10 July 2004

If only he'd dressed up as a Ba'ath torturer

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One of the participants in Bainbridge Island’s annual Independence Day parade was Jason Gilson, a 23-year-old military veteran who was injured in the line of duty in Iraq. He wore his war medals and carried a sign indicating his support for President Bush—heresy on liberal Bainbridge Island. Upon seeing Gilson and his sign, the crowd booed and called him names including “murderer” and, yes, “baby killer.”

Hasn’t it been claimed that the reports of “murder” and “baby-killer” thrown at Vietnam veterans were just exaggerations? I suppose they’ll say that about this 20 years from now.

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LA Times decides to speak up and remove all doubt

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[President George W. Bush] has declined to speak at the NAACP’s annual convention, which starts Saturday. Unless he changes his mind, this will make Bush the first president since Hoover not to attend a single NAACP convention during his presidency.

Why on earth not? Bush’s decision to boycott the NAACP is inexplicable as a matter of presidential leadership. And it is just as inexplicable as a matter of low, self-interested politics. We would accuse him of ulterior motives, but it is hard to think of any.


Not since Richard Nixon have a president’s motives been so hard to fathom.

I think we may have a winner in the 2004 Most Severe Reality Dysfunction category!

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Now there's a hole with no bottom

He says: [source, source]

There was no hug between “Fahrenheit 9/11” director Michael Moore and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle at the film’s June 23 premiere in Washington, D.C., Daschle said Thursday.

When asked about Moore’s account of a hug after the premiere and the criticism Daschle has received for it, the South Dakota Democrat said he and Moore did not embrace. […]

“I know we senators all tend to look alike. But I arrived late, and I had to leave early for Senate votes. I didn’t meet Mr. Moore,” Daschle said.

He says: [source, source]

Two weeks ago, at the Washington premiere, Moore sat a few rows behind Daschle. Afterward, says Moore, “he gave me a hug and said he felt bad and that we were all gonna fight from now on. I thanked him for being a good sport.”

Michael Moore vs. a leading Senator disagree — which one is more likely to be the liar?

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I didn't realize we'd officially announced we ruled the world

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Attorney Curtis F.J. Doebbler has made an unusual appeal to the US Supreme Court on behalf of an unlikely client - Saddam Hussein.

Doebbler, the lone American on Saddam’s legal team, wants the high court to declare the detention of the ousted Iraqi president unconstitutional.

I’d be very curious as to how Doebbler plans to claim that US Constitution is relevant to the detention of an Iraqi citizen by the Iraqi government in Iraq.

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We were covering the essence, not the facts



WASHINGTON - A Senate report criticizing false CIA claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction at the same time provides support for an assertion the White House repudiated: that Iraq sought to buy uranium in Africa.

A Friday report from the Senate Intelligence Committee offers new details supporting the claim.

French and British intelligence separately told the United States about possible Iraqi attempts to buy uranium in the African nation of Niger, the report said. The report from France is significant not only because Paris opposed the Iraq war but also because Niger is a former French colony and French companies control uranium production there.

Joseph Wilson, a retired U.S. diplomat the CIA sent to investigate the Niger story, also found evidence of Iraqi contacts with Nigerien officials, the report said.

Hmm. That’s not what his Times oped said, is it? But wait, there’s more:

Former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, dispatched by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq sought to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program with uranium from Africa, was specifically recommended for the mission by his wife, a CIA employee, contrary to what he has said publicly. [emphasis added]

Read the whole thing, which also notes that Wilson’s public statements about what he found don’t match the record.

So it turns out that the anti-Bush factions and media simply “made stuff up”, as they say. And this is supposed to demonstrate that it’s President Bush and his supporters that have problems with the facts?

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