Week Seven - September 10th, 2004
Now that the conventions are over and we are fully immersed in official campaign season, we can look forward to the presidential debates. There should be three of them scheduled for some time spread out through the month of October (although it is already being talked about in the news this week that Bush might only do two). Until then, I’ll keep putting together my weekly email with all sorts of fun facts and useful information. Thanks for reading them and hopefully you are sending them to others that you know.
Dubya Fun Fact #13
Dubya decided it was a good idea to nominate Charles Pickering to the federal courts. Pickering has a strong record of opposing civil rights and is considered by many to be a segregationist. As a judge, Pickering engaged in unethical conduct in an effort to reduce the sentence for a defendant convicted for burning a cross on the lawn of an interracial family.
Democrats did all they could to keep Pickering from being approved in Senate confirmation hearings. Since they were successful for over two years, Dubya used a loophole which avoids the confirmation process to appoint Pickering to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. And just to show how supportive he is of civil rights and the common respect of minorities, Dubya picked Martin Luther King Day to announce his appointment of Charles Pickering as a federal judge.
Dubya Fun Fact #14
Dubya’s administration produced fake pro-Bush "news" spots for the Dept of Health and Human Services. They went as far as to include phony journalists who praise Dubya's controversial Medicare Bill and they added a fake crowd to cheer the whole thing on. To make things even worse, The Bush administration deliberately didn't tell Congress that the Medicare Bill will cost more than $100 billion more than advertised when trying to pass the bill through Congress. Here is an article about the fake news.
One more item to add. In Dubya’s speech last week at the Republican National Convention, he talked proudly of “reforming” Medicare and providing real benefits to seniors. The very next day it was announced that Medicare premiums would see the largest increase ever 17%. This is largely due to Dubya’s Medicare bill that he misled the public and congress in to supporting. And it will effect 38.9 million Americans! Here is an article about it.
Kerry Fun Fact #11
As president, John Kerry will strongly enforce our nation's civil rights laws by doing the following:
Kerry Fun Fact #12
The following is a list touching on a couple of the ways that Kerry and Edwards plan to protect and strengthen Medicare which will provide real benefits.
Dubya Quote of the Week
What the hell is he talking about? I’m sure there are a lot of people that wish he didn’t live in the 20th century.
Other Quote of the Week
"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States." Dick Cheney, 9/7/04
And the very appropriate response from Senator John Edwards…
"What he said to the American people, was that if you go to the polls in November and elect anyone other than us, then another terrorist attack occurs, it's your fault. This is un-American.'' John Edwards, 9/7/04
Here is a link to a New York Times article (registration required) that mentions both quotes as well as some of the other bickering between campaigns this week.
Haikus of the Week
Bush is not to blame
They live in a place
Media (books, CDs, etc.)
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