A Commune For The Affluent. Isn’t That Special?

New Standard of Living Blossoms at ‘EcoVillage’ (washingtonpost.com)

EcoVillage has gotten off to a relatively slow start. The O’Rears acknowledge that the community remains small, with only eight households. Thirteen more lots have been sold or are under contract, and the couple visualizes a total of 50 homes before the community is complete.

Living in harmony with Earth doesn’t come cheap. The cost of environmentally friendly materials drives up the price of homes at EcoVillage. One couple, who are moving to Maryland so they can retain control of a family home, recently put their three-bedroom house on the market for $415,000. The house is on nearly half an acre.

Veterans For Bush

Focus Swings to Vietnam, With a Roar (washingtonpost.com)

Clad in leather, astride gleaming Harleys, they trailed American flags and the black flags that honor U.S. prisoners of war and military members missing in action. With horns blaring and fists raised, they rode into Washington more than 400,000 strong, according to organizers of the 17th annual Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom,” to pay homage to buddies who never made it home.

The Rolling Thunder event, a Memorial Day weekend tradition, dominated the heart of the nation’s capital. Large crowds still flocked to the new National World War II Memorial, which was dedicated Saturday. Thousands more assembled last night for a concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra on the Capitol’s West Lawn.

Rolling Thunder, which claims 82 chapters in the United States and abroad, has endorsed Bush over the presumptive Democratic nominee.

As they rolled across the Memorial Bridge, around the Lincoln Memorial and down Constitution Avenue, bikers displayed signs reading “Stop Kerry” and “Vietnam Vets against Kerry.”

I am really surprised that this made the Post, even on page B01. This is in keeping with their policy to keep anything that helps Bush off the front page. They managed to bury the Swiftboat Veterans against Kerry story, but as this was such a big event, it would have been hard to entirely ignore.

They do have their front page Bush bashing story to “balance” it out, and let the Kerry campaign comment on the Veterans

In a written statement, Kerry’s campaign said, “Nobody has worked harder on veterans and POW-MIA issues than John Kerry.” The Kerry statement added that Bush is “misleading Rolling Thunder about his commitment to our veterans and military families.”

You see the implication? Veterans are just too stupid to know who their Daddy is. If they would support Kerry, he would get them all kinds of free goodies. He was a champion on POW issues, it just happened to work out that he closed the investigation just in time for one of his relatives to receive a sweetheart deal with Hanoi.

We Gotta Protect Our Phony-Baloney Jobs, Here.

Common Cause Looks for New Battle to Fight (washingtonpost.com)

When I think of campaign finance reform, I picture Common Cause. For as long as I’ve been in Washington, which is more than 20 years, the self-styled “citizens’ lobby” has been synonymous with the battle to rein in wealthy political interests.

Sadly, those days are now gone. Common Cause doesn’t care as much about campaign finance as it used to.

Some fans of the organization are aghast. Take, for instance, Common Cause’s initial reaction to a plan at the Federal Election Commission to regulate “527” organizations, the new vehicles for collecting unlimited “soft money” contributions, which have long been the bane of campaign reformers. To the shock of like-minded groups, Common Cause was adamantly opposed.

When Common Cause thought taking the money out of politics would help the Democrats, they were all for it.

But apparently, if “Campaign Finance Reform” would act to help Republicans, that is something different.

Unable to pose as a nonpartisan “reform” lobby, Common Cause seeks to find another way to help Democrats get elected and keep their offices and salaries.

My apologies to Mel Brooks for the title

I Am Shocked, Shocked, I Tell You!

From Bush, Unprecedented Negativity (washingtonpost.com)

Scholars and political strategists say the ferocious Bush assault on Kerry this spring has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly new in a political campaign, they say the volume of negative charges is unprecedented — both in speeches and in advertising.

How could President Bush be so negative? Why, the Kerry campaign has been the model of fair minded campaign rhetoric.

Let’s see. We had the Hillary waving the “Bush Knew” headline, Kennedy saying that the war was “something cooked up in Texas”. I guess everyone knows that the place to do things like that is Martha’s Vineyard.

Democrats, who this week accused Mr. Bush of being “AWOL” from the National Guard, are using it as a weapon to undermine Mr. Bush’s greatest electoral strength, his record on national security after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Terence R. McAuliffe, have accused the president of shirking his military duties in 1972, when Bush transferred to an Alabama unit. McAuliffe on Sunday called Bush “AWOL,” or “absent without leave,” during that period.

Moore alleges that the Bush administration smuggled Osama bin Laden’s family out of the United States shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, while a ban on international fights was in effect. News reports from the time said the bin Ladens left Sept. 18, after the ban had been lifted.

Moore didn’t tone down his rhetoric at Saturday’s rally, bringing a sizable crowd to its feet when he imagined a debate between Clark and President Bush: “That’s right! The general vs. the deserter!”

The alleged misrepresentation of U.S. intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction is catching fire on the Democratic campaign trail, if not among the general public. Howard Dean opened his speech with the WMD issue and openly alluded to Watergate. “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” asked Dean. He often looks angry when he’s talking about Bush, but this time he looked furious.

Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry, campaigning in California on Sunday, used Pearl Harbor Day to accuse President Bush of deceiving Americans about the Iraq conflict and mishandling the war on terrorism.

Gore accuses Bush of undermining freedoms – Nov. 9, 2003

John Kerry: Did I expect George Bush to fuck it up as badly as he did? I don’t think anybody did.

I could go on and on. These are just examples I came up with in 15 minutes. I bet if I spent any appreciable time I could find a hundred.

But of course, that does not fit the story of Bush campaigning negatively and that wouldn’t do at all.

Stupid Lawyer Tricks

Judge rejects slave trauma as defense for killing

HILLSBORO — A Portland lawyer says suffering by African Americans at the hands of slave owners is to blame in the death of a 2-year-old Beaverton boy.

Randall Vogt is offering the untested theory, called post traumatic slave syndrome, in his defense of Isaac Cortez Bynum, who is charged with murder by abuse in the June 30 death of his son, Ryshawn Lamar Bynum. Vogt says he will argue — “in a general way” — that masters beat slaves, so Bynum was justified in beating his son.

What Liberals Have To Believe.

The Liberals’ Creed by Robert Alt

We believe that the war in Iraq conducted by a Republican president was unjustified because it lacked UN approval;
We believe that the “military action” in Kosovo conducted by a Democratic president was justified without UN approval.

We believe that the Iraq war was unilateral.
We believe that the participation of Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Ukraine does not change the fact that the war was unilateral;
We believe that multilateralism can only be achieved with the participation of France and Germany;
We believe in multilateralism.

Link from Betsy’s Page

Mark Steyn Knows What A Kerry Victory Would Mean.

This is one armchair warmonger still fighting

If the media manage to drag the Senator, a very weak candidate, over the finishing line, it will be seen as a humiliating verdict on Bush’s war. There will be no stomach for further neo-con adventuring. The House of Saud can relax and resume its buying off of al-Qaeda. Pakistan’s ISI can get rid of General Musharraf. The IAEA can go back to sleep and let Iran get on with its nuclear programme. And, after months and months of experts telling them that they didn’t have enough troops in Iraq, Washington will realise all the extra troops they needed are sitting around twiddling their thumbs in Europe, guarding against enemies who no longer exist on behalf of allies who are no longer allies.

Where Are The Reporters?

4 U.S. Troops Killed Near Baghdad (washingtonpost.com)

BAGHDAD, May 30 – Three U.S. Marines were killed in action in the volatile al-Anbar province west of Baghdad on Saturday, while a U.S. army soldier was killed in a separate mortar attack several days earlier, the U.S. military said.

The al-Anbar province where the Marines were killed includes the flashpoint cities of Falluja and Ramadi.

Where are the reporters? Day after day, the news reports the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan. Sometimes they mention whether it was a combat death or an accident. But that’s it. Period. End of story.

What a sorry excuse for reporting this is. This is crappy reporting even by Vietnam press standards. At least in Vietnam, the reporters left the Caravelle Hotel sometimes. They may have not understood what they were reporting; they may have slanted the reporting; they may have flat out lied; but at least they were there.

At the start of this war, the military made it possible for reporters to “embed” in units and report from the front lines. This was successful during the initial phases of the war, with embedded reporters reporting circumstances that often were at odds with what the talking heads and editors in the States were saying. After Saddam fell, the reporters went home. The embed slots are still there, but they are unfilled.

So while stories such as Brian Chontosh‘s are never covered, the American public is treated to the news that more soldiers have died, with no context, no explanation, no reason. This, of course, gives the impression that Americans are dying for no reason, which while false, is the impression the media wants to present.

Fucking losers.

Here’s one. Where’s the rest

Respite? Not If The Post Can Help It.

Bush Hails a Generation’s Sacrifice to Win World War (washingtonpost.com)
Speech at Memorial A Respite From Iraq, Campaign Politics

The address also let Bush identify himself with a noncontroversial and ultimately successful conflict, at a time when public support for his handling of Iraq is plunging and the wisdom of the invasion is being widely questioned, even among Republicans. The president did not mention Iraq in his remarks.

You gotta love how they have to work that in to everything. I haven’t checked their weather reports, but I bet they contain something like;

The weather in Iraq, where American troops are dying in the chaos started by President George W. Bush, will be overcast but hot, much like Florida where Bush stole the election from Al Gore. There will be a new moon tonight making it very dark, like it was when those American soldiers tortured Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison.