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Dragonfly I saw at lunch today.

Kerry's 'facts' just don't add up

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BY ROBERT NOVAK SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST : "John Kerry in a press conference last week repeated his accusation that Gen. Eric Shinseki was ''forced out'' as U.S. Army chief of staff because he wanted more troops for Iraq. The trouble is that the Democratic presidential nominee was spreading an urban myth. The bigger trouble is that it was no isolated incident."

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I sat on the side of the road last night, taking long exposure images. Here is one of them.

Look out for voter fraud

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Power Line: More Voter Fraud

Michelle Malkin has a good roundup on attempted voter fraud in Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

A few days ago, we noted attempted voter fraud in Wisconsin by a liberal group called the "New Voter Project." Michelle reports that a criminal investigation of the liberal group is about to be undertaken:

A group that says it has registered 30,000 voters in southeastern Wisconsin could face a criminal investigation because of voter registration applications that may have been filed fraudulently.
Acting Racine City Clerk Carolyn Moskonas said Tuesday she will ask the district attorney's office to investigate at least six voter registration applications filed by Project Vote.

That non-profit organization, which also has filed scores of Racine applications that contain bogus addresses, has fired its Racine-area coordinator because of problems with the filings.



The Presidential election had better not be close. Because if it is close, the Democrats will steal it.

Kerry the Pumpkin?

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Pumpkin Head - can you say tan in a bottle?

From Hugh Hewitt:

a play for the Great Pumpkin vote. And finally, one suggests it is just nature's pumpkin cycle:

Blooms and grows in July.
Turns Orange in September.
Carved up in October.
Thrown out in November.

Criticism that Bush was trying to avoid service debunked

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A retired National Guard officer now living in East Tennessee is weighing into the debate over President Bush's service record. [T]he man who swore then-Lieutenant George Bush into the Air National Guard, is rising to the President's defense from his Blount County home.
Retired Colonel Ed Morrisey served in the Air National Guard and is familiar with the President's record since the beginning of his service.

"George W. went to pilot training, seated well, being selected to be a fighter pilot, which is at the top of the line in the Air Force selection process. Came back to train in the F-102 at Ellington. He stood alert like anyone else," says Colonel Morrisey.

According to Morrisey, then-Lieutenant Bush more than fulfilled his guard requirements. Morrisey says in the six years the President served he never failed to meet participation point requirements.

"Bush averaged 176 per year. In no year did he have less that 50," says Morrisey. "He was rated by his commander, Col. Maurice Udell in the top 5 of his pilots."

One of the criticisms leveled at the President is that he sought guard service to keep him from serving in Vietnam. Morrisey says, "not so."

"The Air Force, in their ultimate wisdom, assembled a group of 102's and took them to Southeast Asia. Bush volunteered to go. But he needed to have 500 [flight] hours, but he only had just over 300 hours so he wasn't eligible to go,” Morrisey recalls.

Despite that, Lieutenant Bush stayed busy. "He flew in active air defense missions, training missions. Day, night, regardless of inclement weather," Morrisey says.

Colonel Morrisey assured us that to the best of his knowledge Lieutenant Bush was treated like any other officer in the Texas Air National Guard.

Man who swore Bush into Air Guard speaks out

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Man who swore Bush into Air Guard speaks out: "Ed Morrisey Jr. has his opinion about rumors President Bush received preferential treatment when he was allowed into the Texas Air National Guard in the late 1960s.
The Blount Countian also has firsthand knowledge.
The 75-year-old Jackson Hills resident is a retired colonel with Texas Air National Guard. He swore Lt. George W. Bush into the service in May 1968.
On Thursday, Morrisey said the argument that Bush got off easy by being in the National Guard doesn't take into consideration the context of the 1960s.
``Bush and the others were flying several flights day or night over the Gulf of Mexico to identify the unknown,'' he said. ``The Cold War was a nervous time. You never knew. There were other things going on equally important to the country, and the Air National Guard had a primary role in it.''
Morrisey said the commander he worked for at the unit in Texas was sent there to rebuild the image of the unit. There were only two to four pilot training slots given to them per year, he said. Individuals questioned by an evaluation board and then chosen by the commander had to be the best.
``Bush was selected and he turned out just fine,'' he said.
According to Morrisey, after Bush began working as a fighter pilot, he became regarded as one of the best pilots there. Unit commander Col. Maurice Udell considered Bush to be one of his top five pilots, Morrisey said."

Another moment, "seared, seared" into John Kerry's Memory

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Captain's Quarters

When Cowards Attack

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nbc4i.com - News - Decorated Soldier Reportedly Attacked At Concert:

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A local soldier back from the war in Iraq said he was beaten at an area concert because of what was printed on his T-shirt, NBC 4's Nancy Burton reported.

Foster Barton, 19, of Grove City, received a Purple Heart for his military service in Iraq. He almost lost his leg last month after a Humvee he was riding in ran over a landmine.

Barton said he was injured again Friday night in a crowded parking lot as he was leaving the Toby Keith concert at Germain Amphitheatre. The solider was injured so badly that he can't go back to Iraq as scheduled.

CBS arranged for meeting with Kerry Camp

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More evidence of the kerry camp and CBS working together?

USATODAY.com - CBS arranged for meeting with Lockhart

Staying Behind the Curve

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Via Power Line :

As expected, Dan Rather has released a statement on the forged documents. This apparently follows his belated interview with Bill Burkett in Texas over the weekend. Here is the key language:

"Now, after extensive additional interviews, I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where—if I knew then what I know now—I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.

But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry. It was an error that was made, however, in good faith and in the spirit of trying to carry on a CBS News tradition of investigative reporting without fear or favoritism."


So Rather and 60 Minutes stay resolutely behind the curve. The significant part of the statement--"I no longer have...confidence in these documents"--could and should have been said on September 9. They still can't bring themselves to admit what everyone knows, that the documents are fakes.

And Rather's statement studiously avoids the only question that remains open: where did CBS get the forged documents? Specifically, did they come from the Kerry campaign? As we've noted, an email from Bill Burkett indicates that he gave materials to Max Cleland for use in the campaign. Those materials are presumably the forged documents. So Rather can't go much longer without answering the obvious question: did you get the forgeries from Max Cleland?

CBS News Concludes It Was Misled on National Guard Memos, Network Officials Say

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CBS Misled:

After days of expressing confidence about the documents used in a "60 Minutes'' report that raised new questions about President Bush's National Guard service, CBS News officials have grave doubts about the authenticity of the material, network officials said last night.

The officials, who asked not to be identified, said CBS News would most likely make an announcement as early as today that it had been deceived about the documents' origins. CBS News has already begun intensive reporting on where they came from, and people at the network said it was now possible that officials would open an internal inquiry into how it moved forward with the report. Officials say they are now beginning to believe the report was too flawed to have gone on the air.

Aron Ralston @ Barnes & Noble

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Maria, her mother and I went to Barnes and Noble in Edina last night for the speech and book signing by Aron Ralston. You may have heard of Aron last year when his story came out in the press about his ordeal in Blue John Canyon, Utah.


He was on a hike in a slot canyon when his right arm became pinned by a large boulder. He was trapped. After 6 days of being stuck, in desperation he ended up having to cut off his own arm. Then, despite losing blood fast, he rappelled down a cliff the equivalent of a 7 story building, and hiked out 7 miles until he found help, and his salvation, in a rescue helicopter.

His story is a compelling one, and I urge you, if you haven't already, to read his book. Check out our auction for a signed copy if you're interested.



Halfway through Aron's story last night, Mom showed up to say hi. It was nice to see you mom!

Poll: Bush Opens Lead Over Kerry

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From CBS:

(CBS) The contest between President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry looks much as it did in a CBS News Poll conducted last week, after the Republican convention. Bush’s post-convention bounce remains intact, if even slightly larger in this poll; Bush now leads Kerry 50 percent to 41 percent among registered voters, giving the President a 9-point margin.

White House rips Rather for report, his advice

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White House rips Rather for report, his advice - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - September 17, 2004

"CBS has now acknowledged that the crux of their story may have been based of forged documents," he told reporters aboard Air Force One.
The spokesman also fired back at Mr. Rather for challenging the president to "answer the questions" raised in his widely discredited report, which aired Sept. 8 on "60 Minutes II." The anchorman told an interviewer on Tuesday that such presidential candor would help Bush win re-election.
"It's always best for journalists to stick to reporting the facts and not try to dispense campaign advice," Mr. McClellan said.

GIRL CRIES AFTER BUSH/CHENEY SIGN RIPPED BY THUGS...

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Three-year-old Sophia Parlock cries while seated on the shoulders of her father, Phil Parlock, after having their Bush-Cheney sign torn up by Kerry-Edwards supporters on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va. Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards made a brief stop at the airport as he concluded his two-day bus tour to locations in West Virginia and Ohio. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder)

Link

UPDATE: It turns out this story may not be true..

click here for updates from Captain's quarters.

Poll: Bush leads Kerry in Minnesota

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Pioneer Press, MPR results differ from Star Tribune

In the past few days the Star Tribune had a poll showing that Kerry was up by 9 in Minnesota. The Star Tribune roundly criticized their critics saying that their methodology was sound, and the numbers were accurate. Never mind that they have a history of being way off... Could their numbers be fake along the lines of the CBS memos - and will they come out with a defense saying that they were fake, but the sentiment of the numbers was still accurate? (kidding of course)...

From the Pioneer press today:

As President Bush launches a three-city bus trip across Minnesota today, a new poll shows that for the first time he has a lead - albeit a very narrow one - over Democratic challenger John Kerry in the state.

The Pioneer Press/Minnesota Public Radio poll, conducted Sept. 11-14, shows 46 percent of Minnesota voters would now vote for Bush, while 44 percent support Kerry. Since the president's lead is within the poll's 4-percentage point margin of error, that makes the race here a tossup.

Only 1 percent of the respondents favor independent candidate Ralph Nader, and 9 percent are undecided.

While Bush's support has increased by 1 percentage point since the last Pioneer Press/MPR poll in July, Kerry has dropped 4 percentage points.

"This survey is good news for President Bush, and it confirms that Minnesota is in play," said political scientist Larry Jacobs, director of the 2004 Election Project at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. "It helps to explain why he's visiting again and why we're going to see him in the future."

....


The results contrast sharply with a Minnesota Poll published Wednesday by the Star Tribune that showed Kerry leading Bush, 50 percent to 41 percent.

The results of the two polls probably varied because they used slightly different methods and ways of identifying likely voters, said Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the Pioneer Press/MPR survey.

Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Ron Eibensteiner last week asserted that the Star Tribune has historically undercounted GOP voters in its polls, a charge that officials at the newspaper adamantly denied.



Update: From CNN: USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll Shows Bush and Kerry in Dead Heat in Minnesota

Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY/CNN/GALLUP have released the results of a poll of likely voters in the battleground state of Minnesota. The results show that of likely voters in that state, George W. Bush and John Kerry each have 45% of the vote, with Ralph Nader receiving 5% of the vote.

Faked, but accurate?

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Faked, but accurate?

James Lileks speaking of the memos..via Instapundit:

In any case, the whole “fake but accurate” line shows how tone-deaf these people are; it’s like saying a body in a pine box is “dead but lifelike.” It boggles, it really does: the story is true, the evidence is faked, but the evidence reflects the evidence we have not yet presented that proves our conclusion – ergo, we’re telling the truth. They just can’t give it up; they just can’t say the memos were typed by the guy in the “Dude, you’re getting a Dell!” commercial and leave it be, because that that puts the knife in the story regardless of what happened. So they keep going.

Breaking News!!!!

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From Drudge:

WASH POST: Documents allegedly written by deceased officer that raised questions about Bush's service with Texas National Guard bore markings showing they had been faxed to CBS News from a Kinko's copy shop in Abilene, Texas... Developing...

UPDATE: From the washington Post:

Documents allegedly written by a deceased officer that raised questions about President Bush's service with the Texas Air National Guard bore markings showing they had been faxed to CBS News from a Kinko's copy shop in Abilene, Tex., according to another former Guard officer who was shown the records by the network.

There is only one Kinko's in Abilene, and it is 21 miles from the Baird, Tex., home of retired Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett, who has been named by several news outlets as a possible source for the documents.

Burkett, who served with the Texas National Guard in an administrative capacity before his 1998 retirement, has been involved in a bitter dispute with the Guard over medical benefits after suffering from a tropical disease following a military assignment to Panama. He has told reporters that he suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized for depression after he left the Guard.

Power Line: CBS Statement and translation

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Power Line: "Andrew Heyward is the president of CBS News. Here's his statement today:
'We established to our satisfaction that the memos were accurate or we would not have put them on television. There was a great deal of coroborating [sic] evidence from people in a position to know. Having said that, given all the questions about them, we believe we should redouble our efforts to answer those questions, so that's what we are doing.'
Translation: CBS has played its cards; it holds none. CBS now undertakes efforts to discover evidence bolstering a story that has blown up in its face. Its efforts should be redirected to facing reality and acknowledging culpability. It is now at the least complicit in a fraud of monumental proportions. (Courtesy of NRO's Kerry Spot.)"

Syria tested chemical weapons on civilians in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region

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Via Instapundit.com:

"BERLIN : Syria tested chemical weapons on civilians in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region in June and killed dozens of people.
The German daily Die Welt newspaper, in an advance release of its Wednesday edition, citing unnamed western security sources, said that injuries apparently caused by chemical arms were found on the bodies of the victims. . . .
Die Welt said the sources had indicated that the weapons tests were undertaken following a military exercise between Syria and Sudan.
Syrian officers were reported to have met in May with Sudanese military leaders in a Khartoum suburb to discuss the possibility of improving cooperation between their armies.
According to Die Welt, the Syrians had suggested close cooperation on developing chemical weapons, and it was proposed that the arms be tested on the rebel SPLA, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, in the south.
But given that the rebels were involved in peace talks, the newspaper continued, the Sudanese government proposed testing the arms on people in Darfur."


I wonder where these chemical weapons came from? Iraq perhaps?

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Breaking News - New Memo just discovered!

Telling It Like It Is : Zell Miller

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Zell Miller begins with this great opening:

My critics in the national media are working overtime trying to paint me as an angry nut who got the facts all wrong in my speech to the Republican National Convention. Since there's not enough time to challenge all of these critics to a duel, let me set the record straight here and now.

He goes on to defend his statements made in his speech, ending with this:

So, they can call me names and ridicule my angry demeanor all day long. But facts are facts. And the fact is, John Kerry has a long record of proposals to weaken our national security in a time of war. And I would never put my family's safety in those hands.

Go get 'em Zell...

More here:

OpinionJournal - Featured Article:

Dem Smear Discredited

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From Drudge:

Faster than a CBS eye can blink, dogged Dems are set to take to the airwaves anew hoping to keep questions about President Bush's National Guard duty in play, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

"George W. Bush's campaign literature claimed that he 'served in the U.S. Air Force.' The only problem? He didn't," slams a new DNC press release set for distribution.

But a form obtained by DRUDGE on Monday shows Bush was active duty Air Force, albeit for 120 days.


Another Dem untrue smear?!

DNC TO LAUNCH FRESH ATTACK ON BUSH GUARD DUTY: WILL RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT 1978 CAMPAIGN LIT

MSNBC - Desperate days in Blue John Canyon - Aron Ralston

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On Friday my wife and I watched the story of Aron Ralston on Dateline NBC. You may remember Ralston from the news a few months ago when they talked about a hiker who had become trapped by a boulder, and cut off his own arm to escape.

Ralston talked with Tom Brokaw for the special, and related his story of survival and desperation. He told of how he was driven to escape the canyon, and how he summoned the strength and courage to get out after several days of captivity.

On the morning of his final day trapped inside the canyon, Ralston knew what he had to do to survive. He had to cut off his arm that was pinned by the heavy boulder.

That would be followed by a 65-foot rappel, and one more seemingly impossible task. With one arm, bleeding profusely, starved and dehydrated, close to shock, Ralston would have to hike seven miles out of the canyon in the direct midday sun. Then there would be an 800-foot vertical climb to the trailhead and his truck. The nearest hospital was a several hour drive.

As he summoned his strength for the seven-mile hike that lay ahead, rescuers were converging near his truck, at the Horseshoe Canyon trailhead.


I am in awe of this man's determination, and drive to live. My wife and I will be buying copies of his book and going to the book signing and question/answer session at the Barnes and Noble in Edina, MN this Friday. It will be at 7:30pm in case anyone reading this wants to attend. We'll try to get some pictures and post them later.

Read more of his story here:
MSNBC - Desperate days in Blue John Canyon

Rathergate.com

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You had to know that this website would pop-up sooner or later:

Rathergate.com

Wizbang: On The Trail Of The Forger

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Some interesting theories on the CBS Rathergate scandal, and where the memos may have come from:

Wizbang: On The Trail Of The Forger

Puffy Gore Compares Bush Faith to Fundamentalist Islam

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Is it just me, or is Gore looking more and more puffy every day?

Gore, in an interview with The New Yorker, compared Bush's faith to "the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia" and elsewhere, the Bush campaign distributed a statement from GOP consultant Ralph Reed, a former leader of the Christian Coalition, calling the comments "reckless and irresponsible."


Gore continues on his downward slide - becoming more and more of a joke.

GOP strategist Keith Appell likens him to "some kind of cheerleader on acid."

Article here

HODGES SAID HE WAS MISLED BY CBS

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ABCNEWS.com : Noted Now: ABC News' Political News DigestRetired Maj. General Hodges, Killian's supervisor at the Grd, tells ABC News that he feels CBS misled him about the documents they uncovered. According to Hodges, CBS told him the documents were 'handwritten' and after CBS read him excerpts he said, 'well if he wrote them that's what he felt.'
Hodges also said he did not see the documents in the 70's and he cannot authenticate the documents or the contents. His personal belief is that the documents have been 'computer generated' and are a 'fraud'. "

Wizbang: Rather Defends on CBS News

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Wizbang: Rather Defends on CBS News: "their whole argument was that the signatures matched. The rest was fluff."

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Breaking....

AUDIO - Daughter of Ben Barnes Disputes Father's Claims as Political

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WBAP News/Talk 820 - The News & Talk of Texas:


The Former Texas House Speaker Ben Barnes' recollections over how he helped President Bush get into the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War have evolved over the years from fuzzy to distinct.

Barnes, who once claimed he did not help Bush enter the National Guard, reversed his story and told CBS News 60 Minutes that he in fact did help Bush.

Mr. Barnes daughter, Amy Barnes Stites called the Mark Davis Show and spoke with guest host Monica Crowley on WBAP September 9th dismissing Barnes' claims as political and opportunistic.


UPDATE: There is a rumor that Sean Hannity has interviewed Amy Barnes now too.. I'll keep looking for confirmation of this.

CBSNEWS LAUNCHES INTERNAL INVESTIGATION AFTER SUSPICIOUS BUSH DOCS AIRED - Wait, maybe not...

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STORY HERE: "CBS NEWS executives have launched an internal investigation into whether its premiere news program 60 MINUTES aired fabricated documents relating to Bush's National Guard service, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

'The reputation and integrity of the entire news division is at stake, if we are in error, it will be corrected,' a top CBS source explained late Thursday.

The source, who asked not to be named, described CBSNEWS anchor and 60 MINUTES correspondent Dan Rather as being privately 'shell-shocked' by the increasingly likelihood that the documents in question were fraudulent.

Rather, who anchored the segment presenting new information on the president's military service, will personally correct the record on-air, if need be, the source explained from New York. "

UPDATE: (hat tip Powerline)

CBS News has issued a statement on the fraudulent documents. Bottom line: there will be no investigation.

This report was not based solely on recovered documents, but rather on a preponderance of evidence, including documents that were provided by unimpeachable sources, interviews with former Texas National Guard officials and individuals who worked closely back in the early 1970s with Colonel Jerry Killian and were well acquainted with his procedures, his character and his thinking.
In addition, the documents are backed up not only by independent handwriting and forensic document experts but by sources familiar with their content. Contrary to some rumors, no internal investigation is underway at CBS News nor is one planned.


UPDATE: (hat tip Captain's Quarters)

Don't expect this to be the last word from CBS. This is merely a stall tactic while they check the weather. If it starts pouring, you can bet that they won't be holding the umbrella over Rather's head for long.

Dan RaTHer - Digging in... RaTHerGate

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Dan RaTHer continues to dig his own grave:

RATHER DIGS IN: THE DOCUMENTS ARE AUTHENTIC

New York Post Online Edition: CBS'S BIG BLUNDER?

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John Podhoretz discusses memogate, and how the events unfolded yesterday

CBS'S BIG BLUNDER?

Reports that CBS got the dubious documents from the Kerry campaign? The drama unfolds

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Hat tip: The Prowler: "More than six weeks ago, an opposition research staffer for the Democratic National Committee received documents purportedly written by President George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard squadron commander, the late Col. Jerry Killian. . . .
A CBS producer, who initially tipped off The Prowler about the 60 Minutes story, says that despite seeking professional assurances that the documents were legitimate, there was uncertainty even among the group of producers and researchers working on the story.
'The problem was we had one set of documents from Bush's file that had Killian calling Bush 'an exceptionally fine young officer and pilot.' And someone who Killian said 'performed in an outstanding manner.' Then you have these new documents and the tone and content are so different.'
The CBS producer said that some alarms bells went off last week when the signatures and initials of Killian on the documents in hand did not match up with other documents available on the public record, but producers chose to move ahead with the story. 'This was too hot not to push. If there were doubts, those people didn't show it,' says the producer, who works on a rival CBS News program."

ABCNEWS.com : Officer's Widow Questions Bush Guard Memos

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STORY HERE

Bush Support Strong After Convention (washingtonpost.com)

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For the first time in a Post-ABC News poll this year, a majority of probable voters say they plan to vote for Bush. Among those most likely to vote in November, Bush holds a lead of 52 percent to 43 percent over Kerry, with independent Ralph Nader receiving 2 percent of the hypothetical vote. Among all registered voters, Bush leads Kerry 50 percent to 44 percent.

Bush Support Strong After Convention (washingtonpost.com)

Are the CBS National Guard Documents Fake?

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Hat tip


Bush is being accused of not reporting for a physical, among other things, however, the memos that purport to bring this to light may be fakes..

UPDATE: (Hat tip INDC Journal)

Based on Powerline's suspicions of forgery over the documents put forth regarding George W. Bush’s National Guard service, I decided to do some legwork and track down the opinions of forensic document examiners that may have an expertise in old typefaces.

After contacting several experts, a rather notable Forensic Document Examiner named Dr. Philip Bouffard took the time to examine a pdf of the documents and perform an initial visual analysis of their authenticity.

...

I asked him to put a percentage on the chances that this was a fake, and he said that was "hard to put a number on it." I then suggested "90%?" Again he said it's "hard to put an exact number, but I'd say it's at least that high, sure. I pretty much agree that that font is Times New Roman."


Read the whole thing HERE

UPDATE:

ABCNEWS Son of Late Officer Questions Bush Memos

Sharon Bush Denies Kitty Kelley Account

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President Bush's former sister-in-law denied yesterday that she had given author Kitty Kelley any information about allegations of past drug use by Bush.

Sharon Bush is quoted in Kelley's forthcoming book about the Bush family as making one of the allegations, and Kelley's editor said in an interview Tuesday that she had provided "confirmation" for the information.

But Sharon Bush, who is divorced from the president's brother Neil, said in a statement: "I categorically deny that I ever told Kitty Kelley that George W. Bush used cocaine at Camp David or that I ever saw him use cocaine at Camp David. When Kitty Kelley raised drug use at Camp David, I responded by saying something along the lines of, 'Who would say such a thing?'


MORE HERE

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I went biking down by the Minnesota River again tonight. Mike and I watched a beautiful sunset over the river.

RealClearPolitics Poll AverageSM

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Poll Date Bush/Cheney Kerry/Edwards Nader/Camejo Spread
RCP Average 8/30 - 9/5 49.8% 43.4% 2.6% Bush +6.4

Heckler from Kentucky interrupts Kerry speech

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CINCINNATI A heckler who briefly interrupted a speech by Democrat John Kerry today says he was assaulted by two men near him in the crowd before others shouted him down with cries of "Kerry, Kerry."

Police said 48-year-old Michael Russell of Foster, Kentucky, complained that his neck was hurt by a man who put him in a headlock after Russell started to yell about Kerry's allegation of war atrocities after returning from Navy service in Vietnam.


The Midway at the Minnesota State Fair

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A view of the ferris wheel and Downdraft ride at sunset. Posted by Hello

Bush Leads Kerry by 11 Points in Newsweek Poll After Convention

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President George W. Bush leads his Democrat opponent John Kerry by 11 percentage points according to a poll immediately after the Republican National Convention in New York, Newsweek magazine reported.

Bush is supported by 54 percent of the 1,008 registered voters surveyed Thursday and Friday, compared with 43 percent support for Kerry, a four-term Massachusetts senator. Independent candidate Ralph Nader polled 3 percent. . . .

The president's job-approval rating rose to 52 percent, the first time it's been above 50 percent since January, Newsweek said. A 53 percent majority wants to see him re-elected, the highest since May of last year, the magazine reported.

Article Here

Campaign 2004: Bush Opens Double-Digit Lead

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Hot off the presses:

TIME Poll: Among likely voters, 52% would vote for President George Bush, while 41% would vote for John Kerry and 3% would vote for Ralph Nader

MORE HERE

Breaking News: President Clinton - Heart Attack?

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President Clinton entered a hospital today complaining of chest pains and will undergo bypass surgery in the coming days.. Read more at CNN.com

We'll all be praying for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

Russia School Standoff ends in tragedy- 200+ dead

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In breaking news today it turns out that the Russian school stand-off has had a tragic ending:



From CNN.com:
Journalists report seeing about 100 corpses in the burned-out school gym where hundreds of students, teachers and parents were held hostage for two days in a southern Russian school. Russian troops stormed the building today and a gunbattle continues at the school.

A local official from Russia's FSB intelligence service told Russian media the troops had been ready for a long siege.

But the forces stormed the building around midday after Russian officials, under a cease-fire agreement with militants, tried to collect bodies lying outside the building.

There was an explosion, hostages fled, and hostage-takers opened fire on the children and rescue workers. One of the workers was killed and another was wounded.



More here: '100 bodies' in siege school

Incidents like this just tend to remind me how important this election is. President Bush has shown his resolve to bring terrorists like this to justice, and to make a safer world for everyone, especially our children. I'm not so sure that his opponent would deal with situations like this with the same resolve that Bush would. He has said he would "respond to any terror attacks", but what about tracking down these terrorists before these things happen?

Unfortunately it is too late for the poor families that have lost young ones in this stand-off in Russia, but we can't take things for granted here at home either. If we do we could end up having a tragedy just as bad or worse.

As Powerlineblog.com puts it:
It is hard to imagine that there are many Americans too dull-witted to understand that this kind of attack is in store for us unless we track terrorists down where they live and kill them first.
Update:
More thoughts on the tragedy from PeakTalk:

In 1976 South Moluccan terrorists seized a Dutch school and held teachers and children hostage for a few days. They forced the children to stand in front of the window and call on the then Prime-Minister that they “wanted to live”. That was as far as it went; the terrorists lacked the cold blooded pathology to harm any of the children physically. Thankfully, the children were released unharmed and Dutch marines sized the school with the remaining teachers in a raid where no one was hurt. That was the mid-1970s and this is 2004 where the seizing of a school by Chechen rebels in North Ossetia has ended in a bloodbath with reports of the terrorists, with an Arab contingent among them, firing on fleeing children. Words fail me, but in three years we have moved from flying planes into office towers to executing children, you have to wonder what’s next, and where.

Indeed.

UPDATE II:

Some of the story is starting to come out now. These terrorists don't seem human - how could you do these things to other humans? How could your heart become so filled with hate?

Holding up the corpse of a man just shot dead in front of hundreds of hostages at a Russian school, the rebel -- his pockets stuffed with ammunition and grenades -- warned: "If a child utters even a sound, we'll kill another one."

Read more here: CNN

Bush Accepts the Nomination...

Posted by Peter

George Bush tonight accepted the nomination for President of the United States at the Republican National Convention in New York. He gave a strong speech touching on themes ranging from the War on Terror, to the concept that he has been pushing of an "ownership society". There were some genuinely moving moments when Bush was talking about his experiences on 9/11, and I think I even saw some tears well up in his eyes. I love having a strong leader who isn't afraid to show his sensitive side - when it is appropriate. He has heart, and he has the strength to keep our nation strong. More on his speech later (read it here) - but first, here are a few photos from the nights events:






My favorite part of the speech had to be this:

In the last four years, you and I have come to know each other. Even when we don't agree, at least you know what I believe and where I stand. You may have noticed I have a few flaws, too. People sometimes have to correct my English — I knew I had a problem when Arnold Schwarzenegger started doing it. Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking." Now and then I come across as a little too blunt — and for that we can all thank the white-haired lady sitting right up there.

UPDATE: From Everything I Know is Wrong:

Unemployment Rate Drops Again
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.4% in August. Payroll employment increased by 144,000 jobs and average hourly wage was up 5 cents an hour.

Employment Situation Summary
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 144,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.4 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Over the month, job growth occurred in several service-providing industries.
The economy continues to improve and so do re-election prospects for Republicans.