I'm totally lost

Bush was asked to name three mistakes and he went on at length on the things that he believes aren't mistakes.

I will say in all honesty that, though I don't look forward to it if he wins, Kerry is the only intelligent and coherent man running for president.

Bush's entire platform is this : "Kerry's a liberal, Ya'll aren't going to vote for a liberal are you? More of the same."

Kerry's entire platform is this : "I have a plan for everything under the sun and if you buy that I'll throw the Golden Gate in free"

Kerry in November, civil war in December.

Don't vote, it only encourages them.

Bush loses...

I think Bush just nearly punched the moderator. He just lost the election with that outburst.

Bush quotes of the night

"I hear there's rumors on the internets..."

Oh God, wait, this one's good too:

"We're pulling troops out of Korea and replacing them with more effective weapons..."

And did he just say we'd become more "fassile?" WTF is fassile?

That was like three in a minute. I'll be editing this post as I watch the debate in real time...

Missouri = "Muh-zurra"

Ummm... "battling green eye shades" ??

He's going to "expand the wetlands by 3 million." Three million new wetlands?

Sooo... Bush wouldn't appoint a slavery proponent to the Supreme Court. That's good to know but, wtf?

Oh my God, I think we're gonna see a fight!

Could Bush possibly yell a little bit louder? I don't think that pissed off spoiled frat boy attitude is coming across clearly enough and I suspect he's going to just whip out a baseball bat and start smashing the podium any time now.

Sick stuff

The Center For Public Integrity has obtained a load of new documents concerning Abu Ghraib abuses. Some of the earlier abuses that came to light were nothing to get bent out of shape about such as making a prisoner think he's going to be electrocuted during questioning, and as a result people have defended what went on there, but the things in these documents are what really caused all the fuss with people who had access to this information at the time.

There are times when it's ok to get rough during questioning, but for the most part these things were not a part of questioning inmates. Instead, they were done by the guards for kicks. Just part of everyday life defending freedom. Most of these prisoners were only in jail for not having their papers in order anyway and were not people who had vital information or who were guilty of some terrible crime.

These are things such as urinating on inmates' heads, holding their head in the puddle of urine, just walking up to them and grabbing their head and slamming it against a concrete wall, constant beating and an alarming amount of sodomy and of that isn't enough there's even some homosexual child rape. I, for one, certainly do not understand what joy people could possibly get out of sodomizing helpless people with broomsticks and other objects. Rape is a sick, terrible thing, but I can at least understand how people would get something out of it.

I knew something strange was going on there the day the Iraqis first launched a concerted strike on the prison, but I never would have guessed it was something this sick.



Cheney Slip Sends Surfers to Wrong Site

By EMILY FREDRIX, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - All he wanted were the facts. But Dick Cheney ended up generating confusion_ and lots of it.

A slip of the tongue by the vice president during Tuesday night's debate with Sen. John Edwards led Web surfers to a site run by George Soros, a billionaire who makes no secret of his opposition to the Bush administration.

In answering a question about his involvement with Halliburton, Cheney meant to direct people to FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan site run by the University of Pennsylvania. He urged people watching the debate to go to the site for facts countering Edwards' statements about the corporation Cheney used to run.

But Cheney cited FactCheck.com, a for-profit advertising site based in the Cayman Islands.

The company decided to redirect traffic to the Soros site after it became inundated with hits — about 100 a second after the debate, John Berryhill, a Philadelphia lawyer for FactCheck.com, said Wednesday.

"This was to relieve stress on the service and to express a political point of view," said Berryhill, who spoke with the site's administrators shortly after the debate ended.

They picked Soros not only for his political views, Berryhill said, but because the billionaire could afford the costly deluge of hits the site would receive in the wake of the debate. Plus, the site administrators didn't want to point surfers to a candidate's site that was asking for money.

Web site operators typically pay fees to the companies that host their sites. The more hits a site receives, the more its operator pays.

Soros was not advised of the switch and did not know it had taken place until Wednesday, said a spokesman, Jeremy Ben-Ami.


In memoriam

Rodney Dangerfield - No Respect.mp3 (17MB)

Politics is dying

I just tuned in to the vice presidential debate. I've been listening for about 15 minutes and so far I've yet to hear a factual debate on anything of substance. It's nothing but lies. They're arguing over bullshit, folks.

I've been tuning is to CSPAN radio on XM and they've been playing the presidential debates between JFK and Nixon back in... what, I guess 1960 or so? These guys just went on and on with facts and figures, hardly ever offering criticism, but expanding further and further on their own plans for what seems like hours on end. I have this picture in my head of them whipping out charts and pie graphs and power point presentations and doing nothing but explaining their own platforms in depth. Then the other guy explain his own platform in depth and that's it! I was even impressed by Nixon. Nixon! He looked like Cicero compared to the twits running this year.

Today, all we get is: Kerry/Edwards: "Look, this guy's an asshole. He's done this this and this and it's not working and if I am elected I won't do that. Thanks for your time."

Bush/Cheney: "Look this guy's an asshole. He says this this and this and if you don't vote for us we can't continue these plans that are not working and you will be inviting terrorists to marry your daughter. You're welcome for my time."

Short attention span politics at it's worse. It's all about the other guy and it's all bad. These vermin will be the death of us all.

I go back to predicting Kerry in November, civil war in December.

And I remind you not to vote, it only encourages them.

He should get some respect now

There have been a lot of celebrity deaths this year and I've hardly noticed a single one until now. Comic Rodney Dangerfield dies at age 82

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He was always funny, and always a regular guy. Probably because he didn't meet success in comedy until he was 40. He sold insurance until then I think, but don't quote me on that.

From what I can piece together, he had heart surgery on Aug 25 and slipped into a coma after complications. He came out of the coma in the past week but I guess it had all taken it's toll and he went to wherever it is that people who work hard to make people happy go.

Good man. I hate to see him go.

According to his website, when asked how he felt about going in for surgery, Rodney replied, "If things go right, I'll be there about a week, and if things don't go right, I'll be there about an hour and a half!"

I swear it wasn't me

Shots fired at Bush Tenn. headquarters

Knoxville, TN, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- An unknown gunman fired several shots into the Bearden, Tenn., Bush-Cheney campaign office Tuesday, WBIR-TV in Knoxville reported.

According to Knoxville police officers on the scene, it is believed that the two separate shots were fired from a car sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. One shot shattered the glass in one front door and the other cracked the glass in another of the front doors.
I would have opted for something a bit more subtle, such as hanging a sign over the joint which read "Bush/Cheney in 2004. Four more wars" or "Billionairre's For Bush" then I would have ran across the street and done something similar to the Kerry HQ.


mutants confirmed

Some dude with a blog called SixFoot6 also caught a snapshot of the giant mutant flies from Mount St Helen. I'm buying stock in Off!

Iraq attack map

This map from the New York Times maps out all the attackes that took place over the last 30 days. I assume that means it is for the month of September instead of say, 9-03 to 10-03, though it's not really important.

There are some interesting things to note in this map. First it's interesting to compare which weapons are used where. I notice that between Basra and Baghdad the only weapons being used are small arms. Why? Can the insurgency not get supplies down that far or are we simply staying off of these roads?

Our supply lines from Kuwait to Karbala are virtually unmolested. Are they that well protected or is the insurgency simply interested in taking us on in the cities where there's better cover? The Jordan-Baghdad supply line is also nearly untouched. Back in April we had a bit of a flap as we lost control of major portions of this route. It passes through Fallujah, which is a no-go zone for Americans. Have we lost the entire line?

Also troubling is the large number of attacks inside the Green Zone.
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The GZ is in the backwards "L" of the Tigris:
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I assume these are mortar attacks but if we can't secure a buffer zone around the Green Zone it's hard to see how we'll pacify insurgent enclaves in the remote suburbs.

Aside from Sadr city, the next highest concentration of attacks in Baghdad are northwest of the Green Zone along the Tigris. This area is the center of Iraq's railroad system and it looks like it's being pretty well hit.

I notice a large number of attacks in the Kurdish controlled areas of northern Iraq. I am not an expert on Iraq but I do know that the Kurds are supposedly fully on our side. We've been using them to pull security in middle and southern Iraq because they're outsiders and not tangled up in the local politics and/or tribal vengance. The attacks up north are coming from Sunnis instead of Kurds, but this graphic exposes the lie to Bush's foreign policy. He says that if we train the locals that we will win. But Northern Iraq is controlled by armed and experienced Kurdish Iraqis and yet there is still no security there. What hope can 90,000 Iraqi policemen (40,000 of which were just fired by the US for either imcompetence or questionable loyalty) have if the Kurds can't even make any headway.

The problem with Iraq is that no one is making any headway except the insurgents. We never round up anyone responsible for anything, we just kill a dozen or so supporters of Sadr. We're not rolling up networks or zeroing in on any of the problems, we just get bombed and that's that.

You hear body counts from airstrikes but be skeptical when they start talking about body counts. They're historically innaccurate and as we've seen they're usually mostly civilian. Iraqis are the best people to deal with Iraqis, but we have 180,000(?) people with air support, armor, and communications augmenting their forces and things just keep getting worse. How are 90,000 Iraqis going to go straight out of boot camp, grab an AK and solve everything without a command structure, communications, technology, air support etc?

The answer is painfully obvious, they're not. I feel that the only solution is for us to leave. That may make things worse, but then again it may not. The only thing that has kept them from slipping into civil war is a common hatred for their occupiers and a hope for a better day with Saddam gone. But make no mistake about it, our presence is part of the problem, not part of the solution. If we did leave, they may well revert to civil war, on the other hand they may come together in national solidarity and carve out a stable form of government on their own. It may not be a perfect democracy and it wouldn't be the puppet regime the Bush administration is hoping for, but it would be better than what they've got now.. Hell, it would probably be better than what we've got now.

Presidential debate audio

in all it's unglory, is available as a torrent file from torrentocracy.com (93 MB). If you don't have a torrent app, I recommend the cross platform Azureus program, the only java app that's ever been worth a damn.

CD Baby

I highly recommend cdbaby.com. I ordered the Ella Blame CD Wednesday night and it was here either Friday or Saturday (I don't check my mail very often).

The receipt in the package says that next time I buy from them I will get a surprise free CD. That's pretty cool. They're an independant CD shop so I know it won't be Lawerence Welk or Michael Bolton but will be someone cool.

And they have personality too. This was their email confirmation message:
Your CD has been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow.

A team of 50 employees inspected your CD and polished it to make sure it was in the best possible condition before mailing.

Our packing specialist from Japan lit a candle and a hush fell over the crowd as he put your CD into the finest gold-lined box that money can buy.

We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of Portland waved 'Bon Voyage!' to your package, on its way to you, in our private CD Baby jet on this day, Thursday, September 30th.

I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at CD Baby. We sure did. Your picture is on our wall as 'Customer of the Year'. We're all exhausted but can't wait for you to come back to CDBABY.COM!!

Thank you once again,

Derek Sivers, president, CD Baby
the little CD store with the best new independent music
phone: 1-800-448-6369 email: cdbaby@cdbaby.com
All that for me! Imagine that.

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