From the daily archives: Monday, July 16, 2007

Anyone else want to make a presidential commercial?

Hardball is running a contest

Make your own 30-second campaign ad about your favorite presidential candidate or the candidate you like the least. We’ll play the best videos on “Hardball” and announce the winner on August 7.

I’d love to see the winner come from Ohio.

Send us your ideas.

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Wall of Separation, Part II

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I wrote about a month ago about a PBS documentary called “Wall of Separation”.

I’ve finally had a chance to watch it. I do not – and in fact can not – hesitate to call it what it is: propaganda. Ick. You can read a more detailed review (with a non-comprehensive list of egregious… well, let’s say misleadings) Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s blog.

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The AP, via McPaper:

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader told the Green Party’s national convention that he is considering a 2008 presidential run and accused Democrats of trying to shut smaller parties out of the political process.

“No other country comes close to providing voters with such a small number of choices and making third party candidates hurdle an almost insuperable number of obstacles just to get on the ballot,” Nader, the Green Party’s 2000 presidential nominee, said Saturday.

You know, Nader is correct – Democrats (and the GOP) do try to shut smaller parties out of the political process. […]

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Administration bullshit being laid bare.

Although Bush administration officials have frequently lashed out at Syria and Iran, accusing it of helping insurgents and militias here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from a third neighbor, Saudi Arabia, according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers.

About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia; 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North Africa, according to official U.S. military figures made available to The Times by the […]

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Of course, those of us who are propagandistic assholes know that it’s entirely possible to be pro-soldier and anti-Iraq-war. Many of us have tired long ago of being called “anti-American” for being against the Iraq War. So the question posed in the title above is clearly hogwash to begin with.

But it hasn’t been to many conservatives, who honestly believe opposing the Iraq War is (or at least was) anti-American. I wonder how well they are synthesizing the growing opposition to the war from soldiers and their families?

Among military members and their immediate families who responded to a […]

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The good work Jerid is doing documenting things in New Hampshire is being noticed. Andrew Sullivan used video captured by Jerid of Barack Obama contrasting Genarlow Wilson’s prison sentence to Libby’s commutation to underline the injustice in the justice system.

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Tillman coverup

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Sigh.

The White House has refused to give Congress documents about the death of former NFL player Pat Tillman, with White House counsel Fred Fielding saying that certain papers relating to discussion of the friendly-fire shooting “implicate Executive Branch confidentiality interests.”

Executive privilege? For documents pertaining to the death of a Ranger? This can literally only be political.

Perhaps my choice of song for last Friday’s PB Late Night Theater was more appropriate than I knew. Throw the bums out.

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