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Glass-Jaw Al Sends Advice to Kid Kerry

While I regard the Sainted Al Gore as an American treasure, there really are limits to the things he should be doing. Having elected to sit out the 2004 election cycle, I don’t think he should be doing things like giving John Kerry debate advice for tomorrow night’s pivotal first presidential debate in Miami. Kid Kerry was famously President of the Debating Society back at Dear Old Yale (where, as you will recall, our esteemed President was a C-student legacy, and served as a cheerleader– more the kind that makes inane yells, rather than one who does gymnastics, of course.)...

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More reality disconnect… by the numbers

What do the numbers over 50, 1,052 and 52 have to do with each other? For those who hate clicking through, we’re talking, of course, about the spot price of crude oil, the number of American troops killed in Iraq, and of course, the President’s current approval rating. There are a variety of factors accounting for the high oil prices, including perceived instability in Nigeria (a big source of oil for… us), refining and distribution problems caused by recent hurricanes, and… you know… that whole Middle East thing. Prince Bandar has directed the Hermes Kingdom’s public relations office to tell...

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Integrity Disconnect

While President Bush calls John Kerry a traitor for questioning just how rosy things are in Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell chimes in to tell us that the situation in Iraq is worsening as we prepare to rig that nation’s elections this January. I sure as hell hope that Senator Kerry is listening, and can now add Secretary Powell’s remarks to his litany. The reality, of course, is that we are killing around twice as many innocent civilians as the insurgents, and once in a while, the President might want to check what his own Pentagon is saying about...

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The Naked Emperior, as seen from elsewhere

This week’s visit to Beijing’s People’s Daily (as you recall, my theory once was that I would try to provide at least a weekly visit to the two other metropoles– Eastasia and Eurasia — I blog regularly from New York, the financial heart of Oceania, so that one is covered) covers roughly the same subject as yesterday’s visit to Pravda. In this case, the PRC’s house organ tells us that the President’s unilateral strategy as applied to Iraq violated UN protocols and rules, and indeed, as UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan said recently, violated international law. Further, Bush’s constant references...

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Slumber party

Back to our visits to Pravda, with this account of President Bush’s big anti-terror speech to the UN General Assembly. The money line is that a fair number of UNGA delegates were asleep during the President’s speech. The point, of course, is that since Bush is basically reading the same script he has been reciting for years now, there is nothing new– and the UNGA delegates are not likely to stand and applaud (the way our own Politburo does) when the President hurls meaningless words like “freedom” (the President’s main bitch), “democracy”, or telling everyone how bad Saddam is. As...

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Pay no attention to the man behind the kaftan

This shit seems to be getting old, unless you are a “resolved” “Texan” “leader” who tells us “I will not falterTM”, but in good old Baghdad, six Egyptian workers of the Iraqi mobile phone company were kidnapped from out of their office in broad daylight. Do not be alarmed, I tell you! All is well! The cold-blooded killer we placed in charge of Iraq (via Digby) assures us that life in Iraq is so much better now that the previous cold blooded killer we replaced him with is safely incarcerated. (Yes– if you missed that link– go back and read...

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The Fog and Phony Show

The President continues to remind us all of the Kevin Bacon character screaming “do not be alarmed, all is well” at the end of Animal House, just as he is trampled to death under an escaping crowd, particularly with moves such as parading Iraqi-Puppet-Premier Allawi around Washington to tell us how swimmingly things are and how hopeful he is for Iraq. Fortunately, at least one of the groups he will see lost its sense of irony (or reality) a long time ago, and will have no need even to suspend disbelief. That of course, would be the joint session of...

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Good fences make good neighbors

It had been a while (a few weeks, actually) since a fatal suicide bombing by a Palestinian terrorist in Israel proper, but the string is broken just two days from the Yom Kippur holiday, with a female suicide bomber attached to Arafat’s Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade blowing herself up at a Jerusalem bus stop killing at least one and injuring dozens. Look for the usual territorial lockdown this year. Suicide bombings by Palestinians are, actually, way down, largely thanks to the presence of Israel’s much vaunted and much maligned security/land grab fence, and in particular, the portion of it that...

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Whatever happened to…

Today, we’ll take a look at the fate of two of the poster boys of perfidy, the icons of Islamist terror, the sum of all our fears, Unlawful Combatants Yaser Hamdi (a Saudi national born in Louisiana, making him also a U.S. national, picked up on the battlefield in Afghanistan) and Jose Padilla (an American national- a Chicago gang-banger who adopted a Moslem name, picked up on a flight back from Pakistan and alleged to be involved in a “dirty bomb” plot.) Since the Government was ordered by the Supreme Court to afford Hamdi access to our legal system, it...

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Kerry’s Big Iraq Speech

Via Diana, I give you this text of Senator Kerry’s remarks at New York University today. Let me make it easy: while many will laud the speech, I’m torn between giving it a C+ and B-. Yes, he’s finally talking about the right thing, and in the right (asshole tough guy) way. AND he’s mentioning Al Qaeda and OBL (FINALLY– SOMEONE IS MENTIONING THEM!) His proposed Iraq solution, however, is a fantasy, is wrong, and will piss people off (I must tell you, I’M pissed off by it). His answer: “Go begging for help from our allies and the UN”....

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