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The 2004 election and mascots

The Bush of Ghosts

I would like to point out some factual errors and misleading information in John Sugg's Aug. 24 piece about the 2004 election ("Did Bush Beat 250 Million to One Odds?).

Dennis Loo is an assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, not "the University of California." More importantly, Loo has not "recently completed a study." A study, in social science terms (as Loo is a social scientist) implies that research was conducted. This is not true. Loo compiled opinions from other sources, made snarky comments, and basically wrote an op-ed piece. Loo has few, if any, scholarly pieces published anywhere in academic journals or peer-reviewed publications. Loo's piece is not scholarly research, which your article implies.

-- Jon Pyke, Charlotte

John Sugg responds: Thanks to Jon Pyke for pointing out that I incorrectly identified Dennis Loo's employer. But Loo's well-researched project on the elections is far more than a "snarky" commentary. One version can be found at:

As for Jim Reynolds, he employs the favorite tactic of Bush supporters when they're cornered: Blame it all on Bill Clinton. Clinton didn't have a crystal ball to see what was coming, but his measured responses at least tended to dampen terrorism. Reynolds' allegation that Clinton did nothing about terrorism is pure mendacity and, in any case, has nothing to do with my short column on the 2000 and 2004 elections. I'm not defending the Democrats. They should have vigorously challenged the results. But it was safer to duck the aggressive GOP slime machine, the Dems felt. The "purged voters" story isn't rebutted by Reynolds throwing in a number of non-related issues (on which he is also wrong). The mainstream media did not report the "purged voters" story in the 2000 election. As I point out in the column, they are now acknowledging that it happened -- even if they still get the facts wrong. There have been incidents of Republican vote suppression, some resulting in criminal allegations, across the nation. The neo-conservatives' only real ideology is power, and in that context they disdain democracy. Both Democrats and Republicans have shameful records on vote fraud. But no group -- until the shadowy clique behind Bush came along -- has been so ruthless in character assassination, vote suppression and outright criminality in order to seize power.

C'mon John Sugg, as Group Senior Editor of CL you should know and understand what journalistic integrity is. Four years after the election and you're still crying the blues. You list "facts" to support your argument that Bush stole the election. It seems to me that if that were true the mainstream media surely would have done an investigation because something that big would be hard to ignore.

Furthermore, why are your democratic, liberal whiners like Ted Kennedy and John Edwards and others not doing something about it? After all if these allegations are true then surely the President must be held accountable. Needless to say, however, that Florida being given to Al Gore by the liberal and biased media so early that day in November 2000 was a tactic to persuade the other states.

If we are going to go back in history let's do it.

•President Clinton ignored the first World Trade Center bombing, could have had bin Laden but was scared.

•Ignored repeated warnings by then Director of the FBI, Louis Freeh that terrorism was real and was to be taken seriously.

•President Clinton aided Muslims in Bosnia who are probably as anti-American as you could get.

•President Clinton was the most notorious womanizer this side of John F. Kennedy but the biased media gives it a wink and a nod.

•For 8 years President Clinton was given the same warnings about terrorism President Bush received early in his first term. Yes, 9/11 occurred under Bush's watch; Clinton could have done something to possibly prevent it.

Print real news not tabloid, leftist journalism that is anything but unbiased.

-- Jim Reynolds, Charlotte

New Mascots

That was a great column by John Grooms about mascots ("Unsportsmanlike Conduct," Aug. 24) -- he has a good gift for putting things like our local swell-heads and politicians into perspective in a way that's also really funny. I really liked Smudgy the Soot Particle for Duke Power and Channel 9's Bobby Bloodclot -- I can't watch that station anymore since they turned into a bucket of sleaze. Consider these additional mascots: Susie Straitjacket, who is a symbol for the lunatic proposals Rep. Sue Myrick comes up with; and Lefty (perhaps a giant left hand) as a mascot for NASCAR, the sport where the main talent is being able to keep turning left for hours on end.

-- Kevin C. Moore, Charlotte

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