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Archive of articles that appeared in Sounding Off
from October 15, 2003 - April 10, 2003.

All articles posted in this section that appeared after September 30, 2004 can be found by using our search box above.

Below is a list of articles by title and date in which they originally appeared. The older articles will be located at the bottom of this list.

All The President's Votes
by Andrew Gumbel
October 14, 2003

"A quiet revolution is taking place in US politics. By the time it's over, the integrity of elections will be in the unchallenged, unscrutinised control of a few large - and pro-Republican - corporations. Andrew Gumbel wonders if democracy in America can survive."

Many soldiers, same letter
Newspapers around U.S. get identical missives from Iraq

Saturday, October 11, 2003

"A Gannett News Service search found identical letters from different soldiers with the 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, also known as "The Rock," in 11 newspapers, including Snohomish, Wash."

Governor Arnie At least California is safe from invisible aliens and robot assassins from the future
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
October 12, 2003

"Don't be fooled by the right wing spin machine. Republicans are trying frantically to pretend that the Gropinator's win in the recall represents a shift in values in California to the right. From the drug-addled Rush to the slimy Ann Coulter, the Voice of the Right howls that the recall shows a failure of liberal politics, and that California has rejected the Democratic party."

Giving away nuclear power US, Israel caught playing hide the nuclear salami
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
October 12, 2003

"In one of the most startling developments in the middle east to date, the London Guardian revealed that the United States has provided Israel with nuclear missiles that can be launched from their Dolphin submarines."

The numbers racket A few stray facts from Iraq and California
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
October 10, 2003

"The White House released some of the figures from the budget request for $87 billion for Iraq the other day, and there are some pretty interesting numbers in it."

Michael Moore:
Answers Please, Mr Bush

Dude, Where's My Country?

by Michael Moore

"I have seven questions for you, Mr Bush. I ask them on behalf of the 3,000 who died that September day, and I ask them on behalf of the American people. We seek no revenge against you. We want only to know what happened, and what can be done to bring the murderers to justice, so we can prevent any future attacks on our citizens."

ARNOLD UNPLUGGED: It's hasta la vista to $9 billion if the Governator is selected
by Greg Palast
Friday October 3, 2003

Loyal Opposition, Disloyal Regent
by Daniel Patrick Welch

"This bogey man is considered by the right to be sufficient to cover any manner of High Crimes and Misdemeanors. Even the egregiously traitorous act of deliberately revealing the secret identity of an intelligence agent must be beyond scrutiny. But who's kidding whom?"

The Most Insidious of Traitors
by William Rivers Pitt
Tuesday 30 September 2003

"All of Washington and the country has been buzzing for the last few days over a report that the CIA has asked the Justice Department to investigate the White House regarding a matter of important national security. The wife of a former ambassador named Joseph Wilson, it has been alleged, was 'outed' as an active CIA agent to columnist Robert Novak by this White House in an act of political revenge."

Traitorgate: Someone in the White House compromised security on purpose
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson

"Novak identifies Plame as "an agency operative." NOT an "agency employee." Operative. That's the word he used, and if he knows anything at all, then he knows the admin officials, at the very least, were committing a felony by outing her to him. Novak might be a shabby journalist, but he isn't stupid. He had to understand the ramifications of what he was being told."

No Mystery here, folks
by Molly Ivins
Thursday September 25, 2003

"Among the more amusing cluckings from the right lately is their appalled discovery that quite a few Americans actually think George W. Bush is a terrible president."

by Ted Rall
Wednesday September 24, 2003

"First but not foremost, Bush's detractors despise him viscerally, as a man. Where working-class populists see him as a smug, effeminate frat boy who wouldn't recognize a hard day's work if it kicked him in his self-satisfied ass, intellectuals see a simian-faced idiot unqualified to mow his own lawn, much less lead the free world. Another group, which includes me, is more patronizing than spiteful."

Situation Excellent, I Am Attacking
by William Rivers Pitt
Wednesday 24 September 2003

"There is not enough grammar in the entirety of the English language to describe the incredible international humiliation that has befallen the United States of America."

An Annotated Refutation of President George W. Bush's September 23 Address Before the United Nations
by Stephen Zunes
September 24, 2003

"Since coming to office, the Bush Administration has actually increased military and economic assistance to dictatorial regimes that deny their people free institutions and open societies."

"A Miserable Failure" Will Bush be re-elected? Only if voters wittingly ignore his long list of failures while in office .....
by Jack Beatty
Atlantic Unbound
September 24, 2003

"With one phrase Dick Gephardt has defined the issue to be decided next November. Can a "miserable failure" of a president win re-election? Bush's victory would testify to a civic failure more dangerous to the American future than any policies implemented or continued during a second Bush term. A majority would have demonstrated that democratic accountability is finished. That you can fail in everything and still be re-elected president."

It's enough to make you green in the face
by Molly Ivins
Sunday September 21, 2003

"Under Clear Skies (these people are going to kill irony), the plant will continue to shed this gentle beneficence on us all for the next 17 years. According to environmental groups, the administration's relaxation of clean air rules, known as "new source review," will allow the plant to increase its emissions."

Stage Zero -The Moral Development Of George W. Bush
by Carol Norris
September 21, 2003

"'...people progress in their moral reasoning (i.e., in their bases for ethical behavior) through a series of levels... The first is "the Preconventional Level," where one usually finds oneself in elementary school. The first stage of this level is where George, I believe, makes his home.'"

Vanishing Act
by Chris Floyd
Friday September 19, 2003

"The American vote-count is controlled by three major corporate players -- Diebold, ES&S, and Sequoia -- with a fourth, Science Applications International Corporation, coming on strong. These companies -- all of them hardwired into the Bushist Party power grid -- have been given billions of dollars by the Bush Regime to complete a sweeping computerization of voting machines nationwide by the 2004 election."

Pride and Prejudices: How Americans have fooled themselves about the war in Iraq, and why they've had to
by Christopher Dickey
September 19, 2003

"What first upset her was my suggestion that, looking back, the French were right. They tried to stop the United States and Britain from rushing headlong into this mess. Don't we wish they'd succeeded?"

Interview with Paul Krugman
The Guardian
Friday September 19, 2003

"The letters that Paul Krugman receives these days have to be picked up with tongs, and his employer pays someone to delete the death threats from his email inbox. This isn't something that can be said of most academics, and emphatically not of economic theorists, but Krugman isn't a typical don."

Senator Ted Kennedy calls the case for going to war in Iraq a fraud
September 18, 2003

"IN AN INTERVIEW with The Associated Press, Kennedy also said the Bush administration has failed to account for nearly half of the $4 billion the war is costing each month. He said he believes much of the unaccounted-for money is being used to bribe foreign leaders to send in troops."

by Greg Palast
September 18, 2003

"What got Friedman's brain a-boilin' is the impertinent suggestion by French diplomats that, if the US invaded Iraq to bring democracy, then why not allow Iraqis to vote. Vote! Can you imagine! It's all that silly 'libertay, equalitay' stuff that unsophisticated Americans believed before the Patriot Act."

Losing Dollars and Sense in Iraq
by US Senator Robert C. Byrd
September 17, 2003

"I rise today to voice my concern about the disastrous turn which the fortunes of this nation have taken. The Bush Administration, in a scant 2-1/2 years, has imperiled our country in the gravest of ways, and set us up for a possible crisis of mammoth proportions."

Last Rights
by Chris Floyd
September 14, 2003

"The difference from past campaigns lies in the media mandarins' sad belief that there will actually be a genuine, open, presidential election in November 2004."

Bush Resignation Hailed by World Leaders
by Greg Palast
September 11, 2003

"When I ran for this office, I said the issue was, 'character.' And just look at the characters around me. I've gotten all their resignations today. And while I've got some character left, here's my own good-bye note too. Let's face it: I have held a title which I did not win, and for which I have proven unqualified. You know it. And I know it."--We could only wish this were true.

Two Symbols of American Capitalist Hegemony
by Greg Palast
September 11, 2003

"Before the World Trade Center hit the ground, Tom Brokaw, the empty hair-do of US television news, announced that the Twin Towers had been attacked because they are Symbols of American Capitalism. As we watched humans jump to their deaths from burning windows, Tom had already appropriated them as martyrs to a rising stock market and the enterprising spirit of his advertisers."

September 9, 2003

"President Bush's illegal war and occupation of Iraq has left the Administration in a position of extreme political vulnerability. He now wants the United Nations and U.S. taxpayers to bail him out. Having defied U.S. and world public opinion - which preemptively opposed his planned, illegal invasion of Iraq - the Bush administration wants to internationalize responsibility for the U.S. quagmire in Iraq."

Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General, Responds to Bush's Television Address
September 9, 2003

"Sunday night, September 7, President Bush told the American public and the world to expect more of the same from his administration. More crimes against peace and humanity, more deaths and destruction, more debts and poverty. He wants everyone to help."

We Can Win the War in Vietnam -- And other chestnuts from a not-so-bygone era
by Daniel Patrick Welch
September 5, 2003

"The rest of us should be careful not to be deceived into thinking that the Iraqis need us, except to pay damages for ruining their country. Think about it, does the oldest city on earth really need Paul Bremer's "expertise" to get back on its feet? The UN, having allowed itself to be used as an arm of US policy, is unfortunately equally tarnished. Iraqis hate the UN as much as they do the US, in part for their failure to stop the invasion, in part for their obsequious role in the murderous decade-long sanctions regime that throttled the country."

What Were They Thinking?
by Lew Rockwell
September 4, 2003

"With bombings, killings, human suffering all around, and nothing in sight in Iraq but the bad choices of continued military dictatorship or fundamentalist Islamic rule, everyone but the war planners now regard Iraq as a disaster."

by Greg Palast
September 4, 2003

"I couldn't make this up. This morning, the US Department of the Interior is turning over the Mall in front of the Washington Monument to Pepsi-Cola Corporation to promote their new "Pepsi Vanilla."

Still think that George Bush has America's interest at heart? Here are three simple tests for you
by Jane Stillwater
September 4, 2003

"Still think that George Bush has America's interest at heart? Here are three simple tests for you..."

The Killing Of Ayatollah Hakim - Now It Will All Explode
by Sam Hamod
September 2, 2003

"Now Iraq will explode and Paul Bremer will be lucky if he escapes with his life, as will some of our top brass in Iraq. The killing of Ayatollah Hakim was a major catastrophe for the Iraqi people, but it will be an even larger one for the West, especially the US and UK, along with Israel."

Exxon Lubricated by Bush Judges
by Greg Pelast
September 2, 2003

"Now, Exxon-Mobil, the Number One campaign contributor to the George W. Bush campaigns, has gotten their big fat sloppy payoff. Last week, the Bushified appellate courts in Texas ordered the Alaskan judge once again to review the award."

Now Might be the Perfect Time for the Dems to Play the "Nazi Card"
by R. J. Crane, Topplebush editor
August 29, 2003

"...now might be the perfect time to drive home the linkage between the Bush family, family money and the Nazis. You can be sure the Bush family would use something like this if they had the chance. Also the timing couldn't be better. With Arnold Schwarzenegger running for Governor of California, the media spotlight is all over his father's Nazi past digging for information on what role Arnold's father might have played as a Nazi Storm Trooper."

Time to Get Real in Iraq - Iraq Resistors are Patriots
by Ted Rall
August 26, 2003

"Nearly 70 percent of Americans tell Newsweek that "the United States will be bogged down in [Iraq] for years without achieving its goals." Yet 61 percent tell the same poll that invading Iraq was the right thing to do. The reason for this weird disconnect: people think that we're in Iraq to spread democracy and rebuild the Middle East. They think we're The Good Guys. But the longer we keep patting ourselves on the back, the more we tell ourselves that the Iraqi resistance is a bunch of evil freedom-haters, the deeper we'll sink into this quagmire."

BLACK-OUT AT THE TIMES -- Readers Forced to View Unsolicited Corpornography
by Greg Palast
August 25, 2003

"I guess the lights never went back on at the Times. That's the only acceptable explanation for the loving Lewinsky The Paper of Record gave to the power industry on the front page of its Sunday edition."

How Does the War Party Get Away with It?
by Robert Higgs
The Independent Institute
August 25, 2003

"While the architects of war, the Cheneys, Rumsfelds, and Wolfowitzs who sleep every night between clean sheets, deem these terrible costs to be worth bearing -- as well they might, because they personally bear not an ounce of them -- the members of the Peace Party often seem baffled. In view of the evident futility, and worse, of nearly every war the United States has fought during the past century, how does the War Party manage to propel this nation into one catastrophe after another, each of them clearly foreseen by at least a substantial minority who failed to dissuade their fellow citizens from still another march into calamity?"

Country needs straight answers from Bush on Iraq
by Ed Garvey
August 19, 2003

"To paraphrase Shakespeare, "We have waded in blood so deep that to return is as dangerous as to go forward." We are stuck in Iraq. Period. We can't leave, we can't afford to stay, we can't go back to status quo ante. No apologies from the Bush administration about lack of planning for "victory" will permit us to leave. True, a pipeline explosion, a firefight, another soldier killed has moved from the front pages of our newspapers to Page 5 or 6, but the realities of the situation are indeed daunting and will dominate the campaign for president."

by Greg Palast Palast
August 15, 2003

"I can tell you all about the ne're-do-wells that put out our lights tonight. I came up against these characters -- the Niagara Mohawk Power Company -- some years back."

Still Crazy
by Daniel Patrick Welch
August 11, 2003

"After all these years, it still amazes how Americans can remain so disconnected from the world events in which we play so central a role. I use the term "world events" loosely, since the US today seems to have lost even its historically tenuous connections with the reality of the rest of the world."

We Stand Our Ground
by William Rivers Pitt
Sunday 10 August 2003

"Is it part of our value system to remain on a permanent war footing since World War II, shunting money desperately needed for human services and education into a military machine whose very size and expense demands the fighting of wars to justify its existence?"

Standards for Measuring George's Morality
by Dr Gerry Lower
August 8, 2003

"Without standards, we would end up just like George Bush the younger, able to rationalize tax cuts for the rich because the economy is so good and tax cuts for the rich because the economy is so bad, without bothering himself a whit over how this can hope to be logical, how this can hope to make sense to everyone else. In other words, George employs no standards at all outside of the rightwing political standard, characterized by religious absolutism and a self-righteous penchant for 'winning,' no matter what the stakes, no matter what it takes. George, as a 'born again' theist, turns out to be devoutly agnostic with regard to human logic."

More on the Right Wing Attempt to Influence the Democratic Nomination
by R. J. Crane
August 3, 2003

"So here's the real dilemma: If the Dems nominate someone who is not very charismatic on TV and/or is too intimidating to white males, they won't have a candidate who has what it takes to beat Bush among the rest of their constituency. But if they nominate someone like Howard Dean, a well educated, very successful, polished looking, and articulate person, who should do well in front of the cameras, or someone like him, they risk losing more white male voters. Forget needing a message. Forget qualifications. Like Andre Agassi said: 'Image is Everything!'"

by Greg Palast
August 1, 2003

"Well, well, well. President George was in one hell of bind this week when it turned that that Saudi Arabia funded Al Qaeda, not Iraq. Realizing we'd invaded the wrong country, Bush did the honorable thing: he's come out against gay marriages."

Global Eye -- Snuffed Candles
by Chris Floyd
August 1, 2003

"The twin towers of the Bushist case for war -- 'imminent threat' and 'connection to al-Qaida' -- have been crumbling for weeks, even among the bovine intellects of the Bush-whipped U.S. media, who had happily munched the thrice-chewed cud of the Regime's transparent mendacity during the long build-up to the invasion. Wolfowitz provided the final coup de grace on national television last Sunday, during an appearance on Rupert Murdoch's propaganda mill, Fox News."

Broken Light
by Chris Floyd
August, 2003

"We advocate action, positive action, unstinting action, doing the only thing that human beings can do, ever: Try this, try that, try something else again; discard those approaches that don't work, that wreak havoc, that breed death and cruelty; fight against everything that would draw us down again into our own mud; expect no quarter, no lasting comfort, no true security; offer no final answer, no last word, no eternal truth, but just keep stumbling, falling, careening, backsliding, crawling toward the broken light."

The Theft of Your Vote Is Just a Chip Away
by Thom Hartmann, AlterNet
July 25, 2003

"Are computerized voting machines a wide-open back door to massive voting fraud? The discussion has moved from the Internet to CNN, to UK newspapers, and the pages of The New York Times. People are cautiously beginning to connect the dots, and the picture that seems to be emerging is troubling."

Recalls Are for Cars, Not California Governors
When did the Target parking lot replace the voting booth?

by Bill Maher
Bill Maher is host of HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher."
July 24, 2003

"What's going on here in California, if you're lucky enough to not have been following this, is that the economy turned, so we're getting rid of the governor. But what if we drive him out of office and the economy still doesn't get better? I guess we'll have to burn him. And if that doesn't work, we'll kill his dog."

Apologies to Dennis Miller-Follow-up
by R. J. Crane, columnist for topplebush.com
July 24, 2003

"But what brought you back to the Tonight Show this time? Long after Bush declared the Iraq War over? You didn't have anything to promote except your once-a-week gig on Hannity & Colmes on Fox, or should I say, Faux. Not that long ago, wouldn't you have been too embarrassed to even associate with these right wing whackos? Now you be one of them."

Here are some of the latest developments in the news about the distortion of evidence
From Moveon.org
July 21, 2003

"MoveOn.org is launching a series of newspaper ads around the country that call on Members of Congress who haven't pledged to support a commission to place truth over politics."

Blair Part II: the Unicycle of Evil and Poppy's Bomb
by Greg Palast
Weblog July 18, 2003

"While Tony Blair thumped his chest and told congress, "We promised Iraq democratic government - we will deliver it," the ticker-tape at the bottom of the TV screen said that our appointed chieftain in Iraq, Paul Bremer III, had announced that there would be no elections in Iraq - not until next year, or later."

A Kind of Fascism Is Replacing Our Democracy
by Sheldon S. Wolin
July 18, 2003

"No administration before George W. Bush's ever claimed such sweeping powers for an enterprise as vaguely defined as the "war against terrorism" and the "axis of evil." Nor has one begun to consume such an enormous amount of the nation's resources for a mission whose end would be difficult to recognize even if achieved."

Our President is a Criminal
by Daniel Patrick Welch, guest contributor for topplebush.com
July 17, 2003

"It's well past time to say it. Despite the weaseling and finger-pointing--in fact, because of it--the Forged Niger letter is indeed the smoking gun, and the chips have yet to stop falling. Who wrote the damn thing, and on whose orders? Who cares whether Tenet, his job on the line, acquiesced to including a literal truth that actually amounts to one of the great frauds of the century? The sheer audacity and cynicism of this coterie of hacks and hustlers is simply astounding."

Who's Steering This Ship?
by Bridget Gibson
17 July 2003

"If all George W. Bush does, is read prepared speeches written by others, vetted by others, put onto ready to read scrolling devices for the lips of the President, does that make the one that utters the words a puppet -a void and vacuous being whose only purpose is to mouth the threats and words of others?"


From the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition,
July 11, 2003

What's the Next Big Lie?
by Inanna Jonze, guest contributor for topplebush.com
July 11, 2003

"Next test: Fearless Leader lies about something a little more important than sex - something that cost the lives of 1000s of Iraqi people and hundreds of Americans too impoverished to find any other way of life; while it also achieved the goal of making most of the world hate us, lined the pockets of the fat cats in the Carlyle Group, and left deadly uranium toxic dust with its lingering promise of cancer over an entire country forever."

The Republican Plot to Derail Howard Dean's Campaign Exposed
by R. J. Crane, columnist for topplebush.com
July 14, 2003

"But let's look closely at this message and expose it for what it really is: A right wing plot to derail Dean's campaign using fear to splinter the Democratic voters."

The real Dennis Miller is a war mongering, ultra conservative, rabid Bush supporter
by R. J. Crane, columnist for topplebush.com
July 10, 2003

"...each time he appeared on the above programs, he immediately started right in heaping undo praise on Bush and hawking the war against Iraq. It was most obvious on February 25th on the Tonight Show when only a few sentences and greetings had been exchanged when Jay asked him for his views on the war. Dennis then grabbed the spotlight and began to shamelessly and venomously bash the Germans, the French, and by association, anyone else who opposed this war."

Questions and Comments to Donald Rumsfeld About The Reasons for Going to War
by John Wilson, guest contributor for topplebush.com
July 10, 2003

"Dear Mr Rumsfeld,

"Were you lying sir when you assured us that the Hussein Government not only possessed but was intending on using weapons either through terrorists or their own deployment such as drone aircraft?"

Midnight Ride of the Rabble
by Thom Hartmann
Wednesday, June 4, 2003

"Let's be blunt. The real agenda of the new conservatives is nothing less than the destruction of democracy in the United States of America. And feudalism is one of their weapons."

Anti-War Candidate?
What Must Be Done to Complete a Great Victory

by General Wesley Clark
Published on Thursday, April 10, 2003 by the Times/UK

"But the operation in Iraq will also serve as a launching pad for further diplomatic overtures, pressures and even military actions against others in the region who have supported terrorism and garnered weapons of mass destruction. Don't look for stability as a Western goal. Governments in Syria and Iran will be put on notice -- indeed, may have been already -- that they are "next"? if they fail to comply with Washington's concerns."

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