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#0000ff" size="4">Unca Dickey hates America ">Cheney: American democracy at fault for rising tide of Iraq violence. " size="4">The Nucular Peninshula If you ">can watch this up to and through the comments about the attire being worn by members of the White House press crew without puking, you are amazing.

#0000ff">A long-standing Republican jab is to call the Democratic party, the &;Democrat&; party. Silly and annoying. But there it is. So why is CNN now adopting it for their own news copy. Here&;s the primer on their ">lead story ...

The link is to an AP story. And even on the substance, look at the domestic spin CNN gives to the story. What the story actually says is that while most Middle Eastern governments think the Bush administration has been a disaster, they are also wary of the Democrats -- not because they don&;t have "better answers" but because they&;re too close to Israel. Very different points.

#0000ff" size="4">Crystal ball CQ puts out its ">final pre-election ratings.

" size="4">Sixty New House Polls The latest ">Majority Watch polls are out for 60 competitive House seats and show Democrats convincingly taking over the House of Representatives. The ">interactive maps are a fun way to look at them all.

#0000ff">That phony astroturf group in Pennsylvania. Would you believe that a group called the Progressive Policy Council is ">represented by a man who was the Deputy General Counsel to Bush-Cheney &;04? What are the odds?

#0000ff" size="4">What liberal media? DSCC demands Virginia State Bar release Sen. George Allen&;s (R) Bar application. So is the Allen court records story ">newsworthy yet?

" size="4">Ethics Report" size="4"> on Foley Not Expected Before Elections "The House ethics committee has all but wrapped up the investigative phase of its probe into the actions of former representative Mark Foley, informing key witnesses that they will not be summoned back for more questioning, lawyers in the case said yesterday. "But those lawyers indicated that the committee is unlikely to release its report on the Florida Republican -- or even an interim memo -- before the Nov. 7 elections." (WaPo)

#0000ff" size="4">Naughty Marines! Fields of Fire, one of James Webb&;s books that George Allen has been attacking as obscene, is actually on the Marine Corps&; ">reading list for professional development.

#0000ff" size="4">No more o&; that darn book learnin&; ;The Bush administration has shut down access&;">#000000">The Bush administration has shut down access to the EPA’s principal library for researching the effects and properties of chemicals. “">EPA’s hasty, buzz saw slashing at its library network is now interfering with its mission of harnessing the best available science to protect human health and the environment,” said Jeff Ruch, director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The Bush administration has already shuttered EPA’s Washington headquarters’ library and regional posts in Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City

#0000ff" size="4">What liberal media? Part II Time reported that Democrats "got an unwelcome distraction this week when Senate minority leader Harry Reid … found himself embroiled in a real estate scandal," but the magazine has ignored reports from June that House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert made almost $2 million on the sale of land in Illinois after reportedly taking an active role in the inclusion in a transportation spending bill of an earmark for a highway project near the property. ">Read on…

#0000ff" size="4">What American media? Often, the most honest news about his country comes from the international press. ">Spiegel Online:

One hundred suspected terrorists from all over the world are still being held in secret American prisons. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, CIA expert Ron Suskind accuses Washington of "running like a headless chicken" in its war against al-Qaida. He reserves special criticism for the CIA&;s torture methods, which he argues are unproductive.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Suskind, the Red Cross recently visited all of the prisoners at Guantanamo who had been transferred from secret CIA prisons, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Ramzi Binalshibh. Do we know more about these CIA prisons, or "Black Sites" as a result of this visit?

Suskind: We know that almost everything from the tool kit was tried: extraordinary techniques that included hot and cold water-boarding and threats of various kinds. We tried virtually everything with Binalshibh. But he was resistant, and my understanding of that interrogation is that we got very, very little from it. At one point, there was some thinking that we should put out misinformation that Binalshihb had been cooperative, he had received money and he was living in luxury. So that would mean that his friends and family, who obviously are known to al-Qaida, might face retribuition, and we ended up not doing that. ">Read on…

#0000ff" size="4">What? The old man awakens? On ">Face The Nation, Bob Schieffer wouldn&;t buy Ken Mehlman&;s "lame" excuses for running a racist ad against Harold Ford when he paid for it. He called into question the notion that Republicans hold all the cards when we&;re talking about "values" because actions speak LOUDER than slogans. Heading down the stretch to November 7th, this administration has shown America that "winning" is their core value. If Bob calls you lame, well—you&;re just lame. ">Video-WMP ">Video-QT SCHIEFFER: "But, but Mr. Mehlman, the logic… if I think something is wrong but I take advantage of a law that allows me to take advantage of that, that&;s pretty lame, if I may say so." Transcript via ">Face the Nation (There&;s also video of Jack Murtha too) -11463">#0000ff">(Read the rest of this story…)

#0000ff" size="4">Mutiny on the Foxy In a twist that left Sean Hannity almost speechless on H&C Friday night, FOX News military analyst Col. Hunt said that he preferred Jim Webb over George Allen in the Virgina race because he&;s a battle tested military man and Allen is just a football player. ">Video- WMP ">Video -QT Hunt: He&;s a Marine combat hero.

#0000ff" size="4">Unca Dickey making it up as he goes Today on Fox News’ Your World With Neil Cavuto, Vice President Dick Cheney said it was his belief that insurgents were increasing their violence to try to influence the midterm elections. President Bush has admitted this that there isn’t “">any intelligence” that suggests terrorists are trying to influence U.S. elections. Also, Maj. Douglas Powell, a military spokesman in Baghdad, told United Press International that there was ">no intelligence for the claim. While there is no reported intelligence for Iraqi insurgents trying to sway the current election, the CIA did conclude that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda tried to ">manipulate the 2004 elections with the release of a ">videotape message. But the intelligence indicated that terrorists were trying to help Bush win re-election — not aid his opponents. Media Matters, citing Ron Suskind’s One Percent Doctrine, notes that CIA analysts concluded that bin Laden’s message in the days before the Nov. 2004 contest “">was clearly designed to assist the President’s reelection.”

#0000ff" size="4">From the "Just When You Think They Can&;t Sink Any Lower" file, ">Rick Santorum shows that they still haven&;t hit bottom: "Bob Casey has invested Pennsylvania pension funds in companies with ties to terrorist-sponsoring states and states that engage in genocide," Santorum said. "Bob Casey is aiding and abetting terrorism and genocide." I suppose the next step will for Santorum to self-righteously deny that he&;s impugned anyone&;s patriotism. At least, that&;s usually the next step after an attack like this. Deeper and deeper into the muck. Truly disgusting.

#0000ff" size="4">Good luck with that, Tony A new report released in Britan warns that ">climate change will be devastating to the world economy if we don&;t do something about it:

The report warns unless the world moves to cut green house gases it is heading for a "catastrophic climate change" which would create the worst global recession ever seen.....The review says failure to act early could end up costing between 5% and 20% of global GDP and render large parts of the planet uninhabitable with poor nations hit first and hardest. Africa is likely to be most harmed by climate change and Sir Nicholas [Stern] says we have a "moral duty" to cut emissions.

Apparently the next step is for Tony Blair to persuade George Bush to help lead the world in a global effort to keep this from happening.

#0000ff" size="4">Dr. Limbaugh’s Shakedown Desperate to matter in this election cycle, Rush Limbaugh chose an unlikely target of his nonsensical attacks: Michael J. Fox. Fox has been appearing in commercials ">(watch one here) supportive of candidates who favor federal funding of stem cell research. Limbaugh ">lashed out at Fox for, well, faking the symptoms of his disease. “He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.” I guess when you swallow prescription pills by the handful you start to think that any symptoms call be controlled. Unfortunately, those associated Parkinson’s often can’t. And the same is apparently true for the symptoms associated with being a complete jackass.

#0000ff" size="4">Don’t Let Your Daughter Marry a Senator The key campaign to watch over the next couple weeks is Harold Ford Jr’s attempt to be the " face="Times New Roman" size="3">first black Senator

to represent a Southern state since Reconstruction. According to one voter who plans on backing Ford, “Oh, sure, there’s some prejudice. I wouldn’t want my daughter marrying one.”

#0000ff" size="4">Corruption watch Have you seen the latest attack spots aimed at Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle? You might think Rep. Mark Green has lost his cool but look closely to learn the attack is paid for by "All Children Matter" (ACM). What and who is ACM? Well, read the opening from 2004: "All Children Matter is a right-wing group...based in Michigan advocating private school vouchers...George and Susan Mitchell represent the group in Wisconsin." ACM began with Amway millionaire Dick DeVos, and is anti-choice for women, anti-gay, and embraces the Rev. James Dobson. (DeVos&; brother-in-law is the founder of Blackwater Security Consulting.) The Mitchells were heavily involved in the Kelly-Wilcox Supreme Court race. Remember that one? A couple hundred thousand dollars flowed illegallly to the campaign of Justice Wilcox just before the Wis. Supreme Court took up the constitutionality of vouchers for religious schools. Now, with Mark Green, voucher supporter, only four points behind Jim Doyle, the voucher forces are pouring money into the effort to defeat Doyle. Why not have Green sponsor the 30-second spots? Might make Green look to mean. Or, maybe he would not say, "I&;m Mark Green and I approve this ad." Perhaps his supporters, the Mitchells, are taking control.

#0000ff" size="4">What liberal media? Part III ;Stories on global warming are banned&;">#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Stories on global warming are banned at two local television stations in Maine. Michael Palmer, the general manager, told employees in an e-mail that they were not allowed to cover climate change stories because he placed them “in the same category as ‘" face="Times New Roman" size="3">the killer African bee scare‘ from the 1970s or, more recently, the Y2K scare when everyone’s computer was going to self-destruct.”

#0000ff" size="4">Well, of course... “A panel set up last year to reduce excessive secrecy in government is being labeled toothless after its chairman told lawmakers that he " face="Times New Roman" size="3">could not act except at the request of the president.” Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists said interpreting the statute in this way relegates the board to being “a White House puppet.”

#000099">"More sacrifice is going to be required. We will either create a world in which our children #000099"> and our grandchildren have a hope of an optimistic future or we will leave to them a world #000099"> with a hateful empire centered in the Middle East." #000099"> #000000"> --Karl Rove, military strategist,#000099"> ">Link

#000099">"Karl Rove has had too much of his own Kool-Aid. #000099"> He&;s starting to believe his own message. #000099"> It&;s their war. It&;s their mess." #000099"> #000000"> --Joe Wineke, chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, ">Link

#0000ff" size="4">The cost of stupidity $7 trillion: The price the world will pay if it does not address global warming within the decade, according to a new report commissioned by the British Chancellor of the Exchequer “underlining how failure to act would " face="Times New Roman" size="3">trigger a catastrophic global recession.”

#0000ff" size="4">How much Big Oil cares “Safety experts for BP PLC warned their bosses of the potential for a ‘major site incident’ " face="Times New Roman" size="3">2 1/2 years before an explosion at the company’s Texas City refinery killed 15 people.” “This place is set up for a catastrophic failure,” wrote one worker.

#0000ff" size="4">Don&;t expect freedom fromm Big Oil any too soon The challenge of limiting carbon dioxide emissions is “all the more daunting because research into energy technologies by both government and industry has not been rising, but rather falling.” U.S. federal spending on energy R&D — currently $3 billion a year — is “" face="Times New Roman" size="3">less than half what it was a quarter-century ago.”

#0000ff" size="4">Sigh. Here we go again. “The American military has not properly tracked hundreds of thousands of weapons intended for Iraqi security forces and has " face="Times New Roman" size="3">failed to provide spare parts, maintenance personnel or even repair manuals for most of the weapons given to the Iraqis,” according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

#0000ff" size="4">Corruption watch A senior aide to House Speaker Hastert (R-IL), Ted Van Der Meid, reportedly blocked an investigation into “mismanagement of a secret security office and…" face="Times New Roman" size="3">allegations of bid-rigging and kickbacks from contractors to a Defense Department employee.”

#0000ff" size="4">When you have no issues, you make up sh*t Former Governor Tommy Thompson (R-WI), his henchman Jim Klauser and their allies in the Legislature killed the most innovative program in the country, the office of Public Intervenor. A bi-partisan board guided Kathleen Falk (now running for state attorney general) and Tom Dawson, the two P.I. lawyers. The P.I. could sue the DNR, polluters, and developers who would destroy wetlands. The rightwing organization Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce didn&;t like it. After all, the P.I. had the resources to take on the big law firms and their well-healed polluting clients. So, the office was killed. Now, in an incredible example of chutzpa, J.B. Van Hollen (the Repug running against Falk) has accused Kathleen Falk of "quitting" her job as P.I. Whoa Nelly! Would Van Hollen bring back the P.I.? Do pigs fly? Chickens have lips?

#0000ff" size="4">The most delicious story in a long time appeared on front page of the NYT. "China Drafts Law to Empower Unions" followed by "Opposition Voiced by U.S. and Other Corporations." One can almost hear the Chamber of Commerce complaining that "We have dealt labor in the U.S. a body blow. Why can&;t the Chinese understand their workers will want vacations, a living wage, safe working conditions, and clean air if those damned unions are allowed. Good god, we may have to return to the U.S. for manufacturing."


October 30, 2006 - 11:27pm