There's reason to be skeptical of the reports of the primary challenge to Angie Paccione for the Colorado 4th Congressional District Democratic nomination. For several hours today more than 100 experienced and enthusiastic supporters gathered at a Fort Collins picnic to officially kick-off her 2008 campaign.
"Angie for All of Us" is the 2008 slogan. In addition to that, Angie presented enticing hints that the 2008 pursuit of the 4th CD will include new faces to round out an experienced campaign staff.
Judging by the raised hands she already has over 100 experienced campaign volunteers and fundraising donors ready to carry the fight to unseat Marilyn Musgrave. Several campaign facts and analysis points made by Angie Paccione seemed to encourage an already enthusiastic crowd.
Today the House of Representatives finally acknowledged that global warming is a real and serious problem deserving of action. The recognition came in an Appropriations bill and passed with a strong majority, 272 to 155.
The vote break-down among our Colorado delegation was nothing short of predictable. All four Democrats, Udall, Perlmutter, DeGette, and Salazar voted in favor and surprise, surprise, our three Republicans, Tancredo, Musgrave, and Lamborn opposed.
What does not make sense is that while the latter three talk ad nauseam about the importance of the private sector and a free market, they outwardly oppose economic growth in their own state.
Today was also a profitable day for Colorado. Vestas Wind Systems broke ground on a new wind site in Windsor - an investment that will mean $60 million and 400 new jobs.
We applaud Congress's recognition today. It is the first step on a very necessary path to a clean energy economy. We do suggest, however, that our three Republican Representatives consider what economic growth actually means. And until they do, we will continue to talk ad nauseam of the economic opportunity in addressing global warming.
The Legend of the Grey Ghost:
The Grey Ghost represents many things. It is the urban dweller, stripped of all self identity. The Grey faced ones who become faceless drones or zombies in a world gone techno-mad. The Grey Ghost is one (or many), who by day lives this lie as a slave to the technocracy, but by night becomes an equalizer for a higher sense of justice.
Anyone can be a Grey Ghost, which appears in many forms, shapes, and guises. The physical manifestation of the Grey Ghost is usually a male figure in a grey sweat suite, with a hood covering his features. This 'generic' Grey Ghost typifies the covert nature of the Grey Ghost or GG. He appears sometimes to be mist like or intangible. He disappears suddenly, and then re-appears in a different location. This has led to speculation by doubters that there may be more than one manifestation of the GG. Of course there are multiple examples of the energy of the Grey Ghost that are to numerous to list. This all comes down to: The Spirit of the Grey Ghost
Who or what is the Grey Ghost? This question has plagued urban dwellers since the first reports of apparitions in 1700s' England. A large Black Dog is one of the many mysterious forms the GG take on.
Launch of campaign against the "Iraq tax"
New studies demonstrate how tax dollars spent on Iraq affect Coloradans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 28, 2007
CONTACT: Michael Huttner
Denver: ProgressNowAction launched a statewide campaign to tens of thousands of voters to object to the "Iraq Tax", the amount of tax-payer dollars being spent on Iraq with serious trade-offs here in Colorado. The progressive online advocacy organization launched a website www.IraqTax.com http://iraqtax.com asking Coloradans to join the campaign.
"Today, we are launching a campaign to reframe the Iraq war for what it has become: a massive tax on every American family, taxpayer and child," stated Michael Huttner, Executive Director of ProgressNowAction.
Last week the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute released a report on how Colorado continues to fall behind other states in key areas of public investment. (cclponline.org)
The report shows that, among the 50 states, Colorado ranks:
--49th in covering the uninsured and low-income families under Medicaid
--39th in improving our state highways per capita
--48th in per-capital investment in higher education
--34th in per-capita investment in public elementary and secondary schools
Also released last week was a study by the National Priorities Project which showed how Colorado taxpayers will pay $2.1 billion for the cost of the Iraq War in FY 2007. (nationalpriorities.org)
For the same amount of tax dollars, the study shows that the following could have been provided:
--42,840 Public Safety Officers our first line of defense against terrorism or
--760,006 Children with Health Care or
--257 New Elementary Schools or
--391,561 Scholarships for University Students or
--11,138 Affordable Housing Units or
--2,772,721 Homes with Renewable Electricity
This report does not account for the cost of this war in human lives: Colorado's sons and daughters who have been killed serving in Iraq.
This afternoon another memorial service will take place in Colorado Springs for two more Colorado sons who were killed in Iraq.
"The Bush administration and right-wing members of Congress, while claiming they are against taxes, are spending your tax dollars on Iraq with serious trade-offs here at home," stated Huttner.
Increased fuel economy standards are compatible with safety. Some people may oppose clean cars because they view clean cars as dangerous alternative to their existing vehicles. But the science shows that safety will not be compromised with new standards.
A 2002 report by National Academy of Sciences concluded that the technology already exists to raise our fuel economy standard of our vehicle fleet without compromising safety. Most of the technologies that the NAS considered related to engines and transmission and has nothing to do with crash safety.
In a 2004 report by S. Ahmad and D. Greene, evidence was shown that increased mpg does not correlate to higher fatalities. Conversely, their report showed that higher mpg leads to a decreased number of fatalities. Their conclusion was based off of an analysis of data from 1966 – 2002.
The weight of a vehicle is not a determinant of vehicle safety. This conclusion was reached by M. Ross and T. Wenzel in 2002, who found that the quality of the engineering is the key determinant of a vehicle’s safety. Their study demonstrated that compact cars such as the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Jetta have lower driver fatality rates than the Ford Explorer, the Dodge Ram, or the Toyota 4Runner. A later study showed that increased weight actually leads to increased fatalities. T
he safety concern of clean cars has been debunked. Now consumers can make smarter decisions by buying cleaner cars and supporting a Clean Cars program in Colorado. The Clean Cars program would give consumers more vehicle options which take into account both safety and reducing global warming pollution. Get more info on the science behind clean vehicles.
Why is it that when Democrats didn't vote for cloture on bills in the US Senate that it was called a "filibuster" by the media, but now that the Republicans are in the minority and won;t vote for cloture the bills are "blocked" because they "didn't receive the votes" to clear a "procedural hurdle?"
Of course I already know the answer to my own question. The media reports what politicians say and not what they do. Mitch McConnell says the Democrats are filibustering and the media reports that Democrats are filibustering. Harry Reid says they failed to get the votes for cloture, and the media reports that a procedural hurdle wasn't cleared.
Don't get me wrong, I like Harry Reid. But he's lousy at spinning the media, and these days that's all the coverage we get. In a perfect world I'd prefer Harry Reid's accuracy over the buzz-words and sound bites of the Republicans, but this is not a perfect world. The Republicans, from their place in the minority, are still great at spin-- and as a result the coverage still paints them in a better light than they deserve.
Every weekday morning for the past two and a half years, I get up at 4:30AM and read about 35 newspapers for our ProgressNow daily news digest. In addition to putting together a news summary that people seem to like, it helps me to have a good sense of the news of the day before I head to the office.
I notice all kinds of trends in news coverage from day to day. For example, I've noticed over the past few weeks that there seem to be a lot fewer stories about the debate in Congress over the Iraq war. Lots of stories about the deterioriating situation over there, and the failure of the recent "surge" offensive, but less and less about what our elected leaders--especially the Democrats we elected with a mandate to end this disastrous war--are saying in response to the steady stream of worsening news.
As Think Progress notes, that doesn't seem to be an accident.
Major news outlets devoted just 1 percent of their coverage last week to the Iraq policy debate, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. "Those findings are indicative of a trend in recent weeks in which coverage of the political debate over the war has diminished substantially."
The study they cite indicates that Iraq policy debates amounted to 12% of the total news coverage for the first three months of 2007--until the recent vote approving "no-strings" funds to continue the war. Since then everybody, press and Congressional Democrats alike, seem to have clammed up. The debate is still going on of course, now revolving around oversight of the war instead of funding. But it seems neutered. Half-hearted. I hope I'm wrong.
Worst possible conclusion: if there's no disagreement, there's no story--right? If that's what's going on and you've read the final chapter of George Orwell's Animal Farm, the scene won't surprise you.
...as the animals outside gazed at the scene, it seemed to them that some strange thing was happening. What was it that had altered in the faces of the pigs? Clover's old dim eyes flitted from one face to another. Some of them had five chins, some had four, some had three. But what was it that seemed to be melting and changing? Then, the applause having come to an end, the company took up their cards and continued the game that had been interrupted, and the animals crept silently away.
But they had not gone twenty yards when they stopped short. An uproar of voices was coming from the farmhouse. They rushed back and looked through the window again. Yes, a violent quarrel was in progress. There were shoutings, bangings on the table, sharp suspicious glances, furious denials. The source of the trouble appeared to be that Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington had each played an ace of spades simultaneously.
Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
Front page this, Dems. Every day. Don't stop talking about it. Keep pushing. Be smarter than Bush's cheap rhetorical shunts--that's what you said you were doing when you voted to continue funding the war, but followed up with the Iraq Study Group implementation bill. Take control of this war and end it. Otherwise, there may come a day when we don't know who you are anymore.
Last week the Senate made a pass at taking significant action on renewable energy. You know, the kind of energy that would help reduce reliance on foreign oil and help combat global warming. A comprehensive Energy Bill was passed in the Senate, however a Federal
Renewable Energy Standard (RES) was not included. This amendment
would have required that 15% of energy produced in the United States comes from renewable sources by 2020. A federal ruling would have given Colorado the chance to become a significant energy exporter in the West, helping to boost local economies.
Once it looked as though there would be enough votes to avoid a filibuster, certain individuals prolonged the decision long enough to avoid a vote altogether. No surprise, but yet again key players let powerful interests trump public welfare.
James Inhofe, the brilliant Senator who thinks global warming is a hoax, led the opposition with the endorsement of special interests including Big Oil, Coal and Gas. Inhofe did the bidding of Southern Company, Peabody Coal and Exxon Mobil among others. The South's influence, played a big role in the outcome. Because they say they're unable to comply to a Federal RES, they obtrusively lobbied parties from both sides to vote against a 15% by 2020 standard.
One encouraging ruling that came about was the passing of an amendment which increased gas-mileage in cars and light trucks. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards haven't been increased in over 30 years! So, this is a huge step in the right direction for environmental quality. Hopefully this thinking catches on and other productive legislation is passed.
I agree with Todd Gitlin, Talkingpointsmemo.com blogger, that Rep. Rahm Emanuel "has introduced a bill to delete spending for Cheney's office on the ground that Cheney claims, when convenient, that the vice-president's office is not "an entity within the executive branch."
Gitlin adds this:
Update Tuesday morning: The Hill reports that Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer are talking about Senate legislation parallel to Rahm's, and Dianne Feinstein made sympathetic noises on Fox News Sunday
The Democratic leadership is attempting to revive the “compromise immigration bill.” They just don’t get it – nobody likes this bill. Whether conservative, liberal or leftist, the American public recognizes that this bill is bad news. A recent poll from Rasmussen Reports demonstrates how out of touch the supporters of this bill are:
As the Senate prepares to resume debate the “comprehensive” immigration reform bill, the legislation continues to face broad public opposition. In fact, despite a massive White House effort, public opinion has barely moved since the public uproar stalled the bill just over two weeks ago.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 22% of American voters currently favor the legislation. That’s down a point from 23% a couple of weeks ago from 26% when the debate in the Senate began. Fifty percent (50%) oppose the Senate bill while 28% are not sure.
Among the public, there is a bi-partisan lack of enthusiasm for the Senate bill. It is supported by 22% of Republicans, 23% of Democrats, and 22% of those not affiliated with either major party. It is opposed by 52% of Republicans, 50% of Democrats, and 48% of unaffiliateds.
From an ideological perspective, the bill is opposed by 59% of conservatives, 54% of liberals, and 45% of political moderates. Among those for whom none of the traditional ideological labels apply, just 20% are opposed.
Support is found from 20% of conservatives, 32% of liberals, and 18% of moderates.
Just 32% believe it would be better to pass the current bill instead of doing nothing. Forty-five percent (45%) believe it would be better to pass nothing at all.
If the current bill passed, 71% of American voters believe that another bill would be required to focus on securing the border and reducing illegal immigration. That’s up from 65% in our previous survey.
Rasmussen Reports and other firms have consistently found majority support for a hypothetical bill combining border security and legalized status for the 12 million or so illegal aliens already in the country. However, the data has also shown a huge gap between support for the actual legislation and a hypothetical bill. The reason for the gap is simple -- reducing illegal immigration is the first priority for voters but only 16% believe the Senate bill would reduce illegal immigration. In fact, 41% believe the Senate bill would make things worse and lead to even more illegal immigration.
Bernie Sanders - for my money the only true "progressive" in the Senate - makes the case very well at Link. Bernie Sanders was joined by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka at a Capitol Hill news conference to spell out how an immigration bill now under consideration by the Senate would hurt workers in the United States and other countries. Edward Sullivan, president of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, and United Food and Commercial Workers President Joe Hansen also participated in the press conference.
This bill is bad for everyone. Write Senator Salazar and tell him to vote against it.
Give a big "Thank You" to Senator Salazar for a U.S. Supreme Court under the so-called leadership of John Roberts.
"I think we need to start thinking about how to deal with the new era of wingnut judicial activism. If anyone actually thought the Warren Court was activist for trying to right long standing social inequality, they haven't seen anything until they see what John, Clarence, Nino, Sammy and Tony do to expand the rights of rich people and corporations while turning back the clock on everything else. It's going to be a generational battle. I hope everyone realizes this.
I will never forgive Joe Lieberman, Huckelberry, St John and the the rest of the milquetoast losers of that gang of 14. This is on their heads."
From the rulings on the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case to the case of equal pay discrimination is but a taste of what this Court wants to "undo"- the progressive ideals that have brought about a sustainable middle class, justice for all, and a nation in which the rule of law is supreme not the rule of deadlines (see Bush v Gore).
Tell our Senator Salazar to do the right thing for all of the people who live in America. His vote and those of the "Gang of 14" were a sell out to the ideals that makes this nation a progressive nation not a backward, knuckle dragging nation.
Last Wednesday, the DRCOG board voted to expand the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) by 17.2 sq. miles at last night's meeting with the caveat of modeling the expansion and verifying that the expanded development would comply with clean air standards.
This was not good but it was not the worst they could do. DRCOG did not approve including the old Lowry Bombing range which is a state land board project outside the growth boundary. But slowly the UGB is becoming a UGS (Urban Growth Sieve.)
The meeting highlighted the divide the between most of the cities and most of the counties. Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson and Adams counties teamed up to bust the UGB and allow more growth in the unincorporated areas. They argued the whole process shortchanged them and they should be allowed to grow. Their basic position refuses to recognize the fundamental goals of smart growth: orderly development that focuses new growth in already developed areas, mixed use, intelligent design and emphasis on Transit.
More importantly, missing from the UGB busting proponents world view is anything on the costs of sprawl. 1 square mile of development outside the UGB can lead to an increased public infrastructure cost of $33 million according to the models created by DRCOG staff. In addition, regional transportation costs may be as high as $114 million/square mile of outward development.
Environment Colorado submitted public comment requesting that the board either approve the plan without the expansion or postpone the vote until further analysis of the proposed expansion could be done. Reasons for not approving the expansion are that such outward development presents higher public infrastructure costs, increases traffic congestion, and creates more pollution which degrades our environment and creates larger contributions to global warming. The main reason for postponing the vote was that not enough information had been presented to justify an expansion to the UGB. The latest figures from DRCOG staff show that 170 square miles of undeveloped area remains within the current UGB boundary. Until it can be determined that this area could not accommodate the growth, an expansion should not be approved.
Environment Colorado also requested that the board not approve the Lowry Bombing Range Development in Arapahoe County. This land is currently held by the State Land Board in a Stewardship Trust. There is considerable controversy as to whether the area's water supply can support urban development as well as to whether there is a market demand for the site and if the development is in line with the Metro Vision 2030 Plan.
March 19, 2007 - 300 activists – moms, dads, children 1 to 80 show up at the State capitol Building for a candlelight vigil….All the stations were notified. Advisories sent, press releases emailed and faxed. Calls to reporters, the news room…tip lines called…
Well we had Univision interview one person, channel 2 interviewed one person and a picture in the Rocky – no story
A small story with no mention of who we were, why we were there, what or even an accurate when (the 4 questions were NOT answered, your reporter flunked)
100 at Cheesman and 1800 more around the country
May 2, 2007 – 5 pm 160 to 175 people attend a Rally, again at the capitol building at 5 pm, during rush hour.
Again, aged 1 to 80…Veterans of 4 different wars were there!
Active military, businessmen in suits and students; Mothers with strollers and old hippies in tie dyed….
EVEN JOHN EDWARDS knew about it and had his staff shut down their offices for the rest of the day and join us!
Calls, emails, faxes were sent for up to 4 days prior to all the television stations from PBS to CBS; ABC to NBC; Univision and CNN
The Post, The Rocky, Westword…I personally spoke to political writers, photo journalists and editors. The news room, the news desk and whoever would spend a minute. If I could not speak to them then voice messages were left and personal invitations sent….
One reporter showed and interviewed 4 people; Great footage and emboldened speeches bringing the truth to the airwaves but the stories NEVER ran and the footage? Who knows…Possibly taped over for some earth shattering story of someone jaywalking in Cherry Creek or maybe that was the day Paris Hilton got a ticket.
Last night at the Mayan theater was a special sneak preview of Michael Moore's new health care documentary SiCKO. This evening, a rally and press conference were held on the west capitol steps organized by Progress Now. Those with interesting signs and or costumes were invited to an extra screening of the film held later in the evening. The full film release is scheduled for next Friday, June 29th.
I used to think there was no easy solution to fixing our broken health care system. After seeing this film and meeting one of the folks in the film, Donna Smith (she and her husband had to file bankruptcy and move in with her daughter due to bills their health insurance wouldn't cover) it's clear to me the only solution is a national health care plan that covers all Americans. Moore put it best during the press conference: the police don't make decisions on who to help based upon bottom line. They're not going to say, "I'm sorry, I don't think we can help you out as the risk to come to your neighborhood is too high." The fire department isn't run as a for profit business either. So, why is something so fundamental to society as healthcare coverage allowed to operate for profit? I'm no pinko, commie, liberal. I'm not saying folks shouldn't be able to make a buck or two (or a billion) but not on the graves of Americans. Spoiler alert: There was a point in the movie where a doctor was interviewed who analyzed claims for approval or rejection. The doctor with the most rejections was given a bonus for the year. She was told this was okay as they weren't denying care, they were simply denying payment. Ahh, moral relativism.
The attacks are already coming against Moore and this movie, often from those who haven't seen it and have no intention to do so. I asked his opinion on that, the ad hominem attacks, never on the substance of his films. He didn't really have an answer. He said that 20% of this nation will never come around. "However there is a big middle ground of voters who are simply misinformed." Moore continued that they're the same folks who believed their commander in chief when they were told Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction. They believed what they were told as it was hard to fathom at the time a president would lie to take us into war.
So, that's it, if we really do care about American's lives, if we're pro-life we really need to mean it. A single payer plan simply allows one corporation to have a monopoly on health care coverage. Let me remind you of the robber barons at the turn of the century in asking if that's what we really want. Many are still going to swayed by scary words like socialized medicine. Well, really what's so bad about it? Would you rather have a system run by the government offering care to all, or the current system where many have no health care coverage and the many others that do find it's often completely inadequate when they actually have to use it. Really, what price do we put on human life?
As for the comparison to the health care systems in Canada, France, and Great Britain, would it really be such a bad thing if you had to wait a week to see a doctor for something minor if that means everyone and I mean everyone with life threatening injuries gets seen as needed? Heck, I already have to wait at least a week for doctor appointments as it is.
Many of us can prevent this disease because being fat is one of the leading causes of diabetes. 10 percent of Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050 (about 50,000,000 people).
This is a preventable disease for many. What can you do? Read on!
From the American Diabetes Association's recent conference:
"In one presentation, Xuanping Zhang, a health scientist with the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, and colleagues found that an estimated 2.8 percent of people in the United States have diabetes but don't know it.
"There is a relationship between the detection and access to health care," Zhang said. "Not having insurance makes it more difficult for patients to access preventive care.
"The limitation of access to health care really effects the diagnosis of diabetes," Zhang said."
Using data from the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Zhang's group found that lack of access to health care due to lack of health insurance, and not seeking health care, were the primary reasons why these diabetes cases were missed."
6 pm Rally for Michael Moore's "Sicko" TODAY on the westside of the state capitol.
The offices of the President and Vice President of American government is not above oversight.
The view that the Blood King and Queen hold are antithetical to what the Constitution means in the relationship between the three co-equal branches of our representative democratic form of government.
From the LA Times:
"An executive order that Bush issued in March 2003 — amending an existing order — requires all government agencies that are part of the executive branch to submit to oversight. Although it doesn't specifically say so, Bush's order was not meant to apply to the vice president's office or the president's office, a White House spokesman said."
This is a hit piece on John Edwards by the New York Times. The mass media will be just as biased in the upcoming presidential campaign as it was in 2000 and 2004.
Isn't it time for reporters to actually do their job rather then be a mouth piece for the RNC?
Read the rest here at Talkingpointsmemo's Election Central: Link .
I know that Joe Trippi (author of "The Revolution will Not be Televised, which is excellent on the Dean campaign) has his work cut out because of this blatant media bias against politicians who want to work for all Americans and not be a politician for "the rich".
Send the New York Times your thoughts on this unfair and unprofessional reportage that should have never made it past the editor let alone be on the front page.
...that the Colorado Republican Congressional delegation is in the nuttiest camp of the lunatic fringe of the right wing, look no farther than this vote today.
Only 84 Republicans in the House voted for an amendment which would have forbidden Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from traveling to other countries. 337 members voted No, including all the Democrats and a vast majority of Republicans.
But among the Yes votes were all three of Colorado's Republican contingent--Lamborn, Tancredo, and even the "new" and supposedly "bipartisan" Marilyn Musgrave.
This interesting poll site asks your opinion on various issues AND how important those issues are to you, and then (in theory) matches you up the person who thinks most like you. This is what the site says about how they weight the Q & A's:
"The candidates' positions are based upon their voting records, special interest group ratings and the candidates' statements in the public record. In cases where a would-be president has no known public record or statement on an issue, they are not given a score, which tends to reward candidates who take stands on more issues. Also candidates for president who take consistent and stronger stands tend to get higher scores. "
The page is pretty ad heavy, but not impenetrably so.
In the interest of full disclosure, here are my results.
1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100%)
2. Dennis Kucinich (89%)
3. Barack Obama (82%)
4. Joseph Biden (79%)
5. Hillary Clinton (78%)
6. John Edwards (75%)
7. Al Gore (73%)
8. Wesley Clark (72%)
9. Christopher Dodd (70%)
10. Bill Richardson (63%)
11. Mike Gravel (62%)
I was a little surprised by the ranking results, but relieved that at least my top 11 were all Dems!
So you wanted to "play nice" with the White House on those Supreme Court nominees a couple years ago, did you? Formed that "Gang of 14" to keep our collective wheels spinning in greased grooves, no nasty contentious filibusters--right?
No Supreme Court nominee could be confirmed these days without paying homage to the judicial doctrine of "stare decisis," Latin for "to stand by things decided." Yet experienced listeners have learned to take these professions of devotion to precedent "cum grano salis," Latin for "with a grain of salt."
Both Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. assured their Senate questioners at their confirmation hearings that they, too, respected precedent. So why were they on the majority side of a 5-to-4 decision last week declaring that a 45-year-old doctrine excusing people whose "unique circumstances" prevented them from meeting court filing deadlines was now "illegitimate"?
It was the second time the Roberts court had overturned a precedent, and the first in a decision with a divided vote. It surely will not be the last...
Sometimes the court overrules cases without actually saying so. Some argue that this is what happened in April, when a 5-to-4 majority upheld the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act without making much effort to reconcile that ruling with a decision in 2000 that found a nearly identical Nebraska law unconstitutional.
As a technical matter, the new decision, Gonzales v. Carhart, left the earlier ruling still on the books, doing its overruling "by stealth, without having the grace to admit that is what they were doing," in the words of Ronald Dworkin, the legal philosopher, who wrote a highly critical appraisal of the new decision in The New York Review of Books last month. "Justices Roberts and Alito had both declared their intention to respect precedent in their confirmation hearings, and no doubt they were reluctant to admit so soon how little those declarations were worth," Professor Dworkin said from London in an e-mail message.
We're all upset about various components of the Bush administration's wholesale disregard for due process and the rule of law. Some are upset about the U.S. Attorney firings, others about the apparently widespread violations of privacy and abuse of domestic surveillance power authorized by the PATRIOT Act.
Here's another one that should outrage you: you've seen Iraq for Sale, right? Meet their Justice Department enablers.
Justice Department has opted out of at least 10 whistle-blower lawsuits alleging fraud and corruption in government reconstruction and security contracts in Iraq, and has spent years investigating additional fraud cases but has yet to try to recover any money.
A congressional subcommittee heard testimony on the matter yesterday, as lawmakers sought to determine why the federal government has not done more to recover tens of millions of dollars that allegedly have been misused or misspent in Iraq.
"I would expect, given the talent that the Justice Department has available to it, . . . that they could have done more," Representative William D. Delahunt, Democrat of Quincy, said at the hearing. "I have the uneasy feeling like we're missing something here, a potential substantial recovery."
The government's reluctance to join in any of the civil suits has sparked allegations of political interference.
One witness, Alan Grayson , a lawyer who represents several whistle-blowers, told the House subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security that the Justice Department has been stonewalling and dragging its feet in investigating the whistle-blowers' claims of fraud.
"In our fifth year in the war in Iraq, the Bush administration has not litigated a single case against any war profiteer under the False Claims Act," Grayson said.
An anti-abortion group has filed paperwork with the state of Colorado proposing a state constitutional amendment that would define a person as "any human being from the moment of fertilization."
Proponent Mark Meuser, of Colorado for Equal Rights, based in Peyton, said the amendment could be used as a stepping stone to challenge abortion in Colorado.
"This language defines what a person is," he said. "If it challenges (the Roe v. Wade decision that guarantees a woman's right to an abortion), that will be weighed, and it'll be up to the courts to decide at that level."
The ballot initiative is still in its infancy and faces hurdles before it can be placed on the 2008 ballot.
As the sagely Pols note, it's all about shaming right-wing voters to the polls. Creating a situation where not voting, disillusioned right-wing minority, is a sin. A simplistic product of sweaty GOP desperation.
Fact is, this is so egregious that we ought to just let them bring it on--it'll end up motivating our people more than theirs. They're the only ones who don't get that.
Unauthorized Immigration By Doris "Granny D" Haddock t r u t h o u t | Remarks
Wednesday 13 June 2007
Remarks in New Hampshire over the weekend at the "Democracy Fest," sponsored by Democracy for America.
It is normally expected that, when given an opportunity to speak, I will talk about campaign finance reform and, more specifically, about how the public financing of campaigns can cut the threads of the big-money puppet show.
One of the promises Democratic leadership made was that they would provide more transparency in the budget process, specifically regarding the practice of "earmarks" (that were so popular in the Republican Congress).
CNN just surveyed House members to find out if they would be willing to provide information on their respective earmark requests. Only 31 of 435 members were willing to provide a list of their earmarks. Here's how Colorado's delegation responded to the survey (Udall was the only one willing to comply with the request):
DeGette: No Response Udall: Yes Salazar: No Response Musgrave: No Response Lamborn: No Response Tancredo: No Response Perlmutter: No Response
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While new studies continue to show that increased media consolidation leads to decreased diversity in media (particularly ownership of stations by minorities and women), federal regulators do not seem too concerned.
Learn more and participate in this debate on June 29 when Common Cause and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights co-host a national town hall meeting on "Why Media Diversity Matters" There will be live events in Washington, DC and Denver, CO, and the meeting will be webcast for the rest of the country. RSVP today.
Will the local PBS channels (12 and 6) air this so called documentary on the First Amendment called "The Wall of Separation"?
Reporter Steve Benen, Talkingpointsmemo.com, writes:
"...this PBS special will explain that the Founding Fathers had "a radically different definition" of religious liberty than what we have today, and that "the modern understanding of the role of religion in the public square is exactly the opposite of what the Founders intended."
Barry Lynn, Americans for Separation of Church and State, writes on the backgrounds of the film's production company and its president and writer:
1). The Boulevard film company's website about the show has a trailer for the film. The trailer shows several talking heads about separation of church and state. But the longest and last person talking is on the religious right's notion that "separation of church and state" is just a metaphor.
2). Boulevard's "President is Jack Hafer, an evangelical Christian who told one interviewer that Christians have an obligation to “shape the culture” and “spread the faith.” He urged Christian young people to go into the arts as “kingdom-spreaders” and as “a form of missionary service.” writes Barry Lynn.
3). "Brian Godawa, the writer and director of “The Wall of Separation,” who is an even more interesting character." Barry Lynn continues: "His Chalcedon review of the critically acclaimed movie, “Brokeback Mountain,” calls it “a brilliant piece of subversive homosexual propaganda.” By depicting gay men as “manly” instead of “fey queens,” he said, “It’s the normalization of the freakish minority.” He charged that “homosexualism” is “an ideology and religion whose goal is to overthrow the Christian paradigm of morality.”
Godawa added, “Society SHOULD suppress immoral behavior and it does so on many fronts. So if homosexualism is immoral, then yes, it should be suppressed, just like child molesting, its ugly step-brother hidden in the closet, just like adultery, just like promiscuity."
Call Channel 12 and Channel 6 to ask them if they are airing this documentary. If they are then ask them if progressnowcolorado.org can review the film for its membership to decide if the documentary is truly unbiased as the trailer suggests or is biased in favor of estabishment of one religion over another by our government.
This comes from the “what has my ‘…Radical Republican Right WingNut…’ friend/relative sent me this time” files? Many of us are burdened with this condition. But, it does offer some reassurance that at some level the opposition really is a bunch of sophomoric twits.
Subject: Democratic National Convention Agenda for 2008
Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 12:23:17 -0700
7:00 P.M. Opening flag burning.
7:15 P.M. Pledge of Allegiance to the United Nations.
7:30 PM. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
7:30 till 8:00 P.M. Nonreligious prayer and worship: Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.
8:35 P.M Memorial for Saddam: Cindy Sheehan, Susan Sarandon.
9:00 P.M. Keynote speech: "The Proper Etiquette for Surrender", French President Jacques Chirac.
9:15 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
9:20 P.M. Collection to benefit Osama Bin Laden Kidney Transplant Fund.
9:30 P.M. Unveiling of plan to free freedom fighters from Guantanamo Bay : Sean Penn.
9:40 P.M. Why I hate the Military: A short talk by William Jefferson Clinton.
9:45 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
9:50 P.M. Dan Rather receives "Truth in Broadcasting" award, presented by Michael Moore.
9:55 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
10:00 P.M. Presentation: "How George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld brought down the World Trade Center Towers ", by Howard Dean.
10:30 P.M. Nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President by Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
11:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
11:05 P.M. Al Gore reinvents the Internet.
11:15 P.M. "Our Troops are War Criminals", presented by John Kerry.
11:30 P.M Coronation of Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
12:00 AM. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
12:05 A.M Bill asks Ted to drive Hillary home.
There are so many really idiotic ideas in this it’s almost too much to handle in one reading. But, the scary part is that a large percentage of the GOP really believe these lies and stereotypes, and have no clue of the real damage the current occupant of the White House and the neo-cons surrounding the vice are doing to this country.
With 564 days remaining until the natural departure of the current occupant from the White House, I would hope that a creative patriot/progressive somewhere would present us with a satirical, but truthful, countdown of those final hours.
The hard part is blocking out the doomsday scenarios that are possible until some of the current occupant’s unitary executive schemes are unraveled. Some may find it hard to be funny when faced with the prospects of a near dictatorship.
Imagine having to say goodbye to your wife and child against your will. Imagine telling your little boy he's going away for a couple months on vacation when the reality is it will be years before you see him again. Tony doesn't have to imagine. Click the video to the right to watch Tony's heart-wrenching story.
Tony and his wife Janina came from Poland 18 years ago. They were married, started a business, had a healthy happy son and were living the American dream...
...Until 1 week ago, on June 8, 2007, when Janina was deported.
Here again, I'm not looking to offend anyone. It seems every time I mention the deleterious effect of continued National Guard deployments overseas on their ability to respond to domestic emergencies, somebody pops up with "that's ridiculous, they're the greatest, they will always be able to respond, you've never heard of the Interstate Compact," etc. It's a defensive reaction, from good people who are proud of the Guard, understandable even when facts are facts. So, once again without commentary, this morning's USA Today:
National Guard units in 31 states say four years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan have left them with 60% or less of their authorized equipment, a USA TODAY review found.
Eighteen of those 31 states report having half or fewer of the vehicles, aircraft, radios, weapons and other items they are authorized to have for home-front uses, the 50-state review found.
Guard leaders say the shortfalls raise concerns about whether some state units would be able to help other states as they did when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005.
"If the percentage of equipment (continues to fall), we may well be in the same situation as some of the other states in not being able to answer the call," Ohio National Guard spokesman Mark Wayda said...
Wynona is an immigrant from Belize, once undocumented, whose son served twice in Iraq. Wynona reminds us that many, many people serving in Iraq are native US citizens who are children of undocumented residents, or are themselves undocumented and are serving and dying in order to gain expedited citizenship.
An internal FBI audit has found that the bureau potentially violated the law or agency rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data about domestic phone calls, e-mails and financial transactions in recent years, far more than was documented in a Justice Department report in March that ignited bipartisan congressional criticism.
The new audit covers just 10 percent of the bureau's national security investigations since 2002, and so the mistakes in the FBI's domestic surveillance efforts probably number several thousand, bureau officials said in interviews...
The vast majority of the new violations were instances in which telephone companies and Internet providers gave agents phone and e-mail records the agents did not request and were not authorized to collect. The agents retained the information anyway in their files, which mostly concerned suspected terrorist or espionage activities.
But two dozen of the newly-discovered violations involved agents' requests for information that U.S. law did not allow them to have, according to the audit results provided to The Washington Post. Only two such examples were identified earlier in the smaller sample.
FBI officials said the results confirmed what agency supervisors and outside critics feared, namely that many agents did not understand or follow the required legal procedures and paperwork requirements when collecting personal information with one of the most sensitive and powerful intelligence-gathering tools of the post-Sept. 11 era -- the National Security Letter, or NSL...
Hire and fire political appointees all you like. After swearing to God and Congress that this power wouldn't be abused, after arrogantly questioning the patriotism of anyone who feared you would abuse it, after violating the constitutional rights of thousands of Americans...
This is an absolute nightmare. The one you had where you scream and scream but nobody hears you, and everybody just keeps walking along happily towards the cliff. What about that other comparatively trifling stuff you wanted Gonzales fired over? So much diversionary scenery. This is a high crime if ever there was one, and no one can say all these years later that this wasn't Gonzales' explicit intention. Isn't it all layed out in one of his White House counsel "everything is legal in time of war" memos?
CIA veterans write to Mel Martinez, head of the RNC, about the lies that are being propagated by Republican presidential candidates on the fact that convicted traitor "Scooter" Libby should not do jail time.
The letter, in part:
"As former intelligence officers—most of us have served the United States in undercover positions—we are saddened and appalled by the recent public comments of former Senator Fred Thompson, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former Governor Mitt Romney—one a potential candidate and the other two declared candidates for the Republican nomination for President--with respect to the perjury and obstruction of justice conviction of Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby. These men misrepresent the case against Mr. Libby and call into question the integrity of a respected Federal Judge and U.S. attorney. Their positions with respect to the just and fair punishment meted out to Mr. Libby raise serious questions about their commitment to the rule of law free of partisan bias."
Immigration reform may be dead in Congress for now, but the problem still exists amid growing hysteria and hideous examples of discrimination against Latinos regardless of citizenship or national origin.
Dreams Across America is changing that. Starting with a national train tour beginning today in Los Angeles and ending later this month in Washington DC, Dreams Across America is an ongoing campaign to return the focus of the debate to those involved--the individuals and families who have come to America in search of a better life, the small business and American citizens who benefit from their hard work, and the ongoing costs involved in keeping these people in the shadows.
Here’s a “Way to GO!” for David Brock (President and CEO, Media Matters for America), and the Campaign for America's Future. They have completed a new report that is a welcome relief for those of us who must content with friends and family members who are afflicted with the worst cases of Radical Republican Right WingNut –itis.
The typical Right WingNut relies on a foundational ideal of an American conservative majority. From there they promulgate all sorts of outrageous and dangerous policies.
Thanks to Media Matters for America and the Campaign for America's Future, we now have proof that the WingNuts are way off the mark. The hard work now is to put he pressure on the media (yes, I know Faux Noise is a lost cause), politicians and those irritating (but still beloved) friends and family.
Here’s the highlight summary provided by Media Matters for America.
The role of government -- 69 percent of Americans believe the government "should care for those who can't care for themselves;" twice as many people (43 percent vs. 20 percent) want "government to provide many more services even if it means an increase in spending" as wanted government to provide fewer services "in order to reduce spending."
The economy -- 77 percent of Americans think Congress should increase the minimum wage; 66 percent believe "upper-income people" pay too little in taxes; 53 percent feel the Bush tax cuts have failed because they have increased the deficit and caused cuts in government programs.
Social issues -- 61 percent of Americans support embryonic stem cell research; 62 percent want to protect Roe v. Wade; only 3 percent of Americans rank gay marriage as the "most important" social issue.
Security -- 43 percent of Americans say we are spending too much on our military; 60 percent feel the federal government should do more about restricting the kinds of guns that people can purchase.
The environment -- 75 percent of Americans would be wiling to pay more for electricity if it were generated by renewable sources to help reduce global warming; 79 percent want higher emissions standards for automobiles.
Energy -- 52 percent of Americans believe "the best way for the U.S. to reduce its reliance on foreign oil" is to "have the government invest in alternative energy sources;" 68 percent of the public thinks U.S. energy policy is better solved by conservation than production.
Immigration -- 57 percent of Americans feel "most recent immigrants to the U.S. contribute to this country" rather than "cause problems." 67 percent of Americans feel that "on the whole" immigration is a "good thing for this country today."
Health care - 69 percent of Americans think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have access to health coverage; 76 percent find access to health care more important than maintaining the Bush tax cuts; three in five would be willing to have their own taxes increased to achieve universal coverage.
Despite the most prominent and prolific postings to the ProgressNowAction blogs the truth is out there that the Democratic Party controlled Congress is passing important legislation.
H.R. 612 extends the term of free health care for returning veterans from two to five years;
H.R. 2199 authorizes research and funding for traumatic brain injuries;
H.R. 1470 allows for improved chiropractic care;
H.R. 67 authorizes a new grant program for veterans’ outreach services;
H.R. 1660 authorizes a national veterans’ cemetery in Colorado; and
H.R. 2239 expands vocational rehabilitation benefits to disabled servicemembers for a select group of personnel.
Those of us who are truly grateful for a Democratic Congress need to catch these successes and explain their importance on the PNA blog. Otherwise, we surrender this forum to the critics who consistently bludgeon Colorado’s Democratic Congressional delegation over impatience with their narrow agenda.
These six bills are a significant improvement over the neglect Veterans suffered under six-years of the current occupant of the White House and the “Republi-can’t finish the 2006 budget” rubber-stamp Congress. Too often the most prolific, prominent and ponderous to read blogs are burdened by half-empty pessimistic criticism of the Colorado Democrats in the US Congress.
In the face of sound-bite – instant gratification whining over the most narrow and controversial issues, I am consistently more impressed with Democratic achievements in governing. If all you want is instant results – stick to reality TV. Doing what is right for America requires much more.
The result of the lack of any credible oversight in Colorado courts can be seen in the arrogance of the tyrannical judges and their court jesters. They know that they are corrupt. You know that they are corrupt, and they know that you know that they are corrupt.
There is no pretence of enforcement of statutory, federal, or constitutional law in Colorado courts. In fact quite the contrary, individuals are often faced with: threatening and illegal prosecutions, wrongful incarcerations, unpublished decisions with no basis in fact or law, ethics violations, and outright fraud. Forget habeous corpus, due process, or justice as you would sooner achieve these at Guantanamo Bay.
All of this is made possible by the Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Counsel and Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline and their pretence of regulation. In fact the Attorney (Non)Regulation Counsel ranks as the second worst in the Nation according to HALT, a legal reform group in Washington, D.C., who found that ARC investigates less than ten-percent of the formal complaints that it receives annually in it's haystack. So much for finding the proverbial needle.
The cost of this collective corruption can be measured in the number of lives that the Colorado courts have infected, diseased, and ultimately destroyed. The resultant toll on humanity has reached Biblical proportion. Colorado courts have become Whited Sepulchers, all clean and fair without but within, filled with dead men's bones and all corruption. They strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. How can any of them escape damnation?
In Just eight days four more Democrats have decided to back Impeachment of Vice President Cheney.
The support is steadily building for repudiating all that Cheney and his Neocons have done to the reputation and security of America.
To my knowledge thus far no Colorado Congressman or woman has offered any support for US Rep. Kucinich's Impeach Cheney Bill H Res 333.
Congressman Diana DeGette recently emphatically stated that she will not become a Co-Sponsor on Kucinich's bill.
This just in from David Swanson's blog on AfterDowningStreet.org Link
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chair of the Out of Iraq Caucus, has joined Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Lynn Woolsey, the two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Chief Deputy Whip and a member of the Steering and Policy Committee, and Congress Members Yvette Clarke, William Lacy Clay, Albert Wynn, and Dennis Kucinich in cosponsoring Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney (H. Res. 333).
For details, see http://impeachcheney.org/
On Wednesday, June 13, Waters and Kucinich plan to hold a press conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss "Renewed Efforts in the House of Representatives to Impeach Vice President Cheney." The event is planned for 9:30 a.m. at the Cannon Terrace (on the outside of the Cannon House Office Building).
The reference to "renewed" efforts may be related to this discussion of impeaching Cheney in which Congresswoman Waters engaged in April 2006: Link
Congreswoman Waters is also a US House Judiciary Committee Member.
Congresswoman Waters has spoken out strongly on this issue since June 16, 2005:
Earlier Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, joined Lynn Woolsey, the other Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Congress Members Yvette Clarke, Jan Schakowsky, William Lacy Clay, Albert Wynn, and Dennis Kucinich in cosponsoring Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney (H. Res. 333).
Say Thank You to Barbara Lee here: http://tinyurl.com/yqt9hw
Say Thank You to Lynn Woolsey here: http://tinyurl.com/28nxpo
Ask Lee and Woolsey to please encourage other Progressive Caucus Members to sign on.
Ask other Progressive Caucus Members to please sign on. See the Congressional Progressive Caucus website: http://cpc.lee.house.gov
The list of state Democratic Parties that have passed resolutions urging impeachment of Bush and Cheney has just grown to 15.
Meanwhile, 11 state legislatures have introduced such resolutions
Many True Conservatives hate what Cheney has done to the GOP and would support impeaching him if the Democrats would lead the way.
Unfortunately Speaker of the US House Nancy Pelosi is the major obstructionist to impeaching Cheney. Pelosi took impeachment off the table one year ago and before the 2006 election. Everyone should be aware of that by now. I'm still not convinced that the Democratic Leadership is aggressively pushing investigations in the WMD lies that got us into Iraq. ( Thats my opion and I'm sticking with it Ralph).
You can reach the members of the House Progressive Caucus by calling 800-828-0498 ( just ask for each of their offices in turn, including Pelosi's)
A strong majority of Americans -- including nearly two-thirds of Republicans -- favor allowing illegal immigrants to become citizens if they pay fines, learn English and meet other requirements, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.
That is a striking show of support for a primary element of an immigration overhaul bill that has stalled in the Senate amid conservative opposition.
Only 23% of adults surveyed opposed allowing undocumented immigrants to gain legal status. That finding bolsters the view, shared by President Bush, that the bill's opponents represent a vocal minority whereas most people are more welcoming toward illegal immigrants...
Read this, Tom Tancredo? Game over--it's all over. All that's left to do is to show the American people what's really been driving you all these years. And from the look of this poll, they already know...
Last Friday, the federal Bureau of Land Management announced that it would lease 70 percent of the Roan Plateau for drilling without giving state officials the time they sought to review the plan. (Denver Post, 6/11/2007). This decision came after Governor Ritter urged the federal government to postpone their hasty process and consider the plan's serious threats to water, wildlife and communities throughout the Western Slope.
In response, U.S. Congressmen Mark Udall and John Salazar are acting fast to fight the Bush Administration and stand up for the families, hunters, ranchers and anglers of the Western Slope by working to pass an amendment placing a one-year hold on Big Oil's scorched-earth plans for the Roan Plateau.
Stand up against Big Oil and show your support for Reps. Udall and Salazar's amendment to conserve Colorado's wild lands from being destroyed. Click here:
The BLM's announcement comes just weeks after Governor Ritter had asked for an extension. In fact, 98% of the 75,000 comments received by BLM during an earlier public review process reflected a desire to refrain from leasing the top of the Roan. (www.colorado.gov)
Instead the BLM ignored these public comments and Ritter's participation in the process to build what should be a cooperative federal/state relationship.
Meanwhile, 70% of the federal public lands already leased for oil and gas in Colorado are not in production, and over 60% of the drilling permits are not yet being used-all without the unleased lands at Roan Plateau available for development. There is no need to drill in this sensitive area with so many existing resources unexploited.
Many local residents of nearby communities think the BLM's plan goes too far toward allowing rapid exploration and development which could put irreplaceable water resources, wildlife, and our Western Slope communities at risk.
Click below to support the amendment demanding that the BLM move more cautiously on these leases - allowing more time for public opinion to be heard and for a compromise to be reached:
Melvin and Kate Scott and their 12-year-old son, Alexander, spent last Wednesday in front of the Denver Federal Reserve Branch to demand that the Federal Reserve do something about predatory lending mortgage companies. If the Scott family cannot raise nearly $6,000 by June 19th, their Green Valley Ranch home will be put on the market. (Rocky Mountain News, 6/7/2007) And they are not alone.
Colorado is #2 in the entire country for the number of home foreclosure filings per household of any state. (Denver Post, 6/1/2007) Thousands of Colorado families like the Scotts have been preyed upon by unscrupulous mortgage brokers who make predatory loans sound like salvation. Instead, predatory loans strip families of their equity, and in many cases even their homes.
The Scott family and other demonstrators rallied outside the Federal Reserve Building in Denver with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform (ACORN) to demanded that the Federal Reserve crack down on high-rate mortgages during their upcoming public hearing on Thursday, June 14, 2007.
This predatory lending must stop. Call on the Chairman of the Federal Reserve to crack down on unscrupulous mortgage brokers, and provide consumers with simple protections like prohibiting lenders from making loans that become unaffordable after the interest rate increases and holding lenders responsible for the actions of brokers. Help make sure that the Scott family and thousands like them keep their homes and sign the petition below.
Statewide, Colorado was hit by 9,254 foreclosure filings in the first quarter of 2007, putting the state on track to top last year's record foreclosures by about 25 percent. Last year, 28,453 foreclosures were filed statewide. This year, that number could rise to more than 36,000. (RMN, May 23, 2007)
Each foreclosure costs $30,000 to $50,000 in law enforcement services and lost economic development according to a recent study. (Fort Collins Coloradan, 5/31/2007)
Hard-working families are being put into loans that they can't pay back or sold into mortgages that have hidden adjustable rates making their payments go up. Prepayment penalties keep these homeowners trapped in their loans or strip their equity in order to let them out.
The Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA) instructs the Federal Reserve Board to protect consumers from predatory lending. (15 U.S.C. Sec. 1639(L)(2))
Call on the Federal Reserve Chair Bernanke to crack down on abusive home lending practices: Link
We will work ACORN to ensure your comments are personally delivered to Bernanke when they meet with him next week.
Go here http://impeachgonzales.org/ to sign the petition to impeach AG Gonzales.
What the administration of the Blood King Bush have forgotten is that ultimately Gonzales serves the people of America.
Corrupted the Department of Justice in the name of rigging national elections is the surest way to anarchy.
Since the Blood King Bush does not believe in effective government and believes that all government is bad. It should come as no surprise that an ineffective government at his command is a dream come true.
The real world consequences of this insane political ideology is seen in the unnecessary death and injury of Americans via natural disasters like hurricanes Katrina and Rita, food recalls for E. Coli, and not protecting the well being of American workers in factories and offices due to, for example, repetitive motion injuries.
AG Gonzales may serve at the pleasure of the Blood King Bush but he should represent the Constitution and rule of law. This man, Gonzales, has shown that he is no more deserving of his position as does the Blood King who violates his oath to the office of the presidency on a daily basis.
Impeachment, from Dailykos blogger Kargo X:
"And not just the evidence of which we are currently aware, but very likely much, much more:
For no President can withhold evidence in an impeachment inquiry. Whatever standing the claim of executive privilege may have in other circumstances, it has none here. James K. Polk was the only President between Jackson and Lincoln to enhance the power of the Presidency; but Polk conceded with utmost clarity in a message to the House of Representatives in 1846 that, if the House were looking into executive misconduct with a view to the exercise of its power of impeachment, "the power of the House in the pursuit of this object would penetrate into the most secret recesses of the Executive Departments. It could command the attendance of any and every agent of the Government, and compel them to produce all papers, public or private, official or unofficial, and to testify on oath to all facts within their knowledge."
I'm not actually a Socialist, although I see great merit in thinking like one. I suppose that I see missed economic opportunity in making more of the population consumers rather than survivors. "We the people of the United States........" Mike Alec DubroJune 11, 2007
Alec Dubro is senior editor of TomPaine.com.
Ralph Nader opened the Taming The Corporation conference with a somewhat gloomy and rueful assessment. He and his people had held a similar conference 35 years ago, and nothing much has changed in the interim.
Much of the rest of the conference outlined, in more or less convincing detail, what most people in the U.S. already know: Corporations run the place. In fact, only 40 percent of Americans think corporations make a positive contribution to the public good. And as for public trust, as the McKinsey Quarterly told The New York Times, large global corporations are at “the bottom of the list — beneath nongovernmental organizations, small regional companies, the United Nations, labor unions and the media.”
This deserves quick acceptance and no misunderstood, or misguided, protest or opposition. Sure this idea was started by an established Republican on the Fort Collins City Council, but it is a legitimate Support the Troops proposal.
Robert "Diggs" Brown is an active Colorado Republican, prolific fund-raiser for Bob Beauprez, and a former comrade in arms with me in the Colorado National Guard. I can attest that he occasionally has good, achievable ideas.
I am really surprised that Fort Collins does not have some long-forgotten, hidden away Veterans tribute. For WWII Fort Collins raised approximately 73 men for the Colorado National Guard's Company H (Heavy Weapons) 157th Infantry, and 102 men in Battery A, 168th Field Artillery. They started their service under President Roosevelt's January 1941 "year of training."
The right action is to endorse the goal of designating a Fort Collins Veteran's Park, form a study group to analyze the idea for 3-6 months and get it off of the active council agenda. I believe it is appropriate to stand for private and non-profit donations for any memorials/displays. The city's cost should be limited to the basic signage and paperwork changes in guides and maps.
Similarly, this idea must continue as a limited and focused effort to honor veterans. Under no circumstances should it be sullied by an effort to boost the current occupant of the White House, or restore the prestige of Colorado Republican draft dodgers like Beauprez.
I'm not sure who Diggs is anticipating as the opposition. But, it should not be from any elected official. This is a legitimate "support the troops" idea.
I find this online publication an indespensible read for military activities around the world. Go here to find out Link .
What is happening with Special Forces in the Phillipines? The advertising tested "Long War" frame by the Blood King Bush is way below the radar of the mass media but I noticed this item on the corrupted private/public partnership contracts continues with this:
"Contingency Response Services LLC in Irving, TX received $14.4 million for Task Order 0001 under a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity Global Contingency Services contract N62742-06-D-1113. The task order is issued for work in the Republic of the Philippines for the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines, including all labor, supervision, management, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, incidental engineering, and other items necessary. Work will be performed in the Republic of Philippines, and has an expected completion date of January 2008. "
This contract is part of an overall larger contract worth $450,000,000 USD to ""Contingency Response Services LLC" is a partnership of DynCorp International; Parsons Global Services Inc in Pasadena, CA; and PWC Logistics in Safat, Kuwait."
Martha Burk directs the Corporate Accountability Project for the National Council of Women’s Organizations in Washington, D.C. This op-ed was distributed by Minuteman Media .
On May 29, the Bush Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts delivered what could be a devastating blow to women experiencing discrimination in pay and promotion. After many years of employment at Goodyear, Lilly Ledbetter learned that she had been paid less all along than the 16 men at her management level, including those with less seniority. She sued under the nation’s main gender discrimination law, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but the Court said she had no case. Why? In an opinion delivered by Bush appointee Samuel Alito, the majority said Title VII only allowed Ledbetter 180 days to sue from the time her discriminatory pay was initially set, even though it had been a tightly held secret in the company for over a decade before she found out about it.
On a winter day when bomb blasts at an Iraqi university killed dozens and the United Nations estimated that 34,000 civilians in Iraq had died in 2006, MSNBC spent nearly nine minutes on the stories during the 1 p.m. hour. A CNN correspondent in Iraq did a three-minute report about the bombings.
Neither story merited a mention on Fox News Channel that hour.
That wasn't unusual. Fox spent half as much time covering the Iraq war than MSNBC during the first three months of the year, and considerably less than CNN, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Well there's your problem, says the right-wing Media Research Center: "Most coverage of Iraq focuses on what gets blown up."
Sure. Next time there's an Oklahoma City bombing or a 9/11, I'll be expecting the MRC to criticize the lack of coverage of all the things that didn't get blown up.
What a moronic thing to say. In a war, things (and people) getting blown up is news. Things (and people) not getting blown up--not so much. It's like criticizing the coverage of a swim meet for not talking about all the people who aren't in the water.
What's next? Lambasting the Super Bowl coverage for not talking about the tens of thousands of people who aren't on the field?
As reported on AfterDowningStreet.org today on David Swanson's Blog. Link Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has joined Lynn Woolsey, the other Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Congress Members Yvette Clarke, Jan Schakowsky, William Lacy Clay, Albert Wynn, and Dennis Kucinich in cosponsoring Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney (H. Res. 333).
Say Thank You to Barbara Lee here: http://tinyurl.com/yqt9hw
Say Thank You to Lynn Woolsey here: http://tinyurl.com/28nxpo
Ask Lee and Woolsey to please encourage other Progressive Caucus Members to sign on.
Ask other Progressive Caucus Members to please sign on. See the Congressional Progressive Caucus website: http://cpc.lee.house.gov
The list of state Democratic Parties that have passed resolutions urging impeachment of Bush and Cheney has just grown to 15.
Meanwhile, 11 state legislatures have introduced such resolutions
Many True Conservatives hate what Cheney has done to the GOP and would support impeaching him if the Democrats would lead the way.
Unfortunately Speaker of the US House Nancy Pelosi is the major obstructionist to impeaching Cheney. She not only opposes impeachment but apparently any aggressive investigation which would lead to impeachment.
You can reach the members of the House Progressive Caucus by calling 800-828-0498 ( just ask for each of their offices in turn, including Pelosi's)
While I must applaud Salazar's apparent growth, you Colorado Salazar Fans Shouldn't Forget Salazar's Failure To Filibuster Alito, and Salazar's total support for a Right Wing Conservative GOP, Catholic, Corporate Supreme Court Majority who will at the first opportunity limit then crush Choice and fight Progressive and Democratic efforts to roll back the Right Wing war on our Constitution, fair elections, and the rest of the evil Neocon agenda.
And of course... Salazar wouldn't have needed to be 'troubled' about AG Gonzales record if Salazar hadn't been the one to Champion Gonzales in the Senate In The First Place!
I'm heartened by some of Sen Salazar's recent actions, such as introducing the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act, his work on immigration reform, and his efforts to get the Iraq Study Group Recommendations through Congress. He even called for the resignation of AG Gonzales. Maybe he is educable, after all, even if his political instincts tend toward gutless. We need to make sure to keep monitoring his work closely, and make sure he gets sufficient feedback-- both positive and negative-- when needed.
Call a call to Senator Salazar and tell him this: His co-sponsorship of the Habeas Restoration Act (S.185) is an initial step for Congress to restore a fundamental right that is a cornerstone of the Constitution.
This right which is a gross violation of the Constitution and the intent of the founding fathers by the Blood King Bush.
"...the citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth's political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal; he is a traitor." Mark Twain- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court "Are We Rome?"Hollowed out by arrogance, corruption and a bloated military, the greatest empire the world has ever known fell. Is America doomed to follow in its footsteps?
By Gary Kamiya
Jun. 07, 2007 | Comparing the present historical epoch to a past one is an excellent intellectual parlor game. It requires you to know enough about the two periods to assess their similarities and differences. It encourages a broad, synthetic analysis and a long view. And it defamiliarizes the present, forcing you to look with fresh eyes at cultural and political realities you had previously taken for granted. At its worst, it can become a mere display of superficial knowledge, in which facile analogies take the place of real engagement. But at its best, it can illuminate both periods, creating that simultaneous sense of recognition and mystery that the best history does.
Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out...and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel. ..And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for "the universal brotherhood of man"--with his mouth.
Mark Twain- What Is Man?
Financing the Imperial Armed Forces
June 06, 2007
Robert Dreyfuss is an independent Washington journalist and Rolling Stone magazine's national security correspondent. He is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam . His web site is RobertDreyfuss.com. This article appeared previously on TomDispatch.com.
War critics are rightly disappointed over the inability of congressional Democrats to mount an effective challenge to President Bush's Iraq adventure. What began as a frontal assault on the war, with tough talk about deadlines and timetables, has settled into something like a guerrilla-style campaign to chip away at war policy until the edifice crumbles.
Judge Walton knows the difference between right and wrong.
Mr. Libby doesn't. He is a criminal with the mindset of the common criminal.
For his act to betray the United States of America he gets 30 months in jail.
Has justice been served? Yes.
What is not knowable is to the extent that his action, at the behest of the Office of the Vice President, has damaged the national security of the U.S.A.
The gang of ideological criminals in charge of the executive branch have not a whit of understanding of what the Constitution and Bill of Rights mean.
For me, I would've stripped Mr. Libby of his citizenship so that he would be a "stateless" person. Once stateless he should be kicked out of this country for his act to betray all Americans.
Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake writes:
" It is customary for those found guilty to express contrition during the sentencing phase, a factor that judges take very seriously when determining jail time. Libby expressed none. Zero, zip, bupkis. It was my impression during the trial watching Libby that he thought himself a great man to whom a terrible wrong has been done. Today Scooter's career as a man on trial ended and his life as professional right wing victim began. "
Criminals of this type have that delusion of being "great".
The Cheney Impeachment effort in the US House is moving forward.
Congresswoman Yvette Clark (D., NY) has joined Congress Members Jan Schakowsky, William Lacy Clay, Albert Wynn, and Dennis Kucinich in Co-Sponsoring Articles of Impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney (H. Res. 333).
We now have 5 US Representatives backing Impeachment, Kucinich and 4 Co-Sponsors.
Kucinich will need more Co-Sponsors. If You care about the US Constitution and the US Soldiers who are dying and being maimed for Cheney's WMD lies You Should call Your Congressmen/women (at 800-828-0498) and demand that they become a Co-Sponsor on Kucinich's Impeach Cheney Bill.
Since Speaker Pelosi uttered her now infamous edict that 'impeachment is off the table' the movement toward impeaching any of the liars in the Bush Administration has grown slowly but it is growing. Recently Rep. Kucinich filed a Bill to impeach VP Cheney and it has taken off.
If Clinton can be impeached for a lie about sex, Cheney 'must be impeached' for lying about the reason for the Iraq Invasion and the 25,000 plus US Soldiers mained and the over 3,400 dead because of the lie.
None of the Colorado Democrats in Congress has offered support for impeaching Cheney.
They all deflect impeachment questions by saying things like: If we impeach Bush then Cheney will be president or we can't impeach because then Congress won't get anything else done.
Golly, if our state's representatives impeach Cheney then Cheney will never be president.
And not impeaching Bush gives them Bush to run against in Nov. '08. It is the best of all possible strategy for Democrats.
Show the international community we as a people repudiate Cheney and all he and his neocons stand for and coast into victory in '08 running
against Bush, the worst president American ever had.
Remember it is Bush's Iraq War but Cheney's manipulation of intelligence and WMD lies that gave Bush the opportunity to get Congress to vote for the invasion of Iraq.
The trial of Scooter Libby has produced overwhelming evidence that Vice President Cheney personally led the campaign to attack Joe Wilson through the media.
This "get Wilson" campaign included telling numerous reporters that Wilson was sent to Niger by his wife Valerie Plame, a CIA operative. Cheney was told by the CIA that Valerie Plame worked as a covert agent in the CIA's Nonproliferation Division, which is the critical division of the CIA responsible for stopping the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Is exposing a CIA agent a treasonable offence?
Cheney's efforts to expose Plame actually exposed her entire covert network, at tremendous cost to the CIA's secret war against terrorism. If Plame's work had been exposed by a double-agent in our government like Aldrich Ames or Robert Hanssen, that person would face prosecution for espionage and treason.
The evidence of Cheney's role is more than enough to start an impeachment investigation.
Real investigation will not start until Kucinich's Impeachment Bill is seriously considered by the House Judiciary Committee. Kucinich needs more Co-Sponsors to make that happen.
Now that Cheney's former Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby has been convicted and sentenced to 30 months in Federal Prison it is time to turn to his boss, Vice President Cheney. Is there a point where a Vice President who manipulates intelligence and facts about going to war commits treason?
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET CONGRESS TO IMPEACH CHENEY.
Call the Congressional 800 Number: 800-828-0498
Ask for Speaker Of The House Pelosi's office,
Ask for your Congressman/woman's office.
Tell the staff member who you are and where you live.
Then tell them to say to your Representative..
Impeach Cheney for lying about WMD and exposing a CIA agent.
Tell them to Co-Sponsor Kucinich's Bill to Impeach Cheney.
Call them each week.
Call as many of the US Congressmen/women as you can with the same message.
I see we are pushing MoveOn's Gas Price Gouging Petition.
Good as far as it goes. But...
MoveOn would be more responsible to voters if it polled its membership on Impeaching Cheney.
It is Cheney's actions since becoming Vice President that have caused gas prices to nearly triple since 2000.
Of course the Oil Industry has been happy to raise prices. Cheney in causing the Iraq invasion made it so easy for the Oil Industry by destabilizing the world makets.
The reasons behind the gouging mostly point to VP Cheney. Cheney's meeting behind closed doors shortly after taking office with conservative oil executives and setting an energy policy which benefits Cheneys Oil Industry Holdings and through absurdly high oil prices imposes a huge Cheney Oil War Tax on all of us at the pump. ...
to say nothing of getting over 25,000 American Soldiers mained and over 3,400 killed for his Oil Industry favors.
When will MoveOn wake up and Smell The Oil?
PS.. you every try to email one of the leaders of
MoveOn hoping to get a personal response. Good luck. More unresponsive than a Democratic Congressman ducking a question on Impeachment.
So the military judges in Guantanamo have thrown out the charges against two of hte detainees (one of whom was taken into custody when he was 15) on the grounds that the Military Tribunal Act only gives the court jurisdiction over "unlawful enemy combatants" and the military findings that led to these cases had found that the two were "enemy combatants".
So if they are not unlawful enemy combatants, what are they? Either they are lawful enemy combatants, i.e. prisoners of war, entitled to the full protections of the Geneva Convention, or they are criminals and entitled to due process in a civilian court.
But in the Kafkaesque world of the Bushies, they will instead be returned to their never-neverland of Gitmo, and it looks like the military will repeat the earlier process, this time getting the right answer.
Just unbelieveable. The GOP's radicals are out of control.
Is this just stupidity or something darker?
In his first interview as the chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, Dennis Milligan told a reporter that America needs to be attacked by terrorists "like we had on [Sept. 11, 2001", so that people will appreciate the work that President Bush has done to protect the country. Rawstory.com Sources: Link
Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Link
"Today's 16 count indictment makes it abundantly clear that Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) can no longer effectively represent his constituents. As a result, he should resign immediately; anything less is unacceptable. Rep. Jefferson, who has already been kicked off the Ways and Means Committee, will be further marginalized now that he has been indicted. At a time when the citizens of Louisiana face so many serious challenges, they deserve a member of Congress dedicated to serving their needs rather than focused on his own criminal defense. It would be a welcome change if for once, a member of Congress would do the right thing and step aside, allowing someone untainted by scandal to take his seat.
The evidence against Rep. Jefferson, as laid out in today's indictment and in the plea agreements of Vernon Jackson and Brett Pfeffer, is quite strong. It just goes to show that Rep. Jefferson's legal wrangling over the search of his congressional office was merely an attempt to delay his inevitable prosecution. Thankfully, the Justice Department has not allowed Rep. Jefferson's tactics to subvert its efforts to hold a corrupt member of Congress accountable for his crimes."
Rep. Jefferson was named one of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress in CREW's report, Beyond DeLay.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions.
Define "Easter Egg": A surprise feature which is not apparent, but when clicked on does something special. Sometimes takes the form of an extra level in a game or an animation message of some kind. Programmers sometimes bury Easter Eggs in their programs or web sites to add extra depth and challenge users to find them
I caught this off TheLeftCoaster.com:
"What are they thinking?
by Erin Alecto
Bill Scher at Liberal Oasis points out an interesting section of the recent Iraq funding bill H.R. 2206 that hasn’t gotten much play in the blogosphere: a ban on funding for permanent bases. He points to these lines in particular:
SEC. 3301. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this or any other Act shall be obligated or expended by the United States Government for a purpose as follows:
(1) To establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq.
(2) To exercise United States control over any oil resource of Iraq.
It seems to me that this is a big deal, considering the administration has lately declared their hope is to create a US presence in Iraq much like the one in South Korea. As Bill points out, the administration has been very careful not to express any explicit intent to establish permanent bases – and now, it would be illegal to do so."
Even in a bad bill there may be something "good" but we know that the Blood King will ignore the law since only he decides what is law.
There is an active effort in the US House Of Representatives to Impeach Vice President Cheney. We all should call Speaker Pelosi and tell her to support it. Also call all Colorado Congressmen/women and tell them to become Co-Sponsors on US Rep. Kucinich's Bill to Impeach Cheney. You can call them for Free at 800-828-0498 Just ask for their individual offices.
The arrogance of Cheney is galling. He undermines our representative government and Constitution every chance he gets.
This you must read. Dick Cheney Rules, a New York Times Editorial:
Cheney's office ordered the Secret Service last September to destroy all records of visitors to the official vice presidential mansion -- right after The Washington Post sued for access to the logs. That move was made in secret, naturally. It came out only because of another lawsuit, filed by a private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, seeking the names of conservative religious figures who visited the vice president's residence.
Mr. Cheney is the driving force behind the Bush administration's theory of the "unitary executive," which holds that no one, including Congress and the courts, has the power to supervise or regulate the actions of the president. Just as he pays little attention to old-fangled notions of the separation of powers, Mr. Cheney does not overly bother himself about the bright line that should exist between his last job as chief of the energy giant Halliburton and his current one on the public payroll.
Our group 1stProtestInTheStreet at progressnowcolorado.org does three Impeachment events per week.... Join us!
Tuesday at E 6th & Speer at Noon
Wednesday at Lincoln & 14th (state capital) at Noon
Wednesday at Broadway & Colfax, Denver Post & RM News Building, 5 pm
One of the originals in the progressive/liberal blogosphere passed away yesterday: Steve Gilliard.
I was a regular reader of his blog: TheNewsBlog http://www.thenewsblog.net/
He had insightful articles on the military in Iraq, NYC, and racial issues that continue to divide this nation and its people in so many ways.
I especially was drawn to his concerns with the U.S. military in Iraq and historical parallels to Vietnam and earlier wars. He wrote on the logistics of war and how logistics affected the combat status of the "boots on the ground".
I also enjoyed his passion for writing about food and how to prepare good food to enjoy.
We have two goals in mind: 1). End the wars of aggression by Bush and made into national policy and 2). End corruption in Washington, D.C.
We need to keep our representatives feet to the fire on the corruption issue because the amounts of money being used to corrupt our representatives is anti-democratic both morally and politically.
We elected our representatives and money being used to corrupt our representatives is thwarting the "will of the people".
I couldn't help notice that AP has this story out:
"Democrats hide pet projects from voters
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer
2 hours, 21 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - After promising unprecedented openness regarding Congress' pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget year."
House Speaker Responds to Injunction of Amendment 41 Romanoff Brings Both Sides Together
DENVER - Speaker of the Colorado House Andrew Romanoff today responded to the injunction of Amendment 41, the ethics law passed by voters last November.
"In the event that the gift ban of Amendment 41 is invalidated, we will introduce legislation to fulfill the will of the voters and to clarify the language that has caused so much confusion," Speaker Romanoff said. "We want the strongest ethics law in America; a law that public servants can understand, the state can enforce, and citizens can trust. We all want a government that makes the citizens proud."
Romanoff is working with both sides of the 41 debate to craft legislation that would enforce the key goal of Amendment 41: the gift ban. The gift ban takes aim at public officials and public employees who - as the Amendment calls it - "breach the public trust for private gain." The proposed legislation defines that term in an attempt to avoid unintended consequences such as students losing scholarships.
Representative Anne McGihon (D-Denver), a plaintiff in the case, said, "We are a state that has full disclosure, full transparency and one of the cleanest records in the country. We are writing legislation to fulfill the voter's intent in order to keep it that way."
"We are confident that the Supreme Court will uphold Amendment 41," stated Jenny Flanagan, Executive Director for Common Cause. "We support the legislative effort to honor the will of the voters and implement a meaningful gift bans."
O'REILLY: But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you're a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say you've got to cap it with a number.
MCCAIN: In America today we've got a very strong economy and low unemployment, so we need additional farm workers, including by the way agriculture, but there may come a time where we have an economic downturn, and we don't need so many.
O'REILLY: But in this bill, you guys have got to cap it. Because estimation is 12 million, there may be 20 [million]. You don't know, I don't know. We've got to cap it.
MCCAIN: We do, we do. I agree with you.
Speaking as a white, Christian male...oh, forget it. Like so much bilious, racist, offensive nonsense issuing from Bill O'Reilly's mouth, it's not worth the dignification.
So, the highest vote-getter (the spammer arrest story) was not on the front page of today's Greeley Tribune. It wasn't even in the first few pages. Only those brave souls who thumbed all the way back to page A10 saw the story.
Among the adobe houses at Centennial Village Museum, surrounded by a respect for history, Georgia Wier is right at home.
Wier is Greeley's folklorist, by all accounts a rare position, and she takes to her work like an engineer to a math problem. Wier can barely contain her excitement while showing just a fraction of the works of art she has collected over the years.
"What a folklorist does is so varied," Wier said. "It's all according to what your individual skills are."
I can't say I blame 'em. I'm sure a lot of readers will enjoy this feature. Why should the reporter and the subject of the story be punished because nobody voted for the story online?
Frankly, the Trib is only making a half-hearted attempt at this. If they want more people to vote, they have to promote it better. Or scrap the idea altogether.
[Surgeon Gen. Nominee Holsinger and his wife, Barbara] founded Hope Springs Community Church in a warehouse at 1109 Versailles Road. Calhoun called it a socially diverse congregation with a "very vital recovery ministry." It serves the homeless and those with addictions to drugs, alcohol and sex; and it has a Spanish-language Hispanic congregation with its own pastor.
"It's built around compassion for people who struggle with a lot of issues," he said.
Hope Springs also ministers to people who no longer wish to be gay or lesbian, [Pastor] Calhoun said.
"We see that as an issue not of orientation but of lifestyle," he said. "We have people who seek to walk out of that lifestyle."
On this point, the church would differ with many gays and lesbians, who consider their sexuality a matter of identity, not a lifestyle choice.
There Bush goes again, placing his twisted ideology above the well-being of the nation.
Here's a few questions the Senate committee in charge of reviewing this nominee should ask: