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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Nov 19th 2011, 07:58 PM
I know, I know...he will NEVER become president. But the fact that it stands that 61% of respondents say they want him as president AFTER his Libya gaff and even now after his Taliban will play a role in the new government gaff, it is just too f'n much!

Poll here if you have a second to offset the madness.

P.S. This is the New York Daily News which is a far cry from the Post.

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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion
Thu Oct 20th 2011, 08:38 AM
Posted on Oct 18, 2011

By Bill Blum

Looking for the latest outrage from the American justice system after the execution of Troy Davis? Meet Bobby Joe Maxwell and get to know his lawyer, Pasadena attorney Verna Wefald.

Now 63 and in his 32nd year behind bars, serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, Maxwell is an accused serial killer once known as the Skid Row Stabber of Los Angeles. Arrested in 1979, Maxwell’s trial was delayed until late 1983 by legal motions and wrangling over the publicity rights to his life story. When it finally commenced, the trial lasted nine months and was the stuff of L.A. noir, orchestrated against a media frenzy that portrayed Maxwell as a shadowy Satanist responsible for the deaths of at least 10 homeless men. The problem is, in all likelihood, he’s innocent.

Wefald, 58, runs a solo law practice specializing in criminal appeals. She operates on a shoestring budget primarily drawn from meagerly paid court appointments. I’ve known her since we were colleagues briefly at the Los Angeles branch of the State Public Defender’s office before the branch was closed down for budget reasons in the early ’90s, and I’ve often wondered how and why she does what she does. For the past 22 years, Wefald has represented Maxwell before state and federal courts, often for free, insisting to anyone who would listen that her client wasn’t guilty, that he’d been framed by perjured testimony and prosecutorial misconduct committed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

It’s never been easy. Wefald recently told me that when she first signed on to defend Maxwell on appeal in 1989, “I was young and thought this was the kind of case you went to law school for. About 10 years into it, I wished I had never gone.”

Read more: Truthdig

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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion
Sun Aug 21st 2011, 08:07 AM
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests".
- Patrick Henry -


The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.
If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete. You are one of my 20+. Please keep it going.

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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion
Sun Jun 26th 2011, 06:29 PM
Gay marriage poll

presently:

Do you agree with the state government's decision to legalize gay marriage?
Yes
45%
No
55%
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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion
Sat Apr 30th 2011, 10:06 PM
I hate having reporters who are supposed to hold our leaders accountable get together for a love fest, whether it's Bush or Obama.
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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Dec 22nd 2010, 09:27 PM
Redstate 2012 presidential poll

Who is your 2012 candidate of choice?
Selection
Votes
Who is your 2012 candidate of choice? 2% 101
Haley Barbour 4% 246
John Bolton 5% 323
Herman Cain 13% 837
Mitch Daniels 8% 516
Newt Gingrich 4% 264
Mike Huckabee 5% 339
Sarah Palin 31% 2,091
Tim Pawlenty 3% 218
Mike Pence 17% 1,156
Mitt Romney 9% 573

6,664 votes total
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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Jul 21st 2010, 10:02 AM
an organization that would do this before doing their own research?
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Posted by ejbr in Political Videos
Sat Feb 13th 2010, 10:16 AM
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Posted by ejbr in Political Videos
Sat Feb 13th 2010, 10:13 AM
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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion: Presidency
Tue Jan 26th 2010, 11:08 AM



Republicans as Lucy, and their votes as the football.
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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Dec 30th 2009, 09:36 AM
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."

"We will be greeted as liberators"

"My answer is to bring it on"

"Wanted: dead or alive"

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job!"

"mission accomplished"

"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."

"I'm the commander -- see, I don't need to explain -- I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president."

"This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating."

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

"You forgot Poland."

"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." (Sept. 2001)

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." (Mar. 2002)

"Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere!" yuk, yuk, yuk...

"I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense."


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I am not one of Obama's biggest fans right now, but if the country can overlook these statements, then claiming the "system works" after the Christmas plot is hardly cause for drama.
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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Oct 12th 2009, 06:30 AM
I ask, "Do YOU deserve to tell me whether he does or doesn't?"
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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Jul 22nd 2009, 06:43 AM
From yesterday's Huffington Post

Intense lobbying pressure from Wall Street has slowed the progress of a major piece of financial regulatory reform legislation. Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) informed committee members Monday night that a vote on the creation of the Consumer Financial Product Safety Commission will be pushed back until September.

"We wanted to give consumer groups and their allies time to work with their members, organize and get their message out," said committee spokeswoman Elizabeth Esfahani. "So far in this debate, we've only heard from one side, the banking lobbyists, so we want to give both sides time to be heard."


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"In America, we don't say 'buyer beware' when people are buying prescription drugs or when they're concerned about lead paint in toys," said Durbin (D-Ill.), a cosponsor of the bill, when it was first introduced.

Warren, during a press event in March marking the introduction of the bill, highlighted how the commission would work and how it could have prevented the current crisis.

She offered the example of a loan with a low "teaser rate" and an obscured prepayment penalty. "Prepayment penalties are a way to try to fool into thinking the price is $1100 dollars a month -- that's the teaser rate -- when in fact the real price of this product is the equivalent of $1900 dollars a month. And if you try to refinance out of the product, you'll pay a prepayment penalty. That's how the company will make its money. You'll either pay higher interest later on, or you'll pay a prepayment penalty to get out of it."

When the price rises to $1900 a month or higher, the borrower can't refinance, can't make the payment, and goes into foreclosure.

"If there had been an agency, like the Financial Product Safety Commission, that had said, 'You just don't get to fool people on pricing,' then what would have happened is," she said, "there would have been millions of families who got tangled in predatory mortgages who never would have gotten them."

Preventing the proliferation of those loans could have stopped the housing bubble from forming -- and then popping.


rest of article here

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If you agree, do your part. Bring Banking Regulation into the 21st Century!
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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Feb 18th 2009, 08:14 AM
Dear President Obama,

I am one of the many progressive voices that is beginning to wonder whether your pledge to be open and honest is nothing more than an empty platitude. How can we trust what you say when you are already maintaining secrecy at the expense of our constitution and placing someone "above the law", contrary to your campaign pledges?

Your justice department is claiming the same Bush "state secrets" in preventing justifiable lawsuits and now you are indicating that Karl Rove can break the law, not once but twice in the guise of a "compromise". What gives? This "big tent" of yours is beginning to not only exclude those of us who have been excluded for so long, but also the very nature of the laws of our land.

I hope you are not surprised that in your failed attempts to make new friends that you may be making progressive enemies.

Sincerely,

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Posted by ejbr in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Dec 22nd 2008, 05:18 PM
I know we should try to limit our new President and Vice President, but I now almost want to throw a shoe at Joe.

WASHINGTON - Joe Biden offered lumps of coal and sharp criticism for Vice President Dick Cheney, but he feels almost sorry for his predecessor's boss - especially after President Bush had to duck hurled shoes in Iraq.

"It's presumptuous to feel sorry for another man. But I feel somewhat - I feel somewhat badly for him," Biden told Larry King in an interview to air Monday on CNN.

"I think the incident in Iraq was - was unfortunate, that guy throwing the shoes," Biden says. "It was just - it was just uncalled for and was - I think that President Bush and, unlike Vice President Cheney, is, upon reflection beginning to acknowledge some of the serious, if not mistakes, misjudgments that he made."

Killing thousands of innocent people without provocation is not worth a shoe being thrown at you? Saying "oops" should entitle him to forgiveness? I hope he is not trying to convince the reality-based community of this. Maybe he wants to placate the Bush dead-enders.

Anyway, I am STILL riding high on Obama and Biden's win, but come on now. Really.

New York Daily News
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