Filtered news 10/11/06

Now I'm pissed off: “Some climate scientists say that even if steps are taken now to limit global warming, temperatures in New England will rise enough over the next half-century that the source of much of that rich fall color, the sugar maples, will .”

One more time moron, it's NOT a gay thing! Sean Hannity never fails to waddle in the mud like a pig looking for a few crumbs of muck to munch on. , from America's Most Wanted appeared on H&C a few days ago. The topic was protecting children from on-line predators and Walsh was also there to share his thoughts about the Foley scandal because he worked with him on legislation for this very topic.. In the middle of the discussion, as Walsh was admitting that he felt betrayed by Foley–Hannity inserts recently outed, 's name in the conversation–playing his evil card–just to smear all gay men. To Walsh's credit, he didn't buy into Hannity's obvious stupidity and corrected him. -WMP -QT Walsh obviously didn't think he should be included in a discussion about predators. Why did Hannity deem it necessary to include McGreevey? Because he's "The Gay!" Watch out for !!!We are talking about sex predators here Sean–not consensual sex with adults… Remember: Percent of molested males/females who are victims of heterosexuals: 98/99.6 percent (Source: )

OK, they've got this coming to them Since some Republicans have tried to paint the Foley scandal as some sort of , Jon decided to investigate the claim for himself and what he stumbles upon is truly fascinating; an intricate congressional network of secret gay operatives that worked tediously behind the scenes to orchestrate an early October surprise on behalf of the Democratic Party. WMP MOV

What's good for GOP is good for USA? The National Republican Congressional Committee sends out a mailer attacking Dem Tammy Duckworth on Social Security that to an official Federal mailing.

He's starting to make Clinton look modest Now there's another Foley .

More of that compassionate conservatism thing Colorado Republican State Representative

has been . Check it out .

Deciphering Bush If someone smarter than me can figure out the thought process behind this I think we'd understand our "I am, you know, amazed that this is a society which so wants to be free that they’re willing to — you know, that there’s a level of violence that they tolerate." In reality, since Hussein’s fall and more than 300,000 have fled to other parts of Iraq to escape the violence. Additionally, of Iraqis want U.S. forces to leave Iraq within a year, saying “they would feel safer if U.S. and other foreign forces left Iraq.” Iraqis aren’t “tolerating” the violence. They’re just trying to survive.

The U.S. Army is “making plans to ,” the Associated Press reports.

"Abortion is the foremost important
social issue on the Democrat agenda."
-- Rush the vulgar Pigboy

Wanted: Adult supervision "This just in from the Green Zone in Baghdad: The hot new polo shirt in the zone is white with a diplomatic security badge on it and stitching below that says 'Resistance Is Futile.'" Good God. This sort of triumphal jackassery is straight out of warbloggerdom circa March 2003, back when the 101st Fighting Keyboarders were certain we'd whip those pesky Baathist ragheads into line ASAP and then march home in victory. If this is really the hot new thing in the Green Zone, it's no wonder we're losing.

Lesser of two evils Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) is clinging to a three-point lead over Rep. Mark Green (R-WI) in the state’s gubernatorial race, 46% to 43%, according to a new .

Bunch a liberal eggheads today called on Congress to increase the minimum wage. The group recommended a and argued that “future boosts should be indexed to inflation to protect workers purchasing power from rising prices.” (Read full statement .)

"Our troops will be removed from Iraq. They were removed after the first Gulf War.
Before that, they were removed from Grenada and from other countries throughout
the 20th century. Millions of American troops were removed from Europe after WWII.
Why should there be the slightest doubt that they will be removed from Iraq?
-- Thomas Sewell (R-Tom) Hey Tom, did we build 26 permanant military bases in Grenada? Oh, and by the way, we still have troops in Europe.

If you missed it, you can (and should) still watch it On PBS last night, Frontline premiered a special titled '' that took an in-depth look at "homegrown" terror cells in the United States. Investigative journalist focuses on the most significant terrorist case in the United States since 9/11; the purported al Qaeda plot in thwarted by the FBI in 2002. In February 2006, Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte told Congress, "A network of Islamic extremists in Lodi maintained connections with Pakistani militant groups, recruited U.S. citizens, … [and] allegedly raised funds for international jihadist groups." However, upon close examination and interviews with top law enforcement officials involved in the case, Bergman discovers that the case highly touted by US counter-terror officials as a significant al Qaeda bust amounted to little more than entrapment and coerced and fabricated confessions from two men who, in fact, had nothing to do with the terrorist group. The special can be viewed in its entirety at .

Corruption watch (family affair edition) : The President's brother Neil is making hay from school reform. Across the country, some teachers complain that President George W. Bush's makeover of public education promotes "teaching to the test." The President's younger brother Neil takes a different tack: He's selling to the test. The No Child Left Behind Act compels schools to prove students' mastery of certain facts by means of standardized exams. Pressure to perform has energized the $1.9 billion-a-year instructional software industry. Now, after five years of development and backing by investors like Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and onetime junk-bond king Michael R. Milken, Neil Bush aims to roll his high-tech teacher's helpers into classrooms nationwide. He calls them "curriculum on wheels," or COWs. The $3,800 purple plug-and-play computer/projectors display lively videos and cartoons: the XYZ Affair of the late 1790s as operetta, the 1828 Tariff of Abominations as horror flick. The device plays songs that are supposed to aid the memorization of the 22 rivers of Texas or other facts that might crop up in state tests of "essential knowledge." Bush's Ignite! Inc. has sold 1,700 COWs since 2005, mainly in Texas, where Bush lives and his brother was once governor. In August, Houston's school board authorized expenditures of up to $200,000 for COWs. The company expects 2006 revenue of $5 million. Says Bush about the impact of his name: "I'm not saying it hasn't opened any doors. It may have helped with some sales." (In September, the U.S. Education Dept.'s inspector general accused the agency of improperly favoring at least five publishers, including The McGraw-Hill Companies, which owns BusinessWeek. A company spokesman says: "Our reading programs have been successful in advancing student achievement for decades; that's why educators hold them in such high regard.")

Supporting our troops Lt. Commander , the lawyer who Guantanamo detainee Salim Hamdan in the landmark Supreme Court case that ruled President Bush’s military commissions unconstitutional and in violation of international law, will be “passed over for promotion by the Pentagon and .” In a move that he had , Swift confirmed recently that he had been denied a promotion to Navy commander “” the Supreme Court sided against the White House. Dubbed the “,” Swift reported in June 2005 that when he was first asked to represent Hamdan, he was instructed that . He called the instructions “a clear attempt to coerce Mr. Hamdan into pleading guilty.” Refusing to back down, Swift “ended up at the U.S. Supreme Court.” He :

As an officer, I have the deepest respect for the President. But as an officer, it is also my duty to point out when an order is wrong. What protects our democracy is that we do not just follow orders blindly.

National Law Journal had listed Swift among the nation’s top 100 lawyers. Eugene Fidell, president of the National Institute of Military Justice, argued Swift was “,” given his devotion to the Navy, the law, and his client. The New York Times writes, “[T]here is no denying the it sends to remaining military lawyers.”

McCain lies for Bush Senator John McCain’s claim that Bill Clinton is responsible for North Korea’s nuclear test this week is dead wrong. He should know better. One more time, here are the facts:

North Korea’s bombs are built with plutonium. They produce their plutonium in a reactor they built during the Reagan presidency, starting around 1984. They separated enough plutonium for perhaps two bombs during the first Bush presidency.

When they tried to make more plutonium under President Bill Clinton, he said he would go to war to stop them. He had . The North Koreans backed down.

Bill Clinton . North Korea did not separate a gram of plutonium while Bill Clinton was in office. He also stopped their missile tests.

George Bush walked away from the deal in his first months in office. In March 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell said he wanted “to continue the process begun under Clinton.” Bush .

U.S. intelligence had detected signs near the end of the Clinton years that the North Koreans were trying to evade the freeze by beginning a uranium program. When confronted with the evidence in 2002, the North Koreans admitted it and offered to put that program on the table as part of a comprehensive deal. Bush used it as an excuse to walk away from negotiations. He thought he did not need to talk to the North Koreans. He thought he could overthrow the regime.

Hide the kids from the conservatives! Mark Foley isn't even original

Republican Congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned from Congress after
"sexually explicit" emails surfaced showing him flirting with a 16-year old boy.

Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative Washington Times
newspaper was arrested for soliciting sex from a 13-year old girl on the internet.

Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition Lou Beres confessed to
molesting a 13-year old girl.

Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd was arrested on suspicion of
soliciting sex with an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for
Denton County, Texas, constable.

Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a
10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a
5-year old boy.

Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to molesting two girls
under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an associate in the petition business.

Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano was arrested for sexually
molesting a 14-year-old girl.

Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded
guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.

Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child molester.

Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in
federal prison for sexually abusing 8-and 10-year old girls.

Republican Mayor Tom Adams was arrested for distributing child
pornography over the internet.

Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex
from two 15-year old girls.

Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting
two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years
in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with molesting a
teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted
child rapist in Florida.

Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran church
president Dennis L. Rader pleaded guilty to performing a sexual act on
an 11-year old girl he murdered.

Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to
possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to
anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three
years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond
had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.

Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the
2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a
sexual affair with a female juvenile.

Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an
inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was sentenced to
six years in prison for molesting two 8-year old girls, one of whom
appeared in an anti-Gore television commercial.

Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties
at the White House during the 1980s.

Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the
White House during the 1980s.

Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having
sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.

Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child
porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.

Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex
crimes involving children.

Republican campaign chairman Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to
attempted sexual assault on a child and was arrested again five years
later on the same charge.

Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as
a congressional page.

Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell
admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.

Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline was placed under house arrest for
child molestation and possession of child pornography.

Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged
with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.

Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for
distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.

Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was
taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual
activity withan underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.

Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting
a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.

Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex
with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the
allegations were reported in the media.

Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional
values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy
for permission to perform oral sex on him.

Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his
genitals to an 11 year old girl.

Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to
40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted
to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of
raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two
years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old

Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first
degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.

Republican legislator Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony
counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16
(i.e. exposing himself to children).

Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found guilty of
molesting a 15-year old girl.

Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a
male child.

Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual
assault on a teenage girl.

Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two

Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted
of molesting a 13-year old girl.

Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to
unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.

Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to
raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6 months in prison.

Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of
child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months
in federal prison and fined $18,000.

Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state
representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography
was found in his possession.

Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin
Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex
from boys and girls over the internet.

Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good
military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex
with an 11-year old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for
Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in
the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

Republican campaign worker, police officer and self-proclaimed reverend
Steve Aiken was convicted of having sex with two underage girls.

Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas
Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six
years in prison.

Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp.
Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.

Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A.
Dasen Sr., was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen, 62,
who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has
allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1
million to have sex with a large number of young women.

Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of
children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into
providing information about the anti-American insurgency.


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