2.29.2008

1993 NAFTA Opponent: "Clinton Never Offered Criticism"

As members of Congress who voted against NAFTA in 1994, we were surprised to hear the Clinton campaign’s assertion that Senator Hillary Clinton was opposed to NAFTA from the start. It would have been helpful to know we had an ally in the White House back then, but at no time throughout our long fight did Hillary Clinton ever indicate publicly or

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We Are The Ones Song by will.i.am

Media Advance Myth of McCain as Lobbyist Foe

It's interesting how easy it is for Media Matters to find and link facts, figures and falsehoods in a away the mainstream media should be doing but isn't. Of course, if you look at most links in MSM coverage of a particular subject, the links mainly consist of names or subject linked to their bios, bios that are made to put the subject in the most basis, simplest light. That of course does nothing for the meat of a story. It's more of a beauty contest. The MSM could learn a lot from Media Matters, as could the right wing blogoshere who are in capable of understanding even the simplest lessons in journalism. Linking to actual quotes and indisputable facts and figures isn't a sign of liberal media bias, it's called journalism. Get used to it deniers, it's not going away. = From Media Matters: = In light of increased coverage of Sen. John McCain ties to Washington lobbyists -- some of which has depicted him as a "maverick" feared by lobbyists and representatives of special interests -- Media Matters for America thought it might be helpful to provide you with some information regarding McCain's reliance on lobbyists for campaign support.

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2.27.2008

McCain Rated As Worst Senator For Children In 2007

Today, the Children’s Defense Fund Action Council released its 2007 Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard. CDF reports some positive news, particularly that average scores for members of Congress “improved from the previous three years with more Members scoring 100 percent than in 2004, 2005 or 2006.”

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What's in a Name?

"I want to say something about Barack Hussein Obama's name. It is a name to be proud of. It is an American name. It is a blessed name. It is a heroic name, as heroic and American in its own way as the name of General Omar Nelson Bradley or the name of Benjamin Franklin. And denigrating that name is a form of racial and religious bigotry of the most vile and debased sort. It is a prejudice against names deriving from Semitic languages!"

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John McCain's Lobbyist Friends

Sen. Dorgan Endorses Obama

Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota endorsed presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday, citing his record on trade. "Senator Obama has never felt ... that NAFTA was good for America," Dorgan said in a campaign conference call with reporters. Dorgan said Obama has supported key trade issues. "He and I feel the same way. We both believe in trade and plenty of it. We just insist it that it be fair to our country _ the rules be fair."

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Rep. John Lewis Officially Switches From Clinton To Obama

After about two weeks of confusing reports about whether he was really switching his endorsement from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) has made it official.

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2.26.2008

Senator Chris Dodd To Endorse Obama Today

This is a big endorsement, especially on the day of what is expected to be a crucial debate between Senators Obama and Clinton in Ohio.

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2.25.2008

Anatomy of a Associated Press Smear

First, find a smear you like:

That's how it works. Starts at right-swing smear sites and hoax emails. Then the AP's Nedra Pickler, who specializes in scooping up this slop and laundering it into the mainstream press, writes it up for the AP that runs across the country.

Then, Go to the “Experts” to confirm your phony report:

The AP's Nedra Pickler asks disgraced Republican dirty-trickster Roger Stone for his opinion. Stone you'll remember is the guy who got caught making threatening phone calls to New York Gov. Spitzer's (D-NY) elderly father and last month set up an anti-Hillary group with the acronym C-U-N-T.

Then MSNBC front-pages the phony, Nedra Pickler non-story:



and finally, CNN turns it mainstream by doing the most-ridiculous poll they have ever done:

Ben Smith: “I've got to say, I've never seen a reader poll like this on a mainstream media website (or, to be honest, a right-wing blog). This is currently on CNN.com.

[snip]

This question seems tied to this story, in which he took a question about his patriotism. But it's odd to see the mainstream media drive a largely whispered question that none of his main, named critics — Hillary, McCain or the RNC — will touch.

There was no story.

There is no story.

There never be a real story, except the one where a so-called "journalist" makes herself one (for her excellence in journalistic integrity).

2.24.2008

Time to declare war on CNN

Flag pins? National Anthem? Lies. Made up stories by desperate right wing hacks who wouldn't know what a real patriot looked like if one slapped them across the face. The Madrassa smear flopped. It and "he's a secret-Muslim" smear was debunked and now they're trying this.

From America Blog:

This is unforgivable. Questioning Senator Obama's patriotism? Why does CNN feel comfortable questioning Obama's patriotism? I doubt CNN is going to be doing a poll about whether McCain is crazy. Or how about if George Bush is still an alcoholic? The media never dares to question the integrity, the sanity, the patriotism of Republicans. God forbid.

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Glenn Greenwald said this yesterday before CNN move the story forward as if it were real news:
This is a "news article." And Pickler and AP wrote it by sitting in front of Fox News, writing down the most baseless and reckless accusations from the worst morons, and then turning it into a "news story" along the lines of: "Conservatives accuse Obama of X." That's how Drudge rules their world. He posts some completely irresponsible and scurrilous rumor; they then write a news story about how the rumors are circulating, and it then becomes mainstreamed.

Thus: some attention-seeking right-wing talk radio host on Fox News labels Obama a "domestic insurgent" and the Fox host suggests Obama is unpatriotic. Pickler writes it all down, gets some confirming quotes from GOP operatives, and then files a "news article" based on it. And now MSNBC, on its front page, is heralding the vital question: "Is he exposed?"
And now CNN has taken it a step further.

Get a fucking life people. Better yet, get a fucking education.

Shane Hensinger has more over at Daily Kos, as does gobacktotexas.

Josh Marshall has more:

I guess we shouldn't be surprised. Ben Smith, at The Politico, flags that today CNN's running a 'online poll' asking if Barack Obama has enough patriotism to be president. As Ben, with some understatement, put it's "it's odd to see the mainstream media drive a largely whispered question that none of his main, named critics -- Hillary, McCain, or the RNC -- will touch." Yeah, I'd say so.

That's how it works. Starts at right-swing smear sites and hoax emails. Then the AP's Nedra Pickler, who specializes in scooping up this slop and laundering it into the mainstream press, writes it up for the AP that runs across the country. And then picks it up and makes it a regular part of the campaign conversation.

I doubt some top exec at CNN came up with this or any name anchor. It's some producer in the bowels of the operation. But it amounts to the same thing because it's part of the culture and there's no accountability.

Get ready for more.



Hillary Clinton Mocks Barack Obama During Campaign Rally

Hillary's done. It"s over.

The question is: Does she want to go out as the Senate"s future Ted Kennedy or its turncoat Joe Lieberman?

Mark Penn & Howard Wolfson have been wrong every step of the way during her campaign. Does she really believe these losers are suddenly going to be right about going scorched earth against Barack Obama during her final days?

These ARE her final days in this campaign.

The question is: Does she want to go out with some class or with the bitterness she showed "shaming" Senator Obama in Saturday"s press conference?

By looking at this video, it doesn't' look like it:

Video from Horseface18:


Hillary Clinton Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island:

"Some would say, let's get everybody together, let's get unified.
The sky will open. (Crowd laughs). The light will come down. Celestial choirs will be singing. And everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect."


Suzanne Malveaux turns to a stunned Bill Schneider in Texas to get his view:

"You just heard something remarkable from Senator Clinton a moment ago. She was actually mocking Senator Obama saying that he has this very unrealistic view that we are all going to be unified and the heaven's will open up and the light will shine down and somehow the world will be perfect."

She's done. It"s over.

She knows it. The media knows it. The country knows it. Most of your supporters know it.

Right now, she's simply embarrassing herself. In Ohio, on the mailers (which we all KNOW she sent first) and now in Rhode Island (as she mocks the hope a majority of American"s believe in and need at this dark time in our nation"s history).

She's done. It"s over.

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The Clinton Camp's "Audacity of Hopelessness"

Scathing editorial on Hillary Clinton's campaign by Frank Rich:

It’s not just that her candidacy’s central premise — the priceless value of “experience” — was fatally poisoned from the start by her still ill-explained vote to authorize the fiasco. Senator Clinton then compounded that 2002 misjudgment by pursuing a 2008 campaign strategy that uncannily mimicked the disastrous Bush Iraq war plan. After promising a cakewalk to the nomination — “It will be me,” Mrs. Clinton told Katie Couric in November — she was routed by an insurgency.

The Clinton camp was certain that its moneyed arsenal of political shock-and-awe would take out Barack Hussein Obama in a flash. The race would “be over by Feb. 5,” Mrs. Clinton assured George Stephanopoulos just before New Year’s. But once the Obama forces outwitted her, leaving her mission unaccomplished on Super Tuesday, there was no contingency plan. She had neither the boots on the ground nor the money to recoup.

That’s why she has been losing battle after battle by double digits in every corner of the country ever since. And no matter how much bad stuff happened, she kept to the Bush playbook, stubbornly clinging to her own Rumsfeld, her chief strategist, Mark Penn. Like his prototype, Mr. Penn is bigger on loyalty and arrogance than strategic brilliance...

[snip]

But it’s the Clinton strategists, not the Obama voters, who drank the Kool-Aid. The Obama campaign is not a vaporous cult; it’s a lean and mean political machine that gets the job done. The Clinton camp has been the slacker in this race, more words than action, and its candidate’s message, for all its purported high-mindedness, was and is self-immolating.

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More Unscheduled Stops For The Straight Talk Express

It's the lobbyists, not the sex. Whether he cheated on his second wife like he admitted doing on his first isn't the point. As one wag put it, "it's not what McCain did to Iseman that matters, it's what he did for her." After all, this is a powerful Senator from the party that makes corruption an every month occurrence.

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2.23.2008

Radar: Howie Kurtz - No Conflict Of Interest Too Strong

This is a really great rundown of what is wrong with people Like Howard Kurtz and the conflict of interest they purport each and every day while calling themselves unbiased journalists.

Yeah, right.

Via Radar Online:

Last week was typical for Kurtz: nine articles in the Post, including a big profile of Chris Matthews, three blogs, and one online discussion, all capped off with his Sunday show on CNN. This never-ending blizzard of activity has sometimes obscured the basic fact about Kurtz's career: His dual roles as salaried press critic for the Post and salaried host on CNN put Howie at the heart of the most blatant and longest-lasting conflict of interests I know of in big-time, mainstream journalism.

[snip]

There was a time when even Kurtz realized that accepting salaried employment from another media conglomerate was inappropriate for the press reporter of the Washington Post. Back in 1998—just before he became the host of CNN's Reliable Sources—Kurtz moonlighted (once) for ABC's
Nightline, to do a profile of Matt Drudge. When veteran journalist Doug Ireland called Kurtz to challenge him about this apparent conflict—working for ABC when he also had to write about the network—Kurtz conceded it was a "legitimate question."

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McCain MIA on the Environment

John McCain Skipped Every Crucial Vote in 2007, Ranked Dead Last Among all 535 Members of Congress

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YouTube - Texas A&M Students March SEVEN MILES to Vote

Students from Texas A&M march SEVEN MILES to the early voting centers to vote. Because of Texas Republican's re-districting tricks, people are supposed to be disenfranchise. Oh well.

This bodes well for America.

Fuck Tom DeLay.

Via James Wolcott by way of Al Giordano.

Texas Republicans have worked overtime to make it harder for key Democratic voting groups to vote and be represented fairly. The redistricting games they’ve played are infamous. And for the Prairie View A&M University precincts, they put the early-polling place more than seven miles from the school.

So what did the students in this video do? They shut down the highway as they marched seven miles to cast their votes on the first day of early voting.




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McCain Above Federal Campagin Laws? Shrugs off FEC Letter.

Above the law? Where have we see this before?

From TPM:

From Reuters:

But at a campaign stop in Indiana, McCain replied with a dismissive "no" when asked if he was concerned by the FEC's letter.

"It's not a decision. It's an opinion, according to our people," he said.

See my rundown of the issue here. Essentially what McCain is saying is that since the FEC is effectively shut down, a letter from its chairman carries no weight.

It's a take that drew a sharp analogy from Republican election lawyer Jan Baran, who was quoted by The Washington Post as saying that McCain's position ""is like saying you're going to break into houses because the sheriff is out of town."

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McCain's Character Is Fair Game For Reporters & Blogs

Hole, meet digger.

From DemFromCT:

Despite the best efforts of the McCain campaign, Bob Bennett, and the Justice League of Outraged Conservative Hosts, John McCain's business relationships with the lobbyists he regulates are going to be an issue right into November.

Just like with Rudy and Judith Nathan, this is a story about use and abuse of power. Rudy-Judi showed the world what New Yorkers already knew: Rudy's idea of executive privilege was to co-opt city government to run errands for his girlfriend.

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Jack Abramoff: John McCain’s other Lobbyist problem…

It’s time for the media to demand that McCain release all Indian Affairs documents concerning Jack Abramhoff. These documents prove how corrupt Bush, Cheney and all their cohorts truly are. Demand John McCain release these documents now.

From Dengre:

John McCain has a Lobbyist Scandal on his hands and despite Right-wing auto-rants, this is not a "made-up" story.

The "sex" hook may be a MacGuffin, but this Lobbyist Scandal has legs.

As Thomas C pointed out Newsweek has poked another hole in McCain’s version of reality. The Washington Post has added details about McCain’s dependence on Lobbyists for his survival and the Polk winning Muck Rakers at TPM are connecting the McCain Lobbying Scandal dots as fast as they can rake ‘em up.

McCain is "shocked" and fighting back. Key to his defense is his investigation of Jack Abramoff. This, he argues, is proof of his "reputation" as a "reformer" and his "integrity".

Yeah, right.

Don’t buy that hype.

Jack Abramoff is at the heart of McCain’s campaign—and not in a good way.

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2.21.2008

Save the Internet

A new chance to support Net Neutrality

Big phone and cable companies are trying to get rid of Net Neutrality, the fundamental principle that prevents them from discriminating against your favorite Web sites and services.

Unless we speak out to our members of Congress, they could move to allow large telephone and cable companies to control what you do, where you go and what you watch online.

Visit the URL below to learn more about what's at stake and send a loud message directly to Congress or click the logo above:

https://secure2.convio.net/free/site/Advocacy?id=241

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John McCain Is Full Of Crap

There's a HUGE difference in Corporate money funding campaigns and people-funded campaigns. Barack Obama shouldn't take public financing becuase of that distinction. Had his campaign been run on corp/big donors funding, like Clinton's is/was, then I could see him being called a hypocrite by McCain.

From Adam B:

Let us be utterly clear on this point: John McCain's efforts to paint Barack Obama into a corner on the issue of public financing for the general election constitute rank opportunism of the worst kind. John McCain only cares about public financing when it suits his political prospects.

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Teflon John McCain

As I've noted a few times before, one of the key dynamics of the coming general election race is the unwillingness of most reporters to scrutinize John McCain's claims and statements to determine whether they are either accurate, contradicted by other public statements or even if they make any sense. From Josh Marshall: "Explain to me how this guy gets out of the gate attacking anyone else about honoring pledges tied to the campaign finance system."

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Campaign Reformer McCain Exploits McCain-Feingold Loophole

While he's busy this morning responding to this morning's New York Times story, the AP reports that the head of the Federal Elections Commission is questioning whether McCain will be allowed to drop out of the public financing system. The reason, of course, stems from McCain's too-clever-by-half $4 million bank loan in December. We outlined...

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2.16.2008

NO, YOU CAN'T -- NO SE PUEDE.

2.15.2008

The Kristol Whose Crystal Ball Never Works

As Eric Alterman has written, he's the "journalist" of "perpetual wrongness" (as well as an "apparatchik" of the first order and a "right-wing holy warrior"). In a roiling mass of neocons, right-wingers, and liberal war hawks, he's certainly been in fierce competition for the title of "wrongest" of all when it came to almost everything.

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2.14.2008

Civil Rights Hero John Lewis Switches from Hillary to Obama

The snow is balling. Representative John Lewis, an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.

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Fox News Radio Compares Obama to Hitler [AUDIO]

Fox News Radio host Tom Sullivan took a call from a listener who stated that when listening to Barack Obama speak, "it harkens back to when I was younger and I used to watch those deals with Hitler, how he would excite the crowd and they'd come to their feet and scream and yell." Sullivan then played a "side-by-side comparison" of a Hitler speech a

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Researchers Envision Vehicle That Recycles Carbon

...The Georgia Tech team’s goal is to create a sustainable transportation system that uses a liquid fuel and traps the carbon emission in the vehicle for later processing at a fueling station. The carbon would then be shuttled back to a processing plant where it could be transformed into liquid fuel...

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Senior McCain Adviser Refuses To Campaign Against Obama

Can you even fathom the notion that any senior adviser for either the Obama or Clinton campaigns would drop out to avoid confronting Senator McCain? It doesn’t bode well for him that one of his closest campaign advisers is a FAN of an opposing candidate.

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2.13.2008

Poetic justice: Limbaugh tries to tear GOP apart

Rush Limbaugh, the marauding Frankenstein's monster of the Republican Party, is on the loose again, causing all kinds of political damage with his signature off-balance swings. But as has become his custom recently, the pain from Limbaugh's rampage is being felt by his creators -- his enablers -- inside the GOP.

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2.12.2008

How the Right explains the Left’s online dominance

Uh huh. that's some theory. No wonder no one bothers to take them seriously.

From C&L:

Erick Erickson, editor of the popular conservative megablog RedState, conceded that progressives currently enjoy an advantage over conservatives online — though he attributed it to an asymmetry in free time, since conservatives “have families because we don’t abort our kids, and we have jobs because we believe in capitalism.”

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Arianna Huffington: End of a Romance: Why the media and independent voters need to break-up with John McCain

From the Arianna Huffington:

I hate to be the one to break up a love affair, especially with Valentine's Day just around the corner, but I can no longer stand idly by and watch the media and independent voters continue to throw themselves at the feet of John McCain.

The John McCain they fell in love with in 2000 -- the straight-shooting, let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may maverick - is no more. He's been replaced by a born-again Bushite willing to say or do anything to win the affection of his newfound object of desire, the radical right.

And we've got the money shot of his betrayal on tape: McCain singing the praises of Karl Rove, calling him "one of the smartest political minds in America," and saying, "I'd be glad to get his advice."

So, please, stop pretending that McCain is still the dashing rebel that made knees buckle back in the day -- and stop referring to him, as the New York Times did this weekend, as "moderate" and a "centrist."

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2.11.2008

5 More Advertisers Abandon Savage's Hate-Filled Radio Show

I swear, the photo of him looks like it might have been taken on Fire Island.

From Think Progress:

In November 2007, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) kicked off a campaign urging “radio listeners of all faiths to contact companies that advertise on Michael Savage’s nationally-syndicated radio program to express their concerns” about the conservative radio host’s anti-minority tirades. Since then, Brave New Films and a coalition of interfaith leaders have joined CAIR in the campaign under the banner of Hate Hurts America.

Savage responded to the campaign by suing CAIR for copyright infringement and Fox News rose to his defense. But the advertisers have been paying attention to the Hate Hurts America initiative. On Friday, the group announced that five more advertisers have dropped “The Savage Nation”:

The Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition (HHA) today announced that five more radio advertisers have joined a growing list of companies that have stopped advertising or refuse to place their ads on Michael Savage’s “Savage Nation” radio program.

HHA said the advertisers - ITT Technical Institute, Chattem, Inc. (owners of Gold Bond, Icy Hot, and Selsun Blue), Union Bank of California, Intuit (parent company of TurboTax and QuickBooks), and GEICO Insurance - dropped their commercials after being contacted by visitors to the newly-created “No Savage” website.

According to CAIR, “US Cellular, Sprint Nextel, Sears, Universal Orlando Resorts, AutoZone, Citrix, TrustedID, JCPenney, OfficeMax, Wal-Mart, and AT&T” have also stopped advertising on Savage’s show. Brave New Films has a list of contact info for advertisers who are continuing to advertise with Savage.

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john.he.is (McCain's music video à la YES WE CAN)

This video is from Andy Cobb.

It's the John McCain version of the "YES WE CAN - Music Video Barack Obama" and shouldn't be missed. (h/t to AmericaBlog)

I'm not going to add any commentary. Consider this a video diary.

Will.i.am totally stole this idea from us, we've been thinking for a long time that earnest people reacting to a candidate is the future of music video. An Election 08 on youtube production. Special guests: Beth Farmer, Matt Craig, Rebecca Allen, Kai Pompeii, Kevin Victor, Cohn-Lopez

Andy Cobb


Yes, John, good luck with that in November.

crossposted at dailykos
Don't forget to digg this!!
UPDATE: Just for good measure, here's YES WE CAN:


UPDATE II:

I hope the video becomes as popular as YES WE CAN and makes it into the news cycle for a day or two.

There nothing like a little humor to cement a reality that the pundits refuse to acknowledge.

So,

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Anonymous vs. Scientology: Video Press Release

NEW press release for the Scientology protest.



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2.10.2008

SYFPH: These are not REAL Obama victories...

You've got to just click over and read the entire thing. It's wonderful.

From JeffLieber over at Daily Kos:

SYFPH: These are not REAL Obama victories...

...because, see, it's obvious that Barack Obama can only win in states he can do retail politics like Iowa. Well, these are not real Obama victories because he can only win in states where he can do retail politics states and his home state like Iowa and Illinois. Well...these are not real Obama victories because he can only win in states...

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2.09.2008

"We have brought to Iraq the worst of America" (Leaked Memo)

From ABC:

In a confidential memo, a long-time Republican operative who has served in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad for the past year says the State Department's efforts in Iraq are so poorly managed they "would be considered willfully negligent if not criminal" if done in the private sector.

"We have brought to Iraq the worst of America -- our bureaucrats," writes Manuel Miranda in the memo, which was addressed to U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and cc'd to "ALCON" or "all concerned" at the State Department.

"You are doing a job for which you are not prepared as a bureaucracy or as leaders," Miranda writes. "The American and Iraqi people deserve better."

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Message to Scientology

Brilliant. How can I help?

From anonymous:

Call to Action

Damn, these guys are good.

Another message from anonymous:

Anonymous - Feb 10 Scientology Protest - Knowledge Is Free

Anonymous is causing a stir:

Failed Republican energy plan helps radicals in Iran

From Crooks & Liars:

The longer the oil prices stay high, the better it is for extremists such as Ahmadinejad and his supporters. Why does Big Oil and Dick Cheney want to help Iran? Why do they hate America?

Even the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini has been barred from running in the elections because he may not be conservative enough.

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NPR: Army Blocked Help To Vets

Yes. Rethugs just love the military.

From C&L:

"There’s a special place in hell for bureaucrats that are responsible for things like this."


NPR’s Morning Edition:

A document from the Department of Veterans Affairs contradicts an assertion made by the Army surgeon general that his office did not tell VA officials to stop helping injured soldiers with their military disability paperwork at a New York Army post. The paperwork can help determine health care and disability benefits for wounded soldiers.
[snip]

Of course, they get it from the top:

President Bush drew great applause during his State of the Union address last month when he called on Congress to allow U.S. troops to transfer their unused education benefits to family members. “Our military families serve our nation, they inspire our nation, and tonight our nation honors them,” he said.

A week later, however, when Bush submitted his $3.1 trillion federal budget to Congress, he included no funding for such an initiative, which government analysts calculate could cost $1 billion to $2 billion annually.

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Republicans have become the credibility-free party

I don't think it's hit them yet. Unless we find out that Barack Obama is is really a Martian or Hillary Clinton is actually is a transsexual, no matter who they put up (and it looks like McCain) on the rethuglican side, the country is going to elect a Democratic as the next President of the United State. Period. It's now just a question of margins.

From Glenn Greenwald:

Substantial attention has been paid to the historic unpopularity of the Bush presidency, but relatively little attention has been paid to the accompanying collapse of the Republican Party's credibility. The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll reveals that Americans trust Democrats more than Republicans to handle every issue of any significance, including -- by a now fairly wide margin -- "the U.S. campaign against terrorism":

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From a purely political perspective, one would expect that Democrats would seek to highlight contrasts with such an unpopular and discredited party, not to emulate and capitulate to it. Republicans are distrusted across the board, and thus -- as the 2006 election demonstrated (in which Karl Rove made Terrorism-exploitation the campaign's centerpiece) -- the GOP's standard fear-mongering tactics and accusatory attacks are plainly impotent, even counter-productive.

Americans continue to turn against anything the Republicans touch. The most vivid example of that is public opinion on the Iraq War. Even with the press corps and Beltway elite insisting by consensus that the Glorious Surge has made everything so much better in Iraq -- we're finally winning! -- and even as we were endlessly told that the war was only unpopular because we were losing, Americans hate the Iraq War more than ever before. The poll asked:

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Fun and games with terrorist threats

From Glenn Greenwald:

Back in August, when the Bush administration wanted to pressure Congress into passing "The Protect America Act" -- which vested in the President vast, new warrantless eavesdropping powers to spy on Americans -- they sent out Mike McConnell days before the August recess to tell everyone in Congress that they better pass the bill before they leave or The Terrorists would kill us all and the blood would be on the hands of Congress for failing to give the President what he wanted:

{snip}

After scaring everyone with the latest Al-Qaeda-is-Coming warnings, the CIA also admitted for the first time that it waterboarded detainees in its custody, but what's a little water up the nose -- or a little presidential omnipotence -- when Al Qaeda is coming to get us in our Homeland?

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To Republicans: Conservatism Has Failed. Deal With it.

I don't think they are going to go quietly. There is where the extremes of the political parties differ quite a bit. On the right, they bomb, murder, assassinate and incite violence (see Coulter, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity, Savage, Malkin, at. al.).

From bonddad:

I have a guilty pleasure to admit: I have been listening to right wing radio over the last few weeks with increasing pleasure. I am reminded of the phrase, "when in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging." However, it's doubtful they will take my advice. But in listening to Rush and Hannity and reading the likes of Powerline and RedState, I see them dance around the central issue without quite getting there. So let me offer my help to help them get to that ever important point of acceptance.

You guys controlled the While House and Congress for 6 years. The country saw what you want to accomplish and are experiencing the impact of your policies. And guess what? THEY THINK CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT STINKS.

Let's start with the big one.

No one likes Iraq. Between the shifting rationale for the war, the ever-increasing cost, the continued loss of American lives and the Iraqi's inability to form any kind of meaningful government, Iraq was a bad idea all the way around. Period. Spin it how you like, you're going to come up with the same answer.

[snip]

"They had it all, and implemented it all, and in the end it amounted to a monumental, country-destroying clusterfuck."

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The approaching economic 'tsunami-like' event

This article comes from gjohnsit.

It strikes a the core of what we're all about to experience. Personally, I believe we are headed for another depression:

That subject line isn't a phrase I invented. It was a phrase used by Deutsche Bank's CEO, Josef Ackermann. He was referring to the coming downgrades of the major bond insurers, which he said was "comparable to subprime".

Bond investors stand to lose $200 billion should MBIA Inc., Ambac Financial Group Inc. and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. forfeit their AAA grades because of declines in mortgage-backed securities they insure, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Since financial institutions have been choking on the $146 Billion of declared losses so far, another $200 Billion is a very big deal.

[snip]

If you allow me a little latitude, I can tell you that the bond-insurer downgrades are merely the 3rd act of a 7 act play.

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2.08.2008

New Hillary Ad Stars Former Senator & Wal-Mart Lobbyist

Uh-oh. I smell trouble for Miss Hillary.

From TPM:

Former Sen. John Breaux (D-LA) stars in a new radio spot for Hillary Clinton in the state he represented, promoting her record on securing health care for children and National Guardsmen. [snip]



There is one wrinkle with Breaux's presence in the ad, and his talk about health care: Breaux became a lobbyist since leaving the Senate three years ago, first with Patton-Boggs and now his new firm with Trent Lott. Among Breaux's clients, according to media reports as recent as December 2007, is none other than Wal-Mart.

Besides the intended effect of motivating voters who remember Breaux favorably, the presence of a lobbyist for Wal-Mart in a Hillary spot is a potentially sensitive situation, since Wal-Mart is seen as a symbol of corporate greed and unfair labor practices by many Democratic activists.

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Last chance to stop immunity and warrantless spying

From the ACLU:

Tell your legislators to stand up to President Bush's fear-mongering: let the Protect America Act expire and allow the FISA Court to do its job. Our ability to track and monitor terrorists overseas would not cease should the Protect America Act expire. If this were true, Bush would not threaten to veto any bill w/o immunity and let PAA expire.

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The next president should open up the Bush Record

Media? Are you listening? Barack? Hillary? What say you?

From Niemanwatchdog.org:

By now no one expects the Bush Administration to make itself accountable for its controversial and possibly illegal practices. But the next President will have a unique opportunity to reveal what has been kept hidden for the last seven years. Secrecy watchdog Steven Aftergood suggests a few questions for the presidential candidates about their willingness to disclose just what the current Administration has done.

{snip]

And so here are some questions that journalists could usefully pose to the presidential candidates:
Q. Will you disclose the full scope of Bush Administration domestic surveillance activities affecting American citizens, including all surveillance actions that were undertaken outside of the framework of law, as well as the legal opinions that were generated to justify them?

Q. Will you specify precisely what sort of coercive interrogation techniques were employed by the Bush Administration, as well as their purported justifications, so that the nation may openly decide whether to embrace or to repudiate such techniques?

Q. Will you renounce the practice of extraordinary rendition that is not sanctioned by any judicial process? Will you issue a formal apology to Maher Arar for his mistaken arrest, deportation and torture?

Q. Will you disclose at least a summary account of the contents of each of the Bush Administration's National Security Presidential Directives, as well as your own?
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2.07.2008

Warren Buffett: Bank Woes Are 'Poetic Justice'

He's 100% right. I've been secretly enjoying the huge right-offs by the leeches in charge of these banks who brought all of this on themselves. The new bankruptcy laws prevented people from declaring bankruptcy so instead, they foreclosed on their homes instead. Brilliant calculations, big banks!

From ABC News:

The woes in the U.S. financial sector are "poetic justice" for bankers who designed and sold complex investments that have since gone sour, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said on Wednesday.

[snip]

"It's sort of a little poetic justice, in that the people that brewed this toxic Kool-Aid found themselves drinking a lot of it in the end," he said.

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Hillary Clinton’s unexpected money troubles

McAuliffe, like Carville are the best liars in the business and that's why HRC has them on her side. Lying is an art form, and rather than invest in a ground-up, people-powered operation, HRC would rather rely on propaganda and spin that borders on lies. All candidates spin, but nothing like the Clinton machine.

From Crooks & Liars:

After a rally in Manhattan on Tuesday night, Terry McAuliffe, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, was asked about the state of the candidate’s finances. “Look, if there’s one thing Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to worry about, it’s money,” McAuliffe said.

At the time, that certainly made sense. Clinton raised over $100 million in 2007, outpacing every candidate in both parties. She’s generally considered one of the more prodigious fundraisers in the party, and while her $13.5 million haul in January wasn’t as impressive as Barack Obama’s monthly total, it wasn’t too shabby, either.

Which is why it came as such a big surprise to the political world late yesterday when Clinton aides conceded that the senator found it necessary to loan her campaign $5 million of her own money.

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2.06.2008

Breaking: Hillary Loaned $5 Million to Own Campaign.

Holy shit. This is NOT a very good sign. Can you say Mittmentum? ;-)

From TPM:

This morning, Mark Halperin floated an intriguing question: Are the Clintons financing Hillary's campaign with their own money?

Now the Clinton campaign has finally answered: Yes, they are. Hillary spokesperson Howard Wolfson sends over the following:

Late last month Senator Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million.The loan illustrates Sen. Clinton’s commitment to this effort and to ensuring that our campaign has the resources it needs to compete and win across this nation. We have had one of our best fundraising efforts ever on the web today and our Super Tuesday victories will only help in bringing more support for her candidacy.

The revelation suggests another emerging dynamic in the race: Now that the campaigns are committed to grinding it out for weeks and weeks, perhaps all the way until the convention. The Hillary camp faces the prospect of being dramatically outspent by the Obama campaign, which has enjoyed huge fundraising success.

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Dear Media: Beware of Clinton/Penn Propaganda Press Releases

Dear Media:

When the flurry of press releases arrive in your mailboxes from the Clinton campaign, what do you really think? Do you buy into their meme or do you just think “how desperate?”

I’d like to assume the latter for most of you but then again, the MSM is always a bit behind the reality.

It’s time to look at what happened last night honestly.

Barack Obama won. That’s not spin.

Hillary Clinton was supposed to have this thing wrapped up last night. Her campaign was saying so just after South Carolina.

She didn't.

Not only that, she got less delegates and won less states overall on Super Tuesday. How has that stopped the Obama momentum? That’s what Mark Penn would like you to think and say on the air.

In fact, wasn’t New Hampshire supposed to be her firewall? Then South Carolina and now obviously, Super Tuesday.

THAT’S THE STORY. SHE CAN’T STOP HIM.

Barack Obama was 20 - 30 points behind in some states, yet nearly doubled his support these past two weeks in them (CA & NY) and WON states he wasn't supposed too.

And, Barack Obama was at 22% in MA just two weeks ago and got what, like 40 - 45% of the vote? In two weeks Barack Obama doubled his % in a state Hillary Clinton once wasn’t supposed to have to campaign in.

He won more states. 14 of 22. (Looks like he is pulling off New Mexico).
He won more delegates. 10 - 20 more than HRC overall.
He has more money. Millions more and on track to repeat January's haul for February.
He now has more time to close the deal. The longer this goes on the less HRC's name recognition matters and the less Democrats like her.

All the HRC propaganda press releases are desperate attempts to save face and change the subject.

Hillary Clinton won CA, NY & MA -- like she was supposed to, but by substantially less margins than expected.

Wow. That’s a big night for her.

PS: And for those new outlets regularly including super delegates in total counts (CNN!), you need to stop. They aren’t set in stone and can move in either direction up until the convention (and you all know it). They were not part of the primary voting process and it’s a bit misleading (and insulting to those who actually voted) to have them as part of anyone’s total at this point.

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60 Minutes Caves to Pressure from WH on Siegelman Story

This makes me sick.

From at-Largely:

Well folks, seems that 60 Minutes is postponing (read "killing") its Siegelman story. The excuse I am told for this lapse in ethics is that the network needs more time to vet the whistle-blower, Dana Jill Simpson. You see, the reason the network suddenly needs more time to vet Simpson is that the White House has launched a direct campaign inside CBS to discredit her and just to make sure the dirt sticks, they have called in some favors too. I am told that Senator Jeff Sessions has been instructed to help the White House discredit Simpson as part of his "Senatorial" duties. Nice system of government we have here, eh?

So, two things are going to happen now. The first is, we will be including what 60 Minutes did not report as part of the Raw Story series on the case. Instead of 5 installments, we will now have 6. Second, all of you as citizens of this nation must voice your concerns about this situation to CBS. You want a free press? Then fight for it!

ADDRESS:
60 Minutes
524 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

EMAIL:
60m@cbsnews.com
PHONE: (212) 975-3247

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2.05.2008

John McCain: The media's maverick?

Maverick, my ass. The guy is a bold face liar, MY FRIENDS.

From Media Matters:

The media sure likes to call John McCain a maverick. We here at Media Matters have documented scores of examples and believe us, there are MANY more.


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Over 100 Feminist Leaders Endorse Barack Obama

This is pretty stunning.

Via John Wiener over at the Huffington post:

More than 100 New York feminist leaders released a joint statement Sunday afternoon criticizing Hillary Clinton and supporting Obama for president - evidence that Clinton's support among women activists has declined significantly in the days before the super-Tuesday primary.

Clinton's support for the war in Iraq was the leading reason she lost the support of the group, which calls itself "New York Feminists for Peace and Barack Obama!" "We urgently need a presidential candidate whose first priority is to address domestic needs," the group added.

Here's what these women had to say:
"Choosing to support Senator Obama was not an easy decision for us," the group stated, "because electing a woman president would be a cause for celebration in itself." They "deplored" the "sexist attacks against Senator Clinton that have circulated in the media." But, they stated, they nevertheless supported Obama because his election "would be another historic achievement" and because "his support for gender equality has been unwavering."

The group based their opposition to Clinton on "her seven-year record as senator." Despite her recent pledges to remove troops from Iraq, the group stated, Clinton's "record of embracing military solutions and the foreign policy advisers she has selected make us doubt that she will end this calamitous war."
{my emphasis}

This isn't the first group of high profile set of women leadership to jump onto Barack Obama's ship:

This group joins other prominent feminist leaders who have turned against Hillary and endorsed Obama, including Kate Michelman, president for 20 years of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the country's leading reproductive rights group, and Ellen Bravo, former director of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women.

Check out their full statement, it's pretty powerful.

After the Oprah-Obama rally in California yesterday where the first lady of California and Kennedy icon Maria Shriver made a surprise appearance and powerful endorsement of Barack Obama, the 100 Feminist Leader article blew me away. Once again, Maria Shriver:
California First Lady Maria Shriver delivered a surprise endorsement of Barack Obama on Sunday, overcoming qualms about going public because, she said, the Illinois senator was the presidential candidate able to unify the country across racial, ethnic and other lines of division.

"He's not about himself," she told a cheering crowd at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. "He's about the power of us and what we can do if we come together. . . . He is about empowering women, African Americans, Latinos, older people, young people. He's about empowering all of us."

[snip]

"Every single person can come to you and tell you, 'You should vote for this person' or 'You should vote for that person.' `It's not right to speak up. It's not right to speak out,' " Shriver said, her voice echoing through the arena. "But this is a moment to have a conversation with yourself, not anyone else. Have a conversation with your own heart. And ask yourself, 'What kind of America do I believe in?' "
{my emphasis}

I think the message to the women of this country is becoming very clear: Vote with your heart. It's OK not to vote for Hillary.

YES. WE. CAN.

UPDATE: Here is the list of signatures:
Signed

(partial list, still in formation, institutional affiliations are for identification purposes only)

Janet Abu-Lughod, Graduate Faculty, New School, emerita
Lila Abu-Lughod, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University
Rev. Patricia Ackerman, environmentalist
Meena Alexander, Poet, Hunter College, CUNY
Frances Anderson, Progressive Democrats of America
Laura Anker, American Studies, SUNY/Old Westbury
Electa Arenal, writer, translator
Ilana Attee, clinical psychologist
Caron Atlas, arts & culture consultant
Eleanor J. Bader, teacher and writer
Eva-Lee Baird, peace activist
Ellen Baker, high school teacher
Valerie Barr, Union College
Rosalyn Baxandall, State University of New York/Old Westbury
Nan Bauer-Maglin, City University of New York, emerita
Seyla Benhabib, Yale University
Carolyn Patti Blum, human rights lawyer
Cynthia Bogard, Hofstra University
Aranzazu Borrachero, Queensborough Community College
Marsha Borenstein, Major Owens Communications Services Center
Rosalind Boyd
Cynthia Brown, writer
Pamela Allen Brown, University of Connecticut/Stamford
Kim Bryan, registered nurse
Alice Bucker
Mary Ann Bunten, retired housewife
Candace C. Carponter, lawyer
Veronica Casano, retired social worker
Kathleen Chalfant, actor
May Chan, UNITE HERE, Vice President
Ellen P. Chapnick, Dean for Social Justice Initiatives, Columbia Law School
Kathy Cicerani
Erin Clermont, writer/editor, Veteran Feminists of America
Lorraine Cohen, LaGuardia Community College
Sandra Coliver, human rights lawyer
Louise Fischer Cozzi, Jewelry Designer
Judy D’Angio, Executive Secretary
Sally Davidson, Mother of Iraq Veteran, Military Families Speak Out
Dana-Ain Davis, Queens College
Rev. Holly Haile Davis
Thulani Davis, writer
Ann Decker, Art Director
Victoria de Grazia, Columbia University
Diane Dreyfus, environmental activist
Erika Duncan, writer
Sue Donnelly, peace activist
Sandra Dunn, translator, educator
Gina Eichenbaum-Pikser, student nurse-midwife
Zillah Eisenstein, Ithaca College
Carolyn Eisenberg, Hofstra University
Kate Ellis, Rutgers University
Julie Elson, state worker retired
Kathy Engel, poet
Sally Fisher, HIV / VAW Activist
Michelle Fine, Graduate Center at City University of New York
Louisa Flood, lawyer
Nanette Funk, Brooklyn College
Lin Goodwin, professor
Katherine Gallagher, human rights attorney
Judi Gardner, middle school home & careers teacher
Reena Geevarghese, peace activist
Celia Gerard, artist and teacher
Joan P. Gibbs, Esq. National Conference of Black Lawyers
Stephanie Gilmore, Trinity College
Linda Gnat-Mullin, Energetic Empowerment
Tami Gold, Hunter College
Stephanie Golden, free-lance author
Nancy Goldner, psychotherapist, Returning Veterans Response Network
Linda Gordon, New York University
Vera Graaf, filmmaker
Farah Jasmine Griffin, professor and writer
A Lin Goodwin, professor
Carol Gruber, William Paterson University, emerita
Lynne Haney, New York University
Sheila Hanks
Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University
Melinda Hass, psychoanalyst
Barbara Hawkins, Teachers College, Columbia University
Lena Hayes, teacher and youth advocate
Jane Hirschmann, community organizer
Katherine Hite, Vassar College
Carol Horwitz, lawyer
Rebecca Horwitz, teacher
Martha Howell, Columbia University
Carol Huston, peace activist
Margo Jefferson, writer
Randi Johnson, writer
Sally Jones, peace activist
Daphne Joslin, William Paterson University of New Jersey
Anneliese Z. Kamran, graduate student, Graduate Center/CUNY
Sherry Kan, NY Metro Area Join Board, UNITE HERE
Donna Kelsh, Educator
Alice Kessler Harris, Columbia University
Mona Khalidi, Columbia University
Cheryl Klein, book editor
Laura Kogel, LCSW, psychotherapist, faculty, The Women's Therapy Centre Institute
Lucy Koteen
Tamar Kraft-Stolar, criminal justice advocate
Nancy Kricorian, writer
Susan Kricorian, artist & educator
Jane Kurinsky, LMSW, peace Activist
Anna Lappé, author/activist
Tanya Laurer, artist
Diane Green Lent, photographer
Gail Lerner, peace activist
Gloria Levitas, formerly Queens College/CUNY
Andrea Libresco, Hofstra University
Sandy Livingston, writer
Barbara Machtinger, Bloomfield College
Holly Maguigan, New York University School of Law
Karen Malpede, writer
Emily Martin, professor, anthropology, New York University
Vicki McFadden, mother of Iraq vet and peace activist.
Elizabeth A. McGee, social sector consultant
Oseye Mchawi, Center for Law and Social Justice, Yoruba Society of
Brooklyn, Inc.
D. H. Melhem, poet
Margaret Melkonian, Hague Appeal for Peace
Ellen Meyers, educator
Eliza Migdal, teacher/writer
Maria E. Montoya, New York University
Esther Moroze, peace activist
Leith Mullings, Graduate Center/ CUNY
Cheryl Mwaria, Hofstra University
Paula Nesoff, LaGuardia Community College
Judy O'Brien, educator
Susan O’Malley, Kingsborough Community College
Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, Political Science/Women’s Studies, Brooklyn College
Lynn Otty, peace activist
Patricia Paley, school social worker
Gail Pellett, filmmaker
Patricia Paley, school social worker
Rosalind Petchesky, Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY
Jamie Peters
Linda Penn, psychologist
Dr. Charlotte Phillips, pediatrician
Katha Pollitt, writer
Alexandra Ponce de Leon, Media Research Analyst, Universal McCann NY
Dr. Linda Prine, reproductive rights activist
Amy Quinn-Suplina, community peace & justice activist
Rachel Pecker
Marcuse Pfeifer, retired art dealer
Frances Fox Piven, Graduate Center/CUNY
Elizabeth Pochoda, Writer
Alice Radosh, research psychologist, retired
Janet Randall, Northeastern University
Rayna Rapp, anthropologist, New York University
Marci Reaven, historian
Judith Reppy, Cornell University
Nina Reznick, lawyer
Jennifer Romanello, Grand Central Publishing
Nancy Romer, Brooklyn College
Constancia Dinky Romilly, registered nurse, retired
Esther Rowland, Barnard College Emeritus
Sandra St. Victor, artist
Susan Sarandon, actor
Martha Saxton, Amherst College
Donna Schaper
Ellen Schrecker, Yeshiva University
Adrianne Shropshire, activist
Lucy Sikes, retired graphic designer
Alice Slater, lawyer & peace activist
Marjorie Siegel, Teachers College, Columbia University
Betty Smith, International Publishers
Judith Stacey, New York University
Gretchen Stromberg, senior citizen
Dr. Joan Sturgis, physician
Meredith Tax, writer
Tinka Topping, educator
Melissa Van, peace activist
Andrea A. Vasquez, American Social History Project, The Graduate Center/CUNY
Lise Vogel, Rider University, emerita
Ha My Vu, teacher
Kerry Washington, actor
Sandy Weinbaum, non-profit administrator
Barbara Weinstein, New York University
Cora Weiss, U.N. Representative, International Peace Bureau
Michele Westervelt, school aide & military mom
Joan Wile, author
Maggie Williams, William Patterson University
Bethany Yarrow, singer
Rosalie Yelen, peace activist
Susan Yohn, Hofstra University
Marilyn Young, New York University
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2.03.2008

Super Obama Girl

She's baaaaack! It's (Super) Obama Girl!



Do Super Obama Girl a favor! Subscribe above and then check out our 5 new videos this weekend! In this one Super Obama Girl battles for her Super Hero - Senator Barack Obama.

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Fox News Documentary: Bush is SO like Abraham Lincoln

LOL!

When did mental illness, because that's what delusions like these indicate, when did they become mainstream?

My guess, Rush made it fashionable during the 90s, but then out 21st century Abe opened the flood gates for everyone from Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity & Michael Savage to Bill Donohue, Tony Perkin's & Blackwater's Eric Prince -- to come out of the woodwork and present themselves as normal.

From Crooks & Liars:

I really don’t know how it is that I hadn’t noticed how much Bush is just like Lincoln, or that Bush is already known for giving “some of the most eloquent and visionary speeches ever delivered by an American President,” just like the Gettysburg Address! Will Bush go down in history as being a great President, or the greatest President?

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2.02.2008

Countdown Special Comment: On FISA and Telecom Immunity

Keith homers again!

From Crooks & Liars:

However, as Keith points out, if the president were to veto the legislation and there was another terrorist attack inside the U.S., he, and he alone would be responsible for it — all in the name of protecting huge corporations over the American people he was charged with protecting.



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"Yes We Can" Barack Obama Song

you've got to see this powerful video!

From WeCan08:

Great video featuring will.i.am, john legend, herbie hancock, nicole scherzinger, scarlett johansson, kate walsh, and others, singing along with the Yes We Can speech by Barack Obama. Nice tune!



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Rich media, poor debates

A double standard? No! You're kidding?! This is a great article with actual facts, link & quotes. Wow. What a concept. No wonder people are so upset with news sources like Media Matters.

From Media Matters:

Over the past year, as journalists mocked John Edwards for getting an expensive haircut and having a big house, they constantly justified their behavior by claiming Edwards is a "hypocrite" for being rich while pursuing policies that would help those who aren't. This is total nonsense, of course. For all the news reports you saw about Edwards' supposed hypocrisy, how many have you seen that tell you how big a tax cut Mitt Romney or John McCain or Rudy Giuliani – wealthy men, all – would get if their policies became law? Probably somewhere around “none.”

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