Tuesday, August 31, 2004
WASHINGTON — The Secret Service is investigating the posting on the Internet of names and personal information about thousands of delegates to the Republication National Convention, officials said today.
The probe focuses on anonymous postings on a Web site operated by the Independent Media Center, which describes itself as "a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, accurate and passionate tellings of the truth.''
The American Civil Liberties Union, whose lawyers are representing the Web site's administrators, gave the Secret Service the e-mail addresses of the administrators in a letter today. But the ACLU said the group is not responsible for postings of lists of GOP delegates because the site guarantees anonymity to anyone who wants it.
"This type of investigation is really a form of intimidation and a message to activists that they will pay a price for speaking out," said Ann Beeson, the ACLU's associate legal counsel. "The posting of publicly available information about people who are in the news should not trigger an investigation.''
Secret Service officials would not comment beyond confirming that the investigation was continuing. But federal law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the probe is active, said there were concerns that posting of the delegate lists could subject the delegates to harassment, acts of violence or identity theft.
There are several lists of Republican convention delegates posted on the Indymedia site; one lists more than 2,000 of them. Included are names, home addresses, e-mail addresses and the New York-area hotels where many are staying.
"The delegates should know not only what people think of the platform they will ratify, but that they are not welcome in New York City," said one posting, first reported today by The New York Times.
A federal grand jury in New York has subpoenaed a Web hosting service, Calyx Internet Access, for Indymedia contact information. Calyx President Nicholas Merrill said he refused initially to voluntarily give the information to the Secret Service, asking instead for the subpoena to protect clients' privacy. Calyx is also being representing legally by the ACLU.
Sunday, August 29, 2004
ATHENS - Canada has to do more to ensure Canadian athletes are successful at the Vancouver Games in 2010, the head of the International Olympic Committee said today.
Asked by the Star yesterday about Canada’s disappointing performance at the 2004 Summer Games, Rogge told an Athens wrapup press conference that he’s “definitely” concerned about Canada’s situation.
“It’s very high on my agenda,” he said. “I’ll be in Vancouver at the end of the year and I’ll be meeting with the government in Ottawa” and governments in British Columbia.
“I have been urged my Canadian friends in the IOC and the Vancouver organizing committee (to address) the issue of government funding to help Canadian sport, and definitely the IOC would help,” he said.
Rogge wasn’t available to expand on his remarks, but he noted that he had pushed the Italian government to boost funding for Italy’s athletes in advance of the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.
“We can do that in Canada,” he said.
He then added with a wry smile, “I don’t think we have to do that in Beijing” for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Canadians will likely be debating Canada’s performance at the 2004 Games for some time to come. Canada won 18 medals in Barcelona in 1992, then jumped to 22 medals in Atlanta in 1996. That number dropped to just 14 in Sydney four years ago, and Canada will finish the 2004 Olympics with just a dozen medals; three gold, six silver and three bronze.
Canadian Olympic Committee officials are holding a wrapup press conference of their own here today.
There was a chance for Canada to add to its medal count today, but wrestlers Daniel Igali and Gia Sissaouri were eliminated in their morning bouts. Dominique Bosshart lost a repechage match today and was eliminated from competition.
Igali, a gold medallist in Sydney who endeared himself to people across Canada by kissing the Canadian flag after he won, won his two bouts on Saturday but lost totday to Cuba’s Ivan Fundora.
“Six months ago I was wondering if I should take part in the Olympic Games,” he said. “I was not well prepared. I also had some problems with injuries and pains in my back.”
Igali said he slept badly Saturday night.
“I was thinking just about that. I’m not happy at all, but I have no reason to feel ashamed. I tried as hard as I could.”
MARYANNA LEWYCKYJ REVEALS HOW DEBIT CARD FRAUD ARTISTS RIPPED OFF 27,000 CANADIANS
MOST PEOPLE think of a debit card as a convenient cash substitute with a built-in anti-theft device -- a security code. But clever thieves have become adept at cracking the defences of debit cards.
Last year 27,000 Canadians -- more than 2,000 people a month -- were the victims of debit card fraud. The cost of the crooked transactions totalled $44 million.
Because consumers are protected by a code of practice that prevents them from being held responsible for unauthorized transactions, it meant that banks ate the losses.
That doesn't mean consumers don't suffer.
For anyone who suddenly discovers their bank account has been cleaned out or overdrawn, dealing with the dilemma can be both stressful and inconvenient.
Toronto Sun editorial designer Tim Peckham wasn't overly concerned last month when a debit card reader wouldn't accept his PIN when he tried to make a purchase.
He chalked it up to technology (understandable given high-profile glitches recently at Royal Bank and TD Canada Trust) and planned to pay a visit to his bank.
Unbeknownst to Peckham, someone had managed to "skim" the information from the magnetic stripe on his debit card and create a duplicate, complete with working PIN.
Before Peckham could replace his card, the culprit managed to put through a debit transaction worth $1,846 on the joint account shared by Peckham and his wife, Natalie Celuch.
ACCOUNTS FIXED IN WEEK
The couple were stunned to find their account deeply overdrawn when their statement arrived.
When Peckham's wife called her bank to complain, she says she was told it could take up to six weeks to investigate and there was no guarantee the amount would be reversed.
"At first I thought it was an obvious mistake," said Celuch. "When they make it sound like it wasn't such a simple thing, I was upset."
However, the $1,846 transaction was reversed shortly after the Sun contacted the couple's bank on their behalf.
Maura Drew-Lytle, a spokesman for the Canadian Bankers Association, says fraudulent debit transactions are normally reversed within five to seven days.
Drew-Lytle says in some cases, the bank's software programs may even red flag phony transactions before the customer is aware of them.
"If a card is used in Vancouver and then used 20 minutes later in Toronto, systems can look for unusual things like that," said Drew-Lytle.
While software is a valuable tool in chasing debit card crooks, consumers must also do their part to stay ahead of thieves.
That means taking precautions to safeguard your debit card personal identification number (PIN) and not letting your card leave your sight or allowing it to be swiped twice.
Because a person's PIN is not embedded in the info on a debit card itself, thieves must steal this info after "skimming" the data on the magnetic stripe.
"The most common method is a pinhole camera or some kind of video device set up that can see the PIN," said Sara Feldman of the Interac Association.
Another option is "shoulder surfing," which occurs when a person behind the debit card user sneaks a peek at the keypad when a person in punching in the PIN.
Feldman points out that, since about $270 billion worth of debit transactions occur each year, fraud represents only a tiny fraction of all purchases.
But knowing how crooks operate can help you beat the odds of becoming the next victim of debit card fraud.
By MAY WONG
AP Technology Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. unveiled its own version of the iPod portable music player, showing the fruits of a groundbreaking partnership it had previously announced with Apple Computer Inc.
HP is now taking orders for the player, which it has dubbed the "Apple iPod from HP." The product is a replica of Apple's latest models of the popular white 20-gigabyte and 40-gigabyte iPods - but carries the HP brand instead.
The licensing deal, which was announced this past January, is a break from Apple's usual isolationist stance and should help it capitalize on the broad retail reach of HP, the world's largest computer printer maker and second largest PC maker.
For HP, working with Apple, the leader in portable music players and online music store sales, gives it a quick foothold in the digital music space.
"Clearly Apple has done a great job of making the iPod popular, but we have a wide distribution globally, so it'll really help in driving up the volume," Vyomesh Joshi, an HP executive vice president, said Friday.
The price will be $299 for the 20-gigabyte model, or $399 for the 40-gigabyte model, matching Apple's current prices. The players will be available in early September - the same month HP will release about two dozen other new consumer products, including a 42-inch plasma television and an all-in-one home theater projector, which were also announced Friday. The efforts are part of HP's expanding strategy to become a household, rather than just an office, name by capitalizing on what they say is a reputation for quality products.
The HP-branded iPod will not feature HP's signature blue color as initially planned because it found that the clean white look was important to iPod customers, Joshi said.
As part of the deal with Apple, HP has also begun bundling Apple's iTunes jukebox software and iTunes Music Store with all of its computers. HP's upcoming new digital entertainment center - a hub that stores digital music, photos and videos and hooks up with a home television and stereo system - will also feature the iTunes software.
Also, HP will sell photo labels in which users can choose and print their own art, or select cover art from artists HP has partnered with, such as Sting and Alicia Keys, and wrap the tattoo-like stickers around their iPods for a personal touch.
At least one analyst was not impressed with HP's latest offerings, saying they lacked innovation and further muddle HP's overall strategy - which so far encompasses endeavors in computers, servers, business services, printers, and now also consumer electronics.
"These rinky-dink tie-ins - they beg the question of what's the strategy here," said Mark Stahlman, a technology analyst and managing director at Caris & Company. "You're just selling iPods, and you're not going to make any money printing these iPod covers. It exposes there's no meat on the table."
Program a failure: Tory MP
By BILL RODGERS, Parliamentary Bureau Chief
More than 1 million guns remain unregistered in Canada, 18 months after a government-imposed registration deadline, a document released by the Canada Firearms Centre confirms. The total number of valid firearm licence holders who still haven't registered a gun stands at 406,834.
The admission is proof of "massive non-compliance and incompetence," fumed Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz, who obtained the latest numbers through an Access to Information request.
The document, released yesterday, shows almost 620,000 firearms remain to be reregistered and there are more than 78,000 applications to register or reregister caught in processing or a backlog of the Firearms Information System.
The Firearms Centre, however, denies there's a backlog and says processing of applications occurs within days. It couldn't explain why its own information refers to a backlog.
Breitkreuz repeated his party's call for the Martin government to cut its losses and scrap the controversial registry.
"It has never been used to solve a crime or to prevent a crime or to improve the ability of the police to do their work. It's only the bureaucrats who are defending it," he said.
Thomas Vares, a spokesman for the Canada Firearms Registry, insists the program has been largely successful with more than 6.8 million of 7.9 million prohibited, restricted and non-restricted guns now registered across the country.
"That breaks down for licensing and for registration to a compliance rate that's approaching 90%," he said.
Breitkreuz isn't buying the positive spin saying, those stats demonstrate a failure in the management of the firearms program.
"It is simply not credible for the Liberals to claim that their billion-dollar registry is of any value whatsoever to police when it is missing so many guns," the Saskatchewan MP added.
Intel Corp. unveiled an update to its wireless networking technology Thursday, adding simpler software, improved security and support for a more robust, less interference-prone radio standard.
Notebooks based on the latest version of Intel's Centrino mobile technology will be able to connect to Wi-Fi networks that use the 802.11a standard as well as the more popular 802.11b and 802.11g standards, the chip-making giant said.
Though 802.11a is not widely used today, it supports more data traffic and uses a slice of the airwaves that isn't shared with microwave ovens, baby monitors and portable telephones. Users of 802.11b and 802.11g are susceptible to such interference.
Businesses are interested in having the triple capability to "future-proof" their computers and networks, said Jim Johnson, general manager of Intel's Wireless Networking Group.
Consumers who have interference problems in their homes will have a choice of switching to 802.11a in the home but could still use 802.11b and 802.11g on the road, he said.
Intel also has updated the software that controls the radio and connects Centrino-based laptops to networks. One tool includes a configuration wizard, advanced troubleshooting and automated wireless security setup.
In addition, Intel has worked with Cisco Systems Inc.'s Linksys division to develop a three-step setup process between Centrino notebooks and Linksys access points.
Notebooks configured with the updated version of Centrino are expected to be available next month from most major vendors, Johnson said.
Intel first launched its Centrino brand in March 2003 with a massive marketing campaign extolling the benefits of Wi-Fi and mobile computing. It also set up a hot spot verification program to ensure interoperability with Centrino.
Pyramid Research estimates there will be as many as 700 million Wi-Fi users by 2007.
National Lacrosse League teams will play an expanded number of exhibition games if there is no NHL hockey this autumn. Home floors of 10 of the 11 NLL teams are in NHL arenas and the majority of NLL teams are owned or operated by NHL entities. The NLL will retain its 16-game schedule that runs from December to May but, pending a new collective bargaining agreement with its players' association, teams will be allowed to increase the number of exhibition games they play, says NLL commissioner Jim Jennings. Jennings was in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday for the announcement of a new team to be owned by Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, the owners of the NHL's Minnesota Wild. MSE purchased the dormant Montreal franchise which was owned by the group headed by Brad Watters of Toronto that also owns the NLL's Toronto Rock. The CBA between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association expires Sept. 15 and there is widespread speculation owners will lock players out and a lengthy delay will ensue before NHL games return. In this context, Jennings was asked if his league's teams plan on seizing the opportunity to stage more exhibition games. "Yes," he replied. "If hockey does not start on time, some teams are looking at doing exhibition (lacrosse) games in their buildings." NLL games are played on green turf carpeting laid over hockey ice. Most of the players are Canadian. The yet-to-be-named Minnesota team, which will play out of the Xcel Energy Center where the Wild play hockey, will be stocked through an expansion draft to be scheduled at a later date — each existing team can protect 14 players and lose a maximum of one player — as well as through the annual September entry draft, in which Minnesota will have the No. 1 pick, and the signing of free agents. "We are thrilled to bring professional lacrosse to the Xcel Energy Center," said MSE chairman Bob Naegele Jr. "Minnesota has one of the fastest-growing lacrosse communities (in the United States) and we believe fans will truly enjoy this powerful, high-scoring and fast-paced sport." The NLL put teams in San Jose, Anaheim and Phoenix last year.
All are linked to NHL clubs. "It has become the ideal model for success both on and off the floor," Jennings said during a news conference. "Our league average attendance exceeded 10,000 fans per game last season and continues to grow." Naegele said the possibility of a delayed or cancelled NHL season never entered into MSE discussions to bring pro lacrosse into the Xcel Energy Center. "It never crossed our minds," he said. "We began considering this three years ago. "We were always looking for new opportunities to expand our sports interests and this was in the mix. As we observed the growth of the sport in Minnesota and the possible fan base, we went ahead." The huge success of the NLL team in Denver, which draws 18,000 spectators a game, encouraged MSE to go ahead, he said. Asked if MSE would ask the NLL to expand the regular season should the NHL not start up as scheduled, he said: "That's way beyond my scope of thought at this time." The Calgary Roughnecks are defending NLL champions. They are in the West Division with Vancouver, Colorado, San Jose, Anaheim and Phoenix. Minnesota will join the East Division with Toronto, Buffalo, Rochester and Philadelphia. All NLL teams with the exception of Rochester play in NHL rinks. The NLL had as many as 13 teams three years ago. While there was conjecture a 12th team would be added for next season, Jennings said there will be no further additions.
The long-term goal remains 16 teams. Minnesota's team is expected to name a GM and coach within three weeks and choose a nickname in about a month. "It's a new and exciting market," said Jennings. Said Naegele: "We'd had the opportunity in the past to start with hockey from scratch and we loved it. We'll do the same with lacrosse." For the first time, the NLL has teams in all North American time zones. Jennings predicted a long-term CBA would soon be in place. Brian Bellows, who played lacrosse growing up in St. Catharines, Ont., before beginning an NHLcareer in Minnesota in 1982, was a special guest at the news conference.
|Date||Time(ET)||Venue, City|| |
|Aug. 30||1:00 PM||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki||CZE||vs.||FIN|
|Aug. 31||1:00PM||Globe Arena, Stockholm||GER||vs.||SWE|
|7:00 PM||Bell Centre, Montreal||CAN||vs.||USA|
|Sept. 1||1:00PM||Globe Arena, Stockholm||CZE||vs.||SWE|
|7:00 PM||Bell Centre, Montreal||CAN||vs.||SVK|
|Sept. 2||1:30 PM||Cologne Arena, Cologne||FIN||vs.||GER|
|7:00 PM||Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul||USA||vs.||RUS|
|Sept. 3||1:00 PM||Sazka Arena, Prague||GER||vs.||CZE|
|7:00 PM||Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul||USA||vs.||SVK|
|Sept. 4||8:00 PM||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki||SWE||vs.||FIN|
|7:00 PM||Air Canada Centre, Toronto||CAN||vs.||RUS|
|Sept. 5||7:00 PM||Air Canada Centre, Toronto||RUS||vs.||SVK|
|Sept. 6||1:00 PM||Home Arena of E1||E1||vs.||E4|
|Sept. 7||1:00 PM||Home Arena of E2||E2||vs.||E3|
|7:00 PM||Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul||NA1/
|Sept. 8||7:00 PM||Air Canada Centre, Toronto||NA1/
|Sept. 10||7:00 PM||Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul|
|Sept. 11||6:30 PM||Air Canada Centre, Toronto|
|Sept. 14||7:00 PM||Air Canada Centre, Toronto|
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Veteran KTLA Anchor Dies
Larry McCormick, 71, died today after a lengthy illness.
By Amelia Neufeld
Times Staff Writer
Larry McCormick, a longtime television journalist and one of the first African American newsmen in Los Angeles, died today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 71.
Throughout his 43-year broadcasting career, McCormick hosted musical programs, radio and television talk shows, TV game shows, and did football play-by-play. He wrote, narrated and produced television and radio documentaries.
McCormick joined the KTLA station in 1971 as a weathercaster and was later an anchor and a news reporter. He was also co-anchor of "Making It: Minority Success Stories," the station's weekly public affairs series.
As a television journalist, McCormick took a leadership role in the Los Angeles African-American community, organizing or emceeing more than 2,100 programs over the past 30 years.
"Your responsibility will be triple those of your non-African American counterparts," McCormick said in 1997 when he won the Mel Goode Lifetime Achievement Award, an award named for the nation's first African American television journalist. "You will find yourself reporting about your people, to your people, and explaining about your people. And you will have to do it while upholding your objectivity. It's not easy to be on-camera and deliver a very negative story about your culture."
Los Angeles Urban League Chairman John Mack, a close friend of McCormick for more than 30 years, said the African American journalist played an important role as one of the region's first minorities to appear regularly on radio and then television broadcasts.
"He clearly was a pioneer," said Mack, who lived near McCormick in the Lafayette Square section of Los Angeles. "He was a role model, especially for other African American news personnel."
Among his contemporaries, McCormick was seen as a professional and a gentlemen - a relatively hard line to walk in the sometimes cutthroat world of television journalism.
"Larry taught me how to be an anchorperson," said Marta Waller, McCormick's weekend co-anchor at KTLA and a 20-year co-worker. "He never tried to upstage anyone. He was always looking out for what was best for the station. He gave of himself the whole time."
KNBC anchor Paul Moyer, himself a longtime veteran of Los Angeles broadcasting, described McCormick as a "consummate professional."
"He was old school polite, gracious," said Moyer, who recalls listening to McCormick's radio broadcasts on KFWB. "He never talked down to his audience. He was just really, really solid."
McCormick won numerous awards for his professional and community work. In 1994, he won the "Governor's Award," the highest honor presented annually by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
He was nominated for several Emmy awards, and was the recipient of numerous Golden Mike awards. In 2002, McCormick received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"Larry McCormick was the gold standard not only for African Americans journalists, but for all broadcast journalists in this town," said Tony Cox, a Los Angeles broadcaster on television and radio for 35 years, who also is a weekly host for the "Tavis Smiley Show" on National Public Radio. "He was smooth, articulate, a great guy and a great influence for me. His style was one that I tried to copy in my own career."
A theater major at Kansas State University before switching to broadcasting, McCormick portrayed TV newscasters in more than 80 television and motion picture dramas.
McCormick was a former Negro League baseball player in his early years and an avid tennis player.
McCormick is survived by his wife, Anita, of Los Angeles and his three children, Alvin, Mitch and Kitty. Survivors also include two grandchildren, David and Benjamin.
Flowers will be placed on his star on the Walk of Fame at 5:15 p.m. today.
Times staff writers Jesus Sanchez and Daryl Strickland contributed to this report.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Condo fees and bills were still being paid
Body finally found in mummified state
His telephone number was still listed in the telephone directory and his condominium fees and bills were automatically being withdrawn from his bank account. No one knew Jim Sulkers had died in his bed almost two years ago. Neighbour Sam Shuster said residents in the complex often wondered where the man they knew only as Jim had gone, but were told his condominium fees were still being paid. "How can that happen, for God's sake. Two years!" Shuster said yesterday of the man who had been a resident in the building since the mid-1980s. "I used to ask the president of the board of directors where in the hell is he? She said all she knew was the bank gets the monthly money so we don't worry about it." Sulkers' remains were discovered Wednesday. Manitoba's chief medical examiner, Dr. Thambirajah Balachandra, determined he had died of natural causes. Sulkers, believed to be in his 50s, had multiple sclerosis. Balachandra said there were no signs of trauma and he was able to quickly rule out homicide, suicide or accident as a cause of death. But because the body was in a mummified state, he could not determine an exact cause.
He said a newspaper dated Nov. 21, 2002, was found in the man's apartment and a wall calendar was opened to November 2002 — evidence the man died nearly two years ago. A cousin, Kim Dyck of Winnipeg, said she lost contact with the man after his mother died about 10 years ago, but relatives had attempted to make contact with Sulkers last summer when they were in the city for a wedding. "They knocked on his door and he didn't answer," she said. "You assume he isn't home. You certainly don't assume he's dead." She said the man's bills must have been covered by a pension cheque automatically deposited into his bank account. Neighbours said Sulkers' mailbox had become full several times and was always emptied by a letter carrier. Canada Post spokesman Brian Garagan said letter carriers are required to clear full mailboxes and inform a supervisor, who calls the condo owner. He said the corporation was trying to determine if that policy was followed. He said Sulkers' mail delivery was halted at some point but he wasn't sure when. He said he would be talking to the letter carrier on the route. Marcel Baril, executive director of the Family Centre in Winnipeg, called the situation bizarre and sad. "It's odd that we live in a society where technology can take care of our affairs like that, even if we passed away two years ago, and nobody's noticed." A spokeswoman for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada said the disease itself was not fatal but complications could be.Canadian Press
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
After the New Hampshire primary, Dennis Kucinich's new slogan is: ".001 Percent of
ONE of the surest ways to get the phones ringing on any Massachusetts talk-radio
John Kerry, who, according to published accounts going back more than a decade,
Blog credit: Blogs for Bush
You forgot a link to that chart. groups against Bush. In direct violation of FEC and IRS rules. How do I know this?? I have emails from the Heinz Center that anybody can view at http://kerrywaffles.net. They've been there for over 5 months. MoveOn.org isn't where'd I'd be focusing all of my attention. It'd be the Heinz Center Philanthropies.
Check out the incriminating emails at http://kerrywaffles.net
Monday, August 16, 2004
Pro-Bush sector rallies for president
ALBANY, N.Y. - Upset with entertainer Bruce Springsteen's effort to oust President George W. Bush from the White House, the New York Conservative party's candidate for the U.S. Senate is launching a Boycott the Boss television commercial.
"He thinks making millions with a song-and-dance routine allows him to tell you how to vote," Marilyn O'Grady says in the 30-second spot. "Here's my vote: Boycott the Boss. If you don't buy his politics, don't buy his music."
In a statement, O'Grady said Springsteen "has a right to say what he thinks, but we have an equal right to speak. Now that he's moved onto the political stage to bash my president, it is entirely fair to respond."
Springsteen was among more than 20 prominent musicians who announced Aug. 4 that they would hold a series of anti-Bush fund-raising concerts under the Vote for Change banner in 28 cities in October.
"I feel this is one of the most critical elections in my lifetime," Springsteen told The Associated Press at the time.
Springsteen's "No Surrender" has become an anthem for Democratic Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign.
A spokesman for O'Grady, Howard Lim, would not say how much the Long Island's ophthalmologist's campaign was spending on the commercial, in which she says, "I stand with President Bush and it's time to tame the liberal elite."A spokeswoman for Springsteen did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Look at these figures:
Kerry- $15,550,935 - $77,540,000
Bush - $347,852 - $1,076,000
Well obviously Bush is getting paid as President -- a pretty paltry income. But then again, Kerry is only a Senator. And he is making as much as 75 times as much as Bush!
Kerry - $198,794,683 - $839,038,000
Bush - $8,837,079 - $21,936,000
Kerry is absolutely loaded compared to Bush. He could almost be a billionarre. But lest you think Bush is REALLY rich, look at what his biggest asset is: 1583.226 ACRE RANCH IN MCLENNAN CO TEXAS valued at $1,000,001 - $5,000,000. Assuming his Ranch is worth 5 million dollars, Bush could be worth as low as $5 million in assets. Kerry, on the other hand, is at least worth $200 million dollars.
For all the Democratic pandering to "Two Americas" or Bush giving tax breaks to the top 1% of wage earners (himself and his buddies), Kerry is rich rich rich.
Saturday, August 14, 2004
Democrats: Party of the "Little Guy"?
We know what Johns are usually full of, and our Two Johns are not much different.
Even at first glance, its a bit absurd that a billionaire and a multi-millionaire are playing up the "fighting for the little guy" theme; the only little guys these two know are the guys who mow their lawns and cook their meals. Truth be told, the Two Johns are the perfect Democratic ticket for the modern Democratic Party; wildly rich, never worked at a real job and absolutely convinced of their moral and intellectual excellence. Who else is like this? Hollywood types, thats who.
Daniel Henninger over at OpinionJournal.com lays it out for us in this article.
Hyper-politicized Hollywood is the new bed Bill Clinton made for the Democrats, and now the party is going to have to lie in it. At the level that matters most to party pros--raising money--there would appear to be no downside to the relationship. The L.A. donor base consists of people whose psychological profile draws them into weird quasi-religions like Scientology and est. The Democrats are pitching themselves and the election as a holy crusade against barbarian Republicans led by Genghis Bush and Cheney the Hun. But in politics the promised land is always on the horizon, the infidels are never defeated, and ever-more contributions are needed on the road to salvation. What better place to market politics as the apocalypse than Hollywood? To date, Mr. Kerry has raised $47.5 million in California. Al Gore raised only $5 million.
Isn't it becoming harder by the day to take the Democrats seriously as the party of the common man and the left-out? Besides these people, the party's primary sources of support have become trial lawyers and Wall Street financiers. It is becoming a party run by a new class of elites who make fast money--$25 million for 30 days work on a movie, millions (even billions) winning lawsuits against doctors or asbestos users, millions to do arithmetic for a business merger. But they're all running against "Halliburton."
The days when in the same breath you said AFL-CIO, blue-collar and Democrats are gone.
I admit that I'm flabbergasted that Al Gore only got $5 mil from the Hollywood elite (I always figured it was much more than that), while John Kerry has walked off with money beyond the dreams of avarice (of course, its still chump change compared to what Teresa provides). Imagine, for a moment, if it was discovered that only one industry (say, oil) had donated $47 million to President Bush - our Donk's would be spinning conspiracy theories right, left and center while the media would be running a non-stop investigative report into how the President had been bought by Big Oil. Good people: John Kerry is bought and paid for by Hollywood - some amazingly rich people who do not work at all are financing the campaign of a man who claims to be battling for the working man.Anyone see a disconnect here? Or is it just me?