Gone to A. C.

My wife and I are going to Atlantic City for the weekend and I won’™t be blogging, though the rest of the crew here will certainly contribute this holiday weekend. Let me leave you with a couple tidbits. . .

Eric Alterman has some nice quotes up. The Stephen colbert one is priceless. [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

My wife and I are going to Atlantic City for the weekend and I won’™t be blogging, though the rest of the crew here will certainly contribute this holiday weekend. Let me leave you with a couple tidbits. . .

Eric Alterman has some nice quotes up. The Stephen colbert one is priceless.

The Telegraph looks into the Pequot SEC probe that got quashed. Gosh, it sure looks to be cronyism. . .

And Chris Floyd has a nice little piece about Bush eroding our Civil Liberties. Heck, he’™s got a good link to Gelnn Greenwald there, too.

See you all Monday.

Friday, June 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

No. 6: A controlled mass media

As Bush likes to say about his job, ‘œIt’™s hard work’ and he’™s right. Imagine implementing the 14 characteristics of fascism in the land of the free and home of the brave, even with the help of the Rendon Group. Like his predecessors, Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot, we can rest assured he’™s only doing [...]

Commentary By: Gloria

As Bush likes to say about his job, ‘œIt’™s hard work’ and he’™s right. Imagine implementing the 14 characteristics of fascism in the land of the free and home of the brave, even with the help of the Rendon Group. Like his predecessors, Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot, we can rest assured he’™s only doing it to protect us.

The assault on the media this week is blamed on the ‘œleaking’ of the Swift Program and the alleged damage it has wrought on the war on terra. Despite the fact that Bush has announced the gov’™t is using financial surveillance as a tool in several public speeches, we’™re supposed to believe the terrorists were too dumb to log onto the internet and see that Swift freely admits it complies with law enforcement and international financial task forces.

Congress did us all a favor by leaving us alone for a day and passing a non-binding resolution condemning the leaking of classified information, even when it isn’™t.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday condemned public disclosure of secret surveillance programs as Republicans stepped up their criticism of news media that published details of a bank-monitoring program last week.

By a largely party-line vote of 227 to 183, the House passed a nonbinding resolution condemning the disclosure of classified information and declaring that the House ‘œexpects the cooperation of all news media ï–¿–½ by not disclosing classified intelligence programs.’

From the ‘œwhere-have-we-heard-this-before’ department, a military colonel tells us the only way we can lose the war is if Americans know that people die in it.

And Fox News comes up with the bright idea of opening an official government ‘œOffice of Censorship.’ This is directed at NYT, of course, because they had to close down the official office of ‘œhyping-up-false-claims-of-WMD’ when Judy Miller ran it off the rails.

What have you done to catapult the progaganda lately?

Friday, June 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Media

A Few More “Bad Apples” in Iraq

The whole damn bushel is spoiled. With each reported atrocity, whether true or not, Americans in Iraq are being viewed in the Islamic world more like the Visigoths sacking Rome. From AP:

BEIJI, Iraq – Five U.S. Army soldiers are being investigated for allegedly raping a young woman, then killing her and three members [...]

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The whole damn bushel is spoiled. With each reported atrocity, whether true or not, Americans in Iraq are being viewed in the Islamic world more like the Visigoths sacking Rome. From AP:

BEIJI, Iraq – Five U.S. Army soldiers are being investigated for allegedly raping a young woman, then killing her and three members of her family in Iraq, a U.S. military official told The Associated Press on Friday.

The soldiers also allegedly burned the body of the woman they are accused of assaulting in the March incident, the official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case’¦

Osama’™s going to be getting a lot more PR in the Arab world today, above and beyond the release of his latest tape today.

Friday, June 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq,Permalink

Diebolding The Mexican Election?

This coming Sunday, voters in Mexico will go to the polls to elect President Vincete Fox’™s successor. Chris Bowers at MyDD has called the election the ‘œsecond most important’ in the world this year – my only disagreement with Chris is that I think Mexico’™s election is arguably the most important. It is [...]

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This coming Sunday, voters in Mexico will go to the polls to elect President Vincete Fox’™s successor. Chris Bowers at MyDD has called the election the ‘œsecond most important‘ in the world this year – my only disagreement with Chris is that I think Mexico’™s election is arguably the most important. It is an election that decides whether the people of Mexico wish to maintain the status quo, or join the ongoing Latin American revolution and begin to throw off the shackles of the WTO, World Bank and the failed experiment of globalization. So, it goes without saying that this is a very important election for the Bush administration.

As with U.S. presidential elections, there are several candidates for the position, but only two leading contenders – Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Felipe Calderon.

Calderon is seen as the natural successor to Fox, and a maintainer of the status NAFTA quo and good relations with the Bush administration. Obrador is a populist candidate, who seeks to stem the flow of illegal Mexican aliens to the U.S. by engaging in a unique concept: giving the working poor a reason to want to stay in their home country by improving the availability of decent jobs, enhancing educational opportunities for the working poor, and upgrading social services.

Let’™s think about something for a moment. If you were a citizen of another country, and the opportunities were available to feed your family, as well as have a ‘œlife’ (kind of the middle class holy grail here in the U.S.), would you be inclined to leave your country for the supposedly greener pastures of the U.S.? Of course not! Yes, there would still be some folks trickling over the border, but not the torrent that currently befuddles governors of border states in both the U.S. and Mexico, and indeed the entire apparatus of the GOP-controlled federal government. (Or at least you’™d think it’™s befuddling congress and the executive branch, if listening to the current jingoistic debate on immigration issues was any true indication.)

QED, you’™d think that Bush administration would be supporting the candidacy and social support platform of Obrador, because Obrador is very high on keeping Mexicans in Mexico. As usual, in our up-is-down, war-is-peace world, you’™d be wrong. The globalization / corporatist crowd that runs things in Washington is solidly behind Calderon. How solidly? Think ‘œDiebold’ solid’¦

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Friday, June 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Latin America

Dobson on Gay Marriage

Evidently he thinks the campaign to outlaw gay marriage is just like the campaign to outlaw slavery. Gay marriage = slavery? What in the WORLD does he think goes on in those gay marriages, and is he jealous or something?

CNN’™s coverage includes a Dobson column, Media Matters’™ take shows Dobson’™s folly [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Evidently he thinks the campaign to outlaw gay marriage is just like the campaign to outlaw slavery. Gay marriage = slavery? What in the WORLD does he think goes on in those gay marriages, and is he jealous or something?

CNN’™s coverage includes a Dobson column, Media Matters’™ take shows Dobson’™s folly in full flower by examining the ravings on video, and here’™s a little protest letter you can sign that will be sent to Dobson.

A final aside. Mr. Dobson, gay marriages work about the same as mine does. We divide up household assignments, argue politely over who gets which section of the Sunday paper first, and work cooperatively (somewhat) in decorating, home repairs, and laundry (which I will move to the dryer in ten minutes, dear!). Marriage is about partnership, and marriage is mundane when it works, at least most of the time. Then there are those times when I am reminded that this particular marriage is the best thing in the world that will ever happen to me, that the argument over stretching exercises isn’™t worth it, etc. Marriage has that warmth, too, and from my experience with gays and lesbians in committed relationships, they feel that also.

What the HELL am I doing addressing remarks to James Dobson? Who the FUCK am I kidding? He just compared his bigoted and hate-filled campaign to the abolition movement. Sure, a stupider comparison might have been to compare his campaign to a platypus, but not a whole lot stupider. Man, it’™s too early in the morning!

Here in Philadelphia, because of Dobson’™s remarks, Lucretia Mott, God rest her soul, is spinning in the grave, along with her fellow leaders of the abolitionist movement. Today Quakers and the like, who were core abolitionsists, are also the core of Christians who work tirelessly for the rights of gay and lesbian citizens. No, Dobson’™s remarks are not only insulting black Americans, or abolitionists. Dobson’™s remarks are insulting true Christians who care for the aspirations and desires of their fellow citizens. .

Friday, June 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Holy War

Why I Love My Wife: Because She’s a Republican

Oh, sure, she’™s an endangered species as well, one of the last moderate Republicans in the country. She supports abortion rights and gay rights, hates deficit spending, is as skeptical about Bush’™s unilateral foreign policies as I am. Heck, I wonder sometimes how she can remain a Republican ‘” even if the party [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Oh, sure, she’™s an endangered species as well, one of the last moderate Republicans in the country. She supports abortion rights and gay rights, hates deficit spending, is as skeptical about Bush’™s unilateral foreign policies as I am. Heck, I wonder sometimes how she can remain a Republican ‘” even if the party decides to divorce itself from the Christian Right it will take 20 years for her to feel comfortable. Still, I love that she’™s a Republican, because she’™s also given money to Republican candidates in the past (she says I must add that these were ‘œnormal’ Republicans), and that means we get Republican fundraising mailings. Yeah, we get those mailings they think are going to folks to whom they’™ve already sold the koolaid. Even the mailings from Rick Santorum.

As such, this post is a celebration, because from the mailing sent to the wife of the SpinDentist (honey, won’™t you let me call you ‘œSpinLawyer?’ ), it appears that Mr. Santorum is running against Hillary Clinton and others.

The Democrats’™ leading candidate for president and a passionate defender of abortion comes to Philadelphia to raise big money for Robert Casey, Jr., who claims to be pro-life. Why?

Because Hillary Rodham Clinton knows Bob Casey will be a body in the Senate, little more. Charles Schumer, John Kerry, Harry Reid, Teddy Kennedy and the rest of the rabidly pro-abortion members of Casey’™s party know it, too.

In fact, ultra-liberal Barbara Boxer went so far as to declare that defeating me would be a ‘œpro-choice victory.’ The California Senator said aloud what we’™ve all been thinking.

. . . if Casey wins, his voice, and yours, will be silenced as liberals who control the Democrats in the Senate work to forward a far-left agenda that flies in the face of the needs of Pennsylvanians and their families.

There, that’™s enough of the quoting of Ricky’™s fundraising machine. Don’™t want any of your eyes to burn out of your heads or anything. Let me take this point by point. . .

I’™m not sure where to begin with the dishonesty of this fundraising letter.
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Friday, June 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

Rats Fleeing Ney

From DSCC and then from RawStory. both articles reference RollCall.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

From DSCC and then from RawStory. both articles reference RollCall.

Thursday, June 29th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

Blog and Run: Brad on Dobbs, and Why I’m not an Economist

 

Two quick items.

Brad Friedman of BradBlog will be on Lou Dobbs tonight, and possibly tomorrow as well, discussing e-voting machines and the recent Busby mis-election. Brad has literally owned the e-voting story in left blogistan, and has documented time and time again the irregularities and opportunities for fraud. Lou Dobbs has picked up [...]

Commentary By: Richard Blair

Two quick items.

Brad Friedman of BradBlog will be on Lou Dobbs tonight, and possibly tomorrow as well, discussing e-voting machines and the recent Busby mis-election. Brad has literally owned the e-voting story in left blogistan, and has documented time and time again the irregularities and opportunities for fraud. Lou Dobbs has picked up the scent of voting machine fraud recently, and with him as an advocate, Brad’™s job can only become easier.

Also, the Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates again today. The quarter-point hike is going to have a significant ripple effect throughout the economy. Already, those who have adjustable rate mortgages are feeling the Greenspan / Bernanke pinch. Rates were hiked ostensibly (according to business reports) to ‘œstem inflation’. I have a clue for the Fed – check oil prices – that’™s what is driving inflation, and going to literally cripple the economy in the next few months (this from a trucker acquaintance of mine). And how did Wall Street respond to this hike? Like a drunk sailor finding a $20 bill lying on the sidewalk. Wheeeee!!

Like I said: that’™s why I’™m not an economist. I don’™t understand how a piece of financial news that seems so inherently bad is viewed as good, and sends the market into euphoria. Perhaps Wall Street’™s response was to the public expectation setting of the past few days that the hike would be a full half of a percent.

But what do I know?

Thursday, June 29th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: General,Permalink

Staff Sargeant Raymond J. Plouhar

That’™s him over on the right, but you probably don’™t recognize him. That is also Staff Sgt. Plouhar down on the left, giving out candy to Iraqi children, and you won’™t recognize him there, either. Still, Raymond J. Plouhar is a movie star, and many, many Americans saw him on the screen [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

That’™s him over on the right, but you probably don’™t recognize him. That is also Staff Sgt. Plouhar down on the left, giving out candy to Iraqi children, and you won’™t recognize him there, either. Still, Raymond J. Plouhar is a movie star, and many, many Americans saw him on the screen during the last two years. By starring in the movie, Staff Sgt. Plouhar will likely go down in history as one who made a difference, though unwittingly. Here’™s the story, which is somewhat sad.

A Marine who appeared in Michael Moore’™s documentary ‘œFahrenheit 9/11′ has died in Iraq.

Staff Sergeant Raymond Plouhar was serving as a recruiter in Flint, Michigan, when Moore showed him approaching prospective recruits in a mall parking lot. In the film, he said it was ‘œbetter to get them when they’™re in ones and twos and work on them that way.’

He was working as a recruiter after he’™d taken four years off from active duty after donating a kidny to his uncle.

Plouhar appeared willingly in the movie, which criticized President Bush’™s actions after Nine-Eleven.

No, Fahrenheit 9/11 did not stop this stupid war, but if the war ever stops that movie will have contributed mightily, and Plouhar, however unintentionally, shows the folly of the war in the role he played.

It is an ironic pity Staff Sgt. Plouhar was blown up by a roadside bomb this week.

Thursday, June 29th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

George Bush Leaks Classified Identity

AfterDowningStreet has it. Seems Bush and his team were so eager for good publicity they bungled and told the world who was in charge of a very hush hush unit of the military.

I hope he shares a cell with Bill Keller.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

AfterDowningStreet has it. Seems Bush and his team were so eager for good publicity they bungled and told the world who was in charge of a very hush hush unit of the military.

I hope he shares a cell with Bill Keller.

Thursday, June 29th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.