Wednesday, November 30, 2005
However, there is an easier method: Vote for Democrats for the House and the Senate, stop funding the war, and bring our kids home. If we brought our troops home in early 2007, after a Democratic majority took over the legislative branch, we could then start funding things like levees, schools, and things in our country.
..the people in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast wait for President Bush to fulfill his promise to rebuild.
..some families on the Gulf Coast wait for notification about their missing/presumed dead loved ones.
..roads and the infrastructure in this country continue to crumble because there is no money.
..American children go to bed hungry as the food stamp program is cut.
..the No Child Left Behind program remains largely unfunded.
..Halliburton's profits increase.
..the families of 2,110 have lost loved ones and, sadly, other families will join their ranks.
..16,000 American service members must deal with physical and mental war wounds.
..our American wounded wait and wait for medical attention at military hospitals.
..there is no money to fund additional border patrols and port inspections.
..college students are losing grants and access to loans.
..this administration refuses to acknowledge their mistakes (disbanding the Iraqi army, having no exit strategy).
..the cost of the war in Iraq is over $200 trillion dollars, and our heartbreak continues.
Summary of Bush's speech:
....1. Given in front of a military audience.
....2. Stay the course.
....3. Stay the course.
....4. Stay the course.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
1. The Senators from New Jersey were not permitted to recognize Bruce Springsteen as an American icon because the Republican leadership knew that Springsteen had supported Kerry. However, Carrie Underwood, American Idol contestant, was recognized for her contributions to music.
2. Republicans have cut access to food stamps for children and the poor.
3. Mike Abe says, "Something is wrong when there is enough money for tax credits and exemptions to build hotels and big business, and not enough to fix our schools and educate our children."
4. Even TV stations in Republican strongholds recognize their control: 'Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says the Senate won't take up immigration proposals until February. The House still hopes to take up some border security measures before adjourning this year but the chances of that happening are slim.'
How do we change this? Vote the Republicans out. However, the Justice Department may take care of some of them (Bob Ney, Duke Cunningham, Tom DeLay, Bill Frist).
Bill O'Reilly, Jerry Falwell, and other right wingnuts are taking up their crusade to stop attacks on Christmas. What attacks are they talking about? They are offended when someone says Happy Holidays? There are many religions represented in this country and not all are Christian. Falwell and his group plan to sue stores that tell their employees to say Happy Holidays. Wouldn't it be a better use of his time if Falwell worked to feed the poor and house the homeless?
Monday, November 28, 2005
However, Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt (OH-2) will be recalled as the person who called a decorated Marine a coward. That is her defining moment. Unfortunately, for "Mean Jean" it is not over. She has to stand a primary and possibly a re-election campaign. There is a great article in the Cincinnati Post about Schmidt's political future.
Over at Boomantribune, they are organizing Operation Yellow Feather for Jean Schmidt:
Keep up the pressure. Print out one of the Chicken Hawk forms below and use it to send a message to Schmidt and Bubp.
Lost Your Chicken Hawk Feather?
The Chicken Hawk Unit Patch
The Classic Yellow Feather (Make sure to explain)
The Ugly Chicken Hawk (Fill in the voice bubble)
Send your forms to:
Rep. Jean Schmidt
8044 Montgomery Rd. Suite 540
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Rep. Danny Bubp
77 S. High St
Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Better yet Fax them.
Fax Schmidt at (513) 791-1696
Fax Bubp at (614) 644-9494
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Elected representatives should "represent" the views of their constituents. However, people like Tom DeLay bowed to the wishes of their benefactors. Capitol Hill Blue has an excellent article about DeLay and the current crop of Republicans.
Republican Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert has accused Democrats of wanting to "cut and run" instead of staying in Iraq. Hastert has never served in the military. How does he have the right to attack Rep. Murtha and others who have served honorably in our military? There is an excellent article that talks about how the most vocal cheerleaders for Bush's "stay the course" are people who have no military experience. Here are a few excerpts:
It is of some significance that Democrat John Murtha and Republican Chuck Hagel, two of the Congress' most outspoken critics of how the Bush administration has conducted the Iraq war, are decorated veterans of the Vietnam War.
It is of even greater significance that the administration's apologists for the war, those who question the patriotism of the war's opponents, avoided serving in Vietnam, almost to a man, starting, of course, with the top man.....
Hastert, who avoided Vietnam because of a wrestling injury, was even nastier about fellow Republican Sen. John McCain when the Vietnam hero criticized wartime tax cuts and asked, “Where's the sacrifice?”
“John McCain ought to visit our young men and women at Walter Reed and Bethesda. There's the sacrifice in this,” said Hastert of McCain, who spent months in military hospitals after being tortured for years a POW in Vietnam...
Cheney's five deferments aren't the record in the Bush administration. That prize goes to former Attorney General John Ashcroft who had six student deferments and a seventh occupational deferment when he became a law professor.
Since then, Ashcroft has stoutly maintained, “I would have served if asked.”
An even better excuse was offered by the indicted House leader Rep. Tom DeLay who had a student deferment, but once explained there was no room in the military for people like him because minorities were flocking to the armed forces to escape poverty....
I am sick and tired of the Republicans' arrogant attitudes about everything. We need to work harder to bring a Democratic majority in the House and the Senate.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
1. Ohio Republican Rep. Bob Ney thinks that no one is aware of his alliances with Republican lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, and Republican Rep. Tom DeLay. Fortunately, the Justice Dept. has a large investigation on Republican politicians ties to Abramoff.
2. Ohio Republicans think that they'll have a new governor from their party, despite the fact that Ohioans are disgusted by the dirty politics and Coingate.
3. Sen. Trent Lott is trying to make a comeback in the Senate leadership, even though Americans were offended by his racist views. We haven't forgotten about your comments.
4. Ohio has not had an economic recovery. Unemployment remains high and jobs are few and low paying. With GM closing plants in the state, the future looks bleak. However, the Republicans leadership in this state say they have had great success in bringing new jobs to Ohio. They must be talking about the two new jobs at Wal-mart.
5. The President and the Republicans want us to "stay the course" in Iraq. In the thirty-three months since the invasion of Iraq, 2107 of our service members have been killed. Of that number, 102 have been from Ohio. Over 15,000 of our service members have been wounded. Families have been permanently changed. The President needs to declare victory and bring our sons and daughters home.
6. Our government's response to Hurricane Katrina will not be forgotten. While people remained without water, shelter, and rescue, the FEMA director took his time to get help rolling to the area.
7. Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt (OH-2) says that the media has been attacking her. If she hadn't called a decorated American war hero a coward, no one would have noticed her.
8. Republican cuts to education, health care, and the poor will be noted and used at the proper time and place.
9. Members of this administration leaked the name of an undercover CIA agent and thereby risked the lives of many.
Republicans-----we are watching you.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
I wish I had the time or energy or memory capacity to describe to you how wrong this whole thing has gone. It's just as you described it a couple years ago. We *can* make a difference here, and i believe in the mission as it looks on paper. But your president and his brain-dead colleagues aren't even trying to give us what we need to do it. the add-on armor HMMWVs are a joke. The terrorists target them b/c they know they offer no protection. The M1114s have good armor, but every time we lose one (i had one blown up monday, driver had his femoral artery cut -- will recover fully -- b/c there apparently is no armor or very weak armor under the pedals) it's impossible to replace them. So now I have to send yet another add-on armored vehicle outside the wire daily. The M1114s also have certain mechanical defects, known to the manufacturer, for which there is apparently no known fix. For example, on some of them (like mine) if it stalls or you turn it off, you cannot restart it if the engine is hot. We have to dump 3 liters of cold water on a solenoid in order to start it again. Not that much fun when your vehicle won't start in indian country. I wonder if DoD is getting a refund for the contract. Speaking of contracts, KBR is a joke. I can't even enumerate the problems with their service, but I guarantee they do not receive less money based on how many of the showers don't work, or how many of us won't eat in the chow hall often because we get sick every time we do.
There is so much. I could go on forever. the worst thing, which we have discussed, is that they are playing these bullshit numbers games to fool America about troop strength. If they stopped paying KBR employees $100,000 to do the job of a $28,000 soldier, maybe they'd have enough money to send us enough soldiers to do the job. As it stands we have no offensive capability in the most dangerous city on earth. General Shinseki should write an Op/Ed that basically says, "I told you so." Idiots.
Where are the AC-130s? The apaches? They have them in FAR less active AOs (areas of operations). All we ever get is a single Huey and Cobra team, both of which are older than I am. it's such a joke. They're not even trying. At all. They have apaches in Tikrit but Hueys in Ramadi.
I wish every american could see this for him/herself. Registering your frustration at the ballot box isn't nearly enough. There should be jail terms for this.
I've posted the following at MyDD.com
----- If we are to take back Ohio, we need Dr. Howard Dean stat!
From today's Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Dennis L. White announced yesterday that he will resign Wednesday, setting up a potentially divisive replacement fight before what should be a promising election year for the party.
As word of White’s resignation ricocheted across the state, battle lines began to form around three possible successors: former U.S. Rep. Dennis Eckart of Cleveland, Montgomery County Democratic Chairman Dennis A. Lieberman and Ohio House Minority Leader Chris Redfern of Catawba Island.
The two leading Democrats for governor — Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland of Lisbon — disagreed about whether a new chairman should be selected as soon as possible or after the May 2 primary election...The chairmanship fight looms as the long down-andout Democrats have their best chance to make gains against a scandal-racked state government controlled by Republicans since 1995...
There are some within the Democratic Party saying we can wait until the spring or summer to have a new Chairman, but if we are to have a winning strategy to take back the U.S. Senate, the House of Reps, and the Ohio Legislature, and Ohio Executive Branch, we need a chairman now. Please write about this and contact those people in the national party to get us the help and guidance we need in Ohio.
Dr. Dean said he would reorganize the party from every precinct on up. We need him now before we flounder beyond repair.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Mercury News has additional info on the story. This could present some major legal problems for Ney. I wonder what his constituents think about him now since he seems to be in trouble with Jack Abramoff and Republican Rep. Tom DeLay.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
I was thinking this morning about who I would never invite to my house for a fictional dinner and here is my list:
George W. Bush and family, Dick Cheney and family, Tom DeLay, Dennis Hastert, Rep. Jean Schmidt, Rep. Deborah Pryce, Bob Woodward, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, Rev. Falwell, Sen. Rick Santorum, Rev. Pat Robertson, Dr. Dobson, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, Sen. George Allen (I think he's creepy), Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh (pompous jerk), Bill O'Reilly (falafel man), Rep. J.D. Hayworth (reminds me of a used car salesman), Donald Rumsfeld, and Condaleeza Rice, and other liars from the Republican Party.
Last night on Keith Olbermann's Countdown, Rep. Jean Schmidt was picked as "The Worst Person In The World." I totally agree with the nomination.
You've heard the White House say that Democratic Senators saw the same pre-war intelligence as the President. The doesn't hold water. The President would have a more detailed account of what is going on in the world. Some materials would be censored or restricted for other elected officials because they would not have special clearance to see everything. It is time for this administration to start talking about what happens next in Iraq. When will our Marines, Airmen, and Soldiers be home for good?
Monday, November 21, 2005
On the Ed Schultz show today, it was suggested that Democratic Rep. Murtha would not have made the withdrawal suggestion without first consulting some experts at the Pentagon. If he sought the advice of individual experts at the Pentagon, he may have been encouraged to give it a try.
Michael Scanlon, Jack Abramaoff's former associate, 'pleaded guilty to conspiring to corrupt public officials and defraud clients, clearing the way for his cooperation in an investigation of his one-time partner...'
'The Justice Department asked that sentencing be delayed while Scanlon cooperates. He faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and repayment of $19.7 million to clients.'
Many Ohioans are looking to Paul Hackett for the next U.S. Senator from Ohio. With Republican Jean Schmidt's meltdown on the House floor, the people of OH-2 woke up to the mistake they made in last summer's special election. Who would have brought more honor to the House---Hackett or Schmidt? The better choice would have been Hackett.
Unemployment remained at 5.9% in Ohio. The economic recovery has skipped Ohio. Many people will need to make a decision about whether to heat their homes or buy holiday gifts. Heating bills are expected to be very high this winter.
Howard Fineman has an excellent article in Newsweek about the war and Rep. John Murtha. I respect Rep. Murtha for his military service and I thank him for his courage to say what so many of us are thinking: It is time to develop an exit plan to get our service members home and out of Iraq. Will the President do something to save our young men and women? I'm not sure. However, I'd bet thay with the 2006 elections looming, the President will start some sort of partial withdrawal in the early autumn of 2006. Otherwise the Republicans will be booted out of control of the legislative branch.
There is more on the pre-war intelligence: The administration believed "Curveball" even though our allies warned us.
As of this date, 2095 of our young men and women have been killed in Iraq. Over 15,000 of our service members have been wounded.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
ONN has the story: http://www.onnnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=4141567
The Buckeyes paid tribute to former Buckeye wrestler and U.S. Marine who was killed in Iraq. http://ohiostatebuckeyes.collegesports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/111805aaa.html
The Ohio State football team will wear a special decal on its helmet at Saturday's Michigan game in honor of former Buckeye wrestler, Marine Corps Major Ray Mendoza, who was killed in action in Iraq earlier this week. Mendoza, who graduated from Ohio State in 1995, is believed to be the first Ohio State student-athlete to be killed in Iraq. He was a company commander with the 1st Marine Division and was in his third tour of duty in Iraq.
The helmet decal will be the size of the Buckeye Leaf decal that the Buckeyes wear on their helmets. It will be a clear background with the initials R.M. on it.
Mendoza, a native of Blairstown, N.J., was a two-year letterman for the Buckeyes and was runner-up in the heavyweight division at the Big Ten championships in 1993.
By the way, after the game, Coach Tressel gave the game ball to Mendoza's brothers, who plan to pass it to his wife and children.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt's (OH-2) vicious attack on decorated war hero, Rep. Murtha, will go down in history as one of the stupidest things ever done on the floor of the House of Representatives. Howard Fineman of Newsweek (He was on MSNBC's Countdown tonight) said that now Republicans want to go after Rep. Murtha on some ethics violations. The person leading the charge is Rep. Joe Wilson
(SC-R) who is part of the Tom DeLay machine. Fineman said it is clearly retaliation against Murtha.
Bob Ney and the Culture of Corruption
From The Columbus Dispatch---Republican Rep. Bob Ney (OH-18) was fined: The Federal Election Commission fined Rep. Bob Ney’s re-election committee $2,000 yesterday for not initially reporting $83,000 in payments to a political consulting firm.
The commission and the Ney campaign agreed to the fine after campaign officials acknowledged that two wire transfers of $83,000 to the consulting company were not recorded on the campaign’s manual check register. The campaign said that because the check register did not note the wire transfer, the campaign did not include them in a report filed in October 2004.
Hey, Ney! Enough of the cheating! The people of Ohio's 18th congressional district are sick of the lying and the backroom politics!
From the Washington Post: The Army has suspended plans to expand an unwieldy, 16-month-old program to call up inactive soldiers for military duty, after thousands have requested delays or exemptions or failed to show up.
Despite intense pressure to fill manpower gaps, Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey said the Army has no plans for any further call-up of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) beyond the current level of about 6,500 soldiers. The IRR is a pool of about 115,000 trained soldiers who have left active-duty or reserve units for civilian life, but remain subject to call-up for a set period...
It is time to listen to Rep. Murtha and others who have served in battle. It is time to stop the continuous call ups. Many of our service people are in Iraq on their third tour of duty. Can you imagine how their families are holding up under all this stress?
Last night on WBNS-TV here in Columbus, Ohio, there was a lighting ceremony at the Columbus Zoo. There were two little boys who wanted to say something to their uncle who was leaving for his third tour of duty in Iraq. This is what they said, "Good luck, Uncle ___. We hope you don't die." Doesn't that say it all?
How Wal-Mart is Hurting the USA
From The Morning Call: ----Federal, state and local law enforcement officers raided a Wal-Mart distribution center construction site Thursday in Schuylkill County and arrested more than 100 people they said were illegal immigrants.
More than 50 federal immigration agents and state and local officials with federal search warrants arrived about 8 a.m. at High Ridge Industrial Park in Butler Township, county Sheriff Francis V. McAndrew said....
McAndrew said he knows of other pockets of suspected illegal immigrants in the county and that his office ''will be getting to them.''
He said that after being tipped off, he inspected the Wal-Mart site. ''There were a considerable amount of illegal aliens from what I was seeing,'' he said.
McAndrew said he contacted U.S. Rep. Tim Holden, D-17th District, who put him in touch with federal immigration agents. Those agents got the search warrant that was executed Thursday.
The sting comes a month after Wal-Mart ceased construction of seven North Dakota stores to check for illegal workers after two illegal immigrants were charged with molesting two girls.
In 2003, a raid of 60 Wal-Mart stores in 21 states led to the arrests of 245 illegal workers. An affidavit related to that case claims that two senior Wal-Mart executives knew cleaning contractors were hiring illegal immigrants. Wal-Mart says that no senior official had any such knowledge.
What is it with Wal-Mart? They don't treat their employees with respect and they won't even hire American workers to build their stores. How many times will Wal-Mart use the line, "We didn't know." Enough!
Former CIA Director Stansfield Turner said the following about Vice President Dick Cheney: "I'm embarrassed the United States has a vice president for torture. "He condones torture, what else is he?"
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Clinton was named by Esquire as "The Most Influential Man in the World."
Democratic Rep. John Murtha (PA) has called for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The New York Times described Rep. Murtha as a decorated Viet Nam War veteran. Thank God, someone has stepped up to say it!
The Tom DeLay investigation is still going on in Texas. Now Republican Rep. Roy Blunt is somehow involved. Here is an excerpt from the New York Times article:
Texas prosecutors in the criminal case against Representative Tom DeLay issued a subpoena on Wednesday for records of transactions between his national political action committee and a political committee run by his successor as House majority leader, Roy Blunt of Missouri.
The subpoena, issued in Austin, the Texas capital, asked for all records from Mr. DeLay's committee, Americans for a Republican Majority, about its contributions from 2000 to 2002 to Mr. Blunt's committee, Rely on Your Own Beliefs Fund, and to the state Republican Party in Missouri, where Mr. Blunt's son is governor.
Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, wants a wider investigation of Republican Senator Bill Frist and his stock trading.
The Republicans have their panties in a "frist" because they think that Bob Woodward's testimony will somehow let Scooter Libby off the hook. However, they need to go back and read Patrick Fitzgerald's press conference statement: "In fact, Mr. Libby was the first official known to have told a reporter when he talked to Judith Miller in June of 2003 about Valerie Wilson." Let me remind you that Libby's indictment includes the following charges---one count of obstruction of justice, 2 counts of perjury, and 2 counts of false statements.
David Letterman said, "The President is on a trip to Asia. He was visiting American jobs."
****The expression 'panties in a frist' was coined by Stephanie Miller, talk show host and very funny lady.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Although the Republican-controlled Senate rejected Democratic efforts to set timetables for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, it approved an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that focuses on next year as a turning point for the military.
The measure, approved by 79-19, states that 2006 should mark a transition to Iraqi sovereignty, with Iraqi forces taking the lead for the nation's security and setting the stage for American forces to leave.
Forty one of the 55 Republicans voted for it.
The amendment also requires the Pentagon to provide detailed quarterly reports to Congress, including information about Iraqis training their own police and military.This shows that the concerns of the American people are finally reaching our elected officials. When will our sons and daughters be home?
Senator John McCain has been butting heads with Vice President Cheney over the use of torture. Senator McCain has first hand knowledge of torture since he was a POW. He knows the physical and psychological scars that remain after such treatment. Although I do not agree with McCain on many issues, I do agree with him that the U.S. must not use torture.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
The results: 78% Yes 22% No
Vice President Dick Cheney was heckled at an appearance in Knoxville last evening. When you have a 19% approval rating, hecklers appear out of thin air.
WRAL in North Carolina has a story about methods of torture used by U.S. forces in Iraq. One detainee tells of being thrown in a cage of lions in Baghdad in 2003. Lions? The charge is under investigation.
SCOTUS nominee, Judge Alito, believes “the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion.” This was revealed in a document just this week. Alito would be replacing Sandra Day O'Connor who supports choice. Alito's views are against what a majority of Americans believe.
Why is Republican President Bush still debating the reasons he went to war in Iraq? His speeches in the last few days show a man who will not admit his mistakes. His tone and his choice of words show a man who is spiteful and arrogant. Why isn't he talking about a plan to get us out of Iraq? Last night on Keith Olbermann's Countdown, Howard Fineman of Newsweek talked about Bush and Rove's strategy. Fineman said that Bush and Rove have never operated on trying to reach common ground, but rather their goals have been to use 'division and accusation.'
This morning on Today, Republican Sen. Frist accused the Democratic Party of trying to use 'cut and run' in finding a solution to leaving Iraq. Frist must have used the words 'cut and run' about fifteen times. Frist needs to stop covering up the lies and failures of this administration. It is time to force this administration to produce a timeline. Too many of our family members are being killed in Iraq.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Here is a picture of one of the worst governors (left) and the worst president (center). When President Bush visited Argentina for the big summit, he was tired and a little mad. Bush was not happy with dinner being scheduled for 10:15pm (an hour past his usual 9pm bedtime). Late dinner is a tradition in Argentina. Bush also was miffed about the summit talks that postponed lunch the next day. It seems Mr. Bush just didn't get his way in South America. There is a great article from The International Herald Tribune.
You must visit Crooks and Liars to see the video they have of Bush and Kilgore. Don't forget to read the comments! Please visit http://www.americancomedynetwork.com/FLASH/soldiers.htm to see Bush do a recruiting rap.
Just in case you've missed it----this is Ohio State vs. M------- week! On Saturday, the Ohio State Buckeyes will travel up north for the Big game. If you are interested in some Ohio State Buckeye Football traditions, visit here. GO BUCKEYES!
Sunday, November 13, 2005
The Mideast Democracy Summit failed to buy into President Bush's plan.
Guess many of us won't be going to France on vacation. Why is it that the French government was initially slow to react and still has had little success with the rioting. Chirac is under heavy criticism.
The Republican plans for legislation have been pushed back. With the Republican corruption scandals, many moderate Republicans are losing interest in pushing a conservative right wing agenda. Here is the story.
Retired Marine General Joseph P. Hoar had a few thing to say about the lack of support that this administration is giving to vets:
Speaking on the Veterans Day weekend, the former U.S. military commander in the Middle East said
" has consistently refused to provide enough" money for veterans' health care.
"Earlier this year, his administration admitted that they were $1 billion short in funding for critical health care services," he said. "They also repeatedly tried to increase the cost of prescription drugs and health care services for veterans nationwide."
The Veterans Affairs Department acknowledged in April that it had underestimated medical care costs. Congress reacted by approving an additional $1.5 billion in emergency funds for the current budget year.
Is this the way the Republicans support the troops?
Friday, November 11, 2005
Since elected officials should be able to respond to their constituents' concerns, it is heartbreaking when they turn their attention to lobbyists instead. Several enterprising individuals and groups have launched sites to keep track of the speeches and activities of elected officials. Here are some great places to visit:
Rep. Tom DeLay (TX-22-R): http://www.texas22.org/
Sen. Santorum (PA-R): http://www.santorumwatch.org/
Rep. Richard Pombo (CA-11-R): http://www.refpub.com/PomboWatch/
George W. Bush: http://bushwatch.org/bush.htm
Bill O'Reilly is an idiot. (Of course you already knew that.) He is always pontificating about how tough he is. I have a suggestion: O'Reilly and Limbaugh should do a USO tour to Iraq (Al Franken goes a couple times per year!). O'Reilly and Limbaugh think they know about Iraq? They should go see it in person.
Sadly, No thought that Bush's speech for Veteran's Day sounded somewhat familiar. Nearly the same speech was given Oct. 6, 2005 at the National Endowment for Democracy. Check the side by side comparison of the two speeches at Sadly, No.
Those lobbyist sure do love Tom DeLay. They love him soooooo much, they are getting together to throw a big fundraiser for him. The Washington Post said the bash will be next Thursday. Did you get an invitation?
Iraq War Vet, Paul Hackett, shows some increasing poll numbers against Sen. DeWine. People all over Ohio are excited about the prospect of sending Hackett to the U.S. Senate.
Rep. John Hostettler will not be touring the part of his district that was hit with tornado damage. Hostettler was one of a few GOP elected officials to vote against emergency help for Katrina victims. Hostettler just doesn't strike me as a person with compassion.
The Republicans failed to get their budget cuts to the floor this week. The GOP leadership did not have the backing of moderate representatives from their own party, especially after the stunning losses of this week's election. However. Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15-R) said, "We have run out of time on this bill." Yes, I think you've run out of more things than just time.
Republicans are now trying to distance themselves from the head of their party, George W. Bush. Elected GOP officials are starting to remove pictures of themselves with the president. I'd suggest that you find pictures and save them before they completely disappear by next November.
(Pictures: top- Rep. Pombo, right-Rep. Pryce, left-Sen. Santorum)
Thursday, November 10, 2005
A Pasadena, Calif., group called Soldiers’ Angels has launched a program christened Armor Up to provide Kevlar blankets to fortify the floors and doors of Humvees.
When we went to war in 2003, the Humvees that raced to Baghdad on the heels of "shock and awe" were little more than glorified Jeeps. Their vulnerability became apparent at the same sobering speed with which IED became a household word.
At the beginning of 2005, when the Columbus-based Marine Reserve unit Lima Company arrived in Iraq, Gunnery Sgt. Shawn Delgado said that only two of the nine Humvees in his weapons platoon had been up-armored.
"While we were in Humvees," Delgado recalled, "eight Marines were injured in blasts from IEDs...
Marine Corps Reserve Maj. Paul Hackett, who left the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill for Iraq in the summer of 2004, found a similar paucity of up-armored Humvees.
"The vehicle I had to drive around in had no armor and a canvas top," Hackett said. "The first week we were there we had a sergeant lose his leg up to the knee in a Humvee without armor.
"There were a few fully uparmored Humvees, but they were reserved for senior officers."
According to an Army report, 10,300 of the 22,000 Humvees in Iraq have factory-installed armor. Of the balance, many have been retrofitted with some plating, but, Hackett said, "I’m sure there are still lots of people running around over there in lightly armored Humvees."
Kevlar blankets are needed. Send a buck before Veterans Day has passed to Soldiers’ Angels, 1792 W. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, Calif., 91104. Visit the Web site — http://www.soldiersangels.org — and click the "Armor up" link...
************The Continuing Story of The Ohio Republican Party's Culture of Corruption (Episode 284?)
From today's Columbus Dispatch:
Penny Johnson (Republican) figures somebody is out to get her — and her job — by trying to ruin her good name.
The Fayette County auditor, unbowed after being convicted of a job-related crime, vows to run for re-election next year.
"What I did was not wrong. I cashed a check, basically, that’s what it was. They tried to make it into something it wasn’t."
Her periodic practice of exchanging personal checks and IOUs for cash from her office’s till netted Johnson a conviction for disorderly conduct Tuesday.
Negotiations with Stephen Pronai, the Madison County prosecutor named to handle the case, substituted the minor misdemeanor for misuse of public funds, a more-serious charge carrying up to 30 days in jail.
Johnson, 54, of Washington Court House, pleaded no contest and was found guilty by James Fais, a retired Franklin County municipal judge appointed to hear the matter. The judge imposed a $150 fine.
The auditor obtained cash from her office at least six times and replaced it with IOUs or checks until she repaid the money, investigators found....
When will it stop?????
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Today there was a joint senate committee hearing on the prices of oil prices.(CSPAN 2 has the hearing on tonight.) Co-chaired by Sen. Ted Stevens (AK-R) and Sen. Pete Domenici (NM-R), the hearing had four oil executives (Hoffeister, Mulva, Pillari, O'Reilly, and Raymond). However, Sen. Stevens laid down some unusual rules: the oil executive would not have to take an oath to tell the truth and senators on the committee were restricted to 5 minutes each. Why would an oath not be administered? This way they would not be forced to tell the truth and possibly face future perjury charges if they had lied. Obviously, we will not get the truth because Sen. "Bridge to Nowhere" Stevens doesn't want to anger these oil executives. Why? What do they have hanging over his head? Political contributions?
A new poll by NBC News/The Wall Street Journal that was released today. Here is the most important paragraph from the article about the poll:
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, released Wednesday night, finds that all five of Bush’s job approval ratings — on overall job performance, the economy, foreign policy, terrorism and Iraq — are at all-time lows in the survey. In addition, the CIA leak scandal seems to be taking a toll on the administration, with nearly 80 percent believing the indictment of Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, is a serious matter, and with Bush experiencing a 17-point drop since January in those who see him as honest and straightforward.
In Ohio, State Senator Marc Dann is still trying to get to the bottom of the corruption within Gov. Bob Taft's office. From Vindy.com we have the following information:
Dann also says in a lawsuit against Taft that the Republican governor should allow himself and key current and former aides to be deposed in connection with the case.
But Taft has sought protection in the Ohio Supreme Court from the case, claiming executive privilege.
Those views will collide today as the high court holds oral arguments.
The suit by Dann, who has emerged as a leading critic of investment losses at the state Bureau of Workers' Compensation, seeks all weekly memos dating back to 1998 from the governor's office involving the BWC, the state's insurance fund for injured workers.
The BWC has lost about $300 million in various investments over the past few years. Dann has said he wants to know if or when Taft was ever informed of the BWC investment losses.
Democrats retained control of the Columbus City Council.
Corzine won in his bid for New Jersey Governor. Kaine won his election for Governor of Virginia.
After all the good news, we now must turn our eyes to the continuing goof-ups of the Ohio Republican Party. Three members of the Butler County Republican Executive Committee have been charged because of there behavior in a bar. Here is an excerpt: Central Committee Chairman Quentin Nichols of West Chester Township, Executive Committee member Sean Maloney of Liberty Township, and Central Committee member Timothy Dearwester of Liberty Township allegedly assaulted a bartender at Putter’s Tavern & Grill at 6575 Cincinnati-Dayton Road about 12:15 a.m. Oct. 26, according to a complaint a bartender filed with the sheriff’s office.
Additional information about the bar fight can be found here and here and here . These are just more examples of the "family values" being exhibited by the Ohio Republican Party.
If you are thinking of moving to Kansas to raise your family, I'd suggest you stop. Kansas apparently does not know how to prepare their students for high level thinking and the scientific method. I could even suggest a new theme for science education in Kansas---The Kansas Education Method, Turning Back the Clock Thousands of Years.
There is a good article on how the Bush administration is waging a new war---on veterans. The article is from the Democratic Underground.
To the smart citizens of Dover, Pennsylvania: Thank you for voting out the 8 school board members who were promoting creationism in your schools. (I know they call it "intelligent design" but we know they mean creationism.) Your children will thank you when they graduate from high school with a first class science education.
Rep. Don Sherwood (PA-10th-R) settled his abuse case that was brought by his alleged mistress. Hey, people in Pennsylvania 10 congressional district: You need to vote out this guy because his behavior is sick!
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
In today's USA Today, there is a news item about a church being investigated by the IRS. Apparently, a guest preacher gave an anti-war sermon in the church. Hmmmm. Should we have the IRS investigate World Harvest Church and Rod Parsley'spolitical speeches in support of Bush and against Democrats? Isn't that misuse of its tax-exempt status?
A New Poll
President Bush is not very popular in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch has a new poll out that provides the dismal numbers. Here are some highlights of the poll:
In 2004, Bush’s approval was 49 percent in the Dispatch Poll immediately before the election; he won just under 51 percent of Ohio’s votes.
Now the approval rate is down to 37 percent...
Other trends seem worrisome for Bush as well, such as Ohioans’ response to an oft-used measuring stick of the public’s mood: whether the country is on the right track or wrong track.
Seventy percent chose "wrong track," up from 56 percent a year ago....
Currently, 66 percent disapprove of Bush’s Iraq performance, including 46 percent who do so "strongly" — almost four times the portion who support it "strongly."
Not a single demographic group — broken down by sex, age, race, education, income, geography, religion or union membership — supports Bush’s handling of the war. The closest he comes is among those with annual incomes between $80,000 and $90,000; they grant 49 percent approval. In contrast, only 9 percent of black respondents give a thumbs up to his war management.
THIS AND THAT
From the NY Times: At an intelligence conference in San Antonio last week, Mary Margaret Graham, a 27-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency and now the deputy director of national intelligence for collection, said the annual intelligence budget was $44 billion.
Fox News is in big trouble.
Shame on Wal-Mart for using illegal workers. I read somewhere yesterday that Wal-Mart worries about negative publicity when people GOOGLE Wal-Mart. Check here for what turns up. If Wal-Mart treated their employees and suppliers fairly, and followed labor laws, they would not need to worry.
On a more personal note-----Someone took my bumpersticker (THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH REPUBLICANS). Don't worry because I plan to order 2 new ones!!!!
Monday, November 07, 2005
Yesterday, the congressman, who is facing a tight race next year, and several other Indiana members asked President Bush for money to help victims of another natural disaster — the tornado that ripped through many areas in his 8th District.
Ring. Ring. I just got a call from God and She said that the reason that Hostettler's district was hit with a tornado was because Hostettler was unkind to the Hurricane Katrina survivors.
Rep. Hostettler claims to be a religious man. However, he wasn't concerned about helping the Katrina survivors. We can only hope that Rep. Hostettler's vote against hurricane relief will come to back to haunt him during the '06 elections.
Public and private polls confirm that, as usual, Ohio is an accurate barometer of the national political trends. Bush has slumped badly here, as he has across the country. Ohio adds its own twists to the national story. Some sectors of the economy have shown improvement in the past year. But a series of financial scandals have hit the dominant GOP, and embattled Republican Gov. Bob Taft is suffering from pathetically low approval ratings after admitting that he was slow in reporting free golf outings and other favors from lobbyists...
...the dominant factor in the changed political climate -- identified by my Republican friend and confirmed by the voter interviews -- is the war in Iraq. He reminded me that last August, nine Marines from a Columbus-based unit had been ambushed and died in a single attack and that earlier that same week, five other Marines from the Cleveland suburb of Brook Park had met a similar fate...
"...What people can't stand," he said, "is this unending story of two or three more Americans dying every day -- and nothing to show that the end is in sight."
Far more than anything else, the voices in Columbus suggest that the president's biggest problem -- and therefore the Republicans' biggest worry -- is the unresolved and uncertain struggle in Iraq...
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Tim Kaine's candidacy got a boost with a well-written editorial. Here is an excerpt:
Mr. Kaine, the lieutenant governor, would continue most of Mr. Warner's sensible policies, while Mr. Kilgore, the former attorney general, is likely to reverse key ones. That should give Mr. Kaine the edge. But in a Republican-tilting state, the candidates are running neck and neck. Whatever their party affiliation, Virginians of the political center should bear in mind that Mr. Kaine offers a path forward, while Mr. Kilgore represents a return to the past...
...This race isn't a hard call. Mr. Kilgore is a pleasant fellow, down to earth and politically shrewd. But the bottom line is what he represents: old-style, doctrinaire, unimaginative, cramped governance that would leave the state stalled in neutral, at best. Mr. Kaine -- forthright, proactive, inclusive, brimming with energy -- is a far better candidate possessed of much clearer vision. He alone has the potential for excellence.
RECIPE FOR CONTINUED CORRUPTION IN OHIO
1 cup of Bob Taft
1 cup of the Ohio GOP (elected officials who create their own districts and control the state's agenda)
1 cup of GOP contributors who get state contracts
1/2 cup of GOP special interests
2 cups of Tom "coingate" Noe
1/4 cup of lies
Mix together with no votes on 2, 3, 4, & 5. Bake on election day. Your finished product: More of the same corruption, no job growth, pay to play contracts, more indicted GOP officials, more cuts for programs for children and the elderly, and no work on school funding.
In other words, if you want to stop business as usual in Ohio, VOTE FOR 2, 3, 4, & 5. If you want elected officials who will need to campaign, talk about real issues that matter to Ohioans, VOTE FOR ISSUES 2, 3, 4, & 5.
Even though Rep. Bob Ney's office originally denied it, he was subpoenaed regarding the indictment of Jack Abramoff. Check here.
There has been lots of talk about the political climate here in Ohio. Yesterday at The Ohio State University Buckeye football game, there was a sustained standing ovation for the Lima Company who were in attendance at the game. People in Ohio are very upset and troubled by the war in Iraq and the rising death toll. Ohioans realize that our elected officials who've we sent to Washington, DC are voting for bills that promote this president's agenda and the continued war. Bush and Cheney brought us to war and the Legislative Branch, which is controlled by the Republicans, has become a rubber stamp for the White House agenda. There is no advise and consent. It is time Ohioans elected people who will really represent us.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Zogby has a new poll and it is posted at After Downing Street and several website since its release this afternoon:
For Immediate Release: November 4, 2005
New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Impeachment;
ImpeachPAC is Launched to Support Pro-Impeachment Candidates
'By a margin of 53% to 42%, Americans want Congress to impeach President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
The poll was conducted by Zogby International, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,200 U.S. adults from October 29 through November 2...'
A story from The Plain Dealer has an interesting connection between Jack Abramoff and Deborah Pryce (OH-15-R). "A letter by Columbus Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce is among the latest details to surface in a Washington scandal that surrounds lobbyist Jack Abramoff's representation of Indian casinos."
What will all this mean to her re-election campaign?
Rep. Bob Ney finally gets a subpoena. THE HILL has the entire story, but read an excerpt:
"The Justice Department delivered a subpoena to Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) this week, requesting documents to aid in its ongoing investigation of GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Ney disclosed Friday..."
The GOP culture of corruption is just like a fungus that keeps growing.
"Huh? Excuse me?" said Richard Gunther, an Ohio State University political-science professor and a leader of Reform Ohio Now, the coalition of moderate and left-leaning interests backing the four issues. "This has nothing to do with family values."
Issue 2 would adopt a constitutional amendment allowing no-excuse absentee voting; Issue 3 would lower most campaign-contribution limits; Issue 4 would change how congressional and legislative districts are drawn; and Issue 5 would create a new bipartisan board to administer state elections.
Members of the Ohio GOP are the leaders and shakers of Ohio First (the anti-issue fund). The GOP wants to stay in power and, therefore, they want to defeat the issues.
What is a family value?
Honesty? Trust? Treating others decently? Fairness? Kindness? Modesty? Humility?
Here are some Ohio GOP leaders who are against Issues 2,3,4,& 5. Do they represent family values?
1. Ohio Governor Bob Taft
2. Tom Noe
3. Stephen P. Linnen
4. J. Kenneth Blackwell
5. Rep. Deborah Pryce
6. Rep. Bob Ney
7. Rep. Paul Gillmor
8. Rep. Steven Latourett
In Washington, DC the investigation continues concerning the CIA leaks. Libby had his first court appearance yesterday. Karl Rove, Bush's Chief of Staff, is still being investigated. Remember when Bush said there would be ethics and honesty in government? When will that start?
According to FEMA, Louisiana owes $3.7 billion. What happens if they can't pay it? Are they kicked out of the United States? Can Louisiana put it on a credit card?
President Bush is currently in South America to win friends and influence people. Unfortunately, it may not happen.
I posted this yesterday over at http://www.mydd.com and I thought I'd add it here.
If Gore would have been elected in 2000, would the U.S. have invaded Iraq?
Would 2037 http://icasualties.org/oif/ Americans who have died in Iraq still be alive?
Would have an undercover CIA agent's name been printed in a column by Novak?
Would there have been a slow response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma?
Would the Kyoto Treaty still be honored by this country?
Would the Geneva Convention still be an honored agreement?
Would we have had a deficit of this magnitude?
Would a totally worthless and unfunded federal mandate, No Child Left Behind, be used to manipulate school boards, teachers, states, and curriculums?
Would White House staff members be under investigation for perjury?
Would oil companies be making obscene profits?
Would Pat Robertson's and Dr. Dobson's opinions matter in choosing a SCOTUS nominee?
I could go on and on. My point is, get out there and vote for Issues 2,3,4,&5 and Democrats because it is the only way to take back this country. Vote.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
2 A special prosecutor looking into alleged wrongdoing in the Franklin County Municipal Clerk of Court’s office said he expects to present a case involving at least two suspects to a grand jury shortly. Delaware County Prosecutor David A. Yost declined yesterday to further discuss the case or possible charges. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, a Republican, and Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr., a Democrat, asked Yost to step in on the politically sensitive case.
On Tuesday, Municipal Court Clerk Michael A. Pirik, a Republican appointed to the job in 2004, is up for election against challenger Lori Tyack, a Democrat. http://www.dispatch.com
From CBS NEWS:
35% Bush's approval rating
19% Cheney's approval rating
THOUSANDS ---Thousands homeless; agencies strapped: Hurrican Wilma has left thousands homeless in southern Florida. Government agencies and charities are scrambling for places to house the homeless.
7 The funeral service for Rosa Parks lasted seven hours yesterday.
0 Number of people sent from the White House to Mrs. Parks' funeral in Detroit.
2036 The number of American fatalities in Iraq continues to grow and there is still no exit strategy.
Who else is opposing the issues? A group called Ohio First Voter Education Fund is sponsoring anti-issues ads. The treasurer of the group is J. Matthew Yuskewich. Here are some details about Mr. Yuskewich:
Mr. Yuskewich sits on the Ohio Business Gateway Steering Committee as a representative of tax practitioners (accountants). He was appointed to the Committee in 2003 by Gov. Taft. Mr. Yuskewich is also Chair of the Upper Arlington Board of Tax Appeals.
So he's a civic minded individual. Oh, wait he also was (and may still be) treasurer of the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee while the former Speaker of the House, Larry Householder was in charge. http://www.cleveland.com/weblogs/print.ssf?/mtlogs/cleve_neobabble/archives/print085237.html
Hiding behind the name of this 'education fund' are the same Republican jerks who got this state in this horrible mess. They are the devil in the details. If these corrupt individuals are against the issues, I'm definitely voting for them.
By the way, here is something to ponder: Powerful Government Accounting Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00331.htm http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05956.pdf
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
****Bush's Job Approval
This is amazing! People are very unhappy with the war and the increasing fatalities, the lies, the scandals, the response to Hurricane Katrina, among other things. Cheney's approval rating is at 19%. If things do not improve, the next three years could be a mess for all of us. If things don't improve for the President and his Republican Party, the 2006 election could prove to be a nightmare for the GOP. Democrats need to get ready to begin agressive campaigns.
Here is an excerpt from the story:
CBS News political correspondent Gloria Borger says that with a low approval rating, the president should not expect any help in Congress.
"There are 80 house seats up for grabs and they will not line up behind an unpopular president," Borger said. "They need to get re-elected and George Bush does not."
There were also protests in Wisconsin. Some were against the war and others were marching to support the president's plan to stay the course. http://nbc15.madison.com/news/headlines/1832326.html
About 30 UW Madison student members of the College Republicans rallied in support of the troops near University Square downtown.
Those in attendance say they came together to show their backing of the war and the President's promise to help rebuild Iraq.
"We believe in the concept that we have to be pro–victory in this country on the war on terror,” says Robert Thelen. “Currently we have about 130,000 troops in Iraq, and we want to make sure the President follows through on his promise to stay the course in Iraq."
Thelen says he and other supporters worries that pulling out the troops prematurely would cause thousands to lose their lives.
Ralliers also thanked military recruiters for their work by dropping off thank you cards to ROTC officials at their recruiting office in University Square.
Do you think that Robert Thelen is planning to enter the military to support those troops?
The rumors have been confirmed---The U.S. does have secret jails in different parts of the world. There had been talk that certain prisoners were being whisked off to points unknown for torture. Now there is confirmation and it just makes you sick.
Rep. Michael Oxley (OH-4th-R) will be retiring at the end of this term. Some constituents are happy to see him go. He has denied that the toxic political scene in Ohio was responsible for his decision.
Last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Sen. Barbara Boxer was a guest in New York. Stewart asked the senator how was it that she was in New York while Sen. Reid was closing the Senate. She said that only 3 Democrats knew it was going to happen.
Apparently, Tom DeLay has managed to do some 'judge shopping.' The original judge has been removed per DeLay's request. It might be a good idea to have Tom DeLay's trial moved to Cleveland, Ohio. I'm sure that the people of Cleveland would welcome serving on a jury for Tom DeLay. Considering the high unemployment, the mess in the Cleveland Public Schools, and the rampant poverty, people would jump at the chance to serve on his jury.
David Addington, Cheney's new chief of staff, is attracting attention from around the world. It seems that they know about the false Iraq reports too.
Gallup has a poll about Sam Alito. Here is part of it:
If it becomes clear Alito would vote to reverse Roe v. Wade, Americans would not want the Senate to confirm him, by 53% to 37%.
Steve Musgrave wants to change the way politics works in Ohio. He is tired of the 'pay to play' method in government (make large campaign contributions to gain access to elected officals and contracts).