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January 25, 2004

Dick Cheney Talks Trailer Trash (Or: We Found “The Weapons Of Mass Destruction Program Activities!”)

Dick Cheney Talks Trailer Trash (Or: We Found “The Weapons Of Mass Destruction Program Activities!”)
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By Michael Shaw It was bizarre that President Bush tried to pass off the failure to find Iraqi WMD by saying we discovered “WMD-related program activities.” What was surreal was that the Vice President, emerging from his underground lair, actually lied to several news organizations about it. Cheney insisted to NPR that a couple of trailers found after

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January 22, 2004

Bush, God And A Stiff Drink

Bush, God And A Stiff Drink
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By Michael Shaw Apparently, the Bush Presidency has become so distasteful, a record number of people had to resort to State of the Union drinking games to get through the event. For those not familiar with this practice, it involves taking a drink every time the President says any one of various predetermined statements or phrases. Doing a

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January 20, 2004

Sad Beats Mad In Kerry Caucus Victory

Sad Beats Mad In Kerry Caucus Victory
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By Michael Shaw As Dean and Gephardt tore up the low road, the John’s (Kerry and Edwards) were the beneficiaries of Iowa’s disgust for having to endure this slugfest. Given his greater stature, the emotionally burdened and typically “hang dog” Kerry was able to best the smiley faced, yet “wet behind the ears” Edwards. With the increased exposure

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January 18, 2004

Tap The Rockies

Tap The Rockies
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By Michael Shaw Remember that commercial where the giant hand suddenly appears and drives a beer tap into the Rocky Mountains? Being a baseball fan, “W” must have seen it dozens of times. While the concern is that Bush wants to militarize space, its seems just as likely that he wants to sell it off. If he could

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January 15, 2004

Two For The Price Of None: Bush Shoots For The Stars

Two For The Price Of None: Bush Shoots For The Stars
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By Michael Shaw It’s not that we’re skeptical about President Bush’s plans for space. It’s just that, for a guy who can spend a billion dollars like it’s nothing, it’s unusual this plan is so long on ambition while so skimpy on budget. (Amidst the hoopla, Bush only proposed $1billion in new spending. The other $11 billion is

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