The core principle of any democracy is the consent of the governed. All Americans, no matter how they voted, need to have confidence that when they cast their ballot, their voice is heard.

“The core principle of any democracy is the consent of the governed. All Americans, no matter how they voted, need to have confidence that when they cast their ballot, their voice is heard.”

See this.

first hand report

If you have been watching the news, you may be aware of the controversial footage of a Marine shooting someone who appears to be an unarmed Iraqi in a Mosque. Thanks to a link at Good Reputation Sleeping I was able find out first hand from photographer/journalist Kevin Sites what happened (without hype) and learn something.

For those who don’t practice journalism as a profession, it may be difficult to understand why we must report stories like this at all — especially if they seem to be aberrations, and not representative of the behavior or character of an organization as a whole.

The answer is not an easy one.

Link: Kevin Sites Blog.

blue skies

People have probably already read the Modest Proposals and rants in which the great divide is dealt with as a color schism between blue and red. And most people have probably just dismissed it as “sour grapes,” but there seems to be a pattern of examination here, and it’s even showing up in places like Fortune magazine.

Let me say up-front that I’m a uniter, not a divider. But speaking as a blue-state resident, maybe I’ve been a fool.

This article by Matt Miller deserves a look-see because it suggest not simply a possible strategy, but a serious question about the distribution of wealth in this country and who benefits most from the present configuration. This brings up interesting questions because if the country continues on the path that the right wing keeps pushing forward, in which we’re all on our own and the society is not responsible for taking care of everybody, then the red states are facing contradiction… at a minimum.

No wonder the hot topic in Blueland is federalism, which now seems a source of, ahem, salvation. It starts with getting red states off the blue gravy train. But “the new federalism,” as Jonathan Taplin of the University of Southern California writes, could go further. “Ultimately,” Taplin says, “the citizens of the blue states have a right to live with clean air, efficient automobiles, good schools, honest corporations, and universal health care. Their desire to build a sustainable civilization is not a new quest.” Think of it as virtual secession without the Gettysburgs.

It is important to remember, though, that a good portion of each red state … is blue.

ya gotta be kiddin’ me

It’s at times like this, that the right thing to do is to dig in your heels and start working for change and mobilizing people (aka taking the high ground), but at this very moment, I just have this overwhelming urge to throw up.

How could Kerry lose to someone as incompetent as bush? How could half a nation of voters be fooled by such idiocy? It is infuriating and I’m afraid this country has officially entered it’s great decline. I’m not even sure we’ll be around in four years given the direction we are headed in and I don’t even want to think about how the Supreme Court will change. Oh my God.

Speaking of which, … I wonder how many evangelical Christians will be praying for John Kerry’s (or his supporters) welfare? This administration is built on hypocriscy, lies, racism, and deceit. You reap what you sow. Or as we used to say, what goes around, comes around.

Sorry, but it will be a while before I’m able to take the high ground on this one.

Actually, I have a question. Even though Kerry concedes, suppose the provisional ballots give the Ohio electoral votes to Kerry. Does that mean Kerry wins (according to law) or does his concession remove him from contention?

greg palast report

A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggests a plan – possibly in violation of US law – to disrupt voting in the state’s African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight investigation reveals.

Greg Palast did the excellent reporting on the 2000 Florida election in which thousands of black voters had their rights trampled. He’s done another report for this year and it looks like the republicans are at it again. Why is it, do you think, that the republicans don’t want people to vote… ?


The Sinclair debacle IS the October Surprise.

The company has asked its 62 television stations – many of them in swing states – to pre-empt regular programming to run the documentary, which is critical of Kerry’s anti-war activities after he returned home from Vietnam three decades ago.

…Critics say the Baltimore-based company is abusing the public’s trust, and Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps, a Democrat, said the decision to run the documentary is “proof positive of media consolidation run amok.”

For more information and actions that can be taken, go here.


There are some who may have difficulty understanding the difference between Sinclair’s actions and Michael Moore’s F9/11 (it is not really a surprise given the current state of black and white thinking being expounded).

The major difference being that Michael Moore does not own the movie theaters and consequently could not force them to show his film. That is not the case with Sinclair. Their stations are being told they must show the anti-Kerry propaganda.

This type of strong arming is another reason why it is not a good idea for the rules on media ownership to be relaxed.

The fact that this company is choosing to show this piece days before the election belies any facade of impartiality or fairness. In my opinion, if there were an attempt at making this news presentation then there should be a showing of F9/11 as well, not some bogus panel discussion afterward.

republicans for kerry

Errol Morris has created a bunch of small ads supporting the Kerry campaign. I believe these were done for MoveOn. Morris did the Apple commercials a few years ago and in film, he did The Fog of War.

One of my favorites is the “Compassionate Conservative” spot. I haven’t seen any of these on TV, but then I don’t live in a “swing state,” so it’s not likely to be shown here.

Anyway, there’s another debate tonight. Bush has a lot to lose, so he’ll probably come out attacking Kerry and avoiding talking about his own record. Tonight’s discussion will be focused on domestic issues.


This, from Today’s New York Times:

Bush Rejects View That Weapons Report Belies Case for War: “President Bush said the finding that Iraq had no illicit arms at the time of the invasion in no way undermined his decision to go to war.”

Is this just another example of an administration too inflexible to admit mistakes, or is it something more? Over at The Republic of T, there is some conjecture

So, why postpone the president’s annual check-up. I have to admit my mind drifted back to the recent stories (rumors?) that the president is suffering presenile dementia and that he’s taking antidepressants to control mood swings and erratic behavior

Hmmmm… That might explain some of it.

Perhaps tomorrow we’ll see what bush’s behavior is like.