Clinton and Spitzer Rally for John Hall
You can view the speech here.
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Today, Eliot Spitzer, our future Governor came to Fishkill and rallied for John Hall.
You can view the speech here.
More here at Daily Kos
Today, Eliot Spitzer, our future Governor came to Fishkill and rallied for John Hall.
I can't help but wonder what that is all about. Well, okay, I have a theory. My neighbor was GOING to be a driver for the Lieberman campaign. He changed his mind (thank goodness!). BUT, the Lieberman campaign committed to paying him $14 an hour. Not huge, right? But they wanted him to commit to 10 hours/day from now until the election.
I'm not mathematician (I can't even spell it right!). Lessee. Ten hours a day at $14 an hour is $140. And if one does this work for the next seven days (as proposed), the drivers earn $980. For many, this may be seen as chump change. To less fortunate others, not so much.
Let's think about this a bit further in that context. I recall during the week approaching the primary, that Lieberman paid $12 an hour to have young sign holders stand on our major roadways. The sign holders (from what I saw) were teens from Hartford. I don't begrudge them from making an honest living. But they don't care what they do for that stinking $12/hour. Could even be that they don't know or believe in what they are doing beyond that paycheck.
I do know that the campaign my son worked on over the summer (in Hartford) also employed these teens from Hartford. Most, understandably, did not have cars or transportation. In some cases, they would be afforded rides by the staff with cars. Others had to be fired because the campaign couldn't accommodate enough transportation for them.
Joe, or someone on his staff, came up with the brilliant idea of pouring more money into drivers so that these underpriveleged kids can earn money to survive in the inner city. Good for them that they can make some honest money. But what does that say about dough-Joe? It feels like exploitation, on some levels, to me.
Am I crazy? I know it's not sweat-shop pay or anything like that. But why is it that Joe needs to use this financial muscle to accellerate his cause? What about his "loyal" followers? You know, the ones that believe in his agenda? Why does Joe need to PAY the less fortunate to champion his cause -- even if they don't know what that is?
PS: Didja "catch" the double entendre of my subject line? Dough, Joe = Dojo. You know, the karate term for where folks fight in the ring.
“The people of Michigan are smart. They know the economy is tied to the auto industry, and we happen to have a larger concentration of those jobs than any state in the country. They want to know if we've got a plan to diversify our economy and bring in jobs, and we do.”...
“Despite having a hostile Legislature, we still got through the main components of our economic plan,” Granholm said. “Plus we got a water protection act we had not gotten for 20 years, a higher minimum wage, an earned income tax credit, a tax credit for manufacturers and new high school graduation standards.
“Absolutely we would continue to work with them. But I would prefer a Democratic legislature because I would like to see a $4,000 scholarship for every single child and an end to restrictions for stem cell research.”...
“Every time I turn on the television and see this president, I get angry,” she said. “This president has been utterly disrespectful of working people. Not only has he refused to meet with the CEOs of the Big Three (automakers), but he's also failed to enforce the trade agreements we have.
“We say all the time, 'NAFTA and CAFTA have given us the shafta,' but now the president has refused to take our trading partners to court, which has hurt Michigan more than any other state.”
As an example of unfair trade, Granholm said Chinese cars can enter the U.S. market with a 2.5 percent tariff, while U.S. automakers have to pay a 25 percent tariff there.
“We are not afraid of trade, but the playing field has to be fair,” she said. “My opponent is someone who lobbied for these trade agreements that have hurt Michigan. He's not a jobs creator in Michigan. He created jobs in China and eliminated jobs in Michigan.”...
“We need a no-worker-left-behind law,” Granholm said. “We need a governor who is going to fight for 40-somethings and 50-somethings who have been left behind by this global economy. I'm going to fight for you. You got my back, I've got yours.”
“Trying to blame Granholm for the shift in the global economy is simplistic to the point of dishonesty. Compounding that tunnel vision is the refusal to acknowledge the massive deficit Granholm inherited from former Gov. John Engler, who gave away a hefty state surplus via tax cuts for business. Who fixed Engler’s hole in the dam? Granholm.”
We are near the finish line. So far, we have:
- Over 800 individual donors
- Raised over $90,000
- Produced and aired TWO GREAT TV ads
- Debated the opponent and won
- Stirred up a lot of noise here
- Put us in a great position to win this thing
What we still have left to do is:
- Purchase some more TV time
- Expand the universe of our final two mailings
- Execute our GOTV campaign
What we need to accomplish this feat:
- Another $10,000 by Monday
I know you have helped us out in the past, and I'm asking you to do it ONE MORE TIME. If you can, please go to our web site and give what you can to help us reach our goal. Any amount is very helpful.
I can't even begin to express the gratitude I feel for all the support this campaign has received. I am both humbled and amazed.
This is our country and it's time to take it back.
Onward to victory and thank you one more time.
The President spoke first. He credited his tax cuts with improving the economy. That is debatable. With the tax rates that existed before the tax cuts, Bill Clinton presided over the creation of 20 million jobs in eight years. Under President Bush, there has been a net gain of 4 million jobs in a little under six years. And even if you start counting, as the President does, when he claims his tax cuts 'kicked in,' in mid 2003 when he had already lost two million jobs, since then there have been six million jobs created in over three years, so less than two million per year. That is still fewer per year (even using the same starting point that the Bush administration uses) than the Clinton average with the old tax rates.
And what exactly did the President suggest would happen if the Democrats took back Congress? That the tax cuts would expire and the old rates would return. Yeah, bring back the economy of the 1990's when they were in force. Only in George Bush's economic view of the world would that be a bad thing. My gosh, we might even get the surplus back. Horror of horrors, wouldn't that be a bad thing?
Of course the economic news out this week suggests that might not be any too soon either. A Commerce Department report on Friday showed that the economy in the third quarter showed an annual rate of just 1.6 percent -- the slowest in more than three years, and well short of the 2.1 percent annualized rate that analysts had forecast. Investment in housing dropped by the most in 15 years (which was way back before Bill Clinton came in and raised taxes to get rid of the deficit).
Meanwhile, Virginia Senate candidate Jim Webb delivered the Democratic radio response. Webb is a former Republican, who served as Navy secretary under President Reagan and received three silver stars in Vietnam and has a son on active duty with the marines in Iraq. Webb said that Bush and his administration have been incompetent in fighting the Iraq war, and that has harmed us in the war against terrorism. This is nothing new, but it points out that the Democrats consider that right now Iraq and the war on terrorism are the most important issues. And they are right.
Webb said, "Since 2003, President Bush has laid out nine different plans for victory in Iraq, none of them serious and none of them workable. And most seriously, this incompetence has hindered our ability to fight international terror."
Webb wrote in 2002 that a war in Iraq would be 'protracted and bloody.' He was right. So he was a logical choice to deliver the response today.
He also suggested that if the GOP retained control of Congress, we will see at least the next two years of Congress and the Senate continuing to rubber stamp Bush's policies on Iraq and we will uselessly lose more troops in what has by now become anybody's guess what exactly we are pursuing anymore.
Webb did offer a solution to this though, at least a plan to make the administration explain what and why we are fighting in Iraq and a plan to finish this war. "A Democratic Congress will demand from day one that the president find a real way forward in Iraq. We'll work with the administration and other Republicans to develop a concrete plan, but none of us are ready to settle for empty rhetoric, or the same old unacceptable results."
The choice is clear.
Rally for Change
Monday, Oct. 30, 2006
Doors Open - 2:45 PM
119 Oregon Road
Cortland Manor, NY
“My biggest issue that I think about all the time," Mr. Bush says, "is the next attack on America, because I am fully aware that there are people out there that would like nothing more than to have another spectacular moment by killing American people. And they're coming.”Too bad this wasn't what Bush was thinking about before 9/11, he might have cut that vacation short and read some reports. Right... not political. Just tell the bobble heads that attacks are on the way and only he knows how to defend us. I wonder if this pimp asked about how port security was coming or how many suicidal terrorists there are in the world now compared to five years ago? Did he ask if Bush would like to have that spectacular attack this week maybe? No. He tells us this is a great man who only has our interests in mind. What a sack of shit! The implication that Gore or Kerry would not be as focused and concerned about our safety is so much crap. The lack of any analysis of the complete mess Bushco has made of everything world wide and how exposed we are to bazzilions of new enemies is a farce. This is all these shits have left less than two weeks out… to hope for disaster or the fear of it. Screw them.
Democratic Congressional candidate John Hall has pulled even with Rep. Sue Kelly in 19th District polling, and the National Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced it now considers the Hall-Kelly contest in the “Red-to-Blue” class of districts moving from Republican to Democratic control.If blogger would allow (dang them anyway) I would put up the picture I have.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who heads up the DCCC Red-to-Blue effort, told a noontime news conference at Croton Point Park that national Democrats believe John Hall is within sight of victory on Election Day.
The news conference was called by the Sierra Club to announce its endorsement of Hall. The 750,000-member environmental organization joins a host of others in supporting Hall, including unions representing two million New York wage-earners.
“The DCCC recognition of our campaign is no surprise to us,” said Tom Staudter, Hall’s press secretary. “Our own polling shows this election to be dead even.”
Staudter attributes the Hall campaign’s success, despite Kelly’s 3-to-1 financial advantage, to its grassroots nature. “Our hundreds of volunteers throughout the
district are knocking on doors and phoning people by the thousands each week,” he said.
“We are taking on Kelly’s ‘air war’—her incessant and entirely negative on-air commercials paid for by special-interest big donors—with our ‘ground troops’, ordinary middle-class and working people who live in the district and want change from the Bush-Cheney-Kelly policies,” Staudter said.
with DeVos’ lack of a plan
John Kerry was supposed to be among the participants, but he never showed up. Frankly, I was glad. Kerry was HERE in East Hartford stumping for Ned Lamont. Kerry made the right choice. Duval is a shoe-in in Massachusetts.
I hope Kerry's involvement moves Ned's numbers. At this point, it's not looking very promising for Ned. I hate to say it, but I feel like Ned is slipping away. I'm not very optimistic right now. Seems Liarman is about to torture the people of this STATE and this NATION for another six years. Sigh. But I will proudly eat my hat if I am wrong!!
On another note, we buried my MIL last Saturday after a very long (IMO) battle. It was a very exhausting process. My husband and I are finding it a bit odd to not be running here, there, and everywhere. To not being apart so much since my husband isn't virtually over his mom's nightly since the end of June. It's nice, but foreign. It will take some time to heal.
And I will admit it. A couple of days ago I put up a post in which I suggested that due caution and diligence be excercised on a story about a rumor swirling around a congressman (who I declined to name in the post.)
Well, I will now name him. He is the Congressman who pretends to represent me here (though he actually resides in Burke, Virginia, over 2000 miles from here), none other than Rick Renzi.
And I will give credit to the blogger who first broke the story (though the specifics have not been verified but the central fact seems to have been): The original story that started the 'rumor' (which is now turning out to be true) was on Lofty Donkey. The link is directly to the story itself.
One article that confirms that Rick Renzi is in fact under investigation by the FBI and the Justice Dept. is this one:
New York Times and another is
In fact, what is interesting is that the stories deal with two different Renzi scandals, one that he steered millions of dollars in Federal contracts to family members (his father in particular) and the other the shady land deal that helped him get elected to Congress in the first place (which I posted on here.
I do believe that the criminal justice system operates at its own pace and whether these investigations are concluded before or after the elections is a matter of how long they need to do their jobs. However, clearly something is brewing and the best bit of news for Renzi is that he has been involved in so many scandals by now that it may take until after the election just to pour through them all.
For three decades, in a rite only Democrats could invent, there was the Shrum primary, in which Democratic presidential aspirants fell over one aother to win the services of the brilliant strategist Bob Shrum, who went on to brilliantly lose eight presidential races, a record far less attainable than, say, Henry Aaron's 755 home runs.
Now comes the Colbert primary, which as fake-news fans know, is the empire of faux bombast presided over by Stephen Colbert weeknights on Comedy Central. It's hard to know the predictive value of the Colbert primary.
But a moment of polite applause, please, for its latest winner. He's John Hall, former rock musician, former member of the Saugerties, N.Y., school board and the Ulster County Legislature, current Democratic Congressional candidate — yet another reminder that in this year of political wild cards, you never know how and where the deck can get scrambled.
"The Colbert Report," for those who go to sleep early, is a sendup of the world of Bill O'Reilly and other cable windbags. True, it's not exactly a primary. And yes, it's usually more a booby prize than a prize prize, one that gives the lie to the adage that there's no such thing as bad publicity.
Still, in the volatile mood of this election, this could be a big moment for Mr. Hall, whose bald head, sober suits and deadpan demeanor say rock star about as much as Kate Moss says sumo wrestler.
One of Mr. Colbert's regular features is a 434-part series on the nation's congressional districts. His show last Thursday featured New York's 19th District, in the heart of the Hudson Valley.
It is, he informed viewers, a place where the trees glow a luminescent green from the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The birthplace of Velveeta, a substance that melts at the first sign of heat, like the current congresswoman, Sue Kelly. It is where she is being challenged by Mr. Hall, late of the pop duo Hall and Oates. Well, none of that is quite true, except for the invention of Velveeta, which was first made in 1918 by a Swiss immigrant, Emil Frey, of the Monroe Cheese Company, and Mr. Hall's electoral challenge. But let's not quibble.
Mr. Colbert said that Ms. Kelly was invited to appear, but declined. Republicans have tended to shun the show since Representative Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia was asked to name the Ten Commandments right after co-sponsoring a bill requiring that they be displayed at the Capitol. Viewers saw him struggling to name three; his press secretary later said he actually came up with seven.
Ms. Kelly's spokesman, Jay Townsend, said he didn't recall receiving the invitation and had never seen the show. "I'm not sure it's her audience," he said.
The audience includes Mr. Hall, who said he usually comes home from a long day of campaigning and watches "The Daily Show" and "Colbert" before going to bed.
"Since I'm living and breathing politics all day long, it's something of a relief to have people make fun of politics," he said.
On the show, he informed a crestfallen Mr. Colbert that he's the John Hall from the band Orleans ("Still the One," "Dance With Me"), not from Hall and Oates. He suffered the embarrassment of a particularly goofy Orleans album cover. And when Mr. Colbert feigned astonishment that Mr. Hall would not have wanted President Bush to use the song "Still the One," Mr. Hall managed to shift into campaign mode like a seasoned pro.
"We're still having fun, and he's still the one," Mr. Colbert insisted.
"Well it was fun except for the increase in the poverty rate," Mr. Hall said. "And it was fun except for the increase in the deficits and the loss of jobs overseas. And it was fun except for the fact that we went to war over what was either intentionally or accidentally miscalculated intelligence."
It ended with the two harmonizing quite nicely, Mr. Colbert doing the melody, Mr. Hall doing harmony on "Dance with me."
In the past, the 19th has been a solidly Republican district, and Ms. Kelly still has a money advantage. But the war is a hot issue, the district has become more blue as people move north from Manhattan, and Ms. Kelly was the chairman of the board overseeing the House's pages in 1999 and 2000. Mr. Townsend said she was never made aware of any allegations of improper behavior. Ms. Kelly is viewed as leading, but the race is considered competitive.
The Hall campaign says it enjoyed the exposure, but both camps agreed with Mr. Townsend when he said, "I don't think it will be decided by who went on Comedy Central."
The key to terrorism is not the act — but the fear of the act
From the transcript:
Researchers, Candidates Have Little Confidence in Machines Designed to Make Elections Easier to Call
There comes a time in our personal and professional lives when we must be held accountable for what we do, or don't do. When we explain who we really are, what we really stand for. This is Sue Kelly's time and she has failed miserably. With her steadfast allegiance to the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq and blind loyalty to a House Republican leadership that has condoned, covered up or contributed directly to corrupt politics while ignoring the needs of hard-pressed middle-class Americans, she has forfeited her right to re-election to Congress. Instead, we encourage voters in the 19th Congressional District to send a new voice with different ideas, and loyalties, to Washington, D.C. — John Hall, the Democratic candidate.
And it is well known by now that Pat himself was critical of the war in Iraq, believing that it was a dangerous and unjustified diversion from the job of finding and fighting terrorists. As an army member however, we have learned his views over time as the men he served with have left the army and been free to share the conversations that he had with them.
What some people still don't know is that when Pat joined the Rangers, he joined his little brother Kevin in doing so. What does Kevin think about the war in Iraq? He couldn't say anything about that until he was discharged from the army last year.
Well, he is now free to talk about it, and he has posted what he thinks, as a guest poster on the blog, Truthdig.com, in a post called After Pat's Birthday
It is Pat’s birthday on November 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military. He spoke about the risks with signing the papers. How once we committed, we were at the mercy of the American leadership and the American people. How we could be thrown in a direction not of our volition. How fighting as a soldier would leave us without a voice… until we got out.
Much has happened since we handed over our voice:
Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that can’t be called a civil war even though it is. Something like that.
Somehow our elected leaders were subverting international law and humanity by setting up secret prisons around the world, secretly kidnapping people, secretly holding them indefinitely, secretly not charging them with anything, secretly torturing them. Somehow that overt policy of torture became the fault of a few “bad apples” in the military.
Somehow back at home, support for the soldiers meant having a five-year-old kindergartener scribble a picture with crayons and send it overseas, or slapping stickers on cars, or lobbying Congress for an extra pad in a helmet. It’s interesting that a soldier on his third or fourth tour should care about a drawing from a five-year-old; or a faded sticker on a car as his friends die around him; or an extra pad in a helmet, as if it will protect him when an IED throws his vehicle 50 feet into the air as his body comes apart and his skin melts to the seat.
Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes.
Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.
Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.
Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.
Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.
Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.
Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.
Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.
Somehow torture is tolerated.
Somehow lying is tolerated.
Somehow reason is being discarded for faith, dogma, and nonsense.
Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world.
Somehow a narrative is more important than reality.
Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.
Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared, and distrusted countries in the world.
Somehow being politically informed, diligent, and skeptical has been replaced by apathy through active ignorance.
Somehow the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country.
Somehow this is tolerated.
Somehow nobody is accountable for this.
In a democracy, the policy of the leaders is the policy of the people. So don’t be shocked when our grandkids bury much of this generation as traitors to the nation, to the world and to humanity. Most likely, they will come to know that “somehow” was nurtured by fear, insecurity and indifference, leaving the country vulnerable to unchecked, unchallenged parasites.
Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice. People still can take action. It can start after Pat’s birthday.
Brother and Friend of Pat Tillman,
This is not the first such testimonial we've seen from former soldiers who have left the service after going to Iraq, though it is certainly among the best written and from a name the people will recognize. And as more and more of them muster out and are no longer muzzled by their service agreements, you will see more of these testimonials. Our soldiers are doing the best job they could be given the circumstances they have been sent to war under, but the lie that the right has perpetrated that the war is uniformly supported by the soldiers who have fought in it, is starting to unravel.
I had the opportunity to see The Mammals in concert last night. They were part of a Benefit Concert for John Hall which also featured Bonnie Raitt. I was humbled by their keen awareness of our country's problems and their knowledge of worldly musicians. They sang a song titled "Solo Le Pido a Dios" which was written by a truly accomplished musician from Argentina Leon Geico.
The Mammals have release a primo CD titled “Departure” which has quite a few extraordinary songs on it. “Alone on the Homestead,” sung from the voice of a woman who has lost her entire family to a war, is a timeless protest song and hauntingly beautiful. Michael Merenda, who wrote the lovely ballad, sings the gender-bending lead vocal, with Ruth Ungar adding harmony.
You can listen to it here.
Tonight, John Hall will be on "The Colbert Report" - 11:30pm on the Comedy Channel.
There is a new poll out for the race in the 19th District in New York.
Special comment on the Military Commissions Act
We have lived as if in a trance.
We have lived as people in fear.
Seems the Lieberman camp didn't want live coverage of the 3PM event. "Reports" are that CBS is behind it, but I have my doubts. No cameras were allowed. No recording devices. Hmmmm. What other famous pug has behaved like this in the past? Remind you of anyone? I'm sure Cindy Sheehan can answer that!
Anyway, we (the people of CT) are not allowed to see the debate until tomorrow evening (it will also be on CSPAN). But I jumped around some of the CT blogs to see what is out there so far. I'd post links, but I'm kind of fried right now.
Just like the debate the other day, Lieberman consistently went over his allotted time. Bob Schiefer finally had enough and would cut off Joey's mike when his time was up. Yay Bob Schiefer! It is reported that LIARMAN is looking for a REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN! What a f*cking nutjob!
It appears Allan Schlesinger is aligning with Ned to knock Joe out. I couldn't believe it when I read:
Schlesinger: If you had someone doing a job for eighteen years, and after eighteen years, their record was one of complete failure, what would you do? What do you think should happen with that person?. . . Ned, you’re a businessman: what would you say about someone like that?Wowzer! I'd say Schlesinger is pretty damned pissed off at the Pug party for feeding him to the wolves and aligning themselves with Joey. Pay back time! Schlesinger has become a popular figure among Lamont supporters. It's an interesting phenomenon.
Lamont: I’d say, “It’s time to go”
This is the first I've heard of this 7 percent thing. Is anyone else familiar with it and could you please explain it in more detail? I believe the Krugman referred to in this article is Paul Krugman, but I don't have a NYT's pay for your Op-Eds account.
It was an interesting debate. This is the first that CT has heard from Alan Schlesinger (R), who -- for all intents and purposes -- was ignored (if not ousted) by the Republican powers that be. I think, at last poll, he had about a 4% approval rating. He seemed pretty decent. He lost it a couple of times. He is ABSOLUTELY INSANE regarding immigration ("build a wall. Let no one in."). But he appears to have not only helped himself. He has helped Ned Lamont.
Lieberman constantly ran over his allotted time without consequence. At least for most of the debate. Near the end, the moderators decided to put a stop to it. The moderator said, "Senator, time's up." With that, they went back to Schlesinger, who parroted, "That's right, Joe, your time is up." It was priceless.
Oh, in the opening statement, Liarman went on a rant about making sure the debate is civil and not wanting attacks (as he pointed to Ned with this comment). He said something about how the "rich" candidate will buy everyone beer and pizza if he attacked ten times or more. It was ridiculous. About ten minutes into the debate, Schlesinger had just finished answering a question. Back to the Liar, who (with his whiney, nasally voice) said, "I've already been attacked five or six times." Boo Hoo. You should have heard the audience boo that comment. It was great.
I don't have a strong sense of Lamont's performance today. I wasn't overly impressed. That could be me, but I REALLY want his campaign to take the gloves off. It's time for some serious fighting.
As an aside, Matthew watched part of the debate at the LOB today. The press corps was watching. They were LOL when Schlessinger made his immigration stance known. Schlesinger, BTW, was in a bit of hot water here in the past. He would go to one of our casino's under an assumed name. Casino officials watched him carefully and determined he was counting cards (to win). They asked him to leave and never come back. He lost something in five figures.
Finally, Matthew met Ned Lamont today (I am so jealous!). While he is home on his break, he is volunteering for Mary Glassman (D), who is running for Lieutenant Governor. Matthew's boss from the Malloy campaign is Glassman's campaign manager. Matthew is very close to his former boss. And they got to take a ride to Quinnipiac Law School. Matthew loved it! The dollar signs are floating in my head. I think he wants to go there after he graduates from WPI. I so need a job!!
"...For the past three and a half years I have watched in horror the mirror image of another Vietnam unfolding in Iraq. As of this writing over 2,700 Americans have died and nearly 20,000 have been wounded while tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, many of them women and children, have been killed. Refusing to learn from the lessons of Vietnam, our government continues to pursue a policy of deception, distortion, manipulation and denial, doing everything it can to hide from the American people its true intentions in Iraq. Sadly, the "War on Terror" has become a war of terror. Never before has this government through its outrageous provocations and violent aggressions placed the citizens of this country in such grave danger. Never have the people of this country been so threatened, never before has life and liberty been in such great peril; not in the two hundred and thirty years since our revolution have we as a people and a nation been at such a crucial turning point. These are dangerous times. A century of arrogance, brutality and aggression has come back to haunt us all. September 11th has happened. The mask has been ripped away. The lie has been exposed and this criminal government now stands naked before the world! These are provocative words, and the truth may be deeply unsettling but when will we speak the truth? When will we end this silence? How much longer will we wait before we are ready to finally admit that the murderer lives in our own house, that this government that we entrusted long ago with the sacred task of protecting life and liberty now, by it's every reckless, unjust and immoral action threatens the lives and liberty of us all?
Have we become so complacent, so coward and intimidated by this government that we have forgotten our own revolutionary birthright of rebellion and dissent? Have we become so paralyzed by the eleventh of September that we would give up our liberty and freedom for the promise of a security that does not exist by a government that now threatens our very lives? What will it take before we finally realize the true reality of this crisis? How many more terrorist attacks, senseless wars, flag draped caskets, grieving mothers, paraplegics, amputees, stressed out sons and daughters before we finally begin to break the silence of this shameful night? Let us open up our hearts and speak in a way we have never spoken before knowing that lives now depend on it, and the very survival of our nation is now at stake. Let not our silence in this crucial moment betray us from our destiny."
Writers on the Loose
Plea Comes As GOP-Allied Nonprofits Stung In Report
Get prepared to go back to the future, folks. If and when we manage to take back one or both houses of congress get prepared to relive those glory days of the 90's, when the Republicans acted like raving lunatics and braindead losers like Chris Matthews blamed it all on the Democrats.This comment will make your day! It reminds me of something that Dors or Chuck would say.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who couldn't find steady work came up with a plan to make it through the next few years until he could collect Social Security: He robbed a bank, then handed the money to a guard and waited for police.
On Wednesday, Timothy J. Bowers told a judge a three-year prison sentence would suit him, and the judge obliged.
"At my age, the jobs available to me are minimum-wage jobs. There is age discrimination out there," Bowers, who turns 63 in a few weeks, told Judge Angela White.
The judge told him: "It's unfortunate you feel this is the only way to deal with the situation."
Bowers said he had been able to find only odd jobs after the drug wholesaler he made deliveries for closed in 2003...
He pleaded guilty to robbery, and a court-ordered psychological exam found him competent.
"It's a pretty sad story when someone feels that's their only alternative," said defense attorney Jeremy W. Dodgion, who described Bowers as "a charming old man."
Prosecutors had considered arguing against putting Bowers in prison at taxpayer expense, but they worried he would do something more reckless to be put behind bars.
"It's not the financial plan I would choose, but it's a financial plan," prosecutor Dan Cable said.
Of course we have seen Republicans cut, cut and cut more from the social safety net until there are holes that are big enough for a truck to fall through. And all of it to finance the trillions in corporate welfare that they have handed out in legislation like the energy bill and the prescription drug bill.
So now we finally see the day when voluntarily committing a felony in order to go to prison is the only option left for an honest citizen who just wasn't one of the winners in the new game of Social Darwinism.
There will be one more debate after this one. Not sure of the date at this time. Lamont's numbers are closing in a bit. But it's not close enough for comfort right now. I suspect, however, Lamont has some tricks up his sleeve that will be coming out very soon.