Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
I thought we should acknowledge a wonderful piece of news this morning. The Raw Story and Politico are reporting how a new book describes how Rupert Murdoch "absolutely despises" the "bullying" Bill O'Reilly.
Not only that, the author says that Fox "News" Chief Roger Ailes supposedly "loathes" him. WOW! I guess they're smarter than most of their viewers.
The new book about media mogul Rupert Murdoch of News Corp and Fox "News" is to be released next week. Michael Wolff's The Man Who Owns the News says that "Murdoch is not only embarrassed at times by his ownership of Fox News, but that he "absolutely despises" O'Reilly, who is that network's top-rated personality."
"The embarrassment can no longer be missed," Wolff writes of Murdoch. "He barely pretends to hide the way he feels about Bill O’Reilly. And while it is not that he would give Fox up -- because the money is the money; success trumps all -- in the larger sense of who he is, he seems to want to hedge his bets."
"Wolff adds that Fox CEO Roger Ailes shares Murdoch's opinion. "It is not just Murdoch (and everybody else at News Corp.’s highest levels) who absolutely despises Bill O’Reilly, the bullying, mean-spirited, and hugely successful evening commentator, but Roger Ailes himself who loathes him. Success, however, has cemented everyone to each other.""
I think people who watch O'Reilly should begin to consider the source. If the man is despised by those who work with him, who know him well, why should you trust him? He sounds AWFUL! He's considered by many, even before this book came out, to be a terrible person and a brutal bully. Why would you want to support such a horrible individual?
Don't trust him. The man's a pig. He's not worth it. DUMP HIM!
Friday's Political News #1 - Michael
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The year has turned its circle, The seasons come and go. The harvest all is gathered in And chilly north winds blow. Orchards have shared their treasures, The fields, their yellow grain, So open wide the doorway Thanksgiving comes again!
Happy Thanksgiving to My Bloggers, My Friends, and to My Wonderful Family! Michael
I also agree with many of the conspiracy theorists that he was a possible victim of a Bush Administration hit job.
I think they were trying to knock him out of power. I haven't been bothering to talk about it, but I am THRILLED to see the New York Times do a piece on it. It deserves to be investigated. The Times is reporting that a congressional panel will ask why an eight month federal investigation into a prostitution service led to the exposure of Spitzer, and then pretty much disintegrated. It looked like they were out to get Spitzer? Doesn't it?
The prosecutor has said that politics played no role in the pursuit of Spitzer, but that has not satisfied many of us. Spitzer spent his career pursuing Wall Street wrongdoing, and many of us believe that he created a few grudges. Many wanted him to fall.
Even though I believe there are many pressing issues related to Bush that should be investigated, I'm still happy to hear the House Financial Services Committee will be looking into it. They plan to hold hearings that could include testimony from the United States Treasury’s law enforcement unit, along with Spitzer’s bank, North Fork, and HSBC, a bank used by a company connected to the prostitution service. I've read a lot about the issues involve, and it sounds pretty good to me.
Of course, Republicans are screaming about how the Democrats are interested in political "retribution." What the hell are they talking about? What is wrong with exposing Bush Administration witch hunts? No government should be allowed to destroy good people over small issues (like Gingrich did to Clinton, which I still think was wrong) to wipe out their power.
What if Democrats, while in power, tried to expose Republicans who sleep around or hire prostitutes, just to destroy their power base? I think that would be wrong too. Law enforcement needs to expose those situations quietly. They don't need to destroy lives, careers, and families over something that amounts to rogue behavior, or a weak constitution. People make mistakes of the "heart." Do you feel comfortable casting the first stone?
The bigger question is whether the Bushies were trying to keep him from exposing larger crimes they were committing - in New York, on Wall Street? It sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
I'll be keeping an eye on this one. I think it will come out that the Bush Administration destroyed Spitzer to keep him from exposing their own wrongdoings in the financial sector. I wonder how many lives the Bushies destroyed over the past eight years to cover their tracks? I'm sure the number's very high. Hopefully it will eventually be revealed, and justice will prevail. Well, I can hope.
We pride ourselves on giving people second chances. He did so many good things to help New York and the nation. He deserves our respect, not our derision. Think about forgiving him this Thanksgiving, and let's try to bring him back.
Wednesday's Political Rave #1 - Michael
I think she has a fantastic grip on politics, but unlike Chris Matthews, she approaches it from a more humane perspective. She thinks about how it affects people, or even individuals. Therefore, I guess you could say that I am also from the Rachel Maddow School of political thought.
She, like me, is worried that Democrats will let the Bush Administration off the hook for many of their worst crimes - or any of them for that matter. "Moving on" involving Bush felonies is unacceptable.
Only cold political types would agree with that approach in my opinion. The Bush Adminstration ruined lives and destroyed families. They need to be brought to justice. It should not be a debate.
Rachel is right, and I hope she continues to remind the nation. She mentions it in whole or part often on both Air America's and MSNBC's versions of her Rachel Maddow Show. Both are brilliant.
Here are her latest comments. I recommend listening. She is right. We need to care. We need to stay vigilant. We need to keep writing our representatives to make sure they don't get away with their crimes. Trust me, I write often. I suggest you do the same.
Wednesday's Political News #1 - Michael
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I like to point out how they often change history for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it's spontaneous, and sometimes it's to cover past lies. Either way, it's still pretty disgusting. Future Republicans might want to learn something from his mistakes.
Here's a New York Times article detailing some good examples of changing the facts about the Iraq War to sort out history Bush style. It would appear they added and subtracted coalition partners at will. The coalition, in effect, was whatever the Bush Administration wanted it to be. What a surprise!
Enjoy - Michael
Hello Bloggers - In what I could only describe as Leave It To Beaver meets Father Knows Best, something that resembles Republican naivety out of the fifties, a political action committee is thanking Governor Sarah Palin for her "conservative values and service to America" in ads timed for release around Thanksgiving.
I must admit, it has me laughing my ass off. It is kinda funny and sad. I wonder what's going to happen next? Are we all going to be asked to vote for Ike? I wonder why they didn't get Beaver or Wally to narrate? The whole thing is a joke. They think we're out of touch. My God!
The oh-so-comically named Our Country Deserves Better Committee, a political action committee that supported Palin during her vice presidential candidacy (and NOT McCain), will begin airing the ads today.
A male figure appears in front of a smiling image of Palin and says, "We thank you for your passionate, hopeful and articulate advocacy of common sense conservative values." The ad ends with a cheesy Republican chorus exclaiming: "Thank You, Sarah Palin!"
Okay, yea, thank you Sarah Palin, thank you for being moronic enough to LOSE THE ELECTION! This has to be one of the best examples of conservative evangelical BS I've seen in a long time.
Why are they are so enamored with this retard? She is wholly unqualified to run for national office! Why are they going out of their way to THANK HER for being a "service to America?" Why do you people really want this woman as a leader? What are you thinking?
I'm serious, please tell me here. I'm confused. Pray tell, what "service" are you talking about? I'm asking you people who think our country deserves better? (Btw, I agree with you, when you think about the past eight years.)
Was it how she wasted hundreds of thousands in Republican Party money? Was it the way she insisted on handling those national television interviews with little preparation, thus flubbing them and making a mockery of McCain's campaign?
Perhaps it was the way she insisted on taking spontaneous questions on camera answering in rambling sentences that would embarrass most politicians? Perhaps it was just the way she seemed like such a FOOL?
The woman was a political menace! She was a political JOKE! John McCain is too polite, or political, to admit it, but the woman needed be thrown back after the Republican Convention. She was a nightmare! She was a liability!
Oh well, if you guys want to look like fools, then who am I to dissuade you. Go right ahead! It kind of reminds me of the fool who screams at you despite your best efforts to help them. They are the fools screaming into the wind. They are the idiots who will always vote AGAINST THEIR OWN BEST INTERESTS. Sarah Palin in 2012!
You can call me elitist all you want, but that won't stop me from calling her a JOKE! Thank God she didn't win!
Tuesday's Political Rave #1 - Michael
PS- I know that my attitude will piss off some people. Believe it or not I'm not a "blue state elitist." I'm a VERY laid back, down-to-earth person. I'm just sick and tired of listening to, and being led by, those sorts of morons. I'm at my wits end with them. Instincts are not enough. Intelligence is also important. They need to let the adults run things for a while.
Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Conyers (D-MI) are upset and demanding answers from Attorney General Michael - all law is relative - Mukasey because of new revelations that "taxpayers are paying up to $24,000 per month to foot former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's legal bills," according to Raw Story.
The senators are supposedly demanding to know the details of the arrangement, which are being kept confidential. I tell you, Mukasey is a crook and a pig. I know many of you felt pity for him when he fainted the other day. I think of myself as pretty sensitive, but to be honest I could care less when a criminal of his caliber faints. The man could go into a coma and I wouldn't care. He's a lying crook who helps Bush and his band get away with God knows what!
Btw, I begged and pleaded with my Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) to vote against Mukasey's installment. She didn't have good reasons to believe him at the time, and has expressed many regrets since. So, Senator, I hope you know that you SCREWED UP BIG TIME! Everybody saw what he was during those hearings except you and Schumer(D-NY). You guys risked our nation on your foolish beliefs and we paid the price over the past two years. I lost a LOT of respect for you that day.
Anyway, I digress, so back to the story about Gonzales. This is one more area where internal Justice Department findings showed that Gonzales allegedly "politicized the department" and is personally liable for his actions. He broke the rules. So, the Senators are wondering why, with good reason, the Justice Department is paying to defend Gonzalez? He is being sued, so he should be forced to pay himself.
It doesn't make sense. Then again, when has anything related to the Bush Administration made any sense. The MAN IS SCUM. He should be forced TO PAY BACK THAT MONEY.
This is just one more example of how the Bush crime family is raping America and stealing from us. This needs to stop. I'm writing my representatives as well as Leahy and Conyers and I hope you do the same. It's easy, just search for their names using Google and you will find their websites.
Now that Obama is elected, it's tempting to think only about what is good. Unfortunately, we need to remain vigilant and demand justice for all the injustice over the past eight years. Please, help me keep demanding investigations, indictments, perp walks, and jail terms. They deserve it.
Tuesday's Political Rant #1 - Michael
Monday, November 24, 2008
Aside from his usual Saddam Hussein was a threat crap, Bush said that "people have been able to take their troops out of Iraq because Iraq is becoming successful. I'm very pleased with what is taking place there now."
I don't know about you guys, but I've shocked by the lack of Iraq coverage in this country. I watch the BBC News, and it has at least one story a day on the war and most of it is pretty bad. The lack of coverage in this country borders on the criminal. The American people are fed a bunch of lies that Iraq is doing just fine. We don't even get to see the frequent protests where THOUSANDS of Iraqis burn Bush in effigy and march for us to LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY!
The truth is much more complicated. THERE IS STILL PLENTY OF VIOLENCE! It's just happening between the Iraqis more, as they become more capable of killing each other. In general, based on all those reports I watch and read, is that the government of Iraq is refusing to hire the same Sunni forces that we've been paying, which means that after we withdraw there will probably be a civil war.
The other problems involve the Mahdi [sic] army, which is holding its cease fire until we leave. Nobody knows what will happen after we go. There are still suicide bombs every week killing dozens, warring factions targeting each other, Kurds interested in forming a new nation, and ex-Saddam loyalists who seek to reestablish a Sunni-led government.
They will all fight each other the minute we exit. What George - the war criminal Bush - isn't telling you is that there is no good solution. He's just trying to make it look like it's working. Obama is planning to pull us out because there are no other solutions, and George Bush and the Republican "truth squad" will try to make him look like the screw-up when that happens.
The whole thing is a bloody mess, and George - the lying sack - Bush is getting away with it. This is a MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM for us Democrats than it is for the Republicans. The Republicans have done a great job making Iraq look okay. Once the real news gets out, and we start pulling troops out, we will be taking the blame for a worsening situation - that WAS ALWAYS MESSED UP!
Why don't people seek out the truth? Why don't more people watch the real news, like the BBC News? Why don't more people read actual newspapers? WHY DON'T PEOPLE CARE MORE?
Oh well, that's enough yelling and ranting for one Monday morning. I blame you George Bush for being the evil fool that you are. A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed said that we, the American people, mistreat you. Really? I think you've gotten away with MURDER, especially since you are a psychotic murderer who feels nothing for the lives that you've destroyed.
I think you should be in jail. You are the WORST! I blame you and the Republicans who support you for driving this nation to the brink of oblivion - IRAQ was a big part of that trip. You're nothing more than a low-life, psychotic murderer. You sir slept while Rome burned. One day you will be forced to see the damage that you caused, learn about the lives that you destroyed, and hopefully pay the ultimate price for your crimes.
Monday's Political Rant #1 - Michael
Friday, November 21, 2008
I must admit, Republicans who regret electing Bush and his henchmen are few and far between, but I still LOVE IT when I learn that some do exist. I do wonder why there aren't more? We Democrats are more honest about our regrets, just look how Reagan Democrats hate the damage they caused. I would be in a monastery if I had voted for Bush.
Roger, why don't you make us all happy, and find a new career. At least try to make amends. You've done A LOT OF DAMAGE to our nation and the world. Actually, that goes for all you people who voted for those criminals and idiots!
Anyway, here's the POST. Enjoy! Michael
I wrote once before on this blog about a gay teenager in Derby, UK, who jumped to his death from the roof of a building while being mocked and encouraged to jump by people on the ground. The story was shocking to say the least.
So now we have another teenager dying while being encouraged by others who were watching online. Yes, sadly, Abraham Biggs from Broward County, Florida, took an overdose of pills while broadcasting himself on Justin.tv, a live video streaming website.
He told those watching that he was going to commit suicide and went so far as to post a suicide note on another forum before taking the pills and turning on his webcam. Supposedly those watching knew very well was he was up to, yet they did not call the police.
The Times reports that the "19-year-old lay on his bed and only after several hours of no movement did others begin to take him seriously. With the video still running, forum members managed to contact the local police who eventually broke down the door, found the body and switched off the camera. Up to 1,500 people were viewing the feed, according to one report."
Many thought he was joking. Well, I hope they can live with themselves after they failed to take him seriously. Their irrational belief that he was joking led directly to his death. I hate to say it, but I think they're partly responsible. I know myself, and I know that I would have assumed the worst and tried to intervene.
The Times says that he apparently had threatened before to commit suicide. Who cares, the boy was obviously in need of HELP! Somebody should have done something. "On Wednesday he went to the bodybuilding.com forum and detailed the amount of drugs he was going to take. The moderators of the forum reportedly did not take him seriously because of his past threats and other forum members encouraged him to carry out his threat." WOW, what a bunch of assholes! The whole story makes me sick!
They supposedly continued to insult him as he lay motionless on the bed after taking the pills. "One forum member pleaded with other forum members to contact the police and tried to e-mail the Miami-Dade police. He borrowed his father's mobile and spoke to police who directed him to the Broward County Sheriff's Department. About an hour later, the authorities arrived at the teenager's house."
Incredibly, video clips have been posted on the net and copies of the suicide note can also be found. I don't know what to think about the world we live in today. I'm sure many right-wing Republicans who believe the world will fall apart without everybody embracing Jesus will blame it on corrupt morals caused by a lack of religion in our lives, or families without moral leadership. That is BS!
Society creates the conditions for acts of violence - on others or ourselves - at multiple levels. I think it has nothing to do with religious oversight; it as to do with a lack of societal and personal responsibility. We seem to live in a world where people don't take their own actions, much less those of others, very seriously. It's crazy.
Remember, we are all our brothers keeper. We are all responsible. People need to STOP ACTING LIKE IDIOTS and take more responsibility. We should never assume that people are pretending to drown, or choke, or commit suicide. They are nothing to joke about. ALWAYS ASSUME THE WORST! Always try to HELP and to hell with the consequences. If it turns out to be a joke, well then, shrug it off. It's a poor reflection on them, not us.
So, I never knew you Abraham, but I would like to say that you deserved better. People should have helped you. I would have helped you. People should have cared more. I regret that you had to die because we live in a society that does too little, too late. My personal memorial to you Abraham is to promise to act if I ever see anybody hurting like you did. I promise to do something. No matter what, I promise to take them seriously.
Rest in peace Abraham.
Personal Memorial for Abraham Biggs - Michael
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Henry Waxman, a man who I've met and support, is an avid environmentalist and extremely well qualified to help Barack Obama with his health and energy reforms. The Democratic Party member vote of 137-122 ended a bitter fight within the party since the presidential election. Dingell has held the position for 28 years and has been too slow to address environmental issues like global warming.
I think it's brilliant! It's not enough to elect Obama, it's also important to get the right people into the right positions so that he can accomplish his goals. I'm more encouraged than ever that we might pull off real change. This is GREAT NEWS! Henry Waxman is a very good, intelligent, capable man. He's perfect to help Obama tackle these critical issues.
Thursday's Political RAVE #1 - Michael
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I've been writing my elected representatives for years asking for more investigations, indictments, and perp walks. I've been let down the whole time. I've been especially angry about the Karl Rove Congressional subpoena debacle related to the Justice Department and Don Siegelman, but that's a rant for another day. What's incredible is that an indictment has come out of left field, or at least left Texas. Strange, I thought that was Bush country. I guess all Texans don't speak Bush BS.
The judge still needs to sign the indictment, but let's keep faith. There are seven indictments in South Texas' Willacy County naming Cheney, Gonzales along with a state senator and other public officials.
The AP is reporting that "Cheney is charged with engaging in an organized criminal activity related to the vice president's investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds financial interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and "at least misdemeanor assaults" on detainees because of his link to the prison companies."
Megan Mitchell, a spokeswoman for Cheney, declined to comment on Tuesday, saying that the vice president had not yet received a copy of the indictment. The indictment accuses Gonzales of using his position while in office to stop an investigation in 2006 into abuses at one of the privately-run prisons.
Gonzales' attorney, George Terwilliger III, said in a written statement, "This is obviously a bogus charge on its face, as any good prosecutor can recognize." He said he hoped Texas authorities would take steps to stop "this abuse of the criminal justice system."
Well, it's not a war crime, but it's something. I'll take whatever we can get. Besides, let's just call this the first step. Hopefully this will be the start of a whole bunch of indictments. The deceitful SCUM need to be flushed out of our system. We need JUSTICE! WE THE PEOPLE are finally taking action, and it will only get worse for them.
Wednesday's Political RAVE #1 - Michael
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
According to my sources in DC, many in Congress are beginning to believe that Bush and Paulson bailed out their friends on Wall Street, with few conditions to lend the money out. Many now feel that's all they really wanted. There are rumors flying around DC that they needed to save specific institutions and markets before leaving office.
Since investing the money they have done very little to encourage lending, and they appear to be holding on to the rest of the funds just in case something else goes wrong - an emergency buddy fund I guess? They are supposed to be freeing up credit. They were supposed to be demanding that banks lend money. What the hell is going on?
The ultra-conservative Oklahoma Republican told the Tulsa World, "It is just outrageous that the American people don't know that Congress doesn't know how much money [Paulson] has given away to anyone. ... It could be to his friends. It could be to anybody else. We don't know. There is no way of knowing. ... He was able to get this authority from Congress predicated on what he was going to do, and then he didn't do it." I agree. I'm beginning to wonder if they know anything up there. What is wrong with them?
I never thought I would say this, but I think Inhofe is right! I, like so many others, came to believe that the government was trying to stop a disaster when they passed the legislation. Facts on the ground since are showing that things weren't as bad as suspected, and if anything it's beginning to look like Bush and Paulson created the panic based on very little data.
It's beginning to look like we might have been scammed again, just like with the Iraq War - another crisis that helped Bush and his buddies. What did Bush say, fool me once shame on me, or some perverted version of it? Maybe he's not the idiot we all took him for? Maybe he's just a much bigger CROOK! Then again, we're supposed to TRUST THE PRESIDENT when he warns us of a potential disaster. I don't know about you guys, but I feel sick!
Incredibly, our trustworthy Democrats in Congress - and center-right Republicans - didn't dig deep enough. I know they convinced many of us in the end, but aren't they supposed to know more than us? Then again, maybe they're not as smart as we think they are? Maybe we rely on a bunch of smooth-talking IDIOTS!
What in the hell is wrong with this government, especially our elected representatives? Nobody seems to know what they're doing. WE NEED ANSWERS NOW!
We need to FOCUS ON STOPPING THE BUSH CRIME SYNDICATE from plundering more. We need immediate investigations! We need action now! Unless something happens, this may be the first issue where I take a stand AGAINST OBAMA! Once in office, we need President-Elect Obama to support immediate investigations into possible Bush crimes, or we should take to the streets!
The American people voted for change, and we might not be able to wait until the inauguration. The Lame Duck Congress should act now! To protect our democracy for the future, we need to get to the bottom of what is happening to that money. I hope you agree.
Tuesday's Political RANT #1 - Michael
Monday, November 17, 2008
Of course, the worst culprits are the usual suspects: Hannity, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Beck, Savage and others. Not only are they claiming that the election was stolen, and being stolen in Minnesota and Alaska, but they are constantly blaming the stock market downturn and EVERYTHING about the current economic crisis on Obama. The "Obama Recession" was a joke at first, but I'm not laughing so much now. It's beginning to get me angry.
Why do I let those assholes get to me? Yes, I needed to say the word. They are assholes. Actually, they're worse, but I need to keep this PG. No matter how much I try to ignore them, they are getting to me. I guess it's the repetition. They're blaming Obama for everything they destroyed and we can't shut them up. Why? I want to shut them up!
Okay, cool down Michael. Let's evaluate the situation. So far, they're blaming us for:
- the credit crisis caused by their lack of oversight and regulation;
- the stock market collapse caused by their poor management of the economy and their record-breaking debt creation;
- a "secular revolt" because gay people are angry after religious conservative Republicans successfully funded and passed a proposition in California that over-turned rights for a large segment of society;
- election fraud because of ACORN, which has been involved in elections for decades and has never officially registered any voters because all it does is collect signature cards for state officials (not to mention there is evidence the Republicans stole over six million votes); and,
- basically EVERYTHING they've SCREWED UP on us.
Two great resources to help clear the polluted air are BIG LIES by Joe Conason and/or Cracking the Code by Thom Hartmann. Both describe the Machiavellian/Rovian tactics of blaming the other side for your own mistakes. Muddy the water, lie, cheat and steal if you must. Win at all costs. The end justifies the means. It's all part of their world. It's sad, but true.
So, let's try to keep it all in perspective. They're going to try to pin EVERYTHING that's going wrong on us. They're going to try to BLAME US for their own failure. I guess we're just going to have to live with it and hope it doesn't work. I hate it, but there's not much we can do about it. I'll try to relax and let it go, and I hope you can do the same.
Monday's Political Rant #1 - Michael
Saturday, November 15, 2008
We're gradually growing in visitors each week, so as long as that traffic continues to increase I guess the work is basically rewarding and the blog is basically successful.
The blog gets about 100+ viewers a day on average, but its pretty unpredictable depending on whether it's featured on some blog promotion that day. We've had over 500 and never fallen below 30.
Two of the posts have been reprinted so far - my Obama endorsement was reprinted in the Chicago Sun Times on the Monday BEFORE the election. That was VERY cool. I'm very proud of that one. Overall, I would say that it's worth the effort so I'll keep at it.
I'll try to remember to review in another three months or so. Until then, THANKS for appreciating my work enough to keep coming back. PLEASE feel free to email me with any feedback that might help. PLEASE comment whenever possible - few do it, but it's great when it happens.
THANK YOU - Michael
PS - For those who don't know, I also contribute to other blogs. I often post my work on Papamoka Straight Talk daily, which reaches THOUSANDS! My thanks to Mat O'Keefe of Papamoka for helping us grow.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE IT when an old miserable bastard like Ted Stevens, a man who has done very little for his constituents or for mankind, is being forced to BEG his fellow senators to keep his job.
This came about after Republican Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) publicly declared that he will offer a motion next Tuesday to kick Stevens out of the Republican Conference, thus stripping him off his committee assignments. In response, Stevens has been calling his GOP leaders and other colleagues urging them to hold off.
Politico is reporting that "Stevens is assuring his fellow Republicans that he will step down if he loses his appeal, but in the meantime, he wants them to hold off on kicking him out of the Republican Conference." I say THROW THE OLD CANTANKEROUS CURMUDGEON OUT!
I remember him from my days working in the Senate. He was a miserable old bastard then, and from what I read he's worse now. He has been a thorn in the side of the Senate for decades, and it's time for him to GO!
The longest-serving Republican in Senate history was convicted last month on seven counts of failing to report more than $250,000 in improper gifts. I don't care if he maintains his innocence and refuses to resign from the Senate. Drug dealers act the same way. The man is a convicted FELON and should be forced OUT, unless you Republicans want to keep FELONS in your ranks.
Stevens BEGGING his colleagues makes me feel very happy. Let's hope this is only the beginning of many Republicans begging for their jobs, or freedom from jail. Hopefully we'll come to a day when George Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Donald Rumsfeld are all BEGGING for their freedom. I look forward to that day.
Friday's Political RAVE #1 - Michael
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The monkey has been sounding VERY paranoid lately. His rants against ACORN, which most honest Republican Party observers have called delusional, have spread to him questioning the honesty and integrity of Minnesota's Secretary of State and the whole state vote recounting process.
It's all about the ongoing Minnesota Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. The repetitive MONKEY is saying that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is "suspicious" and has "close ties to ACORN." He is even questioning why he attended the Democratic National Convention - you know, the convention HELD IN MINNESOTA!
He is also saying that Ritchie may have "radical connections." I see, kind of like Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright? WOW! I guess that's going to be their favorite new way to destroy people - talk about who they know.
What is going on with Hannity and O'Reilly these days? It seems their usual crazy is turning into put-them-away-now-so-they-don't-hurt-themselves CRAZY. They're PATHETIC!
Anyway, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty defended Ritchie and the process on Hannity & Colmes - or as I like to call it, Monkey Man & Witless. The governor did not just go along with Hannity's crazy talk. Instead, Pawlenty said that accusations "should be backed up with actual evidence," and refused to go along with the notion that his Secretary of State is some kind of cheat.
He said, "I want to be clear about this. I know Mark Ritchie. He is a partisan on the other side of the aisle as I am as governor. He is trying his best to conduct this fairly." Wow, that should shut Hannity up, but we all know it won't. Anyway, THANK YOU Governor Pawlenty. We needed it.
Let's hope that more and more Republicans begin to counteract insane people like Hannity and O'Reilly. If that begins to happen, you'll see a LOT MORE COOPERATION between the parties. People like Hannity and O'Reilly need to be put down. We need to rid ourselves of their noise pollution.
Thursday's Political RAVE #1 - Michael
The Washington Post this morning is reporting that in the "six weeks since lawmakers approved the Treasury's massive bailout of financial firms, the government has poured money into the country's largest banks, recruited smaller banks into the program and repeatedly widened its scope to cover yet other types of businesses, from insurers to consumer lenders."
Incredibly, the Post is reporting that the lets-destroy-America-at-any-cost Bush administration has committed $290 billion of the $700 billion rescue package while paying little to no attention to the money's initial purpose - helping increase credit for small business and average Americans. According to most economists who wrote about Secretary Paulson's news conference yesterday, they are spending the money in ways that will NOT HELP middle-class Americans.
There are reports that Congress is getting very angry about it too. Even the House GOP is angry. That should scare some of you Republican readers. GOP House Leader Boehner is calling for immediate disclosure. I wonder if the Bush Administration is going to comply. I doubt it seriously. They're too busy investing in their family and friends to make sure their personal investments don't go too far south.
There is a Congressional Report required of Paulson, which shockingly hasn't showed up and the deadline has passed. "It's a mess," said Eric M. Thorson, the Treasury Department's inspector general, who has been working to oversee the bailout program until the newly created position of special inspector general is filled. "I don't think anyone understands right now how we're going to do proper oversight of this thing."
There are estimates that the Bush Administration has given away or loaned as much as $5 TRILLION of our money so far. If it's true, and the money hasn't gone towards reviving the economy to help most Americans, then we really are looking at one of the greatest financial heists and political debacles in our history, perhaps in world history.
There is also news - reported on few news programs except for my favorite The Rachel Maddow Show - that the Treasury Department eliminated a VERY IMPORTANT tax rule a few weeks ago WITHOUT CONSULTING CONGRESS. It could turn out to be illegal, but the rule prevented companies from investing in bad assets to avoid paying income tax. It was considered tax fraud.
Once released from the rule, companies made "stand-by" investments eliminating billions in federal tax debt overnight. The Bush Administration is allowing large companies to STEAL BILLIONS owed to the people of the United States. As I keep saying, this is one of the most corrupt and immoral administrations in American history.
I seriously CHALLENGE any of you Republicans reading this to defend their actions. Don't try and claim that taxes are wrong. That argument won't fly here. For most Americans, these actions look like fraud and theft.
In my personal opinion, the Bush crime syndicate orchestrated this whole financial crisis at the end of their last term to do exactly what they're doing. This HEIST has been planned all along. THEY ARE CRIMINALS! You Republicans should be angry too, because they seriously hurt your party - not to mention your wallets.
I do want to rave more than rant now that the election is over, but this is just too important to ignore. We need to stop theses thieves from robbing us blind. CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO MORE! I hope Barack Obama can do something to repair the incredible damage done.
Thursday's ANGRY Political RANT #1 - Michael
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Oral arguments will be heard in an Atlanta courtroom before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, December 9th. The two men claim the judge didn't give proper instructions to the jury and there was no proof of a "quid-pro-quo" which led to their 2006 convictions. The court could throw out the convictions, let them stand or order a new trial. Siegelman is expected to appear, but Scrushy remains in a Texas prison.
That is very good news. It is true that Rove continues to defy a congressional subpoena to learn more about the Siegelman affair, and the Democratic House continues to be pathetic about enforcing that subpoena, but I'm still happy that the Governor and Scrushy will get a new and better day in court. Hopefully they will drag Karl Rove into the courtroom and force him to testify. That would be fun to watch.
Btw, now that the election's over I hope to RAVE a lot more than RANT. It's better for my health.
Wednesday's Political Rave #1 - Michael
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Hello Bloggers - Last night Keith Olbermann of MSNBC's Countdown amazed us again with one of his best and most heart-felt special comments yet.
He said it without being loud or angry, although, I liked it when he was angry during the worst of the Bush years. He just talked about love and understanding. It was wonderful, and impressive.
His special comments are always good, but this one was special. It was a straight man defending a gay person's right to happiness.
Like he said, it's a simple thing: "please don't get in the way." I agree with him. That is what I said in defense of those basic civil rights on this blog before the election.
No matter what my fellow voters of California said, the US Constitution guarantees equal rights, and our founding, cornerstone Declaration of Independence promised everyone a right to be happy.
We should not deny monogamous, consenting adults the right to be happy together. If marriage is necessary to guarantee that happiness, then we need to avail that civil and basic right to them.
Laws prevent polygamy and incest because they damage lives. If gay marriage doesn't hurt them, you, your children, or society, then Keith is right, get out of the way. Allow them to create families, love each other, and be happy. Building better families is always better for society.
Tuesday's Political Special Comment Rave and Video #1 - Michael
PS - I published the transcript under the Comments section here for those who, like me, like to read the words too.
If being happy is hard, then let us simply remember and honor them. Those who survived and those who died.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm a typical American. Are veterans in every family? I have many veterans in my family. The earliest I can find involved ancestors on my mother's side who fought for the Union in the Civil War. I think he was a general. Who were the vets in your family?
Beyond that I can identify at least one grandfather who fought for the Yankee Division under General Pershing in the First World War (see earlier Poppies post), uncles who fought in the Second World War, my father who served like Elvis after WWII and Korea, and finally my brother who served in Iraq and in the Navy Reserve today. They all deserve recognition for their sacrifices. Happy Veterans Day guys! I hope I speak for the whole family when I say that we honor you all.
It began as Armistice Day Sunday to honor those who died in World War One. In June 1954, President Eisenhower created Veterans Day to honor all veterans who fought for this great country. So, let us remember and honor those brave men and women who suffered for us through so many horrible wars.
They were just like us, but they were also different. They were the greater generations, and the Greatest Generation. We, their children and descendants, honor their sacrifice.
I would like to go one step further, and remember all the children and descendants that never were. The families that never existed. The lives that never got to happen. They are also the victims of war.
Let us remember them all. The soldiers who died, the veterans who lived, and lives that never got a chance to be. War tears humanity apart in so many ways. I only hope our nation has learned that it should always be the last, most desperate act.
Tuesday's Veteran's Day Tribute - Michael
Monday, November 10, 2008
Last Thursday, only two days after the presidential election, I heard a pundit on FOX "News" use the term, the "Obama recession." On the Stephanie Miller Show this morning she pointed out that Rush - the "drug-addled-gas-bag" - Limbaugh used the same term last Friday. I'll bet this is only the beginning.
I think it's reasonable now to assume that the Republican spin machine has started its job of trying to pin the blame for the economic downturn on our new president-elect. I think it's too early. They probably should have waited until he takes office. Oh well, they must know something I don't, or they've screwed-up.
Let's watch to see how much traction they get. Let's see if the term the "Obama Recession" takes hold. If they succeed, they will have once again pulled off one of their classic deceptions. Language is powerful people.
As Thom Hartmann says in his great book Cracking the Code, Republican propaganda turns torture into "enhanced interrogation" and borrowing money from our children and deficit spending into "taxes are evil." The list goes on and on.
It would appear they've set their evil sites on making Bush's bungling into Obama's personal recession. I guess time will tell if it works.
Monday's Political Rant #1 - Michael
Saturday, November 8, 2008
At first I thought they might represent the Labor Party rose, albeit a pretty bad representation. I was wrong. I discovered they represent poppy flowers that commemorate the fallen from the Great War, or World War One for those living after the second great war.
The icon has a fascinating history. It turns out we used to wear them on this side of the pond during the early part of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, their popularity, along with our memories of that war, has faded.
Along with the Cross of Malta, the Buddy Poppy is still a symbol of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. So, take some time to appreciate that little paper flower the next time you see it on somebody's lapel. It represents a great deal of history, and honor, on both sides of the Atlantic.
I don't mean to geek out on you more, but it is interesting to find such powerful symbolism in the world. The UK is still full-throated in the way it honors Remembrance Sunday - the second Sunday of November, or the Sunday nearest to November 11th (Remembrance Day). The UK still goes all out in its attempt to honor its fallen, something I think is worth mentioning considering the amount of time.
Of course, it turns out that tomorrow happens to be the day. Incredibly, the Great War ended at 11 a.m. on November 11th in 1918. For almost a century now, it continues to be marked overseas by ceremonies at local war memorials in most towns and villages. Millions of people will join in. Wreaths of poppies are still laid on the memorials and, most impressive, two-minutes of silence is still held at 11 a.m. across the UK - led by the Queen.
The poppy became popular as a symbol because Great War veterans believe the flower evokes the memories and emotions of the time. It became associated with the war after the publication of a poem written by Col. John McCrae of Canada.
The poem, In Flander's Field, describes blowing red fields among the battleground of the fallen. I found the poem quite beautiful after reading it. I hope you like it too. I think we should honor the men and women who died in that Great War by remembering here.
In Flander's Field
by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Btw, that honor extends to my grandfather, William Raymond Gordon. He was a veteran of that war. He went over to train with the French in 1917 and served in the 26th Infantry Division, or the Yankee Division - so named because they were derived from National Guard units throughout New England.
He was a machine gunner fighting with the 26th at Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Chateau Thierry, and Soisson. He was wounded by mustard gas before leaving Europe at the end of the war.
So, this is for you "Pa." I'm sorry some of us forgot that symbol of your sacrifice. You and your men deserve better. I guess this will have to be my way of trying to remember, and honor, you. I hope you and your fellow soldiers found peace.
Great War Remembrance Day Personal Tribute #1 - Michael
PS - A blogger and very old friend commented on this post and provided a link to a wonderful video of a song commemorating the fallen of that Great War. To watch it click here. Thanks Rope!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Reid is considering taking Lieberman's committee and subcommittee chairmanships away from him. In my opinion he should. How could Democrats trust Lieberman now? How could they even consider letting that guy caucus with them? The man would rat them out to the Republicans in a heartbeat.
According to the Huffington Post, a Lieberman aide, who requested anonymity, said today that "Lieberman and McConnell have spoken in recent days about the possibility of Lieberman joining the GOP conference."
I personally think Lieberman sold us out during the campaign. He claims to be a Democrat in everything except defense. What the "F" does that mean? Democrats are not soft on terror. Why didn't he just try to encourage improvements while working within our ranks?
I think it's because he wanted McCain or any Republican over a Democrat. Who knows why? I'm sure he has his crazy reasons. It's probably something to do with Israel and Middle East policy. Personally I don't see much of a difference between the parties in those areas.
I hope he enjoys his time with the Republicans, because they're not known for welcoming turn-coats. They will treat him pretty bad. He certainly won't have much influence. He will lose his committees, most of his power, and ultimately look foolish for his failure. What a moron.
I say good riddance. Get rid of him. Toss the tosser. The man is a traitorous scumbag. He turned his back on his party and his constituents. He needs to be FLUSHED!
Friday's Political Rant #1 - Michael
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I think that is VERY cool. It would help the AA community and help Jesse Jackson make peace with his legacy.
Illinois' Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich has the task of selecting Obama's replacement, and Blagojevich is plagued by federal investigations, so conservative talk radio will probably have a field day with this one. Not to mention, they hate Jesse Jackson. Oh well, I say screw the racists.
TPM says that he's planning to have an announcement before Christmas. The appointment is likely to come before the Jan. 3 start of the 111th Congress. It probably should be another black man, since Obama was the only African-American senator.
I don't think it's tokenism, for those who criticize it, I think it's about representation. I believe there should be representatives of large constituencies serving as leaders in Washington. It's important to give our government better perspective on real issues.
Jesse Jackson, Jr. is not an inarticulate opportunist like his father. Granted, his father was a civil rights leader, but times have changed. The junior Jackson is a very bright, astute leader. He should make a great senator. So, let's keep an eye on this one, it should be very interesting to watch.
Thursday's Political News #1 - Michael
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The good, of course, is Obama's victory along with significant majorities in the House and Senate. The bad, so far, is that the Republican - and Bush lackey - Norm Coleman of Minnesota might have won last night. The man is one of the worst Republican tools, so let us pray the recount goes our way and Al Franken becomes a senator. The good news is the AP just "uncalled" the election for Coleman this morning, so keep your fingers crossed.
Shockingly, I hate to report that one of the WORST REPUBLICANS WON - Michelle Bachman of Minnesota. All I can say is WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE IN MINNESOTA! They're both pretty horrible, but Bachman is VILE! Oh well, she's your problem now. Good luck with that.
I'm also DISGUSTED TO REPORT that Prop 8 might be a victory for the Mormons and the Catholics in my state of California. One of our state's newest civil rights, gay marriage, might be overturned. Discrimination might be written into our constitution for the first time in our history. It is very sad. All I can say is you guys will always BE MARRIED in my book. We'll fix it, but in the meantime try to be happy anyway - that's written into a much more IMPORTANT constitution.
It's also important to remember that some vote stealing did occur around the country yesterday, and it is important for all of us to be aware of it and to try and make sure it DOES NOT STAND! Incredibly, there are reports on different voter fraud websites that as many as six million votes went illegally to Republicans last night, and that the Democrats might have won more states, like Montana, Georgia, and North Dakota to name a few.
According to many sources, Republican operatives were hard at work in Georgia stealing ballots and threatening voters. They allegedly failed to replace broken voting machines in African-American districts, and forced people to vote provisionally when their names did not appear on the rolls.
Overall, despite our wonderful national success, it would appear that it was a bad night for Democracy in Georgia. Unfortunately, if we cannot overturn the results, the SCUMBAG SAXBY CHAMBLISS, who beat triple amputee and Vietnam vet Max Cleland in 2004 by calling him "a friend of Osama bin Laden," will remain a US Senator. Let us hope that we can prove the theft and defeat Chambliss before it's too late.
So, we MUST CELEBRATE TODAY, but we must also keep fighting. Max Chambliss MUST NOT GO TO THE US SENATE! We must all write our congressional offices and demand justice. Unfortunately, this cannot be over until we all demand the necessary recounts. Still, God bless America! We did it. We WON! Congratulations to us all!
Wednesday's Post Election Political Rant #1 - Michael
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I know it's practically impossible that an undecided voter would be reading this blog, but I'm going to take a chance to encourage you to vote for Obama anyway.
I don't want to talk policies, I want to talk about the man himself. I want to look back at the past two years and talk about how this man survived the election process pretty much clean as a whistle. I think that deserves mentioning.
It's incredible when you think about it, none of those tricky skeletons in closets. I know some of you Republicans slam him for some of his past associations, but most of us do not fault him for other's misdeeds. We believe, like most people, he should be judged on his own actions.
He has withstood the Republican slings and arrows and come out stronger. I'm sure some of you will argue with me, but the facts are on my side. The man is pretty much who he says he is - a very good man with a great vision for this nation.
Barack Obama didn't change himself one bit to win this election. Unlike John McCain, he has been the same consistent, positive individual throughout. He has run an exemplary campaign. Even his negative ads were harmless compared to Hillary's or McCain's.
Barack talks about us, the people, while most politicians usually talk about themselves. He believes in us, and I believe in him. The man treats us like we're part of something bigger. He makes me feel like I'm part of an American team, and he's asking to be the coach. I think he would be a great coach.
Barack started his campaign with a vision and he pretty much stuck to that vision. Of course, the Republicans tried to make it look like he changed his positions and was opportunistic like them, but the rest of us know that adjustments to plans and ideas do not constitute "flip-flopping" or being opportunistic. The man is unshakable. It's fantastic to watch.
If Senator Obama is elected tomorrow, there is a very real possibility that he will run his administration in the same brilliant way that he ran his campaign. If that happens, we will be a much better country in four years.
The man is extraordinary. He is brilliant! He does what few can do well. He knows how to plan, and most important, knows how to execute. He's strikingly competent in my opinion. He should make a fantastic leader as president.
Joe Biden is also a great partner on the team. He is also a good man who deserves to be elected. I think together they make a great pair. I think he will make an excellent VP. I can't wait to see him in action.
Oh yes, and if this goes our way, I never want to hear John McCain speak ever again. I hope this great nation will not have to endure any more "Klan rallies." He dragged us all down with his hateful, deceitful rhetoric. McCain has run a despicable, disgusting campaign. He deserves to lose tomorrow, and he should lose his Senate seat in a few years. If - GOD FORBID - he wins tomorrow, watch me write our nation's obituary shortly thereafter.
Enough negativity, this is meant to be a rave, not a rant.
Barack Obama is an amazing individual. He is the right man for the job. He has the character, intellect, disposition, temperament, and wisdom to be our next president. I hope that you vote for him tomorrow, so that we can free ourselves from the nightmare that we've suffered these past four years. America will be a much better nation for it.
Just think about it, tomorrow night we may be able to call him President-Elect Barack Obama!
Monday's Pre-Election Rave #1 - Michael
PS - The Chicago Sun Times picked-up this blog post and placed it on its website the Monday before the election. That was quite an honor. Thanks CST, I'm very proud to get your attention. Michael
Sunday, November 2, 2008
"Eid, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006, declined to prosecute the three men on charges of threatening to assassinate Barack Obama during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, saying that the suspects were "just a bunch of meth heads" and their words failed to meet the legal standard for "true threat.""
So, IF the legal experts are correct, then not only do we Democrats have to put up with constant Republican law-breaking, we also have to put up with weak-minded morons letting potential political assassins - the worst kind of assassins I might add - go free.
How many more GOP party simpletons are we going to have to suffer? What's next, are you going to start shooting us openly in the street? I guess you'll have to wait until the protests after Tuesday's stolen election get under way. There will be more confusion that way.
If the legal experts are correct, Mr. Eid, Troy, I personally will come after you if anything happens to the Senator. Our anger will wipe that goofy grin off your smug, Republican face.
IF you let them get away and anything happens, WE WILL BLAME YOU! Don't be a Republican lackey. DO YOUR JOB! Remember your oath. If you do not, and anything bad happens, you will be blamed.
Sunday's Political Rant #2 - Michael
DISCRIMINATION IS WRONG! This has nothing to do with religion. All Americans have A RIGHT TO HAPPINESS.
This is not a "slippery slope" issue, unless you vote for it, because you never know when you might fall victim to discrimination in the future.
I find it ironic that the Mormons and the Catholics are its big supporters, since they have been persecuted themselves in the past. Scary! Ignore them. They are wrong. I don't care what you say, but morality cannot be an excuse for discrimination
If a person can fall in love with another of their own sex then it is only right to allow them to live together and build a family, as long as they are consenting adults. This is about helping good people create families for themselves, so how can it be bad?
You should NOT DISCRIMINATE against them. They re consenting adults, not dogs, and certainly not children. They're also not siblings or polygamists, who are kept apart for important reasons that actually harm individuals and families. Stop making this issue about all that crap.
Gay people are here, and they're not going away. They're your neighbor, your coworker, and your friend. Help them live better, more loving, happy lives. It's about their happiness and their rights as citizen's, no more, no less.
Please do NOT create a world where some people are less equal than others. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS and keep our society fair.
Sunday's Political Opinion #1 - Michael
Dr Peter Millican, a philosophy don at Hertford College, Oxford, has devised a computer software program that can detect when works are by the same author by comparing favorite words and phrases.
So, of course the Republicans offered the good professor $10,000 last week to assess alleged similarities between Obama’s bestseller, Dreams from My Father, and the book Fugitive Days, by William Ayers.
Republican millionaire Robert Fox, a California businessman and his brother-in-law of Chris Cannon, a Republican congressman from Utah, made the offer. They hoped to break the big news story and destroy the Senator.
Millican ran the test and found it “very implausible.” Fox and Cannon lost interest when the professor made the results public. “I thought it was extremely unlikely that we would get a positive result. It is the sort of thing where people make claims after seeing a few crude similarities and go overboard on them,” Millican said to the Times.
I can handle it when they investigate something and admit when they had it wrong. That's why I consider the news just sad, or pathetic in many ways. The worst part is when they fake the evidence, evidenced by their many colorful, slanderous emails.
The really interesting point in the article is when they report that Cannon had got “cold feet about it being seen to be funded by the Republicans." Well, it has been seen, and so you guys do look pathetic. I'm sure they got tired of digging through the man's trash cans, so they had to resort to something. I really hope you people lose, because for all practical purposes, you deserve to.
I'm surprised FOX "News" hasn't spun the article to look like the professor found something against Obama. They lie all the time, so why not now? They probably did and I just didn't see it.
I must say, you guys have mastered negative campaigning. I know many of you are proud of your Rovian, Machiavellian ways. I know many fall for it, but the majority of Americans find it disgusting. In my opinion, you're nothing but liars and con artists.
If you do win, the American people will pay the price of your deceit again. Oh yea, and don't try and claim "everybody does it," because that Rovian crap doesn't work with me. You guys are FAR MORE NEGATIVE.
IF we win, and I don't take that for granted, I hope you Republicans take a good hard look at yourselves. I don't think you'll like it. It's VERY ugly.
Sunday's Political Rant #1 - Michael