Saturday, October 29, 2005

Libby v Padilla

It is quite disconcerting to listen to this tape of George Bush telling reporters that Scooter is innocent until proven guilty and that he deserves his day in court when he is the man responsible for locking people like Jose Padilla up in undisclosed locations for years on end without trial, charges or representation.

True Enemies Of The State and People of America

Bellatrys exposes Steve Forbes plot to pit the blogs against each other lists all 25 of the treasonous all war while writing themselves tax cuts on their big checks all the time before leaving us with a stunningread on the power of the press..


Avedon sifts through the Gore in 2008 discussions and concludes that "It could work, if we all follow Paul Wellstone's dictum: Work hard."

I agree, and just for fun want to direct you to these comments at the Ostoy Report for discussion if you wish.

n states beyond Ohio. Only if the voting public KNOWS the vote was incorrectly recorded andThe only way the democratic party can win is to get an overwhelming majority of the votes in a majority of states. Republicans own the voting machines and have corrupted the Boards of Election i counted will the the republican machine not prevail. In my mind, opposition to this war from day 1 is the most important qualification for a candidate. Intelligent foreign diplomacy is the second. Gore fits. He may have lacked the imagination to understand the ramifications of his naive trust in American jurisprudence in '99, but he caught on and sees this cabal for what they are. The Progressive Caucus and the Black Caucus should be the pool for the VP choice. Symbols with substance can help reclaim our national integrity.

I find that idea very appealing and the next one is rather intriguing although you might already know that I like having Schweitzer for our governor and personally want him to stay in Helena for another seven years before he goes onto whatever he wants to do next.

Gore-Dean, if the Dems need known names.
Gore-Schwietzer, if Dean is a little risky.
Schwietzer-Richardson, if the Dems feel like a gamble.
Time will tell. I think Daschle is a terrible idea.
He's like a flaccid weaner.
Gore just needed a little Zest, which he has slowly acquired, growing a beard and starting a progressive tv station.
I still like Dean myself. I don't even care about his "scream." He's not corporate owned, and he can stand on his own two feet, something Democrats seem incapable of most of the time.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Business As Usual

The story is that the Whitehouse is very eager to put the unpleasantness of Scooter's indictment behind them so the President adorned his very best power suit and tie to tell the reporters how hard he is working before he flew off to enjoy his weekend at Camp David.

I wonder what all the president's lawyers will be dining on and how much it will cost us?

Fee Democracy

Non profit affordable housing organizations may be able to get a few dollars for much needed affordable housing from congress if they can stand the codiciles of cronyism squeezing the participatory lifeblood out of their communities.

The funding would be a boon to the nonprofit housing sector – worth up to an estimated $1 billion within two years – but it comes with strings attached: nonprofit organizations would not be able to tap into the fund if they have recently engaged in activities that encourage people to vote.

In America you can have as much democracy as your sub wage income allows.

A product of negotiations between a faction of conservative legislators and the House Financial Services Committee leadership, the clause is supposedly intended to prevent grantees from misusing federal funds, but housing advocates have denounced the so-called "gag rule" as dangerously broad.


Under the weight of a nationwide affordable housing crisis, nonprofit groups say the proposed rules paradoxically open doors to equitable housing by restricting access to democracy.

"To build affordable housing and have to sacrifice nonprofit free speech and advocacy rights," said Cohen, "is a bargain that, really, nobody should accept."

The legislation essentially bars nonprofits receiving the government money from spending their own private funds, raised from non-federal sources, on any election-related activity. For instance, grantees could not help people register to vote or host a polling site at a housing facility.

The legislation also restricts grantees from associating with groups engaged in such activities -- a caveat critics fear could break up mutually supportive nonprofit networks through guilt by association. According to a legislative analysis by the government watchdog group OMB Watch, "affiliation" could be defined as funding support that constitutes over 20 percent of a group’s yearly budget, overlapping board members, or even a shared computer server.

The proposed restrictions apply to nonprofits for the duration of the grant and are retroactive for a year prior to the funding request. But they would not impact for-profit companies, which already enjoy relatively few limitations on political activities under existing federal statutes. In contrast to their profit-driven counterparts, charitable groups and other nonprofits, are heavily restricted in using their resources to influence government policy, though they can advocate around specific issues.

A broad coalition of nonprofits has argued that the housing fund rules impinge on groups’ free expression and association.

Watch this flimsy reason take shape

An unsigned memorandum recently circulated among House members contended that the bill "would require the government sponsored enterprises to pump billions into left-wing organizations."

Michael Kane, director of the subsidized-housing advocacy group National Association of HUD Tenants, views the restrictions as part of a conservative agenda to disenfranchise underserved communities.

"They’re trying to criminalize democracy," he said, "while allowing unrestrained, government-subsidized… activities by for-profit companies for their own private gain."
More than Bricks and Mortar

Advocates of affordable housing say the connection between political participation and housing work is fundamental to community development.

As community-based institutions, nonprofit housing organizations often serve as a bridge between the advocacy of civil rights groups and low-income and minority constituencies. Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, said that housing groups lay the groundwork for political organizing, by helping "to build the involvement of people… so they can protect their communities using the political process."

If I were a despot, I would want everybody to be hungry enough to work for what you will give them and ignorant enough to stay that hungry.

Minnesota state law actually mandates that nonprofits receiving state support "shall provide voter registration services for employees and the public."

Chip Halbach, executive director of the advocacy coalition Minnesota Housing Partnership, noted that "state grant dollars go into pretty much every affordable housing unit that gets developed in this state," which would automatically exclude Minnesota nonprofits from the national fund.

For many nonprofit groups involved with affordable-housing work, their voting-related activities never assumed a partisan taint before the ensuing legislative battle.

In the affordable-housing communities managed by the faith-based charity Volunteers of America, voter registration is provided to residents alongside counseling programs and computer training, as part of an array of services.

The very idea that a poor person might cast a ballot somewhere is enough to make George Will and his shadowy owners break out in a cold sweat.

A national housing fund could be critical in the group’s efforts to rebuild damaged units in the Gulf Coast region, many of which house disabled and elderly adults. "We would hate to be precluded," said President Charles Gould, "if there’s something we’re doing on a daily basis to help people who need help in exercising their rights."

For the Child Welfare League of America, an association of social service providers that also helps develop supportive housing, voter education is as political as a high school civics class. Ruth White, director of the League’s housing program, said the restrictions would undermine programs that teach independent living skills to teenagers transitioning out of foster care. Since the goal is to instill a sense of community responsibility, she said, "we can’t, in good conscience, not tell these young people… what it means to be of voting age."

Does anybody know when Iraq plans to return our democracy?

Hat Crime In Missoula

There was some discussion about whether or not the recent beatings of two young men in Missoula met the criteria of a hate crime and nobody has asked for my opinion so I will tell you what my opinion is.

I would be very comfortable arguing the position that the beating of homosexuals, gays, queers, fags, queens or whatever could very well signal to anybody who is a homosexual, gay, queer, fag, queen or whatever that they could be next so they should be very fearful. Fortunately I did not jump the gun and make a public fool of myself before all the facts were out because it did not happen.

Those young men were not beaten because they were homosexuals, gays, queers, fags, queens or whatever; they were beaten for wearing the wrong color hat and glasses. Okay then.

No problem. No problem unless you don't know if it is safe to wear jet black, tangerine, fire engine red, indigo blue, sage green, lemon chiffon, purple or whatever.

MedicalTorture at Gitmo Finally Hits Television News.

I heard it on CBS news. It's about time!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Upside Is

2006 American soldiers have died in this trumped up war that has cost us hundreds of billions of dollars, further destabilized the mid east and made us far less secure, but Halliburton stock is up over 3000%

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Why Indeed


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Unmoveable Object Moves On


Monday, October 24, 2005

Who Is Going To Be President?

I really heard that question asked this weekend. The person thought we might have to recruit Bob Dole because everybody else is facing indictment.

I'm still speechless.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Good News About Wilma

Jeb Bush is a lucky man indeed. There is no daylight between him and FEMA, and he will get fire sale prices on some well traveled ice!

Where are the ice links?