Posted by _dynamicdems in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sat Jun 17th 2006, 06:19 AM
Now they are swiftboating private citizens?
This guy posted this in response to a blog post I made on the Young Turks and it kinda freaked me out:
"If I google for Dynamic Dems, I can probably find all mannner of disinformation that you've spread around the web. I'm thinking about gathering together a few indisputable facts, so I can go out on a debunking mission.
Think of it as a small scale Swift Boat operation. By the way, I'm very proud to report that I contributed a heck of a lot of money to the SBVFT in 2004. They had to have cost Kerry more than 300,000 votes in Ohio....dontcha think?"
How creepy is this?
John Kerry ran for President only ONCE. He got the nomination on his FIRST TRY. And he came damn close (or won if you take election fraud into consideration) to defeating an incumbent President during wartime.
Al Gore ran for President three times, which means he lost twice before 2000. And if you also consider that he didn't get the nomination on either of these two prior attempts, it can be said that Al Gore's track record is not nearly as good as John Kerry's.
In horse racing lingo, Kerry had one start and lost by a nose resulting in a second place. Of Al Gore's three starts one was a Photo Finish resulting in second place and in the other two he was an Also Ran.
Kerry: one start - second place
Gore: three starts - second place
I'm not sure if you know anything about handicapping horse races, Karen, but from a mathematical perspective, who do you think they handicappers would prefer?
As hard as it is to believe, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is in the crosshairs again. Some House members may force a vote on drilling in the Arctic Refuge as early as this Wednesday. Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) has announced the latest drilling vehicle, H.R. 5429, euphemistically labeled "The American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act."
A House vote on this bill could happen as soon as this Wednesday, May 24, so it is critical that your Representative hear from you as soon as possible. Even if you've taken action on this recently and repeatedly, we urgently need your phone calls to Congress. Talking points and more background is below.
Please make your call today! If you've never called Congress before, it's easy. You'll either leave a message with a staff member, or on a voice mail machine.
Once you've made your call, please click here to let us know about it!
When you call, make the following points:
1. The Representative should oppose any legislation that would allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
2. We can't drill our way to lower gas prices. Drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge won't provide relief at the pump. Drilling would destroy an irreplaceable wildlife sanctuary, but wouldn't lower prices by more than about a penny a gallon in 2025. That's no solution at all.
3. Congress should focus on clean, renewable energy sources and making our cars go farther on a gallon of gas. Efficiency and renewable energy are the best ways to reduce consumers' costs now and in the future. They are the fastest, cheapest, cleanest way to reduce families' energy costs, increase energy security, end our dangerous oil addiction, and reduce global climate change.
We need to get as many phone calls and emails to Congress as possible in the next few days. Once you've made your phone call, will you help us spread the word about this campaign? Click here to urge ten friends, family members and co-workers to join you in the fight to protect the Arctic Refuge.
The Patriot Project is on the job. This is a great pro-active organization dedicated to stopping swiftboating of veterans. Any of you who haven't joined yet, can sign up for their newsletter. http://www.patriotproject.com
Over the last two weeks The Patriot Project has been contacting veterans running for the House and Senate encouraging them to publicly release their military records. These men and women have served our country bravely and are now seeking public office to set the country on a new course.
Our counsel to release their military records is a pre-emptive step against the attack apparatuses that will surely seek to publicize blatant lies about their service during the upcoming mid-term election.
The Patriot Project needs your help to continue this work.
It's a pattern we have seen over and over again: candidates - Republicans and Democrats - become the targets of coordinated smear campaigns in which their military records are questioned and distorted when they dissented on U.S. foreign policy. Kerry, Cleland, McCain, Murtha ... this tactic will surely be used again in the upcoming mid-term elections.
We simply cannot remain silent while men and women who have served proudly and honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States of America are attacked as unpatriotic for expressing their views on U.S. foreign policy. In a democracy, citizens have a right, even a duty, to speak out when they believe their government is wrong in policy or action.
That is why we created The Patriot Project and we need your support. Click https://secure.ga3.org/03/patriotproject to support The Patriot Project.
The Patriot Project employs research, public education, media outreach and a rapid response mechanism to expose the organizations attacking the patriotism of veterans who question U.S. foreign policy. Please visit our site to show your support by donating to the Patriot Project and to learn more about the players behind the smear campaigns.
To speak out is true patriotism, especially in the face of personal attacks and most especially when those attacks are lies. We urge you to join this fight, and exercise your right to speak out today.
Judith Droz Keyes
Not everybody is meant to be the President of the United States. Al Gore was robbed in 2000 and it was a crushing defeat to his supporters, myself included. I loved Al Gore and still do. It hurt for a long time that he all but vanished from the scene for years. Still, he's someone I admire greatly. As hard as it is to admit this, because I truly think of Al Gore as a great American, I don't think he is meant to be President. Seeing him with his beard and wearing tweeds, I saw another aspect of Al Gore that was all but buried during his years as VP. He's not a politician at heart. He's the consummate advocate, an educator and an activist. I don't think he'd be happy or shine as brightly as President.
I never thought his speaking style was electrifying. He was more about truth and honor and being straight-forward than he was about being entertaining. There was an earnestness is his speeches that appealed to me and still does. That said, I do have him on tape narrating "Earth in the Balance" and listening to his voice puts me asleep every single time I play it. But I continue to play it nonetheless.
Now that people are pitting two heroes of mine against each other, I have had to think hard and to consider which man would be the one I would choose to be my President. That man is John Kerry. He was born to be President. He didn't choose it anymore than he chose to have thick hair or to be over six feet tall. He has a calling to politics that I honestly do not think Al Gore has. Day after day, I've followed his work and been astounded by his schedule. For any other person, how he lives would constitute torture. He lives and breathes what he believes and what he preaches. I've never seen anyone so driven by so many causes. After the crushing defeat of 2004, John Kerry did not lie down in defeat or go off and lick his wounds. He stood up, rising stronger and more determined like an avenging angel wielding a sword of fire against the oppression that has a stranglehold on our country. Nobody on this earth is better suited to be President than John Kerry is today.
Quotations: Just added a bunch more. There are now 120 Kerry quotations generated randomly at the touch of a button...well, actually 2 buttons. Each form can only hold 60, so I needed to use two. This isn't comprehensive, but some of the senator's best quotes are captured here and they cover just about every subject.
Puzzles: lots more added.
E-cards: many more added.
ANWR posters to print (just in case they start the BS again):
called. She was a little caught off guard by the senator's humor. It was the first time that she remembers actually paying attention to a commencement address. The crowd loved him, especially the students.
My nephew and his wife are staunch Republicans and they somehow spawned two boys who are both liberal Democrats. Their eldest son was the one graduating today. Now our family has traditionally voted Democratic. However, a couple of black sheep in the family turned Republican after they started earning larger incomes. The more you get, the more you want apparently. In any case, my nephew and his wife sat there doing their best to show how less than amused they were while the crowd (including their both sets of parents) cheered and roared.
My sister said that it surprised her that the speech was so political, but she did admit that Emerson is a well-known bastion of liberalism. (Thank God, there are so few of these left!) She did enjoy it though and said it was a light-hearted and enjoyable event.
In any case, my great-nephew is off to spend some time in Japan before returning to California where he will reside before deciding on grad school. He's a bright kid and he's an independent thinker. And did I mention, a Democrat? He stood up to his parents during the election and proudly stated that he supported John Kerry. I'm so happy for him that Senator Kerry was the speaker at his commencement. I wish I could have been there. From what my sister said, it was a very happy time for everyone...even for my nephew and his wife despite the fact that they had to endure a Kerry speech in a hallowed hall of liberalism.
And speaking of long-suffering Republicans, at the graduation party last Saturday, I somehow found myself standing there chatting with three Republicans. Tactful person that I am, I blurted out, "Omigod, I'm surrounded by Republicans!" Then I looked at my great-niece (daughter of a different nephew) and said, "Well, except for Erin." I winked when I said this. She smiled and said, "Thank you!" She just graduated high school and is headed for BU in the fall.
This younger generation is going to put their greedy parents to shame! They're the ones who are going to have to "make it right," and from what I've seen, they are up to the challenge.
this. John Kerry is more well-known and more a national figure and he didn't want to steal the thunder from Senator Feingold. That is such a Kerry thing to do. He said right from the beginning he supported RUSS and his office confirmed it from day one. That is the key: he supported Senator Feingold on Senator Feingold's bill. But he let the bill be firmly associated with Russ Feingold before he signed so as not to co-opt it. He was being a friend and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if this wasn't discussed between the two of them previously. Russ was right there (one of the first) to support JK after his speech on Iraq.
To be sure, the individuals involved know more about it than do a bunch of whiners in the blogosphere. Senators discuss these things and they plan. The bunch of wet-behind-the-ears losers on KOS simply have no clue what goes on behind closed doors when senators talk and they certainly are not going to be privy to Democratic strategy.
$71,500 to Democrats
$0 to Republicans
$0 to Others
$71,500 in Total Contributions
The problem isn't Google, the problem is that searches been saturated with right-wing propaganda. I'm been talking about this for a long time, but nobody seems to care. Sorry, but it is true. I've tried to initiate a plan on how to attack the search engine RW propaganda with a little of our own and I get few if any replies.
We desperately need to take on certain themes like "flip-flop" and turn it on the republicans and the other day I posted in here and in DU about this asking for help and didn't get one reply in either place.
I posted previously asking people to commit to 100 posts on 100 different sites and only got one or two people willing to do anything.
We can talk policy in here until we are blue in the face (no pun) and we are probably convincing very few people of very little. The sad fact is that the next elections will be decided on pulp rather than policy and the RW has the market cornered on pulp. We need to saturate the searches with posts and with sites of our own. Everybody can get a free home page. In fact, having several is a good idea. And it only costs a few dollars to set up a domain name. Web pages sit there forever and get into searches based on KEYWORDS, CONTENT and LINKS.
If you think it is just Google, try searching Blogger.com for John Kerry. These blogs are free and the people who put up these "blogs" are just cranking out BS like there is no tomorrow. (BAD choice of words...because that might be where things are heading.) It wouldn't cost a DIME for everyone who posts here to also put up a blog. Linking to other pro-Kerry sites is important too. I'm always on the lookout for new sites to link to.
Sorry for the rant but this is crucial. The majority of people who use the Internet are not interested in politics and will not come to DU or any other political site. This kind of place is too overwhelming for the politically uninitiated. These people will vote in upcoming elections, however. And they will be influenced by what they see in the searches. If they see all this RW crap...what are they going to believe about Senator Kerry and liberals in general?
NH and Ohio have a common problem: foxes running the hen house. The levels of corruption in both state governments are insidious and they are very difficult to prove legally, especially when the enforcement of law is controlled by partisan politics. The phone jamming case in NH gives insight to how these people operate and it is disgusting. The tendrils of corruption reach far and they are almost impossible to extricate.
When the wife of the head US Attorney for the District of NH is handing out anti-Kerry/pro-Bush literature at her church (very legally questionable in itself) and is also on the GOP payroll as a "consultant," it is no wonder that the phone jamming case against republican "operatives" has been thwarted and stalled at every turn.
Voter fraud is only the tip of the iceberg. The bottom line is not that the GOP uses unethical and illegal methods to influence elections, but that they have a network in place to squash legal recourse in the aftermath. This is why it was impossible to successfully contest the 2004 election results in Ohio.
Our government is infected by parasites and the purging of these blood-sucking vermin is going to be a long and arduous process. Justice will trump corruption in the end, but this network has been in place for a long time and it is going to take a long time to extricate. Let's hope that people are becomming sick enough of the corruption that they will demand transparency. For every Tobin or Delay or Cunningham that is caught, how many are there out there who have not only gotten away with it but who are still getting away with it? I shudder to think.
Who's in charge of prosecuting the phone-jamming?
The head US Attorney for the District of NH is Thomas P. Colantuono, appointed to his post by George W. Bush in 2001. *
In the 2004 Presidential campaign, Colantuono's wife made election-law news (Concord Monitor, October, 2004):
It's illegal for clergy to campaign for a candidate on church property, but that didn't stop a staffer for the Republican National Committee from soliciting help re-electing President Bush last week.
In an e-mail to "pastors, church leaders and ministries,"Pam Colantuono, wife of Tom Colantuono (a Bush-appointed U.S. attorney for New Hampshire), asked clergy for help getting a pro-Bush flier to parishioners. Colantuono was clear about how priests could do this without breaking the law.
The RNC paid Pam Colantuono a $4,000 for "Political consulting" in 2004. She also addressed the NH Right to Life group on behalf of Bush-Cheney '04, but it's not clear whether or not she worked with RNC executive James Tobin, who was New England chairman of Bush-Cheney '04 during that time.
Anyway, if you have been wondering...
why the US Attorney's Office has moved so slowly in its investigation of the 2002 phone-jamming scandal...
why the US Attorney never indicted or even revealed the name of phone-jammer James Tobin until NH Democrats forced the issue...
why the US Attorney has actively interfered with the civil suit filed by NH Democrats ...
why RNC defense attorney* * Robert Kelner seems to have an inside line on what the US Attorneys are doing...
...one possible explanation could be that the chief US Attorney in NH may have personal and/or political ties to many of the people his team is supposed to be investigating.
* * One of the few individual donors to Tom Colantuono's unsuccessful bid for a seat in the US Congress was Ovide P Lamontagne, an attorney with Devine, Millimet, and Branch who is defending the NH Republican Party against the phone-jamming civil suit filed by the NH Democrats.
This is just a little experiment. I've been inspired by the videos GV and IB have been making, but I'm on dialup and can't download multi-media too easily. (Takes hours.) So, I thought I'd try my hand at a slideshow.
It does take a while to download, but less time than a video because the images are preloaded. The only trick is to refresh your browser until the music and the slideshow synchronise. The music should start when the flag image appears. Works best with IE (for me anyhow).
In any case, this is just rank amateur fun. Great song. There is a link crediting the music on the slideshow page where you can find a free download of this song and other mp3 protest songs.
Dear NRDC Action Fund Supporter,
Please drop what you're doing because here we go again. Senate leaders are
again exploiting rising gas prices to rush a bill to the floor that would
destroy the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and boost oil industry profits. The vote could come as early as Tuesday.
The Senate front men for Big Oil are doing their damnedest to convince
Americans that sacrificing the Arctic and sending each of us a $100 rebate
check will solve all our problems at the pump.
There's only one way to expose these lies and prevent the sacrifice of
America's greatest wildlife refuge: Help light up the Senate switchboard today!
Please call your two Senators right now.
Tell them to vote NO on the Gas Price Relief and Rebate Act. Tell them you will not trade the Arctic Refuge for $100 or be fooled by policies that do nothing to solve the real problem of America's dangerous dependence on oil. Urge them to get to work on cutting oil consumption by improving the mileage of our cars and promoting clean and renewable energy.
Here are the facts: the Energy Department says that drilling in the Arctic
Refuge would save consumers only one penny per gallon at the pump in 20 years! Meanwhile, anyone who drives will be forced to take the Senate's $100 rebate check -- paid for with our tax dollars -- and sign it over to ExxonMobil for their next two tanks of gas.
Only an oil company could love a bill that picks the taxpayers' wallets for $12 billion in gas money. The Gas Price Relief and Rebate Act should really be called the "Guaranteed Profits for Big Oil Act!"
Remember: these are the same Senators who passed a pro-polluter energy bill
last summer that refused to make America's gas-guzzlers more fuel-efficient, but instead doled out billions of tax dollars to oil and coal companies. This latest bill is just more of the same corporate welfare.
Call your Senators right now and tell them you will not surrender the Arctic Refuge or line the pockets of the oil companies with your tax dollars.
And if you want to do even more to expose and defeat this shameless bill, go to https://www.nrdcactionfund.org/arctic/dona...
right now and make a donation so we can escalate this campaign in defense of the Arctic Refuge over the next critical days. Thank you!
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JK on stage
another shot of the senator
plaque on the outide of building
and the (for you WEL)creepy, naked statue
More to come......
I'm not sure how to explain this, but it "feels" like something is about to happen. It is like that feeling you get just before a storm, when everything suddenly becomes very still and it feels as though the oxygen is being sucked out of the atmosphere. Does anyone else feel this?
This article by Pat Buchanan generated some interesting and lively discussion among Kerry supporters.
I think this is worth a read.
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John Kerry Quotations
"Values are not just words, values are what we live by. They are about the causes that we champion and the people we fight for."
Its hard to believe that in the greatest democracy in the world, we need legislation to prevent the government from writing and paying for the news.
I will not lay down and put this narrow, stubborn agenda ahead of our families, ahead of our Constitution, and ahead of our values. We are a proud nation that respects the rights of the minority, values the separation of church and state, and believes in honesty and personal responsibility.
I don't know what compassionate conservative means. Does it mean cutting kids out of after school programs, Does it mean drilling in the arctic wildlife refuge? Does it mean sending kids to Iraq without body armor that's state of the art?
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