Monday, July 31, 2006
Obama's White House chances are set for another boost if party approves new voting calendar designed to expand influence of minority voters on choosing presidential nominee.
Just so you don't think this is a total love fest, I still have some reservation. But I can't turn down a good steak.
"They were told to leave"Leave how, where? It’s not like they have cars, access to money to travel, mass transit or even have anywhere to go. Hell, it took over three weeks to get Americans out!. Hiw and where do you want the 750,000 people to go?
And I''m the queen of spain...er..okay reporters with video everywhere, so where's the proof? If this doesn't stink of USA misinformation corp then the pope isn't catholic.
"Hezbollah munitions stashed in or near them caused the building to fall."
"We can’t have a crease fire or peace treaty because it will just be broken. We need a lasting settlement."Right, peace doesn’t happen until Rice-a-roni has the proper paperwork signed off on! Without the USA leveraging an immediate creasefire, this situation will continue to deteriorate. Either you demand a rapid crease fire and work during the interim for peace or you're a partner to this kind of violence. How long are civilians to wait for the paperwork on a 'lasting settlement'...it's already been 9 thousand years?
The families who lose their children, brothers that lose their sisters, sisters that lose their fathers...they will now be tomorrow's new terrorist. Violence on top of endless violence.
British Foreign Office minister Kim Howells to BBC in Beruit: "I very much hope that the Americans understand what's happening to Lebanon. The destruction of the infrastructure, the death of so many children and so many people. These have not been surgical strikes. And it's very difficult, I think, to understand the kind of military tactics that have been used. You know, if they're chasing Hezbollah, then go for Hezbollah. You don't go for the entire Lebanese nation."
Sunday, July 30, 2006
...I would like to remove my name from the list of scientists who dispute global warming. I know my coauthors would as well.Peter Doran, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Illinois at Chicago.
REAL SECURITY AT HOME AND OVERSEAS: Reclaim American leadership with a tough, smart plan to transform failed policies in Iraq, the Middle East and around the world. Require the Iraqis to take responsibility for their country and begin the phased redeployment of US forces from Iraq in 2006. Double the size of Special Forces to destroy Osama Bin Laden and terrorist networks like al Qaeda. Rebuild a state-of-the-art military capable of projecting power wherever necessary. Implement the bipartisan 9/11 Commission proposal to secure America’s borders and ports and screen 100% of containers. Fully man, train, and equip our National Guard and our police, firefighters and other first responders. Honor our commitments to our veterans. (Personally I'd like to see more specifics but this is 100% more foresight than our current international policy)
BETTER AMERICAN JOBS - BETTER PAY: Prohibit the Congressional pay raise until the nation’s minimum wage is raised. End tax give-aways that reward companies for moving American jobs overseas. (This also means you don't increase minimum wage by attaching estate tax breaks for multi-millionairs...are you listening GOP, have you no shame!)
COLLEGE ACCESS FOR ALL: Make college tuition deductible from taxes, permanently. Cut student loan interest rates. Expand Pell Grants.
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE - LOWER GAS PRICES: Free America from dependence on foreign oil and create a cleaner environment with initiatives for energy-efficient technologies and domestic alternatives such as biofuels. End tax giveaways to Big Oil companies and enact tough laws to stop price gouging. (look we need to be weened off gas but you don't do that by giving oil companies record profits from higher prices...but there needs to be a more alternatives funded including local and personal programs...solar cells, collectors...)
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE - LIFE-SAVING SCIENCE: Fix the Medicare prescription drug program, putting seniors first by negotiating lower drug prices and ending wasteful giveaways to drug companies and HMOs. Promote stem cell research that offers real hope to millions of American families who suffer from devastating diseases. (I've seen this from both ends as someone with insurance and major health issues, and a friend without insurance and major health issues. It's criminal to suffer when the resources are there!)
RETIREMENT SECURITY AND DIGNITY: Stop any plan to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part. Enact real pension reform to protect employees’ financial security from CEO corruption and mismanagement, including abuse of the bankruptcy laws. Expand personal savings incentives.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Fact 1: When you call the Kline Congressional campaign office and ask for Marcus, they offer to put you through to his voice mail.
Fact 2: When you call Kline's Congressional District office (same building) and ask for Marcus, they also offer to put you through to his voice mail.
Does Marcus work for both offices?...Must get confusing keeping his official state duties separate from his anonymous blogging duties...or does he? Does he clock out of one office and walk over to the other and clock in there? How is his payroll being kept separate...or is it? What else has Marcus been doing and has it been on the taxpayers dime?
Kline's office is aware of his staff anonymously blogging...so what is his response? If not Marcus, then who was blogging? Kline? Hello, anybody there?
PS. Picture of Kline and Delay. Kline still has $30,000.00 in tainted money from Delay's PAC. Wonder when (if) he's giving it back ?
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Time to throw this bum out of office. Vote Coleen Rowley for a change.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
So I did and here is what I learned:
Mark has no shame about lying to Minnesotans telling them, he's 'independent' of any one 'party' or 'person' in Washington. To believe what he tells us several times during his ad, you would have to forgot what he's done during his career in the House. No amount of saying one thing but doing another changes the facts.
Mark Kennedy has proven himself to be one of Bu$h's lapdogs by lifelong voting record that supports Bu$h 95% of the time.
So why the big Mark Kennedy lie about being independent? According to the Washington Post: No modern political party has weathered a midterm election with a president as low in the polls as George W. Bush. With polling that low, Kennedy is trying to distance himself from his record. Is it too late for Mark Kennedy to re-invent himself? You betcha!
Why has the strib for weeks on end examined every administrative infraction of Ellison's but failed to equally cover Ember Reichgott Junge's falsely claiming that she has DFL party's support? Where's the same zealous overboard reporting? Hmmm...what could be the reasons for this difference?
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
1, Bush’s veto total (just last week)
3.04, The soaring gas price per gallon. Way up and doubled since Bu$h took office.
7 seconds, Bu$h attention span if it doesn’t include violent military action or sagebrush.
19 minutes…Defines most parenting as just another fast food like concept! I'd like to see a comparison to the time Bu$h spends vacationing while in office.
$78.40, The cost of a barrel of oil. When Bu$h took office it was under $25.
100 – 150 per day, The war crime of the deaths of civilians in Iraq for last two months.
400,000 embryos languishing in storage tanks at fortility clinics in the US.
- 28 is the number of pregnancies that will result from these embryos.
- 0 is the number of embryos that Bush will allow for scientific research.
- 399,872 is the number that will be eventually thrown away by Bush's policy of life.
50 Million, What Elvis (yes even dead!) still earns a year. Not sure Bu$h can take credit for this but I'm sure he'll try. Must be nice to use airforce one to get to graceland, and then have a private tour.
1.2 Trillion, Cost of the Iraq war.
2 Trillion, New Updated Cost of the war.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Out on the planet:
In an attempt to run with the big dogs, the unstable and half-wild country of Pakistan is expanding their nuclear program while the ever angelic Condozilla Rice-A- Roni surprised Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora in Beirut with a visit this morning in an effort to push along the rapture,
"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, embarking on a diplomatic mission to the troubled Middle East, said she would work for "stability and lasting peace" instead of the immediate cease-fire demanded by much of the rest of the world."APIs it just me or does it sound like Rice-a-roni is a Miss America contestant by her answers? Naturally since the USA under Bu$hCo is soooo diplomatic, we're rushing a delivery of precision-guided missiles to Israel. Ah. I love the smell of WW3 in the morning…
In ‘up is down’ verbiage, Tony Snow was on the Today Show and said that "Nobody Has Been More Diplomatically Active Than We Have" this would be a good time for Missy Rice to take an immediate cease fire off the table…er…wait…she has! Got to admire their faith in the ‘here after’. Just wish they would pick a way to go that leaves the rest of us.
Naturally it goes without say that ww3 and the end is near. I could go on about Korea, Iran, Iraq, Somalia,,,but what's the point. Depressed yet? Had enough?
...Meanwhile back on the ranch
Bu$h is told to lawyer up. I imagine it was only a matter of time...
Oh when Bu$h stumped NAACP to repeal the estate tax but didn’t mention the word poverty …well, I guess he just didn’t know that African-Americans are more than a thousand times as likely to live below the poverty line as they are to be rich enough to leave a taxable estate.
Bu$h also used his veto powers for the first time. Seems like evil never sleeps.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
This decision will not change my desire to fight on behalf of the people of this wonderful state. This decision is the best thing for Minnesota and the best thing for Democrats. Thank you.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Today we had Coleen Rowley as our live guest on the Blue America series at Firedoglake. We do this online meet-up with a candidate every Saturday at 11 AM(PST/2 PM East Coast). Coleen is an exceptional woman and an exceptional candidate and she's running against the most far right extremist in the Minnesota congressional delegation (and in a decidedly moderate district). If you're not familiar with her and her candidacy, you might enjoy going to the archives of today's Q&A and reading what she had to say.
Friday, July 14, 2006
I surprised at how warm a reception the group gave. This is one big group of activist, bloggers and philosophers. I will definately make the time to attend in the future. Besides, the beer was great.
Coleen Rowley won over several local bloggers last night...
The cucking Stool
"So Spotty says all you Democrats, progressives, environmentalists, and true supporters of our military, go over to her site and contribute some money to Coleen Rowley."
Across the Great Divide
"But perhaps most important of all, she is the person who can enumerate every single one of her opponent's failings and dangerous leanings, and when challenged why she doesn't go after Kline even harder, she quotes Martin Luther King about hating the sin, but not hating the sinner.
And you actually believe this came from the heart"
Coleen speaks the truth so quietly powerful that every day her ranks are growing, but like all campaigns, money is needed to win...take the time to donate to the Agent for Change in CD2.
"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from Steven Bradbury, head of the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel. When questioned on whether the Preznut’s interpretation of the Hamdan case was right or wrong, Bradbury replied,
“The President is always right.”
Bu$hCo's whole infallability thing is more than a little creepy. It reminds me of cult like behavior. That's the thing - they've really blurred the distintion between 'reality' and their fantasy lies, presenting a mixture of both as 'facts'. Maybe this is the start of a papal presidency like government starring the infallable Pope Bu$h aka white rabbit.
Think of it, the Preznut is responsible for administration and leadership that is (or use to be) limited by both the Constitution (as defined by the Courts) and the Congress. He doesn't have the power of the purse strings, he can't make laws, and he can't substitute his judgement for that of the courts in matters of law or criminality.
But you wouldn’t know that from the behavior of Bu$hCo, the media, and his cult-like brainless followers. He's seems to have been ordained...I guess I missed it but I hope to attend the tea party.
Howie also recently posted on Amy Klobuchar on his California blog Down with Tyranny Coleen Rowley has been featured on his blog several times over the last year.
This truck is full of fun political catch phrases. See all the pictures over at MCR. These candidates deserve some attention for this!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
EX-CIA OPERATIVE VALERIE PLAME SUES VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY, HIS FORMER AIDE SCOOTER LIBBY, AND PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER KARL ROVE
Once the legal paperwork hits the smoking gun,
I plan on getting it matted and framed...
If she wins her suit, I plan to party like it's 1999!
Don't worry, I won't hurt U
I only want U 2 have some fun
I was dreamin' when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray
when I woke up this mornin'
Coulda sworn it was judgment
The sky was all purple,
there were people runnin' everywhere
run from the destruction,
U know I didn't even care
'Cuz they say two
thousand zero zero party over,
oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999
I was dreamin' when I wrote
So sue me if I go 2 fast
But life is just a party, and parties weren't
meant 2 last
War is all around us, my mind says prepare 2 fight
So if I
gotta die I'm gonna listen 2 my body tonight
Yeah, they say two thousand zero
zero party over,
oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999
Lemme tell ya
If U didn't come 2 party,
don't bother knockin' on my
"There are not too many issues that would give common cause to Thomas Foley and Newt Gingrich. Yet there they were, sitting next to each other yesterday: the last Democratic speaker of the House and the man who ousted him to become the first Republican speaker of the House in half a century."
And they were in perfect harmony as they kicked around the notion of "How Congress Is Failing America."
The Washington Post The Ex-Speakers Speak With One Voice on the Sorry State of Congress
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I will be supporting my opponent Amy Klobuchar in November, and I ask my supporters to do the same. The differences within our Party are important, but the differences between Mark Kennedy, George Bush and the needs of America are much greater.
I have spent my life in service to my community, my state and my country. I will continue to do so. I believe in what the great American Muhammad Ali once said: “The service you do for others is the rent you pay for the time you spend on earth.”
This campaign may end today, but what we believe in goes on, and we will all continue to cherish and work for our beliefs.
“North Korea is firing missiles. Iran is going nuclear. Somalia is controlled by radical Islamists. Iraq isn't getting better, and Afghanistan is getting worse," William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and conservative commentator.
Add to it Islamic militants from Kashmire, India, and thier unstable military neighbor Pakistan. It's all gone to hell.
drink the Kool-Aid v. To become a firm believer in something; to accept an argument or philosophy wholeheartedly or blindly
Monday, July 10, 2006
..."This is truly a sad day for the U.N. and for those of us who genuinely care about promoting respect for human rights and religious freedom."In short, Kennedy is saying that Isreal has the freedom and right to genocide. But does any country have the right to inflict the following on civilians...women and children? How does this bring peace or justice to Isreal or the Palestinians. As a Jew, I deplore the wanton death and targeting of resources that are needed by civilians. They are caught in the middle of this endless war. Neither Isreal or Palestine will see peace without recognizing their common humanity. There's a difference from self protection to what is really happening:
"But this time, the situation is worse than that. As food in the refrigerators spoils, the only remaining food is grains. Most people cook with gas, but with the borders sealed, soon there will be no gas. When family-kitchen propane tanks run out, there will be no cooking. No cooked lentils or beans, no humus, no bread the staples Palestinian foods, the only food for the poor. (And there is no firewood or coal in dry, overcrowded Gaza.)"And yet, even all this misery is overshadowed by a grimmer fact: no water. Gaza's public water supply is pumped by electricity. The taps, too, are dry. No sewage system. And again, word is that the electricity is out for at least six months."
"The Gaza aquifer is already contaminated with sea water and sewage, due to over pumping (partly by those now-abandoned Israeli settlements) and the grossly inadequate sewage system. To be drinkable, well water is purified through machinery run by electricity. Otherwise, the brackish water must at least be boiled before it can be consumed, but this requires electricity or gas. And people will soon have neither."Drinking unpurified water means sickness, even cholera. If cholera breaks out, it will spread like wildfire in a population so densely packed and lacking fuel or water for sanitation. And the hospitals and clinics aren't functioning, either, because there is no electricity."
"Finally, people can't leave. None of the neighboring countries have resources to absorb a million desperate and impoverished refugees: logistically and politically, the flood would entirely destabilize Egypt, for example. But Palestinians in Gaza can't seek sanctuary with their relatives in the West Bank, either, because they can't get out of Gaza to get there. They can't even go over the border into Egypt and around through Jordan, because Israel will no longer allow people with Gaza identification cards to enter the West Bank. In any case, a cordon of Palestinian police are blocking people from trying to scramble over the Egyptian border--and war refugees have tried, through a hole blown open by militants, clutching packages and children."
"In short, over a million civilians are now trapped, hunkered in their homes listening to Israeli shells, while facing the awful prospect, within days or weeks, of having to give toxic water to their children that may consign them to quick but agonizing deaths."
"The astonishing scale of this humanitarian situation is indeed matched only by the deafening drizzle of international reaction."
“That’s what’s wrong with Democrats. They all lie, all of the time.”
Number one, He said this in public at a parade around kids. What kind of role model is that to say something so inflammatory and polarizing around youth? Think of the hurt if the kids have Democratic parents? Hell, I was hurt and I'm not a kid!
Number two, How can voters/taxpayers expect Kennedy to work toward any bi-partisan legislation given his attitude and what he's says?…Obviously Mark Kennedy won’t work with all elected officials to help all Minnesotans.
Number three, His 'over-the-top statement' that slanders so many shows a complete lack of professionalism, discipline and ethics. Yes there’s probably some democrats that lie, just as some republican’ts lie, but not all of ‘em, all of the time, not even him!
Number four, His website today has this quote:
"This is truly a sad day for the U.N. and for those of us who genuinely care about promoting respect for human rights and religious freedom."
How can Kennedy respect human rights of another country when he doesn't respect the rights of all Minnesotans? Is that even possible givcn the level of intolerance he has to half of all Minnesotans? He's asking to be elected to a position where he's suppose to represent all Minnesotans...By his behavior this weekend Kennedy is mean, rude, offensive and thoughtless. But most of all, Kennedy showed he's not capable of representing Minnesota.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Murtha on Cheney:
He's in New Hampshire. He's making a political speech. He’s sitting in his air-conditioned office on his big, fat backside-saying stay the course. That’s not a plan!
Just in case you forgot why you hate him…reason 33949393939: Go F Yourself?
August J. Pollak is keeping score, I just added to the score...Things that are putting American soldiers in harm's way:
- Flag burning
- The Geneva Conventions
- Questioning both the morality and legality of torture
- Suggesting an eventual timetable for withdrawal
- Disclosing numerous covert and possibly-illegal acts of spying by the U.S. Government on its own citizens
- Requesting more body armor for troops
- Requesting due process for prisoners of war
- All but a handful of cable networks and publications within the entire United States news media
- Certain song lyrics
- Uppity librarians
- Gays wanting to marry
- NY Times and their entire staff
- Being in Iraq
NORAD is put on alert…this can’t be good. Could it be that Bu$h does have an eviler twin
Ken Lay died….
Will they’ll get on with real justice by again punishing the criminal diva
According to David Corn, Senator Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican and lead sponsor of the constitutional amendment banning flag desecration, this issue is a burning one (pun intended!). His response:
"It is a vital matter. Why? Because it was necessary to "send a message" to the Supreme Court. And what's the message? "You cannot usurp the power of the Congress of the United States."
I see. This is not really about safeguarding the Stars and Stripes. This is a spite match. Congress several years ago passed legislation to ban flag burning. The Supreme Court ruled, you can't do that (because that would infringe on free speech rights). So now Congress had to strike back.
So Hatch is saying.,..it personal.. But if that's true, then why does Congress (and Hatch) not seek to pass a constitutional amendment every time the Court overturns a law? The GOP effort to win congressional approval of this proposed constitutional amendment--months before an election-seems related to issues other than ensuring the right checks and balances. Care to guess what they are?"
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Oh sure employees have a 'First Amendment Right' and a legal obligation to speak out; 'Just like 'they' have a right to demote, fire or harrass employees who speak the truth...
Coleen Rowley- One Voice, Or The Truth?
In the last few years, speaking the truth has become an act of rebellion, as it threatens abuses of power sustained by unprecedented secrecy.
CIA reportedly shuts down anti-bin Laden unit.
A former CIA official who once led the unit, Michael Scheuer, told the Times that its shutdown was a mistake. "This will clearly denigrate our operations against al Qaeda," he said.
I guess I'd like to know what could be more important?
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
"I will not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people" President Bush - September 20, 2001
"It's not a matter of if they're captured and brought to justice, it's when they're brought to justice," Bush said.
Asked about the search for bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States, and of the president's long-ago call for getting him "dead or alive," Bush said the search for bin Laden and his associates continues.
The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I've directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. Presiden Bush - September 11, 2001
A CIA unit that had hunted for Osama bin Laden and his top deputies for a decade has been disbanded
Are you as outraged about this news as I am?
Let your OUTRAGE be heard through your ACTIONS this November!!!
Monday, July 03, 2006
"Beware of travel feature stories posing as invitations to terror. . . ."
What do Michelle Malkin, Minnesota's Powerline's John Hinderaker, Red State, and David Horowitz...all have in common? Well they're certifiably nuts just like their leader.
Down with Tyranny exposes the Bu$h Barrel of Monkeys...sigh...again:
"...totally the law of unintended consequences in the extreme.'"
Had enough? Me too.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
"But in the months and years since shock and awe I have been shocked repeatedly by a consistent litany of excuses, alibis, double-talk, inaccuracies, bogus predictions, and flat out lies"
...and who hasn't be shocked and awe by the idiot preznut...but it will take me awhile to come to terms with my new brother who admits 'he was wrong'.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
"The DFL Party will be the party that speaks out for the middle class. We will build an organized, inclusive party of the people that will lay out a positive agenda based on accountability, opportunity and fair play," declared Melendez. "It is past time to stop the misguided Republican agenda and we are going to do it here in Minnesota,"
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