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Archive for August, 2004

GEORGE W. BUSH’S AMERICA

Thursday, August 26th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

GEORGE W. BUSH’S AMERICA

More Americans are now living in poverty.

Oh, and jobless claims have increased.

Japanese Internment Camp Caused ‘Suffering’

Thursday, August 26th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

Japanese Internment Camp Caused ‘Suffering’

Like thousands of other Japanese-Americans, Hirai’s parents were uprooted from their home and sent off to a de facto prison, considered a threat to national security simply because of their family tree.
“How do you think that would make you feel?” said Hirai’s 89-year-old mother, Mae. “I really don’t even like to think about it. We just had to take it. But we went through a lot of suffering.”

But…but Michelle Malkin says it wasn’t not so bad.

I heard about this story last night watching Kimiko Soldati compete in the women’s diving event. Her father was born in a Japanese internment camp, after his parents were forced out of their home into the camp during World War II.

Let’s see Malkin debate her. I nominate Chris Matthews to moderate.

WHOA, CHECK OUT MISS REPUBLICAN BLOGGER 2004

Thursday, August 26th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

WHOA, CHECK OUT MISS REPUBLICAN BLOGGER 2004

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Okay, so she’s pretty, but she’s still evil.

If you want to meet Miss Republican Blogger 2004, please join us and a cache of other prominent bloggers tonight:

Fashion 40 Lounge, 202 West 40th (close to Seventh Ave), 9:00pm.

A DECENT PROPOSAL

Thursday, August 26th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

A DECENT PROPOSAL

On August 10th, over on that other site, I wrote:

No, I don’t think it’s a good power for any President to have –I figure must be a reason the framers gave the power to Congress, don’t know why Congress bends over backwards to give it away and I wish the Supreme Court would declare such resolutions unconstitutional. but i can’t imagine the kind of lawsuit that would bring the issue up before tye supreme court, so there we are. But I don’t like that you keep (intentionally or unintentionally) mischaracterizing Kerry’s statement as “he would have gone into Iraq even knowing what we know now” He said he would vote for the President to have the authority to do so and there is a difference.

Last night, Jon Stewart, in a bug-crushing…I mean in a response to Ed Gilespie said:

No, Kerry didn’t say he would have gone to war, he said he voted to give the President the authority to go to war as leverage…not that I agree with that, I think Congress should declare war and the President should, I don’t know wave at the NCAA champions.”

Jon, it’s obvious that you are reading my blog and my comments in the blogosphere (or that you took a civics class in junior high, one or the other). Of course, I watch your show fairly regularly, it seems perfectly logical that you should hire me as the official Daily Show blogger.

Whatdya say?

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I tried to accept that letter and he would not give it to me,” Mr. Patterson told The Associated Press, referring to Mr. Cleland. “He would not face me. He kept rolling away from me. He’s quite mobile.”

A Pro-Bush Texas official describing an attempt to exchange letters with the pro-Kerry veteran who left three limbs in Vietnam.

I’m not happy

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

I’m not happy

I walked into McDonald’s for the first time in a few months. I needed cash and they offer .99 cent withdrawals…of course, once I had the cash in hand, I might as well also get an apple pie.
I reached the front of the line really quickly.
“Welcome to McDonald’s how may I help you?”
“An apple pie please”
“Would you like two? It’ll be the same price.”
Mentally, I mark this as a key piece of evidence in my future Big Fat lawsuit.
“Sure.”
I handover a $20 and receive 18.92 in change (damn you, ATM machine (sorry, I know what the ‘M’ stands for, but ATM just looks wrong without machine after it.)
I watch her shake open a brownbag and turn to get my pies out of the dispenser.
Behind the counter is a huge sign that says “Smile Guarantee: if you don’t get a smile when you pay, receive a free small fries or hashbrown.”
Hmm…Did she smile? I don’t remember a smile. Do I really want fries with my apple pie?
Ewww.
As if she could read my mind or follow my line of vision, the cashier handed me my brown bag of artery clogging, Atkins-unfriendly, points system busting treats and flashed her pearly whites.
“Have a great day.”
“Thanks”
I felt dirty.
It’s one thing to require your employees to give out receipts, wear a heinous brown uniform or deliver prompt service, but behavior control?
A smile for every menial transaction with the Times Square fast food hordes?
Jerks and all?
The reason smiles are so wonderful is that they are spontaneous expressions of joy, sent voluntarily from the smiler to the smiled at.
A smile should not be bought and sold for $5.15 an hour.
It certainly should be worth more than a hashbrown.

HOLLA!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

HOLLA!

Al Franken wants to give President G. W. Bush a shout out. Literally.

In the spirit of Paddy Chayefsky’s classic movie monologue from “Network,” the liberal comedian Wednesday urged New Yorkers — and other Americans — to simultaneously scream the all-purpose local wisecrack at the moment that President Bush accepts the nomination.
“This is a form of protest that is very non-disruptive,” Franken said at a press conference in the Park Avenue office of Air America radio network, where he hosts a talk show.


Franken said he expected the shouts to last less than five minutes. Out of “respect for the office of the presidency,” he asked that participants quiet down once Bush begins speaking so “people can hear him give a bad speech.”

Who’s in?

MTV AXES REGGAE SINGER FOR ANTI-GAY REMARKS

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

MTV AXES REGGAE SINGER FOR ANTI-GAY REMARKS

Beenie man is out, well not like that. Hmmm…think Eminem will be next?

Not bloody likely.

CHENEY: MY TRUTH IS THAT I FATHERED A GAY AMERICAN

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

CHENEY: MY TRUTH IS THAT I FATHERED A GAY AMERICAN

Publicly splits with the President on the issue of gay marriage.

KERRY BATTLES STEWART TO A DRAW

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

KERRY BATTLES STEWART TO A DRAW

I don’t get my news from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
I get my jokes about the news Daily Show with from Jon Stewart.
So when politicos (or entertainers…lord help us the day they become one and the same) sit on his couch, I’m looking for do two things: 1. Are they funny and 2. Do they know funny.
When Bill Clinton did his turn a couple of weeks ago, I realized pretty quickly that he’s neither funny nor gets funny. I was disappointed.
Last night was Kerry’s turn and again, I was disappointed — but only half as much.
Kerry’s definitely not funny (“flip, flip flap, flip” what the hell? and where was he going with the “remember when John Edwards announced his candidacy on your show?” stuff…very awkward), but he definitely gets funny. Stewart said “From what I understand you were never in Vietnam” and Kerry couldn’t stop laughing.
Incidentally, I need to stop reading conservative blogs, the whole time I watched his interview I kept imagining how they were going to spin his appearance.
(What’s the over/under on how long it takes Allahpundit to photoshop Kerry with laser beams coming out of his eyes?)
In any case, if the inaugaration is on the Daily Show, I’m definitely trying to get tickets.