Another “Winner”

Here’s an actual email sent to my Yahoo email account:

Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 13:53:17 +0000
From: “Yahoo!”
To: foistboinder
Subject: Your Yahoo! ID – foistboinder@yahoo. com

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One of the more pathetic phishing attempts I’ve seen…

People are Stupid, Part III

The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters:

1. Iraq, WMD, and al Qaeda
A large majority of Bush supporters believe that before the war Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or a major program for building them. A substantial majority of Bush supporters assume that most experts believe Iraq had WMD and that this was the conclusion of the recently released report by Charles Duelfer. A large majority of Bush supporters believes that Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda and that clear evidence of this support has been found. A large majority believes that most experts also have this view, and a substantial majority believe that this was the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission. Large majorities of Kerry supporters believe the opposite on all these points.

2. What the Bush Administration is Saying About Pre-War Iraq
Large majorities of Bush and Kerry supporters agree that the Bush administration is saying that Iraq had WMD and was providing substantial support to al Qaeda. In regard to WMD, these majorities are growing.

3. The Decision to Go to War
Majorities of Bush supporters and Kerry supporters agree that if Iraq did not have WMD or was not providing support to al Qaeda, the US should not have gone to war with Iraq.

4. World Public Opinion on the Iraq War and George Bush’s Reelection
Only three in ten Bush supporters believe that the majority of people in the world oppose the US going to war with Iraq, while an overwhelming majority of Kerry supporters have this view. A majority of Bush supporters assume that the majority of people in the world would like to see Bush reelected, while a large majority of Kerry supporters believe the opposite. Bush supporters also lean toward overestimating support in Islamic countries for US-led efforts to fight terrorism, while Kerry supporters do not .

5. Candidates’ Foreign Policy Positions
Majorities of Bush supporters misperceive his positions on a range of foreign policy issues. In particular they assume he supports multilateral approaches and addressing global warming when he has taken strong contrary positions on issues such as the International Criminal court and the Kyoto Agreement. A majority of Kerry supporters have accurate perceptions of Kerry positions on the same issues.

Here’s a summary stolen from the The Al Franken Show:

  • 75% believe Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda.
  • 74% believe Bush favors including labor and environmental standards in agreements on trade.
  • 72% believe Iraq had WMD or a program to develop them.
  • 72% believe Bush supports the treaty banning landmines.
  • 69% believe Bush supports the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
  • 61% believe if Bush knew there were no WMD he would not have gone to war.
  • 60% believe most experts believe Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda. (An additional 19% think Iraq was directly involved in 9/11. Gallup had 62% on this question.)
  • 58% believe the Duelfer report concluded that Iraq had either WMD or a major program to develop them.
  • 57% believe that the majority of people in the world would prefer to see Bush reelected.
  • 56% believe most experts think Iraq had WMD.
  • 55% believe the 9/11 report concluded Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda.
  • 51% believe Bush supports the Kyoto treaty.

See also:

Bush Light Bulb Joke

(stolen from William Gibson)

How many Bush administration officials does it take to change a light bulb?

None. There’s nothing wrong with that light bulb. There is no need to change anything. We made the right decision and nothing has happened to change our minds. People who criticize this light bulb now, just because it doesn’t work anymore, supported us when we first screwed it in, and when these flip-floppers insist on saying that it is burned out, they are merely giving aid and encouragement to the Forces of Darkness.

— John Cleese

Scare Tactics

Instead of articulating a vision or a positive agenda for the future, the senator is relying on a litany of complaints and old style scare tactics.
— George W. Bush, October 19, 2004

I suppose the Bush campaign would never resort to using scare tactics

The biggest threat we face now as a nation is the possibility of terrorists ending up in the middle of one of our cities with deadlier weapons than have ever before been used against us – biological agents or a nuclear weapon or a chemical weapon of some kind to be able to threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
— Dick Cheney, October 19, 2004

Let’s not forget who was in charge during September 11, 2001 attacks and who allowed Iran and North Korea join the nuclear club while obsessing over Iraq.

“Protect Our Civil Liberties” is an anti-Bush phrase


Responding to the number of examples of American voters being turned away, or removed from George W. Bush’s visits to their cities and states, Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe hosted a national conference call with Oregon teachers who were kicked out of an Oct. 14 Medford Bush rally for wearing T-shirts saying, “Protect Our Civil Liberties.”

I bet those teachers would have been allowed to stay if they were wearing brown shirts…

Proud Member of the Reality-Based Community

Without a Doubt (soul stealing registration required):

In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

Who besides guys like me are part of the reality-based community? Many of the other elected officials in Washington, it would seem. A group of Democratic and Republican members of Congress were called in to discuss Iraq sometime before the October 2002 vote authorizing Bush to move forward. A Republican senator recently told Time Magazine that the president walked in and said: ”Look, I want your vote. I’m not going to debate it with you.” When one of the senators began to ask a question, Bush snapped, ”Look, I’m not going to debate it with you.”

I count myself among those who believe that solutions emerge from a judicious study of discernible reality rather than relying on wishful thinking like the Bush administration.

Bush can go Cheney himself

Here’s part of what Bush would say to a person who had lost his job to someone overseas:

And so the person you talked to, I say, here’s some help, here’s some trade adjustment assistance money for you to go a community college in your neighborhood, a community college which is providing the skills necessary to fill the jobs of the 21st century. And that’s what I would say to that person.
— George W. Bush (October 13, 2004)

So, a senior level software engineer with a master’s degree in physics, who loses his job to someone overseas, should go to community college to learn a new skill? WTF is that about?