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Super sneaky Republican strategy leaked…

Super sneaky Republican strategy leaked to press!

Pssst.  Bush wants Republicans to lose seats in Nov.  Then Bush can win in 2004 by showing everyone what baddies the Democrats are!  Fiendish!  And somehow this got leaked to the NY Times.

Translation: The Bushies are afraid of getting whomped in November and are spinning it by putting a happy face on it – “See this is what we really want, we like losing!”

It sounds so Machiavellian, even treasonous, that no one at the White House would dare endorse such an outcome – at least not in public.

But many prominent Republicans, including some of President Bush’s most faithful backers, are convinced that the most certain way for Mr. Bush to continue to rise politically, and ultimately win re-election in 2004, is for Republicans to, well, lose in November

Specifically, as the campaign season officially gets underway this Labor Day weekend, they are rooting for Republicans to fall flat in their aggressive drive to win back the Senate, and, better yet, to lose their precarious majority in the House.

Come again? Lose seats?

On the surface, that sounds preposterous.

Yet for purely pragmatic reasons, Mr. Bush may have an easier time seeking re-election if there is divided government. That way, he could use the Democrats as a foil. He would not have to meet the expectations of lawmakers in his own party whose agenda might be more conservative. And he could even continue presenting himself to the public as a Washington outsider. (In addition, White House officials can whisper to their friends that it’s not so bad that they lost after all.)

Sen. Lugar to Bush. Get…

Sen. Lugar to Bush. Get Iraq ok

Yet another ranking Republican tells Bush to slow down on Iraq while Democrats continue snoozing at their desks.  There was a time, kids, when Democrats were known for being anti-war and anti-imperialism.  Hard to believe, I know.

A leading Republican lawmaker urged President Bush on Sunday to underpin any military action against Iraq with resolutions from the United Nations, demanding that weapons inspectors be allowed to return, and from Congress, giving its approval for action.

The Viridian Biofuture Robot Dog…

The Viridian Biofuture Robot Dog Contest!A picture named robotdog-small.jpg

The little critter to the right is the Sony Robot Dog.  He understands 75 commands.

Viridian is a group of artists, futurists, sf writers, and various net denizens who are concerned with global warming.  We (yes, I am one) have contests.

The current contest is to design a truly Viridian robot dog.  Win a Sony Robot Dog and get your idea pitched to futurist venture capitalists.

Yes, this does have something to do with global warming!  The Viridian Repository has full contest details.

And if some should die…

And if some should die of cancer, oh well

California will probably not raise the legal smioking age to 21 because, golly, they need the tax revenue all those young smokers will produce.

A measure touted as one of the best ways to reduce smoking among young people — raising the legal smoking age — is expected to fail in the state Legislature this week.

By most accounts, it isn’t big tobacco money or partisan politics that threatens a bill that would make California the first state in the nation to raise the smoking age to 21.

Cash-strapped California just can’t part with the tax revenue it gets from the sale of cigarettes to young adults, some lawmakers say.

And in an especially brain-dead statement, Sen. Dede Alpert, said “If this were a health issue, it would be different. But this is a tax issue.”  Uh huh.