Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Thursday, September 23, 2004

News items 9/23/2004 

NATO says Iraq will get about 250 NATO instructors to train Iraqi security personnel. Meanwhile, New Zealand withdraws it's troops from Iraq. I have an idea. The US is a NATO member. Why don't we we offer about twenty-thousand troops for NATO to use in Iraq. Then Bush can point to a real increase in international involvement.

The GOP sent out campaign material to residents of Arkansas and West Virginia warning that liberals want to ban the Bible. I liked Josh Marshall's take on the mailing when the news first broke that the RNC may have been behind it,

I keep hearing from the direction of the Bush campaign that one of their big fears is that some Democratic 527 will put together an ad based on Kitty Kelley's Bush abortion claims and run it in West Virginia. Given the voters Bush-Cheney '04 is banking on in the state, they know that could be very damaging. When you see stuff like this, from the RNC no less, it's hard to see why they shouldn't.

No Bush abortion ad yet, but there is a new 527 ad pointing out the cozy relationship between Bush and the Saudi Royal Religious Dictatorship.

Bob Herbert writes a piercing essay in the NY Times asking how Bush could have opposed the war effort in Vietnam, as explained by Bush himself,

"My inclination was to support the government and the war until proven wrong, and that only came later, as I realized we could not explain the mission, had no exit strategy, and did not seem to be fighting to win."

... and still not see that his description of the Vietnam quagmire can describe his own war in Iraq.

The Washington Post presents a fascinating Flash movie of the connections between and among Bush's top fundraisers.

I added the results from new FOX and CBS polls to the graph of the electoral advantage in the presidential election. Neither poll shows a change, Bush remains 8 points ahead in CBS's poll of registered voters and 2 points ahead among FOX's registered voters.

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