Saturday, March 31, 2007
I think whoever the Democratic nominee is and I think it will be John Edwards must consider Bill Richardson for Vice President. Bill Richardson is a former US Rep., UN Ambassador, cabinet member and Governor from a midwestern state. Richardson would appeal in places like Colorado that elected Ken Salazar in 2004 and Florida that elected Mel Martinez and Arizona, a neighbor to New Mexico. I would support Vice President Richardson in 2016 as President and Mrs. Edwards prepare to build their library in North Carolina. Richardson probably has no chance of winning the nomination in 2008 but would be a superb VP pick.
Governor Kathleen Sebellius is mentioned frequently, she's a Governor from the midwest and would appeal in midwestern state but I'd go with Richardson on that point.
General Wes Clark's name pop's up frequently, he's a former NATO Commander without elected experience, probably make a better Secretary of Defense.
Tom Vilsack is certain to be mentioned this time next yr but why? His biggest selling point is hes from Iowa. He was a good Governor but not a wow and probably ruined his chances with his early support for Hillary, wonder what he'll do when John wins Iowa and then the nomination?
We also hear former Virginia Governor Mark Warner but I'd rather see him in the US Senate.
Paging Former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, now President of the New School University in NY would be a refreshing choice, interested in coming back? A Senator from the midwest, businessman, educator, Vietnam War Veteran, I have long respected Kerrey and thought he was the choice in '92.
Another personal favorite of mine is a populist Governor from Montana named Brian Schweitzer. Schweitzer is a very successful Governor in Montana who probably propelled Jon Tester's election to the Senate. Schweitzer is a guy who can add a lot to the national ticket.
Sure we have plenty of time to talk "Vice Presidential" politics but any of these people would be better then Dick Cheney and would wipe the floor with Mark Sanford, Jeb Bush or Newt Gingrich in a VP Debate.
Obey endorsed Edwards saying, "When John Edwards is talking about tackling the problems that matter most to America's working class families-things like affordable health care, access to quality education, and strengthening retirement security-I believe that he really means it. That is the kind of man I want as my President".
Well said Dave, I couldn't agree with you more.
I admired Corize for his vote against the Iraq resolution and applauded his choice of Bob Menendez as his successor in the US Senate, Menendez voted against the resolution of the House side unlike potential Senate successor Robert Andrews who voted for it.
That is why I cannot believe that Jon Corzine, a progressive Democrat who voted against and has opposed the War in Iraq, on Monday will become the first Democratic Governor to endorse Hillary Clinton in her bid for President.
Julie Roginsky, a Democratic strategist told the New York Times, "Ideologically, he may be on the same page as Edwards and Obama, but I think at the end of the day, hes an old bond trader, and hes looking at who has the best odds of whos going to win".
I think the Governor's need's to realize that this is not the NYSE, this is the future of our nation and future of our party. This is not a football game where you go with the odds, this is a Presidential primary, where you select the candidates who resembles your principles and beliefs.
What has happend to Jon Corzine?
Your at 7% in national polls, running fourth in Iowa at 10% behind Fred Thompson who isn't even in the race yet, third in New Hampshire, a neighboring state to a state you led as Governor and your already talking about a Vice President, wow!
In a speech in South Carolina, Romney ticked off a list of names he would consider for Vice President and I as a Democrat yearning for a Democratic Presidency love the list.
Mark Sanford, Gov of SC, darling of the right wing, unknown outside of SC. This is the guy who when asked at an NACCP convention about how the state should handle pay disparity problems between whites and blacks answered, "If you want to have greater opportunities, its got to begin somewhere. And generally it begins with somebody knowing somebody else". With an answer he's gotta be a leading candidate for VP on the GOP ticket.
Then there's Newt Gingrich. Romney possible opponent in the Presidential primary, presented his wife with divorce papers while she was undergoing chemotherapy treatments and just recently admitted to having an affair with a Congressional employee is one of Mitt's top three choices. Oh please Mitt go with Newt, please!
Jeb Bush is the third choice, should I add more?
I am not a big fan of Romney but with a VP list like this, oh, I hope he wins the nomination!
Friday, March 30, 2007
Edwards is either tied or ahead of Clinton in all Iowa polls. As written on the Des Moines Register blog, "A win in Iowa could give Edwards the momentum to win the nomination".
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
" McCain, for instance, hailed that deployment of Iraqi brigades "at or above 75% of their programmed strength"! Put another way, a quarter of the Iraqi troops ordered to Baghdad technically speaking went AWOL instead! If a quarter of all US troops ordered to Iraq fled to Canada or refused to leave their home base, that would be a catastrophe. But McCain manages to deploy weasel words to make this incredible statistic seem a positive thing. Moreover, even his basic facts may be wrong. Last I knew, one of the Iraqi brigades ordered to Baghdad only came at half strength."
This as so many of Cole's comments cuts through the untruthful verbiage of Politicians such as The Straight talker with regard to Iraq. He also exposes McCain's statement that Baghdad is much safer now as quite simply a lie. Quoting part of an interview with Michael Ware by Wolf Blitzer he reveals the reality of the situation;
"WARE: Well, I’d certainly like to bring Sen. McCain up to speed if he ever gives me the opportunity. And if I have any difficulty hearing you right now Wolf, that’s because of the helicopters circling overhead and the gun battle that is blazing away just a few blocks down the road. Is Baghdad any safer? Sectarian violence, one particular type of violence, is down. But none of the American generals here on the ground have anything like Sen. McCain’s confidence. I mean, Sen. McCain’s credibility now on Iraq, which has been so solid to this point, is now being left out hanging to dry. To suggest that there’s any neighborhood in this city where an American can walk freely is beyond ludicrous. I’d love Sen. McCain to tell me where that neighborhood is and he and I can go for a stroll.And to think that Gen. David Petraeus travels this city in an unarmed humvee? I mean, in the hour since Sen. McCain’s said this, I’ve spoken to military sources and there was laughter down the line. I mean, certainly the general travels in a humvee. There’s multiple humvees around it, heavily armed. There’s attack helicopters, predator drones, sniper teams, all sorts of layers of protection. So, no, Sen. McCain is way off base on this one. "
As McCain continues to make outlandish statements as to what he claims to be the truth about Iraq his poll numbers will continue to plummet. I see the straight talk express crashing off its tracks leaving the engineer in its wake.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I am still waiting for Senator Obama who is a candidate for President of the United States to tell me what he plans to do to insure the millions of Americans who work without health insurance.
I am still waiting for the Senator to tell me how he will address the increasing problem of poverty.
I am still waiting for the Senator to tell me how he will address global warming.
The Senator offers telegenic looks, good speaking ablities, good personality but no substance, I have better things to do on April 15th.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Tom Vilsack is no surprise, no surprise at all. The former DLC Chairman has no core principles, no backbone and wants to be Vice-President so bad he'll do anything. Vice President is all he can hope for since he can't raise enough money to run a campaign on his own, donor's clearly see he is a spineless bastard with no principle. There is even no point in writing more about Vilsack, again its no surprise, he and Clinton are two peas in the same pod, both represent DLC values, both represent politics as usual.
Some people just never learn.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
A True Patriot Tells it Like It Is
Friday, March 23, 2007
Bottom line is Edwards is running neck and neck with Clinton in Iowa and Obama is behind by almost 20%. Even if the 10% were to split between Edwards and Obama, Edwards wins Iowa. Iowa is a traditionally Progressive state and my guess is about 7% of the undecided will go to Edwards with the other 3% going to Obama. Its still early, very early, after all Edwards was at 3% in 2004 in Iowa and finished 2nd behind Kerry but early numbers look good.
Theres been some movement in NH where Clinton led with 43% a few months ago, some poll's had her close to 50% but 43% was the average, Clinton is losing ground, John is coming up, he was at about 14% so hes comes up a bit and Obama who ran second to Clinton in NH, some polls even had him slightly ahead has lost ground. Former NH State Chair Kathy Sullivan has indicated that John is well liked in NH.
John came up from 8% from Dec to March, little movement. NV is really a make or break for Richardson, its a western state and a state he needs to stay viable.
The breakdown is after Iowa, Nevada and then New Hampshire Florida votes. The state House passed a bill and the Senate is expected to follow suit making the Florida primary 1/29
The Florida numbers are:
Gore is not a candidate and I don't believe he will run, his college roomate and SR Florida advisor from '04 is a top fund raiser for John so considering Gore's 13% goes to John , that would put him at 18% in Florida, even if it split, he still runs in the top 3 in Florida.
The 02/05/08 Super Tuesday states are Delaware, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, and California.
I think Biden will win DE, if he doesn't, he should just retire because thats bad if you can't carry a state you have represented since the 70's, I mean I'd retire and move. Clinton has the name ID among the activists but I think Biden carrys DE, Clinton 2nd and 3rd is up in the air.
The rest are at 2% and 1%
SC is a must win for John and so far he looks good, very good. I would say with a 3% margin of error, Clinton and Edwards are running neck and neck, Edwards won the state in the 04 primaries, he should pull it off in '08 and notice Biden is 13% behind Clinton in his home state yet Edwards polls neck and neck with her in a state he was born in but did not represent. Shows strong support in SC where 50% of the vote is African American and Obama only poll's at 10%, thats encouraging.
Edwards represented the state in the Senate and has the backing of Congressmen Shuler, Watt, Miller and McIntyre. If they stump for Edwards in their districts, he should be fine.
Richardson 28% (hey hes above 2%, good for him)
Richardson wins NM, he has to win NM and I think Edwards will finish second or third, I don't see Obama doing well here, I don't see his connection with NM.
This isn't good for Richardson, this is a western state, border state to NM and a loss here puts him out. Edwards is in the top 3, ahead of Richardson.
Edwards is in the top three, hes working that state hard.
Gore 10% Gore is not running
Count Gore out and consider that former NJ Gov Codey is backing Edwards and also this is Clinton's backyard so a decent showing by Edwards would be fine.
California (THE BIG ONE)
These are very good numbers for John. He is in the top 3, not far behind Obama. #2 Clinton whose husband is loved in CA does not have a commanding lead and #3 California has a very large Hispanic population and Richardson isn't even in the top three tier. San Francisco is very Progressive and could tilt the state for John. In any doubt these are good early numbers for a big Super Tuesday state.
My prediction is after 02/05 the race will narrow to three, Clinton,, Obama,, Edwards. 02/09 Michigan votes, the numbers are
However Edwards has the support of David Bonior and if Bonior can get labor in MI out to vote, numbers could change.
02/12 is Virginia, right above NC and the former state Dem Party Chair has endorsed Edwards. Gov Kaine is behind Obama, given that VA is right above NC and the Gov is backing Obama, Hillary will have a tough time winning here making it an Obama-Edwards race and VA could decide the nominee.
Another thing to note is that New York wants to move up to 02/05 to get in on the Super Tuesday action, right now NY is slated for a March primary, my hope is NY will stay in March, if they move up to 02/05, a Hillary win in NY could throw enough delegates her way, if they stay in March, the race could go to 02/12 and VA could decide the nominee.
The bottom line is Iowa looks great for John, a second place win in NH after an Iowa win is almost in the bag, a win in NH is not out of reach and Florida, a southern state having a primary a week later with the momentum of Iowa and NH puts John in a very good position.
Digest these numbers and tell me what you think.
My understanding is that John the devoted husband and family man he is was ready to suspend his campaign or even drop out of the race after learning that Elizabeth's cancer had returned. However Elizabeth being the fighter she is, who loves this country so much, cares for people so much and believes in John as we all do wouldn't hear of it. The unselfish decision to move forward with this campaign as they both face a personal triumph is admirable and I will do all I can to put John and Elizabeth in the White House.
When I met John in January, he spoke from his heart, he spoke to people, not down to people, you could tell he wasn't reading from a script handed to him 15 minutes before but was saying what he believed. Many people think of John, a wealthy trial lawyer, former US Senator running for President and they say how can he understand what I am going through? Well yesterday told America that John and Elizabeth are just like us, they face obstacles and challenges and like ordinary Americans who are not wealthy or powerful and have no choice but to fight, John and Elizabeth fight, they don't back down.
John realizes that not every women who is diagnosed with breast cancer has insurance, has the opportunity to fight and that why he has introduced a bold health care plan that will offer those who are not insured, coverage at an affordable price giving women the opportunity to go for annual checkups and preventive care.
There is no turning back, John and Elizabeth are in this race and John and Elizabeth just as they prevailed fighting Elizabeth's breast cancer, will prevail fighting this new health challenge and with help from all of us will prevail in the race for President.
Some say Edwards for President, I say Elizabeth for First Lady!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Brzezinski skewered Bush administration policy as driven by "imperial hubris" and as a disaster on historic, strategic and moral grounds.
While other former U.S. officials and ex-generals have criticized administration policy in committee hearings, none savaged it to the degree Brzezinski did.
"If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted bloody involvement in Iraq, and I emphasize what I am about to say, the final destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large," said the security adviser in the Democratic administration of former President Jimmy Carter"
In "12 Consequences ofAttacking Iran
Jon Basil Utley" wrote; " The murdered Israeli leader Gen. Yitzhak Rabin opposed the First Gulf War in 1990, warning that one never knows when starting a war where it will lead. As Bush and the neocons are reportedly planning to attack Iran, we should all think of the likely consequences.
Most Americans already believe that George Bush is not much influenced by facts, but rather by his ideology. Already he is reportedly thinking of his legacy and dreaming that history will prove him "right." More disturbing are his religious beliefs, in particular his daily readings of Scottish preacher Oswald Chambers, who argues that if plans and events go wrong, it just means that God is testing believers' faith, not that strategies should be changed. This may also explain Bush's aversion to diplomacy. After all, God does not "negotiate" with evil."
Utley went on to expose the false premise that Israel somehow urged the U.S. to war with Iraq;
"The disasters for America could also weaken and challenge the power of the Israel Lobby, especially AIPAC. At least that is the concern of writers at the major Jewish newspaper The Forward. The writers note concern for the perceptions that Israeli interests fomented the attack on Iraq. The antiwar and anti-empire movement is also heavily Jewish, but without "the New York money people" pushing America into war with Iran, as warned by Gen. Wesley Clark."
Bush now has the authority to attack Iran without Congressional approval. Giving a zealot such power is insane. Yet Hillary is all for it and as usual we have little clue as to where Obama stands. The only viable Democratic candidate opposing it is John Edwards. These madmen must be stopped yet The Democratic Congress is with few exceptions as useless as ever. Unless they take action and quickly their 2006 victory will be short lived. So to will the world as we know it.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
The illegal war, awarding Dept. of Defense funds to private companies like Blackwater and Haliburton no doubt contributed to the conditions at Walter Reed and beyond. Hearings should of been conducted and an investigation should of been conducted.
Bill Young blew it, instead of protecting our troops, he protected the President and his party.
It is time for Bill Young to retire, if he doesnt, he'll be defeated. I have been in contact with the state party here in Florida and I can tell you that the defeat of Bill Young will be a top priority of the national Democratic party in 2008. The party is talking to a few good candidates in the dist. and I intend to speak with several of them this week myself. Bill Young's actions must not be overlooked or excused.
We are in the midst of a devastating war in Iraq which we were lead into by what, without any rational argument , was based on a calculated and intentional series of lies and disinformation. We now know that the Bush administration led by the Cheney Cabal planned on invading Iraq from the very day they took office, The plan, in fact, emanated from the neo cons project at project for the New American Century in 1998 in which Cheney, Richard Pearl, Douglas Fieth, Paul Wolkowitz, to name but a few, were intimately involved.
Following 9/11, we quickly departed Afghanistan to launch our shock and awe campaign, the slam duck war again Iraq. Thousand of Americans are now dead and wounded and hundreds of thousand of Iraqis killed. We are now escalating the war because we are told to give up now would serve to bring chaos to and destabilize the entire Middle East, as if we hadn't already done so. Based upon lies about WMD, nuclear weapons and the imminent ability of Saddam Hussein to launch a nuclear and/or chemical attack , we destroyed an entire country and diminished the prestige of the USA to an extend that will never, if at all be recaptured.
Yet we have both Republican and Democratic representatives and senators telling us we must see the mission though, whatever that mission may be.
We have the master criminal and most insane of them all, V. P. Cheney, still regurgitating his detritus, that anyone who opposes his policies is a traitor.
We now know, as we didn't before, that he and his cohorts, would go to any length to justify the war in Iraq, which they always knew was predicated upon fabrications and lies. Cheney himself, acting no different than a mob boss, led the attack on Joe Wilson for daring to expose the truth about Iraq attempting to purchase yellow cake from Niger, going so far as to expose an undercover CIA operatives identity.
This is treason justifying his and his boss's impeachment but criminal indictments as well. Yet we have Democratic Senators such as Joe Lieberman and his Republican pal, John McCain saying we must push on. Push on for what, eventual nuclear war with Iran. They tell us civil war will surely follow if we leave Iraq as if we all didn't know that it is exactly the situation now.
Yet around the water coolers all I hear is talk of who will make the Sweet Sixteen and the excitement of another Spring training. Are we all insane?
We have created the beginning of an Islamic Theocracy in Southern Iraq, which will be and has aligned with Iran. This is the Government we are supporting. We have put our ally, Israel, in the most precarious position they have ever been since 1947.
As a result of fear mongering we have accepted the evisceration of the Bill of Rights, the extension of the Patriot Act, torture as official US policy, illegal wiretapping and the elimination of the right of Habeas Corpus. The list goes on and on.
Yet the Democratic leaders tell us impeachment is off the table. The leading Democratic Candidate for President, Hillary Clinton, won't even admit she made a mistake in voting for the war. She has gone along with the removal of a time table for getting out of Iraq and no doubt will go along with allowing Bush to wage war against Iran without the need for congressional approval. The Supplemental War Appropriations Bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee failed to stipulate a definite time line for withdrawal. Worse, it contained no language requiring Bush to seek Congressional approval in order to attack Iran. What the hell do the Democrats think the 2006 election was about.
We will never hear Hillary call for impeachment, nor for the resignation of both Cheney and Bush. Yet, according to the Polls, she is the front runner among the Democratic aspirants for the Presidency. According to my definition she is insane. What of Obama, we know nothing about him and he likes it that way. Is it not insane that this neophyte should be another front runner when his lack of experience is so striking. This is a man who is anti consumer having voted for the Class Action Bill. He also voted to extend the Patriot Act. He is like Hillary a classic DLC Democrat. I have given and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for these cowards and am sick of them all. They lack any spine or courage of their convictions if they ever had any.
There is no need to go through a list of the Republican contenders as all of them enabled this administration to lie us into the worst foreign policy blunder of my generation. Who would have ever thought we could be sold the Gulf of Tonkin again.
Yet we go on with our lives, the rich get richer, the poor poorer and the middle class destroyed.
Working in a professional job, I hear my colleagues discussing tennis, soccer, baseball and golf lessons for their children. To me this is not only insane but sickening.
New Orleans and the Gulf remain decimated but who cares, when we have to choose our new car, new house, new wardrobe and all things concerning conspicuous consumption.
Perhaps it is I who am insane. I spend my waking hours immersed in thoughts of the crimes of our leaders and the lack of substance of our would be leaders. I wonder why we live in a country where people such as Russ Feingold or Dennis Kucinich could never be president. Even who I consider our greatest hope, John Edwards, despite his valiant efforts , seems to be a long shot. It is because he and those like him make us look in the mirror and see us for what we are. They are willing to speak out despite the risks.
On second thought I don't think I am insane as I try to relate meaningfully to the present. I have lost my interest in "march madness", spring training, etc and think only of what I can contribute to help right our sinking ship.
To me that a politician such as Hilliary Clinton, who as Sam Rayburn once said, exemplifies the credo, you have to go along to get along, may be the Democratic nominee for President is Insane.
My only hope is that it is not too late and that leaders will emerge who will relate meaningfully to the present and refuse to tolerate the decadence and self interest of our leaders and just maybe secure our country. There is no longer any use for those politicians who go along to get along. It is time to Stand up for the Constitution and prevent the creation of a fascist State which is clearly the goal of Cheney and his criminal gang. In my humble opinion John Edwards is our only hope.
"Hillary Clinton is killing me. Slowly. It's like someone's feeding me ground glass in small increments. By the time the election is actually on, I'm going to be too dead to vote.
Every officially released apology just digs the knife a little deeper. This recent fracas with Gen. Pace declaring homosexuality "immoral" might have taken the cake.
She should have come out swinging. She should have called the kettle black and called intolerance and ignorance out, but she didn't. Instead, she offered that whether or not homosexuality is immoral is for "others to conclude." Not exactly the voice heralding a new era, is it?"
Hillary is incapable of taking a stand on anything without checking first with her consultants. If she actually wins the nomination she will lose the Presidential election not because she is a woman but because she reprsents politics as usual and the same old timid Democratic Party. I guess we will not be seeing her in the future on The Colbert Report. I am both sick and saddened by these same old DLC candidates. Can't you just go away. Don't you ever learn? There is nothing wrong about having strong individual opinions. See; Jim Webb and Sherrod Brown for example. We need leaders not followers. Hillary is a follower of the polls and her DLC consultants and will always be so. She is simply incapable of change and is quickly alienating the entire progressive base of the Party. Obama is sadly turning out to be no different.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thompson supports the War.
Thompson supports the Presidents surge plan.
Thompson is active with fundraising for Scotter Libby's defense fund.
Thompson has said he would pardon Libby.
Thompson is an actor whos spent more time on Law and Order then on issues affecting the nation.
I think he'll jump in and announce Sam Waterston will be his attorney general if elected, Bill Frist his former counterpart in the Senate from TN will head the SEC
(he likes stocks), Ted Haggard can be his sprituial advisor, make Libby Chief of Staff and DeLay the Vice-Presidential nominee or he might have to fight Bob Ney for that post, he'll be out soon.......but since Thompson is being so candid and showing his true colors why not just be a true Republican and put in place the team we know you want. John Dean is still alive, he can be your legal counsel. Gordon Liddy is going on the radio, Press Secretary, perhaps? There ya go....
Run Fred Run! I hope he wins the nomination, I honestly cannot wait to see this guy in a debate explain why he would pardon Libby and why he supports the War, I'll cancel any plans I have that night to see this debate!
The officer's, Marc Cooper, 4 shots, Gescard Isnora, 11 shots, and Michael Oliver, 31 shots, are to surrender on Monday according to their respective attorneys. The verdict comes after three days of grand jury deliberations that had the city in suspense as they awaited the outcome and the decision comes almost four months after Sean Bell who was 23 was shot and killed, and two of his friends wounded.
"Since Nov. 25th, we have battled together. Today is a major step in the battle, whether it will be a step forward, time will tell. But one thing we can say, if you stay together and you fight, you can do what is necessary to protect children", Rev. Al Sharpton said at a news conference.
While police union officials defended the officers in this case, it was admirable to see Mayor Bloomberg meet with black leaders in the Queens neighborhood where the shooting happend in hopes of deferring tensions and riots that might outbreak due to the verdict. It was also admirable of the Mayor to meet with Rev. Sharpton following the shooting in November. Unlike the previous Mayor, Mayor Bloomberg has reached out to black leader's to ease any tensions that might outbreak.
Sharpton has said that the Bell family is not seeking revenge and should the officers be convicted, the victory would be of little meaning since Bell would still be dead. "We're looking for it to not happen again. The only way you make sure it doesn't happen again is you stop it, and you punish it and you send a signal that we live in a society where laws have to be respected. So there is no joy, no vengeance, no party here".
With the Bell case where 50 shots were fired, it's difficult to not draw comparison to the Diallo shooting where 41 shots were fired at an unarmed African American outside his apartment house in the Bronx. Diallo's family was represented by prominent New York City legal tycoon Anthony H. Gair. Gair who has a national reputation in the area of civil rights and is the most well respected personal injury attorney in NYC and one of the most well respected in the country, reached a $3 million settlement with the City of New York, the largest settlement ever paid by the city for an unemployed man with no dependents.
We must hope that these indictments carry to a conviction and a strong message is sent that officers are not above the law and if your a coward who has to shoot someone 31 times or 11 times, you don't belong in a police uniform. This is the first step in the pursuit of justice for Sean Bell.
The son of longtime Arkansas Democratic icon David Pryor is someone I thought could be the next Arkansas Democrat on a national ticket however this vote shows that Pryor who is up for re-election in 2008 puts his political career ahead of doing whats right. The only mantra, that I am from a "red state" should not be an excuse, Bill Nelson voted for the resolution, so did Pryors Arkansas colleague, Blanche Lincoln, Mary Landrieu who is up for re-election in a "red state" voted for it. Futhermore the Senator might be in a "red state", but our troops are in a bloody state and it's time for a withdrawl. I, for one, will not support Pryor in '08.
Wes Clark doesn't need to run for President, he needs to stay in Little Rock and challenge Pryor!
These emails show that Rove had active discussions with the Justice Dept. regarding the removal of US attorneys. It is clear that the administration dismissed US attorneys who did not support Republican interests.
"House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) today sent a letter to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales demanding answers to allegations that he may have advised the President to shut down an investigation of the White House's domestic wiretapping surveillance program because of his involvement with the program, according to a statement released to RAW STORY." They have the full letter here.
Hasta LaVista Baby.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
As for Turdblossom "But the day before, Gonzales' ignorance defense had already been punctured. A White House spokeswoman, Dana Perino, acknowledged that the U.S. attorneys' dismissals were preceded by a conversation between President Bush and Gonzales last October in which Bush complained that some prosecutors were not pursuing voter fraud investigations. These were, in fact, cases that Rove thought were especially important to Republicans.
Rove was the conduit for Republican political grievances about the U.S. attorneys. He was the fulcrum and the lever. He was the collector of information and the magnet of power. He was the originator, formulator and director. But, initially, according to the administration, like Gonzales, he supposedly knew nothing and did nothing." Sidney Blumenthal.
Though Paul Tsongas died in 1997, Niki's committment to public service did not. In addition to serving as Dean of Middlesex Community College, she has served on local boards and commissions, taken a position against the war, has advocated for the need to address global warming and spent years in Washington as a Congressional spouse. With all due respect to state Rep. Barry Feingold whos Aunt, a former state Rep in FL, I know well, I hope for the sake of the country, Tsongas wins this seat.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Thompson is the former minority counsel in the Watergate Investigation and since leaving the Senate has been raising money for Scotter Libby's legal defense fund. I don't find myself agreeing with Zach Wamp that much but I hope Thompson runs too. Watergate and now Libby, please run Fred, a Democratic Presidency would be all but official.
They conclude; ."This sort of selective release of information about even what city Obama is visiting on a certain day raises questions about the credibility of Obama's claim that "we are going to transform the political process." Obama putting the kibosh on reports of his fund-raising travels is politics-as-usual. Not wrong. But not different."
Just what is it about the political process Obama intends to transform? Other than style I don't see much substance. What is his position on Tort Reform? From what I hear he thinks it is needed which implies to me a sell out to the corporate interests. His voting record is certainly not that of a progressive Democrat. We know that he voted for bill S-5 to curtail the ability of plaintiffs to file class action lawsuits against Corporations. Corporate cash anyone? He also voted in favor of the bill which Reauthorized a slightly modified version of the 2001 USA Patriot Act. He has also waffled on Iraq. Seems not much different from Hillary. Perhaps he will one day give us substance over style.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Ann Coulter is a human, walking,talking disease and the face of the neoconservative movement. She is all that is wrong with our country. How about a new show on Fox O'Reilly and Coulter. It could give Comedy Central a run for their money except these two lunatics are quite serious and absolutely disgusting.
What do you think Hillary? Let us know when you have checked with Paul,Jim,Bubba and the rest of your handlers.
Hillary is a prepackaged Candidate by the DLC. She has no real convictions other than those that are poll driven. Chuck Hagel as spoken out more against The War than she. If you want business as usual Vote for Hillary. If you want a President who will speak his mind whatever the risk, consultants be damned there is only one choice- JOHN EDWARDS.
" Many people consider Rudy Giuliani "America's Mayor" and many of our members who don't, yet, know the real story, may also have a positive view of him. This letter is intended to make all of our members aware of the egregious acts Mayor Giuliani committed against our members, our fallen on 9-11, and our New York City union officers following that horrific day." newsday.com. The Fun has just begun.
Friday, March 9, 2007
As a liberal Democrat and strong Edwards supporter, I would welcome Chuck Hagel's entry into the GOP primary. He brings up valid points on Iraq and will hold the blind sheep who follow Bush in the wilderness accountable when it comes to Iraq. If he doesn't run for President, I hope he seeks re-election to the Senate. Unless Bob Kerrey moves back to Nebraska and runs, the Democrat's won't win this seat and I'd rather have a Hagel in the Senate then a Bush Republican.
Also invited to testify March 16 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is Patrick Fitzgerald, who this week won conviction of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of obstruction and perjury in the case, said Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
Waxman said Plame has accepted the invitation and Fitzgerald has not responded. In a letter to the prosecutor, Waxman proposed a meeting with ranking Republican Tom Davis of Virginia to discuss the terms of any testimony." From The Huffington Post. Thank you Henry.
"The Justice Department’s inspector general has prepared a scathing report criticizing how the F.B.I. uses a form of administrative subpoena to obtain thousands of telephone, business and financial records without prior judicial approval." From The New York Times.
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has turned The Department of Justice into a Political arm for the Bush Administration. My prediction is that he will be forced to resign and hopefully wind up disbarred and in jail where he can keep Libby Company. The stench of the last six years is finally rising to the top.
Fortunately we do have a few Democratic Representatives such as Henry Waxman who will see to it that the Stink is fully exposed;
" In the altered landscape that is Washington, there's a new contender for the title of Scariest Guy in Town. He stands 5 ft. 5, speaks softly and has all the panache of your parents' dentist. But when it comes to putting powerful people on the hot seat, there's no one tougher and more tenacious than veteran California Congressman Henry Waxman. In the Democrats' wilderness years, Waxman fashioned himself as his party's chief inquisitor. Working with one of the most highly regarded staffs on Capitol Hill, he has spent the past eight years churning out some 2,000 headline-grabbing reports, blasting the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress on everything from faulty prewar intelligence and flaws in missile defense to the flu-vaccine shortage and arsenic in drinking water." From Time
By the time Waxman gets done we may actually be able to breath fresh air again and all of the insidious machinations of the Bush years Will have been exposed. This is what a real representative of all the people does. Were there not more Henry Waxmans.
" WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged he was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against
President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.
"The honest answer is yes," Gingrich, a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to be aired Friday, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press. "There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There's certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards."' Yahoo News
Newt, you have no standards. You and the rest of your crowd are complete phonies who pray in church on Sundays and on the rest of us for the remainder of the week. My advise is to meet with Jimmy Swaggert and discuss your sins. While your at it why don't you come clean with the rest of your sins.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
"If I did it, it was because Cheney channeled Jack the Ripper.
I've never seen him as crazed as he was that day that Joe Wilson's op-ed ran. Actually, I've never seen anyone that rabid.
Cheney said that if the uranium/Saddam/al-Qaeda connection unraveled, then our whole case for the Iraq war would come undone." Read ON.
" Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales agreed yesterday to change the way U.S. attorneys can be replaced, a reversal in administration policy that came after he was browbeaten by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee still angry over the controversial firings of eight federal prosecutors.
Gonzales told Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and other senior members of the committee that the administration will no longer oppose legislation limiting the attorney general's power to appoint interim prosecutors. Gonzales also agreed to allow the committee to interview five top-level Justice Department officials as part of an ongoing Democratic-led probe into the firings, senators said after a tense, hour-long meeting in Leahy's office suite."
Keep on Investigating. Eventually these neo fascists will all be exposed.
The Lies Go ON And On And On.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
I am hoping Libby will serve his term, he deserves to be punished however if the President does offer a pardon, I can think of about 20 House seat's that go Democratic in 2008 and would bet anything on a Democratic Presidency.
Monday, March 5, 2007
Sunday, March 4, 2007
When President Bush was asked who he most admired on the court, Bush often refer's to Antonin Scalia. Scalia, appointed by President Reagan, a strong opponent of abortion rights, was a key factor in giving Bush the White House. In matter of fact it is noted that Bush considered Scalia when choosing a Chief Justice to replace William Renquist. With the death of Renquist and retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor, Bush appointed Justice's who in some sense or another represented the conservative ideals set forth by Scalia when appointing John Roberts and Samuel Alito, both regarded as conservative Jurists. There is a remote possibility that during the term of the next President both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens will step down. When looking for a new Justice, I would hope the next President would look for someone who resembles Benjamin Cardozo.
Benjamin Cardozo was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Hoover after serving on the New York State Supreme Court with his election in 1913 and the New York State Court of Appeals where he also served as Chief Judge. On the Court of Appeals his ruling's were mainly in regard to tort and contract law.
In 1932, President Hoover recognizing his brilliant legal mind and acumen as well as service on New York Courts, appointed Cardozo to succeed Oliver Wendell Holmes. Upon Cardozo's appointment, the New York Times, wrote, "seldom, if ever, in the history of the Court been so universally commended". Clarence C. Dill, a Democratic US Senator from Washington called Hoover's appointment of Cardozo, "the finest act of his career as President". The faculty of the University of Chicago Law School called for Cardozo's appointment and confirmation, the deans of law school's at Yale, Harvard, and Columbia followed suit. Justice Harlan Fisk Stone offered to resign to make room for Cardozo.
"In truth, I am nothing but a plodding mediocrity-please observe, a plodding medocrity-for a mere medocrity does not go very far, but a plodding one get's quite a distance. There is joy in that success, and a distinction can come from courage, fidelity and industry", words Cardozo used to describe himself during his lifetime.
Justice Cardozo was one of the most brilliant legal minds in history. He commanded the respect of his peers and was a man of impeccable character. If the next President is awarded the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court Justice we can only hope that the next President will look to someone in the mold of Benjamin Cardozo.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Morgenthau who has was first elected Manhattan DA in 1974 after being defeated in a 1962 run for Governor has been called, "the premier justice figure in the country". Before becoming Manhattan DA, Morgenthau spent nearly a decade as US Attorney and is approaching a half a century as the top prosecutor in New York. Morgenthau interestingly comes from one of the nation's most prominent Jewish families. His father, Henry Morgenthau, served as Treasury Secretary from 1933-45, most of FDR's Presidency. In addition to serving as DA, Morgenthau serves as Chairman of the Jewish Hertiage Museum's board of director's and has served as trustee of Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue.
Morgenthau's days as US Attorney began in 1961 with his appointment from President John F. Kennedy. As US Attorney, Morgenthau prosecuted stock swindlers, opened Swiss bank secrecy laws, and started a securities fraud unit. A successful US Attorney, Morgenthau won all of his important cases. As DA Morgenthau has an amazing ability to handle complex investigations turning them into manageable trials and eventual convictions.
When Morgenthau won election as Manhattan DA upon the death of longtime DA Frank Hogan, Manhattan was called the most dangerous of the five boroughs. Today, Morgenthau's officer says the borough is safer then Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.
Leslie Crocker Snyder, a well respected former Judge appointed as Judge of the Criminal Court of New York City in 1983 by former Mayor Ed Koch, ran a respectable and formidable campaign against the longtime DA in 2005 earning the support of the New York Times and is positioning herself to do so again in 2009. Troubling to me, unlike Morgenthau and myself for that matter, Snyder supports the death penalty. She also has been critical of Morgenthau devoting a large amount of time to white collar crimes which I believe has given him a key role in overseeing the integrity of financial instituions and protecting consumers.
Snyder as she was in 2005 will be a well qualified and formidable opponent in 2009 if Morgenthau runs of course. Like 2005, this should be an interesting and heated showdown however Robert Morgenthau has, continues to and I hope will continue to serve New York County well as DA.
Queens Democrat David Weprin who is Chairman of the Finance Committee has declared that he will run. Melinda Katz, a fellow Queens Democrat who challenged Anthony Weiner in 1998 for an open US House seat in the Democratic primary is eyeing the race and John Liu, also from Queens doesn't know if he wants to be Mayor, Public Advocate or Comptroller yet.
The fourth candidate, a Councilman from Brooklyn, stand's in my opinion the only qualified candidate for this position and will have my strong support if he decides to run, Simcha Felder. Councilman Felder served as Chief of Staff for Assmeblyman Dov Hikind, holds a BS degree in accounting from Touro College and is a CPA and, Professor of Management at Brooklyn College. In addtion he has served as an auditor for the New York City Department of Finance. Councilman Felder has a better understanding of this position then any of his potential opponents and would not use the position as a stepping stone to higher office but would provide effective and strong leadership for New York City as Comptroller.
In a race that should draw much attention, I say Simcha Felder is the guy to watch!
The Borough Presidency is more of less a title of prestige. The President makes $135,000 a year, maintains a posh sometime palatial office, has a driver, makes appointments to boards and committees, and advises the Mayor on issues important to their respective Borough. However, when you consider that two Borough President's, Robert Wagner and David Dinkins have gone onto become Mayor, that is where history could be in the makings in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is expected to be a very formidable candidate in the 2009 race for Mayor and who knows in 2017, the next President could be a formidable candidate, could be elected and may very well be an African American.
The list of would be candidates is impressive. Assemblyman Nick Perry who ran for and later withdrew from the US House Dist. 11 Democratic primary in 2006, has filed his intent to run with the NYC Board of Elections. Perry, who was born in Jamaica will have appeal to the Caribbean American voting base which could propel his chances.
State Senator Velmanette Montgomery is also rumored to be interested in this race as well as the famous Charles Barron of the New York City Council. Barron has also displayed interest in running for Congress in 2008 in District 10 against Ed Towns. If Towns were to defeat him and he probably would as Charles Rangel defeated Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell a few years back in a primary challenge, Barron could still bounce back and run for Borough President in 2009. Senator Montgomery on the other hand who defeated former City Councilwoman Tracy Boyland in the last primary has strong support among progressive whites living in downtown Brooklyn which could propel her chances.
Then theres Letica James who is also in a very good position of becoming the first African American Speaker of the New York City Council. Rumor has it that James also has digs on the Dist. 10 seat in Congress and has expressed interest in the Borough Presidency though she is not likley to run against Montgomery given their friendship.
Add NYC Councilman Al Vann who is term limited and NYS Assemblywoman Annette Robinson and you have quite a race in the making. Many are hoping that Vann will retire but he just might want to screw with everyone and throw his name into the race.
Inject a latino candiate into this race and all the others could be history before the race even get's started. However a Brooklyn race in 2009 that produces an African American President could very well produce an African American Mayor in a future New York City race and you could have history in the makings in Brooklyn...
A few days ago I wrote of Congressman Weiner and his possible bid for Gracice Mansion. Here are a few quick facts for the young Congressman from Queens that might be passed onto him by a reader who is a supporter. The road from Congress to City Hall is not that easy.
In 1999, longtime US Congressman Bobby Rush lost a primary challenge to Richard Daley. Rush launched a late starting campaign to the legendary Mayor and after losing was challenged for the Democratic nomination in 2000 for his US House seat by a then young novice state Senator named Barack Obama. Many believed that Rush had lost his desire to serve in Congress and Obama came out as a strong primary challenger only to be defeated by Rush 61-30.
John Conyers, a legend in Detriot serving nearly a quater-century in the US House, ran for Mayor of Detriot in 1989. Depsite his long service in Congress and standing in Detriot, he won 18% of the vote. In 1993, things weren't much better, in a second attempt to become Mayor he won 3% in a race won by Dennis Archer.
Xavier Becerra had represented Los Angeles in the US House since 1992 when he decided to run for Mayor of that City in 2001. In an attempt to become Mayor he received just 6% losing to a State Assembly Speaker and Board of Supervisors member in the Democratic primary.
It's not like 1965 when Congressman John Lindsey entered the race for Mayor after serving in Congress. A liberal Republican who had represented Manhattan in Congress since 1958, Lindsay easily defeated Democratic Comptroller Abe Beame and National Review Founder William Buckley, Jr. becoming the first Republican since 1945 to govern New York City. Lindsey left office in 1973, an unpopular Mayor, he should of stayed in Congress.
1977 brought another Manhattan Congressman to City Hall. Koch defeated a young Manhattan attorney named Mario Cuomo only to be defeated himself in a 1989 primary by a Manhattan Borough President named David Dinkins.
Not since Ed Koch's election has anyone gone from Congess to City Hall in New York City. With the exception of Bill Boner in Nashville in 1987 and Steve Bartlett in Dallas in 1991, not one US House member has gone from the Hall's of Congress to the Hall's of City Hall.
As Tip O'Neil said, "all politics is local". New York City Democrat's went with the local guy in their '05 Mayoral primary, chances are they'll stick with the local guy in '09.
" 1: a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)2: such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility3 a: extreme folly or unreasonableness b: something utterly foolish or unreasonable"
This describes Ms. Coulter as well as anything else. Why does the MSM feel compelled to report on the statements of this obviously ill woman. The answer is of course obvious. Hopefully this anorexic nut will fade off into well deserved oblivion. It could not happen soon enough.
"Andrew Giuliani has been at his father’s side in campaign commercials and inaugurations since he was a toddler, famously bounding across the stage in a rambunctious manner and mimicking his father’s rhetorical flourishes during Mr. Giuliani’s 1994 mayoral inauguration.
But Mr. Giuliani’s relationship with Andrew has grown strained and distant since his very public and bitter divorce from Andrew’s mother, Donna Hanover, and his marriage to Judith Nathan, according to Andrew and others familiar with the relationship.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Andrew, a sophomore and member of the golf team at Duke University, acknowledged having had difficulties with Ms. Nathan, and said that he and his father had recently tried to reconcile after not speaking “for a decent amount of time.”
“There’s obviously a little problem that exists between me and his wife,” the younger Mr. Giuliani said. “And we’re trying to figure that out. But as of right now it’s not working as well as we would like.” '
"Similarly, a distance appears to have developed between Mr. Giuliani and his daughter, now a high school senior who is to attend Harvard University in September.
The familial tensions come as Mr. Giuliani prepares to run for president and as other Republican contenders deploy their children as campaign assets."
Those of us who live in NYC should not be surprised. Rudy has always been a venal, vindictive self absorbed man who cares only about Rudy. His reputation as US Attorney in NY was one of an arrogant self promoting man who was impossible to work for. All his actions were geared to furthering his own Political Carear. Lets not forget that as Mayor Bernie Kerrick was his right hand man. He fired the best Police Commissioner in recent memory, Bill Bratton, because he was jealous of the attention Bratton was getting. Make no mistake it was Bill Bratton and John Timmony who devised the policing strategy which drastically lowered the City crime rate not Rudy. Once the NYC tabloids seriously get involved in the race they will go after Rudy with a vengeance, especially NewsDay. It is only a matter of time until the rest of the Country know what we here in NYC know; Rudy is not Presidential Material but a self promoting vicious man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. His despicable treatment of Donna Hanover is just the tip of the ice berg. Rudy will self destruct despite what Chris "Tweety Bird" Mathews has been declaring on his show "Soft Ball".