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Saturday, February 21, 2004
 
From the AAAhahahahahahaha! Department
The Bush administraion is going to create those good jobs they predicted one way or another:
Fast-food jobs should not be considered service sector work because it actually is "combining inputs to manufacture a product" - and should be reclassified as manufacturing work, Gregory Mankiw wrote in the Bush administration's annual economic report.
What will they think of next?

 
 
Things are getting tangled up in Iraq.
Bremer announced that the power handoff will take place on schedule, on June 30....but the kooky Caucus system won't be used....and elections won't be possible for up to 15 months due to "technical issues".

So, who's going to run Iraq after June 30? The Iraqi Governing Council? Even they have serious misgivings about that. Not to mention the Shiites and Kurds. Sistani is willing to wait a little longer for direct elections, but not 15 months. The Kurds are willing to wait a little longer, but also not 15 months. It seems that the only major group willing to wait is the Sunnis. No surprise there.

The funny thing is that once the "handover of power" takes place, you can bet that July and August will be filled with Bush campaign rhetoric boasting about how the US has returned "sovereignty" to Iraq and its people. Except, of course, for the 120,000 US occupation troops who will continue to get picked off at the rate of a few per week.

The Administration will be sweating blood over whether the Shiite/Kurd axis is going to blow the whole situation wide open before November. Surely this hard and fast handover date isn't being driven by US presidential election politics, is it?
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
 
The best thing about a blog
is that when you hear a really juicy rumor, there's no editor to kill it. The blogosphere rumor drum has been beating for a couple of days now about Texas Governor Rick Perry. This is the "family values" Rick Perry. The "Defense of Marriage Act" Rick Perry. So, anyway, he's apparently about to be served divorce papers--due to infidelity.

But there's no "other woman"....ahem. Gov. Perry's hypocrisy will be tough to beat this election year.
 
 
Ricin? What Ricin?
Turns out that the stuff probably never even existed at all. I wonder who launched this story in the first place? I wonder also what news might have been more prominently played during that several days if this story didn't exist?
 
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
 
Now it'll get Ugly:
With Kerry about to sew up the Democratic nomination, expect to see an onslaught of character assassination coming from the Right. They're worried about Kerry. And they should be:
"...But different Democrats fare differently against the President. If the November election were held today, voters would favor Kerry over Bush 48 percent to 43 percent. Meanwhile, Bush would defeat John Edwards 50 percent to 41 percent and Howard Dean by a much more sizeable 54 percent to 37 percent margin."
So we'll see lots more stuff like this:
"For the last several days I have seen Internet and tabloid rumors relating to me and Senator John Kerry. Because these stories were false, I assumed the media would ignore them. It seems that efforts to peddle these lies continue, so I feel compelled to address them..."
And this:
"...when opponents of the Democratic presidential hopeful began e-mailing Light's picture to one another four days ago, it depicted Fonda standing by Kerry's side. The photo had been doctored."
If they can keep the media talking about the lies and the rebuttals, they hope that no one will have time to look at the record of what's happened to this country over the last 3 years.

 
Sunday, February 15, 2004
 
Riverbend has finally updated her blog. She had a lot to talk about.
Kinda depressing, though
 
 
Even Pat Buchanan gets it right once in a while:
One of my favorite xenophobic reactionaries seems to have his doubts about the basis of the Iraq war:
"...The neoconservatives – Wolfowitz, Perle & Co. – we know, had been plotting war on Iraq and propagandizing for a U.S. invasion for years. But why did Bush sign on? Why did he make Iraq the first target of his doctrine? There was no tie between Saddam and 9-11, and Iraq seemed neither a grave nor an imminent threat.

What appears to have happened is this. Sometime soon after 9-11, the neocons persuaded the president that invading Iraq was the next crucial step in winning the war on terror and evil in which Divine Providence had chosen him to be the Churchill of his generation. And if the country and Congress were unconvinced of the need for war, it was his job to convince them..."
Of course, this isn't really news; the remarkable thing is that it's Pat Buchanan writing it.

 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

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