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Like many personal blogs of its era, this blog is moribund, a casualty of what we might call "the Facebook effect." However, as of late 2015, two things are clear: (1) The Indie Web is a thing, and (2) the re-decentralization of the web is a thing. So who knows? 2016 2017 2018 (!) could be the year this blog rises from its own ashes. Stay tuned!

Friday, 04 June 2004
I’m George W. Bush, and I’ve got everything under control.
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Friday, 07 May 2004
“…The best way to get the news is from objective sources, and the most objective sources I have are people on my staff who tell me what’s happening in the world.” — President George W. Bush, 9/22/2003, explaining why he doesn’t pay much attention to the press.

“I failed to recognize how important it was to elevate a matter of such gravity to the highest levels, including the president and the members of Congress. ” — Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 5/7/2004, explaining why he did not inform the president of the unfolding torture scandal in Iraq.

“Yeah, the first time I saw — heard about pictures [of Americans torturing Iraqis] was on TV.” — President George W. Bush, on Arab network al-Hurra, 5/5/2004.
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Friday, 09 April 2004
The Center for American Progress fact-checks Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the 9/11 Commission: Part 1 · Part 2. An excerpt:
Claim: “We decided immediately to continue pursuing the Clinton Administration’s covert action authorities and other efforts to fight the network.”

Fact: Newsweek reported that “In the months before 9/11, the U.S. Justice Department curtailed a highly classified program called ‘Catcher’s Mitt’ to monitor al-Qaida suspects in the United States.” Additionally, AP reported “though Predator drones spotted Osama bin Laden as many as three times in late 2000, the Bush administration did not fly the unmanned planes over Afghanistan during its first eight months,” thus terminating the reconnaissance missions started during the Clinton Administration. [Sources: Newsweek, 3/21/04; AP, 6/25/03]
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Tuesday, 10 February 2004
I try not to say things like “President Boosh lies every time he opens his mouth,” because I end up sounding terribly partisan and shrill, just like the asshats who used to say that Clinton put his hands on every woman he ever met. Watching Boosh on Meet the Press this past weekend, though, I felt damned fatigued as I tried to keep up with his outright mischaracterizations and half-truths and (yes) lies. Luckily, the Center for American Progress has catalogued them for me.

[I now return you to your Web browsing-related program activities.]
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Tuesday, 27 January 2004
Ladies and gentlemen, our political lesson of the day is brought to you by Ben (of Ben and Jerry’s),, and some Oreo cookies. I can’t imagine how anyone can disagree with the argument put forth here.

[spotted at Boing Boing; Flash is required]
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Wednesday, 14 January 2004
Philip Mangano is our nation’s “Executive Director, Interagency Council on Homelessness,” but it’s more meaningful to call him the President’s “homeless czar.” And it looks to me like Boosh might have screwed up here and got himself someone who is neither inept nor mean.

Mangano has an intensity that you generally don’t get in government types. He thinks it’s possible to end chronic homelessness nationwide within ten years. He believes homelessness is a social evil, and compares the movement to end it to the abolitionist movement. He believes that “The only approach that will end homelessness is a non-regional, bipartisan, non-ideological, non-sectarian approach” He also says that to him, parties are irrelevant: “There’s no D or R or I or G on this issue.” In a short profile in today’s Chronicle, he really can’t be pegged as one of W’s guys until the very last line:
“Then pray for me,” he said [to the homeless couple he’d been chatting with]. “I’m trying to help you.”
So we’ve got ourselves a religious man who — oh, hold on a moment. There’s someone at the door. more...
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Tuesday, 09 December 2003
I got two pieces of snail mail from the Democratic party today. This fascinates me. I have not been a registered Democrat for more than five years, and I have never been registered as one at my new address. Yet they keep writing to me. more...
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Tuesday, 11 November 2003
If you follow this link, you will hear Joe Lieberman sing “Oaklahoma.”
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Wednesday, 24 September 2003
I’d like to think that the average American can spot the problem with what our president says here, but I think that would be naive.
“I appreciate people’s opinions, but I’m more interested in news,” the president said. “And the best way to get the news is from objective sources, and the most objective sources I have are people on my staff who tell me what’s happening in the world.”
Right. Cuz when you think objective you immediately think Rumsfeld and Rice and Ashcroft.

[found at Billmon’s Whiskey Bar]
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Tuesday, 16 September 2003
I took Political Science 101 as a senior in high school. My professor was a dude by the name of Carl Luna, and he was a better lecturer than any professor I encountered in my four years in the Poli Sci department at U.C. Berkeley.

Now Dr. Luna is authoring a blog on California’s recall for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Good, informed rants, and well worth the read if you’re a political junkie.
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Thursday, 28 August 2003
You’d think that the events of the past couple of years would have taught Americans a lot about the danger of mixing religion and government, of the value of separating church and state. But no: Four out of five Americans do not understand the Constitution. Of that group, I’d have to guess that the vast majority are Christians; I doubt there are many American Hindus (or Buddhists or what-have-you) out there who think it’s a good idea to erect Judeo-Christian monuments in government buildings. It matters not to the Bible-thumpers. They’re gonna show up and shove God — their God — down your throat whether you like it or not. (And by the way, you’re going to hell.)

[found on The Morning News]
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Sunday, 17 August 2003
You know the crap the Republicans pulled in 1998. You know the crap they pulled in 2000. Most of my readers are probably pretty well up-to-date with the crap they’re pulling now in California. But have you caught wind of the crap they’re pulling in Texas? And can you spot the pattern here?
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Monday, 04 August 2003
If you’re into politics (or you like to keep on top of Boosh’s myriad lies as best you can) you really must start reading Billmon’s Whiskey Bar. Today’s post, “The Check is Not in the Mail,” is a shining example of why.
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Sez the New York Times:
Geoff Garin, a pollster who is working for Senator Bob Graham of Florida, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, said the Democratic anger toward Mr. Bush was “as strong as anything I’ve experienced in 25 years now of polling,” and perhaps comes closest to the way many Democrats felt about President Richard M. Nixon.
[feel free to use gatsby/daisy as user/pass pair]
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Monday, 28 July 2003
The Grand Lake Theater is not only the Bay Area’s most beautiful old-time moviehouse. It also displays fantastic political messages on its marquee from time to time, just as the old U.C. Theater did (and how we miss it so!).
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