SF New Mexican:
FBI issues a vague terror warning in New Mexico. And California. They’d best be suicide terrorists. We’ve got a lot of military bases, military personnel, and well-armed citizens. Put New Mexicans on alert, likely more than half of the vehicles on the road will have handguns in their glove compartments (legal ‘open carry’ in this state).
“The Bush Beat”, scroll down to “Obama has to tone it down” and read.
Fear of death wins minds and votes, study finds. “No matter what a person’s political conviction, thinking about death made them tend to favor Bush ...”
A terrorist by any other name ... “The US State Department officially considers a group of 3,800 Marxist Iranian rebels - who once killed several Americans and was supported by Saddam Hussein - ‘terrorists.’ But the same group, under American guard in an Iraqi camp, was just accorded a new status by the Pentagon: ‘protected persons’ under the Geneva Convention.” This is how America gets into trouble. Morals and ethics are not fashion; one cannot change them at whim.
The Kerry style of leadership. Gives one more information about JK than I’ve seen elsewhere. I have more confidence now.
Good choice. Kerry turns to JFK speechwriters for the speech of his life. Sorenson wrote a real stem-winder for Dukakis in ‘88, remember. If he can enliven Dukakis, he should be able to ‘botox’ Kerry’s speaking style.
Afghanistan “could implode.” “The fact is if there were not that support to help the Iraqi Government in terms of security, in the short term there is a real danger of Iraq becoming a failed stated that would be a danger not only to its own fragmented groups ... but to the countries in the region.” And supposedly, America has been successful and everyone’s safer, according to the Administration.
The NY Times
asked five former Democratic speechwriters to craft an ending for Kerry’s acceptance speech, on their editorial page. Mr. Sorenson’s [JFK] stands out, as one would imagine. The last line is simple, and perfect.
NY Times Op-Ed:
John Kerry and War. Stop micromanaging the details, Mr Kerry, and tell us where, exactly, you place the bar? We want a clear answer, without the childish “good/evil” simplicity of the Administration.
More in-depth on the subject of income loss ... I.R.S. Says Americans’ Income Shrank for 2 Consecutive Years. “During the same two years the number of Americans reporting no income or that they actually lost money for tax purposes exploded, growing 48.5 percent, to 1.7 million in 2002.”
Edwards seemed a bit off his game. The smile was perfect, but the delivery wasn’t up to his stump standard. He still sounded a bit throaty/hoarse; that could be the diff. CNN has an analysis, in which Tucker Carlson’s comments are interesting to read ... in contrast to today’s news story about American income falling for two consecutive years. A fig for Mr Edwards, certainly.
Bare-Bones DNC Coverage Draws Lower Ratings. “Critics argue that by cutting back on coverage and repeatedly telling viewers there is little worth seeing, the networks create a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Drop coverage to an hour on opening night? Obama’s keynote, uncovered? Lower ratings shouldn’t be a surprise. And I’m sure broadband has taken the viewership down too. But the media has a responsibility here, that isn’t being fulfilled.
New York Review of Books:
What the Court really said. “The Court’s recent decisions suggest that a new and stronger claim can now be made: that the government’s treatment of prisoners it calls “unlawful combatants” is not only morally indefensible but forbidden by the Constitution as well.” My italics. A very worthy read.
New York Review of Books
reviews Fahrenheit 911. “Michael Moore’s version of what has been happening lately is only one possible narrative; but by its very existence it encourages a more active, more confrontational approach to the images that surround us, anything to break through the numbing effect of the endless flow of TV news broadcasts and official bulletins that has become something like the wallpaper of a distorted public reality, a stream of images that moves forward without ever looking back.”
Server crash blitzes Florida’s E-voting records. I believe there will be a run on absentee ballots this November.
Radical Islam grows among Iraq’s Sunnis. “No longer constrained or exiled by a repressive regime, they are preaching jihad at key mosques and pushing to make Iraq an Islamic state.”
Médecins Sans Frontières to leave Afghanistan. “Relief agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today said it was abandoning its work in Afghanistan after 24 years following the ‘unprecedented’ murder of five of its workers last month. MSF has had an almost constant presence in the country throughout the Soviet occupation and the subsequent war, the Taliban’s repressive regime, and the US-led war to oust the Taliban and target al-Qaida. However, the agency - which has 80 international staff and 1,400 local employees working on projects in 13 provinces - has found itself unable to continue because of the deteriorating security situation.”
Sudanese media defiant on Darfur. Evidence of the negative international aspects of the Iraq intervention ... “George Bush and Tony Blair ... are now both planning another adventure in Africa, this time in Sudan’s Darfur, with different pretexts from those they used in the invasion of Iraq ...”
NY Times Editorial:
A novel tactic on warming. “The novel basis for their action is the common law of public nuisance, and the states will have to persuade a judge that global warming is a “public nuisance’’ that harms, or might harm, the residents of the states bringing the action.” If the Federal Government won’t act, it is up to the states.
NY Times Op-Ed:
Kristof, Unbearable Emptiness. On the deceased soldier who should have borne Ms Lynch’s accolades.
Fred LaRue has passed on. Was he “Deep Throat”?
Barack Obama restores my full faith in the Democratic Party. You could see Teresa Heinz-Kerry lose the audience, and reduce the energy from Mr Obama’s high. But I warmed to her as a person, nevertheless. I had not heard her speak, previous to this evening [I tuned into PBS coverage]. She needs a better speechwriter, and more work with the prompters. Ron Reagan Jr. smiled and hurled more than a couple powerful indictments. All in all, a powerful breach in the side of Bush Republicanism was created this evening, for any moderates or undecideds watching.
In the meantime, the Republican rapid-response is meeting a like rapid-response. Scroll down to the last two paragraphs of this article. Good on the Democrat response team.
Report to show deficit about 1/5 less than expected. Does it include military costs? Nevertheless, it will still be a record high.
Religion, Partisan Politics and Tax Exemption. What the Federal Law requires, and why. Acrobat PDF. Nothing like creating a new class of tax exempt political partisanship.