John Edwards, man of the people

Democratic Presidential hopeful John Edwards has spoken eloquently about the plight of the poor in America, saying that “poverty is the great moral issue of our century.” In his 2004 speech to the DNC, he said: John Kerry and I believe that we shouldn’t have two different economies in America: one for people who are set for life, they know their kids and their grand-kids are going to be just fine; and then one for most Americans, people who live paycheck to paycheck.

Katrina and the waves

So it’s a total disaster in New Orleans. Three levees are breached, one of them has a hole over 150 meters across. 80% of the city is under water up to 6 meters deep. The entire city is without electrical power or water supply. It’s estimated that it will be 9–12 weeks before they can even get rid of the water, much less get the city habitable. Interstate 10 is broken chunks of floating concrete; there’s no route into the city for trucks and other major vehicles.

No trick too dirty, continued

“Unfortunately, independent efforts by the NAACP, America Coming Together, John Kerry for President and the Capri Cafaro for Congress campaign have been illegally registering people to vote and apply for absentee ballots. […] Please be advised that if you were registered in this capacity that you will not be able to vote until the next election.” —Text from fraudulent letter sent to Ohio Democratic voters

I want to believe

They say John Kerry is a master of debating skills. I believe it. I know he is, because watching the first presidential debate I actually found myself wanting to believe him, to trust him. He said some great things, and for a moment I actually believed that he might act on his promises. And then I remembered the well-documented lies and U-turns that have made up his career, and I thought “No, you can’t believe him.

Is it safe?

Jimmy Carter has written a letter to Zell Miller, who treated us all to rabid anti-Kerry rantings at the Republican National Convention last week: Perhaps more troublesome of all is seeing you adopt an established and very effective Republican campaign technique of destroying the character of opponents by wild and false allegations. The Bush campaign’s personal attacks on the character of John McCain in South Carolina in 2000 was a vivid example.

Reality catches up with Bush

Choice statistics from last week’s CBS poll of the average American: 61% disapprove of Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq. 65% believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. 81% think the torture at Abu Ghraib was unjustified. 51% think the Pentagon tried to cover it up. 20% think the Bush administration has increased jobs, 49% think they’ve decreased jobs. There’s more in this week’s poll: 80% thought Bush was either “hiding something” or “mostly lying” in his statements on Iraq.

Donate to the Kerry campaign? I don’t think so.

John Kerry raised more money from paid lobbyists than any other Senator in the last 15 years. His wife earned $5.1 million in 2003, and has a $500 million fortune. They own five homes, valued at over $30 million, and a 42′ powerboat worth $700,000 for casual fun. Kerry also raked in a cool $57 million in campaign contributions during Q1 2004. In short, John Forbes Kerry is rolling in it.

Kerry’s popularity

Guardian today: A new poll suggested yesterday that Ralph Nader’s independent presidential bid represented a serious threat to the Democratic candidate, Senator John Kerry. The New York Times and CBS News poll revealed a tight two-man race for the White House between President George Bush and Mr Kerry. Mr Bush had a narrow lead of 46% over Mr Kerry’s 43% — within the poll’s margin of error. But when Americans were asked about a three-man race including Mr Nader, the 70-year-old consumer activist attracted 7% support, mostly at the expense of the Democrat.

Two-faced weasels illustrated

“I’m the only person in the United States Senate who has been elected four times who has voluntarily refused to ever take one dime of political action committee, special interest money in my elections” —John Kerry AP continues the story: Kerry collected more than $470,000 directly from companies and unions in 2002 [just before those types of donations were outlawed] for his Citizen Soldier Fund, and spent large amounts of it sowing goodwill in key primary states just before Congress banned the use of such “soft money” donations, according to records his group filed with the IRS.


Supporters of weaselly John Kerry decided to emulate Howard Dean, and used the Internet to organize a meetup of Kerry supporters in Boston. Seven people turned up.