Friday, April 16, 2004

Dog tired... 

Too much geocaching for Zoe.


Bush vs. free press... 

Iowa State Daily | Online Edition
DES MOINES -- Three student newspapers were not allowed to cover President Bush's visit to Des Moines on Thursday.

The Iowa State Daily; the Daily Iowan, the student newspaper at the University of Iowa; and the DMACC Chronicle, the student newspaper of the Ankeny campus of Des Moines Area Community College, were all left off the approved list to cover the presidential visit.
Mike Allsup, reporter for the Chronicle, said the paper had faxed press credential information to the White House press office at 11 a.m. Tuesday, a full day before the due date.

"I think they missed out on a huge opportunity for getting the president's message out to students," he said.

Allsup said he was later contacted by the White House press office and told the president didn't want students covering the event in Des Moines.
I was president of the Iowa State Democrats in the mid 1990's. Clinton made several trips to Iowa during those years and his staff always made sure that we were involved.

John Kerry is currently on a national tour of colleges campuses. He is encouraging young people to vote, register their friends to vote, and get involved in their community and their future. Meanwhile, Bush is denying students the right to cover his event.

"I think they missed out on a huge opportunity for getting the president's message out to students." I think the message was sent. Bush doesn't care about young people. He's mortgaged their futures with tax cuts for the wealthy. He's cut funding for education. He;s sending thousands of them to die in a neo-colonialist crusade.

Message received, Mr. President.


Thursday, April 15, 2004

Bush's Tax Cut 

After completing my 2003 return I took a look at the differences between the 2002 and 2003 tax schedules. Just for fun I looked to see what my 2002 tax bill would have been under the 2003 schedule. There was a noticeable difference in the amount I would have paid.

The difference? $53. About a 1% tax cut.

That extra $1.01 a week really helped me get through some tough times. That extra $.14 per day got me over the hump of living paycheck to paycheck.

Just for comparison, the difference for Bush's personal income taxes was nearly $31,000. If I would have received the same savings percentage as Flightsuit, my 2003 tax saving would have been $506.

Thanks a lot, asshole.

I'll make a deal with you Mr. President. Let's throw the money you and I saved into a big pile and split it evenly. Better yet, let's use it to help fund No Child Left Behind. Or we could buy some body armor for the underequiped soldiers in Iraq. I'll let you choose.

Better yet, I think I'll take that $53 and donate it to the Kerry campaign.


Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Repeating History 

"How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -John Kerry April 23, 1971


Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Me Speaky Good Inglesh... 

ABCNEWS.com : Transcript: Bush News Conference Statement
Bush: This has been tough weeks in that country.
His ear piece must have been malfunctioning. Worst (illegitimate) president ever.


Gov. Flightsuit Speaks... 

ABCNEWS.com : Transcript: Bush News Conference Q & A
QUESTION: Mr. President, why are you and the vice president insisting on appearing together before the 9/11 Commission?

And, Mr. President, who will we be handing the Iraqi government over to on June 30th?

BUSH: We'll find that out soon. That's what Mr. Brahimi is doing. He's figuring out the nature of the entity we'll be handing sovereignty over.

And, secondly, because the 9/11 Commission wants to ask us questions, that's why we're meeting. And I look forward to meeting with them and answering their questions.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) I was asking why you're appearing together, rather than separately, which was their request.

BUSH: Because it's a good chance for both of us to answer questions that the 9/11 Commission is looking forward to asking us. And I'm looking forward to answering them.
Answer the question Governor. Why can't you appear without your babysitter?