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The 2004 Election Issues
"Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear." -- Thomas Jefferson
2004 and the Constitution and Bill of Rights are under attack, I've been compiling links for months. Read - or not - at your own peril. And the peril of the whole world.
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1858-1919)
"However, on religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.'"
"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote -- where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference ... I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish -- where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source -- where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials." - president John F. Kennedy.
Remembrances, poems, photos, letters, and citations honoring those named on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
Crooks and Liars is a site with plenty of Quicktime and movie files from TV shows and "news" reports that show the lies that politicians tell. It never fails to entertain me.
Republicans for Kerry We are ordinary Republicans from across the political spectrum -- moderate, conservative, and proogressive -- who believe in the sanctity of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. This unites us in our desire to return our country and our party to the traditional values that have been abandoned by the present extremist administration and their exclusionary allies in Congress.
McCain Condemns Anti-Kerry Ad - Washington - Republican Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, called an ad criticizing John Kerry's military service "dishonest and dishonorable" and urged the White House on Thursday to condemn it as well.
"It was the same kind of deal that was pulled on me," McCain said in an interview with The Associated Press, referring to his bitter Republican primary fight with President Bush.
Anti-Kerry Vets Led by Longtime GOP Operative Bankrolled by Bush Cronies
John Kerry, senator The Democrat campaigns as a war hero, but barely mentions his two decades as a legislator, allowing the GOP to paint him as a flip-flopping ultra-liberal. What has he actually achieved?
Shame on the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush - By Jim Rassmann John Kerry saved my life. Now his heroism is being questioned.
Barack Obama - How the son of a Kenyan economist became an Illinois Everyman.
A Clackamas County prosecutor and decorated Vietnam veteran who appears in an ad attacking Democratic presidential contender John F. Kerry's war record said he did not witness the events in question and is relying on the accounts of his friends who served with the senator.
VIETNAM WAR VETERAN JOHN KERRY'S TESTIMONY BEFORE THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, APRIL 22, 1971
Moose on the Loose - By Marshall Wittmann Bush had a chance after 9/11 to create a bold new politics of national purpose that would make Teddy Roosevelt proud. But he blew it. A modern Bull Moose progressive now finds common cause with Kerry and Edwards
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
Bush et al links
The Case Against George W. Bush - by Ron Reagan
smirking chimp Even with it's funny name this site is important enough that I moved it up to the top. It's got new articles regularly.
Sheila Samples: 'It's the questions, stupid!' "This was no Independence Day tribute to a still-young nation on its 228th birthday. It was a blatant attempt by Bush to rally the faithful into a stampede to endless war with his embarassingly repetitive and increasingly shrill mantra of long-ago discredited ideological claptrap."
Project for the New American Century Don't Miss this one. This is THE reason the Bush crowd started the war.
George W. Bush: Presidential or Pathological?
The Bush Record: Failure in 2000-2004
A Gentleman's "C" for W ("A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier,")
The politics of paranoia: The sexually insecure voices of moral absolutism are criminalizing some of our most cherished constitutional protections.
Can we expect politicians to have complete ethical integrity? Yes, says philosopher Peter Singer, whose latest book scrutinizes the words and deeds of George Bush - and finds him lacking.
Jobs, Immigration, 9/11, Iraq and Bush
"The truth is there for all to see, but Bush can't or won't admit it. Its a frightening thing to realize that our leaders are not only incompetent, but may even be traitorous or mentally ill."
New York Times Random Login Generator to use if you don't want to register
The bin Ladens Great Escape
How the U.S. helped Osama's family leave the country after 9/11.
It Depends What the Meaning of "Relationship" Is
President Bush's Clintonian calibrations on al-Qaida.
The Founding Fathers Meet George Bush (quotes from people with class, and then some from Bush - who has none)
Kirk Admits C.I.A. Connection Mark Kirk (Republican, 10th District Illinois) admitted on the floor of Congress that he has been working for the Central Intelligence Agency at the same time he is serving in Congress
USA Patriot Act Survives House Vote to Weaken It Unfortunately, Freedom in America is getting weaker
6 million may still lose OT pay Revised changes to overtime rules proposed by the Bush administration will still fail to protect overtime pay for 6 million workers, according to a new study.
united for peace and justice Join in the protest in New York during the Republican Convention
The 9-11 Commission Report Download the Report
Thousands Form Symbolic Unemployment Line in N.Y. - "The Next Pink Slip Might Be Yours!" the fliers read.
Creative Accounting Only Goes So Far - National Review article on how the Deficit is real.
Leo Strauss' Philosophy of Deception - Many neoconservatives like Paul Wolfowitz are disciples of a philosopher who believed that the elite should use deception, religious fervor and perpetual war to control the ignorant masses.
"Tricks and Treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest" - Benjamin Franklin
Fighting stem cells, not terror cells Weeks before 9/11, the president was "consumed" by a pressing policy matter -- but it wasn't al-Qaida.
Afghanistan could implode Thursday, July 29, 2004
War funds dwindling, GAO warns "George W. Bush likes to call himself a wartime president, yet in his role as commander in chief, he has grossly mismanaged the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq,"
How to Lose the War on Terror A CIA bin Laden experts lament
Ex-officials lash Bush policies A group of retired US diplomats and generals has condemned the foreign policy of the Bush administration as ideological and callously indifferent.
Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: LANGAN IN IRAQ - a documentary about the Iraq occupation
Iraq 'ended nuclear aims in 1991' - The head of Iraq's nuclear programme under Saddam Hussein has said Iraq destroyed its nuclear weapons programme in 1991 and never restarted it.
Time has come to lift military abortion ban, advocates say - the new Republican-controlled Congress reinstituted the ban, which remains in effect today as scores of soldiers become pregnant.
U.S. Congressman Porter Goss, President Bush's nominee for CIA director, could be his own worst enemy when it comes to making the case that he deserves to lead the U.S. intelligence agency.
Bereuter: War in Iraq not justified - In a dramatic departure from the Bush administration, Republican Rep. Doug Bereuter says he now believes the U.S. military assault on Iraq was unjustified.
The World's reaction to Bush Many outside the US are deciding how they need to deal with bush and the possibility of his election.
Comment: Andrew Sullivan: Rummy's last stand against the forces of military reason (dec 2004)
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. - Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Naomi Halas - inventor of Nanoshells, could cure cancer tumors in a non-invasive technique
Stem Cells - explained in a NOVA segment
QUESTIONS FOR RONALD P. REAGAN The Son Also Rises
Interview by DEBORAH SOLOMON
...more than 4,000 scientists, including 48 Nobel Prize winners, having signed a statement opposing the Bush administration's use of scientific advice - Scientists' feud with the Bush administration, building for almost four years, has intensified this election year. The White House has sacked prominent scientists from presidential advisory committees, science advocacy groups have released lengthy catalogues of alleged scientific abuses by the administration and both sides have traded accusations at meetings and in the pages of research journals.
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government... - Thomas Jefferson (The Declaration of Independence)
Satire and Humor
the Patriot Act: The Home Version game
Idiot Son of an Asshole Politics inspires Punk (flash)
the infamous 'sloganator' The Bushies thought they were going to get people jumpin' on the bandwagon. Instead, they got stomped!!
new 'sloganator' Make your own slogan!
billionaires for bush Satire GOOD!
"When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." -- Thomas Jefferson
is a response to this: Unfairenheit 9/11 - The lies of Michael Moore. - By Christopher Hitchens
SHOVELING COAL FOR SATAN Christopher Hitchens collects check from Microsoft, calls Moore a coward.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance and constancy of purpose. We must not tire, we must not falter, and we must not fail." - Thomas Jefferson
TORTURE and Guantanamo Bay
Lone Star Justice - Alberto Gonzales' strange views of international law.
The author of one highly controversial memo and co-author of a second, both of which raise serious questions as to whether the president authorized or condoned the use of torture.
Suspects at Guantanamo Bay Can Use Courts - Justices Rule Detentions May Be Challenged in U.S. Legal System
Documents Helped Sow Abuse, Army Report Finds "Other such documents cited by officials who participated in the two probes include a December 2002 memo signed by Rumsfeld that authorized harsh interrogation methods for prisoners at Guantanamo, and a controversial Feb. 7, 2002, memo signed by President Bush that declared that fighters detained in Afghanistan were not entitled as a matter of law to the protections afforded by the Geneva Conventions."
"Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. education & free discussion are the antidotes of both." - Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, August 1, 1816
Welcome to the Hellmouth from misanthropic-bitch
"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution." - James Madison
Politics and Religion
Bush's AIDS Hypocrisy Cons the NY Times the anti-condom policy of this president
Jefferson's Wall of Separation Letter - "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state."
The retarded things that PAT ROBERTSON says Great racist quotes by so-called "christians", who are anything but!
Mark Green: 'We owe Pat Robertson and Ann Coulter a big thank you'
"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." - Thomas Jefferson
Rummy, Cheney, Enron and AssCrack links
John Ashcroft - the creepy truth
Chaney lies again Clips from The Daily Show.
Cheney Faces Criminal Indictments; Other Illegal Actions Raise Warning Flags at White House
Spy-der Man Ashcroft flash as the evil-do-er stealing our civil rights
Halliburton in more Iraq trouble? - Pentagon auditors have concluded that Halliburton Co. failed to adequately account for more than $1.8 billion of work in Iraq and Kuwait, said a newspaper citing a Pentagon report.
N.Y. Times sues Ashcroft to protect sources - The New York Times sued Attorney General John Ashcroft on Tuesday, seeking to block the Justice Department from obtaining records of telephone calls between two veteran journalists and their confidential sources.
Patriot Act takes a hit - Part of the Patriot Act, a central plank of the Bush Administration's war on terror, was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge Wednesday.
Judge Strikes Down Secret Government Searches as Unconstitutional - one can only hope this is the beginning of the end of Lord Asscracks's Reign of Terror against the BIll of Rights.
Rumsfeld questions Saddam-Bin Laden link - US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has cast doubt on whether there was ever a relationship between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda.
"The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach." - Thomas Jefferson
Freedom of Speech links
Free Speech: Going, Going ... How SLAPP suits are used to silence free speech
Congressman Sanders (the only Independent in the U.S. House of Representatives) on the First Amendment and how to defend it
The lowdown on the Prince of Lowbrow Radio this guy REALLY gets it!
The end of Free Speech:
Blog-mob mentality punishes freedom of speech - Inside the First Amendment
The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions - WHY YOU NEED TO BE CONCERNED
A threat to democracy - Basic freedoms to protest are being systematically undermined by anti-terror legislation
Senate approves raising fines against indecent programming "Under the measure passed by a 99-1 vote, the maximum fine for both broadcasters and entertainers would increase to up to $275,000 per indecent incident, up from $27,500 for license holders and $11,000 for personalities, for a maximum fine of $3 million a day.
The House passed a similar bill calling for $500,000 fines for indecent incidents, and differences between the two must be worked out."
Children's Activist Challenges the FCC
"Government censorship is not the way to protect children from inappropriate television. The right to express what some consider offensive speech is the price Americans pay for freedom of political speech and we cannot afford to risk losing that freedom."
Actor Paul Reubens pleads guilty in obscenity case: "These are certainly troubling times when our Attorney General Ashcroft has actually ordered the semi-nude statue of the Spirit of Justice to be covered with drapes," Reubens said.
Here is a column I wrote about Howard, free speech, the FCC and the American Family Association (AFA).
One of the things I did was listen to the entire February 24, 2004 show and apply the FCC definitions of obscenity to determine if the show was indecent or not.
I also pointed out a few of the AFA's many hypocrisies and their efforts to restrict free speech and freedom of choice.
I write for Phillyburbs.com, which is the online website for three Philadelphia area papers:
Bucks County Courier Times
Burlington County Times
Cheney curses senator over Halliburton criticism (Cheney Drops F-bomb On C-span!? - he should be fined by the FCC!)
PBS watches its mouth rather than pay big fines. Now it's up to the other networks to fight the FCC. - 3 no-nos bleeped from new crime drama -- Richard Dreyfuss blasts government censorship
Bay Area group in flap over anti-war billboard Clear Channel kills nonprofit's ad for N.Y.'s Times Square
Grant Howard Stern's Wish: Abolish the FCC In the rush to grant the FCC greater control over broadcasters, no one has noticed that the FCC's very existence is a violation of free speech.
"Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know."
Inside Clear Channel - How the company's domination has made the airwaves blander and tickets pricier
The Fine Remains The Same: Indecency Provision Dropped - the fight to keep the Bill of Rights whole continues
Seeing Through The Fog of Clear Channel A well written ananlysis of the relationship between CC and politics. And why that's dangerous for those that believe in the Bill of Rights
Couch potatoes , it's time to drop the remote. E-mail the FCC. Stop the Parents Television Council before it gets beyond the TV.
"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." - George Washington
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." - George Washington (1732 - 1799)