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Georgia was stolen. AKA: you can't be a hero if your party is not heroic.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/31/2008 09:30:22

I am not kidding here. If you are on a team that does great things, then yes! celebrate! Be a cheerleader! But you can't be the hero of a party that does unheroic things. That is not how sports are played... And politics - they are one and the same, as some in the media have said. The problem is: the results of politics are FAR more critical. So - let's begin....

Let's talk about Heroes; let's talk about politics.
Let's talk about how the GOP treats our heroes for a moment. For just a brief moment, let's talk about Max Cleland. In case you did not know, he is a Vietnam vet...He is the honorable and former Senator from the state of Georgia. He did not win re-election and Saxby Chambiss assumed his seat. Basically, he was *swifboated*. The following ad is largely attributed to his *failure* to win his election campaign:
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325 comments (Latest Comment: 08/01/2008 04:13:47 by livingonli)

Republican Psychoanalysis 101
Author: BobR    Date: 07/30/2008 12:21:56

I had an experience lately that got me thinking about right-wingers and why they think they way they do. As some of you may know, I have a second job at a pizza place. One of my coworkers is a right-winger, and we get along despite this obvious character flaw. I had shown her the letter to the editor I had gotten published regarding drilling for oil, and she tried to correct my "misperceptions". Next to it was a letter regarding Michael Weiner Savage, and she said "I love him". I said he was an asshole and she said "that's why I love him". I mentioned his comments on autistic children and she said "he's right - I have a friend that runs a day care center and she said...". There was some crosstalk (and I had to leave to make a delivery), but then she said "I don't believe in ADD either".
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437 comments (Latest Comment: 07/31/2008 04:44:52 by Raine)

Bout Time
Author: Mondobubba    Date: 07/29/2008 23:33:01

We are back up! Start the highjinx.
102 comments (Latest Comment: 07/30/2008 12:19:12 by velveeta jones)

McCain wants Obama to Visit Columbia. Ok, Let's talk about Columbia (and John McCain)
Author: Raine    Date: 07/28/2008 07:34:36

In the Beginning of July , John McCain traveled to Columbia (the country). His purpose, according to reports, was to talk about illegal drugs and the promotion of CAFTA. While he was there, he met with cabinet members and business leaders... Most importantly, he met with President Uribe, (who came to power in 2002) allegedly to talk about the country's Human Rights record. Source

I mention this because yesterday, capt, a member of our blog, brought to light an interesting snippet from HuffPo. It was a CNN segment where a McCain representative suggested that Obama should visit other places that McCain has been, in particular, Columbia, South America. I quote "In fact, [Obama's] never met with President Uribe in Colombia, as John McCain has." This caught my eye. Many people focused a lot on Columbia that week early in July because John McCain's visit coincided with the release of 5 hostages (3 of which were Americans) after five years of FARC captivity. I will preface the rest of this with an opinion: FARC is not a nice group. This is not about FARC. FARC has been been trying to overthrow Columbia for quite some time. However... President Uribe is not someone we should be associating with, in my opinion. I hope you follow me here, because this gets interesting. Let's focus on the President of Columbia, the man that John McCain traveled to see, the man he wants to do business with, the man he NOW thinks Barack Obama should go visit. From Justice For Columbia, A human rights group based in London:
Uribe has worked for the Medellin Cartel and is a close personal friend of Pablo Escobar. He has participated in Escobar's political campaign…."

Perhaps unsurprisingly due to the links between the drugs traffickers and the paramilitaries Uribe also grew closer to those involved in the AUC paramilitary alliance. During his period as Governor of Antioquia, Uribe openly supported and financed local vigilante groups known as CONVIVIR. According to Human Rights Watch many CONVIVIR groups "were directed by known paramilitaries" whilst others "threatened to assassinate Colombians that were considered as guerrilla sympathizers of which rejected joining the [CONVIVIR]".
There is far more at the link, and I know Pablo is dead... however it's the paramiliatary aspect, more so than the drugs, that are disturbing me.
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221 comments (Latest Comment: 07/29/2008 00:26:41 by Raine)

Sly, like a............
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 07/27/2008 03:39:03

Velveeta was all set to write another installment of "A Southern Ladies Guide to Gentleman Callers" but was then stymied by the scandalous information about FOX news. Apparently, FOX News™ may not be "Fair And Balanced" after all! It seems they might be a tool of the right-wing branch of neo-cons. I for one, am shocked!

So, with fainting couch close at hand, I read the accusations. Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan admitted that the White House used FOX commentators as their spokespeople, feeding them information that they wanted the American audience to hear, regardless of any "facts". Mr. McClellan, aka Puffy McMoonFace, recently told Chris Matthews on Hardball, "There were (FOX) commentators and pundits who were useful to the White House...... we were getting them Talking Points."



Well, Mr. Puffy McMoonFace (so called because of his overly round face, and his penchant for blowing up like a Puffer fish when he is caught in a lie) should know. He would have been the one issuing the memos.
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91 comments (Latest Comment: 07/28/2008 07:01:56 by livingonli)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/26/2008 12:57:59

Good Morning!

Plenty of interesting stuff going on. Perhaps you missed it (I know I did), but about two weeks back, Time Magazine featured an article that was generally favorable to Libertarians. Of course, it was heavy on the guns and drugs aspect (as every mainstream story is), but deep in the article was an interesting attempt to define what the party is all about.
The central goal of Libertarianism is hard to disagree with: freedom. Defining it is another matter. Party members I've met often speak of freedom as if it were a phantom limb: you're born with it, but it gets taken from you by the bureaucratic violence of the EPA, the ATF, the DOE, the DEA, the U.N., NCLB, NAFTA and--above all--the IRS. Freedom's restoration is the magic moment when the nanny state melts away and you can see the life you were supposed to live before the tax auditors and environmental regulators and drug warriors all came to rope, brand and pen you in for life with their endless rulemaking and intrusions.

If the freedom that lives in the Libertarian imagination has an earthly home, it is the American West. If it has a temple, it's Nevada. It's not just the low taxes or the libertine veneer of Las Vegas; Nevada is free, I was told, in part because so much of it is populated by an unbroken and unbowed caste of ranchers, miners and homesteaders who believe in the primacy of private property.

As you might guess, things that come between a Nevadan and his land don't sit well, and over the past decade, there's been nothing more disruptive than the environmental movement's good intentions. Nye County rancher Jim Berg, 68, doesn't call himself a Libertarian, but he thinks the GOP has lost its will to keep the government from affecting his livelihood. He has plenty of war stories about his county's showdowns with the Federal Government, including a 1991 standoff when armed federales came to confiscate cattle belonging to a neighboring rancher who had let his herd graze on off-limits federal land. The Forest Service got some of Berg's cattle in the dragnet, auctioned them off and kept the proceeds. "They wanted trouble that day," he says. "Why else would you gather another man's cattle with 25 to 30 armed men?"


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112 comments (Latest Comment: 07/27/2008 20:20:12 by AuntAzalea)

The times...
Author: BobR    Date: 07/25/2008 12:16:20

Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pens
And keep your eyes open, the chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon, the wheel's still in spin
And there's no telling who that it's naming
Oh the loser will be later to win
For the times, they are a changing

Come senators, congressmen, please head the call
Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt will be her that has stalled
The battle outside ragging will soon shake your windows
And rattle your hall
For the times, they are a changing

- from The Times They Are a-Changin' by Bob Dylan


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257 comments (Latest Comment: 07/26/2008 13:14:35 by capt)

4F... Represent!
Author: Raine    Date: 07/24/2008 15:40:52

We have a lot of members, from all over the country, and even around the world...


We have a VERY important election coming up... we are not just voting for a new president, but for a new House of Representatives, and Senate.

Random, a fellow 4F'r has offered to number crunch things for our members, so, we need to know...

Who is running in your congressional district? Who is running for your state in the Senate Race? Check in, and represent... tell us who you are supporting, so we know how they are doing.

Supply the State and District and any other information you think is important!

Remember... it's not just
:gobama:

it's also

http://images.publicradio.org/content/2006/10/30/20061030_democraticparty_18.jpg


Represent... We will be creating a new links section for all those we are supporting in our local races. The country depends upon it!
13 comments (Latest Comment: 08/07/2008 11:17:18 by Random)

Compare and Contrast.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/24/2008 12:29:13

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/files/images/080723_vashem.jpg

This is what Barack Obama wrote in the book at Yad-Vashem in Israel. This is the man who will be president of the United States. This is from the man John McCain called a flip-flopper yesterday. Yeah, These are the words written that the McCain campaign, chose to attack Barack Obama for.
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228 comments (Latest Comment: 07/25/2008 12:05:43 by capt)

Savage Disregard
Author: clintster    Date: 07/23/2008 12:29:05

A little over four years ago, my wife woke me up at 5 in the morning to tell me her water had broken, and it was time for our baby to be born. I got a few things together in a travel bag and we rushed to the hospital in our little town in Virginia. After 18 hours of labor, our son Ian made his debut in the world, and he was the most beautiful sight we had ever seen.

As our son grew, my wife and I suspected there was something different about him. Though he was developmentally ahead of other children his age in many areas, his speech and social skills seemed to fall farther and farther behind. He would have bursts of anger that would come from nowhere, and seemingly innocuous social interactions seemed to result in biting or hitting. We sought the help of our pediatrician, who advised us that in his opinion Ian had high-functioning autism. My wife and I were a bit stunned by the news, but made arrangements through the county to get him the help he (and we) needed through the school system.
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417 comments (Latest Comment: 07/24/2008 09:12:26 by trojanrabbit)

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