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Free 2004 RNC speeches on iTunes

The iTunes Music Store today added speeches from day one and day two of the Republic National Convention being held in New York, New York. The free downloads include speeches by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator John McCain, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, First Lady Lauraa Bush, Senator Bill Frist, and George P. Bush, nephew of President George W. Bush.

On July 30th, 2004, Apple did the same for the Democratic National Convention.

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Those of you in the States need to vote out that monkey in the White House.

He’s a threat to the whole world yet only you have the privilege of being able to get rid of him and his dad’s mates.

Please use your power carefully - for the sake of all of us…

Posted by Powerless on September 2, 2004 at 2:03 PM (CDT)


If you just accept the fact that Kerry is going to win, you won’t be so dissapointed come November.

Posted by _ on September 2, 2004 at 2:14 PM (CDT)


Journalist’s Account of the Street Demonstrations

I just have to pause here for a moment to make an observation. How many times have I seen an interview with an arrested protester who claimed he or she had done nothing to provoke the police. Almost always my reaction has been, “Yeah, sure.” Only now I was seeing this very situation unfold in front of my eyes. These protesters, while certainly noisy, had obeyed police instructions down the entire length of the street. Now they were being treated as if they had gotten wildly out of control, but they hadn’t. I know, because I was there.

A family of tourists with some really, really bad luck. Right in the middle of the sweep their cab pulled up on 42nd Street and they started to get out—-Mom, Dad, and a boy around sixteen. A cop grabbed them, pulled them out of the cab, cuffed them, and threw them into the paddy wagon.

Grab the tourists as well
I saw them about three hours later in my 20 by 40 chain-link holding pen. They were French tourists who spoke about five words of English and they were seriously, seriously freaking out. They had absolutely no idea where they were or why they had been picked up (No one did—-the cops steadfastly refused to answer the direct question “what am I being charged with?”) Fortunately there were a couple of bilingual French-speakers in the cage with us so they finally got some explaination, but I can barely imagine what kind of Kafkaesque nightmare they were experiencing those first three hours.

Posted by end of the democratic experiment in the united sta on September 2, 2004 at 2:32 PM (CDT)


I got tired of standing, and went and sat down on a curb next to Eileen Ryan of New York. Ms. Ryan, who was well into her 70s, told me she had missed Sunday’s march. “I was in the hospital,” she said with a smile. “And they wouldn’t let me out until 2 p.m. So I came down today. “

She confessed to me that she didn’t have much in common with the marchers, but that didn’t matter to her one bit. “We have to stand together in these things, you know,” she said with a smile. Then she and her older sister, Grace, stood up and returned to the marchers, as did I.

NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg deserves kudos for taking the chance to let people march, and Boston mayor Tom Menino looks even worse for stuffing all the demonstrators at the DNC into that gulag of a protest area near the Fleet Center. I cannot express adequately the difference between the two. The stalag in Boston was fenced off, under a set of elevated subway tracks. It was claustrophobic and soulless.

What I witnessed Monday was the best of what America is all about. People of various ethnic and religious backgrounds marching together in the world’s largest city with a common purpose ... to exercise their right to free speech. Even if you didn’t agree with a lot of what was being promulgated, it was an envigorating, uplifting event.

Posted by we the people on September 2, 2004 at 2:43 PM (CDT)


when george dubyah wins, we will all have a good laugh at how ridiculous 50% of the American population must be to have rewarded a total idiot with another 4 years of power.

Posted by bk on September 2, 2004 at 4:00 PM (CDT)


“we will all have a good laugh at how ridiculous 50% of the American population must be to have rewarded a total idiot with another 4 years of power.”

I wish it was even a clear majority. Most winning presidential candidates these days squeak by with around 48% of total votes (versus around 45% for the loser).

And remember, these are the votes actually cast. Roughly half the electorate is disbarred (because of felony convictions… usually black or latino) or stays at home, too bored by the whole process and the choices on offer.

So the “President” is really only elected by around 20-25% of the adult population - that means you will only find around one in four or one in five adults who will actually say “yeah, I voted for that person”.

There really should be an approval option on the ballots to say “none of the above” and if that gets more votes than either candidate, do the whole thing all over again!

Posted by thin victories on September 2, 2004 at 4:45 PM (CDT)


  I love how all the Bush haters out there have nothing productive to say so they go for the personal attacks (idiot, moron)...Im voting for Bush come Nov… all you others have fun voting for ‘waffle waffle”

Posted by got personal attacks? on September 2, 2004 at 5:44 PM (CDT)


Screw you all with this bickering for Bush or Kerry.

Vote Nader. Down with big corporations like your beloved Apple. Make Mary Jane legal.

Posted by laughing at you all on September 2, 2004 at 5:55 PM (CDT)


  I dont see Zell Miller’s Speech on iTunes…...anyone have it…..thats been the best speech thus far

Posted by Zell Miller on September 2, 2004 at 6:04 PM (CDT)


I can’t believe Miller’s speech.  The ‘pubs go accusing the dems of spreading nothing but hateful lies and mistruths, then they get “Democratic” Senator Zell Miller to espouse the latest talking points from neo-con HQ, all the time lying through his teeth about what Kerry has actually done. 
That’s it.  I’m moving to Prauge.

Posted by Zell Miller is a Neo Con, not a Dem. on September 3, 2004 at 1:44 AM (CDT)


There’s a joke in there somewhere - as one of his Massachusetts constituents I can tell you exactly what Kerry has done for us - NOTHING.

For a guy who talks about having tremendous interest in national security, I’d think Kerry would have found time to attend the Senate Intelligence Committee meetings (rather than skipping over 75% of them.)

Far more form than substance.

Posted by See ya on September 3, 2004 at 4:43 AM (CDT)


” I dont see Zell Miller’s Speech on iTunes thats been the best speech thus far”

Lies, Damned Lies, and Convention Speeches

The main falsehood keeps getting repeated, so here we go again: It is the claim that John Kerry, during his 20 years in the Senate, voted to kill the M-1 tank, the Apache helicopter; the F-14, F-16, and F-18 jet fighters; and just about every other weapon system that has kept our nation free and strong.

Here, one more time, is the truth of the matter: Kerry did not vote to kill these weapons, in part because none of these weapons ever came up for a vote, either on the Senate floor or in any of Kerry’s committees.

This myth took hold last February in a press release put out by the RNC. Those who bothered to look up the fine-print footnotes discovered that they referred to votes on two defense appropriations bills, one in 1990, the other in 1995. Kerry voted against both bills, as did 15 other senators, including five Republicans.

What makes this dishonesty not merely a lie, but a damned lie, is that back when Kerry cast these votes, Dick Cheney—who was the secretary of defense for George W. Bush’s father—was truly slashing the military budget. Here was Secretary Cheney, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 31, 1992:

Congress has let me cancel a few programs. But you’ve squabbled and sometimes bickered and horse-traded and ended up forcing me to spend money on weapons that don’t fill a vital need in these times of tight budgets and new requirements. … You’ve directed me to buy more M1s, F14s, and F16s—all great systems … but we have enough of them.

Posted by Idiotarian Miller on September 3, 2004 at 8:03 AM (CDT)


Hey Ape, relax, your mom used Wisk! Those skid marks on your underwear should disappear!

Posted by Stylescraper on September 3, 2004 at 1:13 PM (CDT)


stylescraper wrote - “The Electoral College System unfairly gives states more representation! What ever happened to majority rules? We need a percentage based system so that idiots like Bush never win elections again!

That’s right, I called him an idiot! All of you Bush supporters can go f*** yourselves!”

Pretty much, that statement shows just how uneducated you are about the American political system.

The Electoral College exists due to the fact that the majority of people in the US live in 8 states. So, in essence, those 8 states could decide an election COMPLETELY on their own, rendering the other 42 states votes as moot. The Electoral College ensures that ALL States have an equal voice in the outcome of an election.

As far as your comment about Bush supprters go - well, gee, aren’t you just the model of the liberal “can’t we all just get along” theme?  People like YOU are what is really wrong with this country - not Bush. So, in other words, go f**k yourself, loser.

Posted by Chris on September 3, 2004 at 2:54 PM (CDT)


“The Electoral College ensures that ALL States have an equal voice in the outcome of an election.”

No, in fact the current system ensures that a president can be elected by pandering to and only to a small block of the urban states, or a large block of the agrarian states. They get to ignore the rest. That is democracy by default.

The US voting system badly needs to be modernized. It was cutting edge… in the 18th century… but has not kept pace with democratic developments in the rest of the modern world. Particularly in the 20th century, most of the world’s democracies moved away from monarchist/executive oriented systems with plurality/first past the post systems to more advanced, fairer, more representative systems.

The US system is one of the simplest voting systems in the world - who can be surprised if it tends to produce some of the simplest politicians.

Note that you could have a more representative system still using the electoral college by using choice or proprtional voting for the candidates, and then allocating electoral votes on the basis of the votes cast.

Posted by voting on September 3, 2004 at 3:08 PM (CDT)


I come from the UK, and can’t see why anyone would vot for Bush?  Forget whether the war was right or not - his actions have done nothing but motivate terrorists (the US’s control of the rest of the world is exactly what they fight against), and therefore make the US a far more dangerous place (if it wasn’t already dangerous enough from attacks coming from citizens of the US).  And then he’s wrecked the US economy.  How can this man deserve a vote?

America would all be very funny for the rest of the world, if only it weren’t so powerful.


Posted by Matt on September 4, 2004 at 9:46 AM (CDT)



I’ve come to the conclusion to just let you people moan about Bush, because he’s already got an 11% lead… he’s not going anywhere. So keep shouting, because apparently not enough are hearing or listening.

And since we know who’s gonna win, why not vote Libertarian this year, and bring some attention to a REAL party platform?

Posted by Bobby on September 5, 2004 at 3:36 AM (CDT)

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