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Steal Back Your Vote
Author: BobR    Date: 09/20/2008 01:31:20

They did it in 2000, they did it in 2004 and they'll try again this year. Greg Palast, Bobby Kennedy Jr., and Rev. Jesse Jackson have created a guide that lays out the Six Ways They’re Stealing the Election – and the Seven Ways you can Steal It Back. It’s a 24-page downloadable graphic guide - an investigative comic book. It’s non-partisan, it’s humorous, it’s harrowing and it’s helpful.

More info to come later, but for now you can click here to see more...


A Storm's Aftermath
Author: BobR    Date: 09/19/2008 12:34:27

This past week the news has been wall-to-wall with coverage of the economic meltdown. Between it and the escalating campaign rhetoric, most other news items have been essentially ignored. One of those news items was all anyone was talking about a week ago: Hurricane Ike. He's gone and may be forgotten by most of the U.S., but his memory lives on along the southern coast.

They say the first casualty in war is the truth. Apparently the first casualty after a hurricane is freedom of the press, followed closely by common sense. When it was discovered that there were dead bodies laying around on the streets of Galveston and in the surrounding water, the government did what one might expect: They made it a no-fly zone to hide it from American eyes:
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245 comments (Latest Comment: 09/20/2008 05:37:04 by Raine)

McCain on Spain Tries Lamely to Explain
Author: Raine    Date: 09/18/2008 12:28:57

Note: the Blog has been updated with the original ENGLISH version of the interview.

So this morning, I wake up to find that John McCain doesn't know where Spain is. Seriously. I went over to another one of my fav sites, AmericaBlog, and it was confirmed by this second source, who is fluent in spanish.
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156 comments (Latest Comment: 09/19/2008 07:07:18 by livingonli)

And the Wall(st) Came Tumbling Down
Author: BobR    Date: 09/17/2008 12:34:48

Joshua 6:20-21: So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

And time respects no person--what you lift up must fall
They're waiting outside to claim my tumblin' walls
Saw my picture in the paper, read the news around my face
And now some people don't want to treat me the same
When the walls come tumblin' down
When the walls come crumblin' crumblin'
When the walls come tumblin' tumblin' down
- John Mellencamp

It wasn't the sound of trumpets, it was the sound of bells. By the time trading closed on Monday, Wall St. had lost 504 points. What was once a mighty Wall made of solid bricks like Merrill-Lynch became the rubble of an economy in deep trouble as those inside, thinking themselves safe, looked aghast at the wreckage. The Wall was made of solid bricks, but because of greed, the builders had stopped using mortar to hold it all together.
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145 comments (Latest Comment: 09/18/2008 07:24:10 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/16/2008 10:44:56

Good Morning.

In an interesting coincidence, today is our 2,008th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualties from the Warron Terra, courtesy of antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4158
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4019
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3697
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3299
Since Election (1/31/05): 2720

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 591
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 376
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 444

We find this morning's cost of war passing through $ 554, 508, 500, 000.00

This morning, we'll take a look at our closest ally in the "warron terra"...Pakistan. It's been easy to miss, as the mainstream media hasn't been saying much, but recently there's been some friction between us.

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232 comments (Latest Comment: 09/17/2008 05:14:38 by BobR)

Enough! It's time to focus.
Author: Raine    Date: 09/15/2008 05:58:44

It's been more than 2 weeks since we all had the pleasure to learn about Sarah Palin. I include myself in this, regarding what I am going to say next. ENOUGH. 2 weeks is enough. I get it now. I hope you will too. She is exactly what John McCain wanted her to be. He wanted her to be the person to get your panties in a wad -- a wad so tight we forgot who OUR candidate is. John wanted you to focus on her, and not on Barack.
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218 comments (Latest Comment: 09/16/2008 03:50:26 by livingonli)

I am living in Surreality!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 09/14/2008 13:12:39

What happened? I feel like I've been abducted by aliens and plunked back down to Earth and now living in a "Twilight Zone" episode. Seriously, is someone playing a practical joke on America? I'm okay with that, really I am........ I've been known to be a bit of a prankster myself as some of the regulars of this blog may well know.

What the heck is the Republican Party doing? I am so confused I don't know whether to yell and scream or to laugh at the absurdity. It seem the Republicans are now, um, "Pro Women". At least, what they're trying to convince us.

Here's why I'm confused: Hillary Clinton is a "bitch" ("How do we beat the bitch") and Michelle Obama is everything from "uppity" to "elitist", even Cindy McCain is a C**t; but hand-off of Sarah Palin! Anything you say against her means you are a (drama sting) SEXIST! Suddenly, Charles Gibson is "condescending". Please! He the same tiresome "journalist" he's always been! Suddenly using her face to photoshop onto a sexy bikini clad model is wrong. Suddenly, anyone who questions her views and opinions, including how she runs her home is treating her differently then we’d treat a man! Seems she's a feminist and I'm a sexist pig for calling her a disgrace to woman-hood.
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77 comments (Latest Comment: 09/15/2008 03:34:43 by Raine)

A Campaign Collapses
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/13/2008 12:19:33

Good Morning!

Today is the annual Waltham "Mayor's Picnic" on the common behind city hall, so I'll be heading out soon to set up a recruiting booth for the Cub Scouts. I've always wanted to run an "Operation Politically Homeless" booth at this event, but my dedication to youth service always wins in the end.

Besides, it's tough days being a Libertarian, anyway. Not only does our candidate have to fight to get on the ballot (where the two majors get a free pass), there's hardly any media coverage unless the candidate does something stupid.

Unfortunately....this past week is one of those times. Methinks Bob Barr has been shooting at his own feet recently. Perhaps you missed it (as did most of the national press corp), but there was a joint press conference scheduled among the Third-Party Candidates last week.

Bob Barr was scheduled to attend, but pulled out at the last minute. Apparently, he's afraid that appearing with other second-tier candidates would "dilute his message".

While the nation's two major political parties bicker over name-calling, a collection of smaller third-parties came together Wednesday in a so-called unity event that, in the end, only produced yet more bickering.

Supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a conservative who made a run for the Republican presidential nomination, were fuming Wednesday over what they said was a last-minute decision by Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr to skip a press briefing with three other long-shot candidates designed to challenge the election dominance of Democrats and Republicans.

Mr. Barr, at his own solo news conference an hour later, said he passed on the group effort for fear it would "dilute" his candidacy and reduce his party's influence after the November election.

The four candidates — including independent consumer activist Ralph Nader, Green Party nominee; Cynthia McKinney, a former Democrats congresswoman from Georgia, and Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party — were supposed to endorse a quartet of principles drafted by Mr. Paul on issues ranging from ending the war in Iraq and cutting the national debt to reforming the Federal Reserve System.

"By coming together, we represent a majority of the American people. We deserve to be heard. We deserve to be in the [presidential] debates," Mr. Paul said.

Mr. Barr said he did not oppose the Paul statement of principles, but said he was trying to maximize his party's vote count in November and its clout with the new administration. He noted that the platform of Reform Party nominee H. Ross Perot helped shape the debates on welfare reform and federal spending after he won nearly a fifth of the vote in the 1992 presidential election.

"We can endorse these principles, but we also think it is important not to dilute our message. The goal is to amass as large a percentage of votes as possible to affect policy. You can't do that by a collection of amorphous groups," Mr. Barr said.

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61 comments (Latest Comment: 09/14/2008 06:18:10 by livingonli)

A Stormy Season
Author: BobR    Date: 09/12/2008 12:32:05

With our quadrennial presidential election just weeks away, the candidates have been at the eye of the storm, while campaign advisers, 527s and the media swirl around the periphery. The victims of the destructive hot air have been the truth, common sense, and common decency.

The only interruptions have been the hurricanes which - this year - seem to be coming more frequently and more brutal, almost as if to mimic the maelstrom which is the campaign circus. Hurricane Ike seems to targeting Galveston, TX which was submerged by a hurricane 108 years ago. There are, however, more scientific explanations, and none of them bode well for residents near the Caribbean.
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190 comments (Latest Comment: 09/13/2008 06:52:50 by livingonli)

September Morn
Author: Raine    Date: 09/11/2008 12:21:22

Good morning everyone.

A few weeks ago, I went back to to NY for a visit. Being that I was going to be staying in Jersey City with a friend for a few nights, I had to do what I had not done in years, I went to the WTC Path Station. You know the one: it ran under the towers. The station reopened in 2003, and a new entrance was finished by 2006. It was beautiful, really. But: they have since torn it down.
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