17 September 2002

KFYI vs. The Arizona Republic

On Monday, KFYI Charles Goyette berated the Arizona Republic as one of his talking points. He spent considerable time decrying an article on the economic effects of Gulf War II and took the local paper to task for a post-mortem election editorial blurb. As usual, his spin machinations were throttling in full cycle. First, let's look at his outrage over the AZ Republic editorial commentary on Jaime Molera's defeat. For those who've no doubt discarded Monday's paper already, here is the text from that "controversial" op-ed:

A close second on the disappointment scale was the poor showing by Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Jaime Molera. Perhaps this race was about money, which self-financed Tom Horne had in bucketsful. More darkly, it also raises questions about the willingness of Republicans to elect anyone but Anglos.

It seems Goyette and others loyal to his persuasion take issue with the suggestion that racism might be a factor in the voting. And he alluded to past history - the governorship of Raul Castro in the 1970's. Well, first off Castro was a Democrat, not Republican. It was also a different era, a time soon after civil rights and desegregation and it was before the resurgent tide of Social Darwinism that has engulfed many in a state of increased intolerance. I think it's a stretch to compare a successful Democrat in the 1970's to a Republican in 2002. Next, the argument was made that the AZ Republic's verbiage was ludicrous, considering that Molera received more votes in his race for Superintendent of Public Instruction than Alfredo Gutierrez received in the Democratic gubernatorial primary - Molera received 30% of the Republican vote in his race while Gutierrez nabbed 23% of the Democrat vote in his bid. Sorry, but it's shabby comparison as Molera was the incumbent and received the endorsements of most all the top Republican legislators - Bob Stump, John Shadegg, Jon Kyl, JD Hayworth and Jeff Flake. Gutierrez had been absent from the political spotlight for some time, and was not considered a automatic Hispanic favorite. Raul Castro supported Napolitano.

No, this doesn't definitively set the case of a ground swell of Republicans eschewing minority candidates. But it does evince that the question is still a valid one.

Now, onto the blistering of an article on economic impact of an Iraq attack ...
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14 September 2002

The Brown People Are Wrong And Must Pay

By now, all have no doubt heard the news about the three men on their way to a South Miami hospital who stopped for a bite to eat in a Georgia diner. That little meal precipitated a massive manhunt and shut down a major Florida interstate for most of the day. The three men were stopped late Thursday night For 18 hours the three men were interogatted while automated robots and demolition experts scoured their vehicles looking for munitions. But it turns out it was just a false alarm, and the law enforcement response was triggered by the words of a Shoney's restaurant patron who says she overheard these young men saying that "Americans mourned on 9/11 and they are going to mourn again on 9/13". Authorities "suggest" that the three men may have been playing a prank on the woman who was staring at them.

Oh, I forgot to mention they were brown people, of Middle Eastern descent. So they must be terrorists, right? Well, according to a large number of folks, that's the way it works. I was listening to the one of the local right wing talk radio shows Friday afternoon, and the host and caller after caller banged away on the brown people. One caller expressed his outrage and argued vehemently that these individuals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and made to pay restitution for all the police activity that was necessitated by their hoax. One caller said that they should be dropped into the middle of a rural Georgia tractor and truck pull event and have the alleged derogatory comments they made be rebroadcast over the public intercom. Another veteran stated that the three men should have to pay because of potential military status changes. Yet another joked that they be turned over to Sheriff Joe Arpaio to deposit into a tent city jail. The host himself expressed outrage at the "perpetrators", agreeing with the callers that these individuals should be "de-exported" out of the country and made to pay restitution and weighty fines. On, I read the outpouring of support for Ms. Eunice Stone, the eavesdropper who alerted the authorites. She should be given a medal, the consensus there echoed. The South Miami hospital chief executive told the students to discontinue their journey, that their safety could not be guaranteed, as the hospital had been receiving threatening phone calls and E-mails all day.

Wait a second, I'm really confused here, let me try to sort this all out.
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9 September 2002

Chickenhawk Database

What do George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Britt Hume, Rush Limbaugh, John Ashcroft, Tom DeLay, Trent Lott, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reily and Jerry Falwell all have in common? They're all listed in the "Chickenhawk Database." Compiled by Vietnam veteran and newspaper editor Steve Fowle, the database lists pro-war pundits who "share three qualities: bellicosity (a warlike manner or temperament), public prominence, and a curious lack of wartime service when others their age had no trouble finding the fight." The Washington Post notes that many of "the nation's most persistent voices in support of military attack on Iraq ... are people who never served in Vietnam or saw first hand the carnage that war produces." Conservative Senator Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, agrees: "It is interesting to me that many of those who want to rush this country into war and think it would be so quick and easy don't know anything about war. They come at it from an intellectual perspective versus having sat in jungles or foxholes and watched their friends get their heads blown off."
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In War, Some Facts Less Factual

In 1990, George H. W. Bush built a case for war with Iraq by claiming that 250,000 Iraqi troops were positioned and threatening to invade Saudi Arabia. It was a pretty serious fib, says journalist Jean Heller, who investigated the administration's claim and found no evidence for it. Now the administration of George the Younger seems to be using very similar disinformation. The Christian Science Monitor notes that the same people who invented disinformation to support the first war with Iraq are now in charge of Dubya's current war drive.

"This administration is capable of any lie ... in order to advance its war goal in Iraq," says a US government source in Washington with some two decades of experience in intelligence. "It is one of the reasons it doesn't want to have UN weapons inspectors go back in, because they might actually show that the probability of Iraq having [threatening illicit weapons] is much lower than they want us to believe.

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2 September 2002

Yet another piece of evidence pointing to a fraudulent Bush 2000 election

Our court appointed president needed the help of his brother and Florida campaign chief who also served as top election officer to suppress the minority vote in whatever way they could:

The NAACP's lawsuit over Florida's disputed 2000 presidential election appears headed for a close as the state and two counties -- the only remaining defendants -- have agreed to a settlement, attorneys said Tuesday. Joe Klock, an attorney for the state, told U.S. District Judge Alan Gold that all parties promised to file final papers by Friday for approval. Attorneys would not discuss terms of the settlement. The class-action lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other civil rights groups argued voters were disenfranchised during the on Nov. 7, 2000 election; it included allegations that blacks were kept from voting in some counties. The state and Orange and Hillsborough counties were the only holdouts in the lawsuit. Miami-Dade, Broward, Leon, Volusia and Duval counties settled earlier rather than face trial.

Hmm, let's tally the fraud - first, a contract firm with strong Republican and Texas ties erroneously marks thousands of voters as felons, denying their right to vote. Next, the inconsistent treatment of overseas votes - in precincts favorable to Republicans, the rule of law was discarded and those votes were tallied, regardless of postmarks or deadlines. Many Republican voters tallied multiple votes. In Democrat favored precincts, the letter of the law was adhered to, which suited Republican strategists just fine. Second, the differences in the mechanical error rates of non-registered votes between Republican and Democrat districts that exceed any normal statistical deviation. And finally an admission (by agreeing to the settlement) that black voters were kept from voting and wrongfully turned away. Florida is doing its earnest to return to the days of Jim Crow.
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