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Posted: 9/25/2004 6:53:00 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/25/2004 6:53:21 AM EST by Kharn]
Washington Times source

'Rathergate' symptoms


By Larry Elder


CBS, in rushing to air the now discredited anti-Bush National Guard documents, issued an embarrassing apology.
Dan Rather, after days of stonewalling and insisting the "60 Minutes II" report was accurate, says: "I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find that we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where, if I knew then what I know now, I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question. But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry."

The matter grows curiouser and curiouser. Longtime George W. Bush nemesis, retired Texas Army National Guard Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, provided "60 Minutes" with the documents. Where did Mr. Burkett get them? He initially told CBS and USA Today they came from George Conn, a former Texas National Guard colleague who works for the U.S. Army in Europe. He now says he lied, and that the source is a "Lucy Ramirez."
But USA Today says when Mr. Burkett arranged a pickup with "Lucy Ramirez," a man appeared, handed him an envelope and walked away. Sounds like a scene from "Get Smart."
Bernard Goldberg, author "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News" and "Arrogance: Rescuing America From the Media Elite," spent 28 years at CBS. He called Rathergate "inevitable," a product of liberal groupthink and a predisposition to believe the worst of Republicans.
Well, at least, nobody has been arrested — so far. Consider the plight of an anti-Bushie in Washington state:
"Dear Larry,
"Last Thursday I put out one of my Bush/Cheney signs in my front yard. Between midnight and 3 a.m. someone stole it. On Friday night I put out sign No. 2. Since I didn't have to get up early, I thought my dog and I would "stake out" our sign. This time I put the sign a little closer to the gate leading to my backyard. With my dog on an extra long leash, I planted myself on a lawn chair and read 'Unfit for Command' by flashlight until about 1 a.m. Here comes the fun part.... I noticed that the car coming down the street was slowing down and pulling over to the curb right next to my yard. Sure enough, he gets out of his car and heads right for my sign. Just as he was about to uproot and desecrate it, I opened my gate and let my dog make the initial introduction. As he ran to hide behind the rear end of his car, I promptly moved to the driver-side door, which was still open. It was a fairly nice car with power everything and still running. While my dog continued to 'introduce' herself, I rolled up the window and hit the power door lock button. With that, I slammed the door, grabbed my Bush sign and headed into the back yard.
"And now for the 'rest of the story.' About 40 minutes later, I heard a knock at the door. I opened the door to one of our city's finest... the Vancouver Police Department. The officer asked me what was going on and when I told him, he could not stop laughing. I followed him out to the perp's car and stood there while he asked the guy a few more questions. Upon learning that the guy lived a couple of streets down, I — knowing what was about to happen — asked him, 'Why do you have Oregon plates on your car if you live just down the street (here in Vancouver, Wash.)?' Larry, Oregon has no sales tax, so often Washington residents will buy and register cars in Oregon to avoid paying sales tax... it's a crime and the fine is pretty stiff. Here comes the best part.... The look on this guy's face told me he knew he was about to get busted. When the officer asked for his license and registration, the 'Democrat' mumbled that (his license) was suspended. Just for kicks and giggles I asked the officer if he smelled any alcohol coming from the guy. The officer looked at me, smiled and promptly gave him a field breathalyzer test. Guess what? You got it, he blew a .10, legally drunk in the state of Washington.
"DUI, illegal registration and the brand of 'MORON,' all 'cause he hates Bush.
"Sincerely,
"John."

Rathergate. A "60 Minutes" producer arranges a call between their document source and a senior Kerry aide. Forty days until election. Can we hold on?

Larry Elder is a nationally syndicated columnist.




Kharn
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 6:54:45 AM EST
"curiouser"... is that a word?
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 6:55:46 AM EST
Priceless!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 6:55:57 AM EST
I am going to print that one. LOL!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 6:56:46 AM EST
EGGS A LENT!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sgatr15
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 6:57:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 6:58:04 AM EST

Originally Posted By Witch_Doctor:
"curiouser"... is that a word?

It's from "Alice in Wonderland".

Good story, if true.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 6:59:41 AM EST

Originally Posted By Witch_Doctor:
"curiouser"... is that a word?



Sure, haven't you seen "Alice in Wonderland" ?

curiouser and curiouser!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:01:20 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:04:49 AM EST
nicely done.


out fuking standing!

Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:05:22 AM EST
AWESOME! I love it when justice is served.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:08:44 AM EST
Yeeee-haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa­aaa
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:13:55 AM EST
Hilarious...but it's too good to be true...
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:16:24 AM EST
IamtheNRA:
We're talking about liberals, anything is possible.

Kharn
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:17:17 AM EST
That is awesome. Good thinking by the writer!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:23:03 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:25:47 AM EST
Da Bomb of a story!!!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:28:53 AM EST
That's a great story.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:29:02 AM EST
Fan f-ing tastic
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:29:22 AM EST
Well done!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:38:23 AM EST
Awesome story...

So many folks wouldnt have the balls to do that


I wonder what kind of dog it was... with all that talk of cops in the area.... i was gettin worried for him.


- BG
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:40:38 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:44:18 AM EST
I needed that this morning......

Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:57:25 AM EST
That's awesome; I sincerely hope it's true. The homeowner was pretty quick-thinking. That was more entertaining and less diggingtrouble than my solution would have been... Good for him!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 8:07:12 AM EST
awesome!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 8:12:46 AM EST
Nice.


Last night I had just ate and was walking to the car, I was downtown and getting back to the car took me by local Dem HQ. There was a Kerry sign just leaning against a building, so I gave it a good home in the trunk until I can get to the range
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 8:13:32 AM EST
fucking hilarious
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 8:47:53 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 8:53:54 AM EST
Wicked story, good job.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 8:58:24 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:03:26 AM EST
HOOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO, that's too good.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:05:45 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:14:55 AM EST
Damn, that is SWEET.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:29:07 AM EST
That is simply awesome.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:32:30 AM EST
too funny someone stole my signs one night.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 9:34:17 AM EST
The sad thing is this jackass is probably a teacher or works for the government in some way. These groups seem to hate Bush the most, since they are "on the take" from the Dems. The rules that they love to make don't apply to them.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 11:46:54 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 11:58:02 AM EST
Some serious OWNAGE!!!!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 12:14:40 PM EST
OUCH! That was better then any violence that the dog could have done to the guy!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 1:06:49 PM EST
LOL !
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 1:18:36 PM EST
Goes to show ya what kind of people support Kerry and /or hate GWB.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 1:22:36 PM EST
Out fricking standing!

I needed a good laugh!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 1:23:02 PM EST
fuking???

lessee puke puking puked, OK. fuke, fuking, fuked? hmm Not OK stick with curiouser
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 1:33:00 PM EST
Has anyone searched for a post on DU yet?
"Some damn Shrub-lover reported me to the police when I was throwing out his garbage and his dog attacked me!" or something like that, I bet its on there somewhere.

Kharn
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