Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Why isn't Gene Lyons a milliionaire? 

Gene Lyons nails it.

My summary:
Question: Why all the quibbling about John Kerry's Vietnam record from the Bush camp?
Answer: Because when it comes to actual sacrifice for your country, not to mention having the courage of your convictions and the flexibility to change them, Bush isn't fit to shine John Kerry's shoes.

Thursday, April 22, 2004


This is a post I wrote on another political forum that I felt the need to share.

This is one of my many stabs at the "shorter" style, where you satirize an article (or anything, really) by summarizing it in one sentence or two. For much better examples of this style, some of which even have current relevance, check here: Right here.

Shorter version of Ann Coulter's pathetic defense of Rush Limbaugh's drug abuse (Link expired, check Townhall):

"It's perfectly fine to be addicted to a legal drug, even if you obtain it illegally, as long as it was prescribed to you at some point. It's not the slightest bit hypocritical to defend someone I know and support for something I'd be having apoplectic fits over if the person in question had a (D) after their name. Also, since I can't write a column or make a point without mentioning it: Monica Lewinsky. Chappaquiddick for good measure, and Monica, Monica.""

It never ceases to amaze me how many people who make a living shaking their finger at the rest of us turn out to be projecting.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004


Anyone who says corporations are overtaxed is lying.

"More than 60% of U.S. corporations didn't pay any federal taxes for 1996 through 2000, years when the economy boomed and corporate profits soared, Tuesday's Wall Street Journal reported, citing the investigative arm of Congress." (attribution)

That's zero tax. Must be nice.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

1 Leg vs. 2 Legs - "What's the difference?" 

Well, it turns out that the "ironclad proof" of an Iraq/AQ association may be "no longer operative".

"Senior U.S. officials told CNN on Tuesday that they now believe fugitive terrorism suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi did not have a leg amputated in Iraq, as the Bush administration had previously said.

Although the administration pointed to Iraq's medical assistance to al-Zarqawi as evidence of a link between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's regime, it's now believed that al-Zarqawi still has both legs." (attribution)

I think the turning point is long past. The public isn't going to trust these people on matters of war any more. And if they're smart, the rest will soon follow.

Friday, April 02, 2004

A Question of Focus 

From Newsday:

"I really don't care what Condi Rice has to say.

I ignore the yarn the White House national security adviser spins about the level of concern the Bush team had about the terrorist threat from al-Qaida during its first months in office.

Because Rice isn't president of the United States. George W. Bush is. And so we must read his lips.

Here is what those lips said publicly about al-Qaida between Jan. 1, 2001, just before Bush was sworn in as president, and Sept. 10, 2001: Nothing."

The whole thing is worth a read, but here are the bullet points.

Compared to the administration's real priorities:

This would not be an issue if the Bushies didn't continue to insist (against all available evidence) that they were indeed focused on international terrorism in general and Al Quaeda in particular before 9/11/2001. But that would involve an admission that they didn't do exactly the right thing in that period, and that is something these people just don't do.

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