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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Crackpots might have new ally!

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez wants UN out of United States

By Irwin Arieff

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez used the United Nations on Thursday to fire a broadside at the United States, saying the world body should move out of New York over the war in Iraq.

from yahoo news

Actually I think they want the US out of the UN, but hey aren't we splitting hairs?

Why do these Nobel Laureates hate God?

Nobel Laureates Frown on Curriculum Plans

Fri Sep 16, 3:18 PM ET

Thirty-eight Nobel Prize laureates asked state educators to reject proposed science standards that treat evolution as a seriously questionable theory, calling it instead the "indispensable" foundation of biology.

from yahoo news

Following in uncle George's footsteps...

Son of Florida Gov. Bush Arrested

The youngest son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was arrested early Friday and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest, law enforcement officials said.

John Ellis Bush, 21, was arrested by agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission at 2:30 a.m. on a corner of Austin's Sixth Street bar district, said commission spokesman Roger Wade.

The nephew of President Bush was released on $2,500 bond for the resisting arrest charge, and on a personal recognizance bond for the public intoxication charge, officials said.

from yahoo news

HA ha... please do...

Schwarzenegger Says He'll Seek Re-Election

By BETH FOUHY, AP Political Writer

After weeks of dropping hints, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed that he's running for re-election next year.

"I'm going to follow through with this here. I'm not in there for three years. I originally got into this ... to finish the job. I'm in there for seven years," he told an enthusiastic crowd of about 200 invited guests. "Yes, I will run for governor."

from Yahoo news

North Country Tales of Interest

New Hampshire man charged with attempted abduction in N.J.

September 16, 2005

GALLOWAY, N.J. --After a three-week search that took police to rural northern New Hampshire, a man was arrested and charged with attempting to kidnap a 15-year-old boy near the Jersey Shore.

George Nugent, 58, of Whitefield, N.H., faces extradition next month from New Hampshire, where he has been held in the Coos County jail on $100,000 bail since his arrest Tuesday.

Authorities said Nugent met a boy who was riding a bike near the boy's Galloway Township home on Aug. 21 and tried to chain him to the inside of Nugent's Jeep.

The boy fought Nugent off, police said. But it took bolt cutters to remove a 4-foot chain the man had allegedly locked around the youth's neck.


Strong and wrong....

President Bush, 10/18/04:

“Winning the war on terror requires more than tough-sounding words repeated in the election season. America needs clear, moral purpose and leaders who will not waver, especially in the tough times. … Unlike my opponent, I understand the struggle America faces and I have a strategy to win. Our first duty in the war on terror is to protect the homeland.”


9/11 Commission report card, 9/14/05:

Friday, September 16, 2005

NH Political news...

Eaton "exit bonuses" to political staff must be repaid to taxpayers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - CONTACT: NH Dem Party, (603) 225-6899

CONCORD, NH -- Ex-Senate President Tom Eaton's decision to use taxpayer dollars to give exit bonuses to his political staff is highly irregular, and the money must be repaid from his personal campaign committee said Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan today.

"Tom Eaton used taxpayer funds to pay off two political allies, it's that simple,"said Sullivan. "This is exactly what got ex-Governor Craig Benson in trouble. Mr. Eaton should immediately reimburse the state from his campaign committee, unless he wants to follow Craig Benson's path right out of office."

from Demcoracy for NH

NH Democratic Party files civil suit against RNC

RNC, Others Added to Existing Lawsuit Against State GOP

MANCHESTER, NH - The New Hampshire Democratic Party today added the Republican National Committee and several other Republican officials and groups to its pending civil lawsuit against the New Hampshire Republican Party, over the 2002 phone-jamming case in which two GOP officials are currently serving jail time.

"It's taken years to fight through their legal stonewalling, but it is crystal clear now that the phone-jamming was planned by the Republican Party in order to help win John Sununu's Senate seat and win back the United States Senate. And it worked," said Kathy Sullivan, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Now it's time for some accountability."

from Democracy for NH


A Greenville Technical College official who twice referred to New Orleans evacuees in Greenville as "yard apes" has resigned, school officials said.

from Crooks & Liars

Fleming senior wears racist T-shirt to school

from News Blog

More good news from Mass.

Massachusetts is starting to almost live up to its liberal reputation. Bite me, Mitt.

BOSTON — The state Legislature voted Thursday to override Gov. Mitt Romney´s veto of a measure that will expand access to emergency contraception.

The measure, which the Republican governor vetoed in July, will require hospital emergency room doctors to offer the medication to rape victims. It also will make the medication available without a prescription.

The Senate voted unanimously 37-0 to override the veto. In the House, the vote was 139-16 to override.
from Atrios

Rice, in charge of bathroom breaks, but not polls...

Last night on O’Reilly, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice claimed she couldn’t assess Bush’s current poll numbers:

O’REILLY: How do you assess President Bush’s falling poll numbers? He’s at the lowest level of his presidency now. Why do you think that’s happening?
RICE: Well, Bill, I’m not one who can assess poll numbers in American politics.

But when Bush’s poll numbers weren’t at the lowest levels of his presidency, she had no trouble telling O’Reilly what those high poll numbers meant:

RICE: Look, the president — first of all, I think one has to look at polls. And he was at astronomically high levels. But see, when you go out there and you talk to Americans, they trust this president. They know that this president is doing everything that he can on the war on terror.

from think progress

Another Dangerous Black "looter" rounded up.....

Judge Orders Release of Jailed Grandmother

By KEVIN MCGILL and JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press

A 73-year-old diabetic grandmother and church elder who fled Katrina's floodwaters for the safety of a hotel ended up in prison instead for more than two weeks — all over a bite of food.

Police in this New Orleans suburb arrested Merlene Maten the day after the hurricane on charges she took $63.50 in goods from a looted deli. Though never before in trouble with the law, her bail was set at a stiff $50,000 and she was shipped away to a state penitentiary.

Family and eyewitnesses insist Maten's prison odyssey was unwarranted, claiming she only had gone to her car to get some sausage to eat when officers cuffed her in frustration, unable to catch younger looters at a nearby store.

Despite intervention from the nation's largest senior lobby, volunteer lawyers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and even a private attorney, the family fought a futile battle for 16 days to get her freed.

In this undated photo provided by the Maten family, Merlene Maten, 73, is shown. Merlene Maten stands out in the prison where she has been held since Hurricane Katrina. The church deaconess now sleeps among hardened criminals. Her bail is $50,000. Police say the grandmother from New Orleans took $63.50 in goods from a looted deli the day after Katrina struck. Family and eyewitnesses  say Maten is an innocent woman who had gone to her car to get some sausage to eat but was wrongly handcuffed by tired, frustrated officers who couldn't catch younger looters at a nearby store. Not even the deli owner wants her charged. (AP Photo/Maten Family)

AP Photo: In this undated photo provided by the Maten family, Merlene Maten, 73, is shown. Merlene...

Greating Writing on Iraq War from David Sirota

Americans Want Troops Brought Home; Top Dems Ignore the Public

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll tells us what we already know: a strong majority of Americans favor bringing troops home from Iraq. Specifically, 55% support a withdrawal, while just 36% back Bush's position that current troop levels should be maintained.

This latest poll is consistent with other polls that show Americans oppose the war, want an exit strategy, believe the conflict is damaging U.S. national security, and think the war is hurting the effort to win the War on Terror.

Yet, as we see in Sen. Joe Biden's (D) Washington Post op-ed today, top Democrats still can't find the guts to push for withdrawing troops, and instead continue to drone on with the same split-the-difference posturing and weak-kneed whining that has marked their electoral decline in the last few years. As Atrios's Duncan Black notes, all Biden and the D.C. Democratic Establishment seem to be able to muster is, "If only a bunch of stuff that won't happen would happen, Iraq would be a lot of fun."

read more here

Free trade, baby!

The beauty products from the skin of executed Chinese prisoners

· Cosmetics firm targets UK market ·
Lack of regulation puts users at risk

A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, an investigation by the Guardian has discovered.

Agents for the firm have told would-be customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they have been shot. The agents say some of the company's products have been exported to the UK, and that the use of skin from condemned convicts is "traditional" and nothing to "make such a big fuss about".

Ian Cobain and Adam Luck
Tuesday September 13, 2005
The Guardian

Who is Garrison Keillor and why is he such an idiot?

Garrison Keillor is "suing" a blogger over a t-shirt. Actually he is just using his lawyer to bully a blogger. What an asshole.

I just thought he was insanely boring, now I know he is also stupid. Won't he just dry up and blow away already.

Read more here.

Democratic traitors in NYC... well, they are rich and white...

Bloomberg shows 'em Dem money


Hoping to sock Democratic challenger Fernando Ferrer right where it hurts - in the checkbook - Mayor Bloomberg moved swiftly yesterday to trumpet his backing by some of the city's biggest Democratic givers.

The group, dubbed Democrats For Bloomberg, was supposed to convey a sense of broad, cross-party support for the Republican mayor as he heads toward November's election.

But these weren't just any Democrats: There was Steven Rattner, the financier who was a fund-raiser and adviser to presidential candidate John Kerry.

There was Roger Altman, deputy treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton, and Alan Patricof, big giver to Democratic presidential hopeful Gen. Wesley Clark.

"While we honor and love our party," said Rattner, "we recognize our higher obligation to our city. That's why we are here today - to say to our fellow Democrats, you can be true blue and still be true Bloomberg."

The event was the culmination of efforts by Bloomberg to choke off funds to the eventual Democratic nominee by locking up the party's most stalwart givers. Bloomberg, a billionaire and former Democrat, is financing his own big-money campaign.

Rattner, whose wife, Maureen White, is finance chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said the message was clear.

"I think we are basically saying to Democrats, 'Do whatever you think is right,'" he said. "But ... if you support the mayor, then presumably you are not going to be giving to other candidates."

So why is she head of the DNC finance committee if she and her husband give to Republicans.

Bloomberg has gone out of his way to be loyal to the GOP, even at the cost of the city. But these supposedly loyal Democrats are funding his campaign. Why?

I think it's time to ask why these people are supporting a Republican. What are their reasons? They're his friends? Or are they afraid of having a Puerto Rican mayor? Which is it?

from The News Blog

DLC deathwatch...

Turncoat St. Paul mayor is, wait for it -- DLC star
You can't make this shit up.

Remember Randy Kelly, the St. Paul mayor I blogged earlier today? The Democratic mayor, who endorsed Bush in 2004, took a beating in his city's primary, coming a distant second to a challenger, and is poised to be swept out of office in November.

St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly could be in for the fight of his political life after receiving barely half as many votes as former City Council Member Chris Coleman in Tuesday's primary [...]

Coleman outdistanced Kelly by 52 percent to 27 percent, with Kelly coming perilously close to dropping behind Green Party candidate Elizabeth Dickinson, who received 19 percent. Coleman and Kelly will face off in November [...]

Kelly faced voters for the first time Tuesday since endorsing Republican President Bush in 2004. [...]

The top two vote-getters face off in the general election in November, so Kelly will definitely have the opportunity to lose again.

Now wouldn't you know who shows up in the DLC's 2003 "100 To Watch" list? A certain mayor of St. Paul. Not only that, but they love Kelly so much that they profiled him in their magazine in 2002 and made him "New Dem of the Week" in both 2002 and 2003.

That's some serious praise they've heaped on the guy. And the sad part is that being a Bush-endorsing Democrat lines up nicely with the DLC agenda. It's not as if he strayed from the DLC path.

from Daily Kos

The conservative movement in a nutshell...

To reach $62 billion in savings, Cato Institute analysts Chris Edwards and Stephen Slivinski have proposed cutting NASA in half, slashing energy research and subsidies just as Congress is gearing up to increase them in the face of soaring gasoline prices, cutting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' budget by $4.6 billion after its levees failed to protect New Orleans, and eliminating $4.2 billion in homeland security grants while lawmakers are debating the nation's lack of preparedness.

from Washington Post

via Daily Kos

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Mission Accomplished!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

About time...

Judge Rules Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional
By Melanie Hunter. ( - A federal judge in California Wednesday ruled that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional. The case was brought by two families represented ...
Judge: Pledge unconstitutional San Jose Mercury News
Pledge Unconstitutional at Public Schools, Judge Says (Update2) Bloomberg
News Hounds - BBC News - Boston Herald - San Francisco Chronicle

from google news.

If people are dying, than someone is lying.

I had hear that the number of journalists killed since the start of the invasion was 66. That number surpasses the 63 journalists killed over 20 years of conflict in Vietnam. They are saying only 40.... 13 being kills by US troops. Still pretty impressive... Maybe THAT'S what happend to the Liberal Media! One thing is certain this whistle blower will be made to pay.

Watchdog slams US forces for media deaths in Iraq

A media watchdog criticized the U.S. military on Wednesday for consistently failing to investigate the killing of journalists in Iraq by its forces, and said the Pentagon was losing credibility as a result.

The report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, said U.S. troops had killed 13 journalists since the U.S.-led war started in March 2003, and at least 40 other reporters had been killed in the conflict.

From Yahoo News

Good News

House backs hate crime measure protecting gays

By Joanne Kenen1

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday unexpectedly backed a measure to expand federal hate crime protection to gay people, a measure that House conservatives had blocked for years.

The Senate has passed similar legislation, which also expanded protections for the disabled, several times in recent years but House conservatives had argued that these cases should be dealt with on a local or state level without additional federal intervention.

From Yahoo news

Massholes can't drive worth a shit, but at least they have hearts.

Massachusetts Legislature rejects proposed amendment banning gay marriage

The Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that sought to ban gay marriage but legalize civil unions, a year after the state performed the nation's first government-sanctioned same-sex weddings.
by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press


No seriously... these are "respectable religious beliefs"

Pope Benedict Tells Exorcists To "Carry On Their Important Work"...

Orthodontists have national conventions, as do lawyers and computer salespeople. So why not exorcists? At the end of his weekly general audience Wednesday Pope Benedict greeted Italian exorcists who, he disclosed, are currently holding their national convention.

The Pope encouraged them to "carry on their important work in the service of the Church."

from huffington post

Don't left that Giant Boogie man in the sky is ALWAYS watching.

Senate Republicans Kill Independent Katrina Response Investigation

Every Republican but LA's Vitter voted "no" (he didn't vote at all) - including that scumbag alleged moderate Chaffee. Every Dem plus Jeffords voted "yes."

from daily kos

Yahoo... turns in journalist to Chinese Police... Have you been Yahooed?

HONG KONG: Yahoo, Chinese Police, and a Jailed Journalist

The role of Yahoo in helping Chinese security officials to finger a journalist sentenced to 10 years for e-mailing "state secrets" is filtering into mainland China. The revelation reinforces a conviction among Chinese "netizens" that there is no place security forces can't find them.

from corpwatch

Glenn Beck calls Katrina victims "Scumbags"

Clear Channel radio host Glenn Beck referred to Hurricane Katrina victims who could not leave New Orleans as "scumbugs."

From the September 9 broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program:

"But the second thought I had when I saw these people and they had to shut down the Astrodome and lock it down, I thought: I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9-11 victims. These guys -- you know it's really sad. We're not hearing anything about Mississippi. We're not hearing anything about Alabama. We're hearing about the victims in New Orleans. This is a 90,000-square-mile disaster site, New Orleans is 181 square miles. A hundred and -- 0.2 percent of the disaster area is New Orleans! And that's all we're hearing about, are the people in New Orleans. Those are the only ones we're seeing on television are the scumbags -- and again, it's not all the people in New Orleans. Most of the people in New Orleans got out! It's just a small percentage of those who were left in New Orleans, or who decided to stay in New Orleans, and they're getting all the attention. It's exactly like the 9-11 victims' families. There's about 10 of them that are spoiling it for everybody."

from Media

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Asleep at the wheel....

Bush Not Aware That His Own FEMA Director No Longer Works For Him

“Maybe you know something I don’t know.”

That was President Bush’s reponse to a reporter who asked whether he had heard that his own FEMA director, Michael Brown, resigned today from the administration. For the second time today, Bush demonstrated that the Commander-in-Chief is not on top of things.

The Right Wing Myths about Katrina, Debunked

Katrina Time Line

[From think progress blog]

Monday, September 12, 2005

Hodes for Congress District 2

This guy is the one to send the Prince of Pork, Charlie Bass, back to the private sector. Howard Morse and his buds are coordinating a phone bank for Mr. Hodes this week and the message is...

Paul Hodes for Congress phone bank
Start:Wed, 09/14/2005 - 6:00pm
Location:Office Shaheen & Gordon 107 Storrs St Concord
We are hosting a phone bank for Paul on: Wednesday, September 14th Food will be served at 5:30pm; followed by a brief training with the candidate and work the phones until 9pm. It will be held at the office of Shaheen & Gordon, 107 Storrs St., Concord.

We’d like to have about 20 people, so if any of you can bring friends or relatives or can suggest others that might be willing to help out, please let me know. Please come and help. It is crucial that we get the word out to people early on in this race, and that we show the party that Paul is a strong candidate, by raising lots of money.

Can you please let me know if you are available and willing to come and help Paul’s in his campaign. Contact with an RSVP or if you have questions, or names of anyone who might help.

Let's hope the NHDP party heads, with their lack of positive strategy solutions and plethora of self serving efforts, don't decide to run some ass against Mr. Hodes in the primaries. You know, someone related to the Exec Director and the Second Vice Chair. That would be tragic for all concerned not to mention counter productive and certainly not what the D's need... another family member running and ruining the show.

Good luck Paul. I'll put that sign on my lawn again this year.


Sunday, September 11, 2005



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