The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Sunday, October 31, 2004  

With Media Miscellany
October 31, 2004

"Hard Work" [*]
See the president work hard to defeat the evildoers. Read about the results of that "hard work": here and here and here and, well, everywhere.

Worrying About the Flu [*]
The World Health Organization will hold an emergency summit next month to attempt to address the emerging influenza pandemic.

By the way, did anyone in the mainstream media bother to call President Bird Brain to account for his brazen lie about the flu vaccine in the third debate? Bush said: "[W]e relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for the United States citizen, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didn't allow contaminated medicine into our country." This is patently false. The British stopped the vaccine from being exported. As Reuters reported on October 8, five days before the debate: "U.S. regulators were trying to decide whether to allow the release of 48 million doses of Chiron Corp.'s flu vaccine when British authorities stepped in to block the company from shipping the vaccine, FDA officials said Friday."

Which Candidate Meets the "Bulldog Standard"? [*]
Mildred compares the presidential candidates to the American Kennel Club's "bulldog standard."

Why Do Republicans Hate America?
I'll ask again, Why do Republicans hate America? Why don't they want Americans to vote on November 2? The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports on a fictitious front group, the "Milwaukee Black Voters League," seeking to suppress the minority vote in that city:

The flier inaccurately states that anyone who already had voted this year cannot vote in the presidential election; that anyone convicted of any offense, however minor, is ineligible to vote; that if any family member has any conviction, it also disqualifies other family members from voting; and that it's too late for unregistered voters to vote.

The flier also states that "if you violate any of these laws you can get 10 years in prison and your children will be taken from you."

Similar activity is taking place in South Dakota, just so subtly comparing American Indians to dogs. [Note: Links via Blue Lemur.] And the Washington Post has a disturbing round-up of problems nationwide.

Don't Mind the Polls
Diana Moon of Letter From Gotham has some interesting thoughts on polling and minority voters.

Look, let's all just ignore the polls, no matter where we live, no matter which candidate is "ahead," and no matter by how much. Just vote.

Republicans Eat Their Own
Via Suburban Guerrilla, Pennsylvania Republicans will stop at nothing to control the images in this campaign, even if it costs them GOP votes.

[* Note: Additional items may be posted to “Political Notes” after initial publication but only on the day of publication, excluding post-publication addenda. Such items, when posted, are designated by an asterisk.]

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