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November 7th, 2004


10:37 am - And from another perspective...
Kind of a companion piece to the one I posted yesterday. (Thanks to laurel for pointing it out.)

http://fromasadamerican.blogspot.com/2004/11/how-you-could-have-had-my-vote.html

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02:42 pm - Um ... yeah
Browsing the BBC web site, I came upon a video feed of an interview with former President Bush, the current President's father. No real surprises until he was asked out the campaign's tone:
Interviewer: Everyone says this was a very divisive campaign and that the country now needs to be unified. Would you say that it was any more divisive than usual?

George Herbert Walker Bush: Well I think maybe more ... uh ... there was more visceral hatred about the President than I've ever felt. Uh .. I don't ... I remember campaigns being really tough .. uh ... when I ran against Clinton, but he wasn't, they weren't using words like "liar" and, uh, it wasn't as difficult as ... This one was more difficult than in the past, I think. I expect the Kerry people would say the same thing but I don't think they can point to any example where the President himself got into that, uh, name-calling, uh, outrageous posture.
Really? Can't point to an example?

Well, there were the debates:

http://www.debates.org/pages/trans2004a.html
BUSH: That's totally absurd.

BUSH: The only consistent about my opponent's position is that he's been inconsistent.

http://www.debates.org/pages/trans2004c.html
BUSH: ... He said he thought Saddam Hussein was a grave threat, and now he said it was a mistake to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

BUSH: He keeps talking about, "Let the inspectors do their job." It's naive and dangerous to say that.

BUSH: don't think my opponent has got the right view about the world to make us safe; I really don't. 

BUSH: ... First, the National Journal named Senator Kennedy the most liberal senator of all. And that's saying something in that bunch. You might say that took a lot of hard work

BUSH: He's just not credible when he talks about being fiscally conservative. He's just not credible. ... And of course he's going to raise your taxes. 

http://www.debates.org/pages/trans2004d.html
BUSH: Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations.

BUSH: ... It's an empty promise. It's called bait and switch.

BUSH: Well, his rhetoric doesn't match his record. ... He talks about PAYGO. ...pay go means: You pay, and he goes ahead and spends.

BUSH: ... In his last litany of misstatements. He said we cut Pell Grants.

BUSH: He forgot to tell you he voted to tax Social Security benefits more than one time.

BUSH: ... He just doesn't understand how the borders work, evidently, to say that. That is an outrageous claim

BUSH: ... In our first debate he proposed America pass a global test. In order to defend ourselves, we'd have to get international approval.

BUSH: ... Apparently you can't pass any test under his vision of the world.

And speeches he made on the campaign trail:

http://www.georgewbush.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=3787
"I didn't pick my Vice President for his hairdo."

"My opponent is a tax-and-spend liberal"

"This is my opponent's alliance-building strategy:  brush off your best friends, fawn over your critics."

http://www.georgewbush.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=4180
"There is a mainstream in American politics, and John Kerry sits on the far left bank."

"And then -- and then he entered the flip-flop hall of fame."

Perhaps former president Bush just didn't take too great an interest in his son's campaign.

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11:25 pm - This is mostly pointless
It's peak again here at work. Every quarter, companies have to file reports with the SEC. Since a chunk of our work is producing those filings we get busier round the filing deadlines. In an effort to anticipate the work load and staff accordingly, we are given mandatory overtime to work. For me, this means coming in on my day off last week and this forthcoming week and also working one night of the weekend. Tonight.

I had a unique experience when I arrived. Usually, when it's slow, I'll tell you that there's nothing on our schedule. What I usually mean is that there is noting for me to work on on the schedule. Jobs are all in proofreading, or someone else is working them, or they are on hold. Tonight, when I tell you there was nothing on the schedule when I showed up, it means precisely that. I pulled up the schedule and listed off all the jobs for our site. A blank screen greeted me.

Nada. Zilch. Nothing.

The lead for the weekend came down after I'd settled in and let me know that we're supposed to be getting two in-house jobs sometime tonight. The first was supposed to be here three hours ago. The second has come in as I type this. It consists of two files totaling about a dozen pages. I'm working four of them.

Whee.

(The nature of this kind of work means there may be sporadic drops of more pages as the client goes through the document. It's not looking like there'll be a lot of this one, though.)
Current Mood: boredbored

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