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Convert The Inside Dope (or any other page or text) into Snoop Dog-ese here. Funny stuff!
(thanks to an alert Dopester for the link.)
Convert The Inside Dope (or any other page or text) into Snoop Dog-ese here. Funny stuff!
I recently received an e-mail from Purple Ocean.org, an organization affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, from their president Andy Stern which offers his explanation for why he recently pulled his union out of the AFL-CIO.
"On Monday, SEIU made the difficult decision to leave the AFL-CIO, a federation of several U.S. labor organizations. SEIU, together with seven major unions representing 6 million workers, has formed the Change To Win Coalition, committed to helping millions more workers and their families to join our movement. Here are our reasons.Not exactly a great explanation, nor specific reasons. I mean, the first one is simply explaining the sorry state of unions, and the second suggests that the AFL-CIO isn't taking enough action, but couldn't be more vague.
Change To Win represents a move in the right direction, and we won't slow down for a second."
- A country that once had 35 percent union membership is now down to 8 percent in the private sector. And the results are that workers have less health care, less time to spend with their families, less secure pensions in their retirement, but more debt and more insecurity about the future.
- The American Dream has slipped out of reach for too many, and it's not enough just to talk about it. We need to take action. Over the last decade SEIU has helped over 900,000 new workers -- most of them people of color, immigrants, and working women -- to find strength and dignity by joining together.
I probably shouldn't do this so close to the weekend, as I don't want to spoil it, but here's a question.
Thank you! Thank you very much! Please sit down. You're too kind. Thank you.
Despite the fact that it's reliving the past and most people have "moved on", so to speak, I'm interested in what you feel to be the mistakes of the 2004 Kerry campaign.
Kristopher Lee "Bo" Jones is guilty of heinous battery and attempted first degree murder in a June 4, 2004 fire that disfigured his wife, Judge James Conway ruled in Mercer County Circuit Court this afternoonAnd as I reported back when this case first appeared, here's the real kicker.
Mr. Jones showed no emotion as Judge Conway delivered the verdict, which comes 10 days after the conclusion of a bench trial.
Sept.7 was set as the date for a hearing on post-trial motions. Sentencing will follow. Mr. Jones faces up to 60 years in prison on each count.
The charges of which Mr. Jones, 34, of 309 2nd Ave., Sherrard, was found guilty sprang from an incident in which he doused his wife, Tanya, with gasoline and then set it ablaze in a remote area of Mercer County. She was treated at a Quad-Cities hospital and later at University Hospitals in Iowa City, where she was treated for burns over 60 percent of her body.
The verdict came despite Mrs. Jones testimony that the fire was set accidentally, a contradiction to what she had earlier told investigators.
Mrs. Jones declined comment after the verdict was delivered today.The use of the word "REKINDLE" is pretty damn funny, for starters, and possibly the writer's intentional attempt at ironic humor. Apparently the flames of love still burn brightly for Mrs. Jones, though it's incredibly pathetic to see a woman so dependent and brainwashed. I'm sure Mr. Jones has been VERY nice to her since he almost roasted her to death. But please.
She said during the trial that she wanted her husband found not guilty and that, "I'd like to have him home with me every day for the rest of my life."
Mr. Jones testified during the trial that he's built a "romantic" campfire the afternoon of the incident and thought that some quiet time would help the two rekindle their troubled relationship.
But the two argued and he "reflexively" splashed gasoline on her, he said. She was smoking and the fire started accidentally, he said.
Davenport police were trying to determine late Sunday how the body of a 19-year-old Davenport man ended up in the trunk of a car.
The body was discovered around 2 p.m. in a car parked near Central Park Avenue and Brady Street.
Officers said they were investigating the case as a homicide; the man had wounds on his upper torso. They also believed he was not killed where the vehicle was found.
Police said late Sunday that they know the victim's identity but were not yet releasing his name. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.
Four major unions decided Sunday to boycott the AFL-CIO convention, setting the stage for one or more to bolt from the 50-year-old federation in a battle over how to reverse organized labor's decades-long decline, The Associated Press has learned.Only time will tell if this is good news for the future of labor in America, but at first glance, it doesn't look good. When labor is under perhaps the most intense effort ever mounted to literally make them irrelevant, I fail to see how refusing to stay united is a step in the right direction. One would think that standing together against this onslaught would be the only rational course.
The unions, representing about one-third of the AFL-CIO's 13 million members, planned to announce the decision Sunday afternoon, a day before the convention opens, according to three labor officials familiar with the failed negotiations to avoid the walkout.
None of the four dissident unions planned to formally severe ties from the AFL-CIO on Sunday, officials said, but they are now poised to do so at a later date.
The protest is led by Andy Stern, president of the federation's largest union, the 1.8 million-member Service Employees International Union. He is virtually certain to pull his union out of the AFL-CIO in coming days, with hopes of bringing his allies along, officials said.
Joining him in the boycott will be the Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers and UNITE HERE, a group of textile and hotel workers, according to the labor officials.
The four unions already had formed the Change to Win Coalition to pressure AFL-CIO President John Sweeney to undertake major changes to the federation.
Two other unions that are part of the dissident coalition had not planned to leave the Chicago convention: the Laborers International Union of North America and the United Farm Workers.
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, a member of the coalition, left the AFL-CIO in 2002.
As you may have noticed, there's a new poll up. In contemplating your response, bear in mind that voting in the poll DOES NOT mean you're making a donation, you're just casting an anonymous vote. Nor does it obligate you to donate a certain amount. (though that would be nice.) To donate, click on the tip jar and go from there.
And again, there are no set amounts one must donate, you can donate a dollar or a thousand, it's up to you. Small donations are perfectly fine, but of course, if money is really tight for you, and I realize it is for many people, put the money towards something more important. But the response (or lack thereof) will likely affect the energy I continue to devote to this effort.
I wish I could give you little shaved ham sandwiches and a cash bar, or perhaps some "heavy" hor d'ourvres. I can't get you into a "private reception" in exchange for a donation of a few hundred, or get your alley paved, quietly get your company off the hook for polution violations, fix it so you can develop a sprawling condo complex with government money and avoid taxes for decades, or get your kid in to a service academy or give 'em free tuition, etc. I can't.
I know a lot of readers get hit up for donations every time they turn around from politicians of all stripes. But this is a little different. There's not a $50 minimum here. There's no "patron" level of donation (though if you give $50 or more, you'd be A-OK in my book), there's no "levels" at all. Give a buck, or give a thousand. It's up to you. But please consider giving whatever you feel appropriate if you've enjoyed reading the blog and would like it to be here in the long run.
Since it's Sunday and it's supposed to be hotter than an exploded oil pipeline in Iraq and most people will likely be staying indoors, I thought I'd do something despite advise to the contrary and give you a few long posts to enjoy.
I hope you enjoy this piece because I coughed up $3.95 to get it from the NYT archives just for you, the loyal reader.
John Gibson of Fox News says that Karl Rove should be given a medal. I agree: Mr. Rove should receive a medal from the American Political Science Association for his pioneering discoveries about modern American politics. The medal can, if necessary, be delivered to his prison cell.
What Mr. Rove understood, long before the rest of us, is that we're not living in the America of the past, where even partisans sometimes changed their views when faced with the facts. Instead, we're living in a country in which there is no longer such a thing as nonpolitical truth. In particular, there are now few, if any, limits to what conservative politicians can get away with: the faithful will follow the twists and turns of the party line with a loyalty that would have pleased the Comintern.
I first realized that we were living in Karl Rove's America during the 2000 presidential campaign, when George W. Bush began saying things about Social Security privatization and tax cuts that were simply false. At first, I thought the Bush campaign was making a big mistake -- that these blatant falsehoods would be condemned by prominent Republican politicians and Republican economists, especially those who had spent years building reputations as advocates of fiscal responsibility. In fact, with hardly any exceptions they lined up to praise Mr. Bush's proposals.
But the real demonstration that Mr. Rove understands American politics better than any pundit came after 9/11.
Every time I read a lament for the post-9/11 era of national unity, I wonder what people are talking about. On the issues I was watching, the Republicans' exploitation of the atrocity began while ground zero was still smoldering.
Mr. Rove has been much criticized for saying that liberals responded to the attack by wanting to offer the terrorists therapy -- but what he said about conservatives, that they ''saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war,'' is equally false. What many of them actually saw was a domestic political opportunity -- and none more so than Mr. Rove.
A less insightful political strategist might have hesitated right after 9/11 before using it to cast the Democrats as weak on national security. After all, there were no facts to support that accusation.
But Mr. Rove understood that the facts were irrelevant. For one thing, he knew he could count on the administration's supporters to obediently accept a changing story line. Read the before-and-after columns by pro-administration pundits about Iraq: before the war they castigated the C.I.A. for understating the threat posed by Saddam's W.M.D.; after the war they castigated the C.I.A. for exaggerating the very same threat.
Mr. Rove also understands, better than anyone else in American politics, the power of smear tactics. Attacks on someone who contradicts the official line don't have to be true, or even plausible, to undermine that person's effectiveness. All they have to do is get a lot of media play, and they'll create the sense that there must be something wrong with the guy.
And now we know just how far he was willing to go with these smear tactics: as part of the effort to discredit Joseph Wilson IV, Mr. Rove leaked the fact that Mr. Wilson's wife worked for the C.I.A. I don't know whether Mr. Rove can be convicted of a crime, but there's no question that he damaged national security for partisan advantage. If a Democrat had done that, Republicans would call it treason.
But what we're getting, instead, is yet another impressive demonstration that these days, truth is political. One after another, prominent Republicans and conservative pundits have declared their allegiance to the party line. They haven't just gone along with the diversionary tactics, like the irrelevant questions about whether Mr. Rove used Valerie Wilson's name in identifying her (Robert Novak later identified her by her maiden name, Valerie Plame), or the false, easily refuted claim that Mr. Wilson lied about who sent him to Niger. They're now a chorus, praising Mr. Rove as a patriotic whistle-blower.
Ultimately, this isn't just about Mr. Rove. It's also about Mr. Bush, who has always known that his trusted political adviser -- a disciple of the late Lee Atwater, whose smear tactics helped President Bush's father win the 1988 election -- is a thug, and obviously made no attempt to find out if he was the leaker.
Most of all, it's about what has happened to America. How did our political system get to this point?
A post by Atrios directed me to a Frank Rich piece in the NY Times which touches on an interesting angle to Rovegate; the involvement of Alberto Gonzales, Bush's right hand former personal lawyer and current Attorney General. Gonzalez was the odds on favorite to be picked as Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, but suddenly disappeared from consideration. Why?
PRESIDENT BUSH'S new Supreme Court nominee was a historic first after all: the first to be announced on TV dead center in prime time, smack in the cross hairs of "I Want to Be a Hilton." It was also one of the hastiest court announcements in memory, abruptly sprung a week ahead of the White House's original timetable. The agenda of this rushed showmanship - to change the subject in Washington - could not have been more naked. But the president would have had to nominate Bill Clinton to change this subject.Read the entire piece here.
When a conspiracy is unraveling, and it's every liar and his lawyer for themselves, the story takes on a momentum of its own. When the conspiracy is, at its heart, about the White House's twisting of the intelligence used to sell the American people a war - and its desperate efforts to cover up that flimflam once the W.M.D. cupboard proved bare and the war went south - the story will not end until the war really is in its "last throes."
Only 36 hours after the John Roberts unveiling, The Washington Post nudged him aside to second position on its front page. Leading the paper instead was a scoop concerning a State Department memo circulated the week before the outing of Joseph Wilson's wife, the C.I.A. officer Valerie Plame, in literally the loftiest reaches of the Bush administration - on Air Force One. The memo, The Post reported, marked the paragraph containing information about Ms. Plame with an S for secret. So much for the cover story that no one knew that her identity was covert.
But the scandal has metastasized so much at this point that the forgotten man Mr. Bush did not nominate to the Supreme Court is as much a window into the White House's panic and stonewalling as its haste to put forward the man he did. When the president decided not to replace Sandra Day O'Connor with a woman, why did he pick a white guy and not nominate the first Hispanic justice, his friend Alberto Gonzales? Mr. Bush was surely not scared off by Gonzales critics on the right (who find him soft on abortion) or left (who find him soft on the Geneva Conventions). It's Mr. Gonzales's proximity to this scandal that inspires real fear.
As White House counsel, he was the one first notified that the Justice Department, at the request of the C.I.A., had opened an investigation into the outing of Joseph Wilson's wife. That notification came at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2003, but it took Mr. Gonzales 12 more hours to inform the White House staff that it must "preserve all materials" relevant to the investigation. This 12-hour delay, he has said, was sanctioned by the Justice Department, but since the department was then run by John Ashcroft, a Bush loyalist who refused to recuse himself from the Plame case, inquiring Senate Democrats would examine this 12-hour delay as closely as an 18½-minute tape gap. "Every good prosecutor knows that any delay could give a culprit time to destroy the evidence," said Senator Charles Schumer, correctly, back when the missing 12 hours was first revealed almost two years ago. A new Gonzales confirmation process now would have quickly devolved into a neo-Watergate hearing. Mr. Gonzales was in the thick of the Plame investigation, all told, for 16 months.
Thus is Mr. Gonzales's Supreme Court aspiration the first White House casualty of this affair. It won't be the last. When you look at the early timeline of this case, rather than the latest investigatory scraps, two damning story lines emerge and both have legs.
There's a place in Seattle named Cascadia where they serve this.
I'd imagine that after downing enough of these, you might get the urge to wrap yourself in tiny lights and hang ornaments all over yourself, then stand around waiting for people to put presents at your feet. Then after a while, you might find yourself laying out by the curb wearing nothing but tinsel.
Hey, don't laugh, it's happened to me a couple of times. At least the tinsel part.
Captured in our great Quad Cities...
This guy had to be around 350 lbs.
You gotta love self-depreciating humor.
...Rep. Mike Boland will not seek another office, but will run for another term as 71st District state representitive. Write it down and see if I'm right.
Sen. Mike Jacobs met with the family of murder victim Adrianne Reynolds and emerged to announce the formation of a foundation designed to... well, here's the story from WQAD.
A two-hour meeting between the family of slain teenager Adrianne Reynolds and State Senator Mike Jacobs resulted in plans for the Adrianne Leigh Reynolds Foundation to try and target and curb teenaged violence and threats.Another foundation/committee/panel in response to a difficult problem. Let's hope this one accomplishes it's goals. It's an awfully tough goal to accomplish.
The 16-year-old from East Moline was murdered and dismembered last January. Two of her schoolmates, Cory Gregory and Sarah Kolb are charged with the crime and are awaiting trial.
Adrianne's father, step-mother and step-uncle asked for Thursday's meeting with Jacobs. After telling thier story, the lawmaker and Adrianne's family announced the proposed foundation, which is obviously still in the planning stages.
Her family says they learned after Adrianne's murder that Kolb had allegedly threatened Adrianne with a knife before, and had told other kids in thier alternative school that she was "going to kill Adrianne".
Adrianne's uncle Mike McCullom today says, "We need to create awarness, that when you hear somebody use the word kill, it should be taken as seriously as a threat against the President of the United States."
Tony Reynolds, Adrianne's father, said fellow students knew about the threats, but says had and his wife were in the dark. "[Kolb] basically blasted it over the loud speakers that she was going to kill Adrianne, but nobody did nothing."
The ALR foundation would be funded privately through donations. Jacobs says he will help and take an active role in its formation. "I would be remiss if I didn't do everything I can to help this family, they have touched my heart, Adrianne's life will mean nothing if we don't do something positive with this tragedy."
The foundation likely won't be launched until after the murder trials are over. Down the road, they may lobby to toughen up laws against threats.
Tony Reynolds says "I want to believe Adrianne's looking down on us knowing we're remembering her."
The Weather Service is predicting temps as high as 105 degrees Sunday, with high humidity creating a heat index as high as 117.
From the consistently hilarious Betty Bowers, The World's Best Christian....
Be sure to check out the merchandise section on Betty's site. There you can find such gems as this available on mugs, posters, shirts, etc.
This seems especially apropos to the "Problems, what problems?" posts by Senor Badbreath and Dave.
Results were interesting on the question, "Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich recently ordered that $10 million be spent on stem cell research. What are your thoughts on this?".
Of 89 votes votes cast:
1. (1) Good use of the money. Stem cell research is promising in relieving misery and disease for many people in the state. It was foreward thinking and a responsible move.
47 votes or 52.8%
2. 2, 3, and 4
31 votes or 34.8%
3. (4) Governors shouldn't make decisions to spend money on such things without involving the legislature.
6 votes or 6.7%
4. (3) Stem cell research is unethical, it should never be funded by government.
2 votes or 2.2%
5. 2 & 4
2 votes or 2.2%
6. 3 & 4
1 vote or 1.1%
7. (2) It's irresponsible to be spending this much money on research when the state is in such bad financial shape.
0 votes or 0.0%
8. 2 & 3
0 votes or 0.0%
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It appears from what can be known at the moment that Bush's nominee to fill the slot of Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court will likely have no problem being confirmed.
I've heard the weather back home is typically beastly, as it usually gets this time of year. Stiffling heat and humidity, enough to make you melt or collapse or at the very least, feel like biting the head off the first person to look at you funny.
Anyone who wishes to have an informed opinion on the so-called "tort reform" effort ought to read these three pieces.
I've always wanted to jump the Grand Canyon in a car. I finally got my chance yesterday. Let me tell ya, there's nothing like it. Especially if you live.
President Bush qualified his pledge to dismiss any White House official found to have leaked the name of a CIA operative, saying Monday that "if someone committed a crime" he would be fired.Slippery bastards.
In September 2003, the White House had said anyone who leaked classified information in the case would be dismissed. Bush reiterated that promise last June, saying he would fire anyone found to have disclosed the CIA officer's name.
Democrats said Bush in his new comments had "lowered the ethics bar" for his administration.
Bush would not say whether he was displeased that Rove, the deputy chief of staff, told a reporter that the wife of administration critic Joseph Wilson worked for the CIA on weapons of mass destruction issues. A 2003 phone call with Rove was the first time that Matthew Cooper of Time magazine had heard that Wilson's wife worked at the agency, according to a first-person account by Cooper in the magazine.
Rove's involvement in the leak case has worried Republicans, already anxious about Bush's decline in opinion polls. Only a fourth of Americans believe the White House is fully cooperating with the investigation, according to an ABC News poll released Monday. That number has dropped from half in September 2003 when the probe began.
Democrats contended that Bush's comments indicated he was lowering the administration's ethical standards.
The White House denies the president has changed the standard for staying in his administration.
"It appears that an administration that came to office promising 'honesty and integrity' and to avoid 'legalisms' is now defining ethical standards downward," said Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
"In this White House, apparently no aide will be fired or forced to resign unless and until the jail cell door is locked behind him."
In July 2003, syndicated columnist Robert Novak, citing unnamed administration officials, wrote that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA.
A 1982 law prohibits the deliberate exposure of the identity of an undercover CIA official. Wilson has accused the White House of trying to orchestrate a dirty-tricks campaign to discredit him after he challenged the administration's assertion that Saddam Hussein was seeking material from Niger to make nuclear weapons and said the White House had manipulated pre-war intelligence to justify an Iraq invasion.
While Rove has not disputed that he told Cooper that Wilson's wife worked for the agency, he has insisted through his lawyer that he did not mention her by name.
Said Bush on Monday, "I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts, and if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration."
The phrasing was unusual for the president, who campaigned for office in 2000 on a pledge "to restore honor and dignity" to a White House he implied had been sullied by scandals of the Clinton administration.
White House press secretary Scott McClellan would not say whether Bush meant an indictment or a conviction when he referred to a crime, or whether he considered leaking itself to be a crime. Nor would McClellan acknowledge that the president created a standard different from previous statements out of the White House.
"I think that the president was stating what is obvious when it comes to people who work in the administration: that if someone commits a crime, they're not going to be working any longer in this administration," McClellan said.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said Bush's standard for firing Rove was not consistent with a 2-year-old executive order governing the protection of national secrets. Under the order, Bush is required to impose administrative sanctions such as dismissal if anyone acted negligently in confirming information about Plame's identity.
Howard Dean, head of the Democratic Party, said Bush "lowered the ethics bar" and should go back to his earlier pledge.
Here's a shot from the western leg of my current travels. (and no, I'm not the guy in front.) Shortly after this shot was taken, I accidentally ignited my jet pack and singed off parts of my companion's anatomy. Someday we'll all laugh about it.
The outfits really added to the feeling that we were traveling in the not too distant future. The vehicle was pretty cool as well, I especially appreciated the radar dish, but it didn't corner worth a damn so I traded it in for an Acura NSX. Then this had to happen.
I'm fine, but it put me a few hours behind schedule and now the car really pulls to the left.
Consider the following quotes. They all fit in with the current strain of Bush conservatism and could be easily believed to have been said by just about any prominent conservative. Who said them?
"What we have to fight for is the freedom and independence of the homeland, so that our people may be enabled to fulfill the mission assigned to it by the creator"
"Only force rules. Force is the first law"
"The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category."
"A single blow must destroy the enemy... without regard of losses... a gigantic all-destroying blow." ["shock and awe"]
"Strength lies not in defense but in attack." [The "Bush Doctrine"]
"We are prepared to agree to any solemn pact of non-aggression, because America does not think of attacking but only acquiring security."
"The great strength of the U.S. is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it."
"The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."
"Public education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction."
"Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice."
"I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few."
"I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator."
Parallel to the training of the body a struggle against the poisoning of the soul must begin. Our whole public life today is like a hothouse for sexual ideas and simulations. Just look at the bill of fare served up in our movies, vaudeville and theaters, and you will hardly be able to deny that this is not the right kind of food, particularly for the youth... Theater, art, literature, cinema, press, posters, and window displays must be cleansed of all manifestations of our rotting world and placed in the service of a moral, political, and cultural idea.Dave, how many of these do you agree with?
If anyone sees this in time, Meet the Press is being rebroadcast on MSNBC.
July 17, 2005 — Illinois hopes to get $600 million a year in federal health care funds under a hospital tax plan signed Sunday by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.Hmmm. Sounds like a promising scheme, but the fact that the hospitals appear to make a profit on it seems wrong.
The three-year program still must be approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. State officials are optimistic that it will be OK'd since the program is a revised and expanded version of one that has been used before, generating $430 million.
The program works by taxing Illinois hospitals and putting the money into the Medicaid program to qualify for federal matching funds. Then the original tax money and the extra federal money are returned to hospitals.
Most hospitals end up getting back more than they paid in taxes.
Officials expect the plan to bring the state an extra $600 million a year. Hospitals would get $470 million, while state government would get $130 million to spend on nursing homes and other Medicaid costs.
Kenneth Robbins, president of the Illinois Hospital Association, said in a statement that the plan "is a victory for the hospitals, doctors and families of Illinois."
To me, the greatest insult to the British and their losses was delivered today, all the more insulting because it was thoughtless and unintentional.
I was watching the news of the two minutes of silence held for the victims of the London bombings, a silent vigil held not just in London but across Europe.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth stood in silence at Buckingham Palace. In London's Trafalgar Square, a giant banner declared 'One City, One World.'
Taxis and buses pulled over, workers left their offices to stand in the street and financial markets paused to remember the dead.
In Italy, government offices, railway stations and airports paused while television stations cut into normal broadcasting to honour the London dead.
In Paris, President Jacques Chirac's annual Bastille day television address was put back so the French could mark the moment. Chirac stood silent on the steps of the Elysee Palace.
Has the United States or even simply Washington, DC held a silent moment for the victims of the London bombings? Has any national gesture of solidarity been proposed?
If so, I haven't seen or heard of it. We're just going about our business while insisting that the world perpetually acknowledge our scars and trauma from September 11th as our justification to wage whatever aggressive action we deem necessary to ensure it never happens again.
For months, we've been hearing and reading that Brits no longer discriminate between average Americans and the policies of our government--that the reelection of Bush has made them hold us in something of the same contempt they hold him. Well, they have good reason, and we keep furnishing them with better reasons all the time.
A young Marine who feared returning to Iraq persuaded his cousin to shoot him in the leg, then told police he was hit by random gang gunfire, authorities said.This shows just how we've got things under control. The insurgents are in their "last throes" and freedom is on the march.
The shooting early Saturday on Chicago's Northwest Side was meant to keep 19-year-old Moises Hernandez from going back to Iraq, prosecutors said.
Now Hernandez faces a felony charge of filing a false police report. He is back with his unit at Camp Pendleton in California where the Marines are investigating.
A Marines spokesman said Hernandez' unit returned June 5 from a six-month deployment that included one month in Iraq.
Lane needs some cash.
Freshman Rep. Melissa Bean of Illinois, a Democrat from a Republican-leaning district, already has raised nearly $1 million in contributions for a 2006 re-election campaign in which her seat so far is the No. 1 target of the national GOP apparatus.
The Barrington businesswoman's campaign fund had about $735,000 cash on hand after raising about $460,000 during the quarter that ended June 30, according to Bean spokesman Brian Herman. Combined with the previous quarter, she raised $965,000.
Carl Forti, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Bean is at the top of the list of what GOP strategists view as the most vulnerable Democratic congressional incumbents nationwide.
Rep. Ray LaHood, a Peoria Republican who has said he expects to announce in August whether he will run for governor, reported about $718,000 on hand last month, after taking in about $496,000 in the last quarter.
Other quarterly reports, filed with the Federal Election Commission, showed Chicago Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. with $1.05 million and Belleville Democrat Jerry Costello with $1.17 million in campaign cash on hand as of June 30. Each raised nearly $400,000 during the year's second quarter.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert had about $496,000 left in his personal campaign fund, after the Yorkville Republican collected about $719,000 in the quarter.
Freshman Sen. Barack Obama, the Chicago Democrat who captured rave reviews last summer after delivering the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, reports his campaign fund has $506,000.
Meantime, Rep. Lane Evans, a Rock Island Democrat, in his third decade of congressional service, had about $80,000 left in his fund. Debts totaled $185,000 -- the amount in civil penalties his campaign recently agreed to pay to settle FEC charges that he set up a second campaign fund and improperly used it to help him win re-election in 2000.
The Dope is on the loose, nationwide, border to border, station to station, city to town to village to crossroads and back again, and may be coming to a city near you. I'm running the traps, checking the pulse of the populace as well as my own if things get a bit shaky. Seeing some bright lights and big cities, bright stars and big skies. Communing with the boarding house people, chomping cigars with corpulent fat-cats and show-biz phonys. Trying my hand at carrying on a conversation with schizo shopping cart street people. Accepting adulation under the lights, and then hunkering later in the darkest corner of the bar.
By the way, Karl Rove sucks, has sucked, and always and eternally will suck, and deserves any and all bad things that may happen to him. He will, by the way, claim that he didn't "knowingly" reveal Plame's identity as a CIA operative.
Here's a graphic I came across at this site
It's a site which displays all the warmth and wit of a typical right-wing bullet-head, a "man" who is in reality a quaking, shivering bundle of fear, afraid of so many boogy-men (Liberals, gays, minorities, foreigners, strong women, secret government mind-control, creeping socialism, you name it.) that they've lost the ability to actually think, if they ever possessed it to begin with. They're so unsure of their manhood and feel so impotent that they desperately surround themselves with psychological symbols of manhood and power in the futile hope that these objects will magically bestow it upon them.
If you're so inclined, you can share your thoughts with this person at Scatman94@yahoo.com or SamInTheBurgh1@aol.com
("Scat" man? Sam might have a pretty strong kink. I don't even want to think what this guy's into.)
It's now been revealed that Karl Rove, aka Bush's Brain, was the source who blew the cover of a CIA agent, Valerie Plame. This is a federal felony punishable by prison.
In response to the question, "Rep. Lane Evans has indicated he intends to run for a 12th term. What do you think of this decision?"
LAS VEGAS -- Young Republicans have one thing to say to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton about a possible 2008 presidential bid: Bring it on.Think Hillary would be the answer to these fun lovin' young Republican's dreams, or their worst nightmare?
Members attending the group's biennial convention said it's not too early to talk about how to keep a Republican in the White House, and they think Clinton could help them win again if she were on the Democratic ticket.
"I think it's very likely the senator from New York will run," said Rick Veenstra, 27, chairman of the Illinois Young Republicans. ''She'll bring a lot of people to the polls. The name Clinton before a number of Republicans is akin to waving a red flag."
Convention guests attended several panels and training seminars Thursday, including one on how to mobilize young voters by "keeping it positive, not partisan." They were told the only demographic President Bush lost to Sen. John Kerry in 2004 was the 18-to-29 group.
"This party cannot afford to allow that segment of the population to be Democrat," said Frank Fahrenkopf, former Republican National Committee chairman and Thursday's keynote speaker. "This is where the Young Republicans can be of particular value."
Many here said they would welcome Clinton's entrance because she is a polarizing figure. "It would be absolutely great for us," said Michele Mester, 26, from Cleveland. "She's like a PR nightmare." [For you, perhaps.]
Several of the 600 Young Republicans gathered for the five-day convention mentioned former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain as potential presidential contenders.
Others suggested Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.
Posted on Captiol Fax Blog in response to my comments about the issue of anonymous bloggers...
At 7/07/2005 7:20 AM, Anonymous said...
Anyone who has read the inside dope knows why he want so [sic] remain anonymous. The blog stinks. His opinions make no sense. Other blogs have more relevent [sic] posts than his whiny daily rants.
I didn't catch the man's name. I don't think he mentioned it to anyone.
"So I was thinkin', what if.......
Our resident ditto-head, Dave, was very indignant about my posting the death map which shows numbers and distribution of the service men and women who drew the last breaths of their too short lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tom Oliphant in the Globe.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy came up with an idea the other day that could nudge the debate over the country's worsening health insurance crisis both nationally and in Massachusetts.Read the rest here then share your thoughts.
Why not have the states publish lists of large employers (50 workers or more) who have full-time people receiving publicly financed healthcare like Medicaid and the program that helps insure children of the less well-off? Fifteen states already do so.
The legislation -- Kennedy's co-conspirators are Democrats, Senator John Corzine of New Jersey and Representative Anthony Weiner of New York -- is aimed at monsters like Wal-Mart, infamous for its luscious benefits for company big shots and nonexistent coverage for ordinary employees, whose insurance is then left to taxpayers. The most common estimate is that more than 600,000 Wal-Mart employees, nearly half of its workforce, have to use public safety-net programs.
What Wal-Mart doesn't do, out of profits that total $10 billion or so, costs taxpayers more than $200 million to provide -- including $61 million in Florida and some $3 million in Massachusetts. In 12 states Wal-Mart is the largest employer with workers on Medicaid and other assistance programs. The fact remains, however, that half the uninsured in Massachusetts and in many other states work at outfits with fewer than 25 employees.
The poll which asks the question: "Which area publication do you consider the worst overall?" provided a run-away winner.
Yet another example of right-wing deep thinking from the letters to the editor of the Quad City Times:
Sen. Barrack Obama has expressed a lack of confidence of victory in Iraq on this the eve of the Fourth of July. Too bad we didn't have him around in 1776 to lend such encouragement. No wonder Army recruitment is down or maybe that's the idea here, to damage the effort in order to gain political advantage in 2008. Hopefully, that's too cynical even for the liberals.Yeah Toby, that's what we want to do. After we offer them therapy.
Is your child in the military? Don't you feel better now with Sens. Obama and Durbin running up the white flag while the battle continues? Just exactly how do the liberals propose to protect us from terrorists? Talk them to death?
Allow me to divert from politics for a moment and indulge one of my great interests.
At least 37 innocent people dead and more than 700 wounded in London.
"There are some who feel like the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring 'em on."
Look for the White House to suggest that this attack is a sign that they're suceeding in the so-called "war on terror."
And I thought the right assured us that since we were kindly providing them with plenty of American targets to kill and maim in Iraq, the terrorists just didn't have a spare minute in their schedule to take care of terror attacks here and elsewhere.
Guess they must have managed to squeeze this one in. As if there's some finite number of "terrorists" and the number never changes. Heck, once we kill all them "terists", we win, right?
But tragically, Bush's policies are creating more terrorists than ever would be the case normally, far more than we can ever slaughter. Gee, doesn't it just make your chest swell with pride that our great country is engaged in a war to see how many people we can kill, while contantly spouting the platitude that we have to do this because "those people's" only purpose in life is to kill us all... even YOU!! We have to destroy Iraq and it's people in order to save them.
If someone walked into a psychiatrist's office 50 years ago and laid out these actions and the rationales that Bush and his henchmen have, they'd lock them in a rubber room. It's not reality-based thinking. But that's what happens when you decide to do what you want and then try to invent the reasons afterwards. Everyone but the most blind Bush supporters realize that something doesn't make sense in all of this.
And I recalled Bush and his henchmen telling us that once we invaded Iraq we'd all be safer. Then that once Sadaam was captured, we'd all be safer. Then that once elections were held and the Iraqi government installed we'd all be safer.
The fact is that terror attacks world-wide have increased and it'd directly due to Bush's incredibly short-sighted and bungled little war, justified by lies and continued based on lies.
And the fact remains that this attack or others like them may be the work of a very small group radical terrorists with no coordination or even connection with Al Queda or any larger organization. The 100's of billions of dollars and acres of caskets returning to families in the U.S. and around the world isn't, and CAN'T, do a damn thing to stop such attacks. It's all a collosal and immoral waste. But the continued effort to take over Iraq and take it's assets WILL serve to ensure that such attacks continue and likely will increase.
Bush's actions and continued refusal to face reality endangers the stability and safety of the entire globe, and even the brain-washed masses in the U.S. are finally starting to wake up. And not a moment too soon.
But look for Rove/Bush to take advantage of the chance to promote and capitalize on fear as a tool to use in gaining approval for even more of their agenda. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they somehow tie this attack to allowing Bush to install far-right nominees to the Surpreme Court, as far-fetched as it seems. Watch and see how they cynically capitalize on this for unrelated political gain.
Quad Cities Online posts a story about the cost involved in local fireworks shows which mentions that part of the cost is the expense of cleaning up the litter crowds leave behind.
Bettendorf parks director Steve Grimes said several people watched Monday's show from the Palmer Hills golf course. The litter wasn't worse than last year, but for the 2006 show the city plans to pass out fliers reminding people to pick up their garbage as they leave.I suppose you could look at it as distributing litter to those who neglected to bring any.
Here's an interesting graphic which shows the number of war dead and where they were from as published on the Palm Beach Post website. Click here to go to the interactive version.
The following commenters have said they would like to be guest posters, but I have yet to hear from them via e-mail. MaybeSomeday, Dave, LatinV, HeadUsher.
Without further ado, here is today's contribution from Guest Poster, YoungDem530
From Roger Ailes
Via Atrios, I was taken to Digby's thought provoking post about labor's importance in this day and age to the Democratic party.
The Dispatch/Argus has a curious piece about parking enforcement at the new parking ramp in downtown Moline. (Which is yet to be completed but apparently allows parking nonetheless.)
Revenue manager Keith Verbeke said the city has a parking committee that has been working for more than two months to come up with solutions to parking issues in downtown Moline.So let me get this straight...
It recently made recommendations which include the new ramp, which it forwarded to Moline Centre Partners' parking committee. The organization, made up of downtown business owners, approved the recommendations on the committee level.
This morning, the Moline Centre Partners board of directors will review the recommendations. If they are approved, the recommendations will be taken to the city council for its approval.