Mourning In America

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Friday, July 23, 2004
Just Another Boring Friday  The Summer doldrums and the bleak weather on the East Coast combined to send most of the nation's white-collar workers streaming for the exits well before 5 p.m. today.  What better time for the White House to release miraculous news?

I refer, of course, to the announcement that President Bush's Alabama National Guard payroll records, previously reported to have been inadvertently destroyed, have now been found!

Actually, strike that -- they aren't payroll records, since it turns out Bush was never paid by the Alabama National Guard.  They're non-payroll records.

What I still don't understand are passages like this from the Associated Press report on the records:

The records do not give any new information about Bush's National Guard training during 1972, when he transferred to the Alabama National Guard unit so he could work on the U.S. Senate campaign of a family friend.
It's like the DC media's critical thinking skills had made an early exit for the Eastern Shore.  I guess the AP's assertion is technically true for a certain portion of the population -- for those of us who have already accepted the fact that there's no evidence that Bush ever reported to the Alabama Guard to fulfill his service commitment, the new records contribute little to our knowledge.

For the population at large, however, which generally believes that Bush completed his Guard service honorably, the records should force new questions about whether Bush fulfilled his duty, and how he managed to receive an honorable discharge despite never taking part in training or other drills with the Alabama Guard. 

Either way, the burden of proof seems to lie at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Monday, July 19, 2004
I'd Buy A Ticket  To be in the clubhouse if/when a rumored deal to bring the Rah-ja back to the Bronx comes about, especially now that current Yankee Gary Sheffield has added some spice to the mix.  Sheffield, whose name has been tied to the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative, whose founder is alleged to have provided steroids to a long roster of athletes (especially baseball players and track and field stars),  complains about the fact that he has had to deal with performing under a cloud of suspicion, while other prominent athletes have not.
Roger Clemens, what makes him so different, because he's able to pitch? Longevity. I can tell you one thing, and I'm not accusing him of anything, but I betcha he's not just drinking soda water

Perhaps Yankee PR ace Rick Cerrone might want to take a few moments to review the definition of "accusing" with Mr. Sheffield, since that is exactly what he appears to be doing...