Saturday, March 29, 2008

DON SIEGELMAN FREE

85 minutes of violence in Iraq

From The L.A. Times;

A look at an 85-minute period in Iraq on Thursday as violence raged over the government's crackdown against Shiite Muslim militiamen, in which more than 125 people have died.All incidents were reported by special correspondents for The Times and are based on data from police sources.

11 a.m.: A roadside bomb explodes in north Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, killing two Iraqi policemen; clashes are reported between Iraqi forces and militiamen in Kifil, 15 miles south of Hillah.

12 p.m.: A mortar round lands near the National Museum in Baghdad, injuring three civilians and an Iraqi policeman. Another hits a street near the Iranian Embassy; no casualties are reported.

12:05 p.m.: Mortar rounds land in Baghdad's Karada neighborhood, injuring three civilians.

12:10 p.m.: Iraq's army and U.S. forces clash with militiamen in Baghdad's Baladiyat neighborhood; an Iraqi civilian is reported killed.

12:20 p.m.: A mortar round lands on a police checkpoint in east Baghdad, injuring a policeman and a civilian.

12:25 p.m.: A car bomb explodes in Karada, killing two civilians and injuring five. v

2 US Troops Die in Rising Iraq Violence

By RYAN LENZ



BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. jets widened the bombing of Basra on Saturday, dropping two precision-guided bombs on a suspected militia stronghold north of the city, British officials said.
Maj. Tom Holloway, a British military spokesman, said U.S. jets dropped the two bombs on a militia position in Qarmat Ali shortly before 12:30 p.m.


In eastern Baghdad, two American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb about 5:30 p.m. Saturday in a mostly Shiite area that has seen fierce clashes this week.


Basra is Iraq's commercial and oil hub, and militant followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have been battling Iraqi and coalition forces in the southern city since Tuesday.
"My understanding was that this was a building that had people who were shooting back at Iraqi ground forces," Holloway said.


The number of people killed in the latest strikes was not yet known, he said.
Iraqi police said that earlier in the day a U.S. warplane strafed a house and killed eight civilians, including two women and one child. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release the information. The U.S. military had no immediate comment on the report and it was not possible to independently verify it.


British jets also have been providing air support in the area. The British military had no immediate information but said it also was looking into the reports of civilian casualties.
American forces launched their first airstrikes in Basra Friday as Iraqi troops struggled against strong resistance in the nation's commercial center and headquarters of the vital oil industry. Clashes there have sparked retaliatory fights in Baghdad and other Shiite cities.
The British army has joined in the fighting in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, firing artillery Saturday afternoon to support Iraqi forces, military officials said.

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Johnny Boy you are a senile old Bastard. The surge is not working and never will as we are fodder in the middle of a civil war. Bomb Bomb Iran you schmuck. We are sacrificing our children for nothing except oil and the enrichment of The big oil companies whose money all goes to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and none to the American people other than the super rich. Exxon has over $70 Billion Cash on hand more than any corporation in History. McCain you are a disgrace and a liar.

McCain doesn't know anything about the economy or Iraq

John McCain doesn't know anything about the economy or Iraq . He is a total buffoon and will go the way of Dole in The General. He will crumble in a Debate with Obama on the economy. Sorry Hilliary but you'll be the audience.

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again (live)

Bush aide resigns for alleged wrongdoing

By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent ;

WASHINGTON - An aide to President Bush has resigned because of his alleged misuse of grant money from the U.S. Agency for International Development when he worked for a Cuban democracy organization.

Felipe Sixto was promoted on March 1 as a special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and stepped forward on March 20 to reveal his alleged wrongdoing and to resign, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said Friday. He said Sixto took that step after learning that his former employer, the Center for a Free Cuba, was prepared to bring legal action against him.
Stanzel said the alleged wrongdoing involved the misuse of money when Sixto was an official at the center.

Obama gets boost; Clinton urged to quit

By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer;

PITTSBURGH - Barack Obama got a surprise boost in the last big state of the long Democratic campaign Friday with an endorsement from Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey Jr., while another Obama supporter sought to nudge Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the race.

She said that was just a sign of Obama's growing worry about her chances.

Clinton leads by double-digits in Pennsylvania polls, and Obama hopes Casey's endorsement will earn him a second look from the state's white, working class and Catholic voters — groups that have leaned toward Clinton in other Democratic contests this year.

Clinton, on the other hand, is hoping a victory in Pennsylvania will help persuade party "superdelegates" to support her and allow her to catch Obama in the race for National Convention delegates.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont senator who endorsed Obama in January, said she was never going to win enough delegates, and he suggested she should throw in the towel in "the interests of a Democratic victory in November." A number of Democrats have expressed concern that Republican John McCain is getting a head start while Obama and Clinton fight on.

Karl Rove - Free Don Siegelman!

It's Not Just Wall Street That's Happy To See Spitzer Go

Last fall, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer appointed a task force to address the state's high rates of malpractice by hospitals and doctors. The task force was also charged with making recommendations for lowering doctors' med mal premiums, which soared 14 percent last year.

The insurance industry and doctors' groups seized the opportunity to press for new restrictions on medical malpractice lawsuits, which they claim would reduce the premiums. As other states have learned, though, such limits usually only result in windfall profits for insurance companies while leaving injured patients with no recourse should their doctor, say, amputate the wrong leg.

Consumer groups in New York had long suspected Spitzer of siding with the doctors on this
issue, largely because his brother is a downstate neurosurgeon. Their suspicions were confirmed when Spitzer stacked his medical liability task force with more than 20 representatives from the hospital, medical and insurance industries, while consumer protection and patient safety groups got just three spots. The consumer reps have largely been shut out of the task force deliberations, and despite repeated demands, they've been denied access to the insurance industry data, which supposedly justified the limits on lawsuits. Recently, the consumer members learned from local newspapers that the task force had drafted a major reform proposal that would be released soon. None of them had ever seen it.

Now that Spitzer has resigned, the groups are hoping his replacement, Governor David Patterson, will open up the process. In a letter today, representatives from NYPIRG, the Center for Justice and Democracy, the Center for Medical Consumers and others wrote Patterson, "We refuse to be mere window dressing, to be used as stage props to create the illusion of inclusion, while proposals that affect the life and safety of every health care consumer in our state are drafted in secret. We hope you will redirect the state’s efforts towards reducing the deaths and injuries caused by a tiny fraction of the state’s physicians, rather than enabling error, negligence, and malpractice to be subsidized by taxpayers."

From Moter Jones' Blog Posted by Stephanie Mencimer

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Court of Appeals Sets Governor Siegelman Free

Harper's Magazine by by Scott Horton

Today was a news double-header for former Alabama Governor Don E. Siegelman. In an order issued by the Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Siegelman’s request to be set free pending his appeal was granted. The court noting that it had reviewed the decision of District Court Judge Mark Fuller for “clear error” and had considered legal issues de novo stated that:

Siegelman has satisfied the criteria set out in the statute and has specifically met his burden of showing that his appeal raises substantial questions of law or fact.

Meanwhile in Washington, the House Judiciary Committee made clear that it was far from finished with its probe into allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in the Siegelman case.
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Finally!!!! Rove is going down. My prediction is that he will be indicted by next spring provided the Democrats win The White House. It is time for Hillary to stop knee capping Obama. If she doesn't win by more than 10 points in PA she must withdraw.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bill Richardson endorses Obama

It is a big endorsement for Barack Obama and big blow to Hillary Clinton: New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson a former Clinton cabinet member has endorsed Barack Obama's candidacy for President. Richardson would be a leading candidate for Vice President on an Obama ticket or Sec of State in an Obama administration.

Reynolds to retire in New York

Republican Congressman Tom Reynolds has announced his retirement from Congress, Reynolds represents New York District 26 and barely pulled off a re-election victory in 2006 against Jack Davis. Reynolds retirement in this swing district has Republicans nervous, very nervous. Attorney Alice Kryzan is a Democratic candidate for the seat and wealthy businessman and '04 and '06 Democratic nominee Jack Davis might enter the race and could be strong.

This race is going to be one to watch and could help increase the Democratic majority in the House.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Keith: McCain Confuses Shiites (Iran) and Sunnis (al-Qaeda)

WHAT A MORON!

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, mistakenly said Tuesday that Iran was allowing al-Qaida fighters into the country to be trained and returned to Iraq.McCain, expressing concern about Iran's rising sway in the Mideast, said, "Al-Qaida is going back into Iran and is receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran." He made the comments Tuesday at a news conference in Jordan; he made similar comments earlier to radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt.Iran is a predominantly Shiite Muslim country and has been at pains to close its borders to al-Qaida fighters of the rival Sunni sect.

Obama Speech

Monday, March 17, 2008

Alaska Congressman Don Young faces primary fight

Republican Alaska Congressman Don Young, the only voting member of the US House from Alaska faces a primary challenge from Republican Lt. Governor Sean Parnell. Parnell announced at the state GOP convention that he will challenge the embattled 18 term incumbent member of Congress. Young is under investigation for campaign finance practices and not said why his campaign has spent over $800,000 on legal fees. This could be a primary to watch.

Florida denied revote

Florida has dropped the idea of a re vote in hopes of having delegates seated at the Democratic National Convention. Florida violated DNC rules by holding a statewide Democratic Presidential primary on January 29th before the February 5th date set for Florida by the DNC. Florida Democrat's in recent weeks had toyed with the idea of a statewide re vote but due to large opposition have dropped the idea. This is clearly a huge blow to the Clinton campaign. Though I hate to admit it, Clinton's has an advantage in Florida over Obama and Florida delegates would of went with Clinton. Without Florida, Obama looks like he is in good shape to win the nomination but Obama will have to visit the state in the general election in hopes of winning this key state.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum

"Original 16mm Scopitone conversion, from the 'summer of love' 1967 hit record, remixed and refurbished for FLV YT format. Sound engineer of this famous mono mix was Keith Grant.Vocals and piano played by Gary Brooker (source: wikipedia!), Matthew Fisher played the Hammond organ, and the lyrics were written by Keith Reid."

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD "Mr. Soul" Purple Rocks Vintage

Hillary Clinton Grossly Exaggerated Experience

From Taegan Goddard's Political;

"She did not sit in on national security meetings. She did not have a security clearance. She did not attend meetings in the situation room. She conducted no negotiations. She did not manage any part of the national security bureaucracy."-- Former Clinton White House aide Greg Craig, in an interview with the National Journal, adding that Sen Hillary Clinton has "in serious ways overstated, if not grossly exaggerated, the nature of her experience."

Obama leads nationally by six

Senator Obama leads Senator Clinton among Democrats 50% to 44% according to a new Gallup poll. Obama has kept his lead in this poll for seven days straight.


Obama needs to go into PA like he went into Iowa and work it. He can do very well in Philly as well as the suburbs. PA is a state where I believe Obama can overcome Clinton and an Obama win in PA seals the deal.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

War made easy

"It might not be the most Hollywood-slick, user-friendly title, but it couldn't be any more direct in conveying the movie's message. The title? War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.
Although Sean Penn narrates this documentary, his is not the central voice. Rather, it's that of Norman Solomon, the outspoken U.S. journalist/author, on whose book of the same title the film is based." BILL BROWNSTEIN, The Gazette

Down by the Riverside & Fighting a Losing Battle

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee on Rainbow Quest with Pete Seeger

Born On The Fourth Of July(1989)

The Trailer For Oliver Stone's Born On The Fourth Of July

Lil Bush is f*cking McCain!

We may very well be Fucked thanks to Hillary

Dan Abrams: Call For Don Siegelman Release Pending Appeal

Free Don Siegelman Fund

Contribute to the"Free Don Siegelman Fund"!

" I would greatly appreciate any financial contribution you can make to my Legal Defense Fund" Don Siegelman

House committee chair defends 'bloody hands' protest

Dave Weldon is a right wing fascist pig.

The Gathering Storm at Justice

By Scott Horton Harper's Magazine. This is a must read;

Of George W. Bush’s cohort of U.S. Attorneys, one of the most highly regarded—perhaps even the most highly regarded—was John McKay, who headed the office in Seattle. He was included in the December 7 massacre. McKay has now authored a law review article that examines the history of the scandal, reviews the legal issues that it raises, and provides some observations on the trajectory the matter is likely to take going forward. It’s called “Train Wreck at the Justice Department,” and it was published in volume 31 of Seattle University Law Review. Here are some key elements of the article, which really merits being read in its entirety. Read More.

Pelosi's delegate stance boosts Obama

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent;

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it would be damaging to the Democratic party for its leaders to buck the will of national convention delegates picked in primaries and caucuses, a declaration that gives a boost to Sen. Barack Obama.

"If the votes of the superdelegates overturn what's happened in the elections, it would be harmful to the Democratic party," Pelosi said in an interview taped Friday for broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

The California Democrat did not mention either Obama or his rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, by name. But her remarks seemed to suggest she was prepared to cast her ballot at the convention in favor of the candidate who emerges from the primary season with the most pledged delegates.

Obama leads Clinton by 142 pledged delegates — those delegates picked in nomination contests to date, in The Associated Press' count.

The Lovin Spoonful-Do You Believe in Magic? 1965

This brings back memories of The Night Owl Cafe.

The 'first black president' has proved he was no such thing with his treatment of the likely second

By Alexander Chancellor, The Guardian;

No president of the United States has ever attracted as much trust and affection from African-Americans as Bill Clinton. They felt comfortable with him, and he with them. More than any of his predecessors, he convinced them that he really understood and cared about them. Above all, he did not condescend to them. So at ease did he seem with America's black minority, so open and sincere in his defence of their rights, that Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel prize for literature, chose to describe him as the country's "first black president".

But now the love affair is over, a casualty of the bitter battle for supremacy between Hillary Clinton and a genuinely black aspirant to the presidency. And the reason it has soured is not the predictable appeal of Barack Obama to his fellow African-Americans, but the disillusionment generated by the shabby way the Clinton camp has conducted its campaign. Read More.

Clinton, Obama On Energy Legislation

AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton has challenged rival Barack Obama on his record on energy policy, prompting Obama's campaign to counter that it was Clinton who voted against improvements in automobile fuel economy and promoting renewable fuels.

THE SPIN: "On the campaign trail, Senator Obama talks about clean energy. But in the Senate he voted for Dick Cheney's energy bill loaded with new tax breaks for oil companies. When he faced a tough choice, his support for a clean energy future turned out to be just words," said Clinton at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa.Obama's campaign said Clinton "voted against renewable fuels and higher CAFE (auto fuel economy) standards until she started running for president" and that the bill Obama voted for "actually raised taxes on oil companies and made the largest investment in renewable energy in our nation's history."

THE FACTS:Both sides refer to votes on an energy bill Congress passed in 2005. In the Senate, Clinton voted against the bill and Obama voted for it.It is a stretch to call it "Dick Cheney's energy bill," a hot-button reference for many Democrats. Although the House bill was framed according to the vice president's energy priorities, by the time it passed the Senate many of those measures, such as drilling in an Arctic wildlife refuge, had been stripped away. Its broad new benefits for nuclear power and the coal industry mirrored Cheney's priorities, however.

Although opposed by environmentalists, many Democrats viewed the final bill as the best compromise that could be achieved in a GOP-controlled Congress. Clinton at the time said she opposed the bill because it did not do enough to cut reliance on foreign oil and address global warming.Clinton's claim that the bill "was loaded with new tax breaks for oil companies" also overstates the case. While it included $2.6 billion in tax breaks for oil and gas industries, that was offset by nearly $3 billion in oil taxes, mostly in an extension of the oil spill liability tax. The bill's $14.3 billion in energy tax breaks mostly went for renewable energy and efficiency programs and the nuclear and coal industries, both of which are prominent in Obama's home state of Illinois.

Obama is correct when he says Clinton voted against renewable fuels and auto fuel economy. During the 2005 energy deliberations, Clinton voted against an amendment that would have required an increase in the federal auto fuel economy standard, known as CAFE; Obama voted for it. The measure failed, 28-67.

Hillary's Adventures Abroad

From Fact Check.org;

We find some exaggerations in Clinton's claims of foreign policy experience.

On March 6 Hillary Clinton claimed that, unlike Barack Obama, she and likely Republican nominee John McCain have "cross[ed] the commander-in-chief threshold." In a CNN interview the day before, Clinton had listed five foreign policy accomplishments. We can't determine how much behind-the-scenes work Clinton did while first lady, and she certainly took an active interest in foreign policy when her husband was president. Moreover, her time as first lady plus her longer Senate career do give Clinton more foreign policy experience than Obama. But the public record of her actions shows that many of Clinton's foreign policy claims are exaggerated.

Clinton claims to have "negotiated open borders" in Macedonia to fleeing Kosovar refugees. But the Macedonian border opened a full day before she arrived, and her meetings with Macedonian officials were too brief to allow for much serious negotiating.

Clinton's activities "helped bring peace to Northern Ireland." Irish officials are divided as to how helpful Clinton's actions were, and key players agree that she was not directly involved in any actual negotiations.

Clinton has repeatedly referenced her "dangerous" trip to Bosnia. She fails to mention, however, that the Bosnian war had officially ended three months before her visit – or that she made the trip with her 16-year-old daughter and two entertainers.

Both Bill and Hillary Clinton claim that Hillary privately championed the use of U.S. troops to stop the genocide in Rwanda. That conversation left no public record, however, as U.S. policy was explicitly to stay out of Rwanda, and officials say that the use of U.S. troops was never considered.

Clinton's tough speech on human rights delivered to a Beijing audience is as advertised, though Clinton herself has been dismissive of speeches that aren't backed by solutions.

The $3 Trillion War

Must Read From Vanity Fair;

After wildly lowballing the cost of the Iraq conflict at a mere $50 to $60 billion, the Bush administration has been concealing the full economic toll. The spending on military operations is merely the tip of a vast fiscal iceberg. In an excerpt from their new book, the authors calculate the grim bottom line.
by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes April 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

THE DOORS-THE END

Clinton role in health program disputed

From The Boston Globe;

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton, who has frequently described herself on the campaign trail as playing a pivotal role in forging a children's health insurance plan, had little to do with crafting the landmark legislation or ushering it through Congress, according to several lawmakers, staffers, and healthcare advocates involved in the issue.

In campaign speeches, Clinton describes the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, as an initiative "I helped to start." Addressing Iowa voters in November, Clinton said, "in 1997, I joined forces with members of Congress and we passed the State Children's Health Insurance Program." Clinton regularly cites the number of children in each state who are covered by the program, and mothers of sick children have appeared at Clinton campaign rallies to thank her.

But the Clinton White House, while supportive of the idea of expanding children's health, fought the first SCHIP effort, spearheaded by Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, because of fears that it would derail a bigger budget bill. And several current and former lawmakers and staff said Hillary Clinton had no role in helping to write the congressional legislation, which grew out of a similar program approved in Massachusetts in 1996.

"The White House wasn't for it. We really roughed them up" in trying to get it approved over the Clinton administration's objections, Hatch said in an interview. "She may have done some advocacy [privately] over at the White House, but I'm not aware of it."

"I do like her," Hatch said of Hillary Clinton. "We all care about children. But does she deserve credit for SCHIP? No - Teddy does, but she doesn't."

HILLARY LIES TO OHIO VOTERS: CANADA APOLOGIZES TO OBAMA

Suddenly, a Dangerous Turn

From Consortiumnews.com By Robert Parry;

Two seemingly disconnected events have created a suddenly dangerous turn regarding the future of U.S. wars in the Middle East.


One was the abrupt resignation of the person who has been the biggest obstacle to a U.S. military strike against Iran, Admiral William Fallon, the chief of Central Command which oversees U.S. military operations in the volatile region.

The second is the ugly direction that the Democratic presidential competition has taken, with Hillary Clinton’s campaign intensifying its harsh rhetoric against Barack Obama, reducing the likelihood that he can win the presidency – and thus raising the odds that the next president will be either John McCain or Sen. Clinton, both hawks on Iran.

Throughout the campaign, Clinton has mocked Obama as inexperienced for his desire to engage in presidential-level diplomacy with Iran and other adversarial states. And she recently judged him as unqualified to serve as Commander in Chief, while declaring that both she and Sen. McCain have crossed that “threshold.”

The cumulative effect of Clinton’s attacks on Obama’s qualifications – combined with her campaign’s efforts to turn many white voters against him as the “black candidate” – has buoyed Republican hopes for November.

By simultaneously marginalizing and dirtying up Obama, the Clinton campaign also has tamped down the excitement of many Democrats, especially the young, for a candidate that they see as offering a refreshing message of hope and change.

Replacing Obama’s message of reform and reconciliation is a Clinton message of resentment and victimization, as voiced by former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro who claimed that Clinton confronts “sexist media” bias as a woman while Obama gets an easy ride because he’s black. Read More.

Obama denounces pastor's 9/11 comments

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer ;

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday denounced inflammatory remarks from his pastor, who has railed against the United States and accused its leaders of bringing on the Sept. 11 attacks by spreading terrorism.

As video of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has widely aired on television and the Internet, Obama responded by posting a blog about his relationship with Wright and his church, Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, on the Huffington Post.

Obama wrote that he's looked to Wright for spiritual advice, not political guidance, and he's been pained and angered to learn of some of his pastor's comments for which he had not been present. Obama's statement did not say whether Wright would remain on his African American Religious Leadership Committee, and campaign officials wouldn't say either.

"I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies," Obama said. "I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Reverend Wright that are at issue."

Blast in central Baghdad kills 9, adds to worries of rising violence

By Steve Lannen, McClatchy Newspapers ;

BAGHDAD — An explosion tore through a men's garment district Thursday afternoon in central Baghdad , killing at least nine people, wounding 50 more and adding to worries that the relative calm of recent months may not last.

Since Monday, 12 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq in a string of suicide bombings, improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and rocket fire.

After a low of 76 in November, the number of Iraqi civilians killed in Baghdad is rising, with March now on pace, with 104 dead so far, to become the fourth straight month to top the previous month, according to statistics kept by McClatchy . Already, the 325 wounded in the first 13 days of March tops the 322 hurt in January and seems likely to surpass the 403 wounded in February.

Car bombs, such as the one that struck al Khayam Street on Thursday, are exploding in increasing numbers and are seemingly mocking American officials' claims that blast walls and security enhancements had made it difficult for insurgents to use the weapon. So far this month, there have been five car bombings, one less than in all of last month and one more than in all of January.
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So much for The Surge.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Olbermann on Ferraro uproar

In the words of the late great Howard Cossell, Tell it like it is Keith!!!

Gubernatorial Malfeasance!

KRISTEN

Kristen. Was she worth it Elliot?



Spitzer Resigns

From The New York Times;

Gov. Eliot Spitzer, whose rise to political power as a fierce enforcer of ethics in public life was undone by revelations of his own involvement with prostitutes, resigned on Wednesday, becoming the first New York governor to leave office amid scandal in nearly a century.

The resignation will be effective on Monday, and Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson will be sworn in to replace him.
In an appearance that lasted 140 seconds at his Midtown Manhattan office, with his wife Silda Wall Spitzer at his side, the governor offered an apology to his family and to the public and said he would devote himself to serving “the common good.”

Obama wins Mississippi

Barack Obama adds to his delegate count tonight with a win a 60%-38% win in Mississippi win over Hillary Clinton. The race now goes to Pennsylvania which votes in about six weeks. Obama need's to go into Pennsylvania and campaign like he did in Iowa. If he does that and connects with voter's the same way he did in Iowa, he could win this key state.

Spitzer and 70%

70% seems to be the magic number when it comes to Eliot Spitzer. 70% of New Yorker's voted for Spitzer when he was elected Governor. 70% was Spitzer's short lived approval rating after he was elected Governor and now 70% of New Yorker's want Spitzer to resign after a sex scandal. Spitzer is expected to resign soon however if he doesn't Republican's in the New York legislature are looking at impeachment hearings.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bush Sings Farewell Song

President George W. Bush donned a cowboy hat and sang an early goodbye to Washington on Saturday night with a performance that lampooned White House journalists and Vice President Dick Cheney among others. This was absolutely disgusting and whats worse is this took place at the annual Gridiron Dinner with journalists who gave the moron a standing ovation. Edward R Murrow would roll over in his grave.

8 U.S. soldiers die in Iraq-The Forgotten War

From The chicagotribune.com

BAGHDAD - On the bloodiest day for U.S. forces in Iraq in eight months, eight soldiers died Monday in two separate bombings, including five who were killed in an upscale Baghdad district by a man wearing a suicide vest who mingled with their patrol.Three other soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb that struck their patrol in the troubled eastern province of Diyala, the military said in a statement released early Tuesday. Their Iraqi interpreter also was killed, and another U.S. soldier was injured.Also on Tuesday, a roadside bombing killed 16 Iraqi civilians traveling in a bus near the southern city of Nasiriyah, a part of Iraq that rarely experiences bombings, the Associated Press reported.

Eliot officially joins the "CLUB"




Hillary is insane

Hillary's campaign has been downhill but now I think Hillary has really lost it. Bill and Hillary think Obama would make a good running mate for Hillary.Bill Clinton said, "I know that she has always been open to it" hinting at a Clinton-Obama ticket. While the Clinton's are touting Obama as a VP running mate everyone else in the world of politics is wondering why the guy that's ahead would want to be Vice President, why would #1 want to be #2? Obama is poised to win Mississippi and it's 38electoral votes tomorrow. He has the super delegates and even if he loses PA on April 22nd, he still has enough super delegates and delegates to beat Clinton. Clinton's campaign is slowly falling apart and now there touting the guy who is ahead in the polls as a VEEP running mate, she is insane. I can't wait to see what comes out of the Clinton campaign tomorrow.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Searchers Love Potion # 9

This one's for you Elliot.

A funny Joke from the blogosphere

From blogger Serolf Divad

Spitzer Statement On Prostitution

"Over the past nine years, eight as attorney general and one as governor, I’ve tried to uphold a vision of progressive politics that would rebuild New York and create opportunity for all. We vowed to bring real change to New York and that will continue. Today, I want to briefly address a private matter. I have acted in a way that violated the obligations to my family and that violates my — or any — sense of right and wrong. I apologize first, and most importantly, to my family. I apologize to the public, to whom I promised better. I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good and doing what is best for the State of New York. But I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard that I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family. I will not be taking questions. Thank you very much. I will report back to you in short order. Thank you very much."

Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring

From The New York Times;

ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.

Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides early this afternoon, had hours earlier abruptly canceled his scheduled public events for the day. He is set to make an announcement about 2:15 this afternoon at his Manhattan office.
Mr. Spitzer, a first-term Democrat who pledged to bring ethics reform and end the often seamy ways of Albany, is married with three children.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

HILLARY BETRAYS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY



ITS ME OR McCAIN

HILLARY GOES NEGATIVE-BLOG ROUNDUP

In desperation Hillary Clinton Goes Negative against Obama
1 Mar 2008 by Progdem22 In desperation Hillary Clinton goes negative against Obama. In the past hillary Clinton and her loving husband Bill Clinton played race card while she played gender card. In the past Blacks in America used to call Bill Clinton as a ...Daily Kos - http://www.dailykos.com/section/Diary

Hillary Clinton Going Negative on Obama : Republicans Outsmarting ...
6 Mar 2008 by binx101 But mostly, Hillary Clinton’s comfort with negative attack ads may be a cathartic for her … but is it good for Democrats. We’ll obviously Clinton Democrats think that’s the case - but what about the case for party unity and fairness. ...The Almost Daily Binx - http://binx101.wordpress.com

Hillary Clinton Feminism? Undemocratic Democrats? Goodbye To You
7 Mar 2008 by Maria Niles And that Ohio and Texas might indicate that Clinton's negative campaigning against another Democrat is working leaves me so cynical and lacking in faith in the electorate. I guess there are too many people who are willing to fall into ...PopConsumer - http://consumerpop.typepad.com/popconsumer/ -

Hillary Clinton crossed the line with slash and burn, says Gary ...
7 Mar 2008 by admin Perhaps such strongly negative tactics will come back against her, as more people realize how inappropriate and damaging some of her attacks are. Page topic: Hillary Clinton breaking rules of politics, goes to far with slash and burn ...innocentenglish.com - http://www.innocentenglish.com

Hillary goes negative
2 Mar 2008 by tutor2u.net This Sunday’s pick of the papers focuses on Hillary Clinton’s desperate attempt to save her campaign. Previously I asked how low would Hillary go. Well, her team has just released one of the most negative TV ads in election history.politics - http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/politics/

Robin Clips Clinton on 'Negative Attack Ads'
5 Mar 2008 by Mark Finkelstein HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I don't accept that. You know, this campaign has been incredibly civil. Obviously Senator Obama has sent a lot of negative information through the mails about me and I called him on it. ...newsbusters.org - Exposing Liberal Media Bias - http://newsbusters.org - References

Hillary Hasn't a Ghost of a Chance of Being Elected President Bill ...
5 Mar 2008 by Deconstructing Demagogues As a candidate Hillary has displayed some rather disconcerting qualities; she tends to do well when she goes negative or gets in a whining and self-pitying mode. Her last minute attacks before the Texas and Ohio primaries consisted ...Deconstructing Demagogues - http://neuroscott.blogspot.com/

She Will Have What She Wants
7 Mar 2008 by justabovesunset By saying that only she and John McCain are qualified to lead the country, particularly in times of crisis, Hillary Clinton has broken that rule, severely damaged the Democratic candidate who may well be the party’s nominee, and, ...Just Above Sunset - http://justabovesunset.wordpress.com

Powers Speaking Truth
7 Mar 2008 by mooreroom The "monster" bit goes too far, it is true. But the rest of it? Well, obviously Clinton won more than just Ohio, but that last paragraph and "stooping to anything" sound about right to me. So is this the part of the media narrative on ...mooreroom - http://nevikmoore.livejournal.com/

The Chicago Way
6 Mar 2008 by PBurns Neither Hillary Clinton nor John McCain can beat Barack on message or money. They cannot beat him in a fair fight. And so, they are going to go negative. Hillary is already there -- that's how she won in Ohio and Texas. ...Terrierman's Daily Dose - http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/

Overview of the Democratic Primary - UPDATED
4 Mar 2008 by The Angry Independent However, this all depends on how the smear campaign goes. With the dirty, negative politics, Clinton may be able to put enough doubt in the minds of White voters over the next several weeks that it could seriously damage Obama (the ...Mirror On America - http://mirroronamerica.blogspot.com/

OBAMA BETTER BATTLE BACK BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE

By Dick Morris;
March 5, 2008 -- WITH big wins in Ohio and Texas last night, Hillary Clinton has finally broken her losing streak and sent a clear message to Barack Obama: I'm not getting out.
For the Illinois senator, the meaning of the primaries is clear - he has to get tough. Hillary can still win this nomination. The proportional representation system of allocating delegates chosen by primaries and caucuses mutes the impact of the popular vote.

By the time the Texas caucuses are fully counted, Obama may have maintained or even expanded his delegate lead, despite Hillary's victories in three out of four states.

Among the remaining 600 delegates to be chosen, Obama should be able to add to his lead.
But there remain 800 superdelegates, each entitled to a full vote. No matter if Obama leads among elected delegates, they can still deliver the nomination to Hillary.

Do they dare?

If Clinton is able to score a series of popular-vote victories in these late primaries, she could lay the basis for an appeal to the superdelegates to disregard the results of January and February and look instead at her success in the later contests.

The battle of Hillary is over. The battle of Obama has begun.

The question of his readiness and experience looms ever larger in the minds of the media and of voters.

Her red-phone ad, citing her supposedly superior readiness to be commander in chief, evidently cut deeply among the electorate.

It's time that Obama counters her strategy by hitting back. His lofty politics of hope will avail him little in the aggressive, rough-and-tumble world of modern politics.

He's got to spell out the special-interest connections that stigmatize Hillary as the tool of the lobbyists.

He must underscore the need for her to release her tax returns for 2007 and 2006 to show the source of her new-found wealth.

He's got to learn to trade blows with the Clintons, the best counterpunchers in the business.
Looming above the primaries is the specter of the unseated delegations from Michigan - chosen in a primary with only Hillary's name on the ballot - and Florida.

Obama needs to stop her gathering momentum by shedding his ingenue status and fighting hard for the nomination his previous victories have earned him.
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Democrats take high-profile Republican district

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Democrat captured on Saturday an Illinois U.S. House of Representatives seat that had been a Republican stronghold, in a symbolic blow to President George W. Bush's party ahead of November elections.

Returns showed physicist and businessman Bill Foster beating dairy owner Jim Oberweis by 52 percent to 48 percent of the vote in the district that had been held by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for more than two decades.

Obama wins Wyoming

The Democratic Presidential race is becoming a race for delegates and add seven more tonight for Barack Obama. Obama carried Wyoming and received it's 7 delegates tonight. Obama has shown he can win the in the west with his win in Wyoming, in additions to win in Utah, Idaho and the biggest prize of the general election: Colorado.
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Hillary's candidacy as the Democratic nominee ensures a third term for Bush because McCain will be elected. The base will not rally behind Hillary. Obama can unite the base, reach out and beat McCain, then unite the country, reach out and make our repair our image in the world.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Rep. Steve King smears Obama: al-Qaida dancing in the street

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa is another obtuse moron. If Hillary keeps up her scorched earth strategy he could be McCain's Secretary of State. She is going to destroy the party and my disgust knows no bounds.

Tim Hardin - Simple Song Of Freedom

Bobby Darin "If I Were A Carpenter" Live 1973

This is from a TV special recorded 9 months before Bobby Darin's death at age 37.

Tim Hardin "if I were a carpenter"

Tim Hardin at Woodstock. Tim wrote this song for Bobby Darrin. Bobby reciprocated with Simple Song Of Freedom.

Clinton's experience claim under scrutiny

From The Chicago Tribune;

WASHINGTON - Surrounded by military leaders in a Cabinet-style setting, Hillary Clinton on Thursday said she has "crossed the threshold" of foreign policy experience to serve as commander in chief.Supporters of rival Barack Obama fired back immediately, arguing that the former first lady's trips abroad hardly constituted a practice run for managing global crises."She was never asked to do the heavy lifting" when meeting with foreign leaders, said Susan Rice, who was an assistant secretary of state in the Clinton administration and is now advising Obama. "She wasn't asked to move the mountain or deliver a harsh message or a veiled threat. It was all gentle prodding or constructive reinforcement. And it would not have been appropriate for her to do the heavy lifting."Read More.

BILL'S MYSTERY MILLIONS

From The New York Post;

March 8, 2008 -- Another day, another reason for Demo cratic primary voters to demand complete financial transparency from Bill and Hillary Clinton.

And, it seems, another reason for the Clintons to shudder at the prospect.

The Chicago Tribune reports that in 2004, the ex-president spoke at the Manhattan launching party of a new Web-search company partly backed by the Chinese government - in exchange for a donation of 200,000 shares of the Google-wannabe to his charitable foundation.

Two years later, with the company still in the red, he somehow managed to unload the stock for $3.50 per share - well over the mere cents it was judged to be worth - for $700,000 in total profit.

And that number is well above the $150,000 that Clinton typically commands for Manhattan speeches.

Nevertheless, he refuses to say who bought the stock - or why.

One wonders: Why is Bill Clinton so often involved in shady-looking deals?

True, there may not be any new revelations about Arkansas cattle futures, or the White House travel office, or illegal Chinese fund-raisers or . . . the list could go on (though Hillary's campaign wasn't thrilled when Sen. Barack Obama mentioned the scandals the other day).

But the Clintons remain the Clintons, so who knows what might come to light as the campaign progresses?

Particularly regarding Bill's foundation, whose major donors he refuses to reveal.
This is the same foundation, after all, that received a whopping $131 million from Canadian mining mogul Frank Guistra not long after he accompanied Clinton on a visit to the president of Kazakhstan, who quickly awarded Guistra's company a lucrative mining contract.
And a scant two weeks ago, the two were together at an A-list fundraiser in Toronto. "I love this guy," said Clinton.

No doubt.
New-found friends aside, influence-peddling is unseemly for any former president - and downright scandalous for the husband of a sitting US senator.

Can you imagine what kind of favors Bill's cronies would expect if his wife becomes president?
Such concerns are well-founded.

For example, federal archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library just blocked the release of hundreds of pages of White House documents related to the 140 pardons Bill granted on his last day in office - including that of fugitive financier Marc Rich, whose ex-wife just happened to be a major Clinton fund-raiser.

What might be hidden there?

There's only one thing for the Clintons to do at this point - and that's provide full financial disclosure, immediately.

Bill and Hillary have gamely promised that they'll release their tax returns on April 15 (even though Barack and Michelle Obama released theirs last year).
That's a start, if it actually happens.

Bill, meanwhile, needs to disclose all major donors to his charitable foundation and presidential library - and not just, as he promises, those who give after Hillary becomes president.
The country deserves to know who has paid (is paying?) for the Clintons' ear.

And it should go without saying that such information is especially relevant to Democratic primary voters.
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Although I am not a Fan of The N.Y. Post I couldn't agree more. This is what Hillary will face in the General and if she gets the nomination we better get used to President McCain. There is a reason Hillary refuses to release her tax returns which are joint returns and will expose Bill's dealings. You want to go negative Hillary lets have at it.

Democratic Scorecard: The Lizard Brain Wins Again!

From the Huffington Post By Arianna Huffington

Clinton won in Texas and Ohio by dealing from the bottom of the deck and playing the fear card. And, as happened in 2002 and 2004, Be Very Afraid proved to be a very effective campaign pitch. After her New Hampshire comeback, Clinton declared: "I found my own voice." For this latest comeback, she found Karl Rove's voice. Read More.

John Fogerty - Who'll Stop The Rain

The Rain is coming down in NYC. Filmed in front of a live audience at Warner Bros. Studios, Stage 15, December 12th & 13th, 1997.

Remarks of Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama Against Going to War with Iraq

October 2, 2002

Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil. I don't oppose all wars.

My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain. I don't oppose all wars.

After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this administration's pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again. I don't oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism.

What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income - to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics. Now let me be clear - I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of Al Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars.

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the President today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's finish the fight with Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings. You want a fight, President Bush?

Let's fight to make sure that the UN inspectors can do their work, and that we vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty, and that former enemies and current allies like Russia safeguard and ultimately eliminate their stores of nuclear material, and that nations like Pakistan and India never use the terrible weapons already in their possession, and that the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe. You want a fight, President Bush?

Let's fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesn't simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil. Those are the battles that we need to fight. Those are the battles that we willingly join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance. Corruption and greed. Poverty and despair.

The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not -- we will not -- travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.
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Where was Hillary? We all know the answer. We also know that she is willing to destroy the party if thats what it takes to get the nomination.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels CC Rider / Jenny Jenny

The Byrds - Chimes of Freedom

Recorded at the Monterey Pop festival in 1967

Why the War on Obama

From Consortiumnews.com By Robert Parry

The intensifying personal attacks on Barack Obama reflect a growing realization among entrenched Washington insiders that his campaign -- funded largely by small donations -- could dilute their influence. Neocons, in particular, are joining with Clinton supporters in spreading rumors about his patriotism and his past.

Guess What? Obama Is Winning Texas

From Consortiumnews.com
Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama by a 51-48 margin in the Texas primary and claimed a net gain of four delegates. But Obama appears to be more than erasing Clinton's advantage by winning the Texas caucus phase, as historian Lisa Pease reports. March 6, 2008.

In Texas, Hillary won 65 delegates in the primary. Obama earned 61 delegates.

But in the caucuses, with 48 percent of the caucus results reported as of early Thursday morning, per the Texas Democratic Party’s Web site, Obama has won approximately 56 percent of the caucus votes, leaving Clinton with just under 44 percent.

When you apply these percentages to the 67 delegates, Obama gets 37 delegates from the caucuses, and Clinton gets 30.

If you add the primary and caucus delegates together, Clinton gets 95 delegates, but Obama gets 98, a net gain of three.

If current trends hold, Obama will win Texas by earning the overall delegate victory.

Go Already!

Form The New Republic by Jonathan Chait
Hillary Clinton, fratricidal maniac.

The morning after Tuesday's primaries, Hillary Clinton's campaign released a memo titled "The Path to the Presidency." I eagerly dug into the paper, figuring it would explain how Clinton would obtain the Democratic nomination despite an enormous deficit in delegates. Instead, the memo offered a series of arguments as to why Clinton should run against John McCain--i.e., "Hillary is seen as the one who can get the job done"--but nothing about how she actually could. Is she planning a third-party run? Does she think Obama is going to die? The memo does not say.

The reason it doesn't say is that Clinton's path to the nomination is pretty repulsive. She isn't going to win at the polls. Barack Obama has a lead of 144 pledged delegates. That may not sound like a lot in a 4,000-delegate race, but it is. Clinton's Ohio win reduced that total by only nine. She would need 15 more Ohios to pull even with Obama. She isn't going to do much to dent, let alone eliminate, his lead. Great Article Read More.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Clay Confirms Obama Has 50 New Superdelegates

From Taegan Goddard's Political Wire;

Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Sen. Barack Obama’s Missouri co-chairman and pledged Obama superdelegate, said Obama will gain the support of 50 undecided Democratic superdelegates later this week, according to the Columbia Missourian.Said Clay: “She (Sen. Clinton) will not make up those numbers. This race is over.”Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw first reported yesterday that Obama had about 50 secretly committed superdelegates. However, The Hotline quotes an unnamed Obama campaign aide who says the report is "wrong."

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Obama leads among African Americans in Texas, Clinton among Latinos

CNN Exit Polls" In Texas, Clinton leads among Latinos and Obama leads among African Americans. I think it will be a long night but it sounds like its going to be an exciting race.

Polls close in Vermont in one hour: Vermont should be a comfortable Obama win.

Aretha Franklin - You better think

Think about it Hillary. What are you trying to do to us?

Texas is a deadheat

Texas Democrat's go to the polls today and a new poll shows the Texas race is a deadheat. Senator's Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama deadlocked at 46%. This race is going down to the wire.

Texas and Ohio Polls Inconclusive

The polls in the Texas Democratic Primary show a dead heat. See Real Clear Politics for all the recent polls. However unless Hillary wins Texas by double digits Obama will pick up more delegates even if she wins the popular vote.
In Ohio with the exception of the Reuters/CSpan/Zogby poll which is a toss up Hillary is ahead in all other polls. See Real Clear Politics poll roundup.

Hillary is throwing the kitchen sink at Obama and in the process tearing apart the party. It seems that she will do anything to win the nomination even if it costs the Dems The White House. This is unforgivable.
I still believe Obama will win Texas. Ohio is any body's guess but it does not look good for Obama at this time. If this goes on until June the party will be in a shambles. Shades of 1968 and 1980.

High-powered lobbyist joins McCain campaign.

From Think Progress;

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has hired John Green, “a leading GOP lobbyist” and founding partner of Ogilvy Government Relations. Green will coordinate McCain’s “message and travel schedule with congressional Republicans.” According to Public Citizen, “McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.”

Sunday, March 2, 2008

McCain on Hagee

Mattew Yglesias at The Atlantic.com has an excellant analysis of John Hagee's endorsement of John McCain;

Initially, John McCain had an admirably straight-talking like on John Hagee -- he was proud to be supported by the anti-Catholic, anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, "pro-Israel" Christian leader who hopes to see the Middle East plunged into massive war that will result in the end of the world. Now he's getting flip-floppety:Read more;

For more on this lunatic click here

Siegelman Updates

Scott Horton At Harpers Magazine has an excellant update on the Siegelman Frame.

The Alabama G.O.P. Wrestles with RetractionOne of the most interesting sideshows coming out of the transmission of the 60 Minutes segment dealing with former Alabama Governor Don E. Siegelman has been the conduct of the Alabama G.O.P. The CBS piece features direct charges leveled at Karl Rove and at Bush Administration prosecutors. But to listen to Michael Hubbard, the chair of the Alabama Republicans, you’d think it was a grudge match between 60 Minutes and his party. There must be some reason for Hubbard to adopt this posture, and for it instantly to be shared by his captive press. But maybe it’s something on the order of that line from Hamlet: The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
So let’s do something that no Advance newspaper in Alabama will ever do. Let’s take a look at the way Hubbard keeps moving the stakes around and the points which are left curiously unaddressed in the Hubbard statements. Read More.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Poco - Good Feelin' To Know

Richie Furay-Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar. Paul Cotton-Lead Guitar, Harmony. Timothy B. Schmidt-Bass,Vocals. Rusty Young-Pedal Steel. George Grantham-Drums.




Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth (Monterey 1967)

Like my fellow blogger I think Buffalo Springfield is one of the all time great groups. The members came and went but included Neal Young, Steve Stills, Dewey Palmer, Richie Furay and Jim Mussina.

Reuters/C-SPAN/Houston Chronicle Poll: Obama Builds Lead Over Clinton in Texas, But Dem Race Too Close To Call in Ohio

From Zogby International;


UTICA, New York – The political tidal wave that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has built with a long string of victories since February 5’s Super Tuesday elections is washing over Texas, but he still trails rival Hillary Clinton in Ohio, a new Reuters/C-SPAN/Houston Chronicle poll shows.

Obama has built a six-point lead over Clinton in Texas, largely on the strength of support from what has come to be his base – younger voters and men. Evidence of his persuasive powers comes from the fact that most of those who have most recently decided for whom to support, while Clinton won more support from early deciders.

In Ohio, Clinton holds a slim lead that has diminished steadily in past weeks. Her strength stems from the same demographic groups that carried her to victories earlier in the campaign, but the trend appears to favor Obama, as late deciders are more likely to support him over her, the survey shows, and 9% of Ohio Democrats say they have yet to make up their minds. Another five percent voiced favor for another candidate not now in the race. Some of those may have already voted, but some may have yet to do so.

Rockefeller Endorses Obama

Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.

As Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are sparring today over their national security credentials, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has come out in favor of Obama in the presidential race.

“Barack Obama is the most qualified person — Democrat or Republican — to lead our country in the face of enormous challenges — the very real threat of terrorism, economic uncertainty, and instability at home and abroad,” Sen. Jay Rockefeller said in a statement, “What matters most in the Oval Office is sound judgment and decisive action. It’s about getting it right on crucial national security questions the first time — and every time. “
Rockefeller credited Obama for opposing the war in Iraq from the beginning when Obama was still a candidate for the Senate. Rockefeller’s nod further narrows Clinton’s lead in endorsements from their Senate colleagues — Clinton has 13 and Obama now has 11.