Friday, September 03, 2004


Lies Trump Facts

Why bother digging up facts when lies and innuendo are so much more easily available? No wonder Taraq Ramadan's visa to teach at the University of Notre Dame was revoked at the last possible second.

From his NY Times Op-ed piece:
My detractors have tried to demonstrate that I have links with extremists, that I am an anti-Semite and that I despise women. Repeatedly I have denied these assertions, and asked my critics to show evidence from my writings and public comments. Their failure to do so has had little effect: I am repeatedly confronted with magazine articles and Web postings repeating these accusations as facts and fabricating new ones.
(emphasis added)

Besides, if the Bush campaign relies upon slander rather than truth, it is at least consistent for the Bush Administration to use this system in making visa decisions.

The Washington Post
fact-checks ex-Mayor Giulani
Giuliani: "I quote John Kerry: 'I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.' "

The context: The administration's request for the funding was controversial, even among Republicans, and various attempts were made to split off $67 billion for the troops from the $20 billion for reconstruction, or to turn the $20 billion grant into a loan, or to fund some of the spending by raising taxes on incomes greater than $312,000. different version of the bill, just as Bush had vowed to veto a version that originally passed in the Senate that would have converted half of the Iraq rebuilding plan into a loan.

Thanks for the WaPo info Atrios.

Sunday, August 29, 2004


Running the Country Like Enron

Trouble with "charter schools" doing poorly?

From the New York Times
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 - The first national comparison of test scores among children in charter schools and regular public schools shows charter school students often doing worse than comparable students in regular public schools.

Just like Enron, our CEO President's Administration acts quickly to get different, more favorable numbers:

New York Times
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 - The Department of Education is sharply cutting back on the information it collects about charter schools for a periodic report that provides a detailed national profile of public, private and charter schools.
In an e-mail message, Susan Aspey, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, said the decision to switch to a random sample had been made in the first year of the Bush administration "for technical reasons."
"There is nothing sinister or untoward about this," Ms. Aspey wrote, adding, "We are absolutely not cutting back on collecting information on charter schools."

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