joint press conference

You are proabably aware that tonight is the first “debate” between bush and Kerry. I used quotes because if you’ve read the “memorandum of Understanding” (PDF download), then you know that this is not really a debate. The candidates can not even address each other.

So, this is really a scripted event in which soundbites (not logic) will reign supreme. Now, given the fact that the media has already shown itself to be incapable of reporting respsonsibly, it will come as no surprise that they will focus on the mannerisms and quips more than issues. Therefore I will predict the winner of this joint press conference before they even start… g. w. bush.

I’d love to be wrong, but looking realistically at all the players, the conclusion seems rather obvious. I don’t even know why I’ll watch it.

belief system

I was listening to the radio when a person called in to the station with a list of Things You Have to Believe to be a Republican. He read off a number of things and I’ve listed a few:

•A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense.
A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

•If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.

•Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

•A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our longtime allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

You can find more here.

survival or game

There seems to be a distinct difference between the way the right wing (Republicans) and progressives (Democrats) are viewing the upcoming presidential elections.

Republicans appear to see this as a regular political campaign and their team is under attack by the left wing. No matter what evidence is presented, they will support their team. Progessives, however, will often consider the others’ view (some progressives even see this as a weakness).

Progressives tend to see this as a dire point in the history of the United States in which the very essence of what this country stands for is being destroyed. We feel Constitutional laws and safeguards are being dismantled by this present administration and any credibility we had with the rest of the world has been thrown away.

Here’s an excerpt from one of Nat Hentoff’s articles in the Village Voice:

Before this year’s Democratic and Republican conventions, FBI agents, with the enthusiastic approval of John Ashcroft, engaged in intimidating visits to watch-listed people considered likely to protest at the conventions. As an editorial in the August 19 Denver Post accurately charged: “They have gone about their mission aggressively, with little regard for basic rights and without evidence that the people they are trying to dissuade are actually intending any criminal activity.”

Often I’ll hear progressives make statements like, “I don’t understand how people could vote for him (bush). Don’t people see what he’s doing to the country?” Right wingers, on the other hand, make statements like, “I think he’s (bush) basically an honest guy… He’s someone I could have a beer with.” It’s almost as if they think this is an American Idol contest. (A reality TV contest made all the more infamous earlier this year when contestants who obviously could not sing as well as their competitors were voted on to stay week after week.) The teen girl vote is obviously a force to be reckoned with.

So, you have one group acting on the belief that the country is at stake, and the other acting as if this is a popularity contest and it seems …never the twain shall meet.

hate filled

The Republican Convention (or flat earth society meeting) has finally left New York.

It’a amazing to me the depth of hate that was being perpetrated. Seems pretty obvious to me that the Republicans are the party of hate (though it was reported that numerous delegates referred to themselves as the party of God).

Bush’s speech was really no different from his acceptance speech in 2000 and if you’ve seen the faces and chants on television, it was almost like watching a cult meeting. Should Bush win, I fear for this country as well as the rest of the world.

central park revisited

The Judge made a decision today about the demonstration at Central Park:

“,,,by seeking to invoke this court’s equity jurisdiction mere days before the convention, plaintiff foreclosed an opportunity for the city to formulate an appropriate plan to ensure the safety of the public and to protect the city’s parkland from what likely would be irreparable damage.”

So, it looks like grass wins over free speech.

rnc in new york

The Republican National Convention will be happening here in New York, starting next week. [I should admit here that I had to really think about adding the link to the RNC, because it gives them free publicity, but I realized that bush is only one type of Republican… there are even Republicans tthat don’t like bush… I hope. Though none of them will likely be at the convention.) There are a lot of demonstrations planned.

One group is trying to get a permit from the city to allow a rally in Central Park. Central Park is in the middle of Manhattan and traditionally is where new yorkers relax, play, demonstrate and generally have a good time. The city (specifically Mayor Bloomberg) doesn’t want this to happen, ostensibly because the city recently (a few years ago) replanted “the great lawn” at a cost of something like 18 million dollars.

The decision from the courts should occur this week. Many see it as a choice between free speech or grass.