Thursday, August 31, 2006
"The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack."
Yes there is fascism. But the Bu$h’s administration has removed most of my freedoms and liberties not the majority of the population that says it's time to leave Iraq. And if you say ‘it can’t happen here’, wrong., it already has happened here.
Remember: President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.
What does that make them? A must see: Video - WMV Video - QT
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
In my opinion, this is no coincidence. Some metro papers may be making their CD5 endorsements this week, so Ostrow is doing the dirty work and trying to throw mud around, but for whom is a good question, he sure is not up for any endorsements.
UPDATE: More from MNCR
UPDATE II: MN Publius
Here are some highlights (emphasis mine):
Her endorsed DFL opponent, Keith Ellison, has had limited political experience in the Minnesota House… While he shares Senator Reichgott’s positions on key issues of importance to DFLers, we have not heard him renounce the aspects of Islam that are anathema to our American belief system, such as death for apostasy and the subordination of women.
Wow, and when did all practitioners of Islam become extremists? Oh yeah
Okay, should we try to point out the same kinda whacked out crazy beliefs Christianity has within it and hold all practitioners of that religion accountable to everything too? Do we really want to go there?
If I were to write a letter like this attacking Ember for being Christian, what would I write? hmmmm...
While she shares Representative Ellison’s positions on key issues of importance to DFLers, we have not heard her renounce those aspects of Christianity that are anathema to our American belief system, such as calling for the death of all homosexuals or limiting free speech for women.
I could go on, and on (do I really have to link to all the slavery stuff?!?), but that is not the point. The point is that this type of false judgment of making one individual stand for the whole race/religion/culture, and demanding that person distance himself from some marginal aspect of it is plain ridiculous and down right religious bigotry. No one paints all Christians as wanting all homosexuals executed, or desiring to strip women of their civil liberties, nor should anyone try to force individuals who practice Islam into a similar box.
This type of religious ignorance is plain shocking coming from a Unitarian, and just one more reason that we DO need Keith Ellison in the US House. A strong representative of a liberal stance on Islam, for cripes sakes, a PEACE activist Islamic candidate, is desperately needed in our country’s leadership to help educate the country on what a moderate view on Islam can look like, and how we can actually find solutions to the very serious international problems we face today.
Ember should distance herself from this type of ignorant hate filled rhetoric, and denounce this person’s views on Islam as the idiocy it is, or she needs to denounce those aspect of Christianity that are anathema to our American belief system. Its her choice.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Webster is a small community surround by farm land but turning into suburbs. It has Ettlin's Ranchero Supper Club, a couple of Lutheran Churches, a co-op and post office. In other words, Webster is the kind of place that still hold to the old values of a person's word is their bond. A nice community where you would feel comfortable raising your kids.
I came through town before parking and joining Coleen Rowley in the Webster Parade. A good 80% of the houses on the main street had Coleen Rowley yard signs in their front lawns. There were no John Kline signs..zip, zero, da nada. Not one sign in any yard.
I believe in signs as omens, the change is coming.
Monday, August 28, 2006
- Congressman John Kline's top staffer from his Burnsville office said when asked about the Mark Kennedy/Amy Klobachur campaigns at the MN State Fair on Friday.
In an attempt to put more lipstick on this pig, Kennedy released his 4th ad in as many weeks.
MN Publius does him a favor by making it so that it complies with the affidavit he signed when he renewed his CPA license
Can Kline be far behind given his lackluster debate presences during the Jason Lewis Show and the series of muddy/fuddy attacks against his challenger Coleen Rowley?
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Lewis And Rowley Debate, While Kline Tries To Figure Out What To Do With All His Free Time After November.
The one question given only to Kline had to be rephrased because Kline failed to follow along with what was asked: Lewis asked if the Big Energy Companies make record profits should stop getting subsidies and credits. In his words “Shouldn’t we rein-in these price gougers?" Kline started rambling about GOP anti-gouging legislation when Jason Lewis interrupted Kline saying, "I kind of tricked you." and went on to reveal that the energy company is Archer-Daniels-Midland, and the fuel was ethanol. In short, he had to prompt Kline to get it right!
Coleen Rowley clearly survived using her energy, her understanding of issues, and her ability to truthfully answer. I don't know if you can have a clear winner in such a partisan venue like the Lewis show but I think you can have a clear loser. Kline by his defeafening silence and inability to engage listeners and supporters alike became a clear loser. Kline lacked personality with his low keyed to almost silent presences. His few replies were short to almost flippant and easily forgettable. He mostly deferred to Lewis and Coleen Rowley while speaking softer as if afraid of his own voice.
Kline was like the the preverbal church mouse in the corner while the choir sang. Clearly, Kline lost this debate in spite home field advantage and his own 'ringer' for moderator.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
DNC Chairman Howard Dean summed it up on Hardball today when Matthews tried picking a fight about Lieberman.
"You're brother is working for Lamont," Matthews accused. "
"And so am I," shot back Howard Dean. "Ned Lamont is the future. Joe is a good guy, but Joe is the past. And I think we need a new direction in this country. And it's not just the Lieberman-Lamont race. It's all over the country. People are looking for a different direction, a new direction, a change-- and I think the Democrats can bring that change.."
We have to change our current course of failure in America and Democrats have a plan. The first change will be the truth...Democrats will speak the truth. Think of it- no more lies, smears, kneejerk reactions, illegal wiretapping, dismissal of civil rights, unqualified partisan appointments, coverups, government media distortions, fake statistics, or big corporations sale offs by our our leaders. We'll have a return to the basics of an ethical government instead of the current 'highest bidder' mentality in WA,DC.
Ahhh, feel the breeze carrying fresh air. It's coming...Vote for change.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Since we’re talking about slithering snakes on a plane…Bu$h is coming to town today to stump for his minions (Bachman and Kline?). That’s good. Bu$h probably has lower approval ratings than snakes, and by default so will the folks he’s trying to booster.
More snakes on a plane: looks like Bu$h with Tony Blair’s help have 'wag the tail' of intelligence community to create more terrorist hiss.steria…sigh..again. The latest ‘gonna blow up all our planes’ terror alert looks to have been staged by our twin boy snakes: According to Craig Murry (and you’ll want to read his whole report) last week’s terrorist romp was more of the same Bu$hsh*t:
None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not even have passports, which given the efficiency of the UK Passport Agency would mean they couldn't be a plane bomber for quite some time.In the absence of bombs and airline tickets, and in many cases passports, it could be pretty difficult to convince a jury beyond reasonable doubt that individuals intended to go through with suicide bombings, whatever rash stuff they may have bragged in internet chat rooms. What is more, many of those arrested had been under surveillance for over a year - like thousands of other British Muslims. And not just Muslims. Like me. Nothing from that surveillance had indicated the need for early arrests.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Kline votes with Bush over 94% of the time. Isn't it time to call his leadership into question? While we want to provide for our family and community, Bush with Kline's support has been giving away America's resources and our children's future to big oil companies, weapon's manufacturers and other special interests. Isn't it time for us to outsource Kline.
I’m grateful to Phil Steger for reminding us of Ember Reichgott-Junge’s strong and very recent connection to Joe Lieberman: In 2004 she was the Lieberman campaign’s state chair when he ran for president. (Remember Ember, Remember “Joementum!”) I’ve seen that connection up close and way too personal.
I was at January 2004 DFL State Central Committee meeting that Steger references in his commentary – not as a delegate, but as one of the legions of Howard Dean supporters in Minnesota spurred by the guy from Vermont, who was speaking the truth about the war when it was not fashionable to do so, to get involved in Minnesota politics for the first time.
It was just one weekend after scores of us volunteers had returned from busting our asses for Dean in freaking COLD Iowa right before his devastating loss in the caucuses there. (Yeah, lots of us were in the room for Dean’s famous “scream,” too, which was totally distorted by the MSM, but that’s a story for another day.) You bet we Deaniacs were deflated, but back at home we regrouped and attended, enthusiastically and en masse, the Central Committee meeting being held in Blaine, to show that our support for our guy was still rock-solid. Well over a hundred of us showed up, and the place was pretty packed with Kucinich supporters as well.
At the meeting, each presidential campaign was allowed time to present the case for their candidate.
My friends and I still vividly recall when Ember, whom many of us had never even heard of before, took her turn at the podium representing the Lieberman campaign. (As far as we could tell, Ember was the Lieberman campaign in Minnesota, since back then apparently every other Minnesota Democrat had more sense than to sign on to that campaign.)
What did she choose to talk about to this crowd, composed of stalwart DFLers plus a good couple hundred Dean and Kucinich supporters who were overwhelmingly driven to take our country back from the Bushite wingnuts? Sure, we knew she wasn’t going to come out against the war, because Joe was all for the war, but maybe she’d choose to talk about other red-meat Democratic values like, say, taking back obscene tax cuts for the rich? Fighting back on privatizing Social Security? Repealing “No Child Left Behind”?
No. Ember chose to talk about “morality.”
About how Joe Lieberman was going to win because the Republicans could never attack him on “morality.” “Talk about morality!” I will never forget her saying. “No one has stronger moral values than Joe Lieberman!” We should all support Joe because “Wouldn’t it be great to have a candidate the Republicans can’t attack on morality?”
Ember wanted us to remember how great it was when Lieberman had sanctimoniously harangued Bill Clinton and the nation about his version of morality during the impeachment fiasco. But she had nothing to say about the effect on Lieberman’s “morality” of his full-throated support of this immoral war. Not to mention the fact that Lieberman was the guy who had just accused Dean of being in a “spiderhole of denial” because Dean didn’t believe Iraq was better off after Saddam Hussein’s capture than before the war.
We all looked at each other: Who was this schoolmarmish, hectoring, priggish lady, dressed to cover almost every inch of skin like some kind of Minnesota Taliban? Who did she think she was to be lecturing us about how much more “moral” Joe Lieberman was than the rest of us? We were supposed to be judging ourselves by Joe Lieberman’s standards of morality? What’s more, the impression was unmistakable that she felt she was more moral than the rest of us, too. She made us feel like she wanted us to feel: immoral, degenerate, like we needed a shower.
Remember Ember, Remember Joe Lieberman.
In 2006, what DFL primary voters in CD5 really need to remember is that: in 2004, when so many of us – young and old, city and suburban, parents and children, straight and gay, white, black and every shade in between – stood up, marched and demanded to be heard that the war was “Not In Our Name!”; while we were doing that, Ember Reichgott-Junge was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Joe Lieberman, one of the country’s greatest cheerleaders for that war.
And no, Joe Lieberman isn’t the only Democrat who’s been wrong on the war, but he does deserve our special scorn: not just because he has never stopped cheering on the war, but because he has relentlessly questioned the patriotism of any of us who have dared criticize the president. This, of course, is our extra-moral president who has brought us such bright-shining moral victories as illegal detention, torture and massacre, at such nifty moral locations as Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib and Haditha.
This is the man Ember says is moral. Ember and Joe – they’re more moral than you.
Remember Ember, Remember Joe Lieberman.
Now that Ember’s decided that she and her morality (remember, she’s only gotten one speeding ticket!) are a super-great fit for one of the most forward-thinking, progressive Congressional districts in the entire country, it’s time – actually, long overdue – we ask her just a few questions on the burning moral issues of the day:
Where were you in 2003 and 2004, during Bush’s unholy rush to war? Did you have anything to say about it, and can you show us where? Did you ever march with us? Have we ever honked at you on the Lake Street Bridge?
You and Joe Lieberman wholeheartedly supported the war in 2004. Do you think things are still peachy over there? If not, do you think you just might have been wrong back then?
Just last week you called for Rumsfeld’s resignation; how courageous of you. If Rumsfeld goes, do you think that will make it all better?
When on your website you get around to talking about Iraq (the 10th issue down your list), you say, “I see a future in which Americans can travel safely through any country on the globe…” Is that what it’s about for you, protecting the rights of tourists? How about, I dunno, keeping our troops out of harm’s way by bringing them home now?
And just for fun: Have you called on your buddy Joe to withdraw from the race in Connecticut after losing the primary? (Probably not, since you’re running against the endorsed Democrat yourself, right?) Will you accept as many endorsements from right-wing Republicans as he has? If Mark Kennedy wants to endorse you, too, are you down with that?
A Lieberman Democrat for CD5?
When Minnesota has led the nation for 60 years in sending to Congress visionary, way-ahead-of-the-curve leaders like Hubert Humphrey, fighting segregationists back in ’48; Eugene McCarthy, who stood up to a president of his own party to fight for peace; Walter Mondale, out in front of civil and workers’ rights every day; and Paul Wellstone, who put his whole career on the line to vote against the immoral war that Joe Lieberman and Ember embraced?
Do we really want a Lieberman Democrat to speak for CD5 and Minnesota? Is that our idea of morality? In the most progressive part of the state and one of the most progressive districts in the country, is that really who we are?
CD5, it's our call.
Remember Ember, Remember Joe Lieberman.
America belongs to all of us. It's our right, make that our responsibility to speak out when we see injustice and wrong.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Did someone say they were looking for Democrats that have a backbone?
Look no further than Minnesota's CD2 Democratic Congessional Candidate Coleen Rowley!
Vote Coleen has the whole statement from Coleen to incumbent John NeoKline's smear #2.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Let's see...2 attacks in 2 weeks...11 weeks to go...
Any volunteer on this campaign better be hiding the skeletons least 'the bully' Kline go after you! Apparently John Kline has nothing substantive with which to smear his actual opponent so he attacks an unpaid staff member and tried to make the voters in CD2 FEAR things that go bump in the night. It's all very Rovian and just what we've come to expect from NeoKline.
Why is Kline krapping mud ?
MN Campaign Report has a nice summation, as does Power Liberal and David Bailey's diary at Daily Kos. Additionally DJK shows a link off the GOP page to a CATO that advocates legalize drugs. Does that mean the GOP support legalize drugs? By John Kline's own krap, he too must support legalize drugs.
Geez, maybe he is losing...certainly he's acting like a loser.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Initially Kline made comments calling it an 'aberration' but today the MN Star Tribune had a story with Kline apologizing to Marines over Haditha statements. So we basically have Congressman Kline apologying for the massive, intentional, unprovoked, methodical killing of 24 civilians (including women and children) and it's coverup. Am I the only one thinking Kline is apologying to the wrong group of people?
Kline is not willing to stand on the truth...he prefer to 'waffle' while remaining silent to protect his brother in arms regardless of their criminal behavior. Kline has been specifically briefed with the details of this case. And even Kline knows you can't sugar coat this kind of shit. But being a wimp, Kline decides to waffle than stand on the truth. Why doesn't that surprise me? Can't be less of a leader than that! It really is time for a change to truth to power.
For the record:
Here's what Kline said in the past:
- The Washington Post, May 25Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), a retired Marine helicopter pilot, said in an interview he thought Hagee was doing the right thing."I was saddened, surprised and outraged that this could happen," Kline said. He said he thought the incident would be regarded as "a horrific aberration" for the Marines.
- Los Angeles Times, May 27Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), a retired Marine colonel, said there was clearly an attempt to cover up the incident by those involved. But he said he did not think the Marine command was slow in investigating."There is no question that the Marines involved, those doing the shooting, they were busy in lying about it and covering it up — there is no question about it," Kline said.
- 9 News-NBC in DenverRepresentative John Kline is a Republican from Minnesota. He said, "When you have Marines who have behaved so abominably as to allegedly shoot Iraqi civilians I'm not surprised that they would lie about it and cover it up."
"I am of course very concerned regarding any allegations surrounding misconduct by US troops in Iraq. Such allegations must be taken seriously but we should never rush to judgement before all the facts are know."
Kline also said that statements he made were taken out of context and he didn't mean to imply the Marines were guilty of wrong doing.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
"...Mark Kennedy swung around the corner, sitting in the back seat of the Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile. I heard him humming that catchy little tune, "I wish I was an Oscar Meyer wiener, that's what I'd really like to be-e-e." Sitting behind the driver's wheel was none other than Michael Brodkorb. He was smartly decked out in one of John Kline's bellhop uniforms. The whole thing was really quite impressive; I wish you all could have seen it. I suppose they were headed to a campaign event, or a barbecue."
Mr. Rubberstamping, Badmouthing, Pawlentyawful, and Ms. Gayhater along with leader Mr. B Clown were auditioning for their future jobs.
The salary of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group's chief executive would be enough to fund a major chunk of universal health coverage for three years, Hatch said. "In a health care system where children aren't covered, where's our conscience?" he asked.
Americans pay roughly double that of any other nation for health insurance, but the country is ranked low in longevity and in quality of care, he said.
Hatch offered ideas for reform including allowing employers to buy coverage from assigned-risk plans, purchasing pools for prescriptions, school clinics, mental-health assessment centers and greater accountability for the boards that oversee insurers.
Now this is what I am talking about! Of coarse Tim "weenie" Pawlenty has his predictable whine about taxes, but come on, with cost rising as fast as they are for every person who actually has coverage right now, and with all the inefficiencies and crazy salary/bonuses of the current health care(less) companies it would be cheaper to go Hatch's route, not more expensive. Plus, there is a very good argument to be made about a system like this being very beneficial to small businesses.
My one suggestion to Hatch would be as he is deciding how to start implementing this proposal, is to start by covering children first. It sure sounds like he is heading in that direction!
"This isn't just about winning or losing. Iraq and everything around it goes to the heart of what's happening in our country today. Ned's beautiful victory last night showed that people are paying attention."Coleen couldn't be more right. That same outrage is now looking for big changes this election cycle starting with voting out those who have voted lockstep with the failed Bu$hCo policies. (Rubber Stamp Kennedy, Locktepper Kline)
While you're visiting go to the Blue America page and give to Coleen Rowley. She'll need the money to fight Colonel Mudslinger.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
The Wege is just singing to the Democratic choir when addressing the latest antics from MDE with Kline trying to smear the Rowley Campaign with half baked lies…
“..slippery innuendos coming from someone I know to be a barefaced liar and who gets paid to front the dirt Republican campaigns are usually too ashamed to put out under their own name.”
In the past Kline has depended on his mudslinging to dirty up the issues so voters don't pay attention to them...but not this time. Kline has played this game too often and with the same cast of players…Diane Bratlie (listed as a volunteer with Kline for congress) has been involved with the Kline campaign since 1998 and has received numerous reimbursements for campaign related expenditures. She also was the conduit for an MDE post in 2004 against Teresa Daly.
Pretty lame to be using a letter regarding a long past incident and with a campaign 'player' whose 'memory' recount didn't include the 'date' and other pertinent details. Still I guess that's an improvement over an anonymous blogger from Kline's campaign.
Kline spokesman Marcus Esmay said Bailey gave his real e-mail address and his real address, which was subsequently used to learn his connection to the Rowley campaign. As the Rowley field manager said:
It doesn't sound like a very secretive operation when you leave your e-mail and address,"
Hmmm...that's certainly the actions of someone trying to be sneaky...leave your name and email. What no telephone? So how about it Kline? Can we now get back to real issues like rising gas prices, the medicare doughnut, the war in iraq, lack of adequate transportation, outsourcing of our jobs and soaring educational costs?
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
"Last week we learned someone had been anonymously attacking Coleen on the internet from Kline's Burnsville campaign office under the name KlineFan. We believe if Kline has something to say to Coleen, he should come right out and say it, not hide behind the cloak of internet anonymity. So Coleen formally challenged Kline to a series of debates.
Kline is still screeching about being smeared by Coleen for a staffer comparing him to a bumbling sitcom character who hands out recipes to voters while gas prices go higher, taxes and fees continue to rise and the wars wage on with Americans and civilians still dying...er...or something like that...
Hey Kline...what's not to talk about?
Monday, August 07, 2006
“We are now in a process of renewed escalation,” a senior Israeli General Staff officer tells Haaretz. Signaling an apparent policy shift, “We will continue hitting everything that moves in Hizbollah — but we will also hit strategic civilian infrastructure.”
Nice, seems as though the Bu$hCo school of NeoCon's has spilled over into all of the Middle East. And Rice-a-roni with France has decided the fate of all involved. Besides being damm near mind numbing like the dalek's stun ray it's stinks of a B-grade sci-fi...
And talking about more sci-fi ...and naturally more killings:
Maybe when we’re all done giving Iraq some of our ‘democracy’ they will have more ‘freedom’ to kill more shopkeepers who ‘suggestively’ arrange the produce.
The very fact that it is perfectly possible shows how bizarre the whole killing sprees are and the pretexts for for them. The only freedom we’ve given Iraq is the power to kill…just like the US soldiers. Maybe we're all starring in our own Dr. Who, but just don't know it.
Hatch almost always drives in his own car to campaign events instead of being chauffeured. He writes his own speeches. He personally returns reporters' calls to the campaign number. At some fundraisers, he serves cold garlic toast.
Better yet, he is saving his money and holding back until the race heats up. There does seem to be concern out there from some folks about him not having but two staffers, and I have to agree with that. He may not need the army some campaigns are spending on, but I could see him getting some more staffers as a positive move at this point. But the idea that a candidate can rely on his own feet and his own words to run a campaign is much more an authentic choice than the race by focus group that seems to happen all too often.
Hatch said he also wants his campaign to reflect his personal style and hard-earned image, that of a gut-instinct fighter for ordinary folks, and a regular guy who doesn't need the trappings of a big-time politician.
"It's a personal thing and a big deal to me that I drive myself to events. My phone number is in the book, and I get calls from the public. It's a good mental-health thing."
Good on ya Mike, and I bet you'll be getting some more calls now. What a refreshing approach, it is good to know that an authentic and down to earth person is running for Governor.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Here's the question that the right-wing extremists who control the Republican Congress will put before the Senate:"
Over seven million Americans can have a raise of $2.15 an hour by raising the minimum wage, but only if we give a tax cut to 7,500 ultra-rich people at a cost of $753 billion dollars."
It's despicable, it's wrong, and we need to stop it.
Let your Senators know that they should reject it: http://www.democratsorg/realminimumwage