Archive for September, 2006

Cafferty: “What Are We Becoming?”

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

This clip speaks for itself. I am stunned.Crooks and Liars » Cafferty: “What Are We Becoming?”

EXCERPT:

Cafferty: President Bush is trying to pardon himself. Here’s the deal: Under the War Crimes Act, violations of the Geneva Conventions are felonies, in some cases punishable by death. When the Supreme Court ruled that the Geneva Convention applied to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees, President Bush and his boys were suddenly in big trouble. They’ve been working these prisoners over pretty good. In an effort to avoid possible prosecution they’re trying to cram this bill through Congress before the end of the week before Congress adjourns. The reason there’s such a rush to do this? If the Democrats get control of the House in November this kind of legislation probably wouldn’t pass.

You wanna know the real disgrace about what these people are about to do or are in the process of doing? Senator Bill Frist and Congressman Dennis Hastert and their Republican stooges apparently don’t see anything wrong with this. I really do wonder sometimes what we’re becoming in this country.

Creepy Congressman Contacts Kid

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

This is just awful. Is there a GOP Congressman who you can trust with your civil liberties,  money or children???

The Blotter

EXCERPT:

A 16-year-old male former congressional page concerned about the appropriateness of an e-mail exchange with a congressman alerted Capitol Hill staffers to the communication.

Congressman Mark Foley’s office says the e-mails were entirely appropriate and that their release is part of a smear campaign by his opponent.

In the series of e-mails, obtained by ABC News, from Rep. Foley (R-FL) to the former page, Foley asks the young man how old he is, what he wants for his birthday and requests a photo of him.

The concerned young man alerted congressional staffers to the e-mails. In one e-mail, the former page writes to a staffer, “Maybe it is just me being paranoid, but seriously. This freaked me out.”

Evidence emerges of further ties between the corrupt Abramoff and Bush

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Are you honestly surprised by this? I’m not.  Lies and subterfuge are the currency of this administration.

Political Affairs Magazine - Evidence emerges of further ties between the corrupt Abramoff and Bush
EXCERPT:

Associates of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, now in prison after being convicted of corruption, met many times with advisors to U.S. President George W. Bush, according to a September 21 article in The Washington Post.

According to the daily, these meetings were recorded in the White House visitor logs controlled by the Secret Service.

Republican Party activists Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed, political allies of Bush and longtime associates of Abramoff, visited the executive mansion more than 100 times.

The list also includes Neil Volz, assistant to Republican Robert W. Ney, the first to be convicted in the corruption scandal involving the former lobbyist.

Volz visited the White House 18 times for meetings with aides there, while Tom DeLay, former House of Representatives majority leader, did so 13 times.

To date, there has been an attempt to maintain distance between the executive mansion and the Abramoff scandal, despite the fact that he appears among the lists of contributors to President Bush’s electoral campaign.

Yeah, and Some Adults Still Believe in Santa Claus

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Crooks and Liars » John Boehner Still Believes Saddam Was Tied To 9/11 And Had WMD

Giuliani defends Clinton on anti-terror

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Benito Giuliani speaks truth for once!

Giuliani defends Clinton on anti-terror - Yahoo! News

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The idea of trying to cast blame on President Clinton is just wrong for many, many reasons, not the least of which is I don’t think he deserves it,” Giuliani said in response to a question after an appearance with fellow Republican Charlie Crist, who is running for governor. “I don’t think President Bush deserves it. The people who deserve blame for Sept. 11, I think we should remind ourselves, are the terrorists — the Islamic fanatics — who came here and killed us and want to come here again and do it.”

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice challenged Clinton’s claim that he did more than many of his conservative critics to pursue bin Laden, and she accused the Democrat of leaving no comprehensive plan to fight al-Qaida.

Giuliani said he believed Clinton, like his successor, did everything he could with the information he was provided.

“Every American president I’ve known would have given his life to prevent an attack like that. That includes President Clinton, President Bush,” the former mayor said. “They did the best they could with the information they had at the time.”

Branson jets plan on climate change

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

As we have said before, Branson fills the leadership void left by Bush and other world “leaders.”

Guardian Unlimited | UK Latest | Branson jets plan on climate change

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Sir Richard Branson has called on the global aviation industry to work together to tackle the “growing issue” of climate change.He said that if airlines, airports, air traffic controllers and governments worked together, up to 25% of the world’s aviation carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be cut.

Sir Richard, who last week pledged 3 billion dollars towards renewable energy initiatives, has written to other airlines, engine manufacturers and airport operators urging them to support a cross industry forum that will help deliver practical ways of tackling global warming.

The aviation industry is currently responsible for around 2% of global CO2 emissions.

In his letter to aviation chiefs, Sir Richard stressed the need to speed up the pace at which the industry reduces its impact on the environment.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that part of the plan involved more efficient movement of aircraft around the world’s busiest airports.

“One of those ideas is to set up starting grids at the airports so that instead of sitting on planes with CO2 spewing out of those planes for anything up to 60 minutes-90 minutes … while you’re waiting to get on the runway to take off, you’re towed by a small tug to the starting grid and then the pilot would turn on the engines 10 minutes before take off and then take off.

“We’ve worked out, on a global basis, we’re talking about billions of tonnes of CO2 savings just on that idea alone.”

Actor Michael J. Fox to host McCaskill fundraiser

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

AP Wire | 09/27/2006 | Actor Michael J. Fox to host McCaskill fundraiser

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Michael J. Fox will be in St. Louis next week to host a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Claire McCaskill.

The actor, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, is a strong advocate of embryonic stem cell research. McCaskill has made support for the research a key part of her campaign to unseat Republican Sen. Jim Talent.

Talent opposes the research as unethical because it destroys embryos.

The $500-a-plate fundraiser for McCaskill will be Oct. 5 at a St. Louis restaurant.

Fox has lobbied Congress to lift President Bush’s restrictions on funding the research, which holds promise in the search to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and some types of cancer.

Congress passed legislation earlier this year that would boost funding for embryonic stem cell research, but Bush vetoed the measure.

Missouri voters are considering a ballot initiative in November that would protect all federally allowed stem cell research in the state. Recent polls show voters support the stem cell ballot measure by a 2-to-1 margin.

Pay Attention!

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

PayAttention.org

Vote stick of butter. Or maybe pay attention.

Give Us the Senate, We Will Save This Country

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

We are within striking distance of stopping the madness. I’m praying we can hold it together (and the GOP keeps showing its true colors) and take back one or both houses of Congress.

Democrats Cite New Hope in Bid to Retake Senate - New York Times

EXCERPT:

Six weeks before Election Day, the Democrats suddenly face a map with unexpected opportunities in their battle for control of the Senate.

Clinton: Nobody Does It Better

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

I wish Clinton had been this way a long time ago. His attempts at taking the ex-president high road have not been successful in fighting the NeoCons. This interview changed that. Check this out:

The Swamp - Chicago Tribune - Blogs.

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But nobody does it better than Clinton. In a matter of minutes he put across the Democratic talking points more effectively than the host of Democrats in Congress have managed to do.

And in that deft, Clintonesque way, he managed to criticize Republicans while giving a respectful shoutout to Karl Rove. He even broke down the Republican game plan like he was John Madden drawing the x’s and o’s.

WALLACE: Let’s talk some politics. In that same New Yorker article, you say that you are tired of Karl Rove’s B.S., though I’m cleaning up what you said. CLINTON: But I do — but I also say, I’m not tired of Karl Rove. I don’t blame Karl Rove. He — if you’ve got a deal that works, you just keep on doing it.WALLACE: So what is the B.S.?CLINTON: Well, every even-numbered year, right before an election, they come up with some security issue. In 2002, our party supported them in taking weapons inspections in Iraq, and was 100 percent for what happened in Afghanistan, and they didn’t have any way to make us look like we didn’t care about terror.

And so, they decided they would be for the homeland security bill that they had opposed, and they put a poison pill in it that we wouldn’t pass, like taking the job rights away from 170,000 people, and then say that we were weak on terror if we weren’t for it. They just ran that out.

This year, I think they wanted to make the questions of prisoner treatment and intercepted communications the same sort of issues, until John Warner and John McCain and Lindsey Graham got in there, and it turns out there were some Republicans that believed in the Constitution and the Geneva Conventions, and had their own ideas about how best to fight terror. The Democrats, as long as the American people believe that we take this seriously, and we have our own approaches, and we may have differences over Iraq, I think we’ll do fine in this election.

But even if they agree with us about the Iraq war, we could be hurt by Karl Rove’s new foray if we just don’t make it clear that we too care about the security of the country. But we want to implement the 9/11 commission recommendations which they haven’t for four years. We want to intensify our efforts in Afghanistan against bin Laden. We want to make America more energy independent. And then they can all, if they differ on Iraq, they say whatever they want on Iraq.

But Rove is good. And I honor him. I’ve always been amused at how good he is, in a way. But on the other hand, this is perfectly predictable. We’re going to win a lot of seats if the American people aren’t afraid. If they’re afraid and we get divided again, then we may only win a few seats

WALLACE: And the White House, the Republicans want to make the American people afraid?

CLINTON: Of course they do. Of course they do. They want us to be — they want another homeland security deal. And they want to make it about, not about Iraq, but about some other security issue where, if we disagree with them, we are, by definition, imperiling the security of the country. And it’s a big load of hooey. We’ve got nine Iraq war veterans running for the House seats. We’ve got President Reagan’s secretary of the Navy is the Democratic candidate for the Senate in Virginia. A three-star admiral who was on my National Security Council staff, who also fought terror, by the way, is running for this seat of Curt Weldon in Pennsylvania.

We’ve got a huge military presence here in this campaign, and we just can’t let them have some rhetorical device that puts us in a box we don’t belong in. That’s their job. Their job is to beat us. I like that about Rove. But our job is not to let him get away with it. And if they don’t we will do fine.

Watching the “interview” was at times like watching a bear hunt in which the bear turns the tables. By the end of it, Clinton was pretty much picking Wallace’s bones clean. I think I even saw Clinton smacking his lips.

There was a moment when I almost felt sorry for Wallace before I remembered how much more he gets paid then I do. It was when Clinton kept telling Wallace to “Tell the truth, Chris.” It was like a scene from the OJ trial.

There was a moment when I almost felt sorry for Wallace before I remembered how much more he gets paid then I do. It was when Clinton kept telling Wallace to “Tell the truth, Chris.” It was like a scene from the OJ trial.

Bill Clinton’s Bipartisan Love-In Blows Up in His Face

Monday, September 25th, 2006

SoonerThought could not have said it better ourselves…

The Blog | Arianna Huffington: Bill Clinton’s Bipartisan Love-In Blows Up in His Face | The Huffington Post

EXCERPT:

All of Bill Clinton’s tireless “bipartisanship” has been of no benefit to him, of no benefit to the country, and has only benefited George Bush and the right-wing.

I’m glad the Chris Wallace interview is flying all over the internet, but I really hope that one person who will watch it over and over again is Bill Clinton. And that on the fifth or sixth viewing it might occur to him that the more cover he gives Bush and his cronies, the more they’re able to increase and entrench their power. Power they use to destroy everything that Clinton purports to stand for.

Taking the “high-road” has a nice sound to it, but Clinton shouldn’t fool himself — and insult the rest of us — by thinking that the time he’s spent traveling that elevated path has made the world a better place. Or made the gang at Fox News hate him any less than they did the day he left office.

The people who tried to hound him out of office haven’t changed much, though they do now control both houses of Congress and the White House. Back then, he seemed to think fighting them was worthwhile. Now that he’s got his back up again, maybe he’ll rejoin the battle. Nov. 7 is only six and a half weeks away. And nothing less than oversight of the fanatics of the White House is at stake.

Falwell calls comment ‘tongue-in-cheek’ SoonerThought Just Thinks He is a Nutjob

Monday, September 25th, 2006

What an ass. Brain says: I think he made that comment because he knows that he and the devil are in agreement on most issues…

Falwell calls comment ‘tongue-in-cheek’ - Politics - MSNBC.com

EXCERPT:

The Rev. Jerry Falwell acknowledged on Sunday saying that if Hillary Rodham Clinton were the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 2008, it would motivate conservative evangelical Christians to oppose her more than if the devil himself were running.

Falwell said in a telephone interview that his comments to several hundred pastors and religious activists at the “Value Voter Summit” conference were “totally tongue-in-cheek.”

“I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate,” Falwell said at a breakfast session Friday in Washington. “I hope she’s the candidate, because nothing will energize my (constituency) like Hillary Clinton,” he said. “If Lucifer ran, he wouldn’t.”