Week Ten - October 1st, 2004

Greetings!

Last night the first round of presidential debates were on…and bottom line…John Kerry won.  Even conservative pro-Bush papers like the New York Post state that Kerry won the debate.  Kerry stayed on point delivering a consistent, clear message regarding Iraq, national security, and all other topics that came up.  Dubya, on the other hand, was great at delivering a message consistent with all of his stump speeches on the campaign trail and advertisements but most critics are saying that wasn’t enough. 

More than a dozen times during the 90 minute debates, Dubya answered various questions by stating that America can’t send mixed messages…an attempt to further cast Kerry as a “flip-flop.”  But it didn’t work.  Kerry stayed on point.  And by continuously attacking Kerry on being “inconsistent,” Dubya failed to answer a lot of the questions and he offered nothing new for the American people to hear.

Outside of the issue of substance, Kerry smoked Dubya on style as well.  Even though Dubya’s camp fought like hell to get an agreement from the Kerry camp to restrict networks from showing a candidate while the other answered a question, the networks did anyways.  Now I see why Dubya fought so hard to get the restriction because he looked terrible while Kerry talked.  Dubya consistently looked irritated, impatient, and on several occasions let out big sighs as if he was bored and didn’t want to be there.

Jon Stewart summed it up great last night on The Daily Show.  He said that after last night he actually feels like he could see people supporting Kerry because they like him and feel he could be a great president rather than simply because they don’t like Dubya.

Don’t miss the rest of the debates.  The schedule is listed below.

Dubya Fun Fact #19
He lied and exaggerated the truth in the first round of presidential debates last night.  In the debates, Dubya claimed that he never dreamed he’d have to commit troops to a war but “the enemy attacked us.”  Regardless of your political beliefs, everyone knows that this is a pathetic attempt once again to try to insinuate that Saddam was behind the attacks of September 11th that were clearly the work of Bin Laden. The full quote from Dubya is this week’s quote of the week from Dubya.  You can also go here for excerpts from the debate that show Dubya making the statement and Kerry’s excellent response.

Dubya Fun Fact #20
On at least two occasions, Dubya stated that there are now 100,000 Iraqi’s trained to provide for their own security.  Immediately after the debates, National Public Radio quickly pointed out that his figures were grossly misstated.  His 100,000 number includes the Iraqi army, National Guard, police officers, and other people that are supposedly trained to provide security.  However, of that 100,000, close to 40,000 are police officers – the majority of whom have not completed training and are not doing squat at the time to provide security.

Debate Schedule

  • Friday, October 8th – Town meeting style debate in Missouri
  • Wednesday, October 13th -  In Arizona with a format similar to first debate except focusing on domestic issues
  • Tuesday, October 5th - Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina will debate in Ohio

John Ashcroft (Dubya's Attorney General) Fun Facts of the Week
As Missouri Attorney General (76-84), Ashcroft:

  • Vigorously opposed court-ordered desegregation of St. Louis and Kansas City public schools.
  • Federal courts determined policies in place and strongly favored by Ashcroft denied students attending public schools in those cities their constitutional rights to an equal education.
  • Ashcroft tried to appeal the courts and in 1981, a US District Court threatened to hold Ashcroft in contempt for “continual failure to comply” with the orders to desegregate the public schools.

As Missouri Senator (94-00), Ashcroft:

  • In an interview with pro-confederate Southern Partisan magazine, he praised the magazine for “defending Southern patriots like Robert E. Lee (leader of confederate rebels in civil war – the side that fought to keep the right of whites to have slaves) Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis.”  This is the same magazine that in 1995 said that “neither ‘slavery’ nor ‘racism’ as an institution is a sin” and “there is no indication that slavery is contrary to Christian ethics.”  The magazine also celebrated the assassination of Lincoln.
  • Sponsored the “Charitable Choice” clause in the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, opening a wide crack in the separation of church and state.

Other fun facts about Ashcroft:

  • Refused to support legislation mandating a national study of racial profiling by police unless a loophole permitted local police departments to opt out.
  • Tried to kill the huge Federal lawsuit against the tobacco industry
  • Refused to halt executions while he studied the causes of racial disparity in federal death penalty prosecutions – indeed, he ordered prosecutors to seek the death penalty in more cases.
  • Rounded up over a thousand “terrorist suspects” (i.e. Muslims and people of Middle Eastern decent) after 9/11 who were detained in secret and without any charges pressed against them.  The roundup produced no 9/11 related arrests and “little usable intelligence about terrorism.”

Links

  • Here is a good article about how the audience of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is more educated than the audience of The O'Reilly Factor with Bill “I will turn off your mic if you say anything that contradicts my conservative opinions” O’Reilly.  O’Reilly made the comment that the Daily Show audience is a bunch of “stoned slackers.”
  • Here is one more with more details about the quiz that showed The Daily Show audience isn’t as dumb as people like O’Reilly might suggest.
  • Here is an article about the myth of a “liberal media” in the US.
  • The official website for Kerry
  • The official website for Dubya
  • Forgot My Lunch - My friend John's website.  On it he has a re-defeat Bush section that archives past Volumes of my weekly BU - - SH - - email as well as some other good info.  Definitely check out the "Bush Vs Bush from the Daily Show" link.  It is very funny.

Haikus of the Week

Voters have power
You can change the way we live
Get rid of Dubya

Bush made no mistakes
Except for maybe that tie
Oh, yeah, and Iraq.

Media (books, CDs, etc.)

Dubya Quote of the Week
I understand how hard it is to commit troops. Never wanted to commit troops. When I was running – when we had the debate in 2000, never dreamt I'd be doing that. But the enemy attacked us ... and I have a solemn duty to protect the American people, to do everything I can to protect us.” – George W. Bush, September 30th, 2004

Here are excerpts from the debate including this quote and the response of John Kerry.

Other Quote of the Week
Well, you know, when I talked about the $87 billion, I made a mistake in how I talk about the war. But the president made a mistake in invading Iraq. Which is worse?" – John F. Kerry, September 30th, 2004 – in response to Dubya questioning Kerry’s vote on the $87 billion blank check Dubya wanted for Iraq.

Here is an article from the New York Post with the quote.

Next week could be tough to complete Volume 11.  Work is going to be extremely busy and it will be difficult to find time to complete it.  I guarantee it will get done but I don’t know if it will contain as much content as the average Volume.

Please send feedback to me at dfranzwa@gt.com.  If you have any suggestions on material to include in future Volumes, please let me know.  If you disagree with me on anything in my emails, I’d love to hear why.  I welcome all feedback whether it is good or bad.

Doug Franzwa