Monday, November 20, 2006

Maureen Dowd Says M-e-e-o-w-

Over at Firedog Lake, Christy Hardin Smith has an article up about Maureen Dowd's disgusting rant on Democratic House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi. [Disclaimer: I know I've been known to be a critic of a couple of our foremost women leaders in our country--on issues.] But surely, Nancy Pelosi, whatever her shortomings, has taken quite enough negative press, unfairly levied, for the rest of us to pile on right now. There's been talk of botox, pundits have called her the "Wicked Witch of the West." Over and over, she's been dissed for being a San Francisco "liberal." The last time I checked the City by the Bay was one of our largest and most beautiful cities. It's not far from Silicone valley and America's breadbasket, the Central Valley of California. And we get Dowd? BTW There is a GOP governor in California, the state, which unfortunately brought us Nixon and Reagan. But you can count on the media to diss an entire state for being too "liberal." And, God forbid there are any Democratic Party leaders, muchless women!

Here's just a sample what Dowd said: (the link is behind the subscription wall). It's entitled, "Squaker of the House," which tells you what you need to know about Dowd's perspective. .

"Pelosi's first move was to throw like a girl."

Perhaps Dowd's feet are hurting from her mile-high uncomfortable shoes.

Here's what Christy said:

The real reason the media is all about Pelosi trashing is this: It disrupts uncomfortable Bush segments misleadingly suggesting to us that Vietnam shows that staying the course works (does the man even have a memory?) We also see less of Bush making a fool of himself and us around the world. The media has been brutal on Pelosi's rise to the leadership. But there are many countries around the world which are more progressive about women leading: England, German, Israel, India, and many more. I do not subscribe to the view that we "must" elect a woman. I am not a Hillary supporter. And Margaret Thatcher certainly disproved that notion for us. But the Pelosi bashing also distracts from the hard truth that even uber-hawk, Henry Hissinger, is telling the world that a win in Iraq is impossible (check it out over at Think Progress).

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Firedog Lake's Analysis of Carville's Vendetta

For some interesting insights concerning the Carville attack-Dean saga, check out Jane Hamsher's Firedog Lake Blog article here.

Democrats Won, But James Carville Still Doesn't Get It

Malcontent James Carville isn't happy with a takeover of Congress. He wanted a bigger takeover. So he's set his sights on DNC Chair, Howard Dean. No good deed goes unpunished, in politics, as in real life. Dean leads us to a great victory and the Ragin' Cajun wants his head on a platter, served up by the hypothetical replacement, Harold Ford of Tennessee! This makes no sense. Ford has been wrong on too many issues to count.

Howard Dean, on the other hand proved right on Iraq (about which he courageously spoke the truth before the war). He was right on the need to intervene as more and more fall into the ranks of the uninsured, right that Bush undermined the Constitution and our liberties, right about Bush selling most Americans short, right about offshoring our jobs, right pointing out the culture of corruption at the hands of the GOP, and right that Bush was making us less safe. You'd be hard pressed to know it, where James Carville is concerned. And Harold Ford, well he was just one more play-it-safe Bush Light. Dean's fifty state strategy, tried for the first time, was an overwhelming success. Sure it could have been improved. Everything can. But enough of the nasty infighting!

James Carville has some explaining to do of his own. His bedmate, wife Mary Matalin, was a participant in the ugliest race Virginia has seen in decades. Matalin, Dick Cheney's former Chief of Staff; Scott (Hitler Ad) Howell; Chris (Swift Boat) Lacivita; and Rove Protege, Dick Wadhams ought to be ashamed. They've made a mess of America and they heaped on Virginians a new low for "swiftboating."

And though we can't blame James for everything Mary does, it does make you wonder sometimes who's side he's really on. Over at there's list of losers last Tuesday. The above-named Republicans are on it. Carville needs to be added. We are so over him.

What I'd really like to know is why is this guy speaking for us on CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer? James Carville is yesterday's consultant. He brought us two Clinton victories, but the loss of both houses of Congress. He couldn't help his old boss stave off impeachment and he was more useless than a fence post in the past six years,as Bush undid the past 100 years. Enough of the James and Mary Road Show! Enough of the Ragin Cajun. Period.

2008 Polls Have Surprises...

John McCain may have jokingly said he'd commit suicide if the Dems took the Congress. But, don't look now, John, several candidates are breathing down your neck. There is Hillary, who polls well. But even Hillary can't breathe easy. According to the Gallup survey folks, it looks like Obama has a real chance to give Billary a run. Among the findings are the following:

Clinton leads with 31%, and Obama holds 19%. Former Sen. John Edwards comes in third, with 10%, followed by former Vice President Al Gore (9%) and Sen. John Kerry (7%). Sen. Joseph Biden draws 4%, Gen. Wesley Clark 3% and Sen. Evan Bayh and Gov. Bill Richardson just 2% at this point.

Giuliani tops McCain 28% to 26%, with Condoleezza Rice at 13%. Newt Gingrich has 7% and Gov. Mitt Romney 5%.

Read about it here.

It Was a Mandate

Over at Huffington Post, there's an commentary on the whole national picture. Given the closeness of our Virginia race, we can lose sight of how large the national trouncing of the GOP really was. Dems won 55% to 43%. Read it here.

Jim Webb Speaks the Same After as Before the Election

Read his article from the Wall Street Journal here.

George Allen's Concession: Good Fiction

I'm a bit tired hearing what a supposedly generous concession and decline of a recount, Geroge Allen made. It wasn't so gentlemanly as the MSM, or pundits, would have us believe.

First, there is no such thing as a real recount in Virginia. We have no auditable paper trail, except for absentee and provisional ballots. So, George Allen could have delayed the inevitable, but not overcome it.

The difference between the candidates in the Webb-Allen race was 9,326, a difference not likely to be made up from absentee or provisional ballots. When Creigh Deeds called for a recount, the difference in vote count was only around 300. The odds might have been surmountable.

Second, Allen fired a shot across the bow, threatening he'd be back (hopefully not with the hate-drenched crew of Dick Waddams, Chris (Swift-Boat) Cevita, or Mary Matalin), presumably to contest Webb once more. We've heard enough rewriting of history from this crew. The Virginia GOP needs to do some real soul-searching. Is this the best they can do?

A New and Improved GOP? NOT!

With the GOP, the more things change the more they remain the same. Trent Lott, who notoriously celebrated Strom Thurmond's fleeing to the Dixiecrats because the Democrats were embracing integration, is now No. 2 in the GOP Senate hierarchy. Are they kidding? Here's a guy who said that if Thurmond and his segregationist ways had won, we'd all be better off. Have they no shame?

Senator Lott was also privy to the era of obstructionism and impeachment of Bill Clinton, yet has little to say about the current national CEOs much larger failings and misdeeds. Their clocks were cleaned last week. You'd think the senatorial GOP members would learn.

But here they are imposing the darkest days of the GOP on us once more. And there's Newt, who thinks he's actually the Comeback Kid. Worse, he thinks he will be president. If anyone needs proof that the GOP has lost its way, here it is. Lott and Newt will move their party back into the ditch as surely as George Felix Allen, Jr. did. It's time for them to go.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Capitol Hill Blue's Message for Democrats: Don't Believe GW Bush

Here's another article from Capitl Hill Blue that's worth a read:

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dems Send Cease and Desist Order to GOP Over Fraudulent Calls

Here's a copy of the letter:

--Robo calls purporting to give information on a Democratic candidate mention the Democrat in the first sentence. However, the phone call is from the GOP and the robo-call keeps calling back until the whole message is heard.

--One voter got a call claiming to be from the Registrar. He was told he's not legally registered (he is). Next he was told that if he tried to vote he'd be arrested (read it here).

--Out of state calls (from Montana) were placed to residents in Virginia telling folks their polling place had changed when it hasn't.

--The GOP is calling people in the middle fo the night and claiming to be from the Webb campaign. One voter got two such calls Monday morning. Here's a link. and another:;jsessionid=A59E41E6D13822E96085435AC9BC0076?diaryId=5842

--Here's what happened to a friend of mine. In Blacksburg, the GOP has left recorded messages suggesting people don't have to vote. The very next day, the person called gets a mailing from the RNC falsely claiming that "liberals have a message for you: Skip this election." They go on to say: "Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the tax and spend Democrats don't want Republicans to vote." (I am typing from hard copy of the flyer as a write this. This is no rumor.) The two-staged tactic first tries to tell voters they don't have to vote and then the next day, blames it on Dems.

--Voting machine problems:
Voter Machine Problems.
a. On many ballots in heavily Democratic neighborhoods, Jim's name is cut off. The ballots say: "James H. (Jim)" with no Webb.
b. New reports that ballots in Essex County have Jim's name split on 2 pages. The "James H (Jim)" on one page, "Webb" on the next.
c. Reports of voting machines in Isle of White that do not provide a clear image of the ballot, making voting a challenge.

--Also to suppress turnout, the RSCC has "Swift-Boated" Webb. The ad puts the word "deviant" in large letters on the television screen. The ad tries to give the impression that Webb is anti-woman, a pervert and a deviant. This disgraceful tactic has been deplored even by many conservatives, many of whom loved Webb's fictional accounts of the Viet Nam war. Web included things he saw and heard about in SE Asia at the time, and afterward as he traveled to a number of countries there, trying to make sense of what he had experienced. Included in this was one cultural practice in Cambodia, which Webb obsserved when he, like the soldier in his novel, was merely walking down a road. Read George Will's column on the subject of Allen's abusrd claims in yesterday's Roanoke Times. It was amazing! John McCain has praised Jim Webb's writing, including the passage provating the Neanderethals' worst fake "outrage."

--In NOVA vote suppression manuals have been sent to GOP poll workers advising them to be aggressive in denying us the right to vote.

For other dirty tricks elsewhere, go to: and webbforsenate/blog. Also:,,,

Read here how to report vote suppression.;jsessionid=DDC2C133C8D3C8A8631D5AE97799C354?diaryId=5852

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Simply Stunning: Leading Neocon Architects for War Now Part With Bush Over It.

By their over-reaching proposals, they brought us to this point in Iraq and now leading Neo-cons rip President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld on the current mess. As if unable or unwilling to have thought proactively before they unleashed thier wrongful agenda, now they see things differently. CNN reported the stunner (first appearing in Vanity Fair):

"Richard Perle, who chaired a committee of Pentagon policy advisers early in the Bush administration, said had he seen at the start of the war in 2003 where it would go, he probably would not have advocated an invasion to depose Saddam Hussein. Perle was an assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan."

Read about it here.

CNN goes on to report that Kenneth Adelman, "who also served on the Defense Policy Board that informally advised President Bush," said he was "crushed" by the performance of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.”
They have given us terrible ideas, worse execution of those ideas, and, now, when everything is collapsing around them, they finally see a bit of light. They have a lot to atone for. But I'll say this: They did come clean, to a point. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, however, are another matter.
They still go around bashing Democrats and (outrageously) suggesting a vote for Dems is a vote for the terrorists. I think its abundantly clear just who has made the risk of terrorism worse. (Hint: The Dems are not in charge.)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Team Bush and the Pornography of Violence

[Note: This essay, including the opening sentence, were written before the editorial in the Roanoke Times appeared today. But it had remained un-posted until I edited it.]

War is hell. And no one knows that better than James Webb, who's actually gone to war. That's why he's dedicated to country, but protective of soldiers who should never be sent needlessly into harm's way. One of the ways Webb dealt with war's hellishness was to write about it, make sense of it, and tell others what it's like. The hope is that others will better understand what it means to send our men and women to war. That's why James Webb wrote (and writes) and why he made his Odyssey to Viet Nam and other areas of Southeast Asia after the war there. He tried to heal and be healed, to foster peace in the aftermath, and build reconciliation between peoples. This is the stuff of statesmen.

Those who crave a strong leader, but one tempered, ultimately, by peaceful virtues, have found a candidate in James Webb. The man who fought brings strength, but peace in his wake, reconciliation in his heart, and understanding for all. The man who saw war up front and personal tries to assure that more wars are not needed, or trumped up by our government. The man who wouldn't hesitate to defend America when necessary knows when to invoke diplomacy. The man whose own son is sent to battle, tries to work so other sons won't need to risk their lives. If war is inevitable, we have learned that we can trust him to tell us the truth. And this same man, who is the stronger candidate on reconciliation of former enemies in war, lives reconciliation in other areas of life. This is why he has earnest respect and support of his ex-wife, who's working on the campaign.

Meanwhile, George Allen again misrepresents the character of James Webb. Here's an opponent, who like his do-nothing Commander-in-Chief, knows nothing about war and legislates from true ignorance, flawed ideology, and partisanship, but not in our nation's interest. George Allen thinks he has an issue, so he brings up passages in Webb's acclaimed novels to assert false claims of pornography. And he generalizes by implying that if there are a small number of raw, intense realistic passages, that the remaining 2 million words are that way. But, as we know, George Felix Allen doesn't read. He did not read the books in question. Nor did he apparently know that many conservatives, including John McCain and reviewers for major conservative publications have raved about these books and found them outstanding FICTIONAL representations of what war is like. But here’s the thing: Allen has no clear idea about what constitutes pornography. I'll tell you what's pornographic.

Americans (and Iraqis) are living a pornography of violence every day. The violence promoted and expanded by this administration is as hideous as the worst pornography of another kind. There is nothing more vile than to needlessly take the life of another. George W. Bush does it indirectly every day. But worst of all, he does it for reasons having more to do with power, oil, and appropriating through privatization of Iraqi resources than anything even remotely noble. Bush and his administration have waged war based on lies and thus are responsible for every soldier and civilian lost. Every casket they refuse to let Americans see is a denial by this government of the meaning and importance of the life lost.

The administration has lured Americans to approve bombing first and asking questions later. Americans are upset they were mislead and they see the unjustified violence unleashed by this administration and its unquestioning enablers. They know now that "Shock and Awe" is pornographic.

The pornographic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld(and its allies, such as George Felix Allen, Jr.) also stir up unfounded fear by terrorizing Americans with trumped-up warnings of terrorist threats. With dire warnings if Americans don't vote the way BushCo wants, they've intimidated Americans for years. Now they even try to tie a vote for Democrats with a vote for the terrorists. As the most hardened manipulators, administration leaders push: Always, always, the message is be afraid. The Sec. of Defense threatens the public first with taunts that they are appeasers, and then this week ominously warns critics "back off." He and Bush have helped lead us down this path, neglected to protect us, brought us to war without legitimate purpose, conducted the war off-books, and justified to themselves the raiding of Social Security (so they can declare it seriously short of funding later).

There's violence there too, in the 50% of senior women and a large number of men, who depend on Social Security. Many of them live near or beneath poverty's edge. They'll even more certainly have to decide in the future whether than can pay the rent or buy food. Every additional person who goes hungry or homeless in the future because of Bush's profligate spending is a victim of Bush pornography.

Bullying is implicitly threatening violent consequences of one sort or another to gain compliance. The Commander-in-Chief has the sole power to declare individuals "enemy combatants," even when they've never been combative or an enemy. This is the ultimate bullying, this along with the declaring of whole nations our enemy, whether they have actually aggressed against us or not. The VP still thinks water-boarding is a "no-brainer," yet the White House continues to claim it doesn't "torture."

Some American voters are so trivial in the eyes of this GOP culture as to be spit upon (either literally or symbolically near their feet), as Allen has done to at least four women. Yet, George Allen feigns that he respects women. and has the audacity to pretend women should necessarily support him. He tries to usurp the moral high ground, on which James Webb stands for government truth-telling, an end to the war, and a populism which values real people above all.

Bush gives tax loopholes for shipping our jobs overseas. Jobs replacing those lost bring 50% as much to the pockets of citizens. This is the pornography of violence, violence of destruction waged on US citizens by its own government. And we must reverse it once and for all. Webb stands against the off-shoring of jobs, which strips workers of income altogether or drives them into the ranks of the poor. The Enronization of America levied financial, personal, and health-related violence upon thousands of Americans.

The administration has committed violence of neglect against Katrina victims. It has raped the land and undercut enforcement of environmental regulations. Every added case of asthma or lung disease ravages a real, living person. Every uninsured American is an injustice and violence against that real Americans physical person. The administration has presided over 400,000 more children falling below the poverty line and millions more uninsured just in the past year.

As Matt Taibi has shown, this Congress has worked fewer hours, fewer days, had fewer hearings, less debate, and fewer open votes, than any in the last hundred years. But they, including George Felix Allen, Jr. have voted themselves a pay raise of $30,000. But Bush and Allen oppose an increase in the minimum wage.

Fresh from trying to distract voters once again, George Allen really hopes voters stay off-track and distracted from our priorities. But voters know that the violence in Iraq is the NO.1 issue. We shall not forget, despite the myriad distractions pitched at us. Iraq, Katrina, universal health care, balanced budgets, responsible spending, an increased minimum wage, education, non-privatized Social Security--these are the things we'll remember when we vote. For shame George W. Bush, and George F. Allen, Jr. For shame.

Rankings Show that When Votes Are Examined, Democrats Support the Troops, Repugs Don't Even Come Close

86 Members of Congress Score "D" or "F" on Issues that Matter to Iraq and Afghanistan Vets. George Felix Allen got a D+. In the Senate, the best Republican didn't score as high as the worst Dem. When important votes go down, Allen and the GOP gives vets thumbs down. Or, Allen tries to steal Dick Durbin's bill that would increase medical care for brain injured vets. Allen had voted to cut such help in half, then tries to pass Durbin's as his own. How low can you go? (Answer: For Allen, we are still seeing new examples every day.)
Yet he has the temerity to claim only he and his fellow Repugs support out troops. Read about it here.

Why Is A Conservative Running as Green Party Candidate?

Technically, she's running as an "Independent Green Party" Candidate. But you know and I know that the intention is to tap into the liberal vote by deceiving Virginians into thinking she's a real Green. And by such a ruse,she can siphon off 2% of the vote, thus keeping these votes from Webb.

Insiders were just coming to terms with that load of dung, when she fanned rumors that she may drop out and throw her support to one of the two others? Can't imagine which one? Meanwhile, yesterday, live on MSNBC, Parker said she'll throw her support to the first candidate who will debate her and who also wins the debate.

In reality, she's a right wing conservative, who happens to support rail. I am glad she does (support rail). But her whole candidacy is one more dirty trick. To those supporting this hoax, for shame.

5/8 Recent Polls Show Webb Ahead: Repugs Go Insane

VA-SENRasmussenOct 31Webb (D) 51%, Allen (R) 46%
VA-SENZogby Int.Oct 31Webb (D) 51%, Allen (R) 47%
VA-SENCNNOct 30Webb (D) 50%, Allen (R) 46%
VA-SENGHY (D)Oct 30Webb (D) 47%, Allen (R) 43%
VA-SENRasmussenOct 27Allen (R) 49%, Webb (D) 48%
VA-SENSurveyUSAOct. 25Allen (R) 49%, Webb (D) 46%
VA-SENL.A. TimesOct 24Webb (D) 47%, Allen (R) 44%
VA-SENMason-DixonOct 23Allen (R) 47%, Webb (D) 43%

And, so the dirty tricks by the GOP escalate. Another recent variation is to leave a message telling voters they "don't have to vote." This message is followed by an RNC flier falsely telling voters that the Democrats "don't want you to vote." The double-whammy is designed to convey that Democrats were behind the previous call, and that Dems are attempting vote suppressionwhen in fact the Repugs are doing just that.

How desperate are they?

George Allen Presents: A New Despicable Lie

[Update: In the post below, I do not mean to suggest benefits from Social Security are extrapolated from the amounts we have put in. So, it's not that benefits are compounded on what we put in. Benefits do, however, depend on the fact that both we and our employers have put into the system. Furthermore, a spouse, who is out of the workplace for a number of years (raising children, for example) may not receive the same benefit her working spouse does, even when the woman works the minimum of 10 years (40 quarters).]

Now the latest George Allen ad falsely claims that James Webb would give Social Security benefits to immigrants who have put nothing into the system. Social Security earnings are based precisely on what we put into it (and what our employers do). James Webb has said nothing of the kind. But George Felix Allen, Jr. is trying to scare Virginians into believing otherwise. He's played into xenophobia and taxpayer frustation all in one fell swoop. And he's convoluted all sorts of issues which can't be lumped together. Allen has yet to put forth a true ad. There ought to be a law.