Daily Archives: April 24, 2004

Is the Kerry Campaign On Vacation, Or What?

I’m not the first one to say this but Junior has had a helluva a month. Virtually NO good news for the Admin has surfaced for three weeks at least: the televised 9/11 hearings, between Clarke’s clarity and professionalism and Condi’s waffling defense and patent Newspeak, were a disaster; Bremer closed al-Sadr’s newspaper and precipitated a firestorm in Fallujah; the extensive use Rumsfeld’s Defense Dept is making of professional mercs came to light in a grisly way; his own party is balking at his insistence on keeping PATRIOT ACT I intact and renewing it as-is; a steady stream of defectors and whistle-blowers has made it clear that the atmosphere inside the WH is closer to a grade school playground than a govt; his first prime-time press conference had even the Kool-Aid Kids shaking their heads; and to cap it off, Bob Woodward’s new book, in spite of Bob’s taking every opportunity he could find to soften the blows and spin the catastrophes of this Admin Junior’s way, has all but eliminated any lingering doubts that Junior and His Band of Neocon Wonder Boys have been lying their heads off from the git-go.

The latest polls, reflecting this onslaught of fact on BushCo Fantasy Land, have plummeted, showing less favorable ratings for every single member of the BA.

* President Bush’s job ratings are down to 48% positive, 51% negative,
the worst ratings of his presidency and the first time his negative
rating is greater (albeit insignificantly) than his positive rating. * Vice President Dick Cheney’s ratings have fallen to 36% positive, 52%
negative, compared to 41% positive, 48% negative in February.

* Secretary of State Colin Powell’s ratings have fallen to 63% positive,
31% negative, also his worst ratings since he took office. However, he
remains by far the most popular member of the cabinet.

* Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s ratings have fallen to 45%
positive, 47% negative from 50% positive, 43% negative in February.

* Attorney General John Ashcroft’s ratings have fallen to 40% positive,
45% negative compared to 44% positive, 42% negative in February.

All of these are their lowest ratings since they took office.

Junior is doing worse than any modern president in the April before an election except for Jimmy Carter, Jerry Ford, and, of course, Poppy Bush–all of whom then lost their re-election bids.

Yet despite all this, Kerry’s numbers haven’t moved an inch, probably because he and his campaign have done nothing to exploit them. Why not, for heaven’s sake? What are they waiting for? And how can Junior’s ratings continue to fall without Kerry’s rising? Who do voters think they’re going to pick if they dislike Bush but aren’t very comfortable with Kerry? Ralph Nader (up to 8%)? Come on.

Not that anybody in Kerry’s campaign reads this blog or would pay the slightest bit of attention if they did, but GET OFF THE STICK, GUYS! Of all the times for you to be taking a nap, this isn’t exactly the one I’d pick. Junior is vul-ner-a-ble. Know what that means? It means, GO GET ‘IM, YOU PEABRAINS! You clowns aren’t going to let this moron walk back into the WH for four more years of desperate ruination, rampant corruption, and environmental destruction, are you?

Hit ‘im High,
Hit ‘im Low,
Hit’im Where
His Walnuts Grow.

Damn, do I have to do everything for you? WAKE UP!

(Hope that does it….)

Via The Raw Story

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Photographer–and Her Husband–Fired by Maytag

Seattle started out his intermittent relationship with us by doing a piece on an article in his hometown paper, the Seattle Times (scroll down two posts) about some seemingly innocuous pictures of dead soldiers being returned home from Iraq. The pictures show the bodies being treated with grave military respect–carried by the traditional six pallbearers in full uniform and saluted as each is placed into a waiting hearse, a far cry from the sometimes unceremonious and even clinical handling of bodies returning home from Nam in plastic bags (they were “cost-effective”) rather than coffins.

The woman who took the pictures, Tami Salicio, worked as the official photographer for a Brown&Root subsidiary in Kuwait called Maytag Aircraft (CorpHQ are right here in Mass), like the washing machine. She didn’t send them to the Times but to a friend of hers, Amy Katz, who wrote back to her that the photos ought to be released. Silicio agreed to the release on one condition:

If they ran a story with it, it would have to focus on the respectful and sensitive way in which the deceased are being handled in Kuwait.”She thought the families would want to see that she and others were doing everything they could. She thinks of herself as the representative mother there,” Katz says.

Seattle noted in his post that “An employee of the military contractor Maytag Aircraft was fired for releasing” the photos. He was being generous. In fact, Maytag Aircraft, in a gratuitous and inexcusable genuflection to the Bush Admin’s aversion to pictures of dead soldiers in the media, fired two people–Salicio and her husband, David Landry.

Yes, that’s what I said–her husband, who had had nothing whatever to do with either the taking of the pictures or their release to the press. Both had worked for Maytag–in fact, that’s where they met–and they’ve only been married a month. That was apparently all Maytag needed to know. In the firmly 19th century view of Maytag and the BA, David was responsible for his wife’s behaviour, so he had to go, too.

What you can say about Maytag Aircraft (other than the epithets that come screaming immediately to mind) is that they obviously know which side of their bread the butter is on, as my mother used to say. Maytag belongs to Brown&Root which belongs to Halliburton which is the House Organ of the Bush/Cheney Crime Family. If they wanted to maintain that very lucrative arrangement, it behooved them to set the heads of the two offenders up on pikes outside the moated walls of the Corporate Compound as evidence of their loyalty. So they did.

Freedom of the press? Faugh! The people’s right to know? Piffle! The rights of the families of slain soldiers to know how their sons and daughters are being treated (very well from all appearances)? A danger to the Reich Nation! Forget all that traitorous, left-wing propaganda and remember Cardinal Rule #1:

Keep the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ flowing.