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Operation General Election
Author: Raine    Date: 05/08/2008 12:24:42

It is time to change how we are seeing things. We need to start acting like the primary is over. We have a presumptive nominee and it is time we as a party start operating as tho we are in General Election mode. We do want to win in November, right? Of course we do!

I know that we still have 2 candidates that are actively seeking the Democratic party nomination. As the grassroots of this party, the donators, the true constituency, it is now our job to start -- REALLY START -- working to defeat John McCain. Until the superdelegates get off their asses and commit, someone has to carry the water for this party.

It's about a lot more than who wins the POTUS. A lot of seats in the House and the Senate are up for grabs that we must win to have a fillibuster proof majority. As long as this race is dragged out the way certain people seem to want it to, precious money is being spent - and precious attention is not being paid to things going on in your states and districts. No attention means those candidates probably need support and money. In the coming weeks, we will probably be adding capabilities for people who are members here to link to their candidates in local races. Operation GE is open to suggestions!

It is time to move into general Election mode along with all the others who know what we need to to defeat John McCain and the Republican party this fall. Call your local Democratic party office and voluteer. Find out who is running to represent your area. Put a sign in your yard saying that you will vote Dem.

I know people are tired. I know some will need more time than others to join OGE, but for those of us that can lead the charge it is time. I think the First job will be to come up with a better acronym than OGE!

We have given the talking points here abut McCain. Every day this goes on, John is out campaigning quietly and going VERY under the radar. In the coming months we will post about him -- again and again I am sure.

But for today, I say we begin Operation General Election.
We get to decide. WE make the Choice. We have to power to get the real message out -- door to door, hand to hand, call to call, volunteering, shouting, talking, communicating...

WE can and must get a working majority back in the ALL the branches of Government.

... And three outta three, ain't bad.

:peace: and
Raine










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Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 12:49:20
Mondo in the hizzy! First! La.





Back to the Facebook crack

Comment by Scoopster on 05/08/2008 12:51:51
Mornin' Mondo!



I recently started a Facebook account and filled in a few things there, but I just don't get the appeal of it. I guess I'm just more in tune with message boards & diary-style blogging & MMO gaming.





Comment by TriSec on 05/08/2008 12:55:33
glum



Main Entry:

glum

Pronunciation:

\ˈgləm\

Function:

adjective

Inflected Form(s):

glum·mer; glum·mest

Etymology:

akin to Middle English gloumen to gloom

Date:

1547



1 : broodingly morose 2 : dreary, gloomy

synonyms see TRISEC



:kickcan:



Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 12:56:26
Good morning everyone.



I see Tri sec is feeling quite chipper this morning!

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 13:03:43
mmm hmmm. I see Raine has not added me as a friend. Lizz, ProducerChris, & Tri are on top of this.

Comment by TriSec on 05/08/2008 13:05:08
Scoop, I was never much into Facebook either, until after the last meetup when everyone seemed to trade info....so we're all out there now.





Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:05:22
Quote by Mondobubba:

mmm hmmm. I see Raine has not added me as a friend. Lizz, ProducerChris, & Tri are on top of this.


Raine has not been over to the myFacetubebook in a few days... When I get a chance, I will add you!



Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 13:09:03
Quote by Raine:

Quote by Mondobubba:

mmm hmmm. I see Raine has not added me as a friend. Lizz, ProducerChris, & Tri are on top of this.


Raine has not been over to the myFacetubebook in a few days... When I get a chance, I will add you!







I'll wait...:rofl:

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:11:33
:rofl: Butters! Professor Chaos!!!

Comment by TriSec on 05/08/2008 13:11:46
Oh, happy V-E day everyone, BTW...





Comment by TriSec on 05/08/2008 13:12:40
Quote by Mondobubba:



Here try one of these Tri :hands him Lexapro: All us cool kids take it. You wanna be cool, right?




Eh, I'll deal with this the old fashioned way.



: goes on bender, robs bank, drives off cliff :







Comment by m-hadley on 05/08/2008 13:15:25
Mornin' Everybody,

Copier wars started my day this morning - can you say "Jam" and I ain't talkin' bout a fun music festival? Happy Thursday 4Fers!

:D

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 13:18:38
Quote by TriSec:

Quote by Mondobubba:



Here try one of these Tri :hands him Lexapro: All us cool kids take it. You wanna be cool, right?




Eh, I'll deal with this the old fashioned way.



: goes on bender, robs bank, drives off cliff :













Self medication is not the answer Tri.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:18:42
Quote by TriSec:

Oh, happy V-E day everyone, BTW...







Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 13:19:05
Mondo!

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:19:16
Mondo? I am confusled... What was the diamond and the butt for?







Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:20:38
Rush is starting to remind me of Jon Lovitz... Acting I was only acting!

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 13:21:35
Quote by Raine:

Mondo? I am confusled... What was the diamond and the butt for?









Jim and his bizare pronounciation of zounds.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:21:43
Quote by m-hadley:

Mornin' Everybody,

Copier wars started my day this morning - can you say "Jam" and I ain't talkin' bout a fun music festival? Happy Thursday 4Fers!

:D

Cheers,

mfaye
:: Momma Miller :: Oh dear...



:lol:



G'mornin' Faye!



Comment by TriSec on 05/08/2008 13:28:31
I suppose there's always aviation crack....but the roar of the mighty Merlin isn't even doing it for me today.





Comment by Scoopster on 05/08/2008 13:30:42
Quote by TriSec:

Quote by Mondobubba:



Here try one of these Tri :hands him Lexapro: All us cool kids take it. You wanna be cool, right?




Eh, I'll deal with this the old fashioned way.



: goes on bender, robs bank, drives off cliff :





Thus ends TriSec of Waltham! :lol:

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:32:38
From a Kos Diary:

http://imgcash2.imageshack.us/img186/291/obamanv9.png




The quote at the bottom is, "Really we're pretty sure this time."



:clap:





Comment by jd_in_ny on 05/08/2008 13:32:47
good morning!

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:33:59
Quote by TriSec:

I suppose there's always aviation crack....but the roar of the mighty Merlin isn't even doing it for me today.



Wasn't it Coltrane or PArker or DAvis that you say you cannot listen to and still be in a bad mood?



Maybe it is time to fire up some Jazz my friend!



Comment by Scoopster on 05/08/2008 13:34:29
Oh my.. incoming work time sponge



The Random Futurama Scene Generator

Comment by m-hadley on 05/08/2008 13:34:42
I've got a dildo named Leo - he's chocolate brown and he's loads of fun.

I'd call in but I don't know if you can say "dildo" on the air???

Sorry, is this too much information? Seems to go along with the on air conversation...:D

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:39:00
Elizabeth Edwards is on Cspan3 giving testimony Cancer research and PAteint care to a house commitee.



Lance ARmstrong is there as well.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:40:40
Quote by m-hadley:

I've got a dildo named Leo - he's chocolate brown and he's loads of fun.

I'd call in but I don't know if you can say "dildo" on the air???

Sorry, is this too much information? Seems to go along with the on air conversation...:D

Cheers,

mfaye
You can tell then that you often go to Dinner and a date with LEO!





That is what I call it... Dinner and a date.



NOW we have entered TMI, I suspect!



Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 13:41:40
Morning :hug:

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 13:42:24
BTW, Good morning everyone.



:D

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 13:42:33
Raine, BTW still waiting :rofl:

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 13:43:43
Quote by m-hadley:

I've got a dildo named Leo - he's chocolate brown and he's loads of fun.

I'd call in but I don't know if you can say "dildo" on the air???

Sorry, is this too much information? Seems to go along with the on air conversation...:D

Cheers,

mfaye




Stunned, but not killed. The blog that is.

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 13:44:20
Mala y Livin morning! :hug:

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:44:35
Comment by Scoopster on 05/08/2008 13:45:52


Somehow, I'm not surprised.

Comment by jd_in_ny on 05/08/2008 13:47:16


not. real. democrats. (or liberals, progressives, thinking persons - whichever label they prefer)

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 13:47:23
Hi Mondo.



Raine, are you going to post that on the SMS live blog? I wonder what the Shillary trolls clay and DRII will think of that?

Comment by Scoopster on 05/08/2008 13:47:43
Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 13:48:06
Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:49:24
Quote by livingonli:

Hi Mondo.



Raine, are you going to post that on the SMS live blog? I wonder what the Shillary trolls clay and DRII will think of that?
No... I refuse to give meat to trolls.





I am more than willing to share things like this here. There... no.



I just refuse to engage in those discussions. period. The reason Why I go there at all is so the few nice people know that we have this place here.



Comment by m-hadley on 05/08/2008 13:50:53
A co-worker just walked into my office and asked me if I was listening to Ann Coulter - I threw up in my mouth, before I could even scream: “Nooooooo!” I’ll listen to Ann Coulter when hell freezes over or when Rush Limbaugh becomes an honest man. Aaaarrrgh!!!

Cheers,

mfaye :D

Comment by jd_in_ny on 05/08/2008 13:51:04
Quote by Raine:

Quote by livingonli:

Hi Mondo.



Raine, are you going to post that on the SMS live blog? I wonder what the Shillary trolls clay and DRII will think of that?
No... I refuse to give meat to trolls.





I am more than willing to share things like this here. There... no.



I just refuse to engage in those discussions. period. The reason Why I go there at all is so the few nice people know that we have this place here.



that's how I found this place

Comment by BobR on 05/08/2008 13:52:18
Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 13:52:36
Comment by m-hadley on 05/08/2008 13:53:22
Quote by Mondobubba:

Quote by m-hadley:

I've got a dildo named Leo - he's chocolate brown and he's loads of fun.

I'd call in but I don't know if you can say "dildo" on the air???

Sorry, is this too much information? Seems to go along with the on air conversation...:D

Cheers,

mfaye




Stunned, but not killed. The blog that is.


Sorry 'bout that



Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 13:55:21
Quote by m-hadley:

Quote by Mondobubba:

Quote by m-hadley:

I've got a dildo named Leo - he's chocolate brown and he's loads of fun.

I'd call in but I don't know if you can say "dildo" on the air???

Sorry, is this too much information? Seems to go along with the on air conversation...:D

Cheers,

mfaye




Stunned, but not killed. The blog that is.


Sorry 'bout that



Cheers,

mfaye




No need to apologize. The blog needs stunning from time to time

Comment by BobR on 05/08/2008 13:56:13
Quote by livingonli:

Raine, are you going to post that on the SMS live blog? I wonder what the Shillary trolls clay and DRII will think of that?


Go for it Livin!

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:56:23
OK... NOW we are supposed to be AFRAID of OCtober?



Stupid, idjits.

Comment by TriSec on 05/08/2008 13:57:33
Quote by Raine:

[
Wasn't it Coltrane or PArker or DAvis that you say you cannot listen to and still be in a bad mood?



Maybe it is time to fire up some Jazz my friend!







It's Ellington, luv.



I'd rather wallow today....don't feel like listening to anything right now.



Pity, party of one! :kickcan:





Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 13:58:11
Quote by jd_in_ny:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by livingonli:

Hi Mondo.



Raine, are you going to post that on the SMS live blog? I wonder what the Shillary trolls clay and DRII will think of that?
No... I refuse to give meat to trolls.





I am more than willing to share things like this here. There... no.



I just refuse to engage in those discussions. period. The reason Why I go there at all is so the few nice people know that we have this place here.



that's how I found this place
Come for the conversation, stay for the Audicons!







Comment by m-hadley on 05/08/2008 13:58:36
Quote by Raine:

Quote by m-hadley:

I've got a dildo named Leo - he's chocolate brown and he's loads of fun.

I'd call in but I don't know if you can say "dildo" on the air???

Sorry, is this too much information? Seems to go along with the on air conversation...:D

Cheers,

mfaye
You can tell then that you often go to Dinner and a date with LEO!





That is what I call it... Dinner and a date.



NOW we have entered TMI, I suspect!





Raine,

Not to beat this wounded horse

to badly, but sometimes Leo and I a get together for a date and a movie :D

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by Shane-O on 05/08/2008 13:59:36
Good Morning all!

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:00:38
Quote by m-hadley:

A co-worker just walked into my office and asked me if I was listening to Ann Coulter - I threw up in my mouth, before I could even scream: “Nooooooo!” I’ll listen to Ann Coulter when hell freezes over or when Rush Limbaugh becomes an honest man. Aaaarrrgh!!!

Cheers,

mfaye :D




Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:03:03
Quote by m-hadley:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by m-hadley:

I've got a dildo named Leo - he's chocolate brown and he's loads of fun.

I'd call in but I don't know if you can say "dildo" on the air???

Sorry, is this too much information? Seems to go along with the on air conversation...:D

Cheers,

mfaye
You can tell then that you often go to Dinner and a date with LEO!





That is what I call it... Dinner and a date.



NOW we have entered TMI, I suspect!





Raine,

Not to beat this wounded horse

to badly, but sometimes Leo and I a get together for a date and a movie :D

Cheers,

mfaye


:rofl:



The best part is you never have to worry about what to order from the Menu! Finger foods? NO problem! :rofl:





:: skates of to the penalty box ::



Comment by Shane-O on 05/08/2008 14:03:54
Quote by Raine:

Quote by m-hadley:

A co-worker just walked into my office and asked me if I was listening to Ann Coulter - I threw up in my mouth, before I could even scream: “Nooooooo!” I’ll listen to Ann Coulter when hell freezes over or when Rush Limbaugh becomes an honest man. Aaaarrrgh!!!

Cheers,

mfaye :D


and

Comment by BobR on 05/08/2008 14:04:05
Quote by TriSec:



It's Ellington, luv.

I'd rather wallow today....don't feel like listening to anything right now.



Pity, party of one! :kickcan:



Would you like some cheese with that whine?

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 14:04:26
Quote by Raine:

Quote by jd_in_ny:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by livingonli:

Hi Mondo.



Raine, are you going to post that on the SMS live blog? I wonder what the Shillary trolls clay and DRII will think of that?
No... I refuse to give meat to trolls.





I am more than willing to share things like this here. There... no.



I just refuse to engage in those discussions. period. The reason Why I go there at all is so the few nice people know that we have this place here.



that's how I found this place
Come for the conversation, stay for the Audicons!







Audicons are like crack.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:07:48
Quote by Shane-O:

Good Morning all!
Guten Morgen!



Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:09:01
:rofl: Nice one!!!

Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 14:09:37
That's a nice one Shane-O :D

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:10:11


Comment by Shane-O on 05/08/2008 14:10:16
The "Aliens" drop was for Mondo... :)

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 14:11:45
Posted it there. Now I feel dirty. Damn hillbot trolls. :simpson shudder:

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:13:08
I know Bobbie Sherman. I am not a baby boomer.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 14:13:31
Bobby McFaren? Yeah - ah - no.

Comment by m-hadley on 05/08/2008 14:13:52
Quote by Raine:

Quote by m-hadley:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by m-hadley:

I've got a dildo named Leo - he's chocolate brown and he's loads of fun.

I'd call in but I don't know if you can say "dildo" on the air???

Sorry, is this too much information? Seems to go along with the on air conversation...:D

Cheers,

mfaye
You can tell then that you often go to Dinner and a date with LEO!





That is what I call it... Dinner and a date.



NOW we have entered TMI, I suspect!





Raine,

Not to beat this wounded horse

to badly, but sometimes Leo and I a get together for a date and a movie :D

Cheers,

mfaye


:rofl:



The best part is you never have to worry about what to order from the Menu! Finger foods? NO problem! :rofl:





:: skates of to the penalty box ::



I believe that Leo and I are relegated to the penalty box, too - shake a Raintini for me will ya? Leo doesn't drink much :D

Cheers,

mfaye



Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:14:31
Quote by Shane-O:

The "Aliens" drop was for Mondo... :)
Awesome!



Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:15:15
Faye LEo and Raine in the penalty box? altogether?

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 14:17:41
A bible theme park? Didn't Ned Flanders already try that?

Comment by BobR on 05/08/2008 14:18:02
Quote by Raine:

Faye LEo and Raine in the penalty box? altogether?


:: loads film into camera ::

Comment by Shane-O on 05/08/2008 14:18:42
Quote by Raine:

Faye LEo and Raine in the penalty box? altogether?


Comment by BobR on 05/08/2008 14:19:44
Quote by livingonli:

A bible theme park? Didn't Ned Flanders already try that?


Are they building it next to the creationism museum?



"Ride the dinosaurs, just like Jesus did!"



Maybe they'll be selling Cheezus Crisps! - they're sacrilicious!

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 14:23:35
Quote by BobR:

Quote by livingonli:

A bible theme park? Didn't Ned Flanders already try that?


Are they building it next to the creationism museum?



"Ride the dinosaurs, just like Jesus did!"



Maybe they'll be selling Cheezus Crisps! - they're sacrilicious!


There's the water ride where you get to listen to King Solomon read from the Book of Psalms.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:26:33
:banana: Raine Does a little hip hop dance in her new computer chair... :banana:

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:27:47
YEah... Hillary? we are gonna have to move you down to storage room B. yeah... mmk now... oh yeah, and we are gonna need that stapler...

Comment by BobR on 05/08/2008 14:32:06
Quote by Raine:

YEah... Hillary? we are gonna have to move you down to storage room B. yeah... mmk now... oh yeah, and we are gonna need that stapler...


... and then Hillary burns the Democratic party to the ground...

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:32:37
Is it too late to send a gift to Jenna for her wedding?



Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:37:02
Interesting that after the denounciation, the REv Wright got very unvocal... one might call it silent...

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 14:37:28
Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 14:37:56
Quote by Raine:

Is it too late to send a gift to Jenna for her wedding?







We could chip in and get her -



http://www.slipperybrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/hello-kitty-toaster.jpg


Comment by Shane-O on 05/08/2008 14:38:00
Quote by Raine:

YEah... Hillary? we are gonna have to move you down to storage room B. yeah... mmk now... oh yeah, and we are gonna need that stapler...


Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:41:30
Quote by Shane-O:

Quote by Raine:

YEah... Hillary? we are gonna have to move you down to storage room B. yeah... mmk now... oh yeah, and we are gonna need that stapler...
:clap: : PERFECT!!!







Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 14:43:08




The progression of

Heritage USA it's now a destination for urban spelunkers

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:43:22
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Is it too late to send a gift to Jenna for her wedding?







We could chip in and get her -



http://www.slipperybrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/hello-kitty-toaster.jpg
The perffect gift that keeps on givin! I lahke toast! She can cook brunch for Daddy!



Comment by Shane-O on 05/08/2008 14:45:38
Little Kitty...

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:46:23
I usually say... love you buh bye now..





And my new one?



We're Walking ... We're walking gotta get me some of those airpalne direction thingies..

Comment by jd_in_ny on 05/08/2008 14:48:53
Quote by BobR:

Quote by Raine:

YEah... Hillary? we are gonna have to move you down to storage room B. yeah... mmk now... oh yeah, and we are gonna need that stapler...


... and then Hillary burns the Democratic party to the ground...


at least she'll have her stapler.

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 14:49:09
Can we also send Jenna a carton of smokes and some ripple?

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:52:16
Actually I think I said that on Friday in DC!





:rofl:

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:53:27
:rofl:







Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 14:54:03
Quote by Raine:

Actually I think I said that on Friday in DC!





:rofl:


I thought that was two hours followed by Mondo saying EXIT NOW as he read the signs on I-85.

Comment by m-hadley on 05/08/2008 14:54:25
How my guests know when it's time to leave - when I pass out on the futon with my doggies - they kiss me on my forehead and let themselves out the front door

:devilbanana:

Cheers,

mfaye :D

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 14:56:43
http://www.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/2027336/office-space-06_Full.jpg


Comment by m-hadley on 05/08/2008 14:59:28
Quote by livingonli:

Can we also send Jenna a carton of smokes and some ripple?


Liv,

What a fabu idea - Let me know what generic brand of ciggies you plan to send I can pick 'em up at the Native Smoke Shop - discount priced :)

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 15:06:38
That kind of looks like my apartment with all the stuff.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:15:57
:lol: does a great Sinatra!

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:19:16
Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 15:21:07
Quote by livingonli:

That kind of looks like my apartment with all the stuff.






*cough*yardsale*cough*

Comment by jd_in_ny on 05/08/2008 15:22:49
So we're not allowed to have an opinion about whether Hillary should or should not drop out? It doesn't affect us? She's not hurting anybody?

Well, it really depends on how she conducts herself. If she does enough to cast doubt on out candidate's legitimacy as the democratic candidate, that's real harm and I have every right to worry about it.

That said: McCain is old, unprincipled, and scary.

Comment by BobR on 05/08/2008 15:25:50
Quote by wickedpam:





The progression of

Heritage USA it's now a destination for urban spelunkers


?? Did it close or something?

Comment by BobR on 05/08/2008 15:26:35
Quote by livingonli:



I thought that was two hours followed by Mondo saying EXIT NOW as he read the signs on I-85.


Stan started that one, then Mondo picked right up on it.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:29:16
This seems to be the new meme. We can't have a say in whether or not hillary should leave the race.



I think that is BS... For the longest time we couldn't criticize either candidate lest we be accused of bashing...



It is time for her to leave the race, the math isn't there. I am not saying people should not be able to vote in the remanining races either. But it is time for her to shut the operation down.



Oh yeah, and I don't think ANYONE should be paying her campaign debt... ie: the loans she gave herself and the money she owes to MArk Penn.



I can live with the vendors beign paid off, but NOT those loans.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 15:32:17
Quote by BobR:

Quote by wickedpam:





The progression of

Heritage USA it's now a destination for urban spelunkers


?? Did it close or something?






Closed in '89



Comment by BobR on 05/08/2008 15:33:53
Quote by Raine:

This seems to be the new meme. We can't have a say in whether or not hillary should leave the race.



I think that is BS... For the longest time we couldn't criticize either candidate lest we be accused of bashing...



It is time for her to leave the race, the math isn't there. I am not saying people should not be able to vote in the remanining races either. But it is time for her to shut the operation down.



Oh yeah, and I don't think ANYONE should be paying her campaign debt... ie: the loans she gave herself and the money she owes to MArk Penn.



I can live with the vendors being paid off, but NOT those loans.


I suppose that's up to her True Believers... If they want to keep sending her money - knowing she is done - to help her pay off her campaign debt, that's up to them.



Seems a shame though - that money could be going to help Obama beat McCain.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 15:35:26
actually I should say that someone restored the main hotel that gets used as a Christian conference center/hotel/church

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:36:35
Viva La Freedom!

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:37:49
Wow. That is a tremendous story.

Comment by IzzyBitz on 05/08/2008 15:37:52
Good morning!



LEO! That's hot!



mFaye with the chocolate lovah! She's going all Barbara Walters on our ass!

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:40:56
I disagree... I think we need Bill Richardson. I don't really think the dems need the south anymore.

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 15:41:13
The bit with the Baskin-Robbins guy sounds like it should have been a Morning Remembrance with Mort Mortenson.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:42:13
Heya Izzy!







Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:44:14
Thank you! I loved that point about feminism!

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 15:46:57
Thanks for making my points about Hillary. My problem with her is she is Republican Lite and not a real liberal/progressive which is what we need to undo the damage of the Bush crime family?



CNN International is right now showing that there is gunfire in Beirut and fights breaking out between Sunni and Shia.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:54:11
McCain just drinks a lot of Red bull..

Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 15:55:53
Now a days I don't think "war hero" should be the ONLY thing that qualifies you to be Pres.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:56:41
Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 15:57:28
Quote by wickedpam:

Now a days I don't think "war hero" should be the ONLY thing that qualifies you to be Pres.


Here Here. BTW, how did your mom do at the job interview?

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 15:57:56
Every legit point they made to Adella, she said the repubs would never do that... yeah... right.





Adella puts too much faith in them.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 16:00:11
McCain is a war hero, but he thinks -- his mindset, his existance --- is all about war.



HE can't imagine a world without war. This is why we need NEW fresh people in office.



Seriously.

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 16:02:06
Perpetual war will bankrupt the country. If McSame gets in, the US will be a pauper nation.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 16:08:42
Thom is talking about Hillary's VERY subtle race baiting ... She has mentioend this about 5 times in the past few days.









Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 16:09:03
Quote by livingonli:

Quote by wickedpam:

Now a days I don't think "war hero" should be the ONLY thing that qualifies you to be Pres.


Here Here. BTW, how did your mom do at the job interview?




She thought she did good. Felt really comfortable there, really liked the job, really wants the job. But they won't make a decision till atleast around the end of May beginning of June.



Comment by IzzyBitz on 05/08/2008 16:10:51
McCain isn't mentally fit to be president. He can't be put in the position of taking his anger out on the world. I'm sorry he was locked in a box for five years, but he needs to spend some time in a mental health facility, not the White House. He's a very scary man. :Dorothy:

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 16:11:55
Drudge seems to see what Thom is talking about too... These are the top headlines ... Support The DrudgeReport; Visit Our Advertisers





DEM RACE WAR:

HILLARY: WHITE PEOPLE SUPPORT ME...

AUDIO...

Begala: We can't win with just 'eggheads and African-Americans'...

Donna Brazile Warns: 'Stop trying to split us into these groups!'




I don't think we are seeing the splitting of America, IT has been this way, but I really believe that Hillary is using it to divide, as opposed to having a REAL discussion about it.







Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 16:16:21
Quote by IzzyBitz:

McCain isn't mentally fit to be president. He can't be put in the position of taking his anger out on the world. I'm sorry he was locked in a box for five years, but he needs to spend some time in a mental health facility, not the White House. He's a very scary man. : Dorothy:
AMEN to that. This is a serious ISsue.



I really think that once we get in the General election, maybe even during a debate, he will lose it.



Imagine the Zen master V McCain. I amgine the question about say... oh! temprament?







Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 16:20:50
Quote by wickedpam:





The progression of

Heritage USA it's now a destination for urban spelunkers






That is just kinda...sad. Jesus loves Doritos is hilarious though. :rofl:

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 16:21:23
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by livingonli:

Quote by wickedpam:

Now a days I don't think "war hero" should be the ONLY thing that qualifies you to be Pres.


Here Here. BTW, how did your mom do at the job interview?




She thought she did good. Felt really comfortable there, really liked the job, really wants the job. But they won't make a decision till atleast around the end of May beginning of June.

Sounds like good news!



Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 16:23:29
McCain and the button are very scary. He assaulted a fellow legislator after all.

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 16:32:11
It looks like Congress man Vito of Staten Island is going down in November. Now, we just need to take care of Peter King.

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 16:39:10
Raine, I'm still waiting for you to friend me. :poke:

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 16:39:20
The south lost an entire generation of Voters... That is true, but there is a new generation now, an they have come out in MASSIVE numbers for Barack Obama.



Even in Red State Georgia. I think that is huge. Barack had more votes than McCain in this OPNE primary state.







Comment by IzzyBitz on 05/08/2008 16:39:27
I'm angry at Hillary for dragging this out. I'm sure there is meaning to her madness. Unfortunately her narcissistic mind is running the show. OY! If only the election fairy could declare next Tuesday "enough is enough day" so all of the remaining states could vote and we could be done with this nonsense.



Raine, I don't think it will take long for McCain to blow a gasget during a debate. He won't be able to debate effectively because he has no clue what is going on, which will frustrate him, and then hopefully someone will ask a question that sends him over the edge and scares the American public sh*tless and Obama wins and we have a future without wars.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/08/2008 16:58:47
Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by livingonli:

Quote by wickedpam:

Now a days I don't think "war hero" should be the ONLY thing that qualifies you to be Pres.


Here Here. BTW, how did your mom do at the job interview?




She thought she did good. Felt really comfortable there, really liked the job, really wants the job. But they won't make a decision till atleast around the end of May beginning of June.

Sounds like good news!





We hope so. It's a job working for Childrens Services to help find parents who have run out on child support. She would love this. In fact during the interview she brought up who she wished this had been around when she was getting divorced and couldn't find dad.



Comment by IzzyBitz on 05/08/2008 17:11:31
Quote by Mondobubba:

Raine, I'm still waiting for you to friend me. :poke:




So that's what the kids are calling it these days!

Comment by IzzyBitz on 05/08/2008 17:23:37
Quote by Raine:

The south lost an entire generation of Voters... That is true, but there is a new generation now, an they have come out in MASSIVE numbers for Barack Obama.



Even in Red State Georgia. I think that is huge. Barack had more votes than McCain in this OPNE primary state.




Raine channeling La Donald!



My ego is as 'uge as the contingent voting for Obama and my hair looks like a massive wheat field.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 17:34:09
Every day it becomes more and more clear that John McCain isn't playing games when he has those "Senior Moments"



I told you he called for a League of Nations to deal with Iran right?

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 17:36:38
Quote by IzzyBitz:

Quote by Raine:

The south lost an entire generation of Voters... That is true, but there is a new generation now, an they have come out in MASSIVE numbers for Barack Obama.



Even in Red State Georgia. I think that is huge. Barack had more votes than McCain in this OPNE primary state.




Raine channeling La Donald!



My ego is as 'uge as the contingent voting for Obama and my hair looks like a massive wheat field.
it's 'uge!



Comment by IzzyBitz on 05/08/2008 17:42:27
I think McCain's "senior moments" are directly from his thought bubble. He's the quail hunter with mental lapses. Scary.

Comment by IzzyBitz on 05/08/2008 17:48:09
Uncle Pat flipping what's left of his lid on MSNBC. No more Red Bull for him.

Comment by TriSec on 05/08/2008 17:53:14
Say gang, has anyone received their BushCheck yet?



I recall hearing on the news at the end of April that they would be mailed a week earlier than planned, then I heard again that it was being based on SSN, so checking on ours, we should have received it Monday.



Just another freakin' lie.



It's going to the credit card company, anyway. Maybe I'll buy some groceries and milk, which costs more than gasoline these days.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 17:57:32
This was posted at Americablog.com:

===================================================

John,



I got home tonight from my job as finance director for a top-tier Democratic Congressional challenger and read your post regarding the negative impact of Hillary's staying in the race upon our Congressional candidates' fundraising. I can say definitively that what you wrote is absolutely true. My candidate speaks every day to donors who tell him directly that they're more focused on the Presidential right now, or that they're tapped out because they've given so much to the Presidential. Or simply, as you say, because they're just pissed off about the Presidential.



And that's not even counting those who simply don't return our calls, or blow the candidate off when we do get them on the phone. We'll never know how many of those people would have been max-out donors to us, but are simply too involved in (or turned off by) the Presidential race to give a damn about someone who's running for a House seat.



We had a good 1st Quarter anyway, but I don't think we can continue to reach our fundraising targets unless this thing gets settled, and quickly. For her to wait until June is a nightmare that may well guarantee that not only my guy, but dozens and dozens of other challengers will come up badly short of their goals for the 2nd Quarter. And my candidate is in the very top level of targeted races. I can only imagine what the lower tiers of challengers are facing (well, no, actually I've heard from some of them, including the finance chair for a candidate in the Midwest to whom I spoke today).



We need her to drop out now, not only for the sake of our real Presidential nominee winning in November, but so that the rest of us can finally have a fighting chance with donors.

===============================================================



This speaks directly to what I was trying to say in this morning's blog post.



THIS is how she is damaging the party.

Comment by m-hadley on 05/08/2008 18:12:16
Quote by TriSec:

Say gang, has anyone received their BushCheck yet?



I recall hearing on the news at the end of April that they would be mailed a week earlier than planned, then I heard again that it was being based on SSN, so checking on ours, we should have received it Monday.



Just another freakin' lie.



It's going to the credit card company, anyway. Maybe I'll buy some groceries and milk, which costs more than gasoline these days.




Hey there TriSec,

My $money$ has already come and gone - it appeared in my checking account earlier this week and I have already used it all to pay bills, bought nothing fun, no big ticket items (as if ), a few groceries, and some gasoline ...



Thanks for nothin' Dumbya

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by TriSec on 05/08/2008 18:24:38
UGS Medicare A (VA)



Today's "Worst....insurance.....in the world!!!"





Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 18:28:24
I didn't get my rebate check yet either.



And it must be contagious because I think I caught Tri's funk.

Comment by Scoopster on 05/08/2008 18:29:08
Quote by TriSec:

Say gang, has anyone received their BushCheck yet?



I recall hearing on the news at the end of April that they would be mailed a week earlier than planned, then I heard again that it was being based on SSN, so checking on ours, we should have received it Monday.



Just another freakin' lie.



It's going to the credit card company, anyway. Maybe I'll buy some groceries and milk, which costs more than gasoline these days.


If you signed up for direct deposit on your tax return, you got your rebate sent early to the same direct deposit account. Mailed checks are scheduled to start going out next week I think, in order by the last two digits of your SSN. (I'm not gettin' mine until the first week of June)



Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 18:32:32
I owed tax money this year, does that mean I will get a check instead of direct deposit?

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 18:45:23
From TPM, Hillary Clinton says no to Michigan delagate proposal...

Camp Hillary is rejecting the new plan floated today by Michigan Dems that would seat the delegation by awarding 69 delegates to Hillary and 59 to Obama.



Hillary spokesperson Isaac Baker emails over this:



"This proposal does not honor the 600,000 votes that were cast in Michigan's January primary. Those votes must be counted."


This is hardly surprising, since the proposal gives Hillary a 10 delegate margin -- a significant cut from the 18-delegate margin of victory she enjoyed over "uncommitted" (Obama wasn't on the ballot) in the Michigan primary.
















Comment by MMB on 05/08/2008 19:02:13
Sometimes the simple things in life give you the best laughs you have had in months.A package in my mailbox brings much laughing

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 19:04:27
So, who's listening to Maron and who's listening to Randi this afternoon?

Comment by Scoopster on 05/08/2008 19:05:50
Quote by livingonli:

I owed tax money this year, does that mean I will get a check instead of direct deposit?


Ah hmm.. you'd get debited for what you owe, and you'd get a DD for the amount of the rebate.



Edit: Oh wait.. ya know I think you -might- get a check. That's a tricky one..

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 19:06:55
Quote by Raine:

From TPM, Hillary Clinton says no to Michigan delagate proposal...

Camp Hillary is rejecting the new plan floated today by Michigan Dems that would seat the delegation by awarding 69 delegates to Hillary and 59 to Obama.



Hillary spokesperson Isaac Baker emails over this:



"This proposal does not honor the 600,000 votes that were cast in Michigan's January primary. Those votes must be counted."


This is hardly surprising, since the proposal gives Hillary a 10 delegate margin -- a significant cut from the 18-delegate margin of victory she enjoyed over "uncommitted" (Obama wasn't on the ballot) in the Michigan primary.


















I'll say it again. Senator Clinton,

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 19:10:11
Just a reminder:

http://www.democrats.org/page/-/images/content/buchmccain4e.jpg


Comment by jd_in_ny on 05/08/2008 19:10:33
Quote by Raine:

From TPM, Hillary Clinton says no to Michigan delagate proposal...

Camp Hillary is rejecting the new plan floated today by Michigan Dems that would seat the delegation by awarding 69 delegates to Hillary and 59 to Obama.



Hillary spokesperson Isaac Baker emails over this:



"This proposal does not honor the 600,000 votes that were cast in Michigan's January primary. Those votes must be counted."


This is hardly surprising, since the proposal gives Hillary a 10 delegate margin -- a significant cut from the 18-delegate margin of victory she enjoyed over "uncommitted" (Obama wasn't on the ballot) in the Michigan primary.




I don't seem to recall Hills fighting too loudly for these voters in Michigan -- or Florida, for that matter -- back before she "won" these unfair primaries. It's too bad that the discussion of what should be done about these delegates is tied to her (deluded) perception of the viability of her campaign.



Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 19:18:04
That is the saddest part of all, it is tied to HER campaign as opposed to the people.





She also, btw, agreed to these rules for FLorida and Michigan.



Many in the MSMS don't want to talk about THAT.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 19:38:51
Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 19:43:45
Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 19:46:45
HEya HArvey... ENOUGH with the threats.



Another Clinton supporter threatens Pelosi.

Comment by TriSec on 05/08/2008 19:51:52
Quote by Raine:

Tri and possibly :star:ling....

ISO Electric Grid MAnanger call for Power reduction...




Ah, the old coal plant at Winter Island (Salem) is probably off-line again. That thing's a beast, but it supplies something ridiculous like 25% of the region's power...





Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 20:00:09
Off I go to the salt mine. At least it's not raining yet.

Comment by right wing hater on 05/08/2008 20:11:55
While we're on the subject of Clinton bowing out...

Here's an oldie, but goodie from a couple of weeks back when Cheney & McSame were both in Saudi Arabia....



Hey Everyone….. Cheney is training McCain on how to get ‘greased up’ by the Saudis this week….



Yes…Cheney has been summoned by Saudi Arabia once again…err…sorry ‘Bush has dispatched him’ (LOL!!!!) because of the concern of high oil prices…



It goes like this…



Saudi Royals: “Hey….how come your people are driving less & less?”

Cheney: “Not sure…with our great economy & success in Iraq, I can’t imagine what’s come over them.”

Saudi Royals: “Hey…who’s the new schmuck?”

Cheney: “Oh hey…this is ummm, John McSame…err..McCain, he’ll be your new errand boy…I’m retiring to Dubai…where I’ll be a senior board member swimming in my Halliburton stocks at the new headquarters there…its going to be so great…all that illegal war profiteering and the benefit of no extradition/legal actions on a company no longer U.S. based…whew…can’t wait…oh sorry…just waxing poetic here…yeah, uh I introduce you to John McCain”

McCain: “Uh hello…would you like me to bow and kiss your ring now or later?”

Saudi Royals: “Ummm…now would be good, sure.”

McCain: “Oh…and I do requests as well, how about my ‘bomb, bomb, bomb Iran’?

Saudi Royals: “Oh….yes…please do, we like anything that talks about bombing our Shiite enemies, hit the lights!”



Hours later….and several liver destroying binges after…

McCain:”Well, I thought that went well”

Cheney: “Yeah, yeah, just wait until you get their 3AM phone calls”

McCain: “You mean…Clinton wasn’t lying”

Cheney: “Oh..no…I mean our people helped set that spot up for her, but yeah…those are the calls you get at 3AM, you know they’re 7 hours ahead here”

McCain: “Oh…yes….well, I think this is start of a beautiful friendship”

Cheney: “Just don’t ever forget to pack your KY…or you’ll be sore all the way home, now go on kid, you bother me….now where’s my lesbian daughter, lesbian wife, & my in vitro granddaughter?”



Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 20:18:11
:rofl: that is brutal RWH...







Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 20:39:13
Quote by Raine:

HEya HArvey... ENOUGH with the threats.



Another Clinton supporter threatens Pelosi.




hey Weinstein, I might have to stop seeing the movie you finanance... After the new Kevin Smith movie comes out...

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 20:43:20
Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 20:43:53
Why Vet's are voting for Obama, from HuffPo...

Senator Obama, when he arrived in Washington, volunteered for the all important, but not very glamorous, Senate Committee on Veteran's Affairs. In the wake of the housing and medical evaluation scandal at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Obama introduced a sweeping bill, called the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act, calling for comprehensive reforms in how our combat veterans and their families are treated.



Vets support Obama because he will fully fund the VA healthcare budget, will bring Priority 8 vets back into the VA healthcare system, will expand the GI Bill to allow spouses and children to be eligible to use veteran benefits and will treat Guardsmen and Reservists equally, and he will comprehensively address the pain and devastation brought onto vets by PTSD and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).



And of critical importance, Barack Obama has pledged a "zero tolerance" policy to end veteran homelessness. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans noted in Congressional testimony that "We extend our deep gratitude to Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) for catapulting homeless veteran issues onto the Senate agenda ...."



It is for all these reasons that veterans support Barack Obama for president. But mostly America's veterans support Barack Obama because his support of veterans and their families is passionate and unqualified.

=============================================









Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 20:49:12
Quote by Mondobubba:

Quote by Raine:

HEya HArvey... ENOUGH with the threats.



Another Clinton supporter threatens Pelosi.




hey Weinstein, I might have to stop seeing the movie you finanance... After the new Kevin Smith movie comes out...
now THAT is commitment...



Comment by IzzyBitz on 05/08/2008 20:52:20
Quote by livingonli:

So, who's listening to Maron and who's listening to Randi this afternoon?




HI'm listening to someone who wrote a book about Clark Gable. Just another self-loathing gay man. He scrubbed his penis until it bled. Good times.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 21:20:44
Quote by IzzyBitz:

Quote by livingonli:

So, who's listening to Maron and who's listening to Randi this afternoon?




HI'm listening to someone who wrote a book about Clark Gable. Just another self-loathing gay man. He scrubbed his penis until it bled. Good times.






Sounds relaxing!



Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 21:33:33
Quote by IzzyBitz:

Quote by livingonli:

So, who's listening to Maron and who's listening to Randi this afternoon?




HI'm listening to someone who wrote a book about Clark Gable. Just another self-loathing gay man. He scrubbed his penis until it bled. Good times.






He could have been ummm self-pleasuring himself until it bled. I'm just sayin'

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 21:35:33
Quote by IzzyBitz:

Quote by livingonli:

So, who's listening to Maron and who's listening to Randi this afternoon?




HI'm listening to someone who wrote a book about Clark Gable. Just another self-loathing gay man. He scrubbed his penis until it bled. Good times.


Ouch! Someone was using a little too much friction.

Comment by IzzyBitz on 05/08/2008 21:49:55
Clark had cleanliness issues and it seems he took it out on the poor little fellow. That bad boy penis was on the prowl for some Cary Grant action, or maybe a young, muscular Rock Hudson. Grrrrrr.

Comment by BobR on 05/08/2008 21:50:14
Quote by IzzyBitz:



HI'm listening to someone who wrote a book about Clark Gable. Just another self-loathing gay man. He scrubbed his penis until it bled. Good times.




Are ya sure that wasn't Bill O'Reilly and his loofah?

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 21:51:09
Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 22:14:48
Speed Racer on a fast track to nowhere.



Don'tcha love the snarky review headlines. :D

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 22:23:00
Obama says McCAin is losing his bearing in regards to his campaign...









Earlier in this interview, he totally owned Mitten's... Mitten's accused him of not having experience :yadda: and Obama said basically to Wolfie, well. Look at where we are sitting and look where he is! :rofl:

You can see it here from CNN. it is with in the first five minutes, they show a clip of mitten's and then Obama's response. IT was classic.



This man, Barack Obama, I think has been very nice to Hillary Clinton in the primaries, he never said she was offensive, nor spoke of her the way he just spoke of McCain... and I think he will be unleashing his *way* against MCCain that no one is ready for.

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/08/2008 22:34:52
Quote by livingonli:

Speed Racer on a fast track to nowhere.



Don'tcha love the snarky review headlines. :D






I predict a 100 Mil Opening

Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 22:42:13
Quote by Mondobubba:

Quote by livingonli:

Speed Racer on a fast track to nowhere.



Don'tcha love the snarky review headlines. :D






I predict a 100 Mil Opening


That should keep the lines short for Iron Man this weekend.

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 23:36:40
Shirley Golub is on Jeff Farius Right now!



:ireland: -- I know you were wondering about her... an Jeff has FREE podcasts in case you (or anyone else) who wants to hear, missed it!

Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 23:40:49
Comment by Raine on 05/08/2008 23:57:33
The two endorsements bring Clinton's advantage over Obama among superdelegates down to seven, according to CNN's estimate; Clinton has the backing of 267 superdelegates, while Obama has 250.



Since Tuesday's primaries, Obama has gained six superdelegates while Clinton has picked up one. But Clinton also lost a superdelegate Wednesday — DNC member Jennifer McClellan switched her support to Obama — for a net gain of zero.



From CNN...



OK. hillary is now just looking foolish.



In the mean time McCain is vowing to Pass LAws that have already been passed...


McCain also said he would crack down on human trafficking by creating a inter-agency task force to strengthen cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement.



McCain said he would to work to change the economic incentives underpinning trafficking as well as doing more to aid the victims of "this evil form of 21st-century slavery."


First, HE voted against this sort of thing when we found out a few of his former buddies went to the Marianna Islands (Tom Delay, anyone)



From The DOJ: (More at the link)

Prosecution

The United States Government continued its efforts to improve anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts over the reporting period. The United States prohibits all forms of trafficking in persons through criminal statutes created or strengthened by the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), which prescribes penalties of up to 20 years' imprisonment-penalties that are sufficiently stringent and commensurate with those for other grave crimes. In FY 2006, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorneys' Offices initiated 168 investigations, charged 111 individuals, and obtained 98 convictions (including in cases initiated in previous fiscal years). Under the TVPA, traffickers can be sentenced to up to 20 years' imprisonment. The average sentence imposed for trafficking crimes in FY 2005 was 8.5 years (including defendants convicted in other fiscal years). The Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ Criminal Division continued to combat the exploitation of children in prostitution in the United States through the Innocence Lost National Initiative; in FY 2006, this Initiative resulted in 103 open investigations, 157 arrests, 76 indictments, and 43 convictions.



State and local governments also made significant law enforcement efforts against trafficking in persons. By the end of 2006, 27 states had passed criminal anti-trafficking legislation. DOJ and Health and Human Services (HHS) continue to increase the number of anti-trafficking task forces, coalitions, and outreach efforts across the United States. DOJ funded 42 task forces at the end of FY 2006, up from 32 in FY 2005. These task forces bring together state, local, and federal law enforcement with partners from NGOs.



In 2006, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) began developing resources to help investigators identify potential trafficking issues and began introducing trafficking issues into its investigator training curriculum. During the past year, WHD staff participated in over 30 local, multi-agency task forces on trafficking.




This is what the Media needs to be focusing on. instead of what Hillary is doing.



And These are the things we need to keep an eye out for. This was not a senior moment... this is a man that does not know what he is talking about.



Perhaps he could promise to have this law ENFORCED... but he won't... he voted agaisnt strengthenthing this in 2006, and he will continue to water it down if he is elected.







Comment by livingonli on 05/08/2008 23:59:07
Has BobR had any luck in getting Shelagh's files burned to DVD?

Comment by BobR on 05/09/2008 00:30:27
Quote by livingonli:

Has BobR had any luck in getting Shelagh's files burned to DVD?




Comment by BobR on 05/09/2008 00:31:54
Anyone watching KO?



Just a little while ago, Keith essentially said to John Alter: If I'm Russert's bitch, then you're my bitch...



:rofl:

Comment by Will in Chicago on 05/09/2008 01:06:18
Good evening, bloggers!



I hope that everyone is doing well. (I have been busy, and my allergies have been a bit hyperactive.)



As some here may know, I now live in Northwest Indiana. I voted for Obama Tuesday, and I think Obama has it sewn up - save for appeals to the superdelegates. (Clinton may make her appeals, but I doubt most of the superdelegates - many of whom are elected representatives - will award her the nomination. )

Comment by TriSec on 05/09/2008 01:08:26
: peers into blog :



Comment by livingonli on 05/09/2008 01:18:25
Hi Tri. :waves northeastward:

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/09/2008 01:34:43
Hey all,.............



Sorry I wasn't about today. Very blah. I may be depressed.



The Hillary/Rush thing is killing me. I should NOT have listened to Rush's show today. Teeth grinding.



*sigh* and perhaps in need of more AA meetings............... Anger is bad for me..........

Comment by livingonli on 05/09/2008 01:36:21
Hi VJ. Listening to Rush is not good for your state of mind. I would rather listen to really bad music before I would ever put Rush on. :hug:

Comment by livingonli on 05/09/2008 01:40:11
I caught the beginning of Mike Malloy on the way into work and he was questioning Hillary's mental state with the fact that she is continuing to push on even when it is now impossible for her to win.

Comment by livingonli on 05/09/2008 02:39:33


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Comment by Raine on 05/09/2008 03:35:14
Quote by will in chicago:

Good evening, bloggers!



I hope that everyone is doing well. (I have been busy, and my allergies have been a bit hyperactive.)



As some here may know, I now live in Northwest Indiana. I voted for Obama Tuesday, and I think Obama has it sewn up - save for appeals to the superdelegates. (Clinton may make her appeals, but I doubt most of the superdelegates - many of whom are elected representatives - will award her the nomination. )
Heya Will... I am heading off to bed in a few, just wanted to say Hi...



Good on ya for voting! (like I ever had any question about it!)



Take some claritan buddy... hope to see you soon!



Comment by Raine on 05/09/2008 03:38:15
Quote by velveeta jones:

Hey all,.............



Sorry I wasn't about today. Very blah. I may be depressed.



The Hillary/Rush thing is killing me. I should NOT have listened to Rush's show today. Teeth grinding.



*sigh* and perhaps in need of more AA meetings............... Anger is bad for me..........
IF not more AA meeting how about NO rush Meetings?



Listening to Rush is like walking into a bar and ordering a coke and having ALL the other patrons mocking you for that.



If something doesn't work... stop doing it. Rush doesn't work. others will listen so you don't have to.



:hug:



And, K.I.S.S. ;)



Comment by Raine on 05/09/2008 03:42:20
OK, I am off to do a quick review of some headlines and then off to bed.



:heart:



To all who needed it today. and There is more for tomorrow.



The malaise will lift.



Comment by Raine on 05/09/2008 03:45:52
Comment by livingonli on 05/09/2008 03:53:37
Have a good night Raine. If I knew you were going to drop by, I would have had another late night music video theater.



See ya in the AM.

Comment by Raine on 05/09/2008 04:04:23
Liv -- you should post the music anyway. Don't let my 'possible' appearance be a deterrent... there are many others who would enjoy it, just as there are many people who read and do not post.



If you have music to post, post it. people can alwasy use music... Share teh music you like with the entore blog family. Many people wake up in the morning to see what they missed the night before, ya know.



And now... as My eyes droop. I am off to bed.



:peace: and :heart:











Comment by livingonli on 05/09/2008 06:56:58
Since I am up watching the 2 AM Countdown before I turn in. Here's the late night musical interlude;





Comment by Scoopster on 05/09/2008 12:42:23
:poke: Someone needs to wake up the bloggie hamsters and tell 'em to get the wheel movin!

Comment by right wing hater on 05/09/2008 12:47:04
Good morning Everyone!



Daily Reading has been posted....Here are a few of the stories...



Portrait of an oil-addicted former superpower; How rising oil prices are obliterating America's superpower status - http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2008/5/8/153211/0730

The longer we hold this country hostage with old, polluting, finite energy sources...the deeper the abyss of the dollar, the economy, the environment, and the future of this country...



A Picture is Worth...A Hundred Thousand Words...Myanmar Before and After Cyclone Nargis - http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/05/picture-worth-myanmar.php

Shocking...Myanmar from space....in case anyone still feels the climate crisis is not a big deal...



Politico: Obama plans to declare victory May 20 - http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10184.html



Hey Raine...thanks for the story on new Bill for Net Neutrality...added my quick 2cents....



Happy Friday everyone....180 days until Barack Obama is elected president!