Saturday, October 30, 2004

Osama endorses ___________ ?

The new Bin Laden tape, which is free of remix's, club version's or radio edit's, has the talking head's on the network's discussing who in fact the tape can benefit in Tuesday's election. However, we find the argument hard to make. you know, the part about him still breathing. Despite the warnings and threats of our "dead or alive" tin cowboy President, Osama is free to sit in his night gown and talk to the American people, and express his "reasoning" behind 9/11. And, again, he's not dead.


Progress in Iraq? 100,000 Dead.

An article from the NYT HERE.

"Using what they described as the best sampling methods that could be applied under the circumstances, they found that Iraqis were 2.5 times more likely to die in the 17 months following the invasion than in the 14 months before it."


"Some of those killed may have been insurgents, not civilians, the authors noted. Also, the rise in deaths included a rise in murders and some deaths were caused by the decline of medical care. "But the majority of excess mortality is clearly due to violence," Dr. Burnham said."


While any invasion will always result in civilian casualties, the numbers in this study reflect quite the opposite of the Presidents repeated lies about "turning the corner", "making progress", and "freeing the Iraqi people". To boot, the fact that independant studies have to be done in order to gain this information, since the Bush administration refuses to do one, doesn't say alot for how we feel about non-American life.

Unfortunatly, the whoppers clearly have an effect.

"The tax benefits all seem to go to the upper echelon. But he is good with foreign policy. I feel he can speak well on that issue. Not literally 'speak well.' I meant he has a good voice for foreign policy."

She saw the film, "Fahrenheit 9/11," and while recognizing that its director, Michael Moore, had not meant to praise Mr. Bush, speculated that his family's business ties with Saudi Arabian concerns could be a plus for the country.

"I don't know if it's because of all his dealing with the Saudis, the private sector, I feel he has a good relationship" with leaders in the Middle East, Ms. Gottlieb said.







'Scuse the lack of updates....

Problems on the home base grand operational unit. Should be back up over the weekend.

Cheers,

-Da B.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

BBC Newsnight alleges possible voter scandal.

Interesting read HERE.

"A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggests a plan - possibly in violation of US law - to disrupt voting in the state's African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight investigation reveals."

The Bunker Endorses a Bush/Kerry food fight.

Now, THESE people have the right idea.

"You've got no shame!" screamed Chu Fong-chih of the opposition Nationalist Party, after throwing a take-out box of chicken and rice at Chen Tsung-yi"

Awesome.

Bush Relative's for Kerry?

About Town

Should have mentioned this earlier, my apologies. Wilmington Library's Buck-a-book sale has its last day today, Oct 27th, from 9a.m to 8p.m. I went to the last one and found lots of good stuff. Not just books, CD's, Video's and the like....

Also, recently the anchors of 20/20 were in town, meeting with Mayor Jim Baker, to tape a segment for the fall series.

Also, there are big purple lights on the Dupont building. What up with that?


Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Where in Al-Qaqaa......!?

Dave Huber at Hube's cube discusses the missing explosives from Al-Qaqaa.

"I seem to recall hearing the following from the Left:

"There were no weapons of mass destruction!"
"Saddam seeking nukes? Pshaw!!"
"Iraq isn't part of the war on terror!"

Need I go on?"

You can beleive that if the Bush administration isn't screaming "We found 'em!" from the south lawn, These dont constitute WMD's. It's unfortunate that i had to point that out.

There is currently some question as to when the explosives went missing, and conflicting stories have come from Army officials, mostly speaking on condition of anonymity. The 3rd infantry has claimed that they did find the building being looted upon their arrival on April 4th. We'll be paying attention as, and if, this story unfolds.

Huber suggest's that anybody who doesn't like the possibility of a U.S failure to guard a well known weapons cache in a compound containing at least 1'000 buildings that may contain chemical weapons and the compunds of C4, is simply an "Idiot", and "Arm-chair General", and expects a "Perfect war". That if this indeed becomes evidence of a failed day after plan for the war, we should understand that "mistakes happen".

The possibilty, sadly, is that these same munitions are being used in attacks on the U.S personel on the ground in Iraq. No one is suggesting a "perfect war" is possible. To the credit of coalition forces, they have succeeded in destroying more than 243,000 munition's. The reason people might be upset about this possible theft of weapons is simply because it would be another example of the unacceptable planning for Iraq. As if we need more.

As Bush continue's to insist that we are "Succeeding," and we are "Safer now", he continue's to mislead the country. After all, the truth might interfere with his reelection.

In what might be the biggest evidence of a failure to plan for a post waq Iraq, The Bush administration want's another seventy billion of your money with no plan to win, and no way to get out.

But hey. Dont take it from me. Ask THIS guy.

And of course, the real proof that Bush is going in the wrong direction.






Monday, October 25, 2004

Who let whe wolves out?

The latest TV commercial from the "Scare America Stupid" campaign for Bush in '04 features a pack of pissed off and hungry looking wolves that are about to eat us all if we vote for John Kerry.

Even though the Wolves have spoken out, and made it quite clear Bush tricked them, the ad still airs.

The theme of the ad is that:

"In an increasingly dangerous world, even after the first terrorist attack on America, John Kerry and the liberals in Congress voted to slash America's intelligence operations. By $6 billion. Cuts so deep, they would have weakened America's defenses. And weakness attracts those who are waiting to do America harm."

Fred Kaplan of Slate points out the deception in this ad here.
factcheck.org also does the debunk here.


Dick Cheney, who has so far said that voting for Kerry will likely mean we are attacked in theUS once again, has also recently suggested that if John Kerry were in office in recent years, we would still have old Ivan to keep us on our toes.

Two Bush ads that ran 45 times in 9'000 cities last week are also full of distortion, as noted by factcheck.org

Possibly along the same lines in the Bush campaign's hiring of David Barton, who beleives the US is a "Christian nation" and that the seperation of church and state is "A myth".

"During the lunches, he presents a slide show of American monuments, discusses his view of America’s Christian heritage -- and tells pastors that they are allowed to endorse political candidates from the pulpit."


















Premcor, get scrubbed, already.

News Journal columnist AL Mascitti has an article here.


"For example, Muller said, Premcor applied for a 25 percent increase in coke production; did that mean officials intended to increase the 175,000 barrel-a-day average the refinery handled in recent years, or that a lower grade of crude would be processed?

Premcor officials, as they did for two nights, sidestepped the question by answering that market conditions would dictate the future operation of the refinery."


At what point is Governor Minner going to "walk the walk" on this one?!?



"Have you seen my 380 tons of missing explosives?"

Read the article here

"According to the report, the explosives can be used to demolish buildings, produce missile warheads and detonate nuclear weapons."

"National security adviser Condoleezza Rice was informed about the missing explosives only within the last month, the Times said, adding that it was unclear whether U.S. President George W. Bush was aware."



Kerry/Clinton campaign in Philly today...

HERE is the article from the Philadelphia Daily News....

Cant Back Bush.

The American Conservative:



"George W. Bush has come to embody a politics that is antithetical to almost any kind of thoughtful conservatism. His international policies have been based on the hopelessly naïve belief that foreign peoples are eager to be liberated by American armies—a notion more grounded in Leon Trotsky’s concept of global revolution than any sort of conservative statecraft. His immigration policies—temporarily put on hold while he runs for re-election—are just as extreme. A re-elected President Bush would be committed to bringing in millions of low-wage immigrants to do jobs Americans “won’t do.” This election is all about George W. Bush, and those issues are enough to render him unworthy of any conservative support. "

Friday, October 22, 2004

Lets decide this thing with some good old fashioned break dancing.

Thanks to Ryan at politicaltracker.com who posted this on his column today....hilarious.

100 facts and 1 opinion

NYT this morning...

Paul Krugman of the NYT has more on issues with voting, and the polls.

Also, another NYT article regarding recent scare tactics performed by the Bush campaign....


Thursday, October 21, 2004

Cape May-Lewes Ferry plays its part in Homeland Security.

HERE.

Speaking of delawareonline.com ......does that lady reporting from the screen scare the crap out of YOU when her voice breaks the silence? i just jumped out of my flippin' chair.


..........An invisible war? No, not THAT war....

The art of stealing elections....

....HERE by the Boston.com

Also, some students have claimed they were duped into switching political parties.

There's a ton of accusation's, article's and report's out there right now, that alot of this type of thing maybe going on. How accurate these reports are remain to be seen, but with the 2000 election leaving 4 to 6 million people disenfranchised, and no sign of improvement for this year's election, concern is appropriate.

On a lighter note....Bush Wins Florida!

A great vid clip from www.boomchicago.com ....has sound, so turn up those speakers. funny stuff.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

An open letter to the American people....

A collection of non-partisan experts from the Security Scholars for a Sensible Foreign Policy have issued an "open letter" to the American people, in which they call "urgently for a change of course in American foreign and national security policy." adding, "Although we applaud the Bush Administration for its initial focus on destroying al-Qaida bases in Afghanistan, its failure to engage sufficient U.S. troops to capture or kill the mass of al-Qaida fighters in the later stages of that war was a great blunder. It is a fact that the early shift of U.S. focus to Iraq diverted U.S. resources, including special operations forces and intelligence capabilities, away from direct pursuit of the fight against the terrorists."

Read it HERE.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Oh, Florida.......

Early election problems within the first hour in Florida, And Jeb already hard at work for big bro.

Also, here, A story out of Philadeplhia about a GOP attempt to relocate 63 prodominantly black polling places...at the last minute.

Scare tactics...tis the season.

The President, in a "pot calling kettle black" session aboard Air Force One today accused John Kerry of "shameless scare tactics" , adding "He's trying to scare our seniors. It is wrong to try to scare people going into the polls." An interesting outlook for an administration that has told us that a November win by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry would put the US at risk of another "devastating" terrorist attack, as Vice President Dick Cheney told supporters at a rally in Iowa this past September. This is not to mention the scare tactics employed by the Bush administration for some time now.

Trooper struck by car on De Rt. 1.

See the article Here.

"The driver of the Accord, Ernest Washington, 28, of the 200 block Antler Place in Bear, accelerated when the trooper approached his car, sending the trooper onto the hood of the Accord, Zane said. The trooper was carried about 50 feet on the car's hood until he fell off as the car sped up, Zane said."



The trooper was released with a minor sprain.


Brits for Kerry?

An entertaining and funny peice in the Guardian.Uk covers the response to a letter writing campaign against the President. Conceived and launched by G2, The letters were composed by British citizens, and mailed to potential voters in the swing state of Ohio.



Europe for Kerry?

Also, for laughs, see the best and worst moments of the debates here.

Church for Bush?

Our own Joe Biden is quoted in an article from the NY Times ....

''I was in the Oval Office a few months after we swept into Baghdad,'' he began, ''and I was telling the president of my many concerns'' -- concerns about growing problems winning the peace, the explosive mix of Shiite and Sunni, the disbanding of the Iraqi Army and problems securing the oil fields. Bush, Biden recalled, just looked at him, unflappably sure that the United States was on the right course and that all was well. '''Mr. President,' I finally said, 'How can you be so sure when you know you don't know the facts?'''

Biden said that Bush stood up and put his hand on the senator's shoulder. ''My instincts,'' he said. ''My instincts.''

Biden paused and shook his head, recalling it all as the room grew quiet. ''I said, 'Mr. President, your instincts aren't good enough!'''


Read the entire article here.

A fatih based Presidency.It can only be a legitimate concern when our President runs the nation on his "instincts" and his "gut." The article goes on to describe how the smirking, flustered Bush we saw in the first election is commonly the Bush visible to anyone, in private or otherwise, who has asked for an explanation of his positions. Resuming with the theme of faith, and scaring voter's away from pulling the Lever for Kerry, an Archbishop in Colorado is on the road with a doomsday message for potential Kerry voters.

In an interview in his residence here, Archbishop Chaput said a vote for a candidate like Mr. Kerry who supports abortion rights or embryonic stem cell research would be a sin that must be confessed before receiving Communion.

"If you vote this way, are you cooperating in evil?" he asked. "And if you know you are cooperating in evil, should you go to confession? The answer is yes."

Sunday, October 17, 2004

The NY Times gives its endorsement to John Kerry....read it here,....





Saturday, October 16, 2004

John Stewart on Crossfire...

Not sure how I missed this......

John Stewart appeared on CNN's Crossfire. Theres a 13 minute clip here. Stewart is hilarious as he criticizes the very show he is on, and has a testy exchange with righty hack Tucker Carlson....

Friday, October 15, 2004

Indymedia.gov Jacked by the man, So Long, Stone Balloon.....and more.

A strange turn of events being reported by Indymedia.org ....apparently the government decided to swipe some of their gear, and then returned it, without explanation. Patriot Act, i love you. You keep me safe at night.

Eric Alterman has a great article here . This article is a very telling peice, in which the "staples" of our media express the pressures from outside. After the media's failure to report the actual News this election year, its about time there was some pressure in the opposite direction. A good example is here, an article in which the NY Times cant find a way to say that Bush lied.

Finally, The Stone Balloon will be demolished to make way for new condo's and shops. Lots of memories from this old Newark favorite. You have to imagine the other local bars, (Deerpark, Kates) have to be thrilled. Balloon has been the biggest draw in Newark on weekends for years. When its open, of course.

So long, ol' sticky floors.


Thursday, October 14, 2004

Network polls and ....The Right Wing?

As of 1:41 A.M ,
CNN has Kerry as "clear winner"
MSNBC unoficial web poll = 29% Bush
71%Kerry
FOX is unclear.
BBC News calls it a "Dead heat"

Me:100% tired of debates. Glad its over.

Meanwhile, it seems the Republicans may have a shot at the pretend White House too. Just picked up season 2. Im a recent fan to the show, so im back tracking to catch up. Anyone want to sell season 1?





Wednesday, October 13, 2004

De-bate is wot you put on da-hook, to catch-da fish.

First things first. Thanks to Ryan from www.politicaltracker.com for his help. Visit his site. Support your DE Bloggers. Id also like to join Senator Kerry, and President Bush in thanking the University of Arizona, and the Commision for Presidential Debates. Ahem.

The first half hour of this deal felt like a "best-of" of the first two debates. Same punchlines.

Does anybody else remember George Bush say he wasn't worried about Bin Laden?
Although Bush stated tonite he never said such a thing.

Kerry was wrong about Bush never meeting with the Black Caucus. The President met with them at least once.. So there. We're even. right? Nah.


Kerry seemed better on some issues, Bush on others, and now we have to decide. Well, those of us that havent decided already. This debate took an odd turn towards the end as it became a conversation of religeon. As Bush showed his human side while discussing his "personal" beleifs and convictions, i couldnt help think he could have a great career as a televangelist if he doesnt win on November 2nd. I can see the 1-800 across the screen now.

Cheap shot. sorry.

Kerry then gave a rebuttal to Bush's statements on his personal beleifs, including that, basically, they both beleive in god, and pray, just differently. And, i assume, Kerry felt he prayed better than the President. Or at least, his ideas work better in prayer or, i dont know.

The love fest continued with alot of smiling, and alot of talk of how lucky these two fellows were to have good family's, and wive's, and all of that good stuff. Kerry even called Bush a "good Dad". Very touching.

This leads me to something i've discovered. I dont dislike George Bush.

This guy firmly beleives what he says. He firmly beleives in his soul that he is right. i dont picture him as going back stage and rubbing his hands together in that Dr. Evil manner and screaming "FOOOOLED THEM AGAIN!" followed by a classic bad guy laugh. Cheney? yeah, totally. Bush? No. Its the "Bubble Theory".

Kerry "Has a plan..."
Bush "Stays the course...."
etc ,etc.....


While Bush did a good job in the argument on taxes, ......he lost in the areas of Healthcare, Gun control, and its hard to take listening to the President discuss the economy. Its all there to see. At the end of the day, i think you can chalk one for Kerry in the polls, but its going to be a very interesting election night. No, i dont hate Bush. I just dont think he should be the President for four more years.

Or ever, actually.







Tsk, Tsk, Miss England....

Is it me, or is this young lady several moral/debatable issues wrapped into one person?

Debate, Round 3....

Ill be online throwing some opinions around on the debate tonite....With Kerry leveling Bush in the polls recently, we should expect some fun t.v.......


Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Powerball, Interpol, and Fun with Flip Flopping!

Welcome to The Bunker.

Now, on to the fun.....




"John Kerry's characterization of terrorism as a 'nuisance' shows that he doesn't recognize the threats facing this country and does not have the vision and determination needed to defeat terrorism. The fact that his top foreign policy adviser sees the War on Terror as a 'metaphor' adds to Kerry's credibility problem on the most important issue facing our nation."

- Steve Schmidt, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman

Can we win the war on terrorism? Yes, I think we can, in the sense that we can win the war on organized crime. There is going to be no peace treaty on the battleship Missouri in the war on terrorism, but we can break its back so that it is only a horrible nuisance and not a paralyzing influence on our societies.

--"9/11 a Year On" conference, Sept. 2002

-General Brent Scowcroft

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33 workers at The Guide share big Powerball prize....
Man, $2.2Mil EACH!

I never buy tickets. I pass on the office pools. Will i learn? No.

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Interpol
New record "Antics"

If you liked Interpol's debut, "Turn on the bright lights" ...this too, is for you. Brooding, romantic rock music for the optimistic. Also, playing at the Electric Factory on 11/7/04.