The Bushies are scrambling to take political advantage of a murderer’s taunts. The same murderer they failed to capture for 3+ years. In the Times, David Brooks does his meager best to twist the situation against Kerry. In the less widely-read but more respected in these parts Slapnose, Anthony puts him in his place.
Sy Hersh on the tight race:
Seymour M. Hersh, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter now writing for The New Yorker magazine, was asked Tuesday at the University of Michigan why Sen. John Kerry isn’t easily leading the presidential race over George W. Bush when the war in Iraq is going so badly.
“I think one thing you have to face up to is the fact there are roughly 70 million people in America who do not believe in evolution – and those are Bush supporters,” said Hersh, who is up front about his support for Kerry.
Larry lessig writes, “…every blog owes it to this space to state its case one way or the other, however briefly, so that the reality of November 3 doesn’t distort the views of where we are today.”
He has a good point. So let me enblog neé enshrine my endorsement of John Kerry for president: [Update: link to DW’s aggregation]
A significant portion of my decision comes from my dissatisfaction with George W. Bush in his term at the head of our country. He lied to the American people about the need for war in Iraq. I have an extreme distaste for politicians lying to their constituents, but when the lies involve life and death, I have an extreme disgust. Bush has brought religion into politics in a way never before done in this country. I find that innappropriate, bad for America, and as an atheist of Jewish and Catholic heritage, I find it offensive. Bush has repeatedly weakened environmental regulations, which shirks our responsibility to leave a suitable habitat for future generations in the name of short term economic gains. The level of secrecy and control and the curtailing of civil liberties introduced by the Bush administration makes me fear we are on the slippery slope to a police state. Finally, I am dismayed by Bush’s refusal to deal with reality, admit to mistakes, and have an honest dialogue about how move forward.
As for Kerry, I find him to be knowledgable and possessed of good judgement. I find his positions to be well thought out and in line with my values of democracy and society. That Kerry has served as long as he has in Washington and remained “clean” demonstrates an integrity that I hope will remain in his presidency. His willingness to stand up for what he believes is right and to fight for it inspires confidence and is an essential quality in leadership. And that “fight” is an important quality in taking on the problems that will be left behind by the current administration.
So there it is. I will cast my vote for John Kerry on Tuesday with anger and frustration at where we have been led in the last four years and with hope for the future of our nation.
The Economist endorses John Kerry for president:
If Mr Bush is re-elected, and uses a new team and a new approach to achieve that goal, and shakes off his fealty to an extreme minority, the religious right, then The Economist will wish him well. But our confidence in him has been shattered.
Furthermore, as Mr Bush has often said, there is a need in life for accountability. He has refused to impose it himself, and so voters should, in our view, impose it on him, given a viable alternative. John Kerry, for all the doubts about him, would be in a better position to carry on with America’s great tasks.
“Our goal is to present you with these clips to help you make an informed choice next Tuesday.” Check it out.
Former wrestler and governor Jesse Ventura elaborates on why he is endorsing John Kerry for president:
To me, a president should not put his personal spiritual beliefs in front of science. If we had that type of attitude, we’d probably still have polio today, if we had beliefs that didn’t allow scientific discovery. Now, people may say you’re not very religious — yes, I am. I believe God gave me a brain to use.
This is totally wild!
Once upon a time, but not so long ago, on a tropical island midway between Asia and Australia, there lived a race of little people, whose adults stood just three and a half feet high. Despite their stature, they were mighty hunters. They made stone tools with which they speared giant rats, clubbed sleeping dragons and hunted the packs of pygmy elephants that roamed their lost world.
The stuff of fantasies? Yes, and… the beginning of a NY Times article in the Science section headlined New Species Revealed: Tiny Cousins of Humans. Check it out. Fascinating!
The Kerry campaign has demanded a response from President Bush about the 380 tons of explosives missing in Iraq, and on Wednesday it got one: “A political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as commander in chief,” President Bush said.
According to the Borowitz Report, an offshoot of the Swift Boat group is on the attack. It’s not clear who is behind the Swift Boat Lesbians for Truth…