Sort-of-Retro Saturday

In ASZ’s quest to bring you the highest quality in low-brow (mostly political) entertainment, the following are submitted for your approval:

Here’s a short, depressing retro Quicktime spot of George W. Bush at his unfortunate best. In His Own Words. And ASZ specifically disclaims responsibility for any chunks you may blow on your monitor.

Did you see “Anchorman”, with Will Ferrell? It sucked like a car wash vacuum cleaner. But this Ferrell video is pretty damn funny.

Did you miss the Top 50 Monkeys of All Time? (And how did they miss the glaring omission? Ahhh, they’re Brits. What are you gonna do?)

That should keep you busy while I head for the beach. Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 31st, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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What About Uniform Requirements?

Obtaining Cheney Rally Ticket Requires Signing Bush Endorsement:

Some would-be spectators hoping to attend Vice President Dick Cheney’s rally in Rio Rancho this weekend walked out of a Republican campaign office miffed and ticketless Thursday after getting this news:

Unless you sign an endorsement for President George W. Bush, you’re not getting any passes.

The Albuquerque Bush-Cheney Victory office in charge of doling out the tickets to Saturday’s event was requiring the endorsement forms from people it could not verify as supporters.

They forgot to add that brown shirts and jackboots were optional (but suggested) attire.

Saturday, July 31st, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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Berger Cleared; Deserves Apology

It’s time for the Bush administration to clear this man’s good name – the good name that media whores around the world chose to smear, based on a neoclown lie and suspiciously timed leak of the lie.

Sandy Berger deserves an apology for the false allegations.

This whole incident requires an investigation. It was clearly intended to cast aspersions on the Clinton administration prior to release of the 9/11 report, to diminish Berger’s credibility, to obliquely influence perception of the 9/11 commission itself, and to, by innuendo tie Berger to Kerry.

Clinton Adviser Berger Cleared of Document Theft

President Clinton’s national security adviser, Sandy Berger — who’d been accused of stealing classified material from the National Archives — has been cleared of all wrongdoing.

The National Archives and the Justice Department have concluded nothing is missing and nothing in the Clinton administration’s record was withheld from the 9-11 Commission.

The Wall Street Journal reports archives staff have accounted for all classified documents Berger looked at.

Late last year they asked investigators to see if the former national security adviser removed materials during his visits.

Berger’s lawyers said his client had inadvertently removed several photocopies of reports, but later returned them.

This whole incident is, in its intent, as bad or worse than the outing of Valerie Plame. Pelosi needs to indignantly step up to the plate on Berger’s behalf.

Friday, July 30th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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Unemployed? Underpaid? TeamBush says…

Take a Prozac–®!

From the “you just can’t make this shit up” department…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A campaign worker for President Bush said on Thursday American workers unhappy with low-quality jobs should find new ones — or pop a Prozac to make themselves feel better.

“Why don’t they get new jobs if they’re unhappy — or go on Prozac?” said Susan Sheybani, an assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt.

Brilliant analysis of the Bush economy, Susan.

Oh, wait a second.

  1. Prozac–® is expensive, so…
  2. It really helps to have healthcare benefits to buy it (or a sympathetic streetcorner dealer), which knocks out about 43.5 million uninsured people, and,
  3. Most managed healthcare programs (HMO, PPO, POS) limit access to mental health services, which potentially excludes roughly 80% of those who actually have healthcare coverage.

Dang. Well, back to the drawing board, Sue. Even so, we here at TeamLib appreciate that the Bush Campaign staff is thinking on its feet, and recognizes that the issue of a decent job is a concern to many Americans. And since you were so kind to offer unsolicited psychiatric advice, allow us to humbly return the favor!

Take two STFU–®’s and call us in the morning.

Friday, July 30th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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I think it’s essential reading — Ron Reagan

This is in a source I rarely go to, so I thought I’d post the link to Ron Reagan’s story in Esquire, “The Case Against George W. Bush. Oh, I guess I can give a little taste of it as well.

People noticed. A tipping point had been reached. The issue of credibility was back on the table. The L-word was in circulation. Not the tired old bromide liberal. That’s so 1988. No, this time something much more potent: liar.

Politicians will stretch the truth. They’ll exaggerate their accomplishments, paper over their gaffes. Spin has long been the lingua franca of the political realm. But George W. Bush and his administration have taken “normal” mendacity to a startling new level far beyond lies of convenience. On top of the usual massaging of public perception, they traffic in big lies, indulge in any number of symptomatic small lies, and, ultimately, have come to embody dishonesty itself. They are a lie. And people, finally, have started catching on.

I highly recommend the article, and as usual, Ron. Jr. is a highly entertaining writer.

Friday, July 30th, 2004 by SpinDentist |
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Attending a Republican Political Event

I was out on the breezeway earlier today, an hour before class, and there was this man with a cute little ten year old setting up a table for Doug Gallagher, who is running in the primary for Senate. This is Florida, and he’s up against trial lawyer and hand-picked Bushite Mel Martinez, who frankly has a wonderful personal story. Gallagher is third in the race last I looked, and I was curious why his supporters would campaign on this deserted campus – it is summer school, after all.

Fifty minutes later I returned outside, greeted my students and chatted them up. And then what happens but Gallagher drives up, gets out of the SUV, and strolls up to press the flesh. My students and I chatted a few minutes, and during the chat I excused myself, asked one of his handlers how long the rally was going to be, and made my decision. Instead of Humanities class tonight, instead of teaching critical thinking skills using the Socratic method, we were going to study politics. Republican politics. I was to be surprised.

I posted a note on the classroom door for the stragglers and led the students to the Auditorium. There were forty of us only, fully half of them my students. Doug Gallagher, the software entrepreneur, cam on to the stage and then showed us this video. Pretty funny. Then he gave his spiel, and it hit some good points. He’s a Steve Forbes kind of guy. Flat tax with no loopholes, Tort reform, healthcare innovation. I swear he sounded like a Democrat when talking about healthcare, except on the cost issue he was only about limiting liability for Doctors in the end. Still, I warmed to him, not least because he knew I’d brought the class and kept thanking me for doing so. I swear I blushed.

But here’s the kicker. Through the introduction, through the video, through the speech, and through the question and answer session, Doug Gallagher, though he expected a 100% Republican crowd, never said teh two words George Bush.

Further, Doug Gallagher, though his opponents are reportedly doing so, never hit those hot-button Republican culture war issues. He did NOT mention the Marriage Act. He did NOT mention abortion. He did NOT mention gun control. Adn he barely mentioned the war in Iraq at all.

What does this tell me? Bush’s coattails are tragically frayed. And the culture war issues are going against him.

This post is too long as it is. But I must say when we compared notes after my students were spot ON! The 50 year old Republican guy didn’t get the answer he wanted about getting his wife’s drugs from Canada. The 22 year old Republican student didn’t get the answer he wanted about cronyism. And two people noticed I didn’t get the answer about, in the absense of punitive damages in lawsuits, how DO we punish corporate and medical miscreants?

Overall, I would consider voting for Gallagher, were he to win this race, which is a longshot, but he’s got to answer my questions. And he has to answer those of my students.

Still, a very instructive night.

Friday, July 30th, 2004 by SpinDentist |
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Out. Of. The. Park.

Amazing, truly amazing speech by John Kerry.

Any hesitation I might have had evaporated tonight.

This is it. The battle is joined, Monkey Boyâ„¢.

Bring ‘em on.

Friday, July 30th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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Co-Discoverer of DNA, Francis Crick Dies

SFGate obituary

Human Genome Project Information

Watson and Crick, from Time Magazine’s “100″ issue.

World History 1953

Friday, July 30th, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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Inoculation

In the past month or two, a few stories have surfaced in the mainstream media (and mirrored in Left Blogistan) regarding the Bush administration’s efforts to finally throw a rope around Osama bin Laden. Optimum timing suggested included this week, supposedly to take the media spotlight away from John Kerry and the Democratic Convention.

Well, it’s not looking like Osama’s gonna turn up before Friday. Or next Friday. Or the one after that.

Regardless of what anyone thinks about the potential for eventual capture / killing of Osama, I’d have to think that there’s a better than even chance that, if we’re ever going to get him, he’s coming in from the cave sometime this year. A bit of concern is starting to rise that the Democratic Party has done little to inoculate the party or its candidate against the potential GOP political capitol of capturing Osama.

Here’s what I mean by “inoculate” – suppose you wake up one morning, and there’s a newsconference in progress – “We got him.” Immediately, TV news networks go “All Osama, All the Time”. Basically, they produce a non-stop Bush reSelection commercial. How does the Democratic Party respond?

If history is any guide, poorly. There’s not a PR person in the world who likes to be put into a reactive position. And that’s exactly where the Democratic Party would be – swatting at buzzing Republican bees from the sidelines.

How’s this for an alternate scenario? Right now – as in, today – start talking about the capture of bin Laden as not a possibility, but a joyous probability. Acknowledge that a current, bipartisan effort is being placed on bringing in Public Enemy Number One. Emphasize John Edwards’ position on the Senate Intelligence committee as an entree of influence in the process of capturing Osama. Express the hope that Osama is brought to justice tomorrow. Do this, and the party has, to a degree, inoculated itself from voter swing on this issue should it come to pass between now and November.

Most importantly, the Democratic Party talking heads have to start this conversation before the events occur. Dems have to be seen as out-front on the issue. Support and bipartisanship have to be stressed. Dems can not afford to let the GOP own the issue, and must sink a stake in the ground well in advance of the event itself.

And, as election day draws closer, the focus can shift to this: George Bush has had over three years to capture the most wanted man on the face of the planet. It’s one guy. Someone, somewhere, knows the exact GPS coordinates of bin Laden’s location. A Kerry administration will pull out all of the stops, and most importantly devote the resources, to making the manhunt successful.

Think about it, Terry.

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Addendum, 7:10PM: Damn, not an hour after I posted this comes word that a “high value target” was captured in Pakistan — last Sunday. What timing on the press release, huh? Interestingly enough, the topic of catching Osama came up in a Pentagon briefing yesterday, but narry a word on this capture. Coincidence? I think not. Learn from this, Terry.

Thursday, July 29th, 2004 by Richard Blair |
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A Remedy or Two for Crisis Fatique

From Tom Atlee at The Co-Intelligence Institute, Crisis Fatigue and the Co-Creation of Positive Possibilities

An outline:

  1. Let go of outcome.
  2. Come to terms with our own intrinsic participation in Whatever Happens.
  3. Look for positive possibilities and ways to partner them into greater probability.

For the fleshed out version, read what Tom Atlee has to say in his letter to an overwhelmed community organizer and networker. I found Atlee and Co-Intelligence.org in the summer of 1999. As Whatever Happens continues to happen on our Happy Planet, I find the articles and resources there still timely and invigorating.

Thursday, July 29th, 2004 by Kate Storm |
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