Thursday, November 02, 2006

Finding Hoot is John F. Kerry

National reaction to John F. Kerry's remarks


Fox News Fox 'n Friends interviewed Ziegler, the radio host happened to be watching the tv and caught the remarks. The radio station was taping it. The report didn't make any effort to say this is what John Kerry said... no doubt if we didn't pick up on it it wouldn't have been out there.

John Buyer: Kerry didn't apologize... he said his words were "misinterpreted" that isn't an apology... Democrat elite have a history of distaining the military... spent time in Florida during the recount in 2000... the Democrats historically have history of wanting to suppress the military vote... florida votes cast out(Fox News)


"He was for the joke before he was against it,'' Cheney says in remarks prepared for a campaign rally in Montana today.(VP Dick Cheney)

Jay Leno: my kid was standing there with a foot in his mouth. Who are you supposed to be? John Kerry.

No Laughing Matter
Do the late-night comics make a difference?
by Dannagal Goldthwaite Young, Guest Contributor

And so far, Kerry's got it easy. His dominant caricatures? Botox, a giant head, and a rich wife. Not really the stuff of biting satire.

If there's one Kerry caricature with teeth, it's Kerry the "Waffler." This is especially problematic for Kerry since it is the core of Bush's message about him. This was how comedy worked to Bush's advantage in 2000: the Gore trait the comedians focused on was precisely the one the Bush camp wanted voters to focus on. In contrast, the Kerry campaign isn't arguing that Bush is dumb, because they know that won't win them any votes.

In what appeared to be an attempt to mock the Bush attack machine's ads against Kerry, The Daily Show aired a faux "Bush/Cheney attack ad" on March 22. The ad, featuring a snow-boarding John Kerry, was accompanied by a voice over "John Kerry: Sometimes he snowboards to the left. Other times, to the right. Don't we deserve a president who picks one side of the mountain and sticks to it?"

On March 31, Karen Hughes, who was appearing as Stewart's guest, complimented him on the Bush/Cheney attack ad. "I have to give you credit. I think you've had the best sound byte of the presidential campaign so far." Jon raised his eyebrows as she continued, "It was that picture of Senator Kerry on that snowboard going first one way, then the other way. For the war and against the war. He voted for the $87 billion before he voted against the $87 billion. You captured it! In comedy, you captured what our campaign has been trying to say."

"Karen? Karen?" Jon interrupted in a low voice, "I've got some bad news, though. We were being ironic."

That's the thing about jokes – their meaning is determined by the listener.


Jake's Comedy Corner:

Kerry Clarifies
John Kerry is insisting that his comment about how people who "don't study in school end up stuck in Iraq" was a botched joke directed at President Bush, not soldiers. But the only botched joke Kerry is responsible for is his 2004 presidential campaign.

Kerry Clarifies II
John Kerry is insisting that his comment about how people who "don't study in school end up stuck in Iraq" was not directed at U.S. soldiers. Actually, what he meant to say was that people who don't study in school end up working on his staff.

Late-Night Jokes About Presidential Candidate John Kerry

"John Kerry says the 'W' in George W. Bush stands for 'Wrong.' But he still can't explain what John Kerry stands for." —David Letterman

"President Bush said John Kerry is on both sides of every issue. And Kerry replied, 'No, I'm not ... but there is some truth to that.' " —Craig Kilborn


Mon. September 20, 2004

Iraq-eteering: North and Hannity distorted Kerry's stance on Iraq resolution
On the September 16 edition of FOX News Channel's Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity and guest Oliver North, also a FOX News Channel host, distorted Senator John Kerry's position on the resolution that authorized the use of force in Iraq. North denied that Kerry stated, prior to his vote in favor of the resolution, that he would "speak out" if specific conditions were not met by President George W. Bush. Hannity falsely claimed Kerry now says he would vote against the resolution that authorized the use of force.

John Kerry's Statement on Iraq Before the War
October 9, 2002

With respect to Saddam Hussein and the threat he presents, we must ask ourselves a simple question: Why? Why is Saddam Hussein pursuing weapons that most nations have agreed to limit or give up? Why is Saddam Hussein guilty of breaking his own cease-fire agreement with the international community? Why is Saddam Hussein attempting to develop nuclear weapons when most nations don't even try, and responsible nations that have them attempt to limit their potential for disaster? Why did Saddam Hussein threaten and provoke? Why does he develop missiles that exceed allowable limits? Why did Saddam Hussein lie and deceive the inspection teams previously? Why did Saddam Hussein not account for all of the weapons of mass destruction which UNSCOM identified? Why is he seeking to develop unmanned airborne vehicles for delivery of biological agents?

Does he do all of these things because he wants to live by international standards of behavior? Because he respects international law? Because he is a nice guy underneath it all and the world should trust him?

It would be naive to the point of grave danger not to believe that, left to his own devices, Saddam Hussein will provoke, misjudge, or stumble into a future, more dangerous confrontation with the civilized world. He has as much as promised it. He has already created a stunning track record of miscalculation. He miscalculated an 8-year war with Iran. He miscalculated the invasion of Kuwait. He miscalculated America's responses to it. He miscalculated the result of setting oil rigs on fire. He miscalculated the impact of sending Scuds into Israel. He miscalculated his own military might. He miscalculated the Arab world's response to his plight. He miscalculated in attempting an assassination of a former President of the United States. And he is miscalculating now America's judgments about his miscalculations.

All those miscalculations are compounded by the rest of history. A brutal, oppressive dictator, guilty of personally murdering and condoning murder and torture, grotesque violence against women, execution of political opponents, a war criminal who used chemical weapons against another nation and, of course, as we know, against his own people, the Kurds. He has diverted funds from the Oil-for-Food program, intended by the international community to go to his own people. He has supported and harbored terrorist groups, particularly radical Palestinian groups such as Abu Nidal, and he has given money to families of suicide murderers in Israel.

I mention these not because they are a cause to go to war in and of themselves, as the President previously suggested, but because they tell a lot about the threat of the weapons of mass destruction and the nature of this man. We should not go to war because these things are in his past, but we should be prepared to go to war because of what they tell us about the future. It is the total of all of these acts that provided the foundation for the world's determination in 1991 at the end of the gulf war that Saddam Hussein must: unconditionally accept the destruction, removal, or rendering harmless underinternational supervision of his chemical and biological weapons and ballistic missile delivery systems... [and] unconditionally agree not to acquire or develop nuclear weapons or nuclear weapon-usable material.

Saddam Hussein signed that agreement. Saddam Hussein is in office today because of that agreement. It is the only reason he survived in 1991. In 1991, the world collectively made a judgment that this man should not have weapons of mass destruction. And we are here today in the year 2002 with an uninspected 4-year interval during which time we know through intelligence he not only has kept them, but he continues to grow them.

I believe the record of Saddam Hussein's ruthless, reckless breach of international values and standards of behavior which is at the core of the cease-fire agreement, with no reach, no stretch, is cause enough for the world community to hold him accountable by use of force, if necessary. The threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but as I said, it is not new. It has been with us since the end of that war, and particularly in the last 4 years we know after Operation Desert Fox failed to force him to reaccept them, that he has continued to build those weapons.

He has had a free hand for 4 years to reconstitute these weapons, allowing the world, during the interval, to lose the focus we had on weapons of mass destruction and the issue of proliferation.


Thursday, November 2, 2006
Did joke doom Kerry in 2008?
By Peter Wallsten

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Ever since he came within 118,000 Ohio votes of winning the presidency, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts has refused to give up the idea that he could try again. He kept much of his 2004 finance team together and campaigned aggressively this year for dozens of fellow Democrats who could turn around and help Kerry make a comeback in 2008.

But with one botched joke, Kerry not only sapped some momentum from his party in the final week of a competitive election, he dealt a damaging blow to his White House aspirations.

The gaffe could not have come at a worse time for Kerry, who has been rebuilding his national campaign structure and hoping to capitalize on the political goodwill he amassed by raising more than $12 million for 2006 candidates and campaigning in 35 states. With the recent decision by former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner not to run for president, Kerry was hoping to position himself as the top challenger to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., for the party's nomination, although early surveys suggested he faced an uphill struggle.

Fellow Democrats now worry that Kerry's words made their party's candidates vulnerable to accusations of insensitivity toward the troops in the final week of an election in which Democrats seemed to be benefiting from voters' distaste for the Iraq war.

Moreover, the flap allowed the GOP to remind voters why they chose Bush in 2004 over a Democrat who was portrayed as a flip-flopper. It was enough to make some wish that Kerry would just go away for a while.


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Thursday, November 02, 2006
Carrying Kerry's Water

Posted by Dean Barnett | 8:48 AM
If you listen closely, you can hear a death rattle coming from Boston’s Morrissey Boulevard as the Boston Globe editorial board rushes in to save their homey’s bacon. While the Globe editors acknowledge the maladroit nature of the Kerry wit, they exonerate Kerry of the charge that he maligned the troops:...


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