Bring on the gifts

If this is true, I think the person who said it is likely standing in the unemployment line this morning.

According to a senior GOP-strategist as reported by Thomas DeFrank for the New York Daily News:

“We want people to think ‘terrorism’ for the last four days,” said a Bush-Cheney campaign official. “And anything that raises the issue in people’s minds is good for us.”

A senior GOP strategist added, “anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush.”

He called it “a little gift,” saying it helps the President but doesn’t guarantee his reelection.

via AMERICAblog

And if Osama’s tape is a fake who turned it out?

The Republicans or the Democrats?

According to Aljazeera:

The tape was dropped off at the gate of the station’s office in an envelope on Friday, just hours before it aired, said Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan, Al-Jazeera’s bureau chief in Pakistan.

“The Arabic television channel Al-Jazeera said today that it received the latest video taped message from Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at its offices in the Pakistani capital.

We received it in Pakistan . . . Somebody dropped it yesterday at the gate,” Zaidan told The Associated Press. “The guard brought it to me along with other mail. It was in an envelope, I opened it and it was a big scoop.”

Zaidan said he transmitted the tape to Al-Jazeera’s headquarters in the Gulf country of Qatar immediately.

Osama bin Laden enters the race as the truth candidate

Eric Margolis was interviewed by CBC last night. I agree with him that bin Laden intended to assert his political authourity and this was a conciliatory gesture on his part towards the American people.

And I agree with him that bin Laden prefers George, who has been good for the terrorism business, but I don’t exactly concur this was an endorsement for his re-election. Beyond spinning it either way as “we shouldn’t change horses in midstream”, or bin Laden alive and taping is a negative for Bush, after all is said and done, bin Laden tricked them both out.

President Bush vowed on Friday the United States will not be intimidated by a pre-election warning from Osama Bin Laden…”

I think “bring it on” is an extremely weak response. Even though it reaffirms bin Laden’s reclamation of his position as the number one fear factor in this election, taking the focus off Iraq and putting it back on George’s terms, Bush could lose the upper hand if Kerry goes beyond attacking him for letting bin Laden escape and rips apart the fallacy “they attacked us for our freedom.” bin Laden’s finally claiming responsibilty for the attacks is akin to rubbing George’s nose in it but pointing out that both candidates’ plans will bring more attacks on America is rubbing Kerry’s nose in it. Kerry’s people must be banging their heads against the wall over that because it’s true; Kerry’s plans don’t address the root cause of terrorism. If he could manage to address that, albeit an incredible task to undertake at this late stage of the game, he would prevail as the stronger candidate.

So much for the “October Surprise” AEI predicted, i.e., the trial of Saddam, the capture of bin Laden, another attack? It seemed to me bin Laden wanted to convey there will be no attack until after the election. Hopefully, the administration doesn’t take this seriously.

As for the intelligence reform bill’s collapse I think if the changes are in line with the appointment of a partisan loyalist like Porter Goss to position of chief filterer then it should die a quick death.

What I find gloomy is that knowledge of the deliberate efforts to skew intelligence and coordinated by the WH in order to carry out war crimes in Iraq hasn’t resulted in a nationwide demand for heads to roll.

But they’re rolling in Fallujah.

The Bush Crusades

Go to heaven, go to hell. While you’re on this planet keep your religion out of our politics.

Christopher Manion and Norman Singleton comment on this Liberty Forum post that links to a freeper-produced video which hails George as the Messiah by using Johnny Cash’s The Man Comes Around and carefully selected pictures that leave nothing to the imagination.

You can hear Johnny Cash’s original version here.

Here are some parts edited out by the plagiarising hack:

And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder:
One of the four beasts saying: “Come and see.”
And I saw. And behold, a white horse.

The hairs on your arm will stand up
At the terror in each sip and in each sup
Will you partake of that last offered cup
Or disappear into the potter’s ground
When the man comes around

Till Armageddon no shalam no shalom

Then the father hen will call his chicken’s home
The wise men will bow down before the throne
And at his feet will cast their golden crowns
When the man comes around

Close (Spoken part)
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts
And I looked and behold, a pale horse
And it’s name it said on him was Death
And Hell followed with him.

I wonder what contingency plans Sharon or Netanyahu will implement when they are told to cast golden crowns at the feet of George the Messiah and welcome evangelical proselytisers into the settlements or be sent to the burning fires of hell.

Converting the Jews seems to be on the lord’s agenda:

Getting New Terms (via Eric Umansky)

Keeping up with well-known area folks getting recent appointments . . . President Bush over the summer named Madeleine C. Will, former assistant secretary of education for special education and rehabilitative services and former spouse of columnist George Will, to another term as chairman of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Bush reappointed to that committee the Rev. Lon N. Solomon, senior pastor of the McLean Bible Church, which has planned an $18.5 million center for disabled children. Solomon also serves as chairman of the board of the executive committee of Jews for Jesus.

Jews for Jesus has a lively presentation for those of you wondering why the religious need to bother at all with politics. Because, you silly fools, we need a theocracy! “Now that’s a system that can’t be beat!”