Week Twelve - October 15th, 2004

Greetings once again,

This Wednesday marked the final of the three presidential debates between Dubya and Kerry.  It was a good round of debates considering that Kerry dominated the first and even though the 2nd and 3rd were closer, most polls and pundits alike agree that Kerry won both of them as well (Here is an article showing Kerry winning the third debate).  Any lead that Dubya had in the polls completely eroded after the first debate and it should be a close race to the finish.  Now it is up to people like you to make sure you get to the polls on Nov. 2 and vote.  You should also be encouraging others to go.

Speaking of the debates, here is my interpretation of Dubya’s performance Wednesday night.

Bob Scheifer:  Mr. President, what do you say to individuals that have lost their jobs and are currently unemployed?
Dubya:  Uhhh, I passed Leave No Child Behind so people can get a quality education.  Heh Heh.  *wink*

Bob Scheifer:  Mr. President, how do you feel about raising the minimum wage?
Dubya:   Uhhh, Education.  I passed Leave No Child Behind.  Heh Heh.  *wink*

Bob Scheifer:  Mr. President, do you believe that there is still a need for affirmative action policies to encourage equal opportunity for all?
Dubya:  Uhhh, Education???

Bob Scheifer:  Mr. President, what is your plan to lower health care costs?
Dubya:  Uhhh, don’t  get a flu shot.  Heh heh. *wink*

Bob Scheifer:  Excuse me Mr. President, but you’ve got something in the corner of your mouth….no….other side.

Dubya used education and/or Leave No Child Behind as an answer to five separate questions!  His supporters say it was his way of reaching out to female voters but most people simply viewed it for what it was…him not answering questions because he lacks a solid domestic policy on anything other than divisive wedge issues like abortion, gay marriage, and giving tax breaks to the uber-wealthy.

Anyways, here you go…

Dubya Fun Fact #24
Surprise, surprise.  Dubya lied in the debates on Wednesday night.  But it isn’t just that he lied…it’s what he lied about that is so compelling.  Dubya’s entire argument for his re-election is that he is a strong commander-in-chief and that he is winning the war on terror.  Here is a short exchange from the debate on Wednesday (Here is a link to text of the debate).

Kerry – Six months after he said Osama bin Laden must be caught dead or alive, this president was asked, "Where's Osama bin Laden?" He said, "I don't know. I don't really think about him very much. I'm not that concerned."

Dubya’s response - Gosh, I'd -- I don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. That's kind of one of those exaggerations.

Now here is a transcript from a press conference Dubya had on March 13, 2002.

CNN's Kelly Wallace - Don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?"

Dubya - Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. ... And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him." (emphasis added by me)

I guess a strong leader and commander-in-chief shouldn’t be concerned with the individual who is responsible for the murder of nearly 3,000 people on 9/11...

Dubya Fun Fact #25
Lately, a lot of people argue that they might not agree with all of Dubya’s policies, but they still plan to vote for him because he is “likeable” and “makes them feel safe.”  The following is a short laundry list of facts that show he isn’t the good guy that he’s advertised to be by the administration and conservatives alike.  (Some have been listed in past emails but I wanted to put together a short list for this purpose)

  • He was arrested for AT LEAST one DUI.  It is likely that he has more but his Texas driving record isn’t available to the public.
  • He has used cocaine.  This was confirmed by his sister-in-law and is talked about in Kitty Kelley’s book, The Family : The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty
  • He’s turned his back on the minority community.  He is the first president ever to not meet with the NAACP.  And as indicated in an earlier Volume, he conveniently picked Martin Luther King Day to appoint Charles Pickering, a judge with a strong record of opposing civil rights.
  • He supports sending terror suspects to be held in countries where torture is acceptable, effectively ignoring the Geneva Convention.
  • He will not admit that he has made any mistakes.
  • He will not allow funding for AIDS programs in Africa if they teach any method of safe-sex other than abstinence.
  • Bush still has yet to attend a soldier's funeral and continues to steer the American public away from knowing about the casualties.  He has done even less to acknowledge the over 18,000 troops that have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • He tried to block the creation and progress of the 9/11 commission.  Then he “flip-flopped” and supported it once the families of the 9/11 victims criticized Dubya.
  • He is a religious fanatic that believes in the apocalypse and that ONLY Evangelical Christians are eligible for the afterlife.  Everyone that isn't in his religion is doomed to hell.
  • The list could go on…

Kerry Fun Fact #14
Kerry does not support the procedure known as partial-birth abortion.  You’ve been hearing a lot lately from Dubya & Co. that Kerry supports the procedure and that he “eats babies” because he is such an evil man.  They base this argument on the fact that Kerry voted against a bill to ban the procedure.  What they won’t tell you is that the bill included no clause to protect a mother’s health in cases where the mother’s health would be put at risk and the procedure is a necessary option.  Republicans refused to add a clause to this effect because it would mean admitting that sometimes an abortion is a medical necessity when considering the risks involving the mother’s health and sometimes life.

Here is an article about how judges are ruling the ban as unconstitutional. 

Links

  • Furious George – An article about Dubya’s image and how his anger and frustration evident in the first two debates are backfiring against him.
  • You Forgot Poland – A hilarious website that spoofs Dubya and his comment to Kerry that he “forgot Poland” when describing the initial “coalition” in Iraq during their debates.  Funny thing, Poland wasn’t even a part of the initial invasion.
  • The official website for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL)
  • 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.

Media (books, CDs, etc.)

Haikus of the Week
People are tortured.
Sure, Iraqis welcome us.
We're setting them free?

one weekend per month
flyboy taking vacation
above and beyond


Dubya Quote of the Week
I met a young lady, a junior in college…I want to thank her for her mentorship.” – George W. Bush, January 30th, 2003.  It’s kinda scary when our president’s mentor is a junior in college.

Other Quotes of the Week
"If we change every government we don't like in the world, where do we start?  Who is next?" – Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada.

"Military action against Iraq is a major political mistake.  We are extremely concerned at the threat to the existing international security system." – Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

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