Thursday, March 23, 2006

Al Gore 2008?

Would this video have changed the results of the 2000 presidential election? Who can say? It would have gone a long way toward humanizing Al Gore for voters who perceived him as stiff and impersonal. Director Spike Jonze followed the VP and his family around for a day during the 2000 campaign and captured this warm and genuine portrait with a small handheld camera. Shown at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, though not televised, it was never shown again. A real shame. Well, not too late for 2008.
Seen at Kos.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Now ... and Then

Compare and contrast.

Dick Cheney (disputing notion that Iraq is descending into civil war, from today's NYT):

"Clearly there is an attempt under way by the terrorists, by Zarqawi and others, to foment civil war," he said, referring to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq. "That's been their strategy all along, but my view would be they've reached a stage of desperation from their standpoint."

Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf (former Iraqi Information Minister, in 2003, referring to ?):
"I triple guarantee you, there are no American soldiers in Baghdad."

Nah, no similarities there.

An Anniversary Message

From Steve Gilliard's mailbox.
Copy and post.


PARENTS! Help Your Children Enlist Today!
Let's all get involved, for America and for America's children!


Bill Frist: We are losing a battalion of soldiers in Iraq every month, killed and wounded. That's 500 to 600 fighting men who must be replaced. As a doctor, I know how important it is to care for our maimed and wounded. But our Army has plenty of medics. What we need are more soldiers to fight the enemy in the desert, on the roads, house to house.

I never served in the Armed Forces, but I want all my family to be part of the Global War on Terror. That's why Karyn and I will be personally driving our three sons, Harrison, Jonathan, and Bryan, to the recruiting office tomorrow. The Frist boys are going to take time from their college and high school studies to help our recruitment officers encourage America's eligible young people to join up.

Dick Cheney: When my country was at war in Vietnam, I had other priorities. I sacrificed my own chance at glory and avoided military service through a series of student deferments.

So lets all make sure America's young people can take advantage of this opportunity. I don't want my girls, Mary and Elizabeth, to miss out.

112 billion barrels of oil sit under the Iraqi desert. Osama bin Laden and Zarqawi want that oil: we can't let them get it.

Tom Delay: During the Vietnam War, so many minority youths had enlisted that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like myself.

There are still good paying military positions for people wanting to escape poverty and the ghetto. And we need soldiers now, willing to give their lives for our noble ideals. Put your manhood where your mouth is and enlist now!

Karl Rove: You'd have to be a hypocrite to claim to support the war, but not be willing for your kids to be doing the fighting and dying.

There are times when the good of our country has to come first. So I am proud to announce that the CIA will soon be training my son, Andrew Madison, in interrogation techniques.

George Bush: I spent two years in Texas learning to fly airplanes during the Vietnam War. Today's War on Terror is going to last for decades. So we are creating a new initiative to train our children—publicly funded Military Schools for our young ones all across our great nation.

I have asked my girls—Jenna and Barbara—to volunteer to help at the local recruitment centers in our nation's Capital. We're doing our part for America and for freedom!

Take your children to the nearest US Military Recruiting Office—TODAY!
Talk to your kids. Tell them how important military service is, and encourage them to enlist NOW.

Republican National Committee
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.
310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202 863-8747 Fax: 202 863-858

Friday, March 10, 2006

Try This Link

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Don't worry. It's safe--just don't read anything you see there too closely.

Here's why you might want to put this link on your site.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Waiting on a Friend

Six years ago, President Bill Clinton arrived in Islamabad by unmarked military jet accompanied by a decoy plane with the familiar blue and white of Air Force One and "United States of America" on its side.

Despite Mr. Bush's more public landing, Air Force One approached Islamabad with its running lights off and interior shades drawn, a precaution that would make it harder for anyone firing a missile to see the target. Mr. Bush also slipped away from public view after his airport arrival was covered by local television crews, and reporters traveling with him could not tell if he took his presidential limousine or an unmarked Black Hawk helicopter to the heavily fortified residence of the American ambassador, Ryan Crocker, where the president and first lady spent the night.

A friend of Pakistan, indeed. There's so much tension in this photo I'm practically shitting in my pants here in my cubicle.

And why is his image so huge in the portraits on the building? Weird.