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In a commentary on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” yesterday [Real Audio], Daniel Schorr cited a proposed change in the federal school lunch program as evidence that President Bush is dismantling anti-poverty programs. But the charge is presented without adequate context, implying that Bush is actually cutting funding rather than changing the verification procedures used to evaluate eligibility.
Expect to hear the nitwits and the ideologues repeat the ‘Bush cut School Lunches” mantra throughout the election, despite the fact it is nonsense.
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An audio tape purported to carry the voice of Osama bin Laden called on Iraqis to carry out suicide attacks against Americans and defend themselves against a U.S. attack.
The tape was broadcast on the Al-Jazeera Arab satellite station on Tuesday, the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. The speaker also urged Iraqis to dig trenches and engage in urban warfare to fend off U.S. troops.
“We stress the importance of martyrdom operations against the enemy, these attacks that have scared Americans and Israelis like never before,” the speaker said, using a term often used by militants for suicide attacks.
Before the broacast, Secretary of State Colin Powell told a Senate panel Tuesday that he had read a transcript of the statement and that it shows why the world needs to be concerned about Iraqi ties to terrorism.
This will no doubt fluster the Democrats, who have been whining for months that there is no connection between Al Qaeda and Osama. Well, is this tape is real, there is now a connection. In short, loudmouths, here are your options:
1.) Claim the tapes are fake, and quit claiming Osama is alive. This will upset the anti-war crowd a great deal, as one of their favorite responses to the Bush Iraq policy has been to wail “What About Osama?”
2.) Claim the tapes are real, and endorse an attack on Iraq.
I am betting they will go for the third option, which is to sputter incoherently, call Bush the ‘selected’ President, scream something about unilateralism, and then go write domestic spending projects while yelling at Bush for ruining the deficit. Daschle and Kerry, of course, will have some more serious questions.
*** UPDATE ***
I was just reading Atrios (need to check in daily to find out who is a racist, you know), and I found that the Democrats have chosen option #4, which goes something like this:
The tape is a fake, planted by the CIA to prove a link between Osama and Saddam. Despite the fake nature of the tape, however, do not assume that we think bin Laden is dead. On the contrary, this tape shows that BUSH has failed to kill Osama and is a unilateralist bully who will do anything to go to war with Iraq.
Mr. Greenspan spoke today, and here is what he had to say:
He characterized as “sobering” recent budget estimates from the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, which forecast deficits well through the balance of the decade.
“It is necessary to extend budget enforcement rules promulgated in the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990,” he said. “I am concerned that, should the enforcement mechanisms not be restored, the resulting lack of clear direction and constructive goals will allow in-built political bias in favor of growing budget deficits to again become entrenched.”
The rules set in place under the Budget Enforcement Act, which was passed to restrain spending, expired in the House last September. They were partly extended in the Senate through mid-April of this year.
Mr. Greenspan said that while there seems to be a “large and growing constituency” for holding down the deficit, “I sense less appetite to do what is required to achieve that outcome.”
Translation: Congress is a bunch of tax and spend REPUBLICANS. Or to borrow a term from the left- BORROW AND SPEND REPUBLICANS.
Less appetite to do what is required, my ass. Try no appetite for anything but spending. I never thought my party would make Robert Byrd look like a spendthrift.
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One more thing I’d like to leave you with on this topic:
PRINCETON, NJ — Americans have a sharply more unfavorable image of France than they have had at any point over the past decade. Favorable opinions of the country have dropped 20 points in the last year, while unfavorable opinions have risen by 17 points. Americans’ attitudes toward Germany, which, like France, has balked at approving the U.S. position on the necessity of military action against Iraq, have also become substantially more negative since last year. The image of North Korea in the minds of Americans, already quite negative, has become even more so this year compared to last.
Voila, Pierre; there you have it: the Voice of the American Street. Hey, snail-eaters, can I get a puling, sniveling “Why do they hate us?” Got that in a French accent, plus-size?
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My cat is fascinated by water. Every time I turn on a faucet, take a shower, or flush the toilet, he comes running- he especially loves watching water drain. I am now effectively wife-trained with the toilet, as I have to put the lid down when I am finished- otherwise he splashes around in it. Is this normal?
Every time the left gets so worked up into a fevered pitch about something that I just can not take it anymore and want to dehumanize them (by doing things like collectively calling a group of different individuals ‘the left’), I find out things like this- most of the lefties on my blogroll like the show ’24.’ I love it. Check it out:
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