Thursday, October 21, 2004

Despite the fact that George W. Bush had over one month more to raise money...

...than Kerry and thus merely had to make his $75,000,000 last a fraction of the time John Kerry did,

John Kerry's got more dough for the strech run!

We're gonna take these guys out

Kerry holds slight edge in cash for final sprint
October 22, 2004

Sen. John Kerry started the final two weeks of the campaign with a slight cash edge over President Bush, pre-election campaign finance reports they filed Thursday showed.

Each had less than a third of his $75 million budget left as of mid-month -- Kerry just over $24 million and Bush $22 million. Both spent around $14 million in the first two weeks of October.

True, Kerry doesn't have a whopping advantage right now, but that he has any money left at all-let alone more than Bush, after enduring the most savage attacks in the history of American politics, that's quite comforting. If W. thought JFK was broke and on the verge of collapse, he was wrong.
Secretary General Clinton?

Second update:

Even though this came from a Moonie publication, I have decided to leave it up because I think that Bill Clinton as Secretary-General would be a great idea.

Update: I have been reminded by some friends that UPI, a once respectable press outlet is now a Moonie publication. So that makes this article much less credible, and I will soon remove it. Nonetheless, if possible, a Clinton UN Secretary Generalship would be great, I think.

Analysis: Clinton eyes U.N. post

By ROLAND FLAMINI, UPI Chief International Correspondent

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has set his sights on becoming U.N. secretary-general. A Clinton insider and a senior U.N. source have told United Press International the 56-year-old former president would like to be named leader of the world body when Kofi Annan's term ends early in 2006.

"He definitely wants to do it," the Clinton insider said this week.

A Clinton candidacy is likely to receive overwhelming support from U.N. member states, particularly the Third World. Diplomats in Washington say Clinton would galvanize the United Nations and give an enormous boost to its prestige. But the former president's hopes hang on a crucial question that will not be addressed until after the presidential elections: can he get the support of the U.S. government -- a prerequisite for nomination?

The political wisdom is that a second George W. Bush presidency would cut him off at the pass. The notion of Clinton looming large in the international arena from "the glass tower" in New York would be intolerable to the Bush White House. If Democratic candidate, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., wins on Nov. 2 the prospect of Clinton as secretary-general won't exactly be welcome either, but Kerry would find it much harder -- if not impossible -- to go against it.

Wow, this is exciting! Imagine, what more effective way could there be to mend the alliances that George W. Bush has so badly damaged around than world than to to have Bill Clinton as Secretary General of the UN? Clinton brought great international respect and credibility to the United States, and as Secretary General, he could bring it back, as well as bring credibility and strenght to the United Nations and international law.

The prospect of Clinton as Secretary General wouldn't be welcome in a Kerry administration? Say what? I don't think any other single thing could strengthen President Kerry's hand more when it comes to rebuilding international alliances, and extracting us from the mess in Iraq. Kerry's bringing Clinton out to campaign with him in a few days is likely a sign that in a Kerry administration, Clinton will play an important role, and this could be part of it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Mike's Ex, or a high ranking hypocrite?

Someone Has Stolen Both the Brains AND the Sense of Humor from the Michigan Republican Party

Michael Moore filed a theft complaint with the Lansing City Police today stating that "someone has stolen both the brains AND the sense of humor from the Michigan Republican Party."

The brains were locked in a box where they were placed after the last moderate Republican governor of Michigan retired in 1980. The party's "sense of humor" was not valued at more than $100 and therefore its theft is considered a misdemeanor.

"I am concerned about the loss of these two items," Moore told reporters. "If there is anything I can do to help the Republicans find them, I will."

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of the Michigan Republicans' brains or sense of humor is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (269) 273-6467.

Quite funny. I wonder who that phone number belongs to, though. It's not Michigan Crime Stoppers. I called it, out of curiosity, and a woman simply answered "hello." At that point, I suddenly realized that I was calling a private person at past midnight Eastern time, and hung up. I did a reverse directory search which revealed that it is a Verizon number in Michigan, so probably a cell phone. So you blog users are welcome to investigate (at a more sane hour) if I don't get to it first. I'm betting that it's someone that Michael Moore doesn't like...