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Friday, May 06, 2005

Rueben Rajala's Recommended Reading

Don't Get Frist and Justice Sunday by Jennifer Coulter Stapleton

Forest roadless rule reversed By Steve Lipsher

Dobson focuses prayer on judicial flap By Anne C. Mulkern

Right risks a backlash from fears of theocracy By Dick Polman

In Kansas, A Sharp Debate on Evolution By Peter Slevin

Carter Tried To Stop Bush's Energy Disasters - 28 Years Ago by Thom Hartmann

A Serious Drug Problem By Paul Krugman

A picture is worth a 1000 words.....


A graph showing correlation between Bush's approval rating and his 60 day Social Security "town hall" tour. Stay the course. you idiot!

Check out the numbers on this bamboozlepalooza tour here.

from think progress blog
Posted by Hello

A Culture of Life? Foster Children used as Guinea Pigs

NIH Turns Foster Children Into Guinea Pigs

In a story that is disturbingly reminiscent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s CHEERS program, the Associated Press reports that for the past two decades researchers from the National Institutes of Health “tested AIDS drugs on hundreds of foster children … often without providing them a basic protection afforded in federal law and required by some states.” The already vulnerable population of mostly poor or minority foster children was “exposed … to the risks of medical research and drugs that were known to have serious side effects in adults and for which the safety for children was unknown.”

The studies are known to have spanned the country and the practice has been confirmed “in at least seven states - Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Colorado, and Texas - and involved more than four dozen different studies.” A number of the studies resulted in the children “[suffering] side effects such as rashes, vomiting and sharp drops in infection-fighting blood cells.” In a particular study, “researchers reported a ‘disturbing’ higher death rate among children who took higher doses of a drug. That study was unable to determine a safe and effective dosage.”

from Think Progress Blog

DAILY OUTRAGE

The U.S. government has opened a criminal inquiry into suspected embezzlement by officials who failed to account for almost $100 million they disbursed for Iraqi reconstruction projects. In one case an official fired for mishandling funds was reportedly allowed to continue disbursing money nearly a month after his termination.

from C4AP

Quote of the Day

"The only way we can serve well is to serve humbly, as servants both to God and our nation." – Tom DeLay, 5/6/05

VERSUS

"I am the federal government." – Tom DeLay, 6/13/03

from C4AP

Count down

This is HUGE!!! Only 3 more days to the biggest political announcement since Nixon said he couldn't find the tapes. Big stuff. Bring on the drama. PEACE.

Bone Marrow Drive in Barrington.

I had the coolest conversation with a gal this A.M. and it was so because
A) it didn't involve politics and
2) I didn't have to watch my mouth for fear of disrespecting anyone.
The National Childrens Cancer Society is sponsoring a Bone Marrow screening at the Nippo Lake Golf Course on saturday, 21May2005 between 1000-1600hz. (That's 10A.M.-4P.M. Good Citizens) Bone Marrow is some special stuff that can be drawn out and used in more than one case to save the lives of kiddies, grownups and even Righties. This is one area I wouldn't mind reaching across the aisle. Cancer is a very non-partisan issue. For anyone interested in finding more about this important issue and possibly becoming an active donor contact me, or even better call my newest best bud Tina Mauriano, 664-8072 or send an e-chat to
golfer68@metrocast.net To get some insight on the event saturday go to www.nippolake.com or the National website at www.nationalchildrenscancersociety.org. I'm going to get on the donor list and if you are a frequent blood donor, you're half way through the process. Hey, you gotta give back. Let me know if a bus load of you are planning on going so I can give Tina the headsup. Hey, you might even win a car. Don't be greedy, This stuff grows back.
GET ACTIVE!!!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Rueben Rajala's Recommended Reading

On the Brink of 'Theocracy' by Reverend Carlton W. Veazey

Focus stirs up both right, left By Eric Gorski

The Bush Social Security fix is in by E.J. Dionne Jr.

Bush Ally in House Alters Social Security Debate Strategy By Jonathan Weisman and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

Rising call: Cut US oil imports Security hawks, environmentalists forge a rare consensus on energy. By Mark Clayton

Only a little news worthy

It's thursday and time for Granite Status. It doesn't even shade a little Right. It is all about Right.

Benson-AAAAHHHHH!!!!!-banishes biased Lynch backer.
Senators R-all John, Judd, John and Chuck exchange swell guy gladhands.
Hagel in town pitching for $$$
R+D General Wesley Clark doing more NH research.
Virgina R-Senator George Allen finds some $$$ in Manchester.
GOP head geek Handsome Henderson bashes Lynch volunteerism.
And finally a new radio talk show with a cuple more GOP hacks trying to make a quick buck bashing the good guys. Gee, that's rich. How original and wait in line...
Time to read some Noonan.Peace out.

The Money Trail

I plan on running a frequent post regarding the money trail to sitting pols and candidates during the quiet time between sessions. This will look at the very lobbyists,( gifts, $$$ and anything else reported) that take so many liberties with their Senators and Representatives and expect big dividends in return. This will be a very popular post artice with the people no dount but I'm sure not so with the money grubbers that turn their backs on the very Citizens they are elected to represent. Watch your backs and pocket books. It's on!!!

Gallus, D'Allesandro win for their pocketbooks

The HB90 bill, that would allow for a race track to be called a race track, and for local authority to be restored, has been killed on a rare roll call vote of 14-10. The motion was made to vote to accept the Committee report ITL. Senators John-ATV-Gallus and Lou-sellout-D'Allesandro get their bread made, sliced and buttered by the very ATV and motor sports lobbyists working to keep this SB458 from last cycle strongly in place. Steak and lobster all around eh boys! One solons reasoning for voting to kill the HB90 was that it would be "unfair" to Motorsports Club International et:al if we asked them to change their plans at this juncture. Are you freakin kidding me??? What about the rest of the 1.2 million people in Cow Hampshire that get to have NO PUBLIC WORD on the building, regulation and monitoring of these damaging speedways? And when did the word unfair enter the Righty dictionary?

This is certainly a sad day for alot of hardworking folks that put alot of ass behind this bill. Hey, Big Lou, I'll see you saturday and ask you why you vote so often with the lobbyists for the payola? You're no better than Gallus and the special interest whores you have such an affinity to hangout with and call your friends. Tragic. One more piece of evidence to confirm that there is about nine cents difference between our side and the Righties. Tragic indeed. So much for rising up. PEACE. Please.

Hemp kiiled before planted.

The forward thinking, well crafted HB55 hemp programs bill was killed in the Senate today in a cowardly voice vote to adopt the Committee report ITL. In an e-reply from Senator John Gallus it really doesn't shed any light on why the good Senator refuses to use his ass to push stuff like this through.
Gallus responds:
"Hemp actually would be a good niche product for NH farmers but it appears not to be as the bill was killed in the Senate today.
The reasons are numerous but among them is the need for DEA authorization and the bill in committee ran into problems.
When one of the presenters stated he would be unable to get authorization from DEA even if the bill passed as he had been convicted of possession.
In any case I think the thought is the work must be done on the Federal level so as not to waste time passing legislation that cannot be implemented."
Yeah, thanks Senator. How about if I was to plant this stuff within 400 feet of a public drinking well, straight through the AMC Madison hostel using only an ATV for a farm implement? Would that help???

Now I'm thinking if enough of our cowardly solons get off their lobbyists, er, Chandlers, er, butts, and pass this type of legislation like the rest of the 17 states that have already done so, would that not send a message to their fellow pols in Washington to create inroads in the bureaucracy that is so rampant in the Beltway? I'm sure it would. It's too bad that we can't see how they all voted. So much fior transparent gumment. I hope they tell the farmers that are being plowed by taxes on fallow property at the highest assessed current use value, and in some communities an added "BOHICA" bonus of the view tax, that they won't have another niche to plant in their fields. Just words and good wishes. Hmmm. Sounds like the same sheet music I get from both parties.

Remember, monday is the day. Big doins here and I can't wait!!! Bring on the drama.
RISE UP!!!




4 more days to the big news.

I don't mean the news that is my brother-in-laws wedding anniversary. I mean huge news. Keep your good eye on this blogo. Monday, 9May2005, highnoonish.

A couple of things. I reported last P.M. that the hemp bill, HB55, hits the Senate floor next week. Forgive me, I err'd, it's today. ( See you party elitists? That is what is called admitting your mistakes, accountability, and this is called moving on...) Lots to talk about and many tough issues to track. Gee, if only we had our own inside guy, like the Righties, in the Granite Block House to keep us up on the issues and committee hearings. That would be great.

A sad note. Long time Coos County Commissioner Tom Corrigan passed away this past Sunday. he served as Commish for 34 years. Coos County Democratic Chair Paul Robittaille related to me recently when he visited Commissioner Corrigan in the nursing home that noone from Tom's party even went to visit the guy in his failing days. Nice how the Righties take care of their own. I hope this isn't the SOP for our side although it seems our party entrenched elitists prefer to eat our new meat, young up and comers. Tragic.

I have to go earn a living to feed the hounds and meet with my strategist later. I'm still planning on hitting the Democratic dog and pony show, conscription, er, convention in the Flatland this weekend and I'm hoping to put a few faces, no doubt with dumbfounded, silly grins, to the names I see posting on the futile, {at least to us new meat up and comers in the North Country of Jupiter} wheel spinning group message board. Hey, Representative Rollo, mad respect at you big man and thanks for your performing your Civic Duty. It is appreciated. I was raised to respect, yet question, authority but I was also raised to understand that respect is earned, not inherited. PEACE

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Legislative update.

I've been busy allright!!! I've pulled my head out of my Chandler and wiped the Gallus off my shoe and it's time to get back to fighting the enemy, that being the Righty Majority Cowards. (and some D party heads but more on that later.) It's been a quiet few weeks as of late after the changeover and things are relatively calm but some very interesting developments on a few prposals near and dear to our collective, responsible hearts.
The "Emergency Contraceptive Collaberative bill" is in the House Executive Department and Administration Committee. You may recall this did pass the Senate by a fairly comfortable margin but is meeting with some early committee wrangling. One concern for some committee members is the possibility of young women under the age of 18 may be allowed to obtain contraceptive medication including the "morning after pill" under prescription from her doctor. My concern here is that these same solons may try to initiate the parental notification amendment on this type of legislation. The proposal as written allows for pharmacies to participate on a voluntary basis to issue doctor prescribed contraceptive medication. Are you following me here? It is due out of committee on the 26May.

Another bill we have been tracking is the Hemp program proposal HB55. This just got released from the Enviro and Wildlife Committee in the Senate with an ITL report. It hits the floor on the 10May I believe. Call Gallus and let him know if he can put his juice to all concerned for ATV's and his beloved insurance lobbyists, he should be able to use same said juice to push this and other bills of benefit to more than just a few rippers and runners.

Speaking of ATV's, the dreaded SB121 is in sub-committee in the lower House of Resources, Recreation and Development. It sees some action and is due out on 26May. This is the trash that allows for no public input and no local guidelines to be considered for ATV trails to be placed within 400 feet of your drinking water. Nice.

Lastly this evening, the minimum wage bill, HB665, is due out for action on 10May as well. It is currently being meandered over in the Senate Bank and Insurance Committee. Just the name of that one shoud give you a clue as to where this forward thinking piece of legilsation will be relegated to in the circular file. But have faith, maybe Gallus, Kenney and Johnson will come through one time for the working poor.

O.K. One more thing and this will be it. Keep an eye on this blogo on monday, 9May2005, highnoonish. There will be a huge, important public announcement and you will want to see it to tell all your friends you saw it here first. My 3 friends already know. They are my friends because I've paid them in advance through the end of May. Oh, Susan B., I'll get the rest of your SBA coins to you this weekend. This is huge!!! For all of you stalwart true believers and troopers, keep fighting that good fight even if the the heads don't agree with you. You are the party. I'll see you in the funy papers. GET ACTIVE!!! PEACE OUT!!!

DAILY OUTRAGE

A new report by the General Accounting Office reveals the Bush administration has obligated just 2 percent of congressionally approved funds for the Millennium Challenge Account, the initiative to reduce poverty in the developing world. Congress has obligated $2.5 billion through two years, but just $55 million has been spent.

from C4AP

Can anyone say "compassionate conservative".

let the experts decide... not the illiterate cowboy

I do not believe … the government should impose on power plants mandatory emissions reductions for carbon dioxide.… This is especially true given the incomplete state of scientific knowledge of the causes of, and solutions to, global climate change." – President George Bush

VERSUS

"There is a better scientific consensus on this than on any other issue I know – except maybe Newton's second law of dynamics." – Scientist D. James Baker, former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

from the Center for American Progress

The Bankruptcy Bill, Part 2

very busy.... here is something for your brain to chew on in the meantime....

After the passage of the credit card industry-written bankruptcy bill last month, you probably thought Congress was through screwing average Americans, at least for a little while. You were wrong. Now, we have the "Responsible Lending Act" from Ohio Rep. Bob Ney (R). Though Ney is from the state with the highest foreclosure rate in the country, he's working to make sure banks can continue ripping off unsuspecting consumers.

The bill essentially cements into law the rights of predatory lenders who seize on financially vulnerable Americans that have less-than-perfect credit records. This is a $9-billion-a-year industry – but apparently, these sharks want to cheat hard-working people out of even more of their home equity. And the supposedly "up-from-your-bootstraps" Republicans are helping create a system that actually kicks people in the face as they are earnestly trying to climb the ladder. Here are some of the worst features of Ney's bill:

RAISES FEES: The bill allows lenders to tack on another 2 percent in fees on subprime loans offered to people with less-than-perfect credit.

PENALIZES PEOPLE FOR SUCCEEDING: The bill allows lenders charge exorbitant penalties for paying off a high-interest loan early, essentially locking buyers into high-interest loans even if they have the money to pay it off. Additionally, as the Center for Responsible Lending notes, it actually lets banks "pay bonuses to brokers for steering buyers into expensive loans."

HIDES EXORBITANT FEES/SURCHARGES: The bill allows a lender to roll predatory lenders' exorbitant fees into the someone's loan. Sounds good, right? Not really: as the nonpartisan Center for Responsible Lending notes, "in many high-cost loans, borrowers never realize the significance of the exorbitant hidden fees on the loan because they don't pay for them in cash, but instead finance the points into the loan." In other words, not regulating this gives predatory lenders a devious way hide their high fees, but still make you pay them.

LIMITS CONSUMER RIGHTS: The bill actually limits borrowers legal rights in seeking recourse when predatory lenders screw them over. Disgusting "tort reform" efforts never cease to rear their ugly head in any of these bills.

PRE-EMPTS STATE LAWS THAT PROTECT CONSUMERS: Perhaps worst of all, the bill essentially pre-empts state laws that regulate predatory lending. We've seen this happen before from the House Financial Services Committee (which, with the exception of a few members, should officially be declared a subsidiary of Corporate America). In 2003, Congress passed legislation to pre-empt state laws protecting consumer privacy ("states rights" apparently only applies when it means persecuting minorities - it doesn't apply when it would mean protecting consumers).

There's an alternative to this bill being pushed by some Democrats that is far better (see a side-by-side comparison of the two bills). It is based, in part, on North Carolina's tough state law which studies prove reduced predatory lending but preserved consumer choice (North Carolina's law will be pre-empted if Ney's bill passes).

The problem is, just as we saw a faction of Democrats screw the middle class and support the bankruptcy bill, there is a faction of Democrats supporting Ney's bill. The question really is simple: how come there are still some Democrats who don't understand that the reason the party is in the minority is because on core economic issues, these weak-kneed factions make the party appear so willing to abandon America's middle-class?

from sirota blog




Tuesday, May 03, 2005

OUTRAGE OF THE DAY

Last year, ABC refused to air a commercial by the progressive United Church of Christ promoting its inclusive policy towards gays and racial minorities. Yet the same network chose to air an advertisement last night by James Dobson's Focus on the Family. Apparently tolerance is "too controversial" for ABC, but Dobson – who recently compared Supreme Court justices to KKK members – is a-okay.

from the C4AP Progress Report

Star from movie "Fight Club" fights for a Renewable Energy!

The world has known Edward Norton as a neo-Nazi skinhead, a lusty priest, a warbling romantic, Larry Flynt's attorney, and Nelson Rockefeller. There is also a far less publicized role that Norton plays every day: a dyed-in-the-wool eco-devotee on the front lines of the renewable-energy movement.

In 2003, Norton teamed up with oil giant and leading solar-panel producer BP to develop the Solar Neighbors Program, which aims to get photovoltaic (PV) panels onto low-income homes in Los Angeles. Norton has brought star power to the cause with support from show-biz buddies including Brad Pitt, Salma Hayek, and Danny DeVito, and within the first year of the program succeeded in getting resources for dozens of solar installations for inner-city families.


full story on the weekly grist

Rev. Pat Robertson says compared to liberal judges Islamic terrorists are no big deal!!!

On Sunday, Rev. Pat Robertson said that the threat from liberal judges is more serious than Islamist terrorism.

A few days after the attacks of 9/11, Robertson had Rev. Jerry Falwell on his "700 Club" show. Falwell said the terrorist attacks on the U.S. were "probably what we deserve."

What? No outrage?

from CBS NEWS

Jeb Bushs Forces 13 year to have a baby

Jeb Bush's anti-abortion crusade reached a new low in the last few days when the Florida Department of Children and Families stepped in to try to prevent a thirteen year old girl in state custody from getting an abortion.

The agency made the argument that the girl was too young and immature to decide whether or not to have the baby. But did anyone consider the possibility that maybe she was too young and immature to have the baby and to raise it?

Don't worry about that the state of florida will take the baby way from the girl as soon as she gives birth.

from progressive magazine

Monday, May 02, 2005

ACTION ALERT! - SB110 Cost of getting sick in the North Country Goes UP!

SB110 allows small business health insurance providers to discriminate against North Country citizens!

When they set your premium SB110 allow these insurance companies to look at:
1] where you live
2] your current health status
3] your age
4] your
type of work
No big deal? But check this:

The North Country has a less healthy population then the rest of the state.
The North Country has a proportionately older population than the rest of the state.
The North Country tends to have more dangerous professions such as logging.
YOU WILL GET TO PAY FOR THIS, just because of where you live!

Thanks to SB110 people in the North Country are now paying 12 times more than the lowest premium rates in the State. North Country Businesses saw a 35% increase in premium rates compared to the 12% industry norm. With many seeing a 60% percent increase!!! Some very small businesses were quoted rates of $2,200/month for a family health plan.

What are we going to do about it? Well Martha McLeod and other courageous Democrats are leading the charge in the House and Senate!

The House Commerce Committee was successful in passing HB611 along to the Senate. HB611 removes health status and geographic region as ratings factors and introduces a reinsurance pool to reduce rate increases for small businesses and working families. But HB611, while a huge step forward, does not go far enough in lowering rates and actually allows insurance companies to charge based on gender!

The Senate did an even better job by passing SB125 over to the House. If you missed my earlier post, SB 125 also repeals health status and geographic location as rating factors for small group health insurance, but goes further as it also clarifies overall premium rate variability (3.5 to 1 ratio and 20% cap) and premium rates for small employer groups with similar case characteristics. Click here to see a comparison of SB125 and HB611 bills.

SB125 is now in the House Commerce Committee and is coming up for a hearing on this Thursday, May 5. Rep. Martha McLeod tells us that she feels pretty confident that it will pass to the full House. Just in case click here to send a message to your Representatives and let them know you support SB125.
If you can make it to Concord on Thursday to show your support in person, email ben@nhforhealthcare.com and we will get you the details.

Votes!!!

Recent Senate Votes

Budget Resolution, FY2006 - Vote Agreed to (52-47, 1 Not Voting)The Senate gave final approval to this $2.6 trillion budget resolution conference report outlining spending priorities 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

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act - Vote Passed (270-157, 7 Not Voting)The House approved this bill that would prohibit adults from transporting a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion without notifying the minor's parents.
Rep. Charles Bass voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
Rep. Jed Bradley voted YES

Amending the Rules of the House - Vote Passed (406-20, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting)The House voted to revert to the rules governing ethics investigations that were in place at the end of the last congress.
Rep. Charles Bass voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Rep. Jed Bradley voted YES

Budget Resolution, FY2006 - Vote Passed (214-211, 10 Not Voting)The House passed a $2.6 trillion budget resolution conference report outlining spending priorities for the upcoming 2006 fiscal year.
Rep. Charles Bass voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
Rep. Jed Bradley voted YES

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Servicing the president


from BlondeSense Blog Posted by Hello

What do these people all have in common?

What do these people have in common?

Bill Frist, James Dobson, Albert Desalvo, Jerry Dahmer, Herny Lee Lucas, David Berkowitz

I mean besides being compassionate conservatives... well let me give you a clue...

Bill Frist disclosed that he went to animal shelters and pretended to adopt the cats, telling shelter personnel he intended to keep them as pets. Instead he used them to sharpen his surgical skills, killing them in the process.

James Dobson: When I returned I held up the belt and again told my angry dog to get into his bed. He stood his ground, so I gave him a firm swat across the rear end and he tried to bite the belt. The tiny dog and I had the most vicious fight ever staged between man and beast... I eventually got him to bed, but only because I outwieighed him 200 to 12.

Albert DeSalvo (the Boston Strangler) In his youth he trapped dogs and cats in orange crates and shot arrows through the boxes.

Jeffrey Dahmer staked cats to trees and decapitated dogs.

Henry Lee Lucas As a child, he killed every cat on his parent's farm.

David Berkowitz killed his neighbour's Labrador retriever

If you said they are all possible GOP presidential Candidates give yourself half credit.

from Crooks and Liars Blog

Rush and the ACLU exchanging birthday cards.

I remember this little gem when it kicked off a few years ago. The ACLU, yep, filed a freinds of the court briefing for Rush-hey lady get a better job-Limbaugh, for alleged law enforcement violations of the party hacks civil rights. You know, I don't care if this guy is innocent of anything and got violated in... any way. This story, linked from Stateline.org ,tells of a higher appeals court refusal to keep the Rushmeisters records out of the courts. I applaud Limbaughs seeking rehab fir his problems but that is about all the respect this Righty gold digging blowbag will get from this semi-pro-novice blogologist. I have a brunch date at Wilfreds to listen to my buddy play mad-sax. I'm still looking for my second cup-o-joe. PEACE

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