Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

t r u t h o u t
William Rivers Pitt: Your Media is Killing You. Interesting column by Mr. Pitt. Kind of ties in with the CBS thing, huh?

Monday, September 20, 2004

Duped CBS Regrets Airing Disputed Bush Memos ... that's their headline. Not mine. CBS is admitting that they can't verify that the documents are originals. That doesn't mean that they're saying they're fakes. So who says CBS was duped, then? Reuters? Why the h#ll does George Bush always get the benefit of the doubt from the media. What about the fake documents showing Iraq was trying to buy yellow-cake uranium from Niger? Oops. No accountability there. But some documents about Bushy Wushy MAY be fake (not ARE fake ... but MAY BE) and CBS rolls yet again. CBS. The channel that canned the Reagans movie. The network that refused to air an anti-Bush commercial during the Superbowl. And now they're appologizing cause they can't prove something to be true (so it's assumed that the opposite is true). I'm tellin' ya - I'm really irritated about this. This country keeps giving George W. Bush the benefit of the doubt and because of it, young men and women die every day in a war over daddy's pride. No one "regrets" airing news stories about WMDs in Iraq. Where's that appology? That only killed 1,000 of our soldiers (and tens of thousands of Iraqis). No big deal.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Join me in welcoming Scott Swett, co-author of Unfit for Command, the anti-Kerry book that's sparked the nation. Further proof that I don't only have guests that I agree with ... Hey, if you want to buy a copy for yourself or find more out about the book, click the link below. For more on Swett, click here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Securing the homeland ...

Let's play a little game of "use your imagination" here.

Imagine, if you will, that you've got a Civil War era farmhouse on a nice big plot of land ... surrounded by a normal old picket fence. You've got a shed, a barn, and just for pretend sake, here, a chicken coop filled with chicks. Pretend it's the nicest chicken coop in the world. Everyone envies it. And one day, inexplicably, some cretin from the next township takes his pickup truck and rams into it - killing about 3,000 of your chickens.

Let's imagine that you find out the driver of the truck was named John Smouse. He and his family despise you. The even sent a tape into the local community television station to let the world know that it was them who killed your chicks and they're awfully proud of it, too.

So. What do you do?

If you're George Bush, you round up all the Smouses (or would that be Smice?) and take them far far away where no one will hurt them. Then you plow through Farmer Jones' fields, killing all his corn, wheat, and a good percentage of his livestock. Once that's done, you get a bunch of folks with big tractors to ram through the fences of the Speers farm and sit there - antagonizing the living crap out of those Speers. You send your own tape to community television explaining that since the cowardly Smouses (again - Smice?) attacked you, the creator told you to round up all the Speers and bring them to a deserted part of the area where you can torture them into telling you why the Smouses did such horrible things to you.

Of course, the key to ALL of this is to make sure that you're doing it as far away from your Civil War era farmhouse as possible.

Meanwhile, back at that farmhouse, take the fence down. Paint pro-yourself propaganda on the barn ... and occasionally stand in front of it saying things that may further irritate the Smouses ... and the Speers. After all, they're cut from the same cloth in your eyes. Jump on your tractor and proclaim yourself the victor of this little farm gang fight ... even if the fighting is still going on over at the Speers' farm and the folks that you sent there to do your dirty work get mauled daily and have eggs thrown at them.

Make sure that the eggmunitions that you have are all centralized in the middle of your farm rather than spread around. In fact, it'd be nice to save a couple bucks. Why not close down a couple of those eggmunition centers?

Oh, and don't forget to occasionally say something derogatory about the Scheer family ... cause you heard they may be hiding eggs. And you want them to know that you know.


Sounds crazy, doesn't it?

But this is essentially our strategy for "Homeland Security."

Now, don't look at the quotation marks that I put around the phrase Homeland Security and assume that I'm not interested in protecting the homeland (although, frankly I would be a little more comfortable if we didn't take the phrase DIRECTLY from the Third Reich).

I'm all for making sure we're secure. September 11th was a travesty. It was brutal. It was ugly. And we should do everything in our power to make sure it doesn't happen again. Well, almost everything in our power. I'm not in favor of shredding the Constitution, but other than that - let's get secure, baby.

But we're not working on making ourselves more secure. HOMEland security begins at HOME. We seem much more interested in IRAQIland security.

Insert imaginary Bushie: "But Scott, we're fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here."

Ah, the use of the universal THEM ... brilliantly employed with the make-believe concept that we have to fight SOMEWHERE. (And I thought Republicans didn't believe in zero-sum games).
Better there than here, right?

I don't recall it being a requirement that we be in a fight at all times ... with someone. I looked it up in the rule book. Not there.

And who is THEM? The Iraqis? They were going to come fight us here? With their WMD, right? Or were the Taliban going to come kill us with heroin?

We could have just spent some time and energy securing the border. Novel concept. And I'm not against bolstering the military. Just not for offensive measures. Ever notice, by the way, that the Pentagon is the home to the "Department of DEFENSE?" Not the Department of Offense. Not even the Department of the MILITARY. We wisely thought - at one point a long time ago - that military in the United States should be a defensive measure.

I'd like to continue to follow that guideline.

Of course, it'd be easier to defend the homeland if the Department of Defense wasn't having its bases closed. Nowhere do we better understand that than on the Canadian border - right here in Niagara Falls, New York - where they're closing our military base to save $180 Million (over what, 20 years?), while we've spent nearly 10 times that over the last 18 months in our latest desert paradise, Iraq.

One last thought before wrapping this up; while I would like our immigration policy to be more open and comprehensive, I would like our borders to be less porous. Bring the military home and line them up on the Mexican AND Canadian borders to make sure people we don't want in aren't getting in.

To summarize: Homeland Security should be about keeping the military at home to play defense IF need be. Not across the oceans stirring up beehives and creating new enemies. And it's the Constitution we're trying to defend. Let's not shred it to save it. In other words, kill the Patriot Act.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

The New York Times
CBS Defends Its Report on Bush Military Record. I think we'll talk about this on Monday when Mark Lindsay is our guest. I'm sure Mark will say they're forgeries. I say, "CAN WE TALK ABOUT 2004 FOR CHR!ST SAKE!!!"

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Buffalo News
The News endorses Brian Higgins to be the Democrat to lose to Nancy Naples ... Actually, I saw Brian's ad on TV the other night and it was pretty slick. He might just stand a chance if he can afford to keep the ads running. Nancy's ad, meanwhile, I found to be bland. Could be more interesting than I imagined. For more on these (and all) candidates, check the newly configured links page and click on (or scroll down to) the politics section. Politics WNY is a new reference that I found that will likely come in quite useful.
Business First of Buffalo
Rochester-Toronto fast ferry shuts down. So if their ferry couldn't be viable ... what are the odds we could do better in Niagara County? I like the idea of a ferry from Toronto ... but not at taxpayers expense.
Thanks to Kevin Phillips for partaking in Dialog on Wednesday. For more on Kevin or his book, click the link a couple posts below. Tomorrow on Dialog, we'll be talking with David Lebedoff from 9:15 'til 9:30 and then we'll have open Dialog thereafter. For more on David and his new book, "The Uncivil War," click the link within this post (right below).

t r u t h o u t
The Polls Come Back to Earth ... or maybe they never really left.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Book Page Coming!!!
I know I said this before, but I'm going to say it again ... and then I'm going to do something about it. I've been interviewing so many authors lately and I've tried to let you know how to get ahold of their books ... well, I'm going to create a "book page," which you can go to to purchase books from the authors we've talked to. Look for that to come later this week. For now, enjoy the post to Kevin Phillips' book ...
Wednesday on Dialog, we're going to talk to Kevin Phillips, a former Republican strategist and author of "American Dynasty - Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush." Check the book out by clicking the link below.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Polling Report.com
WH2004: General. Bush opens up a lead against Kerry in several polls. Interesting to watch this and see how it plays out.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

t r u t h o u t
Zell Miller Responds to Zell Miller. An interesting speech the Democratic senator from Georgia gave in 2001.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Thanks to Jack for appearing again on Dialog. We'll bring him back in again soon. For those who asked, his number is 542-5200.