My biggest qualms with what Bush said…

…he complained about relying on the British for the flu vaccine when Chiron is an American company, and in fact located locally here in the Bay Area.

…he denied his remarks about not being concerned about OBL. I hope he eats those words.

…that he wouldn’t give a straight answer on Roe-v-Wade.

Stop-loss orders as a backdoor draft?

Sure sounds like it…

Christopher K Davis posted a very interesting discussion of this on rec.arts.sf.fandom.

At the last debate, I would have liked to hear a much stronger opposition to a possible draft from Kerry. Of course, Bush’s statement that (paraphrasing) “there will be no draft as long as I’m President” is worth no more than any of his other promises, given his record of lies.

Bush vs. Clinton, on the record…

You’ve probably seen the “Life then, life now” nostalgia lists.

Now there’s a “Clinton’s record, Bush’s record” list on John Aravosis’s blog. Some of it may be a little oversimplified, but if something ever really DESERVED to turn into a mass-forwarded email, this is it, and it’s effing awesome.

Good old Yankee ingenuity…

A site for bidding on coding projects can’t be that bad, can it?

Yes, it can, if the coding projects are for classes, as pointed out in an email sent out to my former research group at UCSC.

I can’t decide if this is ingenious of the students in question, or a sign that the end is nigh.

(Link sent out in an email from Darrell Long)

So THAT’s what he meant.

Apparantly, the Dred Scott reference wasn’t just a gaffe. I’ve seen or heard a couple of times now, including this morning’s “Al Franken Show” that the Dred Scott reference was a not-terribly subtle coded reference to the Pro-Life crowd, who’ve been equating abortion with slavery.

Ah well! Not quite so funny, in that context, although I still think it was a lame and poorly thought on statement.

In any case, if you needed another reason to dislike Bush, just remember the Supreme Court. Anyone want a pool on how many Supreme Court justices retire in the next four years?

Update/6:36pm : I know I’d seen this in a Blog as well — it was mentioned in Daily Kos over the weekend.

From the Onion, last May:

In case you missed it then, just like I did: Fed-UP Cheney Enters Presidential Race Himself

WASHINGTON, DC—As President Bush’s public-approval ratings hit an all-time low, Vice-President Dick Cheney announced Monday that he has been “forced” to throw his hat into the ring for the 2004 presidential race.

“Enough is enough,'” the visibly annoyed Cheney said at a morning press conference. “George blew the whole Iraqi prison-abuse speech, and he barely did better with his Nicholas Berg reaction. Now he’s below 50 percent in the polls. I’m sorry, but I can’t allow him to drag me down with him in November.”

“Do I have to do everything around here?” Cheney asked, pausing to gesture angrily around the White House. “I guess I do.”

(Found via Daily KOS)

Saturday Night Live…

…is rather lampooning the debate. It’s the very first thing, no less. Seems to be parodying both candidates pretty effectively, although they’ve just got so much more to work for with Bush. They got in the “Internets” line and “Needs some wood”, and if everyone else saw Bush as being as whiny as the parody on there, the election’s already won.

(… a few minutes pass …)

Ok, it’s over. Sadly, I can’t say that some of the parody of Kerry didn’t have some grains of truth, although I really can’t see what some of the Kerry lines had to do with anything he said.

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