You may be hearing lately that the problem with Iowa caucuses
(reported the wrong result, "lost" results) and Nevada (more
votes than voters, took stupidly long to count a one-race
ballot) were due to "amateurs." But have you heard that Nevada
and Iowa hired professionals to run the the caucus?
You might just raise one eyebrow with that; you might just say,
"Sheesh. Won't hire those guys again." But then comes conflict
of interest. It turns out that at least three of the top guns
listed below had been involved in the campaign of a single top
candidate, and then went on to run the (botched, but
beneficially so) caucuses. ... (Read
NewsFocus: Due to IRS rules,
BlackBoxVoting.org is unable to discuss specific candidates,
however, NewsFocus can. The particular candidate mentioned in
the story is none other than Mitt Romney. Seems kind of crooked
now that you know these individuals helped organize the
political caucus process for these states, especially since
Romney was alleged to have won each of them.
VOTING FRAUD DURING THE 2012
GOP PRESIDENTIAL CAUCUSES
Horrified with the way the US government uses the Patriot Act
against its own people, two senators have been trying to make
these practices public for years. Tired of being ignored,
they're now taking their fight against secret programs to
Two US senators wrote the attorney general of
the United States this week, urging the federal government to
give the American public evidence explaining how the Patriot Act
has been interpreted since signed into law in 2001.
In a joint letter to Attorney General Eric
Holder sent Thursday, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark
Udall (D-Colorado) plead with the government to provide the
American people with the facts behind what the Patriot Act can
let America’s top investigators do. The lawmakers, who have
rallied for disclosure of these details for more than two years,
say citizens would be “stunned” to learn what the
government believes it can get away with under the law. ... (Read
Napolitano Gets The Boot From FOX
Me thinks the good judge irritated the powers that be with
speeches like this.
This guy would be a great choice for Attorney
General, then Supreme Court Justice.
WHEREAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE
UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT:
Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress
BE IT RESOLVED THAT WE,
THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA, in order to form a more perfect Union,
by, for and of the People, shall elect Delegates in the spring
of 2012, and convene a NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY the
week of July 4, 2012 in the City Of Philadelphia to prepare and
ratify a PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES on
behalf of the Ninety-Nine Percent of the People of the United
States to be served upon the United States Congress, United
States Supreme Court and President of the United States prior to
November 6, 2012.
I. In the
Spring of 2012, the People shall elect two Delegates, one
identifying as male and one identifying as female, by democratic
vote, from each of the existing 435 Congressional Districts, to
represent the People at a NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY. Voting is
through a secure online system and provided by Votenet
II. The newly
elected Delegates shall meet electronically, or in person if
possible, to confer and write the PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF
GRIEVANCES. The Delegates alone, in consultation with their
constituents will be responsible for the content of the final
the week of July 4, 2012, the 876 delegates will meet in
Philadelphia for a National General Assembly (NGA) to ratify and
sign a final petition on July 4th for a redress of
grievances. The ratified PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES
will be signed by the Delegates during a ceremony at
Independence Hall the afternoon of July 4, 2012.
ratified petition will be presented to all 535 members of
Congress, the 9 members of the Supreme Court, the President of
the United States and each of the political candidates seeking
federal public office in the November 2012 general
election. Candidates will be asked to respond to the petition,
and their responses will be shared with the voting public.
National General Assembly gives the 113th Congress, President
and the Supreme Court reasonable time to act upon and redress
the grievances listed in the petition. If the grievances are not
redressed to the satisfaction of the NGA, delegates reconvene
to organize a new grassroots campaign for political candidates
who publicly PLEDGE to redress the grievances. These candidates
will seek election for all open Congressional seats in the
mid-term election of 2014 and in the elections of 2016 and 2018.
WASHINGTON -- The organizers of a major
conservative conference here over the next three days are trying
to widen participation in a straw poll, a not-too-subtle attempt
to give a Republican presidential candidate other than Rep. Ron
Paul (R-Texas) a chance to win.
For the past two years, Paul
has won, by large margins, a straw poll of attendees at the
annual Conservative Political Action Conference. The results
have been something of an embarrassment for CPAC, organized by
the American Conservative Union, which comes from a more
traditional conservative point of view than Paul's
This year, the American Conservative Union and
CPAC are moving from paper ballots to electronic voting that
will be accessible from a computer or a handheld device, said Al
Cardenas, the conservative union's current president. He told
The Huffington Post that he hopes this will increase the number
of attendees who participate in the straw poll. ... (Read
Ron Paul In 2012
Don't believe the corporate mainstream media bullshit... he CAN
(Must See Documentary!)
GET RID OF ELECTRONIC VOTING! IT HAS BEEN CORRUPTED!
In a major step towards global
centralization of election processes, the world’s dominant
Internet voting company has purchased the USA’s dominant
election results reporting company.
When you view your local or state
election results on the Internet, on portals which often appear
to be owned by the county elections division, in over 525 US
jurisdictions you are actually redirected to a private corporate
site controlled by SOE software, which operates under the name
ClarityElections.com. ... (Read
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!! First they shoved HAVA down our throats.
Then Diebold merged with ES&S. Now we get this, US election
voting results are funneled through a foreign company in Italy.
Folks, we no longer control the election process. This should
piss off every single American. Write your Congressman and tell
them we want our votes counted the legal way. Give us back paper
ballots and an accountable election trail so we can verify
elections. It worked very well for two hundred years. It's the
only way for "We the People" to maintain the integrity of our
Is The Mainstream Media A Watchdog For The
Or A Lapdog For The Elite?
The US Media is controlled and has failed us
WASHINGTON — Around 1,000
demonstrators assembled at US lawmakers' offices on Thursday as
part of a "Take Back the Capitol," action targeting corporate
America's influence in Washington's corridors of power.
Protesters -- many of them
labor-union activists who support the Occupy Wall Street
movement that began in New York in September -- aimed to
highlight that 13.3 million people are unemployed in the United
States, and urge lawmakers to shun cuts to unemployment benefits
and focus on job creation.
"You have the moral imperative to
support those who are slipping," rabbi Erica Asch told
demonstrators, standing alongside priests during an ecumenical
ceremony near the US Capitol.
Protesters then chanted slogans
under the windows of House Speaker John Boehner's office. Around
100 of them headed inside and reached the speaker's closed door,
but they left five minutes later without incident.
The protesters staged sit-ins at
other lawmakers' offices in an attempt to secure meetings with
their elected representatives, centered on jobs and the economy.
Protesters fill the hallway outside of the offices of US Senator
Scott Brown (R-MA) on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 6,
Just Imagine If The Democrats Would Have Picked The
People's Choice, Instead Of Picking A Candidate Supported By The
Dennis Kucinich, like Ron Paul, was
far and away the choice of the people in 2008.
The problem was, the banksters didn't like either of them
because they both wanted
to do away with the corrupt Federal Reserve cartel that has now
ruined this country.
want to get rich? Just get elected to Congress. The U.S. Senate
and the House of Representatives are absolutely packed with
wealthy people that are very rapidly becoming even
wealthier. The collective net worth of the members of Congress
is now measured in the billions of dollars. The people that we
have elected to the House and Senate are absolutely swimming in
Unfortunately, it is not easy to get elected to Congress. In
this day and age you generally have to be heavily connected to
those that are very wealthy to get into Congress because it
takes gigantic amounts of cash to win campaigns. But if you can
get in to the club, you pretty much have it made.
numbers that you are about to read are very difficult to believe
and they should deeply sadden you. They show that Congress has
become all about money. Congressional races are mostly financed
by wealthy people, most of the people that we elect to Congress
are very wealthy, and they rapidly get wealthier after they are
elected. All of this money has turned our republic into
something far different than our founding fathers intended.
following are 12 statistics about money and Congress that are so
outrageous that it is hard to believe that they are actually
#1 The collective net worth of all of the members of
Congress increased by
25 percent between 2008 and
#3 This happened during a time when the net worth of
most American households was declining rapidly. According to
the Federal Reserve, the collective net worth of all American
households decreased by
23 percent between 2007 and
#5 The net worth of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
by 62 percent from 2009 to
2010. In 2009 it was reported that she had a net worth of 21.7
million dollars, and in 2010 it was reported that she had a net
worth of 35.2 million dollars.
#8 In 2008, the average cost of winning a seat in the
House of Representatives was
$1.1 million and the average
cost of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate was
$6.5 million. Spending on
political campaigns has gotten way out of control.
#9 Insider trading
is perfectly legal for members
of the U.S. Congress - and they refuse to pass a law that would
A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v.
Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State
election production system configuration that was in use in
Ohio's 2004 presidential election when there was a sudden and
unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush.
The filing also includes the revealing deposition of the late
Michael Connell. Connell served as the IT guru for the Bush
family and Karl Rove. Connell ran the private IT firm GovTech
that created the controversial system that transferred Ohio's
vote count late on election night 2004 to a partisan Republican
server site in Chattanooga, Tennessee owned by SmarTech. That is
when the vote shift happened, not predicted by the exit polls,
that led to Bush's unexpected victory. Connell died a month and
a half after giving this deposition in a suspicious small plane
crash. ... (Read
NewsFocus Op/Ed: We knew it all along,
but now there is conclusive proof. Where is the lying corporate
media on this one? How about it ABC, CBS, and NBC? Have you got
the guts or the integrity to "sack up" on this one? Highly
doubtful when all the major anchors are shills for the CFR and
the Bilderberg Group.
America had better take notice of this. As for
the allegedly "fair & balanced" FOX News, don't even hold your
breath on this one. Roger Ailes is as dirty on the Bush stolen
elections as anyone. He should be in prison with Bush I and II
and Cheney as well.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul wants to defend the U.S. Constitution, along with our
Why Does The
Media Go Out of Its Way To Censor Ron Paul? A Second Place Finish In Iowa GOP
Straw Poll Goes Virtually Unnoticed NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 081611
The Iowa Republican straw poll has once again called
into question the media's roll in manipulating public opinion. After finishing a
very close second to poll winner Michele Bachman, the media has totally
ignored Ron Paul in favor of much lesser candidates.
Even though Paul was only 152 votes from winning the
top spot, the corporate news media, and even the Republican party, talked of
much farther distant candidates instead.
Paul's finish with Bachman was essentially a near
tie. He had a 2-to-1 lead over his next closest rival, former Minnesota Governor
Tim Pawlenty, and a 6-to-1 lead over Texas Governor Rick Perry, but you wouldn't
know it from listening to the corporate owned news media, or the Sunday morning
pundit shows. Paul's Iowa finish was, for all intents and purposes, essentially
dismissed out of hand by the news media. ...
WE NEED RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Jesse Ventura,
Now There's An Administration! NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 080411
We were promised "change" but we got more of the
same, the shaft! Obama has been nothing more than Bush
III. We don't need another Bush or a Clinton in our government. We
need people of integrity leading this
country. If I can't have Dennis Kucinich for President, then I'm
voting for Ron Paul. My dream ticket would be Paul & Kucinich in the
oval office, with Bernie Sanders as Secretary of State, Jesse Ventura as
the Secretary of Defense, Ralph Nader as Transportation
Secretary, Russ Feingold as head of Labor, possibly Bob Barr as
Attorney General, Cynthia McKinney for Department of Education,
and Elizabeth Warren as head of the Department of Commerce. Now
there would be an administration that would kick the "powers
that be" to the curb! It's time for a
revolution folks. Forget the bad politics of Democrats
versus Republicans. Get out of the left-right trap. Vote for
what is best for America!
Aimee Allen's Incredible Ron Paul
Anthem Theme Song
Allen knocks this one out of the park. The uncensored version is
While the US continues to struggle with its economic
issues Congress is on vacation. Many are upset at the news
reports that 81 members of Congress have chosen to spend a week
relaxing in Israel. ... (Read
Last night, under the influence of a terror
campaign by Obama and his British and Wall Street backers, a
majority of the US House of Representative signed off on a
Hitler coup against the U.S. Constitution. Under this coup, the
Congress will, as a first step, no longer have the power to
decide on matters of spending—a specific violation of Section 1
of the nation’s governing document. And that’s just the
The specific measure which will eliminate the
power of the Legislative Branch, is called by Obama the
“Super-Congress.” The SuperCongress will be composed of a
12-person board drawn from the Senate and the House, evenly
split between Republicans and Democrats. This board’s immediate
mandate would be to decide upon $1.5 trillion in budget cuts,
both from entitlements (Social Security and Medicare) and
defense. The proposals are required to be submitted by Nov. 23
of this year—and to be submitted to an up or down vote, with no
filibuster allowed, within the month. ... (Read
Obama Budget Betrayal Q and A
DailyCensored, by Michael Collins - 072211
This president will never do
a single thing to oppose the agenda of the ruling financial
elite unless, of course, members of the ruling elite tell him to
oppose something meaningless just for the sake of appearances.
Question: Why did
President Obama put Social Security and Medicare
on the table in the budget negotiations when
80% of the people oppose cuts to these programs?
Answer: The president is not in office to
represent those people. He was selected, funded and
carried over the finish line by corporate America. Look at the
appointment of Wall Streeter Timothy Geithner, the bailouts, and
the failure to prosecute any of the crooks who caused the
current recession. He’s serving the people who put him in
office. Those people don’t need Social Security and Medicare.
... (Read More)
Update: Lawsuit Thrown
Out of Court. Judicial System Rigged And Sucks Badly!
Throws Out 9/11 Lawsuit Against Gov Officials
9/11 Lawsuit Thrown Out By Judge Who Is Bush
Cousin Gallop Suit Named US Officials, Dick Cheney, Donald
Rumsfeld, Richard Myers
NewsFocus, Op-Ed by Tim Watts - 050111
The outrageous conduct of the Bush family regarding the hindrance
of a proper 9/11 investigation has now continued into the U.S. court system. A
lawsuit filed by former Pentagon employee April Gallop was cavalierly tossed out
of court, with the reasoning that the suit was “not plausible” and was the “the
product of cynical delusion and fantasy.” To add insult to injury, a legal
admonishment was made to the prosecuting attorney for bringing forth such a
suit. One of the three sitting judges just coincidentally happened to be John
Mercer Walker, Jr., the first cousin of former President George H.W. Bush and
the first cousin once removed of George W. Bush. How convenient.
Gallop filed her original first lawsuit on December 15th,
2008, but a New York District Court threw the case out. She then appealed to
the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Note: April Gallop's
lawsuit went ahead this week with George Bush's cousin sitting in judgment.
He'll play a major part in deciding whether the case goes forward or dies. (http://truthandshadows.wordpress.com)
note on the use of hyperbole: People often think I’m using hyperbole when I talk
about “financial terrorism,” our descent into “neo-feudalism,” the “two-Party
oligarchy,” our confirmed “banana republic” status or the fact that President
Obama is a “bankster puppet.” I’m aware that most people will think I’m being
overly extreme, but in these extreme times, all these terms are technical
descriptions of our unfortunate political reality. Career wise, I would be
better off, over the short-term, if I censored this harsh reality and used more
delicate language, but I’m not interested in making a career out of this, or
being accepted into some status quo supporting groupthink organization. I’m here
to sound the alarm. So I have much respect for people who are also speaking bold
truth to power, whatever the consequences may be. Fortunately, more people are
starting to speak up. ... (Read
Talking About The American Dream
This is the way it is folks. Carlin Had this one right on the money.
Kucinich eyes Washington for new House seat
Andrew Miga - 051911
AP WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich has been shopping around
for a new congressional district as it appears increasingly
likely that he will be drawn out of his Ohio district. And he
may have found a new one - in a state thousands of
JFK Secret Societies Speech This Is The Speech That Got Kennedy Killed By The Banking Cartel
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 080111
This is the courageous speech by President John F. Kennedy
that got him murdered in cold blood on a Dallas street in public view. This
speech begins in a light hearted fashion, but after five minutes JFK gets
serious and down to business, exposing the secret societies and the hidden cabal
that runs our country and this world. He was assassinated shortly afterward. No
American President has ever had the guts, the spine, nor the balls to stand up
to this crooked cartel since Kennedy.
The Full Speech
Kennedy exposes the secret societies and the criminal cabal
behind our world.
The Edited Speech
This shorter edit contains the crux of the threat that JFK tried to warn us of.
Republican media strategist Roger Ailes launched Fox News Channel
in 1996, ostensibly as a "fair and balanced" counterpoint to what he regarded as
the liberal establishment media. But according to a remarkable document buried
deep within the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the intellectual forerunner
for Fox News was a nakedly partisan 1970 plot by Ailes and other Nixon aides to
circumvent the "prejudices of network news" and deliver "pro-administration"
stories to heartland television viewers.
The memo—called, simply enough, "A Plan For Putting the GOP on
TV News"— is included in a 318-page cache of documents detailing Ailes' work for
both the Nixon and George H.W. Bush administrations that we obtained from the
Nixon and Bush presidential libraries. ... (Read
Ethics is only a problem in politics...
if you have some.-NewsFocus
NewsFocus: A New Oath For "We The People" Serving Legal Notice To Those Who Oppress Us
We have never voted
to rescind our Constitutional rights. Remember that.
To the illegitimate "powers that be," consider
Former top CIA counterterrorism
officer Glenn Carle has revealed the Bush administration sought damaging
personal information on Juan Cole, an academic and prominent critic of the Iraq
war, in an attempt to discredit him. Carle says the Bush White House made at
least two requests for intelligence about Cole, whose blog "Informed Comment"
rose to prominence after the Iraq invasion. Carle refused to carry out the
request. In a joint interview, Carle and Cole join us to discuss the explosive
revelation and why Cole is now calling for a congressional investigation. "I
think I was targeted because this was a propagandistic administration … full of
people who thought they could pull the wool over the American people’s eyes,"
says Cole. "The Bush administration was starkly at odds with the intelligence
community as a whole—the CIA, in particular, and the
National Intelligence Council even more so," Carle says. “I do know the context
of tension and hostility between the Bush administration and the intelligence
community, and more broadly, any critic of their policies.” ... (Read
FOX News Caught Red Handed Deceiving Viewers On Ron Paul
The FCC Needs To Revoke Their Broadcast License For This Clear Deception NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 021611
Doing this once was bad enough, but twice should bring the
revocation of their license.
For the second consecutive time, Republican Congressman Ron Paul
has won the CPAC straw poll, and for the second consecutive time, FOX News has
gone out of their way to paint Paul in a bad light. In 2008, after winning the
CPAC endorsement, FOX buried their microphones in the Romney contingent in order
to highlight the cheers for him, but more importantly to accentuate any booing
for Paul. This year the crowd response was so overwhelming for Ron Paul,
apparently FOX felt it needed to run the old 2008 CPAC footage with their fake
This looks to many like a rerun of 2008 where the major
political parties did everything within their power to deny "we the people" our
right to the candidate of our political party. As an integral member of the
media team for the Dennis Kucinich Presidential campaign, I watched as the
Democratic party did everything they could to run from Kucinich, rather than
embrace the overwhelming hands down winner of every liberal and progressive
poll. It's a matter of public record.
Look back at the polls. Kucinich was the
hands down favorite of Democrats, as was Ron Paul for the Republicans, yet
neither candidate was picked by their party. I have written about the extreme
lengths that hidden powers went to in
preventing Kucinich from the presidential debate, but it wasn't just him
that they feared, it was also Republican Ron Paul.
Why would a major political party shoot itself in the foot and
choose the much less popular candidate to represent it in any election, let
alone the one election for all the marbles?
It all comes down to one thing... money. Actually BIG money.
Huge money. And we're talking mega-trillions folks. The biggest target for both
Congressmen is the abolishment of the corrupt
Federal Reserve. Both Paul and
Kucinich are ardent advocates for the dissolution of this private institution
that has usurped the sovereignty of this country
since 1913. Once you understand this, you will better understand the concerted
drive to keep both of these Congressmen of integrity from ever becoming
With FOX News, a known Republican promotional vehicle, going
out of their way to flat out deceive its viewers regarding Paul, it's readily
apparent how much they fear his candidacy and what it would do to the power
structure behind the scenes in this country.
As a media veteran, I understand all too well
how our media is controlled. It
happens each and every day, on a scale that few could imagine. It's
time for the rest of America to wake up and realize that they're being lied to by the
corporate mainstream media.
I know one thing for myself right now... if it comes down to a
horse race between Obama and Ron Paul, this reporter will be voting for "real
change," for the candidate who has the guts to stand up to the Federal Reserve.
It's been business as usual for two Presidents now, even though both are from
Well, I for one am tired of the ultra-wealthy bankers controlling our country, starting
all of the wars
and sacrificing our kids for their own profit. Andrew Jackson freed us from the
central banks once long ago. It's time we had another President with the resolve
of Jackson, who will stand up to the central banks once again, and free us from
their oppressive control.
President Kennedy also tried to fight them, but sadly not with
the same results as Jackson. We owe JFK dearly for that. We owe
ourselves another candidate like Jackson and Kennedy, someone who will fight to undo the big money
power structure in this country. If we don't, it's going to be business as
usual, with a further erosion of our Constitutional rights and a continuing downward
spiral for America.
FOX News Busted For Faking Ron Paul CPAC
Bad enough they did it once already in 2008, but they did it again this year!
Chomsky: Wisconsin Protests May Be Start of
U.S. Revolt From Democracy Now!
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh
spoke at the Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in
Qatar on Monday, January 17, 2011,
said that a group of radical
neoconservatives, "overthrew the American government. Took it over." He added,
"It's not only that the neocons took it over but how easily they did it -- how
Congress disappeared, how the press became part of it, how the public
acquiesced." ... (Read
NewsFocus: The only people who don't know this are
those who foolishly still watch FOX news.Extreme far-right Necons
give normal conservatives a bad name.
Why Is Congress Debating Federal Abortion Funding? Tax Breaks For The Rich, Plus
Corporate Bail-outs - But Damn The Poor Women NewsFocus.org, by Tim Watts - 020311
Hooray for Jon Stewart and The Daily
Show... once again. No one is better at highlighting hypocrisy and
bullshit than Stewart, and once again he makes the case perfectly
clear, for those who don't understand the game being played. This
time it is our esteemed Congress, a Republican led effort, trying to
balance our budget by taking money from those who absolutely need it the
How is it that anyone in Congress can
ever morally conjure the thought to pick on those with the most dire
hardships in life?
This time it is victims of rape.
think that by canceling funding, they can save big money towards the
deficit, so they are making a huge deal out of this on the Hill.
However, correspondent Kristen Schaal points out that there were only
191 cases in one year alone where the Fed had to pay out, so where is all the money that would be
We gave $1.5 trillion in bailouts to Wall
Street and the corporate thugs that caused our economic crisis. Then we
turned around and gave in to the rich cry babies over keeping their Bush
tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy, only after Republicans blackmailed the
Senate and said they would vote no to 9/11 first responder's care,
unless the fabulously wealthy elite got their tax cuts. And after the
rich got theirs, they then said thank you for making them wealthier, by
turning on the middle class and the poor, fighting unemployment benefits
and social security for those who are not fortunate enough to be born
rich with a silver spoon in their mouth.
They really seem to go out of their way
to pick on victims of hardship and tragedy, because now they're
shamelessly going after rape victims. What sort of moral
perversity drives some people to treat other people like this? God only
Absolutely unconscionable and
unbelievable... but it's all true. Every single word of it.
You can bet your last dollar that if their rich little "Buffy from the Hamptons" was
raped, it would be a different story.
Well, it is a different story,
because Buffy's parents can afford to have her taken car of, while less
girls of no wealth have no recourse. Would they really force Buffy to endure a second
hardship and trauma, by carrying the child from a rapist, or is that
just for the poor girls? There are conflicting standards at work here,
and of course the Daily Show does an excellent job of pointing out the
absolute immoral absurdity of this issue.
Please write your Congressional
representatives and tell them to move on to something worthwhile for our
country, rather than trying deceptively to make political hay out of nothing. Abortion
is the touchiest issue in America. It is not a political issue. It
should have nothing to do with left-right politics. It is a moral issue,
best dealt with by the girl and her family. Period. End of political
Respect for the unborn is a noble
thought, but that argument fails to meet the moral test when it totally
discounts the already pre-existing life that was forcedly, brutally raped and
Until it's your daughter, niece, or even
your sister, maybe
it's best to leave these things to those who unfortunately have to bear
the burden. If they need to make peace with God, that is theirs to do on
If people only had half this much rage for
white collar crime, corporate corruption and bought-off politicians.
Mr. Issa, a California Republican and the new chairman
of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, says he wants
to make sure agencies respond in a timely fashion to Freedom of
Information Act requests and do not delay them out of political
But his extraordinary request worries some civil
libertarians. It “just seems sort of creepy that one person in the
government could track who is looking into what and what kinds of
questions they are asking,” said David Cuillier, a
University of Arizona journalism professor and chairman of the
Freedom of Information Committee at the Society of Professional
Journalists. “It is an easy way to target people who he might think are
up to no good.” ...
WASHINGTON – Hundreds of liberal organizers and anti-war activists have
signed a petition pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's
renomination in 2012 unless he reverses course in Afghanistan and pushes
for significant cuts to military spending.
"We vow not to support
President Barack Obama for renomination for another term in office, and
to actively seek to impede his war policies unless and until he reverses
them," the petition reads. ...
WASHINGTON -- In an interview set to air this Sunday, former
President George W. Bush said he was done with politics and that he is
uninterested in campaigning or raising money for political candidates.
The 43rd president, who has been sparing in his public
appearances since leaving the White House, took questions from C-Span this past
Monday at a Southern Methodist University forum. Asked whether he was "through
with politics," Bush replied: "Yeah."
he sucked the life out of any possible goodwill he ever had, he has no
political future anyway. The only two-term President never elected to
office. He should be sitting in jail, along with his good buddy 'Dick Vadar.'
Unfortunately, brother Jeb sounds like he
is gearing up. (Another puppet for daddy?)
When it comes to politics, Americans sure seem to like
familiar faces and names. There have been 15 presidential elections
since 1952, and in all but two -- 1964 and 2008 -- the Republican ticket
has included someone named "Nixon," "Dole," or "Bush." And while there's
been a little more variety on the Democratic side, it may be mainly the
result of tragedy: How many more national tickets would have featured a
Kennedy if not for two assassinations and Chappaquiddick?
For a brief moment in the 2008 campaign, it seemed we
might be on the verge of something of a post-dynastic era, with
Democrats spurning Hillary Clinton in favor of a first-term senator who
had been in the Illinois state Legislature just four years earlier, and
with the Bush family name in disrepute thanks to George W.'s
misadventures. But that was probably an illusion, something we were
reminded of earlier this week, when Jeb Bush
dropped yet another hint that he sees a White House run in his
"If I ran for office, I would be a proud younger
brother of George W. Bush and a proud son of George H.W. Bush," the
former Florida governor said in Nevada on Monday. As he has done before,
Bush ruled out running for president next year, but left the door wide
open for 2016. ...
NewsFocus: If we were addicted to
dynasties, Hillary would have received the nomination. What Jeb fails to
realize is, Americans loved "Camelot." The Bush family can try all they
want, but they are not the
Kennedys, and never will be.
John Wheeler III, 66, was last seen Dec. 28 on an
Amtrak train from Washington to Wilmington. His body was found three days later,
on New Year's Eve, as a garbage truck emptied its contents at the Cherry Island
landfill. His death has been ruled a homicide. ...
NewsFocus: Rumors have
surfaced that Wheeler may have had information regarding an accidental chemical
release that was responsible for the mass wildlife kill-off in Arkansas. He may
murdered because of insider knowledge over the release of a deadly chemical
agent responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of
bird and fish deaths in Arkansas. There is way
more to this story than we currently know. You can bet that the cover-up is
already underway on this one.
The decentralized protest group "Anonymous" has a
new target: no, it's not a middle eastern dictator, a major bank or even a bit
player in the military-industrial complex.
It's none other than tea party financiers Charles
and David Koch, who were being targeted, an open letter stated, for their
attempts "to usurp American Democracy."
"Koch Industries, and oligarchs like them, have
most recently started to manipulate the political agenda in Wisconsin," an
announcement posted to
"Governor Walker's union-busting budget plan
contains a clause that went nearly un-noticed. This clause would allow the sale
of publicly owned utility plants in Wisconsin to private parties (specifically,
Koch Industries) at any price, no matter how low, without a public bidding
process," they explained. "The Koch's have helped to fuel the unrest in
Wisconsin and the drive behind the bill to eliminate the collective bargaining
power of unions in a bid to gain a monopoly over the state's power supplies.
Covert Operations The billionaire brothers who are waging a
war against Obama
The New Yorker, by Jane Mayer - 083011
With his brother Charles, who is seventy-four, David Koch owns
virtually all of Koch Industries, a conglomerate, headquartered in Wichita,
Kansas, whose annual revenues are estimated to be a hundred billion dollars. The
company has grown spectacularly since their father, Fred, died, in 1967, and the
brothers took charge. The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and
Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. Koch Industries
owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster
carpet, and Lycra, among other products. Forbes ranks it as the
second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent
profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two
other brothers—among the richest men in America. Their combined fortune of
thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Faced with an avalanche of bad publicity
after years of funding conservative causes in relative anonymity, the
billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, Charles and David, are fighting back.
They’ve hired a team of PR pros with experience working for top
Republicans including Sarah Palin and Arnold Schwarzenegger to quietly engage
reporters to try to shape their Koch coverage, and commissioned sophisticated
polling to monitor any collateral damage to the image of their company, Koch
NewsFocus:This right-wing billionaire family
is arguably just as responsible for the discourse in America as Rupert Murdoch
and FOX News.
Protestors demonstrate against the Kochs' meeting of New World
Order billionaires. AP photo
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens,
you can bet it was planned that way. -Franklin
Are Conservative Brains More Susceptible To Fear? A University College of London Study Says Conservatives Are Easier To
NewsFocus.org, Op/Ed - 011111
This story is
shocking at first blush, but could go a long way towards explaining the
irrational fear that drives far-right conservative behavior. According to new
research from University College of London, the larger the amygdala, the more
susceptible the brain is to being scared. Republicans are expected to renounce
the study, rather than admit a physically inferior trait. One would think that
more study and peer review will come about as a result of the new research,
unless of course someone gets too scared of the sociological and political
Scientists have found that people with conservative
views have brains with larger amygdalas, almond shaped areas in the
centre of the brain often associated with anxiety and emotions.
On the other hand, they have a smaller anterior
cingulate, an area at the front of the brain associated with courage and
looking on the bright side of life. ...
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Court Rules For US Privacy Government Required To Get Warrant To
Spy On Email And Cell Phones
NewsFocus - 121710
The government must once again request a Federal warrant before
they can spy on cell phones and email.
In a stunning blow to government eavesdropping on private
citizens, US court judges this week have ruled that warrants are required before
spying on cell phones and emails. One can only hope that the good news for
American rights somehow reaches the good folks at Echelon.
This is undeniably great news for Constitutional rights. Let's
see how this translates now once the Patriot Act "sunset clause" comes up for
review in February.
NewsFocus: This is
outstanding news and should have many shaking at the Fed.
Paul Interviewed After Appointment
Paul is the perfect guy for this job.
Rachel Maddow: Bernie Sanders Message On The Rich Ignored By Media
Listen to the facts that Sanders and Maddow deliver on the ultra-rich.
Update! Neutered First Responders Bill
Approved A Slap In The Face: Gutless, Spineless Senate Cuts
Settlement For 9/11 Rescuers NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 122210
This has got to be one of the largest national embarrassments for
any civilized society. Just pathetic.
After much Republican heel dragging, the Zadroga
Bill for 9/11 first responders has finally passed. People can rejoice if they
want, but when you cut the bill by 1/3rd, how does that accomplish all that the
legislation was originally intended for? This Senate vote is shameful, particularly because
of a Republican-led effort to block the bill, holding it hostage as a
political pawn for increased tax cuts for the super-wealthy, and then for
reneging on their promise once they got their tax cuts for the ultra-rich.
Apparently the only way Republican
Senators would vote for the bill is if they cut it nearly in half! Instead
of the $7.4-billion that was approved by the House in the original bill, the
final payout will now be only $4.3-billion, a difference of $3.1-billion that
Republican Senators felt the sick and dying 9/11 first responders just didn't
need. This despite the fact that our own government said the air was perfectly
fit to breathe immediately after 9/11. (EPA head Christie Todd Whitman stated
the air was fit to breathe, when in fact it was the equivalent of micro-fine
Draino.) Read More...
Senate Republicans Turn Backs On 9/11
First Responders Let's Make Sure The Rich Get Tax Breaks, But @#%! The Dying 9/11 Rescuers
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 121410
That anyone can turn their back on those who volunteered to save
other's lives on 9/11 is unconscionable.
Update!Jon Stewart Uses Last Show of
2010 For 9/11 First Responders
(See details and video below this story.)
Just when you thought politics couldn't get more
partisan or any uglier, the US Senate, led by the Republican party, voted
against the 9/11 First Responders Bill, the Zadroga 9/11 First Responders Act,
legislation that would provide those heroic first responders with desperately
needed medical benefits and services. Too many are sick and dying, and now they
need our help America. In case you don't understand the immoral cruelty being
played out on Capitol Hill, let me sum it up for you.
This is about political blackmail, not to mention
an extreme moral perversity. You see, the Republicans refuse to vote "yes" on
the bill until the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are extended.
How's that for political bargaining? You deny impoverished, sick and dying 9/11
heroes medical help, just so the filthy rich can get a tax break and make more money. And
this is the party that willfully and shamelessly echoes 9/11, any chance it can get, for their own
political gain, all the while they claim to be a fundamentalist "Christian-based"
party, chock full of "family values." (Read More)
Makes A Stand For 9/11 First Responders Daily Show Dedicates Last Program
of 2010 To Skewer GOP Over Health Bill NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 121610
One thing on almost every politicians personal to-do list,
"Do not incur the wrath of Jon Stewart." If you do, it will get ugly faster
than you can say, "Please pull my 'Depends' underpants down and spank my
fat conservative ass hard
on national TV to thoroughly discredit and embarrass me in front of my political constituents
and the entire world."
Consider it done.
Republicans do indeed know better, yet somehow the entire
party had a group brain freeze when it came to the 9/11 health bill. (Read More)
It's official: A university study reveals that FOX News dumbs down voters.
The troublesome record of spin by conservative
television station Fox News has long been a cause for concern to many
Americans, who frequently allege that the nation's most viewed "news"
network has the effect of dumbing down voters.
Turns out, they were right.
A University of Maryland study
(PDF) published earlier this month found that people in the survey who
had the most exposure to Fox News were more likely to believe falsehoods
and rumors about national and world affairs when compared to those who
paid attention to other news outlets. ... (Read
Allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation from Goldman
Sachs? An oil spill that poses a threat to our environment and economy for
generations? Mining operators freely ignoring safety violations and treating
workers as disposable?
Each of these is bad. But perhaps the biggest political
scandal is the one that aids and abets these others -- the pay-to-play system
that buys up Congress, pollutes our political system with special-interest cash
and deep-sixes the kind of bold reform agenda that we voted for and need.
Obama Calls For Reforms On Lobbying
MarketWatch - Andria Cheng - May 1, 2010
In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that lifted a ban on
corporate political donations, Obama said corporations and other special
interests can spend ...
Duty and Honor Huffington Post (blog) -
May 10, 2010
Of the many reasons for public discontent with government
generally and Congress particularly, none is more obvious than the wholesale
movement of former ...
NewsFocus:MN Senator Al
Franken ran on this platform and is helping champion this noble, much needed
bill. It is absolutely criminal that we elect these people to serve us,
then they use their knowledge and insider information to work against us, for
big money and corporate interests. We don't want cops retiring and then teaching
crooks how to break the law and not get caught, so why should we allow
ex-Congressman to help the white collar crooks who bilk the system for billions?
Congress has thus far failed us miserably on 1) health care reform, 2) financial
reform, and 3) Federal Reserve reform. How can we expect them to side with us
when it comes to limiting the immoral lining of their filthy pockets and
campaign coffers? Call them political weasels, scum of the earth, just plain
crooks, or perhaps, all of the above? Hard not to vote for the latter.
A group of 27 major donors is vowing to withhold campaign cash from
lawmakers who stand in the way of legislation that would allow for public
funding of congressional campaigns. Over their careers, the donors
have contributed millions to Democratic candidates -- and, on limited
occasions, Republicans or independents -- but they say they've had it. And
they don't mind if it means a lack of access. ...
Those who make peaceful
revolution impossible will make violent
Elena Kagan, President
Barack Obama's latest nominee to the Supreme Court, helped protect the Saudi
royal family from lawsuits that sought to hold al Qaeda financiers responsible
in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The suits were filed by thousands of family
members and others affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. In court papers, they
provided evidence that members of the Saudi royal family had channeled millions
to al Qaeda prior to the bombings, often in contravention of direct guidance
from the United States. ...
Elena Kagan, President Obama's selection for the next
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, says she supports holding terror
suspects without trial -- indefinitely, in some cases.
Questioned as to whether she'd support the detention of al
Qaeda suspects without access to US laws -- or even a trial to prove their guilt
-- Kagan told Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) last year she backed the Obama
Administration's policy of "indefinite detention." ...
Funny how Hannity developed a case of amnesia regarding those
NewsFocus: Actually, the number of murdered Iraqis by the US is
1,366,350, and still climbing.
And they should pay us back? Puh-leeez. Hannity, like O'Reilly and
so many other FOX pundits, give Republicans a bad name. He is a pathetic human
George W Bush Releases Memoir Book,
"Decision Points" The Most Unpopular President Ever Puts His Spin On
Eight Tyrannical Years NewsFocus - Op/Ed - 043010
The talk show circuit should
be heating up big time with the upcoming release of George W. Bush's new book,
"Decision Points." It is intended to try and reshape public opinion over the
worst presidency ever in U.S. history. If you plan on reading, you'd better get
your hip waders ready (or perhaps a snorkel) because it's going to get deep.
I sure hope he goes on the Daily Show. (Message to Jon Stewart: Please do not
take it easy on him. Call him out on his lies and deceit and treat him for what
he is, a war criminal.)
Seems that everyone is having fun redesigning Bush's new book
jacket, so we just couldn't resist. Submitted for your amusement, we offer
The pictures displayed should be
obvious. From top-left to lower right... hanging chads and the stolen 2000
election, Andrew Card on 9/11 informing Bush that America was under attack,
George W. Bush sitting idly in a Florida classroom, doing nothing while
America was under attack, the anthrax attacks designed to scare Congress
into voting for the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security scare-meter, er,
terror threat level indicator, NY Post headlines that Bush knew about 9/11,
the unConstitutional Patriot Act, the "Shock & Awe" show as the U.S. invades
Iraq, Abu Ghraib torture, the premature "Mission Accomplished" speech,
Katrina press conference (heckuva job Brownie), Bush showing his contempt
for the media, and last but not least, George W. Bush showing his IQ level.
Click on picture for a larger image.
I watched Erskine Bowles pontificating at the
first meeting of the President's Bipartisan Fiscal Commission, and I just
couldn't get past my visceral reaction: I don't trust any of these people.
And I don't. I mean, Alan Simpson? The man who
likes to talk about "senior citizens driving up to their gated community in a
Lexus"? The man's a weasel, he's always been a weasel. So already I'm
suspicious. Why the hell is he co-chairing this commission, anyway?
And it's beside the point. Pay attention: The
reason Franklin Roosevelt would not allow Social Security to be means-tested is
that the political will to protect it would vanish as soon as it was
perceived as a "welfare" program.
Alan Simpson knows that. They all know
that. They just want to change it under the radar, because if it only goes to
poor people, it's a lot easier to destroy.
It should be no surprise to those that visit NewsFocus that one of my favorite
sites is John Amato's CrooksandLiar's.com. There are many good people there
reporting on corruption, but to me, hands down their best reporter is Susie
Madrak. She is a veteran journalist who always seems to have a pulse on the
critical issues that have the most gravitas in this world. She is one of the few
true journalists left that gets the big picture. Kudos to Susie for putting it
out there every day. We need more journalists like her, instead of the
innumerable news lackeys that tow the corporate line.
Placing your political party ahead of your country is treason.
We are not Republicans
and Democrats, we are Americans first.
Does The Tea Party Know What They're Whining About? They Rant And Rave About How They're Tired
of Being 'Overtaxed'
It's been said that they should understand the issues much
better. The following story seems to punctuate that point embarrassingly well.
Maybe they should step away from FOX News for a while a become better informed
with, oh say... real facts.
The Tea Party has
been billed as an organic grassroots operation, but a newly uncovered document
obtained by Politico suggests the movement has been successfully co-opted as
a Republican fundraising ploy.
GOP political consultant Joe Wierzbicki
floated the proposal a year ago today to create the Tea Party Express, a
nationwide bus tour to "give a boost to our PAC and position us as a growing
force/leading force as the 2010 elections come into focus." His idea eventually
became one of the best known brands in the Tea Party movement.
The document cautioned planners to be careful
when discussing the ruse to use Tea Parties for political gain. "We have to be
very, very careful about discussing amongst ourselves anyone we include 'outside
of the family' because quite frankly, we are not only not part of the political
establishment or conservative establishment, but we are also sadly not currently
a part of the 'tea party' establishment," Wierzbicki wrote. ...
NewsFocus: If these people
are absolutely so worried about the country and our Constitution, where the heck
were they under the Bush administration when our rights were neutered? Where
were they when we lost habeas corpus? It's a good bet they don't even know
about it, because it's not a Frank Luntz/GOP talking point that they've been
brainwashed and incited to react to. <sigh>
Hullabaloo: Radical Auntie A Profile of a Tea Bagger DigbysBlog.blogspot.com,
by digby - Thursday, April 01, 2010
I don't know if you happened to catch Letterman night before last, but if you
didn't you missed an extremely interesting segment in which he interviewed Pam
Stout, the 66 year old Idaho woman who was featured in the recent
piece on the Tea Party. She was pretty amazing. ...
These Are People Who Have
Been Spoon Fed Political Lies
It's great they realize we need change, but they need to be
In U.S. politics, it's quite often that old adages are proven
true. Today, there's a twist: "if you can't beat 'em, join' em" no longer cuts
it. Instead, the Republican Governors Association figures if you can't beat 'em,
don't join 'em, but do hire an ad firm to pretend you have ...
That's apparently true even if it means embracing
what was once criticized by other conservatives as "pro-terrorist, neo-Marxist
For this batch of Republican governors who
peg themselves as
"the key to a
GOP Comeback", it's not really a big deal to co-opt themes from metaphorical
anti-Bush film "V for Vendetta," though chances are they completely miss the
growing number of conservative groups are bankrolling startup news organizations
around the country, aggressively covering government and politics at a time when
newspapers are cutting back their statehouse bureaus.
troubles some longtime journalists and media watchdogs, who worry about
political biases and hidden agendas.…
NewsFocus: The trouble is, much like their
failed answer to the Daily Show (gads, that show wasn't even funny) they miss
the essence and gist of these productions. Liberal and progressive documentaries
have truth behind them. What are they going to say?...
"This Obama guy is ruining the country. He's keeping too many Bush policies in
Mitch McConnell has rounded up the necessary
votes to block Democrats from bringing Wall Street reform to the Senate floor, a
spokesman for the Senate Minority Leader said on Friday afternoon.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
said on Thursday he planned to bring the bill to the floor next week where it
would be debated and amendments added.
McConnell has now persuaded 41 Republicans to vote against debating reform.
Pentagon Papers Are Public This Time
David Swanson - 041610
If a new Daniel Ellsberg were to
release a new pile of Pentagon Papers exposing the lies behind the Afghanistan
War, or even the past few decades of misdeeds by our country in that one, the
result would differ from what happened to Ellsberg in a number of stark ways. No
newspaper would touch it. The whistleblower would go to prison. Little of
substance would be added to what we already know and tolerate. Nobody would be
impeached. And no war would end. ...
Scary New GOP Poll Republican attitudes about Obama
InformationClearinghouse.info, by John Avlon
Two-thirds think he's a socialist, 57 percent a Muslim—and 24 percent say "he
may be the Antichrist." ...
Aides who Wanted to "Head Off" a "Series of International Murders"
"We now know that it was Kissinger himself
who was responsible," stated John Dinges, author of
The Condor Years, and a National Security Archive associate fellow.
"He canceled his own order; and Chile went ahead with the assassination in
Washington, DC, April 10, 2010 - Only five days before a car-bomb
planted by agents of the Pinochet regime rocked downtown Washington D.C. on
September 21, 1976, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
rescinded instructions sent to, but never implemented by, U.S.
ambassadors in the Southern Cone to warn military leaders there against
orchestrating "a series of international murders," declassified documents
obtained and posted by the National Security Archive revealed today.
As more details continue to surface about the
checkered safety record of the Massey Energy coal mine where 25 workers perished
Monday, the lavish lifestyle and allegedly cavalier attitude of the company's
controversial chief executive, as described in lawsuits and corporate documents,
are now coming under intensifying scrutiny. ...
Nine Myths About Socialism In The US
InformationClearinghouse.info, by Bill Quigley Glenn Beck and other far right multi-millionaires are claiming that the US is
hot on the path towards socialism. Part of their claim is that the US is much
more generous and supportive of our working and poor people than other
countries. People may wish it was so, but it is not.
Former Bush Speech Writer
Says GOP Works For FOX David Frum Tells ABC News What Many Americans Already Think
MediaMatters.org - 032310
Frum: "Republicans originally thought that FOX
worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for FOX.
Meanwhile, back in Clay County, Kentucky, where election officials (including
the county clerk, a district court judge and the school superintendent) were
arrested last year, and are now on
trial accused of having "fix[ed]
elections for decades", a "precinct worker testified...that top election
officers in the county taught her how to change people's choices on voting
machines to steal votes in the May 2006 primary." The vote stealing was
accomplished on ES&S touch-screen electronic voting machines, without the
knowledge of legitimate voters, after they'd left the booth thinking they had
cast their vote.
The scheme also
included Republicans changing their party registration to Democratic in order to
serve as Democratic poll judges and officers on Election Day, as has been
alleged elsewhere (for example, in Ohio in 2004) ...
This Should Be Illegal CrooksandLiars.com, by John
Amato Friday Mar 05, 2010
This marriage between government and the private
sector is destroying America. There needs to be a bill that forbids this
Just as Congress enters the final stretch of
the financial regulatory reform effort, one of the Treasury Department's leading
liaisons to the Hill, Damon Munchus, is bailing out to go work for a financial
services lobbying and consulting firm.
Munchus was one of Treasury's chief
negotiators with the House Financial Services Committee. ...
To Hell In A Handbasket
InformationClearinghouse.info, byDavid Michael Green
American government is in the process of imploding, and it won’t be long until
the pathetically minuscule social safety net that we have will be shredded as
Senate rejects $250 checks for elderly
InformationClearinghouse.info A measure to give some 57 million
elderly people, veterans and persons with disabilities a $250 check was rejected
by the Senate on Wednesday, a setback for the powerful seniors' lobby.
NewsFocus: They bailed out the rich who
caused this disaster, but Congress has turned on the American people. They have
denied Social Security recipients a cost of living increase for two years, all
the while they accepted one for themselves in 2009 and again in 2010. Now they
turn their corrupt backs on our elderly. How long are we going to take this
treatment from our overpaid, elected officials?
Who are the actual "crazy" people in American politics?
What Some People Will Do To Discredit The Truth
Salon.com, by Glenn Greenwald
- 030410 My Salon colleague, Mark
writes about last night's
Larry King Show -- featuring a debate between Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson and
GOP Rep. Michelle Bachmann -- and does so by repeatedly branding Grayson as
being every bit as "crazy" as Bachmann. Beginning with the article's
headline ("Bachmann and Grayson: A diary of crazy") to his sarcastic description
of "these two towering intellects" to his claim that Grayson and Bachmann are
"the Candy Stripers of Crazy of their parties," Benjamin denigrates Grayson's
intellect and mental health by depicting him -- with virtually no cited basis --
as the Democratic mirror image of Bachmann's rabid, out-of-touch extremism.
This view of Grayson has become a virtual Washington platitude, solidified by
The New York Times' David Herszenhorn's
dismissal of Grayson as
"the latest incarnation of what in the American political idiom is known as a
wing nut." ...
Congressional Condemnation of Cheney/Kristol?
Salon.com, by Glenn Greenwald - 030810
One of the most inane acts undertaken by the Democratic Congress
was its formal
highly bipartisan condemnation of MoveOn.org's "Petraeus/Betrayus" ad.
Regardless of one's views of that ad, formally opining on the views of private
citizens is not the role of Congress. But since they did that, and apparently
believe that repugnant political campaigns merit Congressional disapproval,
shouldn't there be some form of formal sanction for the far more pernicious and
genuinely McCarthyite attacks on DOJ lawyers from Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol's
"Keep America Safe"? So reprehensible was that campaign that numerous
right-wing lawyers have
vehemently condemned it -- including Ken Starr, David Rivkin, Ted Olsen,
and even (ironically) former
Bush official Cully Stimson -- with
most of them signing a letter decrying it as "a shameful series of attacks"
that are "destructive of any attempt to build lasting mechanisms for
counterterrorism adjudications." ...
President Obama: Replace Rahm With Me An open letter from Michael Moore MichaelMoore.com, By Michael Moore I will come to D.C. and clean up the mess that's been created around you. I
will work for $1 a year. I will help the Dems on Capitol Hill find their spines
and I will teach them how to nonviolently beat the Republicans to a pulp. ...
Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama
We owe Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney an apology. They were right about Barack
Obama. They were right about the corporate state. They had the courage of their
convictions and they stood fast despite wholesale defections and ridicule by
liberals and progressives.
Was Election Rigged In Brown's Favor?
Rocket Science and Diebold Mysteries Rather Than Simple, Observable Democracy in
MA Senate Race Election experts file public records requests; Pre-marked
ballots reported in at least THREE towns
Bradblog.com, by Brad Friedman
- 011910 UPDATED SEVERAL TIMES with
more info on the curious/disturbing issue of ballots reported as being handed
out as pre-marked for Scott Brown. Allegations now of
five different reports from "at
least" three different
jurisdictions. See bottom of article for continuing updates...
Rachel Maddow With More
On GOP Stimulus Hypocrisy
The GOP expects people to not pay attention, or to have a short
No matter how much
Alito may bobble his head in disagreement with the President over the
Supreme Court's recent ruling on Citizens United v. FEC, this is the
next logical step in affirming corporate personhood.
Corporation Murray Hill, Inc. has decided to run for
the Maryland's 8th congressional district seat, one currently held by DCCC chief
Chris Van Hollen. Murray Hill, Inc., will be running as a Republican(s?). From
Following the recent Supreme Court ruling in
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to allow unlimited corporate
funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. today announced it was filing to
run for U.S. Congress and released its first campaign video on
“Until now,” Murray Hill Inc. said in a
statement, “corporate interests had to rely on campaign contributions and
influence peddling to achieve their goals in Washington. But thanks to an
enlightened Supreme Court, now we can eliminate the middle-man and run for
Murray Hill Incorporated Runs For Congress
This is a piece with a message that should ring loud and clear.
Obama Takes On House Republicans
At GOP Retreat GOP Leaders Now Said To Regret Allowing Video Cameras
Talks To GOP Members At A House Retreat In Baltimore
Then Obama Takes On The GOP In A Live Q&A Session.
Obama appears to win every single point against the GOP.
Exclusive: How corporations secretly move millions to fund
political ads RawStory.com, by
Brad Jacobson - February
The Supreme Court’s seismic January ruling that corporations are free to spend
unlimited amounts of their profits to advertise for or against candidates may
have been the latest shakeup of campaign finance – but gaping holes already
allow corporations to spend enormous sums without leaving a paper trail, a Raw
Story investigation has found.
Campaign finance experts confirmed that though disclosure rules remained intact
in the new Supreme Court decision, there are effective methods to circumvent
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Wednesday said the
Massachusetts election was a "wake up call" for Democrats and that his party had
better change course or it could suffer devastating losses come November.
"People elected Democrats in 2008 to change the
country's direction," he told Raw Story in a nearly hour-long interview.
"And the same entrenched interests that George
Bush could not shake, this current White House is having great difficulty in
shaking. One could suggest they might be more entrenched than ever."
Kucinich staunchly defended liberalism but
alleged that Democrats are not behaving like liberals. ...
Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling Angers Many
SCOTUS Allows Corporations Free Spending In U.S. Elections
NewsFocus: Is This The End Of Democracy
As We used To Know It?
Real health care reform has been tossed aside Seacoastonline.com -
Dec 21, 2009 ... a party that is not subservient to big insurance and
big pharma like our two existing parties are. We urgently need campaign finance
And a Center
for Responsive Politics analysis shows these industries, which aggressively
fought to water down Democrats’ plans for new regulations and oversight, have
long lined the pockets of lawmakers who voted against the bill.
Members of the House who voted against the measure collected 70 percent more
commercial banks since 1989, on average, than those supported it. And they
raised an average of 50 percent more from credit
and finance companies than the bill's supporters, CRP found.
Crossing Wall Street OpenSecrets.org, by Lindsay Renick
Mayer, Michael Beckel & Dave Levinthal - 111609 (Note: For the most up-to-date charts and downloadable
spreadsheets that go with this series, check out our
finance policy tools page.)
As the United States continues
digging itself out of a recession, the nation is poised to re-emerge in a
dramatically altered financial climate. And after years of enjoying relatively
little regulation, commercial banks, credit companies, hedge funds and
securities and investment companies are facing the most extensive overhaul by
the federal government since the Great Depression.
That could spell retribution for those who are jobless, broke and have lost
their homes to predatory lending, albeit 14 months after headlines announced the
onslaught of an economic recession and one year after voters elected a new
president to lead them out of the gloom.
But if a lack of money is the crux of the economy's troubles right now, the
abundance of money pouring into the political sphere may, in part, mean that
sweeping change doesn't look so...sweeping. There's no doubt about it: Despite a
moribund economy, the financial industries that have enjoyed relatively little
regulation over the years continue pouring big money into ensuring the
government's control over them remains limited. ...
Two lawmakers introduced a bill this week aimed at
adding an amendment to the US Constitution, which would allow Congress and the
states to regulate political expenditures by corporations.
The amendment bill is in response to a recent
landmark Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,
which struck down several longstanding prohibitions on corporate political
contributions, saying legislative measures to control such spending infringed
upon corporate First Amendment free speech rights.
Please see this report by Truthout's Kyle Berlin about a similar bill
introduced in the House earlier this week.
Washington DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)
announced today that he will be introducing a constitutional amendment in the
coming days to reverse the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v.
Federal Election Commission. The decision overturned 100 years of precedents to
come to the unjustified conclusion that corporations deserve the same free
speech protections as individual Americans.
“Money is not speech,” said Dodd. “Corporations
are not people. And in the wake of one of the most radical decisions in the
Supreme Court’s history of campaign finance jurisprudence, a constitutional
amendment is necessary to fully restore the trust and voice of the American
people. If corporations – foreign as well as domestic – are allowed even greater
and more direct influence over our elections, our democracy as we know it will
cease to exist. I won’t stand for that. I urge my colleagues, and the American
people, to join me in defense of democracy by supporting this amendment and
other interim steps to mitigate the damage done by this decision.”
In the wake of last week's sweeping 5-4 Supreme
Court ruling, which struck down several longstanding prohibitions on corporate
political contributions, Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation to
counter some of its effects.
Perhaps the most politically promising proposal
is the Fair Elections Now Act, a bill introduced which aims to blend small-donor
fundraising with public funding as a means of reducing the pressure of
fundraising from large contributors.
The story for which The
BRAD BLOG was awarded a
Censored award for "Excellence in Investigative Journalism" is "censored" no
more. From the February 2010 issue of Maxim hitting mag racks this
The February 2010 issue hits
newsstands this week, and should be available on the Internet soon, featuring a
detailed investigative feature on the mysterious death of Mike Connell, the
George W. Bush/Karl Rove/GOP "IT Guru"
described as a
"'High IQ Forrest Gump" for his proclivity to be at the scene of so many
Bush/Rove/GOP crimes over the years.
The 3,500-word Maxim piece was penned by
British investigative journalist and author Simon Worrall after a year or so of
digging, following the
death of Connell in December of 2008. The long-reliable Republican IT
entrepreneur was on his way home from D.C. to his company's Christmas party near
Akron, Ohio, when his single engine Piper Saratoga plunged from the sky for
reasons that remain unexplained to this day. ...
The Woman Democrats Need
MichaelMoore.com, by Ethan Porter (Boston
January 24th, 2010 On the day after Tuesday’s electoral loss,
the Obama administration brought an unfamiliar face to the White House -
Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law professor noted for her staunch advocacy on
behalf the middle class and fierce criticism of the bank bailouts. Perhaps the
administration will take a more aggressive approach to Wall Street, along the
lines of what Warren wants. But for Democrats to truly take ownership of the
economic crisis, Warren will need to play a more prominent role. Not just her
ideas, but the force of her personality is needed. ...
How loud do the alarms have to get? There is an
economic emergency in the country with millions upon millions of Americans
riddled with fear and anxiety as they struggle with long-term joblessness, home
foreclosures, personal bankruptcies and dwindling opportunities for themselves
and their children. ...
The question for Democrats is whether there is
anything that will wake them up to their obligation to extend a powerful hand to
ordinary Americans and help them take the government, including the Supreme
Court, back from the big banks, the giant corporations and the myriad other
predatory interests that put the value of a dollar high above the value of human
Last week’s breakin at
Senator Mary Landrieu’s office in the New Orleans Federal Building was more than
it seemed, much more. All of the 4 arrested had been trained by the CIA and,
possibly, Israel. One arrested, Stan Dai, is listed as an Operations Officer
of the Department of Defense Irregular Warfare Program and a known expert and
lecturer on, not only surveillance but explosives training, assassinations and
“false flag operations.” If you wanted a plane to crash, an enemy to get sick
and die or a building to blow up, Dai would be the man to know how to make it
happen. Problem is, his skills were being used as part of a criminal conspiracy
inside the United States against members of our own government.
The most effective kind of propaganda - as any propagandist will
tell you - is the kind that is almost completely invisible, cloaked in the argot
of objectivity or worse, in the argot of a political ideology antithetical to
the propaganda's message itself.
We can discount over-the-top press releases from the national
Republican or Democratic parties because we know they are propaganda - we know
that the parties both have ideology/substance-free motives for attacking the
other party, and thus will cite anything they can to attack the other party. We
know, in short, that they are propaganda.
But it's harder to detect and filter the invisible propaganda,
and the most pernicious of invisible propaganda comes from what New York
University professor Jay Rosen aptly calls The
Church of the Savvy - that is, from Washington reporters and pundits (both
liberal and conservative) who produce "news analysis" that is skewed by their
own highly subjective, ideological and self-interested views of what is
"politically realistic." ... (Read
Learn To Speak Tea Bag
The tea bag movement could be a good thing, if they had
their facts straight.
NewsFocus: This should not
be decided by any political party. This regards our right to fair
elections, thus "We the People" should be involved.
Call and write a good Congressman or Senator,
if you can possibly find one. (Suggestions, Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul, Al
Franken, Bernie Sanders, Marcy Kaptur, Alan Grayson, Brad Sherman, or perhaps
John Conyers. Good luck elsewhere.)
The order also establishes a
National Declassification Center whose job it will be to streamline the process
of declassifying documents -- an important change to the US's process of freeing
up information, given that there is a backlog of more than 400 million documents
stretching back all the way to World War II, according to the White House.
The order establishes for the first
time that "no records may remain classified indefinitely," explained William H.
Leary, the National Security Council's director of records and access
management, in a
posting at the White House blog. ...
You know, I'm beginning to wonder if the refusal to operate in
good faith isn't
a form of official malfeasance. Because voters should impeach these senators
for simply refusing to do their jobs - like voting for this bill, which funds
their unemployment benefits ...
U.S. taxpayers are
spending more than $40,000 per month on office space, staff,
cell phones and a leased SUV for former House Speaker Dennis
Hastert, even as he works as a lobbyist for private corporations
and foreign governments.
The payments are
perfectly legal under a federal law that provides five years of
benefits for former speakers — but only if Hastert never
makes use of his government-funded perks in the course of his
lobbying work. Ethics experts say that sort of separation is
hard to maintain.
ThinkProgress.org, December 2009
The smarter elements in Washington DC are starting to pick up on
the fact that it’s not tactical errors on the part of the president that make it
hard to get things done, it’s the fact that the country has become ungovernable.
Alan Grayson tells Dick Cheney to ‘STFU!’ Raw Story,
December 9th, 2009 -- 10:57 pm Rep.
Alan Grayson (D-FL), the congressman who gained nationwide fame
after declaring that the Republican plan for health care amounts
to hoping that people "die quickly," has a few choice words --
or, rather, one choice acronym -- for former Vice President Dick
For those not
familiar with the expression, that's Internet parlance for "shut
the fuck up."
the comment during an interview on MSNBC's Hardball
Wednesday night. Host Chris Matthews had asked the Florida
congressman about Cheney's comments on Fox News Tuesday, in
which the former VP
called Obama a "radical" and said the president's decision
to bring accused 9/11 plotters to Manhattan to face trial was "a
Internet there's an acronym that's used to apply to situations
like this. It's called 'STFU,'" Grayson told Matthews. "I don't
think I can say that on the air, but I think you know what that
Hindsight: If You Want
To Understand The 2010 Election, See This...
Via Steve Benen, some
pretty interesting news that probably will not shock you. So
we're not the only ones feeling less than enthusiastic about
Democratic performance, huh:
The latest Research 2000 poll
for Daily Kos included the usual question on the generic
congressional ballot, with Dems still enjoying a modest edge
over Republicans, 37% to 32%, with 31% unsure. Democratic
numbers were strongest in the Northeast (53% Dems, 7% GOP),
and Republican numbers were strongest in the South (51% GOP,
But this poll added a new
question to the mix to measure voter enthusiasm: "In the 2010
Congressional elections will you definitely vote, probably
vote, not likely vote, or definitely will not vote?"
The overall results aren't nearly as interesting as the
partisan breakdown. ...
Republican voters, 81% are either "definitely" voting next
year or "probably" voting, while 14% are "not likely" to vote
or will "definitely" not vote.
Independent voters, 65% are either "definitely" voting next
year or "probably" voting, while 23% are "not likely" to vote
or will "definitely" not vote.
And among self-identified
Democratic voters, 56% are either "definitely" voting next
year or "probably" voting,
while 40% are "not likely"
to vote or will "definitely" not vote. ...
I really want to know what clients these two take on, so that
I can relentlessly mock their stupidity for hiring the dynamic
duo who brought us into the adventures of invading Iraq and
Afghanistan without any idea of the resources required or
any form of an exit strategy.
What Obama Is Up
TruthOut.org, by Russ Baker - 110209
The first anniversary of Barack Obama's historic election
finds many of his supporters already grousing. Fair enough:
Obama has been more vigorous in some areas than others. But
one essential question goes unasked: How much can any
president accomplish against the wishes of recalcitrant power
centers within his own government? ...
NewsFocus: Well... it would be nice to see the Obama
administration grow some balls and "sack up" against these powers. With so
many from the big money structure within his administration, we'll see if
this comes to fruition.
Rachel Maddow Sets The Record Straight On FOX
The hypocrisy is blatant to those that pay attention to this
As we recently
noted in some detail, Diebold's election division (now calling
themselves Premier Election Solutions) has been purchased by their larger
rival ES&S who, as we described at the time, has a well-established record
for being tops in the election industry, both in size, and when it comes to
thuggish, mafioso-like business tactics. ...
Active Former Politicians Who Put The People First
Governor Jesse Ventura
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
Congressman Curt Weldon
Fallen American Politicians and Heroes
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
President John F. Kennedy
Senator Robert F. Kennedy
Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King
Senator Paul Wellstone
These people are all true servants of "We
the People" and are bonafide heroes that we can be proud to have fight along
with us in our efforts to resurrect and accomplish the American dream
presented by our founding fathers. Some have already paid a price in this
noble endeavor for which we are eternally thankful. Their sacrifice is fuel
and inspiration for all of us to draw strength from and to place our hope
in. We must forever hold fast to an altruistic due diligence for social
equality and justice for all. Remember, there is no "I" in "We the
(A compilation of the worst representatives
would be pointless, since the list would be far too long for this page. I am
disheartened to have only one Republican on this list.)
After eight years of a tumultuous and arguably corrupt
Bush-Cheney regime, a common theme throughout the 2008 presidential campaign
was simply one word, "change." While all candidates promised to reform the
doings of Washington, one person was able to slickly package and market the
theme of hope and change and turn it into a decisive win in the November election. That
election was a near landslide for Barack Obama, a mandate of sorts for a new
direction in this country, moving away from the draconian ways of the
Along with that win came a thorough drubbing of the
Republican party, but as the GOP has proven time and time again, they don't
die easy. They come back with a vengeance.
Dick Gephardt's Spectacular Sellout
The Nation.com, BySebastian
Jones September 30, 2009
While Gephardt spent most of his twenty-eight years in
national Democratic politics quietly promoting and voting with establishment
interests, he is best known for his friendship with labor and advocacy for
universal healthcare during two presidential runs. ... So why, six years
later, was he on Capitol Hill representing one of the biggest players in the
largest economic crisis since the Great Depression? And further, why was he
recently working for Visa to kill credit card reform, helping Peabody Energy
stymie climate change legislation and consulting for UnitedHealth Group
alongside Tom Daschle to block meaningful healthcare reform? ...
The Return Of McCarthyism
Glenn Beck Is Leading the way for the looney tunes.
Conservatism: For Dummies
OpenSalon.com, by Paul J. O'Rourke -
SEPTEMBER 19, 2009
What is Conservatism, and how did it become a cover-all
excuse for the inability to think?
If you’re seeking the answer to the first part, don’t ask
anybody identifying as “Conservative.” They don’t know what it really means.
I say that knowing I will be wrong, but only in one out of ten thousand
cases. That is because the answer to the first part –what is it – is “dead.”
The reason it’s dead is because it has become an excuse for those who
have no ability to accomplish intelligent political discourse. ...
Intellectual conservatism, RIP
Salon.con, bBy Michael Lind 092209
I was once a young neoconservative. The word meant something
different then, before it was hijacked by extremists ...
Obama leads 2012 foes
Public Policy Polling, Thursday, September 24, 2009
If Barack Obama had to stand for reelection today he'd win by as
much as he did last year, if not more. He leads Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Jeb
Bush, and Sarah Palin by anywhere from 7-15 points in hypothetical 2012
Keith Olbermann Rightfully Nails
This One On The Head
NewsFocus: So far we've seen nothing but support or an
extension of heinous Bush policies and programs. Obama has pandered to the
wealthy and Wall Street, as well as perpetuating a dominance of the Federal
Reserve in the lives of Americans. This isn't the "change" or "hope"
that we were promised. (Congressman Dennis Kucinich in 2012?)
Olbermann Says Obama Will Be
Challenged In 2012 If Public Option Lost Keith once again hits this one right on the
During times of
universal deceit, telling the truth becomes
a revolutionary act.
Keith Olbermann Gives Glenn Beck A Taste Of His Own Medicine
When intelligence meets ignorance. Go get 'em Keith!
When Hate Speech And Fear Became King In America
A Historical Look At Political Lying And The
Exploitation Of Fear
One Documentary That You Need To See To Understand
Our Political Leaders Mindset In Governing You Will Be horrified When You See The Blind Leading The Blind
(Or is that perhaps, the naive leading the ignorant ?)
The profession of psychiatry has always been
overrated, if not worse than the alleged mental health patients it
incorrectly attempts to diagnose and treat. Combine their myopic research
and flavor-of-the-month whacko theories with politicians seeking to control
the populace and you get what we have, "World Gone Wild."
Please watch this stunning three-part
documentary from award winning producer Adam Curtis as he explores
psychoanalysis and its political misuse in governing.
Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine with New Programming
Technique San Diego, CA, August 10, 2009
-- Computer scientists demonstrated that criminals could hack an electronic
voting machine and steal votes using a malicious programming approach that
had not been invented when the voting machine was designed. The team of
scientists from University of California, San Diego, the University of
Michigan, and Princeton University employed “return-oriented programming” to
force a Sequoia AVC Advantage electronic voting machine to turn against
itself and steal votes. ...
REGRETTABLE FAMOUS PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES IN HISTORY:
I am not a crook. -Richard Nixon
I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this
again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
This boy will not let
you down. -George
many OBGYN's aren't able to practice their love with women across this
country. -George Bush Jr.
They said it.
Under George W. Bush's Watch Fact: Many Warnings Unheeded And Thousands Died Needlessly As A Result
9/11 Attacks (over 50 warnings, including August 6th
Katrina Disaster (pitiful response with no promised
follow-up for recovery)
Afghanistan War (planned before 9/11 for a natural gas
Iraq War (planned before 9/11 for oil and strategic
bases in the middle-east)
With both elections openly disputed, 83% of
Americans disapproved of his Presidency.
Only 17% of Americans were purported to still support him at the end of his
Party loyalty apparently knows no limitations, or sane humane reasoning.
Editor: I'm not proud of some things from the Clinton
administration, but an extra-marital affair undeniably pales in
comparison to the death and carnage of the Bush II regime. If some find this
simple fact hard to fathom, they are most likely part of that myopic 17%.
WHY ARE THEY FIGHTING HARD TO
SILENCE THIS MAN? You Have To Ask Yourself Why Someone Would
Spend To Quiet His Voice VoteDennis2008.com, by Tim Watts
the early going, Dennis Kucinich was in all the Democratic
presidential debates. No one said a word to the contrary about it, at least
not until the people really started to respond, with rousing,
thunderous cheers of support for the message that they were hearing
on the campaign trail.
Then, suspiciously enough, the debate hosts
suddenly slowed the number of questions that were directed towards
the six-term Congressman, sometimes waiting 45 minutes into the
debate before they would even address him, and only then with a
question that some might argue was specifically tailored to steer
his answer, while attempting to neuter his message.
As a last resort, they simply quit inviting him.
Not only did they not invite him, but they spent big money on
high priced corporate lawyers to make sure that he didn't get
the chance to speak.
Now why would anyone do that, especially to a
campaign that doesn't have the money to make a major assault on the
media? Why not just let the campaign exhaust itself of money as the
big spenders buy their ticket to stay in the race to the end?
What is it about Kucinich's message that could be
threatening to some? ... (Read
Thom Hartmann: A Day In The Life of Joe Middle Class
A very good example of how the little guy fights for what's
good for all.
"A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican"
Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He
fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal
fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication
with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because
some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.
All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his
employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their
employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his
morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat
because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing
Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo;
His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its
contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was
putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside
and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree
hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.
He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work;
it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You
see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives
everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.
Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with
excellent pay, medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation
because some liberal union members fought and died for these working
standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer
doesn’t want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or
becomes unemployed he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check
because some liberal didn’t think he should loose his home because of his
Its noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he
can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FDIC because
some liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who
ruined the banking system before the depression.
Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and
his below market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided
that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and
earned more money over his life-time.
Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this
evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive
to dads; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal
fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. He was
the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home
Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house
didn’t have electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose
where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural
Republican’s would still be sitting in the dark)
He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad
lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made
sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to. After his
visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.
He turns on a radio talk show, the host’s keeps saying that liberals are
bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn’t tell Joe that his beloved
Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys
throughout his day) Joe agrees, "We don’t need those big government
liberals ruining our lives; after all, I’m a self made man who believes
everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have".
Hardball's Lawrence O'Donnell
Corrects An Ignorant Protester
This woman highlights the ignorant discourse whipped up by the
What happened to "hope" and "change" we can believe in?
Obama’s Trilateral Commission Team
Barack Obama appointed eleven members of the
Trilateral Commission to top-level and key positions in his administration
within his first ten days in office. This represents a very narrow source of
international leadership inside the Obama administration, with a core agenda
that is not necessarily in support of working people in the United States.
Obama was groomed for the presidency by key
members of the Trilateral Commission. Most notably, Zbigniew Brzezinski,
co-founder of the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller in 1973, has been
Obama’s principal foreign policy advisor. ...
doesn't matter who is in office. These "powers that be" run the show with the
Trilateral Commission and the Council On Foreign Relations (CFR) leading our
international policy. When did we ever elect these people to set U.S. foreign
policy or to run our world for us?
Bill Maher With Another Great Observation
(2:00 mark onward)
The Democrats are the new Republicans. Who stands for us?
How The American Election System Was Stolen
The Clint Curtis Story
Every American needs
to know the Clint Curtis story on how our U.S. election system was stolen from
Read more here
There is a time when the operation of
the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't
take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your
bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the
apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the
people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the
machine will be prevented from working at all! -Mario Savio Dec 2, 1964
Excerpt From A 1964 Speech By
Mario Savio Is Still Very Viable Today
Most Americans do not want a new world order of greed for the uber-rich
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is
that good men do nothing. -
For many years the main argument of corporations and big money has always been
that government has no right in telling business how to operate. A mantra of
the political far right in this country has always been the dissolution of
government as the regulator of big business, heralding a "free market"
system with little or no government oversight, freeing the corporate rule to
"let the markets decide." This is
all we have ever heard for some time, but now that the economy is
collapsing on top of that flawed ideal, along with all the rest of us,
this tired cliché has been exposed as nothing more than what it is,
letting the unscrupulous and crooked run the game the way they want to.
The Republican Party's Convenient Patriotism Gee, What Happened To Not Critizing A President In A
Time Of War? Crooks & Liars.com, by Bob Cesca Tuesday Mar 31,
Since the president announced on Friday that he'd be
sending an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, I've heard quite a bit
of far-right undermining of the commander-in-chief while our soldiers are
in harm's way. Just some reminders of what I thought was the rule
regarding this behavior:
"The only ideas that they espouse are ways to
undermine the troops in harm's way and undermine their commander in
chief while they're at war. Your candidates have no idea how to keep
this economy strong."
—Sean Hannity, 10/18/06
"He’s the Commander-in-Chief. And what I find frankly
repugnant about you and some of your fellow Democrats – you have
undermined our president..."
—Sean Hannity, 03/19/06
"You know, Norman, those comments while we are at war,
while troops are in harm's way, while he is the commander in chief, do
you not see the outrage in that?"
—Sean Hannity, 11/12/07
"I have had it with members of your party undermining
our troops, undermining a commander in chief while we are at war..."
—Sean Hannity, 11/05
"You don't criticize the Commander-in-Chief in the
middle of a firefight. That could be construed as putting U.S. forces in
jeopardy and undermining morale."
—Bill O'Reilly, 04/04
"Can we do it without distorting their legacies and
pandering to anti-American elites worldwide and using their deaths to
embarrass and undermine our commander in chief?"
—Michelle Malkin, 11/23/05
"On the other hand, if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the
Democrat Congress are successful in undermining the
—Tom DeLay, 04/11/07
"And furthermore, one of the fundamental principles we
have in America is that the president is the commander in chief of the
armed forces and attempts to undermine the commander in chief during
time of war amounts to treason."
—Pat Robertson, 12/07/05
I hasten to note that criticizing the president during
wartime is fine. Hypocrisy, on the other hand, isn't. You either
unequivocally support the president in wartime or you don't. You can't
have it both ways, wingnuts.
Bush challenged hundreds of U.S. laws President Bush has
quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he
asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress
when it conflicts with
of the Constitution. He did this through the misuse of Executive
Signing Statements. (read
All Their Election Machine Versions Delete Ballots Startling admission made
during public hearing in CA to consider decertification of the company's
voting and tabulation software
Brad Blog, 031709 Admits systemic
audit log failure, same system used for over a decade. Even the audit log system
on current versions of Premier Election Solutions' (formerly
Diebold's) electronic voting and tabulating systems --- used in some 34
states across the nation --- fail to record the wholesale deletion of
ballots. Even when ballots are deleted on the same day as an election.
That's the shocking admission heard today from Justin Bales, Premier's
Western Region manager, at a State of California public hearing on the
possible decertification of Diebold/Premier's tabulator system, GEMS v.
With Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity and Beck is there
really a liberal media bias?
Examiner.com, by Jon Rapoport - April 4th, 2009
Rush Limbaugh’s robust ratings and the immense success of FOX
News’s Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck should finally end the out
of touch belief that liberals dominate the media message of this
country. The growth of conservative media, combined with the rapid decline
of the daily newspaper, has definitively changed the media landscape ....
It Can Happen Here The Nation. - By Eric Alterman Mar 12, 2009
While it is undoubtedly true that some liberals on some
occasions have underestimated the dangers posed to the United States and its
Why is Obama hiding Bush's secrets? Kansas City Star - Mar 12,
Having inherited an undifferentiated mass of legal "war on terror" doctrine
from the Bush administration's constitutional chop shop, President Obama
“We will lose on legislation. But we
will win the message war every day, and every week, until
November 2010,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., an outspoken
conservative who has participated on the GOP message teams. “Our
goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy]
Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This
is a marathon, not a sprint.”
McHenry’s spokesperson, Brock
McCleary, says his boss is standing by the quote.
POLITICAL CONTROL IN THE US SINCE REAGAN
George HW Bush
George W Bush
George W Bush
From 1975 to 1985 the National Debt was
not exactly to the penny. It was rounded to the nearest million.
There were 50 Ds and 50 Rs until May 24,
2001, when Sen. James Jeffords (R-VT) switched to Independent status,
effective June 6, 2001; he announced that he would caucus with the
Democrats, giving the Democrats a one-seat advantage.
Independent Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT) gives
the Democrats a one-seat majority.
Keith Olbermann examines the Republican
vitriol towards liberal Americans.
TRIMMING THE BUSHES Family
Business at the Watergate
By Margie Burns |
February 15, 2005 Not many, if any, news reports have focused on the
unpublicized connections of this Bush administration's family members with
politically—and financially—sensitive operations. Business Week recently
noted that "dads and sons and other relatives reign so widely in this
administration that there have never been so many family combos in an
administration at the same time." And the British Economist has said that
"George Bush's Washington is a study in family influence." ...
The Antithesis of Far Right-Wing Conservatism
Historical Figures Who Would Never Entertain What
Today's GOP Already Has Published 010908 Pre-emptive warfare (Bush Doctrine), torture, concentration camps
(detention centers), taking away constitutional rights and freedom,
wiretapping of U.S. citizens, political
assassination and coups against foreign governments, not to mention
suppression of human rights, to name but just a few egregious
Those who would not support today's conservatism:
The Dalai Lama
Martin Luther King
People who would entertain today's far-right conservative
Prescott, HW and W Bush
As a research practice, these two groups can be divided by
their thirst for power, their unrestrained greed and their lust for great
wealth. Another ideological divide would be that the top group cares for the
poor and the many, while the bottom group favors the elite and the
For the most part, the rich historically have and always will fend for
themselves and their wealth. The moral compass to do what's right for all
elude many in the upper class. The force that motivates the two groups of
people above is undeniably most dichotomous, with very little, or no shared
common ground. Putting the concerns of money first is blatantly evil, with
no regard for social responsibility. Compassion for the common man is a
virtue long lost with the far right and the ultra-conservatives of today. In
today's ultra-right, sadly for many, avarice is considered a virtue. What a
great many on the right fail to understand is that you cannot have a
beneficent nurturing society with a "winner takes all" capitalistic /
Hard to believe the Christian-right supports conservatism.
It would appear that fear itself is enough to get religious fundamentalists
to disregard WWJD.
Neither President Eisenhower (R), nor President Kennedy (D)
would have allowed such barbarism and disrespect to a society.
The first class of historical figures above would never
advocate or condone the principles and policies of the second group of
historical figures. "We the people" means providing for all
people, not just the wealthy elite.
With the events of post 9/11 and the current financial
crisis as a lens, it's quite easy to see what the principles of
ultra-conservatism can do to a free democratic society.
At this perilous point in our history, "we the people" need
a leader who hails from the first category of leaders for a change, as
opposed to the latter aggressive category.
Seven Most Horrible Things About
Bush Presidency Commentary: An alternative to
commander-in-chief's view of his time in office By
Rex Nutting, MarketWatch
WASHINGTON - The remarkable thing about
President George W. Bush wasn't that he was a horrible chief executive; it's
that he was horrible in so many ways.
The Greatest Lie of All: 'Bush
Kept Us Safe' Over 4,245 Americans killed by terrorists on Bush's watch,
not including 9/11
If I hear one more
Legacy con-artist --- or worse, supposed Progressives who brainlessly
buy into the masterstroke of propaganda --- state that "Bush kept us safe"
or "There have been no terror attacks on American soil since 9/11," I think
I may shoot someone, or poison them with anthrax --- just to keep them
safe. To be clear, there were deadly terror attacks --- and on
American soil! --- since 9/11. ...
Obama Should Worry About the Bush Family Tentacles
Undermining His Plans Bush may be gone, but his influence -- and the forces that
put him in office -- aren't.
Russ Baker, AlterNet. Posted
January 22, 2009
As George W. Bush leaves office and Barack Obama takes over,
we are in danger of missing the opportunity for change our new president has
promised -- unless we come to grips with what the great historian and
Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin called our "hidden history," not just
of the past eight years but of the past half-century and more.
Crowd sings to Bush helicopter, 'Na Na Na Na, Hey, Hey, Goodbye'
Keith Olbermann Takes A Look Back At The Bush Administration
Eight years of bad decisions, greed,
lies and incompetence. What a ride.
NEW BOOK ON BUSH FAMILY OUT Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the
Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence
Means for America By award-winning investigative
journalist Russ Baker How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all
people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple
question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he
found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about
the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.
In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people
around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation
of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking
web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of
elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled
the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.
W. And The Damage Done
The Harm To The Country And The World Is Unprecedented By Vincent Rossmeier and Gabriel Winant 010808 President Bush inherited a peaceful, prosperous America.
As he exits, Salon consults experts in seven fields to try to assess the
The $10 trillion hangover: Paying the price for eight years of Bush
By Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes In a new article in
Harper’s Magazine, Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz estimate that the
cost of undoing the Bush administration’s economic choices, from the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan to the collapse of the financial system, soaring debt,
and new commitments to interest payments and Medicare, all add up to over
See Democracy Now interview )
Key Witness In Rove Probes Killed
by Michael Carmichael, Center for Research on
Globalization, Canada - 16 hours ago
Mike Connell's untimely death will haunt Karl
Rove and the Republican Party. As the key witness in
investigations into election fraud and the firing of US
attorneys, Mike Connell informed investigators that
he had received death threats.
Assessing the Bush Legacy:
The Measure of the Man and His Administration
by Stephen Lendman - 2008-12-17
George W. Bush. US president: January 20, 2001 -
January 19, 2009. Born of privilege. Unimpressive by every
measure. A history of underachievement. Chosen by big money.
Arranged through electoral fraud. Installed by the Supreme
Court. Empowered by a dubious "terrorist" act, and ending with a
record unmatched by the worst of his predecessors. Assessing the
Bush legacy - from its illegitimate birth; through its lawless,
belligerent years; to the world potentially on the brink at its
end. Exploring it fully as a change of command approaches, and
an unenviable task awaits the new incumbent.
New Book: George W. Bush, War Criminal?
The Bush Administration's Liability for 269 War
By Michael Haas
Torture has received the most attention among the
many war crimes of the Bush administration. But those who
support Bush’s pursuit of the “war on terror” have not been
impressed by recriminations over torture. Worse than torture are
the murders of at least 50 prisoners in Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan,
and Guantánamo, but again the hard-hearted are unimpressed when
those whom they perceive as terrorists receive illegal
extrajudicial capital punishment. ...
US Congress Accepts Pay Increase With Economy Tanking, Congress Accepts Cost
of Living Raise
MINA, Canada -
22 hours ago 122308
Each member of Congress will receive a $4700 pay
increase at the beginning of the year. Congress has set up for
themselves an automatic “cost-of living ...