WOW! Institute For Public Accuracy Responds To Bush’s 2003 “State of the Union” Address! What a pack of lies Bush told! Click here for the sordid details!
After All The Tough Talk, There Is NO Evidence Against Iraq!
Now admitting there is no "smoking gun," Secretary of State Colin Powell is bringing what the Bush adminstration is calling "circumstantial evidence" to to the U.N. next week in hopes of making a convincing case that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction, a U.S. official said Thursday. Circumstantial evidence? Wasn't the Bushies promising "clear and compelling" evidence right before the state of the union address? Hey, I'm no lawyer, but I think it takes more than circumstantial evidence to make charges stick.
"There are some countries, some elements of public opinion, that think the U.S. needs a smoking gun of some sort," the U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Well we don't have a smoking gun and Powell's not coming with it."
Perhaps this is why Bush is again backing off his claims of hard evidence: Iraqi warheads test negative for chemical agents
Bush and his boys pounded the aluminum tubes story for all it was worth, but now CNN is reporting they have tested negative for chemical agents.
Al-Qaeda 'was making dirty bomb'
British officials have presented evidence which they claim shows that al-Qaeda had been trying to assemble radioactive material to build a so-called dirty bomb.
They have shown the BBC previously undisclosed material backing up their claim.
It includes secret intelligence from agents sent by Britain into al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan. more
Expert rules out link between Iraq and al-Qaeda
ONE of Europe’s leading terrorism experts has ruled out any link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda - directly contradicting the latest claims from Tony Blair and George Bush.
Rohan Gunaratna, who is attached to the terrorism unit at St Andrews University, said his research - which includes six books - shows the two are mutually incompatible.
His warning came as the Prime Minister surprised MPs by saying he has evidence linking Iraq to al-Qaeda - something noticeably absent from his previous dossier on Saddam. more
"In two short years, the liberal establishment has changed its view of President Bush from a not-so-bright scion without an agenda to an evil, even radical, genius," the Wall Street Journal says.
"The new view is just as false as the old, but after listening to his State of the Union speech, we can understand their anxiety: they're afraid the Bush project might succeed," the newspaper said in an editorial.
Well, it sure hasn't succeeded so far, dumbasses! You're just saying that crap because you still have a job, you haven't lost alll of your 401k's worth, and your father or son hasn't yet been killed to secure Bush more oil.
And besides, you have it wrong! Liberals think Bush is a not-so-bright scion without an agenda being controlled by evil, even radical, geniuses. If you're going to talk about liberals, at least get your damn story right!
U.S. Economy Slows to 0.7 Percent Rate
The U.S. economy slowed dramatically in the final quarter of last year, growing at a annual rate of just 0.7 percent as consumers turned cautious in the face of war worries, a rollercoaster stock market and a stagnant job climate and increased their spending by the smallest amount since 1993.
"The rollercoaster ride continues as the economy just cannot sustain solid growth." said economist Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors.
The performance – weaker than the 0.9 percent increase analysts were predicting – gave the fourth quarter the distinction of being the worst quarter for GDP in 2002. It also marked the weakest showing since the economy actually shrank at a 0.3 percent rate in the third quarter of 2001 as the country was mired in its first recession since George H.W. Bush screwed us in the early 90s. more
THIS is a GOOD one! A War Crime or an Act of War?
Central Intelligence Agency's senior political analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war comes clean!
It was no surprise that President Bush, lacking smoking-gun evidence of Iraq's weapons programs, used his State of the Union address to re-emphasize the moral case for an invasion: "The dictator who is assembling the world's most dangerous weapons has already used them on whole villages, leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind or disfigured."
The accusation that Iraq has used chemical weapons against its citizens is a familiar part of the debate. The piece of hard evidence most frequently brought up concerns the gassing of Iraqi Kurds at the town of Halabja in March 1988, near the end of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. President Bush himself has cited Iraq's "gassing its own people," specifically at Halabja, as a reason to topple Saddam Hussein.
But the truth is, all we know for certain is that Kurds were bombarded with poison gas that day at Halabja. We cannot say with any certainty that Iraqi chemical weapons killed the Kurds. This is not the only distortion in the Halabja story. more
Ads rushing out of Limbaugh show?
From CBS Marketwatch
Though still in its infancy, a letter-writing campaign aimed at advertisers on "The Rush Limbaugh Show," has already claimed a few choice scalps -- and hopes to soon have other marketers saying "ditto."
Kicked off last week on the website of a group called Take Back The Media, the effort is generating a growing buzz among online progressives (or, if you prefer, "liberals") -- along with hundreds of angry e-mails to companies that sponsor what it calls Limbaugh's "hateful chortling and guffawing."
Micheal Stinson, a Vietnam-era veteran, is co-founder of Take Back The Media. Obviously never a Rush fan, Stinson and his cohorts were content to largely ignore the king of reactionary talk radio -- until he weighed in on the recent anti-war protests, calling participants "anti-American," "anti-capitalist" and "communists," among other terms.
"He just went too far," said Stinson. "Don't call me anti-American. I served this country."
When he decided to go after Limbaugh, Stinson said "we were told we would have to nip at his heels, to start by contacting local advertisers." He ignored that advice, however, and posted a list, complete with contact information, of top sponsors.
"Within 18 hours, RadioShack (RSH: news, chart, profile) had folded. Within 36 hours, Amtrak was gone and Bose told us they were no longer advertising on the show," Stinson said.
Oddly, Stinson's group is not only telling the rest of the world which companies advertise on Limbaugh's show but, apparently, even the companies themselves.
In RadioShack's case, the company maintains that it does not buy ads on Limbaugh's show and any that did air were the result of an "error made by the radio network or local affiliate."
RadioShack, the company continued, "strictly adheres to a policy of not intentionally buying advertising space on programs that might be political or socially controversial or that promote any one individual's agenda or point of view."
Amtrak says the ads aired as part of a complicated barter deal involving, strange but true, the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau. It does not sponsor political shows and "'in the future...will communicate [that] practice to" other partners.
Although Stinson said he has reports of its ads appearing during the show, a spokeswoman for Bose told CBS.MarketWatch that its does not advertise on the program, "and has no intentions of doing so."
Other advertisers targeted by Take Back the Media include Darden Restaurants, Red Lobster chain, Pfizer, AutoZone, and online retailer Overstock.com -- none of which would comment.
Limbaugh is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of radio behemoth Clear Channel Communications. While not addressing whether the show had lost any advertisers as a result of the boycott, Premiere issued the following written statement:
"There have been many times in the 15 year history of 'The Rush Limbaugh Program' when national and world events have generated increased listening as well as increased communication with individuals who have opposing points of view," said company president Kraig Kitchin. "The kind of compelling radio that generates opposition also causes Rush Limbaugh's weekly 20 million listeners to tune in that much more and listen longer."
That audience number is likely exaggerated (other estimates put it closer to 15 million) but there is no question that Limbaugh is big, big, big and one of medium's biggest single stars.
So, can a few scrappy liberals really hurt him?
Depends. A lot of radio time is bought pretty much on a commodity basis, with advertisers looking for dayparts and regions rather than specific programming. Many may not even know where their ads appeared until after the fact. And, unless they have given their buyers up-front marching orders to avoid him (already not uncommon), Limbaugh's powerful ratings guarantee a piece of that action. Of course, there are plenty of other options that can deliver similar numbers.
Whether or not the boycott works to any meaningful degree is going to depend on how many more advertisers decide it is easier to switch than fight. According to radio buyers, some companies cave almost instantly in the face of even a little negative feedback while others need to experience a truly sustained and widespread level of complaints before they listen.
Still, they don't have to get them all to make a difference: If enough advertisers put out the word that the show is a forbidden zone -- and they are not rapidly replaced -- the program will lose much of its economic value to local stations and station groups regardless of how well its audience numbers are doing. Of course, the already-loaded Limbaugh is never going to have trouble putting food on the table, but he and his fans could end up in less desirable timeslots or on fewer outlets.
Historically, the boycott approach has a mixed record. One of the most effective boycotts of recent times was against Viacom (VIA: news, chart, profile) unit VH-1's "Music Behind Bars," a program that showcased the jailhouse jams of murderers, rapists and assorted other scum. An outcry from victim's rights groups, law enforcement officials and politicians had advertisers staying away in droves and the cable network quickly pulled the plug on the series. (Viacom is a significant shareholder in MarketWatch.com, the publisher of this report.)
The "Christian" right's attack on "NYPD Blue" in the early 1990s, on the other hand, was a complete failure. It initially scared off some marketers, but the program's ratings and demographics were so good that it attracted business from sectors that don't expect to sell to those folks anyway -- including movies, beer, cosmetics, designer clothing, etc. And the effort completely fell apart when the first big package-goods company (Unilever (UN: news, chart, profile), if memory serves) jumped in. "Blue" eventually went to become one of the most enduring and profitable shows in Disney (DIS: news, chart, profile) unit ABC's prime-time line-up.
What makes this attempt particularly interesting is that progressives typically eschew ad boycotts both for free speech reasons and because it is a favorite technique of their ideological opponents.
Stinson, however, is unapologetic about tearing a page out of the other team's playbook: "We are going to employ the tactics of those people -- and it's already working. We are hitting some nerves."
Hmmm... From the "we already figured this" department: 'Rush Limbaugh uses fake callers to make liberals look dumb.' Former Premiere Radio Networks Intern Says...
A former Premiere Radio Networks intern has admitted that popular conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has staff members pose as liberal callers to present weak arguments in an effort to make the left's position less credible.
The intern, an aspiring talkshow host himself, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared reprisals from the conservative community.
"Rush claims to take calls from liberals but instead has his screeners heavily screens the calls, weeding out anyone from the left who might challenge and embarrass him."
"He also has his own people make calls pretending to be democrats and giving weak, sometimes ridiculous, arguments." The former intern said.
When asked if other conservative talkers employ the same techniques, the former intern could only say, "People like [Sean] Hannity are Rush clones... my guess would be that they do."
It has long been rumored that Limbaugh screens calls with an extra screener who sounds like him to catch strong liberals who might make it past the first screener by posing as a conservative.