Tuesday, June 29, 2004
DAILY 7: FAHRENHEIT 9/11 FACTS OR FICTION; GOOD ECONOMY; IRAQ ELECTIONS ASAP; MATTIE STEPANEK; CHICAGO PORCH COLLAPSE; POVERTY; YANKEES V RED SOX
Veni Vidi Vici... The conquering hero
1. TRUTH OR DARE: The Truth About 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
Moore shows prominent members of the Taliban visiting Texas, implying that they were invited by then-Governor Bush. The Taliban delegation, however, was invited to Houston by UNOCAL (search), a California energy company. Moore also doesn't mention that the visit was made with the permission of the Clinton administration, which twice met with Taliban members — in 1997 and 1998.
2. BUY! SELL! BUY! SELL! Consumer confidence jumps in June - Sentiment index rises more than expected
The Consumer Confidence Index increased nearly 9 points to 101.9, up from the revised 93.1 in May. The latest reading was much better than the 95 that analysts had expected.
3. VOTE EARLY AND VOTE OFTEN: AMIR TAHERI SAYS IRAQ NEEDS ELECTIONS NOW
Now, however, and for the first time, a major change has produced no refugees. Indeed, over a million Iraqi refugees have returned home during the past 12 months. The return movement has also affected over a million internally displaced persons, especially those driven out of the fenlands of the southeast. For the first time in almost half a century people are going back to Iraq rather than fleeing it.
4. MATTIE STEPANEK: Carter, Mourners Bury Beloved Young Poet & His website, Mattie Online.com
5. Families Criticize Chicago on Porch Rules
Then — without warning — the planks gave way in a deluge of wood that smashed through the porches below, leaving a mangle of debris and young bodies on the ground. Thirteen people died, and at least 57 were injured.
6. IT TAKES A BILLIONAIRE TO TEACH US A THING OR TWO ABOUT POVERTY AND LATIN AMERICA. The nerve! Kerry speaks French and Bush speaks Spanish! Ugh.
Kerry spoke Saturday to a convention of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Washington, promising to be a US president "who knows where Latin America is."
7. BOSTON BETTER WATCH OUT FOR THE BRONX BOMBERS
The Yankees have certainly healed from their early trauma, amassing a .722 winning percentage since being swept in a three-game series by the Sox April 23-25. During the same stretch, Boston is barely over .500 (27-26), which explains the 5½-game gap between the two, and the startling realization the Red Sox are closer to third place than first.