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Archive for July, 2007

C-SPAN Cuts Off Caller For Mentioning Bush’s Executive Order Outlawing War Protest

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on July 25th, 2007 6:34 am by HL

The show “Washington Journal” on C-Span, is a call in show where a host takes questions on air.
There are two separate phone lines, one for Democrats, one for Republicans. In this video clip the host takes a couple of questions, then at the end someone calls in about Bush’s executive order banning war protest. The host abruptly cuts him off without explanation. I guess C-Span is no better then CNN, or Fox News, take a look.


More Republican Vote Stealing in 2004 Election (In Wisconsin)

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2007 6:26 am by HL

Ohio and Florida, are not the only states Republicans tried to steal in 2004. Here is a story about what they did in Wisconsin, which they lost anyway. Where will they try to strike next time?


Milwaukee Election Records Indicate Apparent Forgery, Ballot Box Stuffing in 2004 Presidential Election

Bradblog
Excerpt:
Forged milwaukee voting record for 20041 electionAfter being hidden from the public for more than two years, records reveal apparent forgeries in the first city ward examined
How is it US Attorney Steven Biskupic missed this? Could he have been looking for voter fraud instead of election fraud?

Two years ago these records were voluntarily transferred by the City Election Commission to the joint task force headed up by the “loyal Bushie” US Attorney, Steven M. Biskupic, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney, E. Michael McCann. Then that voluntary transfer was cited as the reason the election records were unavailable for inspection or copying when requested under Wisconsin’s open records law. It offended then and continues to offend me now that the most rudimentary oversight of election administration was denied to me and others.

First, the signatures on the cover pages of the inspectors’ reports look to me to be obvious forgeries. Both the names are bogus (e.g. Joe Doe, Jane Smith) and, in my opinion, are clearly written in the same hand. The hand which “signed” the inspectors’ reports does not match any of the signatures I redacted from the poll book list. Creating false canvass reports is a felony under WI Stats 12.13(2)(b)4.

HLs Take
Kerry won in Milwaukee, and carried Wisconsin barely. He apparently should have won by a lot more. This just goes to show that Republicans were trying to steal the vote in more places then just Ohio. They will be trying even harder in 2008 to steal votes from all over. This is why we have to stay on top of these stories to prevent it from happening 3 times in a row. (4 if you count the 2002 midterms. Republicans will be so desperate for votes they will resort to anything next time. We have to stop them or else.


Dianne Feinstein Responds to HL’s Call To Action

Posted in Email, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2007 3:51 pm by HL

send us emailFrom LMZ 90028

HL,
I read your story from this morning“Time For Us to All Take Action” and emailed Dianne Feinstein, here is her response.

Dear [LMZ]
Thank you for your letter concerning impeachment proceedings against Vice President Richard Cheney. I appreciate the time you took to write and welcome the opportunity to respond.

In our most recent elections, the American people expressed clear disapproval with the path this country was on. They are tired of partisan politics and of an Administration that pays little heed to the wishes of the American people. They want-and deserve-a Congress that holds the Administration accountable and fulfills its Constitutional responsibility to check and balance the Executive branch. I share this sentiment and am determined to work hard and across party lines in the United States Senate to promote issues that are of real concern to most Americans, including the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, homeland security, global warming, and lobbying and election reform.

At this time, however, I believe that impeachment proceedings against President Bush or Vice President Cheney will only divide the country even further, frustrating our hopes for a meaningful change in direction, while having little chance of success.

I have been deeply disappointed by many of this Administration’s actions and have been outspoken in those instances. Nevertheless, given the challenges our country faces I believe that we need to focus on constructive and cooperative steps that would lead us in the right direction.

Again, thank you for your letter. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact my office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

HL Responds
LMZ, thanks for the email, thats about what I expected from Feinstein. Here is my response to her.

Dear Ms. Feinstein,
I am afraid I am going to have to seriously disagree with you on your assessment of the Cheney Impeachment situation. You state that impeachment proceeding would only divide the country even further. I don’t think so, over 70% of the American people favor The US leaving Iraq, yet Bush refuses to do so. You have the people behind you. Let’s not forget that this war was based on lies that members of Congress fell for when the blogoshere knew quite well about the lies well in advance, as did the 6 Million people worldwide who marched against the war on February 15, 2003. If you read my article from today then you now know what is currently going on. Impeachment may be your only chance, and our only chance.

You also said “I have been deeply disappointed by many of this Administration’s actions and have been outspoken in those instances.”

Then DO SOMETHING about it. That is your job. You have the power, use it. The American People demand nothing less.

Respectfully Yours
HL
United States Blogger


Today is The H.L.s 3rd Birthday

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2007 8:09 am by HL

It was three years ago today that The H.L. started. It’s been a long tough ride under Bush, but he has given us plenty of material. Click here to see what the site looked like back at the beginning (I archived a whole weeks worth of posts back then) Thanks for hanging with us. We will continue to fight Bush, The Republicans, and The War. Stay tuned.

Time For All Of Us To Take Action

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2007 7:48 am by HL

The time has come for each and every one of us to take action and stand up to Bush, Cheney, and their administration. I have just been on the phone with the offices of John Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Henry Waxman, who is my house representative, and both California Senators Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer. Several alarming stories have come out in the past couple of days which if you are a reader of The H.L., or any other progressive blog, you already know about. You can scan down the page for more information on the articles that I am about to pass on. Each and every one of us needs to get on the phone and call Conyers office, and your House representative and both Senators from your state and start making some noise about what Bush is apparently trying to do, which it appears to be declaring Martial Law at his own personal discretion. Here is the action we need to take.

1. John Conyers has said that if he gets 3 more members of congress to back him, he will begin Impeachment proceedings against Dick Cheney with or without Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi. Call Congressman Conyers at (202) 225-5126 and demand that he begin impeachment proceeding immediately. Call your own Congressional representative. You can dial the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 (You can also reach your Senators at this same number.) ask for the office of your congressman, tell them that you want them to sign on with Conyers to back impeachment.

2. Last Week Bush came out with an Executive Order to ban all Iraq War Protests. According to this order he can have your assets and property seized for protesting the Iraq War. This is outrageous. An executive order only becomes law if Congress doesn’t overturn it within thirty days after it is published in the Federal Register. Tell your congress person that you want them to step up and put a stop to this. As above you can reach your representative at 202-224-3121. After you get off the phone call both of your Senators. In California you can reach Senator Dianne Feinstein at 202-224-3841. You can reach Senator Barbara Boxer at 202-224-3553. Outside of California call The U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Senators office.

3. Last week Congressman Peter Defazio of Oregon, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, based on complaints by his constituency asked to see the documents on how Bush will conduct the Government after a significant “Terrorist” attack, and was denied. Call your Representative and Senators at the numbers listed above and demand that Congress take action against Bush for refusing to allow members of Congress and The Homeland Security Committee to see his post terrorist attack plans.

4. Section 1076 of H.R. 5122 The John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for 2007, which was passed with the approval of Democrats like Senators Carl Levin, and Ted Kennedy, says that Bush has sole discretion to impose martial law, in the event of a Terrorist attack or any national emergency, like a hurricane. Call your representatives and Senators at the numbers listed above and demand that they overturn this policy.

Can you imagine Congress giving Bush that kind of authority with his track record? You’d almost think the Congress; including Democrats are all in on this together against the American people. It’s time for us to put a stop to it. Get on the phone right now and start demanding that Congress do its job. It may be the only chance we have to stop Bush from appointing himself permanent King of America. Get going.

Thank You
H.L.
The Hollywood Liberal.com

Update:

Dianne Feinstein responds to HL readers email: Here is an excerpt.

At this time, however, I believe that impeachment proceedings against President Bush or Vice President Cheney will only divide the country even further, frustrating our hopes for a meaningful change in direction, while having little chance of success.

You can read her entire response, as well as my response back to her Here

See a Giant List of Political Comics by H.L. Here


Chertoff’s Gut Says L.A., San Francisco to be Nuked

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 21st, 2007 10:48 am by HL


Chertoff Predicts Simultaneous LA/San Francisco Dirty Bombs

George Washington’s Blog
Excerpt
Someone I know attended a talk which Homeland Security Head Michael Chertoff gave today at the University of Southern California on port and supply-chain security and public infrastructure protection.

My contact reported to me today by email that Chertoff spoke about more “gut feelings” that he (Chertoff) has about a simultaneous Los Angeles / San Francisco dirty bomb attack that “our enemy is surely planning”.

I’ve had a hunch for a long time that the next false flag attack will be on the West Coast, so that it seems that the whole country is under attack, and not just the East Coast.

HL’s Take
How can he come up with a scenario that specific unless he is in the process of planning it. If that were to happen as he predicted, everyone would know it was them. (then again what do they care, it’s not like congress is going to do anything to stop them) I have a feeling something is coming up, I hope I’m wrong, but knowing these guys, something is going to happen somewhere.


House Passes Bill for Increase in Funding for Health Insurance, Banning Mercury in Vaccines. Bush to Veto

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 21st, 2007 9:03 am by HL


House Approves Labor-HHS Spending Bill Without Veto-Proof Majority

Kaiser Health Report

The House on Thursday voted 276-140 to approve a fiscal year 2008 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, the AP/Arizona Daily Star reports (AP/Arizona Daily Star, 7/20). The House Appropriations Committee on July 11 by voice vote approved the $607 billion bill, which includes $151.5 billion in discretionary funds, exceeding FY 2007 discretionary spending by $7 billion and topping President Bush’s FY 2008 spending request by $10.6 billion. The House bill would increase spending on health care for the uninsured by 9% above FY 2007 levels and Bush’s request for FY 2008.

Funding for the uninsured includes a 10% increase in spending for community health centers. The bill also includes $1.1 billion to prepare for a potential avian flu pandemic. Earmarks in the bill total $565 million — a 50% reduction from earmarked funds in the appropriations bill that was approved two years ago (Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 7/19).

The bill did not receive the two-thirds majority of votes that would be necessary to override Bush’s expected veto. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) expressed confidence that the Republicans would be able to sustain a veto. “We have other members who, while they may have voted ‘yes’ here, will vote to sustain a veto,” Boehner said. House Appropriations Chair David Obey (D-Wis.) said, “It was a damn good vote. With all of the Sturm und Drang, they couldn’t find anything in the bill that they wanted to change (in the GOP motion to recommit). I think that demonstrates that they think it’s a pretty good doggone bill.” The Senate might not consider its version of the bill until October, CongressDaily reports (Cohn, CongressDaily, 7/20).

Video: Mercury is Good For You (Not)


Video: Alan Colmes Runs from Reporters Questions on 9/11

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on July 21st, 2007 8:40 am by HL

Alan Colmes of Fox News is confronted by members of the 9/11 truth movement trying to ask some questions, Colmes little weasle that he is runs away. Check out the video


Congressional Member of Homeland Security Committee Denied Acess to Bush Contingency Plans for Terror Attack

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 21st, 2007 8:34 am by HL


DeFazio asks, but he’s denied access

oregonlive.com
Excerpt
WASHINGTON — Oregonians called Peter DeFazio’s office, worried there was a conspiracy buried in the classified portion of a White House plan for operating the government after a terrorist attack.

As a member of the U.S. House on the Homeland Security Committee, DeFazio, D-Ore., is permitted to enter a secure “bubbleroom” in the Capitol and examine classified material. So he asked the White House to see the secret documents.

On Wednesday, DeFazio got his answer: DENIED.

“I just can’t believe they’re going to deny a member of Congress the right of reviewing how they plan to conduct the government of the United States after a significant terrorist attack,” DeFazio says.

Homeland Security Committee staffers told his office that the White House initially approved his request, but it was later quashed. DeFazio doesn’t know who did it or why.

“We’re talking about the continuity of the government of the United States of America,” DeFazio says. “I would think that would be relevant to any member of Congress, let alone a member of the Homeland Security Committee.”

Bush administration spokesman Trey Bohn declined to say why DeFazio was denied access: “We do not comment through the press on the process that this access entails. It is important to keep in mind that much of the information related to the continuity of government is highly sensitive.”


Has Bush Outlawed All War Protest?

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 21st, 2007 8:06 am by HL


Bush Outlaws War Protest – Citizens Face Full Asset Seizure

Rense.com
Excerpt
WELL IT HAS HAPPENED. THIS MANIACAL SON OF A BITCH HAS OUTLAWED ALL WAR PROTEST AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.
PASSED INTO LAW JULY 17TH. SINCE CONGRESS IS TOO WEAK-KNEED TO STAND UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING

In one of his most chilling moves to date against his own citizens, the American War Leader has issued a sweeping order this week outlawing all forms of protest against the Iraq war.

President Bush enacted into US law an ‘Executive Order’ on July 17th titled “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq”, and which says:

I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find that, due to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by acts of violence threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq and to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people….

HL’s Take
Seems we need to define “acts of violence.” Is marching in the street carrying a sign an “Act of Violence?” So this may be taken out of context. Will have to see how this plays out.