State Of Denial

Since the third and last, (thank god), debate I’ve essentially over-occupied myself with reading one of the most instructive and yet discouraging books I’ve ever read: State of Denial by Bob Woodward. While many of you may have pushed through this very detailed account of the actual execution of war planning and war execution, I’ve purposefully avoided all of the Woodward books on the Bush White House. I assumed I would be depressed beyond easy tolerance. I was right. If ever there was a primer on how to not plan or run a war; or to encourage a slap upside the heads of the various military, intelligence and executive bureaucracies this is it. I’ve never read a more ridiculous assortment … Continue reading

McCain Signs Weren’t “Grassroots”

Hi there. Hart Williams here. I am guest-blogging for a few days at the kind invitation of Pamela Leavey, and it’s good to see you. Here’s something that you might have seen and not quite noticed. … Let’s pass over the Rovian Campaign of McCain’s dual smoke screen/smears, the ACORN kerfuffle to mask REAL voter disenfranchisement, and the continuing bogus attack on Ayers (guilt by free association), as shoved forward by Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal. But keep them in mind as you read this. They’re all of a piece. In last night’s debate, John McCain made a huffy defense of the people at his rallies, yelling out those awful things: MCCAIN: Let me just say categorically I’m proud of … Continue reading

International Medical Corps Wins $100K in Amex Member Project

International Medical Corps won $100,00, with our help, that will assist them in continuing child hunger relief projects around the world. Over 14,000 individual American Express cardholders voted for IMC. Thousands of  emails were sent to create a viral impact and 200 blogs, including The Democratic Daily’s article, pitched in to help spread the message.  Here is the text of their press release. This video comes from the project’s originator as a ‘thank you’ while also showing you the depth of the problem. This is, however not the end. As this video so heartrendingly shows, the problem is severe, widespread and won’t be helped solely through national government efforts. It takes you, me and thousands of others to keep IMC … Continue reading

When First They Came…. Prejudice Against Arabs is an Approved Hatred in America

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I was not a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out. “First they came…” is a poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Mr. Fleetwood- I wanted to write you and thank you … Continue reading

Kerry Urges FCC To Open Unused TV Airwaves

As readers know I am moving to Maine in a few days. The area I am moving to is very rural and on the coast. It’s really beautiful there, but the area is some what remote and in preparing for my move, I have found there are no cell phone towers there and other utilities like basic phone service, cable and internet are more expensive there than in other less rural areas in Maine.   In response to today’s news that the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology is poised to issue a report on the use of unlicensed “white spaces” to provide high-speed Internet access, Sen. John Kerry urged the FCC to act quickly to establish rules.   Kerry has long championed … Continue reading

The Debate Attack Is On

McCain has decided to attack whenever possible and place Obama, if possible, on the defensive. This is going to be a long debate. Obama is doing well and keeping his usual cool. McCain, 30 minutes into the debate, is attacking on every response since first question. Bob Schieffer threw the ball in the air and McCain started the most daring of misdirected comments and attacks. Now he is implying that somehow Obama has been attacking the total crowds at his rallies. Now it’s ACORN and Ayres. Now it’s ACORN and Ayres all the time. Now it’s running mates: Why yours and not his? Obama talking about Biden. Lots of detail in this response. Nothing about Palin. SMART. Back to economics … Continue reading

Cheney Released From Hospital After Procedure

Dick Cheney had another episode of his arrhythmia condition and has now been released. Per MSNBC and wire reports: Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday left a D.C. hospital after an outpatient procedure to restore his normal heart rhythm following a recurrence of atrial fibrillation, the White House said. A spokeswoman said the procedure — an electric shock administered at the hospital — went smoothly and without complication. Cheney spent the morning at the White House before the procedure. He was now home and ready to resume his normal schedule. <>Cheney last November received the same procedure, which involves an electrical shock to his heart. [longer, more detailed article, at the link] One of the Veep’s cardiac issue is his … Continue reading