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August 31st, 2004

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Good news for Michiganders? This from Michael Moore's USA Today column:
But what's all this talk about New York being enemy territory? Nothing could be further from the truth. We New Yorkers love Republicans. We have a Republican mayor and governor, a death penalty and two nuclear plants within 30 miles of the city.[usat]
Now that he's stopped self-identifying as a Great Lakes State resident, does it mean that Flint will no longer be mined for scenes of urban decay and the Michigan Militia will lose its high-profile standing as the Midwest's gun nuts? Developing.

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Just when you think that the criticism of John Kerry's war record can't get any more disgusting,
Morton Blackwell, a prominent Virginia delegate, has been handing out the [purple] heart-covered bandages to delegates, who've worn them on their chins, cheeks, the backs of their hands and other places [cnn]
Because there's nothing funnier than getting injured while serving your country, especially when at war and engaging in enemy action. I guess that passing out pieces of shrapnel to lodge in their bodies wasn't as popular a way to make fun of the Democratic candidate.

[via eschaton]

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I think the thing about the RNC that I find so scary is that last night was billed as the parade out the (cultural) moderates for the old bait-and-switch. It turns out that even the moderates are happy to be war mongers who make wild unsubstantiated connections and ignore pretty well established facts.

For instance, read Giuliani's speech [txt] and try to pick out the most bizarre section. Mine is the unironic part about Bush's bravery at coming to NYC on 14 September.

update: see also, William Saletan's "What does 9/11 tell us about Bush? Nothing." [slate].
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The Bush twins are speaking at the RNC, making fun of their grandmother, and cracking jokes about how they need jobs now that they're out of college and work's hard to find. The gag is that they want to take over the positions of administration stars. Later, Bush (43) makes jokes about broken promises (re: a camping trip) and the girls chuckled about how their dad allowed their hamsters to die without extraordinary efforts to preserve their lives.

Disrespect for the elderly, irresponsibility, a bad economy, nepotism, lying to your children, and dead animals are all funny. Funny because it's true.

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The difference in tone between the parts of the convention scheduled to be on national TV night and those only shown on PBS or cable news is remarkable.

For instance, tonight's prime time is all smiles with the Governator and Bush family warm fuzzies. And the thing is, they're good at it. There's even a moment where George W. is talking to his family via satellite from a little league game where I catch myself smiling. His ability to appear human on stage is something that I have yet to see from Kerry.