S.M.B. - Logic and Rhetoric
Friday, January 23, 2004
 
NATIONAL GUARD OFFICERS FLEEING POTENTIAL IRAQ SERVICE

WASHINGTON — Just as the Pentagon is increasingly relying on the National Guard and other part-time troops for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, an internal Guard survey suggests that the demanding deployments could prompt a significant number of its soldiers to quit the military.

 
BUSH'S HYPOCRISY ON CHEMICAL SECURITY

Here's a taste:

Tight security measures were in place in Washington, D.C. when the President, the U.S. Congress, Cabinet members, Supreme Court Justices, and other VIPs gathered on Capitol Hill for this week's State of the Union address.

As it is highly likely that these measures included a temporary prohibition on the transport of hazardous chemicals through Capitol Hill, we sent a letter to President Bush today, accusing him of hypocrisy and negligence for failing to take action on the issue of chemical security.
And by the way.

This whole issue with Dean is absolutely outrageous. And I am a Dean supporter, but the media attacks on him are personal. The media hoes are dissing Dean for a shreik during his concession speech? Why the fuck is that what changes his poll numbers?! It's pretty damn stupid if you ask me.

 
PERHAPS A HUGE NATURAL GAS PIPELINE IN ALASKA...

745 miles and 6.3 billion dollars...

 
THEY WANNA SCREW STUDENTS EVEN MORE

As a not-rich-at-all student at a school with a tuition of $$40,000 bucks, I was pretty pissed when this was mailed to me:


The Executive Budget unveiled today proposes a 33% cut to the Tuition
Assistance Program (TAP). We write to urge that you add your voice to
oppose this plan to reduce funding for New York's signature student aid
program.

Use cIcus electronic advocacy system by visiting
http://econstituent.votenet.com/cicu/ to send e-mail with your personal
comments to your elected representatives and other important leaders.

Thank you for your support!

Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
17 Elk Street, PO Box 7289
Albany, New York 12224
Phone: 518-436-4781 Fax: 518-436-0417
www.cicu.org www.nycolleges.org

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) represents
the chief executives of New York's 100+ independent (private,
not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member
colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world
and enroll more than 440,000 students, including 300,000 New York State
residents.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004
 
BOB HERBERT'S LATEST

Katharine Gun has a much better grasp of the true spirit of democracy than Tony Blair. So, naturally, it's Katharine Gun who's being punished.

Ms. Gun, 29, was working at Britain's top-secret Government Communications Headquarters last year when she learned of an American plan to spy on at least a half-dozen U.N. delegations as part of the U.S. effort to win Security Council support for an invasion of Iraq.

The plans, which included e-mail surveillance and taps on home and office telephones, was outlined in a highly classified National Security Agency memo.

 
FROM 'IOWA, THE DEMOCRATS AND THE MEDIA'

As a supporter of Dennis Kucinich, I've talked to dozens of activists over the months (perhaps representative of thousands nationwide) who said that while Kucinich was their favorite choice, they were working for Howard Dean because Kucinich was not taken seriously enough by mainstream media. In the last 10 days of the Iowa process, it's clear that many Dean supporters and leaners bought the incessant media line on Dean that he is too angry, too far left, too lacking in national security credentials to win -- and moved to candidates touted by media pundits as more centrist, more electable (especially in the South): Senators John Kerry and John Edwards.

 
IS IT ME?! OR IS REUTERS EDITORIALIZING AN AWFUL LOT HERE:

CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean on Tuesday unleashed an unlikely weapon to disarm hecklers -- the U.S. national anthem.
When a rally at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord was interrupted for a second time, the former Vermont governor led his supporters in a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner to drown them out.

Earlier, Dean had called for security to remove a couple of protesters who were shouting and waving the Confederate flag, a divisive symbol of racism and slavery in the South. As they were hustled out, Dean requested they not be "manhandled."

Last year, Dean was roundly attacked for making an insensitive remark about wanting to be the candidate for "guys with the Confederate flag on their pickups." He later apologized for the remark.

Dean criticized the hecklers, saying they "refuse to respect our right of free speech" and told the crowd:

"But you can exercise your right to vote and that's the way we're going to take back our country. The way to deal with what you have seen this afternoon is to vote."
Sure, I agree with the characterizations of Dean's statement and of the Confederate flag, but the reporter shouldn't be using the hard news as a platform to his/her own opinions.

 
PALESTINIANS USE LADDERS TO CLIMB OVER $$1.9 BILLION FENCE

 
DEAN IS DRAGGIN'

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Democrat Howard Dean holds a dwindling two-point lead over Iowa caucus winner John Kerry in New Hampshire one week before the state's presidential primary, according to a Reuters/MSNBC/Zogby poll released on Tuesday.
That's what 2 months of attacks from the wingnuts, the press and the D.L.C. will do to ya. Everybody thought it was over, that Dean was a shoo-in, these developments surely get rid of the whole inevitability thing about any candidate.

And even Dick Morris admits this point:


But President Bush has to be the biggest loser. His dreams of a slam dunk race against leftist Howard Dean have been dashed. The concerted efforts of the Clintons and the national media have consigned the Vermont governor to history. Now Bush has to work to get re-elected.
I think the rest of Morris's column is exactly wrong, but Dick and I never agree on anything, so I'm glad we could share one entire line of agreement here.


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