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::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2004 ::: THE YEAR THAT WAS 2004: A SUMMARY OF THIS YEAR'S EVENTS-- A SPECIAL EDITION BY J. MYRLE FULLER

TOP STORY OF 2004: THE MORALITY MOVEMENT

    * Janet Jackson's breast-baring duet with Justin Timberlake during Super Bowl XXXVIII's halftime show marked the point where sexual innuendo had gone too far. After this point, TV and radio, weary of FCC fines, cleaned up it's act, and a frustrated Howard Stern decided to move his shock jock radio show off the airwaves to satellite radio in 2006.
    * Actor Mel Gibson produced "The Passion of the Christ," a movie that became the most successful independent film in history, through a marketing campaign directed at religious circles.
    * In the 2004 presidential election, while Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) flip-flopped and Bush-bashed over issues like the economy and health care, and while the Democratic Party took ethically questionable tactics such as homosexuality, abortion, and embryonic stem-cell research as their own, incumbent Pres. George W. Bush focused on moral values and the togetherness we felt in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In the end, preliminary exit polls (which were suspect due to a large number of Democrats, many of whom didn't have jobs or anything to do, coming out to vote early) showed that 'moral values' were the leading reason for a person voting for President, and that those who chose based on that reason chose Bush.
    * By the way, Bush won... with over 60,000,000 votes and a 3,500,000-vote margin over John Kerry. A few conspiracy theorists tried to allege voter fraud in Ohio (Bush won by 100,000 votes there), but the arguments fell on deaf ears because before the election, Democrats were allegedly caught registering phony voters.

SECOND-FROM-TOP STORY OF 2004: THE YOUTH MOVEMENT

    * Yes, America's most notable people of the year, apart from the President (who's somewhere around 60), were very young, under the age of 25. And no, I don't recall it having been this way in the past.
    * First of all, there's yours truly (age 18). I don't mean to toot my own horn, but my Web site has grown and changed significantly in the past several months. There are even more changes on the way.
    * In sports, tennis saw Russian Maria Sharapova (17) win the Wimbledon tournament, and in golf, Paula Creamer (17) and an appallingly young Michelle Wie (14!) broke out in the U.S. Women's Open.
    * In politics, the "Rock the Vote/Vote or Die" campaign sought to bring out young voters (assumedly Democrats) with young celebrities such as Amber Tamblyn (20), star of the liberal-God show "Joan of Arcadia," and the complete blithering idiot Paris Hilton (23). But it didn't work-- it ended up getting out an even larger portion of the other side, with conservative news Web sites such as WorldNetDaily.com, Orbusmax.com, and the Daley Times-Post bringing out even younger conservative commentators such as Hans Zeiger (19) and Kyle Williams (15). Even I chimed in before the Democratic Convention with my op-ed, "A Party of Mantras."
    * And of course, there was the entertainment industry. Let me see... there was Mary-Kate Olsen (18) graduating high school and then checking into rehab, for either anorexia or drug abuse, dependent on who you believe... then there was the two marriages of Britney Spears (22), the first lasting all of 55 hours before being annulled, and the last to backup dancer David Federline... there was Ashlee Simpson (20), who, when caught lip-synching to her own music, broke into a hoedown and then blamed everyone from the band to acid reflux (from that point forward, Simpson's promoters had to assure the fans that she was live)... and then there was Lindsay Lohan (18)... ai yi yi yi... where do I start with her?... first, it was the space race with Hilary Duff (17)... then it was the rumors of breast implants (if you ask me, I think she was doped up, and the breast enlargement was a positive side effect)... then she landed in the hospital (possibly due to a bad reaction to the doping), launched a singing career on ABC's "Good Morning America" which to many appeared to be a lip-synching career (covered up well by the mainstream media but not by me), her father went from friendly father-of-four investment banker to a man in rehab with a restraining order against him, and all of this was after the launch of her first non-Disney movie, "Mean Girls," a satirical take on high-school cliques from Saturday Night Live head writer Tina Fey... ai yi yi yi indeed... and how many boyfriends did she have this year?

The other stories of 2004:

    * Iraq was somewhat risky business for U.S. and other coaltition troops, but we gave the country its sovereignty back 2 days ahead of schedule, and elections are going to be taking place on January 30, 2005. Biochemical weapons, from the old chemical weapons shells found north of Basra on January 9 through chemical weapons that Iraqi terrorists tried to use against the coalition troops culminating with a chemical weapons factory discovered in a raid on Fallujah, went largely unreported in Big Media.
    * Big Media lost a lot of trust. Fox News Channel continued its ratings surge, while CBS was busted for trying to use forged documents in an attempted hit on the President's National Guard service in 1972, essentially forcing anchor Dan Rather into retirement. Also retiring was NBC's Tom Brokaw, leaving Peter Jennings as the only "Old Guard" anchor left on the evening news shows. Internet journalism also got a boost.
    * The United Nations lost even more trust. As it turns out, Kofi Annan's own son was in charge of administering a corrupt Oil-for-Food scandal... but Annan dismissed any investigation into the involvement of countries like France and Russia because they were "not banana republics..." meanwhile, as cries came to kick the UN out of the United States, Kofi said "The United States needs the United Nations and the United Nations needs the United States..."
    * Notable deaths:
          o Ronald W. Reagan (1911-2004), 40th President of the United States, known as "The Gipper," lead a Reagan Revolution of conservatism, but then fought 10 years with Alzheimer's disease.
          o Yasser Arafat (1929-2004), Chairman of the Palestinean Liberation Organization, often criticized for supporting terrorists.
          o Christopher Reeve (1952-2004), actor turned advocate for paralysis research.
          o Rodney Dangerfield (1922-2004), cult comedian famous for his lines of "not getting any respect."
          o Reggie White (1961-2004), former NFL sack leader.
          o Rick James (1950-2004), singer most famous for his hit "Superfreak."
          o Jerry Orbach (1935-2004), Det. Lennie Briscoe from "Law & Order."
          o Madame Chiang Kaishek (1898-2004), 106 years old, wife of the Chinese Nationalist leader that fled to Taiwan in the Maoist revolution of 1949.
          o Ray Charles (1932-2004), legendary musician whose music knew no genre.
          o Julia Child (1912-2004), "The French Chef" from PBS.
    * Sports: it was a good year for Boston, as the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years (now the Chicago Cubs, whose last series win was in 1908, has to win). That, and the New England Patriots won another Super Bowl, 32-29 over the surprise Carolina Panthers. A lockout of NHL players began on September 15 and continues to this day, and the NBA became a brawl-house with the now-infamous fight between Indiana Pacers player Ron Artest and everyone else-- players, people in the stands, etc. It was also an Olympic year, this time in Athens, Greece; the Iraqi soccer team made a surprise run, but came up short in their medal hopes (finishing 4th), and the Americans were once again dominant figures in many of the sports... except for Marion Jones, who got nothing. This brings us to the doping scandals that plagued professional baseball's Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds as well as Jones. In college sports, Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams won the Final Four tournaments in the same year, and the football teams remained mired in controversy: Southern California was snubbed from the title game early this year even after Oklahoma fell apart in the Big XII championsip, so to make up for it, BCS pollsters kept them at the top of the polls as long as they won. Well, USC, Oklahoma, and Auburn all had undefeated seasons (as did Boise State and Utah, the latter registering high enough in the polls to crash the BCS bowls), but because of that unspoken pact with USC (whose wins were notably uglier, especially early in the season), Auburn was the odd team out. USC/Oklahoma faces off on January 3, 2005... and lastly, Lance Armstrong won a 6th consecutive Tour de France, a course record, and announced that he's retiring from the said course.
    * The worst natural disaster in history hit when a 9.0 earthquake caused a massive tsunami killing over 100,000 people in Southeastern Asia on December 26, the first anniversary of an earthquake in Iran.
    * Miscellaneous: The TV show "Jeopardy!" re-entered the national spotlight when they lifted their 5-game champion limit, and Ken Jennings took advantage. 75 shows later, Jennings became a household name, and he amassed a total of over $2,500,000... four hurricanes ravaged the Florida panhandle over the course of six weeks, and earlier in the year, cold weather nailed the northeastern United States (Al Gore blamed this on global warming)... the Pledge of Allegiance "under God" case was thrown out of court... another Triple-Crown candidate, Smarty Jones, came up one race short (and some suspected tampering)... a commission was launched to investigate the September 11 terrorist attacks, and little came out of it... Jay Leno announces he's retiring-- in 2009-- and names Conan O'Brien as his replacement, meanwhile, Craig Kilborn (CBS Late Late Show) retires and is replaced by Scottish actor Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show)... NBC loses two long-running sitcoms: "Frasier" and (finally, it's about danged time) "Friends," they're replaced by Donald Trump's hit reality show "The Apprentice." ABC stirred up some ratings and some controversy with the Sunday prime-time soap opera "Desperate Housewives," but lost its monopolistic grip on the rapidly deteriorating BCS when Fox's Rupert Murdoch bought the rights to the Fiesta, Orange, and Sugar Bowls beginning in 2007... former Clinton national security advisor Sandy Berger was caught removing classified documents from the National Archives in his pants... domestic diva Martha Stewart was convicted of insider trading and is now spending time in a West Virginia prison known as "Camp Cupcake."
    * Local: In Erie County, NY, Caesar Corrupte Diem (a.k.a. County Executive Joel Giambra) structured a budget laden with massive cuts, known as the "Red Budget," and then turned around, blamed Medicaid, and asked the Legislature to pass a sales tax increase, which we still don't know to this day if a budget even passed... the Seneca Allegany Casino opened in Salamanca... the NY 29th Congressional Race featured some dirty tactics by former Clinton intern Samara Barend against State Sen. John "Randy" Kuhl, including pouting over Conservative Party candidate Mark Assini's decision to drop out of the race as well as releasing his divorce papers to a liberal news Web site and then the Associated Press. It was no matter because Kuhl won by a 50-40 margin anyway... the Buffalo Bisons won the Governor's Cup for top minor-league baseball team, but down Route 62, the Jamestown Jammers earned the dubious honor of the worst team in all baseball. The Sabres missed the playoffs for the third year in a row before the lockout, but the Bills, after starting 0-4, have surged back to a 9-6 record as of Dec. 31 and have a realistic shot at the playoffs. The Bandits lacrosse team finished runner-up in the 2004 indoor lacrosse playoffs, but UB's football team continues its downward slide as coach Jim Hofher continues to get inexplicable votes of confidence despite not having a winning season in years... Adelphia moguls John and Tim Rigas were convicted on fraud charges.

::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2004 ::: IS HER VOICE REAL? SUSPICION MOUNTS THAT LINDSAY LOHAN IS USING SOMEONE ELSE'S VOICE IN HER NEW ALBUM, "SPEAK" :::
EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL
The faith in America's pop music stars is hitting an all time low. Just a couple of weeks after Ashlee Simpson's "acid reflux-induced backup track" fiasco, ABC has a new fiasco of their own, and they (along with the rest of Big Media) have covered it up big time.
On the ABC news program "Good Morning America," actress Lindsay Lohan attempted to launch a new singing career (apparently trying to launch a "space race" with rival Hilary Duff). However, her paranoid rant against the paparazzi, "Rumors," was an all-out disaster. Clear-Channel Television reported on their entertainment wires that complaints filed in by phone that she was way off cue on a lip-synch, and the New York Post claimed that she was somehow "sing[ing] with her mouth shut." This probably comes as no surprise after Ashlee Simpson's "Milli Vanilli" moment; however, after the complaints started filing in, Lohan decided to scrap the vocal track and do the singing herself on the next song, "Over." The result? According to some people, the voice sounded totally different... and not for the better. Apparently she had a whole bunch of difficulty hitting low notes. The disparity in tonal quality cannot be attributed to studio editing because studios aren't really able to fix fluctuations in pitch like that.
It seems to me that Lohan has used someone else's voice in an attempt to add something to her resume. In an age when honesty and wholesomeness are rewarded, Lohan's track of attempting to "sex up" her image (new breasts and all) and use someone else's voice (as well as releasing an album when many pop stations have switched over to Christmas music) is nothing short of bewildering.
Objective evidence: not available, most of the links have expired
Lindsay Lohan's fan site: http://www.llrocks.com/

::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2004 ::: FROSTY'S LIBERAL AGENDA: HOW SEXUAL REFERENCES AND AN ANTI-CORPORATE AGENDA WERE PACKAGED INTO A CHILDREN'S SPECIAL :::
EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL
Has CBS gone too far? In the age of Rathergate scandals flooding the news department, the network may have stepped out of bounds on what most thought was a G-rated children's program.
"Frosty Returns," a program produced by CBS in 1992 as a sequel to the 1969 classic "Frosty the Snowman," featured the voices of John Goodman (Roseanne, Center of the Universe) as Frosty and Brian Doyle-Murray (the boss from Yes, Dear) as the villain, who this time around is a supposedly evil corporate executive. Buried in this story are several points that don't really belong in a children's special. For instance:
Clearly this is an attempt by the left wing of America to establish what they consider morality. Note that corporations are considered evil and that it's OK even for kids to make sexual references to each other.

::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2O04 ::: THE NIGHT $#!+ RAN UPHILL :::
EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL

BUFFALO BILLS FANS HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE P!$$ED OFF AFTER LAST NIGHT'S PERFORMANCE, A 29-6 LOSS TO NEW ENGLAND... AND NOT JUST BECAUSE THEY PLAYED POORLY, BUT BECUASE THEY PLAYED TO LOSE...
EVIDENCE IS POINTING TO THE BUFFALO BILLS, WHO PLAYED IN NEW ENGLAND LAST NIGHT, CORROBORATING WITH THE NETWORK ESPN TO GIVE THE PATRIOTS AN EASY WIN. MOTIVE... ESPN IS THE SPORTS OUTLET FOR ABC, WHO DOCTORED HOWARD DEAN'S TAPES ALMOST A YEAR AGO... BUFFALO WAS PLAYING AWAY, SO THERE'S NO REVENUE IMPLICATIONS IF THEY DID THROW THE GAME. EVIDENCE: DREW BLEDSOE'S FREQUENT INTERCEPTIONS, WILLIS MCGAHEE'S UNCHARACTERISTIC STALLING, AND THE INSERTION OF A NOT-YET-HEALTHY 3RD-STRING QB J.P. LOSMAN WHILE NOT EVEN CONSIDERING HEALTHY BACKUP SHANE MATTHEWS (OR EVEN THE THIRD-STRING RULES)... THEY DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO LOSE THAT GAME... ON ESPN'S PART? DURING THE CLOSED-CAPTIONING OF THE HALFTIME SHOW, CHRIS BERMAN'S DIALOGUE WAS INTERRUPTED BY A LISTING OF THE PLAY-BY-PLAY FROM AN EARLIER PART OF THE GAME INEXPLICABLY. (TO BE HONEST, I THOUGHT THAT THE PLAY COULD HAVE BEEN FROM LATER IN THE GAME, MAKING IT A SMOKING GUN, BUT I RE-ANALYZED THE PLAY-BY-PLAY ON THE INTERNET AND THE PLAY [A 57-YARD PUNT BY BRIAN MOORMAN] HAPPENED EARLIER. HOWEVER, USUALLY, THE CLOSED-CAPTIONING ISN'T SAVED TO A COMPUTER OR ANYTHING FOR LIVE EVENTS, IT'S JUST SPAT OUT ONTO THE SCREEN... OR SO I THOUGHT.) ALSO, BUFFALO HAS PERFORMED UNUSUALLY POORLY IN EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT GAME SINCE BLEDSOE CAME HERE. TO PUT IT INTO CONTRAST, ROB JOHNSON'S ONLY WIN IN THE 3-13 DEBACLE OF 2001 WAS A NIGHT GAME (THE OTHER TWO WERE FROM ALEX VAN PELT)... AND THE IMMUTABLE, INFALLABLE, ALL-HIGH-AND-MIGHTY FOOTBALL GODS THAT PUT THESE SCHEDULES TOGETHER REFUSE TO GIVE BUFFALO ANY MONDAY NIGHT GAMES. IN ADDITION, THE BILLS FORUMS ARE FILLING WITH COMPLAINTS REGARDING THE REPORTEDLY ORGASMIC COMMENTARY BY THE ESPN CREW, AS IF THEY KNEW THAT NEW ENGLAND WAS GOING TO WIN BEFORE THE GAME EVEN STARTED AND WERE TRYING TO HYPE IT UP IN ORDER TO COVER IT.
::: UPDATE: NOVEMBER 22, 2O04 :::
SEE, I TOLD YOU SO: For those of you who, like myself, turned off the Sunday night NFL matchup between Houston and Green Bay thinking, "Maybe that Fuller guy was wrong after all" as Houston took a 13-3 lead at halftime... well... guess what? ESPN had the gall to do it again. For no sooner had I flipped the switch off, that the aging quarterback Brett Favre would mount some sort of miraculous comeback, scoring 13 unanswered points (while Houston's offense mysteriously stalled). Go figure... Remember, QB David Carr was "miked" for the game, and only Fullervision dared to even suggest that the microphone may be misused by the ESPN crew (feeding plays to the Green Bay defense), who had a liking for aging quarterback Brett Favre (much like they did with Tom Brady). And by the way, there was yet another closed-caption glitch, this time a Green Bay field goal got played as Chris Berman was headed into a commercial break.
Will be appended to the Special Report...
::: UPDATE: NOVEMBER 23, 2004 :::
E-SPIN, PART 3:
New England's "victory" on ESPN sister station ABC Monday night matched the exact score of the CFL Grey Cup, oddly enough, with New England on top 27-19...


::: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2004 ::: JOINT COVERAGE WITH ORBUSMAX.COM ON THE 2004 ELECTIONS :::
Orbusmax.com's portion of the election coverage, covering mostly the NW, can be found here.

::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: OCTOBER 28, 2004 ::: CBS NEWS SET TO TRY AND VINDICATE MILLI VAN-ASHLEE SIMPSON WITH BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE :::

Ashlee Simpson apparently has a new partner defending her in the "Saturday Night Live" lip-synch debacle-- CBS News. According to the CBSNews.com Web site, cameras for "60 Minutes" were present (for the purposes of filming a tribute to Saturday Night Live) at the dress rehearsal for Simpson's performance, where they will try and claim that Simpson's voice supposedly failed her (although by the sound of the audio, her voice shows little sign of distress). This comes on the 9-month anniversary of ABC's successful attempt to doctor audio of Howard Dean's 'I Have a Scream' speech... and, even more notably, Simpson's voice sounded fine immediately after the debacle trying to explain her way out of it. After Rathergate and the 'missing Iraqi weapons' fiasco, this appears to be another setup for the rapidly-declining Black Eye Network...
Objective evidence: CBS News plug
(On a side note, I recall a time several years ago when the swing group "Cherry Poppin' Daddies" had to perform on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." The lead singer had laryngitis, so instead of lip-synch, the group decided to run an instrumental piece. This liberty is something that today's teenybopper stars such as Simpson don't have because their appeal and talent is exclusively as a solo singer. Thus, if they get 'acid reflux' [sounds like a commercial waiting to happen], laryngitis, or something of the sort, they're pretty much out of luck. [At least I can play the piano...])

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004: The analyses of the four Presidential/Vice Presidential Debates
::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2004 ::: STYLE VS. SUBSTANCE: AN ANALYSIS OF THE SEPTEMBER 30 DEBATE BETWEEN PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX) AND SENATOR JOHN F. KERRY (D-MA) :::
President George W. Bush faced off against his challenger, Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, in the first of three Presidential debates to be held this year. The first debate was moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS and took place in Coral Gables. Because this first debate dealt with foreign policy, it could be said that President Bush held a slight advantage over Sen. Kerry because the war on terror is a significant strong point of the President, and also because the first debate is usually what more people watch.
Sen. Kerry appeared just as most of his supporters expected him to: poised, confident, and with a slow and thorough speaking voice. The President, on the other hand, had a bit of trouble with words at time, with frequent stumblings over words, as many probably expected of him as well. So style points probably were awarded to Kerry, who brags that he never lost a debate in his life. However, style is only part of the situation.
There is also substance necessary to win the debate, and that appears to be going into the hands of the President, considering that he held pressure on Sen. Kerry's record. The President forced Sen. Kerry to start a bit of 'flip-flopping' as he got into his record. Sen. Kerry said one moment that he thought Saddam Hussein was a threat, then said he wasn't a big threat, then said he was a threat that could be handled by UN sanctions (which apparently wasn't the case). Sen. Kerry was caught making falsehoods on Iraq's cost in human lives, a falsehood that Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) was standing by the next morning. Both sides were on the defensive frequently; however, President Bush did better handling it. For instance, when asked why Iraq was in the War on Terror, Bush did well by pointing out the name of terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi. Kerry also appeared to rely heavily on earlier campaign rhetoric. On the issue of North Korea, it was Bush who seemed to have a wiser plan to include China in talks with North Korea.
In this battle of "style vs. substance," the debate reviewers were apparently impressed with Sen. Kerry's style, and most claimed that he won the debate. However, in the 'blogosphere,' where transcripts of the debate will probably be posted, there will be a significant portion of people saying that Bush won the debate on his words. This reeks of 44 years ago, when people who listened to then-Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-MA) and then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Those who listened on the radio thought Nixon won the debate; however, Kennedy's stage presence and charming good looks helped convince TV viewers that he was the better choice. Unlike then, however, the chief mode of information transport is no longer television-- it's the Internet, and text transcripts should play into the hands of President Bush.
Objective evidence: Transcript from Fox News
::: UPDATE: Reports are swirling that PBS's Jim Lehrer deliberately threw the debate in Kerry's favor (NewsMax)... Developing... :::
Also, allegations are stating that Sen. Kerry intends to send nuclear fuel to Iran (WorldNetDaily)...
BUSTED: A video that has emerged in the 'blogosphere' shows Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) placing some sort of object on the podium prior to the first Presidential debate. The object appeared to be unfolded and read by the Senator prior to the debate. Drudge notes that the rules of the debate prohibited such external materials... (Drudge)... Reviews with an unedited video from another source (New England cable news) show that this video is authentic.
::: UPDATE TO SEPTEMBER 30 SPECIAL REPORT ::: AN ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY ON THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BETWEEN VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD CHENEY (R-WY) AND SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)
Today's debate, held in Cleveland, has been far more decisive than the "style vs. substance" debate of last week. VP Cheney has ripped apart almost all of Sen. Edwards's claims. Despite "moderator" Gwen Ifill throwing a lot of loaded and slanted questions as well as Edwards throwing some deep personal attacks, Cheney has performed admirably, matching Edwards shot for shot, proving himself very well with a plethora of facts and information. This gives substance clearly to Cheney. The style was a near-push, with Edwards possibly having a very slight edge in that category, but far, far less than the gap between Sen. Kerry and President Bush. Edwards did come on strong later in the debate, but his arguments just did not seem to stick.
Objective evidence: Transcript from Fox News
Second Presidential Debate Analysis, Friday 10.08.2004. The analysis was erased by mistake; basically the President once again won the substance vote while improving on style points. The balance of questions were better because of the town hall nature of the debate, and moderator Charles Gibson of ABC did a good job. Transcript apparently is not available.
In all fairness, there are now accusations that President Bush had some sort of box under his shirt (these in response to accusations that Sen. Kerry had a 'cheat sheet' unfolded in front of the cameras).
Third Presidential Debate Analysis, Wednesday 10.13.2004. In the early rounds, Bush is landing a few hard punches that he didn't land in the previous 2 debates. He's looking, to be honest, like a Texan John Kerry. Moderator Bob Schieffer is asking good questions on both sides, as compared to Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill, who asked a lot more slanted questions. The numbers, surprisingly, are mostly landing on Bush's side. Kerry has come on a bit stronger in the middle rounds, but Bush continued to hang in there. Style: Near push. Substance: Bush, with a narrow to moderate gap.
Objective evidence: Transcript from Fox News

::: FULLERVISION SPECIAL REPORT ::: MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2004 ::: A MESSAGE TO AMERICA (ESPECIALLY THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY) ON WHAT HAS BEEN DUBBED AS NATIONAL 'COMING OUT' DAY :::
The homosexual and transsexual communities have decided to declare this day a "National Coming Out Day..." referring to the phrase 'coming out of the closet,' a phrase that means "admitting" (choosing) to being homosexual. The issue has reached the point of almost celebration here on the college campuses, and it's really driving me nuts. Homosexuality is an issue I feel incredibly strongly about, and have always taken the position against it. Homosexuality is an abomination, one where a person's sexual identity is defined by a blatant defiance of the natural process of reproduction. (The problem may usually be of the hormonal nature, at least on the male side-- estrogen, perhaps?-- as more men [7-1] practice this than women.) Yet since 1997, people have refused to even acknowledge that homosexuality is wrong, suggesting that it is NORMAL! This is absolutely unbelievable and unacceptable, and I am sorry to say that homosexual behavior cannot be tolerated. (I know that this may be a shock to the pro-tolerance, pro-"equality" movement, but it's true, I just simply cannot tolerate it.) However, much like Cuba in the 1960s, it is not wise to simply attack the homosexual community outright, as it stirs up the entire liberal nest, a surprisingly powerful force. That is why I feel that those who killed Matthew Shepard several years ago went way too far. While their intentions to stop the spread of homosexuality were well-intentioned, their methods went way too far because the punishment (death) did not fit the crime (homosexuality) at all. Thus, with this so-called 'hate crime,' the activist groups took them up in their cause... and those in power (the courts) started changing things so that they could do whatever they want in the name of equality. Thus, we went backward. As it stood, everyone, in relation to marriage, was equal-- anyone could marry any member of the opposite gender provided that they were both of legal age. It's still the case except in Massachusetts and a few renegade cities who marry same-sex couples against the law. (Why is it that when teenagers have sex, we admonish them, but when homosexuals have sex, we sympathize with them?) Homosexuality is a dangerous choice and an abomination that should not be tolerated, those who are homosexual should recognize that something is wrong and seek help (it's very sad that fewer and fewer are willing to do so) and most importantly, no one should bow down to the belief that these people just should do what they're doing. To award legitimacy to this backward practice in the form of one of these 'pseudo-holidays' is preposterous and wrong, and I'm sorry to those who are offended, but I will not take my words back. That is final. Happy Columbus Day, ladies and gentlemen.
::: Follow-up: A must-read article from the Cybercast News Service regarding those who have changed their sexual preference back to normal (CNS)... :::

::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2004 ::: JOHN KERRY MAKES MAJOR VIOLATION OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM LAWS, ACCEPTS FUNDS FROM MINORS :::
On the syndicated talk show "Live with Regis and Kelly," Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) admitted to hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa that he accepted two gifts-- one indirectly and another directly-- from minors. Keep in mind that no political candidate can accept contributions of any sort or any amount from minors, nor can they from corporations, labor unions, and the such. The two contributions in question were a $385 contribution, given to him by an 8-year-old kid by his mother, and a $685 contribution from a 6-year-old, which was accepted directly. This is a very, VERY serious violation of campaign finance laws.
Objective evidence: AP article from MyWay News


::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2004 ::: U.S. WEAPONS INSPECTOR CLAIMS: BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL WEAPONS PROGRAMS EXISTED; SADDAM WAS WAITING FOR INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE TO DROP :::
According to the Associated Press, Charles Duelfer, the chief weapons inspector for the United States, is expected to conclude, in a 1500-page report, the following:
Saddam Hussein had research and development programs for biological and chemical weapons.
Saddam Hussein was importing banned materials, working on unmanned aerial vehicles in violation of UN agreements, and maintaining a dual-use industrial sector that could produce weapons.
Weapons inspectors had uncovered substantial evidence of an Iraqi push to boost the range of its ballistic missiles beyond prohibited ranges.
While no weapons have been found, Saddam had intentions of restarting weapons programs at some point, after suspicion and inspections from the international community waned.

Also under investigation is the possibility that Iraq exported chemical and biological weapons across the border into Syria (see April 21 Special Report).
Objective evidence: AP article from MyWay News
Also, the Israeli Web site Debka.com is stating that Iraq's research and development programs included those for the assassination agent ricin.
::: UPDATE ::: DOCUMENTS UNCOVERED BY THE CYBERCAST NEWS SERVICE UNCOVER IRAQI ATTEMPTS TO ACQUIRE MUSTARD GAS AND ANTHRAX (CNS)... RELATED: WORLDNETDAILY REPORTING THAT A 122mm ROCKET WARHEAD WAS CONTAMINATED WITH MUSTARD GAS AND SARIN NERVE GAS (WND) AS WELL AS A POSSIBLE MOBILE WEAPONS LAB (WND)... ALSO: NEWSMAX REPORTING THAT THE HUSSEIN REGIME WAS FUNDING THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM ALL THE WAY UP UNTIL THE INVASION OF IRAQ (ARTICLE)... STILL DEVELOPING... will be appended to most recent WMD-related Special Report.

::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2004 ::: A MESSAGE TO AMERICA ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2004:
THREE YEARS AGO TODAY, THE AL-QA'EDA TERROR NETWORK USED 19 HIJACKERS TO STEAL COMMERCIAL AIRLINERS AND SEND THEM LIKE MISSILES INTO OUR CENTERS OF COMMERCE AND DEFENSE. WHILE DEVASTATING US AT FIRST, IT WENT ON TO GALVANIZE US TOGETHER IN A NEW ERA. WE SHOULD NEVER, EVER FORGET WHY WE ARE INVOLVED AND WHY WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THE DEFENSE AND SECURITY MEASURES WE DO, TO ROOT OUT THESE EXTREMISTS AT THE SOURCE. BIN LADEN IS EITHER DEAD OR HIDING EVEN FROM HIS CONSTITUENTS, AL-QA'EDA IS IN SHAMBLES, THE REGIMES OF AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ HAVE BEEN LIBERATED, AND WE WERE ABLE TO DISARM LIBERIA AND LIBYA WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT. AND NOW THE WORLD IS A MORE PEACEFUL PLACE THANKS TO US.
GOD BLESS AMERICA.


::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: SEPTEMBER 2, 2004 ::: A COMPLETE WRAPUP OF THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION -- AUG. 30-SEP. 2, 2004 :::
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 1:
No network TV coverage, and it was a real shame. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Fmr. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R-NY) are giving great speeches... defending the President's strong leadership in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the general War on Terror... the overall mood was high, as chants from the audience of "Four more years!" occurred frequently throughout speeches. Positivity was the focus of the night, with the exception of McCain referring to an anonymous "disingenuous filmmaker" (Michael Moore) causing an uproar. Earlier in the night, actor Ron Silver ripped into the entertainment community for their partisan politics.
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 2:
President George W. Bush presented his own wife via satellite to the convention... but first, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) delivered a charismatic speech on the American dream (speech)... after a few jokes ("A man once came up to me and said, 'You're as good of a governor as you were an actor!' And I thought, 'What a cheap shot!'"), the Schwarz delivered a speech encompassing the American dream, what makes a Republican, and a scathing criticism of the UN and Sen. John Edwards (D-NC). After introductions, First Lady Laura Welch Bush delivered a quality speech encompassing a broad spectrum of topics, from Afghanistan to stem-cell research (speech).
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 3:
In an interesting move, the Republican National Convention invited Fmr. Gov. Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) to be the keynote speaker, and boy, what a note he hit (speech)! A rousing speech from Sen. Miller explained Pres. Bush's strengths in homeland security and defense while giving harsh criticism to his own party for playing partisan politics and John Kerry for cutting vast amounts from defense spending. VP Richard Cheney's speech, however, was not so exciting. A montage of old jokes and old rhetoric, Cheney droned on for over 40 minutes and was cutting severely close to using the September 11 terrorist attacks as a campaign ploy. (speech) By the way, he did accept the Republican nomination (of course). A notable fact about the crowd was that it took a bit of a nastier turn, booing at the mention of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and chanting "Flip-Flop" at the mentioning of Kerry's record.
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 4:
The President of the United States spoke on the final night of the convention, in a speech that lasted a little over an hour. In his speech, along with accepting the nomination, George Walker Bush addressed a myriad of issues, many of which he has not emphasized in the earlier portion of his campaign. These included health care reform, college funding (a practically nonexistent issue in the early campaign), the No Child Left Behind Act, and the morality issues of abortion and homosexual marriage. The second part of his speech focused on his defense of his position on Iraq, and the defense and security of our homeland. (Speech)...


::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: JULY 20, 2004 ::: VOTER ALERT: DEMOCRAT SAMARA BAREND IS SEEKING TO TAKE A SEAT IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BY SPLITTING VOTES :::
The Associated Press is reporting that Samara Barend, an activist from Corning and a former intern for both the late former Senator Daniel P. Moynihan and current Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, is seeking to win the 29th District of New York in the House of Representatives, a district that is dominated by Republican and Conservative Party members at a 5-3 margin. Barend, a Democrat, is planning on splitting the Republican-Conservative votes among two candidates. Randy Kuhl is endorsed by the Republican Party and most of the local politicians; however, the Conservative Party has endorsed Mark Assini, which could easily cause a schism. Kuhl, Assini, and Barend are vying for the seat to be vacated by the retiring Amory Houghton, a "moderate" (some would use the term RINO "Republican in Name Only") Republican from Barend's hometown in Corning. [Correction 10-28: It has come to my attention that Barend isn't even from Corning; in fact, she only recently moved to Corning from the town of Vestal, a suburb of Binghamton that isn't even close to the 29th District and is even further away from the original 31st District that Houghton represented.]
Barend currently has raised $171,000 in campaign money with $136,000 cash on hand (which she brags to be more than Kuhl and Assini combined). Kuhl has approximately $80,000 cash on hand; however, he has raised over $269,000 in campaign finances in a more agressive advertising campaign.
Ladies and gentlemen, please, PLEASE do not let Ms. Barend into Congress. We do not need an activist in our legislative branch (we have too many in our judicial branch), one who would not truly represent us but a radical agenda of her own and a puppet for the national Far Left. I would prefer that we had someone closer to the Southern Tier; however, we must choose between Assini and Kuhl. [Correction 10-28: Kuhl is actually from Steuben County, specifically Hammondsport.]
Objective evidence: AP article from New York Newsday
::: UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 28, 2004 ::: MARK ASSINI DROPS OUT OF RACE, BAREND POUTS :::
Reports say that Monroe County Legislator Mark Assini has dropped out of the race for U.S. Congress in the 29th Congressional District of New York. Assini, who by law must stay on the ballot for the Conservative Party in November, made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination against NY State Senator John "Randy" Kuhl (R) and has endorsed Kuhl. Kuhl will face off against an Independence Party candidate and Democratic activist/former Clinton intern Samara Barend in the race for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Amory Houghton (R-NY).
But... in what can only be considered a temper-tantrum in her failed attempt to split the Republican vote, Barend whined about it, trying for the past 2 weeks (reportedly) to keep Assini in the race, and then criticizing Assini for endorsing a man who supported tax hikes and endorsing dysfunctional policies... ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha... excuse me... let me explain myself, she plans on raising taxes, too! Besides, it's not the State Senate's fault, it's mostly that of Sheldon Silver and the liberal-controlled Assembly.
Objective evidence: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle article
::: UPDATE: OCTOBER 28, 2004 ::: DIVORCE RECORDS OF STATE SEN. JOHN "RANDY" KUHL RELEASED, BAREND CAMP FOUND BEHIND THE DISSEMINATION :::
BUSTED: The Rochester media is abuzz regarding an update to the divorce paper leak story... a Steuben County investigator said that an operative for the campaign of former Clinton intern/activist Samara Barend was responsible for the receipt and dissemination of State Sen. John "Randy" Kuhl's divorce records... but Barend acts as if they rightfully belonged in public domain all along as the response from her campaign shows: "He is free to explain why he told the public there was nothing incriminating in the documents" (WHEC)... (WROC-TV)... (WOKR)... (WUHF)...
The Hornell Evening Tribune is now reporting that the local Democratic party apologized to Sen. Kuhl regarding the papers while the Barend campaign refuses (article)...
U.S. House race security breach: The Steuben County Clerk's office released the divorce papers of State Sen. John "Randy" Kuhl, papers that were supposed to be sealed for 100 years; the papers found their way to an uberliberal web site known as "The Raw Story." Kuhl believes the breach was fully intentional, and has suggested that the campaign of former Clinton intern/activist Samara Barend may be at fault. Barend denied the accusations, but said "I'm leaving it up to voters to decide whether documents should be part of their decision" (Wellsville Daily Reporter)... (WROC-AM)...
COMMENT ADDED NOVEMBER 3, 2004: AFTER SOME PONDERING, I'M BEGINNING TO THINK THAT SOME OF THOSE DIVORCE PAPERS MAY HAVE BEEN FORGED... BUT NO MATTER, SINCE KUHL WON ANYWAY.

::: FULLERVISION NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ::: JULY 16, 2004 ::: CBS APPARENTLY FAKING STORIES, "EARLY SHOW" USES STORY ON "PROSTI-TOTS" TO TEST STORY SETUPS :::
EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL
Fullervision News (then In the Morning) broke a story on January 29 about ABC News possibly doctoring tapes. Now, CBS (now forever known as the Communist Broadcasting System) is apparently setting up stories. Again, the topic was subtle: the Early Show segment known as "Study Hall" did a story on the demise of skimpy fashion. First, they used heavier teenagers (who obviously would not want to wear skimpy outfits -- they'd look fat). Then, they fed lines to the interviewees, mostly children and teenagers. Quoth reporter Tracy Smith: "What is the name that you give these people [who wear skimpy clothing]?" Collective response from the heavy teens: "Prosti-tots." (A bit too suspicious... now keep in mind that she is implying that these teens made this term up.) Now, cut to Smith talking to a purported expert: "Have you ever heard of the term 'prostitot?'" The "expert:" "Yes..." etc. Another collective response came at the end of the segment, quoth Smith to a couple of younger girls: "Would you choose skimpy clothes for the fall school year or conservative?" Collective response: "Conservative." People don't make collective responses unless prompted.
The potential for this to be used in far more sinister methods is a threat that must be addressed.
::: UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 14, 2004 ::: CBS CAUGHT IN FORGED PAPER FIASCO
A supposed note from the late Jerry Killian ordering George W. Bush to take a physical, and a document used by CBS News to try and prove that Bush went AWOL, was apparently an obvious forgery typed on a Microsoft Word processor. The main sticking points are that the font is proportional and that the superscript shrunken "th" was impossible to produce on almost all typewriters of the era (Cybercast News)... (Document)... Interviews with former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes (D-TX)'s daughter are showing that Barnes's interview with rapidly deteriorating newscaster Dan Rather was for purely political purposes (NewsMax), a statement that a Barnes spokesperson is trying to silence (NewsMax). Now, it appears that yet another man is stepping forward to refute CBS News's claims, Bobby Hodges (NY Times)... Now it is apparent that the other side of the issue was silenced by CBS (NewsMax)... Another document CBS uses was apparently written by someone who had already retired from the Texas Air National Guard (Dallas Morning News). Now the chief analyst that CBS cites has said that it was nearly impossible to authenticate "copies...far removed" from the original documents (Washington Post).
::: NEW YORK TIMES: CBS ADMITS (or perhaps claims) IT WAS MISLED ON THE FORGED DOCUMENTS REGARDING PRES. BUSH'S NATIONAL GUARD SERVICE (ARTICLE)... PLUS: MULTIPLE NOW REPORTING THAT KERRY CAMPAIGN ADVISOR JOE LOCKHART COORDINATED WITH BILL BURKETT, THE REVEALED IDENTITY BEHIND THE FORGED DOCUMENTS, ON HOW TO HANDLE THE SWIFT BOAT CRISIS (USA Today), WITH WEB SITE NEWSMAX.COM CLAIMING THAT CBS STEERED BURKETT TO KERRY CAMPAIGN (ARTICLE) :::
RA
thERGATE UPDATE: Bill Burkett, the source of the RAthERGATE forged document fiasco, is now claiming he was a 'patsy' (I think that means a relay man) for a woman named Lucy Ramirez (USA Today)... Burkett is also now claiming that the Kerry campaign tried to convince him to hand over the documents (NewsMax).
::: SUSPICION MOUNTING OVER ANOTHER SET-UP STORY REGARDING IRAQI EXPLOSIVES, LEAKED TO MEDIA BY CBS IRAQ DOOMSDAY ARTIST KIMBERLY DOZIER... DEVELOPING... :::

::: FULLERVISION SPECIAL REPORT ::: WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2004 ::: A SUMMARY OF THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION FOUND IN IRAQ OVER THE PAST WEEK :::
Today, the Washington Post reported that two tons of radioactive uranium was uncovered in Saddam Hussein's former nuclear weapons headquarters. And of all people, it was the UN that claims that it put it there!
This comes just one week after Fox News reported the uncovering of cyclosarin warheads in an undercover purchase by Polish troops. Also, on Saturday, Fox News and the San Francisco Chronicle reported the shutdown and takeover af a factory producing car bombs and roadside bombs.
THIS SPECIAL REPORT WILL BE MOVED TO THE SPECIAL REPORTS ARCHIVE AT THE NEXT POSTING
Update: July 2004

::: UPI: Reports saying that a fleet of nuclear warheads has been found in a concrete ditch outside of Tikrit... US government denies (article from Washignton Times) :::


*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** JUNE 24, 2004 *** ANALYSIS OF NEW YORK'S ASSOCIATION FOR BETTER CHOICES, A PURPORTED PUBLIC INTEREST GROUP ASSEMBLED TO STOP A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR STADIUM CONSTRUCTION IN THE WEST SIDE OF MANHATTAN, REVEALS THAT IT IS LITTLE MORE THAN A CLUSTER OF RIVALS...
The NYABC web site,
http://www.newyorkabc.org/, plainly lists its sponsors on the home page. They include:
- Madison Square Garden, a company that would be hurt by a new stadium because MSG would be upstaged by the new Olympic Stadium.
- A Manhattan East Side development group.
- An organization from Queens, who suggests that a new stadium be built in Queens instead.
- A head of a labor union for theater workers.
MSG is the main sponsor of all of these advertisements appearing on local television. They use traditional mantras of "investing in education" and using money to "revive our local economies." However, one must think of what would happen if we did supposedly invest in education rather than the stadium...
If the money was invested in a stadium, the money would be returned to the government rather quickly upon the opening of the stadium. Excluding the Olympics, there would probably be 16 NFL games in the proposed 100,000-seat venue (8 NY Giants home games and 8 NY Jets home games). Considering that New York City has over 7 million people in the city limits alone, they should have no problem selling these out. The NY Yankees and NY Mets are playing in outdated stadiums as it is; they probably will move to play about 20 games apiece in the new stadium, which would sell at least 50,000 of the seats. Minor league sports and concerts would add more revenues, which we will estimate for these purposes at 400,000 tickets. This gives us a grand total of 4,000,000 tickets per year. At an average of $5 going to the state per ticket, this would produce $20,000,000 in revenue (and this does not include concessions, etc.) per year. All of this is a net increase, as all of this money is going directly to New Jersey as it stands now.
If we give it to education, it will most likely find its way into the pockets of union chairmen. Virtually none of this money will return to the state. And how do you propose we invest in our economies? We tried with a casino and it turned into an economic vacuum. This stadium will be an excellent investment in all of New York State, helping to balance our out-of-whack (and currently three months past due) budget.
::: FULLERVISION NEWS UPDATE ::: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2004 ::: THE NEW YORK JETS STRIKE BACK AGAINST THE NYABC, REVEALING THEM FOR WHO THEY ARE :::
The newest advertisement attacks the NYABC and its principal fundee, MSG/Cablevision... accusing the company of intentions to hold a monopoly on the industry and paying virtually no taxes on the revenue from Madison Square Garden. It also makes the case for the revenue and jobs that could be raised through the stadium project. There are a couple of Web sites, http://www.stopcablevision.com/ and http://www.westsidestadium.org/... what also could have happened, although not on this subject, is that Dolans, who run Cablevision, may have had hours worth of advertising as "financial consultants" on the Bryant Gumbel Early Show several years ago on CBS.

*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2004 *** NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAM ACCUSED OF CONTAINING A LEFTIST BIAS ***
According to a report from the web site NewsMax.com, the New York State Regents examination in United States History and Government, given this past Wednesday morning to 11th graders across the state and a graduation requirement, contained two especially troubling questions regarding recent history and current events.
Questions 41 and 4 in Part I of the exam, a section containing 50 multiple-choice questions sorted in chronological order, pertained to the Persian Gulf War of 1991 and the Electoral College respectively. Here are the questions:

(41)
In 1991, one of the reasons President George H. W. Bush committed United States troops to the Persian Gulf War was to:
1)  maintain the flow of trade through the Suez Canal
2) fulfill military obligations as a member of NAFTA
3) contain the spread of communism in the Middle East
4) assure the flow of Middle East oil to the United States and its allies

(4) A major criticism of the Electoral College has been that:
1) party loyalty is weakened after a Presidential election
2) electors frequently fail to vote for a candidate
3) members of the Electoral College are appointed for life terms
4) a President may be elected without a majority of the popular vote

(And yes, I do realize that these are not in actual order; normally, these questions are chronologically listed, but some general questions are at either the beginning or end of the exam.)
Question 41 has no right answer. The reason that George H.W. Bush committed troops to Iraq was that Saddam Hussein unlawfully invaded Kuwait and claimed it as a province. There was widespread international support to invade Iraq and liberate Kuwait; however, former President Bush did not feel that there was enough support to take over Iraq himself and topple Saddam Hussein, who held much more oil than tiny Kuwait. So to suggest that oil was the reason for the Persian Gulf War was ridiculous, and it would probably be the purportedly correct choice considering that 1, 2, and 3 are just plain false.
Question 4 is clearly a 'shot' at the 2000 election, where Vice President Al Gore received more popular (mostly urban) votes than the current President George W. Bush, and again the correct answer is 4 (although both in 1988 and 2000, at least one elector voted outside of what they were pledged, so there could be a case for 2). However, what the Board of Regents did not realize was that Bill Clinton never received a majority of the votes in either of his elections. Though he received more votes than either George H.W. Bush in 1992, Bob Dole in 1996, or Ross Perot in both, he did not achieve a full majority of the votes, defined at one vote over 50% of the voting population. Clinton achieved 43% and 49% of the vote in 1992 and 1996, respectively. Also, regardless of what has been said, Gore did not have a majority of popular votes, either: he only received 49% of the votes in 2000.
To tell the truth, New York State has been under controversy for several years with faulty examinations in physics and high school math; however, I have always felt that Global History and Geography was the worst of the examinations, containing outright false answers. Not having seen the full examination (I took last year's exam and received a 98%), I will be willing to say that there are more in the U.S. History exam. This will be amended upon further examination...
Objective evidence: NewsMax article


*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2004 *** SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY UPHOLDS PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, MAINSTREAM MEDIA CONTORTING RULING AS A 'SIDESTEP' ***
In a unanimous decision (8-0, the ninth justice abstained at the plaintiff's request), the Supreme Court of the United States threw out the case brought by Michael Newdow, the lawyer and self-proclaimed atheist minister, that sought to remove the phrase 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance. The primary reason for the disposal of the case was a custody issue -- Newdow did not have majority custody of his child, especially since the child's mother did not agree with his case; therefore, the case was inherently flawed and must be overturned.
However, in a separate statement, Chief Justice William Rehnquist (along with two other justices) stated that the Pledge of Allegiance as recited in public schools was not unconstitutional in any sort. This statement has apparently been overlooked by the mainstream media, as they claim that the ruling did not deal with the constitutional issue. His logic in not including the statement in the ruling was that it would have been too divisive and that the case probably would have been won. Yet, CBS and MSNBC were quick to dismiss this ruling, and MSNBC went so far as to call the statement a 'sidestep.' (Apparently they didn't pay attention to Rehnquist's statement...)
On a personal quote, I especially get a kick out of what Newdow said afterward. Get this: he calls this a 'major step back in parents' rights' (he didn't even have custody of the child) and said he would continue the fight (there is no continuing beyond the Supreme Court, Mike). Good luck, and I say that in the most sarcastic sense possible.

*** IN THE MORNING NEWS SPECIAL REPORT *** SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2004 *** NBC THROWS TRIPLE CROWN FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR IN APPALLING AND DISGUSTING DISPLAY, BIRDSTONE COMES OUT OF NOWHERE TO DEFEAT THE LAX JOCKEY ATOP SMARTY JONES ***
EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL
Last night, in what was one of the most anticipated horse races in history, a horse by the name of Birdstone came out of nowhere to defeat Smarty Jones, the 1:5 favorite to win. My initial response to this was "What the **** just happened?" Apparently, just what I thought happened...
The Trentonian, a newspaper from Trenton, NJ, is reportingthe view of a handicapper who saw the race as a conspiracy against a Triple Crown winner. Lou Giova is claiming that "they did everything they could to make that horse lose that race... that was an awful ride by [Smarty Jones's jockey Stewart] Elliot... Prado [Birdstone's jockey] was beating the he[ck] out of his horse but Eliott barely touched his horse." Upon further review, he appears to be right. So why, then, would someone throw a race this big? Two words: DICK EBERSOL.
Ebersol is a clueless moron when it comes to sports: he doesn't even have sports background, and in fact, his experience at NBC stems when he took over Saturday Night Live to guide that show through its worst years. This guy is about entertainment: he tried to make football more entertaining when he entered into the XFL with Vince McMahon, and he's still trying as Arena Football becomes more and more XFL-like by the day. He sees no problem with messing around with people's heads. He has done this three years in a row, and he has especially hyped Smarty Jones this year, which leads me to believe that he knows what the results will be if this continues -- reduced interest in the sport. What Ebersol is doing (telling jockeys to slow down their horses in the name of entertainment) is appalling and disgusting. I assure you, this will continue until the Triple Crown changes networks or Ebersol finally gets fired like he should have been years ago.
Objective Evidence: Trentonian article
THIS SPECIAL REPORT WILL BE MOVED TO THE SPECIAL REPORTS ARCHIVE AT THE NEXT POSTING

*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** MAY 17, 2004 *** IRAQI MILITANTS GAIN POSSESSION OF TWO CHEMICAL BOMBS, EACH FILLED WITH SARIN NERVE GAS -- BLIX, KAY HAVE ALREADY BEGUN TO DISCREDIT THE FINDING ***
According to United States officials, Iraqi militants attempted to use two chemical bombs containing sarin nerve gas as roadside bombs against the United States. One of the shells was a .155-metre binary shell (a six-inch artillery round) that came from Saddam Hussein's regime. Fortunately for the people who found the bomb, the bomb did not detonate properly, and those who discovered it only needed to be treated for minor exposure.
However, the critics of the current administration have refused to acknowledge this finding. Hans Blix, former chief weapons inspector, suggested that the shell was a stray weapon that militiants somehow gets their hands on. Former inspector David Kay even went so far as to say that the finding "doesn't strike me as a big deal." He states that some of the weapons could have merely been "overlooked."
OVERLOOKED?? OVERLOOKED?!?! Am I alone here when I say that David Kay is completely out of it when he says that Saddam's violation of UN resolutions is something that could be easily "overlooked" and something that doesn't strike him as a big deal?! The weapons were all supposed to be turned in -- NO EXCEPTIONS -- and destroyed. The Iraqi weapons, cited in earlier Special Reports, added to the latest finding of sarin bombs, is making Saddam's weapons program clearer and clearer. I'll state it again: Saddam Hussein was hiding his old weapons, which the UN neglected to seek and destroy, to be prepared at a later date. He purposefully used old weapons shells because if he was caught with them, people like Dave Kay and Hans Blix would say just what they said.
And also, the mainstream media has refused to acknowledge the finding (big surprise there). They probably still think that the United States wasn't justified in going into Iraq.
See also the Associated Press article
Fox News confirms that the chemicals are indeed sarin gas...


*** IN THE MORNING NEWS SPECIAL REPORT *** MAY 3, 2004 *** ANALYSIS OF SOLDIER'S STORIES AND PICTURES OF ABUSE CONCLUDES THAT AT LEAST SOME OF THE PHOTOS ARE PROBABLY FORGED ***
EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL
It has become notable news that several photographs have been released that purportedly show coalition soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. However, upon closer inspections of the photographs and the stories of the soldiers, I personally have come to the conclusion that these photographs were forged.
The Daily Mirror, a tabloid newspaper from Britain, claims to have retrieved the stories of two Lancashire "squaddies" that insist that their stories are the truth, yet their stories-- especially those refuting the evidence against them-- seem to contradict each other. Take, for instance, the following lines transcribed from the Mirror's online publication.
In addition to the statements, the Mirror uses the actual pictures, in black and white. The one picture shows a hooded man being supposedly hit in the groin with the handle end of a gun. The picture clearly shows lighter skin than most Iraqis possess, as well as a build more consistent with that of a female. A second color photo posted on The Drudge Report shows multiple hooded characters piled on top of one another; however, the men are of much more muscular build (and again paler skin) than an Iraqi man would possess.
Objective evidence:
Daily Mirror article
Drudge Report archived page with photograph
UPDATE TO MAY 3 SPECIAL REPORT *** DAILY MIRROR OFFICIALLY ADMITS THAT THEIR IRAQI PRISONER ABUSE PHOTOS WERE FORGED, CONFIRMING IN THE MORNING NEWS ANALYSIS
On May 3, 2004, In the Morning News analyzed the photographs of the Daily Mirror's purported Iraqi prisoner abuse and concluded that the photos they were publishing were falsified and that the soldiers were blatantly lying. Now, eleven days later, the Drudge Report has published the headline that the Daily Mirror article was fake and that its chair was forced into resignation. According to the BBC, the photos were considered by the Queen's Lancashire Regiment as detrimental to the effort in Iraq and that the Daily Mirror itself has been the victim of a "calculated and malicious hoax." The QLR went as far as to call the photos "an al-Qa'eda recruiting poster."
The other claim that In the Morning News, regarding Pfc. Lynddie Englund and her apparent sexual partner, appears to be authentic after all... for the record, one day after the publishing of the Special Report, Todd Fuller (the man behind publishing this photograph) changed his mind on its possible authenticity.

P.S. I don't buy a word of what Lynddie Englund has said trying to defend herself. She wanted to show up to her sexual partner, who happened to be her commanding officer, and so they decided to humiliate the Iraqis in excessive fashion. The new photos now reportedly show Englund and her partner having sex in front of the camera, which is probably the leading cause of Englund's now five-month-old pregnancy. She should be punished, as well as her partner. I can understand certain tactics, but these have gone over the line.


*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** APRIL 21, 2004 *** WHAT COULD BE MOST CONVINCING EVIDENCE OF IRAQI WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION FOUND ON SYRIA-JORDAN BORDER ***
In recent days, an al-Qa'ida operated truck was caught twenty miles from the Syria-Jordan border. The truck was caught trying to transport chemical agents across Syria. The question is where Syrian-based operatives obtained the weapons, because most people believe that Syria does not have the capabilities to produce WMDs. Interestingly enough, the possibilities of the chemicals coming from Iraq is consistent with former weapons inspector David Kay, who suggested before the Iraqi operation that Saddam Hussein was being transported on trucks. Satellite surveillance seemed to agree with this theory. This, combined with radioactive bombs, chemical shells, and cyanide already found in Iraq leads to the conclusion that these are the weapons of mass destruction in question. Now, the only question remaining is how in the heck did Saddam Hussein get these weapons over to al-Qa'ida, and why this group?

*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2004 *** IN EXTENSIVE DISPLAY OF MEDIA BIAS, CBS NEWS HYPING RICHARD CLARKE'S NEW BOOK (STILL FAILING TO PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGE ITS FINANCIAL INTEREST) ***
In the past six days, CBS News has been hyping the new book by Richard Clarke, the former White House aide who has had confusing feedback on the Bush administration. The behavior of CBS is beginning to be disturbing, as the following evidence shows:
[CBS is quickly becoming the Communist Broadcast System. Watch out, Absurdly Biased Channel -- your reign as the liberal bias champion is being challenged heavily.]

*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** MARCH 6, 2004 *** DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN KERRY'S WIFE, TERESA HEINZ KERRY, IS DEVELOPING A LAUNDRY LIST OF QUESTIONABLE BEHAVIOR ***
In recent weeks, Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kerry, has been publicly discrediting President George W. Bush for lying to the American people. However, Mrs. Kerry has been conducting herself in many questionable manners (gone unnoticed by most of the major networks) that could be considered lying in itself. Take, for instance:

*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** FEBRUARY 28, 2004 *** REPORTS CONTINUE TO SWIRL REGARDING THE SUPPOSED CAPTURE OF AL-QA'EDA TERROR CHIEF OSAMA BIN LADEN ***
More rumors are circulating about the supposed capture of al-Qa'eda terror leader Osama bin Laden in the past several weeks. According to a Pashtun-speaking Iranian news report, the United States government has been holding the terror network's Supreme Leader for a considerable length of time. This considerable length of time would oddly enough coincide with the first reports of the capture of bin Laden (see January 24 special report). In typical Iranian fashion, the reporter also conjectured that President George W. Bush was not revealing his capture because he was using it as an election-year ploy. (Typical.)
The United States government, meanwhile, has continued to deny the report, but claims that they will have the terror leader within the year. * UPDATE: MARCH 6 * Pakistani officials are now claiming that Osama bin Laden 'escaped' a recent raid targeting the al-Qa'eda supreme leader. More updates to come -- developing...
::: FULLERVISION NEWS UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2004 ::: A U.S. official by the name of Joseph Cofer Black has predicted that Osama bin Laden will probably be captured within the month, according to News24.com of South Africa. Black says that "everything is in place" for his capture and the capture of others in the al-Qaeda terror network. (ARTICLE)... This statement was dismissed by some as "political."

*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** FEBRUARY 2, 2004 *** CBS NEWS POSSIBLY USING "SUBLIMINAL MESSAGING" STYLE TACTICS IN COVERAGE OF SUPER BOWL/JANET JACKSON FIASCO ***

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There is more evidence now that the ABC incident of "doctoring tapes" (see January 29 ) is far more widespread than the network itself. This evening's edition of the CBS Evening News featured a story on the now-infamous "Janet Jackson Boob Shot," explaining how the "accidental" exposure of Jackson's breast overshadowed one of the best Super Bowls in history. THIS is where things get interesting...
In the meantime, the game audio was turned to approximately half as loud as the reporter's voice. The reporter breaks out of the report just as they show a clip where announcer Greg Gumbel says, "... and Vinatieri pushes it to the right!" Translation: the Right Wing is pushing an agenda. Doesn't this come as an odd coincidence noting that soon after that story, CBS began to hype the fact that former weapons inspector David Kay stated (falsely, for that matter) that there was no chance of finding weapons of mass destruction (see January 9 Special Report ).
For the record, Vinatieri would redeem himself later, scoring the game-winning field goal to win Super Bowl XXXVIII. Final Score: New England 32, Carolina 29

*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** JANUARY 29, 2004 *** ABC NEWS MAY BE DOCTORING TAPES, REVEALED IN "TEST RUN" IN SUSPICIOUS HOWARD DEAN STORY ***

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The ABC News Program "World News This Morning," a program that precedes "Good Morning America" in some markets and is on at 4:30am locally, aired a suspicious report near the end of the program. In the report, Diane Sawyer (who rarely does standard reports) issued a story on how Presidential candidate Howard Dean may have been a victim of the media overstating his "YAAAH!" comment after the Iowa caucus. Sawyer claimed that Dean's microphone (get this) actually made his voice higher. She then proceeded to play what she said was the sound from a "crowd microphone." When Dean began the rant in his microphone, the pitch was far higher than the sound from the "crowd mike." Finally, when the famous "YAAAH!" was said, all the "crowd mike" picked up was crowd noise, drowning out Dean's voice (there was a cutoff between the two "crowd mike" audio clips, so the escalation of the cheers was not heard).
ABC is a network that has often been criticized for its negativity on the news; the network has earned the moniker of the "Absurdly Biased Channel" and its head anchor "Pompous Peter" Jennings. However, the story's lack of news worth and the change in audio raise questions of the credibility of ABC News reporting. Could this have been a test run of more doctoring to come? Could we see "Wag the Dog" played out in real life? Knowing ABC's history of sensationalizing the war in Iraq (among other things), it is very well possible.

*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** JANUARY 24, 2004 *** REPORTS SAY AL-QA'EDA TERROR NETWORK SUPREME LEADER OSAMA BIN LADEN HAS  (POSSIBLY) BEEN TAKEN INTO AMERICAN CUSTODY IN SOUTHERN IRAN ***
According to the Northeast Intelligence Network (http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/), American forces have led a raid in southern Iran that has captured a "high-value target" of the War on Terrorism. The source would neither confirm nor deny that the identity of this "high-value target" was indeed Osama bin Laden. This source also informed the NEIN that the capture was traced to an interception of missile heads in Kurdistan on January 10.
* CAVEAT: * United States troops have officially denied this claim and I cannot say that for sure that the al-Qa'eda leader has been captured. While it is possible that the denial is because of security purposes, it is also possible that this information is false.
*** IN THE MORNING UPDATE *** JANUARY 28, 2004 *** SEVERAL AL-QA'IDA AGENTS TAKEN INTO U.S. CUSTODY, BIN LADEN MOST LIKELY NOT ONE OF THEM ***
Over this past week, several al-Qa'ida agents have been captured in the Middle East, among them Hassan Guhl, who was captured in Iraq. However, Osama bin Laden most likely was NOT among them, and the "high-value target" was either Guhl or one of the other al-Qa'ida officers. (It is, nevertheless, still possible that bin Laden was captured... you know what? Think whatever the heck you want, because I'm not sure at all.)
*** UPDATED MARCH 6, 2004 ***

*** IN THE MORNING SPECIAL REPORT *** JANUARY 9, 2004 *** THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION HAVE BEEN FOUND, SADDAM HIDING LEFTOVER MUSTARD GAS BOMBS NORTH OF BASRA (I'm not making this up!) ***
Danish troops patrolling the area north of Basra, Iraq have found leftover bombs from the 1980s buried in the sand. According to the BBC, preliminary tests confirm that the bombs contained the remains of crude chemical agents, including mustard gas. American troops are on the way to test the weapons themselves. If the tests do show a presence of chemical weapons, it will give evidence to two of the claims made by the Bush administration: the weapons of mass destruction, and the direct link to the al-Qa'eda network (proved several weeks ago in a CIA report). The question remains, however, for the liberals to answer: where are the oil revenues?
* UPDATE: JANUARY 24, 2004 * United States troops have tested the materials in question, and have concluded that it is POSSIBLE that the bombs could have been used as chemical weapons... tests for actual mustard gas traces were inconclusive. (What probably happened was that Saddam Hussein hid the bombs after they were emptied manually, and then buried them so that they could be used at a later date and be prepared for use as weapons of mass destruction.) The fact, however, still remains that he hid these weapons from United Nations inspectors and that he was in violation of UN resolutions. Considering Hussein's links to the al-Qa'eda terror network, he probably could have given them to the network headed by Osama bin Laden on command. (Scary, isn't it? Now don't you think that it was a good thing that we went in and deposed the Hussein regime?)


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