Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A close Senate race in New Mexico

Polls show Democratic Albuquerque Mayor and US Senate candidate Martin Chavez leading US Rep Heather Wilson 41% to 40% in what will most likely be a very close US Senate race in New Mexico. 19% of voters are undecided and Chavez leads among Independents 48% to 30%.

Warner continues to lead in VA Senate race

Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner continues to hold a commanding lead in the race to replace retiring Republican Senator John Warner in Virginia. Warner leads Republican Jim Gilmore 53% to 37%.

John Edwards - The Test


Edwards nails Hillary. She refuses to give a straight answer on Driver's Licneses for illegal immigrants. Expect her to issue a press release Today explaining what she "really meant"

MSNBC Democratic Debate in Philadelphia – Edwards Takes Off The Gloves And Clearly Wins Debate

NBC's Domenico Montanaro: "Edwards Came Back Stronger" Against Clinton on Iran. "But Edwards came back stronger, taking the liberal mantle. He said does any of this sound familiar. This was 'literally in the language of the neo-cons.' How is this Democrats standing up and saying no. That was impassioned and a strong response. Tries to show himself as the clear, sharp alternative. This is wedging going on. He might be elbowing Obama out of the way on this issue. His, albeit reasonable, but tepid answer on this, just wasn't grabbing the spotlight." ["Iran - who stands out," 10/30/07]
New York Times' Katharine Q. Seelye: Edwards Is "Making His Case Very Clearly to the Jury." "John Edwards' experience as a trial lawyer shows, making his case very clearly to the jury. He suggests that Mrs. Clinton voted for the Iran resolution because she was moving from primary mode to general election mode. 'Our responsibility should be in tell-the-truth mode,' he said. Mrs. Clinton calls this a semantic difference." ["Tell-the-Truth Mode," 10/30/07]
Politico's Ben Smith: Edwards Made the "Sharpest" Argument of the Evening on Iran. Regarding the first half of the debate, Ben Smith wrote, "Edwards closed with his best argument, and the sharpest of the evening so far: If President Bush invades Iran in six months, 'Are we going to hear, 'If only I'd known then what I know now ...'" ["Semantics," 10/30/07]
Marc Ambinder: "Edwards, so far, Has Made the Clearest Contrasts." 9:20: "Edwards, so far, has made the clearest contrasts, but Obama has his paintbrush out too." [, 10/30/07]
NBC's Chuck Todd: "Connected the Dots That Some Thought Obama Would Connect re: the Iran Issue. Early on, He's a Better Job of Drawing Distinctions with Clinton than Obama." "Edwards just connected the dots that some thought Obama would connect re: the Iran issue. Early on, he's doing a better job of drawing distinctions with Clinton than Obama. Dropping 'neo-con' a few times in his response on Iran was a smart way to alert Democrats of his opposition. For the true activists, 'neo con' is a four-letter, um, phrase."[Edwards Puts Clinton On Side Of The 'Neo-Cons'," 10/30/07]
Marc Ambinder: "This Column Agrees With Chuck Todd." [, 10/30/07]
Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "Edwards Shines Against Clinton." "So far in the debate, Obama has been one-upped by Edwards when it comes to challenging Clinton directly but that doesn't mean the Illinois Senator hasn't scored points of his own." ["Edwards Shines Against Clinton, Obama Scores on His Background ," 10/30/2007]
ABC's Rick Klein: "Another Good Edwards Line: 'If People Want the Status Quo, Than They Want Sen. Clinton.'" [, 9:50pm, 10/30/07]
Marc Ambinder: "Edwards Gets In A Good Line On Lieberman-Kyl." "So… to put pressure on the Bush Administration is ... to vote yes on a resolution that [looked as if it] was written by the neocons? Has anyone read this thing?" [, 10/30/07]
The Hotline's "On Call" Asked, "Edwards, The real Rocky?;" Said Edwards Was "Well Prepared." "Seeking to draw attention away from the teased Obama/Clinton showdown, a well prepared and dogged Edwards says that Clinton refuses to impose a timetable on troop withdrawal in Iraq. He, on the other hand, will get combat troops out of Iraq by the end of his first year in office. There is, he said, 'a clear difference' between his position and Hillary's." ["Edwards, The real Rocky?" "10/30/07]
NBC's Chuck Todd: "The Spin Tonight May Be, Obama Backed Down a Tad, While Edwards Decided to Fill the Vacuum." "Edwards seems to be the one looking the opportunities to hit Clinton hard. Obama's hitting her, but not like Edwards. If the NYT interview hadn't happened this weekend with Obama, the spin on this first 40 minutes would be: Edwards stepping up his attempts to create a contrast with Clinton while Obama sits back hoping he benefits from the negative fallout. But because of the hype of the NYT interview, the spin tonight may be, Obama backed down a tad, while Edwards decided to fill the vacuum." ["It's Edwards v. Clinton... Again?" 10/30/07]
TAPPED's Dana Goldstein: "'Obama on the Attack' Meme Was All Hype. Edwards, on the Other Hand Is… Talking About the 'Clear Choice' between the Candidates." "So far, it's looking like the 'Obama on the attack' meme was all hype. Edwards, on the other hand, is doing what he's done in all these events, talking about the 'clear choice' between the candidates. He promises to end all combat operations in Iraq, and Clinton responds that she supports only a 'very limited mission' of Special Operations forces to 'engage' Al Qaeda in Iraq. She also wants American troops to continue to train Iraqi police. Edwards is really kicking, quoting the New York Times explaining Hillary's Kyl-Lieberman vote as a shift from primary to 'general election mode.' He says, 'Our responsibility as presidential candidates is to be in 'tell the truth mode' all the time. We should not be saying something different in the primary than in the general election.'" [, 10/30/07]
TAPPED's Garance Franke-Ruta: Edwards "Takes More Effective, or at Least Cleanly Articulated" Contrast with Clinton. "Brian Williams wastes no time getting down to business, asking Barack Obama about his recent criticisms of Hillary Clinton. Obama responds nervously, with some sports story that neither I nor Dana got (go women's vote!) and making a stream of accusations against Clinton, including a slightly confused story about her Iraq war vote, when it sounded like he meant her Iran war vote. Clinton responds clearly and cleanly. John Edwards takes a more effective, or at least cleanly articulated, swipe next." [, 10/30/07]
NBC's Domenico Montanaro: "Edwards Is More Sharper, Clearer on" Differences with Clinton; Edwards "Has Been the One to Capitalize on" Questions in the Debate. "Maybe it's not in his personality. Maybe it's about 2012 or 2016. Maybe it's Iowa Nice. But Obama just doesn't seem like he either can or wants to be direct on Clinton instead of continuing to talk about himself. Edwards is more sharper, clearer on these differences. It's interesting, but Edwards' campaign points out all of the things he has been first on, but others have gotten the attention for. Seems to me tonight, that Obama -- by virtue of answering the question first perhaps -- has brought something up first, but Edwards has been the one to capitalize on it." ["Obama's lack of directness,"10/30/07]
TAPPED's Dana Goldstein: "Edwards Is Quite Right Here to Revise His 'Two Americas' Line In Describing Our Education System." "Hillary and Edwards both give a plug to early childhood education, while Edwards is quite right here to revise his 'two Americas' line in describing our education system, one for the affluent, and one for the poor." ["The Education Debate," 10/30/07]
TAPPED's Garance Franke-Ruta: "Edwards Makes a Nice -- and Original -- Point Tying Outsourcing of American Jobs to the Influx of Poison Chinese Toys. I Haven't Heard That Argument Before." ["Outsourcing the Toys," 10/30/07]
Clinton came across as evasive and as talking out of both sides of her mouth. The final question on Drivers Licenses for illegal aliens completely exposed Clinton. Does anyone know what her position is on this as a result of her answer? As Edwards pointed out, scoring big in the span of two minutes we have heard two different answers from Sen. Clinton. Her answers was classic Bill, Don't take a position if you can avoid it. Edwards called her out and it cost her. I will be interested in seeing the Iowa and New Hampshire polls following this debate. It was Hillary's worst performance and reminds us there is a long way to go and it ain't over till its over. She came off for what she is a Beltway insider who will preserve the status quo.

New Hampshire SEIU Endorses John Edwards

Manchester, NH – New Hampshire State Director Beth Leonard released the following statement tonight after the 10,000-member NH State Employees' Association voted to endorse John Edwards, bringing Edwards' SEIU state council endorsement total to 12 states and over 1 million SEIU members:
"We are thrilled to have the support of the the hard-working families of the New Hampshire State Employees' Association (SEIU local 1984). John Edwards' commitment to guaranteeing universal health care, the work he has done standing shoulder-to-shoulder with organized labor and his strength as the candidate who can win the general election next year and bring a pro-union, pro-working family agenda to the White House have earned him this critical support in New Hampshire. John Edwards is proud to have the strong endorsement of the SEA and looks forward to working with the men and women of SEIU in New Hampshire to build One America where every single American has health care coverage and where everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead."

This is big. It means that not only will New Hampshire SEIU members help immensely with GOTV for Edwards but members from Mass. will also be able to come into N.H. to assist. Since the N.H. SEIU endorsed Edwards no out of State chapters are permitted to come to N.H. to support any of the other candidates.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

War - Edwin Starr


Immunity deal hampers Blackwater inquiry

WASHINGTON - The State Department promised Blackwater USA bodyguards immunity from prosecution in its investigation of last month's deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians, The Associated Press has learned.

The immunity deal has delayed a criminal inquiry into the Sept. 16 killings and could undermine any effort to prosecute security contractors for their role in the incident that has infuriated the Iraqi government.
"Once you give immunity, you can't take it away," said a senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation.
State Department officials declined to confirm or deny that immunity had been granted. One official — who refused to be quoted by name_ said: "If, in fact, such a decision was made, it was done without any input or authorization from any senior State Department official in Washington."

Note the language, " ... without any input or authorization from any senior State Department official...." This is a very cute obfuscation. Immunity, which was most certainly given came, without a doubt from the White house which means our favorite fascist, Dick Cheney. What has become of our Country or is it just now accepted by the American people more concerned with their new ipod phones. Or is it that the destruction of the middle class has been so devastating that they are too concerned with their own economic survival to comprehend that we have devolved into a fascist State. The bill of rights has been eviscerated, habeus corpus gutted and the news media has become a propaganda vehicle for the White House. This is no different than the period between 1896 to 1942 when known lynchings of blacks occurred at the rate of 100 per year,were accepted and not prosecuted. There is now no doubt that Blackwater mercenaries have murdered scores of innocent Iraqi civilians and are going to get away with it. We are at the precipice. If we don't stand up now it will be too late if it isn't already.

"If I am not for myself who will be for me.
If I am only for myself than what am I.
Rabbi Hillel

Monday, October 29, 2007


These people are certifiable. Hillary is right there with them. You have a choice

In Iowa Dem race close, Romney way ahead on the GOP side

With January right around the corner the Democratic race in Iowa is close. The latest numbers are:

Hillary Clinton 29%

Barack Obama 27%

John Edwards 20%

Bill Richardson 7%

The interesting thing is Edwards has not been running AD's in Iowa and he still polls at 20% and is locked in a tight three way race with Clinton and Obama. Edwards just completed visiting 99 Iowa counties and has a strong ground operation. I think he can win Iowa by 6-8 points.

On the GOP side, it is Romney in Iowa:

Mitt Romney 36%

Mike Huckabee 13%

Rudy Giuliani 13%

Fred Thompson 11%

Romney has Iowa and for that matter New Hampshire locked up, probably even the nomination but Huckabee is coming up and could be worth watching.

Giuliani NYC Mayoral papers become an issue

The Chicago Tribune reports:

"Shortly before Rudy Giuliani left the New York Mayor's office in 2001, close associates worked out an unprecedented and controversial deal to transfer his mayoral papers from City Hall to a private, tax-exempt foundation, the Rudolph W. Giuliani Center for Urban Affairs".

However, "because he moved his papers through a private organization led by his political supporters, however, the integrity of that record has been called into question".

The City of NY has changed it laws to prevent another Mayor from doing this. Diallo. Stop and Frisk. Failed Marriage. This is just the latest in a long list of controversy.

McConnell in trouble

Senator Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and the Senate Republican leader could face a tough election next year in Kentucky. McConnell polls under 50% in recent polls with Congressman Ben Chandler trailing McConnell by only 5%, 46% to 41%. McConnell's lead over potential candidate former Attorney General Greg Stumbo is only 46% to 37%.

McConnell's support of the President is not playing over well in Kentucky and this could be a race to watch next year.

The Moral Test of Our Generation-John Edwards Speech

St. Anselm's College, Manchester, New HamphshireOctober 29, 2007;

Many of you know that I am the son of a mill worker -- that I rose from modest means and have been blessed in so many ways in life. Elizabeth and I have so much to be grateful for.
And all of you know about some of the challenges we have faced in my family. But there came a time, a few months ago, when Elizabeth and I had to decide, in the quiet of a hospital room, after many hours of tests and getting pretty bad news -- what we were going to do with our lives.
And we made our decision. That we were not going to go quietly into the night -- that we were going to stand and fight for what we believe in.
As Elizabeth and I have campaigned across America, I've come to a better understanding of what that decision really meant -- and why we made it.
Earlier this year, I spoke at Riverside Church in New York, where, forty years ago, Martin Luther King gave a historic speech. I talked about that speech then, and I want to talk about it today. Dr. King was tormented by the way he had kept silent for two years about the Vietnam War.
He was told that if he spoke out he would hurt the civil rights movement and all that he had worked for -- but he could not take it any more -- instead of decrying the silence of others -- he spoke the truth about himself.
"Over the past two years" he said, "I have moved to break the betrayal of my own silence and speak from the burning of my own heart."
I am not holier than thou. I am not perfect by any means. But there are events in life that you learn from, and which remind you what this is really all about. Maybe I have been freed from the system and the fear that holds back politicians because I have learned there are much more important things in life than winning elections at the cost of selling your soul.
Especially right now, when our country requires so much more of us, and needs to hear the truth from its leaders.
And, although I have spent my entire life taking on the big powerful interests and winning -- which is why I have never taken a dime from Washington lobbyists or political action committees -- I too have been guilty of my own silence -- but no more.
It's time to tell the truth. And the truth is the system in Washington is corrupt. It is rigged by the powerful special interests to benefit they very few at the expense of the many. And as a result, the American people have lost faith in our broken system in Washington, and believe it no longer works for ordinary Americans. They're right.
As I look across the political landscape of both parties today -- what I see are politicians too afraid to tell the truth -- good people caught in a bad system that overwhelms their good intentions and requires them to chase millions of dollars in campaign contributions in order to perpetuate their careers and continue their climb to higher office. READ COMPLETE SPEECH
From Crooks and Liars

28 Killed at Iraqi Police Base

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on a bicycle killed 28 policemen at their base in the volatile Iraqi province of Diyala on Monday, police said, in one of the deadliest strikes on Iraq's security forces in months.
The bomber entered the base and attacked a group of policemen -- members of a rapid reaction force -- doing their morning exercises, said Major-General Ghanim al-Quraishi, police chief of Diyala province.
He said details of the bombing were confused because everyone at the scene had been killed or badly wounded.
The base is in the city of Baquba, capital of Diyala province, where al Qaeda and other Sunni Arab insurgent groups as well as Shi'ite Muslim militias operate.
At least 20 people were wounded in the attack, including a woman and a child, police said.
A car bomb in a residential area in the northern Iraqi town of Siniya demolished two homes and killed seven people and wounded 11, police and health officials said.
No group claimed immediate responsibility for the Baquba bombing, but it bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda, which has often used suicide bombers in attacks on Iraqi security forces to devastasting effect.BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on a bicycle killed 28 policemen at their base in the volatile Iraqi province of Diyala on Monday, police said, in one of the deadliest strikes on Iraq's security forces in months.
The bomber entered the base and attacked a group of policemen -- members of a rapid reaction force -- doing their morning exercises, said Major-General Ghanim al-Quraishi, police chief of Diyala province.
He said details of the bombing were confused because everyone at the scene had been killed or badly wounded.
The base is in the city of Baquba, capital of Diyala province, where al Qaeda and other Sunni Arab insurgent groups as well as Shi'ite Muslim militias operate.
At least 20 people were wounded in the attack, including a woman and a child, police said.
A car bomb in a residential area in the northern Iraqi town of Siniya demolished two homes and killed seven people and wounded 11, police and health officials said.
No group claimed immediate responsibility for the Baquba bombing, but it bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda, which has often used suicide bombers in attacks on Iraqi security forces to devastasting effect.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Romney uses scare tactics to make point

By RASHA MADKOUR, Associated Press Writer Sun Oct 28, 2:59 AM ET.

"FORT MYERS, Fla. - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney offered a verbal tour of "Hillary's House of Horrors" on Saturday, conjuring images of Halloween spook houses to underscore his criticisms of Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

You go in one room, she wants to raise your taxes. You go in another room and she wants to have government taking over health care," Romney said to laughter and applause at a town hall meeting in southwest Florida. "You go in the next room and she's weakened homeland security by voting against the authority of our government to listen in to al-Qaida's calls."
Romney said he would keep Clinton from reaching the White House not by acting like her — an apparent dig at rival Rudy Giuliani — but by building on the conservative foundation laid by Ronald Reagan."
I guess this means that Romney will continue the destruction of the middle class and union busting started by Reagan. Remember that it was Reagan who began the end off the New Deal under which the middle class had prospered for 50 years. He also was the motivating force behind the destruction of the unions. See Air Traffic controllers.

Giuliani resembles Bush on terror war

By LIBBY QUAID, Associated Press Writer Sun Oct 28, 4:04 AM ET.

"WASHINGTON - Rudy Giuliani, to quote a Democratic rival, would be like President Bush on steroids in the way he would go about protecting the U.S. from terrorists. In reality, Giuliani doesn't seem very different from Bush on the issue.

The former New York mayor says the government shouldn't be shy about eavesdropping on citizens. He is prepared to use military force to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons and root out terrorists in Pakistan. And he opposes a U.S. pullout from Iraq.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, a Giuliani friend and adviser on homeland security issues, said in an interview: "I would say they're very much joined at the hip on these policies, and particularly the mind-set and commitment of both the president and Mayor Giuliani to stay on offense."
Giuliani sounds more muscular.
Bush talks about terrorism, while Giuliani doggedly refers to "the terrorists' war on us." It is the first item on a little card he carries with him listing 12 things he would do as president: "I will keep America on offense in the terrorists' war on us." He constantly accuses Democrats of being afraid to use the term "Islamic terrorists."
His tough talk prompted Democrat John Edwards to quip that Giuliani would be George Bush on steroids.Read Full Article
Whats the difference between Hillary and Rudy? Nothing


From The Nation by John Nichols;

"Gee, maybe John McCain really is too old to be president. At a point in history when investment firms and laxative peddlers are employing imagery and music from the 1960s to appeal to the massive Baby Boomer buying (and voting) bloc, the Republican contender is campaigning against peace and love, man.
In the latest television ad from the McCain campaign's gang that couldn't shoot straight, the trailing Republican attacks front-running Democrat Hillary Clinton for being soft on... Woodstock. Ostensibly, the new McCain commercial rips the senator from New York state for earmarking $1 million to help fund a museum to recall the concert that drew 500,000 young people to a farm field in, uh, New York state for what may well have been the most memorable musical event of the 20th century.
The point of the ad is to highlight McCain's "fiscal responsibility" -- which somehow accepts the massive waste associated with the expenditure of $200 million a day on the Iraq fiasco. But the message is lost amid scenes of hippie girls dancing in the days when today's most likely voters were, well, hippie girls. In case anyone misses the point that McCain is older than Ronald Reagan was when the Gipper sought the presidency in 1980, the ad closes with a distinctly dated announcement that: "John McCain says, if you want to relive Woodstock ... buy the record."

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Humble Pie - I Don't Need No Doctor - 1971

Steve Marriot one of the greats of all time. Remember The Small Faces?

Joe Cocker Live at Woodstock 1969

It was a cultural and pharmaceutical event John. As I recall before you were all tied up as you say your were napalming thousands and thousands of innocent Vietnamese women and children in another war based on a lie. Remember the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution pal. You warmongering pig. Now you want to bomb Iran. What happened to your position on Torture you hypocritical SOB. How many innocent people have you killed? Doubt you know since you were 25,000 feet up in the sky when you did your killing McCain you evil miscreant. President my ass.

Very amusing. Since you missed it heres a clip for your enjoyment.

BB King Eric Clapton Buddy Guy Jeff Beck Albert Collins

Blues For A Rainy Saturday Night.
"Sweet Little Angel" at the Apollo Theater June 15, 1993 Bill Cosby hosting BB King Eric Clapton Buddy Guy Jeff Beck Albert Collins Bill


There is no question that it was during the administration of Bill Clinton that renditions became accepted practice. Bush and Cheney may have perfected it but it was our friend Bill who made it standard operating procedure. Does anyone really believe Hillary as President will be any different. The clear evidence is she will not. Witness her support of the Iraq War as well as at least tacitly supporting war with Iran. Any Democrat who votes for her expecting change is either delusional or doesn't care.

"In a New Yorker interview with CIA veteran Michael Scheuer, an author of the rendition program under the Clinton administration, writer Jane Mayer noted, "In 1995, American agents proposed the rendition program to Egypt, making clear that it had the resources to track, capture, and transport terrorist suspects globally — including access to a small fleet of aircraft. Egypt embraced the idea... 'What was clever was that some of the senior people in Al Qaeda were Egyptian,' Scheuer said. 'It served American purposes to get these people arrested, and Egyptian purposes to get these people back, where they could be interrogated.' Technically, U.S. law requires the CIA to seek 'assurances' from foreign governments that rendered suspects won’t be tortured. Scheuer told me that this was done, but he was 'not sure' if any documents confirming the arrangement were signed."Thereafter, with the approval of President Clinton and a presidential directive (PDD 39), the CIA instead elected to send suspects to Egypt, where they were turned over to the Egyptian mukhabarat."

Look at the people associated with Hillary's campaign Mark Penn and Alan Quasha. These are individuals who have been associated with both Bush and Blackwater. Hillary will be the same old same old. Obama has no substance and has shown himself to have no moral compass. His campaign is dead. The only person who has chance to beat Hillary and would never condone torture, as she most certainly would, is John Edwards. Hillary Clinton has also adopted a hawkish stance, voting in favor of the Senate measure to classify the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization giving the administration a blank check to go to war.
The Huffington Post reports that "An examination of contributions of $500 or more, using the Huffington Post’s Fund race website, shows that employees of the top five arms makers - Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop-Grumman, Raytheon and General Dynamics — gave Democratic presidential candidates $103,900, with only $86,800 going to Republicans.
Senator Clinton took in $52,600, more than half of the total going to all Democrats, and a figure equaling 60 percent of the sum going to the entire GOP field. Her closest competitor for defense industry money is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R.), who raised $32,000." Hillary has been wrapped, packaged , bought and paid for.

Fascism Anyone?

From Article by Laurence W. Britt Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 23, Number 2.

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.

4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.

5. Rampant sexism.

6. A controlled mass media.

7. Obsession with national security.

8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.

9. Power of corporations protected.

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.

11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.

12. Obsession with crime and punishment.

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.

14. Fraudulent elections.

"Does any of this ring alarm bells? Of course not. After all, this is America, officially a democracy with the rule of law, a constitution, a free press, honest elections, and a well-informed public constantly being put on guard against evils. Historical comparisons like these are just exercises in verbal gymnastics. Maybe, maybe not." Read Full Article.
Arianna Huffington: Ending the War: Time for the Dems to Play Hardball
Too many Democrats seem resigned to the notion that, since they don't have the 60 votes needed to end Senate debate, their options on Iraq are limited. But the truth is, Democrats have all the votes they need to stop the war -- if they are willing to use the power given them by the Constitution. Read More

US disaster agency apologizes for fake 'reporters'

By Randall MikkelsenWASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) -

"The main U.S. disaster-response agency apologized on Friday for having its employees pose as reporters in a news briefing on California's wildfires that no journalists attended.The Federal Emergency Management Agency, still struggling to restore its image after the bungled handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, issued the apology after The Washington Post published details of the Tuesday briefing."We can and must do better, and apologize for this error in judgment," FEMA deputy administrator Harvey Johnson, who conducted the briefing, said in a statement. "Our intent was to provide useful information and be responsive to the many questions we have received."No actual reporter attended the hastily called news conference in person, although some camera crews arrived late to film incidental shots, officials said.A spokeswoman for Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who has authority over FEMA, called the incident "inexcusable and offensive to the secretary.""We have made it clear that stunts such as this will not be tolerated or repeated," spokeswoman Laura Keehner said. She said the department was considering reprimands.The White House said: "It was just a bad way to handle it." The Bush administration has faced criticism previously over accusations it masked public relations efforts as journalism.FEMA had called the briefing with about 15 minutes notice as federal officials headed for Southern California to oversee firefighting and rescue efforts. Reporters were also given a phone number to listen in but could not ask questions.But with no reporters attending and a FEMA video feed being carried live by some television networks, FEMA press employees posed questions for Johnson that included: "Are you happy with FEMA's response so far?"Johnson replied that he was "very happy with FEMA's response so far," according to Friday's Post account, which FEMA spokesman Aaron Walker confirmed,Johnson also told the briefing that the agency had the benefit of "good leadership" and other factors, "none of which were present at Katrina." Chertoff was head of the Homeland Security Department during Katrina.FEMA's administrator during Katrina, Michael Brown, resigned amid widespread criticism over his handling of the disaster, despite U.S. President George W. Bush's initial declaration that he was doing a "heck of a job."E-mails between Brown and his colleagues over the course of the storm revealed a preoccupation with his media image. "I am a fashion god," he wrote.FEMA is reviewing its press procedures and will make changes to ensure they are "straightforward and transparent," Johnson said on Friday.Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino said the White House did not condone FEMA's action and would not engage in such practices.But in 2004 the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, accused the administration of "covert propaganda" in distributing video packages about federal health programs that looked like independent news reports.Conservative pundit Armstrong Williams lost a syndication deal for his column in 2005 and apologized after a disclosure that he accepted $240,000 from the Bush administration to promote education legislation in his commentaries.U.S. defense officials that year also confirmed that U.S. troops wrote articles that were planted in Iraqi newspapers in exchange for money."


Dana Cappuccino Perino is, of course, full of s..t. The White House has done nothing but engage in such practices. As for Michael Chertoff he is inexcusable and offensive to the people of the United States. The gutless White House press core will obviously remain mute. They and the rest of the Main Stream Media are a disgrace and should be embarrassed to call themselves journalists. Not you Helen.

John Fogerty-Who Will Stop The Rain

A great song for a rainy Saturday Morning. John will be starting his REVIVAL Tour this Friday. I will be there to watch this great muscian and songwriter.

JF performed his live show on John Labatt Centre London Ont on 21 July 2007

Rumsfeld hit with torture lawsuit while visiting Paris

From The Raw Story;

"Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's jaunt to France was interrupted today by an unscheduled itinerary item -- he was slapped with a criminal complaint charging him with torture.
Rumsfeld, in Paris for a discussion sponsored by the magazine Foreign Policy, was tracked down by representatives of a coalition of international human rights groups, who informed the architect of the US invasion of Iraq that they had submitted a torture suit against him in French court.
The filed documents allege that during his tenure, the former defense secretary "ordered and authorized" torture of detainees at both the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the US military's detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The head of one of the groups responsible for bringing the charges, the US-based Center for Constitutional Rights, told RAW STORY today by phone that the suit was a long time coming. Read More

'I Don't Think This Place Is Worth Another Soldier's Life'

By Joshua PartlowWashington Post Foreign Service Saturday, October 27, 2007;

" Oct. 26 Their line of tan Humvees and Bradley Fighting Vehicles creeps through another Baghdad afternoon. At this pace, an excruciating slowness, they strain to see everything, hoping the next manhole cover, the next rusted barrel, does not hide another bomb. A few bullets pass overhead, but they don't worry much about those.
"I hate this road," someone says over the radio.

They stop, look around. The streets of Sadiyah are deserted again. To the right, power lines slump down into the dirt. To the left, what was a soccer field is now a pasture of trash, combusting and smoking in the sun. Packs of skinny wild dogs trot past walls painted with slogans of sectarian hate.
A bomb crater blocks one lane, so they cross to the other side, where houses are blackened by fire, shops crumbled into bricks. The remains of a car bomb serve as hideous public art. Sgt. Victor Alarcon's Humvee rolls into a vast pool of knee-high brown sewage water -- the soldiers call it Lake Havasu, after the Arizona spring-break party spot -- that seeps in the doors of the vehicle and wets his boots.
"When we first got here, all the shops were open. There were women and children walking out on the street," Alarcon said this week. "The women were in Western clothing. It was our favorite street to go down because of all the hot chicks."
That was 14 long months ago, when the soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, arrived in southwestern Baghdad. It was before their partners in the Iraqi National Police became their enemies and before Shiite militiamen, aligned with the police, attempted to exterminate a neighborhood of middle-class Sunni families.
Next month, the U.S. soldiers will complete their tour in Iraq. Their experience in Sadiyah has left many of them deeply discouraged, by both the unabated hatred between rival sectarian fighters and the questionable will of the Iraqi government to work toward peaceful solutions."
Asked if the American endeavor here was worth their sacrifice -- 20 soldiers from the battalion have been killed in Baghdad -- Alarcon said no: "I don't think this place is worth another soldier's life." Read Full Story

Edwards To Clinton: American People Deserve The Truth - Not More Doubletalk - On Iran

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Today, Senator John Edwards released the following statement criticizing Senator Clinton for her doubletalk on Iran: "When Senator Clinton voted to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, she only aided and abetted George Bush and Dick Cheney's march to war.
"We now have clear confirmation that the administration is planning attacks on Iran. This morning, NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell reported that Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters on a flight back to the United States last night that there are 'contingency plans for an attack on Iran' and that 'the planning has been done.'
"Republican candidates are also beating the drums of war. In an interview yesterday, Rudy Giuliani also said the military stage is 'closer than some of the Democrats believe.'
"Even though she's cozying up to the Republican approach when she's inside the Beltway, when she's in Iowa, Senator Clinton tells a different story. But with a question so critical, the American people deserve the real truth, not more doubletalk. And they need members of Congress to stand strong and fight the president on his march to war with Iran - not quicken the pace."

Cleland Would Make a Race in Georgia

A new InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion survey in Georgia finds that a rematch of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) versus former Sen. Max Cleland (D), who lost to Chambliss in 2002, might be the Democratic Party’s strongest hope for reclaiming the Senate seat.The poll found Chambliss leading Cleland 36% to 24%, with 40% undecided.Said pollster Matt Towery: "The key to this survey versus other surveys that have been conducted with other potential U.S. Senate candidates is that when you add Cleland to the mix, the undecided vote soars, leaving Chambliss well below the 50 percent mark." FROM TAEGAN GODDARD'S POLITICAL WIRE

Friday, October 26, 2007

Canned Heat - On The Road Again

More Friday Night Rock from one of the greatest white blues bands ever including Paul Butterfield. ENJOY



Tina Turner 1982 Proud Mary

Tina gives a stunning performace of John Fogerty's Proud Mary in 1982. Tina doesn't just sing a song-she assaults it head-on with Tina Turner-energy. She is a force of nature like a tornado. Known as the hardest working woman in show business, Tina works the stage like no one else in rock n roll. A true legend, there is no one like Tina Turner and there never will be. After 40 years in rock n roll, she's has earned the title Queen of Rock n Roll & is one of the most respected and idolized women in music today. The girl's got legs!!!!

Bush Regime Preaches Democracy, Proposes Tyranny

By Paul Craig Roberts;

10/24/07 "ICH" -- -- US citizens had best rethink the "war on terror" while they still have the liberty to do so. For all of President Bush’s blah-blah talk about bringing democracy to the world, the Bush administration has proved that it is no friend of liberty at home.
The Bush administration has violated constitutional principles, US law, and the Geneva Conventions as no previous administration has done. Here is a short list of the Bush administration’s crimes:
Spying without court warrants on Americans in violation of both the US Constitution and the FISA statute.
The denial of habeas corpus, attorney-client privilege, due process, and Geneva Conventions protections to those, American or foreign, designated without evidence as terrorists or enemy combatants.
The justification and use of torture to coerce confessions and the kidnapping of foreign nationals who are sent to be tortured in foreign prisons.
The initiation of military aggression against states based on intentional deception by the Bush administration of the US public and the United Nations, and the intentional fabrication of "evidence" to justify unprovoked aggression against sovereign states, which is a war crime under the Nuremberg standard established by the US.
Violation of the oath of office to defend the US Constitution by practically every member of the Bush administration and Congress.
Bush has assaulted the separation of powers and the rule of law with "signing statements" and "executive orders" that President Nixon’s White House Counsel John Dean says are commands that treat the co-equal branches of government and the electorate as subservient to executive authority. In April 2006, Boston Globe reporter Charlie Savage listed 750 laws "challenged" by the Bush administration. Not even the demonized president of Iran claims to be above the law.
Genocide against the people of Iraq where one million Iraqis have died as a result of Bush’s invasion and several million Iraqis are displaced persons.
Massive civilian casualties in Afghanistan, which is a form of genocide in which military force is routinely applied to unarmed noncombatants.
Massive corruption in which no-bid contracts are issued to Republican corporations in exchange for kickbacks to political campaigns.
The theft of two national elections as documented in books by Mark Crispin Miller and Greg Palast.
The Bush administration has even conducted Stalinist show trials against innocent Muslim charities as part of its propaganda to make the American people fearful that they are surrounded by hostile terrorists. In December 2001 President Bush declared the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development to be a "terrorist organization" and seized the charity’s assets. Bush put the charities’ officials on trial as terrorists. Six years later on October 22, 2007, after years of investigations and two months of testimony by who but "Israeli intelligence agents" (according to the New York Times), the US government’s case fell apart in the courtroom.
One of the jurors said that the case " was strung together with macaroni noodles. There was so little evidence."
Georgetown University professor of constitutional law David D. Cole said the case "suggests the government is really pushing beyond where the law justifies them going."
While committing these unprecedented crimes, President Bush has claimed the moral high ground despite having lied to the American people and despite devastating two countries in the name of "making the world safe from terrorists." When people in Iraq and Afghanistan are asked who are the terrorists, they answer that it is the Americans.
The Bush administration has not been held accountable for any of its crimes. By failing to hold government accountable to law, the Constitution, and the American people, the opposition party and the corporate media have abandoned their responsibility to protect freedom and democracy in the United States.
There can be no democracy where there is no government accountability, and there is no government accountability in the United States – except, of course, to the Israel Lobby.
Now the Bush administration wants to take away the American people’s freedom to travel within their own country by airplane. Not content with an 80,000 "no fly" list, a subset of a 500,000–750,000 "watch list," the Bush administration’s Transport Security Administration has proposed new rules that will require Americans to get government permission 72 hours in advance prior to being allowed to board a domestic flight.
The TSA justifies this extraordinary violation of our constitutional rights on the grounds that 90 to 93 percent of all travel reservations are final by then.
So what?!
And what of the 7 to 10 percent of flights that the TSA estimates are not on the books 72 hours in advance? These are family emergencies and critical business deals. What does the TSA care if a member of your family dies while you await the government’s permission to fly?
Any agency of the government that can propose such a tyrannical regulation should be abolished. The TSA’s mentality shows it to be a far greater threat to Americans than are terrorists.
Even without the "permission to fly" rule, the TSA’s practices are ridiculous and unjustified. The confiscation of tooth paste and unopened bottles of perfume, the harassment of US military officers in uniform, the harassment of old people struggling with their walkers, of mothers struggling with small children – none of this makes any sense except in terms of getting Americans accustomed to harassment as a citizen’s duty to government and to train a cadre to conduct warrantless searches of fellow citizens.
The no-fly list itself is absurd. If a known terrorist were to show up at an airport, he would be arrested, not refused permission to fly. Anyone else who can clear security like other passengers has every right to fly.
Set aside the violation of the Constitution and the Soviet-style tyranny of the loss of the freedom to travel and consider merely the practical aspect of the proposal. What American wants his travel plans dependent on a government bureaucracy capable of putting US Senator Ted Kennedy on the "no fly" list and capable of issuing US visas to two of the alleged 9/11 hijackers six months after they allegedly died in the 9/11 events
If we believe the official story, 9/11 itself reveals a government totally devoid of any competence whatsoever.
The "war on terror" is fraudulent. The cruel war and the deceptive vocabulary that protects it are a cover for expanding US and Israeli hegemony in the Middle East and for constructing a functioning police state at home. A country in which people cannot make airline reservations without the government’s permission is not a free country.

Paul Craig Roberts wrote the Kemp-Roth bill and was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is author or coauthor of eight books, including The Supply-Side Revolution (Harvard University Press). He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has contributed to numerous scholarly journals and testified before Congress on 30 occasions. He has been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious Service Award and the French Legion of Honor. He was a reviewer for the Journal of Political Economy under editor Robert Mundell. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He is also coauthor with Karen Araujo of Chile: Dos Visiones – La Era Allende-Pinochet (Santiago: Universidad Andres Bello, 2000).




Edwards Statement Calling On Senator Clinton To Stop Enabling George Bush's Path To War With Iran

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Today, Senator John Edwards released the following statement condemning the Bush Administration’s approach towards Iran and criticizing Senator Clinton for undermining the American people’s opposition to the war:
“Today, George Bush and Dick Cheney again rattled the sabers in their march toward military action against Iran. The Bush Administration has been making plans to attack Iran for many months. At this critical moment, we need strong leadership to stand against George Bush’s dangerous ‘preventive war’ policy, which makes force the first option, not the last.
“I learned a clear lesson from the lead up to the Iraq War in 2002: if you give this president an inch, he will take a mile - and launch a war. Senator Clinton apparently learned a different lesson. Instead of blocking George Bush’s new march to war, Senator Clinton and others are enabling him once again.
“I have called for strong, capable diplomacy to deal with the challenge of Iran, and a carrots and sticks strategy aimed at results--not the Bush/Cheney path, which would escalate tensions, enable attacks, and lead to unintended consequences.
“The New Yorker recently reported that one reason the administration has not yet attacked Iran is because public opinion has turned against such a course. Senator Clinton’s actions undermine the American people’s opposition to war with Iran. Today’s advancement of the Bush strategy on Iran shows how much we need strong opposition on this issue. I learned my lesson the hard way in 2002, but it appears that others still have some learning to do.”

After sanctions move, Clinton foes redouble attack on her Iran vote

From The Guardian Unlimited;

"The Bush administration's imposition of sanctions against the Iranian revolutionary guards has also fanned the flames of an ongoing scrap between Hillary Clinton and her rivals in the Democratic race for US president.
The sanctions announcement yesterday handed Ms Clinton's opponents a fresh opportunity to cast her vote on a similar Senate amendment last month as lending support to a worrisome escalation towards war with Iran.
The New York senator was the only presidential candidate to support a September 25 amendment, introduced by Republican Jon Kyl and Democrat Joe Lieberman, urging the White House to label the IRG a terrorist organisation.
Article continues

Hillary Clinton’s Bad Iran Vote

From The Smirking Chimp by Brent Budowsky;

"When Sens. Joe Lieberman and John Kyl offered the Iran resolution that Hillary Rodham Clinton and some other Democrats unfortunately supported, trust me, folks, Sen. Lieberman was not pushing for a diplomatic solution.
Sen. Clinton has a problem, and it cannot and will not be solved through oppo research about Obama, or through the assault of spinmeisters claiming, falsely, that it was a vote for diplomacy.
What Sen. Clinton wants to do is maneuver to the right for the general election, then, when the backlash comes, maneuver to the left with claims she has been wronged and claims she was voting for diplomacy, as she claimed when she supported the original Iraq war resolution.
The Lieberman proposal was a vote about war, not a vote about diplomacy. The Lieberman proposal was pushed by those who want to drive the country to war, with language that may well be used to someday, possibly soon, justify a war, by those who favor a war.
The Lieberman Iran proposal was done in a Washington atmosphere that borders on hysteria on matters involving Iran, with far too many senators on both sides of the aisle surrendering to the hysteria by voting for this resolution.
The Lieberman proposal was done in a Washington where the president speaks of World War III, and Democrats, far too often, fail to offer the opposition that voters sent them to Washington to offer in the election of 2006.
If other Democrats voted for this, it does not make Hillary Clinton right; it makes them wrong.
Virtually all Democrats around America and the overwhelming majority of independents as well believe they were disenfranchised after 2006, that the vote was effectively stolen after the fact by both parties — one led by a reckless president, the other unable to offer strong and effective opposition.
Hillary Clinton’s problem is that she maneuvered to vote for the Iraq resolution in 2002, which turned out to be an effective declaration of war. She maneuvered between 2002 and 2006 when she resisted the pleas from Democrats and countless Americans and continued to oppose the most important proposals to change the policy. Read More

THE ROLLING STONES-Street Fighting Man 72

What better way to start the weekend.


Dear Supporter,
Yesterday, the AP reported that the Bush-Cheney Administration has instituted "sweeping new sanctions against Iran Thursday -- the harshest since the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in 1979 -- charging anew that Tehran supports terrorism in the Middle East, exports missiles and is engaging in a nuclear build up."
There are 3 choices in dealing with Iran. You can engage them. You can isolate them. Or you can attack them.
These sanctions could be part of any of the 3 strategies. The sanctions themselves can only be evaluated within the context of the overall policy. Currently, the administration has chosen a path of isolation with the threat of an attack.
This is the wrong strategy. The Bush-Cheney Administration's failure to use diplomacy in conjunction with these sanctions is unlikely to change Iran's behavior.
Please join and me. Send a message to President Bush to use diplomacy to deal with Iran. War is not the answer.
The AP reported that Condoleezza Rice says Washington remains committed to "a diplomatic solution" and open to negotiations with Iran. Yet the Bush Administration refuses to speak with Iran unless the Iranians pre-emptively surrender their interests. This is not likely to happen, and the Administration will be left with two options: a nuclear Iran or war.
Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) stated yesterday:
"Unilateral sanctions rarely, ever work...I just don't think the unilateral approach and giving war speeches helps the situation. It will just drive the Iranians closer together...It escalates the danger of a military confrontation."
Diplomacy is about carrots and sticks. Unfortunately, the Administration seems to believe it only has sticks. They have continued their saber-rattling, and without diplomacy, the announced sanctions only serve to escalate the tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
Tell President Bush it is time to begin direct dialogue without conditions. War with Iran is not the answer.
Send a letter to President Bush. If we want to avoid a military showdown with Iran, we must engage them diplomatically.
Thank you for your support.
Wes Clark
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Thursday, October 25, 2007




By AMY LORENTZEN, Associated Press Writer;

CORNING, Iowa - Presidential contender John Edwards criticized Democratic and Republican rivals alike Thursday for threats and a vote against Iran, accusing Hillary Rodham Clinton of helping a GOP march to war.

Earlier in the day, the Bush administration announced new sanctions against Iran and Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would consider a military blockade or "bombardment of some kind" to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.
"You expect that from Republicans, but the Democrats don't need to be helping," Edwards told a group gathered in an Iowa high school. "We need to stand up to these people. We need to stop them and we need to be strong in our opposition."
Edwards, a Democratic former senator, said Clinton made a mistake when she voted recently to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization because President Bush could use the designation to launch military attacks. Clinton, the only Democrat running for president to support the Senate measure, has vigorously denied that would be the result and says she was voting for stepped-up diplomacy and economic sanctions.


Hillary knows she is in trouble on this especially in Iowa where the majority are anti the Iraq War. Hillary wants to have it both ways. Is this who we really want as the Democratic nominee for President. A person who won't give a direct answer to a direct question. Hillary is the only Democratic candidate who could cost us the Presidency. John Edwards would win hands down. Hillary is attempting to justify her vote on Iran the same way she does her vote on Iraq, gibberish.

Edwards Campaign Statement On Clinton's Failure To Offer Straight Answers On Iraq And Iran

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Today, John Edwards for President communications director Chris Kofinis released the following statement regarding a new estimate for the cost of the Iraq war and Senator Clinton's continuing failure to offer straight answers on Iraq and Iran:
"The staggering estimate by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that the war in Iraq will cost $1.9 trillion is a stark reminder of why it is so critical that every presidential candidate offer the American people a real plan for ending the war.
"For over a year, Senator Edwards has proposed a very specific plan for withdrawal, including the immediate withdrawal of 40-50,000 troops to jump-start the political solution needed to end the violence, a diplomatic offensive involving all local, national, and regional parties, and a complete withdrawal of all combat troops within 9 or 10 months. Unfortunately, other than political rhetoric and doubletalk, we've heard nothing from Senator Clinton about her specific plans to end this war.
"Even more disturbing, while Senator Clinton still refuses to lay out a detailed plan for ending the war in Iraq, she seems more than willing to help President Bush take America closer to war with Iran. After nearly seven years of George Bush, and a terrible and costly war, the American people deserve straight answers on Iraq and Iran from every presidential candidate -- the real question is when is Senator Clinton going to start providing them?"


BY Scott Horton, Harper's Magazine;

"A United States Attorney, an embittered Republican who has been defeated in a series of election contests, had a meeting with attorneys for a criminal defendant, a prominent Democrat, at the outset of the case. “I know your client thinks he’s innocent. He’s offered to take a lie detector test. I’m not interested in that. In fact, I’m sure he’d pass the lie detector test. And in fact, I don’t have the evidence to make out my case. No matter. I just plan to throw shit at the wall and sit back and watch as some of it drips down on him. We’ll get him.”
This egregious breach of responsibility by a law enforcement officer, who is essentially admitting that he’s using his office for political persecution, is not drawn from a gothic novel. It happened just a few years ago. And the victim was actually convicted and is now sitting in prison–thanks in significant part to the extremely dubious conduct of the federal judge who oversaw the case. A federal judge who, moreover, was openly tantalized with the prospect of a judicial promotion by the Bush Justice Department as the case was running. We’ll hear more details on this story in a later post. But it furnishes a good glimpse into the total depravity of political prosecutions that stains the Bush Justice Department. And it relates to a case which wasn’t discussed in yesterday’s hearings in the House Judiciary Committee–one of many."


I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. Some of these young men think that war is all glory but let me say war is all hell: William Tecumseh Sherman.


The president has adopted a policy of 'anticipatory self-defense' that is alarmingly similar to the policy that imperial Japan employed at Pearl Harbor, on a date which, as an earlier American president said it would, lives in infamy. Franklin D. Roosevelt was right, but today it is we Americans who live in infamy: Arthur Schlesinger.


"If they do it, it's terrorism, if we do it, it's fighting for freedom." - Anthony Quainton, U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, 1984: Anthony Quainton - Source: Off the record response of the Ambassador to a group of concerned U.S. citizens when asked to explain the difference between U.S. government actions in Nicaragua and the violence it condemns as terrorism elsewhere in the world.

Source: Information Clearing House Newsletter.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Kerrey opts out of Senate race

In a surprise move, former Nebraska US Senator Bob Kerrey announced that he will not be a candidate for the US Senate seat being vacated by Chuck Hagel in Nebraska.

Kerrey released the following statement:

"I have decided I will not leave The New School to become a candidate for the United States Senate in Nebraska. The reason is simple enough: For my family and me now is not the time for me to re-enter politics as a candidate".

Former Gov Mike Johanns is the front-runner for Hagel's Senate seat with Kerrey out.

Democrats Were Targets in Inquiries, Panel Is Told

From The N.Y. Times ;

"Richard L. Thornburgh, attorney general in the Reagan and first Bush administrations, charged Tuesday that political reasons motivated the Justice Department to open corruption investigations against Democrats in Mr. Thornburgh’s home state, Pennsylvania.
In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Thornburgh became the first former Republican attorney general to join with Democratic lawmakers to suggest that the Justice Department under Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales had singled out Democratic politicians for prosecution."
“The citizens of the United States must have confidence that the department is conducting itself in a fair and impartial manner without actual political influence or the appearance of political influence,” said Mr. Thornburgh, who is now in private practice. He is defending the former elected Democratic coroner of Allegheny County, Pa., against federal corruption charges. “Unfortunately that may no longer be the case.”Read More.


General Curtis LeMay was was portrayed in the satirical film Dr. Strangelove, as the trigger-happy General Jack D. Ripper.

"In air campaigns against Japan during World War II, LeMay abandoned the established policy of daylight, precision bombing. Instead, he loaded his B29's with firebombs and sent them out over Japanese cities during the night. As LeMay described it, the B29's "scorched, boiled and baked to death" some 300,000 people."

"LeMay was appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force in 1957 and Chief of Staff in 1961. As a member of the Joint Chiefs during the Cuban Missile Crisis, LeMay recommended that President John F. Kennedy send the navy and SAC to surround Cuba and if need be, "fry it." When the crisis ended peacefully, LeMay called it "the greatest defeat in our history."

"LeMay was a ringleader in the Joint Chiefs of Staff insofar as urging Kennedy to go to war in the Bay of Pigs and later in the Cuban missile crisis. Kennedy wisely resisted the Joint Chiefs' recommendations. LeMay was the foremost proponent of the nuclear first strike, saying that we should give the Russians the "Sunday punch" before they did it to us." From

Tuesday was the 45th anniverary of the Cuban Missle crisis. If Jack Kennedy was not Our President, but it was George Bush and Dick Cheney, in all probability they would have listened to Lemay and none of us would be here today. We are on the verge of war with Iran which will lead to a conflagration in the Middle East which will spread. The Democrats must stop this disastrous course of action. They must forget about political ramifcations and put our Country First. That means you Nancy and Harry.

Simultaneous bombings kill 8 in Baghdad

By HAMID AHMED, Associated Press Writer ;

"BAGHDAD - Nearly simultaneous bombs struck commuters in a predominantly Shiite area on the southeastern edge of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and wounding two dozen, police and hospital officials said.
The two blasts, which occurred about 30 yards apart at 7 a.m. in Jisr Diyala, were targeting government employees, construction workers and vendors preparing to travel into the capital, according to the officials.
Women and children were among the eight killed and 24 wounded, which also included three policemen who had been sipping tea bought from a vendor, the officials said."


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Buffalo Springfield - For What Its Worth-1965

Sought Of Appropriate,don't you think?

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee on Rainbow Quest with Pete Seeger

TOO BAD PETE ISN'T IN CONGRESS. Its the Democrats last chance.


No doubt it was Pelosi, Ried, Emanual, etc. who pressured Stark into this uncalled for and regrettable apology. It is President Bush who should apologise for lying America into a needless and devastating catastrophe. The Democrats have one more chance, they can refuse to Fund the war by rejecting Bush's supplemental request for funding. There are no more excuses left. They do not need a super majority only 51%. Don't count on it and Pelosi and friends should not count on us. As John Edwards said "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"

Edwards: Latest War Funding Request Continues Failed Iraq Strategy, Congress Must Demand Timeline For Withdrawal

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – In response to President Bush's request for an additional $46 billion for war funding, Senator John Edwards released the following statement:
"Today President Bush will ask for another $46 billion from Congress to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This request comes on top of his original request for $140 billion and confirms that his administration is pressing on with the only Iraq strategy it has ever had—more time, more troops and more war.
"Enough is enough. The American people voted for change last November and now, almost a year later we still have the status quo. Once and for all Congress must stand up to President Bush and pass a funding bill with a timetable for withdrawal. If the president vetoes that bill, Congress must send it back, again and again, as many times as it takes for the president to finally get the message that he can't defy the American people. Every member of Congress who believes this war must end has the moral responsibility to use every tool available to them, including a filibuster, to send the president one simple message: No timeline, no funding. No excuses."

Monday, October 22, 2007

Hillary's Mystery Money Men

From THE NATION BY Russ Baker & Adam Federman;

"In the Clintons' pursuit of power, there is no such thing as a strange bedfellow. One recently exposed inamorata was Norman Hsu, the mysterious businessman from Hong Kong who brought in $850,000 to Hillary Clinton's campaign before being unmasked as a fugitive. Her campaign dismissed Hsu as someone who'd slipped through the cracks of an otherwise unimpeachable system for vetting donors, and perhaps he was. The same cannot be said for the notorious financier Alan Quasha, whose involvement with Clinton is at least as substantial--and still under wraps.
Political junkies will recall Quasha as the controversial figure who bailed out George W. Bush's failing oil company in 1986, folding Bush into his company, Harken Energy, thus setting him on the path to a lucrative and high-profile position as an owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, and the presidency. The persistently unprofitable Harken--many of whose board members, connected to powerful foreign interests and the intelligence community, nevertheless profited enormously--faced intense scrutiny in the early 1990s and again during Bush's first term.
Now Quasha is back--on the other side of the aisle. Operating below the radar, he entered Hillary Clinton's circle even before she declared her candidacy by quietly arranging for the hire of Clinton confidant and longtime Democratic Party money man Terry McAuliffe at one of his companies. During the interregnum between McAuliffe's chairmanship of the Democratic Party and the time he officially joined Clinton's campaign, Quasha's firm set McAuliffe up with a salary and opened a Washington office for him." READ MORE.

John Edwards - Nevada Carpenters Rally Intro

Sunday, October 21, 2007


DEAD U.S. SOLDIER Nancy you Coward.

Rep. Pete Stark Say Bush Amused by War Dead

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rebuked a fellow San Francisco Bay-area liberal Friday for what she said were "inappropriate" comments about Iraq during a congressional debate.
Pelosi is a disgrace and utter failure as Speaker. She is the leader of the Cowardly Dems. Why not refer to the President in a personal way. This is Personal,certainly for the families of the U.S. Troops killed and maimed for life in Iraq. Pelosi must go.

Obama To Do Gospel Tour With "Ex-Gay" Singer Who Vowed To Battle "Curse Of Homosexuality"


Just what we need, another Religious Fanatic. Obama reminds me of Harold Ford. Why not vote for Mitt Romney. Beware of those who wear their religion on their sleeve. Hasn't 7 years of this been enough. The only Democratic Candidate with a chance to win who will make a difference is John Edwards.

John Edwards on Real Time with Bill Maher: October 19, 2007

The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun

Speaking of The Animals. This classic version is cica 1964. Have a Great Day.


One of The Great forgotten groups of the 1960's. This is right up there with the versions by Eric Burden and The Blues Magoos

Van Morrison - Gloria

Some more Sunday Morning Blues. This is from 1979. Van wrote this song as a Teenager and made it Famous with his group THEM in the 1960's. I have the original vinyl. It is awwesome.

Tim Hardin

Tim Hardin at Woodstock 1969. gone but not forgotten. Tim died in 1980 of a Heroin Overdose. His music lives on


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Saturday, October 20, 2007

The REAL Rudy: Radios


Waxman to expand Blackwater probe


"House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) sent letters to several top officials on Friday seeking additional information on the activities of Blackwater USA, a private security firm operating in Iraq. Seeking further information on no-bid contracts and several incidents involving their personnel in Iraq, Waxman sent letters to Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Prince appeared before Waxman’s committee earlier this month. The company has been in hot water after being linked to the shooting death of 17 Iraqi citizens last month, which prompted Iraqi leaders to call for the group’s expulsion from the country. Blackwater and two other firms currently share a $571 million annual contract to protect diplomats and other top officials primarily in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel."

Edwards Redoubles Electability Argument

ABC News' Raelyn Johnson Reports: The Edwards campaign is making a big push to convince voters this week that the former North Carolina senator is the only candidate who can unite the country and perform well in the general election.
It's called the "electability argument."
"We believe there's an historic opportunity for Democrats in this election that not only is to win the White House but to win big even super majorities in the House and the Senate because there is such an unbelievable desire and passion and change," said Edwards' Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince, in a conference call with supporters this afternoon. "Unlike other candidates, John has committed to campaign in all 50 states when he wins this nomination," said Campaign Manager David Bonior, supporting his belief that Edwards can put more states in play than any other Democratic candidate. Bonior added, "Woody Allen once said that 90 percent of life is just showing up, and showing up with a good strong message is probably as good a formula for winning anywhere in this country as there is."
On Thursday, state representatives for the Edwards campaign helped launch Edwards' "True Blue Majority" campaign. The representatives held various press conferences across the country to rally support for the Democratic candidate. Several of those supporters, representing North Dakota, Texas, Oregon, Maine, Indiana and Missouri, joined Friday's conference call to offer their views on why Edwards is more electable that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.,and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
Texas State Representative Garnet Coleman said he is willing to take a risk on Edwards because of the policies he embraces. "As an African America man, everyone would suspect that I support Obama," said Coleman. "But, I support John Edwards because of polices and issues that he brings forward that work for my constituents."
Of all the states on the call, Missouri officials were most outspoken.
Missouri House Minority Whip Connie Johnson noted that even though she is an African American woman, "it's not about race or gender, but it's truly about who is the best candidate."
"If we don't have a good person at the top of the ticket, someone who can help stop the hemorrhaging in Missouri, we'll go red," said Johnson, adding, "If Hilary comes to a state like Missouri we can write it off."
Missouri State Senator Wes Shoemyer added, "Sen. Clinton presents somewhat of a lightening rod effect that John does not bring with him to the state of Missouri. And I think that having that on the top of the ballot, we’ll move right down."

Friday, October 19, 2007

Maine Congressman is with Edwards

US Congressman Mike Michaud of Maine second Congressional district made his choice for President known today: John Edwards.

The Maine Democrat said, "John Edwards has the courage to tackle problems that other politicians simply ignore, like ending poverty in America and making trade work for working Americans."

Edwards garners support in Georgia

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, once considered a 2004 Democratic Presidential contender has held a press conference in Atlanta to announce his support of John Edwards for President. Along with Barnes, Edwards campaign was also endorsed by former Lt. Governor Mark Tayor and two African American state Senators, Valencia Seay of Riverdale and Vincent Ford of Atlanta.

Barnes said, "I am ready for a president that talks like I do and I can understand without an interpreter". Barnes also said Hillary Clinton will have a difficult time winning a general election because so many Americans have a negative view of her.

Taylor said, "I am ready for a president who can bring people together".

Former AG Thornburgh Says Prosecution Was Political

By Scott Horton, Harper's Magazine

"On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will be holding hearings on politics and the Bush Justice Department. The focus will be on a series of cases in which it is alleged that the Justice Department brought charges to advance the political agenda of the Republican Party, and not for proper law enforcement purposes. The case surrounding Alabama Governor Don Siegelman is the centerpiece, and is still reckoned by most observers as the most overpowering case for prosecutorial abuse so far. On Tuesday, more evidence linking Karl Rove to the Siegelman prosecution will be put forward.
And now it appears that a Bush Attorney General will testify that he has examined one of the cases and concludes that it was in fact motivated and driven by improper political factors. The charges will be leveled by Dick Thornburgh, the Attorney General of President George H.W. Bush, and they will focus on the Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney’s prosecution of a coroner. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has just reported:"

Edwards Statement On Congressional Vote To Override Bush Veto Of Children's Health Insurance

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Senator John Edwards released the following statement about the unsuccessful Congressional vote on overriding President Bush's veto of legislation to expand SCHIP, the children's health insurance program:
"Today is another sad example of how broken Washington is. Instead of standing up for children and health care, House Republicans have decided to stand up for special interests and lobbyists. From this day forward, House Republicans are on notice. When I am the Democratic nominee, the days of Republican members who voted against children's health care will be numbered. We are taking names and, together, as one party, we will campaign against them."
"Sadly, there is strong message here for Democrats and Republicans. We should never have to consider selling out to lobbyists when it comes to the health of our kids. If universal health care is ever going to be more than a dream, we need to do more than change the president. We need to elect strong Democratic majorities in the House and Senate with the backbone to stand up to the big insurance and drug companies that are going to do everything they can to block universal health care. We need a strong ticket from top to bottom that will compete and win everywhere in America.
"And, when I am the Democratic nominee, we will not only win the White House, we will make every Republican who stands against children's health care pay the price."
How You Can Take Action

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Dear NJDC Activist:
Much has happened since I wrote you last week to discuss Ann Coulter’s offensive comments towards Jews. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and NJDC called on the Republican presidential candidates to condemn her comments (none of them have), and Ms. Coulter responded to NJDC by first claiming she was misquoted and then insulting Americans of faiths other than Christianity and Judaism – more on this in a moment.
Ms. Coulter also took to the radio waves with another highly offensive comment about Jews, saying: “if anyone’s going to be offended by anyone else’s religion, the Jews believe that my savior, a Jew, was a raving lunatic, and you don’t see me sniffling and crying.”
Coulter is allowed to spew this filth because TV networks and radio stations continue to put her on the air in hopes that offensive comments equal higher ratings. The only way to encourage them to behave more responsibility is to continue applying pressure.
Thousands of you have signed our petition to ask the news networks to stop booking Ms. Coulter as a guest. Please take a moment or two to encourage your friends, neighbors, family, and colleagues to sign by forwarding them this email, or the petition url:
Thus far, the pressure you’re helping apply to the news networks is starting to work. The Los Angeles Times, for example, made all the major networks go on record about whether they would continue to book her as a guest.
Here’s an excerpt from the Times coverage:
The National Jewish Democratic Council this week called on the media to withhold future invitations to Coulter, whose inflammatory comments the group said "often border on hate speech."Coulter could not be reached for comment.As of Friday afternoon, none of the network news divisions or cable channels said they would keep her off the air. But they moved to distance themselves from the right-wing author.
A spokesman for ABC told the Times that “it’s nearly impossible to say you won't ever have someone on. That said, we certainly don't have any plans to have her on.’” Meanwhile CBS told the Times they had no immediate plans to book Coulter and NBC said “the decision to put someone like Ann Coulter on our air is not one we would ever take lightly.” Even FOX News said that Coulter would be asked to defend her comments during future appearances.
You may be curious about what Ms. Coulter had to say in response to NJDC. She told the conservative publication NewsMax: “Let's rewrite the NJDC statement to refer to what I actually said: 'How does someone who says it would be better if everyone were a Christian or practicing Jew continue to receive a megaphone and platform from the news networks? When will the media say ‘enough is enough’?” and asked “Who's engaging in hate speech now?"
Of course, this statement is not only offensive, it is untrue – as we pointed out in a press release titled “Ann Coulter Misquotes ... Herself” which can be viewed here.


Ira N. Forman
Executive Director
National Jewish Democratic Council


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