Thank you to all area Dems who could attend the Meet and Greet event with Barbara Radnofsky (Texas candidate for US Senate 2006) on Friday night. One awesome lady, right? It was both an honor and a privilege for Barbara to spend so much time with our group. THANK YOU BARBARA! There is hope, friends, yes, hope. We have a tough road to hoe ahead but together we can do it. Yes, we can do it with perseverance and endless hours of hard, hard work. The end result will be well worth our efforts. We have no choice, really, do we?
There has been so much in the news today about the "nuclear option," aka the filibuster and last night, as you know, in the final hour, a compromise of sorts was reached in the Senate. According to the MSM (Who? What? OH! The Irrelevant group!) there has been little interest shown on the part of Americans in this regard. Well, media, I say to you, yaddy ya ya ya, blah, blah, blah, whatever, trash talk, happy and pathetic talk during miserable times, and spin, spin and spin all you want until YOU are dizzy, b/c many of us aren't listening. You can dumb yourselves down but you can't dumb down all of us. Please take a long vacation and give us a rest. PLEASE. OH PLEASE. We don't need you anymore. Get it? We gave up on you.
On CSPAN’s Washington Journal this morning I watched and listened to callers, both Republicans and Democrats, who were more or less choked on rage over their party's "sell out." I personally don't see compromise as a sellout. I view the filibuster compromise as a desperate attempt on the part of moderates, be they R's or D's, to slow the WH right wing extremism and drive to impose neo-conservative policy, under the pretense of national security and "patriotism" on us, we the people. The WH and their loyalists were stalled...momentarily perhaps, but stalled. If the extremist's are reflective and patriotic, the compromise should give them pause. If they are radically obsessed with imposing their will at any or all costs and are essentially more interested in advancing special (including religious) and corporate interest groups, they will fight back even more viciously, if that is possible. I fear the latter. Batten down the hatches, big time, and friends, steel yourself for a really rough ride. But, you can take hope. As Winston Churchill counseled, during WW2 and the some of the worse bombing of England "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Hang tough and hard. Remember, bullies are cowards at heart.
The Howard Dean interview on Meet the Press probably caused apoplexy and yet more future strategies for revenge and character annihilation from the GOP dirty, no filthy, tricks wing, i.e. Rove and co. Howard calls it like he sees it. Funny that the media finds Dean hard-edged and angry when lunatics like Frist and DeLay can shriek self-righteously for retribution for judges who don't agree with their extremist policies. No press commentary or TV interviews on those crazies. One has to wonder what on earth has happened to our press and media. I think I know. Forget about MSM. What a pathetic lot.
At any rate, here is a piece on Dean's interview from the NYT.
CONYERS WORRIED ABOUT BUSH'S DICTATORIAL PRACTICES CONCERNING FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND HIS MANIPULATION OF INTELLIGENCE TO WAGE WAR WITH IRAW. Found on Raw Story.com
TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME
From one of my favorite journalists and writers, William River Pitt, on Truthout.org. A heartbreaking and painfully thought provoking piece. I must admit I have a problem with a military draft, but I totally and completely understand Will's point. Keep on writing Will. We need you to make us face and come to terms with issues we would rather forget about and immerse ourselves instead in the stupidity of television culture, i.e. desperate housewife type shows and the american idiot, I mean idol. I beg your pardon for the slip.
I'm very tired. I am tired of hearing about democracy in Iraq when no such thing exists. I am tired of people like Bush using terms like freedom as an advertising pitch for actions that promote anything but freedom. The word itself sounds like a dead fish in his mouth. I am tired of dead soldiers, dead civilians, I am tired of our highest ideals being used to peddle profiteering by war, and I am so damned tired of trying to shake people into doing something about it before we all go over the cliff.
LONG WAY HOME
BACK TO THE OHIO ELECTION RIPOFF.
You have to hand it to Bob Fitrakis and Steve Wasserman who won't let go of the fact that the Ohio election was indeed stolen. They aren't caving in and lying dead and rolled over like the Florida folks in 2000. Bob and Steve are true patriots. Stay on it guys, like dogs on a bone. Relentless pressure will yield truth. I heard an expression today on CSPAN, by a radio host whose name escapes me. To quote: "Keep stirring the pot so the scum can't surface." Well, most unfortunately, the scum has surfacesd so now we need to skim it and toss it in the garbage disposal. From Free Press.org via Brad's Blog
ATTACKS ON OHIO WHISTLE BLOWER BY GUESS WHO You guess it.
The Plot Is Afoot
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