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Make Bush Say What You Want

Think you could be President Bush’s speechwriter?  Well, that’s probably not going to happen in real life, but that’s why we have the Internet!  Check out this amusing site, which allows you to cobble together a speech and play it back from the virtual mouth of our president—complete with sound effects!

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE


The Things That Come Out of Her Mouth

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Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


sorensen and kennedy
overgaard.dk

The Dream Speech

John F. Kennedy referred to Theodore C. Sorensen (above, left) as his intellectual blood bank—a man who helped put the magic in JFK’s famous rhetoric. Here is his dream acceptance speech for the next Democratic nominee. While the actual speech will probably have more political calculation and pandering, it’s worth dreaming about an alternative.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Ally Calls for Withdrawal

Sen. Richard Lugar, a respected figure in the Republican Party and a traditional backer of the president’s war policy, has broken with the White House and called for a draw-down of troops in Iraq—ahead of the much-touted September review of the surge. In what some have described as a watershed speech on the Senate floor, Lugar warned that the coming election would make rational policy choices in Iraq politically unrealistic.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


From the Mind of the ‘Commander Guy’

One need only listen to the president’s definition of success in Iraq to appreciate the value of a full and immediate withdrawal.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


Stewart on SOTU

“The Daily Show” host dissects Bush’s State of the Union speech.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


A Reagan Democrat

Sen. Jim Webb replied to Bush’s State of the Union speech with a moral clarity almost unheard-of since the days of The Great Communicator.

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Why Bush’s Speech Didn’t Matter

None of the progressive-sounding proposals in the president’s speech stand any chance of actually arriving on Capitol Hill as legislation.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Powell: State of the Union

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Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Luckovich: Bush Gives In to Popular Demand

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Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. on the Villainy of War

As we prepare to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, on the holiday Dick Cheney opposed, Code Pink reminds us that stirring words still resonate.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Durbin
news.yahoo.com

Democrats Respond to Bush’s Speech

Needless to say, the Democrats hated Bush’s plan for escalating the war in Iraq, although they differed on how to defeat the action. Ted Kennedy continues to push for a direct confrontation, while the leadership wants to start off with a symbolic vote. Hillary Clinton was surprisingly feisty in her comments, calling Bush’s policy “marred by incompetence and arrogance.”

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
from msnbc.com

Bush Admits Mistakes, Promises to Make More

The president began his address to the nation Wednesday evening by accepting responsibility for mistakes made in Iraq. But as he outlined his commitment to escalate the war, complete with abundant references to 9/11 and the specter of al-Qaida, George W. Bush demonstrated the same insulation from reason and reality that created this nightmare in the first place.

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Qin Zhongfei
washingtonpost.com

For China, a Criminally Funny Poem

When Qin Zhongfei took 10 minutes to scribble down a satirical poem about local bureaucrats, he had no idea it would land him a month in jail—a sign that free expression still languishes in China, despite hopes that President Hu Jintao’s economic reforms would translate to a more open society.

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Destroying Freedom to Save America

Newt Gingrich wants to trim off a little fat—from the Bill of Rights.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


Arianna Huffington

Arianna on Election Fear Factor

Arianna Huffington issues an appeal for calm in the face of election season fear-mongering: “Remember FDR.  ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’  And, of course, those who use it for their own political purposes.” (Video & Transcript)

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Free Speech

CBS’ Latest Crackpot Sounds Off

On Monday’s “Free Speech” segment, CBS News featured a Columbine father who blamed school shootings on the teaching of evolution and the proliferation of abortion. (Video & Transcript)

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Sullivan Responds to Harris on the Pope

Responding to Sam Harris’ Truthdig-published column on the pope’s recent speech on “faith versus reason,” Andrew Sullivan writes, “Harris both condemns Benedict for being controversial in inflaming Muslims and then condemns him for not being controversial enough.”

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Robert Scheer: Rendering Unto Syria

A day before Bush paid lip service to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in his U.N. address, a Canadian government commission accused the U.S. of “rendering” a Canadian to Syria for almost a year of torture.

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Benedict XVI
timesunion.com

Pope’s Speech Exposes Severe Attitude

The pope’s recent comments signal a divergence from the religious outreach of his predecessor, John Paul II, who was the first pope to enter a mosque.  Benedict XVI has since apologized for his speech, which quoted a Byzantine emperor who said the prophet Muhammad had brought only “evil and inhuman” things to the world.

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Pope Benedict XVI
AP/ Jens Meyer

Sam Harris: ‘God’s Rottweiler’ Barks

The bestselling author of “The End of Faith” responds to Pope Benedict XVI’s speech on the interplay between faith and reason. Harris: “It is ironic that a man who has just disparaged Islam as ‘evil’ and ‘inhuman’ before 250,000 onlookers and the world press is now talking about a ‘genuine dialogue of cultures.’ ”

Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann
From MSNBC

Truthdigger of the Week: Keith Olbermann

Truthdig salutes the MSNBC anchor, whose strident monologue at Ground Zero last week ripped to rhetorical shreds the assertion of Vice President Cheney that critics of the government “validate the strategy of the terrorists.” (Jump for video and a full transcription, along with other fiery clips)

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Pakistan’s Parliament Slams Pope Over Islam Remarks

The country’s lawmakers passed a unanimous resolution condemning Pope Benedict XVI and seeking an apology for what they called his “derogatory” comments about Islam.

  • Also, Muslim leaders in Turkey, Gaza and India are piling on.
  • Read the full text of the pope’s speech.

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    Pope Benedict XVI
    From asquithberowraparishes.org.au

    Muslims Assail Pope’s Remarks on Islam

    Pope Benedict XVI began a speech in Germany by quoting a 14th-century Byzantine emperor as saying, ?Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.? Many Muslim leaders are not happy. (h/t: Huff Po)

    Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Keith Olbermann

    Olbermann to Bush at Ground Zero: ‘May This Country Forgive You’

    In perhaps his most powerful monologue ever, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann savagely harangued Bush for using 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans. “Who has left this hole in the ground? We have not forgotten, Mr. President. You have. May this country forgive you.”

  • Highlighting this speech and last week’s “Have you no sense of decency?” monologue, The Nation called Olbermann “the best news anchor on television today.”

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


  • Rush

    Limbaugh Brings His Claptrap to CBS

    Rush Limbaugh said something stupid again, only this time on CBS? nightly ?Free Speech? segment, where the radio show host railed against those evil people who are ?more interested in punishing this country over a few incidents of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay than they are in defeating those who want to kill us.? (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Rocky Anderson

    Mayor’s Home Run for Truth: Antiwar Rally in Salt Lake City

    In recognition of Bush’s visit to the Utah capital, Mayor Rocky Anderson gave a speech to a crowd of thousands calling Bush a “dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president” whose time in office would “rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure.”  Thank you, Salt Lake City! Watch it here. Full transcript here (pdf).

    Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld
    From defendamerica.mil

    Rumsfeld Goes Off the Deep End

    The Secretary of Defense compared critics of the war in Iraq to Nazi appeasers, saying the critics have failed to heed the lessons of history. (story and video)
    History, huh? Well, based on current policy, one imagines that Rumsfeld would have recommended invading China in response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Breaks Bread With NAACP

    Bush spoke to the NAACP?s annual convention for the first time during his presidency.  His speech drew both applause and silence as he addressed the group he has avoided for five years.

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    Jon Stewart on Ted Stevens

    Jon Stewart Lampoons Sen. Stevens’ Net Nonsense

    “The Daily Shows” host tees off on Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens’ instantly infamous speech about Net Neutrality—which Stewart likened to “something you’d hear from a crazy old man in an airport bar at 3 a.m.”

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Fox News host and hate monger

    Fox News Host Shouts Down Hate Speech

    Watch as Fox host Julie Banderas drowns out a vile anti-gay hatemonger. (Sort of a straw-man target, to be sure, but it’s nice to see Fox News on the correct side of the cultural divide for a change. (Video hoster: Johnny Dollar’s Place.)

    Posted on Jun 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert delivers a commencement address
    From Knox.edu

    Colbert to Grads: English Is God’s Language

    As the commencement speaker for a small Illinois college, satirist Stephen Colbert told the graduates, ?God wrote [the Bible] in English for a reason: So it could be taught in our public schools.?

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Jean Rohe on Olbermann

    Jean Rohe Tells Olbermann About Her McCain K.O.

    Our Truthdigger of the Week goes on MSNBC to share her story of standing up to Sen. John McCain.

    Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Jean Rohe
    McCain: AP / Rohe: folkproject.org

    Truthdigger of the Week: Jean Rohe

    Truthdig salutes New School University graduating senior Jean Rohe, whose commencement speech at Madison Square Garden on Friday preemptively struck against the address that Sen. John McCain was due to deliver directly after her.

  • Click here for links to the speech, biographical information on Rohe, and the instantly infamous response by one of McCain’s staffers in which he insulted Rohe’s graduating class and called her an “idiot” in print.
  • UPDATE: Rohe responds to the McCain staffer: “Please don’t try to bully me anymore.”
    UPDATE #2: Rohe goes on MSNBC.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Student Tells Why She Ripped McCain as He Listened

    Jean Rohe, the graduating senior at the New School University who spoke just before John McCain’s commencement speech explains why she “tore McCain’s speech apart before he even opened his mouth.”

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    McCain Booed
    Librado Romero / The New York Times

    McCain Is Booed at Graduation Speech

    The Arizona senator got heavily jeered during his commencement address for a New York university. One student banner read, “Our commencement is not your platform.”

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Bush More Right Than Wrong on Immigration

    “It is good news that the public is finally hip to Bush’s con, yet it is worrisome when surprisingly sensible proposals by the president on immigration are automatically rejected because of the source.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush immigration speech
    AP Television News

    Bush’s Immigration Plan Pleases No One

    That’s the N.Y. Times’ take. If you want to read expert analysis on the politics and policies behind Bush’s speech, check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper’s article.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    American flag at the U.S.-Mexico border
    info-news.org

    Marc Cooper: Bush’s Immigration Speech Is Bad Policy, Bad Politics

    One of the nation’s leading experts on immigration policy writes that Bush’s May 15 speech “had nothing to do with actual border policy and everything to do with domestic electoral politics.”
    Instead of sending National Guard troops to the border, “Bush could have saved the taxpayers a load and sent a few battalions of Boy Scouts to do this job.”

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Wag the Dog
    From thezreview.co.uk

    Wag the Dog?

    President Bush will deliver a rare (for him) television address, a Monday night talk on immigration reform.
    Is it too cynical to ask whether he’s wagging the dog to distract attention from the NSA phone record issue?
    Is it possible to be too cynical about Bush’s motives?

    Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart and Ray McGovern

    Jon Stewart Rips Into Rumsfeld’s Lies

    “The Daily Show” host does to Rumsfeld exactly what CIA veteran Ray McGovern did last week: throw Rumsfeld’s lies back in his face.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    John McCain, Former Maverick

    Now the Arizona senator says it’s “an honor” to speak at the college of Jerry Falwell’s, the same man he once called an “agent of intolerance.”

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Ray McGovern
    From Mother Jones

    McGovern: Rumsfeld Drama Evoked Soviet Era

    Ray McGovern, the CIA veteran who publicly challenged Donald Rumsfeld last week, tells Buzz Flash in an in-depth interview that the canned applause that accompanied Rumsfeld’s lies reminded McGovern of Cold War-era Russia.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Olbermann shows McGovern_Rumsfeld confrontation

    Olbermann Highlights McGovern, Rumsfeld

    Keith Olbermann presents the uncut version of CIA veteran Ray McGovern’s confrontation with Donald Rumsfeld. The MSNBC host uses Rumsfeld’s own words to throw his lies back in his face—with the help of Newsweek writer Richard Wolffe.

    Posted on May 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Coverage of Rumsfeld Speech Incident Has a Gap

    While almost all media organizations reported that CIA veteran Ray McGovern publicly clashed with Rumsfeld, most labeled him a “heckler” or a “hostile war critic.” Few bothered to mention that McGovern was indisputably correct: Rumsfeld’s 2003 comments on Iraqi WMD were flat-out false.

    Posted on May 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Was ‘Ready to Blow’ During Colbert’s Roast

    An aide to the president says that during Stephen Colbert’s “tribute” on Sunday night, Bush “got that look that he’s ready to blow.”

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


    With Chaos Reigning, Bush Tells Iraqis: Build Your Government

    Bush tells Iraqis in a speech: “It’s about time you get a unity government going.” Maybe they had trouble hearing him, what with some 25,000 fleeing their homes amid the continuing sectarian violence.

    Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


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    Kevork Djansezian / AP

    China Censors Ang Lee’s Speech

    Government television cut out Lee’s mention of gays and lesbians as well as his thank you to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Homophobia is alive and well in Communist China. Maybe the Christian right should move there.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Press Kills Cartoons; Staff Walks Out

    The entire editorial staff of The New York Press, an alternative weekly, quits in the wake of the paper’s decision not to run the controversial Muhammad cartoons. | story

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Something Rotten in the State of Denmark

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