Click here to go to Opinions You Should Have at tomburka.com. TITLE: Daily Kos: Let's help Bush with some campaign slogans AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/03/2003 09:37:00 PM ----- BODY: Those fine people at The Daily Kos have solicited campaign slogans from their readers. (See the comments section for some of them.) My favorite? "Bush '04 -- Because Five Justices Just Can't Be Wrong . . ." -------- TITLE: Confused American Citizenry Wonder When War Will End, Already AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/03/2003 05:08:00 PM ----- BODY: Tired of the endless barrages of rhetoric raining down upon them daily like rain, millions of terrified Americans hoped for the end of "this horrifying war," although the war had not yet started. "It's like, relentless," said Sherry Clark, a mom from Duluth. "It's on all the channels. The endless wrangling. The sharp retorts. I just want it all to be over." A recent joint poll by Zogby, ABC News, Harris, Time, and Newsweek all showed that people were anxious for the war to end. (A poll by Fox News indicated that over 70% of Americans wanted the White House to "bring it on," and "let's wrassle," but was based on an interview of a group of guys outside a Hardees in Lubbock, Texas.) Over 70% of Americans polled indicated that they were willing to make almost any sacrifice to avoid the neverending stream of speeches, presentations, warnings, pie charts and bar graphs released from the White House almost every day. Polls also suggested that incendiary rhetoric and "tough talk" was wearing down people all over the world. Both "old Europe" and "new Europe" denizens organized for antitalk talks in the face of escalating gibberish.

Negotiators for Americans sought a U.N. resolution in favor of stopping the proliferation of abusive rhetoric. However, experts say have said that any chance at a resolution may be stalled by a proposed ban on the use of similes.

-------- TITLE: Saddam destroyed his biological and chemical arsenal in 1995? AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/03/2003 02:58:00 PM ----- BODY: Eric Alterman points out a Newsweek article indicating that valuable information from a top Iraqi defector -- noting that Saddam had destroyed his bilogical and chemical weapons stockpile years ago -- was "hushed up" by Iraqi inspectors. This also begs the question of Powell's recent presentation to the U.N., where his evidence of Saddam's nuclear evidence was weak, and in whichhe correspondingly played up -- even holding up a vial of "play Anthrax" -- Iraq's purported biological and chemical weapons programs. As Alterman notes, "This crucial piece of information of seems to have been deliberately buried, but if it can be verified, it could disable entirely the argument for war." Wisdom. And, I might add, excellent grammar. -------- TITLE: Middle East Democracy Deals Blow to Plan to Install Other Middle East Democracy AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/03/2003 02:16:00 PM ----- BODY: Turkey's parliament voted not to allow Bush to use Turkey as a base for military operations aimed at installing a democracy in Iraq. Opposition members explained that they "had seen U.S. schematics of the Iraqi government," and that the plan to install democracy in Iraq was doomed to failure because, among other things, it relied almost exclusively on the availability of representative widgets and gerrymandering cogs. Members of the Bush Administration expressed frustration at the loss of military bases in Turkey. One senior White House official wondered, "Where are we going to put all of these Florida voting machines?" --------