Sunday, August 08, 2004

Weekend Update

Thank You, Mr. President!

"Nearly 35 percent of the illegal aliens captured trying to enter the United States in the 19 days after President Bush proposed a still-pending guest-worker program say they were trying to take advantage of what many saw as amnesty.

Beginning just days after the Bush announcement, the number of illegal aliens caught crossing into this country from Mexico increased dramatically, immigration-enforcement officials said, although the White House painstakingly has denied that the president's guest-worker proposal offered amnesty — saying, instead, it would give illegal aliens holding jobs in the United States temporary work permits, but they eventually would have to go home.

Outlined as a set of principles and not as specific legislation, the Bush proposal did not prescribe any penalties for those caught entering the country illegally and would allow those here to remain in the United States for an as-yet undetermined number of renewable three-year periods."

Bush, Kerry, and the L-Word

"President Bush isn’t what you’d call the polar opposite of a liberal. He’s the biggest spender to occupy the White House since Lyndon Johnson; his prize accomplishment, to call it that, being a huge expansion of Medicare. No wonder he’s concerned about unborn children. He’s going to need them — to pay all the taxes he’s already ensured for the next generation."

Hannity Really is a Bozo

"Night after night on Fox TV’s “Hannity & Colmes” program, Hannity bullies, brow-beats, interrupts, yells at, points a finger at, viciously attacks and un-Christianly imputes the basest motives imaginable to anyone who deviates one jot or tittle from the Bush Administration’s talking-points in defense of the expensive, bloody mess the Iraq war has become."

The Iraq War: Not a Liberal/Conservative Issue

"Come Election Day, voters must ask themselves what they ask each time a first-term president seeks re-election: Does this president, does this administration, deserve to be re-elected?

Because Bush has violated so many bedrock conservative values, conservatives as well as Democrats and independents will be asking that question this time. "

What Did John Kerry do in Vietnam?

A former assistant secretary of defense and Fletcher School of Diplomacy professor,W. Scott Thompson, recalled a conversation with the late Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. that clearly had a slightly different take on Kerry's recollection of their discussions: "[T]he fabled and distinguished chief of naval operations,Admiral Elmo Zumwalt,told me --30 years ago when he was still CNO [chief naval officer in Vietnam] that during his own command of U.S. naval forces in Vietnam,just prior to his anointment as CNO, young Kerry had created great problems for him and the other top brass,by killing so many non-combatant civilians and going after other non-military targets. "We had virtually to straitjacket him to keep him under control", the admiral said. "Bud" Zumwalt got it right when he assessed Kerry as having large ambitions --but promised that his career in Vietnam would haunt him if he were ever on the national stage."

Bush Administration to Invite UN Monitors to Oversee US Election
My guess is that bought and paid for professional conservatives won't have anything to say about this outrageous abrogation of sovereignty.


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