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Bush or Kerry? Chocolate or vanilla? Night or day?
Houston Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2004 | JAMES GIBBONS

Posted on 09/13/2004 11:12:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The late, great columnist Murray Kempton said editorial writers were like partisan fighters who come down out of the hills after the battle and shoot the wounded. There is some truth to that, but I have a kinder, gentler simile in mind.

J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, used to ask children to sit with him in his box during performances of his famous play. After the curtain came down one night Barrie turned to the little boy he had invited and asked: "So what part did you like best?"

The little boy said, "The part I liked best was tearing the program into little bits and dropping them on the heads of the people below."

That's the part of life I like best, too.

Last week I gave a short luncheon talk to a group of women administrators with the Houston Community College System. My assigned topic was "Campaign 2004 -- What role will women play," but that was just a ploy to attract a better class of audience. Because of the way the occasion ended, I'm not sure it worked.

After my talk, the group conducted a straw poll on the presidential race. The count was 12 for John Kerry, 11 for George W. Bush; one for Nader; and two undecided.

I was surprised that Bush did so well among women educators, but then Bush has the home state advantage. No doubt some of his supporters in the room viewed him as a sentimental favorite. Others really, really, really wanted another cut in the capital gains tax.

The vote for Nader obviously was cast by someone who wished Bush to have four more years but didn't want to be held responsible for the result.

The most puzzling, however, were the two undecideds. Texans have known Bush as an elected official for almost 10 years. If the election is a referendum on the incumbent, there is likely to be no decisive revelation concerning Bush's character and ability before November.

Voters weighing Kerry against Bush confront a stark choice. Bush offers all the qualities of a great U.S. leader: decisiveness, resolve and the occasional blunder. Kerry, according to the conventional folly, is the indecisive ditherer, the man who changes his mind back and forth.

One would think Kerry by nature would take a large share of the undecided vote. For the undecided voter, casting a ballot for the candidate who can't make up his mind would seem an irresistible act of self-indulgence, just as those who don't read much and mistrust intellectualism see something of themselves in Bush.

On a policy level, Bush and Kerry are like night and day. With some exceptions, Bush places the convenience of industry above environmental protection. Kerry, accused by the Bush campaign of being a flaming liberal, surely can be counted on to do the opposite.

Bush favors lower taxes and high federal deficits. Kerry wants higher social spending, higher taxes on the upper echelons of society and deficits lower than the record about to be set.

Bush, often through his running mate, Vice President Dick Cheney, vows he will make America safer than Kerry will. If necessary, Bush will wage pre-emptive war unrestrained by allies or the United Nations. Kerry says he will pursue multilateral arrangements to contain nuclear proliferation and sort out the mess in the Persian Gulf, because even a superpower can't go it alone.

Undecided voters living in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and other battleground states, strategists predict, will decide the election. I hope they enjoy the attention they are getting and will cast their votes without fear or doubt.

Gibbons is interim editor of the Chronicle opinion pages. (james.gibbons@chron.com)


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Gosh, Bush sounds great!
1 posted on 09/13/2004 11:12:24 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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****........It was Kerry's style that bothered people the most, suggesting that the senator may be saddled with
a negative public image similar to the one that plagued Gore in 2000, when many voters saw the vice president
as boring and stiff.

Those interviewed last week said Kerry came across as rich and affected, and seemed to say merely what he
thought people wanted to hear.

Stopped in a parking lot in Herculaneum, Mo., a half-hour south of St. Louis, Tom Nations and his wife
explained why they supported Clinton twice and would back his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, if she ever ran
for president, but won't vote for Kerry.

"I don't want the nation put in the hands of Kerry," said Nations, 50, a manager for a car dent-removal
company. Pressed for why, he paused before adding: "Kerry is just a speechmaking type. He just stands there
and is like, 'Four score ... ,' you know? I don't think he's prepared for what the country is going through."

His wife, Karen, a hairdresser, agreed. "I just want to feel safe and protected," she said. "Kerry, it's like he's
rehearsed in his speeches and guarded with what he says."

Several people said they would vote for the president as "the lesser of two evils."

"I like [Bush] less than I did then," said E. Keith Dean, 78, a Bush supporter in 2000, as he paid his lunch tab
at Jim's Steak and Spaghetti House in Huntington, W.Va.

But the president's criticism of Kerry as an untrustworthy politician seems to have stuck with Dean, a retired
architect: "I do think there's some validity to this, 'You can't trust what he says.' [Kerry] just changes from one
time to another. I don't have any confidence in him."

In the wooded hills of Braxton County, W.Va., where small farms dot the landscape along the Elk River, many
said they considered voting Democratic this time but lack faith in Kerry's ability to handle the country's
problems. Gore defeated Bush by just 190 votes here..........****

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bal-te.election13sep13,1,6569662.story?coll=bal-home-headlines


2 posted on 09/13/2004 11:15:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Houston Chronicle = Pravda on the Bayou


3 posted on 09/13/2004 11:16:36 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Bandwidth is too good for these (L)users.)
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To: TXBSAFH

The thing is, the comparison makes Bush shine like that city on a hill.


4 posted on 09/13/2004 11:19:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

"...just as those who don't read much and mistrust intellectualism see something of themselves in Bush."

I am sick of having my intellect questioned by people with brain capacities lower than that of the common housefly so I didn't read any further than this line.


5 posted on 09/13/2004 11:19:24 AM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife (I think...therefore, I am a conservative.)
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To: TXBSAFH

I am ashamed this is a Texas paper.


6 posted on 09/13/2004 11:19:36 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL on issues of national security for two decades)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The count was 12 for John Kerry, 11 for George W. Bush; one for Nader; and two undecided.

The undecided are voting for Bush. The Kerry people are so dominant in the education profession, and are so obnoxious, that many Bush people just won't acknowledge that they're voting for him.

That's my theory.

7 posted on 09/13/2004 11:22:28 AM PDT by narby (What's the provenance, Dan?)
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To: SilentServiceCPOWife
The snobbishness is hysterical.
8 posted on 09/13/2004 11:23:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: MEG33

The only effective use I have found for in the past is a packing material during a move.


9 posted on 09/13/2004 11:24:29 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Bandwidth is too good for these (L)users.)
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To: narby

Taking a poll at an institution of higher learning (choke) and getting such a high number for Bush, SHOCKED this writer enough to write about it, in just another lame old media attempt to beat the bushes for Kerry supporters.


10 posted on 09/13/2004 11:25:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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John Kerry is not fit to be elected dog catcher let alone President of the United States.
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John Kerry, director of the Vietnam Veterans against the War,
testified before special session the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
April 22, 1971

KERRY GAVE TESTIMONY BASED UPON FALSE INFORMATION
THAT KERRY KNEW AHEAD OF TIME TO BE FALSE!




September 6, 2004 -- **BREAKING** In Yesterday's Lies: Steve Pitkin and the Winter Soldiers, Scott Swett tells the story of a former VVAW member and participant in the Winter Soldier Investigation who states that John Kerry and others pressured him to give false testimony about American atrocities in Vietnam. After more than 33 years, Pitkin is the first Winter Soldier "witness" to file a legal affadavit regarding that event...

My name is Steve Pitkin, age 20, from Baltimore. I served with the 9th Division from May of '69 until I was airvaced in July of '69. I'll testify about the beating of civilians and enemy personnel, destruction of villages, indiscriminate use of artillery, the general racism and the attitude of the American GI toward the Vietnamese. I will also talk about some of the problems of the GIs toward one another and the hassle with officers.

-- Steve Pitkin, Winter Soldier Investigation, February 1, 1971.


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Steve Pitkin Affadavit, August 31, 2004


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Steve Pitkin DD-214


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Steve Pitkin WSI testimony


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Steve Pitkin WSI video clips -- February 1, 1971 (4:16, 1.6MB)


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NOTE :
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Vietnam Veterans Against the War movement.



Al Hubbard Sgt., 22 Troop Carrier Squadron Aug. ’65-June ’66
- Al Hubbard, proven fraud who never set foot in Viet Nam.
The only Vietnamese he ever met was
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John Kerry's explanation:
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John F. Kerry Timeline of a traitor

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Kerry's disrespect in 1971
to USA Symbols Video

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11 posted on 09/13/2004 11:26:11 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (MAKE SURE YOUR YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED AND VOTE Nov 2nd!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Bump!


12 posted on 09/13/2004 11:26:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
You know... I kinda felt this way in 1992. To me, Bush 41 was the obvious choice for stable, sober(voting at least) minded Americans. Ross Perot and just enough 'knuckleheads' proved me wrong.

Still remember driving home from work to vote and hearing on the radio... “Exit polls show Clinton wins!” Ughhh...

The good thing about 2004 is that there's no Perot. Let's hope sanity rules on Nov. 2nd!

13 posted on 09/13/2004 11:44:18 AM PDT by johnny7 ( It's not a lie unless you admit it... it's not a story unless we broadcast it! -Dan Rather)
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...
Media Schadenfreude/Media Shenanigans - Houston DOUBLE BARRELLED PING

Unfit even for wrapping fish or even emergency tp.

14 posted on 09/13/2004 3:19:30 PM PDT by weegee (What's the provenance, Kenneth? Where did the forged SeeBS memo come from?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
...but I have a kinder, gentler simile in mind. J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan...

Well what follows in the Houston Commiecal sure is a fairy tale.

Last week I gave a short luncheon talk to a group of women administrators with the Houston Community College System. My assigned topic was "Campaign 2004 -- What role will women play," but that was just a ploy to attract a better class of audience. Because of the way the occasion ended, I'm not sure it worked.

Yeah, too many "dumb" Republican women showed up.

After my talk, the group conducted a straw poll on the presidential race. The count was 12 for John Kerry, 11 for George W. Bush; one for Nader; and two undecided. I was surprised that Bush did so well among women educators, but then Bush has the home state advantage. No doubt some of his supporters in the room viewed him as a sentimental favorite. Others really, really, really wanted another cut in the capital gains tax.

Cheap digs but okay, maybe he'll give both barrels to the Kerry supporters as well.

The vote for Nader obviously was cast by someone who wished Bush to have four more years but didn't want to be held responsible for the result.

Or maybe it was cast by someone who did not like President Bush but knew what a DISASTER John Kerry would be for America, the world, and most importantly the Democrat Party. Carter, Mondale, and Dukakis sure saw them staying out of the executive office. Maybe it was John Kerry's confession of committing war crimes. Maybe it was for his support of war on Iraq even without UN approval back in 1997 when Bill Clinton was president. No, the Houston Comical's editorial board feels that this voter "got it wrong" and chose the wrong person. Be sure to count this vote in the Kerry column when the recount is demanded.

Completely skipped needling the Kerry supporters. Maybe there were a couple extremists who wanted to be sure that they would still be able to kill their babies and proudly proclaim the act with a t-shirt. Maybe they voted for him because of sentimental reasons; they liked old tv shows like the Addams Family, The Munsters, and Mr. Ed.

The most puzzling, however, were the two undecideds. Texans have known Bush as an elected official for almost 10 years. If the election is a referendum on the incumbent, there is likely to be no decisive revelation concerning Bush's character and ability before November.

Again, maybe the Chron's editorial board can understand how there is some explanation for people to choose to vote in a party other than Democrat, let's see what follows:

Voters weighing Kerry against Bush confront a stark choice. Bush offers all the qualities of a great U.S. leader: decisiveness, resolve and the occasional blunder. Kerry, according to the conventional folly, is the indecisive ditherer, the man who changes his mind back and forth.

I'm not happy with the tone, but still "open minded" to the presentation.

One would think Kerry by nature would take a large share of the undecided vote. For the undecided voter, casting a ballot for the candidate who can't make up his mind would seem an irresistible act of self-indulgence, just as those who don't read much and mistrust intellectualism see something of themselves in Bush.

Got that? People who don't "read" lean towards Bush. Obviously all of the conservatives who dropped their Houston Chronicle subscriptions over biased presentations must not "read" anything anymore. And the editor who wrote this believes that he is "safe" because no conservative eyes would see his rant. The Chron runs its share of "all intellectuals in journalism and schools are liberals because it is the only position 'thinking' people could arrive at" letters every year. Liberal bigotry in all its ugly glory.

On a policy level, Bush and Kerry are like night and day. With some exceptions, Bush places the convenience of industry above environmental protection. Kerry, accused by the Bush campaign of being a flaming liberal, surely can be counted on to do the opposite.

Note how even he couldn't identify the Kerry position on the "issue".

Bush favors lower taxes and high federal deficits. Kerry wants higher social spending, higher taxes on the upper echelons of society and deficits lower than the record about to be set.

Another way of saying what the writer just said: Kerry wants increased socialism (flaming liberalism), Marxist tax structures ("From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"), and high federal deficits that may or may not be lower than Bush's (flip-flop).

Bush, often through his running mate, Vice President Dick Cheney, vows he will make America safer than Kerry will. If necessary, Bush will wage pre-emptive war unrestrained by allies or the United Nations. Kerry says he will pursue multilateral arrangements to contain nuclear proliferation and sort out the mess in the Persian Gulf, because even a superpower can't go it alone.

A husband and wife are a partnered relationship but even at the wedding ceremony, one spouse cannot take a vow for the other. If the terrorists see America as more vulnerable with Kerry in power, it doesn't mean that Kerry made America less safe, it just means that they will be likely to "touch the hot stove" just to see "what Kerry will do". We WILL be less safe, it has more to do with the lack of evidence of a spine in John Kerry (and comparisons to the decisive actions from George W. Bush even in spite of continued attacks from the global and leftist press).

Also, John Kerry DID speak out in 1997 to support President Clinton. He said that America's President (Bill Clinton or any president) did not need permission to do what was best for America, that it would be better to have nations like France and Russia on board but that they had financial deals with Iraq. Even UN support was not a "requirement". Then again, the Comical ignores Kerry's flip flops.

Undecided voters living in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and other battleground states, strategists predict, will decide the election. I hope they enjoy the attention they are getting and will cast their votes without fear or doubt.

Yeah, "don't make the wrong choice". Shades of Petah's rant, "America threw a temper tantrum" when the Republicans swept off year elections in 1994.

15 posted on 09/13/2004 4:11:16 PM PDT by weegee (What's the provenance, Kenneth? Where did the forged SeeBS memo come from?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Mrs. Clinton admitted to talking with the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Mr. Heinz-Kerry consults with a dead politician as well, unfortunately he doesn't realize that Pat Paulsen was a comedian first and foremost.

16 posted on 09/13/2004 4:16:58 PM PDT by weegee (What's the provenance, Kenneth? Where did the forged SeeBS memo come from?)
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To: narby

Then again, maybe some didn't want to admit that they are among the 50% of adults who don't even vote.


17 posted on 09/13/2004 4:18:35 PM PDT by weegee (What's the provenance, Kenneth? Where did the forged SeeBS memo come from?)
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To: TXBSAFH

I wouldn't wrap my valuable houseware in the Chronicle if I were you. Too easy to mistake it for being trash.


18 posted on 09/13/2004 4:19:49 PM PDT by weegee (What's the provenance, Kenneth? Where did the forged SeeBS memo come from?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is no "mere" writer:

Gibbons is interim editor of the Chronicle opinion pages.

Safe to say that John Fraud Kerry will be getting a Chronicle endorsement in all columns until the election regardless of which candidate gets their "official" nod.

19 posted on 09/13/2004 4:22:54 PM PDT by weegee (What's the provenance, Kenneth? Where did the forged SeeBS memo come from?)
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To: johnny7
The leftist scum wrote many a punk song about how they hated Ronald Reagan. Did any of them ever pen a song singing the praises of how much better the world would have been with Jimmy Carter or Walter Mondale in office through the 80s?

Just something to consider when you hear all of the bitching and moaning directed at one candidate with no praise for the other.

20 posted on 09/13/2004 4:25:34 PM PDT by weegee (What's the provenance, Kenneth? Where did the forged SeeBS memo come from?)
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