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Is Bush wired?

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Wow, a whole web site, new this week, devoted to discussion of whether or not Dubya is being fed lines by a prompter through an earpiece at press conferences and debates.

Find the first, explanatory blog entry here.

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Bush keeps hammering on the "global test" Kerry talked about during last week's debate. There's been a lot of discussion in the media about what Kerry meant by this. I think that was pretty clear, as's William Saletan pointed out early Monday in this column:

This description, which Bush continues to repeat at campaign stops and in television ads, is plainly false. In his first answer of the debate, Kerry said, "I'll never give a veto to any country over our security." But if that isn't what Kerry meant by a "global test," what did he mean?...

It's clear from Kerry's first sentence that the "global test" doesn't prevent unilateral action to protect ourselves. But notice what else Kerry says. The test includes convincing "your countrymen" that your reasons are clear and sound. Kerry isn't just talking about satisfying France. He's talking about satisfying Ohio. He's talking about you.

What do you have in common with a Frenchman? Look again at Kerry's words. He says the test is to "prove" that our reasons for attacking were legitimate. In the next sentence, he gives an example of someone failing that test: Colin Powell's February 2003 presentation to the United Nations about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. What did Powell apologize for? The inaccuracy of our intelligence. Kerry contrasts this with the trust France once placed in American spy photos.

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Ella is one!

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Happy first birthday, [info]ellapup! And many, many more!

Some people have "bedhead" when they are awakened in the night. Ella has "bedface" instead.

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It's always a good time to visit:
The cartoon with D**k Cheney on Howard Stern is hilarious, but my personal favorite is "National Jeopardy!," an oldie but goodie.
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Summarizing Donaldson

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With the imminent publication of Stephen R. Donaldson's The Runes of the Earth, first book of "The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant," I thought it might be a good time to review what came before:

Covenant summarized
(Warning: The rest of the site isn't as funny, as far as I can tell, as the Covenant summary.)
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Going upchannel

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I'm not sure what FCC regulations would have to say about this, but if George Soros really wants to help the Kerry campaign, he could buy up a couple of hours on some television network and have them show Going Upriver. Hey, why not?

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Guidelines for dog owners: #74

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If lying supine on the floor, do not attempt to sit up at the same moment your dog is attempting to hurdle your head.

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A large snippet from Roger Ebert's Sun-Times review of Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry:

[This] is a matter-of-fact documentary that describes Kerry's war service and his later role as a leader of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. It's not an in-your-face Michael Moore-style doc, but an attempt to rationally respond to the damaging TV ads. The most remarkable connection it makes is that John O'Neill, mastermind of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and co-author of the current book Unfit for Command, was originally recruited by the dirty tricksters in the Nixon White House to play precisely the same role!

The movie documents this with tapes of Oval Office conversations with Richard Nixon discussing John Kerry with his aides H.R. Haldeman and Charles Colson. Kerry had made a strong impression as a spokesman for Vietnam vets who now felt the war was immoral and ill-advised. Sen. J. William Fulbright, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited the veterans' bivouac on the Mall in Washington, D.C., and asked Kerry to testify before the committee. Kerry's testimony, sampled in the film, is forceful and yet not radical; essentially, he was early with what has become the consensus about that war. In the Oval Office, it is noted that Kerry made a good impression, especially on the network news programs. "He's a Kennedy-type guy. He looks like a Kennedy and sounds like a Kennedy," says Haldeman.

"We have to destroy the young demagogue before he becomes another Nader," Colson tells the president. Asked to get some dirt on Kerry, Colson reports "we couldn't find anything on him." Then he comes up with the idea of recruiting Vietnam vets who would be coached to smear Kerry. Colson enlists O'Neill, who 30 years later has revived his old role....

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The faces of frustration

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Visit and watch their nifty little video "The Faces of Frustration," which is featured now on the home page.

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The debate as mirror

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It's interesting to read the blogs from Paul Begala and [Bush tool] Robert Novak that ran during last night's debate:

Begala blog Novak blog
You'd think they were watching two different debates, and perhaps they were. What looks like a flustered, harried president to one viewer looks like a decisive, resolute president to another. I can't imagine how Novak or anyone else could look at Bush and not see what Begala saw, or what I saw, but then we're not viewing it all from the same place.

For entertainment value, Jessi Klein's blog was pretty funny:

When Kerry is talking, the cutaway shot to Bush is hilarious—he looks the way a dog looks when he sees his reflection in the mirror—sort of confused, sort of curious, possibly ready to attack.
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