BUSH-KERRY DEBATE AND THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE

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THE PROJECTED ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE HAS ACTUALLY NARROWED. I check out www.Electoral-Vote.com as often as possible as the proprietor of the site has excellent commentary on the latest polls as well as very informed commentary on the increasing unreliability of these polls. Last time I checked, Bush had well more than 300 projected electoral votes — but today, he’s down to 280 according to this site. When you look at the state by state breakdown, there are a lot of…

STOCK OPTIONS FOR SOLDIERS? AN IDEA FOR JOHN KERRY

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I HAVE A REAL PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE LIKE JAMES WOOLSEY who rake in the bucks from a war they helped promote while soldiers risk everything on behalf of their country. I am working on a concept I am calling “Stock Options for Soldiers” in which patriotic corporations, particularly those whose stock keeps rising because of conflict, not only pay stock options to advisors like Richard Perle and James Woolsey but can contribute stock options to a pool divided and shared…

TONY BLAIR’S SEMI “MEA CULPA”

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IT HAS TAKEN A WHILE FOR JOHN KERRY TO ARTICULATE his strong opposition to the Iraq War, but he finally got there. Tony Blair may be following his lead in an effort to win back the support of angry Labor Party members. From a Reuters report: “The evidence about Saddam having actual biological and chemical weapons … has turned out to be wrong,” Blair told Labour’s annual conference, his nearest yet to a “mea culpa.” “The problem is I can…

A TALE OF TWO COLD WARRIORS WHO CHANGED COURSE

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CHALMERS JOHNSON AND DANIEL ELLSBERG are roughly the same age of slightly more than 70 years. They both worked for America’s military-industrial complex, Johnson as a CIA consultant and Ellsberg as a Marine and then an an intelligence analyst and strategist. Ellsberg broke loose earlier than Johnson from his hawkishness and his belief in the mission and practice of American empire, and put his life and career in jeapordy by leaking secret files, known as the Pentagon Papers, from the…

THE REST OF THE RNC “BAN THE BIBLE” MAILER

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MICHAEL FROOMKIN HAS HELPED GET THE GUTS OF THE RNC MAILER posted. I couldn’t get the images to load, probably because I left spaces in the file names — according to Froomkin. Many thanks, Michael. So, all in one place, here are the various parts of the mailer: RNC Mailer Cover and Back Graphics RNC Mailer Inside Section RNC Mailer Voter Registration Card — Steve Clemons

MORE ON THE RNC MAILER: REMEMBER THE CHURCH DIRECTORIES?

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THE BUZZ CONTINUES ABOUT THE RNC MAILER saying that the Dems would ban the Bible and that Arkansas and West Virginia would turn into bastions of sinful homosexual marriage — or “selfish hedonism” as Alan Keyes called it when referring to Mary Cheney. John Edwards spoke about the issue at a church yesterday — something Amy Sullivan and Melissa Deckman write about a lot — that is Dems need to get religion in their political tool box. I don’t agree…

PHILADELPHIA: THE CITY OF WIFI LOVE

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PHILADELPHIA HAS JUST ANNOUNCED FULL ACCESS, FREE WIFI in a two-year project covering 135 square miles of the city. Connectivity is one of my pet issues — broadband deployment, the rural/urban digital divide, the information commons, all of that. As the U.S. government and Federal Communications Commission screw over AT&T, Sprint, and other long distance carriers who were providing innovative bundled communications services that depended on wholesale access to regional Bells’ infrastructure, I think that the rate of investment in…

<em>CBS NEWS </em>RUNS WITH RNC ANTI-GAY MAILER; OTHERS TOO

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ALTHOUGH CBS SEEMS SCARED TO RILE THE WHITE HOUSE after the Killian memos fiasco and has subsequently decided to delay a much more important story on the potential perpetrators of the Niger uranium documents, they did use the RNC anti-gay mailer posted by The Washington Note as their 3rd story on CBS News Friday night. Hundreds of sites have linked to my post of the RNC mailer — but some skeptics wondered whether the Democrats actually produced these fliers to…

MUSHARRAF MORE HONEST ABOUT IRAQ THAN BUSH

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PERVEZ MUSHARRAF HAS MANAGED MUCH MORE CANDOR ABOUT IRAQ than anyone in the White House. Check out this interview with Paula Zahn posted by John Aravosis. The whole thing is worth reading, but here is just the first bit that says most of it: ZAHN: Is the world a safer place because of the war in Iraq? MUSHARRAF: No. It’s more dangerous. It’s not safer, certainly not. ZAHN: How so? MUSHARRAF: Well, because it has aroused actions of the Muslims…