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Howard Dean: Join One Nation Working Together!

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 22:55:03 +0000

One Nation Working Together is a social movement of individuals and organizations committed to putting America back to work and pulling America back together. Coming from a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and orientations, we are determined to build a more united country with good jobs, equal justice, and quality public education for all. Join us at our rally in Washington DC on 10-2-10

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Please Impeach Me

Wed, 28 Mar 2007 02:40:37 +0000

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(CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC IMAGES) President Bush pleads for a chance to atone on the 4th anniversary of the Iraq "cakewalk," in a rendition of "Please Release Me" by Jim Terr. For MP3 audio and for other satires please visit www.BlueCanyonSatire.com, and please search "Jim Terr" to see our other YouTube videos. Thanks! (more)

Bonus Impeachment vid, that's seven little letters I-M-P-E-A-C-H...

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"Time To Clean The White House Out". "Impeach" is from my new CD "Brick" (order at www.tomsongs.org)




Impeachment Is In The Air - It's Everywhere

Tue, 27 Mar 2007 06:47:14 +0000

Like Bob said "impeachment is in the air", it's everywhere. It's in DC, and on the TV. It's in the news and on the blogs. It's in state legislatures and cities and towns across this land. And everywhere you go it's on the minds and flowing off the lips of Americans from coast to coast. Including at least three Presidential candidates (so far) - Dennis Kucinich, Chuck Hagel and Chris Dodd. Wolfie and Cafferty on CNN, plus 'Bow-tie Boy' Tucker Carlson with John Bonifaz on MSNBC, and Steven Colbert on the Colbert report... (more) Here's a snip of Wolfie's transcript where Sen. Dodd puts impeachment back on the table... ...BLITZER: Chuck Hagel, the Republican senator from Nebraska, has caused somewhat of a stir in an interview in Esquire magazine raising the impeachment word involving President Bush. I'll read to you from the Esquire interview. "The president says, I don't care. He's not accountable anymore, which isn't totally true. You can impeach him and before this is over you might see calls for his impeachment. I don't know. It depends how this goes." Where do you stand on the issue of impeachment and President Bush? DODD: Well, I listened to Bill Cohen, your previous guest. I think he sort of expressed my views on this. I don't want to see us jump to this right now. It seems to me this is getting ahead of ourselves. There have been calls already. Various people have raised that as a suggestion here. I'd rather see us try and resolve some of these outstanding issues we have here. We have got an awful lot of issues at home and abroad to try and work our way through. At this point here I wouldn't go that far. Others have raised those concerns but I'm not there at all yet, Wolf. BLITZER: Well, but I -- what I'm hearing is you're not completely ruling it out. DODD: Well, again, you never want to rule those things out, but it seems we're getting ahead of ourselves here. I thought Bill Cohen explained it pretty well here. We have got a lot of issues to grapple with here. The American public are wondering when we can get beyond the 51-49 divide in this country. We need to sort of work through -- we have a lot of issues at home and abroad that require much more cooperation. I've been down this road. I spent -- that foolish effort to impeach Bill Clinton, that took so much time and effort here, I would be very cautious about jumping to that procedure here of impeachment having been through it once already. BLITZER: Senator Chris Dodd is a Democratic presidential candidate. Senator, thanks for coming in. DODD: Thank you, Wolf..... ...BLITZER: They used to be just whispers, quiet conversations about impeaching the president, but now as we just saw, they're getting a little bit louder. And you're going to be surprised who is doing some of the talking. CNN's Carol Costello joining us once again in New York. What are you hearing, Carol? COSTELLO: Well, Wolf, sounding just like a politician. He's not calling for it or suggesting it, but Chuck Hagel did drop the I-word. Keep in mind he is a Republican. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) COSTELLO (voice-over): More calls to impeach Bush, they're coming from lawmakers in more than half a dozen states. The mayor of Salt Lake City, a Democrat in solidly red Utah, was one of the first to jump on board. And now, although he's not calling for it, Republican Senator Chuck Hagel did say in Esquire magazine: "Before this is over, you may see calls for his impeachment." The issue? What Senator Hagel and some other critics see is President Bush's arrogance and disregard for Congress. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP FROM ABC NEWS "THIS WEEK,") SEN. CHUCK HAGEL (R-NE), FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE: Any president who says I don't care or I will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about Iraq or anything else, or I don't care what the Congress does, I am going to proceed, if a president really believes that, then there are -- what I was pointing out, there are ways to deal with that. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: And you think that would be [...]



Mini-Monicagate - Torturer General Gonzales' Lawyer to Take the Fifth

Tue, 27 Mar 2007 02:18:21 +0000

Oh, how the high and mighty are falling. A mini-Monicagate in the making! Gonazales' lawyer takin' the fifth... What next? A midnight flight to Bushco's new Paraguayan ranchero....Gonzales Aide Won't Answer Senate Queries WASHINGTON, March 26, 2007 (CBS/AP) Monica Goodling, a key Justice Department official involved in the firings of U.S. prosecutors, will invoke a constitutional privilege against self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions at upcoming congressional hearings, her lawyer said Monday. "The potential for legal jeopardy for Ms. Goodling from even her most truthful and accurate testimony under these circumstances is very real," said her lawyer, John Dowd... (more) He said that members of the House of Representatives and Senate Judiciary committees seem already to have made up their minds that wrongdoing has occurred in the firings and objected to the political overtones of the congressional investigation. Goodling, who was senior counsel to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the top U.S. law enforcement official, and White House liaison until she took a leave of absence earlier this month, was subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee along with several of the attorney general's other top aides. The White House won't budge from its initial offer of making top aides available for interviews, but not in a public hearing, and not under oath, CBS News' Susan Roberts reports. "If the Congress wants to choose confrontation over a resolution, that is their choice," said Dana Perino, a White House deputy spokesperson. There have been questions about whether Goodling and others misinformed Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty about the firings just before he testified before the Senate committee in February. Dowd said that a senior Justice Department official had told a member of the Senate committee that he was misled by Goodling and others before testifying. Hovering over the matter is the specter of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff convicted of lying to a grand jury about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. The potential for taking a fall over the department's bungled response "is very real," Dowd said. "One need look no further than the recent circumstances and proceedings involving Lewis Libby," the lawyer said. The White House stood by Alberto Gonzales on Monday, even as support for the embattled attorney general erodes on Capitol Hill amid new questions about his honesty. But as one Republican senator puts it, Gonzales is on the "do-not-resuscitate" list, reports CBS News chief White House correspondent Jim Axelrod. It's only Mr. Bush who's keeping him on life support. Three key Republican senators sharply questioned his truthfulness over the firings last fall of eight federal prosecutors. Two more Democrats on Sunday joined the list of lawmakers calling for Gonzales' ouster. Lawmakers want to know whether Gonzales actually changed his story about the dismissals and whether he allowed his aides to say the prosecutors were fired for performance reasons, if in fact the reasons were purely political, Roberts reports. At issue is Gonzales' March 13 denial that he participated in discussions or saw any documents about the firings, despite documents that show he attended a Nov. 27 meeting with senior aides on the topic, where he approved a detailed plan to carry out the dismissals. Perino said Gonzales "might be accused of being imprecise in what he was saying," but maintained that the attorney general was not closely involved in the firings. "I understand the concern. I understand that people might think that there are inconsistencies," Perino said. "But as I read it, I think that he has been consistent." The White House is placing the onus on Gonzales to explain his action to lawmakers, but he is not scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until April 17 — three weeks away. "I grant you, I think that that seems like a long time," Perino said. "But I don't thin[...]



The Iraq Veterans Memorial

Sun, 25 Mar 2007 07:47:05 +0000

"The Iraq Veterans Memorial is an online war memorial that honors the members of the U.S. armed forces who have lost their lives serving in the Iraq War. The Memorial is a collection of video memories from family, friends, military colleagues, and co-workers of those that have fallen."

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You can host the memorial on your website/blog and download it to burn to DVD. Instructions here...




110th Congress Buys the War

Sun, 25 Mar 2007 02:51:34 +0000

Certificate of Ownership: 110th Congress Buys the War by stacybannerman Saturday 24 March 2007 Busy week here on the Hill, and I’m sure you know that the 110th Congress just bought the war in Iraq. On Monday, the 19th, the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Military Families Speak Out held a press conference on the steps of the Cannon House building. We unveiled the Certificate of Ownership, complete with warranty – the brainchild of MFSO member Tammara Rosenleaf, who stayed with me and is planning to return in April. (You can download the certificate at www.mfso.org)... (more) Iraq War veterans also spoke, taking a break from Operation First Casualty, which had them in uniform “patrolling and occupying” the streets of D.C. and Capitol Hill (Photos are available here). After the press conference, the veterans went deep into enemy territory i.e. the White House, and several dozen military family members and supporters went to Congresswoman Pelosi’s office to pepper the staff with questions, and make another seemingly futile request for a meeting with the Speaker. Military family members spent several hours canvassing Congressional offices with the Certificates, appealing to Representatives to stop the supplemental and end the war. I was back on the Hill on Thursday for a Senate Armed Services committee meeting, followed by stops at several Senatorial offices. First was Sen. Akaka (D-Hawaii), to ask about my request for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to hold a human cost hearing. Bad timing, no one was around to help me, will call next week, and go back. Next stop: the Senate VA committee office in the Russell building. I cc’d them on the hearing request, and asked if there’d been any movement. The snarky staffer kept saying that they’d never gotten my e-mail, knew nothing about my request, but I refused to leave and, after some pressing, they whipped out the hard copy of my letter. Then the man with the bad attitude metaphorically patted me on the head, saying, “We have hearings all the time, and get expert testimony.” I reply, “You mean like the expert testimony General Pace provided at an Armed Services hearing in early February when he assured the Chair of the Homeland Security Committee that he was fully confident in the readiness and capabilities of the National Guard, particularly in the border states? And then, two weeks later, Lt. Gen. Blum of the National Guard reported that only 12 percent of Guard units were at readiness?” That kind of expert testimony?” The man sneers, but remains silent. “The only people who are experts at the realities and challenges and failure to care for veterans are the veterans themselves and the military families who love them. We need an open hearing.” I repeated that to Jeff Bjornstad, chief of staff of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), who is a member of the Veterans Affairs committee. Jeff and I talked about a number of things, and I hope to have some progress to report in the next week or so. Back to the vote. Our people spent much of the day Thursday making phone calls and in meetings with members of Congress, their staffers or aides. It wasn’t looking good, but we knew it was over when the Out of Iraq - whoops, scratch that - the Stay in Iraq Caucus released it’s members to vote ‘yes’ on continuing the funding for the war. Friday morning some military families and veterans sat in the gallery during testimony and the vote; others stood at the crosswalk that members of congress use to get to the Capitol. I spoke with some of the Representatives on their way to the vote, including Jim McDermott (D-WA), who has been against this war from the start. During my conversation with the Seattle liberal, I caught something in his eyes – remorse? - and I knew he would join the ranks of the dozens of others who were choosing to break their promises to us, the American people, and most disappointingly, t[...]



Progressive Democrats Cave, Will Vote for $124 Billion Democratic Escalation

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 11:51:15 +0000

I knew three weeks ago this wasn't going to turn out well when I saw the WaPo piece "House Democrats seek more war funds than Bush". It just didn't bode... All these machinations to avoid Democrats "owning" Bush's war, as the DLC insiders have warned them if they cut off funding or demand time-lines for withdraw. Well, guess what? If they give war criminal Bush and gang this $100+ BILLION, as well as the reported additional $140 BILLION for next year, they'll own the Iraq War lock, stock, and barrel.... Progressives Pledge Votes on Iraq By Josephine Hearn March 22, 2007 07:18 PM EST Four prominent liberal Democrats said Thursday they have given House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the support she needs to pass the $124 billion wartime spending bill, even though they remain steadfastly opposed to any additional funding for the war. California Democrats Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, Lynn Woolsey and Diane E. Watson said they did not want to stand in the way of the bill and have urged other liberal lawmakers to vote for it... "This is a helpful development because every vote counts,” said Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami. Still, he would not say whether the new progressive support would ensure passage of the emergency funding bill for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had been struggling to muster the 218 votes they needed to pass the measure, which also sets new readiness requirements for U.S. forces, benchmarks for the Iraqi government and a timetable for the withdraw of U.S. combat troops by Aug. 31, 2008. Much of their opposition came from progressives, led by the four California Democrats, who felt the bill did not mandate a quick end to the war. With nearly all House Republicans planning to oppose the measure, Democratic leaders have been having a tough time rounding up enough support for approval before Friday’s planned vote on the House floor. Debate on the bill started Thursday. Pelosi approached the progressives and asked them to help her change lawmakers’ minds, two Democratic aides said. And they have finalized a deal to deliver the needed support. “After two grueling weeks of meetings, progressive members of Congress brought forth an agreement that provided the momentum to pass a supplemental spending bill that, for the first time, establishes a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq,” the four California congresswomen said in a statement. One well-placed Democratic aide said Pelosi had approached the progressives asking them to supply four votes, but that they ultimately pledged to deliver about ten. It was unclear whether the progressives received any concessions in return. “We have released people who were beginning…to be pulled in a different direction,” Waters said. “We don’t want them to be put in a position where they look like they are undermining Nancy’s speakership.” "I have struggled with this decision,’’ Lee said, “but I finally decided that, while I cannot betray my conscience, I cannot stand in the way of passing a measure that puts a concrete end date on this unnecessary war.’’ Several other members have also dropped their opposition to the bill in recent days. Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) said he now planned to vote for it. “I’m not excited about it, but under the circumstances, it was the best we could do,” he said. And Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.) said he, too, now supports it. "Having spoken with Speaker Pelosi, I believe that this is the best bill the House can successfully pass that will end the war and bring our troops home from Iraq,” he said. “This is not the bill that many of us want, it's the best bill we are likely to get, and I am going to support it.” [...]



Kucinich Asks If Its Time for Impeachment

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 11:09:51 +0000

Dennis Kucinich - Impeachment: I'm asking you. Do you think it's time?

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2008 Democratic Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich Urges Conversation about Impeachment....

'Bout time a democrat puts IMPEACHMENT back on the table!

You can join the conversation over at Kucinich.us (sign-up or log-in to leave a comment, over 880 folks have, so far!)

Vote in our poll: Should Rep. Kucinich Introduce Articles of Impeachment?

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Impeachment: I'm asking you. Do you think it's time?

Dear Friends,

Today is the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. We know it was wrong to go into this war and it's wrong to stay in.

For four years I have been working to end this war, including leading the effort to cut off continued funding for the war. There is enough money to bring our troops home and we should do that.

But the Bush administration, with the help of some in Congress, wants to pour more money into this war.

Worse than that, the Bush administration now is signaling its intention to wage war with Iran. We cannot allow that to happen.

So I'm asking you. Do you think it's time?

I'm talking about time for impeachment.

I ask because we are now have a condition in this country where we are told to take impeachment off the table, and keep on the table a U.S. military attack against Iran.

This situation calls for us to reconsider very deeply the moment that we're in – where our Constitution is being trashed, where international law is being violated, where our hopes and dreams for the education of our children, for the health of our people, for housing, for our veterans, are being set aside as we go deeper and deeper into war.

We need a whole discussion in America. And with your help, we're about to have one.

Please go to my website, and watch the video posted today, "Impeachment: I'm asking you. Do you think it's time?": http://kucinich.us/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?q=180634&u=310

You may find the printed transcript of this video at: http://kucinich.us/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?q=180634&u=311

Or you can see this video on my YouTube site, at http://kucinich.us/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?q=180634&u=312

Once you've watched or read this statement, please send me your comments. Over this past weekend there were thousands of demonstrations against this war being waged by the President with the consent of Congress. This must stop.

Then talk to your friends, family, and neighbors. Get them together for a house party to discuss this war, and our options to stop it. Click here for information on a house party kit.

Please join with me on this day by signaling your continued support for ending this war. Your voice is important.

And so is your contribution. We need your help to carry our message forward. Our goal is to raise $50 million for this campaign, $50 at a time from one million concerned Americans. http://kucinich.us/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?q=180634&u=313

Be One of a Million. Please contribute today to show your support for ending this war.

Thank you,

Dennis J Kucinich




Sen. Boxer's Smackdown of Wingnut Global Warming Denier Inhofe

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 10:51:26 +0000

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Sen. Barbara Boxer smacks down Global Warming denier James Inhofe during Al Gore's appearance before the Senate: PRICELESS!...

Also see HuffPo's Senator James Inhofe: Supreme "Bullshitter"...




The Anti-Hillary 1984 Video

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 10:43:22 +0000

Over 2.3 million folks have viewed it on YouTube, now you can too...

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Funny what grabs people's attention... but that the way it is with viral video, even, as in this case, if it's based on one created before a third of the population of the country was born...

Oh, and the big mystery is solved, the perp digital artist has been outted...

Mystery creator of anti-Clinton ad ID'd By JIM KUHNHENN

WASHINGTON - The mystery creator of the Orwellian YouTube ad against Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Democratic operative who worked for a digital consulting firm with ties to rival Sen. Barack Obama.

Philip de Vellis, a strategist with Blue State Digital, acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that he was the creator of the video, which portrayed Clinton as a Big Brother figure and urged support for Obama's presidential campaign.

De Vellis said he resigned from the firm on Wednesday after he learned that he was about to be unmasked by the HuffingtonPost.com., a liberal news and opinion Internet site.... (full article)

It's spawned a veritable cottage industry of knock-offs and parallel efforts, like this cheesy attempt to turn the tables on Barrack Obama...

Barack 1984

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And a history lesson from speechprofessor at the beginning of his knock-off, Hillary '1984'

This campaign spot for Obama Barack is a parody of the 1984 Apple Computer Super Bowl spot. Hillary Clinton has been substituted for IBM as the mind numbing voice of conformity. In the original spot, the Macintosh was introduced as 'the computer for the rest of us.' Presumably, in this spot, Barack Obama, 'is the candidate for the rest of us.' (though a person would have to be older or check the original spot to make this connection).

Plus here's another effort w/improved soundtrack, Hillary 1984 - Equilibrium Remix

There's many more but this gives a taste of the Hillary 1984 mania that has swept the Internets these past couple weeks....