Monday, December 31, 2007

Irish New Years toast

“In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in
friendship, never in want.”

Thanks pbtrue1 ! :)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bill Maher on Bush

George Bush

Come on, no list of assholes and fuck-ups could be complete without the Dipshit in Chief. Who will tell this president what everyone but him already knows? The theory of evolution. And the times tables. And where the sun goes at night. And that Iraq is going to be three different countries. And that everyone hates us and we've run our military into the ground and the Taliban is back and we still haven't caught bin Laden and the economy is tanking and we wasted eight years blowing the oil companies while the Earth is melting. We had a pretty nice house when this Cat in the Hat of presidents came in and made the mess of all time. And who's going to clean it all up — Rudy Giuliani?

and his supporters get a piece:

The Solid Quarter [who call themselves 'the 97%']

That twenty-five percent of America who would not desert George Bush if he ran over Dakota Fanning with his pickup truck on the White House lawn. Is it a coincidence that twenty-five percent is also the number of people who, in an AP poll of predictions for 2007, said they expect Jesus Christ to return this year!? I don't think it is.

Submitted by bibimimi on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 12:15am.
Thanks to Bibimimi ! :)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Plumbers 2.0 !

By Nathan Diebenow, Associate Editor Lonestar Iconoclast

WASHINGTON , D.C. — They say it’s better to give than receive.
But this holiday season, the Velvet Revolution says, "Hey! Why not both?"

The Washington, D.C. non-profit is offering a half a million dollars to whistleblowers.

In exchange, VR wants information about what they describe as a very crooked, Republican operative.

His name is Michael Connell.

More specifically, VR wants the low-down about his companies: Gov Tech Solutions, New Media Communications, and Connell/Donatelli.

The first two are based in Ohio.
That last one is in Virginia.

So what’s so bad about Connell and his businesses?

Well, the guys over at VR hear that Connell and his companies involved themselves in the United States Attorney scandal.

The website domain that Connell used for George W. Bush’s presidential bids was the same that White House officials used to hide data on the U.S. attorneys that were fired.
But Connell is notorious for being a "Bush loyalist."

"We’ve found he’s really been involved in every major GOP election issue or scandal since at least 2000," said Brett Kimberlin, founder/president of VR, in an interview with the Iconoclast.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Today's Senate Heroes.

Today's Heroes.

Senators who had the goddamned balls to stand with Dodd and vote "no" on cloture of the FISA bill:

Boxer - D/California
Brown - D/Ohio
Cantwell - D/Washington
Cardin - D/Maryland
Dodd - D/Connecticut
Feingold - D/Wisconsin
Harkin - D/Iowa
Kerry - D/Massachussetts
Menendez - D/New Jersey
Wyden - D/Oregon

Thanks ToniD !

My letter to Senate Majority Leader,Reid..

Senate Majority leader,Reid,

Now that you have put the FISA bill,the one with Immunity for the telecoms in front of the Senate,can you Please Resign as Senate Majority Leader !

You have proved over and,over again that you can't handle the job.

That you are more interested in Pleasing George Bush than Upholding The Rule Of Law !
And,Upholding The Constitution !

That you are more interested in Congressional Pork
than Stopping the Funding of The Iraq War !

We have seen enough of your Weak and,Spineless Leadership !

Please,for the Good of The Country,Resign as Senate Majority leader !

We want Our Democracy and,Country Back !

Thank you,A Democrat..

Naomi Wolf's 10 Points of Fascism

Submitted by Homunculus on Sun, 12/16/2007 - 6:42pm.

Bush's fascist America, in 10 easy steps:

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug cast
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
5. Harass citizens' groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. Target key individuals
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law,,2064157,00.html

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Online and Active!

Online and Active! (in the
Submitted by Exhausted Blogger on Wed, 12/12/2007 - 1:32am.

Online and Active! (in the last 5 min)
There are currently 4 insomniacs and 17 ghostlike creatures
Online insomniacs

* Alice
* Star Vox
* toniD
* MMRules
* Exhausted Blogger

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Friday, December 7, 2007

That's what I'm talking about..

Submitted by CeeCee on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 2:06am.
John Lennon-Love
Submitted by MMRules on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 1:37am.

"Non Violence
Submitted by Alice on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 1:56am.
& Humor"

Wow - beautiful and insightful - Wow

"Intelligence career seniors were lined up to go to jail if necessary" if the document's gist were not given to the public.

The "jungle telegraph" in Washington is booming with news of the Iran NIE. I am told that the reason the conclusions of the NIE were released is that it was communicated to the White House that "intelligence career seniors were lined up to go to jail if necessary" if the document's gist were not given to the public. Translation? Someone in that group would have gone to the media "on the record" to disclose its contents.

It is no wonder that the AEI crowd and their congressional helpmates are running around with their hair on fire over this estimate. In sharp contrast to the ease with which the neocon Jacobins were able to control the content of the October 2002 NIE on Iraq, this time they failed utterly to use a national intelligence estimate as a propaganda tool.

Hearings? Good! Let there be hearings! Let there be many hearings! The more the better and let them be public hearings. Bring them on!. pl

Whitehouse Reveals Smoking Gun of White House Claiming Not to Be Bound by Any Law

By: emptywheel Friday December 7, 2007 8:49 am

Damn, I love me some Sheldon Whitehouse. He, like, actually knows the law. And he, like, is willing to actually read the stuff he is exercising oversight over.

Which is why this speech he gave today is so important (link to speech; here's a link to video). Apparently, Whitehouse actually read the OLC opinions that justified the warrantless wiretap program and continue to justify the Administration's wiretap authority today. Then, Whitehouse got the key concepts of some of those opinions declassified. Here's his description of what he found.

1)An executive order cannot limit a President. There is no constitutional requirement for a President to issue a new executive order whenever he wishes to depart from the terms of a previous executive order. Rather than violate an executive order, the President has instead modified or waived it.
2)The President, exercising his constitutional authority under Article II, can determine whether an action is a lawful exercise of the President's authority under Article II.
3)The Department of Justice is bound by the President's legal determinations. [my emphasis]

But what does this administration say about executive orders?

An executive order cannot limit a President. There is no constitutional requirement for a President to issue a new executive order whenever he wishes to depart from the terms of a previous executive order. Rather than violate an executive order, the President has instead modified or waived it.

"Whenever (the President) wishes to depart from the terms of a previous executive order," he may do so because "an executive order cannot limit a President." And he doesn't have to change the executive order, or give notice that he's violating it, because by "depart(ing) from the executive order," the President "has instead modified or waived it."

So unless Congress acts, here is what legally prevents this President from wiretapping Americans traveling abroad at will: nothing. Nothing.

That was among the most egregious flaws in the bill passed during the August stampede they orchestrated by the Bush Administration - and this OLC opinion shows why we need to correct it.

'NOW' VIDEOS: Will The 2008 Vote Be Fair?

PBS Explores Many Of The Ways Republicans And The DoJ Are Working To Disenfranchise Democratic Leaning Voters.

Guest Blogged by Alan Breslauer

Will The 2008 Vote Be Fair? That was the topic addressed by host David Brancaccio and former Justice Department official David Becker on NOW last Friday. Part I (at left, 10:01) begins with a discussion of Photo ID laws to prevent the "invented problem" of voter fraud. The discussion continues at the 6:15 mark on the topics of voter caging and voter purging --- when the DoJ requires jurisdictions to purge their voter rolls when they do not match census estimates.

Part II (at right, 9:50) begins with Becker explaining how the Bush 43 Justice Department has subverted its traditional mission: "During about a five year span, not one single case was brought on behalf of African Americans in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division". Becker goes on to state that policies were established that favored Republicans and disfavored Democrats in an effort to "gam[e] the system"
Con't-Link to Video's

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Congress 'guilty of not impeaching Bush'

By Press TV

Political analysts say that the NIE report on Iran should prompt Congress to start impeachment process against the Bush administration.

"With the recent NIE report on Iran, it is ever clearer that the administration's deceptions have only grown in scope. If after this Congress still does not take up the call for impeachment, it is itself open to charges of collusion in high crimes against the Republic," said Niranjan Ramakrishnan, a political analyst.

Ramakrishnan criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for pledging 'to keep impeachment off the table' in an October interview, describing the pledge as 'ridiculous' and 'criminal'.

"To leave unchallenged the deliberate misleading of the country to war, (and the effort to do the same a second time), makes her party a knowing accessory to the same misdeeds," he said.

He stressed that Congress has an equal duty to protect the Constitution as the President and called on Democrats to 'seize the cry of impeachment'.

"To paraphrase Lincoln's famous letter to General McClellan, it is time to tell Nancy Pelosi, if you won't impeach Bush and Cheney, can we at least impeach you?" he concluded.

Born-again Retard Hypocrites-Coming To Save The Day

The Huckster & Mutt..
And,I believe in God..Just Not These and,Other Born-again Retard Hypocrites !

"Beware Of False Prophets".

Monday, December 3, 2007

CNN: Corrupt News Network

Tim Rutten:
Regarding Media-LA Times.

A self-serving agenda was set for the Republican presidential debates.
December 1, 2007.

THE United States is at war in the Middle East and Central Asia, the economy is writhing like a snake with a broken back, oil prices are relentlessly climbing toward $100 a barrel and an increasing number of Americans just can't afford to be sick with anything that won't be treated with aspirin and bed rest.

So, when CNN brought the Republican presidential candidates together this week for what is loosely termed a "debate," what did the country get but a discussion of immigration, Biblical inerrancy and the propriety of flying the Confederate flag?

In fact, this most recent debacle masquerading as a presidential debate raises serious questions about whether CNN is ethically or professionally suitable to play the political role the Democratic and Republican parties recently have conceded it.

Selecting a president is, more than ever, a life and death business, and a news organization that consciously injects itself into the process, as CNN did by hosting Wednesday's debate, incurs a special responsibility to conduct itself in a dispassionate and, most of all, disinterested fashion. When one considers CNN's performance, however, the adjectives that leap to mind are corrupt and incompetent.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

California GOP Faces Debt, Layoffs, While Rudy Backers Pour Money into Initiative That Could Hand Him the Presidency

An Effort to Get a Similar Initiative on the Ballot Failed Last Month When It Was Revealed That Its Sole Financial Backer Was a Rudy Campaign Chair
Guest blogged by Jon Ponder, Pensito Review.

"I don't know how to sugarcoat this," a state party official wrote in the e-mail. The party "is going through a very fiscally challenging period."
Fundraising is down dramatically nationwide for the Republican Party, but things are especially bad here in California, where the state GOP is in such dire straits that its ability to compete in both state and federal races could be affected.

But while the state party is cutting programs and considering layoffs, hundreds of thousands of dollars are flowing in from out-of-state fatcat supporters of Rudy Giuliani --- funds the state GOP can't touch because they are earmarked specifically to promote a ballot initiative that would, if passed, would give Rudy 20 or so of the state's 55 Electoral College Votes, even if he loses the state to the Democratic candidate.
Thanks again to ToniD ! :)
Tonid's Link

Salt Lake Officials Urging Voters to NOT Come to Polls in Wake of Disastrous Move to Touch-Screen Voting

Fear 'Train Wreck' in Upcoming Presidential Primary Election as Cost of Move to Electronic Voting Translates to 40% Fewer Voting Booths...
Blogged by Brad Friedman from the Kansas/Colorado border...

Salt Lake City Weekly covers the state's recent electoral woes in the wake of moving to Diebold touch-screen voting machines. They even use a word we reference often here at The BRAD BLOG in regard to upcoming elections: "train wreck".
Thanks Tonid !
Tonid's Link

Court orders Bush administration to disclose telecom lobbying ties. What about senators?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has won another significant legal battle, as a federal judge in California yesterday ordered the Bush administration (.pdf) to comply with EFF's FOIA demand and disclose documents revealing its "communications with telecommunications carriers and members of Congress" regarding efforts to amend FISA and provide amnesty to telecoms. Better still, the court imposed an extremely quick deadline for release of these documents -- December 10 -- so that "the public may participate in the debate over the pending legislation on an informed basis."

Regarding new Bin Laden tape

Just Amazing how it's coming out as Congress is trying to finish New FISA Bill !
Not !

Anon Itch !

Anon/Troll Itch !

Virginia GOP Loyalty Oath!

Something to do with having Shat or,willing to Shat on The Constitution !

"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Virginia GOP Gets Strict on Voting

Demand for Loyalty Pledge at Primary Targets Crossovers, Independents

By Tim Craig and Anita Kumar
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, November 29, 2007.

The prospect of turning away voters for refusing to sign the loyalty pledge has become fodder for Democrats, who said it's another sign that the state GOP is out of touch with Virginia's large bloc of independent-minded voters. The Democrats do not plan to ask voters to sign a similar pledge.

"It's a slap in the face to voters, saying, 'We don't trust you,' " said C. Richard Cranwell, chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party. "It's not surprising the Republican Party doesn't trust the voters."
Hell the Rethugs have been voting for Independence candidates for years,in primaries !
Anyone remember them voting and,giving money to Ralph Nader ?!

Just more Rethug Hypocrisy !

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I had the strangest dream

Submitted by ICEKNIFE on Tue, 11/20/2007 - 5:22am.

George Bush died, and was greeted on the other side by thousands of children. Most were blown up, shot, and otherwise mangled horribly, but one in particular caught his eye as he gaped in abject horror. She was caucasian, tiny, and so very thin... but somehow he knew it was her, his little sister Robin, who died of leukemia at age three.

He reached out to her, cried out to her, "forgive me..." his despair was palpable and hung in the air between them, an invisible yet impenetrable wall seperating his darkness from her light.

She looked at him sadly, and whispered "I forgive you, George - but it's not enough. It can't help you now." The entire group was standing stock still - yet somehow, they seemed to drift up and away from him.

"Robin, wait, don't leave me. I... I... I'm afraid! Afraid of the dark!" George's terror made him a genuine object of pity. "You can't go where we're going, George. You took the darkness into you long ago. I'm sorry, but you know you were supposed to be MY big brother, not Orwell's. Goodbye George" her words faded while sight of the children faded for him as well.

He thought he could master the fear that clawed at his soul, was sure of it, until.... he felt the claws, talons, tentacles, and other appendages made of shadow reaching for him, reaching into him, draging him down. He screamed, but made no sound. He's still screaming, and will now scream silently for all eternity.

I woke up feeling, well, *cleaner* somehow, as if made whole by the comforting certainty that time clears the way of all detritus, all lies, all waste, and remakes the world anew.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Homeland Security Links 9/11 Truthers to Taliban

This is crazy!!I hate the Taliban and,I'm not sure about 9/11 either way..But,Free speech,dissent and,not believing everything your told use to be a big part of being a American..
What is happening to this country? Very Scary !
The Department of Homeland Security has taken a dangerous step towards punishing anyone who questions the government!

by Barbara Peterson

Do you remember when Bush Jr. said, “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”? Well, he meant it. Homeland Security’s sub-committee on terrorism risk assessment convened a hearing on 11-06-2007 to discuss “using the Web as a weapon – the Internet as a tool for violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism.” In a video of this meeting, which was last aired by C-Span on 11-12-2007, members of the sub-committee clearly pointed to Internet sites that question the legitimacy of the official 9/11 story as tools for recruiting terrorists.

One of these “media portals” displayed in the Power Point presentation is Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. This site is sandwiched between a Taliban training manual, and several Taliban recruitment sites showing how to make bombs, take captives, and blow buildings up.

By portraying sites such as Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth as terrorist recruitment organizations, the Department of Homeland Security has taken a dangerous step towards punishing anyone who questions the government. If you go to the A&E Website, you will see that it is a group of “ 212 architectural and engineering professionals and 518 other supporters including A/E students who have demanding of Congress a truly independent investigation of the collapse of the WTC buildings.” Their mission statement is, “To research and to disseminate the truth of the 9/11 “collapses” of all 3 WTC high-rise buildings to every architect and engineer.” I cannot find any indication that this site promotes terrorism, much less recruits terrorists for the Taliban, yet the Department of Homeland Security has taken the stance that the site is “intended to recruit or inflame the emotions” (Weitzman, M.), and lumps it in with sites disseminating the Taliban Training Manual, and advocating suicide bombings.

If all Websites that disagree with the official government explanation of the collapse of the WTC towers is placed on a list of suspected terrorist Websites, what is next? Like Bush Jr. stated: “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”

Friday, November 9, 2007

Speaking of Trolls....


I'm for Banning the little shit disturbers!
Not nic them up!

What's the old saying?
You can always dress up a pig but,they're still a pig !
Something like that..

Trolly On The Road ! Or,War Puppy !

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Wimps Driving The Bus !

Lately, Chris Dodd has shown some bravery but that is just a drop of rain in the middle of a severe draught..

Assimilated Press.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Dear Speaker,Congresswoman and,Judiciary Member,

Dear Speaker,Congresswoman and,Judiciary Member,

I am alarmed at the numerous illegal actions by the Bush/Cheney administration, including the issuing of hundreds of “signing statements”, their warrantless spying, torture and extraordinary rendition of prisoners, suspension of habeas corpus, the compromise of a covert CIA agent, defiance of both the United Nations and the Geneva conventions, - and apparent lying in regards to all of the above, as well as many other serious issues.

With eighteen months remaining in which this rogue administration can do further grave harm to the nation, harm which even a future administration may be unable to right, I believe that action must be taken.

Because these illegal actions constitute an assault on the U.S. Constitution, and because of the administration’s refusal to respect Congress, the separation of powers or the rule of law, I believe that the only recourse is impeachment and removal of the President, Vice President and Attorney General.

I am writing to point out that, when you were sworn into office, you took an oath to defend the United States and its Constitution. I believe that the current, ongoing crisis compels you to act to uphold that oath, and that you are required to use your assigned powers and take all appropriate steps to defend against these threats to our nation and its system of government.

I wish to further specify that these issues, the defense of America, and any means used to halt these assaults, including impeachment, are non partisan, and should not be dictated by political expediency or strategy regarding elections, etc.

I again remind you that your oath makes it your duty to act in this matter, and to do so in the strongest possible way. I recommend that you do so by joining with the 85 cities that have approved resolutions calling for the investigation and impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

Thank you.

..A Democrat..

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Latest to Feinstein..First to Schumer..


And you call yourself a Democrat!?

You vote For Mukasey?

The same guy who won't say if waterboarding is torture!
Because if he Tells The Truth,somebody who broke The Law might have to go to jail!
Not with you Moron's running the show!

The Bush Administration is Breaking The Law Left,and Right and you Morons just keep enabling them!

Your Job Is To Uphold The Constitution!!
Your Job Is To Uphold The Rule Of Law!!

The Democratic Leadership That is Suppose To Stop The Lawlessness,Just Caves In At EVERY Turn!

History Will Show that This Democratic Majority Congress As Probably The Weakest,and Spineless In History!

Your Helping To Ruin This Country With Your Weak,and Spineless Leadership!


Just More Spineless Weak Democratic Leadership!!

Thank you,.A Democrat..

Ps.A smart man recently wrote:

If they will vote for Mukasey simply because he's the best we're going to get, why bother to hold the hearings. Seriously, why ask if waterboarding is torture if a non answer will suffice and meet the requirement for confirmation? Who was this show for?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Chimpanzee who knew sign language dies

I hate to bring everybody down but,this is sad.

SPOKANE, Wash. - Washoe, a female chimpanzee believed to be the first non-human to acquire human language, has died of natural causes at the research institute where she was kept.

Washoe, who first learned a bit of American Sign Language in a research project in Nevada, had been living on Central Washington University's Ellensburg campus since 1980. She had a vocabulary of about 250 words.


Happy Halloween Jr. !


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Wingnut Anon Dating !

Meet me
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 5:11pm.
at 7:00pm

National Security Archive Sues White House Over Missing Emails

Washington DC, October 29, 2007 - The National Security Archive filed a motion on Friday, October 26, seeking expedited discovery against the Executive Office of the President to find out what e-mails are missing from the White House e-mail system or backup tapes.

Archive General Counsel Meredith Fuchs explained, “The pressing need for the information arises out of troubling representations by the EOP and its components about its document preservation obligations and the location of its backup tapes. We need information so we can take steps to preserve all possible sources of e-mails deleted from the White House servers.”

Also on Friday, a similar motion was filed in a virtually identical lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) on September 25, 2007.
Thanks Kevin.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

A song to Lady Liberty

Submitted by jbenet on Sat, 10/27/2007 - 12:18pm.

She's been gone such a long time
longer than I can bear
but if she says she wants me
tell her that I'll be there
And if she says to you
she don't love me
just give her my message
tell her of my plea.

Thanks jbenet !

Friday, October 26, 2007

Privatizing The Constitution

by digby

According to this site, a General Counsel of a large communications corporation makes around $300,000 a year, before bonuses, stock options and the rest. One assumes that he or she also has many Ivy league trained attorneys on staff and retains at least one outside law firm, probably more, which bills the company at top rates. All of these people are undoubtedly among the highest quality corporate lawyers in the world.

And yet the Bush administration wants the people of this country to grant their employers immunity from lawsuits brought by ordinary Americans because their lawyers took the word of the Bush administration that they weren't breaking the law by eavesdropping on their customers without a warrant. We are supposed to believe that the best lawyers in the world -- who specialize in the field of communications -- didn't know nothin' bout no fourth amendment.


Link to Petition-Please Sign !-Thanks !

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Decider Guy's in Town..He'll Fix Everything ! !

CAUTION — Cheney going hunting this weekend.

The Poughkeepsie Journal in New York reports that “Vice President Dick Cheney is coming to Dutchess County again to go hunting.”
On Monday, Cheney is “expected to leave Poughkeepsie and head to the Clove Valley Rod & Gun Club.” No word on whether the Vice President will be drinking beforehand this time.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Letter to S.Feinstein on Southwick vote..


Barbara Lee on the Southwick confirmation:

“Let me also say that as a Californian and as an African American, I am incredibly disappointed that a Senator from my home state, Senator Feinstein, would not only vote for confirmation but would be the one to effectively bring this nomination to the floor by voting with the Republicans to approve the nomination in committee. It is particularly disappointing given California’s diversity and our history of leadership on issues of civil rights, women’s rights, worker’s rights and the basic commitment to equality before the law, all areas where Judge Southwick’s record is, quite frankly, sadly lacking.”

Nice job, Dianne Feinstein. The words “in the tank” come to mind.

Don't expexct my vote in the next election!

Thank you,..A Democrat..

Thanks Lucille..

Latest Letter to Feinstein-Not my Senator


Just some Comments concerning your Yea vote For Southwick..

Diane Feinstein is a liar, or her office staff is, take your pick. They’ve told me repeatedly over this past week she would vote against Southwick.

Words fail me sometimes, so I won’t use the curses that come to mind…

upheld the reinstatement, without any punishment whatsoever, of a white state employee who was fired for calling an African American co-worker a ‘good ole ‘N’word*’”…effectively ratified a hearing officer’s opinion that the slur … “was in effect calling the individual a ‘teacher’s pet.’” “The Southwick majority also affirmed the determination of the hearing officer who said the use of the term good old ‘N’ word…was in this context about as offensive as calling someone ‘a good old boy or Uncle Tom or chubby or fat or slim.’

*Edited for the good reasons.

And they Confirmed this bigot? Nice to know that the Senate is so intouch with reality.


When racists and advocates of torture can pass approval by a majority of Congress, once has to ask, “Just how bad does a nominee have to be” for this Congress to not give them the job?

Just a very small sample..

Just another of you crazy votes!

I Will Work Very Hard Volunteering to make sure You Lose your next election!

You have Proved over,and over again that you don't deserve to be Our Democratic Senator from California!!

I've Had Enough Of Your Pathetic Leadership !

Thank you,.A Democrat..

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

GBC--and St.George too..

Oy vey!
Submitted by GBC on Tue, 10/23/2007 - 11:42am.
How could I forget Sam and Marc? Glad I finally made it.

Btw, saw this play Friday (opening) night. It was incredible. Personal subject for many of us living in Utah and surrounding areas:
Cancer survivor's 'Exposed' puts a human face on nuke-test tragedy.
I agree..Alot of people got exposed!

My Dad had to fly B-29's,and B-50's through those Mushroom Clouds..
The Air Force had them dropping all kinds of instruments into the Mushroom clouds!

To prove,or disprove Karl Fuchs theory..Crazy Government..
They should have spent more time finding out old Fuchs was a spy!!

My Dad did get skin cancer later in life but,it was controled..
Don't know about the rest of his crew,or all the crews that had to do this work..
But,Thousands of people in Utah,and Nevada were exposed!
And,like you said,the Milk and food chain were exposed too..

I hope none of your family,or friends got expose to the fallout!

Didn't Howard Hughes leave Las Vegas because of the fall out worry?

Thanks for the article GBC..
I read one about the fallout in St.George Utah about 5 years ago..
It was sad..Alot of peeps coming down with cancer..

"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Monday, October 22, 2007

Blackwater in San Diego !

Blackwater in San Diego !

Submitted by MMRules on Mon, 10/22/2007 - 8:40pm.

Let's see if those Bastards will help to Fight The Fires !!

Doubt That will Ever Happen !!

Hopefully their little Camp of Horrors will burn !

If it does burn,I bet they will be one of the first ones getting Federal Money
to rebuild !!

"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Sunday, October 21, 2007

With Democrats Like These ....

Published: October 20, 2007

Every now and then, we are tempted to double-check that the Democrats actually won control of Congress last year. It was particularly hard to tell this week. Democratic leaders were cowed, once again, by propaganda from the White House and failed, once again, to modernize the law on electronic spying in a way that permits robust intelligence gathering on terrorists without undermining the Constitution.

The task before Congress was to review and improve an update to the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA, that was pushed through the Capitol just before the summer break. That bill endorsed warrantless wiretapping and gutted other aspects of the 1978 law.

House Democrats drafted a measure that, while imperfect, was an improvement to the one passed this summer. But before the House could vote, Republicans tied up the measure in bureaucratic knots and Democratic leaders pulled it. Senate Democrats did even worse, accepting a Potemkin compromise that endorsed far too much of the bad summer law.

"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Latest Letter to Pelosi:

Thanks ToniD !.. :)

Dear Democratic Leaders (an open letter)
by Steven D
Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 02:49:11 PM EST

I see that House Republicans are gearing up to propose a vote on a resolution to condemn Rep. Stark for the comments he made the other day on the House floor during the vote to override Bush's veto of the SCHIP legislation. I also see that Speaker Pelosi has taken the opportunity to repuke Rep. Stark publicly for those same remarks.

"You're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement," Stark told Republicans on the floor of the House. [...]
"While members of Congress are passionate about their views, what Congressman Stark said during the debate was inappropriate and distracted from the seriousness of the subject at hand - providing health care for America's children," Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said.

Let me just say how ridiculous and stupid I find her remarks to be, and let me also openly state that there is no way in hell the Democratic Leadership in the House should allow the Republicans to have a floor vote on any resolution condemning Rep. Stark for simply exercising his first amendment rights.

My concern is I've heard far worse things from Republicans directed toward Democrats on numerous occasions (or have you forgotten what happened to Senator Durbin already, to cite but one example) yet you never hear of any member of the GOP caucus (with the one exception of McCain responding to the Swift Boating of John Kerry) condemning those remarks. So why do Democrats continue to back down whenever one of their members says something that riles up the GOP in the heat of battle? It's shameful and disheartening when Democratic leaders do this, and it doesn't make the liberal base of the party very enthusiastic about working to elect Democrats.

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Speaker Pelosi,
What is Wrong With You ?!

Please,Enough of Your Weak,Spineless Leadership!!

Please Resign !

80% of Democratc's Do Not Believe Rep.Pete Stark should apologize!!

Why Do You Feel You Need To ?!

Once Again You Feel like You are Above The People You are Suppose to represent!!

You Work For The People,Not The DLC,and Yourself!!

Thank you,..A Democrat..

Misrepresented Americans

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/20/2007 - 9:36pm.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to be taking her marching orders from the DLC.

If she and House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer both resigned, perhaps our party would get its priorities in order:

(1) Don't fund Iraq war; bring troops home without further delay.
(2) Hold Bush, Cheney and other necons accountable.
(3) Uphold the Constitution.
(4) Spend our money wisely.
(5) Return Public Airwaves.
(6) Provide Free & Fair Elections.

Friday, October 19, 2007

My Letter to Senator Reid

Senator Reid,

Harry Reid himself took $22,000 in contributions from AT&T between 2001-2006.

OpenSecrets reports that he also owns between $15,001 and $50,000 worth of stock in Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications Sector Index Fund, the largest holdings of which are AT&T and Verizon.

No Amnesty For The Telecoms !!

At least use what the Telecoms can give you,showing Pres.Bush's breaking the Law,before you do any type of amnesty!

But,better yet..Why don't you just Uphold The Rule Of Law!!
Uphold The Constitution!!

Or,Have You Already Sold Out ?!

Thank you,..A Democrat.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Pentagon Accused of Domestic Spying !

by Guy Raz - NPR

Morning Edition, October 15, 2007 · Documents uncovered in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the federal government allegedly reveal that the Defense Department engaged in domestic spying, issuing hundreds of "national security letters" to obtain private records.
Link-Listen NPR

Pelosi & Reid are Sooo Over Their Heads !!

Submitted by MMRules on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 12:23pm.

I asked them to Resign,Again !!

Just More Spineless Democratic Leadership !!

It's is tantamount to giving President Bush a "license to do whatever he wants to do."

Uphold The Rule Of Law,or Resign !
Uphold The Constitution,or Resign !
Put Impeachment Back On The Table,or Resign !

You are doing a Huge Disservice to This Country when you just let Pres.Bush,and his Administration keep Breaking The Law,and Disregard The Constitution!

Can't you see that??

Please Resign so we can get someone in there who has A Backbone,and will Uphold The Rule of Law,and The Constitution !!

Thank you,..A Democrat.

Nancy Pelosi, Meet Your Replacement!

Pelosi & Reid are So Over Their Head,I wish they would Resign !!

Qwest CEO's 'classified defense' raises question on NSA surveillance

Nick Juliano
Published: Friday October 12, 2007

A former CEO who stood up to the Bush administration's demands that he assist in the warrantless surveillance of Americans suggests in court documents that the National Security Agency withdrew a lucrative contract in retaliation for his refusal.

Documents released as part of Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio's insider trading trail also seem to indicate that the NSA was discussing the secretive, possibly illegal, surveillance of Americans several months before the 9/11 attacks President Bush used to justify the program.

The heavily redacted legal filings reveal the "classified defense" Nacchio was unable to present during his trial, and they outline a Feb. 27, 2001, meeting between the Qwest CEO and NSA officials to discuss a $100 million infrastructure project, and another topic. Discussion of the second topic was blacked-out in released court documents, but observers believe the NSA could've been discussing its program to compile a database of tens of millions of Americans' phone records.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

My Latest Letter to My Rep's,and Senator's..

Dear Judiciary,Senator's,and Congresswoman,

Please Do Not Give The TeleCom's Amnesty !!
Via FISA !!
The Bush Adminastration,and The NSA have been trying to Spy on American's Before 9-11 !!
Look at The Quest Case !!

Tinker, Tailor, Miner, Spy

Why the NSA's snooping is unprecedented in scale and scope.

By Shane Harris and Tim Naftali
Posted Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at 6:30 AM ET

Fifty years ago, officers from the Signal Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, visited an executive from International Telephone and Telegraph and asked for copies of all foreign government cables carried by the company. The request was a direct violation of a 1934 law that banned the interception of domestic communications, but Attorney General Tom Clark backed it. Initially reluctant, ITT relented when told that its competitor, Western Union, had already agreed to supply this information. As James Bamford relates in his book The Puzzle Palace, the government told ITT it "would not desire to be the only non-cooperative company on the project." Codenamed Shamrock, the effort to collect cables sent through U.S.-controlled telegraph lines ultimately involved all the American telecom giants of the era, captured private as well as government cables, and lasted nearly 30 years. Like other illegal Cold War domestic snooping programs —such as the FBI's wiretaps without warrants and the CIA's mail-opening operations—it collapsed under the weight of public reaction to the abuses of executive power revealed by Vietnam and Watergate.

Today's generation of telecom leaders is similarly involved in the current controversy over spying by the NSA. The New York Times reported in December that since 9/11, leading telecommunications companies "have been storing information on calling patterns and giving it to the federal government to aid in tracking possible terrorists." Citing current and former government and corporate officials, the Times reported that the companies have granted the NSA access to their all-important switches, the hubs through which colossal volumes of voice calls and data transmissions move every second. A former telecom executive told us that efforts to obtain call details go back to early 2001, predating the 9/11 attacks and the president's now celebrated secret executive order. The source, who asked not to be identified so as not to out his former company, reports that the NSA approached U.S. carriers and asked for their cooperation in a "data-mining" operation, which might eventually cull "millions" of individual calls and e-mails.

Like the pressure applied to ITT a half-century ago, our source says the government was insistent, arguing that his competitors had already shown their patriotism by signing on. The NSA would not comment on the issue, saying that, "We do not discuss details of actual or alleged operational issues."
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More to come,I'm sure !
Like I said before,look into The Quest Case !!!

Thank you,.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Without Irony



The Russian government under Vladimir Putin has amassed so much central authority that the power-grab may undermine Moscow's commitment to democracy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday.

"In any country, if you don't have countervailing institutions, the power of any one president is problematic for democratic development," Rice told reporters after meeting with human-rights activists.

"I think there is too much concentration of power in the Kremlin. I have told the Russians that. Everybody has doubts about the full independence of the judiciary. There are clearly questions about the independence of the electronic media and there are, I think, questions about the strength of the Duma," said Rice, referring to the Russian parliament.

-Atrios 12:42

Can you believe this Crap!? Look In The Mirror Bonehead !!

Gore Wins the Norwegian Primary

Submitted by MMRules on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 5:40am.
By John Nichols, The Nation

Having now won the Norwegian Primary, it is reasonable to ask why Al Gore would want to slog his way through the snows of New Hampshire.

But the inconvenient truth is that never has the man who might yet be president needed to more seriously consider his personal legacy - not to mention the small matter of his potential to make the world anew - than now.

A Comment on 'Troubled' by Hayden-Helgerson Feud Article:

Submitted by MMRules on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:32pm.

Feingold 'Troubled' by
Submitted by toniD on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:23pm.
Feingold 'Troubled' by Hayden-Helgerson Feud
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) beats Senate intelligence committee chairman John Rockefeller in the race to comment first on CIA Director Michael Hayden's investigation of Inspector General John Helgerson!
electricphoto wrote on October 12, 2007 5:26 PM:

Troubled? I'm troubled?

If they shot the IG what would you be then? Troubled and worried?

There is a thing called the law, judges and all that - maybe youv'e seen it on Law and Order...

Try using the law and the constitution, the power of subpoena...

While Republican thugs rip apart America you are troubled?

All it takes to overthrow democracy and the constitution is to to refuse to enforce the laws... and Democrats are doing a bang up job of that following the Republican's lead....

Yeah - don't go beyond troubled... wouldn't want to put anything in context...

Can you imagine how great the threat is from the right wing smear machine that people in congress temper their language to this extent?

God help this nation - because the ones running it sure as hell won't

Friday, October 12, 2007

Not Even A Little Bit Subtle

Submitted by Crank Bait on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 12:08am.


Top ten ways you know that you are not going to win a Nobel prize.

#2--You are best known for invading Iraq without an exit strategy.

Good one Crank ! Thanks ! :)

Lionel Will Never Be This Much Fun!

Submitted by 60th Street on Sat, 10/13/2007 - 12:04am

Pelosi and Feinstein,Be Gone !! Poof !

Submitted by MMRules on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:26pm.

Pelosi and Feinstein,Be Gone !! Poof !

The Sooner The Better !!

Harry Reid too !!
Poof !
Submitted by zeek on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:30pm.
Who's repping your district?
*Edited by Zeek*
Zeek..Whatsa Matter ya Face ??
Submitted by MMRules on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:37pm.
Submitted by zeek on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 11:30pm.
Who's repping your district?
Haven't heard soooo much hostility from you since I called Barry Bonds,Barryroid!!

If ya need to know Susan Davis CA-D

And,last I checked Davis isn't the Speaker of The House,Zeek !!

I take it ya don't like Cindy Sheehan.??

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Tinker, Tailor, Miner, Spy

Why the NSA's snooping is unprecedented in scale and scope.

By Shane Harris and Tim Naftali
Posted Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at 6:30 AM ET

Fifty years ago, officers from the Signal Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, visited an executive from International Telephone and Telegraph and asked for copies of all foreign government cables carried by the company. The request was a direct violation of a 1934 law that banned the interception of domestic communications, but Attorney General Tom Clark backed it. Initially reluctant, ITT relented when told that its competitor, Western Union, had already agreed to supply this information. As James Bamford relates in his book The Puzzle Palace, the government told ITT it "would not desire to be the only non-cooperative company on the project." Codenamed Shamrock, the effort to collect cables sent through U.S.-controlled telegraph lines ultimately involved all the American telecom giants of the era, captured private as well as government cables, and lasted nearly 30 years. Like other illegal Cold War domestic snooping programs —such as the FBI's wiretaps without warrants and the CIA's mail-opening operations—it collapsed under the weight of public reaction to the abuses of executive power revealed by Vietnam and Watergate.

Larry Craig YMCA Music Video Parody

Larry Craig YMCA Music Video Parody

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"this little blog"

Submitted by bibimimi on Tue, 10/09/2007 - 2:36pm.


an angel gets it's wings every time u say that.

(Sam Seder Show Blog)

Woooooooooo !! :) Sammy & Marc Rule The Playground !!


"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Saturday, October 6, 2007

We Can now Create Life it seems,But We Can't Figure out how to have Clean Elections !!

Public Financing of Elections is The Only Way To Go!!

Get Behind,and InFront Of It !!

"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

An Age Of Miracles

Submitted by jbenet on Sat, 10/06/2007 - 3:11pm.
: )

Been thinking lately that we are truly living in

An Age Of Miracles.

The daily, most astounding miracles, take place right before our eyes (and ears.)

I infer, that the God that talks to President George Bush and his elites, is telling them the following:

"Tell the biggest lie you want. Does not even matter if there is documentary evidence that you said the opposite. You will be believed."

And sure enough, they are.

Must be divine intervention, no other explanation.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Time: In Alabama, Prosecutors Chased Dem Ex-Gov, Ignored Allegations against GOPers

By Laura McGann - October 4, 2007, 11:16AM
Substantive new evidence makes it look even more likely that politics played a role in the decision to prosecute Gov. Don Siegelman (D-AL) on corruption charges.

Siegelman supporters have long claimed that Siegelman was targeted for being a successful Democrat in a largely Republican state.

According to documents obtained by Time, in 2002 a lobbyist and trash dump developer named Lanny Young told investigators, including representatives from the local US attorney's office, the Justice Department's public integrity unit and the Republican attorney general's office, that he'd given illegal gifts and contributions to Siegelman and a number of other powerful Alabama politicians. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Session's successor as attorney general and now federal judge William Pryor (R) were named.

The worst interview about the book he's had.

Submitted by bibimimi on Wed, 10/03/2007 - 1:47pm.
Re: Tweety


I started my tender career track in the area of broadcast journalism. If you dig being abused, undercompensated, and having your intelligence insulted, I can wholeheartedly recommend.

[I was well-liked. I cursed a lot for a Catholic girl]

What Tweety is talking about is the kind of guy who succeeded in his line of work; an obsequious back-stabber who goes with the flow, doesn't make waves and let other people do the work.

I'm a purist. I floundered in that environment. He flourished.

Stewart was right. Your soul is DOA.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Greenspan: Taser The Penguin !

So True-This Modern World

Just Great ! Not ! :(

While Bush plays Tiddlywinks, the World is playing Chess
Submitted by Kevin © on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 6:45am.
Chinese hackers crack Homeland Security computers
Is there any Department in This Government that isn't Incompenent??

Link to Story

"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Monday, October 1, 2007

Lone Justice -- Ways to be wicked

Growing up in SmelLA I was lucky enough to See these guys(Lone Justice),Rickie Lee Jones,and The Alley Cats all compete at different times,on Amateur Night at The Sweetwater in Redondo Beach!
And,Next door at The Fleetwood,I got to see a Pre-Famous Van Halen..Pretty cool!
Too bad that whole area is now one Big Hotel..Progress can really suck!

"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Friday, September 28, 2007

Pelosi Hopes You'll Buy Her Bull By January

Submitted by MMRules on Fri, 09/28/2007 - 4:48am.

Submitted by davidswanson on Fri, 2007-09-28 00:25. Congress
By David Swanson

The Speaker is delaying the next war money vote until January 2008. Even the corporate media finds that significant, while failing to report on yesterday's vote of billions more for the occupation of Iraq in a Continuing Resolution - the vote that made the delay possible. Pelosi no doubt hopes that by January she will be able to argue that the next presidency is only a year away, so there's really no point in ending the occupation. This will not only be predictable, it will also be disgusting since tens of thousands of lives will be lost in the process, and it will not only be predictable and disgusting, but it will also be laughable since Clinton, Obama, and Edwards have now said they'll likely keep the occupation going until 2013 (practically guaranteeing a Republican win). So waiting until 2009 (no matter who wins) only gets us 4 more years to wait. We're through waiting, Nancy. We're through RIGHT NOW.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

I had a funny experience today

Submitted by Peter Dragon on Wed, 09/26/2007 - 7:47pm.

in Giant Eagle. A lady handed me some born again

literature and asked me if I pray and do the

kneetrip for Jaysus thing, etc. I told her that I

do. I said that I pray every night that Bush will

croak but not until Jaysus and Dad have given him

leprosy and addiction to Mary Jane.

The look on her face....priceless

I know I was rude to that woman today
Submitted by Peter Dragon on Wed, 09/26/2007 - 7:56pm.
but I can't seem to get over how rude they are to

shove that proselytizing crap in your hands. On top

of that....the older I get, the more fun I have

with using the eccentric behavior old farts are

supposed to be guilty of. Every day is Woodstock!

LOL-Peter you were on Fire today ! :)

Submitted by MMRules on Thu, 09/27/2007 - 2:58am.
Sorry to hear you're having pain
Submitted by Peter Dragon on Wed, 09/26/2007 - 7:59pm.
again T. Only Republicans should get that stuff!

I don't know what to tell you old just

have to fight through it! What doesn't kill ya...

fucks you up! LOL

Too funny!
As someone who suffers with Chronic pain too,
Humor is one of the Best ways to get you through it.
And,since unfortunately most of the time there is no cure for Chronic pain,ya
need alot of humor!
Thank you for your many contributions Peter!
And,helping Tonid laugh,I'm sure! :)
Me too!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Countdown: Bush Used Bogus Terror Threat To Scare Votes For FISA Bill !

By: Logan Murphy on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 at 6:38 AM - PDT

Keith Olbermann has been tracking the Bush Administration’s use of trumped up terror alerts to manipulate the American people for the past two years, but in this latest Nexus of Politics & Terror report on Countdown, it appears the president stooped to a new low by using a bogus terror threat that specifically targeted Capitol Hill to manipulate members of Congress just hours before a crucial vote on the FISA bill last August.

According to Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Terrorism Risk Assessment, the Bush administration knowingly used bogus intelligence to make lawmakers believe there was the chance of an imminent attack on the U.S. Capitol, thus frightening them into passing the temporary expansion of his powers to spy on Americans under the
FISA act. Keith talks with former Reagan administration official and chairman of the American Freedom Agenda Bruce Fein, who has called for the impeachment of both Dick Cheney and George Bush about Bush’s unconstitutional power grabs and how the Democrats can exert their powers as a co-equal branch of government by refusing to fund any spending mandated in future FISA bills.

Link:To article,and Video..


Senator Feinstein,

Still think Impeachment is not a good thing?
Open your eyes,and ears!
Will history show that you were too scared to use your common sense!

Is it ok for the President,and Vice-President to break the Law?
Just Because they are President,and Vice-President?

Well That Is What You Are Doing!By you,and your fellow Democratic Congress members doing Nothing!
No accountability! None!

And,You Can't even get a Voting Bill right!!
Paper Ballot's Senator!Period!
Read the data!
It's that simple..
Or,are you scared of the Republicans on that issue Too?

Thank you,..

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Lawton Smalls ? Maybe.. @ C & L.

Lawton Smalls? Maybe..@ C & L..
Submitted by MMRules on Tue, 09/25/2007 - 5:08pm.
19 LawtonSmalls Says: I can remember Maron once saying that if he and Seder were to do a radio show together it would just be one long “jew-off”

Quote This Comment September 25th, 2007 at 1:52 PM - PDT 20 MMRules Says: LawtonSmalls @ 19:

I can remember Maron once saying that if he and Seder were to do a radio show together it would just be one long “jew-off”

Too funny!!
Is that really you Planet Bush??
Hopefully you,and Jim Earl can write,and be on this new show..If it takes off.
Good Bless The Morning Seditionists Radio Gang !Miss ya all,bigtime!!
Hope your all doing well..Come Back,Come back!!We need The Funny!!

Quote This Comment September 25th, 2007 at 2:03 PM - PDT


"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Comments on Crooks & Liars ! :)

15 MMRules Says: Yooo Hooo!!

Marc & The Sammer !!
Ya gotta Love It!!

Now if they can Just get some IT guys that weren’t trained at Radio Shack it would be Awesome!!

AAR can Kiss My Irish Ass!!


Quote This Comment September 25th, 2007 at 11:49 AM - PDT

Bibimimi,and Fernando too,Oh My ! :)
Link-C&L Comments

Monday, September 24, 2007

Seven CIA Veterans Challenge 9/11 Commission Report

by Alan Miller

Official Account of 9/11 a “Joke” and a “Cover-up”

September 23, 2007 – Seven CIA veterans have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and have called for a new investigation. “I think at simplest terms, there’s a cover-up. The 9/11 Report is a joke,” said Raymond McGovern, 27-year veteran of the CIA, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates during the seventies. “There are a whole bunch of unanswered questions. And the reason they’re unanswered is because this administration will not answer the questions,” he said. McGovern, who is also the founder of VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), is one of many signers of a petition to reinvestigate 9/11.[1]

During his 27-year CIA career, McGovern personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior government officials. Upon retirement in 1990, McGovern was awarded the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medallion and received a letter of appreciation from then President George H. W. Bush. However, McGovern returned the award[2] in 2006 in protest of the current George W. Bush Administration’s advocacy and use of torture.

In his blurb for 9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out,” edited by David Ray Griffin and Peter Dale Scott, McGovern wrote[3]: “It has long been clear that the Bush-Cheney administration cynically exploited the attacks of 9/11 to promote its imperial designs. But the present volume confronts us with evidence for an even more disturbing conclusion: that the 9/11 attacks were themselves orchestrated by this administration precisely so they could be thus exploited. If this is true, it is not merely the case, as the Downing Street memos show, that the stated reason for attacking Iraq was a lie. It is also the case that the whole “war on terror” was based on a prior deception. This book hence confronts the American people---indeed the people of the world as a whole---with an issue second to none in importance and urgency. I give this book, which in no way can be dismissed as the ravings of ‘paranoid conspiracy theorists,’ my highest possible recommendation.”

William Christison, a 29-year CIA veteran, former National Intelligence Officer (NIO) and former Director of the CIA's Office of Regional and Political Analysis also describes the 9/11 Commission Report as a “joke” and offers even more outspoken criticism. In a 2006 audio interview[4] he said, "We very seriously need an entirely new very high level and truly independent investigation of the events of 9/11. I think you almost have to look at the 9/11 Commission Report as a joke and not a serious piece of analysis at all.”

"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Are you 2 Buds(Crank&dr) still Word Wrazelin

Chill--Have a Beer,and Enjoy The Veiw! I'm in Lust! ;)

"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Glenn Greenwald on Feinstein - It ain't pretty!

Submitted by toniD on Sun, 09/23/2007 - 10:51am.
Glenn Greenwald
Sunday September 23, 2007 06:21 EST

Dianne Feinstein -- Symbol of the Worthless Beltway Democrat
In the wake of the series of profound failures that define the 2007 Democratic Congress, there is much debate over what accounts for this behavior. There are almost 300 "Congressional Democrats" and they are not a monolithic group. Some of them are unrelenting defenders of their core liberal political values and some are committed to providing meaningful opposition to the radicalism and corruption of the Bush administration. But as the sorry record of the 2007 Congress conclusively proves, they are easily outnumbered in the House and Senate -- especially the Senate -- by Bush-enabling and Bush-supporting Democrats.

The standard excuse offered by many apologists for Bush-enabling Democrats -- that they support the Bush agenda and capitulate to the right-wing noise machine due to political fear of being depicted as too liberal or "soft on terror" -- is clearly inapplicable to many, if not most, of the enablers. California's Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein provides a perfect case study for understanding why the Congress has done virtually nothing to oppose the most extreme Bush policies, while doing much actively to support it.

Feinstein represents a deep blue state and was just easily re-elected to her third term last year. She won't run for re-election, if she ever does, until 2012, when she will be 80 years old. Her state easily re-elected a Senator, Barbara Boxer, with a much more liberal voting record than Feinstein's. Political fear cannot possibly explain her loyal support for the Bush agenda on the most critical issues decided by the Senate.

Additionally, Feinstein is a 74-year-old divorced Jewish woman currently on her third husband, and it is thus extremely unlikely that she harbors any hopes of running in the future on a national ticket. She has as secure a political position as any politician in the country. Whatever explains what she does, it has nothing to do with "spinelessness" or fear. What would she possibly fear?

And yet, her votes over the last several years, and especially this year after she was safely re-elected, are infinitely closer to the Bush White House and her right-wing Senate colleagues than they are to the base of her party or to the constituents she allegedly represents. Just look at what she has done this year on the most critical and revealing votes:


Tracking Political Prosecutions

Tracking Political Prosecutions
Submitted by toniD on Sun, 09/23/2007 - 10:28am.

In the last two weeks, two sources, one of them inside of the Justice Department, have told me that a scheme was hatched in the upper echelons of the Bush Administration shortly after it took office in 2001 or early in 2002. The project identified John Edwards and Hillary Clinton as likely Democratic challengers to President Bush, and identified prominent trial lawyers around the United States as the likely financial vehicle for Edward’s rise. It directed that their campaign finance records be fly-specked, and that offenses not be treated as administrative matters but rather as serious criminal offenses.

The scheme contemplated among other things that raids be staged on the law offices involved, and that the records seized not be limited to campaign finance—there was an acute interest in all politically oriented documents, in order to seize valuable intelligence on strategic planning from the enemy camp.

This all sounds rather fantastic—even more insidious than the enemies list days of the Nixon era. It is precisely the sort of crude harassment that a primitive dictatorship would use against its enemies—like Alexander Lukashenko in today’s Belarus, for instance. But as the descriptions were passed to me, I instantly recognized the pattern described recently in a case which has made the headlines in Michigan involving a prominent lawyer there, and a second case in Los Angeles. According to one source, the number of these cases is at least five and they are scattered about the country. One case, described to me in some detail, closely matches the pattern in Michigan and Los Angeles and occurred in the south on the Gulf of Mexico.

Why, I wondered, would the attorneys involved not scream bloody murder about this? Then it struck me. The threat of criminal investigation and prosecution is devastating to their law practices. Of course, they would keep it completely secret. And that silence has made the entire scheme possible. I am told that these cases involved the attorneys general personally—both John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales—that their go-ahead was needed to stage the raids. And that in each case, the greatest concern within the political pirates commanding the operation has been that the public would get wind of the bigger picture. It was essential to pull it off that each case be viewed as something standing all on its own, and that the fact that there was a politically motivated project be obscured.



Now this is a story that might,and should have legs!!

Ho hum..Just the Bush Administration breaking the law,again!
Maybe,just maybe this might put some Republican law breaking asses in jail!
We can only hope Justice will be done..

"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Insult over injury

Insult over injury
Submitted by toniD on Sun, 09/23/2007 - 10:21am.
After smothering efforts by war critics in Congress to drastically cut U.S. troop levels in Iraq, President Bush plans to ask lawmakers next week to approve another massive spending measure -- totaling nearly $200 billion -- to fund the war through next year, Pentagon officials said.If Bush's spending request is approved, 2008 will be the most expensive year of the Iraq war.In 2004, the two conflicts, Iraq and Afghanistan together cost $94 billion; in 2005, they cost $108 billion; in 2006, $122 billion.

This isn't a "war against terrorism," it's a mugging of the taxpayers for corporate profiteering.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Latest email to The West Coasts Joe Lie-berman--My Senator

Diane Feinstein..

Submitted by MMRules on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 3:33pm.

When exactly did you Join The Republican Party?!

Voting to Denounce's Betrayus Ad?!

Come on..They were trying to put some Honesty into the debate!

Your votes over the last year,or so are Headscratchers to say the least!!

Your FISA Bill Vote!

When are ya going to Fix That?
Like you said you would?! Never?

How did the moveon comdenation bill ever make it to the floor?
There has to be a strategy to get around the neocons using the troops as hostages.

What The Heck Is Wrong With You?

Sometimes you have to wonder..It can't only be that she is more concerned with her re-election,than what is the best for the country!

It's pretty sad how You repay Your voters..

I'll be Voting for Anyone but you,the next election!

Unless,you Stop being the West Coasts Joe Lie-berman!

Please Stop Funding The Iraq War!!
Please Impeach Bush,and Cheney!!

Thank you,..

Ps.left out the part about the Republican Wiretapping maybe getting something on her.
I was worried the Black-boots would come a knockin! :)

Marc Maron and Sam Seder to Begin Experimental Vid-cast...The Funny Returns and We Get to Talk Politics Too!

Maron & Seder: everyone's favorite liberal talk radio talk hosts who clawed their way to fame on Air America Radio by delivering the truth and the funny, are launching a new experiment in daring-do, anger, and magic, to bring their very own independent broadcast show, and their actual faces, into your homes and onto your players, via a new video-cast technology that Sam Seder has been playing around with on his much embattled and shuffled around, yet still beloved, Sam Seder Show/Seder on Sundays.

Tell Congress to stop the double-speak about not having 60 votes in the Senate.

Over 800 of our young men
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 2:09am.
Over 800 of our young men and women have died in Iraq since the Democrats took control of Congress on January 4th. Tell Congress to stop the double-speak about not having 60 votes in the Senate. All money bills originate in the House. The Democrats have a majority in the House. If the House appropriates only enough funds to insure the safe and rapid removal of our troops from Iraq, the war will essentially be over. If the Senate Republicans kill the bill, or if Bush vetoes the measure, then there are zero funds for Iraq, and the war will end.
Tell Congress to listen to the people. Stop funding the war. End this tragic war NOW. JCL

Stop Funding The Iraq War!!
Please Impeach Bush,and Cheney!!
Thank you,.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

When you're drunk

Thanks Kevin!
Submitted by Kevin © on Sat, 09/15/2007 - 10:59pm.
1. Innovative
2. Preliminary
3. Proliferation
4. Cinnamon
1. Specificity
2. Anti-constitutionalistically
3. Passive-aggressive disorder
4. Transubstantiate
1. Thanks, but I don't want to have sex.
2. Nope, no more booze for me!
3. Sorry, but you're not really my type.
4. Taco Bell? No thanks, I'm not hungry.
5. Good evening, officer. Isn't it lovely out tonight?
6. Oh, I couldn't! No one wants to hear me sing karaoke.
7. I'm not interested in fighting you.
8. Thank you, but I won't make any attempt to dance, I have no
coordination. I'd hate to look like a fool!
9. Where is the nearest bathroom? I refuse to pee in this
parking lot or on the side of the road.
10. I must be going home now, as I have to work in the morning.

Friday, September 7, 2007

This Bush guy is just Too Funny !

"We'll continue to work with nations like Russia to advance our shared interests while encouraging Russia's leaders to respect the checks and balances that are essential to democracy," Bush said in a speech to business leaders at the summit.

Look in the Mirror Fuktard!
"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

If We Could Turn Back Time....

Submitted by Lucille on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 11:27am.
If We Could Turn Back Time...
by Devilstower
Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 08:25:16 AM PDT

Say, back to those heady days of just before Larry Craig pleaded guilty to a widened stance. NPR is reporting that, not only is Craig considering reneging on his resignation, he's also looking into whether he can call for a do-over on his guilty plea. Apparently, his conversation with Arlen Specter has convinced him that he can beat not only the heat to give up his Senate seat, but roll back the crime to which he's already pled. While testing the unidirectionality of time's arrow, Craig has also requested that the Senate ethics committee drop their investigation.

A short course in Jedi mind tricks might be in order if Craig wants America to forget his bathroom antics, but his fighting spirit has to be encouraged. It's not often you see someone willing to simultaneously combat the pressure from his entire party, the legal system, the combined comedians of North America, and Einstein. Go for it, Larry.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Loathing Gonzales !

Here's his sanctimonious mug....

...the faces of his sycophants behind him tell the whole story.

Aviation Pro:
"Hello to our friends and fans in domestic surveillance."

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The 18 Percent Congress

By David Swanson

If you were a member of Congress, wouldn't you behave completely differently from how most members of Congress behave? I mean, if you had not gone through the process required to become a congress member, but just suddenly became one tomorrow, wouldn't you behave as though you had an ounce of decency? Wouldn't you take your responsibility at least as seriously as your power and your ego? Wouldn't you at a bare minimum seek to represent the wishes of the majority of your constituents, the way you were taught in elementary school a representative is supposed to represent? I have to assume you would, as I assume I would, as I assume a majority of Americans would.

If I were a member of Congress, I would be constantly polling my constituents to find out their views of an issue. And if I felt passionately that they were wrong, I would seek to persuade them. If I could not persuade them, I would vote their view rather than my own. My own view would be suspect in my own mind, not that of a majority of my constituents living outside the Beltway and its influences. And if my constituents' views were too unpopular with moneyed interests to bring in the funds needed to reelect me, then I just wouldn't be reelected. But, of course, all of us with that attitude will never be elected in the first place.

There are people (18 percent of the country) who approve of Congress right now. That's a smaller percentage than believe in UFOs. I'm not going to try to explain it. The other 82 percent are of more interest. Some of them simply oppose anything run by Democrats. Some of them are fed up with the Democrats' refusal to stand up to the Republicans. Some blame the Republicans even though they're the minority. Others find little of any use in either party, but are passionate about the growing gulf between Congress and the people it supposedly represents.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler recently told some of his constituents that he knows that a majority of them want Bush and Cheney impeached, but that he doesn't think they've thought it through, that they would come to regret it and blame him for it if he acted on their demands. But if we don't have a public that is capable of thinking things through, then we have a bigger problem on our hands than even a criminal president and vice president. Nadler would seem to have given up on the idea of a democracy, not in Iraq but here in the United States. If he has an argument for why impeachment is a bad idea, he should make it publicly. Then he should poll his constituents. If he hasn't changed their mind, then he should act on their wishes. I guarantee they would not blame him for doing so.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

if Gore did what Bush isdone, no doubt CM wld. be fine w/it all!

Submitted by dr on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 3:01pm.
that was pretty good.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 12:32pm.
do my eyes deceive...a compliment in the skies


I expect folks ain't been remiss to hand outta a compliment to you b/c they're stingy, CM.

It's more on account of you seldom say anything that ain't just been salvaged outta the rancid vats of ditto-head septic tanks.

Or it might could be b/c you take a sadist's delight in irritating folks w/the sophist's bad-faith sport of setting up and knocking down pathetic straw-men arguments and then rustling yer pom-poms 'n declaring, "Oh, my, what a clever boy am I! Liberals suck! Conservatives rule! Yay! Goooo team!"

It's a tired, mean-spirited, deceitful shtick that any of us can get any day of the week from Rush "the Oxycontin Kid" Limbaugh or Sean "Who Knew Jughead Hadda Evil Twin?" Hannity or Bill "Feel My Falafel of Love!" O'Reilly or Michael "Yeah, So I'ma Closet Wiener, So What!" Savage.

The iron law of movement-conservative barratry: reactionary sophistry is the very flotsom and jetsam upon which rats and their assorted parasites cling to when they abandon a transparently sinking ship.

Liberal smoking bans? The menace of global warming? That's the best you can do, CM? In our times? In these times? Methinks the movement-conservative doth protest too much.

Reflexive pearl-clutching over the unspeakable horrors of the liberal nanny-state while gamely ignoring actual authoritarian measures like government-sanctioned torture, the abdication of the 4th amendment, the on-going illegal NSA wire-tapping, and the hijacking of the U.S. military (and Constitution) against the will of the people and then daring -- fucking daring -- the Congress to call the executive's bluff by declaring a Constitutional crisis that somehow (gasp!) doesn't involve a blowjob, well, nothing short of impeachment would even begin to placate you, CM, if a Democrat had done any -- a.n.y. -- of the things that Bush has done. 'Fact, right now, this very moment, CM, if a Dem had done any of what Bush has done, you'd be shrieking from the treetops like a howler monkey (hypocritically, 'course, but rightly, for a blessed change) about how a "lawless authoritarian rogue presidency" is undermining our basic American freedoms and liberties and values and must be stopped.

But b/c Bush calls himself a "conservative", and b/c you identify yourself as what Bush calls himself, and b/c the toadies who follow Bush call themselves "conservative", and b/c you respect these toadies, you check your conscience at the door and willfully ignore the (transparent, on-going, unremitting) travesties of (movement-conservative) governance, travesties that you would not fucking dream of remaining silent about if those measures were initiated, much less enacted, by anyone but "one of your own".

I call bullshit, CM.

Specifically, I call reflexive, ditto-head, party-over-country, tribalistic bullshit.

Here's a deductive exercise for you, CM. Do you expect our boy-king to reign forever? Is it possible ("gasp! noooooo!") a Democrat could win the White House next cycle?

Maybe you oughtta think about how awful your life will be if ("horrors!") Hillary inherits the "unitary powers" that Cheney/Bush seek to establish and make precendentary.

(It's enough to make a reactionary hysteric like you join the local right-wing militia, I expect. Course, maybe the masochist in you would secretly delight in such a development. A valid reason to vilify Dems/liberals? What self-disrespecting movement-conservative wouldn't exult in that? After all, if it's bad for the country but CM still gets to deride liberals, then no matter the cost, it's all worth it, right?)

Jesu-Maria, but I am sick beyond belief of the shrieking harpies of the right who would never dream of allowing the offenses committed by the Bush administration to perpetuate and metasticize but for the embarrassing-but-true fact that Bush is (supposedly) "one of them". So it's all OK.

That says, forcefully, CM, that you are willing to allow the country to go to shit merely to assuage your wounded vanity. Evidently, you have that pathetically selfish distinction in common w/our pundit class.

But hey, go on beating the drum about Gore crying wolf! Beware the "scare-mongering of the liberal global-warming hoax"! (The new Green menace!)

Someone might actually ask us all to stop shitting in our collective beds, and Lord knows we wouldn't want that.

After all, that's just the way movement conservatives like it.

Pig, meet shit. Roll as desired.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

See Ya Karl!Don't Let the Door Hit Ya in The Ass on the Way Out!

Ya Pig!!

Who are these people?

Who are these people?
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 2:06pm.
These will also provide insight relating to "our" trolls,
as if you need that. ;)


Limbaugh's fan base, an inside look.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Monday, August 6, 2007

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)-my response to Repub.Congressional Hacks!

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)-my response to Repub.Congressional Hacks!

I wish Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) was my congressperson!This man knows what the Hell is going on!And,that snippy Repuke congressional Hack standing up and demanding that Rep.Nadler's remarks about Bush's illegal act's be taken out of the record!That makes me want to throw-up!"Patooie!"included!

That's like the second time in aweek some Republican Congressional Hack has stood up to do that!It might not be in the congressional record anymore Asshole.But,Anyone who dosen't have Political Syphilis of the brain knows Damn well those Statements are True,and Should be keeped in the Congressional record.Bullshit in,Bullshit out!Illegality in,Illegality out!To those Repuke congressional hacks damnding that the Congressional record be cleaned of The Truth,I say"Ihope your Children are Proud!"If they only knew Asshole!!

And,to "I withdraw my truthful and accurate statement..."Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
children.You should be Very Proud of your Father!He is a Very Good Man!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Tonight's e-mail to my Congressional DemBots!

Vote 'em Out

by Dover Bitch

Personally, I thought this part was pretty good while it lasted:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The Democrats have seriously alienated a significant portion of their base and they will not replace those voters with the Fox News viewers they sought to appease. It's not easy to win an argument (if it's possible at all) against people who claim there's no difference between the parties. Right now, the results are the same as they were seven months ago.

The goal, however, has to be to change the composition of the Democratic Party. There is no alternative that has a better chance of success. The only other choice is to give up. Why do that?

We need better Democrats. There are too many right now who are totally worthless.

Ps.You know what damage the Bush Adminastration can do in 6 months! So,I don't want to hear your excuse that this FISA Bill is only good for 6 months..

Please Impeach! Thank you.

Rep.Sheila Jackson Lee On FISA

Submitted by toniD on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 8:51am.
Sheila Jackson Lee On FISA
By Jane Hamsher on Sat Aug 4, 2007 at 10:30 pm

Democrats cave in to Bush

Democrats cave to Bush on expanded spying

"We're hugely disappointed with the Democrats,'' said Caroline Fredrickson, legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union. `"The idea they let themselves be manipulated into accepting the White House proposal, certainly taking a great deal of it, when they're in control - it's mind-boggling.'',,-6827014,00.html

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Bernie Sanders rips into Budget Office nominee

Submitted by toniD on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 12:15am.

Bernie Sanders rips into Budget Office nominee
By: Nicole Belle @ 1:16 PM - PDT

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) does an incredible job of questioning Bush’s nominee for the White House Budgeting office Jim Nussle. Listen to him and please, if you’re so inclined, let him know how much you appreciate him looking out for the average American.

$32 BILLION to the Walton family alone, but we couldn’t come up with federal funds to fix the bridge in MN?

State decides to secure electronic voting machines

Secretary of State orders more precautions be taken against tampering, and withdraws support of the InkaVote Plus machines used in Southern California.
By Jordan Rau and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
August 4, 2007

During Politicized FISA

Submitted by toniD on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 12:40am.
During Politicized FISA Debate, Nadler Forced To Withdraw ‘Truthful And Accurate Statement’ That Bush Broke The Law
Yesterday, under heavy political pressure from the White House, the Senate approved a bill that provided expansive spying authority for the Bush administration. The White House had earlier rejected a compromise bill that provided powers sought by the Director of National Intelligence, opting instead to play politics with the issue.

Moments ago, the House passed the White House-backed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill by a 227-183 vote.

During the heated House floor debate over the legislation, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said the White House-backed FISA legislation was nothing more than a political ploy:

This bill is what Karl Rove and his political operatives in the White House have decided they need to win elections. That’s not national security. That’s political warfare.

I do not believe we will soon be able to undo this damage. Rights given away are not easily regained. This bill is not needed to protect America from terrorists. The only purpose of this bill is to protect this administration from its own political problems and cynicism, and its own illegal actions it has taken outside the law without any authorization.

In a symbolic move that reflected the efforts by many conservatives to politicize the FISA debate, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) immediately rose and asked that Nadler withdraw his statement that the Bush administration had conducted illegal activities.

After some pause, Nadler said he would withdraw his “truthful and accurate statements” in order to proceed with the floor debate. Issa, unhappy with Nadler’s retraction, said, “He is not withdrawing it if he claims they’re accurate.” Nadler responded, “I’m withdrawing them without any reservation but I retain my opinion.” Watch it:

Issa’s comments reflected the nature of the FISA debate — conservatives were more concerned with providing political cover for the White House than passing legislation that addressed national security concerns.

Nadler’s comments are hardly inaccurate. The current FISA debate was precipitated by the fact that a court had ruled the administration’s spying actions were outside the law. Just this week, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) revealed a secret court ruling that found “a key element of the Bush administration’s wiretapping efforts illegal.”

Neoconservative Group Linked to Rampant Idiocy

Submitted by bibimimi on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 1:16pm.

August 3, 2007
Associated Press

WASHINGTON, DC.— Political observers say they have observed cherry picked intelligence linked to the slaying of countless Iraqi citizens and close to 3,600 American soldiers during a series of strategic releases and cynical manipulation of public fear and opinion.

Colleagues said Richard Perle, William Kristol, noted idiot Douglas Feith, and other members of the Project for the New American Century had been working on a story about remaking the Middle East. They sold the film rights to the Bush Administration who within 5 years time blew the thus-far over trillion dollar budget and have yet to produce anything but death, destruction, disease and auto-ethnic cleansing. When plague theory ultimately runs it's course, the film reportedly will finance itself with untold reserves lying beneath the sand and corpses.

--no link. see? any monkey...

Is Thursday Good For You?

Submitted by Crank Bait on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 11:42am.

On one side of the political influence balance there is the cash and lobbyists of wealthy citizens and companies.

On the other side is a large group of people gathering together with a common goal.

The cash and lobbyists continue to work for their wealthy masters while the wealthy masters are on the golf course, whereas the large group of people must take a day off from work.

The deck is kinda stacked...

Friday, August 3, 2007

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Voting Officials Face New Rules to Bar Conflicts

We Have a Big Conflit of Interest in San Diego!

In San Diego, for example, after being the chief elections officer for over a decade, Deborah Seiler went to work in 1991 as a customer service and sales representative for two voting machine vendors. In 2004, she left the industry to become a top election official again, first in Solano County and now in San Diego, where one of her duties is to negotiate contracts for purchases of voting machines or services used in her county.


Democrats Plan to Assess Voting State by State

Published: August 2, 2007
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 — The Democratic Party will announce on Thursday a state-by-state effort to identify potential problems in how elections are administered before the 2008 presidential election.

In the 2000 and 2004 elections, there were widespread instances of voters being turned away from the polls because of a shortage of voting machines or the illegal removal of their names from registration lists. And despite changes made in federal election law in 2002, the 2004 election demonstrated that many states and localities were not enforcing them.

The committee will ask staff members to interview election officials in the country’s more than 3,000 counties, said Anna Martinez, director of the committee’s voting rights institute. Ms. Martinez said the interviews would address type of voting machines, how many are sent to a polling place and how absentee ballot requests and voter registrations are handled.

The 2002 law expanded the government’s role in regulating elections and voter registration.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

The leak designed to save Alberto Gonzales

Glenn Greenwald
Sunday July 29, 2007 08:21 EST

(updated below - updated again)

Anonymous sources seeking to protect Alberto Gonzales have leaked to the NYT the claim that what triggered the 2004 DOJ dispute over the NSA program "involved computer searches through massive electronic databases" -- i.e, "data mining" of the "records of the phone calls and e-mail messages of millions of Americans." The Post has amplified the leak.

The claim, passed on by anonymous pro-Bush sources, is rather obviously intended to exonerate Alberto Gonzales by claiming that he told the truth when he said that the 2004 DOJ dispute did not involve the NSA's warrantless eavesdropping program (because, instead, the dispute concerned "data mining"). Like the well-trained followers that they are, authoritarian Bush supporters are already seizing this leak to proclaim Alberto Gonzales vindicated.

For multiple reasons -- many of them obvious -- these stories accomplish no such thing. Can reporters covering the Gonzales story please do something other than write down the claims of pro-Gonzales sources and just use your brains a little bit:

(1) Anonymous Liberal points out the painfully obvious:

Let me start by pointing out what seems to be a flaw in this argument. For this defense to even arguably work, it has to be true that Comey and Goldsmith's objections were limited to data-mining activities and in no way pertained to any of the activities the President confirmed in December of 2005. But this graf from the Post piece seems to undercut that claim:
One source familiar with the NSA program said yesterday that there were widespread concerns inside the intelligence community in 2003 and 2004 over how much Internet and telephone data mining could occur, as well as about the NSA's direct intercepts of communications without court approval.