October 13, 2004

Lots of political stuff

Obviously, at the election draws nearer, there are a lot of politic-related stories floating around. You’d think I’d be posting like mad about my outrage at some of them. Honestly, I don’t have the energy at the moment, and I have been extremely disappointed lately at some of the rhetoric going back and forth. I figured I’d throw a post up here to round up a few of these stories as they are going by, and give people a chance to comment, if they like.

Sinclair

One big story is the Sinclair Group mandating that its local stations play an extended Swift Boat Veterans Anti-Kerry ad disguised as a Vietnam retrospective. Josh Marshall has been all over this story. And now Kos has a clearinghouse for info on the situation.

Related stories:

If you’ve been keeping up with TPM, you know that applying pressure to the local businesses who advertise on the Sinclair affiliates is having an effect. Many advertisers disagree with Sinclair’s move, and many just don’t want ot be associated with it.

The Debate

I won’t be watching the debate live tonight, and so that means I won’t be live blogging my comments with Chuck either. I have other plans.I’ll probably tape it and catch it afterwards. Nothing quite so exciting as watching a taped presidential debate.

Election Dirty Tricks

They’re tossing out Democrats in Nevada.

The I-Team has obtained information about an alleged widespread pattern of potential registration fraud aimed at Democrats. The focus of the story is a private registration company called Voters Outreach of America, AKA America Votes.

The out-of-state firm has been in Las Vegas for the past few months, registering voters. It employed up to 300 part-time workers and collected hundreds of registrations per day, but former employees of the company say that Voters Outreach of America only wanted Republican registrations.

Two former workers say they personally witnessed company supervisors rip up and trash registration forms signed by Democrats.

Can you believe it?

The Bulge

Stories about Bush being wired in the first debate didn’t interest me much. I don’t think he was wired, and soon after I saw news stories that reported people having heard some other voice when listening to Bush speak at rallys. Those news stories turned out to be fabricated, so I left the “wired” stories go as mere tinfoil hattery.

However, new pictures from the second debate can be found on Political Animal and elsewhere, showing an odd bulge under Bush’s jacket when he moves his arms forward, tightening the fabric.

To my eyes, it looked like some sort of bulletproof vest. Why would the White House refuse to talk about it?I still thought perhaps it was nothing, but there is another photo of Bush in a T-shirt. A similar bulge is seen there. No reason for him to be wearing a wire in this photo, so I think it rules out a wire. But there is something there. My guess is it is either a physical abnormality, a piece of medical equipment, or a piece of protective equipment. However, the White House will not acknowledge it. From the photos, it would seem obvious there is something there. But we may never know what it is.

And this story probably has zero political impact, unless it is something that might interfere with his ability to act as president. Yes, there are plenty of more important stories, but it’s nice to take a break from Bush lying and screwing us over to look at something just plain weird like this.

O’Reilly

You will not believe the complaint against Bill O’Reilly. Harassment against a former Fox employee.It’s plain bizarre. I first saw this on Oliver Willis’ blog (The Harassment Factor) and Willis points us to a particular page of the complaint, where Bill spills his tropical fantasy. This is so out there that she’s going to need tapes or some corroboration. Imagine if she does have tapes. Would anyone listen to O’Reilly again?

Well, it makes amusing reading anyhow. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer network talking head.

BONUS: O’Reilly has an unhealthy fixation on Al Franken:

If you cross FOX NEWS Channel, it’s not just me, it’s Roger Alies who will go after you. I’m the street guy make loud noises about the issues, but Alies operates behind the scenes, strategies and makes things happen so one day BAM! That person gets what’s coming to them but never sees it coming. Look at Al Franken, one day he is going to get a knock on his door and life as he’s known it will change forever. That day will happen trust me.

That’s all for now. Feel free to discuss. Now, sadly, I need a drink.

Posted by James at October 13, 2004 3:04 PM
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Today's Boston Globe ran this story:

Court knocks Nader off ballot in Pa.
State judge finds most nominating signatures false
By Peter Jackson, Associated Press

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/10/14/court_knocks_nader_off_ballot_in_pa/

"A state court knocked Ralph Nader off Pennsylvania's presidential ballot yesterday, citing thousands of fradulent signatures, including those of Mickey Mouse and Fred Flintstone."

Other forged signatures included John Kerry and Ralph Nader. To say the judge was unhappy would be an understatement. This is a must read.


Posted by: Patti M. at October 14, 2004 9:07 AM

I read another article on tomfoolery in Nevada yesterday - a GOP person was trying to get the elections office to purge 17,000 Democrat voter registrations for being "inactive." Eh, I don't remember where I read that. Either Yahoo or CNN.

Posted by: Julie at October 14, 2004 9:19 AM

It's funny how all these lists suddenly need to be purged. Why weren't these things taken care of long before now? It seems rather suspicious to me that voter lists are in dire need of purging THREE WEEKS before the election.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 14, 2004 9:53 AM

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