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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Another article asking that age old question

Another article trying to grapple with the democrats desire not to win elections. It chronicles all the times the democrats choose to lay down and be silent.

It's called "Democrats MIA"

Friday, March 25, 2005

Arrogance, hubris and Federal housing

These guys just don't get it. They have been getting away with so much for so long and calling the shots that even when the judge says do your time, these party buffoons say, well, only if I can golf, play tennis, go out for a steak every friday night, karaoke at the CLUB and have conjugal visits. See story "Former Exec. Dir. NH Republican party sentenced" NH Insider. These guys have been getting pretty light pats on the wrist for violating one of the most basic Constitutionally protected rights ever invented in the history of mankind. We have American citizens dying to help other country's get what we hold so sacred, the right to vote in a democracy. On top of that they insist on offering apologies to their party brethren instead of the Democratic party and the entire electorate as a whole. When Dante spoke of the hottest places in hell being reserved for those who don't act, I do think he should have included those Righties that act like asses. That would be some pretty packed quarters.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

NCDC Democratic triad powerhouse.

The meeting of the North Country Democratic Committee, chaird by Jerry Sorlucco, met at the Clamshell in Littleton tonight and things were very productive and quite like a planning session for invasion. I have to say the coordination, communication and spirit of the 30 plus party faithful was indeed encouraging. One of the observations made by this Roland Hedley blogoscyte is that the party heads had best watch out. This group is organized and there was some major juice in that room tonight. The message to the guy in the corner office is he'd better stop kowtowing to the Righties, publically touting them as "the best legislators in the State" and start acting like he's got a pair. And I don't mean a pair of matching sox. This group will have their 3 County strong, regional voices heard at the State and National levels no doubt. Talk in the room was abuzz about how the Democrats on all levels were laying down and letting the Righties make the moves. (see related story posted by Jon this blog-below, titled "Where are the Democrats") It's like all of a sudden we think it's off season for politics. Let me tell you something, the demon team is in the closet and that closet is the Republicans and the season is always open!!!
Some important issues were discussed not least of which was the NCDC's adoption of a Social Security resolution re-printed below with permission of the Committee. DINO-Joe and you other Democraticans (or is it Republicrats?) disregard at your own peril and it could be a career ending decision.
Resolution adopted and approved by NCDC, 24Mar2005;
Whereas Social Security( here after SS) is the most successful domestic program n Amercian history, having provided a guaranteed retirement safety net for millions of Americans since 1935, and

whereas current Congressional Budget Office projections report the trust fund will remain solvent through 2052, afterwards covering 81% of promised benefits, with no change to the program, while transition costs alone for abandoning SS in favor of private accounts are estimated at $2T ( that's two trillion dollars), and

whereas the so called "crisis" in SS is a manufactured scare tactic intended to bolster President Bush's plans to replace SS with an unstable market-based system,

Be it resolved the the North Country Democratic Committee of New Hampshire opposes any effort to phase out and'or replace SS, in whole or in part, in favor of a private accounts based system, and

Resolved that the North Country Democratic Committee of New Hampshire will not support ficancially any Democratic candidate who expresses support for, advocates for or votes for such a plan.

Like I said, this group is serious about taking back their Government for the people. I'd like to be a fly on the wall when this collective voice of North Country workers gets down to the Flatland and flexes their muscle to the party heads. No more binnez as usual. There's a new crew in town. I can't wait for the mid-terms. Cha...ching!


Three more co-sponsors (U.S. Representatives Butterfield,Dingell, and Berry) have signed on to Rush Holt's H.R.550.The bill, entitled "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2005" is the "gold standard" for federal verified voting legislation and now has a total of 120 co-sponsors! Take the action for the Holt and Ensign/Gibbons VVPB bills, please do so at

The New Hampshire House Finance Committee is now considering devastating and irresponsible cuts to the Governor’s budget - cuts that could prevent children from getting health insurance; make it possible for our most vulnerable citizens to get basic health care; raise college tuition costs; and undercut our efforts to protect the environment.

You have an opportunity to stand with a bipartisan coalition of Democrats and Republicans to resist these cuts and stand for a budget that reflects New Hampshire’s priorities.
Gov. Lynch proposed a lean and balanced budget. But the House has yet to accept his reasonable and responsible revenue estimates, or to pass the 28-cent increase in the tobacco tax that he requested.
Gov. Lynch’s revenue estimates reflect the fact that our economy is finally rebounding for the recession, and reflect actual results, as well as historical averages. The House is using revenue estimates that implicitly predict that revenues are going to be worse this year than last.
The House Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on its proposed budget and cuts (House Bill 1) on Tuesday March 29th from 1-5 pm and 7-9 pm in Representative’s Hall.
Any citizen has the right to come and be heard about their concerns for these cuts. However, if you are unable to attend - please contact Representatives on the House Finance Committee by phone, mail, or e-mail. Ask them to support the Governor's budget, revenue estimates and a modest increase in the tobacco tax. Please click here for their contact info
- New Hampshire Democratic Party

For over twenty years, offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration have been prohibited in sensitive areas off our nation's coasts. This bipartisan congressional ban on offshore oil and gas activities currently protects America's East and West coasts, as well as the eastern Gulf off the coast of Florida.

This federal moratorium protects our fragile oceans and coasts, as well as the abundant natural resources found there, including beaches, wetlands, barrier islands, fish and wildlife.

SB 1054 directs the Virginia Congressional Liaison Office to aggressively pursue an exemption to the federal moratorium for natural gas exploration off of Virginia's coast. The state's valuable coastline would be seriously threatened by the direct and indirect impacts of offshore oil and gas exploration, drilling and production.

This bill, if allowed to pass, would set a dangerous precedent for other states currently protected by the federal moratorium. Our nation's coastal areas are the most vulnerable to ecological damage from oil and gas exploration and production, and the harmful impacts to our oceans would be felt for generations to come.

Please take a moment to urge Governor Warner to protect Virginia's coast and veto SB 1054.
To take action, click on the link below or paste it into your web browser:
- New Hampshire Public Interest Research Group []

Ask Budget Conferees To Support Public Schools, Children and the Elderly Now that the Senate and the House of Representatives have adopted their individual budget resolutions, we must ask the Senate and House conferees who will work out the differences between the two spending plans to retain Senate provisions that help shield children, the elderly, the poor and public schools from drastic cuts in vital services. The Budget Committee members will begin their work shortly after Congress returns April 4 from its spring recess.

Act now. Send an e-mail to your Representative and Senators, asking them to support a joint budget resolution that stands up for the most vulnerable, reflects the right priorities and does not shift billions of dollars in costs to already financially strapped states and communities.
At stake in the budget drafting process are three amendments adopted in the Senate:

The first, by Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), restores $14 billion in funding for Medicaid, the nation's largest health care program for children and the poor.

The second, by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), restores TRIO, GEAR UP and LEAP, college prep programs that have helped millions of low-income students enter and complete their college education. In addition, the $5.4 billion amendment raises the maximum Pell Grant to $4,500 per year and provides up to $23,000 in student loan forgiveness to new math, science, and special education teachers in high need schools.

The third, sponsored by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), increases education funding by $500 million.

Jeb Bradley (NH-1st) [house] and Judd Gregg (NH) [senate] sit on the budget committee.
Send them a message. You're going to be urging them to support a budget resolution that retains the amendments by Senators Smith, Kennedy and Specter
- National Education Association

The GOP Leadership in the Senate could go "nuclear" -- with nearly half a billion acres of public lands hanging in the balance. The nomination of former mining lobbyist and anti-environment extremist William Myers to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will not only have an impact on the vast wilderness areas in the West, but it could trigger a change in Senate rules -- what some are calling the "nuclear option" -- that would make it easier for President Bush to push through his most controversial nominees for lifetime appointments. The Myers nomination is expected to be a priority when the Senate reconvenes in early April.

Take Action Now! Write your Senators -- tell them to oppose the Myers nomination.

- League of Conservation Voters

On Sunday, Tom DeLay and Bill Frist, the Republican congressional leaders, convened an emergency meeting of Congress to pass a bill that that interferes with the Terri Schiavo tragedy. And although in five years no other issue has prompted President Bush to return to Washington during a vacation—including the tsunami—Bush flew back from his ranch in Texas to sign it.

[1]Bush, Frist, and DeLay claim that they're acting out of concern for Ms. Schiavo. But a memo intended only for Republican Senators—uncovered by ABC News—reveals Republicans' true concern: "The pro-life base will be excited...this is a great political issue...this is a tough issue for Democrats."

[2] This story also takes the heat off Tom DeLay, who is facing a number of serious ethics charges and legal scandals.

[3]Americans can have different personal opinions about what should happen to Terri Schiavo—life is precious, and this case raises some important ethical questions. But we can all agree that that's what the courts are for: to make the call in difficult circumstances. That's why Congress' interference is such an ugly and shameful incident of political grandstanding. There's no legislative purpose here, just a blatant attempt to play politics with someone's life.

We need to tell the Republican leaders in Congress that this kind of pandering and demagoguery will not stand. Will you sign our urgent petition to Congress to tell them they must stop using one person's tragedy for their own political gain, and move on to the important business facing our country?
Sign now at:


Senator Barbara Boxer and others are organizing a consumer boycott of any oil company that drills in the Arctic Refuge. If by using our pocketbooks we can convince these companies to do the right thing, we can protect the Arctic Refuge from destruction. If you want to inform BP, ChevronTexaco, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell that you will boycott their gas stations unless they pledge not to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. click this link:
- True Majority

Congress is considering proposals that would privatize the Social Security system. Social Security is one of the most successful social programs of the 20th Century. The system's financing problems are manageable and can be addressed by reasonable adjustments over time. Rushing into private accounts does not solve the so-called Social Security crisis, but rather would add to the cost of the program.
Now is the time to tell Congress not to put those who will depend upon this safety net at risk! Click here to take action now!

- League of Woman Voters

The Supreme Court is where a woman's right to choose could be saved or lost. We're on the front lines with our strategic four-year plan to defend women's lives from nominees who would trample their rights to privacy and choice.

Click here to contact your senators to oppose the "nuclear" option, or call the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
- NARAL Pro-Choice America

Where are the democrats?

For those who look to the democrats as an opposition to the ChristoFascist Theocracy on the Neo Con Death Cult of Bush Cheney... and are disappointed by the corpse-like silence and inaction here is an article to let you know you are not alone in your disgust.

You know, even when the republicans are destroying themselves, social security, Shiavo, etc. The democrats can't even muster a "here here".

Of coarse, maybe when the GOP is destroying themselves it's best not to interrupt.

Got this email from John Gallus

This is an email I got from John Gallus about and email I sent him expressing my opposition to SB 121.

I appreciate your input on SB 121. It will come out of committee with a recommendation of Inexpedient to legislate which should kill the bill.
Again, I thank you for your concerns and thoughts.
John Gallus

If we are gonna bust these guys balls lets give them some credit when they do the right thing.

For more on SB 121 check out Will's Post and My Post

Fire in the House!

The Granite Block House has not seen action like this since Franklin Pierce was picked to be President. Representative Scott Merrick from Coos Distict 2 in Lancaster is nothing nice and pure HEAT!!!
The HB-55 Industrial Hemp progam proposal went through with substantial assistance from Merrick as the Parliamentary Inquiry Rep for the Dems on this bi-partisan effort. Merrick worked closely with the Ag and Enviro Chair, David Babson R-Ossipee. There was a political reconsideration offered by Babson and Merrick that was only to allow the bill to come to the floor again but blocks any more changes to this carefully well crafted piece of agricultural assistance. I don't know about you but I am keeping a close eye on this Merrick guy and so should Paul Hodes. If Hodes doesn't get serious then Merrick will no doubt fill the Congressional District 2 slot that has been so lacking in leadership and original thought and a spot that will be earned and not bought as Bass has said he was heir. Hot air! Merrick!!! Who is this guy!!!
Incedentally, Representative Merricks protege Bill Remick could not be awoken for comment.
HB-55 next moves to the finance committee then to the Senate.

NCDC meeting

A little short notice here but the North Country Democratic Committee will be meeting tonight at the Calmshell restaurant in Littleton. Dinner is optional and includes socializing to begin at 5:30. The business meeting will start around 7ish. Speakers will include NHDP Grassroots Chair Rep. Jim Ryan. Also to be discussed will be the relationship between the NCDC and future planning with NHDP, DNC, Grafton County and town committees. This is always a good meeting and allows for better communication between all committees and party faithful in the North Country and the State. This is also a meeting for the good guys so no tickets, sanitized questions, redacted statements or vetting is allowed or required. I hope to see you there. For more info contact Jerry Sorlucco, NCDC Chair, .PROGRESS !!

Corrupt Democrats Criticize Progressives

Democratic lawmakers who supported the Bankruptcy Reform bill cry foul when their financial ties to the banking industry are exposed.

Read about it here:

This is a news item on the air america radio webpage.

This is a good article. I think it exposes a very important issue in the democratic party. A lot of grassroots and political infrastructure groups are growing up outside of the democratic party to promote progressive politicians and policies NOT necessarily JUST any old democratic party line or politician.

Yet some politicians in the party want to still be corrupt and serve business interests instead of people for cash [i.e. hurt democracy and the party] AND they EXPECT that that these progressive groups will turn a blind eye to it. Basically they want all of our political progressive political organizations to act as their republican counterparts as mere propagandists and spin doctors. It's like these democratic politicians are saying as long as there is someone worse than us then NO ONE should have any integrity.

What is also important to note in this article is that it was the "New Democrats". The DLC corporate types that cried foul. These are the pro-business "move toward the right" types that gave total credibility to nader and the "both parties are the same why bother" crowd.

The disappointing thing about the article is that you get the feeling that the Center for American Progress either apologized or placated them. Which is bad. We shouldn't let these failed DLC "New Democrats" who so slowly but surely lost everything the party once had have ANY significant influence in screwing up the new democratic reemergence.

Please consider subscribing to the Center for America Progresses Email Newsletter [FREE] "The Progress Report" or check out their BLOG. Consider sending them an email and thanking them for the "Honest and rightly Critical Email by David Sirota"

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

You can't fool all of the people all of the time

This Schiavo thing is really really backfiring on the republicans. The blogs are all alight with polls and info on the publics disapprovel of congress butting in on this case.
Some quotes from Daily Kos

"This is turning into a disaster of epic proportions for the GOP. They thought they had the Dems wedged, and instead they have wedged themselves from the American public. Congress is being exposed as the cynical, power-mad, ethics-free zone that it has become under DeLay's leadership."

"Man. This Schiavo thing is becoming even more a disaster for DeLay and company. First, Democrats got to sit back and quietly watch the GOP make asses of themselves with the public. Now, we get to watch an encore -- Republicans turning on each other. "

Check the full info out here:

The republicans know how to be a extremely powerful minority party, but when they get their hands on the controls they are their own worse enemys.

Also check out Atrios Blog

Congress and bad timing

The news is jammed with 2 cases of the most tragic circumstances. One case involving a young man going on a shooting rampage in an Indian reservation that has chronic unemployment and sad living conditions at best. The schools never received proper funding and alcoholism and drug abuse are rampant. Now Congress is expressing regret that more could not have been done. Eleven dead and at least seven wounded. More than likely the psychological effects will show up for years to come in too many more victims. If Congress intervened years ago and gave the people of the community what it was promised, we may not be having this conversation.

The other case, in which Congress feels the need to insert its opinion, is with the death with dignity debacle of Terri Schiavo. "Home living will kit" sales have gone up around 180% since this case made headlines. The first case our government should have gotten involved, the second they should be keeping their collective noses out of the fracas. For his lack of infinite wisdom, a former Texas governor signed the futile care bill which gives hospitals in that state the right to remove life support, regardless of the family's wishes, if the patient couldn't pay. The Schiavo family need not worry about finances. The Bush administration will now continue to starve Medicaid and Medicare systems so the poor folks still can't argue to keep their loved ones on life support and people with the where with all can't take them off, but as in a recent case in Texas, a baby was indeed taken off without the mothers consent due to the mother being indigent. If you are rich, or in a high end community you don't need to despair because Congress will help protect the people footing the bill. If you live in destitute conditions and can't afford a good education and facitilites or hospice care, Congress has no compunction about pulling the plug and turning their back on you.

I was always taught to help those that can't help themselves and that life is precious. Quality of life should also be a factor here. Despair surley drove that young man in Minnesota to the edge and I'm sure despair is driving Mr. Schaivo to plead for his wifes right to die. It is no doubt Gods will. A bit serious here from me I know but the hypocracy of our leaders is infuriating. Oregon has the right idea for some folks. Send your prayers or healing powers or best wishes to all the victims in these cases and send the same along to our government to pull its head out of its backside. Peace.

More on SB-121. Or is that moron?

In case you other 4 people that read this blog didn't get the papers today, I had the luck of getting some come-up-ance on our Senator from District 1.
Esteemed Editor, I am writing to inform our Citizens of another attempt to have their input and local governance stolen away from them by our elected officials. SB-121 is now in the Wildlife and Environmental committee in the Senate and our own Senator John Gallus sits on this committee. The Good Senator has already shown his obdurate thinking and affinity to usurp local authority with his championing of SB-458 last term, which is now law. This similar new proposal, co-sponsored by Senator Flanders and Rep.Alger, is an extension of existing legislation that will allow for motorized recreational vehicle trails to be built within 400 feet of public drinking water supplies and no limits on encroachment and setbacks to private drinking water supplies, wells and springs. This new legislation specifically states that the local legislative body shall not approve or dis-approve location, site plans or development of any trails to be built within that municipalities supposed jurisdiction.

Senator Gallus, Senator Flanders and elected officials of their ilk are continually inserting their infringing, special interest lobby funded agendas and ultimately increasing their personal State wielding power over their constituency. They are clearly stating that the local citizen is not responsible enough to make rules, or not make rules, in their own respective communities. Contact the Senate Wildlife and Environmental committee, Senator Gallus and our other local State level elected officials to vote not to support this egregious theft of local governance.
William J. Cowie, Stark. Jerry, are you getting this!!! See you in the mid-terms.

New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District:

The Senate and House are in recess until the week of April 4, 2005.

Recent Senate Votes
Budget Resolution, FY2006 - Vote Agreed to (51-49)The Senate approved this resolution outlining $2.6 trillion in spending for the upcoming 2006 fiscal year.
Sen. Judd Gregg voted YES......send e-mail or see bio Sen. John Sununu voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Recent House Votes
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act - Vote Passed (388-43, 3 Not Voting)The House approved this $81.4 billion supplemental spending measure funding military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and tsunami disaster relief.
Rep. Charles Bass voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

information from

Budget Resolution, FY2006 - Vote Passed (218-214, 3 Not Voting)The House passed $2.6 trillion resolution outlining spending priorities for the upcoming 2006 fiscal year.
Rep. Charles Bass voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

For the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo - Vote Passed (203-58, 174 Not Voting)The House gave final approval to this bill allowing the parents of a brain-damaged woman to ask a federal court to determine whether or not her feeding tube may be removed.
Rep. Charles Bass voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Reagan in China.

Here is another quick one. Ronald Reagan ran vigorously on an anti-Communist platform and even, allegedly, ratted out a few of his Hollywood buds to the Fibbies. Well swallow this with your P.M. bowl of corn flakes. On 9September1984, then President Ronald Dutch Reagan signed an order to the Export-Import bank to " the matter of National interest for the Export-Import bank of the United States to extend a credit and guarantee in the aggregate amount of $68,425,000 to the Peoples Republic of China.... purchase of steel making equipment and related services." Hmmm! Now I don't suppose he could have connected the future dots and have imagined that lending money to a Communist country that is now buying up our own debt would add to world peace and the spread of democracy? I wonder how Comrade Bush feels about his American hero now? By the way, are we still a Sovereign Nation?

"The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Bass, Cows and Social Security.

First let me give you a gee whiz good to know factoid. The average dairy cow emits approximately 40 pounds of manure a day. Bush has got a real blue ribbon winner with Charlie Bass. If the Good Congressman were a milk cow, he'd be way above average. Those of you that know me personally know that I sometimes get a bit... animated. Tonight I enjoyed myself and after I was told to "take it easy" I, ah, didn't. Mr. Bass went on to tell the small crowd the mess Social Security was in but had no plan to fix it... "I want to hear what you have to say about it". Thanks Congressman. I think it should be left alone and stop borrowing against the same fund you and your Righty leadership are trying to "fix". That being said Charlie had some drab charts with figures that came from the SSA. No big deal there. When I asked why he thought things needed to be fixed, I got in some sort of zone and lectured the Congressman on why the Administration let all the good people go like Paul O'Neill, Christie Todd Whitman and Colin Powell. They, obviously, spoke out against certain policy issues with an air of truth that doesn't fit the type of smokscreen being passed off by Bass and members of his ilk in the Social Security mess. Mr. Bass retorted with "...well, what do you see wrong with these charts? Don't you trust the SSA?"No and I also told him I didn't trust Al Greenbushspan. I was baxcked up by a few folks there so My night wasn't totally wasted. Needless to say, it was not a very eye opening meeting as far as the Righties having any way to fix things!!!

There were only about 7 regular citizens there and several issues were discussed. Paying down the debt, Congress stop raiding the fund, stop making the generations exclusive of eachother, raising income cap for contribution into the plan, getting a handle on illegal immigration, taxing imports to contribute into the fund, dogs and cats living together and the Sox moving to Stark. Quite a few interesting ideas on how gumment should fix a plan that is not yet quite broke. I did ask the Congressman if he was the go to guy to secure funding for a veterans PTSD facility in Manchester VA. After I explained to him what PTSD was, he said "Sure, I'm your guy". Yeah, sure you are. You're my guy if I need to freshen up my garden this spring. You folks didn't miss much. There weren't even any press there. Just a load of mooo.

Establishing N.H. Industrial Hemp Industry

A new bill hitting the floor for debate tomorrow is the HB-55. This excellent proposal is a no brainer, or so it would seem to us forward thinking individuals. This bill establishes a self funded industrial hemp industry that will be closely regulated and fee based to the amount of acres planted. It will be under permits and fees of which will go into the special program and seed revenue fund specifically designed for this project. Approximately 11 other states already have passed legislation allowing for similar plans but the DEA and USDA refuse to allow permits to be issued.

There are several positve circumstances driving the attempted passage of this bill. Several years ago at the Federal level, the huge, factory confinement dairy lobby was able to get Congress not to renew the NorthEast dairy compact. An excellent compact that allowed almost all of the New Hampshire, and other small New England, dairy farmers to remain competitive and profitable. Hundreds of acres of the farmers land has gone fallow to those farmers that could not "get big" so they got out. So much for the attractive view shed that is so much a part of our beautiful countryside. This bill would help to revitalize dead, over grown fields and the crop could be used additionally for animal feed. Another positive outcome would be the dietary benefits from the Omega 3's, 6's and 9's and plant related oils that will allow pregnant women and others susceptable to Mercury poison (from the 85% of our New Hampshire waterways injected with drastic amounts of Mercury force feeding our fish) to get healthy levels of the Omegas in a natural, unpolluted manner. An added benefit of hemp is in the area for our handy New Hampshire crafters to be able to fabricate clothing and natural rope. These are only a few of the benefits that could be gleaned from passage of such well thoughtout legislation. A self funded, self sustaining program is just what our agriculture is supposed to be.

I will try to ask Mr. Bass this evening if he will stand behind his New Hampshire State legislature, farmers, craft industry and the future health of our children and soon to be mothers in our state if the bill does indeed pass, to gerate discussion on the Federal level to open up permitting for this overdue industry. I'll let you know what he said later this P.M. after the town meeting at the Groveton library, 5:00 tonight. I do hope to see you there.

Department of Justice Blocked Criticism of Guantanamo Torture

Cheney and Thomas Slam AARP on Social Security

William Rivers Pitt | Dictators, Tyrants and Fools

School Massacre Stirs Echoes of Columbine

Ohio's Blackwell Ridicules Election Fraud "Conspiracy"

Europeans Yielding to Bush on China Arms and Wolfowitz

Georgetown University Activists Go Hungry to Help Janitors

2 Years After the Invasion: Iraq By the Numbers

Two years after the invasion, American Progress takes a look at the situation in Iraq, by the numbers:
200: Lowest estimated number in billions of U.S. taxpayers dollars that have been spent on the war in Iraq
152,000 : Estimated number of troops currently deployed in Iraq
1,511: U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the invasion
11,285: Americans wounded since the invasion was launched two years ago
21,100-39,300: Estimated number of Iraqi civilians killed since the invasion by violence from war and crime
176: Non-U.S. coalition troops killed in Iraq since the invasion
339: Coalition troops killed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
70: Daily average number of insurgent attacks on coalition forces in February 2005
14: Daily average number of insurgent attacks on coalition forces in February 2004
18,000: Estimated number of insurgents in Iraq today
5,000: Estimated number of insurgents in Iraq in June 2003
27/14: Countries remaining in the “coalition of the willing” versus number of former coalition members that have withdrawn all their forces or announced their intention to do so
25,000: Non-U.S. coalition troops still in Iraq
4,500: Troops that Italy and the Netherlands have pledged to withdraw before the end of the year
142,472: Iraqi security troops the Pentagon says it has trained and equipped
40,000: Iraqi troops that General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said are adequately trained and equipped to handle most threats
0: Number of active Army combat units deployed to Iraq that have received the required year-long break from active duty required by Pentagon rules
30: Percent by which the U.S. National Guard missed its recruitment targets in November and December 2004
27: Percent by which the U.S. Army missed its recruitment goals in the past month
15: Percent of military personnel, according to GAO, who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, who could develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
2: Estimated output of Iraqi oil industry in millions of barrels per day
2.8: Estimated output of Iraqi oil industry in millions of barrels per day before the U.S. invasion
8: Average number of hours that Iraqis have electricity per day
28-40: Estimated Iraqi unemployment rate
108: Millions of dollars in Halliburton overcharges hidden from international auditors by the Pentagon
9: Billions of dollars the Coalition Provisional Authority cannot account for of all funds dispensed for Iraq reconstruction
from the think progress blog

Monday, March 21, 2005

Righty flip-flop.

Here's a quick one. While campaigning this past cycle, our team was up against some folks with interesting technique. Now Representative Bill Remick R-Lancaster, was telling more than a few of his then potential constituants not to vote for certain candidates on our team due to the fact that they are too young and inexperienced. Well I'd say that now Mr. Remick is very happy to be sitting next to that same former campaign opponent in our very own Representative Scott Merrick. Merrick is frequently asked by the confused Mr. Remick what bills are up and how to actually vote on things, when Bill is awake that is. The recent vote that takes away our constitutional right to free speech and to freely express our party affillitaion is one in which Mr. Remick voted to take that right away from us, first...then asked Merrick about the bill when it came back to the floor and after Merrick explained things to the elder statesman, Remick promptly flip-flopped and voted to give our voter choice back. One can see the obvious leadership qualities Mr. Merrick has and is clearly the go to guy for many confused Righty Reps. Good on you Scott. By the way, has anyone seen Bruce Lary? The Righty that got the free ride from Gorham??? Well neither has anyone in Concord. This guy has missed more votes that the Iraqis during Saddams reign. Keep an eye on these 2 confused, sleeping and absent pols. And tell all your friends they are not worth the 200 clams this term. GET ACTIVE !!!

U.S. Suspends Military Aid to Nicaragua

GOP Governors Cut State Workers' Rights

Two Women Lead Chile Presidential Polls

Congresswoman Maloney Reintroduces Equal Rights Amendment

Farm-Workers Boycott Defeats Taco Bell

Wal-Mart Settles Illegal Labor Case

Iraq Invasion May Be Start of the Age of Oil Scarcity

Conyers: Casting Aside the Separation of Powers

How many POWs die in custody?

American POWS died while in North Vietnamese custody during the entire Vietnam war? 114 From all causes.

Number of Iraqis killed in our custody 108 (so far).

No wonder the right accuses anyone who is critical of the government of "blaming america first" "blaming the troops" "being unamerica".

Politics professor considering challenging Lieberman,0,2291325.story

Don't Forget to place a pledge to get Democrat-in-name-only out

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Angry E.U. Calls Wolfowitz to Brussels over World Bank

China Warns Rice on Taiwan

SB 121 - ATV's and drinking water

Last year, the proposal to allow ATVs to use Bear Brook State Park in the non-winter months was stalled when SB343 and SB349 were defeated in the Senate. SB343 and SB349 both proposed to reduce the size of the ATV-exclusion area around drinking water wells. There are several large drinking water wells in the northern section of Bear Brook State Park, which is why this proposal was important.

Unfortunately, the same legislation was reintroduced in this session as SB121. This bill proposes to reduce the size of the protection areas around drinking water wells. In addition, SB121 would take away the authority of town planning boards to approve new ATV trails in private property.

The full text of the bill is available at:

If passed, SB121 would effectively shrink the radius of protection around a drinking water well from 4000 to 400 feet. This is a ten fold decrease in radius size and a 100 fold decrease in area protected. With drinking water scarcity becoming an issue throughout the state and the State filing lawsuits over groundwater contamination by MTBE (a component of gasoline), weakening protection for drinking water is not a prudent measure. A small percentage of the population rides ATVs for recreation while every person needs clean drinking water. Moreover, New Hampshire has a long history of "local control" governance. The authority to review and approve new ATV trails should remain with the town planning boards.

Please take a moment to call or write your elected representatives and urge them to oppose SB121.
You can find your representatives at:

You can also contact the Senators who are on the Senate Environment and Wildlife Committee:

Carl Johnson (Meredith) 603-279-6492
John Gallus (Berlin) 603-752-1066
Jack Barnes (Raymond) 603-895-9352
Ted Gatsas (Manchester) 603-668-1233
Margaret Hassan (Exeter) 603-772-4187

This is a post I found by Phil Trowbridge of the Allenstown Conservation Commission reposted on a PRO-ATV [and anti-SB121] forum at

Here is more information about issue on another Pro-ATV webpage.
Anybody know any Pro-Enviroment pages relating to this issue?

Another Victory!

Senate Passes Voc Ed Bill 99-0
Congratulations to the NEA cyber-lobbyists and other education advocates for their role in convincing the Senate to part company with President Bush and reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act. President Bush eliminated the program in his budget.

Shepherded by Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA), the legislation retains a separate funding stream for the Tech Prep program, thereby ensuring the program's viability and its focus on affordable and accessible programs that promote career education. The bill also provides for fair and appropriate academic accountability measures, while making sure states will not lose Perkins funds based solely on No Child Left Behind performance standards.

- National Education Association

and while I am at it, here are some... ACTION ALERTS from the NEA

In a major breakthrough on No Child Left Behind, the first Republican-initiated bill to amend the No Child Left Behind Act was introduced March 14 by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE). The State and Local Education Flexibility Act (H.R. 1177) is consistent with many of the changes NEA and others have long sought.
Ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 1177.

Teachers, education support professionals and other public employees unfairly denied Social Security benefits they have earned stand to get some long-overdue relief if a bipartisan bill (S. 619) introduced by Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) on March 14 becomes law. The Social Security Fairness Act, a significant breakthrough, would completely repeal both the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision. Its companion bill in the House is H.R. 147.
Neither of our Senators are among the nine who have already signed on to S. 619. Of the 221 Members of Congress who have signed on to H.R. 147 Jeb Bradley has signed. Charlie Bass has NOT. Urge them to do so.

Maries B+B and a blog full of theologic analogy

I sometimes take trips to visit some of my favorite people on the planet and stay at where we all affectionately refer to as Maries B+B. I don't get the chance to spend enough time at my Nanas. Neesey and Uncs live upstairs and they have been a very influential and important part of my life and continue to be. Weekends at Maries come with the latest movies, breakfast at Peter's Kitchen,( although Peters is now closed, what to do next trip!!!) and much, sometimes heated debate over one of our favorite subjects, politics. Neesey is a staunch Righty. I question her often as to where she continues to get her one sided propaganda info and why Sean Hannitty and Anne Coulter is on her cell speed dial. I was prompted by her to look into Mr. Grover Norquist and found a similar, possibly unhealthy, psychologicallydisturbing relationship between Peggy Noonan, Grover Norquist and the way they hold homage to President Reagan. Now I like Reagan and I do believe he did much good for our Country, especially our military. (I'm sure I'm not making many fans from this reading base but I will only speak the truth and from my heart. If you have a problem with an aspiring pol doing so then I hope you vote for me just the same.) However, I also am quite sure that if any of the latest Democrats in the Executive Branch possibly, or more likely probably, violated provisions under the Arms Export Control Act as Reagan may have , I'm sure we would have more than one Dem impeachment on record. So many Righties hold the now deceased Mr. Reagan in the same regard as the Pope and further as a second Christ himself. Lord forgive me. Reagan may have been "A" god, but he was not THE GOD. I would think the 1.2 billion Muslims on Earth would agree with me. Mr. Norquist is hiding behind his "for the people tax reform" when he knows all too well that simplifying the tax code would not allow so many of his investments and their mother conglomerates to hide behind, and in, so many loopholes and confusing leagalspeak. Grover is a stalwart Righty himself with frequent strategy pow-wows with Aspin, Heritage, Halliburton and Carlisle. Norquist is the guy hoping to keep the teacher on the church bread line and the bully in the school yard stealing the geeks lunch money. Evil at its lowest. I'm happy that Ms. Noonan has at least taken issue with Dubya and has made several of her WSJ Ops about how concerned she is with his speaches in search of monsters to invade and all the Vulcans and Hawks in the Cheney Administration making plans to set their legacy in American troops and foreign civilians blood. She also hints at the fact that this same Administration so protects our Co-President that he will not take questions from anyone at any event that actually had an original thought or opinion that were not vetted before hand. Mr. Bush is not a very smart man and it's unfortunate so many other peolple are not willing to admit he bought the White House, twice. Running on continued redacted statements from former Cabinet members to make it look like today we live in the Garedn of Eden. Bush and his bunch are the snake with the apple. The DINO-Joes and his Righty ilk have done so much to advance this Administrations agenda that Beelzubob himself just sits back, laughs and collects his dividends on the same island Grover and Newt and his buds visit often. I wonder why the leadership and Homeland security officials spent so much time on that same Hawaiian island?Hmmm. Newt for Prez??? The Righty agenda is to allow the Kleptocrats and the conglomerates to move offshore under protection of our taxpayer funding and with tax provisions and incentives that assist them and encourage them to do so. We lost the House, Senate and the Exec Branches too quickly and tragically. It's clear there are not many with the cajones to stand up against the lobbyist money that is so readily handed out to both sides. Or now it seems to only one side as there is not more than 9 cents differecne between DINO- Joe and his Righty pals in the same ailse he sits in. Senator Jim Jeffords was taunted by many including Bush's very own Judd Gregg and literally forced out of the party for having flexed his independent, progressive views on more than one occassion. Jeffords is a champion of the environment, education and folks and I wish him luck on his possible/potential bid for Vermont guvnah. Too many folks like him get swept under the rug and stomped by the same political machine our Founders warned us against so many years ago. A one, contiguous, political, overwhelming majority that combines an unhealthy and extreme Righty Congress, Judicial and Executive, with the minority, in every sense of the word minority, gets re-apportioned out of any influential part of the process. We have a very big job to do. Help advance the efforts of the Paul Hodes, Scott Merricks, Bernie Buzzells, Justin Nadeaus and so many at the local level to do what Montana managed to do even though it took them 40 years. We in this State have been under Righty tyranny at the State level for 158 years. Enough is certainly enough. Get your rectally attatched thumbs out from under your seat and move to progress. If you don't know where to start, contact us here and we will get you to the level of participation a bit more than the level that too many of us are at now. Stagnant. It does not take money, although individual campaigns may ask for some, it takes only a few hours a week, or more depending on your energy, and like NHPR says, we can't make the call for you. If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about, read this running thome over again and get the message. We are Democrats. We share so let's get our heads together and brainstorm how the top spots can move our way and help that of our future. I'm looking forward to my next trip to Maries B+B. Neesey would actually make a good school board member. PEACE !!!

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