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“As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents,
more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great
and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s
desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
Ask Auntie Pinko! GW

Main Newslinks — Gay Marriage Newslinks and Information

Will San Diego help drive out the Bush regime? Stay tuned to January 31 at 6pm
Jerry Sanders, San Diego Mayor
America’s Finest City? Not any more...or is it?
“We couldn’t stake that claim anymore,” said SD’s director of public affairs...
so the self-proclaiming title was removed from the city website (but Jerry put it back)

Jerry Sanders was sworn-in as San Diego’s 34th mayor

before December 5th’s City Council meeting began.
Will he be able to get the city back on track?
Mayor launches 6-month effort to fix broken city.
“I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangenes
s of our public discourse. I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the
 way America’s fabled ‘marketplace of ideas’ now functions.”                   — former Vice President Al Gore

Bill Moyer, VFW
(Former mayor) Roger Hedgecock isn’t a bit shy about touting his credentials as a Christian, but Judge William L. Todd Jr. wasn’t impressed. When he sentenced him in 1985, the judge told him, “Your conduct ... is reprehensible in every sense of the word because you violated the public trust, completely,
 over and over again.” Has he apologized yet?




Think it helped?!?
Bill Moyer, 73, wore a “Bullshit Protector”
flap over his ear while GW addressed the
Veterans of Foreign Wars in Salt Lake City
on August 21, 2005.


“The City Attorney is to be elected by the people. This is a guarantee that the legal head of the government will be able to fearlessly protect interests of all San Diego and not merely be an attorney appointed to carry out wishes of council or manager.”
—  This quote was taken from a 1931 election brochure which asked voters to change the San Diego
 City Charter and elect an independent City Attorney. San Diego voters approved the recommendation.

A deal soured, friends took a loss.
But Top Gun stands with Betsy Ross.
I love those lobbies, snatch their swag,
But don’t defile or burn our flag.
And let me make one further point:
I’ve never, ever smoked a joint.
— da Dukestir
“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”             — President Dwight D. Eisenhower, l952
The more President Bush stumps for restructuring Social Security, the less popular his plan seems to become.
DeLay seems to be twisting in the wind right now.” — Comedian/author/activist Al Franken
“Dear, Condi: I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defence system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were rigged to show results. But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can’t quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game.”                               — Lloyd Axworthy, former Canadian foreign affairs minister
 Internet use is waaay up for political info (a 600% increase since 1996) with newspaper influence dropping sharply.

Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it.

“U.S. officials were heartened today at the size of the turnout in South Vietnam’s presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting. According to reports from Saigon, 83 percent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong. A successful election has long been seen as the keystone in President Johnson’s policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in South Vietnam.”
— Peter Grose, in a page 2 New York Times article titled “U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote,” September 4, 1967


Who’s correct? Aguirre’s “wrongful conduct” or Murphy’s “political grandstanding”
In a scathing report delivered to City Hall after sundown yesterday, San Diego City Attorney
 Michael Aguirre concluded that there is “substantial evidence” Mayor Dick Murphy
 and the City Council committed civil violations of federal securities laws
From this week’s City Beat editorial...“Incidentally, isn’t Herring the guy who, back in 2002, sold the pension-underfunding-in-exchange-for-enhanced-retirement-benefits deal to the city’s retirement board? Right. Just checking.”
What’s happenin’ to America’s Finest City?

According to SD City Attorney Mike Aguirre...$$$ was diverted from the retirement system, pension plan earnings were siphoned off, benefits were increased without the money to pay for them and extra benefits were created for some union presidents. 

San Diego treasurer’s office destroyed numerous records last month. What Ewell says.

Now the FBI and the Attorney General is looking into the purging of our city records.

“The purpose of (the meeting) is to have everybody explain what happened.”   —Mayor Dick

Re: the transition to a “Strong Mayor” government (11 months away) ...
The city’s task is sort of like rebuilding your house on the same foundation
while you’re still living in the old one. And the house San Diego’s living in is on fire.
                                                                                 — City Attorney Mike Aguirre

City Hall humor:
“Hi, I’m Mike Aguirre, your new lawyer. You have the right to remain silent...”

Now the SD retirement board sues to block a takeover by the City Attorney.
Senator Barbara Boxer at Rice Confirmation

Barbara wants to know
What is the TRUTH?

REALITY:
“What we have done
 in Iraq is what bin Laden
 could not have hoped for
 in his wildest dreams.”
— Peter Bergen
MotherJones
 July 2004

Rice wins the confirmation but
13 Senators voted against her.
“I think Condoleezza Rice is the most qualified person” for the job. — Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson
Aye yi yi.... here’s the National Ledger’s take on it (they call themselves “honest and unmerciful”).
“There’s no accountability from this administration.”  — Senator Robert Byrd

Howard Dean urges Democrats to “speak with conviction.”
“Here is this guy, Charlie Stenholm, who is no friend of the traditional Democratic community, he’s a huge supporter of private accounts, he’s got a relationship with some of the progressives and (Democratic House leader) Nancy Pelosi — and boom, they knock him out,” said a veteran liberal lobbyist who did not want to be named. “They needed him as a symbol, to be able to say this is not partisan. Had they kept him in, he would have been so useful to them. It was a big, big mistake.”
SD Councilwoman Toni Atkins
County Supervisor Toni Atkins (it has a nice ring to it!)
Nicole announced it in the GLT (January 6) — City Councilmember Toni Atkins will be running for the 4th District seat of the County Board of Supervisors in 2006. After much urging, support and commitments from labor unions, environmentalist, business and Democratic leaders (there currently is not one Democrat on the county board), Toni will be a candidate in this Democratic district. There is one major problem, though, and it’s that the current county supervisor who is running for re-election is our community’s longtime friend Ron Roberts. Many who are friends with both Toni and Ron are not looking forward to this race, but Toni will run even if Ron sticks to his decision to seek re-election. Fasten your seatbelt – it’s going to be a bumpy ride. We wonder who GLT publisher Michael Portantino will endorse.

A lawsuit seeking to overturn San Diego’s mayoral election was filed January 6th stating that election officials have “unlawfully and unconstitutionally disenfranchised thousands of eligible San Diego voters...and have denied them their fundamental right to vote and their rights to due process and the equal protection of the laws.”








Voices for open and truthful election results were raised January 2nd at a march to the Civic Center for a rally.

Defend Democracy and Count Every Vote!



While in office, Inspector General of Homeland Security Clark Kent Ervin made some scathing findings. He reported that:

• Undercover investigators were able to sneak explosives & weapons past security screeners at 15 airports during tests in 2003.

• Federal air marshals, hired to provide a last line of defense against terrorists on airlines, slept on the job, tested positive for alcohol or drugs while on duty, lost their weapons & falsified information in 2002.

• Department leaders should have taken a more aggressive role in efforts to combine the government’s myriad terrorist watch lists since the department was created in 2003.

• The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) gave executive bonuses of $16,477 to 88 of its 116 senior managers in 2003, an amount one-third higher than the bonuses given to executives at any other federal agency.

• The TSA spent nearly $500,000 on an awards banquet for employees in November 2003. The cost included $1,500 for three cheese displays and $3.75 for each soft drink.






court rejects challenge





A rally December 23 called for a fair election. Voter’s intent = 5,551 more votes for Donna! Will our next mayor wear high-tops?

Can she fill Colin’s shoes?

Is Condoleezza Rice qualified?

Iraqi children
 I am the president!
I am the president.

It is now possible to count on one hand the Bush cabinet members who may yet stick around for the second term.

Robert Scheer
Uncensored CRISISpictures

GI deaths: too many
The human faces killed in the Iraqi occupation and
the spiraling cost of war.



The Democrats’ mistake was thinking that a disastrous war and
national bankruptcy would be of concern to the electorate.
 
The Republicans saw, correctly, that the chief concern of the
electorate was to keep gay couples from having abortions.

Greenspan concern rises
USA has entered rubber room territory Goss orders CIA into goose step
Clinton Library
Blue state blues?  IQ check
States best for women? Think blue
You’re an Asshole
17 reasons not to slit your wrists
God help America
Blonde woman...missing appendages
Sorry, everybody


Dear Friends,

As most of you probably know by now, the disqualified ballot count earlier this week revealed that the election would have ended differently had those votes been accepted. In a poll of San Diego voters conducted Wednesday regarding the non-bubbled votes, fully 60% of those surveyed believe that the disqualified votes should be counted. In addition, 58% believe our campaign should file a legal challenge to include the votes in the final tally. The full survey report is available on our website in PDF format at http://www.donnafryeformayor.com/files/kgtv041215frye.pdf.

While we are still carefully considering all the options at this point, I want to keep you all informed on this. Clearly the majority of San Diegans feel that every vote must be counted, and I believe that is exactly what will happen if we see this through.

Thank you and aloha,
Donna

Donna Frye for Mayor Campaign
www.DonnaFryeForMayor.com



<<
the Real Deal ~~~ Riding the wave
   An open letter from Donna
>> Bubble bubble, toil and trouble                                                                 
 157,459 —> 155,254 verified for Frye (4-5K additional votes for Frye didn’t fill in the bubble)
  Dick’s got more
verified votes than Donna — These numbers were announced at 6:10 Friday night.

 Mayor Donna Frye’s supporters
        Who is John Howard? (He supports gay marriage!)


“We don’t know how many of the outstanding votes will be for Donna at this point,” said Marco Gonzales, Donna Frye’s attorney. “But we do know there are a substantial number of votes out there where people have written in her name and not filled in the bubble. And we think those votes should count.”

“In this awful world where the efforts of caring people often pale in comparison to what is done by those who have power, how do I manage to stay involved and seemingly happy?”      Thank you, Donna, for the zigs and zags toward a more decent society.
“I do love my country and it hurts me very deeply to see what’s happening here, to see us so far off course.
But I’ve met a lot of evangelicals and they believe it deeply. They’d rather vote for fetuses and against gay people.”
   Guess some of us should have moved to Ohio.

(was it just a dream?)  >>>

 W wins. No egg tossing on January 20.
  Sorry, everybody
Daily Kos                        

Anti-intellectualism rules the land. Smirks have replaced debate.
Faith has fought off reason.

Another gray four years
Hillary in 2008
Canada is busy sending back Bush-dodgers.
... So, regardless of the election results, I am going to work on being happier. I might have to train myself to be happy about
different things than I used to, but I need to find a space in my head where I can relax and not give in to the Dark Side.
Bush-Cheney’s campaign featured a “create your own banner” tool where you could enter your own slogan and print out your own poster with the Bush-Cheney logo and a note at the bottom “paid for by Bush-Cheney ‘04, Inc.”  Clever Democrats couldn’t get enough. The original sloganator accepted everything, then it started censoring profanity and words like “dictator” and “evil.” Nevertheless, many exploited the sloganator before its sad demise only a couple of weeks after its birth and its mourners assembled some of the best for this slide show.
“I do love my country and it hurts me very deeply to see what’s happening here, to see us so far off course.
But I’ve met a lot of evangelicals and they believe it deeply. They’d rather vote for fetuses and against gay people.”
“[Bush voters are] self-righteous, gun-totin’, military lovin’, sister marryin, abortion-hatin, gay-loathin’, foreigner-despisin’, non-passport ownin rednecks who believe God gave America the biggest dick in the world so it could urinate on the rest of us and make their land ‘free and strong.’”
Brian Reade writing in London’s Mirror, November 4
Whatever one thinks of George W. Bush – do you see a smile or a smirk? – it is now obvious that the most powerful vice president in U.S. history is in charge of the White House. Cheney’s ultra-secretive, anti-democratic and crony-capitalist instincts have defined this administration.
“It’s like Plato’s republic, all of these well-meaning, smart people who want to do the right thing,” says one security contractor and Green Zone regular. “But they never leave here and they have no idea what’s happening in the country they’re supposed to be building. It’s totally absurd.”
“War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support.”
– Colin Powell       


“You can put as much lipstick you want,
but at the end of the day it's still a pig.”

— John Edwards



“If our choice is between a strip-searched Fortress America and, on the other hand, the beautiful world we all long for, what is keeping us from making the beautiful choice? Is it the distortions of the political system? The special interests? The selfish posturing of people who call themselves leaders but who, in fact, only take up valuable space at a critical time in the world’s history? Well, let us joyfully roll over them.”
                                                         — Granny D, running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire   

Quote of the day...
“We need to do something about these frivolous lawsuits that are running up the cost of your health care and running good docs out of business. We’ve got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.”
— George W. Bush, at a political rally in Missouri (Sept 6, 2004)
In George W. Bush, we have a president for whom reading a teleprompter seems to be a physical exertion. Each line accomplished brings out a panting breath of release. His best trait is his doggedness. Another man would have realized his failings and tried to do something about them. In W., his indifference to his deficiencies, his shameless attempts to do things for which he is unfitted—e.g. read, speak, lead a political community of any size—are, alongside his noble birth, his main strengths.
Buchanan
for Bush?

Pat Buchanan’s recently published book, “Where the Right Went Wrong,” calls the invasion of Iraq
“the greatest strategic blunder in 40 years, a mistake more costly than Vietnam.”
Bush’s campaign mastermind has a simple rule: attack your opponent’s strengths (and fight dirty). As the polls show, it works.


Comments by former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes add fuel to a long-running controversy over how Bush got a slot in a National Guard outfit known as the “Champagne Unit” because it included so many sons of prominent Texans.
Molly Ivins
Mom Jones
Two women from CODEPINK, the women‘s group that has pestered the Republican Convention with protests inside Madison Square Garden, were arrested last night during President George W. Bush's acceptance speech.
Cheney at the RNC Osama: He Who Shall Remain Nameless

The Republicans came to New York to get some mileage from 9/11 and their “war against terrorism,” yet the man behind the terrorist attacks on the United States does not merit a mention. Unlike the main stream media Jimmy Breslin noticed the omission. “In+n and Rudolph Giuliani on Monday night at the Republican convention, not once was the name of Osama bin Laden mentioned. . . Giuliani’s bothered the most. He left out bin Laden because Bush can’t get the words out of his mouth. Why shouldn’t his boss ignore bin Laden? He is the killer who got away and he stands for the war that kills Americans every day.”

Back to
California Politics...
Christians Urge Hate Crimes Bill Veto
Randy Thomasson, executive director of the Campaign for California Families, is concerned that SB 1234, if signed into law, will be used to punish Christians for speaking out on moral issues. “The attack upon religious freedom that we see happening in America will only be accelerated by hate crime laws.”
You’re Fired
George Bush really is doing God’s work — according to the Rev Evans’ best-selling book


Wednesday was red-meat night... Tear up the opposition and throw them to the dogs, boyz!

Republican creep show
in da
Big Apple
ad #1   “America has turned the corner, but middle class families are feeling squeezed, paying a bigger share of taxes.   Paying higher health care costs.”
ad #2   “They supported tax breaks for companies that export jobs overseas. But we've lost 1 million jobs in four years."

Did you listen to Rudy?
>>> The first thing Guiliani thought when he saw people jumping from the twin towers was
“Thank God George Bush is president.”


Remember the August 6, 2001 PDB?

Duh...
The Log Cabin Club has woken up to the fact that republicans really don’t like homosexuals. Here’s their message:
As our nation’s eyes are on New York City for the Republican National Convention, Log Cabin's mission, our courageous delegates and our GOP allies are under intense attack from the radical right. The Republican Party Platform is an outrageous insult to all of us and our families. The platform not only calls for an anti-family Constitutional amendment, but it also opposes civil unions and domestic partnerships.  While thousands of courageous gay and lesbian Americans are fighting to win the war on terror, the platform also says, “Homosexuality is incompatible with military service.”

Cheney’s
Strategic Dissent

Alan Keyes’ first comments about Mary Cheney came during an interview Monday night on Sirius OutQ,
 a New York-based satellite station that provides 24-hour gay and lesbian programming. After Keyes told the hosts
that homosexuality is “selfish hedonism,” he was asked whether Mary Cheney is a “selfish hedonist.”

“Of course she is,” Keyes replied. “That goes by definition. Of course she is.” On Tuesday, Keyes defended his remarks,
adding that if his daughter were a lesbian, he would tell her she was committing a sin and should pray about it.


Oops...
Republicans have scrambled to find a replacement candidate after U.S. Representative Edward L. Schrock announced his retirement amid allegations that he is (oh no!) gay.
The retired Navy officer and Vietnam veteran, Schrock also has called for ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in favor of asking enlistees about their orientation to prevent gays from entering the military. Christopher Barron, political director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay conservative group, said, “We disagree strongly with the outing campaign, but we also strongly disagree with President Bush’s sponsorship of the anti-family Federal Marriage Amendment. It is all very unfortunate.”
Michael Rogers’ BLOG is aimed at exposing “hypocrites” in Congress.

Transcript of the tape (or click here for the audio).

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Check the BLOG

Final day for the GOPs! GW will share vision for his second term.

Convention center readys for Bush theatre in the round.

Letterman, Leno and O’Brien’s late night jokes about the GOPs

Iraq’s been a “ catastrophic success.”
GW switches view on winning the war against “terror” comment.
The number of protesters arrested at the convention since Thursday is 1,796.
The sign that was too controversial for the Log Cabin Club ad on CNN. Here’s the ad.
Where have all the real men gone? The Big Lie

Construction crews worked through the night and into the morning to transform the podium at Madison Square Garden into a giant, round platform emblazoned with the presidential seal.

United for Peace and Justice

“Attempts to redefine marriage in a single city or state could have serious consequences throughout the country,” the GOP platform plank read, “and anything less than a constitutional amendment, passed by Congress and ratified by the states, is vulnerable to being overturned by activist judges.” That was pretty strong language. But social conservatives were so outraged by Cheney’s statement that on Wednesday they hardened the platform to be even more anti-gay, insisting not only on the amendment, but that same-sex couples not receive the legal benefits set aside for married couples. The platform writers urged that federal courts be stripped of any authority to overturn state laws banning gay marriage. Log Cabin Club reaction?

Here’s the ad CNN won’t run.

“This prosecution is about getting even with the voters....”
Dear Update,
     On August 8, 2004, San Diego City Councilman Charles Lewis died at the age of thirty-seven from esophageal bleeding due to complications of cirrhosis of the liver. The unexpected news came as a shock to City officials who worked with Charles on a daily basis. Clinical explanations for the Councilman's early and untimely death may be offered by hospital staff, but no one should forget to figure in the harm done to Lewis' health as a result of the stress of his prosecution by US Attorney Carol Lam.
     Charles Lewis was one of the six progressive San Diego City Council Members who voted to make our fair town the largest city in the nation to formally adopt Medical Cannabis Guidelines to protect patients and caregivers in accordance with California's Compassionate Use Act of 1996. The Guidelines were drafted by the City's Medical Cannabis Task Force, of which I was a member.
     The vote in favor of the City's Medical Marijuana Guidelines came after Councilman Michael Zucchet said he had received a personal call, during lunch, from the Office of the President of the United States asking him to vote the Guidelines down.
     Weeks later, three of the six Council Members who voted for Medical Cannabis Guidelines — Michael Zucchet, Ralph Inzunza, and Charles Lewis — became the focus of a federal investigation into improper campaign financing involving strip club operators. A melodramatic raid of the Councilmen's offices and seizure of boxes of evidence by federal agents was soon followed by the arraignment of Zucchet, Inzunza and Lewis before a federal judge. The case of the two Councilmen is ongoing.
     US Attorney Carol Lam was appointed to her office by George Bush. Bush owns her. The prosecution of the three most enlightened councilmen in San Diego by Lam is not only about campaign finance regulations or secret campaign contributions by Las Vegas Strip Club owners. No, this scenario of indicting Democratic office holders is Bush's way of slapping around elected officials who don't obey his orders. This prosecution is about getting even with the voters of California.
     As with the campaign to recall Governor Davis, the attack on San Diego City Councilmen is part of the Republican strategy to remove California Democrats from office, one way or another. Dead or alive.
     
     Steve McWilliams
     Shelter From the Storm
Donna Fyre has pleaded with the mayor and her council colleagues to call a special meeting to allow Charles Lewis’ constituents to weigh in on when they’d like to elect a new representative, but her pleas have been ignored. That’s unfortunate and disappointing.
Over the next ten weeks, MoveOn PAC will be bringing us some GREAT ads.

Sheila Jackson for
SD School Board — District E

“John Kerry is a flip-flopper,”
— Peace/War President Bush: Flip-Flopper-In-Chief
Oops, I made a “miscalculation” and
“No, I don’t think John Kerry lied.”
“I think credibility is important. It is going to be important for the president to be credible with Congress,
important for the president to be credible with foreign nations.”


How to celebrate Women’s Equality Day (August 26th)         Send a card.

It’s been 84 years since women won the right to vote, but the only women in the race for White House housing are ladies, as in first lady.
This year, Iraqi women, under their brand new constitution, will hold 25 percent of the government seats, but American women,
under their venerable old Constitution, will hold only 13.8 percent of the congressional seats.


“Failure is impossible,” said Susan B. Anthony. But she forgot to mention how slow success could be.
Aida & Gracia

Aida and Gracia at the Women for Kerry press conference at City Hall today to mobilize efforts to get out the Women’s Vote, it also served to commemorate the 84th Anniversary of American Women’s Suffrage.



Susan B. Anthony

was an amazing person. She worked every waking hour for 50 years
so we could vote.

Sadly, she died 14 years before the Constitution would allow it.
8.26.04 Alice Paul came to a park near you.....Alice Paul
Celebrate Women’s Equality Day
by watching HBO’s movie “Iron-Jawed Angels” at the
Centro Cultural De La Raza in Balboa Park today
(Thursday, August 26)
Two showings at 5:30pm and 7:30pm   FREE!

Gracia Molina de Pick will host.
If you don’t know this woman,
she is reason enough to attend!
 
Learn more about this film.

New 1360-AM radio weekday lineup >
 




Al Franken
has arrived
in San Diego...

Tune in &
turn it up!


                         KLSD 1360-AM from 9am-noon
Ben Cohen’s Oreos
6am-9am



9am-noon

Noon-3pm

3pm-6pm

6pm-9pm

9pm-Midnight

Midnight-3am

3am-6am
Stacy Taylor, a longtime San Diego radio host who is currently heard on KOGO/600-AM in the evenings, will host a talk show dealing with local political and social issues.

Al Franken with Air America.

Ed Schultz of the Jones Radio Network.

Randi Rhodes, a S. Florida talk radio host with Air America.

San Diego’s Ray Lucia with financial and lifestyle advice.

Lionel, WOR, New York.

“The Majority Report” w/ Janeane Garofalo & Sam Seder.

“Morning Sedition” w/ Mark Riley & Marc Maron.





Scouting for All held a rally today outside BSA headquarters in Balboa Park to protest the organization’s discrimination policies. Former Eagle Scouts Bob Leyh, Brenda Watson and Mick Rabin took the podium along with M.E. Stephens, Scott Cozza and Ernie McCray. They urged the crowd to stay involved and to thank their city council representatives for the support.

Vote for a Man, Not a Puppet
What seemed like a good idea a year and a half ago, does not seem like such a good idea in the highly charged political environment now.

Question: How many members of the Bush administration are needed to replace a light bulb?
 
Answer: Seven >>>
 
“As people do better,
they start voting like Republicans... unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.”    

Karl Rove
GW’s long-time political guru/handler



Presidential Tracking Poll

1. One to deny that the light bulb needs to be replaced,
 
2. One to attack and question the patriotism of anyone who has questions about the light bulb,
 
3. One to blame the previous administration for the need of a new light bulb,
 
4. One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a stockpile of lightbulbs,
 
5. One to get together with VP Cheney and figure out how to pay Halliburton Industries $1Million for a light bulb,
 
6. One to arrange a photo-op session showing Bush changing the light bulb while dressed in a flight suit and wrapped in an American flag,
 
7. And one to explain to GW the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.


Media Matters for America





Straight Talk from White House West in Crawford, Texas


After spending over $75 million on fraudulent attacks, Karl Rove is back to selling the true Texas cowboy. Throughout the month, Bush campaign commericals will feature President Bush at his ranch in Crawford.

Click for Will Ferrell’s version...
Crawford is “full of snakes,” says local native
GW would rather be there.
Send him home.

“There’s talk that Dick Cheney may be dropped from the Republican ticket. There’s a good move: Lose the smart guy.”          <— Jay Leno
(Here’s an interium report from the United States Grammar School to GW’s parents...thanks, Marisa)     
The Republican National Committee has announced that the Grand Old Party is changing its emblem from an elephant to a condom. The committee chairman explained that the condom more clearly reflects the GOP’s present day stance, because a condom accepts inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks and gives you a sense of security while you’re actually getting screwed.
In a speech to the NAACP Senator John Kerry promised never to seek to divide the nation “by race or riches or by any other label.”
 Thingsyou have to believe to be a Republican today...                                      GW: job ratings          Check out > JibJab
Is GW ready for November 2?

2004 GOP Convention Schedule

 6:00 Opening Prayer led by the Reverend Jerry Falwell
 6:30 Pledge of Allegiance
 6:35 Burning of Bill of Rights (excluding 2nd Amendment)
 6:45 Salute to the Coalition of the Willing
 6:46 Seminar #1: Getting Your Kid a Military Deferment
 7:30 First Presidential Beer Bong
 7:35 Freedom Fries served
 7:40 EPA Address #1: Mercury: It’s What’s for Dinner
 8:00 Vote on which country to invade next
 8:10 Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh
 8:15 John Ashcroft Lecture: The Homos Are After Your Children
 8:30 Round table discussion on reproductive rights (men only)
 8:50 Seminar #2: Corporations: The Government of the Future
 9:00 Condi Rice sings “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man

 9:05 Second Presidential Beer Bong
 9:10 EPA Address #2: Trees: The Real Cause of Forest Fires
 9:30 break for secret meetings
 10:00 Second Prayer led by Cal Thomas
 10:15 Carl Rove Lecture: Doublespeak Made Simple
 10:30 Rumsfeld Lecture/Demonstration: How to Squint and Talk Macho Even When You Feel Squishy Inside
 10:35 Bush demonstration of trademark “deer in headlights” stare
 10:40 John Ashcroft Demonstration: New Mandatory Kevlar Chastity Belt
 10:45 Clarence Thomas reads list of black Republicans
 10:46 Third Presidential Beer Bong
 10:50 Seminar #3: Education: A Drain on Our Nation’s Economy
 11:10 Hilary Clinton Pinata
 11:20 John Ashcroft Lecture: Evolutionists: A Dangerous New Cult
 11:30 Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh again
 11:35 Blame Clinton
 11:40 Laura serves milk and cookies
 11:50 Closing Prayer led by Jesus Himself
 12:00 Nomination of George W. Bush as Holy Supreme Planetary Overlord


“I remember the American soldier in Michael Moores’ movie “Fahrenheit 9/11” who said that a part of himself died each time he killed someone. Another soldier, Michael Pedersen, wondered whether there was any purpose to his presence there. He was killed when his plane was shot down after that last letter home to his loving family.

And what about the people of Iraq, the human beings? Will they ever know peace? What do their futures hold? They too are being imprinted with fear, hate and violence, imprints that are extremely hard to change and tend to breed more fear, hate and violence. This is our future.

Yes, this movie is upsetting. But more upsetting is to ignore what is going on. The movie raises difficult questions that deserve our attention, especially as we move toward the November elections and as more lives continue to be lost in Iraq. Everyone should see this movie and make up her/his own mind.”

More on Moore... “All I can say is, wow! The movie covered a lot of information that I was already aware of and some that I was not. I found it very informative, but more than that, I found it very patriotic. I am very proud to be an American, but I am not proud of what our administration is doing, and I am disgusted by what they are allowed to get away with.

We have alienated ourselves from the rest of the world, invaded a country that was not a threat, killed so many civilians and been responsible for the death of our own countrymen for no just reason. On top of that, we never even caught the man who was responsible for attacking America.”

“Thank God for patriots like Michael Moore who are not afraid to speak up for the American ideal of a free press and intelligent analysis of government policy. What a relief to know that people around the world will see that we are not all a bunch of ignorant, greedy bullies, but that Americans can be humane, compassionate and part of a world community.”


At New York Kennedy airport, an individual later discovered to be a public school teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a setsquare, a slide rule and a calculator.
 
Attorney general John Ashcroft believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He is being charged with carrying weapons of math instruction.
 
“Al-gebra is a very fearsome cult,” Ashcroft said. “They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on a tangent in a search of absolute value. They consist of quite shadowy figures, with names like ‘x’ and ‘y,’ and, although they are frequently referred to as ‘unknowns,’ we know they really belong to a common denominator and are part of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the great Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, ‘There are three sides to every triangle.’”
 
When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, “If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes.“

Most voters in this poll see bigger differences between the two parties than ever before.
“There’s the smell of blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.”

     democrats rock!




Oh my


Rumfeld

GW as Grinch

Tenet

Air America

“Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the ’80s, but the overall thrust of this administration is not my father’s — these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive and just plain corrupt.”                                                                 — Ron Reagan, Jr. (April 2003)

Reagan’s namesake vows to vote “for whoever the viable candidate is who can defeat George W. Bush.”

John Kerry, relying on donations big and small, raised $100 million in the three months after he wrapped up his party’s nomination, a Democratic record but still well short of the all-time presidential money leader — George W. Bush.
The swift reaction to the preliminary findings of the 9/11 commission showed the threat the 10-member panel poses to GW’s reelection.
To fully understand Cheney’s role in the administration’s war profiteering scheme, all we have to do is follow the money and connect the dots.
Click here for a mosaic of GW Bush (the “war president”) composed of the photos of American service men and women who have died in Iraq.
A new book by a prominent Washington psychoanalyst says President George W. Bush is a “paranoid meglomaniac” as well as a sadist and “untreated alcoholic.” The doctor’s analysis appears to confirm earlier reports the President may be emotionally unstable.
GW Bush is running for a second term on the basis of his performance in the defense of our national security. VP Cheney has flatly stated that if Bush loses in 2004, the terrorists win. In truth, however, the national security of our country has been raped by these people. ‘Rape’ is a strong word, but in truth, is not strong enough to describe what has taken place. This disaster can be summed up in one name: Ahmad Chalabi.
Many of the Bush scandals aren’t new at all; they’ve been brewing for a long time, with the White House
trying to push them off until after Election Day. But scandals, like viruses, erupt on their own schedules.
 Florida        Gallup Poll     The Daily Mis-lead 
Women do not change institutions simply just by assimilating into them. But — and this is the “but” on which
all my hopes hinge — a CERTAIN KIND of woman can still do that — and this is where you come in.
Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years, reporting on everything from sports to politics. From 1969–71, he worked as a campaign staffer for gubernatorial, senatorial and congressional races in several states. He was an editor, assistant to the publisher, and columnist for the Orlando Sentinel from 1971 to 2001. He now writes a syndicated column which is carried on LewRockwell.com. Reese served two years active duty in the US Army as a tank gunner.
Here’s what he thinks about our “puppet” president.

• • • • • Proud to be an American for Kerry • • • • •
“A new poll says that if the election were held today, John Kerry would beat President Bush by a double digit margin. The White House is so worried about this, they’re now thinking of moving up the capture of Osama Bin Laden to next month.”
— Jay Leno
Are you registered to vote? Are your friends and neighbors?!?
“Too many Americans don‘t understand what we have here, or how to keep it. I worry for my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren. I want them to have what I’ve had, and I sense it slipping away....”    — Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes



According to an article in The New Yorker magazine, a policy put in place by Secretary Rumsfeld “encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in an effort to generate more intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq.” Despite this horrible scandal and the cascading failures of US military policy in Iraq, President Bush says that Rumsfeld is doing “a superb job.”


“The bad news for Republicans is they’re in charge.
They can’t say, ‘Oh, it’s those terrible Democrats who prevented us from doing something.’”
Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas
“The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld...” — Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker
The Old Women’s Project has a new website.  Here’s a link they’d like to share. Enjoy!
“Back in 2000, a Republican friend of mine warned me that if I voted for Al Gore and he won, the stock market would tank, we’d lose millions of jobs, and our military would be totally overstretched. You know what? I did vote for Al Gore, he did win, and I’ll be damned if all those things didn’t come true.”     — James Carville, Democratic strategist
As the President is getting off the helicopter in front of the White House, he has a baby pig under each arm.

The Marine guard snaps to attention, salutes and says,“Nice pigs, sir.”

The President replies, “These are not pigs, these are authentic Texan Razorback Hogs. I got one for Vice President Cheney, and I got one for Defense Secretary Rumsfeld.”

The Marine again snaps to attention, salutes and replies, “Nice trade, sir.”
Aye yi yi...
First he used his special Pentagon intelligence sources to tell us that Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction were an imminent threat and we had to go to war. Then he told us that his Pentagon planners were sure that the war would be fast and cheap. Now he’s telling us that if those under him in the chain of command committed acts of torture, it’s not his fault.
(Submitted by Activist Anne)
A little boy goes to his dad and asks, “What is Politics?” Dad says, “Well son, let me try to explain it this way, I am the head of the family, so call me the President. Your mother is the administrator of the money, so call her the Government. We are here to take care of your needs, so we will call you the People. We will consider the nanny the Working Class. And your baby brother — we’ll call him the Future. Now think about that and see if it makes sense.”
 
So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said. Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper.
 
He goes to his parents’ room and finds his mother sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. The door’s locked, so he peeks in the keyhole and sees his dad in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed.
 
The next morning, the little boy says to his father, “Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now.” The father says, “Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about.” The little boy replies...
The President is screwing the Working Class while the Government is sound asleep.
The People are being ignored and the Future is in deep shit.


It’s a political technique known as bracketing. No permit for protest at GOP convention.

The happy Christians...Thank you for sharing your insight on which San Diego bands are the Jesus flock of rock [City Beat “Sordid Tales,” March 31]. This has saved me many future disappointments of making these realizations at a live show.

I am so tired of this Prozac-induced, happy-Christian movement and the big Jesus blow-pop bandwagon of plastic smiles and hollow grins that follow behind it. It’s like Jesus is the new orange and people can’t get enough of being told what to do. From the looks of it, Jesus pays the bills, too—not to mention the mansions, the cars and the domestically financed foreign-fought wars in his name. 

Didn’t somebody once say, ‘Thou shall not kill’? Hmmm… I wonder if our Christian commander in chief ever happened to read that one.

I’m sure this letter will strengthen the Christian “resolve” and inspire many to go out and do more of “God’s work,” and I applaud them for their efforts to do good. Lead by the example of kind actions—your words give me a headache and your narrow perspectives question the notion of human intelligence and bolster the growing numbers in the knee-jerk nation of stupidity.


By the way, I am a longtime fan of Switchfoot and I do pretend they are really singing about bitches and hos in order to get through the day.

H. Celine, Hillcrest


   In Memory of Each Fallen Soldier. Last week’s Nightline on ABC.

Controversy over “The Fallen”


L. Paul Bremer, the US administrator in Iraq, said in a speech six months before the September 11, 2001
attacks that the Bush administration was “paying no attention” to terrorism.
The Center for American Progress has launched a comprehensive Claim vs. Fact database.
The heart of the Texas Bible belt (where a woman is being prosecuted for selling sex toys) a man with a cross-dressing past might seem like more fodder for a sermon full of fire and brimstone. But the staunch conservatives don’t seem to be rushing to criticize Republican Sam (or Samantha) Walls, who has acknowledged dressing like a woman. Her election’s Tuesday. She lost.

This AP-Ipsos poll statistics on President Bush, the election, the economy and Iraq is based on telephone interviews with 1,001 randomly selected adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii.

<<< Interesting. (The interviews were conducted April 5-7 by Ipsos-Public Affairs.)
US national security adviser Condoleezza Rice remains at the center of a storm as she testified yesterday before the 911 commission in an attempt to counter bombshell charges that President Bush failed to make terrorism an urgent priority before that date.
Her predicament...                    MoveOn.org has debuted a new anti-Bush ad.

Before 9/11 I was obsessed with Iraq. Then I used 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq.
So now we’re less safe than we were before.
Rice is also quoted as saying: “I’m just always watching out for him,” she said of President Bush, “and making sure he’s got the right papers and, you know, that he’s going to say exactly what he wants to say.” Well, if that’s correct, then she has an awful lot of explaining to do...






Congratulations, Pat Washington, as you take over the helm of San Diego’s NOW.



...and to Stephen Whitburn, the San Diego Democratic Club’s newest President.

County officials said yesterday they discovered a new problem with the flawed $31 million electronic
voting system used in the March primaries
– 2,821 absentee ballots were miscounted. oops!
“Beautification Plan for Baghdad Ready to Begin,” one press release in late March said in its headline. Another statement last month cautioned, “The Reality is Nothing Like What You See on Television.”
Bush has often found himself boxed in by his own statements, sometimes making it hard to act until the pressure becomes overwhelming. “He is not the most subtle president in terms of leaving escape clauses in his statements about what he stands for,” said American University political scientist James Thurber. “So he seems as if he's digging in his heels — and then is forced to compromise.”
“The question is why this White House only does the right thing under political pressure. Their first instinct should be to answer questions about our security, rather than launch a public relations offensive and when that fails do what they should’ve done from day one.”                                                                       — John Kerry, UCSD March 30, 2004

Sounds Good to me....

The No Carb Diet:

 
NO:
 
C        Cheney
A        Ashcroft
R        Rice/Rumsfeld
B        Bush (wanna see my resume?)

What’s Madeleine saying?

“How can anyone legislate who you can love?...”
Honored by the Human Rights Campaign Humanitarian Award on March 6, 2004,
Barbra Streisand gave this speech.

... The law cannot dictate matters of the heart. When two people form a deep bond, there is usually a soul connection, and the soul has no gender. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are fundamental rights in this country. Happiness can be many things — a good meal, a good friend, a warm puppy, and certainly...love. How can anyone legislate who you can love?
That is a human right, the right to love and be loved...

  

In the aftermath of Spain's general election the winning Socialist candidate for Prime Minster, José Luis Zapatero, said he will keep his campaign pledge to withdraw Spain's 1,300 soldiers from Iraq by the end of June.Voter outrage over Thursday's terrorist attacks and the government's handling of the investigation contributed to an unexpected Socialist victory over the ruling Popular Party. About 77 percent of Spain's more than 35 million voters cast their ballots on Sunday, including some of those who had been injured in Thursday's bombings. Zapatero says President Bush and British leader Tony Blair should do some “reflection and self-criticism” for the “lies” that led to the Iraq war.



3/10/04 story, Frye/Atkins 3/12 letter, City Beat, 3/14 editorial, 3/16. 3/30.

“This is the time when we most need the support of our non-gay friends. Especially now, when we are in the midst of a national debate over our basic civil rights, our professed allies need to step forward and stand up on our behalf. In light of the issues surrounding the move by the president to amend the US Constitution to prohibit members of the LGBT community from the right to marry, I am not prepared, at this point in time, to reaffirm my previous endorsement in the mayor’s race. I have not, and will not, make any further decision regarding an endorsement of any candidate in the mayor’s race in the general election until I have had a chance to witness how the candidates respond to our community’s need for support on this basic civil rights issue.”

— San Diego Deputy Mayor Toni Atkins
to the GLTimes, 3/25/04

Who will be our next mayor?
Environmentalist Jim Bell was our choice in the primary (his third attempt to claim the seat).

This fall we’ll have a run off between the top two vote getters — either re-electing
Mayor Dick Murphy or giving Supervisor Ron Roberts the brass ring he craves.
Wanna know which of the two Republicans Jim will be supporting? We do, too.


The San Diego Reader refused to run a paid display ad for last month’s VaginaFest in North Park. Why? They were told, “Would you take money from a cause that you do not believe in?” Even after telling them that we would change the wording of the event in any way that they liked, we were told “No. In principle, the owner will not do it.” In other words, The Reader does not believe in free health services for LBT women. However, a perusal of their ads suggests that they believe in causes like botox injections, breast augmentation, bars, liposuction, cell phones, casinos and nightclubs. What’s wrong with this picture?

The link below will allow you to express yourself to the San Diego Reader.
Best wishes, Heather
http://www.citizenspeak.org/campaign/1662.php

Molly Ivins >>>
  “The George W. Bush strategy: bait, switch and wave the flag.
GW to Republican supporters >>>
Exuding confidence in his chances in the upcoming election, Bush declared, “Come November, we’ll be reelected.”
The basic reason for the jobless recovery according to Congressman Barney Frank
>>> “The boom in corporate profits and the rise in the stock market have been accompanied not just by joblessness, but a decline in real wages, a falloff in private health insurance and a rise in income inequality”

NewsWeek, March 22 issue: Where did Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration hard-liners get the information they used to make controversial comments linking Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda and 9/11?
The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld, Set to Music: CD Features Songs Based on Defense Secretary’s Statements
(Taos activists set to topple fellow resident’s effigy on March 20)
“My duties as president are to harness the energy, the experience and the talent of all the many members of the club, and help to coordinate that to create effective action in the community, both in terms of helping to elect candidates and to advocate for specific issues.”                          — San Diego Democratic Club’s new president, Stephen Whitburn, 2/26/04

Kerry doesn’t have the war chest to run as many commercials as the Bush re-election team. See his ads here!

“I’m a Christian, I’ve read the Bible, and I know you can find the clauses that go both ways. I’m not here to argue that with you,” Kerry said. “The only point I want to make to you is, I’ve talked to enough people — some of whom fought for their country in war — and I’ve talked to many of them who didn’t discover their own sexuality until they were 35, 40 years old, and it wasn’t because they made a choice; it was because they found out who they were. And I think you have to respect that that is the nature of it.”                                                                                         March 11, 2004


 Do you really know where the Democratic
esidential candidates stand on the issues?

Learn about the candidates through their platforms,
not
their personalities.

TAKE this great PBS QUIZ  <= <= <=

Fill in the blank:

Being called "soft on intelligence" by George W. Bush is like _______________________________.

“Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there? And I tell you this morning that he's in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this.”                      more quotes
— Lt. General William G. Boykin, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, The New York Times, 10-17-03
“I think how you take a nation to war is the most fundamental decision a President makes.”
Having invaded Iraq, Washington has committed itself to rebuilding that nation. However, history suggests that that effort is very likely doomed. America’s basic foreign-policy objective should be to safeguard its people from attack, not to inaugurate an Iraqi New Deal.                                — Doug Bandow, Future of Freedom Foundation (March 14, 2004)
“This man is a walking contradiction,” Democratic front-runner John Kerry said of the president, in a fairly typical remark for the evening. “This is the biggest ‘say one thing, do another’ administration in the history of this country.”
“The economy looked like a strength, and now it’s not. The (Iraq) war looked like a strength, and now it’s not. This is an issue that gives them a backup, when the other two don’t work.”                                                                
Berkeley political science professor Bruce Cain
“Did I say 500 tons of sarin and 25,000 liters of anthrax? I meant ‘weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.’” To Cheney’s hawkish eyes, a lone pair of souped-up flatbed trucks were “conclusive evidence” of Saddam’s WMD, and a memo the Pentagon has labeled “inaccurate” provides, according to Cheney, “overwhelming evidence” that the former Butcher of Baghdad and Osama bin Laden had “an established relationship.”

You want conclusive, overwhelming evidence? How’s this? Captured 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has told US interrogators that bin Laden had rejected the idea of working with Saddam; documents found in Saddam’s spider-hole show he had warned his supporters to be wary of teaming up with foreign enemies of America; and former chief US weapons inspector David Kay has told the world that Iraq didn’t have any WMD at the time we invaded.

Not good enough for our man Dick. Like a Flat-Earther who has sailed around the world ten times but keeps waiting to topple off the edge, Cheney has got his story and he’s sticking to it.
“He called to congratulate me.” (Will Dubya will be as cordial in November?)
George W. will have the best re-election campaign that money can buy. (Initial $4.5M+ ad spree began March 4)
“This is the worst president ever. (George W. Bush) is the worst president in all of American history.”
Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas (quoted Jan. 19, 2003)
        Bush DREAM SPEACH                     More quotes from the
MRC collection
...The true role of the shadowy Cheney is finally becoming an issue in the election, and it deserves to be. A recent piece in The New Yorker by Jane Mayer lays out in devastating detail how Cheney, while CEO of Halliburton, created the blueprint for shifting much of the military’s support role from the armed services to private contractors. The leading contractor, of course, is Halliburton. When Cheney became vice president, Halliburton was perfectly positioned to make out like a bandit...
In the 2000 presidential election, Bill Flanagan a semiretired newspaper worker, happily voted for George W. Bush.
But now, shaking his head, he vows, “Never again.”
We have a tick for a governor ••• GW’s gonna give him “a lot
Never happened,” responded Turnipseed. “I’m a Republican.”
Irene Stallard-Rodriguez for City Council District 7
Dean, a milestone in Democratic history ••• Howard Dean’s legacy
What Rush thinks about Kerry
As for the general public: I think most of us believed Bush took advantage of his status to legally avoid combat duty in Vietnam, and that he probably shirked some of his National Guard duties — and that a lot of other young men did the same thing. When we cast our votes, Bush’s military history was not the deciding factor. Four years later, WE DON’T CARE. Of all the reasons to vote Bush from office, his weaseling out of some of his National Guard duties and his weaseling out of admitting he weaseled out should be about No. 136 on the list.
Bush “was good at schmoozing the county chairs, but there wasn’t a lot of follow-up.” Archibald, now a trial attorney in North Carolina, remembers that a group of older Alabama socialites, who were volunteering their time, gave Bush a nickname because he “looked good on the outside but was full of hot air.”  They called him the Texas Soufflé.
“It was our impression from the Texas Air National Guard — they stated they didn’t have them,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said. “It was also our impression those records didn’t exist.” During the 2000 campaign, the media was provided a torn copy of the document listing retirement points earned by Mr. Bush. It was unclear why a copy that is not torn is now available, the Boston Globe reported. (Wouldn’t somebody have a photo from that Alabama Guard unit with GW’s handsome face?)

How long before the White House pulls Osama out of their bag of tricks? 2/23 After
announcing in mid-January that the US was “sure” to capture him this year, maybe in the spring...
the guys in charge now back-pedal saying they have no way of knowing.

“As we speak, night has settled on the mountains of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
If Osama bin Laden is sleeping, it is the restless slumber of someone who knows his days are numbered.
I don’t know if the latest reports — saying that he is surrounded — are true or not.
We've heard this news before. We had him in our grasp more than two years ago at Tora Bora, but George
Bush held US forces back and instead called on Afghan warlords with no loyalty to our cause to finish the job.“
 
 — John Kerry
Howard Dean: The UnNader? It’s a rare man whose real interest is the welfare of the people, even if there’s not much personal gain. Maybe you are that man.



Arianna’s online columns

Political Cartoon

Bring it on

Ben’s True Majority

GOP link

Evangelical View

Evil GOP link

Catholic perspective

Kicking Ass

Kerry website


Clinton slideshow

Limbaugh online

whitehouse.org

Old Women’s Project

“Liar, Liar,
Pants on Fire

911 Visibility Project

Barbara Streisand.com

GW’s resume

SD Activists

SD Democrats

San Diego Democratic Club

ABB

Letterman’s top ten
reasons GW should go

One thousand more reasons

Curtains for the
Spirit of Justice

Tit for tat

This poem was written and read by Claire Braz-Valentine at the Santa Cruz Celebration of The Muse 2002. The evening was a benefit for survivors of breast cancer.

Could Nader
be on the horizon?

SD Coalition for
Peace and Justice

Joan Kroc Institute
for Peace & Justice

Stand by your ad!

Smirking Chimp (Bush?)

Ann Coulter is a sick woman

One-term President

“Make the Pie Higher!”
a poem composed of
actual quotes from
George W. Bush

Real Clear Politics.com

Who’s giving what to whom?

Gay/Lesbian politics and the law: internet resources

Blues for Bush

Common Dreams

Bohemian Mama...
Notes from a bipolar paradigm
(activist politics with
a dose of mama-hood)

Equality California (EQCA)

Main Newslinks Page

Gay Marriage Newslinks
          and Information

Mayor Newsome,
you’re my hero!

Gallup Poll article

tin can dragging
law next <g>

An open letter from
Dr. Delores Jacobs,
E.D. LGBT Center
2/24/04

March for Women’s Lives
April 24, 2004

Seeya
George.com
Quotes
“My father crapped bigger ones than George W. Bush.”               — Ron Reagan, Jr.

“All we’re called upon to do is not spend our nation into bankruptcy while our soldiers risk their lives. I fondly remember a time when real Republicans stood for fiscal responsibility.”
Senator John McCain

“Any forces that would impose their will on other nations will certainly face defeat ... All nations fighting for their legitimate interests and sovereignty will surely win.”
Vo Nguyen Giap, 92, legendary Vietnamese general
April 30, 2004

 “Secrecy can confer a form of power without responsibility about which democratic societies must be vigilant.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan 

First lady Laura Bush told the Associated Press that gay marriage is “a very, very shocking issue to some parts of the American people.” Asked her own view, she said, “Let’s just leave it at that.”

 “It did not involve a lawsuit against (friend and duck hunting partner) Dick Cheney as a private individual. This was a government issue. It’s acceptable practice to socialize with executive branch officials when there are not personal claims against them. That’s all I’m going to say for now. Quack, quack.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
February 10, 2004

 “My priorities have kind of remained the same. And other than having a few more luxuries than I might have had, my life is the same. I still have my chickens. I now have added canaries to my life. ... I do have giant cages on my porch filled with canaries who just breed happily.”
“He was the only major candidate who made the correct judgment about the Iraq war...it was a mistake to get us into a quagmire over there.”
Former VP Al Gore while endorsing Howard Dean.

Actually, I, this may sound a little West Texan to you, but I like it. When I’m talking about, when I’m talking about myself, and when he’s talking about myself, all of us are talking about me.”
Our President, G.W. Bush, on Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000
 GWBush.com

“One thing we don’t hear from American politicians very often is silence. By refusing to criticize Rush Limbaugh, every drug warrior has just been exposed as a shameless, despicable hypocrite.”
Joe Seehusen, Libertarian Party executive director

“We’re so happy, we’re just bubbling.
What they did was unconstitutional.”
San Diego activist Steve McWilliams
“I don’t know if this guy is a big marijuana dealer or if he’s a sick guy.”
Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld

“The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future.”

“I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman,”

Governor Schwarzenegger
(if we can spell his name, can’t he pronounce our state?)


Here’s a great quote from our Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. While a
ddressing the issue of alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Rumsfeld was quoted, “Reports that say something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”


That sounds like sumptin Vice President Dan Quayle might have said.

Ain’t it great having a bunch of good candidates?
There’s a weird metaphysical link between seeming electable and seeming presidential. Bill Clinton played his sax and talked about his underwear and managed to win twice. George W. Bush had the genes of a President but not the resume and yet made it to the White House and spent more than a year as one of the more popular modern Presidents. To many Dean supporters that Iowa moment actually reminded them of why they liked him. “This is a passionate person who’s really excited, who gets supporters excited,” said Kristin Ruthenberg, 34, a church organist who brought the son she homeschools to see the Governor in Claremont. “I saw someone who’s tenacious, who’s going to hold on to the dream.”

“The bad news for Republicans is they’re in charge. They can’t say, ‘Oh, it’s those terrible Democrats who prevented us from doing something.’”
Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas

“IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY.”
Nazi Hermann Goering
Nuremberg war crime trials

“It may seem odd that the ACLU has come to the defense of Rush Limbaugh, but we have always said that the ACLU’s real client is the Bill of Rights.”
Howard Simon of the Florida chapter.
Rush has trashed the ACLU and some of its causes for years, but he welcomed the
help this time (though he added that it has caused his producer to hyperventilate).

“We don’t need a president who just says ‘gentlemen, start your engines.’ We need a president who says ‘America, let’s start the economy and put people back to work’”
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

“If we are to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America. Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.”
GW (one-term Bush #2)

“I want to thank the city of San Francisco for this amazing stance the mayor has taken for all the people here, not just us but all the thousands and thousands of loving, law-abiding couples.” 
Rosie O’Donnell
(after her wedding to Kelli Carpenter)

“At that moment (2004 State of the Union address), I felt 100 percent compelled and 100 percent secure in my belief that I had to be consistent with the oath of office to begin to provide marriage licenses in a non-discriminatory manner here in San Francisco.”
Mayor Gavin Newsome

“I said on my program, if, if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it’s clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again.”        — Bill O’Reilly, on ABC’s Good Morning America, 3/18/03

“Maybe the next thing is another city that hands out licenses for assault weapons, and someone else hands out licenses for selling drugs. I mean, we can’t do that. ... When I was in San Francisco for the Republican convention, all of a sudden we see riots and we see protests and we see people clashing. The next thing we know is there are injured or there are dead people, and we don’t want to have that.”
— Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Meet the Press 2/22/04

“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building.”
Ann Coulter, The New York Observer, 08-26-02

“There’s no question in my mind that John Kerry will make a far better president than George Bush, both on the economic and jobs side, which is going to be the biggest issue in this campaign, and most certainly, in my view, in the conduct of foreign policy.”     
— Howard Dean on Meet the Press 3/14/04

“When I believed that someone was misconstruing intelligence, I said something about it...”
— CIA Director George Tenet telling a Senate committe he corrected
VP Dick Cheney and others for perceived misstatements about Iraq
     

We had our first “Watergate moment” last week in the 9-11 hearings. While CIA Director George Tenet was making it clear to Commissioner Timothy Roemer that it is the National Security Council that has responsibility for taking all available intelligence and fashioning each administration’s counter-terror policies, Tenet let it come out that there are transcripts and tapes of what is discussed in these meetings! Now it goes without saying that an administration which has stonewalled the release of Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force meeting notes and other material will not release tapes of meetings far more important than that. But that doesn’t mean the members of Congress, 9-11 victims’ families and the American people shouldn’t be demanding them anyway.

If the Bush administration is so certain that it did everything possible with the intelligence it had, and it acted on what Richard Clarke and Tenet gave them, there should be no problem with releasing this information.


Scalia protesters (Old Women’s Project et al) blew duck calls at his appearance at the Prado Ballroom 2/13/04 because he won’t recuse himself from a case tied to his longtime hunter buddy, Dick Cheney. It’s a quagmire for these duck killers.
   Scalia sign
3/8/04 Another show of impartiality?!? As the Supreme Court was weighing a landmark gay rights case last year, Justice Antonin Scalia gave a keynote dinner speech in Philadelphia for a group waging a legal battle against gay rights.            
4/9/04 A deputy federal marshal violated the law and “the fundamental tenets of press freedom” when she ordered two reporters to erase recordings of a speech by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a journalists’ advocacygroup said Thursday.                                           >>> where’s the conservative media?

Walter Cronkite was speaking recently with Bill Moyers on PBS. He told of how several yers ago, as a way to putting him down, a friend had called him a “bleeding liberal.” He went to his office and looked up “liberal” in the dictionary. He knew what it meant, but he wanted an “official” definition of the word.
He found it and faxed it to his friend along with a list of synonyms and antonyms listed in the definition. He attached a note which thanked his friend for thinking so highly of him and for realizing that he was not like any of the antonyms would suggest. So next time you are called a liberal or think of calling someone a liberal, be sure you know what you are saying.
Liberal — Synonyms:
Advanced, avant-garde, big, broad, broad-minded, Catholic, enlightened, flexible, free, general, high-minded, humanistic, humanitarian, impartial, intelligent, interested, lenient, magnanimous, rational, reasonable, receiving, receptive, reformist, tolerant, unbiased, unbigoted, understanding, unorthodox, unprejudiced.
Liberal — Antonyms:
After, backwards, behind, conservative, obsolete, slow, cold-hearted, inadequate, insufficient, malevolent, malicious, mean, misanthropic, selfish, unkind, ungenerous, ungiving.


Bush Bride Protest


<<<  In response to the Bush Administration’s “Healthy Marriage” initiative the Old Women’s Project called for a protest March 8, 2004 (International Women’s Day) in downtown San Diego over the lunch hour. While women struggle for a living wage, affordable housing, adequate health care and to meet other basic needs for themselves and their children, this Bush plan will target low-income women with a $1.5 billion program, promoting and protecting marriage. The “Bush Brides” are satirical street theater, created to challenge and mock Bush’s patronizing Healthy Marriage Initiative — aka the “Leave No Bride Behind Act.”



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