Yet Another Example of Bill Frist’s Hypocrisy

While reading Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, I came across this bit about our favorite cat killing senator, Dr. Evil Bill Frist:

But mainly it was Coleman’s proxies who played it dirty. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) ran an ad called “Pork” that hit the hypocrisy jackpot. It savaged Wellstone for voting “to spend thousands of dollars to control seaweed in Maui,” claiming that he prioritized seaweed control over national defense. In fact, Wellstone did vote for S.1216, as did Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott and 84 other senators. That bill did appropriate the seaweed control spending–but it also provided $21 billion for veterans’ health care, $27 billion for veterans’ compensation and pensions, and block grants to assist New York City’s recovery from 9/11. The NRSC was chaired that year by Bill Frist, who later replaced Lott as Senate majority leader. Before the memorial, Frist spoke with the Wellstones’ older son, David, who later recounted the conversation to me.

“I’m sorry about your parents and your sister,” Frist told David.

“Did you authorize the seaweed ad against my dad?” David asked.

“Yes,” said Frist.

“And did you vote for the seaweed bill?”

There was a pause. They both knew that the answer was yes. Finally, Frist said, “It wasn’t personal.”

“My dad took it personal,” David said. “Thanks for coming to my family’s memorial.”


Polygraphs: but they scare the Hell out of people

(via APS – What’s New by Bob Park – November 21, 2003)

LIE DETECTORS: WILL THEY REDUCE INSURANCE FRAUD IN EUROPE?

For a while maybe. After one major auto insurer in the UK began using voice risk-analysis software six months ago, a quarter of the stolen car claims were dropped. Now, the Daily Telegraph claims, other auto and home insurers in the UK and France hope to reduce fraud with voice analysis technology. WN assures readers it’s just as accurate as the polygraph. Richard Nixon was so frustrated by White House leaks that he ordered polygraph exams for the entire staff. “Do they work?” an aide asked. “I don’t know,” Nixon is said to have replied, “but they scare the Hell out of people.” As people get used to it, their fear wears off.

George W. Bush, Coward

(via Musings of a Philosophical Scrivener…)

BUSH: CLAP ME OR NO EU SPEECH:

GEORGE Bush pulled out of a speech to the European Parliament when MEPs wouldn’t guarantee a standing ovation.

Senior White House officials said the President would only go to Strasbourg to talk about Iraq if he had a stage-managed welcome.

A source close to negotiations said last night: “President Bush agreed to a speech but insisted he get a standing ovation like at the State of the Union address.

“His people also insisted there were no protests, or heckling.

“I believe it would be a crucial speech for Mr Bush to make in light of the opposition here to war. But unless he only gets adulation and praise, then it will never happen.”

Mr Bush’s every appearance in the US is stage-managed, with audiences full of supporters.

It was hoped he would speak after he welcomed Warsaw pact nations to Nato in Prague last November. But his refusal to speak to EU leaders face-to-face is seen as a key factor in the split between the US-UK coalition and Europe.

The source added: “Relations between the EU and the US are worsening fast – this won’t help.”

Bush is not only a Miserable Failure, he’s also a pussy (to use language a typical Bush supporter can understand).

Relative Popularity of the Major Presidential Candidates’ Web Sites

Based on Google’s “Reverse Links” Search.

Candidate Web Site Number of pages linking to
Howard Dean Dean for America 7,010
George W. Bush (aka Miserable Failure) GeogeWBush.com 2,640
Dick Gephardt Dick Gephardt for President 2,050
John Kerry JohnKerry.com 1,840
John Edwards John Edwards 1,300
Carol Moseley Braun Carol Moseley Braun for President 948
Joe Lieberman Joe Lieberman for President 2004: 812
Wesley Clark General Wesley Clark for President 602
Al Sharpton Sharpton Explore 2004 561
Dennis Kucinich Dennis Kucinich for President Campaign, 2004 288

No surprise that Dean’s in the lead. He has the most internet savvy campaign I’ve seen.

I was expecting a bit more from Kucinich. He seems to have a lot of support from left wing bloggers.

I suspect Clark’s poor showing is due to sites still linking to various “draft Clark” web sites rather than the official web site.

Note: rankings are current as of 18 November 2003. I plan on updating these rankings whenever I feel like it (I plan on eventually automating the process).

Thanks to Public Nuisance for pointing out the “correct” Clarke web site.

Mmmm, Beer

Guinness good for you – official (from BBC News):

A pint of the black stuff a day may work as well as an aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks.

They found that those given the Guinness had reduced clotting activity in their blood, but not those given lager.

Guinness Ad

For once, good news about something many people enjoy.