Monday, January 30, 2006

Tell Allegheny County to say no to Diebold

I realize it's BorkAlito day, but we have a serious local issue that needs addressed. Allegheny County is seriously considering purchasing Diebold machines. I saw this post yesterday on Mark Crispin Miller's blog.

Here are some interesting articles about Diebold:
State rebuffs raw vote demand
The Soon-to-be-Indicted Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio's Connection To Electoral Fraud
Diebold's Failure in California
Diebold insider alleges company plagued by technical woes, Diebold defends 'sterling' record

And who can forget Wally O'Dell's (former CEO of Diebold) famous statement that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president,"

I attended a public hearing back on November 17th that the Allegheny County Council held on this very subject. Council is very aware with the problems with Diebold and with not having a verifiable paper receipt. I don't understand why they would even consider using them.

Please drop them a email, fax or a phone call and tell them not to spend your tax dollars on Diebold!

Dan Onoronto - executive@county.allegheny.pa.us, Phone: (412) 350-6500, Fax: (412) 350-6512
John DeFazio -jdefazio@county.allegheny.pa.us, Phone:(412) 350-6516, Fax: (412) 350-6499
Dave Fawcett - dfawcett@county.allegheny.pa.us, Phone: (412) 350-6520, Fax: (412) 350-6499

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Can Byrd can be persuaded?

I'm absolutely baffled by Senator Byrd supporting Alito. My son bought me his book "Losing America - Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant presidency," a couple of years ago as a Christmas gift. Here's an excerpt from the introduction:
But, in fact, in the months and years following the collapse of those twin towers, another sort of abandonment has commenced. In our horror and shock over the bizarre and unexpected attacks in New York and Washington and the thwarted atempt in Pennsylvania on September 11, a slow unraveling of the peoples's liberties has begun. From the ambivalence of the Congress, to the pandering nature of media coverage, to the passive attitude of too many of our citizens, we are - all of us - guilty of aoding and abetting a heinous process.

Today, I am angry, having bent my back and my brain in service to my country for over fifty years. I have tried to imbue all that I strive for in life with my utmost efforts, especially my forty-five years in the United States Senate. Long in awe of the institution I serve, I studied its roots in acient Rome and read dozens of archaic tomes on Roman history. Along the way, I wrote a book about the Roman Senate. I have studied both the British roots of our system and the Federalist Papers, pondering the lives of the framers and founders and set down a four-volumn history of the United States Senate. I have read the journals and the writings of early Senators. I carry a copy of the Constitution in my shirt pocket nearly all the time.

Through this careful study, I hold a deep personal appreciation for the bedrock importance of our Constitution and the wisdom of its framers. Only the Constitution's genius, I believe, affords our people the powers and prerogatives that truly keep us a free nation, most centrally through maintenance of the checks and balances and separation of powers. Such long study has made me painfully aware of why lives have been lost throughout history to protect these essential principals. For a long while I have viewed with dismay each and every assault on the separation of powers, and the continual grasping and groping for more and more power from presidents of both political parties. But never with such alarm as now. How can we be so comatose as a nation when so many damaging and radical changes are at once thrust upon us? In trying to describe our situation - and our apathy - I often turn to a book title of some years ago: Sleepwalking Through History by Haynes Johnson. What follows is my attempt to awaken us all before it is too late.

Now if he truly believes what he wrote this book, then he can be persuaded to vote against, and to filibuster Alito....... just use some of his own words to convince him. (ask him who's apathetic now?)

Senator Byrd........phone - Washington office at 202-224-3954
Charleston office at 304-342-5855
Fax - 304-343-7144
email - email -
website-

Thursday, January 26, 2006

is this cool or what?

Starting tuesday a huge truck with this billboard on the side will begin driving around the U.S. Capitol.
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On the other side of the truck will be this:

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

how do you know when Bush is lying...............his lips are moving

Thursday, September 1
7AM CDT — BUSH CLAIMS NO ONE EXPECTED LEVEES TO BREAK: “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.” [Washington Post]
Then we find this out today:
Lieberman also accused the White House of trying to stall a Senate investigation into the government's response to Katrina by failing to produce requested documents and prohibiting federal officials from answering questions. The inquiry is scheduled to be completed in March.

"This assertion of a kind of virtual immunity of the White House from this inquiry has obviously frustrated our committee's ability to learn and tell the full story of Katrina," Lieberman said. "In my opinion, it is unacceptable."

However, Lieberman noted, the committee did receive an e-mail sent to the White House Situation Room hours before Katrina hit, warning that the storm's surge could breach levees and leave New Orleans flooded for weeks or months.

The e-mail included an Aug. 28 report by the Homeland Security Department's National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center, which concluded that a Category 4 or 5 hurricane would cause severe damage in the city, including power outages and a direct economic hit of up to $10 billion for the first week.

"Overall, the impacts described herein are conservative," stated the report, which was sent to Homeland Security's office for infrastructure protection.

"Any storm rated Category 4 or greater ... will likely lead to severe flooding and/or levee breaching, leaving the New Orleans metro area submerged for weeks or months," said the report.

wow ....this is big


Thank god for the new media, saw this link at firedoglake. Bush is toast. Seems Bush was against lowering the standard for spying before he was for it (or something like that, it's getting really hard to follow any of Bush's logic.) It's a must read.

Monday, January 23, 2006

whores

Why is the Whitehouse so afraid of pictures showing up of Abramoff and Bush?

The Pimping of the Presidency - Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist Billing Clients for Face Time with G.W. Bush
BY LOU DUBOSE

Four months after he took the oath of office in 2001, President George W. Bush was the attraction, and the White House the venue, for a fundraiser organized by the alleged perpetrator of the largest billing fraud in the history of corporate lobbying. In May 2001, Jack Abramoff’s lobbying client book was worth $4.1 million in annual billing for the Greenberg Traurig law firm. He was a friend of Bush advisor Karl Rove. He was a Bush “Pioneer,” delivering at least $100,000 in bundled contributions to the 2000 campaign. He had just concluded his work on the Bush Transition Team as an advisor to the Department of the Interior. He had sent his personal assistant Susan Ralston to the White House to work as Rove’s personal assistant. He was a close friend, advisor, and high-dollar fundraiser for the most powerful man in Congress, Tom DeLay. Abramoff was so closely tied to the Bush Administration that he could, and did, charge two of his clients $25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President. From the same two clients he took to the White House in May 2001, Abramoff also obtained $2.5 million in contributions for a non-profit foundation he and his wife operated.

Abramoff’s White House guests were the chiefs of two of the six casino-rich Indian tribes he and his partner Mike Scanlon ultimately billed $82 million for services tribal leaders now claim were never performed or were improperly performed. Together the six tribes would make $10 million in political contributions, at Abramoff’s direction, almost all of it to Republican campaigns of his choosing. On May 9, 2001, when he ushered the two tribal chiefs into the White House to meet the President, The Washington Post story that would end his lobbying career and begin two Senate Committee investigations was three years away. (When the Post story broke in February 2004, however, Abramoff and Scanlon, a former Tom DeLay press aide, were already targets of a U.S. Attorney’s investigation in Washington.)

Abramoff brought the Coushatta and Choctaw chiefs to Washington at the request of Grover Norquist. Norquist is founder and director of Americans for Tax Reform, the advocacy group committed to slashing taxes until the federal government is so small you “can drown it in the bathtub.” Norquist started ATR in 1985. His power increased exponentially in 1994, when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and he collaborated with then-Majority Whip Tom DeLay to launch the “K Street Project”—a coordinated campaign to compel lobbyists to contribute only to Republican candidates and ultimately to hire only Republicans. Like Abramoff and Rove, Norquist considered George Bush’s victory over Al Gore the culmination of a project the three Washington insiders started 30 years ago as national leaders of the College Republicans. - link

Saturday, January 21, 2006

losing all credibility

Karen Breitweiser (one of the people that Glen Beck hates) destroys Bush's rational for illegally spying on Americans:

Now we find the Bush Administration carrying out illegal surveillance on U.S. citizens who are allegedly receiving phone calls from al Qaeda. We are told that these individuals are so dangerous and so in the midst of plotting attacks against us, there is simply no time for the Bush Administration to adhere to the law and secure judicial approval (even 72 hours after the fact) for their surveillance.

One would assume that the targets of the NSA program would be defined by the Bush Administration as "al Qaeda sleeper cells living inside the United States." One would also assume, then, that the Bush Administration's justification for ignoring U.S. constitutional law, if it is valid, would mean that these individuals are currently in the process of planning, preparing, or committing terrorist attacks against this country in the near future. In essence, the targets are so bad, so dangerous, so lethal that there is simply no time to follow the law--a law that is set up in a manner to facilitate such surveillance; and a law that rarely requires the secret court to turn down any requests to carryout such surveillance.

So, why is President Bush letting these sleeper cells stay here? Why is President Bush giving them any opportunity to carryout their plans of attack? Doesn't he understand how dire the situation is? Surely, he must.

Even prior to the release of bin Laden's recent audiotape threatening an imminent attack, I could not understand why these "highly dangerous sleeper cells" were permitted by President Bush to remain inside the United States to even receive such ongoing phone calls from al Qaeda. If they are that bad and dangerous--so bad in fact that President Bush doesn't even have enough time to notify anyone--then they must really be on the verge of committing a terrorist act, right? So, why are they still here? Bin Laden's audiotape just makes the question burn even more in my mind. Have we not learned any lessons from 9/11 about letting the line out too long on surveillance of sleeper cells?

I want to know why President Bush does not attach "enemy combatant status" to such individuals and kick them the heck out of our country NOW...before they can perpetrate another 9/11. End of story.

Ha...Moore Strikes Back - JIHADBALL!

Looks like Michael Moore isn't taking Tweety's slander lightly. Make sure you click on - CHRIS MATTHEWS AND OSAMA BIN LADEN -- A "SPECIAL" FRIENDSHIP

Thursday, January 19, 2006

KEEP FIGHTING!

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ALITO

Following yesterday's meeting of Senate Democrats, a consensus to fight Alito's nomination is emerging, but a final strategy has not yet been decided.

We can't tell you what will happen today or tomorrow, but we can tell you that your activism has had a real impact in this critical time and will continue to. Thanks in part to the thousands of calls you poured into Senate offices yesterday, senators are becoming more vocal in their opposition to Alito. Just today, senators off the Judiciary Committee -- including Max Baucus, Tom Harkin, Barbara Mikulski, and Ken Salazar -- have announced their opposition to Alito.

Today three members of the Committee -- the Committee's Democratic leader, Senator Leahy, and Senators Kennedy and Durbin -- are announcing their positions in speeches around the country. Normally such statements would be made on the Senate floor, but in a move that has wrankled many Democrats, the Senate's Republican leader, Bill Frist, has already moved to limit debate by denying them time to speak in the Senate chamber.

If you haven't called your senators yet to let them know you're counting on them to stop Alito, please do so right now. If neither of your senators is a Democrat, call Democratic leader Harry Reid or the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Patrick Leahy.

Call toll-free! 1-877-851-6437

If you've already called your Democratic senators and their leaders, Senators Reid and Leahy, send them a fax!

http://www.SaveTheCourt.org/AlitoFax

The overwhelming number of calls made yesterday shut down the Capitol switchboard! (We'd love it if you do that again!) If you can't get through on 1-877-851-6437 today, visit capwiz.com/pfaw/home to find direct numbers for Senate offices. Let us know how your calls go by visiting

SaveTheCourt.org/CallReport

Then forward this email to anyone you know who is worried that Alito would likely condone the abuse of power by the president, vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, and help curtail Congress' ability to protect the civil rights, health, safety, and welfare of the American people.

--Your Allies at People For the American Way



Wednesday, January 18, 2006

IT'S NOT TOO LATE!!!

NOT A Done Deal, NOT A Done Deal

NEW ACTION PAGE TO FILIBUSTER ALITO: http://www.nocrony.com

CALL YOUR SENATORS RIGHT NOW at 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073.

NEWS FLASH: THE ALITO VOTE HAS BEEN DELAYED A WEEK. WE CAN WIN THIS!!!

We've noticed the most curious thing. Publically Alito's supporters state pronouncements
that his confirmation is a "done" deal. And yet behind the scenes they are stilly lobbying
furiously for a vote as quickly as they can get it. What do we make of this?

It's con, folks. It's a great big honking corporate media lie. There is only one way the
extreme right wing can win this one, and that is by discouraging the rest of us from
speaking out. We'd have to be pretty stupid to go for that one, huh? We'd have to be total
chumps, huh? Why else would anyone surrender a fight when they had the numbers to win?

And we do have the numbers. We are the majority. The president is back down to 39%
approval rating and dropping again. And even if the majority did NOT oppose their radical
dictator president agenda, and all we need are 41 votes to filibuster. We HAVE 41 votes.
We HAVE 41 votes. We HAVE 41 votes. All we need to win is to exercise the power we have,
the will to win!

We'll make you a deal. For the next two weeks, we all repeat these words as a mantra

ALITO IS NOT A DONE DEAL

If you just do that, ALL of you, repeat it in your minds until it drives out the
negativity, until it drives out the defeatism, until it drives out the despair, until it
drives out the insidious right wing talking point which the cable TV propagandists have
planted in our own minds. Just do that one thing, and we promise that we will deliver the
victory for you.

If you are listening to a progressive show, and you hear someone say that it is not worth
fighting anymore, IMMEDIATELY call them and chew them out. Demand that they give out one
of the toll free numbers over the air, 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. And to
do it not in some "ain't gonna work anyway" tone of voice, but to do it with enthusiasm
and the belief that it WILL work. Demand that they make

WE CAN STOP ALITO

a recurring theme of every one of their shows for the next two weeks. If they are not
giving out the toll free numbers periodically, demand to find out why. There are other
good action pages besides our own but they should be giving out something. For the purpose
of something to be given out over the air it should be something that is easy to say and
remember like

http://www.nocrony.com

If you visit a progressive blog and you do not see the toll-free numbers and links to
action pages RIGHT AT THE TOP of the page as prominently displayed as possible, email them
and demand to know why. We control an enormous amount of page space on the internet and it
is NOT being used effectively to advocate for policy change. EVERY home page MUST have
these toll free numbers and action links FEATURED on them now without exception.

Send the emails to the bloggers, post messages. Ask them, are you activists or are you
not? Why are you not helping with the fight? Why are you not using your media prominence
to help save our Supreme Court? What are you not acting? Why have you not dedicated space
on your site to the cause? Why are you not contributing to the mental energy of believing
we can prevail? Do you want to win or not?

If we all do just that, a magical thing will take place. People will begin to believe that
we can win. People will believe that we can make a difference. People will believe that
democracy can work. And it will work. And we will win. We promise.

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.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

if you liked the speech.....sign the petition

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Monday, January 16, 2006

throwing down the gauntlet

"Do I have the legal authority to do this? And the answer is, absolutely," G.W. Bush, Dec. 19, 2006


"What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the president of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and insistently," A. Gore, Jan. 16. 2006

how loved was MLK....

Martin Luther King, Jr was a preacher, moralist, a decent human being, recipient of the Noble Peace Prize who would not bow his head in apathy, or still his voice while his nation strayed from its professed reverence for justice and human life. His contributions were so dramatic and meaningful that they are universally appreciated. The entire world is the beneficiary of the efforts of this outstanding leader who brought millions of neglected and downtrodden people hope for living, and in so doing challenged the moral conscience of all people. Part of his universal appeal was that his philosophy of life was accessible, easily understood, recognised, and accepted by humanity. He challenged those committed to negativism to look inside themselves and to make brotherhood and equality a new possibility, and for others a meaningful reality.

Martin Luther King, Jr was a compassionate, honest, warm and wise individual with a clear sense of purpose, self-definition and internal balance, even today it is difficult to appreciate the magnitude of his greatness. He had many gifts, including an eloquence of speech that reached out to millions of people the world over. He was dearly loved by the oppressed, and despised by those who apposed him. He called a nation, and its people, to live out the true meaning of its existence and its heritage and in so doing infused his people with pride and the necessary determination to change their world. He made the oppressed feel that they were not alone, he gave hope to the poor, friendship to the lonely, understanding to the ignorant, and helped the lost find their way. His views and thoughts were breathtaking, yet simple, his vision spanned the whole of human conduct, and he had strength born of humility; he was a man of his times, for all times, and all nations.

Martin Luther King was an eloquent and powerful speaker whose words were infused with a poetic majesty that both stunned and uplifted his audience. All who heard him speak took pride in their own self-worth, their commitment to social change and justice was rekindled and greatly deepened. A young activist described his reaction to a speech Martin Luther King gave in Boston in 1963.

‘ I left the hall to walk back down the avenue to catch a bus home, I was so filled with pride and enthusiasm, I felt as if my feet were barely touching the ground as I moved along, it was a profound personal experience that I will never forget’. 1

Martin Luther King was born into a country where practically every southern state was segregated, a divided and unequal system made up the educational, economic, political and social landscape of the Old South. Schools were segregated, restaurants were off limits to black people, and hotels had no vacancies when a black face appeared. Theatres, housing, waiting rooms, lavatories, drinking fountains, public accommodation, the queues for purchasing a dog license were segregated. This within a nation which called itself the hope for the oppressed of the world, which had declared all men equal, which had promised freedom, and equal protection for all, a nation which had built its wealth upon the backs of slaves.

He was born at noon on a cold and cloudy Saturday, January 15th 1929 at the family home in Georgia; the doctor feared him stillborn and had to spank him several times before he cried. He was the first son and second child to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. He was described as a precocious and intelligent child who pondered weighty issues and who spoke on advanced ideas that were always far beyond his years and experience. He was a child of the black middle class beginning his elementary education in Atlanta before attending Atlanta University, and then Morehouse College, completing his college education in 1953; his Ph.D. was awarded in 1955. It was during his college years he began a serious quest for a philosophical method to eliminate social evils, he read all the great philosophers. He began to ponder on what Gandhi called soul force, and the power of love and truth as a vehicle for social change. He later acknowledged his debt to Gandhi:

‘When the protest began, my mind consciously or unconsciously was driven back to the Sermon on the Mount and the Gandhian method of non violent resistance’ 1

He was acknowledged as a first rate scholar who fused the ideals and currents of his time into a worldview of liberation. He entered the Christian ministry and was ordained at the age of nineteen, after completing his studies he accepted the call of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Montgomery Alabama, where he served from 1954 until 1959.

He accepted the presidency of the Montgomery Improvement Association, it was there that he first became an orator, an advocate, an historian, a fundraiser, a field general and a symbol.

Into this environment one day in 1955, Mrs Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, tires from a long day at work, took the first vacant seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Park’s refusal to move to the back of the bus that was required of all black passengers, resulting in her arrest. Her arrest sparked that latent flame of self-worth resident in all people; it was the spark that ignited the flame that demanded an end to humiliation, intimidation and violence upon the soul and bodies of the oppressed black race of America.

In Montgomery Martin Luther King, Jr began a legacy of leadership, the cause was great; he felt a responsibility towards change, and he was not going to shirk it. He had no idea he was taking on a problem that would arouse the conscience of a nation, as a true leader he accepted the challenge and moved forward with it. The Montgomery boycott began, and he said that it was a drama of:

‘Fifty thousand who took to heart the principle of non violence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth. It was a story of leaders of many faiths and divided allegiances, who came together in the bond of a cause they knew was right. And of followers, many of them beyond middle age, who walked to work and home again as much as twelve miles a day for over a year rather than submit to the discourtesies and humiliations of segregated buses…. The majority of the people who took part in the year long boycott of the Montgomery’s buses were poor and untutored; but they understood the essence of the Montgomery movement. One elderly woman summed it up for the rest. When asked after several weeks of walking whether she was tired, she answered, ‘my feet is tired, but my soul is at rest’’. 2

Martin Luther King faced a nation that had been founded and governed by a people who had insisted on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and freedom for all. Martin Luther King believed in the message of the founding fathers of the American constitution, and saw his country as a covenant whose peoples’ bonding was fundamentally established in the Declaration of Independence:

‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all human beings are created equal; that their Creator endows them, with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’.

He said that America could not be true to this vision and to the very basis of the founding of the nation until this fundamental right applied to all, equally and to fulfil the promise and the dream of true democracy. In seeking to accomplish this he committed himself to the dignity of every human being, even to those who considered themselves to be his enemies, he believed that even they had dignity as human beings worthy of his respect, despite the error of their ways. - Link

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

TPM discussing our Congresswoman

In fact, DeLay had so much confidence in Hart that after he purged the Ethics Committee in early 2005 (see 'night of the long gavels') she was one of the loyalists he put on the committee. Indeed, while DeLay was still in the driver's seat enough to be calling the shots, Hart was tapped to lead the Majority-approved investigation of DeLay. -link

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Bush will DEFY the law until stopped by the Supreme Court or Congress



I get emails:
THE NEXT TWO WEEKS WILL DECIDE
IF DEMOCRACY WILL SURVIVE

Bush is now completely and certifiably out of control. But to remove the last restraint on the creation of a new American dictatorship they must install one more lock down vote on the Supreme Court, in the person of Sam Alito.

Despite Alito's extreme right wing voting record and lifelong ideological agenda, nobody expects him to show up at his hearing sporting a tail and horns wearing a red suit. Instead he will lie and evade like some Wal-Mart smiley face, just as he did when in his confirmation for the Court of Appeals he promised to recuse himself from cases involving his own investments. Then he fought to do precisely otherwise. He will make absolutely any misrepresentation of his views and his agenda to try to sneak past public accountability yet again, while his record shouts otherwise. And only your voices speaking out now can turn the tide against this judicial coup.

www.usalone.com/alito.php

Saturday, January 07, 2006

resolute?

G.W Bush, April 4, 2002
Terror must be stopped. No nation can negotiate with terrorists. For there is no way to make peace with those whose only goal is death.

NYT Sat Jan 7, 2006
US officials in talks with Iraqi insurgents: NYT
Reuters - Sat Jan 7, 2:06 AM ET
NEW YORK - U.S. officials have been talking with local Iraqi insurgent leaders to exploit a rift between homegrown insurgents and radical groups such as Al Qaeda, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Citing a Western diplomat, an Iraqi political leader and an Iraqi insurgent leader, the Times said that the talks were also aimed at drawing the local leaders into the political process.
So if the plan all along was to negotiate, why did Bush lie about it, and why weren't negotiations started......oh let's say maybe before Bush started bombing an unarmed country that never did anything to the U.S., I hope this question and many others, are asked at the War Crimes Tribunal.

check out the new DNC video

they deserve better.......so much better

Extra Armor Could Have Saved Many Lives, Study Shows
By MICHAEL MOSS

A secret Pentagon study has found that at least 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had extra body armor. That armor has been available since 2003 but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials.

The ceramic plates in vests currently worn by the majority of military personnel in Iraq cover only some of the chest and back. In at least 74 of the 93 fatal wounds that were analyzed in the Pentagon study of marines from March 2003 through June 2005, bullets and shrapnel struck the marines' shoulders, sides or areas of the torso where the plates do not reach.

Thirty-one of the deadly wounds struck the chest or back so close to the plates that simply enlarging the existing shields "would have had the potential to alter the fatal outcome," according to the study, which was obtained by The New York Times.

For the first time, the study by the military's medical examiner shows the cost in lost lives from inadequate armor, even as the Pentagon continues to publicly defend its protection of the troops. Officials have said they are shipping the best armor to Iraq as quickly as possible. At the same time, they have maintained that it is impossible to shield forces from the increasingly powerful improvised explosive devices used by insurgents. Yet the Pentagon's own study reveals the equally lethal threat of bullets.

Looks Like Klink's out for good

Former Democrat U.S. Rep. Ron Klink of Murrysville has, at least for now, decided against trying to regain a congressional seat.

Klink was considering challenging Republican Melissa Hart of Bradford Woods in the 4th District. Klink used to represent that district before giving up the seat to unsuccessfully run against Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in 2000.

Klink reportedly bowed out after being told by various unions they would not back him -- possibly because Klink endorsed Republican U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter last year over his Democrat opponent, former U.S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel of Montgomery County.

Klink's departure certainly bolsters the chances of Jason Altmire, the former UPMC Health System vice president of government relations, to capture the 4th District Democrat nomination. Altmire was said to be sweating Klink's potential entry into the race.

Friday, January 06, 2006

good read at Buzzflash

Hmmm, when the election was stolen from Al Gore, the Democrats in the Senate did nothing, saying they were keeping their powder dry. When Ashcroft and Gonzales were confirmed and the Democrats didn't put up much of a fight, they said that they were keeping their powder dry for the Supreme Court nominees. When all sorts of nasty, anti-working class, Unconstitutional, bankrupting and war-mongering legislation came down the line, the Democrats said that they were keeping their powder dry -- for Supreme Court nomination battles among other things.

Now, that Bush continues to nominate people to the Supreme Court who foster the idea of a monarchal presidency, the Dems have decided that this wasn't the fight they were going to pursue after all. They are keeping their powder dry. - read it all

John Conyers...the hardest working Rep in Congress

Attend Local Events in Support of Resolution to
Investigate Impeachable Offenses


I have taken steps to begin the inquiry into possible impeachable offenses by the Bush Administration, and have called for censure of the President and the Vice President. Now I am asking for your help to stand with me in fighting for accountability.

We need to present a unified front in our call for justice. A coalition of organizations, led by AfterDowningStreet.org, has organized a series of town hall events and house parties this weekend to coordinate grassroots activity in support of efforts to investigate impeachable offenses.

Find an Event in Your Area

On January 7th, there will be over 130 events held across the country, several attended by Democratic Members of Congress. These will provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people from your area and to coordinate efforts to hold this administration accountable for misleading us into war. I will be at the Speak Out on the War Town Hall in Livonia, Michigan.

These events will also set in motion a massive grassroots campaign in support of our efforts. The Progressive Democrats of America have set up a follow-up outreach program on January 9th, called the PDA National Call-In Day, the details of which may be found here.

Become a Citizen Cosponsor

I also want to let you know about a program I have started called the Citizen Cosponsorship campaign which encourages people to sign onto my legislation calling for the investigation of possible impeachable offenses. We have amassed 30,000 signatures in a week and are seeking to reach 100,000 cosponsors by the time Congress reconvenes at the end of January.

This campaign follows a thorough review of Bush Administration misconduct I undertook which culminated in the publication of a 250-page report. [A copy of the report may be found at Raw Story.com and also at CensureBush.org.]

The latest incidence of the Bush Administration's abuse of power underscores why we must unite to take strong action now. Late last night we learned that NBC is investigating reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) conducted wiretaps of CNN reporter, Christiane Amanpour. While it is very troubling that the NSA would be targeting journalists to uncover terrorist plots, what is especially disconcerting is that Ms. Amanpour's husband served as a senior advisor to the John Kerry presidential campaign and would have been using the same phone that the Agency is alleged to have been wiretapping. The overreach of the NSA in conducting warrantless wiretaps is astounding in its audacity and I have demanded the White House disclose to Congress whether, and to what extent, journalists have been under surveillance and report on additional elements of this program. 21 other Members of Congress joined me in this request, a copy of which may be found on RawStory.com.

These continued constitutional abuses means your voice needs to be heard. Please take the time to get involved. Help send the message to the President, the media, and the American people that we want an end to the war and we are not going to stand for an imperial presidency any longer.

Sincerely,

John Conyers



what are we gonna do now.......


11 U.S. troops killed in Thursday attacks
Troops among at least 140 killed in attacks across Iraq

Friday, January 6, 2006; Posted: 7:57 a.m. EST (12:57 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Eleven U.S. troops -- eight soldiers and three Marines -- were among about 140 people killed in attacks across Iraq Thursday, military officials said. It was the deadliest day in Iraq in nearly four months.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

and my new favorite website is........

ImpeachPAC
ImpeachPAC is a Political Action Committee registered with the Federal Election Commission. Its purpose is to raise money to elect Democratic candidates for Congress who support the immediate and simultaneous impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney for their Iraq War lies.Now there's a website I can relate to....send them money.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

heard Thom Hartmann talking about this

Todays' crop of neorightwingfacists would ridicule Eisenhower.

courtesy of the ACLU