Archive for April, 2006

PodCast Episode 15 Features OK Interfaith Alliance President

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

SoonerThought Podcast

Alex interviews former State Representative, author and Oklahoma Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Jeff Hamilton. Music from .22, John McCutcheon and others from Podsafe Music Network. Sign up for our Frapper Map.

“Voters yearning for a principled leader who truly believes in something “

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Clift: Will Gore Challenge Hillary in 2008? - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com

Getting the country to face up to global warming is his life’s mission, and it could be his ticket to the presidency. Voters yearning for a principled leader who truly believes in something may find what they’re looking for in the former vice president. Gore told NEWSWEEK that he’s in the middle of a campaign, but it’s not a campaign for a candidate. “Been there, done that,” he said.
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Nobody believes him. By not playing the overt political game, Gore may be putting in place the first issue-driven campaign of the 21st century, one that is premised on a big moral challenge that is becoming more real with soaring gas prices and uncertain oil supplies.

Getting the country to face up to global warming is his life’s mission, and it could be his ticket to the presidency. Voters yearning for a principled leader who truly believes in something may find what they’re looking for in the former vice president. Gore told NEWSWEEK that he’s in the middle of a campaign, but it’s not a campaign for a candidate. “Been there, done that,” he said.

Nobody believes him. By not playing the overt political game, Gore may be putting in place the first issue-driven campaign of the 21st century, one that is premised on a big moral challenge that is becoming more real with soaring gas prices and uncertain oil supplies.

Clooney Rocks

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

And if you want to call him a “limousine liberal,” I really could not care less.

CNN.com - Darfur rally set for National Mall - Apr 30, 2006

Actors, athletes and activists concerned about the atrocities in Sudan’s Darfur region are joining politicians and religious leaders in urging a greater U.S. role in ending what the United Nations says is the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
A Sunday rally on the National Mall, near the Capitol, that organizers hoped would attract 10,000 or more was one of more than a dozen planned in U.S. cities over the weekend.

Sea Change

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

CNN.com - Thousands in New?York?march against war - Apr 29, 2006

Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters marched Saturday through Manhattan to demand an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq just hours after an American soldier died in a roadside explosion in Baghdad — the 70th U.S. fighter killed in that country this month.
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“End this war, bring the troops home,” read one of the many signs lifted by marchers on a sunny afternoon three years after the war in Iraq began. The mother of a Marine killed two years ago in Iraq held a picture of her son, born in 1984 and killed 20 years later.

Yet Another Bush Administration Official Under Investigation

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Grant, Harding, Hoover, Nixon…Bush.

Ex-Head of F.D.A. Faces Criminal Inquiry - New York Times

Dr. Lester M. Crawford, the former commissioner of food and drugs, is under criminal investigation by a federal grand jury over accusations of financial improprieties and false statements to Congress, his lawyer said Friday.
The lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder, would not discuss the accusations further. In a court hearing held by telephone on Thursday, she told a federal magistrate that she would instruct Dr. Crawford to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination if ordered to answer questions this week about his actions as head of the Food and Drug Administration, according to a transcript of the hearing.
Dr. Crawford did not reply to messages seeking comment, and Kathleen Quinn, an F.D.A. spokeswoman, declined to comment.

Hendra: The Rapture is Crapture Part 2

Friday, April 28th, 2006

The Blog | Tony Hendra: The Rapture Crapture (Part 2): Make War for Christ’s Sake! | The Huffington Post

EXCERPT:

Rumors fly of multiple fatalities attributed to drivers and pilots being snatched away by the Lord from their 18-wheelers and crop-dusters even as they toil. (Curiously they’re all happening south of the Mason-Dixon line). And what would clinch it? What would force the mighty Lamb to return? Simple. Start a glorious blood-and-fireballs WAR! Screams-of-the-damned, billions-dead-as-the-nukes-fly WAR! Christ LOVES war! Didn’t He promise way back when to give us the WAR of ALL WARS (Matt. 24.5-31)?

The Harder They Fall

Friday, April 28th, 2006

abc7news.com:

Rush Limbaugh was arrested Friday on prescription drug charges, law enforcement officials said.

Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant issued by the state attorney’s office, said agency spokeswoman Teri Barbera.

The conservative radio commentator came into the jail at about 4 p.m. with his attorney Roy Black and was released an hour later on $3,000 bail, Barbera said.

The warrant was for fraud to conceal information to obtain prescription, Barbera said.

Troops Indifferent to Rummy and Rice

Friday, April 28th, 2006

CNN.com - Leaders visit; front-line troops say, ‘Yeah, so?’ - Apr 27, 2006

As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made their surprise visits to Baghdad on Wednesday, many of the troops stationed north of Baghdad, in Balad and Dujail, say either they didn’t know about it or didn’t care.

“I’d ask him for a plane ticket home to see my wife. I have barely seen her in the last two years,” said a young sergeant, who did not want to be identified. Like many of the soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division, he is on his second deployment to Iraq.

Some joked that whenever VIP’s come to visit they just go to the main bases and meet the “fobbits,” the nickname given to troops who do not go outside the barbed wire.

“They have to get out to see the people that are doing the jobs they are making them do. If they didn’t they would not be very good leaders,” said Maj. Michael Humphreys, one of the few soldiers here willing to tell journalists some of his opinions on senior leadership.

Press Corps Changes the Channel from Fox to CNN on Air Force One

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Hat tip to Forsberg21…
CNN.com - White House scribe asks for the remote - Apr 28, 2006

White House scribe asks for the remote
Reporter asks to watch CNN on Air Force One

WASHINGTON (CNN) — It wasn’t the price of gasoline, Darfur or the rebuilding effort in New Orleans that preoccupied the White House press corps Thursday aboard a flight on Air Force One.

It was what channel they could watch on the White House televisions, Fox or CNN.

During a briefing led by White House spokesman Scott McClellan as President Bush was traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana, the Washington Post’s Jim VandeHei asked why the White House televisions always seemed to be tuned to Fox News and if it was possible to have them tuned instead to CNN.

“It’s come to my attention that there’s been requests — this is a serious question — to turn these TVs onto a station other than Fox, and that those have been denied,” VandeHei told McClellan, who is soon to be replaced by former Fox anchor and self-described conservative Tony Snow.

“My question would be, is there a White House policy that all government TVs have to be tuned to Fox?” VandeHei asked.

“Never heard of any such thing,” McClellan responded. “My TVs are on four different channels at all times.”

VandeHei noted that McClellan has four televisions in his office, and clarified that he was referring to the ones that reporters can see.

“They’re always turned to Fox, which a lot of people consider a Republican-leaning network.”

VandeHei noted that the televisions are paid for with taxpayer dollars.

“And my understanding is that you guys have to watch Fox on Air Force One. Is that true?”

McClellan said it was the first he had heard such a claim, and that it was not true.

“In fact, I’ve watched other channels on here,” he said.

“I’ve never known anyone that’s raised a complaint about a request from back here to watch a different channel,” McClellan added.

VandeHei replied, “I’m officially raising it, and officially complaining about it.”

McClellan then asked whether VandeHei had tried to have the change made.

“I was told — the quote was, ‘No,’ when I asked for CNN,” the reporter said.

McClellan asked him with whom he had spoken, but VandeHei said he did not know.

“Well, the magic people at the other end off the phone … I was told, ‘We don’t watch CNN here, you can only watch Fox,’ ” VandeHei said.

McClellan said he found the question “quite amusing,” and left to see about making the change.

Eighteen minutes after VandeHei raised the issue, McClellan had resolved it.

“We just called up. They’re going to be changing it, at your all’s request, to the channel that you requested, which is CNN — from the press corps.”

Fox News is popular with at least one highly placed person in the White House. According to the Web site “The Smoking Gun,” whenever Vice President Dick Cheney stays in a hotel room, he requests extra lights, copies of five newspapers, and the television tuned to Fox.

ARMED MADHOUSE

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

By Greg Palast
For the past two years, I’ve nearly disappeared from BBC Television screens and from newspapers so my team could focus on our most important investigation yet. I’ve put it in a book: Armed Madhouse. The book travels from Beijing to New Orleans to Caracas to Baghdad to New Mexico … a five-part investigation of global economic piggery so deep, dark and devious you just have to scream or cry — or laugh.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that ‘Armed Madhouse’ is entertaining — this is my most serious reporting yet — connecting oil panic, Hurricane Katrina, Chinese currency, Venezuela’s petrodollars, disappearing ballots, Thomas Friedman, more oil, and the murder of General Motors. These are dispatches from the front lines of the class war.

Here is our new world of militarized greed, where America’s panic over lunatics with box-cutters has metastasized into a billion-dollar fear industry; where Republicans sucking on Super-sized Slurpies(r) are hunting dark-skinned voters to eliminate their rights; where James Baker’s fixer in alligator boots sets up the grab for Iraq’s oil on her way to the rodeo; where miners are suffocated by the same investment bankers who are siphoning off auto workers’ pensions. I add 50 illustrations, including those intriguing ones marked ’secret’ by the State Department and the World Bank, plus a brilliant recipe for shrimp curry — and Dick Cheney.

There are five sections:
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Pink–Dear Mr. President “Let me tell you about hard work…”

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Pink lets W hear it, singing “Dear Mr. President” live in New York CIty.

“You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine…”

State of the Nation

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

God’s Away On Business

(Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan 2000)

I’d sell your heart to the junkman baby
For a buck, for a buck
If you’re looking for someone to pull you out of that ditch
You’re out of luck, you’re out of luck

Ship is sinking
The ship is sinking
The ship is sinking

There’s a leak, there’s a leak in the boiler room
The poor, the lame, the blind
Who are the ones that we kept in charge?
Killers, thieves and lawyers

God’s away, God’s away
God’s away on business, business
God’s away, God’s away
God’s away on business, business

Digging up the dead with a shovel and a pick
It’s a job, it’s a job
Bloody moon rising with a plague and a flood
Join the mob, join the mob
It’s all over, it’s all over
It’s all over

There’s a leak, there’s a leak in the boiler room
The poor, the lame, the blind
Who are the ones that we kept in charge?
Killers, thieves and lawyers

God’s away, God’s away
God’s away on business, business
God’s away, God’s away on business, business

Godddamn there’s always such a big temptation
To be good, to be good
There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby
It’s a deal, it’s a deal

God’s away, God’s away
God’s away on business, business
God’s away, God’s away
God’s away on business, business

I narrow my eyes like a coin slot baby
Let her ring, let her ring

God’s away, God’s away
God’s away on business, business
God’s away, God’s away
God’s away on business, business