Thursday, October 07, 2004

Quick Hits

I work with a person who is a staunch Kerry hater. It's funny because if you queried her beliefs and values she would seem very Democratic. However, she is in the top few percent of annual incomes and thinks the Democrats want to take all her money away.

Anyway, she told me a story today. Her husband, who is also a staunch Republican, said to her last night "You know we really do have a terrible president." I don't know why she told me this story, other than that we are good friends.

Anyway, to me it is another sign that Bush is in serious trouble. He has alienated a lot of his supporters, one way or another. If he performs in tomorrow's debate anywhere near as poorly as last week, he is toast. We can only hope!!

Economists and Business Professors Against Bush

Check this out!

Open Letter to President George W. Bush

October 4, 2004

Dear Mr. President:

As professors of economics and business, we are concerned that U.S. economic policy has taken a dangerous turn under your stewardship. Nearly every major economic indicator has deteriorated since you took office in January 2001. Real GDP growth during your term is the lowest of any presidential term in recent memory. Total non-farm employment has contracted and the unemployment rate has increased. Bankruptcies are up sharply, as is our dependence on foreign capital to finance an exploding current account deficit. All three major stock indexes are lower now than at the time of your inauguration. The percentage of Americans in poverty has increased, real median income has declined, and income inequality has grown.

....... snip...

Francis Aguilar
Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
Harvard Business School

Ramon J. Aldag
Glen A. Skillrud Family Chair in Business
School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Teresa M. Amabile
Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Kenneth R. Andrews
David K. Donald Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
Harvard Business School

James E. Austin
Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

etc. up to 169 professors at the time I submitted this

Oil at 52.40

Nuff said!

Tom DeLay is a scumbag

Seconded by the House Ethics committee today!

Astros 1, Braves 1

Go 'stros!

As predicted on

Last Updated 10/7, 3:00 pm. EDT

National Popular Vote Projection

Kerry 50.2
Bush 47.8
Other 2.0
Status: Toss-up
Polls Incluided: Economist, Rasmussen and Zogby

Electoral Projection
Kerry Bush
Solid 221 163
Lean 75 79
Total 296 242
States changing hands from 2000: FL, NH and NV to Kerry


Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Hold Them Accountable

I got this via my main man Atrios (Well he's not really my main man, Cthulu is my main man - well I guess he's not really a man - my main beast so to speak).

Operation "Fool Me Once..."

Don't be fooled again

Hundreds of newspapers endorsed Bush in 2000, based on promises--explicit and implicit--and trust in character, judgement and choice of advisors. Four years later, that trust has been betrayed. Write to the editors TODAY to urge them "Don't be fooled again." Here is some information to help you do that more effectively.

Four years ago, George W. Bush campaigned as a moderate Republican, a compassionate conservative. He said he opposed nation-building, and was "A uniter not a divider." Today we can see how well Bush lived up to those promises.

These are some of the typical things newspapers said four years ago:

"The Texas governor states he would not engage in "nation building." Good. It can't be done from the outside, and such an effort isn't worth rivers of American blood." -Tampa Tribue
"...adjusting the power balance between the states and the federal government, reining in some of Washington's more egregious incursions on state turf"-The Columbus Dispatch
"George W. Bush, committed as he is to ending "partisan bickering" as we know it, has credibly argued he can work with the ideological other." -The Arizona Republic

Operation "Fool Me Once..." is dedicated to making sure that America "won't get fooled again." We are encouraging ordinary citizens to write to the editors of newspapers that endorsed Bush in 2000. During October, they will be deciding who to endorse this year. You can help them remember how their trust was betrayed. You can help them to make a better choice this time, join Operation "Fool Me Once" and write a letter RIGHT NOW!

A model of what we'd like to see: Bush's hometown paper,
The Lone Star Iconoclast of Crawford, Texas, has written the quintessential presentation of Bush's record , and how no one would have voted for it in advance. (They've lost some advertising as a result, so visit them, and consider subscribing.)

Let's get those letters going. Let't make everyone of those papers eat their words.