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Thursday, October 26, 2006

As national outrage is focused upon RNC race baiting in Harold Ford’s Tennessee senate campaign, those million dollar-powered jungle drums of classic Rovian attack and smear, here in northern Kentucky, are as deafening and incessant if far, far less multicultural in attitude and tone.
Across the American near and far, campaigning Republicans, when cornered, challenged or presented with their own factual misrepresentations, seem to always deny personal responsibility.
Local Republican congressional candidate, Geoff Davis, on par with a deafening and incessant array of fact-challenged and crony-fueled attack ads, sticks to grimy stereotype in this morning’s local paper.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports:

The AARP said the National Republican Congressional Committee has "wrongly" attacked Ken Lucas in a television ad and in a press release.

These incorrect ads, like the current crop now running, are not merely broadcast to an audience they saturate it with commercials that often run back to back in the same commercial break.
This proves that Republicans no longer believe a “sucker is born every minute” but rather every thirty seconds.
For the millions of dollars spent are not meant to inform the citizenry and they are not designed to enlighten, these seemingly innocuous commercials, like the screaming echo chamber accompaniment, are meant to overwhelm the senses and guarantee a pre-determined victory.
The Davis political commercials and their excessive broadcast schedules are intended not just to brain wash but to brain tsunami the, assumed to be docile, voting herd.
The local Republican campaign responded to the Enquirer’s report about the AARP’s criticism of their ad, in a manner similar to recent statements by Hastert, Reynolds, Foley, Boehner, Mehlman and Tennessee’s Corker, by denying responsibility:

[The] campaign manager for Rep. Geoff Davis, said the campaign had nothing to do with the ad and had no comment.

I expect this lack of across-the-board Republican responsibility will trump the Republican’s deregulated-media campaign zeal in little more than one week.
It won’t be pretty.
And, unless the victory is overwhelming, I fully expect the cash-heavy Republicans to contest every possible vote while filling the airwaves with ever more loony, false and anti-democratic confabulations to ensure the victory they must have at all costs to escape the abyss.
Controversial right-wing columnist Robert Novak, who has predicted a Lucas victory, says, in a bile-laden morning column, our usually snafu-free early vote totals on the evening of November 7th will foretell the control of Congress.
The Prince of Darkness has predicted my candidate’s victory and today says, “the 4th District will be a harbinger.”
Now I’ve gone and given myself a case of pre-Halloween spookiness.

Image: Max Fleischer
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
"They weren't called permanent bases...they were called arrangements."
--George W. Bush, October 25, 2006

Here'a the latest Democratic National Committee effort at YouTube.

Photos: Reuters
Monday, October 23, 2006
Mr. Perfect

Neil signs a $23 million deal with UAE investors in February

With so many Bush scandals and embarrassments over the years it’s hard work to keep track.
Thankfully, a Los Angeles Times report, yesterday, suggests Mr. Perfect (a sibling nickname for the President’s younger brother Neil, occasional source of Bush family blushing) might again dance across newspaper headlines to ankle-bite his already beleaguered litter mate before what is proving to be a historic already scandal-plagued midterm.
The current problem with Neil isn’t a new one or one as salacious as the news from his messy semi-recent divorce from first wife Sharon.
Yesterday’s LA Times headline, sadly for Republican hopes of retaining leadership, plays into the current Republican-themed parade of personal profit from public service.
The personal profit problem is “Ignite! Learning”, an educational software company that is “headed by President Bush's brother [Neil] and partly owned by his parents” and a few Arab (scroll to "Dubai funds Neil Bush") and Chinese investment partners.
According to the Times:

At least 13 U.S. school districts have used federal funds available through …the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, to buy Ignite's portable learning centers at $3,800 apiece…But Ignite does not offer reading instruction, and its math program will not be available until next year…educators and legal experts were sharply divided over whether Ignite's products were worth their cost or qualified under the No Child law.

Expert opinion from the fact-inistas, as we all truthily know, is highly suspect in “everything changed” pro-bootstrap-pulling America:

Most of Ignite's business has been obtained through sole-source contracts without competitive bidding…Bush's parents joined Neil as Ignite investors in 1999…By 2003, the records show, Neil Bush had raised about $23 million from more than a dozen outside investors, including Mohammed Al Saddah, the head of a Kuwaiti company, and Winston Wong, the head of a Chinese computer firm…Texas accounts for 75% of Ignite's business…In Houston, where Neil Bush and his parents live, the district has used various funding sources to acquire $400,000 in Ignite products. An additional $240,000 in purchases has been authorized in the last six months.


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