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I plan to develop a whole series. Yeah, I know the Osama bit is a bit heavy handed, but Idaho's 101st Armchair Brigade needs a bit of goading...=)

At last, Bush speaks the Truth

Bush this morning at a signing ceremony for a defense spending bill:

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we," Bush said. "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."


Slip of the tongue, or Freudian slip? You decide...

What, the name "Lying Sonsabitches for Truth" was already taken?

From the comments section at Eschaton:

I am starting a group called 'Cheerleadering Veterans for Truth', so if you were a cheerleader during the 70's, I would like to hear your stories about President Bush. This group is in no way affiliated with my other anti-bush groups, 'Crackheads for Truth' or 'Drunk Drivers for Truth'

nick | Email | Homepage | 08.05.04 - 10:37 am

The Rethug right always takes to heart something my friend Uncle Marty said long ago: "In truth, there is no booty."

Less than 90 Days

90 days. 89, 88, 87...

Three months. Such a long time away. Such a short time until it arrives. And so much can happen in-between.

The Bush administration's desperation is palpable. It's thick and cloying -- it's the smell of fear. Fear that, for all the lies and theft and division they've wrought, and the suffering they've brought upon our country -- upon the world -- in less than 90 days they could find themselves out of power.

Power is all they care about. They need it the way a junkie needs drugs (see Limbaugh, Rush). For nearly three years the GOP has been in control of the White House and both houses of Congress, and yet everything they touch turns to dross. Their incompetency is excelled only by their unquenchable avarice.  read more »

Are Bush's pants made of Nomex?

NYCO, one of the many fine diarists on DailyKos, came up with this appropriate little analogy:

You once saw a rat in your kitchen. Pretty scary and dangerous (for health). He got away before you could catch him. Since then, you've been quietly on the lookout for rats to appear. One day, you discover a cache of old rat turds in a specific corner. The turds are three or four years old. Your response: You run screaming "RATS! THE RATS ARE COMING!" around the house with a bullhorn at 3 a.m., waking everyone up.

When your housemates wonder if you maybe would be better served to quietly remain vigilant, take the clue that the rats prefer that corner, and then put out poison for the rats, and do a lot more disinfecting of the kitchen to attract less rats; and that maybe you also like personal attention a little too much and are needlessly showing off by trying to make noise and scare people... you call them crazy, lazy, unbalanced nutcases who don't care about rats enough and might even be rat sympathizers.

Welcome to George Bush's America...

The wingnuts are climbing over themselves to get onto the cable news (hah!) channels and call Howard Dean a liar. Why? Because he dares insinuate that Dubya has a habit of calling terror warnings just about the time he needs to distract the country.

LIAR -- it's a small word, but one the Bush administration holds close to their oily, shriveled hearts.

Arbitrary and Capricious

I haven't been this entertained by a member of the bar since "L.A. Law" was on the air. 'Course, I don't understand more than every other word he writes, but hey, that OK -- I'm not a lawyer.

Click your clicker here to check out an Idaho attorney-at-blog.

Letter to 9/11 Committee Chairman Thomas Kean from Sibel Edmonds

"Unfortunately, I find your report seriously flawed in its failure to address serious intelligence issues that I am aware of, which have been confirmed, and which as a witness to the commission, I made you aware of. Thus, I must assume that other serious issues that I am not aware of were in the same manner omitted from your report. "

The GOP, the Borg and Methodists

Julie over at Red State Rebels has a link to a great article by Bill Cope at the Boise Weekly. The article is a call to action for Idaho Democrats, but it also gives directions where we should focus our energy, and where it's probably a waste of time.

And the "Methodists" line is a classic.

Click here for Julie's article, which has the link to the Boise Weekly.

"They are a lie."

Whom, in the upcoming issue of Esquire, said this?

Spin has long been the lingua franca of the political realm. But George W. Bush and his administration have taken "normal" mendacity to a startling new level far beyond lies of convenience. On top of the usual massaging of public perception, they traffic in big lies, indulge in any number of symptomatic small lies, and, ultimately, have come to embody dishonesty itself. They are a lie. And people, finally, have started catching on.

Who? Try the son of the 40th president of the United States -- Ron Reagan, Jr.

Click here to read the article, and remember what Ron Reagan says at the end of it:

Come November 2, we will have a choice: We can embrace a lie, or we can restore a measure of integrity to our government. We can choose, as a bumper sticker I spotted in Seattle put it, SOMEONE ELSE FOR PRESIDENT.

Do me a favour, open the door and let 'em in

I have to say, some of the best news we Democrats have received lately has come from Republicans -- not that they think of it that way, of course:

Republican strategist Tony Fabrizio, the pollster for Republican Bob Dole's presidential run in 1996, warned the GOP about the sour mood of undecided voters in battleground states, a small slice of the uncommitted voters in the electorate.

Fabrizio, who supports Bush, wrote in a July 8 memo that such voters are "poised to break away from President Bush and to John Kerry."

"Clearly if these undecided voters were leaning any harder against the door of the Kerry camp, they would crash right through it," he wrote, suggesting the president do more to convince voters the economy is recovering and take a more aggressive stance in defining Kerry.

Bush's response is that we're "turning the corner." Yeah, we're turning the corner all right -- turning the wrong way onto a one-way street, and smack into the front-end of an oncoming cement truck.

That, in essence, is your choice between Kerry and Bush -- a new hope, or road pizza.

Fair weather friends?

I went to the Canyon County Fair yesterday and I was delighted to see how many Kerry (and Heinz Kerry) stickers and pins I saw on the attendees. True, the Republican booth was bigger, and at the front, and they weren't giving away swag, but there were a lot of people willing to flaunt the fact that they were Kerry supporters. I even saw one person taking a sign (plus, people were asked to donate for anything more than stickers).

I'm also seeing Kerry bumper stickers on cars.

Let's get the visibility out there!

The Next President of the United States

Reuters photo

Here's a part of Senator Kerry's speech from last night:

My fellow citizens, elections are about choices. And choices are about values. In the end, it's not just policies and programs that matter; the president who sits at that desk must be guided by principle.

For four years, we've heard a lot of talk about values. But values spoken without actions taken are just slogans. Values are not just words. They're what we live by. They're about the causes we champion and the people we fight for. And it is time for those who talk about family values to start valuing families.

You don't value families by kicking kids out of after-school programs and taking cops off our streets, so that Enron can get another tax break.

We believe in the family value of caring for our children and protecting the neighborhoods where they walk and play.

And that is the choice in this election.

You don't value families by denying real prescription drug coverage to seniors, so big drug companies can get another windfall.

We believe in the family value expressed in one of the oldest Commandments: "Honor thy father and thy mother." As President, I will not privatize Social Security. I will not cut benefits. And together, we will make sure that senior citizens never have to cut their pills in half because they can't afford lifesaving medicine.

And that is the choice in this election.

You don't value families if you force them to take up a collection to buy body armor for a son or daughter in the service, if you deny veterans health care, or if you tell middle class families to wait for a tax cut, so that the wealthiest among us can get even more.

We believe in the value of doing what's right for everyone in the American family.

And that is the choice in this election.

Let them eat.....Prozac?

[WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A campaign worker for President Bush (news - web sites) said on Thursday American workers unhappy with low-quality jobs should find new ones -- or pop a Prozac to make themselves feel better.

"Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy -- or go on Prozac?" said Susan Sheybani, an assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt. ]

We no need no stinking paper trail.... Florida GOPers encourage repubs to use absentee ballots to "make sure their vote counts"

Click here for link.

While Gov. Jeb Bush reassures Floridians that touch screen voting machines are reliable, the Republican Party is sending the opposite message to some voters.

The GOP urged some Miami voters to use absentee ballots because touch screens lack a paper trail and cannot "verify your vote."

That's the same argument Democrats have made but which Bush, his elections director and Republican legislators have repeatedly rejected.

"The liberal Democrats have already begun their attacks and the new electronic voting machines do not have a paper ballot to verify your vote in case of a recount," says a glossy mailer, paid for by the Republican Party of Florida and prominently featuring two pictures of President Bush. "Make sure your vote counts. Order your absentee ballot today."  read more »

The Great State of Idaho should have had a longer speech

Marilyn Howard's roll call speech was possibly the shortest of the 56 delivered at the DNC tonight. The Idaho delegation obviously needed a speechwriter. Here's what I would've written:

"Madame secretary, the great state of Idaho has more miles of whitewater rivers and more designated wilderness than any other in the contiguous United States. Idaho is proud of Lewis and Clark, and of Sacajawea, who was born here, and of the great tribal nations who call our state home. Idaho is home to Craters of the Moon National Monument, Mountain Home Air Force Base, and the soon-to-be Western White House, Sun Valley. Idaho is proud of its great Democrats including Frank and Bethine Church, Cece Andrus, and newly elected Boise mayor Dave Bieter. Madame secretary, Idaho, the 43rd state, the gem of the mountains, proudly casts its 23 votes for John Kerry and John Edwards."  read more »

"Hope is on the way"

I almost feel sorry for the far-right GOoPers -- almost, that is. Compared to the lineup the Democrats are putting forth this year, Dubya, Dick and the rest of the dark lords of the Sith just don't measure up.

This is the ticket that will win the support of Democrats, Greens and Independents, as well as moderate Republicans who realize their party has been hijacked by neo-conservative and fundamentalist zealots.

It's been said that a word after a word after a word is power. But the real power is the truth and conviction behind those words. Democrats have that power, while the right-wing cadre of the Bush administration have only smoke, mirrors and lies to sustain them.

Here is what John Edwards spoke, at the end of his marvelous speech:

Like all of us, I have learned a lot of lessons in my life. Two of the most important are that first, there will always be heartache and struggle -- you can't make it go away. But the other is that people of good and strong will, can make a difference. One lesson is a sad lesson and the other's inspiring. We are Americans and we choose to be inspired.

We choose hope over despair; possibilities over problems, optimism over cynicism. We choose to do what's right even when those around us say "You can't do that." We choose to be inspired because we know that we can do better -- because this is America where everything is still possible.

What we believe -- what John Kerry and I believe -- is that you should never look down on anybody, that we should lift people up. We don't believe in tearing people apart. We believe in bringing people together. What we believe -- what I believe -- is that the family you're born into and the color of your skin in our America should never control your destiny.

Join us in this cause. Let's make America stronger at home and respected in the world. Let's ensure that once again, in our one America -- our one America -- tomorrow will always be better than today.

Thank you and God bless you.

Handwriting, meet wall...

Thomas Schaller, writer for big dog blog The Gadfly, unexpectedly bumps into uber-pollster and GOP braintrust Frank Luntz last Sunday in Boston and learns that Christmas is coming early:

"What do you think?" I ask him, in a tone that indicates that I'm not talking about last night's Sox-Yankees brawl.

"Kerry will win," he says. I feel myself jump back slightly.

"Wow," I say. "How can you be so sure?"  read more »

Idaho Dems: True to our state's beliefs

We Idaho Democrats are staunch supporters of our national party. But unlike the far-righters in the GOP, we don't recklessly follow orders that are against our nature. We pay attention with our eyes, ears and minds open, and make our decisions accordingly.

We understand that situations which fit one state do not necessarily work in another. Idaho Democrats believe in our citizens' rights to own guns, and that with proper management and oversight our lands and environment can coexist with industry and the jobs they provide, as well as sports and recreation.

And at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, that's what they let everyone know:

On the subject of guns, the Idaho Democrats simply say they support Americans' constitutional rights to "own and use firearms." There is no mention of any kind of restrictions on gun use.

The national platform echoes support for the Second Amendment but goes on to urge renewal of the assault weapons ban and background checks for people who want to buy firearms at gun shows.  read more »

Lest we forget

This has been a great two days, and two more to go! The ovation for Howard Dean was a well deserved thank you for getting us off our complacent rear ends and to start kicking some. Obama was fantastic! What a speech! The best the Republicans could do was say he was too conservative for a Democrat.

As we wait for John and John, we should not forget what else is happening in the world. Our men and women are still dying in Iraq daily. Every day someone is losing a son, a daughter, a father, a mother and do we question why?

I have friends who have served in the military and some who have gone to war. Some are Democrat and some Republican. From discussions with them, there is one thing universal, they are totally disgusted with President (Appointed) George Bush. They cannot believe that the AWOL in Chief would send our soldiers in harm's way unprepared. No flack jackets, no armor on the Humvee, and our soldiers dying needlessly.  read more »

Idaho Dem delegates inspired by Convention

Here's an article in today's Idaho Mountain Express about our intrepid Gem State Democratic delegates in Boston:

Nestled part way up the arena’s first tier sits the Idaho delegation section, which as the day moved on filled up with excited Idahoans eager to represent their state.

"I’m really excited by this election," said Idaho House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet, of Ketchum, who’s proved to be an infectious enthusiast and the delegation’s unifying catalyst throughout the night. "I think we have a chance, I know we can win this".

...  read more »

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