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With stories of Abu Masad Zarqawi's demise flooding the news world, one salient point the mainstream media seems to be ignoring is the past opportunities to kill Zarqawi of which the White House failed to take advantage. And aside from the fact that there have been missed opportunities in the past, does it even need mentioning that al-Qaeda's rise to power in Iraq is the direct result of the US invasion?
Even though many anchor men and women insist on pressing the question of what Zarqawi's death would mean to the war in Iraq, the American public understood quite quickly what it meant- nothing! Polls show that Americans harbor as little support for the war now as they did before the news.
A reality just one small step to the right of our own
Bush Ties Elevated Gas Prices to Gay Marriage
Countering criticism that the Republicans were ignoring crucial issues to focus on `wedge' issues in preparation for the upcoming November elections, President Bush announced today that the Marriage Amendment is in fact a crucial step in the White House's plan to lower gas prices. The President made this claim in a rare Q&A session with reporters, but refused to answer follow-up questions demanding clarification on this new, quizzical policy.
"Americans are struggling to keep up with the cost of gas," Bush announced, "They need gas for their cars, for their motorcycles. Boats. Chainsaws. It's hard to get anything done in this country without gas. We have determined a clear correlation between the increase in gay marriage and the increase in gas prices in this country. It's time we protect hard-working, heterosexual Americans from the selfish, depraved, gas-price-rising whims of same sex couples. Thank you, no further questions." And with a wave to the White House Press Corps, Bush retreated from the podium.
Although it's not as good as the Harry Reid interview, here is some footage I caught of Clinton with my webcam. I was next in line to shake her hand but she had to get off the stage so the next speaker could present. This little webcam is really meeting lots of influential people.
What's really interesting about this clip is the divide in the room. There were tons of people running to the stage to meet Clinton, while a lot of people in the room stayed in their seats and shouted " Stop the war!" You can hear it in the video.
I got REALLYGOOD footage of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. I will upload it in a few. (I was able to shake her hand. ha)
Wow, Kerry is spending his entire speech on foreign policy.
"Our soldiers cannot bring democracy to Iraq at the barrel of a gun."
"This war cannot be won militarily."
"I believe we need a hard and fast deadline." (In reference to pulling troops out of Iraq)
"This week in the Senate I will fight for an amendment to allow an up or down vote on setting a hard deadline to withdraw from Iraq."
Senator John Kerry is now speaking. He is focusing on his opposition to the war in Iraq.
" The war in Iraq founded on a lie can never be true to America's character."
"True patriots must defend the right to question and the right to criticize."
"Thomas Jefferson had it right when he said that dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
In reference to the war: " It was wrong, and I was wrong to vote for the war resolution for Iraq"
On National Security:
Clinton "we have to put fiscal responsibility back to the core of the progressive agenda" "Because of our fiscal recklessness we are unable to lead the world the way that I think it should be led." "We want to lift up the rest of the world, not put it down."
Clinton is talking about economic issues and is attacking the tax cuts of the Bush administration, and mentioned that the minimum wage hasn't been raised in ten years. She says she has introduced legislation would tie the minimum wage to congressional salaries.
Clinton is talking about the radical right and says they have misplaced priorities. She is bashing the right wing's refusal to invest in science - she is also talking about the right wing's abandonment of the environment and cites the misnamed-Republican sponsored "Clear Skies Act," as evidence of their neglect and attack on the environment.
Senator Clinton is now speaking on voting rights and the importance of passing legislation to ensure that every vote is counted in November. Without such legislation the Senator believes "the Katherine Harris'" of the world will help decide elections instead of voters.