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Ah, delightful. I'm as happy as Bill Clinton in a sorority house.Warning to my lefty friends....don't go there, if your head has not already expoded...it will.
hog on ice
The two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Mr. Arafat's condition had seriously deteriorated over the past day. But Mr. Arafat's top aides denied that, accusing Israel of spreading rumors.The not always reliable Debka File has the Troll in ICU. [ed. Not always reliable compared to,say, the New York Times?]
Why is it that New York, the state that was attacked on 9/11 (and is probably the most in danger of being attacked again) is so decidedly
pro-Kerry, but the stupid idiot hick states like Texas and Oklahoma,
where there is no chance of a terrorist attack, is so pro bush because
of fear of terrorism??
THE LEFT'S LINE TOMORROW [Ramesh Ponnuru]
1) Kerry was a terrible candidate. 2) You can't beat a wartime president. 3) Bush stole it. 3b). Even if he didn't steal it, he stole the last one and Republicans wouldn't have won otherwise.
MSNBC exit poll indicates that the youth did not vote. The 18-29 bracket voted the same this year as in 2000, while 30-44 group was down.
That's what's killing us.
"He is a man no one should worry about, because he has no beliefs at all. He is not going to introduce some manic radical plan, because he is poll-driven, and it is therefore impossible to know where or for what he stands."Apparently, when the OBL video surfaced, Kerry put the tape "in the field" for a quick poll before making any statement.
First, we simply do not defeat an incumbent president in wartime. After wars surely, but never in their midst. Republicans have been spinning this fact for months, and they are correct.Interesting. The OBL tape had the effect of reminding people that this really is a nation at war and, I think, put the final couple of points on a Bush victory.
Democrats have spoken often and powerfully about the nation’s economic problems. But by historical standards, they are not that bad. The “misery index” is 7.8 today but was 20.5 when Jimmy Carter was defeated. Economic models of elections show Bush winning 52-58 percent of the vote....
Taking all that and more into account, an expert forecasting model suggests that Bush will get 51.6 percent of the two-party vote.
the hillvia the corner
The bill decriminalizes possession of less than 15 grams of pot or fewer than four plants, making the offences punishable with fines rather than criminal charges, while calling for harsher penalties against marijuana grow-ops by doubling maximum prison terms to 14 years from the current seven.I am inclined to think the 4 plant rule is a bit low, ten would make more sense. I am also inclined to think raising the maximum jail time for grow ops will have zero deterrent effect as no judge will impose that penalty for growing a drug which has been made essentially legal.
"How does this government guarantee us there won't be retaliatory action by the Americans?" asked Conservative justice critic Vic Toews. "I'm very concerned they are going ahead on this without taking into concern the real impact that this will have on trade."If you had to take a position designed to alienate as many Canadians as possible, this is it. It is none of the American's business if we reject their drug warrior stance on pot. If the Americans want to keep throwing their kids in jail for smoking pot that is their problem. But if they want to export those policies to Canada they should be told, firmly, to suck rocks.
Finally and here is the most surprising theme of the message, Bin Laden is offering the Americans a deal. To cast himself as an honest deal-maker he takes up some of Michael Moore's themes, especially about President George W Bush not reacting to the 9/11 attacks fast enough.As if....however, the danger of a Kerry win is that it would bring precisely this sort of deal into the realm of consideration.
The deal is simple, and Bin Laden hammers it in more specifically: "Do not play with our security, and spontaneously you will secure yourself."
What does this mean? Translated into practical terms it means that Bin Laden would call off his hounds, if he has any left, provided the US and its allies halt hunting him down.
Osama bin Laden doesn't seem nearly so cocky in the unedited version of a videotape aired on al-Jazeera, complaining that the manhunt against him has hampered al Qaeda. AFP/Getty ImagesBin Laden the impotent / Opinion: Page 27 Osama bin Laden's newest tape may have thrust him to the forefront of the presidential election, but what was not seen was the cave-dwelling terror lord talking about the setbacks al Qaeda has faced in recent months.Maybe Al Jazeera has been taking editing lessons from the Fat Bastard.
Officials said that in the 18-minute long tape — of which only six minutes were aired on the al-Jazeera Arab television network in the Middle East on Friday — bin Laden bemoans the recent democratic elections in Afghanistan and the lack of violence involved with it.
On the tape, bin Laden also says his terror organization has been hurt by the U.S. military's unrelenting manhunt for him and his cohorts on the Afghan-Pakistani border.
A portion of the left-out footage includes a tirade aimed at President Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, claiming the war in Iraq is purely over oil.
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