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Saturday, 14 February 2004
Special interests?
The Bush campaign is starting to attack John Kerry as being in the pocket of the special interests. Here are a couple interesting facts from the Washington Post:

1) Pres. Bush has raised 4 times as much from special interests than John Kerry in this campaign. That's FOUR times as much.

2) Who says you can't buy the policy of your choice? During the 2000 contest, electric utility lobbyists gave an unprecedented amount to Bush/Cheney and it paid off big time. One lobbyist -- Thomas Kuhn -- met at least 14 times with Cheney's energy task force. And they weren't talking about duck hunting, either.

3) Of Mr. Bush's pioneers -- those who raised $100,000 or more in the 2000 campaign -- 21 snagged ambassadorships. I didn't know they were for sale.

One of the many made-up scandals in the Clinton administration was the Jefferson bedroom-for--sale tale. In the Bush administration, everything is for sale. Everything. And I'm sure all those policies are the best thing for everyday Americans.

To my Republican friends who are parents, please explain to me why you think drinking water and air that is more polluted is better for your kids? Or do you just not care?

Posted by brettdavey at 8:28 PM EST
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Timeline problems
I got this off, one of my favorite sites. So much for the Bush eyewitness.

"Yesterday, though, there was a new development when one of the president's fellow Guardsmen, John B. Calhoun, came forward to say that he clearly remembered him showing up for his required drills in Alabama through the summer and fall of 1972.

"We didn't have the planes that he could fly," Calhoun told the Associated Press. "But he studied his manuals, he read flying safety regulations, accident reports -- things pilots do quite often when they are not getting ready to fly or if they don't have other duties."

Interestingly, though, as the Houston Chronicle notes this morning, the documents released Friday night show "Bush's transfer to the Alabama squadron wasn't approved until September 1972, months after Bush's presence as recalled by Calhoun."


Oops, indeed.

Posted by brettdavey at 8:15 PM EST
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Damn Yankees, Part 2560
Being a Red Sox fan is like getting hit below the belt on a regular basis but always coming back for more. I heard the radio reports this afternoon that the Yanks were closing in on landing Alex Rodriguez, just a couple months after Boston flopped in their attempt to land him.

At first I was crushed, then I thought: if we're going to win, let's do it against the biggest payroll of all time. I'm going to spring training in three weeks and I can't wait for the season to start. If Schilling, Martiniez and Lowe stay healthy, we win it.

Did you expect any less from a Sox fan?

Posted by brettdavey at 7:53 PM EST
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Friday, 13 February 2004
Duck the Press
I was going to copy and paste this from but it's too long. It's a transcript of White House spokesman Scott McLellan's press conference today. Visit the site and read it for yourself. As a public relations person, I love reading this stuff.

It looks like the good puppy dog press has finally turned on Bush. By the way, the "Helen" in the transcripts is the unstoppable Helen Thomas.

Posted by brettdavey at 2:59 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 13 February 2004 3:01 PM EST
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Hold up
I guess before everyone soils themselves about the Kerry infidelity allegations, we should all take a step back. Remember, the report was on Drudge, who Karl Rove uses regulalry as his tool to distract the public when the President is going through a rough patch. And make no mistake: things are looking a little rough for GW right now.

That is, until we find Osama. My guess is it'll happen in the summer, just in time for the Republican National Convention. Then, we'll get to see President Bush near the site of the World Trade Tower gloating about how he captured or killed Bin Laden.

Also, let's not get too worked up about the photo of Kerry "with" Jane Fonda. Have you seen this photo? Kerry's sitting like 10 rows behind her. From the reports, you'd think he was making out with her on a burning American flag.

Posted by brettdavey at 10:14 AM EST
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Thursday, 12 February 2004
Some stuff
* My son is now standing up, albeit with the assistance of whatever is within reach. This has created a new challenge. Instead of crying himself to sleep while lying down in his crib, he stands up, clutching the bars like a mini-felon, and cries. Last night, he had his eyes closed, like he was sleeping, while he stood in his crib and cried. Standing up, dead asleep? The only time that happens to me is when I hear Dick Cheney talk. Dick, you rule the free world, speak up!

* I saw on the Drudge Report that there will be some Kerry infidelity allegations coming out soon. Does anyone doubt that this will be the ugliest campaign ever? Let's do it all: Kerry's girlfriends, Botox, surgery, and money grubbing vs. Bush's AWOL status, cocaine use, insider trading allegations. Wonder why noone's voting? The only thing I'm bummed about is that Jerry Springer declined to run for the Senate seat in Ohio. Given the celebrity culture in politics and the mud wrestling tone of things, he'd be perfect.

* I wish I had one of those little webcam things so you could see the bags under my eyes. Take the mouse you use for your computer and hold it under your eye. That is what one of these bags look like.

Posted by brettdavey at 4:47 PM EST
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Wednesday, 11 February 2004
Dropping out
The best description I've heard about Gen. Wesley Clark as a politician is "talented amateur." I forget who said it, but he was right on. Clark was obviously a very bright, talented person, a decorated soldier and Rhodes scholar. What he wasn't was a trained politician.

Of course, that's what attracted so many people to him, including me. And while Clark may have made a helluva president, he wasn't a helluva candidate. He was appealing and quirky, but he wasn't a practiced politician. That's what killed him in the end.

That and his late entry into the race and Kerry's unexpected surge. The more I think about it, Dean wasn't a polished politician either. He lacked the self-control and discipline needed to make it all the way. Edwards is a great politician. Kerry isn't great, but he is disciplined and looks a lot better as he zeroes in on the nomination. Presidential candidates always do.

I wish Clark had done better and I think he would have been a better candidate against Bush than Kerry, at least based on his resume. The Republican National Committee must have a file on Kerry that would reach to his outsized chin. The upside to Kerry: he'll definitely fight back.

Posted by brettdavey at 11:13 AM EST
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Monday, 9 February 2004
Round Up
Some thoughts since I've been away for a few days:

* When you have a young child -- like I do -- you feed the child with a really small spoon. I mean, it's really small, like a spoon that Stuart Little would use. And as the child gets bigger, he eats more food. But you still use the same spoon. And when you start to feed him even greater quantities of food, you still use the small spoon.

Sometimes, I look at the growing amount of food and the tiny spoon and I feel like a guy in a prison movie who has to tunnel out using nothing but a spoon he stole from the cafeteria.

But fear not, in the end, the kid always ends up getting fed.

* Do you really think Bush is going to release all his military records? Read this excerpt from today's LA Times:

"Bush, speaking in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, said that if records exist that will put to rest any doubts about his service, he is "absolutely" willing to authorize the release of those documents covering his service in the Texas and Alabama National Guard units.

He was referring to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Colorado, which maintains pay records of service members and presumably would have documentation on whether Bush had showed up for all of his military duty.

But officials at the agency, in Denver and at the headquarters in Washington, told The Times last week that before any records could be released, a Freedom of Information Act request must be filed and that the agency would then show the records to the White House communications office before proceeding.

Bryan Hubbard and Roger Still, spokesmen for the agency, said the processing could take months. They suggested that the White House might turn down the request."

Don't bet the ranch on those records seeing the light of day.

Also, Bush repeated the RNC talking points about the challenge to his service being disparaging to those who served in the Guard. It's not disparaging to those who did their service, Mr. Commander-In-Chief.

* Speaking of Bush on "Meet the Press", he basically evaded every question that was given to him and stuck to the talking points prepared for him. And of course, he played the blame game. The economy. The terrorists. The bad intelligence. Everything was Clinton's fault. I love it.

I never heard Clinton blame Bush I for sending troops to Somalia, even though Clinton was vilified when they were killed. Same thing with the first World Trade Center attack. That happened within months of Clinton taking office but he never blamed those things on Bush I. But that's what happens when you take responsibility as President.

And don't talk to me about Monica. If you're a Republican, you should be ashamed about spending $70 million on a witch hunt over oral sex. Ashamed.

* Last night on "Sixty Minutes" there was a report on Iraq that was pretty sad. Christianne Amampour interviewed a soldier and then caught up with him a few months later, after a roadside bomb had blown off half his face. He looked like Jonah Hex, the old comic book cowboy whose face looked like it was melting off on one side. It was pretty awful.

Then, she interviewed an Iraqi family that had lost a bunch of family members at a roadside checkpoint. US soldiers at the checkpoint had accidentally opened fire on their car when another vehicle fired a few shots at the checkpoint. Most of the people in the car were killed, including a young boy. The US found not traces of any shells or any wepaons from this car. It was sad hearing from the family who had lost so much and also seeing the young US soldier who had fired upon them. He looked lost.

And now, we're going to bail out on Iraq as soon as possible for the political expediency of the President. Just imagine what a hellhole it is going to be then. Please, someone tell me why we're over there.

Posted by brettdavey at 5:28 PM EST
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Thursday, 5 February 2004
Five websites you need to know
There's this great misconception that the Internet has made everyone more productive. If your workplace doesn't monitor your activity, it's like letting you hang out in a Borders all day. Here are five websites I visit every day. You should too.

1) -- Bart's a crazy Okie who used to sell cars and has a serious bug up his ass about GW Bush. By the way, BFEE stands for "Bush Family Evil Empire".

2) -- Randi's a radio host out of Florida who broadcasts M-F from 3 to 7 p.m. I listen to her stream over the internet every day. Her shows are usually archived within a day or two so you can listen to her anytime.

She used to be on at the same time as Rush in Florida and she used to wipe the floor with him. Rumor is Clear Channel was looking to syndicate her and Rush threatened to quit if they did, thus putting the kibosh on Randi going national. You have to listen to her if you want to hear a real liberal who's a fighter.

3) -- Josh Marshall's site with some of the best political commentary available.

4) -- Ever hear "Little Steven's Underground Garage"? (It's on in RI on Sundays from 8-10 a.m. on WHJY.) Steven, star of the "Sopranos" and Bruce's sidekick, plays the best garage music of today and yesteryear. You can listen to the archives of the show at his site. It's what I'm listening to right now.

5) -- Visit ABC News and go to the politics section. Click on "The Note" every day to get a compilation of the best political reporting from around the country.

There are a bunch of other sites to visit like,, and, but these are my five favorite.

Posted by brettdavey at 9:05 AM EST
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Can any of you out there do a passable imitation of GW Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Rush? It's for a project I'm working on. I only need your voice talent; I don't care what you look like. Let me know!

Posted by brettdavey at 8:51 AM EST
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