Sunday, February 29, 2004

Rethinking the blog   
Somehow I got into posting news and commentary, which was never my intention; if there's one thing the world doesn't need, it's one more blog linking to other blogs which link to other blogs, etc., ad nauseam. From now on, this blog will be related specifically to the Bush campaign on Spokane and Eastern Washington (perhaps with an occasional item relating to the national campaign). No more links to interesting stories. I've also deleted a bunch of old posts which do not meet these criteria, so if you came here from a web search and can't find what you're looking for, that's probably why.

This also means that the blog will be updated much less often, especially at this early stage in the campaign.

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Saturday, February 28, 2004

Printable flag with Bush-Cheney logo underneath (REPOST)   
300K .ZIP file with a .BMP file inside. At 150 DPI in "landscape" mode, it will print out at 10 inches by 8 inches.

Here is a reduced .GIF (~16K).

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Friday, February 27, 2004

Washington GOP caucuses are coming up on March 9th.   
As soon as I find out the locations for caucuses in Spokane County, I'll post them. If you don't know your precinct number, go here to look it up.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Wictory Wednesday!   

The other party is still not finished selecting its nominee. Yet this much is already certain: Come November, the voters are going to have a very clear choice. It's a choice between keeping the tax relief that is moving the economy forward, or putting the burden of higher taxes back on the American people. It is a choice between an America that leads the world with strength and confidence, or an America that is uncertain in the face of danger. The American people will decide between two visions of government: a government that encourages ownership and opportunity and responsibility, or a government that takes your money and makes your choices.

I will set these alternatives squarely before the American people in a spirited campaign. I look forward to the contest. We have a record of historic achievement. And most important, we have a positive vision for the years ahead -- for winning the war against terror, for extending peace and freedom, and creating jobs and opportunity here at home. We'll leave no doubt where we stand -- and we will win our second term in November.

--President George W. Bush, addressing the Republican Governors' Association, Feb. 23, 2004

First, if you're not registered to vote, do it!

Get involved: Sign up as a volunteer. Contact your state and local Republican party. If you're in Spokane County, e-mail me and I will forward your e-mail to the 5th District Grassroots Coordinator. And don't forget to attend the Washington State Republican caucuses on March 9th (locations are supposed to be announced by the end of this week; when I find out, I'll post them here).

Attend pro-Bush, pro-America, pro-troop rallies in your area.

Donate: At the official Bush-Cheney 2004 site, or (up to $200) through Amazon.com.

Buy some Bush 2004 stuff at the official George W. Bush online store. For the record, I've donated $200 so far and spent about $140 at the store. So I'm not asking you to do anything I haven't done myself.

If you have a blog, join Wictory Wednesday. Not only will you be helping the effort to re-elect the President, but you'll get a spot on the Wictory Wednesday Blogroll which appears on each WW blog (see the left-hand sidebar).

Get involved now to re-elect the President!

Because America cannot afford the alternative.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

RNC Chairman Gillespie to hold press conference on Kerry's record.   

Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie to Hold News Conference on Kerry Voting Record

2/24/04 4:25:00 PM
To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor

Contact: Christine Iverson of the Republican National Committee, 202-863-8614; http://www.rnc.org

News Advisory:

Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie will hold a news conference to discuss Sen. John Kerry's voting record, tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. at RNC Headquarters.

WHAT: News Conference

WHO: RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie

TOPIC: Sen. John Kerry's Voting Record

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: RNC Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (310 First St. SE - Across from the Capitol South Metro)

Paid for by the Republican National Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.



/© 2004 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/

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President Bush to back Federal Marriage Amendment   
Per Reuters/The Corner and Fox News.

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Transcript of the President's speech to the GOP governors   
At the White House site (via The Corner).

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Monday, February 23, 2004

Bush kicks off his campaign   
The President addresses the National Governors Association at 7PM EDT (mere minutes from posting time). It will be televised on CSPAN.

Update: Watch here in Real or Windows Media.
Update 2: It's actually the Republican governors.

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New anti-Kerry website   
I haven't gone through this site yet, but I'll post it just for informational purposes:


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Saturday, February 21, 2004

Grassroots support for Bush continues to grow   
From GeorgeWBush.com (via Blogs for Bush):

"In January, Bush-Cheney ’04 raised $12.8 million from 71,000 contributors and added 50,000 new donors. The average contribution in January was $175. Through January 31, 2004, Bush-Cheney ’04 has nearly 550,000 contributors representing every state and county in the country."

Hop on the bandwagon!

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My personal recruitment drive (which took place in front of Safeway instead of Wal-Mart) exceeded expectations by two.

Take that, John Kerry!

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Friday, February 20, 2004

Recruiting volunteers   
Welp, I think I'm going to go to Wal-Mart tomorrow, set up a card table (if I can get permission, of course; if not, I'll try a supermarket), and spend a couple of hours trying to recruit volunteers for the Bush campaign. I confidently expect to end the day with a grand total of zero (0), but who knows? I figure it's worth a try, anyway.

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Cantwell cheated   
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

"Sen. Maria Cantwell broke federal election laws by not promptly disclosing emergency loans made late in her 2000 campaign against Slade Gorton, the Federal Election Commission has ruled.

"The ruling came as a result of a complaint filed in April 2001 by the National Legal and Policy Center, an independent interest group that tracks campaign financing. It alleged that Cantwell, D-Wash., violated election law by not disclosing the loan and by getting an interest rate below market rates."

Although the P-I plays up the disclosure aspect, it seems to me that the more important violation--at least politically--would be the too-low interest rates.

Remember, Sen. Cantwell defeated Slade Gorton by less than 2300 votes, with the Libertarian spoiler getting over 64,000. Would disclosure of the loan have made a difference? Would having had to pay the market interest rate have made a difference? We'll never know, of course, but in such a close election, the answer has to be, "Quite possibly."

That's why you need to vote, and why, even if you prefer the policies of the Libertarian Party, you should vote Republican in any contested election where the Libertarian has no realistic chance of winning. The question is not, "Who is the ideal candidate?"; the question is, "Of the candidates with a realistic chance of winning, who is closer to the ideal?"

Between Cantwell and Gorton, Gorton was clearly better from a libertarian perspective. By voting Libertarian, 64,734 Washington voters struck a blow for more government regulation, higher taxes, and more judicial activism; they also permitted the Democrats to take control of the Senate when Jim Jeffords switched parties. Not exactly what most of them had in mind, I think.

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Thursday, February 19, 2004

Grandpa, what did you do in the 2004 campaign?   
It's less than nine months to the election--an election which I genuinely believe will be the most important in my 37-year lifetime.

Assuming the west side of the state votes the way it did in 2000, President Bush's percentage of the Eastern Washington vote must increase significantly in order for him to take the state. We need to start getting those extra votes now.

You're reading this blog; you're obviously more interested in politics than the average person. If you are a Bush supporter in Spokane County, the President needs you. Your country needs you. The President needs your vote, of course, but that's nearly nine months away. He needs you to donate as well, if you can afford it. But right now, what he--and we--really need you to do is volunteer.

You're probably very busy. Can you only give an hour a week? Great! Spend an hour a week making phone calls or recruiting other volunteers.

If you want to, you can work from your own home; they'll e-mail you phone lists and you can make calls on your own schedule. Like to get out and meet people? You can set up a table at a supermarket and recruit volunteers. Have a lot of Republican friends? Nag them to sign up. Can you write well? Write letters to newspapers explaining why we need to re-elect the President. Have web design skills? I understand the Spokane County party really needs someone to fix and maintain their website. There are any number of ways that you can help get our President re-elected, and it all needs to start happening now.

So how can you get involved in this historic campaign? Simple. E-mail me and tell me that you would like to volunteer to help President Bush's re-election effort. I will help you get connected with the appropriate party officials so that you can sign up and get started.

And many years from now, when your grandchildren ask you what you did in the famous election of 2004, you won't have to answer, "Well...I sat on my butt and let John Kerry get elected."

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Spokane County grassroots   
I went to the grassroots meeting tonight; everyone is very enthusiastic about re-electing the President. Right now, the important thing is to volunteer. Even if you can give only a small amount of time, every little bit helps. I'm preparing a major post about it, including a way you can get in touch with the grassroots co-ordinator via e-mail. Until then, I'd suggest phoning the Spokane County GOP Office at 838-6162 during business hours and telling them you'd like to volunteer. And tell them I sent you.

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Please note that comments do not have to be related to the specific post you're commenting on. Feel free to use the comment system to communicate with other Spokane area Bush supporters on any subject related to re-electing the President.

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Remember the Spokane County Grassroots and Volunteer meeting    
Wednesday, February 18th, 6:30 PM
Credit Bureau Services Building, 521 West Maxwell Avenue (corner of Maxwell and Howard)

Details here.

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Another Wictory Wednesday is here!   
The choice is clear--even stark:

President Bush knows that America cannot afford to go back to the ways of September 10th. He knows that we must take the fight to the terrorists and their tyrannical state supporters, instead of waiting for them to bring the fight to us.

John Kerry has learned nothing. He still thinks that we should deal with terrorists by reading them their rights and letting them call their lawyers.

Only you can ensure that America does not forget the lessons of 9/11.

First, if you're not registered to vote, do it!

Get involved: Sign up as a volunteer. Contact your state and local Republican party. If you're in Spokane County, come to the grassroots meeting tonight. Go to the Bush 2004 Meetup site and sign up for your local Meetup. Attend pro-Bush, pro-America, pro-troop rallies in your area.

Donate: At the official Bush-Cheney 2004 site, or (up to $200) through Amazon.com. Or (and!) buy some Bush 2004 stuff at the official George W. Bush online store. For the record, I've donated $200 and spent about $70 at the store--so far. So I'm not asking you to do anything I haven't done myself.

If you have a blog, join Wictory Wednesday. Not only will you be helping the effort to re-elect the President, but you'll get a spot on the Wictory Wednesday Blogroll which appears on each WW blog (see the left-hand sidebar).

Get involved now to re-elect the President!

Because America cannot afford the alternative.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Spokane County Grassroots and Volunteer meeting   
Wednesday, February 18th, 6:30 PM
Credit Bureau Services Building, 521 West Maxwell Avenue (corner of Maxwell and Howard)

(Via e-mail.)

Hello Everyone! Don't forget that the Spokane County Grassroots and Volunteer meeting is on this Wednesday, February 18th at the Credit Bureau Services Building located at 521 West Maxwell Avenue (the building is on the corner of Maxwell and Howard). The meeting will start at 6:30. Please be sure to bring with you the sheet with the list of 5 volunteers that you have recruited from the last meeting. At this meeting we will cover information concerning the upcoming republican caucuses on the 9th of March and how we need to all attend and hand out information about the bush volunteer efforts and sign up sheets. We will also cover phone banking for recruiting volunteers in Spokane. We will finish the meeting early and then be making a few phone bank calls for volunteer recruitment.

Please plan to attend this meeting as we can't make this happen without you. If you are unable to attend, please let me know and we can send you some of the information we will cover at the meeting.

Jon C. Wyss

Vice-Chair Bush 04 Spokane

5th Congressional Grassroots Coordinator

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The demonstrations   
See announcement.

I arrived at the SIRTI site just before 9 AM to find a few protesters from either side standing around with their signs.

To our amusement (especially mine, I think), one of the lefties had assumed that anyone with signs must be on his side, and had eagerly grabbed a "TAX CUTS CREATE A LIVING WAGE" sign from a Bush supporter. Eventually, he drifted off to join his fellow lefties, still carrying the sign. For at least fifteen or twenty minutes, he continued to wave this pro-tax-cut sign while standing in the midst of a bunch of left-wing protesters. Apparently these people don't even bother to read the signs they're given before they start waving them (although someone on our side made the uncharitable suggestion that perhaps the gentleman couldn't read, that doesn't explain how the rest of them missed it). Eventually, someone must have noticed what the sign actually said, because he returned it and started waving one which said, "MILITARY SOLUTIONS CAUSE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS." No, I don't know what it means, either, which may explain the thing with the pro-Bush sign.

Interestingly, not a single sign for Kerry or any other candidate was in evidence on the leftie side, while we had two huge signs, two smaller campaign signs, and a couple of handmade signs specifically supporting the President. I wonder if the Dems are going to have trouble corralling the left-wing base.

Also, all the signs on the Bush side were positive: pro-tax-cuts, pro-Bush, pro-troops, etc. Most of the signs on the other side were negative: anti-Bush, anti-business, anti-defense. Of course, this is partly due to the nature of incumbency; the out party must attack the incumbent's record, while the in party must defend it. But it's still an interesting fact, and one which favors Bush.

Another noteworthy fact: the lefties had not one American flag.

After waving our signs--and flags--for a while, we repaired to the Ridpath Hotel downtown, which is where the McAuliffe thing had been moved to at the last minute (my apologies to anyone who ended up at the Arthur address; I didn't know about the move until I got to SIRTI).

At the Ridpath, the lefties were either inside with McAuliffe or around the corner; we saw a few of them arrive (this time, some of them carried flags, since this was a mainstream Democratic Party event), but we couldn't see where they were standing. Some of us did, however, get to meet Terry McAuliffe himself as he arrived for the event. Me, I didn't feel like I could trust myself not to do something counterproductive and possibly illegal, so I stepped a few paces down the block, turned my back, and listened to him gladhand. Sickening.

Got a pretty good response from drivers-by; lots of honks, waves, and thumbs-ups, only a few thumbs-downs, a couple of middle fingers, and one guy who stopped to scream obscenities at us. There was also a snarky Deanie walk-by who was at the event, but he's got to be fairly depressed today, so I think we should cut him some slack.

On the way home, I stopped at a grocery store for lunch. The bagger in my checkout lane was complaining about his taxes, so I suggested that he vote for Bush. He didn't seem to see the connection. I made a mental note: voter education is key. On the plus side, I think the clerk is a Bush supporter, though she didn't say so explicitly.

When I got home, I put up my Bush for President yard sign, which I still have from four years ago (my Bush-Cheney sign was destroyed by vandals during the Florida coup attempt).

Anyway, it was fun, and I got to meet a few of the people who will be instrumental in winning Washington State for the President this fall. I think we've got a very good shot at it.

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Report on the protests   
I'll be putting up a brief report on the Bush Cabinet counter-protest and McAuliffe protest later.

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Spokane protest--at last, something local to post about!   
One last update: If you're in Spokane with nothing to do this morning, come to 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd (near Trent and Division; click the link for a map) at 9 AM to support our President.

[Updated time; scroll down for new posts.]

OK, a bit last-minute here, but I'm posting as soon as I find out about it.

Posted here.

The Gonzaga College Republicans need your help - we need to organize a massive protest tomorrow morning (Tuesday, February 17,2003) for two major events. Please forward this message to ALL SUPPORTERS as soon as possible. We need to know if people will be able to attend, so please RSVP to paul@paulschafer.com or call 747-7737 for more information.

Several Bush Cabinet officials will be meeting at SIRTI between 9:15 AM and 10:15 AM. We have received word that the Spokane Democrats are going to protest this event. We've also received word that Terry McAuliffe, the Chair of the DNC, will speak and hold a press conference around 10:30 AM tomorrow in Spokane at the Employment Security Building.

We need to organize two groups to support President Bush and the Republican Party:

First, we need a group of people to be at SIRTI with Bush/Cheney campaign signs, American flags, and other homemade signs. SIRTI is located at 665 N Riverpoint Blvd. Please arrive at 9:00 AM. This group's responsibility will be to counter protest any Democrat opposition. (If there is no visible opposition, we will regroup and meet at McAuliffe's event instead - details below).

Second, we need a group of people to protest Terry McAuliffe's speech at the Employment Security Building, located at 130 South Arthur Street in Spokane. (Just off 2nd Avenue near Office Depot store). Please be here at 10:00 AM. Bring Bush/Cheney campaign signs, American flags, and other homemade signs.

Sign examples (make sure they are written clearly / visibly and the letters are readable from a distance): Thank you President Bush for my tax cut! I support President Bush I stand with the President 112,000 Americans Find Work in January Bush Tax Cut = Strong Economy Tax cuts make positive economic "cents" Tax cuts for the economy / Bush for America Reelect our President

There will be media at both sites. Be prepared to say why you are supporting President Bush! (Remember, that you cannot speak on behalf of the campaign, but rather tell why you personally think Bush is right for America). For questions, more info, or to RSVP, e-mail paul@paulschafer.com or call 747-7737.

Thank you all very much! Please spread the word.

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Monday, February 16, 2004

Changing format   
Realized my permalinks weren't working, then discovered that it was because I didn't have titles enabled (they are not enabled by default). So now, I'll be going back through all my posts to create titles so that the permalinks will work. Thanks, Blogger.

Update: I'm only going back a couple of days. Blogger just makes it too difficult to change large numbers of old posts. If you really want to link to one of my posts, e-mail me and I'll add a title to that one.

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Nefarious techie spam tactics from the Kerry campaign   
You want a Kerry scandal? Let's talk about this.

I don't fully understand how it works, but even I can tell it's weaselly.

Update: Article on referrer spam (which I vote we now start calling "Kerry spam") from Wired.

Another update: More Kerry Spam evidence here and here.

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Sunday, February 15, 2004

On a completely experimental basis, I am going to allow reader comments (using the free service from squawkbox.tv).

This comments system is intended for use primarily by Spokane Bush supporters to talk to each other. Other Bush supporters are welcome to join in. Non-Bush-supporters are OK, too, if they have something relevant to say.

However, this is not a discussion site.

If you want to express your opinions or argue for your positions, start your own blog or go join Free Republic or Democratic Underground. This blog is dedicated to the re-election of President Bush, and whatever appears here must work toward that end.

I reserve the right to remove any comment, or to cease permitting comments at any time.

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Saturday, February 14, 2004

RNC chairman Ed Gillespie speaks in Reno

(Via Blogs for Bush.)

One of Senator Kerry’s campaign consultants was recently quoted in the New York Times saying, “Everything is on the table. … Everything.” We now know that “everything” means making slanderous charges against the President of the United States, funneling money to shadow organizations, engaging in voter suppression tactics, and spreading lies on the Internet.

It’s only February and they have made clear they intend to run the dirtiest campaign in modern presidential politics. This is because they don’t want a debate on the issues, and they don’t want to run on Sen. Kerry’s record. I guess I can’t blame them for that....

You know, after September 11th, one high-ranking Al Qaeda official said the attacks were “the beginning of the end of America.”

He didn't say September 11th was the beginning of the end of Russia. He didn't say September 11 was the beginning of the end of France. He didn't say September 11th was the beginning of the end of the United Nations. He said it was the beginning of the end of America.

He couldn't have been more wrong, but it's our prerogative to make sure he's wrong—with or without the unanimous international consent demanded by the President's critics.

One of these critics, Sen. John Kerry, twelve days after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, said, “And the tragedy is, at the moment, the single most important weapon for the United States of America is intelligence. It's the single most important weapon in this particular war …”

This is the same Sen. Kerry who in 1995, two years after the first World Trade Center bombing, voted to cut FBI funding by $80 million.

That same year, again, only two years after the first World Trade Center bombing, he unsuccessfully proposed legislation to slash $1.5 billion—over the next 5 years—from our intelligence budget.

That’s a $300 million cut in intelligence funding in 1995; the year before terrorists attacked the Khobar Towers.

That’s a $300 million cut in intelligence funding in 1997; the year before terrorists attacked U.S. embassies in East Africa.

That’s a $300 million cut in intelligence funding in 1999; the year before terrorists attacked the U.S.S. Cole.

Twelve days after September 11, after saying that America is weakest in the area of intelligence, he added, “So it’s going to take us time to be able to build up here to do this properly.”

Had Sen. Kerry’s drastic cuts in intelligence passed, it would be taking us a lot more time to do this properly....

Former Democratic Senator Bob Kerry [sic] of Nebraska recently said, “I think [Iraq is] going well. It breaks my heart whenever anybody dies, but we liberated 25 million people who were living under a dictator. It puts us on the side of democracy in the Arab world. Twenty years from now, we'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who says it wasn't worth the effort.”

Sen. Bob Kerry is right; Sen. John Kerry is wrong....

In 1840, as a member of a five-man Whig Party campaign committee in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln counseled his party:

“Divide your county into small districts and appoint in each a committee. Make a perfect list of the voters and ascertain with certainty for whom they will vote. Keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters and have them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence. On election day see that everyone is brought to the polls.”

One hundred and sixty-four years later this is our plan. We will expand on the successful 72-hour program, to make sure we are identifying and turning out Republican voters on Election Day. We are successful when at the grassroots, people are energized, and our supporters are talking to one another after religious services, at soccer games, in grocery store aisles. If you’re not signed up at GOPTEAMLEADER.COM, please do so today!

We need to sign up new voters and voters who are switching parties. And we must continue to be an inclusive party that increases our share of African-American, Asian American and Latino voters.

The leadership of George W. Bush is exciting people all across the country, and we have added over 1.1 million first-time donors to the RNC since his inauguration.

We have set a goal to register 3 million new Republicans in this election cycle. We’ve declared March 6-13 as National Voter Registration Week, with a goal of registering 1 million voters that week alone!

It is an ambitious goal, but I believe we’ll get it done. Here in Nevada, we are looking to register 57,000 new voters. This will help us hit our jackpot in November.

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Are you ready to rock?
Bush's Campaign More Aggressive in Coming Weeks
(NY Times; requires registration)

President Bush's political advisers are completing plans for a more aggressive stage of his re-election campaign, seeking to discredit Senator John Kerry and promote Mr. Bush's record and character with television advertisements and a more visible role for the president himself, aides and Republican officials said....

Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, cautioned the White House against panic.

"One lesson that Howard Dean should have taught all the pundits is that the election isn't until Election Day," Mr. Gingrich said. "If Kerry was a centrist from the Midwest or South, the next six or eight months would be intense. But he's a Jane Fonda antiwar liberal. They just need to let the country get to know Kerry, calmly and methodically."

So let's get going. Donate whatever you can afford to, volunteer whatever time you can, buy and display some bumper stickers, buttons, or yard signs from the online store, or join the Bush 2004 meetup. This is the most important election of my lifetime. Even in '72 and '84, the issues were not as clearly defined as they are now. America cannot afford at this crucial time to put a Democrat--especially a John Kerry--in the White House.

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Grassroots blogging
Well, I'm now on the Grassroots Blogroll over at Blogs for Bush. So I guess if I'm a grassroots blogger, I'd better start nagging my fellow Spokane Bush supporters to get involved.

First, donate. You can donate either at the official Bush-Cheney site or (up to $200) at Amazon.com. I think it's very cool that you can use your pre-existing Amazon.com account to donate without sending your credit card details to anyone new.

Then volunteer. You can sign up through the thingy on my left-hand sidebar, or at the official site.

Then go to the official campaign store and buy Bush-Cheney stuff. They have yard and rally signs, buttons, bumper stickers, shirts, hats, coffee mugs, etc., with several different logo styles. Be the first on your block to put up a Bush-Cheney yard sign!

After that, go to the Spokane Bush 2004 Meetup site and join together with other Bush supporters to re-elect the President (if you're not from Spokane, go to the Meetup site and find Bush supporters in your own town).

Finally, if you have your own blog, join Wictory Wednesday. You'll help the re-election effort and get dozens of links back to your blog on the WW Blogroll.

So whaddaya waitin' for?

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Friday, February 13, 2004

McQ b****slaps John Kerry on Vietnam
I'm not going to excerpt it; go read the whole thing.

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Thursday, February 12, 2004

Buy Bush stuff!
Oh, yeah, and get over to the George W. Bush online store and buy some stuff (I'm partial to the "Americana" line myself). This is the official store as linked from the official site. I'm waiting expectantly for my first order.

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Bush campaign hammers Kerry on "special interests" hypocrisy
New video "Unprincipled" on the official Bush-Cheney '04 website.

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My intentions for this blog

As we get into the general election campaign, I'll be volunteering for President Bush locally (which will be my first time as a volunteer) and posting stuff about the local campaign. For example, according to the Spokane County GOP Website, there will be a support the troops rally in Franklin Park (Division and Queen) on March 22 at 1:00 PM (unfortunately, the details page is missing).

And again, I'll suggest to my fellow Spokanites (and everyone else) to head over to the Bush 2004 Meetup.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Wictory Wednesday
OK, this one's a tad late in the day, because I just found out "Wictory Wednesday" existed (yeah, the name's a little cutesie-poo, but whaddaya gonna do?).

If you're a Bush-Cheney supporter, go--now!--to the official Bush-Cheney 2004 site and donate whatever you can afford or volunteer as a team leader.

If you have an account at Amazon.com, you can use it donate up to $200 if you wish.

Then head over to the Bush 2004 Meetup, where you can get together with other Bush supporters in your area.

And if you have a blog, you can join Wictory Wednesday by putting a post like this one on your blog every Wednesday. Blogs4Bush will show you how.

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Hey for Bobbin' John
Kerry signed letter backing gay marriage in 2002.

Also, in 1996, Kerry compared opponents of gay marriage to segregationists.


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Powell b****slaps Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

"But when Brown contrasted Powell's military experience to Bush's record with the National Guard, saying the president 'may have been AWOL' from duty, Powell exploded.

"'First of all, Mr. Brown, I won't dignify your comments about the president because you don't know what you are talking about,' Powell snapped."

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John Kerry: The "splunge" candidate

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Kerry's filthy lies
From Human Events (hat tip: Hugh Hewitt):

Said U.S. Was Worst Geneva Convention Violator--
Kerry Testified of '200,000 a Year Who Are Murdered' By U.S. in Vietnam

"When [Kerry] testified against the war, his testimony was un-American and untrue, and I think he lost all credibility as a real military man," said [Rep. Sam] Johnson [R-Texas], asked to comment on a full 32-page transcript of Kerry's testimony that was obtained yesterday by HUMAN EVENTS. Johnson, a retired Air Force Colonel, was a prisoner of war for seven years after being shot down in North Vietnam in 1966.

The Complete Kerry Testimony (3MB .PDF)


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Dean: Kerry "part of the corrupt political culture in Washington"

From AP.

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The "Radical Kerry" Interview
I'm sure this will get a lot of play, but I really can't see that it matters much. Having behaved dishonorably thirty years ago is one thing. Having held silly opinions thirty years ago is, frankly, no big deal. Didn't Churchill once suggest, late in his career, a thirty-year statute of limitations on holding politicians responsible for their remarks?

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On the other hand...

I'm not sure Kerry would benefit from a comparison of their behavior vis-a-vis Vietnam, either.

Ben Shapiro: "John Kerry: Shredding documents and abandoning veterans"

Update: Jack Kelly on Kerry and Vietnam:

"Though it is being hyped far beyond what it warrants, Kerry's Vietnam service was honorable. What is not honorable is the way Kerry — in testimony before Congress in April, 1971 — falsely accused his fellow Viet vets of routinely committing grisly war crimes. Nor does it speak well of Kerry that in several demonstrations he marched under the flag of the Viet Cong. It is one thing to oppose the war in Vietnam. It is another to cheer for the enemy....

"If Kerry plans to use his war service as a credential, he also should also be held to account for his behavior in its aftermath."

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The Dems are afraid
The normally sensible Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.) says that Dems shouldn't use Bush's service record against him...unless he has the unmitigated nerve to criticize Kerry, even on his performance as a senator.

I didn't see Ford on Fox and Friends, but his performance is mentioned in The Corner and on Junkyard Blog.

The Democrats seem to realize that their best hope to win this election is to make any comparison of Bush and Kerry's performance in office off-limits.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Terry McAuliffe is a liar
Yeah, I know. Big news.

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John Kerry, courageous fighter against all special interests which don't give him money

(Hat tip: James Taranto's Best of the Web)

Predictive Networks — now under new management and called Predictive Media — monitors what Internet and cable consumers are viewing and targets advertising accordingly.

As one might expect, such surveillance has raised privacy issues. In 2000, the U.S. Senate debated whether Internet and cable customers should get the opportunity up front to reject such surveillance, a position known as "opt-in," supported by consumer groups and codified into law by Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C.

Predictive Networks' CEO, Devin Hosea, met with Kerry and his staff on July 25, 2000. One day later, Kerry introduced a bill that would have enabled companies like Predictive Networks to automatically be allowed to monitor what consumers are viewing — placing the onus on customers to "opt-out" of surveillance if they wanted.

Making it more difficult for consumers to "opt-out" is generally believed to benefit the industry side of this debate, since the pool of consumers being monitored would be larger, making it more lucrative for those marketing ads to those viewers — like Predictive Networks.

According to Kerry campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter, the bill, co-sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had been drafted long before Kerry's meeting with Hosea.

Cutter argued that much of the tech industry wanted no bill whatsoever; AOL, Predictive Networks and the Walt Disney Co., which owns ABCNEWS, supported the Kerry bill.

Predictive Fund-Raising

In February 2002, Hosea threw a fund-raiser for Kerry at a Boston restaurant, Locke-Ober. According to Davis, the implied quid pro quo — never stated by Kerry staffers but inferred by many at Predictive Networks — made some executives uncomfortable.

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New York Times can't get its story straight

From The Corner:


“Mr. Bush said repeatedly that he went to the United Nations seeking a diplomatic alternative to war. In fact, the United States rejected all diplomatic alternatives at the time, severely damaging relations with some of its most important and loyal allies.”

--New York Times editorial; February 9, 2004


“Yesterday's unanimous vote at the United Nations Security Council sends the strongest possible message to Baghdad...This is a well-deserved triumph for President Bush, a tribute to eight weeks of patient but determined and coercive American diplomacy…Only if the council fails to approve the serious consequences it now invokes -- generally understood to be military measures -- should Washington consider acting alone.”

--New York Times editorial; November 9, 2002

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John Kerry: September 10th Guy
Seth Leibsohn & Shaun Small on National Review Online:

"We paid a heavy price for our previous lapses in judgment. We cannot afford to put our head in the sand and pretend that if only John Kerry were president, if only we treated terrorists as criminals, we would not be at war and we would be safer — the world would be a better place. That is not a foreign policy or even a plan of action. It's a recipe for disaster."

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Monday, February 09, 2004

Dean changes his mind

Decides not to quit when he loses Wisconsin. (NY Times; requires registration.)

Good. Unlike many Bush supporters, I'm glad he's not going to get the nomination, but I hope he stays in the race as long as possible (and then, dream of dreams, goes third party [yeah, he says he won't, but he also said he'd quit if he lost Wisconsin, now didn't he?]).

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CNN lies about Iraq.

What's their excuse this time? Saddam's gone, no thanks to them.

Not directly related to the campaign, I know, but CNN is a major source of news for many people who don't know better. The same people who claim that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi represents Iraqis are going to be telling the American people about Bush and Kerry. And they will lie.

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As usual, Mark Steyn nails it:

"The question for anyone who thinks Kerry has 'credibility' on national security is a simple one: who do you think Iran, North Korea, Syria, al-Qa'eda's Saudi paymasters and the rogue elements in Pakistan's ISI would prefer to see elected this November?"

Read the whole thing.

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Thank you, God...
...for keeping this nutball out of the White House.

(NY Times, requires registration.)

Update: You can hear a couple of minutes of Gore's bizarre, paranoid rant here (hat tip: Instapundit). Remember, this guy is a leader--the last Presidential nominee--of the Democratic Party. John Kerry's party.

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The Old Kerry
The New Soldier cover

David Skinner on the Weekly Standard website:

After Senator Mark O. Hatfield read the Winter Soldier testimony into the Congressional Record, he asked for an official investigation. When the Naval Investigate Service did just that, many of the veterans refused to cooperate (despite protections against self-incrimination). One soldier admitted that his testimony had been coached by members of the Nation of Islam; exact details of the atrocity he'd seen now escaped his memory. Several veterans hunted down by Naval investigators swore they had never been to Detroit and couldn't imagine who would have used their identities. (Somehow this episode was left out of the "Winter Soldier" chapter of Brinkley's book, but the details can be found in Guenter Lewy's "America in Vietnam" and in Mackubin Thomas Owens's account in the latest National Review.)

John Kerry seems to have had a way of eluding the bad odor that clings to his old associates. On "Meet the Press" in 1971, he appeared with VVAW member Al Hubbard, a veteran who was exposed around this time for lying about his rank and combat experience (he had seen no combat). While this confirmed suspicions about the dubious identities of many of the winter soldiers, it didn't keep Kerry from becoming famous. The young politician was able to have his cake and eat it, too, becoming the establishment, patriotic face of a radical, anti-patriotic movement. Quite a trick, really.

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Sunday, February 08, 2004

Gee, too bad that idiot unilateralist Bush can't deal with other countries....

How US put rogue [Pakistani] atom scientist out of business

[I just got banned from Free Republic by some moderator without a sarcasm detector for posting a similar statement. Just so everyone knows: the headline is sarcastic! I thought it was pretty obvious, myself.]

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Printable flag with Bush-Cheney logo underneath
300K .ZIP file with a .BMP file inside. At 150 DPI in "landscape" mode, it will print out at 10 inches by 8 inches.

Here is a reduced .GIF (~16K).

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General Wesley Clark: We Made Saddam a Villain
"We've never done this before, that I know of, in American history. We picked the guy out, we made him a villain. We had him contained. We went to war with Iraq, despite the fact there was no imminent threat to the United States, no connection to 9/11. The diplomatic options were not exhausted. We didn't have a plan as to what to do when we got to Baghdad. We didn't have the forces to do it with."

Ladies and gentlemen, Wesley Clark, whom even the Democrats couldn't stomach (except in Oklahoma).

(Hat tip: NRO's The Corner.)

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OK, this is obviously a form e-mail, but isn't it telling--and disturbing--that the Kerry campaign thinks nothing of sending it to a news agency in a hostile terrorist-supporting state?

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Meet the Press
Not a disaster, I think, but not a good performance overall. Too much rambling, too much stammering, too much defensiveness, not enough confidence. And why will the President not make the case that Saddam's known sponsorship of terrorism alone justified war? This would place the Democrats in an impossible position in this post-9/11 world, as well as putting other terrorist states on notice that their day might come soon unless they reform.

Here's how to answer questions on Iraq:

1) We know that Saddam was a sponsor of terrorism. That fact alone justifies war against him both morally and strategically. We can no longer afford to rely on the goodwill and common sense of the leaders of terrorist states. We can no longer afford to deal with terrorists by reading them their rights and letting them call their lawyers.

2) Saddam was a murderous tyrant. That adds to the moral justification. It is not possible for a morally serious person to claim that we did an injustice to the Iraqi nation by "violating Iraq's sovereignty" and overthrowing Saddam Hussein.

3) We know that Saddam desired weapons of mass destruction, had programs to develop these weapons, and had possessed and used these weapons in the past. We believed, as did previous Administrations and other national intelligence services, that Saddam actually had stockpiles of these weapons. That is why we believed it to be imperative to take Saddam out before the threat from these weapons became imminent. As it turns out, the threat was even further from being imminent than we thought it was. But if you believe, as I do, that we would have had to confront Saddam eventually in any case, isn't it best to do that when he is as weak as possible?

Is that so difficult?

Oh, well, it's still the pre-season. Shake it off, Mr. President.

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Saturday, February 07, 2004

Meet the Press
President Bush will appear on NBC's Meet the Press tomorrow. Consult your local listings for time and channel.

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Democratic caucuses here in Washington State today, as well as in Michigan.

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Friday, February 06, 2004

Site Feed
I've activated the Atom feed (left-hand sidebar) which is supposed to do, uh, some kind of techie garbage which seems to be far more trouble than it's worth. Personally, I never managed to get it to work, but you're welcome to try if you want.

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This is very cool
Dave Leip's Atlas of US Presidential Elections

I came across this while Googling for 1988 election results (I fear that a 1984-level landslide is sadly out of reach, but a 1988-style trouncing may yet be possible).

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Confusion to the French!
Rich Lowry reminds us of this wonderful British Army toast.

I'd suggest that for 2004, we amend it to "Confusion to the French-looking."

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First post
This blog will likely be updated only sporadically for a while, but check back as the campaign heats up.

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