Friday, June 29, 2007

"Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state,' therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society."

- Former US President Thomas Jefferson

BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Moyers on Murdoch | PBS

Another Poll

57% of Americans say Dem Congress good for America.


Sicko -Trailer

"Sicko" opens across the country today. Please try to attend an opening in your town. I will be attending tonight with eight other family members. We are all looking forward to it.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

"President Bush regularly is unable to explain or defend the policies of his own administration, and that is because the heavy intellectual labor has been performed in the office of the vice president."

-Bruce Fein

Bush on Immigration Vote

Interesting thing about this video is that Bush's cockiness seems to have taken a holiday. He has that "deer in the headlights" look about him. BUT he's not so beat down to be rendered incapable of uttering bullshit as there are a couple of standard Repub talking points thrown in. The voter imposed limitations on his power and the oversight that comes with - don't seem to be wearing well on the Emperor.

Impeach Cheney

By Bruce Fein (who btw served as Associate Deputy AG under Ronald Reagan)

Under Dick Cheney, the office of the vice president has been transformed from a tiny acorn into an unprecedented giant oak. In grasping and exercising presidential powers, Cheney has dulled political accountability and concocted theories for evading the law and Constitution that would have embarrassed King George III. The most recent invention we know of is the vice president's insistence that an executive order governing the handling of classified information in the executive branch does not reach his office because he also serves as president of the Senate. In other words, the vice president is a unique legislative-executive creature standing above and beyond the Constitution. The House judiciary committee should commence an impeachment inquiry. As Alexander Hamilton advised in the Federalist Papers, an impeachable offense is a political crime against the nation. Cheney's multiple crimes against the Constitution clearly qualify.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.

-Theodore Roosevelt, April 19, 1906

Poll: Gore Leading In New Hampshire

From TPM:

Ben Smith flags a new Suffolk University poll finding that a whopping 32% of the state's Democrats would back Al Gore, making him the leader in the Democratic primary there.


Interesting Headline

I thought THIS was a very interesting headline........

Congressional Republicans worry Bush will put his legacy ahead of party goals


....hmmm they're worried the chickens may come home to roost. They've put 'party' above the best interest of the country for six years - completely abdicating their oversight responsibility allowing the president and the vice president to thumb their noses at them and the constitution..... and NOW they're worried? They're worried about loosing power. Nothing more, nothing less.

White House, Cheney's Office, Subpoenaed

'Bout damn time!

The Senate subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's office Wednesday, demanding documents and elevating the confrontation with President Bush over the administration's warrant-free eavesdropping on Americans.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"George Bush is the only person who can take both sides of an issue and still come out on the wrong side."

-Randi Rhodes, Air America Radio Host

Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a bill that would have allowed labor organizations to unionize workplaces without secret ballot elections. Democrats were unable to get the 60 votes needed to force consideration of the Employee Free Choice Act, ending labor's chance to win its top legislative priority from Congress.

The final vote was 51-48.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had said for months that he would stop the legislation. The White House also made clear that the bill would be vetoed if it passed Congress.


GOP Senator Says ENOUGH!

Sen. Richard Lugar, a senior Republican and a reliable vote for President Bush on the war, said that Bush's Iraq strategy was not working and that the U.S. should downsize the military's role.

The unusually blunt assessment Monday deals a political blow to Bush, who has relied heavily on GOP support to stave off anti-war legislation.

It also comes as a surprise. Most Republicans have said they were willing to wait until September to see if Bush's recently ordered troop buildup in Iraq was working.

"In my judgment, the costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved," Lugar, R-Ind., said in a Senate floor speech. "Persisting indefinitely with the surge strategy will delay policy adjustments that have a better chance of protecting our vital interests over the long term."


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thinking Blogger Award

I'm still playing catch-up after my 'leave of absence' and today I discover that I was tagged with the "Thinking Blogger Award" by Reconstitution 2.0 (who has a new kick ass site!) The original honor's can be found HERE at his old site. (Told you I was playing catch-up.) The rules are easy to follow:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

There are so many great blogs out there it's hard to pick just five but here are the blogs to which I pass the "Thinking Blogger Award" on to:

1. Skinny Legs and All - Original essays on current events. This guy is very witty and I often find myself laughing out loud when I read his posts. He was my first "favorite" when I initially discovered the world of blogs. You know what they never forget your first! I have dubbed him my internet boyfriend!

2. Deep Thought - Eli Blake writes soooooo much good stuff about EVERYTHING and agree or disagree he always makes me think and oftentimes examine an issue from a perspective I hadn't considered.

3. The Divided States of bu$hmerika 2 - I am so glad he came back because no one does a rant quite like Chuck. He's a fellow Ohioian which is reason enough in my book to check him out.

4. On The Homefront - I first discovered Marty through her blog "Letters From Baghdad" on which she posted letters and emails she received from her son who was serving in Iraq. Her son is back home now and her blog On the Homefront covers mostly antiwar issues but always has something interesting on it.

5. Brad's Brain - Original articles on current issues from politics, television and music. He's also one of my first blog 'loves'.

Well there you have it. Hard to pick just five when there are so many of them that I read.

Democrats plan to cut Cheney out of executive funding bil

Following Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that his office is not a part of the executive branch of the US government, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) plans to introduce an amendment to the the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill to cut funding for Cheney's office.


Olbermann - Dick Cheney Is A Rogue Nation!

Patient survival data now public

The government pulled back the curtain Thursday on one of the most closely guarded secrets in medicine: how many patients who seek hospital treatment die rather than survive.

Information is now available on the Internet on hospital death rates from heart attacks and heart failure, two of the most common conditions that send people to the nearest emergency room.

Nationally, mortality data for patients with heart attacks and heart failure at more than 4,440 hospitals were posted Thursday on Medicare's Hospital Compare Web site (


Eight US Soldiers Are Killed in Iraq Violence

Eight American servicemen were reported to have died in Iraq on Saturday, bringing the four-day death toll to at least 23 as insurgents continued to use huge roadside bombs to rip through combat vehicles.


Ex-Surveillance Judge Criticizes Warrantless Taps

A federal judge who used to authorize wiretaps in terrorism and espionage cases criticized yesterday President Bush's decision to order warrantless surveillance after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

"We have to understand you can fight the war [on terrorism] and lose everything if you have no civil liberties left when you get through fighting the war," said Royce C. Lamberth, a U.S. District Court judge in Washington and a former presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, speaking at the American Library Association's annual convention.


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Obama says some have 'hijacked' faith

Sen. Barack Obama told a church convention Saturday that some right-wing evangelical leaders have exploited and politicized religious beliefs in an effort to sow division.

"Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart," the Democratic presidential candidate said in a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.

"Faith got hijacked, partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us," the Illinois senator said.

"At every opportunity, they've told evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their church, while suggesting to the rest of the country that religious Americans care only about issues like abortion and gay marriage, school prayer and intelligent design," according to an advance copy of his speech.

"There was even a time when the Christian Coalition determined that its number one legislative priority was tax cuts for the rich," Obama said. "I don't know what Bible they're reading, but it doesn't jibe with my version."


Maureen Dowd: A VP Without Borders, Bordering on Lunacy

Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, June 24, 2007

WASHINGTON - It’s hard to imagine how Dick Cheney could get more dastardly, unless J. K. Rowling has him knock off Harry Potter next month.

Harry’s cloak of invisibility would be no match for Vice’s culture of invisibility.

I’ve always thought Cheney was way out there — the most Voldemort-like official I’ve run across. But even in my harshest musings about the vice president, I never imagined that he would declare himself not only above the law, not only above the president, but actually his own dark planet — a separate entity from the White House.

I guess a man who can wait 14 hours before he lets it dribble out that he shot his friend in the face has no limit on what he thinks he can keep secret. Still, it’s quite a leap to go from hiding in a secure, undisclosed location in the capital to hiding in a secure, undisclosed location in the Constitution.

Dr. No used to just blow off the public and Congress as he cooked up his shady schemes. Now, in a breathtaking act of arrant arrogance, he’s blowing off his own administration.

Henry Waxman, the California congressman who looks like an accountant and bites like a pit bull, is making the most of Congress’s ability, at long last, to scrutinize Cheney’s chicanery.

On Thursday, Mr. Waxman revealed that after four years of refusing to cooperate with the government unit that oversees classified documents, the vice president tried to shut down the unit rather than comply with the law ensuring that sensitive data is protected. The National Archives appealed to the Justice Department, but who knows how much justice there is at Justice, now that the White House has so blatantly politicized it?

Cheney’s office denied doing anything wrong, but Cheney’s office is also denying it’s an office. Tricky Dick Deuce declared himself exempt from a rule that applies to everyone else in the executive branch, instructing the National Archives that the Office of the Vice President is not an “entity within the executive branch” and therefore is not subject to presidential executive orders.

“It’s absurd, reflecting his view from the first day he got into office that laws don’t apply to him,” Representative Waxman told me. “The irony is, he’s taking the position that he’s not part of the executive branch.”

Ah, if only that were true. Then maybe W. would be able to close Gitmo, which Vice has insisted he not do. And Condi wouldn’t have to worry every night that she’ll wake up to find crazy Dick bombing Iran, whispering to W. that they have to do it before that weak sister Hillary takes over.

“Your decision to exempt your office from the president’s order is problematic because it could place national security secrets at risk,” Mr. Waxman, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote to Cheney.

Of course, it’s doubtful, now that Vice has done so much to put our national security at risk, that he’ll suddenly listen to reason.

Cheney and Cheney’s Cheney, David Addington, his equally belligerent, ideological and shadowy lawyer and chief of staff, have no shame. After claiming executive privilege to withhold the energy task force names and protect Scooter Libby, they now act outraged that Vice should be seen as part of the executive branch.

Cheney, they argue, is the president of the Senate, so he’s also part of the legislative branch. Vice is casting himself as a constitutional chimera, an extralegal creature with the body of a snake and the head of a sea monster. It’s a new level of gall, to avoid accountability by saying you’re part of a legislative branch that you’ve spent six years trying to weaken.

But gall is the specialty of Addington, who has done his best to give his boss the powers of a king. He was the main author of the White House memo justifying torture of terrorism suspects, and he helped stonewall the 9/11 commission. He led the fights supporting holding terrorism suspects without access to courts and against giving Congress and environmentalists access to information about the energy industry big shots who secretly advised Cheney on energy policy.

Dana Perino, a White House press spokeswoman, had to go out on Friday and defend Cheney’s bizarre contention that he is his own government. “This is an interesting constitutional question that legal scholars can debate,” she said.

I love that Cheney was able to bully Colin Powell, Pentagon generals and George Tenet when drumming up his fake case for war, but when he tried to push around the little guys, the National Archive data collectors — I’m visualizing dedicated “We the People” wonky types with glasses and pocket protectors — they pushed back.

Archivists are the new macho heroes of Washington.

Bush claims oversight exemption too

The White House said Friday that, like Vice President Dick Cheney's office, President Bush's office is not allowing an independent federal watchdog to oversee its handling of classified national security information.

An executive order that Bush issued in March 2003 — amending an existing order — requires all government agencies that are part of the executive branch to submit to oversight. Although it doesn't specifically say so, Bush's order was not meant to apply to the vice president's office or the president's office, a White House spokesman said.


Nominee for a Top Justice Dept. Post Withdraws

The Bush administration’s nominee to be the Justice Department’s third-highest official withdrew his name from consideration on Friday in advance of a scheduled confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

The official, William W. Mercer, who has held the job of associate attorney general on a temporary basis since September 2006, will return to his job as United States attorney in Montana, which he kept pending his confirmation.Although Mr. Mercer is staying at the agency, he is the sixth official to step down from a senior post at its headquarters in the uproar over the dismissals of federal prosecutors.

Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which was to hold next week’s hearing, called Mr. Mercer’s withdrawal an effort to keep information about the dismissals from the panel.

“The White House has found many ways to keep sunlight from reaching some of the darker corners of the Bush Justice Department, but this is a new one,” Mr. Leahy said. “With a confirmation hearing looming next Tuesday, they have withdrawn this nomination to avoid having to answer more questions under oath."


Friday, June 22, 2007

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.

-Stephen Vincent Benét

Sen. Dick Durbin goes after Cheney

Click photo to see video.

US Vote Could Close ‘School of the Americas’

The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to take what advocates are calling a historic vote this week to close the largest U.S. military training ground for soldiers from Central and South America.

The vote comes on the initiative of Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), who has offered an amendment to the Foreign Operations and Appropriations Bill that would prevent any U.S. tax dollars from funding the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.


NY Times Editorial: Don't Veto, Don't Obey

President Bush is notorious for issuing statements taking exception to hundreds of bills as he signs them. This week, we learned that in a shocking number of cases, the Bush administration has refused to enact those laws. Congress should use its powers to insist that its laws are obeyed.

The Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan arm of Congress, investigated 19 provisions to which Mr. Bush objected. It found that six of them, or nearly a third, have not been implemented as the law requires. The G.A.O. did not investigate some of the most infamous signing statements, like the challenge to a ban on torture. But the ones it looked into are disturbing enough.

In one case, Congress directed the Pentagon in its 2007 budget request to account separately for the cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was a perfectly appropriate request, but Mr. Bush issued a signing statement critical of the rule, and the Pentagon withheld the information. In two other cases, federal agencies ignored laws requiring them to get permission from Congressional committees before taking particular actions.

The Bush administration’s disregard for these laws is part of its extraordinary theory of the “unitary executive.” The administration asserts that the president has the sole authority to supervise and direct executive officers, and that Congress and the courts cannot interfere. This theory, which has no support in American history or the Constitution, is a formula for autocracy.

Other presidents have issued signing statements, but none has issued as many, or done so with the same contemptuous attitude toward the co-equal branches of government. The G.A.O. report makes clear that Mr. Bush’s signing statements were virtually written instructions to executive agencies to flout acts of Congress. Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, has said that the report shows that Mr. Bush “is constantly grabbing for more power” and trying to push Congress “to the sidelines.”

Members of Congress have a variety of methods available to make the administration obey the law. They should call the agency heads up to Capitol Hill to explain their intransigence. And they should use the power of the purse, the authority the founders wisely vested in the people’s branch, as a check on a runaway executive branch.

When the Bush presidency ends, there will be a great deal of damage to repair, much of it to the Constitutional system. Congress should begin now to restore the principle that even the president and those who work for him are not above the law.


White House Will Face Contempt Charges IF They Don't Comply With Subpoenas

House Judiciary Committee Democrats warned yesterday they would pursue a contempt of Congress motion if the White House fails respond to subpoenas for testimony and documents related to the firings of U.S. attorneys last year.

The deadline for a response is Thursday, June 28. If the White House does not comply, it opens the possibility of a constitutional showdown between the two branches. In an ironic twist, the Department of Justice (DoJ) would be called on to enforce the contempt motion.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

"Some explanations of a crime are not explanations: they’re part of the crime."

- Olavo de Cavarlho

Vice President Exempts His Office from the Requirements for Protecting Classified Information

Good God - when is someone in the press or in the government going to stand up and call this guy on the lunatic, bullshit that he spouts. This is over the top even for Dick Cheney. I say let's call him on it - if he doesn't wish to be a part of The Executive Branch then lets kick his ass to the curb. Someone "STOP THE MADNESS!"

The Oversight Committee has learned that over the objections of the National Archives, Vice President Cheney exempted his office from the presidential order that establishes government-wide procedures for safeguarding classified national security information. The Vice President asserts that his office is not an “entity within the executive branch.”


Bush Hits Yet Another Low

I propose the dems put forth a bill that says if he hits 20 - he has to pack up his bullshit and go home!!!!

US President George W. Bush's approval rating plunged to a new low of 26 percent, making him the least popular US president since Richard Nixon, a poll released on Thursday found.

The Newsweek magazine poll showed that 26 percent of Americans, just over one in four, approve of the job Bush is doing, marking his lowest level of backing since taking office in January 2001.


Lott Inserts Foot in Mouth - AGAIN

Ahhhhh that good old southern Republican Trent Lott keeps me in stitches. First he said that had America stuck to the principles Strom Thurman advocated (when he wasn't getting it on with the people he was advocating against) we'd be a greater nation and now he equates Mexicans with animals. So is Lott a racist? If it walks like a duck...etc. This is precious.

What does a fence on the United State-Mexico border have to do with goats?

Sen. Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., was talking to reporters Wednesday about the immigration bill, when he said, "If the answer is 'build a fence' I've got two goats on my place in Mississippi. There ain't no fence big enough, high enough, strong enough, that you can keep those goats in that fence."

"Now people are at least as smart as goats," Lott continued. "Maybe not as agile. Build a fence. We should have a virtual fence. Now one of the ways I keep those goats in the fence is I electrified them. Once they got popped a couple of times they quit trying to jump it."


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

"Never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

-Joseph Goebbels :Nazi chief of propaganda

Abu Ghraib - Sodomy And Humiliation

Must Listen: Democracy Interviews Seymour Hersh

Seymour Hersh Reveals Rumsfeld Misled Congress over Abu Ghraib. How Gen. Taguba says the military has unpublished photographs and videos that show the abuse and torture was even worse than previously disclosed. That includes video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female detainee, and information of the sexual humiliation of a father and his son.

Click HERE to hear interview.

Chris Rock on the presidential elections

DHS trying to deport missing soldier's wife

The same caring the Administration has for the troops extends to their families as well. What a great country this is.

Her husband volunteered to defend this country, and he has been missing in the deserts of Iraq for more than a month. Now the US government is trying to kick her out of the country.

Army specialist Alex Jimenez married Yaderlin Hiraldo in 2004. Hiraldo entered the US illegally from the Dominican Republic in 2001, and when Jimenez petitioned for her green card while he was stationed in Iraq it alerted the government to her presence, according to a report on Boston television station WBZ.


Army Again Considers Longer Combat Tours

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! If you still believe these people care about the troops then you're delusional. AND the Dems in Washington and the rest of us need to make it clear that this is just not acceptable. Enough already.

The Army is considering whether it will have to extend the combat tours of troops in Iraq if President Bush opts to maintain the recent buildup of forces through spring 2008.

Acting Army Secretary Pete Geren testified Tuesday that the service is reviewing other options, including relying more heavily on Army reservists or Navy and Air Force personnel, so as not to put more pressure on a stretched active-duty force.

Most soldiers spend 15 months in combat with a guaranteed 12 months home, a rotation plan that has infuriated Democrats because it exceeds the service's goal of giving troops equal time home as in combat. In coming weeks, the Senate will vote on a proposal by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., that would restrict deployments.


Putting Ideology Before Science The President Ignores The Wishes of the Majority of Citizens

Click photo to see video of Michael J. Fox Talking about stem cell research.

President Bush has chosen to use his veto pen three times _ twice on the stem cell issue where politics, ethics and science collide. Pushing back against the Democratic-led Congress, Bush plans to veto a bill Wednesday that would have eased restraints on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.

At the same time, Bush will issue an executive order directing the Health and Human Services Department to promote research into cells that, like human embryonic stem cells, also hold the potential of regenerating into different types of cells that might be used to battle disease.

Democrats made the stem cell legislation Bush promised to veto a top priority when they took control of the House and Senate in January. They do not, however, have enough votes to override a veto.

"This is just one example of how the president puts ideology before science, politics before the needs of our families, just one more example of how out of touch with reality he and his party have become," Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., told the Take Back America conference of liberal activists Wednesday.

Click photo to see video of Michael J. Fox Talking about stem cell research.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

NY Mayor Bloomberg Announces He is Leaving Repub Party....

...becoming Independent.

Full Story

Monday, June 18, 2007

"If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual."

-Frank Herbert

Undeclared Gore Ties Obama For Second Place in Gallup Poll

One word..............GORBAMA!

If Al Gore runs for the Democratic presidential nomination, the former vice president appears to draw evenly from the top two contenders, Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois.



Ok - so now that I'm cranking back up I want to thank everyone for their kind words and well wishes. It is truly very touching to receive good thoughts from people I've never even looked in the eye. The kindness of strangers truly is a blessing and means a lot to me. Thank you.

I'm doing well - feeling good and am back to work in managed health care land - although I turned in my resignation last week. They were getting me too cheap. I was working lots of hours and not being compensated (I'm salaried) for it. I've dealt with this overwhelming work load for two years now and things are not improving so was time to make a change.

I have been studying meta physics and learning meditation the past few months and one of the things I was meditating on was getting out of the rat race and being at home more. Lo and behold an old work acquaintance called me and asked me if I wanted a job.........WORKING FROM HOME. So beginning in July I will begin 4 weeks of training with a new company after which I will work from home. I will be case managing congestive heart failure patients. Checking in on them to make sure they're taking their meds, monitoring their weight and following up with their doctors if need be. In addition to saving money on gas, wardrobe, dry cleaning and lunch --- I will be gaining something that's far more important to me and that's time.

I'm Melting

The high here today in Columbus, Ohio is predicted to be ---- 100!!!
It's currently 96.
It's friggin June 18th not August and we really need rain.

Newly empowered Democrats draw wrath of voters

The new Democratic-led Congress is drawing the ire of voters upset with its failure to quickly deliver on a promise to end the Iraq war.

This is reflected in polls that show Congress -- plagued by partisan bickering mostly about the war -- at one of its lowest approval ratings in a decade. Surveys find only about one in four Americans approves of it.


Take Back America: 'This Is Our Time'

The conservative era that defined our politics for the last quarter century is at its end. The struggle for what comes next has now begun. That will be a fierce contest. This is our time—but only if we make it so.

Let me restate this. The right has failed. Their policies are bankrupt. Their political project has collapsed. They still dominate the Republican Party, but are well on their way to turning it into a minority, regional party of white exclusion.


This is the time to unfurl our sails and ride with the current which is headed our way. This is not the time for timidity, for tacking to the elusive center, for trimming our sails or lowering our heads. This is a time to claim the future, to challenge the failures of the right, to chart a new direction.

Americans are ready. We have the opportunity. You have the power. We must feel, as Dr. Martin Luther King said, the fierce urgency of now.

We have done this against great odds before. Our forefathers built a new nation in revolt against the British crown. We fought a civil war to rid ourselves of slavery.

At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, populist and progressive movements challenged the great corporations and the barons of wealth – and passed antitrust, the minimum wage, the 40-hour week, workplace safety, national parks, the income tax and more – to guarantee that prosperity would be broadly shared.

And our own generation fought to let others sit at that table – civil rights, women’s rights environmental movements – the civilizing movements of our time that transformed this nation.

Now we must act again. To reclaim our country. To shape our future. To make the new global economy work for the many and not the few. Together we have the power. It is our time—time to take back America.


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Let those who would die for the flag on the field of battle give a better proof of their patriotism and a higher glory to their country by promoting fraternity and justice.

-Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893: - Inaugural Address, 1889

War Made Easy - Trailer

"War Made Easy [the DVD] reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations."

This is a trenchant, compelling broad overview analysis of the repeated cycles of propaganda used by the U.S. government to drive the nation into war through lies and then keep us in conflicts by, in essence, challenging the "manhood" of an ill-conceived war's opponents.

By showing footage of side-by-side presidential justifications for various American wars since WW II -- especially Vietnam and Iraq -- the patterns of deception followed by intimidation become clear.

It also becomes evident that the architects of war in recent years have intentionally deceived the American public in order to launch conflicts. Then they claim that to pull out would undercut our GIs. In short, it becomes heretical not "to support our troops" who the people commanding them aren't supporting by putting them in unnecessary -- and in the case of Iraq unwinnable -- wars.

A compelling documentary that connects some very important dots about techniques used by the executive branch to keep America at war.


Order your copy HERE

Thursday, June 14, 2007

"The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that `if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.' it is a very serious consideration...that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event."

- Samuel Adams, speech in Boston, 1771

IRAQ: Report Calls on U.N. to End "Complicity of Silence"

The U.S. Coalition is the principal cause of Iraq's current woes, charges a report released Wednesday by the Global Policy Forum (GPF), a New York-based watchdog group.

Since the March 2003 invasion, the U.S.-British occupation of Iraq has "utterly failed to bring peace, prosperity and democracy, as originally advertised," says the report, entitled "War and Occupation in Iraq".

"The United Nations and the international community must end the complicity of silence and they must vigorously address the Iraq crisis," it says.

Produced by GPF and 29 international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the report was released to coincide with U.N. Security Council consultations on the Iraq problem. The 117-page report assesses conditions in the country, especially the responsibility of the U.S.-led Coalition, for violations of international law and concludes with recommendations for action, including a speedy withdrawal of Coalition forces.

It covers areas such as destruction of cultural heritage, unlawful detention, killing and torture of civilians, displacement, corruption and fraud, attacks on cities and long-term military bases.


World Oil Supplies Set to Run Out Faster than Expected, Warn Scien

Scientists have criticised a major review of the world's remaining oil reserves, warning that the end of oil is coming sooner than governments and oil companies are prepared to admit.

BP's Statistical Review of World Energy, published yesterday, appears to show that the world still has enough "proven" reserves to provide 40 years of consumption at current rates. The assessment, based on officially reported figures, has once again pushed back the estimate of when the world will run dry.

However, scientists led by the London-based Oil Depletion Analysis Centre, say that global production of oil is set to peak in the next four years before entering a steepening decline which will have massive consequences for the world economy and the way that we live our lives.

According to "peak oil" theory our consumption of oil will catch, then outstrip our discovery of new reserves and we will begin to deplete known reserves.


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual."

-Frank Herbert

Bush's Base is Crumbling

Hard to decide whether to laugh or cry.

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Michael Moore Confronts "The Media"

On "Good Morning America" today, Moore told ABC's Chris Cuomo that he was concerned that the health-care debate would go the way of the war debate, where he also thinks the media is to blame. He said that had journalists confronted the government about its decision to invade Iraq, they could have saved thousands of lives."

Gallup: Republicans less likely to believe evolution

This is actually a very enlightening poll. It explains a lot of things and reflects what many of us already knew. That they,
the Republicans, don't let the facts get in the way of their vision of the world. They live in an alternate universe where the facts - scientific or otherwise, are simply dismissed as 'liberal' positions.

Since they don't concern themselves with facts, it explains to me how they are so easily manipulated with Republican 'talking points' and how Fox News manages to have an audience - no matter how small. Their political leaders have recognized this and as such have been able to convince them to vote against their own interests.

Republicans have been masterful in the execution of their plan to seize and maintain power. First by convincing their people that the "media", is liberally 'biased' (by using the term 'liberal media' over and over and over until it sank into their psyche) - and is not to be believed. Only their side possesses truth. The other side is anti-God and can't be trusted.

The Republican machine has also been very effective at using 'talking points' as a brain washing tool by having party officials repeat the same lies over and over until they're accepted as truth by the masses and never questioned. The most recent example of how this has worked was during the last Republican debate. During that debate Mitt Romney exclaimed that 'if only Iraq had let the weapons inspectors in we might not have had to wage war against them.' HUH??? Bad enough that what he said was factually incorrect (Iraq DID allow the weapons inspectors in and George Bush ordered them out so he could commence with the bombing!) - the worst part is that he was not corrected by the facilitator or by any of the other candidates. Not one major news outlet thought it important enough to inform the public that a presidential candidate had misrepresented the facts about an unpopular war.

Funny how during the last presidential campaign were were treated to audio for days and weeks of Al Gore 'sighing' during one of his debates with George Bush. "That Gore, he's so arrogant, impatient and an elitist compared to the "simple, every man", GeorgeBush. Just listen to how he rude he is - sighing every time poor George opens his mouth." And lets not forget how many days, weeks and months we were subjected to audio of leading Democratic candidate Howard Dean whooping it up in Iowa during a celebration? "He's unstable!" the media proclaimed. Then there was John Kerry being forced to defend his war record against a President who didn't show up for duty because the media gave credence to a political group with an agenda in the weeks prior to the last presidential election.

All of this leads me to believe statements like the one made by Romney are not gaffes at all. It is part of a deliberate effort to deceive and mislead the public and they are succeeding. They are succeeding because the media has failed us. They are especially failing that group of people who are easily swayed because they aren't equipped with the facts. That group of people who call themselves Republicans.

Gallup has a new poll that suggests that Republican candidates for the presidency and other offices are preaching what the choir wants to hear when they knock the theory of evolution and embrace, four-square, the idea of creationism.

In its survey, Gallup found that 68 percent of Republicans didn't believe in evolution versus 40 percent of Democrats and 37 percent of independents who didn't believe in it.