Wednesday, August 31, 2005
According to President Bush, we went to war in Iraq for which of the following reasons
a) Iraq had weapons of mass destruction
b) to bring democracy to Iraq
c) to end the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein
d) because Iraq had ties to Osama bin Laden
e) to keep the oil from the terrorists.
f) for oil and get back at Sadam for trying to assassinate President George H.W. Bush.
Correct Answer: f (a through e are previous excuses)
How many more of our young people have to die for this lie?
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Here is one small part of his statement:
"Back home (the USA kind) I have no home, no job, and my commander in chief is on vacation (he's about 20 days behind Ronald Reagan right now in the race to become the most vacationing president ever. Hey W! we all got our fingers crossed! Here's to you and two more years of presidency...er vacationing!)."
Our troops know that this administration has screwed up the war in Iraq. Our young people are being slaughtered because they were not provided with enough armor, equipment, or troops. Rumsfeld said you go to war with the army that you have. Iraq did not attack us. This was an unnecessary war based on a lie. How many more need to die?
Monday, August 29, 2005
"The top U.S. Army contracting official who first raised criticism over Halliburton's no-bid contract in Iraq was demoted Sunday for what the army called poor job performance -- the first time her performance was rated low in 20 years."
The official, Bunnatine "Bunny" Greenhouse, had overseen contracts at the Army Corps of Engineers, which has managed Iraq reconstruction work. She was removed Saturday from her elite Senior Executive Service position and reassigned her to a lesser job in the civil works division.
Greenhouse's lawyer, Michael Kohn, told the New York Times he saw "obvious reprisal" for the objections she raised to a series of decisions involving the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown Root, which has netted more than $10 billion for work in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"She is being demoted because of her strict adherence to procurement requirements and the army's preference to sidestep them when it suits their needs," he said Sunday.
"Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean also weighed in, saying, "Today's news regarding Bunnatine Greenhouse is another disturbing example of the Bush Administration's determination to abuse their power to hide the truth and silence, smear or demote their critics."
"A spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers, told the Times that the action against Greenhouse was approved by the Army."It doesn't matter if the taxpayers are getting screwed----just protect Halliburton!
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Update: I also checked with the Franklin County Clerk of Courts http://www.fcmcclerk.com/Pa/pa.htm website and found that Paul E. Gillmor had a traffic ticket. When he got his ticket, he listed an address in Old Fort, Ohio (Seneca County). That same address is the address of Paul M. Gillmor, Paul E. Gillmor's adult son. Where do you think he spends most of his time--- in a small house, with his son in Old Fort, Ohio, or in a fancy 3500 square foot home in Dublin, Ohio? You can draw your own conclusions.
According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services news release http://jfs.ohio.gov/releases/unemp/UnempPressRelease.htm
here is the unemployment rate for each of the counties he represents: all of Crawford 6.3%, Defiance 6.8%, Fulton 6.4%, Henry 6.6%, Huron 6.8%, Paulding 5.7%, Putnam 4.8%, Sandusky 5.9%, Seneca 6.4%, Van Wert 5.5%, Williams 7.1% and Wood 6.1% counties, and parts of Ashland 5.2%, Lucas 7.0%, Mercer 3.9% and Wyandot 7.3%. Amazing! Do you think if he spent more time near his constituents he'd be able to understand the problems associated with high unemployment? I'm just asking.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
Because there are so many mothers in this country, they are starting to evaluate the human costs of war. In the end, President Bush will need to answer the questions posed by mothers: What was the noble cause of the Iraq war? What is your exit plan? Why are so many of our young men and women dying? Why are these troops sent to war with unarmored humvees and poor/no body armor? Why are there American companies becoming war profiteers?
Mothers are concerned. The city editor of a newspaper has written about his mother and her change in attitude.
http://hollisterfreelance.com/opinion/contentview.asp?c=167045 Here's an excerpt from the article:
For the last year or more my mother has been gradually expressing ever greater exasperation with President Bush, the war, and the religious right. “Have you heard about this James Dobson guy?” she asked me on the phone, referring to the head of Focus on the Family. “If they overturn Roe vs. Wade, that’ll be it for me,” she said.
Then she mentioned Cindy Sheehan.
For all the efforts to discredit Ms. Sheehan, what she accomplished in drawing attention to the human cost of the war, if my mother’s opinion is any indication, crossed party lines. There’s a Mom Faction in American politics, and while it isn’t a monolithic Third Rail, it’s at least and second-and-a-half rail. When their children are dying on a battlefield of choice, you touch it at your peril.
My mother has her fingers on the pulse, and scalps, of many such women. She’s a hairdresser with a clientele that has been coming to her regularly for decades. Now grandmothers, these women were moms during Vietnam, in which over 50,000 American sons and daughters died. They worried then about their kids’ safety, now they’re worried about grandkids - theirs or someone else’s. Most are pretty mainstream, most Republican, and most, my mother tells me, pretty much fed up with George Bush.
1. Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN):
>A warrant was issued because he failed to pay court costs on time after he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed deadly weapon in Louisville International Headline. http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:szDHbfUkvBIJ:vh80015.vh8.infi.net/localnews/2004/10/05in/B3-warrant10050-3811.html+wadesville+indiana+court+clerk&hl=en "The long war on Christianity in America continues today on the floor of the United States House of Representatives."
"Like a moth to a flame, Democrats can't help themselves when it comes to denigrating and demonizing Christians."
>-Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind., June 20, 2005, while debating a defense spending bill amendment about Air Force proselytizing
(I GUESS THIS GUY NEVER HEARD OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.)
>EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana Congressman John Hostettler says divorce is as dangerous to society as gay marriage.
2. Bob Taft, Ohio Governor http://www.coshoctontribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050818/NEWS01/508180306/1002 >COLUMBUS - Moments after being sworn into office in 1999 Gov. Bob Taft, owner of one of the most distinguished names in U.S. political history, spoke of ethics.
He returned to the message regularly, ordering annual ethics training for his staff, firing staffers for improperly accepting gifts and warning public employees that even free rounds of golf were forbidden.
>COLUMBUS - Minutes after publicly apologizing and pleading no contest to charges that he failed to report gifts, Gov. Bob Taft pledged Thursday to finish his term - and denied that his administration sells access or contracts to big donors.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
"He's operating on a full schedule; he's just doing it from the ranch instead of from the White House,' Almacy said. "The only week he had officially off was this last week.'
Oh. What about this? http://archives.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/08/06/bush.crawford/
2. Keith Olbermann deserves my appreciation for proving time and time again that some of the worst people in the world are Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6210240/
3. Jon Stewart and The Daily Show deserve my admiration for their unending attacks on the hypocricy of this administration and their supporters. http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/the_daily_show/index.jhtml
4. The pro-Bush supporters in Crawford, Texas, deserve a thank you. Without them, many of which have not lost a family member in Iraq or Afghanistan, the president would have no supporters. These supporters are willing to sacrifice your sons and daughters for G. W. Bush.
5. On a personal note, I'd like to thank everyone who has been willing to speak up in opposition to this war. Our sons and daughters are being killed and maimed. Billions and billions of dollars are being sent overseas and into the pockets of Halliburton and other war profiteers, while our children, seniors, and the poor are losing healthcare and other services. When money is diverted to war, services and programs in this country suffer the loss of funding. http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/aug05/350783.asp
6. And finally, I'd like to thank radio talk show host, Stephanie Miller. Without Stephanie, Chris, and Jim's humor, it would not have been possible to get through the results of the 2004's election. My special favorites are "I like toast," "Lying Sack of Crap," and "Right Wing World" (they listen so you don't have to).
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
During the 2004 elections, we saw the horrible lies promoted by the "swiftboat veterans for truth" and other extremist groups. The people who promoted these campaigns were business people who used their money to support Bush and right wing causes. We need to stop supporting companies who participated in those smear campaigns. Where do we start? Hmmmm. Well, if you enjoy crafts, you might want to stop shopping at Michael's Crafts because the owners/founders were big contributors to the "swiftboat vets" and the Bush campaign. Here are some places to verify this information: http://www.tpj.org/pioneers/charles_wyly.html
For additional information about companies that contribute to Democratic candidates, visit Buy Blue. http://www.buyblue.org/
If you need further information about contributors, I suggest you visit http://www.opensecrets.org/
Monday, August 22, 2005
This administration went to war based on a lie and without an exit strategy. Now we are stuck in a huge mess, with no end in sight. With an approval rating of 36% and a disapproval rate of 56%, http://americanresearchgroup.com/economy/ those approval ratings will only go lower as the war and fatalities continue. As of this minute, 69 of our service members have died in Iraq this month alone, and the month is not over yet. 1,868 Americans have died in Iraq. How many more will die? http://icasualties.org/oif/
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Before going to Idaho, Bush will stop in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, not all the people greeting him will be supporters. There are some protests scheduled during his visit. http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2960234
Also, a TV station in Utah, KTVX has refused to air Cindy Sheehan's ad. KTVX is owned by Clear Channel. Here is what station management said: http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2960205 According to an e-mail released Saturday, D'Antuono said that after Channel 4 viewed the spot, "the management of KTVX felt that the controversial content could very well be offensive to our community in Utah, which has contributed more than its fair share of fighting soldiers and suffered significant loss of life in this Iraq War." "This is a local market decision made by the local management of KTVX-TV." (According to http://icasualties.org/oif/Statecity.aspx
Utah has lost 9 service members in Iraq. Forty other states have each lost more than nine service members.)
Saturday, August 20, 2005
WEST CHESTER, Ohio — For days now, this suburb and other Cincinnati-area communities have been dominated by grief and searing images of loss — flag-draped caskets, solemn Marine honor guards, anguished parents and loved ones.
Today, the funeral of Marine Cpl. David Kreuter here will conclude an eight-day series of vigils, memorial services and funerals in southwestern Ohio for the five area Marines killed in an Aug. 3 roadside bombing in Iraq, among 16 Ohio-based Marines killed within a week.
"It’s like one long funeral that doesn’t end," said Peggy Logue of Lebanon, whose son Michael is still in Iraq with the hard-hit Lima Company. "It’s very hard. It’s painful."
"I think everybody supports the troops, but people are talking and wondering what’s going on," said Gale Halsey, who came to the vigil from nearby Cold Springs, Ky. "We just buried five Marines. Every day you watch it on the news. We’re all tired of it. We’ve paid the price."
The defense dept. plans to remain in Iraq for at least four more years. Why?
Friday, August 19, 2005
1. We must demand an answer to Cindy Sheehan's question: What was the noble cause for going to war in Iraq?
2. We MUST work together to remove the corrupt GOP majority out of the House and the Senate. How? Research your local Democratic party's candidates and offer your support and help. Volunteer to stuff envelopes, work as a poll worker, make telephone calls on behalf of a candidate, and talk to friends and neighbors about how to organize and work toward a better, cleaner government.
3. Write a letter to your local newspaper or neighborhood weekly and express your opposition to this war and these corrupt politicians. Call your local rep or senator and demand they do things that represent you. Remind them that if they don't vote for things that are important to you and your city, you will vote against them. Visit open secrets to see who is contributing to your rep/senator. http://www.opensecrets.org/
4. Call or e-mail local and national TV and radio stations and voice your opinion about stories. Was a story too slanted? If a particular reporter/talk show host uses inaccurate information or derogatory statements, write letters and call their sponsors. http://www.fcc.gov/ http://mediamatters.org/
5. DON'T SIT AND DO NOTHING. I firmly believe that if every mother in this country just spoke out and said "Stop the war," people and politicians would take notice.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
From the August 15 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:
I just want to remind everyone that once an addict always an addict. Limbaugh is an arrogant bastard and we cannot forget his story about his hearing loss, which was caused by his drug abuse. Limbaugh has no right to criticize anyone. See this article: http://www.freep.com/news/health/oto17_20031017.htm
LIMBAUGH: I mean, Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett. Her story is nothing more than forged documents. There's nothing about it that's real, including the mainstream media's glomming onto it. It's not real. It's nothing more than an attempt. It's the latest effort made by the coordinated left.http://mediamatters.org/items/200508160009
Here are some excerpts from this very informational article that was published in the Detroit Free Press on October 17, 2003:
'Rush Limbaugh's entry into a rehabilitation program for addiction to prescription painkillers underscores an important message to the millions of Americans who take the drugs: Chronic abuse may cause hearing loss.
The link between hearing loss and high doses of painkillers like Vicodin, Lorcet and OxyContin is not yet well-known in medicine.'
'Limbaugh reportedly was taking as many as 60 OxyContin pills daily, as well as other drugs, including Vicodin and Lorcet. This latest foray into rehab is at least his third in recent years.
Limbaugh's initial diagnosis of hearing loss came in 2001. Doctors at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles said he had autoimmune ear disease, a type of hearing loss associated with fluctuating hearing, dizziness, ear fullness and sudden loss of hearing. The same facility is among the few to study the link between hearing loss and prescription painkiller abuse. The clinic has identified at least 29 people who developed hearing loss after Vicodin abuse.
Spokesmen for Rush Limbaugh Syndicators, which produces Limbaugh's daily radio show, and House Ear Clinic spokeswoman Christa Spieth Nuber did not return calls about whether Limbaugh previously had acknowledged his drug abuse to his doctors.
That leaves open the question of whether Limbaugh might have halted further loss of his hearing if he had told his doctors what he acknowledged publicly last week.
He also might not have needed a cochlear implant -- a surgically implanted device that restores some hearing, some doctors say.
"If he would have been honest, and that's a guess on our part, and if he had some hearing left and stopped abusing certain medications," his hearing loss "might have stopped right there and not required a cochlear implant," said Dr. Michael LaRouere, a hearing specialist with the Michigan Ear Institute, a Farmington Hills facility affiliated with Providence Hospital and Medical Centers of Southfield.'
This is the type of person who is trying to smear a Gold Star Mother, Cindy Sheehan.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Deborah Pryce likes to hold fundraisers with lobbyists in special settings like golf courses or resorts. Isn't that nice? http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/12373130.htm
"While Federal Election Commission reports don't show how much the politicians raise at individual events, such as the golf outings, the lawmakers must disclose how much they spend to host the fundraisers. Members of Congress spent $444,569 on golf events in the first half of 2005, up from $376,088 in the first six months of 2004, according to a Bloomberg review of records compiled by PoliticalMoneyLine, a Washington company that tracks spending.
"The golf fundraisers are the summer equivalent of ski trips to places like Vail and Aspen in Colorado that lawmakers such as Ohio Republican Representatives Michael Oxley and Deborah Pryce have held with lobbyists. Lawmakers spent more than $100,000 at the resorts in the first quarter of this year, FEC records show."
Here are some of Congresswoman Deborah Pryce's recent individual contributors :
The following address will take you to some of the companies/committees/pacs that have contributed to Pryce. If these companies like the GOP so much, maybe we should take our money somewhere else.
Pryce also received $1000 from Tom Noe (Ohio's coingate scandal) 10/8/2004.
Monday, August 15, 2005
to get more information. Here is what I found:
The second in command in the Colebrook Police Department was shot and wounded by a sniper while serving in Iraq last month.
Sgt. Joseph Caron has returned to the United States and was headed to Georgia for medical treatment on his hand, Colebrook Police Chief Steve Cass said last night.
Caron, a rifleman in the Army National Guard, was wounded in Ramadi just after being deployed to the Middle East, Cass said.
The bullet went through Caron's hand and the butt of his rifle, also piercing his body armor and injuring his chest, Cass said.
"He was only there a month, if it was a month," said Cass, who exchanged e-mails with Caron before he was shot.
Caron has told girlfriend, Amy Parker of Colebrook, that he has feeling in his hand, Cass said. He has already undergone many surgeries after being treated in Iraq and later in Germany.
Caron joined the Colebrook Police Department in 2000. He was promoted to corporal in April 2004.
Having served for five years in the Marine Corps with armored personnel carriers, he joined the National Guard in December, Cass said.
Why didn't our troops have the correct equipment in the first place? Where is the money going that was designated for armor? How many more of our troops will be injured or killed while our Defense Department screws around with getting them the proper equipment?
Saturday, August 13, 2005
But Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, a former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush's 1992 re-election campaign and a longtime GOP consultant, said she also must remain focused.
"Instead of asking, 'Why did my son die?' which Bush can answer, she should be asking, 'How much longer will other sons die?' "
HOW MUCH LONGER WILL OTHER SONS DIE?
Frank Rich has a great op-ed piece in the NY Times. The title of the piece is called SOMEONE TELL THE PRESIDENT THE WAR IS OVER. He really makes some great points about how the American people do not support the war.
"These are the tea leaves that all Republicans, not just Chuck Hagel, are reading now. Newt Gingrich called the Hackett near-victory "a wake-up call." The resolutely pro-war New York Post editorial page begged Mr. Bush (to no avail) to "show some leadership" by showing up in Ohio to salute the fallen and their families. A Bush loyalist, Senator George Allen of Virginia, instructed the president to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the mother camping out in Crawford, as "a matter of courtesy and decency." Or, to translate his Washingtonese, as a matter of politics. Only someone as adrift from reality as Mr. Bush would need to be told that a vacationing president can't win a standoff with a grief-stricken parent commandeering TV cameras and the blogosphere 24/7."
American wars used to be that way. In the Civil War, a town’s population of young men could be devastated in one battle. It was almost normal, because the military largely organized by city, county or state.
But it’s been a long time since a unit from a particular place was likely to lose lots of men at once. Columbus has found that it can happen again.
The Rickenbacker-based Lima Company of the 3 rd Battalion, 25 th Marines, had nine men killed in one bombing on Aug. 3. Sixteen members in all have been killed since May, or 10 percent of the troops it entered Iraq with in March.
"This happened to hit Columbus hard, but it’s not a unique experience," said Allan Millett, a military historian at Ohio State University.
The U.S. military is relying "to a greater degree than any war since the Civil War," on units with some geographic identity, said Mark Pitcavage, a Columbus military historian. So the kind of loss Lima Company experienced can happen again, in other places.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
"Noe has acknowledged a shortfall of up to $13 million from the coin funds, and the bureau has lost millions on other investments — including $215 million from a high-risk investment by MDL Capital Management, of Pittsburgh, last year."
You are wondering how this happened? The GOP controls the state government and has been awarding contracts to contributors. Mr. Noe and others have gotten and continue to get contracts because they are contributors to the Ohio GOP. The corruption goes all the way to the governor. TSK! TSK! The Ohio GOP talks about moral values. Are cheating and stealing moral values?
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
With school starting soon, I wonder if the military recruiters will be back at work in the high schools? The recruiters come in at lunch, sit with students, talk, gather information, and pass out pencils and other materials. Are parents aware that this recruiting is going on in schools? Are parents comfortable with these activities? I suggest you call your local high school and ask if recruiters are permitted on school grounds. Let the school administration know how you feel about this.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Do you remember that book by Al Franken, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot? There is some confirmation that the title accurately describes Limbaugh. I found this at MyDD.com:
Appearing on today's edition of "The Ed Schultz Show," Paul Hackett made several stand-out statements (mp3 file). http://audio.wegoted.com/dailyaudio/Paul%20Hackett.mp3 My favorite came in reference to his being attacked by Rush Limbaugh:
That's typical for that fatass drug addict to come up with something like that. There's a guy ... I didn't hear this, but actually when I was on drill this weekend, I've got to tell you, he lost a lot of Republican supporters with his comments. Because they were coming up to me, telling me, "I can't believe he said that! Besides that, he called you a soldier. He doesn't know the difference between a soldier and a marine!"Play that audio link above to get the full interview.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Friday, August 05, 2005
"The political situation for Republicans both in Washington and especially Ohio is just dreadful," she said. "In my short political life I’ve never seen it so dire."
The Upper Arlington Republican said the unexpectedly close race in Ohio’s 2 nd Congressional District this week — a Democratic challenger came within 4 percentage points of winning the heavily GOP area — is a harbinger of the difficulty Republicans at all levels will face at the polls.
"It’s gonna get a lot worse," she said. "It’s not just about golf outings."
Mr. Ricks said that there are approximately 130,000 of our troops still in Iraq, and according to the timetable that this administration originally put out, troops were to be pulled out starting in December 2004. Last night I heard that we have 18,000 troops in Afghanistan. If we had not invaded Iraq, but had instead sent 130,000 troops to Afghanistan, we would have had Osama by now, and we would have saved lives, time, and money. However, this administration has made miscalculation after miscalculation in going to war and the aftermath. The mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, children, and friends of our troops are suffering with every loss and every injury. We cannot let our children be sent to be slaughtered because of the mistakes of this administration. Speak up and let the media and your elected officials know that enough is enough.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
I found this at DailyKos http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/8/2/15914/52380
OH:02, Limbaugh calls namesby devtob Tue Aug 2nd, 2005 at 12:09:14 PDT
Limbaugh went all out against Hackett today, including calling him a "staff puke" because he served as a civil affairs officer. Midway in the third hour, Limbaugh was talking to an active duty Navy officer from Houston and asked what "civilian" affairs officers do. The Navy guy said they are liaison with the local authorities."So he wasn't in combat," the anal-pimple chickenhawk asked.The Navy guy said yes, then Limbaugh said Hackett was just a "staff puke," several times.
Jean Schmidt has no concern about traffic laws and has received 6 points for traffic violations. Check it out by going to http://www.clermontclerk.org/pa/munipa.urd/PAMW6500 and enter Schmidt Jean on the search page.
Need more information on Jean Schmidt's ethics problems? I GOOGLED Jean Schmidt ethics investigation and I found the following : http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Jean+Schmidt+ethics+investigation&btnG=Google+Search
Apparently, Schmidt tried to lobby Ohio Gov. Taft about an online lottery company and then she received a nice donation from the company. TSK! She has denied meeting Tom Noe but testified in front of him when Noe served on the Ohio Board of Regents. TSK! TSK!
Those of us in Ohio are SICK of the GOP corruption in this state. If Schmidt is elected, the corruption and payoffs will only continue and we will be the real losers.