July 31, 2004

Loyalty Oath. People wanting to attend a weekend rally in New Mexico for Dick Cheney are being told they must sign an endorsement for George W. Bush. The endorsement reads in part: "I, (full name) ... do herby [sic] endorse George W. Bush for reelection of the United States. ... In signing the above endorsement you are consenting to use and release of your name by Bush-Cheney as an endorser of President Bush."

Two bits of news. "The Census Bureau provided the Department of Homeland Security statistical data on people who identified themselves on the 2000 census as being of Arab ancestry. There is no indication that the agency requested similar information about any other ethnic group." ... "US civilian authorities in Baghdad failed to keep good track of nearly $1 billion in Iraqi money spent for reconstruction projects and can't produce records to show whether they got some services and products they paid for."

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