Thursday, October 16, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Interestingly, her opposition to the Polar Bear and now the Beluga Whale being placed on the Endangered Species List are driven by self serving greed on her part. The first decision of placing the Polar Bear on the Endangered Species list could negatively impact her husband’s fishing business, as well as his financial interests in North Slope Oil Drilling (he works as a independent consultant for BP Oil, and broke his promise to quit that job if his wife were elected Governor).
The Beluga Whale being placed on the Endangered Species List threatens Sarah Palin’s own favorite PORK BARREL Project, Alaska’s second bridge to nowhere, the one that would connect Anchorage to the little, small, out of the way town of WASILLA! Let me repeat that… The Beluga Whale being placed on the Endangered Species List threatens Sarah Palin’s own favorite PORK BARREL Project, Alaska’s second bridge to nowhere, the one that would connect Anchorage to the little, small, out of the way town of WASILLA!
Sure we all remember the $350 Million Dollar Bridge to Nowhere, the one that Sarah was for before she was against it. Yet, the press has paid scant attention to the second $600 Million Dollar Bridge to Nowhere project, the bridge that would connect to the small outpost of 7,000 known as Wasilla, Alaska. If you are grabbing your calculators, the Federal Government would be spending about $89,000 per citizen in Wasilla to build this Second Bridge To Nowhere. Thankfully, Friday’s decision on the Beluga Whale’s greatly complicates this bridge project, possibly kills it…which is a good thing, since Sarah Palin’s running mate ferociously opposed the project as far back as 2005.
The listing has the potential to affect major Alaska projects including an expansion of the Port of Anchorage, additional offshore oil and gas drilling, a proposed $600 million bridge connecting Anchorage to Palin's hometown of Wasilla and a massive coal mine 45 miles south of Anchorage.
NOAA list’s some obstacles to recovery of the Beluga Whale which include:
· Beach strandings of beluga whales;
· Continued development within and along upper Cook Inlet and the cumulative effects on important beluga habitat;
· Oil and gas exploration, development, and production;
· Industrial activities that discharge or accidentally spill pollutants;
· Predation by killer whales.
Sarah Palin is already on record as opposing the Beluga Whale’s Endangered Listing, as well as the one declared for Alaska’s declining Polar Bear population, questioning the Scientific Conclusions of some of the world’s foremost Scientific Experts. Her biggest objections to these two listings are financial ones, as these listings hinder oil and natural gas drilling, as well as threatening her Second Bridge to Nowhere Project.
The Department of Interior has proposals that would make new oil leases available in the Cook Inlet with a value estimated at or above $1.38 Billion of new Energy Resources. The decision to put the Beluga Whale and Polar Bears on the Endangered Species List puts these leases in serious jeopardy.
Thanks to a Earmark from Republican Rep. Don Young (who has property interests near the bridge), $42 million dollars has already been wasted studying Sarah Palin’s second bridge to nowhere, which would route traffic across a narrow finger of water known as Knik Arm inlet and towards Wasilla. Meanwhile, banking on Sarah Palin’s pull as Governor of Alaska, as John McCain’s running mate, Wasilla is moving full steam ahead in pushing this Second Bridge to Nowhere forward, in getting the plans approved, and the funds EAR MARKED before the Beluga Whale derails their beloved Pork Barrel Bridge to Wasilla.
Friday, October 17, 2008
NASHUA, N.H.—If Sen. John McCain wins the presidency and carries New Hampshire, his daughter promises she'll carry a permanent reminder of the state.
While campaigning for her dad in Nashua on Thursday, Meghan McCain said if the senator becomes president, and wins in New Hampshire, she'll tattoo the state motto -- "Live Free or Die" -- somewhere on her body.
She said she'd probably put the tattoo on her wrist, as her way of commemorating her father's run for the presidency. McCain's win in the New Hampshire Primary in January revived his faltering campaign.
The Republicans are down, but they are not out, and they have a very devious and dark bag of tricks that they are not above pulling out to RIG THIS ELECTION. As example, just look at the Ayars Robo Calls sweeping across must win states. Look at Sarah Palin fanning old prejudices, deliberately encouraging her followers to spew hate speech against Obama. Here in New York absentee ballots went out with the name of Barack Osama instead of Obama. Officials claimed it was an innocent typo....hello, look at the location of the B and S on your keyboard, and it is obvious that it was not an innocent typographical error. Even a official GOP web site put up material calling for the Water Boarding of Obama, comparing him to Osama Bin Laden.
Which begs the question, what will happen if Obama does not win the Presidential Election, what if McCain is elected under a dark cloud of suspicion? Will we see riots in the street? Would our Democracy in its current fragile form fracture and fall apart? Would John McCain have to order our troops into the streets of America and declare Marshall Law in an attempt to restore order. Could we see America as a nation cease to exist as Blue States, tired of the deceit decide to go their own way, and if so, at what cost. Could there be open revolt, even a second civil war within the borders of our nation? Did we not just hear Sarah Palin say she likes to visit the parts of our country that truly believe in America, are Pro American?
Perhaps I have grown to jaded in my waning years, but I am not going to believe in an Obama victory until he is officially pronounced the victor, until he has officially been sworn in and taken office. Something in my gut has me believing that George W. Bush, the Republican Party are going to do something, no matter how vile and repugnant to keep the White House in Republican hands.
Sacramento County Republican leaders Tuesday took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to "Waterboard Barack Obama" — material that even offended state GOP leaders.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento County Republican leaders Tuesday took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to "Waterboard Barack Obama" — material that even offended state GOP leaders.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has pushed the party to try to broaden its appeal, took issue with the site. "In the governor's view, it's completely and totally inappropriate," said Julie Soderlund, a Schwarzenegger spokeswoman.
Hector Barajas, a California Republican Party spokesman, said Democrats have been playing the race card, but that the local party went too far in this instance.
You are on the record as believing the rights of the unborn supercede those of the mother, even in the case of rape and incest. Today on the internet I came across one of the saddest stories I have ever read, and also the perfect example to cite in asking the question, "How can you say a victim of rape should have to give birth to the child created in rape?" A nine year old was impregnated when RAPED by her mother's boy friend. He has been convicted of rape, and faces the possiblity of life in prison. This innocent girl's mother has been convicted for failing to provide proper prenatal care for her daughter.
Nine year old should never be raped. Further, they should not be forced to bring a child into the world, especially not one concieved in rape. Tell me yes or no Mrs. Palin, is it your political and religious belief that a nine year old child who was raped should be denied an abortion?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An eastern Idaho woman whose boyfriend impregnated her 9-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Isabel Chasarez, 27, must serve at least one year in prison before she is eligible for parole, 7th District Judge Brent Moss ordered Tuesday at the sentencing hearing.
Chasarez pleaded guilty in August to failing to provide proper prenatal care for her daughter.
Her 38-year-old boyfriend, Guadalupe Gutierrez-Juarez, pleaded guilty to rape in September. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 28 and faces life in prison.
The girl became pregnant at age 9, sometime between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 2007, authorities say, and gave birth in April.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
In the past few days I've left comments on a couple of their stories because I had either covered the topic here on my blog (such as the World Bank's computers being HACKED), or they were stories about such horrid National Security that I could not resist...well, apparently the National Terrorist Alert News has decided to censor any comments that speak negatively of our Nation's security apparatus, as all of my responses have been removed. Not a problem...from here on out, I'll just share their articles here, and post my comments underneath. My first such example is a story about three very high profile radios that have been stolen from West Point.
West Point Reports Theft Of Radio Equipment Worth $400K - Reward
Army investigators are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to whoever stole more than $400,000 worth of equipment from a warehouse at West Point.
According to the Army Criminal Investigation Command, the crime occurred between 5 p.m. Sept. 16 and 7 a.m. Sept. 17 in a storage facility near Washington Gate.
The perimeter fence around the warehouse was cut, CID reports said, and the “door to the building, although secured with lock and key, was easy to open with a strenuous pull.”
The stolen goods included 330 Motorola Portable Astro Digital XTS 5000 radios, worth $1,142 each, and about 600 Ni-Cad batteries worth $87 each.
The most interoperable radio of its class, the Motorola XTS 5000 radio is an incredibly versatile Public Safety portable designed for mission-critical APCO Project 25 users. APCO Project 25 is a set of industry standards for digital mobile radio designed primarily for public safety agencies.
Investigators publicized the theft and introduced the reward this week. Anyone with information is asked to call Special Agent Jared Kalmes at 938-7548.
Conversely, I would accuse Dana and the rest of the press from failing themselves in their duties. A blogger put together a picture of Obama and a Noose and posted it to the internet with the caption, "The Fucking Solution". Some of us contacted the Secret Service (who apparently is DOING NOTHING), and many more of us have blogged about it. Yet, this egregious assault on humanity, this most viscious of hate speech has been completely ignored by the major media. A noose appears on a college campus, and it is front page news, and makes the six o'clock news, but let some nut job post Obama and a Noose on his blog, and they are fine with that? Or did they leave the story alone because it happened in the heat of an election. Seems to me, that if Dana is going to throw stones in the direction of the Secret Service, he should throw a few at himself as well.
Thursday, October 16, 2008; 1:00 PM
Post columnist Dana Milbank serves as the capital's foremost critic of political theater in his Washington Sketch columns and videos. He was online live Thursday, Oct 16 at 1 p.m. ET to take your questions and comments about the things politicians say -- and the absurd ways they find to say them.
Glad you asked, because I saw this earlier. This is actually about the incident in Scranton, not the one in Clearwater, Fla, that I wrote about here.
I wasn't at the Scranton event, but I have to say the Secret Service is in dangerous territory here. In cooperation with the Palin campaign, they've started preventing reporters from leaving the press section to interview people in the crowd. This is a serious violation of their duty -- protecting the protectee -- and gets into assisting with the political aspirations of the candidate. It also often makes it impossible for reporters to get into the crowd to question the people who say vulgar things. So they prevent reporters from getting near the people doing the shouting, then claim it's unfounded because the reporters can't get close enough to identify the person.
A) It was an attempted hit on the man who picked it up.
B) It was a terrorist attack inside the borders of the United States, albiet a poorly planned and executed one.
Seems to me, that the authorities owe us a bit more of an answer than they have given to us so far.
ST. LOUIS — A packaged "incendiary device" exploded in a suburban St. Louis parking garage on Thursday, injuring the man who picked it up, rocking an office high-rise and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.
The package was sitting near the 69-year-old man's assigned parking spot, but authorities wouldn't say whether he was the intended target. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, said Clayton Police Chief Thomas Byrne.
"He picked up a package sitting next to his car and it exploded," Byrne said, calling the package an "incendiary device" but not elaborating.
"We don't know who set it or why it was there," Byrne said.
The parking garage is shared by office and residential buildings. A Ritz-Carlton Hotel also sits nearby in Clayton, a busy, well-to-do suburb that is the seat of St. Louis County and home to many of the region's biggest law firms, financial offices and other white-collar businesses, as well as posh hotels and restaurants.
The explosion shortly after 11 a.m. rocked the high-rise building, witnesses said. Buildings were evacuated, leaving several hundred people to mingle for hours on a lawn. Full Story
Status of Forces Agreement Being Circulated in U.S. and Iraq Governments
BAGHDAD, Oct. 16, 2008
After months of negotiations, the United States and Iraq have produced a draft agreement outlining how U.S. troops will operate in Iraq, and it is being circulated among the executive branches of both the U.S. and Iraqi governments.
Negotiations on the Status of Forces Agreement, or SOFA, had been deadlocked for months over disagreements about a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal and over whether U.S. troops would be subject to Iraqi laws if they commit crimes.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is "comfortable" with the draft agreement, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said, indicating the key hurdle of legal immunity for U.S. troops in Iraq had been overcome -- though he did not reveal details.
However, a senior U.S. official told ABC News the deal would allow for American troops to be tried in Iraqi courts for crimes committed off-base and when not on missions.
The Iraqi government has pressed for lifting the blanket immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts that U.S. forces currently have in Iraq, should they be involved in crimes. Currently, any offenses are dealt with through the military judicial system.
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Maine is one of only two states (the other being Nebraska) where you can win an electoral vote while losing the state. If you ever needed a clear sign that the fat lady has sung, that John McCain's Campaign is over though the election process marches on, this is it. According to an article in the Denver paper, the McCain Campaign sees an opening in Maine's 2nd Congressional District because of its similarities to Alaska, with its many lakes and its Moose! Enter Sarah Palin and her stump speech there...HELLO, we are talking one Electoral Vote! John McCain does not need one electoral vote, he needs fistfuls of them. When you are taking your number two and sending her off to Maine to chase down one electoral vote, you have officially cried Uncle, telegraphed to America that your Campaign is Toast...can someone pass the Marmalade?
By GLENN ADAMS
Associated Press Writer
BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Republican John McCain's campaign sees similarities between rugged Alaska and northern Maine's expanse of lakes, forests and coastline, and hopes that running mate Sarah Palin can help navigate the terrain.
The campaign believes the Alaska governor and moose-hunting hockey mom will connect with voters in a region where hunting, fishing and snowmobiling are popular.
McCain can win one electoral vote if he takes Maine's 2nd Congressional District, the biggest district in geographic terms east of the Mississippi, a patchwork of forests and lakes that are blanketed by snow for much of the year.
Focusing on a single district could make sense in Maine, one of only two states - the other is Nebraska - that allow electoral votes to be split. It means that even a statewide loser could grab one of Maine's four electoral votes.
"Certainly the 2nd District is within his sights. He can win this district," said Mark Brewer, political science professor at the University of Maine.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
First, on Joe Plumber...first, Joe needs to do his homework, as he would not be better off in a John McCain presidency. McCain's tax cuts are identical to George bush's tax cuts that benefit the UBER RICH. Secondly, the Plumbers Union has endorsed Barack Obama for President. Surely they have reviewed borth candidates and their proposals better than Joe has.
Not sure how many paid attention to John McCain's facial expressions, his never ending sting of angry heaves and sighs throughout the debate. It was obvious that John McCain was having a hard time controlling his temper, and he came across as a very mean spirited and out of control candidate.
Watching the red and green lines on CNN, the debate was clearly won by Barack Obama in the eyes of those undecided voters. In early polling results on CNN, again the nodd goes clearly to Barack Obama, even though more Republicans watched the debtes than Democrats.
I thought Obama gave a strong, yet safe performance. That is all he had to do, as it was John McCain that needed to land a knockout blow, and he failed to deliber. In fact, I think that was the source of his anger tonight...he found out early on that he just could not lay a serous punch on the Obama.
Last note, and would love someone to verify this...after the debatge was over, I would sear I heard John McCain use the term Kid while shaking Obama's hand, as in "Nice job Kid." If that is true, that id disgusting on John McCain's part. Simply stated, Obama wins, and John McCain never came close to scoring a GAME CHANGER.
Obama's energy talking points are SCORING BIG TIME on both the red and green lines!
HE IS OFF THE FREAKING CHARTS.
Onto Health Care....Obama personalizes it right out the door, while McCain heaves again off camera!
Obama speaks facts and intellect, John McCain fumes!
John McCain...health records o line...walk in clinics...we have those for the POOR now, and they are INADEQUATE.
CAREFUL FOLKS...that $5000 is a red herring.
Is John McCain capable of a NEW THOUGHT! He talks JINGLES...Gold PLATED CADILLAC policy...give us a break.
Roe V Wade and the Supreme Court...litmus test question.
John McCain labeled himself a federalist...leaves it up to states.
Both men and women seem to like Obama's Roe V Wades answers based on the red and green lines.
Obama has been off the charts with both men and women in this question!
Last QUESTION...Education...it is FAILING
First, my own thought...take illegal aliens and their children out of our schools till they can speak English at Grade Level.
Obama...reform, and more early education. Recruit new teachers with higher pay...how about MORE RESPECT? Make college affordable.
Again, Obama off the charts with both men and women in the red/green line undecided voter poll.
McCain's solution...charter schools and VOUCHERS....in other words, the same old Bush garbage that does not work.
Troops to Teachers and Teachers America...let us be honest...we do not pay our teachers into to make it worth while for most young adults to consider teaching as a profession.
This debate is OVER, and it is clear that Obama won it hands down! sorry McCain, but you really should pull up stakes in Pa. much like you did today in Wisconsin, and gracefully let the clock run out on Election Day....you have lost the elction, don't lose your reputation too.
GREAT QUESTION....making both candidates defend their Vice Presidential choices.
Good answer from Obama...brings home Joe Biden's HEART.
John McCain on Sarah...a bunch of creap if you really study her record. I want Obama to GO AFTER HER. McCain calls her a breath of fresh air, meanwhile she was just found guilty of an Abuse of Power, and is still under investigation for it.
Obama just SCORED BIG....under McCain budget freeze, autistic children would suffer.
WOW...just in from twitter: sendchocolate I used to LIKE McCain. I did. But he sold his soul for this office. He is NOTHING now...just a shill who wants to die in the Oval Office
HERE IS A NEWS FLASH....you cannot build 45 Nuclear reactors right away.
Halfway home folks, and McCain's anger is spilling out of my television and onto the living room rug.
McCain just brought up the campaign financing issue....OLD NEWS
OBAMA is scoring BIG! He did not really go NEGATIVE on this question, which he very well could have.
McCain again goes negative, and also uses sports! He is WHINING.
John McCain is losing it! He just sighed off camera.
John McCain just said he repediated everyone that has gotten out of line....LIAR What about Al Austin, what about the Noose/Obama internet posting?
AYAR's just came up!
OH GIVE ME A BREAK! John McCain, what about your own ties to Acorn?
Maybe it is time we spread the wealth around some...it is obvious that the Ronal Reagan, George W. Bush, John McCain trickle down economics has not worked for the lower and middle class.
On deficit reduction...
Obama on subject-he is stickig to his stump speech talking points, so far is not letting McCain rattle him in any fashion.
McCain is AVOIDING the second question by going right to his stump points. Further, his spending freeze is a RED HERRING...he wants to FREEZE Social programs, while allowing the military budget to BLOSSOM.
We are almost 1/3 of the way into this debate, and nothing is new, and John McCain is not even close to a knock out punch. Men in the undecided group (green line) are liking the budget freeze rhetoric. Women are not.
End of second post...boring debate, but Obama is winning.
(Taking a quick gulp of Scotch...) Thought I would get my first John McCain "friends"shot in ahead of schedule.
10 minutes until the live blog at www.twitter.com/thefix
Betting that McCain gets the economy, middleclass and "My Friends" all in his opening sentence.
Bob just said hello, so HERE WE GO!
Wall Street...BAM, right to the ECONOMY.
McCain STILL CANNOT LOOK AT OBAMA...Americans are angry. Is blaming the whole economy problem on Fannie and Freddie, which is bull chit. He wants to buy up bad mortgages at full RETAIL...what about those of us who have been slammed that would get NOTHING in the short term out of such a plan.
Obama...right out with worse financial crisis siince Great Depression. Obama wants to help home owners, but in a different fashion.
So far, NOTHING NEW.
McCain going after Obama via the Ohio Plumber. Promises him he will keep his taxes lowe. Joe needs to do some homework!
Tonight, the debate is simple...John McCain loses unless he scores a KNOCKOUT PUNCH, and yes it is that simple.
I'm livid about the Al Austin news, and would love to see a question posed right out of the gate on his joke, and the race baiting that high up Republicans have been involved in these past few weeks since Palin came on the ticket.
As mentioned earlier today, I would also like the moderator to ask both candidates if they will vacate ALL OF GEORGE BUSH's signing statements on day one. Further, do not want to hear any of those cop out answers like, "I would review them." Real committments.
Anyway, we are about 45 minutes from the start, and looking forward to a good debate. My night would be made if John McCain implodes.
You were the Tampa-St. Petersburg’s 2008 GOP National Convention Host Committee CHAIRMAN, and you are the CEO of Austin Companies. Do you really expect us as Americans to believe you did not READ a racist bigoted joke before you sent it out to your TOP SECRET inner circle GOP email list? You sir are a FUCKING LIAR.
Further, you sent out a joke that has both Michele and Barack Obama being assassinated! Do you find that FUNNY you sick twisted FUCK?
Tell me Mr. Pillar of the GOP, Mr. Super Republican FUND RAISER and supposedly well respected Tampa Businessman, do you hate BLACK PEOPLE?
YOU NEED TO OWN YOUR SHIT! Stop trying to act like your forwarding of that racist joke was simply a ill fated mistake on your part. Further, what kind of racist sheet wearing friends to you spend time with to have even RECIEVED THAT RACIST JOKE?
Tampa, 75, CEO, Austin Cos.
A pioneer developer of the Westshore business district in Tampa, Austin is the finance chairman for the Republican Party of Florida. He's had a leadership role in every Republican presidential campaign in Florida since 1972. A member of the Florida Electoral College in the 2000 election, Austin has achieved "super ranger" status this election cycle, collecting at least $300,000 for the Republican National Committee and another $200,000 for the Bush-Cheney campaign, according to Public Citizen. Austin serves as chairman of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority and is on the board advising Jeb Bush or military base realignments and closures.
Updated Oct 15, 2008 at 05:58 PM
Al Austin, a longtime, high-level Republican fundraiser from Tampa, today sent to his list of political contacts an e-mail containing a joke that refers to the assassination of Barack Obama.
When asked about the e-mail, Austin said it was a mistake and apologized and that he wouldn’t knowingly have circulated it. He said he planned to send an apology and retraction to the same e-mail list.
Al Austin/ Tribune file photo
The joke concerns a group of schoolchildren discussing the definition of “tragedy” as opposed to “great loss” or “accident.” The punch line comes when one child says that if an airplane carrying Obama and his wife, Michelle, “was struck by a ‘friendly fire’ missile and blown to smithereens,” the event might be a tragedy “because it certainly wouldn’t be a great loss, and it probably wouldn’t be an accident either.”
Austin acknowledged sending the e-mail to his list of political contacts but said he forwarded it without fully reading it and didn’t know what it said. That list included at least two reporters.
According to the forwarding history on the e-mail, it had gone through at least two other individuals before being sent to Austin on Tuesday.
Austin, a prominent real estate developer long known as one of the state’s leading Republican campaign fundraisers, has served in recent years as finance chairman for both the national and state Republican parties.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
NEW YORK — The United States has slipped into recession, the head of the San Francisco branch of the Federal Reserve, the nation's central bank, said Tuesday.
"The recent flow of economic data suggests that the economy was weaker than expected in the third quarter, probably showing essentially no growth at all," said Janet Yellen Tuesday in an address in Palo Alto, California.
"Growth in the fourth quarter appears to be weaker yet, with an outright contraction quite likely," she said. "Indeed, the U.S. economy appears to be in a recession."
Yellen spoke just hours after official data showed the budget deficit tripled in size in the 2007-08 accounting year to $455 billion, or 3.2 percent of gross domestic product.
Her remarks also followed a dramatic period that saw the U.S. government, for the first time since the Great Depression, partially nationalize major banks in its latest move to restore confidence to badly-shaken financial markets.
Economic downturns are a double blow for government budgets because they reduce tax revenue for governments and increase the need for social security spending in the form of unemployment benefits.
By Gene Laverty
Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Sponsors of Nascar, the No. 2 sport on U.S. television after professional football, are slamming on the brakes because of the world's financial crisis.
General Motors Corp., Chrysler Corp., Sears Holdings Corp. and Chevron Corp. will cut or drop sponsorships next season. Dario Franchitti, the 2007 Indianapolis 500 winner was forced out of the stock-car series by a lack of sponsors.
Teams with family names revered in stock-car racing like Petty, Waltrip and Earnhardt may enter 2009 with unfunded cars. The circuit might even have trouble filling 43-car fields.
``There's maybe 26 teams that have sponsorship for next year, and five or six that have partial,'' said Michael Waltrip, an owner and driver who shored up his finances by selling a stake to Fortress Investment Group LLC founder Robert Kauffman a year ago. Waltrip, 45, faces 2009 with only one of three cars fully sponsored. He said he might have to shut down one team.
Va. Voters Told to Leave Their Campaign Clothes at Home on Election Day
RICHMOND, Va. October 14, 2008 (AP)
The State Board of Elections on Tuesday voted to ban clothing and hats as well as buttons and other paraphernalia that directly advocate the election or defeat of a specific candidate or issue.
The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the ban violates the First Amendment's right to free speech. The board, however, said it has to weigh that against the right to vote free of undue influence or the tension that candidate advocacy might create.
Efforts to enforce a similar ban are headed to court in Pennsylvania. At least four states — Maine, Montana, Vermont and Kansas — prohibit wearing campaign buttons, stickers and badges inside polling places.
Here’s what all of us can do:
1. Donate, donate, donate. I know it’s election season, and everyone is begging you for money. And there are a lot of worthy causes out there. But if you are able to give, this is probably the most important step that you can take to help the NO on Prop 8 campaign.
2. Spread the word. Write blog posts. Email friends and family. Urge others to donate, too.
3. Email Governor Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger has finally spoken out against Prop 8, but as a very high profile and influential politician, indeed one who is a Republican, he is in an excellent position to do more to actively campaign and dispel the myths that proponents of the initiative are spreading. Tell him so.
And if you’re in California:
4. Vote. And get your friends and family to vote, too.
5. Volunteer. Sign up today. Even if it’s only a couple hours of phone-banking, your effort can make a big difference. Even if you’re not in California, you can still click that link and get info on phone-banking from home! (Thanks Pizza Diavola!)
6. Get visible. Bumper stickers, signs, buttons, whatever — showing people in a visible way that there is strong opposition to Prop 8 has a bigger influence on public opinion than you may think.
7. Write a letter to the editor. NO on Prop 8 has the tools to help you write your letter today. Do it, and remember that even if yours doesn’t get published, the more that get written, the more that will show up in print.
Did I forget something? Let me know and I’ll add it to the post. Now get to work!
1. Think the Iraq War is not about oil...one of the areas he had declared unconstitutional would have forbid money from the bill being used TO CONTROL IRAQI OIL!
2. Another section would have required negotiations to have Iraq share in the financial costs of the ongoing war...George Bush claims this would have weakened his powers as Commander and Chief.
In the other bill, he outlawed sections that would have strengthened legal protections against political interference with the internal watchdog officials at each executive agency. (As in INSPECTOR GENERALS!)
Based on this news, based on the fact that George W. Bush has used more signing statements to mutate Congressional Laws than all other presidents put together, I know what the first question in tomorrow night's debate should be. "If you are elected President of the United States, are you willing on your first day in office by executive degree to revoke all of George Bush's signing statements effective immediately?
Bush Declares Exceptions to Sections of Two Bills He Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON — President Bush asserted on Tuesday that he had the executive power to bypass several parts of two bills: a military authorization act and a measure giving inspectors general greater independence from White House control.
Mr. Bush signed the two measures into law. But he then issued a so-called signing statement in which he instructed the executive branch to view parts of each as unconstitutional constraints on presidential power.
In the authorization bill, Mr. Bush challenged four sections. One forbid the money from being used “to exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq”; another required negotiations for an agreement by which Iraq would share some of the costs of the American military operations there.
The sections “purport to impose requirements that could inhibit the president’s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations,” including as commander in chief, Mr. Bush wrote.
In the other bill, he raised concerns about two sections that strengthen legal protections against political interference with the internal watchdog officials at each executive agency.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
CIA Tactics Endorsed In Secret Memos
Waterboarding Got White House Nod
Wednesday, October 15, 2008; Page A01
The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects -- documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public.
The classified memos, which have not been previously disclosed, were requested by then-CIA Director George J. Tenet more than a year after the start of the secret interrogations, according to four administration and intelligence officials familiar with the documents. Although Justice Department lawyers, beginning in 2002, had signed off on the agency's interrogation methods, senior CIA officials were troubled that White House policymakers had never endorsed the program in writing.
McCain Fights for Right to Remix on YouTube
By Saul Hansell
Internet issues have taken a back seat in the presidential campaign. But this week, even as John McCain unveiled his new economic plan, he also introduced a new position on copyright law.
Trevor Potter, the general counsel for the McCain-Palin campaign, sent a letter on Monday to Chad Hurley, the chief executive of YouTube, complaining that the video service, now owned by Google, has inappropriately removed McCain commercials from its site.
The commercials incorporated snippets of television news broadcasts. Using provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the news organizations demanded that the commercials be removed from YouTube because they violated the organizations’ copyrights. Full Article
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Va. Party Leader Criticized, Including By McCain Team
Monday, October 13, 2008; Page B01
RICHMOND -- The chairman of the Virginia Republican Party has compared Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden because of the Illinois senator's past association with Bill Ayers, who has confessed to domestic bombings as a member of the Vietnam War-era Weather Underground.
Virginia Democrats, and some Republicans, are outraged, saying these are the latest in a series of inflammatory statements that the GOP has made against Obama in Virginia, a state that has emerged as a crucial battleground in the election.