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Friday, February 20, 2004


A REPUBLICAN’S TRIBUTE TO HOWARD DEAN 

HOWARD DEAN, HOW DID WE LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS

A year ago you were a blip on the radar screen, an asterisk in the polls
When of all sudden, December came and you were on a roll

Liberals on college campuses and the World Wide Web were flocking to your cause
On the campaign trail your hooting, hollering and shouting were met with wild applause

As far as the eye could see, Deaniacs were running around New Hampshire and Iowa
People in the Democratic Party were getting nervous, even Hillary and Bubba

The media started chattering, Lieberman lost Joementum and Clark started to groan
But then Gephardt and McAuliffe took pot shots at you and Kerry got a $6 million loan

You were on the covers of Time and Newsweek, many people said you couldn’t be beat
But then Dubya caught Saddam, and man, that was sweet

So, you were mad and upset and you began to complain and get testy
January got tougher when you yelled at an Iowa voter, it was getting really messy

Iowa was a disaster, we all know what happened there, Dr. Dean
What we didn’t see coming was when your speech turned into a scream

New Hampshire! South Carolina! Arizona! New Mexico! Michigan and Oklahoma!
We couldn’t believe what we were seeing, my friend said “He’s pulling a Homer!”

Like a shooting star, your high-flying poll numbers soon began to disappear
Us Bush fans went from rubbing hands in glee to asking, “where do we go from here?”

We miss you, Howard Dean, it would have been fun (and easy) to run against you
Alas, we always knew deep down inside, your campaign was too good to be true

Now you left us with Kerry and Edwards, they are so boring it won’t be as much fun
But your fellow Democrats never cease to amaze us, there’s still a chance for Sharpton!

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JAPAN RAISES TERROR ALERT 

Security is tight all over Japan

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- Japan has tightened security at 650 vital facilities across the country, including nuclear power plants, government offices and U.S. facilities, to guard against a possible terrorist attack, a National Police Agency official said.


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ATLANTA UNDERREPORTED CRIMES 

Report says Atlanta underreported crimes in order to land 1996 Olympics

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta underreported crimes for years to help land the 1996 Olympics and pump up tourism, according to an audit commissioned by police and released Friday.

Police in this relentlessly self-promoting city of the New South routinely altered or suppressed thousands of crime reports in a concerted effort ``to improve Atlanta's chances for selection,'' the audit said, citing interviews with several officers.

"Crime incidents were downgraded, underreported and discarded,'' the report said.

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BUSH RAISED MORE THAN $12.8 MILLION IN JANUARY 

President Bush raised more money in January than Kerry and Edwards combined

Let's hope that the Bush team will spend the money wisely because it's fantastic that we still have lots of money coming in, there are lots of Republicans with faith and we want to win just as bad as the Democrats do!

Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush raised $12.8 million in January for his election campaign, more than Democratic rivals John Kerry and John Edwards combined.

Bush has amassed a record $143.5 million through the end of January since his fundraising began last May, his campaign said in an e-mailed statement. In January, 71,000 people gave an average $175 contribution, and the campaign had $104.5 million cash on hand at the end of the month, the campaign said.

Kerry raised about $7 million from Jan. 1 to mid-February and North Carolina Senator Edwards raised $3.3 million from the Jan. 19 Iowa caucuses to Feb. 13, his campaign said last week.

This story was reported in Bloomberg.

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JOHN KERRY HAS KENNEDY ENVY 

When it comes to Ted Kennedy's voting record, Kerry is 'Senator Ditto'

When I lived in Boston, I loved listening to Howie Carr on WRKO radio talk about 'Liveshot Kerry.' Here's his latest bit of fun tidbits from today's New York Post.

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