Saturday, April 16, 2005
Here is a post from there relating to slow machines. Here is Will's post on that.
There was also some hot and heavy discuss about a law to requiring photo id to vote.
Right Wing Brings their Swift Boat Guns to Bear on Hiliary.
From the MediaMatters.org
And now for something completely different...
A chemical widely used in the making of clear plastic products, including baby bottles, food storage containers, and even dental fillings, is the subject of debate between those who say it is safe, namely plastic-industry flacks, and those who say it's not, namely most everyone else. Many scientists have found evidence that bisphenol A, or BPA, is harmful, even in the small doses leached from plastic during heating or exposure to acidic foods or strong detergents, because it can mimic sex hormones.I wonder why that could be, perhaps because:
In a wacky coincidence, researchers Frederick vom Saal and Claude Hughes found that all 11 industry-funded studies conclude BPA is nothing to worry about, while 90 percent of the 104 government- or university-funded studies conclude otherwise.
Bisphenol is one of the top 50 chemicals produced in the U.S. Over 1.6 billion pounds were produced in 1995.
On average, humans ingest approximately 6.3 micrograms per day of bisphenol-A rom the linings of food cans.
From childrens health education coalition
Here our a story in Los Angeles Times, Marla Cone, 13 Apr 2005
Here is another one in : USA Today, Elizabeth Weise, 14 Apr 2005
If you didn't already know there is a problem with children going through puberty early. REAL EARLY!
An epidemic of early puberty is hitting young girls in the U.S. Among Caucasian girls in the U.S. today, 1 in every 7 starts to develop breasts or pubic hair by age 8, and among African American girls in the U.S., the figure is nearly 1 out of every 2.
Many scientists that study premature puberty attribute it to endogenous estrogens in plastics and secondhand exposure through the meat and milk of animals treated with steroid hormones. Premature puberty was traced to consumption of beef, pork, and dairy products containing high concentrations of estrogen. Another study from Puerto Rico revealed a higher concentration of phthalate – a xenoestrogen present in certain plastics – in girls who showed signs of early puberty, compared with controls. [more info]
"Young girls [in the 5-to-10-year-old range] with breasts or pubic hair - we encounter this every day we're in clinic," says Dr. Michael Freemark, chief of pediatric endocrinology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. [more info]
Here is a long article about that problem.
Here is an article about Bisphenol from ... oh... 2003… it not like I found a story on this from 7 years ago or anything…. The warnings about this chemical go back even further then that…
Here is another plastic related article "PVC: The Most Toxic Plastic" and another "Ten Reasons to Avoid PVC Plastic" and more and more and more..... it's like when you were a kid and you would life up a really big rock and find dozens of disgusting crawling bugs on the underside.... no wonder most american's just don't want to know... anything.
Progress??? A short rant...maybe.
I said I would lay off certain members of the party leadership and I will try. However, shortly after I was politely taken to the wood shed last P.M. for a pep talk, guidance and direction by a leader that I admire and have mad respect for, and is one of the main reasons I stick with the stigma of the dreaded "D", I got more than one e-chat about more than one chunk of party dead weight that won't move their ass and get informed and move the F*&%K out of the way for someone else to take the reigns and make progress. There is no "I" in team but there is one in Independent. See you at the polls. GET ACTIVE!!!
Friday, April 15, 2005
DLC Insanity - Or, Why the Democrats Lose
Amazingly, the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) still holds sway. Despite the fact that their strategy has kept the House of Representatives in Republican hands for the last ten years, despite the loss of the Senate and two presidential elections, they are still a force to be reckoned with.
They keep on talking, under the bizarre premise that if they just keep doing what they have been doing they will get a different result. Yes, that is a definition of insanity.
In a memo (from the DLC) entitled “What We Stand For” we get wisdom like this:
”Let's not kid ourselves: Americans didn't have any trouble telling the difference between John Kerry and George W. Bush. The trouble they had was figuring out what our side stood for.”
It isn’t clear if they need lessons in logic or in grammar. Americans had a lot of trouble telling the difference between Kerry and Bush. That is why many of them chose not to change a horse in midstream. They know quite well that the Democrats don’t stand for much of anything.
Check out the Full article here at ProgressiveTrail.org
Grassroots use Carrot and Stick to keep Democrats on Straight and Narrow
From the SirotaBlog
Moveon.org is launching radio ads against select Members of Congress who voted for the credit card industry-written bankruptcy bill yesterday. While most of those targeted are Republicans, one of them is Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the second-ranking Democrat in the House.
Hoyer is pretty solid on most issues. But the bankruptcy bill was an issue of economic fairness that should be core to the Democratic Party's mission. Moveon's decision to smack Hoyer shows that they understand that lawmakers change when offered both carrots AND sticks. If all Moveon did was offer praise to Democrats, it wouldn't be helping the Democrats or, more importantly, the progressive cause. By once in a while taking a Democrat out to the woodshed, they will be helping to enforce more Democratic unity down the road.
Pay attention democratic party faithfuls we do not serve our party by looking the other way when democratic politicians whore themselves out to corporations and betray CORE democratic principles. We grassroots trouble makers are saving the party from itself!!! DON'T SHUT US OUT!!!
Thursday, April 14, 2005
A Democrap who might stab his party in the back for his own political convience.
Why would Nelson bend on such a fundamental issue? According to The Hill, Nelson thinks standing on principle has put him and others in “politically difficult positions":
Check the full story on the Think Progress Blog
Anyhooo, another tid-bit to look into "when it comes up" is Senator Gallus and his already quoted personal opposition to allowing the minimum wage bill HB665 to pass the senate. He thinks it will hurt employment. Him, Carl Johnson and Joe Kenney, all RRRR's and all vigorously opposing this huge raise to make gajillionaires (or is that bazillionaires) out of those already loaded old folks(or rich old folks) bilking Social Security and those single, two job moms that Rush tells to get a better job. Conservative compassion at its finest. Only during primary and general election season. MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!
Fish and Game big game plan
A few Granite Status topics.
Bruce Keough is trying to be taken seriously again with my new buddy to loathe Prince Bass.
Gene Chandler is indeed making assertions that he refuses to accept the Fed Banks request to step off the board. This guy thinks the planet will stop rotating if he gets out of politics and the mess he has created is not a mess but a cushy pad for his legacy. I'll send you some stamps in the big house Gene. Tell Mr. Gotti I said wazzup.
General Wesley Clark is in the area and several other tid bits from Joe Liebermans endorsers to the '04 Prez election. Worht peeping.
p.s. Did anyone believe that Bode Miller was really going to take on Bass next term? He did make his announcement on April first afterall.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Littleton Home Dems
Lott: "Power of Prayer" Will Sustain Tom Delay
Iraq Violence Flares, Overshadows US Visit
US Firm May Have Unleashed Deadly Flu Strain
Bush Nominee Bolton Accused of being "Serial Abuser"
Halliburton's No-Bid Bilking Twice Previous Estimate
Negroponte Used CIA Back Channels to Defy Congress
Bush's Poll Numbers Worst on Record
IRS Rigs the System in Favor of Super-Rich
US Workers Hit by 'Perfect Storm' of Economic Forces
Communication and losing.
Finding a place to colapse in exhaustion...
The report found that janitors could rent a one-bedroom apartment for no more than 30 percent of their income in only 6 of the 60 metropolitan areas, and salespersons could afford a one-bedroom on the same income standard in just 3 of the areas.
The report also looked at homeownership and determined that households dependent on one elementary school teacher's or one police officer's salary alone cannot afford to buy a median priced home in two-thirds of the metropolitan areas.
"Licensed Practical Nurses are priced out of all but the lowest cost-to-income markets," the report continued, "while Janitors and Retail Salespersons cannot afford to purchase a home across the board."
Now add to that $20,000 to $40,000 of school loans and you have the end of the american dream. Which is my family's situation. Of coarse as a society we can keep dumping our kids off on other people so that both parents can work full time.
Here is a link to the entire story. This is another story sent to me by Reuben Rajala.
I hope the Senate will have some hot button items tomorrow. Until then I have to go earn a living and do some research. Peace.
Ultra Rich Gamble on Idea that We are all Stupid and Laugh all the Way to the Bank.
A little-known Southern California estate planner named Patricia Soldano
launched her repeal effort with the backing of about 50 wealthy clients, with
the Gallo and Mars families leading the way. Other contributors included the
heirs of the Campbell soup and Krystal hamburger fortunes. Frank Blethen, whose
family controls the Seattle Times Co., was also pivotal.
The effort caught fire when small-business groups such as the National
Federation of Independent Business and agriculture groups led by the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association joined in.
By then, Soldano's Policy and Taxation Group was spending more than
$250,000 a year on lobbying. A parade of small-business owners and family
farmers appealed to their congressmen, worried that they could not pass on their
enterprises to their children, even though most of them would not be affected by
from Washington Post via Atrios Blog
Negraponte and 40 years of unvarnished truth.
After all of this unvarnished truth gets to the Co-Presidents Bush and Cheney, how come the American people don't get the same respect and regard with the truth tip being fed from this truly accountable oligarchy? The neverending pile of cheeze wiz covered manure the feed us is getting a bit old yet familiar tasting. Mmm, steak. I sometimes don't appreciate varnish coated, cheeze wiz covered truth from the Dubya and Dick Cheney administration. I wonder if the truth thing will catch on in the overloaded Righty regime down there? Nah. Probably not. Negraponte no doubt mis-underestimated and did some mis-spoken in his varnishing. Did I mention Washington Righty intelligence is alleged?
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
The Republican Majority of New Hampshire-???
Now that's 6 right? Jarvis could use some tutoring here but he voted against the HB616 to fund schooling so maybe if we have a teacher in the readership, could you please clue this brainsurgeon in to the geography of his region? Hey, maybe we can get ahold of the former Rep from Hillsborough, Larry Elliot, the guy that said he didn't want to be one of those pols that is in the House until he draws his last breath. Larry has some free time off.Hmmm. Stay in school kids.
Monday, April 11, 2005
With Democrats like these who needs Republicans
If the state Democratic convention were held right now, Lieberman wouldn't have the votes to get the nomination without doing some very, very, very serious arm twisting--and even then he might not have the votes. Maybe the population still likes Joe Lieberman, but his friends in the Democratic Party are having second or third thoughts about him. To some it's the votes, to others it's the war, to still others it's the Dem-bashing rhetoric, while others are concerned about the spectacle of Lieberman at Bush's elbow when Bush signs some particularly un-Democratic piece of legislation. But even more telling is that his good friends, people who've known him for 20 or 30 years and who came into politics with him or came up in the party with him, don't want to be associated with him. .
from Myrna Watanabe -- a Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee member
Read more at the DailyKos Blog
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Myrna Watanabe
One town chair sent me the following email: "Tell him he doesn't have to come to
XXX either, unless it's to announce he isn't going to run again." Another town
chair told me, "We hate him here!" He probably doesn't have many friends on
State Committee either. When he responded to my question by saying that he had a 70 percent favorable rating, someone in the back yelled out, "From Republicans!"
Read more at Swing State Project Blog
Lieberman seems to only care about poll numbers NOT about his own political party. But is he really that safe? Check out these poll number conparisons at DailyKos.
Joe MUST GO!!!
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Saddam desperately tries to save the US taxpayers over 200 Billion Dollars
Read this article about Saddam's many peace overtures including "promising to hold elections and even to allow US troops to search for banned weapons."
As Matt Sandwich at the Daily Sandwich points out this will change the way you think about Bush's talking doll one liner "I'm a war president".
Fighting Democrats WIN!!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush's choice to head the Environmental
Protection Agency on Friday canceled a controversial program to test the effects
of bug spray and other pesticides on infants after two Senate Democrats
threatened to block his confirmation.
See the MyDD Blog for full story
You can also see my earlier post about Boxer threatening to block the nomination
Walmart up to it's old tricks again... and some NEW ones!!!
It turns out that he may have not been stealing from the company but reimbursing himself for moneys that he was spending on behalf of the company. What was he spending this money on? ANTI-UNION activities, which in addition to being against Walmart’s proclaimed policies are AGAINST THE LAW!
Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott asked all walmart employees to report any illegal wrong doings. The following day the company fired the whistle blower.
Read the full story at the Think Progress Blog
UPDATES: Walmart Allows Pharmacists to Discriminate Against Women
""Walmart.com Help"Not only do they refuse to stock certain products, but they give their employees carte blanche to decide who gets what medicines they need based their "personal convictions."
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for contacting us at Walmart.com regarding women's prescriptions for birth control. Your comments and concerns are very important to us as we strive to meet your needs.
Wal-Mart does not carry emergency contraceptives. Our pharmacists may decline to fill a prescription based on personal convictions. However, they must find another pharmacist, either at Wal-Mart or another pharmacy, who can assist you by filling your prescription. Again, we thank
you for your comments regarding this issue. Sincerely,Customer Service at Walmart.com "
read the full article at MyDD Blog
UPDATE: Check out more Walmart hypocrisy as some states have the courage to pass legislation [not ours] to take on the corporate giant.
Wal-Mart's Hypocrisy on Health Care and Humiliating Politicians Into Addressing Wal-Mart are 2 stories on this at the Sirotablog
GM gives everyone an example of why you can't trust the Mainstream Media, because of corperations like THEM!
Check out the Full story on the American Street Blog
“Neither GM nor Tribune would comment on the amount of GM's advertising spending at the paper, but Morgan Stanley's Arthur estimated that the lost advertising would amount to roughly $10 million to $15 million on a full-year basis.”
From the ABC News Story
Is there anyone out there who actually thinks this sort of pressure isn’t being applied to the mainstream media on a regular basis? The only thing unique about this story is that :
1] This sort of thing usually happens behind closed doors before the article runs
2] The editors kill the story right away so as not to piss off the advertisers in the first place.
The Mainstream Media’s ownership by and dependence on funding from Large Corporations plain and simply compromises their integrity. I believe that there are a lot of good and decent journalists who attempt to bring dignity and integrity to their profession in what is admittedly an increasing hostile environment.
I hope they can see that those of us who are criticizing them [at least on the left] are hoping to liberate them from these corrupting influences not to add additional pressure to get them to promote our agenda.