Here we go again with the GOP corruption, and the denial of any wrong doing. In Kentucky, a Grand Jury charged two members of the State Republican Party, with conspiracy and political discrimination for allegedly helping to make personnel decisions based on applicants’ politics. A grand jury investigating alleged political influence in state hiring and firing indicted the Kentucky Republican Party’s treasurer and another GOP official Thursday.
There was a very interesting article by Bruce Shulman in WaPo recently about the “new” Age of Limits. Maybe we are on the cusp of something as big as the 1980 election (which in my book is still the most significant election of the last four decades). Of course much has changed since the late 1970s (even if Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen are-thankfully-still with us). Carter’s energy plan’s consisted of strong environmental protection programs: Superfund to clean up toxic waste, ANWR, a ban on offshore drilling, enactment of surface mining control legislation, etc. Fat chance you’ll get that out of BushCo.
The Associated Press reports that a Spanish Judge has issued an arrest warrant for three U.S. soldiers. A Spanish judge has issued an arrest warrant for three U.S. soldiers in connection with the death of a Spanish journalist in Iraq. The 3rd Infantry soldiers were part of a tank crew that fired a shell at the Hotel Palestine in April 2003. Several journalists who were covering the war were staying at the hotel in Baghdad. The Spanish judge said he issued the arrest order because the United States has not been cooperative. U.S. officials insist that the soldiers were fired on, and Colin Powell, the then-Secretary of State, claims the use of force was justified. This is just one more … Continue reading
Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s land mark decision of 1973 has been debated over and over, and now comes to light again, with the recent nomination of Harriet Miers. If this case, has had no other time to be really looked at, now seems to be the time that it needs to be defended, by people who are subjected to the views of the far right and their radical, fanatical views that are being imposed on our nation. In Missouri, we have an example of how Miers’ appointment, could have an effect on Roe v. Wade. The WaPo covers the topic today, that needs to be asked of Harriet Miers during her questioning; if she would indeed even try … Continue reading
Gotta love the Cresent City and their resolve. From the City of New Orleans, comes more of the flavor for setting new standards. Refrigerators have become a way to express political dissent equal to Freeway blogging. In New Orleans’ exuberant French Quarter, even a discarded refrigerator can be a canvas for artistic or political expression. Elsewhere, hurricane cleanup crews may be content to set the smelly iceboxes on the sidewalk and forget about them. But here, residents have begun dressing up their cast-off coolers with feathers, bow ribbons, and enough cold commentary to give a political leader the chills. One French Quarter fridge is addressed as though for delivery to President Bush at the White House — COD. And a … Continue reading
U.S. Senator, Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, noticed some fishermen trapped on a jetty off Hyannisport when high tide came in. Thus giving another example to the GOP, on the real meaning of true Compassion. Kennedy was walking his two dogs on the shore at 11:15 a.m. when he spotted the men cut off from shore by the rising waters. They had been fishing on a jetty that begins at the tip of the Kennedy compound. Tides had risen over the patchy rocks, which made it difficult to walk back to shore. Kennedy and a friend tried to rescue the men using a 13-foot boat but rough waters forced them back. Lucky for the fishermen, who were eventually saved by the … Continue reading
“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” squealed liberal writer Thomas Frank. Answer: since the Civil War its almost always voted Republican. In fact, it’s usually one of the most GOP states in the Union. See polysigh.blogspot.com for more. Interwoven throughout Frank’s analysis is that poor and working class whites have abandoned the Democratic Party- or the Party has abandoned them for more upper class voters through the use of “social” issues like abortion. An interesting theory-especially given than rural and outer-suburban counties (even ones with low median incomes) tend to vote GOP while the stereotypically wealthier urban areas and closer suburbs tend to vote Democrat.
Richard Cohen’s WaPo 10/14 column on the Plame leak being no big deal is creating a lot of negative attention . Which may reinforce what I suggested to him last year after a really absurd column on being purple: maybe he needs some time off to unwind and get refocused. Meanwhile, a small NBC/WSJ survey has some startling numbers. Continue reading