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.”
Today, marks the return of Opus (I actually saw it late Friday night because
that’s when we get the Sunday supplement to our newspaper).
Yes, it was pretty darn good and one of the best looking comics I’ve seen.
But it’s hard to tell where Breathed headed with it.
Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be available online.
(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.
Cartoon Raises a Stink:
is either a:
- shockingly unfunny attempt at toilet humor, or a
- shockingly unfunny (and offensive) slam at Islam.
Does anyone else find it ironic that Johnny Hart pushes his religious views in a comic strip called B. C.?
I’m still a Dean supporter, but I’ll give Dennis Kucinich credit for this:
OK – this probably doesn’t mean anything to you unless you grew up in Cleveland during the ’70’s.
(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).
Based on Google’s “Reverse Links” Search.
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.
I’m in the process of compiling a Frequently Asked Questions page (in this case, frequent means one or greater). If there’s a question you feel must be answered feel free to ask it via the comments.
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.
For once, good news about something many people enjoy.