Cutting thru the Propaganda Fog
Hall of Shame
Evil GOP Bastard of the Month
Bill Frist (R-TN)
Senate Majority Leader
& Shameless Whore to
the Theocratic Right
Dr. Frist's raw presidential aspirations have led him to prostrate himself before
Air America Radio
The Daily Kos
Mark Crispin Miller
Black Box Voting
Talking Points Memo
The Independent Institute
The Daily Howler
People for the
for the Separation
of Church & State
The Rude Pundit
TV News Lies
Project for the Old American Century
The Raw Story
The Crisis Papers
The Bush Presidency
Where in Washington
is Sun Myung Moon?
Downing Street Memo
Since the New Deal, Republicans have been on the wrong side of every issue of concern to ordinary Americans; Social Security, the war in Vietnam, equal rights, civil liberties, church- state separation, consumer issues, public education, reproductive freedom, national health care, labor issues, gun policy, campaign-finance reform, the environment
and tax fairness. No political party could remain so consistently wrong by accident.
The only rational conclusion is that, despite their cynical "family values" propaganda, the Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy to betray the interests of the American people
in favor of plutocratic and corporate interests, and absolutist religious groups.
Why? Because they're evil GOP bastards!
the Council for National Policy, the Family Research Council and other radical Christian Dominionist groups and humbly ask "What is thy bidding?" -- only to demonstrate that he is paten-
tly unfit for higher office. Frist threaten-
ed to void over 200 years of Senate tradition by exercising the "nuclear option" -- ruling that filibusters against Bush's kook-right judicial nominees are "out of order." In order to justify this radical change of Senate rules to the rubes, Frist and his GOP co-conspira-
tors have hypocritically demanded
"up-or-down votes," while neglecting to mention that Senate Republicans used similar parliamentary tactics (subse-
quently abolished by the new GOP majority) to block over 60 of President Clinton's judicial nominees. MORE
Abortion (and ultimately, contraception) is a "3-fer" for us. Increasing white birth rates wins support from the religious and racist right and creates a labor surplus that lowers workers' wages.
Need more proof that the Republicans are evil bastards?
It Can't Happen Here? The Case for Ballot Tampering in the 2004 Elections
The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis
It's official: Gore won Florida in 2000
The Florida Republican Recount Riot: A Consortorium report on how paid GOP operatives circumvented the democratic process through mob violence
Timeline of Bush administration's Iraq war lies
Caught on Film: Bush rhetoric versus reality
The October Surprise: The Reagan campaign committed treason against the US to ensure the defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980, and got away with it
How heretical cult leader / convicted felon Sun Myung Moon achieved such influence over the Republican Party (and shameless televangelist lackeys like Jerry Falwell)
Bill Moyers on media consolidation and the decline of American journalism
Theocracy Watch: American Taliban endangers freedom from religion
List of influential right-wIng think tanks & foundations
The Downing St. memo
When Newsweek's source admitted that he had misidentified the gov-
ernment document in which he had seen an account of Quran dese-
cration at Guantánamo prison, Pen-
tagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita exploded, "People are dead be-
cause of what this son of a bitch said. How could he be credible now?"
Di Rita could have said the same things about his bosses in the Bush administration.
Tens of thousands of people are dead in Iraq, including more than 1,600 U.S. soldiers and Marines, because of false allegations made by President George W. Bush and Di Rita's more immediate boss, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, about Saddam Hussein's nonexistent weapons of mass destruction and equally imaginary active nuclear weapons program. Bush, Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice repeatedly made unfounded allegations that led to the continuing disaster in Iraq, much of which is now an economic and military no man's land beset by bombings, assas-
sinations, kidnappings and political gridlock.
And we now know, thanks to a leaked British memo concerning the head of British intelligence, that the Bush administration -- contrary to its explicit denials -- had already made up its mind to attack Iraq and "fixed" those bogus allegations to support its decision. In short, Bush and his top officials lied about Iraq.
Ohio election-theft update
The potential firing of Ohio whistleblower Sherole Eaton, Deputy Director of the Hocking County Board of Elections, has re-fired bitter controversy over the stolen 2004 presidential election. And newly released documents confirming a pre-election threat by Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell against election board officials has added to the mix, as has the dismissal of Blackwell's highly publicized sanction attempt against attorneys who challenged the election outcome.
A paid Hocking County Election Board staff official, Eaton gained national notoriety when she blew the whistle on a Triad vote count technician. The technician swap-
ped-out a hard drive in the tabula-
ting computer located at the Board of Elections office before a state-
wide recount could be completed. According to a December 3, 2004 affidavit sworn by Eaton, the Triad technician "advised" the Hocking County Board of Elections' Repub-
lican Director Lisa Schwartze on how to "post a 'cheat sheet'" to make the recount match the of-
ficially reported election total.
Advocates of the recount complain that the unexplained intrusion by the technician compromised the integrity of the vote count. MORE
Christopher Hitchens now suspects Ohio voting irregularities
Machines are fallible and so are humans, and shit happens, to be sure, and no doubt many Ohio voters were able to record their choices promptly and without grotesque anomalies. But what strikes my eye is this: in practically every case where lines were too long or machines too few the foul-up was in a Democratic county or precinct, and in practically every case where machines produced impossible or improbable outcomes it was the challenger who suffered and the actual or potential Demo-
cratic voters who were short-
changed, discouraged, or held up to ridicule as chronic undervoters or as sudden converts to fringe-party losers. MORE
Ohio 2004: The silent
scream of numbers
We must, ask - with more seri-
ousness than the media have asked - about those exit polls, which in years past were extra-
ordinarily accurate but last Novem-
ber went haywire, predicting Kerry by roughly the margin by which he ultimately lost to Bush. This swing is out of the realm of random chance, forcing chagrined pollsters to hypothesize a "shy Republican" factor as the explanation; and the media have bought this evidence-
free absurdity because it spares them the need to think about the F-word: fraud.
And the numbers are still haywire. A few days ago, Terry Neal wrote in the Washington Post about Bush's inexplicably low approval rating in the latest Gallup poll, 45 percent, vs. a 49 percent disapproval rating. This is, by a huge margin, the worst rating at this point in a pres-
ident's second term ever recorded by Gallup, dating back to Truman.
Evidence mounts that '04
vote may have been hacked
When I spoke with Jeff Fisher (the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 16th District) he said he was waiting for the FBI to show up. Fisher has evidence, he says, not only that the Florida election was hacked, but of who hacked it and how. And not just this year, he said, but that these same people had previously hacked the Democratic primary race in 2002 so that Jeb Bush would not have to run against Janet Reno, who presented a real threat to Jeb, but instead against Bill McBride, who Jeb beat.
"It was practice for a national effort," Fisher told me. And some believe evidence is accumulating that the national effort happened on November 2, 2004. MORE
HBO sports analyst Lampley:
Oddsmakers favored Kerry in '04
At 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Elec-
tion Day, I checked the sportsbook odds in Las Vegas and via the
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Exposing the ugly truth
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It's the only rational explanation!
Why does the Republican Party zealously pursue policies so obviously counter to the best interests of ordinary Americans?
It can only be
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offshore bookmakers to see the odds as of that moment on the Presidential election. John Kerry was a two-to-one favorite. You can look it up.
People who have lived in the sports world as I have, bettors in particular, have a feel for what I am about to say about this: these people are extremely scientific in their asses-
sments. These people understand which information to trust and which indicators to consult in determining where to place a dividing line to influence bets, and they are not in the business of being completely wrong. Oddsmakers consulted exit polling and knew what it meant and acknowledged in their oddsmaking at that moment that John Kerry was winning the election. MORE
The GOP bankruptcy bill: Part 2
After the passage of the credit card industry-written bankruptcy bill last month, you probably thought Congress was through screwing average Americans, at least for a little while. You were wrong. Now, we have the "Respon-
sible Lending Act" from Ohio Rep. Bob Ney (R). Though Ney is from the state with the highest foreclosure rate in
the country, he's working to make sure banks can continue ripping off unsuspecting consumers.
The bill essentially cements into law the rights of predatory lenders who seize on financially vulnerable Americans that have less-than-perfect credit records. This is a $9-billion-
a-year industry - but apparently, these sharks want to cheat hard-working people out of even more of their home equity. And the supposedly "up-from-your-bootstraps" Republicans are helping create a system that actually kicks people in the face as they are earnestly trying to climb the ladder.
Must-flee TV: How the GOP is taking over at PBS
Conservatives have long warned us that someday the commissars of political correctness are going to take over in Washington and impose their opinions on us with our own tax dollars. What they didn't tell us is that they would become those commissars, and that their politically correct orthodoxy would be the Republican Party line -- as they are now proving at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
With all the subtlety of an old-style Soviet bureaucrat, C.P.B. chairman Kenneth Tomlinson is extending partisan political control over public television. As a former Reader's Digest editor and Republican appointee, Mr. Tomlinson clearly understands what he was appointed to do. MORE
Poll: U.S. voters back Roe v. Wade 2-1; support filibusters; Bush approval at lowest point ever
While American voters have mixed opinions about abortion, they support the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade de-
cision 63 - 33 percent, according to a Quinnipiac Univer-
sity poll released today. Men support it 68 - 28 percent, while women support it 58 - 37 percent.
Voters divided along party lines on the use of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate "to keep unfit judges off the bench" or prevent a full vote on judicial nominees. Republicans op-
pose filibusters 48 - 39 percent while Democrats support their use 70 - 23 percent and independent voters back them 54 - 39 percent.
Voters nationwide approve 44 - 39 percent of the job the U.S. Supreme Court is doing, the lowest score for the court and down from a 56 - 27 percent approval in a March 5, 2003, poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.
As President George W. Bush makes future Supreme Court nominations, 39 percent of Americans want to maintain the present ideological balance on the court, while 29 percent want the court to be more liberal and 27 percent want it to be more conservative. MORE
Deficits fueling inflation rise
The U.S. Federal Reserve noted "a discernable upcreep" in inflation measures recently, which made them conclude risks from accelerating prices were on the rise, minutes from their May 3 meeting showed. MORE
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