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I’ve confirmed Tim Redmond of the San Francisco Bay Guardian for the first half of my October 19 show. He’ll be discussing the statwide ballot propositions from 7 to 7:30, with call-in questions if we have time.
I’m hoping to dedicate the second half to a conservative rebuttal – assuming there is disagreement and I’m certain there will be. I’m approaching several local conservative leaders/figures.
Meanwhile, I’ll be a guest on the CLMP show to discuss the Habeus Corpus provisions of the “terror bill” voted up last week. That’ll be Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
It’s possible I’ll also be on later in the week to discuss the Buju affair assuming KMUD listeners aren’t tired of my voice by then.
From Calitics – the “don’t know” crowd is large on the down ticket this year. I can accept that people maybe don’t know at this point, with the election still just over a month away. But my irritation with the lingering “don’t knows” is going to grow with each passing week.
In some past elections, there’ve been debates where the “don’t knows” get to dominate the discussion. I find it annoying that where the races are pretty even between those who do know that the whole process is then governed by those people who annoy waitresses for a half-an-hour with questions about the menu.
The “don’t know” tally as it stands:
Attorney General: 51% Brown (D), 34% Poochigian (R), 3% Other, 12% Don’t Know
Treasurer: 50% Lockyer (D) 26% Parrish (R) 3% Other, 21% Don’t Know
Insurance Commissioner: 43% Bustamante (D) 38% Poizner (R) 4% Other 15% Don’t Know
Lieutenant Governor: 42% McClintock (R) 41% Garamendi (D) 3% Other, 14% Don’t Know
Controller: 36% Chiang (D) 30% Strickland (R) 3% Other, 31% Don’t Know
Secretary of State: 35% Bowen (D) 33% McPherson (R) 3% Other, 29% Don’t Know
Members of the Sept. 11 commission said today that they were alarmed that they were told nothing about a White House meeting in July 2001 at which George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, is reported to have warned Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser, about an imminent Al Qaeda attack and failed to persuade her to take action.
Not that it matters. If the Richard Clarke memo didn’t impress the commission, I don’t know why this meeting should have. Of course, as we know from politics on all sorts of geographic levels, the cover-up can be worse than the crime.
The photo was lifted from the New York Times story linked above.
Update: Apparently, after initial denials, the New York Times is reporting that the White House is admitting that Tenet did in fact brief Rice on an imminent Al Qaida attack on July 10, 2001. Will they now apologize for calling Woodward a liar?
Although it slipped off the main page a couple of days ago, it’s still getting a large number of hits. Others have joined in the discussion, and I’ll plan some sort of follow-up radio presentation later. I’ve gotten lots of feedback about the radio shows, both positive and negative, though everybody seems to be interested in the topic.
Anyway, carry on the discussion here. You can catch up with the debate right here.
Well, at least he spoke for himself for once. No wonder his handlers are keeping him from the press.
Charming individual. Compassionate too.
From the above-linked blog:
Buju Banton is not a victim. No, that title goes to Brian Williamson, the Jamaican gay rights activist that was chopped into pieces with a machete for being gay. And it goes to Steve Harvey who was murdered in 2005 in Jamaica also for being gay. Victim is also the title used to describe 20-year-old Candice Williams and Phoebe Myrie, 22, who were found dumped in a pit with a burnt mattress and lesbian DVDs this year, allegedly for being lesbian.
A little perspective goes a long way.