Saturday, December 03, 2005

2005 - The Year In Review - The Last Post of 2005

This site, Anti-DLC Coalition is now one year old. This site was developed specifically to oppose the DLC (Democratic Leadership Council). It is not the only site with this objective but
looking back I am pleased to say that contact was made with well meaning Democrats, who were just not aware of this cancer within the Democratic Party. At the end of 2005 the DLC Democrat and the Progressive Grass Roots Democrat find themselves in a battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. The efforts of Cindy Sheehan (Anti DLC Coalition's Person Of The Year) have opened many eyes to the deceptive nature of the Bush Administration and its DLC allies who brought the nation to war based on the lies that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and
Al-Qaeda had Iraqi connections. At year's end many prominent GOP personalities have serious problems with the law, seriously tarnishing the party that prided itself for its "morals" Recent developments have shown that the majority Republicans are finding it more difficult to get their legislation passed because of the new awareness of Democrats' constituencies. Republicans could depend on Democrats (especially DLC Democrats) to vote along with them. A major sign of success is not seeing Connecticut's Joe Lieberman go on and on about reaching across the aisle. So I guess I can say in this regard 2005 has been a good year.
There are quite a few thank yous that I must give out. Thanks to the 259 people who made profiles inquiries. A special thanks to August Keso, who permitted quite a few of my articles to
run on the website Progressive Daily Beacon. Thanks to all those who responded to the "Bush Lie" contest. Thanks to the 26 people who posted comments: Benoit LaPierre, Hendrik, Gar,
Adam, HisMuse, Roberto Iza, Alcuin Bramerton, Jesselauren, Pat Young, Underground CEO,
Melanie Alamo, Gorilla Man, Susan Hanson, Adrenaline Junkie, Anonymous, Daniel, Argangel,
Kathleen399Elliot, Arcangel, Daniel, John McAdams, Gizmo, Mpg, Car Insurance, Sonya, Jerk
Power News and Prayer Power. Thank you to the people of Blogger who made this possible. Thank you to Adsense/Google for choosing the correct ads that complimented my political perspective. May 2006 bring us an impeachment, never before has one individual been more worthy of this dubious distinction than George W.Bush. My condolences go out to the families of the 2080 (and growing) list of American military men and women who have lost their lives for the greedy objectives of those like Vice President Cheney, who never served when it was their turn (5 deferments) but were so eager to send other people's sons and daughters off to die in an unjust war. A special thanks to the thousands who were able to protest the School Of The Americas in Georgia. Peace on Earth in 2006.....and beyond. -Claude Chaney

Thursday, November 24, 2005

2005, The Year In Review - The Person Of The Year

There were several people eligible to become Person Of The Year. Hugo Chavez Frias, president of Venezuela is a very strong candidate, giving an example of bravery in the face of overwhelming odds being against you, surviving a coup d'etat that had the endorsement of the most powerful country on earth. Mr. Chavez was elected president for the fourth time proving to the world that he is the choice of the majority of people of Venezuela. With over 7,000 election observers from all over the world it was impossible for his enemies to make claims of foul play. External forces (primarily those connected with the US Endowment for Democracy had done everything in their power to dethrone him) yet he is still standing and the rest of South America is taking notice.
Another strong candidate for person of the year is Robert Mugabe. The oft maligned leader of Zimbabwe brought forth the first ever meaningful land reform in sub-Saharan Africa. The white land owners who controlled practically all of the valuable farm land that their ancestors stole from native Zimbabweans were forced to give some of it back. This bold action has angered Tony Blair and George Bush, but to most people around the world it is seen as justice fulfilled after too long a period of time.
The person I actually chose as person of the year is someone who was not a head of state, in fact she was not even a politician. She was just an ordinary housewife who was determined to find out why her son was killed in what seemed to her to be a meaningless war. She wanted answers and she wanted them from the top, so she went straight to the source, President George W. Bush. She went to Crawford, Texas, the president's home away from home to get answers. Although she never was able to speak to the president she did get the attention of the American people when she set up camp near the Bush residence in Crawford. Even the administration friendly media had to cover the story. Because she woke up the American people to the realities of the Iraq War and because she challenged Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and other establishment Democrats (who almost secretly support this illegal war) to come out and make a stand with the majority of the American people (63%)
and the majority of the Democratic party(allegedly 70%) to set a timetable to return our troops home. What most people don't realize is that this woman's group was one of the few to successfully penetrate the walls set up to keep help from coming into New Orleans during the Hurricane Katrina crisis. It is for these reasons that I choose Cindy Sheehan as the 2005 Person Of The Year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

2005, The Year In Review - Politics

In 2005 the nation finally had a chance to see how the Bush Administration operates. The ethically challenged administration and its supporters finally came under scrutiny after years of having a press that was in denial. The final verdict is not in but at least Tom Delay was indicted for extortion. Bill Frist had to explain why he pulled out of a business deal just before it went belly-up. I. Scooter Libby, the vice president's chief of staff was also indicted for playing a role in the outing of C.I.A. against Valerie Plame. Ohio governor Taft ( a descendent of the former president) was allegedly involved in coingate (investing worker's pension funds into rare coins). The G.O.P. at this particular point in time does look very vulnerable with 63% of the people opposing the war and the way the Bush Administration has handled it. The Bush/Cheney team's strongest appeal to the American people was its readiness to protect the American people in time of crisis. Hurricane Katrina proved that this administration was NOT able to do the very thing that they were elected to do. Hurricane Katrina showed the world how "racist" the Bush administration and many people of the state of Louisiana actually are. A conscious effort was made to keep supplies from going into the affected areas. The neighboring counties of Gretna and Jefferson had the space and the supplies to help the Katrina victims but they didn't do it because most of them were black. With this administration we see "cronyism" at it's worst. The clean-up contracts were given to Halliburton, Mr. Cheney's former company instead of going to local businesses in the Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas areas. Hayley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi said NOTHING when he found out that Mississippi firms would not be given contracts to do clean up work in Mississippi. The Bush administration tried to eliminate the Beacon Act which guarantees a reasonable wage for locals involved in the clean up. The president has the unamitigated gall to go on national television and say "Good job Brownie" to the man who was head of F.E.M.A., the government agency most responsible for dropping the ball. Mr. Brown had no previous experience in rescue work and prior to his post at F.E.M.A. was fired from his job of overseeing the care of Arabian horses. It was reported that Mr. Brown got his job as head of F.E.M.A. because he was the former roomate of a major Bush fundraiser, Mr. Olbeau.
Michael Brown had the audacity to go before a Republican sponsored investigation and blame the governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans for the Katrina tragedy when the governor sent a urgent message to the president requesting help BEFORE Katrina hit. Mr. Brown LIED under oath.....and nothing happened to him. He paid no consequence. With the Bush poll numbers continuing to go south (38% approval rating) it is going to be a real challenge to regain the confidence the American people once had in Republican leadership. The sons and daughters of his middle class and lower middle class supporters are dying in Iraq or coming back maimed for life. These people are slowly but surely coming to the realization that they backed the wrong guy. But what will happen if the 2008 G.O.P. candidate decides to follow the policies of Bush/Cheney? We have seen first hand how votes can be compromised or manipulated as evidenced in Ohio and Florida. What will happen when and administration wants to go one way and the people want to go another? Will the democracy that we as Americans cherish be non-existent? The U.S. government already has in its power the ability to arrest huge numbers of people. The tricks used in 2000 and 2004 will be anticipated in 2008. Several states including California have told Diebold they will not be using their voting machines in the 2008 presidential elections. We may be on a collision course. We must also be weary of Democratic candidates who support the war in Iraq. They must be carefully scrutinized because if two pro war candidates (one from each major party) run against each other the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz dream of world domination will still be very much alive.

2005, The Year In Review - Film

Although I saw a considerable amount of movies in 2005 there are only two that I would consider outstanding. Crash, featuring Matt Dillon is the type of movie that one would say the people who really need to see it would never go to see it and those who did see it were expected to see it. This movie tells the truth about the true racial environment that most of us deny exists in the United States of 2005. President-select George Bush, while commenting on the death of Rosa Parks "This marks the end of a chapter in American History." as if racism, cronyism and nepotism all died and Ms. Parks and Dr. King killed them. This film tells it like it really is and many of us know this reality all to well. At times we ask ourselves do we go to the movies to be enlightened or do we go to the movies to entertained? Perhaps the Spiderman, Batman, Star Wars and Disney crowd would benefit most from seeing a movie like "Crash"
The other outstanding movie of 2005 was "Good Night and Good Luck" Which shows us the courage of the media in the 50's which helped dethrone a right wing tryant named Senator Joe McCarthy. This is something we were very much in need of in 2005. Newsman Edward R. Murrow relentlessly went after McCarthy, challenging every untruth, every misdeed and every convenient manipulation and reporting it to the American people. Mr. Murrow is the type of journalist so badly needed today when we have a president who shares so many of the ideas of Senator Joe McCarthy while we have a media that purposely looks the other way.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

2005, The Year In Review - Sports

2005 was the year fan-player violence reached a new level when a fan threw a bottle at Indiana Pacers Ron Artest and Artest immediately reacted finding himself heavily fined and missing quite a few games. The NBA initiated a new dress code shortly after the brawl to give the NBA a better image. In baseball New York Yankees Outfielder Gary Sheffield was also hit by a fan, but Sheffield showed restraint and didn't retaliate, which may have been the smarter move. Baseball's image was also hampered by the increase in the number of superstars accused of taking steriods. The asterix will forever be beside the names of such "greats" as Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro because of alleged steroid use. A tell all book written by former big league star Jose Canseco in which he admits using steroids and gives the names of others in the game who also use steroids has brought the issue to public scrutiny. Stars of the past have expressed their displeasure for those who may have tarnished the integrity of the game. This group includes hall of famers Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson.
The New England Patriots won their third consecutive super bowl in a razor-thin victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. At this date (November 24, 2005) it doesn't look as if they will win a fourth consecutive super bowl, but they haven't been eliminated yet.
Ozzie Guillen was a chessmaster with the Chicago White Sox in 2005. The 14 year shortstop turned manager knew the strengths and weaknesses(apparently very few) of a team that made winning such a habit in the beginning of the year that they were able to hold off the challenging Cleveland Indians in their division and then go on to be American League and World Champions. Choosing Ozzie Guillen as American League Manager Of The Year was a no brainer.
The American League won another All-Star game and for the second year in a row the American League winner(Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox) sweep the National league Champions (St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros). When I was a teenager the National League always won. Although I am a fan of the New York Mets (3rd place tie, NL East) and the Cleveland Indians(2nd place, AL Central) I am enjoying the turnaround :-). Sportswise, it wasn't a bad year.

2005, The Year In Review: Census

In Memorium: Rosa Parks, Nipsey Russell, Johnnie Cochran, Pope John Paul III, Oscar Brown Jr., Luther Vandross, Renaldo Benson, John Johnson, Ibrahim Ferrer, Frances Newton, Peter Jennings, Wellington Mara, Donn Clendenon, Constance Baker Motley, August Wilson, Ossie Davis, John Hess, Pat Morita, Eugene McCarthy, Jack Anderson, Jack Spencer and Richard Pryor.

Late Night Session of Congress leaves more questions than answers

Last night's late session verbal brawl in Congress left most progressive Democrats in a state of confusion. From what I understand the Republicans introduced legislation to immediately send the troops home. Now, that in itself sounds very unusual, but the Republicans know the Democrats in Congress better than I. So I assume this tactic was put into motion to embarrass the Democrats. Maybe the Republicans did succeed in reaching that goal because the final tally was 403-3 in favor of the Republicans.....who voted against the measure. If members of each party were shouting at each other and calling each other names until the wee hours of the morning, why was the final vote result so one sided? Is it that Republicans expect Democrats to blow off some steam but in the end vote exactly the way Republicans want them to. Pennsylvania's John Murtha is a man who has seen combat and served his country admirably. The Democrat has been viewed as a hawk. Ohio Representative Jean Schmidt introduced a letter from a Marine constituent who wanted the war to continue and implied that Murtha was a coward. Democrats at this time booed Schmidt for the Murtha insult, then in the end voted right along with her. Democrats are soooooooooooo afraid to be considered unpatriotic....even when it is an established fact that a little more that 60% of the country opposes the war.

Friday, November 18, 2005

2005, The Year In Review - Music

I can't say that I am overly impressed with the new music that I've heard this year because eventhough a lot of great music may have been made
2005 was a year of many format changes. Most notable in New York the end of WCBS-FM. This station had good ratings, never finding itself in the number one spot but still maintained a rather large listening audience. Many R&B and particularly Motown Golden Era tunes were played frequently. This station will definitely be missed. The R&B listener still has a few choices in New York City that feature classic R&B (as opposed to today's R&B, which is not the same). Pioneer Hal Jackson puts on a fantastic program every Sunday morning on WRKS and Imotep Gary Byrd can be heard on WBAI on Friday nights. This show features interviews with the people who made the music what it is. I also must mention Felix Hernandez, who also has a high caliber program heard on WBGO on Saturday mornings. As a lover of classic rhythm and blues it was an unpleasant experience to see how the genre seems to have disappeared from the earth. But one of the new artists who came into his own in 2005 was John Legend, whose poignant "Ordinary People" was among the most requested songs on national airwaves. An indication of the disappearance of R&B was that in 2005 you could no longer find Jet Magazine's Soul Brothers top 20 for singles. Bonafide R&B artists are still out there doing their thing but they are not nearly getting the exposure that they so rightfully deserve. Recently I checked Billboard Magazine's assessment of the top R&B songs and found that most of them were not even today's so called R&B but Hip-Hop, which really rules the airwaves. Although I am not a fan of hip-hip I do realize that change must come. In 2005 we see the first emergence of a hip-hop variation called "Crunk" which is coming from the Atlanta area. Although I find most(but not all) hip-hop distasteful I find "Crunk" or possibly"Crump" much worse. Thank God for Alicia Keyes and Angie Stone who are two R&B exceptions that are getting some decent airplay. It was also nice to see Mariah Carey make a comeback. Though she has changed her "sound" to be more appealling to today's young people she is once again a superstar. The surprise source of showcasing new mainstream artists suprisingly comes from Fox. The program "American Idol" has given us the likes of Fantasia, Kelly Clarkson, Reuben Studdard and Bo Dice, who although not necessarily an R&B singer does make one think of a young David Clayton-Thomas when he performs songs popularized by Blood, Sweat & Tears and Ides Of March. The year's best song would have to be "Dance With My Father", the late Luther Vandross and Richard Marx created a masterpiece. Through most of his career Luther longed for the #1 hit single that always seemed to be just out of reach eventhough he consistently recorded platinum albums. With "Dance With My Father" he finally got it, but unfortunately could not enjoy the fruit of this particular labor during his lifetime. The year's best live performance had to be R. Kelly's "Step In The Name Of Love" on the Grammy Awards where Kelly proved himself to be a great dancer as well as a very good vocalist. It is not an easy task to do both at the same time the way Kelly did on that show. In my opinion the year's best album was Earth, Wind & Fire's Illumination. EWF has come back in a big way. This is their first CD release on a major label (RCA Victor) since Millenium on Warner/Reprise in the late 90s. It was good to hear Maurice White's voice again after his battle with the debilitating Parkinson's disease. Of course Philip Bailey continues to be the standout performer that he has always been on the jazzy "The Way You Move" which features solos by Kenny G. Musically 2005 may not be as memorable as other years but it did have its unforgettable moments.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Off-year election results send strong message to GOP

The American voter let the Bush administration know exactly where it stood this past election day. All four of Arnold Swarzenegger's initiatives lost in California. Bush's last minute decision to campaign in Virginia actually hurt the G.O.P gubernatorial candidate proving that in the very red state of Virginia a Bush endorsement means absolutely nothing. In a very nasty campaign with oft repeated smears by Doug Forrester and John Corzine's ex-wife against Senator Corzine proved ineffective: in fact many say that they voted for Corzine because of the Forrester smears and intrusion into the private life of his gubernatorial adversary. If this trend continues (and I see no reason why it shouldn't) and more convictions are given to Delay, Frist and Rove. Republicans may lose their
Impeachment-proof Congress. There are several states that were red last year that are blue now.
In Pennsylvania all four of the advocates of teaching the so called "Intelligent Design" theory as a counter to evolution lost. When you keep in mind Harry Reid's courageous move in the senate to force the administration to explain its rush to war, the smoking gun of the Downing Street Memo, the New York Times finally putting some distance between the paper and Judith Miller. This is a great time for Democrats to act. The ball is in their court as the Bush administration finds itself on the defensive. The attempt to have Ms. Hariet Miers become a member of the Supreme Court has put the Republican Party at war with itself since conservatives felt there was no concrete evidence that Ms. Miers endorsed their right wing philosophy, especially when it comes to matters like Roe vs. Wade. The indictment of I. Scooter Libby for playing a role in the "outing" of C.I.A. agent Valerie Plame as revenge for her husband, former Ambassador Wilson saying that there was no evidence that showed Saddam Heussein tried to purchase yellowcake uranium in Niger also tarnishes the reputation of an already ethically challenged administration. In Ohio the indictments of key Republican players like Noe and Taft should further increase resentment against the G.O.P. where many minority Democrat voters claim there votes were stolen. As if these incidents weren't enough. The Bush administration's handling of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma has to go down in history as among the worst ever, epecially when one factors in the racial overtones. F.E.M.A. did its best to make sure help did NOT get to the people most in need. Bush appointed F.E.M.A. director Michael Brown actually lied under oath when he attempted to blame locally elected officials for the tragedy, saying that they hestitated to contact him and go through the proper procedures. The Bush administration has become synonymous with "cronyism"
Michael Brown, with no prior experience in rescue just happened to be the roommate of a major Bush fundraiser and I have already mentioned Harriet Miers. Lousiana companies were not permitted to participate in the clean-up. The contract went to Halliburton, a company formerly headed by Vice-President Richard Cheney. The major task of the progressive democrat is to identify and support the Anti-war, Pro-Impeachment candidates and defeat the pro-war, anti-impeachment Democrats, most of whom are DLC members and sympathizers. Although this has the potential of splitting the Democratic Party it will be well worth it because the grassroots just happens to have the numbers on their side. Democratic presidential candidates who have enjoyed massive Democratic support must be forced to justify their support for a war that has cost over 2,000 lives while being provocated under false pretenses. During the last Democratic convention compromises were made. Anti-war sentiment was suppressed for the greater good of supporting the Democratic Convention nominee. But since it is almost common knowledge that the president "LIED" about the reasons for war. There is no good reason why any self-respecting Democrat can actively support this war. That is why Hillary Clinton and John Kerry MUST clarify their positions to the Democratic voter as soon as possible. As Cindy Sheehan has said on more than one occasion if they choose to support this war then they should not expect to get the support of the Democratic voter. In conclusion all of these factors are complicating the lives of the G.O.P. When their woes mount the more likely it will be that they will no longer occupy the White House. May things continue as they are.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks 1913 - 2005

Rosa Parks, considered to be the mother of the modern civil rights movement died in Detroit, Michigan today at the age at 92. Ms. Parks made the boycott a weapon against segregationist businesses when she refused to give her seat on the bus to a white man. This
ignited a national movement which led to many other boycotts and sit-ins all over the country.
Martin Luther King Jr. organized the Montgomery bus boycott which forced the bus companies to change their discriminatory policies when they began to lose huge amounts of money with the loss of black ridership. Ms. Parks will always be remembered as a shining example of raw courage in at time of savage racial hatred.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Iberoamerican Summit calls for an end to U.S. "blockade" of Cuba and the extradition of alleged terrorist Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela

The Iberoamerican Summit, a meeting of predominately Spanish and Portuguese nations met today to announce it's opposition to the United States blockade of Cuba. This was the first time the word "blockade" was used instead of "embargo". The organization now prefers to use the term "blockade" due to evidence of the United States government's intimidation of countries who do business with Cuba.
The summit also condemned U.S. hypocrisy towards terrorism by harboring Luis Posada Carriles who has been convicted of bombing a Cuban commercial airplane that resulted in the death of 73 people. Carilles is also accused of making an assassination attempt on the life of Cuba leader Fidel Castro, while he was in Panama. These two positions mark the first time that this organization has taken a strong position against United States foreign policy.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

African-American support for Bush falls to 2%

The lastest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll says that President-Select George W. Bush has a microscopic 2% approval rating among African-Americans, which is lowest rating of a president since political polls have been taken. Bush's numbers fell with other ethnic groups also (45% among whites and 36% among Hispanics) but the dramatic drop in support from African-Americans has brought is overall approval rating to below 40%. It was just three months ago that Bush was talking about changing black leadership because it was "out of touch" with today's thinking. Well if 98% of the black population opposes George, than I guess it is George who is "out of touch" Of course the biggest reason for Bush's decline in popularity among African-Americans(which was never great any way) was his inaction during the Hurricane Katrina crisis, which was accentuated by rapper Kanye West who bluntly said "Bush doesn't care about black people"on national television. Other factors that completely turn off masses of Americans is the Bush administration support for torture, the neverending abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, the mounting deaths and injuries of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, the attack on Social Security, the constant accusations of impropriety against key allies of the Bush-Cheney team (Karl Rove, Tom Delay, Bill Frist, Jack Abramoff..... et al)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Fernando Ferrer quietly scores two points in his mayoral battle with Michael Bloomberg

Although Former Bronx Borough President and current mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer is behind in the polls this week he has won two rather impressive battles against his billionaire opponent Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The first involves successfully overriding the mayor's veto on the operation of parking meters on Sundays. Ferrer was able to convince members of the city council that this was the equivalent of a "Worship tax" because thousands of churchgoers would find it difficult to find a free parking space and it would be very expensive pay for parking. Mayor Bloomberg feels that overriding his veto is not in the best interests of New York City because it deprives the city of $12 million dollars in revenue. Ferrer also was able to convince city council members to override the mayoral veto of a law that insists that medium to large grocery store chains pay health insurance for all their employees. Many major chains in the New York City metropolitan area agreed to do so. Of course Wal-Mart (which is still trying to get into New York City by way of Staten Island) vehemently opposes this law and the mayor apparently agrees with Wal-Mart. It seems so strange to me that the nation's largest employer, with billions of dollars in assets would oppose health insurance that would benefit it's employees in these difficult times of high medical costs. These two actions received slight coverage in the print media and television news, but when it was revealed that Fernando Ferrer's children did not attend public schools like he said they did that received front page coverage from the ultra-conservative New York Post. Ferrer continues to fight and uphill battle with an opponent who is able to put 5 commercials on the air with in a half hour. The average viewer seeing this would automatically believe that Bloomberg has created miracles in New York City because of the saturation of commercials, which say that the unemployment rate in the city is way down, but the Amsterdam News reports that half of the city's African-American male population is unemployed. Bloomberg commercials also say that crime is way down, but crime started to drop in the Dinkins administration and continued to drop in the Giuliani administration. The odds are overwhelmingly against Ferrer but sometimes things are not always what they seem...Truman beat Dewey and David beat Goliath.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

A letter from Senator Edward Kennedy

This is a letter I received from Massachussetts Senator Edward Kennedy expressing his concerns about George W. Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court.
Dear Claude,
On Monday, we learned that the President nominated White House Counsel Harriet Miers--a long-time adviser and Bush loyalist--to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Miers's record is little known so far, because she's largely served behind the scenes. What leaps out is her loyalty to President Bush beginning with his years as Governor of Texas. We know nothing about her loyalty to the rule of law and the Constitution, or her ability to do the job of Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.
It's clear that Mr. Bush is fond of her work: he's appointed her to nearly every government position she's ever had. And apparently she likes her boss, having told a former Bush speechwriter that the "[P]resident was the most brilliant man she had ever met."
But many other staunch supporters of the President are alarmed by his nomination, citing a lack of experience and substance. Very few, it seems, are comfortable with the current case for Ms. Miers's confirmation.
The Senate needs more information if we are to do our job of reviewing and voting on such an important nomination, as required by the Constitution. We cannot advise in this process--much less consent--if President Bush refuses to disclose the very information he relied on in his decision to nominate Ms. Miers. I've called on President Bush to release any memoranda and files relating to Ms. Miers--and give the American people the same ability he had to consider her qualifications. A decision of this magnitude cannot be made simply on his say-so.
From now on, your participation will be critical. As the process moves forward, all of us need to stand fast in our demand for the caliber of information needed for any Supreme Court nominee.
Let's work together to see that any replacement for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor meets the impressive standard she set.
Please keep in touch with me at TedKennedy.com, and thank you for your commitment.
Sincerely,
Senator Edward M. Kennedy This is my response........

Dear Senator Kennedy,
I thank you for taking the time to share with me your thoughts on this presidential nominee to the Supreme Court. I am very concerned about the developing pattern of "cronyism" that is rampant in the Bush Administration. In New Orleans Bush's cronies were given the choice rebuilding contracts. He completely ignored the qualified businesses in the states of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi who should have been given these contracts. The man appointed to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Michael Brown, proved himself to be totally inexperienced in emergency rescue, and even worse he blamed others for his inaction. Mr. Brown was a crony of Mr. Olbeah a friend who also earned a position in the Bush administration not because of his competence but because of his loyalty to Mr. Bush. It appears as if we are seeing the same thing with Ms. Miers, who doesn't even have the experience of being a judge and she also led a law firm that was accused of taking advantage of its clents. I know that you are committed to raising these issues with the American public, but you need help. Far too many democrats are silent on this and other issues that affect the quality of life in these United States. I am hoping that you will get the help you need in the 2006 elections. Democrats have a good chance of removing Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania and Tom Delay in Texas. There are also five Democratic candidates who have served our country in Iraq and now advocate an end to this
illegal totally unnecessary war in Iraq. If most of these "new" democrats are elected then I believe you will have the help you need to seriously tackle the issue of "cronyism".
Best regards,
Claude Chaney

Domestic Biological Warfare at DC Anti-war demonstration?

ONE WEEK after the massive anti-war protest the federal government announces the presence of the lethal Tularemia bacteria in the Mall area where a crowd estimated to be up to 300,000 people congregated. Health officials said they believed the levels were too low to be a threat. I find this to be very suspicious. Once again the federal government acts suspiciously late. This type of conduct also happened in New Orleans. This could be a ploy to discourage anti-Bush protesters from attending future demonstrations or if this was the real thing it could be the first of many bold right wing intiatives to silence the opposition. Either way it is definitely cause for concern. It took a week to act in New Orleans and a week to even mention the existence of a problem in Washington. Is the slow reponse diliberate? The initial stage of the disease displays the presence of pneumonia. Other symptoms include chills and high fever. If people who attended the demonstration come down with pneumonia then we will know this could have been an example of domestic biological warfare. Inexplicably several liberal or progressive senators and congress members received anthrax through the mail shortly after 9/11. If we don't see any evidence of pneumonia among the people who attended the rally that could mean that this hoax was designed to scare people into not attending any future Anti-Bush demonstrations. The Bush administration has used fear tactics before. The color warnings which were supposed to indicate the possibility of domestic terrorist attacks were highly suspect. According to federal health officials "Tularemia is not spread from person to person. It can be contracted by direct contact with the bacteria that cause it -- by swallowing them or, if they have been suspended in air, through inhalation."SPLOID - Here is a brief history (from the Journal of the American Medical Association) of tularemia and how it is stockpiled as a bioweapon by the U.S. military:[] Tularemia's epidemic potential became apparent in the 1930s and 1940s, when large waterborne outbreaks occurred in Europe and the Soviet Union and epizootic-associated cases occurred in the United States.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Indiana State Senator proposes an outrageous bill to limit human reproductive rights

Indiana State Senator Patricia Miller has proposed a bill that would severely limit human reproductive rights. This unnatural bill shows to what extremes the religious right will go to impose their social beliefs on others. If this bill passes (God forbid) unmarried women will NOT
be permitted to have children in the state of Indiana. No woman would be permitted to have sperm artificially inseminated into her uterus. All couples who intend to have children would have to obtain a special reproductive license. An unmarried person could not become a parent. Gays and lesbians would NOT be allowed to participate in any assisted reproductive act. Although there may be people who say that this bill is dead on arrival, I am not one of them. Indiana is among the most conservative states of the union. Every effort must be made now, if not the government will not only tell you if and when you can have children but what you may read, think and with whom you are permitted to socialize. The first step all progressive bloggers should do is get the message out.Stop Miller in Indiana now before we have stop her (and her ilk in New York or California) The more people know about it the easier it will be to combat.
The religious right is determined to impose their extremist fundamentalism on us all. We have to fight back any way that we can. Once again right your elected officials and demand that they take a stand against this outrage now. The worst possible thing at this time is to underestimate the determination of these fanatics. Under this law the Virgin Mary could be arrested.

Nipsey Russell 1925-2005

Actor/Comedian Nipsey Russell passed away on October 2, 2005 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Russell was a fixture on tv games shows of the 70s and early 80s to such an extent he was named "The Poet Laureate of Television" Perhaps Russell will be remembered most for his co-starring role as the tin man along with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in "The Wiz" He was a confirmed bachelor who once said "How can I live with someone else when there are times when I find it hard to live with myself?" The actor-poet-comedian died of cancer.

Bennett deserves ALL the criticism he is getting for his statement: he earned it

Recently I received a comment from "J. McAdams of Marquette Warrior" in which he shows absolute amazement at the criticism William Bennett is receiving for his statement about how black abortions would lower the crime rate entitled Planned Parenthood Advocates Abortion To Reduce Crime



Dear Mr. McAdams,
Thank you for placing a comment on Anti-DLC Coalition. I find your defense of William Bennett to be totally devoid of any merit whatsoever. What you have done is conveniently distort the facts to promote your point of view. Planned Parenthood may or may not be in favor of abortions in order to
decrease crime, but nowhere in your post do I see that Planned Parenthood endorsed aborting black babies specifically. You are trying to deny the racist aspect of the Bennett statement. If he had said "Eventhough I think abortion is reprehensible I think it would deter crime" then he would not have been so severely criticized, but he did not say that. He specificially targeted blacks. I rejoice in the fact that he finds himself in a firestorm of controversy. These types of statements will not be allowed to fall under the radar, not only by Anti-DLC Coalition but also Media Matters for America, where a post by S.S.M gives a thorough truthful assessment of the Bennett statement......


Bennett defended racial comments with falsehood
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On the September 29 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio program, former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett defended comments he made the day before linking crime rates and abortion by blacks. Bennett, who said that "it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime ... you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down," claimed that he was taken out of context, and that his comment was based on a 1999 Slate.com online discussion between Steven D. Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics (William Morrow, May 2005), and right-wing columnist Steve Sailer, in which Bennett claimed that Levitt "discusse[d], as I did, the racial implications of abortion and crime." Levitt did not. In fact, in the Slate debate that Bennett cited, Levitt said the opposite of what Bennett claimed: "None of our analysis is race-based because the crime data by race is generally not deemed reliable."
On his September 29 broadcast, Bennett said: "The author of Freakonomics, Steve Levitt engages the theory that abortion reduces crime, and he also discusses, as I did, the racial implications of abortion and crime. And he does that in an extended debate on Slate.com." But in the course of the three-day Slate.com discussion, Levitt barely mentioned race. In fact, on the first day of the discussion, Levitt noted specifically that race was not a key part to his theory:
As an aside, it has been both fascinating and disturbing to me how the media have insisted on reporting this as a study about race, when race really is not an integral part of the story. The link between abortion and unwantedness, and also between unwantedness and later criminality, have been shown most clearly in Scandinavian data. Abortion rates among African-Americans are higher, but overall, far more abortions are done by whites. None of our analysis is race-based because the crime data by race is generally not deemed reliable.
In a September 30 response to Bennett's comments, Levitt further asserted the marginality of race with regard to his theory: "Race is not an important part of the abortion-crime argument that John Donohue and I have made in academic papers and that [co-author Stephen J.] Dubner and I discuss in Freakonomics."
The only significant discussion of race during the Slate debate came from Sailer on day two. Sailer writes for the anti-immigration website VDARE.com and has defended the Pioneer Fund -- an organization designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its support of the work of white supremacists, eugenicists, and others dedicated to proving the genetic superiority of certain races.
On his September 28 broadcast, Bennett stated that he disagreed with Levitt and Dubner's theory that abortion reduces crime because "there is just too much that you don't know." But in commenting that black abortions would reduce the crime rate, Bennett appeared to accept and extend it beyond what they intended. As Levitt noted in his September 30 response to Bennett: "There is one thing I would take Bennett to task for: first saying that he doesn't believe our abortion-crime hypothesis but then revealing that he does believe it with his comments about black babies. You can't have it both ways."
From the September 29 broadcast of Salem Radio Network's Bill Bennett's Morning in America:
BENNETT: Let me deal with something that came up yesterday, and my critics and enemies are trying to make hay out of it, trying to discredit me. Let me give you the context and explain what's going on and then get back to business. We had a caller yesterday, and he posed the idea that if we didn't have abortion, we'd have no Social Security problems, and that you shouldn't have abortions because it will lead -- if you don't have abortions, you'll have better economics.
So this led to a discussion where I argued that this is an unknowable proposition. I cited the analysis and discussion in this bestselling book, Freakonomics. Uh, it's on the closely related topic of abortion and crime. Well, there is a campaign making hay of my remarks and taking them out of context and totally reversing my obvious meaning. The author of Freakonomics, Steve Levitt, engages the theory that abortion reduces crime, and he also discusses, as I did, the racial implications of abortion and crime. And he does that in an extended debate on Slate.com. I was referencing this debate and pointing out how tricky it is to argue for a pro-life position because of economic benefits. I was pointing out that abortion shouldn't be opposed for economic reasons any more than racism should be supported or opposed for economic reasons. Immoral policies are wrong. And they're wrong because they're wrong, not because of an economic calculus. One could just as easily have said you could abort all children and prevent all crime, uh, which is certainly true, to show the absurdity of the situ -- of the proposition. So let me repeat: These are matters which scholars talk about, which people write books about, which are debated in public policy relations among abortion, crime, and race. That's what we were talking about. Sensitive area, absolutely.
As a philosopher, I was showing the limitation of one argument by showing the absurdity of another. I was showing the fallacy of a proposition by using what's called an argumentum ad absurdum or an argumentum ad finum. But in sum, let me just re-state what I said yesterday: The whole idea of aborting anyone to reduce crime is, as I said on the air yesterday, "impossible, ridiculous, and morally-reprehensible." That should end it. That should be clear enough to anyone with an open mind. This whole thing is ridiculous, totally without merit. People will keep yelling about it, but -- you have a comment, Seth [Liebsohn, Morning in America producer]? "

It is evident here that Mr. Bennett is even criticized by the right for trying to have it "both ways" saying he rejects previous racist pro abortion statement yet using that same statement to reinforce his argument. The majority of the American people are taking him to task for it.......I think that's wonderful.

Monday, October 03, 2005

August Wilson 1945-2005

Standout African-American playwright August Wilson has passed on. Wilson, whose plays almost always took place in his native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is best known for the prize winning plays "Fences" and "The Piano Lesson"

Constance Baker Motley 1921-2005

On September 29, 2005 the first African-American woman to become a federal judge, Constance Baker Motley passed away at the age of 84. Ms. Motley was a defense lawyer for Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. as well as a persistant voice against segregation advocating the admission of James Meredith to then segregated University of Mississippi.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Why "Anonymous"?

This morning I received another comment that I would like to share with the public. When I first read this comment I started to laugh uncontrollably because it is evidence once again that those on the right are afraid of the truth. I found the person's statements to be not only humourous by very hypocrital. When I made the attempt to respond to this person I couldn't do it, "Mailer-Deamon explained how the person could not be reached at the e-mail address given" Since this person didn't have the intestinal fortitude to identify himself/herself I will reply publicly and hope that this person makes a return visit. I believe that this person is more than likely a DLCer or conservative Republican who was more than a bit peeved about some on my recent statements.........well, this is only the beginning, there will be a lot more. In any event this is what "anonymous" had to say "Anonymous said...
[i]The Democratic party has two fine gentlemen and true democrats in Harry Reid and Howard Dean[/i]That they do. One is a pro-life Democrat who is a bit more conservative than the average DLC member. The other is a former DLC member who governed as a moderate centrist and has shown little philosophical differences with the DLC since.[i]DLC Democrats didn't do anything to oppose the bankruptcy law that made the poor even poorer.[/i]Neither did Harry Reid, who you just called a "fine and democrat."Typically, your anti-DLC rants are full of generalizations, often repeated liberal myths, and void of much fact." AND NOW IT'S MY TURN..............................First of all I do think that Harry Reid and Howard Dean are fine gentlemen. I don't have to agree with them on every single issue. I see that both of these men are not afraid of Republicans. Not even a possible heart attack has stopped Mr. Reid from demanding an apology from Bill Bennent for his blatantly racist remarks, or from vigorously going after Tom Delay. Harry Reid comes from the reddest state in the union. I am certain that there are things that he has to say just to survive in stauchly Republican Utah. Just the fact that he says that he opposes the war, the rampant cronyism of Tom Delay is in itself a miracle considering where he comes from. I do not have to agree with every statement that Reid has said to respect him. Howard Dean was among the first to oppose the Iraq war. He did so at a time when most Democrats were afraid of being labelled "unpatriotic" I think that when you point out the fact that one of them is a "former" DLCer, that is an attribute. It just shows that he has come to see the light. When I say DLC Democrats didn't do anything to oppose the bankruptcy law that is a FACT. 72 Democrats voted for the bankruptcy law and most of them were DLCers. My anti-DLC rants are all based on FACTS, this person didn't manage to disprove anything that I said, in fact what he/she does is "GENERALIZE" with statements like "repeated liberal myths" ....what myths? the bankruptcy law did make the poor poorer, to such a degree that politicians are now considering delaying the application of the law because of the disastrous effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. And the person has the unamitigated gall to say that my statements are devoid of facts when he/she hasn't presented a single fact. These days right-wingers and DLCers are having a difficult time with the truth. This person's comments only confirm it.

Rusty "Rush" Limbaugh in a panic - How is he to save so many dark souls and keep himself out of prison by August Keso

The air crackled and snapped with Rusty "Rush" Hudson Limbaugh the Third's angst and panic. His listening audience, were they honest with themselves, and they rarely are, could have felt Rusty's heart racing, veins in neck and face bulging threatening an aneurism or worse, a full blown stroke. With very little imagination, if any at all, the rapt listeners could have felt the portly propagandist's lips quiver, like a spoiled child whose favorite toy had been unceremoniously taken from him. They could have envisioned even within their own limited minds, the angry spittle shooting out from Limbaugh's rabid and foul mouth, landing with a vicious splat upon his Rove inspired daily talking points spread out on sheets of paper before him, and lathering his microphone. Rusty Limbaugh, America's self-appointed professor of morality and values, aside from his own drug related legal problems, has found himself having to defend the indefensible. Rusty, has had to try and convince America, that his stygian soul and that of nearly every Republican from Bush, DeLay, Bennett and Frist; to gay hating gay mayors in Washington State, aren't the dark souls warned would be concealed by the anti-Christ himself -- as one might recall, is to present itself as the Great Moral Savior, when in fact the anti-Christ is evil personified -- but are indeed, never you mind what your own eyes might see and ears might hear, the mere victims of the powerless and inept Left.These are hard times for Rusty Limbaugh, and the many Republican propagandists, like FOX "We just won't report anything about Frist, DeLay, Bennett or Bush" News. In light of DeLay's indictment and Frist's insider stock trading, FOX has literally taken to scouring the globe in search of missing white American women. They've reported wildfires, missing women, how big oil raking working people over the coals, i.e., price gouging gasoline, is good for the economy ("Don't be a victim, invest the money you haven't got into big oil and reap the rewards," Stein insisted during a segment of Cavuto). Ah, but for Rusty, life is so much more complicated.Rusty doesn't get paid, for ignoring the news. Rusty's job is to transform reality into a new and improved Republican misinformed, manipulated and twisted pseudo-reality. Rusty, while FOX simply hides from the news, must confront the evil deeds of the "Morals and Values" Republican Party, and find a way...someway...anyway...to make the legion of anti-Christ appear pure and pristine, as newly fallen snow. Oh! Such venom, hatred and rage Rusty did display while defending Bennett's, accurately paraphrasing here, remarks, "No doubt, if you want to lower the crime rate, just abort all the black babies and crime will decrease... ." Surely, Rusty's thick head, and nicotine stained fingers must have been shaking with a blinding white-hot anger that had consumed him, as he muddled and struggled to pin the gambling addicted morally superior Bennett's vile words -- somehow, had to be a way -- on the, to Rusty's way of thinking, ultra evil Left; because Rusty knows, and his listeners do too, NOTHING is EVER the fault of Republicans. It is ALWAYS, though it is the Republican Dark Lords themselves doing the deeds, a conspiracy contrived by the evil Left!Yet, today, thanks to the dark Lords ruling the Republican Party, this is what Rusty "El-Rushbo" Limbaugh, is left to work with. How can even the most excellent imitation of Goebbels, be expected to spin George "Bungling" Bush's Katrina and Rita response into gold? How is Rusty supposed to make Frist's insider stock trading appear anything, but corrupt when the fool Frist, has all ready lied on national television (January, 2003) and claimed it would be illegal, for him to know ANYTHING about his blind trust...only to, all along, be made well aware of EVERYTHING about said trust? For the love of God (or, Rusty being from the South, is that Gawd) how can anyone expect Limbaugh to save DeLay, when DeLay's own defense goes something like this:"Look, this indictment is the greatest miscarriage of justice in the history of this nation. Sure, I was reprimanded for the first time in 1993, for ethical violations. Then, a bit later, accused of racketeering...then still later, several more ethical violations and finally, now, an indictment for political campaign finance money laundering... "No wonder Rusty Limbaugh is fit to be tied! How is he, a mere mortal, to be expected to save the political souls of so many Dark Lords, when Jesus himself couldn't possibly succeed? Who can blame Limbaugh, for being so enraged...consumed by the white-hot flames of his hatred, for all things good and decent? These are indeed very difficult times for Rush, and to top it all off, he has to try and keep himself from going to prison. Who, in Rusty's shoes, wouldn't be riddled with angst and panic?

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Saturday, October 01, 2005

It's Housecleaning Time :-)

The time has come for national house cleaning to rid the country of the immoral ethically challenged elements of the corrupt conservative Republican party. Let the house cleaning begin with the lying Tom Delay who alledgedly exhorted huge sums of money from businesses and told them which Texas Republicans to give the money to. Let it continue with lying Diebold, the voting machine company whose president promised George W. Bush would win the presidential election of 2004. Business is very bad when California, the nation's largest state said they will no longer use Diebold machines and other states are expected to follow the same path. Let the house cleaning continue with lying James Tobin, accused of conspiring to prevent Democrats from voting in New Hampshire. Let the house cleaning proceed with lying Bill Frist who publicly denounces abortion, but whose hospitals continue to provide abortions and provide a substancial income for the lying Frist who is now on trial for alledgely participating in insider trading fraud.Let it continue with lying Judith Miller who deliberately misled the American public with accounts of production of weapons of mass destruction that were merely fabrications. Let the house cleaning continue with lying Dick Cheney, who allegedly set US energy policy behind closed doors with a few of his cronies for the oil and natural gas companies. Mr. Chaney's former company Halliburton made billions from no bid contracts for work in Iraq and New Orleans. Halliburton through its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root are accused of bilking the US taxpayer for billiions. Let the housecleaning continue with lying columnist Robert Novak alledgedly who outed a CIA as revenge for the agent's husband stating that Saddam Heussein operatives didn't attempt to buy yellowcake uranium in NIger. Let the housecleaning continue with the lying J. Kenneth Blackwell, who promised George W. Bush the state of Ohio prior to the 2004 presidential elections and proceeded to clog the polls with over 38, 000 Republican poll watchers causing African-American voters to stand in line for up to eight hours to vote. Let the house cleaning continue with the lying Donald Rumsfeld, who either orchestrated or looked the other way when wide-spread prisoner abuse took place in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. And..............last but definitely not least may the house cleaning continue with the impeachment of lying George W. Bush who among other things bears responsibility for the deaths of thousands of black and poor residents of New Orleans when he refused to respond to an SOS emergency plea by Louisiana governor Blanco during Hurricane Katrina until three days after the storm began. The Downing Street memo is a smoking gun that proves that the he led us into war under false pretenses. This president came into office with a huge surplus, now we have a huge deficit and we are feared and hated throughout most of the world. Let's clean house....let's throw the bums out in 2006.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Bennett's racist remark is just the latest in a series of GOP attacks on Black America.

About three or four months ago George W. Bush bragged about a new bold intiative to change black leadership in this country. He was encouraged by the fact that he had a two percent increase in Black support in the state of Ohio. Well if you are African American and you are contemplating becoming part of the so called black Republican conservative movement How do you justify the string of bitterly racist, stupid,insensitive inflammatory remarks made by the GOP faithful. I guess this new trend started with George W. Bush himself. Approximately two years ago while in Brazil, in the presence of Condoleezza Rice, but said to a Brazilian dignitary "Do you have black people here too" This remark was not only insensitve but it was also an embarrassment that show a lack of education unbecoming a president of the most powerful country in the world. But he didn't stop there later he insulted the intelligence of African Americans in his attempt to promote new Social Security plan by saying Social Security as it is doesn't benefit blacks because blacks die before age 65, which complete ignores the other safety net feature of Social Security. But Bush was not alone in making remarks offensive to the African American population of the United States. Pennsylvania's junior senator Rick Santorium blamed the Hurricane Katrina tragedy not on the federal government where it squarely and totally belongs but on the black population of New Orleans who did not evacuate when evacuation was suggested. He even said that the next time something like that occurs penalties should be given to those who refused to leave. The notoriously loud Senator Santorum has the habit of opening his mouth without thinking about what he is saying. New Orleans' blacks didn't evacuate because they couldn't, only one in ten had cars. Santorum's statement was outrageously callous and stupid. But it doesn't stop there....Arizona Senator John Kyl actually thought the Katrina tragedy was a good thing when he allegedly said "We've been trying to do something about the high crime rate in New Orleans for ages, but now God has taken care of the problem." But it doesn't stop there....there's more. Right-wing pundit and former entertainer Pat Boone criticized Cindy Sheehan (whose group actually did penetrate the F.E.M.A. dragnet and was able to provide food and water to the Katrina victims) as someone who was helping the people who drove planes into the twin towers because American Muslim groups were working with Cindy Sheehan's group. Now we have the latest stupid, insensitive racist remark by ironically the former head of "education" Mr. William Bennett, who said "But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down," Bennett said.
He went on to call that "an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky." Mr. Bennett was quick to say that his statement was misinterpreted and taken out of context but I say "No way" He knew exactly what he was saying and tried to covered it up by saying that he knew it was reprehensible but yet he confirmed the racist remark at the end of his statement. Mr. Bennett just didn't realize that if you aborted all white embryos the crime rate also would go down. Apparently Mr. Bennett doesn't consider white collar crime as crime because white people commit crimes too, but because of our racist penal system they are much more likely to avoid prosecution. This will not be the end of stupid racist GOP remarks that inspire bigots and misinform whites. The time has come to take Mr. Bennett, Mr. Boone, Mr. Kyl to task for their bigotry online, in the press, on the air.......everywhere. If you are a black Republican or are even thinking about becoming one you endorse hurting your people and hurting yourself.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

How I Would Vote on the Roberts Nomination by Chuck Pennacchio

How I Would Vote on the Roberts Nomination -- and Why September 28, 2005 As United States Senator for Pennsylvania I would vote against the nomination of John Roberts to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Consistent with the Bush Administration's "politics as usual" approach to all questions of governance, Judge Roberts went before the Senate Judiciary Committee intent on hiding his judicial philosophy from the Senate and the American people. This veiled and secretive approach to a matter as weighty as a lifelong appointment at the head of the Supreme Court is unacceptable.Judge Roberts' nomination passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee without my having any new insight into how he would run the Court, or how he would approach critical constitutional questions, such as privacy rights, a women's right to choose, consumer rights, due process of law, equality before the law, and a host of other civil liberties issues.Understanding that Bob Casey, Jr., my Democratic opponent for the Pennsylvania's 2006 United States Senate seat for Pennsylvania, would vote for the Roberts nomination, speaks volumes about our differences as candidates and prospectives Senators. The decision on backing or opposing the Roberts nomination has nothing to with the politics of "right and left"; it has everything to do with the politics of "right and wrong." As an historian, political scientist, and citizen-candidate with years of experience dealing with and teaching about our Constitution, I alone will not stand down from a fight over the core principles that embody our American system, including rights of privacy, choice, due process, judicial independence, and separation of church and state.Again, because Judge Roberts has not demonstrated a clear commitment to those same constitutional principles, I would vote against his nomination to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.I want to know what you think about the Roberts nomination. Vote in our on line poll.
Ring the bell!September 14Greetings from all of us at Chuck Central! We have great news and an important request. The news is that our campaign is gaining momentum. In the last two weeks, Chuck spoke before hundreds at the Lehigh Valley Democrats and while there, hand delivered a debate challenge to Bob Casey, Jr. An article, The Debate is Under Way, appears in the Harrisburg Patriot News. Chuck continues to beat Casey, Jr. in a head to head poll on Daily Kos with over 1100 votes counted. (58% - 41% and you can still vote.) This campaign began nearly two years ago with Chuck alone and politically unknown. No more. We have offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and volunteers show up by the dozens. Chuck appears weekly on Harrisburg’s WHYL on the United for Progress radio program with Rick Smith and Erin Carlin, and regularly in other media. These days, Chuck speaks before hundreds of people, where once it was ten. We don’t need millions of dollars to make our candidate palatable. But even the leanest, cleanest, cleverest campaign in the world needs some funding to get out its winning message. So we’re writing to ask for your financial support. September 14 starts our 3d quarter fund drive, which will culminate with Chuck’s birthday at the end of the month. Howard Dean had his bat; we have our bell. Help us show the strength of our grassroots movement. Click on our bell (above right) to contribute. If you care about reproductive rights, an exit strategy from Iraq, universal single payer health care, expanded stem cell research, equal rights before the law for all Americans, the choice is clear. We don’t take PAC money; it’s up to all of us. Together, with your support, we can take our country back. Thank you from all of us,Charles, Julian, Stephanie, Sabra, Dan & Liz
Debate challengeSeptember 9Today I handed a letter to my fellow Democrat, Robert Casey, Jr., at a mutual campaign stop in Lehigh Valley. With respect and dedication to the highest ideals of our political process, I am calling for a series of seven to nine debates across our state. Like the Lincoln-Douglas Senate debates of 1858, the Pennacchio-Casey debates can help direct a state and nation in a time of crisis and exploration. The questions facing us today are no less important than those that confronted our nation in pre-Civil War America. Moreover, the answers to those crucial questions revolve around the same themes of economic opportunity, legal rights, and national security that enabled our country to emerge from one of the greatest tests -- civil war -- any society can endure. (read more)
I ask that we all help our hurricane victimsMy heart goes out to the people of New Orleans and the other Gulf Coast communities that are suffering in the wake of hurricane Katrina. I join with my fellow Pennsylvanians in expressing my deepest sympathy to the victims of this disaster. As Americans we stand united in our commitment to see to it that everything possible is done to reunite the families and rebuild the communities that have been affected by this national tragedy.Please contact the following organizations to help: The American Red Cross, The American Friends Service Committee and America's Second Harvest.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

A Tom Delay indictment is good, but a Tom Delay conviction would be better

The Associated Press reported today September 28, 2005 "The indictment accused DeLay of a conspiracy to "knowingly make a political contribution" in violation of Texas law outlawing corporate contributions. It alleged that DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee accepted $155,000 from companies, including Sears Roebuck, and placed the money in an account.
The PAC then wrote a $190,000 check to an arm of the Republican National Committee and provided the committee a document with the names of Texas State House candidates and the amounts they were supposed to received in donations.
The indictment included a copy of the check" This is good but a conviction would be even better. This man is accused of the worst kind of extortion, telling well established multinational businesses that they cannot operate in his turf without contributing to Republican endorsed candidates. It appears as if Mr. Delay did this because he was certain that he could get away with it. This action will serve as a wake up call to many Republicans who are convinced that they are above the law. Tom Delay successfully spearheaded a movement to gerrymander Texas voting districts to favor Republicans. He was able to get away with it because he already had the support of Texas Republicans who were already in the majority. Of course Delay swears that he is innocent and that this is a witch hunt. But in this particular case the prosecution has in its posession the actual check. You can't ask for better convicting evidence than that. But as we all know Republican pockets are very deep and Mr. Delay is very well connected: it is not out of the realms of possibility that Delay might walk. But if he is convicted it would be a great day for democracy and a great day for The United States of America. At least on this occasion Republicans could see that they are not above the law. Major players of the Bush Administration and support network find themselves entangled with law infractions. Besides Delay we also have his Republican counterpart in the Senate Bill Frist, who also has ethics problems with insider trading(and this is a potential Republican Presidential nominee.) Karl Rove still appears to be the man who outed a CIA operative, endangering not only her life but also those who worked with her. Mr. Delay (a.k.a The Hammer) is slowly and methodically being forced to account for his actions. He is going to go down but he will go down screaming. In 2006 he may find that he will not have his seat anymore and this would really be a blessing.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Site visitor discovers the truth about the DLC

A visitor to this site could not understand why I am against the DLC. She wrote
"Why, in heavens name would you be against DLC?? or does the DLC mean something different than Democratic Leadership Commission(?).
I would think that all democrats would be supporting Democratic Party, even if they do not agree with everything.
ada This was my response.......
Dear AdaZee2247,
Thank you for your comment. I will begin by telling you that I am a democrat. I have supported every democratic candidate since George McGovern when I was only 18. The Democratic party has two fine gentlemen and true democrats in Harry Reid and Howard Dean, but at the same time we have a cancer within the Democratic party that continues to support George Bush and the Conservative Republican agenda. The Progressive wing of the Democratic party wants an end to this war. DLC Democrats only want a change in the way the war is run. DLC Democrats didn't do anything to oppose the bankruptcy law that made the poor even poorer. DLC Democrats make a racist appeal to the southern white male. DLC Democrats like Joe Lieberman are constantly seen on right wing tv programs attacking fellow Democrats and supporting Bush policies. We are not strong enough to fight the Republicans because we have not conquered the cancer within the party that is the DLC.
I would like for you to open your eyes if you are a true democrat. Peace, Claude .....then Ada replied ....
Thank you for responding to my note. Actually, I agree with everything you wrote. Specially about Lieberman, I've always called him a "closet republican. However, if we want to defeat Bush and his Cabal, we must be united. I do not know how we can achieve that, but somehow even DLC must be made to understand how wrong they are. So, I suppose, after all is said and done, I believe you guys are doing the right thing. Thank you

Ada This just shows how many people are not aware of what the DLC stands for (it's the corporate infiltration of the Democratic party). The grassroots Democrat is locked in a power struggle with this cancer. The more people are exposed to the truth the more likely the DLC will become an ineffective relic. Down with the DLC!!!! ...more now than ever.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Last Minute Opposition to the appointment of John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court

1) Whether we have in fact overloaded the primary toll-free number with our calls or whether someone deliberately cut the line to slow down the calls, it is in FACT down now.2) There is a growing ground swell of opposition to the stealth reactionary Roberts that can no longer be ignored.3) To take action there are two alternative toll-free numbers still working, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588, plus an action page that will give you all the direct phone and fax numbers of your own senators, http://www.millionphonemarch.com.What we want to accomplish is to create as many entries on as many blog threads as possible, to reach as many people as we can who wish they knew what to do to stop this administration from scuttling our Supreme Court, but who just don't where to start. Feel free to make your own arguments as to why Roberts must be stopped, just as you do when you send your personal messages to your senators. If you would like some additional ideas, this piece from OpEd News might be useful:http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_thepen_050914_we_can_stop_roberts_.htmLeahy, Feingold and Kohl have been excoriated on the blogs for their judiciary committee votes, which even they admit were "close calls." All we have to do is get one or two of them to heed the voice of the people and the MOMENTUM is on our side. All they simply need to say is that they have been hearing from their constituents, and while they may have been initially inclined to support Roberts, they can no longer do so.And you can also send your friends who want to know more about why Roberts must be stopped to the one click congressional email and letter to the editor action page, where there are many informative links, athttp://www.millionphonemarch.comALSO be sure to submit the email submission part of the above page yourself in addition to the calls you have already made. Take heart that we have achieved alot of radio visibility in the last couple days. More and more people are starting the question why Roberts is being hustled through the process without even a proper examination of what he really stands for. Will it be enough? That is entirely up to us alone. First we must BELIEVE we can win. After that the rest is easy.We must reach out to our fellow citizens every way we can. Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.If you would like to get alerts like these, you can do so at http://www.usalone.com/in.htmOr if you want to cease receiving our messages, just use the function at http://www.usalone.com/out.htm

Pro-war rally in DC attracts only 400

The biggest laugh of the month of September has to be the microscopic turnout of those who support the illegal war in Iraq. The fact that the preceding Saturday there was a massive turnout of over 100,000 who opposed the war should invigorate those critical of Bush policies to press their agenda forward. Most polls show that Bush has only a 39% approval rating at best. It would appear that now is the time for action. The goal should be to nationally elect as many anti-war candidates as possible. There should be no compromise within the Democratic party like the one that took place in 2004, in fact there are two issues that should remain at the forefront...1) Are you against the war in Iraq? 2) Are you in favor of assuring the American people an honest election with a paper trail. There are many "electable" Democrats who support this war(most prominent among them is the Democratic Leadership Committee). They too must know that they will be challenged from within the Democratic party if they continue to support this unnecessary, illegal, diabolic war of occupation. What I have heard from
Kerry, Clinton and Biden is that they don't approve of the way the war is being handled, what they should be saying and what the majority of the American people want them to say is that they are against the war. The succession of Republican mishaps by Bush, Delay, Frist et. al gives the appearance that the Republicans are on the ropes. This is not the case. Democrats are very quiet. When you look at the minute statements that are made against the war by Democrats and how they just refused to even challenge John G. Roberts' nomination. We see that Democrats are sitting on the fence, afraid of being labelled "unpatriotic" while the Bush administration sends our troops to fight in a war based on a lie when the troops and especially the national guard are needed here. The Bush administration is the biggest kleptocracy the world has ever known with "cronyism" that knows no bounds. If we can't elect Anti-war Democrats then we may have to support Anti-War Greens. The bottom line is the war must end. It is also time to beat the drum for the impeachment of George Bush. If the non presidential year elections favor Democrats (no easy task) Bush could be impeached. Clinton was impeached for a lie which should have only involved his family. Bush should be impeached for a like that killed 2,000 American troops. This time has come for us to ask all our elected officials (but especially Democrats) where they stand on this war. R.O.T.C. must not be permitted to enter our schools and indocrinate our children unless there are responsible members of the community to present the opposite point of view. You can still love your country without succumbing to shameful leadership. It is obvious that since the pro-war group could only attract 400 people in a national demonstation the pro-war movement is in trouble.
But, the right wingers are very cunning and I am sure Karl Rove has more than a few tricks up his sleave. The chickenhawks and the war supporters have so much on their side. They have a media that does all it can too support the president( and I am not even mentioning Fox). The have the owner of most radio stations in the U.S. Clear Channel and also has a hold on billboards and concert promotion. The fundamentalists lemmings are numerous and they will turn out on Election Day. That is why all peace loving people must act now to remove Bush from office and end the war in Iraq.

Friday, September 23, 2005

In honor of the 9/24/05 massive anti-war demonstration the Anti DLC Coalition announces the top 13 lies of the Bush Administration

1.I'm a uniter, not a divider."

2."Mission Accomplished"

3."I will bring integrity back to the White House."

4."Our troops will stay for as long as they're necessary and not one day longer."

5."My favorite philosopher is Jesus."
President George W. Bush speaking on the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame

6.“If anyone in my administration is involved in this he or she will have to go”

7“If anyone in my administration is found guilty he or she will have to go”
8.There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Truth: They are there now.
9.Colin Powell on forgeries showing weapons of mass destruction:It was the information that we had. We provided it. If that information is inaccurate, fine," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday. Alex Gonzalez:
10.LIBERAL TALK SHOW HOST: Okay, now let's roll the tape from Face The Nation, July 5:
BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me just ask you the obvious question, Mr. Attorney General. Did you tell anybody at the White House, get ready for this, here it comes?
GONZALES: I, I told one person, ah, in, in the White House of, of the notification, and, and --
SCHIEFFER: Who?
GONZALES: and immediately -- ah, I told the chief of staff (Andy Card). And immediately the next morning, I told the President and, shortly thereafter, there was a notification sent out to all the members of the White House staff.
LIBERAL TALK SHOW HOST: Um... Seems like Alberto is telling us all something we never heard before...not even from that darn podium in October 2003. So I'm guessing that means that McClellan is a [insert tape of Jon Lovitz screaming "Liar!" here]. So, what say you, Scottie?
MCCLELLAN: Protocols were in place. 11. George Bush on allegations of mistreatment of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and
Guantanamo:
"I shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated." He vowed the incidents would be investigated and the perpetrators would "be taken care of."Further, John Bolton did not tell the truth in a statement to the Senate that he swore was truthful -- relating to being questioned by the Inspector General in his investigation into false claims that Iraq attempted to buy yellow cake uranium from Niger.

12. “I’m a Texan.”: He was born in Connecticut were his family is originally from. The main reason why the family relocated was due to an interest in Texas’ oil.
13. “We had no way of knowing the levees would be breached”
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NYC Mayoral Election: Why would people vote against their own interests?

When the current New York City mayoral campaign began I was excited because the candidate that impressed me the most was Charles Baron. I saw him on one of those talk shows with the likes of Shawn Hannity and quite a few others. The odd thing about this program was that you had responsible people representing both sides, not your usual Hannity-Colmes slant so prevelant on Fox. I was amazed at how Baron was able to totally frustrate the conservative pundits to the point where they were making fools of themselves every time they opened their mouths. When Baron dropped out of the race in deference to Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields I was shocked. A local weekly newspaper New York Press was also impressed with Baron but suprisingly Baron made the list of the New York Press' 100 most dispicable New Yorkers mainly because of his untimely exit from the mayoral campaign. When I look at the current political climate I can't help but think of the best seller "What's The Matter With Kansas?" This book shows how Kansans, especially low to moderate income Kansans continue to vote Republican and vote against their own interests. Well I think a book should be written with the title......"What's The Matter With New York City?" because here too, we continue to see people voting against their own interests. Governor George Pataki allegedly concurred with a New York State judge who said that an eighth grade education was sufficient for inner city school children. New York state had to be sued in order to get the educational funds that were diverted upstate. Knowing this I was stunned when I saw signs in Washington Heights which read "Hispanos For Pataki" In his close to three terms as Governor of New York what has Pataki done for hispanics or other inner city residents of color....NOTHING. The governor defended the heinous Rockefeller drug laws which equally punish black and Hispanic youth. Pataki won his first term as governor on the death penalty platform and we all know who gets incarcerated and who is more than likely to get the death penalty. Racial politics has reared its ugly head in prior mayoral elections and there is no reason to believe that it won't happen in this one. Who can forget the antics of what I consider to be the nation's premier right wing rag The New York Post, which featured a cartoon showing Al Sharpton bending down and Fernando Ferrer kissing his bottom. This disgusting display of bad taste was seen by many white New Yorkers, who unfortunately read The Post and were galvanized to the Bloomberg camp. Now if this cartoon had been drawn in let's say the New York Times and we had let's say we have Bloomberg kissing Giuliani's rear there would be an outrage. It would be the lead story in the papers and in all the media. But very little was said about the Post cartoon. If you are right wing you can get away with it. That brings us to the present where Billionaire Bloomberg finds himself with a fourteen point lead over Fernando Ferrer. I wonder if there is a group called "Hispanos For Bloomberg", there probably is. Even though Hispanics make up the city's largest ethnic group they are not the city's ethnic group with the largest number of registered voters, that distinction still goes to the whites, who are expected to turn out in large numbers for Bloomberg, who has according to polls 42 percent of the anticipated Democratic vote. This is something that should not be happening in a Democratic city. Is it racism? Many New York City residents have short memories. During the time of the Republican convention when thousands of city residents and others were hurded into a vacant pier garage with hazardous chemical fumes Mayor Bloomberg's polls numbers were in the toilet. But according to Quinnipiac that is not the situation today. What changed it all? Was it the fact that you couldn't turn on the television set without seeing a Bloomberg commercial telling us how in New York City everything is now wonderful. Test scores are just great and we have an end to social promotions. Being a New York City school teacher I see children who still graduate when they really don't deserve to. There are principals who are being forced to pass students who should repeat. The trick is they are graduating a few months later. Yes they do go to summer school but some how they still graduate. A gullible public will believe anything they see on television , even if it is not true. The papers say that unemployment in down, but of course the same of trick is used....you just don't count the people who have given up and stopped looking for work. Just a few months ago the New York Amsterdam News reported that half of the city's African American males were unemployed. With that disturbing fact how can you account for the existence of the group "African Americans For Bloomberg" with such luminaries as former Red Sox/Met baseball star Mo Vaughn and supermodel Iman. Like Bloomberg these people have very high incomes but what do they have in common with the black man or woman on the street. Do they feel their pain? Do they know the anguish of trying to find decent affordable housing....I don't think so, but yet there are those in the black community that will be swayed by the "bling-bling" and just like the people of Kansas vote against their own self interest.... even in the biggest Democrat enclave in the country. During the Bloomberg years one group who I am sure Bloomberg can count on is landlords. He has given them everything they have wanted, forcing thousands to live elsewhere. Have they forgotten? Yes it looks as though Mayor Bloomberg will get re-elected BUT if certain circumstances prevail he could lose 1) The media continues to tell us that there's really no contest that Bloomberg is far ahead, but what if this isn't true and is just a case of wishful thinking? 2) Although Dennis Rivera of the powerful union 1199 supported Republican George Pataki in the last gubernatorial election and was expected to endorse Republican Mike Bloomberg in this mayoral election, Rivera is apparently upset about something regarding 25,000 employees of 1199 (at this time I don't know specifically what it is). Another powerful union The United Federation of Teachers under the leadership of Randy Weingarten was about to knuckle under the Bloomberg barage but rank and file union members made it perfectly clear to Weingarten "NO WAY" If both the UFT and 1199 unite and flood the city with telephone calls and an all out effort to dethrone Bloomberg.....Michael Bloomberg could actually lose. The whites will vote for Bloomberg, but many whites are members of the UFT and 1199 if they are motivated they could siphon off the white vote that the Bloomberg camp is taking for granted. Fernando Ferrar is a decent politician who has done well in his long tenure as Bronx Borough President bring a substantial number of jobs to that borough. But Ferrer made a seemly fatal error when he spoke in front of the New York City policemen saying that the police were not responsible for the murder of Amadou Diallo. This statement has infuriated members of the African-American and African community of this city, causing members of those communities to say that they will sit out the election. This happened because apparently Ferrar was trying to walk that racial tightrope. He needs at least 30% of the white vote to win and I guess this was just one way that he could endear himself to the whites of New York City. As an African-American I am also angered by Ferrer's statement but I feel we have to look at the big picture. All four Democratic mayoral candidates made very good presentations in the televised mayoral debates. Weiner made a graceful exit from the race to save the Democratic party millions. Miller because of his relatively you age may be heard from again in the future. But the front-running incumbent and his multi-billionaire friends were the beneficiaries of all those George W. Bush tax cuts. Michael Bloomberg may disagree with the selected president on some issues but he is solidly in the Bush camp. He helped prevent the Central Park antiwar demonstration. He also gave Bush seven million dollars. This he has given to a man who started a war under false pretenses. He has given seven million to a man who has attempted to alter the social security safety net that has been in existence for almost seventy years. This is the man who has endorsed the estate tax that deprives our nation of badly needed income for programs designed to help the neediest among us. I can't see how Mr. Bloomberg can be for the people of New York City. I also can't understand why the people of New York City would vote for Mr. Bloomberg.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Donn Clendenon 1935-2005

Former Met Donn Clendenon passed away on September 18, 2005. Clendenon was a powerhitting first baseman with excellent defensive skills who played a major role in the New York Mets becoming world champions for the first time in 1969 when they defeated the Baltimore Orioles in five games. Donn Clendenon succumbed to Leukemia.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Chavez continues to blast Bush at UN

Hugo Chavez Frias once again proved himself to be a man of character. This is something seldom displayed by our own president. All speakers were permitted five minutes in a recent gathering of members to try to come to a consensus on relevant worldwide matters. Hugo Chavez was given a note to end his speech after five minutes. He dropped the note and continued speaking for twenty minutes. He said that because Bush was given twenty minutes and no one dared say anything he felt that he was justified in speaking for twenty minutes. The United Nations that Eleanor Roosevelt dreamed about is no longer in existance. Mr. Bolton, who never received a congressional endorsement was doing his best to dismantle every meaningful project proposed by the world body, from the comprehensive plan to combat global warming to a corporate code of ethics. In each case the United States opposed every necessary proposal that would promote world wide cooperation and environmental protection. Hugo Chavez was prepared to send help to New Orleans and Fidel Castro was willing to forget the multiple US attacks on his country in order to save lives in New Orleans while the Bush administration through FEMA did everything in its power to prevent any aid from coming to the people who needed it. Not only did FEMA shut out aid from Chavez and Castro, it also prevented many forms of domestic aid from reaching New Orleans by telling Chicago Mayor daily to send only "one" truck, preventing Wal-Mart and the New York Green Party from entering New Orleans with food. President Bush did NOTHING to help the people of New Orleans until the damage was already done. Then through operatives has the nerve to blame local and state officials when the blame lies squarly on the federal government. During his twenty minute speech Chavez reminded the world body of the contempt that the United States has for the United Nations. With it's frequent attacks on the supposedly mismanaged Iraqi food for oil program, suggesting that Kofi Annan be held responsible knowing good and well that American interests also conspired with Saddam Huessein to divert UN funds from the Iraqis who needed it. Chavez reminded world leaders that the United States ignored world opinion by proceeding with an illegal war that will environmentally destroy Iraq for decades to come. Chavez undoubtedly has not only the support of his own people. He also has the support of the world as evidenced by the rousing applause he received from the other representatives of the UN. Bolton continues to blame Venezuela for not doing enough to stop drugs from entering the United States. This is ludicrous because more illegal drugs enter the US from US supported Colombia than Venezuela. And if the US is so concerned about drugs why hasn't anything been said to Afghanistan, where the drug business has reached an all time high. Chavez has character, Bush does not. The world knows it. It is a shame that the people of the United States don't.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Right Wing pundits reach new low with Pat Boone

The callous behavior of those on the right to the victims of Hurricane Katrina is absolutely unforgiveable. I have mentioned several times on this site the unbelievably stupid remark by Senator Santorum of Pennsylvania about the residents themselves being responsible for their own hardships because they didn't leave when they we told to do so. Is this man an imbecile? Most people of the area couldn't leave because the didn't have cars. I didn't think it was possible to have a more vicious statement than that one, well I was wrong. Pat Boone and Melanie Morgan combined to make an even more idiotic and vicious statement than the one made by Rick Santorum. Cindy Sheehan mentions in her article "A Bright Spot in Bush World
Amid the Miserable Failures on the Same Planet" which can be read on www.MichaelMoore.com "I was told that Pat Boone was on a conservative radio talk show in San Francisco (yes they do exist) with Melanie Morgan (who has a vendetta against me) and he told the listeners that after we "stole the supplies" from the Red Cross, we gave them to the "enemies of America who are like the people who want to fly airplanes into our buildings." Boone says that we were giving them to enemies of America, because we were distributing the supplies from a Mosque. First of all, accusing me of stealing is slander, I think, and second of all: we were helping Americans. Just because their government abandoned them, we shouldn't feed them and give them medicine and supplies? I thought Pat Boone was supposed to be a Christian man? Thirdly, isn't Freedom of religion one of our Constitutional guarantees?" I don't believe this _ _ _ _. These two right wing extremists are saying that Cindy Sheehan's group STOLE from the Red Cross, when they arrived on the seen with food and shelter before the federal government did. That is slander! Boone criticizes the people who accepted the food and water because they accepted it from the people who support those who drove airplanes into the world trade center. Mr. Boone obviously has no idea of what it is like be hungry. If you are starving with no visible signs of rescue you would do anything to survive. It is slanderous to say that the people who provided the food were terrorists just because they are Muslim. The overwhelming majority of the Muslim community condemns that act of violence. The right wing spin machine is in full force. If you saw Ted Koppel's program you would more likely believe that Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco were responsible for the Katrina disaster and not George W. Bush because you had black people from New Orleans telling you this. I have already mentioned how Tim Russert had the press meet Mayor Nagin while Russert relentlessly directed the blame towards him. Just when I thought these right-wingers couldn't go any lower they do....with Pat Boone (who as Cindy Sheehan herself mentioned is supposed to be a man of God) and Melanie Morgan.

Frances Newton 1965-2005

The state of Texas has once again murdered someone who did not get a fair trial. Forty year old Frances Newton was executed because she supposely killed her family. The sole form of evidence against her was the fact that Frances Newton purchased a life insurance policy. How many millions of people purchase life insurance policies? .....so that makes them potential murderers? The ever shortening Texas statue of limitations limits the time the accused has to present evidence. Newton had such evidence but the court refused to hear it. This is just another example of the continued mistreatment of the black community. I may be wrong but I think it was in Texas that a black man was tied to the back of a truck by a group of white bigots and dragged on a rocky road until he was decapitated. Did the thugs who did this heinous crime pay with their lives? I don't think so, but I don't know for sure. The fact that I don't know in itself says something because I know that I am a politically aware person who reads a lot. Either the culprits were put to death and it was under the radar of the press or these vermin are being kept alive with taxpaper money for the rest of their miserable lives. I don't know, but I do know that Frances Newton is dead. This is a woman whose strong belief in God convinced her that when the truth is known she would be set free. It is so ironic that Frances Newton was put to death because she purchased a life insurance policy when Pennsylvania's right wing stalwart Senator Rick Santorum condemned the victims of Katrina for not having insurances policies and refusing to leave when told to so. This typically heartless Republican remark shows that Santorum failed to realize that most blacks and poor whites in New Orleans don't own automobiles and even if they did nearby towns like Gretna had the roads and bridges blocked so that they couldn't leave New Orleans even if they wanted to. The most painful thing to me was when I tried to make other black people aware of the plight of Frances Newton most of them didn't know about it. Some didn't care and still others just "accepted" it, not stopping to think that they too could someday be in the same situation. This is the horror of the Bush administration. Just like during the Reagan era whites are made to feel comfortable with their prejudices and blacks have become so weary that they are not fighting for their rights because they feel nothing can be done. For someone who was around in the sixties and remembers a totally opposite black response this is indeed a hard pill to swallow. The press.....and that includes a sufficient part of the black press is muzzled. If reporters ask the "wrong" questions they could be fired. As a result we live in a climate of fear. The state of Texas tried to incarcerate the entire black population of Tulia, Texas (and this included elderly people) on a phony drug charge. This was another story that was under the radar....with minimum press coverage. Fortunately a relatively small number of blacks and white legal minds united to liberate the black community of Tulia. But this is the exception because across the country blacks have been harassed,attacked or threatened by police for the kinds of traffic violations that most whites would laugh at. Racial profiling is now legal under the Patriot Act. Like Frances Newton, Mumia Abu Jamal is still on death row and like Newton the state of Pennsylvania is doing the exact same thing as the state of Texas......refusing to hear evidence that would exonerate the accused. The difference between the two cases is that Jamal has world-wide recognition of his case, Newton did not. Another big difference between the sixties and now is that we have quite a few blacks who willing go along with the established order even when it's policies hurt black people. I have mentioned some of them......Harold Ford Jr, Clarence Thomas, Ward Connerly, Janice Rogers, Armstrong Williams, Condoleezza Rice, J. Kenneth Blackwell and the list goes on and on. These people are the darlings of the media (with the exception of the write nothing, say nothing camera shy Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas). The bottom line is that black people can not afford to have another Frances Newton. It is time to realize that we are under seige it may have been Frances Newton on the fourteenth of September, if you're black it might be YOU tomorrow.