Reporting for Duty
But really, I thought that was a dumb way to open the speech. The other highlight of the Maher show last night was Maher and Michael Moore getting down on their knees to beseech Ralph Nader not to run.
The Sport of Politics, the Politics of Sports
On Tuesday, police found another teen near the ``protest pen'' carrying a balloon filed with urine. The balloon burst on the teen when he was approached by police and the teen was not arrested.
Hands Off Iraq. Hands Off Venezuela. Hands Off Our Bodies.
Don't worry, gals, no one will be touching you with their hands unless they're wearing rubber gloves. They want to ``Repeal NAFTA'' and ``Outlaw Corporate Greed.'' You wonder, do they know anything about John Kerry [related, bio] and his voting record?
"There is such a class gap between the haves and the have-nots," Jackson said. "If you look at inner-city Boston and the suburbs, it's like there is a doughnut and then there's the doughnut hole."
Jackson added that Boston falls short of being a model for urban democracy around the country.
"Boston must work even more diligently at being the academic center it is, at being the shining light on the hill," Jackson said. "This can be the city with an urban agenda that becomes the ideal for all of America. Boston ought to aspire to no less."
During a speech to the Hispanic caucus on Monday, the Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a bilingual appeal to delegates to build a coalition with blacks. Politicians, he declared, think all they need to do is learn Spanish to get the Hispanic vote, he said.
"Well I know one thing, 'no' means 'no' in English and in Spanish," Sharpton said. "The only Spanish Republicans speak is 'no,' and that's why we are going to say 'no' in November."
Sharpton then told delegates he'd learned some Spanish, too. In a call and response about the issues they can achieve, Sharpton repeatedly barked: "Si se puerta. Yes we can."
But Sharpton apparently needs more lessons. What he said means "Yes, we door." What he should have said was "si se puede."
This was at the Boston Harbor Hotel yesterday morning. They have U.S. Capitol cops with police dogs at the front entrance as well as men in black brandishing machine guns. It was unclear whether the gunners were there to prevent people from getting in, or getting out.
So who puts the bug in candidates' ears about seeming what they are not? John Kerry last week professed to be a big fan of "Manny Ortez," then re-emphasized the phoofery by correcting it to "David Ortez." No, that was Dave (Baby) Cortez and "The Happy Organ." A few years back Kerry went on a Boston station with Eddie Andelman and said "my favorite Red Sox player of all time is The Walking Man, Eddie Yost," who never played for the Red Sox.
Teresa Heinz Kerry urged her home-state delegates to the Democratic National Convention to restore a more civil tone to American politics, then minutes later told a newspaperman to "shove it."
RUSSERT: What was it like being someone who was part African-American being raised by white parents? ...
[OBAMA]: ... And that's what I think John Kerry and John Edwards are going to be talking about during this convention. ...
RUSSERT: That's what Cosby said. It's the parents. He said they're buying their kids $500 sneakers but won't spend $200 for Hooked On Phonics. ...
[OBAMA]: ... John Kerry cares about the values of America. He has faith in communities and their ability to work to better themselves, but he also knows that government has a role to play in making America strong. ...
[RUSSERT]: You seem to say that George Bush took a country to war, lost nearly 900 Americans, 5,000 wounded and injured on politics? ...
[OBAMA]: ... And I think that John Kerry is going to be establishing those relationships that allow us now, looking forward, to execute in Iraq and make sure that we are respected abroad and succeed in the difficult but now bipartisan process of making sure that we have a stable Iraqi government. ...
[RUSSERT]: A hundred and fifty donors gave $40 million to this convention. It's worse than Chicago, using your standards. Are you offended by that, and what message does that send the average voter? ...
[OBAMA]: ... One of the things I'm proud about, though, is that when you look at John Kerry's record, what you know is here's a person who is consistently voting on behalf of what he thinks is best for America and the country. ...
RUSSERT: Are you going to be a liberal Democratic senator? ...
[OBAMA]: ... I think one of the most encouraging things about John Kerry's campaign is the degree of hopefulness, reflected in his choice of vice president. ...
It is possible that Kennedy's gratuitous and unjustified sweeping conclusions about Pakistan may have been influenced by a culture of permissiveness and promiscuousness in India, the origin of Kama Sutra.
The beer baron has come across as ill-informed and unprepared on national issues. "Coors light on facts," declared a Denver Post headline after one campaign appearance.
In his TV ads, Coors calls for more federal tax cuts and a balanced federal budget. Asked how he would reconcile those two goals, he replied: "That's probably a fair question, but I just don't have an answer for you."
In a debate, the wily Schaffer demanded to know whether Coors agreed with Paul Martin on U.S.-Canadian trade. Coors fell right into the trap. "I'm not sure I know who Paul Martin is," he said warily. Schaffer pounced: "A U.S. senator needs to know who the prime minister of Canada is."
DO FREE DOWNLOADS HURT SALES? Well, the 9/11 Commission Report is number one on Amazon even though it's available for free online.
Not dispositive, I suppose, but interesting.
Listen up, suckas. Ears up, minds open. Message from Mrs. Jones.
We are fighting terrorism on all fronts with a three-pronged strategy.
First, we are working to rally a world coalition with zero tolerance for terrorism.
Just this month I signed a law imposing harsh sanctions on foreign companies that invest in key sectors of the Iranian and Libyan economies.
As long as Iran trains, supports and protects terrorists, as long as Libya refuses to give up the people who blew up Pan Am 103, they will pay a price from the United States.
Second, we must give law enforcement the tools they need to take the fight to terrorists.
We need new laws to crack down on money laundering and to prosecute and punish those who commit violent acts against American citizens abroad; to add chemical markers or taggents to gunpowder used in bombs so we can crack the bomb makers; to extend the same power police now have against organized crime to save lives by tapping all the phones that terrorists use.
Terrorists are as big a threat to our future, perhaps bigger, than organized crime. Why should we have two different standards for a common threat to the safety of America and our children?
We need, in short, the laws that Congress refused to pass.
And I ask them again, please, as an American, not a partisan matter, pass these laws now.
Third, we will improve airport and air travel security. I have asked the Vice President to establish a commission and report back to me on ways to do this.
But now we will install the most sophisticated bomb-detection equipment in all our major airports. We will search every airplane flying to or from America from another nation -- every flight, every cargo hold, every cabin, every time.
Edith Fuog from Miami FL wrote:
If you could only describe your father in one sentence, what would you say?
Barbara and Jenna Bush answered:
One sentence...Edith, that is a hard one! Okay: Our dad has given us an amazing life full of love and support and he lives his life respecting every individual he meets. Plus, he always keeps us and our Mom laughing. Oops! That's two sentences...sorry!
Kerry proposed spending $400 million over 10 years to prevent gang violence in no more than 20 communities. This new government money would be sent to cities to fund pilot programs focusing on such activities as tutoring and after-school training. ...
Sarah Bianchi, Kerry's domestic policy adviser, said other unrelated domestic programs would be scaled back to fund this new increase. The Bush campaign says this speech continues the trend of Kerry promising to spend money without detailing where it would come from. Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt faulted Kerry for previously voting against several programs to combat gang violence, including funds to help prosecute gang activity.
Kerry dropped his standard message of fiscal responsibility and listed more than one dozen government programs he would create or expand to help inner cities. He talked up tax incentives for attracting companies to big cities, new housing assistance, a new health care plan and billions of dollars in increases for education.
One week before he will accept the party's nomination, Kerry won the endorsement of the only Democratic rival left standing: Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio). Kucinich, the former mayor of Cleveland, was mostly a non-factor in the primaries but enjoys a loyal following among the party's antiwar wing.
Kerry flew to Colorado, where he will launch his final march to the nomination Friday with a rally in his hometown of Aurora, where he lived until he was 4 months old.
One reporter asked Jerome of MyDD what he would be covering at the convention. Jerome replied, "I'll be writing about you writing about me." It's getting to be that absurd.
Herseth is one more vote for Speaker Pelosi, and that's all that matters. How they vote after that is irrelevent. [sic]
The beauty is in the counterintuition. Not so long ago, Republicans would do anything in their power to engineer sneering protests at Democratic conventions. Even this year, don't doubt for a second that GOP strategists were salivating on the Oval Office floor at the prospect of bedlam in Boston.
No matter. The Republican governor decided his allegiance belonged more to his state than his party, a change in itself.
Have some free time this Friday, July 23, 2004? Boston 2004, Inc. needs your help! Ever wonder what winds up in those gift bags that delegates and members of the media receive? Come find out first hand! We will be stuffing media gift bags at Boston's brand new Convention and Exposition Center on the South Boston Waterfront.
If the Democratic National Convention is supposed to give 30,000 delegates, media and assorted dignitaries a new image of Boston, it isn't in the bags.
The red, white, and blue canvas totes, courtesy of Boston sneaker maker New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., are filled with ho-hum freebies: razors from Gillette Co., subway maps from CVS Corp., Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in the shape of donkeys, Ocean Spray Craisins and juice, among other things.
"What does Craisins or mac and cheese say?" said Evangelia D. Souris, president of Boston image-consulting firm Optimum International Center for Image Management." These are not things that will move people."
My plans for the Republican convention have just changed. I may be packing for Boston, but I'm dreaming about Madison Square Garden, at least, now that I know that I can get a free shave and hit the spa.
Apparently I, as part of the 15,000-strong press invasion, will be able to dine in the press center on bagels, lox, whitefish, summer corn, peaches and croque monsieur (though the administration usually has a distaste for anything French, even ham and cheese sandwiches.) ...
I'm sure the Fleet Center will be very nice, especially after the Dems read this article, but the Republicans--or, more precisely, their Big Apple hosts--plan to treat me in the style to which I've never become accustomed (because other than at a convention, I'd have to pay for it myself).
There's going to be a concierge (!) to deal with my last-minute needs, such as new shoes (which Barneys New York will shine for free) or camera parts or maybe even psychotherapy (given the high proportion of practitioners there).
Honesty begins at home, so I should acknowledge that I had two abortions during my all-too-fertile years. You can call me a bad woman, but not a bad mother. I was a dollar-a-word freelancer and my husband a warehouse worker, so it was all we could do to support the existing children at a grubby lower-middle-class level. And when it comes to my children - the actual extrauterine ones, that is - I was, and remain, a lioness.