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, 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:, 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 if you want to cease receiving our messages, just use the function at

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 --
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
"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”
GWB The Anti DLC Coalition would like to thank the following people for their contributions to this list :,,,,

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 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 "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? 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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

An Open Letter to Black Conservatives

I am wondering why we are not seeing black conservatives on television these days after what happened in New Orleans. I just don't understand it. Before Katrina you couldn't turn on your television without seeing one of you. What happened? ... did you all come down with collective larangitis? I believe that all people should be allowed to express their political points of view conservatives(which sounds like an oxymoron), but I would just like to know what you are thinking. In my previous post "New Orleans: I believe it was deliberate - Part 2 (The Confirmation)" I listed Fesca. com's extensive listing of FEMA's blunders. What do you say about this? I say all of these things happened on purpose. Your guy George W. Bush insisted on privatizing FEMA and as a result it is believed that 10,000 Black people died. I wonder if any of you have any relatives in New Orleans? I wonder if any of you would have been permitted to leave New Orleans had you been there when Katrina first arrived. Do you think you would have been permitted to cross that bridge to safety, food and water in nearby Gretna when you showed the police your Republican membership card? or would they have treated you just like all the other black people by telling you to go back to New Orleans and DIE? Ward Connerly, where are you? You are still working feverishly to destroy any remnant of affirmative action because you say that the playing field is already level. Mr. Connerly I usually don't wish that anything bad happens to anyone, but I really wish that you had been in the middle of the superdome during Katrina. This would give you a wonderful opportunity to preach your doctrine of "doing for self" You would have know exactly how to get drinkable water, when there wasn't any. You would have known exactly how to get food, but I don't think you would have been able to convince the people there that playing field is level. Armstrong Williams, there must be a very special place in hell for you. You were the one entrusted to selling the "No Child Left Behind" to the black community. How is that going Armstrong? You sold your people out for $240.000. I am so happy that since that little news item became public that several newspapers aren't carrying your column. I wonder if you would have liked to witness the rape of women, children and elderly people dying from starvation. I wonder if these scenes would have helped you bring more blacks in the Bush camp. Harold Ford Jr, you actually call yourself a democrat, why? Perhaps the most famous statement I can recall you making was "I love my president" really Mr. Ford? Do you know that 10,000 black people are dead?.....that's right 10,000 (although the press is doing its best to convince us that the numbers are much less than originally estimated) . knowing that, do you still "love" this president? I haven't heard anything from you. Are you just waiting for this to blow over? You know how Americans have short memories. J. Kenneth Powell, you were the man who helped Bush steal the presidential election in 2004 by letting black people stand in lines for as much as eight hours to vote because your 24,000 Republican poll watchers slowed down the voting process. I guess you don't give a damn about the blacks who died in New Orleans because you didn't give a damn about the black people who tried to exercise their constitutional right to vote. How are you going to convince them to vote for you in the next gubernatorial election? What do you have to say now? Do you think Katrina will convince more Blacks to vote Republican? Well I know that you are very busy preparing for your defense because I understand there are people who want to see you in court, so you probably don't have much to say about Hurricane Katrina. Colin Powell, you know you were someone that I really respected at one time, in fact you could have been the first black president. But you lied in front of the world saying that you had proof that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. You showed us the pictures and the paper from a college student that you got from British intelligence. Well Mr. Powell I have the same contempt for you that I have for any other member of the Bush crime family. You lied to the the world in front of the United Nations Security Council and you also lie when you tell us that the New Orleans catasthrophe was not racial, you have got to be kidding. Last, and by no means least Clarence Thomas!!! Anton Scalia's puppy. You are an embarrassment to black people everywhere. You have NO original thought whatsoever. You are the complete opposite of Thurgood Marshall. How dare you malign affirmative action when you were a beneficiary of affirmative action? What do you have to say about the events in New Orleans? ....maybe you haven't asked Scalia how you should feel about that topic. I just don't hear much from any of you, once again you all are just waiting for this to "blow over" well, this time I don't think it will ever blow over. Generations of black people to come will know how your "massa" George W. Bush fiddled ( or better yet played the guitar) while innocent black and poor white people died. Excuse me if I don't wish you a pleasant day. Those people who died in New Orleans will never have a pleasant day again. . . . and for the record I hope that George W(idowmaker) Bush and Karl Rove's initiative to increase Black membership in the Republican Party continues to be the miserable failure that it is....especially after Katrina.

New Orleans: I believe it was deliberate - Part Two (The Confirmation)

On September 8, 2005 I posted an article entitled "New Orleans: I believe it was deliberate" and some people thought once again that I was being too much of a conspiracy theorist. Well I believe if it looks like a dog, barks like a dog.....then it's a dog. Let's call a conspiracy exactly what it is......a conspiracy. The Bush administration continues to pull the wool over the eyes of most people , but there is a growing number of people who see the Bush crime family for exactly what they are "criminals". Once such organization that tells it like it is is, which published the following "faux pauxs" of the Bush controlled FEMA that I believe happened on purpose. Some of these I was already aware of but others are new to me. There is no limit to the they in New Orleans or Iraq. FEMA won't accept Amtrak's help in evacuations

FEMA turns away experienced firefighters

FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks

FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel

FEMA won't let Red Cross deliver food

FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans

FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid

FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board

FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck

FEMA turns away generators

FEMA: "First Responders Urged Not To Respond"

That last one is real -- not satire but straight from FEMA's website.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What do 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina have in common?.......the lies of the Bush administration

The Bush Crime family has the dubious distinction of being at the helm during not one but two of the greatest tragedies that have ever taken place on American soil.....9/11 and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In both instances he lied to the American people. The brave men and women who went to the rescue of people trapped in the debris of the twin towers are now dying themselves. When you see video tapes of the rescuers you can see that they are not wearing protective clothing. The reason why they weren't was because the Bush operatives strong-armed the EPA into declaring that the air quality was acceptable when it wasn't. Mr. Bush didn't want Wall Street to close so he didn't care about ordinary Americans dying. The same thing is happening in New Orleans. Former EPA worker Hugh Kaufman states that the water of New Orleans is contaminated but the people are not being told that is the case. According to Kaufman many, if not most qualified people with experience in rescue have been replaced by people whose only credentials are that they were involved in raising funds for the Bush presidential campaigns. Just as Haliburton, Kellogg, Brown & Root got no bid exclusive expensive contracts in Iraq, they are first in line for the New Orleans cleanup. The cronyism is blatant as the environment is destroyed. The families of the victims of the 9/11 rescue are vigorously persuing the Bush administration under the freedom of information act. Should they succeed the recent embarrassments of Iraq and New Orleans will pale in comparison.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Russert plays the blame game on Meet The Press

If you were able to catch Meet The Press on Sunday, September 11, 2005 you were able to see Tim Russert plead Bush's case in his interview with New Orleans Mayor Nagin. Earlier this week we saw Scott McClellan embarrass himself by continually accusing a reporter for playing the "blame" game, well apparently Tim Russert knows how to play the blame game very well and it appeared as if he were firing away at state and local officials exclusively. He blamed Nagin for the idle school buses that could have been used to drive people out of the city, not keeping into account that the buses do not drive themselves. At that point in time the people who usually drive the school buses were more concerned about finding food and drinkable water for themselves. This is just one more example of Republican insensitivity. Rick Santorium played the "blame the poor" game too when he suggested "criminal" charges be brought against people who did not evacuate when they were told to do so. Here again Santorum's Republican insensitivity did not allow him to see that only one in ten black New Orleans residents own a car. Most didn't leave because they couldn't leave. The hundreds or so who were able to make it to the nearby mostly white town of Gretna were met by police who blocked the bridge entering the town and threatened to kill anyone who attempted to enter Gretna. Somehow Russert didn't feel that this was important enough to share with the viewer. Russert also said that President Bush declared an emergency on Friday, which I seriously doubt to be true. But for the sake of argument let's say he did, making an emergency declaration without ordering emergency actions is meaningless. On that same Friday Louisiana Governor Blanco sent an S.O.S to Bush. According to Blanco he did not respond to it until Monday. Russert was very quick to ask Nagin "Have you made any mistakes?" "Is there anything that you would have done differently?" Unlike President Bush who when asked the same question replied "I can't think of any" Nagin said that he did make some mistakes but at least he was there with the people. He was in the Superdome while "Brownie" and Chertoff didn't even know that there were starving people in the Superdome. It was painfully obvious that the Bush administration has left its imprint of the broadcast media that continues to see things his way even after continuous catasthrophic blunders of the highest magnitude.

Michael Moore's open letter to those who voted for Bush

Lightning has struck twice. Just as on September 2, 2005 I was going to post a message to the person who currently occupies the White House, but an open letter to Mr. Bush was already written so I decided to post that one since it said basically what I would have said. Well this morning I was going to post an open letter to those people who voted for Bush, especially those who earn less than $50,000 a year. Before writing this letter I decided to check my e-mail. Well, once again I receive an open letter from the Michael Moore organization. Once again the ideas were so close to mine that I decided to post his letter instead of would save time, so here it is.... To All My Fellow Americans Who Voted for George W. Bush:
On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, I'm just curious, how does it feel?
How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification was that he ran horse shows?
That's right. Horse shows.
I really want to know -- and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all due respect -- how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown for your safety? C'mon, give me just a moment of honesty. Don't start ranting on about how this disaster in New Orleans was the fault of one of the poorest cities in America. Put aside your hatred of Democrats and liberals and anyone with the last name of Clinton. Just look me in the eye and tell me our President did the right thing after 9/11 by naming a horse show runner as the top man to protect us in case of an emergency or catastrophe.
I want you to put aside your self-affixed label of Republican/conservative/born-again/capitalist/ditto-head/right-winger and just talk to me as an American, on the common ground we both call America.
Are we safer now than before 9/11? When you learn that behind the horse show runner, the #2 and #3 men in charge of emergency preparedness have zero experience in emergency preparedness, do you think we are safer?
When you look at Michael Chertoff, the head of Homeland Security, a man with little experience in national security, do you feel secure?
When men who never served in the military and have never seen young men die in battle send our young people off to war, do you think they know how to conduct a war? Do they know what it means to have your legs blown off for a threat that was never there?
Do you really believe that turning over important government services to private corporations has resulted in better services for the people?
Why do you hate our federal government so much? You have voted for politicians for the past 25 years whose main goal has been to de-fund the federal government. Do you think that cutting federal programs like FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers has been good or bad for America? GOOD OR BAD?
With the nation's debt at an all-time high, do you think tax cuts for the rich are still a good idea? Will you give yours back so hundreds of thousands of homeless in New Orleans can have a home?
Do you believe in Jesus? Really? Didn't he say that we would be judged by how we treat the least among us? Hurricane Katrina came in and blew off the facade that we were a nation with liberty and justice for all. The wind howled and the water rose and what was revealed was that the poor in America shall be left to suffer and die while the President of the United States fiddles and tells them to eat cake.
That's not a joke. The day the hurricane hit and the levees broke, Mr. Bush, John McCain and their rich pals were stuffing themselves with cake. A full day after the levees broke (the same levees whose repair funding he had cut), Mr. Bush was playing a guitar some country singer gave him. All this while New Orleans sank under water.
It would take ANOTHER day before the President would do a flyover in his jumbo jet, peeking out the widow at the misery 2500 feet below him as he flew back to his second home in DC. It would then be TWO MORE DAYS before a trickle of federal aid and troops would arrive. This was no seven minutes in a sitting trance while children read "My Pet Goat" to him. This was FOUR DAYS of doing nothing other than saying "Brownie (FEMA director Michael Brown), you're doing a heck of a job!"
My Republican friends, does it bother you that we are the laughing stock of the world?
And on this sacred day of remembrance, do you think we honor or shame those who died on 9/11/01? If we learned nothing and find ourselves today every bit as vulnerable and unprepared as we were on that bright sunny morning, then did the 3,000 die in vain?
Our vulnerability is not just about dealing with terrorists or natural disasters. We are vulnerable and unsafe because we allow one in eight Americans to live in horrible poverty. We accept an education system where one in six children never graduate and most of those who do can't string a coherent sentence together. The middle class can't pay the mortgage or the hospital bills and 45 million have no health coverage whatsoever.
Are we safe? Do you really feel safe? You can only move so far out and build so many gated communities before the fruit of what you've sown will be crashing through your walls and demanding retribution. Do you really want to wait until that happens? Or is it your hope that if they are left alone long enough to soil themselves and shoot themselves and drown in the filth that fills the street that maybe the problem will somehow go away?
I know you know better. You gave the country and the world a man who wasn't up for the job and all he does is hire people who aren't up for the job. You did this to us, to the world, to the people of New Orleans. Please fix it. Bush is yours. And you know, for our peace and safety and security, this has to be fixed. What do you propose?
I have an idea, and it isn't a horse show.
Yours,Michael Moore

Thursday, September 08, 2005

New Orleans: I believe that it was deliberate

The more I look at the facts the more I come to the conclusion that the New Orleans tragedy was deliberate, perhaps the brainchild of a racist right-wing think tank. I do not believe for one minute that the people in the Bush Administration are stupid. They know exactly what they were doing. The opportunity came for these people to rid themselves of up to 40,000 black and poor people and they took advantage of it. How else can you explain the series of callous insensitive statements made by Barbara Bush, Senator Kyl, George W. Bush, Dennis Hastert and Rick Santorum? These statements not only offend black people they insult their intelligence. First of all looking back in Lousiana history. In 1927 blacks were deliberately sent up the Mississippi river where another hurricane was taking place. The "whites" then set up a band that played "Bye Bye Blackbird" to celebrate the murder of large numbers of African-Americans. As recently as 1965 the levees broke again and once again those who died were black and poor white. Yesterday Bush spokesman Scott McClellan looked absolutely pathetic in his attempt to avoid a reporter's question. Usually the White House press corps during the Bush administration appears to be braindead but this time one particular reporter whose first name what David (I didn't get his name) was determined not to let McClellan or Bush off the hook. The reporter simply asked McClellan if the president still had confidence in F.E.M.A head Michael Brown after the New Orleans disaster. It was a simple yes or no question that McClelland refused to answer. He kept repeating that he wasn't going to play the blame game thereby absolving the administration from any responsibilty for the deaths of at least 10,000 people and possibly 40,000 people (predominantly black and poor people). An old adage says "If you can't help, don't hurt". This administration did everything in it's power to hurt the people of New Orleans. 1) Mayor Daley of Chicago sent firemen and huge amounts of water to New Orleans. F.E.M.A refused to let them into the city. 2) Georgia sent 1400 firemen, but when they arrived at the scene instead of helping people they were asked to distribute flyers for a Bush photo op. 3) Wal-Mart sent 13 trucks filled with food and water, but even they were not permitted to enter 4) Lousiana Governor Blanco sent an emergency SOS to Bush before the hurricane struck requesting immediate aid but Bush didn't respond until three days later. 5) F.E.M.A. director Michael Brown (who had no prior experience in disaster relief) claimed he didn't know that the Superdome was filled with starving people. On national television Bush complemented Brown on a job well done. 6) Members of the Green Party also went to New Orleans with food and water and just like Wal-Mart they too were refused entry. 7) When Bush's plane flew over New Orleans to survey the damage three days late no vehicule was permitted to move; this included vehicles that contained badly needed food and water. As a result of extended delays the food spoiled. Now the selected president says that he wants an 'investigation". Of course he wants an investigation in which he and his administration will be found completely innocent of any wrongdoing just like the 9/11 investigation. What the country really needs is an independent investigation that has neither Republicans nor Democrats. At this time there is talk of a house investigation which is to be headed by moderate Republican Senator Collins of Maine and the great Republican collaborator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. This is really a joke. Senator Collins claims that there were many missteps made by LOCAL, STATE and the federal government. It is painfully obvious that Senator Collins wants to spread the blame when we all know that the lion's share of mistakes was caused by the federal government, specifically the Federal Emergency Management Agency. When Nancy Pelosi suggested to George Bush that he fire Michael Brown, Bush's response was "why?" That answer shows that unattached attitude that is so pervasive in this administration. The Algiers section of New Orleans was the least affected by Hurricane Katrina. The overwhelming white area did not experience flooding like the rest of the city because it is above sea-level. From this area is an African-American named Malik Rahim who many blacks and some whites consider a hero because of how he went out of his way to help others affected by this terrible storm. Rahim says that Algiers has many parks. These parks could have been used to set up tents, but the predominantely white residents decided not to do so. Algiers has many places of worship that could have provided refuge for the thousands left homeless but they too chose not to. According to Rahim Algiers was capable of taking in at least 20,000 people but refused to do so. In Algiers Rahim spoke of bands of armed vigilantes who harrassed blacks who somehow found their way to Algiers. This overt racism confirms the deliberate attempt at genocide. The time has come for all progressive people to unite, and especially blacks who have no other alternative but to rely on themselves because once again the federal government under the Bush administration has proven itself to be unreliable. When the Florida hurricanes struck you had 10,000 troops in Florida at the blink of an eye. In New Orleans they came after the damage was already done. This gives us a very clear picture of where the government is coming from when it concerns African-Americans and poor whites. When the troops finally did come to New Orleans there were many instances in which their primary concern was to protect property, not people. There were also instances where soldiers threw bottles of water at the hurricane victims. This is a shameful period in American History.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Court ruling stops MCI and The New York Department of Corrections from gouging poor families of the incarcerated

Approximately three years ago I found out about how MCI and the New York Department of corrections were punishing the families of the encarcerated by imposing exceptionally high fees for telephone usage between inmates and their familes. Inmates were only permitted to make collect calls using only one provider (MCI). The NYSDOS received a 60% commission kickback. This outrageous policy has earned has extracted $125 million from families who incomes are very limited. At that time I was using MCI and I immediately changed to Working Assets, a socially conscious long distance carrier. I was surprised by how little press this issue received. This morning I was pleased to see that finally something is going to done to end this heinous practice. CCR (Center for Constitutional Rights) reported: "Currently, the only way for families to speak with their loved ones in most state prisons is for prisoners to call collect, and family members who accept the calls must accept the terms dictated by the phone company. Since states receive kickback commissions from the phone companies who receive the contract, there is no incentive to seek competitive bids. The contract goes to the company that provides the highest kickback, not the lowest fees. Rates for such calls are set well above market rates: in New York State, families pay a $3 connection fee and 16¢ per minute a 630 percent mark up over regular residential consumer rates. Current rates at Federal prisons are as low as 7¢ a minute. Meanwhile, those who accept these calls face staggering bills and must often choose between basic necessities and the chance to speak with their loved ones. Since prisoners come disproportionately from poor communities, the burden of staying in touch falls heaviest on those with the least ability to pay" This is a victory for the prisoners of New York but parasitic telephone companies like MCI do exist in other states, making huge fortunes by continuing to drain the meager finances of the poor. The families of the incarcerated may not have won the war, but they have certainly won a battle.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Bush Administration Lie Count Update : 13

There are only 19 days left until the massive anti-war demonstration in Washington D.C. In honor of that special occasion on the same day The Anti DLC Coalition will post on this site all lies of the members of the Bush Administration. At this time I have received a total of thirteen lies. With the recent tragedy in New Orleans many members of the Bush administration have been competing with Pinnochio with regard to lying about their actions and pointing the fingers at others. This gives you, the frequent or occasional visitor to this site an opportunity to add to the number of lies by the people of this ethically challenged administration. Send your Bush administration lie to before September 24, 2005.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune Editorial on Hurricane Katrina

Various members of the Bush Administration, including Bush himself have said a number of outright lies with regard to the New Orleans tragedy. Several times I have heard statements like "We had no way of knowing........" "If the state and local officials would have made formal requests then........" Louisiana Governor Blanco sent George W. Bush and emergency message at Crawford, Texas on August 28, 2005 two days before the hurricane struck specifically requesting emergency aid because the hurricane was DEFINITELY going to strike. Mr. Bush ignored her just like other F.E.M.A. officials. Here is a New Orleans Times-Picuyune Editorial calling for those who were specifically responsible for this travesty to be fired. "We heard you(George W. Bush) loud and clear Friday when you visited our devastated city and the Gulf Coast and said, "What is not working, we're going to make it right."
Please forgive us if we wait to see proof of your promise before believing you. But we have good reason for our skepticism.
Bienville built New Orleans where he built it for one main reason: It's accessible. The city between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain was easy to reach in 1718.
How much easier it is to access in 2005 now that there are interstates and bridges, airports and helipads, cruise ships, barges, buses and diesel-powered trucks.
Despite the city's multiple points of entry, our nation's bureaucrats spent days after last week's hurricane wringing their hands, lamenting the fact that they could neither rescue the city's stranded victims nor bring them food, water and medical supplies.
Meanwhile there were journalists, including some who work for The Times-Picayune, going in and out of the city via the Crescent City Connection. On Thursday morning, that crew saw a caravan of 13 Wal-Mart tractor trailers headed into town to bring food, water and supplies to a dying city.
Television reporters were doing live reports from downtown New Orleans streets. Harry Connick Jr. brought in some aid Thursday, and his efforts were the focus of a "Today" show story Friday morning.
Yet, the people trained to protect our nation, the people whose job it is to quickly bring in aid were absent. Those who should have been deploying troops were singing a sad song about how our city was impossible to reach.
We're angry, Mr. President, and we'll be angry long after our beloved city and surrounding parishes have been pumped dry. Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That's to the government's shame.
Mayor Ray Nagin did the right thing Sunday when he allowed those with no other alternative to seek shelter from the storm inside the Louisiana Superdome. We still don't know what the death toll is, but one thing is certain: Had the Superdome not been opened, the city's death toll would have been higher. The toll may even have been exponentially higher.
It was clear to us by late morning Monday that many people inside the Superdome would not be returning home. It should have been clear to our government, Mr. President. So why weren't they evacuated out of the city immediately? We learned seven years ago, when Hurricane Georges threatened, that the Dome isn't suitable as a long-term shelter. So what did state and national officials think would happen to tens of thousands of people trapped inside with no air conditioning, overflowing toilets and dwindling amounts of food, water and other essentials?
State Rep. Karen Carter was right Friday when she said the city didn't have but two urgent needs: "Buses! And gas!" Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially.
In a nationally televised interview Thursday night, he said his agency hadn't known until that day that thousands of storm victims were stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. He gave another nationally televised interview the next morning and said, "We've provided food to the people at the Convention Center so that they've gotten at least one, if not two meals, every single day."
Lies don't get more bald-faced than that, Mr. President.
Yet, when you met with Mr. Brown Friday morning, you told him, "You're doing a heck of a job."
That's unbelievable.
There were thousands of people at the Convention Center because the riverfront is high ground. The fact that so many people had reached there on foot is proof that rescue vehicles could have gotten there, too.
We, who are from New Orleans, are no less American than those who live on the Great Plains or along the Atlantic Seaboard. We're no less important than those from the Pacific Northwest or Appalachia. Our people deserved to be rescued.
No expense should have been spared. No excuses should have been voiced. Especially not one as preposterous as the claim that New Orleans couldn't be reached.
Mr. President, we sincerely hope you fulfill your promise to make our beloved communities work right once again.
When you do, we will be the first to applaud."

Wal-Mart: No friend of the working man or woman

The world's largest corporation is voracious, deceptive and relentless in its pursuit of control and profit. I have spoken to many people who are unaware of the danger that Wal-Mart presents. You can tell a lot about a company by the way it treats its employees. Wal-Mart is among the biggest union busting organizations of the world. In Quebec Wal-Mart shut down a store putting 200 workers out of work instead of negotiating with the workers who formed a union there. A union is designed to represent the interests of the worker, without unions employees are at the mercy of the employer who in many cases only cares about getting the most work out of the employee while paying the least. Because of well orchestrated union busting campaigns by Wal-Mart and likeminded box Wal-Mart pays workers so little that a family of four can't get out of poverty. The hidden factor is the Wal-Mart abuse of the taxpayer. Wal-Mart costs the US taxpayer up to 2.7 billion a year in taxpayer funded public health care and public assistance programs. In other words if you are a Wal-Mart worker you are likely to be getting some form of welfare to make ends meet. Wal-Mart in general has few benefits for the average worker. Less than half of its workers are covered by the company's health plan due to long waiting periods of eligibility and high costs- since Wal-Mart increased the number of weekly work hours from 28 to 34 for emplyees to qualify for full-time health benefits, it forces their employees to wait long periods of time to even be considered a part-time employee. In addition to be accused of hiring illegal aliens Wal-Mart is facing the largest gender discrimination lawsuit ever, affecting close to two million women. There are cases in which women earned $5.000.00 less than men for doing the same job. Wal-Mart agreed to pay $135.540.00 to settle federal charges of breaking child labor laws. For Wal-Mart this minimal amount is just a slap on the wrist. Wherever you may be it is in your interest to oppose a new Wal-Mart in your area. Don't be fooled by the promise of jobs because these jobs are low pay. Wal-Mart destroys local businesses who can't compete. Most of the clothing items sold by Wal-Mart are not made here in the United States because Wal-Mart knows it can get cheaper labor in developing countries. It is in your best interest to contact your elected officials and let them know that you reject the construction of a Wal-Mart in your area. The job you save may be your own.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

New Orleans: Monumental Incompetence and Indifference

It may seem that at times I am just a little too harsh on the members of the Bush Administration, well there is a very good reason for it.......THEY DESERVE fact I am going to give them just a little bit more because I have been thinking about New Orleans and the circumstances that lead to the catasthrophe and thanks to the Daily Kos and someone named Bill from Portland I can post the words and the actions of all the Neros in the Bush administration who fiddled while New Orleans drowned. The beauty of the internet is that posts can be saved for generations to come. For our future historians we have the exact words and actions of the fiddlers. First and formost Condoleezza Rice, of whom I am supposed be proud of because she, like me, is an African-American. Well what was Ms. Rice doing when an estimated 10,000 African-Americans were drowning?.....she was on a shopping spree buying pairs of expensive shoes a la Imelda Marcos, then going on a Broadway tour of shows like Spamalot which gave her the opportunity to laugh a lot while blacks in New Orleans died a lot. Ms. Rice should have been in New Orleans or at the very least in Washington doing something to help HER people. I am so proud of the black and WHITE people who heckled the hell out of her in New York City, not giving her a moment of peace. They did this so much that she was forced to return to Washington D.C. My wrath is not only directed towards Condoleezza Rice and George W. Bush. There is plenty to go around. These are the words of the overpaid underperforming members of the Bush team during the crisis. . . . George W(idow maker) Bush: "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees". . . . . . . .Michael Chertoff "We're much better prepared than we've ever been". . . . . . . Michael Brown (director of F.E.M.A.) "Paula, the federal government did not even know about the Convention Center until today" . . . . . . . .Dennis Hastert(speaker of the house) "Eh, maybe we should forget about rebuilding New Orleans because it might cost money and stuff". . . . . . . .Donald Rumsfeld . . . . . "Yes, the country music hoedown with Clint Black on September 11th is still on pard'ner. And maybe we'll even break the record for the longest line dance". . . . . . . . Ken Mehlman(Republican party chairman) "---for God's sake, people---NOW is the time when we must repeal that which is causing our country to go down the tubes: the estate tax. . . . . . . . . .Vice President Cheney......He didn't say anything because he was too busy enjoying his vacation. Keep in mind this is the same Dick Cheney who vigorously opposed the prison release of Nelson Mandela. May all you sons and daughters of pregnant dogs rot in hell for your inaction. Oh by the way I must amend the previous statement I apologize to all dogs. I love dogs. I am just beside myself with RAGE!

Save Frances Newton

The United States' mistreatment of blacks is not a thing of the past. There are those who would have us believe that Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks ended discrimination. Those two legendary proponents of justice fought the good fight and as a result blacks can sit anywhere they want on the bus, but that's not the whole story. Today in 2005 in some aspects life for black people in these United States of America is worse. The recent neglect of the black and poor white populations of Louisiana during hurricane Katrina just shows us how insensitive the so called "leaders" of this country can be. During the past five years a growing number of African-Americans fill U.S. prisons. They are the majority of the prison population while only 12.1 percent of the overall US population. The authorities are more than eager to give a black adolescent a criminal record because it creates employment for the usually white prison guard and other predominately white poorly educated prison personnel. Some prisons have even forced prisoners to provide "free" labor for corporations. Other prisons permit prisoners to vote but their vote doesn't count for their place of residence but for the county of the place where they are imprisoned, therefore making their vote totally meaningless. Many blacks have served their time only to come out and find that they can't find a job and that they have been stripped of the right to vote. In an effort to increase the prison population there was an attempt to arrest the entire black population of Tulia, Texas on false drug charges. Elsewhere in the supposedly "liberal" state of Pennsylvania, Mumia Abu Jamal is still on death row. even though there is another man who has admitted to committing the crime. The majority of the people on Texas death row are black. One of these people is Frances Newton, who was accused of murdering her husband and her children. The evidence that the state of Texas is using to convict Newton is the fact that she purchased a life insurance policy, so what, I have a life insurance policy too. Does that make me a murderer. Like Abu Jamal, Newton also has new evidence that could persuade a jury that she is innocent but she has not been permitted to testify in front of a jury in her own defense. On September 14, 2005 Frances Newton is scheduled to be put to death. At the very least Frances Newton is entitled to a new trial. We must keep in mind that we are talking about the state of Texas, that leads the nation in state executions. This is the state that whose courts permitted defense attorneys to actually sleep during cases (Defense attorney Joe Frank Cannon slept during the murder trial of Calvin Burdine and Ron Mock slept during the murder trial of Shaka Sankofa(a.k.a Gary Graham, who was executed during the gubernatorial term of George W. Bush). It is under these circumstances that Frances Newton is fighting for her life. I am asking everyone to contact their elected officials as well as Governor Perry of Texas and demand a new trial for Frances Newton. Visit now for more information. Once again urgent action is needed because she is scheduled to be put to death on September 14, 2005

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Louisiana 1927

What has happened down here is the winds have changed

Clouds roll in from the north and it started to rain
Rained real hard and it rained for a real long time
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline
The river rose all day

The river rose all night
Some people got lost in the flood
Some people got away alright
The river have busted through clear down to Plaquemines
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangelne
Louisiana, Louisiana

They're tyrin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away,Louisiana,
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away
President Coolidge came down in a railroad train

With a little fat man with a note-pad in his hand
The President say, "Little fat man isn't it a shame what the river has done
To this poor farmer's land."
Louisiana, Louisiana

They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us awayLouisiana,
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away

A special thanks to Randy Newman for composing the poignant piece
and Aaron Neville for his soulful interpretation of it

Friday, September 02, 2005

New Orleans: the best example of how the Bush Administration shows its "benign neglect"

New Orleans mayor Nagin in a fit of frustration told Bush to get off his _ _ _. Last night on national television hip hop artist Kanye West said "Bush doesn't care about Black people" It's nice to hear honesty for a change. Most of us are not aware that twenty countries around the world were ready to react to this emergency immediately. Among these countries were nations that have "unfriendly" relationships with the Bush Administration, like Cuba and Venezuela. The arrogance of this administration would not let these countries participate in the rescue. As a result thousands of tax paying U.S. citizens died. It is totally unbelievable that the Bush Administration would ignore Holland(with its elaborate system of dams) which has been confronted with the same problem that New Orleans has....being below sea-level. George W. Bush was on the third day of his vacation before he even decided to do anything to help New Orleans. 67% of New Orleans population is Black and what the government told them with their late response to the hurricane is "We don't care". There were serious warnings of the level five storm six days prior to it's landing in New Orleans, yet the president had the nerve to say, with a straight face: "We didn't know the levees were going to break. We didn't know the dams wouldn't hold" I am glad to see that I wasn't the only one to notice that "gigantic" lie. Even the mainstream media, that moves like a pregnant turtle with four broken legs noticed. Here is an except from a conversation between Good Morning America's Charlie Gibson and F.E.M.A director Michael Brown. Notice how Brown "doesn't" respond to what Gibson is saying.
GIBSON: Mike, with all due respect to you and with all due respect to the president, I was amazed to hear him say to Diane yesterday, "We didn’t know the levees were going to break. We didn’t know the dams wouldn’t hold".
We all were talking about that on Monday morning, that the levees were only built to withstand a category 3 hurricane. There’s batches of reports that say that. And you knew a 4 or 5 was coming all weekend long.
BROWN: I think we were all taken aback by the fact that the levees did break in so many places and caused such widespread devastation. And so we’re responding the best we can to help those people that are stuck in this ongoing disaster". The Republicans have an uncontrolable desire to privatize everything. Well they did privatize F.E.M.A and what do we get......the worst government response to a natural disaster EVER! Michael Brown had no prior experience combating disasters and during this entire ordeal it was obvious that he didn't have a clue, yet President Bush has the nerve to congratulate Michael Brown for a job well done. The waters started to flood New Orleans on Monday, relief didn't arrive until Friday. Homeland security chief Chertoff embarrassingly had to admit that he didn't know the New Orleans Convention Center was filled with people. Huge corporations with close ties to the Bush administration destroyed the barrier islands that in years past prevented water from coming into New Orleans. The black and poor white neighborhoods of Louisiana have been the dumping grounds for toxic chemical wastes for decades to such an extent that Louisiana along with Bush's home state of Texas is among the most environmentally threatened of the nation. 30% of New Orleans black population is unemployed. So when this selected president is seen shaking hands and hugging black people it rings hallow. I must also make it clear that I am not saying that white people don't care about what has happened to the black victims of hurricane Katrina because many of them have dedicated their time and money to help the people trapped by the hurricane. What I am saying is that the Bush administration doesn't give a damn about black people. We see it by its deeds... 1) making the playing field more unequal than ever 2) disenfranchising black voter participation 3) making attempts to control and influence black leadership. . . but the unkindest cut of all was what happened in New Orleans. It was unbelievable how the right wing talking heads focused on "looting" The overwhelming majority of those people who were stealing, did so in order to survive. They stole things like bread and water just to live. Those people who were stealing televisions sets were in the minority. "Blame the victim" is a favorite game of the right wing pundit. No matter what Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly might say to try to "clean it up" the bottom line is that racism is alive and well in the United States in 2005 and the Bush administration through its inaction in New Orleans should make that painfully clear to everyone.

Michael Moore's open letter to the "president"

After looking back on the New Orleans tragedy I remembered something George W. Bush once said in an attempt of being both humorous and sarcastic. He said "Global warming is when cows pass gas" That cavalier attitude contributed to the New Orleans disaster. Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and their friends in the coal industry have designed many promotional campaigns to convince us that this is the case. Just prior to Hurricane Katrina the Gulf of Mexico water temperature was 97 degrees. I wondered if Mr. Bush still doesn't believe in the existence of global warming now. I was just about to write Mr Bush a letter when I received an e-mail from the Michael Moore organization. Mr. Moore wrote an open letter to Mr. Bush that says practically everything that I was going to say, so I decided to post Mr. Moore's letter to the selected president. Friday, September 2nd, 2005
Dear Mr. Bush:
Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.
Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?
Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!
I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?
And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!
On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.
There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.
No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!
You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.
Michael MooreMMFlint@aol.com
P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Now is the time to focus on do nothing dems

"Democrats have gone about their lives after giving the president a blank check to do anything he thought was necessary. They think they have absolved themselves of responsibility. It's somebody else's war.
But they might find that if they don't get some backbone and take a stand soon, the voters might not be that forgiving." These are the words of the always perceptive veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas. White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan did all they could to avoid her questions. Her words are true, in fact no truer words have ever been spoken. This issue has the potential to drive huge numbers of traditionally Democratic voters to a third party. In a previous post on this site on August 16, 2005 (My Response To Gar) I outlined the reasons for optimism if you are a Democrat to Gar, someone who in a comment expressed his frustration with do nothing Democrats. In spite of the millions the Republicans have, they are on the defensive with polls showing loss of support in almost every state. Democrats as a group, are not taking advantage of this golden opportunity, which leads one to believe the Democrats are tacitly approving Bush policies. As members of the Democratic wing of the Democratic party we MUST go after Democrat enablers with the same ferocity that we attack ultra right wing conservatives. The majority of people in this country (estimated to be 60%) say that the war in Iraq was a tragic mistake. Do we have a majority of Democrat elected officials saying this? we don't. In fact most of them are silent on this issue. In fact at this time the only high profile Democrats with even miminal presidential aspirations that I see vigorously opposing this war are Russ Feingold, Dennis Kucinich and Howard Dean(who hasn't said much recently). In 2004 we compromised. Within the Democratic party there was consensus not to make the war a primary issue. We did that and the election was stolen again. In 2008 if this war is still going on (with the construction of fourteen permanent military bases I believe it still will be) Democrats should accept nothing less than an antiwar candidate. Democrats are also very quiet on the Bush Supreme Court nominee John G Roberts. A lot more is known about this man than had been previously known. The NAACP and the Mexican American Education Foundation have both vigorously opposed Robert's nomination. It is rare for the NAACP to oppose a Supreme Court nominee, but they have found specific evidence of Roberts' active opposition to affirmative action during the Reagan administration. The Mexican American Education Foundation found Roberts to be firmly opposed to immigration. The Democrats, on the whole are very, very quiet. The time has come to declare war on Democrat enablers. It has to be done NOW! Write your elected officials and let them know you oppose this illegal unnecessary war! If you can make it your business to be in Washington D.C. on September 24th to participate in the massive anti war demonstration. Any serious Democratic presidential candidate should also be there.