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August 23, 2004

Winning The Election At All Costs

File under The End Justifies The Means:

Kerry supporters hack Barnes & Noble web site, deface cover of Unfit For Command.

If at first you don't succeed, vote...vote again:

Some 46,000 New Yorkers are registered to vote in both the city and Florida, a shocking finding that exposes both states to potential abuses that could alter the outcome of elections, a Daily News investigation shows. Of the 46,000 registered in both states, 68% are Democrats, 12% are Republicans and 16% didn't claim a party...
Edwin Peterson, 66, a registered Democrat in Palm Coast, Fla., and St. Albans, Queens, attributed his dual vote in the 2000 election to his distrust of the party running the Sunshine State.
"That was a situation where Florida is so messed up with the Republicans, you don't know if your vote is even going to be counted," Peterson said. "It's been like that forever."
Registering in two places is illegal in both states, but the massive snowbird scandal goes undetected because election officials don't check rolls across state lines.
The finding is even more stunning given the pivotal role Florida played in the 2000 presidential election, when a margin there of 537 votes tipped a victory to George W. Bush.

Via The Kerry Spot.

Chris Matthews badgers Larry Thurlow on Hardball. Note how Matthews constantly interrupts Thurlow. Why ask a question and then interrupt someone when they try to answer it?

Mickey Kaus on the the NY Times and the Kerry campaign's attempts to muzzle the Swift Vets:

P.P.S.: Like many of my friends, I wasn't paying much attention to the Swifties until Kerry went postal on them. (Hmm. Was that a smart move? What happened to the rope-a-dope strategy?) I don't know which side is right. I don't know that I'd even hold it against Kerry if he did exaggerate a bit to get the three Purple Hearts that let him leave Vietnam. I do know that if freedom of speech means anything it means that a group of citizens can get together to bring up this sort of charge against a presidential candidate, subject to the laws of libel. But read this New York Times editorial and see if you can avoid concluding that the Times doesn't think the Swift Boat Veterans ad should be stopped because it might be financed with corporate or union money in violation of the spirit of McCain-Feingold. The Times doesn't even really think it should be stopped because it was financed by a rich individual Republican (something that's clearly perfectly legal under McCain-Feingold as long as the group running the ads is not incorporated). The Times thinks the ad should be stopped because you just shouldn't be able to make such "outlandish" independent charges in a campaign. They're against the speech, not the financing. They seem to be saying: If only the "snoozing watchdog" F.E.C. would show some guts we wouldn't have to deal with this nastiness! ... Like Kerry, they're trying to come up with a "process" reason that avoids the inconveniently messy issue of truth. But their process reason--an attack on unpleasant "independent" criticism per se--seems particularly dangerous. (The Swifties also wrote a book--does the Times want to suppress that too?) ...
P.P.P.S.: How would the press have reacted if the Bush campaign had called on the distributor of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 to "withdraw" the film. [Thanks to reader H.] ...
P.P.P.P.S.: Respectable big-time journalist friends who met with the anti-Kerry vets recently found them a lot more credible than expected. Sorry, Note!

Meanwhile, why is the Kerry campaign demanding that the Bush administration stop the Swift Vet ads? Could it be that they know that this would be illegal coordination between a candidate and an independent 527 under McCain-Feingold? Why demand that Bush break the law?

- Cassandra

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Hi.
I've been on vacation at the beach. I didn't read a newspaper for a whole week. Not one. It's good to know that one can climb under an umbrella for a week's rest and come back without ANYTHING having changed.
Congratulations.

Posted by: spd rdr, tan, rested and thoroughly disgusted at Aug 23, 2004 10:44:06 AM

Gee whiz, mr. rdr... we're darned excited to see you again, too :)

Posted by: Cassandra at Aug 23, 2004 11:38:02 AM

http://www.denverpost.com/cda/article/print/0,1674,36%257E64%257E2319696,00.html

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1091180250288690.xml

http://www.abqtrib.com/archives/news04/080704_news_vote.shtml


Three Different stories about ACORN and voter registration fraud.

It's only August, and it's going to be a nasty 3 months.


Posted by: Purple Raider at Aug 23, 2004 12:20:03 PM

I didn't have an umbrella on my beach, and I got sunburned (a little).

Until all beach vacationers have umbrellas, we must resists the fascist, patriarchal tyranny of the top 1% wage earners and their top 20% wage-earning running-dog lackeys (hey, wait! that's me!).
Well, it was a nice vacation on the beach I was at, too (Nag's Head).

Posted by: Don Brouhaha, sunburned, tired and in need of a second vacation at Aug 23, 2004 12:22:05 PM

Have umbrella and bathing suit, but no beach or vacation. Unfortunately I'm way too busy depressing the indolent and being oppressed by the ChineseToyLoving top 1% and their evil minions to worry about it.

sigh...

Posted by: Cassandra, rapidly losing her tan, vacationless, and just thrilled to death at Aug 23, 2004 12:33:24 PM

Don:
I was up island between Duck and Corolla. Nice week in the sun (after Charley of course). Sunburn city. In fact, I'm putting myself in for a Purple Heart to go with my purple shoulders.

I didn't mean to sound so cranky this morning, Cass. The 2,457,688 waiting emails didn't help the fact that I was kind of hoping the campaign had moved past 1972. No such luck. I am slowly watching my family and its brand new eligible voters being turned off completely. Not a good thing.

How about them Red Sox?

Posted by: spd rdr (who dremed last night that he quit his job) at Aug 23, 2004 1:18:08 PM

You only dreamed about it last night???

No worries mr. rdr. I was feeling mildly crabby myself after driving all the way to Silver Spring for a fun-filled reunion with my neurologist this morning.

Posted by: Just Plain Cassandra at Aug 23, 2004 1:42:22 PM

Well...President Bush is calling for an end to the swifties' ad campaign. Good. Let's talk about Kerry's Senate record.

Just one observation before I return to helk: was that the single most powerful $150,000 ever spent in an election?

Posted by: spd rdr (who is dreaming of becoming an ice cream salesman...on a beach) at Aug 23, 2004 2:31:04 PM

Is that Kerry's big 10-inch record? The one that spins and has the hole in the middle? I know he is something of a rock-and-roll guitar hero, isn't he?
Or am I mistaken?
Signed,
Drinking only Good Beer with Bears in the woods.

PS. Cassandra, what were you doing with your neurologist that you can't tell us about?

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at Aug 23, 2004 4:06:31 PM

Did anyone ever tell that warthogfaced buffoon of a Senator that his face sucks? EEeeuuuw.

Cass, I hope all is going well with your neurologist. Now. What about you? Silver Spring. I were oncet upon a time. Dh's family lives up the road from Hagerstown. In PA.

Posted by: La Femme Crickita at Aug 23, 2004 4:28:41 PM

It's just way too lurid to tell you youngsters about. You'd never get any work done for the rest of the day.

Posted by: Cassandra at Aug 23, 2004 4:31:42 PM

I live very near Hagerstown, Cricket.

Posted by: Cassandra at Aug 23, 2004 4:32:10 PM

Would it not be a crime to incite someone to commit a criminal act? Like when Papa John urges President Bush to tell the Swiftboat vets to stop. This is incitement isn't it?

Posted by: Jong-Fu Kerry at Aug 23, 2004 5:18:23 PM

Jong-Fu, I am really getting tired of pointing this out, but...

you weren't on John Kerry's boat so your opinion is worthless. You have no right to comment on anything he says or does if you weren't on his boat.

What the heck is wrong with you people anyway?

Posted by: Cassandra at Aug 23, 2004 5:30:39 PM

So...then John Kerry was Dubya's co-pilot?

Posted by: spd rdr at Aug 23, 2004 5:35:59 PM

It doesn't work that way.

Everyone who is anyone knows that Dubya never showed up for drill at all. How he got those 500 flight hours or completed 18 months of flight training is an unsolved mystery.

But the point is: HE DIDN'T SERVE IN VIETNAM.

Posted by: Cassandra at Aug 23, 2004 6:11:46 PM

I'm really sorry if this fight between veterans bothers some folks but it's long overdue. We've been living under the shadow of the Left's lies about us for decades and we're angry. The vast majority of us wanted nothing more than to forget the time we spent in a war that we soon figured there was no intention to win. We came home and went to work, those of us who could. The first five years after the war some of us couldn't, our suicide rate was half again the national average. A big part of that was the lies of John Kerry and his buds. We couldn't even mourn our dead without some soft-handed maggot calling our dead brothers war criminals.
We got past that, those of us that did, and moved on. As we raised our children they'd come home from school having been taught that rape and murder were the norm. We'd sit down and tell them that, no, rape and murder were uncommon and punished severely. Try telling your teenaged daughter that, no Daddy isn't a rapist.
Who told the daughters of the men that died?
Now there is an empty suit with almost nothing to talk about after over three terms in the United States Senate, a seat he gained by slandering the dead, running for President. He's running as a war hero. Hero. Thirty+ years ago we should have smashed this cockroach, we didn't have a forum. Now we do. It's a shame that it took a presidential election for us to be heard but we WILL BE HEARD.
There are 58,000 names carved in black stone. Each of those names belonged to a young man who never grew old. Each of those young men had a face. Those faces are remembered. We've seen them over and over in our sleep. They've one thing they want us all to do. "Tell them."
These are the men Kerry called rapists and murderers. A thirty-three year old platoon sergeant, father of three, killed trying to herd a bunch of children out of a cross fire. His children would have been in their early to mid teens when Kerry 'testified'.
A nineteen year old Lance Corporal, joined the Corps to get away from the segregated south sharing a fighting hole with a white PFC from George Wallace's Alabama when an 82 mm mortar shell landed in it. We guessed as to which parts went into which body bag. Tough way to beat segregation but they did.
How about that 22 year old Lt, blown away by a .51 cal Chinese machine gun, we couldn't get a clear shot because the NVA had rounded up the villagers at gunpoint around that gun.
These are the men that John Kerry denounced as war criminals. There are a lot more I could tell you about but the tears come.
I wish there was someone famous to tell you about them. Someone recognised as a hero, maybe someone eloquent. Someone who could do justice to the young Navy Corpsman, a conscientious objecter who refused to carry a gun whose last act on this Earth was to go into the killing zone of an L-shaped ambush and cover a wounded Marine with his body. Another of Kerry's war criminals.
Next spring it will be forty years since LBJ decided to widen the war. That's how long veterans have been carrying these men, and 58,000 others in our hearts.
Why now? If not now, when? The faces in our dreams demand, "tell them".

Posted by: Peter at Aug 23, 2004 10:33:10 PM

Peter, thank you. I have been just sick about this for weeks and haven't been able to articulate why because it upsets me so much.

I was talking about this with my husband last night, and we both agreed (which is rare) that this isn't about Kerry's war record. I don't give a rat's a** about that. It's about telling the truth and setting the record straight. It's about history, and about the future of our country.

Kerry lied then, and he's lying now. It's on the record for anyone to see, if only the media would do their job.

And I'm sorry: I wasn't there - I was just a little girl at the time, but it offends me that this is allowed to continue. If we are too lazy to confront the truth now, when it is right before our eyes, what does this say about us as a nation that we will allow a known liar to be elected? That we would allow a man who has slandered our military for personal gain to step into the highest office in the land?

They fought and died for us. But 30 years later, we're "tired" of Vietnam? How pathetic.

Posted by: Cassandra at Aug 24, 2004 5:14:40 AM

Peter,
We pray for you and your peace of mind. You went into hell and came back to face the demons. I thank you for your service and your time. Welcome home.

Posted by: La Femme Crickita at Aug 24, 2004 11:41:35 AM

Peter, Thank you and God Bless You. The debt to our soldiers is way overdue and I don't know that it can ever be fully repaid.

Posted by: Masked Menace at Aug 24, 2004 12:54:57 PM

It is hard for me to believe that people are still walking around with their eyes closed and their fingers stuck in their ears. Hello, we cannot judge one man on the Rumors that he receive an unwarranted medal and then totally ignore the fact that even the supreme court found wrong doing in the win of the one state that caused Gore the election. Heck, don't read a book. Take the time to really educate yourself and see all the legal rulings.

Posted by: BILLENE at Nov 1, 2004 4:41:54 PM

Billene:

Kerry's journal says he wasn't under fire when he recieved his first Purple Heart. This isn't a rumor.

He was never seriously wounded, but he skated away from the combat zone, yet we have wounded Marines and soliers who are now hiking back to the front so they won't let their buddies down.

The facts speak for themselves.

Who needs rumors?

Posted by: Cassandra at Nov 1, 2004 4:50:03 PM

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