Saturday, August 28, 2004

Bless their delusional little minds, the Bush trolls keep saying how great their doing economically. Which shows one of two things, either they forgot to read that commandment about lying or they're truly out of touch with the working people of america.

Family Income Down, Poverty Up
real median household income actually fell 0.1 percent -- from $43,381 to $43,318 -- during the fairly robust recovery in 2003.

The most eye-catching statistic is that poverty rose dramatically in the United States -- an additional 1.3 million people ducked under the poverty line

and cutting taxes. No one likes taxes and like most conservative mantras it can be reduced to bumper sticker size. All tax cuts are good? No, not really.
But recent analyses have also shown that Bush's tax cuts were partially to blame: they contributed very little to the recovery, and a smarter set of policies (tax cuts aimed at low- and moderate-income families) would have probably spurred greater growth and greater job gains. The notion that the president couldn't have done anything about poverty and income levels just won't fly.

The Census data says that the percentage of the U.S. population without health insurance rose from 15.2 percent to 15.6 percent in 2003. For the record, there are now 45 million people without any sort of health coverage.

Is it any wonder that Bush would rather hide behind some bitter lying veterans, if he starts talking about his record the reasons for re-electing him just aren't there.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Lets take a break from the swftliars and look at a new Bush lie. At least he made this one himself rather then hiding behind skirts.

Bush Ad Falsely Implies Kerry Would Repeal Wiretaps of Terrorists
A Bush ad released May 25 accuses Kerry of "playing politics with national security" and implies he would repeal "wiretaps, subpoena powers and surveillance" against terrorists under the USA Patriot Act.

But Kerry is not calling for repealing the law-enforcement powers alluded to in the ad. He's calling for modification -- specifically tighter control by judges. There's a big difference between "repeal" and adding judicial oversight.

In other words, Kerry wants to shore up the constitutional protections weakened by the Patriot Act.
Bob Barr: Kerry isn't a supporter of terrorism any more than I am, just because we both raised some questions about whether some things in the Patriot Act go too far. ...The Fourth Amendment is a nuisance to the (Bush) administration, but the amendment protects citizens and legal immigrants from the government's monitoring them whenever it wants, without good cause - and if that happens, it's the end of personal liberty.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Swift Boat Writer Lied on Cambodia Claim
"I was in Cambodia, sir. I worked along the border," said John E. O'Neill in a conversation that was taped by the former president's secret recording system. The tape is stored at the National Archives in College Park, Md.

Thats the thing about the big lie, it has a life of its own and after forty years its hard for the liars to keep track of every lie they've told.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Follow the Money: How John Kerry Busted the Terrorists' Favorite Bank
Two decades ago, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) was a highly respected financial titan. In 1987, when its subsidiary helped finance a deal involving Texas oilman George W. Bush, the bank appeared to be a reputable institution, with attractive branch offices, a traveler's check business, and a solid reputation for financing international trade. It had high-powered allies in Washington and boasted relationships with respected figures around the world. All that changed in early 1988, when John Kerry, then a young senator from Massachusetts, decided to probe the finances of Latin American drug cartels. Over the next three years, Kerry fought against intense opposition from vested interests at home and abroad, from senior members of his own party; and from the Reagan and Bush administrations, none of whom were eager to see him succeed.

By the end, Kerry had helped dismantle a massive criminal enterprise and exposed the infrastructure of BCCI and its affiliated institutions, a web that law enforcement officials today acknowledge would become a model for international terrorist financing. As Kerry's investigation revealed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, BCCI was interested in more than just enriching its clients--it had a fundamentally anti-Western mission. Among the stated goals of its Pakistani founder were to "fight the evil influence of the West," and finance Muslim terrorist organizations. In retrospect, Kerry's investigation had uncovered an institution at the fulcrum of America's first great post-Cold War security challenge.

Its starting to get on my nerves, the guys a genuine american hero.

Kerry Team Lines Up Vietnam Witnesses
In a conference call with reporters arranged by the campaign, three Navy Swift boat officers who served with Kerry 35 years ago but who said they have not been in touch with him for years defended his service and his bravery. Rich McCann, Jim Russell and Rich Baker said Kerry served honorably and took issue with questions raised by the group
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth about his commendations.
"He was the most aggressive officer in charge of Swift boats," Baker said. "With no disrespect to anyone out there, the whole Swift boat operation took courage and guts every time you stepped on those boats. But John Kerry was one step above the rest of us."

The attacks will not stop because BushCo and the Swift Liars don't care about the truth or about american, they have been blinded by some morally bankrupt ideology. If they had a real sense of morality they'd try to find some common ground, to try and heal america's political divide for the good of america. They and all the wing-nuts that support them have opted for the ideology of the sewer.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Just came across this story from Fred Kaplan at Slate. The Smear Boat Liars are loosing ground as their claims are disputed by other veterans that were actually with Kerry, the Navy's documentation, and their own contradictory stories over the years. So they and the Instacracker whores of blogdom have moved on to Cambodia.
Holiday in Cambodia
The "Christmas Eve" attack on Kerry is cheap and almost certainly wrong.
So let's review the situation. On Christmas Eve 1968, Kerry's Swift boat and at least two river-patrol boats were doing something unusual (Kerry wrote that he'd never been so far in-country) at least in the vicinity of the border—"near the Cambodian line," as he put it in his diary. And Kerry had with him a book that described a Pentagon study on psychological operations against Cambodia.

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Since May 1967, when the U.S. Military Command in Saigon became concerned at the way the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong were evading American "search and destroy" and air attacks in Vietnam by making more use of bases in Laos and Cambodia, the U.S. Special Forces had been running special, highly classified missions into the two countries. Their code name was Daniel Boone.

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The circumstances at least suggest that Kerry was indeed involved in a "black" mission, even if he had never explicitly made that claim. And why would he make such claims if he hadn't been? It was neither a glamorous nor a particularly admirable mission—certainly nothing to boast of.

At the very worse, the only wrong that John Kerry may have done is misstate a date.

Via Digby
Houston Chronicle, 7/14/99

FORT WORTH - In literature for his failed 1978 congressional campaign, George W. Bush said he served in the Air Force, a claim his presidential campaign says is legitimate based on time he spent training and on alert while a member of the Texas Air National Guard.

Asked Tuesday at an appearance in New Jersey whether he was justified in claiming Air Force service, Bush replied: "I think so, yes. I was in the Air Force for over 600 days."

But the Air Force says once a guardsman always a guardsman, even if called to active duty for training or another temporary assignment.

The Republican presidential front-runner already has faced questions about whether he received preferential treatment when he joined the Guard during the Vietnam War. His father, former President Bush, was a congressman at the time.

A pullout ad from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 4, 1978, shows a huge picture of Bush with a "Bush for Congress" logo on the front. On the back, a synopsis of his career says he served "in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard where he piloted the F-102 aircraft."

Maybe that's what the media should have done, ask for Bush's Air Force records, then maybe we'd have them all. Only Bush never served in the Air Force and it turns out Kerry was in Cambodia in 1969 instead of 1968. Who's the biggest exaggerator? Someone who forgot a date or someone that says he was in a branch of the military that he was never in?

Republican-funded Group Attacks Kerry's War Record
Ad features vets who claim Kerry "lied" to get Vietnam medals. But other witnesses disagree -- and so do Navy records.