan friends in AMER who marched in a demonstration some years ago, wearing 3-piece suits instead of tie-dye and carrying an American flag and a copy of the Constitution, and I remembered the concept of message control and reclaiming one’s symbols.
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Reality, Subjectivity & Hubris

Regular readers (all three of you) may have noticed that I briefly included the spreading meme “proud member of the reality-based community” in my blog title. I heartily agree that the Bush cabal is delusional to the point of being a global menace. Likewise, I have no doubt that a thoughtful, nuanced approach based on facts and evidence is desperately needed in the White House and other halls of power. I was happy to join the “Reality-Based Community” so casually disparaged in Ron Suskind’s now-famous article detailing the administration’s staggering hubris.

And yet…and yet…

Read more on the Justice Log, 10/25/2004 11:10:00 PM No comments:

Roland X on DMY

A three-parter, and the art they got for “Damsels in Distress” is wonderful.

Why You Should Vote Kerry, 2004-10-07

Damsels in Distress, 2004-10-18

The Betrayal, 2004-10-21

This last one is one he’s been writing in his head for months, but wanted to save it for the final stretch.

Posted on the Justice Log, 10/25/2004 05:54 PM

The Reality-Based Community Strikes Back (or, The Power of Positive Thinking)

From prayer to New Age thought to cutting-edge quantum physics, many schools of thought hold that we have the power to affect reality with our thoughts. So, to counter the Republican-based reality that the administration wants to foster, I’ve proposed an alternative.

Three To Go

And since I’m more concerned with results than with getting credit, here’s a few similar campaigns I’ve seen around. I’ll add more in the comments to this diary as I find them.
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